More (& More) Stars to Pass Along!

♫ Tis the season…to go crazy…falalalala…!♫ 

With the craziness of family HolliDaze activities, I am behind and not keeping up with my blog very well. I get notifications in, think to myself, okay…I’ll respond/reply/update things when I have a few extra minutes…bwahahahaha as if there is any such thing as “Extra” time!

At any rate, I hope my dis-organization can be forgiven in light of all the links to outstanding blogs and reading material listed here!

My 5th star came from Nutsfortreasure ….thanks a million!

Check out the rules for the award Here and if you have received a nomination for the Blog of The Year Award and are on Facebook, please join the Award Group there…aside from getting connected to really cool blogs, you’ll meet plenty of cool people and get to read and share even more blogs.

I pass this round of awards on to

The Daily Deconstructor

Cindy Knoke

Russel Ray Photos

Clotilda Jamcracker

The Adaptive Curmudgeon

~ Happy Reading! ~

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Many thanks to Piazza della Carina for my 3rd star and to The Other Side of Ugly for my 4th Star!

Please check out their lovely and interesting blogs!

Passing more stars along to:

metaretriever2

Talesfromthelou’s Blog

 #Beet’s B.O.O.T.

Family Survival Protocol

Congratulations everyone! Happy reading!

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WoooHoooo!

My 2nd Blog of the Year Award Star!

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This time, thanks and gratitude go to Valentina.

Please take a moment to browse her lovely blog…Home Designs Master – you won’t be sorry, I promise!

I’d like to pass the award along to these wonderful folks -

The Broken Road

bearspawprint

RD Revilo

Mottled Thrush

And last, but by all means, far from least…Suzie and her (delicious!) blog,

Twodogsinthekitchen

With a huge shout out of thanks for the AWESOME holiday goody package she was kind enough to send us! We are still stuffing ourselves on a bag of this jerky…and lemme tell ya…it is GOOOOOD stuff! And we haven’t even opened the sausages yet…we’ll be stuffed until next year so thanks again for the awesome treats!

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E-Day Has (Finally) Arrived!

WooHoo! Yippee! Hooray!

Finally! E-Day has arrived!

Oh wait…that was just a dream I had that today would be something glorious to behold…I haven’t had a full dose of coffee yet this morning, pardon my slip between Dreamland & Reality. I wish I could be truly excited and twist my hands in anxious anticipation as I await the outcome of the elections this evening but it seems I am suffering from the side-effects of Electile Dysfunction and possible political burn-out. Maybe it’s just a migraine brought on by the sound of so much “baa-ing” ringing in my ears today that has me just a touch…disheartened by it all.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled at the way my vote was cast – but I’m also a realist and aware that come tomorrow morning I’ll wake up in a country where nothing has changed. And as today passes, I can’t help but flash back to my 1st time at the polls…and how much I have learned in the years that have passed.

On my 18th birthday I did two things I had been longing to do – get a tattoo…and to follow in the family tradition of registering as a member of the Republican Party. Naive little fool that I was, I was quite proud of both actions. 20+ years later and I still don’t regret the ink…but oh my how I came to be ashamed of my political affiliation!

MisBehaved Ink – Gift from my hubby for my 35th

My first vote was cast for Bush…no snazzy-jazzy sax player for me..! I had convictions…I had morals!

I was going to stand on the side of all things Right, dammit!

If it were possible to time travel I think my first jaunt would be back in time to bitch-slap the smug little voter I was back then. I’m sure I meant well but if ever there was a wasted vote, my first attempt would most definitely qualify as such. I voted for the ideas with which I was most familiar…the ‘convictions’  I claimed to hold were passionate regurgitation of household conversations and nothing more.

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A Day With Gary Johnson

After months of writing about and promoting Governor Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign, I actually got to meet the man himself yesterday afternoon. To say that it was a truly exciting day would be to make the understatement of the century…it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime days that will forever be woven into the fabric of my memory as a day that made my life a more interesting tale.

First off, much love and credit to my best friend and light of my life, Steve, who really made this day happen. I may be willing to support or campaign online or behind the scenes but he is the one who stepped forward and took the campaigning efforts to a whole new level. This week marks our 8th wedding anniversary and the trip to meet Governor Johnson was Steve’s gift to me. Other women may get diamonds but I’ll take a good adventure & road trip over a cold rock any day and Steve knows that better than anyone!

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Gary Johnson: Mountain Climber, Bicyclist…Surfer!

Nothing of any great political importance here…just a really, really cool clip of a presidential candidate enjoying the support of the people.

Gary Johnson – truly, “The People’s President”

RoBamney & DuSanto

“During the presidential primaries this past March, Romney named an eleven-member Agricultural Advisory Committee that was packed with Monsanto connections, including its principal Washington lobbyist Randy Russell, whose firm has represented Monsanto since its founding in the 1980s and has been paid $2.4 million in lobbying fees since 1998.”

“…This history matters not just because of the light it sheds on Romney’s self-ballyhooed business experience but because of the litany of Monsanto corporate objectives that clash with planetary concerns. If Romney is elected, this bête noire of environmentalists will have a very old friend in a very high place.

…The romance between Romney and Monsanto began back in 1977, when the recently minted Harvard Law and Business School graduate joined Bain, the Boston-based consulting firm launched in 1973, the same year Monsanto became one of its first clients. One of Bain’s founding partners, Ralph Willard, described to the Boston Globe in 2007 how “Romney learned the technical aspects of the chemical business so thoroughly that he sounded as if he had gone to engineering school instead of business school,” and that Monsanto executives soon began “bypassing” him to go directly to Romney…

…John W. Hanley, the Monsanto CEO at the time, has said how “impressed” he was with the 30-year-old Mitt. Hanley became so close to Romney that he and Romney’s boss Bill Bain devised the idea of creating Bain Capital as a way of keeping Romney in the fold. Unless Mitt was allowed to run this spin-off venture firm, Hanley and Bain feared, he would leave. Hanley even contributed $1 million to Romney’s first investment pool at Bain Capital. Monsanto’s Hanley is in fact the only business executive outside of the Bain founding family to so shape Romney’s career—jumpstarting the two companies, Bain & Company and Bain Capital, that account for all but two years of Romney’s much-ballyhooed business experience. Bain and Romney whispered in Monsanto’s ear until 1985, when Hanley’s successor Richard Mahoney says he “fired” them and when Romney moved on to Bain Capital…

“Romney won’t answer our questions, or anyone else’s, about where he stands on the two pending farm bills—the Senate version backed by Obama that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, or the House bill that made it through the agriculture committee with two Republican amendments dubbed “Monsanto riders.” 

… Monsanto has so far spent $4.2 million to defeat a labeling referendum on the ballot in California this November, more than any other opponent, and several of the organizations connected to members of Romney’s advisory council have also opposed the referendum. President Obama supports a labeling requirement, though he’s done nothing to make it happen, while Romney’s campaign declined to respond to The Nation’s questions about his position on labeling or the California referendum…”

Read the (fantastic) full article here on Truth-Out

As if I didn’t already have enough reasons for not liking Mitt Romney, this latest little tidbit of information regarding his extensive ties to Monsanto would have definitely eliminated any chance there ever might have been for him to get my vote.

THIS is the man people claim is going to *save* America?

This blatantly obvious corporate whore is going to SAVE us?

How is he going to do so, exactly?

By stuffing us all with government subsidized GMO corn crops when all other foods are too expensive for people to buy?

Oh…but wait..! There’s more…! I HAVE A CHOICE!

If I vote for Obama things will be so much different!

Just so long as we ignore HIS connections to Monsanto…

Meet Monsanto’s number one lobbyist: Barack Obama

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by: Jon Rappoport

“The new president filled key posts with Monsanto people, in federal agencies that wield tremendous force in food issues, the USDA and the FDA:

At the USDA, as the director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy, former director of the Monsanto Danforth Center.

As deputy commissioner of the FDA, the new food-safety-issues czar, the infamous Michael Taylor, former vice-president for public policy for Monsanto. Taylor had been instrumental in getting approval for Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.

As commissioner of the USDA, Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack. Vilsack had set up a national group, the Governors’ Biotechnology Partnership, and had been given a Governor of the Year Award by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, whose members include Monsanto.

As the new Agriculture Trade Representative, who would push GMOs for export, Islam Siddiqui, a former Monsanto lobbyist.

As the new counsel for the USDA, Ramona Romero, who had been corporate counsel for another biotech giant, DuPont.

As the new head of the USAID, Rajiv Shah, who had preciously worked in key positions for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of GMO agriculture research.

We should also remember that Obama’s secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, once worked for the Rose law firm. That firm was counsel to Monsanto.”

Source – Natural News

Trying to choose between Obama & Romney is the equivalent of being forced to eat Monsanto’s GM Corn…or DuPont’s GM Soybeans.

Both choices are unsatisfying…and both make me ill.

RoBamma, BoRamney…

DuSanto…MonPonto…

There really is no difference.

Who Is Jack Gault?

My name is Jack Gault.

I am one of Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson’s campaign minivans.

Live Free in Las Cruces, NM

Follow me around America as I spread the message of “Live Free”.

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Rick Santorum & The *Gift* of Rape

When I first watched this clip, my mind started spinning about 10,000 miles an hour and very few of the words that swirled around were pleasant or appropriate to use in public. I started trying to write some type of cohesive response & article about this but after tossing out 50 failed attempts, I’ve decided to just post the video and let Rick Santorum’s words stand on their own…

The Race Is On: Two State Libertarian Parties Endorse Gary Johnson

January 7, 2012 COLUMBIA, SC – In the style of the Continental Congress, Members of the South Carolina Libertarian Executive Committee have endorsed Gary Johnson. A Resolution was penned as follows:

” Whereas, the South Carolina Libertarian Party supports the libertarian principles demonstrated by Gary Johnson and appreciates the efforts the candidate has been making to bring the message of libertarian ideas of personal and financial freedom to the voting public.
Resolved, that the following South Carolina Libertarian Party Executive Committee members endorse Gary Johnson for his bid for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for the Office of President of the United States at the upcoming national convention in May of 2012 and we encourage our delegation to support him.

GOP Jokers Would Extend Patriot Act

This latest AP Article titled, “GOP Contenders: Extend Anti-Terrorism Patriot Act” on NPR explains one of the many reasons why I’d not support any of the so-called ‘top runners’ in this media orchestrated joke of a presidential race.

Republican presidential hopefuls spoke up strongly for the anti-terror Patriot Act in campaign debate Tuesday night, saying it should be extended or perhaps strengthened to help identify and capture those who would attack the United States.

Only Rep. Ron Paul of Texas among eight presidential hopefuls dissented, arguing that the law is “unpatriotic because it undermines our liberties.”

Note that former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson was once again excluded from the debate and denied his opportunity to also voice his opposition to the Patriot Act.  

More From the article – “In a debate on national security, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said President Obama has “essentially handed over our investigation of terrorists to the” American Civil Liberties Union. “Our CIA has no ability to investigate,” she said. Bachmann did not cite any examples to buttress either of her claims.

The debate unfolded six weeks to the day before the Iowa caucuses inaugurate the competition for delegates to the Republican National Convention. The venerable DAR Constitution Hall was the site a few blocks from the White House and as close as most if not all of the GOP hopefuls are likely to get…”

Read Complete AP Story Here on NPR

Rise & Shine…