About principessa
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I arrived here to read but progressed to writing. I love this avenue of self-expression.

I am a blonde but a brainy one. Educated, sophisticated, well read and well travelled. Intelligence, humour, grace and authenticity are important to me. And passion, always passion.

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principessa
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Aries
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Art and architecture, travel, reading, movies, politics, good conversation, good food and wine and laughter- especially laughter.
Favorite Books:
Too numerous to list here. I read constantly.
Favorite Authors:
Again too numerous to list.
Favorite Movies:
Old classic Hitchcock: "North by Northwest", "Rear Window", "Vertigo", "Dial M for Murder" , other classic films like "Sunset Boulevard", and film noir, many foreign films, and current movies that are not mindless.
Favorite Music:
Anything but hip hop and American country music.
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Latest Forum Posts
Topic: Pray for France.
Posted: 15 Jul 2016 08:36

I too have fond memories of vacationing in Nice. It would have been even more beautiful with the fireworks display for Bastille Day. What has happened is horrifying and makes me terribly sad. To do this is inhuman. Those who hate modernity and liberal democracies should go and live in a place that conforms to their thinking, and live with ISIS rather than us. There is a special place in hell for the man who did this. My thoughts are with those who were lost and their loved ones. Especially the children.

Topic: Use My Last Word First - in a 5 word sentence..
Posted: 14 Jul 2016 15:41

Now get your clothes off.

Topic: The WORST movie you ever saw
Posted: 14 Jul 2016 15:35

Sex and the City 2 was absolutely awful. The only reason that I didn't walk out was that I was there with a group of female friends.

Topic: Is anyone else tired of tattoos?
Posted: 14 Jul 2016 15:33

Not a fan. I have to add that what seems like a good idea when you are in your late teens or twenties may not feel the same when you are older. There are conservative professions where tattoos that are visible to all might be frowned upon. Of course like many things that young people do, they don't consider later consequences.

I never wanted one. I did not like the idea of it being painful to get and more painful to remove. I feel the same way about piercings other than earlobes, so I guess I am old school.

Topic: Who should be the next US president?
Posted: 13 Jul 2016 11:46

The VP choices will be interesting for both parties.

It seems that Trump is looking at Pence, Christie and Gingrich. The solid choice would be Pence (although I disagree with everything he stands for). He is a conservative Christian, low key and experienced in government. Christie would be a twin for Trump in bluster and trash talk. Gingrich is embarrassing himself in pursuing the nod. He is intelligent, but also very acerbic, a doctrinaire conservative who led the impeachment fight against Bill Clinton while he himself was carrying on an extramarital affair. He has been married three times and actually told one of his wives that he wanted a divorce as she was in hospital receiving chemotherapy. Not demonstrative of great character.So between him and Trump there are six marriages and many affairs. Not appealing for conservatives, especially evangelicals.

Clinton has a lot of choices. I doubt she will choose Elizabeth Warren with whom she does not have a warm relationship. Julian Castro and Cory Booker have been mentioned and would help with minority voters. We'll see.

Topic: 5 dead police in Dallas
Posted: 12 Jul 2016 15:03

I think that the perpetrator could be racist and have mental health issues at the same time.

There are two sides to this equation.

My view is that for a segment of the population the election of President Obama was unacceptable. How was it possible that an African-American could be in this position? They are the people who respond to the dog whistle politics of the GOP, a party that has been cloaking racism in euphemisms like law and order since Nixon's time. The GOP doubled down with the Southern Strategy then and continued race baiting under the tutelage of Lee Atwater and Karl Rove. This has reached its logical conclusion with the candidacy of Donald Trump, who has touched all of the noxious bases of racism, sexism, xenophobia, tribalism and more. He has given these racists permission to articulate what previously could only be said within the confines of their homes. Perhaps the cops who are racist have felt enabled in this atmosphere to act on their hatred just as some voters who agree with Trump now feel empowered escalating racial tension in the US by wanting to turn the clock back to the '50s.

African-Americans were being killed by police before the rise of Donald Trump. But he has torn the scab off of this festering wound in the US - systemic racism. Progress has been made since the '60s, but not as much as we imagine if it is necessary for black parents to have "the talk" with their children, advising them to comply in every way with police in order to live through that interaction. We know that black men are stopped for no real reason and questioned, whether driving or just walking down the street. Racial profiling is part of the DNA of some people, not just cops.

So, like a law in physics, there is an equal and opposite reaction with the Black Lives Matter movement. People rightfully question the action of police who are supposed to protect them, not kill them. And then someone takes it to an extreme and Dallas happens. There is a lot of work to be done on the issues of race and justice in America. Progress has been made in the last fifty or sixty years, but bias still exists. People of good will have to talk past these barriers with open hearts and understanding what it is like to walk in the other's shoes. If anything good can come of these events, that would be it.

What we have to remember is the humanity and dignity of everyone, whatever colour, whatever creed, whatever nationality or any other demographic descriptor. The Dallas shooter is no more representative of all African-Americans than Dylan Roof was representative of all Caucasian Americans.

Topic: Cops out of control - part 2
Posted: 10 Jul 2016 14:29

There are two threads here that are intertwined. The first is the racism that is endemic in the US and has been festering for decades. After the 60s and the end of Jim Crow and segregation, it was inappropriate to voice racist views in polite society, but it was still there. The Repubicans, ironically the party of Lincoln, knowingly and cynically used dog whistle politics to pander to racism with their Southern Strategy and onward from there without conscience from people like Lee Atwater and Karl Rove. This has reached its ugly apotheosis with Donald Trump who has made racism, xenophobia, sexism, tribalism and more not only acceptable, but an election promise.

To make American great again is code for bringing it back to the 1950s, when minorities knew their place and men were in control with their wives dependent at home. The simmering hatred of decades has been unleashed with the help of his campaign. He has made it acceptable to voice all of these abhorrent views without shame. After all it was Trump who denied President Obama's legitimacy questioning where he was born and giving rise to the birthers. The GOP went the next step and promised that their sole goal would be to deny any progress that might be made by the first black president. No one can tell me that there was not racism at the core of their blocking his initiatives. There is a lot of work to do on all sides to remedy this. Racism runs deep and dark and is full of pain. But conversations must happen to bridge these chasms. To do nothing is to condone this. It all starts at a local level in one's community and with activism in politics. It is an enormous issue, but doing nothing will just allow this to continue.

The second thread is the gun culture of the US. There is no reason for the populace to be armed with weapons, especially those that are meant to kill many people quickly and easily as on a battlefield. I understand people living in places like New Hampshire or Montana wanting guns for hunting, but not in cities. I understand that the population of the US is about 323 million and that there are over 300 million guns. Almost one for every man, woman, and child. This is not the militia contemplated by the US Constitution. It is madness. The death grip that the NRA has on US politicians has to end. That nothing was done after Newtown is appalling. The killings go on and on. Enough is enough. Politicians have been feeding at the trough of the NRA and allowed them to have a veto against any form of gun control legislation despite the fact that the majority of the American population is in favour of sensible limits on guns. The politicians are craven fearing retribution from the NRA, bought and paid for. The American electorate has to make their wishes known and vote against anyone with a good record on the NRA scorecard.

Lastly, the police who are decent citizens have to rid their ranks of those who are racist. They have to break the blue wall of silence. The police should be part of the community and must not be a separate entity. Police malfeasance should always be investigated by outside federal authorities to ensure the legitimacy of such investigations. The DOJ should prosecute civil rights violations just as it did decades ago.

(I edited and added to my comment while Sprite was posting.)

Topic: Cops out of control - part 2
Posted: 07 Jul 2016 13:55



Homeland Security (how's that for irony?) is actually arming the police with surplus weapons from the War on Terror (irony, part 2) and turning them into a paramilitary force.

This is not America.

You are right. However, when the civilian populace has such easy access to guns, not to mention weapons that should really just be seen on a battlefield, the justification for the police is there. Somehow reason must prevail and the American love affair with firearms has to end along with the death grip of the NRA on politicians. If they did not have the courage to do something after Newtown when young children were slaughtered, I don't know what has to happen for them to defy the NRA. America has to disarm itself. The constitutional right to bear arms was meant for a civilian militia more than 200 years ago, not the 21st century.

I will get off my soapbox now.

Topic: Britain to have another female Prime Minister
Posted: 07 Jul 2016 12:14

I doubt it will impact the US. One can hope it is the beginning of the end for the old boys' network. Cameron overplayed his hand and had to resign. Corbyn did not have the confidence of his party and has proven himself to be an anti-Semite. How could the women not do better?

Topic: Cops out of control - part 2
Posted: 07 Jul 2016 07:31

We now have two more murders by the police. In their reporting of these events on the Canadian equivalent of CNN it was noted that 1000 people are killed by police every year in the US. The chances are twice as likely that the victim will be black. There are too many police forces that operate as if they were in the south in the 50s and it has to stop. Systemic racism has to end in law enforcement.

Buz is right. Pressure must be put on the federal government to end this violation of the civil rights of its citizens, black, white and everyone else, but clearly blacks in particular. Ensure that all investigations of such incidents are done by the federal Department of Justice rather than locally. Support the ACLU.

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