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Sebelius as Health & Human Services Secretary

According to this at Huffington  Post, it’s looking like Kathleen Sebelius is the choice for Secretary of Heath & Human Services.  Huffington is getting their info from ‘the AP.’  Politico apparently had an announcement up earlier in the day.

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is President Barack Obama’s choice for secretary of health and human services, a White House source said Saturday.

The source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, said Obama will formally announce the nomination on Monday.

Sebelius, 60, was an early Obama supporter. She picked his presidential campaign over that of Hillary Rodham Clinton, now the secretary of state. Sebelius worked tirelessly for Obama’s bid and was a top surrogate to women’s groups.

A couple of things caught my attention.

First – Sam Brownback is giving up his Senate seat in 2010, and Kansas Democrats apparently see Sebelius as the one to break the Republican stranglehold on the U.S. Senate.  Continue reading

Meet the New Secretary of Labor

That’s right – she’s IN!  She’s the 25th Secretary of Labor.


Solis Vote This Afternoon

UPDATE:  Discussion is being held in the Senate on CSPAN-2 now regarding Solis’ nomination


From C-SPAN2:

Final Vote on Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor is scheduled for 4:30 pm EST – 2:30 pm my time (MT), otherwise known as MST*.



*close enuf to ‘my time.’  (snicker)

Today’s the Day for Hilda Solis

“As secretary of Labor, I’ll work to strengthen our unions and support every American in our workforce”

If I told you that Elaine Chao will be forever remembered for that thoughtful trumpeting of the American worker, would you believe me?

Oh ye of little faith….. but you’d be correct – it was actually Hilda Solis.  The Senate will take up the vote on her confirmation today, most likely this afternoon.  The Solis quote is part of a post entitled, ‘Big Labor’s Girl’ which is actually a fairly benign piece from Human Events.com (conservative – American Spectator), and does do a good job of bringing out why Hilda Solis should be confirmed.  Period.  That statement above – alone – is enough for me in confirming Rep. Solis.

Here’s the take on Elaine Chao:

Secretary Chao was regularly denounced for daring to monitor union finances, and she is accused of harming workers by loosening regulations on business. The pro-union advocacy group American Rights at Work even launched a “Shame on Elaine” website that declared, “Under Elaine’s questionable ‘leadership’ the Department of Labor has turned into an agency that screws America’s workers and enables corporate giveaways.”

Stupidity really does burn, doesn’t it?

The Republicans in the Senate gave the Democrats assurance no filibuster would ensue, thus any cloture vote wouldn’t be necessary and now the full Senate is set to vote on Solis’ nomination – two months after her nomination. Joe Sudbay at Americablog gave a brief breakdown of why it’s been so long in coming.

Molly Ivins Poster

As much as it’s possible to miss someone I did not know or ever meet, I do miss the observations and verbal articulations of Molly Ivins.  Just happened to be at Northland Poster and, look what I found. Go check it out, there’s some great stuff there.


Ohmigawd – Micron Again

My sister has been having a tough time finding another position within the school district.  She had another job interview last Friday but it went to someone else.

And now this.

Micron Technology says it will cut about 500 more jobs soon and up to 1,500 additional jobs by the end of August…..

The latest layoffs were not anticipated or included in Micron’s earlier 15 percent global workforce reduction announcement last October.

I wonder if this will change the governor’s take on the stimulus package.

Join The Crowd

out-of-workOver at Crooks & Liars, Susie Madrak brings to light some folks who are having a difficult time finding work. I don’t understand; isn’t there work for ‘yes-men’ and other liars? No need for torture experts or namby-pamby shredders of constitutions? Geez, really – Bank of America or Halliburton not hiring? What about the newly-named XYZ (formerly Blackwater)? It’s actually Xe, but who the fuck cares; the VERY same devils as before still bilking the American taxpayer.

Only 25% to 30% of ex-Bush officials seeking full-time jobs have succeeded, estimated Eric Vautour, a Washington recruiter at Russell Reynolds Associates Inc. That “is much, much worse” than when Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton left the White House, he said. At least half those presidents’ senior staffers landed employment within a month after the administration ended, Mr. Vautour recalled.

And did you see the sign posted up at the White House?


For A While Now

feb2The thinking seems to be that it’s because it’s February, and I’m beginning to believe therein lies the real reason February is usually only 28 days.  There has to be some kind of buffer between January where ‘new beginnings’ are said to begin and the major capitalistic type holiday celebrations have ended.  There’s March with its promises that someday, someday, that yes, it will be warm again; we will see green again.  And meanwhile  we’re stuck with February.

There have been times where I haven’t felt ‘up to’ writing, reading or even watching TV. Nothing really spikes much interest. I will, however, watch the birds eat from the feeder and fly around in the trees.  On the few days the sun actually managed to break through, all I wanted to do is either lay on my bed in the sunshine or stand outside in it.  Maybe I need more milk.  Or maybe just some fresh air.

I happened across Big Ass Belle’s post from the other day about her own little quandaries.

I’ve been in a strange place lately and I can’t seem to shake the winter blues. I really feel like I should go to bed for another month, wake up about the time the goldfinches come through town.

What I’ve been up to waiting for spring:

‘A strange place lately.’  I think that’s it – just some strange place not quite knowing what to do.  Standing, turning in a circle, looking to see which direction sites the most promising view or excitement.

The Mouse versus the Angry Gnome

Oh good lawd!   When you are a grouchy, angry, and unknown gnome in the U.S. Capitol – THIS is not a good idea.

WowWee!  Way to do Idaho proud, ya stupid fuck!

The Idaho media is too kind, Mr. Risch.  Don’t count on it from me – EVER.

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch incorrectly told Idaho lawmakers Wednesday that the federal stimulus package included $50 million for the “red-breasted harvest mouse” in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s California district.

Incorrectly, my ass.  And what! What is a red-breasted harvest mouse? Are you mixing species again, Jim – birds and mices?  Even the salt marsh harvest mouse mentioned in the stimulus package is “otherwise known as red-bellied…”

More at Idaho Dems, Eye on Boise, and New West.

Waiting On Mr. Brown

UPDATE:  It passed from the Senate: 60-38.  Someone voted ‘present’ and Teddy wasn’t there.  Onto President Obama’s desk.


Watching the vote on CSPAN-2 of the Senate on the ‘economic stimulus bill.’  The vote is currently holding at 59 – ? (The ReThugs).  Sherrod Brown will be coming in to cast his vote; the vote is being held till then.

Brown’s mother died February 2nd, and he’s in Ohio.

The White House has arranged a plane to fly the Ohio Democrat to Washington Friday night and then back to Ohio immediately after the scheduled vote so he can attend church services and the funeral for his mother in Mansfield Saturday morning, his office said.

The announcer on CSPAN said Brown is expected back this evening around 10:30 p.m., EST to cast his vote.  If the bill passes, it will be on the president’s desk on Monday.