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Take A Listen; Democraticwing Equals Good Points

E.L. Doctorow has some good points:

Posted by Catherine on July 29, 2008
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Friday's lunch

Roosevelt Tamale Parlor in the Mission. I enjoyed my lunch quite a bit and am full.


Posted by Catherine on July 18, 2008
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Silliness as a Campaign Issue

As a former political staffer and campaign worker, I am saddened by the denigration of our political system. We now have activists on both sides who really know very little about campaigns and how to run them. I will consider posting a list of mistakes, mostly rookie ones, at a later time. Don't worry they are on both sides of the aisle.

It amazes me that we are still wasting time on the lapel pin. The article is from July 14, does the media have too much time and space to fill? Why don't they let it go? Can't we discuss things that are more important? Take a look at some of the comments.

Posted by Catherine on July 17, 2008
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This is the number of fundraiser invitations that I received in today's mail. Am I a person or an ATM machine? Is this the view of California by others? I being asked to donate money for races in states other than mine.

This is starting to get on my nerves, especially since California doesn't get much in the way of consideration or representation in the Presidential race (except for Reagan and I have shown my feelings on that).

Posted by Catherine on July 16, 2008
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My Hero of the Day

My new favorite person is a man who lives in North Carolina. I want to send him a care package, shake his hand or give him a hug. I am putting most of the story and a link to it because it makes me that happy!

L.F. Eason III gave up the only job he'd ever had rather than lower a flag this week to honor former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms.

Eason, a 29-year veteran of the state Department of Agriculture, instructed his staff at a small Raleigh lab not to fly the U.S. or N.C. flags at half staff Monday as called for in a directive to all state agencies by Gov. Mike Easley.

When a superior ordered the lab to follow the directive, Eason decided to retire rather than pay tribute to Helms.

“I … understand that my decision is not acceptable. You cannot ignore that fact. There is the law, but there is also a higher law I must follow as a matter of conscience,” he wrote to Easley and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

The brouhaha began late Sunday night, when Eason e-mailed nine of his employees in the state Metrology Lab, which calibrates measuring equipment used on such things as gasoline and hamburgers.

“Regardless of any executive proclamation, I do not want the flags at the North Carolina Standards Laboratory flown at half staff to honor Jesse Helms any time this week,” Eason wrote just after midnight, according to e-mails released in response to a public records request.

He told his staff that he did not think it was appropriate to honor Helms because of his “doctrine of negativity, hate and prejudice ” and his opposition to civil rights bills and the federal Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. full story

Posted by Catherine on July 10, 2008
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California's View of America


Posted by Catherine on July 3, 2008
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