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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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What's wrong with this photo? EVERYTHING.

Starting with the misplaced priorities it points out!!!

I do NOT want to live in a country that might as well be renamed as the United Corporations of America.

LOVE this! "Not a surgical instrument"!

I copied this photo to keep - and use!

It's up to the women. As usual. The only way anything positive is going to

be accomplished.

Texas women - PLEASE get Texas BACK for us!!!! Turn it BLUE-BLUE-BLUE!!!

Welcome to DU, Rstrstx!

Good to have you with us! True, he did vote more or less the correct way on the Affordable Care Act.

But the dumb jerkoff botched the soundbite while swearing in the FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT THIS NATION HAS EVER ELECTED. An historic day if ever there was one, and an historic moment. As Chief Justice, roberts KNEW what his job description was, and what he was charged with doing AS Chief Justice. It should have come to no surprise to him on the night Barack Obama won the Presidency in 2008 - that he himself was going to swear in the first Black President of the United States, his photo doing such would be in every history book and textbook and publication looking back on the presidency of the First black politician to win that office. It wasn't like it was popped on him at the last minute. It wasn't as though he had no advance notice. Inauguration Day is JANUARY 20th. That's a LOT of time to practice following a decisive call on Election Night on the first Tuesday in November of the immediately previous year. He had about two-and-a-half full months to practice. He could have cheat-sheeted that day. Written it on the palm of his hand like sarah palin's done. Brought it on cue cards or 3x5 cards - or SOMETHING!

You start noticing: EVERY clip of the actual moment of swearing-in during the First Inauguration of Barack Obama goes no farther than "I, Barack Hussein Obama do solemnly swear..." and then it dumps out. Because it CAN'T go further. Ol' john roberts botched it from that point. Ruined the soundbite of the century for all eternity. As a retired newsperson I just have a DEVIL of a time trying to get over that one. And every time I see that truncated clip of the first Obama Oath of Office, I get angry all over again! THAT tells me all I need to know about john roberts. Fuckin' careless slipshod thoughtless short-sighted corporate-leaning crap seems to be his main specialty. I'm actually surprised that his court produced the rulings it did - on DOMA and of course the ACA. I frankly fear what would happen if this court starts looking again at the challenges to Roe V Wade - but with the eyes and mentality of the Troglodytes on the bench - men who think THEY have the last word.

I'm yelling straight along with you, ellenfl!


You know all the shit we have to fight, anew - all the stuff that has so many of us scratching our heads and saying "but WHY are we STILL FIGHTING THIS????" Or "this is the 21st Century forcryingoutloud! I thought this was settled!"

Well all the shit going on around the country that's making us say this - IS GOING ON IN THE STATES!!! It starts at the STATE level and metastasizes from there. WHENEVER republi-CONS gain a foothold, they start in with this shit. They campaign with the old "jobs, jobs, jobs" mantra, and then when they get in with sufficient numbers, they start jamming their narrow-minded policies down everyone's throats and, sometimes quite literally, up every woman's vagina in the frickin' state!!!!

This cancer starts in the states and spreads upward.

We HAVE to stand our ground, and take a substantial amount of it back, too!

Really a splendid essay, Bennet Kelley, and Welcome to DU!

Glad you're here! Your last sentence was the most powerful:

"It is a tragedy, however, that as we approach the 50th anniversary of Selma, the Chief Justice is comfortable with an American where they still have to."

AMAZING - we STILL have these big messes to clean up. Citizens United, and now this too. I keep praying that scalia or thomas will finally get tired of it and want to retire, but I don't hold out much hope. These bastards will hang on for dear life as long as there's a Democrat in the White House - in both their cases I think - JUST FOR SPITE.

Another reason why, and I'm sorry to say this, we ALL - ALL OF US on our side of the aisle - have to be one-party voters for awhile. It is URGENT that we keep the White House in Democratic hands, and it is EQUALLY CRITICAL that we start putting more governors' mansions and state legislatures in Democratic hands, and send more Dems to the House of Reps and Senate. We're just gonna have to outlast the bad guys - til we can turn the Supreme Court around.


I saw another great line in a DonRedwood thread here - a bumper sticker that read "Straight but not narrow."



"Straight but not narrow"! What a cool bumper sticker!

What a great slogan! Something we should maybe try to repeat a few times. Should be said, read, and spread!

Much love and many hugs to you and your partner, DonRedwood! Hope you have a great weekend - and light work-week ahead - then leading into yet another great weekend!

Welcome to DU, Saviolo!


Actually, make that EXCELLENT, SUPERB, SPOT-ON, and the sad truth, too.

Not enough!

I know it's probably impolitic to say what I feel here - but I actually WANT a one-party government for a little while. Just maybe through the next (hopefully) Democratic presidency immediately after President Obama's.

WE NEED TO FIX THE SUPREME COURT. And that seems to be the only way to do it. Keep the White House in Democratic hands, with a solid wall of Dems in the Senate, solid enough to blunt ANY of the enemy's attempts to block court nominations.

And we have to fix the appeals courts, too. Those bastards are keeping some really great and progressive-thinking judges like Goodwin Liu off the bench. If judges like him can't get to the appeals court level, they can't affect change at that level OR be well-positioned to advance to Supreme Court consideration. Too many CON-leaning judges have gotten in (of course there was no resistance from our side when bush/cheney and reagan/bush were packing the courts from coast to coast), and that is the talent pool that is critical here.

I want the republi-CONS as much of a shriveled weenie as they've been rendered here in California. There are still some in the state legislature. Thankfully, though, not enough to make trouble of any real significance. They don't have the numbers to obstruct. And frankly, that's how I like it. Just me, I know. And yeah, I know about the "loyal opposition" stuff and everything else. But too many of them are fucking up our country, our legal system, our civil rights, all the progress we made as a country through the 60s and 70s, hell, since the New Deal (which they hate and yearn to dismantle completely, mind you). WE HAVE TO FIX AND SECURE SO MUCH OF WHAT THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO DESTROY!!!!!!!!

(Sorry to yell, but I can't help it. I find this emergency-level urgent!!!!)

We HAVE TO do this at the state level as well as nationally. What we're seeing in Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Texas, and more, in terms of women's reproductive rights, voting rights, marriage equality, and so many other issues we care about, should be proof positive of how urgent it is to remove and replace as many of the GOP as possible with Democrats.

I've begun to feel kinda like one of reagan's "Kitchen Cabinet" monsters did. Industrialist justin dart was one of that little private backstage cabal of off-the-books advisors that helped steer that idiot's policies from early-on. He had NO regard whatsoever for environmental protection or preservation and regarded it as a nuisance in the way of big business and corporate profiteering. justin dart was once quoted as saying we should plan to preserve about 100 acres of trees - "for the kids." The rest were to be sacrificed on the altar of the lumber and real estate developers' industries. That's how I feel about the republi-CON party these days. We should aim to see to it that there are about 100 of 'em in office throughout the country. You know (she said, smirking). "For the kids."
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