I would LOVE it if the Church could become this reality!

For Another Voice

Just before Thanksgiving, I had an email exchange with an old friend, who is now a member of the episcopal hierarchy… He asked me, with a small dose of annoyance, just what I wanted from the church.

I told him I could think of ten points……..

(1) I want a church that affirms the worth, the dignity, and the autonomy of every woman and man, compatible with the rights of others: a church that supports democracy and human rights and aims at the fullest possible development of every human being.

(2) I want a church that affirms the equality of men and women: that all persons regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation deserve respect and the freedom to live and love in peace.

(3) I want a church that stresses that personal liberty must be combined with social responsibility: that a fair society is based on reason and…

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Poverty 101. Chapter 1. Utilities

Beating the utility companies. Why the hell anyone thinks a utility bill over 100 bucks a month is acceptable is beyond me. But I am fortunate not to live in the insane regions of the country lol. None the less, I have to conserve as our income has not gone up in over three years- yet the friggin utility companies keep getting their yearly 9% increases. SO.

Electricity.

I unplug everything. EVERYTHING! If it is not in use, it is not plugged in. The only things that are always on are the freezer, fridge and waterbed. Microwave is only plugged in when it is in use. Same for the TV’s. Even our lamps are unplugged when they are not on. Even the stove- because it has electronic ignition. Unplugged unless I am using it. Washer and dryer the same- unplugged. Yes, it makes a huge difference. Our usage (and bill) was cut substantially. This winter I can throw the breaker for the chicken shed as there are no longer any animals out there. That should save some more. My electric bill is still under 100 a month.

Heat.

We have natural gas- and things were looking like we might get a break- as we live in fracking country. NOT! All that precious resource, instead of going to US, is being sold to China and Japan. God Forbid they should build a cheap natural gas vehicle here.  I live in a very old farmhouse- and it has little insulation. SO. I use the plastic over the windows- the kind you buy in a kit and then shrink with a blow dryer. I hang a barrier at the top of the stairs to keep the heat down here. (We have radiators- and the only radiator upstairs is in the bathroom to keep the pipes from freezing.) The radiators are a pain to keep clean and dusted- but they work! I turn the heat all the way down to 55 at night.  As I mentioned above we have a waterbed (and cats lol) so do not need the heat on while sleeping. I turn the heat on in the morning, just high enough to bring the hot water all the way through the system- usually about a half hour. That warms the house enough. Then I turn it down to 62 for the rest of the day. We wear layers at all times in the winter and have lots of lovely throws. On days when the wind is blowing from the back of the house I close the kitchen door so the draft does not come through to the rest of the living area.  And of course I do bake and also cook things by the low and slow method and that helps to keep us warm.

We are planning on putting cold frames up against the back of the house next year. Those will help insulate the foundation while we wait for the snow and also give me an early start on some spring greens. The back of the house faces south- my kitchen is there- but it is also the direction from which the prevailing winds come. Bonus is we don’t even own an air conditioner and rarely need fans.

In winter I keep the shades down and the curtains closed, unless it is a sunny day. Then I open the shades on the sunny side of the house. Reverse in the summer, close the shades on the sunny side to keep the sun from heating the house.  I also use an old trick my Nana taught us. I open the bottom window on one side of the house and the top window on the other- it helps with the air flow. (Not a scientist so don’t ask me why lol)

Also, I have the gas and electric on a balanced budget plan. The electric bill recalculates twice a year, the gas quarterly. (Damn gas company- always raising their rates) It does make it easier though to know how much it is going to be each month. I read the bills every month and look for abnormalities in usage. The bill generally shows your usage per billing period for a year and you can request records for further back too. I have to keep an eye that the husband does not leave the switch on for the garage. No need for there to be power running there unless he is working on something.

My gas bill is under $100 a month as well. That budget thing is great! Before I switched to that, I would have sky high bills in winter and next to nothing in summer. This is better. All told though we are paying close to $2400 a year for lights and heat. UGH. How do single moms on minimum wage do it?

Gasoline-

 Well not technically a utility I know- but still in the energy category.  We can not afford to buy newer vehicles that are more fuel efficient so we make do with the ones we have. As gas continues to skyrocket, we have of course had to cut back on other things. We never go to the movies, we don’t buy anything that is not an absolute necessity. And we plan trips. Appointments are lumped all in to one day as much as possible.  When we shop, it is on the way to or from work or another appointment. We try to keep the vehicles well maintained. Our local gas station has a loyalty card that gives us a three cent per gallon discount- and they normally take their price down another three cents on Tuesday- so we try to fill up then- as it is six cents off per gallon. Husband works close to the Ohio border, so I check their prices on line- and when they go way down he goes over the border to shop. Sometimes Ohio is .30 a gallon less than us, sometimes close to the same. That is a state tax issue I think. My mechanic puts and additive in twice a year that keeps the gas mileage just about where it was when I bought the car- 18 city, 28 highway. Husband drives an old Toyota Corolla and it gets even better mileage.

Phone, Internet and Cable

I unbundled these three and got rid of the home phone long ago. Our cable bill keeps creeping up- close to $60 a month just for basic! And it is that cheap because I get my internet from the same provider. Add the internet on top of that- another 35 a month and I don’t even get the highest speed.  And out here in bitter clinger land, there is only ONE cable provider. SO if we want TV – which husband does- they are it. Verizon is the only cell phone provider out here with reliable service (we have a LOT of hills that are high enough to block the signal when you are in the low places. Same reason an antenna for TV reception is not an option. Satellite tv is also a no go- when we get weather- which we get a LOT of- the signal dies.) I have heard NetFlix is the way to go- but our TV’s are ancient and don’t have the streaming capability. If things go the way I think, cable and internet will go- between the two that is a hundred bucks a month. When the Verizon contract runs out, I am going to one of the plans where I can pay a flat fee per month for unlimited talk, text and data. My Verizon bill is a bit over a hundred a month for two phones- with 500 shared minutes and unlimited text on mine. If I go with the prepaid ones- I can get one of the senior ones for the husband with talk only for around 25 and the one with text and talk for me for 45.  It is just so damn bizarre. I can pick up the prepaid ones at WalMart and the use the same Verizon towers. More importantly, the prepaid ones don’t carry the same taxes and fees as the contract ones. PA taxes the shit out of cell phones (luxury tax?) Plus the 911 fees and assorted other Fed and State taxes. Tacks almost 20 bucks a month onto the bill.

I sure wish we could cherry pick which stations we buy from cable. All the Channels I like are on the pay extra plan- so I watch only the news and a few movies and NCIS. The History Channel turned into red neck central- what the hell do alligator hunters have to do with history?

What tricks and tips do you have to contribute to beating the utility companies?

Clinton says budget deal critical to U.S. global role, security – Yahoo! News

Clinton says budget deal critical to U.S. global role, security – Yahoo! News

Clinton says budget deal critical to U.S. global role, security – Yahoo! News.

Of course, Hillary has been saying this for years in one form or another. Our economic security IS national security. If the US is not strong and prosperous- all else fails.

She said that despite all the differences between the U.S. political parties, “we are united in our commitment to protect American leadership and bolster our national security”.

“Reaching a meaningful budget deal is a critical to both,” she said. “It would shore up our ability to project economic power around the globe, strengthen our position in the competition of ideas shaping the global marketplace, and remind all nations that we remain a steady and dependable partner.

“For us, this is a moment to once again prove the resilience of our economic system and reaffirm America’s leadership in the world,” Clinton said, stressing that U.S. leadership depended on its economic strength.

I do believe we not be in the world of shit we are in had we elected the WINNER of the 08 primaries. 

Strategy- REFORM the Electoral College!

While we can not do away with the Electoral College, every one of us CAN work towards proportional awarding of electoral votes.  The problem with those votes is that in most cases they are winner take all. (I believe Maine and Nebraska are the two exceptions.)  So the large population centers steal votes from those of us in more rural areas. Let’s take a look – starting with my home state, PA.

PA Congressional Map

See the cluster of districts around Philly?

Now let’s take a look at the election results.

PA Election Results Map

Note the vast swaths of red?

Note also that ALL of our electoral votes went to teh fraud. In reality, not one vote counted in the red areas of the state.  By my eye, PA 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 17, 15 and 19 all should have gone to Romney. There are others there as well. The Politico map is nice as you can hover over the counties and see the vote totals. You will see if you do so, that Romney won handily in almost every county in PA- and his margins were close even in some of the counties around Philly. Hover over Berks, Chester and Bucks counties.

So at least 8 out of 20 votes that were against Obama. What about in OH?

OH Congressional Map

OH Election Results

My eye says OH 3, 4, 6, 16, 17 and 18 all against Obama.

I don’t have time to go through all the state maps, but you get the drift. You can go to the links above and zoom out and in and look at any state.  Our votes are not being counted. And importantly, the PTB know they only have to cheat in the high population density districts to take the whole prize. They can ignore and mock the bitter clingers and they know the electoral college protects them.

Look. These are OUR VOTES! Bad enough ACORN and the Black Panthers cheat and steal and intimidate in areas like Philly. Worse is that they get our votes too without even working at it.

PA had a movement  to change the way our votes are awarded. It died a quiet death- mostly because of arguments that we needed to keep them all as one big prize so the campaigns would campaign and spend money here. Well, gee, that didn’t pan out now did it? I suspect there were other, high pressure movers and shakers behind that death.

The electoral totals this year were 332 to 206. Could we have gotten a different result? I would have to go state by state to check it out.  But just a quick check shows we could have shaved a few in even states like CA. YES! Even California has huge swaths of red. Add in a half dozen in FL, a few in VA, MI, WI etc- and we might be looking at a better, different future.

I want my vote to count. More than anything else, I want to know that my vote was not disregarded.

What say you? I am going to start hounding Harrisburg over this. My local and state reps are going to hear it until we get FAIR elections and FAIR awarding of electoral votes.

Let’s make the Constitution work FOR us instead of “agin” us eh? Please take a look at your state and let us know how many votes could be shaved off teh fraud’s ill gotten gains.

I Get By. Or Poverty 101. Introduction

Well, the election is over and we as a nation are headed for the poor house. We all need to pitch in and share whatever hints we have for living frugally. Having been poor and poorer, I have never lost the lessons I learned. And have been open to learning new ones along the way.

There are many strategies for stretching the few rubles pennies we have left. Some of us are fortunate enough to have had Depression Era lessons instilled by our parents and grandparents. The old becomes new!

Waste Not, Want Not.

That one expression goes a long way. We live in an era of built in obsolescence – and marketing that tempts all to have the newest, the latest, the best! (I am semi immune as I loathe shopping lol.) I also grew up with hand me downs and hand made by my Mom. There was no  shame attached back then-everyone’s closet or bureau had items from older sisters, brothers and cousins. Of course, clothing back then was good quality and made to last lol.

There are many many ways to save, to scrimp, to stretch and I will try to cover as many as I can think of as they come to me. Winter is upon us, so will cover my strategies for keeping utility bills down in the next post. And of course will cover eating on a budget and the recipes for stretching food dollars.

What expressions or sayings did you parents or grandparents teach you? And what frugal strategies would you share with us? Chime in in the comments!

 

The Great Purge has Begun!

From The Ulsterman Report   (Whether this person is for real is unknown- but for the purposes of this post- let us indulge. The quotes seem entirely in character for the puppeteer behind the throne.)

The part that really stuck out to me was when I overheard the rep say that Jarrett told them, “After we win this election, it’s our turn.  Payback time.  Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay.  Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.”  She was talking directly to about three of them.  Sr. staff.  And she wasn’t trying to be quiet about it at all.  And they were all listening and shaking their heads and smiling while she said it.  Pretty creepy.

So then, as noted yesterday in this post , Seal Team 6 members were the first to be punished. For review of WHY the Seals went under the bus-

SEALs slam Obama for using them as ‘ammunition’ in bid to take credit for bin Laden killing during election campaign

Then late yesterday afternoon General Petraeus went under the bus.

 

A federal law enforcement official said the relationship was discovered by the FBI during the course of an unrelated security investigation. Subsequently, a number of e-mails concerning the relationship were discovered, said the official who is not authorized to comment publicly on the matter.

Remember this?

Petraeus throws Obama Under the Bus

Breaking news on Benghazi: the CIA spokesman, presumably at the direction of CIA director David Petraeus, has put out this statement: “No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. ”

We have seen only the beginning of the Great Purge.

The Great Purge was a series of campaigns of political repression and murder in the Soviet Union orchestrated by Joseph Stalin from 1936 to 1939.[1]It involved a large-scale purge of the Communist Party and government officials, repression of peasantsRed Army leadership, and the persecution of unaffiliated persons, characterized by widespread police surveillance, widespread suspicion of “saboteurs”, imprisonment, and arbitrary executions.[2]In Russian historiography the period of the most intense purge, 1937–1938, is called Yezhovshchina (Russian: ежовщина; literally, the Yezhov regime), after Nikolai Yezhov, the head of the Soviet secret policeNKVD.

Those of us who have done our homework know that Dear Reader has, from the beginning of his political career, used strong arm tactics against any who dare oppose him. Digging out sealed divorce records and challenging signatures to wipe opponents from the slate. Slinging mud and falsehoods left and right. We are not surprised then at the current machinations. On the contrary, we expected them. All who have any knowledge of any wrong doing (and there must be thousands!) will be silenced. The early intimidation and silencing of high profile persons serves as warning for lesser beings.

There are those out there who once opposed this fraud. They did the homework as well. This election cycle they have returned to the fold, perhaps thinking they would avoid the coming backlash. (Though I fear some have fallen prey to that old old tool “The other guy is worse! WAH WAH WAH!)

I regret to inform them that they have not avoided it, only postponed the inevitable.

Perhaps we should start an office pool on who goes under the bus next? And we need to order more buses.

PayBack

You all remember back when the fraud personally leaped out of a plane and stabbed to death the worst enemy of humankind right? And you also remember that same fraud and his sidekick drunken uncle spiking the football and releasing all kinds of details, classified mind you, about the mission. Endangering our troops by releasing the details of just which team ACTUALLY took down Bin Laden.

You all remember this, correct?

Fast Forward now to a few weeks ago and Val Jar saying once teh fraud stole his second term there would be payback. You all remember this as well correct?

Payback has begun. And guess who got to be the first target?

Navy Seal Team 6 Disciplined

Seven current members of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six, including one involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, have received non-judicial punishments for having served as paid consultants for the video game “Medal of Honor: Warfighter.” Four other SEALs who previously belonged to the unit remain under investigation.

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A Navy official says 11 active duty SEALS worked as consultants on the game over two days earlier this year. At the time all of them were members of SEAL Team Six.

A senior Navy official told ABC News that one of the seven SEALs was involved in the May 1, 2011, raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden.

Now, you will also recall the ads during the recent selection season- where various members of the military disputed teh fraud’s talking point of “I got Bin Laden.”

So, let’s see if we can boil it all down now. It is ok for the fraud and his clowns to leak classified info, but not ok for others?

I see.

Rules and laws are for we peons. Rules and laws do not apply to the SCoaMF and his cabal.

Cross them and expect payback.

Pressing On

One would think I would be used to it by now. Disappointment is a fact of life. I have been poor before, which is probably a blessing (though I am not willing to say it is one I wanted lol) but, I suppose it puts me in a better position than some who have never been dirt poor. I at least know what to expect lol.

The reselection of the fraud perpetrated on us by progressives from hell is going to have as yet unforeseen awful consequences. One that can be seen is we will never now have Universal Health Care. Progressives gave us a Statist. Wonderful.

So the choice has been made. We have to live with what uninformed, ignorant sheeples have wrought.

Batten down the hatches and buckle up- it’s going to be a very rough ride. America will never again be the same. Can we prevent the slide into extremism?

Well I don’t know the answer to that. But I am not going down quietly!

Oh- and one more thing. For all you progressive asswipes.

Well, Bless your hearts. May you choke on Obamacare.  Good luck getting treatment.

Divided We Fall

Cloward Piven. We approach the tipping point. Waiting now for the new insurance packets from husbands work. Scuttlebutt has it there were two prepared, one for the Alinsky outcome, one for the unlikely event America came to her senses.

Just when you think it can’t get worse, it does. Our premiums have almost double since 08. Our co pays went from$15 to $30 (more for any doc other than the primary) Our coinsurance is through the roof. The yearly deductible per person and per family- is almost what the premiums are. Docs have already warned to start looking NOW for a doc for down the road as Medicare will not be accepted. So many things no longer covered.

Meanwhile, we wait on pins and needles to see what we will have to shut off or give up in order to afford insurance. Or if the company will decide it is cheaper to just pay the fines.(Possible- the fine per employee is less than the company share of the premium.)

The only consolation is at least we did not end up with one party control. There is, still, a small firewall. Pray it holds!

Next steps, push for reform of the awarding of electoral votes. I firmly believe they should be awarded according to district vote totals.Second step, push for Philadelphia to be absorbed by NJ.

RIP Sen McGovern

George McGovern, War Critic Routed by Nixon, Dies at 90 – Bloomberg.

The former senator from South Dakota, a symbol of the anti- war movement,

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The 1972 burglary at Washington’s Watergate office complex was designed to undermine the Democratic campaign. The resulting scandal forced Nixon to resign the presidency in 1974.

Ah yes, back in the day when the “D” in Democrat MEANT something.

You were a good example sir.

RIP