Ask me anything regarding tags, malformed tags, or abusive tagging.
The "Wow!" is a quote from the ACLU, which brings the good news that the Obama administration has threatened to veto a very dangerous GOP bill.
Wow! Late this afternoon, the Obama White House threatened to VETO the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill that the House of Representatives is debating and voting on this week, if it includes a new law for worldwide war without end, or any of the bad Guantánamo detention and limitation of prosecution provisions that Chairman Buck McKeon of the House Armed Services Committee slipped into the bill.
Yes, it's true. I watch Dancing with the Stars. Now before you burst into a horrified "How could you'??!!!!", or throw a copy of Christopher Moore's The Island of the Sequined Love Nun at me, just take a deep breath and hold on a minute.
Are any of us clean? Don't we all have a guilty pleasure or two? One that doesn't hurt anyone of course. This Nana would NOT approve! There are people on this site who love Squirrel Nut Zippers for pete's sake! You know who you are. I don't want to imagine what THAT is all about.
What? Really? Oh look! Music and DANCING!
Just goes to show one shouldn't be narrow minded about these things. After all our grandparents apparently had happy feet. Otherwise these young folks wouldn't be here, dancing like grandma and grandpa, but with more bling.
And you know our parents loved to razzle dazzle em.
The Storm Prediction Center has issued a rare high risk area across Oklahoma and Kansas for a major tornado outbreak this afternoon. The outbreak is expected to be centered across Oklahoma, extreme northern Texas, and southern Kansas, with a lower (but still elevated) risk of a major tornado outbreak across northwestern Arkansas, northern Texas (including Dallas/Ft. Worth), most of the rest of Kansas, and western Missouri this afternoon.
A PDS (Particularly Dangerous Situation) tornado watch has been issued for parts of Texas and Oklahoma for the threat of very large, long track, destructive tornadoes, hail larger than baseballs, and destructive wind gusts over 70 MPH.
Jump the fold for information on this upcoming tornado outbreak, as well as a map to make more sense of what I said above. The newest updates will appear at the top of the text below the fold.
Keep dickish and political comments out of here. Politics should and do go out the window when stuff like this happens. Consider yourself warned.
Hunger and starvation is no excuse to
welch sponge off the Federal Government.
That's the Republican response, in any event, to how to deal with the budget deficit. While Republicans defend billions of dollars in subsidies for Big Oil and propose further tax cuts for the wealthy, they see food aid for hungry people here and around the world as a bad idea. Bug Guvmint should get out of the business of keeping people from starving. Now isn't that special:
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are targeting domestic nutrition programs and international food assistance as they try to control spending in next year's budget.
In a bill released Monday, Republicans proposed cutting $832 million - 11 percent from this year's budget for the Women, Infants and Children program, which provides food for low-income mothers and children. The 2012 budget proposal for food and farm programs also includes a decrease of almost $457 million, or 23 percent, from international food assistance.
The legislation would cut $2 billion from food stamps, or about 2 percent of the feeding program's giant $67 billion budget.
Of course, Republicans claim that this is all wasted money and that cutting it would have "no effect" on the actual delivery of services for poor, underfed, malnourished people. Please excuse me if I don't trust the word of the same folks who:
- Apologized to the Chairman of BP for the way the Obama administration acted to obtain compensation for all the billions of dollars of damage that was caused by B P's (at best) negligence after its Deepwater Horizon Well dumped unimaginable amounts of oil and gas into the Gulf.
- Believes Global Warming and Climate Change are a hoax concocted by Al Gore and scientists who are conspiring to kill our economy.
- Screamed to high heaven about "Obamacare's Death Panels"
- Claims killing Medicare is the only way to save it.
- Told us the Bush Tax cuts would create jobs and increase government revenues.
What can I say? I'm a bit paranoid when Republicans claim that cutting essential services like -- oh say, like funds for the National Weather Service and FEMA -- wouldn't put people at risk.
Here's what some non-Republicans have to say about these proposed cuts:
Hunger advocates have warned against stripping those programs of those reserves. Two analysts from the liberal research and advocacy group Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Zoe Neuberger and Robert Greenstein, said Monday that the cuts could mean turning away as many as 475,000 people from the Women, Infants and Children program if food prices continue to rise. [...]
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., said the GOP budget "rolls back years of progress."
"This budget threatens the health and security of American families, while asking the most of low-income seniors and the most vulnerable among us," she said.
Here's the GOP agenda in a nutshell: Anything Government does that helps people and saves lives should be eliminated. That is, Public Schools, Social Security, Medicare, Disaster Relief, etc., etc. etc., need to be eradicated and their ashes spread tossed into the sea, but anything that helps private business and rich people rip off the American taxpayers (fraud and abuse in government contracts, wasteful defense spending, tax cuts for the top 1% of Americans, et alia) should be promoted and increased until the Middle Class has a waist size roughly equivalent to that of a person in end stage anorexia.
So cutting funds for food for hungry people? Yeah, that's Soooooo Republican.
I think I sense a new trend developing.
A trend where somehow, WE -- the sick and fed up people -- are finding the nerve to give the GOP a piece of our minds. Finally.
Republican Medicare Proposals Met With Growing Anger
by David Kerley and Cait Taylor, ABCNews -- WASHINGTON, April 30, 2011
[...] "The Medicare plan will end Medicare as we know it. Republicans will tell us it preserves Medicare, that it protects Medicare. It does not," said an attendee of Rep. Frank Guinta's town hall Thursday night in New Hampshire.
"First, the plan that Paul Ryan put together, that was passed in the House, actually does not affect anyone that is over 55 years of age," Guinta said, in an attempt to put his constituents' minds at ease.
But the room erupted with shouts from the crowds asking, "What about our kids!?" and "Just tell the truth."
Tea Party Lawmaker Heckled Over Medicare Vote (ABCNews Video)
What about the kids!?
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AmericaBlog is reporting Tennessee bill HB600/SB632, a law that will repeal all non-discrimination ordinances covering LGBTs in Tennessee has been signed by Republican Governor Bill Haslam.
The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, which actively worked for this bill has had a deathbed conversion and, just mere moments before the Governor signed it, issued a statement condemning it:
“The Tennessee Chamber supports a standard regulatory environment at the state level as opposed to potentially conflicting local regulations covering employment practices. That principle was the only interest the Chamber had in this bill. Because HB600/SB632 has turned into a debate on diversity and inclusiveness—principles which we support—we are now officially opposing this legislation in its present form.”
Adopted unanimously May 23, 2011
DEB WOOLLEY, PRESIDENT
TENNESSEE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY
Isn't that special.
They're against it after being for it, after the executioner already flipped the switch.
Sorry, guys, you conceived this baby, you actively worked to pass it, you brought this child of Satan into the world. A bill you now agree is awful.
I'm sorry, Chamber of Commerce, your 11th hour flip-flop is curious, considering each member of the board was individually warned a month ago by the Nashville City Council to drop it. You ignored the letter from duly elected officials of Nashville.
Nissan, FedEx, AT&T, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, KPMG, Whirlpool, Embraer, and United HealthCare?
There will be Hell to pay for this.
Alcoa, we thank you for stepping up when called upon to do so.
But this isn't done.
In this weekly series we have been discussing the many advantages of a vegetarian diet including: better health, animal rights, frugal living, public health, food safety, global food crisis and the immense constribution of meat/livestock production to climate change/resource depletion
But meat, no matter how ideally it is raised, may simply not be a physically possible way to feed the masses on a global scale.I want to introduce you to Mia MacDonald, Executive Director of Brighter Green a non-profit public policy action tank that aims to raise awareness and encourage dialogue on and attention to issues that span the environment, animals, and sustainable development both globally and locally. Brighter Green's work has a particular focus on equity and rights. Mia MacDonald has just returned from China where her work has been published in China Dialogue a leading online English-Chinese journal on environmental issues.
In US almost 100% of meat, dairy is raised on factory farms. We are a factory farmed nationMacca's Meatless Monday/Meatless Advocates is a solution oriented activist group, with solutions for some of the most pressing issues of our time including: climate change, global food/water insecurity and public health. Here we don't just talk about the severity of the crisis. Armed with knowledge about how our actions can contribute we become part of the solution.
The bullet is once Garden State Equality, the New Jersey-based, LGBT Advocacy group was alerted to AT&T, KPMG, and Pfizer Corporations' complicity with Christian Right's regressive attempt to roll back LGBT discrimination protections in the state of Tennessee, they decided to rescind awards they have given to those companies for their LGBT friendly corporate policies.
Garden State Equality withdraws honors for AT&T, KPMG and Pfizer for anti-LGBT lobbying by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, on whose Board of Directors the three companies serve and had been told about the lobbying additionally Garden State Equality, New Jersey's statewide organization for LGBT equality, stands by its sister organization, the Tennessee Equality Project.
Full press release after the fold.
Those of you who already either know me or know of me know that I am a massive pootie person. We have just moved into an apartment and now have a pootie who is in hiding right now; however I grew up with both cats & dogs and I love both. I do not discriminate against any animal & love animal photos of all kinds. Please enjoy the following and add any photos that you think the community would like to see. Now, enjoy the photos & have some fun.
Consider this fair warning, if you come in here to piss in our pool, you will find out the meaning of teeth and claws. Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, we have teeth and claws and you smell like a catnip mouse. If, for some reason, you do not approve of the pootie diaries, that is fine, just find your way back out the door in which you came.
Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.
No single food can put an end to hunger. But worldwide there are many different fruits and vegetables that are helping to improve nutrition and diets, while increasing incomes and improving livelihoods.
Today, Nourishing the Planet introduces a new series featuring the four vegetables—and one fruit that acts like a vegetable— that you have likely never heard of that are helping to alleviate hunger and poverty.