I wasted about two hours with that thing. I know Elaine was thinking, "It's just a phone." She gets Sunny or me to show her stuff on her phone. She really only calls on it. That's really all she wants. She will text. But if that option wasn't there, she wouldn't lose any sleep or feel the need to get a new phone. She didn't even know her phone had live video on it. (She's got a really fancy phone -- it was a gift.) And she can see the people she's talking to if they've got cameras. I don't mean the still photo but the live video.
And she's got the internet on it but never uses that. The one thing she wanted me to show her on her latest phone when she got it was where the radio was. Not the internet, the regular FM radio. She programmed her music stations and NPR with my help and then she had more than she needed, she said (and I believe her).
Over at WSWS, Joseph Kishore reports:
Democrats and Republicans are escalating their attack on government programs that benefit the working class, centering their focus on Medicare and Medicaid, the principal health care programs for the poor, disabled and elderly.
The Republican Party proposal, presented by Congressman Paul Ryan and approved by the House of Representatives earlier this month, would effectively demolish the two programs. For his part, Obama has just returned from a tour of the West Coast in which he trumpeted his own plan to cut $2 trillion, primarily from the health care programs, over the next decade. The proposal, still vaguely elaborated, would expand measures already passed as part of the administration’s cost-cutting health care overhaul last year.
The unanimity of the ruling class in the demand for cuts in health care was underscored by the New York Times editorial Sunday, “A Real Choice on Medicare.” Speaking for the liberal establishment, the Times claimed that there were “stark differences” between the proposals advanced by the Republicans and the Democrats. In fact, the editorial demonstrated the opposite.
And we can't trust either of them. Remember that in 2012. I don't know who I'm voting for. I keep getting e-mails on that. I don't know who all is running. I won't be voting for Barack. No one in this community will. We didn't last time and we won't this time. And you better believe our numbers will be larger this go round. A lot of people didn't know a thing about Barack and could believe the hype. But now he's got a record and it will be difficult for him to trick so many Americans. He's lost independents. They're not coming back. He's lost some Republicans who voted for him to turn the page on Bush. He's lost some Democrats because he's been a corporatist War Hawk.
So that means it will be very difficult for him. He should have won by a much larger margin in 2008. He didn't. And he's going to really have to fight for votes this go round.
Okay, Third. Along with Dallas, here's who worked on Sunday's edition:
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub
And this is what we came up with:
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"