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Tue May 05, 2015 at 05:06 PM PDT

The Evening Blues - 5-5-15

by joe shikspack

Reposted from DFH writers group by joe shikspack

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Welcome! "The Evening Blues" is a casual community diary (published Monday - Friday, 8:00 PM Eastern) where we hang out, share and talk about news, music, photography and other things of interest to the community.  

Just about anything goes, but attacks and pie fights are not welcome here.  This is a community diary and a friendly, peaceful, supportive place for people to interact.  

Everyone who wants to join in peaceful interaction is very welcome here.

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Mon May 04, 2015 at 05:34 PM PDT

The Evening Blues - 5-4-15

by joe shikspack

Reposted from DFH writers group by joe shikspack

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Welcome! "The Evening Blues" is a casual community diary (published Monday - Friday, 8:00 PM Eastern) where we hang out, share and talk about news, music, photography and other things of interest to the community.  

Just about anything goes, but attacks and pie fights are not welcome here.  This is a community diary and a friendly, peaceful, supportive place for people to interact.  

Everyone who wants to join in peaceful interaction is very welcome here.

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Fri May 01, 2015 at 05:07 PM PDT

The Evening Blues - 5-1-15

by joe shikspack

Reposted from DFH writers group by joe shikspack

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Welcome! "The Evening Blues" is a casual community diary (published Monday - Friday, 8:00 PM Eastern) where we hang out, share and talk about news, music, photography and other things of interest to the community.  

Just about anything goes, but attacks and pie fights are not welcome here.  This is a community diary and a friendly, peaceful, supportive place for people to interact.  

Everyone who wants to join in peaceful interaction is very welcome here.

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Reposted from Community Fundraisers by rebel ga
Heap of US pennies, nickels, and dimes
This is a followup diary to the one I posted last week, which was itself a followup to the one in January (please see these for more details). Longtime Sacramento-area kossack aitchdee found herself disabled by rheumatoid arthritis, unable to work, and facing immediate tax auction of her modest condo. Serious roof leaks had consumed her savings and now made it impossible to sell the condo for enough to pay the tax liability, so she turned to us fearing that she was about to become homeless.

The good advice she received here helped her file the correct form of bankruptcy just in time. This does NOT discharge her tax debt, but it forces the county to wait one year before the auction. Meanwhile, she's received assistance from another expert kossack in completing her application for SSDI benefits, and is thought to have a good chance of success (because she is so obviously ill in ways that interest SSA). Now, she needs financial help to keep going for the estimated 4-5 weeks until she gets a response. (If the response is negative, she's in trouble and she knows it, but if she is accepted, then she can figure out how to find a living situation that's affordable for her once she loses the condo.)

If you can help at all, now or in a week or two or three, please continue below the fold to learn how. She is so close to being okay, and even small amounts can help her eat, feed pets, keep the lights and water on, get the expired car registration renewed -- all life's expenses that do not wait just because there is no income. And if you have nothing to spare, please consider helping with recs, republishes, mention in open threads, and social media shares and tweets, to help us reach others who might have more resources.

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Thu Apr 30, 2015 at 05:04 PM PDT

The Evening Blues - 4-30-15

by joe shikspack

Reposted from DFH writers group by joe shikspack

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Welcome! "The Evening Blues" is a casual community diary (published Monday - Friday, 8:00 PM Eastern) where we hang out, share and talk about news, music, photography and other things of interest to the community.  

Just about anything goes, but attacks and pie fights are not welcome here.  This is a community diary and a friendly, peaceful, supportive place for people to interact.  

Everyone who wants to join in peaceful interaction is very welcome here.

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Reposted from guavaboy by rebel ga

My adult daughters, in a strange turnaround, keep demanding to know my exact whereabouts these days, since the earthquake here in Nepal.

I am fine and I was nowhere near the epicenter. My teaching project here takes me outside the Kathmandu Valley about half the time, and I was in the Terai, teaching at a medical school, when this happened. It's the hot flat part far from Everest.

My daughter asked how to show some visible solidarity with Nepal, and then she asked me a question that made a lightbulb go off...... step over the orange piece of earthquake rubble to read what it was.....

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Wed Apr 29, 2015 at 05:03 PM PDT

The Evening Blues - 4-29-15

by joe shikspack

Reposted from DFH writers group by joe shikspack

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Welcome! "The Evening Blues" is a casual community diary (published Monday - Friday, 8:00 PM Eastern) where we hang out, share and talk about news, music, photography and other things of interest to the community.  

Just about anything goes, but attacks and pie fights are not welcome here.  This is a community diary and a friendly, peaceful, supportive place for people to interact.  

Everyone who wants to join in peaceful interaction is very welcome here.

Continue Reading

Tue Apr 28, 2015 at 05:02 PM PDT

The Evening Blues - 4-28-15

by joe shikspack

Reposted from DFH writers group by joe shikspack

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Welcome! "The Evening Blues" is a casual community diary (published Monday - Friday, 8:00 PM Eastern) where we hang out, share and talk about news, music, photography and other things of interest to the community.  

Just about anything goes, but attacks and pie fights are not welcome here.  This is a community diary and a friendly, peaceful, supportive place for people to interact.  

Everyone who wants to join in peaceful interaction is very welcome here.

Continue Reading

Mon Apr 27, 2015 at 05:09 PM PDT

The Evening Blues - 4-27-15

by joe shikspack

Reposted from DFH writers group by joe shikspack

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Welcome! "The Evening Blues" is a casual community diary (published Monday - Friday, 8:00 PM Eastern) where we hang out, share and talk about news, music, photography and other things of interest to the community.  

Just about anything goes, but attacks and pie fights are not welcome here.  This is a community diary and a friendly, peaceful, supportive place for people to interact.  

Everyone who wants to join in peaceful interaction is very welcome here.

Continue Reading
Reposted from Readers and Book Lovers by rebel ga
LGBT Literature is a Readers and Book Lovers series dedicated to discussing books that have made an impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. From fiction to contemporary nonfiction to history and everything in between, any book that touches on LGBT themes is welcome in this series. LGBT Literature posts on the last Sunday of every month at 7:30 PM EST. If you are interested in writing for the series, please send a Kosmail to Chrislove.
Unfortunately, I must begin this diary with an apology. You see, I had grand plans for a diary on a book that I love very much. But due to technological issues beyond my control, my plans went out the window, leaving very little time to write another diary. And this, kids, is why you don't wait until the last minute--although with dissertation writing this month, I had little other choice.

Which brings me to my diarist beg: I am deep in the throes of writing my dissertation, and I have less time than ever. Technological issues aside, I can write LGBT Literature diaries, but the end of the month is a crunch as I finish up chapter drafts, so of course I always appreciate the help. Over the course of this series, we have had an incredibly diverse array of writers cover a variety of different pieces of LGBT literature. I'd love for your voice to be heard here, as well. You don't have to be an academic, a writer, a prolific reader, or even LGBT. You just have to be a person with an interest in a piece of literature covering LGBT themes. As I said when I took over this series, we have a broad conception of LGBT literature here. If you have something in mind, please get in touch with me, even if you're a lurker who has never written a diary. I am more than happy to put you on the schedule and, if necessary, guide you through the steps of writing a diary. We look forward to hearing your voice here at LGBT Literature!

When I rebooted this series, I did promise a substantive diary every month, and an at least somewhat substantive diary you shall get. After I had my diary disaster, I looked around frantically for something I could cover fairly quickly--in other words, not a complex book that was going to take a while to unpack. As is often the case, the answer was literally under my nose and was actually sitting on my coffee table.

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Reposted from ProgressiveLiberal by rebel ga
President Obama appeared at the White House Correspondents' Dinner this weekend. The president was self-deprecating at times. He continued to milk the "Obama as a foreign Muslim" angle to loud laughter and applause. He also bragged some about the success of Obamacare.

It was immediately evident that President Obama is well aware of all the attacks levied against him by right wingers. This was his time to hit back. And hit back he did. "A few weeks ago Dick Cheney said he thinks I'm the worst president of his lifetime," President Obama said. "Which is interesting because I think Dick Cheney is the worst president of my lifetime." It seems President Obama was watching Jon Stewart's takedown of Dick Cheney on this one.

"Just this week Michele Bachmann actually predicted that I would bring about the biblical end of days," President Obama said. "Now that's a legacy. That's big. I mean Lincoln, Washington, they didn't do that." The president also slammed Huckabee for telling folks not to serve in the military till he was out of office.

The room got a bit shocked and uncomfortable when President Obama took a well-deserved swipe at CNN. "I want to thank our host for the evening," President Obama said. "A Chicago girl. The incredibly talented Cecily Strong. On Saturday Night Live Cecily impersonates CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin which is surprising, because usually the only people impersonating journalists on CNN are journalists on CNN."

The president gave a shoutout to ABC and its new show Blackish. He had a warning however. "I have to give ABC fair warning," President Obama said. "Being blackish only makes you popular for so long. Trust me. There is a shelf life to that thing."

The President made fun of the Koch Brothers-dependent Republicans. He made fun of a self-centered Ted Cruz.

President Obama brought Luther, his anger translator to the podium. Their combined performance was epic as the president brought up some serious issues in a rather funny and Saturday Night Live-like manner. Near the end the president encouraged the press to do their jobs. He said our democracy depended on it.

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Reposted from Community Fundraisers by rebel ga
I last wrote in January about the troubles of long-time kossack aitchdee -- you can see that diary here.

Since that time, with the help of many people here, she's made significant progress, but she still needs some help. I won't repeat her whole backstory, since it's in the linked diary; there's plenty new to tell below the fold, mostly from aitchdee herself with a little editing from me.

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