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|Utah to Reopen National Parks
Utah is rushing to take an offer from Pres. Obama to reopen National Parks if they pay for it. He told them they would probably not be reimbursed. Utah is willingly paying the $1.65 million to ...
|Gov. Brewer Who Sued in SC Over Obamacare, Now All for Obamacare
Gov. Brewer of AZ says that the state will go broke without the money it will get from the federal government for health care Ironic considering she has spent considerable state money fighting ...
|Support a Progressive, Wenona Benally Baldenegro, in CD1 AZ
We say we want better Democrats here all the time. I am here to tell you about Wenona Benally Baldenegro , running for CD1 in AZ, who would be the first Native American candidate ever in the U.S. ...
|AZ Gov. Brewer Exploring Third Term
I have had a lot on my plate to deal with, that is why it seems like I have been quiet lately. I will explain what has been going on in my life, after I tell you what’s on my mind about AZ. I ...
|Gov. Brewer Signs Bill Cutting Off Planned Parenthood
When Republican politicians say something is common-sense you can bet your bottom dollar it isn’t. Since no state money goes to abortion services in AZ, this bill makes absolutely no sense, ...
|Concealed Weapons Allowed at Republican Convention, But No Water Guns
Only in the mixed up logic of Republicans is water dangerous and bullets are a right. So if you are going to the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida, feel free to carry a concealed weapon, but ...
|Death and Dying
How do you want to die? This is a question everyone should think about and answer for themselves. I have. I have a very strict advanced directives document. I am not afraid to die, I am afraid ...
|Sarkozy Embraces Extremists to Win, Much Like Mitt
The extreme lurch of the right in America is being echoed by Sarkozy in France as he goes crazy to save his own hide by embracing the fringe who are the supporters of Le Pen’s National Front which ...
|Protests in DC and Phoenix Over SB 1070 (poll)
SB 1070 had its day in the SC today, and while Russell Pearce and Gov. Brewer smiled before cameras after the hearing, evidently feeling as much as the media has reported that the questions seemed ...
|I See Beauty, I See Diversity
I have lived in Arizona for 45 years, but lately, when I see it through the eyes of others, both those who live here and those who don’t, I am saddened and ashamed. The political landscape and ...
|Guns in AZ Capitol: What Could Go Wrong?
I couldn’t resist this story. It's a perfect example of what happens when you ignore possible consequences in favor of an idealized notion, like carrying second amendment rights to the extreme. ...
|Coca Cola Leaves ALEC
Progressives do have power. Score one for the good guys: After being pressured by Color of Change and other progressive groups, Coca-Cola has left ALEC -- the cynical corporate coalition that has ...
|An Appeal to the Voters of AZ: Tell Them We Have Had Enough
The elected representatives of AZ have shown their scorn and contempt for the voters and promoted their own self interests and the interests of corporations and mining companies over what the voters ...
|AZ: Stupid on Steroids
Our current AZ state legislature must be the worst and most stupid in its history. They are now passing another bill that will need millions to defend and is bound to fail. They would destroy the ...
|Change Can Happen, You Can Make a Difference
We don’t often get to see the visible results of work that we personally do in our lives, because change takes time. Have we made a difference, did it matter? It can make us wonder, is all this ...
|On Computers and the Internet
I read The Third Wave by Alvin Toffler in 1980 and realized it was true and that computers would be the next revolution. This is what made me major in Computer Science from 1980-82. I bought the ...
|My Generation, the Baby Boomers
People try to put us down Just because we get around The Who My generation has been much dissected, psychoanalyzed, talked, and written about. Some say we did great things, not much at all, or ...
|Russell Pearce Goes To Washington
I wish Russell Pearce would just go away. But, thanks to New York Sen. Charles Schumer, he gets to go to Washington and testify on the immigration issue. Thanks a lot Chuck. We have been trying ...
|Religion is Politics
Religion and politics have worked throughout history hand in hand to control the populous and share power. This has probably been true since the dawn of humans, religion and politics. I will not ...
|Israel Reporting US Will Give Them Bunker Busting Equipment
Just got this off the internet. Is Netanyahu spreading disinformation? Is Obama trying to downplay any strike or war scenario until after the 2012 election? Is this just more of our military aide ...
|Get Off Your Asses and Get Angry
Hear ye, hear ye, mothers, sisters and daughters. Get off your asses and get angry. I guess you thought you could sit back on the gains your mothers and grandmothers made and never have to lift a ...
|There is No God / My Profound Revelation
I hope you find this relevant considering the time and attention devoted to religion in our politics and public discourse. People claim to have revelations all the time about god and from god. ...
|Goodbye Joe, You gotta go, Me oh my oh
There has been an intense Maricopa County Board of Supervisors meeting going on today, with detractors of the dear Sheriff walking out in disgust. Seems some people in AZ are singing a different ...
|The Politics of Pain: Stop the Madness
This is a diary I have been wanting to write for some time now. I saw my pain doctor in December and at that time told him I had gotten a Medical Marijuana card, but had no reliable way to get ...
|Pres. Obama on Brewer Flap: No Big Deal
President Obama in an interview with Diane Sawyer tonight downplayed the incident with Gov. Brewer-AZ on the tarmac yesterday. He said the media blew a small issue out of proportion. "
|The Devil You Know
In 2008 Obama compared the vote between him and McCain as the vote between “the devil you know, and the ...
It was the first day of spring semester 1974. I walked into the basement of the old chemistry building at the U of A in Tucson, AZ. I saw a pretty lady with two black braids that hung to her waist,
|Is Being Mormon a Problem for Romney?
I told my parents several months ago that Romney was going to be the GOP candidate. Besides not believing me, my mother said, “But, he’s a Mormon.” I’m not here to knock Mormons. I have ...
|Grand Canyon Safe from Uranium Mining!
Good news for the Grand Canyon and Arizona! The Obama Administration has approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims near the Grand Canyon. The Obama administration announced a federal ...
|More Good News for the One Percent
The government never stops trying to find ways to make you richer if you are the one percent. After crashing the housing market and throwing millions of people out of their homes, then selling them ...
|Sheriff Joe, “I don’t need to be petty....”
Sheriff Joe, “I don’t need to be to be petty....” But I am. I’ve always been petty, and I don’t know how to be anything else. That’s how the quote should have ended when Sheriff Joe ...
|Christmas is for Children
Being a poor person, last year I wrote this story for my family, and that was my Christmas gift to them. Excuse the length. In the version I gave my parents, children and grandchildren, I included ...
|Sheriff Joe: America’s Worst Sheriff
Although, Sheriff Joe has spent twenty years building his reputation as “ America’s Toughest Sheriff”, he will go down in history as “...
|Drug Testing is Wrong
I’m really sick of hearing Republicans bring up drug testing for the unemployed, people on food stamps or anyone who gets government benefits. Drug testing has not been proven to have any benefit ...
|Birds Mistake Walmart Parking Lot for Water and Die in Mass
Apparently you can fool mother nature if you are a giant Walmart parking lot. Bird experts said it was the largest bird downing they had ever seen with thousands dead and at least two thousand ...
|You Can Camp to Shop but Not to Occupy
You can camp if you want to shop, but not to protest. The top story of my local news today was about people camping out since last Saturday for Black Friday (or is it Thursday now?). Shoppers ...
|Rolling Stone Names Greatest Guitar Players
Thought I'd give us all a little break from politics on this Thanksgiving holiday and talk about Rolling Stone 's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. (Reuters)
|Another Broken Treaty?
AZ legislators have introduced a bill in Congress to stop the Tohono O'odham Nation from building a casino near Glendale. If this bill passes it would undo a treaty with the tribe that they traded ...
|Rush Defends NASCAR Audience and Calls Mrs. Obama Uppity
Booing of Mrs. Obama at NASCAR yesterday made headlines, so Rush decided to defend the NASCAR audience with some good old fashion racism. Limbaugh praised the attendees of the NASCAR ...
“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.” Rush If you were to ask any passing stranger on the street if they were political or paid much ...
|Trying to Make Redistricting Not Political in AZ
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. An Arizona voter referendum passed in 2000 that was intended to take politics out of the redistricting process has instead been turned into a massive ...
|Guam, Radiation Fallout and Me
My family lived in Guam from 1959-1961. A time that I remember fondly may have been the worst thing that could have happened to me and my family. Studies have proven that Guam had significant ...
|Breaking: Pearce Goes Down in History First Person to Be Recalled in AZ
This may be a little premature with many mail in and provisional ballots still to be counted, but it looks like Pearce is a goner. The local TV news is saying he has been defeated. I’m just so ...
|Cain’s Mea Culpa, Not Really
It’s no wonder all the Republican presidential candidates are flocking to AZ and hoping to be anointed by the king of immigration crackdown, Sheriff Joe Arpaio. AZ’s the proving ground of crazy ...
Why do Republicans even spend money on scientific studies when they don’t believe in science? Do they have them done just so they can do some creative writing in the name of science, like they ...
|The GOP Would Have Let Me Die
Under the new Protect Life Act passed yesterday in the house, if I'd had the wrong doctor at the wrong time, I could have died. But the GOP doesn’t let real life compromise their pandering ...
|Candidate in Pearce Recall Withdraws
Alleged sham candidate Olivia Cortes has withdrawn from the recall Russell Pearce election. There was a debate scheduled tonight at 5 pm, but I would assume she won’t be there, although she had ...
I’ve never liked sewing. I was never good at it. I got a D in sewing in seventh grade. I think I almost spent as much time ripping stitches out as I did sewing them together. But, I grew up in ...
|Marijuana Legalization First Petition to Get Presidential Response
The Midday Open thread had this tidbit: The White House has a petition site where people can ... you guessed it ... create ...
|Genealogy Research: Finding the Stowells
Twenty years ago, my dad gave me a typewritten sheet listing two generations of his family on his mother and father’s sides. He said, “If you ever want to research this further, this is what I ...
|Global Warming in AZ, Record Highs (poll)
I’ve been sweating out this August in the Verde Valley, an area in the middle of the state that is usually about ten degrees cooler than Phoenix. I live on my sister’s property in a trailer ...
|Dead Puppy, Dead Chickens and Lawsuits, Oh My! Starring Steven Seagal and Sheriff Joe
Lights, camera, action! A raid complete with a tank and armored cars on a suspected cock fighting ring that alledgedly resulted in the killing of a man’s puppy is another new lawsuit starring ...
|Tar Sands and Tar Heroin
The Tar Sands are America’s tar heroin. We are junkies in search of a fix. We don’t care if it’s the bottom of the barrel drug or the deadly threat it might pose to our health, we are ...
|Senator Bernie Sanders Releases Oil Speculation Data
This is going to be real quick. I have to be at a meeting at church and my sister is waiting. Sen. Bernie Sanders released information on oil speculation in to the runup of high oil prices in 2008.
|The Corporation is Not a Nice Person
ROMNEY: Corporations are people, my friend. If the corporation ...
|Nothing is Easy
When life seems difficult, which is part of the web (yes, I meant web) and flow of existence, I often listen to Nothing is Easy by Jethro Tull. Nothing is easy Though time gets you worried ...
|Where are the Young People?
Yesterday I wrote a short diary asking “where are the young people?”, ...
|I'd Love to Change the World
I’d love to change the world But I don’t know what to do So I leave it up to you.... I’m depressed, angry, tired, wore out. The fight’s gone on long enough to drain the people. Everyone is ...
|My Little Navajo Part 2: Puppy in a Box
You can read part one, the Journey, here . I would make that journey ...
|My Little Navajo Part 1: The Journey
The first thing people ask me when they see my dog is, “What is she?” I tell them, “She’s a Navajo.” She’s very cute and goes almost everywhere with me. She is very well behaved, and ...
|Republicans Want to Gut Job Killing Regulations
While the country is absorbed in the looming deadline over raising the debt limit, the House of Representatives this week is busy killing as much environmental regulation as they can. When they said ...
|Meet the Job Creators....uhhh Destroyers
We keep hearing about how the job creators need more tax cuts. Job creators need more certainty from the president before they can hire. Job creators need less regulation. Let's meet some of ...
|Hungary Destroying Monsanto Crops
Hungary bans GMO seeds. After crops were planted it was found they has been infiltrated by GMO seeds, so Hungary has been destroying the crops that came up. In an effort to rid the ...
|How that abstinence thingy led to second grandchild for Palin
I’ll keep this short but it appears Palin’s son Track and his new wife, Britta, who were married two months ago, are already expecting. We already know that Bristol was five months preganant ...
|Gov. Brewer’s Memory is Failing Her
I’m worried that Gov. Brewer might be losing her memory. You know what they say, “As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, what's the other two?” Or maybe she ...
|Medical Marijuana NO, Prescription Pharmaceutical Marijuana, YES
Our government’s bipolar response to medical marijuana is enough to drive anyone crazy. Yes, we will crack down on dispensaries and growers. No, we won’t go after users. Smoking or Medical ...
|The blame game: who listens to the people?
Blame Obama. Blame the Republicans. Blame the unions. Blame the Baby Boomers. Blame the younger generation. Blame the immigrants. They love to divide us and pit us against each other. Get ...
|I don't play chess
I do know how to play chess. My husband won a few contests in Europe and taught both our daughters. They love the game. That is not my point. My point is most normal people don't know how to ...
|Illegals--A Response to DK Critics Walk in Their Shoes
Some call them illegal. Some call them undocumented. Some call them immigrants. Some call them aliens. I call them crossers. Please do not judge what I have to say until you read my whole diary.
|McCain Could Be Right
I wrote a diary yesterday trying to present a balanced and honest assessment of Sen. McCain’s statements on the fires. This is a pure opinion piece, which I almost never write. I like to present ...
|McCain Throws Fuel on the Fires
AZ Republican politicians took a tour of the fires in our state yesterday and figured it was a good time to throw the blame for the fires on immigrants, environmentalists and federal forest officials.
|Everything you need to know in one chart
This is all you need to know Look at the chart. That’s it. That’s my whole diary. The share of U.S. national income taken home by workers compiled by the Labor Department.
|My rant on AZ
I’m seriously pissed off. My hands are shaking. My heart is beating fast. I can feel my blood pressure rising. I decided to write this diary to get it out. I just read an article about AZ ...
|Don't know much about history
Sarah Palin says she didn't mess up her history on Paul Revere. Palin, a paid Fox News contributor, told "Fox News Sunday" that she was correct. She says there were British soldiers in ...
|Those “Leftist Anarchists” in Arizona
AZ State Sen. Russell Pearce likes to throw around the “A” word. That’s right--Anarchists. If you listen to Russell Pearce you would think AZ is full of anarchists. If you’ve ever watched ...
|Sugar Politics and Why Our Children are Paying the Price
We are facing a major epidemic in this country that could mean our children will be the first generation to not live longer than their parents. Nothing illustrates the perverseness of subsidies ...
|Green is Good
I have been reading the diaries of teacherkin with great interest, because he echoes my feelings. Maybe it is the difference of looking at the world from older eyes than younger ones. When I was ...
|Get Ready for War
While everyone this week was marking territory in the latest battle of the budget wars, this budget was a minor skirmish compared to the showdown looming. Austan Goolsbee, chairman of ...
|Phoenix Police Hold Fundraiser for Accused Killer
Course the fundraiser was for one of their own. The Phoenix Police Department have been rivaling Arapaio for the most negative and frequent publicity in the state. That’s hard to do, but they ...
|Huge Sewage Plant Failure in Tennessee Spills into Little Pigeon River
An Associated Press story is reporting that a wastewater treatment plant in a Smoky Mountains tourist town failed and spilled millions of gallons of sewage. The cause of the failure has not been ...
|The Arizona Border: Deportation and Walls
The Obama Administration is deporting more people than the Bush administration while he gets hammered and blamed for all the border problems. Hispanic families are being torn apart. This idea is ...
Passion (from the Ancient Greek verb πάσχω (paskho) meaning to suffer or to endure) is a term applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion compelling ...
|Arizona is Hell
A pastor in NC lost his job for believing that hell is not eternal torment. Some people think they know everything there is to know about hell. I’ve decided they are all wrong and that hell is AZ.
|Billion Dollar Liars!
I tried to tell everyone before the May 2010 special election to raise the sales tax in AZ one cent, with the promise of saving education by doing so, that our legislators were lying to everyone. It�
|Indigo Kalliope: Poems from The Left -Bob Dylan: The Poet Laureate of Rock and Roll
Welcome to Indigo Kalliope: Poems from The Left -Bob Dylan: The Poet Laureate of Rock and Roll Join us every Monday evening for drinks at the new Kos community political poetry club.
|Can’t See The Forest for the Fees
This is my pet peeve. Since the inception of the Recreation Enhancement Act "experimental fee program”, charging for hiking in the National Forests, I have not gone hiking in many areas in the ...
|I Saw An Angel: A Leap of Faith part 3 (last)
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 1 scene 5 (1564 - 1616) Funny thing, every time an angel appeared to ...
|I Saw An Angel: The Doors of Perception part 2
part 1: http://www.dailykos.com/blog/notdarkyet/ William Blake quotation: "When the doors of perception are cleansed, things will appear to man as they truly are...infinite." In my Father's ...
|Personal Story: I Saw an Angel Part 1
This is a true story. I don’t like to write long diaries so this will be in two parts. • Only the learned (together with the angels) are able to testify to God’s existence and ...
This is a diary about what happens when you give your elderly parents new technology. Especially if it is something you secretly, really want for yourself. When I ordered Mark Twain’s ...
|Corporations, Taxes and AZ
Remember the good old days, when we had good schools, nice neighborhoods, parks and libraries? Guess what? It was because corporations and wealthy people paid the majority of taxes to pay for all ...
|Ignorance is Just Ignorance
I had a strange day yesterday. I found myself having conversations with two people (at different times) who work in health care in AZ that are just waking up to the fact that our state is taking a ...
|You Can Pay Me $20,000
There are many consequences of teen pregnancy, and I don’t think Bristol Palin is the proper person to be out there giving this message. In fact, I think she may be giving an entirely wrong ...
|Oral Sex Causes Cancer (poll) updated
This will be a short diary and totally out of character for me. Usually I wouldn’t touch on this subject with a ten foot pole, but in the interest of saving the lives of fellow Kossaks, I ...
|Recall Madness in AZ
Arizona is a hot state, but it is anger that is simmering everywhere right now. Three recalls are currently set to gather signatures in AZ against newly elected Governor Brewer, AZ State Senate ...
|Food Prices Cause of Unrest in Egypt? Part II
This is part two of this diary with part one being published last night. Egypt's government has been stockpiling food, according to the Rob Crilly writing for the Telegraph in the UK. They had ...
|Food Prices Cause of Unrest in Egypt?
Part 1: Dramatically higher food prices in the last couple months could be the straw that broke the camels back in Egypt and elsewhere in the world, with many countries and authoritarian leaders ...
|Indigo Kalliope: Poems from The Left -Inspiration
Welcome to the second installment of Indigo Kalliope: Poems from The Left Join us every Monday evening for drinks at the new Kos community political poetry club. Drop by and speak ...
|Stress, Values and Death
I watched the most interesting show last night on PBS on stress. Killer Stress by National Geographic examines why we can’t seem to turn off stress hormones in our society, ...
|Perception and Change: Making the Dream a Reality
We hold these truths to be self evident...that all men are created equal. A statement of fact it would seem that every human could be in agreement with...self evident truths...If only they were. ...
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