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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
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I was looking for an old post of mine on DU2, when I encountered something strange.

I was using Google's search engine since we cannot search on DU2. I put in the name of my poem that I was looking for (The Metaphorical Sea) and this is what showed up:

An error occurred during processing.

This may or may not have affected the action you were trying to
submit, so if you were trying to make a post or vote in a poll, please
check to see if the action was completed. It is not necessary to report
this as a bug unless it appears this error did prevent your action from completing.

SELECT m.*, u.id as u_id, u.g_id, u.pa, u.pb, u.pc, u.pk, u.ua, u.ub, u.uc, u.ug, u.uj, u.username as author, u.num_posts, u.num_votes, u.points, UNIX_TIMESTAMP(m.last_date) as last_date, UNIX_TIMESTAMP(m.mesg_date) as mesg_date, UNIX_TIMESTAMP(m.edit_date) as edit_date, UNIX_TIMESTAMP(u.reg_date) as reg_date FROM 105_mesg_archive as m LEFT JOIN dcuser as u ON m.author_id = u.id WHERE m.id = 6914216

I realize that this is not exactly a high priority for you, especially now. But I sure would appreciate your help. Of course, if I could get into my archives on DU2, I wouldn't need to ask you for help, but I cannot do that either.

Thank you.
Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Mon Oct 24, 2016, 12:01 AM (2 replies)

What Protest Votes Do--today's LA Times

I know I'm preaching to the choir, but this is very well-written and worth reading.


By Henry Weinstein

When I stepped into the polling booth on Nov. 5, 1968, to cast my first vote for president, I was an angry Berkeley law student active in a variety of causes, including the civil rights movement, the antiwar movement and endeavors to enable California farmworkers to unionize.

I did not like either of the major candidates. Richard Nixon and his running mate, Spiro Agnew, promised to bring an unholy version of “law and order” to our country, just as Republican candidate Donald Trump is hawking now.

I also had no enthusiasm for Democratic candidate Hubert H. Humphrey. Until he became vice president under Lyndon Johnson, I admired Humphrey, the Minnesota senator who had championed civil rights. But Triple H morphed into Johnson's surrogate, supporting an unwise, immoral war in Vietnam.
Those of us who helped Nixon win by failing to support the better candidate acted as if voting in a presidential election was a simple matter of morality.

A devastating Bill Mauldin cartoon crystallized my feelings about Humphrey’s noxious role. It depicted Humphrey speaking to a Vietnamese woman seeking shelter from American bombs in foxhole. The caption: “Ma'am, I represent The Great Society.”

My hostility to Humphrey intensified during the Democratic convention when Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's gendarmes beat demonstrators with truncheons on city streets, prompting Connecticut Sen. Abe Ribicoff to blast the police's “Gestapo” tactics in a speech from the convention podium. In response, Daley, a Humphrey backer, brandished his middle finger.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun Oct 23, 2016, 10:36 PM (9 replies)

I am sick of hearing him bloviating!

I wish someone would shut him up.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun Oct 9, 2016, 10:30 PM (5 replies)

The Trump creature (I can't call him a man) lies constantly........

And he refuses to get or stay on topic.

It is so damn hard to listen to him bloviate.

He makes me sick.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun Oct 9, 2016, 10:02 PM (2 replies)

Polish Gov't. makes U-turn on total abortion ban.


A controversial proposal to ban abortion in Poland appears to have collapsed after senior politicians from the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) backed away from it after a parliamentary committee urged MPs to vote it down following mass protests.

The justice and human rights committee, which reviews proposed legislation, recommended that parliament reject the bill following a wave of protests earlier in the week that appear to have caught the rightwing government off guard.

In a humiliating climbdown, PiS members who had referred the legislation to the committee less than two weeks ago threw it out.

The Liberal MP and former prime minister Ewa Kopacz told reporters the PiS had “backtracked because it was scared by all the women who hit the streets in protest”.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Oct 5, 2016, 05:31 PM (3 replies)

Trump is a fucking blowhard. That is ALL. n/t

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Mon Sep 26, 2016, 10:36 PM (6 replies)

I suppose I could Google to find out, but I'd rather talk to you!

Which network is carrying Monday night's debate?

I haven't seen any mention of it.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri Sep 23, 2016, 05:58 PM (60 replies)

A story about Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman...So Good.

Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman shared the same agent, but didn’t know each other. One day Marty was introduced to Gene over the phone who announced he was writing a part for him in a screenplay called “Young Frankenstein.” Marty said “sounds great,” never expecting to hear about this again. After all, the film was just a notion, hadn’t been set up.

Nevertheless, Gene sent Marty pages, specifically the sequence wherein “Aye-gore” meets “Dr. Fronkenstein.” Many months later, this would be the first scene the two men shot together.

Gene Wilder was a man of his word. That turned him, in the words of Marty’s wife Lauretta, into “a saint.” That sainthood would be confirmed further down the road.

Gene went to bat for Marty since Mel Brooks “eyed” playing the role of the hunchback himself, but Wilder was steadfast. He only wanted Brooks to direct. By relegating leading man duties to Wilder and remaining behind the camera, Mel Brooks wrought his best work as a filmmaker.

The rest at the link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154597959566337&set=a.66395336336.78861.574936336&type=3&theater

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Tue Aug 30, 2016, 06:41 PM (10 replies)

From today's LA Times...a psychiatrist's view of Trump.

Because of Donald Trump’s unusual public conduct, legions of armchair analysts have wondered aloud about his mental health. A former dean of Harvard Medical School tweeted that Trump “defines” narcissistic personality disorder. New York Times columnist David Brooks has said the GOP nominee “appears haunted by multiple personality disorders.” Entrepreneur Mark Cuban was cruder, calling Trump “batshit crazy.” Trump’s coauthor for “The Art of the Deal,” Tony Schwartz, labeled him a “sociopath.” Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker found Trump’s behavior reminiscent of a brain injury.

As a psychiatrist, I have frequently encountered questions about Trump’s mental status in my daily life. A new neighbor asked me what I thought of him. A medical student wondered, would I diagnose him with a mental illness? On a recent phone call, my mother was more specific: —“Is he a narcissist or what?!”
The lessons I learned in kindergarten — not in medical school and years of psychiatric practice — are what tell me that Trump is unfit for the job.

I’m not supposed to answer that question. To underline that point, the American Psychiatric Assn. issued a statement this month reminding its physician members, myself included, to avoid psychoanalyzing the presidential candidates.

That ethical standard has been in place for decades. In 1964, thousands of psychiatrists, in response to a magazine survey, openly questioned then-GOP nominee Barry Goldwater’s fitness for White House duty. Several psychiatrists offered specific diagnoses. The fact that so many psychiatrists were willing to casually diagnose a person they'd never met embarrassed the profession and led to the codification of the so-called Goldwater Rule — no professional opinions on people we have not personally examined.

The rest at the link: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-goldenberg-trump-mental-health-20160823-snap-story.html

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Tue Aug 23, 2016, 03:01 PM (4 replies)

A California Meet-Up!

DFW and his beautiful wife are in California for a few days, and so we all got together for dinner tonight at a nice local restaurant. We had a great time, lots of intelligent conversation and many stories from him and his wife!

Here we are, from left to right: Lionel Mandrake, DFW's wife, DFW and me, CaliforniaPeggy!

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun Aug 7, 2016, 11:18 PM (40 replies)
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