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Gender: Female
Hometown: Bawlmer, Murlind
Home country: United States
Current location: Trump Household
Member since: Wed Dec 6, 2017, 10:45 PM
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About Me

I love logic and respect feelings. My aspiration here is to engage in reasoned discourse. I believe that Truth Leaks. It may take the time span of a Grand Canyon to wear away at human deceit and denial, but truth always carves its own path.

Journal Archives

Trump Flags A-Flyin'

There are two Trump flags being displayed in my neighborhood. I can't recall what, if any other flags accompany both of them, but one is not hanging up next to an American flag.

It stands by itself, and like the other, is large and bold with the name emblazened upon it. This is not some sign staked out during campaign season to announce a household's political preference. This is a grand standard declaring a specific allegiance.

Now, I admired (still do) the hell out of Obama. However, it would never have occurred to me to fly a flag that fairly shouts out his name.

That is the mind set favored by those who follow Trump that disturbs me. It is not just that they have ideas and support policies that diverge from my own. I expect that in a democracy.

The support extended to Trump goes beyond that which one sees in a democracy. George W. Bush's supporters were not so enamored of him that his name was waved about on banners as an everyday expression of loyalty.

Trump devotees may talk about there love of country; however their focus on one man is akin to worship.


Lines from Alternet.org about the Franken Situation.

How an ordinarily terrific reporter got sucked in by the conspiracy theories about the Al Franken accusations
Amanda Marcotte / Salon July 22, 2019

The defenders of Sen. Al Franken are perhaps the single most embarrassing group of allegedly progressive people in the Democratic coalition.


https://www.alternet.org/2019/07/how-an-ordinarily-terrific-reporter-got-sucked-in-by-the-conspiracy-theories-about-the-al-franken-accusations/

So, I guess that I am an embarassment. And I'm not one to buy into conspiracy theories. I think Roger Stone and Leeann Tweeden decided to exaggerate a stupid situation with the hopes of thwarting the voice of an elected official who spoke clearly and forcefully against the tide of self-serving, borderline (and sometimes over the border) criminality that is the hallmark of this current administration.

The Democrats who piled on in the aftermath were also self-serving, if not criminal. Their interests were not first and foremost the pursuit of truth or the advancement of the protection of women. I think that they strategized rather than conspired.

And I think that some of the writers at Alternet and Vox are the embarassment because they can't budge an inch or even entertain the possibility that the treatment afforded to Franken was out of proportion to the charges made against him.

I really hope that someone decides to communicate this concern to the publications in question. I'm tired and I'm angry and I'm done apologizing for somehow not being liberal enough.

Cheddar the dog from Brooklyn 99. . .

Has passed away. He was an adorable corgi who featured in many very funny plot lines. It was impossible not to smile when he appeared on screen.

I know that I am pretty obsessed with the show, but everyone on DU should check out Brooklyn Nine-Nine if they have a chance. The cast is diverse and inclusive and funny. They are good people and good cops who have goofy moments. The characters defy stereotypes even though their odd quirks are dialed up to 11.

Cheddar may have been the cuddliest member of the cast but they are all pretty lovable in their own weird ways.

A Little Revisionist Song Re-Write, Here. . .

Oh, beautiful for spacious skies, and amber waves of grain,

For purple mountains' majesty above the fruited plains,

America! America!

Goddess shed her light on thee,

And crown thy good with Sisterhood

From sea to shining sea!

Thanks to the Onion. . .


We know that Christopher Hasson is being treated right.



Prison Returns Bag Of Semi-Automatic Guns, Hit List To Coast Guard Terror Suspect At Release



https://www.theonion.com/prison-returns-bag-of-semi-automatic-guns-hit-list-to-1834338476

Trump's Twitter Advice To Meghan Markle. . .

. . . Upon her impending childbirth:

"In the delivery room, open your legs so the baby can come out."

Looking for a housing/roommate situation.

Someone was kind enough to direct me to this specific thread. So, it will duplicate another thread in the DU lounge.



This is me attempting to network and hoping that I am not breaking any DU rules.


(If so, I will cheerfully accept corrective actions.)

It is my hope to find a housing situation in the Greater Baltimore Area. Something a bit farther afield might be acceptable if I can get to public transportation with relative ease.

Here are my basic demographic details:

61 years old, female, straight but not narrow.

I do not smoke, drink, or use drugs. (Unless you count chocolate, then I am Hard. Core.)

If this post is not in violation of any DU policy, then I would love to hear back if you are the friend of a friend who has some space to rent or is moving to the area and might wish to share an apartment.

My primary philosophy regarding the challenge of sharing a domicile and housing expenses is the need for respect and communication.

We are all different with our notions of privacy and cleanliness and finances. It's important to see the other person's point of view and create an atmosphere where all folks involved are reasonably happy. The last thing that I want is a situation where I am happy and other people are not.

Win/win is what I am looking for.

Thanks, everyone.

Looking for roommate/housing situation.

This is me attempting to network and hoping that I am not breaking any DU rules.

(If so, I will cheerfully accept corrective actions.)

It is my hope to find a housing situation in the Greater Baltimore Area. Something a bit farther afield might be acceptable if I can get to public transportation with relative ease.

Here are my basic demographic details:

61 years old, female, straight but not narrow.

I do not smoke, drink, or use drugs. (Unless you count chocolate, then I am Hard. Core.)

If this post is not in violation of any DU policy, then I would love to hear back if you are the friend of a friend who has some space to rent or is moving to the area and might wish to share an apartment.

My primary philosophy regarding the challenge of sharing a domicile and housing expenses is the need for respect and communication.

We are all different with our notions of privacy and cleanliness and finances. It's important to see the other person's point of view and create an atmosphere where all folks involved are reasonably happy. The last thing that I want is a situation where I am happy and other people are not.

Win/win is what I am looking for.

Thanks, everyone.

Looking at a photo of Barack Obama. (Birthday Boy)

There is a picture posted on another site that show Obama surrounded by a number of black Africans. Everyone in the photo is relaxed and happy.

It called to mind many other pictures of him surrounded by people of different colors and nationalities and ages. So many show people with the same engaged, happy expressions on their faces.

The thought came to me: He truly is a Man of the People. ALL of the People. Just like "All lives matter."

With President Obama, there was no need to remind people that "black lives matter (too)" and that white lives were suddenly "losing ground" because he was only going to look after his "own" people.

We were all his own, and he was ours. I was never prouder to be an American, and I was happy for my black friends and co-workers for seeing that example of accomplishment that reflected their identities.

Heck, if there were ever an Italian-American president I would be happy. It would be a fun thing for me to imagine big pots of tomato sauce simmering in the White House kitchens.

It might not be as important to me as Obama's election was to the Black community, because Italian-Americans aren't still suffering systematically from prejudice in this country. Unfortunately, many of my ethnic group have moved on to being "White" and are convinced that everything is slanted to advantage all those "n-words" and that "hardworking people like them can't get a decent break".

They don't remember their moms and dads, grandparents or great-grandparents being called "dago" and "wop". And even if they heard the word today, it could never measure in pain to the "n-word".

That makes Barack Obama's accomplishments more noteworthy. He had to appeal to the larger part of America's better nature in accepting him. All whats-his-name has to do is appeal to the worse in a small portion of America and let them spread the ugly.

Whatever Was Her Majesty Thinking?

Just posted a silly idea of what might have been going through Queen Elizabeth II's mind as she was dealing with the gold-plated turd some regard as a president.

So, I thought, let's play a game. Alas, I have neither the resources nor the skill set to post actual pictures from the meeting and paste little thought clouds over the Queen's head, but it still seems like fun to consider the infinite universe of possibilities.

There's an old line about, "Not for all the tea in China", that only geezers and biddies will recall. For some reason (probably the association of tea and the British Empire's past in dealing with China) I think that may have originally been a British English expression.

So, what are your thoughts on her thoughts?
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