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calimary

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Gender: Female
Home country: USA
Current location: Oregon
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 64,660

About Me

Female. Retired. Wife-Mom-Grandma. Approx. 30 years in broadcasting, at least 20 of those in news biz. Taurus. Loves chocolate - preferably without nuts or cocoanut. Animal lover. Rock-hound from pre-school age. Proud Democrat for life. Ardent environmentalist and pro-choicer. Hoping to use my skills set for the greater good. Still married to the same guy for 40+ years. Probably because he's a proud Democrat, too. Penmanship absolutely stinks, so I'm glad I'm a fast typist! I will always love Hillary and she will always be my President.

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Hi from SoCal, and WELCOME! calimary here! DU isn't just a website, it's a think tank!

I've posted more than once, when we're in our self-examination phase, that this place isn't just a website or a chat room, it's a veritable think tank! You will become smarter, better-informed, more circumspect, and more broad-minded here. You'll find LOTS of ammo to resist and counter those annoying, obnoxious emails that old crank CONservative Uncle Joe sends around. You'll find TONS of supportive links and well-crafted and informed arguments that provide talking points when you just can't sit there any longer and allow family "discussions" go down the limbaugh butt-hole AGAIN. When you're tired of having the loud-mouthed lout who watches Pox Noise all the time get the last word mainly because you can't think of a good comeback.

THIS PLACE WILL HELP YOU!!! And equip you for battle! Because this is a war we're in, folks, whether we like it or not.

You also have to keep in mind - the people who post here bring untold riches in experience, expertise, perspective, and knowledgeable backgrounds to the table with their posts and their arguments. They are not only Dems or liberals or progressives or whatever label you want.

They're also...
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...and so many more, from every geographical area and population demographic in the country - AND the world.

Just consider all that input, those filters, originating from all those different sources. All those different viewpoints intaking and processing what goes on around us in this country. The writing here often tends to be spectacular! Same thing for the analysis. What I've learned here, reading other people's opinions, considering their viewpoints and the world they come from that fuels those viewpoints, has lifted me miles beyond where I was when I first came here, not long after bush "TOOK" office in 2001.

I love following along when people are debating some issue or point, and it always enlarges my understanding of whatever issue or point it is.

I love how people can ask for help, either about information they need for some research, or talking points to refute some lout teabagger's astroturfed email; or prayers; or comfort after losing a loved one or even a pet, or a job; or advice or direction on some matter or problem that needs solving.

This is a one-stop-shopping online hangout. And a think tank. I marvel at the brain power here and the crackling sense of commitment to some genuinely great ideals. And I'm honored to be a member of this community.

Welcome to DU! Glad you're here! You'll become smarter and more sophisticated in your thinking and assessments of politics. We all benefit from the learning and enlightenment we get here. And without fail, people post breaking news here startlingly quickly.

It's a full-service place!

You will be a better, smarter, and more effective representative of the liberal/progressive/Democratic worldview by hanging out here, reading, absorbing, learning, and participating.

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome! Glad you're here! We NEED you!

Now get to work!!!!

I worked with Nick Ut at the AP. He's a truly wonderful man.

Evidently when he brought that photo into the bureau, there was some debate about whether or not to run it - because of the nudity. The powers that be finally decide it should be used because of the over-arching story it told. It wasn't just a little naked girl running down the road. It was a little naked girl SCREAMING IN PAIN BECAUSE SHE'D JUST BEEN NAPALMED. The REAL point of the picture was how it showed, in one image, the horrors of war especially in the ways it impacts the innocent and other non-combatants. So they went with it. It won Nick Ut a Pulitzer Prize. Well-deserved.
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