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Long time reader, but I normally don't join the discussion. I've been on the site since 2001, but didn't post until 2014. I worked in banking for 20 years, and retired at 40. Since then, I travel, work on photography, and enjoy a slower life.

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My very Republican father is now hoping for impeachment.

My 71 year old father lives with me so I can take help take care of him; there are chores and things he just can't do on his own any more. He's worked in the defense industry for the past 49 years, and is slated to retire this June when that number rolls to 50. And by "works in the defense industry", I mean his livelihood depends on making things explode from far, far away for the U.S. Military.

We have an agreement, he doesn't watch Fox or OneAmericaNews when I'm home, I wait till he's asleep to watch MSNBC and CNN. We will discuss different stories, and usually keep it fairly high level because of our differences of opinion. Yesterday we were discussing more of the checks and balances Trump is ignoring thru stonewalling Congress. My father said something I never expected to hear.

"I hope they impeach him, we don't need him in office any more. If he stays in office, I'm going to have to vote Democrat, which I really don't wanna. But if Trump's out, I can at least vote for the next 'not-Hillary'."

So, he's still a Republican, but he's acknowledging that Trump is toxic to the party and is harming the country. I swear support for impeachment of a Republican president is something I never expected to cross his lips.
Posted by TXPaganBanker | Tue May 21, 2019, 03:19 PM (38 replies)

Here I am, reading DU when something disconcerting happened...

Here I am, sitting at my laptop, reading.


I've not googled anything related to my shirt, nor spoken about the company, nor posted anything online about my clothing choice for the day and it's content.

Within 15 minutes, these 2 ads pop up on DU.


Call me paranoid, but I don't believe in that much of a coincidence.
Posted by TXPaganBanker | Mon Feb 4, 2019, 09:40 PM (15 replies)

Something I haven't seen discussed yet: McConnell's possible reasoning

Mitch McConnell refuses to bring the spending bill that passed the House up for a vote. It passed in December in the exact same form unanimously. Why wouldn't he bring it up to show progress from Congress?

Trump would veto it, thatís understood.


Correct me if I'm wrong: Once it's vetoed, itís my understanding that ANY SENATOR can request a vote to override the veto. If it passed unanimously the first time, itís an easy assumption they would be able to amass a two-thirds majority to override the veto (otherwise Senators would have to explain why they switched from Yes to No based solely on party policy). This gives Congress a position of funding the government without funding for Trump's wall, and breaking the stalemate. McConnell is holding all of Trump's bargaining chips until he's told to do otherwise because of the possibility of a veto override.

The Senate can end the shutdown without Trump. We just need a Senate leader with spine enough to do the right thing. Congress should be a check on the Executive Branch, not be complicit to childish whims.
Posted by TXPaganBanker | Wed Jan 9, 2019, 10:44 PM (5 replies)

It finally happened.

My 71 year old father, who has worked for a defense contractor for 49 1/2 years and has been a life-long Republican has finally gotten fed up with Trump. We were talking about all the environmental regulations that Trump has overturned, mostly by either executive order or by appointing people to dismantle agencies. When I told him he appointed Aurelia Skipwith, a former attorney for Monsanto to be Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that was the end. He said "I don't know if I can support Trump any more. I may have to vote Democrat, whoever they put up so we can hold the nation together."

None of the scandals mattered. Everything was waved off as "They're all crooked" or the like. What got through was the dismantling of Bear's Ears and the "sudden" discovery of uranium on the lands that were made available. The regulations allowing dumping coal sludge into river ways. The re-classification of protected wetlands when it comes to pesticide, herbicide and fertilizer dumping. And then the damage being done to parks like Yellowstone and Joshua Tree. When I told him about monarch populations being down 97% from the 1980's due to carbon dioxide, and Trump appointing someone whose company all but orchestrated "colony collapse" in bees, that was the breaking point.

Even though I'm horrified at the state of affairs of the country, I'm proud of my father for finally deciding that he can't support the man that is actively trying to destroy America's natural heritage.
Posted by TXPaganBanker | Mon Jan 7, 2019, 06:14 PM (37 replies)

Observation from a retired banker

In the 2008 market decline, the market dropped 7500 points between Oct 2007 and March 2009.

The DJIA has dropped 3200 points since Dec 3rd. (25,800 on Dec 3rd, currently 22,600). In 18 days, it has shed what took 9 months to do last crisis. This year also includes the largest one-day drop in the history of the market, 1600 points in February.

At what point should we get nervous?
Posted by TXPaganBanker | Fri Dec 21, 2018, 03:16 PM (11 replies)

I survived my second round of cancer, and now...

I need a little help paying for it.

I've never been a frequent poster here, but I've always found DU to be a supportive community. I'm hoping to lean on a little bit of that support.

On July 25th, I went to my doctor with lightheadedness and stomach problems. It turned out to be Stage II Colon Cancer. I was immediately put in the hospital for surgery. Even though the surgery went well, my recovery has been moving slowly, and they extended my stay from four days to six. I've been on bed rest since.

I start chemo on the 13th. I'm looking at a 6 month course, with treatments every week. After that, there's check ups every 6 months for the rest of my life.


If you are able to donate, please do. If you're not able to, please share.

A big thank you from a guy in the stands. -Lou

(Edited to correct link)

Posted by TXPaganBanker | Fri Aug 31, 2018, 03:47 PM (11 replies)
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