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Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 11:53 AM PST

Death panels exist in Georgia

by lxxf

This incident took place a few years ago and I just realized this is what a death panel does.  I was sitting in the waiting room of the Dermatologists office while my husband  had Mohs surgery on some skin cancer on this head, and in walks with great difficulty a fellow and sits down with a heavy sigh.

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Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 06:01 PM PST

Reclaiming blight in Cleveland

by lxxf

Much like Detroit is reclaiming blighted areas for farming Cleveland is looking to experiment reclaiming the cellars of torn-down housing for underground farming.

http://www.cleveland.com/...

I find it a very intriguing idea.  I haven't seen a reclaimed urban garden, but I have issues with pollution.  (This is the same reason I won't eat in a side-walk cafe on the street).  However, with underground air filtration, fueled by solar panels, this sounds like a really neat idea.

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Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 06:35 PM PDT

W and the "Bain"ing of America

by lxxf

While I've been trying to digest the conventions and the competing versions of how the USA should be governed, I've come to the conclusion that not only are the republicans reverting to the policies of W, the entire "Bain" philosophy began under W.

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If this isn't the living end.  The US women's bridge team won the Venice Cup championship in Shanghai, China last month.  One member held a hand-written sign which said "We did not vote for Bush".  Predictably, the right wingers of the organization accused the women of "treason" and "sedition".

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Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 07:16 PM PST

Fast forward 37 years

by lxxf

37 years ago, in 1970, my brother was killed in Viet Nam.  That is not such a startling fact, some 58,000 died in Viet Nam.  What is astonishing to me is that members of his unit have started contacting me.  

The first happened a year and a half or so ago.  Out of the blue I get a phone call from a man who served with my brother.  I idolized my older brother, my only sibling and my whole family was devastated by his death, as I'm sure were the other 58,000 families.  This past weekend, I return home after a month to find a book, written by another unit-mate of my brother.  This memoir describes my brother's death in horrific and gory detail.

These men were draftees, they served their one tour and went home and were never the same.  The fact that they seek me out 37 years later and speak to me of PTSD and how hard it is to get treatment bodes ill for the future.  In light of the scandals of the VA and Walter Reed, I dread the future of the survivors of Bush's wars as much as the futures of the casulties.

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Thu Aug 18, 2005 at 04:51 AM PDT

"Beans" the dog

by lxxf

A bitter-sweet story coming out of the 3rd Batallion, 25th Marines of Brookpark, OH which sustained such horrible losses recently concerns a mascot which the Marines have named "Beans". (They purchased her for 3 jelly beans).  

There is a movement among the troops and their families to bring the dog to the States.  One local TV station has been covering this story for the last few days.  They show a photo of Jeff Boskovich(I'm not sure of the spelling) cuddling with the dog before he was killed.  A friend of his mother says that his mother is convinced that he hugged that dog before he went on the patrol from which he did not return, and she needs to hug that dog.

They are trying to raise $3,000.00 to bring Beans to Ohio.  Contributions can be made through Key Bank - Beans Foundation.  So, if you give a hill of beans.....

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Sun Jun 05, 2005 at 08:54 PM PDT

To those in recovery

by lxxf

Forgive me for not mentioning you by name, but I try to judge each diary and post on the content and not by the author, so I intentionally ignore authors.

Every chronicle of your struggles and successes rekindle some gut-wrenching moments from my adolesence.  My mother was an alcholic for almost forty years.  My first awareness of this dates from about eighth grade.

So when the going gets tough, let me tell you what you're sparing your children.

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In the letter to the editor section of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, 8/24/04

As a swift boat veteran who served with John Kerry in the rivers of Vietnam, I find the so-called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth to be anything but truthful.

If you want to know the real truth about this group, follow the money.  The group is financed and directed by the same people who used dirty tricks to defeat Sen. John McCain in 2000.

I know from firsthand experience that Kerry is a courageous and honorable man.  When you are in firefights in the Mekong Delta, you need to have complete confidence in the person guarding your back.  I said it in 1969, and I'll say it again today:  There is no one that I would rather have guarding my back in a war zone than John Kerry.

Richard M. McCann

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Wed Aug 18, 2004 at 03:12 PM PDT

Plan ahead

by lxxf

I'm doing all I can to help elect Kerry.  But it only occurred to me this week that I will most likely be out-of-town on November 2nd.  My first grandchild is due October 28.  I've never missed a national election in over 30 years, and I had no clue how to get an absentee ballot.

The moral of the story is to remind people to get an  absentee ballot if they need one - find out how your community handles them.  I can go to my public library and fill out an application.  Other resources may include The League of Women Voters, or the local democratic party headquarters.  Leave no voter behind!

This is my diary debut, so be kind.

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