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Posted by SharonRB in The DU Lounge
Sun Apr 06th 2008, 04:24 PM
I haven't been around the lounge much lately, but just wanted to let those of you who know me know. She's been at home in hospice for the last two months, and it's been quite a roller coaster ride since the beginning of the year when she was diagnosed. She then was on a respirator for 10 days with sepsis and was given a week to live. She beat that and then came home to hospice for almost two months. It's been rough, but now she's at peace.
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Posted by SharonRB in Countdown/Keith Olbermann Group
Sun Apr 06th 2008, 04:01 PM
My mother passed last night peacefully in her sleep.

We had a rushed service at 1:00 this afternoon so they could get her body to the airport by 2:30 to make a flight to Newark. Then they'll take her to Kennedy to get on a flight to Israel at 2:20 a.m. tomorrow. My father is catching a 5:00 flight to Newark and two of my nieces, one from Baltimore and one from Lakewood NJ will meet him there and take him to Kennedy and spend a few hours with him before he boards that early a.m. flight to Israel. She will be buried after they arrive in Israel at about 7 p.m. tomorrow night, Israel time.


Thanks to all of you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for me and my family. It's helped to know I have so many friends in cyberspace. I love you all.
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Posted by SharonRB in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Jul 27th 2007, 07:45 PM
http://journals.democraticunderground.com/...

It's a summary of what he said at a town hall held at the University of Detroit shortly after the election. Pay special attention to what he says about impeachment:

"On impeachment: It is not practical right now. It will never succeed, as they don't have the votes. They would just tie up the legislative process for 4-6 months if they got bogged down in impeachment and they wouldn't get anything done. Then, of course, people would say they didn't get anything done and throw them out.

On the other hand, they will be issuing subpoenas to get answers on things they haven't been able to get answers on before -- the DSM, etc. If, after investigations, they start getting bipartisan support for impeachment, then who knows. Maybe enough pressure could be exerted from both sides that we'd have another Nixon situation and Bush would step down. (He did not specifically say this, but this was the jist of it.)

They're going to challenge the Patriot Act, wireless wiretapping. They will rewrite laws, hold hearings and correct defects."

I think he's been doing exactly what he said at that time -- subpoenas, investigations, etc. It's a long, painful process, but ultimately the truth will prevail.
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Posted by SharonRB in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Apr 13th 2007, 03:24 PM
(I posted this earlier today at MichiganLiberal and DailyKos)

Through all the work I've been doing recently on the movement to Draft Gore to run for president, I've become more and more aware of the simple things all of us can do in our daily lives to become more carbon neutral and I've been starting to try to do my part. The more I thought about it, the more I realized how each of us, by trying to spread the word to others, could in our own little ways be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

In our office of about 200 people, we have a couple of "cruise directors" who plan office events, etc. I decided to send them and our office administrator an e-mail to see if maybe we could start an educational initiative in the office to teach people about global warming and make them more aware of the things they could do to help -- both in their personal lives and at work. Well, their response was amazing. We met yesterday and talked about some things we could do.

We're going to start with baby steps and kick something off for Earth Day, but we're going to make this an ongoing thing. For starters, everyone in the office will receive a blue spruce sapling (from a Michigan company) next Friday as a kick-off and introduction to what we'll be doing. We're going to wean people off of styrofoam in the office by purchasing a mug and plate for everyone in the office that can be personalized. Once we phase this in, they won't have a choice -- styrofoam will not be available anymore. If we get enough interest, we will have a speaker come in from the Climate Change Project to talk about global warming and what people can do to help.

We will have a showing of "An Inconvenient Truth" and give a reusable grocery bag to everyone who shows up. We will post weekly ideas of things to do to become more carbon neutral.

Last week I attended a DFA meeting and saw a documentary called "Kilowattours." It was a wonderful movie that showed what people can do in their lives to become more carbon neutral, as well as case studies of a school district and a town that did some simple things that saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs. Simply by changing all of their lightbulbs, getting new windows and filling up the cracks in their buildings, the school district was able to save tremendous amounts of money. By changing their traffic signals to new LED lights, the town was able to save also. I ordered a copy of the DVD and we're also going to show that in the office.

These stories got me thinking -- we need to get this DVD into Governor Granholm's hands. There are some ideas here that could help the budget --statewide and at the municipal level. Not so much in the short term, but certainly in the long term. If we could institute some of these things, it could help put Michigan at the forefront of becoming part of the solution to global warming.

Last night at our meetup, I spoke to Andy Meisner about these ideas. I gave him the website to go to to order the DVD -- http://www.kilowattours.org -- and told him someone needs to talk to the governor about this. I told him what we're doing in our office and how I thought if there was a statewide campaign to get workplaces and individuals to get on board with doing this we could set a great example and start a real movement. He was very receptive.

So, come on, everyone, get on board -- start changing your lightbulbs to CFLs; if you're getting a new car, get a hybrid or register for a Smart Car (which will be available early next year -- go to http://www.smartusa.com ); recycle everything you can; talk to your friends and family; start an initiative where you work. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue -- it's a global issue and affects everyone of us. It will take individuals, as well as government, to solve this problem, and we need to get started now.

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Posted by SharonRB in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Jan 29th 2007, 02:05 PM
There are photos from the Archives, the Museum of the American Indian and the meetup at Hawk & Dove, as well as photos from the march. I didn't include captions, as I couldn't remember eveyone's names.

http://new.photos.yahoo.com/sharonrb2/albu...
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Posted by SharonRB in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sat Dec 16th 2006, 10:34 AM
As promised, here is a summary of what John Conyers spoke about last night at the town hall I attended at the University of Detroit. This was an evening class that was opened up to the public, so there were a lot of students and a lot of constituents in his district, plus some out of his district (which I am). The room was filled beyond capacity, with many standing at the back.

Rep. Conyers opened with a bit of levity -- he asked those holding up impeachment signs to please put them down for now. He's fully aware of where impeachment begins. Please forgive the lack of detail on some of this. I took some notes, but most of this is just jotting down the basic points he talked about.

These town hall meetings are going to be held around the country. It sounded like he will be traveling all over to do these, and this was just the first. They're calling them "A New American Agenda," where they will be finding out from people across the country what they want from the new legislature. What a concept! Actually try to concentrate on those things the citizens want instead of their own personal agendas.

There are some immediate legislative issues they are going to deal with, as well as other long-range things, such as what do we want to become as a country.

One of the first and simplest things they want to do is get representation for the people of the District.

He then talked about a new book by Philip Sands that deals with international law issues and how our country does not follow may of them. He wants to work on these issues and bring the U.S. more in line with other countries on these issues -- the environment (Kyoto, I assume), the Geneva conventions and things like that.

He and Dennis Kucinich are going to reintroduce legislation to establish the Department of Peace. He admires Kucinich and called him to congratulate him on announcing his candidacy. He also met with Obama last week and thinks he's the first African American who actually has a chance to win should he decide to run.

We need to get out of Iraq as soon as possible, using diplomacy and in an intelligent manner. He does not agree with the Biden plan. He thinks we need a UN peacekeeping force in place.

We need to work on a single-payer, universal health care bill and reform the new bankruptcy law. They are getting calls from bankruptcy judges asking them to review the law -- it's not working.

We need to do something about Darfur.

We need to reform the criminal justice system. He specifically mentioned mandatory minimum sentences. There are too many people going to jail who should not be incarcerated.

We need to create a whole new paradigm -- we need to change what the U.S. means to the world.

Go back to the civil rights movement: jobs, justice, peace.

Corporations declaring bankruptcy should need to show their global assets, executive compensation, etc., not just U.S. assets. He and Evan Bayh will be introducing legislation.

On impeachment: It is not practical right now. It will never succeed, as they don't have the votes. They would just tie up the legislative process for 4-6 months if they got bogged down in impeachment and they wouldn't get anything done. Then, of course, people would say they didn't get anything done and throw them out.

On the other hand, they will be issuing subpoenas to get answers on things they haven't been able to get answers on before -- the DSM, etc. If, after investigations, they start getting bipartisan support for impeachment, then who knows. Maybe enough pressure could be exerted from both sides that we'd have another Nixon situation and Bush would step down. (He did not specifically say this, but this was the jist of it.)

They're going to challenge the Patriot Act, wireless wiretapping. They will rewrite laws, hold hearings and correct defects.

Other issues brought up from audience questions:
Voting reform
Negotiate with Syria and Iran
Must lead on global warming

This will be a PEOPLE'S AGENDA.

I know I rambled, but I hope this helps give you a sense of where he stands. He is not buckling!


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Posted by SharonRB in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Fri Sep 22nd 2006, 10:53 PM
Well spoken, as usual. I needed a bit of cheerleading and you provided it. I, luckily, do not have to settle for a crummy Democrat -- Sandy Levin is my rep and his brother Carl and Debbie Stabenow are my senators. I consider myself very lucky.

Sandy is so safe, he barely has to campaign. Because of that, I have put my heart and soul into Nancy Skinner's campaign in a neighboring district. The district has been trending more Democratic of late and is currently pretty evenly split. Nancy has a real chance of beating 7-termer Joe Knollenberg in November. An internal poll done a few weeks ago had them in a virtual dead heat -- 40 for Nancy, 44 for Joe with a 4.9 percent margin of error.

The key in this race has been getting Nancy's name known and getting her out with the people, where she really shines. Most people respond very well to her and what she stands for once they have an opportunity to get to know who she is. Joe is starting his attacks for real now, though, which we expected to happen. He has some outright lies about her posted on his web site.

Fundraising has been the biggest challenge. If anyone here can donate to her, please go to my ActBlue p;age for her at: http://www.actblue.com/page/skinnerforthe9...

Also, check out her web site at www.skinnerforcongress.com .

Nancy will bring new energy to Congress -- both literally and figuratively. Her new slogan is: We don't need followers in Washington. Joe Knollenberg follows President 98% of the time. Nancy is a leader and we need more leaders on Congress.
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Posted by SharonRB in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Wed Aug 02nd 2006, 05:24 PM
Remarks of Brigitte Gabriel, delivered at the Duke University Counter Terrorism Speak-Out:

I'm proud and honoured to stand here today, as a Lebanese speaking for Israel , the only democracy in the Middle East . As someone who was raised in an Arabic country, I want to give you a glimpse into the heart of the Arabic world.

I was raised in Lebanon , where I was taught that the Jews were evil, Israel was the devil, and the only time we will have peace in the Middle East is when we kill all the Jews and drive them into the sea.

When the Moslems and Palestinians declared Jihad on the Christians in 1975, they started massacring the Christians, city after city. I ended up living in a bomb shelter underground from age 10 to 17, without electricity, eating grass to live, and crawling under sniper bullets to a spring to get water.

It was Israel who came to help the Christians in Lebanon . My mother was wounded by a Moslem's shell, and was taken into an Israeli hospital for treatment. When we entered the emergency room, I was shocked at what I saw. There were hundreds of people wounded, Moslems, Palestinians, Christians, Lebanese, and Israeli soldiers lying on the floor. The doctors treated everyone according to their injury. They treated my mother before they treated the Israeli soldier lying next to her. They didn't see religion, they didn't see political affiliation, they saw people in need and they helped.

For the first time in my life I experienced a human quality that I know my culture would not have shown to their enemy. I experienced the values of the Israelis, who were able to love their enemy in their most trying moments. I spent 22 days at that hospital. Those days changed my life and the way I believe information, the way I listen to the radio or to television. I realized I was sold a fabricated lie by my government, about the Jews and Israel , that was so far from reality. I knew for fact that, if I was a Jew standing in an Arab hospital, I would be lynched and thrown over to the grounds, as shouts of joy of Allah Akbar, God is great, would echo through the hospital and the surrounding streets.

I became friends with the families of the Israeli wounded soldiers: one in particular Rina, her only child was wounded in his eyes.

One day I was visiting with her, and the Israeli army band came to play national songs to lift the spirits of the wounded soldiers. As they surrounded his bed playing a song about Jerusalem , Rina and I started crying. I felt out of place and started walking out of the room, and this
mother holds my hand and pulls me back in without even looking at me.
She holds me crying and says: "it is not your fault". We just stood there crying, holding each others hands.

What a contrast between her, a mother looking at her deformed 19 year old only child, and still able to love me the enemy, and between a Moslem mother who sends her son to blow himself up to smithereens just to kill a few Jews or Christians.

The difference between the Arabic world and Israel is a difference in values and character. It's barbarism verses civilization. It's democracy verses dictatorship. It's goodness verses evil.

Once upon a time, there was a special place in the lowest depths of hell for anyone who would intentionally murder a child. Now, the intentional murder of Israeli children is legitimized as Palestinian "armed struggle".

However, once such behaviour is legitimized against Israel, it is legitimized every where in the world, constrained by nothing more than the subjective belief of people who would wrap themselves in dynamite and nails for the purpose of killing children in the name of god.

Because the Palestinians have been encouraged to believe that murdering innocent Israeli civilians is a legitimate tactic for advancing their cause, the whole world now suffers from a plague of terrorism, from Nairobi to New York , from Moscow to Madrid , from Bali to Beslan.

They blame suicide bombing on "desperation of occupation". Let me tell you the truth. The first major terror bombing committed by Arabs against the Jewish state occurred ten weeks before Israel even became independent.

On Sunday morning, February 22, 1948 , in anticipation of Israel 's independence, a triple truck bomb was detonated by Arab terrorists on Ben Yehuda Street , in what was then the Jewish section of Jerusalem . Fifty-four people were killed, and hundreds were wounded. Thus, it is obvious that Arab terrorism is caused not by the "desperation" of "occupation", but by the VERY THOUGHT of a Jewish state.

So many times in history in the last 100 years, citizens have stood by and done nothing, allowing evil to prevail. As America stood up against and defeated communism, now it is time to stand up against the terror of religious bigotry and intolerance. It's time to all stand up, and support and defend the state of Israel , which is the front line of the war against terrorism.

Be sure to send this one out to everyone you know
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Posted by SharonRB in Countdown/Keith Olbermann Group
Sun Jul 23rd 2006, 07:26 PM
Check out my photo album of the last couple of days.

I was out in the field with Nancy yesterday. Today, I first attended a debate Nancy had with the woman who is challenging Knollenberg in the primary. Then I went on to a rally for volunteers and precinct captains where Kerry and Granholm spoke.

After that, I went to a fundraiser for the Governor at a state rep's house. There were about 50 people there and Kerry and Granholm both attended and spoke. That's where I got to meet both of them, speak to them for a few minutes and get my picture taken.

Check out my photo album:

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/sharonrb2/al...

And Kerry told me (and the crowd at the rally) he knows he won the election. He's freely admitting it now.
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Posted by SharonRB in Michigan
Sun Jul 23rd 2006, 07:21 PM
There was a reception with the Governor on Wednesday, July 19 sponsored by Ellen Malcom from Emily's List. The Governor gave a great speech and energized the crowd.

Saturday was spent with Nancy in Farmington at their Founder's Day Parade and festival. She did a great job working the crowd and talking to people on on one.

Today was very full. Nancy debated Pan Godchaux at an event sponsored by the Huntington Woods Peace Group. She did a great job.

Then, as Nancy continued her debate, I went on to the rally for volunteers and precinct captains with John Kerry and Governor Granholm. Sandy and Andy Levin, Debbie Dingell, Marie Donegan, Andy Meisner and others spoke before the main speakers, who really stirred up the crowd.

After the rally it was on to Marie Donegan's house for a fundraiser attended by Kerry and Granholm. Nancy was present and spoke after Kerry and Granholm. There were about 50 people there and it was a thrill to be at such a small gathering with the governor and Kerry. When I said to Kerry that I know he really won, he said "I know we did." He is pretty open about admitting now that he knows he won. He and the governor are sending signals that he's is going to run again.

Take a look at my photo album at the link below. It was great getting my picture taken with both the Governor and Kerry and getting a chance to speak to each of them for a couple of minutes.

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/sharonrb2/al...

The only bad thing about the day was that there were the usual anti-abortion protesters outside the union hall where the rally was held with their large graphic posters. As Kerry and Granholm were leaving Marie's house, a couple of them had shown up there and were stationed on the sidewalk with their posters. The police were called, but they couldn't to anything because the protesters were on the public sidewalk. It was really disgusting.
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Posted by SharonRB in Michigan
Sat Jul 01st 2006, 06:31 PM
I guess it's a hugh!!!!!! parade.

I went door to door in Clawson handing out flyers this afternoon -- just to Dem or Independent or "Unknown" doors to get her name out before the parade. It's pretty Republican around there, so we didn't have a ton of houses on each of the blocks we got to this afternoon.

Most people weren't home, so we just left the lit in the door, but of those who were, most were cordial, but curt. One older guy said she's got his vote -- he'll vote for any Dem and will put up any Dem lawn signs. The one who really floored me was the 30-ish, good-looking guy who came to the door, took the lit and said "We don't usually vote." I was pretty speechless. I just wanted to shake him and say -- "You fucking idiot! You have no right to complain about anything if you don't vote. I hope you're happy with things the way they are." But I didn't. I just said we need all the support we can get in November and he said he'd think about voting. Yeah, right. Sure he will.

I just don't understand people like that.
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Posted by SharonRB in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sun Jun 11th 2006, 06:10 PM
and that in 2008 he'll be the right man at the right time in the right place. And he'll be the one to help save the planet. Super Gore for president!!!!

I have to get my folks to go see it. My aunt and uncle were visiting from New York and they and my parents were here for brunch today. When I brought up the movie, my father poo pooed it and said that scientists disagree and compared Gore to Michael Moore. I told him that was because he watches Fox. He and my mom voted for Bush in 2004 (because for some unknown reason they thought he was better for Israel), but Gore in 2000 and my aunt and uncle voted for Kerry. Now I just have to get my parents to see the movie. The planet is at stake. My dad doesn't think there's anything we can do about it. We need to get people one by one to realize that it's going to take everyone doing their little part to bring about change -- I know it sounds like a daunting task, but if everyone has the attitude that it's too far gone already, nothing will change. I truly believe that Al Gore as president can help to bring about change.
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Tue May 02nd 2006, 08:46 PM
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Posted by SharonRB in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu Apr 20th 2006, 08:20 PM
I know most people on DU are already not purchasing Exxon Mobil gas, but if this idea spreads, it could be HUGH!!!!! My uncle just forwarded this e-mail to me. I'm going to post it here, in the lounge and in GD. Here's the e-mail:

I never send out mass emails, but given the message below, it seems like
>this one could work and that it is in all of our interest to send this to 10
>0r more people on your distribution list. Just pick out a few names and
>makes sure that you get some geographic distribution to the ones you pick.
>And adhere to it.
>
XXXXXXXXX

I'M VERY WILLING TO GIVE THIS A SHOT, HOW ABOUT YOU? I JUST SPENT $43.00
> >>ON GAS YESTERDAY.
GAS WAR - an idea that WILL work

Join the resistance!!!! I hear we are going to hit close to $4.00 a gallon by next summer and it might go higher!! Want gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united action. Phillip Hollsworth offered this good idea.

This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the "don't buy gas on a certain day" campaign that was going around last April or May! The oil companies justlaughed at that because they knew we wouldn't continue to "hurt" ourselves by refusing to buy gas. It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them.

BUT, whoever thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can really work. With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The >>only way we are going to see the price of gas come down is if we hit someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their gas! And, we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves. How?

Since we all rely on our cars, we can't just stop buying gas. But we CAN have an impact on gas prices if we all ct together to force a price war.

Here's the idea:

For the rest of this year, DON'T purchase ANY gasoline from the two iggest companies (which now are one), EXXON and MOBIL. If they are not elling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they yeduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit.

But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Exxon and Mobil gas buyers. It's really simple to do! Now, don't wimp out at this point.... keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people.

I am sending this note to 30 people. If each of us sends it to at least ten more (30 x 10 =3D 300) ... and those 300 send it to at least ten more(300 x 10 =3D 3,000)...and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth group of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers. If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each,then 30 million people will have been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it..... THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!

Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people. That's all. (If you don't understand how we can reach 300 million and all you have to do is send this to 10 people.... Well, let's face it, you just aren't a mathematician. But I am, so trust me on this one.) How long would all that take? If each of us sends this e-mail out to ten more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people could conceivably be contacted within the next 8 days!!!

I'll bet you didn't think you and I had that much potential, did you?

Acting together we can make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on. I suggest that we not buy from EXXON/MOBIL UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE $1.30 RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN.

THIS CAN REALLY WORK.
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