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Apparently You STILL Can’t Put New Wine in Old Wineskins

01 Apr

worldvisionWow.  So World Vision reversed the policy change on allowing its legally married gay employees to engage in sexual activity with their spouses. (Despite media coverage to the contrary, the policy was not really around hiring gay employees.  World Vision already hires gay employees, provided that they commit to the Employee Code of Conduct).

Well done, Evangelicals.  You won.  You withdrew enough financial support within 24 hours to bring the organization to its knees and open its eyes to the true message of Jesus.

Which is, apparently, that God is more interested in winning cultural/textual debates than alleviating poverty.

I keep hearing that this is acceptable because “World Vision is not the only way to help the poor.”  This is technically true, BUT…

It might be the only way to help that child.  You know, the one whose picture is taped to your refrigerator?  The one you committed to financially supporting, and who counts on your commitment for things like food, shoes, school supplies, and education?  Sure, you can maintain that you’re still fighting poverty by putting your money somewhere else, but you’ve sent a pretty clear message to that child:

“Enforcing my version of theology may not be more important than (the broad concept of) helping the poor, but it’s more important than YOU.”

I commend World Vision for backtracking on their decision.  I am saddened that they were forced to make that choice.  But I can’t fault them for bowing to the will of the evangelical base because as painful as it probably was for them, it shows where their priorities are.  They sacrificed their own policies (and in some cases, employees) to do what is best for the children that they serve, even though it’s not something they agree with.  They put the children first and stayed true to their mission.

The organization was correct in asserting that it had made “a mistake.”  But the mistake wasn’t when it backed off of policing the sexual activity of its employees.  The true mistake was assuming that its patrons shared the view that needy children are more than pawns in a cultural war.

“There is a tremendous amount of energy going into these [marriage or sexuality] issues from within the church, and certainly because of who we are at World Vision, we see that the issues of poverty and suffering and caring for the least of these around the world, these issues sometimes seem less important than these issues of policy and sexual morality in the United States.”

Rich Sterns, World Vision

See also: How Evangelicals Won a Culture War and Lost a Generation

 
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Rick Perry: God’s Man?

23 Aug

Rick Perry says God is on his side.

I can’t tell you whether or not that’s true.  I can however, issue a word of caution to all the skeptics out there: Rick Perry doesn’t lose elections.  The man has a track record of 10-0.  Perhaps he does have some supernatural help.  Or perhaps he’s just a smart and cunning man who knows how to pick a battle and work a crowd.

Either way, Perry has launched an explosive entry onto the presidential running scene.  In a matter of days, he significantly outshone GOP rival Mitt Romney in his sheer ability to get people talking about him, and they haven’t stopped.  He’s also entering a race in which the incumbent’s leadership is being questioned after the debt ceiling debacle and current state of the economy.

Since stepping into the vacancy left by George W. Bush in 2000, Governor Perry has been at the helm of Texas government for 11 years.  Earlier this year, he was sworn in for an unprecedented 4th term.  His time in office earns him the prestige of being the nation’s longest serving governor, and gives him the notoriety of having the most high-level government executive experience of anyone in the nation (except those who have already served as president).  It’s an impressive resume.

He appeals to his supporters by being militant about keeping taxes low (Texans equate taxes with tyranny) and portraying a strong, if not dogmatic, adherence to Christian tradition.

…in Texas we teach both creationism and evolution in our public schools. Because I figure…because I figure you’re smart enough to figure out which one is right.

(For those of you who don’t live in Texas, that statement is misleading at best.  Texas teachers are not allowed to teach creationism as per the Supreme Court ruling of 1987, and current curriculums are void of any theories of intelligent design.)

What Rick Perry is Not

He is not George Bush.  Conservative Texan, yes – but that’s about where the similarities end.  In fact, the two have reportedly been at odds since 1998, when Perry defied an edict by Bush’s campaign advisor, Karl Rove, that all Republicans run a positive race.  Perry doesn’t come from the Bush wealth and political dynasty.  He doesn’t know about (or perhaps he just doesn’t care) how the statements he puts out to the media might be interpreted through a national lens.

Bush was not afraid to invest money into our country’s future.  Whatever your opinion of No Child Left Behind, it’s obvious that Bush considered education one of his main priorities.  Perry, on the other hand, recently cut $4 billion from education funding to balance the budget.  He has also declined millions in federal grant money for education.

Bush was in favor of social programs for single mothers.  In his first campaign speech, he ridiculed the idea that “if government would only get out of the way, all our problems would be solved.”  Perry seems determined to shrink and castrate government as quickly as he can.

And I’ll promise you this:  I’ll work every day to try to make Washington DC as inconsequential in your life as I can.

He is not a “weak governor.”  Don’t let his stance on small government fool you into thinking that Perry is willing to hold a benign position in office.  During Perry’s lengthy tenure as Governor, he has transformed the office from its traditionally limited position to a true powerhouse by appointing his political allies in every state agency and creating more of a “cabinet-style” operation.  This is somewhat ironic, because according to this chart by the University of North Carolina, the lack of “appointment powers” is a major factor in why Texas is considered a “weak governor state.”

In the event that Perry is unable to get what he wants through working with other agencies (such as congress) he has already made it clear that he is a proponent of using the executive order to get around the other branches of government.  He is also rather adept at using his veto power – as governor he has vetoed 273 bills since 2001.

He is not soft or stupid.  Critics have used his college transcripts, his “good hair” and some of his quotes to purport that the governor is not a very bright bulb, or not to be taken seriously.

It simply isn’t true.  At least, not that I can see.

He believes staunchly in creationism and denies the existence of global warming.  That doesn’t make him stupid.  These kinds of beliefs are choices, and are not really a measure of one’s intelligence.  Every person chooses who to trust and who to doubt.  Perry has chosen to be suspicious of government and science – a choice, by the way, that has strongly adhered him to a large base of supporters in his party.

His intellectual strength may not be academia, but he is extremely cunning in a political sense, and his moves are strategic – even so far as to switch parties to appeal to a more influential voter base.  He’s been described as a “hard” man, one who prefers being feared to being liked.  This has cost him some friends and allies in legislature, but has rewarded his ambition.  He’s not afraid of opposition, and will stand by his priorities despite obstacles (such as cutting education and healthcare funding to be sure the state operates within its means).

He understands power.  He knows how to promote (and take credit for) Texas’ achievements during his tenure that will appeal to the masses.  He is able to draw support from large and influential supporters, and he knows the demographic well that he chooses to appeal to.  He’s a good speaker, able to incorporate slight jabs of humor into his speeches and connect with his supporting audience in a way that comes across as more personable than, say, fellow uber-conservative Michelle Bachmann. He churns out exaggerated or outrageous statements to the media, who in turn fill the headlines with his name day after day after day.

Historically, he has always possessed uncanny timing, with an excellent knack for being in the right place in the right time to sweep an election out from under the supposed front-runner’s feet.  At the moment, he’s running circles around the other GOP favorites, with the end goal of challenging a notably weakened democratic president.

What Rick Perry Is

Well, there are a lot of things I could put here, and I’ll probably get into it more as the election draws nearer.  But for right now, Rick Perry is a firecracker that seems to be doing a successful job of establishing his presence in the run for POTUS.  I’ve said before that I’m not really a Perry supporter – also something I’ll probably delve into in the future – but even his opponents, if they’re honest, have to admit that whether or not they agree with his politics, he’s a force to be reckoned with.

Whether or not he’s been handpicked for the job by God remains to be seen.

 
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New Homework Policy = No Homework Policy?

19 Aug

My daughter starts kindergarten in a few days.  She’s excited and apprehensive at the same time.  As am I.

I did find out something interesting at the “meet the teacher” open house yesterday.  According to her teacher, apparently our school district is looking to “move away from homework.”  I’m not sure exactly to what degree that will be carried (and neither is the teacher, who just found out about the new goal this week), but I can say that I’m fully in support of it.

While I’ve heard of schools trying out this idea of reducing, restructuring or eliminating homework, I’ve not heard of any local district pursuing it.

Personally, I think it could be a great idea.  Or it could be a terrible idea.

In my opinion, homework has two basic values:

  1. Memorization through sheer repetition, without taking time away from in-classroom learning hours
  2. Increasing the skill of working independently to complete tasks

However, for a lot of students, simply being “required” to complete work at home is not enough to build these skills.  Students actually have to be taught how to study or work independently (particularly if they are to succeed in college).  If this skill can be mastered in the classroom, where some supervision and guidance is still available, then that would greatly benefit the demographic of students for whom independent work does not come naturally.  However, if the skill of independent and self-guided work is not addressed, then all students will suffer – including the ones that would otherwise have mastered the skill on their own out of necessity.

When I was in school, we had a lot of homework.  Hours, each evening.  It was depressing.  I was fortunate enough to have some extracurricular activities that got me up on my feet and doing something active that I enjoyed, which probably kept me from going into depression with the amount of school work I had to do most nights.  However, those same extracurricular activities also took time away from my afternoons and evenings, making the homework assignments more difficult to complete in the amount of time I had available.  I was either losing sleep by staying up to finish homework, or wasting time by accidentally falling asleep on top of my assignment in the middle of the night.

So the idea of little or no homework for my kids?  I love it on the surface.  But in order to make it work, teachers will have to make up for the information and skills gained while doing the work outside of the classroom.  With the current budget issues in our public schools, the probability of this concerns me.  Because to truly make up for anything lost when homework is eliminated, I believe the school will have to increase two factors:

  1. Time allocated in the classroom for independent work
  2. Individual attention given to each student

You know what that means, right?  Longer hours (or a more succinct curriculum) and smaller class sizes.  Given the fact that the state of Texas has just cut $4 billion from schools that are already suffering from lack of funding (Texas ranks 43rd in the nation for money allocated per pupil), what is the probability that any district will consider increasing school operating expenses or hiring more teachers?  Highly unlikely.

So for the meantime, I guess we’ll just wait and see how the new homework policy works out.  I’m guessing we’ll end up with less than a lot of change.

 
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Housekeeping

15 Mar

Thing, the First

As a point of clarification on Sunday’s post, I thought I’d repost my response to a comment in case anyone else thought that the verbiage used in the entry was aimed at them, personally.  I do not, in fact, believe that all Republicans are sinister.

I tend to think there’s a big difference between Republican voters and Republican politicians. This political rant was mostly aimed at the politicians, the people making these decisions and poor choices at the expense of American citizens. I think Republican politics trends toward manipulation, fear tactics and corruption disguised behind a facade of morality.

Most Republican voters I know are honest, hardworking people who don’t cheat on their wives. They care about their neighbors and donate a lot of their time and money to help out those in need. They are generous, loyal, trusting, and don’t expect handouts. I just wish they had better politicians to represent them.

Thing, the Second

I have reinstalled the Subscribe to Comments plug-in, which I vaguely remember disabling a while ago because it was causing all kinds of PHP errors on the site, but then I never got around to fixing it.

SO.  It’s fixed and you now have the option to receive an email notification if someone responds to a comment that you leave here.

Thing, the Third

Have y’all tried Ebates?  I love Ebates.  It’s like free money for doing nothing.  See, whenever you shop online, go to ebates FIRST and click through to the website you intend to shop at from within the ebates site.  Then you automatically get a percentage of your purchase credited back to you and paid to your paypal account.  Is that easy or what?  It’s like getting a permanent discount!  They have TONS of popular stores.  So click the picture below to get started!

Full Disclosure: I feel the need to tell you that if 10 people sign up using this link and make purchases, I get a $100 gift card.  Ordinarily, I don’t try to sell you on stuff that benefits me, but I’m such a fan of this site that I’d encourage you to sign up even if I DIDN’T get anything out of it.

 
 

Why I Hate Everybody Rant: Part II

12 Mar

Now, where were we?  Ah yes, I have already covered the part where I think Democrats are whiny, spoiled and fiscally incompetent.

Now on to Republicans (this is the part where my dad disowns me).

The Pubs have, in the past, had a reputation for this longstanding mantra of conservative fiscal responsibility.  If you believe that this still holds true, then you have had your head in the sand, my friend.

They are still pushing a financial agenda, and pushing it hard.  But it’s not a smart one, a responsible one, or even a conservative one.  The goal seems to be entirely to take from the people who need it, and hand it directly over to the people who don’t.  Republicans right now are the ultimate Anti-Robin Hoods.

Federal Budget Cuts

Republicans have held firm to their requirement that the government reel in its out-of-control spending.  An admirable initiative – like I said, we have to CUT STUFF.  But look at what they’re cutting…

Here are 70 programs that are in line for the guillotine, according to the list unveiled by Representative Hal Rogers, Chairman of the House appropriations committee.  Take a quick gander through this list.

  1. Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies -$30M
  2. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy -$899M
  3. Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability -$49M
  4. Nuclear Energy -$169M
  5. Fossil Energy Research -$31M
  6. Clean Coal Technology -$18M
  7. Strategic Petroleum Reserve -$15M
  8. Energy Information Administration -$34M
  9. Office of Science -$1.1B
  10. Power Marketing Administrations -$52M
  11. Department of Treasury -$268M
  12. Internal Revenue Service -$593M
  13. Treasury Forfeiture Fund -$338M
  14. GSA Federal Buildings Fund -$1.7B
  15. ONDCP -$69M
  16. International Trade Administration -$93M
  17. Economic Development Assistance -$16M
  18. Minority Business Development Agency -$2M
  19. National Institute of Standards and Technology -$186M
  20. NOAA -$336M
  21. National Drug Intelligence Center -$11M
  22. Law Enforcement Wireless Communications -$52M
  23. US Marshals Service -$10M
  24. FBI -$74M
  25. State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance -$256M
  26. Juvenile Justice -$2.3M
  27. COPS -$600M
  28. NASA -$379M
  29. NSF -$139M
  30. Legal Services Corporation -$75M
  31. EPA -$1.6B
  32. Food Safety and Inspection Services -$53M
  33. Farm Service Agency -$201M
  34. Agriculture Research -$246M
  35. Natural Resource Conservation Service -$46M
  36. Rural Development Programs -$237M
  37. WIC -$758M
  38. International Food Aid grants -$544M
  39. FDA -$220M
  40. Land and Water Conservation Fund -$348M
  41. National Archives and Record Service -$20M
  42. DOE Loan Guarantee Authority -$1.4B
  43. EPA ENERGY STAR -$7.4M
  44. EPA GHG Reporting Registry -$9M
  45. USGS -$27M
  46. EPA Cap and Trade Technical Assistance -$5M
  47. EPA State and Local Air Quality Management -$25M
  48. Fish and Wildlife Service -$72M
  49. Smithsonian -$7.3M
  50. National Park Service -$51M
  51. Clean Water State Revolving Fund -$700M
  52. Drinking Water State Revolving Fund -$250M
  53. EPA Brownfields -$48M
  54. Forest Service -$38M
  55. National Endowment for the Arts -$6M
  56. National Endowment for the Humanities -$6M
  57. Job Training Programs -$2B
  58. Community Health Centers -$1.3B
  59. Maternal and Child Health Block Grants -$210M
  60. Family Planning -$327M
  61. Poison Control Centers -$27M
  62. CDC -$755M
  63. NIH -$1B
  64. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services -$96M
  65. LIHEAP Contingency fund -$400M
  66. Community Services Block Grant -$405M
  67. High Speed Rail -$1B
  68. FAA Next Gen -$234M
  69. Amtrak -$224M
  70. HUD Community Development Fund -$530M

I don’t know about you, but I see a list that takes a lot of money away from:

  • programs that help the poor
  • law enforcement
  • programs that protect our food, our health and our lives
  • programs that aid our children
  • programs that invest in our future

Now, it’s difficult to determine the actual impact of these cuts, since amounts given are proposed against Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget request (which was never taken up by Congress) and not against current federal government funding levels. But make no mistake, in the Republicans’ attempt to squeeze blood out of a turnip, they have made cuts are going to be PAINFUL for the US in a lot of different ways.

All told, the above list totals about $23 billion in cuts.  Lots of programs that benefit the country are on the table, and the majority of them focus on initiatives that could grow the economy, rather than reducing waste.  Two areas that are NOT on the table, at least as far as mainstream republicans are concerned:

  1. Military defense spending
  2. Tax breaks

These two areas are the sacred cows of Republican thinking.  But they should be the answers to our substantial financial crisis.

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The United States spends $711 billion on military spending each year, representing 48 percent of the total military spending in the world.

Military Defense Spending

The US spends more on its military than the rest of the world COMBINED.  That’s not just excessive. It’s absurd.  Especially when you consider that instead of paying our bills and taking care of our country’s needs, we are funding military programs that are obsolete, ineffective and wasteful.

“To amass military power without regard to our economic capacity would be to defend ourselves against one kind of disaster by inviting another,”

-US President Dwight D. Eisenhower

If we cut just 4% of our military budget, we would save over $28 BILLION, with cuts that have nowhere near the negative impact on citizens that the $23 billion above have.  But how could we possibly cut our military budget???  Well, here are a few easy places to start:


Tax Breaks

The administration recently caved and extended a lot of the Bush tax cuts, which Republicans applauded.  After all, Lower Taxes! has been their battle cry for how many years now.

While I can understand efforts to jump-start the economy, this was a very costly move that sacrificed a lot of income for the government.  And frankly, a lot of it came from people who didn’t necessarily need the tax breaks.

For years, I’ve heard the lines about how the top 20% of income earners pay 80% of taxes, and how UNFAIR this is, so stop trying to squeeze more money out of those poor rich people! I know Rush Limbaugh is a big fan of this “statistic,” and I’ve heard it echoed by other Republicans throughout the years as well.

Well I call shenanigans.

It’s true, the top 20% of income earners pay 80% of the taxes.  Because they make 90% of the money.

Actually, 80% is a darn good deal.  Especially when you consider that the wealthy are allowed so many deductions and tax shelters that they usually pay a lower percentage of tax than the middle class.  Show me a billionaire who actually pays 35% of his income in tax, and I will show you someone who doesn’t have an accountant.

In fact, the Urban Institute found last year that raising the capital gains tax for wealthy Americans from 15 to 20.6 percent would reduce the deficit to 3 percent of GDP.  Right now, it’s about 10%.

Our country is in financial distress, yet we cut money that helps people find jobs and become productive members of society, in order to keep handing out tax breaks to the wealthy and large corporations who need it the least.  Why?

It has nothing to do with “trickle down” theory, which is basically the idea that if you feed a horse enough oats, he’ll crap more and then all the birds and flies that eat his poop will profit.  Trickle down, or “horse and sparrow” is largely ineffective and has been termed by Ross Perot as “political voodoo” because in general, the money never finds its way down to the bottom of the totem pole.  Instead (again, generally speaking), you just get executives with more vacations, fancier cars and bigger retirement plans.

So again, WHY do Republicans keep insisting on these Anti-Robin Hood methods?

It has everything to do with money.  But nothing to do with the budget.  Companies and individuals who have the most money fund the campaigns and get people elected who will cater to them.  Supporting policies that aren’t to the clear advantage of the corporate and wealthy means the end of your career.  It’s Democracy at its best.  Or something.

And here’s where it has gotten us:

Infographic via Center for American Progress

Social Injustice

This “Class War” as some have termed it, is extending down into the State level as well.  Just recently, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has implemented a $1.7 billion tax hike… but only on the elderly and poor people.  The same amount of money will be directly handed over to corporate special interests.

And now our children’s future is under attack.  As a parent, this infuriates me.

  • Kentucky, Wisconsin and other states are cutting huge amounts of school funding to offset budget deficits.
  • State legislatures in Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Indiana are among those considering new bills that would eliminate or severely curtail teachers’ collective bargaining rights in negotiating contracts.
  • Wyoming lawmakers are entertaining a measure to end teacher tenure, which would allow the immediate suspension or firing of teachers for any reason not expressly prohibited by law.
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently skipped a $3.1 billion payment to the state’s pension system as part of an effort to cut benefits for public workers, and some conservative lobbying groups are suggesting that states be allowed to declare bankruptcy to escape their debt—including, of course, their obligations to state pension plans.
  • Missouri has recently introduced a bill to eliminate child labor laws.

And in a slightly related topic, in some sort of attempt to cut funding for abortions, Republicans offered a bill with language that attempted to narrow the definition of rape.  While I am opposed to abortion, and thereby sympathize with the idea that my tax dollars shouldn’t pay for it, I see no reason to draw some kind of unnecessary line between “rape” and “forcible rape.”  It serves no purpose other than moving toward making “un-forcible rape” more socially acceptable in some context.  Fortunately, after significant national criticism, Republicans dropped the offending language.

However, shortly thereafter, Republican State Representative of Georgia Bobby Franklin introduced legislation that would change the language in a rape trial.  The rape “victim” would be relabeled as the “accuser.”  Because we don’t want to coddle all those pesky women who have had their lives violently interrupted and their rights dismantled by allowing them to be called “victims,” until the court has finished deciding that there was actually a crime. Of course, victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would still remain “victims” from the start.

What is wrong with this picture???

In short, while the Democrats can be whiny and incompetent, Republican politicians are proving themselves to be a**holes, determined to attack the citizens that make up this country and drive our stability and future into the ground.  Auctioning off their souls to the highest bidder.

I think I want to start my own political party.  Circus clowns, conspiracy mongers or people who lack discretion need not apply.  Same goes for people who are willing to be pushed around by an agenda that puts a price on common sense and responsibility. Unfortunately, that probably means that my party will be very, very small.

And now you know why I hate everybody.

 

The First of Probably Several Posts In Which I Rant About Hating Everybody

11 Mar

Politics drives me crazy.  Most of the time, I find myself wanting to slap some sense into both sides of the political spectrum.  Take the current National Debt Crisis, for example.

Our country has been living a lie.  The government has been living far beyond its means, and has now maxed out its credit cards.  The day of reckoning is upon us and it’s time to figure out what to do about it.

Now, I’m no financial guru.  But I do happen to know a little bit about what to do when you’re in a financial crisis.

The answer seems simple.  How do you get out of a debt problem?  Cut expenditures and raise income.  But can anyone  come to this conclusion?  OF COURSE NOT.  Because this is politics.

Let’s talk about Health Care.  Personally, I think socialized health care would be a great idea, and something my family would benefit from tremendously.  Last year we paid about $4,300 and change for health insurance (see, we’re some of the LUCKY ones who have our health insurance subsidized by Jens’ employer).  Over the course of the year, United Health Care paid about the same amount on our behalf to various doctors and hospitals, and then left us holding the bag for about $$9,000+ of additional charges (actually, I’m probably understating that amount).

A few weeks ago, I slipped on the ice and fell down the stairs, injuring my hand.  At one point, I was pretty sure that it was broken.  But I didn’t go to the doctor.  Going to the doctor would have meant being sent to the hospital for x-rays, which cost about $1,200, in addition to the doctor’s visit that I would have had to pay in full because, as of December 2010, my doctor no longer accepts United Health Care.  I would have been responsible for that $1200 also, because  the hospital is in the process of filing a class-action lawsuit against United Health Care for denying valid claims – so they’re not submitting any more claims for a while.

Under a socialized health care system, my family and I could go to the doctor whenever we needed to without worrying about the debacle that is INSURANCE, and … well that seems like a pretty good situation to me.

HOWEVER.  While I think socialized health care is a great idea, you won’t see me pushing for it because FRANKLY, THIS COUNTRY CAN NOT AFFORD IT.  We can’t afford to pay our own bills, so it would be ludicrous to try to implement something that massive when there is no money to support it.

But that isn’t the way our politicians think.

Democrats, LISTEN UP.  You have been SPOILED and MISLED.  You think a government owes its people certain privileges, which may be true, when the government can afford to grant those privileges. Ours can not.  I’ve been hearing a lot of static lately about the budget cuts proposed by the Republicans, and a lot of whining about things like NPR, poetry festivals, Family planning, and a lot of other programs that truly, a government has no business paying for when it has no money.

I’m not saying these programs aren’t worthwhile.  But they are not a necessary piece of government budgeting and need to have the financial responsibility shifted to the public.

People, we are going to have to CUT STUFF.  It’s hard.  I get that.  Nobody wants to deal with having LESS MONEY around.  But it’s a necessity unless you want to drive this country into the ground.

I’m going to continue this a bit later because I have to go pick up my kids.

But REPUBLICANS.  You’re next.  I’m tired of watching a party masquerade under the guise of fiscal responsibility, yet continue to push insane and egregious agendas that drown “responsibility” in the mud and then step on it for good measure.

 

Pumpkin Patch Pictures

07 Nov

Millions of pumpkins, pumpkins for me. Millions of pumpkins, pumpkins for free.*

*10 points to anyone who gets the song reference.

As I mentioned previously, we went to the Dallas Arboretum and went through their Pumpkin Village display.  Here are the pictures I was unable to post the first time.

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Alaskan of the Week: Joe Miller

01 Oct

Joe Miller Tweets His Chickens Before They Hatch

Joe Miller

Mr. Presumptuous might be in for a big surprise.

Dear Joe,

You might think it exudes confidence to visit D.C. 2 months before the election and start calling elected governmental officials “future colleagues,” while making comments about looking for housing and changing out the name plaque on your office.

The rest of the state, however, is less than impressed by your complete inability to separate “confident” from “presumptuous” and “total butt munch.”  Especially since you run probably the greatest risk in the history of EVER of being beaten out by a WRITE IN CANDIDATE.

A little advice on that… If a large population of your state is kept afloat by federal funding, it’s probably not a great idea to make one of your goals to DO AWAY WITH all that funding.  Just sayin’.

So while you’re out looking for office furniture, the voters of your state will be learning how to spell “Murkowski.”  Good luck with that.

Hugs & Kisses,
You’re probably glad I can’t vote in this state yet

PS…Those “I HATE U, U SUK FUR MAKIN MAI LIFE HARDUR U STOOPID” emails you keep getting?  They’re from your publicist.

 
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