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My thoughts on Biden & the idea of an "elder statesman."

I confess, even though I like Biden a lot, I've been hoping he would stay out of this race because we have so many other great candidates running. I felt it was time for this new generation of Democrats to move up in the party & take the reins.

However. I've recently started thinking differently.

I asked myself, "what does Biden offer that the other 'new generation' candidates don't offer?"

The biggest thing Biden offers that they don't is that he can fill the role of "elder statesman."

We all know our country has gone to hell in a flaming dumpster under Trump. Our Constitution is being ignored, our laws are being openly violated, & time-tested norms that made our country great are being flushed down Trump's gold-plated toilet. Our status on the international stage has been diminished, we've abandoned essential American values like human rights, & relationships with our allies have been damaged to the point where many of them are wondering if America has truly lost its way.

Due to all of this, the next POTUS faces a unique & daunting challenge. They will have to deal with much, much more than the usual agenda of tax policy, healthcare, infrastructure etc. They will have to be the steady hand that guides America back from the brink of Trump insanity, restores our norms & values, & reassures the world that NO, America has NOT lost its way. They will have to heal the wounds caused by Donald Trump, & that is not a minor task.

I can see how Biden could easily be that steady, trusted, reassuring hand, the "elder statesman" who guides our country on the path back to sanity & rebuilds relationships with our allies.

I'm starting to think that right now, at this unique point in our history, this is what our country needs more than anything. Job One is to make America America again.

But what of all those great "new generation" Dems?

Well, they're not going away. No matter what happens in the primary they will still be here to fight with us. And, I'll bet that if Biden wins the nomination he would pick one of them as a running mate. (Personally I think Harris would be an awesome choice.)

I'll be watching & listening to all the candidates & if Biden looks like he's the best choice to send Trump packing, I'll be changing my candidate preference.

Happy Valentine's Day to all my DU friends!

I hope this is an appropriate forum for this, forgive me if it isn't.

And THANK YOU to whoever gave me the hearts!

I think I have a few hearts left to give, if there's anyone who hasn't received one.

Treasury financial crimes unit collected SARs on Maria Butina PLUS ...

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The SARs were shared w/FBI, Mueller, SSCI



Not sure where to post this ... my mom just died.

I wasn't able to get there to be with her in the end. I'll have to live with that for the rest of my life...

When I was sick & suffering she was always there for me.

In the end, when she was sick & suffering, I wasn't there for her.


That's about all I can say right now ...

THANK YOU for the heart! It cheered me up.

I'm in an airport on my way home from my mother-in-law's funeral. I ended up flying back & forth over the past month, watching her go downhill in the hospital & then wither away at home.

The heart was a nice surprise ... so thank you.

Posted by CaptainTruth | Fri Feb 9, 2018, 06:54 PM (1 replies)

I'm back, SO GLAD to finally see DU back.

It's been hell here, trying to find a way forward.

We need to defend our country,... this will be a difficult 4 years.

Checking in from Merritt Island FL

Thankfully only minor damage on MI. We evacuated to Gainesville but a neighbor who stayed let us know our wood fences are gone (I expected that, they were old & needed to be replaced, I guess demo is done for me) & power is back on already (power was only off about 12 hours).

A friend in Cocoa Beach said he never even lost power.

We got lucky, the storm weakened a little & stayed about 10 miles offshore. It could have been worse.

We should be home on Sunday, hopefully we didn't lose shingles & have roof leaks, I put tarps over the important stuff in the house just in case (studio equipment & the bed - all it takes is a small roof leak to soak your mattress & that sucks). I'm hoping for the best!
Posted by CaptainTruth | Fri Oct 7, 2016, 12:52 PM (3 replies)

Hi! I just contributed $100 to HRC (I think/hope) & I'm not sure about what I saw on the web page...

Everything seemed to go fine until I clicked the last button to make the donation (I entered my name, address, credit card info) then I got a screen that wouldn't allow me to see the details of my donation or print any kind of receipt. I'm looking at "https://www.hillaryclinton.com/donate/" but I know URLs can be "spoofed."

I saved a couple screenshots to my local drive, I'll see if I can embed them ...

OK wonderful, I can't seem to paste screenshots into this message. Suggestions on pasting a jpg into a DU msg?

My starting point was "https://www.hillaryclinton.com/donate/" which seems valid, but after I entered all my info (including credit card details) it's disturbing that I can't get a receipt showing the details of my contribution. I'm wondering if I just got ripped off (in which case I'll block the charge) or if this is just a website #fail.

How do we get rid of DWS?

Seriously. I confess relative ignorance on this issue. I don't know how the head of the DNS gets appointed, or booted. How do we do it? I've had enough.

I don't want to debate whether it should be done, that's another discussion, what I want feedback on is HOW it can be done.

Thank you.

First time I've ever done this. Why does my view look like this:

I'm going to try & insert a pic ...

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