Monday Morning Open Thread

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On Friday, the kids and I met with our local Target store manager to hand him a form provided by letting him know we would not shop at the store as long as Target donated to political campaigns — especially those with whom we virulently disagreed. About 20 of us showed up at the store. He met with us, shook our hands, let us vent away, and promised to present the forms to upper management.

To Target’s credit, it issued an apology and said it would set up a review process for future political donations, according to CBS News. It also had this to say about California’s Proposition 8 and marriage equality:

Target did not, nor has the company ever, knowingly donated to legislation or referendums that aim to undermine equality for all, including Proposition 8 in California. Further, Target’s support of the GLBT community is unwavering, and inclusiveness remains a core value of our company.

That said, I will not shop there until I learn of the outcome of its review process regarding political donations. Corporations are not people who should be allowed to funnel unlimited sums of money to buy elections. Publicly funded campaigns, anyone?

In case you missed it, a bill that is supposed to save nearly 140,000 teaching jobs and provide extra aid in healthcare for poor families during the recession, just passed 61-38 in the Senate, according to Moderate Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine voted for the bill, overcoming a potential filibuster by the Republicans.

Here is a freaky story in Wired about how violent dreams, especially in males, can predict neurological disorders like Parkinson’s 50 years down the line.

Once again, Laurie Puhn over at the Expecting Words blog had a poignant list of what constitutes a healthy relationship.

Infant mortality is up in Washington D.C., according to the DC Action For Children blog.

Wheat bread surpassed white bread in dollar sales this year, according to the Consumerist.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?


Tuesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

This is why Harry Reid and the Democrats in the Senate should have attempted to pass a healthcare proposal with a public option. The so-called “moderates” like Joe Lieberman are now saying that they oppose a medicare buy-in for people 55 and older, according to the CNN. You just can’t win with these people. The Democrats should just go for it and risk a Republican filibuster. That way the public can see who really sides with them and who is in the pockets of the private health insurance companies. I know, I know, getting off my soapbox now…

Once again, the Washington Post wrote an editorial asking Congress to renew the city’s voucher program for private schools.

And once again, is cleverly going after Wal-Mart for giving its employees demerit points for calling in sick. Make sure to click on the link to give Wal-Mart a demerit badge.

The only daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love has been placed in a temporary guardianship with Cobain’s mother Wendy O’Connor and his sister Kimberly Dawn Cobain, according to Salon Wires. The article did not say why Love does not have custody of her 17-year-old daughter.  

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?