Yes, we are in the middle of a drought, yes we need rain, yes our temps are higher then average, and yes, everything is blooming early here in California.
I drive to work each day traveling through immense wealth, my work place being in the middle of one of the wealthiest zip codes in the nation. I work at a place of tranquility and beauty, a place with a water fall, koi pond, Zen Garden, a place that has a view of Silicon Valley.
When I visit my nephew I travel to the other end of Silicon Valley, a place where poverty is king and tranquility is hard to find. Asphalt, box stores, and little else to satisfy the soul.
And there, next to my nephew, are those in this valley of hearts delight who have set up an encampment as the economy, the wealth in this valley, has passed them by and left them with no choice but to live next to a stream.
Not long ago our San Jose City Council was debating whether or not our "Living Wage Ordinance" should be "modified" such that companies renting property from the city of San Jose would be exempt from paying a "living wage."
As I watched the "debate," one of the city council members (one of two republicans) argued that low paying jobs were just there for short term employment, that these were not jobs people filled (or should fill) on a long term basis, and well, if you want go here and then go to 1.53.19 or so of the video to hear the republican go on and on.
Of course we all know he was wrong, and today there was yet another article revealing just how wrong the GOP is on middle class jobs.
In November of 2012 Measure D (raised our minimum wage to $10 an hour with adjustments each year for inflation) passed in San Jose with almost 60 percent of the vote. The raise in the minimum wage took effect in March of 2013.
The usual players were opposed, including the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. Here is their argument against Measure D.
Our city council (made up of a majority of Dems) neither endorsed or opposed the measure, while independent city council members took stands supporting or opposing. At the time we had one republican and 10 democrats (counting the mayor who is actually a Dem in name only).
So here we are almost a year later. Who was right? What has happened? Find out below the fancy orange thingie.
What matters most is our love, pure and simple. Love of family, friends, love of justice, of protecting those who are frail, love of pursuing that which we know is best for all in our nation.
What matters most is that we never give up, on friends, family, justice, protecting the frail, that we never stop pursuing our ideals for this nation.
What matters most is that we work together as best we can to achieve that which we know is just, that which we know will create a better place for our children and the children of our children.
What matters most is how much we all do care, and even when we disagree we do so because of our desire to create change, just sometimes how that change is achieved becomes a stone in our path.
What mattes most is that we remember that what we do now will and can change the future, of that I am certain. I am also certain that DK has changed politics in a positive way, what matters most is that we will continue to facilitate change and work together for a better tomorrow.
Thank you to this community, what matters most is that you are always here when days are dark, when there is joy to be shared and when one just needs a place to come with like minded souls.
This election (if reports are true, I still can't believe that the GOP didn't know what was coming their way) proves that those who reject science and reason and instead embrace their ideology, end up losing, elections and worse.
This rejection of reason, of science, is endemic within the GOP. The polls were wrong, they were skewed, Democrats are not going to show up to vote, minorities won't vote, young people are not going to vote, all of these things they "believed" not because of science, but because their ideology wouldn't let them use science or reason.
I want to take a moment and thank the millions of voters who stood for hours in lines to cast their vote, in my opinion you are the real heroes of our victory yesterday.
To know that you stood, and stood strong, to exercise your right to vote, in the face of intimidation and suppression, you, you are the heroes that helped our nation move forward yesterday.
Without your dedication to democracy we might have seen an election stolen yesterday, the GOP did all it could to discourage you, to make it almost impossible for you to vote, they threatened you, they moved your polling places, they towed your cars, they closed when you were in line, but you persevered, and because of that we won.
And of course the other heroes of the day are the volunteers across this nation who made calls, knocked on doors and helped to get people to the polls.
We were outspent 81 to 19 percent yesterday, yet we won because of what you did.
Heroes to me, I will never forget what you did for me and our nation.
Thank you from my heart and soul.
I just had to go over to Red State this morning to see how they are handling this mess. And wow....just wow.....imagine my surprise at the lead article:
The question that many of these politicos have not answered is this: how could we possibly be more moderate than we already are? We ran with Dole in 1996, and we lost; we ran with McCain in 2008, and we lost; we ran with Romney, and we lost. Romney took the issue of Obamacare off the table and barely attacked Obama directly for much of anything. There was no potent conservative philosophy that was offered to provide voters with a sharp distinction between the parties. The Republican convention was a pathetic Oprah show and the entire campaign was basically an advocacy of Obama’s policies, albeit with less enthusiasm. And let’s not blame the loss on Paul Ryan and Medicare reform; he outperformed Bush and McCain with seniors.
One of those days I guess, but what really set it off? A scene from the Movie, " As Good As It Gets," with Jack Nickelson, here is the scene:
I kid you not, just saw this:
Erick Erickson, a conservative who is critical of Mitt Romney but has defended his 47 percent comments leaked on Monday, conceded that his remarks were "dumb" on CNN's "Starting Point" Wednesday morning. Though Erickson continued to urge Romney to double down on the comment, he did say the remarks were inarticulate and not entirely correct.Do these people EVER listen to what they are saying?
My father in law was a milkman, he was also a WWII vet, serving under Patton in Europe. His wife, my mother in law, was a stay at home mom who stretched her budget by putting bills into envelopes and then taking money from my father in laws pay check and putting it into the slots for bills. If something was left over they treated themselves to dinner out, maybe an ice cream, usually there wasn't much left over, but they were happy.
My Mother was a waitress who worked split shifts, she had three kids at home, me and my two brothers. I helped as much as I could, but still so much ended up on her shoulders, paying the bills, taking care of the house, taking care of us.
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