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Hometown: San Francisco, Ca.
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Second generation native San Franciscan; and third generation Democrat.

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Best Gene Hackman Movie Ever?

That scene at the end of The Birdcage with Gene Hackman in drag was hilarious, IMO.
(The Birdcage, a first rate comedy, also starred Robin Williams & Nathan Lane)

I wanted to add to the list of options the following great Gene Hackman movies, but, alas, they only allow you 10 Poll options

Young Frankenstein..("Wait..I was going to make espresso")
Mississippi Burning
Get Shorty
The Firm
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Quick and the Dead
A Bridge Too Far
Behind Enemy Lines
I Never Sang For My Father
(and many others as well, including The Replacements)

30 Million Gallons Under the Sea: Five Years After BP Disaster, New Drilling OK'd by Spill Site

Democracy Now
May 14, 2015

Drilling has resumed near the site of the BP-operated offshore oil rig that exploded five years ago in the worst industrial environmental disaster in U.S. history.
A Louisiana-based oil company purchased the area from BP and is now drilling into the Macondo reservoir.

BP insists most of the oil has now dissolved or evaporated and did not settle on the ocean floor
"But that's not what our guest found.
Antonia Juhasz spent two weeks on a ship in the Gulf of Mexico as part of a scientific research mission exploring the impact of the BP Gulf oil spill.
She participated in a dive in the Alvin submarine nearly a mile below the ocean surface, getting closer to the site of the blowout than anyone had ever been."

"The Alvin submarine is the first and last human-occupied submarine still available for research, so it's an incredible experience to go down in it.
And Dr. Samantha Joye, one of the leading experts on oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico, who has lead the research looking at the impacts of the BP disaster, was my guide, with our pilot, Bob Waters, who's both, thank goodness, an engineer and a pilot, so if anything goes wrong with the sub, he's there with us.

So we went within two miles of the site of the blowout, which is as close as you can get, because the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon is still there.
It took two hours to get down
We then made a curve around the site of the disaster, taking sediment samples all along the way.
And when we got down there, you know, really, the most stark thing to report was that it --
there's basically nothing there.
It;s a moonscape.
Basically, all the sea life that could get out of the way of the oil got out of the way of the oil,
everything that couldn't was just, in Dr. Joye's words. 'nuked and killed'
And there is a blanket of oil, as much as two inches thick, covering 3,000 square feet of the ocean floor."

Read entire transcript of interview, Watch video, Listen to audio:

Stop Congress from gutting the Endangered Species Act

CREDO Action
May 18, 2015

Republicans in Congress have a problem.
They badly want to get rid of the Endangered Species Act, one of the most successful conservation laws we have for protecting endangered wildlife from going extinct.
But unfortunately for them, the law works and is immensely popular with the American people.

Their solution?
Keep the law, but gut it beyond recognition and make it totally ineffective by adding burdensome new restrictions and allowing local politicians to overrule science whenever they feel like it.
Congress is considering multiple bills right now - including one from Senator Rand Paul - that would gut the Endangered Species Act and put countless species at risk for extinction.

We can't let them get away with this cynical attempt at destroying the Endangered Species Act.
Just last week, the U.S. Senate considered eight bills that would modify the Endangered Species Act, most of which aim to saddle resource-strapped federal wildlife agencies with burdensome new hurdles and requirements.
Many also include rules that would force agencies to consider shoddy science and prioritize economic considerations like dirty fossil fuel drilling over wildlife habitat protection.

But one of those bills, crafted and sponsored by presidential candidate Rand Paul, would be so devastating to our ability to protect endangered wildlife that it was described by one expert as
the "Extinction Acceleration Act."
Paul's bill would remove protections from 94% of currently listed species, including polar bears, wolves, grizzly bears and sea otters.
It would force the automatic removal of species from the endangered list after five years, whether or not those species had recovered and were deemed safe by scientists.

Worst of all, it would take the entire process of species protection out of the hands of biologists and wildlife experts, where it rests right now, and require the consent of state governors and a joint resolution of Congress.
And if an endangered species was found to reside entirely within the borders of a single state, that state's governor would have the power to overrule the protection of that species.

We need to stand up against all these attempts now before Congress guts the Endangered Species Act.


To sign petition, go to:

ALERT: DFA Warning New TPP Provision Would Cut Medicare $700 Million

Daily Kos,
May 16, 2015

ALERT: DFA Warning: New TPP Provision Would Cut Medicare $700 Million to Help Pay for Trade Aid

Just received a mailing today from Democracy for America with an alert that a new provision in the pending TPP Trade Bill, inserted by the GOP of course, would cut $700 million from Medicare to pay the cost of a Democrat-backed proposal to provide aid to workers who lose their jobs because of TPP.

Here's part of the DFA message and a link to their petition:

"I didn't think it was possible -- but the Trans-Pacific Partnership just got a lot worse.
There's a big --brand new -- attack on Medicare that's just been added in the Senate to the Fast Track bill for the TPP.
The bill would cut a whooping $700 million from Medicare, hurting seniors who need access to health care.

That's right, Republicans insisted on cutting Medicare spending to pay for a Trade Adjusting Assistance program that Democrats got added to the bill in order to support workers who lost their jobs due to trade deals like the TPP.

This is ridiculous!
If Senators are concerned about the impact of the TPP on jobs, then they should reject the Fast track bill that makes it possible -- especially if the plan to pay for it comes out of the pockets of seniors who rely on Medicare to survive.

The Senate is about to vote again on Fast Track for the TPP.
President Obama is pressuring Democrats to vote for it, even with this cut to Medicare.
We have just a few days to stop them."

Sign our petition:
(Link to Democracy for America petition at the following link)

Equally beneficial, get in touch with your senators' offices now and tell them not to support TPP in general, but especially if uses seniors' benefits to pay for it.

Count on the GOP....if they can screw American workers AND seniors in a single move, they'll jump at the chance.

Stand With Postal Workers This Thursday in a National Day of Action -- by Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower
May 12, 2015

You can buy rolls of "Forever" stamps from your local post office, protecting you from future price increases...But We The People need to put a "Forever" stamp on the Post Office itself.

A cabal of corporate predators, congressional anti-government ideologues, and pussillanimous postal officials are dismantling this invaluable public service, piece by piece -- an agency that has literally delivered for America since the very start of our country.
Yet, in the name of "saving" the US Postal Service, they've been gutting it's services, intentionally driving away business.
Having fewer customers will give the cabal an excuse to make more cuts...and ultimately to kill it as a public entity.
This is like a boss telling workers: "The beatings will continue until morale improves."

Post office workers, letter carriers, and mail handlers are tired of the beatings, so they've launched a nationwide campaign with dozens of other grassroots organizations to rally public support to Save Our Public Postal Service by revitalizing and expanding the services that this venerable American institution can and should provide.
Under the uplifting banner of "I Stand with Postal Workers," the American Postal Workers Union is coordinating a National Day of Action this Thursday, May 14.

Some 70 public demonstrations and rallies will take place Thursday at post offices in 30 states -- from Alaska to Florida, Maine to California.
To join this spirited stand for restoring the common good in America, you can find the exact location, time, and contact number for each local event at:

This is Jim Hightower saying....Join me this Thursday in standing with postal workers -- for the benefit of all the people.
Each of us can be a symbolic "Forever" stamp to protect our public post offices from the privateers.
To join us, go to

Best Beatles Album Ever?

While "Abbey Road" was the last album the Beatles recorded,
"Let It Be" was the last album the Beatles released.

A Joke From India

Mr. Sharma comes home one night, and his wife throws her arm around his neck,
"I have great news..I'm a month overdue..I think we're going to have a baby!..The doctor gave me a test today, but until we find out for sure, we can't tell anybody."

The next day, Mrs. Sharma receives a telephone call from Reliance Energy,
(electricity supplier in India) because the electricity bill has not been paid.
"Am I speaking to Mrs. Sharma?"
"Yes, speaking."
Reliance guy: "You're a month overdue, you know."
"How do YOU know?" stammers the young woman.
"Well, ma'am, it's in our files.' says the Reliance guy.
"What are you saying? It's in your files. HOW?"
"Yes. We have a system of finding out who's overdue."
"GOD, this is too much."
"Madam, I am sorry. I am following orders. I have to inform you are overdue."
"I know that..Let me talk to my husband about this tonight..He will speak to your company tomorrow."

That night, she tells her husband about the incident, and he, mad as hell, rushes to the Reliance office the next morning.

"What's going on? You have it on file that my wife is a month overdue?" What business is that of yours?" the husband shouts.
"Just calm down," says the lady at the reception desk at Reliance.
"It's nothing serious..All you have to do is pay us."
"PAY you? And if I refuse?"
"Well, in that case, sir, we'd have no option but to cut yours off."
"And what would my wife do then?" he asks.
"I don't know..I guess she'd have to use a candle."

Greatest Rolling Stones Song of All Time?

Since I am limited to only 10 choices for this poll, I will certainly not be able to list all the great songs the Rolling Stones have recorded; so don't get mad if your favorite is not among the ones listed.
(My favorite isn't listed either)

Unofficial DU Presidential poll

Hillary Clinton:

"The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they're not."

"I think that you can disagree with people and debate over their positions with issues without engaging in the politics of personal destruction."

(Both quotes from; "The 25 Most Inspiring Hillary Clinton Quotes")

Bernie Sanders:

"This country and our government belong to all of us, not just a handful of billionaires."
(Bernie Sanders 4/30/15)

"Let us wage a moral and political war against war itself, so that we can cut military spending and use that money for human needs."

Clinton and Sanders are the only ones so far who have officially announced their intention to run for the Democratic nomination.
However, I've included former Maryland Gov. Martin O'malley because he has been talking about running for quite some time; and over the past year and a half or so,
"has appeared in 23 states other than his own to speak to local Democrats, with a conspicuous number of appearances in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina."

Martin O'Malley:

"Our parents and grandparents understood this truth deeply.
They believed - as we do - that to create jobs, a modern economy requires modern investments: educating, innovating and rebuilding for our children's future.
Building an economy to last, from the middle class up, not from the billionaires down."

"But we should not lose sight of how far we are coming and what a big hole we were left by George W. Bush."

(Both quotes from Brainy Quotes)

Bernie Sanders will be taking phone calls on Thom Hartmann Show this Friday

"Hour One: Brunch With Bernie" -- Senator Bernie Sanders takes your calls.

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