March 29, 2016

snippet of the moment

this from the NYT:

In 2014, the median wealth of members of Congress reached $1 million, about 18 times that of the typical American household, according to disclosures tabulated by the Center for Responsive Politics. During the same year, real hourly wages remained flat or fell for nearly all American workers.

Ed McMullen, a public relations executive who worked for the conservative Heritage Foundation in the 1980s, watched the gulf widen between the Washington establishment and the working people in his home state, South Carolina.

"Thirty years later, the same people are sitting in Washington that I worked with, making a million a year, going to fancy dinner parties, and they've done nothing to move the ball," said Mr. McMullen, who has joined the Trump campaign. "Therein lies the great chasm between the think tanks, the ideologues and the real world."

In early 2014, a group of neighbors from a Florida mobile home community called Carriage Cove, near Daytona, took seats in a town-hall-style meeting with Representative Ron DeSantis, a Republican. It was a mix of Republicans and Democrats, almost all of them seniors living on fixed incomes.

They had come to ask Mr. DeSantis why he had put his name on a letter urging Republican leaders to take up Mr. Obama's offer of a deal to overhaul Social Security. Mr. DeSantis seemed caught off guard, neighbors who attended the meeting recalled. He did not necessarily agree with everything in the letter, he told them. When they persisted, Mr. DeSantis left, explaining that he was not feeling well.

March 23, 2016

closing paragraph of the moment

first ever!

"Seattle Department of Transportation officials will review the health of the tree, believed to have been there since the 1970s, once the incident is resolved, police said."

-- story about the "tree man," on CBS news (

March 14, 2016

quote of the moment

"children deserve a genuine listener, not a robot."

-- commercial free childhood on the subject of "hello Barbie"

March 08, 2016

quote of the moment

"Republican donors are acting like the parents of teenage alcoholics. They see all the signs of problems, but they don't really want to admit and address the problem because that would entail them acknowledging that they didn't do the right things along the way."

-- Liz Mair

headline of the moment



March 07, 2016

headline of the moment

"Naked woman dancing atop 18-wheeler slows traffic in Houston"