Thursday, December 23, 2010

GIVING TZEDAKAH (Donating to charity)

The idea of buying multiple gifts with unbridled abandon for everyone you know (it seems) during the holiday season has made the season a reason for joy....for business owners who hope you won't catch on to the profusion and confusion of deals which may or may not be justifiable when you are faced with the resulting bills later on.
It seems to me a better way to deal with gift-giving (which shouldn't be the main activity of the holidays, but is) would be to use the time, money and energy to giving where it will do the most good, namely giving to those who are less fortunate than we are.

There are hundreds of ways and places to donate money, goods, or your time.   And there are honorable ways to make the donations.  I wince at those who donate but encompass the surrounding publicity.

And so I offer, by way of my nephew Stew, the following:
The 12th century Jewish "sage" Maimonedes published a guidleline called the "Eight Levels of Tzedakah", the higher the level the holier the act.
The eight levels are (in ascending order of "holiness"):

8. When donations are given grudgingly.

7. When one gives less than he/she should, but does so cheerfully.
6. When one gives directly to the poor upon being asked.

5. When one gives directly to the poor without being asked.

4. When the recipient is aware of the donor's identity, but the donor does not know the identity of the recipient.

3. When the donor is aware of the recipient's identity, but the recipient is unaware of the source.

2. When the donor and recipient are unknown to each other.

1. The highest form of charity is to help sustain a person before they become impoverished by offering a substantial gift in a dignified manner, or by extending a suitable loan, or by helping them find employment or establish themselves in business so as to make it unnecessary for them to become dependent on others.

Think about it as you give to those less fortunate this year.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

republicants are the real illegal aliens

The Dream Act failed, the First Responders Health Care  (Zadroga Bill) is stalled but the &#@kin' Republicans got their tax cut bill for the wealthy through.  How the electorate who voted for these absolute creeps can sleep at night or live with themselves is beyond comprehension.  It defies understanding.

Boehner gives as a reason to stall the bill (paraphrasing here):  It's too much work to accomplish between now and the week between Christmas and New Year's.  We have to let our staffs enjoy the Christian holiday period.

So, I hope the firefighters and police take a vote whether to respond to fires and/or break-ins at all your houses and decide that they need their time to celebrate the holiday and take off for a week.  Fend for yourselves, republicants.

And the Dream Act?  The specious labeling of it as "amnesty" is just another sleazy way of NOT DOING THE RIGHT THING!  Maybe all republicants should be deported.  After all, your ancestors were all illegal aliens!

The mothers of republicants must be spinning in their graves at what they have wrought!

Definition of republicants:  sleazebags needing power to feel important and looking backward to the 18th century for guidance; also, cold, heartless piss ants who hate anything and anyone not like them or thinking like them; found on the right side of the aisle in the US Congress with their hands out and leaning heavily into bundles of lobbyist money.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


I am diametrically opposed to most everything Republicans believe.  Because of that, they would label me anti-American, unpatriotic, not worthy of having representation in government by those who believe as I do.  They insist that their beliefs are the only true beliefs and those who do not embrace their view of government, religion or the world are socialists, communists, anarchists, atheists and any other "ists" they can throw into the mix.  They rail against everything I believe and insist I live my life as they would dictate. And so, I have come to not merely dislike them, but they have fostered a seething hatred of them and their view of me.  They have invaded the media with their virulent mouthings backed by little or no intelligence and a totally misguided view of life.

This deep hatred of all things different (religion, skin color, sexual orientation, political bent, etc) is shared by most Republicans and TP's (not all*.) (*There are actually some Republicans I have a great deal of respect for but they are few and far between.)  They have declared war on people of color, Hispanics, the poor, the middle class, the children, the elderly,  the sick and women.  They seek to monetarily enhance the corporations, the rich (read that as rich White people), their own politicians, and Big Pharma; to protect the military so we can muscle our way into other countries FOR NO REASON (unless they have oil), gun-toting lunatics, race-baiting nuts, fact-twisting megalomaniacal, vicious, contemptible talking heads masquerading as news people, etc. 

My beliefs as a liberal are no less important than they think their conservative views are.  They label a liberal-sponsored agenda with the most pejorative words simply because they don't agree with those ideas. The viciousness exhibited by Republicans and the like during the last election cycle and, indeed, from as soon as Barack Obama was elected was so blatant, it really made this country look like a second class nation.   So then, I contend that a conservative-sponsored agenda would bring this country down to its knees. If the Republicans get their way, it will be business as usual:  they will have their hands out to corporations, lobbyists, the rich, etc. They will tell you what you can and cannot do in the privacy of your own home, how to worship (They keep saying this is a Christian nation), they will rewrite history to suit their narrow view of life.

As a liberal, I believe in helping the downtrodden, the poor and the sick; in educating our young people (not depleting education funding),  protecting our shores, protecting our environment, health care for everyone, keeping religion as a private affair and out of the public domain, in having tolerance, showing empathy and sensitivity, acting with kindness and concern toward all living things, in personal freedom, in the Dream Act, repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, job creation, no discrimination, etc.  Republicans simply don't.  Shame on them.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Democrats did a lot of good

Even though the Democrats did not do well in the mid-term elections, they did a lot of good for the country.  A lot of ordinary, uninsured Americans will be guaranteed some kind of health care security they did not have before.  "If you have your health you have everything" will mean a lot more, except, of course, here in Arizona where the legislature cut off funding for life-saving transplants.  And even the TARP bailout, nasty as it seemed, averted another depression reminiscent of 1929.  They provided money so that families could be there when their fallen soldiers returned to US soil; provided more money for Veterans' Affairs to improve services;  ended Bush era "enhanced interrogation methods"; tax cuts for small business, etc.  The list goes on and on.  The Democrats and even some Republicans had to do some very unpopular stuff, also, in order to avert a complete collapse of the economy.  But voters just didn't see it that way.  Too dense, maybe?  Just not informed enough to understand?  Easier to listen to biting, untrue sound bites and think those were the salient points?  Yes, all of those.

And now, the Republicans want less government subsidies, except when it comes to farms, corporations, Medicare, etc.  They can't have it both ways but expect to.  The next Congress should be the circus of all circuses, proving once again that the less intelligent among us still reign!

Monday, November 15, 2010



Headlines from Huffpost:

"The anti-spending politicians who rake in farm subsidies":

"Tea Party senator-elect hires LOBBYIST to lead staff":

"John McCain tries to clarify wife's DADT reversal"
I guess Cindy McCain cannot speak for herself:

"Virginia Thomas steps down from tea party group Liberty Central"

The Stepford wives are back in line!!!!

"Neo Nazis rally in support of Arizona's SB1070 immigration bill":

 "McConnell backs earmark moratorium after requesting nearly $1 BILLION in pork"

 "John Ensign secured earmark nearing $1million from health care reform he opposed"

Republicans are this country's worst enemies.  Cut every service that helps ordinary Americans, cut money for every social service, cut money for public education, cut money for health care, but pour money into corporations, pour money into the military, start illegal and unnecessary wars to keep the military in business, send other people's children to war to get killed, squash human rights, make sure this country takes a gigantic step backward into the 18th century, treat women as chattel, lie about everything and deny everything, even in the face of absolute proof.

Ah, the Republican party.......a very large group now to be known as the dregs of the earth.

This country will get what they paid for.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Absolutely everything fades into the background, waaaaay back, when one hears the words:   "This is Dr. ____________'s office.  We have the results of your __________ and would like to discuss it with you."  The anxiety rush and the urge to vomit is overwhelming.

That was over a week ago.  I am now breathing a lot easier.  But the experience of hearing those words really brought a lot of things right back into focus.  The saying "If you have your health you have everything," never rang so true.  Politics, jobs, world news, all outside interests, incidents, and experiences do not mean a thing when the question of your own mortality comes into being.

I see the world a bit differently now, just because of the scare.  But, that's probably a good thing.  I've been pro-active when it comes to my health.  Now, I am more so.  I offer the usual caveats about eating right and exercising but I add that knowing them and not doing anything with that knowledge is foolhardy.  We have only one life.  Make it a good one.

Monday, October 4, 2010


It just leaves me speechless!  I can't begin to understand the deep bottomless pit of stupidity these people have jumped into. I'm talking about the tea party and their new coloring book for kids shown here: 

The information in the book is brought to you by idiots who never understood what they read about the original Boston Tea Party.  But why let the real facts get in the way.  Their mantra seems to be:  "Don't bother me with facts.  My mind's already made up."  And this crap is being peddled to kids, as in "indoctrination."  And for only $3.59!

There used to be reasonable, intelligent republicans (the word doesn't deserve a capital.)  That was a loooooooooog time ago.  These people have disappeared, replaced by screaming people spouting sound bites that they do not understand, garnered from vicious, vindictive, power-hungry, medieval-thinking nutcases who want to drag this country back into the 18th century socially but very eager to crawl over the backs of the average citizen to get back in power and stomp their boots on the necks of those who disagree with them.  They are eager to change the Constitution to suit their own needs and to hell with everyone else.  They just make me want to vomit.

There, that made me feel better..... for a moment. 

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Eva Cassidy - Imagine - by John Lennon

Eva Cassidy had a most extraorodinary voice.  I found this on YouTube and just had to share it.  This very gifted singer was taken from us much too soon.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Recent statistics have shown that violent crime is down considerably here in Arizona, way down.  Forget those headless bodies strewn all over the desert the unelected governor rants about.  Forget the rantings of the soon-to-be octogenarian, mindless AZ senator who thinks Arizona is the crime capital of the country.  Such news shows the complete worthlessness of these two who spit out moronic fear-mongering 'facts' as if they were  truth.  Falsehoods are in fashion in Arizona politics.  Put out the lies, let them do their work and brush off the real truths as nothing more than political jockeying.  Republicans wouldn't know TRUTH if it bit them in the ass!

The economy is showing signs of life.  Recent reports show an upswing.  It is gradual but it is happening.  So......... Republicans will take credit for it although it is patently absurd to think there is any way they can prove their involvement, or they will deny that it is actually happening and will trash it every chance they get.

Republicans are the party of "Anti" everything (except business and war), the party of dissent, criticism, pessimism, cynicism, with nothing positive to offer.  How they continue to exist is beyond comprehension.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


I cringe when I think of America now.  I cringe because people here are either insanely stupid, vicious, crackpots, intolerant, half-witted, boneheaded, easily led, unable to think critically, asinine, and/or dense.  After 8 years of this country being trashed and stomped to the ground by contemptuous Republicans  whose only thoughts were to lie us into war,  trample the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution, make sure Big Business and Big Pharma got as much money as possible while screwing the average person, and generally sinking the country into  a deep recession, the electorate is replete with imbeciles screaming that it's all the fault of Democrats because these massive problems haven't all been fixed already.

What, in god's name, do they want?  Like little spoiled brats these crazies are screaming, "I want it now!"  "I want everything to be fixed NOW!"  Like schoolyard bullies, they scream because things aren't going their way.  They keep screaming, "You lie" while they have perfected that action.  They deny, deny and deny even when the truth shows them lying.  They ignore the magnitude of the previous administrations screw-ups and blame them all on everyone else.  They are caustic, acerbic, sneering and derisive while offering absolutely nothing but screaming nasty epithets at anyone and anything that doesn't agree with them.

Republicans offer nothing but the same old tired crap.  They want to enrich their friends and keep the average American down.  They say things out of both sides of their collective mouths.  Their party is full of certifiable nuts.  They are the exact opposite of what this country is supposed to stand for:  freedom, democracy, tolerance.  And this group of crazies gets the most coverage through the MSM!  It's disgusting that they even exist.

Reasoned discourse has no place in their party.  They're against so many things that they have become the party of "Anti,"  anti-everything, unresponsive to the needs of the nation, damaging to the reputation of America as it is meant to be.

Republicans:  Take your balls and bats and go home and leave the fixing up of your mess to the grownup Democrats.

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Conservatives (read Republicans) are out of touch with humanity.  They don't give a damn about reasonable health care for everyone; they don't care about adequately funding education.  They want to cut every service to people who desperately need some help to survive just so the rich can have their tax breaks.  These are people who steal from the poor to give to the rich.  These are people who want a lot less government unless it has something to do with same-sex marriage, abortion or whatever the hell it is that people are doing in their bedrooms, then they want to stick their noses in WHERE THEY DON'T BELONG!

This state of Arizona is replete with people whose collective IQ is less than my age!  The unelected governor is a total embarrassment.  She has no command of the English language, she speaks poorly and appears to have no critical thinking skills.  She is a coward when it comes to answering questions.  She lies about things and when she gets caught and is asked about such things, she disappears behind closed doors.  She picks and chooses what she will answer.  Obviously she hasn't got the brains to think on her feet.  How can someone like Jan Brewer even think she is bright enough to get Arizona out of the mess it's in when she does not have the skills to think things through?

It is beyond comprehension that people actually would vote for such an unintelligent person.  She and Sarah Palin are cut from the same cloth:  2 individuals who have nothing substantive to offer except sound bites snatched from those really vicious radio beasties; 2 individuals who have no understanding of the complex issues facing the state and the country and who only repeat the crap they hear from the Conservative waste buckets.  Jan Brewer doesn't have a clue about how to improve the fortunes of Arizona.  God help this state if she is actually elected to the position of Governor for a full term.

At one time, Republicans had reasonable positions regarding fiscal issues and there was room to compromise for the good of the country.  Now, Republicans do not give a damn about the good of the country.  All they care about is trashing Democrats at every turn, thwarting anything and everything Democrats try to do even if it is a good thing for the country.  They are power hungry and want to crush all opposition.  They paint their opposition with scathing, vitriolic, and derisive words.  They do it viciously.  They want this country to be declared a Christian nation.  They want religious law to take precedence over the Constitution.  Tolerance and freedom are no longer in their vocabulary.  If they get their way this nation will be nothing but a third world country which will eventually erupt into class warfare.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Ah, the political idiots are out in force now.  The political "VOTE FOR ME" ads are polluting the airwaves with the most ridiculous claims.  Time after time, the talking heads say "I'm a businessman & have created thousands of jobs."  If all these guys running here in AZ created thousands of jobs why is unemployment here so high?

They promise to absolutely get things done.  "I will create jobs," "I will bring in more business,"  "I will see that the border is secure," "I will cut spending," "I will fund education, police, fire, health care, seniors, etc. and "I will........... (put in your favorite promise.)  They say these things as if each candidate, singlehandedly, will accomplish all these things. 

These people don't understand that they only get one vote, they have to play the political games and those games don't provide for independent thinking, they are supposed to read and understand all the issues, their own parties are so fractured, consensus is just not possible.

They can promise all they want.  That doesn't mean diddly.  Everyone promises but no one  states what or how they would attempt to "fix" the problem.  There is nothing to base a vote on because they all are hesitant to state what their positions are other than the stupid sound bites that get quoted..... nothing substantive.   And they are so intent on tearing down their opponents, all ads have been grossly negative.  Each one has done or said really nutty, questionable, or stupid things in their past and all of it is brought up by their opponents.  It's enough to make one vomit.  And so I mute the sound because I just cannot listen to the drivel.

Saturday, July 31, 2010


Why does anyone give a crap what that noodle brain, Hasselbeck, has to say?  In my opinion, she has dead meat for brains and no qualifications for commenting on anything other than her ability to eat bugs on a realty show.  Other than that, she has no background from which to offer anything other than her opinion.  And critical thinking skills do not come easily to her, if at all. Thousands of others have incredibley educated and professional backgrounds which would bring some intelligence to this program.  How come this little dipstick was chosen for the job?

Hmmmmmmmm, some of these comments could be directly applied to the quitter from Alaska!!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010


The two states I have lived in the longest were Massachusetts and Connecticut. As nutty as they were, the politicians in those states couldn't hold a candle to the asinine politicians here in Arizona.  When did treachery, sneakiness, deceit and just plain nastiness become the mantra by which this state is governed?  When did it become okay to lie and deceive with made-up facts?  Why is it okay to have people who didn't pay attention in their English classes and can't speak properly govern anyone?  Why is it okay to have people, who don't really seem to be able to hide their bigotry, in office where they can do much harm?  Why is it okay to have people in office who seem to have no idea what critical thinking skills are?  Why is it okay to parrot sound bites and expect everyone else to think you know what the hell you're talking about?  When did the word, compromise, become a derogatory term?

Why does it bother me so?  I suppose it bothers me because I come from a place where fairness, common courtesy, intelligence, compromise, integrity, honesty, compassion, understanding and a willingness to seek common ground were part of my upbringing.  I see very little of that here, in Arizona politics.  And those traits are sorely needed in dealing with the myriad problems facing everyone.

Do I have a solution?  Maybe requiring an intelligence test and sensitivity training for all potential candidates might be a start!

Saturday, June 26, 2010


Jan Brewer, the unelected governor of Arizona, has been quoted as stating that most illegal immigrants crossing into the state are being used to bring drugs across the border.  She says they're ostensibly coming to look for work but end up being used as drug smugglers by the drug rings.

 She was quoted as saying: "I believe today, under the circumstances that we're facing, that the majority of the illegal trespassers that are coming into the state of Arizona are under the direction and control of organized drug cartels and they are bringing drugs in."

The fact that she has absolutely no facts to back up this claim does not deter her from spewing out such nonsense.

Brewer:  YOU LIE!

Friday, June 25, 2010


The GOP shoots down benefits for the jobless.  That bill would have provided aid to states, preserving jobs among other things.  In Arizona, over 400,000 of the unemployed will not get any unemployment compensation.  So where does that leave them?  Starving & unable to provide anything for their families.  The GOP has rocks for where their hearts should be.  Of course, they're hoping the economy will stay crappy so they can blame it on the Dems and get them out of office.  The country was in such great shape when the GOP was in.  God, I don't want to go back to that time when we had a moron for President and corruption was the GOP game.

The GOP mantra seems to be:  "I got mine.  F*@#k you."  God, I wish they would all just cease to exist.  They offer nothing to humanity.

I know.  You want me to tell you how I really feel.  I'm just getting warmed up.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


What is wrong with comprehensive immigration reform?  Why is no one connected with Arizona government talking about it?  That includes the state legislators, the non-elected governor, our Congressional representatives and the 2 senators, especially the one who wants to build the "danged fence."  That fence....reminiscent of East Berlin?

The enforcement-only mentality here is overwhelming.  That's probably because most of those listed above think that the majority of illegal immigrants are here to bring drugs, to extort people and terrorize families, populate drop houses and such.  This is a lie that has legs. 

Never mind that the majority of illegal immigrants are here to work, that many came on legal work visas and just never left.  The majority of them are here for a better life, not for any nefarious reason.

Why not consider, really consider a way for those illegally here who work hard, actually pay taxes through sales taxes or social security taxes if they have a fake card (money which they will never get back) to qualify for residency by satisfying certain qualifications.  It may take a few years but if they knew they could eventually become legal without the horrific fear of being kicked out of the country they have resided in, most if not all would gladly do so to stay in the country that has enabled them to be gainfully employed, make a living, provide for their families and contribute to the rich heritage that is the United States.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Manute Bol:  humanitarian, role model, full of goodness, a perfect example of Tikkun Olam-repairing the world, a class act, totally unselfish and the definition of how humankind should be and act.  After all this, he was an NBA basketball player who was fun to watch.

He did more good than most people will ever understand.

May he rest in peace. 

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I'm just sayin'

"Indian Couple Electrocuted By Bride's Family for Marrying Out of Caste"
 "New Mexico Congressional Candidate Wants Landmines Along the US-Mexico Border"
"Dead Heiress Leaves Massive Fortune to Her DOGS"
"Ex-Congressman..Prayed Multiple Times a Day, Sang Hymns, Yet Still Had Affair with Staffer"
"GOP Congressional Candidate Floats Oil Spill Conspiracy Theory--Maybe They Wanted It to Leak"
"Diane Kruger Almost Suffocated by Super Tight Dress"

Just reading HEADLINES can make one dizzy, burst out laughing, scratch one's head in wonder, cluck tongues at the absurdity or horrifying aspect of words meant to capture attention.

The headlines above are just a few I've come across in the last day or two.  They just about clear up the mystery of what is taught in creative writing classes!

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Last time I checked, President Obama, by education and profession, is/was an attorney/constitutional law professor/community activist/politician.  Nowhere in his biography do I read anything about him having a degree in chemistry, physics, oil engineering or the like.

So why is the public turning on him, in particular, for not stopping the spewing of oil in the Gulf?  He does not have the expertise to single-handedly bring it to an end.  And apparently, those who should have the knowledge and expertise, can't do it either.

Arguably, he is in the seat where the buck is supposed to stop.  And, I have no doubt, President Obama is consulting with everyone who knows or should know how to rein in this horrible situation.  He is not sitting idly by hoping this will resolve itself.  And he's not telling anyone associated with this disaster that "they are doing a heck of a job."

So, all you public motormouths out there blaming him for not being God, you don't know what is going on out of the media's eyes, you don't know what other things are being investigated, you (most of you) don't have degrees in oil engineering.  Stop shooting off your mouths and placing the blame where it doesn't belong.  Look to that oil company, BP, to place the ENTIRE blame, go after them and all those who are on their side (some are Republican politicians) and try to react with intelligence and common sense instead of stupid, uninformed gut reactions.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Fashion? Really????

I like to write about different things and express my opinion or just make observations.  I don't know how blogs get noticed by other than friends to whom I sent my blog web site.  I blog about politics, current events, things that strike me funny or absurd (lots of that here.)

A few days ago I received an email from someone who found my blog, liked the content and design and invited me to be part of beta testing on her site which just opened, a place to discuss............... fashion!     Fashion!  Holy crap, I couldn't be less interested in fashion, of all things.

With everything going on in the world, I can't imagine my thoughts wrapping around which heels go with which dress!  I will say this, though.  People here in the Valley of the Sun seem to be obsessed with not only fashion but botox, teeth whitening, teeth straightening, body image, the latest fashion and makeup, who goes to which club, who is seen with whom, who has the latest bauble, what is the latest fashion trend, where to buy the stuff, etc.  There are so many ads for everything I've mentioned that I'm sure those ads are paying enough to keep newspapers running.

And, it's not just newspapers.  The local Phoenix Magazine has more ads for dentists (new smiles), cosmetic surgery, lap-band procedures, skin rejuvenation, facial contouring, spas, weight control, etc...... well you get my point. 

This is the place for the "beautiful people" to get more beautiful.  Apparently, no one is perfect enough.  There is always room for more improvement.  I guess if you're living in the Valley of the Sun where poolside entertainment is year round, one must look fab-u-lous, mustn't one????

Sheeeesh!  I throw on a tee shirt, crops and sandals and I'm happy!  I shudder when I have to throw on a dress.  Thank goodness it's not very often.

I'll stick to blogging about what interests me and fashion isn't on that list.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Once again the world has stomped its feet on the face of Israel with the false allegation that Israel was the aggressor against a defenseless humanitarian flotilla.  In reality, the flotilla was a calculated attack by Hamas to provoke Israel into the action she took.  Hamas' action was designed to break the blockade, cause the confrontation, make it look as if Israel attacked a defenseless group of humanitarians.

Israel bends over backwards to make sure tons and tons of food and supplies reach the people in the Gaza Strip.  The naval blockade is necessary for the safety and survival of Israel.

This confrontation is the sole fault and responsibility of the flotilla organizers.  It's just astounding that the world blames Israel for everything and cannot see craziness perpetuated by Israel's enemies, whose sole purpose is to annihilate the State of Israel off the face of the earth.

Why does the world back the insanity, viciousness and violence of the Arab world?  Until those condemning Israel see and experience the danger that is Hamas and the rest of the Arab world, they will never understand that Israel must survive and continue to flourish.

Monday, May 31, 2010


It's Memorial Day.  No matter how you feel about war or the military, it still is important to give thanks and support to the troops for doing what they do, in the worst of conditions while being in harm's way.

And it's important to reflect on all those family members who have gone before us, remember them and the loving memories they left us.  Strive to do loving acts of kindness and to make the world a better place to honor their memories.

Friday, May 28, 2010


Still trying to make heads or tails out of the damn thing.  It's wording is so convoluted, it seems to have been designed to be the most ambiguously vague, muddled piece of legal mumbo jumbo ever produced by a legislative body.

One needs a Constitutional expert to interpret this piece of rhetorical garbage just to begin to understand it.  Every time I read it, I see something else it could mean.  It's like a salad bar:  pick the parts you want to attack because there are plenty to go around. 

If law enforcement would do its job and go after the businesses that hire illegal immigrants, that may stem the tide.  But those illegal immigrants who are already here, working, with families, already established and paying taxes should be walking the road to legalization.  Pass the Dream Act providing legal status for their children who come of age and have lived here most of their lives.

There are ways to ameliorate the problem but this bill is too garbled and threatening to work.

To be continued..................... maybe!

Thursday, May 27, 2010


The Arizona Republic published the entire text of Arizona's Immigration Law, SB1070 (including HB 2162, which amended it.)  It took 4 full pages to print it.  Both 1070 and 2162 amended the existing law and the Republic marked the new passages.  The Republic also had University of Arizona law professor Gabriel Chin help explain some of the law's legal issues.  I am slugging my way through the reading and so far much of the state's law mimics Federal law.

 So, after trying to understand the yada, yada, yada of this bill and deciding not to tear my hair out over it, I searched for a more sane voice who had already written what I thought was a much better explanation of the key parts.  Therefore, I direct your attention to the following by Ray Suarez who writes on the Huffington Post:

Monday, May 10, 2010


SB 1070:  A mean-spirited piece of legislation that does absolutely nothing to address the real problem.  Those who will be caught in this immigrant net will mostly be the hard-working illegal immigrants who are trying to provide a life for themselves and their families.  What it won't do is catch the coyotes, drug smugglers and murderous kidnappers who are the real threat to border states.  Those miserable excuses for human beings are not likely to be looking for day labor jobs, nor are they hanging around in those houses where they keep their 'captives' locked up while terrorizing their families to come up with money.  Catching them takes real hard detective work which, apparently, is not what law enforcement does here in this state.  It's just easier to grab the waiters, gardeners and such off the street.

The real problem is the corrupt government of Mexico which isn't doing enough to insure that its citizens have the kinds of jobs that pay a living wage so their citizens don't have to cross into the US for jobs.  And those jobs are ones that most Americans really don't want to do....not for the wages being paid to the immigrants.

Why not go after the companies who hire the immigrants for such low wages?  Because then these companies will outsource what they do to keep from paying minimum wage.  Arizona has a law to go after companies who hire illegals.  They haven't done it.

And of the 12 million illegals in the country, over 5 million are here on expired visas.  Who's going after them?

And, if there wasn't such a HUGE market for drugs in the US, who would the drug cartels sell to here?  And if the US (read Arizona) didn't sell guns to every idiot who wants one without an ID and permit, maybe not as many guns would be available to the creeps and morons who think robbing, kidnapping and killing is a nice business to go into!

Having said this, boycotting Arizona is a really stupid thing to do.  While it may get a point across, it will really hurt those people who can ill afford it, the ones who have to work just to survive.  It won't hurt the moronic legislators who crafted this fr****king bill.

One more thing:  That creep, McCain, is running again on securing the border.  He wants the border fence built.  Who is going to pay for it?  There are over 20,000 Border Patrol agents patrolling the border.  Maybe if they stood shoulder to shoulder we could have a "human fence!"

To be continued..................

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


My head is spinning from the garbage that is Arizona politics and politicians.  It is beyond comprehension that the AZ legislature passes the "birther" bill requiring the AZ Sec. of State to certify the US citizenship of presidential candidates.

Now comes the immigration bill which would make illegal immigration a STATE crime.  It is the responsibility of the federal government to secure the borders.  This bill will force local law enforcement to spend most of their time looking for illegal yard workers and cooks instead of murderers and rapists.  If they don't, anyone can sue them for not doing their job of rounding up the "illegals."  That is part of this creepy bill.  This state is heading into apartheid territory.  White-skinned, blond, blue-eyed people need not be afraid.

Then there is the gun bill, passed and signed.  Anyone can buy a gun without a permit and there is no provision for requiring a class to learn how to SAFELY use the fr*%^*g thing.

And now there is a proposal, by Republicans, to gut the "Clean Elections" law.  The system reduces the incidence of big money interests. The system provides money to candidates who collect $5 contributions from taxpayers who then qualify for the money.  That money comes from traffic and criminal fine surcharges.  Why keep the big money from buying the best politicians money can buy???

All of these bills have been strongly backed by Republicans and virtually no Democrats.  Hatred and Viciousness have these people by the necks and have sunk their teeth into their brains.

Meanwhile.................ah but that's for another time.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Political Idiots, Part 3

If the not-so-bright  governor of this state signs Senate bill 1070, the police and sheriff's departments will have a field day.  So, if you are an American-born, United States citizen who is Latino or you are a legal immigrant (Latino) here in Arizona you are going to have to carry either your birth certificate, your green card, an alien registration card or any other identifying papers with you at all times because sure as hell you will be stopped by police "if reasonable suspicion exists that the person is in the U.S. illegally."  This is the state where the ubiquitous Sheriff Arpaio, sends out his minions of officers to round up the illegals.  And those roundups sometimes include U.S. citizens who get treated as badly as the real illegals UNTIL they can prove who they are.

It is true that Arizona has more than its share of illegal immigrants crossing into the state from Mexico.  But racial profiling will now be taken to new heights if this bill passes. This isn't the answer.  People are desperate to work here in order to make some money, at jobs U.S. citizens do not take, so they can provide for their families.

What really needs to be done is find a way to get Mexico to address the deplorable work  and living conditions in that country so people won't need to come here for jobs.

Monday, April 19, 2010


It's amazing how so many people stick their noses in places where they just don't belong. And it's amazing that these people think that what they have to say about (a lot) of things should have everyone at rapt attention.  These people must think that the words dripping from their mouths are the most intelligent, informative and persuasive about whatever subject they are speaking to.  In reality, they are just pontificating, expressing their views in an annoyingly pompous way.

So, why do politicians like Mitt Romney travel around and endorse candidates from other states?  Does anyone give a fig who these people endorse? Does an endorsement mean anything nowadays?   Do these people think their endorsements will really help?  No, its for payback down the road should any of these candidates win.  Ah, the greased hand.

To these greased hands politicians (there are so many of them):  Go back where you came from, study the issues of your own state, keep your hand out of the till, understand that you did not have a crown placed on your head and remember that you work FOR the people.  And if you do not currently have a job, dust off your resume like everyone else and go find one.  Practice these words: "You want fries with that?"

Monday, April 12, 2010


How come so many who run for public office use the SAME lines when interviewed by reporters?  Lines like:

"I will lead the fight to create jobs."  (All the others are cringing on the sidelines?)

"We need specific solutions..."  (All the other candidates offer none?)

"I am the only candidate who has experience in ......." (All the other candidates are running on their good looks?) 

"I have a lifetime of experience in......"  (All the other candidates decided to run because they have NO experience?)

"I will secure the border."  (Good luck with that one.) 

"I will create an environment to generate jobs..."  (They all say that)

"I will rebuild the economy by cutting taxes...."  (By throwing education, the infirm, the children and the elderly under the bus.)

Ah, the political rhetoric of mealy-mouthed politicians!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Political Idiots, Part 2

My POLITICAL IDIOTS headings are going to run the numbers up!
We have the Maricopa County attorney who is under investigation by the FBI, the AZ Attorney General's Office and the AZ State Bar for alleged abuse of his prosecutorial powers in several criminal cases.  He has had numerous cases filed against him in which he was cleared.  He seems to have an extreme self-preoccupation with a tendency to show off and attract attention.  He is an egotistical attention-grabber. His tenure has been riddled with controversy.

And now, he has tendered his resignation so he can run for Attorney General!  With a background of questionable ethics, I wouldn't vote for him for street-cleaner!  In the relatively short time I've been here, he has been in the news more often than the comics and that's not funny!

Monday, March 22, 2010

AIPAC Policy Conference 2010 | Watch Professor Alan Dershowitz's Video

AIPAC Policy Conference 2010 | Watch Professor Alan Dershowitz's Video


It is sheer lunacy.  There is no other word for it.  Joe Mauer, a catcher with the Minnesota Twins signed an 8 year deal for $184 million dollars.  That's  $23 million a year......for catching a f*%$*#$*g ball!    

It is sheer lunacy to pay athletes and entertainers so many millions of dollars for what they do.  Their work is just not important enough to warrant those dollars.

It is sheer lunacy for health insurance companies to deny you coverage when you get sick, even though THAT'S WHY YOU PAY FOR INSURANCE!

It is sheer lunacy for people to spit at and scream out racial and ethnic epithets at people they don't agree with.

It is sheer lunacy to protest about something when you haven't done the research to back up your view.

It is sheer lunacy to parrot sound bites.

It is so horrifying to realize there are so many lunatics in this country running off at the mouth.

And the list goes on.........................................

Monday, March 15, 2010

The State of Political Idiots-Part 1

I'm living in a state filled with political idiots.  One of the nuts, J. D. Hayworth, is running for the U.S. Senate and says "Gay marriage is like marrying a horse."  He actually thinks this could lead to  people marrying horses.  

The other addlepated one who is already the Senator can't remember what he's voted for because he keeps changing his mind.  And he keeps saying he was misled.  It won't be long before he can't find his way out of the Senate cloakroom!

And if any horses out there can read and sign a marriage license.........................

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


I live among kooks, lunatics and nut jobs.  A few days ago one of the Arizona Republic columnists, Laurie Roberts, wrote about what I think is a brilliant idea.  This state, as most others, is suffering under a huge deficit.  She mused that if we could tax the kooks that are serving in the state legislature, Arizona could wipe out the deficit within a year.  After all, the majority of those serving have managed to busy themselves with such REALLY important legislation such as voting on whether to post the Ten Commandments at the entrance to the Old State Capitol.  (There are different interpretations but why bother with that?) The chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee wants everyone in AZ to live by the rules of his religion.  Allowing other religions to post the key tenets of their faiths doesn't seem to be in the cards.  And, of course, should this actually pass, it will result in a long, drawn out, EXPENSIVE court case!

Also, there is a House bill which would require all presidential candidates to prove to Arizonans that they are U.S. citizens.  After all, what with so many illegals here and so many Arizonans who are not sure Hawaii is actually one of our 50 states.............

And another bill attempting to exempt all guns owned & made in AZ from Federal regulations.  Background checks?  No way.  Registration?  No way.  This will assure another lawsuit which AZ will HAVE TO PAY FOR!

And how about a bill which would extend the time it takes to get a divorce?  Let the misery keep on rolling!!!!  After all, domestic violence must be a family value for the nut who introduced this bill.

The Arizona legislature keeps busy cutting essential services, especially for children, the elderly, and the poor.  But they keep on truckin' with these imbecilic forays into areas that won't help the state get back on its feet.  And, need I mention that a huge majority of these creeps come from the Republican side????  No, I didn't think so.

Monday, February 22, 2010


I sent the following to Senator John McCain.  He's been sniffing something illegal if he thinks this bill will protect the public.  Quite the contrary.  He probably needs to take some supplements to stave off the creeping confusion he seems to be exhibiting!

Senator McCain:  I will not vote for you if you continue trying to advance your bill falsely labeled as the  "Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010" (S. 3002).  The FDA is an incompetent agency and is too friendly with the drug companies.  Your bill, TDSSA,  would repeal key sections of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). DSHEA protects supplements if 1) they are food products that have been in the food supply and not chemically altered or 2) if they were sold as supplements prior to 1994, the year that DSHEA was passed. If a supplement fits one of these two descriptions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot arbitrarily ban it or reclassify it as a drug. You are citing the use of banned substances that may have come through supplements.  The problem is the illegal sale & use of steroids.  Why don't you insist that the FDA do its job to control illegal substances instead of going after the supplement industry.  I will campaign vigorously against you if you continue to pursue this course of action.  If you really want to help the American public, have your staff overhaul and make the FDA into a viable agency which is not beholden to Big Pharma!  The agency needs to be reorganized from the bottom up.

Monday, February 15, 2010


To my way of thinking, lobbying is a crime.  It has been reported that more has been spent on lobbying than investment in new plants or facilities and equipment.  Lobbyists sell out the average US citizen.  Most work for big corporations who can slide lots of money into the sweaty palms of politicians and expect something in return............ despite the protestations of those politicians that they do not give favors to those whose money they accept.  Malarky!

Politicians are supposed to be in the "public service."  That is a fallacy.  They may start out that way but it doesn't take long to get taken in by the quest for power and with power, comes money. 

I don't believe there are more than a handful of politicians who are looking out for the average citizen.  All the others are looking out for themselves, looking to enrich themselves while trying to bring pork to their districts so they can continue in office.  Congressional seats have become increasingly lucrative and the cost of running has skyrocketed.  So candidates have to get money to run from somewhere.  Selling their souls is one way to get that money.  But in the end, they are selling out this country.  This is no longer a country for the people or by the people.  It is owned, bought and paid for by money-grubbing corporations who pay very little in taxes, send jobs to other countries and just don't give a damn about the citizens.

Lobbying should be outlawed............ period.

Monday, February 1, 2010


I'm driving in the car, one eye watching the road and traffic in front, one eye on my rear view mirror watching the vehicle behind me...not willing to acknowledge that the driver may be driving a safe distance behind me.  Still a little spooked since the New Year's Eve crash.  I make sure I stop far enough behind the vehicle in front of me so I can see its rear tires....maybe leaving a little more space than that.

That attentiveness to driving should take up all my attention.  It mostly does but then the train starts barreling through.  Not literally, but the train of thoughts that are stored somewhere back in my subconscious: 

Why is the political landscape fraught with such venom?  Why do people kill in the name of G-d?  Whatever happened to critical thinking? What goes on in the minds of those idiots who speed while either texting, talking on their cell phones, reading maps and/or eating a meal?  Why do news organizations rely on small sound bites that become the stories themselves?  There doesn't seem to be any real fact checking anymore.  Whatever happened to originality?  Why is education, care for the elderly and the infirm and programs for the very poor always the first on the chopping block when finances have to be cut?  Why is that car attempting a left turn from the far right lane?  Why do people think they have the right to speed and not get tagged for it?

In the course of a few seconds, the train has barreled through and I am wishing I had some kind of recorder in the car so all those thoughts won't be lost and I can add them to my list of things to blog about.  I do find that the train is getting longer and longer the more I observe and listen.  Humans provide an endless collection of nutty, stupid or funny antics.  But many also pose a real menace to the earth and all its inhabitants. 

If only I could find that magic wand I wrote previously about to make all things right with the world.

Monday, January 25, 2010


I am of the Beatles, Vietnam, Woodstock generation.  I am nearing the ages when my own parents did not have much time left.  After my parents died I experienced an enormous amount of anxiety lasting several years about the possibility of dying.  Then it subsided for a lot of years and I just didn't think about it.

My husband and I are relatively healthy, take no medications (we hate to enrich the coffers of Big Pharma,) exercise, watch our weight and eat in a healthy manner.
So what is causing me to think about this?  After having just lived through a car crash without major injuries, I am taking stock of what a crap-shoot life can be.  And I think of how lucky that we are here and escaped with just some aches and pains.

Several of my high school and college friends and acquaintances are no longer here. Those I am in touch with seem to be doing well.  Some have a few health issues but none are life threatening (as far as I know.)  I think about those who are gone and wish I could find that  %*&@#  magic wand I thought I had so I could wave that precious life-giving breath back into their lives.

But, we have come to that place and people my age, who should be looking forward to a lovely "fall-winter" of their lives stretching on for several more years of pain-free enjoyment, must also make plans.  And it's the making of those plans that dredges up that old anxiety once again. 

But I will take the cue from my husband's Uncle Max who, at the age of 90, took out a 20 year CD so he would have something to live on for the last 10 years of his life.  He expected to take the whole 120 years given in the bible.  He didn't quite make it but he gave it a really good try.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Two Letters to the Editor in today's Arizona Republic fleshed out what really happened in Massachusetts.  It was not a Republican "win."  As one writer explained, this was not a game with winners and losers.  It was a call for moderation, for moving away from extremes, for deciding on issues not based on special deals, strengthening or weakening one side or the other.  It was a call for legislation that benefits WE, THE PEOPLE, not one party or the other.  Unfortunately, Congress is currently made up of politicians who have lost sight of who should really be in power, the citizens of this country.

The Democratic loss is more a reflection on a very miserable candidate, Martha Coakley. She was a lousy campaigner, an indifferent, cold, ineffective and uninspiring candidate.  A fairly liberal nominee in a liberal state, she offered no fire, only blandness.  Massachusetts voters deserved more.  When the liberal voters in the state realize what they got, they will seek an individual who better epitomizes what Ted Kennedy stood for and will back that contender with their votes.

Monday, January 11, 2010


I have been reading about the "Move your Money" movement and it looks like it is really gaining strength.  I'm all for that, especially after reading some of the god-awful stories about what some of these "too big to fail" banks have pulled on customers.

Then there is USAA, a time-honored military member-owned bank, insurance and financial services firm known for its integrity, soundness, stability, and adherence to the highest principles of business practice.  Starting off as a bank open to officers in the military, it is now open to all military and their families.  Throughout all the years we have been members, we have been treated with the utmost courtesy and efficiency, its advisers intelligent and well informed.  It has its headquarters in Texas with field offices dotted around the country.  Everything we have done with USAA has been by phone, mail or email.  There have been no screw-ups.  The few minor mistakes over the years (I can count on one hand and have fingers left over.) were corrected IMMEDIATELY.

I find it comforting to know that USAA is taking care of business the way it should.  That makes me feel safe.  Can you say that about your bank????

Thursday, January 7, 2010


I went on a job interview yesterday.  I haven't participated in one for decades, it seems.  But the position to be filled looked like a very good fit and I would be able to utilize my experience as a teacher, news anchor/reporter, talk show host and skills working at a legal office.  What could be better than that?

But, times have changed and job interviewing has become somewhat of a "blood sport," considering the state of the economy and the job market in general.  So, the days after I sent in my resume and cover letter and leading right up to the day of the interview, I experienced a growing sense of anxiety which contributed to headaches and stomach aches.  I started muttering to myself:  "I can't do this."  "I must do this."  "What's the big deal?"  "Will there be trick questions?"  "Do I know enough about the 'company'?"  "Will I start babbling?"

My husband, on the other hand, thought my anxiety was funny, he of the very cool and laid-back persona.  Nothing bothers him, he is the exact opposite of me most of the time.  He has been on several informational interviews recently and kept assuring me that I would do well, that I would not be the verbal 'klotz' I thought I would be and to relax and just have a nice conversation.

So, okay, the stomach pains during the night before the interview were awful.  But the day and time were looming and there was no way to wiggle out of this one.  On the drive in I babbled like the proverbial brook.  Best to get it all out beforehand.  I was early for my appointment ( always a good thing) and was greeted warmly by the interviewer.

The interview went REALLY well.  We, indeed, had a very nice, easy-going, unhurried conversation about the position and I was able to offer several ideas during the discussion.  I left that office feeling pretty damn good about myself.  Even if I don't end up getting the position, it was a great experience, leaving me with quite a bit of optimism and confidence .... and THAT made it all worthwhile.

Friday, January 1, 2010


It seemed like a plan. We went to a party last night, about 25 miles from our house, with the thought of going for a few hours and leaving by around 9:15 or so. It was a great time, meeting new people, lively and interesting conversation, great background music and wonderful food to snack on. But, not wanting to be out on the roads with those who imbibe too much, we were back in the car heading home by 9:20 with me driving, as I always do.

We got off the freeway and stopped at the traffic light at the intersection. No sooner had I stopped than a loud crash and a hardy shove sent my vehicle into the lane of oncoming traffic. Before I could even register what happened, my husband was out of the car and running back to the rear of our car to see who crashed into us. Immediately, a good Samaritan appeared at my window and told me he used to work for the PD, he asked if I was okay, told me to immediately dial 911, took my phone and spoke to the 911 operator, requesting police and EMT help immediately. He gave my phone back so I could continue the call while he directed traffic away from our car. In what appeared to be just seconds, we had the police, fire and EMT vehicles descend on us. Within minutes we were checked out for injuries (there were no major ones, just some aches and pains), accident information was taken, paperwork done and handed out and we were sent on our way back home. The efficiency, promptness and courteousness shown to us by all the responders was amazing and so much appreciated.

Thankfully, our rear bumper was only slightly damaged but I can't say as much for the car that hit us. The Hundai was totaled. It appears the young man, driving with his mom, was going a little too fast and driving a little too close when his brakes locked up. There were no major injuries with them, either, thank goodness.

And the good Samaritan? He drove off before we could thank him for his help.

So, what does this episode mean? It means we have left the old year (and decade) with a nasty memory but we're starting the new one with a clean slate. Let's hope it stays that way. And, we're not leaving the house on a New Years eve again unless it's to walk to somewhere in the neighborhood!