A fellow blogger who writes the truth about Glenn Beck just had his blog shut down. Seems that he has angered Beck or one of his fellow Beckerheads! I'm sure that Victor will get back online soon, but until then I just wanted to post his final entry that prompted a right-wing complaint. By the way, Glenn Beck doesn't even allow comments on his wordpress blog. If you think censorship isn't alive and well in America, then you should visit PROJECT C … Read More
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Question from the editor; Dear PrariePops, I no longer drink and haven’t for a dozen years. I know, that’s damned unamerican. My question; Since I don’t drink, but I do own 2 guns, can I still be considered a patriotic American?
I’m just checking out WordPress’ new “reblogging” feature.
I’ve always maintained that I’m not “anti” anything, but rather “pro” other things.
Sooo….this is my disclaimer. I’m not anti-Glenn Beck, I’m PRO-REALITY and TRUTH!
— from Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones contributer
Newly minted Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul apparently thinks that criticizing BP for the Gulf spill is “really un-American.” Because, you know, “sometimes accidents happen.”
You know what’s un-American? British Petroleum. You know what else is un-American? Operating your drilling rig in US waters under flag of the Marshall Islands so you can skirt Coast Guard oversight.
Here in Kansas we don’t have to worry about oil spills. At least untill Coffeyville KS floods again! ~ sekanblogger
I say Jim is a real populist, because right now, the right wingers have attempted to hijack the populist image. Beck, Palin and the Tea Party in particular. Let’s be clear. A populist is in this game to improve the lot of the average person. Beck, Palin, and the Tea Party are in this to FATTEN THEIR WALLETS!
Just this month, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told a crowd in Auburn, NY, that Obama’s plan to cut $1 billion from missile defense–[….]–was somehow a sign of weakness. Would you be surprised to learn that the Obama defense budget is actually $20 billion bigger than the last one signed by President George W. Bush? Continue reading
Huffington post article here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/25/palin-attacks-blogger-for_n_220668.html
“Babies and children are off limits,” She said. “It is past time to restore decency in politics and real tolerance for all Americans. The Obama Administration sets the moral compass for its party. We ask that special needs children be loved, respected and accepted and that this type of degeneracy be condemned.”
Responding on her blog to the uproar, Biegel said in no uncertain terms the doctored picture was intended to make fun of Burke, not Trig Palin.
“It’s called ‘Baby Burke’ because it’s Eddie Burke…basically his probable second-biggest fantasy about the Governor,” she wrote. “So, connecting the dots for you…WE’RE MAKING FUN OF EDDIE BURKE!!!!!!”
(Eddie Burke is a conservative talk show host. Or in Palin-speak, a REAL AMERICAN) Okay sweet Sarah, enough of the Jerry Springer tryouts, we want leaders who address the issues. Not bloggers and comedians. Of course you’re welcome here to duke it out. Good luck being the nation’s morality police. ~sekanblogger
I really can’t repeat some of the stuff going around the web about this sweetheart of the conservative Bible belt bunch. I can repeat her proud position on giving our children free lunches during the summer. NO. You make them lazy and enable welfare queens. That’s the short version. Here’s some snippits.
“Can’t they get a job during the summer by the time they are 16? Hunger can be a positive motivator. What is wrong with the idea of getting a job so you can get better meals? Tip: If you work for McDonald’s, they will feed you for free during your break. […] It really is all about increasing government spending, which means an increase in taxes for us to buy more free lunches and breakfasts.” Cynthia Davis (R)- Missouri
I wonder if Cynthia has a freakin’ clue what the working poor in Missouri cities go through just to make it through the week? Don’t we all know at least one or two hardworking parents who have latchkey kids at home for summer?
So you’re a single parent who hasn’t effectively had a raise in decades. All the wealth has migrated upwards for the last 30 years. You have three kids, 15, 10 and 8. There’s now way you can afford to have daycare for them all, so the teenager babysits. Isn’t it great that they can all walk down to the school and have lunch? APPARENTLY NOT! See sweet Cynthia’s views below:
There lot’s more BillO and RushBo thinking right here: http://cynthiadavis.net/PDFs/cpr090604_Summer_Food_Program.htm
SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM AND NOTICE THE ‘LAZY’ JOKE…right before you hit the button to send her your comments. ~sekanblogger
“At one point, a young guy came by saying he needed a place to stay while he was in London, so he moved in too. His name was Paul Simon. He had bad management at the time, so I introduced him to my then manager, a man named Ashley Kozack. Ashley took over his career, and it began to flourish.”
Shawn Phillips: “There are 3 to 4 thousand extremely wealthy people who run the world. They don’t care about humanity. The last thing they want is peace. I simply try to say that if the individual finds peace, then the world finds peace. That’s the way we neutralize them.”
We have several PrariePops Authors gone into meatspace right now, so bare with sekan while we try to get through this. I know I’m not that entertaining. Rest assured that Iggy, fnord and others will be back! ~sekanblogger
These are hard times for debt collectors. After all, who can pay their bills these days? Not Wall Street, Detroit, millions of homeowners, the rising number of jobless folks – not even several states and cities.
But, wait – here are some lively prospects for debt collectors: the dead. Yes, there’s a boom in dunning the deceased!
We’re not talking about collecting from big time debtors who still owe several hundred thousand dollars on their yacht. No, these are workaday people who died while still owing maybe a couple of hundred bucks on their bank credit card, health insurance, or utility payment. It’s not possible, of course, to squeeze money out of a corpse, so the target becomes the bereaved next of kin. “Hello, I’m very sorry for your loss, but there’s this $211.36 balance on your mother’s Visa, and we wondered who will be covering this?”
By the way, there is no legal requirement whatsoever that the debt of those who’ve passed on must be paid by relatives out of their own pockets. Thus, what the industry calls “deceased collections” requires a delicate dance to cajole money out of the family without actually demanding it. The industry actually rationalizes its work as a service to those who have departed. As one insider asserts: “We want the dead to rest easy, knowing their obligations are taken care of.” How benevolent.
The actual work is done by a corps of specially trained agents working from cubicles in companies that specialize in this rather macabre fishing for cash. The job is so distasteful that about half of those hired quit within three months. Those who stick it out get such on-the-job stress relievers as yoga sessions, foosball games, free snacks and neck massages.
They tell us that we can’t escape death and taxes, but it appears that one more thing we can’t escape are debt collectors.
I must say that of all the soap operas I’ve ever seen, whether or not it’s a real life politcal scandal like Gov. Mark Sanford or any daytime soap, they usually all move painfully slow. Slow for the constituents, families, viewers, pundits and anybody else that is entertained/employed by these all too human events.
Think about it. How long did Bill Clinton’s witch hunt carry on? What about your favorite soap? I mean really, on the daytime soaps you can quit watching while someone is in bed dying, you pick the story up six months later and the poor soul is still dying! Not so for this efficient former 2012 hopefull. He’s moving faster than Obama did from Freshman Senator to the Presidency! ~sekanblogger
AP- South Carolina GOP Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Wednesday to an affair, and resigned his position as chair of the Republican Governor’s Association following a strange week in which the governor dropped off the grid and could not be located.
Later in the day, Sanford’s wife Jenny released a statement saying the couple had begun a trial separation two weeks ago. continued….FAST FORWARD, just a few hours. Statement from First Lady Jenny Sanford; Continue reading
“Eric Clapton played on the Contribution album (“Man Hole Covered Wagon”), and he and I used to talk together.” -Shawn Phillips
“Edgar Winter once walked up to me at a festival in Toronto and he said, ‘Man you come from Texas, how come you got so far away from your roots?’ And I told Edgar that there’s a whole tree above the ground.” -Shawn Phillips
Eric plays “After Midnight” with some old ‘Okie’ fart named J.J. Cale. Of course we could do a whole series just on Cale. ~sekanblogger
My grandparents married during the Great Depression and began raising their young family during World War II.
My grandmother would tell me stories about those times with pride. She couldn’t buy a car or nylon stockings. But she did save every bit of aluminum for the war effort, mended socks, and planted a victory garden. Though they had very little, when they could save ten cents, she would get another stamp for her war bond book.
As tough as those times were, my grandmother felt that what she did every day mattered for the country and her children’s future. Families across the nation took these same actions, and, together, they did indeed make all the difference. The victory gardens, the recycling, the $185 billion in war bonds raised by 85 million cash-strapped Americans (nearly $2 trillion in today’s dollars), and the retooling of Detroit for tanks and planes provided our country with the resources and capacity for the war effort.
Taken together, these actions gave the economy a whole new set of priorities—moving from a failing consumer-based economy to an economy focused on providing for the country’s future.
As a nation, we are again at this kind of pivotal time. We can choose to reprioritize the economy. And we know how to do it — we did it during World War II.
The steps this time around will look familiar to those who experienced these days. We need to embrace thrift as a fundamental value, and collectively shift our economy from one depending on consumerism, debt, and speculation, to one that spends its precious resources on what sustains health and well-being for people and the planet.
Like the economy my grandmother experienced during World War II, the consumer sector can no longer be the economy’s driver. But instead of a war effort, the priority now needs be to on economic activity and jobs that bring about a sustainable future—from energy efficiency, mass transit, and sustainable agriculture to education, health, and building resilient communities, that make sure no one is left behind. Continue reading
Any Todd Fans out there? I can’t hear you! ~sekanblogger
The $787 billion stimulus is not nearly enough – Paul Krugman, professor of economics at Princeton University and Nobel Prize winner.
Okay, I know. This is really becoming annoying, huh? Addictive personality, WHO ME? Yes me. I admit it, freely. So instead of working on that defect of charcter here at PrariePops for all to see, maybe I can try to twist it into something positive.
Those of you who know me here know that I’ve been shamelessly promoting my favorite artist Shawn Phillips http://www.shawnphillips.com/. That can’t be all bad, The Friggin Loon has started listening to Shawn. So instead of doing a disservice to him, (by making you all bitter through my own obsessive behavior) I’ll take a different approach. A series of videos featuring Shawn’s more well known friends. Gauranteed to blow your mind! ~sekanblogger
“I was invited a couple of times to Paul McCartney’s and George Harrison’s house. We were on a very friendly basis. Paul invited me to a session, and I ended up singing background vocals on “Lovely Rita Meter Maid”, and we saw each other socially many times after that, at the Moody Blues house, and various clubs around London. I gave George some basic lessons on sitar, before he ever actually met Ravi Shankar. It was basically the same with John and Ritchie (Ringo). Although, I never went to their houses.”
“Very nice guys, every single one of them. John Lennon and I got along very very well. George was really the quietest one. He was quite an introvert. He didn’t really finger pick, but he was a much better guitarist than a lot of people give him credit for. When we sat around jamming, he would play things that just absolutely amazed me! It wasn’t what he played; it was the speed at which he’d play them. He never really showed off that side on any of the Beatles’ records. That guy could jam and he’d play these amazing runs.” – Shawn Phillips
LYRICS HERE Continue reading