a religion I can support

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my kind of commandments


makes you wanna shout

most beautiful tune I’ve heard in a long long time

Power In A Union from JD on Vimeo.

from John Darnielle’s vimeo page:

Everybody knows I don’t generally do the acoustic guitar guy rocking political jams deal but as a former member of SEIU 660 & the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians & a kid who benefitted from great teachers I wanted to spend tonight saying WE ARE ON YOUR SIDE xo jd

A Letter to Scott Walker from a Wisconsin Teacher

the news media coverage of  Wisconsin has waned somewhat, but not the struggle – Gov. Walker refuses to negotiate, there are still protesters at Madison’ Capitol.

a letter to Gov. Walker from Wisconsin teacher Eric Brehm is making the rounds:  it explains the situation succinctly.  a good read

Would you please, kindly, explain exactly how collective bargaining is a fiscal issue? I fancy myself to be a fairly intelligent person. I have heard it reported in the news that unless the collective bargaining portion of this bill is passed, severe amounts of layoffs will occur in the state. I have heard that figure given as 6,000 jobs. But then again, you’ve reportedly said it was 10,000 jobs. But then again, it’s been reported to be as high as 12,000 jobs. Regardless of the figure, one thing that hasn’t been explained to my satisfaction is exactly how or why allowing a union to bargain collectively will cost so much money or so many jobs. Am I missing something? Isn’t collective bargaining essentially sitting in a room and discussing something, collectively? Is there now a price tag on conversation? How much does the average conversation cost? I feel your office has been eager to provide doomsday scenarios regarding lost jobs, but less than willing to provide actual insight as to why that is the case.

I would welcome an explanation.

so would all of Wisconsin. so would the country. so would I.


one way to support the Wisconsin protesters

send’em a pizza

wish you could be there but can’t?

help feed the protests – order from Ians Pizza to be delivered to the protesters at the Wisconsin Capitol.
from their website:

If you are here to learn how help feed the protesters in Madison, here’s how you can do that:
Call us at 608-257-9248, then press 1.

As we have just three phone lines it may take a while to get through, and we apologize in advance for that.

[not affiliated to Ians Pizza or any other pizzeria – just doing this and sharing the info for anyone interested]

I just finished placing an order – according to the voicemail message at Ians Pizza, they have suspended their normal operations and dedicating 100% of their time and effort on feeding the protesters at Madison’s Capitol.  they are taking donations in increments of $20, which buys a 20” pizza and drinks, enough to feed ~ eight people.   they take VISA, MC, and Discover.

FWIW, I sent veggie pizzas – didn’t see any vegan options in Ians menu, though  :(

what is really happening in Wisconsin

Paul Krugman

a short excerpt from Dr. Krugman’s op-ed.

(…)  For what’s happening in Wisconsin isn’t about the state budget, despite Mr. Walker’s pretense that he’s just trying to be fiscally responsible. It is, instead, about power. What Mr. Walker and his backers are trying to do is to make Wisconsin — and eventually, America — less of a functioning democracy and more of a third-world-style oligarchy. And that’s why anyone who believes that we need some counterweight to the political power of big money should be on the demonstrators’ side.


via Wisconsin Power Play – NYTimes.com.

Second class Valentines

remember all of us who are today celebrating their love as second-class Valentines

NOTE: because of the background song, the video has to be watched in YouTube. bah.
still needs to be watched and shared

Organizing so that we can, one day, celebrate February 14 as full and equal American citizens!

SMBC >>>>>> NOM

this totally made my week.

I’ve been a fan of Zach Weiner’s SMBC webcomic, but my love has increased by eleventybillion percent

This Is All Kinds Of Right of the Day: The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM)  posted a Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic on their homepage by way of a hotlink. So SMBC creator Zach Weiner asked his brother Marty to change the image.

On his blog, Zach adds:

There seems to be this idea out there that action through the Internet has no important effect. Even people I really respect, like Jon Stewart, promote this idea. Well, today, I probably got a message of equality to over 100,000 people, among them members of the other side. This generation fights in a new way, but we fight just as hard.


via The Daily What.


P.S.: and to show how clueless the NOM folks are, this is the SMBC cartoon they originally hotlinked to:


ironic detachment, motherfucker.  can you dig it?

...back in my day


P.S.S.:  if you are not already reading Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, you should. take my word for it. and despite its name there is a new cartoon every day

The Student Loan Scheme or The Trillion Dollar Bomb

I was very lucky to go to college in the 1980’s, when costs were a fraction of what they are now. I also lucked out that my dad, in his continuous efforts to screw-up my mom, had made it a condition in their divorce that if our family home was ever sold, the proceeds were to be divided evenly between all five of us kids and mom. the house sold while on my 2nd year in college, and my part of the proceeds were enough to cover tuition and books; I student-worked to cover living expenses. thus I was able to finish college without any student loan debt.

things have changed since then. a lot. this infographic from College Scholarships explains:

Student Loans Scheme.

Infographic by College Scholarships.org