Nov 28, 2018

JVP, Ilhan Omar and Progress in The West Bank: #LovePalestine

Within hours of being elected, Ilhan Omar was compared to neo-nazi sympathizers. Columnists labeled her an anti-semite. The ADL said it was ‘alarmed’. 
Why? Because Omar will be the first member of Congress who publicly supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement - and they’re terrified.
Let’s call this for what it is: Ilhan Omar is a brave Black Muslim American woman, who’s a huge threat to unquestioning pro-Israel support in Congress. 
That’s why the rest of the money we raise today will go to our Congressional program so we can convince other progressive politicians to join her. Donate now to add your support:

Let’s appreciate for a moment just how incredible this is.
Our first divestment campaign - against Caterpillar for their role bulldozing the West Bank and Gaza - got started in 2003. Our journey to build a pro-equality, pro-Palestinian bloc in Congress has been almost as long. 
For years, JVP has dedicated resources and staff time to support campaigns, organizations and public figures in these struggles. And now these two strands of our work are weaving together.
Airbnb’s decision to stop doing business in illegal settlements is a massive victory for the BDS movement. And the backlash by the Israeli government and old-guard Jewish groups like the Simon Wiesenthal Center (who condemned the BDS movement while calling for a boycott of Airbnb) shows just how powerful we have become.
Ilhan Omar represents the sea-change in public opinion about Israel’s apartheid policies. 
That’s why we're making today about building up leaders in Congress - and in halls of power across the country. Because the more support we can create for her, the more progressive politicians we’ll win over. Donate now to add your support:

Granate Kim
Communications Director

PS: We're sending you to our Facebook campaign for this campaign in part because they're matching gifts on #GivingTuesday, but also to make sure they get a message. In spite of their systematic removal of Palestinian accounts, and more recent attacks on George Soros, we're still here fighting for Palestinians and Jews, everywhere! (And if you don't want to give through Facebook, you can always use

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Nov 27, 2018

How To Talk With Your Relatives During The Holidays: Sally Kohn and Brad Montague on @TheRonnieRe

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Worried about the holidays with your politically-opposite loved ones? We’ve got you covered!⁣⁣⁣
Today, the amazingly talented Brad Montague and I are announcing our #HowToTalkPolitics series of instructional cartoons to help YOU have engaging conversations that don’t lead to throwing mashed potatoes — and might even lead to CHANGE! ⁣⁣⁣
We’ll be posting a new tip every day between now and Thanksgiving. Read them. Share them. Use them. These are scientifically and experientially backed strategies for having difficult conversations about difficult issues, even with difficult people. 😉⁣⁣
A few important overall 🚨DISCLAIMERS 🚨 ⁣⁣
1. This is hard. It’s called the high road not the easy road.⁣⁣⁣
2. This is optional. You can NOT talk politics with your relatives. That’s okay. Talk about about something else. Even argue about something else, like whether Dirty Dancing was the best movie of the 20th century. This is if you want to talk politics AND do so in a way that doesn’t make them dig in their heels but potentially, overtime, change their minds. Which is what you want, right? ⁣⁣⁣
3. Remember: No one in the history of forever has been yelled at or hated into changing their mind. It doesn’t work that way. And it doesn’t make you feel good, either. ⁣⁣⁣
With that… HERE is the first tip in the series! 🙌

Nov 21, 2018

Bike Palestine: What--Special Christmas Offer and Electric Bikes! #LovePalestine

On our way to the Mar Saba Monastery. In an hour or so we will cross the desert on foot.

A Merry Christmas and the 10th Anniversary Ride

As a special one-off and final offer we are giving a $100 discount on the 30th March 2019 Easter Bike Palestine tour until Christmas Day; the 25th December. 

This is absolutely the time to book with us as air fares are incredibly cheap for next Easter- so if you book today you'll not only get a $100 discount on the tour but be able to make substantial savings on your air fares. So don't delay book today. Here is the link you will need

We feel so proud that this will be the 10th anniversary of the tour. It has been such a delight to give folk the chance to see Palestine up close and personal. It's such a brilliant place and the resilience and courage of its people never fail to inspire me.

George Snow



Nov 17, 2018

the ronnie republic: Joan Hamburg's Ritz Cracker Stuffing

the ronnie republic: Joan Hamburg's Ritz Cracker Stuffing: Red onion slices (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) English: Kentucky Fried Chicken soup in Indonesia. Chicken pieces and vegetables in chick...

Nov 16, 2018

102 and what to do: Living with the narcissist

But you don't even like your mother.........

My son quickly reminded me as I suggested he call her on her birthday.

Yes, all of it is true--but what do you do when someone is 102 and insisting the facility will be having a real big celebration in her honor.

Yes, they did take her picture in preparation for the day but fearing there was not really an event scheduled my cousin kindly suggested we make our own celebration.

Okay, what does that mean?

Made a cake, cupcakes, her favorite, German Chocolate with traditional Coconut Pecan Frosting.

Yes, they were delicious and like last year no one ate a bite including the birthday girl, however, the picture was taken.

Balloons--Balloons equal celebration.  Right?

Mother voiced her disapproval often when one of the other residents had balloons tied to their eating area.  "Why are those balloons there, they've been there for over a week?"

Transparency comes with age.....

Not accepting the birthday explanation and repeating the same question endlessly, like all of our conversations, one could interpret balloons may be a success for the lady in question as evidence of a special mark on that day.

Word Search Puzzle Book, a good selection of fluorescent highlighter pens, a real nice card expressing a somewhat truthful sentiment--the card was real pretty and expensive--and balloons tied to a plant with sparkly bows to sit at the table by her chair created the festive atmosphere.  The facility had tied more balloons to her walker and many big wigs came by to wish her a special day.

Off to the cafeteria for lunch and forced to leave my dog outside at the window by our table.  (I wanted to eat outside with the dog as it was a nice day but mother and my cousin had created a plan in advance--it was a gang-up.)

It's always better to have a pit bull at your side when one is with mother.

Yes, we did have a nice lunch and I went out often to give Coco bread, as an avid ACoAer I'm proud to admit I have a co-dependent relationship with a dog.  It's who I am and not open for discussion.

(When mother first saw my beloved and perfect Ronnie she said  "Gee, I don't think I could just walk into your house without knocking," and later reasoned that dog would give up his life for you.)

(After faltering in memory and falling she wanted me to put Ronnie down in order to stay with her.  I was horrified--like I would just put my kid down to accommodate her wishes.)

The grandson called as we were eating and being loud in the cafeteria mother kept repeating who is this?   The name was shouted she exclaimed I can't believe I'm 200.

In conclusion the day turned out well with only a slight amount of resentment retained.

Readers, when my kids were small and going on about how to celebrate Christmas on a budget mother suggested just not telling them it was Christmas and they would not know the difference.  Just skip it.

You know what mother, that's really not why I had kids.

Hypochondria, allergies and nervous breakdowns have been conquered by time and lack of memory--one cannot stand to do the dishes when they have the combo of heart disease and swollen ankles,

The one guy said in ACOA, the group leader, it's your story and your reality.

Saddled with the person so over concerned with their own dilemmas and handily using illness as a manipulative tool she could not be bothered or interested with the activities of kid fun things.

"Oh, don't you remember your birthday party when you were 8 years old and I had a heart attack?

I love this lady...This is a Very Good Show Today--The Bill Press Show - November 16, 2018

Nov 1, 2018

kids Love Building at The Nature Exploration Area in Balboa Park

The Nature Exploration Area at Balboa Park in San Diego is very popular with kids that love to build.

It is located right next to the Dog Park at Morley Field and right behind the Tennis Courts at the Morley Field Sports Complex.

A particularly beautiful evening:

Check out the velodrome in the background.

More pics on google photos: