SparkPeople Political Discussion from the Left Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=30078 President Obama only has a limited time in which to complete his goals. What do you think needs to be done in the next four years? SparkPeople Political Discussion from the Left Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=30078 Armistice Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x55602708 Today as a country we celebrate Veterans Day. We seem to have lost track of its origin: commemorating the 11th hour of the 11 day of the 11th month which FINALLY brought "The War to End All Wars" to its conclusion. It started as a holiday celebrating Peace! The horrific conflagration which ushered in the end of cavalry, the beginnings of trench warfare and poison gas, aerial strafing and bombardment, and tank warfare had finally come to its inconclusive end. The victorious Allies wanted ... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:26:10 EST So Sad Today - Government Shutdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30078x55100750 Guilty!!! <BR> <BR> I've been watching way too much TV reporting on the events in Washington - and the inevitable government shutdown. Obviously, I support the President - and am happy he's not bending to the totally unreasonable demands of the TeaParty fanatics. But at what cost?? <BR> <BR> Principle is sooooo important - we live our principles. I support Obamacare....... Affordable healthcare, imho, should be a right for all Americans. There will be many glitches as this enormous pro... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 12:59:25 EST NSA revelations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x53827943 A friend of mine summed up my feelings about the recent revelations: "So he went to China where they would be surprised to discover the government was spying on them?" As when Bush was President, my biggest comfort is the thought that we are still able to discover these things in the newspapers and on TV. When the day comes that we no longer can, we will truly have lost our freedom. As long as we can hear those who oppose the administration's policies, there is still hope. <BR> That said,... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:45:42 EST Guantanamo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x53366883 At my son's graduation at Berkeley this Saturday, I heard Eric Holder proclaim that the federal courts and federal prisons are the place to deal with terrorists. He stated that no terrorist has escaped from the prisons and that the courts have handled countless cases. All of that being said, why is Congress insisting that Guantanamo remain open? <link>www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/15<BR>/eric-holder-yemenis-guantanamo </link> Thu, 16 May 2013 09:54:54 EST Laughing along with the President http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x53162806 The President's speech at the White House Correspondent's Dinner was fun to watch. It gave me an indication of what he might be like in private. Obviously, he had help writing the jokes, but the delivery was his own. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:12:26 EST Primary election Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30078x52863700 We are having a primary here on Tuesday. If you also are, be sure and encourage those you know to get out and vote. The only way good people are elected is if we vote for them. Common sense that bears repeating... <BR> We have a park board that closed the road that goes by our lake, a school board that doesn't back the teachers, and a township that spends most of its time bickering with each other instead of accomplishing anything. Time for some new blood to change things here in Lake Wobe... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 08:37:13 EST Did you see Rachel Maddow last night? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30078x52603273 She had actual recordings of President Johnson just before the election talking about Nixon and his sabotage of peace agreement talking with the negotiator from North Viet Nam. Johnson had a truce worked out. Nixon's people said it was a trick and wait for him to be elected. He didn't do peace, 15,000 more kids died in the next 5 years. Johnson did not reveal what had happened because the CIA had illegally wiretapped the Viet ambassador's office. We knew Nixon was slimey, but this is rea... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:16:06 EST Michelle Obama and Benghazi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x52498405 One of the convervative folks I know had a photo of Michelle Obama at the Oscar's talking about the irony of her introducing Argo after her husband's administration had "failed to protect an embassy." Sometimes their hatred for everything the Obamas do amazes me. As if anyone could be held accountable for what happened in Benghazi except those who actually did it. The extremists that have harmed people should be held accountable, not the administration who undoubtedly are attempting to pro... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 09:40:56 EST Another Newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30078x51928058 Hi, new to the team, so glad I found you today. I always take a deep breath when I come across fellow open-minded people, its quite refreshing. Looking forward to joining the discussions. <em>213</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 11:33:24 EST Immigration reform http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x51876845 <link>www.nytimes.com/2013/01/29/us/politi<BR>cs/congress-faces-deep-seated-resistan<BR>ce-to-immigration-plan.html?pagewanted<BR>=2&_r=0&smid=fb-share </link> <BR> <BR> Today the President is speaking on immigration reform. It will be interesting to see how the opposition responds. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:06:55 EST The inaugural http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x51724125 Did anyone else get a fake invitation to the inaugural? It irritated me which I'm sure was not their intention. I'm still excited about watching the whole thing, including Michelle's new hair style and choice of clothes. I hope the speech is inspiring. The gridlock over the fiscal cliff and the people who are fearing changes in the gun laws are bringing me down. Sat, 19 Jan 2013 16:36:00 EST Women in the Obama administration http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x51652192 With the election of Elizabeth Warren to the Senate and the departure of Hillary from the State Department, and the obstructionism of John McCain who fought any attempt to have Susan Rice replace Hillary, I'm unsure who is being considered for openings in the administration. Who would you like to see in the next four years?. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 08:54:38 EST Fiscal cliff http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x51484017 Kicking the can down the road for two months has extended unemployment which I favor, but the payroll tax needs to be fixed. The milk subsidy is another change that makes sense, but the payroll tax needs to be fixed. The inheritance laws are a joke. If someone inherits a huge estate they can afford to pay more taxes. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 10:56:27 EST Gun control http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x51372108 Since the Supreme Court is going to be reviewing gun control laws, I thought we could discuss it here. Illinois recently joined the other 49 states in allowing concealed carry. What disturbs me most is how we have come to accept the need for such an absurdity when most of us live in the city and no longer have any need to kill wild animals. If the excuse for concealed carry is the right to have an armed militia, again, how many of those who own guns have them for that reason? Does anyone ... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 16:00:13 EST End of the year political goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x51343671 What goals would you like to see met during the next year by the Obama administration? My choices would be first to find a way to get a more fair tax code that would ask more from those who have more. Secondly, I would like to see more programs to help the returning veterans and their families through job opportunities, educational grants and access to mental health counseling at no cost. Third, I would like to see a reform on Federal loans to fraudulent institutions that do not help anyon... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 11:26:32 EST Gay marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x51157729 Do you think the Supreme Court will strike down the California ban on gay marriage or affirm it? Do you live in a state where it is legal? I read this morning where even Mary Matalin believes that the number of babies being born outside marriage is a bigger issue. Interesting, right? Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:59:58 EST Charity at the holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x51157698 I thought it would be interesting to find out what charities you trust and support. I give to the Catholic church despite my reservations about their politics because I believe in the good they do. How about you? Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:57:46 EST The fiscal cliff http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x51157658 Yesterday I was reading Peggy Noonan to check on how the conservatives were doing. Her article got me thinking about entitlements asked for by the AARP. Do you think we are saddling the next generation with too much because of our desires? The military expenditures for the wars of the last ten years created the debt, but the question remains as to how we pay it off. Obviously, the majority of us want higher taxes on the top earners. Repairing the infrastructure could create jobs, as coul... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:54:38 EST Israel and the Palestinians http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x50888829 I don't understand much about the current bombings, but I do hope that the prayers of those of us who aren't part of this will help end them. At Thanksgiving, I am reminded once again of how fortunate we are to live in a country where there has seldom been any reason to fear the skies raining down death on our children. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:19:15 EST Anti-Obama/ pro-Romulan PAC-loving businesses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x50800034 <em>101</em> I will avoid these at all costs!! Just changed my hotel reservations for the weekend -- I don't mind paying more to do it! <BR> <BR> <link>thinkprogress.org/election/2012/07/1<BR>9/543801/consumer-brands-conservative-<BR>attack-ads/ </link> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:25:45 EST SPREADING THE PROGRESSIVE SPIRIT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x50744012 I believe that Aristotle said that we should aim for moderation: In this spirit, I would like to suggest that the best course for a nation to pursue is a balance between socialism and capitalism. In recent years, our nation has chosen capitalism on steroids; Pure capitalism is every bit as destructive as "pure socialism". <BR> <BR> The Scandinavian countries and many Western European nations have demonstrated the great success of striking a balance between capitalism and socialism. What mak... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 12:18:43 EST A great show by Moyers and company. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x50689830 A great show by Moyers and company. <BR> <BR> http://billmoyers.com/episode/on-winner-<BR>take-all-politics/ <BR> <BR> Because of Hurricane Sandy’s impact on our offices and studio, we’re airing this encore edition of Moyers & Company, first broadcast in January. This Election Day, issues of money, influence and “winner-take-all politics” are more important than ever. <BR> In its premiere episode, Moyers & Company dives into one of the most important and controversial issues of our time: Ho... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 18:23:20 EST Music Video on Obama http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x50661414 CATCHY!! Wonder why I haven't seen it in a television ad??? <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/embed/c_d9mntKvGM </link> Fri, 2 Nov 2012 16:48:46 EST Are you near the storm? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x50614134 As I watch the coverage of the storm on TV, I've been wondering what's the effect of the storm may be on election. Will the city of NY be up and running in only a week? Will it take longer for the smaller towns? What do you think? Tue, 30 Oct 2012 11:03:20 EST The President called my MOM today!!! WOWOWOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x50539906 <em>104</em> My mom called earlier tonight and was hardly able to contain herself! President Obama called her at home from Air Force One!!!!! He was calling all the key organizers, and she's a point person in Florida (she's also a former elected official.) It's so exciting -- she says he's incredible and charismatic and sincere and she can't wait to do even more for his campaign. He was sincerely grateful for her support...How COOL is that?????????!!!!!!! He's AWESOME!!!!! <em>104</... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 00:24:32 EST Making calls for Obama http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x50497054 Yesterday I made 50 calls for the President in less than an hour. Most of the people weren't home or let the phone go to voice mail, but 5-6 were Obama supporters, 3 were supporters who were tired of getting so many calls, and only one simply hung up after I identified myself. Since my phone plan allows endless free calls on the weekend, I'm planning to make as many calls as possible again on the next two weekends. If any of you are interested, the Obama-Biden site provides the names, phon... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 09:19:27 EST The Second Debate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x50426548 What a relief to see our President stand his ground for truth in last night's debate. His best moment was when he called Romney's take on the lack of protection that resulted in the murder of the Ambassador to Libya offensive. The controlled emotion behind those words, "No one on my team" made me more determined that the President deserves to be re-elected. <BR> When Romney tried to change his stance on many of the issues, the President called him out. What a great night. Let's hope th... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:10:12 EST Great article on Joe Biden http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x50411684 My son sent this NY Times article about Joe Biden that helps explain why he's the man he is. Give it a read. You'll be glad you did. <link>www.nytimes.com/2008/10/24/us/politi<BR>cs/24biden.html?pagewanted=all&_r=2& </link> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 08:33:19 EST Biden vs. Ryan debate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x50381761 Watching Biden display his incredible grasp of what needs to be done to keep our nation going in the right direction was inspiring. Romney seems willing to say or do anything to get elected, but lacks any real conviction. Ryan truly believes he has the right answers, but his solutions will make life harder for most of us. The thought of him becoming President if something happened to Romney is truly frightening. <BR> Let's all continue to work to make sure that President Obama is re-elect... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 09:13:46 EST The Debate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x50244295 I was very disappointed in the debate. The President seemed tired. His conclusion seemed weak and unorganized. I can only hope that he deliberately played his hand this way so that Romney will get overconfident. Thu, 4 Oct 2012 18:25:18 EST Tax Day 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x47619302 Across the country, groups are taking advantage of the 2-day general extension on income tax filing to voice their opposition to the existing tax structure formulated during the Bush terms. In spite of record billion $+ profits per quarter, tax dollars collected from the middle class and working poor are still being used to give subsidies and tax breaks to huge corporations which even now are still moving jobs and accounts overseas to avoid paying any semblance of a fair share. 'Occupy' has ... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 01:13:09 EST Obama vs. Romney http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x47596744 After watching the Republican primary battle, I am relieved that Romney has won. Although we don't agree on much of anything except Romneycare, the possibility of a Santorum or Gingrich candidacy was too awful to contemplate. I have called a personal moratorium on negative thoughts about the coming campaigns until the conventions. How do the rest of you feel? Sun, 15 Apr 2012 19:06:32 EST They didn't need a study for me not to know http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x46286744 There has been a study that shows lower IQ and conservative views are more likely to be prejudiced. Found from link on Yahoo news: <link>news.yahoo.com/low-iq-conservative-b<BR>eliefs-linked-prejudice-180403506.html </link> Sat, 28 Jan 2012 11:57:26 EST Gingrich and South Carolina http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x46184467 It's interesting to me how the Bible belt could support a man who totally lacks any real sense of family values until he's married to his third wife. Somehow, I think it may have more to do with his ability to use code words to show his racism. Sun, 22 Jan 2012 22:31:04 EST Martin Luther King, Jr. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30078x46065211 My daughter posted a video from youtube of one of his speeches against the Vietnam war back in 1967 that really inspired me. Hope it has the same effect on you. <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=b80Bsw0UG-U </link> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 14:53:33 EST Liberal Resources ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x45731614 What do you read that provides you with a liberal point of view? What helps you to balance the conservative agenda? Do you read books, blogs, articles, sites, how do you stay informed? <BR> What shows on TV or radio you listen to for information? <BR> <BR> I think it might be helpful to develop a list of resources that can help us be more informed <BR> and responsible in answering conservative cheap shots. <BR> <BR> Yes, I will take responsibility and post the information here.Please send y... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 14:37:13 EST What do you think about AZ's Sheriff Joe Arpaio? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x45652008 Was just wondering what the outside world seems to think about Sheriff Joe Arpaio? <BR> A lot of things gall me about this person but what I find most disturbing is his response to <BR> the hundreds of sex crimes that his office did not even respond to. <BR> His statement of apology to any victims is tempered with the phrase "if there were any". <BR> Just was wondering what some others think. Mon, 26 Dec 2011 10:13:32 EST Hi - Boy, Am I Glad I Found You!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30078x45336546 Hi all. <BR> <BR> I never knew there was a politically vocal team on SP. I've been so careful not to say anything about my personal liberal leanings.....because I just know some of my 'friends' (in health) are right-leaning. I need to keep things separate...... <BR> But when I saw this team......I just hopped on. I'll scout the threads to see what is being discussed - and join the discussions when I feel I have something relevant to say. <BR> <BR> My name is Libby - from Brooklyn NY - an... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 09:34:38 EST Medicare http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x44952845 http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6405/p/d<BR>ia/action/public/?action_KEY=5000 <BR> Clever video concerning the need to fund Medicare. Sun, 6 Nov 2011 19:53:01 EST student loans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x44850258 When my husband finished his degree back in 1977, he owed a few thousand in loans. I can't imagine how students with the massive amount of debts that are common today will ever have the lives we took for granted. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/<BR>10/obama-speeds-up-aid-for-college-stu<BR>dents-how-will-it-help-you/ Mon, 31 Oct 2011 13:12:29 EST It's the economy, stupid http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30078x43779526 As I looked at my neighbor's moving sale that was a result of two years of unemployment, I felt grateful that my layoff had come at the end of my career. It got me to wondering how many people are changing their lives due to the unemployment and underemployment of the last 2 years. What do you think? Sun, 28 Aug 2011 17:43:27 EST Constitutional amendment concerning Congress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x43199345 A friend sent this to me and it makes sense to me. <BR> <BR> Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure. I'm asking each of you to forward this email to people on your address list; in turn ask them to do likewise. This is one idea that really should be passed around.  <BR> <BR> Congressional Reform Act of 2011  <BR> <BR> 1. Term Limits.  <BR> <BR> 12 years only, one of the possible options below.... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 09:13:38 EST The Republican Debate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x42442240 While I have to admit that I only saw small clips from it, Gingerich and Pawlenty certainly showed themselves to be unequal to the job that they are seeking. Did anyone else actually watch it? Wed, 15 Jun 2011 10:48:42 EST Republican presidential contenders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x41778647 It seems to good to be true that there are no serious contenders for the GOP. Donald Trump is laughable, as is Gingrich. Back in 2008, Fred Thompson and Rudy Guiliani seemed like possible candidates. Huckabee and Romney were also running. Now the only declared candidates consist of two men who have neither ever won statewide elections. Thu, 12 May 2011 09:38:01 EST Bid Laden http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x41628318 As the days pass since Bid Laden was killed, the government story has changed. Whatever happened doesn't matter to me. The idea that leaders should not be killed only those under them has never made any sense to me. Having said that, the release of photos of his body would only serve to inflame his followers. Those who doubt that the Navy Seals were actually able to kill him, won't believe it if they photos. Wed, 4 May 2011 17:24:49 EST My view of terrorism http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x41597447 The incredible changes that are occuring in the Mideast give me hope that terrorism is losing its hold. The youth who hit the streets attempting to overthrow nonresponsive regimes were a counterpoint to the hopelessness that gives energy to the terrorists. While Bin Laden was the mastermind behind 9/11, any gloating over his death will lessen the chances for peaceful change in the Mideast. The lack of protest over his killing may indicate that the indiscriminate killing that he encouraged h... Tue, 3 May 2011 10:52:02 EST cat lovers vs. dog lovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x39962839 Just curious, but it seems that many of the members of this team have cats. Post which one you have. Are liberals more likely to have them? Wed, 16 Feb 2011 14:42:06 EST getting ready for spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x39908061 Here in Illinois we are having a brief respite from snow and ice. Cold weather keeps me out of the yard where I go to keep sane and exercise and makes me think too much about baking. I've been thinking about how nice it would be to take off my heavy winter coat and have a smaller body underneath. In honor of that, I'd like to encourage you to join me in trying to lose a few pounds before March 22. Since it's about 6 weeks away, we should be able to do it. Mon, 14 Feb 2011 09:32:28 EST inspiring video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x39829815 <link>playingforchange.com/ </link> <BR> ECE943 sent this video to me. I thought the rest of you would enjoy it as well. Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:08:46 EST Republicans want to redefine Rape! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x39605445 I just heard about a horrible GOP bill that could redefine rape and set women's rights back by decades. <BR> <BR> Here's the deal: Right now, federal dollars can't be used for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or when the woman's life is in danger. But the bill, introduced by Republican congressman Chris Smith, would narrow that use to "cases of 'forcible' rape but not statutory or coerced rape." <BR> <BR> By this new definition, drugging a woman and having intercourse with her, whi... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 11:46:16 EST Please add your name ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x39108865 ... for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords <BR> <BR> <link>pol.moveon.org/giffordsgetwell/?id=2<BR>5793-17366148-Ubqv5Gx&t=1 </link> <BR> <BR> TIA, <BR> Carli Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:03:00 EST tax cuts for the wealthy, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x38359731 Last night, Rep. Weiner, the Democratic congressman from NY, and a woman member of Congress from Chicago were talking about the proposed tax changes. She talked about the need to give a cost of living increase to those on social security. All I could think is when are we going to stop spending more than we have. I feel like we're a family that heads for the mall every time we can't pay the power bill. Granted, the top 1% are the hogs at the trough, the military budget is destroying us, etc... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 09:26:06 EST fighting the holiday blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x38243883 This time of year has always been hard for me emotionally. My parents separated a week before Christmas and for years I associated it with conflicted feelings. Once I had children, I tried to share their joy and cover up my feelings. Flash forward, my mom is now in a nursing home and dying of cancer. SO--I'm asking those of you who also struggle with the holidays to share what you do to make it a good time. Knowing we are all in this together helps. Thu, 2 Dec 2010 09:29:19 EST What are you thankful this year? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x38109775 I decided to make a list of 15 things I'm grateful for in my personal life. Now, I want those of us who care about liberal politics to make a similar list. So what changes are you grateful for this year? My choice will be the passing of the health care bill that was far from what I wanted, but a wonderful start. Wed, 24 Nov 2010 16:36:35 EST Drone Warfare http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x38036455 It's the economy, Stupid! <BR> <BR> We as a nation are so focused on jobs, jobs, jobs that we seem to have let the little things like torture, extra-judicial rendition and the killing of civilians fall off the national map. <BR> <BR> A little about what the CIA has been up to while we've been dithering about health care and the economy: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJwFk9UFc0M </link> Sat, 20 Nov 2010 14:13:39 EST EMERGENCY Petition ... or ... Here we go again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x37872693 Take a deep breath. The Huffington Post and CNN reported this morning that President Obama is ready to cave again to Republicans -- this time on the Bush tax cuts he campaigned against in 2008. <BR> <BR> As Republicans boast that their #1 priority is to defeat Obama in 2012, we've seen nothing but capitulation and talk of "compromise" from the President since Election Day. <BR> <BR> It's time for us to ask: President Obama, ARE YOU KIDDING? Fight the Republicans already! <BR> <BR> <link>... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 16:27:53 EST Reducing the Federal Budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x37732043 I'm SURE we will be hearing a great deal about this subject in the coming weeks and months. I have some thoughts on how we could start a movement toward that effort right here on this team. My suggestion is that we bombard the members of congress--both houses, with requests for them to forgo their pensions and federally provided health care. I realize this would just be a gesture toward reducing the budget, but a gesture which would assure citizens that the coming cuts would not ALL be on the... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 13:13:40 EST The election http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x37493896 OK, all of you political junkies out there who are fed up with hearing lies about what's been happening since Obama was elected. Let's vow to vote and to encourage anyone who shares any of our liberal beliefs to vote. Whatever your hot button issue is, bring it up and talk about what will happen if the Republicans take over Congress. For me, it is healthcare and the cost of coverage for my daughter who has a pre-existing condition. Let's not let the commentators defines the term define ho... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 20:51:17 EST Take your tea with a healthy dose of irony http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x37226791 <link>www.smirkingchimp.com/print/31807 </link> <BR> <BR> "In 2003, the top subsidy-sucking state, in percentage terms, was red-lite New Mexico, which received $1.99 in federal money for every dollar it sent to Washington, D.C. All the next eight net recipients of federal spending were redder yet: Kentucky, Virginia, Montana, Alabama, North Dakota, West Virginia, Mississippi and Alaska, which received $1.60 to $1.89 back for each tax dollar. The list of net losers in the state-federal exc... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 14:04:31 EST Donald Duck Meets Glenn Beck http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x37078090 A remixed cartoon that's pretty well done. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfuwNU0jsk0 </link> <BR> <BR> An interesting way to spend a few Sunday minutes. Sun, 3 Oct 2010 11:57:23 EST GOP presidential contenders belong to Faux News http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x37062293 "C-SPAN Political Editor Steve Scully said that when C-SPAN tried to have Palin on for an interview, he was told he had to first get Fox’s permission — which the network, citing her contract, ultimately denied. Producers at NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC all report similar experiences." <BR> <BR> The top GOP contenders for 2012 Presidential elections are all contractually obligated to Fox. What does this say about our "democracy?" <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.politico.com/news/stories/... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 13:53:47 EST Interesting Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x37060332 <link>blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/10<BR>/01/florida-tea-partys-marco-rubio-acc<BR>epts-endorsement-from-pro-slavery-advocate/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is more examples that these people are NUTS! Sat, 2 Oct 2010 11:52:11 EST Interesting Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x37060257 I have posted this on a couple of other teams, but I just needed to share. More examples that these people are NUTS! <BR> <BR> <link>blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/10<BR>/01/fl orida-tea-partys-marco-rubio-accepts-e ndorsement-from-pro-slavery-advocate/ </link> Sat, 2 Oct 2010 11:48:42 EST What are you doing to help elect liberals in Nov. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x36954882 I've been going around my precinct handing out campaign literature. Since I live in Illinois, we are fighting to keep Obama's senate seat Democratic as well as to hang on to the governor's seat after Blagovich's shameful removal from office. So far, only one "Reagan democrat" has attacked me. In answer to his criticism, today I signed a petition for abortion to included as an option for those who are in high-risk pools for insurance under the new health care proposals. Mon, 27 Sep 2010 15:13:28 EST Week in review September 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x36558231 Listening to the President on Labor Day fired me up to start doing something to keep the Democrats in power. The coming midterm election in Illinois will be to choose the Senator who will take Obama's former seat. The symbolic value of keeping that seat is tremendous, yet the race is currently even. <BR> Listening to the governor of Arizona "debate" was sobering. Obviously, the ability to express ideas in a coherent manner is no longer necessary since she leads in the polls. <BR> How are... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 10:25:11 EST week in review August 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x36336648 <BR> I don't know how many of you live near or have visited the Gulf Coast. My family went there on vacation twice. This week, I watched footage about the little help that has reached some people even now, the mistreatment by police during the days after Katrina, and the continuing problem of the oil spill. Why has the media focused on the area without a similar response by the government? It would be easy to blame racism, but the former chief of police was African-American. <BR> John Stewar... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 17:20:57 EST Prop 8 Overturned!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x35850509 It's about time!!! <BR> This judge is my new hero! <BR> <BR> http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/08/04/<BR>prop-8-californias-same-sex-marriage-b<BR>an-ruled-unconstitution/?icid=main|htm<BR>lws-main-w|dl1|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.<BR>politicsdaily.com%2F2010%2F08%2F04%2Fp<BR>rop-8-californias-same-sex-marriage-ba<BR>n-ruled-unconstitution%2F Wed, 4 Aug 2010 23:45:57 EST Forced to be an illegal immigrant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x35800352 “I have been forced to live with my parents for the majority of my life, otherwise I would have left the nation a long time ago by myself, had I known I would have been sent to jail,” he says. “I was forced to be an illegal immigrant because I could not leave my parents." <BR> <BR> <link>www.truth-out.org/student-deported-w<BR>ith-his-family-inspires-dream-act-amen<BR>dment61938 </link> <BR> <BR> Heartbreaking. But there is a solution... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 21:16:39 EST Beck discovers the 60's Weathermen ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x35749373 <link>rawstory.com/rs/2010/0730/beck-homer<BR>-simpson-weathermen/ </link> <BR> <BR> Of course he was about 6 when all this was going on ... this guy could spin a box of corn flakes into a conspiracy ... the man is an IDIOT! Sat, 31 Jul 2010 13:09:22 EST Faux should NOT have a front row seat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x35689738 Please vote ASAP for NPR and against FOX: <BR> <BR> <link>act.credoaction.com/campaign/fox_or_<BR>npr/?r_by=-1960250-pEWDI4x&rc=mailto1 </link> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 13:42:21 EST ACLU Quiz http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x35525144 Some of this is specific to Washington State but it's awfully informative: <BR> <BR> <link>wa.aclu.org/site/PageServer?pagename<BR>=WA_gov_surv_quiz </link> Tue, 20 Jul 2010 14:41:41 EST Israel and Palestine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x35403203 <link>www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-octob<BR>er-28-2009/exclusive---anna-baltzer---<BR>mustafa-barghouti-extended-interview-p<BR>t--1?xrs=share_fb </link> <BR> <BR> This interview was on Jon Stewart awhile back. People who work to find a way for enemies to get along without war fascinate me. Wed, 14 Jul 2010 11:44:17 EST Extension of unemployment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x35055800 As one of the many laid-off workers who is over 60, I am frustrated by the inability of Congress to pass an extension of unemployment benefits. In the 11 months since I was laid off, I have had 2 job interviews. The unemployment rate in my county is 10.9%. The only available jobs are part-time and minimum wage. Sun, 27 Jun 2010 09:39:38 EST Blackwater http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x34982401 The U.S. State Department, led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, just awarded Blackwater an 18-month contract worth $120 million to guard U.S. consulates in Afghanistan. <BR> <BR> Remember, Blackwater was kicked out of Iraq by the Iraqi government after Blackwater mercenaries massacred 17 civilians in Baghdad's al-Nissor Square. And that was simply the most notorious example of Blackwater acting in a manner that respected neither common decency nor American national interest. <BR> <B... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 12:03:42 EST Help me. I am drowning fast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x34884104 <link>act.credoaction.com/campaign/disney_<BR>discovery/?rc=fb_share2 </link> Fri, 18 Jun 2010 13:05:36 EST putting the oil spill in perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x34878380 <link>www.ifitwasmyhome.com/ </link> <BR> ECE 343 sent this link to me about the oil spill. It helped me visualize what the scope of the disaster is better than any discussion. Fri, 18 Jun 2010 08:53:41 EST Fun with English http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x34737310 <BR> Did you know that the words "race car" spelled backwards still spell "race car"? <BR> <BR> That "eat" is the only word that, if you take the 1st letter and move it to the last, spells its past tense, "ate"? <BR> <BR> And if you rearrange the letters in "so-called tea party Republicans," and add just a few more letters, it spells: "Shut up you free-loading, progress-blocking, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, violent, hypocrites, and face the fact that you nearly wrecked the countr... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 12:26:03 EST The Bush Administ ration's Experiments on Detainee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x34644358 Not only were terrorism suspects tortured, they were also used as human guinea pigs, a new report alleges. <BR> <BR> <link>motherjones.com/politics/2010/06/bus<BR>h-administration-experimented-detainee<BR>s-phr-report </link> <BR> <BR> The War Crimes Act was watered down under the Bush Administration in an effort to protect CIA agents, among others, from prosecution as war criminals. <BR> <BR> Physicians for Human Rights has written a paper regarding this horrifying practice and conclu... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 11:55:24 EST Way to go! Get 'em with Holy Water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x34381007 I thought we could use a little levity, so when I heard this little titbit on my local news, I had to look up the whole poop and post it ... note that the Teacher's Union in Pompano, CA is saying it's now believed the incident didn't take place exactly as originally reported (another story link) ... <BR> <link>blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/juice/201<BR>0/05/holy_water_splash_leads_to_rel.php </link> <BR> <BR> I wonder, tho ... wouldn't this be considered a sacrilegious use of holy water by t... Tue, 25 May 2010 18:23:12 EST Elena Kagan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x34172375 <link>my.barackobama.com/kaganforjustice-F<BR>BS </link> <BR> <BR> Have all of you shown your support for her? If not, please do. Sun, 16 May 2010 09:34:48 EST code words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x34060015 At a recent party, I was talking with a teacher who said he was had moved to another town so that his 5-year-old would have a chance to go to a school where the students "did better on standardized tests." I got angry listening to him. Why not just say I want my kid to grow up in a nearly all-white, richer community? The town he moved to has few minorities and even less poor people. He might counter that I had no place to criticize since I sent my own kids to Catholic schools. However, I s... Tue, 11 May 2010 09:17:01 EST What is going on in Arizona? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x33850651 <link> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/30/ar<BR>izona-ethnic-studies </link> <BR> <BR> How can a state that so recently was part of Mexico be so close-minded about people who speak Spanish? What are they thinking? Sun, 2 May 2010 10:41:34 EST banking reform http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x33759162 Please contact your representatives in Congress about the proposed banking reform. The whole situation shows how much money is controlling politics. We need to let them know that we won't vote for them if they don't stand up against the banking industry. Wed, 28 Apr 2010 09:41:27 EST Jon Stewart and Bill Moyer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x33686407 <link>www.nytimes.com/2010/04/24/arts/tele<BR>vision/24stewart.html </link> <BR> <BR> I love Stewart's hits on the inaccuracy of Fox news. Bill Moyer announced this week that he is leaving his show which will force me to find another discussion show to watch. I'm really going to miss him. What do you watch? Sun, 25 Apr 2010 12:54:52 EST Earth Day plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x33616938 My husband just asked me about making our own detergent.(This is a man who has been griping about recycling.) If Earth Day is finally getting to him, what are your plans for change? I'm going to give up my daily cup of coffee out of a styrofoam cup at the Y. I'll be drinking out of the fountain. It's not much, but it will add up over a year's time. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 09:13:44 EST disparity of income and social problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x33524103 My daughter's boyfriend sent me this article. It has an interesting take on the link between disparity in income and social problems. The most disturbing graphs concern mental illness and longevity. Sun, 18 Apr 2010 14:59:23 EST Good, Great, and Ugly ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x33390537 Good: TBS outfoxes FOX and is giving Conan the 11pm slot come November, ahead of Geo Lopez. Evidently the Faux deal did not guarantee Conan his "own show" free from network bias ... <BR> <BR> Good: Ukraine says it will get rid of ALL its nukes, materials, (this is huge -- that is where one of the largest unsecured sites is located) <BR> <BR> Ugly: Secy of State for the Vatican Announces the reason for pedophilia in the Church is not the fault of the rule of sexual abstinence, but the pr... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 19:06:06 EST Confederate history month? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x33288529 Is it just me or is racism increasing? Maybe it's just the final gasp of a dying way of life. Hard for some people to accept the new reality of an African-American President, a Latina Supreme Court justice, a woman Speaker of the House? I suppose it could make you long for the good old days if you were a white man in the South. Thu, 8 Apr 2010 09:18:08 EST Now Billboards!!! Big Bucks going to attack us! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x33179387 <link>thinkprogress.org/2010/04/02/anti-ob<BR>ama-billboards/ </link> <BR> <BR> check out also the related links below the short article ... a friend of mine emailed me asking if this was an April Fool's thing, she was so blown away by it ... I told her unfortunately not -- Amanda Terkel is a well known blogger/journalist with high ed. credentials & has worked for some major lawmakers. Sat, 3 Apr 2010 18:05:02 EST 28th Amendment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x33164556 <BR> This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree, please pass it on. <BR> <BR> An idea whose time has come <BR> <BR> For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they didn't pay into Social Security, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for s... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 22:35:43 EST police brutality http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x33149156 <link>www.viewfromtheground.com/wp-content<BR>/media/ktp/kicking_the_pigeon.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> A long article that details abuses in the Chicago Public Housing by the police. Worth the time it takes to read. As someone who used to work in the State's Attorney's office, I came to know many good officers. The actions by these officers reminded me of what I've read about during the Holocaust. Fri, 2 Apr 2010 09:21:45 EST Denouncing bad behavior http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x33053631 Bad behavior is bad behavior. I don't care what side it comes from. I live in Texas and there is a lot of it here. My new thing when someone sends me some mean spirited and usually politically slanted email or information is to simply denounce the bad behavior, not the topic. Mon, 29 Mar 2010 15:21:43 EST social justice v. Glenn Beck http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x32977805 This is the best explanation of the meaning of social justice I've read by a Protestant theologian. I am Catholic, but he expresses the Church's teaching on social justice with great clarity. <BR> <BR> <link>blog.sojo.net/2010/03/24/what-glenn-<BR>beck-doesnt-understand-about-biblical-<BR>social-justice/ </link> Fri, 26 Mar 2010 09:18:21 EST Hi ... Figured y'all could use another member ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30078x32947749 So here I am. Have any ov you seen Palin's tweet and target/map on facebook? It's all over the news. What do ýou think about (was it moveon (?) petition for the GOP to denounce all the facist, racist, bigoted, incendiary stuff??? <BR> <BR> I was going to sign it, then thought ... maybe not ... a lot of our problem has been these wingnuts hiding behind political correctness. Let them slit their own throats by showing their "true colors" huh? That would be white white white .... oh so bli... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:27:55 EST Help Limbaugh remember to leave the country http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x32912818 He really needs to keep his promise. <BR> <link>blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/03<BR>/22/help-rush-limbaugh-remember-to-lea<BR>ve-the-country/ </link> Tue, 23 Mar 2010 17:25:30 EST Rep. Anthony Weiner of NY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x32884656 Oh, I love this guy. Check out his speech concerning medicare/social security privatization and a fake document supposedly circulated by the Democrats. Plain talk for once. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMRl8XrWLQo </link> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC7yR_tVc64 </link> Mon, 22 Mar 2010 16:46:42 EST health care bill http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x32856532 A good explanation of what's been going on while we've waited for today's historic vote. Let's keep on praying it finally passes. Sun, 21 Mar 2010 14:28:30 EST The Good Old Days - B.O. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x32834158 While the Reactionary Right goes into hyper-froth over the Healthcare bill... let's make a little return to yesteryear... when THIS is what we had for political leadership: <BR> <BR> "He was a state sponsor of terror. In other words, the government had declared, you are a state sponsor of terror." --President George W. Bush, on Saddam Hussein <BR> <BR> "I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here." <BR> -- GWB at the President's Economic Forum in Waco,... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 12:03:33 EST Republican values in Texas textbooks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x32661605 <link>www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/education<BR>/13texas.html </link> <BR> <BR> After the vote, Ms. Knight said, “The social conservatives have perverted accurate history to fulfill their own agenda.” Sat, 13 Mar 2010 11:00:03 EST Palin making a serious third party bid? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x32645983 I belong to a number of on-line survey sites... one of them sent one to me yesterday and I want to say it was Harris Polling so it wasn't like a group you've never heard of... <BR> <BR> They were asking about presidential preferences for 2012 and... get THIS: <BR> <BR> They wanted to know the likelihood of me voting for... I am dead serious about this... <BR> <BR> DICK CHEYNEY as the Republican candidate for President <BR> <BR> SARAH PALIN as the TEA PARTY CANDIDIATE or <BR> <BR> Ba... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 15:59:14 EST patrick kennedy on the war in Afghanistan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x32610579 <link>news.bostonherald.com/news/politics/<BR>view/20100311patrick_kennedy_rants_on_<BR>press_as_despicable/srvc=home&position=5 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I couldn't agree more. When will we focus on what matters? Lives are being lost daily. Thu, 11 Mar 2010 10:35:50 EST Census http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x32587032 census <BR> -noun <BR> 1. <BR> an official enumeration of the population, with details as to age, sex, occupation, etc. <BR> 2. <BR> (in ancient Rome) the registration of citizens and their property, for purposes of taxation. <BR> –verb (used with object) <BR> 3. <BR> to take a census of (a country, city, etc.): The entire nation is censused every 10 years. <BR> <BR> <em>749</em> <em>749</em> <em>749</em> <em>749</em> <em>749</em> <em>749</em> <em>749</em> <em>749</em> <em>749</em> ... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 13:07:11 EST privacy issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x32261285 My daughter discovered that if she put my granddaughter's name in a search on the web, my spark page came up. It can also be done by entering my spark name. No password is needed to enter the page even though I had set my spark page to "friends only." After she discovered this, I went through my blogs and removed everyone's names and my granddaughter's photos. A word to the wise. Fri, 26 Feb 2010 08:57:38 EST Obama's facebook page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x32208781 http://www.slate.com/id/2243733/ <BR> <BR> You may want to post to it. Wed, 24 Feb 2010 10:54:22 EST Hollywood and sex appeal in older women http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30078x32108511 I just saw the movie "Crazy Heart" with Jeff Bridges. While I loved the movie, I am tired of seeing girls with older men. His love interest was played by Maggie Guylenhall who is only 33. He is 60. Why not cast someone like Sandra Bullock who is 46? Or Meg Ryan who is 39? Or even go out on a limb and cast a 50-year-old? How much older does the guy have to be? Sat, 20 Feb 2010 18:02:43 EST Tis Moi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x30078x32108353 I do believe you are a Bounty Hunter . . . HUGS <em>220</em> Sat, 20 Feb 2010 17:54:40 EST smoking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x32099822 I've been watching a lot of old movies lately where all of the characters smoke. Which has me thinking about when we decided that smoking was wrong, but drinking was okay. People still drink in movies, right? Did anyone ever kill someone driving and smoking? Do people beat their wives because they had too many cigarettes? Just asking because I am still smoking, but feeling guilty. Sat, 20 Feb 2010 10:31:21 EST filibuster http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x32032179 Wouldn't it be nice if the Dems could hang on to our majority and get something done? I think it's time to let the threatened filibusters happen. Wed, 17 Feb 2010 14:12:37 EST Public Agrees with Democrats on most issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x31944372 An interesting comparison of the popularity of various issues comparing the Democrats position with the public's opinions. <BR> <BR> http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/02/r<BR>epublicans-not-obama-more-often-on.html Sun, 14 Feb 2010 10:56:08 EST political wives http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x31825915 What is with Elizabeth Edwards and Mrs. Sanford going on TV to tell all about their husbands? I realize that their husbands are the one who should be ashamed of their behavior, but shouldn't the mothers want to protect their children from further humiliation? Having been raised in a family where a similar situation was involved, I am ever so thankful my mother didn't broadcast her side of the story to the world. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 14:29:02 EST Retards? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x31819759 After watching both Stephen Colbert and John Stewart last night, I felt disgusted by the total lack of empathy concerning hurtful labels. Why is it still okay to use words like retard? I have tried since my own kids were little to get them to realize they shouldn't use words that hurt other people. Are we all so unable to express ourselves that we have to use words like that? Lewis Black came closest to expressing my view. It may be harder to think of another word when frustrated by some... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 10:56:42 EST Healthcare protests, my solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x27512822 Well, well and well again. Seems that the anti-healthcare reform clowns have made a bit of a tactical error. Instead of having folks sign up to find out when they are holding events, they post when one of their little protests is called for and even gave addresses for Representatives so that picketers can go harass them one day this summer. I say it's time to counter their phony protests by showing up in SUPPORT of meaningful healthcare reform. Here's their website, look up your Rep. And... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 01:07:25 EST Should Burqas be banned? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x26500443 It's a heated debate in France -and in the Netherlands too. <BR> What are your opinions? <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/22/sa<BR>rkozy-burqas-are-not-we_n_218920.html </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Jun 2009 15:41:17 EST healthcare reform analysis by Bill Clinton http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x26245387 Interesting opinion by Bill Clinton. Hope we can get real reform soon. <link>www.nytimes.com/2009/06/12/us/politi<BR>cs/12baker.html?_r=1 </link> Thu, 11 Jun 2009 14:33:42 EST Picnic time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x25793570 Here is a new form of protest against supermarkets and their gross profits. Supermarkets have been imposing their prices on producers and farmers who have to lower their qualities to make a tiny profit when they're not forced to go belly-up (the case for milk producers right now) while supermarkets haven't ceased to raise their prices: <BR> <BR> <link>www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/25<BR>/france-picnic-protests-appel-pioche </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks to a flaw in our civil code, "... Mon, 25 May 2009 09:16:07 EST Gun buyback http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x25417336 We (my significant half and I) watched a very interesting program last evening on TV about "Gun buyback" program held in some American cities. <BR> <BR> Being peace activists and against guns, we were thrilled to hear it, but -there is a but- we couldn't stop wondering what this program really hides. <BR> <BR> Is it a way to go around the law allowing American citizens to own guns (If I'm not mistaken Obama wanted to do something about guns)? <BR> Isn't it another way to disarm Americans ... Sun, 10 May 2009 07:23:00 EST SUPREME COURT NOMINATION? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x25350322 It's been very quiet here. Maybe this will wake y'all up. <BR> <BR> Who do you want to see Obama appoint to the Court? I agree that it would be cool to see another woman there. He won't have to go "far left" for this appointment --- so the repiglicans can put up a squawk instead of a real fight. <BR> <BR> But for his 2nd appointment I'd love to see Jonathan Turley! Thu, 7 May 2009 10:38:25 EST Tea-bagging? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x24960409 Could anyone explain what those protesters want? <BR> <BR> I saw interviews of some "tea-baggers" on TV, but protesters don't seem to make sense, even our reporters couldn't really analyze what the protest was about -same for the journalist from BBC. <BR> To me it sounds very individualistic with no real agenda, ... I just kind of get that they want less taxes -like every citizen in the world- while some asked for more security and army (I might miss the point, but army is a huge budget, thu... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 09:33:36 EST IT'S UP TO US http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x24848889 SPAIN has declined to take the monkey off our back. It is up to us (or U.S.) to do it. <BR> I plan to put pressure on my Senators & Congressmen to do what they should do without anyone asking. <BR> <BR> NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW -- <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/16/sp<BR>anish-attorney-general-_n_187712.html </link> Sun, 19 Apr 2009 19:16:48 EST DO THE RIGHT THING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x24789722 I'm glad Obama released the torture memos, but I am angry that he is STILL refusing to prosecute people who broke our laws and international agreements ... PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO from my brother, KEITH OLBERMANN <BR> <BR> <link>2politicaljunkies.blogspot.com/2009/<BR>04/keith-olbermanns-special-comment.html </link> Fri, 17 Apr 2009 08:45:01 EST VIOLATIONS MUST BE PUNISHED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x24651726 "RULES MUST BE BINDING. VIOLATIONS MUST BE PUNISHED. WORDS MUST MEAN SOMETHING." <BR> <BR> These are the words Obama used when condemning the actions of N. Korea's rocket launch. And he is right. <BR> <BR> -----------BUT------------ <BR> <BR> Why should any other country pay attention to us as long as we don't follow these sentiments in our own country? Bush, Cheney, and the administration broke the rules of the Geneva convention. It does not matter that Bush's lawyers said it was OK --- t... Sun, 12 Apr 2009 16:24:25 EST MSNBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x24085217 While I love listening to Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, I am appalled by the garbage MSNBC is putting on like the special on Charles Manson,etc. Why don't they clean up their act? Am I the only one who turns this stuff off? It's embarrassing to call this station my favorite news source when they put on such sensational stories. Tue, 24 Mar 2009 13:12:21 EST 10 things you should know about Obama's plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x23374975 <BR> Just in case you don't know, here it is: <BR> <BR> The plan <BR> <BR> 1. Makes a $634 billion down payment on fixing health care that will go a long way toward paying for a more efficient, more affordable health care system that covers every single American. <BR> <BR> 2. Reduces taxes for 95% of working Americans. And if your family makes less than $250,000, your taxes won't go up one dime. <BR> <BR> 3. Invests more than $100 billion in clean energy technology, creating milli... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 17:25:58 EST Inside the mind of a white supremacist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x23202494 Sorry I haven't been active. I've had no free time at all. <BR> <BR> In case you don't already know, I'm a writer for the Examiner.com, and here's my latest installment of a story I'm working on. White supremacists have recently hit a neighborhood near me with flyers. <BR> <BR> <link>www.examiner.com/x-2133-North-Denver<BR>-Real-Estate-Examiner~y2009m2d23-White<BR>-supremacists-target-North-Denver-neig<BR>hborhood-part-two </link> Tue, 24 Feb 2009 08:44:32 EST Let's boycott NY Post sponsors http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x23144293 By now, I suspect we've all heard about the hideously racist cartoon run in the New York Post last week, likening President Obama to a chimpanzee. The Post has refused to retract or apologize for this blatant, ugly bigotry. <BR> <BR> Over on the Obama 2012 board, we're organizing a boycott of sponsors of the New York Post unless they pull their sponsorship. Here's the list: <BR> <BR> Jetblue <BR> Netflix <BR> pef.org <BR> Bravo <BR> Saab <BR> Sprint <BR> Chevy <BR> AARP <BR> HP <BR... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 13:15:00 EST WAS THOMAS JEFFERSON A PROPHET? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x22812228 SELECTED QUOTES FROM T.J. <BR> <BR> When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe,we shall become as corrupt as Europe . <BR> <BR> <BR> The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. <BR> <BR> It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world. <BR> <BR> The strongest reason for the people to ret... Wed, 11 Feb 2009 12:41:33 EST WANT SOME ICE CREAM? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x22767723 Ben & Jerry created "Yes Pecan!" ice cream flavor in honor of Barack Obama. They then asked customers to fill in the blank to the following statement: For George W. we created "_______." Here are some of their favorite responses: <BR> <BR> Grape Depression <BR> Abu Grape <BR> Cluster Fudge <BR> Nut'n Accomplished <BR> Iraqi Road <BR> Chock 'n' Awe <BR> Wiretapioca <BR> Im Peach Cobbler <BR> Guantanamallow <BR> Im Peach Mint <BR> Heck of a job Brownie <BR> Neoconpolitan <BR> Rocky Road to Fas... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 08:38:11 EST Not so perky! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x22600363 Is anybody else as thrilled as I am that Obama has clamped down on executive perks and "golden parachutes" for companies getting bailout money? I have no desire whatever to see my tax money go for corporate jets, trips to Vegas, etc. <BR> <BR> Bravo Obama -- I like him better every day. Wed, 4 Feb 2009 22:34:56 EST Where did everyone go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x22592090 I realize I should have started a new topic rather than continuing discourse on the introductory thread. <BR> <BR> So here is my new thread.....where are u? <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 4 Feb 2009 17:37:25 EST VICTORY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x22519342 WAR IS EVIL <BR> <BR> <link>www.alternet.org/story/123818/iraq%2<BR>7s_shocking_human_toll%3A_about_1_mill<BR>ion_killed%2C_4.5_million_displaced%2C<BR>_1-2_million_widows%2C_5_million_orphans/ </link> <BR> <BR> ALWAYS WAS - ALWAYS WILL BE Mon, 2 Feb 2009 16:27:39 EST It was bound to happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x22463539 President Obama has few fans more vocal than me, but I knew that sooner or later he'd take a stand I couldn't possibly agree with. He's for the Steelers today, I'm for the Cardinals. Sun, 1 Feb 2009 00:35:52 EST Quiz! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x22434465 <link>www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/27/cong<BR>ress.freshmen.quiz/index.html </link> <BR> <BR> I got a whooping 2 out of 10, and each one was a stab in the dark! Fri, 30 Jan 2009 22:37:08 EST Sasha's look-a-like? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x22423600 <link>www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/homestyle/01<BR>/30/first.daughter.models/index.html </link> <BR> <BR> I know I must be missing it somewhere, but I'm having a hard time finding the resemblance. <BR> I dont mean the hair styles. I mean around the eyes, especially. <BR> The model is adorable, but.. where am I missing it? <BR> Fri, 30 Jan 2009 15:22:27 EST This is getting silly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x22403665 I cannot buy everything that has any combination of Obama, Michelle and the girls on it! I have neither the money nor the space -- which doesn't keep me from rather badly wanting to. <BR> <BR> I am a sensible, mature (okay, middle aged) woman. I do not -- DO NOT -- have a hormonal teenage crush on the President of the United States. If I keep repeating that enough, I might convince myself (if no one else). <BR> Thu, 29 Jan 2009 23:23:42 EST Wish I could be there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x22391660 He will gallantly and courteously FLATTEN her! <BR> <BR> <link>news.aol.com/political-machine/2009/<BR>01/29/sarah-palin-and-barack-obama-to-<BR>face-off-at-alfalfa-club-dinner/?icid=<BR>100214839x1217889615x1201200939 </link> Thu, 29 Jan 2009 16:11:30 EST Obama signs Ledbetter Fair Pay Act http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x22388119 <link>news.aol.com/political-machine/2009/<BR>01/29/obamas-signs-first-law-the-ledbe<BR>tter-fair-pay-act/?icid=100214839x1217<BR>509607x1201200939 </link> Thu, 29 Jan 2009 14:18:02 EST Stimulate me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x22371654 In time, we will see the worth of our vote. I am in a mode of apprehension for the moment. Watching the Republican Party toss it’s cookies all over the place. Why? Because they can’t control the money! Have you noticed the sleight of hand, they think their old time magic might work here, the condescending asses really disturb me. We have had eight years of “Reagan Trickling Down” economics, and it has not worked any better now that it worked in the eighties! Now the Republicans are ye... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 02:36:56 EST Introduce yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x22355014 Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Wendy. I'm a child of hippies who grew up with views quite left of the mainstream. I would have love to have seen Dennis Kucinich become our President, but I knew that wasn't possible, so I became an avid Obama supporter. <BR> <BR> I am strongly convinced that the George Bushes (Jr., Sr. and the rest of the clan) are the worst things to ever happen to this country. I'm a freelance writer, which means this economy is taking a real hit on my wallet. I live in b... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 15:52:22 EST Disagree but be respectful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x22354743 We are here to express our opinions. Sometimes we will disagree. Please be respectful. No personal attacks will be allowed. <BR> <BR> Wendy Wed, 28 Jan 2009 15:45:13 EST Welcome to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x22354483 This is a team about discussion and debate. I hope we get lively and controversial. That's the entire point. Let's talk about the great things that are happening, and let's feel free to air our grievances. People on the right are welcome, but be prepared, you will likely be ambushed (in a respectful way). <BR> <BR> The only thing I ask is that you please be respectful. Personal attacks will not be allowed under any circumstances. <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Jan 2009 15:38:22 EST Thanks Goddess http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30078x22350710 Thanks for creating this, hopefully we'll be able to vent without fear of repercussion! Wed, 28 Jan 2009 13:47:03 EST