Monday, April 20, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
WRONG, what this American is suffering from is CORRUPTION burnout.
A corrupt administration, w's, appoints corrupt lawyers to the Justice Dept. These lawyers were forced to take corrupt Sen. Ted Stevens to trial before his election because he insisted. He was subsequently found quilty...on seven counts. Now we learn these corrupt appointees threw the case. It is not possible that these lawyers did not know they were committing an illegal act when they did not turn over all their evidence to the defense team. So for a second time these lawyers sold their soul to the devil, perhaps thinking that w and his ilk would protect them from accountability and possible criminal charges, not to mention the loss of their license to practice law. Not so. w and his ilk could give a rat's a** at this point, about who the most recent "little person" in his administration is being called to task now. No, they got what they came after and if you are found dead on the roadside...well, in the words of Cheney..."So?" They gave their allegiances to a paper tiger and Ted Stevens, after being found guilty will never be held accountable for his thefts from the American people.
I remember a time when we would shake our heads in disbelief when we would hear of leaders around the world who would steal food and medicines meant for their citizens and keep them for themselves. How could any leader steal from their own people, allowing their countrymen to go homeless, hungry, ignorant? How could such a person come to and stay in power? Do you know how w made money? After bankrupting more than one company, his daddy's friends loaned him the money to buy into a baseball team. He and the other owners threatened to move the team if the city did not build a new stadium for their team. Voters said yes, lets build it and so taxpayers footed the bill for the new stadium A few years later, w, et.al sold their team, anyway...but this time they had a stadium to go with it...thanks to local taxpayers...w's take from this deal was approximately 13 million. The bushies have a history of stealing from the taxpayers...middle income taxpayers of course...the rich pay no taxes. Never has that been clearer than when so many candidates, office holders and appointees find themselves paying back taxes, cleaning up their "loose ends". Being in the limelight, trying to further one's career brings out a lot of "loose ends"...course, its all honest errors or oversights! Yes, of course, of course.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
To the Editor:
We the people...These words have always held a special meaning to me, as they do for most Americans. These words mean we have a voice in our government whether it is on a national or local level.
A few years ago when the new jail and justice center was in the planning stages, a large group of Smith County residents made their opinion known in the form of a petition with many signatures.
This petition stated we were aware that our county needed a new jail but not a justice center with new court rooms and office space, since the existing court house had already been renovated and treated for mold at the taxpayers expense. The petition asked that a jail be built for our needs and not bring more criminals from state institutions into our county. This petition was given to a county commissioner who presented it to the committee. The commissioners voted to build only the jail saving millions of dollars for the taxpayers. We felt our voices had been heard.
Since then, a new vote was taken. I was told it is not being called a justice center but the new jail will have court rooms, office space and house state inmates. I was also told this was in the paper...after the vote. An offer had previously been made for donation of land in the county area to build the jail but was rejected due to the expense of transporting prisoners from jail to the court house. Land was purchased on a cemetery site and the taxpayers were responsible for more money to relocate the graves.
Did any other taxpayer receive a call, a letter, see a notice asking for your opinion from your county commissioner? Are the Smith County patrol cards being driven after hours for personal use? Did any other taxpayer get to voice their opinion on funds spent on the superintendent of schools office building? Did the chairs in that building really cost $500.00 each? Who was held accountable for expenses when our teachers are forced to buy a lot of their own supplies and parents are asked to bring copy paper?
Our county has one of the highest wheel taxes in the state of Tennessee but we the people voted for that. We were heard.
This is a time of economic decline, unemployment and loss of homes, which will be felt in our county revenue. While I am aware that housing state inmates does generate revenue, is this what our county wants? When this "not a justice center" but a new "jail with court rooms, office space and state inmate housing" is finished, who will pay the bill and maintain the existing court house? We the people!
E. has followed up on her phone calls with an excellent letter to her local paper. A true Patriot, E. is asking for some answers, alerting fellow citizens about important issues in the community, and presenting concerns in a very professional manner. The above letter would make an excellent model for anyone wanting to write a letter to their local paper.
Way to go E., I am guessing you have opened the eyes of your fellow citizens and we have not heard the last of this...
Friday, March 13, 2009
Two years later, the justice center, known by new name, is back in the plans. Upon learning this, E picked up the phone, called her commissioner and the county mayor expressing(firmly but politely) her disappointment that the commissioners were ignoring the will of the people, to which the commissioner and mayor had no response. And at the moment, this is where things stand.
Every once-in-a-while, we meet folks who have acted very courageously and patriotically to protect citizens from their own elected officials. We are fortunate to have these pro-active folks in our communities. Without them, there would be no oversight, no one to try to keep the politicians honest, no one to speak for the "common folks".
E, you are a wonderful role model for women and young girls everywhere and an inspiration to all who love their community and country.
So Thank you E, Keep up the good work...make them look for a way out of the room when they see you coming! Keep them on their toes. Hold their feet to the fire!
In appreciation, "SO YOU THINK YOURSELF A PATRIOT?"is naming E. its very first PATRIOT-IN-ACTION. You make us all proud.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Republicans love to say FDR didn't end the depression with the New Deal, they claim it was actually WWII that ended Depression.. OK, for the sake of argument, let's say that's true...just exactly how would that have worked?...War is declared and people go to work building and selling
war weaponry...and by whom are these folks paid...hmmmmm...would it be from funds furnished by the government?...it would seem, even from this perspective that Republicans actually do believe in massive government spending. They just seem to prefer spending on death and destruction, rather than on Americans and our nation.
Did Obama break his pledge to do away with earmarks? Obama pledged to regulate, get under control, and get rid of abuse, not to do away with them. That was J. McCain's campaign pledge...except, of course, for his projects.
We have been mislead...both by the media and by both sides of Congress. They would have us believe they are not in favor of earmarks. They have served us up a dish of gimmick(feigned outrage) to avoid speaking the truth, when speaking the truth would server them better.
The truth is earmarks/pork is the way much of our hard earned money that we give to the government every year is returned back to us via projects funded by the Federal Government.
Who among us does not want all the tax revenues we can fairly obtain? Do we not expect our reps. to do what they can to return money to their constituents in the form of public projects, projects that serve the greater good? Yes, I think we all feel this is part of our expectations. We would not be very happy if everyone around us was receiving federal monies and our state was getting nothing.
We all agree there is wasteful spending and that it is time to revamp the system...all projects should be made public(an Obama pledge) and those abusing the system called to task publicly(an Obama pledge). Be aware, members of Congress (LGraham and DHoyers to mention a couple) have made it very clear that Congress decides on earmarks, not the Pres.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Join Patriots around the world and visit the site below...if you believe w's gang should be held accountable, then sign the petition.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
America and Britain closed a NATO base in this country, putting many out of work, and offered no help of any kind. The citizens of this country took to the streets with their drums, pots and pans, any noisemaker they could find, and assembled outside the building of their political leaders. They were loud and noisy. They managed to peacefully disrupt their government's attempt to ignore them and they also saw their government finally resig
This country is Iceland. A peaceful country, hasn't seen war for generations, nor violent conflict among its citizens
What happened? Laizze faire capitalism, unregulated capitalism. Just another example of how this economic theory will always result in disaster for everyone but the wealthy.Another example of how an unregulated, free market leads to more wealth for the rich, and less and less for the other 97%.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I will continue to contact these senators. If Pres. Obama can continue to try to compromise, negotiate with Republicans after the pathetically political show they have just put on, then I will support him and continue to let the elected officials know what my thoughts and feelings are. After all, is that not what a true Patriot would do?
Letting your reps. know you appreciate their vote. Keep working at reaching the White House by phone, right wingers are trying to tie up the lines and they are doing a pretty good job, I have been trying for three days to get thru, no luck yet. So I continue to use emails and snail mail.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
So all you Patriot wannabe's...pick up your phone, call the White House and let our Pres. know that he has much more support than opposition. Word has it that many more calls are coming in from the trained seals than from clear-thinking Americans.
snailmail: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington D.C. 20500
SUPPORT YOUR PRESIDENT!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Monday, Jan. 19th has been declared a National Day of Service by Michelle and Barack Obama. Choose to make a contribution on that day and many days to follow. Be a part of many Americans who are pledging to become Patriots in the true meaning of the word. Join us on this day of service and lets begin to rebuild the country we have all been so proud of in the past...that would be pre-w.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
w gave his last news conference today...and fittingly, he ended much the same way he has conducted his presidency, cowardly. News outlets were given approximately an unheard of two-hour notice that a sitting Pres. was doing his final press conference. Continuing to attempt to rewrite their legacies, both w and cheney prefer the more friendly journalists, knowing a real journalist would turn them and their lies inside-out. Good-bye and good riddance. If ever we are forced to look upon the faces of this corrupt and criminal administration again, may it be in a court of law.
For myself, I can only hope and pray that the anger I have felt for the last 8 years will go with those who have created so much misery for so many...all around the world. There are those who are committed to pursuing criminal charges against Bush, et.al. and I support those movements.
However, I too, want to turn more of my attention to a more optimistic and positive approach. As our new President takes office, I will be paying close attention, supporting our new leader. Calling him to task, if necessary. Calling to get him support, if needed.
PATRIOTS must know and understand the economic system their government is using because...IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
neocons have learned to use both natural and man-made disasters to force their laizze faire-free market economy on populations who are in too much shock to understand/protest what is being done. By the time shock subsides, the plan of privatization, deregulation, and cuts in social spending have already been established. This plan leads to widespread discontent as unemployment and poverty increase dramatically, add to that the sanitizing and purification of cultures, the use of disappearances, kidnappings, and torture on known opposition, and the strengthening of the military and the picture becomes very ugly. Naomi Kline's research in "Shock Doctrine", shows that the Milton Friedman theory, the Free Market/Laizze Faire theory HAS NOT been successful, some countries(South America has been used as labs for Friedman's theory) using this theory have a 50%+ poverty rate. Sure seems to answer alot of questions about Katrina and the "keystone cops" approach of our government...once that is, they finally decided to make some effort. w and his ilk are shameless.
SO, any disaster, natural or man-made is not a disaster to a neocon, it is a FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITY. The property has been wiped clean, can be bought cheap, developed and bring in big bucks to pad the bottom line. Neocons are motivated by GREED and if we ever allow ourselves to believe that there would ever be any other motivation by such neocon, then we might just sit by again and watch another extremist steal his way into the presidency.
Patriots learn from their mistakes.
Friday, January 2, 2009
It's the dawning of a new day in America and around the world and you do not want to be on the sidelines. Patriots want to be in the middle of the struggle to rescue our country, to rebuild our country, to undo the disaster w and cheney have left us as we continue to insist that bush et.al. are held responsible for their many crimes. Unlike the bushies, Patriots can do more than one thing at a time...including chewing gum and walking!
So where to begin...
"The Shock Doctrine, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" by Naomi Klein is required reading for the Patriot. Want to know what was really going on during Katrina? Or more recently, the Texas coastline? Written for the lay person, its an incredibly intriguing book, loaded with information. A must read for the Patriot. Ms. Klein's site: www.naomiklien.org