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Update on grandson....

He is under quarantine but fever has broken. His brother tested negative, no fever, but is also under quarantine.

** The only reason the boys were tested is because their mother is an RN in the NICU at a major hospital, used her “clout” and insisted. Testing is very selective around here.

Stay home people, it’s bad out there!

Healing vibes, prayers or whatever for our family, please!

My grandson’s School Superintendent said something profound in his address cancelling school for the next 3 weeks. He said: “In the end, it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much, but it will be QUITE apparent if we under reacted or did too little.”

Hear those words my friends.....

My grandson tested positive yesterday and we are all in quarantine....

Wisconsin Republicans voted against House coronavirus relief package, despite President Trump's supp

Wisconsin Republicans voted against House coronavirus relief package, despite President Trump's support

Every Democrat and most Republicans voted in favor of the coronavirus relief measure.

Check out this story on jsonline.com: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2020/03/14/wisconsin-republicans-voted-against-house-coronavirus-relief-package/5049566002/

Vote them all out!

Ok, answers to "Who can name these musicians in this photo"....





Original post....
https://www.democraticunderground.com/103425847

A Reality Check from the writer of "Chernobyl"And part of the 1% that hate trump...a must read!

The writer of “Chernobyl” retweeted this, and a well deserving read regarding the upcoming election, by @oneminutecall. I took the time to read it, and you should, too.

“Here’s the truth...I’m a straight, white, christian, educated American male who makes a fuckton of money. Elections can’t even touch me. Fuck it, vote for Trump. Or ignore Biden because your favorite Grandpa didn’t get the nod. Go for it. I still win.  Trump is a plus for me.

The thing is, he’s still a cancerous ghoul whose only goal is power and wealth and he’s happy to take a big syphilitic piss on the Constitution and the institutional strength of America to do it. But again, I still win. I’ll pay lower taxes and my kids will surpass yours.

I get why people like the guy—especially fat-faced dimwits. He’s the dumb bully they never got to be. He exudes a tasteless person’s vision of status. He’s what every angry moron thinks he’d be if only the liberals/Jews/welfare queens/etc. hadn’t ruined the American dream.

Doesn’t really matter though. I still win. I’ll wiggle out of income taxes and send my kids to private school and never worry about insurance and buy a boat named “$elf Made.” I’ll buy houses to rent to 40-ish millennials with 🌹in their twitter names who can’t afford to buy.

And you’ll either vote for the next Trump (you idiot) or boycott the next Biden because you grew up in the era of fake internet points and Change.org petitions and you think fleeting, peacocking displays of your ethical rectitude mean fuck-all in the real world.

Or maybe you’ll realize that the reason I’m saying all this asshole-ish but truthful shit is because you (you, me, the broader we) actually have to quit pretending that being a pissbaby about your candidate is going to do anything but make life worse for vulnerable people.

It doesn’t matter that you liked Bernie. Or Warren (man I liked Warren) or McKinsey Pete or whoever the fuck Tom Steyer is.  It doesn’t matter. They lost. And pretending that someone who can’t beat Joe Fucking Biden was going to win the general is asinine.

Because here’s the thing—the real thing. You’ve got to give a shit about other people. A kid in Pennsylvania is counting on you to send Betsy Devos packing so he can have a school lunch—the only real meal he gets in a day. RBG is out here clingin to life to save jurisprudence.

People from all degrees of marginalized existences—the poor, LGBTs, immigrants, your grandma with diabetes, minorities—are counting on you to stop wilfully making shit worse by “stanning” some defunct candidate and giving more power to the grifters and single-issue fuckwits.

So sit around and pet your crotch about how Bernie was going to forgive your loans from your semiotics degree at Swarthmore. Or maybe just grow up a little and stop making the world better for people like me and worse for people to whom we owe a duty of care as fellow humans.

Care about the greater good for once—not just your infantile, idealized, selfish version of it. Care enough about your country to put away your fantasies about loan forgiveness and stop the guy whose goal is ‘well done steak cooked over the ashes of American governance.’

Or, don’t. Like I said. I’ll be fine. Looking forward to that boat, really.”

https://twitter.com/oneminutecall/status/1237690798046695424?s=21

Can anyone name each of these artists in this artwork from left to right?



And yes, I have the answers!

Paris cancels marathon due to Coronavirus

PARIS (Reuters) - The Paris marathon has been postponed from April 5 to Oct. 18 due to the coronavirus outbreak, organizers said on Thursday.

“In order to avoid a late cancellation that would penalize the participants, we have, in agreement with the Paris mayor’s office, decided to postpone the Paris marathon to Oct. 18,” Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) said in a statement.

About 423 coronavirus cases have been reported and seven people have died in France, the European country second most affected by coronavirus after Italy.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-france-athletics-idUSKBN20S2Q7

* There are already 3 major marathons run in the fall (Berlin, Chicago and NYC), not sure how this will affect those. Not to mention the Boston (4-24) and London (4-26) have not canceled as of this post.
Posted by Heartstrings | Mon Mar 9, 2020, 03:09 PM (7 replies)

Dan Rather's message this evening.....

As I wash my hands for the umpteenth time and hum the opening verse of I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, twice (I prefer it to happy birthday) my mind turns to the potent triumvirate of fear, anxiety, and risk. There’s been a lot of this kind of thinking in recent years.

Some of that is the natural realities of age, I suppose. As I peer over the horizon into what could be my 10th decade on this planet, it is inevitable that thoughts around the terms of life crop up from time to time. There is also the existential threats which seem to loom over our nation, and the planet.

As I take stock of the moment, I find myself thinking back to other times. A long life lived during eventful times provides a lot grist for the mental mill - resonant feelings of ages long gone. I remember Pearl Harbor and the Blitz over London when it looked like the Nazis and Axis powers could win. I remember when nuclear war seemed almost inevitable. I remember the look in the eyes of young man barely old enough to shave as they headed into the jungle hell of the war in Vietnam. I remember an age of assassinations. I remember fire hoses and dogs let loose on children. I remember waiting for another plane to hit its deadly mark. I remember the death sentence and stigma of AIDS. And I remember all the stories that were much more local. The natural disasters. The mass shootings. The war, hunger, and desperation.

The truth is this world can be very cruel. It is full of deadly surprises. We may largely feel walled off from the natural world that stalked our ancestors. We don't fall prey in large part to wild animals and those of us with means need not fear starvation. But of course it's an illusion. We cannot fully separate ourselves off from the rest of life, or the viruses now plaguing us.

Those who study such things will tell you that human beings are poor at assessing many types of risk. We are more afraid to fly than to drive. But that's little comfort when the pit in the stomach rises. So what gives me hope? I think of other challenges that seemed insurmountable. I do not underestimate the pain that often occurred, but I also remember the strength of the human spirit.

In my early years I was stricken with rheumatic fever. I can remember hearing my mother crying when she thought she was beyond earshot. I sometimes whimpered at the injustice of my fate, and my father would come into my room to stand over me, lovingly but firmly. “Steady, Danny,” he would say. “Steady.” The words were clear and deliberate, and they were soothing.

Steady has become an unofficial mantra in my life. Those who know me well have heard it often. I can still hear the word in my dad's voice. And I hear it once more today.

We live in challenging times. But each time has its challenges. This moment's problems are particularly severe, but they are not insurmountable. Millions of people go out each day trying to solve these problems. I see many reasons for hope, whether I'm talking to scientists, public school teachers, nurses, or children. Oh the children. It is one silver lining to this disease that children seem to be largely spared because they will be the ones to inherit this Earth and we will need them to undertake a path of healing.

Steady.

Best bumper sticker ever!!! Courtesy of Mike Lukovich!

Posted by Heartstrings | Thu Mar 5, 2020, 09:16 PM (3 replies)

Whether the nominee ends up Biden or Bernie...please remember:


1. You're not just voting for President.

2. You're voting for who replaces RBG on the Supreme Court.

3. You're voting for the next Secretary of Education.

4. You're voting for federal judges.

5. You're voting for the rule of law.

6. You're voting for saving national parks.

7. You're voting for letting kids out of cages.

8. You're voting for clean air and clean water.

9. You're voting for scientists to be allowed to speak about climate change and for rebuilding the CDC.

10. You're voting for what a President says and does on Twitter.

11. You're voting for housing rights.

12. You're voting for LGBTQ people to be treated with dignity.

13. You're voting for non-Christians to be able to adopt and to feel like full citizens.

14. You're voting for Dreamers.

15. You're voting so that there will be Social Security and Medicare when you retire.

16. You're voting for veterans to get the care they deserve.

17. You're voting for rural hospitals.

18. You're voting so that someone else can have health insurance.

19. You're voting for the preservation of PBS.

20. You're voting to have a President who doesn't embarrass this country every time she or he attends an international meeting.

21. You're voting against allowing the USA to become yet another authoritarian regime.

22. You're voting for sensible gun laws.

23. You're voting to re-establish voting protections for all citizens.

24. You're voting against divisive right-wing nationalism.

No Democrat is perfect.

Your first AND second choices may have dropped out. Your third might. But the nominee, no matter who he is, won't be perfect. They won't pass your purity test. And yet either one of them will be better than four more years of Trump!!!

Please be reasonable.

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