Voting by Mail

While some elected officials have spent the last few years making it more difficult for many to vote, here in Michigan there is a grass roots movement working to make it easier to vote. A petition drive to put voting by mail on the ballot.
To this I say BRAVO!
IMHO All American citizens should be allowed to vote with minimal obstructions.
“A change that simultaneously increases voter participation, saves millions of dollars and makes the postal service relevant again would seem to be what public finances and America’s civic health need. But when it comes to voting by mail, even with a decade-long track record, states seem to be saying, “Not so fast.””
Link to quote and more discussion….

Currently 3 states have vote by mail; Oregon, Washington and Colorado.
These three states have all experienced increased voter participation and decreased costs.
Worthwhile goals for sure.
Michigan’s efforts are being fired up by an activist lady from the frozen north, Jackie Bruzewski Pierce.
Jackie has set up a Facebook page and a website in this effort. A ballot petition drive is expensive and so far the majority of expenses have been covered by Jackie and small donations. Please go to the site and help in the drive with a small donation or volunteer to collect signatures, thank you.
Link to donate to the petition drive…. Let’s vote Michigan
link to page let’s vote Michigan


Swiss Bank, UBS ready to settle

cashTESTSwiss Bank UBS is ready to pay a fine of 500 million dollars as a settlement in their manipulation of currency exchange rates.
UBS worked with JP Morgan, Citigroup, Britain’s Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland in this highly profitable scam.
They will be sharing the fine with their customers, expect higher fees my friends.
“I believe the officers, and, especially, the directors, of corporations should be held personally responsible when any corporation breaks the law.”
Theodore Roosevelt

This law breaking by corporations will stop when we start jailing the thugs responsible.
Think about it my friends, and raise hell with your elected officials to put a stop to this type of activity.

Differential Power and Indian Child Welfare: Part Two

“How Dominance is Established/Maintained.” a phrase from this blog. Very good and interesting reading for any and all that question what the hell is going on in the world today? Take a few minutes to read this insightful piece.

Voices from the Margins

Carol A. Hand

Following is the second installment of one of the exam papers I wrote to complete a university degree (Hand, 1999). I am sharing the essay in installments, with minor edits and illustrations added, in hopes that it might be of interest and stimulate thoughtful dialogue. (Part One defined theory and discussed some of the relevant general theories that continue to guide research, policies, and practice paradigms that limit the exercise of sovereignty by tribal governments over the welfare of their citizens, lands, and resources.)

It does seem fitting to share this essay in pieces because that’s how it was written. At the time, I lived off the grid and could only afford to run a generator four hours in the morning to power my computer. (Yes, I did have a laptop, but as life happens, it arrived with a faulty battery that couldn’t hold a charge and I didn’t have the time…

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Who is going to cut the grass?

A few years back, while driving home from a round of golf, my neighbor asked me a question. “Larry, do you ever wonder or worry about what is going to happen to your yard; your shrubs and flower gardens after you die? Is anybody going to take care of it or are they just going to let it go to seed and weed?”
Taken aback a bit by this question I paused for a moment before responding. “Hell no. When I am dead and gone, I am dead and gone.”
This response either satisfied him or shocked him, as he fell silent.
This conversation had left me.
It was brought out of the cobwebs of my mind recently when conversing with an evangelical. He said something along the lines of “nowhere in the bible does it say we should reduce the suffering of others in this life.”
He obviously only reads the parts in the bible that he likes, but I digress.
My interpretation of this is: he believes we all must accept the suffering in this life for the rewards expected in some other life.

Don’t know about you but, I think this would be a better world for all if we spent less time and energy working on life after death and spent more time and energy working on life before death.

Now, it is bright and sunny, i have to get outside and cut the grass.

Religion saving the world?

Told brother there are 5000 deities in this world that are worshiped by someone but, don’t worry your God is the only true God. He replied with this.
“There is but one God. You may call he/she/it whatever you want but there is really only one God.”
Sister told me “God has a plan”.
A copout for sure.
So, if there is but one God and this God has a plan, why does the plan have the various peoples of the world that worship their versions of this God killing each other?
After you answer that question ponder this thought for a bit.

If the religious really wanted to “save” the peoples of the world why don’t they spend their money on things like closing the payday loan operations, rather than on million dollar homes or jumbo jets for their pastors?
How about asking your pastor to start a payday loan operation in your church. An operation that charges minimal or no interest and requires credit counseling.
Credit counseling that actively gets the participant out of debt and changes their lifestyle.
Proverbs 22:7 – The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower [is] servant to the lender.
Romans 13:8 – Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
There are many other ways the churches could spend their monies to “really” help the peoples of this world but, this is a good start. “Doncha” think?

Tom Brady to appeal verdict and other stuff in the news (TPP)

The NFL has found Brady and the Patriots guilty of, as John Oliver put it, playing catch with mom’s old leather bags.
Brady is expected to appeal his 4 game suspension. This action reminds me of Alex Rodriguez’s suit against major league baseball. And makes me wonder what causes these millionaires to be so greedy that they feel they have to cheat?

In other news President Obama was rebuked in his efforts at fast tracking the TPP. This came from senate Democrats.
While I have supported Obama and even praised him for his accomplishments in light of the obstructionism demonstrated by the Republicans controlling the legislative branch of government, in this case my sentiments are with Senator Sanders and those in opposition to this agreement.

This agreement may be good for corporations both national and international, but it is now time to consider what is good for the people.

Michigan’s Republican leaders opted for what is good for corporations six years ago when they gained control of the state and the results have been dismal.
Michigan has failing cities, failing school systems, crumbling infrastructure and an expected $350 million budget deficit in the coming year.

The TPP has the additional fault of giving corporations the power to sue governments. I for one do not want international corporations having that much power over the United States.

Links below explain these powers.

Go here for more on Brady story….

Go here to support Senator Sanders in his efforts to stop TPP.

Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party folks

The time has come to join forces.
From the small state of Vermont has risen a man that will provide you with the goals you have struggled for all these years.
Senator Bernie Sanders has spoken against the evils of Wall Street throughout his career. He is the man that will provide us with a government that works for the common man/woman not just for the moneyed oligarchs.
America has not seen the good that comes from a man of Sanders values since the days of the Roosevelts. Both Teddy, a Republican, and Franklin, a Democrat, were presidents for all the people.
The time has come to regain those days of growing prosperity for the common folk.
Senator Sanders has his sling, it is up to us to help him collect the rocks from the riverbed to slay the mighty Goliath he is up against.
We can all help by going here…..
Join in and gain your country back. Do it now, and then enjoy the rest of your life.