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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.