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Retired corporate paralegal.

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I would love to ask

anyone in favor of impeachment of President Obama how they feel about a President Biden? Just removing Obama from office doesn't swing the executive branch of government to the GOP. Vice President Biden, not Speaker Boner, would become President. So I wonder what the game plan really is -- or are they just so offended by a Black/Democratic President that they have given little thought to the resulting political outcome.

Reminds me of what used to be said about VP Dan Quayle -- that he was H.W. Bush's insurance against impeachment! LOL
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Wed Mar 26, 2014, 03:19 AM (0 replies)

In the case of Russia,

I think personal sanctions are better than general sanctions. If those singled out are the Russian Mafia. I recommend last month's Vanity Fair article about the Olympics in Socci. Putin has surrounded himself with people from his KGB days. The assertion is that they are the ones who siphoned off billions of dollars intended for the Olympics infrastructure. Since they are the ones with the money, they should be the ones suffering any sanctions.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Wed Mar 19, 2014, 06:39 PM (1 replies)

The Repubs are desperately seeking

some kind of charges that would fit the definition of causes for impeachment. Ginning up something about "failure to faithfully execute federal laws" might just fit the bill. Even more reason Dems need to get out to vote in large numbers. If Repubs win the senate, impeachment will be right around the corner. The key is to remember that they will do, say, act anything to discredit or eliminate this (Black, Democratic) president.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Sun Mar 16, 2014, 07:49 PM (0 replies)

I rolled the vaccination dice once too often

I have never had the flu and never had a flu shot. So there I was in December in the hospital having kidney stones surgically removed. I was doing quite well up until this point. I was discharged but never made it home. I got very sick in the car on the way so my daughter just turned the car around and I was re-admitted. Evidence suggests that I caught the H1N1 virus in the hospital. To say I was sicker than a dog is a gross understatement. I had pneumonia and a chest full of fluid and then, the cherry on top of the cake, I had congestive heart failure. I am now fully recovered, no evidence of continuing CHF. I DID get the flu shot before I left the hospital and I have it on my calendar to get another one in October. The experience certainly made a believer out of me.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Sat Mar 15, 2014, 07:48 PM (1 replies)

I find it utterly fascinating

that Putin's actions regarding Crimea come on the heels of what could be considered a PR failure for Russia with the winter Olympics. There was all of the press about the failure to timely complete hotels, the filming of events showing poor audience attendance and let's not forget the Vanity Fair article last month about the criminal connections of Putin and how so much Olympic money was siphoned off to criminal enterprises. With invading Crimea and all the muscle flexing that has been going on, it seems that Putin is out to show the world that he is, in fact, a force to be dealt with.

Like Bush illegally attacking Iraq just to show his father up, Putin seems to be serving his personal ego rather than national interests.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Mar 14, 2014, 09:23 PM (0 replies)

Before focusing on Cruz as the most likely opponent,

his eligibility to run for President should be confirmed. He was born in Canada and still has dual citizenship as far as I know. His father is Cuban (was he a US citizen when Teddie was born?). His mother's status is unknown -- she was American but did she live in Canada for fewer than 10 years in order to pass her US citizenship to her son? See: http://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship/citizenship-through-parents

By focusing on him when his eligibility is in question, we don't spend the time on the wackadoodle policies of other Repubs like Rand Paul and Jeb Bush. So far, I view Cruz as a red herring.

Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Sun Mar 9, 2014, 12:02 AM (0 replies)

My mother discovered Fox

and thereafter watched constantly. She died in 2006. When challenged why she watched Fox, she said because they are fair and balanced -- I told her it it wasn't so just because they said so.

Later I figured she liked Fox because it gave voice to the hate and bitterness that was always just beneath the surface with her. She gave way to it the older she got. I broke contact with her in 2003 -- no love lost on either side.

I wonder if that is the case with people who take up Fox -- it taps into something they had been suppressing all their lives.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Feb 28, 2014, 06:18 PM (0 replies)

My concern about 23andMe

is a question of privacy. Is this an anonymous test, such as the HIV tests are (were?). Such personal information in the wrong hands can mean anything from loss of a job to identity theft and bank account and other financial theft. Their TV ads certainly do nothing to assure security, privacy and anonymity.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Mon Nov 25, 2013, 09:13 PM (7 replies)

And they will have to invent

some kind of "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors" upon which to bring charges and, of course, secure conviction in the Senate.

A belief that Obama was born in Kenya or a belief that he is a Muslim, don't fall into any of those categories. Opposition to the ACA does not fall into any of the categories. After multiple hearings, Bengazi hasn't produced any criminal charges. Hatred of a Black President isn't sufficient either. A manic desire to reverse two presidential elections isn't sufficient either. They can't just say, we want to be the party in power so let's impeach the sitting President -- and it would have to be VP Biden, too, before the Boner could become president. The list could go on and on. So what charges will they bring in order to start impeachment proceedings?

Yes, the crazy runs strong in Tea Party circles.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Tue Nov 19, 2013, 09:30 PM (0 replies)

Not very visible

My little town has a population of 20,090 (2012 estimate) near Seattle. There are 21 churches with a mailing address in our town. There is also one mosque. The town has an ordinance prohibiting church bells or calls (mosque) or other noises emanating from a religious location. I occasionally get something in the mail from one of the local churches, but it is in the recycling bin before it even comes in the house. I rarely get door-to-door religious salespeople. My house is close enough to the LSD church that I've always believed I'm within their "zone" and over the past 35 years, I've had fewer than 5 such calls. Much to my surprise, last week I had a Jehovah Witness pair knock on the door to offer me literature (all the while claiming they were not trying to change anyone's religion to which I said, well, of course you are otherwise you wouldn't be here). The man asked why I wasn't interested in reading their pamphlet. I told him that I've read the beliefs of many different religions but I am an atheist and their message is meaningless to me. He asked me if I always felt this way. We had a nice chat about the belief in god being similar to the belief in Santa Claus -- a mythology that originated in childhood but for many disappears over time due to the lack of relevance, plausibility and evidence. It was a pleasant chat -- he was very curious about my beliefs. At the end, he even shook my hand and thanked me for being willing to share. It was the first such call in many years.

P.S. Oops. Make that LDS church. Fingers not working in proper order.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Sat Nov 16, 2013, 07:48 PM (4 replies)
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