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  • Birthday 07/02/1978

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  1. The Great Unwashed

    U.S. Politics: For Whom the Bell Polls

    Yeah, I can vouch for this, at least anecdotally. I emailed the state Democratic Party apparatus here on several occasions, offering to volunteer in call centers, door-to-door, hosting meetings, etc. I never once received a call or email back in relation to my offers to volunteer, but have received plenty of emails asking for donations. I'm only donating to individual candidates. The state and national party can earn my money by getting their shit together. ETA: I will say, however, that I have seen a lot of yard signs for Drew Edmonson (Dem. candidate for OK governor) and for Democratic candidates for the US House, a lot more than I've seen for Republican candidates. Republicans mostly seem to be going for big, widely-targeted signs like billboards. There is one for Tom Cole I have to drive by every day on my way to work that makes me mad enough to want to punch a kitten.
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    U.S. Politics: For Whom the Bell Polls

    I understand your point about falling into Republican traps, because the arguments are always made in bad faith and facts don't matter. I do think that it's important to still counter their attacks with facts for the people who will still listen. I can't speak for the level of discomfort she has felt in her life and whether it was similar to my own. It doesn't seem like she's played it up as a huge part of her life, and has only been reacting to racist attacks directed at her under false pretenses. It's hard to know how to respond to a situation like that.
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    U.S. Politics: For Whom the Bell Polls

    Ha! Small world. Stillwater was my home away from home when I was growing up, and then I ended up going to school there. And this is absolutely true; another irony that I was reflecting on last night was the one thing in common these Native American family histories have: how, up until recently with the advent of commercial DNA testing, the reason none of us with these types of family histories had absolute proof all comes down to the same reason, which is that the people involved never signed the rolls because they viewed them as a way to catalogue Native Americans and their families for more rounds of genocide in the future. So in a way, true or false, these histories were a way of impressing some of the truth on the white-washed "official" history of Native Americans in the U.S.
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    U.S. Politics: For Whom the Bell Polls

    Oh yeah, for the right it's just more smoke and obfuscation; throwing as much shit against the wall as possible to see what sticks. I'm not exactly sure the problem some on the left have with it, but that just may be that I understand these kinds of Native American heritage stories as a fellow Okie.
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    U.S. Politics: For Whom the Bell Polls

    Okay, so the right basically dragged this whole thing up as a cudgel with which to attack her during her run for Senate in 2012, and spends the next 6 years making racist jokes about it, and she's the one who comes off looking bad? Yeah, that just doesn't make sense to me. And just to explain this to people who don't have deep roots in Oklahoma (mine run very deep...my great-great-great-grandfather on my paternal grandmother's side received a deed signed by Grover Cleveland under the Homestead Act for the 160 acres claimed by him during the 1889 land run, which my family still owns in what is now Stillwater, OK), but EVERY Oklahoman who has family that has lived in Oklahoma for a long-time (pre-Dust Bowl) has a family story about having Native American heritage. My own family claims Choctaw heritage. I've never had my DNA tested to see if it's possible. As a kid, I thought this was very cool, and studied more than the standard history lessons about Native Americans. As I grew up, I began noticing some discomfort at the disconnect between two aspects of my family heritage of which I had been very proud...possible Native American ties and the circumstances that occurred that allowed my ancestors to claim 160 acres of land in "Indian Territory". Now I view it as one of life's little ironies, and try to do the best I can. That seems to me what Warren has done also.
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    U.S. Politics: For Whom the Bell Polls

    This is absurd! I won't stand for your denigration of trickle-down economics for another second ser! Trickle-down economics is absolutely a true thing. It's when our corporate overlords get a huge tax cut, then piss on American workers' heads and tell them it's raining.
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    US Politics: Red Whine Hangover

    Looks like Gretchen totally made "fetch" happen.
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    Career Dead-Ended

    So I've basically hit a dead end in my career. The company I work for, and where I was on track for promotion to management, was bought out a couple of years ago by a mega-billion dollar conglomerate. Because of some monumentally stupid decision-making on the part of my new corporate overlords, in most of 2016 and part of 2017, we lost a good amount of business because they refused to buy our company's affiliate, who ended up spinning off their own competing company in the same sector, siphoning off a good 25-30% of our clientele. In response, our workforce was cut by about a third, including the elimination of 3 of the management positions for which I was competing. After two shaky years, our workload has increased by 15-20% above that of 2015, which up to that point had been our most productive year to date, and our revenues are up even higher. The problem is that the president and VPs of the company have made it clear that they have no interest in bringing back those management positions, even though the workload is so great that the managers and VPs are outsourcing their work to analysts like myself. My industry is such a small and insular one that I can't really just up and switch companies...mostly because I'll likely end up in the same position without the (dubious) benefit of seniority. Also, my industry is a niche one and is relatively new, so it doesn't seem to translate well to finding employment in other careers. Finally, I consider myself a child of the Great Recession. I graduated college, found a job in this industry, and then was laid off less than two years later and was out of work for over a year, during which I lost my marriage, my home and a whole hell of a lot of self-respect. I'm terrified of changing jobs right now, because I keep thinking that the next recession is right around the corner, and I can't go through that whole ordeal again. But I also hate my job; I'm underpaid, overworked and am not appreciated at all. Not sure if I'm asking for advice or just venting or what. I guess I'm just tired of working somewhere I hate while also being too afraid to quit.
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    US Politics: Red Whine Hangover

    Now this I agree with. I think his vote was a stupid vote from the perspective of gaming out how it affects his chances in the midterms. He's had a fairly decent lead in every poll I've seen, so I'm not sure what value he saw in voting for Kavanaugh. I'd much rather have that unnecessary vote go to Donnelly or Heitkamp, who are falling behind in the polls. But hoping he loses and a Republican wins? That's just dumb.
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    US Politics: Red Whine Hangover

    You just really sound like an idiot sometimes. What votes of his have been valuable? How about his no vote on the AHCA? You put a Republican in his place and wave bye-bye to Obamacare. Meanwhile, his vote for Kavanaugh WAS meaningless. Kavanaugh already had the votes to get in and I'm sure if Collins had gone the other way, Manchin would have too. But sure, go ahead and put a Republican in Manchin's spot. I imagine you'll be much more pleased with the results.
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    U.S. Politics: Next-ennials vs stamps

    The whole "I was a virgin" thing is just mindnumbingly dumb on its face, as "sexual assaulter" and "virgin" aren't mutually exclusive concepts. But beyond that, if he's lying, what would be the impetus for one of his consensual sexual partners from that time to come forward? His supporters will demand proof beyond a reasonable doubt that they boinked, and if she's unable to provide that, then she'll be branded a lying witch in league with his accusers.
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    Mental Wellbeing Thread

    Been having some issues the last few months that relate more directly to my physical health, but that are certainly impacting my mental health as well. Around February this year, I had been working hard inventorying my mom's estate and getting ready to have her estate sale and to begin the process of putting her house on the market. After a particularly grueling work day, I started feeling an uncomfortable twinge in my right knee. I tried to rest it a couple of days but it and then my shoulder just kept getting worse. I tried to rest them both for a few weeks, with no positive developments. So I went to the doctor, was given x-rays and diagnosed with early-onset osteoarthritis. From there, to an arthritis specialist, where I received a positive ANA antibody test for Sjogren's Syndrome. Since February, I've gained approximately 45-50 lbs, in spite of maintaining my diet and attempting to remain active, even though I've been fighting through extreme fatigue, so I'm getting my thyroid tested tomorrow. All these sudden physical issues are stressing me out, often leaving me unable to sleep, contributing to my fatigue, and making it more difficult to keep up with my projects at the office, which adds even more stress. This has all contributed negatively to my mental health, as I've been dealing with more depression and anxiety than usual, combined with being in a near-constant bad mood and being generally unpleasant to be around. Don't know if I'm looking more for helpful advice or somewhere to just vent.
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    U.S. Politics: The Marionette Presidency Edition

    I just can't even anymore. Republican candidate for mayor of Chicago hands out $300,000, IN CASH, at a charity event, but no crime was committed.
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    U.S. Politics: The Marionette Presidency Edition

    Hey, we left Crazytown a long time ago and we're on the outskirts of Batshit-Insaneville. I wouldn't rule out any kind of comeback at this point.