I’m Praying for you Madam President!

Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot – Yahoo! News.

 WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been admitted to a New York hospital after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.

And I hope Karma soon visits every asshat that accused her of faking the concussion!

Naughty or Nice?

Santa more likely to have gifts for Romney than for Obama: Poll | The Ticket – Yahoo! News.

More Americans put Romney than Obama on Kris Kringle’s “nice” list: 63 percent said the former Massachusetts governor would get presents, versus just 51 percent for the president, PPP found.

Just goes to prove that old saw “Nice guys finish last!”

And wouldn’t it just be the height of hilarity if Santa brought the pretender a stocking full of coal?

Violet has arrived!

Here is my new granddaughter- born this morning at 5:40 a.m. and (blessed five minutes later lol!) Welcome Violet Faith Brielle! 7 lbs 4 oz and 20 3/4 inches long.

Miss Violet 7 lbs 4 oz

Miss Violet 7 lbs 4 oz

Miss Violet! Long long fingers and fingernails to match!

Miss Violet! Long long fingers and fingernails to match!

Violet Faith Brielle

Violet Faith Brielle

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

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.