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Name: Peggy
Gender: Female
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
Home country: USA
Current location: Right here!
Member since: Thu Feb 3, 2005, 02:41 PM
Number of posts: 119,372

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I've been thinking about DU and its place in my life...

And about Discussionist as well.

These two websites contrast in some interesting ways to each other. And they bear similarities to one another as well. This is not surprising since they were created by the same trio of men.

DU is Democratic. And no matter what the topic du jour is, and no matter how we argue and carry on, we belong here and to each other...

Discussionist is ...well, it's hard to quantify. Certainly it's open to all political persuasions, and boy, is it.

It has been very interesting to bump up against these conservative folks.

Some are quite articulate. I've been surprised on occasion by that. They are also past masters of changing the subject to suit themselves. It's frustrating for me; others find it less challenging.

Going there, posting there, participating in juries and all the rest, has taught me one big lesson:

DU is home.

And DU will always be home, no matter what kind of arguments I see here, or flamebait, or whatever. I belong here.

I feel happy here. I know, I'm crazy. So be it.

Just my musings on this early Spring night...

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Tue May 27, 2014, 11:50 PM (72 replies)

Memorial Day, 2014

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun May 25, 2014, 11:39 PM (4 replies)

****WCGreen Update -- Friday, May 23, 2014****

From his wife:

There is not much to report. When Chris tried to pull out his trach, they added a sitter again. When I went on Tuesday, the sitter was gone, so it was short-lived.

Chris was tentatively moving to Kindred on Wednesday, so I packed stuff into bags and took home his guitar and the radio. (Lovely walk to the car! It's is fairly long and with those two very awkward items, lots of fun!) I had taken his computer home before then. As Chris had a low grade temp, the move was postponed again.

I did not make it back until today, as I started substituting this week. After not working for almost a year, getting to schools early and being on my feet all day kicked my butt! I took today off.
Chris had them call me today to ask for his computer again. Now he wants the other computer. Wow!

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri May 23, 2014, 11:14 PM (4 replies)

****WCGreen Update -- Thursday, May 15, 2014****

From his wife:

Please email me your phone number if Chris had it and I don't. His phone has disappeared at the hospital. My email is ldg_4@hotmail.com. Thanks!

The latest thing that prevented Chris from going to Kindred was that he pulled out his feed tube when he was sleepy. This required the doctors to reinsert it and send Chris to x-ray to make sure it is in the right place. So, he is wearing a type of corset that protects tubes so they are not pulled out. It can be hot, unfortunately.

On edit: His wife gave me permission to post her email here in GD.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Thu May 15, 2014, 11:15 PM (29 replies)

A Message from WCGreen's wife regarding his phone:

Unfortunately, Chris' phone is gone. If he had your phone number, please email it to me at ldg_4@hotmail.com. Thanks!

She did give me permission to post her email.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Tue May 13, 2014, 09:34 PM (2 replies)

Today's LA Times on the Republicans and Benghazi:

The deaths of four Americans including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012 was a tragic (though sadly not unprecedented) loss of life as well as an indictment of security measures at the U.S. mission there. But Benghazi isn't a mystery that needs to be plumbed by yet another congressional investigation.
The select committee offers Republicans another opportunity to bloody Clinton. -

Benghazi has already been investigated by the independent Accountability Review Board and several congressional committees, including four House panels and the Senate Intelligence Committee. Reams of documents have been produced. The evolution of the "talking points" used by then-Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice in television appearances a few days after the attacks has been meticulously documented and deconstructed.

Yet many Republicans can't let go of conspiracy theories about Benghazi, and on Friday the House authorized the creation of a select committee to investigate the issue yet again. House Republicans are especially transfixed by the idea that President Obama and his political aides, knowing that the attack was an Al Qaeda operation, nevertheless concocted a story that the siege was inspired by outrage over an anti-Islamic video that had sparked violent protests in Egypt. In this GOP theory, the Obama administration blamed the video to divert criticism that the president's foreign policy generally, and his war on Al Qaeda specifically, were failing.

In fact, the idea that the Benghazi attack was inspired by the protest in Egypt over the video was mentioned in the earliest version of the talking points, which were prepared by the CIA, not by Obama's political advisors.

All of it at the link:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Mon May 12, 2014, 01:53 PM (13 replies)

In honor of Mother's Day, a couple of old pictures from my past...

Four generations. From left to right: My mom, my grandmother holding my new baby daughter (four and a half months old) and me, age 23!

Me and my daughter around the same time:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun May 11, 2014, 02:01 PM (26 replies)

It's spring, and our tree is blooming:

Here's a link to the Wikipedia article for anyone who wants more information. There are also many wonderful pictures!


Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun May 4, 2014, 04:26 PM (8 replies)

In Iran, a story about the quality of mercy and the death penalty:

This is a very thoughtful essay on the death penalty. Read it and see if you don't agree...

Mike Farrell

May 3, 2014

Iran is a death penalty machine. More than 600 people were executed there last year, according to the United Nations, many of them in public hangings before crowds filled with children.

So far this year, there have been an estimated 188 executions. That number would have been 189 had it not been for the family of Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, an 18-year-old knifed to death in a street fight seven years ago.

Islamic sharia law gave the young man's mother, Samereh Alinejad, the right to extract revenge by participating in the execution of the man who killed her son. As the convicted murderer stood in the gallows, a noose around his neck, she was called forward to help kick the chair out from under him and administer the ultimate punishment.


Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun May 4, 2014, 01:51 PM (6 replies)

****WCGreen Update -- Friday, May 2, 2014****

From his wife:

Chris is more like himself every day. His dexterity is not good enough for texting or typing. He can read though, so texts would be great, as well as emails. Of course, cards are always welcome. Today was a very busy day for him. He had a Bronchoscopy, as well as other things. He has been going to move, and going to move, but he gotten fevers and that is a red flag for transplant patients. They want to make sure there is a plan in place and he is well enough to travel, although it is right up Fairhill, just a couple minutes away. The place sounds great - if you are ready to leave the hospital and not ready to go home - go there. They even have a Physical Therapy gym. Hopefully that will motivate him. Unfortunately, music therapy has motivated him the most, and they may not have it there.
He has his guitar, computer, and phone. He is totally set up. He is frequently so tired, though.

Thank you all for all of your support. I really know this has been a very long haul -

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri May 2, 2014, 11:13 PM (10 replies)
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