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Gender: Male
Hometown: Frankfurt am Main
Home country: Germany
Current location: Tacoma, Washington
Member since: Sat Jul 18, 2009, 11:55 AM
Number of posts: 20,687

About Me

Ran for US Congress in 1990 from the left. Chairperson of 1989 city advisory initiative calling for 10% reduction in military spending to be divided among deficit reduction and mass transit and social services. Being a miliary town nobody thought we'd get on the balllot let alone win with 64% of the vote. Former chair of peace and justice project for a UMC congregation in Tacoma, Washington.

Journal Archives

Will Pence hurt or help Trump?

13,000 posts

for my 13,000th I just wanted to say that I am so glad I am a Democrat specially this year and have enjoyed my time at DU both learning, chatting, debating and laughing sometimes. Looking forward to 13,000 more posts

I am so frustrated...Re: gun control

So here we are again! When will we learn? When will we value lives over money?

Just to recap:

First recorded mass shooting was at a school all the way back to 1764 in which 10 people were killed.
Until 1998 there were 7 mass school shootings in the history of the US. Since then, over a 100!

In 1966 Charles Whitman killed 18 from the tower of the University of Texas and we as a nation couldn't believe it. Few of us had ever heard of anything like that happening.

Thirty years ago those going to a McDonald's in California had their lunch upended in a Mass shooting

killing 27 and we held a moment of silence

only to be interrupted by the volley of the rounds of the next major mass shooting: patrons in a cafeteria in Texas were gunned down killing 23

and we had a moment of silence to be awakened again by the mass shooting at Columbine
killing 15

and that familiar pattern emerges and we wring our hands and watch in horror when 32 sons and daughters die as their parents send them off to get a degree at college.

We talk a good talk and let the momentum die as we grieve over what might have been for the 27 little innocents murdered at a grade school in Newtown, CT

and all the tears and vigils did nothing except make us collectively despair!

we shake our heads and mourn over the shooting deaths of 6 children of the Amish peace community of Nickel Mine, PA and we rage...

and once again we stare at the tv, pray, head to vigils in response to the worst mass shooting ever but will this time be the straw that breaks the malaise of the collective body?

We have more guns than people, we have had 988 Mass shootings since Newton, we have the life and promise of 89 people EACH DAY end. 11,200 people are murdered each year and an additional 21,100 die from guns each year

Other civilized nations look at us and wonder...

We have had mass shootings at post offices, grade schools, high schools, colleges, theaters, fast food places, military installations, houses of worship!

What's it gonna take...outrage, activism, perhaps a general strike....most of all we need to be supporting those who are advocating for gun control and remembering to vote out those who accept the NRA bribes!

Now is the time, it was the time years ago, it is past time....yes grieve, keep up with the prayers and vigils but make life politically uncomfortable for those who live at the NRA teat... get this done! GUN CONTROL NOW!!!!

This is how grown-ups do it!

Wow, what a difference in debate style. I am so impressed and so glad that I am a Dem and not a Rep. No shouting, insulting, innuendo or other really cheap shots. All of them did a fine a service for the Democratic Party and give hope to the American people.

Now compare that to the Republican free for all clown show starred by some one whose name rhymes with rump!

If Hastert is found guilty do you think he will get any jail time?

I am so jazzed! I am going to Europe

In 17 days my family and I will be leaving for a 35 day trip. We will be going back to my birthplace of Frankfurt, Germany.

If you have been in any of these spots and have suggestions or know some one who would like to hook up and explore a bit together, please let me know:

Reykjavik, Iceland 2 days
Paris, France 3 Days
Grenoble France 1 Day
Barcelona, Spain 4 Days
Zurich, Switzerland 1Day
Florence, Italy 2 Days
Rome, Italy 4 Days
Athens, Greece 2 Days
Vienna, Austria 1 Day
Prague, Czech Republic 3 Days
Koln, Germany 1 Day
Brussels, Belgium 1 Day
London, England 3 Days
Dublin, Ireland 1 Day
Frankfurt, Germany 4 Days

Some of our highlights are a tour of Iceland, lunch at the Eiffel Tower, guided tour of the Louve, Papal Audience and Mass, dinner and formal concert in Vienna, all day tour of London, Irish house party and dinner.

I have been working on this for two years. I have re-done the route 82 times. Most of it is being done by train except Barcelona to Zurich and Athens to Vienna. I dumped 900,000 Marriott points for hotels and 261,000 flight points for tickets (I travel for work) I have saved up 8 years worth of points. It has been 23 years since I have seen my family in Frankfurt.

For all the other spots, most of them I has in when I was small...so I would appreciate suggestions of things to do and observations. Thanks Mike

Guessing on the Hastert pot of gold.

what are your thoughts as to what the hush money was for?

I am so thankful that the Baltimore officers have been charged

but I am cynical enough to know that they wouldn't have been had it not been for both the peaceful and violent protests. It felt last night that the lid was about to blow on our US cities this weekend. Hopefully this will stop some of it.

Fuck Cops

I am so heart broken and sick and tired of god damn cops getting away with brutally murdering people in cold blood. Part of the problem started with shows like COPS of fucking Fox. They glorified scenes in which cops disrespected suspects (not criminals) and berated them, taunted them, harassed them and pre-judged them. The show made it all look glamorous and like it was okay to mistreat certain segments of society.

The other problem is that we have militarized our police departments to such an extent in the name of fighting terrorism. We have turned this country into an armed camp. The only difference is that instead of green uniforms, most of the occupiers have blue uniforms. We have filed many of our LEO positions with former military who have their own PTSD problems and are also infused with a culture of us vs them. Much of this done in the name of fighting terrorism.

We have turned our court systems into money makers for cities and states. Often cops look for the most petty reasons to stop some one, find something wrong and then get them to court. Once in court the system fines them exorbitantly or worse yet jails them and they go to work for the prison industrial complex where corporation make obscene profits off the "prison slave labor" available.

And let's not forget racism...it's there folks, has never gone away and is actually back with a vengeance. What better way for a maladjusted racist to practice his belief system than under the color of law. Stomp and beat people different than you and get praise for it.

We need to quit giving cops the benefit of doubt in beating cases. Also they are no better than other folks in other professions. Why should killing a cop be an aggravating factor in a death penalty decision and not killing a teacher, fireman, engineer, social worker, community activist or teacher?

Our national law enforcement system is sick, bloated and corrupt. We need to scrap it and start over!!!!

Does anyone here know who the sentencing judge is for

David Petraeus?

I would like to write a victims statement letter. We are all victims of his crime. To me no jail time is bullshit.

I take really personally for the following reason. I had cancer a while back in which I was uninsured. I had 169,000k in medical debt with no way out. I was up against the wall and what I did was keep on filing bankruptcies to stall the creditors from garnishing our paychecks and seizing our home that we had lived in for 16 years. Because of my keeping on filing for bankruptcy over and over which I knew that you had to wait 6 years between each one, I was charged with abuse of the US Bankruptcy process ( charged as contempt of Federal Court) I got to spend 328 days in a federal prison as a result.

To me (at least to my perspective) what the general did was WAY! worse and for him not spend a day in jail because of it or have a felony record is complete bullshit!

As victims we have the right to file a victim statement and I encourage each and every one of us to do so!
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