06 Jul 2011

U.S. has next to lowest tax rate in developed countries… after Iceland!

Despite what the GOP says about our having the second highest tax rate in the developed world… From Think Progress… During negotiations regarding raising the nation’s debt limit, congressional Republicans have defended tax loopholes for corporations, claiming that America has a high corporate tax rate that is stifling economic growth

02 Jul 2011

Pull Up a Chair

Just as we are deaf to the wisdom of water, it is
no accident that we are deaf to ourselves and to nature.
We are mostly water ourselves; so it is no wonder
our bodies are failing. Water is where we came from.

30 Jun 2011

Elizabeth Warren Appointment Dangles As Democrats Duck Recess Fight With Republicans

We all could have predicted this would happen…

Michael McAuliffe at HuffPost writes:

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress have called out the Democrats for a fight over recess — but there are few signs the Democrats are going to show up.

In a bid to stop President Obama from making Senate-circumventing appointments while Congress is out — most notably Consumer Financial Protection Bureau architect Elizabeth Warren — House Speaker John Boehner is banning his members — and the Senate — from going on holiday.

For one chamber to bar the other from recess is an extraordinary step that has seldom been perpetrated in the history of Congress, yet it is easily done because the Constitution requires each chamber to consent if the other will be out for more than three days.


However, after President Obama and Republicans declared Wednesday the Senate should keep doing work on the stalled debt talks, Senate Democrats said they were re-evaluating whether to allow Senators to go home for the Fourth.

Either way, under the normal rules of Capitol Hill, President Obama will not be able to use his own constitutional power to make recess appointments while there is a nearly unprecedented log jam of nominees waiting in the Senate. And an idle pro forma session seems the plan for the longer August break.

None of that is sitting well with progressives and judicial advocates who think the president and his party could take dramatic steps to shatter the GOP blockade and salvage their vision of government, rather than preserving their own days off.

There is no better candidate than Elizabeth Warren to head up the CFPB. Unfortunately, the Republicans want to tank the economy, so they can show us just how much testosterone they really have.

28 Jun 2011

Republicans: Read this report and then weep! Your ideology is completely wrong.

Via Huffington Post, I found a post at Think Progress which demonstrates that those states that cut spending actually caused:

1 percentage point increase in the unemployment rate

2.1 percent loss of private employment

2.9 percent real economic contraction relative to the national economic trend

chart of states that increase spending vs. those that decrease spending

The chart is from the Think Progess post.

On the other hand, those states that increased funding actually caused the reverse:

0.2 percentage point decrease in the unemployment rate

1.4 percent increase in private employment

0.5 percent real economic growth since the start of the recession

As the report notes, it is not just about public sector employees… those states that decreased funding actually caused an increase in the unemployment rate, including for private sector employees, as well as “a contraction relative to the national economic trend.”

You can read the rest of the report right here!

Of course, it may be that Republicans don’t really care about jobs, but merely use the “jobless recovery” as part of their rhetoric.

25 Jun 2011

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What is the funniest movie you have ever seen?

18 Jun 2011

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What are you doing for Fathers Day? Anything special… dinner or brunch? Maybe a movie? We might do that, too, since I have budgeted enough money for both. If we go to a movie, I might eat some butterless popcorn or some raisinettes. What are your plans?

11 Jun 2011

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Last week, RevBev suggested self-care as a topic.. I thought it was a great idea! I have some inexpensive suggestions for keeping your immune system healthy and for keeping your skin in good shape, too.

04 Jun 2011

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How do the rest of you manage to get rid of extra fat? Or, do you have some other goal for self-improvement? We could check in here in the threads each week with each other and see how we are all doing…

26 May 2011

Rick Santorum — the man with the Google problem — is ready to launch his presidential campaign.

Just read about it right here! Is there anyone in these United States who will actually vote for this man? I cannot believe there will be many… The third and fourth paragraphs: Santorum already had announced his presidential ambitions and he has been aggressively campaigning in the early nominating states

21 May 2011

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This was the 38th year for the all-volunteer, free Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. There were over forty different breeds of sheep (baa!) on display and, of course, demonstrations of sheep dog skillz. Lots of workshops available for both farmers and crafters, and hundreds of vendors for shopping. There were demonstrations of spinning, yarn-dyeing and all kinds of other fiber techniques. And so many competitions, including one titled “Sheep to Shawl.”

One of the show’s highlights is the blade shearing competition, with shearers coming from all over the country. No electrics, they use hand-powered shears. It’s the only competition like this in the States. The winner (Emily Chamelin) goes on to compete internationally in New Zealand.

To get a feel for the event, please check out my slideshow, I took a lot of pictures for you.