Daily Archives: April 8, 2011

Looks like there’s a deal…

Both Boehner and Reid have come out tonite (after 11:00 PM), and the President as well, saying there is a deal. They seem to have done the budget cuts but have not cut out Planned Parenthood in the temporary funding bill.

It just passed the Senate by unanimous consent and is on it’s way to the House for a vote.

There was a $39 Billion cut. Tea Party newsletter is announcing that Boehner has “sold them out”.

More tomorrow.

Return to being a Vegan

I’ll admit it… about six months ago I gave up the Vegan diet I had been on for close to two years and went off on a meat and cheese (mostly cheese) binge. But now, since my weight stopped coming off and I just didn’t feel as good, last Monday I returned to my Vegan diet (but I will miss that occasional top sirloin!).

et’s see how long I can keep going (says bill as he digs out his Vegan Chili recipe.)

No Budget – No Museums!

clipped from hyperallergic.com

This weekend, the usually free National Gallery of Art might not be — in fact, it could not be open at all. With the distinct possibility of a government shutdown looming as a result of disagreements between Democrats and Republicans over setting a national budget, public museums may be the first to close their doors at the end of this week.

So if the government actually shuts down for want of a budget, will public museums close? The short answer is yes, they will. From zoos to parks to art museums, most employees won’t be able to work and visitors won’t have any access to the institutions. But don’t worry about the art, the animals or the plants — key employees, the people who really keep these places running behind the scenes will remain on the job.
500,000 visitors could be turned away from the National Zoo and the major Smithsonian museums on the Mall.
How’s that for budget shortfalls?
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My son Will works part-time at the Smithsonian (on their web stuff) while he goes to grad school in DC… I imagine he is not looking forward to this one.

Quote of the Day – Are we trading women’s rights for budget agreement?

The Teabaggers are trying to defund Planned Parenthood, eliminating pap smears and breast exams (and, yes, abortions) for poor women. Patty Murray looked at it as blackmail:

Senator Patty Murray added the GTX into a bill...
Patty Murray

“I am really stunned, and I am angry as a woman that we have come to this after weeks of negotiating on numbers, where we have in principle an agreement on numbers, that there are those in the Republican Party in the House who are willing to shut down the government, take people’s paychecks away from them, because they want to deny women access to health care in this country.”

– Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington

Go Patty! Don’t let Obama concede this one.