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looks like sarah and i are going to go to pitchfork fest on saturday and sunday this year btw

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 19:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

BREAKING NEWS

The ATM lobby of the Chase on LaSalle smells like weed.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 19:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm high as hell and I think I accidentally deposited my driver's license into the ATM.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 19:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

You're totally gonna have to fail some pre-employment drug test now b/c of this!

Pita Malört (Je55e), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

we now have three hungry baby birds chirping in a shoebox in our second bedroom and a crazy cat trying her best to get inside that bedroom. good times.

tomorrow morning I will take the birds to northerly island wildlife rehabilitation, where they should be well taken care of.

deploying a sewer otter unit (askance johnson), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 02:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Where did the birds come from?

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 03:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

they were nesting in a cable box right outside our (second floor) porch and somehow the whole nest fell down to ground. We kind of suspect it was some cable guy working in the box who just threw it down, because it had been seemingly securely nestled in there. Anyway, the babies somehow seem okay but mama and/or papa bird were nowhere to be found and a rat was poking hungrily around the babies...

So after some massive freaking out we brought the birds up and then googled and then called this place and so hopefully all's well that ends well.

deploying a sewer otter unit (askance johnson), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 03:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

I hope so, too!

When we lived in NC I boxed up an injured woodpecker in our front yard and transported it to safety. I was afraid it was going to peck the shit out of me, so I wore these welding gloves that we use for oven mitts to pick it up.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 12:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2012/may/08/gay-rights-united-states

IL is so close to being awesome. We need to step it up!

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 12:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also, BOO NORTH CAROLINA.

I was kind of amazed at how many NC-affiliated twitterers seemed confident that voters would defeat amendent 1, and then subsequently shocked and disappointed when it passed. It's like we lived in different states.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 12:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ooh that Guardian page is nifty.

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 13:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, those are some high quality infographics.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

A couple FB of my NC FB friends were disappointed too. Perhaps some people thought that Obama getting NC meant that things had changed. Also, people who live in places like Greensboro, Chapel Hill, and Durham might forget which state those relatively liberal towns are part of.

Pita Malört (Je55e), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wish ENDA were getting as much publicity and support as gay marriage.

Pita Malört (Je55e), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

From some of the stuff I read on Twitter, it sounds like the wording on the ballot might have been really confusing.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Greensboro's rep as a liberal enclave is another bit of NC perception that has always made me smdh. xp

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

the amendment was misrepresented/misunderstood as only being a referendum against gay marriage - people didn't get that it also prohibited civil unions, and polls showed that if that had been better expressed, the amendment would've failed. not that that's any consolation. actually it makes it worse. sorry.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's pretty crazy that iowa is the midwest state most supportive of gay rights, is iowa traditionally liberal? i had no idea.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't think so?

It blows that the wording was misleading, but it's also incumbent on voters to know what the fuck they're voting for. And still people who voted for it because they thought it "only" banned gay marriage are still shitty bigots. But that's probably what you meant by "actually makes it worse."

The trend is still towards acceptance of gay marriage so the big picture is comforting, at least.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

I read that polls said that 7% of people who voted FOR the amendment thought it would legalize gay marriage. lolfart

Pita Malört (Je55e), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Greensboro's rep as a liberal enclave is another bit of NC perception that has always made me smdh. xp

Truth. On a whole, not liberal.

Jeff, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Perhaps some people thought that Obama getting NC meant that things had changed.

I hate to say this, but a big part of Obama's ability to win NC was the fact that 20%+ of the state is African American. Obama won the state by only 0.3%, and obviously not everyone who voted for Obama is a fan of gay marriage.

it's pretty crazy that iowa is the midwest state most supportive of gay rights, is iowa traditionally liberal? i had no idea.

Yeah, Iowa is weird. IIRC, it's the OLDEST state in the USA (i.e., highest average age of its residents), so you would think it'd be hella conservative, esp. on gay rights. However, it's gone blue for five of the last six presidential elections -- even going for Dukakis. I think maybe what wins out is good old-fashioned Midwestern pragmatism.

Also, though, let's remember that gay marriage is legal in Iowa b/c of a court ruling rather than a legislative decision or public referendum.

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Iowa has a long history of progressivism dating back to the 19th century, agrarian liberalism etc:

http://articles.latimes.com/2007/dec/30/nation/na-iowa30

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ah cool, I know a little about the history of progressivism in Minnesota and Wisconsin but barely anything about Iowa.

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 15:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Iowa's not as loud as Minnesota but conservatism of the recent outspoken/judgmental variety is generally a bad look. The east half of the state is traditionally more liberal, the NW side is batshit crazy and keeps electing Steve King.

I actually work for a company founded by Henry Wallace, which is pretty funny because it's corporate now but Wallace was basically a hardcore socialist in his early career until it became a bad look.

mh, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 15:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

birds are okay, fyi, dropped them off and apparently they are going to be cared for until they are strong enough to be on their own and then they will be released into the suburbs.

deploying a sewer otter unit (askance johnson), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 15:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Suburban bird diaspora

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 15:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

I forgot we actually have an Iowan on this thread now! I like that the Chicago thread has historically drawn in visitors from neighboring states, like Jordan and Jocelyn. Welcome, mh.

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 16:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Iowa was a leader in the civil rights movement!

Did you find out what kind of birds they were, aj?

Pita Malört (Je55e), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 16:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, I'll probably float in and out of the thread until I've done my chicago trip at the end of the month.

mh, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 16:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think they were starlings

deploying a sewer otter unit (askance johnson), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 16:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

I meant to mention that I bought something at Wal-Mart the other day. Right here in Chicago, at Presidential Towers (of all places). I only did it b/c none of the pharmacies at Walgreens, CVS, Dominick's, or the indie pharmacy had any Adderall in stock, but Wal-Mart did. The groceries were definitely significantly cheaper than at other chain grocery stores :-/

Pita Malört (Je55e), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 16:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, I don't plan on shopping at wal-mart, but if you need an rx, you need an rx and what are you gonna do?

Also, be careful with the adderall dude.

deploying a sewer otter unit (askance johnson), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 17:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not sure how it is in the city, but Wal-Mart's produce actually tends to be of pretty good quality. They do most things horribly wrong, but I was kind of impressed by the groceries I've been in.

mh, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 17:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

I can't help but feel like those low prices might come at a....high cost.

Our nation's Adderall supply has been severely in trouble for a while. The Walgreens by my house keeps a list of pharmacies (not just other Walgreens) in the area that have some in stock on a given day.

I'm careful - I'm prescribed a very low dose and I usually wind up with leftovers at the end of a month.

Pita Malört (Je55e), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 17:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wonder what part of my brain would explode if I took Adderall.

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 17:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

It might focus you. It's prescribed for ADD/ADHD!

Pita Malört (Je55e), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 17:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Huh.

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 17:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Though for me, my psychic prescribes it as a part of a complete anti-depressant diet.

Pita Malört (Je55e), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 17:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is good news

7th Circuit stops eavesdropping law

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a split decision enjoining officials from enforcing Illinois' eavesdropping law, reversing a trial court ruling.

The decision blocks Cook County State's Attorney Anita M. Alvarez from prosecuting ACLU of Illinois members for audio recording police while in public.

Under the current law, those caught gathering audio of police in public classifies as a Class 1 Felony with a possible punishment of 15 years in prison.

In the majority ruling, Judge Diane S. Sykes wrote the law "likely violates the First Amendment's free speech and free-press guarantees."

http://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/Articles/2012/05/08/eavesdrop-05-08-12.aspx

Pita Malört (Je55e), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 19:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hey, good news!

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 19:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Lotsa good news today!

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 19:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

What's the other good news?

Pita Malört (Je55e), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 19:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Christmas will be twice a year instead of once.

Jeff, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 19:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's terrible news.

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 19:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

The new phone book's here!

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 19:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Other good news: Obama said same sex marriage is A-OK.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 19:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Meh, now it doesn't seem as hot.

Pita Malört (Je55e), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 19:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

With Barney Frank leaving, what is going to become of ENDA? WHY AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO CARES ABOUT ENDA?

Pita Malört (Je55e), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 19:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

rollin' down the strett, smokin' enda?

Steve Youngblood (dan m), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 20:39 (2 years ago) Permalink


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