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I also no longer have an opinion about Israel and Palestine.

I have no opinion. I am a good Kossack. I will follow our Leader and Teacher and have no opinions. None whatsoever.

I'd like to be appointed to a journalism post however.


Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 09:23 PM PDT

For My Nagga's Birthday

by commonmass

My grandmother's birthday would be, well, the 28th of August. We lost her in 2011.

How I do miss her.

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Encouraged by a few people, including Kossack Tool, I'm going to write a two part diary about my experience with the police and White Privilege. I think this is important to do, because it draws such a stark contrast between what persons of color and "white" people experience not just in everyday society, but especially when it comes to dealing with the police.

Part one has to do with a traffic stop, which I'll write about today. Part two has to do with accidentally derailing the culmination of a months-long State Police action--for which we probably should have been arrested but were not.

Part one, though, and some background, over the divider-doodle...

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Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 06:03 PM PDT

Sleepers, Awake! Occupy Every City

by commonmass

I've had it with nearly everything I've heard here about Ferguson, Missouri and Detroit, and New York, and California, and all of this third-rate third-way baloney.

Where are you, Occupiers? We need protests--peaceful ones--in every major and minor city in this country against the militarization of police and racism, classism, and everything that puts a person down.

Now is the time. Who is with me?


Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 04:31 PM PDT

I've Been Thinking About Josh.

by commonmass

Josh was one of my best friends. We worked together in the theatre and he was a reed player in my theatre orchestra, of a big-band nature. I guess I have that in the blood as my great uncle Harry played with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra. He was also a talented actor.

Josh was probably my best friend at that time. He had horrible substance addiction issues and killed himself very much like Robin Williams did. I found out about it while I was in Spain. I couldn't attend his funeral.

Josh and I had been great friends and colleagues for years, and, well, occasionally lovers even though he identified as heterosexual.

I miss him, and I'm not mad at him. But I loved him, and he loved me.

The whole thing with Robin Williams has me thinking about this, and I had to share it.


Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 03:34 PM PDT

I Remember Nixon's Resignation

by commonmass

I was five years old, in the Summer of 1974. My family was highly political and solidly Democratic. Grandad, with his hat and John Slattery look would come home from his job as a computer systems analyst at the Worcester County National Bank, and his wife would come home from her role as "Jane" at the Entwhistle Company; Dad took the Boston and Maine line from his insurance job in Boston, and Ma wasn't going to night school yet to become the Nursing Professor she now is but working at General Radio down the street.

CBS was on the television. The President was resigning. "He was smart to save face" said my grandfather.

The next year, Dad went out to vote. I asked him if he voted for President Ford or Governor Carter. "It's none of your business", he said, and then told me why.

The election of 1976 gave me my first serious schooling in civics. Thanks, Daddy.

Update: Daddy has taught me a lot from boatbuilding to to having raised me as a Master Mason and helping me get my 32nd Degree. I love my father but especially because he taught me how to be a good American, and to vote every cycle, and to vote my conscience. He also taught me how to drive, though I must say I'm a much better driver than he is.


"Border Crisis"! I'm tired of hearing it. It's a refugee crisis. Children making their way to the border and turning themselves in.

What, I ask, has the United States ever done to Chile, Nicaragua, Honduras, or elsewhere in Central and Southern America?

Oh, heavens to Betsy: Reagan almost got impeached over that!

And they say that the "Media" is "Leftist".


Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 05:06 PM PDT

In Praise of my Late Husband

by commonmass

It's been rainy here in Maine, on and off, but I have been giving some love to our memorial garden, where both my beloved grandmother, "Nagga" and the true love of my life, Terun Sabre Weed (aka GreenMountainBoy02) rest in peace.

It's tough to tend his resting place. It sucks, frankly. It's lonely. It's outside in my dooryard.

I mention this because it was just a couple of years ago when we got engaged in real time on Daily Kos.

I miss Terun. I really do. Losing him has freaked me up a bit but it does get better.

I miss my little Green Mountain Boy (and he was little: like 5 foot 5), but he was also a descendant of Tyendenaga Mohawk fame (Joseph Brant was raised to the third degree of Freemasonry personally by King George III) and I was always in awe of his heritage.

Messing around in the garden today, the one which has his ashes, has me thinking: He was the most amazing man I ever knew and he promised me that he would be with me for the rest of his life, and he was with me the whole time.

After he died, I had some time with his body. It was still warm. I loved him so much, but he was gone. I am so glad that I was there when he was alert enough to tell the doctors that he wanted to go to Hospice and let me crawl into his hospital bed with him when he made the decision and let him hold me. I've never loved anyone like that.

He's buried in my dooryard. I see him every day. He was only 48. He was the love of my life, and I try to keep that dooryard groomed, because he is buried there.

Terun with Geoffrey the Cat. Terun, I miss you sweetcakes.


Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 08:54 AM PDT

Who Owns Your Toilet Paper?

by commonmass

I had occasion to visit the privy this morning--I know, too much information. However, if you're visiting a privy or having your constitutional in the privacy of a running-water bathroom, we're all using toilet paper.

Sadly, toilet paper is using us.

Want to avoid the Koch Brothers? Well, here's some a$$wipe that might be in your necessary house:

Georgia-Pacific is a paper and pulp company that produces "Brawny" paper towels, "Angel Soft" toilet paper, "Mardi Gras" napkins and towels, "Quilted Northern" toilet paper and paper towels, "Dixie" paper plates, bowls, napkins and cups, "Sparkle" paper towels, and "Vanity Fair" paper napkins, bowls, plates and tablecloths. The Atlanta-based company has operations in 27 states.
Not just in the bathroom, but the kitchen, too.

Don't buy it. It buys political misery.


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In Horace's diary last night it turned out that in accepting a pass and a room from a generous Kossack did not end up in allowing him to get the room.  tmservo433 put him up for the night, and several of us have been working hard to find someone who has an extra bed in their hotel room to put Horace up for the conference.

Horace is my good friend, and he and I were roommates for NN 12. I can attest to the fact that he's an excellent roommate for a conference like Netroots Nation. It's complicated, but the person who originally gave the hotel room to Horace did it on flyer miles and it seems that it won't work.

Give this man a bed. There are hundreds of you there, and in the best spirit of KosLand, give him some assistance.

I'll be tending this diary on and off (because we have a little sun here in coastal Maine and I would like to do some work in my dooryard) and for those who have my cell # or my land line number, I'll be listening.

Let's get Horace housed and let's not make tmservo433 who did a great turn be the only one to do so.


Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 09:59 AM PDT

What's For Breakfast: Fish!?!

by commonmass

I had some leftover haddock, and put it in a white sauce and had it for breakfast over toast, which my grandparents and great grandparents might have done. In fact they did do on occasion. Many of us have had gravlachs or smoked salmon in the morning, but what about other fish?

Now, I live in Maine, where eating fish in the morning is not necessarily unheard of. However, it's a great way with leftover fish.

More under the Sea Urchin Roe Squiggle...


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Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 09:15 AM PDT

Calling Out The Meanies

by commonmass

I had a horrible thing happen to me the other year when my husband died. I had to change my lifestyle, too. I also learned that some of my Daily Kos Friends were not my friends (my grandmother before she died in 2011 warned me about that) and here I am without friends in Portland. Some of them engaged in the nasty
FB page that used to exist, others just stopped talking to me.

I wonder if it would be too much to ask to send a KosMail or an email. I am not always a perfect person, and I know I had to evict a tenant who is a Kossack, but I am not a total asshole. I'd like to know why you hate me. Private is best.

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