Thursday, December 17, 2009

"Joe Lieberman Socks"

I broke my toe!

In this tiny experience of our health care "system" I learned something new. In what seems to be a response to the ever growing expense of being in constant negotiation with insurance companies, doctors have found a new way to make money.

They now charge patients for their signature!  In order to get a temporary disabled placard a person must submit a form to the DMV.  The patient can fill virtually all of this out and it simply needs a doctor's signature.  That signature is apparently worth $15 to $35 depending on which doctor you ask.

This. Is. Despicable.

Speaking of despicable, have you been following Joe Lieberman's antics?

Here's a quick recap presented by some very clever socks:


Pissed?  Good.  Here's something you can do:

CALL CONGRESS AT 202-224-3121 AND THEN CALL 
THE WHITE HOUSE AT 202-456-1111.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I'm Thankful For Sarah Palin Fans (and New Left Media)!



If you enjoyed this, check this out, another brilliant video from New Left Media, you can also follow them on Twitter @NewLeftMedia.

And now, for a quick summary of the roots of Thanksgiving as taught by our school system:



Happy Thanksgiving!


p.s. if you need some easy pie recipes, check these out!

Monday, November 23, 2009

My Dad Lied About Rhubarb Pie

I am not a big pie lover.  I prefer cake, and lots of it!  Holidays though call for pie.

I am making three pies for Thanksgiving this year.  I've made them all before and they are all DELICIOUS!  The best part is, they are sooooooo easy!

They are easy partly because I cheat a bit with the crust, but beyond that the most complicated has 4 steps!  I will purchase pre-made pie crusts from Mother's Market.  If I remember correctly it is a whole grain crust with only about 5 ingredients.  Two drawbacks:

1.  Crust is in disposable aluminum pie tins
2.  Packaged in plastic

I will probably remove the crusts from the aluminum since I can't stand cooking in aluminum and prefer glass.  I will have to bring the plastic with me to my Thanksgiving dinner destination and recycle there as my neighborhood does NOT have recycling!

One pie will be pecan and the other two will be rhubarb.  Ick you exclaim?  Gross you say?  I'm with ya' sista, I used to say!

Growing up my Dad LOVED rhubarb.  Whenever it was served he would say, "I'll take that, you won't like it, it's gross."  My Dad was a hero in many ways and this was just one more - he was saving us from even trying the nasty, icky, gross rhubarb!

Our family has been doing Christmas from around the world for a couple of years and one year was England.  Since rhubarb pie was a traditional choice (per the internet) I made a couple.  There would be some people from England there so it would surely be eaten, not by me or my brother though!

When I was preparing them for transport, some filling spilled onto my finger.  Without even thinking about it, I licked my finger (oh come on, you lick your fingers while cooking too!).  What came next was an epiphany I doubt the Pope has even experienced - rhubarb wasn't good, it was DELICIOUS!

When it was time for pie I pulled my brother aside and said "I've got something to tell you.  Dad lied to us for our whole lives.  Rhubarb is devine!!".  He tried it and his eyes got huge and it he took pieces of each variety and came back for seconds.  I called my little sister the next day and informed her of this scam.  She now knows that rhubarb is from the Gods and Dad, selfless in all other ways, was totally Bogarting the rhubarb!

This 8 ingredient Pecan Pie is incredible and made without corn syrup!

This 7 ingredient Rhubarb Sour Cream Pie is rich and delicious!  All of the ingredients I use will be organic, the flour will be spelt

This 5 ingredient Fresh Rhubarb Pie is heavenly!

All of the ingredients I use will be organic, the flour will be spelt, the milk will be raw from grass fed cows and the sugars and vanilla will be fair-trade.

Make a pie for your family and friends, it's fun, easy and delicious!


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Annie - Hairless, Fearless & Fierce!



Last night what started out as a Twitter conversation about "saving" chocolate milk for schools turned into a spirited discussion about slave labor and fair-trade chocolate (I wonder who brought that up?!).

One person that I conversed with was @PoeticLotion, aka Mom of Ms. Hairless and Fearless herself,  Annie.

In our discussion I learned that Annie was recovering from a spontaneous brain bleed.  Their local paper, the Tribune Chronicle, wrote an article and you should go read it.

I was moved by the fact that her Dad was aware of the dangers of head injuries because he had recently read an article about a tragic situation and was therefore more alert to the possibility that something was really, really wrong.  Everything happens for a reason.  I especially love that her parents shaved their heads in solidarity!

Annie, a budding artist, started, Annie's Art Studio, where you can buy her work (gotta love those home schooled kids!).  After Annie's brain bleed fellow artists, Kathy& Ed Esposito, decided to help Annie and her family with the mounting medical costs (health care reform anyone?), by selling the piece that Annie drew:



For those of you that send Christmas cards I think this would be great - you could write inside, "Have you been naughty or nice this year?!".

If you send Hanukkah cards, how about "May the traditions of old bring you new joy!!".

Kathy & Ed will donate 10% of all proceeds to Annie's family and 100% of proceeds when you buy the card with Annie's drawing!

Kathy & Ed also have an Etsy store (I love me some Etsy!), and they will package your order without the plastic sleeves that is put on the cards or the vinyl sleeve on the bookmarks, all you have to do is ask!

Unfortunately the paper the cards are printed on is not recycled, it is however made in the USA as is everything that they sell - yes, even the bookmark tassels!  The envelopes are made with 10% recycled content and they return their print cartridges to the manufacturer for recycling.  All unsalable items are donated to charity that donates them to our soldiers for thank you cards.

If you are on Facebook you can follow Annie there too.

As I mentioned yesterday, the internet is such an incredible tool to put people in touch that would never have had the opportunity otherwise.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Aissa Mayhew - Woman Extraordinaire



This thing, the internet, introduces us to people that we most likely would not have the opportunity to meet, hear their stories that make us laugh, cry, angry, become more compassionate and think.

3 months ago I somehow ended up on Anissa's blog and read this post.  This was a post that made me angry.  It made me proud of someone that I did not know.  I made me want to hug, defend and encourage a woman that I had never met and in all likelihood would never meet.

Anissa's blog has become one of many that I many that I started reading within the last 7 months.  Reading her blog makes you want to go find her and beg her to be your friend - you would surely have so much fun.

This morning, while making my rounds of blog reading, I read The Spohr's Are Multiplying first.  I was shocked - Anissa, a young mother of 3, is in the ICU after having suffered a devastating stroke.

I was crying for Anissa, this woman who I have never met, spoken with, tweeted, e-mailed or even knew that I existed.  I was crying for her husband, her children, her friends, her family, her community, her network of parents that she helps who have ill children.  I have been so sad today.

Please send your positive energy to Anissa's family today.  Please keep her in your thoughts.  If you are so moved you can find out more information and ways to help:

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/anissamayhew/journal
http://twitter.com/aiminglow
http://thespohrsaremultiplying.com/help4anissa
http://aiminglow.com
http://twitter.com/aiminglow


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"Green" Is The New Red, White & Blue

Last night I turned on my radio and heard this, "...you have soldiers that are fighting and dying because of our energy policy in this country and this is a means to help fix that. Are you really an American? Are you rah-rah pro American let's go do all this great stuff? Well, this is how you can do it."

I was listening to Dick Gordon's "The Story". If you haven't had the pleasure of hearing this gem of a radio program, find "The Story" in your area. Gordon interviews regular everyday people and listens to their story.

In last night's program he was speaking to brothers Jon & Chris Boggiano, veterans of the Iraq war who have come to realize that the war was/is about oil, "The fact that our energy policy and the fact that we are in Iraq is somehow tied to global warming that's not on the news, that connection, but it's all tied together. We need oil so we invade a country to secure that oil. That same oil is the thing that's doing bad things to the planet."

With this realization they believe that the patriotic thing to do is to create sustainability, "I understand why we invaded Iraq. Look, we need, America needs oil and if we solve the energy problem we also solve a lot of these secondary problems."

They became sustainability experts and started Everblue Training Institute, a company with a mission to reduce America's dependence on oil, which Gordon states,"...is every bit as patriotic as what they did as soldiers."

You can listen to the whole piece here (skip to 7:00 if you don't want to listen to the intro or the first story):






Honor our Veterans today and every day by making changes in your life - reduce, reuse, refuse, re-educate and recycle. As the Boggiano brothers said, "This stuff makes sense on it's own."

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

If The Stupid Stupak Amendment Stays In H.R. 3962 Let's Also Legislate Ejaculations

The stupid Stupak Amendment that was added to H.R. 3962 is pissing me off the more I think of it.

Let's recap: it expands the Hyde Amendment by not allowing any policies that provide abortion to also receive Federal money. So it not only goes after women but it incentivizes insurance companies to not even provide the option for women.

I decided to have a conversation with my imaginary conservative right to lifer self on why Federal funds should be used to pay for abortions.

It went pretty well, as would be expected in an imaginary conversation, and I think I made my point!

Here's a "transcript" of the conversation:

ME: Abortion, regardless of personal opinions, religious or political affiliation, is a LEGAL medical procedure.

CONSERVATIVE RIGHT TO LIFER: God says it's wrong.

ME: You can follow what you believe to be your God's direction but you may not impose that upon others.

CRTL: Life begins at conception


ME: I was hoping you would say that...



ME: I believe life begins at ejaculation.


CRTL: You are just talking dirty to embarrass me, anyway that's different, women loose eggs too every month.

ME: When women "loose" eggs that is a function of nature - it cannot be controlled - it's a function of nature or God if you prefer. Men don't loose sperm, they get to decide where it goes - they CAN control it's destiny. When men ejaculate, those little sperm are babies. Every man kills millions, if not billions, of "babies" every single day.


Let's prove this isn't misogynistic and start legislating ejaculations!


CRTL: That's ridiculous!


ME: Why, because men are superior and don't need that type of interference in their lives or bodies? Maybe it's because on the whole we can trust men to make good decisions? Maybe it's because it simply is ridiculous! Just like legislating women's reproductive decisions.


ME: Let's not pretend this is a disagreement about money, it's a disagreement about feelings and beliefs. In the crossfire of these disagreements women's rights are being eroded.

CRTL: You're right, it isn't about the money, it is my belief but it's a belief from God and I don't care about women's rights being eroded.

ME: Yes, I know.


ME: The vast majority of women that have been and will be further affected by this stupid Stupak Amendment are women without the necessary resources to obtain an abortion. In addition to people with limited access to money it affects women with limited access to transportation, women in abusive relationships (not just physical also emotional), young women, etc...

CRTL: Well, they shouldn't be having sex unless they are in a solid committed God fearing marriage.

ME: You're right...

CRTL: What?!?!?!

ME: Well on an intellectual level the vast majority would agree with you about the "should"(except the God part because not everyone believes in your God nor do they believe God is something to be feared, but that's another subject for another day...). The problem is "should" and human nature are two different things.

The vast majority of people would agree that we should never fight, we should never get angry, we should never break the law (have you gone over the speed limit?), we should all vote in every election. The problem is that human nature isn't about should it's about choice.

And sex is fun!

Anyway, I have never met even ONE woman who had an abortion that made that decision lightly. Even those that had one in their teen years. They always remember the day of their abortion and the due date. It may not be something they regret but it is not something that is done with anything but a tremendous amount of consideration.

I did not agree that we went to war. I protested, I spoke, I wrote letters, I called my legislatures. If you disagree with abortion spend time volunteering, speaking, writing letters, calling your legislatures but do not interfere with a woman's LEGAL rights.

I do have a final set of questions for YOU, not my inner imaginary conservative right to lifer self, those of you who do disagree...

You believe that life is precious, that it is a gift from God; why then:

1. Do you support the dealth penalty?
2. Do you support wars?
3. Do you not want a system that helps protect this precious gift of life by providing health care?

Now for YOU, the ones that don't want this - call your Senators and tell them to pass H.R. 3962 WITHOUT the stupid Stupak Amendment.

Monday, November 9, 2009

H.R. 3962 Sends People To Jail & Other Lies Republicans Love To Tell.................. (oh and also the Republicans aren't too interested in health care reform but they are sure overinterested in the hoochie coochie's of the womenfolk!)

In case you haven't heard, the House passed H.R. 3962 on November 7th, 2009.  The vote was 220 to 215.  If you want to see how the final vote went down check this out.

Unfortunately, the stupid Stupak Amendment was adopted.  The Stupak Amendment, brought to us by Congressman Bart Supak (D-MI), limits a LEGAL medical procedure for women.

This all starts with the Hyde Amendment from 1973 which prevents federal funds being used to pay for abortion.  Personally, I don't care if you don't support a woman's LEGAL right to choose and don't want to pay for it.  It's the LAW.

The Stupak Amendment goes beyond Hyde.  Women who want to make sure that they have access to a LEGAL medical procedure would have to purchase a supplemental plan but could not use subsidies to pay for it.  Plans receiving subsidies cannot offer abortion even if they require women to pay for the LEGAL medical procedure out of pocket.

Disclaimer: The verbiage of the Stupak Amendment is "not available"so take what is being reported with a grain of salt. 

See how your Representatives voted here.

Interestingly, 39 Democrats voted FOR the Stupak Amendment and then voted AGAINST the Health Care Reform bill.  If you aren't going to vote in favor of the bill why even cast a vote on the amendment?

I want to let you in on a secret, I live a fascinating life.  For instance, I watched C-SPAN all day Saturday - yes, all day!  I even popped up some popcorn.  No, not the microwave lung cancer causing variety.  But the real stuff using organic, non-GMO popcorn & coconut oil then topped with melted organic butter, sea salt and Fair Trade chocolate chips.  Oh yes people, it's highfalutin and fascinating all day over here!

If you don't live as fascinating life as I do, you can cruise on over to C-SPAN and find out what your representative had to say!

So anyway, while I was munching on my delicious popcorn treat and watching C-SPAN I heard over and over and over again how H.R. 3962 would send people to jail if they didn't get insurance.

Hmmmm, interesting.  So I searched the bill, and you can too.  You can find it here or as a PDF here.

The interesting thing is, the bill doesn't say anything about sending people to jail.  How could it be argued over and over and over again that it does?

Let's start with the facts, mosey on over to the PDF file and find Section 501 (its on page 296 and starts at line 16).  The facts are that if you don't have coverage then you will be fined.  The fines are 2.5% of your annual gross income not to exceed the "applicable national average premium for such taxable year".  In addition there are several exemptions including religious.

A little math: for someone earning 30,000/yr the tax would be $750 (this is assuming that they don't have an exemption nor work for an employer providing health insurance and choose not to purchase health insurance).

Here's where the Republicans played fast and loose with what's IN the bill.  See, in the U.S. if you don't pay your taxes and you get caught and you don't pay or negotiate with the I.R.S. when you do get caught, then you may go to jail.

This is not new to this bill, this is part of the I.R.S. code.  Come on, it's pretty much what inspires people to pay!

"Yeah" for Health Care Reform, "Boo"for the Stupak Amendment and "Cool Your Jets" because now we've got to wait and see what the Senate has in store.

Start contacting your Senators telling them that you want the Stupak Amendment OUT of the bill.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Fox Farts Out Opinions To Destroy Journalism As We Know It

Part 2 of The Toilet Chronicles will be finished soon.
I have been busy posting comments on another blog about the legitimacy of Fox "News" which has gotten me in a lather like Bill O'Reilly with a loofah!

While in said lather, I read this article by Dan Gainor today and what's a girl to do, I HAD to respond!

The original article is in green (I couldn't help myself) and my replies are in black.

Enjoy!

Eco-Nuts Out to Destroy Life As We Know It
Around the globe on Saturday environmental protesters tried “a synchronized burst of more than 4,300 demonstrations, from the Himalayas to the Great Barrier Reef,” according to The New York Times.

The sweeping October 24 protest was to bully developed nations like the United States into a climate change agreement when they meet in Copenhagen this December.

The 350.org protesters, who want to drop CO2 in the atmosphere to that level, were especially critical of the United States:

Reporting of facts thus far, not very Fox-like Dan. I wonder what's going on?!

“You have destroyed nature with your industrial waste and gases more than any other nation in history. Despite this, you refuse to sign the Kyoto agreement so that you can secure the profit of your greedy companies and industries.”

And there it is... Welcome to Fox.

Oops, that’s wasn’t the eco-nuts, that’s a direct quote from Usama bin Laden in 2002. --While Al Qaeda and eco-nuts use different tactics, they share a similar enemy: civilization.

This is a classic Fox/bully technique. Try to distract the argument and employ name calling, finger pointing and yelling. This changes the argument from focusing on facts and logic which would thereby foster debate and perhaps understanding. But see, when discussion ensues and logic reigns, there's no more Fox.

Eco-nuts - do those come salted or honey roasted? Yum!

At least Al Qaeda is clear about what it wants -- an end to Western civilization and establishment of global Shariah law -- the Islamic version of cave men times with better architecture.

There's that classic Fox bully technique - name calling. Yes, environmentalists are EXACTLY like Al Qaeda, what with all their talk of recycling, gardening, taking personal responsibility for your impact on the planet and the like - these are terrorist acts!

Would throwing an empty plastic water bottle at certain commentators heads be considered upcycling?

The eco-nuts have a patchwork of things they hate and want banned or destroyed.

Since Fox is so totally awesome at the bully technique and imitation is the highest form of flattery and all, how about we refer to Fox journalists, commentators, entertainers and clowns as Fox Farts, Fox Fools or Fox Fear Mongering Fascists? I am clearly partial to alliteration.

The week of the 350 protests, The Times wrote glowingly about the Swedes are now including carbon footprint labeling on all food. The Times’ Elisabeth Rosenthal was quick to point out “changing one’s diet can be as effective in reducing emissions of climate-changing gases as changing the car one drives or doing away with the clothes dryer, scientific experts say.” I love it when people who have a huge subway system at their disposal bemoan the automobile.

You do realize Dan that climate changing gases come from things other than personal automobiles don't you? One example would be transportation of food (which is why the terrorists, I mean eco-nuts, support "eating local". Another big culprit would be gassy windbags who spew opinions filled with hate and fear but insist on being called journalists, well they insist until they have to take responsibility and then they remind us that they aren't journalists.

Dan, being a Fox Fart you might have been exposed to some of this unfortunate gas, in fact you might not be able escape it, like it's emanating from your own body and clinging to your skin.

The new labeling guidelines were a predictable attempt to manipulate what people eat. “[T]hey are advised to substitute beans or chicken for red meat,” the October 22 article proclaimed. The left hasn’t bestowed human rights on beans…yet.

I'm sure the Fox Fools will soon be reporting that the left believes that homobeans will have the right to marry and all beans have the right to abortion. And we cannot stand for that folks, the marrying of homebeans and aborting of baby beans will tear at the fabric of our country.

Two days later, London’s Daily Express complained that Fido was a global threat as well. “A medium-sized dog has the same carbon impact as a Toyota Land Cruiser driven 6,000 miles a year, a new book claims,” wrote the paper. It went on to blast pets -- from cats to hamsters -- because they use energy. Now I guess lefties can blame previous warming cycles on buffalo (or their SUVs).

Far be it from the Fox Fear Mongering Fascists from giving people facts. My gosh, what would people do with facts?! They might change their behavior and try to lessen their impact by feeding their pets more locally raised or manufactured foods, realizing that they don't need that ball made from petrochemicals manufactured in China, shipped to Illinois and then send 2nd day air to their home.

Seriously people, please keep your heads in the sand so you can't possibly think for yourselves. We are lucky to have the Fox Fear Mongering Fascists do our thinking for us!

We should be used to this theme. The left is on a global campaign to wipe out the trappings of civilization and the media pretend it’s for our good. In a headlong rush to stop something many scientists dispute, the left wants to ban human invention, accomplishment and enjoyment. The media, which reluctantly admit Al Qaeda is somehow bad, can’t muster the same honesty about the eco-movement.

Well duh! The eco-nuts can't stand invention. They are totally against all these new technologies that will allow more people access to solar and wind power.

Accomplishment? Who needs accomplishments?! That's silly. Nobody wants to breathe clean air and and drink clean water.

Enjoyment? No way. Going without a McMansion with no gas guzzling Hummer in the driveway where I can run the air conditioning 24/7 all summer long with the windows down and open. Choosing not to fill your home with a bunch of junk made using toxic chemicals and by a workforce that was outsourced which doesn't keep the workforce employed in the US. That is a life not worth living, why that's Un-American!

Enviro-wackos... California is on the verge of banning big screen TVs because they also use too much energy. (Take that sports bars.) The Golden state is also banning a ship used in the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean” because it has a diesel engine.

Enviro-wackos, geez now I've got to come up with new bully name for you. Hold on, I'll figure it out...

...in the nuclear-free zone of Takoma Park, Maryland., are trying to ban leaf blowers.

Leaf blowers? No way, EVERYONE loves leaf blowers. With their peaceful lullaby-like sound and that smell, oh that smell!

Styrofoam and plastic bags are doomed to a similar end under the all-seeing, lidless eye of the morals police.

Not styrofoam and plastic bags - NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. How will we live without these petrochemical godsends?

I MUST have my food touching styrofoam. An enchilada without endocrine disruptors is like watching the news without windbags.

Canvas bags - ewww. I WANT to be wasteful. I WANT to carry to carry 10 plastic bags instead of 2 canvas bags. I want to continue to support the manufacture of petrochemical products which will keep us dependent on foreign oil.

California is on the verge of banning big screen TVs because they also use too much energy. (Take that sports bars.)

Giant TV's - I MUST have a giant energy guzzling TV to watch Mad Men:

How dare California try to support invention that will help accomplish the reduction of energy used. (Hey Dan, I know I should be satisfied with subtlety but I'm not - did you notice the use of the words "invention" and "accomplish", you know 2 of the things that you claim eco-nuts can't stand?).

The Golden state is also banning a ship used in the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean” because it has a diesel engine.

Dan I really hate to muddy the waters with facts and stuff since I know that isn't your style but I'm afraid I'm going to be a bad host and point some things out about the Lady Washington:

1. Said ship is from Washington and does not meet California's air-pollution standards.
2. Said ship has a 60 year old diesel engine.
3. Said ship carries tourists and kids. I'm sure you are a "family values" guy and would agree kids shouldn't be breathing that particulate into their lungs.
4. Upgrades were already decided upon for said ship.
5. Washington states the following about said ship:
"And it's unfortunate that our engine isn't as clean as it should be."

The European Union has already begun its ban on traditional light bulbs and the U.S. Congress has passed that little bit of environmental insanity as well. Forget actual light, the world is being forced to rely on mercury-laden bulbs that will, in turn, become a future eco-disaster.

Fellow-eco nuts, please sit down, I have something to say to you.

Are you ready? I know it's not going to be easy, but it must be said:

Dan is right about the mercury-laden bulbs. Those CFLs are the stupidest idea ever. There is no sarcasm here sadly. Why are we suggesting to people that an alternative that uses mercury is a good idea? Where are our critical thinking skills?! Personally, I prefer LEDs. Do you have an alternative idea? What makes them better?

Okay, back to the regularly scheduled programming.

Forced. I don't think so Dan. There are options, LEDs for example.

The film “No Impact Man” highlighted lefties who tried to live as backward as possible to save Mother Nature.

Unfortunately, I have not seen "No Impact Man" yet but I have read his blog and listened to him on the radio. From what I understand No Impact Man and his family lived within their means, supported local American farmers by buying their food and probably didn't watch the Fox Cocks*. No other way to say it, that's c-r-a-z-y.

*Please cocks, don't take offense because really, you are lovely.

The news media have celebrated that and even dwelled on the no-diaper movement. (Ewwwww!)

Dan, I didn't realize you were still in diapers. Or maybe it's all those gassy exhalations from a possible case of fanny halitosis which requires you to wear one. I'm sorry. Try cloth, they might be softer on your bum.

Of course it doesn’t stop there. It’s one thing to limit our packaging, our technology and underwear. Goveg.com, a pro-vegetarian Web site, enlisted rock stars Paul McCartney and Chrissie Hynde to go after the meat industry -- “one of the leading sources of the greenhouse gases that lead to global warming.”

How dare those actors and rock stars support an organization that wants to provide facts to people and let readers make their own choice. That is definitely NOT "fair and balanced".

Why ban food when you can get rid of people? A researcher from the World Health Organization had the audacity to come out and complain about the “lack of access to family planning.” The left wants to limit human population via birth control.

No, we want to limit human population via the practice of swallowing.

Additional benefits include no greenhouse gases, it's fair and balanced as it can be enjoyed by people of both sexes and it's technically vegetarian. Technically.

That’s reminiscent of Paul Watson, founder and president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, who wants to “re-wild the planet.”

I think you should have quoted Ronald Reagan instead, "What is a conservative after all but one who conserves, one who is committed to protecting and holding close the things by which we live... And we want to protect and conserve the land on which we live—our countryside, our rivers and mountains, our plains and meadows and forests. This is our patrimony. This is what we leave to our children. And our great moral responsibility is to leave it to them either as we found it or better than we found it.”

In the process, this star of Animal Planet’s “Whale Wars” prefers to see humans die off and wants the human population to drop below 1 billion. That’s 5.5 billion folks who will become expendable, though I doubt they’d agree.

You know Dan, I'm sure you researched your article "real gooder" but I can't find where Paul Watson states that 4.5 billion people are expendable.

That is the natural culmination the left is working toward. Just like communist China, they will move to limit births. When that isn’t enough, who knows how far they will go in their orthodoxy?

Wait, I just made-up a joke!

How are eco-nuts like Al Qaeda? Communist China!!!!!

You don't get it? Hey, you are NOT supposed to ask questions, you are just supposed to listen, read and regurgitate the hate and lies.

To hear Al Gore tell it, the battle against global warming is reminiscent of World War II. In July, he told an English audience, “Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilization in World War II.”

Kinda reminds me of those conservative Mormons who claimed that the self-inflicted Proposition 8 backlash is just like what African Americans experienced in the south when they fought for civil rights.

Yes, but Britain was on the side of civilization. The eco-nuts are not.

All the eco-nut recycling, innovation, alternative energy, supporting American farmers and workers, accomplishments, keeping healthy by avoiding chemicals, suggesting taking mass transit when possible - it's all a secret plot to end civilization.

Guys, Dan, is sooooo smart!

(Pssst, everyone but Dan, I'm going to use a Fox Farse trick...)

Dan, you are an UNPATRIOTIC, socialist loving liar. SHUT UP.

(Did he fall for it?)

Dan Gainor is The Boone Pickens Fellow and the Media Research Center’s Vice President for Business and Culture. He writes frequently for the Fox Forum and can be seen as a guest on Foxnews.com’s “Strategy Room.” He can also be contacted on FaceBook and Twitter as dangainor.

GreenInOC is not a fellow and is the top researcher on her laptop. She writes infrequently for eco-nuts and anyone else who wants to read and will not ever be a guest on FoxFarts.com's "Fair and Balanced Liars Room". She cannot be contacted via FaceBook but can be found on Twitter as greeninoc.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

No More Toilet Paper For Me OR My Bum!

The day I ran out of toilet paper was the last day I used the stuff.

Yes, I stopped wiping with toilet paper.

I still have a roll for guests, but my behind rarely sees the stuff anymore.

I stopped wiping with toilet paper, but my bum? It's spic-and-span!!

I read for years about how people used and laundered cloth wipes instead of toilet paper. "Gross, disgusting and I would NEVER do that!" was declared many times by me.

Fair warning, you might read this post and have the same thoughts but 2 years from now you just might ditch your toilet paper too!

It started by using recycled toilet paper at my sister's house. It scratched. I complained. My sister looked at me, and my rather substantial arse, lifted an eyebrow, smiled sweetly and said something to the effect of, "Oh, I'm sorry, is the princess's bum-bum too delicate to save the planet?!". Uh, yes!!

How could she not know that I wanted, needed, hell - deserved - a minimum 2-ply super fluffy, soft as a baby's behind wiping solution for my fluffy behind?!

As is usual for me, I eventually followed my sister's lead. She is way smarter than me and probably even you!

As is usual for me, I started thinking about better options of recycled toilet paper. Only buying brands that were unbleached. Buying the highest recycled paper content I could find. I happily spent a little more money buying recycled toilet paper. I was happy with the choice and my substantial but delicate princess arse adjusted to the texture and no, I didn't use twice as much!

Then, I happened upon the post Beth at Fake Plastic Fish wrote about toilet paper and packaging. Oh vey.

As is usual for me, I am in awe of Beth and her thought process. She embodies the Ghandi quote "Be the change you want to see". I have never met her but I want to be her, I want to have her tenacity.

Here I thought I was doing well but now Beth threw a wrench in it. Would I be willing to buy plastic free toilet paper? Could I find a better solution?

I was buying 12 rolls at a time ensconced in plastic packaging, like this:

In my tiny abode I have very little room for storage so buying in bulk wasn't an option I was willing to adopt. The store I shop at, Mother's Market, only sold the rolls wrapped in paper individually.
They were a lot more expensive. I don't necessarily mind expensive, especially when I save so much in other areas, when it's for a greater good but I thought that there must be a better solution for me.

So I started researching.

I decided that I would stop using toilet paper!

To Be Continued...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Congressman Campbell, When Are You Going To Opt Out Of Your Prison Like Government Employee Health Insurance Plan?

I have made numerous calls to many Senators and members of Congress.

I have urged, complained, threatened(*), begged and encouraged them to support a "robust" Public Option. (Ed. Note added 10/24/09: by threatened I mean, I threatened to support their opponents with my time and money in the next election, nothing untoward!)

Today, I received a reply from Congressman John Campbell (you can read the entire e-mail at the bottom of this post).

I e-mailed him back my response and will post it here for your delight - well, actually mine! I have added a couple of hyperlinks here that were not in the original reply to him, the only link I included to him was the one regarding malpractice insurance.

That link was originally provided from a comment Lawyer Mama made on Loralee's Looney Tunes blog post in August about health care reform. I would write the title to that post here but if you are familiar with Loralee, her titles are their very own tomes!

Anyway, on with the show:

Congressman Campbell,

I received your response to my calls to your office urging to support the Public Option.

I am completely baffled by what "you" wrote on so many levels.

To keep things clear I will quote your letter and then I will respond:
I believe we must allow people to determine their own healthcare plan independent of their employer or the government.
People are currently allowed to determine their own healthcare plan independent of their employer or the government.
This will encourage an active, competitive marketplace that will in turn increase access and affordability.
It has not done this thus far. What in the world will start to change now? We need sweeping changes, like a Public Option!
This approach will resolve the fundamental flaw of our current system of healthcare - the disconnection that now exists between individuals and the price and quality of care.
This is one of MANY flaws with our current system.
Today, an individual's capacity to get healthcare coverage is dependent upon a third party payee like an employer or the government.
Today, an individual's capacity to get healthcare coverage is dependent upon exorbitant policy prices, pre-existing conditions, pre-existing treatments, cancellation of policies when the insured get sick, denial of coverage when people need to use the policy that they have been paying for, etc...
This system has, in many ways, reduced the power of the marketplace and forced Americans to become prisoners to health plans dictated upon them.
Employers who are still able to cover their employees and the government stop-gap programs are NOT the problem. If you really believe they are, I look forward to your bill insisting that members of Congress withdraw from their prison like government employee health insurance program that has been dictated to you and your colleagues . There's nothing more powerful than setting and example and acting on principle.
Congress needs to initiate policies that will encourage personal choice and increase competition, not enact socialized government medicine or price controls.
Congress needs to rally around the Public Option which will encourage personal choice and increase competition. This ridiculous fear mongering of the word "socialized" (and all it's many forms) is foolish. Do your children go to school? I pay taxes to help subsidize that. Do you drive on the roads? I pay taxes to help subsidize that. I'm sure you get the point.
Also, whatever Congress enacts must not bankrupt our country or cause individuals to lose their current health insurance - both which would happen under the current proposals being discussed.
Fear mongering or facts? According to the CBO the Public Option will NOT bankrupt our country. Why would people lose their health insurance? Perhaps employers who can barely afford to continue contributing to their employee's coverage will stop (please note the use of the word "contributing"). Perhaps the market will become so competitive that employers will once again offer coverage as a matter of course.

Also, I have contacted your office many times. I NEVER got a response back from you worrying about our country being bankrupted by an illegal war. I NEVER heard from you opposing the taxpayer stimulus packages, I NEVER heard from you worrying that the budget surplus left to President Bush was vanishing.
Rather than supporting President Obama's and the Democrats' approach...
PLEASE drop this and head back to the table. We NEED a Public Option and we need it NOW. If it helps, pretend it's a Republican approach since your language indicates that this is a partisan issue for you.
We also must work to expand the availability of Health Savings Accounts...
There's nothing wrong with that. Just like auto insurance in California. If you don't want a traditional policy, then you can prove "financial responsibility" instead. However, this is not a realistic alternative for the vast majority of people.
In addition, we need to address our nation's broken litigation system that has caused a rapid increase in liability insurance...
Not so fast there, it's not all greedy lawyers attacking innocent doctors with the insurance company playing the victim:

As Congress continues to analyze and discuss this issue, I will be sure to follow it closely...
I hope that you will do more than "follow it closely". I hope that you will go back to the table and work to provide solutions that the American people need, not ones that your political party think they need to win the next election.

Thank You

Here's the original e-mail reply from Congressman Campbell:
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If you've made it this far, you deserve a treat! How about a chuckle?!:



Tuesday, October 20, 2009

We Can Stick Our Heads In The Sand And Worry About "Balloon Boy" Or We GET BUSY!

Have you heard that we don't want change when it comes to our health insurance? Have you heard how great our health insurance options are? Have you heard how insurance companies are simply trying to make a profit and certainly not denying care and being unreasonable? Have you heard that 1/2 of all bankruptcies are NOT due to medical expenses?

You have? What a coincidence - me too! Wow, I must have been so wrong about all of this, and these people? Well, they're just whiners trying to pull one over on "the system". The system that is not broken, right?!:








So let's review: Amelia is employed full-time, she pays for her own health insurance and she is covered by Worker's Compensation insurance through her job. She is attacked twice on the job, becomes stressed and has a massive stroke all within days. Her own health insurance states that she was hurt at work and they won't pay. Worker's Comp states that it wasn't a work related injury and they won't pay. Amelia, who needs 24 hour nursing care is sent home. Her husband, who is NOT a nurse, is taking care of her instead of her receiving the medical care she needs (the care she thought she was paying for and was covered for under her employer's policy). Amelia's husband can't work AND take care of his her for 24 hours a day. See? Our system is clearly not broken! Amelia and her husband will probably not be one of of the bankruptcies not due to medical expenses (using double negatives is a great way to show statistics isn't it?!).

Remember the 4 month old FAT breastfed baby that was denied insurance? Well, here's his counterpart, Aislin Bates:



Did you catch that? No? Well, I'll help you out, this little gem is at about 1:30 "...when evaluating height and weight we typically utilize other factors like medical records that show evidence of treatment." Oh, now it makes sense.

If you seek medical care, in this case for an "active gag reflex", then you become a target for denial of health insurance! Silly me, that's so simple. We don't need a public option, we just need to purchase outlandishly expensive health insurance and NEVER use it or get any treatment and pay for it out of pocket because it might affect our future coverage - makes sense right?!

Yeah, me neither.

Please don't give up - make those calls!

Call (write, fax, e-mail, etc...) Max Baucus at 202-224-2651, Kent Conrad at 202-224-2043, Blanche Lincoln at 202-224-4843, your Senators and Members of Congress. As the brilliant Bill Moyers says, "Get Busy!".

We cannot keep our heads in the sand, we cannot allow ourselves to be distracted by "balloon boy", et al. and we cannot count on "someone else" to fight for us.

As the brilliant Bill Moyers says, we have to "Get Busy!".





Monday, October 19, 2009

Tangled Web My Arse!

If only we were dealing with a tangled web. This web was woven with thick ropes that are sticky and it somehow it has wrapped itself around every part of you, suffocating you with worry about it's heaviness, tricking you into panicking and surrendering to apathy:


This is hard to watch and literally makes you feel heavy - as if it's all never going to change. It's us against the big bad THEM.

Max Baucus' is a Democrat. Max Baucus is the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. He is "in charge" of the health care reform bill in the Senate. He is our mouthpiece for health care reform.

He appears to have been bought and paid for. It appears as if he doesn't give a rat's bum about real change and getting "health care for all".

Here's the thing, all of this? It's designed to make us apathetic. Guess what? Those heavy sticky ropes? All an illusion! There are way more of US than them!!

Don't let apathy kill your spirit or strangle your voice. Do NOT go quietly into the sweet night - fight and fight like hell. Struggle against the tendrils of this web and break free, fight for the public option, let's ALL DO SOMETHING.

Let's Get Busy!

Great, do something, get busy, just do it. Nice slogans but what the heck can one person do?

One person can make their voice heard. One person can inspire another to make their voice heard. One person can influence a lawmaker, a journalist, a community organizer, a blogger, a neighbor, a spouse. One person can forward this info to their friends and family. One person can start a domino effect.

One person can make a difference. YOU are that one person!

Call, fax, e-mail, write, Twitter/Tweet to Senators & members of Congress that:

1. We MUST have a strong public option,
2. The American people WANT health insurance that's as good as theirs,
3. We are watching them and we will campaign FOR those that support health insurance for all and AGAINST those that don't.

Max Baucus (D - MT)
511 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2651 (202) 224-2651

Kent Conrad (D - ND)
530 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2043 (202) 224-2043

Blanche Lincoln (D - AR)
355 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4843 (202) 224-4843


When you are done doing this, look up your representatives and call, text, fax and e-mail them too!

p.s. I adore Bill Moyers!





Tuesday, October 13, 2009

No More Breastmilk For You FAT Baby...

Contact your representatives TODAY, telling them to support the Weiner and Kucinich Amendments, so this doesn't happen to anyone anymore:

4 month old, exclusively breastfed baby needs to go on a diet in order to get coverage!


This baby was lucky enough to have a father who is a television news anchor.

Following all of this publicity, the insurance company has reversed their decision.

What about the people who don't have the connections to publicly shame the insurance companies?

What can you do? We need calls, e-mails, faxes, tweets, facebook comments TODAY to your representatives telling them to support the Weiner and Kucinich Amendments.






Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"Insurance Companies Have A Right To Their American Dream"



CALL CONGRESS AND TELL THEM
WE NEED A PUBLIC OPTION
202-224-3121





Thursday, September 17, 2009

"Let's Not Let Volume Beat Reason"...

While a lot of this feels vitriolic, please make sure to watch the entire piece.





Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Truth Behind The Public Option





Saturday, August 22, 2009

Critical Condition


Above is a trailer for Critical Condition, a jaw dropping
expose about health care in America.

It was rebroadcast last night on Bill Moyers' show, "Journal".

It is worth every moment of your time.

Please watch both parts of Critical Condition; I would love
to hear your thoughts.