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Fighting Back: “Democrats believe we can do better than a plan that provides 80% of the tax cuts to the top 1% and sticks our grandchildren with trillions in debt.”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congressman Richard Neal of Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional district. (Congressman Richard Neal of Massachusetts, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, delivered the Weekly Democratic Address. In this week’s address, Congressman Neal rejected the Ryan-McConnell tax cuts for the rich plan, and called for bipartisan tax reform that puts the middle class first.) Rep. Neal: Both Democrats and Republicans agree that something must be done to simplify our tax system. Our current tax code is far too complex, riddled with unnecessary loopholes that allow some to avoid paying their fair share, and unfair to American businesses trying to compete in an increasingly globalized economy. While both Democrats and Republicans agree that tax reform is needed, we have very different views about what our tax system should look like.[…] Under the…

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Fighting Back: “The Republican president chose to raise people’s health premiums for no reason other than spite and cruelty”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Yesterday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held a press conference on the latest health care sabotage from the Republicans. (Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held a press conference today following President Trump’s decision on Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and his shameful…

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: Puerto Rico Is Us 10/10/17

Today’s post is prompted by this tweet and the accompanying article: How colonialism and racism explain the inept US response to Hurricane Maria https://t.co/EioxarIQ5j — Vox (@voxdotcom) October 9, 2017 Too many of us were educated in a system that shies away from words like colonialism, imperialism, or racism when talking about our country. And…

Fighting Back: John Lewis on Gun Violence – “What will it take for the Republican Congress to wake up?”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congressman John Lewis of Georgia. (Congressman John Lewis has been leading the charge for change for decades. Now, he wants Congress to do the same by taking action to end gun violence.) Rep. Lewis: “What will…

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

Fall Colors and Mountain Goats in the Mt. Baker Wilderness Area

North Cascades Mountain Goat (Oreamnos america) grazing on huckleberries and grasses on a warm October afternoon. What a beautiful specimen, well muscled with thick lustrous white fur and appearing very well fed. Mount Baker Wilderness Area, North Cascades Range, NW Washington State October 5, 2017   ×CloseYou need to login in order to like this post:…

August Wildflowers on the Mountain

    Yellow and Pink Monkey Flower, Mount Baker – Snoqualmie National forest   Wild Flowers are usually aflame in mid August around the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest, and so they were to the extent to which we could reach them. After a snowy winter and a near record snow pack, the snow…

Just Grazin'

“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…

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…

Fiction

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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Fighting Back: “Democrats believe we can do better than a plan that provides 80% of the tax cuts to the top 1% and sticks our grandchildren with trillions in debt.”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congressman Richard Neal of Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional district. (Congressman Richard Neal of Massachusetts, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, delivered the Weekly Democratic Address. In this week’s address, Congressman Neal rejected the Ryan-McConnell…

TGIF!

Morning meese…Sorry about last week..First time for everything I suppose…Back to my old irritable self… Seems we can’t go one damn day without something stupid happening. This is mostly because we have an empty headed buffoon in the WH but we’ve been seeing this be the norm for decades as the Conservative right has gotten…

VNV Tuesday: Another OverVIew

Maybe because of its smaller size in area and population (106,450 per the 2010 census) or maybe because its population is 76% Black, the USVI has received even less media coverage than Puerto Rico after Irma and Maria.  Today’s post is an attempt to rectify some of that and bring a spotlight to the ongoing…

Fighting Back: “The Republican president chose to raise people’s health premiums for no reason other than spite and cruelty”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Yesterday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held a press conference on the latest health care sabotage from the Republicans. (Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held a press conference today following President Trump’s decision on Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and his shameful…

Fall Colors and Mountain Goats in the Mt. Baker Wilderness Area

North Cascades Mountain Goat (Oreamnos america) grazing on huckleberries and grasses on a warm October afternoon. What a beautiful specimen, well muscled with thick lustrous white fur and appearing very well fed. Mount Baker Wilderness Area, North Cascades Range, NW Washington State October 5, 2017   ×CloseYou need to login in order to like this post:…

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Grave Matters

The Village News & Views October 11, 2017 Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 264 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread. On Sunday Republican Senator Bob Corker went on the record questioning the current WH occupant’s competency. While most…

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: Puerto Rico Is Us 10/10/17

Today’s post is prompted by this tweet and the accompanying article: How colonialism and racism explain the inept US response to Hurricane Maria https://t.co/EioxarIQ5j — Vox (@voxdotcom) October 9, 2017 Too many of us were educated in a system that shies away from words like colonialism, imperialism, or racism when talking about our country. And…

Fighting Back: John Lewis on Gun Violence – “What will it take for the Republican Congress to wake up?”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congressman John Lewis of Georgia. (Congressman John Lewis has been leading the charge for change for decades. Now, he wants Congress to do the same by taking action to end gun violence.) Rep. Lewis: “What will…

TGIF!

Morning my antlerded friends… The Pig is in the WH and the worms are in Congress. Need Mueller soon. My music for the day will be a tribute to Tom Petty.   Tweets this morning are going to be aimed at what will eventually get us out of this nightmare…Russia and Trump. Unless I find…