today started off pretty well. we had a nice breakfast here at the hotel. we were ready to leave right after that. made it down to lobby to leave at 9:30. we talked to the concierge and he suggested taking the bus instead of the metro. i think he was right considering <a href=”http://i.imgur.com/MnHYf.jpg”>this picture</a> a redditor said the metro looked like at 8:45 this morning. but buses kept passing us full without stopping at the bus stop. after waiting for about 30 minutes, we decided to just hoof it. that took us about an hour and we made it to the mall just a few minutes after 11:00.
it was already SUPER packed by this point. we got as close as we could, but the crowd was packed like sardines and from where we were, we couldn’t see any of the screens or hear the speakers. we were able to hear The Roots, which was nice. but after they were done, we could barely hear adam and jamie (mythbusters). people kept pushing through us to get closer, even though there was nowhere to go. seemed quite insane for a sanity rally. it finally got so bad we had to leave the crowd. we walked around for a while, but couldn’t find a spot where we could hear or see.
we gave up around 1:00 and decided to go visit the white house. i met a redditor on the way out of the crowd, which was cool. and we were able to take some pictures of soleil in front of the white house, even though she was dead asleep.
after that, we headed back toward the rally to find penn quarter sports tavern. a friend said that’s where the DCDawgs watch the games, so we figured that’d be nice. BIG mistake. by the time we found the place, the rally had ended. the streets were packed and i mean PACKED with people. and so was the bar. in fact, as we walked up, someone from the bar was on a loudspeaker saying that the place was at capacity.
we were really tired of walking by this point, we both needed to pee, little was hungry, and the game was about 30 minutes from kickoff. there was NO way we were going to take the metro. all the stations were packed. we couldn’t catch a taxi, so we started walking back to georgetown. we were looking at over an hour walk and we weren’t happy. we made it about half-way there before we were lucky enough to catch a cab. we made it back to the hotel and caught the last few minutes of the first quarter.
needless to say, the game was exciting, but ultimately very disappointing. this was followed by lots of moping on my part. we ended our evening with dinner at a very five guyish place called Z Burgers. it was a short walk from our hotel, so that was nice to get out and see the city at night. there were lots of halloween partiers out and little was entertained by all the craziness.
it’s been a quick trip, but we’re proud of ourselves for how well we’ve done. sure, we missed the rally and almost missed the game, BUT we did travel hundreds of miles, walk all over the city, and had a good time. i’m kicking myself for not recording the rally, but i’m sure we’ll be able to watch it online somewhere. hope our flight back to GA goes as well as the flight up here.
it’s been a long day, but we’re off to a good start. we’re minus a stroller wheel, pretty hungry, and determined to fly directly into DC the next time we’re up this way. but we’re very excited about tomorrow and i think we’re going to have a great weekend.
we left Athens around 11a. made it okay to hartsfield and the flight was pretty smooth. soleil did well on her first flight. no crying at all. we flew into BWI at the suggestion of a fellow redditor. it was a little cheaper, but not much. and the flight into BWI was at a convenient time, so we went with it. after taking a shuttle to the Amtrak/MARC station, we discovered that we were missing a stroller wheel. it must have fallen off on the plane at some point. we called from the Amtrak station, but they told us we’d have to go back to the airport. we passed on that. the three-wheeled stroller still works, but we’ll just have to be a little extra careful.
haven’t seen any other redditors yet. well, i think i may have spotted a few, but they weren’t wearing any identifying alien insignia, so i didn’t approach them. i’m wearing my reddit shirt, so i’m figuring it’s on them to approach me today. i’m hoping to meet some folks tomorrow so i can get my rally trophy.
we’re at the holiday inn in georgetown. it’s nice. we caught a shuttle from the metro station and the shuttle driver was very nice. he told us how to get to the mall in the morning and suggested a cool (and cheap) restaurant nearby that delivers to the hotel. our food will be here in 30 minutes. it’s going to be a feast. we went all out.
our plan is to get up around 8, enjoy a nice breakfast here at the hotel, maybe head to M street to find a hat for soleil and then make our way toward the mall. after the rally, we’re going to try to find penn quarter sports tavern. a friend says the UGA-FL game will be playing there. if that works out, we’ll watch the game there. and then who knows?
Only about 20 hours until we’re in D.C.! It’s funny that we’re so close to leaving and it hasn’t really sunk in. We’ve been getting ready, but I think it’ll become more real when we get to Hartsfield. Going to wear my reddit shirt tomorrow in the hopes of meeting some fellow Georgian redditors on the way up to the capitol.
Excited that The Roots and Sheryl Crow will be performing. I hope Conan is there.
There she was, thrown to the pavement by a Republican in a checkered shirt. Another Republican thrusts his foot in between her legs and presses down with all his weight to pin her to the curb. Then a Republican leader comes over and viciously stomps on her head with his foot. You hear her glasses crunch under the pressure. Holding her head down with his foot, he applies more force so she can’t move. Her skull and brain are now suffering a concussion.
The young woman’s name is Lauren Valle, but she is really all of us. For come this Tuesday, the right wing — and the wealthy who back them — plan to take their collective boot and bring it down hard on not just the head of Barack Obama but on the heads of everyone they simply don’t like.
Teachers union? The boot!
Muslim-looking people? The boot!
Thinking of retiring soon? The boot!
Living in a house you can no longer afford? The boot!
Doing a bit better with your minimum wage? The boot!
Stem cell research, the bullet train, reversing global warming? Ha! The boot for all of you!
What? You like your kids being covered by your health plan ‘til they’re 26? The boot for them and the boot for you!
In love with someone of your own gender? A double boot up the ass for every single one of you sick SOBs!
Hoping there’s a few jobs left here in the U.S. when you graduate? How ‘bout just a nice boot to your head instead?
And most importantly, the last boot is saved for the black man who probably wasn’t born here, definitely isn’t a Christian and possibly might be the Antichrist sent here to oversee the destruction of our very way of life. A boot to your head, Obama-devil!
Yes, one big boot is poised to stomp out whatever hopey-changey thing we might have had two years ago and secure this country in the hands of the oligarchs and the culture police.
And if they win on Tuesday, they plan to show no mercy. They will not speak of bipartisanship or olive branches or tolerate any filibuster threats. They will come in and do the job with a mandate they’ll perceive the electorate will have given them. They will not fart around for two years like the Democrats did. They will not “search for compromise” or “find middle ground.” They will not meet you halfway on the playing field. They know that touchdowns aren’t scored at the 50-yard line. Unlike our guys, they’re not stupid or spineless.
Make no mistake about it, my friends. A perfect storm has gathered of racists, homophobes, corporatists and born agains and they are on fire. Two years of a black man who secretly holds socialist beliefs being the boss of them is more than they can stomach. They’ve been sick to death since the night of 11/04/08 and they are ready to purge. They won’t need a rope and tree this time to effect the change they seek (why bother when a nice shoe on another’s skull will do just fine, thank you).
They simply need to get their base to the polls (done), convince enough people Obama is responsible for the fact they don’t have a job or a secure home (done), and then hope enough of us Obama-voters are so frustrated, disappointed and downright mad at the Dems (done) that we’ll either stay home Tuesday or, if we vote, we won’t be carpooling with 10 others to the polls.
Done? Or not?
These Republicans mean business. Their boots are all shined and ready. But they’ve got one huge problem:
Too bad the majority party has done precious little to bring about the change for which the majority voted. Yes, change takes time. But try telling that to someone who hasn’t worked in two years. Or who hears the knock of the foreclosure sheriff at the door. The booted-up minority knows how to make hay in a situation like this. All they need is us, the disappointed, dismayed, disgusted us.
What say you? Stay home and punish the weak-kneed, sell-out Democrats? Or spend every free moment you have between now and Tuesday trying to protect what little progress has been made so we can live to fight another day (even if it is with “allies” like a Democratic Party that will more than likely still not get the message of what they need to do — and has, in fact, spent much of the past two years giving progressives the boot)? Perhaps our job, post-election, is to provide a gentle but swift boot in the bee-hind of the party whose mascot is an ass.
Right now, we’ve got 112 hours. Seems like enough.
anyone know of a way to list tags in your sidebar? i’m not really interested in the cloud generator, but rather a list. i know i can enter them all in manually, but a list generator would be pretty swell.
This video contains no special effects, and no fancy stunts. But it will scare the crap out of you. That’s because you’re watching from a head-mounted camera as an engineer scales an antenna tower over 1,700 feet high.
In recent interviews, Obama insists that he has completed 70% of his campaign agenda. But when the other 30% includes the lack of immigration reform or climate change legislation, ongoing wars, a faltering economy, and nothing close to the major budget transformations that Reagan and George W. Bush accomplished in their first two years, that stated 70% figure holds far less political meaning.
If the Senate refuses to move forward with confirmations, recess appoint members to the Federal Reserve Board who state clearly and unequivocally that they believe the Board’s mandate for full employment is their paramount concern.
Safely but quickly remove all troops and private contractors from Iraq and Afghanistan. The “war” in Afghanistan lacks any clear reason, goals, or definition for victory. Any nation-building paid for by the government should be in Kansas, not Kabul.
Have the HHS declare prescription drug re-importation safe and/or grant every American a blanket waiver while setting up programs to help them import prescriptions for personal use. Continue this until drug companies agrees to reduce our extremely high prescription drug prices to roughly the OCED average.
Suspend all firings under “Don’t ask Don’t Tell.” (Yes Obama has the authority as Commander in Chief .)
In a remarkable slight of hand, the super rich who imploded the economy, manufacturing the recession which now enrages the public, have successfully misdirected the public’s justifiable anger away from them and toward teachers.
“I don’t give a goddamn. I’m the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way. … Stop throwing the Constitution in my face. It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”
George W. Bush, November 2005, White House cabinet meeting to discuss the renewal of the Patriot Act, in response to GOP leaders presenting a valid case that the Patriot Act undermined the Constitution.
Firefighters in rural Tennessee let a home burn to the ground last week because the homeowner hadn’t paid a $75 fee.
Gene Cranick of Obion County and his family lost all of their possessions in the Sept. 29 fire, along with three dogs and a cat.
The fight against socialism is working, Mr. Beck and Mrs. Palin. Keep it up.
Actually, it looks like this idiotic policy goes back twenty years. Hard to believe, but then again - it is Tennessee. I wonder where else we might find similar policies.
The fire department’s decision to let the home burn was “incredibly irresponsible,” said the president of an association representing firefighters.
"Professional, career firefighters shouldn’t be forced to check a list before running out the door to see which homeowners have paid up," Harold Schatisberger, International Association of Fire Fighters president, said in a statement. "They get in their trucks and go."
Firefighters did eventually show up, but only to fight the fire on the neighboring property, whose owner had paid the fee.
"They put water out on the fence line out here. They never said nothing to me. Never acknowledged. They stood out here and watched it burn," Cranick said.
This article should be the response to anyone opposed to universal health coverage. Why not just go the extra mile and privatize fire protection for everyone. Only private schools. Free mail delivery? That’s socialism, folks.
had a twitter discussion about this earlier. seems like i might be in the minority on this one.
but i’ll go ahead and ask you tumblr peeps if you agree or disagree with me on it - margaret hillert sucks.
i realize the importance of good books for beginning readers and that’s the thing. hillert’s books are easy enough for beginning readers, but they’re shitty. they don’t use conversational language and some of her books just don’t make any sense. at all. period. take the golden goose for example. read that book and tell me it doesn’t sound like someone was on acid when they wrote it. and that that someone was also illiterate and dictating the “story” to a monkey at a keyboard.
anyone else familiar with hillert?
her books circulate well at my library. i think it’s because there are so many of them in one place and they stand out. plus, they’re all A.R..
somehow i always end up behind the asshole writing a check at the grocery store.
i have an idea for these situations. grocery stores should have a checks line. in this line, there will be an old fashioned adding machine. no scanners or fancy technology. quills and ink pads will be provided for signing checks. and of course the bagger will still take your groceries out to your horse and buggy. it shall be called the asshole line.
My wife taught me how to make a delicious treat - bacon wrapped pineapple chunks. Now, bear with me for a second. When I first heard of bacon pineapple, I didn’t think it would be so great. But I was wrong. Try it out once and see what you think.
1 can of pineapple chunks in pineapple juice
1 package of bacon
Here’s what you do:
Slice the package of bacon down the middle. Take a piece of bacon and wrap it around a pineapple chunk. Secure it with a toothpick through the center.
Put two pieces of paper towel on a plate. Fill the plate with your wrapped pineapple, but don’t make them touch one another.
Put the plate in the microwave for 3 minutes.
When the 3 minutes is up, turn each pineapple chunk over and microwave again for 3 minutes.
At this point, you’ll need to change your plate. Fix a new plate with two new paper towels. Switch the pineapple chunks to the new plate and cook for another 3 minutes.
Turn them over again and cook for a final 3 minutes.
Let them cool for about 5 minutes and then enjoy.
Let me know what you think if you try ‘em! The next time we make some, I’ll be sure to take pictures and I’ll repost the recipe.
Memo To: President Obama and the Democratic Party Leadership
From: Michael Moore
Subject: 5 Things Dems Can Do to Turn It Around by November 2nd
1. Immediate Wall-to-Wall TV Ads, Internet Videos, and Appearances Hammering Who the Hell Put Us in the Misery We’re In.
We Americans have very short attention spans (Quick: Who Won the Oscar for Best Picture last year? The World Series? Exactly.). People need to be reminded over and over that it was the REPUBLICANS who concocted and led the unnecessary invasion of two countries, putting us in our longest war ever, wars that will eventually cost us over $3 trillion. Bush and Co. also caused the biggest collapse of our economy since the Great Depression. I don’t know a single person in Hollywood who wouldn’t shoot and produce those spots for you for FREE. Dems: Do not pull a single punch on this. Quit being a bunch of wusses and let the bastards have it! The public will be astonished that you’ve found your courage and your spine. We expect you to be Muhammad Ali, not Ally McBeal.
2. Indict the Criminals.
Announce that the Justice Department will seek indictments against both those who caused the economic collapse and those who became war profiteers. Call it for what it is: organized crime. Use the RICO statutes. Use the basic laws that make fraud of any kind a crime. Get in the face of those who stole the billions, make them pay for it — and the people will love you. We want Dirty Harry, not Dirty Dancing.
3. Announce a Moratorium on All Family Home Foreclosures.
Last month (August) there were more home foreclosures than in any month in U.S. history. Worse than any month in the worst year ever, 2009. The bleeding hasn’t stopped — it’s only gotten worse. And now, this week, two of the largest crime organizations who are throwing hundreds of thousands of people out of their homes (GMAC and JPMorgan Chase) have been forced to momentarily stop doing this. It turns out, they don’t really have the paperwork to prove they actually own these houses! It’s madness. So if you do one thing for the middle class this week, do this. It will take an hour of your time to draw up the decree and issue it. We’d rather watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” than “Poltergeist.”
4. Announce a New 21st Century WPA.
"Who’s hiring? THE GOVERNMENT IS HIRING!" Put together a simple plan to hire enough people to repair our roads, fix up our aging schools, and rebuild our infrastructure. Fund this by taxing the richest 1% who have more financial wealth than 95% of Americans combined! Unemployment will drop to 5%. Can you pass it? Well, you sure can’t unless you try! And as you’re trying, announce that you will force the Republican senators (who until now simply have had to say they "intended" to filibuster in order to kill a bill) to have to actually filibuster! Make them stand on the floor of the Senate and read from the phone book 24/7. They won’t last a day. And America will see them for who they really are.
5. Declare That No Democrat Will Accept ANY Wall Street Money in the Next Election Cycle.
Pick a day in the coming week. Have all your fellow Democrats in Congress stand in front of the Capitol (with President Obama) and pledge that if America allows you to retain control of Congress, none of you will take a penny from Wall Street for the 2012 election. Instead, promise to accept donations of only $2, $5 and $10. You will also pledge not to take a job as a lobbyist or lawyer for ANY corporation for ten years after you leave Congress. The message will be a powerful one to the average American fed up with corrupt political hacks. Act like Honest Abe, not Fast Freddie — and see what happens.
And here are two bonus suggestions: Use what sense of humor you have and go after these candidates and their agenda with all the hilarious ridicule they deserve. And quit complaining about “the base” not doing enough to help you. You want help? Do something this week to earn it. I’ve offered five suggestions. I’m sure the rest of “the base” has a few more.
UPDATE [Friday, October 1st, 8:52 PM]: The crime syndicate continues to crumble. Today we learned that Bank of America is joining JPMorgan Chase and GMAC in suspending foreclosures in 23 states after a BoA executive admitted she signed up to 8,000 documents — in one month — without even reading them. And on top of that, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has halted ALL foreclosures by ALL banks for 60 days in what the Washington Post calls “the most radical action taken by a state on issue of document irregularities.” As Rep. Marcy Kaptur said in ‘Capitalism: A Love Story,’ “Don’t leave your home. Because you know what? When those companies say they have your mortgage, unless you have a lawyer that can put his or her finger on that mortgage, you don’t have that mortgage, and you are going to find they can’t find the paper up there on Wall Street. So I say to the American people, you be squatters in your own homes. Don’t you leave.” President Obama: Now do what Blumenthal has done.