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  •  This has been a fantastic series! (9+ / 0-)

    And I'm so glad you finished it off with some concrete things we can do to help make sure this doesn't happen AGAIN.

    As I read this, I thought of Molly Ivins and how much I'm sure, wherever she is, she appreciates what you're doing.

    Every time someone down the line is irreverent about authority, I'll have my monument. Every time some kid who was born a nigger, a kike, a wop, a Polack, a gook, a gimp, a fag, or just a plain maverick lifts up her head and dares anyone to stop her, I'll have my monument. Every time they peaceably assemble to petition their government for redress of a grievance, I'll be there. Whenever they worship as they please (or not at all), I'll be there. Whenever they speak up and speak out and raise hell, I'll be there. And every time some blue-bellied, full-blooded nincompoop who holds elected office is called to the floor for deciding to keep us safe by rewriting the Constitution, or by suspending due process and holding a citizen indefinitely without legal representation, I'll be there. Now that is immortality. I don't have any children, so I've decided to claim all the future freedom-fighters and hell-raisers as my kin. I figure freedom and justice beat having my name in marble any day. Besides, if there is another life after this one, think how much we'll get to laugh watching it all.

    from a letter Molly Ivins wrote for the ACLU

    •  I so miss Molly Ivins. (7+ / 0-)

      She was one of America's great hell-raisin' journalists, of the sort we have far too few of nowadays.  If this week's series makes me part of her kin, I'll accept that with profound gratitude.

      Good morning! ::hugggggggggs::

      •  I'm not big on celebrity, but Molly's one I (4+ / 0-)
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        would have loved to have met. I so admired her strength and ability to keep her sense of humor because I get so discouraged and disgusted, I don't know how she did it. I imagine her up there on high, laughing and havin' a beer and pissin' down on Shrub's head. It comforts me.

        Been a tough week, Crissie, thanks for hanging in there and taking it head on. You rock.

        Good morning! ::::Huuugggssss:::

        PS, Dear Ms Crissie, Why is the sky green? Have I been in the library too long?

        Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

        by FarWestGirl on Sat Apr 25, 2009 at 07:46:38 AM PDT

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        •  Eeek ... when the sky turns green here.... (1+ / 0-)
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          It usually means something very scary indeed.  But if you've been in the wine cellar library that long, it may be green for entirely other reasons.... ;)

          Thanks for the kind words! ::hugggggggggggggggs::

    •  "life after" right here: quoting Molly@MF (5+ / 0-)

      NCrissieB is cut from the same cloth or steel or both together, as in the fabric they purportedly cut POTUS BHO's inauguration day suit from.

      Being in a more fumble-headed state than usual this morning, I will limit my remarks to thanking our MF host and hug honcho (which is a Japanese word, c. 1955, who would have thunk it? and thunk 10 years after WW II we would have naturalized a word from Japanese for squad leader) for the experience of reading and reading the comments as part of this series.

      I was going to suggest we create the Molly Ivins Award to honor both steel cut cloth ladies, but have learned that there is such a one, which leaves fumble headed one to suggest our creating a MF equivalent. I am game for forming a committee to consider who/what for/etc., on one condition.
      that said Kommittee konsider that it be kondiitonal on our getting the sponsorship of the letter K.

      In recognition of Molly Ivins' hard-hitting investigations as co-editor of The Texas Observer from 1970 to 1976, as well as her subsequent work as a no-holds-barred syndicated columnist, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN.org) announced today that it will name an annual First Amendment Award in her honor," stated an ANN press release sent to RAW STORY. "The award, which will be bestowed every year at the association's annual convention, will be given to a North American journalist whose work best embodies the spirit of Ivins' legacy.

      Alternative newsweeklies association names 'First Amendment Award' after late Molly Ivins.

      http://rawstory.com/...

      •  Yeah, ve must klear everything vith the letter K. (0+ / 0-)

        Vhich is inkonvenient, as K is on vakation vith V, vhich divorced its other half of W over disgust of its inclusion in a president's identifying initial.  Ve heard they pakked for Germany and hope to take in Oktoberfest.  So it may be a vhile....

        Thank you for the kind vords! ::hugggggggggggs::

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