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2017-04-04 01:25 pm

Live Journal

Joining those leaving LJ. I really haven't seen a lot that I can't find elsewhere and I don't trust Russia to protect my rights.
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2016-11-10 10:04 am

Unreal

My heart is broken. My country is gone and for the first time in my life I don't want to live here.

So so sorry to all our allies and friends. This isn't America. It just can't be.
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2011-03-10 03:20 pm

RIP

A very dear friend died today. Such is social media that I am worried about posting anything about him because I don't know who in his family has been notified. But I can't just ignore his passing.

So please take a moment to say goodbye to him. He is at peace. But he will be missed.
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2010-08-26 10:25 am
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Happy Anniversary

In honor of the 90th anniversary of women obtaining the vote I am posting a picture of my grandmother's banner that she wore during her many years of fighting for the vote. She started in college (class of 1904) and went around the country working for the vote until her mother died.She then limited her work to her home state of NY. She even took my mother to one of the last suffragette parades in NY.

Here's to you and all the ones like you, Grandmother. Every time I vote I think of you.
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2010-08-26 10:23 am
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Happy Anniversary

In honor of the 90th anniversary of women obtaining the vote I am posting a picture of my grandmother's banner that she wore during her many years of fighting for the vote. She started in college (class of 1904) and went around the country working for the vote until her mother died.She then limited her work to her home state of NY. She even took my mother to one of the last suffragette parades in NY.

Here's to you and all the ones like you, Grandmother. Every time I vote I think of you.
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2010-04-30 08:40 am

Arizona's new "law"

I posted this as a comment on a friend's LJ and realized that I should also post on mine. My disgust for this "law" is unending.

The law is so dangerous because it also gives individuals the right to sue the police for failing to enforce the law.

Arizona is going to have an avalanche of lawsuits, probably from both sides. And it is clear that this will not solve the problems that I understand were the basis for its passage. Drug cartels really aren't going to care if they are pulled over - they simply will shoot their way out. It is the innocent worker who will bear the brunt of it along with innocent civilians.

My grandparents died in Nazi Austria because of quotas. I am a firm believer in no quota immigration. We may not want the criminals (though of course, that notorious criminal, John Lennon, had problems with INS!) but otherwise, let in and legalize. Give meaning to the statute of Liberty. Don't become like the Nazis.

Climbing down off of my soapbox.
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2010-01-22 10:22 am

Good cause

BuzzyMultimedia, http://www.buzzymultimedia.com/ is donating 100% of its profits today to the Haiti relief effort through Doctors without Borders. Great t-shirts and a great cause.
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2010-01-15 06:32 pm

The Daily Show

I really love the Daily Show but man, it annoyed me when I watched yesterday's show. To place the reporting of Rachel Maddow, who has been highlighting the disaster in Haiti, next to the disgusting, sub-human comments of Rush Limbaugh, is disgusting. Don't like what she said, no problem. But nothing compares to the nastiness of Limbaugh, who actually suggested that no one should give money in support of the relief effort going on. And the way it was presented, at least to me, it looked like it was meant to be equivalent comments.

Most disappointing.

And I just had to vent.
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2009-12-11 04:25 pm

Happy Hanukah

Tis the time to light the candles for the first night of Hanukah. Happy holidays all.
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2009-11-21 08:17 pm

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We have cloture!!!!
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2009-11-14 06:32 pm

Thanks to the troops

http://www.letssaythanks.com/Home1280.html
Nice way to send a message to the troops.

Thanks to Dolimir for the link.
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2009-10-03 01:51 pm

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With all this going on about supporting Roman Polanski, maybe we should free Charles Manson because he has 'paid' for his crime??? <insert sarcasm> I wonder how Polanski would feel about that?

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2009-09-04 09:32 am

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Happy birthday, MTL!
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2009-08-26 11:22 am

Ted Kennedy

RIP. You will be missed.
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2009-08-26 09:22 am

Health care and Ted Kennedy

I propose a US health care meme which might help put faces on how screwed up the current system is.

If you are a US citizen and could never under any circumstances afford private health insurance, copy this meme to your LJ. Even if you have health care through work now, write as if your one-layoff-away-from-losing-it has happened and you're facing the job of getting insurance on your own.

If you have friends or family members who are in the same boat and are not on LJ, feel free to mention them too. I suggest thumbnail descriptions which include no names or identifying information, in the interests of privacy.


The real face of health care should be Ted Kennedy.  It just seems wrong to me that he could not live to see it pass.  For a man with such a tumultuous   personal life, he was an amazing senator and it would have been a tribute to have this done while he lived.  It can still be a tribute to him.

RIP Teddy.

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2009-07-28 07:40 am
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2009-07-04 10:25 am
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Resigning because one is not a quitter

Got to give Sarah Palin credit for turning the English language upside down.  She is quitting because she isn't a quitter.  Good to know.  But reading a bit more of what she says, she is apparently quitting because she doesn't want to put Alaska through the trauma of a lame duck governor.  See, a lame duck governor is supposed to have a lot of fun going on junkets and traveling.  That wouldn't be good for Alaska.

Doesn't seem to have occurred to her to just stay in Alaska and do her job, does it?  I guess that isn't sufficient fun.

Best explanation I have heard so far - impending FBI investigation.
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2009-06-20 09:01 am

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The Holocaust Museum has set up a fund for the family of Officer Stephen Johns, killed by hate. Great idea - go here: ushmm.org

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2009-06-01 05:43 pm

Ups and downs

It has been a truly up and down time recently.  I can't let the murder of Dr. George Tiller go without mention of this brave man.  He will be truly missed.  And it seems terribly ironic that I wanted to take about Mayhem in the Midlands anyway.

On a more personal note, Mayhem in the Midlands, a mystery convention run by the Omaha Public Library, was wonderful.  It was lovely to spend time with my Omaha friends and other Mayhem regulars.  Dana Stabenow was a wonderful guest of honor.  And even better, she tracked down and IMAX showing Star Trek so that was what we did on Thursday night.  If you have any interest in the Trek universe at all, this is a must see. 

My hat is off to the multi-talented Dana.  Much of which was revealed by an excellent interview by the Toastmaster, Jan Burke.  It was so nice to catch up not only with Jan, but also with Tim.  We don't see enough of Tim.

And I can't say enough about the Caroline Willner International Guest of Honor, Zoe Sharp.  I was lucky enough to win a character in her series at the charity auction but was having trouble deciding if it should be me or Mother.  Zoe resolved this in the most amazing way - the character was originally going to be the daugher of a father seeking Charlie's help.  It is now a mother and daughter - Caroline and Dina Willner.  Thank you, Zoe, from the bottom of my heart.

The spouses' panel was great with both Tim and Andy Butler (Zoe's husband) being great panelists.  But then they are both great men so no surprises there.

I also have to mention a great new series which I recently started (thanks, Maria!) - the Kate Daniels' books by Ilona Andrews.  Wonderful urban fantasy setting. 
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2009-05-10 10:08 am

New here

I just joined and am doing a road test on posting.