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|This may be the greatest performance of a song ever recorded
"The Little Sparrow" singing her signature song, "La vie en rose:" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzeLynj1GYM Or maybe it's this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
|Prior-service military as police officers: One observation
As we hear and see more and more reports of violence by police officers directed at innocent and not-so-innocent citizens, some observers have commented on the "militarization" of our police forces.
|Tea Party is RIGHT: USA really is exceptional!!!
Want to see a real example of American exceptionalism? One that will warm your heart on the eve of Mother's Day? Here it is -- and it seems as though the Tea Party is right -- we REALLY are ...
|"previously secret, multi-day campaign" of FBI aerial spying on Baltimore protests
This WashPost article is scary. Very scary. As Benjamin Shayne settled into his back yard to listen to the Orioles game on the radio Saturday night, he noticed a small plane looping low and tight ...
|Anchorage AK voters trounce Koch-backed homophobe, elect Democratic mayor
This from the Anchorage Daily News: Ethan Berkowitz surged to a decisive win over opponent Amy Demboski in the Anchorage mayoral runoff election Tuesday night. With 98 percent of the vote counted,
|"Why Men Rebel"
It's late, I've had too much to drink and this may not be very coherent. Back in the day when I was a young Army officer about to go to Vietnam as an "advisor" on my second tour, we all were ...
|How much are cops who beat up people costing YOU??
How about this : The city (Baltimore) has paid about $5.7 million since 2011 over lawsuits claiming that police officers brazenly beat up alleged suspects. . . . On a cold January afternoon, ...
|A "scorned woman" with a high-powered lawyer
Remember LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling who was concerned about people of color attending his team's games? Remember all those photos of Sterling with a 20-something Sweet Thing hanging on his ...
|This may be the most sick, obscene thing I've ever seen
I don't know how to embed this photo so you'll have to go to the link . Sarah Palin posted this photo on her Facebook page . Using the ...
|Baton Rouge hospital closes ER thanks to Piyush Jindal
A Baton Rouge, La., hospital is closing the only emergency room on the city's impoverished north side, a real-world ripple effect of the ideological clash over President Barack Obama's health care ...
|Did Rick Santorum REALLY say Obama is a n%$#% ?
Not sure how to embed videos, so, here's a link to a YouTube video of Rick Santorum speaking in Janesville, WI, in 2012. Did he say what it sounds as though he said? Listen carefully beginning ...
|So it's Michelle Obama's fault for being tall
The rightwing bullshit machine is in full-throated roar today because of an occurrence in Japan. Turns out, Michelle Obama was greeted by the Japanese emperor and empress. MO was wearing heels, ...
|PISS OFF A RIGHTWINGER: Buy Girl Scout cookies!!!!
Want to piss off a rightwinger?? Buy Girl Scout cookies!! I know -- Girl Scout Cookies are overpriced and loaded with sugar and fat but the simple act of buying a box or a dozen boxes is ...
|ALEC and the Texas prison uprising
By now everyone has heard of the 2-day-long uprising at a Texas prison housing "detained immigrants." If not, here's an article describing the situation . Here's a long quote from the article. ...
|Bob Simon, long-time 60 Minutes journalist, dead in car wreck
Breaking news, 9:45 PM, 11 February (EST): Long-time 60 Minutes journalist Bob Simon killed in car wreck in NY. He was passenger in car that rear-ended another vehicle. No details as of now.
|"Three young Muslims" murdered in Chapel Hill NC; shooter in custody
Very brief diary -- more info should be available later. Three UNC students, identified as "young Muslims" were shot to death in an apartment in Chapel Hill, NC. A family of three young Muslims ...
|Jeb Bush dumps emails on the 'net; reveals names, addresses, SS #s
You won't believe this. Well, yes, you will, especially as it comes on the heels of Bush appointing a rabid mysoginist to his campaign's tech team . Jeb Bush, a rumored 2016 Republican ...
|The sky didn't fall
Here's a story that likely will not receive a bit of attention outside the two communities mentioned in the article. Here's the background. In 1997, we and the Ruskies signed an agreement to ...
|Dominion Virginia Power buys the Virginia General Assembly, Repubs and Dems
Dominion Virginia Power, the biggest energy company in Virginia, is on the verge of completing their deal to buy almost the entire Virginia General Assembly -- and that includes a lot of Democrats. ...
|HELP!! It's about the 14% proposed tax
President Obama has proposed a new 14% tax on some kind of profits held or earned overseas by US companies. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget will seek new taxes on ...
|Petreaus and O'Hanlon: "America's best days are ahead of us"
Disgraced General Dave Petreaus and Michael O'Hanlon (who the hell is he?) wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post, the short version of which is America's best days are ahead of us. Back ...
|Former Director of NSA & CIA: I interpret the Constitution -- not the courts.
This leaves me speechless: (My emphasis added.} In a speech at Washington and Lee University, Michael Hayden, a former head of both the CIA and NSA, opined on signals intelligence under the ...
|$8.9 million in two days
Let's see what NYC has been up to over the last couple of days. New York City has settled with the family of an unarmed black teen fatally shot by police in 2012, agreeing to pay $3.9 million , ...
|"Unleash the Dogs of Crazy"
With apologies to Shakespeare -- with Mitt's announcement that he's withdrawing from the 2016 GOP Presidential field, the Dogs of Crazy have now been unleashed. Let's review the GOP choices now ...
|Just to be clear: I WILL NOT see "American Sniper"
The Clint Eastwood-produced movie "American Sniper" opens in a few days. My satellite TV has been filled with trailers for it and it seems to be receiving quite a bit of hype. I'm 70 yrs old, 28 ...
|George Zimmerman back in jail -- no bail this time
CNN is reporting that George Zimmerman -- yes, THAT George Z'man -- is back in jail. Arrested Friday night, 9 Jan, domestic violence with a weapon and aggravated assault . The booking photo has a ...
|Starkville, MS, grants benefits to same-gender couples, secretly takes them away
From MSNBC: Starkville was the first place in Mississippi to take that step, in January 2014. Their aldermen led the way for other cities in the state to debate and pass resolutions of their own. ...
|Country music died a long time ago
There is no country music today. None. Nashville produces a lot of sappy crap but country music is dead. Perhaps one of you fans of the current crap played on "country music stations" can point ...
|Obama's last month is only the beginning . . .
I probably shouldn't reveal this -- but -- VERY close friend of mine was at a White House policy briefing in past 48 hours where (unnamed official) said White House policy for the next two years is:
|Terry Schiavo's husband won't vote for Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush, in announcing that he would "explore" a presidential campaign, said he would be the champion of “ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.” Ol'
|Country music died a long, long time ago
They don't play the pedal steel like this: Dotsy: "After 'Sweet Memories,' 'Play Born to Lose' Again" Then, there's this: " I'll be Your San Antone Rose " If they'll play another love song And ...
|The USofA has become the Mississippi Delta
From time to time, I encounter an idea so prescient, so on target that it takes my breath away. Tonight is one of those encounters. I'm 70; native Mississippian, living now as a retired Army ...
|"God Damn America!!"
God Damn America!!! Everyone remembers the tempest raised in March 2008 when video surfaced of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the Chicago pastor whose church candidate Barack Obama attended, was shown ...
|Lady Vols FOREVER!!!!!!
The dumbass athletic director at the University of Tennessee, Dave Hart, has decided that the University's women's athletic teams no longer will be called the "Lady Vols" ("Vols" is short for "...
|Admit it: You REALLY want to read this
The Anchorage, Alaska, police reports of the drunken brawl instigated by the Palin family. Are you as happy as I am that this family of dropouts, petty criminals, bastard children, drunks, thugs, ...
|I know you've been waiting for details on the Palin brawl
Admit it -- your attempt to ignore the Palin brawl was but a facade -- you're just DYING to know the juicy details of the Thrilla in Wasilla (acutally, it was in Anchorage). So -- here it is : -- 5-...
|Report: Palin clan involved in midnight drunken street brawl
Things are still a bit sketchy, but, visit these two websites for what is known so far. Crooks and Liars Political Gates This one has a comment by the Anchorage PD confirming the Palin family was ...
|Not much of a diary
Been drinking a bit too much gin and tonic tonight. Sitting on the deck, ghosts and memories creep in from the fog . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biNNbvnxCM8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?
|St. Louis County, Ferguson, and "Slavery by another name"
If you want to understand the events in Ferguson, MO, you must run – don’t walk – to Amazon.com and purchase a copy of “ Slavery By Another Name : The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from ...
|Sheriff Joe "close to" proving Obama's birth cert a forgery
Are we still dealing with this steaming pile of barnyard droppings? Sheriff Joe Arpaio, in a press conference today, told reporters he is "close to finding out" who is behind Obama's forged birth ...
|Why I am not too worried about 2014
I'm not especially concerned about the 2014 election because of the 2016 election. Okay -- lots of hand-wringing about how we Democrats are going to lose the Senate in 2014. If we do, we'll only ...
|Four people in rural VA now have health insurance
A few weeks ago, some of us Democrats in a rural Virginia county decided to bring in an ACA Navigator from a couple of hours away and hold sign-up clinics for health insurance under the ACA. The ...
|She couldn't stop crying and hugging everyone in sight . . .
We Democrats in my rural, very red Virginia county are sponsoring ACA sign-up clinics 22 and 29 March at our local library. In preparation for the clinics, several of us volunteers spent a few ...
|"Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know"
The energy industry and, sadly, a lot of people in government who should know better, have sold the public on the lie that hydraulic fracturing -- "fracking, "hydrofracking" -- will solve all our ...
|Sarah Palin selling her tour bus
Sarah Palin has put her tour bus/motor coach up for sale - - - thought you'd like to know. Here's an story about the sale. (Sorry, it's on Glenn Beck's website - - - Palin, Beck - - - birds of a ...
|BREAKING: Fed judge strikes down VA ban on same-gender marriage!!
Elections have consequences!!!!! In November, Democrats swept the top three elected positions in Virgina -- Gov, Lt Gov, and Attorney General. Four individuals (a gay male couple and a gay female ...
|3 banksters in 6 days found dead
There may be some heartless individuals who would call this a good start. Me? I'm heartbroken. Or can't you tell? Bloomberg is reporting this morning that former Federal Reserve economist Mike ...
|Want to ruin your day?
How would you like to ruin your whole day . . . week . . . month?? Want to read something that will piss you off like never before? Want to read something that will make you want to drag a ...
|Why not give a pig for Christmas?
Well, why not? There are places in this world where a pig is worth its weight in gold. And if you don't want to give a pig, give a goat, or a camel, or some chicks . . . My mother died in 2007 ...
|Want to read some REALLY funny stuff??
Try this: Sarah Palin's latest book, something about Christmas, has just gone on sale. Go to Amazon.com. Search for "Sarah Palin." Click on the link to her Christmas book . . . it should be at ...
|"The Benghazi Hoax"
I apologize if this has been diaried already, however, I just finished reading this, plan to read it again tonight, and want to share it. Problem is, it's available only on Kindle e-readers. The ...
|While we all were distracted by the shutdown . . .
While our attention was distracted by the shutdown and associated Inside The Beltway Kabuki Theater, someone stole 65 cases (195 bottles) of the finest sour-mash corn likker ever to touch your tongue.
|The Chinese say: ". . . de-Americanise!"
This warning sign seems to have been lost in the shutdown-debt ceiling debate. China's official news agency, Xinhua (New China), today stated : "As US politicians of both political parties (fail ...
|Wise investors favor Obamacare
There's an excellent article in the Washington Post Business section today about the impact of Obamacare on health care sector stocks and investments -- the impact is positive. In his "(Investing) ...
|Why are Democrats not shouting this from the rooftops?
Get this: The Senate-passed measure to keep the government operating represents an enormous compromise by progressives to avoid a damaging government shutdown. The Democrat-controlled Senate ...
|Thank you, Nixon, for Obamacare
I realize my headline is a bit over-the-top . . . but . . . it did get your attention!! In all our jubilation over the successful roll-out of Obamacare today, we should pause and give a nod to ...
|NRA's big FAIL in Colorado
Everyone remembers how the gunnuts were hooting and tooting about their huge "victory" in Colorado when they succeeded in recalling two state senators who supported gun control legislation. The ...
|Larry Summers withdraws!!
Larry Summers has withdrawn his name from consideration as Fed chair. After months of contentious public debate, Larry Summers has withdrawn his name from consideration to become the next chairman ...
|In the reaches of the night . . .
In the long reaches of the night, ghosts and monsters from long ago drift out of the forest surrounding my home and the only antidote is Wild Turkey and country music. Real country music that is ...
|Where were the Republicans?
Where were the Republicans at the recent commemorations of the 1963 March on Washington?? Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, Romney, Bush (I, II, and Jeb), Newt . . . ??? Anyone catch a glimpse of any of ...
|Question about the immigration reform act
This may not be a proper diary but here goes. I have a radical rightwingnutjob family member who texts me several times a day with his latest outrage . . . sourced to Fox, Pajamas Media, Hot Air, ...
|Should VA's Gov. and AG be charged as accessories?
From a Norfolk, VA, teevee station : Norfolk, Va. – Twenty-year-old Jessica Carpenter and 27-year-old Rachael Lowe are charged with felony producing an abortion or miscarriage in Norfolk. Court ...
|Fertilizer plant told EPA "No fire danger."
According to the Dallas Morning News: West fertilizer plant said in report that it presented no risk By RANDY LEE LOFTIS Environmental Writer Published: 17 April 2013 11:23 PM The fertilizer ...
|Hold my beer and watch this!!!!
This diary has NOTHING to do with chained CPI, filibuster, deficit, North Korea, or any of the other usual topics. It's one of those stories that's too good to pass up. From the Jackson, ...
|The Bayou Corne "sinkhole," actually a man-caused salt dome collapse, has consumed 10 acres so far
I was knocked off my seat this morning when I discovered the Bayou Corne "sinkhole." First, because it's a few miles from my Cajun cousins and, second, because I had not heard a whisper of this ...
|Unintended consequences of sequester
I've heard a rumor that, if the sequester isn't stopped, President Obama will have to switch to Putt-Putt. Anyone else heard this? I know!! I know!! I just couldn't resist. Besides, if you can'...
|Citigroup gave Lew $940K ONLY if he got a high-level government position
I can't believe the words I'm reading. Thursday's WSJ, reporting on confirmation hearings for President Obama's nominee for Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew, revealed the answer to Senator Elizabeth ...
|Memo to NRA: You had your chance
Excuse my language, but, you muthahfukahs had your chance. Years ago you could have said, "Well, yes, we do need regulations to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and crazy people. We need ...
|We put out some Christmas decorations today
Sweet Thing and the Old Redneck put Christmas decorations on our front lawn today. I went into my workshop, dug out some scrap lumber, made 26 crosses, painted them white. We put them in a row ...
By now we all have heard the rightwing noise machine's demands for a "Watergate-type investigation into the Benghazi affair," complete with a Senate Select Committee. Here's something you may be ...
|VA voter suppression deepens
Down here in Virginia -- specifically, Harrisonburg, Rockingham County -- the voter suppression story that broke last week is getting deeper and more weird by the minute. First, let's review the ...
|"The choice is clear. . ."
Short diary, not my words. You need to read this New Yorker article -- it's a long one -- here's the penultimate paragraph. The choice is clear. The Romney-Ryan ticket represents a constricted and ...
|VA voter suppression centered in Warrenton, VA ??
As reported in my earlier diary , a 23-year-old Pennsylvania man, working for a company under contract to the Republican Party of Virginia, is facing 12 felony charges and one misdemeanor charge ...
|More possible election fraud in VA
By now everyone knows that a 31-year-old Pennsylvanian, Colin Small, is under arrest in Harrisonburg, VA, charged with 12 felonies related to election fraud and one misdemeanor obstruction of justice.
|GOP operative arrested in VA for trashing voter registration cards
Here's the short version: A 31-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested today in Harrisonburg, VA, and charged with 12 felony counts for destroying (actually, trying to destroy) completed voter ...
|I'm just sayin' . . .
Have you noticed the double-R logo on Romney-Ryan campaign material?? I don't know how to embed photos, so, follow this link for examples. Why does the Romney-Ryan RR campaign logo remind me of ...
|No, my friends, it's NOT "four more years" . . .
. . . it's TWELVE MORE YEARS -- and could be many, many more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2012: -- Obama re-elected -- Democrats gain 2-3 Senate seats, GOTP still has enough seats to filibuster everything (...
|I'm about to puke!!!
Lyin' Ryan was on the campaign trail yesterday talking about foreign policy. Now, let's not even consider the fact that for Lyin' Ryan to talk about foreign policy makes about as much sense as my ...
|My mother-in-law was one of Mitt's freeloaders
My mother-in-law was one of Romney’s freeloaders My mother-in-law was born in 1915. In early 1966, her husband – my prospective father-in-law – died in an automobile accident. His death ...
|In Beaumont, TX, principal shuts down program because of guy he thinks is gay
From Beaumont, TX, comes this tale of biblethumper bigotry in action. A principal in the Beaumont Independent School District shut down the District's cosmetology program because -- GASP!!! -- a ...
|Maybe it's the Jack Daniels . . .
Maybe it's the Jack Daniels talking, but, I miss Sarah Palin. I mean -- check out who is speaking at or near the GOTP National Convention: -- Sheriff Joe -- Donald Trump --
|I am NOT a nut -- but I do play one sometimes
First – I am NOT a nut. However, WTF is this about? Briefly here’s what’s going on: DHS, NOAA, National Weather Service, the Social Security Administration and God-only knows how many other ...
|Gardening at Redneck Acres
I wrote this diary off the top of my head with the help of a bottle of crisp Reisling. Did not edit or spell-check it -- hope this helps someone. This diary is a down-and-dirty description of our ...
|Health care: Let the states decide my a**
I'm surprised no one has pointed out the obvious flaw in the GOP talking point "let the states decide" on health care. Since the SCOTUS health care decision, lots of talking heads have pointed out ...
|Let's clarify the Florida voting mess
Much of the rightwing blogosphere is all OMG, claiming the Dept of Justice has filed motions to prevent Florida from removing dead people from the voting rolls. This claim is nonsense, as is 99.9 ...
|Doc Watson dead at 89
Guitars worldwide go silent. From the Knoxville, TN, News-Sentinel WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Doc Watson, the Grammy-award winning folk musician whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced ...
|Time to contact the AZ Sec of State
The Arizona Secretary of State has gone full-tilt, industrial-strength birther. Here's a letter he sent to the State of Hawaii, courtesy of TPM : March 30, 2012 Hawaii Department of Health Office ...
|Saturday morning snark
The Old Redneck ate something last night that disagreed with him, so, he's confined to the house today, puking up the remnants of whatever it was. And feeling like a bit of snark.
|Media, GOP give Obama credit for drop in gas prices -- right?
Everyone remember a few weeks ago when gas prices were headed to $9 a gallon?? At least that's what the knuckledraggers on the right were telling us. They were also telling us: Romney: “He ...
|"New Renaissance in Education?"
VERY short diary: Can anyone tell me who these people are? New Renaissance in Education I'm asking because: I live in a rural county in Eastern Virginia, bordered by the Potomac River and the ...
|Kooch is in: VA GOP Civil War is on!!
Here in Virginia, our GOP has been somewhat immune from the civil war that's raging nationwide, destroying the Republican Party. No longer. Today, our radical rightwing Attorney General, Ken ...
|Let's not forget: Rush's support for Joseph Kony
Now that everyone has seen the KONY 2012 video expose of the murder, rape, kidnapping, sex slavery, and other crimes committed by Joseph Kony and his "Lord's Resistance Army," let's not forget Rush'...
|ATTENTION RUSH: How 'bout these sluts?
I'm just an Old Redneck and I'm not smart enough to put images into my diaries -- so -- you'll just have to click on the links. Rush and the GOP may want to be careful with their war on women -- or ...
|Langston Hughes nailed it
Yesterday, 1 February, was the 110th birthday of Langston Hughes, one of America's premier poets. Hughes also was a social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was African-American -- ...
|3 February 1959: The day the music died
Some of us still remember where we were when we heard the news that JFK had been shot. And some of us still remember where we ...
|No!! Obama has NOT been subpoenaed!
Just when real people thought the birth certificate nonsense was laid to rest, Birtherstan has been all a'twitter and all OMG for the past few days over an AP report that an adminstrative law judge ...
|What is it with Juan Williams?
I don't watch the GOTP Freak Shows -- you know, the reality series they're calling "debates" -- so, I missed whatever happened last night, but, it must have been something. I surf a few rightwing, ...
|America is off-track -- yes, we are!!
Early Wednesday morning, 4 January. Just listened to comments by Mitt Romney following the Iowa Caucuses. Mitt is using what I am certain is the Republicans' 2012 theme: "America is off track! ...
|Let's knock off the childish crap
Short diary. While I'm a raving liberal, my younger brother is a radical rightwinger. We agreed a long time ago that we don't talk politics, we don't send each other emails about politics, books ...
|Two must-read books
Here are my recommendations for two books you must read, now. " Winner Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class ," ...
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