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Posted by dancingAlone in General Discussion
Thu Jul 14th 2011, 09:41 PM
the financial benefits that Eric Cantor has the potential to gain if the debt ceiling does not get raised?

It seems so obvious to me. It always boils down to following the money and who has what to gain. I don't get it.
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Posted by dancingAlone in General Discussion
Tue Mar 08th 2011, 05:13 PM
(CBS News)

Two months after being shot in the head by a would-be assassin, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has recovered to the point where family, friends and doctors are seriously entertaining the hope that she will be able to attend her husband's space shuttle launch in April.


"She's doing well and she can only get better," Dr. Peter Rhee, the chief of trauma at the University Medical Center in Tucson told CBS News' John Blackstone.
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Posted by dancingAlone in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Aug 27th 2009, 01:00 AM
Teddy Kennedy, of course.

"He's gone to the funeral of every soldier who's come home from Iraq in a casket, whether it's up in Massachusetts or at Arlington Cemetery. And it's hard. But he knows it pays respect for giving the last full measure that these young soldiers have given. And after he goes to that funeral, he goes up and visits the graves of his brothers," according to long-time Kennedy more

I've never cried over a public figure before last night when I heard the news about Teddy Kennedy's passing. And the more I hear, the more I cry. He was a great man. Greater than most of us probably ever imagined. It is gratifying to know that the families of our fallen soldiers may have taken at least a small amount of comfort in the Senator's presence at their loved ones funeral. A kind an loving gesture. A kind and loving man.
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Posted by dancingAlone in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Aug 16th 2009, 11:38 PM
This article is from June, but I think worth posting:

Who's afraid of the public option?
Health care debate is stuck on a straw man

The official new sticking point in the fight over health care reform is the "public option," a taxpayer-sponsored medical insurance plan that Democrats want to offer as an option alongside a menu of private insurance plans. Republicans have turned this into the wedge of the moment - pillorying it as big government sticking its smelly foot in the hospital door, on the way to sitting its whole morbidly obese body in the waiting room, never to be removed.


But we do know that in many other sectors of the economy, government and private offerings happily compete and coexist. Well-established government options are available as backstops for millions of Americans, especially those without the money to afford any alternative - without denying customers who want to pay more for different or better services the right to buy what they want.

There's the government option in schooling. All across America, local and state governments, with increasing involvement by the feds (thanks to George W. Bush and No Child Left Behind), educate young people. All told, it costs us about $1 trillion a year. That hasn't kept 10% of students from enrolling in private schools and growing numbers from being home-schooled. Is government doing a particularly good job with its dominant market share? No - but the point here is that America is pretty comfortable with the powerful, effectively mandated, public sector role.

There's the government option in security. This one, like education, is in many respects a government-imposed monopoly...more

There's the government option in shipping, the post office. The USPS is a quasi-governmental agency with special privileges. But that hasn't stopped FedEx and UPS from peeling away customers...more

There's the government option in scientific research. Government agencies dole out most of the money seeding experiments in fields from basic physics and chemistry to energy and astronomy to biology...more

There's the government option in travel. Amtrak has been propped up by the government for years; it competes with private sector planes and buses...more

There's the government option in recreation. The federal government is the nation's largest land owner. National parks compete for tourism business...more

There's the government option in book lending. For years, libraries have coexisted alongside brick-and-mortar and online bookstores. They offer services to those who can't or don't want to pay more...more

There's the government option in retirement. We call it Social Security. To many elderly Americans, it's the only thing standing between them and poverty. None of this stifles private retirement plan innovation...more

And, like it or not, there's already a sizeable government option at work in health care. Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Administration...more

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Posted by dancingAlone in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Jul 10th 2009, 02:50 PM
With the water restrictions in Los Angeles and other drought affected areas, a story about landscaping with California native plants a few weeks ago really impressed me. Replacing the lawn in one woman's garden with stone steppers and low indigenous brush and plants reduced the need to water from every other day to once every three weeks. Her garden was beautiful, seriously beautiful, and shaded by native trees and vines.

'Founded and incorporated in 1960, the Theodore Payne Foundation promotes the understanding and preservation of California native flora. ' /

The following is an article from earlier this year. (sorry so late)

ďYou donít have to sacrifice beauty for water savings,Ē said Lili Singer, a noted horticulturist and organizer of this yearís tour. ďNatives offer color, fragrance, habitat and much more. Whether itís the sweet fragrance of hummingbird sage, the white, blue and purple blooms of California lilac, or the pink and white fairy wands of the native coral bells, native plants offer something for everyone.Ē

I would just love a backyard that looked like this!

edit: subject line typo
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Posted by dancingAlone in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jun 04th 2009, 06:30 PM
It was not possible to list every reason why a woman would need to end a pregnancy. (though I did feel restricted by the limitation of ten.) I've tried to word these options to cover the most common circumstances/conditions/reasons. While, under current law, the need for a late term procedure would always fall within the confines of 2,3,7 and 8, these same conditions do not always necessitate late termination.

Please offer the reason(s) for your choice(s), if you're comfortable in so doing.

Btw, this is the boldest post I think I've ever made, and my first poll. I am not personally challenging anyone (in this post). The topic has been taboo most of in my life. Even when I have had discussions with others on the subject I've often wondered how much of their opinion was in deference to me and mine (opinion). I'd like to know how the left honestly feels, without any input from the right.

Under which of the following conditions would you deny a woman the right to terminate her pregnancy?
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Posted by dancingAlone in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Sep 16th 2007, 01:02 AM
Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:46pm EDT

Gore heads Emmy red carpet

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -

'Six months after achieving Oscar glory for his climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," former Vice President Al Gore is headed back to the red carpet for the Emmys, U.S. television's highest honors.

'Gore is expected to receive an "interactive television services" Emmy, a noncompetitive award, on Sunday for his fledgling cable network and online video venture Current TV, which he launched in August 2005.'

more at:

I can't wait to see him again.

Edited: subject line to clarify that AL Gore will be at the Emmys tomorrow.
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Posted by dancingAlone in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Aug 28th 2007, 03:57 AM
It starts in about an hour here on the west coast.

'The spectacular eclipse occurs the morning of August 28. Circumstances favor observers west of the Mississippi, who missed out on the March lunar eclipse. Better still, this event marks the first central lunar eclipse since 2000.'

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Posted by dancingAlone in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Jul 14th 2007, 07:20 PM
I stand behind Nancy Pelosi and it makes me sad and sick to see her being kicked around.

I don't envy her position. But I would love to have what it must have taken for her to rise up to and stand where she does today. She is a politician. She is educated. She is experienced. She's worked her way to the top. And, she is a progressive.

We, as progressives, are about humanity.
We, as progressives, are about diplomacy.
We, as progressives, are about turning our very corrupt government and damaged country around.

I don't know what all is on Nancy's plate - but I imagine there is no platter large enough to hold it all. Her calm, rational, and confident diplomacy is what we wanted and asked for. Now we want Madame Speaker to take on the persona of a repug child?

I, for one, have more confidence in the slowly turning wheels of justice than overnight justice delivered via kicking and screaming. Corruption can happen quickly. Justice takes her time.

We've turned the House and we've turned the Senate.

Democracy IS at work.

One last thing - Had Nancy put impeachment on the table straight out of the gate, the "power grabbing Speaker vies for higher seat, etc..." puke spin would have demeaned her authority, and diminished her capacity, as Speaker, to effect change, imho.

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Posted by dancingAlone in The DU Lounge
Fri Jun 22nd 2007, 03:22 PM
and his buddy. (which is a tough thing to do)

I called them outside to hear the double sonic boom of space shuttle coming into Edwards AFB here .

They reluctantly came outside with me. And, while I tried explained the double boom and sonic booms, in general, we sat in the grass waiting and looking around. For a moment there, I thought I would lose my audience before the show. (These are cool boys, ya know, and being seen outside with mom is not cool.)

Then his buddy said to me, "I've never heard a sonic boom before. What does it sound like?

It was with perfect timing that we were answered a split second later with "BOOM BOOM!!"

They both started! Dropped their jaws and looked at me, as though they were looking at gawd!

Biggest eyes I've seen in years. Damn!! It was great. A once in a lifetime moment, for sure.

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Posted by dancingAlone in Choice
Sat Jun 09th 2007, 05:58 AM
It was 43 years ago tonight that my mother, Gerri Santoro, died from an abortion.
I'm at a loss for words but wanted and needed to honor her memory.
God, I miss her.

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Posted by dancingAlone in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Apr 15th 2007, 12:52 AM
this idea that keeps nagging at me - interfering with my rational thoughts.

- This administration had a sinister plan - like right out of a political fiction. Election fraud, 911, Iraq...They planned it all - and the only thing that wasn't planned was the day they would have to cover their asses.

- It runs deeper than anyone wants to believe - as deep as any of us have dared to imagine.

- They are exactly what they appear to be. Evil. With nothing to be redeemed, tolerated or excused.

I hope I am wrong. I'm afraid I am right.
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Posted by dancingAlone in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu Jun 08th 2006, 02:19 PM
In the late evening hours of June 8, 1964, my mother died in a Connecticut motel room from the complications of a self induced abortion. Her lover assisted her in the abortion attempt and then left her there to die alone when he realized things were not going well. My mom bled to death on the motel floor. They found her body there the next morning. She was 28 years old and the mother of 2.

In 1973 a crime scene photo of my motherís bloody naked body was made public. Without volunteering my mom became the poster child for the pro-choice movement. The image has circulated throughout the country over the years and is still in use today.

I have spent the better part of the last 42 years trying to forget something too horrible for my mind to really grasp and in the process I've forgotten to remember - if that makes any sense.

I have never memorialized my mother. Until a few years ago I could not have told you the date of her death. I don't know that my mother even has a proper headstone. Iíve been to visit her grave only once back when I was around 11 years old. I don't know if this has been a form of denial or if it has more to do with the young age I was when she died but I know Iíve never wanted to face the emotional flood I imagine would take place if I did acknowledge her death in any of these ways.

The date no longer escapes me even if the courage to speak out about it still usually does. So today, this June 8th, 2006, I want to remember.

My mother never fought for women's rights. She was not a great feminist leader. The things she did in life did not make headlines. She was just my mom. She put her life on the line for my sister and me, and for herself Ė and she lost.

It was in death that she made headlines. It was in death that she became an icon. But it is her life I want to remember - before she was an icon to strangers. She was a hero to me. I miss her more today than yesterday and I am so sorry to have forgotten.

I love you Mom.

I will be making a donation to one of the women's organizations in my mother's honor today. I encourage everyone to honor the women they love. Please help keep them safe.

If you want, you can see the photo here:

(*warning - graphic* )

edit: insert missing word
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Posted by dancingAlone in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Mon May 08th 2006, 03:42 PM
"The Only Moral Abortion is My Abortion"
When the Anti-Choice Choose
By Joyce Arthur

'From a clinic director in a mid-western state: "One of the most remarkable cases was a woman who came and said she was the Right-to-Life president in her county. 'But,' she said, she 'had become pregnant and had to have an abortion.'"'

'The medical director of an Indianapolis clinic recalled one prospective patient who phoned to ask whether the clinic had a back door. He said no. How, she asked, could she get inside without being seen by fellow picketers outside? Pointing out that two orthopedists practiced with him, the doctor told the woman "she could limp and say she was coming to see the orthopods."

'"The sister of a Dutch bishop in Limburg once visited the abortion clinic in Beek where I used to work in the seventies. After entering the full waiting room she said to me, 'My dear Lord, what are all those young girls doing here?' 'Same as you', I replied. 'Dirty little dames,' she said." (Physician, The Netherlands)''

'"In 1990, in the Boston area, Operation Rescue and other groups were regularly blockading the clinics, and many of us went every Saturday morning for months to help women and staff get in. As a result, we knew many of the 'antis' by face. One morning, a woman who had been a regular 'sidewalk counselor' went into the clinic with a young woman who looked like she was 16-17, and obviously her daughter. When the mother came out about an hour later, I had to go up and ask her if her daughter's situation had caused her to change her mind. 'I don't expect you to understand my daughter's situation!' she angrily replied. The following Saturday, she was back, pleading with women entering the clinic not to 'murder their babies.'" (Clinic escort, Massachusetts)'

More here:
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Posted by dancingAlone in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Fri Apr 07th 2006, 04:14 AM
I am shaking with rage - and I feel sick and I'm scared. But, I understand; the shame, fear, and even the ignorance of women in America today. I am one of those women. Until a few years ago I would have said that the horrors of the past were just the scars of a hard won battle - a battle that I didn't fight and knew too little about but that I had reaped the benefits of, almost without a second thought. Yet, I had every reason in the world to give it my every thought.

Of course, when I was little I didn't understand that. There was no mom to teach me about those kinds of things. No way could I know about "women's rights" or the "freedom of choice". But, even when I was old enough to get it, and my mom had made it painfully clear to me, I still didn't get it, or perhaps I chose not to. I don't know. I don't know. I thought it was over, I guess - the battle and the pain. Or, I wanted it to be. I tried not to give it a lot of thought. I was so young still and with so many problems.

My younger daughter told me how to self abort yesterday. Just a "FYI, Mom". A girl at school had told her about it in detail. It was like getting kicked in the stomach.

This can't be happening. This can't be real! No! I want to scream! I feel like I'm suffocating. How could MY little girl be telling me this? Not my little girl. I want to shake her and make sure she knows just how dangerous it is! Make her promise to NEVER, EVER try something like that no matter what! To make sure her friends know. To come to me if she or anyone one of them ever needs help. I know I'm panicking but Iím frightened...the danger is so real.

But, she already knows all that. At least I think she knows? She knows how her grandmother died. She's known it all her life. But have I told her enough about it? How it happened? Why it happened? Should I show her the film now? Should I show her the photograph? She's probably already Googled it by now. It's so hard. There's no book to tell me how to do any of this.

Until a few years ago I would have said that the horrors of the past were just the scars of a hard won battle. I think I actually believed that for a while if only as way to come to terms with my motherís needless death. Now, as my daughters' freedoms slip away before my eyes and the horrors of my past become their realty I realize I haven't done a damn thing to stop it. Oh, I hide in the safety of a pro choice group now and then and say I'm doing my part but the truth is Iím not. Iím too scared - all the time. Just like half the women in America.

I donít know if Iíll ever make a difference but I know itís time I started trying - before itís too late. Maybe if I show the guts to speak out someone else will find the courage to do the same. So, Iím going to post this without worrying (too much) about who will read it and what they might think. I am Gerri Santoroís daughter and my daughters will not carry on her legacy. Not a chance.

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In loving memory

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