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Posted by AnneD in Latest Breaking News
Mon Dec 05th 2011, 01:39 PM
no amount of austerity and now amount of wealth we could ever create would bring the world back into solvency.

I think I am a person of average intelligence, and affinity for science and the technical. I have listened to Kieser and Matheson for over a year and the ramifications finally truly sunk in this weekend. This debt is leveraged way too much. Paying this off will only cause more leveraging. Because of the way these risks were packaged in the investments, no one, and I do mean no one will know how much exposure they have until it blows up.

Here is an example that I hope will make it clear. CAUTION: do not read this if you have just had lunch or breakfast. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Someone once explained that derivatives sold as investment vehicles was akin to sausage. You name it and it was sliced, diced, chopped and ground up was stuffed into this derivative sausage. This mortgage for a half a million dollar house sold to a hair dresser in Las Vegas, an $250k house to a chemical engineer in Texas, a Yacht note from a billionaire in the Florida Keys, a city Municipal bond to pay for construction of a new water treatment plant. All of these were used to make this derivative sausage. Now some of this was what in the old days would be called a safe bet. A chemical engineer in Texas would have no problem paying on a loan and a city bond is a fairly safe bet. A billionaire could probably pay for a yacht. But the hair dresser in Vegas, not so good.

Now suppose this sausage went on sale. Everyone said it was the best sausage they every had and folks started buying it. There was such a clamor to get it. People had to take numbers and stand in line. Folks that got their sausage found that there were folks willing to buy what they had at a price + a premium. Everyone was happy until.......

someone found a dead rat body parts in the sausage (maybe our hair dresser in Vegas or our billionaire that went bust when he invested heavily in MF Global-good luck there). So, to quote Dirty Harry-"Do you feel lucky punk."

You are holding this sausage. Is is clean or will you find an ear, a tail, or God forbid, an entire rat in your sausage. You will not know until you examine the contents of you sausage. And if there is a rat in your sausage what can you do. The butcher said it was good sausage, Kosher even (a food item can be 10% impure and still be labeled Kosher-and there are many that are not aware of that-but I digress). The company that made it will not give a refund, the butcher that sold it will not take it back and no one wants to buy it from you. You have no way of knowing what is in your sausage until you open it up. Now you have to eat soon because you are hungry. What will you do?

And that my friends is where we stand. We are about to cut into the sausage. Maybe just a small portion of your sausage is bad, maybe the whole thing is contaminated, but either way, you will never see sausage in the same light again.
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Posted by AnneD in Latest Breaking News
Wed Nov 30th 2011, 09:37 AM
and lurkers. I was listening to the Young Turks and the reading about the secret loans that the Feds gave banks that made TARP look like bread crumbs at a picnic. As I was driving in to work listening to our Christmas music radio station COMA 99.1, my mind started mulling over the situation. The SCOTUS has ruled that corporate money=free speech. Since I have known few young creatures that have willingly gotten off the teat, I don't look for Congress to be getting off it any time soon.

And then I thought, what is so wrong with corporate sponsorship. I mean companies brag about their sponsorship of public radio, television, the arts, and humanitarian efforts. Are they ashamed to sponsor our government? So why not have transparency in our government. we are all grownups here, let us chose brand loyalty or generic if we prefer. I think that is part of the reason for this OWS. If our money is being used to fund things, lets be honest with where is goes.

So in order to assist with this transparency, I am recommending a NASCAR style jacket for members of Congress, the executive branch and yes, even the Supremes (just patches on their robes, we must maintain decorum here). And while we are at it, how about those captains of industry on WS. I know the Banksters would be sporting big old FED patches or maybe it should be a US Taxpayers patch (you know the universal symbol of the guy bending over and a screw behind him).

But the real payoff will come when candidates running for office sport their togs. At last, now more confusion, guessing, or disappointment with those we elect. All the information is right up front.

Anne D proudly sponsored by our city's education system and the taxpayers of the state of Texas with additional contributions from the taxpayers of the US. Thank you.

(for the sarcastically impaired)

Happy hunting and watch out for the bears.
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Posted by AnneD in Latest Breaking News
Thu Feb 24th 2011, 12:17 PM
and lurkers. I have been cogitating, ruminating over the national and worldwide events of late. The one thing that has been most striking to me is this administration's slow and often tepid response to unfolding events. Isn't America a beacon of Democracy. Shouldn't we rush to support the Birth of Democracy in any country. When a government slaughters their own people just to remain in power-is that a call for intervention. Why the long wait to come out in defense and why the mealy mouthed response? And what about the dissent in our own country? Don't we have the right to dissent too. I thought that Democracy was all about giving people a voice. Where is the strong eloquent President I remember voting for? These are not difficult decisions to make? This is clear cut right or wrong.

And then :idea:. My daughter once went though a time when she seemed confused about right and wrong. She was 11-12, in middle school, and facing moral dilemmas (a friend asking her for test answers, etc). After one such incident I told her she made a bad choice. She then bombarded me with hypothetical questions because she wanted to know "the rules". I told her that there were no concrete rules for every dilemma she would encounter in life. I told her to give me some time to think on it and see if I could come up with some guidelines. Well, after a day or so...I came up with what I though was an intelligent answer.

All of us have a moral compass. It might be that twinge you feel when you do something you know you shouldn't. It might be that still small voice you hear. The point is that, the more you use this compass, the stronger it grows. It can eventually reach the point that your alarm goes off loud and clear when something is wrong. If you still not sure, ask yourself-can I face myself in the mirror after I make this choice. Would I be proud to tell my Mom or my best friend what I had done.

Our Government and our leaders have lost or subverted their moral compass. As much as I like LBJ, I think we started going astray when we started going in to places like Viet Nam, but GWB, Rove and the like just took it out and smashed it all to hell. Actually I blame Cheney and Rove, Bush was just a figurehead simpleton. Our reputation has been so damaged and remains in tatters because we keep landing on the wrong side of these moral issues. We will pay a cruel price in the future for what we are doing now.

If you have to lie, if you have to deceive, then what you are doing is not the right thing to do. It actually hurt my ears to listen to Obama talk about our "diplomat" in Pakistan. He disgraced himself and the nation by not being forthcoming. How can we ever be trusted by the world community ever again?


Happy hunting and watch out for the bears.

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Posted by AnneD in Guns
Sun Feb 13th 2011, 09:54 PM
That are trying to recruit folks to apply for jobs with the CIA as covert operators on a local radio station. We have a bunch of bill board ads and I think I saw a message flashed on TX DOT message board (used for Amber alerts).

They have a 'holding area' for INS but I suspect it has been used as a site of possible rendition. Why I have it with my on eyes, it is armed to the hilt and concertina wire and no windows and I have seen unmarked white vans, no windows shuttle passengers from one of the smaller regional airports to this site. They are deporting people you say. Maybe, but why all this security to send Juan back to his coffee plantation in Columbia.

I also saw a HS team with their dog team around the Boliver Ferry. Now you have to understand that this ferry is the only connection between between Boliver Island Galveston and the mainland. I can't say exactly how many 'terrorists' take the ferry but I am sure it is not enough to justify the cost of this, especially after Ike diminished the population. I don't think I'm being too paranoid.

We handled Ike well without FEMA interference. I fear they are trying to do a roll out of their new security plan for the large cities. Maybe I am a paranoid nut, but I would rather be thought of as crazy than read the memo on Wikileaks.
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Posted by AnneD in General Discussion
Sat Dec 18th 2010, 12:10 PM
I had been in a good frame of mind at the start of the week.

We had our annual AFT Christmas party and we were in a good mood. What you say-teachers some where in this country, in a good mood. We had a run off election for a school board seat. First the board wanted to appoint someone of their chosing to the suddenly vacated seat. One of our state senators from that area pointed out that this move was illegal. Well, they called in the big guns, got endorsements, outside money from the big business education reformers. All we had was a superior candidate (valedictorian from a great local high school, magna cum laude from Rice, law degree from UT), our union brothers and sisters that let us use their hall and helped us get out the vote, a coalition of hispanic parents that helped us canvas, and a cadre of determined teachers. We won by 44 votes. I was so happy that our hard work paid off. We were finally experiencing real progress at making schools a better place for all children and teachers. We were keeping business from taking away resources from the kids and the schools.

On the national level, I had great hopes for this week and the tax bill. But as parts of the bill became known, I began to have a gnawing feeling in the pit of my stomach. It was the same feeling I got when they first passed the tax act, when they passed the Patriot Act, when they created Homeland Security, when they passed TARP, HCR, and now this current tax act. Like the first tax act, this represents a fundemental shift. Again money will be further concentrated in the hands of the wealthy, but the real Trojan Horse is the tax holiday. It will indeed open the Social Security fund-diverting money from the source. We have shifted from taxing gains to taxing wages.

I am not opposed to helping small business out, but this bill does not help them to the extent that large companies are helped. Also, this help will come at the direct cost to the public. As far as the tax breaks, the further down the income ladder you are, the more you pay proportionate to your income. I think this is what disturbed me the most. It just goes against every fiber in my being as a human and a Democrat. And the fact that the people I voted for passed this POS, did not make me feel better. They got me worked up thinking we could vote for a change, and we could have the hope of passing on a better future to our children. Well that hope has been dashed. Ginning it up, quoting Reagan, and guilting me into it by holding the unemployed hostage doesn't change the fact that the middle class has again been bufued with out the courtsey of some vasoline.

When we declared war in Iraq, I took my service photo off the wall, when we passed the Patriot Act, I took my framed copy of the Declaration of Independence off the wall, when they did away with Habeus Corpus I took down my copy of the Bill of Rights. When they pass the Tax bill this week-I went to the pub and drank a toast to the end of this great experiment called America.
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Posted by AnneD in Latest Breaking News
Mon Nov 15th 2010, 12:19 PM
my great grandparents survived and were registered on the Dawes Rolls. We were fortunate. As I mentioned in passing in one of my posts, the Indian Wars was the longest war the US was involved in then and since (longer than the war on drugs, war on cancer, war on terror and war on the middle class).

Cherokees were a unique case in that they did adapt to the white ways and were only violent when their lands were taken. We made the mistake with backing the British as did other colonist: but because we looked different.....

The Trail of Tears profoundly altered the culture and so much was lost. But it was decided that the best was to survive was to make do. I will give you and update this weekend.

Thanksgiving is bittersweet when we dwell on it. We are so home and family oriented though. That is what saved us. Many Cherokee refused to send their kids away to Indian School, although there has always been one in Oklahoma. You might be poor as church mice, but the family was still togather.
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Posted by AnneD in Latest Breaking News
Fri Sep 17th 2010, 09:12 AM
and lurkers. I am at work today even though we are off. I have so much to do in so little a time that I came today to try to catch up. So I am taking a moment to post and I don't give a damn if they read this or not. My project-going through the kids shot records and target those that need them. My impediment-our piece of shit computer program that we have been dealing with for 5 years that can't read the data properly, drops it, mis-reads it. It wasn't a problem in the past because most Nurses threw up their hand, ignores it, or left their jobs screaming. Well, now the state is putting heat on our district and they are putting heat on us. I want to immunize those that need it but I don't want to pincushion these kids unnecessarily. The city of Houston will come out to catch us up at the end of this month so I am working hard to get as accurate a count as I can. What a fresh hell.

Poverty in America. As a School Nurse in the inner city, I feel that I have more knowledge than most. I see the effects come into my clinic every day. Kids that don't have breakfast come in to the clinic from 9 on until they have the free lunch. Kids come in from 1 on with headaches because they haven't or can't get glasses because their parents are the working poor. Now we do have some angel docs that help me get glasses but they do it out of their own pockets and out of the goodness of their heart. The rest of the time I have kids that have unmet dental needs that lead to other problems (behavior,learning, etc because it is hard to focus when you are in pain).

And then I have the kids that are raising themselves because their parents are working so long and hard at a minimum slave wage job just to keep a roof over the head, a little food in the house and gas in the tank to get to work. Their doctor of choice is the local emergency room. They are angry, angry and the lash out. They are teens that see things on TV and see how some people live and they don't even come close. They see the nice shoe and clothes, but they shop at the dollar store-Wal-mart and Target are up scale to them. They have on raggedy chain supermarket that doesn't even have the same decent selection that they do at other chain stores. Their eat out choices all involve deep frying chicken or fish. We do have a few small chinese and vietnamese places that have more of a variety, but not much.

These kids know they are getting the short end of the stick. Thank God for the churches, grannies, grandpas and aunties. They are trying to hold it together but they are old and tired from a lifetime of hard work. We have developer eying the land with lust on their mind and greed in their heart. This is the last cheap property in this city and it is only a matter of time. And then where will this community, these kids go.

And this is poverty just in this area. I haven't even covered the neuvo poor middle class.

Happy hunting and watch out for the bears.
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Posted by AnneD in Latest Breaking News
Wed Sep 15th 2010, 07:39 AM
and lurkers. Hhhhmmmmm. Grilling Geithner. Might I suggest mesquite smoking him in a slow roast style. I would put him in a brine soak (tears from the middle class will suffice) 24 hours prior. Then, just prior to serving, whip up a nice yellow peach, habenaro, pecan nut salsa. For sides I would go for a grilled squash and garlic (to keep away the blood suckers) pureed, and grilled tomatoes and corn.

Well, I haven't posted here in a while. Seems I have a big target painted on my shirt, in addition to having more work dumped on me than one person can physically do in a 24 hour day. I am serious-I went through and deleted my e-mails, sent files, and archived files that had even a whiff of controversy. I reality, if they asked me, I would tell them these things to their face and still might before it is over with, but on the advice of my Union advisor and for the sake of my friends, I am self muzzeling for while. Thank Jesus I am close to retiring. To bad for the kids because School Nurses are getting to be rare these days.

Our trip to the Hill country for Labour Day was interesting. I had all these activities plan for Saturday, but when we got there, Hubby wanted to lay down and take a nap. He slept until the next morning. I didn't have the heart to wake him. We did have a great lunch Sunday at a nearby 'Rattskeller'. We made it back to Houston before the tropical rain bands flooded the Hill Country. He said it was the best vacation he has had in a while. To bad you have to go on a vacation to sleep.

Happy hunting and watch out for the bears.
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Posted by AnneD in Latest Breaking News
Thu Sep 02nd 2010, 12:43 PM
and lurkers. We had an open house last night. I was up at 5:30 and left the house at 6:30 to get to the school at 7:30 am. I was up here until 8:10pm. By the time I drug my butt to bed it was 9:00 pm. And of course it is rinse, lather, and repeat this am. I really am feeling my age today. In fact, I qualify for the Denny's free meal today.

Mercifully, we will be having our semi monthly Nurse 'meeting' so my friends will save me from eating at Denny's. One friend asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I told her that as I get older my needs get simpler-I just want a good stiff drink and to be with good friends. Hubby and I will go out to Austin for some needed R&R over the holiday.

I think it really is hitting me that retirement is around the corner. I am guarding my nest egg with great care because the choices I make now will have a great impact on my old age. So far I have chosen as wisely as I could but I have learned you can make good decisions and end up with bump kiss. It really is a crap shoot in a casino after all. The next decision is...how long do you think you will live. You don't want to work up until the day you die but you don't want to run out of money either.

I think the best thing you can do is make a bucket list and try to do the things you really want to do while you can. I think I won't be a millionaire but I have traveled around the world. I think I can scratch off that gold medal in track and that Nobel Prize but I had and have almost finished raising a damn fine human being, and I know I saved the lives of at least 3 young kids and several adults. So I guess it all works out some way, like puzzle pieces. You don't always see the finished product at the time but eventually you figure it out.

Happy hunting and watch out for the bears.
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Posted by AnneD in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Aug 19th 2010, 12:04 AM
lay back and think of England for the next 60 seconds while I get my jollies and to hell with yours GOP lover-a GOP female would seem less intimidating, thus with the help of Lynn Cheney porno and Viagra they can finally get those tiny peckers up.

But let me tell you how I really feel about the inadequacies of GOP men in the bedroom-they confuse political power with Viagra-thus they continue to fuck the country instead of their wives.
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Posted by AnneD in Latest Breaking News
Mon Aug 02nd 2010, 07:25 AM
and lurkers.

Am I overly sensitive? Have I told you how much I hate the Texas Board of Nurses. I have been a Nurse since 1991. Even been a Nurse in New Mexico. I hate that the BONE makes public our addresses. I say that because I feel that info should be private. There are cases of domestic abuse or God forbid a stalker or crazed ex psych patient. I have always kept a PO Box just for that reason. As a result I get lots of unwanted 'professional' mail. I received a notice that I would have to get fingerprinted in order to get my license renewed this year. I guess I am such a criminal risk that I have to be finger printed (Docs don't have to do this and I Have come across more crooked Docs than Nurses in this business). OK-I can deal with the finger printing, but they gave me all kinds of grief about wanting a physical address and insisted on me giving them a social security number. I immediately began asking them about security regarding my social security number and absolutely refused giving them a physical address due to the fact that they publish them. I mean, the school publishes my salary, the BONE publishes my address-I DON'T REMEMBER SIGNING UP TO LOSE THAT MUCH PRIVACY. When teachers got the ASPIRE bonus, creditors started harassing some and several teachers that had restraining orders on ex spouses had to relocate.

I understand the need to protect the public from the unscrupulous, but I don't think someone that has been a Nurse for 20 years (and a School Nurse for 16 years) is your problem. God help me suffer these fools. I just see this as another way to rip me off for more money because someone contributed to some politicians campaign. I hear it use to cost over $40 bucks but so many folks complained. The service I use now just costs under $10 now.

I will be busy today and school will start for teachers very soon now. It should be very interesting. I will be restricted to early morning posts. I won't even take the chance of posting on my breaks or lunch. (Just think of your bigger pay check Anne-this too shall pass)

Happy hunting and watch out for the bears.
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Posted by AnneD in Latest Breaking News
Wed Jul 28th 2010, 09:58 AM
and lurkers. Have a donut to take the edge off that coffee Ozy. I am disappointed with this administration in a way I could never have been with Bush I or Bush II. With Obama, I had hope-not that things would get better immediately, but that we would be pointed in the right direction. Hell, I am realistic. I have mucked stables before-I don't expect instant. I knew it would take a while to clean up the Bush mess. But what really hurt was Obama's choices and his actions.

He has proven himself to be a poor leader and negotiator. On a fundamental level, he does not seem to understand basic horse trading-something I would not have expected from a lawyer. He does not engage in negotiation as he does appeasement-and we know what happened the last time that was used in negotiation. Instead of losing Czechoslovakia, we are losing the middle class and our country.

The only vision he seems to have is one of an America of the corporation, by the corporation, and for the corporation. Our Health Care reform, Wall Street reform, (and I fear Consumer Credit Agency) were written by industry with industry in mind rather than by law makers with the public in mind.But it is not just the current middle class that is being f#@k*d over-but they have begun to attack our future. They are allowing corporate interests entry into education. Education is a trust, not an assembly line for widgets. Education was doing fairly well until politicians started 'improving it' by substituting test results for adequate funding.

Pardon me for being cynical here but perhaps it is good we do have this eternal war going as this seems the only jobs program they have funded. I can only imagine what the jobless rate would be if we didn't have THIS jobs program going. Colour me cynical but I thought and expected better of him. I worked my butt off both in campaigning and working OT so I could give money. I wanted him to be a clean candidate- not dependent on corporate money. That will not happen this next cycle. I will work for local folks but on a national level-they can kiss my middle class liberal ass.

You always take a chance when you vote for a president because much of it is on the job training. George Bush lived down to my expectations of a GOP stump bump. Obama went in there prepared, but he failed the character test. He has proven he cannot lead. We don't need a consensus, we need a leader with a set of balls that is not afraid to use them.

So our theme song for the day "Is that All There Is"

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpn_xu81ySo

Happy hunting and watch out for the bears.

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Posted by AnneD in Latest Breaking News
Wed Jun 30th 2010, 09:42 AM
and lurkers. There is a giant in the distance and we can hear, see, and feel his presence. Even though the beast is over 400 miles from us, the waves at Galveston are high the winds are picking up and the skies are heavy with moisture. We are expecting monsoon type rains any time now. The giant is making his presence known.

Every one here is sensitive because of Ike. This hurricane might get up to a Cat 1 but Ike was a Cat 3 with a long reach. Folks are still trying to recover from Ike-you don't hear that on the national news. The lawyers are still advertising here and you see blue tarps on some roofs. Red Cross has sent vehicles and our fire department has dispatched equipment (air boats etc)and manpower. The city workers have been cleaning and clearing drains and bayous in preparation for the deluge.

We just sit, wait, and listen as the giant attacks the far off village. It is the price we pay for living where we do. Even now, if asked, most of us would still choose to live where we do and yet we can't understand why folks live near volcanoes or in earthquake prone areas. I guess every paradise has it's snakes.

Happy hunting and watch out for the bears.
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Posted by AnneD in Latest Breaking News
Tue Jun 29th 2010, 09:06 AM
according to rule #4....

Do I have to take back everything I said about...

1) Obama's lack of coherent economic policy, real banking reform, true WS reform, criminal prosecutions of swindlers and white collar corporate thieves and overlords, and half backed health care reforms.

2) Alan 'Greenscum' Greenspan

3) Timothy 'Baby Cakes' Geithner

4) Larry 'Strings' Summer

5) Jack 'Hatchet' Welch

6) Maria 'Knee Pads' Bartiromo.

OK, I will. But I meant everything I said about Elizabeth Warren and Helen Thomas and I refuse to take THAT back.



I'll go back to my corner now and wash out my mouth with soap. Any one have some mental floss they can lend me. Golly gee whiz!

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