Tuesday, July 26, 2011

How to fix Congress!

I received this in an email today--I sent it on to 10 of my friends and now I am posting it here--please feel free to copy/paste this--spread the word!!

What do you think?

I am sending this email to you in hopes you will keep it going and keep it clean. I hope you all read it all the way through. You will be glad you did.

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple!

The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

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 addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they leave office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.
It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote itself a pay raise.  Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.
The American people did not enter into these contracts with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people this will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Money, success and fame

My latest blog posts at Peace, Love, Happiness went into my continuing "blahness" and overwhelm . . . too much to do and not enough time.  It is my continuing story . . . maybe I just need a vacation from these four walls that seem to be closing in on me lately.  As a result, my blogs have suffered with the exception of those things that I am very passionate about . . . cooking and DIY projects.

Since the news is depressing and boring me with all the political bickering and finger pointing by the politicians, I've resorted to actually using the remote control and television guides to see what is on cable television other than news, food and DIY networks.  Today I discovered Oprah's cable network and a reality show about Ryan O'Neal and his daughter Tatum that I really enjoyed watching most of the afternoon.  

Reality continues to prove that money, success and fame do not bring happiness . . . quite the contrary in so many cases.  The stormy relationship of Ryan and Tatum . . . along with the rest of the family . . . have been in and out of celebrity news through the decades.  Seems like all of these stories have an underlying theme . . . drugs, alcohol and addiction.  

The death of Amy Winehouse this week brings yet another story of a young talented person whose story of success and fame and finally "making it" in a tough industry was not enough . . . drugs, alcohol and addiction rears its ugly head again.  How sad!

Money, success and fame . . . what does it really get you?  Expensive stuff, traveling and addiction?  Apparently not peace, love and happiness . . . rather the path to self-destruction made easier with lots of money.

It got me to thinking that we need to hear about happy success stories . . . those who have attained all they set out to accomplish and considered successful . . . along with a happy life.  I'm thinking about doing a series about those people.  We need some positive news . . . don't you think?


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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What's Up America?

It started as compassion for an innocent little girl whose life was brutally cut short and the mystery with all its drama surrounding it.  We don't understand the behavior of  hoochie mama Casey Anthony having a good ole time as her child was "missing" . . . and we obsessively wanted her to pay for her sins.

The jury made their decision whether we, as a collective society, agree with their decision or not.  It is the American way . . . the way our judicial system works.  It is done!  She got away with whatever she did. 

The media went way overboard with the coverage . . . I'm sick to death of hearing about this woman who exhibits extremely bizarre behavior.  They have made her a celebrity superstar that has gone beyond the court room and the verdict.

They can't let go of the story . . . now it is all about the speculation of "where is she?" . . . reports of Casey sightings remind me of Elvis sightings from fans in denial of his death.  The obsession with this habitual liar is making me sick.  O.M.G.  The reports of lucrative offers going out to her . . . SHE'S A LIAR . . . who cares what she has to say or what story she will spin?  Apparently the American public does or the media would not be in this frenzy.  We are a sick society.  I could not believe that strangers would actually send her their hard earned money . . . she left jail with approximately $500 worth of donations.

It's all about the money . . . but what about society's hunger for the sensationalism that is the driving force of the whole thing.  What's up with that?

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ALREADY!!  But wait . . . stay tuned for the civil lawsuits where she will have to speak under oath . . .

Just had to vent a little . . .

Saturday, July 16, 2011

After being stabbed and jabbed in the arm and hand more times than I care to remember, they finally got my blood.  My trips to the doctor are dreaded because of this.  No matter how much water I drink prior to the stabbing, my blood still doesn't want to come out.  In particular, my hand really hurts today.  Yeah, I'm such a wimp . . .

My reward for the pain was a trip to my favorite Cuban cafe where I enjoyed a root beer float . . . it somehow eased the pain, at least for a while!

We dodged the afternoon storms to enjoy some time at Busch Gardens and finally got to see the new ride, Cheetah Hunt in action.  As soon as I get the photos downloaded, I'll be writing a post for My Florida Paradise blog.  Since I have't made a video in a while, I'm going to combine two of our recent Busch Gardens trips to depict the before and after Cheetah Hunt opening.

It has been a while since I announced a new series of posts for My Florida Paradise . . . Vintage Disney World . . . but I still haven't ventured through the office to hunt and gather those old photos.  It is still in the plan!

Have an awesome weekend!


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Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

What's everyone up to today Bloggerville?  

We are tentatively planning to head over to Busch Gardens later on and enjoy their awesome fireworks display tonight.  

For now, it is a wonderful lazy day that has me thinking about what the 4th of July holiday means to me.  Ronald Reagan said it best . . . 

"Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. 
We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should."

Although I believe the present presidential campaign is one of the most important we Americans have faced, I have become totally bored with politics in general.  The frustration lies in the same ole partisan politics that has the politicians blaming someone else for everything that is wrong.  I'm disappointed in all of them!

Back to thoughts of smoked ribs, cole slaw and fireworks . . . hope everyone has a fabulous day!


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