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Member since: Mon Jul 11, 2005, 11:05 AM
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About Me

White, male, expatriate living in the mountains of central Taiwan, Oregon permanent address, 34 years of age. Born in St. Louis. Army brat lived all over. Veteran of the Korean War (sieved in Libya and Austin, Texas). Ph.D. in anthropology and linguistics, Indiana University. Career in linguistics and ESL at numerous US and foreign institutions. Spent most of my career as a director of English as a Second Language programs. Taught at National Chi Nan Unversity, Puli, Taiwan over the years 1995-2016. Retired as an orchard keeper with my life partner Judy Wu of the Bunun Austronesian tribe in our mountain hideaway cabin, High Mountain Orchards.

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I am donating $18 to Joe, who is a Mensch.

I received this "I Know Joe" testimonial by campaign email (it has been posted on DU) who appeared unannounced at a shiva minyan -- a worship service. The "I know Joe" witness, Rabbi Michael Beal, noted the following: "Now, the number 18 is significant in the Jewish faith -- its numbers spell out the Hebrew word chai, as in “to life, to life, l’chayim!” But it’s also a humble amount. Joe Biden knew that. And he respected that."

I am not Jewish, but I am like Mrs. Greenwood not a person of mean.I l live on less tha a thousand bucks a month social security and hafe pledged only a recurring contribution of $5 a month. But I am matching Mrs. Greenwood in this case. I encourage others to donate this amount.

JOE WILL KNOW WHAT IT MEANS. The soul of the nation is the life of the nation. Go Joe!

The "I Know Joe" Testimonials #1

I hope these testimonials keep on coming. They are at the heart of Joe's campaign. He is the real deal. WYSIWYG. And what uyou get is enshrined in testimonials like the following.

Captain Kevin Penn, USMC (Ret.)

My name is Kevin.

For 20 years and 8 days, I served in the U.S. Marine Corps—as a helicopter mechanic, as a drill instructor, and as an intelligence officer, deploying three times—to the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Kuwait.

Since my retirement from the Corps, my most important title is "volunteer." Today, I spend most of my time with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), working with children and other Gold Star family members grieving the loss of a loved one who served and died, regardless of the timing or circumstances.

Over the course of my career, I've had the opportunity to meet a handful of leaders with true character. Joe Biden is one of them. I want to tell you why.

The first time I met Joe Biden was at a TAPS event, with the children of deceased service members. It was a closed-media event—no news outlets of any kind, just the mentors and the kids they worked with. Suddenly, the back door opens, and in walks then-Vice President Joe Biden. He didn't come in with fanfare, he didn't get up onstage or stand behind a podium.

He made it very clear to us: "I'm here for the kids." And he proceeded to speak with, take photos with, and shake the hands of every kid in that room. They were over the moon. I had never seen anything like it. And by the way, this was several years before Joe lost his own son, Major Beau Biden.

The second time I met Joe Biden was in April of 2010, on the South Lawn of the White House. I was part of a group of active-duty service members sending off our wounded brothers and sisters for the White House to Lighthouse Challenge — a 60-mile, three-day ride that starts on the South Lawn of the White House and ends in Annapolis, Maryland.

Then-Vice President Biden delivered remarks, joined all of us to see the warriors off, and then walked straight into the crowd of servicemembers—shaking hands, taking photos, listening to people's stories.

And here's the part I haven't forgotten:

Joe was definitely running late for some meeting or another, because his staff was getting increasingly persistent—"Sir, we really need to go." Not in a way that was disrespectful. It was just clear that they needed to be on their way.

Finally, Joe turned to his aides and said:

"I'm going to stay here shaking hands until there's nobody left to shake hands with, and taking photos with these people until they get every photo they want."

That's exactly what he did. And I promise you that the service men and women who were on the South Lawn that day haven't forgotten it, either.

Character is about what you do when the cameras aren't rolling.

Joe Biden is a man of character.

And in the age of Twitter and perfect sound bites—people who are most interested in themselves, shaping their own image—Joe Biden is a man who, after more than 40 years of public service, still wants to give. I honestly get chills when I think about his empathy for and dedication to everyone but himself.

At a time when everything feels disingenuous and hand-crafted for a certain audience, Joe Biden is genuine.

Now more than ever, we need to have leaders we truly believe in. I truly believe in Joe Biden.

Joe's Labor Day Message via email to supporters without a donation pitch

Today, I'm asking you to do one thing, and it has nothing to do with donating money to this campaign.

When you cross paths with someone working a job that makes your day-to-day life better—and I promise you, it will happen many times today—tell them "thank you."

Tell them you appreciate the work that they do. That it matters to you, and to your community.

That's it.

Say thank you to the people who build our roads and bridges. Keep our water systems working. Teach our kids and take care of the sick among us. Race into our burning buildings. Grow our food, build our cars, and pick up the garbage off our streets.

Say thank you—because these are the people who make America run. Not the Wall Street bankers, not the CEOs or hedge fund managers. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Today, you'll notice that a lot of politicians are afraid to say the word "union."

It's one of the ugliest things about politics: The tendency to take a concept we all ought to be able to agree on, and contort it into something unrecognizable and divisive. Something false.

Here's the truth: Unions built the American middle class. With the dues they paid, the picket lines they walked, and the negotiations they sweated through, fighting for rights that benefit every American worker.

Minimum wage. Overtime pay. The 40-hour workweek. Being able to take weekends off. Non-union workers only have these rights because of the sacrifices made by organized labor.

I promise you if I’m elected president, together, we’ll protect and strengthen the right to organize and collectively bargain.

And, to workers: I’ll never forget the battles you’ve waged and victories you’ve won, and I’ll never forget to stand with you and with labor unions every day.

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