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.

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escribacat
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Rolling Teabagger Review hits Denver:

“We want everyone to remember why we are the strong country we are,” said Eric Olsen, of the Montana Tea Party. “We are for limited government, lower taxes, high wages, more freedoms. We are worried about all that, so that is why we tea party.”

I’d like to ask this guy how he plans to get those “high wages.”

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/23020979/detail.html

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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?

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Chernynkaya
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That depends– which part of the bikini do you still have?

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Kalima
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Guess, we used to go topless in Bali. 🙂

Actually a bit early for you I know, but APRIL FOOL!!!!

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Chernynkaya
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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.

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Kalima
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😆 I would have had to stop driving to wipe my eyes. I love good maple syrup.

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javaz
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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!

http://www.blackpeopleloveus.com/

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KQµårk 死神
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Someone asked for dueling banjos.

httpsh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N40d047u-L8&feature=related

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javaz
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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?

http://www.blackpeopleloveus.com/

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.

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Khirad
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OMG, I almost busted a gut reading the ‘testimonials’.

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javaz
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Weren’t they hilarious, Khirad?

Did you read the letters from their ‘friends’?

It’s a great site!

😆

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javaz
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Question for Sister Sarah –

“How’s that fiscally conservatively thingy working out for Alaska?”

Sarah Palin has long sold herself as a fiscal conservative, arguing against the Democrats’ health overhaul on the grounds that the nation simply can’t afford it.

But when the former vice presidential candidate resigned as governor of Alaska in the summer of 2009, she left the state with a 70 percent debt-to-GDP ratio — the highest state debt burden in the United States.

That’s according to data compiled by the Washington Independent’s Megan Carpentier, who notes that Alaska has a debt burden similar to “that of Jordan and Palin’s favorite health care resource, Canada, and a higher ratio than Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, India, the Philippines or Uruguay.”

By comparison, crisis-stricken California has a debt ratio of less than 40 percent. All the more confounding about Alaska’s debt is the fact that it is an oil-producing region with a small population to share in that wealth. Oil-rich Alberta, Canada, for example, collects no sales tax and still managed to retire its debt entirely in 2004.

While Alaska’s massive debt burden can’t be blamed entirely on Palin’s two-and-a-half-year stint as governor, she did face similar debt problems while mayor of Wasilla, and those appear to be of her own making.

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0331/postpalin-alaska-largest-debt-burden/

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Khirad
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Fucking Hell. There, I got your attention. Why censorship can be so absurd:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2911992/Brewing-scandal-over-Fing-beer.html

For effing sake, The Sun even blurred out this legitimate village’s name on its sign. 🙄

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fucking_austria

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Kalima
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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*

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Khirad
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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.

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Chernynkaya
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Fucking A! ( as in Austrian.)

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javaz
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Freaking funny, Khirad!

Thanks for the laugh!

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SanityNow
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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.

http://www.examiner.com/x-10722-Austin-Science-Policy-Examiner~y2010m3d31-Obamas-energy-policy-makes-sense-to-this-tree-hugger

(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).)

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nellie
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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.

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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.

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nellie
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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.

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SanityNow
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“blindly” is your word not mine.

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SanityNow
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are you trying to start a kerfuffle with me?

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javaz
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Levi Johnson competing with Sister Sarah for an Alaskan Reality TV Show?

(cue Dueling Banjos)

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/03/levi-is-shopping-a-show.html#more

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escribacat
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Those two are quite alike actually.

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javaz
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You think the choice between McCain and Hayworth is bad?

Just imagine Russell Pearce replacing Sheriff Joe!

There’s been a whiff of brimstone in the air with the rumor that state Senator Russell Pearce, the most bigoted public servant in Arizona (and that’s saying a lot), has been actively lobbying Maricopa County to become its replacement sheriff, should Arpaio run for governor, keel over, or be indicted and removed from office, whichever comes first.

Over at the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, which would appoint a replacement for Arpaio should he no longer be able to serve, spokeswoman Cari Gerchick said she knew of no such effort from Pearce.

The rumors have it that there’s been a letter from Pearce to the BOS. Gerchick said there’s no letter to her knowledge.

Adding a little fuel to the speculation was a report on Monday’s CBS 5 newscast that Pearce would be delighted to have Joe’s job should it ever become available.

“Would I consider it? Absolutely,” Pearce told CBS 5 when asked. “I love those folks. I love law enforcement. Public safety is my number one issue, always has been.

“I clearly have a love for law enforcement, and it would be a serious consideration if something happened there.”

Actually, it’s not news that Pearce craves the post of sheriff. When Arpaio first ran back in 1992, he vowed to serve only one term. Many assumed that his Chief Deputy Russell Pearce was his heir apparent.

That’s right, Russell Pearce used to be Arpaio’s David Hendershott, before Hendershott filled that role so amply. In fact, Pearce is usually credited with coming up with the idea of using surplus tents to create Tent City.

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bastard/2010/03/russell_pearce_for_sheriff_yes.php

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?

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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.

Thanks,
nel

Call for big, bold change

Every six years, Congress sets the country’s transportation and infrastructure priorities

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PatsyT
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I’ll sign that and send it around ! Thanks Nellie.

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Chernynkaya
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Done, Nellie. Thanks.

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SueInCa
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Nellie
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?

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nellie
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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.

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escribacat
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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.

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Chernynkaya
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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!”

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nellie
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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. :mrgreen:

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escribacat
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😆 I’m not holding my breath on those puppies either, N. Even though it sounds great!

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nellie
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We can dream, though, right, e? 😆

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javaz
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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!

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nellie
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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.

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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.

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boomer1949
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I’ve not seen her around for awhile. Last week maybe or the week before?

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