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  •  A 'Place At The Table' (3+ / 0-)
    For Some Americans, Finding A 'Place At The Table' A Struggle
    23 February 2013 - Weekend Edition guest host Don Gonyea talks to co-directors Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson about their documentary A Place at the Table. The film looks at the problem of hunger in America.
    About The Film

    50 million people in the U.S.-one in four children-don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.   read more>>>

    “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —Gen Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the VA

    by jimstaro on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 03:04:51 PM PST

  •  I tried to write a parody (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    of the upcoming CPAC conference, but it's possible they're simply beyond satire.

    I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

    by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 03:05:10 PM PST

  •  my Saturday morning reflection (0+ / 0-)

    was about ensouraging risk taking by students, which is something that should be fundamental in education, at least based on my experience and perception

    I explore the topic in this post for which I request your attention

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 03:08:06 PM PST

    •  risk takers are innovators and usually very (0+ / 0-)

      poor at following instructions.  Today's society has decided (or the dozen or so billionaires who are trying to hijack public education) that innovation is bad and that this generation needs more lemming genes so they will follow instructions and orders without question.

  •  At this point the only ones who can save the (0+ / 0-)

    Catholic church are the nuns, who should be immediately elevated to the priesthood.  All the nuns I have known have been like Joe Cortez, the boxing referee, who always cautions that he's "firm but fair."  So many of the priests lack credibility and are now so suspect that only a gender shake up in the power wing of the church can keep the flock together.

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 03:33:39 PM PST

    •  why would a nun want to be a priest? (0+ / 0-)

      In many cases that would be a demotion.  Maybe it is a good time for redefinition throughout the RCC, starting with the role of the Pope to the issue of celibacy to the role of women in the RCC to confronting the issue of sexuality and RCC policies  

  •  I Turbotaxed today and for the first time in...... (3+ / 0-)
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    pixxer, entlord, sandblaster

    ...I can't remember when, we're getting a friggin' refund. A big one!

    I won't explain the whole deal, but in late 2011 my wife sustained a work-related injury and in January 2012 was deemed eligible for workers compensation. Over the course of the year she slowly ramped up the amount of paid work time vs. workers comp 2/3 pay and as of January is back at 100% regular pay.

    So from the IRS' perspective she didn't earn a lot last year and they over-witheld from both of us.

    We are a somewhat upper middle class household most of the time. The injury prevented my wife from working for a while and then for a while limited how many hours she could work. Workers comp kept us close to whole.

    The purpose of my posting this is to express gratitude for the concept of workers compensation, something that the federal government mandated way back in the "socialist" days of the previous century.

    "This is NOT what I thought I'd be when I grew up."

    by itzik shpitzik on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 03:35:10 PM PST

  •  Has any frontpagers covered Pete Peterson? (0+ / 0-)

    The billionaire hedge fund bankster behind "Fix the Debt" astroturf effort?  It seems to be the biggest story that nobody is talking about. But maybe I just missed it myself until now.  

    Is President Obama really nothing more than a 1980's Reagan Democrat in the year 2013?

    by Jacoby Jonze on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 04:06:40 PM PST

  •  Can anyone answer a federal budget question? (0+ / 0-)

    If this impending budget sequestration kicks in, and $85 billion is shaved off the top of the budget across the board...what percentage of federal spending does that represent?

    In terms of federal spending, what would it represent in terms of historical spending levels?  1980?  1990?  2000?  2010?

    Just trying to get a grip on how draconian it really is.  

    Anybody have some reality based numbers?

    Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 04:25:07 PM PST

  •  What does it sound like when Gollum sings (1+ / 0-)

    "I Dreamed a Dream"?

    If you haven't seen it, you might enjoy the video.

  •  When will the education deformers... (0+ / 0-)

    ....and in particular Democrats who should know better, be held accountable for the damage they have caused?

    Looking forward to Laura Clawson's diary!

    Educational experience based on non-consensual behaviorism is authoritarian mind control.

    by semioticjim on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 04:43:04 PM PST

  •  Kashmir on total lockdown (0+ / 0-)
    Kashmir is totally locked down. People are not allowed to travel.

    Local newspapers, TV news and mobile Internet access are shut down.

    For decades now, a special law allows Indian soldiers to kill with impunity in Kashmir.

    India promised Kashmiris a referendum so they could decide whether to be in India or not. But it has never allowed the referendum to be held.

    Indian rule of Kashmir is oppression. Being part of Pakistan would be oppressive too (as it is for everyone there). Imposing Islamic law would oppress all women (and sometimes men). Is there a path for Kashmir that avoids oppression?

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

    by lotlizard on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 10:37:16 PM PST

  •  Saw something strange... (0+ / 0-)

    The Reader's Digest printed Obama's speech at Newtown verbatim.  I always thought they were a conservative organization -- it was in their usual spiffed up format with lavender and quotes highlighted in script.

    It just seemed a bit strange, but that delightful tinge of strange that's actually quite nice.

    "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

    by Yamaneko2 on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 03:00:28 AM PST

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