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Hometown: CA
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I Just Saw Something Really Sad. And Then I Got Angry.

Once a year our city has something called "Operation CleanUp." It's when you can put pretty much anything out on the curb for curbside pick up by our Waste Management Division (which our Republican Mayor is trying to privatize) and it's included in the cost of your monthly utility bill. People put out anything from tree trimmings to old refrigerators, old fence wood, stuff like that. Anyway, it's that time of year and this morning, I was driving home from the gym and saw something that just hit me like a ton of bricks. Someone had set out an old mattress for pick up. There on this discarded mattress was a homeless man, shopping cart nearby, sleeping.

For some reason it hit me like a ton of bricks and I almost had to pull over. Then I got angry. I got angry at the 1% who have stolen everything and are hoarding OUR wealth. Angry at the politicians, both R & D, who continue to fellate the 1% and have not only allowed this to happen but have ENABLED it to happen. They like to keep us, the proles, distracted by partisan politics insisting that "our" side is good and "their" side is bad when, in fact, BOTH sides are culpable and this is the result.

The richest nation in the world has an appalling record on helping/treating the poor, the sick, the elderly, the homeless, the mentally ill, children -- the least-powerful of our society. We can't afford social programs but we can always afford WMD. We can't afford to provide single-payer but every goddamned congressperson and their families sure as hell has full coverage.

It's a two-tiered system and we have allowed it to happen by getting distracted by partisan politics and whatever new shiny thing the MSM puts in front of our noses. Turn off the TV and go talk to some of those "repukes" and all those other people we've been taught to demonize. I'm guessing, no, I KNOW that most are just average, everyday people who have the same struggles we do. It's time We the People stand up and refuse to be divided not only by race, religion, culture, and whatever else (artificially) divides us but also by partisan politics. The only way we're going to change all this is by working TOGETHER. I know we can find common ground with one another because I've done it. If you think about it, most of us have done it either in small or large ways within our own lives.

Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That's what we're doing. We elect the same politicians, year in and year out, who do EXACTLY what the last guy/gal did -- represent the 1%. We need to demand better for ourselves and for this country or make no mistake, a whole lot more of us will be sleeping on discarded mattresses.

Visiting Idaho this summer for the first time.

We'll be traveling from California to the Grand Tetons but will be spending most of our time in Idaho. Neither my husband nor I have ever been through your lovely state and I'd like to ask if there are any really good campgrounds (tent camping) and/or anything special we should be seeing. Any recommendations for good restaurants (we're on a budget) or things to see? REALLY looking forward to coming to your state so any suggestions you might want to offer will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

LTH

P.S. I've bookmarked this thread. There looks like a WHOLE lot of possibilities for detours. Thanks so much for your responses and feel free to keep them coming.

Another Sequester Casualty: Meals on Wheels

My 91-year-old Great Aunt was informed by our local Meals on Wheels that, because of the sequester, they are running out of food and once they run out, there will be no more food deliveries.

In order to qualify for the program you cannot have the ability to obtain/prepare food on your own. Now, I can easily provide for my aunt and ensure she gets good, nutritional meals but I have to wonder about those without family/friends to care for them. The numbers could be in the millions. How can this NOT have tragic consequences?

How is it that there seems to be all kinds of programs that have managed to get themselves exempted from the sequester yet Meals on Wheels gets the axe? There is no justification for this.

Here's a link to a live local feed:

http://www1.whdh.com/video/7newslive

(Thanks to another DUer for the link -- can't remember who but you know who you are.)

Let's hear it for the awesome job LE has done!

So much of the time on DU too many condemn ALL LE officers because of the bad behavior of a few. I think this crisis has revealed the value of LE and their overall POSITIVE contribution to society. THIS is what the vast majority of police officers do -- their job.

Bravo for a job well done!

Good News: I Got a Job!

I worked the Census in 2009 and then again in 2010. Once my stint was up they mailed me an employment packet that basically made me go through the hiring/test process all over again in order to apply for a Field Representative position (they take surveys for different Fed. departments). I did all of that and, after 3-1/2 years of not hearing from them, had pretty much decided they weren't going to call me.

Out of the blue I get a phone call and the Census wants to do a phone interview. I had to jump through some extra hoops but I got the job! It's only a 6-month (or shorter) assignment and FAAAAAARRRRRR from the $125.00/hr. I used to make (sigh) but it's a job and I'm happy for it. I start April 22 with training in Sacramento.

Tentative Deal on Immigration Farm Workers

Source: capital gazette

A tentative deal has been reached between agriculture workers and growers, a key senator said Tuesday, smoothing the way for a landmark immigration bill to be released within a week.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who's taken the lead on negotiating a resolution to the agriculture issue, didn't provide details, and said growers had yet to sign off on the agreement. The farm workers union has been at odds with the agriculture industry over worker wages and how many visas should be offered in a new program to bring agriculture workers to the U.S.

But Feinstein said she's hoping for resolution in the next day or two.

"There's a tentative agreement on a number of things, and we're waiting to see if it can get wrapped up," Feinstein said in a brief interview at the Capitol.

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Read more: http://www.capitalgazette.com/wire/nation/senator-tentative-deal-on-immigration-ag-workers/article_99f42099-cac5-58fe-bf9c-cd5b1380f164.html

16th Senate District field set with 5 candidates

A week of political drama narrowed the candidate field to two front-runners in the race for the state's 16th Senate District: Bakersfield Democrat Leticia Perez and Hanford Republican Andy Vidak.

But they're not the only ones who will be competing in the May 21 special election.

Democrats Francisco Ramirez Jr. of Riverdale and Paulina Miranda of Fresno, and Peace and Freedom Party candidate Mohammad Arif of Bakersfield, also qualified for the ballot by Friday's filing deadline, according to election offices in Fresno and Kern counties.

The election is the result of former Sen. Michael Rubio's resignation last month. The Bakersfield Democrat took a job with Chevron.

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http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/03/29/3236427/states-16th-senate-district-field.html#storylink=misearch



I only know one of these candidates: Paulina Miranda. The local Democrats are NOT supporting her for good reason. I won't elaborate.

Recommended Documentary: "They Killed Sister Dorothy"

Narrated by Martin Sheen it's a story about a nun who went to Brazil to help the indigenous people there. She was killed for defending a project that was designed to give workers plots of land to work. The idea was to engage in sustainable farming in the Amazon that left 80% of the forest left untouched. On the other side are the very few, very rich (sound familiar?) ranchers who are destroying the rain forest for cheap grazing land for their cattle.

Overall it's amazing how much we have in common with the unrepresented peoples around the world who are being exploited because of greed. Just because we're in a First World country doesn't make the injustices any less heinous.

Anyway, I thought it was a fascinating documentary.

The Party Faithful are now trying to equate Elizabeth Warren

with Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022592166#post3

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