I grew up reading comic books wanting to be a superhero. Those who speak the truth are heroes, anything less is a lie.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Peace

Well time to kick back with friends and family...enjoy the holiday season...work for peace..love to all..peace out...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

True or False?

It's not a rumor...A Blue Dog become Rethugican't, really no one is surprised by this. His conservative values coupled with his rebellion against Nancy Pelosi's leadership lead him to believe that the women hating, narrow minded GOP would be a better match...and he's probably correct. I do believe he'll get his certificate from them...:

"I would not vote for her. Someone that divisive and that polarizing cannot bring us together," he told the Huntsville Times. "If she doesn't like it, I've got a gift certificate to the mental health center."

Rumor has it that MN loser Norm Coleman will rise from the dead to declare his campaign for Governor after the first of the year...

Classless rumors: Britney Spears has recapped the year of Britney in rumors up at her website...true or false some are more interesting than others...like her family was so poor they had to hunt and eat squirrels!...pretty funny that one!

My favorite Rumor: chocolate dipped, rum soaked cherries for the holidays

There's a rumor that you tube has folks playing beer bottles holiday tunes...do you hear what I hear:


Monday, December 21, 2009

Thrown Under The Bus For Health Care Reform...

Erika Smith, the aide to Congressman Bart Stupak, sent an email to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Right to Life, the Family Research Council and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's office in attempt to derail the Nelson abortion compromise.



Politico obtained Smith's email, which read, "Guys - when will we see your letters of opposition to the managers amendment?? We need them ASAP!”



Naturally when this came to light, Rep. Stupak claimed he knew nothing of the email exchange:


"Earlier today an unauthorized email from a member of my staff was sent to interested parties. I was unaware of this email and it was sent without my knowledge or approval."


So essentially Stupak has thrown Smith to the wolves or more fittingly...under the bus. Smith might want to know check out "Not Under The Bus," a project by the Women's Media Center.



Not Under the Bus is "a platform for a unified media message that supports and defends women’s rights in the national health care reform debate." It is also "a call to action to keep women safe and treat them with respect and dignity." So what do you say Ms. Smith...Are you ready for that or will you fall on the sword of man?



Naturally...you'll have some good company as many of us have been thrown under the bus for the health care bill. You know that new health care reform bill that allows for increased premium due to sex and age...or allows legislators (not my doctor) to determine public funding over my reproductive rights. Thank you for the reform but the cost of giving up my rights is too high. Well it wasn't a surprise even though I had hoped for better:
"And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up – under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.” - Obama


Doing some light writing over the next couple of weeks while I hibernate from winter...enjoy the videos:







Friday, December 18, 2009

Sit Down and Shut Up...Really

I ranted earlier this week on Minnesota's Senator Al Franken (Jedi Knight Franken)...I believe his exchange with the evil Darth Lieberman shows us his hero qualities...again...

Thank you Senator Franken...

Howard Dean After The Scream 'Where's The Reform?'

Howard Dean has proven to be resilient and able to redefine himself in the face of adversity...we've seen it after the scream when he took over the DNC and with Dean's fifty state strategy that helped elect Obama as well as many other Democrats...

But when Obama came into the White House, I watched in disbelief as Rahm and Obama froze Howard Dean out of their administration. They essentially ask him to leave and slammed the door behind him.

Then another slight...Howard Dean, a former governor and health care advocate and doctor, was given no chance by Obama for Health and Human Services secretary. Over and over, the Obama people publicly and willfully have insulted Howard Dean...Not content to just ignore him, they kicked him to the curb and spit on him...but now Dean may have the last laugh...abetted it's a very sad one...

With no obligation to the Obama administration, Howard Dean can freely speak openly about the mis-fires, mis-steps and mistakes of the Obama Health Care reform debauchery. The White House would like to characterize this fight as Howard Dean vs. the White House...but it's really about Americans vs Big Corporate Health care Companies profit while we die...A reform bill without a public option and a medicare buy-in option is essentially rewarding the industry that got us to this point, and Dean says as much...



Look, like Howard Dean, I want health care reform, Americans need it, my family needs it...but that's not what's being offered with this bill...not since Joe Lieberman dictated the terms. They might as well allowed the health care lobbyist to write the bill! Er..? "Are we going to have real health care reform, or, are we not?"

"Look, I'm not a perfect person. I have my warts. I sometimes say things that get me in trouble. I wear suits that are cheap. But I say what I think and I believe what I say, and I'm willing to say things that are not popular but ordinary people know are right." --Howard Dean





Deja Vu War

Haven't we been here before?
A foriegn country, more Defense Department hired private security contractors than soldiers, little oversight, contracts run amuck, Erik Prince, CEO of Xe [formally know as Blackwater] deploying hit squads for us...alas...welcome to the Obama's Afghanistan, same as the last war...

The War Corporation...hmm...reminds me of something? Iraq? Vietnam?... Ironman...




"...and the government for hire at a combat site.."

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Is MN Senator Al Franken A Jedi Knight?

You know that scene in Star Wars, where Obi-Wan clutches his heart and says " I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened. "...It's the same feeling I get about health care..about Obama's mishandling of it, about the blue dogs and about Lieberman.

I'm hopeless and helpless, mad and cranky...and scared...Is the 'change we believed in' dying?

Today I saw this video posted up at several blogs...Thank goodness for Senator Franken...at least there are some Democrats that are true to their values...I still feel kicked in the teeth...but let me listen a few more times to Jedi Franken and maybe the feeling will start to pass...maybe...

"For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times... before the Empire"..



These are dark times...there is a wall street empire..."Who's the more foolish: The fool, or the fool who follows him? " Never thought of myself as foolish and won't for much longer...Message to all you other elected corporate tools...Start Working for Americans!!!

Grap The Golden Ring...NOW!

I had pages of rants about health care...volumes of venom about what's wrong (blue dogs, rethugicans, sell outs, bought outs, Liebertaitors)..but it was so negative...then in a blinding flash I realized that there is always someone directing, in charge, the grand poobah, the...fall guy. I won't mention names...just like my rant, it doesn't seem to be changing what's going on but I will tell ya this...it's time for Mr. Nice Guy Obama to send the family away and take to the mattresses...

LBJ said:

“Don’t ever argue with me [about health]. I’ll go a hundred million or a billion on health or education. I don’t argue about that any more than I argue about Lady Bird [Mrs. Johnson] buying flour. You got to have to have flour and coffee in your house. Education and health. I’ll spend the goddamn money. I may cut back some tanks. But not on health.”

In case someone forget, LBJ was responsible for among other things the 'great society'. His was a moment in time filled with turmoil and decisions that fundamentally changed our country....We're there again...a turning point. LBJ didn't always choose right but he did recognize the moral imperative to provide for all fairly/equally.

Are our leaders wise enough and strong enough to embrace fate and change the direction of this country? Get there...do it...show some dognapped ethical leadership...grasp the golden ring... We don't need a frickin compromise and concensus...we need healthcare! We need them to become what fate is calling out for them to be...

Monday, December 14, 2009

The End Of Hard Men

Eternal Things:
Oh Yoko…John Lennons love for Yoko....Grocery stores check out lines...And men becoming soft…what?! Oh yeah…

"More women are drawn to softy fellows, which is prompting more men to get dolled up at hair salons, adorn themselves in the latest hip fashions and paint up their noggins with the latest from Mary Kay. Whatever the cause, the trend may not bode well for America.

If your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, will there be any regular fellows around who know how to fix things and don't mind getting their hands dirty?

The best you may be able to hope for is that a modern fellow stops his car to offer consolation and hand you a cell phone from his purse. "


Hmm..personally, I don’t want a guy spending more time and products on his hair than…me! It would lead to endless bathroom vanity fights but I think it's long past time for man bags.

I am the Walrus… but today it's all about cherry cola-lol

Friday, December 04, 2009

Shoot The Messenger and while you're at it throw a bucket of water on my head!

This gave me indigestion and set my hair on fire...

So a group of elected officials (all men) are mad because of Minnesota Senator Al Franken's amendment made them look bad when they voted it was okay for the USA to do business with military contractors that would RAPE women. Really? They expected Americans to be okay with that? Because of the bad press, they blame Al Franken:


“I think hopefully he’ll [Al Franken] settle down and do the kind of the serious work of legislating that’s important to Minnesota.” -Senator John Thune (R-SD)

"I think it would be helpful for Senator Franken to come forward and say, ‘I’m not suggesting that anybody who votes for my amendment is indifferent to crimes against women or anybody else,’” -Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)



Hmm...so they want exoneration for their totally morally voided vote...but not because their vote was wrong, but because Al Franken shouldn't have sponsored the bill making them look bad because of their votes...(really I couldn't make this up if I wanted to!) This is the crap that makes me question my involvement with the political process...when soulless, misogynist, ethically challenged whores make a bad choice....and then a worse choice by blaming anyone but themselves!

Just a suggestion for the demon spawn elected morons...try this out for a change: Say your sorry and that in fact you do believe rape victims rights should be protected! Better yet, apology to every women voter (your mothers and daughters and wives too) and then maybe we can begin to get beyond your incredibly senseless, morally wrong vote...maybe...Still...if it was left up to me...you would be up on felony charges for abetting criminal behavior...stripped from your offices, drummed out of the human race, and given up to a red army ant colony...just saying!

There...The fire is still smoldering in my head....threatening to rage out of control again...Just WTF@! is wrong with these guys? Then to say some GOP senators question whether Franken’s handling of the amendment could damage his ability to work across the aisle? Jeez what's next...
Can someone throw a bucket of water on my head? I wouldn't cross the street to save their blacken souls...Now where are my shurikens.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

When Smoke Gets In My Eyes

This is about the right to smoke...well mostly, sort of, kind of...it's an interesting rant on the right to blow smoke up our arses...But don't get me wrong... I do agree with 'most' of what is being said. But I don't smoke and therefore, I don't want to smell or breath smoke. Simply put... if we're talking about individual rights, smoke all you want....just not in public!

As to the rest of the rant. (shoot the fat guys, hang the smokers).. It's an interesting read...and smoke for thought...yes we been sold down the river by raiders...Corporate pirates that are now demanding we walk the plank after they force fed up their ideology and we brought it hook, line, and sinker. The smoking analogy applies everywhere and to everything...sigh...it's depressing. Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

"Generally, this war is described as a battle against big tobacco, but, of course, it's actually a war on working people, their habits, their little idiot joys, their little mechanisms of coping."And, I don't understand how being fat is a Left issue, either. What the fuck is all this shit?"...

And it took the raw obscenity of George Bush for me to realize that ideology had taken over the political and civic arenas, the only venues where a society can exercise compassion collectively and by force of legislation and law demonstrate its humanity and evolution."

"It no longer matters if Democrats are the majority. We don't see our warfare abroad decreasing. It's expanding. And following an ideological war over health care reform, we "won." We got reform. Reform which forces 40 million of America's poorest and hardest working folks into bed with insurance corporations, sucking an additional 70 billion dollars a year in public funds from the citizens' pockets into insurance industry coffers. We don't need the insurance companies at all. Never did. Never will. But they are still leeching us because "we won." We the supposed proponents of universal health care, we who believe in the right of all children and old folks, the right of all people to freedom from pain and misery, we won."





Obama's Super Sized War

We fought to give you a place inside hoping for much, much better... but you've turned your back on us to stand with profiteers of the military industrial complexes and wall street thieves. Sure I knew your campaign was the top recipient of defense industry money in the 2008 election cycle ($1,029,997.00), but I still expected you to be as good as your words...now I see them now as only lies wrapped in fluffy rhetoric ...from war to wall street bail outs, to gays in the military to Gitmo... Where's the change?


I've had enough 'hope' and 'change'....last night the person I wanted, voted for, and supported died. I'm grieving now.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Bright Shiney Objects Are Closer Than They Appear!

Thanksgiving was fun and wacky...We did an 'Elvis comes to turkey day' theme....complete with a hunka hunka of burning turkey...Friends and Family gathered and we reflected on the year while listening to Elvis tunes. After a few glasses of bubbly I realized that humor really does save me...as in Jon Stewart getting me through the Bush years...and more recently...the Rev. Billy getting me through the season of consumerism (better know as the season of giving to corportations or Shopcaloypse).

If you haven't seen 'What Would Jesus Buy'...then do so...and take your family and friends. Get in touch with your spending and realize there's a difference between what you need and what you want and more importantly...what the cost is to both your community and your soul. I was going to post some pictures of Rev. Billy but found a bright shiney object on the way home and decided to post it instead-) Imagine all that and no trailer park in view!




Just say no!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Lassie...Go Find The Governor

By now most have heard that SC Governor Mark Sanford has been accused of 37 ethics violations...among which is leaving the state with no-one in charged...say Lassie...Do you know where Timmy is?...Isn't Governor Timmy Pawlenty in town for a quick fundraising stop before he leaves..sigh... again?

Minnesota has terrible problems regarding balancing the budget, transportation, education costs, healthcare benefits being cut the to the neediest...and Timmy keeps leaving...hmmm...unlike Lassie, Timmy apparently keeps leaving and doesn't want to come home to his home Minnesota.

Fat Heads Misogynists Trolling on Women's Health

Hmmm...so that's a stretch to believe that Rush Limbaugh or Hannity or Beck cares one iota for women...They must be running out of pulp fiction to troll on about...but to actually have to say straight face that the new mammography recommendations are a commie plot to start rationing health care...As if misogynists would care about women's health being rationed!

Just in case you have a ten second memory, lets review how much Rush Limbaugh (divorced three times!) cares about us women:

Sexist comments-- Hillary Rodham Clinton: "She sounds like a screeching ex-wife. ... Men will know what I mean by this.""Mrs Clinton Testicle Lockbox is big enough for the entire democratic hierarchy.""Will this country want to actually watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis?""I don't know why the B-I-itch is staying in."Sexist comments by Rush Limbaugh --


"If she [Pelosi] wants fewer births, I have the way to do this and it won't require any contraception: You simply put pictures of Nancy Pelosi ... in every cheap motel room. ... That will keep birthrates down because that picture will keep a lot of things down."

Some of these babes, I'm telling you, like the sexual harassment crowd. They're out there protesting what they actually wish would happen to them sometimes."

"If I were Bob Woodward, I would be on a lookout for Mrs. Clinton and her testicle lockbox."

Amanda Terkel at Think Progress has more sexist comments from Rush --

Friday, November 20, 2009

KKK Failed!

Say remember when the KKK wore white sheets so we could tell who they were? Well they still go to rallies, but no longer wear the sheets...oh and they changed their group name to 'Tea Baggers".

Easily the best video and there isn't even music!



DJ (I don't hate America) has a few things posted up on this...haahahahha...sry, can't stop laughing...

Ah...talking about the KKK...another video...this time to music.,,, Joey I miss you...

Friday, November 06, 2009

The Stories All Run Together

Everyday there are stories...images that paint our world...

The Lost Soul:
Enuff said: Suspect Was to Be Sent to Afghanistan


ArchAngels:
Many blue dogs are opposed to health care for Americans because they are fiscally responsible…or so the story goes...but if that is really the reason then why does the majority of them still support the occupation in Afghanistan. It's costs are higher and deeper than providing health care …so why the difference?

The Choir:
“Government without revenue results in falling bridges and lousy schools and crime and bad health care. “ -digby

They drank the Koolaid:
“Rep. Bachmann is smart, beautiful and conservative” –PowerLine Boys

The Imaginary Things:
Non-lunatic GOP

The Angels:
Appearing at a protest of Condi Rice! This Sunday, Nov 8, at 5:15PM, Beth El Synagogue, St. Louis Park

I'm worn down and my spirit is thin ...but I'm still here...trying...have a nice weekend...hope to see you Sunday at the protest...


Follow your common sense
You cannot hide yourself behind a fairytale forever and ever
Only by revealing the hole truth can we disclose
The soul of this bulwark forever and ever
Forever and ever
Indoctrinated minds so very often
Contain sick thoughts
And commit most of the evil they preach against
Don't try to convince me with messages from God
You accuse us of sins committed by yourselves
It's easy to condemn without looking in the mirror
Behind the scenes opens reality
Eternal silence cries out for justice
Forgiveness is not for sale
Nor is the will to forget
Virginity has been stolen at very young ages
And the extinguisher loses it's immunity
Morbid abuse of power in the garden of eden
Where the apple gets a youthful face
You can't go on hiding yourself
Behind old fashioned fairytales
And keep washing your hands in innocence

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pawlenty: Do As I Said Not As I Get!

So ex-MN governor...er...well AWOL Governor Pawlenty said on ABC's Top Line that if in charge he would 'opt-out' of public health care for Minnesota...

CHALIAN: But you would lead a charge in your state to opt out if that was an option available?
PAWLENTY: I think so because I don’t like government run health care.



So--pawlenty currently is covered under government provided healthcare...after all his healthcare is provide by the state of Minnesota...and he's on record as supporting Medicare and Medicaid in the past...but now...doesn't want that (public coverage for anyone...else?)...

Seems to me that Pawlenty will do anything...say anything...support anything if it gets him elected to national office...Someone should inform him that ethics, morals and values doesn't blow with the wind...and especially when he's harping against the very thing he has...government sponsored healthcare!

Message to Pawlenty... if like you say 'you personally would like to opt out', I'm sure Minnesotans would thank you for saving their hard earn tax dollars by dropping your health insurance!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Abandon All Hope

So let me get this straight...30 (THIRTY!!!) Senators voted to continue contracting with firms that force women employees to agree not to sue componies if they are RAPED as a result of their employment...



All thirty should immediate resign from the senate for their support of felony behavior. Shame on everyone of you with mothers, sisters, wives, daughters....Shame on this soulless group for even thinking they could justify voting for rape...The Republican party hasbecome totally void of morality.



BTW, the bill was our Minnesota Jr. Senator, Al Franken...thank you Mr. Franken for continue to look out at the interest of our daughters, mothers, sisters...



Record profits on Wall St...sigh... so do I blame them or Obama for escalating the war on Afghanistan? What about Pakistan, Iraq and Iran. And it turns out our occupation has become larger, longer and made for more resistance:
WASHINGTON -- A recent U.S. intelligence assessment has raised the estimated number of full-time Taliban-led insurgents fighting in Afghanistan to at least 25,000, underscoring how the crisis has worsened even as the U.S. and its allies have beefed up their military forces, a U.S. official said Thursday.

Wow, big surprise not...If I get it, why doesn't Obama or could the whisperings be correct... that Wall St. now runs our country now...



"Because the people here really aren't in charge. Wall Street is in charge."- Rep. Marcy Kaptur


Just when did I miss that election?

Friday, October 09, 2009

Friday's If Onlys

Gone in 60 seconds
So substract Chris Coleman from gadzillion and that leaves...all the rest...

Being bitch slapped twice
If you are a domestic abuse victim and lived in Idaho, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming and the District of Columbia, well then, eight of the 16 major insurance companies have the right to deny coverage on the rationale that it's a pre existing condition...

Tell me again why we should demand health care reform NOW!

Sure they look ordinary...
Be a hero? We need you more than ever...be the change you want to see.

Whew..what's that smell?
What if you have a zombie encounter? Well you can one of two things...see Zombieland (two thumbs up from me!) or come to the zombie pub crawl this Satuday.

What if... 'I'm just about as happy as I can be'...

Friday, October 02, 2009

All Yours

Your Dream
Can't we just sign up for Congress' health plan?

Your Nightmare
The U.S. labor market weakened in September as 263,000 payroll jobs were lost and the unemployment rate rose a tenth to a 26-year high of 9.8%, the Labor Department reported. It was the 21st consecutive month of job losses.

Your Altered Reality
..."the recovery package is part of a Democratic conspiracy to "direct" funding away from Republican districts, so Democratic districts can "suck up" all federal funds. Bachmann doesn't think this will work because, as she [guess who?] put it, "We're running out of rich people in this country."

Your WTF
Sure you're artist, engaging, successful, and make great movies...but I have two girls that were once thirteen...What Polanski did was rape. Youthful error, stage mom, teen lolita aside...This was a middle age man who preyed on a ninth grader...It's a crime.

Your Cowboy Sense of Humour
Newsmax contributor John L. Perry wrote a column yesterday about politics. It went like this: “There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America’s military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the ‘Obama problem.’ Don’t dismiss it as unrealistic.”

Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Cost of Staying Alive

SEIU has a new focus on health care reform...It one that anyone like myself who has a chronic illness (pre-existing) knows only too well..do we pay the rent, buy food, put gas in the car...or pay the doctor, pharmacy and insurance premium...not a pretty choice but one millions of Americans make a year...all in the name of staying alive while maintaining hugh profits for a few...

These modern day crooks make Jesse James seem acceptable...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Isn't There A Limit To Endurance?

Just in case anyone cares….it’s been eight years since 'Operation Enduring Freedom'...Our war to protecting local Afghans and reducing violence...The war began October 7, 2001. It has lasted longer than World War I, World War II, the Civil War, the Korean War, the first Gulf War in Iraq, the second Gulf War in Iraq and now the American Revolution...and...

It's not working out...

KABUL — “Taliban militants are sowing fear along Afghanistan's highways with stepped-up checkpoints, hijackings and bombs – including one Tuesday that killed at least 30 bus passengers in the south….”

'Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.' - George Santayana

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Holy Cow Called T-Paw

If you just talk to your neighbors or any other group of Minnesotans then this isn't much of a surprise.

"The poll shows that only 30 percent of adults want to see the two-term governor make a try for the White House three years from now, while 55 percent do not."

In fact, most of us want the governor to deal with the massive budget problems by working with other elected officials. Unfortunately for Minnesotan's T-Paw is AWOL as Governor.

At the very least Timmy should return his salary while traveling everywhere but Minnesota in search of a new position. He was elected and paid to do a job. To take the money and not do the job is defrauding us all. If I did that while collecting a work paycheck I'd be out on my kister, Instead T-Paw doesn't even make an attempt to 'phone it in'...

It's no wonder Minnesotan's don't want him for President.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

No 1 with a Bullet!

Happiness is...John Lennon saw a gun magazine that said happiness is a warm gun meaning its just been shot....wonder what he would have made of this...

Do you feel safer?

Friday, August 28, 2009

Being Courageous.

Senators Klobuchar and Franken are taking a stand and will help us (thank goodness!). Day by day it gets worse with more and more of us becoming uninsured. Americans are dying because they lack treatment and care. Children are suffering. We're going with drugs, testing, preventative treatments because we can't afford it....We need help...we need the strong, morally ethical elected Democrats to stand and deliver...and then we need to support them for their courage. Help us.

Friday, July 17, 2009

The GOP Swift Boating of MN SOS

Minnesota's GOP ‘ad nauseaum sore head - sour grape losers’ continue to attack Minnesota’s SOS Mark Ritchie with lying claims that would make a fairy godmother blush with shame. MinnPost has a nice write up with details but really it comes down to this: The GOP are gunning for Minnesota’s SOS Ritchie. Since they have no factual claims to bring him down, they are willing to go with a ‘swift boat’ campaign. (sigh, I guess they still haven't figured out Minnesotans are tired of the 'Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them').
The GOP want the public to believe the fairytale of “he fixed the election/recount”. Now if only they could explain why the Canvassing Board, the Election Court, and the Minnesota Supreme Court found their claim to be unfounded in law….The End.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Which HealthCare Bill Should You Support?

Yes we need affordable healthcare for all Americans...but...let's not go throwing the baby out with the bathwater...read the bills being offered up. Ask questions if you don't understand them and talk with your representatives and friends. We may only have this one shot to get it right...so let's get it right.

HR3200 (click for more information or full text)

From Dennis Kucinich: Yesterday HR 3200 "America's Affordable Health Choices Act," a 1000 page bill was delivered to members. The title of the bill raises a question: "Affordable" for whom?. Of $2.4 trillion spent annually for health care in America, fully $800 billion goes for the activities of the for-profit insurer-based system. This means one of every three health care dollars is siphoned off for corporate profits, stock options, executive salaries, advertising, marketing and the cost of paper work, (which can be anywhere between 15 - 35% in the private sector as compared to Medicare, the single payer plan which has only 3% administrative costs).

HR676 (click for more information or full text)
From www.hr676.org: Basically, House Resolution (H.R.) 676, the “New Expanded Medicare” bill now in the House of Representatives simply creates a new and far more functional “single payer” method of collecting and distributing payments for medical services while leaving the medical system itself completely alone and intact. This will eliminate the hundreds of complicated and redundant payment plans currently imposed on the system by private “for profit” health insurance companies and save literally BILLIONS of dollars every year by eliminating such wasteful duplication. This will allow your doctors offices and hospitals to function much more efficiently and serve your needs much more effectively as well. Just imagine what a huge benefit this will be!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Wednesday's Whipets

NOW HEAR THIS: "He [Rahm Emanuel] is working for a way out without a bloody fight. The problem is he doesn't mind taking that fight to the left. And what I worry could happen is the left will just quit." -

Hmmm so Rahm will take the fight to us but not the healthcare lobbyist? Well I’ve got news for him…As a card-carrying member of .the left, I WON”T QUIT! I will find another way even if that means abandoning Democrats like Rahm who can’t seem to understand the basic human necessity of healthcare.

FINALLY A GOOD WORD:
Senator Al Franken

OH SO WEIRD:
Sigh, wish the media would report on those things that affect Americans more like the war, economy, healthcare and international issues,,,,half as much as they do on Michael Jackson….sigh…

OH SO WEIRD AND WONDERFUL:
You really have to go that extra step to beat Michael Jackson off the media…Governor Palin managed to do that. One of my favorite TV shows is ‘Trailer Boys’ but even it can’t compare to Palin’s insanity. I look forward to her next adventures in political trashland.


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Franken Prevails

Congratulations to Senator Al Franken. Once again the courts upheld the Minnesota election/recount process and cited Al Franken as the winner. Now let's put him to work for Minnesotans in WA.DC as soon as possible.

PS Coleman, don't let the door hit you on the way out...sigh...again

Thursday, June 25, 2009

More Than Lipstick Is Going On In Iran!

It’s hard to know exactly what is going on in Iran given the media sellout/buyoff and political gamesmanship including our own special ops/CIA involvement... but we do know for sure that women are the first to suffer during political unrest and war…



And now by many accounts, Iranian women are now running the resistance.... As the Toronto Star points out “today we are seeing what is historically the first national movement with a leadership that is predominately female.”

And to Martha at ABC…NO! This is more than a ‘Lipstick Revolution!’ That degrades women’s role in wanting basic human rights and reduces their struggle to merely a matter of cosmetics. This is another example from media that shows a complete lack of understanding of women in Iran along with their culture. At election rallies, female supporters often chanted the name of Mousavi's wife, Zahra Rahnavard (a powerful political figure in her own right) as she promised that under Mousavi there would be more women in the cabinet and a reform of policies that strip women of their rights in marriage. Oh and have I mentioned the stoning of women?

Under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, women are discouraged from working and from seeking higher education, while he suggested that true freedom for women lay in not having all the "legal responsibility of men."

With half of the human population are women... so they should have full and equal participation and voice in the political, culture and economic arena…something the U.S. could also learn from and improve as well as Iran. Screw the lipstick...women are finding their voices.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Waiting for the Fat Lady to Sing

It’s been six months…that’s long enough. Minnesotan’s need both their senatorial seats filled and a ruling should come any time now.

Let's hope Mr. Sore Loserman Coleman stops obstructing once the Minnesota Supreme Court issues their ruling…Seems like 'all about state's rights' Pawlenty should also certify...but then doing the 'right thing' in Minnesotan's interests don't seem to motive either of these guys!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I've had It With These #(*@$ Snakes!

Hmm.. an ‘anonymous’ Republican Senator is obstructing a resolution to condemn clinic violence …yeah right! You and I both know it’s the GOP who by omission is approving violence and murder of women. The party of ‘lockstep’ is now the shameful party of haters that can’t even bring themselves to declare that the killing of doctors (for whatever reason!) is wrong. The resolution in its entirety reads:

Whereas Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas was shot to death at church on Sunday, May 31;
Whereas there is a history of violence against providers of reproductive health care, as health care employees have suffered threats and hostility in order to provide crucial services to patients;
Whereas the threat or use of force or physical obstruction has been used to injure, intimidate, or interfere with individuals seeking to obtain or provide health care services; and
Whereas acts of violence are never an acceptable means of expression and always shall be condemned:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved,

That the Senate— (1) Expresses great sympathy for the family, friends and patients of Dr. George Tiller; (2) Recognizes that acts of violence should never be used to prevent women from receiving reproductive health care; and (3) Condemns the use of violence as a means of resolving differences of opinion.


Seems pretty straight forward and clear and not very controversial. But the GOP's overall support toward the systematic and ongoing violence against women’s health care clinics providers apparently now over rules murder.

This is a prime example showing what has happen within the GOP extreme rank and file. While the Republicans don’t actually shoot the doctors, they make it more than clear that they won’t condemn those who do. In fact, they actively support violent acts by their right wing media perspectives that lends credence to those that do commit these violent acts.

And since when did elected public officials get to make anonymous stands when they use their position as a public official? That’s crap! As a public figure…do it in the light of day with your name on it…Let us all see which of our elected officials supports the murdering of doctors.

And lastly, if the best the Senate can do is a non-binding resolution…we should think about fixing our system…apparently its full of weak tea assholes.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Clap Your Hands

If you’re gay and ya know it…clap your hands…

Obama PST: “Sorry about dragging my feet on repealing DOMA and DADT. Here, have some lint I found in my belly button!”

Say what?

If you're gay and ya know it...don't tell...

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Fairytale of Health Care Reform

I’ve got one nerve left…and it looks like Obama et al is going to blow that apart with their -cough- healthcare reform - cough. I am not amused. In fact I’m mad as hell and …er you know the line.

The latest is a new bipartisan health care proposal that takes a public option off the table. Per Daschle:

"We've come too far and gained too much momentum for our efforts to fail over disagreements on one single issue,"

Single option this (read between the fingers!)..…you see there are fifty MILLION American’s without health care insurance today. They are not ‘an option’ nor do they have 'the option'. Taking the 'public option' off the table does nothing to address health care’s biggest problems and just plays to the healthcare industries lobbies.

Right now this garden path we're going down is covered with weeds and darken by trees and briar bushes. Best to turn back to the path of light least the bears eat you sirs!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

T Minus Coleman Hour and Counting

We’re in the count down phase now. Soon Coleman will be blasted out into ‘not a leg to stand on’ territory. Truth be told, he’s been there for awhile.

Rumour has it the Minnesota Supreme Court will be ruling today or tomorrow on the Franken/Coleman race. The expected ruling should make Franken the winner and next Junior Senator from Minnesota. The question that everyone wants to know is if they will order Pawlenty to certify Franken.

This song is for Coleman…

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

What's Not Nice About Pawlenty

CNN is saying Governor Pawlenty is announcing on Monday that he won’t seek re-election for a third term. While great news for Minnesota because I’m not sure we could survive another term under his lack of leadership….it may be bad news for the nation as he has hinted at a run for president in 2012.

Still Minnesota is in the mist of a meltdown made worse by his decisions. I couldn’t have said it better:
…lost jobs, excessively high unemployment, lost Federal funding, damage caused by lost state aid to communities, kowtowing to the Taxpayers League (that’s got to be worth at least something), damage to our educational system (kids should get paid double the penalty), failure to properly repair our roads and bridges, taking on the role of a king rather than a representative governor of the people…

Yep, it’s King Timmy Pawlenty. And I must say I disagree with Southside Pride’s Dave Porter who says:
He is a nice guy. Goes to church regular, married, still plays a little hockey….

Pawlenty isn’t a nice guy…perhaps likeable but a nice guy doesn’t harm hundreds of Minnesotan’s by his ‘save the rich’ tax breaks, a nice guys doesn’t cut those in need at the worse economic time, a nice guy doesn’t refuse to meet with legislatures for 76 days while these issues and their resolutions are being addressed, and a nice guy didn’t bring Minnesota to it’s current state of economic collapse. Fortunately Dave goes on to points out:

But he’d rather see 37,000 poor Minnesotans go without health care before he’d give up on a tax break for 500 rich ones. He even threatened to shut down our state’s legal system until his most recent appointee to the state Supreme Court—and a former law partner—made him back down.


It’s been a problem for Minnesotans to separate the Minnesota Nice’ from what Pawlenty really is…
We now have as our Governor a self-certain fundamentalist who answers only to his own private Higher Power, someone with his eyes on another goal entirely. Someone who really does not care if people have to fight each other over the scraps left in the ditch by the rich.


G*d only knows what Pawlenty's possible election to a national office like the President could mean for this country…let’s pray it never comes to that! His record is not very positive and just being seen as 'a nice guy' and 'a little goofy' isn't much to base a national campaign on.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Why American Media Sucks

Where to begin? So many examples. Well let's look at the media on the Sotomayor nomination...I don't mind the talking heads but couldn't we put some kind of qualifier on them so at the very least they have credibility so we can keep score on the real facts? Shouldn't the talking heads on TV/radio representing opinions be at the very least trustworthy and have some expertise in the topic!



Seems like all you need to be on these 'news' shows is star power...even fading star power. The fact that Alberto Gonzales isn't trustworthy should eliminates him from speaking on any talk show but still he's on TV offering up his opinion of Sotomayor's appointment! And half the others have no expertise in the area of law...so really what we have is truly empty talking heads...welcome to America's Media! They create rather than report to the lowest denominator!

Sam has it right over at the Church of Bad News when he refers to Chris Wallace and the rest of the media as highly paid sycophants that cheer leaded for the liars and war criminals...why is it they get a free pass now that we know the truth? And how is it that we continue to allow them to conduct business as usually instead of demanding some minimal standards in the media?

Until we have an honest discussion about the need for change within the media community, don't look for any kind of truthfulness from them soon.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Honk for Peace

The City of Burnsville has dropped charges against a women for honking in support of peace. Barbara Gilland honked to support protesters who were holding signs saying 'Honk for Peace' along a public road in Burnsville, MN.


"The ACLU of Minnesota represented Barbara Gilland, saying that the issuing of the citation violated Ms Gilland's First Amendment rights. The City of Burnsville agreed to drop the charges and to no longer issue citations for improper use of horn when using it to express freedom of speech, except when necessary to preserve public safety. The City also agreed to issue a directive to officers and update its Policies and Procedures to prevent free speech violations in the future."

The interesting thing about this is the officer who wrote the ticket. He lived nearby and seemed to want to personally run the protesters out of Burnsville...almost like a personal vendetta. It's ironic to me that a 'Peace' Officer doesn't support 'Peace'! No other motorist(s) have ever been ticketed for honking in Burnsville before the peace vigil started.

We should all be thankful to Barbara Gilland for choosing to fight for her rights to honk rather than pay for the ticket... and especially thankful to attorney Howard Bass who as an ACLU volunteer attorney gave of his time and talent to defend this first Amendment rights.

Honk-Honk

Friday, May 15, 2009

Better Call More Police

I've been foaming at the mouth over the Senate not giving single payer health care a place at thier table...naturally they had plenty of room for the insurance companies, the HMOs, the drug companies...How can you have a fair hearing when you don't have all the options there? You can't be caring that deeply if you don't even give us a place at the table...


... I just can't keep it all in...look for an implosion later this week but until then...read this...and be prepared be get madder. THIS A DEAL BREAKER!!! You can't always rely on the police to restore order...and laughing?!...this is so terrible...this is so unacceptable...PUT SINGLE PAYER ON THE TABLE!!! And be prepared to call more and more police because we won't be quiet anymore.

The best result? The best result is not a stacked deck by your corporate checkbooks...at least not for the American people. This has got to stop! The same companies that had lead us to this healthcare crisis can not be dependent on to resolve the problem in our best interest.



Torture and Shiny Objects

Notice how the Rushpublicants want to shift the media from torture and their administration to...the Democrats! The culpability lies with the Executive Branch…It isn’t what Pelosi knew when…it’s who is responsible, who developed torture, who had the policy, and who employed it…The GOP might want divert the whole issue to a ‘Democratic’ problem…but it isn’t…so let shine the light on that…Oh look media…a shiny object!

Read more about this at DailyKos

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Seriously Left and Loving It!

---I've been a follower of OpenLeft for years…and find that our ideology seems to run the course (either that or we had a Vulcan mind melt!)

Over the past year, I have increasingly become of the opinion that the progressive movement is not a series of candidates, advocacy organizations, and new media outlets. Instead, it is a series of broad cultural trends toward an increasingly democratic society. Immigration, the self-publishing Internet, rising union density, increasing acceptance of LGBT culture--these trends are the progressive movement, not our elected officials, political staff, pundits, and advocacy organizations


---WTF could they be thinking…er…I guess they arent…

----Need more proof that absences isn’t working ...

-----It’s not enough to rebrand themselves now the rethugs want to brand us!...I don’t think so…

------Jesse Ventura has surprised me twice in the last two weeks….you go guy…



----The Pawlenty diet of ‘All cuts, All the time’ will result in massive losses in Minnesota especially in service industry like police, fire, hospital staff, and teachers. Instead of raising taxes on the wealthiest of us (and leveling them so they pay the same percentage as the poorest among us)..Pawlenty has decided to cut services…heck he evens wants to lower taxes on businesses (haven’t the last ten year taught us trickle down doesn’t work?!)…

------Makes me want to get into my car and rant away while filming…BTW: bizzaro world has decended….PS…I’m looking for a second ‘safe’ place…pst if you know of someplace ‘off the grid’-)


To Boldly Go...

I thought nothing good could come out of Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura…but this makes two things in one week!

"Coleman's always been a hypocrite,..He never does what he says. He said on Election Night [in 2008], when he won, that Franken should drop out and he should be the senator. Well, the same should hold true after the recount."

"I’ll put it to you this way: You give me a waterboard, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I’ll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders. "

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

America's Healthcare In Need of Reform

Healthcare is destroying America…or more specifically the costs of healthcare. Medical bills account for more than half of all bankruptcies (back when you could file for protection against medical bills!). 2.4 million Elderly Americans have been driven into poverty by their medical bills despite having coverage. Even those with medical insurance, many can’t afford to seek medical attention and go without necessary health care.

Got a few minutes? Read more here…Right now our leaders are developing plans to hopefully fix these problems. Want to be part of the solution? Need to know more? Attend:
'Courageous Conversations about Health Care', hosted by Senator John Doll on May 19, 2009 at 7:00 PM at the Burnsville Civic Center/Town Hall, 100 Civic Center Parkway

Guest Speakers include: Senator John Marty - What the bill will mean to us, Dr. Jim Letts (Physicians for National Health Plan)-Learn why doctors prefer the MHP, Nancy Breymeier (Metropolitan Independent Business Alliance) Why Business are struggling to provide health care benefits and how the MHP will help, Senator Erickson Ropes -Why Canadians prefer their health care, Kip Sullivan, author of "The Health Care Mess" with Q & A Panel

Thursday, May 07, 2009

All Minnesota

It's Like Winning Twice!
Soon-to-be Minnesota Senator Al Franken continues to party build and network in lieu of assuming his new responsibilities. Franken this week met with Vice President Biden who issued the following statement:

“Once the Minnesota Supreme Court has issued its final ruling in this case, the President and I look forward to working with Mr. Franken on building an economy for the 21st century.”


While Franken has cleared each of the legal hurdles on his way to being the next Minnesota U.S. Senate, it may be awhile more before he officially becomes the 60th Democrat seated in the Senate. We're waiting for the Minnesota Supreme Court decision. Still, that day is coming...

The day that Franken is sworn into the U.S. Senate, I plan to party like its 1999…er…2008. The historic importance of Al Franken being the 60th Democrat seated is not lost on me. It’s like winning twice!

At What Cost?

Maybe I’m naive and misunderstood but -shouldn’t we be ending the war(s)? Wasn’t that why Obama was elected?
NPP is tracking the costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq with an individual cost of war counter, calculating the state-level numbers and trade-offs of supplemental war spending. So for Minnesota’s cost of funding the war…we could fund:

  • Health care for 532.341 people
  • Renewable Electricity for one year in 2,124,157 homes
  • Maximize Pell Grants for 345,897 college students
The list goes on and on…just like the wars.

Check the Minnesota List Twice!
The 10 Most Endangered program in Minnesota is designed to spotlight historic properties that face imminent danger through demolition, neglect, severe alteration, or inappropriate public policy. One of the endangered locations is in my neighborhood.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Slapping On Swine Flu Lipstick

Funny man Jon Stewart insists that the swine flu ranks last on the ‘list of things that can kill you in Mexico’. He’s accurate to a point...It seems as if misinformation is spreading faster than the flu…So for reality based information on the H1N1 flu, surf over to boingboing. They have "fun swine flu facts" from a "giant infectious disease dork,"…really I kid u not!

And yes, scientist and crackpots do have things in common? They both are offering theories on where swine flu came from…Naturally those that see black helicopters circling give the most interesting and entertaining theories…among them is the New Zealanders connection .

Well regardless of what you believe…dead pigs in china, evil factory pig farms, Al Qaeda plots, or government research going amuck…we know now that the virus has picked up a mixture of elements including bird and human. While finding the source can help prevent future outbreaks, determining and making a vaccine has a high priority. Now that a staffer in the Obama administration has it (apparently from the recent visit to Mexico) look for even more emphasis to be placed on finding a vaccination.

Naturally, nothing says fashion disaster like a swine flu mask (better known as the new influenza A (H1N1) virus mask)! I lived in Japan where mask wearing was common if you had a cold… But seriously do you even know which type of mask and what kind of protection it will give you beyond the Michael Jackson accessory collection.

So there ya go…more about the flu than you needed or wanted to know…seriously if you have symptoms chances are you don’t have swine flu still…stay away from others and see your doctor.

To close (in case I’ve worried anyone needlessly) there are 5 reasons not to panic:

  1. For now the numbers are low

  2. A(H1N1) is not the deadiliest of flues

  3. There is hope for a vaccine soon and does respond to Tamiflu

  4. Governments and Doctors (networks) are better prepared for outbreaks

  5. We’re into Spring, were flu cases decline dramatically

Be safe, enjoy the weekend-)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Biggest Loser Norm Coleman

Once Al Franken is seated, Democrats will have 60 seats in the Senate. Can you say 'proof majority'? lol

My prediction: Al will be seated within a few weeks.
As it now stands, Franken leads Republican incumbent Norm Coleman by 312 votes. Coleman has challenged the results to the Minnesota's Supreme Court with the hearing scheduled for June 1. However this election is all over except for the Coleman crying and delaying.


Coleman and the Rushpublicants will probably insist on taking it to the Feds (say weren’t they “State’s Rights” people just yesterday?)…after all it's not about winning but delaying.


That will put Governor TPaw in the awkward position of either certifying Al Franken and pissing off his fringe righto base or not certifying and piss of the majority of Minnesotans... Either way it's a lose:lose for TPaw. So look for Senator Al Franken representing you as soon as Coleman et al determine that they truly are the biggest losers.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Wonders Never Cease!


Dogs and cats laying down together,
pigs flying,
and Veteran GOPer Specter becomes a Democrat!
Time to seat Minnesota's own Senator Elect Al Franken for a filibuster-proof 60 seats.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Darfur Decisions

Rep. Keith Ellison continues to surprise me with his moral tenacity and ethical stands:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight activists protesting the expulsion of aid groups in
Darfur have been arrested in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.

Humanitarian leaders and U.S. lawmakers, including Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison and Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards, were led away from the embassy in handcuffs Monday after crossing a police line.

The activists are urging world leaders to take a stand against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's decision to expel 16 aid agencies from Darfur.

Ellison says it is wrong to deny aid to what he calls "the most vulnerable people on our planet."

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My, My

My taxes? Sure, the wealthiest pay the least…with low and middle income families pay more….Seems to me that if you have a budget problem the easiest way to bring in revenue is to FAIRLY tax wealthy the same percentage we tax the poor. Come on people this isn’t rocket science!

My example? Say what you will, make a joke of it, but talk about the current policy that hasn't ever worked. My husband suffered for several years through chemo before he died last year. His type of cancer would have benefited from the use of medical Marijuana. nuff said...





My money? Well sort of…




Friday, April 17, 2009

A Cure That Kills

When you read things like Minnesota's towns and citeis having to cut police departments and eliminate whole forces...well two things come to mind…

  1. The Wild West…hide your women and keep the kids inside…and
  2. Pawlenty’s budget create more serious issues than it solves.

The solution to the budget crisis should cause more problems than it currently causes..that's why leadership and common sense decisions are so important right now...Pawlenty obviously isn't up to the task.


Per the Star Tribune "When Governor Tim Pawlenty announced his budget proposal, the City of Elko New Market took a hit—a big hit. The small city outside of Lakeville stands to lose $105,492 in Local Government Aid for 2009 (which is a 29% cut in their LGA) and $260,609 in 2010 (which is a 60% cut in their LGA) under the governor’s plan. This is on top of the $71,916 the city lost as part of the governor’s unallotment.

The city’s budget concerns grew, and on Thursday, April 9th—in part due to these concerns—the city council voted to dissolve their police department. With “fresh graffiti, no cops and lots of questions” in the city, yesterday’s Star Tribune reports on how the community is struggling with the elimination of the police department."

Hmm....How you going to convince residents in these towns to pay their local taxes...I sure would be asking why pay when we don't get basic services for safety.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I Love Tea!

The conservative wingnuts have called for protests today across America. They've called the ‘tea bag rebellion’ to protest paying their taxes. I think (which immediately distinguishes me from this group) they meant for this protest to follow the Boston Harbor Tea rebellion...only they're as good at America history as they are at science and health! So instead of protesting tax breaks to the wealthiest and big corporations, they are protesting President Obama signing into law the largest MIDDLE CLASS tax cut in history. Too strange...

BTW, I take my tea with milk and honey...stop by sometime...I'll pull out some biscuits, we'll talk-)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Cage Match:Sarah Palin - Michele Bachmann

I think Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin could give our own Rep. Michele Bachmann a run for money in a cage match for the looniest. Palin's most recent outrage is to nominate Anthony Ross for attorney general.

Ross is a long time supporter of Palin. However, Ross is also very colorful in a far right way... To recap his past he appears to be a bigot (homosexuals, women, blacks, other minorities), hates environmentalist, doesn't have issues associating with hate groups like the KKK, and supports terrorist groups like anti government militias...

Wonder is Rep. Bachman would find Ross anti-American for his belief in anti government militias? Wonder if she's 'very concerned' about the company that Sarah Palin is keeping?

312 Reasons Why Al Franken Should Be Seated!

Al Franken? Still a winner! A Minnesota bi-partisan three judge court confirmed the recount outcome showing Democrat Al Franken winning the state's U.S. Senate seat.

In related 'Sore Loser' news, Norm Coleman announced plans to appeal the decision with the Minnesota Supreme Court which will further delay seating Minnesota's Senator Elect Al Franken. Really Norm? Give it up!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Minnesota's Senate Election Is Getting Funnier By The Minute

Al Franken will be seated...eventually.. but in the meanwhile sore loser Norm will file in higher state court...again...sigh... because GOP ideology is more important than Minnesota's voters... But if Norm and the rushpublicants insist on taking this on to the federal level (weren’t they “State’s Rights” people just yesterday?)…. they will be laughed out of court with SCOTUS refusing to even hear the case!

And talking about laughing...Baaahahahahha from MNDU… Norm Coleman is Monty Python's Black Knight from "The Holy Grail"….only he’s not funny…how many ways does Norm have to be told? Enjoy!


Gunning For Trouble

I usually don’t waste my time ranting about gun runners golden child, the NRA. And before the yelling starts, let me state I believe in responsible gun ownership. But there in lies the problem…what constitutes responsible.

To me, background checks, waiting periods, and trigger locks are being responsible. After all, you can still have a gun, you just have to follow protocols make gun ownership safer for all of us. Seems pretty reasonable and responsible.

Conversely, the NRA, a massive political organization with direct financial ties to weapons manufacturers, consider only gun ownership…as responsible. They characterize anything else as an censure. Their motivation is not constitutional rights but they use that as their marketing tool to manipulate a stupid public. Because of this, local police can be ‘out gunned’ by criminals, and wackos can easily obtain weapons used in mass killings…

Since March 10, there have been eight rampages that have claimed 57 lives. Each of the gunmen were legally entitled to wield the weapons they open fired with…nice…. A killing brought to you by your rights to bear arms..

I’m not advocating we take guns away or stop selling them, but I am saying lets get protections in place before we’re all puppets of the weapon masters who see us as nothing more than wallets and targets.


Tuesday, April 07, 2009

And The Winner Is....

My Senator Elect Al Franken...up by 312 votes...

Naturally the Coleman (aka The Sore Loser) will continue his mission of keeping Minnesotans from having adequate representation by filing in MN Supreme Court. If Coleman really cared about the voters he's take a step back and allow us to have two representatives while difficult decisions are being made in WA, DC that affects all Minnesotans.

Don't Look Back

I saw a car the other day in Eagan with a Bachmann sticker. My very first thought was that they must be related to her…but then I realized she did get re-elected so it would have taken more than just her relatives' votes so maybe it was someone who supported her...but why?

Besides making Minnesota look like loons by her far right ideology, strange behavior and radical comments, she doesn’t represent the needs of her constituents…According to The Minnesota Independent, Bachmann’s 6th district has a higher foreclosure rate than districts in the rest of the state….but she voted against foreclosure relief…five times!

So who are these folks? Do they just not read the news or watch TV? I really want to know why someone would vote for her?

K it's a stretch...grateful dead sticker isn't a bachmann sticker...tg!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Peepapaloosa

The PP peep diorama contest for 2009 has posted up the entries. It’s interesting to see so many of a political nature…guess my kid was just way ahead of the curve on this one…(see It’s finally Friday for a peep blast from the past, and Peeps on Parade for last year)
Favorite 2009: Well all of 'em but I'll single out:
PARP
To reassure shaky markets and move the United States back to the something closer to the Gold Standard the Government Office of Economic Stimulus rolls out the “Green Back Bunny”. Unfortunately, this program was held up in Congress by a coalition of the “Blue Dog Democrats” and the “Yellow Chickie Republicans”.

SpongeBob Square Peep
Description: Well this speaks for itself...Included are Patrick, Squidworth, Mr.Crabs, SpongeBob and Gary.

The Great Peepression
Description: The idea was to recreate an iconic, distilled image that captures the woes of the Great Depression. Historically thematic, yet relevant to today's uncertain economic climate. These peeps find themselves in dire straits, waiting in a soup line, below a billboard that promises a much different version of the American Dream.

FrankenBunny
Dr FrankenBunny and Peepgor striving to create a superhero to save the life of Peeps around the world from their Easter demise