Monthly Archives: September 2013

An Attempt to Rewrite Democratic Rules


President Obama has said, repeatedly and in no uncertain terms, that he’ll negotiate with congressional Republicans about practically everything — except the debt ceiling. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is convinced the president will abandon that posture soon, and start agreeing to give the GOP far-right goodies in exchange for nothing.

Boehner’s caucus believes the same thing. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) told The Hill, “When Obama says he’s not going to negotiate on the debt ceiling, that’s just baloney. Ultimately, he will” (thanks to reader F.B. for the tip).

Here’s the issue Republicans don’t seem to appreciate: Obama can’t negotiate on this. It’s just not an option because there’s more at stake than just a fight over the nation’s finances.


This Week in Privatization

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Courtesy Wiki

4) National: USDA comes under fire for moving to privatize meat inspection in pork plants, while speeding up processing lines. Under an expanded pilot program, USDA safety inspectors would be replaced “with private inspectors employed by meat companies.”

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Puce Green
Last evening I went to visit my grandson. We had a lovely hike through the woods with the dog. When I walked back into the house my ex was watching some show with women screaming crude, sexually graphic insults at each other. Even after all these years it startles me that he would a) watch this crap, and b) watch this crap in the middle of the day when anyone (say our grandson) could walk in on it. I went to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee.
Just the few minutes it took me to make my coffee was enough to make me pound my head on the counter in dismay.I escaped outside where I sat in the relative silence, watching the trees and the changing clouds. The hopping bunny which morphed into a fine elegant horse was quite relaxing.

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