Sunday Reads: The frost is on the pumpkin, goose has gone to fly

50a4347d8c1d1a09aee2becf34f56382Good Morning

Moving in silent desperation
Keeping an eye on the Holy Land
A hypothetical destination
Say, who is this walking man?

Well, the leaves have come to turning
And the goose has gone to fly
And bridges are for burning
So don’t you let that yearning
Pass you by
Walking man, walking man walks
Well, any other man stops and talks
But the walking man walks

87f47ed79a99dd4688a02992f2c63a71Well the frost is on the pumpkin
And the hay is in the barn
An Pappy’s come to rambling on
Stumbling around drunk
Down on the farm

And the walking man walks
Doesn’t know nothing at all
Any other man stops and talks
But the walking man walks on by
Walk on by

Most everybody’s got seed to sow
It ain’t always easy for a weed to grow, oh no
So he don’t hoe the row for no one
Oh for sure he’s always missing
And something is never quite right
Ah, but who would want to listen to you
Kissing his existence good nighte7994a99c5d194448a93db9234738508

Walking man walk on by my door
Well, any other man stops and talks
But not the walking man
He’s the walking man
Born to walk
Walk on walking man
Well now, would he have wings to fly
Would he be free
Golden wings against the sky
Walking man, walk on by
So long, walking man, so long

James Taylor,

Walking Man

I guess as you read these quick links today, keep those lyrics running through your head. This may help:

16aada9fb6aa4d58b08fc29dcbf501afThe reads below are in dump fashion, I hope you take the time to read them in full. Some of the titles may be a bit off-putting, but take a look you may be surprised.

The Marietta Daily Journal – Romney Georgia may decide if Senate will see fresh air

Romney is making noise lately. I wish he would just go away.

Romney said the state may determine whether the GOP controls the U.S. Senate, and urged Georgians to vote Nov. 4 for Republican David Perdue over Democrat Michelle Nunn to fill the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

04777e1a972907aac71737f4ce4410cd“Georgia may well decide whether we have (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid running the country or whether instead we have a breath of fresh air with an agenda focused on creating jobs and shrinking the federal deficit,” Romney said. “As you know, the Senate is very much in question, and this is probably going to be the place that it all focuses, because David Perdue becoming a senator means we get new leadership in Washington in the Senate.”

But if he thinks Georgia is a key state for GOP victory, then this should be something interesting:

David Perdue: ‘Most of my career’ spent outsourcing | Political Insider blog

9101df4d1f08d950c40fe9bc650a8936Below is a taste of the Politico.com story on Republican David Perdue that has both camps talking. Consider it a sure talking point for Tuesday’s U.S. Senate debate in Perry:

During a July 2005 deposition… Perdue spoke at length about his role in Pillowtex’s collapse, which led to the loss of more than 7,600 jobs. Perdue was asked about his “experience with outsourcing,” and his response was blunt.

“Yeah, I spent most of my career doing that,” Perdue said, according to the 186-page transcript of his sworn testimony.

The Georgia Republican then listed his career experience, much of which involved outsourcing.

“[At] Kurt Salmon Associates, some of my experience there was helping footwear companies develop the ability to import shoes from Asia, specifically Taiwan, Korea, China, Indonesia, Malaysia,” Perdue noted, referring to his 12 years working for that management consulting company that specialized in outsourcing manufacturing for apparel companies. Perdue eventually became a partner with the firm.

b3fcdde1f1b712b9790aa768478ee9c6I hope this Perdue shit gets traction, but with crappy “free press” like this next link…I doubt it: The new and improved Jindal | TheHill

Is it a joke?

Bobby Jindal is working to show voters he’s more than a wooden wonk by loosening up on the campaign trail.

Now, with a new and improved, more relaxed demeanor, some conservatives are taking a second look at the Louisiana governor for 2016 after largely writing him off as a major contender for the White House.

a081f882481799049dcd980a1362c776Jindal surprised many last week when he gave a strong speech at the Values Voters Summit in Washington. The half-hour address drew both laughs and strong applause from the social conservatives gathered, and Jindal showed a dynamic style as he paced across the stage.

His talk weaved parts of Jindal’s biography, including a humorous story about how he ended up delivering his third child in his and his wife’s bedroom, but as also peppered with plenty of conservative red meat and criticism of President Obama.

To GOP voters primarily familiar with Jindal thanks to his disastrous rebuttal to President Obama’s first primetime address back in 2009, the governor’s different tenor was a shock.

2c16f07574f3421a5989a2b10caacc8f“It was ‘Wow, I didn’t realize he was so strong,’” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.

“Most people weren’t even considering him, and after they heard him, they see he has a future,” Perkins, himself a Louisiana native, added.

We all know Dakinikat is always singing Bobby’s praises. (shit yeah…cough) Just thought you would get a kick out of that sound-byte. Wow!

79cb1b9488439c7b98a5ec3ddc9fd9e7Three links from Hullabaloo, though not all are written by Digby:

1. Hullabaloo- Why Did We Give JPMorgan Chase Months To Prepare for the Breach Announcement? by Spocko

Did you know that banks are not required to report data breaches unless it results in a financial loss to customers?

Nope. But then maybe I remember Dak or BB mentioning it….

38fe30cfef504981cff39345c6be79c62. Hullabaloo“You just get worn out, your spirit gets worn down” :
by digby

I wonder how often this sort of thing happens?

It deals with an arrest in Georgia, take a look.

3. HullabalooOne step at a time, one state at a time :
by digby

For all you people out there who think there’s no way we can ever go backwards, just take a look at this:

The shit is hitting the fan in Tennessee y’all…be sure to read that one, for sure!

000d8802c15bf329e4b691fc78d46983Next a very good op/ed : Women’s rights: Will the struggle be forgotten?

“Tell me, Lindsey,” I said to my 15-year-old granddaughter, “do you and your friends ever talk about the war on women?”

“No,” she replied. “What is it?”

Meanwhile:

New Alabama Law Puts Teens Who Need Abortions on Trial. That’s Dangerous and Cruel. | American Civil Liberties Union

Victims Being Billed for Rape and More in MuckReads Weekly – ProPublica

756487ed031e56744d7e34d58cd53e14Situation In Texas Is ‘Urgent’ After 13 Abortion Clinics Close Overnight

In other news around….the world….there is a theme here too.

Lucas Oil founder Facebook rant: ‘I’m sick and tired of minorities running our country!’

Brazilian striker Wellington left in tears after receiving racist abuse during football match in Romania – Europe – World – The Independent

d79854e2d9156e8614e6f2605f42c8b6Calling Justin Bieber ‘black’ is the biggest insult to us all | theGrio

Cornel West: “The state of Black America in the age of Obama has been one of desperation, confusion and capitulation” – Salon.com

On the Ebola Front:

From the CDC, on how Ebola can be transmitted – The Washington Post

Every Newly Emerging Disease Like Ebola Begins With a Mystery

Mapping Cholera: A Tale of 2 Cities – Scientific American

a9de6a5ecdf22f5e61104d6cff5be36dCholera outbreaks on two islands, divided by centuries, offer lessons on how to ameliorate conditions that could give rise to future epidemics

Oh yeah, the typhoon: UPDATE 1-Typhoon Phanfone churns toward Tokyo with heavy wind, rain | Reuters

And other news updates:

Hong Kong Protesters Make Apparent Concessions | TIME

North Korean Official: ‘No Problem at all’ With Kim’s Health

908dd7abc6dd72666d2ca5aa6dbedcd1Pope Launches Historic Review of Catholic Teaching on Family

Is a Market Crash Coming? The Dental Indicator Says Yes – Businessweek

A look back:

Lessons from French Morocco: “Fanaticism Anxiety” about Muslims has been with us since the Colonial Era | Informed Comment

Chaucer’s Funny Rape: Addressing a Taboo in Medieval Studies | Meny Snoweballes

A look forward:

Interview: Vela Magazine Founder Sarah Menkedick on Women Writers and Sustainable Publishing | Longreads Blog

LENGTHY | Gin and Tacos

Something rotten in…well you read and see:

Things that probably shouldn’t have been put in writing – Lawyers, Guns & Money

And let’s end it with a cartoon:

Mike Luckovich: Dracula on a Diet – Mike Luckovich – Truthdig

This is an open thread…

And a group of images I used and some I couldn’t because of lack of space:


22 Comments on “Sunday Reads: The frost is on the pumpkin, goose has gone to fly”

  1. Sorry for the late and lame post. I am sick with something awful…

    • bostonboomer says:

      Sorry, JJ. I’m still feeling awful too. I’m wondering when I’ll start to feel better. Take care.

      That said, I think the post is fascinating. Lots to explore.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      This is a great post JJ. Thank you and feel better soon.

  2. Sweet Sue says:

    JJ, I know you’ve been sick and I’m sorry.
    I was thinking about you, last night, hoping you were watching TCM: “Twentieth Century” followed by “The Lady Vanishes”-pure heaven.
    Feel better soon.

  3. NW Luna says:

    That Georgia GOP candidate with the “outsourcing expertise” is not going to go over well with the average voter! Romney is still clueless as to how the rest of us live.

  4. dakinikat says:

    Jindal has sold his tiny little soul to Tony Perkins so whatever he says is basically tainted.

  5. dakinikat says:

    Just when you think you’ve found the lowest form of Republican Life, another one emerges from the sludge.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/10/former-sc-gop-director-execute-anyone-who-comes-into-contact-with-ebola-its-just-math/

    The vehemently pro-life Todd Kincannon began by arguing that anyone who contracts Ebola should be summarily executed:

    • dakinikat says:

      I’m not sure which of his tweets are worse but this one is a stunner.

      Todd Kincannon @Todd__Kincannon
      Follow
      We should put Wendy Davis’ vagina in charge of the Ebola outbreak. It will kill all of them without mercy and go to Nordstrom’s afterwards.
      5:25 PM – 4 Oct 2014

      • NW Luna says:

        Kincannon obviously has lots of vagina dentata nightmares. And he must hate women so much it’s a wonder his mother could tolerate him long enough to carry him to term.

  6. dakinikat says:

    Sending porn on their state government’s email seems to be a thing in Penn and among Gov.Corbett’s top folks. Female AG outs them.

    http://articles.philly.com/2014-09-27/news/54357121_1_attorney-general-kane-state-e-mail-accounts-e-mails

  7. ANonOMouse says:

    “We all know Dakinikat is always singing Bobby’s praises. (shit yeah…cough) ”

    She’s just wild about him. 🙂

  8. ANonOMouse says:

    Thanks for writing about the TN Amendment 1. This is what happens when you put the Neo-nuts in control of a State Legislature. I don’t think it will pass, a lot of folks are working hard to make sure it doesn’t. But this is Tennessee, and like the other red states, you never know.

  9. Thanks for linking to my post! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  10. Fannie says:

    Best out of Idaho: Paul Revere 1938 – 2014, born Caldwell, Idaho R.I.P.

  11. bostonboomer says:

    Apparently Tom Brady decided to get revenge on all the people who have been talking him down.

  12. NW Luna says:

    … Jindal’s biography, including a humorous story about how he ended up delivering his third child in his and his wife’s bedroom…

    Jindal had this kid all by himself? Riiiiiiight. And hey Bobby, there’s only one person really working during childbirth, and it wasn’t you.

  13. This is just so…pathetic? I can’t think of a better word. Maybe y’all can:

    No challenge expected on Missouri abortion law | AccessNorthGa

    A new Missouri law requiring a 72-hour abortion waiting period is set to take effect this week, and the state’s only licensed abortion clinic isn’t planning to try to stop it.

    Although Planned Parenthood officials have denounced the Missouri law as “onerous” and “burdensome” for women, the organization isn’t planning to file a lawsuit before the measure takes effect Friday. That’s because abortion-rights groups have determined that their chances of success aren’t that good.

    “We’ve had our national attorneys from all of the leading women’s health organizations in the country work with us, and we have a consensus that we do not have a route at this time to go to court and to stop this law from going into effect – as disappointing and as frustrating as that is,” said Paula Gianino, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.

    An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, which has challenged other abortion laws, said it also has no plans to try to block the Missouri law from taking effect.

    read the rest…at link