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Yesterday, I asked the GOP to take a seriously look at their fringe members.  Today there’s a whole new steamy pile of WTF we need to discuss. 

In their infantile wisdom, the Republican Senators have decided that if they can’t have their way (you know, NO healthcare reform, NO WAY, NO HOW) then they are taking their marbles and going home.  Going home everyday at 2pm that is.  Read more here thanks to Huffington Post.

2pm in DC

My only response is ARE YOU FUCKING CRAZY?  How in the world do you think the hardworking American people (again GOP, YOUR people – us Dems are just a bunch of lazy slobs as everyone knows) will react to this? 

Just a few things that were put on HOLD while the GOP acted out in class today:

*Judicial Committee meeting CANCELLED  (Who needs justice any ways?  We have The Tea Party to enforce right and wrong, eh?)

*Senate Armed Services Committee meeting CANCELLED (How important can this be? I’m sure the Armed Services and the two wars they are fighting right now can fend for themselves.  And I’m sure Admiral Robert Willard, United States Navy Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command; General Kevin Chilton, United States Air Force, Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, and General Walter Sharp, United States Army Commander, U.S. Forces Korea really had nothing better to do than be stood up in DC.)

*Oversight hearing on police training contracts in Afghanistan CANCELLED (We’ll just leave our troops there even longer, I’m sure they won’t mind more tour extensions)

*Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on bark beetles CANCELLED (Fine, I confess: I had no idea what the hell a bark beetle was or why in the world we needed a hearing on them, but turns out they are terrible SOBs that cause huge damage to trees, killing them which in leads to forest fires…no worries though, maybe this just won’t be a good year for the beetle…fingers-crossed)

And these are the ones I know of just from Twitter and Facebook – Lord knows whateslse was left undone while they played hookie.  One thing I know wasn’t handled was the unemployment extension that millions of Americans are hoping for as benefits for their families are set to expire the first week of April…you know, when the Senate is on Spring Break.  Yeah, don’t get me started on that one.

In short? Get your asses back to work.  Oh, and fire whatever moron suggested this grand ol’ idea. 

“Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away, and that in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all the scintillating beauty.” – Martin Lurther King, Jr.

Some of my best friends in the world are Republicans.  I work for a few Republicans.  I married into a Republican family.  I know my fair share of Republicans.  They in turn know all too well my stance on most issues and I doubt you’d fine anyone in my circle that doesn’t know I’m a Democrat.  Political issues are usually kept at arms length in our interactions…keeping the peace.  Plus with most of them, they are as solid in their leanings as I am in mine, so it isn’t like I’m going to convert anyone.  Believe me, I’ve  tried.

I respect these people.  I don’t agree with them, but I know the foundation of their opinion on issues like health care, taxes, the military, abortion, etc…all come from an educated and thought out position based on facts.  I can only assume that these folks are the rule in the GOP, not the exception.

But man, the GOP really needs to look at their “exceptions” because those asshats really seem to be getting a lot of airtime these days.

I can see the other side’s points on the health care debate.  I might even go so far as to say I agree with one or two of them.  But every legitimate point the GOP might make is redacted when I see footage on CNN of their self-proclaimed “soldiers” using homosexual and racial epithets while spitting on members of Congress.  Throwing money in the face of man suffering from Parkinson’s.  I always knew I would have to explain bigotry and ignorance to my daughter someday, I just didn’t think I’d have audio and video aids from Capital Hill to use when describing the n-word.

When the hell did this become acceptable debate practice?  Did we learn nothing in the years since Martin Lurther King, Jr.?  Peaceful, respectful protest ring a bell?  Learned people using passionate, yet civil, debate as their sword?  More to the point, what in the world does the color of man’s skin or who he sleeps with have to do with HEALTH CARE REFORM?  What does it say about people willing to beat up on a dying man to make their point?

So I say this to all my friends and family in the GOP – you need to shut those people up – or at minimum keep them away from the recording devices.  Because far more than losing this health care vote:  you are losing credibility.  You are losing members.  You are losing your party’s integrity.  Someone in the Republican party needs to stand up and stand up today and shout from the roof tops: WE ARE NOT A PARTY OF BIGOTS!  AND IF YOU ARE ONE, WE DON’T WANT YOU!  Till then, all I can hear is static.

Maybe when you are finished with this Kill the Bill business, you should get a hoe and clear out the garden a bit.  These weeds are choking whatever life  your party has left.

Yes this country needs healthy debate – I would no sooner want to see a Democratic monopoly than a Republican one.  The foundation of America is that we come together from all walks of life.  We discuss the issues we face.  We rally in support of one side or another or another.  We vote.  And that majority speaks for all of us.  The vote doesn’t always go your way.  But in a representative democracy, this is how it works.

We can disagree, we need to disagree.  But we must do so in a fashion that doesn’t bring shame to our country, our parties, ourselves.  In a fashion we aren’t afraid to let our children see…now and decades from now.

“It demands a great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate.”                                               – James Arthur Baldwin


Updated to add:  IT WORKED!  Calls, emails, blog posts, tweets, facebook updates – it worked people.  From Candidate Brunner’s recent email to supporters:

“Yesterday morning more of you signed our petition and wrote letters to editors of newspapers throughout the state urging my primary opponent to drop his bid for party endorsement. Your voice was heard, and an important victory was won when my opponent withdrew his request for that endorsement. As the Dayton Daily News reported yesterday, the Ohio Democratic Party announced my opponent’s campaign “has informed us that, in the spirit of Party unity, they will not pursue an Ohio Democratic Party endorsement, . . . The party remains neutral in the primary and united toward defeating Rob Portman and winning at all levels in November.”

Thank you Candidate Fisher for listening to us and keeping our primary fair!

Please withdraw your endorsement request Candidate Fisher. 

This should be a fair fight, one decided in the voting booths come May.  The registered voters of the Deomocratic Party should be the only people you are courting right now.   

This request serves nothing but to drive a wedge in our party – something we can’t risk this close to November. 

You have to consider the real possibility that if you are successful in May and you win the nomination, your actions with this endorsement business could alienate Brunner supporters (like myself) and keep us from voting for you.  It would pain me to vote for a Republican of course.  But how could I vote for you if you continue to have so little regard for our party unity?

Let the voters, and only the voters, decide this primary Sir.

Amy Cribbs
Cincinnati, Ohio

I’ll have a bigger post somtime this week on our adventures at Yo Gabba Gabba…just had to share this pic now. 

so sweet and dainty, ain't she?

Let me just say, if Yo Gabba Gabba’s live show is coming to your area it is a well worth seeing – we had an AWWWWWWESOME time!

P realizes her birthday is approaching – she only has three months after all to make her wishes known.  Each time she sees something she wants, she very matter-of-factly states: “put it on the list”.  This magical list of  the dozens of items she assumes will be presented to her come June 6th.  So this was quite fitting when a friend sent it to me this morning:

Little Carol came into the kitchen where her mother was making dinner. Her birthday was coming up and she thought this was a good time to tell her mother what she wanted. ‘Mom, I want a bike for my birthday.’

Now, Little Carol was a bit of a troublemaker. She had gotten into trouble at school and at home… Carol’s mother asked her if she thought she deserved to get a bike for her birthday.

Little Carol, of course, thought she did. Carol’s mother, being a Christian woman, wanted her to reflect on her behavior over the last year, and write a letter to God and tell him why she deserved a bike for her birthday.

Little Carol stomped up the steps to her room and sat down to write God a letter.

Dear God:

I have been a very good girl this year and I would like a bike for my birthday. I want a red one.

Your friend,

Carol knew this wasn’t true.  She had not been a very good girl this year, so she tore up the letter and started over.

Dear God:

This is your friend Carol. I have been a pretty good girl this year, and I would like a red bike for my birthday.

Thank you,

Carol knew this wasn’t true either. She tore up the letter and started again.

Dear God:

I know I haven’t been a good girl this year. I am very sorry. I will be a good girl if you just send me a red bike for my birthday.

Thank you,

Carol knew, even if it was true, this letter was not going to get her a bike.

By now, she was very upset.  She went downstairs and told her mother she wanted to go to church. Carol’s mother thought her plan had worked because Carol looked very sad.

‘Just be home in time for dinner,’ her mother said.

Carol walked down the street to the church and up to the altar. She looked around to see if anyone was there. She picked up a statue of the Virgin Mary , slipped it under her jacket and ran out of the church, down the street, into her house, and up to her room. She shut the door and sat down and wrote her letter to God.





You know those good books?  Those really good books you wish were longer – longer than War and Peace longer.  You plead for ten more chapters just so you can stay with these characters, these words, a day more.

This is how I’m left feeling after finishing The School of Essential Ingredients, the first novel by Erica Bauermeister.

It is simply delicious.  I devoured the first hundred pages like I was eating crab legs…working quickly to crack them while they were hot not wanting to lose one morsel. Then I realized this feast was ending too soon and I forced myself to slow down, chew each paragraph like a piece of rich, aged cheese – the kind you can only afford a sliver of once in a while.

Ok, enough with the food metaphors because now I’m starving.

Seriously, this is a book that you will love.  Especially if you are a food lover like me; it is seductive and taunting with the most wonderful descriptions of edibles. Heck, it inspired me to want to LEARN how to cook (you know, real food), not just look forward to someone else’s offerings.

But these culinary tales, though divine and so not good for someone trying to reduce her consumption (safe to say this not a book to discuss at my next WW meeting), is merely a backdrop.  The place setting to the wonderful weave of these ordinary strangers who come together for a random cooking class and are  melted and molded into…well, I don’t want to spoil it.

Thanks to Amy Tobin and Amy’s Table for including me in her Book Club this month and for the introduction to Erica.  I get the chance to speak with Amy and Erica later today and I’m thrilled.  You can listen to the interview and discussion this weekend when Amy hosts her monthly book club on Q102 – it will be online as well.  I’ll keep you posted when I know when and where.

The lucky winner of the family four pack is:

# 5 – Trisha Lynn!  I’ll be in touch with the details and I hope you have a great time!

For those that didn’t winner, remember you can get discount tickets through Mom Central, details here.


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Why get so riled by the events of the world, you ask? Because…

"Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate." Charlotte Gray
March 2010