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It was Will Rogers who said that. He said it to Al Smith in 1929. Think yesterday was bad, Al Smith lost his home state of New York, a state he was governor. Who'd he lose to? Herbert Hoover and it was a landslide. 444 electoral votes and 58+% of the eligible voters. And there were nearly super majorities in Congress. Democrats at that point were nearly rubber stamping things because they didn't have the numbers to actually be an opposing party in Washington.

This is why Will Rogers gives me hope.

I was a tour guide for the US Capitol Building. This was when I first fell in love with Will Rogers. Reading his quotes today, I find solace.

I bet you if I had met him and had a chat with him, I would have found him a very interesting and human fellow, for I never yet met a man that I dident like. When you meet people, no matter what opinion you might have formed about them beforehand, why, after you meet them and see their angle and their personality, why, you can see a lot of good in all of them.

Agreed.

I don't think I've ever met someone I didn't like in person. There are people I've grown to dislike, but when I meet most people not only do I give them a chance, I find myself looking for reasons to like them.

And yesterday, I really needed that perspective.

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I follow Mike Debonis and he retweeted something from, well, is that really important?  The tweet is probably more important.

Public Law 104-69, but no link? Why no link, so I looked and found a link on Government Printing Office's site.

more below the awesome orange-ness squiggle of goodness...

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Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM PST

Green Fields and Factory Floor

by Bendygirl

I'm a card carrying member of a union. It's the 3rd I've been a member of now. I've provided strike support to 2 others.

I am the product of Finnish Trade Unionism. The union is how my family found employment when they first arrived in Upstate New York. My Great Grandfather, Albert (no, that wasn't his name, but he assimilated) arrived by 1917, Having been drafted into the US Army in 1918. Those papers helped him to bring my great grandmother and the kids over.

My great grandmother was pregnant at the time that my great grandfather left for the US, my grandfather was the last born in Finland. Two more girls would follow once the family was in the states and all settled here sometime before the 1930 Census.

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Im on a bus to NYC so, this will be quick.

Occupy Youngstown has been evicted, but people are determine to stay.

YOUNGSTOWN — About a dozen city police officers and firefighters confiscated a tent, burn barrel, three chairs and several wooden signs this morning from the Occupy Youngstown site in Central Square.

There were four Occupy Youngstown members at the location when police and fire arrived around 7:30 a.m. today, said Luke Walker, who was among the four.

An officer gave the group a five-minute warning that the items would be confiscated, Walker said.

The occupiers received a hand delivered letter on Thursday from Youngstown chief of police:

Police Chief Rod Foley hand-delivered a letter to the group around noon Thursday, ordering them to remove the tent, barrel and other items by midnight, citing city-ordinance violations.

If you can, let them know you're watching, that we're all pulling for them on their Facebook page. #OccupyYoungstown Facebook
www.facebook.com/occupyyoungstown

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Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 10:13 AM PST

Occupy Youngstown evicted 7:30am

by Bendygirl

Im on a bus to NYC so, this will be quick.

occupy Youngstown has been evicted, but people are determine to stay.

YOUNGSTOWN — About a dozen city police officers and firefighters confiscated a tent, burn barrel, three chairs and several wooden signs this morning from the Occupy Youngstown site in Central Square.

There were four Occupy Youngstown members at the location when police and fire arrived around 7:30 a.m. today, said Luke Walker, who was among the four.

An officer gave the group a five-minute warning that the items would be confiscated, Walker said.

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I've been participating in OccupyDC for a few weeks now. I've camped, marched, attended rallies, donated food and change, and no, the woman in the wingnut video is NOT using her kids as a human shield.

So, yeah, I participate when and where I can.

Then, something magical happened.

occupy ashtabula flyer

A good friend from high school moved home from LA and he's fed up with the way things are going in rural Ohio. He's fed up with double digit unemployment, that only gets worse in December, January and February (we're rural, farming isn't really taking place at these times). And he met other fed up people, which is not hard to do at all in Ashtabula.

So, Rod and the "others" decided, they had had enough.

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Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 06:18 AM PDT

Suspicious Package at Pentagon

by Bendygirl

Since I'm in DC, the office was all a buzz about it this morning.

Apparently, someone was taken into custody with a back pack full of explosives.

U.S. Park Police took a man into custody overnight in Arlington National Cemetery in connection with the incident, according to NBC Washington. The man was inside the park when it was closed and was reportedly uncooperative with authorities.

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It’s been a long week for me, probably even longer for my daughter. But last night, I breathed a sigh of relief as she arrived in Istanbul.
For the previous diaries on the saga of being a worried mother of a 17 year old exchange student in Egypt, you might want to read the previous diaries.

**UPDATE**
Just heard that she will be home at 6pm on Friday. I wish she had a full year, but right now, I just want to hug my baby girl.

And more on the flip...

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Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 06:04 AM PST

My daughter 's Evacuation of Egypt

by Bendygirl

Yesterday, I posted about my daughter's evacuation. Today, she's awaiting a flight out. We don't know where the flight is going (directly to the states or an interim location first), all I know so far is that she still doesn't want to go. That her host parents went shopping today so that my daughter can bring something to her daughter.

My daughter's story here.

***UPDATE***
She's heading to Europe. Just got a call from AFS, but no idea where or when, but the Warden message appears to be accurate. She and other Americans are being evacuated to Europe.

**UPDATE 2**
It's Cyprus, Athens or Istanbul now. No idea of when or which or how she'll get home from there, but tomorrow she is scheduled to leave.

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Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 07:40 AM PST

My Daughter Told to Evacuate Egypt

by Bendygirl

If you haven't been following my daughter's saga, you can read a little here, or in some of my comments on the Egypt Diaries.

My daughter is 17 and is an exchange student in Cairo. She's on the NSLI-Y program, administered by AFS. She has been there for 5 months and had another 5 to go. Leaving now, feels like unfinished business to her. And despite the tanks and armed neighbors ready to defend their property with sticks and bottles, she actually feels safe.

***UPDATE***
Thanks for the well wishes. I will update the diary as I learn more. But I do want to thank you all for your well wishes and thoughts. Having this community these past few days has made my life less tearful and frustrating. Thank you all. I feel truly blessed.

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Thu Jan 27, 2011 at 02:28 PM PST

My 17 year old daughter is in Egypt

by Bendygirl

It's been a rough couple of days for me, mom.

My 17 year old daughter is in Egypt, studying Arabic.

I've been so proud of her and her desire to not only learn a new language (she also speaks and writes Japanese), but to do it in a foreign country. The concept of her really immersing herself in culture and language in a country where women are 2nd class citizens, it really just makes me in awe of her. Now, I just sort of want her home...

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Crossposted on UnionReview and Uniongal

When I heard South Carolina Republican Senator say that Collective Bargaining threatens US security, I thought I'd actually fall off my chair.

We cannot allow them by unanimous consent, to move ahead with the unionization and collective bargaining of our Airport Security.

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