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Friday April 1, 2016, 1:04 am

Animae C (508)
Friday April 1, 2016, 4:21 am
Thanx Lynn

Pat B (356)
Friday April 1, 2016, 6:48 am
HP: What a Heartbreaking story!!! I feel for all who are affected by this, and my condolences to her family. Hopefully, the 'exploring the idea of a “Jessie’s Law” that would prevent doctors from accidentally prescribing opioids to addicts without knowing about their medical background', will be implemented and passed. It would do much so much good for those addicted, in Jessica's memory.

From the internet: Have read all some of King's books, the Green Mile is my favorite of his, & movie. He sums it up completely. WTG, Stephen!!

DK: I too, almost fell out my chair! What a cad for even saying that!! Here's a comment from the comment section that states how I feel about it, it reads: From 'TEXASLefty':
"I have a bumper sticker that that says it all:
“Just Say NO to Sex With Pro-Lifers”
But living here in gun-toting utopia, I have never had the nerve to put it on my car." Well said, well said.

Raw Story: Good post. Do your job, Repugs!!!! "By refusing to even consider the nominee of the elected president, it is Hatch and the Senate Republicans who are not respecting the “split decision” of the American people, not the president."

Cartoon: Papers look good to me! Aww...I'd take them all in to live with me, my corgi, and blue. Oh, how adorable.

I agree with you about retirement. Sometimes, I don't know what to do for the day, but I certainly find something that I want to do, and can take my time doing it. You are busier than me, I thought mentoring/volunteering at school was busy, but you passed me by with your schedule. Enjoy your day. Thanks, Lynn for post.

Jim Phillips (3247)
Friday April 1, 2016, 8:34 am
I'll reiterate a posting which I did late last night from TC's Open Thread – 3/31/2016 regarding the Daily Kos' Chris Matthews interview with Herr Drumpf (Trump) on MSNBC.

Trump accidentally speaks truth of anti-abortion politics
Rachel Maddow points out that contrary to his criticism of Donald Trump's remarks on punishing women for abortion, Ted Cruz and his close advisers hold even more extreme views, and all Donald Trump is really guilty of is saying out loud the truth about the aims of the anti-abortion movement in the United States. Duration: 21:27

This episode was an eye-opener for me! Insidious! All the more reason(s) why Drumpf and especially Cruz nor any republican must not be elected (stolen?) to the White House.

Abortion is as a crime and the pro-life people want the government to monitor all women who become pregnant, must carry it to full term. If there is no birth, the police will step in and arrest that woman to find out why she did not have a baby. If one miscarries, that woman will be subjected to a full scrunty.

Rachel gives a bold expose on this. See & hear this video (CC). Recommended.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Friday April 1, 2016, 12:22 pm
You're absolutely right, Lynn. Enjoy your retirement and do all the things you never had time for before as long as you can. We're so lucky to be able to make the most of the time between working and being the prisoner of a body that is truly old and failing. OK, you may not be able to run your marathons any longer, but you're still able to do most of the things you enjoy, perhaps only at a slightly lower pace. And learning (and teaching) is the one thing we can keep on doing into very old age if our minds allow it, so go for it.

HuPo: What a terribly sad story. People prone to addictive behavior are terribly hard to treat because part of it seems hard-wired. As the article suggest, it may indeed take years to rewire the addictive brain and old neurological paths seem to be reactivated so easily. Perhaps her therapy in rehab could have been better, but Jessica Grubb had a good chance of making it after 6 months of sobriety, but a careless, routine and disinterested prescription by some doctor who couldn't be bothered to read her medical dossier, caused her to relapse. She never had a chance.

Internet: I'm rather a fan of Stephen King because he has this way with words when he writes about battles between good and evil within a person or between entities. I think Drumpf has become the personification of the evil in American society for Stephen , and it's getting a bit too close to home for him. But, as always, he expresses his disgust so well.

DK: So much for the bag of wind who said his brain was so good he didn't need any advisors, except for who to pick as Scalia's successor apparently. When Drumpf is interviewed by someone who won't let him get away with not answering or trying to turn the tables - kudos to Chris Matthews - he starts to stutter, just can't come up with any answer that will please all of his supporters and falls back on his old routine of saying anything that comes to mind. Which isn't much apart from the usual misogynist boys-in-the-locker-room BS. Drumpf started of with repeatedly asking Matthews if he knew that Drumpf was pro-life, always had been pro-life, to get this impression across. However, he pro-life wasn't a few years ago and obviously hadn't given much thought to the ramifications of this new point of view and Matthews' tenacity had him have to think on his feet. And boy, did he fail with his "good" brain. Women should be punished for having an abortion, but not the men that got them pregnant. Drumpf in a nutshell.

RS: Spot on, Mark S. Byrnes, and thank you for taking Orrin Hatch's op-ed apart point by point and completely obliterating the case he was trying to make. If Hatch had written an essay for his high school teacher, he would have gotten himself an F for his trouble.

My Universe: Never seen a cat in a line-up, any line-up, before ;-)

Joanne Dixon (37)
Friday April 1, 2016, 7:23 pm
HP - How terribly, terribly sad. I have to say I bristled a the words "addictive personality," though. I do not believe that addiction is a mental health issue, but a chemical one, and I believe that is true even in cases of sex addiction and gambling addiction., though it may be harder to see. That is not to say that there are no mental health techniques that can help, but I have seen far too many situations where a physical ailment is blamed on a mental health issue, and I have seen how much harder that makes it to manage the condition. I have never seen it help. Portugal certainly has the right idea. But there is a discouraging amount of opposition in the US to that model.

Stephen King - Don't you wish this Stephen King were the Congressmn from Iowa, instead of the one who is?

DKos - Yes. What scares me most about Drumpf is that he is unpredictable. Think of his finger on the button. On the other hand, what scares me most about Cruz is that he is totally predictable, and what we can predict about him starts with the overthrow of the Constitution and goes downhill from there.

Raw Story - Ah, but not JUST an attempt to hold on to a Supreme Court majority. Rather, and attempt UNDER EXPLICIT ORDERS FROM BIG MONEY DONORS to hold on to a Supreme Court majority.

Universe - Nice try, though! (Grin)

Edith B (146)
Friday April 1, 2016, 9:15 pm

Lynn, I envy your ability to participate in so many worth while endeavors. Since I retired I have spent most of my time taking someone to a doctor or staying with someone ill, and then trying to keep my house clean.

Huffington Post: Sadly, too many young lives are lost to drugs these days. Criminalization is not the answer!

Stephen King: I have read many of his books and enjoyed being scared by them. I totally agree with his assesment of Trump.

Daily Kos: Trump is trumped by his own statement. I hope he loses many, many women voters due to this gaff. I am sure he meant what he said but backtracked due to the flack he got.

Raw Story: Hatch must be good friends with McConnell, they sing the same songs.

My Universe: Love it.


Rose Becke (141)
Friday April 1, 2016, 10:23 pm
I agree any drug issue is a health issue

pam w (139)
Saturday April 2, 2016, 9:21 am
Good for you, Lynn...volunteering is a wonderful way to meet people, learn new ''stuff'' and, most importantly, DO SOME GOOD! I volunteer at three facilities...each one satisfying and fun. Nobody should just get ''rusty'' in retirement!

Birgit W (160)
Saturday April 2, 2016, 3:41 pm
You are lucky to live in Vancouver Lynn. It was snowing today in Hamilton Ontario. Thanks for sharing.

Debra G (0)
Saturday April 2, 2016, 7:46 pm
There is a documentary coming out soon called "Brainwashed" - filmmaker Jen Senko explains the epidemic of right wing media indoctrination - its origin, how it divides us, and how to respond. She uses her own father's descent into Fox zombie land to illustrate how intelligent people can succumb to the planned fury of the public. We'd all do well to see it.
A teen wrote to Grassley telling him that if we must "wait for the people to speak" then he should recuse himself from the Judiciary Committee as he is a lame duck, too. I'm beginning to feel hopeful about the next generation.
I'm glad you're so involved, Lynn. I'm thinking of ways to get involved now, too. So many causes.....

Scott S (14)
Sunday April 3, 2016, 8:45 am

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday April 29, 2016, 12:39 am
Birgit, I grew up in Brantford, just 32 km from Hamilton. I know the winters well. I also lived in northern BC where -40 C was the average winter temperature, and there were only 2 seasons ---winter and summer.

Thanks everyone! Sorry to be so late.
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