Thursday, October 30, 2008

Political Signs

Are everywhere - and most years they stay right wherethey are until the wind takes them - someone snags some of the signs for the politician they're not voting for and they toss 'em somewhere along their way.

I say that every sign left after the Friday after the elections (in public places like along the highways etc.) equal some sort of penalty/fine for the person/bill etc. they represent and that those parties' representativies etc. could also be fined.

Bottom line - clean 'em up.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cat in a Basket

That's Rebound! Well - his ears anyway!
I am not having any profound thoughts (that I'm willing to share at this time!) so I thought I'd put up this so cute picture of one of my rescue kitties. I got Rebound when I was volunteering for the Berea Animal Rescue Fund in Berea, Ohio ( as their healthcare coordinator. Rebound came after (educated guess by the veterinarian after someone saw him by their car right after they started it up) being caught on a car engine. His neck and hind legs were ripped up pretty bad.
I babied him because he was such a sweety - surgery after surgery, days of pills, bandage changings - he took it all so well.
I went to take the casts off his little legs; he was laying in a large cage and put his little paws on my shoulder as I cut away. I knew then I had to take him home - and add him to my then compliment of three (yes - he was #4) cats!
It was a rough go but so worth it - still one of the sweetest cats ever (and a cat that sheds more than any other cat I have ever met!).

Monday, October 27, 2008

Quote for Today

Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to.
Arnold H Glasow

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Liars, Liars: Pants on Fire!

Politicians suck.
Well - their campaigning sucks.

I know I am not alone in my frustration - my ultimate frustration in this (and every) campaign.

What is so hard about telling the truth?
If your truth stinks for some and is better for others and is great for a few: say it.
If an issue is going to create jobs - say it. If it's not; don't lie.
If an issue is really going to ammend a states' constitution to the downfall of its' citizens: they should know.

I am SO sick of campaign commercials (not just presidential) that all show "official" copies of the constituion, of voting histories, of attendance records - and so forth and so on.

How is the average person supposed to make sense of it all?
No one has the time to appropriately research each and every aspect of a politican, of a bill etc.

I hate that it is legal to spin!
Politicans should have to tell the truth: without spinning.

The thing is - political campaigns rest on their laurels a lot because we as a voting population are frankly: really, really ignorant - they count on it and totally take advantage: look at who has been in the white house for the past 8 years...need I say more?

I know I've said it before: educate yourself. Don't believe any: commercials, ads, pamphlets, campaigners. Do your own research, don't be afraid to ask questions.

Without questioning we would never advance.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Quote for Today

Beware of little expenses.
A small leak will sink a great ship.
Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, October 2, 2008


So - something's got to give, right?

Even my poor little IRA account has been hit - hard!
I have had the unfortunate need over the past several years to withdraw from my IRA (bad girl, bad girl!) - but it was needed - school, debt, etc. but I have not had to withdraw any funds since March '07. I have been happy to watch my little fund grow and grow.
I contribute more than the 3% match my employer offers; I nearly always have - it just makes sense.

I got my email tonight that my quarterly statement was available and all my funds values have decreased - significantly!

I'm 32 and am comfortable leaving my IRA alone and hoping that over the course of time it will grow, grow, grow. I won't contribute less, I won't withdraw the money and hide it under my mattress (though seeing a loss SUCKS and makes me want to).

That's me.

What about you? What about your family and friends?
How's your retirement?

How's your checking account? How about savings - do you even have one?

Something's got to give...
Will the "bailout" help - sure. Would we survive without it? Yes.

My message today:
be aware!
don't be one of these citizens that sits back uneducated, hoping, praying, wishing, keeping your fingers crossed etc.
VOTE (for one)
I'm a prime example of the citizen who knows a bit more about politics and their goings on than many others. I feel like I have to - as infuriating as it is.

I'm listening to the Biden-Palin debate right now.
Herein lies my favorite of all four candidates: Biden.
To me both tickets really leave something to be desired. I was a Hillary gal (still am!) through and through but Biden is the least scary, most intelligent of all of them - doesn't (by any means) make him an ideal candidate but...

Be involved
GET EDUCATED (for two)
who are you voting for and why?
running a party line? worth it?

to speak, to debate (without arguing and viciousness) - that's how we learn!

Frankly we all need to be involved and to be educated.
Are you?