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I'm Almost Finished with the Warren book and I have a few thoughts

To the people who declare that she absolutely, positively WILL NOT RUN!11!1! I want to remind them that Warren was RECRUITED to run for the Senate. She had grave doubts. Her family urged her not to do it. But for decades she'd been gathering evidence of how the vultures in the banking industry preyed on the middle class and the poor. She'd been listening to the stories of real people for decades. When she was putting out feelers, exploring whether or not to run for the Senate, as so many had urged her to do, she talked to one middle-aged unemployed lady who walked 3 miles to see her speak (the woman no longer had a car). She told Warren her very heartbreaking story and asked Warren to make a commitment, right then and there, to run for the Senate so we could have SOMEONE representing real people. That's when she made the commitment.

Warren hasn't stopped listening and she'll never stop fighting. She has an innate sense of doing the right thing and I think if enough people call for her to run for the presidency, she will. She will because the people need her. She will because the country needs her.

I just read a column that E.J. Dionne wrote about her and, although I think Dionne is somewhat of a hack most of the time he's right on one point in the article. Hillary Clinton, and, by extension, the Third Way Democrats, will be facing a new electorate in 2016. There's a new populism in the air with the likes of people like Warren and Sanders that eludes the current crop of corporate-friendly cheeseballs who are now "representing" us -- in BOTH parties.

If she will continue to listen to the people, continue to do the right thing, she'll run. And she'll win the nomination and she'll win the presidency. I also predict that she'll be one of our greatest presidents at a time when this country desperately needs a voice for the people. She is that voice.

After winning the Kentucky Derby, California Chrome racing today in the Preakness.

He was bred and raised in Central California on Harris Ranch. Race time is about 3:30 PST I believe. Here's some other information about him:

Based in anonymity at Los Alamitos Race Course near Los Angeles, the Orange County track best known for quarterhorse racing, the modestly bred colt burst onto the racing scene this year with four consecutive impressive victories capped by a 1 -length triumph in the Kentucky Derby on May 3.

The 140th Derby was the fifth straight win for California Chrome, who ended his 2-year-old season with a victory in the six-furlong King Glorious Stakes over the all-weather track at former Hollywood Park.

In 2014, the California-bred colt won the California Cup Derby, Grade 2 San Felipe and Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby by a combined 18 lengths before heading to Churchill Downs. Favored at 5-2, he settled comfortably just off the pace and took over at the top of the stretch, leading by as many as five lengths down the lane and hitting the wire in 2:03.66 for 1 miles.

Making the first start outside his native state, California Chrome became the first California-bred to win the Kentucky Derby since Decidedly in 1962. Only four California-bred horses have ever won the Preakness, and none since Snow Chief in 1986.

http://www.preakness.com/race-info/contenders/3/California%20Chrome

Go California!

Knitters/crocheters,

Here's a story about a small, local, hand-dyed yarn business that I thought might interest to you yarn crafters:

http://abc30.com/news/made-in-the-valley-anzula-luxury-fibers-%7C-1-of-2/63045/

and

http://abc30.com/news/made-in-the-valley-anzula-luxury-fibers-%7C-2-of-2/63061/

Just a heads up.

High-Speed Rail Authority approves Fresno-Bakersfield section

Source: The Fresno Bee

The California High-Speed Rail Authority approved the Fresno-to-Bakersfield section of its controversial bullet-train program -- the second section of what is planned to become the backbone of a statewide passenger train system.

The agency's board, meeting Wednesday in Fresno, voted to approve two separate actions for the 114-mile route.

Board members first certified the final 20,000-page version of its environmental impact report, intended to analyze how building and operating the rail system would affect homes, businesses, farms and wildlife habitat in the region between proposed stations in downtown Fresno and downtown Bakersfield, and detail how the agency will make up for those effects.

EARLIER STORY: High-speed rail plan attracts foes, supporters at Fresno hearing

Moments later, the board took a second vote, this time to approve the rail project and the preferred route from downtown Fresno to the northern outskirts of Bakersfield. That route generally runs near the existing BNSF Railway freight tracks, now shared by Amtrak passenger grains, between Fresno and Bakersfield.

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/05/07/3914799/high-speed-rail-board-approves.html?sp=/99/406/#storylink=cpy


Read more: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/05/07/3914799/high-speed-rail-board-approves.html?sp=/99/406/



WooHoo!!!!!!!!

You've gotta see this. She's 8.

Japanese Girl Shreds Guitar, Gender Stereotypes, With Face-Melting Metal Solo

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/25/japanese-girl-metal-guitar_n_5030179.html

Field Poll: Mayor Ashley Swearengin leads state controller's race

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A new Field Poll shows Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin leading the race for state controller. She's currently the choice of 28 percent of likely voters in the June primary.

Board of Equalization member Betty Yee is the pick for 19 percent of likely voters.

Assembly Speaker John Perez comes in third with 14 percent.

Another 1 percent prefer other candidates, and 38 percent are undecided.

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http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/politics&id=9500776


Swearingen is mayor of Fresno, is a right-winger and is looking to climb the political ladder. She successfully sold off the commercial trash pick up to a private company, then tried to do the same thing with residential trash service. The unions got together, got it on the ballot and her privatization efforts were defeated by 801 votes.

I know it's early in the 2014 election season but the title caught my eye and I thought I'd give everyone a heads-up as to who the enemy will be this year. And believe me when I say privatize-all-things-Swearengin IS the enemy.

Need some good slogans for today's events.

See EarlG's post:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024769909#post12

Give me some ideas. I need to make signs.

Thanks!

California Democrats Back Marijuana Legalization In Party Platform

California Democrats have approved a party platform including a plank calling for marijuana legalization, marking a major shift for the state party.

As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, state party delegates moved Sunday to adopt a platform that includes support for "the legalization, regulation and taxation of pot in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol." The platform was adopted by a near-unanimous voice vote.

California Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom, formerly the mayor of San Francisco, made the case for the position change during the Democrats' 3-day convention in Los Angeles.

"It's time for all of us to step up and step in and lead once again in California, just as we did in 1996. We did just that with medical marijuana," Newsom said during his Saturday address to the convention. "But for almost 20 years now, we've sat back admiring our accomplishment while the world, the nation, and states like Colorado and Washington have passed us by. ... It's time to legalize, it's time to tax, it's time to regulate marijuana for adults in California."

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/09/california-democrats-marijuana_n_4931114.html


There are at least 2 initiatives that are currently gathering signatures for legalization. This time I'm almost sure it will pass.

It's absolutely amazing to me . . .

I sat on this board in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and watched the debate about whether or not to invade Iraq. To a person, TO A PERSON, EVERYONE on DU agreed that this was a terrible idea and it was all about oil and that we were being lied to about the reasons for ILLEGALLY invading another country having nothing to do with 9/11. TO. A. PERSON.

It's more than amazing, it is, as others have said, VOMIT-INDUCING that now, since President Obama is defending it, NOW it's justified. If there is any better definition of hypocrisy by those who defend PO whether he's right or wrong to now try and justify this invasion just because the president says so then I don't know what it is.

THIS is what blind loyalty does. You throw out your own common sense, your own integrity of thought and belief, your own logical conclusions just to throw blind allegiance to a person/ideology. It's nothing less than despicable and that's being kind.

Want to support local (and often family) farms? Want to eat healthy? Think about joining a CSA.

I often hear people decry the loss of the local family farms to big agra. Well, if you're serious about doing something about that I have a possible solution for you AND your local farms: CSAs. CSA stands for Community-Supported Agriculture. Here's the rundown:

A farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables and/or fruits, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a subscription and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

I signed up with a local family farm that is certified organic. A few days before delivery, I e-mail in my order. The produce is delivered to a central location (some of them will deliver them straight to your house). The box contains fresh, ripe, LOCAL, organic veggies and fruits. When I pick up my produce, I hand in last-week's empty box which gets used again and again. So, the food has traveled less than 15 miles, I've used no plastic bags, I've used no more gas going to pick up my box than I use going to the grocery store, I'm supporting a LOCAL organic farmer and I get good, LOCALLY-GROWN produce. I'm eating healthy and being environmentally responsible all at the same time. AND, the farmer has a guaranteed stream of steady income. If you're interested, you can go to the website below, enter in your zip code and find CSA's in your area. If you're serious about wanting to save local farms, this is one way you can do it.


http://www.localharvest.org/


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