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Home country: USA
Current location: California
Member since: 2001
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About Me

What do I snare in my web, you inquire? All sweet things to savor, to hold close and dear; Moonbeams and laughter and lovers' sighs, Sunbeams and daisies and children's smiles. The holes in my web allow the escape Of fears and hurts, jealousies, hate; All loneliness, prejudice, anger, and pain, These pass through, transformed, to the ether again.

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Just introduced someone to Bernie!

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]A contractor was here this morning to do some work - a very nice young Latino man, who talked about his family, especially his 2-year-old daughter, while he worked. He's American born and his wife is an immigrant from Mexico, and both have extensive family connections here.

A while ago, I purchased a bunch of small Bernie buttons to give away; I carry some with me when I'm out and keep some on my desk. While I was signing off on the work he did, I casually asked, "Would you like a Bernie button?"
He looked at me, confused, and asked "What?"
"A Bernie button for Bernie Sanders."
"Who's that?"
"He's running for President and we need to make sure he wins."
"Really? As long as he's a Democrat."

All of a sudden, he didn't need to run off to his next job quite so quickly. He's a Democrat, but isn't altogether crazy about Hillary and thinks she has too many problems to win in the general. He was unhappily resigned to her "inevitability." All he knows is what's on the network evening news. He has internet access and is on FB, so I suggested that he check Bernie out there.

I told him how major media coverage is biased because it's all corporate owned, so he needs to use the internet to get more complete and accurate information. I told him about the post-debate polls showing Bernie as the clear winner, and how CNN took down their very own poll and declared that Hillary won.

We talked about his concerns regarding climate change and how it will affect his child. We talked about education and healthcare. We talked about Social Security, especially since his mother will be on it in a few years, and how Wall Street lusts after its trust funds. We talked about how multinational corporations, backed by the military-industrial complex, are hell-bent on returning us to a society of "lords" and serfs.

As we talked, he kept nodding in agreement with everything.

It seems we've added a new supporter, and he really cares. As a hard-working man, he relaxes with sports and not much in the way of news, but now he has a new urgency to learn. And he'll tell his family and friends, and they'll tell their family and friends...

The Purple Wave is gaining power, drop by precious drop!

The DC rally is ON with a new date. Share this widely!

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]From Facebook (copied verbatim, including typos):

[font color="black"]This is a grassroots rally lead by an organizer who has 20 years of protest and rally organizing experience. We will not ask you for any money and everyone is responsible for their own materials regarding signs and banners.

The powers that took us down out of facebook, that destroyed the rally that had 111K RSVPS, that announced Hillary Clinton as the winner of the first debate when literally EVERY ONLINE POLL AT EVERY OUTLET SHOWED BERNIE SANDERS AS THE RUNAWAY VICTOR WITH 70-86% SUPPORT - they will stop at nothing to make sure Bernie Sanders doesn't win the White House. We do believe that people who are on a payroll to work social media for Clinton are responsible for attacking our rally relentlessly for 10 days. Normal people don't spend 24 hours a day 7 days a week trolling the same event to the tune of 1,000's of troll posts and reports.

They are Wall Street who regulates Congress.
They are the KOCH empire.
They are establishment politics.
They are Oligarchs.
They want to keep the shriking middle class firmly under their shoe heel so our children cannot rise. Yes this is a feudal system where the overlords will stop at nothing to keep the poor and less privileged down. Dramatic, probably. True, ABSOLUTELY.

There is too much at stake this election to let them win. We must come back even stronger than before and in greater numbers.

Full original content: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/100000-enough-is-enough-rally-bernie-sanders-for-president-tickets-19130771653

[font color="navy"]Share on Facebook and any other social media site you participate in. Share repeatedly, daily if possible, until the word is out all over the country and no one can stop this event.

[font color="purple"]Go, Bernie!
Ride the purple wave and join The Purple Revolution!

Help end gender discrimination in California workers' comp.

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]Only a score of new signatures from California residents needed to put this petition over the goal number, but we want to go way past that!

Ask yourself if it's just that a damaged/ruined male body is automatically worth more in compensation than a female's, as is the case now. Women are breadwinners, just like men - no longer relegated to the kitchen and bedroom - and as such deserve to be equally compensated for work-related injury.

Please sign and share on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc!


Just for a change of pace.

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]Hadn't seen this in a while, but came across it this morning. It made me tear up a little, both sad and happy.

Forget for a small handful of moments all the other horrors caused by predatory greed and lust for power in the world - and feel the joy we could have in celebrating our simple, common humanity.

My 1st hidden post & the National Parks "artist."

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]Tonight I had my first post ever hidden, and I've been a member for over 13 years now. It was because I used the evil "b" word in reference to the young woman who arrogantly decided that her self-proclaimed title of "artist" entitled her to desecrate our National Parks with her acrylic paintings.

The "b word," to me, means a vile, obnoxious, nasty, selfish female. I haven't really kept up with the word's evolution from just being vulgar to having sexist implications. A feminist myself, I didn't intend any sexist meaning. (There's also a word for vile, obnoxious, nasty, selfish males that starts with a "b," but I've never been scolded for using that one.)

In any case, I greatly appreciate those jurors who kindly understood my reasoning even while disapproving of my angry, knee-jerk word choice for the vile, obnoxious, nasty, selfish female who did the defacing.

For the juror who said I "should know better," I humbly invoke age-related creeping decrepitude for my inattention to linguistic evolution and loss of impulse control. In the heat of the moment, I only recognized my intended meaning (see above), not the relatively new focus on sexist implications.

In any case, you'll all be very happy to know that the word expansion program I use on my computer now prints "__NO!__" whenever I type that evil word, so I won't make the same mistake again no matter how angry I get at someone's vile, obnoxious, nasty, selfish actions.

Adios to my first-ever hidden post... and hopefully my last.

Love you all...

"Don't Call This Veteran a Hero"

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]I've been traveling since May 20th, read this piece during that time and meant to forward/post it, but didn't get it done. It's a little late for its intended Memorial Day audience but no less true, so I'm posting it now, even though it's late.

Don't Call This Veteran a Hero

Planting Peace tackles South Sudan crisis

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]There are many worthy causes in the world that work to alleviate human suffering. One of my favorites is Planting Peace, which has multiple projects around the world, including orphanages, eliminating parasites in children, LGBT equality (including an underground in Uganda), rainforest preservation and more.

Now they're also taking on the hunger crisis in South Sudan.

[font face:"Arial"]http://plantingpeace.org/2014/05/south-sudan-hunger-crisis/[font face:"Verdana"]

If you're able, please consider donating. You can specify which project you want your donation to go to and every little bit helps.

This is new & interesting....

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]A new social networking site that focuses on issues facing us all and encourages members to share their activities.

I've signed up to follow for now and see how the site evolves. Anyone care to join me?

URGENT! Home desperately needed for 2 Sacramento cats.

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]Home desperately needed for 2 Sacramento cats, neutered males, Alvin (gray, age 6) and Opie (orange, age 5). Their mom has fallen on hard times and had to give them up. Their foster mom can't keep them for more than another week.

I'd take them myself, but I already have four cats that are hostile to the idea and space is an issue. I've spent time with them both and they're mellow, friendly, and affectionate, comfortable around dogs and children. Shots are up to date and they're in perfect health.

Please don't let these beautiful, affectionate boys end up in the city shelter. If you can offer Alvin and Opie a home or know someone who can, please PM me and I'll put you in contact with their foster mom.



The Republican Vision for Government

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]I looked to see if anyone else had posted this yet and didn't find it, so I trust this is not a duplication. I have had the same assessment for a long time, but this lays it all out better than I ever could.

[font color="black" face="Arial"]Government is one of mankindís oldest institutions that, in the modern era, affects every human activity in important ways. Americaís government is the means by which state policy is enforced according to laws voted on by the populace within the confines of the U.S. Constitution, and one of its primary functions is protecting the people. During the early 1980′s, Republicans made a conscious decision to oppose the current form of government in their drive to transform Americaís constitutional republic into a plutocracy, and they have worked diligently to deliver control of the countryís policies to corporations and financial institutions.

A means of giving corporations and financial institutions power to govern is ceding control of the nationís resources, and eliminating regulatory agencies tasked with enforcing policies that protect the people and guarantee the nation survives according to the Constitution. After thirty years, Republicans are blatantly campaigning for votersí permission to give the wealth of the nation directly to the rich, and allow banks and corporations to dictate policies advanced by groups such as the Koch brothers, Heritage Foundation, and Willard Romney.


The government Romney and Republicans propose is not business friendly, it is business-owned and operated, and the people are expendable assets. The American people depend on regulatory agencies to ensure the food supply, medicine, air travel, and workplace are safe, and their tax dollars support disaster relief, early warning systems, education, law enforcement and fire protection that Republicans pant to eliminate to fund more tax breaks. The GOP is well aware their plans for corporate- government are not a popular proposition among most Americans, and it is why Romney and Republicans support voter suppression tactics and ALECís voter ID laws to eliminate opposition to their corporatist agenda.

(Bolding is mine.)

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8ko62af

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power."
-Benito Mussolini

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