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slightlv

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Hometown: Kansas
Home country: USA
Current location: Kansas
Member since: Mon Dec 14, 2020, 10:27 AM
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About Me

Bleeding heart liberal, in the mold of FDR, and damned proud of it! Retired, still doing web work and teaching. Still rescuing animals and finding, as well as giving, them warm, loving homes. My personal belief: all alive are precious; everything living on earth forms an interconnected network - much like a neural network. Most of us have forgotten, or never learned, how to tap into it. Of course, there are those that totally ignore the interconnectedness. Mostly Republicans/Libertarians (YMMV)

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Am I so strange?

My sister was (teasingly) laughing at me on Christmas Eve. Normally, in my house, I have about 10 cats, 2 of whom are old queens in their 20's. One is 20; one is 24. We also have a 2-yr old "puppy" who is about 90 pounds of all kinds of hound mix. The cats who want it get mushy food; the others who want it get kibble. All Fancy Feast, or better, depending on what they'll eat at the time. The oldsters get what a little bit better mix depending on their current needs. Yes, we cater to the cats.

To ensure the dog doesn't eat all the cat food, the cats have a separate room in the back of the house all to themselves, tho in the winter it's cold and I don't like the older cats to go back there. So, I keep a separate large bowl of kibble filled at all times in the middle of the kitchen table. Note... the "kitchen table" is not a place we eat. It's not a place *anyone* eats, except for the cats! (LOL) WE eat in the family room. When we hold gatherings, etc., food is all over the place. Cats leave it alone, they have their own. Friends are all over the house. (vaxxed and boosted, of course)

Okay, you get the picture. Now, my sister comes thru the house, laughing and meets me in the hall between the back and front of house saying "most people have a bowl of fruit in the center of their kitchen table. Only my sister has a bowl of cat kibble in the center of hers." She wasn't being mean. She meant it good heartedly, she knows I'd do anything for my cats. But it got me wondering... am I really so weird? I mean, there IS a plastic tablecloth between the bowl and the table, in case I did want to use it for anything else. My hubby and I are alone in this old house with just our critters most of the time; we never gave it a thought. I guess we've become crazy critter people? Anyone else out there resemble us?

Don Jr's "Turn the Other Cheek" bible "reference"

I posted this as a reply at https://www.democraticunderground.com/100216184510, but thought I should cross post it over here. It jacks my jaws that the focus of the story is being taken off WHAT was said and turned toward the stupidity of Don Jr and away from his bastardization of the words of Christ.


The focus on the rawstory site is on the Wehner story not so much on what don jr said. And, even in the comments, it was practically all on don jr., his coke and grifting ways. NOT about what he said, what he was trying to say, not about how he was trying to manipulate the audience. I did not read the original Atlantic story. If you did, maybe you'll fill in the blanks in the comments section. If so, I would dearly appreciate it. I've gone through all my "free" articles for this month.

Couple this talk with the seminars being held around the country by the Dominionists *right now* (here, at Xmas time!) about how "we" can no longer hold back peacefully, but must take hold the mountains of power. These have been publicized on the 'Net, in papers, on TV, and in other ways. The Dominionists are making their moves now. They're starting to consolidate their power. I think they're concerned they may NOT take back the presidency in 2024. I'm actually afraid *we* won't, but it makes me smile to think they're unsure. But that means we're in for a VERY rough couple of years.

Dominionists believe lies, deceit, murder, any sin they have to commit will be forgiven if it's done in the name of the Lord for the glory of bringing His world to this world. And it's not just a theocratic America they aim for. It's Armageddon they truly desire. They truly wish to bring about the conditions to bring on the Apocalypse. Trump and his people can do this without even being in power. They keep sticking their nose where it doesn't belong and we don't slap it out of there. They have people in the middle east, in Russia, in China, in Ukraine, ostensibly on "business trips", etc. They can make all kinds of trouble.

Being Pagan with a Charismatic Evangelical background makes me supersensitive to these people and what they can do and what are likely doing when I see them in the news. I know what they've had planned for decades. They're not Millerites.

But being who I am, even with my background, makes me a poor person to raise the alarm among Christians of good faith. And it's these people who have GOT to start pushing back. You must proclaim AND reclaim your faith before you LOSE your faith altogether. There will only be one way to worship after this is over, and it will be in the manner and form of the Dominionist. Christ, the Redeemer, is lost to us, except silently in our hearts. His gentle, loving, peaceful style of living and teaching is lost to all of us, Christian and Pagan, alike. Please, those who follow HIS ways, speak out for HIM now, and against what Don Jr is saying, especially in this time when we celebrate a hopefulness of Peace on Earth, Goodwill towards Men.

Wi-Fi

This is more phone related than computer, but didn't know where else to put it. Here's the situation. Hubby and I have been with AT&T for our cell service forever. We'd really like to take advantage of some lower cost solutions with Spectrum, especially since our cable and Internet is with them and we could probably score a lower overall deal with them. But we don't know anyone personally who has Spectrum Wi-Fi. Everyone we know has AT&T or Cricket or Boost Mobile.

Does anyone here have any experience using Spectrum Wi-Fi for their Cell phone and, if so, what was your opinion on coverage, outage rate, etc? Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!!!

Just voted in Leavenworth County

So, there wasn't much to vote for... but every little bit helps, right? (gryn)

Did my due diligence and researched as best I could all those on the ballot for commissioner, water works, and school board. Even found party affiliations on some. Checked in with some good Democratic friends on other pols I was unsure of, and they had answers I hadn't been able to find. Went to our normal polling place, only to find we'd been redistricted out to another --church-- several blocks away from our house. We've voted in the --church-- across the street in every election since we moved here several years ago. I guess having a family of two democrats was entirely TOO disruptive in their pristine district. Do I have to mention how irate I feel right now? How demeaned I feel? How second-rate I feel? How unwanted I feel?

God, if only I had the money to move to a blue state with like minded people. I envy you guys so much, and want to be with you SO much. I've only lived 2 places for any length of time in my whole 65 years -- Texas and Kansas. Never in my entire life have I ever felt like my vote... my voice... ever counted for anything. It is so disheartening. Still... every election, no matter how small, hubby and I do our research no matter how long it takes and go forth to do our civic duty and vote our conscience. How could we do anything less, especially in these treacherous days?

So, even if all you get to vote on is dogcatcher... GO VOTE... and make sure it's a Democratic Dogcatcher! The dogs will thank you for it!

Nov 3:

Just wanted to say we elected the Commissioner we wanted. Yea!!!
AND the decent School Board Member! Double Yeah!
AND I think the Water Works Member (Still trying to verify that... even the webpage at KS could use a UI rebuild for ease of use!)

They may have kicked me out of my original district. But I'm going to kick back twice as hard from now on!!!! And these Pagans will STILL hold our heads up high as we walk into those --churches-- to cast our votes! (I'm a big believer in separation of church and state! When they move it up to the sacristy, then I'll really worry! (LOL) )

Comment from a Sunday OP

Yesterday (Sunday) a op was written on the old Satanic Panic of the late 70’s and 80’s. I know there must be at least several of us here who lived through those times. Some of us were affected more than others. I was asked to cross post this over here, and I decided to flesh it out just a bit before I did that.
Here’s the original OP: https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=15611635


I don’t think I gave him a lot of heat. And we all know there was nothing to the Satanic Panic that was real, except how “regular” people over reacted and saw pedophile Satanists every place. My degree is in psychology; and that career field took a well-deserved drubbing for the harm it did in trying to ferret out the “repressed” memories.

There was an aspect of the evil that WAS done that’s rarely mentioned around people who talk of such things. The author mentioned upside down crosses and pentagrams in your reply. Now, I've never been around anyone with upside-down crosses, but pentagrams, yes... galore. And WE were thrown in with all the hoopla. Talk about no way to prove your innocence. Families were torn apart. Parents in jail. People jailed for doing no more than gathering together to worship the Goddess. That was the time when we began the Witches Defense League. But we were thrown in with the Satanists in everyone's minds. It was hard living and still try to practice and live your religion. Our pentacles and other religious jewelry was worn under our shirts, away from any eyes. It was a time of trying to educate your boss as to what your religion was... just in case... so you might have someone on your side. Gods, talk about a terrifying time! Problem is, with the Dominionists in full bloom coming at us thru the *rump administration, their theocracy a hair's breadth from realization, I can see those times coming again. I call them the return of the Burning Times. Any other witches on DU will know what I mean. It doesn't mean literal burning, tho I wouldn't put that past Dominionists; but it does mean going back into the deepest, darkest closet you can find and instituting, once again, The Laws of the old days. Not one of us wants that.

But even still, in 2021, you see, we've got someone enlightened who is still thinking pentagrams=Satanism. (sigh) I've been Craft since the 1970's. Will we ever be accepted, even now when our religion is recognized legally and militarily? I weep for this country. Two steps forward and three steps back on every progress we've ever made on any subject, it seems. And now, so close to losing all that and democracy, too. But while I can, I will state proudly and most affirmatively: I am a Witch. I am a Priestess of the Goddess and I'm proud and humbled by it. I am NOT a Satanist, and tho I can think *rump is the Anti-Christ, I don't believe in a devil called Satan or Shaitan.

And I am stuck here; at my age, no other country would want me. And guess what, most witches give away what money or assets they have to those who need it more; money was never our "big thing" anyway... so, yippers, I'm poor; most of us are. Gryn

I’ve been HPS to the same Coven for almost 30 years now. We actually call ourselves a coven of Solitaires, because each tends to have his/her own alignment but each can take over for me at a drop of a hat. We’re a training coven. If what I fear happens, we’ll have to go underground. You see, I started out in life as the daughter, niece, and granddaughter of preachers – old-time, bible thumping charismatics. I knew about the 7 Hills (tho everyone today calls them “mountains.”) before I learned about politics. Of course, this is when separation of church and state was seen to be a GOOD thing, according to the Church. After being turned away from seminary at 18 because I was a woman, I enlisted in the Air Force AND became Craft. The AF wasn’t for me; but I’ve never turned my back on the Goddess. And that was even thru the Satanic Panic, when I actually had to set my boss down and tell him I was a real-life witch. You should have seen his face! But, strong in his Scottish background he was, and even asked me to march with his Scottish family in the gathering that Spring. You never know who will become your ally. Always treat everyone with love and respect. After all, all acts of love and pleasure are Hers.

If we are caught up once again in a new Burning Times, just remember our networks, Sisters. We all stand with each other, and we will find a way to honor Her, even if it’s as our ancestors once did after the infiltration of Christianity. Be careful, be wary, be strong, and know which way the wind blows. Take appropriate action. We’ve got a lot of things to fight for all over again for our granddaughters’ and great granddaughters’ sakes.

Once we are through the generational change of the planets, things will become clearer. For now, all we can do is hang on while Uranus does its thing!

Blessings to all…
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