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Posted by mnhtnbb in Political Videos
Sun Oct 16th 2011, 05:48 AM
A local Raleigh Congressman--Brad Miller (D)--who is in danger of being gerrymandered out of his constituency
thanks to the Republican takeover of NC State Legislature in 2010--stopped by a Raleigh OWS protest last week.
He talked about changing banks and his new bill:

So how hard is it to change banks? Harder than you think, Miller said, especially if you automatically deduct bills from checking accounts. To change banks, he said, you may have to maintain dual accounts for as long as three months.


Miller's Freedom and Mobility in Banking Act would allow a consumer to close a bank account by phone or online as well as in person, prohibit fees or charges for closing an account and prohibit banks from black-listing a consumer for failing to satisfy bank-generated fees assessed to an account at the time of closure.
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Posted by mnhtnbb in General Discussion
Thu Sep 22nd 2011, 09:50 AM

I read a lot of stuff on-line last night--following the barbaric process conducted
by the State of Georgia last night in executing Troy Davis. One of the most chilling
things I saw was that Davis, voluntarily, returned from Atlanta to Savannah to 'clear
his name' when he heard he was wanted for the murder of the police officer. Wow.
Very naive--and really not the behavior of a guilty man. Davis believed the PD
were his 'friends'. Uh uh. No way. If you are suspected of committing a crime,
do NOT make the mistake of thinking the PD are your 'friends'. Shut your mouth and
do not say anything until your legal counsel is present.
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Posted by mnhtnbb in General Discussion
Sat Aug 20th 2011, 12:14 PM
I have one fb friend--a person I worked with (actually hired) many years ago. She and her hubby retired
to Idaho (that oughta' tell you) several years ago. I'm retired. We've stayed in touch for the 25 years
since I left the organization where we both worked.

Several years ago she was the first person to send me a 'friend' request on fb. I accepted, but
really didn't get into it until about 18 months ago. Since then, we've had some battles. I remember
the first time I posted something political and she reared right up! Wow. Surprised me. So of course
it turns out she watches Fox, likes Sarah Palin, OMG--the stuff she puts up sometimes--and I by and large
try to ignore it. Yesterday, she posted this food fight between Bourdain and what he said about Paula Deen. Well, she loved Paula's trash talk comment about "how could he be so mean? Did somebody pee in his cereal?" The day before, she made--and posted--zucchini bread using Paula's recipe. Loaded with oil and sugar. OK. In the last year I've lost 40 lbs. This friend has remarked--and asked--how I did it. I've given her the info. The friend is significantly overweight. So I posted in response that Bourdain was not smart to insult PD (calling her food 'sucky') because he was on the right side of the issues about the impact of high sugar/high fat content food. Well, my friend kept maintaining that Paula won the argument
and I maintained that winning the contest of the best insult was not the issue!

OK. I'm going to take this beyond fb and food fights. I'm very concerned that we are more and more
unable to have a conversation with people who have a different opinion--and this particularly applies to
people on the right. This a.m. my friend posts on her wall:

Sometimes my posts are just innocuous posts.. I am not looking for a debate on everything I post... so from now on... here is the deal... if you insist on a debate EVERY TIME I post something, including this post.... I am going to SEND YOU TO TIME OUT ON YOUR WALL.. you can debate all you want on your wall.. LOL!!!

So the way I read this is, don't make a comment unless you agree with me. I'm not interested in changing my opinion, not interested in looking at anything from a different point of view, not interested in anything unless it's about me and the way I see the world.

That is sad. Very sad. How are we ever going to get out of the mess we're in if this is what we're up against with the followers of Fox News? This is not the first time I've encountered this attitude with someone I know well, either. My sister in law is a right winger, and boy did we ever have it out during
the primary season leading up to 2008. When I tried to give her facts, she shut me out with the comment, "I'm not interested in a history lesson, I just agree with xxxxx opinion." In other words, don't confuse me with the facts!

I really don't see a way out of our problems if people aren't willing to listen to another view of things.
It's very, very, discouraging.

What say you, DU'er's? If you've been able to successfully maintain conversations with right wingers
when you express disagreement, what are your secrets?
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Posted by mnhtnbb in The DU Lounge
Thu Mar 24th 2011, 03:37 PM
Getting the right personalities together is a trick and introductions should be made with the dog
controlled on a leash.

It can be done. Our 15 yo Simba gets along fine with our rescue dog, Snowy, who came to live with
us 18 months ago. Simba and his brother Mouse, came as kittens to live with our shelter dog, Tanya.

Tanya and Mouse--no longer with us--I like to think they reunited at the Rainbow Bridge

Simba and Snowy--not long after Snowy came to live with us

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Posted by mnhtnbb in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Nov 04th 2010, 04:21 PM
The Republican takeover of North Carolina's state legislature in 2010 -- the first time since Reconstruction -- caught many by surprise, but perhaps none more than state senator John Snow.

A three-term Democrat in the senate's western-most district in the mountains, Snow largely avoided controversy and often bucked his party; one group rated him as the state's second-most conservative senate Democrat. What's more, his Republican opponent Jim Davis -- a dentist and newcomer to state politics -- seemed like a long shot.

But then the money flooded in. Smelling an upset, the state Republican Party injected $321,600 into Davis' challenge campaign. By mid-October, the Republican had raked in a total of $448,000 -- a staggering sum for the small district, and nearly double the $225,000 incumbent Snow had raised. (Final campaign finance reports will be released in January.)

If he was caught off guard by the GOP's big spending, Snow was completely blindsided by another onslaught: A barrage of attack ads and mailers from Civitas Action and Real Jobs NC, outside groups backed by conservative donor Art Pope. In lockstep with the Republican Party, the ostensibly non-partisan organizations poured over $205,000 into attacking Snow -- almost as much as Snow had raised for his entire campaign.

Read the entire article here:
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Posted by mnhtnbb in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Sep 02nd 2010, 06:53 PM
Damn. He put up this outrageous post, pretending to ask if more liberals than conservatives were fat, citing Michael Moore and Slimebaugh as examples. Who else, he asks?
(This guy's handle is fat_lawyer.) It was astonishingly full of blame for budget deficit on liberals,
war, excesses, whatever, and his inference was that liberals can't say 'no'. I responded to his post that if he wanted to insult liberals he should find another blog; put up a link to a Forbes (yeah that liberal rag)article showing that more red cities have high rates of obesity than blue cities ; and finally suggested to him that maybe we could leave politics out of our weight loss issues and all try to support each other on that site.

Within minutes, his post was gone! Disappeared! I'm sure a moderator took it down. Then, the guy has the audacity to put up another post speculating that he must have pushed the wrong button on his computer.

Damn. I posted that probably a moderator took it down...and here's his answer to me:

mnhtnbb: No way! Censorship is such an oppressive, conservative thing to do. Liberals love free speech, and defend the right of anyone to say anything at any place at any time. After all, they're always defending the right of *** and Islamofascists to talk and march. So even if my last post offended liberals, the last thing they'd do is act like a bunch of whiny crybabies and have it deleted.

I rather doubt the people who run NS are liberals.

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Posted by mnhtnbb in The DU Lounge
Fri Aug 27th 2010, 09:19 AM

Floating islands of Los Uros in Lake Titicaca--also taken by me from our hotel window

and me with Lake Titicaca in background--looking towards Bolivia from Isla Taquile--photo taken by hubby

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Posted by mnhtnbb in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Aug 24th 2010, 12:22 PM
three years ago.

Why? You can't sell a lot--even in town--around here (Chapel Hill, NC) now.
The lot still has the detached garage with studio apartment over it that didn't
burn. We get $625/mo rent (graduate student) for the apartment as we are walking
distance to campus.

The house we are building is designed for us to 'age in place'. No going to assisted living.
The house is being built all one level--except for a lower level suite for our college aged son
to use when he's home, that eventually could be occupied by someone to 'live-in' in exchange
for helping us when we hit the old fart stage. If we need income before we need help, we might
also try to rent that space (after our son no longer needs it). The house we are building will be mortgage free.

We're toying with the idea of trying to keep the house we now own and are living in on the same street
and renting it. We figure if we could manage to put an extra $500/mo toward the mortgage on it, we'd own it
free and clear in less than 10 years, while a tenant would be making the mortgage payment. After it's paid off, any rental income would go in our pockets (except for taxes and maintenance).

The $64 million question is, will we have tied up too much money in real estate if we try to keep both places?
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Posted by mnhtnbb in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Aug 15th 2010, 01:51 PM
"don't confuse me with the facts".

When presented with factual information that conflicts with a political opinion, the person
will dig in on 'believing' and reject the facts in order to avoid cognitive dissonance.

In English--it's too threatening to be confronted with information that requires you to
rethink your position on an issue. So...just dismiss the facts.

for more info:
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Posted by mnhtnbb in The DU Lounge
Sun Aug 15th 2010, 07:43 AM
where the most flattering dress style they recommend has these details:


--fitted between the bust and waist to emphasize figure

--skirt flows away from the hips--but keep the bodice fitted (not pleated or gathered)

--just above the knee length gives you longer leg line which makes you seem taller.

Good luck shopping. You can find something you'll love and feel good wearing. Enjoy the wedding!

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Sat Aug 14th 2010, 02:38 PM
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Posted by mnhtnbb in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Aug 12th 2010, 06:53 PM
We need single payer health care.

We need social security protected.


We need to get off our horrible dependence upon oil.

We need to pay teachers MORE not less.

We need to support public education--not make money for companies that write/grade tests.

We need to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

We need to rebuild our cities, our bridges, our highways.

We need to develop alternative energy programs (and I don't mean fracking for natural gas to destroy
our fresh water)

We need to forget about treating corporations like people and treat people like people.

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Posted by mnhtnbb in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Aug 12th 2010, 04:11 PM
Otherwise, who knows what could happen?

The opponents--the right wing "Christians"--can't handle thinking for themselves. It's too scary.
If other people aren't required to follow their rules, well, then the possibility exists
that they don't have to follow "the rules", either. The problem is, their "rules" are based
on arguments from another time and place (2000 years ago)which are meaningless in a society
that has evolved to value "liberty and justice for all".

On edit: it's the same reason so many of them fight the concept of evolution: it implies change.
They can't handle change.

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Posted by mnhtnbb in The DU Lounge
Thu Aug 12th 2010, 09:23 AM
We did a two woman play years ago when I was living in Nebraska: Me and Jezebel.
We had great fun. She played Bette Davis and I played Elizabeth Fuller (the playwright).

A year or so later I heard she had committed suicide from the artistic director of the
theater. She was a lesbian and she'd been through a couple of very difficult and
sad relationship breakups (one when we were doing the play). Then her mother died from cancer
and her brother was dying, too (I don't remember the details of that, except that he was really pissed at her because she was healthy). Anyway, she checked into
a hotel in town and took a bunch of pills. By the time she was found, she was too far gone
even though she was still alive when admitted to the hospital.

She was seriously depressed. Too many losses and too much pain and apparently, couldn't see where any joy was going to be coming into her life.

Very sad. She was really talented.
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Posted by mnhtnbb in The DU Lounge
Thu Aug 12th 2010, 09:03 AM
The first was an 18 year old boy who'd been a close friend of our oldest son; seven years ago. He had spent a week at the beach with us in 2003, so we had gotten to know him a little better than the kids who just sort of run in/out of your house during those teen years. The following December he took a gun, went into the parking lot of the small park across from the high school from which he'd graduated that spring (my son's senior year) and ate the gun. My son was asked to be an honorary pallbearer. Going to the funeral was one of the saddest days of my life. The parents ended up divorced several years later. His younger brother--same age as our youngest boy--seems to be doing well in college.

The second was a girlfriend from high school--a fellow cheerleader (40 years ago)--who jumped in front
of a train 14 months ago. Everyone was shocked. Nobody could figure out why she had done it. No note.
Turns out, her husband--and the love of her life since middle school--had pleaded guilty to tax evasion
and last November was sentenced to 10 months in a federal penitentiary--where he is now serving his time.
He was caught keeping a duplicate set of books for his import business. This guy was a football player, Mr. Personality, worked for a major brokerage firm; they'd lived in Tokyo and London during the height of his career. I suspect now, as do most people, that she was humiliated by what he did and couldn't face
living with him--or leaving him. Just a guess. She was 57 and left two adult children.

It's so hard for the families and friends of people who make the choice to commit suicide. So hard.

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