s skippy the bush kangaroo: April 2013

skippy the bush kangaroo

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sportswriter Should Not Be Allowed Near Analogies

I am thrilled that (almost) everyone is speaking positively about Jason Collins coming out yesterday, even though most reports and reporters are writing as if he were the first professional sports player this year. Or even a first for a professional basketball player.

After Dr. Black correctly named Charles Broussard "Wanker of the Day" for his inability to read the Bible, you would think sportswriters would at least try to make certain their references were correct. (in best John Belushi voice:) But, NO:

Collins said he went through something akin to a 12-step program while deciding to come out, dealing with emotions such as anger and denial.

"But when you finally get to that point of acceptance, there's nothing more beautiful than just allowing yourself to really be happy and be comfortable in your own skin," Collins said.

12-step program? Maybe. But I refer you to Cliff Gorman doing a Dustin Hoffman imitation for the five steps being discussed:

Robbie Rogers (first link) had to retire at 25. Jason Collins, at 34, may have a season or two left in him. This is not death; this is the beginning of life.

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sun comes up, it's tuesday morning

private prison health care company linked to 9 deaths

school principal discoruaged gril from reporting sexual assaukt because it would ruin attacker's b-ball career

getting back to full employment

west virginia is the most stressful place to live
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Monday, April 29, 2013

separated at birth?

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the voice contestant caroline glaser, and

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s.e. cupp?
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down the penrose lane

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more @ penrose on politics!
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can't get blue monday out of my head

police 'cleaning up' detroit by kidnapping homeless and stranding them in other cities

is capitalism dismantling america?

stupid tax tricks for people who think the world is flat

new species of porcupine discovered in brazil's atlantic forest
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

sunday for tea

suicides among military and veterans jumps to 22 a day

what happened to working class new york?

stonehenge is 5000 older than previously thought

the world's most pot-friendly ceo's
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environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that weren't laughed about at #nerdprom last night.

insecticide firms in secret bid to stop ban that could save bees. despite intense secret lobbying by british ministers and chemical companies against the ban, a vote in brussels on monday is expected to lead to the suspension of the world's most widely used insecticides - london observer

republicans target fracking oversight. while championing the benefits of new energy extraction methods, republican house members accused energy oversight agencies of research that misled the public on environmental and health risks. - fuelfix

cooke aquaculture to pay $490,000 after illegal pesticides kill lobsters in canada. a canadian firm that is a subsidiary of the largest aquaculture operator in maine pleaded guilty friday in a canadian courtroom to using illegal pesticides that killed hundreds of lobsters a little more than a mile from maine's border - maine sun journal

exploring coffee's past to rescue its future. the genetic uniformity of cultivated coffee makes the industry more vulnerable to shocks like a changing climate, or disease. the industry has put all its eggs, so to speak, in one genetic basket. - morning edition npr

record-breaking storms add two inches to lakes michigan and huron. ships are carrying less cargo, and boaters have had trouble getting in and out of harbors. to help with the low lake levels, the state started emergency dredging projects for some harbors. and experts say the recent storms are also helping a little. - michigan radio

campaign to save barrier reef from industry. conservationists accused australia of failing to protect the great barrier reef from massive industrial development as they launched a multi-million dollar campaign to drum up awareness - afp

sunflowers, pocket parks and other ideas aim to beautify vacant lots in st. louis. if you live in any large ‘rustbelt’ city in the midwest, and st. louis in particular, you’re probably all too familiar with the site of vacant lots. this weekend, ground will be broken on several projects which aim to change the way neighborhoods and cities deal with vacant property - marketplace

judge affirms $81 million of damages awarded to 12 oregon soldiers for toxic exposure in iraq. a federal judge in portland friday affirmed $75 million in punitive damages a jury awarded to 12 oregon national guard veterans last fall in a case against government contractor kbr, inc. for its conduct in Iraq a decade ago. - portland oregonian

up to 375 flood gauges to turn off because of fund cuts. just in time for the spring flood season, the federal sequester is threatening to shut off funding for hundreds of stream gauges used by the u.s. geological survey to predict and monitor flood levels across the country - usatoady

in gasland sequel, fracking saga’s pressure ratchets up - grist

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

saturday night shoot out

bush's legacy keeps getting worse

in the laboratory of democracy, some experiments are blowing up

kansas manages to find a way to enshrine sexual discrimination

russian bears huff jet fuel to get high
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Friday, April 26, 2013

skippy's friday night music club


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The One Time We Wish He Had Lived Up to the "No Show" Sobriquet

Old Possum has passed. And Eric Loomis left out one of the all-time greats.  (You youngsters may know it as the only good track on Elvis Costello's Almost Blue album.)

Then again, he only listed six, not sixty.

And, for those wondering about his sense of humor, the man who was once arrested for driving his riding mower to the liquor store gives us:

UPDATE: I tend to avoid "nostalgia" songs—they generally rank slightly higher than "radio" songs in the Pantheon of Schmaltz—so I was going to skip this one. Then again, it's the question everyone, with the possible exceptions of Randy Travis and Alan Jackson, is asking right now:

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shameful chapters in american history

Sen. John McCain on Sunday blasted President Barack Obama and other top administration officials for failing to intervene on behalf of rebels in Syria, calling it "one of the most shameful chapters in American history."
yes it is.  it began with ruinous wars started by george bush, the worst president ever in american history, continued with john mccain as a nominee for president by the republican party, went further by mccain including sarah palin on the ticket, a shameless candidate of whom even mccain was ashamed, and continues now with mccain pandering to his party's desperate and ubiquitous, often pointless and dishonest attacks on the president.  no matter what the news, some republican crook will appear on televison to denounce obama for it.  check the polls.  even republicans now hate the republican party.  there's a reason for that.  mccain is a big part of that reason.
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friday's angels

a simple plan to improve voting, stop fraud and save money

40% of wall street trades are hidden from regulators in 'dark pools'

10 tax dodges that help the rich get richer

the volcanic magma reserve under yellowstone park is at least 50% larger than previously thought
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

skippy's wednesday music club

happy birthday, ella fitzgerald!

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anzac day

today we send greetings to australia and new zealand

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one thursday morning

former romney intern arrested for using nude pics to blackmail 15 women

is nature-deficit disorder a real thing?

for scientists, an exploding world of pseudo-science

want to avoid marrying your cousin in iceland? there's an app for that!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

4.7 million american workers

have been unemployed for at least six months.

only four...count them 4...congresscritters showed up to talk about long term unemployment.
of course, all four were democrats.
with the nation’s unemployment rate at 7.6 percent, members of congress are fond of saying that they are focused on nothing but jobs. and yet, when minnesota sen. amy klobuchar (d) scheduled a joint economic committee hearing on one of the biggest jobs-related crises facing the united states, just four of the committee’s 20 members bothered to show up. - think progress

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skippy's wednesday night music club

tonight we give a tip of the kangaroo tail to that band #idol says is a "one hit wonder" - the bee gees.
here are just a few of my favorites from that "one hit"....

massachusetts (1967)

how can you mend a broken heart (1971)

staying alive (1978)

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i'm sure as heck hoping this is a typo in the latte times headline...(and story)

fire at riverside county plant kills 100,000 baby chickens

(why should there be 100,000 baby chickens in any one place?)

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just wednesday

you cannot make a good argument for cutting social security

high schooler files injunction against her principal for slut-shaming and threatening her

personal computing market worse than ever...is windows 8 to blame?

alec has such a bad reputation it doesn't want to be called 'alec' anymore
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

skippy's tuesday night music club

remember just how fragile we are.

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n.h. = nutter heaven

i'm afraid to say that my home state of new hampshire, has become a haven for some serious nutters like state legislator, stella tremblay. and, why yes, she is a republican. no shocker there.
a republican state legislator in new hampshire is claiming that the united states government is responsible for the boston marathon bombing.  
 ...she said the bombings were a plot by the federal government, and included a link to a video from another conservative talk show host alex jones, in which jones also claims the federal government planned the bombing. - huffpo

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earth day

i hope you celebrated yesterday, or all weekend like we did here in santa barbara (i was working a booth.)

there is a reason why we santa barbarians take environmental issues very seriously....we've gone through a massive, devastating oil spill. and, because of that spill, senator gaylord nelson (d-wi) was inspired to do some eco legistlatin'. we know what government involvement can do in prevention...and clean up. we know what thousands of volunteers can do in prevention...and clean up. we know that our natural beauty and environment must be protected now...and in the future. our lives depend upon it.

although earth day was yesterday, i hope that you celebrate our little blue marble we call home,  everyday.

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see you next tuesday

5 ways americans are progressive on taxes

how the 40-year "long recession" led to the great recession

new nasa-backed fusion engine could cut trip to mars to 30 days

and rip folk legend richie havens and divinyls singer chrissy amphlett
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Monday, April 22, 2013

call it stormy monday

5 myths about the minimum wage

4 reasons the gun control bills failed

70% say gop out of touch with americans

the power of talking to your baby
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Sunday, April 21, 2013

sunday for seven days

marathoner witnesses boston bombing, flies home to texas, sees fertilizer plant explode

5 ways to stay sane during cable tv coverage of a crisis

karl rove heckled as "terrorist" and "war criminal" during speech

dr. who must be pleased: old, used dalek found in a pond in england
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Saturday, April 20, 2013

skippy's saturday night music club

one more from the "bad boys from boston"

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Best Car Advert of the Year -- Maybe Decade

No, not that piece of bollocks with Paul Harvey intoning cliches.  Or Kaley advertising something or other.  Or even the one from a few years ago where the two middle-aged (read: younger than me) gits make goo-goo eyes at each other until one of their rugrats throws a toy and breaks them of their revelries.

Sidebar:  I often work in NYC, where mendicants are prominent and therefore competition is fierce.  On the now-rare occasions when I have money, my rule is basically to only give to people who tell a good story.  Doesn't have to be a true story--no way to verify it--but at least something that makes you think they really love living.  As with my rules of concert-going--only see The Rolling Stones if the album they're touring was worth buying--this cuts down on my expenditures.

This is print, though there is a picture, and if not that I just bought a (2002) Prius and live twelve time-zones away, I would be thinking seriously about bidding on a nearly 23-year-old car.  If this guy were begging, I would be likely to give him money. A taste (the first one's free):
Searching for a delightful automobile to ferry you to Angus and Robertson to buy Fifty Shades of Grey, or perhaps cart little Timmy to clarinet lessons? Do me a favour, smash your laptop on the ground, give yourself an uppercut and take a good, long look in the mirror. Frankly, I’m offended. 

If, on the other hand, you’re hunting for the most diabolical slab of precious metal to be synthesised during the Big Bang, please continue… 

To date, the most monumental day of your existence was your wedding, or the birth of your children. That’s about to change! In fact, you’d trade your spouse and all of your offspring just to test-drive this barbarian.
And, given that the picture shown is a truck, those who have only seen Subaru's Outbacks and Legacies may finally understand this piece of Classic Rock.

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saturday night riot

the drone war of barack w. bush

infographic: how the senate blocked the backgeound checks bill, from mayors against guns

57-yr-old texas college student tries to establish a white student union on campus

us ranks at the bottom in child well-being
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Friday, April 19, 2013

skippy's friday night music club

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just askin'

for all those injured severely in the horrific boston bombings, what happens if they have no health insurance? what if because of their injuries they are no longer to work and if they have healthcare tied to their employment? what happens if they have to file bankruptcy due to medical bills?

what happens to them?

bombs killed and maimed americans in boston.
our profit driven healthcare industry kills and injures americans nationwide.

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friday you said goodbye

how obama wants to prevent future romneys from avoiding taxation

did alaskan newborns suffer repercussions from the fukushima fallout?

maybe reinholt and rogoff could use some help from clippy to figure out how to use excel

the fertilizer plant that exploded in texas had no alarms, shut-off system or firewall

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

skippy's thursday night music club

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tweet of the day

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april 19, 1906

this was the first time, there were no survivors attending the memorial in san francisco at lotta's fountain.

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what a freakin' week

it has depressed me more than anything of late. and, being unemployed with a broken down car and no healthcare, i am depressed.

but this week shown a light on a seriously dark side to our country and it's future.

we saw heroics amongst tragedy on monday in boston.
we saw poisonous letters sent to elected officials on tuesday.
we saw what lack of regulation, city planning and oversight could result in on wednesday in texas.
we saw spineless cowards value money over human life in d.c. on wednesday
we saw affects of climate change wreak havoc in chicago today.
now we have a shooting on the mit campus in cambridge....

i truly dread what will happen tomorrow.

if we could honor the short life of martin richards by following his words....

Martin Richard 8yrold

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mrs. thursday

boston pols and business leaders create a fund to help victims of the marathon bombing. you can donate here

one problem that goes unnoticed: suicide among the elderly

here are the twitter handles of the senators who voted against the background check gun safety bill

the growing threat of right-wing violence

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

cnn - the most busted name in news

via talking points memo
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my assemblyman surfs

does yours? cowabunga, das!

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big wednesday

5 viral stories about boston that aren't true

a short, recent history of pressure cooker bombs

only dozens attend dc tax day protests

republican county commissioner uses the n-word. but he's not racist, because, in his words, he "built habitat homes for colored people"!

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Live and Die by Shades of Grey

Apparently, Chris Matthews is in trouble for telling the truth.

He told the same truth Charles Pierce did: if you use inductive reasoning, based on U.S. history of the past 20+ years--even before you consider that it's Patriot's Day orTax Filing Day--you would concentrate your search on right-wing white men (links added from Skippy's post below) as the Likely Suspects.  You would hope to be wrong, but it wouldn't be The Way to Bet.

For pointing the obvious out, Pierce was attacked by the Usual Suspects--and a sack of shit at "reason".com. (no link)

Yesterday, an off-duty NYC policeman killed her boy friend, her one-year-old, and herself.  A fourth person escaped "by climbing out a window."  Three dead. One another day, that might have been the cover of the New York Post.

I wish it were.

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ruby tuesday

mass murders - the white guy problem

more than 100 acts of terrorism since supreme court decision in 2008

california bill may punish boy scouts for gay ban

our math deficit doesn't add up
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Monday, April 15, 2013

blue monday

6 charts that show how conservative politics are destroying america

law enforcement more likely to be killed in states with weak gun laws

man who bank-rolled swift-boat campaign against kerry is dead

homelessness in silicon valley
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

sunday father

the food industry's over-use of salt contributes to over 100,000 deaths a year

is it time ro treat violence as a contagious disease?

the pretend liberals

b of a pays $36.8 mill to veterans families for improper foreclosures
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Saturday, April 13, 2013

saturday night party

billionaires rule america...and they are coming after the last shreds of our democracy

ohio courts illegally jailing poor people for being poor

stevie nicks thinks feminism id going backwards -- did she stop thinking about tomorrow?

and rip master of improv - skippy was once fortunate enough to do a television sketch with him - comedian jonathan winters
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Friday, April 12, 2013

god speed jonathan winters

always loved running into him around santa barbara and montecito. so sad to hear of his passing.

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friday street

the 5 poisons of privatization

7 ways north carolina is making it harder to vote

and we accidentally listened to fhe accidental racist

and rip to woody allen's early collaborator mickey rose
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

facebook...coming to your grocery bag

so not nom nom nom....
facebook has announced a new system that lets advertisers target you based on what groceries you buy, what car you drive, and what kind of phone you use. it’s just the latest example of an emerging pattern at the social network – follow the user all over the place to close more ad sales.

the bland name of facebook’s new “partner categories” belies a bold mission: tying disparate real-world data to facebook’s online social graph. the system allows facebook advertisers to target groups of users based on loyalty card usage at grocery stores and elsewhere, based on public records like auto registration, and based on email addresses consumers give out at retail checkout registers. - wired


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Tis New to Thee

I step out of the dark bathroom. (Really, the light is out and we’re around 26,000 feet—pretty certain it’s the even numbers if you’re flying West.) Wandering back to my seat, I see multiple people using electronic devices, including one gentleman who is listening to an album of Iggy Pop’s.  I know this because his screen shows a huge picture of the man.

I sit down and start reading on my phone’s Kindle app.  I have accidentally purchased—one-click can be an evil thing on a mobile device—Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?, which was on Brad DeLong’s reading list for this year’s Kauffman Conference.  I read an article that tells me that the Internet is bad for thinking, and the next one is by Paul Kedrosky, who claims he’s not certain he has Big, Deep Thoughts anyway. And I get to this:

[Disconnecting from the web] seems, instead, a public exercise in macho symbolism—like Iggy Pop carving something in his chest, a way of bloodily demonstrating that you’re different...

and realise that either seeking patterns in coincidence is a greater time-waster than the Internet will ever be, or it really is James Osterberg’s world and we’re just borrowing it.

Somewhere, Stiv Bators is laughing his ass off.

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los winklevii

they are baaaaaack. this time instead of booking some face, they are coining some bits.
the winklevoss twins, cameron and tyler — olympic rowers, nemeses of mark zuckerberg — are laying claim to a new title: bitcoin moguls.

the winklevii, as they are known, have amassed since last summer what appears to be one of the single largest portfolios of the digital money, whose wild gyrations have silicon valley and wall street talking. the twins, the first prominent figures in the largely anonymous bitcoin world to publicly disclose a big stake, say they own nearly $11 million worth. - dealbook

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meeting marcus on a thursday

if america is so great why do we have 100,000 homeless vets?

one species doing well with global warming: adelie penguins

here's proof that white republicans dominate sunday talk shows in charts

they saved hitler's toilet
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

april, spring, summer and wednesdays

record dolphin & turtle deaths since gulf spill

'ding dong the witch is dead' tops the british charts after the death of margaret thatcher

states with loosest gun laws have twice as much gun violence

limbaugh and fox news suffer ratings headache
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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

down the penrose lane

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more at penrose on politics!
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on an ordinary tuesday

why are there no peace correspondents?

nypd cop pepper sprayed little kids

sign sen. tom harkin's petition telling obama not to touch social security

and rip original mouseketeer annette funicello
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Monday, April 08, 2013

On the Occasion of Her Death

No, not Annette's.  Skippy and/or Jill will cover that.

The Other Woman.

I was trying to think of something appropriate to say, but the Rude Pundit (link to follow) and Scott Lemieux covered it from a musical perspective.*

So I've finally decided that I should revert to type and Go Literary.  Which means this (link to the edition I own; image from Amazon UK shown below) is what I will be reading tonight.

*Update: For the musically inclined, a commenter Chez Pierce highlights this Buzzfeed piece, which will have to do even if it omits John Cale's Threnody for the Victims of the Malvinas--at least until someone writes a sane version of "U.K. Mining Disaster, 1984."
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bank holiday monday

force sane gun laws - boycott starbucks

the great marijuana rehab scam

how the kids saved the park

and arianna huffington is being sued for trashing a sub-lease
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Sunday, April 07, 2013

sunday driver

fromer florida gop chairman gets 18 months for grand theft

wisconsin - proof alec policies don't work

the koch brothers are even worse than you thought

finally a way to only date people who agree with you on politics
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Saturday, April 06, 2013

saturday night out

woman fired for being homeless

major banks seek to overturn tough judicial rulings in mortgage case

a snivel of breitbrats

you, zombies and your cat
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Friday, April 05, 2013

skippy's friday night music club

yeah...it's friday night...the place has got to be a'rockin

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friday on my mind

droughts, wildfire diminish monarch butterfly population

women make better corporate leaders than men

rush limbaugh thinks half the people on twitter are paid by democrats

and rip roger ebert

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Thursday, April 04, 2013

skippy's thursday night music club

the past couple of days we've been a little country...tonight...we're a little bit rock'n roll. thanks joan jett.

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first amendment remedies

i have started petitions at whitehouse.gov and i am 2 for 2 for getting them removed from the free speech zone.  this petition, not started by me, deserves your signature far more than any of the idiotic secession petitions that obama honored with an answer.
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like a summer thursday

do conservatives even want to win?

u.s. medical costs top other developed nations

majority of u.s. rivers and stream polluted by fertilizer

the hoax of closing schools to save money
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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

skippy's wednesday night music club

a little more country....

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exxon bypasses the government

and controls the no-fly zone over the arkansas oil spill.
the federal aviation administration (faa) has had a "no fly zone" in place in mayflower, arkansas since april 1 at 2:12 pm and will be in place "until further notice," according to the faa website and it's being overseen by exxonmobil itself. in other words, any media or independent observers who want to witness the tar sands spill disaster have to ask exxon's permission. - steve horn's daily kos

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types of jobs available in santa barbara?

caretakers for the 1%.
santa barbara, ca family is seeking a household manager for their 12,000 sq ft formal home. this family includes not only 2 teenagers but also many animals, including 4 dogs, 5 cats, and birds. the right candidate will be able to step into any role in the home needed whenever necessary. responsibilities include managing staff (including 9 housekeepers), setting the dining table for formal meals, organizing the home, making sure the home is kept neat and beautiful at all times, supervising maintenance personnel, running errands, packing for travel, traveling with the family, and anything else needed to help keep their home lives running smoothly. professional household management training is required; a thorough knowledge of proper housekeeping techniques in an upscale home is a must. this is a wonderful opportunity for a dedicated and experienced household manager. salary $80,000 to $100,000 as commensurate with skills and experience; includes a cottage on one of their properties and benefits. please, no phone calls. if you are interested, please apply now. - get hired
who the h**l needs nine housekeepers? 

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a wednesday in your garden

customers are fleeing empty wal-mart shelves for target & costco

global warming's latest victim: wine

religious grauma syndrome: how some organized religion leads to mental health problems

the gop sez, ladies, listen closely
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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

skippy's tuesday night music club

i miss garth

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los angeles times flip flops

and decides to run a daily kos/courage campaign funded ad that paints the paper's financial suitors in a bad light...

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jim carrey


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elizabeth colbert busch

let's send her to congress....she actually knows where the appalachian trail is.
elizabeth has been off the sidelines and involved in her community for years, having founded the executive board of directors of charleston women in international trade as well as serving as chair of the maritime association port of charleston, among other positions. i'm thrilled that this year, elizabeth has decided to add congressional candidate to her list of achievements, and with your help, we'll be sending her to washington, d.c. very soon. - from senator kirsten gillabrand's great orange diary


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chuck hagel will give back part of his salary

to the department of defense in solidarity with his department's workers. no doubt the rwnj's are peeing their pants in anger.
defense secretary chuck hagel will give back a portion of his salary this fiscal year in solidarity with his department’s workers who are facing 14 days of furloughs, the pentagon said tuesday.

as a political appointee, hagel isn’t subject to the furloughs, but pentagon press secretary george little said he would take a pay cut along with the workers who must begin staying home later this year. - politico
now...if we could get some other peeps living in d.c. on the public tax money dole to do the same.
or, better yet....end this freakin' nightmare game of financial chicken and just end this sequestration.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 8:52 PM | 1 comments

on a tuesday in amsterdam long ago

why women should not go to a catholic hospital

intense terahertz pulses causes dna damage and repair

the 147 people destroying the world

republicans live in opposite world
posted by skippy at 8:40 AM | 2 comments

i write to idiot obama

why are you so willing to cut benefits to social security?  this is an insurance program patriotic americans have been paying into even before you were born.  you are such an irresponsible disappointment to americans.

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posted by George at 3:56 AM | 2 comments

Monday, April 01, 2013

christ has risen! april fools!

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down the penrose lane

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more @ penrose on politics!
posted by skippy at 12:42 PM | 2 comments

too many mondays

fighting the nra myth of arming the good guys

57% of u.s. workers have less than $25,000 in retirement savings

preservation group buys herd of wild horses at blm auction to save them from becoming pet food

5-year-old girl discovers new species of dinosaur, names it after herself
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"made in pennsylvania"


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