Washington State may be the first state to outlaw helping the NSA
This. Is. Brilliant.
It gives me hope that my former home state, Indiana, is also considering legislation against helping the NSA or allowing anything they collect without a warrant to be admissible in court. And a senator in AZ is also in the process of drafting similar legislation. I think a great many states will craft legislation along these lines, and that is a good thing.
I would guess the feds will try to withhold federal dollars in retaliation, much the same as the federal speed limit laws – if a state passed a speed limit that was higher than the one the feds had deemed proper, the state forfeited federal dollars. I think this may come to a showdown that the feds may not like — after all, the feds collect their dollars from the state coffers to begin with. If the states simply begin refusing to send those dollars along to the feds it could get very interesting very quickly…
The Chinese supposedly have a curse that says “May you live in interesting times”. I think it’s going to get very interesting in the near future.
I would much rather fund my schooling with scholarships than with student loans. I have won a grand total of 3 scholarships in my school career. Why only 3? Easy. There are almost no scholarships for white women. If I was a woman of color, there are hundreds. If I were Hispanic, ditto. If I were Native American, there are many many scholarships available. But for me, a married white woman (regardless of income level) who is not a former drug user, an abused spouse, or a single parent, there are none. Or so few as to be none; when there are only two or three nationwide that women like me can compete for, it means there are thousands competing for those two or three. And while I’m pretty smart (or a smartass, not sure which sometimes), I will never be able to compete on that level.
It’s very frustrating. I have wasted more time searching for scholarships than I care to admit. And I have applied for scholarships that I knew I had no chance of winning (If your school were overrun by zombies, where would you hide, what would you take and why? as an example).
Maybe I should start a Kickstarter funding drive for my education. For every $50 donation I will offer a free complete physical in your home (within driving distance of course), once I complete school and get my license. If you’re out of driving range, you would get the satisfaction of knowing you’re funding a medical professional who plans to work in a critically under-served area, because it’s where I live. You could of course choose to donate much less. Even if it failed, it would certainly be no more discouraging than searching for scholarships for which I qualify…
ETA: apparently I can’t do a kickstarter campaign either. Funding a scholarship, which is what I essentially was thinking, is specifically forbidden.
ETA #2: But I can make a GoFundMe page! I had to rejoin FB though. Ugh.
I was reading the news today and came across a story so inspiring it brought tears to my eyes.
This story shows true American spirit and ingenuity.
I wish we would spend less money funding wars and more money funding the cleanup afterward. And I wish oil weren’t so important that children are losing their hands because adults want to kill each other over who gets to profit from it.
The fight over the right to know what’s in your food
“While a federal solution may be necessary, the GMA proposal is a far cry from what consumers are demanding and only shows the food industry’s desperation. If the industry gets its way, shoppers will remain in the dark about which foods contain GMOs. Meanwhile, the state-level policy efforts should continue to move forward. More states must flex their political muscle to remind federal leaders that Americans want transparency about the food they eat. Now that the junk-food lobby’s true agenda has been revealed, federal representatives are on notice: Your constituents will be holding you accountable to ensure that this democracy-killing power grab does not come to fruition.”
Carolyn McCarthy to leave Congress
I am very sorry that her husband was killed, but again, then as now, a background check with a 15 day waiting period didn’t stop this mass shooting. He (the shooter) was a legal gun owner. There is nothing that further gun control would have done to prevent this that wouldn’t have also negatively impacted millions of legal gun owners who would never think of committing a crime such as this.
It is a good thing she is leaving Congress. No one should be elected and re-elected on essentially one issue, and no one should be allowed to make a career of being in Congress. I’m all for term limits like on the presidency; if lawmakers knew they were only there for a limited time, perhaps they would spend more time serving the people who voted them into office rather than the lobbyists for mega-corporations. Then again, maybe I’m just too much of an idealist.
Anyway, good riddance. I’m sure she’s a lovely person, but enough already.
I received a letter in the mail this morning. Or possibly it was for me. The last name is one I’ve never had. The account number referenced is my mother’s social security number. But they have my social security number listed in their threat.
The letter states that I was overpaid benefits in the amount of $142.00 and if I do not make arrangements to pay this amount within 60 days they will put a lien on our tax return for the amount.
I have NEVER received social security benefits. So I called the office listed in Casa Grande, wondering *why* I had to call Casa Grande instead of my local office. I spoke with a very snotty woman who insisted that the name on the letter was, in fact, my maiden name and didn’t believe me that it wasn’t. She also insisted that I received benefits under my mother’s name when I lived in Gila Bend (and Casa Grande is the closet SS office to there, mystery of that solved at least). The thing is, I NEVER LIVED IN GILA BEND. And my mother was employed full time as a teacher when SHE lived in Gila Bend. And when she lived in Gila Bend, I was married with three children — and lived with my husband and children — in another part of the state.
The woman I spoke with did not call me a liar directly, but it was definitely implied in her tone…and she kept insisting I had collected benefits under my mother’s name while living in Gila Bend. I kept insisting I had not, and reiterating that I was an adult living in a separate household, and that I have the tax returns to prove it. I also kept reiterating my mother was employed full time for the school district and wasn’t collecting benefits either, neither of which she believed. I also informed her my mother has been dead for almost ten years. She at that point connected me to the extension of someone named Patty, who was not available to speak with me (of course) and so I left a message.
Now, my mother did collect disability in the 70’s after she got rheumatoid arthritis and couldn’t work as a nurse any more. She could have stayed on it for the rest of her life, but that wasn’t her ethic. Instead, she went back to school and became a teacher, a career she worked in for the rest of her life. She was on SSDI for a grand total of perhaps 2.5 years. I don’t know how they can say my mother collected benefits in my name — she collected benefits for herself. And I was a minor at the time; if she was overpaid how can a (now adult) child be held responsible for that? And what’s further, since she graduated in 1979, isn’t there some sort of statute of limitations on this crap? That was over 30 years ago for crying out loud!
I’m just fit to be tied. What the hell?