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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bail Out? really???

Is this Armageddon or did Wall Street plan this to get back at George W. for NOT following through with is campaign promises?
Well if ever there were an Armageddon on the economy we are certainly setting the stage for it.
The rumor mills are in overtime and the American middle-class can't catch a break, then out of know where the stock market takes an Olympic Dive into the abyss of an already staggering economy leaving the so-called 'white collar' worker standing in line at the unemployment office behind the rest of us.
The Federal Reserve stood quietly by and watch a 135 year old company close it's doors, lay off its workers and file for bankruptcy and just when you thought the bottom of the barrel had been reached they jump up and throw 85 MILLION dollars on the doorstep of AIG!
Washington will let the investment banks fend for themselves and watch the retirement plans of millions disinigrate, but when an insurance company is going to give the Federal Government an 80% interest in the company..hey...let us empty the pockets of Americans everywhere and bail them out!??
I don't know about you but the idea of our Federal Government having an invested ownership in one of the top insurance companies in the country kinda gives me the heebie jeebies!
What happened to the idea of 'less' government control? First they bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, now AIG....what's next?
Well I don't know what is next but I can tell you what WON'T be next...the almighty Federal Reserve won't be offering up any bail outs to you and me!
Nope, if we make a bad investment, or fail to make a loan payment you and I will be left in the shadows of the giants.
Yep, our hard earned, scarcely saved monies will be taxed and given to the corporate giants that promise to give the Feds a cut. Our taxes will no longer build new infastructure, it will be used instead to patch up the walls of a failing one.
Yesterday Gov. Palin was rejoicing in the governments decision to let the Lehman Brothers fall and then today claiming it was a necessary decision to bail out AIG.?? huh?
Yesterday Senator McCain claimed the fundamentals of our economy were strong, and today is saying what he really meant was our working class citizens are strong....but what he failed to mention was the thousands that are now NOT working.
and let's not forget Senator Obama, while he and Joe Biden both claimed a bail out of the Lehman Brothers was the right thing to NOT do, today the only thing they could offer us was an explanation for why McCain was wrong?? huh?
I think you and I can figure out for ourselves who is right and who is wrong, but what we still have failed to hear is what McCain and Obama are GOING TO DO for US!!
I wanna know HOW they are going to get more and higher paying jobs HERE in the USA.
I wanna know HOW they are going to put Wall Streets balls in a noose.
I wanna know HOW they are going to keep my tax dollars from bailing out a corporate giant that got greedy.
More importantly I wanna know HOW they are going to BAIL MY BUTT OUT of the mess George W. Bush has left us in.
another twist in this long and winding road......

Friday, September 12, 2008

Why Vote At All??

I received this from a friend and while I have always seen myself as one who takes my right to vote very seriously, I will admit I had NO CLUE about the horrific, tragic and heroic fight it took to give me that right.
I, like many of us, always imagined a group of ladies in long dresses, carrying home-made signs chanting some feministic phrase, politely asking for the right to vote.
How many of you were like me?
With a very important election upon us,
I felt it EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that every woman, every PERSON read this!
For every woman I say VOTE! it's your PRIVILEDGE to uphold
For every man I say VOTE! you owe it to YOUR MOTHERS!
and YESSSSSSSSSS that means you toooo Kyzac!!
There is NO EXCUSE for not voting.....

IF ....
This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers;
they lived only 90 years ago.
Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.
The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote. And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.
Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'
They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.
Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917,
when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote.
For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.
When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh my memory.
Some women won't vote this year because-
-why, exactly?
We have carpool duties?
We have to get to work?
Our vote doesn't matter?
It's raining?
We donʼt like the candidate?
Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.
All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote.
Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege.
Sometimes it was inconvenient.
My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself.
'One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said.
'What would those women think of the way I use, or don't use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.' The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.'
HBO released the movie on video and DVD .
I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.
It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave.
That didn't make her crazy.
The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.' Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know. We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women.
Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party -
remember to vote.
History is being made...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

How Many Days Has It Been?? has been wayyyy too long since my last very informative, totally hysterical and quite sarcastic post...but that is not the reason for this one.
I have had TONS of readily available political rhetoric, as the Political Season has been extended this year with the long, drug-out, terribly tiresome Primaries of the Democratic Party. Which of course included the long, boring, squibble amongst themselves meeting they referred to as a 'special session' ; that had to be called in order for them to decide if the rules they made years ago did indeed matter or not (they concluded that they didn't).
And the Democrats were not the only ones offering up boxes of ammunition for my pleasure, the republicans have given me MORE than their share of lies, scandal and misrepresentations.
I have not posted, because well there is SOOOO MUCH to talk about I fear overloading cyber-space with one mere post!!
But alas...I finally can take no more!
First we have the racist blurbs flying back and forth, then sexism rearing its ugly head, oh and let's not forget the 'ageism' discrimination! I do believe the only discrimination in this never-ending race to not be mentioned is that of the American CITIZENS!!
Has anyone noticed that through out all of this bashing, spewing and stupidity NOT ONCE have we been asked what we think??
Are we NOT the ones who get to DECIDE who wins? While campaigns have indeed been sold to the highest bidder in more than one election, I INSIST MY VOTE COUNTS!
It would do the the media, the administration and the candidates to REMEMBER THAT!
On this day of rememberance in the lives of EVERY American I want each of you to remember that its is YOU & I that get to decide who will protect us in the next administration, who will lead us out of the perpetual rut we have fallen, and it is US that will decide WHAT MATTERS!
This is 2008 and yet the MEDIA has insisted that gender, race and age matter more to you and me than the Economy, the War, Terrorism, Education and Health Care.
Every day at any given moment you can flip on the television, the internet, open a newspaper and you will hear the constant argument of who has more elected experience, who had harder times in there life than you, who is more patriotic, who is more in tuned to your ideals and beliefs (although your ideas and beliefs are NEVER mentioned)!
Well, here ya go..
Here is EXACTLY how many days EACH have been in ELECTED Office......

John McCain who served in the U.S.House of Representatives (1983–87) ; or 1,460 daysand the U.S.Senate (1987– present) or; a little over 7,540 days thus far

Governor Sarah Palin made history on Dec. 4, 2006, when she took office. which was about 604 days before she was selected as McCains running mate.Wasilla Alaska's Mayor term is 3 years, thus she gets 6 years for being mayor twice; or 2,190 days

Barack Obama was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996, where he remained until 2004; thats 2,920 days, In 2004 he was elected to the United State Senate where he remains; that is a little over 2, 795 thus far.

Joe Biden who has served as a U.S Senator since 1973 or; 9,855 days

therefore days served in Public Office:
McCain 9,000
Palin 2,794
Obama 5,715
Biden 9,855
or a combined total of:
McCain/Palin = 11,794 days of Elected Office
Obama/Biden = 15,570 days of Elected Office
* 3,776 days MORE EXPERIENCE THAN McCain/Palin*

Now how many of you really give a crap?? How many of you are now MORE impressed with one or the other?
EXACTLY!! The American Citizen DOES NOT CARE!
What we do care about is what there individual plans are for:
Health Care
Alternative Fuels/Energy
Terrorism/Homeland Security
& the War

With only 54 days til WE DECIDE you would think the media would focus on the REAL afterall, they too, ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS and the decision will GREATLY EFFECT THEM TOO!!

well that is life down this winding out for the potholes...