September 2009


Shiver me timbers.  One. Long. Incredible. Take.

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As regular Mindflowers readers might know, I get wet over this stuff:

I inquired politely if I could snap a photograph and he responded in an excitable, deep Texan and follicly muffled voice, “If I can take one of you.”

There are many people in the world.
Some, say The Eurythmics, just want to abuse you.
Some will give you bacterial meningitis.
There is one person however who will do you no wrong.
Besides Buddha and Kahil Gibran that is.

She is like the wind.
Or rather, she is like the sunshine.
Maybe like a spring rain.
Or a cloud. But a fluffy cloud. Not the sad kind.

Scratch that. She is not a meteorological or natural event at all.
She is like a lazer beam. Or a microwave oven.
Or maybe neither. Anyway, she is not like a moldy towel.

Her name is Saunia Powell and lemme tell you:
you should meet her.
Seriously. You think that you’ve got life all wrapped up and figured out don’t you?
Well get ready to have your mind exploded because you don’t know jack taint
about nuthin’ until you meet Saunia Powell.

So in your plans for the next year, alongside your trip to see your cousin in Topeka, make time to meet
Saunia Powell.

You won’t regret it.

 

*Saunia Powell likes tea but not coffee. Take her out for a nice tea, won’t you?
*Saunia Powell likes the sunshine, but for Chrissakes, she’ll sunburn if she’s out too long. Be a dear won’t you and bring some SPF 40.

 

Ryan McGivern

This new Turkish game show look like a beaut.  I don’t own a television, but if there where an American version of this I’d consider getting one of those new thousand inch plasmas.

From CBC News:

A new game show on Turkish television will pit a Greek Orthodox priest, a rabbi, an imam and a Buddhist monk against one another in attempt to convert atheists to their respective religions.

In each episode of Penitents Compete, to be broadcast by Turkey’s Kanal T television station in September, the four faith guides will try to persuade 10 atheists of the merits and truth of their creeds.

The show’s producers say there is a good chance none of the atheists will be converted, Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review reports.

But those who are will be sent on a pilgrimage. New Muslims will head to Mecca, Buddhists to Tibet and Jews and Christians to Jerusalem – with television cameras following them.

“They can’t see this trip as a getaway but as a religious experience,” Ahmet Ozdemir, Kanal T’s deputy director, told Hurriyet.

That’s because only true non-believers need apply. An eight-member team of theologians will vet contestants to ensure they really are atheists before deciding who will participate in the show.

Click here for the complete article, as well as users comments.

Before you scream at your President about a given issue, it may behoove you to know what you’re screaming about.
It took me ten seconds to find out that Joe Wilson was wrong.

H.R. 3200: Sec 246 — NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS

Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States.

Read more for yourself:
http://www.factcheck.org/2009/08/seven-falsehoods-about-health-care/

What is Wilson like as a Representative? Let’s check his voting record.

  • Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Limit anti-trust lawsuits on health plans and insurers. (Mar 2002)
  • Rated 11% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)

Read more yourself:
http://www.ontheissues.org/House/Joe_Wilson.htm

Oh, and more voting by Wilson:
Voted NO on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)

Rated 13% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)

  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Christianity’s importance to western civilization. (Dec 2007)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Rated 17% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 22% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 10% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)

SUMMARY:
Hard working people who are facing tough realities of a bad economy, Joe Wilson is against you. Families who work day to day and just want to keep their children healthy, Joe Wilson is against you.

Companies who profit off you and your children’s illnesses have Joe Wilson’s support.

This is a representative who yells “You lie” over a fact that anyone who cares one iota about the health care bill knows already. Did he not read the bill? Or is he so ready to protect big insurance companies and keep health care costs high that he’ll sacrifice his and his state’s reputation?

Where’s he getting his money anyway?
http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?type=C&cid=N00024809&newMem=N&cycle=2010

American Hospital Assn $7,000 $0 $7,000
AstraZeneca PLC, (Pharmaceuticals) $2,500 $0 $2,500
Health Professionals $19,000 $3,500 $15,500
Hospitals/Nursing Homes $9,000 $2,000 $7,000
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products $5,500 $0 $5,500
Insurance $4,750 $3,750 $1,000

By far his largest “Sector Total” for contributions come from
‘Health’:

Health Total: $34,250

Who is Joe Wilson protecting? South Carolina’s honest and hard working families or Health Industry Big Business?

Whimsical and innocent, subtle and provocative, Coral Silverman captures the fantasy and beauty of nature and juxtaposes it with commericialistic self indulgance.

Cell Phone and Deer, 2009 Gouache on paper, 9 x 12

Cell Phone and Deer, 2009 Gouache on paper, 9" x 12"

The Unicorn in Captivity,gouache on paper, 14" x 20"

The Unicorn in Captivity, gouache on paper, 14" x 20"

FloraBlackMetrocard, gouache on paper, 20" x 20"

FloraBlackMetrocard, gouache on paper, 20" x 20"

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