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Adieu to Mad Men, and the perfect non ending.
So I know I'm a bit behind here, but just watched the finale of Mad Men, after being a devoted fan through all its seasons. Some seasons were better than others, some episodes were better than ...
StellaRay 05/19/2015 80 19 - -
Partisanism---now a divide greater than racism.
For those who missed it, I found a part of today's APR particularly interesting and wanted to call extra attention to it. Up until the mid-1980s, the typical American held the view that partisans ...
StellaRay 04/19/2015 16 11 - -
One mother of a gay son and her very angry diary.
So I won't tarry in getting to the point. If I have to listen to one more supposed liberal or progressive or Democrat here tell me on this board that our efforts on social issues are unimportant and ...
StellaRay 04/02/2015 373 334 3 -
The American Civil War, 2015.
There is no Godwin's Law for evoking the Civil War in a discussion of politics. To most Americans, the Civil War was a seminal event in this country, one accompanied by the prerequisite amount of ...
StellaRay 03/28/2015 77 143 3 -
Why the H is Joe Biden beneath consideration as a Democratic candidate for the presidency?
Ok, let me say to begin with, I get it and I don't get it. Such is life. It is paradoxical. I understand that Biden has much to lose in terms of his own dignity and life long earned status in ...
StellaRay 03/13/2015 351 117 - -
Why TV is the new "Big Screen."
So for those so disposed, lets take a break from politics and look at the zeitgeist of the current culture when it comes to entertainment, and to narrow it down a bit more, let's talk movies vs. TV.
StellaRay 03/06/2015 60 12 2 -
Thoughts on this quiet New Year's Day---what do you want from your next year?
Seems New Year's resolutions are always doomed for failure. Something about the demarkation between an old and new year temporarily infuses us with a sense of power, and we have these wild ideas ...
StellaRay 01/01/2015 30 15 1 -
The amazing Sony hack, and how it may rob us of the most simple things.
There has been relatively little written on this site, regarding the gargantuan Sony Hack. Perhaps there is little sympathy here for the outing of Hollywood executives' ridiculous and arrogant lack ...
StellaRay 12/17/2014 56 12 - -
Bless the protestors, and give thanks for them.
When or whether I agree with them or disagree with them, bless them. This country will always need them. Bless those who get off their fannies on a cold winter’s day, bundle up and venture into ...
StellaRay 12/04/2014 18 45 1 -
The aftermath of loss and our sense of entitlement.
In a country that considers itself endlessly exceptional, and has throughout its history, it really shouldn’t shock anyone that this sense of entitlement can bleed through your pores without you ...
StellaRay 11/06/2014 89 52 2 -
I'm SO disappointed in the democratic message for the mid terms!
Yep, me and Rachel Maddow. That message is weak, hollow, and worst of all, dismissive of everything a democratic voice should stand for. We have endless democratic reps running AWAY from the ...
StellaRay 10/23/2014 202 98 2 -
Howard Fineman's no good terrible AND sexist essay on Allison Grimes.
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. It should be too early on a Monday to have ones hackles so aroused, but leave it to the often arrogant Howard Fineman to get the job done. In an essay in the ...
StellaRay 08/04/2014 214 304 1 -
Oh, the insanity! Another school shooting going on.
Another school shooting going on in Oregon. Active shooter still in school, no news of injuries or fatalities. School is in lockdown. Country is in lock down too, when it comes to sensible gun ...
StellaRay 06/10/2014 14 17 - -
I'm so angry with Chris Mathews I could...
well I don't know what. Can't find the words. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we all know Tweety swings more than a weather vane on a windy day. He is utterly confounding in his ability to get it so right on ...
StellaRay 06/04/2014 344 456 6 -
Nate Silver gives the GOP the edge in mid terms. UPDATE.
I must begin with a hat tip to the stupendously obvious click machine that is the Fluff Po. Just when I think they can't get any more craven with their headlines, along comes this one: "Nate Silver ...
StellaRay 03/24/2014 143 36 1 -
TV has NEVER been better---witness the finale of True Detective.
Ok, so I begin this diary with a big hat tip to the Kossack that turned me on to True Detective. Wish I could remember the handle, the name, the commenter that told me to tune into True Detective, ...
StellaRay 03/11/2014 34 5 - -
One of the best clicks you'll experience in a while to come.
This will be my shortest diary ever, as I wouldn't dream of mucking up a thing of such beauty by trying to add more words to what is already so perfect. If you missed the four minutes Lawrence O'...
StellaRay 03/03/2014 60 123 5 -
Wisconsin---these are the people running your state.
Open letter to the people of Wisconsin. What happened to you? How did you go from Robert La Follette to this: Among the racist jokes and emails found in recently released documents connected to ...
StellaRay 03/03/2014 98 165 3 -
Arizona's embarrassment and Thom Hartmann's brilliant point today.
I never get over Thom Hartmann's way of sorting things out. It just speaks to me. And like his constant guest Bernie Sanders, he does it without hysteria, without EVER being a blow hole, and always ...
StellaRay 02/26/2014 115 254 2 -
House of Cards newbie---observation.
Tonight my husband and I watched our first episode of House of Cards, well behind those who were plugged in long before us. Have heard about it forever of course, but just didn't get our hands on it ...
StellaRay 02/22/2014 184 43 - -
A tale of two governors: so similar and so different.
Seeing Christi and Walker juxtaposed in national scandalerama mode, I find myself marveling at how much alike they are, and yet as different as the two states they lead. Since both have been ...
StellaRay 02/20/2014 26 13 1 -
Thom Hartmann asks---Was today the end to an open internet?
I was kind of surprised to see no diary or FP article on this, but I may very well have missed it. Today the DC circuit court, one step under the SCOTUS, opened the way for companies to charge for ...
StellaRay 01/14/2014 29 36 3 -
Between Duck Dynasty and a new poll that puts the GOP 4 points up, I'm SO DISCOURAGED.
So we know that Cracker Barrel and A&E did some soul searching, at least a couple of days worth, and decided that it's A OK to support homophobia and racism. If only Martin Bashir and the left had ...
StellaRay 12/27/2013 114 21 3 -
I cheer the fight in our party! Let the media run with it, at least they'll mention the left.
You know, I feel like the left has had a case of being a good brownie, for oh, say about 30 years. Somewhere after Jimmy Carter was vilified as the ultimate liberal incompetent and now, liberals ...
StellaRay 12/11/2013 252 130 5 -
Obama launches another attack on Christmas.
Yesterday the president and Democrats moved their war on Christmas to outrageous new heights. Their attack was sly like a FOX. They conspired to make it look like Christmas happens every year on TV ...
StellaRay 12/07/2013 15 12 - -
Joan Walsh and I agree. I tried to say what she said, and it didn't go too well. Still, trying again
So I wrote this diary 2 days ago: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/22/1249784/-Questioning-democrats-and-progressives-wailing-about-computer-glitches-Underline-questioning Many, but far from ...
StellaRay 10/24/2013 28 20 - -
Questioning democrats and progressives wailing about computer glitches. Underline, questioning.
Let me just start by saying, I understand the frustration. But let us understand, that frustration stems from a deep need for better insurance options. I and many on this site need them. And, ...
StellaRay 10/22/2013 150 19 - -
So now this chapter is over, and the president remained firm. Very firm.
Don't try to tell me that it isn't over yet, because I'll just tell you that's IT'S NEVER OVER, and that moving the goal posts is perhaps easier than simply taking a break, a deep breath, and ...
StellaRay 10/16/2013 275 320 3 -
Wow, it's been hours, and still no diary on Obama and the Democrats not caving. Again.
Yeah, I was really surprised to not see any diary on Obama's latest "NO." So I thought I'd just put it on the diary record. He said no to the GOP's crappy deal today. And he's been saying no for ...
StellaRay 10/10/2013 721 395 6 -
Obamacare and the self employed. Things to think about.
I have spent the last week, with my neighbor, researching this thing. We have had coffee and cocktails over this thing. We have called each other with each new nugget of info we have learned. Which ...
StellaRay 10/06/2013 66 44 6 -
Obama DID NOT CAVE, the Democrats DID NOT cave.
Just a very quick diary to say THEY DID NOT CAVE. The president did not cave, the Democrats did not cave. And I will note, that there were several here who feared they would. In fact, I will mention ...
StellaRay 09/30/2013 238 306 5 -
Hope is not a word that should be retired. No matter how discouraged we get.
Oh my. It's been an intense week, not just in politics, but in my own life too. Makes me think of a book I read a long time ago. "The Road Less Traveled" by Scott Peck. I don't know, maybe it's ...
StellaRay 09/27/2013 17 25 1 -
This October Americans are going to learn the truth about Obamacare...and the right knows it. Update
I have spent some hours on line researching what Obamacare will mean for me and mine. My husband and I are both self employed, and for our family we pay almost $1600 a month presently---slightly ...
StellaRay 09/20/2013 302 456 1 -
She was so young, so humiliated and so desperate.
It was just another day, and another pull up to a red light off the freeway. And these days none of us who live in a city of any size are shocked to see folks standing at the dump out of these exits ...
StellaRay 09/18/2013 94 275 5 -
Saw "The butler" last night, and it refreshed me and reminded me.
So. Sure there was A LOT of Hollywood type stuff in "The Butler." And sure, there were parts made more facile than what was. And sure, one could poop and poke and pick at this movie. But for me, ...
StellaRay 09/15/2013 10 24 1 -
Anthony Weiner and Lawrence O'donnell.
If I were to vote tomorrow, as many New Yorkers will be, I would not vote for Anthony Weiner. Still, I grieve a small bit for his fall, as I do believe he once had a strong progressive voice. And, I ...
StellaRay 09/09/2013 128 55 - -
Wish me luck. I'm going to attempt to say what's positive about the DK these days.
So. It's been a looooooooooong hot summer here. The cat on the hot tin roof is dancing a jig with all the complexities of all the issues hitting its paws like the cinders of fireworks. From NSA ...
StellaRay 09/06/2013 135 183 - -
The NSA, Greenwald, Snowden, etc, with update and an epilogue.
Wow. What a rodeo it's been. For weeks and weeks. Dueling diaries, HR extravaganzas, accusations of roving gangs, and predictions this site is going to hell in a hand basket. I can honestly say ...
StellaRay 08/09/2013 989 92 - -
So what the freak do we want to do about it all?
I was describing this community to a friend the other day, and in part, I said “holy moly, the NSA revelations have blown the top off this site.” And I’ve been here for 5 years, so I don’t ...
StellaRay 07/14/2013 75 9 2 -
So back at y'all, one more time---what do you think of a Dkos "Got ID? initiative?
This has been laid out in an excellent diary by Kombema here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/06/27/1218572/-GOTV-gt-GOT-ID-A-New-Civil-Rights-post-VRA-Rallying-Point-Against-the-New-Jim-Crow ...
StellaRay 07/03/2013 27 18 - -
Beware Texas Democrats. Wisconsin was there once too.
So I am overjoyed about what happened in Texas, not the least because it was so unexpected, and so....freaking great. I loved every minute of it, and can't tell you how happy I am to have a new ...
StellaRay 06/26/2013 174 327 2 -
A Tale of Two states. MN vs. WI. And yes Virginia, there is a difference between the two parties.
This diary is an extension of a comment I wrote today in Kos’s Diary on the chances of taking the house in 2014. I realized I had more to say, and more to research at that moment, than could fit ...
StellaRay 06/24/2013 183 211 6 -
Wisconsin and Rachel Maddow. Yes, she's still the best thing going.
Tonight Rachel covered the case of Joshua Inglett, an enterprising guy who was on his way to being part of the board of regents of the UW, and then stopped by Scott Walker. He was stopped because he ...
StellaRay 06/20/2013 61 135 3 -
My son can now get married in his home state. I am overjoyed.
This had just been the best, most gorgeous day in Minnesota. And you know what? It was cloudy and rainy here all day, right up till the 3:00 vote on gay marriage rights. Then the skies cleared in ...
StellaRay 05/13/2013 31 26 - -
Obama has been amazing on gun control, deserves 5 stars, probably won't get them here. With update.
Of course, I have to begin this diary with the obligatory statement that I'm not happy with all of Obama's policies, particularly his using the chained CPI as a bargaining chip. If I don't at least ...
StellaRay 04/17/2013 363 284 3 -
Why I fear Chris Hayes will out wonk himself
So I watched Chris Hayes' launch tonight. He was as good as he was on the weekends. A great progressive voice. Smart, full of facts, and able to make any story seem like the most important, ...
StellaRay 04/01/2013 92 33 - -
Escape from politics. "TV has never been better." Rachel Maddow. Let's discuss.
This is one of those diaries you might come to because you want a little levity. That's all I have to sell here, but I think it's a good thing to let our hearts be light now and then. The other ...
StellaRay 03/13/2013 160 15 - -
Why am I hearing MSNBC tout the new Gallup poll?
Grrrrrrrrrrr. What does it freaking take for Gallup to lose its credibility? What does it take for a supposedly liberal news channel to stop breathlessly reporting Gallup's results? Today it's the ...
StellaRay 03/05/2013 15 9 - -
What are your small joys in life? And why you need them if you're a political activist.
With all the talk about TTFNs I can't help but think how we all need to be reminded that life has always been hard, much harder for many who came before us. The world is both an ugly and beautiful ...
StellaRay 01/28/2013 20 8 - -
The things we do very well here at the Daily Kos
There has been all kinds of talk about where we fail ourselves here lately. Lot's of talk about those who have left this site because we did not do well enough. Fears that we are losing it as a ...
StellaRay 01/22/2013 55 73 1 -
A business woman's question for AIG. Are you freaking out of your minds?
No fucking wonder AIG needed to be bailed out. Oh. My. God. The incompetence. Now I can't speak about all the fancy financial maneuvering AIG did to land itself in the pit of destitution that ...
StellaRay 01/09/2013 44 41 2 -
Gotta do what you gotta do, but I'm staying.
I understand the discouraged and disappointed people here who went from the high of our election battle to too many low and petty post election discussions. When someone says they need to leave, or ...
StellaRay 01/06/2013 64 28 - -
If this site had the spirit and know how of Bernie Sanders, nothing could stop us.
So yeah, I might qualify as the president of the Bernie Sanders fan club, but I know I'd have stiff competition. And yeah, if a political hero is possible, mine is Mr. Sanders. And you know, it's ...
StellaRay 01/03/2013 39 36 - -
AGEISM: The broadest bigotry in America today. With update.
I want this conversation to be about ageism. I don't hear that conversation going on anywhere of note today, and I don't hear it going on here at the Dkos. And it's UBER important because it ...
StellaRay 12/03/2012 489 475 9 -
In 2008 we elected a smart president, but in 2012 we elected a MUCH SMARTER president.
There were so many reasons to vote for Barack Obama on this last Nov. 6. But for me, one, if not THE MOST PERSUASIVE reason, was that if you put a truly smart man up against it, you're likely to ...
StellaRay 11/30/2012 155 280 5 -
What the freak ever happened to the common wisdom that you don't mix business with politics?!?!?!?!
I'm telling you, I'm so gob smacked, see me as slapped upside the side of some wall like a flattened out bugs bunny cartoon. I've been around quite awhile, been a business woman most of that time. ...
StellaRay 11/20/2012 256 467 4 -
A half million, so far, say no to Donald Trump in Macy's ads. Join us. With update.
Look, I know this isn't the most important thing on everyone's mind, and yes, there are bigger battles to fight. But sometimes there's something very easy to do that makes a small difference. And to ...
StellaRay 11/13/2012 59 35 - -
Candidate Barack Obama has given his last rally.
I know there will be more than one diary about this. But so be it, because I need to write my own diary on this. I'm not going to waste any words about where the president and I have disagreed in ...
StellaRay 11/05/2012 35 38 1 -
I SO want this election to be over, and yet...I know I will miss these days on this site.
Yeah, there's just so many more days we can take of this. And no one in their right mind wants it to go on and on. And since I consider myself in my right mind, I too want it to end. And I want it ...
StellaRay 10/31/2012 20 12 1 -
I don't expect to see another democratic candidate like Barack Obama in my lifetime.
Oh my. I watched clips of the president today, his voice scarred by overuse, his crisp white sleeves rolled up, grabbing the podium in a way that hoped to launch his spirit of YES, STILL, hope. ...
StellaRay 10/26/2012 480 620 14 -
Poll sweaters, grab a towel and dab, NBC numbers.
My shortest diary ever. NBC Poll in Iowa, Obama, 51-43%. Wisconsin and Colorado Obama 50 to 45%. Haven't dug into the numbers, just had to share. Wind under our wings, no matter what Gallop says.
StellaRay 10/18/2012 14 8 - -
Obama needs to let Big Bird return to Sesame Street---we're verging on diminishing returns here.
1. Today Sesame Street requested the Obama campaign take down the current Big Bird ad. And they were right to do so. They are a non partisan, non political entity, and for very good reasons, they ...
StellaRay 10/09/2012 98 18 - 273
My dad's funeral, the "Big Bird debate", and Frank Sinatra.
We said good bye to my beloved father last weekend. My brother and I eulogized him. That was a tough spot of writing and delivering, but a labor of love. One must choose one's words carefully out ...
StellaRay 10/06/2012 26 28 2 159
Ready, fire, aim!
This is going to be the shortest diary I've ever written. I'm sure that somewhere and on many places on this site in the last day, that I have missed, have called out President Obama's brilliant ...
StellaRay 09/13/2012 2 7 - 99
Romney's rallies put lie to the narrative that today's radical GOP will soon die out.
My husband and I have recently been engaging in a little game where every time we see a Romney rally clip, we watch the audience for the demographics and put it on a chart. Out of 12 clips since we ...
StellaRay 08/25/2012 45 3 - 239
Wiki-wicked? Just 2 days ago DKos was listed as a FAR LEFT BLOG.
A couple of days ago I googled Daily Kos on a computer that was not mine---where I have it on my desktop---and happened to notice the Wikipedia entry right under the site info. I decided to click ...
StellaRay 08/22/2012 72 15 - 309
Romney the "wimp," vs. "Hit the road, Barack."
Niall Ferguson's article made me see red, as it did many a progressive, and some embarrassed journalists fighting for credibility for their profession, against the hacks who outnumber them. This is ...
StellaRay 08/20/2012 15 7 - 146
Perspective is everthing, I learn once again.
I have been out of dodge, out of commission, for several days. I have been sitting at the bed side of my dying father. He is not ready to give up yet, so it promises to be a longer road to that ...
StellaRay 08/15/2012 47 72 - 361
Many are missing the elephant in the room, which is that Romney's tax returns ARE probably legal.
And that's the whole point. Many here seem to want Romney's tax returns to reveal him as some sort of Al Capone. And hell, they just might, who knows. But my God, it's going to take some real ...
StellaRay 07/18/2012 85 20 1 395
Let politics go for a sec, give into the summer heat, sigh, let go, and grab a REALLY GOOD BOOK.
So I've been up north for the last days. No computer. No TV. No cell phone, left mine uncharged. Instead, I spent my recent days reading in a hammock, or at the end of a pier, or in a screened in ...
StellaRay 07/10/2012 54 20 2 149
Idea for the DK: Adopt a senator campaign.
This is something I've been thinking about for awhile. Like many here, I'm keenly aware of our vulnerability in the senate. While the presidential campaign tends to suck all the air out of the room,
StellaRay 06/19/2012 53 68 3 320
Short and sweet. How to extradite yourself from the sux/ rox war, in very few words.
I promised you very few words, and I'm going to pay off on that. Look, there are people here who do not support Obama, or feel quite comfortable saying they will vote for him, but no more. They ...
StellaRay 06/14/2012 61 22 1 314
Here's the head line I take away from the recall loss: Ground war loses to air war.
Now that I've had time to lick my wounds, I'm very interested in what is to be learned by the loss of the recall in Wisconsin. And there's no one lesson, but many. This diary: http://www.dailykos....
StellaRay 06/12/2012 59 10 - 111
Pushing back against "the recall was a mistake!" meme
Today on the Daily Beast, Andrew Sullivan wrote an article on why the recall was a mistake. And he's hardly alone. There's others in the media, and here, who are now lecturing Wisconsin democrats ...
StellaRay 06/07/2012 225 84 - 554
Should Obama come to Wisconsin to help Barrett?
This is going to be a short diary, as I'm more interested in hearing what y'all think then talking about what I think. Particularly interested in opinions from those on the ground in Wisconsin. ...
StellaRay 05/24/2012 116 8 - 306
Just ONE question for democratic evangelical blacks and whites.
I've had about all I can endure of "Godliness" in the last few weeks. I could so rant on, but I really want to focus. So I'll do it with, as my title promised, ONE QUESTION, for ALL, black, white, ...
StellaRay 05/16/2012 106 27 1 375
Give it up Mr. President, come out for gay civil rights. Do it now!
I am unabashedly, even with my own list of gripes, a great admirer of President Barack Obama. I'm one here who IS NOT voting against Mitt Romney, I'm going to vote FOR President Obama, even if he ...
StellaRay 05/07/2012 63 7 1 148
Why I read the "hiddens" and why you should too.
I've been here about four years, and for most of that time, I never clicked on hiddens, didn't even see it there as an option. Too busy learning my way around the rest of this site, with its ...
StellaRay 05/03/2012 93 38 1 769
A whole diary about pundits! Your faves, the lames, the tear your hair out shames, with poll.
You love ‘em. You hate ‘em. You swear ‘em off. You fall off the wagon. One night they’re saying something so true, something that so needs to be said, and the next night you want to ...
StellaRay 04/18/2012 72 13 1 159
I'm scared as I begin to see how Romney IS going to make his etch a sketch work. Talk me down.
I'm so gob-smacked tonight, I can hardly write this. I'm so frustrated and angry. I shouldn't be surprised, yet somehow, I am. I've come to realize that all our assurances to each other that ...
StellaRay 04/04/2012 115 20 1 384
My democratic friends don't want to hear about politics.
Yep. That's the truth of it. I've got so many GREAT friends, democrats to a one, not because I choose that way, but because it's a values thing, and so, my greatest friends always end up to be ...
StellaRay 03/28/2012 56 20 - 231
Chris Mathews put my tit in a wringer tonight.
Sorry for the graphic head line. But it is how I felt watching Mathews tonight, who concluded his program with the ultimato concern troll essay. I watched it jaw agape, as today's polls have never ...
StellaRay 02/22/2012 58 31 1 473
The OWS movement dominates the rec list and why I’m exhilarated and VERY concerned.
Remember the old days? They were only weeks ago---when this site was all about the Obama sux/rox thing until it all imploded in a purge. Now, you can hardly find an Obama sux or rox comment, let ...
StellaRay 10/10/2011 86 13 - 293
In protest of cherry picking comparisons of Obama to FDR
Let me say from the get go, I think FDR was a great president. I have let that sentence stand alone, to underline my bird’s eye view, the luxury of looking back. The luxury of looking at a ...
StellaRay 08/21/2011 56 13 - 148
WTF is the progressive plan under President Romney?
This is my first ever diary, after a couple years on this site. I'm moved to the courage to write this diary because I am scared by what's happening here. I am scared that our own unforgiving ...
StellaRay 08/04/2011 58 13 - 116
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