Happy Easter! Open Thread

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33 Comments on “Happy Easter! Open Thread”

  1. Hello, I am working on a post about catholic pamphlets, but every time I start to get down to it…someone walks in the door and I have to cook them up so food. So until later tonight…

  2. Bernie Sanders’ supporter Rosario gets a response: Rosario Dawson, how dare you lecture Dolores Huerta? | Cindy Casares http://gu.com/p/4hq9d/stw

    • NW Luna says:

      His supporters are easily gulled, is all I can think. While enduring my caucus yesterday, a Sanders supporter said “And then there’s Bernie’s civil rights work” in all seriousness. Oy. His civil rights efforts? I missed those when I blinked.

    • Fannie says:

      Thanks Woman Voter. Let me add a little more about Dolores Huerta. She was born in Colfax Co New Mexico. Her grandfather is Joseph Herculano Chavez, who was born 1860 in Valencia Co. NM. He married Clarita St. John, and he is buried in Catholic Cemetery in Stockton, California. Like many in my family connections (out of Las Vagas NM), they are from many of the Mexicans of Indian decent from early history in our Country & NM, and in Mexico itself. By 1920 her family are living in Colorado, as coal miners, and moving westward, where they show up in 1930 in central California at Stockton. Much like my family who walked to California from New Mexico to California, and worked in the chicken hatcheries of Turlock, or pig farms, and farming fields, in Delano, and Kerr County, Ca. Much like my Okies coming into the California at the same time her family arrived here. Not everybody had homes or claims to land, but eventually her family did. And in these families, even the wives had to work, and little children to make it, to survive. Back in the day they couldn’t afford $2 for a marriage license, so many families didn’t have anyone to loan them money to get a start in their lives. Most didn’t even have electricity, and few with running water. They sure in the hell didn’t have a washing machine, most boiled their clothes from a wood stove, and that’s how they made coffee and tortillas. These were semi rural communities, something I don’t think ROSARIO had ever lived. Dolores knew her responsibilities as a young girl, cooking, cleaning, and working! I don’t want to make it sound like she never enjoyed life, because I think like our Okies fiddling, our Mexican Americans had a talent for Latin music and dancing. I for one, love cooking Mexican food, and dancing a hot salsa (not so much now) but back in the day.

      I’d love to show you my family photos of my poor families, blending and mixing with families like Dolores. I can tell you, from my genealogy research, and from my own life experiences working in the fields, at a time when Juan Corona was doing his murdering in the fields. Believe me, I was there, in Marysville, and Yuba City. I understood stoop labor, and became an activist because of the little Brown man who along with Dolores, gave us the United Farm Workers Union. I’ve seen the migrant camps, and know the conditions. Dolores has always been a woman of respect, and you know when you have that Mexican Indian mix, you know you respect your elders, and she of all people has earned awards that Rasario Dawson only dreams of. She not only belonged to the Voto Latinos, but her brothers were part of that early on, and like you said for 56 years or more.

      I value her, her opinions, much like I do Hillary Clinton. Sorry to be so long, so much more should be said in her behalf. Thank You Much.

      • Delphyne49 says:

        Fannie, I loved reading this comment and your history – thank you so much for sharing it!

      • Riverbird says:

        Thank you very much, Fannie.

        • Fannie says:

          You’re welcome, it’s a story bottom up, and I am proud. I just wish Rosario had the understanding that you both have.

      • Fannie,

        Thank you, that was a lovely post and yes the history of generations past has been erased. I met her at a ceremony in San Francisco where she received an award, Mayor Gavin Newsom didn’t attend due to politics. That day I learned she had never had a professional sitting, and was admiring the orchids in the lobby. We did a photo shoot on the spot, with no make up, and she looked beautiful. She is so humble, sweet and very small in stature, yet a giant in action and spirit.


        • Fannie says:

          You have my heart, I am so glad you reached out to her. I have never met her, but I am proud to have taken a photi of Cesar Chavez, and a Vietnam vet friend. I knew that we were all stepping in the same direction to end poverty, and with Hillary we are also walking those stepping stones, here, and around the world, and we will break those barriers down together.

      • joanelle says:

        Thanks for that, Fannie

  3. NW Luna says:

    Salon’s outrageous attempt to rewrite history: The Sanders smear machine

    Headline from Salon, the formerly liberal website:
    Hillary Clinton’s “dirty politics”: Bernie Sanders is experiencing the same nasty tricks
    that Clinton’s campaign dealt Obama in 2008

    “Nasty tricks”? Is writer H.A. Goodman totally insane? What’s next, Goodman? Are you gonna write a book about 1939 in which Poland invades Germany?

    Cannonfire’s piece on the similarities of 2016 to 2008. I’d been thinking this way for some time, but after yesterday’s caucus I know the Berniebros/gals are the Obots redux.

    • Delphyne49 says:

      Wow, Luna – reading that brought the nightmare of 2008 come roaring back. I agree that the Berniebros are the reincarnated Obots – it’s bad now, but Axelrod was the master of slime back then and the Obots were much more ruthless, vicious and vile.

    • Jslat says:

      Wow! Please don’t go there— it took me so long to get over that chapter of political filthiness. 2008 dem primary ended any belief I had in decency in American political discourse. This is the first blog that I’ve commented on in 8 years. Hillary deserves so much respect. My thanks to skydancers

      • NW Luna says:

        Welcome, Jslat. We got thru 2008 and we’ll get thru this. Hillary is well ahead in delegates. Sanders’ hasn’t won enough to matter. New York will go for Hillary with a resounding win and Bernard of the naive dudebros will be wagging his finger and shouting in vain all the way to the Convention.

    • Riverbird says:

      I’ve been thinking the same thing for a few months because the same acquaintances and friends who thought Obama was The One in 2008 are all in for Bernie now.

      • Riverbird says:

        I forgot to add – these same people became disenchanted with Obama once he was in office. They’re too blind to realize that the same thing would happen if Bernie were elected.

        • NW Luna says:

          Yep. I heard from more than a few yesterday about their disappointment with Obama. But Bernie will not disappoint because Movement! They are too blind to realize they picked the wrong candidate. The writing was on the wall about Obama for all who bothered to read.

    • William says:

      Apparently they think that they can say anything negative about a Clinton, and some people will believe it. Sanders is still profiting off the data base that his campaign stole. But in indeed is a kind of Hitlerian logic, they think that if they project all their dishonest conduct onto Hillary’s campaign, there are enough Clinton haters to buy it. If I ever saw a candidate who eschewed dirty tricks, it is HIllary.

    • purplefinn says:

      Wow. This strengthens my resolve to aid Clinton’s campaign however I can. Thank you. I recall the bitterness of 2008 and had resolved not to participate in another “scorched earth” battle. Instead of bemoaning the cruel and destructive idiocy, I will take inspiration from it.

  4. NW Luna says:

    Did the math on the final #s for the WA state caucus. A whopping …. are you ready? 2% of Washingtonians picked Bernie at the caucus. 2%. Yuuuge, I tell ja, yuuuuge movement.

    We also have a regular old primary in a month or so, although neither party will use the results. It’ll be interesting to see those results.

    • purplefinn says:

      What’s the purpose of the primary if no one uses the results?

      • NW Luna says:

        Good question, and IDK. Some years the state has one, some years not. I think there are some local races which will be in it as well as the Presidential primary candidates. The primary election is paid for by the state, the caucuses by their respective parties. So you’d think the parties would prefer a primary because it’d save them money. It’s always interesting to see how different the caucus results are from primary results.

    • Fannie says:

      One left Wyoming.

    • Ron4Hills says:

      Caucuses stink.

      Caucasions: Political events where some white folks get together to bully other white folks into voting for Bernie Sanders. Buh-doomp-boomp-crash! See what I did? Caucus? Occasion?

      Sorry guys. Just kidding. Before anyone gets mad, I love white folks.

      I hate caucuses though. Outdated and stupid.

      Can we please put “Weakened@Bernie’s” out of his misery?

      I am ready to move on and I am sick to death of listening to the curmudgeon drone on about Wall Street. Complaints are not solution!

      Wall Street is like Affirmative Action. Mend it , don’t end it. Until we come up with a better way to funnel capital to enterprise, keep the political ideologues (left and right) off of Wall Street. IMO.