A little background...
Gee this is difficult! How to start?
My great nephew Andy, 20, has been arrested for heroin purchase, declared ward of state and tossed into some sort of solitary/detox situation in FL. This happened fast, no court appearances or anything that I can tell, but I hear he'll be there for quite some time. While synthetic heroin-like Oxycodone is available at any "pain clinic" in FL, if you don't have the money for that and buy heroin on the street, it's a felony.
And I'm not happy with that start but I've sat here too long...
This is breaking and not a lot of info yet, but
Democrat backed by Obama wins Senate nomination in Florida
That is a real headline and sub from the Chicago Tribune this morning. Page 12 in the Nation and World section, by M. Barabak.
I'm 53 years old. Grew up in NY-23 and left ASAP. Growing up, I knew of one black family, and that was in high school. They were "city kids" and I lived way way out in the sticks. The population of this "city" is now about 10,000 with a median income of about $33,000. Growing up for me, $33,000 would have been the rich kids. My dad worked afternoons 3 to 11, and my mom worked 10 pm to 6 am in a factory. I am one of ten children. My parents would have suffered and never come to see you, Ms. Sherrod.
If I hadn't lived through the past few years in American media and politics, I wouldn't have believed my ears this morning. I was watching Chuck Todd's show for the first time. He was given a bombshell and did nothing with it. The things Orrin Hatch claimed on the show are newsworthy, but Todd wasn't up to the task and proved inadequate when given this news.
So I'm sitting in a teensy, noisy waiting room this morning with about 6-10 other people. Just where everyone wants to start their week, right? I find a seat, open my newspaper, and prepare to wait for an estimated 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
Most everyone was reading. Except for a salt 'n pepper-haired guy who was raving and foaming at the mouth about deficits, Obama this and Obama that. He was sitting next to a woman - you all know her. She's retired or close to retired. She's quiet, looks like she lets a lot of stuff go, and tries very hard to be nice in public. The guy appears to be looking at her while he goes on and on, but she never takes her eyes off her book and never responds to anything he says.
She isn't me.
If you assumed that discount clothing stores like H&M and Walmart have after-holiday sales for their unsold merchandise like any other store, you'd be wrong!
It's recently been reported in the NYTimes (1/5/10) that their local H&M store and Walmart regularly destroy and discard clothing and hangers rather than sell them at lower prices or donating them to charity.
If you Google "Bank Failures 2009" you'll get quite a list of doom and gloom to pour through. Most of the articles just state the fact that more banks are failing, and that the FDIC is neck-deep in red ink. There have been too many stories to count explaining how mortgage scammers and credit default swaps screwed up the world with bogus financial transactions. And, some people are blaming poor people for the mess.
But I recently came across one activity that I hadn't seen mentioned a lot before. Start-up banks whose only purpose is to be flipped for a profit. It sounds a lot like purchasing a condo in Florida knowing that condos don't really increase 45%/year in value, and then selling that very same condo for a 45% profit the next year. It's all fun and games until somebody gets stuck with the crappy, worthless condo.
Since he was crass enough to interrupt the President of the United States with a teabagger-type yell last night, South Carolina Rep Joe Wilson has been the talk of the country.
There are plenty of diaries and links here showing that other republicans and talking heads disagree with him, say he went over the line, insist he apologize.
There are even several diaries that will link you to ActBlue, where Rob Miller is quickly approaching $100,000 courtesy of Kossacks.
Well it looks like the Republicans are going to win this round. No doubt about it. I can see how it's going to happen. I've been working hard and staying positive through all of this health care reform debate, but now I see a republican strategy that has me worried.
Lamar Alexander says that large bills that want to change everything and scare half of the country to death are just not the way to go. It's the latest Republican meme. They're all saying something similar. It makes a lot of sense, too. Look at all those old people who have given everything to this country. Hard workers their whole lives. And now we're scaring them to death. Just look at them all! Without fail, they are the group that shows up at all of the townhalls I've been to. So, that means the Republicans are right about this, aren't they?
Is this really how it's going to come down? Somebody please, to use Rachel's line, "talk me down."
You coulda knocked me down with a feather. I was sitting here this morning, enjoying my cuppa coffee, when Republican from Tennessee Bob Corker popped up on my TV - reared his incompetent Republican head over my livingroom so to speak - and you really won't believe what he said.
I attended Jesse Jackson Jr's (IL-02) townhall meeting to discuss health care on Tuesday. I've tried to get to as many townhalls as I can in the area, and I've watched them on TV. I have a fair idea of what to expect when I arrive at a meeting. My republican rep holds insider events that are not really townhalls. She doesn't produce alternatives, and she's become adept at the scare tactics. Once she's off her talking points, she's lost. I've heard other republican reps, too. Some are better speakers, but none with solid alternatives that they can produce. None of their ideas have been submitted to any accounting office so I'd be able to compare them with HR3200. These affairs are not well advertised and often only "invited guests" get in.
I showed up at Jesse Jackson Jr.'s townhall, which was open to everyone, expecting that teabaggers, conservatives, Larouchies, Republicans, and the whole cast of anti-health care crowd would attend. Finally, a chance for them to take a progressive politician on. Location near two large airports and just off two major interstate highways, so there would be no problem with transportation. Given their presence, the Chicago Police felt the same way.
But, nary a one of them showed up.