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Gender: Male
Hometown: Detroit Area, MI
Home country: USA
Current location: San Francisco, CA
Member since: Wed Oct 29, 2008, 02:53 PM
Number of posts: 36,797

About Me

Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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What ghost stories do you have in your locale?

San Francisco is full of them. Here is my favorite:

Cameron House

Located on Sacramento St. in Chinatown, San Francisco. Once owned by Lady Cameron, the basement of the house was a refuge for Chinese immigrant from lives of prostitution and slavery, among the obvious discrimination and hell that was once Chinatown. She sealed the doors in the basement to protect the immigrants from inspections by the police. If she can’t open the doors, they can’t inspect and then arrest and possibly kill the rooms of people. However, the people were able to come in and out through a secret passageway. Apparently, rumors spread about her philanthropy and some people came and burned down the house. Everyone in the rooms died.

Now, the restored Cameron House (turned church) sends chills up spines. The basement doors are still sealed, but every door contains a red charm and a gold charm to seal in the spirits, as well. Furthermore, the pipes that run along the ceiling run to the end of the hall forming an “X” over a door with the script: “do not enter.” Photographs taken in the house have shown white figures in the background. Supposedly, these photos are nonchalantly mingled in with normal ones and kept in photo albums at the site. This possibly happened around the 1930’s or so. It might be the late 1800’s or the early 1900s. Most likely early 1900’s.




http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/top-lists/haunted-bay-area/

Candidates 2017: Katrina Callsen for Albemarle County (VA) School Board

I am the mother to two wonderful boys, a former middle school math teacher, an alumnus of UVA Law, Yale, and Teach for America, and a proud member of the Albemarle community. My husband and I have started and raised our family in the Rio District and are excited to see our sons enter into the Albemarle County Public School system. I care about children and believe in the power of public education and the importance of providing a quality education for all members of our community.

I grew up in a military family and graduated high school from an overseas Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS). I studied political science at Yale University, attended the Boston University School of Education, and then came back to my home state to graduate from the University of Virginia School of Law.

I was an inaugural member of the Teach for America Boston Corps. I was fortunate to be included in a group of individuals dedicated to educational equality and committed to being on the frontline of educational innovation. In addition to earning my middle school math/science teaching license, I engaged in extensive teaching and educational leadership training and had the privilege of teaching seventh grade math at a KIPP school in Massachusetts. I helped lead my students to significant academic and personal growth over the course of each year and developed relationships with them that continue today.


http://www.katrinacallsen.com

Update on Virginia early voting

https://twitter.com/vpapupdates/status/924255178819293184

Question for DU lawyers/law enforcement folks re. Monday's indictment.

Is it likely that Mueller has already asked the person/people to be charged to appear for booking?

Sounds like Manafort will be getting his mugshot this Monday.

Mr. Mueller is also probing the separate business dealings of former aides to Mr. Trump, including former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who is under investigation for alleged money laundering and tax issues, The Wall Street Journal has previously reported.

Mr. Mueller’s prosecutors have been presenting evidence before a federal grand jury in Washington.

A spokesman for Mr. Manafort declined to comment. Mr. Manafort has previously said he has done nothing wrong.




https://www.wsj.com/articles/first-charges-filed-in-russia-probe-led-by-special-counsel-robert-mueller-1509161000

Tennessee prepares for White Lives Matter rally in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro

More than a hundred Tennessee interfaith leaders have joined forces to condemn a white supremacy movement they say "cloaks itself with Christianity" in the wake of "White Lives Matter" rallies expected for the weekend in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro.

The leaders banded together to prevent a repeat of the events that took place in Charlottesville, where white supremacists and counter-protesters clashed last August—leading the Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency.

In a statement, 172 clergy members said white supremacist gatherings “have no other end but the promotion of white racial nationalism.”

“These organizations are founded on the principles of white ethnonationalism," the group of Interfaith Clergy said in a statement. "Our faiths call us to build bridges across racial and ethnic divides, not to dig deeper trenches."

The leaders gathered on Wednesday to hold a press conference to call for Tennesseans to ignore the protests on Saturday.



https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/tennessee-prepares-for-white-lives-matter-rally-in-shelbyville-and-murfreesboro/#.WfQETrLJh-8.twitter

Whitefish Energy contract bars government from auditing deal

A deal reached between the government and a small Montana energy company located in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hometown prohibits the government from reviewing labor costs or profits related to the company's relief efforts in Puerto Rico, according to a leaked copy of the contract.

A copy of the deal obtained by reporter Ken Klippenstein reveals that the government isn't allowed to "audit or review the cost and profit elements" under the agreement, allowing the company greater discretion and secrecy for how it spends the $300 million to restore power to the island. Puerto Rico is rebuilding after two major hurricanes wiped out most of the island's electrical grid.

Whitefish signed the deal with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), which also prohibits the government from making "any claim against Contractor related to delayed completion of work."


http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/357473-whitefish-energy-contract-bars-government-from-auditing-deal

VA-GOV: Latest absentee vote figures.

https://twitter.com/ElectProject/status/924050208853495808

Never leave your child alone with Trump

https://twitter.com/nbcnightlynews/status/924004266502737922

https://twitter.com/nbcnightlynews/status/924001366422577152

VA-GOV: Northam increases lead in Virginia gubernatorial race

Democratic candidate Ralph Northam secured his lead over Republican Ed Gillespie in the Virginia gubernatorial race, officially earning 50% approval to his opponent's 43%, according to a poll released today by the Wason Center for Public Policy.

Democrats were sweating earlier this week when polls showed Northam leading by just 4% and a previous poll showed him leading, though there were many undecided voters. A loss for Northam could trigger a similar Bernie vs. Hillary split we saw during the 2016 election, as Northam beat Bernie Sanders-backed primary challenger Tom Perriello.

Battle lines: While Gillespie leads among white voters, the poll finds Northam leads among young and old, women and men, and African-American voters.

Down-ballot races are led by Dems, too, though the races are tightening. The Dem candidates for the state AG and lieutenant governor races lead by 5% and 3%, respectively.


https://www.axios.com/virginia-governor-race-poll-northam-gillespie-2502286827.html
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