‘Call Me Tom’


145 Responses to “‘Call Me Tom’”

  1. 3 Nerdy Wonka
    February 25, 2017 at 11:01 pm

  2. 4 jacquelineoboomer
    February 25, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Welcome aboard, Tom!

  3. 5 Judith Fardig
    February 25, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Looks like TOD is Team Tom! Really happy today that cooler heads prevailed.

  4. 8 whenpamelawandered
    February 25, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Thank you, Tom. 🖖🏼👊🏼

  5. 9 magapie
    February 25, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    We cannot indulge ANY EMOS anymore! N O. It’s all about getting whatever we can for THE RIGHT CAUSE, PROGRESS, WHENEVER WE CAN. JOB 1: Get that P.O.S. OUT of our Whitehouse!

  6. 10 sherijr
    February 25, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Yep looking forward to this battle!

  7. 11 99ts
    February 25, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    I was pleased to see that voters returned a dem in the delaware special election BUT

    why would 40% of voters – in delaware – vote for the GOP. My brain cannot comprehend and is still very scared for the future of the world.

    • 12 CEB
      February 26, 2017 at 12:20 am

      The dark, hateful, illogical, and opportunistic as well as the unconcerned and ill-informed have been a part of all cultures at all times. Sometimes reason and enlightenment win and push these things down for awhile, but they are ever with us. What is happening in the US is that the dark has been given permission from those in high positions so they are much more obvious with their hate and destruction. Only privileged people who have no real knowledge of the history of the US are so surprised and horrified at what is happening. The only thing that is different really is that those who stood by while Black people and certain Hispanic populations are persecuted, and those whose ancestors stood by while Japanese Americans were put in concentration camps, or now getting a little taste of the everyday indignities and danger that minorities face. Immigrants to this country all too often pick up the prejudices of the white majority toward African-Americans. Indians, Arabs, Asians, and even Africans and Black people from the Caribbean come here and are disdainful of natural born Americans of African descent. There is a reason that you do not see many Black people in these protest marches and activities.

      • 13 99ts
        February 26, 2017 at 5:59 am

        It is good that you can express your thoughts so well CEB. I do not doubt what you are saying. I – as a white person – have seen the natives of my country virtually annihilated – and treated as second class citizens. There is massive racial hatred against non-white immigrants and a build up of right wing political hate. I do not understand it in my country any more than I understand it in the US.

        If racism is the reason that 40% of delaware voters vote GOP, the sooner they become a minority, the better.

      • February 26, 2017 at 7:23 am

        CEB, well said and I concur with your every word. Thanks for taking the time to write and share your pin-point observation. 👌👊👍

      • February 26, 2017 at 8:59 am

        Amen, CEB. Always on point !

  8. February 26, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Goodnight TOD ….






  9. 18 CEB
    February 26, 2017 at 12:30 am

    I hope that Tom Perez does not waste time in Twitter wars with 45 or even mentioning him. The problem is the entire republican leadership; 45 and his wrecking crew are in place because of the party’s actions over the past 50 years. The other thing is deal with gerrymanding, making it easier to vote and getting the vote out. Democrats have always had good policy ideas, but no understanding of how to build a party machine, nor how to publicize our good work. We have to tell the story of who we are, what we stand for, and how our policies affect and improve everyday lives. It is about us, not them.

    • 19 purpleshoesla
      February 26, 2017 at 2:05 am

      In looking at Tom Perez’ Twitter feed, I’m assured he’s not going to be spending time engaging in ongoing Twitter wars with the Orange Toupe Fiasco. By the same token his one tweet today in direct response to Marmalade Mussolini was intended to send a message that the party is united, reinvigorated and it’s about to be on — in my humble opinion.

      Also, here is a link to the man’s website about what he is planning to do so you can see for yourself. It includes all of your concerns. His game plan for the party is ambitious and widespread. https://www.tomperez.org/vision/ He’s not playing and is focused on getting ish done.

    • 20 pkayden
      February 26, 2017 at 7:54 am

      Mr. Perez is going to be mighty busy ensuring that Dems have candidates to run in the maximum number of contested seats for the remainder of this year and next year’s mid-term elections. I hope he adopts the 50-state strategy popularized by Howard Dean. We need to flip the Senate next year, at the very least. I’m confident that we can do it.

      • 21 Betsy
        February 26, 2017 at 3:44 pm

        He’s going beyond a 50 state strategy to an every zip code strategy. He’s a fighter and I am beyond relief that he won.

  10. February 26, 2017 at 4:37 am

    I was Team Perez all the way 😄😄😄

  11. February 26, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Will 45 keep promise to donate profits…or somehow, will there “not be a profit” (costs and all you know) but some how his pockets will still get lined.

    Or he’ll just renege as he has with other pledges he’s made in the past.

    The Kuwaiti government could pay up to $60,000 to President Donald Trump’s hotel in Washington for a party on Saturday that will be an early test of Trump’s promise to turn over profits from such events to the U.S. Treasury.

    One of Trump’s lawyers, Sheri Dillon, pledged at a Jan. 11 press conference to donate any Trump Hotel profits from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury.

    Some ethics lawyers say even if Trump turns over all of the profits from the Kuwait National Day party, he would still be in violation of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits government officials from accepting “any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

    They say all of the income from the event, not just profits, would need to be donated to the U.S. Treasury to avoid contravening the constitutional ban.

    Trump resigned in February as an officer of Trump Old Post Office LLC, the company that operates the hotel, but Richard Painter, Bush’s chief ethics lawyer, said the resignation made no difference as long as Trump retained an interest in it.

    The ethics experts say Trump is still technically a recipient of payments to his hotels because he still has an ownership interest in them.


    45’s arrogance — that he always thinks he’s the smartest person in the room — will help to bring about his downfall.

    • 24 pkayden
      February 26, 2017 at 7:48 am

      And this is legal? What the hell is this country turning into? It fees like a dictatorship where the President can do whatever the hell he wants without any repercussions.

      • February 26, 2017 at 7:56 am

        Somehow, 45’s legal team has convinced him that it’s legal…although I suspect that 45 only paid attention to the part that POTUS cannot have a conflict of interest, but has completely ignored the emoluments clause. The GOP seems to be okay with it to the extent that it is allowing them to do the things they want to do.

        But if what they are doing is allowing 45 to dig a hole for himself [with the hopes of pushing 45 out and pulling Pence in], they may find that more people than they intended have been pulled into that hole and will be pushed out along with him.

        • 26 pkayden
          February 26, 2017 at 8:06 am

          Democrats really need to sound the alarm about Trump’s unethical (and most like illegal) activities. This man hasn’t even been in office for 2 months, and look at all the mess.

  12. February 26, 2017 at 7:49 am

    [This comment is a response that was triggered by CEB’s comment earlier this morning…]

    My generation came of age when the Civil Rights Movement was, for all intents and purposes, winding down. Therefore, we still had some exposure to the injustices of racism and discrimination. “You can be anything that you want to be” was not as prevalent as “You have to work twice as hard”. We did not assume that our wants would automatically be fulfilled or that even fulfillment our needs were a given. We were cynical enough to question the things that were too good to be true, but were still hopeful enough to believe that things were changing and that, just as things were better for us than it had been for our parents, things would be better for *our* children and our children’s children.

    As generations become more removed from that way of thinking, we have become complacent. We believe in working “smarter not harder”; putting as little effort as possible into getting to the desired results; readily taking shortcuts if it might get to the end result faster. However, in my mind, that way of thinking can often set you up for deception; working “smarter” often removes you from the ins-and-outs of a process so that you have no awareness of what is occurring beyond the end result. And as long as the end result meets your expectations, then they are accepted. At the same time, expectations can be manage and often, the bar is lowered as to what you will accept.

    As a country, we have gone from “loving our neighbors as ourselves” to “what’s in it for *me*”/”what’s the *immediate* benefit to me”. That selfish way of thinking makes us lose sight of the needs and suffering of those around us. There is little or no care of the collateral damage of an action or a decision as long as it doesn’t directly affect *me and mine*. Therefore, it is easier to get suckered with promises of the “too good to be true” and accepting what ultimately is not good for one as an individual and overall as a member of society; a citizen of this country. It is easier to prey upon the selfish instincts of people…even if they’re aware of the potential fallout, as long as they believe they are exempt, it’s okay.

    So our complacency, our desire for achievement with as little effort as possible, our demand for immediate gratification, our managed/lowered expectations, and our selfishness has, over time, led us to accepting what has ultimately proven not to be in our best interests. It has given us a White House and Congress that is taking us to the proverbial “rock bottom”. But I’ve heard that sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you wake up and do something about your situation. Let’s just hope that “rock bottom” for us is salvageable without too much irretrievable damage.

    • February 26, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Well said, swbluega. I am of that age as well, and caught the tail end of the hardest-fought battles. That “what’s in it for me” as you know began in Reagan era. I was at least aware of this, though politics has never been an interest of mine. Thanks to PBO’s arrival on the scene, I try to stay informed, and inform as well.

      • February 26, 2017 at 9:10 am

        “Thanks to PBO’s arrival on the scene, I try to stay informed, and inform as well.”

        That is true for many of us…also caused more to be involved.

    • 30 CEB
      February 26, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Very thought provoking and beautifully expressed.

    • 31 desertflower
      February 26, 2017 at 9:45 am

      I think that you hit the nail on the head, swbluega. Also, this short term, damaging way of thought is not specific to one group of people….I see this from everyone.

    • February 26, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Hear-Hear! Well said swbluega.

      “So our complacency, our desire for achievement with as little effort as possible, our demand for immediate gratification, our managed/lowered expectations, and our selfishness has, over time, led us to accepting what has ultimately proven not to be in our best interests.” 👌👊👍

  13. February 26, 2017 at 8:00 am

  14. 35 pkayden
    February 26, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Muhammed Ali’s son detained at airport and questions repeatedly about his religious affiliation. Is this America?


  15. February 26, 2017 at 8:05 am

    The following states have introduced legislature that would increase punishments for protesters:

    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    South Dakota

    Republican senators defend their legislation as a way to protect the public, but yet the GOP in Iowa proposed legislation for felony charges that carry a possible five years imprisonment to be charged to protesters. To add insult to injury, Republicans in Tennessee filed a bill to give immunity to drivers who hit protesters. How is this protecting the public?

    • February 26, 2017 at 9:30 am

      I don’t see how any of these bills stand up in court. Fundamental in our Constitution and founding principles, Americans have the freedom to assemble and free speech. And we intend to use it!!

    • February 26, 2017 at 10:39 am

      These cookie cutter laws are the work of ALEC

    • 41 pkayden
      February 26, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Can you say “unconstitutional”? These laws are designed to intimidate leftwing protesters. More GOP fascism.

      • February 26, 2017 at 12:40 pm

        I would hope that if any state is successful in passing this legislation (at least until it is struck down by the courts) will result in an increase in demonstrations with even larger crowds.

    • 43 joyfulmeme
      February 26, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Once again the Constitution thumpers show they have little regard for what’s in the document. This will not pass mustard. Once again they waste time and money attempting to reduce citizen’s rights.

  16. February 26, 2017 at 8:06 am

  17. February 26, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Oh Lord…

    • 46 Jey
      February 26, 2017 at 8:46 am

      Divide and conquer.

      • February 26, 2017 at 9:01 am

        Perez and Ellis are able to work together. And as Ellis said (paraphrasing) if you supported him then support Perez and the DNC.

        Those who will not do this were never going to, and would always be disrupters; always find something to be disgruntled about.

        The DNC train is moving forward and those that aren’t aboard (probably aren’t Democrats anyway) will be left behind.

    • February 26, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Pass it on to Trump, that at least there are no investigations of Russia interfering in that election like they did to help elect him. You would think he had enough to be concern about.

    • 49 desertflower
      February 26, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Agent of anger and chaos. It is what tries to cover up for his ignorance of facts and truth. Pay him no mind…we need to keep our eyes and minds focused. This guy is a total mess.

  18. 50 Jey
    February 26, 2017 at 8:13 am

    I watched Michael Moore’s movie ‘Where To Invade Next’ … and the part that saddened me most was about the way prisoners were treated in American jails ( and i am sure that doesn’t just happen in the US but also in most other countries around the world). I never realized that prisoners lost their rights to vote permanently. I am beginning to understand voter suppression even more.

    • 51 sherijr
      February 26, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Not in all states- lose their right to vote. My middle son did ‘time’ in Florida- he was not allowed to vote there after serving time. However after he moved to Maryland- where rights are restored to folks who’ve served time- he is allowed to vote. It’s been 15 years and luckily that right has remained in the state of Maryland.

      • 52 Jey
        February 26, 2017 at 8:44 am

        Thanks Sherijr.
        Every state should ensure everyone has the right to vote.

        Voting is really a privilege / right which some ppl don’t take seriously. A simple thing but yet so powerful.

        • 53 sherijr
          February 26, 2017 at 8:49 am

          Not every state has a democratic gov or congress- which is why they suppress votes from “ex-cons” the majority of which are people of color… such as in Florida which at the time of son’s incarceration was governed by Jeb Bush.

      • 54 Don
        February 26, 2017 at 8:46 am

        There is a push in Florida for ex-offenders to have their voting rights restored automatically. I think the only way to vote in Florida if you’re an ex-offender is to petition the Governor’s office.

        • 55 sherijr
          February 26, 2017 at 8:51 am

          That is good news Don- hopefully it will happen, it’s an unfair law and just another form of voter suppression.

        • February 26, 2017 at 12:42 pm

          I think you are right, Don.

          When we knocked doors for Hillary here, it was part of our efforts, getting folks to also sign the petition to get ex-offenders the rights to vote. I was so sick to the stomach, after the results that night, I never followed up on the results. I am scheduled to attend a Democratic organizing group tomorrow night, that’s something I will ask about.

  19. February 26, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Not surprised, but oh yeah, less regulation…

  20. February 26, 2017 at 8:20 am

  21. 62 Don
    February 26, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Tom Perez won because he spoke to the vision that those electors had yesterday. Make no mistake, this is a new way forward for the Democratic Party in large part because of the work of the Obama coalition. We are going to fight for every seat from city council to the Presidency. Gone are the old ways of making deals behind the scenes in the DNC hierarchy, Tom Perez is a Tom Perez guy, and his is also an Obama guy and that is music to my ears.

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  23. February 26, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Because punishment should also be productive.

  24. 67 arapaho415
    February 26, 2017 at 9:00 am

    GM TODville, happy Sunday.

    Since this thread is about Tom (and unfortunately for everyone EXCEPT the media), here’s examples of Sanders’ supporters’ thuggish behavior (sound familiar, as DJT is establishing federal jackbooted thugs as the norm in the US?):

    Just look at their angry, clueless (white) faces — as if they don’t realize their “opposition” helped elect DJT (never forget that had 3rd party voters cast their ballots for HRC, then America and the WORLD wouldn’t be enduring the horror that is happening now):

    Haven’t read this yet, but:

    • 68 4morefor44
      February 26, 2017 at 9:37 am

    • February 26, 2017 at 9:40 am

      This is part of the reason we now have Republicans in control of the White House, Senate and House.

    • 70 criquet
      February 26, 2017 at 9:47 am

      “A Bernie wing” of the party? How long has Bernie been a Democrat and where was this wing on 8th November, 2016?

      To have a wing you have to be part of the whole and there is little evidence of that from Sanders supporters.

      • 71 4morefor44
        February 26, 2017 at 10:11 am

        i just looked at that weird “debate” bernie had with canada cruz about obamacare, and he was introduced as “independent-vermont” so still trying to figure out why he thinks he should be dictating what actual democrats should be doing. or why cnn would have a non-democrat on to represent democrats. it’s all so weird how “the news” and his supporters always ignore this fact.

      • 72 arapaho415
        February 26, 2017 at 10:52 am

        GM criquet.

        IMHO, Sanders is MSM’s way of latching onto “controversy,” which then seeps into American consciousness as actual controversy — a self-fulfilling prophecy.

        Akin to MSM’s abhorrent nonstop coverage of the “Tea Party,” while overtly ignoring the white supremacy and clinging to guns that fueled this ignorant “movement.

        We can’t allow MSM-manufactured “Sanders’ wing” controversy to fracture resistance to the plutocracy envisioned by the autocratic, functionally illiterate goon in the WH.

        Lots of Republican voters and elected officials are finally showing signs now of understanding how DJT’s plutocracy really is an attack on this country.

    • February 26, 2017 at 11:16 am

      duhhhhh…..how can there be a Bernie Wing…Bernie is NOT A DEM…he hates the DNC and whatever DEMS stand for….

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  27. February 26, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Good Sunday morning, NW and TODville.

    Good question:

  28. February 26, 2017 at 9:56 am

    International press doing a better job of reporting this than U.S.

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  30. February 26, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Very good thread. Please share.

    • February 26, 2017 at 11:32 am

      i was coming to share this….although we defend the 1st amendment and freedom of the press, we understand that the media can also be a tool for those who oppress us and must be monitored…like that politico article up thread….

      here is my favorite tweet of the thread

  31. 90 desertflower
    February 26, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Nice. h/t BJ

  32. 92 desertflower
    February 26, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Jake finds his balls. This is good!

    • 93 desertflower
      February 26, 2017 at 10:24 am

      I’m liking Jake more and more:)

      • February 26, 2017 at 10:37 am

        I’m emailing Tapper right now, telling him not to bow down to Trump, Bannon intimidation. When we are dealing with some one who don’t care about the truth, we need the media to tell the American people the truth.

    • 95 4morefor44
      February 26, 2017 at 11:05 am

      this guy has spent many years being a republican talking point stenographer and has helped enabled this republican zaniness, all while ignoring or casting aspersions upon president obama’s success, so i couldn’t care less what he says or does. shep smith does this same routine every once and while when the repubs go a little too far out there, and they try to project that they’re the reasonable ones. i suspect if he hasn’t already been mixing this in, he’ll be back to the “both sides are equally bad” schtick in no time.

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  34. 99 desertflower
    February 26, 2017 at 10:18 am


    • 100 arapaho415
      February 26, 2017 at 10:44 am

      GM DF.

      Great info from @ZeddRebel.

      IIRC, more news organizations were banned from gaggle than allowed in (@LATimes and @USAtoday among others), so WH wide net captured media actively pursuing DJT investigations.

      The wider concern, IMHO is DJT/Bannon’s attempt to establish a state-run only media and federal (aka jackbooted thug) enforcement targeting non-Northern European Americans and ANY foreign person, regardless of race or religion (see items posted here yesterday).

      State Run Media:

      Blackout of non-DJT media:

      “Exclusives” from DJT media:

  35. 101 CEB
    February 26, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Tom is on the case already. Jake Tapper asked about 45’s tweet about his lies about a rigged DNC vote and Tom immediately put it out there about the possibly rigged election of 45, the questionable acts of Flynn and Sessions in this regard, the need for an investigation and for Sessions to recuse himself from such. This was from a clip of Tapper’s show that was featured in the msn feed.

  36. 102 desertflower
    February 26, 2017 at 10:33 am

  37. 103 desertflower
    February 26, 2017 at 10:34 am

    “Repeal and Disgrace Plan” I like it.

  38. 104 desertflower
    February 26, 2017 at 10:36 am

  39. 105 CEB
    February 26, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I still have most of the 2015-2016 magazines that have PBO and MO on the tables in my living room and they are a daily reminder to me that this remarkable time really happened. That the majority of voters in 2008 and 2012, for a landslide electoral and popular vote, placed and kept a Black family in the White House. A majority of people here and around the world, welcomed them with smiles, cheers, tears, and great joy. The best and the brightest minds put aside making money and lent their time and talents to re-making our country. Much of the unfinished business of several administrations was either resolved or some progress forward was made; for the first time the White House truly was the people’s house and people of all backgrounds were welcomed and treated like royalty. Being smart was cool and sexy; being healthy, but not starving your body away and wearing whatever made you feel pretty was modeled for many women and girls; science was understood, respected, and used to make our lives better; the military was cared for in and out of war and always given a place of honor; our children smiled and dreamed big dreams, and elderly Black people wept silent tears of gratitude that they have lived to see these times. We had a president that even as he was preparing to leave office, did not leave us defenseless. A smart lawyer with a staff of equally smart lawyers, he tied up so many things that the whims of the greedy corporatist will not be easily fulfilled. Most of this country is not what we see in the White House and in the republicans in congress. We are better, we know better, and we must fight to do better and to bring others along with us. When I start to feel down, those magazine covers help me to remember what this country did that made us admired around the world. How PBO and his administration conducted themselves gave us a clear picture of what an effective, smart, and principled presidency looks like (we even have the photos and video to prove it; thanks Pete!). We know what we are fighting for because we saw it and lived it for 8 years. The universe does bend toward justice and Fortune’s wheel moves up as surely as it moves down. We are enough; we have all that we need to face the future with confidence. We put a little-known African-American male who was under 50 years old into the white house and kept him there for two terms. For those two terms he more than lived up to the faith that millions here and abroad had in him. he has done his work, now we must do ours. Yes, we can.

  40. 114 desertflower
    February 26, 2017 at 11:14 am

  41. 115 desertflower
    February 26, 2017 at 11:18 am

  42. 116 desertflower
    February 26, 2017 at 11:29 am

  43. 118 GGail
    February 26, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family. Still buoyed by the DNC victory! Let’s Get Busy! 😀

    • 119 vcprezofan2
      February 26, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      Good East Coast afternoon to you and a Happy B-Day, Gx2! May your day••►year be filled with joy, love and laughter (as well as The Resistance)! 🙂 🙂

    • 120 Betsy
      February 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Yes, Happy, happy birthday GGail! Hope you are having a fantastic day and are not getting the rain we are, down here in Rancho PV.

  44. 121 desertflower
    February 26, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Seems to be

  45. 122 whenpamelawandered
    February 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    {{{ Chipsticks, DannyO’, NW }}}
    ❤🙏🏻🌹🙏🏻❤. Peering in to leave
    {{{ TOD }}} big hugs all around. The eclipse is amazing me, I shall be offline most of the day. Many blessings, much deep gratitude. 🌕🌑♓️🌏⭐️

  46. 123 desertflower
    February 26, 2017 at 12:43 pm

  47. 127 Don
    February 26, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Actor Bill Paxton dead at 61.

  48. February 26, 2017 at 1:17 pm

  49. 130 FoxfireTX
    February 26, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Good day TOD! Last night I watched “Barack Obama: The Man and His Journey” that I had recorded on Aspire. It is about the 2008 election rather than his time in office but had some interesting clips. Laurence Tribe had a significant role in the film. I was not aware that he was such a strong supporter of the administration, although I knew he had taught both Barack and Michelle at Harvard and was positive about our president. At the end, he said this–which so aptly described my sentiments.

    “i have waited my whole life for a president that is as great as this country. I think I finally have found him.”

    I think this reflects so many of our feelings here.

  50. February 26, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    I can’t imagine the pain this man and his family are suffering. Supreme idiot Trump launched a risky raid just 9 days into his term without having a full-blown briefing in the situation room with all relevant parties present rather than his bumbling racist friends and family? And why has there been no inquiry into what happened?

    • 133 arapaho415
      February 26, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      GM Meta.

      Sorry to hear about the ordeal your Mom went through this week, with the San Jose flooding. 😦

      Three days without electricity is a LONG time. Our power was out for about 12 hours after the Northridge earthquake (think I’m about 15 miles from the epicenter as the crow flies), and back then landlines relied on electricity (cell phones a rarity then).

      The only good thing from that terrifying experience is that the quake happened before dawn, and electricity came back before dusk, so it was pretty much just an inconvenience for most of us (of course, there was a lot of death and destruction for those living closer to the quake, especially in areas prone to liquefaction 😦 ).

      Sadly, there are going to be more US military personnel deaths coming our way soon.

      Heard on the radio this morning that the US is ramping up “special operations” in Somalia to counter Al-Shabaab, and that “advisers” are moving closer to the center of conflict in West Mosul — looks like Pentagon is intent on purging ISIS from Raqqa Syria — that effort won’t happen without significant loss of life.


      • February 26, 2017 at 1:53 pm

        Thank you, arapaho. My Mom is now just grateful to be able to stay warm and enjoy her coffee each morning. I’d go insane!

        I can’t even fathom what our nation is facing next with these incompetents at the helm. Sheer terror to contemplate their lust for power at whatever cost.

      • February 26, 2017 at 2:46 pm

        Actually, analog landlines did NOT rely on electricity, which is why my phone in Newhall was the only thing working that day. My apartment in Newhall had no electricity for almost 48 hours and no water for a week. O.O

        • 136 arapaho415
          February 26, 2017 at 9:25 pm

          GE Tally.

          Thanks for jogging my memory.

          You’re right about phone lines not needing electricity, but I had some kind of fancy phone/answering machine set up (can’t remember now, I’m all thumbs when it comes to mechanical/electrical things 😦 ) that did.

          Had no idea you were in Newhall, much, much closer to the epicenter (remember Highway 14 bridge collapsing and that doomed motorcycle officer flew off that bridge 😦 ?).

          My boyfriend at the time gave me the book the LA Times published, called “4:31” (the time of the earthquake). Was fascinated by the backstory of those cars and big rig which survived on just a single section of the collapsed freeway (the adjoining sections of the freeway collapsed, so the photograph of their survival was compelling).

          IIRC, a woman in one car was from the Seattle area and was talking to the big rig driver on her CB. The big rig driver immediately knew it was an earthquake and he swung his truck to block traffic (it was 4:30 am on MLK Jr Day, so very light traffic), which saved the people’s lives behind him.

          People who weren’t here have no idea how awful the event and the aftermath was. I worked in Northridge at the time, and was called into work the following day — uneasy driving the overpasses on the Ventura freeway (didn’t take the 118, but people who did said it was rough, like the roadway was buckled in places). It was also unnerving seeing the National Guard in their tanks, lining the north-south street I traveled — feel like I got a (minor) sense of what it would be like to live in a police state (the kind that DJT is chomping at the bit for).

          • February 27, 2017 at 5:47 pm

            I was only up in Newhall for a few months. Moved back down to NoHo almost immediately. Left hubby #2 day of the EQ. He was drunk by 10:30am, and blaming the EQ on me….

            When it hit, hubby (who was from PA) had never experienced that big of an EQ before, and was totally freaked (and an idiot NRA-card carrying GOPer… WTF was I thinking?) … we had no power immediately, and it was dark AF at 4:30 am… and he just froze. I immediately got dressed, and told him to do the same. He was completely confused and lost… ”

            HIM: Why are you getting dressed?
            ME: Not sure if you’ve noticed, but there’s no electricity, hence the darkness and absolute silence. I’m getting dressed because it’s 4:30am, the power is out, and my car has an AM RADIO that I intend to turn on and hopefully get some info on WTF is happening, and how bad this was, since no power = no television = no info.
            HIM: What about the cats?
            ME: Fuck the cats. They’re a LOT better at this than we are. (One was already safely under a table, the other had squeezed in between some blankets in the linen cupboard.)

            • 138 arapaho415
              February 27, 2017 at 6:22 pm

              Wow, lots of BIG changes for you in a short period of time!

              Glad to hear the cats were OK — they’re so agile and have more finely attuned senses — thrive in the darkness, unlike us.

              I did the same thing, headed for the car (thankfully not in the garage) to listen to the radio — had no idea where the EQ’s epicenter was, and grateful to know that it wouldn’t be long until dawn.

              I have a soft spot for PA — another BF was from the Williamsport area, and I loved the state and the people I met there, including men who hunted in the Fall. Guns for hunting doesn’t bother me, especially because gun ownership is in the Bill of Rights. But it’s gotten so out of control — automatic weapons (which no hunter would use), easy availability in close quarters by people who don’t have the slightest inkling of safety measures required.

              But yeah, I’ve been involved with someone who drank in the morning, and it’s no fun at all.

              P.S. How the heck could the EQ be *your* fault?

              • February 27, 2017 at 6:44 pm

                Because I insisted on moving home to CA, after spending three years in racist-as-fuck New England, and I was DONE…. so he got a transfer and moved back out to CA. (He worked as a manager for Fridays… so we moved a lot.)

                • 140 arapaho415
                  February 27, 2017 at 8:19 pm

                  Wow, *really* surprised to hear about New England.

                  A family friend (San Diego native) moved to NH (near Boston) after marrying a sailor — he’s now a firefighter, and they’ve got a gorgeous home that he built. Another friend is a Vermont native and moved back home after 1987 (? not sure of the year, think it was in Whittier or thereabouts) earthquake — she had *just* had a baby, was in the Panorama City Kaiser (think it may have moved) on the 10th floor when the earthquake struck — the TV’s secured to ceilings were crashing all around her and she desperately wanted to be with her baby (in another ward) and couldn’t. Her Mom was in town to help with the baby, and she freaked out, so everyone packed their bags and went back to VT. Anyway, her husband is an immigrant from Peru, and he also built at beautiful home for the family (near the Canadian border).

                  A former neighbor (who has since moved) LOVED New England, would tell me stories from her time there — a person without a racist bone in her body (actually think she prefers to date black men), and never mentioned racism — she would have been shocked, and given any racists she encountered a piece of her mind.

                  (Sorry for the long response, but it kinda feels like we’re exchanging Facebook messages [not on Facebook, but guessing you can have a conversation like this there].)

                  • February 28, 2017 at 3:13 pm

                    I was in BAHSTIN, HAHTFUD, and then Mohengan Lake, NY. Both Boston and Hartford were horribly racist. I worked retail, and I was one of the only people where I worked who would help anyone of color. Blew my mind. Upper Westchester where I was, was pretty much the woods, and had no people…. so…

                    • 142 arapaho415
                      February 28, 2017 at 5:24 pm

                      Thanks for your reply, Tally.

                      Won’t keep adding to this convo, but absolutely shocking that patrons could be denied service because of the color of their skin — that’s why it’s so infuriating hearing from white (mostly male) pundits who can only “imagine” what it’s like to suffer an ounce of hardship or prejudice.

                      Only been to Boston once, and then just to the tourist areas — but it seems like bigotry runs deep outside of the university areas. 😦

                    • February 28, 2017 at 7:32 pm

                      It DOES. And it’s not even necessarily race…. it’s YOU AREN’T FROM HERE…… I was walking home (Back Bay) from work one day, and two guys were standing outside Newbury Pizza, wondering aloud if it was any good. As I passed them, I smiled, and said, “Best pizza in Boston.” They turned and looked me up and down, then turned to each other and one said, “Is she talking to us?” I was so devastated, I kept walking. Today I would have ripped them a new one by yelling really loudly, “ARE YOU DEAF OR STUPID?” Seriously – I was working at G Fox (May Dept store) in West Hartford, whoring for Estée Lauder…. I had some sisters come up to the counter, and the 12 other girls working ran away from them, refusing them service. Of course, I was happy to…. and I remember my fellow Cosmetiques™ (<my word) faces falling when I rang up a $300 1oz of Knowing PERFUME, $60 Body creme, and $40 body powder …. they all had a BIG SAD. I also worked with a girl in a production of Baby With the Bathwater in Hartford who had a cousin who married a self-made highly successful black man, and her entire family disowned her. Of course, they would have been fine with an unemployed meth-head who beat her, as long as he was white….. fucking insane. Los Angeles is less racist than where I was – and in a BLUE STATE. Weird AF.

  51. February 26, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    GA, TOD!

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