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Gender: Female
Hometown: Minnesota
Current location: up north
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 28,685

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If you've clicked on my profile to see what it says, here's what you should know: The older I get, the more radical I get -- and I've already gotten pretty damn old.

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I'll always vividly remember my first earthquake after I had moved to AK from nice, calm MN.

It didn't scare me so much as it just plain fascinated me. It was my first year in Alaska, I was living with my two boys in a rental house on the banks of Willow Creek. This would have been sometime in the fall of 1989, I think. (or else it was in the spring of 1990)

Anyway, it was night and the boys were in bed. I was watching the nightly local news on Channel 2, when all of a sudden the camera that was shooting the news anchors sort of tilted sideways, and the newsreaders stopped speaking and sort of gaped wide-eyed and open-mouthed as they clutched their shaking news desk - and in the same moment the couch I was sitting on started vibrating, and everything in the house started rattling. The weirdest thing of all is that all the walls looked like they had turned into liquid - honest to gawd, they were, like, rippling!

It all happened in the space of probably less than a minute, but it felt much longer than that, of course. I just sat there on my vibrating couch thinking, Wow! Far out! A real earthquake! Damn!

A few minutes later - after the walls had solidified once more and my couch stopped behaving like a rogue sex aid, I had a huge attack of guilt that I hadn't once thought of my precious sleeping children - nor lept into action to save us all from dire destruction and certain death from an earthquake bringing the house down around us. Nope, I had just passively sat there, taking it all in as exotic entertainment. I am a terrible mother, I thought.

But the kids slept through it - although they were both irritated that they had missed the fun when I told them about it the next day.

For the rest of my 6 years in Alaska I only felt a few negligable temblors now and then - and half the time I wasn't sure if they were very small or very distant earthquakes, or if it was just a side effect of some of the Matanuska Thunderfuck I had just smoked.

For my 27th thousand post on DU.

I've been on DU since sometime in 2001 - I don't remember which month I joined. I know I began reading DU in the spring of 2001, and was a registered member by the time of the 9/11 attacks. My registration number is 106679, which means I was the 6,679th person to sign up on DU.

I doubt many people are familiar with my username these days, since I have never been a paricularly profligate poster, and these days I maybe post a comment in the main forums no more than 2 -3 times a week, and post an OP less than 3-4 times a year. But I've been here reading all along, through all these 13+ years. I've seen countless DUers that I knew from the early days drift away or get banned - and there are many of those who got banned whom I dearly miss even today. Not to mention those very precious DUers who shuffled off this mortal coil - to the grievous loss of us all.

Anyway, the last time I marked a milestone in my post count was when I reached 1,000 posts, ages ago. Back then I was in a friendly race with Jackpine Radical for reaching the 1,000 mark - I think I may have won, but I honestly don't remember for sure. What matters to me now is that he is still here and still posting, and is still my good friend. Thank you, Jackpine! And if you won that race, please be sure to correct the record!

I totally missed noticing when I made my 10,000th post, and totally missed noticing when I made my 20,000th post - so I've been sort of half-assed watching for this 27,000 mark - just for the heck of it. I noticed I had reached 26,999 on Monday, so I started thinking about what I might want to write for #27,000, to mark the occasion.

So, this is it. This is how I'm marking my 27,000th post on DU.

I still love this place - even as I despair about many things that go on here, even as I miss how it was in the early days, even as I feel anger, disgust, despair about how people have come to treat each other here - I mean, come on, can't some of you at least TRY to be kind to each other?

DU is my home on the internet - literally, it's my homepage, has been since 2001. After all these years here, I can't imagine my life without DU. And I've "met" so many wonderful, extraordinary people here - some in real life, for which I will always be grateful.

Please be kind to each other. Please don't automatically assume ill intent on the part of those with whom you disagree. When your first instinct is to respond to someone with anger or snark, please take a moment before you click "post" to consider the possibility that you might have misinterpreted their intent. Please take a moment to consider that your reflexively moving into combat mode will only result in defensiveness and combativeness in return.

I think that most of us are here because we care about the state of our country and its governance, and we hope that, through our discussions with each other, we can share and promote ideas for creating a better future. What else is the point?

Really, this is all I have to say for my 27,000th post: please treat each other with kindness.


In aid of memory: Roll Call of the 2002 Senate vote on the IWR.

Senate Roll Call: Iraq Resolution
Friday, October 11, 2002

Following is an alphabetical listing by state of how each senator voted on President Bush's Iraq resolution. A "yes" vote was a vote to grant President Bush the power to attack Iraq unilaterally. A "no" vote was a vote to defeat the measure. Voting "yes" were 29 Democrats and 48 Republicans. Voting "no" were 1 Republican, 21 Democrats, and 1 Independent.

Alabama Jeff Sessions (R): Yes - - - - - - - - - Richard Shelby (R): Yes
Alaska Frank Murkowski (R): Yes - - - - - - - - Ted Stevens (R): Yes
Arizona Jon Kyl (R): Yes - - - - - - - - - - - - - -John McCain (R): Yes
Arkansas Tim Hutchinson (R): Yes - - - - - - - -Blanche Lincoln (D): Yes
California Barbara Boxer (D): No - - - - - - - - Dianne Feinstein (D): Yes
Colorado Wayne Allard (R): Yes - - - - - - - - - Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R): Yes
Connecticut Christopher Dodd (D): Yes - - - - -Joseph Lieberman (D): Yes
Delaware Joseph Biden (D): Yes - - - - - - - - -Thomas Carper (D): Yes
Florida Bob Graham (D): No - - - - - - - - - - - -Bill Nelson (D): Yes
Georgia Max Cleland (D): Yes - - - - - - - - - - -Zell Miller (D): Yes
Hawaii Daniel Akaka (D): No - - - - - - - - - - - Daniel Inouye (D): No
Idaho Larry Craig (R): Yes - - - - - - - - - - - - -Mike Crapo (R): Yes
Illinois Richard Durbin (D): No - - - - - - - - - - Peter Fitzgerald (R): Yes
Indiana Evan Bayh (D): Yes - - - - - - - - - - - -Richard Lugar (R): Yes
Iowa Charles Grassley (R): Yes - - - - - - - - - -Tom Harkin (D): Yes
Kansas Sam Brownback (R): Yes - - - - - - - - -Pat Roberts (R): Yes
Kentucky Jim Bunning (R): Yes - - - - - - - - - -Mitch McConnell (R): Yes
Louisiana John Breaux (D): Yes - - - - - - - - - Mary Landrieu (D): Yes
Maine Susan Collins (R): Yes - - - - - - - - - - -Olympia Snowe (R): Yes
Maryland Barbara Mikulski (D): No - - - - - - - Paul Sarbanes (D): No
Massachusetts Edward Kennedy (D): No - - - -John Kerry (D): Yes
Michigan Debbie Stabenow (D): No - - - - - - -Carl Levin (D): No
Minnesota Mark Dayton (D): No - - - - - - - - -Paul Wellstone (D): No
Mississippi Thad Cochran (R): Yes - - - - - - - Trent Lott (R): Yes
Missouri Jean Carnahan (D): Yes - - - - - - - - Christopher (Kit) Bond (R): Yes
Montana Max Baucus (D): Yes - - - - - - - - - -Conrad Burns (R): Yes
Nebraska Chuck Hagel (R): Yes - - - - - - - - - Ben Nelson (D): Yes
Nevada John Ensign (R): Yes - - - - - - - - - - -Harry Reid (D): Yes
New Hampshire Judd Gregg (R): Yes - - - - - -Bob Smith (R): Yes
New Jersey Jon Corzine (D): No - - - - - - - - -Robert Torricelli (D): Yes
New Mexico Jeff Bingaman (D): No - - - - - - -Pete Domenici (R): Yes
New York Hillary Clinton (D): Yes - - - - - - - -Charles Schumer (D): Yes
North Carolina John Edwards (D): Yes - - - - -Jesse Helms (R): Yes
North Dakota Kent Conrad (D): No - - - - - - -Byron Dorgan (D): Yes
Ohio Mike DeWine (R): Yes - - - - - - - - - - - George Voinovich (R): Yes
Oklahoma James Inhofe (R): Yes - - - - - - - -Don Nickles (R): Yes
Oregon Gordon Smith (R): Yes - - - - - - - - - Ron Wyden (D): No
Pennsylvania Rick Santorum (R): Yes - - - - - Arlen Specter (R): Yes
Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee (R): No - - - - - -Jack Reed (D): No
South Carolina Ernest "Fritz" Hollings (D): Yes - - - - - Strom Thurmond (R): Yes
South Dakota Thomas Daschle (D): Yes - - - -Tim Johnson (D): Yes
Tennessee Bill Frist (R): Yes - - - - - - - - - - -Fred Thompson (R): Yes
Texas Phil Gramm (R): Yes - - - - - - - - - - - -Kay Bailey Hutchison (R): Yes
Utah Robert Bennett (R): Yes - - - - - - - - - - Orrin Hatch (R): Yes
Vermont James Jeffords (I): No - - - - - - - - -Patrick Leahy (D): No
Virginia George Allen (R): Yes - - - - - - - - - -John Warner (R): Yes
Washington Maria Cantwell (D): Yes - - - - - -Patty Murray (D): No
West Virginia Robert Byrd (D): No - - - - - - - Jay Rockefeller (D): Yes
Wisconsin Russell Feingold (D): No - - - - - - -Herb Kohl (D): Yes
Wyoming Mike Enzi (R): Yes - - - - - - - - - - -Craig Thomas (R): Yes

2002 The Washington Post Company

Poll question: Why hasn't Henry Kissinger died yet?

Inspired by this post in Good Reads: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1016&pid=91011

He will be 91 years old this May.

(Edited to belatedly add "All of the Above" option - you may change your votes at will.)

I came across a quote years ago - it was so succinct and right on, and it pains me greatly that

I can't remember it.

The gist of it is: We can never forgive those who we have harmed the most.

This is the core of white racism, this is the source of the hate. It's the unconscious recognition of the crimes committed against "The Other" that is so painful that it won't be acknowledged consciously. It gets twisted into hatred of the victims, because their very existence holds up a mirror - and in order to block out what the mirror reveals, the Other must be dehumanized and despised.

That is, in order to deny our guilt, and maintain our self-serving fiction that we are "good", we need to make our victims deserving of their oppression.

I'm so sorry that I can't remember the actual quote or where it came from. All I can remember is how it made so much sense.

I found some lovely links:

Marching for Human Rights: A Personal Account of a Pueblo Presente

Enemy Of The State (A Ductape Fatwa Tribute)

Ductape Fatwa Memorials

You Can't Reason With Americans

In memory of a wise man right here with you

There are more, but these are some of the most striking, imho. It always saddened me that he was so little appreciated here.

I'm so glad that you remember him, too.
Posted by scarletwoman | Wed Apr 9, 2014, 08:52 PM (0 replies)

I vote. I've voted in every election since 1970. Midterms, presidential elections, doesn't matter.

I've never not voted for 44 years, ever since I was old enough to vote. (They lowered the voting age too late for me to able to vote in 1968)

I don't vote based on hoping I'll get what I want. I vote because because I want to be counted. I vote because I want those who end up running things - for good or for ill - to know that I'm one of the people watching and paying attention.

This notion that it's a matter of principle to only vote when there's someone running who meets your personal criteria for a "true liberal" or a "true progressive" is a massive missing of the heart of the matter.

You can't always get what you want. What you CAN do is demonstrate that, in spite of everything, you are insisting that you be counted as an active participant in the exercise of our collective democratic right to vote.

As Emma Goldman said (paraphrasing here), If voting really changed things it would be made illegal. I sadly agree - but I'll still vote because I want TPTB to know that I'm out here watching what they do.

I vote because I want to be counted, nothing more.


I have to do it. Poll question: How many of you own a copy of "The Big Lebowski"?

The problem with midterm elections for Democrats:

The right wing whips its voters into a frenzy, and those voters show up because they *know* they are at war. And it's a war they are single-mindedly determined to win.

There is no equivalent frenzy among voters who might support Democrats because they don't feel called to win a war. They don't even get that there IS a war. Right wing framing of issues is so all-pervasive that it's become normalized. And, thanks to the Corporate media, there are essentially no voices heard who might challenge it.

The big national elections every four years when the presidency is being contested gets peoples' attention because it's THE American Idol contest of American politics. The midterms, not so much. Because only one side considers itself at war, only one side thinks that it's in a life or death struggle for control - and those are the folks who reliably show up.

I know that most of us here on DU also understand that we too are at war, but that's just not the case with most of the American electorate, who are more or less disengaged and have no sense of the bigger picture.

I have no idea what it will take for our side to awaken the same sense of urgency in ordinary disengaged voters that the right wing does with their supporters. The right wing accomplishes this through constant lies and by appealing to the base instincts and irrationality of those who have no capacity for critical thinking. It's no great feat to gin up that sort of angry mob out of such material.

The question, it seems to me, is how do we, who value truth, rationality and independent thinking, gin up our own angry mob, ready to go to war? Is there a way to do this?

I could not give a shit less about the SI Swimsuit Edition or the Kate Upton photo shoot.

That being said, it's the act of bringing those things into DU that pisses me off, since it's clearly meant to rile people up and nothing more.

The thing is, our mainstream American culture is vapid, shallow, superficial, and soulless. Using scantily clad women for marketing purposes is merely one aspect of all the many factors illustrative of the fact that our culture is vapid, shallow, superficial, and soulless. And, frankly, it's far from the most disturbing manifestation, imho.

I don't in the least begrudge these women their chosen method of participating in the capitalistic marketplace - if they can make money at it, they are welcome to go for it as far as I'm concerned. As long as we participate in this capitalistic system by working for someone other than ourselves, we are all selling ourselves to one degree or another.

I'm 64 years old - way past the point where anyone would pay me for posing nearly naked for a magazine cover. But when I was young I was definitely hot, and I thoroughly enjoyed flaunting my power to attract the attention of men - and women, too, for that matter.

Humans are going to groove on looking at their sexy looking fellow humans of either sex, no matter what. I don't see any shame in that. We're biologically wired for that.

The only shame I see in the most recent spate of DU "gender wars" is in some DUers deliberately posting stuff that they know is going to cause an uproar. The SI Swimsuit Edition and the Kate Upton zero-grav photo shoot are NOT political issues. They're just part and parcel of the cultural vapidity and capitalist system we're all swimming (so to speak) in. So, if someone wanted to critique these things from those perspectives, I'd be all for it. But that's not at all what the mindset was behind posting them.

sw - yes, I AM a woman.
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