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  • barbara commented on the diary post John “Scarecrow” Chandley, RIP by Jane Hamsher.

    2013-01-22 16:17:20View | Delete

    So, so, so very sorry to see this. Scarecrow was one of a kind in the very best definition of that phrase. I trusted him to be tough, fair and kind. He never let me down. A heartfelt loss.

  • Dear sweet Tuesday and every deity that anyone adores, please protect our country from rigid radicalism.

    (((Southern Dragon)))

  • barbara wrote a new diary post:

    2012-11-01 06:17:12View | Delete

    (((Southern Dragon!!!))) Thanks for letting me know, Ms. Molly. I remember him with great affection. Such a loss.

  • barbara commented on the blog post Live Blog for #OWS: Day 34, Touring the Other Occupations

    2011-10-20 13:24:52View | Delete

    NYPD arresting people for closing bank accounts? WTF?!? Seriously! Oh. Hullo, everyone.

  • barbara commented on the blog post Pull Up a Chair

    2011-10-15 06:59:18View | Delete

    Mr. G. is a keeper. Obviously, anyone who puts up with me is pretty amazing. :D Fabulous weather held out until the last few hours of our whole trip when we drove into wind, torrents of rain and hail — hail in October!!

    Time to get on with the daily grind. Heading to Garrison Keillor show tonight. Always a good time!

    Cheers!

  • barbara commented on the blog post Pull Up a Chair

    2011-10-15 06:46:59View | Delete

    Two things I learned on our odyssey from MN to Chicago, western MI, the UP, Wisconsin and home again, home again.

    (1) One week is not enough time when three of those days are taken up with a family wedding. Nice wedding with all the quirky folks mixed in among the more staid. barbara doesn’t drink enough to be a party animal, however. Western MI is lovely….all the way up Lake MI to Petoskey (with a side trip to Grand Rapids to catch Ms. Molly). Over The Bridge to the UP. Gorgeous fall colors everywhere. Breathtaking, really. Bottom line: the hitherto unexplored Michigan deserves time and attention. I’d like to go back.

    (2) Friends, virtual and otherwise. It was a total kick to meet Molly, face to face. Cell phones are a godsend when MI newbies are trying to find their way around! Molly and I have expanded our FDL acquaintance into an FB friendship over time. I think Mr. G. was a bit puzzled about why it was so important to me to make this real connection, but he’s an ever and always good sport.

    There are people here at FDL (or were — I don’t lurk often) about whom I had a sense of community and yeah, friendship. Amazing how that happens, really. I suppose the heat of politics opens up possibilities for candor that might not otherwise emerge. Not always a good thing, but a thing nevertheless. Some of them fiercely outspoken, but never any doubt where they come down on issues political and personal. And so many really smart, well-informed people here.

    Clubby? Oh, that’s a kind of newbie whine, I’d guess. It’s hard to come to a party that’s been going on for years and immediately fit in. Give it time, folks. Give it time.

    Blah, blah, blah.

  • barbara commented on the blog post Pull Up a Chair

    2011-10-15 06:34:16View | Delete

    Lucky for you I’m irregular…..

  • barbara commented on the blog post Pull Up a Chair

    2011-10-15 06:30:35View | Delete

    Be careful what you ask for, girl! Hullo!!

  • barbara commented on the blog post Pull Up a Chair

    2011-10-15 06:28:16View | Delete

    Only for you, Molly….only for you! :D

  • The Dems didn’t lose the House, they intentionally gave it away

    OMG. People! Read through these comments, start to finish, as though you hadn’t been here for, oh, let’s say a year or so. Long ago and far away, this was a smart, savvy place to noodle solutions. Que pasa?!

    Just so you know? I, too, am deeply disappointed in Obama. But there’s not much percentage in perpetually vilifying him without viable solutions, is there? Yeah, yeah, I know. Call me a snarky name.

    Pelosi is okay (didn’t people at this site used to hate her, too?), but sure as creator made little green apples, she could not possibly win a presidential election. That’s a weirdly unworkable bandwagon, IMO.

    Back to occasional lurking.

  • barbara commented on the diary post A Layman’s Guide to Radiation and Human Health by Jim White.

    2011-03-15 14:19:26View | Delete

    I am going to have to re-read, re-read and re-read in an attempt to absorb some of this. Why? Because I want to, that’s why! I just wish it weren’t so hard for my tiny mind. Thank you, physics genii! I am grateful for and awed by your knowledge. At the point I understand this, [...]

  • barbara commented on the diary post Japan Nuclear Watch: Third Explosion, Possible Cracked Containment at Unit 2 by Scarecrow.

    2011-03-14 18:31:46View | Delete

    I am well. Scared, but well, but really, really scared.

  • barbara commented on the diary post Japan Nuclear Watch: Third Explosion, Possible Cracked Containment at Unit 2 by Scarecrow.

    2011-03-14 18:29:16View | Delete

    Yuppers.

  • barbara commented on the diary post Japan Nuclear Watch: Third Explosion, Possible Cracked Containment at Unit 2 by Scarecrow.

    2011-03-14 18:24:55View | Delete

    I should have known this would be the go-to place to follow this and mayhap to understand it (somewhat). Thanks for your brilliance and for sharing it with me/us.