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Hometown: Honolulu and Los Angeles
Home country: United States of America
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About Me

I am a host of the Politics 2012 and Welcome & Help forums. My post count and sign up date are deceiving. I am formerly "cynicalSOB1"and "hellhathnofury" Joined up in May 2003 approx. 2000 posts by those names. Hey Deaniacs! I am the lead host of these forums: Democracy for America: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1105 Hawaii: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1047 - I also co-host Buddhism, Judaism, Democrats, American History and World History.

Journal Archives

Toons: Pac-Man, Sour Grapes, Hog-Tied Pentagon and More. 1/6/12


By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 1/6/2012


By RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch - 1/6/2012


By RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch - 1/6/2012


By Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com - 1/6/2012


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/6/2012


By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 1/6/2012


By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/6/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 1/6/2012 - "Exhuming Reagan"


By Clay Bennett, January 05, 2012


By Steve Benson, January 05, 2012


By Stuart Carlson, January 07, 2012


By Stuart Carlson, January 06, 2012


By Ted Rall, January 06, 2012


By Steve Sack, January 06, 2012


By Ben Sargent, January 06, 2012


By Signe Wilkinson & Signe Wilkinson, January 06, 2012




By Jeff Danziger, January 06, 2012

Note: All previous editions can be found in my journal. Have a good weekend!

Toons: Sweater Vest, A Clean Break-Up, Strait of Hormuz Jacket and More. - 12/5/12


By Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle - 1/5/2012


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/5/2012


By Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons - 1/5/2012


By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 1/5/2012


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 1/5/2012


By Parker, Florida Today - 1/5/2012


By Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com - 1/5/2012 - Mr. Rainier Shooter


By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/5/2012


By Larry Wright, The Detroit News - 1/5/2012


By Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant - 1/5/2012


By Randy Bish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 1/5/2012


By Tony Auth, January 05, 2012


By Matt Davies, January 05, 2012


By Walt Handelsman, January 05, 2012


By Chan Lowe, January 05, 2012


By Drew Sheneman, January 05, 2012


By Tom Toles, January 05, 2012


By Dan Wasserman, January 04, 2012


By Don Wright, January 04, 2012


By Jim Morin, January 06, 2012

Gabrielle Giffords, Tucson Prepare for Anniversary of Shooting



By Neda Semnani
Roll Call Staff
Jan. 5, 2012, 5:46 p.m.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords plans to attend a vigil Sunday in honor of the victims and survivors of last yearís Tucson, Ariz., shooting, which claimed six lives and critically injured the Arizona Democrat.

The Jan. 8, 2011, shooting took place shortly after 10 a.m. Arizona time in front of a Safeway where Giffords and her staff were hosting a meet-and-greet with constituents. The shooter, alleged to be 23-year-old Jared Loughner, was targeting the Congresswoman, who was critically injured, but he also shot 18 others that morning. Six died.

Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, will participate in Sunday eveningís ceremony, which will be held on the University of Arizonaís campus mall. Her office did not know whether she is planning to speak at the event.

Other participants slated to attend include Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Dr. Peter Rhee, chief of the division of trauma, critical care and emergency surgery at the University of Arizona Medical Center. Rhee treated Giffords and the other victims of the shooting.

http://www.rollcall.com/news/gabrielle_giffords_tucson_prepare_for_anniversary_of_shooting-211347-1.html




Six people were killed in the attack; all but Christina-Taylor Green died at the scene of the shooting. The deceased are (in alphabetical order by surname):

Christina-Taylor Green, 9, of Tucson. Green was accompanied to the meeting by neighbor Susan Hileman. Because her date of birth was September 11, 2001, she had appeared in the book Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11 (page 41).She was the granddaughter of former Major League Baseball player and manager Dallas Green.
Dorothy "Dot" Morris, 76, a retired secretary from Oro Valley; wife of George, who was wounded.
John Roll, 63, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Arizona, named to the federal bench by President George H. W. Bush in 1991.
Phyllis Schneck, 79, homemaker from Tucson.
Dorwan Stoddard, 76, retired construction worker, died from a gunshot wound to the head; his wife Mavy was wounded.
Gabriel "Gabe" Zimmerman, 30, community outreach director for Giffords, and a member of Giffords' staff since 2006. Mr. Zimmerman was the first Congressional staffer killed in the line of duty.

In addition to the six dead, thirteen other people were wounded by gunshot in the attack, while a fourteenth person was injured, but not by gunshot. Gabrielle Giffords and two other members of her staff were among the surviving gunshot victims.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Tucson_shooting#Victims


"Tucson Shooting: Couple who escaped the bullets can't escape the horrible memories of that day"

Roger says his wife helps him through these rough spots, whispering to soothe frustrations, "She has this mantra: 'Act like Gabby would want you to act,' " he says. "It helps."

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/12news/news/articles/2011/12/14/20111214tucson-shootings-couple-who-escaped-bullets-cant-escape-horrible-memories.html#ixzz1idPx7TSH

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002119422


Find a Brady Campaign organized vigil: http://www.bradycampaign.org/toomanyvictims/local-vigils/

(Note to mods: The one year anniversary of the Tucson shooting is "really big news.")

Please discuss the victims and not the gun control debate in great detail. If you cannot make it to an organized vigil, please hold this tragedy in your thoughts in whatever way you deem appropriate. It's okay to show some emotion, I teared up just making this post; the feelings are still raw.

Some Classic DNC Toons on Why We Need to Be Strong

We have an image problem, and it's getting us not as far as fast as we'd like. I think clearly we need to be asking ourselves how we better express (not change) our positions on some of the basic issues that effect American life. For example, I chuckle every time we get called socialist, when the truth is that there is no better advocate for capitalism than the Democratic Party; we have a sort of binary neurotic thinking that goes on and it just looks uncertain to many Americans. This is why the GOP this year is trying to smear us as not leadership material, they think that it will work and that they can ride that elephant to the White House. President Obama is getting mean; we need to get him to be meaner. Change starts within us; we have the power to build the world anew, the question is if we're ready to put aside petty difference and offer the American people a Real Deal.


By Gary McCoy, Cagle Cartoons - 12/12/2010


By Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com - 12/10/2010


By Andy Singer, Politicalcartoons.com - 6/4/2008


By Dwayne Booth, Mr. Fish - 9/18/2006


By RJ Matson, Roll Call - 1/25/2006


By Dwayne Booth, Mr. Fish - 1/4/2006


By RJ Matson, Roll Call - 2/15/2005


By Patrick Chappatte, The International Herald Tribune - 9/21/2004


By Huffaker, Politicalcartoons.com - 10/27/2003

Toons: A Mad Lib Odyssey, Iowa Provocations, World-Class Manure Spreader and More. - 1/4/12


By Sorensen, Slowpoke - 1/4/2012


By RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch - 1/4/2012


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/4/2012


By Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle - 1/4/2012


By Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons - 1/4/2012


By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 1/4/2012


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 1/4/2012


By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 1/4/2012


By John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri - 1/4/2012


By Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons - 1/4/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 1/4/2012


By Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/3/2012


By Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen - 1/3/2012


By Tony Auth, January 04, 2012


By Chan Lowe, January 04, 2012


By Mike Luckovich, January 04, 2012


By Ted Rall, January 04, 2012


By Steve Sack, January 04, 2012


By Drew Sheneman, January 04, 2012


By Tom Toles, January 04, 2012


By Dan Wasserman, January 03, 2012


By Signe Wilkinson, January 04, 2012


By Jeff Danziger, January 04, 2012


By Jim Morin, January 05, 2012

Note: Previous editions can be found in my journal.

Tucson Shooting: Couple who escaped the bullets can't escape the horrible memories of that day


The year following the Tucson-area shooting hasn't been easy for the Salzgebers, for whom the nightmare is all too fresh. Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic

By Dennis Wagner - Jan. 3, 2012 09:52 PM
The Republic | azcentral.com

Roger Salzgeber was not hit by bullets in the mass murder near Tucson a year ago, but he was wounded nevertheless.

"Some days are better than others," says the 63-year-old retiree, who was among those who held down the shooter until police arrived. "I decided to just move on as best I can. But it's not going well. This is just really, really emotional for me."

Salzgeber says he is haunted by anxiety, anger and cynicism since he and his wife, Faith, survived the Jan. 8 attack outside a supermarket. Six people were killed and 13 wounded at a meet-and-greet gathering for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who is still recovering from brain injuries caused by a 9mm slug.

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When the shooting started that Saturday morning, the Salzgebers were fourth and fifth in line. They dove to the ground and somehow avoided being shot. Twelve months later, they cannot escape memories of the mayhem or a sense of survivor incredulity.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/12news/news/articles/2011/12/14/20111214tucson-shootings-couple-who-escaped-bullets-cant-escape-horrible-memories.html#ixzz1iXAk0jS0

(Note to Mods: I think the upcoming 1 year mark from the shooting qualifies as "really big news." )

There are some pretty bad accounts of several Republican Senators behavior in regards to listening to them on gun control.

Island Trails' 2011 Video Summary

1/3/12
Island Trails' 2011 Video Summary
By Kaleo Lancaster,

2011 was good fun! Within our crew, there weren't any major injury(s) like last year. Our crew had a couple close calls, but nobody wen make. (Excuse my pidgin.)

There were a bunch of trails discovered, and lots cleared. And there was certainly a big and obvious surge of new people around the island setting aside their "rubbah slippahs" for some good 'ole hiking shoes. Not that it's a bad thing. Getting sweaty and dirty in the mountains is a hell of a good time when you're with your buddies. But with more people on the trails, mountain rescues were noticeably frequent and all over the news. At one point I remember there being over forty rescues in one month, all hiking related: poor HFD.

With all drama aside, 2011 was definitely the year of exploration for us. From our backpack trek on an outer island, to a gluch with not a single human footprint, to a ridge that only goats trample on, to a spot on a local TV show, and to some pictures featured in Hawaii Magazine, I'd say we covered a lot ground, literally and figuratively speaking.



http://kaleolancaster.blogspot.com/2012/01/island-trails-2011-video-summary.html

More Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/islandtrails

Kaleo Lancaster and company do some really amazing "hiking" - start on the easy trails and don't look down.

Toons: Mullahs, Clowns, Trolls, and More. - 1/3/11


By Nate Beeler, The Washington Examiner - 1/3/2012


By J.D. Crowe, Mobile Register - 1/3/2012


By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 1/3/2012


By Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant - 1/3/2012


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/3/2012


By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/3/2012


By Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com - 1/3/2012


By Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com - 1/3/2012


By John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri - 1/3/2012


By Randy Bish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 1/3/2012


By Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons - 1/3/2012 - "Headed for Extinction"


By Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen - 1/3/2012


By Osama Hajjaj, Abu Mahjoob Creative Productions - 1/3/2012


By Stuart Carlson, January 03, 2012


By Drew Sheneman, January 03, 2012 - "I'm glad the caucuses are almost, keep getting campaign operatives stuck in my grain chute"


By Tom Toles, January 03, 2012



By Jeff Danziger, January 02, 2012


By Jim Morin, January 04, 2012

Note: All previous editions can be found in my journal.

Toons: Corn Maze, Citizens United, Stop at Nothing and More. - 1/2/12


By Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com - 1/2/2012


By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/2/2012


By Steve Greenberg, VCReporter, Ventura. CA - 1/2/2012


By Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com - 1/2/2012


By Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/2/2012


By Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons - 1/1/2012


By Brian Fairrington, Cagle Cartoons - 12/31/2011


By Pat Oliphant, December 30, 2011


By Tom Toles, January 02, 2012


By Tom Toles, January 01, 2012


By Matt Wuerker, January 02, 2012


By Ted Rall, January 02, 2012


By Jim Morin, January 01, 2012



By Jeff Danziger, January 01, 2012

Note: All previous editions can be found in my journal.

Obamas and friends dine in Waikiki on eve of departure


President Barack Obama, left, walks with his daughter Malia as his daughter Sasha carries a family member while leaving the East-West Center after visiting an exhibit about the President's mother's anthropological work in Honolulu Sunday, Dec. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

By Star-Advertiser staff

POSTED: 12:12 p.m. HST, Jan 01, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 10:01 p.m. HST, Jan 01, 2012

President Barack Obama and his wife and friends dined at Nobu's Waikiki tonight on the eve of the first family's departure.

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Earlier, Obama spent New Yearís Day remembering his familyís history.

In the late morning, Obama took his wife and daughters to visit the grave of his grandfather, Stanley Dunham, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

The Obamas then headed to the East-West Center, which is featuring a display on the anthropological work of the presidentís mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. The exhibition includes photographs taken during Dunhamís years of field research in Indonesia, as well as her personal art and artifact collection.

http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/136507903.html?id=136507903

The little girl is his niece Savita Ng (4?), her sister Suhaila Ng is 7 now I think.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Soetoro-Ng



She's grown
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