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gopiscrap

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Frankfurt am Main
Home country: Germany
Current location: Tacoma, Washington
Member since: Sat Jul 18, 2009, 10:55 AM
Number of posts: 19,599

About Me

Ran for US Congress in 1990 from the left. Chairperson of 1989 city advisory initiative calling for 10% reduction in military spending to be divided among deficit reduction and mass transit and social services. Being a miliary town nobody thought we'd get on the balllot let alone win with 64% of the vote. Former chair of peace and justice project for a UMC congregation in Tacoma, Washington.

Journal Archives

If you've seen the movie "The Butler" would you rate it for me?

and if you feel like sharing please tell why. My wife and I saw it yesterday

Egypt

I was watching the protests in Egypt the other night and it struck me how passionate they were about getting a new government. It seems to me that in the US the TPTB (elected officials and large corporations, Wall Street) have us just where they want us...the vast majority of us have just enough food and shelter to stop us from getting too excited and they also have us in the position that almost all of us are 1-3 paychecks away from disaster. I don't think that at this point this country is capable of meaningful opposition to injustice or oppression. Just my humble opinion.

Updated poll on George Zimmerman trial guessing the verdict

At this point of the trail now-what do you think the outcome will be?

CONGRATS LGBTQ friends/brothers/sisters

in 1989 I helped run a city initiative in Tacoma, Washington (not a redneck town) requiring equal protection for lgbt folks and was reviled and ridiculed and the initiative went down. In 2008 through our church a Methodist Reconciling Ministry Network Church, led a protest March against Prop 8. In 2012 the peace and justice project I chaired was a proponent of same sex marriage and we won...and now today!!!! As Martin Luther King Jr. had said: "The arc of the universe tends to bend towards justice" and yes, today it has!!! We have come a long way in 23 and a half years......but as Robert Frost said: "miles to go before I sleep"

This Memorial Day I would like to honor my father

My father Robert was born in 1926 and when he was 17 entered the World War II and fought in Germany and France. He was born in New York and had a gift for languages. Because of that gift after the war he served the US for a time posing as a clerk at an East German hotel gleaning information and passing it onto the State Department. When the Korean War started he was sent to fight in Korea in the signal corps. After a brief stint in Texas he was sent to his final station early in the sixties (Vietnam) was shot by a sniper near the North border and sent stateside to be retired. This wounding caused him to have high blood pressure and on the week before Christmas when I was 7 years old he died of a massive heart attack. I remember well attending his military funeral. He was not niave about his service. When the Gulf of Tonkin incident came down, he immediately said that the US was lying. I would like to thank him for his service and also for helping me form the liberal/progressive outlook I have today! HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY EVERYONE

I am so moved and honored

Quite a day. Not only was our congregation was able to have two of the first same sex weddings legally allowed in Washington State this afternoon, and I was able to preside at one of them. It was my very first time as a pastor to preside at a wedding. I don't know who was more excited and nervous, the couple or myself! But seriously was a joy and an honor. We thank both couples ofr allowing us to take part in their joy and also make history!!! As MLK Jr. once said: "the arc of the moral universe tends to bend towards justice!"

My heart was warmed this morning (Same Sex Marriage)

At midnight, same sex marriage was legalized by a vote of the people in Washington State. I work at a United Methodist Church in Tacoma, Washington that is a Reconciling Ministry UMC. Myself and the other two work work on our pastoral staff got up at 5 this morning to be at the County Auditors office for when they opened to hand out the first licenses. We wanted to be there to be supportive and also in case they was any backlash to show that there are those in the Church who believe that love is love!

What a blessing to be a part ofd this. I have helped campaign for this for about 23 years. When I ran for Congress, I was very vocal about being supportive of LGBT rights and same sex marriage. It was wonderful to see this day come about!

How big or small of an effect do you Romney's 47% statement will have

and why?

WHAT A WEEK!!!

I was so proud to be a Democrat this week..a convention of respect and admiration compared to the Republicans convention of spite, selfishness and lies!!! Last week we were staring at an empty chair, this week were being inspired and uplifted!! I know it's not important, but I couldn't help but say it!!!

I weep for America

When I came to the US in the late 60's it didn't matter whether you were a Democratic or Republican elected president, you were respected.

Lyndon Johnson's Great Society was just a few years in the making

The Civil Rights Bill had been passed about 4 years prior

Unions were in their prime

Teachers, Government, Firefighters were respected and valued

fast forward to today....

Government is vilified

Teachers and and unionists are made to be targets of jealously

Government is made to be the problem

and then it all translates into our daily discourse and interaction with others:

The President is called a liar during his State of the Union Speech

The President's citizenship is called into question

there is a meaness to our cultural interaction and then today:

two incidents at the RNC sum up what we have let the Republicans do to the nation:

a Puerto Rican speaker is shouted down and her citizenship is questioned,

an African American media employee has peanuts thrown at her and is told "This is how we feed the animals"

BY NOT BEING VIGILANT IN OUR NATIONAL DISCOURSE WE HAVE LET OUR NATION SLIP TO A SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST.

We have come full circle from JFK's stirring "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" inaugural address to Reagans axiom: I've got mine so tough shit.

When we forget the poor the downtrodden, the middle class, when we are not vigilant to the ignorant screamers and shouters around us, these incidents will become more frequent, we will become more base and belligerant and we will all suffer as a nation and a people! I am truly disgusted with the Republican Party as it is constituted today!

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