We must REFORM America’s democracy!

And here’s how I would do it:

  1. Abolish the Electoral College. Presidential candidates should be elected only by direct popular vote.
  2. Abolish primaries. Let all candidates of all parties go directly to the general election, provided they get a certain number of petition signatures in every state.
  3. Eliminate the Senate and thus make the U.S. Congress a unicameral body. The term length in the U. S. Congress should be four years, rather than two. The membership of Congress should be 1000.
  4. Forbid state legislatures from drawing and approving Congressional and state legislative districts. Only federal courts should do that.
  5. Allow voters to cast a vote for as many candidates as they wish in the general election at all levels and positions, instead of being forced to choose only one.
  6. Require that the Presidential candidate that gets the second most votes become Vice-President.
  7. Make Presidential terms four years long and make Presidential elections at the same years as Congressional elections.
  8. Impose term limits on Congressmen; they should be allowed to serve no longer than 16 years (four terms).

Abortion Autonomy

Read this story:


Inna Hudaya was a woman in trouble. Lying in a shoddy hotel room, she squeezed her eyes closed as an old woman performed an abortion on her with no anesthesia and no painkillers. They barely spoke a word after the exchange of money — a lot of money, money Hudaya had borrowed and for which she had sold many of her possessions including her motorbike to repay. This, Hudaya thought to herself, is how I will die.

But what else was she supposed to do? She was 22, pregnant, unmarried, and living in Indonesia, a country where abortion remains illegal in nearly all cases and out-of-wedlock pregnancy is intensely stigmatized. A medical student, Hudaya was just getting a toehold on a life she hoped would keep her out of Tasikmalaya, the conservative city she fled after high school. Having a baby would mean the end of everything: her studies, her relationship with her family, her freedom.

The procedure ended, and Hudaya walked out of the hotel room alive. The pain, though, persisted. Her relationship ended. A close relative disowned her, telling her it is a sin for a woman to kill her own blood. For years, Hudaya had the same dream: a baby chasing her, crying.

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Locker Room Talk?

Donald Trump has claimed that when he made the remark about wanting to grab a woman by her “pussy”, which is what sexual assault is, he was merely making “locker room talk”. Really? Here is what I would consider an actual example of that, which I freely share because I was the one who started it, 16 1/2 years ago.


A beautiful lady

Posted by Dale Husband on 2001-03-16, 02:33:30
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I have just discovered Musical Starstreams. I found this website and was browsing through it when I came upon the Listener’s Photo Gallery. I was casually glancing at the photos when I happened to see one of a young woman that stopped me dead in my tracks:Gwenevere. I tried to send her an E-mail, but she no longer is at the address JCblueyez@aol.com. Is she married? She is certainly one of the loveliest women I have ever seen. The man who gets (or has) her I will forever envy.


re: re: A beautiful lady

Posted by PurpleToe on 2001-03-16, 20:54:06
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She’s fetching, undoubtedly. (As in captivating, not like a dog.)</p><p> Christina and Terresa are cuties too.</p><p> I just wish &quot;Ft.Worth Carol&quot; had a bigger picture. She’s adorable. (You out there Carol?)


re: re: A beautiful lady

Posted by Zippy on 2001-03-16, 20:25:13
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I’m partial to Yvonne.</p><p>

re: re: A beautiful lady
Posted by Jason on 2001-03-17, 14:24:33
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Are you kidding? Has anyone seen Kathryn from L.A.? Check out those stems! Momma mia!


re: re: re: A beautiful lady

Posted by Purpletoe on 2001-03-18, 15:56:06
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I guess I’m into &quot;inner beauty&quot; more now.</p><p> Not that I didn’t notice her &quot;stems&quot;, however.

re: re: re: A beautiful lady

Posted by Techno Kid on 2001-03-19, 00:14:13
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(LOL!) What are stems!? If you are saying what I think you are saying… (LOL!) … I’ve always been a stem man!

I got a little irritated at this point. I guess I didn’t expect other men to be talking about other women.


re: Ahem!

Posted by Dale Husband on 2001-03-19, 02:05:36
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Well, I guess we do have different tastes in women, but I was hoping to hear from Gwenevere herself, not several men talking about &quot;stems&quot;. I just thought I’d brighten her day if she saw this, so I’m disappointed that she hasn’t replied. No matter, I’ll move on.</p><p>


re: re: Ahem!

Posted by Cupid on 2001-03-19, 08:06:00
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Yeah Dale, I too am shocked that Gwen doesn’t check back here hourly to see if someone might be interested in dating her, based on her gallery picture. Heck, you may be the &quot;one&quot; she’s been looking for all her life!

Then Gwen herself showed up. The thing to remember here is that I made my initial comment about her where she herself could see it! Quite simply, if you have to hide a complement about a woman so she cannot see and respond to it directly, it is not a complement, but a sexist jab.


re: re: re: Ahem! My ears are burning🙂

Posted by Gwenevere on 2001-03-20, 01:09:06
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</p><p> What’s this? Locker room talk on Starstreams? tsk tsk </p><p> </p><p> No, can’t say I check hourly but I do scope the forum from time to time.</p><p> </p><p> I was quite surprised to see my name as I was browsing thru this evening, Dale. How can I not be flattered by such sweet words? Thank you🙂 It brought a smile to my lips…</p><p> </p><p> …even as I beheld the following visitor’s post, who casually cast me aside for a pair of hot &quot;stems&quot;🙂 Jeez, you men can be so ruthless. Heehee. Aaaah, well. Can’t please ’em all.</p><p> </p><p> Blessings~ Gwen


re: re: one more thing…

Posted by Gwenevere on 2001-03-20, 02:32:56
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</p><p> Just for the record…personally, I kinda like that guy with the third eyeball. What a hottie!!😉 </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>


re: re: re: one more thing…

Posted by warrior poet on 2001-04-02, 15:02:30
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No offense Gwen…but I find Julie-Anna on the swing with the lush green surrounding her much more eye catching and beautiful.

THAT is the only kind of “locker room talk” I would ever do. And it is depressing that I only remembered this amusing conversation as a result of the vulgarity of Mr. Trump.

Gwenevere, wherever you are, I remember you. And your memory will always be loved.


The Downfall of Billy Graham’s Legacy

Long after I abandoned Christianity as a college student (after I learned that most of the claims made to support it were nothing but double standards and even outright lies), I continued to respect evangelist Billy Graham as one of the genuine Christians I knew of. While some of his fellow Christian leaders would join together to form the despicable scam known as the “Religious Right”, Billy Graham steered clear of such things and continued to merely preach the Gospel with no political references. He also befriended and advised both Democratic and Republican Presidents regardless of their political or religious background, even the first Catholic President John F. Kennedy.

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What is really “dangerous” within Christianity?

First, consider this Bible reference:

Luke 9:49-50
“Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.”
“Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”

That seems like an absolute proclamation. Jesus certainly did not say, “Whoever preaches my doctrines exactly according to some standard made long ago is for you.”

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History repeats itself in World of Warcraft

This is a direct sequel to Corruption and Betrayal in a WoW Guild.

In 2012, I and Stormchick started the guild Stormchasers in World of Warcraft. Then the following year, Stormchick’s owner left the game and turned the guild over to me as Bichorak. I worked very hard over several years to build it up until it had hundreds of characters and had gained many guild achievements. One of the members that joined it later was named Rolltowin, a monk. He also worked very hard to help me and the others, so I generously rewarded him with promotions, until finally he was a high-ranking officer second only to me in authority over the guild. But it seems that was not enough for him. Not content to offer me helpful advice and suggestions to improve the guild, he often issued harsh personal criticism of my leadership decisions. Over time, these attacks eroded my self-confidence, and also by the fall of 2015 my work schedule was actually hindering my ability to manage the guild properly. Of course, the guild HAD grown too big for one person to handle, hence my appointing officers like Rolltowin and several others. I finally decided I needed a break from handling the guild so much, so I agreed to make Rolltowin the new guild master. I instead became HIS second in command.

Later, I quit the real life job I had been doing, but because things seemed to be going smoothly with the guild under Rolltowin’s leadership, I was content to leave him in charge. But everyone still knew I was a co-founder and earlier leader of the guild. Rolltowin seemed to resent that, because he continued to criticize me on many occasions whenever I did something he did not like, claiming I was breaking guild rules and abusing my power. But in fact he often did not clarify rules when he made them and so I was caught off guard when I did things the way I was used to doing them when I was guild leader. It was very frustrating!

Things came to a head on August 30 of this year, the same day the new WoW expansion Legion was launched. Nerevar, another officer of Stormchasers, abruptly left the guild saying he wanted to join some friends in another guild. Rolltowin was not online at the time, but I was, so in his absence, I did two things I thought would be done normally:

  1. I removed Nerevar’s alts from the guild as well.
  2. I scheduled a new guild officer election to replace him and even made a couple of nominations to help the process along. With the Legion expansion in full swing, I felt we needed to do this ASAP.

I assumed that if Rolltowin did not agree with my actions, he would simply countermand them later and tell us to wait. Instead, when he came online later he actually DEMOTED me from my officer status and made an issue of that in open guild chat, much to my shock and anger. He did allow the officer election to go forward, however.

It was incomprehensible to me that I as a co-founder and former guild master would be treated so badly by someone I considered a friend and loyal to the guild. After a final discussion with Rolltowin in which he stated that my demotion might be only temporary, but refused to clarify under what conditions I would regain my officer status, I concluded that he actually had no intention whatsoever of restoring that status and really wanted me out of the guild completely. So on September 14, I left Stormchasers and pulled all my alts from it too.Then I, along with others from Stormchasers and some strangers, formed a new guild, Freedom Raiders.

After another member of Stormchasers moved from that guild to my new one, Rolltowin attacked me over it. I then put him on ignore.



A couple of nights later, Rolltowin denounced me in my former guild, proving he was NOT ignoring me at all and was out to ruin me.


I admit that I am far from perfect and have made some mistakes, but it seems to me the biggest mistake I ever made was listening to Rolltowin so much and allowing him to take over Stormchasers. From now on, I will never allow someone to take over a guild of mine unless I know I am leaving WoW completely, just as Stormchick did for me. I was naive and was taken advantage of and now I know better! If people do not like my leadership, they can just leave and form their own guild! I have done that twice so far in my WoW career and it is not as hard as it might seem at first glace.