Just what are the minimum requirements to be fit to serve in public office? I really have to wonder these days. Aside from the blatantly criminal behavior evidenced by the boys and girls serving up in Albany, NY that is…..those jerks have really brought the bar down low, and it just seems politicians are getting less intelligent. Governors leaving office because of sex scandals, jump immediately to mind. Shouldn’t one have their personal life in order before they dare presume to order our public lives?
Consider the national Congress and Senate shenanigans, during speeches and on the Sunday shows, and you could make a case for the decline of American politics indeed. Some of the most stupid, harebrained, and racist comments are not made by some loopy blogger in an obscure location; they’ve been uttered by those already holding public office, and usually seeking a higher office. I even wonder if politicians should be tested for mental illness. Continue reading →
The United States Postal Service is the finest, most reliable postal service in the world Everyone knows this, and the fact that we can send a letter to any place in the United States to any other place for forty-six cents is frankly amazing. I appreciate the ease with which I can ship packages all over the country with a minimum of fuss or trouble, and the certainty that my numerous internet purchases will make it to my door safely. The USPS workers are our friends and neighbors; it is and always will be a large part of the fabric of American life and business. So why all the fighting over the state of the USPS on the House floor?
Correct me if I am way off base, but aren’t we guaranteed a Postal Service in our Constitution? And aren’t most retirees unlikely to live seventy five years past retiring, let alone all? Why was the United States Postal Service saddled with that stupid rule rather than businesses in the private sector? You can imagine the furor if Fedex or UPS were federally mandated to pre-fund seventy five years of health benefits? Continue reading →
How’s the sequestration treating you? Most may ask, ‘What Sequestration?’. Alot of folks stopped paying attention to this sort of thing, due to fatigue, so it is understandable that they would not know. It’s a state of broad departmental budget cuts to government programs and services. We are gifted with this albatross because the last Congress could not pass a budget. The doomsday scenarios the White House and some Democrats warned against haven’t happened. Yet.
The country has not imploded yet, nor been invaded by a foreign entity.Personally, I haven’t been affected at all by sequestration, which I think is indicative of the experience of most Americans, because I am self sufficient, I have no special needs that require federal aid. Unless you need a service of any kind…..that you depend on to eat, take care of yourself and family, to educate children. You know, nothing of real importance to the media, or the average Senator and Congressperson. Like booking a flight home from Washington!
If you are like me, you are deeply suspicious of industry that extracts fossil fuels, even “natural gas”. The pressure from wealthy interests to get the ok to proceed with fracking projects in New York State is mounting on Governor Cuomo, especially for the jobs they supposedly would bring. But when you see how other state’s environments have suffered after fracking, it is clear it would be a bad bargain for New York. Last chance to express your position on the issue, folks. Read on from Credo Action:
Governor Cuomo’s administration announced that the state’s health impact study will be completed “in the next few weeks,” paving the way for Governor Cuomo to make a decision on fracking in New York. That means now is a vitally important time to put pressure on the governor to ban fracking.
Click below for a sample script and the number to call:
In February, we won a small victory in the fight to ban fracking in New York: Governor Cuomo’s administration announced that it would take more time to decide whether to open New York to fracking, saying it needed more time to study the health impacts of fracking.1
But, recently, Governor Cuomo’s administration announced that the state’s health impact study will be completed “in the next few weeks,” Continue reading →
Even if you had any lingering delusions that the jobs the Keystone XL Pipeline promises would be worth the danger to our water supply and environment, think about the latest round of oil spills. The oil industry has proven itself untrustworthy, unsafe and irresponsible in the relentless quest for cheaper oil to refine. Perhaps this email from Credo will offer a way to express your will to those who get to decide if the pipeline plans in our neighborhood will proceed.
Deadline Earth Day: Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline
April 22 is the last chance, before President Obama makes a decision, to submit a comment opposing the Keystone XL pipeline. To send a big message, we’ve set a goal of delivering 200,000 comments. Help us reach the goal to block the “game over for the climate” tar sands pipeline. Continue reading →
It is tax time, and most Americans are tallying up what they owe, or if they are lucky what they overpaid. But, did you hear about how much in Corporate tax Facebook paid in recent years? Brace yourself, if you hadn’t…the number is zero dollars.
After living with corporate entities that get bailed out, forgiven when they break the law, and influence our politicians to make laws tailored to provide the optimum environment to succeed in, it is really shitty to find that now they get taxed less than the average Facebook user.
How is that right, that a huge business so successful and worth so much, and that would not exist without the help and cooperation of all of its American users, can just get off without chipping in to taxman like the rest of us? How many billions are enough, before a corporation admits that its time to pay the money they owe like every other business? People who make billions off of Americans should put money back into the country that made them rich beyond their wildest dreams. But no, Facebook will instead get a refund in the hundreds of millions, Continue reading →
Cablevision/Optimum illegally fired La’kesia Johnson, a Cablevision technician, along with 22 others.
How do I know that? Because she told me so. I often share my better items I get in my inbox here, and this one deserves to be included:
Below is an email from La’kesia Johnson, a Cablevision technician who worked with the Communication Workers of America to create a petition on SignOn.org, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.
Dear MoveOn member,
I got fired just for speaking my mind about my working conditions. That’s not just wrong, it’s illegal.
I’ve worked as a Cablevision/Optimum technician for more than 6 years. A year ago, my coworkers and I voted to form a union, so we could have a voice on the job. But a year has come and gone, and Cablevision/Optimum management hasn’t negotiated in good faith for a contract. Continue reading →
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