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Second generation native San Franciscan; and third generation Democrat.

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Do you have a favorite Yogi Berra quote?

Lorenzo Pietro "Yogi" Berra died last night after a long illness.

He was 90.

Probably the most unique character in baseball history, Yogi was truly "one of a kind."

His quotes are often called "Yogi-isms"

One time, on a road trip, Yogi said of the hotel the Yankees stayed at:

"The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase."

How To Help People Affected By Wildfires In Lake, Napa and Butte Counties (CA)

The Valley Fire has destroyed more than 73,000 acres, including 575 homes and hundreds of other structures as of Thursday according to California state fire officials.
In the Butte Fire, more than 70,000 acres and 262 homes have been destroyed as of Thursday.

The County of Lake Office of Emergency Services asks that people who want to help consider making monetary donations through the North Coast Opportunities/Mendo-Lake Credit Union or Lake County Wildfire Relief Fund.

Checks may be made out to Mendo-Lake Credit Union or North Coast Opportunities with a memo for "Valley Fire" and mailed to any of the following addresses:
-- 14866 Olympic Drive, Clearlake, CA. 95422
-- 953 11th Street, Lakeport, CA 95453
-- 526 South State Street, Ukiah, CA. 94582

Donations also may be made online at links provided at:

Several firefighters have lost their homes battling the Valley Fire and the Butte Fire.
A "Go Fund Me" account has been set up for the firefighters.
There are so many lost pets and animals that Facebook pages have been set up to help.
Links at:

Several fire relief funds administered by California credit unions, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, and other organizations have been activated to help communities ravaged by the Valley Fire in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties, and the Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties:

The Statue of Liberty is Crying -- by Don Siegelman

September 9, 2015

I wonder how Mr. Trump feels watching the Statue of Liberty cry?

Our "Mother of Exiles," sees the pain and tragedy unfolding on distant shores - immigrants, refugees from war ravaged lands, leaving behind their elderly and weak - those who slip quietly into the night, praying dawn will bring peace.

With the world's back turned against them, most leave for the sake of their children.
The men would rather stay and fight; but the imbalanced war gives them little chance.
They leave, spending what they have and risking their lives.

They make for our "Golden Doors" to freedom on far off shores.

But we sit in comfort, watching the worn and weak and helpless fall victim to freedom's siren call.

The "Mother of Exiles," our Lady, the Statue of Liberty remembers when she was younger,
when America's leaders were crying out:

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send those, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Now her tears bear witness to the pain, but what she finds most troubling is our silence.

"Are we so poor we cannot share with those who suffer more?
Are we so comfortably complacent that their life and death struggles do not penetrate our collective soul," she asks.

"Remember your ancestors!
Your fathers and mothers came and I greeted them and I gave them comfort.
Now is the time again to reach out to the huddled masses seeking to breathe free,"
cries our "Mother of Exiles"

Don Siegelman
Governor of Alabama 1999-2003

Don E. Siegelman is the former Governor of Alabama, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and
Secretary of State.
He is currently a guest of the Federal Bureau of Prisons until 2017.

SurveyUSA shows Trump Winning the Presidency - Ring of Fire Explains Why This is Hogwash

Ring of Fire Radio
September 8, 2015

SurveyUSA, a national political survey company, conducted a poll on September 2 and September 3 of 1,000 U.S. adults.
SurveyUSA claims that Donald trump is beating Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Joe Biden in head-to-head match-ups.
Corporate media is running with this survey to show that Donald trump is the real deal, America's next President.
The Republican Party is dancing in the streets.
The problem is that the results of the survey are absurd, and yet no one in corporate media is questioning it.

What is the problem with the survey?
The most obvious is that it doesn't pass the smell test when you look at the results.
This should be the very first clue that something went wrong in the surveying techniques.
Specifically, SurveyUSA shows Trump winning 25% of black voters and 31% of Hispanic voters.
This is absurd.

In the elections of 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012, blacks voted for the GOP candidate
9 percent, 11 percent, 4 percent, and 6 percent, respectively.
Yet SurveyUSA wants us to believe that black voters have suddenly decided that Trump is worthy of 25 percent of their support.

Even more absurd is the Hispanic result.

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How Trump Continues To Lead The Polls

Recent polls indicate that, despite public outcry against his incendiary comments on women and minorities, Donald trump is still the leading Republican candidate.
Here are some reasons Trump stays so popular with his supporters:

--- Highly relatable lack of qualifications for holding public office
--- Americans' appreciation for classic underdog story of man who started with only several
hundred million dollars and went on to make several billion dollars
--- Only candidate to publicly state willingness to make America great again
--- Exploits other Republican candidates weaknesses by allowing them to open their mouths and
speak on issues
--- Very, very handsome
--- Voters eager to see presidential library with three infinity pools and rooftop driving range
--- Bolstered by impassioned endorsement from Donald Trump
--- Eccentric, megalomaniac billionaire still more relatable to average American than anyone
willing to dedicate life to politics
--- Appeals to widespread desire to see nation implode sooner rather than later

Let's Adopt the GOP's National Platform - by Jim Hightower

The National Republican Party has published an official policy document showing that the GOP really might be more than a gaggle of serve-the-rich plutocrats and wacky, Trumped-up right-wingers.
Just when you thought the party was consuming itself in the know-nothingism of it's presidential pretenders and the recalcitrant do-nothingism of it's congress critters, out comes a sign of sanity.

In this 18-page manifesto, the party proclaims that, "Our government was created by the people for all the people, and it must serve no less a purpose."
ALL the people!
Forget pontifications by Wall Street billionaires dividing America into virtuous "creators"
(like themselves) and worthless "moochers" (like you and me) -- this document abounds with commitments to the common good.
"America does not prosper," it proudly proclaims on page three, "unless all Americans prosper."
Wow!...That's downright democratic!

And how's this for a complete turnaround:
":Labor is the United States. The men and women, who with their minds, their hearts and hands, create the wealth that is shared in this country - They are America."
Holy Koch brothers, share the wealth?

Yes, and how about this:
"The protection of the right of workers to organize into unions and the right to bargain collectively is the firm and permanent policy of the Republican Party."
Eat your heart out, Scott Walker, and you other labor-bashing GOP governors.
The document also supports our public postal service, the United Nations, equal rights for women, expanding out national parks, "vigorous enforcement of anti-trust laws," and raising the minimum wage.
New enlightenment in the Grand Old Party. Hallelujah!

Can all this be true?
Yes - except it's not new.
This document is the Republican Party Platform...of 1956.


Urban Dictionary's definitions of Democratic Underground

Top Definition:

"A Democratic party supporter's website that is a gathering place for politics obsessed misanthropes who seethe with impotent rage at their complete lack of power and control over the American people.
The posters at Democratic Underground all seem to be bourgeois lefty political gropers in various stages of mental illness.
Paranoia reigns supreme there, as does self-loathing, hatred of people in general, a strident belief in complex conspiracies which dominate and thwart them at every turn, and a desperate need to believe that all of their problems in life are someone else's fault."

(Posted April 19, 2008 by "RonnieTheGreat")

# 2 Definition:

"A place for Democrats and liberals with closed minds.
It has 70,000 members, yet they all sound the same.
The basic message is: 'Fuck Bush, fuck Republicans, fuck Howard Dean, fuck anyone with a differing opinion, oh god, the world is going to end'.
A place for people who preach dissent, preach diversity, preach tolerance yet will cruch (sic) you in a heart beat if you say anything that don't agree with.(sic)
Also a place for people who like to bitch endlessly but don't like to fix any problems.
'It doesn't matter how much I hate George W. Bush because I also hate John Kerry, so I am not welcome at the Democratic Underground'
If you are a true liberal, you should probably steer clear of the Democratic Underground."

(Posted April 16, 2005 by "JackO")

There are more definitions of DU at Urban Dictionary; but the 5th one:down is my favorite:

"A web-based forum/community with but one goal:
'Overthrowing the American Republic and replacing it with a communist dictatorship.'
DU is the web-based forum/community for the US communist party without actually calling itself communist.
Being or liking a mainstream democrat like Joe Lieberman is not allowed on DU.
You are only allowed to post if you are at least as leftist as Karl Marx.
Democratic Underground wants a US communist state so that all opponents of the communists (republicans, conservatives, moderates, independents, mainstream democrats)
can be put in gulags or simply shot.
DU worships Lenin, Castro, Chavez, Saddam, and any nutcase willing to say the words:
'I hate the US' (or alternatively: 'I hate Bush)"
(Posted May 26, 2006 by "anti fascist/anti communist")

My favorite quote from all the top Urban Dictionary definitions of DU is this line from # 5:
"Being or liking a mainstream democrat like Joe Lieberman is not allowed on DU."

Venison For Dinner

A man kills a deer and takes it home to cook for dinner.

Both he and his wife decide they won't tell the kids what kind of meat t is, but will give them a clue and let them guess.

At dinner, his daughter points to the meat and asks: "What's that?" .

The Dad replies: "Well, it's something Mommy calls me sometimes."

The girl screams to her brother: "Don't eat it..It's an asshole."

How pathetic are John Boehner and his GOP House majority ..... by Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower
August 26, 2015

In advice to baseball rookies, Hall of Fame star Ted Williams said: "If you don't think too good, don't think too much."

This should be taken to heart by bush-league congressional leader John Boehner.
The Republican Speaker of the House keeps thinking he can knock President Barack Obama out of the game by killing his signature Obamacare health program.
Even though the landmark law was passed by Congress, has now been upheld twice by the Supreme Court, and is providing essential coverage for millions of previously-uninsured Americans, Boehner is still swatting at it.
With his Koch-funded Tea Party majority in control, the House has now swung mightily at Obamacare 67 times -- and 67 times they've whiffed.

Unable to win on the legislative field of play, the Speaker thought and thought..and suddenly, eureka!
The way to beat Obama he decided, is to get the judicial umpires of America's constitutional game -- the Supreme Court -- not just to umpire, but to join his team as partisan players.

So Boehner and his lawyers have run to the courts, throwing a political tantrum over some funds that Obama spent to administer an obscure provision in the health care law.
The President threw an illegal spitter at us, they cried.
By spending that money, he usurped Congress' authority over appropriations.
Wailing that this is a crass case of his constant abuse of Executive Power, they've pleaded with the justices to do what their sorry team can't get done, despite having control of both houses of Congress.

What a bunch of losers!
Where were they when the Bush-Cheney regime was autocratically flouting congressional authority?
Cheering them on, that's where.
And yet they wonder why their public approval rating is down to only 17 percent -- and those people who approve are probably family members, anti-Obama nuts, or corporate lobbyists.

("House Republicans Seize on Health Law to Challenge Executive Power" -- The New York Times, August 12, 2015)

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3 Ways Donald Trump Has behaved Like a Sociopath Toward Workers

August 14, 2015


Everyone is talking about Donald Trump; supporters, critics and pundits.
While many liberals laugh the celebrity's presidential candidacy off as a joke, there are parts of Trump's platform that are to the left of many establishment Democrats.

For instance, Trump is a critic of NAFTA and seems to be the only GOP candidate who doesn't want to take a hatchet to Social Security.
These facts don't necessarily contradict his controversial comments about Mexicans or his fear-mongering over China, as white racial anxieties have long been a staple of populist campaigns, on the left and on the right.

While Trump's economic stances might be more complex than many let on, there has been very little discussion about the labor issues which have surrounded a number of his real estate projects.

Here are the three most glaring Trump labor scandals:
1) - Many of the workers constructing a Trump International Hotel in DC are undocumented.
2) - Trump Tower was build by Polish immigrants who were paid $5/hour.
3) - A worker fell to his death constructing Trump SoHo.

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