Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
It is my belief that if people don't want to marry someone of the same sex, they shouldn't have to. It's always the same argument, "what will I tell my children?" How about the truth! I think Roy Zimmerman said it best in one of his songs called Defenders of Marriage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bja2ttzGOFM It's about people defending marriage from people who want to get married. It is my belief that the biggest problems with marriage these days are divorce and the economy. All you right to life-er, Conservative, anti gay, pro war thinking people should consider this, seldom do gay couples have abortions. They do adopt though. I know I'm going to get some reaction from this post, especially from certain religious persons. I just ask, what did Jesus say about gays or gay marriage? I'm not looking for some quote in the old testament or something Paul said, I want red letter Jesus quotes from you people that, based on your religion, don't want gays to have this right.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I report these when doing the weather on KGOE and nobody ever calls or questions me about it. We have smog controlls on our cars and stuff and this crap is supposed to be just fine?
Here's what some are saying about these.
I don't remember this growing up. This all seemed to start about 12 years ago and it's getting worse. We had contrails that dissapeared after a few minutes but not ones that spread out and became a hazy, overcast, rainbow sheen, planet cooling, blue sky robbing mess in the skies.
Dave Meserve may have something here. He gathered enough signatures to place a measure on the ballot in Arcata Ca. that would ban the military from doing this very thing.
Here's a link to Dave Meserves measure.
I talked about this earlier in my blog, check the archives.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
H.R. 2421: Clean Water Restoration Act of 2007
To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify the jurisdiction of the United States over waters of the United States
Read a summary here from govtrak.us
Here's the full text of the law.
What does this mean? Are they taking jurisdiction of our wells?
I'll send an e-mail to Thom Hartmann, Peter B. Collins and Mike Malloy regarding this.
Anyone with more info. please reply to this blog.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Although I am not currently registered as a Green, I am now seriously considering making the change. The Green Party represents many of the same values that I believe in. The environment, workers rights, health care, non violence and the quest for truth. Cynthia, you may have just made a Green out of me.
To learn more about Cynthia McKinney go to www.runcynthiarun.org
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Good news for people that don't want High Fructose Corn Syrup in all of their foods. http://www.flex-news-food.com/pages/16166/Sweetener/corn-syrup-costs-health-issues-boost-sugar-use-dj.html This article from Flex News says that due to high cost, a move back to sugar is happening. HFCS is destructive to the planet, read this from the Washington Post.
HFCS is made from genetically modified corn and is not an equal balance of glucose and fructose as cane and beet sugar is. Avoid this stuff when possible and learn more about it.
Save the planet and yourselves, boycott this stuff!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Thanks Bill for the heads up.
By Carl Young
When is someone going to ask Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Barack Obama, about the VA’s health care programs? I don’t hear any of them talking about a pending bill-H.R.2415 and it’s companion bill S.2639-that could finally give some assurance of quality health care for all of America’s veterans.
" The Assured Funding for Veterans Health Care Act" is currently under review in the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. It’s been there for a while as our congressional representatives fear they might lose their oversight ability, which in my book would be a good thing because of their history of under-funding and even delaying budgets.
There’s no doubt that the haphazard funding congress has been giving needs more review. One of the original co-sponsors of H.R.2415, Representative Bart Stupak (MI), has come out and said that the bill would address the problem by changing the way veteran’s health care is funded in Congress.
"The brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our nation should not need to fight so hard each year for the health care and benefits they have earned. The history of cuts and overdue budgets for our veteran’s health care is no way to honor our service members," Stupak said in a recent Associated Press release.
George Washington certainly had it right when he said that,"... the willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directionally proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."
The history of cuts and overdue budgets for our veterans health care today, is no way to honor them. "It is illogical to put a cap on VA funding when it is impossible to put a cap on the number of those wounded and injured in service to their country.," said Larry Scott, founder and editor of VA Watchdog.org.
It’s obvious that current system needs to be replaced with a new funding system that is more realistic, like one that is indexed to medical inflation and the per capita use of the VA health care system.
Some have tried to argue that passing this legislation would take away oversight authority. In fact one could argue that this funding mechanism would provide our worried legislators with more time to oversee all veterans’ program areas. So in spite of claims by the U.S. Justice Department that the congress or the courts has no authority to tell the VA how to run their programs, it might be time to set them straight.
Recently U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI), Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, called for the resignation of Dr. Ira Katz, mental Health Officer for the Department of veteran Affairs, following reports that Dr. Katz was involved in efforts to cover up the number of veterans attempting suicide.
Why hasn’t our Congress been more aggressive in overseeing why the VA hasn’t done more to prevent suicide among our veterans? They need to be transparent and they need to spend the funding they get on programs as intended.
A recent study released by the Rand Corportation estimates that 300,000 U.S. troops-about 20 percent of those deployed-are suffering from Depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from having served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I am asking Congressman Thompson (D-CA) to co-sponsor the bill and help bring it out of The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and into the light of day. I encourage everyone to write Congressman Thompson and to ask for his support on H.R.2415. Let’s spoil their little game of "let-it-die-in-committee," and let our elected officials know we care about our veterans.
The only way to get a politician’s interest is to show them that their constituents-that’s us-want the right thing to be done for our service men and women.
I leave you with one more thought; always look at the way a politician actually votes-and not by what he tells you from behind a podium.