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Retired corporate paralegal.

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Don't know why they have their panties in a twist

The Senate will have to ratify any treaty anyway, Article II, Sec. 2, Par. 2 of the US Constitution says: "He (President) shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur;"

I suspect an end play -- They know they don't have the votes to stop a treaty with Iran so they tried to stop it without the votes of the other Senators. They really don't like playing by the rules.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Mar 13, 2015, 08:43 PM (0 replies)

Prometheus Unbound (Shelley)

To suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite;
To forgive wrongs darker than death or night;
To defy Power, which seems Omnipotent;
To Love and Bear; to Hope til Hope creates
From its own wreck the thing it contemplates;
Neither to change, nor falter nor repent;
This, like thy Glory,Titan, is to be
Good, Great and Joyous, Beautiful and Free;
This alone is Life, Joy, Empire and Victory.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Tue Mar 10, 2015, 02:32 AM (0 replies)


Yet another question about the draft. As I've said in another thread, NO DRAFT, NO TIME, NO HOW.

During the Vietnam era, my brother, age 18, had to register for the draft. At the same time he applied for CO status but was denied on religious grounds. At that time, only two organized religions were eligible for CO status. Our family was opposed to the war in Vietnam as being against international law and immoral. He appealed the denial. We wrote letters to the draft board in support of his application pointing out that one did not have to be a member of an organized religion to have ethics and morals. Then my mother, brother and sister moved to Australia where they have been ever since. He was sent a draft notice but his attorney sent a letter to the draft board reminding them of their own rule that they can't draft someone with an appeal pending; they had to do something about the appeal. To this very day, his appeal has not been adjudicated.

Coming from a background of opposing the draft back then, I certainly am against a draft at this or any other time.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Sun Mar 8, 2015, 05:00 AM (1 replies)


Draft is involuntary servitude (slavery) and should not be applied against any category of people -- not by gender, not by age, not by financial status, not by educational status, not by marital status.

So what's up with the multiple draft questions showing up on DU? Is there an effort to try to gin up support for a draft? How many different ways is the question going to be asked? Know this: to all draft questions I say the same thing: Absolutely NO DRAFT.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Sun Mar 8, 2015, 04:45 AM (0 replies)

It doesn't matter how you dress it, a pig is a pig

Draft/conscription is involuntary servitude (slavery).

Congress can pretend it's fair, equal, blah, blah, blah. It's still military slavery.

When you are owned, body, mind and restricted activity, you are a slave. And when in the military THEY OWN YOU.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Sat Mar 7, 2015, 03:47 AM (1 replies)

I was opposed to the draft during the Vietnam Era

and I'm just as opposed to a draft in the current era. It is nothing less than involuntary servitude (slavery). Even for volunteers. Once you sign on the dotted line, they OWN your ass and can do anything they want with you for the duration of your enlistment. First, they can lie to you about education available and duty assignments -- just to get you sucked in. Once in, they can send you to any foreign soil where there is money to be made by the MIC and expose you to chemical and nuclear poisons and other hazardous work environments. And when you are wounded, sick, worn out or in any way a liability to them, they will kick you to the curb and good luck getting any compensation for the damage to your life. Oh, and the pay is shit.

Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Sat Mar 7, 2015, 03:12 AM (0 replies)

I'm a practical kinda gal

and what I want to know is will there be a questionnaire for every business transaction in order to be able to use this law. Or will they just make snap judgments as someone walks in the door. What if they are wrong? Will there be any legal recourse for the customer denied service on a false assumption?

Ok, wedding cakes for Steve and Mike might give a clue, but what about other situations? Would two women who go out to lunch have to fill out a form saying that they are not lesbians before being seated? Would any dark-haired, bearded guy have to swear he is not Muslim or Jewish or something other than WASP? And what about buying lumber from the local dealer? Forms required swearing that the lumber would not be used in a dwelling of two unrelated same-sex individuals? Or how about dark-skinned individuals wanting assistance at the department store? Oh, just think of the possibilities... they are nearly endless when driven by hatred and bigotry.

Of course there will be many businesses who just want to see the color of your money and will make no "value" judgment on the transaction. Will they need a sign on the door saying open to all?

With GA legislature up on their high horse, have they given any thought as to how this would actually work? Stupid people doing stupid things wasting taxpayers' time and money.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Thu Mar 5, 2015, 10:16 PM (1 replies)

This doesn't seem to fit any known description of "democracy"

What it says is that by playing with numbers, there cannot be a House vote on any bill unless the Speaker is guaranteed a result that fits within his party's policy. Sounds more like a dictatorship. If Boehner wants to be the primary ruler of the country, he should run for President. Let the voters of the entire United States give their opinion.

Remember, he is where he is because the 8th congressional district in Ohio keeps voting him back. So in a country of approximately 350,000,000, he was initially voted into office by 99,955 people in his district. In 2012 he ran unopposed and garnered 246,380 votes. He in no way represents the entire country and shouldn't be allowed to dictate what comes before congress for a vote. Bills pass through committees before they go to the floor -- there is ample opportunity for dissenting opinions to be heard. But in the end, only Boehner's decision is final.

This system sucks ......
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Thu Mar 5, 2015, 05:45 AM (0 replies)

Not a spiral, but a pendulum

A pendulum that swings from one side to another, sometimes reaching an extreme point, but then pulled back towards the opposite side. Progress consists of managing the more negative aspects of the extremes.

It might be that I was a young adult in the 1960's, but I remember it as a time of great possibilities. Women's equal rights, civil rights, conservation efforts, opposition to unjust wars, and great technological advancement. I think that now we are swinging back from the excesses of the 1980's, the Me Generation, promoted by the Reagan presidency. I keep looking for a return of the altruism of the 60's.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Wed Feb 11, 2015, 01:02 AM (0 replies)

I dread the morning (UPDATE) (FINAL)

Her name was Nija; we called her Ni-Ni or Ninny. She was completely black. She was a gift to my daughter and granddaughter from friends of my daughter who live in Vancouver BC. Nija was smuggled into the US under a coat on my daughter's lap; an undocumented immigrant. She never was a big kitty-- only weighed 9 pounds at her prime. She was about 4.5 at the end. She was a lovely pet and companion for my granddaughter. Son-in-law and Granddaughter took her to the vet this morning. She became so much of a hermit in the last couple of weeks, I don't think the other animals have figured out that she is actually gone. We have three other cats, age 5, and a dog age 1. Although it's nice to have the other animals, each one is an individual with her own characteristics and we will miss Ni-Ni very much.

Thanks for letting me share this with you. Kisses and hugs to your pets.

We have an old kitty -- she's about 19. She is little and frail and has had a couple of episodes in the past year where we weren't sure she was going to be with us much longer. But she's still here. The last couple of days she has been sleeping a lot under a bed by the heat register. Usually she jumps up on the bed to sleep by my side. Tonight when I went to my room, she came out from under the bed, meowed once loudly (usually has a soft voice) and stood there wobbling on her legs. She finally made it out to the kitchen and drank some water, all the time wobbling on her legs. Then went back under the bed where it's warm. It rained today -- we're hoping that is the rain that has stiffened her, but at her age, we can't keep kidding ourselves. She doesn't appear to be in any pain. Up until this morning, she has been eating. She doesn't like soft food and will only eat the dry stuff. She drank water tonight, so maybe that's a good sign. Like I said, I dread what the morning may bring.

Thanks to all of you for the kind words. As of this moment, Wed 6:04 pm, she is still with us. She only meowed once yesterday but has been quiet since then, that's why I figured she is not in pain. She came out from under the bed and went to the water dish just a few minutes ago, but was only barely able to walk. She is in the arms of son-in-law and they are trying to hand-feed her bits of tuna and trying to get her to drink some tuna water. There's no interest in either. We talked it over (daughter, son-in-law, me) and decided that son-in-law would take her to the vet tomorrow; the appointment is 9:30, if she lives that long. Granddaughter has to have some time with this decision as it is her cat since she was a baby -- they were babies together. I tear up at the very thought -- it's so sad that precious kitties have such short lives.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Wed Jan 28, 2015, 03:58 AM (8 replies)
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