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4/30/2012

TO ATTEND THIS CELEBRATION OF LIFE, YOU MUST BE 18 OR OLDER…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 1:26 pm

Obituary or Memoriam

Michael “Flathead” Blanchard

Blanchard, Michael “Flathead”
1944 ~ 2012
A Celebration of the life of Michael “Flathead” Blanchard will be held on April 14th, 3 pm 8160 Rosemary St, Commerce City. Weary of reading obituaries noting someone’s courageous battle with death, Mike wanted it known that he died as a result of being stubborn, refusing to follow doctors’ orders and raising hell for more than six decades. He enjoyed booze, guns, cars and younger women until the day he died.
Mike was born July 1944 in Colorado to Clyde and Ethel Blanchard. A community activist, he is noted for saving the Dr. Justina Ford house from demolition and defending those who could not defend themselves. He was a Republican delegate, life member of the NRA, founder and President of the Dead Cats MC. He loved music.
Mike was preceded in death by Clyde and Ethel Blanchard, survived by his beloved sons Mike and Chopper, former wife Jane Transue, brother Stephen Blanchard (Susan), Uncle Don and Aunt Cynthia Blanchard (his favorite); Uncle Dill and Aunt Dot, cousins and nephews, Baba Yaga can kiss his butt. So many of his childhood friends that weren’t killed in Vietnam went on to become criminals, prostitutes and/or Democrats. He asks that you stop by and re-tell the stories he can no longer tell. As the Celebration will contain Adult material we respectfully ask that no children under 18 attend.

Published in Denver Post on April 12, 2012

SENATORS ROBERTS AND MORAN VOTE NO ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN MEASURE…

Filed under: political musings, LGBT, Civil/Gay Rights, Women's Rights — Peg Britton @ 1:06 pm

The Senate voted by a margin of 68 to 31 to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act for another five years. The 1994 law gives federal law enforcement agencies tools to combat crime against women. The reauthorization adds provisions relating to Native American and immigrant women, and sexual orientation. The House is likely to pass a bill similar to the current authorization.
By 68 yeas to 31 nays (Vote No. 87), Senate passed S. 1925, to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.
KANSAS SENATORS PAT ROBERTS AND JERRY MORAN BOTH VOTED AGAINST THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL.

Sen. Marco Rubio – a strong contender for the GOP vice-presidential nomination – is finding his vote against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act to be a source of controversy.

Rubio was on the short end of a 68-31 vote in the U.S. Senate on Thursday. And with women’s issues hotly contested in the run-up to the presidential election, Floridians Saturday marched in Tallahassee, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, vowing a strong turnout at the polls on such matters as abortion, contraception, women’s health care and services for those who have been battered or raped.

“If they want war, they will get war,” shouted Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, at the Old Capitol. “It won’t come with guns or knives, but something the Republicans fear even more – our votes.”

MICHAEL DOUGHERTY TO MANAGE K-18 CAFE IN LUCAS….GIVE IT A TRY.

Filed under: prairie musings, Eat, Lucas — Peg Britton @ 9:49 am

As of tomorrow, May  1st, Michael Dougherty will take over management of the K-18 Café in Lucas. Many changes are planned from the previous management and will take place during the next few months. The new manager is the son of our friend, Connie Dougherty.  Michael invites you stop in for a meal.  You’ll be glad you did.

4/29/2012

COMRADES IN ARMS AND BENEFITS…

Filed under: prairie musings, Jeffee Palmer — Peg Britton @ 11:08 am

New post on Now and Thenadays

By Jefee Palmer
Comrades in Arms and Benefits

If more of us spoke French, I’d introduce my father, Eugene Palmer, as a raconteur, a great storyteller.  He qualified in this category by being around a long time, having many opportunities to meet a lot of characters, and possessing an appreciation and talent for public speaking.  Although I sometimes believe I’ve already heard his really good ones, I’m not sure anymore.  Either there are still new stories to hear, or they just sound new to me with my slipping memory.  For example, the other day, we were talking about a long-time friend of his, who’s a decade or so older than him, and I asked about his health.  Dad reported that, last he heard, his friend was still around and kicking.  In fact, he said, he’s probably getting ready for his yearly celebration of Hitler’s birthday.  I was surprised to hear this and responded (as any sane person would), “You have got to be kidding!”

But no, he wasn’t.  This friend, you see, is known to say, “If it weren’t for Hitler, I would have been making a living selling tacos in East Austin.”   But WWII came along, he was drafted, became a fighter pilot, and returned to Austin to graduate from college and law school on the GI Bill.   I guess gratitude takes various forms.

The subject of the GI Bill prompted me to bring up Lawrence O’Donnell’s promo for his  show on MSNBC, which I described to him (since MSNBC is too liberal to make his watch list), O’Donnell explains how his father used his GI benefits as a World War II veteran to attend college, which enabled him to earn a living that allowed him to send his five children to college. O’Donnell ends by saying, “It’s the most successful educational program that we’ve ever had in this country — and the critics called it welfare.”

“So, as a recipient of GI Bill benefits,” I asked my conservative father (provocative child that I am), “did you consider yourself a beneficiary of government welfare?”

I’m not sure what I expected his response to be, but I was surprised when he said “No, but I was initially inclined to refuse the benefits because I didn’t feel worthy.”  Explaining that he had an easy time of it, while men he had trained with were dying in Korea, he tells the following about his military service:

I was a Speech major at SMU until I made the truly dumb decision to drop out of college at  the end of my sophomore year.  That led me to being invited (drafted) to join Uncle Sam’s army.  The first stop was Fort Riley, Kansas for infantry basic training.   As we trained in 1952, the second year of the Korean Conflict, everyone was worried about being sent to Korea on a ‘one way ticket.’

One of my buddies was a guy named Jack Straus, a former basketball player at Texas  A & M.  One day, he and I were among several small groups firing live rounds from mortars.  We were among several assigned to the same gun and, at some point, got thirsty in the heat of the summer afternoon.  Our canteen water was warm, so we asked the drill sergeant for permission to go down the hill to the tent where the noncoms had cold water.  He suggested that might be a court-martial offense, to which Straus responded, ‘And how does that compare with Korea?’  The sergeant looked at us disgustedly and barked resignedly, ‘You college guys are all alike.  Just go get the water.’

When we neared the water tent, we heard an explosion and looked around to see many of the guys we were training with lying on the ground.  In fact, as we ran back, we could see that the very gun we had been firing appeared to have exploded, hitting fellow trainees for 20 to 30 yards away

The first person we reached was our First Sergeant (who we didn’t even know was in the vicinity) lying on his back, moaning and bleeding from shrapnel to the groin area.   We whipped off our belts to make a tourniquet and bandaged as best we could with our handkerchiefs.  In his pain, the sergeant told us, “Boys, if you get me through this, I promise you guys will never serve a day in Korea.”

A few days later, it came time to get shots, and the whole company, including Jack and me, was sent to get Far East inoculations.  Of course, we figured the sergeant had forgotten.  But then, when everyone got their orders, the entire company, except for the two of us, was sent to Korea.  I was assigned to the German occupation army and Jack  remained at Fort Riley to play on the post basketball team.

After learning of our assignments, we went by the hospital to thank the sergeant.  We began by telling him that after being sent to get the shots, we figured that he had forgotten his promise to keep us from being ordered to Korea.  At this, he raised up on his elbows and bellowed, ‘Well, I can change the orders back if you want me to!!!’  We very quickly told him that we weren’t complaining and that we had come by to tell him just how thankful we were that he had remembered.  We were very, very grateful, we assured him.

Upon my arrival in Germany, the personnel placement officer saw that my last civilian  occupation was as a radio announcer and told me that there were no openings in that field.  Instead, he thought he had information and education positions (involving research and public speaking), but I wasn’t too hopeful that this would work out, imagining that I’d arrive at an infantry division and find that such jobs were filled, resulting in placement in the walking infantry.

Instead, I was ordered to the 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt, a large, 1,000-bed facility,  where I spent a relatively pleasant 16 months preparing and delivering talks to the hospital personnel.  I was ordered to present talks on an array of subjects that included U.S. government and civics, the Russian army, the black market in Germany, and venereal diseases.  Even while there was fear that the Russian troops, stationed in East Germany about 50 or 60 miles away would invade Frankfort and perhaps capture some of us, I knew other conscripts like me were battling and dying in Korea.

When I was released from active duty, therefore, I was reluctant to avail myself of the GI Bill to continue my education.  After all, the most dangerous episode I experienced was at Fort Riley in the aforementioned training exercise from which I was saved by a fortuitous thirst for cold water.  I discussed this concern with my fiancé’s wealthy uncle , Meyer Donosky, who basically gave me the 1950’s equivalent of ‘that’s just crazy talk,’ pointing out that I was just as worthy as many other veterans.   Benefits, he noted, were not offered on the basis of some level of suffering and sacrifice.  I finally decided to accept the government’s financial assistance to complete my undergraduate degree at SMU and obtain a law degree from the University of Texas.  So much for the radio announcing career that served me so well (along with some very good luck).”

As an interesting epilogue on good luck, he kept up with his buddy Jack Straus, who never played much more basketball after the war.  Instead, he made a living playing high stakes poker (a skill he undoubtedly perfected at Fort Riley) and won the World Series of Poker in 1982 and was known for successfully pulling off one of the best bluffs in the history of poker.

So, while my dad did not consider the GI Bill to be welfare, I’m sure there were many politicians then who sat on the sidelines and railed about the “dole” to GIs, just like there are those today who complain about anything with a scent of a giveaway (like veteran health care) — even though they have never served a day in this country’s military.  Guys like my father or his friend who throws the Hitler birthday party know that their own lives better, but more importantly, that this country is a better place because men such as themselves were able to get educations after their return from military service.

In conclusion, let me take this opportunity to warn him that I will feel free to use this information as ammunition next time he accuses me of being a socialist.  And come to think of it, he receives Medicare and social security.  So let’s just face the facts, Dad — we are all socialists now.

4/28/2012

BEFORE YOU JUDGE OTHERS OR CLAIM ANY ABSOLUTE TRUTH, CONSIDER THAT…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 9:34 am

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Repinned from Spirit by Dieter Schwarz

4/27/2012

THE THING ABOUT “VOTER FRAUD” IN KANSAS…THERE ISN’T ANY

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 6:30 pm

The problem with voter fraud in Kansas?

The problem: There isn’t any significant voter fraud. But there are many political maneuvers to restrict your right to vote in Kansas, using the ruse of “voter fraud” to achieve that goal!

Here is how a June 14th letter from the League of Women Voters describes the problem nationally:

“In state legislatures across the country, especially in key battle ground states, conservative politicians are gaming the system by creating barriers that block citizens from voting.”

First the actual problem of voter fraud. Here are some examples from the campaign dual between Kris Kobach (present Kansas Secretary of State), and his opponent in the November 2010 election, the previous Kansas Secretary of State Chris Bigs. During the campaign, Kobach declared:

“Let me just give you one example: Albert K. Brewer,” Kobach said. “It’s pretty amazing what you find when you look at the voter rolls.”

Kobach said it “certainly seems like a very real possibility” that someone was stepping into Brewer’s shoes at the ballot box.

One problem with the claim: Al Brewer is alive.

He is a Republican, just like Kobach. He is 78 years of age, lives in Wichita and has been a consistent voter since the 1960s.

Topeka Capital-Journal, October 29, 2010

And…from Daily Kos
…Of course, Republican-controlled state legislatures across the country are busy passing so-called “anti-voter fraud” legislation despite the total lack of evidence of any voter fraud, anywhere! But the legislation does serve the purpose of defrauding the poorest among us out of their voting rights by demanding voter picture IDs from folks who can’t afford to partake in any service that demands a picture ID card in the first place. Hence, such anti-fraud legislation should more accurately be titled the “Let’s Defraud Poor and Elderly Voters Act.” Apparently, removing a sufficient number of voting machines from heavily Democratic wards in Cleveland, Ohio and Jacksonville, Florida wasn’t enough to raise the Republican comfort zone in dealing with negative voting trends. If Democratic voters are willing to wait in six-hour lines at polling places, best to take away their reason to persevere into the night….

REGISTER TO VOTE NOW, IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO…

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 8:50 am

If you haven’t registered to vote, you will need to do that at the County Clerk’s office by May 15th in order to vote for the school bond issue. Cast your ballot starting May 16th at the Clerk’s office. If you have kids, friends and neighbors who aren’t registered to vote, now would be the easiest time for them to do that.  After the first of the year, they will have to produce a birth certificate, photo ID and who knows what else. Now is a good time to get registered to vote. Voting is a privilege and a responsibility to make informed decisions.

4/25/2012

CONGRATULATIONS TO SSGT TYLER J. BRITTON, THE AIR FORCE’S NEWEST REGISTERED RESPIRATORY THERAPIST..

Filed under: prairie musings, Tyler Britton USAF — Peg Britton @ 8:47 am

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There are only a few Registered Respiratory Therapists in the Air Force and Grandson Tyler is the newest among them after having successfully  passed his tests today.  It’s quite an accomplishment.

Tyler is an instructor at the Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) at the University of Cincinnati Trauma Center.

Cincinnati CSTARS has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom as well as in support of Homeland Defense missions during hurricanes Katrina and Gustav and other disasters. Currently members of the Cincinnati CSTARS cadre are deployed to Ramstein Air Base (Germany) and Bagram Air Base (Afghanistan).

Tyler has served two deployments  in Afghanistan and will be returning the end of this year.  While there he serves on a team of three (doctor, nurse and respiratory therapist) out of Bagram Air Force base who air transfer critically injured warriors home in a short period of time for more complete recovery.

Good work, Tyler.  Congratulations and thanks for all you do to help critically injured patients.

4/24/2012

ELLSWORTH SCHOOL BOND ELECTION…TUESDAY JUNE 5TH — REGISTER BY MAY 15TH.

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 11:34 am

The bond election on school expansion is Tuesday, June 5th.
The new law provides military personnel an opportunity to vote on special question elections and precinct officers, whereas before, those items were excluded from their ballots. Next January 1, military and other absentee voters will need to reapply for absentee ballots.

If you enjoy voting early, as I do in case I come in contact with a speeding bullet that would keep me away from the polls, the County Clerk will provide you an opportunity to vote in advance starting on May 16th.  That way, I get to see the County Clerk a couple of times a year and I always enjoy that.

If you have not registered to vote, you can get a registration form from the County Clerk.    You must fill it out and return it to her office by May 15th.  If you aren’t registered before January 1, 2013 you will need to produce a birth certificate in order to register.
The American Legion will be the polling place for Ellsworth on TUESDAY JUNE 5TH and you will need a photo ID in order to vote.

More information to follow so stay tuned.

4/23/2012

MORE GOOD MANUFACTURING NEWS FROM AGURBAN…

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 8:22 am

More Good Manufacturing News

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal had a great article about the U.S. manufacturing resurgence. The Great Reversal: Playing the U.S. Manufacturing Boom, by columnist Jack Hough, appeared in the April 7, 2012 edition. Below are some excerpts

In March, manufacturing expanded for the 32nd straight month, and contributed 37,000 of the 120,000 U.S. jobs added, the government reported. That’s partly because of the ongoing recovery from the Great Recession. But the economy is also changing.

Manufacturing’s share of gross domestic product plunged to 11% in 2009 from 26% in 1947, according to the Commerce Department. In 2010, it rose to 11.7%-the biggest yearly gain in more than 50 years.

Three trends suggest America’s “manufacturing renaissance” is just getting started, says Neil Dutta, U.S. economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. First, the cost advantages of outsourcing factory work are narrowing. Emerging market wages, while still much lower than U.S. wages, are rising, and high oil prices have made shipping more expensive. That is expanding the range of goods U.S. factories can produce at competitive prices (think sophisticated machines, not toys).

Second, a weakening dollar makes U.S. goods more attractive to foreign buyers. The dollar has fallen by nearly one-third over the past decade against a basket of currencies including the euro, British pound and yen.

Third, energy production is booming in the U.S., and domestic natural-gas prices have recently plunged. That gives an edge to U.S. producers of fabricated steel, transportation equipment, machinery and chemicals, which use natural gas extensively, according to a recent report from Citigroup.

Of course, a sudden rise in the dollar or a spike in natural-gas prices or wages could slow U.S. manufacturing gains. But for now, at least, that scenario appears unlikely. Wall Street expects earnings for the S&P 500 industrial sector to rise 13% this year, versus 9% for the broader index.

U.S. Steel and Nucor are the largest U.S. steelmakers, and analysts say both can reduce their domestic production costs by switching from coal to natural gas where possible.

When it comes to U.S. manufacturing, says Kristina Hooper, head of portfolio strategies at Allianz Global Investors, “It’s time to stop looking in the rear view mirror and start looking ahead.”

Stay tuned…

4/20/2012

MITT ROMNEY’S YEARS AT BAIN REPRESENT EVERYTHING YOU HATE ABOUT CAPITALISM

Filed under: political musings, Mitt Romney — Peg Britton @ 10:39 am

 From the Phoenix New Times News
By Pete Kotz Thursday, Apr 19 2012

James Sanderson had encountered a rare moment of industrial harmony.

It was the early 1990s, and the 750 men and women at Georgetown Steel were pumping out wire rods at peak performance. They had an abiding trust in management’s ability to run a smart company. That allegiance was rewarded with fat profit-sharing checks. In the basement-wage economy of Georgetown, South Carolina, Sanderson and his co-workers were blue-collar aristocracy.

“We were doing very good,” says Sanderson, president of Steelworkers Local 7898.

What he didn’t know was that it was about to end. Hundreds of miles to the north in Boston, a future presidential candidate was sizing up Georgetown’s books.

At the time, Mitt Romney had been running Bain Capital since 1984, minting a reputation as a prince of private investment. A future prospectus by Deutsche Bank would reveal that by the time he left in 1999, Bain had averaged a shimmering 88 percent annual return on investment. Romney would use that success to launch his political career.

His specialty was flipping companies — or what he often called “creative destruction.” It’s the age-old theory that the new must constantly attack the old to bring efficiency to the economy, even if some are destroyed along the way. In other words, people like Romney are the wolves, culling the herd of the weak and infirm.

His formula was simple: Bain would purchase a firm with little money down, then begin extracting huge management fees and paying Romney and his investors enormous dividends.

The result was that previously profitable companies were now burdened with debt. But much like the Enron boys, Romney’s battery of MBAs fancied themselves the smartest guys in the room. It didn’t matter if a company manufactured bicycles or contact lenses; they were certain they could run it better than anyone else.

Bain would slash costs, jettison workers, reposition product lines, and merge its new companies with other firms. With luck, they’d be able to dump a firm in a few years for millions more than they’d paid for it.

But the beauty of Romney’s thesis was that it really didn’t matter whether the company succeeded. Since he was yanking out cash early and often, he would profit even if his targets collapsed. This was the fate awaiting Georgetown Steel.

For more of this story, click here… it’s an eye-opener to the “theft and redistribution” that is Mitt Romney.

4/18/2012

KRIS KOBACH….RACIST BIGOT INSISTS THAT “YES”, HE “IS” ADVISING MITT ROMNEY CAMPAIGN

Filed under: political musings, print news — Peg Britton @ 5:11 pm

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by Kos

Kris Kobach has a death grip on Romney’s Etch-a-Sketch.

You may not have heard of Kobach, but he is becoming a household name in the Latino community. He is Kansas’ secretary of state, but more notoriously, one of the nation’s foremost xenophobes and a key player in the hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform.

Kobach wrote the model anti-immigrant legislation adopted by Arizona (SB 1070) and Alabama. More recently, he’s the guy who gave Romney the idea of “self-deportation”—harassing Latinos to the point their lives are so miserable that they decide to head back to their home countries on their own.

His presence as a Romney advisor has certainly been an issue in the Latino community, garnering a great deal of attention in the Spanish-language media. It’s likely a factor in Romney’s dismal numbers with Latinos—numbers so bad, that Romney has no path to victory if they don’t improve. It’s something he himself now acknowledges, hence the need to bust out that Etch-a-Sketch.

It began in Politico:

When I asked Boston if Kobach was still an “adviser,” a Romney spokesperson emailed back: “supporter.”

For the rest of the story, click here…

VIEW THIS FULL-LENGTH VIDEO OF THE SALINA/LANGLEY KANSAS TORNADO APRIL 14, 2012 BY DAVID R. MABE…

Filed under: prairie musings, Video — Peg Britton @ 3:10 pm

This video of a tornado in Saline County is as good as I’ve ever seen. It was captured by David R. Mabe. This is the same funnel that passed through the south part of Ellsworth County, Kanopolis Lake, etc. from what I can determine.

WHEN EVERYONE GETS A TROPHY, NO ONE WINS…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 2:08 pm

A friend’s kids went to an elementary school where “Honor Student” awards were handed out alphabetically so that (as one of his daughter’s teachers explained) “everybody gets the award, and there are no favorites: it’s alphabetical!” When my friend pointed out that his daughter’s last name meant she’d go last — “and that’s hardly fair,” he said with his most worried/frustrated/grim face — the teacher grew nervous, and stuttered through an alternative: “Maybe we could go boy-girl-boy-girl?”

The school stuck with the alphabet. The ceremony gave new meaning to the term “A student.”

America’s “everyone gets a trophy” syndrome has become a national joke. “A” grades, which once conveyed excellence, are now given to 43 percent of all college students, according to a study by grade-inflation gurus Stuart Rojstaczer and Christopher Healy. This is an increase of a staggering 28 percentage points since 1960 and 12 percentage points since 1988. The study also reveals how easy it is to buy college credentials: a scandalous 86 percent of private school students, it turns out, get nothing lower than a “B.”

In other words, the nation has become a self-parodic reflection of Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon: thanks to collusion between parents and educators, the vast majority of all private school children are virtually guaranteed to be above average.

While their older siblings score good grades whether they deserve them or not, thousands of five-year-olds across Manhattan are busily “prepping” for tests they’ll have to ace to qualify for a small number of what the New York Times calls, “gifted and talented kindergarten seats.” (The city’s Anderson School requires children to score in the 99th percentile on the tests, the Times reports; otherwise their parents aren’t invited to the school’s open houses.)

Some public schools refuse to allow anyone to get a grade below “C,” so no student will ever fail! Explaining why two Kansas school districts favor this policy, a spokesman says it’s just like the Army, where no one can “be left behind on the battlefield.” Yes, yes: the playground is a battlefield.

For more of the story, click here.

SAY THAT AGAIN…

Filed under: prairie musings, blogs — Peg Britton @ 1:58 pm

The congregation at Seattle’s Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church gave the Rev. Tim Clark a standing ovation Sunday when he announced that the parish would not gather signatures for a referendum to repeal same-sex marriage.

The parish became the sixth in Seattle to opt out of the petition drive for Referendum 74 that has been endorsed and foisted on parishes by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain.

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Fifty-one years after the failed attempt to invade Cuba, the Central Intelligence Agency and Department of Justice continue to claim that releasing the final volume of a CIA history of the debacle would “confuse the public” and should therefore remain withheld.
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You know how Republicans in Congress believe all of our laws should be Catholic Church-approved, right? Well, all of our laws regarding lady parts, anyway. Other stuff, like, say, the federal budget … meh, not so much.

Seems like only yesterday, Republicans couldn’t stop shoving bishops in front of cameras to explain why women’s health care is immoral. But now that the bishops have some strong words for Republicans on their immoral budget to screw the poor, Republicans are sticking their fingers in their ears and saying, “Lalalalalala, we can’t hear you.” In fact, House Republicans would prefer the bishops shut up and stop talking about morality.

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Now that Republicans have flip-flopped on their decades-long denigration of mothers and decided that staying at home to raise children is work—or at least, it’s work when Ann Romney does it; poor mothers, not so much—House Democrats are telling them to put their money where their mouth is.
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Not like we didn’t see this coming. It turns out, the only way House Republicans can figure out how to pay for the goodies in Paul Ryan’s budget, like giving the Pentagon more money than it even wants and massive tax breaks to the rich, is to cut food stamps and let millions go hungry.

For more….

4/17/2012

REMEMBERING…

Filed under: prairie musings, Tyler Britton USAF, Roy P. Britton — Peg Britton @ 8:23 pm

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Tyler J. Britton, now an Air Force Staff Sergeant, and his “grandpa”, Roy P. Britton, U.S. Army Air Corps. This was taken in May 2008 during one of Tyler’s visits home.

WOMEN STILL EARN AN AVERAGE OF 77 CENTS FOR EVERY DOLLAR MEN MAKE….

Filed under: prairie musings, political musings, Civil/Gay Rights, Women's Rights — Peg Britton @ 5:17 pm

Today is Equal Pay Day. The sad fact is, in 2012, American women still earn an average of only 77 cents for every dollar men make. This terrible wage gap has dire consequences for not only women, but for their families as well.

But Republicans think that 77 cents is more than enough for women. Just a few weeks ago, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker repealed an equal pay law, yet again turning the clocks back. When Mitt Romney campaigned in Wisconsin, he repeatedly called Scott Walker a “hero” and a “man of courage.” And just last week, Republican Pete Hoekstra, running for Senate in Michigan against EMILY’s List champion Debbie Stabenow, called the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act “a nuisance.”

Let’s get real: there’s nothing courageous about attacking the economic security of women and their families. Rolling back equal pay laws is just another battle in the Republican War on Women. And we’re simply not going to stand for it.

From Emily’s List.

WHAT A WONDERFUL CRUISE THIS WOULD BE…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 4:29 pm

Morning Ladies!

Yes, the 3rd Annual Girl’s Trip is coming up and we hope you will be able to join us…..

May 27th the Celebrity Millennium will be sailing from San Diego up the Pacific coast on a WINE COUNTRY sailing.   Ports of call on this 5 night wine cruise include San Francisco and Victoria British Columbia, ending in Vancouver.

The Celebrity Millennium will have had a million dollar refurbishment, right before our sailing, so will look almost like a brand new ship!   Economical Inside staterooms to luxurious suites are available yet for this sailing.  But space is booking quickly for this once a year, special sailing as the Millennium repositions for a summer in Alaska.

Passports are required for this cruise because you will be returning from Vancouver Canada by air or rail.

Please call or email me for more information on this sailing and complimentary pricing.   Hope to hear from you real soon!

Thank you and have a great day!

Eva Wallert, MCC
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ANN ROMNEY “AT HOME” WITH 20 MILLION A YEAR….

Filed under: political musings, blogs, Mitt Romney — Peg Britton @ 3:58 pm

Here is a pretty good blog by a 75 year old woman… Her daughter posted it on Daily KOS.
From Outfrontpolitics
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Ann Romney “At Home” with $20 Million a Year
It doesn’t matter whether Ann Romney stayed at home to raise her five sons. Nobody cares.

What matters is that she stayed at home to be a full-time mom with millions of dollars of annual income.  Maybe when her sons were young the family income was lots less than the $20 million annually of recent years. Maybe it was only 10%, only $2 million a year.

That’s still an awful lot of money.

I raised five sons and a daughter. Sometimes I was a full-time stay-at-home mom; sometimes I was a  married working mom; and sometimes I was a single parent working mom. In any of these situations I sure would have been glad to have millions of dollars in annual income.

Think how different being a mom is when you’ve got bushels of money! You can hire household help  - lots of it. Someone else can cook, clean up the kitchen, do the laundry, fold the clothes, do the marketing, pick up the kids, wash the dog (when he’s not on the roof of the car). Someone else can go to the dry cleaners, sweep the porch, call the plumber, make the beds, pick up after the kids, pick up after the kids, pick up after the kids. Someone else can bake the birthday cakes, wrap the presents, address the holiday cards, take your various Cadillacs to be serviced, schedule the pediatrician appointments and  the dentist appointments and the barber shop appointments. Someone else can take the kids to get shoes and school clothes. Someone else can make sure teeth are brushed and ears are clean.

You get the picture.

Most of all, you don’t have to worry about money. You don’t have to think about it at all. There’s no budgeting issues, no waiting for the next paycheck to get the kids those shoes. No dismay as the kids’ dental bills pile up on your credit card or winter heating oil doubles in cost. There’s no stricken sense of calamity approaching when one of your Cadillacs starts making a funny noise. There’s no sorrow to endure because you have to tell a kid he can’t go on a school field trip because of the expense. Or can’t play on the soccer team because you can’t afford the equipment.

There’s no agony about wanting to sit next to a sick child in a hospital but not having the money to hire a sitter for the kids at home.

Money doesn’t buy happiness but it sure can provide you a cushion against the anti-happy aspects of most people’s lives.

What money buys is insulation.

Ann Romney has indeed been insulated. There is no way, with millions a year in income, that she can have the slightest idea of any normal mom’s life. She knows nothing of being a stay at home mom except the percs: no nasty boss, no juggling work and home, no terror of leaving infants all day with sitters, no raggedy loss of sleep because of days that start at 5 a.m. and end near midnight.

She got the percs of staying home and paid little of the price. With her millions she could avoid all the mess and work of baking cakes and just enjoy the birthday boy blowing out the candles. She never had to suffer the loss of income of a stay at home mom. Nor did she have to endure (let’s face it) the boredom and loneliness of being home alone all day with small people who are less than stellar conversationalists. If the home drill got a bit tedious, she could boogie on down to her “girls club” for companionship or jump a plane for a week of fun somewhere.

Hers was not the stay at home life of 99.9% of those moms who do stay at home. If ahe chose to do some of the scut work of mommying, she could so choose. But, unlike the rest of us, she had a CHOICE. We had no choice about who cleaned up the vomit when a kid was stricken with flu at 3 a.m.

Mitt Romney boasts that he relies on his wife for information about women and their concerns. If this be true, he’s a very stupid businessman. What chief executive would use a consultant who knows NOTHING about the topic, i.e. nothing about the lives of women other than the lives of very rich women?

Because Romney and his missus are so insulated by their vast income, they don’t even know that they don’t know! This accounts for his “tone deaf” remarks that underscore his wealth, like relating to NASCAR on the basis of being chums with owners of NASCAR teams. Romney isn’t just “tone deaf”. He’s deaf, blind, and so wrapped in wealth he might as well be from Mars. And if he’s from Mars, Ann is from Venus, an even further planet. Neither has a clue about lives of people outside a $20 million a year bubble.

This is probably what that clumsy nobody, Hilary Rosen, meant to say. Let’s hope so. But it’s hard to give the benefit of the doubt to a woman who so ineptly creates a distraction just when Obama had accrued a 20% advantage with women voters. In its thirst for controversy, the media bent over backward NOT to tell the public that Hilary Rosen has absolutely no role in the White House and none in the Obama campaign. Her sole role is getting herself on TV. Given the politically stupid nature of her attack on Ann Romney, it’s pretty obvious why no one at the White House or the election campaign gave her a job. With a Democratic friend like Hilary Rosen, who needs an enemy?

Better yet, to paraphrase that famous political film, “Bambi”:  “If you can’t say something well, don’t say anything at all.”

Will Rosen’s remark change any votes? No. And that points out another instance of how out of touch with women Romney, his missus and his fellow GOPers are. They think we women are a bunch of dumb bunnies who will abandon a candidate who is solidly on our side because some woman we never heard of said something about Romney’s wife.

WE WOMEN ARE NOT STUPID (except for Hilary Rosen).

We do not think as we are told to think. We older ones had a lifetime of men telling us what to think and what to do. “We have been down on the floor!” The younger among us can’t even imagine such goings on and certainly want nothing to do with such a program. SO SHUT UP, ROMNEY, AND YOU GUYS AT THE AUGUSTA GOLF COURSE!

And shut your wives up too, the last women in America who do what their husbands tell them to do. We don’t want mouthpiece Ann Romney telling us about the hard work of being a stay at home mom when she did not have to do one lick of the work of being a stay at home mom.

So just shut up, Ann Romney, and go to your roots-bleaching appointment like a good girl and leave us real women alone.

4/13/2012

SOMEWHERE IN A LITTLE TOWN IN BELGIUM…YOUR DAILY DOSE OF DRAMA…

Filed under: prairie musings, Video — Peg Britton @ 11:42 am

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