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Thu Nov 06, 2014 at 10:29 AM PST

The Big Dog warned you...

by Evolutionary

And so did I.  Look at my last Diary.

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Hello all,

This is the Evolutionary addressing you.  I haven't posted in some time.  I read the Daily Kos every day though.  I am a "bleeding heart", extremely liberal Democrat.  I am a direct descendant of many of our Founding Fathers, and my ancestors spilled their blood on this soil to fight the tyranny of the British Crown, long ago.
I am also descended from courageous men that fought to preserve our Union during the Civil War.  As I type this Diary, I have a tear in my eye, because I found many friends here.  I have canvassed for our team, I have donated my hard earned money to help get better Democrats elected.  I voted Democrat in every election since I was able to vote.
I won't be doing that anymore.  Neither will the members of my (very large) similarly Democrat family.  Read more below.

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Are you a Democrat or Liberal that has been holding your tongue - and feel as I do?

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I did get to see our Commander in Chief whuppin Mittens tonight - but I was a bit distracted.
Here in Golden, Sunshiny, Northern California - Sacramento, we just had five different tornadoes touch down.  It's not the first time we've had them here, but it's a real wake up call when it happens.  These tornadoes did quite a bit of damage.  I can tell you right now, from immediate personal experience - it's very hard to yell at Mitt Romney on television, and laugh when the President nails him to a early 1905 Masted Schooner Navy - with a bayonet of all things, all while intently listening for the sound of a twister headed this way.

Of course, all you folks out in Tornado country in the mid-west likely see a heck of a lot scarier stuff, but it's a chair gripper here.  Tornadoes hit Yuba City, Elk Grove, and Lake of the Pines, and last I saw the cells were headed for Grass Valley.

As for our Commander In Chief, I think he beat the living daylights (excuse the violent metaphor), out of the competition.  My President just wiped the floor with Romney's ass.  Heh.

Has anyone else noticed that the President has actually gone to these debates/interviews, and at each closing statement in each of the debates - he asked for the job?  He asked for the job.  When you go to an interview, and you don't ask for the job - will you get one?
Conversely, Mittens didn't do that even once - in all of the three debates.  Mitt Romney probably never had to actually pass a real interview before in his life.  He didn't ask for the job.  I don't think he deserves the job.  How about you?  

And now, back to calling folks about storm damage and downed lines...

- Evolutionary

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I have written many diaries - and I believe I got burned out on the high-level of excitement here at my favorite blog.  I was suffering from political overload, and some of you helped me understand that I don't have to be tuned in 24/7.  Thanks - and sorry for not doing more than just lurking for awhile.  I was actually in physical pain - but then I stopped bothering to read the Huffington Post - but should have stopped much earlier when they posted articles from

...Andrew Breitbart
And I mean like seriously - as if he belonged there.  And more recently the "fair and balanced" crap coming out of that blog (fair and balanced a-la Fox News) - just put me off.  I'm done reading Huffpo.  Live long and prosper KOS!  And Kossacks!  I count myself among you.

So I voted!  I live in California, and I get my voting material sent to me in the mail.  I haven't had to go to a polling place in some time now.  It's an enormous convenience, and it allows me to research each and every proposition, every candidate (via teh majucul guuugllllee), and so on - and then I open that envelope and get to inking little oval circles (thoroughly - just in case).  I VOTED FOR BARACK OBAMA for President of the United States of America (because he has accomplished nothing less than miracles in the face of the most virulent, evil, greedy, bought-and-paid for Congress (minus the few good Dems in there) opposition and obstruction in the history congress (that I know of).  I also voted for the man with the brightest smile of all time - good old JOE BIDEN for VICE PRESIDENT (of the same place America, my home, my country that I would lay down my life for, and I love enough to care and to vote).  

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I am a Liberal, a Democrat from the DEMOCRACTIC  (do they spell it wrong on purpose???) Party, my heart bleeds for everyone, and I openly love my gay friends, my straight friends, and my fellow Kossacks (well not that open, NSFW or anything) in public or something.  I even love my fellow brown and black Californians - one and all (not to say I dislike those in other states or anything).  I voted against the power play attempting to take away the voice of my Union - SEIU.  I voted to go ahead and tax those making more than $250 (Mitt Romney's "middle class").

But I am just side-tracking you.  The real deal is below.  But one last word -

VOTE!!!!
 And I voted about several other things - but on to the Conversation.

This conversation was short, and it was with several people holding signs out displaying their ignorance concerning abortion and contraception.  More below the (insert clever and creative name for the Orange Kos Spaghetti)...

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Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 07:29 PM PDT

Our Ugly Protectors

by Evolutionary

No, this isn't a Diary about the cops ;).  Some of them are quite pretty actually.  This Diary is about Gargoyles, and Gardens, and feeding yourself and your family in hard times.

I have a house, and haven't yet been booted out of it by a bank.  This house has a front yard, and it has a backyard (and even a side-yard).  When I moved into it, it had a lawn in the front yard.  The lawn was choked and dying, as was the Modesto Ash tree living in the side of that front yard (Sacramento).  

My Wife, Mrs. Evolutionary (Hi everyone!), and I discussed this dying front yard at length.  She drew up grand plans for it, part of which included even more (useless) grass.  

I grew up with a Hippie Mom (and no Dad), who, throughout my life - always had food of some kind growing.  We were dirt poor.  We ate a lot of peanut butter sandwiches, mac-cheese and tuna, hot dogs, and (Blech!!!) cereal without any sugar at all.  Grape Nuts and Shredded Wheat (no frosting).  It was a treat to stay at someone else's house and eat new and interesting food (like coco puffs).  We also had plenty of fresh greens, and tomatoes, and other vegetables that every child seems to really hate (like Lima Beans), but that is another story for another day.  What that upbringing instilled in me was that it was possible to feed yourself.  I learned from before memory how to plant seeds, how to compost, how to not dig up the soil, but just to rip out the old plants and plant fresh seed, and other various ways of building good healthy soil.

We live in a world of totally unsustainable agriculture.  See more about Gargoyles below the Fleur de Kos...

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Do you grow any food at all?

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Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM PST

Nazi's vs. Occupy - right now

by Evolutionary

Sooooo, I work not too far from the State Capitol of California, in Sacramento.

I heard a commotion, and went outside to check it out.  On the South steps of the Capitol, we have a contingent of White Power Nazis, being protected by the CHP, and the City of Sacramento Police.  On the side-walk, an "un-permitted" group of folks from Occupy Oakland, and Occupy Sacramento holding up signs that say, "F*** Off Nazi Scum", and are chanting louder and louder.  Cop horses are tweaking out.  The Nazi's have a big banner that says, "White Genocide".

Add to this, there is also a group of Tea Partiers around the corner waiting to get in on the action.  In my building, we are keeping our heads down.

I don't have my cellphone with me or I would upload photos.

The crazy is getting serious outside today.  I wonder what these idiots are going to do when they try to leave.  The cops can't protect all of them.  I also see several black flags waving too (on the sidewalk).

Now, the white power group is playing the bagpipes.

It's hard to focus on work today.

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I saw this republished article from AP by Becky Bohrer in my local Murdoch-owned newspaper, the Sacramento Bee.

I know, why bother giving her any attention.  But the pity party she is having is ironically funny.

It's actually somewhat old news now - but a bunch of Sarah's emails (many thousands of them) were released yesterday (and last year in part), after hundreds of requests under the Freedom of Information Act.  The claim is that the three-year delay is attributed to the sheer volume of the emails.

Sarah claims, in her self-centered victim status, "many frivolous suits and charges since the DAY I became VP candidate."  Sarah the quitter played like she would run for President, taking in enormous amounts of money, becoming a Fox News toadie - and once again, quit playing it up and said she would instead, "dedicate herself to God, family, and Country".  And where did all that money go?

As it turns out, poor poor Sarah had to provide her own defense for her actions as Governor of Alaska - before she quit the job.  She complains that the 150 or so requests for information cost Alaska a million dollars or so.  Defense costs to Sarah & family run in the range of half a million dollars or so.  And poor Todd!  Had to go back to work to help pay for it.  Sarah thinks that because she is responding to questions during her short term as quitter-governor, that the State of Alaska should foot the bill for her.  Her comment was, "This is unheard of anywhere else".  Poor poor Sarah!

In response to the many ethics complaints filed against Caribou Barbie, a couple of those emails show her saying, "Unflippinbelievable... I'm sending this because you can relate to the bullcrap continuation of the hell these people put the family through", and, "I can't take it anymore".

The article finishes with this one -

In a Sept. 26, 2007, email to Kris Perry and her husband Todd, titled "Marital Problems," Palin writes: "So speaking of... If we, er, when we get a divorce, does that quell "conflict of interest" accusations about BP?" Her husband was a former BP employee on the North Slope.  Sarah was very worried about the whole BP thing being attached to her.  

So now, Sarah hints that she might be a good pick in a "Brokered Convention" to become the Republican nominee.  Now that all this information has been released, I don't see the Republican power brokers being all that interested in a Sarah ticket.  There is a ton of juicy information to use against her should she make the attempt.

Poor, poor victim Sarah.

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Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 04:17 PM PST

Who are these Atheists?

by Evolutionary

Alright, you asked for it.  There have been several discussions revolving around religion, specifically, belief, or lack thereof.  This Diary is sure to be a place of disagreement, as all such Diaries are.  Then, again, I make no statement.  Just some statistics - as requested by several.  Who is an Atheist?  Not the definition of one - since we all have our own definitions - but really, Who?

I try not to just read the contents of a Wiki out as data, but it's all the same data in any case.  Here's a link to the wiki on Atheism.  There are other sources used here.  They will be linked.  

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Do you believe in anything supernatural?

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This Open Thread, is a continuing piece of the one that was started three Sundays ago - the last one was the Drunk Politicians Edition, at 2pm Pacific.  And following that pattern, there will be another one next week Sunday at 2pm Pacific.

The discussion is whatever you want to say (it's an open thread ;)), but the reason it was created is a more specific one!  How to get clean & sober - and stay that way.

This is a great place for anyone out there reading Daily Kos Diaries - who might be an Old Timer (a person that has been clean in the programs of Alcoholics Anonymous, or Narcotics Anonymous for a number of years), and others who are not Old Timers, but rather, folks that want an answer to their drinking or drugging problem.  A place for those two kinds of people to connect anonymously on-line here and discuss it.

More below the Orange Gift Wrapping...

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I'm so powerful I...

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This Open Thread, is a continuing piece of the one that was started two Sundays ago - the last one was the Superbowl Edition, at 2pm Pacific.  And following that pattern, there will be another one next week Sunday at 2pm Pacific.

The discussion is whatever you want to say (it's an open thread ;)), but the reason it was created is a more specific one!  How to get clean & sober - and stay that way.

This is a great place for anyone out there reading Daily Kos Diaries - who might be an Old Timer (a person that has been clean in the programs of Alcoholics Anonymous, or Narcotics Anonymous for a number of years), and others who are not Old Timers, but rather, folks that want an answer to their drinking or drugging problem.  A place for those two kinds of people to connect anonymously on-line here and discuss it.

More below the Fleur de Kos...  

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Should politicians be subject to the same rules and laws as the rest of us?

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I was unable to look at Daily Kos for a day or so. When I did look this morning, and read some replies to comments posted in This Diary - I was surprised, shocked, even dismayed by the flames.

Before I go change my sig line, give up participating in Occupy, and focus on other positive means of change - I would like to hear from the members of Daily Kos on the subject of violence at Occupies. I would like (but do not expect) to see an actual adult conversation about it. I would prefer, and hope that we can talk about it without personal insults (to anyone), and without broad generalizations about factions within the Occupy movement.

First - let me throw out some "Occupy Credentials", since it seems to be important to many people. I have been a member of this movement since the fourth day of its existence. I have marched, I have participated in many GA's, I have helped to feed many citizens at the Occupies, I have shouted my anger at TPTB, I have held signs, I have been photographed and quoted, and even been the subject of articles in foreign press. I have spent time with OO, OSF, and Occupy Sacramento. I am no stranger to West Oakland either.

And beyond the orange spaghetti monster -

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This Open Thread, is a continuing piece of the one that was started last week Sunday - the 12 Steps Edition, at 2pm Pacific.  And following that pattern, there will be another one next week Sunday at 2pm Pacific.

The discussion is whatever you want to say (it's an open thread ;)), but the reason it was created is a more specific one!  How to get clean & sober - and stay that way.

This is a great place for anyone out there reading Daily Kos Diaries - who might be an Old Timer (a person that has been clean in the programs of Alcoholics Anonymous, or Narcotics Anonymous for a number of years), and others who are not Old Timers, but rather, folks that want an answer to their drinking or drugging problem.  A place for those two kinds of people to connect anonymously on-line here and discuss it.  

This is also a great place to talk about Politics mixed with alcohol, or Politics mixed with drugs - or both.  

Today, in addition to talking about the Super Bowl, I would like to expand on the purpose of this thread.  Last week a commenter with great questions, that lives with an alcoholic - but is not an alcoholic themselves - joined us.  She had some serious questions.  Marriage and alcoholics create serious questions don't they? There is a program called Al-Anon, which is similar in some respects to AA, but it's for people that have to deal with Alcoholics (and Addicts) - in their day-to-day lives (like a spouse, child, or parent, etc.).  It's a program that answers all your questions about living with one, and what to do.

I encourage Old Timers in Al-Anon to step forward with comments, suggestions, advice, or whatever - for people that have questions about the subject.

I also encourage Old Timers to step forward and write new editions of the Open Thread.  Just send me a message letting me know that you would like to be next week's contributor, and we can switch off.  If enough such people step forward, I will start a group called, "Alcohol, Drugs, and Politics at Daily Kos" group.

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Who's going to win it?

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