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Hometown: Austin, TX
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Member since: Tue Sep 18, 2012, 04:36 PM
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About Me

I have been on DU since 2006 under \"SteveM\" and later \"SteveW.\" Due to an account mix-up and a computer crash, I have \"rejoined\" as Eleanors38, but my history at DU includes the names cited.

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As of tomorrow, Bernie is in the race!

Sounds like an winner to me, esp. on guns. He has a somewhat mixed record, FOR mag restrictions, was FOR AWB in ' 94, and FOR UBC (as I). Looks good on other gun votes, preferring states handling regulation. Weigh in with your opinion.

Cruz knows our bully culture. He knows it works.

Ain't much gonna be said about his unqualified status to be president. (Prediction)

His efforts to sign on with the Health Exchange is already fading from MSM view. (Observation)

The anti-Obama narrative, and the tough, strongman image Cruz has created for himself are cast, and WILL cow MSM and any remnant opposition into squealing complaints of hypocrisy emanating from obscure web sites and in LTTEs. To the far right, hypocrisy is sport, and irony is an overwrought subject in advanced lit & humanities classes. Cruz and the GOP know there is no opposition. The ball is in the court of the Right. Any discussion will be between the Right, the Far Right, and the crap-in-your-pants-and-go-to-heaven Right; everyone else is irrelevant as they assume their framed role as the bully's victims.

BTW, ANY complaints sourcing from any other branch other than the GOP, WILL be tagged as "the Left." And that tag will be promoted by much more than the GOP.

Are racial issues the way to get gun issues back into GD?

There are 2 GD threads today alone about guns (noting the volume & tenor of posts) that have race added, and have remained up in spite of GD'S SOP. Are there any other hybrids which allow for gun discussion here? I have a number of ones I would like to bring up.

Are racial issues the way to get gun issues back into GD?

We have at least 2 postings today which have race as a component to what turns out to be (by posting volume) a discussion about guns. Are there any other issues which can be combined with guns so that they be posted in GD? This will be of valuable guidance to those who try to follow the rules in DU.

(I'm sure this will be alerted on, but I believe some clarification is in order.)

A plea of " it was the wrong one[twice]" won't help the defendant, even if true.

may be out of place, but "forums and groups" won't open on my tablet...

Anyone having that problemo?

Late post: Successful deer hunt in Uvalde County!

Been offline for a couple months, but I can report that I took an 8 pt buck of decent size on the first evening of my 2nd hunt, just below Camp Wood. He was the only white tail that failed to wind me in the early evening swirl; seems he was sniffing the trail of a late-estrous doe and had little concern with what I was wafting. He would have walked past me at 50ft distance had I not reached for my rifle and spooked him. As it was, he scrambled off for another 50ft, then broadsided me, trying to figure out the moving "growth" clinging to a mesquite. Easy shot, quick recovery & field dressed 30 mins. later.

All told, I got 46 dove in other hunts. These went to patrons of a local beer joint in the form of bacon-wrapped jalapeņo poppers, and pan-browned, slow simmered milk gravy birds over grits (for me). And there's more to go!

I propose PRG be run like an organizing committee.

Not as formal as time-certain, Robert's-Rules-of- Order meetings, but a group which delegates certain functions and activities that within a reasonable time can yield results. For instance, we need some things done soon:

1. Clean up & shorten our lists of beliefs and goals. I and others have been working on this.

2. Designate a liaison to contact activists in the other groups already mentioned in the pinned threads. What are they doing? Do they want to combine forces? What works for them? What doesn't?

3. Look to long range planning. Who is good at PR? Being an official spokesperson? Media outreach? Scheduling? Web site development? Heavens, even fund-raising?

There are many tasks which will emerge later, but an organizing committee can be a good start.

At Demwing's request, a compendium of stands and beliefs

DU members think should be advanced by PRG. This is not in stone, and only reflects threads posted by time of this writing; you may wish to add, modify or reject some.

Stands and Issues:
1) Right to Roof, Right to Eat, Right to Health
2) Living wage
3) Protect our water
4) Renew protection of individual rights
5) Aggressively reduce college debt
6) Strengthen right to unionize
7) Free higher education
8) Bridges, utils, roads repaired Now
9) Strengthen Social Security
10) End child hunger, end poverty
11) End War on Drugs, medically treat addicts
12) End prejudice & discrimination
13) End pay inequality, voter suppression
14) Support gay & immigrant rights
15) Modernize government, esp. IRS
16) Single-payer health care
17) Tax code simplification, close loop holes
18) Capital gains taxed at same rate
19) Lower IRS taxes for new, small start-ups
20) Candidates receive $ only from constituents
21) Sovereignty over your body
22) Nat'l voting rights act for fed elections.
23) Provide for national referenda
24) End Electoral College
25) Strengthen public schools, end privatization
26) Freedom from monopolies. Open I-net
27) Restore habeus corpus
28) Speak out on climate change
29) Support alternative energy
30) Fund public elections

International issues:
1) Speak out against "Costly Trade Agreements"
2) Smart & Just foreign policy

Suggested Strategies:
A) Open lines with DFA, WFP & others
B) Start organizing around local issues
C) Get DU "celebs" to speak out
D) Never use oppositions' frame, use our own
E) Democrats should use stories, not "positions"

Actions now:
a) Living wage on all state ballots
b) Sign all correspondence using PRG & locale
c) Promote pop. Dems for 2016 Sen. elections

Some names for PRG:
I Second Bill of Rights
II People's Democratic Party
III Roosevelt Democrats

WillyT and EEO also have summations in the works.

What's in a name? We better decide...

People are offering them up in other threads, and it is our responsibility to come up with a good one. I suggest:

1) Set a time line for entries;

2) A vote on what we like.

My pithy effort: New Reform Democrats

ON EDIT, the name for this group is not necessarily a substitute for the present Democratic Party, but a more formalized public expression for this movement beyond a group in DU

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