I've been collecting signatures for a ballot initiative called the PASS MASS AMENDMENT the last few weeks. It's to get on the ballot to have the MA Legislature REGULATE CORPORATIONS and their moneyed influence. I've collected 300-400, and I can feel good about that, right?
But I've just heard about Saul Heller, this 80-something year old dude in Salem, MA who's putting me to shame. He's writing to every newspaper in his region about it! And I hear he's out at the post office and canvassing his neighborhood. He wants everyone on board, and that means all of us. Oh, these older folks...always setting the bar higher!
Here's the gist of his letter, with some added info:
Ever since Gen. Washington commanded the Continental Army @ Cambridge Common, Massachusetts has been at the forefront of MAJOR historic and national events.
Now there is a grass roots effort to RIGHT an ENORMOUS WRONG perpetrated by the Supreme Court ... In "Citizens United", it ruled that Corporations are the SAME as PEOPLE, and ... political donations are a form of SPEECH, allowing UNLIMITED SECRET CORPORATE money to flow to their chosen candidates.
The Citizens United ruling has CORRUPTED the process of GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE, giving money the loudest voice. The PEOPLE of MORALLY, FORWARD-LOOKING MA. are working to amend the ruling.
There is now a statewide campaign going on, to download, sign, and get certified, your own petition... with, apparently, many hits on the PassMassAmendment website. Please join us to help reverse the DISASTER created by a politically motivated Supreme Court. And please spread to word to everyone in your address book in Massachusetts. You can sign your own petition form, or even better, collect some signatures from your registered voter neighbors. Go to the Pass Mass Amendment website for information and instructions: http://passmassamendment.org/
"PassMassAmendment is a statewide ballot initiative to amend the Massachusetts Constitution via petition. Yes, it's a good idea to amend the US Constiution based on "Corporations Are Not People, Money Is Not Speech". But to help get things moving, HELP GET SIGNATURES IN MASSACHUSETTS!" www.PassMassAmendment.org
Contact Terra Friedricks @ 978-808-7173.
I'm collecting signatures in the Amherst area. How about you? It's easy! It's fun! And it's urgent!
Yes, "Boston Strong" and winning the Series is WAY cool. But let's be the first in the nation - again! - this time, to regulate corporations and corporate money right here at home. We only have until Nov. 20 to get over 70,000 signatures.
Pass this along to your politically dedicated friends in MA., and together, let's make it happen!
Google found many sources for the Illinois...Republicans comment going back several months. Which site was quoted here? Since 0 republicans is unlikely, does that make the other comments equally unlikely?
Note that their is a difference between letting the government take care of a person and having a backup if one has a serious illness or other catastrophe.
I learned the value of government when the small private street I lived on needed repaving. The neighborhood had to tax itself to pay for the work and several other obstacles had to be overcome. The town public works people could have done it so easily.
(NOT A SOUL TO BLAME BUT THEMSELVES FOR ALL THEIR WONDERFULNESS...)
> TRULY A DEMOCRATS PARADISE!
Now, Consider This:
There are more people on Welfare in Illinois than there are people working.
> Chicago pays the highest wages to teachers than anywhere else in the U.S. averaging $110,000/year.
> Their pensions average 80-90% of their income. You can't blame that on republicans because there aren't any.
> Wow, are Illinois and Chicago great or what?
> Be sure to read till the end. I've never heard it explained better.
> Perhaps the U.S. should pull out of Chicago ?
> Body count: In the last six months 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago .
> 221 killed in Iraq AND Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws in the entire US.
. Here's the Chicago chain of command:
> . President: Barack Hussein Obama
> . Senator: Dick Durbin
> . House Representative: Jesse Jackson Jr.
> . Governor: Pat Quinn
> . House leader: Mike Madigan
> . Atty. Gen.: Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike)
> . Mayor: Rohm Emanuel
> . The leadership in Illinois - all Democrats.
> . Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago .
> . Of course, they're all blaming each other.
> . Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any!
> . Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country. Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any!
. State pension fund $78 Billion in debt, worst in country. Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any!
. Cook County ( Chicago ) sales tax 10.25% highest in country. Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any!
. This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois . And he is going to 'fix' Washington politics for us???
> . George Ryan is no longer Governor, he is in the big house.
> . Of course he was replaced by Rob Blajegovitch who is...that's right, also in the big house.
> . And Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned a couple of weeks ago. That is because he is fighting being sent to...that's right, the big house.
> . The Land of Lincoln , where our governors make our license plates.
> But you know what? As long as they keep providing entitlements to the population of Chicago , nothing is going to change, except the state will go broke before the country does.
> "Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him; better take a closer look at the American Indian."
Petition: Call for the resignation of Speaker John Boehner
Response from Mike:
"You may as well start a petition to remove Harry Reid while you’re at it. He is as much to blame as anyone else. Matter of fact why don’t we throw the whole bunch out since most of them are only interested in themselves and not the good of the country or the people in it. If this plan is so wonderful why are the politicians exempted from it? We should ALL be on it. They do NOT want it as most of America also does NOT want it. Look at it in its simplest light. If we are here talking about a government shutdown then it is not working in Washington! To add insult to injury we are “closing down” US monuments and statues at added costs that we don’t have. We are putting up fences around monuments to keep people out! You normally can just walk up to these sites for free. This was done purely for political reasons and photo opportunities….and it backfired. Shame on you these so called leaders of ours!! Shame on us as a nation for being complacent and letting it get to this point!! This didn’t happen overnight. This has happened over many years right under our noses….this nation of sheep. Wait until we are put into our corrals. Pay attention to what is going on around the world and most important pay attention to world history…. Real history, not the crap that is being fed to our children in today’s society. What happened to Rome will befall this nation also. Think before you send out more of this one-sided crap as both sides are to blame and in it together. Then pray your ass off for the good of mankind on this planet for we are traveling down a dark path and surely will be doomed."
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Mike, you are misinformed:
"That Congressional Exemption From Obamacare? ANOTHER MYTH" http://finance.yahoo...-myth-153149342.html
" “Why are Congress and their families exempt from the new plan?” a questioner named Paul asked in a recent Yahoo Finance Q&A on the Affordable Care Act. “If the coverage is inferior, why don’t they stand behind it?”
Of all the misconceptions surrounding the new health reform law known as Obamacare—and there are many—one of the newest and most infuriating is the idea that Congress made itself “exempt” from a law that puts onerous new burdens on many other Americans. That contention is TOTALLY FALSE. In fact, members of Congress, along with their personal staffers, are required to participate in Obamacare, which is a more stringent requirement than employees of many big companies face.
The confusion is understandable. Earlier this year, Congress did, in fact, consider passing legislation that would amount to an exemption, though that never happened. Then, in August, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in a speech that “President Obama just granted all of Congress an exception. And he did it because Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats who passed this thing came begging and said, ‘Please, please, please let us out of Obamacare.’” Nobody actually saw Harry Reid begging, but the claim gained traction nonetheless, and a chain email containing BOGUS information about Congress being exempt from Obamacare started to circulate...
You can read the full article at the link above.
I also disagree with you that "WE" have closed the government down. With pressure from the Tea Party, the GOP has shut it down, by refusing to bring to a vote a clean resolution to fund the government as a whole. They are instead holding the entire government hostage in a futile and reckless 11th hour effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act. They want to fund the government "piecemeal", only covering the expenditures of which THEY approve. The ACA became law 3 years ago. This shutdown is a Republican gimmick. I've never seen so many happy right-wingers. Their only plan is destruction. Government cannot function in this fashion, being taken from one manufactured crisis to the next. EXTORTION IS NOT NEGOTIATION! THIS KIND OF EXTORTION HAS NOT BEEN TRIED BEFORE - UNTIL THE TEA PARTY TOOK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE.
I suggest you look at more than one news source, and skip Fox News altogether.
Petition: Call for the resignation of Speaker John Boehner
I just signed a petition to The United States Congress: We, the undersigned, have lost confidence in the ability of Speaker of the House John Boehner to carry out his duties to the citizens of the United States .... http://petitions.mov...rce=s.fb&r_by=167477
Please sign and share.
No one who has such disrespect for the importance of maintaining a functional government should hold public office, let alone such a position of power. Speaker Boehner appears to care more about keeping his own position than he does about the 800,000 federal employees whose jobs have been furloughed by his actions. His arrogance is hurtful to dedicated public servants and to the whole nation. Because of John Boehner's intransigence, women and children will not receive their W.I.C. nutritional assistance, clinical trials to help children with cancer are tabled, polluters will go unfettered by a stalled EPA, and we've lost a billion dollars in just these few days. How hypocritical for Boehner and his cohorts to claim they care about the debt! John Boehner and his masters in the Tea Party need to step aside, and allow those who believe in governing well and with compassion and wisdom to restore good governance. Step aside, John Boehner: you have nothing of value to offer this country any longer, except for your resignation.
We have started the process of a ballot initiative to amend the Massachusetts Constitution to declare that "Corporations are not People, Money is not Speech."
We need your help. Get involved and join the effort. Like this page. Share this page. Help us get the signatures this fall. Combat the corrupting power of the Corporation.
We will have a very limited amount of time to obtain almost 70,000 valid signatures in 2 months starting September 18th going till November 20th.
Massachusetts, having led the way in the first Revolution against the tyranny of a monarchy, is now being called upon to lead the second Revolution against the tyranny of Corporatism. Join us as Massachusetts will once again lead the nation by passing this Amendment to our Constitution!
If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and ...remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to provide incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was diligently sought, but couldn’t be found — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
What a country!
How about we give God a reason to continue blessing America!
Congratulations to all the same-sex married couples who can now enjoy full and equal rights, equal federal tax status, etc. and can be just like everyone else who's married in the Commonwealth - hopeful, forward-looking, and part of the family of our culture.
And in other great news, our new American heroine is Wendy Davis, Texas Senator, who stood up (literally, for 13 hours) to the misogynistic TX legislature, which tried but FAILED to push through monstrously restrictive anti-choice legislation. We will see her on the national stage!
Tomorrow’s Senate election: for women, & their allies
If you've read my previous postings, you'll know that I’m a progressive. I've never missed an election since my first vote back in the Pleistocene, not even the local ones. Though my vote for Ed Markey seems a foregone conclusion, it’s no knee-jerk party line reflex. If I want to persuade others to come out for tomorrow's election, I should be able to justify my own decisions.
There are, of course, many issues of importance to us, the people of Massachusetts. But as a woman, I’m particularly concerned about Congressional decisions affecting all women. I marched for the ERA & choice in the 1970’s. I want the young women of today to enjoy the advances my peers fought so long to achieve. Ed Markey is a steadfast champion of women’s reproductive freedoms, equal pay & health care. Polls show that he is enjoying large majorities of support from women, and women’s advocacy groups endorse him wholeheartedly. Women (and their allies) will make the difference on Tuesday.
But have you noticed? Mr. Gomez has straddled EVERY position concerning women. No surprise: he’s personally pro-life, has no "litmus test" for SCOTUS nominees, and finds a mandatory abortion delay reasonable. But he coyly says he won’t change any laws, and calls Roe v. Wade “settled law”. Intentionally, Mr. Gomez has ideologically blurred the right's hard-edged agenda with his "electionese".
However, Rowe v. Wade is settled law - only UNTIL IT ISN'T. It could be toppled if more regressive Justices are confirmed to the bench. Mr. Gomez could confirm a nominee who would seriously degrade women's freedoms, or even overturn Rowe. Meanwhile, the right has eroded women’s choice piece by piece. The vast majority of Republicans regularly shout out for the abstract concept of "freedom", yet would deprive women the freedom to control their own bodies.
Mr. Gomez has run a Scott Brown-like camouflage campaign, posing as independent, and a bipartisan. Realize that Scott Brown failed to be re-elected in 2012; the same ploy by Mr. Gomez shouldn’t sway voters in this election either.
On a side note, Mr. Gomez has constantly referred to the business of governing as being "Down There". Well - that's where the job is - down there in D.C. He's made it seem such a negative, to be involved in governing, it's amazing that he even wants the job. We've seen this before from the right wing: Republicans tend to demean government itself (and governing); they prove this in HOW they govern. Still, they do love to achieve power in office, typically to serve their special interest constituency, the 1%. Mr. Gomez, though, makes the constant accusatory refrain of "You've been Down There for 37 years!" cringe-worthy, even vaguely dirty.
I don't plan to send Gabriel Gomez "Down There".
Congressman Markey has defended the environment, advocated for effective gun control, fought to protect the social safety net, supported health care reform, helped legislate on the Violence Against Women Act, and championed tax fairness. His positions are clear. Our own Elizabeth Warren has asked us to make Ed Markey her partner in the Senate.Over and over, his constituents have renewed his mandate in Congress for these past 37 years, because we know confidently where he stands; we value his leadership. I’m proud to give him my vote.
If you value Ed Markey's leadership protecting women's reproductive freedoms, his fight for women's equal pay, equal access to health care, and other protections for women, it matters that you vote! Bring your friends. Bring your sweeties. Bring your daughters - and sons too. It's hot this week - but voting on Tuesday will be the coolest thing we do!
Hi everyone - the debate is tonight from 7-8 pm. The election is only two weeks away! I hope everyone's voting (for Markey) on the 25th. At stake: the environment, gun control, health care, reproductive freedom, the possible next SCOTUS Justice, etc., that's all.
Please tell all your friends to watch, and to support Ed Markey's candidacy. Then go out and make new friends, and tell THEM to vote for Ed too.
Only hope we find GOD again before it is too late ! !
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat...
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school... The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about.. And we said okay..
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing yet?
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Gabriel Gomez, running for the MA. Senate, has not yet familiarized himself with the Blunt Amendment; it's only eight pages long, but he hasn't read it. The Blunt amendment would DENY WOMEN COVERAGE FOR BIRTH CONTROL.
If you care about women's health, please share widely. And please come out for Ed Markey, a champion for women's issues, who will represent your interests in Congress. The election is just one month away! https://www.facebook.com/PV4Markey
Special event!!! This Sunday Ed Markey will be coming to Northampton, and with him will be the celebrated composer/singer Carole King(!). Yes, it’s Mothers’ Day - so bring Mom! This is an opportunity to meet Ed.
Come out and meet Ed and Carole!
WHERE: The Roost, 1 Market St, Northampton
WHEN: Sunday, May 12
At his victory speech on April 30, ED MARKEY SPOKE SUBSTANTIVELY ON THE ISSUES THAT MATTER to ordinary working families (something his opponent Mr. Gomez did not do): protecting social security, ending unfair tax breaks and subsidies to corporations, meaningful environmental activism, sensible gun control, health care and women's health, women's right to choose, bipartisanship, and much more. He's ready to fight for us!
Have a look:
This general election is going to be a tough fight. If you are with Ed Markey on the issues, please participate, and help Ed win this seat in the Senate, and become an able partner with Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Have a look: his long and proud record as a legislator makes him the ideal progressive candidate to partner with Senator Elizabeth Warren. We need Ed Markey in the Senate, and Ed Markey needs our votes!
Hi all. Come to a Get Out The Vote RALLY with ED MARKEY!
When: Tonight @ 8 pm!
Where: JFK Middle School, Community Room, 100 Bridge Road, FLORENCE, MA
Exciting news: Along with Ed, Terry O'Neill, President of National Organization for Women (NOW) will be at the rally this evening!
Please help us get the word out about the rally supporting Ed Markey for Senate, and Terry O'Neill, who will be a great addition to the event.
RSVP if you can: firstname.lastname@example.org but if you decide late, come anyway. You'll still be welcome!
Other GOTV rally locations: http://bit.ly/MarkeyRally
We will be doing VISIBILITIES (holding signs for Ed Markey Monday, & Tues./Election Day, to remind folks to come out and vote in this special Senatorial Primary.
Place: Bank of America in Amherst (corners Amity, Main, and S. Pleasant)
Times: Noon to 1:00 pm, and 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Please RSVP if you can to Carlos Ortiz: email@example.com but come anyway. No one turned away!
Don't forget to vote on Tuesday, April 30. Tell your friends to vote, then go make more friends, and tell them too. If you'll be away, vote now by absentee ballot in the town clerk's office. In a special election like this, the winner will be the one whose supporters care the most to come out to vote.
You can help Congressman Ed Markey be elected our next MA Senator. Here’s one option:
“PIONEER VALLEY FOR MARKEY” is buying space in the Daily Hampshire Gazette for a large SIGNATURE AD of supporters before the April 30 primary. This will publicize Markey's candidacy, and remind voters of the coming election. Deadline for the ad is Wednesday, April 17. To support his candidacy, please add your name ASAP; THE AD CAN INCLUDE ANYONE IN THE ENTIRE AREA, so please encourage friends/colleagues to join in.
To be included in the ad, it’s easy: email Alice at firstname.lastname@example.org Please give permission to use your name in support of Ed Markey for U.S. Senate. Include your name as you’d like it to appear, with town, and phone number.
The ad is expensive; if you CAN make a contribution to “PIONEER VALLEY FOR MARKEY” of any size, large or small, mention it in your email. You’ll be contacted with details for making a donation. If you can’t, don’t let it prevent you from adding your name.
Thanks for your help! Let's encourage others to come out and vote for Ed Markey.
REMINDER: the PRIMARY is on April 30; the SPECIAL ELECTION is on June 25!
Stay connected on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PV4Markey
CANVASSING: Please help with canvassing tomorrow (Sat.) at 11 am. Meet at Wildwood School parking lot on Strong St. We’re going to homes of likely supporters so you might see friends. If 3 hours is too long, come for a shorter time. Bill Ward will be keeping track of how many people will be coming so please contact him at email@example.com This is an opportunity for face-to-face meeting with voters. There will be canvassing EVERY Sat., 11 – 2, from that location.
GAZETTE SIGNATURE AD: We plan to have a large SIGNATURE AD with many names of Markey supporters in the Daily Hampshire Gazette shortly before the April 30 primary. It will be organized by town and alphabetized by name so your friends can find your name easily. We hope people will see names they recognize and go out to vote for Markey. If you'd like to have your name listed so your friends will be encouraged to come out to vote for him, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org , saying, “I agree to have my name in an ad in the Daily Hampshire Gazette supporting Ed Markey for U.S. Senate”. Give your name as you want it to appear, your town, and your phone number. Please encourage other people, especially those who are well known, to sign too. THE AD IS NOT JUST FOR AMHERST, BUT INCLUDES ANYONE IN THE ENTIRE AREA. It will be very expensive, so if you can, please write a check for any amount to “Pioneer Valley for Markey”, and send to Alice Swift, 36 Pondview Dr., Amherst, MA 01002. THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY CONTRIBUTED!
MEETING & PHONE-BANKING: The AMHERST FOR MARKEY group will meet on Monday at 5:30 before phone-banking at 6 pm. Everyone is welcome at both, which will take place at Faythe Turner's house, 129 Heatherstone Rd., Amherst. Please feel free to come to the meeting or phoning, or preferably both. Bring a cell phone if you're going to stay for phoning. We need people to help get the word out that there is an election on April 30 and why Ed Markey is the one to vote for. Training and talking points will be available. Bill Ward will be keeping track of how many people will be coming so please contact him at email@example.com
WRITING LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: We need more people. If you’re interested, please contact Herschel Shohan, firstname.lastname@example.org He had a great letter in the Amherst Bulletin and the Republican.
Please join us to stand out with signs in front of Bank of America every Wed. from 5:00 to 6:00 if the weather cooperates. Just come; no need to RSVP. This will give visibility to Markey and help get his name out. We can also talk to people who come by and give them literature. It's another way of connecting with people on a personal basis.
- on South Hadley election day, Monday, April 1. Some of us will stand out in front of S. Hadley High School on their election day, Mon. April 1. The high school is pretty far down on rte. 116 on the left at 153 Newton St. (past the rte. 33 traffic light). Please RSVP if you can help, email@example.com 11:30 – 1 pm
- Sat. mornings at 10 am. We can't table inside at the winter market, but we can stand outside the Middle School handing out lit. Susie Lowenstein did it last week and others are encouraged to join her. If you can’t or don’t want to canvass, this is a good alternative.
- Thurs. April 4, 5?-?8 pm, Amherst Art Walk @ Burnett Gallery, Chamber of Commerce, Gallery A3, Hope & Feathers, Town Hall, Collective Copies, Freedom Trails Gallery, GoBerry, JCA, Amherst Community Connections, and others. This is a free cultural event in downtown Amherst. We want to have people walking around downtown with signs and lit, starting at Bank of America. Come if you can for a little while in the early evening.
In 1996, I signed the Defense of Marriage Act. Although that was only 17 years ago, it was a very different time. In no state in the union was same-sex marriage recognized, much less available as a legal right, but some were moving in that direction. Washington, as a result, was swirling with all manner of possible responses, some quite draconian. As a bipartisan group of former senators stated in their March 1 amicus brief to the Supreme Court, many supporters of the bill known as DOMA believed that its passage “would defuse a movement to enact a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, which would have ended the debate for a generation or more.” It was under these circumstances that DOMA came to my desk, opposed by only 81 of the 535 members of Congress.
On March 27, DOMA will come before the Supreme Court, and the justices must decide whether it is consistent with the principles of a nation that honors freedom, equality and justice above all, and is therefore constitutional. As the president who signed the act into law, I HAVE COME TO BELIEVE THAT DOMA IS CONTRARY TO THOSE PRINCIPLES AND, IN FACT, INCOMPATIBLE WITH OUR CONSTITUTION.
Because Section 3 of the act defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, same-sex couples who are legally married in nine states and the District of Columbia are denied the benefits of more than a thousand federal statutes and programs available to other married couples. Among other things, these couples cannot file their taxes jointly, take unpaid leave to care for a sick or injured spouse or receive equal family health and pension benefits as federal civilian employees. Yet they pay taxes, contribute to their communities and, like all couples, aspire to live in committed, loving relationships, recognized and respected by our laws.
When I signed the bill, I included a statement with the admonition that “enactment of this legislation should not, despite the fierce and at times divisive rhetoric surrounding it, be understood to provide an excuse for discrimination.” Reading those words today, I know now that, even worse than providing an excuse for discrimination, the law is itself discriminatory. IT SHOULD BE OVERTURNED.
We are still a young country, and many of our landmark civil rights decisions are fresh enough that the voices of their champions still echo, even as the world that preceded them becomes less and less familiar. We have yet to celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, but a society that denied women the vote would seem to us now not unusual or old-fashioned but alien. I believe that in 2013 DOMA and opposition to marriage equality are vestiges of just such an unfamiliar society.
Americans have been at this sort of a crossroads often enough to recognize the right path. We understand that, while our laws may at times lag behind our best natures, in the end they catch up to our core values. One hundred fifty years ago, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln concluded a message to Congress by posing the very question we face today: “It is not ‘Can any of us imagine better?’ but ‘Can we all do better?’?”
The answer is of course and always yes. In that spirit, I join with the Obama administration, the petitioner Edith Windsor, and the many other dedicated men and women who have engaged in this struggle for decades in urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.
On W2 day I just have to write a note to my sister and brother UMASS workers who are married to OPPOSITE SEX SPOUSES... you may now clap yourself on the back in congratulations that you are not being targeted as a SECOND CLASS CITIZEN OF THE USA and that you are not PAYING MORE TAXES BECAUSE YOU LOVE THE WRONG KIND OF HUMAN BEING!
Because of DOMA (thank you very much Bill Clinton) I am forced to pay taxes on my wife's health insurance premiums that my co-workers who are married to the opposite sex DON"T PAY ONE PENNY OF TAXES ON!! I am being economically punished for marrying a lovely person rather than staying with my violent ex-husband, THANK YOU AMERICA for MAKING ME LESS THAN EVERYONE ELSE.
Does my USA/MTA Union care? NO! Does my Department Head or the Faculty care? NO! Do my co-workers care? Why should they? They don't pay a f**king penny while I'm taxed on an additional $5,110 a year (and growing)!
So just a little tidbit while you're spending your tax return, think of your gay married co-workers, friends and family and know that we are being DISCRIMINATED AGAINST DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY, YEARLY and we will be getting a lot less on our tax returns than YOU!
Now go write a letter to Congress to STOP SUPPORTING DOMA! Thank you.
Like millions of others, I am dazed with sorrow since the massacre at Sandy Hook. I attended several vigils since Friday; did you as well? We’re all heartbroken. President Obama, a father, was clearly stricken with empathetic grief; his statements were beautiful and heartfelt. But will he lead on taking the "meaningful action" he called for? If now isn't the time to demand sane gun policy, then when? Or shall we wait until after the next massacre? Mass shootings, along with the less dramatic yet steady flow of single homicides will continue, until we ban easy access to these armaments.
The dead on Dec. 14, 2012 in Newtown, CT. were victims of WAR.
When our American forefathers acted to ensure "a well-regulated militia", they never could have imagined these mass shootings of innocents in the name of 2nd Amendment “freedoms”. It would have horrified, enraged, and revolted them. How can we continue to tolerate the worship of guns over the lives of our friends, neighbors, and children?
Some of the Newtown teachers were brave enough to give their lives to try to protect other people's children. Will politicians be brave enough to protect us from the NRA? The NRA and the gun culture are a cancer on law enforcement, and a cancer on the country. No civilian should have access to any automatic, high-speed, high-kill weaponry. If we do not act, keep your mourning clothes on; we’ll meet soon enough, at the next vigil.
Sen. Feinstein is bringing legislation to ban assault weapons on Day One of the new Congress. Let's stand with her, and pressure others in Congress to work for sane gun regulation. It’s no longer enough to cry, light candles, or pray. The greatest tragedy of all would be to avoid our responsibility to our communities. Words of comfort, from high or low, will be meaningless without unified action. I'm in; are you?
So, it's now official -- America has reached de Tocqueville's tipping point: "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years." In short: The takers now outnumber (and so can outvote) the makers. And so, America's decline has begun in earnest. Now begins the rejoicing of those around the world who have so long envied and resented our freedom and success.
Have you ever worked at a job where somebody was actively trying to sabotage you? Do you remember what that feels like?
Well, that has been President Obama’s experience from Day One. As African Americans, we have a special sensitivity to situations where folks are unfairly set up to fail. We shouldn’t allow such tactics to determine the outcome of a national election.
This is especially true in the president’s case. Obama’s performance has been extraordinary in both foreign and domestic policy, but he has gotten almost zero credit for truly historic achievements.
ON THE ECONOMY: The U.S. economy is growing at a rate of about 2 percent, according to the most recent Commerce Department report. In the abstract, that might seem like not much to cheer about. But what we are comparing that 2 percent rate of growth to?
Let’s look at the rest of the industrialized world. Japan is SHRINKING at a rate of about 2 percent, as is all of industrial Europe.IN FACT, THE USA IS THE ONLY INDUSTRIALIZED POWER THAT’S GROWING — IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. Developing countries like China, which is growing at about 6%, are a century behind us. Much of their growth comes from doing things we did long ago, like building roads, sewers and cities.
A Republican president might be hailed as an economic genius by beating all of our industrial competitors by 4% in terms of GDP, despite the economic pain that the country is going through. Instead, Obama is castigated. Instead of praise and respect, he is continually attacked by his Republican colleagues in government.
ON FOREIGN POLICY: No recent U.S. president could do what President Obama has done: He convinced China and Russia to side with us against Iran. Thanks to his leadership, Iran is fully isolated. It is being strangled by crippling economic sanctions, even by Iran’s friends and key allies. This represents a huge diplomatic and foreign policy success by Obama. But again, he’s gotten zero credit from Republicans and even from the mainstream media.
Let’s look at Libya. On the one hand, George W. Bush bankrupted the federal government and cost America tens of thousands of lives trying to bring about regime change in Iraq and Afghanistan. On the other hand, Obama helped bring about regime change in Libya without a single military casualty. It is the height of hypocrisy for Republicans to continue to politicize the death of a brave American diplomat, Ambassador Christopher Stevens, without acknowledging first the incredible success that the president achieved by avoiding any American loss of life in Libya up until that point.
No president should be expected to achieve even half of what President Obama has been able to achieve with zero support and actively daily obstruction from the rival political party. He has faced an unprecedented level of sabotage by the Republican Party — at a time when the nation is in the middle of two wars, the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression, and faces a range of challenges across the globe. It is unconscionable.
Voters should be abandoning the Republicans in droves and rallying to this president’s side.
I see this as a moral question. IMAGINE A LIFEGUARD TRYING TO SAVE LIVES IN THE WAKE OF A TSUNAMI. NOW PICTURE THAT LIFEGUARD BEING UNDERMINED BY PEOPLE WHO ARE HOPING MORE PEOPLE DROWN, JUST SO THEY CAN GET THE LIFEGUARD’S JOB.
This is what we are faced with. Whatever frustrations any of us have had with this president (AND I HAVE HAD PLENTY), Americans of all colors have a duty to reject the politics of obstruction and give him four more years to complete the mission.
Everyone has had to face down a jealous, destructive “hater” at work. Next week, we have the chance to send a clear message to haters and saboteurs everywhere: this kind of behavior is unacceptable, and it will not be rewarded on the national stage.
[Van Jones is president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy. A Yale-educated attorney, Van has written two New York Times Best Sellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs, and Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives in 2012 and beyond. Van is currently a CNN Contributor.]
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Let's give the President a Congress who will work WITH him, and that includes Elizabeth Warren for Senate. Thanks! Dinah.
Feel free to share with others.
"Investor's Business Daily" article provided very
interesting statistics from a survey by the United
Nations International Health
Percentage of men
and women who survived cancer five years after
patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment
within six months:
Percentage of seniors
needing hip replacement who received it within six
Percentage referred to
a medical specialist who see one within one
Number of MRI scanners
(a prime diagnostic tool) per million
Percentage of seniors
(65+), with low income, who say they are in "excellent
And now for the last
statistic: National Health Insurance?
Check this last set of
statistics: The percentage of each past president's
cabinet who had worked in the private business sector prior to
their appointment to the cabinet. (You know that the
private business sector is a real-life business, not a
government job.) Here are the
This helps to explain the
incompetence of this administration: only 8% of them have
ever worked in private business! That's right! Only
eight percent; the least, by far, of the last 19 presidents!
And these people are trying to tell our big corporations
how to run their business?
How can the president of
a major nation and society, the one with the most successful
economic system in world history, stand and talk about business
when he's never worked for one? Or about jobs when he has
never really had one? And when it's the same for 92% of
his senior staff and closest advisers? They've spent most
of their time in academia, government and/or non-profit jobs or
as "community organizers”. They should have been in an
"Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren are accusing each other of “not telling the truth.” Brown says Warren worked to “restrict payments” to asbestos victims, while Warren says she worked to “get more money” for them. WE FIND WARREN IS CORRECT; BROWN'S AD IS A DISTORTION."
"WE FIND WARREN IS CORRECT; BROWN'S AD IS A DISTORTION."
(emphasis is mine).
"It may seem counter-intuitive that Warren’s work on behalf of an insurance company that covered an asbestos manufacturer could be work on the same side as the victims of the case. But Warren was brought in as a bankruptcy expert on a case before the Supreme Court to secure a $500 million trust to pay asbestos victims. As part of a settlement that Warren worked to preserve, the insurance company sought immunity from lawsuits in exchange for releasing the $500 million trust. Attorneys for most of the asbestos victims supported Warren’s efforts. ...
Warren’s version of the case has been publicly backed by several attorneys representing the asbestos victims, as well as leaders of an asbestos workers’ union. “He’s flat out misrepresenting the facts,” Francis C. Boudrow, business manager for the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Union, Local No. 6 told the Boston Globe. “It’s offensive to all these people who’ve lost lives” to asbestos-related illness, he said.
Bruce Carter, an Ohio attorney whose firm has worked on behalf of over 19,000 claimants in the case, told us Brown has simply mischaracterized Warren’s role. The idea that Warren was working against the interests of the victims, he said, is ”not true.”
“During the period she worked with Travelers, the claimants (the victims) and Travelers were working together to do what was necessary to get these funds approved and established,” Carter said. “We were all working together for the benefit of the victims. We were working together toward a common goal.”
It was only after Warren left the case, he said, that Travelers “tried to back out of the deal and try to get something for nothing.”
Another lawyer representing victims in the case, Edwin L. Wallace with the law firm Thornton & Naumes in Boston, echoed Carter’s assessment.
“She was working for the victims,” Wallace said.
Carter and Wallace both said that — contrary to what the Brown campaign is now saying — neither they nor Warren could have foreseen the lower court ruling that let Travelers off the hook for the $500 million trust.
And Wallace is confident that ruling will be overturned. “They will get paid,” Wallace predicted
PLEASE SHARE WITH OTHERS: SCOTT BROWN IS LYING ABOUT ELIZABETH WARREN TO WIN RE-ELECTION.
Thank you Dinah for this thoughtful reply. My own thoughts, after reading only a few of the ignorant accusations against Muslims was to compare those accusations against the actions of the outspoken, fundamentalist Christian conservative minority coalition that is doing everything in it's power to impose its own moral code on the rest of Americans--religious, political, and cultural.
Yet, as much as I fear the group I've described, like you, I recognize that most Christians are loving and tolerant human beings who live their spirituality independent of their political affiliations. I appreciate all those who recognize that America is the land of the free only because we tolerate different beliefs, religious and other, and don't try to impose one group's ideals on the rest of the citizenry.
Re: the DISGRACEFUL, IGNORANT posting: "Muslim Encroachment Around The World"
I believe in the First Amendment and the right of Free Speech for all, even for you.
I believe in the right of anyone to parrot (i.e. cut & paste) opinions, and to disseminate the rantings of others bred from a lack of critical thinking.
I believe in the right to speak and write from a place of paranoia, hate, fear, and ignorance to the tenth power.
I believe that the strength of the First Amendment comes from our ability to speak our minds, even if that speech reveals small-mindedness, close-mindedness, petty-mindedness, and empty-mindedness.
I believe that the strength of the First Amendment allows you to spew vile and vicious notions against the beliefs of others without your fear of being arrested, imprisoned, or executed.
I also believe that the First Amendment requires me to speak out against ugly, hateful, bigoted, misguided, and ignorant speech - if not to educate YOU, then to at least counter your knee-jerk, extremist, right-wing babble in the national conversation with other ideas and other sources of information.
I believe that the same Amendment which allows you to speak stupidly is one which also allows religious diversity and diverse political expression to flourish in America – even ideas and religions you don’t like. Even ideas and religions I don’t like. I don't like some things about my OWN religion, but thinking and talking about them help me grow.
I also believe that you don’t know any Muslims personally, nor would you try to. Okay, be that way; it’s your prerogative. I’m a Jewish agnostic, and I know without doubt that most Muslims are just like me, as are most Christians I know. As are most atheists, agnostics, and those of other faiths. Most of us want to experience love, have meaningful work, be able to pay the bills, have good relations with our neighbors, have the best opportunities for our kids, enjoy our friendships, learn new things, be safe in our homes, express our truths, sing and dance. After all those things we share, any differences - like what we eat or the name we call our God - become unimportant.
I also know that you, in your Christo-fascism, have more in common with Ayatollahs and the Taliban than you know: a hatred and fear of the Other, profound ignorance of different cultures, and a willingness to go after or demonize anyone or any group which doesn’t think or practice as you do. You remind me of “Pastor” Terry Jones, the hate-monger who chose to burn the Koran rather than to read it. What a shame that you model yourself after someone like him – all that you are missing in life, behind those walls.
While I wish you would just be quiet, I’m sure we’ll keep seeing your profoundly offensive posts here. Yet I keep having this dream that you might, over time, open just a little to ideas and opinions that give your brain something to do other than snap shut. Can any and everyone change? Hope springs eternal.
This author has in depth knowledge. So let's wake up.
Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond's book:
Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat
Islam is not a religion, nor is it a cult. In its fullest form, it is a complete, total, 100% system of life.
Islam has religious, legal, political, economic, social, and military components. The religious component is a beard for all of the other components.
Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges. When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as well.
Here's how it works:
As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case NOW in:
United States of America -- Muslim, 0.6% of the total
Australia -- Muslim 1.5%
Canada -- Muslim 1.9%
China -- Muslim 1.8%
Italy -- Muslim 1.5%
Norway -- Muslim 1.8%
At 2% to 5%, Muslims begin to proselytize other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting in the jails and among street gangs.
This is happening NOW in:
Denmark -- Muslim 2%
Germany -- Muslim 3.7%
United Kingdom -- Muslim 2.7%
Spain -- Muslim 4%
Thailand -- Muslim 4.6%
From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of Halal ("clean" by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature Halal on their shelves -- along with threats for failure to comply.
This is occurring in:
France -- Muslim 8%
Philippines -- 5%
Sweden -- Muslim 5%
Switzerland -- Muslim 4.3%
The Netherlands -- Muslim 5.5%
Trinidad & Tobago -- Muslim 5.8%
At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.
When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris , we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam.
Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim
Guyana -- Muslim 10%
India -- Muslim 13.4%
Israel -- Muslim 16%
Kenya -- Muslim 10%
Russia -- Muslim 15%
After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:
Ethiopia -- Muslim 32.8%
At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:
Bosnia -- Muslim 40%
Chad -- Muslim 53.1%
Lebanon -- Muslim 59.7%
From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:
Albania -- Muslim 70%
Malaysia -- Muslim 60.4% (True - there are 2 systems of taxations there)
Qatar -- Muslim 77.5%
Sudan -- Muslim 70%
After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in:
Bangladesh -- Muslim 83%
Egypt -- Muslim 90%
Gaza -- Muslim 98.7%
Indonesia -- Muslim 86.1%
Iran -- Muslim 98%
Iraq -- Muslim 97%
Jordan -- Muslim 92%
Morocco -- Muslim 98.7%
Pakistan -- Muslim 97%
Palestine -- Muslim 99%
Syria -- Muslim 90%
Tajikistan -- Muslim 90%
Turkey -- Muslim 99.8%
United Arab Emirates -- Muslim 96%
100% will usher in the "peace" of 'Dar-es-Salaam' -- the Islamic House of Peace. Here there's supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrassas are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:
Afghanistan -- Muslim 100%
Saudi Arabia -- Muslim 100%
Somalia -- Muslim 100%
Yemen -- Muslim 100%
Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% Muslim states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons.
'Before I was nine, I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; the tribe against the world, and all of us against the infidel. -- Leon Uris, 'TheHaj'
It is important to understand that in some countries, with well under 100% Muslim populations, such as France, the minority Muslim populations live in ghettos, within which they are 100% Muslim, and within which they live by Sharia Law. The national police do not even enter these ghettos. There are no national courts, nor schools, nor non-Muslim religious facilities. In such situations, Muslims do not integrate into the community at large. The children attend Madrassas. They learn only the Koran. To even associate with an infidel is a crime punishable with death. Therefore, in some areas of certain nations, Muslim Imams and extremists exercise more power than the national average would indicate.
Today 1.5 billion Muslims make up 22% of the world's population. But their birth rates far exceed the birth rates of Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and all other believers. Muslims will exceed 50% of the world's population by the end of this century.
Well, boys and girls, today we are letting the 'fox guard the henhouse'. The 'wolves will be herding the sheep'!
Two devout Muslims have been appointed to Homeland Security posts. Doesn't this make you feel safer already?
Obama and Janet Napolitano appointed Arif Alikhan, a devout Muslim, as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development.
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano swore in Kareem Shora, a devout Muslim who was born in Damascus, Syria , as ADC National Executive Director as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).
NOTE: Has anyone ever heard a new government official being identified as "a devout Catholic, or a devout Jew or
a devout Protestant."..? Just wondering...
Devout Muslims in critical Homeland Security positions? Doesn't this make you feel safer already??
That should make the U.S.A. homeland much safer, huh!!
Was it not "Devout Muslim men" that flew planes into U.S. buildings 8 years ago? Was it not a Devout Muslim who killed 13 at Fort Hood ?
This is very interesting and we all need to read it from start to finish.
Maybe this is why our American Muslims are so quiet and not speaking out about any atrocities. Can a good Muslim be a good American? This question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years.
The following is his reply:
Theologically - no . . . Because his allegiance is to Allah, the moon god of Arabia
Religiously – no . . . Because no other religion is accepted by his Allah except Islam (Quran, 2:256)
Scripturally - no . . . Because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of Islam and the Quran.
Geographically – no . . . Because his allegiance is to Mecca , to which he turns in prayer five times a day.
Socially - no . . . Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews..
Politically - no . . . Because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America , the great Satan.
Domestically - no . . . Because he is instructed to marry four women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him (Quran 4:34)
Intellectually - no . . . Because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.
Philosophically - no . . . Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran do not allow freedom of religion and expression.. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.
Spiritually - no . . . Because when we declare 'one nation under God,' the Christian's God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as Heavenly Father, nor is he ever called ‘Love’ in The Quran's 99 excellent names.
Therefore, after much study and deliberation, perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. -- They obviously cannot be both 'good' Muslims and good Americans.
Call it what you wish, it's still the truth. You had better believe it. The more who understand this, the better it will be for our country and our future.
The religious war is bigger than we know or understand.
Can a Muslim be a good soldier??? Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, opened fire at Ft. Hood and Killed 13. He is a good Muslim!!!
Footnote: The Muslims have said they will destroy us from within. SO FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.
I saw you speaking candidly and off the cuff about me. Don’t get me wrong, I know that you didn’t mention me by name or anything, but we both know you were talking about me.
When you were talking about 47% of the population that is never going to vote for you because we are “dependent victims” who lazily live on government programs like food stamps, I can’t help but take personal offense. In fact, once you decided to lump in anybody who is never going to vote for you, you weren't just talking about me, but many people I love, and about 90% of the people I know.
My children eat because of food stamps, Mr. Romney. Now, sir, I want you to picture a Wyoming cowgirl: a mother, a fighter, a righteous, determined, God-loving woman. A Rocky Mountain Grizzly Bear Mamma that would make Sarah Palin’s makeup-wearing pit bull shudder. Picture me staring you in the eyes as I ask you, “What business have you got talking about me and mine like that?”
I am watching you run your Richie Rich mouth on TV right now, with your little flag lapel pin over your heart. You brag that you will bring “12 million new jobs and rising take home pay.” Quite frankly, I have no reason to believe you or your failures in arithmetic. Even if you did manage such a feat, I’d point to the 4.5 million job head start you had thanks to President Obama saving the nation from the failed GOP policies which you use as a platform, and which nearly caused a second Great Depression.
You said that you think that 47% of Americans “think they are victims” and you even said it wasn’t your job to worry about us.
First, I must argue with you. I am not a victim. I have been beaten. I have been bullied. I have been raped. I have been addicted. I have been alone. I have been poor. I have been homeless. I have been sick and broken. I have chosen — each and every single time — to stand up and pull myself and my family out of those circumstances. I beat every one of them without any riches to aid me. I did that without any inheritance, any gifted stocks or bonds, any loans, any rich family, or any elevators for my cars. I did it because I am not a victim, I am an American. I am the Mom-in-Chief of my house and nothing less than the very best that I can provide will do. I am the product of women who forded rivers to fetch the mail after working a hard day’s labor on the Laramie high plains. I am a force to be reckoned with.
I f you don’t believe me, you could ask the doctor who has to take fluid from my spine on a regular basis to preserve my ability to see, due to a rare disease. If you don’t believe me, you can ask our Ambassador to China Gary Locke, who personally invited me to a bill signing when I helped Washington State legislate protection for children in schools against bullying by sharing my own experiences. If you don’t believe me, you can ask my children who have seen me struggle but always, always provide for them. Any one of these people will tell you, that this American is not a victim.
You call me entitled. I devote every day of my life to bettering the planet I live on, with no hope of profit. I am sorry, sir, but you calling me entitled is like the pot calling the dove black. That isn’t going to work. I challenge you to stand at my side and let the American public judge which of us is entitled. I spend every dime of my and my husband’s earned income as quickly as it comes in, right here in my town. Every dime I earn and spend stays in America. I am the ultimate Job Creator. Who are you to challenge me?
You call me entitled. Every year on April 15th, I am certain that I have shown every cent that went through my pocket honestly. I dream of a day when I am well enough off to pay taxes. I fantasize of the flourish with which I will write my first check to the IRS. I would give any earthly belongings I have to be self-sufficient enough to be able to pay it forward to the society that I love.
No, you cannot challenge me, Mitt Romney. I challenge you: where are your tax returns?
I fought, I graduated at the top of my class in college, and I pursued graduate studies. I took loans against myself, believing that this would pay off, but then, in 2009, something happened.
No, it wasn’t Barack Obama’s inauguration; it was a sudden injury to my spine that ended up revealing not one but two severe spinal diseases. Since then I have been unable to finish my studies or to work. I’d like to know, Mr. Romney: how many months of physical therapy, how many of my surgeries, how many of my scars must I share to prove my devotion to wanting to be better? How many of my efforts must I submit before you’ll see me, an American citizen, as worthy of your worry? When you tell me to take responsibility for myself, I ask you: what after that?
This evening, when you justified your awful statements in that video, you said that you had said what you did because you were reassuring your donators that you could win this election. I’m sorry that you have to pander to your base like that. You seem to have sold out your soul. You have forgotten “the eye of the needle” with that wealth you’ve got. You’ve left behind Matthew 24:50. I hate to be the one to tell ya buddy, but you are not the promised one. The promised one understands that the 47% you are talking about are more than low wage workers and elderly people who worked their whole lives and paid into the system, they are the 100% that your God is concerned with when he said “Love thy neighbor.” You may pay a tithe with your wallet, but it’s obvious you’ve neglected to tithe your heart.
My husband left for work at 7 AM. It is now 9 PM and he won’t be home again for two more hours from his second job today. I spent yesterday at the emergency room. I have been waiting for two years for Social Security. I do not understand. How much more do we have to work to show you that your call for jobs isn’t enough? You must also be concerned for the whole nation, and whether we eat, and whether we have medicine. You must care if a hardworking, devoted family like mine is unable to survive after investing their best efforts. How many jobs do you expect every American to take? Three? Four?
You simply must stop and consider those you dismiss as beneath you or you cannot be our leader. It is an unwritten but widely understood rule of the presidency. I don’t know what they taught you when you were out there scalping businesses hard-won on the backs of people like that 47% you so rudely kick around, but in the real world, we care when Americans suffer. We care when you forget the young military men and women who serve our nation by sacrificing their lives. We care when Americans go hungry. We care when Americans jobs are sent overseas and rich men hide societal resources in offshore accounts. We care that we are being ripped off and even if you find profit and power in our suffering, we still exist, we still care, and we will still stand up.
See? You called me a victim, you called me entitled, you called me a lot of other things in that video, but on every count you are wrong. Just by writing you this letter, I’ve proven I am not your victim. Just by living my life of hard and dutiful effort I have proven that I am not entitled. In fact, I consider it a duty as a citizen of this Great United States to shout loudly and proudly: “Mitt Romney is not and never will be my President!”
I warn you Mr. Romney, the one thing that I have not, and will not ever lose, is my voice. I will sound it each and every one of these 50 days until Barack Obama is re-elected, we will vote with Compassion, and Wisdom, and Empathy…and you, sir, can keep your spite and your hate and your rhetoric and see your way out.
Sarah Zacharias, a.k.a. The Bucking Jenny
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The recently discovered tape on which Barack Obama said back in 1998 that he believes in redistribution is not really news. He said the same thing to Joe the Plumber four years ago. But the surfacing of this tape may serve a useful purpose if it gets people to thinking about what the consequences of redistribution are.
Those who talk glibly about redistribution often act as if people are just inert objects that can be placed here and there, like pieces on a chess board, to carry out some grand design. But if human beings have their own responses to government policies, then we cannot blithely assume that government policies will have the effect intended.
The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty. The communist nations were a classic example, but by no means the only example.
In theory, confiscating the wealth of the more successful people ought to make the rest of the society more prosperous. But when the Soviet Union confiscated the wealth of successful farmers, food became scarce. As many people died of starvation under Stalin in the 1930s as died in Hitler's Holocaust in the 1940s.
How can that be? It is not complicated. You can only confiscate the wealth that exists at a given moment. You cannot confiscate future wealth — and that future wealth is less likely to be produced when people see that it is going to be confiscated. Farmers in the Soviet Union cut back on how much time and effort they invested in growing their crops, when they realized that the government was going to take a big part of the harvest. They slaughtered and ate young farm animals that they would normally keep tending and feeding while raising them to maturity.
People in industry are not inert objects either. Moreover, unlike farmers, industrialists are not tied to the land in a particular country.
Russian aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky could take his expertise to America and produce his planes and helicopters thousands of miles away from his native land. Financiers are even less tied down, especially today, when vast sums of money can be dispatched electronically to any part of the world.
If confiscatory policies can produce counterproductive repercussions in a dictatorship, they are even harder to carry out in a democracy. A dictatorship can suddenly swoop down and grab whatever it wants. But a democracy must first have public discussions and debates. Those who are targeted for confiscation can see the handwriting on the wall, and act accordingly.
Among the most valuable assets in any nation are the knowledge, skills and productive experience that economists call "human capital." When successful people with much human capital leave the country, either voluntarily or because of hostile governments or hostile mobs whipped up by demagogues exploiting envy, lasting damage can be done to the economy they leave behind.
Fidel Castro's confiscatory policies drove successful Cubans to flee to Florida, often leaving much of their physical wealth behind. But poverty-stricken refugees rose to prosperity again in Florida, while the wealth they left behind in Cuba did not prevent the people there from being poverty stricken under Castro. The lasting wealth the refugees took with them was their human capital.
We have all heard the old saying that giving a man a fish feeds him only for a day, while teaching him to fish feeds him for a lifetime. Redistributionists give him a fish and leave him dependent on the government for more fish in the future.
If the redistributionists were serious, what they would want to distribute is the ability to fish, or to be productive in other ways. Knowledge is one of the few things that can be distributed to people without reducing the amount held by others.
That would better serve the interests of the poor, but it would not serve the interests of politicians who want to exercise power, and to get the votes of people who are dependent on them.
Barack Obama can endlessly proclaim his slogan of "Forward," but what he is proposing is going backwards to policies that have failed repeatedly in countries around the world.
Yet, to many people who cannot be bothered to stop and think, redistribution sounds good.