Monday, August 31, 2009


My sister Margo and I went down to Las Cruces for our nephew Dustin's wedding. It was a sweet formal, small-town family wedding at Trinity Lutheran Church with the reception held in the church's activities hall. I got teary-eyed at the wedding, proud for my nephew who's worked so hard to get his young life in order & on track. Parts of the reception tugged sentimentally, but the best part of the reception, one that made me grin was when the 3 & 4 year old kids got out on the dance floor!

Friday, August 28, 2009

So I Mailed Family, Friends & Acquaintances This Letter....

So I sent a letter yesterday out to the people in my mailing list... Bcc'ed the thing to make sure people didn't get their addresses spread around and harvested by bots.

The content was:

"Ok, I'm at it again in support of Health Care Reform. I thought this article from Guernica was worth reading and passing along. In it, a former Cigna executive discusses his change of heart toward the current health insurance industry and why. I copy and pasted before sending this off to keep your address off external mailing lists.

Health care reform is necessary for all of us. Ensuring that it takes place is, in my opinion, a moral matter -- that we take care of each other and the least of us. When hospitals dump sick, poor people on the streets because they don't have insurance as has happened in cities around the country, it is an obscenity. Our history lessons used to teach that a country is judged by how well it takes care of it's poor and infirm. We're not doing so good in that department.

I was born in an era when America's infant mortality rate was among the lowest in the world. In my lifetime, our infant mortality rate has become as bad as many third world countries. According to the CDC (

) we rank 29th. We used to rank 12th. That kind of drop is an obscenity!

After 30 years of watching the quality of life decline as people have become increasingly unable to afford decent health care, I have become willing to do whatever it takes to help health care reform -- including paying higher taxes and taking my anger to the streets.

Just more of my .02

Hugs to you all!"

Anyhow. I got two positive responses, one "don't spam my inbox with this stuff" and one "Obama needs to grow a pair" note. I do wish I had gotten more responses. The lack of response (even an F* Off!) makes me wonder -- have we become indifferent?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Michael Moore's "Sicko"

After seeing Michael Moore's "Sicko" last night, I felt sick and betrayed by our government and insurance industry all over again and any moral person would feel the same.  I found myself wishing I had enough money to send a copy of "Sicko" to every American household for people to watch.  So, in lieu of that and after a little googling:

If you get TMC (The Movie Channel) I just found out "Sicko" is airing soon with repeat airings
"On The Movie Channel
09/02/09 at 3:05 AM
On The Movie Channel
09/10/09 at 7:15 AM
On The Movie Channel
09/10/09 at 4:00 PM"
Invite your friends and neighbors to join you!  Oh.. and when you're done, follow up by reading this interview.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

More On Healthcare Reform

Oh gosh!  The sky is NOT falling, but Joe Scarborough saw reason and owned up to it!  See article at Truthout.  It's not the bad thing the reactionaries are claiming it is.  We need this reform. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Obviously I Support Health Care Reform

Ran across this video today regarding health care reform.

Just a few points: Medicare IS government run & funded. So enough with the bullsh** whining about government run medicine. It's already a reality. D'uh!!!

If you have heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and other diseases, your insurance provider can kick you out for any reason they want. That's called "rationing" too. Gee.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Is The US On The Brink Of Fascism?

I ran across this article at Truthout and felt it was worthwhile to share:

We must be careful to not let our country fall into fascism. 

On second thought, sharing this is mandatory according to the dictates of my conscience.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Evil Lies, Evil Behavior

Lets stop the lies and evil behavior around health care reform.

I've read the bill that is pending regarding health care reform and there is not one word in there to substantiate claims that the Republican right and health care industry is putting out against health care reform like 'death panels' or restricting access.  It is evil of pundits like Rush Limbaugh and politicos like Sarah Palin to be acting on behalf of the health care industry against the common good of the average American citizen by fomenting violent protests at town hall meetings across the country.

It is evil to incite people to go into any town meeting with the goal of disrupting the proceedings and to cause such a ruckus that the meeting is silenced.  Silence speech and you silence democracy.  Sean Hannity says "Become part of a mob!"   But should a mob form and become violent with people being injured, lemme tell ya, Sean Hannity will NOT be paying for the medical care of the injured.  Sean Hannity will be able to claim "My hands are clean, I didn't do anything wrong."  He just encouraged people to join a mob without any thought to what happens when the mood of the mob changes for the worse.

It is evil to incite people to the point that they are calling in death threats to congressmen because sure as the sun rises in the East, this will be some fool who will take it in their hands to try to carry out those threats.

Shame on you for encouraging evil for the sake of patronage and money from the health insurance industries.  You're like war profiteers and you oughta be ashamed of yourselves.

Thursday, August 06, 2009


Good morning. How're you all doing today?

It's too bloody hot right now. Our NM weather has been near record breaking and our night time temps are not doing their usual 20+ degree drop from daytime temperatures. It seems like I've sweat more this summer than in previous ones.

I love camping. Some of the camping chores I'm not so fond of... like the post camping clean up. We discovered last weekend that a bottle of cooking oil had leaked into the camp kitchen box we use. There was a film of oil on most everything on the bottom of the box so, after getting home, I got to pull everything out and scrub the box out with hot soapy water. Then I got to scrub everything I pulled out of the box too! The bonus for doing this chore was getting to reclaim some wooden spoons that rightfully belong in my kitchen, not the camp kitchen! Ha!

Over the weekend camping I knit up a new washcloth. Just your basic square, knit stitch cotton wash cloth. Can't decide if I'll use it for a face cloth or for the kitchen. I'm also currently knitting up a couple cotton pads for my Swiffer.  It is so hard to justify the expense of throwaway pads. 

There was a story in Truthout about Bush & Rove and the firings of the six US Attorneys a couple years ago. Now, I worked as a temp in the city law office where David Iglesias once worked so I'm damned sure that Iglesias was doing a fine, ethically balanced job as U.S. Attorney. His character as a human being and as an attorney is exceptional and it saddened me to see politicos try to carry out the kind of hatched job on him that they did.

One of my favorite people on the planet, John Corbin, is suffering from cancer and dying. Some of you may know him from Sulpher Springs, NM, various SCA events, pagan events and Burning Man and even the military and NM Tech. If you know him, give him a shout before he passes to the Summerlands. His sons or daughters will read your messages of love and affection to him!

I got ditched by one of the people who watched this blog because I don't comment on his that often.  Sigh.  Do we really need to comment to each and every post someone makes in their blogs when we visit?  Does that make us more real or valid?