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posted by [personal profile] chibimonnie at 07:35am on 20/10/2011 under ,
My great-uncle Tony is a really cool man (we're certainly closer on the political spectrum than my grandfather and I are!). He sent me the e-mail below:

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election."

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only
3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen.
Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.


If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete. You are one of my 20+.. Please keep it going.
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posted by [personal profile] chibimonnie at 09:14am on 16/10/2011 under ,
This week sucked. I got reamed out by agents several times, was handling all of my work plus my colleague's who was out. Also, I found out that my cousin, Christiana Fesmire was murdered. She went missing over the summer. Her killer has been arrested, but her body still hasn't been found. It's a pretty messed up story. Apparently she had been working as an escort and when her parents found out they disowned her. She was killed that very same night. I just can't wrap my head around this. And in other family news my deceased uncle's ex-wife had some sort of mental breakdown. Their sons are now staying with other relatives. It's been one hell of a week.

It hasn't been all crap, though. Last night was date #2 with John. We went to New Hope and had dinner at Fran's Pub. We spent the next several hours wandering around the town, looking out at the river, talking, and kissing. The last two nights have been magical. I keep pinching myself to be sure that I'm not dreaming. I mentioned something along those lines to John and he said, "Maybe it's just our time." I'm looking forward to seeing what grows between us and where this goes.
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posted by [personal profile] chibimonnie at 09:06pm on 14/10/2011 under ,
Went on a first date tonight. It was awesome! Had dinner at Bonefish Grill and split a yummy dessert. We talked about so much. Even had a few long moments of silence and none of them were awkward. He's not my usual type- not a geek or an academic. He's in construction, a bricklayer. Very outdoorsy. Also a total gentleman and very sweet. Looking forward to our next date!
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posted by [personal profile] chibimonnie at 09:42pm on 06/10/2011 under , , ,
Last night I spent some time with my parents. I mentioned that I might go down to Philly to join OccupyPhilly. Mom then warned me about "allying [my]self with those weirdos." Ironic considering the generation she came from. I imagine her parents said much the same thing about the sit-ins and protests of the 60s.

While my parents are not exactly in the top 1%; they're certainly in one of the higher grossing percentages than most people. But Dad is a small business owner and he's getting the shaft. Gov't is so busy looking out for Big Business interests that small business owners like my dad have no one looking out for them. Which is unfortunate. I would love to work for someone like my dad. His employees are family and their families are his family. He, of course, has to keep profitability a priority (business would sink without that) but it's not his only priority. People are people, not ID numbers in a database. He knows each and every one of his sales people, their spouses, and their dependents. He knows that there are a lot of people depending on him keeping the boat afloat. With each business decision he makes he keeps those people in mind. I've never once heard Dad utter the phrase, "It's business, nothing personal." Because unlike massive corporations, small business owners like my dad recognize that it's impossible to truly separate the business from the personal. All business decisions have an impact on personal lives- from livelihood to work/life balance. Too bad Big Business can't remember that, too.
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posted by [personal profile] chibimonnie at 08:14pm on 29/08/2011 under
I don't know how many of you heard about the shooting in Buckingham the night of the hurricane, but that happened down the street from where I grew up. I knew Carrie Ruehl, her mother, and her younger sister Emily. We waited at the bus stop together in elementary and middle school. Carrie was a few years ahead of me in school, but she was always nice. This kind of thing just doesn't happen in Buckingham. It's one of those wealthy, uptight suburbs. Or, at least it was. This bastard. was Carrie's ex. He shot her, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend's 10 year old son down in VA. Then the fucker came up here and shot Mrs. Ruehl. Mr. Ruehl died several months ago. Now Carrie and her mom are dead. I heard about the shooting yesterday, but only today learned the victims' identities. I can't wrap my head around this one.
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posted by [personal profile] chibimonnie at 11:28am on 27/08/2011 under , ,
I've been humming "Come on Aileen" for the last three days, just waiting for the hurricane to hit. I've been up since 4:30am, thanks to my little Punk. She's been restless since I got home from work yesterday. Shadow, however, remains serene. We're supposed to see the worst conditions overnight tonight and into early tomorrow morning. Flooding is a big concern around here; fortunately I live in a 2nd floor apartment so don't anticipate much (if any) damage. This will be the first hurricane I've weathered alone. But! I'm stocked up on candles, batteries, and Chef Boyardee should I lose power. Cell phone is fully charged, there are fresh batteries in my radio, laundry and dishes are done, and there's a full tank of gas in the car. So, I think I'm set. Now to get ready for my step-sister's surprise 30th b-day party.

To everyone in Irene's path- STAY SAFE!

P.S. OH! Almost forgot to mention that I signed up for Aikido lessons at Bucks County Aikido. Lessons start Sept 6. Very excited!
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posted by [personal profile] chibimonnie at 06:02pm on 06/08/2011 under
On Thursday night I had dinner at my parents' with my sister Beth. It was a lot of fun and the food, as always, was delicious. I ended up staying almost 3 hours after Beth left. Dad and I got caught up on the last several months. And then he threw me a curve ball (it's about as athletic as we get in my family. lol).

The Curve Ball )
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posted by [personal profile] chibimonnie at 07:46pm on 26/07/2011 under
I have a confession to make. Somewhere along the line I became a corporate professional. I came to like my job and the related perks- stable hours, good pay, and better benefits. Financially I am more stable than I've ever been in my life. Mentally, too. I have mixed feelings about this. I hate that I am not only condoning the corporatization of society, but I am also perpetuating it. The thing I used to rail against, the system I abhorred has taken me in. My inner idealist wants to break away. My inner pragmatist wants to continue.

I'm looking for the middle ground. How do I live by my ideals while keeping a roof over my head? How do I keep my feet firmly rooted while letting my mind soar? Can I improve the world by working within the system? Or do I need to break away in order to effect positive change?

I don't know.
Mood:: 'pensive' pensive
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posted by [personal profile] chibimonnie at 05:34pm on 24/07/2011 under , ,

Today is a huge day for marriage equality. Same-sex couples can now marry in NY, starting today.

I know we still have a long way to go before there is true equality across the US, but this is a victory and victories should be celebrated. So congrats to everyone- gay and straight- getting married in NY today. I hope your marriages are blessed with much joy.

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posted by [personal profile] chibimonnie at 05:51am on 22/07/2011 under , ,
It's not even 6am yet and the temperature has already reached 82F. The high for today is supposed to be 100 with a heat index of 115. WTF? OK, look, I know it's summer. But this is PA, not the freaking desert. We had a ridiculous amount of snow over the winter. Now we're having a ridiculously hot summer. A friend commented that come winter she'll be missing this weather. Not me! I don't miss winter now and I won't miss summer when winter comes. Too hot and too cold both make me cranky What ever happened to spring and fall? They're the seasons that I love.

But in less whiny news, tomorrow I'm going to see Harry Potter! Yay! This is both exciting and sad. It's hard to believe this is the last movie. At least when I finished the books I still had more movies to look forward to. Must remember to take tissues!