Monday, January 31, 2011

Gray - It’s Just a Different Hair Color

It’s really interesting when you find a topic that has a definite “line drawn in the sand”.  A topic so emotionally laden that everyone has a strong opinion about it.  It’s even more interesting when it’s a topic that you didn’t realize was or never imagined would be – a hot button.

All of you have friends who over the course of your lifetime have chosen not to tell you things that they thought you should hear and know.  Friends, who –in your best interests – have chosen not to say something about a certain topic or person in your life.  Maybe it’s a boyfriend that’s not right, a dress that doesn’t look the best on you, or a new hair style that is something different for you.  Sometimes friends just don’t give you their opinion.  This is pretty common – we’re use to it.

Well I found a topic that almost every friend has an opinion on.  The topic is really “a process” which takes time – and during that time almost everyone will probably have an opinion about it.  It surprised me what a “hot topic” this process/topic was.

A couple of months ago, I went out for the evening with a friend and her 24 year old daughter - a “girl’s night out”.  My friend is 8 years younger than me.  Her daughter told friends that she was going out with her Mom and her Mom’s “older” friend.  Do I care? Was I hurt? –Nah – I am the older friend.  It’s a necessary story that I will come back later in this entry.

I have been coloring my hair since I was 27.  My Mom was pure white by the time she was 25, my older sister was totally platinum by the time she was 32 and I was completely sterling silver mixed with pewter by the time I was 27.  Great hair genes.  My Mom colored her hair until she couldn’t anymore, my sister still colors her hair.  All of my friends (except one) close to my age – color their hair to hide the silvery gray hair.  I’ve decided to let my hair go silver.

For over 30 years, I have been putting chemicals on top of my head.  I’ve been sitting in the hair salon with chemicals soaking into my hair and head, for almost an hour – 4 to 5 times a year.  Chemicals soaking into my hair, my skin and traveling through my body.  Chemicals that I could smell for days, even after showering and (excuse me) would be present in my bodily excretions (I could smell the chemicals).  Well, no more hair coloring chemicals on my head or going through my body.  Lesson – hair coloring doesn’t just sit on your hair – it goes through your body (take a serious sniff sometime).

Over the course of the last 10 – 15 years, I have asked my stylists if the silver and pewter were coming in nice enough that I could quit coloring my hair and their response was always “You’re too young for gray hair.”  Why wouldn’t they say that?  Coloring hair is bringing megabucks into their salon every day.  Is a stylist going tell you that you have beautiful platinum, pewter or silver hair?  Is a stylist ever going to suggest that you let your amazing silver or snow white hair grow out?  NO.  Suggesting that people quit coloring their hair would be a major loss of revenue for hair salons.  Lesson - this is a decision you have to make on your own.

I finally found a stylist willing to work with me and I am on my way to gray.  Half-inch by half-inch I am cutting off the honey blonde and moving toward silver / pewter.  It’s a process and it takes time.  Ninety percent of my friends are against the change.  Why? Because “gray hair will make me look old”.  That statement in itself is a paradox, because according to my friend’s 24 year old daughter – I am “older” – even though she has only known me with honey blonde hair.  So the lesson to me was – it doesn’t matter what color your hair is – when you get older, you are older and honey blonde hair doesn’t fool anyone.

My major lessons through this decision process have been:
  • Why am I spending all that time in the salon and all that money on coloring my hair? 
  • What real purpose does coloring my hair serve at this point in my life?
  • Do I have better uses for the time and money I spend coloring my hair?

Am I advocating that all women quit coloring their hair?  No, because I’ve seen the reaction – the reaction is immediate and definitive (it’s a hot issue).  I’ve heard too many women - with extremely strong emotion and conviction - say “I could NEVER let my hair go gray.”  It appears that gray hair is a demon of some type.  To many people gray hair is really disgusting (you can see it in their face when they talk about gray hair).  Generally, the majority of people seem to really hate gray hair and the “age” issue that they associate with gray hair - it’s just too distressing for them, and that’s okay.  Whereas for me, it’s just a different hair color.

So why the post?
For those of you sitting on the edge of the platinum, silver, pewter, or snow white hair volcano – ready to jump in - do I or don’t I?
  • Take a second and question whether you really want those chemicals seeping into your head and through your body every six – eight weeks.
  • Do you really, honestly think your hair color is fooling people and making them think you are substantially younger than you are?
  • How much time and money are you really spending on hair coloring?
  • And remember, you’re not alone.  There are a few of us (very few under age 90, but a few) out here who are on our way to gray and looking forward to it every day and we support you in your decision when others cannot – it’s just too distressing for some, and that’s okay.

I stopped coloring my hair.
I now get a cut / trim every 4 – 6 weeks that costs me $40 and takes less than 40 minutes.

If I do not color my hair for the next 25 years,
without factoring in inflation or price increases,
I will not spend
  an additional 220 hours at the salon,
  and over $18,000 - on hair coloring alone.

I definitely have better uses for that time and money.

UPDATE 8/31/2011
My hair is the most gorgeous shade of silver - I couldn't be happier about the way that my hair looks. 

The other day I ran into a woman in the grocery store whose hair was almost the exact same color as mine.  I told her - our hair color matches almost perfectly and I must say your hair is beautiful.  She came up to me in the grocery store about ten minutes later and told me her story.  She quit coloring her hair because she had to - the chemicals were making her go bald in the back and the crown of her head.  She quit coloring her hair - her hair grew back in and she now has this beautiful mane of silver hair - - - - - and her daughters want her to go back to blonde, to start coloring her hair again. 

Think about it - her daughters don't care about her health.  They don't care that coloring her hair almost made their mother go bald.  All they care about is themselves and the fact that - they don't want a mom with gray hair.  How sad it is that our society has come to a point where outward appearance is more important than the health and well-being of those we are suppose to love.

That's my update - I love my hair - it's gorgeous!

UPDATE 10/31/2011
I went to a new stylist last week to have my hair cut.  She commented more than once on what beautiful color I had.  In all the years I was puting dye on my head - no one ever told me I had beautiful hair color.

That's my update - I love my hair - it's gorgeous!  and a trained professional agrees.

People do not grow old no matter how long we live.
We never cease to stand like curious children
before the great Mystery into which we were born.   Albert Einstein
Tags:  Going gray, going grey, grey hair, gray hair

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lesson One: Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution

I have intentionally been staying away from the Sunday morning talk shows that focused on politics here in the United States.  I have found over the course of the past couple of months they bring on panelists that are only interested in forwarding their own political agendas and do not even consider having a political discourse about possibilities.  Every single one of the panelists uses the shows to defend or forward their biased political agenda and rhetoric.  There is absolutely nothing informational about Sunday morning political talk shows – they are the same old, same old – every single week. 

This morning I surfed through the channels and stopped long enough to hear something that was an insult to the United States democracy.

In an earlier entry I challenged the 501(c) (4) “social welfare organization” Tea Party to educate the citizens of the United States on what a democratic (small d) government is truly suppose to be (as opposed to the rhetoric of a tax evading, gun toting, anti-government militia).  This morning on TV I heard rhetoric that again, yes again – misinformed the US citizens about what a democracy is and should be.  I heard misleading statements that mislead the public.

The purpose of making statements that are misleading is to provide misinformation to the public.  The purpose of making misleading statements is to give uninformed speaking points to US citizens who are uneducated on how their government really works.  The purpose of making misleading statements is to feed uninformed citizens incorrect information (that unfortunately they believe as truth), which they cannot parcel out as mistruths, because they are uneducated in the process of government.

Today’s Blurb
The talk show this morning was spurting crap about how it is President Obama’s job to “create” jobs and how he (Obama) would be unable to do so.

Lesson One
When a candidate comes to your door and says “I will do this” – they are not being truthful. Remember that they can do nothing on their own.  Whether it is for school board, city council, state office or federal office – they will HAVE TO work with other people to get things done – that’s what a democracy is all about.

Lesson Two
So when these talking assholes on TV say Obama has to do this, or Obama has to do that, it is wise for us to remember that Obama can change nothing or move new laws forward unless the House and the Senate give it to him for his signature.  He can champion anything – BUT HE ALONE CAN ENACT VERY LITTLE (through executive orders) without the House and the Senate bringing it to his desk for signature.  (Executive Orders are generally orders to staff of the executive branch and not to citizens. Article I, Section 1 of the US Constitution specifically reserves all federal legislative authority to Congress, not the president.)  (Source) 

Lesson Three
Article I, Section 1 of the US Constitution specifically reserves all federal legislative authority to Congress, not the president.  Quote:  All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”  (Source – The Constitution)

When it comes to legislation a President of the United States is NOT allowed to say, “I'm the decider, and I decide what is best.” (Source - George W Bush)

Lesson Four
A government where the leader of the country is solely responsible for the decisions of that country is called a dictatorship – not a democracy.

So What?
So where does that take us?  Anything and everything that should be important to you – has to go through the Senate and House FIRST and then to the President for his signature.

Thus, anger that you have regarding laws and legislation that are enacted or not enacted should be focused on the House and Senate – not the President.  (Be careful who you vote for.)

Example One
Obama championed healthcare – he did not enact it - the House and Senate did.  It is NOT Obamacare – it is healthcare reform for the nation, voted on by the members of the House and the Senate.  Article I, Section 1 of the US Constitution specifically reserves all federal legislative authority to Congress, not the president. 

Example Two
Dec 17, 2010 ... The House passed the standalone DADT repeal on December 15 by a vote of 250 to 175… Dec 18, 2010 ... The Senate voted 65-31 on Saturday to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell… Dec 22, 2010 ... President Barack Obama signs the bill repealing the "don't ask, don't tell"

Any jobs legislation has to come from the Senate and the House.  Any decreases in programs will come from the Senate and the House (be careful who you vote for).  Article I, Section 1 of the US Constitution specifically reserves all federal legislative authority to Congress, not the president. 

Let me remind you that the Republicans are now in charge of the House and Senate and have been spouting how in charge they are since they won in November. Yet not one of the agendas they have brought forward has to do with job creation in the United States – NOT ONE! 

Hypothetical example:
Dec 17, 2011 ... The House repeals jobs creation bill… Dec 18, 2011 ... The Senate repeals the job creations bill  Tell… Dec 22, 2011 ... President Barack Obama has NO job creation bill to sign

Who is at fault for this hypothetical example? 
The voters of the US, The House and the Senate.

Let me remind you that the House and Senate passed to extend the tax cuts for the top 2% as a way to create jobs (while holding the middle class hostage in the negotiations).  It is the responsibility – the sole responsibility of the Republican majority in the House and Senate to put forth a bill on job creation – to talk with their ultra-rich bosses that they extended the tax cuts to in late 2010 – to CREATE JOBS. 

Ask the Republican led House and Senate.
Ask the top 2% wealthiest Americans who control the Republican Party and got tax cuts extended as a premise for job creation.

That’s where any and all blame - now and in the future - should be focused when you are talking about unemployment issues after 1/1/2011.

PS – Tea Party Patriots - you owe me $1,000 for doing some of your 501(c)(4) “social welfare” tax exempt work.  You can send the check (from the million dollars you got from the Koch brothers) to:   
Tags:  Tea Party Patriot, Article I constitution, Obamacare, House Republicans, Jobs creation, unemployment, wealthiest 2%, outsourcing, President

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Good Luck Charlie – Both of You.

This morning on TV they announced that Charlie Sheen was going into rehab.  I truly wish him luck in drying out.  It’s time to be sober, Charlie – both of you.

His character “Charlie Harper” has been the topic of a couple of conversations with friends over the past year.  I love the show 2 ½ Men.  I love the character Charlie Harper.  I was “Charlie Harper” when I was younger.  I drank too much and too often, I slept around too much and too often and I had a wise-ass mouth (still do).  The only thing I was missing was the “Charlie Harper” money.

Charlie Sheen started being Charlie Harper at a time in his real life he should have been seriously sobering up in his real life.  But because of the popularity of the TV show 2 ½ Men and the role he played every week, I think that his mental growth as a real human was stunted by the TV role he played.  Charlie Harper hasn’t aged, but Charlie Sheen has and he’s 45 now – time to act a responsible 45.  I think Charlie Sheen became confused and thought he was Charlie Harper, even though it was just a TV role, the boundaries of who “Charlie” is, got screwed up.  (Not making excuses, they serve no purpose – just looking at an option)

I think it would be extremely difficult to be in a very successful role playing a drunk, womanizer and not have that have an affect on your “real life”.  Charlie Sheen may have forgotten that Charlie Harper is a character in a TV show.  But that doesn’t mean that “Charlie Harper” and Charlie Sheen have to be the same person.

I truly hope Charlie Sheen is successful in rehab.  He’s starting to show the physical affects of too much drinking (he’s looking like a horse that has been rode hard and put up wet; been around the block one too many times).  No one really wants to live the life of a drunk – sobering up can make life much more challenging and yet much more “livable” and real.

The role of Charlie Harper doesn’t change because the TV audiences want “Charlie Harper”.  Maybe it’s time for the writers of 2 ½ Men to change the story of Charlie Harper.  It’s time for him to grow up and sober up, one episode at a time.

So then the challenge becomes what becomes of the TV character “Charlie Harper”?  As I mentioned, I’d like to see him sober-up on TV.  It could be an excellent line for TV and for the audience.  Sobering up can be very funny at moments and can be very dramatic at moments.  Charlie Harper, becoming and being sober, could be a learning experience for the TV audience that you can be sober, still have fun and still have a wise ass mouth.  There are so many new, different story lines that they could do with a sober Charlie Harper.  I think they could make a sober Charlie Harper just as funny and just as wise-assed as the old Charlie Harper.  The only potential pitfall for the new story line would be if they made Charlie Harper a mean, sarcastic, nasty dry-drunk.  

A friend of mine who got sober told me that the hardest part of sobering up was learning to have fun when you are sober.  I think too many people who are in recovery miss that part of recovery and think they can’t have fun and be sober. 

I think the TV character “Charlie Harper” could show the nation that being sober and having fun don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

CBS – It’s time for Charlie Harper to sober up on the show.  Have your brilliant writers do their thing and write that into the story line going forward.  

Maybe, by doing so you can help Charlie Sheen stay sober and that’s not a bad thing.  Maybe, by doing so you can help others in recovery find hope, peace and laughter in the recovery process and that’s not a bad thing.

Good luck Charlie – both of you.  Let’s pray neither of you becomes a nasty, old dry-drunk.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

UTAH - In Guns we Trust

Utah considers making semiautomatic pistol a state symbol
06:31 PM
By Marisa Kendall, USA TODAY

An M1911A1 semiautomatic, .45-caliber pistol manufactured by Remington Rand. Utah gunmaker John M. Browning designed the original M1911 firearm, which lawmakers want to make the nation's official state gun.

A House committee voted, 9-2, yesterday to endorse a bill that would make Utah gunmaker John Moses Browning's M1911 semiautomatic pistol a state symbol. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, said the .45-caliber handgun is something that represents Utah, The Tribune reported.

"It's an implement of freedom that has defended America for 100 years," he said.  (Source)

This makes me sick!

I was a deer hunter, I was a teacher, I am a mother, I am an accountant, I am a cyclist, I am a volunteer,
AND I am NOT a Mormon

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Being Happy is What Life Should be About

Be careful what you wish for is a phrase that we often hear when talking about our wants (vs. what we need).  I think you have to take it one step farther – Be careful what you choose.

Every day we are faced with decisions and choices that we don’t have to make in a matter of minutes.  That’s one thing that I think about almost every day because in today’s society most people need everything “right now” and that type of an attitude (whether at work or home) just pisses the other person off.  The reason it’s annoying is because “right now” has probably been stewing around in the person’s brain for weeks, maybe months and yet they chose to not act on it until it’s an issue and then it becomes everyone else’s “right now problem”.  You don’t have a choice in your response to this – you just have to act “right now”.  But today I want to look at other types of choices and being careful about what you choose.

Making choices should make you happy and keep you happy over the course of your life.  That's what good choices should be and what life is all about.  You can always have “wishes and wants’ but that doesn’t mean you make choices to do something based on them.

Choosing a Partner
I’ve made this choice three times – lived long-term with a couple of other guys.  Upon reflection I came to the decision that I make bad choices when it comes to men, so I now choose not to have a relationship, a relationship is something that I neither need nor want.  I had a friend that recently got divorced and my advice to them was – “It took two of you to get married and it took the two of you to get a divorce.  Until you figure out how you contributed to the breakup, don’t get into another relationship.”  Some may think that is harsh, but sometimes what you did wrong was “making the choice” to have that person as your partner and you need to deal with that so you can make a better choice the next time.  Making this choice in your life, has to be very well thought out – because if it doesn’t work there’s a lot of emotional and financial issues, problems and pain for both parties and that’s not what life should be about.

Choosing a Car
This one is an amazing societal statement of what people think they need.  I had a flashy Camaro when I was younger – I really “wanted” that car and made the choice to buy it – and it turned out to be a lemon;  GM ended up buying back.  After that choice, I’ve made my choices based on the philosophy that I “need’ to buy a car that gets me from point A to point B – no flash.  Over the course of my life I’ve driven some moderately expensive cars, but my next car will be inexpensive, because I don’t need to make a statement with the car I drive.  I’ve had a friend that has bought extremely expensive cars because that’s what they wanted. But in reality those fancy, expensive cars were not what they needed, because they couldn’t afford them (a couple repos in that story).  “He/she who dies with the most toys, wins”– is a foolish choice to make, because the ultimate reality is he/she who dies with the most toys, just dies and the toys are then totally meaningless.

Choosing a Home
This one has been a headliner in the news a lot the last few years and there has been plenty of blame spread around about this choice – the buyer’s choice to buy, the banker’s choice to finance.  This choice in the long run has not made a lot of people happy.  Choosing to buy a home is a huge commitment – I think a lot of people don’t realize that.  I thought I had it all figured out when I chose to buy my home – but I am looking forward to being a renter again.  When the housing market picks up I’m choosing to dump my house.  Buying a house is not about the size of the house or the neighborhood, it’s about whether you have the time and energy and money to keep it maintained.  Every time I have to call a plumber, or a garage door repair company, or the HVAC company for maintenance or repairs, all I see is money going out the door.  Money I’d rather be spending on something else.  And then there are the property taxes (which keep going up even though the value of my home keeps going down), homeowners association dues (that keep going up for maintenance and repairs), there’s the insurance (which keeps going up), there’s the electrical (which keep going up) cost for the whole house – when I basically only sleep there and use maybe two or three rooms.  Buying a home became a symbol of something you “had to choose”; it was almost un-American not to want your own home.  But in the long run – I don’t think it’s something that everyone “needs”, even though they may dream that they “want” it.  And just because you “want” something, doesn’t mean you have to act on that and buy it.

My challenge to you is to really look at the choices that you’ve made.  Is that high paying, high stress job really making you happy  (it could even be low paying, high stress)?  Do you really need all those clothes/shoes in your closet – do they make you happy?  Do you need all that electronic equipment – does it really make you happy?  Do you need the latest and greatest cell phone – does that really make you happy?  Do you really need that car you can’t afford to pay for or repair – does that really make you happy?  If you were to die tomorrow (and we are all going to die someday) – what “treasures” in your life will become meaningless trash that someone else has to dispose of?  Meaningless objects that no one else would really want - ending up in a construction dumpster or a thrift store when they went through your belongings after your death?  It’s time to make choices that have real meaning and keep you really happy over the course of the time.

But the real question comes down to – What will make you really happy?  What do you really need in your life vs. what you want to have?  That’s a very deep question if you take the time to think about it.  And being happy is a question I pondered in two earlier entries.

And being happy is what life should be about.

Monday, January 24, 2011

State of Michele Bachmann Moments - just for you!

Time Magazine did a profile of Michele Bachman on March 31st.
Before you belive everything you read - please consider that the Time is and always has been a mouthpiece for the Republican party.

So today, I share some  "Michele Bachmann Moments” with you - that weren't in Time Magazine article.

Michele Bachmann in church telling the congregation that God told her to run for Congress.

Michele Bachman claims she was held against her will in a bathroom in a small town in Minnesota at a rally.  This is absolutely true!

Foster Mother to 23 kids – in 6 years - now that’s what you could call sucking from the teat of County government  – when it comes to foster care subsidies.
State subsidy of about $400+ per month for each kid she had in her house -
Talk about being on the government dole!

She serves with “anti-American members of Congress”

A recap with even more stupid shit Bachmann has done.

And my salute to Keith Olbermann for exposing Bachmann’s ignorance – it’s worth watching and worth paying attention to.

This woman is a nutcase and a fruitcake.
If you take Michele Bachmann seriously, you’ve lost touch with reality or you’re either on really bad drugs.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Will the REAL Tea Party PLEASE Stand UP! (Again)

I heard this on the radio yesterday:
“Congresswoman Michele Bachmann to Deliver Tea Party's State of the Union Response – Tuesday”

My first reaction was OMG – what is this narcissistic drama queen doing making a response to the President’s State of the Union Address.

Then I thought (after all my posts this past week) – How can she be given time to make a nationalized televised response when the “Tea Party Patriots” – the Official Home of the Tea Party Movement – is a 501(c)(4) – social welfare organization and NOT  a 527 political organization?  If they are giving broadcast time to this 501(c)(4), then they should give response broadcast time to all 501(c) (4) organizations.

So I went on a search – and it brought me back to my on-going question of last week – “Will the REAL Tea Party PLEASE Stand UP!”  Come on, be REAL men, put on your big boy pants, and stand up, take credit for the lies and havoc you are creating and acknowledge who you are – who is the REAL Tea Party?  Stand up – scream it to the nation – who in the hell are you? -  come out of the closet, so you can take the verbal abuse everyone else has to endure.  What are you, chickens – hiding behind the Koch Brothers money and your 2nd amendment rights?

Michele Bachmann’s response (I even hate typing that name) is being sponsored by the  “The Tea Party Express one of the largest and most aggressive national tea party groups, is teaming up with new media developers Tea Party HD "... and at the bottom of the press release it says “Paid for and authorized by the Our Country Deserves Better PAC /, a federal political action committee, which is responsible for the content of this message.  Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.  Contributions are not tax deductible for tax purposes.”

So these folks, the ones sponsoring MB’s (won’t type that name again, ick!) response, are not affiliated with the “Tea Party Patriots” (that I wrote about all last week) but are a branch out there on their own and based on my research last week were kicked out of the “Tea Party Federation” in July of 2010.

So if this is not the “Tea Party Patriots” and it is not the “Tea Party Federation” then who is the “Tea Party Express” and are they the “REAL Tea Party”?  And then my next question is why is the “Tea Party Express” doing this and not the “Tea Party Nation”, “Nationwide Tea Party Coalition”, “National Tea Party Federation” or the “Tea Party Patriots” – what is so different about the “Tea Party Express”?

The “Our Country Deserves Better PAC / Tea Party Express” which is sponsoring this broadcast is a PAC. 

And apparently this is why the “Tea Party Express / OCDB” exist:
“No one owns the Tea Party brand, so many candidates for political office can run claiming to possess Tea Party ideology and values against “establishment” opponents in the Republican primaries and the upcoming November 2 general elections. Although an occasional sparsely funded candidate can succeed against well-heeled machine operations, electoral campaigns are expensive and they require organization and money in order to field an army of volunteers. It should be no surprise that various elements of the Tea Party movement are creating or already have created Political Action Committees:

What is a PAC? defines it as a group not endorsed by a candidate or political party but organized to engage in political election activities, especially the raising and spending of money for "campaigning…[including] to help defeat a candidate deemed undesirable by the group.

The Tea Party Express created a PAC in 2008 called, Our Country Deserves Better, which reportedly pumped $350,000 into successful campaign of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts for the late Ted Kennedy’s seat and $500,000 toward the primary victory of Sharron Angle in Nevada (The PAC was renamed Our Country Deserves Better PAC— in 2009.) Its recent success was in spending $550,000 since July 12 in support of Joe Miller’s candidacy in Alaska, including $314,000 in the final week before the August 24 primary election. Joe Miller pulled off a stunning upset over incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski in Alaska's Republican primaries.”  (Source1)

Wiki – you need to update your definition of the Tea Party.  Not only does include these listings:
The Tea Party Express
The Tea Party Coalition
The Tea Party Nation
The Tea Party Coalition
The Tea Party Patriots

“On the IRS website listing of political organizations, 38 organizations with “Tea Party” in their names have filed a Form 8871 identifying themselves as 527 organizations and 12 have filed a Form 8872 with disclosures of actual fundraising and expenditures (another dozen 527s have “liberty” in their names and another 36 filers of 8871s have “patriot” in their names, some of which are affiliated with groups in the Tea Party movement). They are all small, some with only token funding amounts, but it shows a burgeoning Tea Party electoral infrastructure.”  (Source1)

All of them are tax-dodging, hyprocritical, self-absorbed assholes.  And this doesn't include all the local branches being run out of small busineeses and basements.

My only hope and prayer is that the entire lot of them implode upon each other with infighting, bickering and squabbling.  Pot smoking Libertarians and extremist right wing Republicans, will not be able to exist in cooperation for long.

This is my last post (for awhile - they never cease to amuse and amaze me) on the Tea Party – I have come to the conclusion they are a fraud as an independent political movement – very dangerous to the well-being of the United States, but a fraud. 

I have come to the conclusion that they recruiting people to their movement advertising it as a “grassroots” political movement when in fact – in my opinion - it is an extremely dangerous right hand and arm of the Republican Party.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see Karl Rove behind this somehow.

Those Democrats and Green Party members who have aligned themselves with this dangerous, dangerous movement should reconsider what they are doing.

Doesn't pay taxes - fights for gun rights - doesn't like the current government----
If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck...(and Michele Bachmann sounds like a duck)

Sure sounds like a militia movement to me.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Is THIS the REAL - 501(c)(4) - Tea Party? (Fini)

So let’s finish our look at the
“Official Home of the Tea Party Movement”
The Tea Party Patriots, Inc.
(Is this the REAL Tea Party?  See a previous five entries)

Core Values - Free Markets:
A free market is the economic consequence of personal liberty. The founders believed that personal and economic freedom were indivisible, as do we. Our current government's interference distorts the free market and inhibits the pursuit of individual and economic liberty. Therefore, we support a return to the free market principles on which this nation was founded and oppose government intervention into the operations of private business.

Are you really concerned about individual economic liberty and an individual’s private business as this paragraph would seem to imply?  Based on where they are reportedly getting their funding - Koch Brothers? – I don’t think the true intent is the “individual” here.

The first line makes absolutely no sense at all.  I hope it’s not your shining glory.  Did you have anyone else read this first?  Ever study logic?   

How can you dare talk for the founders?  How do you know that they believed in “personal and economic freedom as indivisible”?  What in the hell does that mean?  Maslow would disagree with this statement.  Where in the hell did you get that?  Smoking too much dope?    It’s one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all – written in 1892 - the founding fathers did NOT write this.

This is blanket statement that is so broad and so naive in its logic that I cannot comprehend that someone would write this in today’s world of Bernie Madoffs and Tom Petters.

I read somewhere this past few days that it was the “free market” that allowed for segregated lunch counters.  If this is your idea of a better United States– you’re not my kind of patriot.  I believe in a nation that provides government intervention of private business that eliminates segregated lunch counters.  And because of that I do NOT (and every American should not) support the statement “oppose government intervention into the operations of private business”.

It is through government intervention that I, as a woman, am allowed to work.  It is through government intervention that small children in the United States are not forced to work.  It is through government intervention that the disabled can have a place in the workforce.  Thanks to government intervention I am not making $1.00 per day.  Thanks to government intervention I get a bathroom break twice a day.  And thanks to the potential of government intervention my boss can't hit me, beat me, or rape me - just because they are the boss.  Your philosophy here is so na├»ve and so regressive that I cannot believe that I am hearing this in the 21st century.  Go back in your cave and stay there!

Every citizen of the United States inherently has the opportunity for the pursuit of individual and economic liberty in the United States – more so than in most countries in the world.  The fact that you would infer that this do not exist, is blasphemous to our country and our way of life.  Shame on you for this disrespectful, unpatriotic inference about the United States of America.

Tea Party Patriots, Inc.
A 501(c) (4) organization is:  Organizations that promote social welfare should primarily promote the common good and general welfare of the people of the community as a whole. An organization that primarily benefits a private group of citizens cannot qualify for exemption.

Don’t forget – without government “intervention” you couldn’t do this as a TAX EXEMPT organization.

(By the way this paragraph has a Flesch Reading Ease score of 18.3, not good, not good at all.) (Oh, I forgot, people are not supposed to understand it – just repeat it, over and over and over again, as if they understand it.)

BTW:  Are you the REAL Tea Party?
Or is one of these the REAL Tea Party?
The Tea Party Express
The Tea Party Coalition
The Tea Party Nation

Well this is the end of a weeklong journey.
No more to look at.
The key questions were never answered from a week ago
- the Patriots were looked at in detail
- but we don't even know if they are the "real" Tea Party.

The one thing - that I really can't get past is the 501(c)(4) tax exemption. 
They want their guns,
they don't like government as it currently is, 
and they don't want to pay taxes -
kinda sounds like a militia to me - but then that's just me.

And to close I would like to use the following quote (Google it).
Chief Justice John Marshall, who served from his appointment by President John Adams in 1800 until 1835, making him one of America’s longest serving chief justices. Sometimes referred to as the “father of the Supreme Court,” Marshall had written in an early-nineteenth- century decision some text Stevens quoted into his Citizen’s United dissent: “A corporation is an artificial being, invisible, intangible, and existing only in contemplation of law. Being a mere creature of law, it posses only those properties which the charter of its creation confers upon it.” 

Tea Party - you are a corporation - a 501(c)(4), TAX EXEMPT corporation.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Is THIS the REAL - 501(c)(4) - Tea Party? (Part V)

So let’s continue our look at the
“Official Home of the Tea Party Movement”
The Tea Party Patriots, Inc.

(Is this the REAL Tea Party?  See the first entry in this series.)

And all I have to say today – is – oh, my…………
Too much dope, just too much dope - gotta stay away from that stuff folks, it's bad for you.

Our Philosophy
Tea Party Patriots, Inc. as an organization believes in the Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government, and Free Markets. Tea Party Patriots, Inc. is a non-partisan grassroots organization of individuals united by our core values derived from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America, the Bill Of Rights as explained in the Federalist Papers. We recognize and support the strength of grassroots organization powered by activism and civic responsibility at a local level. We hold that the United States is a republic conceived by its architects as a nation whose people were granted "unalienable rights" by our Creator. Chiefly among these are the rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." The Tea Party Patriots stand with our founders, as heirs to the republic, to claim our rights and duties which preserve their legacy and our own. We hold, as did the founders, that there exists an inherent benefit to our country when private property and prosperity are secured by natural law and the rights of the individual. As an organization we do not take stances on social issues. We urge members to engage fully on the social issues they consider important and aligned with their beliefs.

Holy shit - that is a long, confusing paragraph.
Did you read that - really?  Really read that?
Who in the hell wrote this - who is suppose to understand this- ohhhhhhhh - no one is suppose to REALLY understand it................I'm sorry - I didn't realize it was a secret.

The first thing that caught my eye on the philosophy is the mention of “Tea Party Patriots Inc.” in the first two sentences of the philosophy.  To the drafters of this “declaration of conflagration” “Tea Party Patriots Inc.” was so important that they included it twice, so as no mistakes would be made.  I’m assuming that the mistake that could be made is, “Who is THE Tea Party, Really?”

The next line is pretty much blah, blah, blah – someone should remind them – that these documents belong to all citizens of the United States and not just to the Tea Party.  They are no better capable of interpreting them or defending them – than anyone one else.  They should also be reminded that if there are Constitutional issues – we have a competent Supreme Court that (most times) interprets the Constitution in a rigorous manner. The fact that they threw in the phrase “as explained in the Federalist Papers” should force us to take a moment and pause over the question, “Why did they put that there?”

I personally do not believe that “OUR CREATOR” granted us “unalienable rights” or "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".  What the hell is this – OUR CREATOR?  The Declaration definitely states “their Creator” – huge difference – HUGE!!!!!! Purpose: to make themselves feel superior to the rest of us heathens, who may not believe in “OUR CREATOR”?  (Reading this made me think of another blog entry I did a couple months ago – wonder if that’s where they got the idea.) 

I really find the whole blurb on “the founders” self serving crap. Advertising hyperbole only.  Meant to inflame, impassion followers (who may not even know understand it means).  Fancy words – empty promises.  Meant to distance or separate themselves from others in the United States.  Meant to make themselves feel superior to the rest of us heathens?  Who knows - maybe "the founders" would have put the whole bunch of them on a ship - and sent them back  to Europe?  Maybe????  Possible....

This statement is problematic (at the least) - As an organization we do not take stances on social issues.  Reason I have a problem with that is  -  by law - they are a 501(c)(4) which is a non-profit social welfare organization.  Per the IRS, as a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization  ‘they are to promote the common good and general welfare of the people of the community as a whole. An organization that primarily benefits a private group of citizens cannot qualify for exemption.’ If you're not going to do that - why do you exist?

(Referring to the last sentence of the IRS definition in the previous paragraph) - If they are primarily benefiting the private group of citizens (“Tea Party members”) that belong to “Tea Party Patriots” (as they infer in the final sentence of their philosophy) then their tax exemption should be pulled.  (Posts I and II also would imply that they are probably providing funds that primarily benefits “their members”.)

We urge members to engage fully on the social issues they consider important and aligned with their beliefs.
Whose members are you talking to in that line – the members of
The Tea Party Patriots,
The Tea Party Express,
The Tea Party Coalition,
The Tea Party Nation
or all of them?

(Is this the REAL Tea Party?  Really?  You wouldn't lie to me, would you???)

Based on the fact
that the “Tea Party Patriots” chose the 501(c)(4) organizational designation
should cause people to pause and think.

Oh, my………….
Didn’t anybody think twice before they issued these folks a 501(c)(4)  exemption?
Oh, my………….

So the question remains – Who is the REAL Tea Party?
And the next question remains – Which one of the organizations is the REAL Tea party?
And the next question remains – What in the hell is the Tea Party?
And the next question remains – Why in the hell are we referring to this as a political party?  Just a group of unorganized, but influential, activists if you ask me (Democrats, are you listening?)
But, the next question remains – How in the hell are they able to influence politics?

Hope you’ll stick with me – almost done.
More later -

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Is THIS the REAL - 501(c)(4) - Tea Party? (Part IV)

So let’s continue our look at the
“Official Home of the Tea Party Movement”
The Tea Party Patriots, Inc.
(Is this the REAL Tea Party? )

Core Values - Constitutionally Limited Government:
 We, the members of The Tea Party Patriots, are inspired by our founding documents and regard the Constitution of the United States to be the supreme law of the land. We believe that it is possible to know the original intent of the government our founders set forth, and stand in support of that intent. Like the founders, we support states' rights for those powers not expressly stated in the Constitution. As the government is of the people, by the people and for the people, in all other matters we support the personal liberty of the individual, within the rule of law.

Line One
Inspired by the Founding Documents
Original Intent
Supreme Law of the Land
Impassioned speech that does nothing but promote an empty promise.  It is my opinion that probably none of the members who read this – none - could explain to you specifically how they are inspired by the founding documents, what “original intent” is being spoken of, or what aspects of the Constitution deem it the “supreme law of the land”.  Would the members (all of them) know what the “founding documents” are, without looking it up onthe internet?  Hyperbole in its truest form.  (Look it up)

Line Two
You have no idea what the “intent” of the founders was.  Don’t even go there!  You were not there!  You cannot interview them – they are dead!  Do you actually think that someone with a 21st century worldview can understand the original intent of the founders?  Especially someone who has no background in Constitutional Law?  Again – an impassioned statement that cannot be acted upon – can not be moved forward to meet any objectives and cannot be be proven as achieved by measurable goals.  Worthless rhetoric.

Line Three
I'm not going to touch this - comparing yourselves to the founding fathers -  No comment!

Line Four
As the government is of the people, by the people and for the people, in all other matters we support the personal liberty of the individual”.  I dare say and have said it earlier in another post – I am positive that you do not support MY personal liberty.  I do not believe in what you believe from a political standpoint and I have heard over and over again how “I am wrong” for thinking how I think and doing as I do.  Again, hyperbole – that they can quote – that they cannot and do not act upon -  for ALL citizens of the United States.

There is no chance in hell of setting specific objectives to achieve this value / goal or at any point, proving that they can achieve it or that they actually did it – because they do not know/cannot know  “the true intent”.  This is nothing but empty rhetoric meant to sound ostentatious and is in truth a passive, static statement. Tea Party hyperbole (Look it up). 

BTW:  Are you the REAL Tea Party?
Or is one of these the REAL Tea Party?
The Tea Party Express
The Tea Party Coalition
The Tea Party Nation

Oh. My………………………….

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Is THIS the REAL - 501(c)(4) - Tea Party? (Part III)

So let’s continue our look at the
“Official Home of the Tea Party Movement”
The Tea Party Patriots, Inc.
(Is this the REAL Tea Party?)

And all I have to say today – is – oh, my…………

Core Values - Fiscal Responsibility:
Fiscal Responsibility by government honors and respects the freedom of the individual to spend the money that is the fruit of their own labor. A constitutionally limited government, designed to protect the blessings of liberty, must be fiscally responsible or it must subject its citizenry to high levels of taxation that unjustly restrict the liberty our Constitution was designed to protect. Such runaway deficit spending as we now see in Washington D.C. compels us to take action as the increasing national debt is a grave threat to our national sovereignty and the personal and economic liberty of future generations.

My first question is why your concern with taxation when you have registered as a TAX EXEMPT organization – seems a little hypocritical to me.

Let’s talk about the first line – That’s enough to make me go verbally ballistic.  If this is the REAL Tea Party, they believe in reduction of entitlements, including reductions in Social Security and Medicare programs.  “Through the fruits of MY labor” I have diligently paid into those programs for over 40 years and NOW these assholes want to take away my benefits.  The first line is hypocrisy and deception at its finest.

Line 2 – I have no idea where in the hell they are going with this.  They are mixing up too many premises and it begins to make no sense.  What is a “constitutionally limited government” – do you even know what you wrote?   Are you now questioning the “founding fathers” that you so previously revered?  It makes no sense.   What does “high levels of taxation restrict liberty” mean?  So you’re just making stuff up here – pulling crap out the air, putting together phrases – hoping they will make sense?.  Smoking too much dope?  A simple general lesson in government - It is only through taxation that we can preserve our Constitution and the rights thereunder – government is not free!  What you consider as “excessive” many citizens in other countries laugh at – as under-taxation.

To the next item.  The “Tea Party” (whoever in the hell that is, I still haven’t figured it out) – that the Tea Party Patriots may represent and fund through grants, has members who have historically under the previous administrations been part of the deficit spending.  With that in mind – I think it is both hypocritical and sanctimonious for the Tea Party Patriots, to at this point, act as if some unknown entity in the universe caused our deficit.  Do we need to be more fiscally responsible?  Sure, but it should not be driven by naive statements and thinking that does not take into account the long-term cause and effect of what is espoused.

BTW:  Are you the REAL Tea Party?
Or is one of these the REAL Tea Party?
The Tea Party Express
The Tea Party Coalition
The Tea Party Nation

Oh. My………………………….
More to come.......

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Is THIS the REAL - 501(c)(4) - Tea Party? (Part II)

So let’s continue our look at the
“Official Home of the Tea Party Movement”
The Tea Party Patriots, Inc.

(Is this the REAL Tea Party?  See a previous entry)

And all I have to say today – is – oh, my…………

From Their Webpage
Tea Party Patriots, Inc. ("TPP") is a non-partisan, non-profit social welfare organization dedicated to furthering the common good and general welfare of the people of the United States. TPP furthers this goal by educating the public and promoting the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets. Tea Party Patriots has not endorsed candidates for public office.

First of all – to reiterate – the “Tea Party Patriots, Inc.” is a 501(c)(4) which is a non-profit social welfare organization.  So, the first line is no biggy.

Are they non-partisan?  They are partisan if they are representing The Tea Party Nation (which boldly states they are conservatives).  They are partisan if they are representing The Tea Party Express (which raised political money for Sharon Angle).  They are partisan if they are representing the Tea Party Coalition whose steering committee includes Newt Gingrich and 50 other online conservatives.  So – I gotta say, partisan – if they are REALLY -  “The”  official home of   “the”   Tea Party.

Dedicated to furthering the “common good and general welfare” – where have I heard that before?  From the IRS tax code for a 501(c)(4). Not too original, plagiarism at its best.  …“of the people of the United States.” I strongly question if they are dedicated to my common good or general welfare – as it appears that they are not.  But they seem to include me in their statement – even though they don’t care about my beliefs.  And I question why no where do they mention a perfect union or domestic tranquility, hmmmmm.  And thinking back to yesterday’s entry – I don’t imagine you’ll be giving any of the anonymous grant of $1,000,000 to anyone outside the “Tea Party”.

Since you are a 501(c)(4) go ahead and try to educate the public.  And I mean that sincerely – as most of the public is uneducable when it comes to the topic of government.  This would be an excellent use of the $1,000,000 anonymous grant that you received.  Oh, and by the way – as a nation we would like statistics on what populations you educated, in what states, what methods you used to educate them, how much of the $1,000,000 you used to educate them and hopefully scores from pre and post testing to show changes in mental acuity from the educational opportunity you provided.

Last line states they have not endorsed candidates for public office.  First off, they can’t, it’s against the law because they are a 501(c)(4).  BUT, because they do not have to disclose their donors or how they explicitly spend their money – it’s highly possible and probable that they have, in some way, endorsed candidates.  If this were not the case, then why would there be such a Tea Party influence on Capital Hill and Tea Party influence in the drafting of current legislature?

Mission Statement
The impetus for the Tea Party movement is excessive government spending and taxation. Our mission is to attract, educate, organize, and mobilize our fellow citizens to secure public policy consistent with our three core values of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets.

My first and immediate response here is that they appear to be speaking on behalf of the entire Tea Party in the first line – whereas they supposedly do not represent “THE” Tea Party, but represent Tea Party Patriots, only. Or are they including all the members of the Tea party including The Tea Party Patriots, The Tea Party Express, The Tea Party Coalition, The Tea Party Nation -  all of them – even the blatantly conservative ones, who promote political candidates?  [A no-no for a 510(c)(4).]  Or just the members of the Tea Party  that you fund through the grants you give out? [Which again would be a no-no if you’re a 510(c)(4).]  

My only response to this statement is to refer readers back to an earlier post that I have done on the hypocrisy of bashing entitlements.  It seems absurd to me, that people who have benefited from excessive government spending and taxation should now, after they have reaped those benefits, begin a journey to reduce spending, taxation and programs for future generations. 

There is an assumption in reading this mission statement that all spending and taxation to date in the United States has happened in an atmosphere of a hypothetical, invisible “dictatorship”.  When in fact, elected officials, from both parties, at the state and federal level have provided for the citizens of the United States through the enacting of  legislation that has been in the best interests of our entire citizenship over the course of the past 200+ years.  (Kind of a – I get one – You get one - I get one – You get one…..or maybe you don’t understand that concept , it’s called sharing.)

All this sounds “nice and pretty” when put into a mission statement – but realistically, the best course of action was to become politically active within the party that they were affiliated with.  I am not against additional political stances in the Untied States – but I feel that the followers of this movement would be better served to take action within their own political party to make change, rather than fracture the discourse by adding such an extreme voice.  (Oh, but may be they can't - maybe their hyperbole was a little too off the edge for "their" party.)

Is this the REAL Tea Party? 
Or is one of these the REAL Tea Party?
The Tea Party Express
The Tea Party Coalition
The Tea Party Nation

Oh, my………….
Didn’t anybody think twice before they issued these folks a 501(c)(4)  exemption?
Oh, my………….

More later -