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found done in needlepoint on Mel's Front Porch: I Pledge Alligence to the Constitution of the United States of America. And to the Republic for which it guarantees, One Nation, Undeniable, with Liberty, Truth, and Justice for All.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Projects for a Happy Spring

Many of you may have heard of freewayblogger -- it's a website that posts photos of homemade protest signs on the highways across America. Talk about grassroots! There's another project just starting; it's the brainchild of Dan Savage, editor and columnist at The Stranger, the Seattle "alt" weekly that's actually entertaining to read. The url is fairly self explanatory, but the kicker is this. Just anywhere you see a place for it, write ITMFA. My weekend project is to create a waterproof sign for my bicycle. Spread the word, peoples.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Let the Eagles Soar -- and Sing

With the bears, the deer, the bunnies in the badlands and the birds up in the sky. Bush's Secretary of the Interior has resigned. Sing Hallelujah! Come on Get Happy!

I know, I's only a short period of time before Shrub appoints William Utt, Pete Correll, or some other previously unknown Apostate from Hell to continue the rape of our very homeland.

Just please don't tell the critters yet. They look happier than a DNA-reprieved convict. And even more innocent.

Oh, and while we are talking about presidential appointments and whatnot, I ask you how small, chincey and plain stupid are our leaders? This weekend brought (once again) late breaking news about yet another White House arrest. Claude Allen, 45, resigned last month as the President's top domestic policy adviser...after getting busted, back a couple of days after New Year's for some reciept hanky panky. To the tune of at least five thousand smackeroos. The ol' take the reciept back in and try to leave with the moichandise again scam. Yee hah! Homeboy Shopping Network, in de White House!

Top domestic policy advisor -- top Target shoplifter. There's a nice example for the kids. I'd rather explain the President getting a blowjob any damn day than outright petty theft. Glad Bush brought integrity back to Washington.

January bust, February resignation, Mid March news brief on a Friday after five. Well, these pricks are nothing if not consistant.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

A Platform for Democrats 2006

As much as it pains me to do so, I got to get serious for a few minutes. It is time for Democrats to come together and hold our fellow Democratic leaders' feet to the fire; some sacred cows need to be killed. I'm not talking about the Dems basic traditional values, like minority rights and social safety nets. I'm talking about such cancers such as corporate cash, and Republican Lite policies. This country was never meant to be a place where only the ultra-rich had a place at the table, and such tumors as K Street needed to be surgically removed. All of our national leaders, and quite a few of our local ones, are egregiously addicted to moola. I agree with Molly Ivins -- we need real campaign finance reform now, and we'll need to reform it again and again. There's a Long War worth fighting -- getting the money out.

I have some more clear ideas for our national platform this year, which I will list below, with my brief personal argument for each.

* A clear timely exit strategy from Iraq to begin immediately.
We're damned if we stay and we're damned if we go. I say we go. Americans have shed enough blood.

* Outlawing no-bid contracting of federal spending, including review to assure sensible purchasing and spending.
Halliburton, $400 hammers, substandard military equipment at premium cost. Nuff said.

* A domestic program to rebuild America's infrastructure.
As Katrina showed, many basic structures in America ain't what they ought to be. If you know any bridge you take on your way to work that's falling down, or your kid goes to a school with more portable buildings than permanent, you know this is way overdue. And a simple way to create jobs for Americans.

* Rebuild our basic safety nets in social spending.
FEMA needs rescuing. Take it back out of Homeland Security, and return it to a cabinet level agency. Federal response to emergencies has historically been knotty with red tape, but under Clinton, FEMA actually became an agency that was the exception to that rule. HUD, Labor, Interior, USDA, Health and Human Services, etc., have been all but gutted by underfunding and appointment cronyism. Congress needs more Democrats who will reverse these trends and mandate sensible funding for programs that work for the people that work, and their kids, and their grandparents.

* Enforcement of corporate responsibility.
Corporations have been granted the same rights as human beings. Should they not be held to the same responsibilities? We are living in Robber Baron times again, only the child labor is going on overseas. The working conditions of Americans are also affected. 13 miners in West Virginia are trapped, only one survives. 72 miners in Canada are trapped, and all are recovered alive, and thankful for the day and a half off to catch up on sleep. Duh.

* The environment and global warming.
This issue is so huge, I can't possible cover it here. But when polar bears are drowning trying to swim to the next ice floe and it ain't there, something is WRONG.

* The Constitution of the United States of America.
Democrats need to challenge EVERY member of our government sworn into their position to protect and defend to do so, and how. We'll only secure our country when we start using common sense, and wasting time abridging civil rights of citizens is as foolish as destroying Iraq to combat Osama. We are in a Constitutional Crisis in this country, people, and I miss Barbara Jordan.

These are my ideas, my hopes. Now blast away if you don't agree...and if you do, let's use our passion to make the real changes to get our country back.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Stolen verbatim


Quote of the Day
"Ladies and gentlemen, one of the

basic truths of the world is that
George W. Bush is a man of his word."
-- Dick Cheney Link

The only time Bush kept his word was when he promised to change the direction America was heading. He kept his word; we went from progress to disaster.

I love bartcop!

Humor with a hammer.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Old enough to Know Better

...but still gleefully childish! Thank god I wasn't born Catholic, with my birth falling right in the middle of Lent
every dadgum year. Like Wilbur, I'm a spring pig -- but according to the Chinese, I'm a Water Rabbit. And although I'm getting a little long in the tooth, I'm still a Dixie Chicken.

Not bad for an aging Tomboy!

Tips for a Happy Life:

If you have a coffee mug and a butter knife, you have every tool you will ever need in an apartment.

If you are a broke country gal or redneck boy, add duct tape and wire hangers, and any vehicle can be made to run.

And if you are gay or lesbian, MOVE TO A BIG CITY!!!!!

Do you know what a redneck's last words are?

"Hey, y'all! Watch THIS!!!"

~~~~~ now ain't that america -- for you and me ~~~~~