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Fighting Back: “Protect Our Care” – Democrats Call For ACA National Day of Action

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 – House Democrats’ Press Conference Ahead of ACA National Day of Action Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Co-Chair of the DPCC, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congresswoman Judy Chu,…

Fighting Back: Nancy Pelosi – “The Republican Administration has mistaken cruelty for strength and prejudice for strategy.””

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. From the Democratic Leader of the People’s House – Pelosi Statement on Trump’s Executive Order Targeting Muslims Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after President Trump signed orders to make it…

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

The Torturous Tenacity of Trees: Nurse logs, stumps, and rocks

Gnarled roots entwined from Cedar and fir trees seeking sustenance where they can   This is a photo diary on some unconventional looking trees I’ve observed in my various local wanderings. Some appear to be growing and prospering under rather difficult and stark conditions. Their shapes are often graceful and even artsy. Others are contorted, gross, gangly, and…

The Royal British Columbia Museum’s Exhibit on Mammoths and Ancient Proboscideans

Mammoth reconstruction in diorama, Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, Canada I was fortunate to have been in Victoria, BC recently while their Royal Museum had a magnificent traveling exhibit from Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History: “Giants of the Ice Age.”  With a short ferry ride, my two brothers and I hit the jack pot…

Just Grazin'

Spring is in the air!

At the beginning of February, when the earth appears frozen and lifeless, there are stirrings below the surface and above us in the sky. The light is returning; today there is nearly an hour more daylight than there was on the Winter Solstice. Mid-January through mid-February is when the Great Horned Owls start breeding and…

Oh Hai, the Returning Light!

The winter solstice “occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′. Though the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, the term is also a turning point to midwinter and the first day of winter.” That moment occurred this morning, December 21st, at…

“Give Thanks for the Blessings”

Happy Lammas!! Hey, wait just a minute! Those are happy llamas … which is not the same thing at all! Today is August 1st, the pagan holiday of Lammas or First Harvest. It is the first of three harvest celebrations on the Wheel of the Year. But because this is a pagan holiday that does…

Fiction

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…

The Invisibility Factor

The girl was snatched before their eyes—why didn’t the police respond to the women’s calls? It all happened so fast. One minute the young girl in the pale pink track suit, eyes cast down as she texted on her cellphone, was walking down the opposite side of the street from where Charmiele sat on her…

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British Breakfast

Hi everybody, and welcome to another miscellany of European sense and nonsense. I’m focusing this week on how POTUS*’s various foreign policy initiatives are being perceived, and the verdicts are decidely mixed. As is becoming usual, Patrick Cockburn has words of wisdom. Donald Trump is often compared to Vladimir Putin by the media which detects…

It Takes A Village: VNV 2-22-17 Persist, Resist, & The Next Thing I Knew

The Village News & Views Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All With Love from the Land of the Absurd: It’s all DoReMI’s fault. Tuesday’s post was a wonderful collection of political cartoons, including a very appropriate one from none other than Theodor Seuss Geisel, the one and only Dr. Seuss. I learned to…

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: A View from the Other Side (with palate cleansers at the end) 2/21/17

Philly76 gave us meaty commentary to chew over yesterday; I’m going in the opposite direction and pulling some political cartoons from Twitter and elsewhere on the interwebs (h/t ccotenj for originally introducing this concept to our Village). But in the interests of being aware what the Trumpsters are seeing and applauding, I’m including some that…

It Takes A Village: TEMPLATE

(greeting here) Morning Live Blog — A Place for All to Come Together and Discuss the Day’s Events! (inspirational stuff here) The days and weeks ahead are going to be a nightmare. Trump is going to try to destroy so much of the hard work the Obama Administration accomplished. We can not be passive, we…

Fighting Back: “Protect Our Care” – Democrats Call For ACA National Day of Action

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 – House Democrats’ Press Conference Ahead of ACA National Day of Action Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Co-Chair of the DPCC, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congresswoman Judy Chu,…