Palin Chats with LI Group in Country Club Setting 1


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With her demise in the polls making the news lately, Sarah Palin, EX-GOVERNOR of Alaska, spoke with a business group on Long Island in New York.  She gave no prepared speech but, answered questions on a variety of subjects. Mrs. Palin made a little news by saying that the country was looking for an “unconventional” candidate for President in 2012.  While Mrs. Palin *is* unconventional, she does not qualify as a presidential candidate.  Being able to shoot a caribou or moose, writing books some of which were so unpopular they were given away and being unable to tell Katy Couric which periodicals she reads on a regular basis does not ace a REPUBLICAN victory in 2012. Besides, how do we know she would serve a full term?

To her credit Gov. Palin said that the questions about President Obama’s birth and citizenship were a “distraction.” Mrs. Palin has yet to face the “lame street media”…to use her characterization.

Joe. My. God.: Rumsfeld Endorses DADT Repeal

Gays Have Always Served!

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Rumsfeld Endorses DADT Repeal

Shortly after his CPAC appearance, former defense secretary Donald “War Criminal” Rumsfeld endorsed the repeal of DADT.

“First of all, we know that gays and lesbians have been serving in the military for decades with honorable service,” Rumsfeld said. “We know that [repeal of a ban on gays serving openly] is an idea whose time has come.” Rumsfeld says he has “enormous respect” for the ground commanders and service chiefs who have expressed concerns about the impact of gays serving openly on unit cohesion, and he urged the top brass to implement the new law “with care.” But Rumsfeld says that congress, which passed the repeal bill in the waning days of the last session, has expressed the will of the American people.

via Joe. My. God.: Rumsfeld Endorses DADT Repeal.


So many suggest that to help fix Social Security, we need to raise the retirement age. Really?  When I was working (in my 20s and 30s) I noticed that the older guys were not the most productive workers.  They were given “special” workplans.  They were relieved when they could retire at 65. Yes, some white-collar workers could work longer, but, many blue-collar workers would find it difficult to work to 70 and 75 doing physical work.  In either case, IMHO, employers look at you differently when you pass 50.  Who’s going to put an older worker on a fast track for promotion?  Doesn’t happen often.

When I check out at the Food Lion, I notice that the cashier has gray hair. I want to ask her age out of curiosity.  My hair is still black but I cannot stand at a cash register all day and check out groceries while keeping mentally alert on the prices on the register. It’s easier these days because the IBM system “scans” the food for the price.

No, raising the retirement age might look good on a spreadsheet, but, what about the reality of a 60 or 70-year-old worker?  I am so glad I was able to retire at 53!

Obstacle to Deficit Cutting: A Nation on Entitlements –

Sunday, on “Meet the Press,” Speaker John Boehner formally announced that the United States is “broke.”  This bold reality led me to read an article I had been saving for the right time:
By SARA MURRAY Efforts to tame America’s ballooning budget deficit could soon confront a daunting reality: Nearly half of all Americans live in a household in which someone receives government benefits, more than at any time in history.At the same time, the fraction of American households not paying federal income taxes has also grown—to an estimated 45% in 2010, from 39% five years ago, according to the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan research organization.

via Obstacle to Deficit Cutting: A Nation on Entitlements – [Great article!]

Personally, I paid Federal Income Tax and the Payroll tax from 1969 to 1992. I have earned the entitlements promised to me.  If Congress wants to alter the system, they should do it with young wage earners early in their careers so that they have a chance to prepare for their retirements. Admittedly, I was not smart enough to understand stocks, margin calls, buying short, nor derivatives. I depended on earning a pension and the promise of Social Security. I think it ludicrous to think that even in the 21st Century, most Americans can swim in the sea of stock and bond and derivatives which might constitute a “savings plan for retirement.”

Artist: Kevin Spear

If I had lived and worked under such a system, I would be homeless on the streets of New York…lost! Without hope! No, I am pretty sophisticated…not smart on investing money.  Are you?  Would you trust the futures of your innocent young children to the vicissitudes and vagaries of Wall Street, the Stock Market and investments in general?  Do you really think that under such a system for 40 years they will be provided for without “The Government?” I submit, “No!”

Yes, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are not perfect systems.  They were devised to patch holes in our social fabric at a time in our past.  Congress has been talking about fixing these systems for decades. Yet, we read today the referenced article in the Wall Street Journal.  We keep voting these old men into Congress who don’t know how or are unwilling to perfect these systems as much as a human can do!  Last November, the election brought a crop of young members of The Congress. Perhaps they will take up the gauntlet and fix these systems and secure a safe and comfortable future for us all.  That success depends, in part, on how much you get involved in governance. Your responsibility is an easy one: Write to your US Senators and US Representatives and express your opinions and concerns.  If they will not listen, VOTE THEM OUT! [You might begin by requesting they immediately end the two (2) wars we are waging.  That would fix our deficit problem, IMHO.]

. . weirdo Democrats? At the end of the story, good vanquishes evil, everybody gets exactly what they need, and the President arrives back home, safe and sound. Touche, sir.

AFP: Afghan war costs $300 million a day: Pentagon

Drowning in debt, and hitting the ceiling. Except the ceiling is “DEBT.” Damn!

It’s raise the Debt Ceiling…or cut spending?  How about END THE WARS NOW!

Afghan war costs $300 million a day: Pentagon

(AFP) – 1 day ago

WASHINGTON — The withdrawal of American troops from Iraq will allow for a reduced US defense budget in 2012 but the war in Afghanistan still costs the United States close to 300 million dollars a day.
Under the Pentagon’s proposed budget, the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will drop to $117.8 billion for fiscal year 2012, a reduction of 41.5 billion from the previous year.
As the US war effort winds down in Iraq, the budget sets aside $10.6 billion for “Operation New Dawn,” with the remaining 50,000 US troops there due to withdraw by the end of 2011.
Spending for the Afghan mission calls for $107.3 billion, down slightly from the last budget, which requested $113.5 billion.
President Barack Obama has vowed to start a withdrawal in July of the roughly 97,000 troops now in Afghanistan.

via AFP: Afghan war costs $300 million a day: Pentagon.

Both republicans and democrats are putting off attacking the need to cut ENTITLEMENTS. They fear reforming the private healthcare industry who are primary donors to their campaigns.  I fear what cutting Social Security and, more so, cuts to MEDICARE.  How does one go about cutting? Services? Options?  What would a reformed private healthcare delivery system look like?  Our leaders hesitate to tell us.  I pay $96.50 a month for Medicare and there is a co-pay. How might that change, I wonder. I go to the doctor every three months for an office visit and new prescriptions.  Surely that cannot change.  They say that the bulk of the costs in this problem are for end-of-life care.  That is a long way off for me, but, I am interested in knowing what lies ahead…like all of the baby-boomers who are now turning 65.

Mr. President, I suggest that you and the leaders of both parties in Congress meet in the Rose Garden AND JOINTLY ANNOUNCE THAT YOU WILL BE CHANGING ENTITLEMENTS and what we may expect…in general terms.  This way no more waiting for the other to go first! How about that idea?

Shirley Sherrod Sues Breitbart – The Daily Beast

Shirley Sherrod Sues Breitbart


Shirley Sherrod

Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP Photo

Take him to the cleaners: Shirley Sherrod, the former Agricultural Department employee who was fired after Andrew Breitbart released a doctored video making her appear racist, is now suing Breitbart for damaging her reputation. The video set off a media frenzy in July 2010, first as Sherrod lost her job and then as it was revealed that she was, in fact, telling a story about how she overcame racism to help a white farmer in need. Breitbart’s response to Sherrod’s lawsuit was characteristically unhinged: “I can promise you this: neither I, nor my journalistic websites, will or can be silenced by the institutional Left, which is obviously funding this lawsuit.”

Read it at Media Matters

via Shirley Sherrod Sues Breitbart – The Daily Beast.



A “Supreme” Conflict of Interest – Common Cause


Justices Scalia and Thomas

A Supreme Conflict of Interest

Did these two men, Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, have a shocking and undisclosed conflict of interest when they ruled on the Citizens United case — which opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate political spending? Justices Scalia and Thomas: Did they have a conflict of interest in Citizens United?

Sign our petition calling for a Justice Department investigation of whether Scalia and Thomas should have recused themselves from the Citizens United case because of their participation in secret political strategy meetings with Koch Industries!

via A “Supreme” Conflict of Interest – Common Cause.

Obama’s budget to call for slashing oil tax breaks, boosting clean energy – The Hill’s E2-Wire

The administration has also proposed major cuts to a program that provides financial assistance for low-income Americans who are having trouble paying their heating bills. The budget request  proposes cutting the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program by $2.5 billion.[Source: The Hill. Licensed image not part of article.]  My best friend is quite dependent on this assistance to survive the hard weather of the northeast.  Without this aid he would be devastated…along with a town of low-income survivors. [Baltimore, MD, near Washington, DC]

Obama’s budget to call for slashing oil tax breaks, boosting clean energy – The Hill’s       E2-Wire.

Imagine what our young innocents, our children, have to contend with in hard economic times.  They have no voice.

Research suggests that, on average, families need an income of about twice the federal poverty level to meet their most basic needs. Children living in families with incomes below this level—$44,100 for a family of four in 2010—are referred to as low income. The United States measures poverty by an outdated standard developed in the 1960s. [Source: NCCP]

Children in the United States, by Income Level, 2009

In United States, there are 40,707,328 families, with 74,219,201 children.

Low-Income Children: 42% (31,298,590) of children live in low-income families, defined as income below 200% of the federal poverty level. [NCCP]

It will, of course, fall to the democrats and independents in the Congress to champion the rights and well-being of the economically challenged.  Those who benefited from Obama’s GREAT COMPROMISE OF 2010 live in luxury year-round. No wood or coal stoves or having to deal with smell and danger of kerosene lights and heating. Long waits for the oil man.  Yes, some Americans still live in the 1900s when it comes to energy sources in the home. Support your members in Congress by sharing your concerns and ideas.

Seniors, to his credit, Obama provides assistance for this fiscal year. Yes, this is the same aid he proposes to cut!

The Maddow Blog

Morning Maddow: February 14 – Tricia McKinney
It’s the most romantic day of the year: budget day! Rep. Paul Ryan hasn’t seen the president’s budget, but he already knows he doesn’t like it. Ditto Speaker Boehner. TX Gov. Rick Perry says the federal government should be more like Texas.

Valentine’s Day

Love’s Philosophy
The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one another’s being mingle­
Why not I with thine?

See the mountains kiss high heaven
And the waves clasp one another
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdain’d its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea­
What are all these kisses worth
If thou kiss not me?
Contributed by: Maria

After such a cheerful post I am sorry that I feel compelled to add this news item for today.  The President will submit his budget to Congress today.  And, once again THE POOR would suffer and at a time when prices everywhere are going up and those people on Social Security were not given a COLA (by law) and republicans voted down a one-time $250 payment:

The administration will also propose major cuts to a program that provides financial assistance for low-income Americans who are having trouble paying their heating bills. The budget request will propose cutting the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program by $2.5 billion. [Source: The Hill]

Why is it that the poor must be the first to suffer.  The Administration recently gave the wealthy A SIGNIFICANT TAX CUT. [The last Congress.]  This was done to appease republicans (and at the same time secure benefits for the middle class.) I submit that all levels of society should be included in tax cuts to help the economy, but, MUST THE POOR SUFFER IN THE COLD IN WINTER AND THE HEAT IN SUMMER? I hope the Congress will not cut here. Tell your members in Congress how you feel.

Lincoln’s Birthday!


Abraham Lincoln
February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865