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Laelth

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Wills Point, TX
Home country: USA
Member since: Sat Oct 16, 2004, 02:36 PM
Number of posts: 29,097

About Me

I am a native Georgian who's currently hiding out in Texas. I am a liberal, and I am extremely proud of the imperfect (but evolving) republic that we call the United States of America.

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"President Trump ended the policy of Black incarceration."

- Rep. Vernon Jones (GA House of Representatives)

I am pretty sure I heard that.

Black people are not going to be incarcerated any longer? Huh? What is this lunatic talking about?



-Laelth

I have only one prayer for Trump.

Psalm 109.

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O God, whom I praise, do not remain silent,
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for wicked and deceitful men have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues.
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With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause.
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In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.
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They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship.
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Appoint an evil man to oppose him; let an accuser stand at his right hand.
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When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him.
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May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.
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May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
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May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes.
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May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.
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May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.
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May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation.
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May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.
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May their sins always remain before the LORD, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.
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For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted.
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He loved to pronounce a curse-- may it come on him; he found no pleasure in blessing-- may it be far from him.
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He wore cursing as his garment; it entered into his body like water, into his bones like oil.
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May it be like a cloak wrapped about him, like a belt tied forever around him.
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May this be the LORD's payment to my accusers, to those who speak evil of me.
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But you, O Sovereign LORD, deal well with me for your name's sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver me.
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For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
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I fade away like an evening shadow; I am shaken off like a locust.
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My knees give way from fasting; my body is thin and gaunt.
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I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads.
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Help me, O LORD my God; save me in accordance with your love.
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Let them know that it is your hand, that you, O LORD, have done it.
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They may curse, but you will bless; when they attack they will be put to shame, but your servant will rejoice.
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My accusers will be clothed with disgrace and wrapped in shame as in a cloak.
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With my mouth I will greatly extol the LORD; in the great throng I will praise him.
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For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save his life from those who condemn him.



-Laelth

So long as oil is traded in USD, we can print as many dollars as we like.

So long as the USD is the world’s reserve currency (and it is so because oil is traded ONLY in USD), every other nation on the planet will buy our USD as fast as we can print them.

If you are a tin-pot dictator of a small country, for example, and there is either a massive increase in demand for oil or a massive decrease in the supply of oil, what are you going to do? You’re going to buy it on the open market and provide it to your people. If you don’t, your country descends into chaos, after which you and your political party will be destroyed. Because you must have reserves of USD in order to avoid such a calamity, you buy USD when you can. Every nation on Earth (other than the USA) keeps reserves of USD in order to regulate unexpected fluctuations in the energy market.

This is the ultimate source of our global power.

-Laelth

Oh, we even got Sarah Cooper!

That was fantastic! I am very pleased.



-Laelth

Joe Biden CAN READ!

That’s all we need as a selling-point for our candidate.



Crimeny! Where am I? How did I end up here?



-Laelth

Barack Obama's speech put me to sleep.

I mean that quite literally. I think I registered the first half of it. I remember Obama saying that Trump was incapable of “growing into” the President’s job, but the rest of his speech I recorded only subconsciously. I may watch it again to hear what else he had to say, but make no mistake. Barack Obama put me to sleep.

I am not saying that his speech was boring. No. It was CALMING. I woke up this morning to find that no less a person than Rachel Maddow was deeply worried about the threat to the republic that Obama discussed in the second half of his speech. Sorry. I missed that. I was too relaxed. I just drifted off. Obama’s voice evoked in me an old, treasured feeling ... “It’s gonna be OK. He’s got this.”

“He’s got this.” Don’t you miss that feeling? After three and a half years of constant worry and tension, a nice, long speech from PBO was exactly what I needed. I was out like a light.

Strangely enough, I woke up right after his speech concluded, and I watched all of Kamala’s speech, which was excellent, but I had forgotten how much I treasured BHO’s VOICE. I have missed it—much more than I realized.

Kind of an embarrassing admission, but there it is.



-Laelth

The segment with Barack talking about us being a nation of immigrants ...

... was THE BOMB!

I shed many tears. The music was great. The message was great. It’s the truth. Well done, DNC!



-Laelth

This segment ROCKS (DNC Night 2-Joe on foreign policy)

THIS is Joe’s great strength. Joe probably has a third of all the world’s leaders on speed dial. They know him. They trust him, and he promised them in Munich, a couple of years ago, that “We will be back.” And we will when Joe is elected, and our allies know this.

I have every reason to believe that most of the people of the world are VERY MUCH looking forward to Joe Biden being the President of the United States.



Go Joe!

-Laelth

I am SICK of hearing about "affordable" health care.

That means that (for Americans) health care isn’t a right (as it is in every other wealthy, civilized nation on Earth). No, you’re still going to have to pay for it, but maybe Joe can make it cost less. Maybe he can make it “affordable.”

This is not what I want to hear. I think it’s a bad argument, and I don’t think it should be featured so prominently on the second night of the DNC.

People don’t need “affordable” health care. Have you seen a hospital bill recently? Barely 5% of the American people can afford a visit to the hospital. Just shut up about health care if you’re not committed to universal, taxpayer-funded health care. Health care IS NOT affordable, and it never will be until we guarantee health care to all Americans, as a right, and commit to funding it completely.

Too many people are talking about “affordable” health care tonight. I am disappointed. Last night was great. Tonight, not so much. Not yet.

-Laelth

One day at a time. Let today be a good day.

Without putting too fine a point on it, I think it’s safe to say that the situation in which we currently find ourselves SUX.

The USPS is being sabotaged, right in front of our eyes, and it appears that there’s nothing that we can do about it. We’re in the middle of a global pandemic, and we have no national strategy to deal with it. In fact, our government seems bound and determined to make matters worse—insisting on opening schools, businesses, and whatever else might aid in the rapid transmission of a deadly virus. Some 30+ million Americans are unemployed, and their supplemental benefits just ran out with nothing to replace them. Some 25+ million Americans are facing eviction, and the moratorium on evictions just expired with no likelihood that it will be reinstated in the near future. A lunatic is in control of the nation’s nuclear codes, and he has declared that any election in November THAT HE DOESN’T WIN will be deemed fraudulent and invalid. Our very republic is being jeopardized by the person who is charged with running it. We have widespread civil unrest across the country—even in our smaller cities and towns. We’re in the deepest depression we have seen since the 1930s, and nobody with any power can do anything about it. Congress isn’t even in session. Our divided government can not alleviate the economic calamity that any sane person can easily see coming. This just SUX.

And it’s taking a serious toll on my emotional health. I suspect that many of you are in the same boat, so here’s what I suggest. It’s not much, but it’s something that is well-worth celebrating.

Today, at least, I am just going to focus on the first night of the DNC and celebrate how beautiful the Democratic Party has become over the years that I have been watching it evolve.

When I joined DU in 2004, we were considered the liberal-left fringe of the party. Now, most of our beliefs, our ideals, and our policy positions are considered mainstream. DU didn’t change—not much, anyway. The Democratic Party has changed, and it is a joy to behold.

Enjoy the convention, my friends and allies. Feel free to shed a few tears. I know I will.



-Laelth
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