"The 'Coffee Party' Is Astroturfy"
We seek a good, honest brew.
A lot of sincere people want something better in U.S. politics, but Annabel Park's "Coffee Party" isn't the place to go. This Facebook group is for those who want more factual scrutiny into the establishment roots of this "Grass Roots" movement.
join up, and tell people who want an honest cup of coffee to join too!
[ x-posted, for importance ]
Hey guys. I was thinking today - I am going to be an elementary teacher one day and I am already thinking of women role models that I will include in my classroom (through posters, stories, pictures, displays...).
Of course, I want the women to be strong, independent, and value self-reliance! Generally empowering!
(I have a particular interest in fictional characters; from comics to classical novels to Disney movies... whatever strong, interesting, or unique heroines you know, please share - especially if it's good for young ladies!)
A list to help you brainstorm:
1) Women who get things done for themselves
2) Women who prize their self-reliance & independence
3) Women who are skeptical about relying on others (or the government)
4) Women who are intelligent, strong, and independent
5) Women who are trained to fight & stand up for themselves (and don't let others boss them around)
My recent "favorite character" is Princess Nausicaa (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
) - a spirited and bright young girl who is also good at fighting; is intelligent, independent, and also extremely kind - from Wikipedia's description, Although a skillful fighter, Miyazaki's Nausicaä is humane and peace-loving. She has an unusual gift for communicating with the giant insects (particularly with the Ohmu, the gigantic, armored, caterpillar- or isopod-like insects who are the most intelligent creatures in the Sea of Decay).
She is also noted for her empathy toward animals, humans, and other beings.
An intelligent girl, and inspired by the mentor figure Yupa, a wandering samurai type possessed of great wisdom, Nausicaä frequently explores the Sea of Decay and conducts scientific experiments in an attempt to define the true nature and origins of the toxic world in which she lives.
Her explorations are facilitated by her skill at "windriding"; flying with an advanced jet assisted glider craft.
Looking forward to hearing your own favorites!
because it is that important. read it, and repost it all over. this needs to be known. an important voice has emerged.
Given the uproar about the simple question asked you by Joe the plumber, and the persecution that has been heaped on him because he dared to question you, I find myself motivated to say a few things to you myself. While Joe aspires to start a business someday, I already have started not one, but 4 businesses. But first, let me introduce myself. You can call me "Cory the well driller". I am a 54 year old high school graduate. I didn't go to college like you, I was too ready to go "conquer the world" when I finished high school. 25 years ago at age 29, I started my own water well drilling business at a time when the economy here in East Texas was in a tailspin from the crash of the early 80's oil boom. I didn't get any help from the government, nor did I look for any. I borrowed what I could from my sister, my uncle, and even the pawn shop and managed to scrape together a homemade drill rig and a few tools to do my first job. My businesses did not start as a result of privilege. They are the result of my personal drive, personal ambition, self discipline, self reliance, and a determination to treat my customers fairly. From the very start my business provided one other (than myself) East Texan a full time job. I couldn't afford a backhoe the first few years (something every well drilling business had), so I and my helper had to dig the mud pits that are necessary for each and every job with hand shovels. I had to use my 10 year old, 1/2 ton pickup truck for my water tank truck (normally a job for at least a 2 ton truck).
I spent the next 10 years developing the reputation for being the most competent and most honest water well driller in East Texas. 2 years along the way, I hired another full time employee for the drilling business so that we could provide full time water well pump service as well as the well drilling. Also, 3 years along the path, I bought a water well screen service machine from a friend, starting business # 2. 5 years later I made a business loan for $100,000.00 to build a new, higher production, computer controlled screen service machine. I had designed the machine myself, and it didn't work out for 3 years so I had to make the loan payments without the benefit of any added income from the new machine. No government program was there to help me with the payments, or to help me sleep at night as I lay awake wondering how I would solve my machine problems or pay my bills. Finally, after 3 years, I got the screen machine working properly, and that provided another full time job for an East Texan in the screen service business.
2 years after that, I made another business loan, this time for $250,000.00, to buy another used drilling rig and all the support equipment needed to run another, larger, drill rig. This provided another 2 full time jobs for East Texans. Again, I spent a couple of years not knowing if I had made a smart move, or a move that would bankrupt me. For the third time in 13 years, I had placed everything I owned on the line, risking everything, in order to build a business.
A couple of years into this, I came up with a bright idea for a new kind of mud pump, a fundamentally necessary pump used on water well drill rigs. I spent my entire life savings to date (just $30,000.00), building a prototype of the pump and took it to the national water well convention to show it off. Customers immediately started coming out of the woodworks to buy the pumps, but there was a problem. I had depleted my assets making the prototype, and nobody would make me a business loan to start production of the new pumps. With several deposits for pump orders in hand, and nowhere to go, I finally started applying for as many credit card as I could find and took cash withdrawals on these cards to the tune of over $150,000.00 (including modest loans from my dear sister and brother), to get this 3rd business going.
Yes, once again, I had everything hanging over the line in an effort to start another business. I had never manufactured anything, and I had to design and bring into production a complex hydraulic machine from an untested prototype to a reliable production model (in six months). How many nights I lay awake wondering if I had just made the paramount mistake of my life I cannot tell you, but there were plenty. I managed to get the pumps into production, which immediately created another 2 full time jobs in East Texas. Some of the models in the first year suffered from quality issues due to the poor workmanship of one of my key suppliers, so I and an employee (another East Texan employed) had to drive across the country to repair customers' pumps, practically from coast to coast. I stood behind the product, and made payments to all the credit cards that had financed me (and my brother and sister). I spent the next 5 years improving and refining the product, building a reputation for the pump and the company, working to get the pump into drill rig manufacturers' product lines, and paying back credit cards. During all this time I continued to manage a growing water well business that was now operating 3 drill rig crews, and 2 well service crews. Also, the screen service business continued to grow. No government programs were there to help me, Mr. Obama, but that's ok, I didn't expect any, nor did I want any. I was too busy fighting to make success happen to sit around waiting for the government to help me.
Now, we have been manufacturing the mud pumps for 7 years, my combined businesses employ 32 full time employees, and distribute $5,000,000.00 annually through the local economy. Now, just 4 months ago I borrowed $1,254,000.00, purchasing computer controlled machining equipment to start my 4th business, a production machine shop. The machine shop will serve the mud pump company so that we can better manufacture our pumps that are being shipped worldwide. Of course, the machine shop will also do work for outside companies as well. This has already produced 2 more full time jobs, and 2 more should develop out of it in the next few months. This should work out, but if it doesn't it will be because you, and the other professional politicians like yourself, will have destroyed our countrys' (and the world) economy with your meddling with mortgage loan programs through your liberal manipulation and intimidation of loaning institutions to make sure that unqualified borrowers could get mortgages. You see, at the very time when I couldn't get a business loan to get my mud pumps into production, you were working with Acorn and the Community Reinvestment Act programs to make sure that unqualified borrowers could buy homes with no down payment, and even no credit or worse yet, bad credit. Even the infamous, liberal, Ninja loans (No Income, No Job or Assets). While these unqualified borrowers were enjoying unrealistically low interest rates, I was paying 22% to 24% interest on the credit cards that I had used to provide me the funds for the mud pump business that has created jobs for more East Texans. It's funny, because after 25 years of turning almost every dime of extra money back into my businesses to grow them, it has been only in the last two years that I have finally made enough money to be able to put a little away for retirement, and now the value of that has dropped 40% because of the policies you and your ilk have perpetrated on our country.
You see, Mr. Obama, I'm the guy you intend to raise taxes on. I'm the guy who has spent 25 years toiling and sweating, fretting and fighting, stressing and risking, to build a business and get ahead. I'm the guy who has been on the very edge of bankruptcy more than a dozen times over the last 25 years, and all the while creating more and more jobs for East Texans who didn't want to take a risk, and would not demand from themselves what I have demanded from myself. I'm the guy you characterize as "the Americans who can afford it the most" that you believe should be taxed more to provide income redistribution "to spread the wealth" to those who have never toiled, sweated, fretted, fought, stressed, or risked anything. You want to characterize me as someone who has enjoyed a life of privilege and who needs to pay a higher percentage of my income than those who have bought into your entitlement culture. I resent you, Mr. Obama, as I resent all who want to use class warfare as a tool to advance their political career. What's worse, each year more Americans buy into your liberal entitlement culture, and turn to the government for their hope of a better life instead of themselves. Liberals are succeeding through more than 40 years of collaborative effort between the predominant liberal media, and liberal indoctrination programs in the public school systems across our land.
What is so terribly sad about this is this. America was made great by people who embraced the one-time American culture of self reliance, self motivation, self determination, self discipline, personal betterment, hard work, risk taking. A culture built around the concept that success was in reach of every able bodied American who would strive for it. Each year that less Americans embrace that culture, we all descend together. We descend down the socialist path that has brought country after country ultimately to bitter and unremarkable states. If you and your liberal comrades in the media and school systems would spend half as much effort cultivating a culture of can-do across America as you do cultivating your entitlement culture, we could see Americans at large embracing the conviction that they can elevate themselves through personal betterment, personal achievement, and self reliance. You see, when people embrace such ideals, they act on them. When people act on such ideals, they succeed. All of America could find herself elevating instead of deteriorating. But that would eliminate the need for liberal politicians, wouldn't it, Mr. Obama? The country would not need you if the country was convinced that problem solving was best left with individuals instead of the government. You and all your liberal comrades have got a vested interested in creating a dependent class in our country. It is the very business of liberals to create an ever expanding dependence on government. What's remarkable is that you, who have never produced a job in your life, are going to tax me to take more of my money and give it to people who wouldn't need my money if they would get off their entitlement mentality asses and apply themselves at work, demand more from themselves, and quit looking to liberal politicians to raise their station in life.
You see, I know because I've had them work for me before. Hundreds of them over these 25 years. People who simply will not show up to work on time. People who just will not work 5 days in a week, much less, 6 days. People always looking for a way to put less effort out. People who actually tell me that they would do more if I just would first pay them more. People who take off work to sit in government offices to apply to get free government handouts (gee, I wonder how things would have turned out for them if they had spent that time earning money and pleasing their employer?). You see, all of this comes from your entitlement mentality culture.
Oh, I know you will say I am uncompassionate. Sorry, Mr. Obama, wrong again. You see, I've seen what the average percentage of your income has been given to charities over the years of 2000 to 2004 (ignoring the years you started running for office - can you pronounce "politically motivated"), you averaged less than 1% annually. And your running mate, Joe Biden, averaged less than ¼% of his annual income in charitable contributions over the last 10 years. Like so many liberals, the two of you want to give to the needy, just as long as it is someone else's money you are giving to them. I won't say what I have given to charities over the last 25 years, but the percentage is several times more than you and Joe Biden. combined (don't you just hate google?). Tell me again how you feel my pain.
In short, Mr. Obama, your political philosophies represent everything that is wrong with our country. You represent the culture of government dependence instead of self reliance; Entitlement mentality instead of personal achievement; Penalization of the successful to reward the unmotivated; Political correctness instead of open mindedness and open debate. If you are successful, you may preside over the final transformation of America from being the greatest and most self-reliant culture on earth, to just another country of whiners and wimps, who sit around looking to the government to solve their problems. Like all of western Europe. All countries on the decline. All countries that, because of liberal socialistic mentalities, have a little less to offer mankind every year.
God help us...
just a ordinary, extraordinary American, the way a lot of Americans used to be.
P.S. Yes, Mr. Obama, I am a real American... www.cmillerdrilling.com
negative rights versus positive rights: here it is. the philosophical issue is joined.
a moderate, eh?
i strongly suggest you forward this as widely as you can. wealth redistribution is not american. not yet.
[ c/o http://community.livejournal.com/conservatism/3065491.html
ladies and gentlemen, i don't do alarmism or conspiracy theories, but this is an absolute catastrophe - and it is obscene that it is even being discussed.Would Obama, Dems Kill 401(k) Plans?
House Democrats recently invited Teresa Ghilarducci, a professor at the New School of Social Research, to testify before a subcommittee on her idea to eliminate the preferential tax treatment of the popular retirement plans. In place of 401(k) plans, she would have workers transfer their dough into government-created "guaranteed retirement accounts" for every worker. The government would deposit $600 (inflation indexed) every year into the GRAs. Each worker would also have to save 5 percent of pay into the accounts, to which the government would pay a measly 3 percent return.
more (somewhat more partisan/inflamed) at: http://news.aol.com/political-machine/2008/10/24/obama-dems-seek-to-end-401-k-plans/
originally found in http://community.livejournal.com/conservatism/3064509.html
do i even need to adumbrate what withdrawing trillions of dollars of investment from the stock market would do to individuals and to the american economy? how many fewer business startups and expansions would find funding (in a time when india and china are rising)? what the consequences would be of turning trillions of investment funds over to government keeping - which would then pay in the form of more
taxes - at a miserable return hardly even up to the present rate of inflation, not to mention the higher inflation under a more left-tending mixed economy?
says j. mcdermott (dem-wa, chairman of the house ways and means committee's subcommittee on income security and family support): "we have to start to think about whether or not we want to continue to invest that $80 billion for a policy that's not generating what we now say it should."
well "we" can decide what "we" want to do with our
money ourselves, thank you. how about you
stop addling the economy with your interventions?
these idiots think there's some sort of golden fountain from the exploitation of the poor oppressed workers that can just be infinitely siphoned from. they do not seem to know that the system is already battered and on its knees from their
bad "management." this is yet another smashing blow. how long can a complex system endure such massive distortion?
this is insane. if this comes to pass, i might just started taking thomas jefferson's line about what's good every now and then. enough is enough.
[ horrifiedly x-posted all over ]
Nebraska teacher arrested in Mexico after allegedly fleeing with boy, 13
One of the things that bothered me most about this sad story (aside from the violence against a child, obviously) is the way many media outlets reported it. For example, the above article reads:
Here is how that story would have been reported if the teacher had been a man and the student had been a girl:
… FBI agents have transported a Nebraska schoolteacher back to the U.S. to face federal charges after she allegedly ran off to Mexico with a 13-year-old boy. … Authorities say Peterson and the boy fled after police began investigating whether the pair had an intimate relationship.
That is how it should have been reported.
… FBI agents have transported a Nebraska schoolteacher back to the U.S. to face federal charges after he allegedly kidnapped a 13-year-old girl. … Authorities say Peterson fled with the girl after police began investigating whether the teacher had committed statutory rape.
Of course, I do believe in “innocent until proven guilty,” even though the media often don’t seem to. They’re far too quick to print the names and faces of alleged criminals, probably ruining innocent people’s lives. That’s another issue for another day, though, and of course the situation is a little different when they’re actively looking for someone who has been kidnapped. My complaint here is simply with the double standard regarding sex/gender and the reporting of crimes. This is nothing new, of course, and it’s sad that it’s the second thing that came into my mind when I heard this story (the first being that I hoped the child was okay), but I think the media’s portrayal of crime has something to do with the way crimes are prosecuted with regard to, but not limited to, sex and race.
Women can be every bit as violent, cruel, devious and greedy as men, but many of the media (and others) seem to think that a female authority figure who has sex with a boy is doing it out of some sort of twisted, misplaced love, while a man who does the same is just a monster who deserves to die. The woman’s story becomes a very special Oprah episode or a Lifetime made-for-TV movie that invites us to look deep into the woman’s soul to figure out what horrible demons from her past forced her to turn to crime. The man? Who cares? Lock him up! Even with other kinds of crime—burglary, murder, prostitution, drug dealing, etc.—we often assume a woman was pushed into it by her boyfriend, husband or another man, while men are just itching to commit crimes all the time for any reason whatsoever.
CNN.com reported on the "liaison" between the teacher and student. MSNBC reported that the teacher and student were “on the run.” No, they weren’t! She was on the run, and she was taking her victim with her. Even if the boy said and thought he wanted to be there and did not resist, or even if he thought up the plan himself, a 13-year old—even the world’s most mature 13-year-old--isn’t mentally or emotionally capable of making major decisions about love, sex, relationships, or “running off” to another country. That's why 13-year olds are taken care of by parents, teachers and other authority figures who are supposed to know better. This crime has been portrayed almost as an illicit love story; if the sex roles were reversed, you can bet no one would be mentioning love, liaisons, intimacy, or running off. They'd be discussing kidnapping, rape and child abuse. The teacher is charged with several very real crimes, but this seems to be secondary in the headlines.
I used to consider myself a feminist before I realized what the movement had turned into. Now I’m a member of ifeminists and I just want simple equality of and peace (if possible) between the sexes. If women want equal treatment, that means we must acknowledge our criminals as well as our victims and saints, and stop blaming all the evils of the world on men.
There are, however, a few evils that I think we should blame entirely on men: the TV show Jackass, competitive eating contests (yeah, I know, there’s a woman who competes who can stuff more hotdogs in her face than most men can, but she’s just confused), and, of course, the automatic pasta-twirling fork.
"Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
Hi! My name is Meg. I was born in Virginia, one of the greatest states in the Union. That makes me a citizen of the United States. Hurrah!
Things I don't need:
1. Another hole in my head
2. A chia pet (no matter how much I might want one)
4. the Equal Rights Amendment
I'm 100% certain that as a citizen of the United States, my rights are protected under the 14th amendment. Did I miss some part where my ovaries left me out of the equation? Why do I need a special, seperate law that's strong enough for a man, but made for a woman? Personally, I find the ERA somewhat demeaning, and counter productive towards the goal of making women equal to everyone else. It calls women out and coddles them unnecessarily. Empowerment is about independence, self-reliance, pride; it's not about continuing to have your hand held and remaining a victim.
While the woman who's giving the speeches is sane and intelligent, the radical feminists in the audience are insane and full of crap.
Warning: The radfems also use a lot of strong language!