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Best Political Ad of 2012
October 25, 2012, 9:14 pm
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http://preview.tinyurl.com/9z99jky

 

Ladies, our time is now.  We must stand united.  



Oh the Lengths They Will Go…
September 6, 2012, 8:13 pm
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To keep you from voting!

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/obama_campaign_ohio_early_voting.php

Sad. Disgusting. And seeming to be the normal this election cycle.

First they alienate against everyone that doesn’t look/think/love like they do…then come election cycle realize CRAP, how do I win?

I’ll tell you how they plan on doing it, they will try to make it harder to vote!



Republicans Hate Old People….

And minorities. And the poor!  Am I being too harsh?  Not even close!  Am I being too inflammatory?  I haven’t even begun!

Okay, okay.  They only hate poor old people. See, I can make concessions.

http://www.fairelectionsnetwork.com/blog/oops-i-meant-say-“voter-fraud”

Is this really a problem for people trying to vote?

Yes. It really is.

Creating voter id laws disenfranchise the poor and the elderly. Truly.

I recently had a conversation with my 88 year old grandmother about such voting laws. She no longer drives – a few strokes and interference from her kids and grandkids put an end to this – all should thank us. 🙂 However, she does in fact vote. She’s been voting for nearly 78 years and has plans to vote in the upcoming election. Before I hear the “she’s had a stroke and must be senile” argument to why she shouldn’t vote you should know this:  that woman reads the Des Moines Register from cover to cover everyday! I know this because I pay for her newspaper subscription.

See, Gram lives on a pretty tight and fixed income so she didn’t think she could “splurge” for a daily paper. She was rationing herself to the Sunday paper, and that she borrowed from the retirement community she lives in. When I found out, I called her and said “Gram if you wanted the paper, why didn’t you simply tell someone?” Well asking for handouts or help isn’t Gram’s style. So I quickly fixed that little problem and she now gets the paper everyday. She also likes to do the crosswords and puzzles, and having sat down to do a few myself, I’m comfortable saying she’s a sharp lady. Now before someone comes at this with I doubt she reads it, she does. Often when I call her she wants to talk about politics, what she’s read in the paper, or how her beloved Hawkeyes and Cubbies are doing.

What my Gram doesn’t have is a drivers license. Or a state id. See when Gram quit driving, she quit renewing her license. Why bother if she can’t use it??? As for a picture state id, she says, “Oh Alyssa, I’ve been going to the same stores and the same doctors for nearly 50 years. They know who I am, I don’t need an id.” Well luckily this year, Gram will still get to vote as Iowa hasn’t gone off the rails and begun implementing voter suppression laws.

I imagine there are many “Grams” out there that may not realize their right to vote may be in jeopardy. Spread the word. Take them to get ids. Push back on voter suppression – it’s the wrong way to engage people to vote.

Check this link for voter laws in your state!

http://campusprogress.org/articles/interactive_map_voter_suppression_efforts_by_state/



Voter Suppression and Voter ID Laws 101

There are approximately 314,000,000 people living in the United States. In 2008 a little over 129,000,000 voted. According to a link I found on factcheck.org (http://www.factcheck.org/2009/01/2008-voter-turnout/) 61.6% of those that could legally vote did.

It’s amazing to me that more people don’t vote. Voting may be one of the greatest rights we have in this country. Second amendment enthusiasts keep your panties on, until I’m able to own a nuke I don’t want to hear a word from you, but that’s another argument for another day.

Campaigns are constantly trying to encourage voters to vote. Right? Well…yes and no. They want you to vote, but only if it is likely you will vote for them. That’s how you win, right? Wrong. I agree, you should energize, convince and campaign for people to vote for you, but you shouldn’t disenfranchise others or create laws that make it harder for others to vote.

Is this really a problem?

Yes, in fact it is. There are 19 states that have been hard at work attempting to change their laws that make it harder for some to vote. They are: Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Texas, Kansas, and Wisconsin.

Here’s a breakdown of each state’s political leadership by party.

Total Democratic Control of State Government:

West Virginia

Governor – D

Senate – D

House – D

Majority of State Gov has Democratic Control:

Rhode Island 

Governor – Independent

Senate – D

House – D

Total Republican Control of State Government:

Alabama

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Florida

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Georgia

Governor – R

Senate  – R

House – R

Indiana

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Kansas

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Maine

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Michigan 

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Mississippi

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Pennsylvania

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Ohio

Governor – R

House – R

Senate – R

South Carolina

Governor – R

Senate  – R

House – R

Tennessee

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Texas

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Virginia

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Majority of State Gov has Republican Control:

New Hampshire

Governor – D

Senate – R

House – R

Wisconsin

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – D

Are you noticing a trend?  The majority of prohibitive voter id laws are in red states.  Shocking?  Not hardly.

Here’s a nifty little link which will take you to a website with an interactive map of the US.  You can simply click on your state to get voter laws.  You may want to check it out as we near election season.

http://campusprogress.org/articles/interactive_map_voter_suppression_efforts_by_state/



Facebook….UGH
September 2, 2012, 7:01 pm
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I held off getting Facebook until a few months ago this year.  I had tried the MySpace thing, and easily bored with it.  I recently was hired by a client to do a Facebook page for them, and in doing so I found it very hard to see what the page would look like from a visitors perspective.  Thus why I created my own page.  I found myself unable to stop looking at it.  I think it may in a way be addictive.  

Over the last couple of weeks I have watched with wonder as “friends” of mine have posted likes to Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, and other various republican candidates.  I would shake my head in disgust and move on.  To be fair, I too have posted political bits, or liked the President’s page.  I’m wondering now if they were shaking their head in wonder and disgust as well.

What finally put me over the edge was a friend had liked or posted (can’t remember which) a page that said something to the affect of “Click like and reply Amen if you want to see Christian values restored to the United States like our forefathers intended.”  Now this may seem like a pretty mild statement, I was puzzled and surprised to see her supporting this.  I then went into the comments section – big mistake as this was around 12:00 AM and left me seething in bed for nearly 2 hours.  Comments like “Amen Throw that bum Obama out” or “Hard to do with a Muslim President” and “Amen. Obama sucks.”  Very Christian of them.  There were a considerable number of simple “Amens” as well and a few rational comments thrown in.   One witty person asked “What about the Jews?”

As I laid there seething, I found myself getting ready to send my friend a scathing message about our founding fathers, why many immigrated to America in the first place, and things like this were exactly why I am hesitant to call myself a Christian.  I could go on and on about this, but I’ll spare everyone the lecture.  I also felt the urge to say the President IS a Christian you giant jackass, but that isn’t the point.  What if he wasn’t???  Would it really matter?  Are we so intolerant of other religions and religious beliefs that we think by labeling someone a Muslim that makes them a bad person??  

Needless to say, something rational in me kicked in and I simply deactivated my page.  As I mentioned this to a friend today, she liked Facebook to the days of the gladiators.  It’s a place where everyone gathers, they shout out nonsense, and bully to the death.  

So…so long Facebook.  For my personal sanity and sleep I bid you adieu.  



I’m Baaaccckkkk….
September 2, 2012, 6:41 pm
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Just saying.  

Like nearly everything I start, I let this go by the wayside.  However, I’ve decided I need an outlet as my anger rises.  So as I mentioned in the title, “I’m back.”



Beware of Jim Coleman Toyota in Bethesda, MD
December 4, 2009, 11:35 am
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1. Found a car at Jim Coleman Toyota.

2. Was told that I couldn’t pick up the car because the O2 Sensor part wasn’t in

3. Picked up car on October 28, 2009 and Sean Flemming told us the engine lights (check engine and service engine) were on because it would take a few restarts and running for them to shut off.

4. Called Sean 2 days later to tell him that the light was not going off and that the mirrors didn’t work. It was NEVER disclosed to us the mirrors didn’t work.

5. Called Sean numerous times about lights and mirrors. Didn’t hear back from him.

6. Dealership called about safety and emissions. I told lady on phone that we were concerned about lights and that Sean was not calling us back. She said call Phil Stillman – used car manager.

7. I left message for Phil two times. No return call.

8. Dealership called me again about Tom having a Washington drivers license-I again said I’d been leaving messages for both of them. She said she would give Phil the message.

9. Phil called me on that Wednesday and said he would look into in and call me back. He never did.

10. My husband just took car up to dealership on that Saturday and had them look at light. They said they forgot to reset the light and they did it. They also said someone from sales would come talk to him about mirrors. He waited 2 hours. No one came out. He left. They said someone would call.

11. That Monday car lights still on. I called and left another message for Phil.

12. Then called again and asked for Phil’s boss. I got the new car manager Roy. He tried to sell me a new car. Said someone would call me back.

13. By 2:00 no one had called. I called again. This time spoke to Tim Martin. He apologized and thanked me for my patience. Told me to bring car up. Someone would look at it Monday.

14. I took car up to dealership on 28th. He came out looked at car. Said he would call me by mid week.

15. On Wednesday evening I had not heard from Tim so I sent him a text at 6:36 asking what was going on. He replied at 6:41 “hi getting car back in the am I will call you tomorrow”

16. My husband text him at 11:51

17. He called me at 2:00 to say they had never shut the light off and there was nothing wrong with the car. I asked him, “Then why did they say 2 weeks ago when we brought the car up that they’d shut the light off?” He said, “Well I never got a straight answer about that” He also said, “I’ll call you in a half an hour about the mirrors.” I said “So basically they blew us off when we drove up there and waited two hours?” He had no response except I’ll call you in half an hour.

 18. By 6:03 PM I text him – “I didn’t hear back, is the car ready?”

19. The next morning we still hadn’t heard. So my husband text him again. His response, “have them shortly just waiting on a cost for the mirror switch and labor to see if you want to repair it.”

20. 12/4-Left message for General Manager Brian Smith. He called me back and basically said, sorry that’s too bad. That if the mirrors weren’t cracked they were fine. I informed him I was taking car to mechanic. That I didn’t believe anything his dealership had to say.

So basically we just got taken for a ride, possibly a very expensive one. I more than likely would have bought the car with the mirrors not working, but I do not feel it was honest to not disclose they didn’t work. Plus now you’ve had my car for a week and you are telling me all it was was a light wasn’t turned off??? That took me two trips to Bethesda??? I can’t believe this! It seems like a sitcom show, except when it really happens to you it isn’t funny. I wouldn’t recommend your dealership to anyone!




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