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December 7, 2017

I adopted my screen name, "Sinkingfeeling", when I joined DU back in 2003.

Now I know that feeling of unimageable damage to my country has come to be real. Today is proof positive that there is no hope. The Democratic Party can not hold off fascism when they are so willing to cave to false accusations without a fight. They can't stop the tax scam, dismantling of healthcare and Social Security, the packed courts, gerrymandering, nor racism and hate.

I'm done. I wrote emails to every Democratic senator that called for Sen. Franken to resign. I called and wrote the DNC. I'm now unsubscribing from all their emails, as well as from other progressive political organizations. No more contributions to any, including Common Cause, PFAW, Public Citizen, etc. No more signing dozens of petitions, no more protests, no more picketing GOP offices, no more trips to Washington DC marches.

I have ended my membership within the Democratic Party at the DNC, the state, and county levels.

I'm done. So now, after 15 years, I must say good bye to all my friends on DU. You have supported me through my cancer fight, my pets' deaths, and my sister's suicide. We've argued, laughed, and cried together. I'm sorry.
I will try my best to leave this country as soon as I can.

Good-bye DU.

December 2, 2017

Here's a Bible quote you'll never hear from the RW or GOP.

Isaiah 10 1-4

10 Woe to those who make unjust
laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, 2  to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. 3  What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches? 4 Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives or fall among the slain. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.

December 1, 2017

I returned from my trip to the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica on Nov. 15th.

Here are a couple of pictures.

Antarctic Peninsula
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King Penguins and ship

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Adelie Penguins
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Blue Iceberg

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Now, can anybody tell me how to eliminate all the extra stuff from Flickr?

December 1, 2017

Hatch, leading the fight for $1.5 trillion deficit-boosting tax cuts, says we can't afford CHIP


On the Senate floor Thursday, while arguing that the $1.5 trillion tax cuts bill that his committee has shepherded to the floor is good policy, Sen. Orrin Hatch said the nation can't afford the Children's Health Insurance Program unless other spending cuts are made. The invaluable Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio pressed Hatch on the fact that CHIP funding lapsed 31 days ago, and that states are now having to start informing CHIP clients that their coverage is going away, and asked why it wasn't the top priority of Republicans.

Hatch resorted to his favorite trick: feigned outrage at what he turns into a personal affront. "I invented it," he said of CHIP. "I was the one who wrote it. Kennedy came over and helped to put it through." But then you get the real Hatch, what he really believes

But let me tell you something. We're going to do CHIP, there's no question about it in my mind. It has to be done the right way. But we—the reason CHIP is having trouble is because we don't have money anymore. We just add more and more spending and more and more spending, and you can look at the rest of the bill for the more and more spending.
Get that? We can afford permanent tax cuts for the rich and corporations, but we can't afford to take care of 9 million children. Oh, but it gets much worse.
November 24, 2017

I just had to release my 16 year old tri-paw dog, Sugar. It's a beautiful

morning here, the day after Thanksgiving. He got up, as normal, and I helped him down the stairs. Let him outside while I fixed his breakfast. When I went to let him in, I knew something was terribly wrong. He had collapsed and wouldn't even try to stand. I rushed him to the vet's where xrays showed a tumor near the liver and spots on lungs. His tummy was enlarged and extremely sensitive to touch.
He was 16, so they did not recommend surgery and believe the tumor had ruptured.
I will miss him terribly. He had an extra 5 years since his leg was amputated due to cancer. His 'brother' will be lost without him. He's 15 and they spent their lives together.
R.I.P. Sugar Bear.

October 13, 2017

With the F**king Moron's latest EO, how many rural hospitals do you think

will close by year end? I read 673 were just hanging on because of more people having insurance under the ACA. Too bad most are in areas that support the rotting mango in the White House.

October 12, 2017

Rob Bishop's, R-Utah, "No New National Parks" bill is out of committee and will be

voted on as early as tomorrow. This bill guts the Antiquities Act and puts our parks, like the Grand Canyon, Arcadia, and Muir Woods at risk. Can we stop this?


So, what does this bill do? Here are the four main

1. It changes the definition of what qualifies as deserving of protection. Artifacts and buildings are in, items of scientific importance and natural objects are definitely out.
2. It places restrictions on the size of monuments. Anything over 85,000 acres definitely can’t be a monument. National monuments between 10,000 and 85,000 acres require approval from state legislatures and governors, which has been known to take decades.
3. It includes language that explicitly permits the president to rescind a national monument, totally undercutting the Administration and Bishop’s arguments that the Antiquities Act as currently written already allows the president to get rid of a monument.
4. It completely prohibits the creation of marine monuments under the Antiquities Act.

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