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Big money, dirty politics, lies, deceit and stupidity won Tuesday night in the Wisconsin recall election. But it was the big money, two third’s of which came from billionaires outside the state of Wisconsin that paid for the dirty politics, lies and deceit that lead to the stupidity of voting to retain Governor Walker.  Divide and conquer has long been a strategy to keep uninformed people from realizing who the real enemy is. Playing people off each other makes both of them losers in the long run.  Republicans know their extreme agenda would never be accepted by the majority of people so they lie, play people against each other, use fake religious principles and suppress as many voters as possible to achieve their horrific goals.  They could care less about this country or its citizens. Keeping money and power in their own pockets is all that counts.  No doubt about it. Our democracy is FOR SALE. Thanks to a well paid for Supreme Court they now have an endless supply of money from the people who have (billionaires, corporations, Wall Street and bankers) to keep the people who have not (the rest of us) just that way.  Get ready!  We’re going to see this movie played over and over again.

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The Ricketts family would pray on people’s racism to get rid of President Obama and his policies which have been totally harmless to the super rich, by the way. Joe Ricketts says he wants to stop the spending. What spending?  The Ricketts family wants federal dollars to renovate Wrigley Field. The Ricketts family wants Chicago tax payers to pay up also. Maybe he would have enough money to fund his own money making projects if he would stop spending so much money buying elections. But then that’s not how the rich get richer.  They never use their own money when they can use ours. And then they think they don’t owe the country any taxes. Talk about selfish and greedy.  I never plan to attend another Cub game again.The Ricketts family should go back to Nebraska and take the Cubs with them. Losers!

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All this talk about “bullying” today is very interesting.  I think kids are comfortable bullying because they see it so frequently with adults.  Take Republicans for example, they are a prime example of bullies.  The American Heritage dictionary says a bully is, “one who is habitually cruel to smaller or weaker people”.  Let’s see…Republicans want to take away money for medicare (the elderly), medicaid (the poor), social security (the elderly), public education (the middle class), unemployment benefits (the broke), food programs for children (the poor), the right to vote for young, old, black or brown people (just about anybody who isn’t a white, conservative male), funding to Planned Parenthood and other health care providers (poor women), the right to live here (immigrants), union rights (the middle class), jobs (ordinary citizens).  You name it…they are the TAKE AWAY people.  They have no compassion, no kindness, no concept of sharing, no idea of helping others, no consideration for anything but money.  They think they own the Christian religion but I haven’t seen a Republican behave in a Christian-like way in a very long time. They bear no resemblance to Christ or his teachings.  Your choice this November couldn’t be more clear.  If you want a chance in hell to survive in America, if you want an America for everyone founded on democratic principals, you better vote for a Democrat.  Republican politicians don’t give a SH** about you or your mother or your children!

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I’ve had so many strong feelings and opinions about political happenings lately, I was unable to process or compress them into blog.  Republicans with this “the government doesn’t have the right to tell me anything or mandate anything in my life” argument have stomped on my last nerve.  This is so hypocritical in the first place.  Republicans are the ones trying to turn our democracy into a theocracy with their brand of religion dictating how we should live our lives. Isn’t that the government telling us what to do?  Republicans want women to have forced transvaginal ultra sounds conducted at the woman’s expense before an abortion. Isn’t that government telling us what we can and cannot do?  Republicans want to influence women’s access to contraception.  Isn’t that the government telling what we can and cannot do?  But when it comes to a government mandate for coverage on health care it’s a oh hell NO!  The government can’t tell us to buy insurance (eventhough we call have to buy car insurance).  That’s like the government mandating we have to eat brocoli.  Stupid argument.  Every one at some point in their lifetime will need health services of some kind. So shouldn’t everyone have to pay for insurance coverage? Or should the rest of us continue to pay for their uninsured services with higher premiums on us, while they who decided not to get insurance get free services? Republicans used to be for personal responsibility.  Now they are against anything and everything this president might suggest is best for ALL OF US long term.  They only care about the super rich and corporations, not the people they should be representing.  They have 2 goals:  getting re-elected and protecting those who fund their getting re-elected.  They achieve this through wedge issues, igniting unnecessary social issues, keeping the masses ignorant, distraction from what is important, saying “no” to everything and mostly by telling really big lies.  Wake up America!  This is not in your best interest.

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I just returned from Ash Wednesday services.  As I thought about what I would give up for Lent this year, my plan was chocolate, something I really love and need.  Heaven help those who are near me as I go through this withdrawal.  However, our minister tonight challenged us to give up a sin.  Hmmmmmm.  I had to really think about that one.  What am I guilty of.  I must confess it is really hard for me to love everyone, especially really icky people like Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santorum, Carl Rove and so many others who are or pretend to be “Tea Party” people.  Wow, that will be very hard to do. Love is such an intense feeling. Maybe I could try not to hate them and perhaps forgive them eventhough they do know exactly what they do.  Do you think these republicans who profess to be so Christian could give up the sin of telling lies for 46 days? They lie every day about President Obama. I think not. Not even for Lent.

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It’s only January and already I wish the 2012 elections were over. I am very concerned about our democracy.  It has been co-opted by money, corporations, hate groups, religion; and no longer represents the will of the people or what is most needed for the people.  The PACS and Republican debates say it all.  The level of disrespect, ignorance, arrogance, racism, dishonesty, hatefulness, there aren’t enough words to describe, is appalling.  And this is just the primary.  It’s 2012 but it’s back to the future.  I for one don’t want to go there.

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Is Herman Cain an uncle Tom or Putney Swope?  Definition of an uncle Tom from an urban dictionary… a  black man who will do anything to stay in good standing with “the white man” including betray his own people.  Didn’t Ann Coulter say their blacks were better than the democrat’s blacks? Do they own him? He is the most bazaar candidate I’ve ever witnessed.  He is incredibly disrespectful to women (sexual harassment and the Princess Nancy reference), arrogant (“blame yo’self” comment), lacking in knowledge of how government, foreign policy, you name it should work.  Does he even have an original idea?  The 999 is from Sim City, an online game.  He has taken lines in speeches from the Pokemon song.  “The brother from another mother” appears to have been a line from Modern Family.  That campaign ad was strange.  And now the reference about beating Obama with a “cain” which is a reference that goes back to slavery and the beating of an abolitionist with a cane.  The more hateful he becomes, the more money he gets.  We have a segment of American society that is really sick and sickening.   This will not be a Putney Swope!  Get involved and fight back!

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I shouldn’t be but every day I am more amazed at how bold the Republicans have become in their “we hate the president” campaign.  They are willing to keep millions of people unemployed to put one man out of a job, President Obama.  President Obama has done more in three years than Bush did in eight and it just makes their heads explode.  But it’s not just racism, it’s making sure they keep corporate money in their pockets too.  Each and every Senate Republican has vowed to block measures that would create jobs.  They used to pretend that they were compassionate conservatives who cared about everyone but just wanted to keep the government’s budget in good shape.  Now they shout to the rooftops, if you’re poor, unemployed, etc. it’s your own fault!  They are proud of the number of executions performed in their states.  They don’t protest the boos at a proud and gay military man who every day risks his life for them. They say let the foreclosure process run its course which adds to economic disaster. Give more tax breaks to the rich and to hell with the middle class and unions that get in the way of more profits for the rich. They stand proudly with the Koch brothers who are financing campaigns against the poor and middle class at the  national, state and local level, even school boards.  They proudly stand with corporations stating that they are “people” too.  They are unashamed as they move to pass bills that will make it harder for young, black, brown, elderly and poor people to vote.  They boldly disrespect women’s health and basic human rights.  If you are not part of the top 1%, why would you even consider voting Republican?  WAKE UP!

Thank God, President Obama is not going to wait for them to rebuild the economy and bring financial security back to the middle class. He announced new rules on federal mortgages to prevent more families from losing their homes to foreclosure. And that’s just the beginning — the President said he would continue to make the changes he can by executive action, while continuing to urge Congress to act on legislation to strengthen the economy and create jobs.  He should have done this sooner.  Congress is hopeless. We the people need to stand up and make our voices heard.  I applaud those who “occupy Wall Street” around the world!  Government is supposed to represent us and we have allowed it to be sold to the corporations by the votes we cast or don’t bother to cast.  GET INVOLVED! Don’t be fooled by stupid wedge issues like gay marriage, choice, religion.  Your life, your livelihoods are at stake. Turn off FOX and open your minds. Educate yourselves on what is really happening.  Fight back…the Republicans are counting on your ignorance, your silence and your willingness to believe anything but the truth.

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The state of Georgia murdered a man Wednesday night, Troy Davis. Yes I said murder.  They like to call it execution because they think he committed a crime worthy of capital punishment.  The family isn’t “blood thirsty”.  They just want “justice”, but life in prison wasn’t justice for them.  I really feel for the victim and his family in this case.  The victim was trying to help a homeless man who was being beaten by heathens.  Helping was the Christian thing to do, right? But is murder for any reason the Christian thing to do?  Doesn’t it say in the 10 Commandments, “Thou shall not kill”?  Why is it the people in red states, i.e. Republicans believe it is wrong to abort an unborn fetus at any week but they will kill a full-grown man or woman any day of the week.  They say abortion is murder, yet they live to kill.  If not, why do they need so many guns?  They didn’t buy those guns to shoot trees.  Did you hear them cheering Governor Perry at the Republican debate for being the governor who had killed, excuse me, executed  more so-called criminals than any other governor?  There was significant doubt in the Davis case.  So many things were done wrong by the police, the prosecution and relying only on eyewitness testimony only, was a travesty.  People lie every day.  Two people never see the same incident exactly the same.  Shame on the Supreme Court. Shame on the justice system of Georgia.  Shame on the people of Georgia.  Shame on all of us for continuing to allow capital punishment to happen.  How many innocent people have we killed?  Killing the guilty makes us no less innocent of murder than the murderer.  The United States imprisons and executes more of its citizens than any other country in the world.  What does that say about us?  What does it say?

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I lost my best buddy today.  He was an awesome 13-year-old mixed breed, Shepard/Lab mix named Buddy.  He listened and never told anybody anything.  He was more fun and more loving than two dogs, bringing a lot of joy to everyone.  He patiently accepted our new grandson into the family without jealously.  Buddy got really sick 2 weeks ago but my husband wasn’t home to say goodbye so he held on.  In fact, he bounced back to the “old Buddy” for 2 whole weeks while we tried to accept the fact that we might lose him. He stayed for a visit from my brother and sister-in-law from Atlanta.  He stayed while my sister and her husband came for dinner last night.  And then a few hours after everyone had left today, he laid down and took his last breath. Thanks Buddy for being a terrific dog and friend for 13.4 years.  We already miss you terribly. You saved us from the horrific decision to have to put you down and then wonder if we’d down the right thing.  Thanks for giving us a longer goodbye.  Before he left us Buddy said, “Make sure you work hard to re-elect President Obama in 2012.”  And that’s just what I’m going to do for my BUD!  I love you man…