#StillSanders

All the Democrats hating on Trump.  All the Republican hating on Hillary and Bernie.  Half the Dems hate Hillary.  Half the Dems  hate Bernie.  Half the Republicans hate Trump.

The Republicans fear democratic socialism, Bernie and fear Hillary, too.  One-half of the Dems fear Hillary, do the other half fear Bernie? Do all Democrats fear Trump?

Fear and hate – the two strongest emotions in the world.  Fear and hate only breeds more fear and hate.

What about policy and integrity?  Why don’t we speak of these?   Are we not all Americans?  Are we not all people of one world, one planet?

Change happens when the fear of staying the same is greater than the fear of change.

Which fear is greater for you now?

For me, it’s of things staying the same, as they have for thousands of years.  When will we be done with hate and killing for being a different skin color, sex, nationality, or any of the other reasons?

So, I try to look to our commonalities.  I seek to see the humanity in us all.  I work to love everyone – even if I disagree with their viewpoint.

My vow, from this day forward, focus on our sameness, our similarities.  And when our differences attempt to separate us and hinder our togetherness, I will hold up compassion, discuss to understand, and above all, show love and respect for my fellow human beings.

If we all do that – will it matter who our next President is?  If we all try to understand, sympathize and empathize, then will we be able to see LOVE MATTERS. Would it change the world?

LOVE MATTERS
LOVE CRUSHES FEAR
LOVE SILENCES HATE

I do not fear or hate Trump.  I find his policies and stance on issues to be poor choices that do not promote love, but divisiveness. I do not see by his words, past actions, and character that he is a man of integrity.

I do not fear or hate Hillary.  She aligns more to my thoughts on policy and issues, but I do not believe she is trustworthy due to her past actions, and I believe she does not have integrity.

Still today, my views and positions align the most with Bernie Sanders, and I find by his actions, his speech, and his life works that he has integrity.

He was and is my only choice – not just for me – for US!  Not just for democrats – but for Americans and even the world.

Because Bernie’s message isn’t just about policy and issues – his message is understanding and love.

I choose to be like Bernie – to do my best to show love, compassion, kindness and understanding to all my fellow human beings.

And, it’s not because I idolize him or see him as a hero.

It’s because I see in him more of what I’d like to see in myself.

Bernie makes me want to be a better person.

#StillSanders

 

 

Is voting a right?

Later this month, there will be both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention.  At these conventions, it is assumed, that the presumptive nominees will be named the official party nominees.

Although it may come as a surprise to many, about 1/2 of the people who voted in the Democratic primary (if not more, will explain) are not only not happy with the situation, but are downright outraged.  You see, Senator Bernie Sanders achieved about 45% of the votes in all of the Democratic primaries and caucuses, but could he have achieved more?  Many of these primaries were closed meaning you had to be registered as a Democrat to vote in the primary, with some registrations being due as much as 6 months before said primary.  This is a case of voter disenfranchisement.    And, there are more instances of voter disenfranchisement, voter suppression, or even election fraud in:

  • Wisconsin new voter ID laws and long lines
  • Arizona had polling locations in Maricopa County (Phoenix area) cut from 200 to 60
  • Oregon where they have mandatory registration which originally registers you non-affiliated in a closed primary state
  • New York with broken scanners and purged voters
  • Puerto Rico had many different issues the most important which may be reduced polling locations from 1510 to 432
  • Illinois votes switching from Sanders to Clinton,
  • Rhode Island having 144 polling locations as opposed to the typical 400+
  • California problems from voters getting provisional ballots instead of Democrat ballots and many lawsuits
  • and maybe more.

The Nevada Democratic Convention was a situation of rules of the convention being adopted BEFORE the set time in the program, as well as voice tallies only in a hall which held about 3,000 (as if you can tell if the Yay or Nay won in that situation.)  The potential corruption, or at the very least massive incompetence, is rampant and evident as noted if you look up the hashtag #ExitPollGate and I recommend reading this article by John Laurits explaining it.  Also, in some states, people mysteriously had their registrations change from Democrat or Republican to another party.

According to the Pew Research Center, as of 2014, one in four people identify as Independent, 39%.  Now, many of these Independents lean either towards the Democrat or Republican side, but if they aren’t registered as such, can’t vote in a closed primary.  29 states have closed primaries, although only 24 of them are closed for Democrats.  So, in effect, unless these Independents change their party, their voices are not heard as to the two party choices for the Presidential Nominees. Is this voter suppression or disenfranchisement, or both?

This is not a partisan issue.  This is an issue all Americans should be concerned about.

I understand the parties make their own rules.  I understand each state has it’s own rules. My question is – in a Federal election, shouldn’t the rules be the same for everyone?   Is it time to take another look at the Voting Rights Act, or maybe draw up another?

 

 

 

Less is more, 2016 sucks so far

I started this really long post about my year so far and decided to condense it.

Lost job first week of January.  Been looking ever since, many interviews, no offers.

I researched presidential candidates for about a month and made my choice the weekend before the Illinois primary.  I’ve never felt this strongly about a candidate or learned so much about politics, democracy, republics, fascism, communism, oligarchy, plutocracy, trickle-down economics, free-market, capitalism, mainstream media blackout and bias, conservatives, liberals, neo-cons, Benghazi, the Humanitarian Party, fracking, the upper 1%, income inequality, LGBT issues, Texas’ attack on Roe vs. Wade, etc.  Can you guess which candidate I voted for?

Hubby started getting sick mid-February.  1st full week of March off work, sick every day, by Friday, GI specialist and endocrine team worried due to increased liver enzymes and jaundice.  Next week, went to work Monday, the 14th, Tuesday morning in ER feeling extreme pain and just unwell.  Jaundice 12.1.  Released after 5 hours, antibiotic, pain meds, follow up with PCP. Stayed home from work Tuesday, half day Wednesday, off Thursday, He followed up with PCP and he said, why did they release you, go back.  Thursday, March 17 pm returned 2:00 to emergency room, released 7:30 pm, did a CT scan, more blood work – found a mass on his kidney, colitis, enlarged prostate.  Half day Friday at work and brought home short term disability papers.

Monday, the 21st, dropped those off to PCP who said, you look terrible, go back to ER, threw up in parking lot on the way out.  Went to ER, they finally admitted him, Billirubin now 20, ran MRI of liver, next day did liver biopsy, two days later did ERCP procedure to unobstruct major bile duct, which wasn’t obstructed.  Still jaundice Friday, the 25th, said they could do no more, transfer to liver specialist in St. Louis.  Finally got down there Sunday,  they hemmed and hawed mainly we found out by Wednesday, the 30th when he was released, because the images and liver biopsy slides were not immediately forwarded to them.  They did colonoscopy, couple small polyps, not cancerous, no other procedures, released.  Liver team was supposed to follow up with appointment, I called them Monday, the 4th, had slides and had scheduled appointment for May 17.  I said that’s not going to work, he’s getting weaker and sicker by the day.

Many calls on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 5th and 6th, to liver team and to GI doctor here, and by Wednesday, he was so weak, I had to take him back to St. Louis because liver team had to conclude their investigation that there was or was not liver damage and/or sign off on having the surgery for mass off kidney, which Urologist here in Springfield believed may actually be causing all his symptoms, it’s an extremely rare renal cancer called Stauffer’s Syndrome.

St. Louis did a few other images and tests and as of Thursday decided it wasn’t the liver, let’s see what the urologist says, get that mass off your kidney to be sure.  He sat in hospital all weekend, not much going on, liquid diet, saw urologist Monday, and was released Monday evening the 11th.

We have appointment next Monday, the 18th, with liver team and urologist in St. Louis, and hope to have a date scheduled for the surgery, as right now, we see the surgery as the beginning of the end, that he can’t start “getting better” or “recovering” until the mass is gone.

He’s home, weak, careful of what he eats so he doesn’t get sick or blocked up – and taking a variety of pills to address the symptoms, not the cause.  If needed, we have serious pain meds, but so far, hasn’t needed the super serious ones.

I still have to get our taxes done, as it’s been crazy for me going to hospital, staying at Dad’s when he was in St. Louis, driving a lot, and otherwise worrying WTF is going on and when we will have an answer and what will it take to get that.

That’s my F’ed up year so far, how about you?

 

 

Brush with Greatness – Cyndi Lauper

So, to continue my semi-random series on Brushes with Greatness, I will highlight my brush with Cyndi Lauper.

I don’t know how the ex scored these tickets, but at the time, we lived in Westborough, Massachusetts.  December 4, 1986, we had tickets to see Cyndi at the Worcester Centrum, about 40 minutes from where we lived.  I didn’t know many people attended, but we somehow lined up babysitting for the night and off we headed further west to Worcester – pronounced Were Ster.

Anyway, it was the True Colors tour, and I was then and am still a Cyndi fan, so it was awesome that we got to go backstage and meet her.  Many people lined up for pictures with her and the ex said I should do it.  I feel so silly now, but I noticed before hand and while standing beside her that she had lipstick on her teeth.  So, I told her, and she wiped it off, and we got a picture of that after.  I have it somewhere.  I still feel silly for saying, “Hey, Cyndi, you have lipstick on your teeth!” but in a way, I feel like she probably appreciated the candor.  I know I would have.

So, there is another brush with Greatness.  Do you have any?

Secrets/Tips – Cutting Part 2

More on cutting dirty little secrets and tips – Volume 2.  We continue at #7.

7.  Scratched or nicked a ruler or template with the rotary cutter.  Did I say these things are sharp and/or dangerous?   So, your grip slipped, and the rotary cutter made a nice nick or cut on the edge or top of your ruler.  Have you NEVER done this?  Let me know your secret!!!  I have a 16 1/2 X 16 1/2 inch lapboard I use to crop blocks evenly, but the corner by the “1” is a bit trimmed away.  I try to accommodate for it, but it’s a bit of a bother.It’s my bad for, you know, cutting the ruler. Agh!

Also, with the rulers, sometimes your rotary cutter or arm develops mind of it’s own and skips up from the fabric onto the top of the ruler.  I dont’ know how this happens.  I’m just glad that so far my fingers have not been in the wayTip:  Try to start an inch into the edge of your square – cut backwards to cover that inch and then forwards to your square.   As far as the rotary cutter developing a mind of it’s own, I don’t have a solution for that other than it must be a user error.  How so, I’m not sure.  Enlighten me!

8.  Dropped the rotary cutter open accidentally onto the floor (and luckily didn’t take off part of your toe!)  I don’t know how these rotary cutters get so slippery sometimes, but I have done this a couple times at least.  I check the tile floor afterwards, and one time had no marks, another time, there was a 1/2 inch small slice in the tile.  Dang!  Did I say these things were sharp?  Tip:  I don’t know what to say except keep a good grip on these cutters or just use scissor and maybe always wear steel toe shoes when cutting?!

9.  Lost the rotary cutter (hopefully closed) under a pile of fabric.  You are cutting several pieces at once or several fat quarters or strips or blocks, and set the closed rotary cutter down between cuts, shift things around and suddenly – Where did that thing go?  Hopefully, you closed it, so when you shift through everything to find it,  you don’t cut yourself.  Tip:  Always close the rotary cutter after each cut.  And set it  somewhere other than on your cutting surface. 

 A few more cutting tips to follow, have you learned anything so far?

 

Stitchin' together words and quilts.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 980 other followers