November 25, 2011

A dog's Thanksgiving

Humans aren't the only ones who enjoy the holiday season. Arpad looks forward to this time of year as one to celebrate the bounty of nature and the generosity of the universe. Here he is with the latest gift, courtesy of nearby deer hunters.

November 23, 2011

Annual Thanksgiving Possum Recipe

Yes, it's that time of the year. Holidays are all about tradition and it has long been a custom at Goat Rope to feature a possum recipe at this special time of year. We do this in the hopes that others will partake of this creature so that we do not have to.

This year's selection is one called "Opossum Pie." It looks better than recipes we have featured on previous Thanksgivings (perhaps because there is no possum in it).

Click here to enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2011

Some days no deal is a good deal

I was glad to see that the [not very] super committee in Congress did not reach an agreement on deficit reduction. Such a "compromise" with the current crew would consist of throwing seniors, working people, the poor and children under the bus. Now we live to fight another day.

Here's a useful item from the National Women's Law Center on the non-deal.

And, in the unlikely event people are serious about rational deficit reduction, here's a great graphic on the costs of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.


November 21, 2011

Loud silence

Compared to happenings in other places, the Occupy movement in West Virginia so far has been pretty tame. Not that I'm complaining. In case you missed it, here's a news story plus two videos from Occupy UC Davis. The first video shows sitting protesters being pepper sprayed point blank a by campus police officer.

The second video is even more dramatic. It features the silent protest of UC Davis chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi as she walked by students after defending the spraying. As a friend of mine put it in an email, this would be an example of "nonviolence done right."

UNLIKELY MESSENGER DEPARTMENT. Here's an item from Business Week, a periodical not generally known for its Marxist leanings, about how inequality hurts the economy.

MORE ON "creative protest" here.

A WOMAN'S PLACE is in the union. Another friend who sent me this link observed that "Among the most progressive union leaders I have worked with over the years, the women, by in large, have held out a great deal of hope for the future."