July 2014 Blog Posts (150)

A Day in the Life of a Spritzer Girl Organizer

The National Labor Relations Board ruled that a small group of cosmetics and fragrance workers at a Macy’s store in Saugus, Mass. can be organized separately from other employees.

The Wall Street Journal


It’s never been easy bein’ a labor organizer, but right now it’s never been harder.

Private sector union membership has dropped through the roof, or maybe I…


Added by Con Chapman on July 31, 2014 at 6:15pm — 3 Comments



He [Eichmann] began by stating emphatically that he was a Gottglaubiger, to express in common Nazi fashion that he was no Christian and did not believe in life after death.  He then proceeded: “After a short while, gentlemen, we shall all meet again.  Such is the fate of all men.  Long live Germany, long live Argentina; long live Austria. …


Added by mary gravitt on July 31, 2014 at 2:31pm — 1 Comment

Lois Lerner is right!


Added by Dicky Neely on July 31, 2014 at 8:46am — No Comments

Boring Our Children to Safety

They’re at it again,” my wife said with concern.

I looked up and…


Added by Con Chapman on July 31, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

3 Most Recent PASSIONATE JUSTICE Podcasts


Podcasts have returned, healthy now, from a few weeks' cyber-convalescence .



Added by Jonathan Wolfman on July 31, 2014 at 4:30am — 11 Comments

What I Would Do

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu may have a very interesting opportunity. I don't know if he realizes it and I doubt he'd be inclined to take it anyway, but I think he has one. 

He doesn't want to negotiate with Hamas over the formation of a Palestinian state. At the moment, no one sane would expect him to. The head of the Palestinian authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has no love for Hamas either, but he hasn't been able to afford to do…

Added by koshersalaami on July 30, 2014 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

Norm Bladdon, Private G.I.

I screwed the top back on the bottle of J.T.S. Brown bourbon I kept in my desk drawer at Mass. Gastrointestinal Hospital, or “Mass Gas” as it is more commonly known, and stared out the window at the thin sliver of the Charles River I could see from my decidedly unprestigious office.…


Added by Con Chapman on July 30, 2014 at 4:09pm — No Comments


Here is a painting I just completed this morning. Also here is a link to my gallery blog, for anyone who might be interested. Thanks

Added by Dicky Neely on July 30, 2014 at 11:17am — No Comments

Pscooter and Pskipper Get Psychedelic in Pseattle

The kids are getting older–they’re in high school now–and with summer jobs and college campus visits, every year it’s harder to squeeze in the special family time of aggravation and bickering we used to experience during summer vacations.

“We need to get away and just do it,” my wife said.  “Someplace far, like the west coast.”…


Added by Con Chapman on July 30, 2014 at 5:31am — 1 Comment

Cheating Ourselves


     Because patriotism has come to mean, for far too many of the hopelessly brainless, stockpiling as many weapons as we can, most in Congress would buy new, idiotically expensive weapons systems no matter the cost, no matter the quality, even without daily threats…


Added by Jonathan Wolfman on July 30, 2014 at 4:00am — 4 Comments

My Lunch With a Nobel Prize-Winning Author

It isn’t every day I get to have lunch with a Nobel Prize-winning author. More frequently than I see Haley’s Comet, which last came through my neighborhood in 1986, and isn’t expected back for another 50 years, but still, it’s a big deal.…


Added by Con Chapman on July 29, 2014 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Perry still grandstanding on the border; this time with Sean Hannity

Kinda reminds me of ole G.W.in full regalia aboard the carrier in front of the "Mission Accomplished"…

Added by Dicky Neely on July 29, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

A Session With My Poetry Coach

It was the form letter that sent me over the edge.  “Thank you for submitting your poem to plangent voices,” it began.  “Please excuse the form letter, but due to the volume of god-awful submissions that we receive, we do not have the time to crush the spirit of each writer personally.”…


Added by Con Chapman on July 29, 2014 at 5:01am — 1 Comment

Latest UnFun AIDS Theory Going

The Daily Kos shares yet one more piece of evidence suggesting that a job requirement for Republican office holders is the ability to make up absolute rubbish and call it science, especially when the lunacy has to do with sexuality, rape, lgbt citizens.…


Added by Jonathan Wolfman on July 29, 2014 at 4:00am — 13 Comments


In my art studio were six identical square wooden IKEA stools. 

I got them five years ago when I started giving art classes, and they have served well. They are sturdy, stable, and utilitarian. I paid about fifteen dollars apiece for them. Over time the surfaces have gotten a bit nicked and scratched and subject to the rough treatment small children dish out. There were even some scribbles and sketches and graffiti applied, despite the abundance of paper and drawing materials…


Added by Rosigami on July 28, 2014 at 10:52pm — 9 Comments

Never chase a white rabbit......

Just ask Alice, she'll tell you.....never chase a white rabbit because you just might disappear down a rabbit hole and then no telling where you'll end up. Never was this  truism brought home to me like it was this morning.

The day began like all the others here on Almosta Ranch, with Mel and I headed out to the barn early to beat the heat and get all the critters fed before breakfast. However today was about to prove…


Added by David McClain on July 28, 2014 at 5:50am — 4 Comments

The People of the Book - Discovery: What to Do?

Mike Jerrod spent the night with the Baroud family and brooded about what to do.  He was reluctant to allow Youssef to assume the risk of transporting the cylinders to Sour.  He was even more reluctant to put them on a small fishing boat in the Mediterranean with people he didn’t know.  Youssef’s cousin would likely end up in the hands of the Israeli Navy and Mike didn’t know if Jean Levy’s network of contacts reached into the military.  Then there were the possibilities of complete…


Added by JMac1949 Today on July 27, 2014 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Ukrainian rebels resemble some in U.S.

Added by Dicky Neely on July 27, 2014 at 1:05pm — 1 Comment

Me and Dionysus

The wife is out of town this weekend, an opportunity for me to catch up with an old friend whose idea of a good time is, to put it mildly, not shared by the distaff half of my joint tax return. He goes by a lot of names; the ancient Egyptians called him Osiris, the Greeks referred to him as Orgia, Panegyres and Dionysus, the Romans called him Bacchus. In the American vernacular, he is perhaps best-known by that all-purpose monicker “Mad Dog.”

Dionysus: “Hit me…


Added by Con Chapman on July 27, 2014 at 7:49am — No Comments

Cattitude: Ms. Miryam Gumdrops' Motorcycle Adventure!

This is a reasonable likeness of our fighter-biter tabby cat, Ms. Miryam Gumdrops.
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This is a reasonable likeness of our son's Honda…

Added by Jonathan Wolfman on July 27, 2014 at 5:00am — 7 Comments

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