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Fighting Back – Patty Murray: “Democrats believe health care is a right — not a privilege.”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. Found on the Internets … The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senator Patty Murray from Washington state: Senator Patty Murray Nobody knows what this week will bring just yet. But we do know that President Trump and Republican Leader McConnell are doing everything they can to jam their mean bill through Congress. They don’t care about the fact that families’ premiums would skyrocket. They don’t care about the tens of millions of people who would be kicked off of coverage. They are simply desperate for a hollow, political win—no matter what price patients and families would have to pay. […] We believe health care is a right — not a privilege—and we are ready to keep working to make that goal a reality. And now, it’s time…

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It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: We Are Dems (Part 3) 7/18/17

Senator McCain’s surgery and his as-of-yet unknown date of return to the Senate; a BCRA(p) bill that must be passed under the FY17 budget resolution, using the reconciliation process (thus preserving a FY18 budget resolution/reconciliation process for tax reform); senators announcing they are no votes on the MTP for widely-varying reasons; and a squabbling Republican…

Fighting Back – Rep. Bennie Thompson: “Protecting the integrity of our election system should not be a partisan concern.”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. Found on the Internets … The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Rep. Bennie Thompson from Mississippi: Rep. Thompson “Congress must act and act immediately. We must get the truth about Russia’s meddling…

Fighting Back: – Sen. Hirono on the Senate ‘Healthcare’ Bill: “In Hawaii we call this kind of flimflammery ‘shibai’.”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. Found on the Internets … The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senate Democrats: (During the July 4th work period, Senate Democrats have been holding dozens of events back home listening to their…

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: Today We Remember The Resistance (1776) 7/4/17

“May the foundation of our new constitution, be justice, Truth and Righteousness. Like the wise Mans house may it be founded upon those Rocks and then neither storms or tempests will overthrow it.” — Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, July 13, 1776 “Do you recollect the pensive and awful silence which pervaded the…

Motley Megaphone

Call the Whaaambulance!

Call the Whaaambulance! Harvard Republicans refuse to endorse Trump.

Here, I will save you having to click on that link:

“What happened to our beautiful party … the one built on the Southern Strategy, whistled to in Philadelphia MS, powered by the hateful racist rhetoric of Lee Atwater, and dedicated to crushing the poor, women, people of color, and the elderly??? We must reclaim it from the racist misogynist so that we can get back to the noble task of granny-killing, poor-starving, and sick-kicking Ryanism!”

Our World in Images

A Hike Through our 100 Aker Wood*

Hoag’s Pond, – a place of reflection adjacent to the 100 acre Woods. *With apologies to A. A. Milne and Christopher Robin.   June, 2017, Bellingham WA, Pacific Northwest   This is a short story with a bunch of photos about our 100 Acre Wood that, like Milne’s is loaded with critters scurrying about and singing. This wood is…

Just Grazin'

Summer Sunning!

Today marks the Summer Solstice. Astronomically, it looks like this: The Summer Solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′. The seasonal significance of the Summer Solstice is in the reversal of the gradual shortening of nights and lengthening of days. That will…

April Showers are Bringing May Flowers!

At Winter Solstice, the light begins to return – gradually, the memory of the long nights fades until the light and dark are equal on Spring Equinox. From that point on,  the light returns more rapidly and on May 1st we arrive at the midpoint between equinox and Summer Solstice. Today, my sunrise was at…

Springing into Spring – No Kidding!

Today at 10:28 UTC (5:28pm CDT), the Spring Equinox will occur. An equinox occurs twice a year (around 20 March and 22 September), when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the center of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth’s equator. The name…

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Breathing Deeply at Beltane

Celibate since Yule, red-haired Passionata breaks out on May Eve!     Oh, do not tell the priests of our art For they would call it sin But we shall be in the woods all night A-conjuring summer in. Gerald Gardner’s version of a Rudyard Kipling poem. Emerging from the shower with the towel wrapped…

Jolyon–Part II

Flung back in time to the Minoan Crete of 1450 BC, can Fiona adjust to such a different world? “Put your arms around me and hold on as tightly as you can,” Jolyon said. He stepped closer until just a breath separated us. I did as he instructed. A vast shudder rippled through us, after…

Jolyon

After graduation a visit to Knossos beckoned Fiona—but little did she guess where it would lead!   I noticed him because he was always alone. And in a country where most people are dark-haired and dark-eyed, he stood out because of his blond ponytail and gray eyes. Only the shape of his eyes belonged to…

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It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: We Are Dems/Work Those Phones Day! 7/25/17

BEFORE ANYTHING, CALL YOUR SENATORS TODAY! DEM OR REPUBLICAN, THEY NEED TO HEAR FROM US. 1- HUGE week for TrumpCare. I know it feels like that’s every week – like this legislation has 9 lives. BUT THIS IS IT. The time is meow. pic.twitter.com/ETBv7xFmAY — Ezra Levin (@ezralevin) July 24, 2017 ×CloseYou need to login…

Fighting Back – Patty Murray: “Democrats believe health care is a right — not a privilege.”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. Found on the Internets … The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senator Patty Murray from Washington state: Senator Patty Murray Nobody knows what this week will bring just yet. But we do…

TGIF

Morning Meese…A little rant to start the day…:) It seems like it’s something new every time we turn around. It taxes your psyche when you have everyday problems and then see all the flak we have coming from so many directions regarding this farce of a gov’t that is in the WH and the GOP…

It Takes A Village – Thursday Special: We Are Dems (Part 3.5) 7/20/17

I’m continuing my look at the healthcare planks of both the Democratic and Republican Party platforms, despite the fluid events in the news about the status of BCRA[p] and the ever-changing Republican plans to destroy the ACA. We need to know just what the Republican positions are, not matter how unworkable, because if we know…

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Declaration of Sentiments

The Village News & Views July 19, 2017 Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 181 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread. On July 19, 1848, the Seneca Falls Convention convened. Heralded as the first American women’s rights convention, the two…

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: We Are Dems (Part 3) 7/18/17

Senator McCain’s surgery and his as-of-yet unknown date of return to the Senate; a BCRA(p) bill that must be passed under the FY17 budget resolution, using the reconciliation process (thus preserving a FY18 budget resolution/reconciliation process for tax reform); senators announcing they are no votes on the MTP for widely-varying reasons; and a squabbling Republican…

British Breakfast and Euro-punditry

POUTS has been off on his travels again, yet again having to put conversations with foreign politicians ahead of golf. No wonder he’s upset. First stop was Poland, where he made a belligerent speech in front of a bused-in audience of RWNJs. This prompted Máriam M-Bascuñán to reflect on POUTS’s advisers’ choice of reading matter:…

Fighting Back – Rep. Bennie Thompson: “Protecting the integrity of our election system should not be a partisan concern.”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. Found on the Internets … The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Rep. Bennie Thompson from Mississippi: Rep. Thompson “Congress must act and act immediately. We must get the truth about Russia’s meddling…

TGIF

Morning meese…Been quite the week, with Trump and his cabal of criminals acting like they haven’t done anything wrong to Bernie still playing his worthless games. It seems Robert Mueller and his team have their work cut out for them as it’s looking more and more like the entire Republican Party is in cahoots with…