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.