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My only message is: PLEASE VOTE!!!!!

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2012…
CU at the polls!!!

 

Have a great day!!!

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E is for… ELECTION DAY 11/6/2012
V is for… VOTE

G is for… GETTING THINGS DONE!!!

EDIT: links to HuffPost blog/article should be working now – sorry…

This is an article/blog I ran into today, that put a lot of things into focus for me.  Some initiatives that are prepped and ready to go – just got to get them past some stubborn elephants and donkeys.

We’ve got to create a major mindshift here. Stop doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results!!

Granted, these subjects/ideas might seem a little boring to some, maybe they don’t have the kind of glamor and polarity we need (do we?). What we really need are some good common sense folks with good intentions and the concept of a picture bigger than their own backyard to do what it takes to make some rational, reasonable changes like this happen. And then for ALL of us to roll up our sleeves and do our part.

I’m not sayin’ it will be easy. There will still have to be sacrifices, from many people on many fronts.  But, by the Universe, what else have we got that’s as solid and stable as these as these proposed initiatives. Nothing we’ve tried so far has done any good. In fact, all I can see is us back pedaling so fast, we might just travel ourselves backwards in time from all that backpedaling.

I know what else it is. The little glory hounds won’t be happy unless their blowing up some 0ther poor sop’s country cuz we want what they have. That is definitely NOT a sustainable resource based economy. And by “that”, I mean war. It seems like every time we get a little (or more) behind, our eyes get bigger than our stomachs, our britches suddenly seem WAY too small and we just gotta crack some buttheads, to make us a buck and give ourselves a boner while we’re at it.

Well, I’m here to tell you, that way has never worked. And it never will. Some of the best comebacks in history are because some hard-assed, but honest sumbitch, finally got some rocks knocked outta thier heads and realized no one else is going to do it. WE have to do it, and we have to do it soon. All those dystopian societies people seem to like writing about, or reading about, or watching movies about aren’t that far away. What hope have we if our education, our infrastructure, our social skills suddenly just don’t make a difference anymore, cuz the whole damn thing fell right out from under us. None. Just plain none.

Is that what we’re ready to face?

The only things I can see that would keep if from being effective are 1) even if proposed and promoted, if the goal. intent are not honorable and honest, forget it, and 2) the “fear” (or greed?) of the private sector to hold onto their coffers/pockets (which ), rather than think globally and reinvest some of that hard earned capital in what could actually have us pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps, whilst creating the “pie-in-the-sky” (it doesn’t have to be a dream – we can make it happen) sustainable resource based economy. Oh and, of course, there must be honor, trust and respect all in the spirit of creating something not only for ourselves, but our other planet sharers AND all our heirs!!!

Just think how good it would feel to know we DID figure it out and made it work!!!

 So. Why aren’t we being inundated with reasons why we should encourage our lawmakers to follow through with/on these initiatives? In fact, I had no idea there were already so many good proposals even on the table, much less all laid out all nice and neat…

 It seems to me, these ideas are just as worthy of passion and promotion and even some good old fashioned honest rhetoric, as, say, what kind of undearwear Mitt and his family wear!!!

Don’t you think?

I’m gonna go see what my lawmakin’ folks think about some of the things these 2 guys spell out here. Maybe one or 2 of them will listen to/and make some sense!!

Plain old ordinary horse sense. Common sense.

Related: RE Jobs: Picking the Low Hanging Fruit, Part 2

Related: http://creatingreciprocity.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/believing-is-seeing/

EDIT 5/15/12: here’s the comment I put up  on the post:

Come on, all y’all groaners and naysayers… what say we start with something that makes a little sense, for a change. I’d much rather be contacting my senators and representatives asking them to support something like this than, say, discussing what kind of underwear Mitt and his undead family wear!?!?!?!?
You know why we never get any changes made? Because we keep doing the same stupid things over and over and over, expecting to get different results.
Maybe these ideas are boring and mundane and not very conducive to passion – well maybe it’s time to put that passion on the back burner, where it’ll be ready to fire up our good old common sense.
I know some lawmakers that actually DO want to know what I think. And I intend to tell them I think that has a lot of meat and potatoes to it!!! (Sorry all ye Vegans! Just a figure of speech!)
Maybe it’s time for us all to roll up our sleeves and start digging in.

 

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H is for another… hostage situation, involving women and our, OUR bodies.

Mother Jones

—By Stephanie Mencimer

| Mon Apr. 30, 2012 3:00 AM PDT

Doctors still require women to submit to cancer screenings and pelvic exams to get birth control pills. Scientists say that shouldn’t happen.

Recently, my doctor gave me an ultimatum: Come in for a pelvic exam, or I won’t refill your birth control pills. The problem arose after I tried to get my prescription refilled before going on vacation in March, only to be told that the doctor’s office wouldn’t sign off on the refill because it had been a year and one month since I’d had an annual exam and a Pap smear. A nurse grudgingly gave me a monthlong reprieve if I promised to come in for an exam when I returned from my trip.

I really, really didn’t want to go in for an exam. I’ve had two kids, a false positive Pap test and all the ensuing misery that comes with it, and spent enough time in the stirrups to last a lifetime. All I really wanted were my pills; I was pretty sure the exam could wait another year or more.

The science was on my side.

Just a few weeks earlier, the US Preventative Services Task Force, an independent group of national experts that makes evidence-based health care recommendations, released new guidelines declaring definitively that women over 30 don’t need a Pap smear more than once every three years unless they have a couple of risk factors, which I don’t have. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has said that birth control pills can safely be prescribed without a full-on exam….”

I hope you will take the little trip over to Mother Jones to read the rest of this EXCELLENT article…

BuddhaKat says “… and this is how we decrease the cost of health care?”

BuddhaKat says “BullShit!!!”

 

Related posts’n stuff: Motley News

3/02/2012

from Today on theTrail on msnbc news

The ongoing debate over birth control took a particularly nasty turn recently when conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” for speaking out about the issue.

Fluke, a birth control activist, spoke with TODAY’s Matt Lauer about Limbaugh’s comments and the failure of a GOP-sponsored amendment that would have allowed employers at religious institutions to opt out of providing contraception in health plans.

Fluke told Lauer that she expected some backlash, especially from someone like Limbaugh. Still, the comments stung — especially since they were made on the first day of Women’s History Month.

“I think my reaction was the reaction a lot of women have had historically when they’ve been called these types of names: Initially to be stunned by it, and then to quickly feel outraged and very upset,” she told Lauer.

Limbaugh’s comments came on the heels of heated congressional debate over the so-called “Blunt Amendment,” a measure that ultimately failed in the Senate and would have nixed the Obama administration’s mandate on contraception. Lawmakers evoked Fluke’s name during the debate as someone who testified during an unofficial democratic committee hearing headed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., about how a friend needed birth control to shrink ovarian cysts and help preserve her fertility.

Fluke had been previously blocked from testifying before a Republican-led, all-male congressional panel on contraception and religious freedom.

Limbaugh said Fluke was just trying to promote casual sex.

The ongoing debate over birth control took a particularly nasty turn recently when conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” for speaking out about the issue.

Fluke, a birth control activist, spoke with TODAY’s Matt Lauer about Limbaugh’s comments and the failure of a GOP-sponsored amendment that would have allowed employers at religious institutions to opt out of providing contraception in health plans.

Fluke told Lauer that she expected some backlash, especially from someone like Limbaugh. Still, the comments stung — especially since they were made on the first day of Women’s History Month.

“I think my reaction was the reaction a lot of women have had historically when they’ve been called these types of names: Initially to be stunned by it, and then to quickly feel outraged and very upset,” she told Lauer.

Limbaugh’s comments came on the heels of heated congressional debate over the so-called “Blunt Amendment,” a measure that ultimately failed in the Senate and would have nixed the Obama administration’s mandate on contraception. Lawmakers evoked Fluke’s name during the debate as someone who testified during an unofficial democratic committee hearing headed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., about how a friend needed birth control to shrink ovarian cysts and help preserve her fertility.

Fluke had been previously blocked from testifying before a Republican-led, all-male congressional panel on contraception and religious freedom.

Limbaugh said Fluke was just trying to promote casual sex.

“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke (sic) who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex — what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute.”

3/02/2012

from US News on MSNBC

Limbaugh on Wednesday had referred to student Sandra Fluke as a “slut” for supporting a requirement that health insurance cover contraception. On his radio show Thursday, Limbaugh went a little further:

“So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex. We want something for it. We want you post the videos online so we can all watch.”

Ladies… a little gag with your morning news and blogs and coffee ‽‽‽‽‽  And he gets PAID to be an asshole like this ‽‽‽

And, I wonder who pays for this asshole’s Viagra ‽‽‽‽‽ I mean he’d need something besides a video, I’m certain.

My gag reflex is working overtime this AM…

Later, for brainwash along with your mouthwash… the FUN part of Friday: FRACTALS!!!

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Charity? Toys for the Lobbyists? Bullies on the Charity playground? All of the Above?

Holy Cow! I feel like I’m watching a tennis match with a good volley going, head left, head right, head left, head right, head left, head right…
As you may have heard, The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, has become a target in the past few days for critics and other news starved individuals. First, it was reported that the Komen Foundation was suing the pants off small “mom and pop” run charities who dared to use the Komen trademarked word “Cure” or the also trademarked “color pink”. So, it would seem, this wonderful altruistic organization is spending a goodly chunk of their donated funds to pay for them to play the bully and literally sue hundreds of small charities for using their trademarked “Cure” and “the color pink”. Now wait a minute. Can you own a word, or a color for that matter?!?!? I mean, really, what’s the big deal, can’t we all play together. Instead of a polite request to discuss this, Komen is filing suits willy nilly, forcing the small charities to use their limited funds for legal fees and research of the issue. What are they, some big corporation that doesn’t want its “brand” sullied or diluted by allowing these small home grown operations to use a certain word or a certain color?!?!? It would seem that they are attacking legitimate grass roots charities who sponsor honest homespun events to raise funds for the very thing that Komen supposedly stands for. I could forgive a little, if it seemed to be an issue of targeting, oh, IDK, soft porn groups who try to ride the Komen coattails by using these trademarks in their promotions, or even just a run of the mill entrepreneur who tries to cash in by using “Cure” and “pink” to sell their little products, related or not to the core issue. But that doesn’t seem to be what’s happening here.

Next, we hear that the Komen Foundation has decided to withdraw its funding to Planned Parenthood. Not pennies, either. Donations were in the upper 6 figure range for 2011. Externally this action was a perceived reaction to pressure from pro-life, anti-abortion politicos. Komen claims this change is due to their policy of not giving funds to any group currently under investigation, which, Planned Parenthood is, federally, to determine whether they are using tax dollars for abortions. Some have called this investigation a witch-hunt. Sort of reminds me of a recent situation in which a friend gave me a gift of funds to get some work done on my van. All of a sudden, there were strings attached, as to how the money should be spent, how the work should be done. This friend passive-aggressively said he wanted to be sure his money was being spent “wisely”. So Komen, didn’t like how Planned Parenthood could be (not even a sure thing) using the money. and decided not to give it in the first place.

Well, that surely raised a lot of hackles, critics from far and wide were suggesting Komen should not allow their actions to be determined by political issues and climate. Soon, wealthy Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York, promised a hefty sum to Planned Parenthood, that the results of Komen’s decision might be somewhat offset. Whatever his agenda, it replaced some money so that those that Planned Parenthood helps, women who would otherwise have no health care, do not have to go without important health care, because of some political pissing contest.

A few of Komen’s top people, including a physician, resigned, some citing the decision as reason for their departure.

Then, well, guess what, Susan G Komen Foundation changed its mind and reinstated their fund allocation to Planned Parenthood. This has been well received by many, who feel that Planned Parenthood is the one place where women who would not otherwise get health care, are provided with appropriate screening and treatment. My personal thoughts on Planned Parenthood’s over all policy has always been good-for-you, Planned Parenthood, for ensuring the right of each and every woman to quality health care, especially those who would probably not get it, and ensuring their right to choose, a choice for themselves, their bodies and maybe even for the spirit/child not to be born at this time. A spirit/child who will come again later, when circumstances are much better and they will be entering a world in which they are wanted and will be loved and nurtured, rather than neglected, hated and punished for just being alive.

Though I would like to end the story on an up note, further research has disclosed that former press secretary to G. W. Bush, Ari Fleischer, has had a solid role in the framing of the Susan G Komen Foundation’s position with regards to Planned Parenthood. In fact, Mr. Fleischer has been integrally involved in defining and filling the position of Senior Vice President for Communications and External Relations, recently created by the Komen Foundation. He has taken part in the interview process for prospective parties and questioned the candidates’ position on the controversial relationship between the Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood. Thus, Mr. Fleischer as a paid consultant to Komen, has insinuated his political agenda into what mayhaps should be a non partisan entity, a non profit organization.

Well, my lesson has been learned… things are not always what they seem to be…

Related articles:

Susan G Komen Foundation Elbows Out Charities Over Use of the Word “Cure”
Charity Pulls Plug on Planned Parenthood
Susan G Komen Officials Resign as Backlash Gains Steam
Top Susan G Coleman Official Resigned Over Planned Parenthood Cave-In
Komen says Planned Parenthood Plans are Mischaracterized
Bloomberg Pledges $250K to Planned Parenthood
Top Komen Official Resigns in Protest over Grant Cuts
Supporters Grapple with Komen Fracas Fallout
Ari Fleischer Secretly Involved in Komen Strategy on Planned Parenthood
Komen Backs off Decision on Funding Cuts

Komen also stops Funding Embryonic Stem Cell Research

ahhhh… yes…. Nancy, my friend… this is in the top of “reasons” (not that any are needed) that you are one of my dearest friends… you have a deep integrity that compels you to seek and share truth, non-biased, as in not an agenda pusher, yet fully biased, as in know the facts of all “sides” in any/every issue… I treasure your shared links, knowing I am not about to be preached at, converted by, pointed toward an agenda, but respected with truth and full media disclosure of reality, sought, rather than full media buzzwords, carefully selected to entice “validation” or “trust” as “reality”, fed to passivists, to perpetuate/encourage passiveness, whose loyalty and support are easily gained and maintained by more of the same…

one of my own sisters is, in fact, evangelical, to the point that she has told me I will go to hell if I do not “convert”… not only that, because she “loves” me and “cares what happens” to me, she is compelled to continue her conversion energy…, even having been advised that is a boundary I prefer and my clearly defining this boundary, she persists, again, because “she cares” about what I am facing, because, of course, she knows she is right and whatever I believe, she is obligated to sway me from eternal “suffering”, even, apparently, if is my own choice… and this is worrisome to me, as well, on any level that anyone or any group is motivated by such ideas… and that they claim to be powered by the sacred word “god”… an arrogance, imho, to claim to speak for their sacred “god”…

even as response to my unaware/robotic spewing some of the same buzzwords, that, in fact, do NOT say what I truly mean to say, rather act as political/social cartoonery to feed a type of prejudicious imagery I truly deplore, your sharing helps me remember to be the thinking person I am… I am blessed to have friends like you…

I hope you don’t mind that I frequently share your links in the same effort to encourage active seeking of full disclosure truth, rather than passive acceptance of non to partial truths that are easily available to those who choose not, or forget, to be the active thinking beings we are…

this is the way the Sunday “paper reading” ritual can best promote survival of our species… I see little hope along most other paths… you know, it is a little like attending a “church service” that focuses on knowledge, respect, truth, friendship… or, as I often say, peace, love, laughter and health…

now THIS is summer… waking from a full fledged sleep, windows open, me beneath the sheet, yet knowing the day will be sunny and bright and oh so comfortable…

thanks for being an angel of a friend… I am more in touch with my “higher self” when basking in your energy…

namaste to all you girls from all us girls… (as mama perches comfortably, certain I see her, atop my latest “acquisition” – a new purse – to establish her ownership of same)
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orig message:contained the following links…
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/08/14/dominionism-michele-bachmann-and-rick-perry-s-dangerous-religious-bond.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-sad-facts-behind-rick-perrys-texas-miracle/2011/08/16/gIQAxc3zJJ_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/08/21/christian-dominionism-bachmann-and-perry-aren-t-out-for-world-domination.html
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/08/15/110815fa_fact_lizza
Be sure to check out Michelle Goldberg’s books as well–there were titles worth considering.

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