Saturday, August 29, 2009

Katie Reyes













Katie Reyes this is your day young lady and we celebrate you. Why is it since 1984 when young ladies were permitted to play in the Little League, we have only seen fifteen so far in the World Series. Still are daughters are told they are lesser than, that to play in sports dominated males. This fine young lady has proven yes there are women out there who are more than comparable. I say we need to encourage are young women they to can excel at sports also. Maybe in some way it would show them that plastic surgery and slut wear is not the only way to rank in this society, because that is the message that is being pushed to our daughters out there...
My two cents...

She Plays Ball Like A Girl, In the Little League World Series
Katie Reyes is being hailed as "the first girl game-winner" in a Little League World Series game. Katie became the hero with a two-run single that won the game for Canada!

Obviously, precious few girls have been permitted to play. Since 1984, that would be all of 15 girls playing in the Little League World Series. This year, there were all of 2 girls.As far as we know, the first girl to play in the LLWS was Kathryn Johnston. Back in 1950, she passed as a boy by tucking her hair under her hat and using the nickname "Tubby."
''They didn't know I was a girl, and my brother didn't say anything,'' she said. ''If I had told them my real name, they wouldn't have let me play. So I told them my name was Tubby, from the male character in the cartoon strip 'Little Lulu.'''I played a couple of weeks and then I talked to my coach. I said: 'I really need to tell you something. I'm not a boy. I'm a girl.' He said, 'That's O.K., you're a darned good player.' So I ended up playing the whole season at first base and became sort of a drawing card, because everybody wanted to see a girl play.''
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk0TLzZYLH8&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fguerillawomentn%2Eblogspot%2Ecom%2F&feature=player_embedded

Friday, August 28, 2009

Women Equality Day & Whole Foods



“Once again no fan fare” for Womens Equality Day ( of course were is the true equality )
Not even an amendment to say women are equal...
August 26th came and went with out even a cheer or should I say a small cry...
Now I am making a plea to all to support Whole Foods, the CEO John Makey hear him out...
By
JOHN MACKEY
"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."
—Margaret Thatcher
With a projected $1.8 trillion deficit for 2009, several trillions more in deficits projected over the next decade, and with both Medicare and Social Security entitlement spending about to ratchet up several notches over the next 15 years as Baby Boomers become eligible for both, we are rapidly running out of other people's money. These deficits are simply not sustainable. They are either going to result in unprecedented new taxes and inflation, or they will bankrupt us.
While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction—toward less government control and more individual empowerment. Here are eight reforms that would greatly lower the cost of health care for everyone:
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• Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs). The combination of high-deductible health insurance and HSAs is one solution that could solve many of our health-care problems. For example, Whole Foods Market pays 100% of the premiums for all our team members who work 30 hours or more per week (about 89% of all team members) for our high-deductible health-insurance plan. We also provide up to $1,800 per year in additional health-care dollars through deposits into employees' Personal Wellness Accounts to spend as they choose on their own health and wellness.
Money not spent in one year rolls over to the next and grows over time. Our team members therefore spend their own health-care dollars until the annual deductible is covered (about $2,500) and the insurance plan kicks in. This creates incentives to spend the first $2,500 more carefully. Our plan's costs are much lower than typical health insurance, while providing a very high degree of worker satisfaction.
• Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits. Now employer health insurance benefits are fully tax deductible, but individual health insurance is not. This is unfair.
• Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines. We should all have the legal right to purchase health insurance from any insurance company in any state and we should be able use that insurance wherever we live. Health insurance should be portable.
• Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover. These mandates have increased the cost of health insurance by billions of dollars. What is insured and what is not insured should be determined by individual customer preferences and not through special-interest lobbying.
• Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. These costs are passed back to us through much higher prices for health care.
• Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost. How many people know the total cost of their last doctor's visit and how that total breaks down? What other goods or services do we buy without knowing how much they will cost us?
• Enact Medicare reform. We need to face up to the actuarial fact that Medicare is heading towards bankruptcy and enact reforms that create greater patient empowerment, choice and responsibility.
• Finally, revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren't covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
Many promoters of health-care reform believe that people have an intrinsic ethical right to health care—to equal access to doctors, medicines and hospitals. While all of us empathize with those who are sick, how can we say that all people have more of an intrinsic right to health care than they have to food or shelter?
Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That's because there isn't any. This "right" has never existed in America
Even in countries like Canada and the U.K., there is no intrinsic right to health care. Rather, citizens in these countries are told by government bureaucrats what health-care treatments they are eligible to receive and when they can receive them. All countries with socialized medicine ration health care by forcing their citizens to wait in lines to receive scarce treatments.
Although Canada has a population smaller than California, 830,000 Canadians are currently waiting to be admitted to a hospital or to get treatment, according to a report last month in Investor's Business Daily. In England, the waiting list is 1.8 million.
At Whole Foods we allow our team members to vote on what benefits they most want the company to fund. Our Canadian and British employees express their benefit preferences very clearly—they want supplemental health-care dollars that they can control and spend themselves without permission from their governments. Why would they want such additional health-care benefit dollars if they already have an "intrinsic right to health care"? The answer is clear—no such right truly exists in either Canada or the U.K.—or in any other country.
Rather than increase government spending and control, we need to address the root causes of poor health. This begins with the realization that every American adult is responsible for his or her own health.
Unfortunately many of our health-care problems are self-inflicted: two-thirds of Americans are now overweight and one-third are obese. Most of the diseases that kill us and account for about 70% of all health-care spending—heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and obesity—are mostly preventable through proper diet, exercise, not smoking, minimal alcohol consumption and other healthy lifestyle choices.
Recent scientific and medical evidence shows that a diet consisting of foods that are plant-based, nutrient dense and low-fat will help prevent and often reverse most degenerative diseases that kill us and are expensive to treat. We should be able to live largely disease-free lives until we are well into our 90s and even past 100 years of age.
Health-care reform is very important. Whatever reforms are enacted it is essential that they be financially responsible, and that we have the freedom to choose doctors and the health-care services that best suit our own unique set of lifestyle choices. We are all responsible for our own lives and our own health. We should take that responsibility very seriously and use our freedom to make wise lifestyle choices that will protect our health. Doing so will enrich our lives and will help create a vibrant and sustainable American society.
Mr. Mackey is co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market Inc.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

NOW















I myself boycotted the NOW convention in Indianapolis this year. I was a member but thought that NOW has loss touch with the real issue of women and feminism. President Kim Gandy put the knives in the average womans back, and did not step up to the plate when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was attacked, or Governor Sarah Palin. Women's rights and activism is not about age or race but a matter of reaching out and including all. President Kim Gandy lost that. This is the reason the endorsed candidate Latifa Lyles lost, she represented more of the same. "Please" with the idea that just because a woman is black that she can offer something more than a white candidate, it is only proving that you yourself is racist, and if your banking on the fact because she is young and black she can bring a whole different demographic is just kidding yourself. "Quality" & an instilling candidate can do that...


Ms.Matthews


NOW elects Maryland woman its next president
(AP) – Jun 21, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The National Organization for Women has elected a 56-year-old Maryland woman as its next president in a close win over a rival who had been endorsed by the group's current president.
NOW said Terry O'Neill, who is white, defeated Latifa Lyles, a 33-year-old African-American woman from Washington, D.C., during the organization's three-day national conference in Indianapolis. The group did not release totals from Saturday's vote.
Lyles had been enthusiastically endorsed by current NOW President Kim Gandy, who retires from NOW on July 20 after eight years as the group's president.
Gandy had said Lyles, who would have been NOW's youngest president ever, would "take NOW to a different level" by recognizing the nation's "generational shift."
Lyles had said she could help give NOW, with a mostly white and over-40 membership, a new image of youth and diversity that would appeal to younger feminists.
O'Neill, who is one of the oldest at the start of a term, said in a prepared statement that she was "honored and eager" to lead NOW.
"My experience with domestic violence, as an abused wife left me humiliated and embarrassed. I only began to talk about this publicly five years ago as I realized that to keep quiet was to continue the abuse. I want to empower women and telling my story does just that," she said.
NOW press secretary Mai Shiozakiis referred calls on Saturday's vote tally to O'Neill, who declined Sunday to be interviewed. She referred calls about the vote totals to her spokeswoman.
"It's been quite a whirlwind and I don't have those," O'Neill said.
O'Neill's spokeswoman, Hannah Olanoff, said Sunday that the vote totals were not immediately available but she said it was a "close election," as had been expected.
She said NOW would hold a news conference at the end of the week to discuss the election.
O'Neill, who has taught law at Tulane University, was NOW's vice president for membership from 2001-05. Most recently, she has been chief of staff for a county council member in Maryland's Montgomery County.

"Remember Her Name"


Irena Sendler - who recently died at 98 years of age, was a 2008 Nobel Peace Prize NomineeDuring WWII, Irena was given permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a plumbing/sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive. Being German, Irena knew what the Nazi plan was for Jews. Irena smuggled out infants in the bottom of a tool box she carried in the back of her truck. She used a burlap sack for bigger children. She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers wanted nothing to do with her dog.. The barking covered noises of the infants and children.Irena managed to smuggle out and save 2500 infants and children, before she was caught! The Nazi's broke both her legs and arms, and beat her severely. Irena kept a record in a jar buried under a tree in her back yard of all the children she smuggled out. After the war, she tried to locate all parents that may have survived to reunite families, but most had been gassed. The children she could not reunite were placed with foster families or adopted. Irena was nominated for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. Al Gore won for a slide show on Global Warming. Help send this email around the world so that this 'noble' lady is remembered for her bravery.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

"Happy Independence Day"
























Democracy In Suffrage would like to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day to everyone. We honor the women & men who gave their life to give Independence and birth to a nation such as ours...
But in these grave times that the “Bill of Rights” & “The Constitution” our being ignored, not upheld and trampled on by the very women & men we sent to Washington to uphold these laws...
“Elections” that equal to third world countries where accountability is no more. Were the great women of this land after over two hundred years are still second class citizen. Washington has representation by only 17% women, yet we are over half the population. Earn still less for the same work as men, shackled with our reproductive rights held over are head and threatened every election to vote for one joker after another. Divided by are own ranks instead of putting aside our difference, and uniting...
Is 2009 the year women celebrate their Independence Day? “Don't know, but is it not time women lead the charge to take back our government, like every other great movement in this country...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Letterman Once Again












When I ask? Sexual misogynistic attacks going to stop on women, and when are they going to stop attacking Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, or Governor Sarah Palin. Why don't the male counterparts receive this to this end degree, and why is it so excepting in are culture to either attack women on a lesser than or reduced to crude sexual innuendo...
“Letterman”
“Palin dressed in her sleazy Airline Stewardess”
what all Airline Stewardess sluts & whore and deserve to be ridiculed by you? Like your the guru of style Letterman...
or a lame excuse he did not realize she had her fourteen year old daughter with her, she was all over the New York News Dave were where you?
“Liar Dave” when are we as a nation going to stand up and say enough to the battery of women on the National Television...
I think this no better or worse than “Don Imus” or is white women fair game nope I have seen on all races of women...
“Please Contact CBS or your local CBS affiliate and the New York office scream foul scream enough. Let's start boycotting the products that endorse Letterman like “Olive Garden” contact there headquarters and let them know why...
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This Letterman guy just doesn't get the message! "Did you hear this? Hillary Clinton busted her elbow. Apparently, she slipped and hit the floor when she … went home to her husband early, unannounced."
http://hillary.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/06/23/hillary_news_tidbits

"Violence & The Victim Who?"






















Domestic violence; till this is no longer tolerated by all women. Women set aside there difference and come together. We will continue to be victims...

When an estrange husband can attack his sick frail wife who is battling cancer with a hammer, smashing her in the face and head, and walks out of a jail in less than three months. This is the problem...
Why is it this man who was not held for attempted murder. Why ? Because she is a woman plain and simple. Now as for him he shows back up at this woman's home tries to kill her mother and the likes, shoots half of this woman's sister face off, who latter dies. This all occurred in less than a six month period.
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/12/lodi_man_accused_of_shooting_s.htmlhttp://democracyinsuffrage.blogspot.com/2008/12/violence-against-women-failures-of.html
http://democracyinsuffrage.blogspot.com/2008/12/violence-against-women-failures-of.html
Women we are apart of the blame? Also when are we going to stand arm and arm, stand true, stand together. When we talk about "Ole Boy" network it is because men stick together. Women will follow blindly behind because we are told as little girls we are suppose to...
"Only" we can stop the violence but we got to stand up and say foul, and demand that we are first protected under the Constitution as equal, second demand not just tougher laws but to enforce the laws that are on the books...
I hear women say any women can run for political office today, women don't want to. Well sister let me tell you to get on the playing field is allot tougher than you will ever know, because you care not to support your brethren...
I am actually exhausted telling women call your political party's, let them know you want my support, then put more women on the ballot, write them an email, a letter. Actually the pen is mightier than the sword, trust me it is the best way if you want to be heard...
I urge each and everyone of us to get involved, or it may be your mother, grandmother, or like Betty Jean her Daughter...
Sincerely Je'Amour
Man Arrested After Girl Says 'Daddy Killed Mommy'
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

BROWNSBURG, Ind. - An Indiana man arrested Monday night was accused of stabbing his estranged wife to death while his two daughters, 12 and 8, hid in a closet. Authorities said the older girl called 911 and told a dispatcher, "Daddy killed Mommy."
Joseph L. Warnock, 41, was arrested about 9 p.m. in the same neighborhood of Brownsburg where he had once lived with his wife, Angela Warnock, 38, said Lt. Roger Call of the Hendricks County Sheriff's Department.
The wife was found stabbed in her bed at home on Sunday night. Investigators say the couple was going through a divorce and she had a protective order requiring him to stay away from her and their daughters.
The killing came two days after the wife obtained a two-year extension on the order.
Detective Sgt. Charles Morefield said Warnock forced his way into the home through a patio door just before midnight Sunday and went to a bedroom where his wife was sleeping with the girls.
Police said that when he began stabbing his wife, the girls ran into a closet and hid there for at least 15 minutes while their father was in the home.
When he left, the 12-year-old girl called 911 and told a dispatcher "Daddy stabbed Mommy."
His arrest came after police scoured the area Monday around the couple's home just west of Indianapolis. Instead of driving to the subdivision, police said Warnock parked his car in a church parking lot and walked across a field to get to the house.
Warnock was being held in the county jail in Danville. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney.


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Friday, June 5, 2009

"Geena Davis Bates College"




I am making a plea to all women to please send this on to watch. I am pleading to all men pass this on and show that they can too stand up and say women need to be counted and as men need to know the realities that yes the United States of America ranks in at 68 at female representation ( this puts us down with third world country's ) . I know I will not see equality for women in my life time but at this pace to quote Ms. Davis it will take five hundred years. I make this plea now for all to watch... Pass this on...Sincerely Ms. Matthews




Wednesday, June 3, 2009


The German Chancellor socks it to them she was adamant that the European Central Bank & The Federal Reserve needs to be booted. That it has caused the crisis at current hand, and will down the road. Here is excerpt...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a rare public rebuke of central banks, suggested the European Central Bank and its counterparts in the U.S. and Britain have gone too far in fighting the financial crisis and may be laying the groundwork for another financial blowup.
"I view with great skepticism the powers of the Fed, for example, and also how, within Europe, the Bank of England has carved out its own small line," Ms. Merkel said in a speech in Berlin. "We must return together to an independent central-bank policy and to a policy of reason, otherwise we will be in exactly the same situation in 10 years' time."
"Read The Rest Here"
Kudo's Chancellor I couls say it no better. I urge each and everyone of you if your Congress Representative is not on this list, then take the time to encourage them to do so. Remember the Federal Reserve is not a Government Agency they act as an independent banking system of the United States, is it not time the United States gets a bank statement, Would you yourself stay with a bank that does not get audited once in awhile and does not have transparency when it comes to your money. Ask your Congress Representative to cosponser H.R.1207...
COSPONSORS(124), BY DATE [order is left to right]: (Sort: alphabetical order)
Rep Kagen, Steve [WI-8] - 2/26/2009
Rep Bachmann, Michele [MN-6] - 2/26/2009
Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. [MD-6] - 2/26/2009
Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] - 2/26/2009
Rep Rehberg, Denny [MT] - 2/26/2009
Rep Posey, Bill [FL-15] - 2/26/2009
Rep Broun, Paul C. [GA-10] - 2/26/2009
Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] - 2/26/2009
Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5] - 2/26/2009
Rep Abercrombie, Neil [HI-1] - 2/26/2009
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 2/26/2009
Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] - 3/5/2009
Rep Chaffetz, Jason [UT-3] - 3/6/2009
Rep Kingston, Jack [GA-1] - 3/6/2009
Rep Young, Don [AK] - 3/6/2009
Rep Rohrabacher, Dana [CA-46] - 3/6/2009
Rep Stearns, Cliff [FL-6] - 3/6/2009
Rep McClintock, Tom [CA-4] - 3/6/2009
Rep Heller, Dean [NV-2] - 3/6/2009
Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. [TN-2] - 3/6/2009
Rep Taylor, Gene [MS-4] - 3/6/2009
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] - 3/9/2009
Rep Alexander, Rodney [LA-5] - 3/10/2009
Rep Price, Tom [GA-6] - 3/10/2009
Rep Petri, Thomas E. [WI-6] - 3/10/2009
Rep Foxx, Virginia [NC-5] - 3/10/2009
Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-8] - 3/11/2009
Rep Marchant, Kenny [TX-24] - 3/11/2009
Rep Wamp, Zach [TN-3] - 3/16/2009
Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] - 3/16/2009
Rep Buchanan, Vern [FL-13] - 3/17/2009
Rep Castle, Michael N. [DE] - 3/17/2009
Rep Fleming, John [LA-4] - 3/18/2009
Rep Akin, W. Todd [MO-2] - 3/19/2009
Rep Platts, Todd Russell [PA-19] - 3/19/2009
Rep Peterson, Collin C. [MN-7] - 3/19/2009
Rep McCotter, Thaddeus G. [MI-11] - 3/19/2009
Rep Lummis, Cynthia M. [WY] - 3/19/2009
Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] - 3/19/2009
Rep Sessions, Pete [TX-32] - 3/23/2009
Rep Deal, Nathan [GA-9] - 3/23/2009
Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-2] - 3/23/2009
Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] - 3/24/2009
Rep Blunt, Roy [MO-7] - 3/24/2009
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13] - 3/26/2009
Rep Culberson, John Abney [TX-7] - 3/26/2009
Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] - 3/30/2009
Rep Gingrey, Phil [GA-11] - 3/30/2009
Rep Terry, Lee [NE-2] - 3/30/2009
Rep Carter, John R. [TX-31] - 3/31/2009
Rep Capito, Shelley Moore [WV-2] - 4/1/2009
Rep Wittman, Robert J. [VA-1] - 4/1/2009
Rep Fallin, Mary [OK-5] - 4/2/2009
Rep Smith, Lamar [TX-21] - 4/2/2009
Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3] - 4/2/2009
Rep Lucas, Frank D. [OK-3] - 4/21/2009
Rep Lamborn, Doug [CO-5] - 4/21/2009
Rep Ehlers, Vernon J. [MI-3] - 4/21/2009
Rep Bilbray, Brian P. [CA-50] - 4/21/2009
Rep Pence, Mike [IN-6] - 4/21/2009
Rep Manzullo, Donald A. [IL-16] - 4/21/2009
Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10] - 4/21/2009
Rep Cole, Tom [OK-4] - 4/21/2009
Rep Roe, David P. [TN-1] - 4/21/2009
Rep Herger, Wally [CA-2] - 4/21/2009
Rep Bishop, Rob [UT-1] - 4/21/2009
Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] - 4/21/2009
Rep Olson, Pete [TX-22] - 4/21/2009
Rep Latham, Tom [IA-4] - 4/21/2009
Rep Luetkemeyer, Blaine [MO-9] - 4/21/2009
Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-25] - 4/21/2009
Rep Rooney, Thomas J. [FL-16] - 4/22/2009
Rep Massa, Eric J. J. [NY-29] - 4/22/2009
Rep Johnson, Sam [TX-3] - 4/22/2009
Rep Thompson, Glenn [PA-5] - 4/22/2009
Rep Brady, Kevin [TX-8] - 4/22/2009
Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] - 4/22/2009
Rep Shimkus, John [IL-19] - 4/22/2009
Rep Graves, Sam [MO-6] - 4/22/2009
Rep Jenkins, Lynn [KS-2] - 4/23/2009
Rep Gohmert, Louie [TX-1] - 4/23/2009
Rep Inglis, Bob [SC-4] - 4/23/2009
Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9] - 4/23/2009
Rep Johnson, Timothy V. [IL-15] - 4/23/2009
Rep Brown, Henry E., Jr. [SC-1] - 4/28/2009
Rep Biggert, Judy [IL-13] - 4/28/2009
Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] - 4/28/2009
Rep Tiahrt, Todd [KS-4] - 4/28/2009
Rep Myrick, Sue Wilkins [NC-9] - 4/28/2009
Rep Putnam, Adam H. [FL-12] - 4/28/2009
Rep LaTourette, Steven C. [OH-14] - 4/28/2009
Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] - 4/28/2009
Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [FL-18] - 4/28/2009
Rep Hoekstra, Peter [MI-2] - 4/28/2009
Rep Miller, Candice S. [MI-10] - 4/28/2009
Rep Granger, Kay [TX-12] - 4/28/2009
Rep Simpson, Michael K. [ID-2] - 4/28/2009
Rep Barrett, J. Gresham [SC-3] - 4/28/2009
Rep Goodlatte, Bob [VA-6] - 4/28/2009
Rep Smith, Adrian [NE-3] - 4/28/2009
Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] - 4/29/2009
Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4] - 4/29/2009
Rep Kline, John [MN-2] - 4/29/2009
Rep Bono Mack, Mary [CA-45] - 4/29/2009
Rep Murphy, Tim [PA-18] - 4/29/2009
Rep Calvert, Ken [CA-44] - 4/29/2009
Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] - 4/29/2009
Rep Upton, Fred [MI-6] - 4/29/2009
Rep Bachus, Spencer [AL-6] - 4/29/2009
Rep Buyer, Steve [IN-4] - 4/30/2009
Rep Neugebauer, Randy [TX-19] - 4/30/2009
Rep McHenry, Patrick T. [NC-10] - 4/30/2009
Rep McCarthy, Kevin [CA-22] - 5/4/2009
Rep Barton, Joe [TX-6] - 5/4/2009
Rep Hensarling, Jeb [TX-5] - 5/4/2009
Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [WA-5] - 5/4/2009
Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-9] - 5/4/2009
Rep Moran, Jerry [KS-1] - 5/4/2009
Rep Cassidy, Bill [LA-6] - 5/4/2009
Rep Walden, Greg [OR-2] - 5/4/2009
Rep Crenshaw, Ander [FL-4] - 5/4/2009
Rep Campbell, John [CA-48] - 5/4/2009
Rep LoBiondo, Frank A. [NJ-2] - 5/4/2009
Rep McHugh, John M. [NY-23] - 5/4/2009

Stop The Drive Through Mastectomies


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"Tsunami Media Alert"


TSUNAMI MEDIA ALERT
May 29, 2009
The Latest Czar to Regulate Far More than Cars
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A long-forecast and dreaded announcement came this morning from the head of the “Change” Administration himself. The astonishing sequence of end-runs, by the “Change” Adminisitration – around traditional and critical structures which preserve the U.S. Constitution- and its balance of powers – seems about to take its greatest toll to date. The protections provided by the 3 American branches of government have continued to erode via Obama’s unprecedented installation of “Czars” – i,e, politically hand-picked individuals who are given enormous powers over free enterprise – and whom report directly to the Chief Excutive himself. This newly invented system for expanding Executive branch authority, among its other dangers, eliminates the need for Congressional approval or involvement with these power-packed new authority figures. It also short circuits Capitol Hill oversight of the activities which they undertake.
Obama has made public today his plan to take control of the Internet – directly from the White House – on behalf of preserving “cyber-security.” This strategy to expand his authority to encroach further on Americans right to privacy – with warrantless supervision of online activity – has been in the works since the Inauguration. The timing of its current announcement holds notable coincidence to the Chief Executive’s recent decline in public opinion polls (along with the downhill slide of popularity among his key Congressional leadership (Pelosi, Reid and Dodd.)
Former Democratic activists who worked against Obama’s nomination are among those most aware of the alarm bells this current move to suppress opposition sets off. His online primary campaign, which generated maximum impact via use of high tech applications-is recalled by many for its brutality and vicious conduct against web opponents in 2008. Several reported personal threats while many more indicated repeated disruption of their blogs and large-scale attacks on their forums. Throughout the campaign season, an online army of campaign-paid web thugs were hired for these intrusions, as reported and verified by FOX News. Intimidation, verbal threats, gutter language and even obscene images were the order of the day.
Those in the know, then are acutely aware, then, that the “threats to security” listed by this Head of State in his televised speech today ironically coincide with tactics similar to some his own campaign used to get elected. An Obama small-dollar-on-line donor even reported receiving a phone call on his unlisted cell phone to remind him of a “Meet Up” in his own neighborhood – this despite the fact that the donor had not supplied the campaign with either his cell number nor his physical address! At least one Nigerian husband and wife both confessed last year to using their executive positions with international tech corporations to obtain personal records of U.S. citizens for use in harassment by the “Change” campaign.
In the meantime, while specifics of the new leader’s rationale remain to be seen, it’s already foreshadowed they will be as far-reaching as possible. Obama’s sweeping statements about the urgent need to protect everything from banking records, to online purchases to information exchange. Rumors have indicated that the NSA is also disturbed that this new report-to-President only position would also circumvent this agency’s normal role in cyber-watching. Further evidence of the long-term planning of this eradication of online privacy plan lies in the fact that Senators Rockfeller and Snowe introduced a bill in Congress on April 1st to give the White House these cyber-space powers.
One could ask: How does the rest of Congress feel about turning over their responsibility and authority to the Executive Branch? Also, if the right to online privacy is allowed follow the path of warrantless phone wire-tapping what does Big Brother have in mind next? And lest we wonder who might be put on the Cyber Czar’s Watch List, just remember the recent Homeland Security Warning that “right wing extremists” (ie any citizens identified as”Change administration opponents) are now a grave threat. Even a child could connect quickly connect the dots between that recent DHS Alert and the press conference on cyber-security threats today! it’s not hard to guage whose “security” seems to feel most threatened. The only question that remains is how much more terror – against free enterprise and freedom of speech – will We the People permit the “Change” Administration to undertake?!
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Judge Sotomayor & Peg Lusik Two Cents





I have thought long and hard about the Supreme Court Justice nominee, Judge Sotomayer. I was not exactly won over by her, but was pleased a woman was selected as a nominee. I started digging myself, and starting forming my own opinion, I keep going back to this painting all white men one way, and how is it that this women thinks all Latino Women got this edge on being most just. I believe in my heart that your experience of who you are can influence and change your perspective on life in general. I was mulling it about and I know she will probably be confirmed. Then I stumble across what Peg Lusik posted on her campaign site ( Republican candidate for Senate) . For me it hit the nail right on the head. I cannot say for sure yet I am on board for this candidate. I had a lovely afternoon getting to know her better at Janice mothers house, and she is very insightful. I like her stance on education, Federal government should stay out of education other than some lose guidelines for the States they should let it up to the States. Federal Reserve needs audited and booted. I agree with a lot of things she said. I know she is pro-life (no Senator can abolish a right for a woman to choose only the Supreme Court can...) and will let you know in a heart beat she is a Christian. Peg herself said though that their needs to be a separation of Church and State. From the pack running so far I believe I will support her. “Now” her two cents on Judge Sotomayer...




Giving Sight to the Blind
June 2, 2009
Judge Sotomayer, President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, has been widely quoted as saying that Latino women would make better decisions than white men. Her statements in this area have raised a storm of controversy, with some defending and others calling for apologies.

In the final analysis, Americans are free to think, and speak, whatever they believe. Justice Sotomayer does not lose any of her personal rights in this area as a result of her nomination. The issue is not that she has personal opinions – everyone does. The issue is how her personal opinions will affect her decisions as a judge.

To answer that, we first need to have a better understanding of exactly what those opinions are.

We know that the Judge believes that ethnicity and gender affect one’s ability to make sound decisions. We don’t know how, exactly, each ethnicity/gender combination fits into her hierarchy of ability. She has, to this point, only explained the relationship between two such groups.

The media frenzy does not help us to completely understand her parameters for making judgments about the relative intelligence or worth of the various ethnic and gender groups in America. Well-developed questioning will.

So in her confirmation hearings, Judge Sotomayer’s belief that some groups of people are more able than others is the “given” of the discussion. The goal of the hearings should be to help us understand that belief clearly and completely before we entrust her with a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

For example, does the Judge believe that Latino women and white women are equally able to make good decisions? What about Latino women and Latino men? Or white men and white women? Or white women and Latino men? In other words, does she believe that women are more able than men, or that Latinos are more able than whites? Or both?

She did not mention other races or ethnic groups. How do they fit into her hierarchy of ability? Where do African American women, or men, fit in relationship to Latino or white men and women? Or Asian men and women? Does the Judge believe that those of Irish, or Polish, or Russian, or native American descent have differing levels of ability? How large is the difference? Does it always apply, or can a person in one of the “lesser ability” groups rise above their presumed station to make decisions equal to someone in a more able group?

Will this hierarchy affect Judge Sotomayer’s interaction with other judges, or attorneys, or plaintiffs, or defendants? How will that difference occur, and to what extent will it affect her decisions? If Judge Sotomayer perceives, for example, a white male attorney as less able than a female Latino attorney by virtue of his ethnicity and gender, will his arguments before her be given the same level of consideration
as those of his opponent? Or will the Judge’s hierarchal screen of ethnicity/gender differences affect the way she receives, and evaluates, the information?

The saying, “Justice is blind,” is more than an old adage. It means that the provisions of law do not change with the background of the person. It means that on the scales of justice, each person is judged as an individual – no matter what “group” he might belong to.

Judge Sotomayer has told us that, for her, the group matters. She has, in effect, removed the blindfold from Lady Justice.

In this case, sight is not better.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Judge Sotomayor will be Justice




Sonia Sotomayor (born June 25, 1954) is a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. On May 26, 2009, Obama nominated Judge Sotomayor for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice David Souter.








Justice Sonia Sotomayor is Obama choice for Supreme Court. I cannot agree more with his choice of this woman but lets look at the bigger picture...
The voting block of women in this country is a little over 52%, and populace wise a little over 51%. Nine members of the Supreme Court all men but one. Obama had no choice but to elect a woman, the many women who either supported him or have gotten involved after the media feeding frenzy of bashing women including the Obama campaign...
Obama has come under allot of pressure because of campaign promises he failed to deliver on or flat out decided were now not worthy, DADT, to name one, making college education more affordable then cutting funding to black colleges, sadly I heard people say he knows he will be one term President, so he will do exactly what he wants, I believe his ego will drive him further...
Senator Barbara Boxer California and Senator Olympia Snow Maine stressed and wrote to Obama to pick a women for the Supreme Court;
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) wrote a letter to Obama urging him to appoint a woman and reminding him that: Women make up 51% of our nation's population. Yet only 17% of the seats in Congress are held by women. Only 3% of corporate CEOs are women. And just one out of nine Supreme Court justices is a woman. When 96 percent of all Supreme Court Justices throughout our history have been men, clearly it is evident that we need another woman on the Court. When asked recently how it felt to be the only woman on the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg simply replied, "Lonely."
Let's see what happens next, and he is going to have to appoint another Justice shortly down the road we can only hope it will be another women. Supreme Court Justice Ginsberg is said to be the next Justice to retire...

"Prop 8 Madness"




Pictured en banc in the Supreme Court Courtroom in Sacramento are the court's seven justices, from left to right: Associate Justice Carlos R. Moreno, Associate Justice Joyce L. Kennard, Associate Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar, Chief Justice Ronald M. George, Associate Justice Ming W. Chin, Associate Justice Marvin R. Baxter, and Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan. (Photo: Sirlin Photographers)
Supreme Court has over stepped their bounds by first allowing for a vote on the ballot of "Prop 8". Our Constitution is based on individual rights, our Electoral College is design so everyone one has a voice and that we don't have a majority ruled society. The people of California had decided that the Gays could marry, then the Supreme Court of California backed it up, then they turned around spit on the Constitution by allowing it to go to a ballot for a majority rules vote. I am sadden this is the day Democracy died in California. As a feminist, a woman, heterosexual, I have suffered discrimination at the hands of others, and I know other women with open eye's has also. I am asking each and everyone of you to open your mouths and scream foul. Womens rights are human rights, if you do not agree with this then you yourself are blind sighted and apart of the oppression, or mislead.
Main Location and Mailing Address Supreme Court of California 350 McAllister Street San Francisco, CA 94102-4797 Office of the Clerk Telephone: 415-865-7000
http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme/
I ask each and everyone of you to write a letter, and let these Justices Know they over stepped their bounds...








Friday, May 22, 2009

“This is what a Feminist looks like”



“This is what a Feminist looks like”
I have always admired the tenacity of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Here is a brave speech she gave at the commencement at Barnard University. The Secretary urge women to support other women. I know in my heart this woman would have been one of our best President. Robed of the nomination, she is still driven...


commencement 2009
Remarks from U.S. Secretary of State HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
Thank you so much. I am thrilled to be here and to participate in this important commencement of this great university – this great college, because I, too, am a graduate of a women's college – and I think it's the best investment that I and my parents ever made. It is my honor, therefore, to join you in celebrating. And I want to congratulate all of the student speakers, who I thought did an excellent job in expressing the feelings and the aspirations of this class. I am honored to be in the company of my fellow honorees, each of whom has so well deserved this medal. And I want to congratulate your president on a brilliant first year as the head of Barnard. And I want to thank another woman who has had not only an impact on this college over the years, but on me personally, and that is the wise and wonderful Anna Quindlen. Her writing has helped to shape the public debate on issues affecting women, families, and all Americans. Her final column, which ran this week, was about making way for the next generation. And as always, Anna's message rings true, especially as we honor this class of graduates.We are meeting at a time of unprecedented opportunity and achievement for women. As you've already heard, women are serving at the highest levels of government here in the United States and around the world, in business, in academia, in the professions. We are presiding over companies and colleges, running philanthropies and laboratories, and breaking new ground as artists and activists and athletes.We're even seeing gender barriers broken at the racetrack. I don't know about you, but I personally felt vindicated when Rachel Alexandra won the Preakness, went where no filly has gone in 85 years up against 8 stallions. I can't say I exactly identified with her – but I was very pleased that she brought home the Black-Eyed Susans.Today, we are celebrating a class and an institution that is always ahead of the rest. This is a milestone of 120 years of educating women, of furthering scholarship, and serving the City of New York, and the people of the world.Now, it is easy to forget that when Barnard first opened its doors in 1889, higher education for women was viewed with great suspicion. And many women and men labored for years to make this college possible. And even after Barnard finally came into being, they had to spend even more years convincing the world there was nothing to fear about women's education and that the work being done here was truly a good thing.Now, rumors still flew for decades about what exactly went on at Barnard. Finally, in 1912, the New York Times decided to investigate. It had published a long interview with the great dean of Barnard, Virginia Gildersleeve, which ran under the headline – and I quote – "College Girls Are Healthy, Normal American Girls." I'm sure that the readers of the Times found that reassuring. And a few decades later, the editors and reporters did as well.In fact, Dr. Gildersleeve made a persuasive case for why Barnard – and women's education in general – is actually crucial to our society. She talked about how the college broadened its students, exposed them to new ideas and perspectives, introduced them to people from different backgrounds. She said that was a force not only for good for these women but for their communities. As she put it, "We do not teach manners. But we do teach manner. Poise, interest, tolerance and understanding – these are the things that college life teaches."Now, the context may have been different then, but the vision behind it is much the same. Just as those early Barnard students were being prepared for a world beyond their personal horizons, you have been prepared for global citizenship in the interconnected world of the 21st century.You are coming of age at a time of unprecedented challenges: war and terrorism, climate change and economic recession, extreme poverty and extreme ideologies, the proliferation of disease and nuclear weapons. These challenges transcend borders and oceans, politics and ideology, and they affect us all. But the same interconnectedness that amplifies these global challenges also makes it possible for us to solve them, and for you to help lead us to the solutions.When I graduated from college, diplomacy was mainly conducted by experts behind closed doors. They were primarily men. And very little of what they did was really visible to the rest of us. Today, diplomacy is no longer confined to the State Department or to diplomats in pin-striped suits. In this global age, we are engaging in 21st century statecraft, and it is carried out beyond the halls of government – in barrios and rural villages, in corporate boardrooms and halls of government as well, but also church basements, hospitals, union halls, civic and cultural centers, and even in the dorms and classrooms of colleges like this.The diplomacy of this age is fueled by personal engagement and interpersonal connections. And that's where all of you come in. With new tools and technologies and with the first-rate education you've received, you now have the capacity to influence events in ways that no previous generation ever has.But of course with that opportunity does come responsibility, because this new era of diplomacy requires a new commitment to global service – a continuing effort from each of you to help us tackle the most urgent problems we face. Just as we have special envoys for climate change or peace in the Middle East, so too must each of you be a special envoy of your ideals. Use your skill and talent with these new tools to help shape and reshape the future.I want to talk about a particular area where I think you can, you should, and you must make a difference. It's important to me personally and it's especially important in my new job, and that is the plight of women and girls around the world. As women with strong voices and strong values, you are in a unique position to support women worldwide who don't have the resources you do, but whose lives and dreams are just as worthy as yours and mine. I have concluded after traveling many miles and visiting many places in the last decades that talent is universally distributed, but opportunity is not. The futures of these women and girls will affect yours and mine. And therefore, it is not only the right thing to do, but also the smart thing.Although not always acknowledged by governments, businesses, or society overall, women and girls bear a disproportionate burden of most of the problems we face today. In the midst of this global economic crisis, women who are already the majority of the world's poor are driven deeper into poverty. In places where food is scarce, women and girls are often the last to eat, and eat the least. In regions torn apart by war and conflict, women are more likely to be refugees or targets of sexual violence.And just yesterday in a column by one of the former honorees by Barnard, Nick Kristof, we learned that one of the most dangerous places for women to be in the world is in childbirth. Meanwhile, in some places, girls are deliberately denied an education, even subjected to abuse and violence if they attempt to go to school, as we have seen too frequently over the last weeks in Afghanistan.Now let me be clear: women around the world lead varied lives, and for many women, religion and culture are important sources of spiritual growth, identity, and pride. But the retrograde regimes around the world that pervert religion and culture to perpetuate violence and stand in the way of freedom and make women their primary targets are a different story. The subjugation of women – the denial of their rights as human beings – is not an expression of religion or of God's will. It is a betrayal of both. And women's progress is more than a matter of morality. It is a political, economic, social and security imperative for the United States and for every nation represented in this graduating class. If you want to know how stable, healthy, and democratic a country is, look at its women, look at its girls.When I went to the United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing back in 1995, I made the point, which seemed to me to be pretty obvious, that women's rights are human rights, and human rights are women's rights. Well, I was gratified but somewhat shocked at the reaction it produced. And as I have traveled in the years since, I have met so many women who took such heart from that simple statement. They understood deep in their gut that they had to be supported, that their struggles had to be acknowledged for them to gain a foothold, to gain that space, whether it be on the subway or back in a marketplace.There are signs of hope and progress. Just this weekend, the people of Kuwait elected women to their parliament for the first time in history. This did not come easily or quickly. Starting in the 1990s, I supported the women who were brave enough to stand up and say women should be able to serve. It took a long struggle. But the election of four women this Saturday is a major step forward for Kuwait, the region, and I would argue, the world.And yet the marginalization of women and girls goes on. It is one of humankind's oldest problems. But what is different today is that we have 21st century tools to combat it. Think of the women in Eastern Congo, a place of such violence, despair and chaos, who are using radio airwaves to warn other women and to send out the message to the world how this war, these militias are destroying their communities. Think of the women in Afghanistan who, against such great odds, started a single school that has grown into a network of schools, or the domestic violence center they began, which now serves thousands of women and girls. Or the women in Cambodia who were sold into sex slavery as girls, but who escaped and are now organizing raids of brothels throughout Southeast Asia to rescue girls and give them a chance at an education and a new life.Some months ago here in New York, I had the privilege of meeting a young girl from Yemen. Her name is Nujood Ali. When she was nine years old, her family offered her into marriage with a much older man who turned out to be violent and abusive. At ten years old, desperate to escape her circumstances, she left her home and made her way to the local courthouse where she sat against a wall all day long until she was finally noticed, thankfully, by a woman lawyer named Shada Nasser, who asked this little girl what she was doing there. And the little girl said she came to get a divorce. And thanks to this lawyer, she did.Now in another time, the story of her individual courage and her equally brave lawyer would not have been covered in the news even in her own country. But now, it is beamed worldwide by satellites, shared on blogs, posted on Twitter, celebrated in gatherings. Today, women are finding their voices, and those voices are being heard far beyond their own narrow circumstances. And here's what each of you can do. You can visit the website of a nonprofit called Kiva, K-i-v-a, and send a microloan to an entrepreneur like Blanca, who wants to expand her small grocery store in Peru. You can send children's books to a library in Namibia by purchasing items off an Amazon.com wish list. You can sit in your dorm room, or soon your new apartment, and use the web to plant trees across Africa through Wangari Maathai's Green Belt movement.And with these social networking tools that you use every day to tell people you've gone to get a latte or you're going to be running late, you can unite your friends through Facebook to fight human trafficking or child marriage, like the two recent college graduates in Colombia – the country – who organized 14 million people into the largest anti-terrorism demonstration in history, doing as much damage to the FARC terrorist network in a few weeks than had been done in years of military action. And you can organize through Twitter, like the undergraduates at Northwestern who launched a global fast to bring attention to Iran's imprisonment of an American journalist. And we have two young women journalists right now in prison in North Korea, and you can get busy on the internet and let the North Koreans know that we find that absolutely unacceptable. These new tools are available for everyone. They are democratizing diplomacy. So over the next year, we will be creating Virtual Student Foreign Service Internships to partner American students with our embassies abroad to conduct digital diplomacy. And you can learn more about this initiative on the State Department website.This is an opportunity for all of us to ask ourselves: What can I do? I'm heading off to my first job or I may be going to travel for a while or I have some other ideas that I'm exploring. But no matter what you're doing, you can be a citizen activist and a citizen diplomat. You've already begun to make the connections and partnerships that will give you support throughout your lives. And therefore, I invite you to forge those connections beyond this class.You've learned here at Barnard that in spite of our differences, we are all connected. And we need to be looking for ways to find inspiration from our daily lives. Just a few weeks ago, I read President Spar's column in the Wall Street Journal, in which she bravely attempted to write her own application essay for Barnard. She described a typical day in her life, one that involved coordinating her kids' carpooling, fixing dinner, answering emails, dealing with a mischievous cat, writing a speech on – what else – women and leadership. As I read about the controlled chaos of your president's life, I thought this sure sounds familiar. And as I look out in the audience today, I see a lot of mothers and grandmothers and fathers and grandfathers and family members and friends, and I know that you too have had these experiences.But no matter how we come to this commencement, we leave knowing that another class of extraordinary young women, who will have the manner and the education to go and not only pursue their own dreams but help bring along others as well, has occurred within this remarkable institution. We all have an opportunity today to do so much more than I even dreamed possible when I sat where you are sitting all those years ago.As I was listening to Sarah Besnoff's address and how she was talking about her mother, I had to smile because I often say that in my next life I'm going to come back as my daughter. And I felt a remarkable kinship with Sarah's mother and with other mothers of my generation and those who came before, like my own mother, who was born before women could vote, that no matter how satisfying our lives have been, how we have put together pieces that add up to a whole that is so important to us and has given meaning to this journey we are on, we look at young women and we think to ourselves: This is a future that women in the history of the world have never been able to imagine, that you leave here empowered in a way that women and girls have never been before. It's exciting, but it's daunting. But I know you're up to it.Serving the people of the world does not have to be your life's calling, but I urge you to make it a part of your life, to include it in whatever you decide to do as you start out on this adventure. You are certainly well-prepared, and I wish for each and every one of you an adventure that gives you the same sense of meaning and purpose that you are looking for, and an understanding of how much more you can do with the gifts you have been given, and to decide that you too will try to be those special envoys of the ideals that you believe in.Godspeed and congratulations.