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Fighting Back: “Democrats understand that we have an obligation to keep our government funded.”

      The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA40) and emphasized Democrats’ commitment preventing a #TrumpShutdown. (Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard of California emphasized Democrats’ commitment to work For The People and prevent a Trump Government Shutdown.) “Appropriators understand we have a critical responsibility that transcends politics: to keep our government funded, so it can serve the needs of the American people. “Unfortunately, House Republicans and the President have – once again – walked away from that responsibility. Due to their obstruction and failure to govern, Republicans are driving our nation to the brink of another disastrous government shutdown – at a time of great economic uncertainty, and right in the middle of the holiday season.[…] Democrats have presented the President* with options to keep the government open. It’s President Trump’s choice to keep government open, or to shut the government down – and the American…

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Fighting Back: “Americans expect their elected leaders to set aside partisan division and do what’s right for their country.”

    The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon: “Congress must commit to taking up the bipartisan legislation that would defend the Mueller investigation against partisan attacks.” (Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) Delivers Weekly Democratic Address) “Americans expect their elected leaders to set aside partisan division and do what’s right…

Fighting Back: “Democrats will deliver on policies that will make life better for all of us”

    The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congresswoman-elect Katie Hill from California. (In this week’s address, Congresswoman-elect Katie Hill discussed House Democrats’ plans for H.R. 1 of the 116th Congress, a bold reform package to restore the promise of our democracy – a government of, by and for the people.) “As the…

Tuesday in Mooseville – Primary Sources: William Howard Russell On the Civil War (Finally, Final!) 11/27/18

Reading the last four letters reprinted by Project Gutenberg (The Civil War in America, by William Howard Russell) was a soul-draining, but necessary, reminder that this is indeed who we are. What these letters show me is that without directly confronting our history, we will repeat our mistakes. Without recognizing the role of myth in…

Fighting Back: “Democrats won’t stand by and let shortsighted Republican policies destroy our planet and our future.”

    Yesterday, in the Fridumpiest of Friday news dumps, the government released the FOURTH NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT a document required by law to be prepared by agencies of the federal government. For Democrats, it is a call to arms: we must stand up to shortsighted Republican policies that threaten to destroy our planet and…

Motley Megaphone

Anthony Kennedy is a terrible human being.

As a public service, here is a running list of some of the articles related to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement. Kennedy made it clear from his votes in the last session that he wants to make sure that his seat is filled with a reliable Republican (which means while Mitch McConnell’s Republican Party still has control of the United States Senate.) For that – and for the obvious fact that he is doing this simply so that he will still be invited to the best Washington cocktail parties – he deserves our scorn.

#WeCanFixThis. Get out the vote and get out *and* vote!

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!”

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Mabon

    (A Triple Sonnet) by Benjamin Neideigh Saint Philibert’s feast day passed weeks ago, But we shall munch his namesake nuts today, And apples, too—deep shiny red, aglow— And kiss each other’s chins to lick away The sweet juice of the autumn’s proudest fruit. The pumpkins and piled corn make tables groan. Try to…

“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…

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The Deer at Lammas Tide

Aylwin thought her way was the only way—until the Goddess showed her otherwise.   All seemed well in the orchard that morning and in the woods beyond. Walking from the Big House through the orchard, Aylwin paused on her way to breakfast to drink in the sight of a cluster of rosy-yellow apples against the…

Out of the Sea

  She thought her life was over—until the Goddess Thalassa called to her   That first week in Australia Stella decided that her new home was very much like her previous home in Texas. The weather was the same—boiling hot. The people were similar—tall, tanned, laid back, and friendly, although they didn’t wear cowboy boots;…

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Fighting Back: “Democrats understand that we have an obligation to keep our government funded.”

      The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA40) and emphasized Democrats’ commitment preventing a #TrumpShutdown. (Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard of California emphasized Democrats’ commitment to work For The People and prevent a Trump Government Shutdown.) “Appropriators understand we have a critical responsibility that transcends politics: to keep our government…

Fighting Back: “Americans expect their elected leaders to set aside partisan division and do what’s right for their country.”

    The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon: “Congress must commit to taking up the bipartisan legislation that would defend the Mueller investigation against partisan attacks.” (Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) Delivers Weekly Democratic Address) “Americans expect their elected leaders to set aside partisan division and do what’s right…

Tuesday in Mooseville – ICYMI: A Gathering in Baltimore Over the Weekend 12/4/18

While The Gathering was happening in Burlington, VT this past weekend, another event was happening that slid under the radar of most reporters and tweeters. RootsCamp 2018 is the [now] biennial, progressive unconference held by Re:Power (which is the rebranded, revised Wellstone Action; some of the story is here: Wellstone is now re:power). Unlike some…

Fighting Back: “Democrats will deliver on policies that will make life better for all of us”

    The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congresswoman-elect Katie Hill from California. (In this week’s address, Congresswoman-elect Katie Hill discussed House Democrats’ plans for H.R. 1 of the 116th Congress, a bold reform package to restore the promise of our democracy – a government of, by and for the people.) “As the…

Tuesday in Mooseville – Primary Sources: William Howard Russell On the Civil War (Finally, Final!) 11/27/18

Reading the last four letters reprinted by Project Gutenberg (The Civil War in America, by William Howard Russell) was a soul-draining, but necessary, reminder that this is indeed who we are. What these letters show me is that without directly confronting our history, we will repeat our mistakes. Without recognizing the role of myth in…

Fighting Back: “Democrats won’t stand by and let shortsighted Republican policies destroy our planet and our future.”

    Yesterday, in the Fridumpiest of Friday news dumps, the government released the FOURTH NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT a document required by law to be prepared by agencies of the federal government. For Democrats, it is a call to arms: we must stand up to shortsighted Republican policies that threaten to destroy our planet and…

Tuesday in Mooseville – Primary Sources: William Howard Russell On the Civil War (2nd of 3) 11/20/18

I’m continuing with William Howard Russell’s dispatches to the London Times, written as he visited the United States at the beginning of the Civil War. Before I return to his reports, I want to share Russell’s philosophy about how his reports were written: Russell viewed his job as listening to stories and retelling what he…

Fighting Back: “Democrats ran on delivering a Congress that works For The People. And we won.”

    The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congressman Gerry Connolly from Virginia, a member of the House Oversight Committee. Rep. Connolly: “the new House majority was elected to get things done for all of us and provide a constitutional check on the Trump administration.” (Congressman Connolly celebrated the diversity of House Democrats…