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Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 01:02 PM PDT

The gift of a baby daughter: An Update

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Back in November, a few of you may remember that I submitted a diary about our newly adopted daughter.  We had waited many years to become parents and we were rewarded with a precious, healthy and downright perfect little nugget we named Catherine Anne.

My wife and I waited years to become parents.  As our friends got pregnant, experienced childbirth and transitioned to parenthood, we stood by wondering when...then if...our time would come.  We told our friends we just weren't ready yet.  That maybe we'd have kids later.  And we tried.  and tried.  and tried.  

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The NRA rails against gun-free zones around schools.  The NRA is now advocating that we put an armed guard at every school.  Let's briefly hash out the likely outcome of this below the burnt-orange University of Texas squiggly thingy...

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Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:53 AM PST

The long journey to our first holidays

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As a few of you might recall, I posted a diary a bit over a month ago about the end of a very long journey to parenthood.  My wife an I embarked on that journey in 2007.  It finally concluded last month.  You can read my brief diary about that occasion here:  http://www.dailykos.com/....  Below the squiggly, an update on this most incredible journey...

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Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 08:43 PM PDT

A child came home last week

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In the heat of campaign season I have no doubt that most peoples' minds are elsewhere.  but in our home, in our little corner of the world, the atheist-equivalent of a miracle is upon us.  Below that funky squirly thing, more about this miracle...

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Thu Apr 07, 2011 at 10:00 AM PDT

She deserved better

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She came to us as a 4-year old ball of energy.  Afraid of her own shadow, struggling to adapt to life outside her 3x2 cage at the race track, unable to climb stairs or avoid trying to walk through glass.  She could run really, really fast in large circles, but she needed someone to teach her just about everything else about being a dog.

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1.  This is not a crisis.  A popular mantra of the useful idiots is that the current mess is just “a few bad loans”, that it is just about a few people losing their homes.  This is not a “few bad loans”, it’s a liquidity meltdown we haven’t seen since the 1930’s.  It has rattled financial institutions so severely that the actual Federal Funds Rate is trading at three times the Fed target.  Banks are scared shitless to lend money, and our economy is based on the ability of banks to lend.  When banks stop lending, a crisis erupts.  This is a crisis - for all sectors.  The crisis is severe enough that the safest of havens, money market funds, are now displaying losses to holders for the first time in decades. More about that here:  http://www.bloomberg.com/...

and more myth below the fold....

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I'm not sure if it's subtle racism or just plain stupidity, but I am beyond tired of hearing how Obama "can't win the white, working class blue collar voter".  I don't know if he can or not.  And I don't particularly care.  He can win so many other demographics and his campaign can bring together such a wide array of groups that I'm not sure it particularly matters if he wins "white, working class blue collar voters".  

From what I understand, the Democrats haven't really won that demographic since LBJ.  It should be no more important than any other sliced-diced demographic.  A vote from that demographic in Youngstown, Ohio is worth just as much as a young single mom in Cleveland or a highly educated African-American lawyer in Columbus.  The focus on that thin demo is, in my humble opinion, not related to it's power as a voting bloc but something much deeper:  Fear of a paradigm shift in the American power center.

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