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Thu Mar 19, 2015 at 10:40 PM PDT

Republicans Aren't the Problem

by NetminderElite

Ok, I realize that this has been covered in a few diaries and I haven't posted a diary in a while.  This is something I've been thinking about for a long time about this website and how we operate.  So if this is repetitive, I apologize and we can delete the diary, but here goes.

Here in the DailyKos community, I think that we all have a clear understanding that we have a completely dysfunctional, destructive political party in the United States.  We all know that already.  When we speak these things to one another, we're not learning anything new.  From a solution based approach, sharing those things here within this community, in my opinion, doesn't achieve anything.  Reinforcing the fact and understanding of how crazy the Republican party is within our own community doesn't do anything to eliminate them from power.  It does nothing to get rid of them from our halls of government.  We're all already going to vote for Democrats (I assume), whether they're more center, left, or progressive ones.  We're all going to vote for Democrats, the "better" ones, or any Democratic candidate that will get rid of the Republican candidate.

Mission of this website being what it is, putting anybody other than a Republican in the halls of our government will benefit the majority of people in this country, and that's a victory to me.  So why keep talking about Republican insanity and depravity here on this website?  It doesn't seem to achieve the goal of getting them out of office.

Who do I think is the real target then?  What should we be going after to achieve our mission?  

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Wow!  A second county on this project already?  I'm so impressed with how quick I can do this... don't get used to it.

Here is how this project of mine goes.  Each and every week (or more often), using a random number generator I pick one county from the United States and give a little bit of information on that county.  I am going with five general pieces of information - historical, cultural, news, natural, political, etc. - to share about the county I choose.  Ideally, I'll stick it out until every single county in the United States is completed.

Two counties in two weeks is pretty impressive, so let's go below the squiggle to learn more...

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Ladies and gentlemen, county number #1!  Yes, this is a reset of the project, something I really want to get back into.  I even started a new blog separate from here and will cross reference all my entries there.

Here is how this project of mine goes.  Each and every week (or more often), using a random number generator I pick one county from the United States and give a little bit of information on that county.  I am going with five general pieces of information - historical, cultural, news, natural, political, etc. - to share about the county I choose.  Ideally, I'll stick it out until every single county in the United States is completed.

The order of the counties is completely random, and so if you are from Jackson County, congratulations!  You are oh so very, very lucky to be the first to be viewed by my hordes of fans.

No, those are NOT crickets you are hearing.  Round 1, ahead!

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How many children must needlessly die to gun violence before people who have a heart, a soul, and a shred of decency stand up together to make it stop?  How many innocent teenagers need to be murdered and assassinated by illegal guns before something is done?  Why do the black and brown children of my city needlessly suffer and struggle to lead ordinary lives, free of fear and struggle?

I'm so angry right now, so this will be a relatively short diary.

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Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 03:34 PM PST

With a Heavy Heart

by NetminderElite

Hey everyone.  I say this with a heavy heart tonight, and needed to share it with somebody outside of my workspace.  I woke up to a phone call this morning that one of my students, a 15 year old ninth grader, was shot five times and killed right down the street from my south side Chicago school last night.  It appears to be a targeted gang shooting.  Even as I type out this senseless act of violence my heart is pounding and I can't make sense of it.

In my sixth year in the Chicago public school system, I've never personally experienced this level of violence before, even as it seems to be the norm.  Many of the students were shocked by the news, and even more disturbing to me was how many students found the news "normal".  I know that there is a good chance that there will be retaliatory violence in the neighborhood over the weekend and there were already kids in the school talking about it.

I need a couple of stiff drinks.

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Are you ready?  Entry number 8.  Really chugging along here, like a high speed rail across the country to different corners.  Small counties?  You got it.  Populated counties?  Yessir! ... or ma'am.  I won't be sexist.  No sluts or prostitutes here, no way.

Here is how this project of mine goes.  Each and every week (or more often), using a random number generator I pick one county from the United States and give a little bit of information on that county.  I am going with five general pieces of information - historical, cultural, news, natural, political, etc. - to share about the county I choose.  Ideally, I'll stick it out until every single county in the United States is completed.

Here we go, Round 8!

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Over the course of American history, a group of Americans has always stood up to intolerance.  Whether it was against African Americans, women, immigrants, homosexuals, or others, we have stood up and made our voices heard against the seemingly unbreakable wall of intolerance.

Why?

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Wed May 16, 2012 at 05:17 PM PDT

Yes We Can and Yes We Should

by NetminderElite

As the presidential election in November nears, the Obama campaign is running up to full speed.  As I visit this website on a daily basis, I don't see the same excitement and passion that we had in 2008 and I don't blame anybody, as I don't feel the same excitement myself.  I notice a dangerous trend happening that says the following.

The election is basically won.  There is no way Romney can win.

This seems to lead to other trains of thought which pose a problem for me.  More below the little DK squiggly.

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Here we go folks, entry number 7 in the United States County Project.  What?  You haven't heard about it?  Well shucks!  Maybe its time you did.... and then tell all your friends, especially those who like history and culture.

Here is how this project of mine goes.  Each and every week (or more often), using a random number generator I pick one county from the United States and give a little bit of information on that county.  I am going with five general pieces of information - historical, cultural, news, natural, political, etc. - to share about the county I choose.  Ideally, I'll stick it out until every single county in the United States is completed.

Here we go, Round 7!

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Here it is, entry number 6!  This is a fun project, I've enjoyed these trips around the country.  My random entry this week has a new state, Kansas.  Very different than the last county which was very Urban and has the state's largest city.  So I hope you enjoy this week.

Here is how this project of mine goes.  Each and every week (or more often), using a random number generator I pick one county from the United States and give a little bit of information on that county.  I am going with five pieces of information - historical, cultural, news, natural, political, etc. - to share about the county I choose.  Ideally, I'll stick it out until every single county is completed.

Here we go, Round 6!

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Entry number five, here we go.  This has been a good trip from me.  Started in Georgia, moved to Oklahoma, continued to Maine, and then onwards to Nevada.  Now we find ourselves in Delaware.  And only three counties in the state as well.

Here is how this project of mine goes.  Each and every week (or more often), using a random number generator I pick one county from the United States and give a little bit of information on that county.  I am going with five pieces of information - historical, cultural, news, natural, political, etc. - to share about the county I choose.  Ideally, I'll stick it out until every single county is completed.

So here we go, Round 5!

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Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 06:41 PM PST

Ideological Purity

by NetminderElite

As the election season continues to ramp up, this idea of "ideological purity" is popping more and more into my thoughts.  What does it mean to me?  It means staying 100% true to your ideals and values when you vote.  If a candidate doesn't match you on a key value, or values, you either vote for the other guy or abstain from voting out of protest.

Are you willing to be an ideological purist?

Should Democrats, liberals, and progressives be willing to maintain ideological purity?

More below the fold.

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Are you willing to vote third party, Republican, or abstain in 2012?

25%14 votes
70%38 votes
3%2 votes

| 54 votes | Vote | Results

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