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The guy who was my date for my senior prom turned 40 yesterday; GET OFF MY LAWN!


I'm noting just 1 rather poignant "this day in history" item & mentioning a passing from over the weekend before we lighten the evening up with SPARK. On this date in 2007, one of the few reasons why I'm proud to claim "Hoosierdom" died; Kurt Vonnegut died at age 84. The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library recently opened in downtown Indianapolis that I WILL GET TO some day, damn it! ;D

In case y'all didn't catch my comment in Friday's diary that I submitted late Saturday afternoon, absolutely astounding director Sidney Lumet died. He directed movies that became some of the life blood of culture in this country like 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, and this movie which is EASILY in my top 5 all - time favorites. Yes, I watched this yet again yesterday.

Let's get SPARKy! My Hubby & a few other people I know are absolutely bat$hit enough to want to try this insanity. If y'all are tired of waiting for Jesus to show up in your grilled cheese sandwich, your tortilla, or anyplace else around your house, just go here & call it a day! ;D If someone tries to give me one of these as a pet, I'm giving it back - FAST.

On with The Rachel Maddow Show!

"Disaster in Japan" - The nuclear crisis in Japan is now rated the same level as Chernobyl. Yippee! &^%$#@! There was a new fire at one of the Fukishima reactors today, too.

"Give and Let Live" - Well, we didn't get a government shutdown after all. The GOBP wants to yet again LOWER the tax rate for the super rich. Rep. Paul Ryan's "cause" would create $2.9 trillion - that's with a "T" boys & girls - in tax break cuts. Most of "we, the people" want millionaires to pay more in taxes to reduce the deficit. Most of "we, the people" do not want to turn Medicare into a voucher system - again, part of Rep. Ryan's "cause." The GOBP previously demanded $32 billion in spending cuts; that was back in February. Now? Friday's deal yielded $38.5 billion. HOW THE SPARK DID THAT HAPPEN?!


Rachel's less - than - thrilled with how President Obama responded to Friday's deal. And, we got to meet Rachel's doggie! :D She compared the GOBP to her whiney doggie?! Honey, that's not fair to your doggie no matter how much he whines!! ;D We have more of this shtick to look forward to in the fight over raising the debt ceiling. YIPPEE! *&^%$#@! Rachel said President Obama isn't a good negotiator when it comes to the GOBP; ya' know, I have to agree. And, again, it's all about appeasing those cursed "independent" voters.


Chris Hayes is on deck to talk President Obama, the economy, and Dems overall. President Obama's giving a speech on the economy on Wednesday night. Chris said the zealots on "the right" are way more zealous than the zealots on "the left." Most Dems & "independents" approve of the deal reached on Friday evening. The GOBP - or some of them - are pitching a fit. What - the - spark - ever...


Rachel is expecting President Obama to announce cuts to Medicare & Medicaid on Wednesday; Chris called it "austerity with a heart." Oh boy...if he DOES actually suggest that... &^%$#@!

"Taxation Without Representation" - Friday's deal screwed the residents of Washington DC. However, Dems did not cave on women's health; well, bless their butts! BUT, the GOBP jack booted all over abortion rights for women in our nation's capital. Local funds can't be spent on abortions. O...k... This shtick is small government?!


Look at the protests today at the Senate; the DC mayor was even arrested! Wow...

"Intimination" - The FBI files listing the threats against Dr. George Tiller have been released. Wow, how the hell did he stay alive as long as he did?! And, he kept...on...practicing. All this violence & threats of violence sure sounds like terrorism to me, but who am I to say? *&^%$#@! Dr. Mila Means is trying to take over where Dr. Tiller left off; her office manager is the subject of one of those awful wanted posters. I wonder what God (if there is one) thinks about the Army of God? *&^%$#@! Newtie Gingrich was at Liberty University & was a co - panelist at an event equating abortion with the Holocaust. Stephen Singular wrote a book about the abortion fight in Wichita, KS; it's called The Wichita Divide. He wrote about the family of George Tiller & the family of Scott Roeder. Dr. Tiller planned to be a dermatologist?! Scott Roeder wanted to work in sales but got sucked into an anti - tax group. He was/is a tea bagger?! Oye'...


"Intimination Part Deux" - I remember the Allen Berg murder; Mr. Singular wrote a book about that, too. Wow, "fun" subject matter! *&^%$#@! Huh, extreme isn't extreme anymore; extreme is mainstream. Following "God's law" supercedes following "man's law." So, what if I think "God's law" is different from what someone else thinks is "God's law?" Mr. Singular basically called out BillO's "Tiller the Baby Killer" $hit!!!!!!!!!!!!


"Democrats Wish Mitt Romney's Health Care Law a Happy Birthday" HA! Well, then, we need a cake! ;D


Hey! Is that Governor Mittens in the cake?! ;D Governor Mittens didn't take kindly to the celebrations, so he announced his candidacy for POTUS for 2012. He also ripped off Senator John Kerry's campaign slogan. HA! Rachel showed my favorite Girl Scout cookie!!! How did she know I'm a "Samoa girl"??!! ;D

"NSFW" - Oh goody, we get a revisit with Director Bromwich. Yea! *&^%$#@! He doesn't think the report about $hitacular blowout preventers is any big deal & not new information. Also, all the talk is about containing a spill; now, a big 'ol spill can be contained in 17 days - YAHOO!! *&^%$#@! Uh, how 'bout preventing a spill to begin with??!! Director Michael Bromwich also didn't have an answer as to why more deepwater oil workers are injured or killed here as opposed to workers who work for those same companies in other countries.

Originally posted to CityLightsLover on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 07:04 PM PDT.

Also republished by Electronic America: Progressives Film, music & Arts Group.

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  •  "I'm as Mad as Hell, (15+ / 0-)

    and I'm not going to take this anymore!!!!"

    To the GOBP re Role of Goverment, "If You Don't Value It, You Shouldn't be Trusted With It" - Rachel Maddow

    by CityLightsLover on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 07:03:51 PM PDT

  •  In News Not Covered, (7+ / 0-)

    some of the hateful SB 1070 is still on the kibosh!

    To the GOBP re Role of Goverment, "If You Don't Value It, You Shouldn't be Trusted With It" - Rachel Maddow

    by CityLightsLover on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 07:18:26 PM PDT

  •  Hey CLL and FOM (9+ / 0-)

    I love Rachel’s Labrador metaphor. Wahhh! Indeed, but her doggie getting what he wants won't kill people. My cat is also a whiner and I give her she wants, though I don’t brag about it being a virtue though it won't hurt working families.

    Democrats big footed abortion rights in D.C blocking the city from spending its own local funds on abortion. So much for these liberal shiny objects that’s supposed to lipstick this pig up. Robert Reich is right.

    Sidney Lumet is awesome and so is Network! Kurt Vonnegut also; a great author.

    I finally saw Goodnight and Good Luck on Current TV this weekend and I kept thinking, "I miss Keith dammit!"

    At least I know which channel he will be on someday.

    Thanks, CLL.

    Pro Life??? Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers!- George Carlin

    by priceman on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 07:19:28 PM PDT

  •  For Kurt Vonnegut and Sidney Lumet ... (4+ / 0-)


    As a relatively new teacher, I was called on the carpet because I loaned a student a copy of BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS for extra credit reading, and his parents didn't like what was in it -- probably mostly the illustrations.  The principal was very disapproving.  I pointed out that, while I did have my own copy of the book, I actually had loaned the student the school library copy.  I never heard another word about it.  Nowadays, it's probably pretty mild compared to other things that are out there, but I was a little worried for about 30 seconds.

    Scott Walker: Closed to people. Open for business.

    by AnnaMolly on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 07:22:23 PM PDT

  •  I loves me some hot sauce and (5+ / 0-)

    I wouldn't mind trying this hot sauce.  I once made the mistake of trying to eat a whole habanero.

    Lucky for me I was at a McDonald's at the time, so my tongue spend the next half hour buried in a milkshake.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 07:23:37 PM PDT

  •  Maddow Maven Mishegas (5+ / 0-)

    Monday, April 11, 2011 Edition

    First a sports update: Ryo Ishidawa ended up sharing 20th place at the Masters, his best finish there by far, and wound up winning $26 grand for disaster relief in Japan.  So congratulations on a good tournament!

    Now, back to National Poetry Month.  

    A birthday today, of one Mark Strand, a Canadian poet:


    A white room and a party going on
    and I was standing with some friends
    under a large gilt-framed mirror
    that tilted slightly forward
    over the fireplace.
    We were drinking whiskey
    and some of us, feeling no pain,
    were trying to decide
    what precise shade of yellow
    the setting sun turned our drinks.
    I closed my eyes briefly,
    then looked up into the mirror:
    a woman in a green dress leaned
    against the far wall.
    She seemed distracted,
    the fingers of one hand
    fidgeted with her necklace,
    and she was staring into the mirror,
    not at me, but past me, into a space
    that might be filled by someone
    yet to arrive, who at that moment
    could be starting the journey
    which would lead eventually to her.
    Then, suddenly, my friends
    said it was time to move on.
    This was years ago,
    and though I have forgotten
    where we went and who we all were,
    I still recall that moment of looking up
    and seeing the woman stare past me
    into a place I could only imagine,
    and each time it is with a pang,
    as if just then I were stepping
    from the depths of the mirror
    into that white room, breathless and eager,
    only to discover too late
    that she is not there.

    And a bit of whimsical slam poetry for ya:

    I like this young woman's mind ;-)

    And finally, another birthday, of one Christopher Smart (yes, Your Highness, I know, another dead English 18th century poet, but it's a pootie poem ferchrissakes!):

    For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry (from Jubilate Agno)

    For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry.
    For he is the servant of the Living God duly and daily serving him.
    For at the first glance of the glory of God in the East he worships in his way.
    For this is done by wreathing his body seven times round with elegant quickness.
    For then he leaps up to catch the musk, which is the blessing of God upon his prayer.
    For he rolls upon prank to work it in.
    For having done duty and received blessing he begins to consider himself.
    For this he performs in ten degrees.
    For first he looks upon his forepaws to see if they are clean.
    For secondly he kicks up behind to clear away there.
    For thirdly he works it upon stretch with the forepaws extended.
    For fourthly he sharpens his paws by wood.
    For fifthly he washes himself.
    For sixthly he rolls upon wash.
    For seventhly he fleas himself, that he may not be interrupted upon the beat.
    For eighthly he rubs himself against a post.
    For ninthly he looks up for his instructions.
    For tenthly he goes in quest of food.
    For having consider'd God and himself he will consider his neighbour.
    For if he meets another cat he will kiss her in kindness.
    For when he takes his prey he plays with it to give it a chance.
    For one mouse in seven escapes by his dallying.
    For when his day's work is done his business more properly begins.
    For he keeps the Lord's watch in the night against the adversary.
    For he counteracts the powers of darkness by his electrical skin and glaring eyes.
    For he counteracts the Devil, who is death, by brisking about the life.
    For in his morning orisons he loves the sun and the sun loves him.
    For he is of the tribe of Tiger.
    For the Cherub Cat is a term of the Angel Tiger.
    For he has the subtlety and hissing of a serpent, which in goodness he suppresses.
    For he will not do destruction, if he is well-fed, neither will he spit without provocation.
    For he purrs in thankfulness, when God tells him he's a good Cat.
    For he is an instrument for the children to learn benevolence upon.
    For every house is incomplete without him and a blessing is lacking in the spirit.
    For the Lord commanded Moses concerning the cats at the departure of the Children of Israel from Egypt.
    For every family had one cat at least in the bag.
    For the English Cats are the best in Europe.
    For he is the cleanest in the use of his forepaws of any quadruped.
    For the dexterity of his defence is an instance of the love of God to him exceedingly.
    For he is the quickest to his mark of any creature.
    For he is tenacious of his point.
    For he is a mixture of gravity and waggery.
    For he knows that God is his Saviour.
    For there is nothing sweeter than his peace when at rest.
    For there is nothing brisker than his life when in motion.
    For he is of the Lord's poor and so indeed is he called by benevolence perpetually--Poor Jeoffry! poor Jeoffry! the rat has bit thy throat.
    For I bless the name of the Lord Jesus that Jeoffry is better.
    For the divine spirit comes about his body to sustain it in complete cat.
    For his tongue is exceeding pure so that it has in purity what it wants in music.
    For he is docile and can learn certain things.
    For he can set up with gravity which is patience upon approbation.
    For he can fetch and carry, which is patience in employment.
    For he can jump over a stick which is patience upon proof positive.
    For he can spraggle upon waggle at the word of command.
    For he can jump from an eminence into his master's bosom.
    For he can catch the cork and toss it again.
    For he is hated by the hypocrite and miser.
    For the former is afraid of detection.
    For the latter refuses the charge.
    For he camels his back to bear the first notion of business.
    For he is good to think on, if a man would express himself neatly.
    For he made a great figure in Egypt for his signal services.
    For he killed the Ichneumon-rat very pernicious by land.
    For his ears are so acute that they sting again.
    For from this proceeds the passing quickness of his attention.
    For by stroking of him I have found out electricity.
    For I perceived God's light about him both wax and fire.
    For the Electrical fire is the spiritual substance, which God sends from heaven to sustain the bodies both of man and beast.
    For God has blessed him in the variety of his movements.
    For, tho he cannot fly, he is an excellent clamberer.
    For his motions upon the face of the earth are more than any other quadruped.
    For he can tread to all the measures upon the music.
    For he can swim for life.
    For he can creep.

    If there is a man on this earth who is entitled to all the comforts and luxuries of this life in abundance, it is the man whose labor produces them. If he is not, who is? Does he get them in the present system? -- Eugene V. Debs

    by caul on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 07:32:46 PM PDT

  •  If You've Seen THE SOCIAL NETWORK, (4+ / 0-)

    you'll know what this shtick is all about.

    To the GOBP re Role of Goverment, "If You Don't Value It, You Shouldn't be Trusted With It" - Rachel Maddow

    by CityLightsLover on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 07:32:55 PM PDT

  •  She is soundind like she is onboard with this. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ericlewis0, CityLightsLover
  •  Hey there CLL & FOOscape (4+ / 0-)

    You guys see this website which the State Departmment launched today? : homepage
    It strikes me as full of win. What do you guys think?

    I ♥ President Barack Obama.

    by ericlewis0 on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 07:44:53 PM PDT

  •  OK, Must ZZZZzzzzzzz.... (5+ / 0-)

    I'll update mojo & comments in the morning. :D


    To the GOBP re Role of Goverment, "If You Don't Value It, You Shouldn't be Trusted With It" - Rachel Maddow

    by CityLightsLover on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 07:45:26 PM PDT

  •  I think the President took her dog for a walk and (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    nicolemm, CityLightsLover

    Let him relieve himse,lf on our lawns.

  •  um (0+ / 0-)

    yeah...moving on to better things.

  •  Since it's April 12th now... (1+ / 0-)
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    the sesquicentennial of the Civil War has begun... with the first official shots of the war being shot at 4:45 AM.  Although Gen. Lee surrendered to Gen. Grant on April 9th, 1865, the official surrender ceremony occurred on April 12th, exactly 4 years after the war started.

    "The United States will not be able to dictate the pace and scope of this change. Only the people of the region can do that. But we can make a difference." 3/28/11

    by BarackStarObama on Mon Apr 11, 2011 at 11:12:32 PM PDT

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