Sunday, March 29, 2015

They were askin' if you were around

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* Marking a moment in time in stunned silence: The last minutes of Germanwings flight 4U9525.

* Absurd Fourth Circuit ruling embodies everything that’s wrong with drug raids.

* Full transcript of final Aaron Schock speech on House floor:

I heard that voice in every vote that I have cast. But I also knew that being in the majority was key to making a difference. And so I’m proud of the work I’ve done to contribute to a Republican majority here in Congress. To begin to scale back the overreaches of a bloated federal government and to begin to bend the curve on out-of-control spending. That has only happened because of a Republican majority and I’m proud to have played a role in building it.

All while gorging himself at the public trough.

* Map: Every single road in the U.S., in mind-boggling detail.

* Tribute: 124 North Sacramento Boulevard:

For years, possibly decades, the two-story brick flat at 124 North Sacramento Boulevard, just south of once-bustling Lake Street, has stood isolated and surrounded by vacancy. Bordered by an alley to the south and an overgrown fenced lot to the north and existing here since approximately 1889, it provides a glimpse into the former life of this block, neighborhood, and the greater West Side of Chicago.

Equally disturbing is that there's no evidence the place had a backdoor.

* I support this legislation: Bennett works towards promoting compassionate courtrooms:

SB 1389 would allow courts to authorize the use of “comfort canines” when children or others with a severe developmental or intellectual disability have to testify in court on sexual assault cases.
Authorized dogs would be required to go through training and be evaluated and registered as a member of Assistance Dogs International.

* Read this to increase your understanding of the universe: I Played 'The Boys Are Back in Town' on a Bar Jukebox Until I Got Kicked Out. (Thanks, Seth.)

* Told 'em you were livin' downtown...........

Posted by: Marie at 8:40 PM |

Friday, March 27, 2015

There's a red under my bed

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Cult. The guy on the pulpit was hitting all the bullet points: Ronald Reagan, Obama, ISIL. I left before his head exploded in total Islamophobia, fire, brimstone, paranoia. Unfortunately for him, the legislature and the governor had already left for spring break, so no one heard him. Further unfortunately, wrong capitol.

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Later that night...

* Photo not taken just now: Blinking light of a plane cruising silently at 38,000 feet, half moon shining brightly, Venus, Sirius, Big Dipper and a few other things right over my house in the cold, clear night sky, the hooting of a distant owl. Beauty. Peace. Love.

* And there's a little yellow man in my head. And there's a true blue inside of me... Paranoia, the destroyer. (Kinks.)

Posted by: Marie at 10:10 PM |

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Only you know

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South Sixth.

* Picture an Arab Man.

* How I loathe this place called Tobacco Road......... (Johnny and Edgar Winter, 15 minutes.)

Posted by: Marie at 9:36 PM |

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Back to me

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Wheat sculpture. Statehouse. Signs.

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Statehouse.

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Mansion.

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Sunset.

* Good that Gov. Rauner wants comprehensive immigration reform. We all do. Definitely. I'm just looking forward to seeing how, exactly, he will "Push my friends in Congress": "We need to pass comprehensive reform in 2015, not 2016. I will push my friends in Congress" @GovRauner.

* Adding later: Rauner's immigration message leaves advocates perplexed:

More than two months after taking the reins of one of the nation's most immigrant-friendly states, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has offered mixed signals about his stance on immigration.
He's publicly backed "comprehensive reform" and tells stories of his Swedish dairyman grandfather's immigration, but he rescinded executive orders aimed at making the state more welcoming to immigrants. He refused to join other GOP governors in a lawsuit against President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, but he proposed slashing roughly $8 million in services to help refugees and immigrants who want citizenship.

* Photo: Clad in his leather chaps and vest, Gov. Bruce Rauner signs in at the Canaryville Veterans Riders meeting on Friday.

* February letter from the Canaryville Veterans Riders Association to Governor Rauner: We request the return of our patches that we honorably bestowed upon you:

It seems big businesses can spend millions of dollars to buy politicians and their votes so they can skirt rules and regulations while working class people, Union or not, only have one voice in the political arena and that is organized labor.

Read the whole thing, please. I don't think he got the letter.

* Time is on my side, yes it is...

Posted by: Marie at 8:20 PM |

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The head nurse spoke up

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Hot Schockolate. (Grab-A-Java.)

* The mileage Rep. Aaron Schock billed for personal SUV adds to legal woes:

His driving habits, global travels and business dealings have now drawn the attention of the Justice Department. Prosecutors are moving to subpoena potential witnesses as an FBI investigation gets underway in Springfield and Washington, according to sources.

* The self-destructive mania of Rep. Aaron Schock.

* Said "leave this one alone." She could tell right away that I was bad to the bone....

Posted by: Marie at 8:58 PM |