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Sunny is in love!
How can I tell him his new love has a heart of stone?
Posted by Samantha | Mon Feb 24, 2014, 06:33 PM (7 replies)
The always unpredictable Al Gore has been quietly mentioned. The man who for a long time has warned us about the perils of climate change, panned the Keystone pipeline, wrote the legislation creating the Internet for we the people, who openly assertively states corporations are not people too - that's my kind of Presidential choice. Elizabeth Warren would make a great Vice Presidential choice to run with Gore. So would O'Malley.
"Besides, Gore is one of those rare public figures who could compete without needing to throw a lot of money into the fight. He could also afford to take an outside-the-box approach to fundraising. In October, Gore – looking far more presidential and statesmanlike than he did in his younger days – told Bloomberg that “corporations are not persons, money is not speech, (and) big anonymous contributors should not call the shots,” in US politics.
Gore may be wealthy, but he also has populist credentials and the experience that would allow him to, at the very least, be taken seriously as a presidential contender. Gore could make a simple pitch for something like 10 million people to donate $20 apiece, and $200 million ought to be more than enough to give him a fighting chance at the nomination. Mitt Romney spent a little less than $80 million in winning the 2012 GOP nomination, CNN reported in April 2012.
Just as Gore surprised the political world in late 2002 by stating he wouldn’t seek the Democratic nomination in 2004, it would be a welcome surprise to hear him say in early 2014 that he’s not ruling out another run for the White House in 2016."
I read a couple of months ago he had quietly been approached and asked to run. And yes, it would be a welcome surprise should he choose to do so.
Posted by Samantha | Wed Feb 19, 2014, 01:35 AM (21 replies)
I would like to share something with the hope it be helpful. It concerns the importance of allowing oneself to properly grieve.
When my father passed, I was 28. I simply could not face it. I had lost my mom when I was six so he was all-important to me. He died suddenly from a heart attack at 50. A sudden passing of a loved one leaves no time to emotionally prepare so it often is even more difficult to accept. I could not look at any pictures of my father for ten years. I was in denial.
But after some time, I found myself angry at him for leaving. It would be a lengthy reason to explain why, so I will just leave it at that. After some time, I felt ashamed for that anger as if I were feeling sorry for myself for having lost my father instead of feeling sorry for him for having passed so young.
But I was not myself for two years. The depression was deep.
I finally snapped out of it one day when I felt my daughter pulling on my skirt. She was two. I looked down and thought about how much I had neglected her and my husband in my grief over losing my father. I made a strong effort to accept my father's passing to return to my former self so I could be the loving mother and wife I had once been.
Some time later, I found out there were self-help books on the process of grieving. Some authors think there are seven; some think there are five. I purchased one and read it. To my utter amazement, that book described all of the stages I had passed through. Even the anger one was discussed. I so regretted not knowing so many books on this subject existed; I would have read one much sooner and learned so much about the process when I needed to know it.
The Five Stages of Grief (as outlined by Dr. Kubler-Ross):
*Dr. Kubler-Ross initially outlined these steps to help patients who were facing death. She later expanded her work to simply help everyone grieving, including those who had lost very close loved ones. The Bargaining stage usually impacts individuals with a terminal illness. I did not experience that phase.
Once I realized the process of grieving is a very normal reaction to loss and all of the feelings I had experienced were natural, I knew if only I had allowed myself to grieve instead of holding back, I could have learned to cope much quicker than what I did. Now when I experience a loss, I do not hold back my grief. I let it all emerge and I think that has been very instrumental in helping me to heal.
The reason I am writing you this post is to simply let you know you are so right in saying grieving is not a weakness. It is what we do to face our tragedies and start the healing process therefrom. We never stop missing those we loved and lost, but we do learn to live with it and return to the person we once were who experienced the wholeness of life, even contentment and happiness.
Remember each day to always look around and take notice of all we love that we still have.
Happy Valentine's Day, and thank you for all your wonderful work on our site.
Posted by Samantha | Fri Feb 14, 2014, 01:24 AM (1 replies)
He himself invited this when he asked us, regarding issues important to us, to "make him do it." Those where his exact words.
He also said in Chicago in 2008 acknowledging his win to the huge crowd that had gathered there, words to the effect that we, the people who elected him, would not like everything he did, but he had gotten so much more from us than we would get from him. I think some people might not have paid close attention to this.
But I voted for President Obama twice, and I do not regret it. I think overall he has done a remarkable job under extremely adverse conditions. Some things he has accomplished I think are remarkable. Some things he is considering and has done I believe are appalling. I have no problem expressing my dissatisfaction, or when appropriate outrage, when I come face to face when one of these things.
Yet I still as I said above do not regret my vote. When my blood starts to boil, for instance, when I did a lot of research on the Chained CPI and realized over time what impact that would have on seniors, instead of continuing to just be outraged, I sent my info to Bernie Sanders and asked him to oppose this. So the answer is, I believe, when a politician one has supported steps out to make an objectionable move, become actively involved and express your opposition.
Also keep in mind, if we had not elected Barack Obama president, Mitt Romney would be sitting in the Oval Office, and we would be in a great deal more pain today than we are with the President.
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Posted by Samantha | Tue Feb 11, 2014, 08:05 PM (1 replies)
he was unable to make it thru the second night. Walked off I think during the second or third act, leaving the cast to improvise for the rest of the show. Improvise as in they lost a main character and had to ad lib....
There is a video at the link above which I encourage you to access. I believe you will truly enjoy watching Cruz perform, and I do not believe you see in any difference in his performance on stage and off.
Perhaps I should put this in a separate thread for all to enjoy??? Or just wait for a strategic moment to do so?
Posted by Samantha | Tue Feb 4, 2014, 01:03 PM (0 replies)
Ted Cruz takes his Shakespeare* too seriously. That is just another way of saying Cruz is not stupid. He is just a really, really poor actor. Someone should tell him to get off the stage.
BUT WAIT A MINUTE
After I posted this, I did a quick search and found out he does have acting experience. Take a look at this quote:
"Senator Ted Cruz is known for his acts of political theater, but the drama we’ve come to expect from him on the Senate floor may trace its origins from his days at Harvard Law School. A new profile of Cruz by Matt Viser of the Boston Globe revealed that the senator played a leading role in the drama society’s production of “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, back in 1992.
The play, which depicts the demagoguery of the Salem Witch Trials, was written as a critique of Senator Joe McCarthy’s red-baiting tactics of the 1950’s. The character Cruz played, the self-aggrandizing Reverend Samuel Parris, may be fitting for a senator criticized for his own demagoguery."
I think he deserves a special award -- something like Worst Actor in the Political Arena.
*As You Like It.
Posted by Samantha | Tue Feb 4, 2014, 02:15 AM (2 replies)
Against my better judgment, I am going to make a few comments about the TPP and recent events. I have zero desire to get into any bitter battles over the literal truth of what is what. After all, we are in a political arena and the quest of discerning the truth about anything is often extremely difficult if not impossible.
President Obama is not stupid, so I do not believe he ever thought he could get Fast Track. Continuing down this thought train, why would he make seemingly positive remarks if it were not something he truly supported? Think about it. He is a Constitutional attorney, and he has to know the repercussions from implementing a piece of garbage such as this TPP Trade Agreement. Thus, we are back at the beginning, so why would he seemingly be pushing it? Perhaps because HE HAD TO - HE HAD NO POLITICAL AND/OR EXECUTIVE CHOICE.
So if either were the case, why would that be?
Scenario #1: The talks on this TPP started under George W. Bush*. There is a protocol long in place that when one is elected to the Presidency, important issues and events already in progress must be appropriately addressed. It is important that when a transfer of power happens at the Executive Level, that transfer does not create an instability in our institution. So imagine if this is the perspective from which we view this and a newly-elected President when learning of this monstrosity bluntly states he does not like the agreement and will be quashing it. One can easily predict all of the potential adverse repercussions from a move like that, so I will leave that statement as is.
Although the President of the United States, Barack Obama is also the infinite politician. His solution would be to play ball until he had to resolve the matter, and a great solution would be to allow the agreement to "die" a natural death. That is what Harry Reid is helping President Obama do.
This particular agreement may pull a "Lazarus" maneuver as time goes on, considering the level of support given to it by powerful corporations and some very wealthy players. But for now, the play is blocked! Hurray for the home team.
Scenario #2: Bill Clinton did an astounding amount of work to help Barack Obama get elected originally, and then to win re-election. I just assumed it was a down-payment toward President Obama reciprocating when Hillary ran in 2016. But considering the overall effort Bill Clinton exhibited (almost an overkill, really), I think there might have been another reason Clinton worked his posterior off for this man who had knocked his (Bill's) wife into a hairline-miss for the Oval Office: the Clinton Global Initiative. What a boon to that foundation should the TPP be implemented!
So after all that Bill Clinton did for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, how could the newly-minted President be perceived as not supporting the TPP?
I cannot say I have seen him do too much to promote this Frankenstein of a trade agreement. He has, however, put on a wonderful show.
Don't listen to what I say, watch what I do because it is all in the political game - perhaps that is the rule of thumb now worth politically pondering.
Posted by Samantha | Thu Jan 30, 2014, 11:51 PM (32 replies)
Those sanctions have caused tremendous economic damage to that country, and Iran's cooperation to date with official negotiators attempting to resolve the situation peacefully has resulted in this great news. It is a thumb in the eye to those right-wingers who have been stoking the fires for involving us in yet another war, and it appears there is hope further progress can be made.
I do give much credit to President Obama for this result. He publicly spoke out to those who advocated for war to stand up and speak out. Come out of the closet, put your hand up and your name out there in the public domain. They demurred.
He diligently worked for a peaceful resolution, and for that I am grateful.
Posted by Samantha | Mon Jan 20, 2014, 02:51 PM (29 replies)
I have read several books about his presidency, and I cannot remember in which one I read this. It appears he was struggling to find a new term to describe the politics and accomplishments of the Clinton years, including that which he regarded as successes (we can quibble about some of these later) he achieved by compromising with Republicans. I personally have another name for that but I won't post it here because I am not ready for my pizza delivery yet.
I think "Third Way" was the third name he stumbled upon.
While I do like Clinton, some of his accomplishments such as cutting welfare deeply and adversely impacted citizens much in the same way as Republicans recommend today. I don't literally think of this as a "third way" as much as I do a betrayal of Democratic principles.
But he was excellent at defending himself under distressful circumstances against the horrendous attacks by the Republicans. Let me repeat that -- excellent. He should have written a survival guide on that subject alone for Democrats who won the Oval Office after him. Such a guide could have saved us a lot of angst in recent days
I also like our current President and perhaps with his speech this week he is indeed thinking of gravitating away from the Third Way Highway....
Many who align with the Third Way are former DLC'ers trying once again to become relevant in politics.
Posted by Samantha | Fri Dec 6, 2013, 09:51 PM (1 replies)
I once read it was owned by someone involved with Big Oil in Texas and meant to look it up. The man's name was David Harold Byrd, and he definitely was associated with Big Oil.
As I continued to read the article, I was struck by the mention of many familiar names. But "The One" that jumped off the page was that of Mac Wallace.
"In 1944 Byrd founded Byrd Oil Corporation and B-H Drilling Corporation. In 1952 Byrd established the Three States Natural Gas Company. Byrd later sold Byrd Oil to Mobil and Three States to Delhi-Taylor. Byrd used this money to invest in aircraft production and established Temco. A company that employed Mac Wallace after he was convicted of killing John Kinser.
Barr McClellan (Blood, Money & Power) points out that Byrd, along with Clint Murchison, Haroldson L. Hunt and Sid Richardson, was part of the Big Oil group in Dallas. McClellan argues that "Big Oil would be during the fifties and into the sixties what the OPEC oil cartel was to the United States in the seventies and beyond". One of the main concerns of this group was the preservation of the oil depletion allowance."
Mac Wallace is the man Barr McClellan identifies as the second shooter in the Texas Book Depository the day Kennedy was shot.
Posted by Samantha | Wed Dec 4, 2013, 01:48 AM (0 replies)