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winetourdriver01

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Name: Barry
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Home country: USA
Current location: San Francisco
Member since: Sat Jan 21, 2017, 05:39 PM
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The View from the Tenderloin



The View from the Tenderloin

My hopes and fears for the coming election wax and wane with events, and I'm starting to get whiplash. Those emotions combined with the helplessness I feel because of how we are dealing with the plague is sparking an outrage that wants to come out.

I don't feel this for myself so much, I'm a few months shy of seventy, and wasn't planning on living forever. The outrage I feel is for the twenty something version of myself. This guy is expecting to have a life. A job. A family. How we are dealing with the plague is robbing him of all that. It's unconscionable, it's unfair, and that guy is pissed off big time.

So vote, vote for that guy, for yourself, and for your grand kids. Help someone else to vote. This nation needs all of you.

Hold those dear to you close

God save the Republic.
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Tue Sep 22, 2020, 12:09 PM (0 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin



The View from the Tenderloin

The death of the great Justice Ginsburg has added fuel to the already raging political fire. Looked at from the perspective of recent history, the party in power should delay any movement toward replacing her. We all know they probably won't, which illustrates my next point.

The current administration hasn't just spent the last four years abusing the public trust and the constitution, they have been abusing the public itself. And if I may be bold enough to say so, as a member of the public, I'm pissed.
If the republican controlled Senate proceeds with this, then when Schumer gains control, God willing, I EXPECT him to take some action. Such as, goodbye filibuster. Hello D.C. and P.R. as states. Two new seats on the supreme court. Maybe a hundred new federal judge ships.

There is so much that needs to be set to rights. Retribution for all the abuse is at the top of my list.

Hold those dear to you close

God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Sun Sep 20, 2020, 08:31 PM (0 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin



The View from the Tenderloin

It would seem like this year has been a perfect storm. The horror of the great fires. The red dawn of a week ago Wednesday will long be remembered. The great forests of the west are burning, and the smoke has reached Europe.

An inland hurricane smashes the mid-west, my home town of Cedar Rapids taking the brunt. An event that tried to blow them away while putting them firmly on the map.

The plague. This must take a coordinated national effort, and it's delay is crushing us. Millions of lives disrupted, jobs gone, death and destruction. No action will be taken until a new administration is in place, God willing.

We are racing towards the election of our lives. The Republic will stand or fall in a few short months.

“Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the Gate:
To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his gods”

Hold those dear to you close

God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Fri Sep 18, 2020, 06:02 PM (0 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin



The View from the Tenderloin

Let's call this one the Armageddon edition, because that's what it looks like outside. It's after ten in the morning, and it's still dark out here in SF. The sky has been an interesting shade of ocher for two days now, but today was special, no dawn. People, needless to say, are freaking out. The weather guy on TV said he has never seen anything like it. W/T/F next?

The election is fast approaching, and it can't be soon enough. The current edition of our Executive Branch is doing all in their power to wreck the Republic. Why? Do they know they are going down and want to leave scorched earth? It's all too reminiscent of Hitler's last days, and it's creepy. If you can phone bank or contribute any money, especially to Senatorial candidates, now is the time.

Hold those dear to you close

God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Wed Sep 9, 2020, 01:24 PM (7 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin


The View from the Tenderloin

I'm wondering if people realize how many new skills they've gained since being confined, more or less. I have learned two new skills, gardening and baking. The first is good for my sanity and soul, the second is fun but not helpful in the fight against an expanding waist line. Learning to make pastry dough was a bit of a trick, but I got it. I've been making pastries with home made apple butter, and they are so good.

That was the fun part of todays rant. Trump being Trump, and reports surfacing of the vile things he has said about the military, make things a bit easier for Joe. What I'd like to see for the rest of the campaign is for Trump to keep stepping in big piles of his own shit, and for Joe to stay safe from the plague.

I don't want us to lose focus on the plague. The election is important, but the plague is death and despair. I'm dealing with the after effects, and it's been very painful. People need to understand that surviving the initial infection is just the beginning, that message isn't getting across.

Hold those dear to you close

God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Fri Sep 4, 2020, 02:17 PM (7 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin




The View from the Tenderloin

Everyday, every way I can think of, on platforms social and news, I do what I can to raise people awareness on the upcoming general election. Why, I ask myself, do I do it. I'm sure a few of you ask the same thing, I know people get tired of hearing it. This nation has so much potential, it shines through, waiting. If we get the right team in place, magic will happen. It is desperately important that we do this, there are people dying of plague, of racism, and there is fear and rage in the streets. And I can never forget the pictures of children in cages, at the mercy of people with the morals of prison camp guards, God help them.

If we lose, if enough people decide to sit this one out like they did the last one, the type of regime that will be cemented in place will be incredibly difficult to dislodge, and our descendants will suffer. They will not thank us.
We must brace ourselves to our duty, as Mr. Churchill once said, in another desperate time.

Hold those dear to you close

God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Sat Aug 29, 2020, 07:57 PM (4 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin



The View from the Tenderloin

There is too much going on at once, so I'm gonna keep this local. My planter box occupies a good part of my day, and thoughts. I realized today that I've been looking at it as a piece of art. Everyday, when I go down to putz around, I do some thinning. I call it thinning, but it's actually sculpting. Over the course of days, the piece is evolving. As the flowers start to pop from the Cosmos, Stalk plants, Carpet of Snow, Snap Dragons etc. that process will only accelerate. It's magic, and therapy all rolled into one. It's priceless.

I'm going to talk a bit about the fires in wine country, as that too, alas, is local. The air here in SF is toxic, and as much as I love being outside, it's not a good idea. Healdsburg is being evacuated as we speak, and to me, that is unimaginable. God help them.

Hold those dear to you close

God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Mon Aug 24, 2020, 03:09 PM (10 replies)

An oportunity for Gov. Newsom

Biden's pick for V.P. means the Governor of California will be able to pick her replacement in the Senate. I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that he will pick himself.
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Tue Aug 11, 2020, 04:50 PM (7 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin


The View from the Tenderloin

Watching the news, and talking with my caregiver this morning got me to thinking. The "riots/demonstrations" dominate much of the coverage. The anger and outrage that is generated by all this tends to block clear thinking. How do we fix this?
The plague. That has to come first, as inconvenient as that fact is, there is no way around it. Once that is under control, one way or the other I guess, the answer is simple.

Put people back to work. Everyone knows that, both parties are aware, hell, even Hitler knew that. Millions of jobs are gone, and those that do come back will come back slowly. The Biden administration, God willing, can put people to work doing infrastructure and generally fixing the disaster left by the Trump criminal enterprise. Working people don't have much energy for demonstrations or anything else.

Hold those dear to you close

God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Mon Aug 10, 2020, 12:13 PM (0 replies)

The View from the Tenderloin


The View from the Tenderloin
I used to think about, as I'm sure others have, why the people of the USA didn't hit the streets and protest like they do in Europe. Jobs. Their jobs were/are protected for things like that, ours weren't.
My how things change. The government was used to the old way, now they are being steam rolled by the new reality. Most of the jobs are gone now. I am proud of these BLM protesters and the citizens who have come out to stand with them.
I understand that the administration will go apoplectic that citizens would take a stand, they are looking for diversions from the plague and the relentlessly awful job they are doing with that. This allows them to throw the law and order meat to their base, even if they have to use old footage from overseas to justify their ugliness.
Lets give all our support and our prayers to those citizens who are standing tall for all of us. It's terrifying to protest in a police state.
Hold those dear to you close
God save the Republic.
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Mon Jul 27, 2020, 10:47 PM (0 replies)
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