phyncke: I made this (Obamanos)
Here is what Joe Kennedy III has to say about the new healthcare bill the Republicans are proposing - I am going to keep an eye on this guy. He is going to be important. For sure. He sent this out over Obama's mailing list but he has been fighting the good fight in Congress. He is in the House of Representatives for Massachusetts. 

Mercy.

It is about how we care for the least among us -- not how we treat the powerful.

It calls on us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and comfort the sick.

It is kindness. It is grace.

There is no mercy in a system that makes health care a luxury. There is no mercy in a country that turns its back on those that are most in need of protection: the elderly, the poor, the sick, and the suffering.

There is no mercy in a cold shoulder to the mentally ill.

There is no mercy in a policy that takes for granted the sweat, the tears, and the sacrifice that working Americans shed every day so that they might care for their families' basic needs: food, shelter, health, and hope for tomorrow.

So when Speaker Ryan called his repeal bill "an act of mercy" last week, I knew I had to speak out.

It is an act of malice.

We, as Americans, are better than this. Every working family deserves better than this. And when millions of people have their access to health care put on the chopping block, we have to stand up to this. 
phyncke: I made this (Obamanos)
I have become an MSNBC junkie. I don't know if I can make it through four years of this Trump Administration and I hope I don't have to. I am really hoping that Trump gets impeached and does not last the whole duration of his presidency. I just have to say it here. I really am hoping that.

This is the third week and it is absolute insanity.

I am too tired to give details and it is almost too much to keep up with.

Hope all is well with you in your part of the world. It has turned into a dystopian nightmare in the US. It really has.
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Here is my word meter for the Slashy Valentine -



I don't have a sense of how long the story is going to be but I better wrap it up soon as Red just sent out the warning email! Gotta get it done!

So that is what is going on. If you follow me on FB you know I am not pleased with what is going on in Washington. More on that later.

Happy weekend to all.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] iheartnickcath at House Passes CISPA: Make Sure It Dies In Senate
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] mcc2040 at House Passes CISPA: Make Sure It Dies In Senate
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] philstar22 at House Passes CISPA: Make Sure It Dies In Senate
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] lk737 at House Passes CISPA: Make Sure It Dies In Senate
CISPA would give the government and corporations vast new powers to track and share data about Americans’ Internet use.

But our hundreds of thousands of emails and tens of thousands of phone calls have had a real impact:

Amendments were adopted that made CISPA (marginally) better.

Earlier this month CISPA was supposed to sail through, but we helped foment opposition, and the vote was far closer than anybody could have imagined even a couple of weeks ago.

Most Democrats held firm in opposition, and more than two dozen libertarian-leaning Republicans defied their leadership and voted no.

Most importantly, President Obama has threatened to veto CISPA.

***Additionally, CISPA would destabilize the internet inviting cyber attacks and increasing the amount of identity theft.***

The Senate will consider cyber security legislation in the coming weeks. Let’s turn up the heat right away: Tell the Senate to reject CISPA and any and all legislation that doesn’t respect privacy and civil liberties.
Add your name at right to tell the Senate to reject cyber security legislation that doesn’t respect privacy.

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/cispa_passes/?akid=1332.1998782.hoiowQ&rd=1&t=2


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Sarah Palin have so much staying power. I don't get it. I really don't. The woman is a train wreck and now it seems that she is going to run for PRESIDENT at some point in the future? Hilary Clinton please run that woman over.

America never ceases to amaze me with who will hold the national attention but really...Sarah Palin has got to go.


by sailinghome
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I am going to give the short view of the Obama speech tonight. I was writing during the address so I heard it but did not totally absorb it.

It seemed to be a confirmation of his election platform. He reaffirmed all of his major points and I was happy to see attention to these major areas:

-the economy
-healthcare
-alternative energy

He speaks so well and I have to say I am proud to have him as my president.

One side comment. I found it totally inappropriate that they allowed people to get autographs signed in chambers there. Most of those people are politicians and what not. Why the heck is our president signing autographs in Congress? This rock star stuff is getting to be a bit much to me. He is our President NOT a Hollywood star. This is in no way a criticism of his policies or his speech. I think he should be talking politics in there not asking people whose name he should be signing. /rant

And who were those groupies in the back? Gah. Okie. Done.
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California Gov Schwarzenegger seems to think taking pets to the vet is a luxury. Evidently our Governor feels that one way to raise money for the state in these times is to create a 9% veterinary services tax.

Vet medication and other products are already subject to sales tax, but the Governor wants to add a separate tax on services -- classifying veterinary care a luxury item. In addition to pet owners, this will decimate rescues already struggling to pay vet bills. Having volunteered for Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County for over a year, I have seen personally how important it is to keep costs down for these organizations.

For many pets and strays, it's literally a death sentence. Please take 15 seconds to stop this NOW. You can call the Governor's automated line any time, follow prompts to note your opposition, and it will take less than 15 seconds... You don't even have to talk to anyone.

Simply: 1) Call the Governor's office at 916-445-2841

2) Select your language choice. Press "1" for English.

3) Press "5"

4) Press "1" to select the issue of extending the sales tax to veterinary
services.

5) Press "2" to "OPPOSE" the Veterinary Services Tax proposal.

6) PLEASE COPY AND FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW IN CALIFORNIA.
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So when the debate started, my cable was out but here I am, watching this thing. My irate emil to Comcast must have gotten it back on again. :P

So the first thing I am intrigued by is this energy question. McCain mentions "clean coal". Now that really seems like an oxymoron to me and not quite possible so I did a little research. Not surprisingly it is something that George Bush was promoting and here is the link to Wiki.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clean_coal_technology

Look down the bottom at the Greenpeace info calling it FALSE HOPE. What a pile of hooey. I don't believe there is any such thing as clean coal. It is one of the most polluting energy forms. So let's not buy this one, eh?

Too soon to tell but on that vice presidential question, McCain again turned it to a rant on taxes. Dude, that was NOT the question. Obama is really good at staying on point. McCain just does not...

Oh boy. The Herbert Hoover thing again. *eye roll* Can we get some new material?

That $5000.00 health credit does not go far but getting covered goes a lot further. I think Obama's plan has a lot more foresight.

More later. You heard it here first.


by skeletalembrace
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I have been sitting here eating jalapeno, cheese puffs for like 45 minutes. I feel ick. I love these things but enough is enough. They have the blue cheese, I love the blue cheese but everything in moderation. This is not moderate.

So as a follow up to the political stuff I posted earlier in the week. The rent control measure that I was jabbering on about got voted down, meaning that rent control is alive and well here. I am sooo pleased with that and it reinvigorates my faith in humanity and the political process. Makes that canvassing I did totally worth it.

My Ardor in August is out of control. 7800 words. Augh. No signing of ending. I will make it stop. He he he. Elves run amok.

Tonight I made a really cool icon that I am pretty happy with. Posting it for your pleasure. Coming soon to a comm hear you:

Graphical feature: Anime color

Anime Color

I like it. I played with opacity on the text thing. Fading that for the animated thing. Woo. I like to try a new way of doing things. I would like it to be smoother. But the chickie on the icon is radical. I love all the color there.

*goes to get something nutritious* Like broccoli!


by [livejournal.com profile] goodgal996

My day...

Jun. 3rd, 2008 05:58 pm
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So yes, I did vote and feel good about that. It feels good to participate in the process and be counted. Yah yah.

So work was just well, meh. Let's see. How can I put it? The only way I can think of is a person who I consider a friend became the total project management nazi today. We are working on a group project, let's call it organizing the filing system, which it is. Something that none of us like to do but that needs to be done. I am well aware of the imperative as are we all. Not only does it seem like most of the deadlines are mine BUT...suddenly the timetable that we all worked out in our larger staff meeting seems to have shifted to suit her vacation timing. She leaves in a few weeks and would like it done by then. Well we all figured out that we had the summer to get this done. So she proceeds to hassle me in the planning meeting and nail me on deadlines to suit her schedule. And not in a nice way. So I really don't take this. I manage projects and I don't do it like this. The idea is to build a consensus in a team way...not impose. This was not pretty. We fought most of the meeting and I raised some very valid objections at the end about her changing the time table to suit her schedule which was not what was agreed. She just walked away. So you know? This won't stand.

I put a meeting (called something else entirely) on my boss's calendar tomorrow but I am going to bring this up with her. I want her to be aware that I was not treated well here and that I have an issue with it. I don't care what she does with it. But I am really pissed. I did email my boss confidentially and give her the heads up that I needed to speak with her confidentially. But HELL NO. Tomorrow I will be calm and just let her know what happened. I may end up cancelling it but you know...based on how upset I was...she needs to know.

Anyhoo. I am making graphics and I am writing my Ardor in August. I sneaked a scene out at work since I had an idea for it. Kept the file open and wrote a little bit. I am having so much fun with it. Really am. Woot.

And now, what should I have for dinner. I am so in the mood for pizza. Ooo. O.o


by [livejournal.com profile] darklingfae at [livejournal.com profile] faded_design
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So tonight I did my part for a political cause, namely rent control. They are trying to get rid of rent control as one of the measures in tomorrow's vote in California. I got a call last night and we had already been emailing about this in the house, and one thing lead to another and somehow I agreed to put out flyers in my neighborhood for the campaign against the measure in question (which would end rent control).

After work...a got my little bag of pamphlets together and hit the street. They had wanted me to go to houses but that felt a little too intrusive so what I did was I did the cars. All the ones within a certain radius of here with local permits. Got quite a few. I went around until I was just about out of these things. I saved a few to bring to work tomorrow.

The people, united, will never be defeated!

*huzzah*

*PS* As a renter here in Berkeley, this issue is very important to me. There are very few protections for people in my position and I think that rent control protects those of us who rent and certain people who rent...specifically those on fixed income (the elderly, disabled and low income) who cannot afford to own property and have to rent in this market. The rent ceilings are very fair here and landlords do make enough on their properties. I had a significant increase in rent this year and cannot afford to pay more. So...let's hope this measure does not pass.

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