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Arkansas Granny

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I suppose this means I have officially gained little ol' lady status.

When I sent a text to the guy who mows my yard today, he referred to me as "sweetie" in his reply. 👵👵👵
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Sun Apr 11, 2021, 07:52 PM (46 replies)

PBS Frontline this Tuesday @ 9:00 pm CDT: American Insurrection.


https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/american-insurrection/
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Sun Apr 11, 2021, 04:05 PM (4 replies)

Math problem solved!

https://twitter.com/WDCreports/status/1379814571549069318?s=20

https://twitter.com/i/status/1379814571549069318
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Apr 7, 2021, 01:09 PM (2 replies)

John Prine died one year ago today.

Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Apr 7, 2021, 11:13 AM (3 replies)

Panic Rooms, Birth Certificates and the Birth of GOP Paranoia

This article by John Boehner gives some insight into the modern Republican party. Pretty interesting.


In the 2010 midterm election, voters from all over the place gave President Obama what he himself called “a shellacking.” And oh boy, was it ever. You could be a total moron and get elected just by having an R next to your name—and that year, by the way, we did pick up a fair number in that category.

Retaking control of the House of Representatives put me in line to be the next Speaker of the House over the largest freshman Republican class in history: 87 newly elected members of the GOP. Since I was presiding over a large group of people who’d never sat in Congress, I felt I owed them a little tutorial on governing. I had to explain how to actually get things done. A lot of that went straight through the ears of most of them, especially the ones who didn’t have brains that got in the way. Incrementalism? Compromise? That wasn’t their thing. A lot of them wanted to blow up Washington. That’s why they thought they were elected.

Some of them, well, you could tell they weren’t paying attention because they were just thinking of how to fundraise off of outrage or how they could get on Hannity that night. Ronald Reagan used to say something to the effect that if I get 80 or 90 percent of what I want, that’s a win. These guys wanted 100 percent every time. In fact, I don’t think that would satisfy them, because they didn’t really want legislative victories. They wanted wedge issues and conspiracies and crusades.

A lot of them wanted to blow up Washington. That’s why they thought they were elected.

To them, my talk of trying to get anything done made me a sellout, a dupe of the Democrats, and a traitor. Some of them had me in their sights from day one. They saw me as much of an “enemy” as the guy in the White House. Me, a guy who had come to the top of the leadership by exposing corruption and pushing conservative ideas. Now I was a “liberal collaborator.” So that took some getting used to. What I also had not anticipated was the extent to which this new crowd hated—and I mean hated—Barack Obama.

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/04/02/john-boehner-book-memoir-excerpt-478506
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Fri Apr 2, 2021, 07:08 AM (32 replies)

Lol. I can relate to this.

https://twitter.com/KARAinFLA/status/1377380547035426823?s=20

https://twitter.com/KARAinFLA/status/1377380547035426823/photo/1?
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Mar 31, 2021, 07:32 PM (2 replies)

Insurrectile Dysfunction.

https://twitter.com/AnIllicitWriter/status/1377259956890710023?s=20

https://twitter.com/i/status/1377259956890710023
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Mar 31, 2021, 02:13 PM (4 replies)

Dems could dethrone Iowa

Democratic Party leaders are considering overhauling the 2024 presidential primary calendar, a transformation that would include ousting Iowa and New Hampshire from their cherished perches as the first states to vote.

Senior party leaders and Democratic National Committee members are privately exploring the idea of pushing South Carolina and Nevada to the front of the primary election schedule, as well as the possibility of multiple states holding the first nominating contest on the same day.


Two political heavyweights with longtime bonds to President Joe Biden — South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn and former Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada — are among those discussing the possible changes.


Both have long insisted that Iowa and New Hampshire have an outsized role in framing the presidential contest despite being unrepresentative of the rest of the country.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/31/democrats-primary-schedule-2024-478680


I think this would be a big step forward in the primary process. I have felt for a long time that these states have way too much influence on who we select as our candidate. Neither state is representative of the country as a whole.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Mar 31, 2021, 09:43 AM (7 replies)

Republicans and the popular vote. Let this sink in.

https://twitter.com/Timodc/status/1376933726890827791?s=20

Tim Miller
@Timodc
Just occurred to me that first time voters in 2024 will not have been alive the last time Republicans won a popular vote.
11:25 AM · Mar 30, 2021
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Tue Mar 30, 2021, 03:54 PM (11 replies)

How to stay safe from COVID this summer, according to experts

More than 2 million people in the United States are getting vaccinated against the coronavirus every day, but case counts are once again on the rise as some states begin to lift public health restrictions. Now, Americans are looking toward the warmer months ahead and wondering: What will our second summer in the COVID era be like?

Right now, a little more than one in six people, or 15.8 percent of the population, have been fully immunized. Federal guidance on how to go about life post-vaccination is still emerging, but what we know so far — like that fully vaccinated people can safely gather with other fully vaccinated people inside without masks — is encouraging.

The promise of protection from any of the three shots that have been authorized in the United States offers a much-needed beacon of hope, even as researchers are still collecting important data on these vaccines. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention involving Pfizer and Moderna’s mRNA vaccines concluded that fully vaccinated people were 90 percent less likely to become infected with the coronavirus in “real-world conditions” like the workplace. But there are a couple key questions we just don’t have the answers to yet.

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Easing up on those prevention strategies too soon threatens to undo the significant progress that’s been made in this country over the past several weeks to get this virus under control. That’s why the push to get back to some version of “normal” life should “be a dial and not a switch,” according to Dr. Preeti Malani, chief health officer and a professor of medicine in the infectious diseases division at the University of Michigan.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/how-to-stay-safe-from-covid-this-summer-according-to-experts
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Tue Mar 30, 2021, 07:19 AM (5 replies)
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