Summer Heat

This is a difficult summer for President Obama, perhaps the worst time of his presidency. People are already speaking of him in the past tense, and of how he has been effectively shackled by the unhinged and unrepentant political forces of the Right. Even the conservatives of the Supreme Court can no longer distinguish a political manipulation from a true test of religious liberty. Witness the Hobby Lobby case, one which would never have existed if the president were White and a Republican. Never, ever.

On the domestic front, Obama has lost two important Supreme Court cases, one intended to further erode his most important legislation to date, the Affordable Care Act, and the other intended to weaken a potential countermeasure to the perfidiously filibustering Senate minority that blocks everything, no matter the urgency to the nation. In addition, immigration reform is dead, unable to even come up for a vote in the House, where the lunatics clearly run the asylum.

In the international realm, where a president has more autonomy, the world is becoming increasingly destabilized, with a growing maelstrom of war threatening a wider and wider swath of territory in the Middle East. The uber-radical ISIS is likely to hold its newly carved nation-state drawn from the festering carnage in Iraq and Syria, with a Sunni/Shiite confrontation building along the road to Baghdad to determine the ultimate border. Moreover, the decades-long battle between Israel and the Palestinians is heating up again, while the Ukrainian civil war keeps bursting through the containment of any attempted ceasefire.

There is little the President can do in these situations beyond heedlessly jumping in with guns blazing and flag waving, something he is loath to attempt due to his awareness of the dangerous trap such a policy would set in motion. But the Hawks on the Right have no such compunction against the profligate use of American military power. To them, America should always be the heroic sheriff bringing democracy to the Wild West of the World. They seem to forget how that has turned out, repeatedly, in the past several decades.

Most of the amped-up struggles for domination by political and military movements of the past few years and the more recent transformation of borders and power structures can be attributed to the Uranus/Pluto square of 2011 through 2015, which has been acutely intensified from January through June 2014 by additional transits of Jupiter and Mars. It is during this current six-month period that the Ukrainian upheaval emerged, largely provoked by Russia, and the Sunni radical group ISIS managed to take over enough territory to declare a Caliphate in the name of Islam. Despite growls from many quarters over what Obama has failed to achieve during his presidency, it might be more appropriate to appreciate how his caution and foresight have thus far safely navigated the dangerous waters of these times. History may well report that one of his greatest achievements will have been the prevention of us jumping heedlessly into another war.

Although the Mars translation during June of the Uranus/Pluto square is now behind us, July is bringing its own set of significantly agitated circumstances. Just as another violent confrontation between Israel and the Palestinians heats up, we are in the midst of a solar translation of the Uranus/Pluto square, with the Sun opposite Pluto followed by the Sun square Uranus from July 3 through July 8. The Moon will further trigger this on July 5.  It should also be noted that Hurricane Arthur is occurring during the Sun/Pluto opposition.

From July 16 through July 19, transiting Mars will be square to the transiting Sun, and from July 18 through July 20, this Sun/Mars square will be in an exact hard aspect to the US Pluto (27Capricorn33), signifying American power (economic and/or military) will be somehow challenged and incited. The Mars/Jupiter square from July 29 through August 1 will also be a time to watch for increasingly reckless or violent events.USchart

During the entire period from June 13 through August 3, President Obama is under a long, slow Saturn transit sesquiquadrate his Venus (1Cancer47), pointing to flagging poll numbers, a series of frustrations and difficulties with few good options, and a somber mood. He will be helped to some degree by the offsetting good fortune and optimism of Jupiter from July 15 through July 31, as this planet of opposes his natal Jupiter, conjuncts his Mercury, and sextiles his Moon.

From July 24 through August 24, the tertiary progressed Sun in the Inaugural chart will conjunct natal Mars (20Aquarius13) and semisquare natal Uranus (5Aries14). It seems likely this will activate some major and unexpected confrontations with the administration, which itself is likely to be quite assertive during this period.obama

The period from August 12 through September 1 may be especially difficult for the president and the country. Transiting Saturn will be making its final square to Obama’s Ascendant (18Aquairus03) while it also makes a sesquiquadrate to US Venus (3Cancer03). There will also be a transiting Mars/Saturn conjunction from August 23 through August 25, likely to exacerbate circumstances.  We may see a particularly brutal storm during this period or some other national story that describes an upsetting and stressful situation which weighs heavily upon the president.


  1. Prabhata says:

    Thanks Nancy for another great astrological read.

    Things might not be going well for Obama, but it’s the 4th of July and here is something to celebrate from a president, doomed by fp, but one who had awesome accomplishments at home, LBJ.

    On July 4, 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson surprised even some of his closest aides by signing the Freedom of Information Act. …

    The people, he said, should have as much information as possible—or, rather, all “that the security of the nation permits”:

    No one should be able to pull curtains of secrecy around decisions which can be revealed without injury to the public interest. At the same time, the welfare of the nation or the rights of individuals may require that some documents not be made available. As long as threats to peace exist, for example, there must be military secrets. A citizen must be able in confidence to complain to his government and provide information, just as he is—and should be—free to confide in the press without fear of reprisal or of being required to reveal or discuss his source.

  2. Fe says:

    For as much as LBJ was vilified, he signed the Civil Rights Act, one of the most important pieces of American legislation since emancipation. It codified the changes in the country and society. Kennedy and Johnson had Martin Luther King as the thorn in their side, opening national consciousness.

    I hope that what we’re seeing are the reactions to it and not the end run. But we need to gather the remaining freedoms we have left to counterbalance the corporate-religious-fascist movement trying to kill freedom, including the ones involving privacy, the right to choose, who to love, and how to vote. Pretty basic, isn’t it?

  3. Lorrie U says:

    Thanks, Nancy, for another insightful post. Can’t wait until we get past this phase.

    I especially liked your comment, “Despite growls from many quarters over what Obama has failed to achieve during his presidency, it might be more appropriate to appreciate how his caution and foresight have thus far safely navigated the dangerous waters of these times. History may well report that one of his greatest achievements will have been the prevention of us jumping heedlessly into another war.”

  4. Lorrie U says:

    Thanks for some really good posts at the end of McCarthy Fills Cantor’s Shoes thread posted by Alex and Anne’s Aunt! Worth checking out and sharing…

  5. Lorrie U says:

    By Alex:
    Scalia: Women Don’t Have Constitutional Protection Against Discrimination

    National Women’s Law Center

    In the Wake Of Hobby Lobby Ruling, NWLC Launches Hotline to Help Women Get Access to Guaranteed Preventive Health Services, Including Contraception

  6. clymela box says:

    Nancy-thank you so much for these words and thoughts. I can “feel” that the meanness is not yet exhausted and your astrology helps me to verify my intuition. I am reminded over and over again that you have seen Obama getting some breaks around late 2015 and through out 2016-I am hoping that this means the Dems do well in November 2016. Of course I am also hoping that the Dems do well this November as well. I have a hard time believing that people will side with the rattled,spurting, retreating Republicans.

  7. Lorrie U says:

    By AA:
    Age of Pisces starting to interface with Aquarius

  8. Lorrie U says:

    2014 Juicy FREE Celestial Timings?

    This month is again featuring lots of possible unexpected and unusual events as we have Mercury and Saturn stationing direct, Uranus stationing retrograde, Jupiter moving into Leo and Mars moving into Scorpio after a bout 8 months of hanging out in Libra. Plus the fixed star Spica is still center stage and Sirius is also stepping into the light of the Sun and Zubenelgenubi is with Saturn as it stations direct.

  9. Eliseo says:

    “doomed by fp” ?
    French Press? Family Planning? False Positive? Freedom Party?

  10. Prabhata says:

    Foreign policy = fp — LBJ was doomed by his foreign policy

  11. Eliseo says:

    “But we need to gather the remaining freedoms we have left to counterbalance the corporate-religious-fascist movement trying to kill freedom, including the ones involving privacy, the right to choose, who to love, and how to vote. Pretty basic, isn’t it?”

    Agreed, but how do we do that?

  12. Lorrie U says:

    A great read!…

    Supreme Court Rules: No Sex for Fun
    by Eric Francis

  13. Sharon K says:

    fp has to equal foreign policy, Eliseo, wouldn’t you think?

    Lorrie, there are going to be some beautiful things about the Aquarian Age, but one think I already know I don’t like (with all my Pisces placements) is the impersonality I see. I’m so glad I was brought up in a time when personal relationships meant so much. And, I’m not talking electronic social network, either, as I have a lot of personal interchange through FB….it’s more than that, or maybe that is just one small facet of it….it’s going to doctors who rush you through, don’t know you well or really care as much….It’s standardized electronic learning rather than one-on-one, and so much more.

  14. Patty says:

    Thank you Dear Nancy! Here’s a brilliant Juan Cole Interview, that sounds so hopeful, from his recent Book ‘The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East’. It’s worth a listen at 45:00.
    And…a must read scathing piece on war (warning): ‘Absolutely Nothing: A Veteran’s Savage Indictment of the Iraq War’

  15. Lorrie U says:

    Sharon K – Unfortunately, with a world population at the tipping point, and a political climate that doesn’t allow women to have access to birth control in this country, every system as we know it, including doctors, etc., cannot support personal interchange. With too many people and too little time, no one has the time or the resources to be able to give intensive attention to anything anymore. And that’s including personal relationships with raising children, working, school activities, homework, etc., people fall into bed at the end of the day with barely enough energy to say goodnight much less else. Everyone is scattered to the wind and there’s little time to even reflect on emotions anymore.

  16. Lorrie U says:

    Thanks, Patty! Excellent posts!

  17. Fe says:


    I think it has to start locally, educating younger people on the issues, getting out into the community, helping women’s health clinics, — showing up at school board and city council meetings.

    I also think sex has been so demonized that reproductive health and sex education is on the skids. That has to change. So many times we are caught unaware because we’re caught up in ourselves and our families and lives. But furtively, the forces on the right have been steadily making gains, with intent to replace knowledge with faith, and that is hurtIng the society and planet towards destruction.

    We need to re-introduce fact into our discussion. Looking at the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision, anyone with a HS degree and some sex education classes would know that BC pills are NOT Abortifacents. But since we have five SC justices who are Catholic and male in the majority, we have the Hobby Lobby decision. We need to make the climb in insisting, from climate change to reproductive health and all health issues that we need to make rulings on facts, otherwise, the SCOTUS becomes more or less the Spanish Inquisition.

    These are facts that we could use in talking to our friends and neighbors to VOTE this midterm, and screw all conventional wisdom about mid-term voting disinterest. There is far too much at stake: The corporate interests and Dominionist interests see their goals so much in sight they’re salivating to the detriment of women, including Mother Earth. We need to stop them in their tracks, discrediting them for the sexist, classist bigots they are.

  18. alex says:

    Justice Sotomayor Dissent: (excerpt)

    The court’s order was brief, provisional and unsigned, but it drew a furious reaction from the three female members, Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan. The order, Justice Sotomayor wrote, was at odds with the 5-to-4 decision on Monday in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, which involved for-profit corporations.

    “Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word,” Justice Sotomayor wrote. “Not so today.”

    The court’s action, she added, even “undermines confidence in this institution.”

    Justice Sotomayor said the majority, which acted on an emergency application, had not only introduced pointless complexity into an already byzantine set of regulations but had also revised its Hobby Lobby decision.

    That decision, Justice Sotomayor said, endorsed an arrangement allowing nonprofit groups to sign a form that would transfer the delivery of free contraception under the Affordable Care Act to others. But Thursday’s order rejected the mandatory use of the forms for Wheaton College in Illinois.

    Justice Sotomayor said the ruling reached beyond Wheaton and could lead to similar results at many other nonprofit religious organizations that have similar concerns. “The issuance of an injunction in this case will presumably entitle hundreds or thousands of other objectors to the same remedy,” she said.

  19. alex says:

    SCOTUS – Three Card-Monte


    The cure has become the disease. Having explicitly promised that Hobby Lobby would go no further than Hobby Lobby, the court went back on its word, then skipped town for the summer.

    This new case involves Wheaton College, an evangelical Protestant liberal arts college in Illinois. A majority of the court granted Wheaton a temporary injunction allowing it to refuse to comply with the workaround, or “accommodation,” the court had just held up as the answer in Hobby Lobby.

    For the court to issue an emergency temporary injunction is a truly extraordinary act. Even more extraordinary was that justices filed a 16-page barnstorming dissent. And those dissenters to share a highly relevant personal characteristic: a uterus. That’s correct, the three dissenting justices last night were the court’s three women: Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Elena Kagan.

    In the event that the religious and gender rift at the court was not already painful to behold, the dissent, penned by Sotomayor, is a forceful and unwavering rejection of both the majority’s reasoning and tactics. “I disagree strongly with what the court has done,” Sotomayor wrote. “Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word. Not so today. After expressly relying on the availability of the religious-nonprofit accommodation to hold that the contraceptive coverage requirement violates [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] as applied to closely held for-profit corporations, the Court now, as the dissent in Hobby Lobby feared it might, retreats from that position.”

    The dissenters take issue with several aspects of the majority’s act. First is the professed scope of the Hobby Lobby decision. Try to remember all the way back to Monday, when, writing for the majority, Justice Alito folded up the decision into something he characterized as nearly trivial. Look, it practically fits into his pocket! The decision only applied to family-owned, closely-held corporations, he assured us. The ruling was not going to unsettle a thing. “Our decision in these cases is concerned solely with the contraceptive mandate,” he soothed. Nothing about the holding would undermine an employer’s responsibility to provide vaccines to his employees, or to abide by existing employment and antidiscrimination laws. “Our decision should not be understood to hold that an insurance-coverage mandate must necessarily fall if it conflicts with an employer’s religious beliefs,” he wrote. But nowhere in his opinion did Alito tell us how or why there would be no such fallout. It was an assertion; or, in light of what happened next, a nice little act of judicial three-card monte.

  20. alex says:

    SCOTUS vs Women

    Monday June 30th, 2014 – Hobby Lobby Decision

    Thursday July 3, 2014 – Wheaton College Injunction

    The court’s order was brief, provisional and unsigned, but it drew a furious reaction from the three female members, Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan.

  21. alex says:

    SCOTUS versus Women

    Other SCOTUS Ruling, Harris Vs. Quinn, Also Harms Women


    The case is from Illinois, one of 26 states that requires public sector workers–such as teachers and police officers–to pay dues to unions that negotiate their contracts and represent them in grievances. By a 5-4 vote yesterday, the court ruled that home health care workers–due to their “partial public employees” status (the 26,000 workers at hand are partially paid by Medicaid funds administered by the state)–cannot be forced to pay dues to unions they don’t want to join.

    According to unions, these mandatory dues are the only way to ensure that workers pay their share of costs unions incur to represent them. Without them, unions lose political clout and their ability to advocate for workers. According to Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association: “Today’s decision shuts the door on one proven method for ensuring that public-sector workers’ voices are heard.”

    So why does this primarily affect women? Currently in the U.S. there are 2 million home health care workers. In light of Americans living longer and the aging baby boomer generation, projections hold that more than 5 million providers will be needed within the next five years. Any guess at who these home health care providers are? That’s right, they’re more than 90% women.

    And do you know what kind of work these people do? Beyond cooking, cleaning and doing laundry, many administer medication, change bandages, monitor medical equipment, and literally lift clients in and out of bed. The work is hard. And vastly under-compensated. For all the grueling hours and challenging tasks, the average salary for a home health care provider is a mere $20,000–a far cry from living the “American dream”–or for some, even just a way out of poverty.

    Which is why a number of health care providers came together to form unions. Those who did saw their salaries increase by as much as 65%.

    Further, prior to home health care workers unionizing, the field saw massive turnover, which left a gap in coverage for those disabled adults who needed care the most. According to NPR’s Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg:

  22. Kitty says:

    As Nancy has predicted, this could be another horrible disaster,
    for Obama ! Hold our breaths again !

    Get ready for an even bigger threat to Obamacare

  23. alex says:

    Wendy Davis D-Candidate For Texas Governor – November 4, 2014

    The Supreme Court gave corporations the power to make medical decisions for women at the behest of conservative Republicans, because GOP “freedom” and “liberty” don’t include women.

    Thus, Democratic State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis (D-TX) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Hobby Lobby case, “Today’s disappointing decision to restrict access to birth control puts employers between women and their doctors. We need to trust women to make their own healthcare decisions — not corporations, the Supreme Court, or Greg Abbott.”

  24. alex says:

    Senator Kay Hagen D-NC, Re-Election Nov. 4, 2014

    Hagan said in a statement: “I am extremely disappointed in today’s Supreme Court decision. It is shameful that a woman’s access to contraception is even up for debate in the year 2014. The choice about whether to use birth control should be between a woman and her doctor, not her boss, and no employer should be allowed to interfere with a woman’s access to contraception.

    “The contrast on women’s health in North Carolina could not be clearer today as the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision allows some employers to interfere in women’s access to health care,” Hagan’s campaign said in a news release.

  25. alex says:

    Kentucky Senate Election Nov 4, 2014

    Hobby Lobby – got it wrong

    Allison Grimes v Mitch McConnell

    In the dissenting opinion, Justice Ruth Bader called the majority’s ruling one of “startling breath.”

    “Today’s Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case is an affront to women’s health,” said Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville. “The court has introduced a new threat to women’s reproductive rights, placing the personal religious beliefs of employers over the health care needs of their female employees. No one should come between a woman and her doctor—including her boss.”

    Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is taking on McConnell this fall, said the justices got the Hobby Lobby decision wrong.

  26. alex says:

    New Hampshire Senate Election November 4, 2014

    Senator Jeanne Shaheen up for re-election

    Senator Shaheen warned that the ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby restarts a bitter fight — across the country and in the U.S. Senate — over women’s health care.

    “That about one of the biggest battles we had was over the Blunt Amendment, and whether they would give employers carte blanche to decide whether they would provide contraceptive coverage and we saw how that broke down in the Senate,” Shaheen said.

    The Blunt Amendment, which was co-sponsored by Shaheen’s Republican rival, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, failed two years ago on a near party line vote.

  27. alex says:

    New Hampshire continued

    Democrat U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Democrat Gov. Maggie Hassan email ……

    “The Supreme Court’s appalling Hobby Lobby decision allowing corporations to deny women insurance coverage for birth control shows how high the stakes are in this election – we CANNOT lose our Democratic Senate majority.”

    As governor in 1999, Shaheen signed a law that required insurance plans that cover prescription drugs to also cover contraception. That bill passed with broad bipartisan support. Last session’s Republican-led House tried to include a religious exemption in the law, but the bill did not pass the Republican-led Senate.

  28. alex says:

    Hold the Senate

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  29. alex says:

    Election November 4, 2014

    Fixed Star Acamar @23 Aries
    .wax sextile
    Polaris @28 Gemini
    .wax sextile
    Dark Lilith @27 Leo
    .wax sextile
    Mercury @24 Libra
    .wax sextile
    GC @26 Sagittarius
    .wax sextile
    Nessus @27 Aquarius

  30. starlight says:

    Moon moving into grand cross with Sun/Uranus/Pluto this AM:

    Sun/Uranus building over the next couple of days. Expect more explosions.

  31. Anne's Aunt says:

    Alex, REALLY appreciate your comments about women in politics! Lorrie, yes population is a real problem. I think one practical approach would be to empower women locally and globally which will encourage more family planning. I know you already support Heifer. Organizations like that, and like Planned Parenthood are great to support! A good economy helps too. Young people today, if they are in a satisfactory economic situation with OK education and resources are waiting to start families until later. Media entertainment helps too – girls and boys are not getting married and/or having babies in or right out of high school as much as 100 years ago – a very positive sign. Now, if only the catholic church would re-think its contraception policies…..

  32. Bob says:

    January 3rd, 2013, Capitol Building, DC

    House elected Boehner 1:40-1:41 pm, EST
    Pelosi welcomes the House 1:51:30 pm, EST
    Gavel was passed to Boehner 2:00:58 pm, EST
    Boehner is administered oath of office: 2:09:15 pm, EST

    Boehner administers oath of office to House: 2:10:20 pm, EST

    Have a nice recess Rethugs – NOT!Scheduled to begin Saturday, Aug 2, but will probably start on Friday, the 1st.

    Chart for 2:10 pm, EST, Capitol Building, DC has:

    MC 11°36′ Aquarius which is 314°03′ in right ascension

    On July 20 at 4:35:20 am, EDT (a Sunday), transit Saturn stations at 224°51′ of right ascension, less than 1° from an exact square to the Congress swearing in chart MC. It is still there on Monday at 9 am, EDT.

    In the progressed chart I use for John Boehner (located to the Capitol Building) his progressed Mars-Neptune midpoint on July 21 at 9 am, EDT, is exactly square to his progressed MC.

    In the progressed chart I use for the Republican Party progressed to 9 am, July 21, at the Capitol Building, progressed Neptune is on the MC with the progressed Sun-Mars midpoint on the descendant.

    Looking at the charts the timing may be the culmination, or at least a high point, of something begun on July 17th.

    President Obama’s progressed chart in Washington on the 21st has transit Uranus on the Zenith (90° square in right ascension from the Asc), transit Pluto on the Desc while his progressed demi-solar anlunar has return Sun-Mercury and Venus-Jupiter midpoints on the Asc. This all about a week and a half before Congress’ recess is scheduled to begin.

  33. alex says:


    Spears is an early adopter who upgrades his equipment every 12 months (next year’s tractor will have a fridge in the cab, he says) and who just bought a drone to monitor his fields. He can afford to: Corn prices are high, and farmers like him can take home hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Still, he thinks such technologies—the smart planter software and sensor array, the iPad app offering planting and growing advice—are only going to get more common. So does the company that makes many of those tools, as well as the high-tech seeds Spears is planting: Monsanto (MON), one of the most hated corporations in America.

    Today’s Monsanto was spun off in 2000 after a merger with the drugmaker Pharmacia & Upjohn. That year the new company’s net income was $149 million; last year it was $2.5 billion. Since 2000, Monsanto’s stock market value has grown from $7 billion to more than $66 billion.

    Widespread public suspicion of GM crops has not stopped their spread: According to the Department of Agriculture, 90 percent of the corn and cotton and 93 percent of the soybeans planted in the U.S. last year were genetically modified. These are commodity crops used mostly for animal feed and fuel ethanol, but they also provide the corn syrup in bottled beverages and the soy lecithin in chocolate bars.

    And with the public still leery of the technology, it was perhaps inevitable that after a stretch of relative quiet the GMO wars would heat up again. The latest front is over food labeling: In the past two years, ballot initiatives that would have mandated labeling narrowly lost in Washington State and California; in May, Vermont’s governor signed a bill into law.

    Through the purchase of two companies, Precision Planting and the Climate Corporation, Monsanto has begun offering software and hardware products that gather and process information relevant to a farmer—data about temperature, rain, soil, seeds, and pests.

  34. Bob says:

    Hey buddy can you spare a dime? (line dime out)few million? Or maybe a few billion?

    Congressman Who Gets Millions In Farm Subsidies Denounces Food Stamps As Stealing ‘Other People’s Money’

    “As the Environmental Working Group notes, crop insurance subsidies have no limits on their recipients’ income levels. Therefore, the bulk of the crop insurance is paid out in million-dollar installments to a small group of large farm businesses, while the bottom 80 percent of farmers receive roughly $5,000 a year. SNAP, on the other hand, limits aid to income below 130 percent of the federal poverty line, or $30,000 per year for a family of four.”

    Taxpayers Turn U.S. Farmers Into Fat Cats With Subsidies

  35. Bob says:

    New, Five-Month Unemployment Insurance Bill Will Likely Hit the Senate Next Week

    “Back in December, Democrats in the House pushed to keep the benefits going, but were blocked by House Republicans.

    That will almost certainly happen again with the Senate bill, unless something changes drastically.

    House Speaker John Boehner has said repeatedly that he will not bring up a bill to extend unemployment insurance unless it is paid for and includes a separate jobs provision. That likely hasn’t changed. The Senate in April presented him with the former, but not the latter, and Boehner allowed the bill to idle until it expired at the end of May.”

  36. Prabhata says:

    I have great respect for Neptune and check its position because its power to take away possessions, power, and even life cannot be ignored.

    As long as transiting Neptune goes back and forth opposing Obama’s natal Pluto, Obama’s power will dissipate with problems all over the place that he can’t control. Due to this aspect, the voters and the world leaders will see Obama as powerless and weak well into 2015.

  37. Bob says:

    Ending the federal worker gravy train

    “It’s been claimed that federal workers settle for lower pay in exchange for job ­security. Don’t believe it.

    A worker with a high-school education earns 21 percent more working for the federal government than for a private employer, and gets 72 percent more in benefits.”

  38. Bob says:

    July 4, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    “But we need to gather the remaining freedoms we have left to counterbalance the corporate-religious-fascist movement trying to kill freedom, including the ones involving privacy, the right to choose, who to love, and how to vote. Pretty basic, isn’t it?”

    Agreed, but how do we do that?”

    The only legal way we have available to us – through casting votes at the ballot box in sufficient numbers to place people in Congress and the Presidency who will pass legislation to make the changes we want,and who will put people on the Supreme Court likely to pass laws we favor.

  39. Prabhata says:

    Btw, I said people will “see”, in other words this is a perception (Neptune) that Obama is powerless. I do not mean to say he’s powerless. It’s just that he might be playing whack-a-mole, not being able to get out in front of the problems.

  40. alex says:

    Koch/GOP/Tea/Libertarian/ Neocon GOVERNORS

    2014 November 4th, up for re-election


    FL Rick Scott v Charlie Crist

    WI Scott Walker v Mary Burke

    KS Sam Brownback v Paul Davis

    PA Tom Corbett v Tom Wolf

    GA Nathan Deal v Jason Carter

    ME Paul LePage v Eliot Cutler v Rep. Michael Michaud

  41. alex says:

    Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry has slashed billions from public education.

    His chosen successor, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, has promised to carry on Perry’s disastrous legacy.

    Democrat Wendy Davis stood up and filibustered a budget that slashed over $5 billion from public schools.

    She’ll fight every day to ensure that hard work and determination are rewarded in Texas and everybody has the chance to succeed.

  42. Eliseo says:

    Lorrie U
    Thanks! The Eric Francis article is a really excellent posting.
    Correct & insightful on all accounts but one. IMHO the “sexual revolution” really began about 1870, and has risen and fallen through the decades. Two significant peaks of course were the 1920’s & 1960’s, but we’re not done with this for the forseeable future. Even with the current religious right (not just Christian Right) assault on women and sexuality generally, we probably have a few hundred years to go before we’re done with this “revolution.” Even many of the most enlightened among us are a very long way from being free of our erotophobia and confused gymnophobia.

    I get very tired & impatient with folks who can’t see how much better it would be for all were we to have equal gender rights. I’ve certainly seen my wife discriminated against in the workplace on the basis of her being female. Were I to have had daughters, I would be just as upset. Though I often take the long view, I still am heartsick we have to fight these partially won battles all over again.

  43. Sharon K says:

    This is the wikipedia entry about the leader of ISIS who declared a Caliphate. No birth month or time, just year and place. I did notice that in 1971, Saturday was approximately opposite its current placement in mid-Taurus-to-late Taurus, where his natal Saturn would be, and Jupiter was moving through Sag from late Jan. (must have been in Sag late in 1970, retrograded, then moved forward) onward, and Neptune was in the very early degrees of Sag. Apparently, Al Baghdadi, with a cadre of armed men, took over a mosque today and preached jihad during Ramada, scaring the women who cowered in the corner crying, fearing for their lives.

  44. starlight says:

    An American cousin of the burned Palestinian teenager who had gone there to be at the funeral was severely beaten by Israeli police.

  45. kiwi says:

    What a horrific image Nancy.

    2014 USA Solar return – challenges ahead
    “suggest that 2014 will be the year that it becomes painfully obvious that the world has changed and the United States needs to adjust with it.”

  46. Sharon K says:

    Leave it to Israel to quickly spend all sympathy that the world may have extended to them on the tragic loss of the 3 teenage boys. Probably the Palestinian teenager was tragically tortured by settlers set on revenge, but when it’s the police – it just perpetuates the image of Israel as brutal.

  47. will says:

    It feels as if the Gates of Hell have opened wide.

  48. alex says:


    Re: Patriarchy

    Lilith – Triple Moon Goddess

    [the are lots of confusing minutiae from resources about Lilith: one confusion comes from the overlap and/or inaccurate use of the word adjective attributes ‘dark’ lilith & ‘black’ lilith; the other confusion comes from additional notation for the actual FOUR astrological liliths;

    the groupings I now use for Lilith is the ‘Triple Moon Goddess’ as opposed to four lilith i.e. a) asteroid lilith as one lilith b) oscullating lilith & ‘mean’ lilith grouped together as the second lilith c) and Waldemath Lilith as the third lilith;

    irregardless and because some astrologers interchange mistakenly the names ‘dark’ moon with ‘black moon’ – I’ve practiced with the ‘Triple Moon Goddess’ format eliminating the adjective attributes altogether so that the format becomes the focus, rather than repeating the naming errors/exchanges with lilith;

    afterall that the point is, using Lilith to describe what is missing from patriarchy

    Feminine Power is the missing/EXILED energy of Lilith that describes Patriarchy:

    Feminine Power (life force) is not functioning in patriarchy so I use EXILE as the single ‘key’ word for Lilith as it relates to patriarchy (but forego the use of Lilith in describing matriarchy for now) when working on chart analysis and Triple Moon Goddess as the ‘key phrase’ for Lilith

    key word – EXILED (feminine power)
    key phrase – TRIPLE MOON GODDESS (Lilith)

    .Lilith, the first stage in the mythical journey is where she is suppressed, humiliated and flees in a fiery rage to the desolate wilderness.

    .The second stage Lilith depicts the pain of her exile where she plots and executes revenge.

    .The third stage Lilith shows how she transmutes her distorted image back into its natural healthy expression.

    The (Dk Moon) Lilith of – from the drop down menu – is the point that I use for aspect analysis in my working charts (though I often include/find helpful all four astrological notations of lilith in the chart)

    I’ve found that ASPECTS to Lilith ( in my practice will pinpoint how patriarchy is functioning in the chart.

  49. starlight says:

    kiwi – It is a pretty brutal solar return, and it covers the protracted period of the coming Uranus and Pluto transits once again in hard aspect to the US Sun (late fall, winter, early spring). The goal is to get through next spring in one piece. Israel is also entering a pretty agitated period. This is just the beginning. Working on the numbers now.

  50. Linda Gomez says:

    On a practical side, despite what women want and I do care that we keep our rights to control our bodies, the Hobby Lobby decision strikes at the realities of population growth/control and future of the US or any nation.

    Perhaps the (unwitting) wisdom of the justices comes down to population growth- and not all about the politics. Behind this smokescreen as a nation, the US needs to face the fact that the population is shrinking and the future of retirees and the country is dependant upon births. Birth control is the reason.

    Further, despite my support that women keep our rights to control our bodies I don’t hear too much about this side of the argument. Of course we know the Republicans (because of politics) lose interest for the child after birth and shifts the conversation to birth control because they wanted to stop welfare for unwed mothers since back in the day of President Clinton’s term. Lest we forget this paradox.

    Europe is facing this issue today, and some countries there are realizing that abortions and birth control are jeopardizing the retirement of the elderly specifically, and its population generally.

  51. alex says:

    it’s about monopoly, oligarchy, plutocracy

    The Four Companies That Control the 147 Companies That Own Everything

  52. alex says:

    Today, most economic systems were based on the principle of scarcity: things are more valuable because they are rare or controlled. Scarcity is often an artificially created condition designed to maximize profits/power for those in control.

    Are We Ready For the Coming ‘Age of Abundance?’

    Dr. Michio Kaku discussing economics, technology, and the future.

  53. Anne's Aunt says:

    Linda G, so you advocate for GREATER population growth as a way to promote national power and facilitate retirement? IMO, that is not a good argument. As an aging population human’s relationship to retirement needs to evolve along with a longer life. It is not practical, or fair to future generations that we keep younger social segments growing in order merely to support aging segments. Life spans keep growing. How many generations can this be sustained? Maybe for OURS and maybe for our kids’, but then it gets really ugly.

    Yes, you pointed out a social problem – an aging population and the last 5 (growing to 30+) years is the most expensive as far as medical care goes and services needed. This will not magically go away, BUT SIMPLY growing more young population to take care of the elders is a really bad idea!

    And nations need to rethink their power that is based simply on numbers. Quantities of fighters no longer fight or win wars — or economic wars/battles/struggles. In fact, huge populations are a liability to national power in the modern era.

    It may not be *all* about politics in the sense of contemporary political parties, but politics are pretty much all about sociology. Male dominance is about control of the family, males control population and women’s procreation, children kept in traditional roles of helpers/heirs. Males tightly control their own private ‘city-state’ and can freely compete with other ‘city-states’ for further dominance. That sounds pretty political to me!

  54. Anne's Aunt says:

    Alex, re: Lilith, what you write is very interesting. I think of Lilith and her male counterparts as the archetypal HERO. The “dark” phase (which is not used much for male heroes) is the outcast/contemplation phase. The hero is cast out into the forest to wander alone and gather strength. In the end the hero prevails and restores the right balance to the system. We tend to worship heros, mostly in their male forms, and are fearful of the female forms.

  55. Lorrie U says:

    Sharon K – When are we going to bring a lawsuit or impeach the traitorous GOP congressmen who attended a meeting to undermine the president from day one of his presidency instead of upholding the Constitution? In fact, they should bring a lawsuit against Boehner for now allowing votes on key matters, thereby undermining the business of the people? Hypocrites!!!!!

  56. Lorrie U says:

    …for “not” allowing votes

  57. Linda Gomez says:

    Anne, you said:
    “BUT SIMPLY growing more young population to take care of the elders is a really bad idea!”

    What do you think the US Social Security is based on? Its based on the upcoming generation of workers.

    Here’s another question, because of the shrinking population the FICA tax has been raised to cover the retirees.

    I’m just sayin’……..

    Have we thought of the consequences of birth control? Lets not lose site of the other side few speak about.

  58. Sharon K says:

    Lorrie, I think Obama’s executive orders are legal — this is just another way to provoke and harass him and throw more sh*t at him to see what sticks! I just don’t see how this lawsuit can go anywhere but, of course, I don’t know that much about constitutional law — the president does, however.

  59. Linda Gomez says:

    Lorrie, we can vote them out and or watch them implode. Take your pick. I’ll get the popcorn.

  60. Anne's Aunt says:

    But Linda, you are advocating for NO birth control. What are the social advantages for that?? Who advocates for that – like you allude to but give no links or references as to who they are and why they are advocating for no birth control. Continuing with massive rates of population growth (here and globally) creates more problems than it addresses. Even China recognizes that and restricting population growth can be arguably said to have contributed to economic growth and well-being. They are now becoming less restrictive on that too. Also this is a country of immigration and we are restricting immigration now. Many regressives fear immigration since it has been, and will, shift the demographics of voting populations. Some of it is also just simple racism.

    And you do realize that restricting birth control rights from women will disempower them. That leaves the men ***only*** to make all those decisions which are vital to the well being of both women and men (since we have no where near parity of genders in political power). Not only is that an extremely regressive idea (and strongly advocated by the most extreme right-wingers) it is a “solution” that does not solve any problems and instead creates many more problems for future generations. Retirees need to think beyond their immediate self interests.

    Birth control is a much bigger issue than being only restricted to the ghetto of “women’s” rights – tho it ALWAYS seems to be framed that way.

    If you want to restrict birth control, with an eye on history, then we also need to restrict healthy food etc and certainly restrict medical care for people beyond age 50 or so, or maybe all ages. Populations were historically regulated by wars and health. Humanity is trying to consciously evolve beyond that! Not as successful for war yet as with global awareness of health issues.

  61. kiwi says:

    I thought suing the president for acts he commits as a result of his role as president is not allowed. That’s why the process of impeachment is available. Presidents can only be sued in their individual capacity for personal and private actions (eg randy Billy)
    Boy, if this is real and not just a political stunt that Boehner is pulling, that will open the floodgates and make any sane person hesitant to fulfil elective office. And make the Bushes vulnerable for past deeds.

  62. kiwi says:

    Maybe the sane among us need to start repeating back to the holy roller nutters as often as possible:

    And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto him, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
    Matthew 12.25

  63. Prabhata says:

    A president can be sued. Ted Kennedy did it.

    Presidents—of both parties—have developed a number of techniques for getting around Congress, to the extent that the separation of powers has become seriously unbalanced. Ask Ted Kennedy.
    In 1970, President Nixon refused to carry out health care legislation passed by veto-proof majorities in Congress by claiming he had pocket vetoed it. However, Congress was not in adjournment when Nixon supposedly took the action; it was only in recess. Sen. Kennedy sued Nixon and argued the case in court himself, winning at both the district and circuit court levels.
    Actually, Kennedy was late to this issue. Numerous other members of Congress were already in court trying to force Nixon to take note of Congress’s role in policymaking, to halt the president from going further than Congress had allowed, to keep him from interfering with a law’s intent, or to force him to implement or enforce various laws.

  64. oxthecat says:

    Please proceed Mr. Boehner.

  65. Patty says:

    Thanks Lorrie, Erik Francis’ piece took my breath away! Looking at the Hobby Lobby Chart, It seems Neptune in Pisces is rabble-rousing our American Taliban. Interesting Neptune/Pisces study:

  66. kiwi says:

    Thanks Prabhata – obviously I was misinformed.

    Found this that is dated in March
    Interestingly, the original HR3857 appears to be related to Public Transit Security and Local Law Enforcement Support but with tack-ons they are now calling it “enforce the take care clause”
    I guess Boehner is trying to figure out new language that he thinks will be a winner for them.

  67. alex says:

    it seems to me that the Koch/GOP/Tea Libertarian/NeoCons don’t like their chances in the November elections 2014….. they want to change the subject and drive down GOTV for Democratic politics/policies….Boehner is not near Ted Kennedy!

  68. Sharon K says:

    The president refusing to carry out legislation passed by veto-proof majorities seems more of an open-and-shut case as regards the law. However, I believe Obama and WH counsel thoroughly checked out whether he could make the calls he did, so this might be more of a publicity stunt, we’ll see.

  69. kiwi says:

    I really like this pope – he seems to be such an enlightened soul

  70. Prabhata says:

    I met a U.K. bartender who got a worker’s visa. It opened my eyes how the H-1B visa is a loophole that allows companies to hire foreign workers, even when there are plenty of qualified working Americans who can fill the jobs. It appears Americans are pushing back, and I hope they win.

    Backlash stirs in US against foreign worker visas

    (snip) Parker claims she was laid off one year later after she trained her replacement, a newly arrived worker from India. Now she has joined a federal lawsuit alleging the global staffing firm that ran Harley-Davidson’s tech support discriminated against American workers — in part by replacing them with temporary workers from South Asia.


    “It’s getting pretty frustrating when you can’t compete on salary for a skilled job,” said Rich Hajinlian, a veteran computer programmer from the Boston area. “You hear references all the time that these big companies … can’t find skilled workers. I am a skilled worker.”

    Hajinlian, 56, who develops his own web applications on the side, said he applied for a job in April through a headhunter and that the potential client appeared interested, scheduling a longer interview. Then, said Hajinlian, the headhunter called back and said the client had gone with an H-1B worker whose annual salary was about $10,000 less.

    “I didn’t even get a chance to negotiate down,” he said.

    The H-1B program allows employers to temporarily hire workers in specialty occupations. The government issues up to 85,000 H-1B visas to businesses every year, and recipients can stay up to six years. Although no one tracks exactly how many H-1B holders are in the U.S., experts estimate there are at least 600,000 at any one time. Skilled guest workers can also come in on other types of visas.

    Full article:–finance.html

  71. Lorrie U says:

    Linda Gomez – “What do you think the US Social Security is based on? Its based on the upcoming generation of workers.”

    What Happened to the $2.6 Trillion Social Security Trust Fund?

  72. Eliseo says:

    Wonderful commentary on Hobby Lobby decision at Daily Kos:

    What the battle over birth control is really about


    …Robinson suggests 500 years from now looking back, the three great achievements of the 20th Century are likely to be the invention of the integrated circuit (without which the internet does not exist), the Moon landing (which she thinks will carry the same impact as Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe), and
    the mass availability of nearly 100% effective contraception. Far from being a mere 500-year event, we may have to go back to the invention of the wheel or the discovery of fire to find something that’s so completely disruptive to the way humans have lived for the entire duration of our remembered history.

    …Robinson argues that biology condemned women to a role organized around childbearing, which allowed men to benefit, including establishing dominance in many areas. As she writes
    They got full economic and social control over our bodies, our labor, our affections, and our futures. They got to make the rules, name the gods we would worship, and dictate the terms we would live under. In most cultures, they had the right to sex on demand within the marriage, and also to break their marriage vows with impunity — a luxury that would get women banished or killed. As long as pregnancy remained the defining fact of our lives, they got to run the whole show. The world was their party, and they had a fabulous time.

    …Sara Robinson warns us about what is happening right now,
    much of the history of this century, when it’s finally written, will be the story of our children’s ongoing struggles against the organized powers that intend to seize back the means of our liberation, and turn back the clock to the way things used to be.

    We are seeing that battle play out right now in Washington and around this nation.
    This is not just about religion.
    This is not just about women’s health.
    This is not just about contraception.
    This is about what kind of society we will be.

  73. Michael from NYC says:

    Prabhata the tech industry is filled with tons of age discrimination, and most big firms would never hire a coder above the age of 30 never mind 56. If those jobs are being lost they’re just being outsourced outside the us with no visa required. But on the flip side any job that could be outsourced most likely has already been outsourced.

    Linda Gomez the generation with the biggest population are millennials not boomers. Also if they have more children the money to care for those kids may come from money aimed at those who are retired – so I’m not sure you want to root for that as a solution. You’re better off rooting for a growing economy for the middle class and for companies that are public to also grow to help retirement funds.

  74. alex says:

    Meet the Billionaires Using Their Fracking Fortune to Bankroll an Extreme Right-Wing Christian Agenda

    Meet The Wilkes Brothers

  75. alex says:

    Boehner is believed to be working under a theory proposed by attorney David Rivkin and Elizabeth Price Foley, a professor of law at Florida International University College of Law, that gives Congress a path to a lawsuit using the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG).

    Rivkin told the Roll Call website that the House would need to prove injury as an institution; to prove that as an institution, it has authorized the lawsuit, through a vote by BLAG; to prove that no other private plaintiff has standing to challenge; and that there are no political remedies available to Congress.

    Back in March, House Republicans started the ball rolling on a bill to fast track civil lawsuits filed by Congress against President Obama for allegedly abusing his powers. The Enforce The Law Act, proposed by Representative Trey Gowdy, allowed the House or Senate to fast track for any civil lawsuit against the President if that President “failed to meet the requirement of Article II, section 3, clause 17, of the Constitution of the United States to take care that a law be faithfully executed.”

  76. alex says:


    Rep. Trey Gowdy R-SC
    DOB 8/22/1964, Greenville SC

  77. alex says:


    Rep. Trey Gowdy R-SC
    DOB 8/22/1964, Greenville SC

    Natal Earth Incarnate, Singleton Element Fire (Sun @28 Leo – overcompensates for lack of fire element)

    Virgo has innate preoccupation with what is lacking in their lives which can range from an awareness, to a neurosis, to one-track minded obsession/compulsion/fixation/fetish focal point on ax-to-grind issues.

    Trey Gowdy Natal Virgo
    N/Uranus @09VI, N/Pluto @13VI, N/Neptune @15VI, N/Mercury @17VI

    Grand Earth Trine by Synastry

    Trey Gowdy Natal Jupiter @25 Taurus
    USA Sibley Midpoint Lilith ( / Midheaven @25 Virgo
    USA Sibley Midpoint Ceres / Ascendant @25 Capricorn

    USA Pluto @27 Capricorn
    Natal John Boehner Jupiter @27 Capricorn

  78. alex says:

    Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) introduced this legislation with Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA).

    Bill to fast track civil lawsuits filed by Congress against President Obama for allegedly abusing his powers.

    To prevent executive overreach, the ENFORCE the Law Act puts a procedure in place to permit the House, or the Senate, to authorize a lawsuit against the Executive Branch for failure to faithfully execute the laws.

    The legislation also provides for expedited consideration of any such lawsuit, first through a three-judge panel at the federal district court level and then by providing for direct appeal to the United States Supreme Court.

    This expedited review is crucial in order to ensure that when a lawsuit is brought against the Administration to enforce our laws, the courts not only grant Congress standing, but also hear the case on an expedited timeline to prevent the President from stalling the litigation until his term is up.

    Today March 12, 2014 the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4138, the Enforce the Law Act, by a vote of 233-181.

    Gowdy speech in Congress

  79. alex says:

    continued: don’t yet know if the wiki is for the same Rivkin excerpt from the url upthread

    Boehner is believed to be working under a theory proposed by attorney David Rivkin and Elizabeth Price Foley, a professor of law at Florida International University College of Law, that gives Congress a path to a lawsuit using the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG).

  80. alex says:

    Messrs. Rivkin and Casey are lawyers in the Washington, D.C., office of Baker & Hostetler LLP.

    They pioneered the constitutional arguments against the individual mandate and represented 26 states in challenging ObamaCare.

  81. alex says:

    WISCONSIN Governor’s Election November 4, 2104

    Gov. Scott Walker faces two opponents in November — Mary Burke and John Doe.

  82. alex says:


    “Coal Rollers” are diesel trucks modified with chimneys and equipment that can force extra fuel into the engine causing dark black smoke to pour out of the chimney stacks.

    These modifications are not new, but as Slate’s Dave Weigel pointed out on Thursday, “rolling coal” has begun to take on a political dimension with pickup drivers increasingly viewing their smokestacks as a form of protest against environmentalists and Obama administration emissions regulations.

    I run into a lot of people that really don’t like Obama at all,” said one seller of stack kits from Wisconsin. “If he’s into the environment, if he’s into this or that, we’re not. I hear a lot of that.

    To get a single stack on my truck—that’s my way of giving them the finger. You want clean air and a tiny carbon footprint? Well, screw you.”

    Pickup trucks customized to spew black smoke into the air are quickly becoming the newest weapon in the culture wars.

  83. Lorrie U says:

    Alex – Thank you for all the excellent posts. Now I’m definitely heading back to bed to cover my head because as Will stated, it seems like the gates of hell have opened.

    “Messrs. Rivkin and Casey are lawyers in the Washington, D.C., office of Baker & Hostetler LLP…They pioneered the constitutional arguments against the individual mandate and represented 26 states in challenging ObamaCare.”

    You mean it was that mean Obama who just didn’t want the individual mandate, as so often stated by progressives??

  84. Lorrie U says:

    “You mean it wasn’t…” Like I said, back to bed.

  85. alex says:


    I posted information unfortunately most of the non-factual stuff wrapped in the url/article is corporate crap….

    I don’t think Boehner and his co-conspirators are going to have it as easy as he thinks it’s going to be… I do think that they are
    worried and want to change the subject in the media with anything because the 2014 may not being going in their direction …. I don’t think suing Obama will be as good for the GOP as they think it will be;

  86. will says:


    Sorry to learn that you are not feeling well. Total rest will surely bring you peace.

  87. will says:

    82 people shot in Chicago over Fourth of July weekend; 14 of them fatally

    Each night of the long holiday weekend, at least a dozen people were shot in the greatest burst of gun violence Chicago has seen this year.

    • From Thursday night into Friday, three people were killed and 10 others wounded. An attack outside a West Englewood salon left two men dead and an East Garfield Park shooting took the life of a 21-year-old woman.

    • From Friday afternoon into Saturday, 20 people were shot, one fatally. The man who died had been flashing gang signs in a parking lot in the Clearing neighborhood when someone told him to stop. When the man didn’t, he was shot, police said.

    • From Saturday night into Sunday morning, four people were killed and another 10 wounded.

    • The bloodiest stretch of the weekend was a 13-hour period between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 3:30 a.m. Monday when four people were killed and at least another 26 wounded, many of them in critical condition. And the most chaotic scene was in South Chicago, where three people were wounded during a running gun battle.


  88. B.A. says:

    Regarding the polls and obama, I would say he has lost a certain number of folks who voted for him as his actions, appointments, the NSA revelations & his proposed fixes (not much) are quite different than his campaign rhetoric.

    Here is one such, and while I don’t totally agree with her, she does speak for some folks, and it really shouldn’t be much of a surprise, due to the difference in campaign rhetoric and actual implementation.

    One example she does not mention, but typical, is the appointment of the chief lobbyist for the cable companies to the FCC, and the resultant threat to net neutrality.

    And, (bonus for the males on this list) she is cute .

  89. Anne's Aunt says:

    Lorrie, also sending my wishes for the best health!

    “That mean Obama”?? Huh? Just because he agreed with Rs about denying a public option – and for completely denying that single payer even get a voice at the table, you blame the Rs or use that to divert attention from the blue dog Obama ideals? He fought against progressives on this issue and sided with conservatives, Rs and Ts. Blaming the conservatives for Obama’s rather conservative ideals makes no sense. After all both single payer and public option were completely off BEFORE the president even BEGAN negotiations with the R/Ts.

    President Obama is not a disempowered helpless victim child needing some nonsense excuse for everything.

    He deserves MORE RESPECT than that! Agree with every single thing about him or not, but he is a man and is the President.

  90. Lorrie U says:

    AA – I guess you don’t get sarcasm? I was agreeing with Alex. And, he never agreed with R’s about denying a public option, but as even Hillary Clinton, it was the only deal he could get through, so he fought for what he could get. The goal was to get a single payer option after the 2012 elections, as pointed out by Harry Reid, but with this Congress and now the 2014 elections looming, it didn’t happen.

    And thanks for the well wishes. Not physically ill, just sick of the news and meanness in the world, so sometimes have to retreat into my shell and just do light interaction.

  91. Lorrie U says:

    John Boehner Can’t Name One Example Of Obama Breaking The Law In 12 Paragraph CNN Op-Ed

    Speaker of the House John Boehner spent twelve paragraphs writing about why he must sue President Obama, but what was missing from his CNN commentary was any examples of Obama breaking the law.

  92. Anne's Aunt says:

    Lorrie, sorry, my misunderstanding!

    Obama traded away the public option first thing when making a pre-deal with the hospital lobby. So in fact, he DID agree that the idea of a public option would be the first to go after single payer. Don’t know where you got that story about him ‘fighting’ for a public option. He never ‘fought’ or even negotiated with the R/Ts on it at all since he made that give away to the hospital lobby.

    BTW Clinton did have a mandate but if it was not met a person was to be auto-enrolled in medicare. It was very different in that than Obama’s fine/tax and no healthcare insurance. For those who have to buy on the individual market (like I do) her idea was so much better. It would have saved me so much money. I’ve accepted Obama’s version of the ACA and now I support it (hoping it will have vital improvements), but I don’t see the need to pretend it is not what it is, or that it was negotiated in any way other than it was.

  93. alex says:

    “One of the lessons we’ve learned in implementing health care is to stay on it,” said Tara McGuinness, the White House senior communications adviser who has been spearheading the effort for the West Wing, reflecting on previous run-ins. “We are not going to let anyone distort the debate.”

    “Nobody out there knows anything about the medical-loss ratio,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who’s become the Senate point man for Obamacare rapid response, leading efforts to get Democrats to match Republicans in floor speeches and social media campaigns with supportive efforts of their own. But “if the premium increase is too high, you get your money back. That’s a pretty easy thing to explain.”

    That’s where the six-person White House team, with backup from staffers at the Department of Health and Human Services, comes in. “Chance favors the prepared mind” goes the Louis Pasteur quotation that defines their ethos.

    For months, the half-dozen White House communications and policy aides have been assembling state-by-state histories of health insurance rates before the Affordable Care Act was implemented, the drop-offs between initial rate proposals and final rates, and an analysis of the law’s effects and projections for 2015 — all condensed to fit on a two-page background and talking points document tailored for each state.

  94. kiwi says:

    Im with you Lorrie & Will – just feel like hibernating under the covers these days!
    Meanwhile, Ed Tamplin has written about Pluto-Iran-CIA-MI6-Oil

  95. Lorrie U says:

    AA – You might have liked Clinton’s healthcare bill better, but it didn’t get through at all. Sometimes you have to give up a little to get a little when you’re negotiating with terrorists.

  96. Sarah says:

    Nancy – Sitting here in Jerusalem, I am very interested in your numbers on Israel. Hoping that you find fit to share. Thanks.

  97. Anne's Aunt says:

    Lorrie, when are you saying her *healthcare bill* did not go thru? She has never introduced a healthcare bill! As first lady she did and could not introduce any legislation, but did research and proposed some ideas to those who could actually bring a bill to congress and vote on it. As a candidate she formulated her position but did not get elected. As SOS she did and could not introduce legislation and was prohibited from commenting on any of the president’s domestic policies. So I’m a bit confused by what you mean. If she gets a chance, tho, I think she would be a formidable negotiator, knows legislative enemies and how to work with/against/around them. Not saying she would have been successful, but she has not had the chance yet.

    I suppose you mean by “terrorists” the powerful lobbies – pharma, hospitals, for-profit health insurers.

  98. alex says:

    2014 November 4th Election & Lawrence R. Houston – CIA ( wrote the National Security Act 1947)


    2014 Election Saturn @24 Scorpio
    Lawrence Houston N/Eris @25 Pisces
    Lawrence Houston N/Neptune @24 Cancer
    (cnj USA Mercury @24 Cancer)


    Lawrence Houston Natal Saturn @25 Taurus
    USA Midpoint Lilith ( @25 Virgo
    (feminie power in exile – patriarchy)
    USA Ceres/ASC @25 Capricorn

    2014 Election Nessus @27 Aquarius (generational bad conditions)
    Lawrence Houston Natal Venus @27 Aquarius

  99. alex says:

    CIA General Counsel Lawrence R. Houston

    Agreement struck between CIA Lawrence Houston and DOJ Deputy Attorney General William P. Rogers in February 1954:

    A secret agreement between the CIA and the U.S. Department of Justice was put in place whereby the violation of “criminal statutes” by CIA personnel would not result in Department of Justice prosecutions, if “highly classified and complex covert operations” were threatened with exposure.

    Creating the National Security State: A History of the Law That Transformed America by Douglas T. Stuart

  100. alex says:

    continued: Lawrence R. Houston, CIA General Counsel

    Ex. how the secret 1954 agreement between DOJ & CIA is applied

    whereas no legal recourse for involuntary human experimentees in

    the present administration and in the

    past administrations

    wiki Project ARTICHOKE

  101. alex says:

    continued: Lawrence R. Houston, CIA General Counsel

    and by extension no legal resource from NSA/DOD/DOJ/CIA covert human experimentation

  102. alex says:

    continued: Lawrence R. Houston, CIA General Counsel (secret agreement DOJ & CIA)

    William Rogers joined the Administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower as Deputy Attorney General in 1953.

    55th United States Secretary of State, In office
    January 22, 1969 – September 3, 1973

  103. barbk says:

    Speaking of transiting Saturn aspecting Pres. Obama’s Aquarian ascendant, I believe all natal planets or points in Aquarius are under some sort of transformative process.

    The two rulers of that sign, Saturn the older ruler and Uranus the newer ruler, have been in a quincunx for a lengthy period of time. What’s more, the signs they occupy, Saturn being in Scorpio and Uranus being in Aries, are both ruled (or co-ruled) by Mars. Add to that, both transiting planets will make stations within 31 hours of each other; one going forward and one going retrograde.

    A quincunx aspect is experienced as pressure to adjust and, in this case, the energies needing to adjust – Uranian and Saturnian – don’t do that without a great deal of forcing. Each planet symbolizes a reluctance to compromise; Uranus represents a powerful urge to bring new perspective and insight, while Saturn represents stability and a powerful resistance to change. Blending would seem out of the question.

    Transiting Mars has been traveling with the asteroid Vesta and minor planet Ceres, along with the transiting north node of the moon for some time now, and in the chart for the Full Capricorn Moon on July 12th, all 3, Mars, Vesta and Ceres will be in the same degree, 23+ Libra. They make several major aspects: a square to the Moon (feminine) in Capricorn, and the Sun in Cancer (feminine), a trine to Mercury in Gemini and an opposition to Eris, goddess of Discord, in Aries.

    These aspects to Mars and his companions in turn will affect the delivery of the energy expressed by both Saturn and Uranus, and WOULD, therefore, affect any planet travelling in Aquarius, but there ARE no major planets transiting in Aquarius now.

    I can’t help but feel that this rather extraordinary set of circumstances is designed for the Aquarian planets and points in birth charts of entities and is part of the overall evolutionary process going on. Unlike the blatant evolutionary energy expressed by the cardinal squares between transiting Uranus and Pluto, and the subsequent T-squares and grand crosses when combined with other transiting planets, this quincunx between Uranus and Saturn is less obvious and less conscious.

    The U.S. Sibly birth chart has the Moon in Aquarius and the Moon symbolizes all of the People – of the U.S. in this case – as a whole. The Moon itself symbolizes families, feelings, homes, traditions, and especially women and mothers. Aquarius symbolizes technology, among other things, and it is technology that is connecting people all over the world. Aquarius would not normally be associated with nurturing per se, yet this country’s Aquarian Moon oddly balances the overly nurturing influence of the Cancer (ruled by the Moon) Sun of the U.S.

    In our various modes of connecting with the world beyond our immediate self, family and community, we are witnessing AND participating in this dichotomy of energies symbolized by Saturn and Uranus – both masculine energies. You can see it right here on Starlight News. As world events tear us from subject to subject with incredible speed, we come here to get an understanding about it from Nancy, to express our own thoughts and feelings, and read about those of others so as to get a sense of direction, and to comprehend the impact of those events. That is an Aquarian Moon thing. Here we can get the stability of Saturn and the modernity of Uranus both at the same time.

    As we approach the Full Moon on the 12th, see if you can’t detect the influence of the goddess Vesta (investment, focus, dedication, protection) and the goddess Ceres (food, agriculture, children, loss) in all things Martian and Libran. Note the conflicts (Moon in Cap, Sun in Cancer, Eris in Aries) and the support (Venus in Gemini) in events and how they are reported. Of course this also includes financial news. Pass it along to the rest of us and you will be part of the evolutionary (north node) process!

  104. barbk says:

    I meant to say a trine to Venus in Gemini rather than Mercury in Gemini when I spoke of the aspects to the Mars-Ceres-Vesta conjunction in the Capricorn Full Moon chart. Mercury IS in Gemini but not close enough to be considered a trine with the Mars group.

  105. alex says:

    continued: Lawrence R. Houston, CIA General Counsel


    Former President Harry Truman Op-Ed: “Limit CIA Role to Intelligence” Washington Post, December 22, 1963

    The Washington Post published the op-ed on Dec. 22, 1963, in its early edition, but immediately excised it from later editions.

    Truman wrote that he was “disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment” to keep the President promptly and fully informed and had become “an operational and at times policy-making arm of the government.”

  106. starlight says:

    Sarah – Give me a couple of days to write up something on Israel.

  107. clymela box says:

    Starlight-I am so waiting to read what you see regarding Israel and Palestine. I have been in mourning over Israel’s desire to commit the type of genocide that we, the American immigrants (including my maternal heritage), committed on the native folk. I imagine that this is the end of western civilization as we have experienced that phenomenon. I grew up on “end days” stories of which the biggest sign of end days was the return of Jews to Israel. I no longer live in that “country”but I do see what Israel is doing as the end of us. And…. I do not forget what Europe did to Jews I mourn Jews turning into the genocidal murderers that we became in America.

  108. clymela box says:

    Barb K-thank you so much for your words and thoughts regarding this present time particularly the relationship between Saturn and Uranus and Mars. Alex- I love your point on our history. I learn/remember so much of how we got here reading your history.

  109. connimac says:

    Lorrie, please do give yourself some time to recharge. You are one of the most spiritual as well as well informed contributers on starlight’s site. It really doesn’t matter that some may see your defense of PBO as misplaced or naive. It isn’t — and YOU know it isn’t. A good ninety percent of the crap served up for us as news is negative toward PBO. No matter. He was never going to appeal to ideologues, not even progressive ones! He came in during a time when all the worst of the old established institutions is crumbling, and his role is to try to unite people behind the common good for all, despite a rabid right wing fiercely fighting to hold on to the worst of history, simply because it benefits them. Rest up, turn up your inner lamp so you can see your path clearly and continue to share with us.

  110. Lorrie U says:

    connimac – Your words comfort and refresh me beyond measure! Thank you for your kind support, and may all of us be sustained by others such as yourself as we struggle to maintain our center in this crazy world. Blessings…

  111. Anne's Aunt says:

    Lorrie, …my best wishes too! Of course you don’t expect lock step adoration of any political leader which would be an extremely negative energy! For Obama little pushes from the left of center are kinder than blindness – blind devotion with no questioning. Sometimes deep devotion seems to “change the facts” and it is always good to bring back a bit of realty in those cases.

    BarbK, wow, fascinating and lots of food for thought. I’m currently experiencing a conjunction of Pluto and Chiron in my 6th house. I’ve dreaded this transit, tho I should know better since transits have so many ways of being expressed that predictions are usually poor at best. And they can be very counterproductive since they lead to expectations. At least that’s in my experience. For some months my physical health and my career have been truly transforming. I was not satisfied with health habits and then, one day, they simply all changed for the better. I also have Uranus on my midheaven and my career seems to be going well too.

    As far as Saturn, I, like Will, have a Saturn Neptune conjunction and have have experienced saturn transits as productive. Yes, difficult but very productive. Saturn/Neptune (like Will says) can be used to take a dream and make it real for earth which then makes it in a form that can actually be shared and communicated. I am, and know, so many people with Aquarius sun and mercury – at least. So your thoughts are really interesting.

  112. Prabhata says:

    Father Dave is the Anglican Parish Priest, former professional boxer, community worker and agitator living in Australia. An excerpt of his article below:

    Why it’s OK to arm ‘MODERATE’ jihadists in Syria

    I must admit that I was a little confused when I first heard that Barack Obama was looking for another 500 million dollars to arm rebels in Syria. It didn’t make any sense! Then I realised that he only wanted to arm moderate jihadists. Thank God!

    I mean … America has been leading the crusade against all forms of jihad and terror and Al Qaeda and all things radically Islamic, and while Uncle Sam’s ‘war on terror’ may have been a miserable failure in terms of decreasing the actual amount of terror in the world, at least we’ve always known who the good guys and the bad guys are, and I thought for a moment that Obama was going to arm those crazy extremists!

    No! Thank God! It’s only the moderates that Obama is going to arm! The moderates are lovely people! They are an entirely different group from the extremists, and it’s only the extremists who are the bad guys!

    Moderates don’t want to kill anybody, and if they do inadvertently kill somebody it’s because they didn’t get the chance to arrest the person and read them their rights first. Moderates prefer dialogue to violence and would sooner work things out with someone over a beer than have to shoot anybody! You won’t find moderate rebels eating the hearts of their enemies or … OH! You mean that heart-eating guy was one of the moderates?!

    Here’s the truth people: the term ‘moderate’ when applied to the violence in Syria is a piece of meaningless fiction. Moderates live alongside the Jabberwocky, hidden somewhere in the borogoves!

    I’m not even sure what the term ‘moderate’ is supposed to signify! I can’t imagine that it’s intended to mean that these people kill their enemies in a more moderate way – with a scouting knife perhaps rather than with a gun. It certainly doesn’t mean that they don’t commit atrocities. No party in the Syrian conflict has a squeaky-clean record in that regard. Is it meant to signify that these people make a principled distinction between civilians and combatants? Not a chance!

    Full article

  113. will says:


    Very much appreciate your July 12 full-moon essay; lots of wonderful alchemy and grounded wisdom.

  114. alex says:

    GOP primary?
    misc. GOP governor

  115. alex says:


    Governor Susana Martinez
    Governor Jindal

  116. kiwi says:

    Barbk thanks from me too regarding your Saturn/Uranus ‘lesson.’
    I too have an aquarius rising, and my husband is an aquarian sun. Makes total sense!
    And Connimac – thanks for your comments directed at Lorrie – so true. You expressed everything so well!
    I have always sincerely believed that Obama was the man the cosmos needed to be at the helm during these challenging and stormy change times.

  117. Anne's Aunt says:

    Alex, the GOP primary will be a total circus! I think it’s safe to count Christy out, thank god. Do you know if Romney has announced any plans yet? Of course he would yet again lose. Paul is getting some youth vote but is just so out there.

    Kiwi, Obama was the cosmic right guy for the moment – of course that means that Bush was too, so sometimes the cosmos does not run just like progressives would hope for! :)

  118. will says:

    Turn on your news: major bombing in Israel right now!

  119. Sharon K says:

    Clymela, I certainly don’t claim to be an expert but Israel is “responding” to the rockets being volleyed at its cities that wreak havoc and scare people. Fortunately for Israel and unfortunately for Gaza, Israel has an anti-missle defense system; thus, an advantage…..but should Israel do nothing while 100 to 200 missle come in daily?

  120. alex says:

    coming up on Rachel Maddow MSNBC – an interview with Wendy Davis

  121. Lorrie U says:

    Elephant ‘cries’ when freed after 50 years in captivity

    Held captive for 50 years, Raju was shackled with spiked chains, beaten, abused, and forced to beg for food from passing tourists all day.

    The elephant, at times would be so desperate for food, that he would eat plastic and paper on the streets of India just to fill his empty stomach.

    Veterinarians and wildlife experts from the Wildlife SOS-UK joined together with Forestry Commission officers and members of the police department in an overnight rescue mission to free the captive elephant.

    It was only fitting that one minute past midnight on July 4th — Independence Day — Raju was finally freed from half a century of captivity.

    “Raju was in chains 24 hours a day, an act of ­intolerable cruelty. The team was astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue,” Wildlife SOS-UK’s Pooja Binepal told the Mirror.

  122. starlight says:

    The Sun/ Uranus square has brought wild weather to much of the nation (including here earlier tonight) but seems to have also stimulated an escalation in Israel.

    I also think that this protracted Saturn transit to Obama’s Venus is mostly about the immigration crisis on the border. I think he would love to invite them all in but his responsibility (Saturn) is to uphold the law and not create an even bigger crisis by being too welcoming. I think he is really torn by this.

  123. Eliseo says:

    Does anyone have any birth information on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, AKA “Caliph Ibrahim” other than the unsubstantiated assertion he was born in 1971 near Samarra, Iraq?

  124. alex says:


    A Healing Model

    The Psychology of Vision is a healing model that is not just about healing and repair, but also about vision, creativity and living one’s purpose. It is not only important to ‘fix the car’, it is also crucial where the car is going.

    “The Psychology of Vision is a return to original meanings in regard to healing. The word psychology comes from the Greek words, psyche and logos, literally meaning ‘soul study’. This speaks to both the depth and completeness of the model.

    Vision is the recognition that we must go beyond the status quo that allows the pain of the past to shrink our horizons. Instead, vision allows a positive future that shows us the way back to the eternal present. The Psychology of Vision is a marriage of cutting edge psychology and grace.

    Leadership, because the world needs leaders today; and because leadership is a response to the calls for help around us.
    Spirituality, because, ultimately, we are spiritual beings. As evolution occurs, we move from dependence to independence, from independence to partnership, and from interdependence to radical dependence. Radical dependence is the awareness of our reliance on God, Love or Spirit that goes beyond all religions, and seeks that which is essential to the primary spiritual experience beyond form.

    The Psychology of Vision recognises that while there are basically two minds, our ego and our higher mind, it is convenient to deal with the conscious, subconscious, unconscious and super-conscious minds.

    In the conscious mind, there is a common sense approach to that which is in our awareness.

    The subconscious mind contains everything we hide from ourselves that has occurred since our conception and is recorded in the mind. Even though it is buried, it is still affecting us.

    The unconscious mind contains our personal soul path, and follows the deepest parts of the mind that determine the direction of our lives.

    The content of our unconscious mind is inherited from our own soul agenda, ancestral patters, and the limitations of humanity. The super-conscious or spiritual mind is the most primordial, yet most hidden, aspect of our existence. It reflects our relationship to God or ‘All That Is’ on the way back to Oneness.

  125. Anne's Aunt says:

    I think the immigrations crises in general and the current one involving children is much more complicated than Obama’s venus and saturn. Who knows or cares what he “might” think? He HAS proposed $3.7 billion to aid current border issues, including massive numbers of unaccompanied children. He HAS made this very important step. Next it has to go to the senate and house for funding approval.

    This is much more a problem with the R/T interference and their absolute unwillingness to fund any action on this. They should be happy that Obama has even increased deportations since Bush but they are not. When Obama sticks to the center (which he always does, or strays right) they go even further insane right wing – no not even right wing, just insane with any obstruction no matter what. Disgusting. I’m very glad at least this story is seeing some light. If it weren’t for redistricting the R/Ts would be so out of here in one or two voting cycles.

    From the NYT: “The president said he needed the money to set up new detention facilities, conduct more aerial surveillance and hire immigration judges and Border Patrol agents to respond to the flood of 52,000 children. Their sudden mass migration has overwhelmed local resources and touched off protests from residents angry about the impact on the local economy. In a letter to congressional leaders, Mr. Obama urged them to “act expeditiously” on his request.”

    I mean seriously, there are R friendly words….detention…surveillance…border patrol…judges…. but the Rs are AGAINST THIS!! Where do these A$$HOLES get off?

    If anyone here has a R or T representative (the bill will be stalled in the house) please call your rep!