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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Suffer

It is crystal clear that Santorum wants his God's Laws as part of our civil and criminal law.


Really listen to what he has to say about the poor and downtrodden..............


I have no words to describe my disgust for this pompous self-aggrandizing putz.


Is this the brand of Christianity that will rule?


Jesus save the poor from your followers!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Occupy the Blogs

An anthem worthy of our consideration.




We Are The Many

Ye come here, gather 'round the stage 
The time has come for us to voice our rage 
Against the ones who've trapped us in a cage 
To steal from us the value of our wage

From underneath the vestiture of law 
The lobbyists at Washington do gnaw 
At liberty, the bureaucrats guffaw 
And until they are purged, we won't withdraw

We'll occupy the streets 
We'll occupy the courts 
We'll occupy the offices of you 
Till you do 
The bidding of the many, not the few

Our nation was built upon the right 
Of every person to improve their plight 
But laws of this Republic they rewrite 
And now a few own everything in sight

They own it free of liability 
They own, but they are not like you and me 
Their influence dictates legality 
And until they are stopped we are not free

We'll occupy the streets 
We'll occupy the courts 
We'll occupy the offices of you 
Till you do 
The bidding of the many, not the few

You enforce your monopolies with guns 
While sacrificing our daughters and sons 
But certain things belong to everyone 
Your thievery has left the people none

So take heed of our notice to redress 
We have little to lose, we must confess 
Your empty words do leave us unimpressed 
A growing number join us in protest

We occupy the streets 
We occupy the courts 
We occupy the offices of you 
Till you do
The bidding of the many, not the few

You can't divide us into sides 
And from our gaze, you cannot hide 
Denial serves to amplify 
And our allegiance you can't buy

Our government is not for sale 
The banks do not deserve a bail 
We will not reward those who fail 
We will not move till we prevail

We'll occupy the streets 
We'll occupy the courts 
We'll occupy the offices of you 
Till you do 
The bidding of the many, not the few

We'll occupy the streets 
We'll occupy the courts 
We'll occupy the offices of you 
Till you do 
The bidding of the many, not the few

We are the many
You are the few

Saturday, November 5, 2011

It's Not Too Late

From Current TV..............David nails the problem in Michigan and mocks the idiotic proposed bullying law.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Happy 100th Podcast

Congratulations, Blue Gal and Driftglass!


100 podcasts!


And HERE it is at The Professional Left.


Intelligent, passionate, and right on target...... take the time to listen.

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Act Now

The horrible so-called anti-bullying legislation passed by the Michigan State Senate may still be stopped. The State House has the opportunity to restore sanity in that bill. And, of course, Governor Snyder should veto the bill should it arrive on his desk. The people of Michigan must stop this travesty. They must call their elected representatives and complain.


The so-called anti-bullying law creates a special protected class of people. If the bill becomes law, it will be legal for alleged Christians to bully - torture - anyone that seems to not live up to their Biblical views of modesty, propriety, and morality. These Christianists will have special rights. Special civil rights that allow them -- teachers, parents, students, principals, and other school personnel -- to make public comments and remarks about EVERYTHING and ANYONE that does not square with their particular religious beliefs.


So, go ahead and tell Johnny his mother is a whore because she wasn't married to his father. Tell sweet Sue that she will burn in hell because she is not a virgin. Tell Ralph that God never intended for his African-American father and white mother to be married, let alone have children. And, of course, any child that seems to be or may actually be gay will come to school with a target on his or her back. It will be open season on LGBT youth, their parents, and family.


I am ashamed of the Legislature in Michigan. It has been taken over by religious zealots that don't support public education. They certainly don't care about Michigan's children.


Unbelievable. Horrible. Tragic.

Judge William Adams: Monster

Please watch this "worst person" of the day...........


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Worse Than Doing Nothing

This link is a must read and watch the video they offer. The Michigan Legislature has once again shown its disregard for the lives of all children --- not just the LGBT.

They have legalized bullying gay kids or Sally, the rumored slut, if they claim the Bible told them to do it.

That gives new meaning to the old B-I-B-L-E song.

I am horrified by this legislation.

The GOP are immoral cynical monsters in Michigan.





Jesus, save us from your followers!


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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Servants of God

Okay. I will comment about the news of the day. All I have to say is this ---------- many so-called Christians are the biggest hypocrites in the world..........

Michelle, Rick, Frothy Mix, Newt, Cain, and the others must stop pandering to the Republican base with promises of government intervention in the lives of women and anyone that loves someone of the same gender. And, shut the f#%k up! about your alleged faith.

They know Him not............. see Matthew 25.

AND. I offer this photograph of a billboard without comment.

To Serve Man

I need a project. Not a job. Just something more to keep myself active and alive is all I ask. Following Bill's death I kept busy with near daily glimpses of the wonders that are México. It helped keep me sane. But as goes my bipolar mood swings goes the things I like. Sometimes they are lost and sometimes nothing replaces them.


In the few months since moving to a new town I have not been writing and I have not been giving in to my inner photo-bug. Hence, the quest for a quest. I am nearly burnt out when it comes to activism. If I ever have something more to add to the conversations of the day I'll blog.


So, today, lacking anything else creative or interesting, I offer these photographs.




This is my Chapala Omelet from the Salon, a restaurant located in the Cultural Center in Ajijic. I enjoyed toast and jam, beans, and fruit with the flavorful omelet. My friends and I have breakfast at the Salon at least once a week, if not more often. The food is fantastic and the prices are good.




This is called Enfrijoladas. These tortillas are filled with chicken and covered with a bean sauce and garnished with a dry crumbly cheese. One's enfrijoladas may also have cheese filled tortillas. This is one of my favorite breakfast dishes from the restaurant, Chapala Fonda, located on the plaza in Chapala.




The Cucumber Restaurant is on the plaza in Chapala. They offer gringo breakfasts as well as this Mexican dish -- Huevos y Carne Asada --- steak and eggs with a side of bean. It is served with tortillas that one uses to make tacos from the foods on the plate -- together or separately. I may have a fork in one hand eating eggs while holding a bean or steak taco in the other. Or, I may put the entire meal in multiple fresh hot tortillas. No toast or jam. Hot sauce is optional.


It is often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For me and my "breakfast club" it may be the only "big" meal. In the past year, as my friends kept me sane with our near daily breakfast dates, I found myself eating only fruit, cheese, and toast during the remainder of the day. My favorite "meal" is a large bowl of bananas and fresh locally grown raspberries. A huge plastic quart container of raspberries may cost 20 or 30 pesos. Today, that is roughly a buck and a half to $2.50 U.S.




This is one of my typical daily meals. I love the flavored mini-toasts that I may buy, but ordinary pan tostado (toasted bread) is just as tasty. Bimbo Foods sells toasted bread that has fewer additives and far less salt.


Needless to say, with my simple diet, I am healthier. The weight loss has been great, as well.


So, I am looking for a new project. And, this little show and tell session was just for fun. In time, I'll find lots of things to keep me busy. And, sane. How could I not? Living in México is still a thrill and the great adventure continues.........

Friday, September 9, 2011

In Amsterdam



We walked together in the rain along the canals
We shivered and giggled while seeing so much newly found
The cold, the wet, and the exhilaration
The North Sea churning
And, the rain came down

He packed the umbrella that threatened to collapse or maybe blow away
I could have cared less for now we had an excuse to be so close and share
The wind, the rain, and the bone chilling cold
The North Sea churning
And, we were a happy pair

We sat together on the wet marble slabs so near the Palace
Through the drizzle and between the forceful gusts of wind that blew all that was around
The people, the buskers, and The Dam
The North Sea churning
And, the rain came down

We dodged the rain inside the places remaining on that list
Entering museums, markets, and more
The portraits, the history, and the famous cafés
The North Sea churning
And, we were ducking into another door

We said goodbyes, again, with tears not noticed through the constant rain
I departed Amsterdam leaving our hearts and memories in a sacred mound
The canals, the houses, and the endless narrow streets
The North Sea churning
And, the rain came down


Lee Harris, September 2011 (REVISED)



Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Day After

Greeting all of those Crousers, Wheelers, Hoopers, other family, and church folk would seem exhausting.

It wasn’t.

There was no fatigue.

The next day, Billy found himself drawn to another group.

To another face or two.

Familiar.

“Hey, Billy,” said the brother in monotone.

“Hey,” the response.

“Is this my other flakey son?” asked the woman.

He knew her face.

Their eyes. Their cheekbones.

Billy just nodded.

And there ahead of all the cousins, aunts and uncles

He stood with a smirk firmly attached,

With those father’s eyes twinkling,

And, ever so gruffly,

He asked,

“You lost?”


----------- Lee Harris August, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

11 Months


The move to Chapala is complete. There are only a few "housekeeping" items that I need to do -- such as changes of address. My house is just three blocks to the boardwalk along the lake and three blocks, more or less, to the central plaza. Perhaps, the only negative about this location is the proximity to "rocket central". I don't mind them. The cats have another opinion. And, when they come out of hiding you may ask them about those rockets.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

10 Months

Ten months ago I began submitting photographs and occasionally sharing my blog postings on Facebook.  FarmVille was responsible for most, if not nearly all of my Facebook activity.  It was great therapy or distraction for someone mourning.  This evening, I am going to reproduce (with one spelling correction) a posting made on Facebook.

Here is what was on my mind:


I returned to my FarmVille estate today and found that nothing had changed. It was the result of having the miracle of an unwithering potion and a number of facebook FarmVille friends. Thanks.
The truth is -- I found another means of losing myself and avoiding the ever flowing tears and pain. The end of May was my 9th month of escaping to the farm. It was good. But, it seems that after 9 months of anything (read school) I have to change gears, distract myself in other ways, and rest.
And, I did. I almost immediately was seduced and hooked on Civilization V. My friends will tell you that I missed many of our breakfast dates due to all night conquests and battles. June was lost to the game, chronic insomnia, and, on occasion, too much sleep.
June was my tenth month and the hardest. We would have shared our 22nd anniversary.
My world has gotta change. It begins with a fresh start in the village of Chapala. The cost of living there is less -- greatly so because there are fewer gringos, canucks, and Europeans. Much Much fewer. My Spanish must improve now more than ever. I accept the challenge with delight.
I'm making plans. There are things I want to do. And, a promise to fulfill for Billy.
Healing comes with time. And, it is astoundingly augmented with the presence of good, caring, and peerlessly patient friends.

Fat Chance

From an editorial by the Times Herald in Port Huron:


"....ending the health care perk for the majority of Michigan's legislators is a needed reform Lansing should enact. The trouble is there is no guarantee the legislation will become law. 
This isn't the first time House members have passed a bill to eliminate the benefit. Two similar bills were previously passed, but they never received enough support from the Senate.
The legislation's passage this time ought to be a foregone conclusion. After all, the Legislature has pursued a fairly aggressive agenda of spending cuts.
Shared sacrifice has become a mantra legislators used to defend efforts to require public employees to pay 20% of their health insurance costs. To allow their lavish perk to remain would be the height of hypocrisy.
Michigan can't afford the lawmakers' health care benefit. The Legislature has no choice but to do away with it."

It is never going to happen.  Republicans in Michigan have proven to be mean spirited hypocrites.  Shared sacrifice is a joke.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Right-Wing Social Engineering

See Governor Rick Snyder: Tax breaks for the wealthy of nearly $2 Billion created a deficit in the Michigan budget that the Republican Party decided would be filled by making cuts to programs for the disabled, increases in taxes for the retired, eliminating tax credits for the working poor, and MORE, while simultaneously shifting K-12 education money to higher education and other purposes hence creating a humongus shortage in money for schools.  Stupid kids means more pliant slaves workers - or something like that......

School Districts will fail because of the Republican Plan to starve public education.  Then, in come the Emergency Financial Managers.

... and none of it had to happen.  Attacking the wellbeing of the poor and disabled is cowardly.  And, morally wrong.  Attacking the public education system in Michigan is immoral.

Creating major crises when none existed all in the name of REINVENTING Michigan is moronic.

Social Engineering, indeed.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Intervention

How sad to be that boy


At seven, or was it eight
Wet
Ashamed
And humiliated
With no power
No sense of control

Having first thoughts of things
Most awful, with angel lust
Wet
Ashamed
And humiliated
With no future
A life on parole

Making that tearful vow
If at sixteen or twenty
Wet
Ashamed
And humiliated
With no longings
A drop takes the soul

How sad to be that boy

Lee Harris
April 30, 2011
(Revised May 1, 2011)


The Port Huron Times Herald Part 2

Part 2. (Part 1)

It didn't take very long today to come across an example of a newspaper reporter manipulating the English language to avoid saying something that is very plain, easy to understand, and controversial. Or, not. I will not disparage the motives or the absence of motives for a word choice that is not just merely clever, but sincerely clever. But, nonetheless, still controversial.

Karen Bouffard, a Detroit News journalist, reported to Michiganders that the Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill that grants businesses nearly $1.8 billion in tax cuts "and levies for pensions". The use of the word "levies" could be viewed in a couple of ways. Liberals, like myself, will complain that Ms. Bouffard didn't say "tax increase" or "new taxes" but instead used a chickenshit word like levies to camouflage the truth about a genuine honest-to-God tax increase on Michigan's senor citizens and retirees. We, Liberals, will remind everybody that Republicans always promise not to raise your taxes. Remember, Folks, they do that mostly in election years. So, this Liberal, did suspect, at first read, a less than honest and truthful motive in the choices of words in Ms. Bouffard's news article.

My inner Liberal screamed, "Why didn't she just say that there is a new tax on pensions. Simple. Succinct. But, oh no, she is trying to hide/soften/Karl Rove the truth."

I suspected commentary and opinion had replaced a factual account of the news. She did fail to mention that programs and services for the deaf were cut. Clothing allowances for orphans are being cut. Tax credits for the poor are being cut. School spending is being cut. And, on and on................. The poor, the disabled, and the elderly are getting the safety net we promised them pulled out from under them by the Republican Party. The education and the health of Michigan's children and their families are at risk because we must give $1.8 billion dollars to the rich!


After writing my first couple of angry paragraphs, I did the right thing. I used a dictionary to properly understand the words levy and levies.

I startled a few cats when I roared.

A levy is a compulsory government measure that takes money in order to pay off a tax liability. (Emphasis mine)

Michigan should not have a $1.8 billion tax liability. This CRISIS was created by giving away tax revenues belonging to the People of Michigan. Governor Snyder and his Republican Corporatist just passed a government measure to give the People's money to the rich by taking it away from the folks that most need it. There is no shared sacrifice when bleeding only the poor and powerless.

Yes, it's a levy of sorts, Ms. Bouffard. The State House passed a compulsory government measure that takes money from retired folks and the poor in order to pay off a tax liability their corporate sponsors.

And, this overt transfer of wealth is based on the lie that jobs will come to Michigan. That scheme has been refuted by economists. Do your research, Ms. Bouffard! That lie persists because of lazy reporters and malicious lying politicians. Do your research on trickle down economics and you will soon realize what has been trickling down on us for all these long years. Read some Paul Krugman from the NYT while you're at it. He's kinda smart and he even got an award for knowing what the hell he talks about. Do your research.

And, don't be a patsy for the pols. Please.

Listen for the Dog Whistles

The Extreme Right

Cutting community health programs and many of the other programs that serve the disabled, the poor, the working poor, and senor citizens so the Republican Congress can keep the Bush Tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires is IMMORAL.

And, on a related note:








Hat tip to Susie Madrak.

The Port Huron Times Herald

It was in high school when I first heard the term "yellow journalism". We studied how and why propaganda was purposely inserted into so-called news stories. Sensational newspaper headlines would assist with any disinformation campaign. We were also taught that legitimate and unbiased newspapers present the facts, and only the facts, and save any political or social commentary for the "opinion pages". We even learned about the subtle and not so subtle slanting of the news brought to us by the, then, three major television networks broadcasting from nearby Detroit. Even the two Detroit newspapers regularly presented opposing views and commentaries about newsworthy events or political causes.

The world has moved on.

The abolishment of the fairness doctrine was a major blow to journalistic integrity. Lies and misinformation are now rampant in the so-called mainstream media and in some small town papers and other media outlets. Politicians now lie with impunity. Few, if any, newspapers, television stations, or radio stations confront the lying liars with the truth. It seems that these news organizations also have their own agendas. And, sometimes, truth and facts do get reported.

The striking part of the definition of yellow journalism is the media's penchant for presenting the news with very little legitimate research. Facts seem to get in the way of a good story. Does this indicate some degree of malice or a whole lot of sheer laziness?

The Times Herald, Port Huron's one and only daily newspaper, has a bit of a yellow tinge throughout its pages. For example, the views and alleged facts presented in "Guest Commentaries" by local leaders, politicians, and self-appointed know-all city critics are not checked for accuracy and factual content. Lies are routinely printed. These submissions have for the most part been unchallenged. It seems the editors of the newspaper have chosen to ignore the lies and publish each submission in a perfunctory manner. Why are these folks given an opportunity to espouse political or other viewpoints using lies to prop up their arguments? It is not a violation of someone's right to free speech if their submissions are rife with lies. An editor should be able to call bullshit when they read it and reject the guest opinion.

I would take my "don't publish crap view" to include the "Letters to the Editor". It does not serve the public well when lies and innuendo are printed. The editors of the Times Herald do not have to print every letter sent to the paper. The letters that are published should be factual and reasonably contribute to the day's discussion. ---- And, as far as I'm concerned, it remains unethical and unconscionable to publish a "Letter to the Editor" that bitches and lies about an organization while "outing" a gay teacher as proof of the terrible awfulness of the organization targeted. True story........

And, it seems of late, that the folks at the Times Herald have become quite committed cheerleaders for the Republican Party and Governor Snyder. They have not told the truth about the manufactured crisis in school funding. They have not told the truth about the Financial Martial Law. They have not told the truth about the shifting of money from seniors and the poor to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy in Michigan. Taxing the poor and senors to pay for tax breaks for the rich is immoral. By omitting that truth the Times Herald is failing the public.

In summary, this is what I believe:

The Times Herald is lazy.

The Times Herald has made some immoral choices evident by what they report, how they report it, and what opinions they have expressed or allowed to be expressed.

The Times Herald prints lies.

Friday, April 29, 2011

We Have All Been Debased

A Manufactured Crisis: Governor Snyder and the GOP Lie

If I could, I'd sign the petition to recall Governor Rick Snyder ----------

The wording for the petition has been approved and says:

Richard D. Snyder has requested from the legislature, approved and signed various laws that take authority and funds from local governments and school districts and vest them with the state.


He has obtained for himself, through his appointed Emergency Financial Managers, the power to invalidate legal and binding contracts entered into by properly elected local authorities.


He has sought tax increases upon retirees and lower income families, but instead of addressing the deficit, he has sought large new tax cuts for corporations and businesses.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Fact of Fiction?

Fact.  Paul Ryan's budget plan eliminates Medicare and gives humongous tax breaks to the rich. The Republican Party wants tax breaks for the rich so everything that makes America a Great Nation gets CUT to pay for them. His plan even adds $6 Trillion to the deficit.................


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In My Humble Opinion

If you are a Birther, you are a racist.

If you are a Birther and just saw the long form birth certificate that the President published AND you got upset that President Obama'a father's race was listed as "African" instead of Negro, you are a freaking racist.

If you are a Birther and now demand to see the President's grade school, high school, and university transcripts, you are a fool and a racist.

If you claim the President is illegitimate in any manner for any reason, YOU ARE A FUCKING KNUCKLE DRAGGING RACIST.

..... in my humble opinion.

And, I have no use for your "friendship", prayers, and alleged Christianist good thoughts. You are a lying liar and unrepentant hypocrite.


P.S.  Birthers are violating God's commandment about bearing false witness ............... yep, even with overwhelming evidence that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and that by blood --- his mother's -- Barack Obama is, in fact, automatically a citizen of the United States of America the Birthers continue to spread the birther lies and nonsense and they continue to dishonor God and the alleged covenant that they claim to have with Him.


Did you flunk that part of high school U.S. Government classes? Were you absent that semester? How about Sunday School?


Birthers: What racist morons they all are............

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Birthers Find Even More Reasons to Doubt the REAL Certificate

This shit will never end.

Barbara Morrill has a great article at the Daily Kos. "What a shock: Birthers aren't convinced by release of long form birth certificate"

"That the birthers aren't satisfied with the release of the long form birth certificate isn't surprising. Birthers aren't satisfied because no matter how many documents Barack Obama releases it will never be enough, because there isn't a document in the world that will turn him white.
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Quote of the Day

State Senator Gretchen Whitmer explains why there is an alleged crisis in Michigan. Read the entire Detroit Free Press online commentary here.

"To be clear, before Snyder proposed taking $895 million out of the School Aid Fund, there was no school funding crisis in Michigan. In fact, there was a surplus, making what we are now faced with a crisis of choice — not of necessity.
This all starts with the Governor proposing a $1.8 billion tax break for businesses. I support thoughtful business tax policy to spur growth and job creation, but this overreach exceeds any relief that even business groups like the Business Leaders for Michigan have advocated. Furthermore, it lacks any evidence it will create jobs or Michigan investment, as admitted recently by the Governor himself. For a man who likes to talk about metrics and measurements, this casual approach to tax breaks should concern us all."

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Worst Person of the Day: Senator Bruce Caswell

I wrote about this creep ---- And, even Keith Olbermann thinks the thrift store gift card idea is demeaning and cruel...........................

Monday, April 25, 2011

Soylent Green or Maintain Medicare & Social Security

Republicans have a choice: Promote Soylent Green or Maintain Medicare & Social Security

Mean-Spirited Michigan Republicans

Michigan State Senator Bruce Caswell (R) is a Mean-Spirited Michigan Republican. His brilliant idea to save more money to be given to the rich, though discarded by a Senate committee, demonstrates the thoughtless and heartless antics of the Republicans in Michigan. Yep, foster kids (and other poor folk) should, in Senator Bruce Caswell's opinion, be given gift cards to the Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul, or Goodwill thrift stores to buy used clothing and fore go any generous or even adequate amount of money to buy new clothes. Go on out and get those kids some used shoes, used socks, used underwear, and used outerwear. No one will notice......... Asshole.

Yes, let us short change the poor, the disabled, and the disadvantaged so Michigan may give tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires.

What the hell is going on in Michigan? Where are the folks that care about their neighbors?

More details here at Crooks & Liars. with "The Unbearable Meanness of Conservatives".

Protected And Private



Blog Against Theocracy

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Don't Watch This

You may want to come and see for yourself.............. Many folks have come to visit and immediately make plans to move................

Credo: I Believe

This I believe:

What Were You Thinking, Mrs. Miller?

Rick Snyder's Michigan

Government is the contract that the people have with themselves. It is a pact of mutual protection and care. We, the people of Benton Harbor, of Port Huron, of the Port Huron Area School District, or of the State of Michigan, have charters, governing rules, laws, and constitutions that pledge to defend and protect, and provide for the general welfare of our people -- us. We make rules and laws to govern ourselves. We elect our friends and neighbors to political offices to carry out the work of the people and to represent their respective constituents on our boards, commissions, and legislative bodies when making laws or spending OUR money.

We, the people, employ other people. We have promised each other that our food will be safe so we have employed folks to check our food. We do not want to fret about shrimp or lettuce or baby formula. And, through our government agents we are working to have clean air and safe drinking water.  We take care of our parks, buildings, and roads. We employ police and firefighters to serve the public.

We the people provide whatever OUR governmental boards or OUR governmental geographical or political wards or districts or townships need to provide first-class services for the citizens. We tax ourselves to pay for all those things that we deem important. Usually.

Public Education is a part of the compact that we have made with ourselves. We promise to provide every child a world-class education in a public school using the public funds that we gather. We promise to give our kids every opportunity to learn and grow to be good citizens. Except, of course, when we, the Republicans, are in charge. Michigan Republicans hate public education to the detriment of Michigan.

In Michigan, with every decision to cut education monies, shift education monies, or give away OUR education funds so the rich may have tax cuts, the elected representatives of the people are irrevocably harming our children. Every decision that the Republicans are making right now seem to be for the purpose of paying back campaign donors and kissing the butts of the very rich in Michigan and of the butts of corporate stockholders and the Wall Street Gamblers outside of Michigan.

The State of Michigan has a contract with the people of Michigan. Why are The People allowing the Republican Party of Michigan and Governor Snyder to break that contract? Why did Michiganders trust these people in the last election? What are they going to do now?

The poor, the disabled, our seniors, public workers, unions, and our children are under attack. The Republicans seem hellbent on destroying the Michigan Way of Life. They are drastically changing the living and working conditions in Michigan.

For the money and the power that comes with it...............

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Civil War Celebrated?

The Civil War Celebrated?


Well, think about it –

Does it really matter if you celebrate the beginning of a war or not? Who cares? The celebrations with displays of arrogance or with displays of unreal regret are disappointing.

Everything is about politics: Liars versus the folks that remember history, understand the Constitution, and demand truth and justice in their own times. Now, then, and freaking forever, Amen.

The only side that matters is the winning side.

We Are All F#@ked

The GOP plans are beginning to reveal themselves.

Rachel Maddow, I believe, seems to think that many of the efforts to cripple Democratic Party "causes" (ACORN, Planned Parenthood), to knee-cap Democratic Party supporting unions (Oh, Michigan and our friends in Wisconsin), and, once again, to disappear Democratic leaning voters by voter suppression techniques like requiring photo-I.D. to vote or by maliciously telling voters that photo-I.D. will be needed on election day -- in States that do not require I.D. to Vote. (Michigan did not have a photo-I.D. law when I last voted some 4 years ago. It also didn't hurt that one of the poll workers had been someone I delivered papers to for many years and she watched me come and do my democratic duty for a long period of my adult life).

Anyway.........

It's all about beating the Democratic Party. POWER. A one-party ruled government cannot work in America. They don't care. The GOP wants to find out how it will be in real-time. Lord, I hate it when they experiment (Iraq).

AND / OR

Tonight, I am reading an article that says that the Republican Party is using the Budget and budget cutting squabbles AND now the Debt Ceiling (Hey,Retiree - get your ass to México) to, ...wait for it, deliberately sink the American Economy.  The goal is to reduce American Worker Wages by 20% in one fell swoop.  It's called the "Shock Doctrine". They are playing games with our livelihoods and our personal health and welfare.

And, of course the cuts will hit the elderly ( GO MICHIGAN 67'ers!!! Huzzah.) and the poor disproportionately. The bullshit with Family Planning wasn't about abortion ( 3% of total services ) the actual bill called for ENDING ALL THE MONEY USED FOR WOMEN"S HEALTH everywhere. That would be a blow to the working poor (sliding payment scale - you/I pay something), the middle-class, the anonymous person (teen) seeking/needing contraception and possible treatment for STD's, and anyone eligible for health services and seeking help.

Yep, Betsy DE VILLE is getting her way in a hurry. Sigh.

American workers. the working-poor, seniors, and the very poor will be cut -- but not one damn bit of the military - oh, of course, they want everybody shifting their retirement funds in good old reliable Wall Street. And, we just may go into a freaking real depression when the Republicans in Congress have their hissy fit about the National Debt and The Deficits - like some religious fetish they want to kill Medicare and Social Security. Shift wealth.

Democrats will suffer the loss of income and the ability to fight the very rich corporations. Thanks, Supreme Court. If Corporations are People -- tell me -- who went to jail for killing 11 workers on a rig that used a blow-out preventer that the oil industry (and, now, Congress) knows doesn't work.

The Corporations have decided that it is cheaper to pay for oil spill clean-up, cheaper to pay fines and cheaper to settle lawsuits, including those for wrongful death.  Cheaper than spending the money to build a blow-out preventer that actually prevents blow-outs. You kidding? Cut into their enormous profits?

Money and Power.

And, PAY ATTENTION HERE, please ----- they are going to make drastic cuts WHILE giving tax cuts to the rich and the dopes that buy their wile.

WTF. Really?

Now, let's pray the Democratic Party wakes up and somehow mitigates this disaster in the making.


As, if.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

My Journey

The music posted during the past 8 months has had some great significance to me. I have a story about each one shared. Some have helped me through the healing process. Well, maybe all of them. One influenced how we said goodbye to our Billy on Loma Ancha. One truly demonstrated one of the stages of grief. Bargaining. Well, really two. Nearly forgot about Rammstein. And, I have shed a lot of tears. "Bled every day".

The lyrics from Cassidy Haley's Little Boys and Dinosaurs tells bits and pieces of my life. The imagery used in the video thoroughly compliments or really illustrates some real parts of my life. Really. Childhood trauma is what sent my innocence away or as the song suggests -- crippled my manhood -- kept me from being more complete. Held me back. I've not written about the day Mom locked everyone out of the house...... I am still horrified by the image of those knives jammed between the doors and their jambs. Grandma stayed with us while she was away.

And, in the end of the song...... Four years ago I came to a new place. I am far away from that scared little boy.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Snyder Cares Little for the Poor and Disabled

Michigan is only in deep shit because Governor Snyder is transferring the wealth of the State of Michigan to the wealthiest Michiganders.  Taxing the poor and elderly, while cutting aid to Michigan's schools, cutting services to the deaf community, and cutting other social services is absurd.  Its a REVERSE Robin Hood taking from the poor to give to the rich....................

Recall Snyder and all the Republicans that continue to LIE and run Michigan into the ground.

Maddow

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Creeps!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Quote of the Day

Wow! The Republican Party is going after Grandma's Medicare and the poor folks' Medicaid. Yep, Cut the programs needed by the elderly and the poor and give huge tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans. That's progress and job creation GOP style. Assholes.

From economist Paul Krugman:

Oh, and for all those older Americans who voted GOP last year because those nasty Democrats were going to cut Medicare, I have just one word:  suckers!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

It Gets Better

My thanks to an incredible young artist, Cassidy Haley!  At this point in my life, I have returned to music to find comfort and encouragement to just hold on.........  It gets better.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

WTF?

Okay.  The State of Michigan is in deep shit according to the GOP and Gov. Synder.  And, we have a state university paying a fracking football coach $2 Million dollars in the first of his 6 year contract.

Quote of the Day

"This is my 10th presidential campaign, Lord help me. I have never before seen such a bunch of vile, desperate-to-please, shameless, embarrassing losers coagulated under a single party's banner. They are the most compelling argument I've seen against American exceptionalism."  Joe Klein

The original article is here via Slog.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Synder Is Doing It To Michigan

Wake up, America!

The GOP Jobs Plan for America

All the jobs taken overseas will return to American workers when American workers accept cuts in their wages and benefits to a level less than the wages and benefits received by Chinese and Mexican workers...

No Jobs for Michigan This Year Says Governor Snyder

Look carefully at what the Governor says and does.  Right now, he is all about busting unions, negating local elections, and taking money from the poor and retirees to give to Michigan businesses.  He repeats the old LIE that lower taxes on corporations and small businesses will bring more jobs into the State of Michigan.  Tried and failed, Folks.  First Engler, then President Bush gave away money to the rich.  Jobs left Michigan and not enough jobs were created each month of Bush's presidency to fill the demand.......


The Big Republican LIE is still being repeated in Michigan and Washington, D.C.


And, now, amidst the current controversy about emergency financial managers, cuts in education funding, cuts in the services needed by Michigan's deaf community, and more cuts and on and on................  Snyder says, "Next year, my main issue is, let’s start the job creation process."


WTF?


RECALL Snyder before next year!!!!



LOL

My First Computer!!!!!!!  (via Slog)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Dear Michigan


You blew it!  Snyder is not a centrist and moderate Republican.  He is a corporate shill.  He hates unions and Michigan workers.  The bullshit that tax breaks for businesses creates more jobs has been disproved.  It didn't happen when Engler did it.  It hasn't happened anywhere -- ever!

The GOP lies.  They have lied to the Michigan people for decades.  And, still Michiganders continue to vote against their own interests by putting these corporation bought clowns into positions of power.  Yep.  Welcome to Michigan where the politicians are bought and paid for by Amway and outsiders.

Why is Snyder giving away almost two billion dollars to businesses in Michigan while cutting the funds needed to educate Michigan's children?  Why is he giving away all that tax revenue to the rich while asking the poorest to sacrifice?  None of his proposals call for "shared sacrifice"!  Tell me.  What are the rich sacrificing to save Michigan?