Family-owned Arkansas Grocery Store Ad: “Heaven Has A Wall”

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ABC Affiliate reports:

CAMDEN, Ark. (KARK) –  A family-owned Christian grocery store with several locations in Southeast Arkansas is dealing with backlash as customers argue a weekly ad mailer included a controversial political message.

The ad book was sent to four Mac’s Cashsaver stores in Arkansas. According to the store, the mailer typically includes a religious or political message. The current mailer includes a message that references the U.S./Mexico border wall controversy. It reads, ‘Heaven has a wall, a gate and a strict immigration policy. Hell has open borders. Let that sink in.

Those words aren’t sitting well with some customers.

Wall or a gate or whatever. Keep those illegals out of heaven! Not one dirty human who commits a thought crime gets in! Send those humans, those nasty dirty assholes to the open borderland of HELL.

The bar is set so low. It makes more sense to step over.

The Intercept: KOCH-BACKED THINK TANK FINDS THAT “MEDICARE FOR ALL” WOULD CUT HEALTH CARE SPENDING AND RAISE WAGES. WHOOPS.

Whoops indeed (from July 2018):

A NEW STUDY from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University is making headlines for projecting that Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s “Medicare for All” bill is estimated to cost $32.6 trillion — a number that’s entirely in line with 2016 projections, and is literally old news. But what the Associated Press headline fails to announce is a much more sanguine update: The report, by Senior Research Strategist Charles Blahous, found that under Sanders’s plan, overall health costs would go down, and wages would go up.

The study, which came out of the Koch-funded research center, was initially provided to the AP with a cost estimate that exceeded previous ones by an incredible $3 trillion — a massive error that was found and corrected by Sanders’s staff when approached by AP for comment.

But despite that correction, the report actually yields a wealth of good news for advocates of Sanders’s plan — a remarkable conclusion, given that Blahous is a former Bush administration economist working at a prominent conservative think tank.

Crossing an inverted bridge

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From Freshhome:

This modern pedestrian bridge has the capacity of turning miracles into technological possibilities – the Moses Bridge (or Loopgraafbrug in the native language). This bridge looks more like a trench than the usual conception of a bridge, but it gets you across no matter how you call it. Located in the Netherlands, the fascinating bridge parts the waters surrounding a 17th century Dutch fort, allowing visitors to experience a whole new perspective of the shallow moat – too deep to march across and too shallow to boat across – that surrounds Fort de Roovere. Designed by RO and AD Architecture company, the bridge is made from sustainable FSC and PEFC certified Accoya wood.

The making of a masterpiece. The Migrant Mother.

The story of how Dorothea Lange created perhaps the most iconic photograph in American history.

Also see this NYT article:

Dorothea Lange’s 1936 portrait of Florence Owens Thompson and her daughters is so well-known that finding anything new to say about it seems futile. Yet as with the Mona Lisa — to which the “Migrant Mother” photo has been compared — the image retains an air of mystery.

But “Dorothea Lange: Migrant Mother,” a new book from the Museum of Modern Art, offers fresh insights as it weaves a compelling tale about some little-explored details. Written by Sarah Meister, a photography curator at MoMA, the book comes out at a time when faces of desperately poor people in migrant caravans dominate the news.

“I thought, could there possibly be anything new to say about this picture?” Ms. Meister said. “But Lange is so important. I find her politics so admirable. Her sense of commitment and her ability to distill very important and complex arguments into imagery that made those arguments seem absolutely impossible to ignore. It feels particularly timely.”

Before your next insurance scam, be sure to fake it a little better

A New Jersey man who claimed he hurt himself slipping on ice cubes actually threw the cubes onto the floor and lay down on top of them to make it look like he’d fallen, surveillance video shows. Alexander Goldinsky, 57, of Randolph, filed an insurance claim between Sept. 1 and Nov. 1 of last year alleging he’d injured himself after slipping and falling in the cafeteria at a business in Woodbridge, Middlesex County prosecutors said. Goldinsky is an independent contractor who was performing work at the business when the incident took place, prosecutors said. An investigation, however, found Goldinsky lied about the fall, according to prosecutors. (video provided by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office)

A dream is to have a little hut to seclude myself to and “art”

Whether it’s video editing, writing, drawing, or reading … I wish I had a little creative space that was completely separated from my living space.

This video in which Roald Dahl introduces us to the writing hut behind his house is awesome. He wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Danny the Champion of the World. Dahl describes his working routine and details how he’s designed his writing environment, his “nest”, to be as free from distraction as possible.

The timetable that speaks volumes

January 2017 = Trump inaugurated, GOP majority in both House & Senate.
01/2017 – Wall not an emergency.
02/2017 – Wall not an emergency.
03/2017 – Wall not an emergency.
04/2017 – Wall not an emergency.
05/2017 – Wall not an emergency.
06/2017 – Wall not an emergency.
07/2017 – Wall not an emergency.
08/2017 – Wall not an emergency.
08/2017 – Wall not an emergency.
09/2017 – Wall not an emergency.
10/2017 – Wall not an emergency.
11/2017 – Wall not an emergency.
12/2017 – Wall not an emergency.
01/2018 – Wall not an emergency.
02/2018 – Wall not an emergency.
03/2018 – Wall not an emergency.
04/2018 – Wall not an emergency.
05/2018 – Wall not an emergency.
06/2018 – Wall not an emergency.
07/2018 – Wall not an emergency.
08/2018 – Wall not an emergency.
09/2018 – Wall not an emergency.
10/2018 – Wall not an emergency.
11/2018 – Wall not an emergency.
11/2018 – Democratic majority in the House
01/2019 – EMERGENCY!
FACT: Border apprehensions are at a 45 yr low.

That’s in reference to the below tweets:

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