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Posted by WePurrsevere in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Sep 17th 2009, 12:49 PM


Oh.. and about the reporters figures.. from comments and links provided by "Harpo" HERE it looks like the data the reporter used to show "doubled" may not be correct.
Harpro
11:06AM Sep 17th 2009
Saturday ridership on the Metro one year before the 9/12 rallies = 362,773(9/13/08). Don't know where the author came up with the 202,000 number, mine is from the D.C. Metro Authority(link follows). 437000-362000 equals an attendence figure consistent with what the D.C. Fire dept. and MSM estimates of crowd size. Certainly some paid protesters arrived by bus and hog truck which doesn't invalidate the numbers, there were other events attended by citizens going on in D.C. on the same day and many of those people took the Metro too.
http://www.wmata.com/rail/disruption_repor...
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Harpro
11:20AM Sep 17th 2009
Looking again at my link, I see where the author came up with the 202,000 ridership figure. He used the holiday weekend ridership number, when more stores and busineses are closed and more peoople are out of town, instead of the more honest and realistic number from a week later which would coincide with the Saturday a year later. They will do anything to cover up the fact they are failures.
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Posted by WePurrsevere in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Sep 14th 2009, 09:36 PM
is pretty good.. add to that this screen capture I did from C-Span coverage of the event and you can really get a good idea of how many where (and were NOT) there.


It looks like you can see the blue "Freedom Works" bus he mentions in both for reference.

I agree that we shouldn't become to complacent about this... 70,000 is a fair showing. IMO we can't allow nor afford to let the voices of this tiny, ignorant, bigoted bunch sway our reps against what the majority of Americans want.. and desperately NEED.
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Posted by WePurrsevere in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Sep 12th 2009, 08:05 PM
I thought this might help put things in perspective a bit.


I also found this if you'd like a better shot of the Mall at Obama's Inauguration:
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Posted by WePurrsevere in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Mar 07th 2009, 07:05 AM


This line from an op-ed in NYTs, by Charles Blow, made me laugh out loud (and startle the poor cat asleep in front of me on my desk).

That one simple comment sums them up perfectly IMO and the rest of piece is pretty spot on too.

According to the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, the percentage of Americans who view the Republican Party positively is at an all-time low. Meanwhile, President Obama’s positive rating is at an all-time high, and the Democratic Party’s positive rating is near its high.

Why? Because the Republicans have dissolved into a querulous lot of nags and naysayers without a voice, a direction or a clue, and we are not amused.

And who has surfaced as their saviors? Bobby Jindal, Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh — the axis of drivel.


Continued at the above link.
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Posted by WePurrsevere in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Jan 25th 2009, 03:14 PM
I love the unusual. We have 7 acres here that I'd turn into artsy garden paths and rooms in a heartbeat if we had the funds.
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Posted by WePurrsevere in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun Jan 25th 2009, 06:27 AM
as a real "health" issue when research has showed that dental problems can cause larger physical health problems even death.
http://dentistry.about.com/od/researchands...

Optical is needed because if you can't see well it tends to put a major damper on the quality of your life. Medicare Part B covers an ophthalmologist but not glasses themselves even though for some of us they're as important as mobility aids are to some.

Prescriptions being covered should go without saying and should also be included. This nonsense they offer Medicare recipients now is a travesty and needs to be overhauled and included.... not a'la carte.

IMO if we're going to go with some sort of socialized medical plan that's available to all, it really needs to take a holistic approach to health. IME true good health comes when all of our health needs are addressed. We need to work towards not just quantity but quality of life.
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Posted by WePurrsevere in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Jan 24th 2009, 08:52 PM
Dental, Optical and Prescription all bundled in with it. Also Medicare needs to make more needed medical equipment for quality of life more readily available.

Medicaid might also make a good base, they'd just have to figure out how much to charge per month for those not low income.

Mind you my favorite idea is that all Americans get the SAME health care benefits as their Congressional and Senatorial reps.

The thing is we have the basics of "social" health care plans in place.. we just need to work out the kinks, expand and implement them.
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Posted by WePurrsevere in EBay, Collectors, Flea market, & Antiques Group
Wed Jan 14th 2009, 08:04 AM
Actual law:
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?b...

Details from Consumer Product Safety Commission:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml0...

It looks like second hand items won't be effected but there's some question as to whether you could still be sued if you sell a used item that contains lead.

There's also a potential problem with those who handcraft items that may be used by children under 12. I think someone mentioned that they're saying some materials may be exempt but I don't trust "interpretation" of the law stuff since it's subject to change.

http://www.wyff4.com/money/18453746/detail... -
<snip>But late last week, thrift and consignment stores learned they will not be required to test.

"It's a really big relief," said Crystal Hardesty, of Goodwill in Greenville. "It was a big concern for us because it really was going to affect our business and what we're able to do in the community. So we're really happy to have these regulations clarified and what our responsibilities are clarified."

However, people who make children's toys or clothing -- even if it's a small operation in their basement -- will be required to prove to the government that their products do not contain lead before they can sell them.

The law goes into effect in February.
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Posted by WePurrsevere in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Sep 30th 2008, 08:39 AM
because they don't normally care jack for "Main Street" but are all about "Wall Street" (Corporations and BIG money). If they don't want this then logically it has to benefit them and/or their big $$ buddies in some way.

Then it occurred to me... maybe Bush wants this for the opposite reason that the others don't... he's a "lame duck" so he doesn't have to worry about re-election or his corp donors anymore so maybe now he's looking out for himself in a different way and is worried about his legacy.

Anyway, this morning I read an article in Slant that helped make some sense of my some of suspicions as to why the votes may have gone as they did (although I think there are more reasons then just this for some): Failure To Lead

While some lawmakers pointed to ideological reasons for rejecting the rescue package, everyone says that the surge in angry calls and e-mails from constituents opposed to the measure played a pivotal role. As the LAT notes, there was no grass-roots movement in favor of the bill, but there were plenty of groups that angrily opposed the measure. "People's re-elections played into this to a much greater degree than I would have imagined," said Rep. Deborah Pryce, a Republican from Ohio who is retiring. Other lawmakers were clearly worried about how their vote would play with their constituents a mere five weeks before Election Day. Although members may cite other reasons, "it was old-fashioned politics that killed the bill. … oo many lawmakers weren't willing to risk losing their jobs," declares USAT.

The WSJ goes inside with a look at who cast the "no" votes and says they "came from a strange-bedfellows coalition" that spanned the ideological spectrum. Many of these nays came from representatives of low-income districts, but the one thing many had in common is a tough re-election fight. While the majority of Democratic freshmen and all of the first-term Republican lawmakers voted against the bill, the overwhelming majority of those retiring from Capitol Hill voted in favor. But the LAT also points out that many of the no votes came from safe districts, partly because years of redistricting have created "politically polarized" areas where "members from those districts have less incentive to compromise with the other party."
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Posted by WePurrsevere in Latest Breaking News
Mon Nov 12th 2007, 12:08 PM
Most folks I've spoken with are scared... I know we are...

Here's what our local oil supplier is currently charging per gallon:
Fuel Oil - 3.099 cash - 3.229 credit (which includes HEAP beneficiaries!)
Dyed Kerosene - 3.399 cash - 3.529 credit (^see above^)

NYS is #2 in Electric costs and heating one's home that way gets very expensive (BTDT)
Many homes here (and I know in Northern Maine as well) are older and poorly insulated. Many use older and less efficient furnaces as well. Quite a few have wood stoved/furnaces to help (wood is around $50 a face cord up here and we figure it will run us a face cord a week if we can get some delivered) but those are a lot of work for the seniors and disabled especially.

HEAP assistance is not enough to get most folks even semi-comfortably through the Winter and if you're elderly or disabled turning down the furnace to much can make pain levels much worse.
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Posted by WePurrsevere in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Wed Sep 27th 2006, 09:12 AM
Although this report series is centers around NY's justice system NY is one of 30 states that still use this antiquated system of justice. Is your state one of them?

If you have not read part one please do so. The the cited cases of small town injustice are mind boggling to lovers of true American justice.
NYT's - Part One here: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/25/nyregion...
(Previous DU thread here: http://tinyurl.com/hk5w5 ) - (there's a link to state by state justice system info)

NYT's Part Two here: http://tinyurl.com/genz8
DU Part 2 thread here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discu...

NYT's link to Part 3 (How a Reviled Court System Has Outlasted Critics)here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/27/nyregion...

Their language has often been blistering, and their point has been the same: These courts, with their often primitive trappings and amateur judges, are an anachronism that desperately needs to be overhauled or discarded.

Although they are key institutions of justice in more than 1,000 small towns and suburbs across New York, trying misdemeanor cases and lawsuits, a vast majority of the justices who run them are not lawyers, and receive only a few days’ legal training. The justices are often elected in low-turnout races, keep few records and operate largely without supervision — leaving a long trail of injustices and mangled rulings.

Yet these justice courts, as they are known, remain essentially as they were when New Yorkers started complaining nearly a century ago. In recent weeks, state officials have decided to take some steps to increase training, supervision and record-keeping. But the cries for any sweeping change have all but died out over the last few decades, even as the abuses have continued.

One way to understand why a much-criticized institution has come to seem so entrenched is to revisit three big battles over the justice courts. In each, the people seeking to change the system tried in a different arena: the Legislature, the voting booths and the higher courts. And each time, their defeat was so stinging that it effectively killed any further discussion there: (more at the above link)
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Posted by WePurrsevere in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Wed Sep 27th 2006, 09:06 AM
Although this report series is centers around NY's justice system NY is one of 30 states that still use this antiquated system of justice. Is your state one of them?

If you have not read part one please do so. The the cited cases of small town injustice are mind boggling to lovers of true American justice.
NYT's - Part One here: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/25/nyregion...
(Previous DU thread here: http://tinyurl.com/hk5w5 ) - (there's a link to state by state justice system info)

NYT's Part Two - Small-Town Justice, With Trial and Error "You learn by mistakes"
http://tinyurl.com/genz8


<snip>
Justice Gori told the commission that he had never heard of the elementary legal rule that bars a judge, except in the most extraordinary circumstances, from secret contact with one side of a case. “It’s not even explained in my manual,” he said.

An unfamiliarity with basic legal principles is remarkably common in what are known as the justice courts, legacies of the Colonial era that survive in more than 1,000 New York towns and villages.

For generations, justices have hailed them as “poor man’s courts,” where ordinary people can get simple justice with little formality or expense. But there are few more vivid spots to view their shortcomings than here in one of New York’s poorest corners: Franklin County, a place of rugged beauty on the Canadian border where only one of the 32 local justices is a lawyer.

The county’s justices have repeatedly drawn the attention of state judicial conduct officials, with 15 publicly disciplined since the late 1970’s, some twice. Justice Gori’s errors pale in comparison with those of some others: One justice freed a rape suspect on bail as a favor to a friend. Another sentenced a welfare recipient to 89 days in jail after she failed to pay a $1.50 cab fare. Franklin County justices have presided drunk, fixed cases and denied lawyers to defendants. One failed to appoint a lawyer for a 19-year-old mentally retarded alcoholic.
</snip>


Edited to add link to DU thread on Part 3:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discu...
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Posted by WePurrsevere in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Mon Sep 25th 2006, 10:24 AM
I've lived pretty much all of my life in NYS and thankfully (knock on wood) have not run across this personally although I do know a few people that have experienced similar injustices all over NY. It never occured to me however that these BS judges are not trained in ANY law at all however it explains so much.

It's not only in NY state that this is going on either. According to the article NY is one of 30 states that still work the same antiquated (and unconstitutional/unAmerican) way. Is your state one of them? We must fix these "broken benchs".

The article is long and has many more outragious examples... here are just a few:

In Tiny Courts of New York, Abuses of Law and Power

<snip>

Nearly three-quarters of the judges are not lawyers, and many — truck drivers, sewer workers or laborers — have scant grasp of the most basic legal principles. Some never got through high school, and at least one went no further than grade school.

But serious things happen in these little rooms all over New York State. People have been sent to jail without a guilty plea or a trial, or tossed from their homes without a proper proceeding. In violation of the law, defendants have been refused lawyers, or sentenced to weeks in jail because they cannot pay a fine. Frightened women have been denied protection from abuse.

<snip>

A woman in Malone, N.Y., was not amused. A mother of four, she went to court in that North Country village seeking an order of protection against her husband, who the police said had choked her, kicked her in the stomach and threatened to kill her. The justice, Donald R. Roberts, a former state trooper with a high school diploma, not only refused, according to state officials, but later told the court clerk, “Every woman needs a good pounding every now and then.” ( Until recently we lived in the town of Malone. )

<snip>

And several people in the small town of Dannemora were intimidated by their longtime justice, Thomas R. Buckley, a phone-company repairman who cursed at defendants and jailed them without bail or a trial, state disciplinary officials found. Feuding with a neighbor over her dog’s running loose, he threatened to jail her and ordered the dog killed.

“I just follow my own common sense,” Mr. Buckley, in an interview, said of his 13 years on the bench. “And the hell with the law.”


Much more at above link

(edited to change example in thread title.)
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Posted by WePurrsevere in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu Sep 21st 2006, 08:24 PM
On a TV news show tonight they reported on Chavez and Ahmadinejad going after Bush at the UN. One commentator (I didn't catch his name) made a comment that made me stop in my tracks. He basically said that it's very telling that when Chavez & Ahmadinejad spoke out against Bush at the UN not even one ambassador there stood up for Bush.

Not even ONE? Wow, although I pretty much knew that most of the world does not care for Bush I would have thought at least England's rep. would have said something in defense of Bush but I haven't been able to find any news yet to contradict what this man said. Heck from one news article that I found Chavez even received "enthusiastic applause" from the UN assembly after his "devil" speech.

The ego of Bush and the neo-Cons that takes the attitude that 'we're the biggest baddest bully on the block so we'll darn well do as we please' has got to stop. This is not the way to achieve peace. We are not an island, we are not the boss of the whole world and acting like school yard bullies will only get us more hated and more of us killed. Bush and the pro-war neo-Cons must be removed from power. This November we must become the majority and start working toward showing the world that we are not all like Bush, he does not represent all of us and that most of us truly desire peace.
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