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Superficial observations

I react to voices and accents. I just do. Probably more so than looks. Canít help it.

Julian Castro had a strong voice last night. Maybe the best for a big room, big crowd
Booker ... good sound
My guy, Inslee, has a gravely but strong voice. NW accent a bit Canadian-sounding to my ears, but definitely a voice that could be listened to for 8 years.
Elizabeth Warren ... decent voice, not powerful mixed southern and TV bland ... will hold up. Not her best attribute but so good at content, makes you want to listen

Klobuchar ... good voice/not too Minnesotan for the ears
Gabbard ... good voice little Canadian sounding

Does anyone else react positively or negatively to voices?

Posted by MaryMagdaline | Thu Jun 27, 2019, 12:26 PM (1 replies)

Paying online via PayPal versus credit card

Does anyone here have any opinions one way or the other whether PayPal is preferable to credit card payment when buying items on line?

Last few times Iíve made online payments, PayPal popped up as the first choice. One site (I forget what I was paying for)(flowers I think) was really pushing PayPal.

Is one method more secure than another? Any advantages to PayPal?

Posted by MaryMagdaline | Sun Jun 23, 2019, 01:31 PM (35 replies)

75 years ago my 20 year old dad was dropped in Normandy

He landed in the water and struggled to get the parachute off before he would drown or suffocate. He pulled it off, looked up, and witnessed his 21 year old lieutenant get shot in the head. My dad was next in command for his squad. Had to scamper around looking for his buddies.

His thoughts on hitting the water: ďThis is the stupidest thing.Ē

I learned that war was mostly stupid. And fought by children under the command of old men. And that far better men than my dad (according to him) were slaughtered. That the only thing that made war bearable was the Pax Americana, the Western democratic alliance, NATO, detente.

None of which could be taught to 45. As Mr. Khan told us before November 2016, 45 has sacrificed nothing; he cannot possibly understand loss.

RIP all those of 6/6/44. All 8 of Dadís children know who you were and what you did.

Posted by MaryMagdaline | Wed Jun 5, 2019, 07:40 PM (71 replies)

Open primaries and democracy

I was stopped by my favorite petition guy outside courthouse. Over the years, I have signed many petitions that have become Florida law. One of the few benefits to living in the Sunshine state. This is direct democracy in action.

So I readily signed the petition for raising minimum wage ... too slow of a process but calls for COL increases once implemented.

I did not sign the one for open primaries. I lived in Georgia as a child and I remember the rat-fíg by Republicans that got us Lester Maddox as governor. The petition guy said it would be like the California system ... 2 candidates with most votes would square off.

I am interested in opinions here. Seems it would
1.allow independents to vote in primaries, thus increasing democratic participation
2.allow for party mischief as in voting for the worst candidate in the opposite party.

Please let me know what you think, especially those familiar with the California system.
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Tue Apr 30, 2019, 10:34 AM (6 replies)

The most disappointing thing in Mueller report so far?

Absolutely no delving into whether Russian hacking affected the vote. The report brushed aside the question of whether the Florida county that was infiltrated actually suffered real tampering of the votes. The matter is supposed to be under FBI investigation, which means we will never know. To me itís criminal not to know, more than 2 years later.

Other disappointments ... Alfa bank connection, inability of the feds to read much of the Manafort communications because of encryption. I truly thought mueller knew all. So far, Iíve learned as much of more from News sources.

Pretty disappointed with first 100 pages.

While Iíve consoled myself with the ongoing SDNY investigations, itís likely the SDNY will not indict Trump because of the same justice department policy of not indicting a sitting president.

The obstruction parts will probably be meatier. I think trump couldnít get all the people who werenít with him before he was president to lie for him.
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Sun Apr 21, 2019, 05:30 PM (1 replies)

Iran Contra and Watergate hearings - Correct me if I'm wrong

Didnít these hearings start as just hearings?
Why canít we hold hearings and see where everything leads? If they lead to impeachment so be it.

Need to line up the witnesses stat and fill the summer with testimony
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Sat Apr 20, 2019, 01:38 PM (8 replies)

How do I change from Undecided to Inslee?

Posted by MaryMagdaline | Sun Apr 14, 2019, 11:46 AM (14 replies)


Posted by MaryMagdaline | Wed Mar 13, 2019, 02:48 PM (0 replies)

"Otherwise blameless life"

Propping up dictators, fomenting revolution, laundering money, tax evasion, spousal abuse (forced participation in group sex), coaching adult children to assist in laundering money ... have I missed something?

Ellis is worse than Manafort. Even the RWers on the jury knew they had to convict.
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Fri Mar 8, 2019, 09:15 AM (0 replies)

In line at Broward County Courthouse

Elderly white lady with deep Southern accent bashing Trump and government shutdown. (We had slow lines at metal detectors, nothing to do with federal shutdown) but I wasnít going to miss an occasion to chime in against trump. She mentioned trump wants to be like a Russian dictator and I said I donít think Russians are stupid enough to shoot themselves in the foot and that we might have zero growth this quarter because of the shutdown.

I live in a 70% Democratic county, but it encouraged me to see a woman older than I am who was not a Fox News aficionado/a. Hoping that any Republicans within earshot know that we will blame them for the slow down of economy since money (theirs) is all they care about.
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Thu Jan 24, 2019, 12:05 PM (4 replies)
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