Right about now you’re getting your clothes ready for going out tonight. Got a date? Hoping to find someone to ring the in the New Year with? Hope you will have made plans for a DESIGNATED DRIVER to get you home safely this morning.
We witness GOP governors cutting education from their budgets and GOP candidates for president promising to abolish the Department of Education, low test scores in our schools, GOP unwillingness to upgrade our school infrastructure, etc. Thanks to Sam Seder for this thought-provoking video in which he analyses an article he read in Forbes Magazine: “If I Was a Poor Black Kid…”:
Globally, life was very difficult in 2011. Our economies were in jeopardy, some of our countries had their credit rating lowered, there has been less money available to help poor people around the globe and many of us have died fighting for the freedoms enjoyed under a democratic form of government. God bless their souls! God bless women around the world who suffer because of their biology and are subjected to discrimination and beatings, forced marriages, marital rape, dealing with no civil rights as a victims of rape and the reality of being property and baby-makers who raise men who continue the cycle of oppression. Lord, grant us mercy!
Well, it 9:35 AM EST and many of you are already celebrating 2012! Party hardy, but, don’t get too drunk. Who wants to start an auspicious journey as a NEW YEAR with a hangover.
Growing up in the South I knew the tradition of blackeyed peas or hoppin’ john and collard greens eaten at 12:01am on New Years Day. This was for good luck in the new year: peas for coins and collards for greenbacks. :) The history of the blacked peas is quite interesting. Collards are known all over the world. These foods are staples in the southern kitchen and one can find recipes online.
As a child I used to go to bed long before midnight. I hated being wakened to eat peas and greens in the middle of the night. Now I look back and chuckle and remember my dear departed Mama. I hope your family has fond traditions, too. WATCH: TV MINISODE CHRISTMAS: DESIGNING WOMEN – NEW YEAR’S DAZE
One of the key stories of the day — perhaps the one that will have the greatest long term political impact — has to be that Mitt Romney has now fully embraced Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan.
After previously hedging on the Ryan plan, Romney is now fully declaring his support for it, as a way to wound the surging Newt Gingrich among conservative voters. Newt, you’ll recall, famously referred to the Ryan plan as “right wing social engineering,” and Romney, in a post on his Web site, has revived this Newt quote, and is suggesting he’d sign it into law as president, in order to portray himself as the only true conservative in the race.
“With friends like Newt, who needs the left?” the Romney Web site now blares.
The reason this matters: It will give Dems a weapon in the general election against Romney. “In order to make this attack, Mitt Romney has now given himself ownership of the Ryan plan,” Jed Lewison writes. “Let me say that again: Mitt Romney is now one hundred percent committed to Paul Ryan’s proposal to end Medicare and replace it with vouchers.”
We’ve heard a lot about the scandals and skeletons in the GOP candidates’ closets. No one’s telling us the whole truth, especially Willard Mitt Romney on his involvement with Bain Capital which I am sure you have heard of. Bain Capital buys companies and makes them “better”…and then sells them, says Mitt. Yes, Romney was a real life “Gordon Gecko” (from the movie, WALLSTREET). At this stage of the campaign, Romney refuses to release his tax returns. When a politician does this, he has something to hide. Today’s video asks the question: “Is Romney Making Money from Layoffs” from Bain Capital. Even though he has no say-so in Bain Capital, some believe that MItt Romney is still profiting from the many layoffs in his past at Bain. This morning Romney was asked if he was bothered about those layoffs and talked about the positive effects of “trimming down a company” and gave me the impression that in Romney’s conscience there is no guilt for the misery his layoffs caused in the lives of middle-class families because he created profit. There, one wonders if a man should be President of the United States IF HE CANNOT FEEL COMPASSION for God‘s children who have fallen on hard times or whose arms aren’t long enough to catch the brass ring like Willard Mitt Romney. To understand Romney better, watch the DVD of “Wallstreet” and make your own comparison.
12-30-11 12:00 Mitt Romney surrogate, Gov. Chris Christie just told an audience in Iowa, “If you people don’t vote for Romney, I am going to come back (here) New Jersey style. If those people have seen “The Sopranos“, they must be shaking in there boots. That TV series deals with New Jersey “businessmen” who combined their business with MURDER! OMG, is that what Chris Christie is threatening the good people of Iowa? Really? [Full disclosure: I haven't seen the series, but I bought the complete "Sopranos" to watch on rainy days.]
It was a hypothetical question and Paul gave a fairly broad answer, saying he appreciated the intent of the law but disagreed with the specific language on property rights.
Left unmentioned was that Paul had — in more than a hypothetical sense — already cast a vote on the famous bill. On June 24, 2004, the House of Representatives took up a resolution “recognizing and honoring the 40th anniversary of congressional passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” Four hundred and fourteen members voted yes, and 18 didn’t show up to vote. Only one member said nay: Ron Paul.”
Medicaid is the United Stateshealth program for certain people and families with low incomes and resources. It is a means-tested program that is jointly funded by the state and federal governments, and is managed by the states. People served by Medicaid are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, including low-income adults, their children, and people with certain disabilities. Poverty alone does not necessarily qualify someone for Medicaid. Medicaid is the largest source of funding for medical and health-related services for people with limited income in the United States. [SOURCE: Wikipedia]
I am sick of hearing Republicans ascribe this promise and that promise that were not on the November ballot! Did you hear Speaker Boehner speak at about 5:40pm trying to justify his actions and those of his colleagues? They think that bad ideas have merit and are better than no ideas. Well…
One thing for sure, the Tea Party may be hated by most of us, but, they have sparked a conversation about our politics and our political system. We need some changes made! One group I have not heard mentioned in all the talking on TV is the poor. Not only are poor Americans suffering the ills of poverty, they have to suffer when they get sick or have chronic health problems. Medicaid is a blessing and, perhaps, a human right. Republicans seek to cut the money the federal government contributes to the healthcare of poor people: Medicaid! At the same time they stubbornly protect the low tax rates enjoyed by millionaires, billionaires and large corporations! And, they justify neither of their actions. If you ask them if they are patriots, they would say, “Yes” in loud voices. They are not the best America has to offer. We are a Christian nation that dispenses charity and compassion to all downtrodden Americans. Just when and how did the Republican Party go wrong?
You have responded to the President’s call to use social and conventional media to express your opinions to your representatives in Washington. Please continue to pour on the heat!
JOKE FOR THE DAY: “According to a recent survey, kids are receiving an average of 40 cents less from the tooth fairy. That’s right, the economy is so bad that even make-believe people are feeling the pinch.” -CONAN
Are You “Walking in a Winter Wonderland?” RU Old Enough to Know Who Sue Ann Nivens Is? Yes, she is my favorite character in sitcom history and was played by Betty White who has worked in TV since 1949. Sue Ann Nivens was the most outrageous comic character of her day. I laughed so much as she described her bedroom antics! Watch a young Betty White tie this post back to winter: