11 Feb 2012

Pull Up a Chair

We are getting married on the beach…

17 Dec 2011

Pull Up a Chair: The Gift

As many of you know, KarenM recently donated a kidney to her son-in-law Jimmy. Of course there’s a lot that went into getting them into the OR, but we’ll start with some tales from the surgery. What a beautiful gift.

15 Dec 2011

Census Data Shows 1 In 2 People Are Poor Or Low-Income

WASHINGTON — Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans – nearly 1 in 2 – have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income. The latest census data depict a middle class that’s shrinking as unemployment stays high and the

24 Aug 2011

Planned Parenthood vs. The States: The Legal Battles Rage

Laura Bassett at HuffPost writes in her first three paragraphs The states launched an unprecedented avalanche of attacks against Planned Parenthood in their 2011 legislative sessions, but Planned Parenthood is battling back in the courts. Eighteen states have passed one or more measures to limit the services the family planning

24 Aug 2011

8 In 10 Lawmakers Lack An Academic Background In Business Or Economics: Study

Jordan Howard at the Huffington Post writes: WASHINGTON — Lawmakers try to convince their constituents that they have the best answers for jumpstarting the economy and lowering the deficit, but the majority them aren’t actually economics experts — at least not academically. Eight out of 10 members of Congress lack

05 Aug 2011

Too many tax shelters for 1,400 millionaires!

Cayman Islands equal tax shelters Alexander Eichler writes: American Millionaires: 1,400 Paid No U.S. Income Taxes In 2009 New tax data from the Internal Revenue service shows that in 2009, incomes fell, unemployment claims rose, and the U.S. economy shed nearly two million taxpayers. And of the 235,413 taxpayers who

29 Jul 2011

Top Democrats are urging Obama to invoke the 14th amendment to stave off the potential downgrading of U.S. creditworthiness

Here’s a link to the many stories at HuffPost about this issue. Tim Geithner: 14th Amendment says debt shall not be questioned.  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on Thursday …that the Constitution may trump the debt ceiling, allowing the administration a way out of the default impasse.  Rev. Chuck Currie:

28 Jul 2011

Americans are FURIOUS with Congress over their inability to raise the debt limit!

Henry C. Jackson at HuffPost has written a piece about how furious Americans are with congress at this brinkmanship that is close to tipping us over the economic cliff. He begins with these three paragraphs: Bob Krogman, an Air Force veteran who survived three helicopter crashes over North Vietnam, leaves

09 Jul 2011

Pull Up a Chair

I marched in the parade with our local Democratic Party on Monday… most of our members are truly progressive, and many of them are pretty upset with the president. We tossed tootsie rolls to kids and a few adults, too. It was the first time I had done that. Usually,

07 Jul 2011

Republicans’ intentional ignorance… by Bob Cesca at HuffPost

Cesca writes: Republicans and conservatives make it really, really difficult for us to avoid focusing on their lapses in intelligence. And with a conga-line of top shelf Republicans front and center for the 2012 presidential nomination, we’re being treated to more examples of nitwittery from these people. In the last