The Different Drummer

By Carl J. Petersen

Politics, Family, Music and other Musings.

California Senate Race Exposes Rifts in Democratic Party

Senate Candidate Kevin De LeónAs the Democratic party concentrates on resisting Trump, deep divisions threaten their chances for winning the presidency in 2020.

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Blatant Lies and the People Who Believe Them

Trump’s cancer of alternative facts metastasizes in Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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Sex, Lies, and Hypocrisy: Kavanaugh's Glass House

Should we hold the indignant SCOTUS nominee to the same standards that he applied to Bill Clinton as part of Kenneth Star’s team?

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The Boys of Summer

Debt.jpgAs seasons change perceptions shift.

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Losing the Sound-Bite War

Debt.jpgDemocrat’s treatment of the subject of our national debt is an example of why they are losing to Donald Trump when it comes to messaging.

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WANTED: A Resister-In-Chief

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As the temperature heads towards 120° in Los Angeles, I am trying to concentrate on cool thoughts. Having been part of the last generation of paperboys in suburban New York, there are plenty of snowy memories to rely on.

In one of my favorites, I woke up after an overnight snowstorm having to deliver a thick Sunday paper using roads that had still not been plowed. Not wanting to make several trips, I had the brilliant plan of strapping a milk crate to my sled. This worked great for the first half of my route, at which point the sun came out in full force and completely melted the fresh snow. It took me forever to finish my route as I dragged the sled over solid ground.

“Man Plans and God Laughs.”

- Yiddish proverb

 

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Lessons From A Tweet Gone Viral

"Congress placed marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and, as such, growing, distributing, and possessing marijuana in any capacity, other than as part of a federally authorized research program, is a violation of federal law regardless of state laws permitting such activities."

- Obama’s Justice Department

While the right-wing likes to pretend that Barack Obama was “the most liberal president in America's history”, the fact is that he governed from the corporate center. He may have campaigned on a stimulus package that would have created a $10 billion foreclosure prevention fund and a $60 billion infrastructure bank, but the end result was a package that relied more heavily on $288 billion in tax cuts. In the 2008 campaign, he opposed Clinton’s call to use the Republican idea of mandating the purchase of health insurance coverage, but this was a key part of the Obamacare system that was eventually passed. Candidate Obama expressed concern about “a system that locks away too many young, first-time, non-violent offenders for the better part of their lives”, but President Obama left office with many of those prisoners older and still behind bars.

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CA-25 House Candidates on Education Issues

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CA-30 House Candidate Jon Pelzer on Education

meetjon.jpg“Yes, we definitely need to take a closer look at charter schools and a moratorium would give us the time needed to collect data, research and share successful practices”

- Jon Pelzer

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A Nightwish Come True

We were here!

                    - Nightwish

I was a little hesitant about buying tickets to see Finland’s Nightwish on their current tour. The press release promoting the tour was promising to feature “rarely heard material from the earlier era,” but these weren’t the songs that had drawn me to the band. I had discovered the band after stumbling across their Showtime, Storytime video on YouTube and the newer songs from their twenty-plus year career are the ones that had made them one of my favorite bands. These are the songs I wanted to see them play.

I should have had more faith.

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