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NYC_SKP's Journal
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November 3, 2012


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October 22, 2012

Easy to believe. There are 18 successful suicides by veterans per day. I know one of them.

Per day.


Successful, not attempted, suicides.

A Veteran’s Death, the Nation’s Shame

April 14, 2012
Nicholas D. Kristof

HERE’S a window into a tragedy within the American military: For every soldier killed on the battlefield this year, about 25 veterans are dying by their own hands.

An American soldier dies every day and a half, on average, in Iraq or Afghanistan. Veterans kill themselves at a rate of one every 80 minutes. More than 6,500 veteran suicides are logged every year — more than the total number of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq combined since those wars began.

These unnoticed killing fields are places like New Middletown, Ohio, where Cheryl DeBow raised two sons, Michael and Ryan Yurchison, and saw them depart for Iraq. Michael, then 22, signed up soon after the 9/11 attacks.


September 26, 2012


My new friend from two plus weeks ago, free dog from a family I met at a flea market that cared enough to find a home for her.

Fierce and awesome, we have not picked a name. Probable a Westie/Silky mix...

September 9, 2012

It is what it is: a better commercial model probably lacking the soul of the original DU.

Original Subject Line: ATTN: Skinner and EarlG who will, no doubt, compose a thoughtful response.

Visitors to the Meta-discussion forum will have noticed a lot of discussion concerning access by former DU2 moderators to their moderator forum.

This is no secret to anyone who continued to visit both forums, something which is possible to this very day.

There are, however, details about the process of moderation and the access that mods might have had to member information that can ONLY BE ADDRESSED by the administrators.

The reasons for this are:

A: The moderator confidentiality agreement posted here and pasted below prevents any of us from discussing anything that MIGHT go a long way toward calming nerves and restoring confidence.

B: Moderators were not insiders, we don't know what the admins think, and in the end they own the site and are the ones who should answer to any concerns of the membership.

In closing, I sincerely hope that the administrators will find time to do their best to answer any and all concerns, especially as they relate membership information privacy and to the transition time between DU2 and DU3, and the access that moderators were provided until yesterday, and why.

Because we can't explain it without breaking the rules we've agreed to abide by, in perpetuity.

Thanks to Call Me Wesley for finding what I believe is the most recent form of the agreement.

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July 21, 2012

Fuck that shit, starry messenger. I mean it, fuck. that. shit. Posting to my Journal.

Are we having to put quotes around phases to make clear one thing or the other?

Honestly, I think there may be some willful misunderstanding going on if I can't be accepted as being on the right side of issues.

Without using quotes, FFS. Is there a progressive style guide I should consult???

July 13, 2012

Catch Phrases and Word Salad from a K-6 LAUSD school.

Witness these crushingly strained compositions that only a state educational grant writer could love, or comprehend, proudly flying on a banner.

The banner is above the steps of a Los Angeles Unified Elementary School, where the students are predominantly from non-English speaking homes.

56% English Language learners, 100% Free/reduced Federal Lunch Program, I wonder who is supposed to read these words at this K-6 school.

Do I really have to ask the question, "What the Fuck is Wrong with Schools??"

Oh, also, this is the school that was shut down temporarily following the discovery that a teacher was serving cookies topped with his own semen, and taking pictures of the kids eating them, and other stuff.

Here's the teacher, Mark Berndt:



July 3, 2012

Thank you, Sheriff Taylor, the dad I never had.

I probably owe more to Andy Griffith and the skills he portrayed as a father on the Andy Griffith show for my upbringing than to any other male figure ever alive.

I came up on a defunct due to death asparagus ranch, raised by grandmother in a home with mom and sister, four years older, and attended a two-teacher eight-grade school.

Like Mayberry, I was raised in a rural setting, without even running drinking water (we had to go to a well to refill what fed a single kitchen spigot).

We had a Black and White TV that my mom bought my grandfather with her first paycheck.

Three years and 14 days younger than Ron Howard, Opie was the boy I longed to be.

And Andy was the dad that I never had, but for lack of any other came to teach me values, and morals, and kindness and goodness, and how to be happy with just the way things are, and without preaching about it.

Thanks, Sheriff. Thanks, Pop.

Rest In Peace.

PS: Fact is, my DU user name is inspired by Barney, who was once heard to say, "Andy, I think we got us an SKP!" (escapee)

June 27, 2012

Right Fucking Now. Elizabeth Warren for President 2016......

Plan ahead. Nobody else comes close. Elizabeth Warren: "There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own"

[font size=2]"You built a factory out there? Good for you... But I want to be clear:

you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for;

you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate;

you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for."

"You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did."[/font size]


[font size=4]I declare my support for Elizabeth Warren for President 2016 right fucking now.

http://elizabethwarren.com/?splash=1 [/font size]


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