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Gratitude

The LA Subway-Metro system is expanding.

Wind and Solar are becoming comparable in price to Gas and Coal.

Obama smartly sidesteps Congress as anyone would sidestep a snake pit filled with serpents on meth.

The Ebola vaccine is coming.

None of my friends live in Buffalo.  Or China.

Leftover rigatoni and half a roast chicken in the fridge.

Family, friends, you name it. All those people that matter.

Not as bald as I thought I would be.

Recent discovery: Everything really is passing. Holding on is useless. Glad to know.

My guitar and my piano.

Time.

Money.

Clean Water.

Cleanish Air.


Nature, in general. 
    



Nothing New

So...a few people voted, a bunch of Republicans got in, and now...two years of gridlock ahead. While what?  While we grow economically.  And that will only bode well for the Democrats.

As long as the president is from the Blue Party and we continue on this upward trajectory, we will get what we've been wanting for a long time: a Blue Lady Prez.

In the meantime, I'm going to do other things. I've seen this show before.

    


My Big Political Questions from November 4

1. If our country believes the road to happiness is lined with dollars, why do the heads of the fast food industry want to deny their workers this joy? Could it be because we still believe in slavery?

2. If we still live with slavery among our citizens, how can the people who promulgate this peculiar institution still be walking the streets and not, logically, put in prison?

3. If you destroy my air with your effluent and all my nieces and nephews get asthma, why are you not made responsible to sequester and treat every single molecule of your waste? Do we condone this kind of abuse for some purpose?

4. If women are being held down financially, and they are, how can you say we are not a misogynistic society?

5. If transgender members of our society are not given complete equal rights to hold any job anywhere at any time, do we not then understand that this is nothing but bigotry?

6. If children are used as the excuse to stop anything, at all (except for the trafficking of children and any abuse of children including health abuse by corporations) then is this not an abuse of children? Causing them undue ignorance?

7. If a woman's right to choose is removed, is there no end to what else a woman should be told what to do?

8. If guns are allowed for the purpose of forming a militia, shouldn't we be able to form a militia to go house to house to remove all the guns?

9. If Obamacare is so awful, is it because people enjoy watching poor people die as a punishment for not graduating from a solid university followed by a six figure salary and trips to Antigua?

10. If the Republicans take over everything while Obama's duck gets lame, won't this be a great set up for Democrats to take over everything in two years?


    



I like, certainly, Four Things about New York

The Air
The Water
Spring
and
Autumn


I spent the first five years of my life living high up on the Hudson and now that I am living on that river again, something feels correct at a cellular level. The moisture content is right.

I do think this city would have benefited from less greed and less "culture" and more attention paid to its pretty spectacular setting. But I like plants and animals more than another remake of The Elephant Man. Though I do wish Bradley C. well.

NYC: Come for the theater and restaurants, stay for the groundhogs.




    


I Have a Prediction, and It Includes Women

Friends,
This is my prediction for the 2016 ticket for the Democratic Party Nomination for our executive branch:

A pair of Women:  Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton.  Together. One ticket.

And I think it is Ms. Warren who is going to reach for the top. Hillary as Biden.

It is time for women to take over. Men, we had our chance and we blew it.

This is my request to the future women who will lead this country:

1. Make capital punishment illegal. It's simply absurd. It does nothing for anyone.

2. Make war illegal, too. Simply enough...you can't declare war on anyone. If someone does declare war, then the entire world has to put a stop to it. Not just us. EVERY SINGLE COUNTRY must agree that war is illegal and must stop all war.  This will free up some of our resources, too, so we can get down to the business of educating our populace.

3. Push for birth control. Everywhere on earth. The population has doubled since I was born and it makes me and everyone I know crazy. 14% of all people who have ever lived on earth are alive right now. Freak out with me.

4. Make gender parity on earth a reality by 2030. It can happen. I can't listen to these women screaming about it any longer. They are right. We just have to do it. Now.

5. Make ambition a word that has a new meaning. Ambition that serves the greater good. That greater good is the planet. Once and for all.

6. Solve our energy problems, today. No matter the cost. Force the energy industry to change their tune. Yes, I'm being naive. But this Pollyanna needs you to do this immediately.

7. Here I go being sexist:  Use your innate ability to build consent, nonstop. Never flag. Wear everyone down.

8. Lastly: and this is a rough request-- separate church and state worldwide. Figure out a way to make that appetizing. Come on, ladies.


Do it.

You lead, we'll follow.

Bonus Round: Make half of all cheerleader squads men.




    



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