08 Feb 2009

Nemo’s Lessons About The Economy

Finding Nemo gets screened a lot at our house.  Having a five year old is an excuse to watch funny cartoons over and over again.  The artwork is mesmerizing — those Pixar guys are geniuses.  The script is hilarious, even the 90th time through (did I mention the five year old?). The other day we were watching the movie and it hit me that it isn’t just a tale of parents and kids and overcoming fear, it’s also a fable about how people deal with the economy.

08 Feb 2009

Will Children Be Casualties Of The Stimulus “Compromise”?

The stimulus kabuki continues. Will children be the losers in this publicly played out farce? Via CQ: The single biggest spending cut to the original Senate plan comes out of a $79 billion state fiscal stabilization allocation that would help states avoid tax increases and cutbacks in education and other high priority services.

08 Feb 2009

Sunday Cuppa

Photo via jimpg2.It’s Sunday morning. What’s catching your eye in the news this morning?

Enjoy the house sparrows as they jostle for some space.

Pour another cuppa…and tell me what’s caught your eye, your mind or your heart this morning.

07 Feb 2009

Catching Up, Chilling Out And Recipe Swap Saturday Thread

Vegetable market via computix.

Thought folks might like some space to chit chat, swap a few recipes, talk a little politics and just generally hang out. Because who doesn’t want a place to hang with friends on a Saturday evening?

If this works for everyone, maybe we’ll make it a regular feature.

07 Feb 2009


Via NYTimes:…scientists found that the subjects who had reported drinking three to five cups of coffee daily were 65 percent less likely to have developed dementia, compared with those who drank two cups or less. Boo yah!

07 Feb 2009

Pull Up A Chair…

Yesterday during one of my threads, we started talking about ways folks are planning to tuck a few more veggies into their gardens. Or their flower beds. Or into containers. Pretty much anywhere they can for some veggies through the summer to offset the cost of living or the potential loss of income from layoffs or worse. We started talking about the fact that I’m hoping to tuck a few extra veggies into my own yard among the perennials not just for my own family, but because I think some of our friends or family might be able to use them as well…

06 Feb 2009

Might I Suggest Anger Management Sessions? Or A Desert Island?

Photo via ronsho.Just when you think it’s safe to go back in the water:The knives are already out just two weeks after Bush left the White House, as some of his closest friends and former aides begin lobbing sharp criticisms at the Obama administration.

The comments mark a departure from the general rules of decorum that held sway during the final weeks of the Bush administration, when the departing

06 Feb 2009

Friday Muppet Blogging

Yesterday, I was showing my daughter the prototype of my new blog. We started talking about things I planned to do, including a regular Friday feature, and I explained to her that the tradition was to do pet blogging. I wanted her to pick whether our dachshund or our calico cat would get the nod. The Peanut solemnly shook her head and said, “No momma, not PJ or Rascal. It has to be Muppets.”

06 Feb 2009

Oh Noes! It’s Possible Ethics Woes!

Looks like some questions are being raised about Mark Gitenstein’s lobbying ties and the potential conflict of interest it might present in helping select federal judges at the Office of Legal Policy: The likely nominee to head Justice’s Office of Legal Policy, Mark Gitenstein, worked as a lobbyist for the chamber between 2000 and 2008, helping his firm earn more than $6 million in fees, according to federal lobbying records.

06 Feb 2009

Welcome Home

I’ve always thought of change in politics as a sort ripple effect: each of us takes a step toward making a change, and that ripples out to others taking the same steps. Suddenly, you have a wave and enough momentum to crash into the static and hopefully force a change of course.