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Name: Robert
Gender: Male
Hometown: SE Michigan
Home country: USA
Current location: Visalia, California
Member since: Fri Aug 31, 2007, 01:41 PM
Number of posts: 10,487

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Chuklesome moment

So I'm sitting here with my keyboard and monitor and a view just beyond of our California back yard - awash in a veritable rainbow of blooming flowers. It's beautiful - believe me. And between posts, I look out and see a sparrow land on a lawn chair and survey the yard for anything edible. I realize right then - I can never look at one of these little brown birds again with the same eyes as I used to. The Bernie-Birdie moment has forever colored my perception of these otherwise anonymous creatures.
Diehard Atheist (hey - those words seem right together! LOL) that I am, I'm wary of assigning meaning to anything as random as Bernie's drop-in guest. But still..... Idiot lottery player that I am, I can't help but hope it was more than simple chance.

Something's buggin' me

Does anyone have a direct line of communication with one of those close to Bernie? I watch him speak here and there and always with a damned disposable, plastic water bottle for him to sip from. Always with the label removed, but a pollution-worthy disposable bottle, nonetheless. Can't we get him a refillable water bottle to use for all the world to see?
How many of you have seen the posting today about the dying Sperm Whales and all the plastic junk that was clogging their gut? How many have read about Nestle and their determination to extract precious groundwaters from California and sell them around the globe (while paying literally NOTHING for that water!)?
I hate those damned water bottles and usually refuse one when offered. Can't we get Bernie a personal, reuseable bottle as a visible indicator of his stance on the environment? Maybe an official "Bernie Bottle" that could be a donation perk! As well as "show us your shirts", there could be "A toast to Berners!" with Bernie Bottles held high. Maybe with a logo of a bird sipping from a bird bath. But that's just fanciful stuff. The thrust would be simply him avoiding the infernal, land-fill engorging disposable water bottle.

Anybody hear what I heard???

I've not read every current thread on DU (I confess, I can't since I don't have THAT kind of idle time!), but I heard something from HRC in her "victory" speech last night that made me roll it back for an instant replay. She said at one point that she was going to win so she could bring about the reality of "universal health care!". Tell me if I'm wrong, but that seems to sound WAY different than "well fix Obamacare and make it better" - or am I dreaming? Wouldn't Medicare for all be the same thing as Universal Health Care???

Like I said: tell me if I just read it wrong. Seems to me she's shifted to Bernie's aims after being battered with the "No You Can't!" taunts. If they ARE the same thing, gonna be interesting to see how that topic squares when their in the next debate.

Somebody clue me please....

From Dictionaries.com: LIBERAL


favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
(often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism, especially the freedom of the individual and governmental guarantees of individual rights and liberties.
favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
favoring or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression:
a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.
of or relating to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant:

Which of these seven definitions are approved for use on DU? I need to be taught how to be a Liberal.
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