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Author: velveeta jones    Date: 01/27/2008 13:29:56

"Be happy with what you’ve got”
“Not another word out of you”
" Life’s a bitch….”
“Don’t interrupt”
"Simmer down”
“Nobody asked you”,
“Stop complaining”

We started this life learning to “toe the line”, and respect our elders and our leaders.

But as adults it is now our responsibility to stand up and speak! Lately it seems we now have things that stand in the way of our ability to take actions. These things infest us and lure us into into complacency, we have Play Stations and Xbox’s and Ipods, and cell phones with camera's, and all sorts of do-hickies to occupy our time and dull our senses.

At the same time, we are told that we are important, that your opinion counts; and indeed, there are people that claim to want to know exactly what you are thinking! All the news outlets have countless analysts and pollsters who tell us who we are by race, gender, ethnicity and religion and who we are going to vote for, what car we’ll drive who we’ll sleep with, what we’ll die of, and what we wear, buy, eat, and how often will poop it all out. Politicians and corporations hire strategists who run amok gathering this information so they can tell the politician what to sell and the corporation what to say and vice versa.


We are made stupid by television shows like these that I’ve discovered thanks to “The Soup” with Joel McHale: Snoop-Dogg has a reality show? Why? Hugh Hefner has 3 girlfriends, all young enough to be his great-grand daughters, and has a show . Why do we care? There is a TV show about COPS running around arresting poor people who are on drugs, dating shows to find a rich man/woman or a rock star, advice shows on dating, keeping your house clean, preparing foods, training your dogs, training your kids, cleaning your guns. Games shows that test your 5th grade skills, your ability to lie, your ability to guess which suitcase has money, your ability to go through a gauntlet while some jacked-up-on-roids crazy acting mother fucker in makeup and hair gel tries to knock you down.

Meanwhile, your civic duty, voting, is being taken away. Your calls and emails are monitored and if you have a funny sounding last name, you may even get deported!

FLORENCE, Ariz. — Thomas Warziniack was born in Minnesota and grew up in Georgia, but immigration authorities pronounced him an illegal immigrant from Russia.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has held Warziniack for weeks in an Arizona detention facility with the aim of deporting him to a country he's never seen. His jailers shrugged off Warziniack's claims that he was an American citizen, even though they could have retrieved his Minnesota birth certificate in minutes and even though a Colorado court had concluded that he was a U.S. citizen a year before it shipped him to Arizona.

On Thursday, Warziniack finally became a free man. Immigration officials released him after his family produced a birth certificate and after a U.S. senator demanded his release.

"The immigration agents told me they never make mistakes," Warziniack said in an earlier phone interview from jail. "All I know is that somebody dropped the ball."

The story of how immigration officials decided that a small-town drifter with a Southern accent was an illegal Russian immigrant illustrates how the federal government mistakenly detains and sometimes deports American citizens.


Scared yet?

What will it take to get the average everyday complacent American to speak up? There are numerous documented voting problems in several states, yet we hear barely a peep in the media. HBO did a special called Hacking Democracy, and since rumor has it there is no football today, I suggest you watch this documentary.
Hacking Democracy Link

Then get to writing your letters. If you don’t speak up now, you never will. My wife is one of those, she writes several letters each week to our Senators, Congress and yes, Bush/Cheney. She is no doubt, on some list and I dare not attempt to leave the country with her, we’ll never get back in. She encourages me to speak up. Here is some advice on how to write a protest letter

Here’s some I have will be working on:


1. FISA. Senate filibuster is promised against a bill that would grant immunity from lawsuits against telecommunication companies that participated in the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping of U.S. citizens.

The bill is S.2248. There is a competing FISA bill from the Judiciary Committee which does not grant immunity.

2. Rush Limbaugh, mostly because he’s fun to pick on. I listened to him the other day and noticed that he always said “democrat” without the “ic” as in “democrat party”. What a boob. My letter, will go to him and his EIB network pointing out that he seems to have a dull grasp of grammar usage.

3. Impeachment. I can’t let this go. So, okay, there’s less than a year left of these mooks, but whoever wins the election will have the same power(s) to commit the same abuses and it can get worse. This is the reason to keep impeachment ON the table.

4. CNN. I want Glenn Beck off the air. Why? Why not?

There are so many things to address, pick some and get to writing. Add some more to the list I’ve started. But be quick about it, before the (undisclosed) satellite drops on your head and releases (top secret) toxins that will kill you - maybe. (Seems no one really wants to talk about it).

A disabled American spy satellite is rapidly descending and is likely to plunge to Earth by late February or early March, posing a potential danger from its debris, officials said Saturday.

Officials said that they had no control over the nonfunctioning satellite and that it was unknown where the debris might land.

"Appropriate government agencies are monitoring the situation," said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council. "Numerous satellites over the years have come out of orbit and fallen harmlessly. We are looking at potential options to mitigate any possible damage this satellite may cause."

Specialists in spy satellite operations suspect it is an experimental imagery satellite built by Lockheed Martin and launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in December 2006 aboard a Delta II rocket. Shortly after the satellite reached orbit, ground controllers lost the ability to control it and were never able to regain communication.

"It's not necessarily dead, but deaf," said Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and an analyst for various government space programs.

It is fairly common for satellites to drop out of orbit and enter Earth's atmosphere, but most break up before they reach the surface, McDowell said. Such incidents occur every few months, and it is often difficult to control the satellite's trajectory or its re-entry into the atmosphere. The debris, if any survives the fiery descent, typically lands in remote areas and causes little or no harm.

"For the most part," McDowell said, "re-entering space hardware isn't a threat because so much of the Earth is empty. But one could say we've been lucky so far."
Of particular concern in this case, however, is that the debris from the satellite may include hydrazine fuel, which is typically used for rocket maneuvers in space.


31 comments (Latest Comment: 01/28/2008 04:27:05 by livingonli)
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Comment by m-hadley on 01/27/2008 14:07:15
Feel free to link to my post (I am, thanks to my doggies, an early riser). I've already made an entry to my blog, although it is clearly a supportive post for Senator ObamaShillary - still not gracious after all these years, although I do praise John Edwards toward the end of the post and I do endorse an Obama/Edwards ticket I sure did enjoy hangin' out with you all last night during the primary returns

Comment by Raine on 01/27/2008 14:23:08
Ms. Velveeta jones, I am making you some espresso.





Comment by TriSec on 01/27/2008 14:45:48
Morning, comrades!



I'm playing my favorite Sunday Morning Game for News Geeks...



It's called (take a deep breath) "How far into the Sunday paper will I get before finding a story to cross-post"?



I've got two right on the front page today...



Comment by TriSec on 01/27/2008 15:19:05
Say Velveeta...I ran across this at UNN the other day.



Never mind the spy satellite, did we all hear about the asteroid passing by tomorrow?





Comment by m-hadley on 01/27/2008 15:26:18
Heya Velveeta,

Love your Sunday mornin' post - we must be able to trust our election apparatus or we all might as well bend over and kiss our democratic asses good bye. I also applaud your partner's determination to let the powers that be know that a few of us are paying attention and will hold these criminals accountable sooner or later. I am also an non-stop e-mailer in the never ending fight to keep these dirtbags honest. I can't afford the postage to send them all my thoughts via snail mail, but I do pick up a phone from time to time, and give them a piece of my mind. Thanks for the good words this morning...

Comment by Raine on 01/27/2008 16:02:51
To the Velveeta Jones family!



We need mroe people working on these things. I always impeachment on the list for the very reasons you mention. I also write and beg for people to continue to insure our children, and ask for insurance for ALL americans. I write to protect our middle class, which is a fast shrinking sector. Sadly that doesn't mean that people are rising up from it, but rahter they are falling down...



But mostly, we need our elections clean and honest. they have been tainted, and that trust is going to be hard to get back.





Comment by Raine on 01/27/2008 16:09:16
Quote by TriSec: Say Velveeta...I ran across this at UNN the other day.



Never mind the spy satellite, did we all hear about the asteroid passing by tomorrow?





Gee thanks tri. What do you suppose the odds are that this thing happens about an hour or 2 before the SOTU address? :foil:

Comment by livingonli on 01/27/2008 16:42:01
I'm thinking of the theory that it was an object crashing into Earth that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. It could probably just take something like that for us to go the same way.

Comment by livingonli on 01/27/2008 16:50:10
Noam Chomsky is on C-SPAN 2/Book TV right now.

Comment by velveeta jones on 01/27/2008 16:52:51
Yikes, an asteroid? And on my parents anniversary no less.

Well, if'n the apocalypse happens..............I'm getting me a pack of Marlboro reds and a big piece of chocolate cake!!



:smoke: :chew: :smoke: :chomp:

Comment by livingonli on 01/27/2008 17:01:00
I'll have me some chocolate cake too.

Comment by m-hadley on 01/27/2008 17:35:24
Quote by Raine: To the Velveeta Jones family!



We need more people working on these things. I always impeachment on the list for the very reasons you mention. I also write and beg for people to continue to insure our children, and ask for insurance for ALL americans. I write to protect our middle class, which is a fast shrinking sector. Sadly that doesn't mean that people are rising up from it, but rather they are falling down...







Heya gang,

Until the asteriod hits, we've got work to do. To that end I just added a new post to my blog that lists the names and contact info for 27 key senators who will be facing the BIG FISA vote tomorrow. Please consider calling each one of them and leaving a voicemail that encourages them to at the very least support Senator Dodd's filibuster and better yet vote to NOT INCLUDE IMMUNITY in the pending FISA legislation. Thanks, ready, set, start calling...



Comment by TriSec on 01/27/2008 17:47:21
Oh, I had a bigger moment with this asteroid thingy...



Allegedly, it's going to "miss" us. But there's been so little news about it, supposing folks at the top know it's going to hit us and it's going to be all over after tomorrow.



Sure explains a lot of Bush's behavior and policies now, doesn't it?



:thud:







Comment by livingonli on 01/27/2008 17:57:16
Quote by TriSec: Oh, I had a bigger moment with this asteroid thingy...



Allegedly, it's going to "miss" us. But there's been so little news about it, supposing folks at the top know it's going to hit us and it's going to be all over after tomorrow.



Sure explains a lot of Bush's behavior and policies now, doesn't it?



:thud:







Especially if you consider that Bush is a big believer in the whole end times thing. The only thing is if the asteroid hits Jesus will not be coming back.

Comment by velveeta jones on 01/27/2008 18:19:07
Quote by m-hadley:



Heya gang,

Until the asteriod hits, we've got work to do. To that end I just added a new post to my blog that lists the names and contact info for 27 key senators who will be facing the BIG FISA vote tomorrow. Please consider calling each one of them and leaving a voicemail that encourages them to at the very least support Senator Dodd's filibuster and better yet vote to NOT INCLUDE IMMUNITY in the pending FISA legislation. Thanks, ready, set, start calling...







I'm all over it.............after my nap.

Comment by Raine on 01/27/2008 19:13:46
Quote by m-hadley:
Quote by Raine: To the Velveeta Jones family!



We need more people working on these things. I always impeachment on the list for the very reasons you mention. I also write and beg for people to continue to insure our children, and ask for insurance for ALL americans. I write to protect our middle class, which is a fast shrinking sector. Sadly that doesn't mean that people are rising up from it, but rather they are falling down...







Heya gang,

Until the asteriod hits, we've got work to do. To that end I just added a new post to my blog that lists the names and contact info for 27 key senators who will be facing the BIG FISA vote tomorrow. Please consider calling each one of them and leaving a voicemail that encourages them to at the very least support Senator Dodd's filibuster and better yet vote to NOT INCLUDE IMMUNITY in the pending FISA legislation. Thanks, ready, set, start calling...

The letter is wonderful! And all those phone numbers are there so yes, we have to stop FISA and Support Christopher Dodd!!!



Comment by Raine on 01/27/2008 19:14:44
Quote by TriSec: Oh, I had a bigger moment with this asteroid thingy...



Allegedly, it's going to "miss" us. But there's been so little news about it, supposing folks at the top know it's going to hit us and it's going to be all over after tomorrow.



Sure explains a lot of Bush's behavior and policies now, doesn't it?



:thud:





mommy?



Comment by livingonli on 01/27/2008 21:21:52
Who has heard the promo on Air America with the listeners calling in ripping on Tweety? They all go on about what a hack he is.

Comment by Raine on 01/27/2008 22:16:33
Last nite Kieth and David were discussing the fact that Caroline Kennedy is endorsing Obama. They also mentioned that Ted, as the old sage of the party would probably be staying out of the endorsement race... Looks like they were wrong...

Senator Edward M. Kennedy will endorse Barack Obama for president tomorrow, breaking his year-long neutrality to send a powerful signal of where the legendary Massachusetts Democrat sees the party going -- and who he thinks is best to lead it.



Kennedy confidantes told the Globe today that the Bay State's senior senator will appear with Obama and Kennedy's niece, Caroline Kennedy, at a morning rally at American University in Washington tomorrow to announce his support.



That will be a potentially significant boost for Obama as he heads into a series of critical primaries on Super Tuesday, Feb. 5.




I think Hillary may be over. I may be speaking a little too soon, but there is really a tide turning here.



I will still campaign for Edwards, becuase he is is my guy. I still believe in underdogs, after all, The giants ARE in the superbowl... but as far as Hillary... This has to be devastating.







Comment by Raine on 01/28/2008 00:04:43
Wow. I am just gettng done with watching the c-span interviw with Johns mom. I suggest everyone do a google search of Johns dad. I learned a lot of things I did not know. Roberta McCain... She called her husband Jack. Jack was a HAwk as well. This was an amazing interview. Many of us did know of the Bush Family history until after the pResdient was lected... we should assume nothing and do some research on the McCain family... Just saying. :peace:

Comment by Raine on 01/28/2008 00:08:02
In the very short research I have seen, the McCain family is a war family... (has anyone ever done research regarding Stockhom syndrome? ) I am very uncomfortable with this man. (John) he was raised to believe that war is peace. Seriously. Scary stuff, my friends

Comment by Raine on 01/28/2008 00:08:46
Quote by Raine: Wow. I am just gettng done with watching the c-span interviw with Johns mom. I suggest everyone do a google search of Johns dad. I learned a lot of things I did not know. Roberta McCain... She called her husband Jack. Jack was a HAwk as well. This was an amazing interview. Many of us did know of the Bush Family history until after the pResdient was lected... we should assume nothing and do some research on the McCain family... Just saying. :peace:
edit McCAIN!!!! NOT Edwards!!!

Comment by Raine on 01/28/2008 00:12:18
Still watching the span... F you mitt. you are a tool.

Comment by TriSec on 01/28/2008 01:56:06
Quote by Raine: In the very short research I have seen, the McCain family is a war family...



(has anyone ever done research regarding Stockhom syndrome? )



I am very uncomfortable with this man. (John) he was raised to believe that war is peace.

Seriously. Scary stuff, my friends




"The John McCains" - via Military History Podcast





Comment by Raine on 01/28/2008 02:21:32
Keating Five



McCain's upwards political trajectory was jolted when he became enmeshed in the Keating Five scandal of the 1980s. In the context of the Savings and Loan crisis of that decade, Charles Keating, Jr.'s Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, a subsidiary of his American Continental Corporation, was insolvent due to some bad loans. In order to regain solvency, Lincoln sold investment in a real estate venture as a FDIC insured savings account. This caught the eye of federal regulators who were looking to shut it down. It is alleged that Keating contacted five senators to whom he made contributions. McCain was one of those senators and he met at least twice in 1987 with Ed Gray, chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, seeking to prevent the government's seizure of Lincoln. Between 1982 and 1987, McCain received approximately $112,000 in political contributions from Keating and his associates.[73] In addition, McCain's wife and her father had invested $359,100 in a Keating shopping center in April 1986, a year before McCain met with the regulators. McCain, his family and baby-sitter made at least nine trips at Keating's expense, sometimes aboard the American Continental jet. After learning Keating was in trouble over Lincoln, McCain paid for the air trips totaling $13,433.[74]



Eventually the real estate venture failed, leaving many broke. Federal regulators ultimately filed a $1.1 billion civil racketeering and fraud suit against Keating, accusing him of siphoning Lincoln's deposits to his family and into political campaigns. The five senators came under investigation for attempting to influence the regulators. In the end, none of the senators was convicted of any crime, but McCain did receive a rebuke from the Senate Ethics Committee for exercising "poor judgment" for intervening with the federal regulators on behalf of Keating.[75] On his Keating Five experience, McCain said: "The appearance of it was wrong. It's a wrong appearance when a group of senators appear in a meeting with a group of regulators, because it conveys the impression of undue and improper influence. And it was the wrong thing to do."[75]



McCain survived the political scandal by, in part, becoming very friendly with the political press;[76] with his blunt manner, he became a frequent guest on television news shows, especially once the 1991 Gulf War began and his military and POW experience became in demand.[76] McCain began campaigning against lobbyist money in politics from then on. His 1992 re-election campaign found his opposition split between Democratic community and civil rights activist Claire Sargent and impeached and removed former Governor Evan Mecham running as an independent.[76] Although Mecham garnered some hard-core conservative support, Sargent's campaign never gathered momentum and the Keating Five affair did not dominate discussion.[76][77] McCain again won handily,[76] getting 56 percent of the vote to Sargent's 32 percent and Mecham's 11 percent.




Comment by Raine on 01/28/2008 02:23:10
Quote by Raine:
Keating Five



McCain's upwards political trajectory was jolted when he became enmeshed in the Keating Five scandal of the 1980s. In the context of the Savings and Loan crisis of that decade, Charles Keating, Jr.'s Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, a subsidiary of his American Continental Corporation, was insolvent due to some bad loans. In order to regain solvency, Lincoln sold investment in a real estate venture as a FDIC insured savings account. This caught the eye of federal regulators who were looking to shut it down. It is alleged that Keating contacted five senators to whom he made contributions. McCain was one of those senators and he met at least twice in 1987 with Ed Gray, chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, seeking to prevent the government's seizure of Lincoln. Between 1982 and 1987, McCain received approximately $112,000 in political contributions from Keating and his associates.[73] In addition, McCain's wife and her father had invested $359,100 in a Keating shopping center in April 1986, a year before McCain met with the regulators. McCain, his family and baby-sitter made at least nine trips at Keating's expense, sometimes aboard the American Continental jet. After learning Keating was in trouble over Lincoln, McCain paid for the air trips totaling $13,433.[74]



Eventually the real estate venture failed, leaving many broke. Federal regulators ultimately filed a $1.1 billion civil racketeering and fraud suit against Keating, accusing him of siphoning Lincoln's deposits to his family and into political campaigns. The five senators came under investigation for attempting to influence the regulators. In the end, none of the senators was convicted of any crime, but McCain did receive a rebuke from the Senate Ethics Committee for exercising "poor judgment" for intervening with the federal regulators on behalf of Keating.[75] On his Keating Five experience, McCain said: "The appearance of it was wrong. It's a wrong appearance when a group of senators appear in a meeting with a group of regulators, because it conveys the impression of undue and improper influence. And it was the wrong thing to do."[75]



McCain survived the political scandal by, in part, becoming very friendly with the political press;[76] with his blunt manner, he became a frequent guest on television news shows, especially once the 1991 Gulf War began and his military and POW experience became in demand.[76] McCain began campaigning against lobbyist money in politics from then on. His 1992 re-election campaign found his opposition split between Democratic community and civil rights activist Claire Sargent and impeached and removed former Governor Evan Mecham running as an independent.[76] Although Mecham garnered some hard-core conservative support, Sargent's campaign never gathered momentum and the Keating Five affair did not dominate discussion.[76][77] McCain again won handily,[76] getting 56 percent of the vote to Sargent's 32 percent and Mecham's 11 percent.


Sorry, meant to add the

link.

Comment by Raine on 01/28/2008 02:25:37
McCain's involvemtn in this issue makes me rather nervous... do you really think he learned his lesson?





Comment by TriSec on 01/28/2008 02:49:30
TriSec's Donut Shop! :party:



Ok, the article is a little old, but hey!





Comment by livingonli on 01/28/2008 03:16:32
Quote by TriSec: TriSec's Donut Shop! :party:



Ok, the article is a little old, but hey!

:d



Mmmm....Donuts. :drool:

Comment by Mondobubba on 01/28/2008 03:16:49
Quote by Raine: McCain's involvemtn in this issue makes me rather nervous... do you really think he learned his lesson?









ohh the good old Keating Five! How could anybody forget. Slowly I turned, step by step etc....

Comment by livingonli on 01/28/2008 04:27:05
So the top two movies this weekend were "Meet the Spartans" and "Rambo". What does that say about the mentality of the average movie goer in this country?