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Posted by davidwparker in General Discussion
Wed Jan 26th 2011, 05:12 PM
I had posted this hoping to eat crow. But, after reading on HuffPo that legislative day one ended last night, it appears that the Democratic senators were just kabuki dancing for us. Is anybody shocked?

"Democratic lawmakers had expressed ambivalence about setting such a precedent for future chambers." In other words, Democratic leaders, while cowering in the corner after being frightened by their own shadows, were preparing for a loss in 2012 of senate control due to the piss-poor job of delivering the Change We Can Believe In.

"The parties may also reach an informal agreement under which Republicans would filibuster less in exchange for Democrats allowing them to offer more amendments." Using Obama's fail-proof negotiating techniques, the Democrats give away all their bargaining power first, then start to negotiate ... if the Republicons are interested ... maybe.

I'm done. When the term Democrat means what it did from FDR through Carter, then I will call myself a Democrat again. Until then, I'm calling myself an independent because I can no longer stand to have the word come out of my mouth. The leadership is full of cowards, as Whoopi once said not a ball between them.

Tragedy: In 2008, the Dems had a super majority and squandered it. Not a dime's worth of difference between the two parties. You believe their lies and watch them kabuki dance for you.

Hello, DU. I'm changing to a new login, one which reflects my political leanings. And, I'm taking a politics break. Since I've dropped MSNBC after KO was fired, hearing less about what the 'cons are doing has been great. A politics hiatus would be rejuvenating.

Best wishes everyone, I'll be back under a new handle in about a month.

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Posted by davidwparker in General Discussion
Sat Jan 22nd 2011, 10:49 PM
The whole thing provides context, but check out the part from 6 minutes past.

When you make a difference, you are gone.
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Posted by davidwparker in General Discussion
Fri Jan 21st 2011, 11:05 AM
Outside of this post on FDL, I've not heard anything officially about the filibuster changes in the senate.

Does anybody know anything more?

From another article which I read, rules are suppose to be complete by Monday. I'll withhold further comment until then.
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Posted by davidwparker in General Discussion
Mon Jan 03rd 2011, 05:36 PM
I am posting this so that I may eat crow after the senate reforms the filibuster, so that minority rule ends and it can no longer be used by those mean ol' repulicons to keep Obama down.

I have made comments that 1) there is really no difference between both parties now; 2) both do the bidding of their corporate paymasters and both work against the middle class and working poor; and 3) filibuster is used as political cover by the Democratic party as a means to tell the Professional Left to go to hell (in effect).

Well, now it is time to prove me wrong. Senate rules can be changed at the beginning of the session. Fooled Democratic leadership (wink, wink) have seen for 2 years how the republicons have manipulated the senate rules and kept Obama from getting his Change We Can Believe In through Congress.

Now, let's see what the Senate Democrats do with filibuster reform. Senate Dems, do you stuff. I look forward to be proven wrong.

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Posted by davidwparker in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Dec 10th 2010, 05:36 PM
Yesterday, the House Dems had enough of Obama's desire to give away the store because of his bipartisan fetish.

Where most peoples' fetishes include things like "whip and chill" or strategically placed hot fudge sauce, these things are between two or more adults and WILL NOT do harm to the middle class and working poor as the tax "compromise" would do.

Today, Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), America's senator, is giving the most wonderful, sanity-restoring filibuster. This is American commonsense.

Kudos, Sen. Sanders.
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Posted by davidwparker in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Nov 02nd 2010, 08:02 PM
After tonight, I want Obama to have a primary.

I was for it before, but now I am for it times 2.
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Posted by davidwparker in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Oct 09th 2010, 07:06 PM
This was a fine discussion about the foreclosure fight.
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Posted by davidwparker in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Oct 06th 2010, 04:34 PM
Dylan Ratigan Segment

I was watching this Dylan Ratigan segment. Many know Warren Buffet and in this segment, there is his daughter, Susan Buffet. She is someone of means, but she is out swinging for least and youngest among us. Dubya also comes from privilege, but look how he turned out and for who he goes to bat.

It is true that it is easier to for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. It is good to see people like Susan use their God-given wealth to help those in need.

Take a lesson from the Buffets, Bushes.

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Posted by davidwparker in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Sep 25th 2010, 02:01 PM
I had watched the segment of Colbert's testimony before Congress online. But, I had C-SPAN on this morning while waking up and heard something strange.

The testimony was written and submitted. But, John Conyers had asked Colbert to leave before the testimony. His reply that he was there because he had been invited.

Was that sequence correct or was I mis-remembering? If that is correct, I would like to hear what Conyers wanted just entered into the Congressional record, but not have a tape of Colbert giving it.

Now that I'm fully awake, I may watch the segment on cspan's server.
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Posted by davidwparker in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Dec 23rd 2009, 04:09 PM
Today, I've tried multiple times to call my senators, Webb and Warner. I've tried to speak with a staffer, but when I chose that option, I get disconnected.

The second option was to just leave a message, indicating my preference is to kill the bill. Both senators' voice mailboxes were full. At this time, each office has left no way to contact them.

So, there is no reason for them to spam my email. I just unsubscribed to both of their email distribution lists.

There is no need to contact my Congressman. He is a Republican. No doubt he will vote to kill the bill.
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Posted by davidwparker in General Discussion: Presidency
Wed Dec 16th 2009, 08:19 PM
The subject line says it all. But, let me connect the dots.

"I know that some in the party have differences with Joe," Senator Obama said, all but silencing the crowd. "I'm going to go ahead and say it. It's the elephant in the room. And Joe and I don't agree on everything. But what I know is, Joe Lieberman's a man with a good heart, with a keen intellect, who cares about the working families of America."

Then, with applause beginning to build, he finished the thought: "I am absolutely certain that Connecticut's going to have the good sense to send Joe Lieberman back to the United States Senate."

Oh, if irony could be dessert, I would make it pear tarte tatin served with a late-harvest Dolce.

How much better it would have been for us to have the Democratic Party rally around the Democratic Party nominee, Ned Lamont. But no. It rallied behind Lieberman, who now is the thorn in their sides.

Especially, Obama's side.

If the expression Keep your friends close and your enemies closer has merit, Obama should move Lieberman into the White House, down the hall from him and Michelle. And, with the Democratic leadership incapable of party discipline (the wuss factor), Obama's only term is going to be fascinating to watch.

I was about to call this tragic, rather than fascinating, but the tragedy is when one realizes that all the hope of a new direction, which the American people were expecting, will not occur. Obama had a mandate for change, but chose the status quo and to continue Bush's mistakes rather than give us the change we could believe in. As the first year of Obama's term comes to a close and we can see how he will govern, the tragedy is the realization that the hope monger himself, who worked so hard to gain the office, threw it all away.

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Posted by davidwparker in Virginia
Wed Aug 06th 2008, 12:23 PM

Interest in my campaign is shooting through the roof! The media attention my campaign has received since the abrupt departure of my former Finance Director and Campaign Manager has been incredible. Last week I was interviewed by the Virginia Pilot and the Richmond Times Dispatch ( ); my quote on the Equal Pay for Women vote appeared in the Huffington Post ( ). I am now a nationally endorsed PDA candidate and I will be on PDA Air America (Richard Green's CLOUT) on Tuesday August 5th at 9pm.

While the Virginia Pilot article isn't out yet, the Richmond Times Dispatch piece shows my positions contrasted against those of my conservative opponent Randy Forbes. On energy and the environment, I proposed immediate solutions to end our dependence on foreign oil and several ways to reduce our overall energy costs; I also stated that I am completely opposed to off-shore drilling. Randy Forbes like John McCain never met a war he didn't like (that's because he gets his money from defense contractors). I said we need to bring the troops home now. Randy Forbes talked about health insurance and buying prescriptions from Canada while I talked about single payer healthcare.

I can't come up with any logical reason for the vote against Equal Pay for Women other than just plain arrogance.

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Posted by davidwparker in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jul 31st 2008, 05:32 PM
to Dennis.

I'm catching up on my podcasts and listening to Harrison fill in for Randi. One of the topics is the rare secret session that Congress went into to discuss FISA -- or so it was said.

Only Kucinich queried to find out more information so that something would be on record. One such time was to take Iran-Contra offline. Whatever was said, the "leadership" didn't want us commoners to know.

Although Obama isn't in the House, I'm choosing to send any money that I would contribute to a politician to Dennis.

If you are a NovaM subscriber, it's worth a listen if you didn't catch the July 22nd show.
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Posted by davidwparker in Personal Finance and Investing Group
Fri Mar 14th 2008, 04:58 PM
the closest thing that I could do to investing in the Euro and other currencies. I was listening to a guest Hartmann had on his program about the US dollar and the need to buy gold. I left some of it in one of those retirement year (2025) plans just for bonds.

I feel the dollar is going to sink really low and I want to be in other currencies/areas of the world.

Anybody have any thoughts? I can't make a change back for about 60 days and really don't want to until some point in Obama's presidency. My plan is with Vanguard. The guy that I spoke to said international funds are riskier, but he was obliged to point that out.
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