Arkinsaw commented on the diary post Serious People Do Not Use Wealth of People Under Age 35 as a Measure of Their Well-Being by Dean Baker.
I agree! Bowles and Simpson can go fuck themselves! I just turned 66. I began collecting my social security when I turned 62 for various reasons that made sense to me at the time (and still do today). My social security check is less than $800.00 a month. $115.00 is taken out each month for [...]
My small business netted $20,000 last year. I also receive Social Security…less than $9,000 a year. Because I’m not “fully” retired, I had to pay Social Security back $3,000. I’m only allowed to make $14,000 per year in addition to my Social Security until I’m 66. Anything I make over $14,000 I’m required to pay 50% of it back to Social Security. Of course I also paid the full Social Security payroll tax on that $20,000. Now if I were a bank or an oil company or a congress person….
Arkinsaw commented on the blog post After Wisconsin, Questions of Whether to Recall Walker Narrow the Possibilities
Elections are where movements go to die.
Arkinsaw commented on the blog post Poisoning young minds of tomorrow: toddler sings ‘Ain’t No Homos Gonna Make it to Heaven’
Can’t see the video…message after clicking says it’s “private.”
Arkinsaw commented on the blog post More on the Supreme Court’s Abominable Strip-Search Ruling
Ummm…several years ago a close friend of mine and her husband were the victims of someone trying to lessen the charges against them. They told the police that this couple had tons of drugs and money. They lived out in the country; they were artists; they had 4 kids; they smoked a little dope.
The county, state, and federal task force drugs guys raided their home early one morning. They found some marijuana. They destroyed their house looking for all that money. The only amount of money they had was for their monthly land payment. My friend did indeed insert the money into her vagina. It was a good thing too because they also had a hunting rifle. So they were both charged with felonies. Drugs and guns. He went to prison for a year; she got probation. She was able to make the land payment and save their home. But of course, while he was gone, she had to work two jobs to pay off a fine and the costs associated with being on probation,to feed her kids, and keep their home. Because she was a “convicted felon” she did not qualify for any food stamps or other assistance.
When she found the lump in her breast, she put off going to the doctor, saying she would deal with it when her husband was home. By then it too late. He got out, and she died of breast cancer a few months later.
Is this a great country or what?
Arkinsaw commented on the blog post You’ve Got to Love a Judge With a Sharp Sense of Humor
What’s really great are his comments about Clinton since he was a Clinton appointee.
Arkinsaw commented on the blog post Proposed Tennessee Law Would ID Abortion Providers, Give Patient Information
Why are the doctors who treat women not speaking out? Why are they accepting laws that force them to lie to women? When will they get off their assess and speak up?
And now there’s this:
In the final moments of his life, Trayvon Martin was being hounded by a strange man on a cellphone who ran after him, cornered him and confronted him, according to the teenage girl whose call logs show she was on the phone with the 17-year-old boy in the moments before neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot him dead.
Arkinsaw commented on the blog post Fracking Linked to Earthquakes in Ohio; Wells Indefinitely Shut Down
Y’all are forgetting the 1,000 quakes in Arkansas over a six month period running from the end of 2010 through March 2011. In the wake of those quakes, two injection wells that were used to dispose of wastewater from natural-gas production were shut down. The Center for Earthquake Research and Information recorded around 100 earthquakes in the seven days preceding the shutdown earlier this month, including the largest quake to hit the state in 35 years – a magnitude 4.7 on Feb. 27. After the wells were shut down the quake activity slowed significantly. Earthquake reports dropped from dozens a week to three or four a month. After being shut down for 6 months the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission voted to prohibit current and future injection wells in five Arkansas counties. They decided that all current wells must be permanently plugged.
Arkinsaw commented on the diary post Chancellor Katehi Claims Her Police Force Disobeyed Her; So Why Is She Still Chancellor? by Teddy Partridge.
“It looked horrible, horrific, I would say … , ” Katehi said. “I can tell you that I woke up Saturday really early in the morning, like 3 a.m., and I felt like it was a disaster on our hands.” Yeah it really “looked” horrible. She really didn’t think it was horrible; it just looked [...]
And if my thought-dreams could be seen
They’d probably put my head in a guillotine
Arkinsaw commented on the blog post Unemployment Extension, If It Happens, Will Be Paid For
Ummmm…the “payroll tax” is for social security and medicare as I understand it. I thought it was a bad move when this was cut and think it’s a bad move to continue to cut it. It just helps with the “social security is broke” propaganda.
Arkinsaw commented on the blog post Elizabeth Warren Is Criminal Genius Mastermind Behind Flash Mob Jaywalking Crime Wave Of Terror
Forced I tell you! They were just forced to arrest all those peeps!
Arkinsaw commented on the blog post Tax Day Reminder: Richest Americans Probably Pay at a Lower Rate than You Do
And meanwhile someone like me gets punished for making more than $23,000 while on early social security. I get less than $10,000 in social security. This year for the first time, my business income was above the $13,560 that I am allowed to make without having to give back some of my social security. So for 2010 I not only paid $2,700.00 in social security on my business income (having to pay the whole amount as a self employed person) and then had to pay back $1,700.00 to social security. See? I made more money than I’m allowed to have.
Arkinsaw commented on the blog post Wisconsin Democrats Announce Recall Effort Against 8 Republican State Senators
The only one in Washington who has put boots on the ground is Tammy Baldwin. She was there last week. She was there on Saturday leading a march to the capital. Madison is in her district.
Arkinsaw commented on the blog post Protests Begin in Capitol Rotunda for 13th Straight Day
Just heart the AP news. About the third story was about the Tea Party Patriots meeting in Arizona. Then a short mention of Wisconsin and the other protests.
Arkinsaw commented on the blog post PHOTOS, VIDEO: Massive Crowds – and Organizing – in Madison
Tammy Baldwin is there and has been there most of the week.
This morning’s protest on Library Mall was organized by Fair Wisconsin, the Madison-based group that advocates for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people. But other than a rainbow-painted sign here and there, it didn’t really look like a rally for gay rights. The placards held by people in the crowd focused squarely on Gov. Scott Walker and his plan to strip public-sector unions of most of their bargaining rights.
Still, for Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who was there to address the crowd and march with it to the Capitol, the link between gay rights and worker rights is clear.
“We were the first state to protect gay and lesbian people from job discrimination,” she told me before the rally got going. She spoke loudly into my ear to make herself heard over the chanting of the crowd, which stretched from the mall’s concrete dais almost to Lake Street. “These efforts are linked. It’s about human rights.”
While democracy in action is taking place in the capitol rotunda and out on the streets, inside the assembly chamber on Friday night, the Republican Majority attempted to by-pass the whole tedious procedure. Scheduled to meet at 5:00 pm, they began the session early. None of the democrats were there. They took the role, voted [...]
Judy Bonds, one of their activists just died of cancer.
Born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, Julia Bonds, 51, is a coal miner’s daughter and the director of Coal River Mountain Watch. Over the past six years, Bonds has emerged as a formidable community leader against a highly destructive mining practice called mountaintop removal that is steadily ravaging the Appalachian mountain range and forcing neighboring communities, some of whom have lived in the region for generations, to abandon their homes.
In 2001, Bonds and her family became the last residents to evacuate from her own hometown of Marfork Hollow where six generations of her family had lived, due to mountaintop removal operations that had encroached into her community.
Bonds, who previously had worked as a waitress and manager at Pizza Hut and for convenience stores, now devotes 90 hours a week to protect Appalachia and the people who live there from the ravages of mountaintop removal mining. The catalyst for her activism, she says, was the day her grandson stood in a stream in Coal River Valley with his fists full of dead fish and asked, “What’s wrong with these fish?”
You can also get lots of stuff for google maps there they really show what’s going on.
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