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Name: chris chick
Gender: Male
Hometown: Between Mt. Rainier and McKenna Wa.
Home country: Hanging in there but just barely
Current location: I am right here! (location subject to change depending on the weather).
Member since: Thu May 19, 2005, 07:43 PM
Number of posts: 9,701

About Me

I am a fulltime chaperone to an aging pit-bull. She loves pigs-ears purchased from Stewerts Meat Market, long walks anywhere, feeding time and tummy rubs. We both enjoy disc golf, (golf with baskets instead of holes and fancy frisbees instead of golf balls), but for entirely different reasons. Fortunately for all she never acquired a taste for frisbees but she is a sucker for thrown rope-toys and balls. Her goal in life is to see an end to the nuisance that causes some toys to squeak when pressed by her chaperone. After the squeak has been eliminated, the toy is safe to be played with by anyone else because regardless of price it holds no further interest for her. Lastly: that is my real last name! I can get away with calling myself a card carrying chick and often get a chuckle out of folks when I do that.

Journal Archives

Could President Sanders bring back JFK's Physical Fitness Program for kids?

I remember as a child participating in this program, it was tougher than hell for me but I gave it my best anyway. With childhood obesity as a serious societal problem wouldn't it make sense to see something like this brought back into use?

http://www.jfklibrary.org/JFK/JFK-in-History/Physical-Fitness.aspx

Secondly, if this program actually does make current sense, could it not be a nice 'plank' to add to Senator Sanders' speeches in his bid for the nomination? I suspect the good Senator remembers this program as well as many of you here, I have to imagine that he is just as concerned about child obesity as everyone else is. I should add that discussions about getting such a program underway would quickly lead our nation into further discussions about what we are eating too.

Overall I think it is a non-partisan win for whomever starts talking about initiating such a program but maybe I've missed something, I'd like to hear what my fellow Sanders supporters think

You knew he'd eventually throw his hat in too:

As an artist, how do you know when you have finally 'arrived'?

When you get a gig with The Muppets of course!

A new Muppet video featuring Miss Piggy with Josh Groban and Lindsey Stirling

"My life would be worthless without music."

"My life would be worthless without music", is taken as a direct quote from a young lady musician in the first video below. Straight from the slums of Paraguay, may I present a group of music loving kids known as the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra:

#t=13

Below is Lindsey Stirling, (violinist, dancer, darling of YouTube) featuring the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra:



"Everyone has a voice and... every individual no matter who you are, you have the power to inspire change for good" L. Stirling

Best DU Poll Ever! Reposting to the Bernie Sanders Group

As you all likely know, fellow DUer Logical posted this little DU Poll:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=6592890

Every now and then I keep checking back and to my astonishment it is still active and the numbers are growing. Ok so maybe I am guilty of telling folks about it too. I've even tried to get 'moonlighting' DU members to come take a look at it, to maybe add their names....so far Brad Friedman, (Bradblog) and Thom Hartmann, (The Thom Hartmann Show) haven't weighed in but I keep hoping.

I suspect there are DUers who would prefer that Logical's Poll fade off into the sunset and be forgotten. Well fading off to the sunrise of the Sanders group should likely prevent that from happening. It is my opinion that this poll can prove quite worthy of citation when debating our position here at DU. I suggest not being mean in regards to our fellow DUers 'across the aisle', as you well know Senator Sanders sets for us the example to follow. I further suggest it's use as a tool, as an inspirational reminder to us all that we are not alone here in 'our' forum....if you click on the tab that says 'show usernames' in that poll you will better appreciate just whose forum this is!

Jackie Evancho and Andrea Bocelli-Time To Say Goodbye

filmed off the screen live in Bangkok but sound quality is ok enough. Edited to add: I found this in my Gmail inbox because I subscribe to Jackie Evancho's fanpage, sadly, I was not the fortunate person who filmed this.



Seeking a discussion/information on drivers licenses.

I have a brother, Jeff, who is diagnosed schizophrenic, he calls it telepathic-that the doctors know NOTHING about his actual issues. Jeff is cared for/looked after by our other brother Ron, who handles all of Jeff's finances and pays Jeff's bills. I assist Ron with Jeff where I can. It is important to note that Jeff refuses to take any meds for schizophrenia because as I mentioned, he doesn't believe he has this condition.

Jeff has a drivers license, he got it years ago when the schizophrenia wasn't so bad and it gets updated periodically by Jeff and Ron. Ron helps Jeff with that update because Jeff throws a fit if he can't have a drivers license. So far, Ron won't let Jeff know that there is ample money in Jeff's bank account to buy a car. Jeff constantly comes up with grand money making schemes in order to get a car but Ron and I use subterfuge best we can to keep that from ever happening.

Local law enforcement already know who Jeff is, (thanks to his intolerant neighbors). The cops don't pay Jeff visits when there are complaints because they consider Jeff mentally handicapped but harmless. When there are complaints, the cops just call up Ron and ask him to go deal with Jeff.

If you knew Jeff, it would be obvious to you why he should not be licensed to operate a motor vehicle. He has only partial grasp on reality. Further and truly boggling is the fact that should Jeff choose to get one, he could get a firearm too! No, I do not want this to be a gungeon worthy discussion, I am instead interested in hearing about our system, a system that would allow the handicapped out on our roads and highways. Are there ways to keep the 'Jeffs' of our society from getting a drivers license? In Washington State auto insurance is a requirement, could a case be made that Jeff is uninsurable? Is this something that the citizenry of our state, maybe even our nation need to be seeking legislation about?

If TPP, then can I sue the American Government?

From what I am hearing, TPP will give Big Business/Multinational Corporations the ability to sue foreign governments over those governments' laws that hinder their abilities to do business/make insane amounts of money.

As a very small time Washington State pot grower it would enhance the hell out of my business if I can market my products in states the U.S. Government forbids me from selling to. Furthermore I am clearly being negatively impacted by my not being able to transport my products across state lines to Colorado. If 'Big Tobacco' can sue Uruguay: http://action.sumofus.org/a/uruguay-philip-morris/? over theoretical losses to their business, why can't 'Little Pot' do the same thing to the US Government?

(I'll check back here after mowing my lawn on the off chance V. Bugliosi decides to take up chknltl vs U.S. Government)

Lindsey Stirling featuring the 'Landfillharmonic'.

I am a fan of Lindsey Stirling for a number of reasons, one of which is her work with kids. Here she teams up with a group of children from Paraguay known as the Land Philharmonic. They are impoverished kids from Paraguay who with a music instructor pieced together their instruments out of bits and pieces of garbage found in their local landfill/dump. The background music is done by these kids and they show up midway in the video. Lindsey almost always has a bit to say at the end of her videos, this one is most worthy of listening in to. The second video is a 13 minute short documentary, equally inspiring.



and the 60 Minutes story on the Land Philharmonic:

My family needs advice re: our schizophrenic/manic/depressive brother

We are currently seeking advice from the VA medical center at American Lake Washington but frankly we just don't know what questions to be asking.

My brother Jeff served in the Navy for two years, 77 thru 79 I think, but definitely NOT during war time. While in service he had a surgery done to his nose and almost immediately came down with scarlet fever type symptoms. He describes how he had a fever OVER 109 degrees sustained, that the doctor told him it likely caused brain damage. He further describes how his skin all peeled off, that he was force fed intravenously and had to sleep on a bed of cold water. A few months after he recovered from this he was mysteriously discharged from the navy for "Other Good And Sufficient Reasons When Determined By The Secretary Of The Navy", a discharge that we think is of the Under Honorable Conditions variety.

Since his discharge my brother's mental state has deteriorated to a point that those who spend any time with him can easily see that he has little grasp of reality. He claims that he is 'Space', that he is 135 billion years old, that there are "decoherent beings" in a constant dialog with him (that won't shut up), that he wants to go home, (um...your guess where home is is as good as mine here). Furthermore he wears leg wraps made of sticks, wires, empty butane lighters and dead batteries. Around his neck he wears a typical household smoke detector which has fastened to it bits of glass, more empty cigarette lighters, bits of rocks and other whatnots. His yard is equally bizarre, which annoys the hell out of his neighbors, and rocks, trees, sticks and bits of glass all talk to him. That's my brother, we tell folks that Jeff sees life in a way nobody else I know of has access to.

It seems likely to me that the Scarlet Fever triggered all of this. Jeff's doctors at the VA acknowledge that he is schizophrenic but they won't go any further than to prescribe him medications that Jeff utterly refuses to take. Jeff claims that these doctors can not treat him for being 'telepathic', that treating him for schizophrenia is a waste of everyone's time. His doctors are now threatening to withhold any further meds from him, they want him instead to report in for shots but my brother refuses this too.

At this point we are considering taking Jeff to civilian doctors because we feel that the VA may be unable or possibly unwilling to help.

The advice we seek:
Is there any way we can get help upgrading Jeff's mysterious discharge to a medical one and if so would it grant him any additional medical disability benefits? IMHO Jeff should be institutionalized or at the very least our government should be helping us take care of him. We have his medical records, sketchy as they are they do confirm much of Jeff's story. That said, we can not find out why Jeff was discharged from the Navy, nor does he have any idea why it happened. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

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