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RobertEarl

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Why do I post on DU? To help change history. To join with others to make bad things go away and change the political course of this country.

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Democrats Drop Names Of Slave-Owning Presidents From Fundraising Dinner

Source: Courant

HARTFORD Prompted by the national controversy over the Confederate flag, the state Democratic Party voted unanimously Wednesday night to change the name of its annual fundraising dinner and strip the names of two slave-owning American presidents.

For the past 67 years, the dinner has contained the names of Democratic presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. In later years, Democrats included famed former party boss John Bailey, and the annual event became widely known as the Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey Dinner.

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"Let's work together to show the rest of the state exactly what it means to be a Connecticut Democrat,'' party Chairman Nicholas Balletto said before introducing the resolution.

In part, the resolution said, "As members of the Democratic Party, we are proud of our history as the party of inclusion. Democrats have led the way on civil rights, LGBT equality and equal rights for women. It is only fitting that the name of the party's most visible annual event reflects our dedication to diversity and forward-looking vision.''

Read more: http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-democratic-dinner-name-change-0723-20150722-story.html



Day or so ago I posted this OP in GD...P about how the Party should change the names of these fundraising dinners.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1251&pid=463620

Lets be clear about Bernie vs Hillary

Most of us have been political junkies for a long long time.

Some of us proudly voted for McGovern!

So we have been watching the scene go down for a long time.

We have watched the Clintons for going on 25 years now, most of us voted for Bill, twice.

Through all of these years we have watched as the system ate up and discarded good progressive, liberal, loving candidates who we knew, if given a seat of power, could change the system. We supported and voted for Obama because we had hope he could change the system, and in some ways he did.

But now we have Bernie. A politician who has been through the grinder, and he still stands. Indeed, he stands tall and has a real chance to wield our greatest aspirations for our country and our planet as POTUS.

Hillary is plan B for us. Plan B, because we see her as a fixture of the system, and if we have to, we will support her. But we have Bernie and therefore we have real hope to use him to change the system.

So......... if anyone continues to disrespect Bernie, expect a backlash. A backlash that comes from the pent-up frustrations of 30+ years of seeing our best hopes be trashed by the RW and even supposed friends.

We are sick of it.... we have a real champion in Bernie this time and we are ready and willing to fight. Do not be surprised by the reaction if you get in our way and show disrespect for us and our champion.

Thank you and have a nice day.

Bernie: He's not an Obama. He's the Real Deal

We have a real Hope for Change in voting for Bernie.

Obama was pretty much an unknown. Bernie Sanders has a long history of fighting for Change and Hope for everyman.

He is in it to win, and win we will.

For anti-nuke, pro-environment posts

The website ENEnews.com is the place to go.

Almost daily is posted a new, properly linked mainstream news report about Fukushima, and the environment of the North Pacific.

Then posters, such as yourself, are encouraged to make comments. There is an amazing cadre of educated and informed and aware members there. And an occasional pro-nuke person logs in to debate the old time posters there and losses badly. But it does make for interesting reading as those pro-nuke people do draw out pertinent information from those debating him/her.

A word of caution: The news about Fukushima and the Pacific is not good news.

1981

Ronald the asshole reagan took solar panels off the White House.

Jimmy Carter, a man who was familiar with nuke power, is the man who put them there.

34 years later, the country has just recently put solar back on our White House.

Carter also was the man who put coffin nails to nuclear power and the asshole who replaced him opened up that casket and let that vampire loose.

30 years later, on DU, I proposed that nuke power radiation was killing birds. It really pissed off some DUers, and ever since they have gone from claiming nukes were safe and radiation was not dangerous to what you see here, tonight, on this thread.

It has been one hell of a trip, and now, because of Fukushima and that fact that Fukushima can't be hidden like TMI and Chernobyl was, the pro-nuke people are relegated to a few measly posts on DU.

I have been called all kinds of names by the pro-nukes, and yet here I stand, still here, still telling the truth, 35 years after that damned asshole reagan diverted the course Carter set the country on.

Hey, one does what one can do, eh?

No, you didn't. Yes, you did. FBaggins!

You actually sit there and tell me I do not know science and then go on to disclaim elemental thermodynamics?

I figured your post dismissing electrolysis would have been deleted by now, in shame, after these many hours, but no, it is still there.

Incredible, meaning: you have no credibility.

What the hell is going on here?

The biggest baddest pollution in the history of mankind and this new thread is ignored by thousands of what I thought were caring peeps here on DU.

Let them eat cake, is what the elite say about us, and I guess this is proof they were right about our worth.

Eat cake, indeed. Trickle their pollution down and make us eat it, indeed.

And people wonder why some of us say we are doomed?

I guess DU is just one big popularity contest anymore? "Look, momma, I can post and post and post all kinds of shit on DU, and ignore important stuff. Hahahahaha"

Why this space is called "Underground"

When the election of 2000 was stolen
and the establishment Dems looked
the other way, there arose from the ashes
this forum of like minded souls whom,
in pursuit of Truth, Justice, and the
American way, did gather to resist.

We were the Underground Democrats who
resisted the establishment that decided
that democracy, as we knew it, was dead.
They killed our democracy with stolen votes,
their corrupted SCOTUS, and a congress that shirked its duty.

Some few, to this day, hold to that resistance.

That resistance lives in the desire for more democracy;
not less democracy. Those here telling us we must
cotton to 'Dear Leaders' and the establishment are not
doing good for the 'More Democracy' idea.

They are, imo, just another brick in the wall
which the establishment spends its billions on
to keep the People from rising up and overcoming.

You can decide for yourself which force you wish to be aligned with for there are but two.

Starfish dying in the NW Pacific

The link below goes to a thread I started last January.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=4381218

This is a copy of that OP:


We've all heard about how the starfish have been dying in the waters in the NW Pacific Ocean. Divers claim to have seen them melt away right before their eyes. Melting is what happens when a starfish dies. So what is making the starfish die? No one seems to know. So I have done a bit of research and in the following posts will share that research with you.

In summary, starfish are known to be an 'keystone' specie. That means starfish populations have direct effects on other species in the starfish habitat. Starfish are fairly unique in that they can regenerate parts of their bodies. How they do that is not exactly clear. But in that sense they are very special.

Starfish eat many things. Mostly bottom dwelling things. Like mussels. It has been discovered that if starfish are removed from some locations, mussel populations explode. It has been discovered that mussels near Alaska have very high concentrations of radioisotopes. When starfish eat these mussels, the radioisotopes then are in the starfish. That is known as moving up the food chain.

How do mussels get the plutonium in them? Mussels are filter feeders. Mussels feed by filtering water and taking suspended solids from that water. Plutonium, and other heavy metals drift to the bottom where the mussels are, and the mussels, in their feeding, filter out the plutonium which ends up in the mussel's meat which the starfish eat.

Conclusion: Atmospheric deposition of radioisotopes from Fukushima is established. Plutonium from Fukushima has been found in mussels in the NW Pacific. Starfish eat mussels. Starfish are dying and causing researchers great alarm. It is possible that plutonium is killing the starfish.

Since you asked

Having been in at the grassroots and for a brief time a leader in several short term movements, and a many hour volunteer in a party office, and around more than a few elected politicians, I have a fairly unique take on what playing a part in democracy entails.

You have to be willing to be beat down and rise again. You have to take the losses as an education. Learn from each mistake. Make sure of what it is you are asking people to do, and take all the help you can get.

It means hours at meetings. It means facing opponents with respect - when they deserve it - and smashing them when you can.

It means helping leaders lead, and doing grunt work, and kissing some ass. You must overlook the faults and mistakes of others on your team and work to get them to get with the program.

My view on what to do tomorrow, were I still active, would be to find new local party leadership material and work with them to build an organization that is inclusive and makes good use - real good use - of volunteers time.

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