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.
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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 →
Unlock your phone? Sounds crazy, yet when you think about it, the fact that you cannot do so whenever you want is pretty foul. Maybe its the consumer that gets the benefit of some deregulation for a change! Check out the message from Al Franken.
If you have a mobile phone, this is a big deal.
Right now, even when your contract with your mobile provider expires, you can’t legally “unlock” that phone — which would allow you to switch carriers. That’s right. It’s against the law.
But wait a minute. That’s your phone. You bought it, fair and square. Why should your cell phone company be able to tell you what you can do with it even after your contract is up? And why should the law be on their side? Continue reading →
I’m ashamed to say that quite a bit of the information Jon discloses in the preceding video was news to me… I just don’t think about guns because I don’t own any. I don’t hunt, sport shoot, and even though I live in the big bag metro area, I haven’t yet wanted a gun for protection. However, I was very naive about the mess gun control laws really are in. But then, as I look back at the way the country has treated guns and the way we use them, it all comes clear.
So, most of us were relieved that there was news of a compromise reached in Washington, that a bandage was slapped on to the mess our nation’s finances are in.
For most of the United States, 2012 has been a difficult and challenging year, replete with extreme weather phenomena, tragic losses of life, and one of the most polarizing elections of modern times, so I understand why the average American just wants to move on. We are weary. We’ve all had enough uncertainty, we need to be able to spend without worrying as much for awhile. Our economy depends on it.
The new legislation keeps the Bush era tax cuts for persons making less than $400,000 and couples making less that $450,000. It also makes permanent the fixes for the Alternative Minimum Tax and delays government spending cuts for two months. Continue reading →
You remember the underlying theme of the abortion obsessed GOP this past election cycle? You know, the same tired anti woman crap that resulted in less Republicans in Congress and the Senate? Well, you should know, that same sort of anti woman world view affects women adversely, all over the world.
Government policies in many countries across the globe deny women their basic rights. Women jailed for having the gall to try to control their bodies, for not choosing to give birth. Women held hostage for the crime of giving birth while poor. Women and children treated worse than unwanted animals. Continue reading →
I had a hard time believing this article was for real. I mean, we live in America, where we believe in freedom and justice. We have separation of church and state…right? The Department of Homeland Security needs to have its checkbook confiscated!! A Year in Jail for Not Stating the Power of God? How Kentucky Office of Homeland Security May Be Violating the Separation of Church and State
In Kentucky, a law requires the state’s Office of Homeland Security to post a plaque recognizing the power of the Almighty God–and violating this law could result in 12 months in prison.
The law and its sponsor, state representative Tom Riner, have been the subject of controversy since the law first surfaced in 2006, yet the Kentucky state Supreme Court has refused to review its constitutionality, despite clearly violating the First Amendment’s separation of church and state. Read More:A Year in Jail for Not Stating the Power of God? How Kentucky Office of Homeland Security May Be Violating the Separation of Church and State | Alternet.
The sore Losers of Election 2012 are not taking it easy. Particularly the Republican ones. And some just never got the lessons in grade school about being poor winners and losers, that the rest of us enjoyed. Maybe they don’t teach sportsmanship to the folks who get to Capitol Hill either?
Congressman Allen West, the south Florida Republican who has made headlines nationally for his fiery Tea Party rhetoric, filed motions asking a judge to require elections officials to impound ballots and voting machines. 100% of precincts reported Democratic candidate Patrick Murphy as the victor. But West still refuses to concede. Continue reading →