The day Roosevelt died, my mother was coming back home from a trip by train when high winds blew the windows out. Steam locomotive, lots of smoke. She arrived at the depot covered with soot, to find our small town had been hit by a tornado. So, no one heard of the president’s death until [...]
About the Malaysian plane: I understand how hard it is to search over water, even when you’ve got a clue about position. But there are lots of satellites above. Maybe one pointing down over Vietnam? If the plane disintegrated mid air, wouldn’t there have been a bright flash to give away its position? Is no one talking about this because no country wants to admit it?
laurelei23 commented on the diary post Muslim Leaders Issue Fatwah against Critter Killers by patrick devlin.
Well, hell, if the mullahs can do this, could we possibly get Pat Robertson on board?
Or is Pat going to come out publicly and say that human beings have a “God-given right” to slaughter everything on the planet?
laurelei23 commented on the blog post Cannot stop kicking a poor person and succumb to good policy
Someone should point out that sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
laurelei23 commented on the diary post Supremely disturbing constitutional analysis changes bill of rights by patrick devlin.
I’m guessing that the cops are going to accept the okay of anyone above the age of 8.
I really wish the cops would show up at Clarence Thomas’ house some afternoon when only the maid is in.
laurelei23 commented on the diary post Iron Kay — Insurance Companies Pick Fight With Wrong Family by Consumer Watchdog.
You know, that’s the perfect conservative attitude: they got themselves into this, fk ‘em.
Silly me, I thought we were all in this together.
Attaturk, I think you missed Inhofe’s, rather subtle, point: he got more sympathy and compassion from his “enemies,” than his friends.
And isn’t that a sad thing to say about the GOP?
laurelei23 commented on the blog post A Political Parable On Serving Sheep and Goats in Restaurants
Peterr, loved the article.
As for some of the posters here, I’m surprised you don’t need rotator cuff surgery from patting yourselves on the back so much. If both political parties and all actors in them are equally evil, if you’re so knowledgeable, if things are so bad and are never going to get better, why are you even here? I see the Left has trolls too.
I’m sorry I came. Won’t make that mistake again.
laurelei23 commented on the blog post Herman Wallace, Held in Solitary Confinement for 41 Years, Dies After Three Days of Freedom
It seems every century invents some new way to justify torturing people. And some new way to do it.
I have an easy solution for the non-crazy republicans who can’t get a shutdown vote scheduled because Boehner won’t put it on the calendar. Vote in a new speaker. Just the threat of it might help.
Ah, but the republicans have re-defined charity, mercy, justice and righteousness in order to enrich the wealthy and strip and mock the poor. That’s how they can stand there and declare how “Christian” they are.
I believe the Bible calls that “hardening of [their] hearts. God is not amused.
laurelei23 commented on the blog post Pope: “Ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy above all”
I hope Francis has a food taster. Personally, I think he should put his faith in the nuns that do all the work at the Vatican, and tell the Curia to take a hike.
laurelei23 commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: Elizabeth Warren Outfoxes Obama and Summers
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”
Or maybe not according to the Post-Gazette
laurelei23 commented on the blog post Woman Trying To Get Belongings Back After Bank Forecloses On Wrong House
First, the bank arguing over the list and cost of her possessions is really dickish. She’s only asked $18,000, very reasonable. Pay the woman.
The bank and its reps broke into her house, removed everything, sold or gave it all away. That’s breaking and entering, burglary, fencing stolen items, vandalism. Why is the local prosecutor not pressing charges? Who do I call?
laurelei23 commented on the diary post McDonald’s Sample Budget Is Not ‘Good for Us All’—Especially Not Women With Children by RH Reality Check.
Whether they know it or not, McDonald’s has acknowledged two things here. One, that people are, trying, to live off their wages at McD’s. It’s not just kids still living with the parents, a popular republican fantasy. And two, they bring home so little that strict, “ignore reality” budgeting is required. Don’t tell me that [...]
I was living in Chicago when my congress critter, Sidney Yates, retired. He’d been in office since God made land. When Emanuel was elected for my district, at first I was pleased, then worried, then disgusted. And was even more worried when Obama made him chief of staff. Emanuel is deaf to his constituents, heavy-handed and mean. Daley carried grudges, but he did it behind doors. Rahm doesn’t care who the fck knows. I detested Daley from the minute I moved to Chicago, but racist, preening bully that he was, Richie was better than Rahm.
I don’t live there anymore, but I’ve got friends and family who do. I worry for them.
laurelei23 commented on the blog post Those Bolshevik Rapscallions And Their Blasted Velocipedes
TBogg, where in heaven’s name did you find that picture? Genius.
Y’all have overlooked the best line: “…so old that she used to baby-sit Phyllis Schlafly’s mom.” Oh, the images that conjures.
Fr. Andrew Greeley died this week. He was well known in Chicago where he was a thorn in the sides of three cardinal/archbishops. He wore a lot of hats: columnist for the Sun-Times, lecturer, novelist, but first a priest and sociologist. He did a study after Paul VI came out against birth control, and warned the Church hierarchy that American Catholics did not agree, and were prepared to completely ignore the Church on this — and other teachings. He did another study for the US Bishops Council that documented the dissatisfaction among American priests — the bishops ignored that too. The Catholic hierarchy has been shoving it fingers in its ears and singing “lala la” for a long time.
I’m old enough to remember John XXIII. I remember how, when he began to visit hospitals and prisons, the Curia went into fits. John basically told them to shut up and sit down. I’m not gonna trust Francis until he does the same.
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