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    Just wondering...

    Sunday, November 6, 2011, 2:21 PM [General]

    I wonder if anyone's asked China to forgive all of the US debt.  They seem to be doing just fine without the money right now, ya know? It could do so much good here.

    Hope y'all are having a great day and are putting that extra hour to good use today.  Gonna spend mine catching up with my DVR.


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    Make the Banks Pay Rally Tomorrow!!! (Madison WI )

    Friday, November 4, 2011, 8:15 PM [General]

    So much going on in the US these days it's exhausting!  I'm trying to stay on top of it all and want to do more...but this online advocacy/activism is really more than a full-time job!  I sure hope it's worth it and I do help get some needed info to some peeps who will act on it - that will make it all worthwhile.

    One local (Madison, WI) announcement:  

    Make Them Pay RallySat. Nov. 5th @ Chase Bank!!!

    "Come tell the Banksters that we have had enough and we aren't going to take it anymore.  We welcome you to come and tell your story about how this damaged economy has impacted you, your family or a friend or loved-one.

    Be at the Chase Bank 22 E. Mifflin St. (Capitol Square) at 11:30 a.m. Sat. November 5.  

    Across the country we are taking to the streets to show our anger and to hold Wall Street accountable.  That's why on Saturday, November 5, we will take action against the biggest offenders on Wall Street:  Bank of America, Chase, and Wells Fargo.  We'll demonstrate that we refuse to support their businesses."

    (Via an email announcement from the MoveOn Council:

    Wish I could go.  Tell ya what, my money's been in community banks for as long as I can remember with only one brief exception (unfortunately, Wells Fargo) - and I'm damn proud that I haven't allowed the Big Banks to take advantage of me and use my money to line their pockets and buy our government!!!

    Back to the advocacy/activism...after some dinner.  Wink

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    "The Do-Nothing But Kill Jobs GOP Congress, Continued"

    Friday, November 4, 2011, 12:41 AM [General]

    Another email so informative that I feel the need to share...(and, yes, the links should work)...

    The Do-Nothing But Kill Jobs GOP Congress, Continued

    Nov 3, 2011 | By ThinkProgress War Room

    Senate GOP Puts Protecting Millionaires Before Creating Jobs (Again)

    The third time was not the charm today when it came to persuading Senate Republicans to abandon their never-ending quest to prevent the wealthiest Americans from having to pay their fair share and to instead join with Democrats to put hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work. Earlier this afternoon, Senate Republicans again voted unanimously against 450,000 Americans jobs.

    The Tally

    • Oct. 11100 percent of Senate Republicans voted against millions of American jobsin order to protect the very wealthiest Americans — the top 0.5 percent — from having to pay their fair share.
    • Oct. 20100 percent of Senate Republicans voted against nearly 400,000 jobs for teachers, firefighters, and copsin order to protect the very wealthiest Americans — the top 0.5 percent — from having to pay their fair share.
    • Today100 percent of Senate Republicans voted against 450,000 Americans jobs rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, airports, and other critical infrastructurein order to protect the very wealthiest Americans — the top 0.5 percent — from having to pay their fair share.

    Survey Says: Public Agrees That the GOP is Trying to Sabotage the Economy to Hurt Obama

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) infamously said:

    The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president. That’s my single most important political goal along with every active Republican in the country.

    According to a new poll of Florida voters, it looks like the public is catching on to their plans:

    With 51 percent of voters saying that jobs and the economy are the most pressing issues in the nation today, 49 percent said they believe that the Republicans are intentionally hindering efforts to boost the economy so that President Barack Obama will not be reelected. Thirty-nine percent disagreed. As expected, most registered Democrats (70 percent) agreed that Republicans are intentionally hindering the economy and hurting Obama, but independents (52 percent) and even some Republicans (24 percent) also agreed.

    Evening Brief: Important Stories That You May Have Missed

    “Not everybody’s a foreign policy expert,” Condoleezza Rice said of Herman Cain’s ignorance of China’s nuclear capability, “but obviously if you’re going to run for president you’re eventually going to really have to know these things.”

    The biggest banks are making billions in taxpayer money by administering public programs like food stamps and unemployment insurance that are intended to support the 99 Percent.

    Despite record profits, health insurance companies whine about new taxes.

    Super Mario comes to the rescue in Europe.

    PBS’ Judy Woodruff dropped the ball.

    Experts have failed to prepare Americans for the devastation of climate change.

    The marvels of Minerva McGonagall.

    Meet the powerful men trying to take away your birth control coverage.

    Source:  Email newsletter from THINKPROGRESS | Center for American Progress Action Fund

    Hope you, well, not enjoyed but learned something new or got upset enough to do something about even one thing you see as wrong...that would make me happy.  Wink

    Brightest Blessings of Love and Light, y'all!

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    Shred Fest in Madison WI

    Thursday, November 3, 2011, 4:10 PM [General]

    I got an email today and think this is a wonderful idea posted by the Mods @ Madison (WI) freecycle:

    "Consumers and Small Businesses:

    Join us for the 3rd Annual Shred Fest

    Protect your identity and the identities of your clients by disposing of sensitive documents safely. Bring up to 10 boxes or 200 pounds of sensitive documents to be shredded and recycled for FREE. 

    Available one day only!

    Date: Saturday, November 12, 2011

    Time: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Location: Access Information Management Building
                  3700 Commerce Drive, Middleton
                  (Exit at Mineral Point Road. Turn left.)

    Shred Fest is brought to you by Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Access Information Management

    Chance to give back: Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Second       Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. Collection bins will be available at the Shred Fest."

    If I didn't have my own shredder, I'd definitely do this!  Hope others take advantage of this great idea!!!

    For more info from me, check out my Twitter @serenepece

    Have a Blessed day, my friends!

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    Millionaires vs. Jobs 11/3/11: Will the job-killing GOP strike again tomorrow?

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 6:25 PM [General]

    I just HAD to re-post this from an email I got from ThinkProgress...

    Will The Job-Killing GOP Strike Again?

    Nov 2, 2011 | By  ThinkProgress War Room

    Protecting Millionaires v. Jobs Rebuilding Bridges, Roads & Airports

    Tomorrow, the Senate will attempt to take up the Rebuild America Jobs Act — part of the president’s jobs plan that will put hundreds of thousands of construction workers back to rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, airports, and other critical infrastructure. This comes after the GOP voted down the president’s entire jobs plan and then voted against nearly 400,000 jobs for teachers, cops, and firefighters.

    Investing in Jobs by Making Millionaires Pay Their Fair Share

    These critical job-creating investments are paid for by instituting a very small 0.7 percent (yes, that’s ZERO-POINT-SEVEN percent) surtax on any additional income above $1 MILLION — the first million is still only taxed at today’s low rates. That means that someone making $2 MILLION a year — which puts them in the top 0.5 percent of Americans — would be asked to pay an extra $7,000 on their second million dollars in income. Just 345,532 taxpayers nationwide would be impacted by the surtax.

    Even this modest surtax would not bring tax rates on the very wealthiest Americans anywhere near where they were under Presidents Clinton or Reagan; however, this small step is an entirely reasonable way to pay for the creation of 450,000 Americans jobs for workers in one of the industries hit hardest by the jobs crisis.


    We’ll let Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) take this one:

    So, tomorrow my Republican colleagues will face a choice. The choice is not whether to invest in roads or bridges, or whether the richest of the rich can spare a few dollars for the sake of our economy. The choice is about priorities.

    Who will Republicans put first — the millions of ordinary Americans struggling to find work and put food on the table? Or the millionaires and billionaires whose biggest problem is that they may have to pay an additional $7,000 on the second million they make each year?

    We ought to be able to agree that making enough money to pay even a dollar more under our plan is a wonderful problem to have.

    Survey Says: More Than Seven in 10 Americans Backs Investments Like Those in the Rebuild America Jobs Act

    The CNN/ORC poll from Oct. 17 showed just how out of touch the Tea Party Republicans in Washington are:

    72% of Americans support “increasing federal spending to build and repair roads, bridges and schools”

    70% of Independents and 54% of Republicans support funding our infrastructure

    IN ONE SENTENCE: Tea Party Republicans will have a third chance to choose between protecting millionaires and billionaires or putting 450,000 of their fellow Americans back to work.

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    Thanks and still finding my way around

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 5:29 PM [General]

    I just wanted to tell my first two commenters a big thank you for your comments!  (It took me a while to figure out where to find them - they had to be approved, I discovered!  *LOL*)

    I'm still just trying to figure out my way around and journaling/blogging, so please forgive any current and future mistakes I'm bound to keep making!

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    WI Republican Senator Dale Schutz' home vandalized

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 5:10 PM [General]

    I caught the end of a story on the local news today...

    Apparently, Dale Schultz, the WI Repub. Sen. who decided earlier this week not to support his party's plan to sabotage the WI citizens' process of recalling several of the same republican senators for making decisions against the citizens' repeatedly vocalized best interests, had his home vandalized...guess the repugs can't handle even their own people going against the extremist bagger Starve the Beast agenda...and will do whatever it takes to stop them.  *sigh*
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    11/1/11 Letter to the Editor about "concealed carry" law

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 12:08 AM [General]

    I sent this out tonight after getting an email and going to  Would love to hear opinions!

    I am horribly concerned about the new Wisconsin law that went into effect on 11/1/11 allowing loaded, concealed guns to be carried into Wisconsin's public places.  I believe this new law will lead to many senseless tragedies in our state, and I definitely feel less safe in my own community.  I live in McFarland, a small Madison bedroom community, where I've always felt safe in the past.  Not anymore.   Although I am a transplant to this state I have grown to love so much, my family has lived here since they first came to the U.S.  generations ago.  And  I do not want to lose any of the wonderful Wisconsinites I dearly love just due to a group of politicians voting against what the public knows is the best thing for our own selves.


    I definitely won´t feel safer with guns in banks, bars, grocery stores, and other places, and I´m not alone.  By an almost 3-to-1 margin, likely voters in Wisconsin say they will feel less safe, not safer, with hidden, loaded guns in public places.  Even in Wausau, the hometown of the law’s leading “author” (other than ALEC, that is), the community voted to keep guns out of public buildings.


    Many applicants and others have begun to ask a lot of questions about the application of this new law.  And many questions have gone unanswered by officials, because there are many inconsistencies in how this law could be legally applied.  There are already thousands of people showing up to sign up for “concealed carry licenses”, many of which have already been approved and sent back to their new, proud owners.   (That would be the thousands of people whom you and I will be running into in public from now on with their hidden weapons for unknown reasons.)  WHY are these licenses needed, I’m wondering…what is the point?!?  Do they think they are going to be attacked by Yemenese terrorists in Wisconsin or by our own police, thus, needing personal protection since our current police force and military cannot provide it?  It sure seems to me that, at least in Wisconsin, this has not been the case in any situations of which I’ve ever been made aware. 


    So I urge every business and civic leader in our community to join the growing, large number of responsible people across the state in choosing to PUT UP SIGNS THAT PROHIBIT GUNS in our public places, as allowed under the new law.  This will be the only way to be sure that none of the future tragedies occur in YOUR businesses.  And it will also be the ONLY WAY TO ENSURE that people, like me, who do not believe in this law, WILL FEEL SAFE ENOUGH TO PATRONIZE YOUR BUSINESSES.  And I urge every citizen of Wisconsin to BOYCOTT ANY AND ALL PUBLIC BUILDINGS WHICH DO NOT DISPLAY THESE SIGNS.   


    I also urge every WI citizen who agrees with me to write to and call our state congressional and other political leaders (whom WE elect) to state that WE WILL NO LONGER VOTE FOR anyone who makes decisions such as this law ever in the future.  And, given our recent rash of successful volunteer signature drives toward recalling Republican politicians who do not vote the way their constituents ask them to, it seems perfectly reasonable to me that those politicians who continue to vote against the citizens of WI will quickly find themselves out of jobs.


    I know all about the NRA crap that it’s people and not guns killing people – it’s just that - crap.  I once read something that I know to be the absolute truth:  "GUNS MAKE PERMANENT WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN TEMPORARY".  If there was no gun in most situations that end in murder, most wouldn’t end in murder.  Maybe temporary injury.  But not murder.  Not death.


    So, please, I’M BEGGING YOU ALL TO ACT OUT AGAINST THIS LAW in any and every way we all can think of until we can be rid of it once and for all…AFTER WE ELECT REAL REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE!




    Denise Mohr

    McFarland, WI

    cc:  my state/ federal representatives/ senators, other state/federal publications, Gov. Walker, Pres. Obama, and my blog.

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    Blessed Be!

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 8:04 AM [General]

      Hi and welcome to my new journal!

    I sure hope you can find something interesting here and there!  

    I am starting this journal as a place to write my daily-ish thoughts on anything that tickles, upsets, impresses, confuses, and/or delights me or just plain pisses me off.  

    I wasn't planning on starting an online journal or blog today at all - was just having trouble sleeping and so reading a great blog on this site (  I signed up initially so I could comment on the blog.  Then found out all that I could do on "my" beliefnet site.  And, to be honest, I've always enjoyed writing and sharing with others.  So I though I'd give this blog thing a try.  What will I write about?  Maybe how my day's going...or about something I read that I'd like to share...or maybe just to vent.  We'll see what happens next!     

    Have a great Wednesday!  Blessed Be!!!

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