Saturday, November 23, 2013

Via God Bless the President of the United States / FB:

Recently my husband was in a conversation with a relative.  He asked him why he voted for Romney and all he could come up with is FOX news sound bites.  "I don't want US to be a socialist nation!" he exclaimed. So, you don't want roads and bridges and police and firemen?  You don't want public schools or military? You don't want your mother to have social security or medicare, right?  "Well, no."  So what is your ideology that is in alignment with the Republicans, he was asked.  This relative is into yoga.  He could come up with nothing. Finally he admitted that he voted AGAINST Obama, he did not VOTE for anything he was actually for.  My husband asked: Why? because he is black?  His relative said "I'm not a bigot! I like black people!"  Which ones? My husband asked.  He could only site people he felt superior to.  OK, my husband said, you like black people as long as they are not leaders, in charge of anything, as long as you can have more power than them, right?  That is a bigot!  His relative broke down and cried.  The truth is that 65% of all people who claim to be Republicans when given the choice of principles or ideologies between the parties will always choose the Democratic philosophy.  They just can't wrap their heads around VOTING for a black guy.  Next up folks, VOTING for a woman!  Yes, after years of attempting to keep racism and misogyny  as your primary motivation, the gig is up, transformation is at hand, critical mass has occurred, 52% of the country bases their decisions on LOVE, not fear, loathing and bigotry. 52% of the country wants to lift and help people who cannot help themselves, 52% of the country wants the best education for our children, 52% of the country does not want the feed the war profiteers any longer, 52% of the country does not give a rat's a$$ if our President is black or female or gay.  52% of the country sees the GOP is holding our growth and progress hostage and 52% of the country are going to VOTE every single GOP candidate OUT in 2014!!!!


"Recently my husband was in a conversation with a relative. He asked him why he voted for Romney and all he could come up with is FOX news sound bites. 

 "I don't want US to be a socialist nation!" he exclaimed. 

So, you don't want roads and bridges and police and firemen? You don't want public schools or military? You don't want your mother to have social security or medicare, right? 

"Well, no." 

So what is your ideology that is in alignment with the Republicans, he was asked. This relative who is into yoga, could come up with nothing. Finally he admitted that he voted AGAINST Obama, he did not VOTE for anything he was actually for. 

 My husband asked: Why? because he is black? His relative said "I'm not a bigot! I like black people!" 

"Which ones?" My husband asked. 

He could only site people he felt superior to. OK, my husband said, you like black people as long as they are not leaders, in charge of anything, as long as you can have more power than them, right? That is a bigot! His relative broke down and cried. 

The truth is that 65% of all people who claim to be Republicans when given the choice of principles or ideologies between the parties will always choose the Democratic philosophy. They just can't wrap their heads around VOTING for a black guy. 

 Next up folks, VOTING for a woman! Yes, after years of attempting to keep racism and misogyny as your primary motivation, the gig is up, transformation is at hand, critical mass has occurred, 52% of the country bases their decisions on LOVE, not fear, loathing and bigotry. 52% of the country wants to lift and help people who cannot help themselves, 52% of the country wants the best education for our children, 52% of the country does not want the feed the war profiteers any longer, 52% of the country does not give a rat's a$$ if our President is black or female or gay. 52% of the country sees the GOP is holding our growth and progress hostage and 52% of the country does not give a rat's a$$ if our President is black or female or gay. 52% of the country sees the GOP is holding our growth and progress hostage and 52% of the country are going to VOTE every single GOP candidate OUT in 2014!!!!"

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

I remember where I was that day…

It was November 22, 1963. I can smell the room, the paste, and paper, and crayons and us sweaty kids… the sun streaming thru the big windows, with the coastal range in back.

I was in 3rd grade, in Steindorf School in San Jose, and my teacher was Miss Riggs, a new teacher, who was really, really beautiful, at least from the point of view of an 8 year old 3rd grader. Now that I look back, she was having a tough time keeping us all in line. Not that it was all that easy, I think I was one amongst others who might now be called "borderline hyperactive" and at very least full of tow-headed suburban boy energy.

I remember that I liked school with Miss Riggs. That she had great ideas, one of which was to put on a production of some sort using the song “Puff the Magic Dragon", tho at some point in our practice sessions, she lost control of us, and decided to cancel it all. But we loved her, even though we had a hard time behaving. I liked her, and her worksheets that smelled of mimeograph fluid, and remember her showing me how to color and shade things like I had never done before with crayons.

You see, it had been a rough few months, duck and cover drills, and other things that really scared the shit out of little kids and their parents who lived in California suburbs ringed by military bases. 


My second grade teacher who I can now see was gifted, during one of the drills, when all the little girls were crying, told us that the school had installed special “antiblast” windows and that we would be OK because the curtains we had to pull were lead lined and would protect us (from what no one knew). I remember drawing “antiblast” windows on everything I drew for a week after, and having my Dad cut antiblast windows in refrigerator boxes he used to bring home so I could make forts in.

Once, my best friend Oscar and I got in trouble during one duck and cover drill because we could see the underwear of one girl sitting in front of us, and Oscar and I got to laughing uncontrollably. Which was cool, because he had a way of seeing that I was getting nervous and worried like the rest of the kids, and he said from under his desk next to me, “Spisst, Danny, look” and pointed ahead of him with his finger. And I looked, ahead of me and there was Dianne’s butt in flowery glory staring right at me. 


She hated me and Oscar until I moved to Oregon at the beginning of 6th grade.


Like I said, I was at the water fountain, when the principal made the announcement over the intercom to the effect that the president had been shot and killed and that we were all to go home. Miss Riggs burst into tears, and we all got ready and lined up. For once we were well behaved, and she hugged each of us as we left... 

In those days, kids walked to and from school, and so I remember the line of kids, mostly silent, big and little walking down Foxworthy Avenue to their homes exiting both left and right on the suburban track home side streets, mine on Kilo Avenue. I can’t remember if we went to the neighbors, or if my little sister was with me… I just remember the line of kids, mostly silent, and later not really understanding why there were no cartoons on the TV for the rest of a week.

At any rate, that is my story about a moment that changed the whole world. 


I hope you are well Miss Riggs, and Oscar... 







and then there is this astonishing moment in Boston :

Hear The Moment This Audience In Boston Found Out JFK Had Been Shot

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Via The White House



Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. And to mark Lincoln's historic, moving speech, President Obama sat down and penned a very personal, handwritten tribute for display at the Lincoln Presidential Library.

It's really incredible -- make sure you check it out.

Via Armed Democrats / FB:


In 2001 in 5 states sampled, it was found that medical problems contributed to at least 46.2% of all bankruptcies. Since then, health costs and the numbers of un- and underinsured have increased, and bankruptcy laws have tightened. Despite these factors, medical related bankruptcy increased to 62.1% of all bankruptcies in 2007. Illness and medical bills contribute to a large and increasing share of US bankruptcies. http://amjmed.org/medical-bankruptcy-in-the-united-states-2007-results-of-a-national-study/

Via Steve Marmel / FB:


Via Media Matters for America / FB:


Via JMG: Monty Python To Reunite


The details so far:
The five surviving members of Monty Python are reuniting for a stage show. The five -- John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin -- will announce their specific plans Thursday at a press conference in London, where the hit comedy TV series "Monty Python's Flying Circus" debuted in 1969. Idle, the man behind the hit Broadway musical "Monty Python's Spamalot" (which also played at the San Diego Civic Theatre), tweeted: "Only three days to go till the Python press conference. Make sure Python fans are alerted to the big forthcoming news event."
Perhaps like many of you, I went through high school shrieking in a mock-British accent. Our favorite bits were the parrot sketch (of course) and the argument clinic. Excuse me, but I've already paid.


Reposted from Joe Jervis
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