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Sat May 23, 2015 at 02:41 PM PDT

Praise for Joy of Fishes

by 43north

Reposted from 43north by Otteray Scribe

A short diary, praising the kindness, dedication, compassion, and steadfast good spirit who is known here as Joy of Fishes.
More may be forthcoming from others Kossacks.
I'll merely remark that she is a role model for what true friendship is.
She's a credit to this community.


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Reposted from MOT - Morning Open Thread by Otteray Scribe
Good Morning Kossacks and Welcome to Morning Open Thread (MOT)

We're known as the MOTley Crew and you can find us here every morning at 7:00 am Eastern (and perhaps sometimes earlier!). Feel free to volunteer to take a day - permanently or just once in awhile. With the Auto Publish feature you can set it and forget it. Sometimes the diarist du jour shows up much later: that's the beauty of Open carries on without you! Volunteer in the comment threads.

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Good morning from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Otteray Scribe's daughter, CelticLassie, is a bold and adventurous cook, and she has a large collection of special seasonings. Here is a picture of just her hot sauces:

She usually has Pickapeppa Sauce and Durkee's Famous Sauce, but her dad used them all up. What hot sauces or other favorite seasonings would you recommend to her?  Recipes are welcome!


Fri May 15, 2015 at 03:05 PM PDT

DKos Asheville: Celtic Lassie's Quilt

by randallt

Reposted from DKos Asheville by Otteray Scribe
DKos Ashevillians traveled to Tennesee Wednesday to present Sara and Ann's amazing community quilt to Celtic Lassie with Otteray Scribe. A worthy dose of love from Kossacks. Gordon20024 drove down from Roanoke to meet us for the presentation and Joy of Fishes flew in on Tuesday and is there now. She is being the most loving mother hen in the whole world. When she tells you to "shoo" with that wonderful little smile and the twinkle in her eye, you know she means it. I'm sure all of us being there for OS meant the world to him. That's what families are for right? Additional help around the house would always be appreciated if anyone is able to help. Just let me know.

After we drove back to Asheville, we met up with DawnN and SteelerGrrl and Guy and had a nice meal at Rosetta's kitchen, Asheville's premier hippy vegetarian food and love cafe. I am hoping that some of us can get together again today. SteelerGrrl is attending a conference in Asheville this week so I was able to pick up a pair of tie dye sox from her for Celtic Lassie on the way to Tennessee Wednesday.

Please join us below the fold for a few photos. Thanks for being part of this community and please keep Chuck and Brandi and their family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Reposted from weinenkel by marykk Editor's Note: Heh. -- marykk
Elevator Lobby on the 23rd Floor of the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
So, having a better working alternative means we have to get our act together?
Comcast sued Chattanooga Electric Power Board (EPB) 7 years ago. They lost.
The suit had been filed in September 2007 in the Davidson County Chancery Court. It sought a declaratory judgment that EPB was violating state law by improperly using municipal electric utility funds to subsidize its recent cable/Internet venture.
Comcast lost that suit and the follow-up suit they filed in 2008 was dismissed.

Then Comcast claimed faster internet was too expensive and also pointless. They were wrong about that too. So very very wrong.

Thanks to an ambitious roll-out by the city’s municipally owned electricity company, EPB, Chattanooga is one of the only places on Earth with internet at speeds as fast as 1 gigabit per second – about 50 times faster than the US average.

The tech buildup comes after more than a decade of reconstruction in Chattanooga that has regenerated the city with a world-class aquarium, 12 miles of river walks along the Tennessee River, an arts district built around the Hunter Museum of American Arts, high-end restaurants and outdoor activities.

Comcast held out hope that the FCC wouldn't get rid of the state laws that blocked municipal competition. The FCC played the sad trombone music on Comcast's answering machine. So what is the latest from ex-monopoly-in-Chattanooga?
"Comcast today announced it will offer residential multi-gigabit broadband service for up to 200,000 customers in Chattanooga beginning in June, and expects to expand availability locally over the next several months," Comcast said.
Comcast has charged a whopping $399.95 a month for its existing 505Mbps service but says it will charge less for the 2Gbps plan, which it intends to roll out to 18 million homes nationwide by the end of this year.
Hopefully it will be less than their comical $300.00 a month for 300Mbps package of a couple years ago. You start to see why these "free market" companies hate free markets.
Reposted from Onomastic by Otteray Scribe

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The quilt is done. In spite of Sara and Ann both being hit with illness, they have bent time to make it so. The messages of love and support from all of you are there to be read, surrounded by Otteray's family tartan and Celtic Lassie's favorite yellows.

The comfort your messages give are so badly needed. The only thing left to do is get the quilt to Celtic Lassie and Otteray as quickly as possible. There is no time to spare, for either of their sakes. So here is what needs to be done.

With all of your help they will have the quilt tomorrow, if we raise $200 for overnight shipping. We don't want any one person paying for it all. If twenty of you can give ten dollars each or whatever you can give, Celtic Lassie and Otteray will have the quilt's beautiful manifestation of your love, strength, and comfort on Tuesday.  

If you would like to donate whatever you can afford towards the shipping costs, the link for donations is here.

If the link does not work, go to Pay Pal and enter Sara and Ann's business email.
That should take you to their donation page. My deepest apologies for any difficulties.
Each donation ensures that Celtic Lassie and Otteray will have the comfort and support they so badly need within hours instead of days.

I can not stress enough how important that is to both of them.
Otteray needs us with him, needs to know that we are there with him and his dying child. He has lost so much already. Surely we can do this for him, for them both. How could we not?  

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Reposted from Community Quilt Project by Otteray Scribe

TrueBlueMajority's quilt

It breaks my heart that this quilt is needed -- yet it is needed, urgently.

UPDATE: The situation is dire.  CelticLassie's brother and sister-in-law are on their way.  When they arrive and all the tests are back, hospice will be consulted and decisions made.  We will pull out all the stops to get this quilt done and will need the messages ASAP.
A little backstory: CelticLassie survived cancer as an infant.  Otteray Scribe and his wife (a nurse) adopted her from St. Jude's, determined to save her life.  They lovingly nursed her to health with great success.  Up until now, she's had a very active and happy life.  But the monster (cancer) appears to be back.  Since Christmas, CelticLassie has had some trouble walking and has been in pain.  A few days ago, she fell and broke her hip.   When the hip was imaged, a huge pelvic mass was found.  The doctors think the mass has weakened her bones, thus the fracture.  It is also pressing on other parts.  Long story short, CelticLassie is in agony and is likely to be in the hospital for an extended period.  We are going to make a community quilt to support her spirit through this ordeal and would welcome loving messages from you for her.

Clinic 1989
CelticLassie with her new big sister and mama

1st day B&W
CelticLassie's first day home, here with her father

As you will see below, she grew into a strong and lovely young woman with an infectious smile, a spirit for adventure, and a deep love of her family's Scottish heritage.  She is an accomplished piper, too -- not easy!  Some more photos below the orange cloud...

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Reposted from harryreardon by marykk Editor's Note: So proud to see Diane Black sponsor this POS. -- marykk

The war on women just added another notch to the belt, this time is Washington, D.C.

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Reposted from Laura Clawson by Otteray Scribe
Anti-abortion protesters outside Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo, N.D.
Waiting periods mean women have to pass these charmers twice.
Republican state legislators across the country continue looking for ways to make it more difficult for women to exercise their right to choose abortion, and Tennessee is in the process of passing one of the classics: a waiting period. And a Tennessee Republican managed to make waiting periods even more insulting than they by definition are. Tennessee Democrats tried to amend the waiting period bill to exempt victims of rape and incest, but state Rep. Sheila Butt was not having it, because how do you know that a woman is telling the truth about her pregnancy being the result of rape or incest?
"This amendment appears political because we understand that in most instances this is not verifiable," Butt said. "Let’s make sure that these women have the information and understanding to act. Madam Speaker, I move this amendment to the table."
In short, let's just assume that women are lying about rape and move on.

Butt's claim that this was about "mak[ing] sure that these women have the information and understanding to act" also doubled down on the insult of the waiting period. Waiting periods mean that it's not enough to scrape together money that may be hard to come by and travel what may be hours to the nearest clinic that's managed to stay open despite harassment of doctors and laws targeting it. No, you need to do that, then wait 48 hours or more, then go back for a legal medical procedure. It's a burden of time and money and it's based on the claim that women don't know what they're doing when they decide not to continue a pregnancy, schedule a medical appointment, and do whatever money-saving and traveling it requires. Just the kind of thing you do on a whim, according to Republicans. Who doesn't love a medical procedure every so often, particularly one likely to bring you face to face with screaming protesters?

That's why Sheila Butt had to make sure that rape victims—or, you know, liars claiming to be rape victims—won't be able to indulge that particular whim without waiting for 48 hours. Since they don't have the "information and understanding" to make decisions about their medical care otherwise.

Reposted from A Day In The Life by Otteray Scribe

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Ten years ago, if anyone had told me where I would be today, I would have laughed at the absurdity of it. I lived in my half-million dollar dream home. My husband drove an 80k Mercedes and I drove a late model Lexus SUV. I literally had, and did anything I wanted. Of course, the things I wanted were reasonable. My adult son was working and making more money than my husband and I put together. We were a happy, very fortunate family.

Two surgeries, and mutiple medical mistakes later, I was left with two levels in my neck which rejected bone grafts.This left me with intense pain and inflammation, and limited my ability to support my own head. The doctors called it failed back surgery syndrome. The rotator cuff surgery, done on my right shoulder, didn't fix the problem there. Just after surgery, the shoulder was slighly better, but today it is worse than just after the accident. My low back has permanent nerve damage which extends all the way down my left leg. In the process of injecting dye into my spine, to perform a Mylegram with contrast, a radiologist injured nerve root bundles in my low back.

I could have come back from any one of those injuries, but not from all three.

All these doctors"practiced" thier medicine on me, and left me a cripple, unable to work, or take care of myself.

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Reposted from fiddler crabby by marykk Editor's Note: Don't forget to join us at the Bunganut Pig in Franklin tomorrow at 3:30! -- marykk

To solve the nearly non-existent problem of crime in parks, the Tennessee legislature has come up with an intriguing solution:

Eliminate all local regulations against guns in parks, but ban squirt guns.

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Reposted from Joan McCarter by marykk Editor's Note: And remember, there will be a meetup tomorrow, Saturday, April 4 at the Bunganut Pit in Franklin at 3:30! -- marykk
Screenshot of news report about state Sen. Todd Gardenhire.
A second effort in the Tennessee legislature to take up Medicaid expansion failed this week, meaning 280,000 Tennesseans still remain, needlessly, without any kind of healthcare coverage. When one of those Tennesseans confronted Sen. Todd Gardenhire (R), a wealth manager at Morgan Stanley about it, asking him if he'd be willing to give up his own insurance, well, Gardenhire showed his true colors.
One activist, Damien Crisp, asked Gardenhire if he would be willing to give up his own state-subsidized health insurance.

Gardenhire, in a video of the incident taken by another activist, turned around and said something along the lines of "Not giving it up, asshole" or, perhaps, "Why don't you give it up, asshole?" ("Asshole" is the clearest part of his rejoinder.)

Gardenhire's health coverage has been an issue in Tennessee before. He had previously claimed not to receive state-sponsored coverage, but the Associated Press, through an open records request, revealed that he does.

"I have it, but I don't use it," the lawmaker told AP after the revelation. "I use Morgan Stanley's insurance, which is far greater." […]

"We drove all the way up to Nashville and tried to engage in the process," Crisp said, "and this is the democracy we get, being called an asshole." Crisp said.

Isn't that charming. You won't be surprised to find out who Gardenhire considers his true constituents, (or maybe his bosses). Yup, the Koch brothers, who have gone all in to kill Medicaid expansion in Tennessee, twice, in special and regular session. It's pretty clear who the asshole is here.
Reposted from PeterBalesHistoryTales by marykk

“It is important that we wait to see the specific details of today’s announcement, and as the P5-plus-one works toward any final deal, we must remain clear-eyed regarding Iran’s continued resistance to concessions, long history of covert nuclear weapons-related activities, support of terrorism, and its current role in destabilizing the region.”  

Bob Corker, GOP Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, April 2, 2015.

In his initial reaction to the preliminary accord announced with Iran, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker sounded remarkably, for him, like a statesman.  He did not emulate the vicious Republican Senator Mark Kirk who proclaimed, “Neville Chamberlain got a better deal from Adolf Hitler.”  Nor did he echo former Texas Governor Rick Perry who somehow remembered his lines and said, the agreement is "riddled with concessions by the Obama administration," or Florida Senator Marco Rubio who, obviously in campaign mode, declared "this deal is a colossal mistake."  For one day, at least, Senator Corker channeled one of predecessors, Michigan's Republican Senator Arthur Vandenberg, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during another particularly perilous time in American history.  But what tack will Corker take next?  

Senator Arthur Vandenberg
Arthur Vandenberg, Statesman
In January 1945, Michigan’s Republican Senator Arthur Vandenberg stunned America’s foreign policy establishment when he proclaimed his full blooded conversion from isolationist to internationalist in line with Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt’s vision for a post war world.  The Senator was unequivocal: “To me bipartisan foreign policy means a mutual effort, under our indispensable two-Party system, to unite our official voice at the water’s edge so that America speaks with maximum authority against those who would divide and conquer us and the free world.”  The bloodletting between President Woodrow Wilson and Senator Henry Cabot Lodge that had prevented the United States from joining the League of Nations after the First World War was very much on his mind, and he did not want a similar blunder after the Second.  Corralling conservatives in a GOP caucus obsessed with politics, Vandenberg chose statesmanship and helped Presidents Roosevelt and then Truman gather sufficient legislative support for the creation of the United Nations, the Marshall Plan and NATO.  When conservative stalwart Senator Robert Taft’s knees wobbled and he called for massive cuts in American aid to Western Europe, Vandenberg famously put him in his place: "When a man is drowning 20 feet away, it is a mistake to throw him a 15-foot rope."  

The current Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee Bob Corker needs a history lesson.  Channeling Lodge, Corker detests President Obama and is hellbent on torpedoing his foreign policy.  In a speech to the Republican National Lawyers Association recently, Corker sounded like a candidate at a campaign rally gleefully describing the Administration’s foreign policy team as “The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight” and accusing the President of being a man who “has never been comfortable being commander-in-chief.”  Whereas Vandenberg once spoke of a “loyal opposition” responsible for ensuring frank cooperation and free debate, Corker now delivers hurtful punchlines worthy of right-wing talk radio. Vandenberg had opposed Roosevelt’s New Deal as vehemently as Corker currently resists Obama’s domestic agenda, but he grew to appreciate the need for America to speak with one voice when addressing the rest of the world.

Senator Bob Corker
Bob Corker, To Be Determined
Senator Corker does have the right and responsibility to offer differing viewpoints and champion the constitutional role of the Senate in checking and balancing the role of the Executive in the conduct of foreign policy.  The legislation he has proposed to mandate that for any nuclear deal with Iran is not unreasonable.  But he should not reflexively oppose everything President Obama champions because, in the political world he grew up in, that is what Republicans are automatically expected to do.  Vandenberg undoubtedly turned over in his grave when 47 Republican Senators sent a missive to Iran’s Ayatollah undermining what traditionally would have been bipartisan support for our State Department in the midst of enormously difficult negotiations.  Corker somehow found the fortitude not to sign on, so maybe there is hope for him yet.  But if he now leads a GOP kamikazee charge in the Congress to derail the framework agreement the P5-plus-one has just announced with Iran, and the United States ends up in another devastating war without end in the Middle East, future historians may well portray Senator Bob Corker as a petty party hack who deliberately drove a partisan wedge into prospects for peace.  History has not been kind to Henry Cabot Lodge, but many today respectfully remember Arthur Vandenberg as that rare breed of politician who chose to place patriotism above party.  Senator Corker, please reflect on that.


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