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GETTYSBURG — The Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee elected Marcel Groen as its chairman on Saturday, ending months of uncertainty that fractured the state party's leadership.
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“They're all important,” said Groen, 70, who will serve as chairman through at least June 2018.
Groen, who has been active in Democratic politics since 1971, said he wants to involve more rank-and-file party members in the candidate endorsement process and encourage potential rising stars. As Montgomery County's Democratic leader, he was instrumental in the party's takeover of county government in 2012 for the first time in nearly 150 years.
Groen, a partner in the Fox Rothschild law firm, is the son of Holocaust survivors from Amsterdam who emigrated to the United States with his family when he was 9.
“When I got off the boat, I spoke no English,” he said Friday.
The Post-Gazette article gives additional background on today's meeting in Gettysburg and the issues involved in this change in leadership. http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2015/09/12/Pennsylvania-Democrats-select-Groen-as-party-chair/stories/201509120155
Posted by Divernan | Sat Sep 12, 2015, 06:09 PM (1 replies)
These comments following the article at the OP link speak for me:
Posted by Divernan | Sat Sep 12, 2015, 03:40 AM (114 replies)
Rest in peace, Rosa Maria Feliciano - you died far too soon.
Beginning of the link:
On Sept. 11, 2001, Isaac Feliciano dropped his wife off at the subway so she could get to her job at Marsh & McLennan, in the south tower of the World Trade Center. Then, he headed to work himself — at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, where he's worked for the past 21 years. When the plane struck the tower, even as far away as he was, Feliciano was still able to see the damage firsthand.
(Read the whole report at the link)
End of the report
"When I cross the bridge every morning, I see the city and it just doesn't look the same anymore. I just see that new tower there, but I can't see myself going there for no reason at all."
Whatever the name given to the site of the Sept. 11 attacks, there is just one name that matters to him — and just one site he wants to keep visiting.
"Her name is Rosa Maria Feliciano," he says. "She's buried here, so Green-Wood Cemetery is ground zero for me."
Posted by Divernan | Fri Sep 11, 2015, 01:59 PM (0 replies)
For those who don't know him, Sestak is a retired Navy 3 star Admiral and former U.S. Congressman who is running for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania.
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Posted by Divernan | Fri Sep 11, 2015, 11:14 AM (3 replies)
Can Hillary Clinton avoid the fate of Mitt Romney? Five ways to recapture her cool
Posted by Divernan | Wed Sep 9, 2015, 07:39 AM (1 replies)
If you read her books, you know that her mother had a miserable childhood - basically was abandoned, and then married a man who was so controlling and abusive that if HRC came home with A's from school, he belittled her by belittling any school which gave her an A. Her father was physically abusive as well.
Some kids with abusive parents get in to trouble, others double down and try twice as hard to win parental approval, i.e, love. It's not what you DO(getting an A), it's the end results (parental approval) - we see this in people who will do anything, justify anything if it results in a win. Winning isn't the most important thing - it's the ONLY thing.
Some of you may have studied Maslow's research with rhesus monkeys - particularly the study where cloth covered wire cones with a false monkey face on top were equipped with nursing bottles w/ the nipple protruding from the middle of what would be the chest area.
Infant monkeys were removed from their mothers and paired with one of these "cloth mothers". Then Maslow introduced pain to the equation. The babies would receive electric shocks from the mothers, or short, sharp knives were placed around the nipple so that the babies would be cut when they tried to nurse. The results? The more pain the babies received from the faux mothers, the tighter the babies clung to the mothers. Their instincts were that parents were supposed to comfort and nurture them.
The findings from this experiment were used to demonstrate and explain why abused human children still clung to their abusive parents. In particular, it influenced enlightened judges/social workers from deciding whether or not to return children to abusive parents based on asking the child if they wanted to go home.
Is it so surprising that a child growing up placing satisfying his/her parental source of love above all else, no matter how much abuse or rejection, then stays in an abusive marriage? But he's/she's my husband/wife. He/she is supposed to love me. It must be my fault.
The following NYT excerpt was originally posted in the Hillary Clinton group:
Posted by Divernan | Mon Sep 7, 2015, 10:23 AM (2 replies)
via which the Clinton family travels in private jets w/large entourages of personal assistants, stays in presidential suites of luxury hotels and throws international soirees at luxury resorts for their mega-donors.
Riddle me this, Batman! (as the saying goes) - what is the Clinton Foundation other than an extra layer, gratuitous, skim-a-percentage-off-the-top, middleman? Brilliant move by slick Bill - the privatization of charity. Basically, they solicit moneys from foreign governments and corporations interested in sucking up to HRC while she was Secretary of State, and now in case she makes it to the Oval Office. At the point where she loses the primary, or the general election - those seemingly munificent, albeit self-serving & high return on investment contributions to the Clinton Foundation will come to a screeching halt.
If the Clinton Foundation folded up its tent and disappeared tomorrow, the world would still have all the other charities (Doctors Without Borders, organized religious charities, International Red Cross, International Rescue Committee founded by Albert Einstein, various United Nations programs, etc.) and direct government assistance on-going and emergency relief programs which pre-dated the Clinton Foundation.
Posted by Divernan | Mon Sep 7, 2015, 07:21 AM (1 replies)
Serious topics aside, I just had a lovely, late summer morning driving through sun-dappled Pennsylvania woods - stopped at a country market for the last of the homegrown summer corn & fine fresh produce - then a stop at a nursery to buy 40 - count 'em - 40 winter hardy mums - and a butcher shop for some perfect center cut, stuffed pork chops (sorry, vegetarian relatives) for Sunday dinner.
My Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors settled in Pennsylvania back in 1642, and their descendants - all farmers, gradually moved west through the generations. I lived in the Midwest (Chicago) the East Coast (Baltimore/Washington D.C., Florida and the West Coast (Los Angeles & Sacramento) before moving to southwest PA back in 1969. I harbor no fantasies about the grass being greener or the skies bluer, etc., anywhere else.
Yet the beauty of Pennsylvania remains fresh and exhilirating to me even after some 45 years.
And now we're headed into my favorite season, with the glorious fall foliage.
Wishing all of my fellow Keystone Staters a beautiful autumn.
Posted by Divernan | Sun Sep 6, 2015, 12:52 PM (4 replies)
Bernie joined workers in a picket line today at a plant in Iowa, where they're seeking higher wages. The last candidate for president I recall joining a picket line was Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.
Posted by Divernan | Sat Sep 5, 2015, 10:25 AM (57 replies)
Here's the email I just received from Admiral Joe Sestak. It's really important & worthwhile with this fall's historic election for Pennsylvania's State Supreme Court. Please consider contributing to these candidates. With a Democratic majority, the makeup of our Supreme Court can be a rare counterweight to the gerry-mandering of our legislative districts. Worth passing along to other PA Dems.
Posted by Divernan | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 12:44 PM (0 replies)