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  • The late great Roger Ebert's list of the 10 greatest films of all time.
  • This weekend I sat down, as my father and grandfather did before me, and shined my shoes. Shoe shining is becoming a lost art. If you don't shine, you are by definition dull. You will find important items like a good horsehair brush, buffing rags, and several shades of Kiwi at your local store. But you may not find a proper shine box. Here's how to make one.
  • The FBI is investigating the Rutgers Men's Basketball coaching staff. Because really, the Justice Department can only investigate things when they are convinced a crime has been committed and a sufficient case can be brought to win a conviction. Limited resources, yadda yadda yadda.
  • Meanwhile, JP Morgan's Board of Directors is trying to convince its shareholders not to fire Jamie Dimon as Chairman. Yep, you heard me...the directors are telling the shareholders to keep a guy who just blew $6.2 billion. Justice Department? "Nothing to see here. Move along."
  • Naked Capitalism absolutely dismantles Obama's infamous Hamilton Project speech. I don't take that speech as seriously as they do in explaining Obama's deficit fixation. Seemed to me like fairly typical Democratic Party centrist/DLC/Third Way pablum before Democrats swept the 2006 election.
  • The three biggest economic boosters that have passed under the Obama Administration were 1. The Making Work Pay Tax Credit ($116 Billion), 2. Recovery Act infrastructure investments ($118 Billion), and the auto bailout + cash for clunkers ($28 Billion). As of today none of these programs are in effect or have any chance of being re-enacted.

    Instead, we just passed another $3.4 trillion round of the Bush Tax Cuts and made them permanent. We've cut about $1 trillion in discretionary spending across the board. And now we're talking hundreds of billions in cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

    Now, you tell me who is winning the economic policy argument.

  • The only dead tree magazine I still read is Vice whenever I find it lying around in Manhattan. Online, it just isn't the same...but still good. And I noticed it is actually easier to avoid the ads in the print version. Go figure.
  • Looking forward to your links and discussion!

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  •  I have poste 3 diaries on education today (14+ / 0-)

    in order of posting, they are

    Perhaps this will help you understand school closings which discuss a document from the Broad Foundation on how to close down schools

    Right and Wrong Answers on School Safety which starts with an extended quote from a Huffington Post piece by Marian Wright Edelman

    and yes it is a war on teachers in which I am very blunt in arguing why

    I invite you to read any or all, and to share you thoughts and if you deem any worthy indicate so by whatever means you deem appropriate

    peace

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 12:00:51 PM PDT

  •  Today's the last day of the Okiciyap Quilt Auction (8+ / 0-)

    (but it isn't the last chance to help!)

    The Auction has been amazing - if you can, check out the current diary and learn a bit about some of the incredible bids, matching bid challenges, and the goals.

    If you can, help spread the word. If you can swing it, donate a little something to help them hit the $9K goal.

    Above all, THANK YOU to everyone who's helped in any way, shape or form.

    I'm honored to  have been able to be a small part of this.

  •  Deja vu all over again... (11+ / 0-)

    Reporters Say Exxon Is Impeding Spill Coverage in Arkansas

    On Friday morning, Inside Climate News reported that an Exxon spokesperson told reporter Lisa Song that she could be "arrested for criminal trespass" when she went to the command center to try to find representatives from the EPA and the Department of Transportation. On Friday afternoon, I spoke to the news director from the local NPR affiliate who said he, too, had been threatened with arrest while trying to cover the spill.
    Substitute pine straw for sand and ducks for pelicans and voila!

    Republicans represent both sides: the insanely rich and vice versa.

    by Crashing Vor on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 12:06:57 PM PDT

  •  tree of life (9+ / 0-)

    is an absurd choice, but the rest are great. although my top ten has to include the seventh seal, inagaki's samurai trilogy, and wings of desire.

    as for rutgers, all i will say is that eric murdoch always has been a class act. of course, he's now under attack.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 12:07:41 PM PDT

    •  Tree of Life is a splendid film (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Laurence Lewis

      Of these films, I'd probably most question Aguirre, Wrath of God. A great movie, but not anywhere near my top ten.

      I'll grant that Malick is one of those love him or hate him directors...

      The law, in its majestic equality, gives the rich as well as the poor the right to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to eat dumpster donuts. - With apologies to Anatole France

      by chuckvw on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 01:56:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  i love malick (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        chuckvw

        and would pit days of heaven far before tree of life. i found the latter to be puerile.

        The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

        by Laurence Lewis on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 03:39:42 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  We do occasionally disagree, Laurence! (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Laurence Lewis

          I would have a hard time ranking Days of Heaven, Badlands and Tree of Life.

          Having suffered some life altering losses around that time - and with the ever keener sense of my own mortality - I found something compelling in the latter. Probably not a small part of Ebert's take on it...

          I would agree that Days of Heaven is closer to being a flawless movie.

          Not to mention that I remember running behind the DDT truck as a small boy in Austin and thinking it was the greatest fun in the world!

          The law, in its majestic equality, gives the rich as well as the poor the right to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to eat dumpster donuts. - With apologies to Anatole France

          by chuckvw on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 04:11:30 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  conflict of interest/obstruction of justice, what? (7+ / 0-)
    The FBI is investigating the Rutgers Men's 2Basketball coaching staff. Because really, the Justice Department can only investigate things when they are convinced a crime has been committed and a sufficient case can be brought to win a conviction. Limited resources, yadda yadda yadda.
    RU Board hires its own private law firm to "reduce exposure" rather than let the State AG, State Human Rights or State Department of Education  know that crimes may have been committed
    Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:52
    TYLER CLEMENTI ANTI-HARASSMENT ACT WOULD REQUIRE COLLEGES TO PROHIBIT COACHES, FACULTY FROM HARASSING STUDENTS

    NEWARK—U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ-12), the authors of the “Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act,” today renewed their call for Congress to pass the bill, which would directly apply to the type of behavior exhibited by Mike Rice by prohibiting harassment of students by students, faculty and staff.  

    “This incident shows us that physical and emotional abuse of college students by faculty is occurring right under our noses.  Our Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harrassment Act would require colleges to implement policies strictly prohibiting faculty from bullying students and this incident highlights the need for Congress to support our bill.  Rutgers made the right decision by finally firing Mike Rice for his deplorable actions and homophobic slurs, but more needs to be done to make sure this type of abuse is stopped and a strong code of conduct protecting students from such harassment is enforced.  We will keep working to stop bullying and ensure that no parent has to worry that his or her child is being abused by their leaders or peers when they are on a college campus,” stated Lautenberg and Holt.

    In response to a tragic bullying incident at Rutgers University two years ago, Lautenberg and Holt have worked closely with Rutgers and other institutions of higher education to address bullying on campus and introduced the “Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act.”  The legislation would directly apply to this situation at Rutgers as it would specifically prohibit “harassment of enrolled students by other students, faculty and staff.”

    The legislation for the first time would require colleges and universities to have in place anti-harassment policies.  The bill would provide funding for a competitive grant program to support schools seeking to establish or expand programs to prevent harassment of students.

    The bill was recently re-introduced in this session of Congress.

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 Acedia is essentially a flight from the world that leads to not caring even that one does not care

    by annieli on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 12:10:19 PM PDT

  •  I love getting my shoes shined and I tip well (13+ / 0-)

    But I guess it is discretionary spending.

    Today I spent some time helping a friend who is a professional masseuse.  Her business is hurting to.  

    All micro-enterprises that depend on discretionary spending are in big trouble.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 12:19:53 PM PDT

  •  My paternal grandfather was a shoemaker. (13+ / 0-)

    He came to that profession after the automobile drove him out of the proverbial buggy whip business (and saddles and tack of all kinds, but people only remember the buggy whips when talking about leather workers being replaced).

    Our family still has the shoeshine box he made (similar to your link, but with only one open side), which my late father and both of my brothers and nephews made use of on Sundays (Catholics) and holidays to shine our leather shoes.

    I haven't worn leather shoes in years (too expensive), but I wish my grandfather had taught me his craft. He was old and retired by the time I was old enough to realize its worth. I hate most modern shoes and wish I could make my own.

    I wonder whatever happened to all his shoemaking materials. We lived thousands of miles away when he died, so his property got "dispersed" without a lot of family involvement.

    Thanks for making me remember part of my heritage.

    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

    by Brooke In Seattle on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 12:26:32 PM PDT

  •  Hungry for environmental news?... (11+ / 0-)
    Green Diary Rescue banner
    Every Saturday at 1 p.m. Pacific Time, don't miss the Green Diary Rescue, a round-up of the previous seven days of Daily Kos posts on environmental issues.

    Environmental matters do not occur in a vacuum; they are entangled in everything we do from growing food to traveling to work to keeping the lights on to building our homes and businesses.

    Here's last week's Green Diary Rescue with 79 diaries linked and excerpted.

    Come join us each Saturday and gather up your weekend reading material.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 12:34:26 PM PDT

  •  Coming Soon to a School Classroom Near You... (6+ / 0-)
    Last week, a plan to train armed teachers to engage in gunfights with intruders in classrooms, at campus sporting events or at board meetings won approval from the Texas Senate Education Committee and now heads to the full chamber, The Associated Press reported.

    The bill, sponsored by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, calls for 16 hours of training to show teachers how to protect children first, then return fire.

    http://www.star-telegram.com/...

    Can I get a Grey Goose on the rocks over here?!

    by G Contractor on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 12:41:16 PM PDT

  •  And this is what happened when we... (9+ / 0-)

    friggin' win!
    And objecting to this is "purity."

    Instead, we just passed another $3.4 trillion round of the Bush Tax Cuts and made them permanent. We've cut about $1 trillion in discretionary spending across the board. And now we're talking hundreds of billions in cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

    Now, you tell me who is winning the economic policy argument.

  •  Relaxing read for a Sunday (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    brooklynbadboy, SMWalt

    Thanks TB for writing this today. I've had my shoes shined through the years at airports. It's been a long time but I remember the experience fondly. I always thought of it as a deeply genuine craft.

    Libertarianism is something that most people grow out of, not unlike, say, hay fever or asthma. Bob Johnson

    by randallt on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 01:09:27 PM PDT

  •  Who doesn't like a warm corn muffin? (6+ / 0-)

    7 Reasons This Muffin Mix Can Save America:

    3. Jiffy mix management treats their employees the way they would like to be treated.

    Not only does the CEO know most of his 350 employees on a first-name basis, he also has compensated them well, including giving some stock-ownership in the company. With an average salary for a production worker of $47,000 per year, the median family income in the little town where Jiffy mix is $72,266, which is $20,000 more per year than the median U.S. family income. While a Wall Street investor would want to lower this "unnecessary" labor expense, Holmes believes caring for his community and workers is what good business is all about.

    Read the whole article. Why can't it be this way?

    The law, in its majestic equality, gives the rich as well as the poor the right to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to eat dumpster donuts. - With apologies to Anatole France

    by chuckvw on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 01:46:46 PM PDT

  •  Just letting on how happy I am for my daughter... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    a gilas girl

     

    April 7, 2013

       My Dear Brighid,

       I am standing right where I stood
        when I heard you were to be,
        where I stood as we packed
        our things to go to meet you
        for the first time

       Miracle   Wonder   You

       What a great kid
         such a fine lady

       All my warmest wishes

       Happy Birthday

       Really love you as a person

       All I can say is that
        I hope you are some day rewarded
        as I have been for thirty years
        with a beautiful and loving child

       Thanks for every smile, every word, every day

       I cherish you for who you are
        and who you are to me

       Love, Dad

    Honesty is not a policy. It's a character trait.

    by Says Who on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 01:48:53 PM PDT

  •  Okiciyap Quilt Auction Diaries Series (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Patango, shanikka

    Okiciyap logo

    These diaries are to promote the Okiciyap Quilt Auction which will directly benefit Okiciyap Food Pantry and Childrens Center.  Please visit, read & recommend them.  
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Where are You, when "Okiciyap (we help)" needs you? ~ mimi

    Okiciyap Quilt-Final Auction Soon, but not Your Last Chance to Help!! ~ weck

    Okiciyap, we help bidding diary ~ mollyd

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction, Wish Lists, and Challenges ~ nomandates

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction, plus a Youth Library ~ nomandates

    Okiciyap: When We Help, the Transformative Power of Compassion ~ Grizzard

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction: It's All About Community ~ Smoh

    New Day - Quilt Matching Funders seek your help in raising $6,000 for Okiciyap ~ navajo

    Quilt Matching Funders seek your help in raising $6,000 for Okiciyap ~ Meteor Blades

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction: We Are All Responsible ~ peregrine kate

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction: Strength in Numbers, Synergy and Symbols ~ GreyHawk

    Okiciyap Food Pantry Still Needs Us, Please Donate or Bid Today~ weck

    Okiciyap- Why a food bank, by the numb3ers ~ ZenTrainer

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction benefit: Help the people of Cheyenne River ~ Dave in Northridge  

    Okiciyap: Feeding The Hungry ~ glorificus

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction: Thanking DK Quilters Who Share Their Quilt Story~ Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse

    Two-Spirit and Okiciyap ~ Horace Boothroyd III

    This quilt is not invisible- Okiciyap is Lakota for 'we help' and we can help auction it ~ Denise Oliver Velez

    Okiciyap Quilt Guild Auction. We Help. That's What It's All About. ~ radical simplicity

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction: Let the Bidding Begin ~ GreyHawk

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction benefit begins Wednesday. Help the people of Cheyenne River ~ Meteor Blades

    Okiciyap - We Help ~ OPOL

    DK Quilt Guild & Okiciyap Quilt Auction: Why this Quilt ~ leu2500

    Okiciyap Dkos Auction Quilt ~ BeadLady

    Of Quilts and History: The Okiciyap Quilt Auction ~ winifred3

    DK Quilt Guild: Okiciyap Quilt Auction~We Quilt For Others ~ Pam from Calif

    Feeding the Body, Feeding the Spirit: Okiciyap (We Help) ~ Aji

    Twelve is a community number ~ GreyHawk

    Helping the Helpers Who Helped the Helpers ~ Glen The Plumber

    DK Quilt Guild: The Okiciyap Quilt ~ BeadLady

    TIME FOR THE BIG SHOW!!!! ~ glorificus

    DK Quilt Guild: Quilting for a Good Cause ~ weck
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Okiciyap 2013 Quilt~ DK Quilt Guild

    Okiciyap 2013 Quilt~ DK Quilt Guild

    If you cannot afford to bid on the quilt, or if you were outbid, you can contribute here:

    Okiciyap Food Pantry

    P.O. Box 172

    Isabel, S.D. 57633

    Online Donation

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 02:08:27 PM PDT

  •  Need some assistance (0+ / 0-)

    Can someone instruct me into how to put an image from the image library into a comment?  

    I see instructions everywhere for how to put them into diaries, but not comments.  And when I click on the my images section, I can't see where to pick up the embed code.

    Thanks.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 02:17:22 PM PDT

  •  Am I wrong for feeling this way? (0+ / 0-)

    I've been brooding over this ever since the whole Steubenville incident, but I've been feeling immense guilty over my very angry, reactionary belief that all violent criminals, including juveniles, should either be left to rot in prison or face the death penalty. By violent crime I'm referring to rape, murder and abuse.

     I've become reactionary regarding this matter because I'm sick of what I see in the news. I hate people who disregard the lives of innocent people. Whenever I hear about someone who rapes a woman or child, or kills a stranger for no reason, or goes out of their way to abuse a loved one (including animals), then it upsets me.

     I wanted the two Steubenville rapists to rot in prison. I know they're juveniles, yet they deliberately raped a girl. If they were grown men, they would be in prison where they belong. I hate that a girl was raped and the majority of that town is against her.

     However, I see that my frothing at the mouth like I am is really no better. I don't want violent criminals to get away with their crimes, yet as the same time I don't like to be in the same league as the Republicans.

  •  I embraced dull (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW, PSzymeczek

    after 3½ years of military school, where I had to spit-shine my shoes to a glass-like sheen every day for inspections, I don't think I've shined a pair of shoes more than a dozen times in the almost 40 years since then.

  •  New Social Security petition (0+ / 0-)

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/...

    Yesterday I posted a link to a petition to the White House, to keep Social Security intact. I just now found that that petition expired for insufficient signatures.
    There is a new one and it is identified with dailykos. It has 1510 signatures and needs 98,490 by Saturday, April 20.

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 06:45:14 PM PDT

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