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Barack Obama: “No tweaks can change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.”

President Barack Obama took to Facebook yesterday to weigh in on the Republican Party’s legislation to repeal healthcare: “Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today. I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did.” ×CloseYou need to login in order to like this post: click here

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It Takes A Village – HNV Tuesday: We are Democrats, and That Means Something 6/20/19

It’s often said, probably with a great degree of accuracy, that a party platform is forgotten soon after a convention is over.  For the next few weeks, I intend to turn conventional wisdom on its head and will be exploring, comparing, and contrasting elements of our platform with the Republican Party platform. Because the platforms…

Fighting Back: – Rep. James Clyburn: “Passing the Republican bill would turn the clock back on civil rights.”

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. James Clyburn of South Carolina. Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn Senate Republicans are working in secret on their own…

Fighting Back: Ron Wyden – “Republicans are saying my-way-or-the-highway on the future of America’s healthcare.”

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 … Senator Ron Wyden, the Ranking Member on the Senate Finance Committee, delivered the Democratic Party Weekly Address and called out Republicans for voting to take health care away from…

Fighting Back: Rep. Eric Swalwell: “Democrats are committed to expanding your family’s freedom to dream”

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 is by Congressman Eric Swalwell of California, speaking about the Republican Party’s education budget and its devastating effect on the American Dream. Congressman Swalwell:…

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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…

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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!

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Springing into Spring – No Kidding!

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Breathing Deeply at Beltane

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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…

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Barack Obama: “No tweaks can change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.”

President Barack Obama took to Facebook yesterday to weigh in on the Republican Party’s legislation to repeal healthcare: “Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today. I recognize…

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…

It Takes A Village – HNV Tuesday: We are Democrats, and That Means Something 6/20/19

It’s often said, probably with a great degree of accuracy, that a party platform is forgotten soon after a convention is over.  For the next few weeks, I intend to turn conventional wisdom on its head and will be exploring, comparing, and contrasting elements of our platform with the Republican Party platform. Because the platforms…

French Breakfast

France’s legislature gets elected today. It seems entirely likely that a large majority of the seats will be won by parties which didn’t even exist a couple of years ago. After last Sunday’s first round, we’re into the runoffs, which are first-past-the-post for the 577 seats. Well, not quite 577, because a very small number…

Charleston Remembered – President Obama: “We must not allow ourselves to slip into comfortable silence again”

From the Obama White House, June 27, 2015 … President Obama travels to the College of Charleston in South Carolina to deliver a eulogy for Reverend Clement Pinckney and 8 other congregation members of Emanuel AME who were killed on June 17, 2015. June 26, 2015. President Obama: Over the course of centuries, black churches…

Fighting Back: – Rep. James Clyburn: “Passing the Republican bill would turn the clock back on civil rights.”

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. James Clyburn of South Carolina. Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn Senate Republicans are working in secret on their own…

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We’ve gotten glimpses of blatant misogyny in the last year that is abhorrent to anyone with eyes and ears. It’s always been there for anyone willing to look but in the last year with the rise of Trump and the deplorable Republicans their ruthless manners have brought it to the forefront. Hillary has put up…

It takes a village: Under investigation

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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…