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Game of Moans.
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 07/13/2014 14:37:42

Seems there's this teevee show called Game of Thrones that everyone but Velveeta is watching. There is a book as well. While yours-truly did attempt to watch and read, if for no other reason than to join in the many conversations, I can report to you that the only thing she gained from watching and reading was a long and very deep sleep.

It's something about kings and queens (but not of the Gay/drag variety; though that would spice it up) and squires and bastards and so on and so forth. They all seem to live in places that sound like gated communities in Florida: Kings Landing, Storms End, Castlery Rock. According to Wikipedia it's all about things that start with the letter 'W' like Winter, Walls, Wolves, Wars, Whores, Weddings, which, by the way you shouldn't plan in the summer because "Winter is coming". At least that's the line of dialogue I kept hearing every time I'd wake up long enough to wipe away the drool and find the remote to switch the TV off.
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 07/13/2014 15:33:17 by Will in Chicago)

Moo!
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/12/2014 12:27:40

Good Morning.

TriSec is shaking his head today over an item I ran across in a Harriet Carter catalog. Oh, we all get them - it comes every few weeks and is full of all sorts of weird and wonderful products that "everybody wants because everybody needs".

But buried deep inside the most recent one, I found something that made me do a double-take.
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3 comments (Latest Comment: 07/13/2014 13:03:20 by velveeta jones)

Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 07/11/2014 13:16:32

In today's edition I'd like to highlight some of the #HobbyLobbyLove

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44 comments (Latest Comment: 07/11/2014 21:35:36 by Mondobubba)

Look over here, no… Wait! look over there!
Author: Raine    Date: 07/10/2014 14:15:59

On June 30th of this year, immigration reform was essentially dead in the water.
President Barack Obama will not wait any longer for House Republicans to pass an immigration bill, after Speaker John A. Boehner told him he will not allow a vote this year, the president said Monday.

“Last week he informed me that Republicans will continue to block immigration reform at least for the remainder of this year,” Obama said Monday in a Rose Garden statement where he announced he would go it alone on immigration, “without Congress,” as far as he can.

Obama said he believes Boehner when he says he wants to pass an immigration bill, but he hasn’t been able to pass anything despite a year and a half of trying.
As the child immigrant crisis goes from very bad to terribly worse, the President asked for $3.7 Billion in emergency funding to increase border security and to speed up the processing to return these children home. In other words: more judges to enforce the law - which I mentioned on Monday - more detention facilities, and a way to make sure these minors (CHILDREN) are treated humanely. John Boenher responded to the President's request with a possible solution: a study.
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41 comments (Latest Comment: 07/11/2014 13:01:32 by Scoopster)

The Other Court Cases
Author: BobR    Date: 2014-07-09 10:59:04

Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of news coverage and discussion about a couple key Supreme Court decisions. The biggest - Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. - is the one that allows "secular" businesses to opt out of laws that they feel violate the owners' religious beliefs (in this case - contraception). The other - McCullen v. Coakley - eliminated "buffer zones" at abortion clinics as a violation of the 1st Amendment. In other words - no contraception, and when you have to deal with the consequences, you aren't getting any protection from the insane anti-choice crowds.

Lost in all of the noise are the results of some of the other cases, which can also have a fairly significant effect on our lives. Here are a few of them...
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49 comments (Latest Comment: 07/09/2014 21:46:05 by Mondobubba)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/08/2014 10:28:42

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,657th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing war, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,333
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,119

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through:

$ 1, 547, 719, 900, 000 .00


So...suppose you're a vet, and you're just hanging around your local VA hospital waiting for another appointment when your heart decides to attack you. You're already in the hospital, so it should be a simple matter for somebody to scoop you up and run down the hall to the ER, right? Astonishingly, this is not so.
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35 comments (Latest Comment: 07/09/2014 03:43:40 by Will in Chicago)

Dangerously Misinformed
Author: Raine    Date: 07/07/2014 13:07:58

Yesterday, on Meet The Press, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson had to repeatedly correct the host regarding the crisis we are seeing of children coming into the United states from Central America.
DAVID GREGORY: You heard the mayor of Murrieta, “Why now? Why so many?” Is part of the answer that the administration, through some of its executive actions, have said, in effect, “Look, if you come, we’re going to let you in?”

SECRETARY JEH JOHNSON: First of all, David, the reason we’re seeing this influx has to do primarily with the conditions in the three Central American countries that they’re leaving from, the push factor.

DAVID GREGORY: More than– and it’s double, though?

DAVID GREGORY: Could it be 90,000 this year?

SECRETARY JEH JOHNSON: Honduras is in a really bad place right now. El Salvador, Guatemala. The push factor is what is driving this recent influx. In addition, we know that the smuggling organizations, the criminal smuggling organizations, are putting out a lot of disinformation about supposed ‘free passes’ into this country that are going to expire at the end of May, at the end of June. “Just give us your money and we’ll get you into the country by the end of the month.” It’s like a used car salesman saying that the sale’s going to expire at the end of the week.

DAVID GREGORY: But that’s not all misinformation, Mr. Secretary. There is deferred action on some children, passed in 2012, that will allow some children of illegal immigrants to stay.

SECRETARY JEH JOHNSON: Well, that’s the point we keep stressing. The deferred action program is for kids who came to this country seven years ago. It’s not for anyone who comes to this country today, tomorrow or yesterday. And the legislation that the Senate passed, which provides for an earned path to citizenship, is for those who were in this country in 2011. It’s not for those that are coming here today.

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45 comments (Latest Comment: 07/07/2014 21:38:39 by Mondobubba)

Time to GO!
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 07/06/2014 14:14:51

I was going to do an open blog today because I have to work and it's just so hard to be creative - or even think - with a busy day looming.

But I thought I'd leave you with this discussion nugget. Something that's been on my mind since last years dismantling of the Civil Rights Act.

It is this: Justice Thomas must go.
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 07/06/2014 15:56:05 by Will in Chicago)

Again, this happens.
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/05/2014 11:42:45

Good Morning. Happy Fifth! I'm sure that those of you that didn't get a hurricane yesterday enjoyed your holiday. Well, ours was a disaster; many things from yesterday were postponed to today, and our local fireworks aren't even happening until tomorrow, but I digress.
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4 comments (Latest Comment: 07/06/2014 13:37:53 by velveeta jones)

Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 07/04/2014 13:54:19

4th of July Edition

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6 comments (Latest Comment: 07/04/2014 23:41:48 by TriSec)

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