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Hometown: Phila.,PA
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Current location: San Diego, CA
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About Me

I am 57, retired teacher and illustrator, life-long dem., activist, union member. Also I do not use social media and I'm technologically retarded. I love dogs, rock music and swearing (a lot). My 17 year old "puppy" died on June 2, 2020. She grew up listening to Animals (Pink Floyd). She has kept me sane through the tRump years, not easy, and has given me endless love, companionship, kisses and tail wags.

Journal Archives

Is it a good idea for men in their 80s to become new fathers?

Recently I have read about Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino becoming fathers while hitting the age of 80 (plus). Experience, money, time may be factors but is it a good idea for the new to be raised by someone who is closer to being a great grandfather? Is this a "fad" for celebrities?

Manson follower Leslie Van Houten should be paroled, California appeals court rules

Source: AP News

"A California appeals court said Tuesday that Leslie Van Houten, who participated in two killings at the direction of cult leader Charles Manson in 1969, should be released from prison on parole."

"The appellate courtís ruling reverses an earlier decision by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who rejected parole for Van Houten in 2020. She has been recommended for parole five times since 2016. All of those recommendations were rejected by either Newsom or former Gov. Jerry Brown. Newsom could request that California Attorney General Rob Bonta petition the state Supreme Court to stop her release. Bontaís office referred questions to Newsomís office, which didnít respond to queries about possible next steps."

"Van Houten, now in her 70s, is serving a life sentence for helping Manson and other followers kill Leno LaBianca, a grocer in Los Angeles, and his wife, Rosemary."

"Newsom has said that Van Houten still poses a danger to society. In rejecting her parole, he said she offered an inconsistent and inadequate explanation for her involvement with Manson at the time of the killings."

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/charles-manson-leslie-van-houten-parole-california-governor-newsom-d44bba07c2714c6cc3ad0bf11330284f

What is this about? Walt Nauta seems to be a name I've been hearing

about today but I can't find a thread on DU. I heard him mentioned on MSNBC for a brief time but I am still confused about this. Is this a big deal for some reason?

"Prosecutors have focused on why so many records remained on the property after Corcoranís search, including the role of Walt Nauta, an aide to Trump who was seen on Mar-a-Lago security camera footage moving boxes in and out of the storage room"

Around what year did Musk start to become "odd"?

At one point he was just the average, pseudo-libertarian entrepreneur. When did he start to become a conspiracy nut?

Did CNN/Licht fuck up, hoping tRump will increase ratings/$$$$ and would save them?

Will it lead to even more people and companies to begin boycotting CNN? There may be a short term ratings boost (out of curiosity of viewers) but once the party is over will CNN lose more $$$ due to their lack of judgment? Will Musk and Twitter find the same outcome when they promote Fucker Carlson's new show on Twitter? Short term ratings boost vs long term disdain?

Have you or someone you know experienced a Near Death Experience?

I have listened to non-religious descriptions of NDEs and I have had "visits" from my dogs and my dad. They are very real and they always lift my spirits since they somehow make me feel peaceful and comforted afterwards. Since I am an Atheist I find non-religious experiences from people from all over the world to be very interesting. This is one of the best I have heard from and judging from the responses this guy has a lot of company.

Do you think the jury will find tRump guilty of rape?

Edit: "guilty of battery and defamation"

It must be a unanimous decision for a civil trial.

Posted by BigmanPigman | Tue May 9, 2023, 12:48 AM (7 replies)

2011 White House Corr. Dinner...tRump roasted and steamed

An oldie but a goodie.

Also, this was the night Bin Laden was getting killed and Obama kept the secret hidden well as he continued the entertainment.

I just recognized Holly Hunter's dress from Broadcast News

on the host Tamara Keith tonight at the WHCD.


The literally 2 seconds ago she said ,"This is the dress from the film Broadcast News"

What are the ages of those in the Gen X and Gen Z groups?

Is there now a Gen Y?

I get seriously confused and would like to know so I can study real polls correctly.
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