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Posted by DemocratSinceBirth in General Discussion: Presidency
Wed Nov 09th 2011, 11:01 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in 1999 complained three years later at her next job about unfair treatment, saying she should be allowed to work from home after a serious car accident and accusing a manager of circulating a sexually charged email, The Associated Press has learned.

Karen Kraushaar, 55, filed the complaint while working as a spokeswoman at the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the Justice Department in late 2002 or early 2003, with the assistance of her lawyer, Joel Bennett, who also handled her earlier sexual harassment complaint against Cain in 1999. Three former supervisors familiar with Kraushaar's complaint, which did not include a claim of sexual harassment, described it for the AP under condition of anonymity because the matter was handled internally by the agency and was not public.

To settle the complaint at the immigration service, Kraushaar initially demanded thousands of dollars in payment, a reinstatement of leave she used after the accident earlier in 2002, promotion on the federal pay scale and a one-year fellowship to Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, according to a former supervisor familiar with the complaint. The promotion itself would have increased her annual salary between $12,000 and $16,000, according to salary tables in 2002 from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.


http://news.yahoo.com/ap-exclusive-accuser...

Wow, she wanted to work at home after a serious car accident and complained about a offensive e-mail. In my best Tony Soprano voice. "They got nothing."


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Posted by DemocratSinceBirth in General Discussion: Presidency
Wed Nov 02nd 2011, 10:09 AM
A man who doesn't know China became a nuclear power nearly fifty years ago, didn't know what the "Right Of Return" was, and has had several positions on the right to life/pro choice issue represents the intellectual firepower of the conservative movement.

Burke must be turning over in his grave.
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Posted by DemocratSinceBirth in General Discussion: Presidency
Thu Aug 18th 2011, 05:05 PM
Rep. Maxine Waters says she is puzzled by Rep. Allen West’s attacks that she’s an “overseer” of the “21st century plantation” of African-Americans backing the Democratic Party because West encouraged his own brother to come to her for help finding a job.

Speaking from a Congressional Black Caucus jobs fair in Atlanta on Thursday afternoon, the California Democrat said West’s remarks were “a little bit outrageous, a little bit ridiculous and that’s hard to respond to because absolutely does not make good sense.”


Waters said in an appearance on MSNBC that even more stunning than the Florida Republican’s comments was that West unleashed a broadside against her while encouraging his own brother to go to the Atlanta job fair Thursday.

“As a matter of fact, Mr. West’s brother is here. He found himself out of a job. And he asked his brother to help him, and his brother told him to come to me, to come to us,” Waters said, noting that the brother lives in Atlanta. “He came up and introduced himself.”

“That’s why I said that, you know, those statements are rather ridiculous and they don’t make good sense. But I guarantee him this: We’re going to do everything we can to help his brother get a job,” Waters said.

West said Wednesday that Democrats have a “plantation” overseen by leaders like Waters and Al Sharpton, and “the people on that plantation are upset because they’ve been disregarded, disrespected and their concerns are not cared about.”


http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/...
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There is nothing wrong with crying. Crying when you are genuinely sad is a legitimate emotion. Crying at the drop of the "proverbial" hat isn't.


To use a shopworn colloquialism "the man's not right."
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Let me preface my remarks by saying that we need to be wise stewards of our nation's money and resources. However , imho, this fetishization of the deficit is just a ploy to whip folks who rely on the safety net into shape.

Does the government ever have any trouble to find several hundred billion dollars here or there to invade this or that sovereign nation or maintain an empire.

The invasion of Iraq cost over one trillion dollars. If I was rich I would complain about the government wasting my money on that. At least by strengthening the safety net I wouldn't have to step over starving people on my way to work.
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-Repeal of DADT

-Passage of the DREAM Act

-Extension of unemployment benefits

-Protection of SS, Medicare, and Medicaid

Those are my proverbial hill.
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Folks will do a lot to survive. I can only imagine what fifteen million unemployed Americans will do without any kind of means to survive and I think there will be chaos

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Posted by DemocratSinceBirth in General Discussion: Presidency
Fri Nov 19th 2010, 09:12 AM
"To err is human. To forgive is divine."
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How about an unemployed march on Washington similar to the Bonus March by WW 1 veterans who demanded their bonuses promised for their military service during The Great Depression. This would shine a light on the problem of unemployment.


People need jobs. They are ready, willing, and able to work. And if this economy can't provide jobs there needs to be more unemployment insurance for the long term unemployed.

Folks need to take the "kick me" sign off their asses.
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Posted by DemocratSinceBirth in General Discussion: Presidency
Wed Nov 10th 2010, 05:29 PM
I will defer to Nobel Prize winner, Paul Krugman, before I defer to Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh. Inflation is caused by too much money chasing too few goods. How can you have inflation when nearly one in five workers are unemployed, underemployed, or too discouraged to look, one in six homeowners are underwater, and manufacturing utilization capacity is less than seventy percent.

The Republicans are against anything to improve the economy because they can not win in 012 if the economy improves. Conversely we can't win if it doesn't
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Posted by DemocratSinceBirth in General Discussion: Presidency
Sat Nov 06th 2010, 08:12 AM
I suspect Ed and Rachel will be gone soon too. IMHO, they have decided if they can't beat FOX they will join em... Look at talk radio and all the Rush clones for a precedent... Did those stations try to counterbalance Rush with someone from the left? No. They tried to find a clone and were quite successful. Hannity? , Beck ? Boortz? anyone...

The die is cast.
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Posted by DemocratSinceBirth in General Discussion: Presidency
Tue Nov 02nd 2010, 06:35 AM
The lesson of election day is if the economy sucks and you are a member of the governing party you will be punished at the ballot box, regardless of whether or not you were responsible for said economy, and regardless of your political party.

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Posted by DemocratSinceBirth in General Discussion: Presidency
Fri Oct 29th 2010, 04:14 PM
When some DUERS suggested that the Republicants would use their majority in the House, should they get it, to impeach President Obama I thought it was part and parcel of the same idle chatter that suggested during the Bush* administration there would be martial law, canceled elections, detention camps, et cetera.

However I was listening to Reich Wing radio, Bud Heddinger's show on 540 FLA in Orlando to be specific, and Bud HeadTrauma asked his audience what's the first thing a Republicant Congress should do. His first two callers said "impeach President Obama". Needless to say these two slugs couldn't articulate a good reason however one mentioned they should investigate President Obama's birth certificate.

Well if these slugs want to further divide the country all I call say is Bring it....

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I think there's a double negative in there but it's early. I got up yesterday morning about 7:00 A.M. to collect some money I received from selling the furniture in my home which is being foreclosed on. I went through all the stages of grief that Elizabeth Kubler Ross described so well. I really liked my home. This economy is dreadful; especially in the Greater Orlando area.

I went to see my buddy who was hung over. God bless him, he self medicates himself with alcohol. I guess it makes him forget how crappy it is not to have an income; at least for awhile. Anyway we get to talk about early voting and he says you can just go to the library and vote. I try my best to encourage him to come with me but he declines. I don't think he will vote.

Anyway so I go to the library in Casselberry and there are a bunch of people with signs including a sign for Alex Sink. I giver her a thumbs up.

There was no line and I get my ballot. The first box was for U.S. Senate. This vote causes me some consternation but not nearly as much consternation as if I knew my vote would actually make a difference in that race. If I thought voting for the devil would stop Marco Rubio I would have voted for the guy with horns and a red cape. But he's not on the ballot and Rubio is crushing his two main opponents, Meek and Crist, so I vote for Kendrick Meek. I vote for Kendrick because he has a (D) after his name, and is a longtime friend of the Clintons going back to his state trooper days when he escorted then Governor Bill Clinton during the 1992 presidential election, and supported Hillary to the bitter end during her unsuccessful presidential primary company. I reward that loyalty with loyalty.

Every vote after that was easy. I just did as I have done since I cast my first vote for Bob Graham in his 1978 gubernatorial campaign I voted for the Democrat.
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