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Hometown: CA
Home country: USA
Current location: NC
Member since: Wed Aug 17, 2005, 01:29 AM
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I stand on the sand, and I'm rocking grief to sleep in my arms.

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Our thanksgiving plans

I started a thread a few days ago that ended up very lively.

I just want to update that my son's girlfriend was exposed to covid by a co-worker, so now the plan is that my middle son and i will be eating together and we'll be delivering food and dropping it on their doorstop, since they will be quarantined.

all this time she could have worked from home, but her asshole boss would not allow it.

I'm slightly heartbroken but as I told my son, I have not been living in isolation for 8 1/2 months to catch my death from covid over thanksgiving dinner. at least we learned this today and not next Friday. Bad enough, they had her father and grandmother over to their house just yesterday. Hopefully, hopefully, this turns out well.

the earlier thread:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100214572807

DU, what are your plans for Thanksgiving this year?

I've been in the house for over 8 months, living with my middle son who works in a grocery. My youngest son lives with his girlfriend the next town over and he's been working from home for over 8 months but goes out much more often than I do. His girlfriend has to go to work every day, 5 days a week, even though her job could be done from home (I will be forever bitter over this stupid selfish decision).

We are eating together on Thanksgiving. Since the pandemic, we have been together a handful of times, including one evening at their house for the older one's birthday. At 4pm EST, we will have a ZOOM with the rest of the family, meaning my son and his family, their father and his wife, and possibly the middle son's 2 sisters.

I am 65 with comorbidities and frankly, scared. I know I'll keep the patio door open unless it's pouring rain outside. We will make the table bigger so we can sit further apart. I am thinking that I will provide separate serving spoons for each person. I don't know. It's my favorite holiday and I love making the feast and being with my loved ones, but covid looms large.

My niece is having a bunch of people over (in Eastern WA and Idaho), and my sister says she'll probably go. She's 71 with early Alzheimer's. I am distressed over this but from what she's posted on fb, I know there's no point in appealing to her to change plans, just for this year.

So I really wonder how y'all are planning to stay well, not just for thanksgiving but for all of the dark winter of 2020-21.

It drives me slightly apeshit

that after all these years of abuse, lies, disrespect, name-calling, demonization and hate, liberals are now supposed to be the grown-ups one more time, and "understand" the angst of the losers of the election.

They called me an idiot. They've been using "liberal" as a dirty word for years. They claim that I am not even an American even though they know damn well that I was born, raised, and never lived anywhere else but the USA.

They threaten me physically. They have verbally abused me for years. Trump is a classic abuser. I don't support their racist, authoritarian, anti-American policies. I find their leader to be a severely damaged demagogue and wannabe dictator. I believe in science, in welcoming immigrants, in equality, true equality for everyone, and equal opportunities for all.

Is there anyone in the republican party or on the right generally calling for understanding of the left wing of the American body politic? Anyone? Anyone at all?

I don't feel a huge urge to make nice. To me, trump and his cult are the epitome of the snake who talked the frog into taking him across the river, then killed the frog on the other side. The frog said, you promised you wouldn't do that, and the snake said, you should have known that I would do that. I'm a snake.

It's fucking hard to hug a snake. Peace.

Police pepper-spray, arrest protesters marching to the polls in Alamance County Read more here: htt

Source: News and Observer

Alamance County sheriff’s deputies and Graham police repeatedly pepper-sprayed people participating in the “I Am Change” march to the polls organized by Rev. Greg Drumwright on Saturday afternoon.

A racially diverse group of about 200 people walked with a police escort from Wayman’s Chapel AME Church to Court Square, where they held a rally encouraging people to vote.

At least three politicians participated in some parts of the event: the current mayor of Burlington, Ian Baltutis; Democratic candidate for county commissioner Dreama Caldwell; and Democratic school board candidate Seneca Rodgers.

Read more here: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article246861942.html?fbclid=IwAR3sqfB0mzqtajn0JOvrHCgdDwOEd5ZXQnKcMoQ87nDd4x5Dw3_k3-DcBRg#storylink=cpy

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it's an outrage. who polices the police?
in NC

A good but much more conservative than I am friend

and i talked for a long time yesterday. She told me that she voted for Cal Cunningham even though she does not like the way he goes after the pharma industry and his bad judgment regarding a sex scandal during the middle of a campaign. Her even more conservative brother (they are both from Western NC and he still lives there) voted for Joe Biden AND Roy Cooper.

I struggle to understand why these votes were hard for them. Especially the Senate vote, because even when Joe wins, if we don't take the Senate McConnell will still be doing his evil during a Biden term.

We talked for a long time about the fallacy (as I see it) of the conventional wisdom that republicans are better for the economy. We argued over whether Amy Barrett will be bound by the law or by her religion and partisan interests, and whether it was ethical for her to even allow herself to be used this way.

We bemoaned the estrangement caused by the great divide. Between us, we can talk out our differences. She said, "I just want us to stop hating each other."

I do too. I love my brother and we never talk. She said you can debate, and I said how do you debate somebody who's operating on a completely different set of facts? we did not resolve this conversation, but we're still friends, and she voted almost straight Dem ticket except i think Agriculture and some other office not part of the GA.

she said she's going to switch her affiliation to unaffiliated because Democratic GOTV calls are driving her crazy lol

NC GO BLUE

This former diplomat was proposed to by a friend's father in Canada

so she could leave, because of Trump.



Every day I watch several of these RVAT videos, because they give me hope. Sometimes they piss me off for various reasons, but mostly they give me hope.

portrait sitting

the cutest thing ever

https://twitter.com/TheoShantonas/status/1320809874595471360

question.

i don't have cable tv or rabbit ears. everything i watch is on youtube or websites.

there's no way i would watch trump - i never actually do, but if i watch Biden's event tonight, will it show up in his ratings?

i would just love to wake up tomorrow and find out that Biden's ratings were like twice as much as trump's.

also angrier by the minute at NBC and Chuck Todd for doing this. it's immoral, unethical bullshit.

i'll miss my MSNBC lineup. Rachel, Nicolle, Ari, Chris, Lawrence, even morning Joe on most days. I like Brian too but he plays too many clips of trump. Actually grew tired of Joy but will probably be back, or would be if i didn't have to start boycotting MSNBC.

I've already voted, but I will tune in to Joe's event if it helps his ratings. just to fuck with trump.

So here's a little fantasy.

Biden wins BEFORE election day just based on numbers.

an old woman can dream.

Perfect comment at WP

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-will-speak-at-a-public-event-at-the-white-house-it-is-not-clear-if-hes-still-contagious-with-coronavirus/2020/10/09/8ba71562-0a36-11eb-a166-dc429b380d10_story.html?outputType=comment&commentId=4ca78aa1-d730-40ce-bce8-3151e71852dc

The president is hoping that his return to the campaign trail will help him make up a steep polling deficit in the race’s final days, according to aides.

He’s behind in the polls because he is not holding enough rallies? And here I thought it was due to his failed leadership resulting in:
1) an out of control pandemic (100s of 1,000s dead)
2) a once thriving economy (thanks, Obama!) that is now tanking
3) his sponsoring unabated right-wing terrorism
4) his being impeached, caught withholding US aid to a country until that country’s leadership announced a phony investigation into Joe Biden
5) his peddling conspiracy theories, aligning with QAnon
6) his declaring he will refuse to accept election results not in his favor; he will not transfer power
7) his refusal to confront Putin and Russian leadership wrt their US soldier bounty program
8) his disparaging US soldiers, declaring those injured as being weak

I could go on but I think you get the gist.
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