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Conflucians Say: Thursday, Wishful Thinking Edition

What are you going to do this summer?

How are you handling the Great Recession of 2009? Are you getting enough sleep? Eating well? Exercising? Wanna talk about it? Join us tonight at 10PM EST for Conflucians Say on PUMA United Radio for the Wishful Thinking Edition, among other things.

I hope we’ll be talking tonight!

Conflucians Say

Conflucians Say: 10 PM, EDT

Comments open directly after the show

70 Responses

  1. !! Comments are on!

  2. Hi Katiebird!

  3. that was a great show

  4. I need a scotch.
    I don’t have any. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    We need a cocktail party this weekend.

  5. I need a drink

  6. it was good to hear how things where during the primarys on the blogs …

  7. Spammy was dragging RD off to the whine cellar before I intervened.

  8. My husband will likely be joining the ranks of the unemployed this Monday. He’s using his vacation now but it looks like when he gets back there he doesn’t have enough seniority to pull a spot on the extra board.

    Fortunately we aren’t leveraged too badly and will be able to get by. It does suck though.

    • I’m so sorry. You may be surprised. In these times, seniority is just what you *don’t* want. It comes with a higher salary and higher healthcare costs. I hope your hubby pulls through. Please let us know what happens.

      • The new rules go into effect in July so he’s holding off doing too much until he sees if that makes a difference. So for now its like an unplanned extended holiday(only with him under my feet and driving me crazy as a result).

    • cwaltz, I’m so sorry. This must be a terribly stressful time.

      • Moreso for me then him. He is one of those people who rolls with the punches and doesn’t do planning ahead. I’m pretty type A. I like things nice and planned out.

        We are polar opposites in temperment.

    • cwaltz i hope thing work out for you & your hubby

      • They probably will. We have been fortunate thus far. Everytime he has been laid off he’s ended up with a better job as a result. It sometimes meant I’ve had to pick up a part time position in the interim doing whatever.

    • oh, that’s awful! I’m sorry!

      • S’okay

        Thanks to you and some of the progressive economic bloggers, I’ve been preparing. We have a little less than a year until our house is paid. We have a stocked pantry(as in 50 lbs of potatoes, 20 lbs of pasta, 20 jars of pasta sauce, 12 lbs of beans……have I mentioned I’m type A………)

    • Are there any crew bases within 60miles that he could hold?
      I know that is a hard way to have to hold on and maybe he would have to stay away from home and come home when there is no work.
      Ask the crew dispatcher. They should have information on where he could hold. I do not know if Amtrak is hiring in your area. If they are he could use me as a reference. I retired as a supervisor of operations and handled trains from Seattle to San Diego and Reno and Kingman and Phoenix. If I can help I will.

      My e-mail is helenk@dishmail.net

      • I appreciate that helenk.

        He won’t officially be furloughed. He’ll be in limbo like about 20 others who are junior to him. There may be a spot in S. Boston but if he got held there for over 30 days it could get expensive and tiring(It’s 3 hour drive).

        The FRA rules on freight are going to affect the side of railroad that heads to North Carolina, those trains generally run 12 hours or longer and would require the railroad to have them resting an equivalent amount of time. It also only allows the railroad to have 40 hours of limbo time. Norfolk Southern deadheads some of those crews back which should count as limbo time. That could be problematic for them. Alot is going to depend on how stringently the FRA decides to enforce the rules.

        There also may be some coal contracts in the works which might cause business to pick up(which is probably why they have folks like my hubby in limbo rather than furloughed).

        In the meantime we definitely appreciate prayers. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Cwaltz, you said he worked with the Seals, does he have a Z card by any chance? There’s a Mariner’s House on North Street that I hear is quite reasonable to stay in Boston if he had to.

        • does his railroad have holddowns? When a regular man goes on vacation a man off the extra board can request a hold down on his job for the duration of the vacation? This time of the year is when a lot of vacations start and that may help.

          If you need me e-mail me and I will check and see what I can do for you.
          You said he had been a Navy Seal. That to me means he has honor – commitment – brains and loyalty.
          I would be proud to help him.



        • Seriously,

          South Boston is in Virginia(I know, we’re weird). The railroad would have to put him up for the first 30 days or pay for his gas if he went there but after that he’d be responsible for the commute(with gas going up I worry that he might just be breaking even since getting there and getting back takes a tank of gas).

          He askes what the heck a z card is so I’m guessing he doesn’t have one. ๐Ÿ˜‰ He said they had coins but no cards(shrugging shoulders). The MCT(Mobile Communications Team) aren’t SEALs though. They are Navy Electronics technicians attached to the SEALs(SEALS can’t be ETs because the schooling is a year and a half long. The ETS maintain the radios and because of the nature of what they do know how to do the message traffic like the RMs)

        • Oh, sorry, I had no idea there was a South Boston, VA! A z card is like a license to work on ships, there are houses up and down the coasts where they can stay cheaply while passing through.

        • He was communicator for the SEALs, it’s a little different. They don’t go through the SEAL school. He does have brains, loyalty and honor though(alright I’m not biased).

          NS has a bunch on vacation now. They have an extra extra board that provides support when the extra boards are being depleted. When my husband was on it my husband argued they could stand to put one or two more guys on it but the company seemed pretty adamantly opposed to it and the union guy in charge of the Radford side where it is run off of was against it as well.

          I’ll keep you posted helen if things don’t pick up(and he’d need to consider alternative work). I appreciate your offer and will keep it in mind if they don’t.

        • will put you and hubby on the prayer list . We live under the specter of lay off and have for some time. I find I have gotten like people in CA when it comes to earthquakes….

    • Sorry, best wishes.

    • So sorry, cwaltz-so hard when you have a mortgage to pay, and kids to look after.

      • The hard part for me is the kiddos. They were really looking forward to a real vacation. I hated telling them we were going to have to disappoint them. I was hoping i wasn’t going to have to.

    • Sorry to hear that cwaltz

  9. It was so nice to hear every one’s voice! I’m glad we’re back on the air!

  10. I don’t get Twitter. Is it just me?

    President Obama has appointed Alexia Kelley, executive director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG), to head the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Health and Human Services. … Kelley has made clear that she seeks instead to reduce access to abortion. That is an extremely disturbing development, especially coming this week in the wake of George Tiller’s assassination.

    Under George W. Bush, the faith-based centers didn’t play a policy role. But Obama has expanded the faith-based project to include a policy side, and one of its chief goals is to reduce the need for abortion. I have opposed this, because reproductive health is a public health, not a religious issue. Also problematic: It is counterproductive for Obama to appoint someone who disagrees with the administration’s stance. Obama finds himself now in the difficult position of having elevated the importance of religion to making policy, and having appointed a religious figure whose opinions on policy conflict with his.

    Kelley and CACG have made clear they are committed to Catholic doctrine on abortion and birth control. CACG has supported the Pregnant Women’s Support Act, aimed at stigmatizing abortion and making it less accessible.


    • Was just going to post this. Absolute betrayal from Obiteme.

    • thanks for the link DK and al the others that you have been posting its been very helpfull

      • One good thing about when I don’t have to teach. I keep up with all kinds of stuff while I work at my desk at home. the other good things are that I get to do it with a glass of wine and pjs on also.

    • This comment says it all.

      The message here that if one does not belong to a right-wing Christian organization, don’t bother applying for Federal funding. Though I’m sure Operation Rescue has already started drafting grant applications.

      Posted by: A.Lizard | June 4, 2009 6:42 PM

    • There’s a debate on the entire concept of ‘women’s rights’ doncha know.

      More red meat for the Obot base.

    • I’m waiting for Violet Socks to weigh in on this. It’s going to be a doozy. I was fighting with someone before, and The Speech came on NPR, and he brought us back together with the power of his cluelessness and offensiveness. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Perhaps when Obama said he was pro-choice, he meant that he supported a woman’s right to choose to wear a hijab. Or, a woman’s choice to either get an education or take on more traditional (aka subservient) roles. Provided she seeks the counsel of her husband and spiritual advisor, of course.

      (Sorry, couldn’t help the snark, his coverage of women’s rights in his speech just fell a little short for me.)

      • Honestly, you’d think he was talking to the Future Homemakers of America club. Yes, Barack, that’s what women around the world need to hear, that you support their free “choice” to embrace traditional roles, and to have their little heads smashed to death on rocks, and to be raped and killed trying to achieve basic freedoms. The entire world is just like Chicago and the biggest problem women face workdwide? Noncut arms.

    • Very not good….there goes ever getting rid of the conscience clause.

      • ya the conscience clause is a buch of bs put there by some of the good ole boys club that want to have it both ways & take both sides

    • I knew the way they went on and on about how we just HAD to vote for Barry to protect choice, that they were going to pull this sort of shit…and in your face shit too. Bastards.

  12. I wonder how the capitulation crew(otherwise known as progressives) feels about his new appointment.

    I’m sure we’ll hear crickets even though many of us expressed reservations about his commitment to choice during the primary.

  13. If there is such a thing as reincarnation I hope backtrack comes back as a woman under the rule of the taliban///////////
    I can not think of anyone who deserves it more.



  14. FWIW the Confluence twitters we send out do tend to have the effect of calling people to the blog for the new posts.

    • Ok, it is just me then,

      • Don’t feel bad. I still have no idea what those little social link buttons are for that KB puts on our posts.

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