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Gender: Male
Hometown: Frankfurt am Main
Home country: Germany
Current location: Tacoma, Washington
Member since: Sat Jul 18, 2009, 11:55 AM
Number of posts: 22,593

About Me

Ran for US Congress in 1990 from the left. Chairperson of 1989 city advisory initiative calling for 10% reduction in military spending to be divided among deficit reduction and mass transit and social services. Being a miliary town nobody thought we'd get on the balllot let alone win with 64% of the vote. Former chair of peace and justice project for a UMC congregation in Tacoma, Washington.

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Theology Question

I had a beloved pet (cat) that died on Sunday He was 15 years old. I truly, truly loved him and am grieving incredibly! Because of his death many of us have had a discussion. Question: Do you believe that your pets can join you in heaven? Please vote and discuss. THis poll and discussion is for those who believe in the concept of a heaven.

My beloved cat died this afternoon

I don't know if this is the right forum to post in, I am so sad and am grieving. The best pet I have ever has died this afternoon. "Stewie" named after the kid in Family Guy was found early one morning abandoned at a pet store at 3 weeks old. He was bottle fed around the clock. He was the coolest cat. The most friendly one I have ever had. He used to play with Ferrets and dogs and was the only cat that would jump in the shower with me. He loved to play in water. At night I would call him and he would come to bed with my wife and I, we would lift the covers and he would sleep with head above the blanket line just like a person. He was also the most social cat we ever had...when we had a group of people over he would literally sit in the middle of the circle waiting to see who would hold him. Every morning at 6:41 he would stick his wet nose in my ear and start purring really loud to wake me up. He had been sick for about 3 months, diagnosed with cancer. I will miss him terribly, I am so sad!

If this is in the wrong forum, please let me know and I will delete it!

Any predictions on 2014 US Legislative Races?

Will the Dems take the House? Keep the Senate this year?

Which Christmas Carol Do You Like The Most?

Earlier I asked which carol you hate the most. Now for those who like Christmas Music, which one do you like the most?

What Christmas Carol do you hate the most?


for your incredible courage. For enduring those years of isolation. For suffering the beatings and torture for the cause you believe in. For showing the world the strength of what is right and just. And most of all, for doing all this with out overt bitterness and with incredible grace. May you rest in peace! Mike C

"We will never be young again" Thank you John F. Kennedy!

As Mary McGrory waited at Andrew's Airbase with Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the coffin holding John F. Kennedy, descended from Air force One and she turned to him and said "O we will never laugh again" and Moynihan replied "Heaven's Mary, we'll laugh again. We'll just never be young again" and how profound that statement was.

And yet in the moment of those shots, in some ways the youth of the soul of America was killed. The promise and the hope of what Kennedy was trying to ignite stirred the hearts of many. His exhortation to "Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country" was a touchstone of many who entered public service. He exalted the nobleness of serving others. His actual legislative accomplishments may have been few in the 1,036 days of his presidency, yet his mark on the tone and tenor of the nation was enormous.

For me personally, it was profound, I had gotten up early in the morning as a small child and saw him in that most famous speech in Berlin and a month later we had moved temporarily to Tacoma, Washington and in September I saw him again at Cheney Stadium. So to me he was real and it was the first REAL person I knew who had died in my life.

And then it was gone, in a few years that nobility of service would be replaced with cynicism and doubt. It was the explosion of the crime surge, it was a time when the right silently worked to take over the nation.

Sadly 17 years later Ronald Reagan completely reversed the tone Kennedy had set. While he didn't have the guts to directly say it, his subtle under text was that "I've got mine, so too bad for you" and that is when this country really went into decline.

So for establishing the Peace Corps, promoting literacy and the arts, for setting in motion the landing on the moon and for yes in the words of that song: "For one brief shining moment...." Thank you John F. Kennedy

We are better nation for it and for your time spent on this earth!

should Bashir have apologized to Palin

over the "Shit in her mouth" comment

DEATH PENALTY I taught a peace and justice class this morning

and the discussion was about the death penalty. This is at a fairly liberal congregation and I was surprised at how evenly split the class was about it. How do you feel about the death penalty?

Question: Should convicted felons be able to vote

after they have served their sentence? after probation or parole?
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