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Gender: Female
Hometown: Seattle, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 01:09 PM
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Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

Journal Archives

RE: that TPP vote. Does THIS sound familiar?

"What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with the President, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.

"This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter."


Huckabee: if elected president, I would ignore a Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.

“Presidents have understood that the Supreme Court cannot make a law, they cannot make it, the legislature has to make it, the executive branch has to sign it and enforce it,” Huckabee told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “And the notion that the Supreme Court comes up with the ruling and that automatically subjects the two other branches to following it defies everything there is about the three equal branches of government.”

Huckabee is one of several of the major contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, are darkly warning that they will not "honor" an adverse Supreme Court decision.
Santorum is also among the signers of the anti-gay marriage pledge being circulated by a group associated with the website DefendMarriage.Org. The group recently placed a full-page ad in The Washington Post with an open letter to the Supreme Court promising civil disobedience if the court struck down bans on gay marriage.

See comments by the other Repubs. here:

How "quaint" of them to declare they will pick and choose which laws they will follow, no matter what courts say.

Alabama Gov. Bentley removes Confederate flags from Capitol grounds

Not just the so called Rebel flag, but 3 other Confederate flags.

On the order of Gov. Robert Bentley, the Confederate battle flag which stands at the foot of the confederate memorial on the state Capitol grounds was taken down this morning.

Asked his reasons for taking it down and if it included what happened in Charleston last week, the governor said, "Yes, partially this is about that. This is the right thing to do. We are facing some major issues in this state regarding the budget and other matters that we need to deal with. This had the potential to become a major distraction as we go forward. I have taxes to raise, we have work to do. And it was my decision that the flag needed to come down."

After the battle flag – which is at the center of the controversy – was gone, workers began removing three other Civil War era flags.

They are the First National Confederate Flag, commonly preferred to as the "Stars and Bars;" the second flag is the Second National Confederate Flag, more commonly known as the "Stainless Banner;" and the last flag standing is the Third National Confederate Flag.

People of Charleston are braving dangerous heat to line up for funerals.

110 TO 114 DEGREES.

A line of people estimated to be a half-mile long waits to pay last respects to Charlestown shooting victim
Rev. Clementa Pinckney

Tis with great sadness that I report

The creator of pink plastic lawn flamingo, Donald Featherstone, has passed, at age 79 .

Donald "Don" Featherstone was an American artist who is most widely known for his 1957 creation of the Plastic Pink Flamingo while working for Union Products.
Featherstone resided in Fitchburg, Massachusetts,where he kept 57 plastic flamingos on his front lawn. Featherstone and his wife Nancy dressed alike for over 35 years.

In 1996, Featherstone was awarded the 1996 Ig Nobel Art Prize for his creation of the Pink Flamingo.

In the off chance there is one person on DU who has never seen tis iconic lawn ornament:

little old lady southern gardens will never be the same.

How many people per square mile live in your town/city or county?

My lil Southern Town has 485 people per square mile, a total pop. of 6500 people.*

*Facts on line as of 2010 Census.

It's a comfortable spread of people, most houses have a decent size yard, with lots of trees for shade and privacy.

What about you?
Do you prefer more or less than the density you have now?

Jus curious...........

That SC flag used to fly from the SC Capitol dome

The flag was moved from the dome of the statehouse in 2000 as part of a deal negotiated by then-Sen. Glenn McConnell, owner of a Confederate memorabilia shop, with a handful of black Democratic legislators. -
so says WSJ

It is on a much lower flag pole, permanently affixed.

I have no doubt it will be taken down, if only because Lindsey Graham is a Pres. candidate.

Good news........Trial Date Set For SIX Baltimore Officers Charged In Freddie Gray’s Death

Officers Caesar Goodson, Edward Nero, Garrett Miller, William Porter, Lt. Brian Rice, and Sgt. Alicia White are expected to be arraigned on July 2.

A motions hearing for the officers is scheduled for Sept. 2 at 9:30 a.m. and the trial is scheduled for October 13.

The death of 25-year-old Gray triggered violent riots after weeks of peaceful protests. Gray was taken into police custody on April 12 and died while in police custody on April 19.

His arrest, caught on cell phone video, allegedly showed officers using brutal force to arrest Gray. An autopsy report has not yet been made public.

A reminder of the Eddie Gray case, in April of this year:

Six Baltimore police officers have been suspended over the death of a man whose neck was broken after he was arrested and locked in a police van, as it emerged officers had delayed providing him with medical attention despite his requests.

Freddie Gray died from a “significant spinal injury”, police confirmed on Monday, while claiming it remained unknown how he was hurt. Chiefs said Gray appeared to have been injured while locked alone in a compartment of their transportation wagon.

“When Mr Gray was put in that van, he could talk, he was upset. And when he was taken out of that van, he could not talk and he could not breathe,” deputy police commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said at a press conference.
Gray died on Sunday, a week after being chased and arrested by officers at 8.39 am. His family say he lapsed into a coma after his spine was “80% severed” at his neck and his voice box was injured.

Amazon to pay authors in its library program by pages read

This news bit raises one very burning question, and I am curious to see how many identify it.

SAN FRANCISCO — In a move that places a new priority on 'page-turner,' Amazon on July 1 will begin paying authors in its Kindle library program by the number of pages read, and not the number of times a book is checked out.
The change appears to affect only ebooks self-published on Amazon that authors made available through the company's Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owners' Lending Library programs.
some authors will be paid by only the number of pages the borrower has actually read. (No cheating, Amazon's got an algorithm to check for that.)

Authors also can't pad books by choosing a larger font size. Amazon's created the "Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count," which measures pages by a standard font, line height and line spacing system.

Campaign Donations Linked to White Supremacist -the one Dylann Roof liked.

The leader of a white supremacist group that has been linked to Dylann Roof, the suspect in the murder of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church last week, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republican campaigns, including those of 2016 presidential contenders such as Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and Rand Paul, records show.
Mr. Cruz, a Texas senator, said Sunday night that he would be returning about $8,500 in donations that he had received from the Texas donor, Earl Holt III, who lists himself as president of the Council of Conservative Citizens.

Snip....Mr. Holt, who identified himself in some donation records as a Texas “slumlord,” has also given money to a number of other current and former Republican members of Congress, including Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, former Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Representative Steve King of Iowa, and former Representative Todd Akin of Missouri.

Spokesmen for Mr. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, and Mr. Paul, a senator from Kentucky, did not respond to requests for comment on the donations.
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