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Name: chris chick
Gender: Male
Hometown: Between Mt. Rainier and McKenna Wa.
Home country: Hanging in there but just barely
Current location: I am right here! (location subject to change depending on the weather).
Member since: Thu May 19, 2005, 07:43 PM
Number of posts: 10,537

About Me

I am a fulltime chaperone to an aging pit-bull. She loves pigs-ears purchased from Stewerts Meat Market, long walks anywhere, feeding time and tummy rubs. We both enjoy disc golf, (golf with baskets instead of holes and fancy frisbees instead of golf balls), but for entirely different reasons. Fortunately for all she never acquired a taste for frisbees but she is a sucker for thrown rope-toys and balls. Her goal in life is to see an end to the nuisance that causes some toys to squeak when pressed by her chaperone. After the squeak has been eliminated, the toy is safe to be played with by anyone else because regardless of price it holds no further interest for her. Lastly: that is my real last name which means I can get away with calling myself a card carrying chick!

Journal Archives

Professor Boskin on the origins of April Fools Day

"Joseph Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University, provided an alternative explanation for the origins of April Fools' Day. He claimed to have traced the practice to Constantine's period, when a group of court jesters jocularly told the emperor that jesters could do a better job of running the empire, and the amused emperor nominated a jester, Kugel, to be the king for a day. Boskin related how the jester passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day and the custom became an annual event. Boskin explained the jester's role as being able to put serious matters into perspective with humor."




I am torn here.........







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April Fools Joke

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/aprilfools1.html

So I just now exercised my 2nd Amendment right to defend my home...

Sadly, the fly did not survive the encounter.

(Rest assured, I will exercise the greatest of control over my 'inner 6 year old' and refrain from testing this gadget on any bug other than those pesky flies).

Why is it called the 'White' House?

on edit: (After posting this OP fellow DUers who knew much more than I on this topic offerd up valuable additions/contradictions. It seemed prudent to leave this up instead of self deleting, please consider reading what they have written below).

If you would have asked me I would have responded with, "Well because it's white of course", but just now while watching Professor Clarence Lusane on Thom Hartmann's 'Conversation With Great Minds' I learned that there is a bit more to how we came to know it as the White House.

I am paraphrasing Prof. Lusane here but this is close to how he put it to Thom just now:

'Shortly after Teddy Roosevelt became President he invited Booker T. Washington to the Presidential Mansion. This outraged much of the south. Worse the Roosevelt daughters were in attendance for dinner so having a black man dining in the Presidential mansion with white women brought about outrage all across our nation. This national brouhaha forced President Roosevelt to back up and declare that this would not ever happen again. Then Roosevelt issued a directive to his secretary to name the Presidential Mansion the White House. For many at the time this was viewed as a concession but for many southerners the 'White' in White House was interpreted as race.'

Hartmann and Prof. Lusane went on to discuss how slaves were once housed in the White House, how much of it was built by slave labor, how millions of visitors yearly never get to hear this history. I did not know this history, I would wager that most folks don't know this history.



A song for President Sanders

Even though it's close to 2 decades old, when I listen to the lyrics of this song I can't help but feel that they were meant for a newly sworn in President Sanders.

Mr. President, (by Cookie, written/vocals by Sabrina Rockarena)

Mr. President sir,
I would like to be assured
will you act on my behalf,
never take a promise back?

(Revolution) You've got to fight! (Revolution) This isn't right!
(Revolution) You've got to fight! (Revolution)

Your countrymen are full of doubt,
all their leaders sold them out!
Frightened, torn apart,
prove to us you're pure of heart!

(Revolution) You've got to fight! (Revolution) This isn't right!
(Revolution) You've got to fight! (Revolution)

We need to know that you are one of us
help us rebuild our trust.
We need to know that you live by the rules
The same set we are held up to!

(Revolution) You've got to fight! (Revolution) This isn't right!
(Revolution) You've got to fight! (Revolution)

What's done, shown the past
have times changed as much as that?
What we've all grown to expect
for ourselves is so much less!

(Revolution...revolution)
(Revolution...revolution)

FIGHT!

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Bernie drew 15,000 at his second Seattle Rally, (photos edited in 8/9/15)

I just got home from that rally. There were 12,000 of us at Hec Ed Pavilion on the University of Washington campus, with an additional 3000 standing outside, that according to Bernie who took a few moments prior to addressing us to speak to those who couldn't make it in. I am beat after a longish day and 90 minute drive both ways. Let me at least tell you that my estimate is that the average age was a little over thirty, perhaps a little younger. I was pleasantly surprised to see so darned many there that were obviously not even old enough to drink.

The kids around me were all excited about the issues Bernie touched on but gave the greatest roars and boos over a number of topics relating to equality. Bernie discussed equality starting off with real unemployment statistics. He broke down unemployment by races, he pointed out that women get less than men. In my opinion, one of the loudest roars of the night, the one that took every kid around me to their feet cheering the most passionately was when Bernie touched on the need for equality with our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community. (Not that the emotions out of those kids wasn't through the roof on the topic of free college tuition for all of America's youth, it's just that the equality issues and especially equality for for the LGBT community brought out the noticeably louder and longer round of clapping and cheering).

Below is a video from KING 5 NEWS Seattle on Bernie's visit, it includes both the rally that Bernie had to walk away from at Westlake and the second one on U of W campus I attended. (I disagree with the reporter about it being an all aged event, but I may be wrong. There were one hell of a lot of kids in my section that's for sure!) I was unaware about the Westlake disruption because it occurred as I was driving up to Seattle, I found out about it by reading DU via my I-Phone while standing in line for 2 hours waiting to get in. I wound up getting in a bit of a verbal tussle with a guy trying to pass out a BLM newspaper to me while I was standing in that line. The guy was in his late 40s and claimed to know nothing about what had happened at Westlake earlier. When I offered to show him the report I got from a DU link the guy's response was: "Hey, I am just passing out newspapers for BLM, if you don't want one you don't have to take it." Then he moved off down the line. Here is KING-5's report on the day's events and sorry about the add, you get to skip it in a few seconds:

http://www.king5.com/videos/news/3690606483001/4409158804001/

edited in the day after are some of my photos from this rally. I've a spanking new camera that I do NOT know how to operate so please forgive me the far too many blurry shots. I hope to get better at this.





Below, speaking Bernie's new Press Secretary Symone D. Sanders
























Sanders Alert. Bernie is on Thom Hartmann live right now

Brunch With Bernie

Lindsey Stirling, Music Box Tour, Full Show on June 22, 2015

I run both my X-Box 1 and my computer through my stereo and then through my 48' TV. (At 60, I absolutely love living here in the future! We are doing things wildly beyond anything I could have imagined as a teenager!)

To call me a Lindsey Stirling fan would be a disservice. I can think of no musician I adore more. I hope she doesn't change even a single note for her show when she comes to Bumbershoot in Seattle next month. As to what I am seeing in this YouTube posting of that show: OH. MY. GOD!
If you are a Lindsey Stirling fan, you are gonna love this. The show starts just before the 2 minute mark. Get comfy and turn it up!

OMG, KING 5 NEWS (Seattle) is reporting on the Sanders events coming to our area!

(Cross posted from Primaries Group)
Local NBC affiliate KING 5 NEWS out of Seattle is NOT choosing the road of ignoring the Sanders Campaign, instead our KING 5 NEWS is all over it!

http://www.king5.com/

Bernie Sanders brings campaign to Seattle, Portland


Associated Press and KING 5 News 2:09 p.m. PDT August 6, 2015


SEATTLE -- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking his presidential bid to the West Coast, with rallies planned in the coming days in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles.

During a conference call Thursday ahead of his Saturday events in Seattle, Sanders said that his focus on issues like the middle class, climate change, criminal justice reform is resonating with voters, and sets him apart from Democratic primary front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Sanders will be at Westlake Park in Seattle Saturday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to speak at a social security and Medicare celebration. That evening, Sanders will appear at a campaign rally to discuss income inequality, climate change and college affordability. The rally will start at 6 p.m. at the University of Washington's HecEdmundson Pavilion.

He's also scheduled to hold a rally at Portland's Memorial Coliseum Sunday night, before heading to an event in Los Angeles Monday.

KING5

Declared 2016 candidate: Bernie Sanders


According to his campaign, 120 locations in Washington state took part in a Sanders meet-up on July 29, third in the nation for participation behind California and New York.

He already boasts more than 70,000 committed volunteers nationwide, compared to Democratic rival Hilary Clinton's more than 12,000 commitments, according to their campaigns.


KING5

Sanders lets volunteers decide how to support his presidential campaign


Sanders was elected as an independent to the U.S. House in 1990. He then ran and won a spot in the Senate in 2006, and is currently serving his second term.

OMG, KING 5 NEWS (Seattle) is reporting on the Sanders events coming to our area!

Local NBC affiliate KING 5 NEWS out of Seattle is NOT choosing the road of ignoring the Sanders Campaign, instead our KING 5 NEWS is all over it!

http://www.king5.com/

Bernie Sanders brings campaign to Seattle, Portland


Associated Press and KING 5 News 2:09 p.m. PDT August 6, 2015


SEATTLE -- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking his presidential bid to the West Coast, with rallies planned in the coming days in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles.

During a conference call Thursday ahead of his Saturday events in Seattle, Sanders said that his focus on issues like the middle class, climate change, criminal justice reform is resonating with voters, and sets him apart from Democratic primary front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Sanders will be at Westlake Park in Seattle Saturday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to speak at a social security and Medicare celebration. That evening, Sanders will appear at a campaign rally to discuss income inequality, climate change and college affordability. The rally will start at 6 p.m. at the University of Washington's HecEdmundson Pavilion.

He's also scheduled to hold a rally at Portland's Memorial Coliseum Sunday night, before heading to an event in Los Angeles Monday.

KING5

Declared 2016 candidate: Bernie Sanders


According to his campaign, 120 locations in Washington state took part in a Sanders meet-up on July 29, third in the nation for participation behind California and New York.

He already boasts more than 70,000 committed volunteers nationwide, compared to Democratic rival Hilary Clinton's more than 12,000 commitments, according to their campaigns.


KING5

Sanders lets volunteers decide how to support his presidential campaign


Sanders was elected as an independent to the U.S. House in 1990. He then ran and won a spot in the Senate in 2006, and is currently serving his second term.

Bernie Sanders will be in Seattle Saturday Aug. 8

(From my G-Mail Inbox)
Team Bernie <Info@berniesanders.com> Unsubscribe
Bernie Sanders for President

Dear Christopher,

Bernie's campaign for president has been generating big excitement across the country, and now Bernie is coming to Seattle.

Can you be a part of our campaign to take on the billionaire class and stand up for working families?

Here's the information for the event:

Saturday, August 8
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Program begins at 7 p.m.
Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion
3870 Montlake Blvd NE
Seattle, WA

RSVP Now

Click here to RSVP >>

This event is free and open to the public. Admission is first come, first served. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged.

For security reasons, please do not bring bags, and please limit personal items.

Members of the public are encouraged to use public transportation or carpool. University of Washington parking is available for $15 in E1 or $10 in E1 for cars with 3 or more people. ADA parking will be in IMA, E17 and E12R.

Looking forward to seeing you next Saturday!

- Team Bernie






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