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I am totally stunned by our complete victory last night.  Oh, yeah, sure, that one in Washington DC was pretty good too, I guess.

But we won in BAKERSFIELD.

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Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 09:20 AM PDT

Telephone Town Hall on ACA

by Randomfactor

As a resident of Bakersfield, I had a sinking feeling when the phone rang Sunday evening and a recorded voice asked me to participate in a telephone "Town Hall" meeting about the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare.  (My "Congressman" is Kevin "Young Gun" McCarthy, and he's fond of putting together self-serving telephone town halls.)

I was pleasantly surprised.  They do seem to be doing a fairly good job here in California of at least trying to get the word out.

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By a 2-1 vote the legislative committee of the Bakersfield (CA) City Council yesterday decided to table indefinitely a hideously-written stealth anti-abortion ordinance after five versions and instead support a toothless city resolution praising abortion "alternatives."   (Alternatives such as those offered by a husband-and-wife pair of local evangelists who specialize in harassing photographs of patients posted on their Facebook pages, and who both argued in person against such a resolution.)

It was at least a temporary defeat for the anti-abortion side and a face-saving measure for the council itself.  There are already rumblings of recall efforts against one councilmember (probably futile ones, but still...)

Below the orange maluma are details.

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Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 06:33 AM PDT

It's Not Just Texas II

by Randomfactor

An update on the anti-abortion ordinance being considered in Bakersfield, California.  It's not just Texas which is fighting this battle, there are dozens of local efforts to restrict the right to reproductive health care.

Last month's action:

http://www.dailykos.com/...

The ordinance, if passed, would clumsily define human life as starting at fertilizaton and allow any "aggrieved" person to sue anyone performing an abortion (or following do-not-resuscitate instructions in a hospital, or utilizing in-vitro fertilization) for specified damages.  It could also be twisted so as to justify restricting certain forms of birth control.

A quiet Bakersfield City Council meeting for August was convened last night after a long, long, long invocation citing several verses of the Bible and justifying the "In God We Trust" inscription on the chamber wall (another fight for another day.)

The crowd was comparatively sparse given that it was an interim meeting at which nothing substantial was to be decided.  Follow me below the orange zygote...

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Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 08:06 PM PDT

It's Not Just Texas

by Randomfactor

I just got back from a city council meeting in Bakersfield, California where a large number of citizens stood up to oppose (and some to support) a proposed ordinance written by a local "pro-life minister" which would, essentially:

--Redefine an "inhabitant" of Bakersfield so as to include fertilized human eggs (and, the way the ordinance actually reads, homo habilis and earlier forms), and

--Allow an "aggrieved" person to file a $10,000 civil suit against anyone who, in exchange for a consideration (basically, money) "kills" an inhabitant.  Presumably a rapist could be aggrieved enough that his victim was sold a Plan B pill and go after the local Walgreen's.

An ad-hoc Facebook group organized resistance to the measure over the past week or so.  Dive below the Orange Cotton Boll for the outcome.

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Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 11:47 AM PDT

Return of the Zombie Sheep?

by Randomfactor

The sequel to the infamous zombie sheep political commercial has been filmed.  And it's targeted at Nancy Pelosi.

(Via AddictingInfo, below the Sunset Swirl.)

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To me, one of the most memorable movie scenes Jack Nicholson has appeared in is the title-begetting one where he addresses a roomful of folks in a psychiatrist's waiting room with the suggestion "What if this is...as good as it gets?" and leaves them to think about it.

I believe that sort of behavior is known in Zen parables as "grandmotherly kindness."

A special welcome to anyone who is new to The Grieving Room.  We meet every Monday evening.  Whether your loss is recent or many years ago, whether you have lost a person or a pet, or even if the person you are "mourning" is still alive ("pre-grief" can be a very lonely and confusing time) you can come to this diary and process your grieving in whatever way works for you.  Share whatever you need to share.  We can't solve each other's problems, but we can be a sounding board and a place of connection.

Link to all previous Grieving Room Diaries

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Thu May 27, 2010 at 12:27 PM PDT

Cracked Teapots? TPN vs. TPF

by Randomfactor

Just got a notice from Tea Party Nation that they're no longer going to be a member of a different Tea Party group which apparently formed only in April of this year.

Tea Party Nation has decided to withdraw our membership from the National Tea Party Federation. We believe we are the best people to represent the voice of our membership as we also believe each individual tea party group can best be the voice of their membership.

We wish the Federation good luck in their future endeavors and certainly bear them no ill will.

Reminder:  Tea Party Nation Members receive a $50 off discount for the July convention. This discount expires on June 15th.

www.nationalteapartyconvention.com.

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Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 07:48 AM PDT

Teabaggers "fired" up

by Randomfactor

Just got a badly-formatted newsletter from the Tea Party Nation bozos saying that they've been holding fire deliberately on the Health Care Reform issue...until now.

They're targeting the "219" who voted for the Senate bill (and not the 220 who voted for the reconciliation, for some reason) with a website called "firethe219.com" (It wasn't even set up as a link in the e-mail)

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Thu Aug 27, 2009 at 06:14 PM PDT

Bakersfield, CA Town Hall Report

by Randomfactor

Last night I attended a Health Care Town Hall meeting here in Bakersfield organized by my Congressman, Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield).  Went with some trepidation because Bakersfield has long been something of a metastasized colony of red in California.

The reports that an electronic sign at the entrance to the meeting (in a gymnasium at the California State University, Bakersfield campus) advised "NO GUNS" should tell you what I was expecting.  And I did and didn't find it.

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A year and a few weeks ago I had a wife.  Then I bought a car over the Internet...

A special welcome to anyone who is new to The Grieving Room. We meet every Monday evening. Whether your loss is recent or many years ago, whether you have lost a person or a pet, or even if the person you are "mourning" is still alive ("pre-grief" can be a very lonely and confusing time) you can come to this diary and process your grieving in whatever way works for you. Share whatever you need to share. We can't solve each other's problems, but we can be a sounding board and a place of connection.  To those of you who are suffering, I can only say, "Take the love that is offered, it is not a cure, but it is a balm to ease you through." To those who are further down the road, "Thank you for hanging out to help the suffering." And to all of you, "Thank you for being online, wherever and whoever you are. You are precious." h/t nancelot

Here is a link to previous diaries in the series:  
http://www.dailykos.com/...

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Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 05:35 PM PDT

The Grieving Room

by Randomfactor

A special welcome to anyone who is new to The Grieving Room.  We meet every Monday evening.  Whether your loss is recent or many years ago, whether you have lost a person or a pet, or even if the person you are "mourning" is still alive ("pre-grief" can be a very lonely and confusing time) you can come to this diary and process your grieving in whatever way works for you.  Share whatever you need to share.  We can't solve each other's problems, but we can be a sounding board and a place of connection.

This link will take you to past editions of The Grieving Room:

http://www.dailykos.com/...

She always hated September, although she had at least one good reason why she shouldn't have.  (more after the jump)

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