Woozle goodness

Woozle goodness

This is Kona.

90% blind from diabetes. Mostly deaf. But she still enjoys a good nap.

Kona is solid evidence that not everything about getting old sucks. This little dog has a lot to teach me about life, I think.

I’m just sayin’……

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The Wisconsin Lie

So, maybe you’re thinking to yourself, “Well, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is a jerk but he has a good point. Why should Wisconsin taxpayers pick up the tab for all those unionized teachers’ and public employees’ pensions and benefits? They should pick up more of that tab themselves.”

And we could have a valid conversation about that. We could debate the relative merits of union compensation and the costs to taxpayers and society in general when taxpayers are paying for the benefits and pensions of public workers and the educators of our children.

We could have that conversation if the taxpayers of Wisconsin were actually paying anything for the pensions and benefits of Wisconsin teachers and public workers.…

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Quote of the Day

Obama is not a brown-skinned, anti-war socialist who gives away free healthcare. You’re thinking of Jesus.

— John Fugelsang, stand-up comedian

I’m just sayin’……

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It's only news if it hurts President Obama

It’s only news if it hurts President Obama

There have now been FIVE federal court rulings on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Of this, only two of them have gone against the ruling and one of them was only against part of it (the federal mandate).

So, how has the media discussed these rulings? Here’s the answer in graphical from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi:

Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly has more:

As a legal matter, none of these ruling is more important than the other — they’re all at the federal district level, they’re all dealing with the same law, and they’ll all be subjected to an appeal.…
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An example of "shared sacrifice" right in front of us that WORKED

An example of “shared sacrifice” right in front of us that WORKED

Lots and lots and lots of talk these days about “shared sacrifice”. But, somehow all the sacrifice seems to be on those in the middle class or below.

Comic by Mike Thompson – Detroit Free Press

But there’s an example of TRUE shared sacrifice right in front of us today. And it worked.

It’s the bailout and subsequent recovery of General Motors.

When the Obama administration made the decision to extend loans to General Motors to save their company, they imposed significant constraints on them. They replaced their leadership, they went into bankruptcy and they made cuts and adjustments from the top of the company down to the very bottom.…

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One million animals per hour

I try not to be too preachy about my vegetarianism. It’s a lifestyle choice, for sure, but, more importantly for me, it’s also a moral choice. Still, it’s MY choice and I’m not judgmental of others.

That said, I was reading an interesting Daily Kos diary by Beach Babe in Florida and came across this shocking statistic:

Americans eat one million animals per hour.

Wow. Just wow.

I have a pretty simple rule. If you go to get something to get it ready for cooking and it runs away from you (or would have before it was killed), don’t eat it.…

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Michigan’s dreams of being “Hollywood East” being scuttled by GOP governor

Several years ago under Democratic Governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, the state Congress passed a very tidy set of tax cuts for filmmakers setting up shop in Michigan. The result has been large numbers of films being made here, spin-off companies starting up and a new movie industry being born in the Midwest. It’s safe to say that, at least in southeast Michigan, nearly everyone knows someone who has been in a movie or a television show, at least as an “extra”, that was filmed here.

When our new Republican Governor, Rick Snyder, the self-named “Nerd Governor” released his budget last week, those tax incentives, along with tax incentives for brownfield development and for companies making batteries for the electric vehicle industry, were eliminated.…

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Paris Hilton’s boyfriend is SUCH a prankster!

Paris Hilton’s boyfriend, Cy Waits, is SUCH a prankster! Check out the tweet she sent on her 30th birthday:

“My boyfriend is such a prankster. As a practical joke when he surprised me with the car. He first had them pull up a yellow Lexus. I was in shock! The car is amazing! But yellow! So not my style! Ha. Then he had the real present pulled up, the Lexus in a beautiful pearl white. :)

Oh, ha and ha. Just for a minute there, she thought he had gotten her a YELLOW Lexus worth $375,000, instead of a pearl white one.…

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Margaret Cho is Captain Cameltoe

Two of my favorite lefty lesbian artists, Margaret Cho and Ani DiFranco, team up to creat a fun tune with an awesome video: Captain Cameltoe:

Margaret Cho is a freakin’ rock star, superhero bitch. Hey, she said it, not me!

I’m just sayin’……

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Michigan city lays off entire fire department

Holy #@%&!!!

Blaming budget woes on a failed movie studio arrangement, the Allen Park City Council voted Tuesday night to issue layoff notices to its firefighters… The layoffs affect all 27 firefighters except for the chief, who is appointed.

Allen Park had, apparently put all its eggs in a single basket: Unity Studios. When the film studio pulled out of its agreement and moved to Detroit instead, it left a financial hole that only 27 fire fighters could fill, apparently. The City had spent $25 million to purchase land worth $14 million and then leased it to the studio. The studio subsequently reneged.…

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MoveOn.org hosting two Michigan “Invest in America Speak Out” events Thursday

This Thursday, February 24, 2011, MoveOn.org is holding two “Invest in America Speak Out” events in Michigan (and others across the country.)

Here’s the event description:

The president announces his budget on February 14, and already, Republicans—and some Democrats—are campaigning to cut billions in funding from health care, education, and science programs. Cuts to our economic lifelines won’t do anything to turn the economy around—but they’ll definitely hurt the Other 98% of us barely getting through the worst recession since the Great Depression.

When Congress comes home during the next congressional recess, we need to show them what’s at stake for our communities if critical social programs are gutted.

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Tea partiers outnumbered by union protesters at Michigan Capitol 50-to-1

Tea partiers outnumbered by union protesters at Michigan Capitol 50-to-1

This is starting to become a trend.

Today in Lansing between 1,000 and 1,500 people, mainly union members, rallied at the Capitol Building. They were protesting a number of things including new Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s budget as well as a number of anti-union bills currently in before the Republican-run State Congress.

Two different tea party groups planned a “counter-protest” as well.

They had between “a handful” and 20 people.

One of the folks promoting the event today was Lance Enderle, the candidate many of you probably recall from his run in MI-08 against Republican Mike Rogers after the Democratic candidate dropped out.…

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