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There Is No Evidence That Voter-Impersonation Fraud Is A problem

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 16th October 2014


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From TPM:

9 Scathing Quotes From Judge Posner’s Dissent Against WI Voter ID

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It’s only been one year since Reagan-appointed Judge Richard Posner converted to the view that voter identification laws are tantamount to voter suppression. His change of heart has sparked a fiery judicial opinion against a ruling in favor Wisconsin’s voter ID law.

Posner dissented against the decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals not to hold a full court re-hearing of a three-judge panel’s ruling authorizing implementation of the Badger State’s voter ID law. Posner clearly regrets his previous position on voter ID, writing in a 2013 book that he now pleads “guilty” to writing a majority opinion “now widely regarded as a means of voter suppression rather than of fraud prevention.” (The Supreme Court temporarily put enforcement of the law on hold for the midterm elections.)

Here are the most scathing quotes from Posner’s opinion.

—”Some of the ‘evidence’ of voter-impersonation fraud is downright goofy, if not paranoid, such as the nonexistent buses that according to the ‘True the Vote’ movement transport foreigners and reservation Indians to polling places.”

—”Even Fox News, whose passion for conservative causes has never been questioned, acknowledges that ‘Voter ID Laws Target Rarely Occurring Voter Fraud.’” [Link included in the original.]

—”As there is no evidence that voter-impersonation fraud is a problem, how can the fact that a legislature says it’s a problem turn it into one? If the Wisconsin legislature says witches are a problem, shall Wisconsin courts be permitted to conduct witch trials?”

—”There is no evidence that Wisconsin’s voter rolls are inflated — as were Indiana’s — and there is compelling evidence that voter-impersonation fraud is essentially nonexistent in Wisconsin.”

—”The panel opinion states that requiring a photo ID might at least prevent persons who ‘are too young or are not citizens’ from voting. Not so. State-issued IDs are available to noncitizens … — all that’s required is proof of ‘legal presence in the United States[.]‘

—”This implies that the net effect of such requirements is to impede voting by people easily discouraged from voting, most of whom probably lean Democratic.”

—”The panel opinion does not discuss the cost of obtaining a photo ID. It assumes the cost is negligible. That’s an easy assumption for federal judges to make, since we are given photo IDs by court security free of charge. And we have upper-middle-class salaries. Not everyone is so fortunate.”

—”There is only one motivation for imposing burdens on voting that are ostensibly designed to discourage voter-impersonation fraud, if there is no actual danger of such fraud, and that is to discourage voting by persons likely to vote against the party responsible for imposing the burdens.”

—”The authors’ overall assessment is that ‘voter ID laws don’t disenfranchise minorities or reduce minority voting, and in many instances enhance it’ [emphasis added]. In other words, the authors believe that the net effect of these laws is to increase minority voting. Yet if that is true, the opposition to these laws by liberal groups is senseless. If photo ID laws increase minority voting, liberals should rejoice in the laws and conservatives deplore them. Yet it is conservatives who support them and liberals who oppose them. Unless conservatives and liberals are masochists, promoting laws that hurt them, these laws must suppress minority voting and the question then becomes whether there are offsetting social benefits—the evidence is that there are not.”

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Readers: Wha’at’s UP?

Joyce: If they’re part of the republican party, I don’t think they exist. In my opinion, if women vote for the repubs, they are either as dumb as a box of rocks or just ignorant and don’t know that their party houses misogynists. Whatever the reason, it really doesn’t matter because it is their vote that matters, and a vote for the repubs is one less for the Dems…and then the damage is done.

If repub women can’t see what is so crystal clear about the repub party now, they never will, because it is pretty much as bad as it could get. Now…if the Dems don’t retain control of the Senate and take over the House this November, then we will all see just how bad it could really get, and we will have no power to stop them.

Howie: I know it goes without saying but I’ll say it…I think we all know the Aliens would most likely win. :) How are you doing?

Zen Lill: Happy Birthday! I HOPE that you take the day off and have a wonderful day doing something with your family and friends! Knowing you, you will probably celebrate through the weekend, if not the entire month. Have fun!

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Bye Bye Abortion Clinics In Texas

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 14th October 2014


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Once again the right are using the court to make law they couldn’t get passed through their congressional process.

From Think Progress:

Court Ruling Devastates Texas’ Abortion Clinic Infrastructure

Two signs at a rally in Dallas where a group of nearly 200 gathered to protest the approval of new abortion restrictions in TexasTwo signs at a rally in Dallas where a group of nearly 200 gathered to protest the approval of new abortion restrictions in Texas

CREDIT: AP PHOTO/TONY GUTIERREZ

The number of abortion clinics in the second most populous state is dwindling to just eight, following a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that allows a stringent new law to take effect immediately in Texas. On Thursday night, a panel of conservative judges reversed an earlier decision that allowed 13 clinics to remain open for the past several weeks.

 Now, as those facilities are no longer allowed to remain operating, Texas residents are waking up to learn that the number of health care facilities in their communities has been drastically reduced overnight. “This is a devastating day for Texas women,” Jennifer Dalven, the director of the Reproductive Freedom Project at the ACLU, said in a statement.

Thursday’s decision is the latest installment in the battle over HB 2, the package of harsh abortion restrictions that Texas lawmakers approved last summerdespite gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ infamous filibuster against the legislation. An earlier provision of the law, which started going into effect last fall, requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges from local hospitals, an unnecessary business arrangement that has forced half of the state’s clinicsto close their doors already. Another portion of HB 2, which requires abortion clinics to make costly renovations to bring their building codes in line with ambulatory surgical centers, will now also take effect.

Just eight clinics in the entire state of Texas are currently certified as ambulatory surgical centers, or ASCs. They’re all located in San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and Houston. With the building code restrictions in effect, a broad swaths of the state — including the incredibly impoverished regionsalong the Mexico border — is now left without any clinics for hundreds of miles. Texas’ new reproductive rights landscape is illustrated in this map from the Texas Tribune:

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CREDIT: TEXAS TRIBUNE

“What we have been fearing is now official: Texas faces a health care crisis, brought on by its own legislators,” Amy Hagstrom Miller, who used to operate five clinics in the state, said in a statement in response to the ruling.

Hagstrom Miller, the CEO of a group called Whole Woman’s Health, has just one clinic left under HB 2: A building that she rents in San Antonio that was already certified as an ASC when she moved in. She has been fighting hard to keep her other clinics operating, particularly the facilities she used to run in the Rio Grande Valley, a border community where immigrant women are left without many health care options. But in a recent interview with ThinkProgress, she explained that building more ASCs is simply not a tenable option.

“I wouldn’t be able to afford to raise the money for a $3 million ambulatory surgical center as a small business owner. There’s no bank that’s going to lend that money to me,” Hagstrom Miller said. “Plus, I would not be interested in building from the ground up. I think it’s the wrong solution on many levels. Philosophically, it’s wrong because it’s completely based on misinformation — it has nothing to do with patient care. It’s also, to me, just a poor use of resources. I could help so many women have safe abortions for $400 dollars rather than put $3 million dollars into a building.”

Medical experts have repeatedly spoken out against Texas’ new law, saying that the requirements won’t do anything to improve abortion clinics. Abortion is already an incredibly safe medical procedure that’s less risky than colonoscopies, gallbladder surgery, knee replacement surgery, or giving birth to a child. Both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) oppose requiring abortion providers to get hospital admitting privileges. ACOG also opposes imposing additional building code requirements on clinics.

Nonetheless, these type of restrictions are rapidly advancing throughout the country. Known as the “Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers,” or TRAP, these laws have particularly taken root in Southern states, where an estimated 8.6 million women of reproductive age may soon be left with just 12 abortion clinics across five states.

TRAP laws are typically framed as protecting women’s health, even though there’s absolutely no relationship between harsh abortion restrictions and better health outcomes. But that hasn’t stopped conservative judges in the Fifth Circuit from buying into the framing. According to Nancy Northup, the president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, the most recent court decision in Texas “is an endorsement of politicians’ disingenuous tactic of undermining women’s safety under the false pretext of protecting it.”

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Readers: Then we’ve got repub Texas A.G. Greg Abbott, saying that the law that shut down 80 percent of clinics in the state, is merely a manageable “inconvenience” — not an undue burden — to Texas women. 

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) and his colleagues wrote in the memo that “the vast majority of Texas residents” still live “within comfortable driving distance (150 miles)” of an abortion provider. For the women who live in the farther-flung regions of the state, such as the low-income Rio Grande Valley near the Mexico border, Abbott wrote, “abortion can be accessed by driving approximately 230-250 miles — an inconvenience, but still a manageable one.”

I say we make Abbott drive that far to get his much needed Viagra and then tell him it’s an inconvenience, but still a manageable one, and see how he likes it.  

I know it has been said time and time again, but when will these D.A.A.B.O.R. women wake up, support women and stop voting in these men that couldn’t care less about the health and well-being of women, and their right to access health care when they need it.

Thoughts? Blog me. 

Peace baby. 

Lastly, greed over a great story is surfacing from my “loyal”(?) readers. With all this back and forth about who owns what, that appears on my blog, let me reiterate that all material posted on my blog becomes the sole property of my blog. If you want to reserve any proprietary rights don’t post it to my blog. I will prominently display this caveat on my blog from now on to remind those who may have forgotten this notice.

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Wonderful Women Of The World

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 12th October 2014

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 Speaking of  ”tax on women…”

Sarah Silverman says it best - This is hilarious! You go girl.

 

Sarah Silverman Fronts a Drastic New Campaign for Wage Equality

She’s not going to stop at anything to make sure she gets equal pay. Which means that this video includes a prosthetic penis, just FYI.

Sarah Silverman helps launch the Equal Payback Project this morning with a video proving she’ll stop at nothing to make sure she’s paid the same as a man — and yes, that means gender reassignment. She’s picking herself out a nice “European” penis that goes nicely with her favorite boots, and then waving the floppy prosthetic peen around a bit, because what else is there to do with it? (Don’t worry though, this is just satire; Sarah still has all her ladyparts.)

“Every year the average woman loses around $11,000 to the wage gap,” Sarah explains in the video. “Over the course of her working life, that’s almost $500,000. That’s a $500,000 vagina tax.” So the Equal Payback Project is looking to crowdfund that amount — times every woman across the United States. That’s a fundraising total of $29,811,746,430,000, which the Project explains is ” a ludicrous goal, to be sure, but one highlighting the real* numbers.”

If the campaign reaches its multi-trillion dollar goal, every American woman (or “vagina owner,” if you’d prefer that on the “payable to” line) will be sent a check canceling out their vagina tax. Otherwise, the donations will be given to the National Women’s Law Center, a nonprofit focused on educating the public about the wage gap and advocating for equal pay. “The wage gap is stubborn, it’s persistent, and it’s outrageous,” the National Women’s Law Center’s co-president said. “We’re thrilled that Sarah Silverman is bringing her prodigious talents and brand of irreverent humor to bear on a very serious issue for women and their families. We hope she opens hearts and minds – and a few pocketbooks – to provide the resources to close the wage gap once and for all.”

Read more about the campaign at EqualPaybackProject.com.

*It’s a figure calculated by multiplying the nearly 69 million working women by the $435,049 a typical woman loses to the wage gap over the course of her career (assuming she works full-time, year-round for 40 years).

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Readers: The wage gap is no joke, but perhaps presented this way, people will listen and take it more seriously.

Hey, Mike, TM: Like everyone else, I too am looking forward to what you’re going to report.

Penny: Sorry you had trouble posting – that is the way it is sometimes. Thanks for your concern and for sticking around anyway, but no blog management problems at all.

Phillip: Ahh…you must be a Newbie – welcome! It seems that you haven’t been reading here long enough to know that I personally don’t censor or limit how many people can comment. As far as people “getting in,” it is the luck of the draw. No one gets priority over anyone else – that wouldn’t be fair now would it? As you can see Zen Lill had the same issue posting as you and Louis.

So no, it’s no unique way to increase my blog numbers. It is enough work blogging every day. I certainly don’t have time to be selective on who gets in and who doesn’t. You can thank those that oppose for any issue happening here.

Thanks for being here! I appreciate all of the readers who comment here in spite of how frustrating it may be sometime!

HaPPY SUNday EveryONE!

Lastly, greed over a great story is surfacing from my “loyal”(?) readers. With all this back and forth about who owns what, that appears on my blog, let me reiterate that all material posted on my blog becomes the sole property of my blog. If you want to reserve any proprietary rights don’t post it to my blog. I will prominently display this caveat on my blog from now on to remind those who may have forgotten this notice.

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Is Your State Rigged?

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 11th October 2014

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The Koch brothers have used their money to control local elections to state level in many states to take control of the states election process and its economic system. Controlling a state’s election process allows them to decide who gets elected on every level of the state and in federal elections.

They gets to rig the states voting system by: gerrymandering, deciding who can vote, when they can vote, what and how many voting booths are in a particular polling place, and the software that counts the vote. That software can manipulate the count without a trace of its crime because there is no paper record of how you voted.

From Think Progress:

Is Your State Rigged?

Much has been written on the Koch brothers’ immense wealth and influential network of shadow groups, think tanks, and political action committees dedicated to drastically altering our economic and political system at the national level —or, as we call it, “Kochonomics.”

But it is at the state and local level that the Koch brothers’ impact has become the most effective—and harmful.

The less Americans know about the effects of these state and local efforts, the more the Koch brothers can accomplish. The Center for American Progress Action Fund needs your help today to investigate and inform the public about the Koch brothers’ extended efforts to rig the system for their benefit.

Recently, the Center for American Progress Action Fund released the report, “Kochonomics: Rigging the System at the Local Level,” which revealed the Koch brothers’ successful campaigns to take their anti-government, low-regulation lobbying efforts from city to city. These campaigns are a part of a $400 million scheme to transform policies in school boards and town halls to oppose funds that support teachers and students, pay for police officers, maintain roads and bridges, and protect the environment. Yesterday, we released another report, “Kochonomics in Wisconsin and North Carolina,” which gives an in-depth view into the Kochs brothers’ efforts in two of their self-declared model states.

Help us continue to inform Americans across the country by contributing $5, $10, or $25 dollars to the Center for American Progress Action Fund to fund our investigative efforts. Your contribution will help provide citizens with the knowledge they need to fight back against the spread of Kochonomics.

We cannot sit idly by as our states and cities are being re-structured to benefit a wealthy few.

The Koch brothers are spending $400 million – We are asking you for $25. Please go to our website today and contribute what you can to keep our work going.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Your friends at the Center for American Progress Action Fund

P.S. Please be sure to share our reports and encourage your friends to contribute!

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From MSNBC and The Rachel Maddow Show:

The bad news is unfortunately, it was just released that SCOTUS OK’d strict North Carolina voting law for the upcoming midterms. The awesome news is, SCOTUS has blocked Wisconsin’s voter ID law, and a federal court found a new Texas voter ID law unconstitutional.  Woo Hoo! – that is something to celebrate.

And speaking of Wisconsin, here’s a bit of laughter to start you off on your weekend. The topic isn’t funny but the comedian is. Comedian Lewis Black blasted voting restrictions in Wisconsin in an ad posted by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Thursday.

Restrict voting rights? Not on comedian Lewis Black’s watch

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Readers: It’s enough that we need to be concerned about whether we can exercise our right to vote when there are those that oppose doing whatever it takes to prevent voters from voting. (That’s a nod to you Paula) Don’t miss your opportunity to vote.

Thoughts? What’s on your mind? Blog me. 

Social Butterfly: My pleasure. Unfortunately, I don’t think there is much we can do yet. Warren will most likely not run, unlike Bernie Sanders who is thinking with his ego instead of for his country. If he runs against the Dem candidate as a Independent, he will surely take away some Dem votes and we would have a strong chance at losing to the repubs. Sound familiar? Ugh. I can’t believe I am even having this conversation. :) Really, I don’t want to think about that right now; I am too entrenched in the November political race to think about 2016.

I am so narrowly focused that I am barely reading anything outside of the November midterms. So, I want to thank you for being my eyes on the outside, :) and bringing up Malala Yousafzai, winning the 2014 Nobel Peace prize! I couldn’t be more happier and proud, and she couldn’t be more deserving.  She is most definitely a Wonderful Girl Of The World.

 Congratulations Malala! ♥

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Malala Yousafzai at the United Nations last year. Ms. Yousafzai, 17, is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. CreditTodd Heisler/The New York Times

Peace out.

Lastly, greed over a great story is surfacing from my “loyal”(?) readers. With all this back and forth about who owns what, that appears on my blog, let me reiterate that all material posted on my blog becomes the sole property of my blog. If you want to reserve any proprietary rights don’t post it to my blog. I will prominently display this caveat on my blog from now on to remind those who may have forgotten this notice.

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michelle

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Whoever Controls The Senate Wins

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 9th October 2014

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Good afternoon!

This is a very important point. With less than a month away from the midterm elections, it is the important reason Obama needs to hold on to the Senate this November.

From Think Progress.

Justice Ginsburg: If I Resign, Obama Could Not Appoint ‘Anyone I Would Like To See In The Court’

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CREDIT: AP PHOTO/J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg does not plan to leave the Supreme Court anytime soon, and, as she tells Elle‘s Jessica Weisberg, that’s because the Senate is terrible:

[Weisberg]: I’m not sure how to ask this, but a lot of people who admire and respect you wonder if you’ll resign while President Obama is in office.

[Ginsburg]: Who do you think President Obama could appoint at this very day, given the boundaries that we have? If I resign any time this year, he could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see in the court. [The Senate ...] took off the filibuster for lower federal court appointments, but it remains for this court.So anybody who thinks that if I step down, Obama could appoint someone like me, they’re misguided. As long as I can do the job full steam…. I think I’ll recognize when the time comes that I can’t any longer. But now I can.

Justice Ginsburg’s frustration with the Senate is not particularly surprising. Last year, Ginsburg said that the Senate’s bitter confirmation process is “destroying the United States’ reputation in the world as a beacon of democracy,” and she complained in 2011 that if she were nominated to the Supreme Court today “my ACLU connection would probably disqualify me.”

Prior to her elevation to the bench, Ginsburg led the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, where she orchestrated much of the legal strategy that led to the Supreme Court recognizing that governmental discrimination against women is unconstitutional. Indeed, Ginsburg was arguably the single most significant women’s rights attorney in American history even before she became a judge.

The particular problem Ginsburg cites, however, the fact that Supreme Court nominees can still be filibustered by a minority of the Senate, can be solved by a bare majority of the Senate at any time. When the Senate invoked the so-called “nuclear option” last November to eliminate the filibuster for most nominations, they invoked a process which effectively amended the Senate’s rules by a simple majority vote. Nothing prevents the Senate from using this process again to permit Supreme Court nominees to be confirmed by a simple majority if a majority of the Senate wished to make this change.

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Readers: It is imperative that democrats hold on to the Senate because the Senate decides who will sit on SCOTUS. Obama may get to select who he wishes, but it is the Senate that must say yes by a “super” majority vote of 60 to 40, or a simple majority vote of 51 to 49. The Senate agreed that it would take a “super” majority to seat a SCOTUS selection by POTUS.

But it is within the power of the Senate Majority Leader (the leader of the party who has the most senators in the Senate) to change that rule and make it a simple majority appointment – this is called the “nuclear option.”  Either way, the Democrats must hold the majority of senators in the Senate to decide who becomes the next member of SCOTUS. What will YOU do to ensure that?

The fact that the republican appointees to that position are showing they are willing to obey those that appointed them without regard to the Constitution or the rights or benefits of the people of America means that the any other than the white male will find no safe haven in either. 99% of those white males will discover that what they thought was a SCOTUS that would return them to absolute power over all others in America, is actually a court that is returning that power to the 1% that has bought and paid for those republican appointees. Once again, those 99%’ers are fooled by the false promise of the 1%’ers who give them HOPE that they will be part of the 1% club. It is never going to happen.  

S.T.A.R.K., S.calia T.homas A.lito R.oberts K.ennedy, are merely the beginning of the 1% attempt to control this country. They have discovered that the Will of the people is toothless. The America people will sit idly by and allow SCOTUS to make Law from the Bench – they call them “activist judges.” Hence, the 1% are convinced they need only own SCOTUS to rule this country. And they aren’t wrong.

Why bother buying individual members of Congress or spending $billions on political advertising with the HOPE of winning majorities and or the Will of the American people, when they can appoint 9 Kings and have them decide what the Law of the Land is. The 1% has effectively upset the balance of power between the three Branches (Executive, Legislative and Judicial) of our government. It can outlaw the actions of the Executive Branch without regard to the Constitution if the majority of SCOTUS dares to. Only the Legislative Branch, Congress (both Houses of the Legislature – the Senate and House of Representatives), can vote to limit or change the edicts of SCOTUS when SCOTUS interprets one of its laws contrary to its intentions.

But to do that Congress must have the Will to act and the Votes to enforce that Will. We’ve seen examples of this time and time again. The 1% has shown in “Citizens United,” Hobby Lobby,” and Voter suppression decisions by S.T.A.R.K., that no such Will is present. In other words, Congress hasn’t the Will to do anything, and the American people, the voters, haven’t used their Power: their Voices and their Vote to make them act.

No one has spoken up and said “Hey, that’s not what that law means, its intention was this, not that,” when SCOTUS has interpreted one of its laws that is obviously contrary to its intention. Hence, only the Judicial Branch of government decides what is the Law of the Land. The Judicial Branch of our government has effectively made themselves 9 Kings of America with all the powers of imperial majesty. What will YOU do to stop them?

POTUS and the Senate will determine for the next decades what life will be like in America and possibly the world, by who gets to be 1 of those 9 Kings. And considering what we have seen, the future could be very scary. What will YOU do to prevent that from happening? Will you sit around idly or will you exercise your voice and right to vote?

YOU decide how important that is to you when you decide to vote. Just remember as I have said before, if you do not decide to vote, you’re still making a decision, because you will be deciding to allow someone else to make it for you. Why would you give that much power to a party who has clearly shown that they don’t have your best interest or well-being at heart? (Ladies: I am speaking to you here, especially you Repub ladies. It’s time to really be involved, get informed, stop following lockstep behind your husbands and support your sisters.) Why would you give that much power to a party who has clearly shown that they prefer money and power over people and planet?

What will YOU do to prevent them? Since a No Vote for the Dems is a definite Yes Vote for the Repubs, my suggestion is that YOU get registered and then go VOTE!

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Christy: It was fabulous seeing you last night! You are still so sweet and you look the same with that big beautiful smile. YOU are one smart informed girl who is obviously on top of the issues! So proud. Spread the word, sister. PS: Mom says hi! :) xo

Peace out. 

Lastly, greed over a great story is surfacing from my “loyal”(?) readers. With all this back and forth about who owns what, that appears on my blog, let me reiterate that all material posted on my blog becomes the sole property of my blog. If you want to reserve any proprietary rights don’t post it to my blog. I will prominently display this caveat on my blog from now on to remind those who may have forgotten this notice.

Gratefully your blog host,

michelle

Aka BABE: We all know what this means by now :)

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