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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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oops put this originally in the wrong forum by accident How long do you think trump

will last as president and why

For Mother's Day: Two Moms

My mom was born in Germany 9 months after Hitler took power. When she was 9 years old the Third Reich made all the children leave the major cities (Hitler's theory was that the children were the future of Reich) and Frankfurt being the transportation center of Europe was one of those. She had to walk for miles in the snows of Bavaria to a Catholic orphanage and the afterwards she was a refugee sleeping in barns, sheds and with willing families making her trek back to her home city. As a result, she got frostbite which turned to gangrene when she was pregnant with me and in order to save my life she had her leg amputated with just a local anesthetic. She married a US Military Serviceman and we came to the United States. She became a widow at 31 (my Dad died because of being shot in Vietnam) and she raised me by herself. In that time she taught me about peace and justice, geography, politics, history and helped me make my US Citizenship, encouraged my musical talent and tried to instill a sense of pride about my native heritage. At age 15, my mom had a severe brain hemorrhage which ultimately killed her and in entered my second mom.

I was living by myself and learned how to cook instant oatmeal, pudding and make hamburgers which I had every night and morning. The neighbors narc'd on me to social services and I had to find a home or live in group home or orphanage. A friend of mine told his pastor at our neighborhood church about my plight and he and his wife came and asked me if I would like to live with them. My foster mom took in this orphan (me) and taught me about gracious hospitality, a more nuanced sense peace and justice, encouraged me to revel in my German heritage and had infinite patience with an ADHD teen who had the world on his shoulders.

To both moms: thank you for what you taught me, for putting up with me, the memories of infinite joys and most of for the care and love you had shown me.

We all have a mothering and fathering spirit in us. We belong to what Martin Luther King referred to as the "Beloved Community" it's in these private acts of grace that we equip others to publicly serve and blaze the trail of true progress and a more just world.

To these two mothers in particular and to all who mother, thank you! HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!!

trump is so fucking stupid that he doesn't even know

what he doesn't know. The problem is a combination of greed, intellectual laziness and an over active ego. This scares the shit out of me because couple his vindictive personality, I see disaster for the American people. This latest stunt with the Russian press in the oval office is just one more example of the incompetence of this administration. For the republican party to sit by and watch it happens means only one of two things 1) either there are also neck deep in this shit 2) they're dumber than trump.
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