During the day, do you read a story and you feel it is worth sharing? Where to place it? I don’t like to disrupt someone’s thread or thoughtful post and it is not worthy of posting a lengthy article, do you? Let’s try to leave this up in speakers corner and we can share some news!
From the Afghan Women’s Writing Project
“Colorful Days after Black Nights”
I remember the Taliban were searching houses ten times a day with different groups to find a book, cassette, picture, TV, or video game. If they found any of these, they shot the whole family. After we returned home, my mom burned books that my older sister and brother had collected over many years. She burned most of the books in our mud-brick oven, then threw the rest away in sacks very far from the house so the Taliban would not know they were ours. My heart was broken and I was at a loss……
I wove carpets for four years and forgot everything about studying or getting an education. We were stuck at home, and never allowed to go outside. When the Taliban were removed from power in Afghanistan after almost five years, most of the schools eventually reopened. My siblings returned to school, but I did not, because I was so afraid of everyone, still thinking that Taliban were close.
Rolling Teabagger Review hits Denver:
I’d like to ask this guy how he plans to get those “high wages.”
Last day tomorrow- a long day, so I am going to say good night PPOV.
This story looks like a good news story for women in the WH:
White House website highlights senior level female staff
President Obama Announces White House Council on Women and Girls
We’ve just been informed by a loudspeaker that we all have to meet at our local Ward Office to register for a compulsory course in synchronized swimming, I can only find one part of my over 20 something year old bikini, now what?
That depends– which part of the bikini do you still have?
Guess, we used to go topless in Bali. 🙂
Actually a bit early for you I know, but APRIL FOOL!!!!
Why you…! I love April Fool’s day! A few years ago, NPR totally got me on April 1. I was driving to some friend’s and the trip was just long enough for me to hear this news report, by Noah Adams:
Vermont and Canadian maple syrup farmers have seen a decline in sales of syrup and consequently, have stopped tapping their maple trees as frequently as in the past.
This had led to the abandonment of farms and the maple trees. Even on working farms, farmers have left many trees untapped. In this situation, the trees are in danger of exploding. One death, of Mr. Homer Hudson of Greenville, VT, was reported. The witness said, “The tree just blew sky high. Syrup everywhere, and poor Hudson got hit by a big branch.”
So I was fully taken in by the “news” story and when I got to my friend’s, told her. She then reminded me it was April 1st.
😆 I would have had to stop driving to wipe my eyes. I love good maple syrup.
Back from the CC, I won’t lie the days are getting tougher/rougher an tomorrow is a big push. Not looking forward to it. enough said.
This is for the Cali people.
Whitman Touts Constitutional Challenge to Affordable Care Act
Yep, that’s right elect Meg Whitman and she will sue to get rid of that nasty health care!
Bito– first, thanks for posting that about Whitman!! Such good news, because that’s the end of her in CA! This state is not red, even though we often have Rep Governors. Excellent.
About tomorrow– stay strong, Bito! This is a terrible trial by fire, but you’ll come out the other side of it much better. I am just so sorry that you have to go through it.
Even Arnold would be smart enough not to run against HCR.
Good evening bito, I’m rooting for you, but you already know that. When do you get a break from the treatment?
About 6:30 and I go back in at 9:00a tomorrow.for 6 1/2-7 hrs. Bit foggy right now.
Hang in there bito. Will that be the last one this week, I hope so.
Yes Kalima last one for the week then 28 days off. Takes about 20-30 days to lose your hair. Next cycle I will be bald. Saves on shampoo $$. 😉
Hair always grows back and I’m sure that you will still look very dashing.
I should think that by the sound of it, tomorrow sounds like a “Whopper” dose. I’ll see you in my dreams no doubt. 🙂
b’ito, I have to hand it to you. You’re able to stay tuned in to what’s going on in the world and focus on thinking about it even when you’re feeling lousy. That takes strength!
The vast majority of us (certainly me) can think only about how crummy we feel and the wider world sort of fades out of the picture.
Don’t mean to embarrass you, but…wow…
I just got back home from a Tenebrae service at church. Don’t know if you’re familiar with this aspect of lent, but there’s a ritual of chanting the Lamentations of the Old Testament while gradually every light/candle in the church is extinguished until the church is in total darkness. It’s a really moving ceremony that’s supposed to remind us that just about the time things are looking really bleak and darkness seems to have closed in, hope is about to re-emerge. I hope after the big push tomorrow, that is your experience, too.
k’es, I have all of you on this site to thank for keeping me going. I feel it helps me to try to keep my muddy brain trying to work.
I don’t remember that service in the Lutheran service. Being an alter boy I sure as hell remember a hell of a lot of candles to light and snuff and getting communion things together. Always “loved” it when my partner didn’t show.
Everyone wanted to leave and I had to snuff what seemed lie 8 million candles by my self. 😆
😆 My son had the same experience, b’ito!
Kes, I love the sound of that service!
Cher, I was thinking of you, b’ito and everyone here during the service. I wish you could have been there. It was in a gigantic old cathedral, and you would hardly believe the complete silence that prevailed (with hundreds of people there) in that darkness. Quite an experience.
G@#D@#$ MOTHER F@#$ING S@#$Ty A$$ MEDS!
Yeah “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is another piece of BS people who never went through a health crisis say.
Running on a platform to deny children healthcare in CA. Good luck with that Witless.
Take care dude. Getting plenty of rest is the only thing that really makes you feel better.
Poisson D’Avril or April Fools Day – a few hours early, but am going off since I must get up at 3:00 tomorrow morning and finish the prep for the dreaded ‘procedure.’
Am anxious for this to be over and for it to be Friday!
PBS in our area has a great show on tonight called the ‘Apollo Wives’ – the wives stories about their husbands and the right stuff.
Hope you all have a great night and better tomorrow!
Oh, am re-posting this site as it is hilarious!
In honor of funniness:
Speaking of tax policy and changing the least little bit in these corps…
Because of the changes in the HCR they are bitching because they can no longer double dip on their taxes,
Someone asked for dueling banjos.
Yup, that was a dedication for the Sarah Palin vs Levi Johnson battling over reality shows from Alaska.
Have you or anyone else ever seen this site?
Just saw it on dailykos in a diary mocking Palin’s attempt to fool her audience into believing that she’s not a racist by scoring the ‘interview’ with LL Cool J.
OMG, I almost busted a gut reading the ‘testimonials’.
Weren’t they hilarious, Khirad?
Did you read the letters from their ‘friends’?
It’s a great site!
Question for Sister Sarah –
“How’s that fiscally conservatively thingy working out for Alaska?”
Fucking Hell. There, I got your attention. Why censorship can be so absurd:
For effing sake, The Sun even blurred out this legitimate village’s name on its sign. 🙄
Must be a pretty nasty word Khirad, This fucking CC won’t let me go to Wiki! 😆
Freaking funny, Khirad!
Thanks for the laugh!
Fucking A! ( as in Austrian.)
That’s hilarious Khirad but I just had to use an eyewash after reading it in Murdoch’s rag.
For their information that would be “Helles Bier.” *snark*
It was ironic that The Sun would blur out the sign name with all the other obscenity in it.
Noted on the German, I thought the same.
here is an interesting counterpoint to angry progressives from a…progressive? Austin Science Policy Examiner’s Steven Andrews makes some very pragmatic points. I think I agree with him although it doesn’t (the new policy) sit very quietly with me.
(I should also add as a post script that I believe that this is more about putting some protections in place that haven’t been in place since 2008 and that actual drilling won’t take place, if ever, for many years. I think what is truly at the heart of this move is to further box in the Republicans with their own rhetoric no matter what they say. Either they get behind what they have said in the past ( ” We must be open to all energy independence options” , not likely since Obama is for it now) or they will continue to follow their zero sum game of complete obstruction (highly likely).)
Excellent article, SN. Yes, I know there are political and practical reasons for this policy, but it makes me want to go home and hug one of my trees.
unfortunately or fortunately, I am not always sure which, there just really aren’t many alternatives than to trust that president Obama and his advisers actually know what they are doing. I mean, regardless of all the hullabaloo we have witnessed and continue to witness, HCR actually passed and was signed in to law after not a single president was able to do that since Roosevelt, Teddy started talking about that subject in 1901.
“blindly” is your word not mine.
are you trying to start a kerfuffle with me?
The health care success certainly wins some points. In this political climate, with constant propaganda being spewed at us from all angles, being strategic is essential. I do tend to trust this president more than his predecessors, including Clinton and Carter. His record, as far as I’m concerned, has been pretty damned good to date — much better than I expected.
Levi Johnson competing with Sister Sarah for an Alaskan Reality TV Show?
(cue Dueling Banjos)
Those two are quite alike actually.
OMG T his is too much! S’arah new show scheduled for tomorrow, turns out to be a fraud.
Palin Can Now Add
I can answer what the heck that crap is –
It’s FOX owning the GOP and Sarah Palin is their darling media super star!
Just ask McCain!
I’m curious if Welch will do the right thing and speak out since he spoke against the Republicans voting no on HCR.
Then again, Welch is a typical greedy man without a conscience or soul, so his “interview” with Sarah might be a good thing for him, as long as they pay him for it!
j’avaz , I just found this totally strange.
Nothing surprises me about the ‘unfair and unbalanced’ station nor does discovering that Sister Sarah is a fake media hound.
You think the choice between McCain and Hayworth is bad?
Just imagine Russell Pearce replacing Sheriff Joe!
Arizona is desperately trying to lure businesses by offering the lowest tax rates in the country, yet what sort of business would want to relocate to a state that’s going backwards fast to the 1950’s?
And speaking of warped – gun legislation that no longer requires background checks?
So, our wonderful pro-gun Republican Governor and Legislature have no problem selling guns to convicted felons?
I’m a bit of a transportation wonk, and given this morning’s announcement about off shore drilling, this petition seems timely. If you have the interest, please sign.
Call for big, bold change
Signed sealed delivered. I hope there will be another against the newly announced off-shore drilling policy. This is where the President and I differ. When was the last time Big Oil ever protected the environment over their drilling profits?
Sue, did you see my note to you about thr Diane Rehm show on RR Militias?
Worth a listen if you can.
Tanks, Bito. I will take a listen. Hope you are doing ok today. I saw where they told you to cut your hair. My friend Amy told me they told her that in order to diminish the shack factor when her hair started to fall out. Her short haircut looked fabulous on her and her head wraps I thought were a bold fashion statement.
Sue, I didn’t cut it last time and it was a shock. I figured this time I will get it cut and give my self a couple of weeks to get used to it. My mother (who wore her hair in a bun) got her hair cut before treatment, I cried, she laughed. 😆
The president is totally off base when it comes to the environment, IMO. Clean coal? Please.
I’m glad he opened up the 1M acres of wilderness areas, but then he let people carry guns there. 😡
And this off shore drilling is a non starter for me — although I think I understand why it’s being done. We’re trying for energy independence, and there are some industrial processes that can’t be done without oil. People don’t talk about manufacturing processes and heavy vehicles, and that part of the conversation is very important when we’re trying to develop clean, green energy. We need to talk about more than cars and residential electricity.
Nellie, do you remember the loopholes from the Clinton Administration that Oil Companies use to get out of paying taxes for drilling off-shore and not paying the US for the oil they pump?
Have you heard anything at all about the Obama Administration closing that loophole and going after the Oil Companies for past due taxes and paying us for the oil they pump?
The Republicans will fight tooth and nail against any regulations on Big Oil, but this needs to be fixed!
I haven’t heard about O or congress doing anything to close tax loopholes, but that would be awesome.
If we thought the health care fight was bad, wait until we get into the tax code. It’s really going to get ugly.
Nellie, I agree about Obama and environmentalism. In this case, I think he may be doing this partly because of C&T legislation he wants passed and is heading off Rep protests that ” we have untapped resources right here!” Right, about, what, 1% of the oil we need?
I don’t think he’s really courting Repub votes, just taking away one of their obstructionist talking points. And he knows they’ll be screeching, “Drill, baby, drill!”
I heard this argument this morning on the radio — that this is the same route he took to health care reform. I thought that was a good point. But I also think this president tends to be more conservative than people think — and he may have new information that has persuaded him that this is a necessary step.
I’m not going to get too upset about this, because I realize 1) that it will be a long time before we even know what’s going to be made out of these leases, and 2) political rhetoric matters. I doubt anyone could build political capital based on my environmental vision — solar on every roof, massive funding for public transportation infrastructure, a moratorium on all commercial and residential development, and population control.
😆 I’m not holding my breath on those puppies either, N. Even though it sounds great!
We can dream, though, right, e? 😆
I agree, Nellie. I’m not crazy about the clean coal, nukes, or offshore drilling he is proposing. I’m not having a meltdown over it though. I suppose I’m in “wait and see” mode.
Done, Nellie. Thanks.
I’ll sign that and send it around ! Thanks Nellie.
Looking at the stories on the flooding situation in New England, I have to ask if anyone has heard from BigDogMom recently. I know she lives in Connecticut and I gather they were affected by this record-breaking flooding. Hope all’s well with her.
Good Point, k’es, I haven’t seen her here lately, Hope she is all right. She’s had a rough year.
True, b’ito. And she has an amazing spirit.
I’ve not seen her around for awhile. Last week maybe or the week before?