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It's the end of the year already, and KINship is not quite two months old. What started Nov. 7 has grown into an organization that has redistributed several thousand dollars and, more importantly, helped people improve their lives with some hope, some money and some pride. As Jan. 1 rolls around, we at KINship reflect on what has been and what is to come.

You will hear three voices from KINship in today's diary.  Patrick has elegantly crafted the majority of the body of this text; Laura and Scott have added a few bits of their own, for flavor and updatey-ness.

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Thu Dec 18, 2008 at 10:57 AM PST

KINship: Down to the wire

by Hail Ripley

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.  - Charles Dickens

Greetings, Kossacks and Happy Holidays!

I hope you're familiar with the KINship Project that Black Leather Rain, iampunha and I have been working on recently.  If not, I hope you'll take a few minutes to read this diary and the previous diaries to get a feel for what we're trying to accomplish.

We're closing in on a deadline, of sorts.  We need your help, in the next couple days, to make a difference for our fellow Kossacks by Xmas.

Join me in the conversation pit for more info...

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Greetings, Kossacks!

Some of you may be familiar with the KINship Project that Laura (Black Leather Rain), Patrick (iampunha) and I are working on - I hope many of you are, truthfully.  For those who aren't familiar with the project, it started as a simple match up for Thanksgiving meals - find a Kossack who didn't have a place to go for Thanksgiving and match them with a friendly Kossack host.  In some cases, folks simply needed a small bit of cash to put a decent Thanksgiving meal on the table.   Happily, with your help, we were able to create several success stories - but we'd like to create a few more.

On to the conversation pit...

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Tue Nov 04, 2008 at 01:12 PM PST

Death by 62,000,000 paper cuts

by Hail Ripley

cross-posted from Whiskey Fire

[I live in a county of ~21,000 - the word from the County Auditor's office is that there were ~5,300 early ballots turned in.  I voted this morning - no lines, and the ballot machine showed 178 votes at 11AM, or so.]

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You haven't?  You haven't contacted Sen. Rockefeller to tell him to drop the Telco Immunity legislation?  Don't worry about it - he's on the case!

Two U.S. senators are sharply criticizing the Bush Administration's telecom policies, blaming the White House for a decision by AT&T...

Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.)... this week harshly criticized the Administration... The senators' rebuke of the Administration's actions on telecom may be the opening salvo in what could become a heavy barrage against the President's position on this and other telecom-related issues.

Rockefeller was equally pointed in his attack on the Administration... "West Virginians can no longer afford this Administration's telecommunications policies."

That's quite a surprising development, isn't it?  Oh... wait.  There's more...

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As the sports stadium barkers say:  You can't tell the traitors players without a scorecard.  I'm sure anyone who follows the FISA fight is familiar with James Cicconi but I thought hey, why not shine a spotlight on him?  So, let's give Mr. Cicconi the attention he deserves - we'll start just before things went to Hell in America.

WaPo - 9/26/99

Former president George Bush's longtime advisers were troubled. Bush's son was about to launch a presidential bid and some of these once powerful Washington figures felt frozen out. So after an advisory board meeting earlier this year at the Bush presidential library in College Station, Tex., they decided to raise the issue with their former boss.

Hmmm... I wonder how this will turn out.  Let's take a look!

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This then is the present situation. How do we perceive the problem of peace now? - Albert Schweitzer, 1952

I left a comment in Troutfishing's diary, quoting Omar Bradley and suggesting that Sens. McCain and Clinton also read Albert Schweitzer's 1952 Nobel Prize lecture, "The Problem of Peace".  I think it's important and relevant enough to stand as a diary, as well.

The good stuff is below the fold.

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Anyone seen Dick Cheney lately?  I'll admit I don't pay much attention to the old cannibal but I can't recall hearing anything from him in the last few weeks.

Oh, who gives a damn?  Let’s get to relaxin’, kids!


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There's been a great deal of discussion about insurance, in the blogosphere, lately, and it's obvious that people are very upset by recent news about the  industry.  Unfortunately, a lot of the discussion has been rather un- or misinformed.

I'm a former insurance industry employee (emphasis on 'former') and I'm wondering if the community might be interested in an objective discussion about insurance basics and the industry, and/or a basic analysis of some of the recent news that's come out.

I should emphasize that I'm not involved with the industry now and my intent is not to defend the industry.  I just hate to see people so riled up, when they're not receiving accurate or complete information.


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That's right, you lucky Democratic leaders!  I'm putting myself out for hire as a political adviser.  You see, unfortunately, I find myself without a job right now, and while I've enjoyed job hunting so far, Smalltown, USA isn't overflowing with opportunities.  

So I thought, "You know who could really use my help?  The Democrats!"  It's a perfect fit, really.  I need a paycheck and, apparently, the Democrats desperately need some help.

My  qualifications and portfolio are available for your perusal in The Conversation Pit.

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Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 04:33 PM PDT

Hey, O'Reilly! What about KSFO?

by Hail Ripley

So, Bill O'Reilly is going to destroy dKos, or some such, because someone said a bad word and made a naughty picture of Bush and Lieberman.  Thank goodness I'm not a regular diarist here or I'd be shakin' in my sandals!  (Seriously, you guys - you're putting us all in danger, and I don't need FOX Security stopping by my place and 'changing my Life as I'd known it'... or whatever FOX Security does.)

Errr... anyhoo...  I thought I'd take a moment to remind Bill O'Reilly how the liberal blogpsphere stood up against real hate speech, not that I think it will sink into his thick skull.  So let's take a trip back to January, 2007, when a bunch of dirty fucking hatey-hate hippies took on a foulmouthed Prom Queen and her Radio Tough Guy sidekick.

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