Archive for March, 2012

Open Thread…………………………………………………….Saturday, March 31

March 31st, 2012 95 comments


Its time for a new open thread.  These are the new cherry blossom stamps, especially made for the centennial birthday of our gift from Japan.  Has anyone seen them yet?  They appear to be mirror image stamps.

What’s in bloom in your yard?

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Joe Scarborough On Trayvon Martin: Conservatives Are ‘Fools’ For Taking Political Stance

March 31st, 2012 70 comments

Do you agree or disagree with Morning Joe Scarborough?  Things got real quiet around here when that police house video got posted.  Why must the death of Trayvon Martin be political?  Why must it be a conservative vs liberal side?

Are people being fools?

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Virginia’s Rivers Second Most Polluted in Nation

March 30th, 2012 45 comments

Virginia is second-worst in the nation for toxic chemicals dumped into its waterways, according to a report released this month.

The report, “Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act,” claims 18 million pounds of toxic chemicals are released by industrial facilities into state rivers, lakes and streams annually.

Five Virginia rivers made the report’s list of 50 worst waterways in the nation, while other findings show that more than 377,000 pounds of toxic pollutants were dumped into the Shenandoah River, and 400,000 pounds were released into the Potomac River.

Now this calls for outrage. Oh Shenandoah, one of America’s most notable rivers in folk song can now shrivel your toes because it is so toxin. How have things gotten so bad?  It takes a minute to play.  O Shenandoah by the Statler Bros.

    (O Shenandoah-click here)

“Virginia’s waterways are a polluter’s paradise right now,” said Laura Anderson, field organizer with Environment Virginia. “There’s obviously something wrong if polluters are dumping 18 million pounds of toxic pollution into our waterways here in Virginia every year.”

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Jon Stewart gives Spike Lee a lesson in manners

March 30th, 2012 Comments off

After he admonishes Mitt Romney on international gaffes.



Once Jon Stewart gets hold of you, you know you have been taken to task.  He thinks McLean family is darling.  A tweet isn’t the best way to apologize to a 70 year old couple. 

What has Spike Lee done to atone for his social gaffe against this retired couple?

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MD Clinic Landlord Gets Even: Voice of Choice

March 30th, 2012 17 comments

A clinic’s landlord turns the tables on anti-abortion protesters

Todd Stave is the landlord of a clinic in Germantown that provides abortions. Reproductive Health Services became the focus of antiabortion protesters when it was leased to LeRoy Carhart, one of the few doctors in the nation who acknowledges performing late-term abortions. 

Todd is no stranger to clinic protests.  His father owned the clinic and his sister managed it.  He has been around protests since he was 5 years old.  He doesn’t mind people protesting.  He feels it is their first amendment right to protest there. 

I’ve been a member of this fight since Roe v. Wade, since I was 5 years old,” he said. The office was firebombed when he was a kid, and protesters gathered outside the family home as he was growing up. So he’s no stranger to the harassment and bullying of doctors and their families.

It has become routine for protesters to distribute fliers and create Web sites that supply personal information about doctors and encourage others to badger them. Kansas doctor George Tiller was killed in 2009, and the farm of his protege, Carhart, was burned to the ground in 1991

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ABC Video asks more questions than it answers about George Zimmerman

March 29th, 2012 29 comments

The Daily Caller:

Former NAACP leader C.L. Bryant is accusing Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton of “exploiting” the Trayvon Martin tragedy to “racially divide this country.”

“His family should be outraged at the fact that they’re using this child as the bait to inflame racial passions,” Rev. C.L. Bryant said in a Monday interview with The Daily Caller.

The conservative black pastor who was once the chapter president of the Garland, Texas NAACP called Jackson and Sharpton “race hustlers” and said they are “acting as though they are buzzards circling the carcass of this young boy.”

Let’s look at this story from another vantage point. If it weren’t for Al Sharpton, where would this story even be?  Where was it before March 5 when Al Sharpton got wind of it?  It was nowhere.  Not even a blip on the radar.

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And yet another anti abortion bill….Congress this time

March 28th, 2012 26 comments

The Huffington Post:

The House Judiciary Committee voted 20-13 on Tuesday to advance a bill that would make it a crime for anyone but a parent to accompany a young woman outside of her home state to have an abortion. The committee rejected several proposed amendments that would have provided exceptions for victims of rape or incest, women facing threats to their health, and grandparents and older siblings trying to accompany their family members to abortion clinics.

The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), imposes a prison term of up to a year for a doctor who performs an abortion on an out-of-state minor that is not accompanied by a parent. It has 158 cosponsors in the House and a companion bill in the Senate.

“This legislation is based on common-sense,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement on Monday. “Parents have the right to be involved in their children’s lives.”

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Pet Bereavement

March 28th, 2012 17 comments

There is an article in the Washington Post entitled The Death of a  Pet can Hurt as Much as the Loss of a Relative that absolutely brought me to my knees.  I have felt guilty for years that my little dog Smitty’s death clobbered me worse than the death of my father.  It has been 20 years since that dog died and I still am not over it.  I have lost other dogs and a cat since then.  It still stands out as the absolute worst of the worst other than the loss of my mother.  In that case, it might have tied.  She, of all people, would understand that so I don’t feel guilty. 

The article talks about why we feel pet loss so intensely and it is worth reading.  Do it when you aren’t embarrassed to start tearing up.  It is sort of a private read.  Too little is done for people who lose pets.  I try to send condolence cards to my friends and family when pets die.  I don’t get to everyone but I try.  As a society, we say we are sorry but we move on about our every day business.  We don’t ask how that person is doing or probably even think that some of our friend go home to an empty house after the death of a pet. There was no funeral, no visitation.  Just a long empty drive home, in some cases. 

Stoney’s ashes sit on my desk.  I bought a gray toy stuffed Schnauzer to sit on top of the urn.  I am ok with his death.  I poured thousands of dollars into his wellness and he and I both ran out of patience.  It was time.  Mr. Howler is a wonderful human being about pets and when it is time.  He always goes and does the dirty deed.  I know they are in good hands and I make a point of telling people that is one reason why I married him.  I mean it as the highest of compliments because that is something very important to me.  My son has inherited some of the dirty deed work and he has his father’s compassion.  It kills him but he does it. 

Where are the pet bereavement groups?  Are there local groups?  Are they face to face?  Are they online?  If pet death is as bad or worse than the death of family members, we as a society sure have come up lacking in that department.  There seems to be a group for everything else.  What happens to us when our pets cross over the rainbow bridge? 

Your thoughts on a very sad topic?  (I am happy to report my pets, to my knowledge, are in good health.)



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Never Forget: What We Carry project

March 27th, 2012 3 comments




“Evil does not need your help, just your indifference.” Hanns Loewenbach, survivor

The East Coast premiere of “What We Carry,” a documentary featuring the stories of four Hampton Roads Holocaust survivors, will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday March 25, at the Tidewater Community College Roper Performing Arts Center.

The 63-minute film boldly documents four survivors’ unique stories through a riveting format that creates an immediate emotional intimacy, so that truth can live on, questions can be asked, and history cannot be rewritten.

Produced by award-winning filmmakers Janice Engel and Amber Howell, “What We Carry” combines interviews with still photos, archival footage and music created specifically for the film.

The documentary was developed for the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s innovative project by the same name.

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March 27th, 2012 7 comments

Plastic Waste

Morning Joe has guests sounding the alarm about plastic pollution.  One guest is warning about grocery bags.  She says that the plastic bags will outlive the pyramids.  She strongly recommended that everyone take the recyclable bags to the grocery store. 

The men on Morning Joe all cringed and said they refused to walk in a grocery store with a cloth grocery bag.  Is it really a sissy thing to do?

Nearly everything is plastic.  Our bottles and jars are plastic.  The garbage bags we buy are plastic.   Even the make up I use that used to be in glass jars has gone plastic.  I thought we got to recycle plastic bottles.  Is this something to fix or is someone pushing the alarm buttons again?  Do you have any plastic warnings?  Plastic tips?  Is it sissy to take a recyclable bag to the grocery?