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|Sunday, April 18th, 2010|
e talks about a county in CA that chose to disregard a gay couple's wishes after they had been together for 20 years and had filed all the appropriate legal paperwork to ensure their rights in regards to one another. Current Mood: annoyed
|Wednesday, December 16th, 2009|
Bernanke’s Unfinished Mission
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Published: December 10, 2009
Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, recently had some downbeat things to say about our economic prospects. The economy, he warned, “confronts some formidable headwinds.” All we can expect, he said, is “modest economic growth next year — sufficient to bring down the unemployment rate, but at a pace slower than we would like.”
( Read more...Collapse ) Current Mood: discontent
RELEASE: SANDERS PUTS HOLD ON BERNANKE
December 2, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 2 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today placed a hold on the nomination of Ben Bernanke for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
“The American people overwhelmingly voted last year for a change in our national priorities to put the interests of ordinary people ahead of the greed of Wall Street and the wealthy few,” Sanders said. “What the American people did not bargain for was another four years for one of the key architects of the Bush economy.”
As head of the central bank since 2006, Bernanke could have demanded that Wall Street provide adequate credit to small and medium-sized businesses to create decent-paying jobs in a productive economy, but he did not.
He could have insisted that large bailed-out banks end the usurious practice of charging interest rates of 30 percent or more on credit cards, but he did not.
He could have broken up too-big-to-fail financial institutions that took Federal Reserve assistance, but he did not.
He could have revealed which banks took more than $2 trillion in taxpayer-backed secret loans, but he did not.
“The American people want a new direction on Wall Street and at the Fed. They do not want as chairman someone who has been part of the problem and who has been responsible for many of the enormous difficulties that we are now experiencing,” Sanders said. “It’s time for a change at the Fed.”
( Read more...Collapse ) Current Mood: discontent
|Saturday, April 4th, 2009|
|Monday, January 5th, 2009|
|Tuesday, November 4th, 2008|
|Monday, November 3rd, 2008|
|Sunday, October 26th, 2008|
|Saturday, October 25th, 2008|
|Tuesday, October 14th, 2008|
|A letter from a friend about McCain and more
The person I had hoped to vote for this November to be the President of the USA (Hillary Clinton), did not win the primary, so I've done a lot of thinking about who I would select this November. I feel the economy is the most important immediate issue in front of us. Regardless of the what is said by each party, the facts are that it was a Republican led Congress (for the first 6 years anyway) with a Republican President that has led our country's direction for the most immediate past and that prior to this period (8 years), with Clinton in the office, we had balanced the budget and had a surplus in the government for the first time in a long time and maybe ever, in our country's history. Bill Clinton did not do this by himself, he had a group of very smart individuals working with him (including Hillary) and those individuals are now working with Obama (including Hillary). So that's who I'm going to vote for, the people that will best be able to help heal this economy.
And if that isn't enough to convince you that Obama is the better candidate for our country, then consider the following as reasons why McCain is NOT the person to lead our country down a path toward healing our economy and internal strife:
McCain has stood by his party much more than he has stood against them and when he has stood against them, it was never on issues of great import to me. If anything, McCain represents much more of a pro-WAR stance than I would ever advocate. He also has stood for issues that cause divisiveness in our own country rather than uniting us for the better of us all. ( Read more...Collapse ) Current Mood: thoughtful
|Friday, September 26th, 2008|
|Monday, September 22nd, 2008|
|National Survey on transgender discrimination
Please pass this message on to transsexual, gender variant, transgender,
gender non-conforming, etc. people.
Comprehensive national survey on transgender discrimination launched by National Center for Transgender Equality
and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
"This is an absolutely critical national effort. We urge all transgender and gender non-conforming people to take the survey to help guide us in making better laws and policies that will improve the quality of life for all transgender people. We need everyone's voice in this, everyone's participation."
— Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality
In the wake of one of the most violent years on record of assaults on transgender people, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force have teamed up on a comprehensive national survey to collect data on discrimination against transgender people in housing, employment, public accommodations, healthcare, education, family life and criminal justice.( Read more...Collapse )
The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT l egislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement's premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.
© 2008 National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. 1325 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005. Phone 202.393.5177. Fax 202.393.2241. TTY 202.393.2284. theTaskForce@ theTaskForce. org.
The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. The National Center for Transgender Equality is a 501(c)3 organization. For more information, please visit www.nctequality. org.
|Thursday, September 4th, 2008|
|Sunday, August 31st, 2008|
|One of my favorite Bands playing at the Aladdin tonight!
|Sunday, August 31, 2008 |
|Asylum Street Spankers|
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Ticket Price: $18.00 adv / $20.00 dos
All Ages - Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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Asylum Street Spankers
|Since 1995, Austin, Texas' Asylum Street Spankers have purveyed their love of 1920s and 30s ragtime, pre-war blues, and early jazz into a full-fledged, extremely witty, unamplified hootenanny that's won over thousands of fans. Led by vocalist Christina Marrs and harmonica/washboard player/vocalist Wammo, the group has explored the joys of pre-war raunch ('96's Nasty Novelties), languorously expounded on the thrill of earthly vices ('97's Spanker Madness), and, on 2004's Mercurial, taken on Black Flag and the Beastie Boys. Now they've harnessed what Rolling Stone describes as their "inspired, lunatic brilliance," and applied it to kids' music.|
Remember Marlo Thomas' Free To Be You and Me, and the brilliantly insane Carl Stallings scores that provided the backdrop for Bugs Bunny's Saturday morning antics? Take a heaping spoonful of each then blend with a chapter of How To Eat Fried Worms and a couple of mintcondition Wacky Packs stickers. Fold in a lullaby and your favorite stuffed animal, and you've got the perfect recipe for Mommy Says No!, a twelve-song musical ode to childhood.
|Friday, August 8th, 2008|
|Tuesday, August 5th, 2008|
|Leather & Lace 2008, Wed. 8-6-08
Happy Leather Pride Week!
It is an honor to, once again, host the Leather & Lace Show
It's our 13th Birthday! We're finally teenagers!! Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
Embers Avenue - 110 NW Broadway / Portland
Door at 7pm / Show at 8pm - FREE
All net proceeds to benefit Portland PFLAG
|Monday, July 7th, 2008|
|Saturday, July 5th, 2008|
|What's Green Building?
“What’s Green Building”
Earth Advantage 16280 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd. Portland, OR 97224
August 27, 2008 8:00am-10:00am
Free- Coffee and Pastries Provided
Earth Advantage invites you to “What’s Green building?”, an introduction to the green building phenomenon and home certification programs.
Discover why the Northwest is leading the country in the green building movement. Learn about three leading green home certification programs - Earth Advantage®, ENERGY STAR® and LEED® for Homes.
Examian the benefits of sustainable building practices and discover the future of the residential building from local Oregon experts.
RSVP: Reserve your seat today! Katie Schnepp kschnepp AT earthadvantage DOT org
|Wednesday, May 21st, 2008|
|An organization against same sex marriage
Today I received a plea for money from an organization against same sex marriage in CA.
Apparently, my interest in learning about mutual funds led someone to believe I might have more money than sense (my own opinion/interpretation).
If you'd like to read my response, click below. Feel free to contact this person yourself and send your own response to his request for money for this cause, should you feel moved to do so.