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Name: Ann
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My namesake... http://youtu.be/GgXzWhexJh0 ... If I were asked to recommend only one political / history book it would be this one... http://www.amazon.com/Treason-America-Anton-Chaitkin/dp/0943235006 ... Treason in America: from Aaron Burr to Averell Harriman, by Anton Chaitkin. I do NOT endorse all of the views by Chaitkin external to this book, nor all of his actions, nor all of his associations, but I DO highly recommend this book. It is one every US citizen and everyone interested in its history should read. It it well written, meticulously sourced, and it is eye-opening -- even for those who consider themselves already knowledgeable. If you have not read it before, you need to read it, it is need-to-know information, and what it has to say is not going to be found in many places, if anywhere, else. That is my tip for whoever is passing by.

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Feels like a big black swan coming.

A Nassim Taleb "black swan", that is.

Coincidentally, that's been my family's symbol for going on 600 years, 400 of them in this country (as of 6 years ago).

My ancestor, in the 1470s-80s was the herald (historian/secretary) of brothers Edward IV and Richard III, the last of the House of York of England. He knew a thing or two about tectonic shifts in the political world, no doubt.

Same for the dude some generations later who came here on the ship "Sea Venture" (shipwrecked on Bermuda in a hurricane -- imagine being fortunate enough to hit that tiny unknown island in the middle of the ocean in a hurricane -- with not one life lost out of 150, who then claimed it for a new stock company they formed for it; the whole beach was full of ambergris and apparently he among others became a millionaire back then). After reaching Virginia he survived the Indian Massacre of 1622 and lived to an old age.

So there is bad luck and then there is good luck (and sometimes the two are a little mixed together). Which the black swan will bring next, we'll find out. But sometimes it comes in an incredible way.

As an aside... for all that, you'd think I'd be a great swimmer and/or sailor, right? But no, I am strangely "cursed" -- I never could float (I sink like a rock), and I sink every boat as soon as I get on them (three by now, two of them rather large so I don't try anymore). Weird, huh? It gets weirder yet, the surname of this family is Waters... Waters of the swans... and that was 150 years before Bermuda. Truth is much stranger than fiction.

No reason I'm telling you this particularly, except it seemed to be the right time for a story.

We, all of us, have a story, we all have to have a chance to be what we're meant to be, whatever that is... and that's why Sanders has to win.

Needless to say, I feel a litle invested in this place and I'd like to see it rise from the right-wing ashes of the last 4 decades, and be again what FDR proved it could be.




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(Btw, no, they didn't have any slaves and they didn't steal any Indian land -- they weren't crooked enough to stay rich very long, but that's ok.)
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sat Mar 12, 2016, 07:36 AM (1 replies)

Well I guess I'm a contrarian again

but while I agree with the sentiment behind it, as a Sanders supporter I'm not on board with this.

I'll just link to my reply above:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/12511472171#post133
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sat Mar 12, 2016, 12:58 AM (0 replies)

I'd guess that because the Stones came out earlier (1964).

He was probably phasing out of the youth scene when Led first hit (1969).

I'll bet he liked this one, a nice anti-propaganda ditty...




Although, if offered the choice, I'd also bet he might've chosen the Yardbirds from the same time-frame...




Or maybe the Kinks. Ah well, questions for another day.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Fri Mar 11, 2016, 01:27 PM (0 replies)

We don't need a woman president. (and btw I'm a woman)

We need a competent president with character who is NOT BOUGHT. That leaves Hillary out, on all counts. There is not one office she has held that she hasn't substantially screwed up.

We are not here to give her opportunities for personal advancement. She has already advanced way beyond her actual capabilities, largely by being married to Bill.

Without that on her "resume" I highly doubt that she would've been elected to the Senate from New York, or appointed Secretary of State. Just how far is that marriage supposed to ride her? To be president? Oh hell no, we think more of our country than that! That is as offensive as the rest of the candidates except for Bernie. He is the ONLY one running who deserves that vote.

And being the darling of Henry Kissinger is a DEAL BREAKER. Wherever you're from, you don't know enough about America.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Fri Mar 11, 2016, 11:38 AM (0 replies)

What bothers me most is that she can say this stuff with a straight face.

Or worse, sometimes a smirk. This is a woman who thinks in plausible deniability and gotcha spin designed to wrongfully kneecap another person. If it were someone else's idea and alien to her way of thinking, she wouldn't be able to say it to a large public audience. It is in fact how she thinks.

By contrast, it was clear that Sanders never dreamed she could come up with such a knowingly-twisted lie about the auto bail out. You can't plan to defend what you can't imagine. His mind does not work that way.

It reminded me of Tanya Harding's attack on Nancy Kerrigan. Clinton seemed proud of herself for it, that's who she is.

It's a fundamental thing that matters a lot. We have a real person and a fake; a positive person and a poisonous one. The idea that they're both on our side and either one's ok, is nonsense.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Fri Mar 11, 2016, 02:38 AM (2 replies)

Aww... "Only one thing Hillary did wrong...

...stayed in Mississippi a day too long".



Mississippi (Bob Dylan, 1997)

Every step of the way we walk the line
Your days are numbered, so are mine
Time is piliní up, we struggle and we scrape
Weíre all boxed in, nowhere to escape

Cityís just a jungle; more games to play
Trapped in the heart of it, tryin' to get away
I was raised in the country, I been workiní in the town
I been in trouble ever since I set my suitcase down

Got nothin' for you, I had nothin' before
Donít even have anything for myself anymore
Sky full of fire, pain pouriní down
Nothing you can sell me, Iíll see you around

All my powers of expression and thoughts so sublime
Could never do you justice in reason or rhyme
Only one thing I did wrong
Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

Well, the devilís in the alley, muleís in the stall
Say anything you wanna, I have heard it all
I was thinkiní 'bout the things that Rosie said
I was dreaming I was sleepin' in Rosieís bed

Walkin' through the leaves, falling from the trees
Feelin' like a stranger nobody sees
So many things that we never will undo
I know youíre sorry, Iím sorry too

Some people will offer you their hand and some wonít
Last night I knew you, tonight I donít
I need somethiní strong to distract my mind
Iím gonna look at you ítil my eyes go blind

Well I got here followin' the southern star
I crossed that river just to be where you are
Only one thing I did wrong
Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

Well my shipís been split to splinters and itís sinkin' fast
Iím drowniní in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, itís light and itís free
Iíve got nothiní but affection for all those whoíve sailed with me


Everybody moviní if they ainít already there
Everybody got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interestin' right about now

My clothes are wet, tight on my skin
Not as tight as the corner that I painted myself in
I know that fortune is waitiní to be kind
So give me your hand and say youíll be mine

Well, the emptiness is endless, cold as the clay
You can always come back, but you canít come back all the way
Only one thing I did wrong
Stayed in Mississippi a day too long
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Wed Mar 9, 2016, 03:48 AM (0 replies)

Any who can, don't forget Alan Grayson and Donna Edwards too.

Both of them are supporting Sanders and both are being attacked by the DNC and other party groups for it.

Grayson in Florida and Edwards in Maryland. They'll need help from us without support from the party. We need both of them in the Senate.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roger-wolfson/alan-grayson-if-theyre-sh_b_9385594.html

http://www.marylandscramble.com/2016/02/13/ouch-cbc-pac-snubs-donna-edwards/


Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Sun Mar 6, 2016, 12:17 AM (0 replies)

If not Sanders, it will be a Republican.

Of course I care. That won't change it one bit.

You don't call the Fire Department after the house has burned down.

This election reminds me of 1968, when the Dems should've backed an anti-war candidate but instead went with the Establishment sure-thing, LBJ's VP Hubert Humphrey. Lots of people voted for Tricky Dicky because he promised to end the war, while Humphrey was more "practical" and refused to. Of course Nixon won and he didn't end it, he never intended to. This won't end well either.

"Peace candidate" Nixon's 1968 campaign ad "I pledge to you we shall have an honorable end to the war in Viet Nam". It went on for 7 more years...




Instead of nominating a real peace candidate, the Dem convention nominated Humphrey to continue justifying the war, becoming the "war party" even though the peace movement was almost entirely Dems; it also defeated the anti-war plank of the convention platform.

A documentary in 1984 looking back to 1968: "The Establishment kept its power (in nominating Humphrey) and lost the election"...



Lots of those kids couldn't vote because although they could be drafted at 18, the voting age was 21 then, so the Dem Establishment thought it was safe to disregard them. When they could vote later, they were so turned off that they didn't vote for a long time, and when they did, many still hated the Dem party so much that they voted for Reagan. That is the mistake the Dem party is making all over again right now -- maybe not as drastically, but similarly.

This is what happens when the fake is allowed to replace the real, at the Establishment's bidding.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Wed Mar 2, 2016, 04:23 PM (0 replies)

"how the system works" doesn't work anymore

The only way to avert the Trump presidency is to nominate Bernie. The only way. That's how it is now.

If Bernie supporters were the kind of people who vote how they're told, they would be Clinton supporters. Clearly, that is not true. Clearly, IF anybody bothers to notice this primary at all.

The big come-together isn't going to happen. People can ignore that if they want, but that won't make it less true.

Edit:

"Bye, bye, Miss American Pie... "



Chickens may take a long time coming home, but evenually effect will follow cause.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Tue Mar 1, 2016, 09:59 AM (1 replies)

NEW VIDEO from BLM activist Ashley Williams is MUST SEE (2/26)

Hillary Clinton's Record on Race #WhichHillary

(Cross-post from GDP)

Just tweeted from Ashley Williams 3 hours ago: she said...

ashley williams ‏@Ash_Bash23 3h
Please watch and share this video that drives home what we've been talking about! #WhichHillary




Compilation of clips relating to Hillary's involvement in the Crime Bill and Welfare Reform in the 1990s up through the recent shooting protests, the 2016 election statements, and ending with a clip from Williams' protest at the HRC private fund-raiser a few days ago. Very well done, must see.
Posted by Waiting For Everyman | Fri Feb 26, 2016, 05:17 PM (21 replies)
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