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Hometown: San Francisco, Ca.
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Second generation native San Franciscan; and third generation Democrat.

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A Joke From India

Mr. Sharma comes home one night, and his wife throws her arm around his neck,
"I have great news..I'm a month overdue..I think we're going to have a baby!..The doctor gave me a test today, but until we find out for sure, we can't tell anybody."

The next day, Mrs. Sharma receives a telephone call from Reliance Energy,
(electricity supplier in India) because the electricity bill has not been paid.
"Am I speaking to Mrs. Sharma?"
"Yes, speaking."
Reliance guy: "You're a month overdue, you know."
"How do YOU know?" stammers the young woman.
"Well, ma'am, it's in our files.' says the Reliance guy.
"What are you saying? It's in your files. HOW?"
"Yes. We have a system of finding out who's overdue."
"GOD, this is too much."
"Madam, I am sorry. I am following orders. I have to inform you are overdue."
"I know that..Let me talk to my husband about this tonight..He will speak to your company tomorrow."

That night, she tells her husband about the incident, and he, mad as hell, rushes to the Reliance office the next morning.

"What's going on? You have it on file that my wife is a month overdue?" What business is that of yours?" the husband shouts.
"Just calm down," says the lady at the reception desk at Reliance.
"It's nothing serious..All you have to do is pay us."
"PAY you? And if I refuse?"
"Well, in that case, sir, we'd have no option but to cut yours off."
"And what would my wife do then?" he asks.
"I don't know..I guess she'd have to use a candle."

Greatest Rolling Stones Song of All Time?

Since I am limited to only 10 choices for this poll, I will certainly not be able to list all the great songs the Rolling Stones have recorded; so don't get mad if your favorite is not among the ones listed.
(My favorite isn't listed either)

Unofficial DU Presidential poll

Hillary Clinton:

"The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they're not."

"I think that you can disagree with people and debate over their positions with issues without engaging in the politics of personal destruction."

(Both quotes from; "The 25 Most Inspiring Hillary Clinton Quotes")

Bernie Sanders:

"This country and our government belong to all of us, not just a handful of billionaires."
(Bernie Sanders 4/30/15)

"Let us wage a moral and political war against war itself, so that we can cut military spending and use that money for human needs."

Clinton and Sanders are the only ones so far who have officially announced their intention to run for the Democratic nomination.
However, I've included former Maryland Gov. Martin O'malley because he has been talking about running for quite some time; and over the past year and a half or so,
"has appeared in 23 states other than his own to speak to local Democrats, with a conspicuous number of appearances in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina."

Martin O'Malley:

"Our parents and grandparents understood this truth deeply.
They believed - as we do - that to create jobs, a modern economy requires modern investments: educating, innovating and rebuilding for our children's future.
Building an economy to last, from the middle class up, not from the billionaires down."

"But we should not lose sight of how far we are coming and what a big hole we were left by George W. Bush."

(Both quotes from Brainy Quotes)

Bernie Sanders will be taking phone calls on Thom Hartmann Show this Friday

"Hour One: Brunch With Bernie" -- Senator Bernie Sanders takes your calls.


Message to TPP Elites: "Secret Government is Un-American"...by Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower
April 20, 2015

So, someone hands you a beer, but instead of it being a recognizable brand, it's in a totally blacked-out can with nothing but the letters "TPP" printed on it.

"You're really gonna like this," says the smiling stranger who handed it to you.
But you naturally hesitate and ask: "Well, who made it? What's in it?"
Now the guy's smile is forced as he says, "Sorry, pal, but those are trade secrets. Trust me though -- there's nothing bad in it..Just drink it up...and enjoy the buzz that it's gonna give you."

Would you swallow that?...Neither would I, but here comes Barack Obama, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Speaker John Boehner, and every corporate lobbyist in Washington insisting that We the People should quickly chug-a-lug their strange brew called TPP
(the Trans-Pacific Partnership) -- without knowing what's in it.

"It's just a free trade agreement," they say, with lying eyes and forced smiles.

Read more:

Using hokey numbers and neon lies to sell TPP.....by Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower
April 9, 2015

Come one, come all! Step right up and buy your ticket for a ride on the splendiferous, phantasmagoric, miraculous, "Trans-Pacific Partnership"

TPP is not some sort of futuristic, flying machine, but yet another trade scam coming at us like a volcanic eruption straight out of hell.
This thing is a "partnership" of, by, and for global corporations -- similar to NAFTA, only much, much, much bigger and far more destructive both to the middle class and to our people's sovereignty

Negotiating in strict secrecy during the past seven years, a cabal of the Obama White House and corporate lobbyists are now ready to spring it on us, and Republican leaders intend to ram it into law before We the People can get a whiff of it's anti-democratic stench.

Indeed, to perfume it, they've already began a PR campaign tauting TPP as the long-sought wonder cure for America's downtrodden working class.
For example, such odd-bedfellow boosters as Secretary of State John Kerry and the US Chamber of Commerce both exclaim that the 12-nation scheme will "support 650,000 new jobs"

No. Glenn Kessler, who writes the Washington Post's "Fact-Checker" column, dug into that number in January, and found that it was incorrectly calculated, misleading...and silly.
In fact, he wrote, instead of TPP yielding 650,000 new jobs, "The correct number is zero."
He also pointed out that even if 650,000 new jobs were created, that's not even a drop in the bucket, for it would increase US employment by less than one-half of one percent.

Be alert, friends, for the TPP Gang will try to dazzle us with hokey numbers and neon lies -- while they steal our democratic rights and turn our future well-being over to global corporations.
To get information and get involved, go to:




How an innocent man was politically assassinated by some of the most notorious names in American politics.

Link to watch the You Tube trailer for "Killing Atticus Finch" + other videos at:

"Don Siegelman isn't just fighting for his freedom; he's fighting for the integrity of our democracy."
Al Gore, Former Vice President

"In 2009, a bipartisan amicus brief by 91 former state attorneys general urged the United States Supreme Court to use Siegelman's case to enunciate a clear standard for establishing quid pro quo bribery...Today's confusion and the resulting prosecutorial discretion chill the exercise of constitutional rights of political participation and can imprison people unjustly."
("Is it bribery or just politics?" - by conservative columnist George Will)

How To Help Don:

"More bad news for Don Siegelman"

"Will President Obama Ever Pardon Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman?"

"Dear President Obama, Please pardon Don Siegelman NOW"

"Why Obama Should Pardon Don Siegelman"...by Jeffrey Toobin

The KBParty of Plutocratic Rule by Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower
March 25, 2015

Shouldn't America have at least one major party that isn't beholden to the corporate elite?

Well look here -- just such a party has popped up, raring to roar into the 2016 presidential race.
Called the KBParty, it has the funding and political punch to bypass the establishment's control of the election system.
But don't rush to sign-up: KB stands for Koch Brothers.

Yes. Charlie and David - the multi-billionaire, right-wing industrial barons who already own several congress critters, governors, think tanks, astroturf campaign machines, front groups, etc.
Now they have their very own, private political party.
And it's not beholden to the corporate elite, since it is the elite.
The Koch boys have rallied roughly 300 like-minded opponents of democracy to their brotherhood of plutocrats, intent on purchasing a president and Congress that will impose their vision of corporate rule over America.

At a secretive retreat in January for KBParty funders, the 300 barons ponied up $900 million for their campaign.
That's nearly $200 million more than the combined expenditures of the Republican and Democratic parties in last year's elections, and it's way more than either of those parties will have for 2016.

That means that, in our nation of 350 million people, a cabal of only 300 of the wealthiest will have the wherewithall to narrow the choice of candidates presented to the rest of us, restrict the range of policy ideas that are proposed to voters, imbue the overall campaign with a negative tone, and - most important - shape the governing agenda of those who get elected.

The Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United edict created this mess.
To help ban the corporate cash that's clogging our elections and killing our people's democratic rights, go to

A Canadian, a Texan, and a tea bagger walk into a bar...

...and the bartender says: "What'll it be, Senator Cruz?"

An upstart People's campaign is upsetting Chicago's mayor -- by Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower
March 10, 2015

If you're in a big political race, you know you're doing poorly when your campaign resorts to warning local voters that your opponent would upset Wall Street bond dealers.

Amazingly though, that's the panicky claim of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election campaign.
A preening prototype of plutocratic politics, the one-term mayor has delivered the goods for the moneyed establishment so - richly backed by campaign cash from that elite - he assumed he'd easily be re-elected.
But to Rahm's shock, Jesus intervened.

Not that Jesus, but Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, a popular county commissioner who challenged Emanuel's coronation with a broad-based, overtly-populist, people's campaign.
Though he was outspent 12 to One, Chuy had the vision, issues, grassroots organizers and enthusiastic volunteers to rally middle-and low-income voters to the polls, forcing the Royal Rahm into a run-off.
Moreover, polls show that Chuy has already pulled even with Rahm and may now be leading the mayor's race as the two approach the April 7 election.

That stunning reality spurred U.S. Senator Mark Kirk - another faithful servant of the establishment - to rush forth in a bumbling attempt to rescue Emanuel.
"The people who are running against Rahm," lectured the learned solon, "don't have the gravitas with the bond market."
Kirk's underlying message was that no one named Jesus "Chuy" Garcia could "command the respect of the bond market."
You could practically hear workaday Chicagoans saying in unison: "Well good!"
The Chicago swells who are protected by the Wall Street clique have wrecked the city's budget with corporate giveaways, and now they expect the people to suffer cutbacks and job losses to pay for the budget mess.

To connect with the democracy movement that's on the rise in this heartland city, go to

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