Come Saturday Morning: Some Good News

By: Saturday August 30, 2014 6:45 am

You all who are reading this are still here, still breathing, still above ground, still ready to go out and bell the cat. You know you can do it!


Pull Up a Chair: Game Night

By: Saturday August 30, 2014 4:00 am

We always played games growing up, a lot of board games, I liked Clue and Parcheesi and the times I got to play Life at my cousins, for some reason that wasn’t in our games closet. Never cared much for Monopoly, it just went on and on – but we didn’t know the rules, really. Also a lot of card games, we played a lot of cards. I learned how to play bridge in college, that’s a great game, Gin Rummy is good, too. In high school a lot of my classmates played Pinochle, but now I can’t remember how it goes.

Oh, and Backgammon.

What games do you play when you get together with friends and family?

Late Night: The Roundup

By: Friday August 29, 2014 8:00 pm

And so the month of August ends along with the end of summer for me. Still, a weekend featuring some improv should be helpful. Don’t forget the Book Salons on Saturday and Sunday folks. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

Senator Mary Landrieu Under Scrutiny For Residency Claims

By: Friday August 29, 2014 6:39 pm

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu has generally been considered the more well behaved senator from the state given her counterpart is David Vitter. But now questions are being raised about Landrieu’s residency claims as to whether she actually lives in the state of Louisiana – a requirement to represent the state in the US Senate under Louisiana law.

A Whirl Around The Fracking World: 29 Aug 2014

By: Friday August 29, 2014 5:19 pm

There are some 240,000 miles of oil and gas gathering lines across our fair country and you’ve probably never heard of them. They are relatively small, underground and unrecognized, moving oil and gas in predominantly rural areas “from wells and nearby storage areas to processing plants and transmission lines.” Projections are for 414,000 additional miles of gathering lines by 2035. Federal regulations do not apply to gathering lines in many rural areas, and few states regulate them. Guess which industry is resistant to such regs.

OUCH! Lisa Desjardins Loses Her Job and Says Goodbye to CNN

By: Friday August 29, 2014 3:53 pm

One of those now leaving CNN is Lisa Desjardins. She posted this goodbye note (but dammit Lisa, taking the first aid kit is just so wrong).

Americans Overwhelmingly Support Requiring Paid Vacations

By: Friday August 29, 2014 2:42 pm

The United States is the only advanced country in the world which doesn’t guarantee workers a paid vacation, but that isn’t because the idea is unpopular. An overwhelming 75 percent of Americans think companies should be required to provide paid vacation time to their employees.

Pennsylvania to Expand Medicaid

By: Friday August 29, 2014 1:31 pm

After much negotiation, Pennsylvania is finally going to take part in the Medicaid expansion which was part of the Affordable Care Act.

Lawsuit Against Ferguson, St. Louis County Police Argues Officers Handled Citizens as ‘War Combatants’

By: Friday August 29, 2014 12:19 pm

A lawsuit filed against Ferguson and St. Louis County police officers seeks millions of dollars in damages for violations of rights and laws, which allegedly occurred while police were in the process of aggressively suppressing protests.

Altogether, seven different individuals allege they were falsely arrested. Multiple individuals also contend officers intentionally inflicted “emotional distress,” committed “assault and battery,” deprived them of their civil rights and police neglected to supervise and discipline the officers engaged in this misconduct.

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