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Posted by blondeatlast in General Discussion
Sat Jan 15th 2011, 02:07 PM
This survey is precisely what has gone so terribly wrong with our leadership--note the frankluntzesque phrasing ("reform") and the fact that my own opinion on these matters is not important--just which issue should carry the most weight.

Below, copied directly from the survey, is what twisted my Spanx (text in italics is mine).
How important would you rate the following issues?

Job creation and strengthening the economy: The HOW matters.
1 Least Important 2 3 4 5 Most Important

Health insurance reform: The HOW matters.
1 Least Important 2 3 4 5 Most Important

Clean energy: The HOW matters.
1 Least Important 2 3 4 5 Most Important

Education reform: The HOW matters.
1 Least Important 2 3 4 5 Most Important

Wall Street reform: The HOW matters.
1 Least Important 2 3 4 5 Most Important

Immigration reform The HOW matters.
1 Least Important 2 3 4 5 Most Important

Most importantly, the handy dandy little textboxes at the end don't ask for my opinion on these issues, nor for any other suggestions I might have about issues. Also, we aren't able to submit the form unless the little checkboxes are filled out.

So I ask all dedicated Democratic Party members, whether you are fans of the current leadership or not, to join me in NOT taking the survey they just e-mailed. The opinions of DUers should absolutely matter to the Party--this is still an overwhelmingly Democratic Party website. Maybe, just this once, they will pay attention.

Edit: I removed the link because it contains some identifying markers but I'm sure most DUers will know what I'm talking about.

Edit the second: THEY DIDN'T ASK FOR MONEY--I will give them that much.

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Posted by blondeatlast in General Discussion
Fri Jan 14th 2011, 03:50 PM
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Posted by blondeatlast in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Jul 29th 2008, 06:56 PM
My family just returned from a semi-working vacation in Malaysia and Singapore and I'll report more fully in the Lounge with pics (we took over 2000!) when I'm less fatigued but I will say this:

My husband's professional co-workers, their spouses, local business owners luxury and common, taxi drivers, hotel staff, EVERYONE we could engage in conversation and we try to engage everyone we encounter, are excited and wildly enthusiastic over an Obama win.

We met business acquaintances and fellow travelers from Canada, Europe, Australia, and most of Asia--I only heard one person support the other guy and she was woefully uninformed.

Contrasted with the attitudes we got when visiting Germany and the Czech Republic under similar circumstances two years ago (we encountered open hostility about Bush directed at us, although virtually everyone greeted us with traveler's diplomacy there were a couple of blatant exceptions), that part of the world and elsewhere still has faith in this country to do the right thing this time.

My husband's job takes him all over the world--it looks like his passport is being welcomed again. I might add that he himself CHOSE to become a US citizen even during Bush's first term (you can see my journal for that story). This year, I am proud to say I am American and it seems that attitudes have changed about the US largely because our pResident is seen as being woefully unpopular among our own (it wasn't so apparent to the world 2 years ago) and because we have a candidate that speaks to them as well--which we desperately need. They LOVE that he visited outside the US; they view it as a hopeful gesture.

It appears to this weary American traveller that the world enthusiastically endorses Obama!
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Posted by blondeatlast in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Apr 13th 2006, 06:01 PM
I propose that we do away with the term "politically correct" entirely. Let's use the term "civil" instead. One of the reasons I was taught about civil discourse is that I was raised to be a good citizen; something I see sorely lacking in today's social environment.

IMHO, refraining from telling that racist/sexist/anti-Semitic/anti-Muslim/what-have-you joke at work isn't politically correct--it's good citizenship. I think we all have a responsibility to make the workplace relaxed and productive. Intentionally offending another's sensibilities is very poor citizenship--something I tend to attribute to the selfishness of the Hard Right, not intelligent progressives.

Not to mention that "turning the tables" on our opponents (Condoleeza Rice, Ann Coulter (I freely admit to being guilty in her case), et al) legitimizes THEIR arguments. That isn't political correctness/incorrectness, it's just a lazy, lousy way to make our points.

Yes, you can tell that dirty joke; I would never stop you. But I'll be damned if I will refrain from telling you that I'm offended by it for fear of being labeled "politically correct"

Or civil.

I hope others can see the difference in these two words.
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Posted by blondeatlast in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Apr 07th 2006, 05:02 PM
Republican incumbents are shying away--if not outright RUNNING--from ties to the corrupt, lying, vile Bush administration and rightfully so.

But they haven't always and we know it all too well.

And they haven't counted on us--some of the savviest Googlers on the internets.

Let's start digging up every photo-op, every dinner invite, every word of praise from/to the president from/to Republican incumbents--and while we are at it, challengers for Dem incumbent seats.

We don't need to distort them, we just need to make them public.

Every sound bite uttered in defense of invading Iraq, the Patriot Act, spying on Americans, the nasty bankruptcy law, every boot-licking pandering to the wacko RW zealots.

Not just what they've done in the past, but keep your eyes and ears open for every opportunity clear through til November.

Don't forget any possible Republican challengers too.

Let's create a one-stop shop for stealth campaigning and well, I know that the DNC never visits DU, but if they did...

Use it at the watercooler, at parties, on your cell phones, e-mails, ad infinitum.

But, BAL, what if my congress critter has no apaprent ties to Bush?

I'm so very glad you asked.

It's simple--think like they do.

Make a big deal out of their LACK OF SUPPORT for W.

A is for Alaska:

Sen. Lisa Murkowski's made it too easy: /

Sen. Ted Stevens: /

Rep. Don Young /

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Posted by blondeatlast in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Apr 06th 2006, 05:06 PM
I've often wondered as I drive to and from work, seeing several cars with the ubiquitous "W" oval stickers, still others with Bush/Cheney stickers, if those who still PROUDLY have them displayed are out of touch, ignorant, stupid, or arrogant.

If a president I helped elect was polling in the mid-30s even among the most generous biased pollsters, I'd troll out the WD40 and get that thing off of my car in a heartbeat for fear that someone would vandalize it.

It occurs to me that the "W" sportin' folks aren't afraid, nor should they be. We on the Left are above such arrogant, disrespectful, and destructive behavior (I believe an awful lot of "them" know this too) and we should pride ourselves on that. I do.

However, we know that the other side is not--my yard sign and bumper sticker experience in '04 bears that out. They didn't stop with my yard sign, either.

The good news is--these ARE stupid, ignorant, out of touch, arrogant people. Yes, I said that's GOOD news.

They watch FAUX. They listen to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and "pretty, pretty hair" Tucker Carlson. They feel quite safe--nothing distorts their "reality."

That's just fine by me. They believe they are still ahead and that their factions are still strong.

Let them have FAUX, and Rush, and Tucker. Let them hear what they want to hear. Some hearts and minds are lost to us and we needn't worry about such a small faction, nary a bit.

Those Americans willing to open their minds have seen through the fog of BS and have come to our side of the fence.

We don't need to move to the center for those with open minds, nor should we--open minds are willing to move left just to get rid of this vile administration.

I'm jumping for joy about Delay's DEFEAT--make no mistake, he's running away with his tail between his sorry legs. He is DEFEATED. I know he isn't out, but he's way, way down--and as long as he stays near the Hill, we'll be watching his every move.

We are winning, make no mistake. And pardon my arrogance, but yes, I laugh a little at those damn white ovals. I'm only human.

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Posted by blondeatlast in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Tue Mar 28th 2006, 09:37 AM
Let's get rid of the same old cliches and platitudes--I won't mention my Irish ancestors, etc. if you won't bring up the obvious fact that it is an illegal act, etc.

It's one huge problem that touches on so very many issues. A concerted effort to solve it may have far-reaching positive effects on a number of issues--health care, labor rights, poverty, and so on.

So what part of your position are you willing to waiver on? What new idea can you bring to the table? Many of the best ideas I've heard have gone hidden in rancorous threads. Let's bring 'em out in a one-stop shopping thread for our policymakers and movers and shakers.

We can start with the obvious and work from there.

Are you game?

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Posted by blondeatlast in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Mar 24th 2006, 05:49 PM
Stern but streamlined corporate regulation.

Fair labor practices.

Financial incentives for business to hire American workers.

Universal, single-payer health insurance to level the playing field for small businesses.

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Posted by blondeatlast in The DU Lounge
Thu Mar 23rd 2006, 03:56 PM
Regardless of whether YOU were around then or not!

A few that came to my mind:

*The original "Psycho" came out.

*Elvis appeared on the Ed Sullivan show.

*The break-in occurred at the DNC's Watergate office building HQ.
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Posted by blondeatlast in The DU Lounge
Sun Mar 19th 2006, 05:59 PM
My camera failed (of course) but a very nice freelance photographer offered to snap a few shots. He had already snapped a few of my husband making a small speech.

Right after receiving his certificate

The family--my son has the BlondeBEFORE haircolor, btw!

Husband mentioned how grateful he was that the US gave him the opportunity to have a wonderful family (sob, sniffle, tears, and blubbers). His family was sending him pictures of young women to marry...

Thanks to that wonderful photographer.
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Posted by blondeatlast in The DU Lounge
Fri Mar 17th 2006, 05:35 PM
I just returned. Congrats to lionesspriyanka, too.

First off, thanks for the congratulations! Believe me, they are appreciated.

It wasn't all smarmy patriotism by any means. The judge spoke about the responsibilities of a citizen; something everyone in the room seemed to take very seriously. He spoke about becoming an educated voter. It was at that moment that I wish I'd had voter registration forms handy!

I really felt like the courthouse staff, who have probably done this a thousand times among them, really still enjoyed it. Many of them posed for pictures; even file clerks and they seemed to love it as much as the new citizens and their families. The entire federal courthouse staff seemed to be in particularly good spirits and a bit spiffed up--I've been to this courthouse before and I really felt a diference in their attitude today.

My husband was the first to volunteer to speak and (sniff, blubber) he talked about how being here (since 1989) gave him the opportunity to have a wonderful family--okay, now I'm all out sobbing!

There wer THREE active duty military who were sworn in--it was just astonishing to see their pride. I made sure to congratulate each one of them--thank God (or your favorite divine spirit or goodness otherwise) they got to see this day (one had recently returned from Afghanistan). It really affected me to think what they risked even before they had the opportunity to vote. Just amazing.

They even played that atrocious Lee Greenwood video, but I just shut it out and watched the faces of Americans who have an amazing grasp of what this country should, and can, mean.

Mr. B is currently at a meeting, had to rush off as soon as it was over, but he WILL be registering to vote tomorrow! I have my ways...

I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

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Posted by blondeatlast in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu Mar 16th 2006, 06:45 PM
involved with the agency that allegedly removed her to confirm or deny.

Note the use of "Bush administration" rather than the agency that would have been involved--in other words, the e-mail from the Heritage foundation's Press Room.

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Posted by blondeatlast in Latest Breaking News
Thu Mar 16th 2006, 05:03 PM
political stripe would have the decorum to stay away without the threat of authority, but we clearly know that isn't the case.

However, if strengthening/adapting existing law would cover it, I'm on Senator Lourey's side. She certainly has the credentials (sadly) to speak wisdom on the issue.
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Posted by blondeatlast in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Mar 16th 2006, 04:27 PM
Employ people in the inner cities to beautify their own surroundings by building parks, planting trees, salvaging abandoned buildings, the list goes on.

Property values go up and pride in the neighborhood helps crime rates go down.

Some citizens could be sworn in as peace officers, assisting the police.

I live in a city where we have two branch libraries in what are considered to be very bad parts of town. The people in these neighborhoods are very protective of their branch libraries and don't take kindly when their own--including the gangs--mess with the libraries and parks.

Incredibly good cost-to-benefit ratio with this, I suspect.

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