Baby push up
For diverse tribes of misfits, Reed and the Velvet Underground were basically our Beatles, both because their best songs reached the status of campfire standards and because out of each little shift in style and chains of association sprung whole genres. — Slate’s obituary of Lou Reed
Penny and Auntie @sprizee. Happy birthday Henry!
Seattle Times: Patty Murray’s high-stakes assignment: Craft budget peace -
Great Seattle Times spotlight on Patty Murray’s role in budget talks and working with Paul Ryan, “a decent man.”
Some notable quotes:
“I think the actions of the last few weeks have really made the country aware that people who aren’t willing to compromise end up putting our country in a lot of jeopardy,” Murray said. “And I think the Republicans who are coming to the table realize they can’t put us in that kind of jeopardy any more.”
“There is in my mind a curiosity about whether Paul Ryan can come to the table and be a negotiator or whether Paul Ryan is going to be the guy who wants to go to his caucus and say, ‘I can be as conservative as everybody else here,’ ” she said. “And he’s going to have to decide.”
Some commentaries have said that Republicans are losing the short game but the outcome of the long game is yet to be seen. The key is in these budget talks. The Republicans will be asking for more “symbolic victories” after their Obamacare loss. So will Democrats be forced to give more (that is, agree to more cuts) when we’ve already given so much through sequestration? As this article claims, Democrats “are adamant about raising new revenue,” so the answer to that question seems to be no, but any discussion of new revenue will be an incredible sticking point in budget talks.
We stuck to our guns with Obamacare, and we have to keep sticking to our guns. Part of the question is how we Democrats can sell this all to the American people, who may be vulnerable to the Republican narrative.
On the Contact Us form for the Washington State Democrats website, we got this piece of spam:
Kathie sent a message using the contact form at http://www.wa-democrats.org/contact.
Hello, I am writing in an unusual case … Some time ago, I used your services, and one of your employees face was familiar to me. At dinner with my wife, it turned out that he was a burglar, who 5 years ago broke into our home!!! This is ridiculous!!! How you can hire criminals? I found at least 3 bad entries for him at website for background checkhttp://everifies.com !! I am sure there are more!!! Please do something about it, things like that are ridiculous!!!
I’m enjoying the creativity of this spam attempt. I think it leaves a real air of mystery and intrigue. A familiar face from long ago… reaching back into the memory banks… a dastardly burglary… in our midst GASP!
And then my co-worker noted that Kathie was at dinner with her wife. Ah progress.
Back to work, but luckily I get to work from home three days a week. On Mondays, we put on the Monday socks and go to Nanna’s.
When I look at Penny, I wonder if she sees her eyes looking back at her.