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It Takes A Village Idiot
Posted by WheelWalker in Joe Biden Supporters Group
Wed Nov 05th 2008, 01:33 AM
with two of my oldest, best friends, living the past 40 years in retrospect. We met at the University of Oregon in 1968. They are godparents to my children. We cried like embattled warriors who have left their all on the field, together with so many comrades who did not live to see the day. The fruit born of seed long ago sown, nurtured along the way by the seed, too, of our loins. This moment would be incomprehensible were we unable to live, now, in this moment. But we can. What has birthed, this day, issues forth that harmonic connection known only to the child in the womb and a mothers' beating heart. And as the day, the hour, the minute of birth has arrived, we channel that mantra of every laboring mother - breathing hope into life - as she presses down..."Yes I Can."
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Posted by WheelWalker in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Oct 10th 2008, 09:48 PM
the "privatized" fork of Social Security. Except it's not individual investment, but public investment, in the private sector.
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Posted by WheelWalker in Joe Biden Supporters Group
Tue May 13th 2008, 09:08 PM
Obama will be the nominee (ahem...). That said,his choice for VP becomes critical to whether he can/will be elected. I am also quite certain he cannot choose Hillary as his mate. That would eviscerate his call to "change", and, for many, constitute a sell-out to the established order. It would not produce the desired result.

He cannot pick a young, rising star for the reason that HE is the young and rising star. He needs some "gravitas" on the ticket, much as did the Chimp, to instill confidence among the electorate that his administration would not be hopelessly lost in learning on the job.

He cannot pick a NE liberal, because his message calls for moderating "extremism," professing the "middle way." Yet he will need help with carrying the demographics in several northern and midwestern, rust-belt states that are crucial to achieving an electoral majority.

There aren't a lot of experienced, elder statesmen or stateswomen hanging around. Very many have left politics. None on the west coast, really, except maybe in California...but I think California is as outside the middle way as the NE liberals. None of the former cabinet members from the Clinton regime would be a good choice for reasons that they, too, would be seen as part of the old guard. An exception might be Richardson.

There is talk of reaching across party lines. Hagel has been mentioned. And Bloomberg, too.

Joe Biden, though, is a Democrat, with experience, who has demonstrated a commitment to non-confrontational politics, a consensus builder across party lines, with a "change" view of international relations based on a moral, rational self-interest. Really, Joe Biden is not just a good, qualifying choice... he is the rational choice, as well. I am optimistic Barack will agree and choose Joe as his partner in this new venture for America at home and abroad. We will see what we will see.
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Posted by WheelWalker in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Feb 19th 2008, 10:14 PM
but I've been advising attorneys for over twenty years and have some experience in dealing with the intentions of persons who have reached room temperature. Attorneys have opinions that depend for their value upon the accuracy and completeness of the facts they analyze in light of existing law. The law is what a judge says it is, until another judge says he or she is wrong. The Supreme Court is not final because it's infallible....it is infallible because it is final. So, if you would know what this or that means, don't bother to ask the courts. The answer, my friend, isn't blow'n in the the wind - the answer is blow'n through your shorts.
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Posted by WheelWalker in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Dec 20th 2007, 04:11 PM
I support Joe Biden because he is rational.

And because he is a principled pragmatist.

And because he is a humble man who knows suffering.

Joe Biden is passionate, but he is not an ideologue.

Joe Biden is beholden to the publics' interests, NOT ANY special interest.

Joe Biden burns with fire...he does not merely obscure with smoke.

However, despite these and many other fine qualities, it is his demonstrated commitment to action that drives my support. His RECORD speaks to his determination to effect values which I, and our party and our nation hold dear.

The following excerpts from Joe Biden's record speak powerfully to me. Perhaps they will speak to you, as well.

- PROTECT THE OPPRESSED (an unapproachable record on civil rights; authored Violence Against Women
Act; a leader in the effort to end the genocide in the Balkans and in Darfur)

- DARFUR (Biden's Plan for Darfur, now before the Senate in S. Res. 276,would make it U.S. policy to
stop the violence by deploying a robust international peacekeeping force, ensure access for
humanitarian workers and negotiate a durable political settlement)

- IRAQ (Biden Exit Plan, now having passed both houses and before the executive, calling for a
decentralized federal system)

- EDUCATE THE NATION (Biden Education Plan: move to a sixteen year system; focus on retaining &
training teachers; reduce class size)

- FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING (leading the effort to pass the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act;
supports the Clean Power Act; as chairman of the SFRC, wrote a bipartisan resolution directing the
President to return to international negotiations and reclaim a leadership role in the fight against
global warming)

- PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT (wrote Biden Debt for Nature plan to give debt relief to developing nations
who protect rain forests and other environmental assets; supports polluter pays superfund; wants
permanent protection for ANWR; fights efforts to rollback environmental safeguards)

- FIND ENERGY INDEPENDENCE (wrote flexfuel vehicle legislation, wrote legislation raising renewable
fuel standard benchmarks)

- LOCAL SECURITY (authored Biden Crime Bill, adding 100,000 cops to America's streets; authored the
Adam Walsh Act to assure convicted sex offenders do not slip through the cracks to re-offend against
our children; wrote legislation providing funds to states for building prisons if they agree to keep
their violent offenders behind bars for at least 85 percent of their sentence; authored the Second
Chance Act to provide ex-offenders with with housing, drug and alcohol treatment, job training, and
other life skills, providing them with the skills they need to rejoin their families and
communities).

- NATIONAL SECURITY (a proven leader on foreign relations; promotes international realism; authored
Biden Iraq Exit Plan; authored legislation to fight global warming, promote energy independence, and
establish rational energy policy)

- HEALTH CARE (Joe Bidenís CARE four step plan toward universal health care: cover all children;
access for adults; reinsurance for catastrophic cases; encouraging prevention and modernization)

- ENERGY (Joe Biden's Energy and Climate Change Security Plan: responsible foreign policy toward Iran;
restore US leadership on climate change; increase fuel efficiency & use of renewable fuels; invest
in new energy technology; expand renewable energy; require efficient energy use by Federal Gov't;
encourage efficient private energy use; create green jobs in tomorrow's technology).

The above is hardly an inclusive list of all Joe Biden's accomplishments and efforts. They are those which speak most powerfully to me. What I know for certain is that with Joe Biden, what you see is what you get - it's as plain, simple and effective as that. What Joe Biden has done tells me what he can and will do.

And THAT is why I support Joe Biden.
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Posted by WheelWalker in Joe Biden Supporters Group
Mon Dec 10th 2007, 12:41 AM
and our planet. Many is the mother whose "reality" at the moment of crowning is, "I can't do this." But she does. Sometimes it is but an encouraging word, at others the touch of a finger to depress a lip of the cervix. There are many things in life that we deem not doable until they are done. Doubt not my Steely friend. With gentle guidance of history, this child, too, shall know the world. And the Wheel turns.
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Posted by WheelWalker in Joe Biden Supporters Group
Sat Dec 08th 2007, 12:14 AM
In the most difficult times, I hope to remember that if I can stand unshaken amidst the crash of breaking worlds - if I am able to know a peace that cannot be stolen by all the robbers of pain and circumstance - then, I will do no harm.
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Posted by WheelWalker in Joe Biden Supporters Group
Fri Dec 07th 2007, 11:39 PM
fulfill the biological imperative. A large part of our development involves learning to know when to hold'em and when to fold'em. But even when we stand our ground, whether by choice or necessity, there is the moral dilemma of how much force to apply and when to stop.

And I'm just talking about me here, I'm not evaluating anyone else.

How much pain, if any, is it appropriate to cause another before one withdraws? How much blood must flow if the infliction of pain has been insufficient to curb the assault? I'm reminded of that caveman commercial for, I think it's FedEx, where he walks out of the cave and gets stomped by the reptilian giant. I don't want to bludgeon the messenger because he or she displays an inflammatory plume, just because I carry a big club and can. That's the part of me I have to be mindful of.

I think everyone in this group does an absolutely MARVELOUS job in the exercise of restraint when dealing with some of the turd buckets that are slopped our way. Keep up the great work, Corona. As I've posted before, I personally LOVE your attitude and the facts that ride with it.

And don't worry...silence is not my dharmma. Neither is subtlety. Blessings.
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Posted by WheelWalker in Joe Biden Supporters Group
Fri Dec 07th 2007, 11:03 PM
can never step into the same river twice." Friends of 40 years look at me today and remark, "you know, in a lot of ways, you have changed over the years." To which I reply, "isn't that the point?" After all the effort, I'd be sorely disappointed if I hadn't.

Just this last month I pulled out an old book by Martin Buber that I last read in about 1968, I think, and wondered just when it was I came to the knowing that "I-Thou" assumes facts not in evidence. As a child, I learned I could hurt others. As an adult, I learned that hurting others, hurt me.

Thank you so much for sharing your feelings and thoughts. It is a great gift.
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Posted by WheelWalker in Joe Biden Supporters Group
Fri Dec 07th 2007, 02:20 AM
the choice between fight or flight, 99% of the time my natural tendency would be fight. Not physically - I've never been in a physical fight in my life. I've always been able to control the situation by presence and glamour. I am not by nature aggressive at all. But my tendency is certainly not to back away when attacked. I don't like that about me.

I have a good friend who thinks this is the first turn of the Wheel for me in the body of a man. I think she's probably right. I don't handle it all that well. I've never hung out with the guys. In fact, I mostly don't like men very much. I tolerate them at best.

I've invested a lot of effort over the years in suppressing the Type-A aspect of my personality. I must remain always mindful. One of the things I most admire about Joe Biden is his self control.

My mantra:

You may control a mad elephant;
You may shut the mouth of the tiger and the bear;
Ride the lion and play with the cobra;
By alchemy you may earn your livelihood;
You may wander through the universe incognito;
Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful;
You may walk on water and live in fire:
But control of the mind is better and more difficult.
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Posted by WheelWalker in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Dec 07th 2007, 12:24 AM
if you haven't noticed. Hell, Morse code is a message. dot-dot-dash-dot. If it's message that moves you, you'll be scratching your head. You talk about vision? VISION? Experience is the lens that brings focus to vision. Experience shines light on the path. We don't need no stinking MESSAGE. We need Joseph Biden.
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Posted by WheelWalker in Joe Biden Supporters Group
Thu Dec 06th 2007, 12:32 AM
the stars and sends the galaxies wheeling their way through the omniverse. It is synchronicity - the marriage of infinite mass and infinitesimal volume. It is the Heart Song. It cannot be denied.
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Posted by WheelWalker in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun Dec 02nd 2007, 10:08 PM
my first choice right now...Biden is. However, mark my words: Never underestimate the power of a woman to deliver.
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Posted by WheelWalker in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Dec 01st 2007, 12:54 AM
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