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Hometown: Arkansas
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Current location: Arkansas, USA
Member since: Mon May 15, 2017, 09:46 PM
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Volvo "Fit for an aria" commercial

OK, I can't stand it anymore and must say this somewhere.

Volvo is running an ad for their "fit for an aria" autos. There is a pretty soprano singing nicely.

The problem is that the aria is from Mozart's The Magic Flute. The character is the Queen of the Night - not a nice person. She is demanding her daughter commit murder or be disowned. So, do the folks at the Volvo ad agency not know the source of the aria or are they assuming the rest of us do not?


A plea for civility and unity among Democrats

Dear DU:

The Primaries forum has great potential as a place we can discuss the candidates. However, we need to remember that this is a family discussion. At the end of this discussion, we will need to be united against Trump who is an existential threat to the Republic.

Tell me why you support your favorite Democratic candidate. Tell me the policies differences that support your choice. Don't attack the other candidates. We're all family here.

We cannot afford to end the primary season with ill will between us.

The proposed "Wealth Tax."

I spent a lot of time on the road today listening to MSNBC. I heard a lot of discussion about how we've never had a "Wealth Tax" in the U.S. That statement is, of course, incorrect.

What wealth most of us have is tied up in our homes which are taxed albeit by local government. What is being proposed is that the wealth of the really wealthy is also taxed. Seems fair to me.

It's a Grandson!

Herself and I just returned from the far corner of the State where we traveled for the birth of our first grandchild.

After some prompting, the doctors and nurses all agreed he is the prettiest baby boy any had ever seen.

Mother and son are doing well and at home.

A humble proposal concerning Trump's wall.

I propose that Congress appropriate the money Trump wants but only for the purpose of acquiring the necessary privately owned property by purchase or eminent domain. Given how long eminent domain proceedings would take, Trump would be long gone before they are completed. Better yet, when the federal government actually starts seizing private property the Republicans along the boarder will come unhinged.

My suspicion is that the first set of property seizures would be the end of the wall.

I'm coming up on 3,000 posts.

DU has become an important part of my evenings for the last couple of years.

As a Democrat in south Arkansas it has meant a lot to me to know that I am not alone. I sincerely enjoy the conversation.

I don't think I've pissed anyone off - too bad. If I have, please be assured it was not intentional.

Thank you, DU and DUers.

Why is Rachel a re-run tonight?

If Rachel wanted the night off, was there no one to fill-in? Was there no news? What am I supposed to do for an hour?

That chaps my retired Army ass.

Just saw Individual 1 at the capital rotunda for Bush.

When Cadet Bonespurs was ready to leave, he attempted to render a military salute. I have reconciled myself to Presidents returning the salute from aircrews when they board Air Force or Marine One. Other than that, civilians should simply place their hand over the heart. I would prefer that Cadet Bonespurs not even do that.

Has anyone found a site following the results on the Arkansas Supreme Court race?

I'm sweating this one.

I want to DO something about the Anti-Semitic attacks.

I've been mulling last weekend's attack in Pittsburgh. I just read about the attacks in New York - [link:https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211356787|

I think we (or at least I) need to stop mulling and DO something.

Any suggestions?
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