Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Bush Approval Ratings Fall Again

Bush’s Approval Rating Continues to Slide

I believe in God. I believe in the perfection of the Law of Attraction.

For many, many months, I’ve been contemplating what’s really going on with how I feel about the Bush Administration and the horrific directions it’s taken the United States in the past 4 years. I never understood how his approval ratings—especially on his handling of the situation in Iraq—could be so high. I did not understand how so many people could have chosen to actually provide him with 4 more years in office. It created confusion and anger in my life. I was absolutely voracious towards other’s opinions if they differed from my own. And my anger began bringing things I did not “want” into my life…the Law of Attraction at work.

Suddenly I decided I needed to take a different approach for my own sake. I decided that despite what other’s thought, I would focus only on what I do want in my life. I want freedom. I want a fantastic economy. I want peace. I want people to realize what’s being done to our freedom, our environment, and our bank accounts, and to start reacting in whatever way they see fit that would bring about change. This approach seems to be working for me…

Cindy Sheehan began her protest outside of Bush’s ranch while he was on vacation (again). Gas prices soared. People began to become irritated—not just with the Bush Administration’s handling of the war in Iraq, but their handling (or mishandling) of the economy. Their disrespect for the environment, and their absolute hypocrisy when it comes to the so-called “Culture of Life”. Bush’s approval ratings began to fall. And fall. And fall. And they continue to fall—even with the mainstream media (Liberal Media? Yeah, right!) lack of focus on the Iraq disaster, the economy, the environment, and especially “Treasongate.”

Several different polls now show the lowest approval for the President’s handling of (everything). Some are at 45% approval, some at 40%, and one was at an amazing 36%. And these are overall approvals. When we get to specifics, such as the handling of the war in Iraq and the war on terror, and whether or not we feel safer…the numbers are even worse for the Bush Administration. People are awakening. As a democracy, our country is not perfect. We can be fooled. We can believe lies, especially when their presented in such a way that we the people feel we’re under attack. But, it simply cannot be sustained. As the truth pours out, it starts to ignite the fires of opposition. The truth begins to spread. It permeates everything, just like light in a dark room…or water in New Orleans (I know…bad analogy…sorry). Stories may come along to distract us—but we’re beyond the point of no return for the Bush Administration. We’ve reached that tipping point, a line in the sand (yes, another bad analogy), a point where  the people will stand up and say…

“We’re taking back our country now. Thank you very much.”

And in 2006, barring any major lies or spinning by this Administration, we will watch the collapse of the Far Right as we watch the election returns come in. And in 2008 (if not sooner, since I believe Bush will be forced to resign before then), the Republican Rule—the neo-con, bordering on Fascist State rule—will end. For many, many years. There is a light…the truth…and it shall set us free.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Bush Slashed Hurricane Funding for New Orleans

Bush Slashed Hurricane Funding for New Orleans     

Yesterday, President Bush said “I want to thank all the folks at the federal level and the state level and the local level who have taken this storm seriously.” He’s not one of them. Bush has sought to slash funds that would help New Orleans prepare for a major hurricane.

From the 6/6/05 New Orleans CityBusiness:

In fiscal year 2006, the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is bracing for a record $71.2 million reduction in federal funding…The cuts mean major hurricane and flood protection projects will not be awarded to local engineering firms. Also, a study to determine ways to protect the region from a Category 5 hurricane has been shelved for now.
Landrieu said the Bush administration is not making Corps of Engineers funding a priority. “I think it’s extremely shortsighted,” Landrieu said. “When the Corps of Engineers’ budget is cut, Louisiana bleeds. These projects are literally life-and-death projects to the people of south Louisiana.”
© 2005 American Progress Action Fund

This is part of your homework from Randi Rhodes

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Democracy Quote

Democracy Quote

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.  - John Adams

Friday, August 26, 2005

Updated information on the Stoughton Tornado

Updated information on the Stoughton Tornado.

You can read the original post here.

View pictures of the damage and help us support the victims by clicking here.

These are the final stats from the National Weather Service on the tornado itself:

   BEGINNING TIME     615 PM                PATH LENGTH  20.0 MILES
   ENDING TIME        708 PM                MAX WIDTH    1/2 MILE
   DURATION           53 MINUTES            DEATHS       1
                         /JEFFERSON CO./

If this tornado had been 5 miles due north at it’s starting point, it would have passed directly over where I live.

Anything in this sound just a tad familiar to you?

From an interview with Herman Goring, an early member of the Nazi party, founder of the Gestapo, and one of the main perpetrators of Nazi Germany:Goring: "Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship."Gilbert: "There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars."Goring: "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”

Found on “The Martian Anthropologist,” a great blog that’s well worth your time checking out! I also recommend his website Town of Autumn.


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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Expanding the DOD’s TRICARE Program—A Good Thing

Expanding the DOD’s TRICARE Program—A Good Thing

Hillary Clinton (D-New York) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) have joined forces to expand the Department of Defense’s TRICARE health insurance program for the National Guard and Reserves. Their proposals for the five year expansion are being included (and hopefully not cut) from the budget for the Defense Department. has the “Hillary-Care” story.

This is a development that does effect me personally. Not because I’m a Guardsman or Reservist, and I’m not retired military (although I did serve in the Navy in 1992). It’s because my current job is being employed by one of the fiscal intermediaries for the TRICARE program. I work for WPS Health Insurance here in Madison, WI. I work on the TRICARE contract, currently working with retired military who are eligible for Medicare in the TRICARE for Life program. TRICARE does make a difference for those who have served this nation, many for very long periods of time—and even their entire careers.

To me, this goes right back to showing support for our troops. Little trinkets like yellow stick-on magnet ribbons for the car are (to me) half-hearted adventures in trying to prove one’s self as a patriot or supporter of our troops. True support comes from sending love, sending letters, keeping our leaders accountable for the “noble causes” we’re sending our children to die for—and making sure that we’re taking care of these brave men and women when they return home.

Thank you to Senators Clinton and Graham (wow, those names together in a sentence!) for proposing to take better care of those that give the greatest sacrifices for this nation. Now I ask that we continue to hold the government accountable—it’s time to begin the investigations into why we’re setting up an Islamic Republic in Iraq, where women’s rights (just as one example) will actually take a several decades step backwards under the proposed constitution, and having less rights then they did under Saddam Hussein’s regime.

But back to TRICARE—it does make a difference. No matter the cost, it’s something—one thing—that we all can do by paying taxes—to show we still care.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Cindy Sheehan would weaken US

Bush says Cindy Sheehan would weaken U. S., but she’s only weakening him

In a seemingly typical reaction from the White House, it appears that any differing view from the administration’s is “wrong.” Of course, there are hints, once again, that if you do not support the Iraq war, you’re “with the terrorists,” or not a “patriot.” It is truly beginning to appear that the Fascist State is trying to tighten it’s grip. However, despite president Bush saying Anti-war protesters would weaken the United States, it really does appear that the anti-war movement is only weakening president Bush. It appears his support has eroded so much that he is closer to having a lower approval rating than Richard Nixon. His approval rating when it comes to the handling of Iraq is down to a paltry 34%.

In my view, Iraq is spiraling into a civil war. As soon as the last U.S. boot leaves the ground in Iraq, it’s obvious to me and anyone with a real sense of what is the truth, civil war will begin (if not beforehand). The Iraqi Constitution seems to be an exercise in fantasy for the U.S., and will most likely ending up being a Theocracy like Iran, and I’m not so sure creating another Iran-like government in Iraq will turn out to be a benefit to the U.S. war on terror, or long-term stability in the Middle East.

So who’s weakening who, Mr. President?

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

The Path To Spiritual Democracy Begins With The Children

From Spirituality For Kids
Israeli and Palestinian Children Come Together for PeaceTel Aviv, Israel- History was made and agendas put aside as 230 children (110 Palestinians and 120 Israelis) gathered at Ramat-Gan Safari in the Middle East for the “Kids Creating Peace” Summer Camp in the last week of July, 2005. Together with The Kabbalah Centre Israel, and the Palestinian Abu Assukar Centre for peace and Dialogue, The Spirituality for Kids camp provided the tools that allowed children to learn the value in one another, and throw out centuries of passed down hate. Founded by Karen Berg with the mission to stop chaos in the world through the teaching of the universal spiritual principles of Sharing, Caring, Tolerance, Human Dignity and Proactive Behavior, the “Kids Creating Peace” Summer Camp brought this to light. Spirituality for Kids (SFK) not only lifted the cloud of darkness that political leaders, activists and organizations have tried to remove in countless ways, it replaced it with a rainbow. As an Israeli camper put it, “Just like when you have clouds, rain, and sun all together you get a rainbow, when you put Israelis, Palestinians, and other people together, you get peace.” Just days prior to his attending the camp, this same camper wanted absolutely nothing to do with the Palestinian children. At a time of renewed peace efforts, when all eyes are on the Middle East, Spirituality for Kids created not only an environment and blue-print for change, but set change into motion. Children are the building blocks of our world, and through this four day camp, which was more than just pony rides and lake swims, a place was created where children learned and practiced the universal spiritual laws. Children were taught how to receive by sharing and how to win by overcoming their internal opponent. The impact of Arab and Jewish children learning to share with one another is incalculable. The education of these children with the tools of SFK has changed the course of history in the Middle East , forever. That which was once unimaginable has become reality. As John Lennon imagined peace and Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of unity, Karen Berg envisioned this moment in time. For generations, we have imagined “all the people” and rallied to “have a dream;” now, we have a vision: “One day an Arab mother will feel for a Jewish child and a Jewish mother will feel for an Arab Child,” - Karen Berg, Founder of SFK Among the zebras, rhinos and hippos living in harmony, 230 Israeli and Palestinian children gathered to learn, share, have fun and change the world. As Aseel, a 12 year-old from Jerusalem said: “Before I came to this summer camp, I used to think that all Jewish people were bad, but after I experienced the reality, my view has changed. I saw people who took me in as if I was at home, I saw smiling, sharing and caring people who have changed my thoughts completely. I also made new friends and had fun!” A child's view of life can change in a moment. In that same moment, with the eyes of the world watching, and with our future generations learning how to respect all people, we are showing Presidents, Prime Ministers and World Leaders that a cloud of darkness can become a rainbow right before their eyes. Spirituality for Kids will continue to make history. We welcome your support.

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Pat Robertson Says U.S. Should "Kill Chavez"

Evangelical Pat Robertson told viewers of his “700 Club” television program that the U.S. should kill Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. For more information you can read the Bloomberg story:

Pat Robertson says U.S. should “kill” Chavez for oil

Now that’s great Christian compassion at work!

Sunday, August 21, 2005

The Sky Just Exploded

I intended to make this entry on the 20th, but it just wasn't meant to be. So here it is...

Record One Day Outbreak of Tornadoes in Wisconsin

August 18th, 2005

'The Sky Just Exploded'. Click here to visit the photo album and contribute

6:15 PM. Dane County, Wisconsin, 2 miles north of Oregon, approx. 5 miles south of the city of Madison

Tornadoes in Wisconsin are not common. Especially powerful tornadoes. Usually, Wisconsin experiences 21 tornadoes any given year, with the majority of tornadic activity occurring between April 1st and June 30th.

The Stoughton Tornado descended from a still small but extremely powerful thunderstorm over the far southern part of the city of Madison. Dane County had already had the sirens sound once about 30 minutes earlier for a tornado warning. A second wave of sirens began as the warning was extended. I was at work, about 12 miles due north of the unfolding disaster, sitting in a sweltering stairwell, completely unaware of what was about to happen. I would be there for another 60 minutes since our company would not allow anyone to leave the building.

The tornado began it's steady growth and march towards areas just north (and partially in) the city of Stoughton, a beautiful historic city sitting about 10 miles south-southeast of Madison. At it's height of power over the next 40 minutes, it reached an estimated width of 1/2 mile wide with winds at or exceeding 200 miles per hour. It would be rated an F-3 on the Fujita Scale, a way to measure intensity of tornado-produced damage. This strong of a tornado is extremely rare in Wisconsin. The last similar-strength tornado was nearly 10 years ago, and it was just shy of the strength of the F-5 tornado that leveled the city of Barneveld, WI on June 8, 1984.

The path of destruction was 17 miles in length (also very rare for a tornado in Wisconsin to be on the ground for that long)...through farmland, a Country Club, and a large subdivision (pictured below) that was "wiped clean."

Dane County, the Disaster Area

Dane County was declared to be in a State of Emergency after the tornado's devastation was becoming evident. The next day, it was declared a county and state disaster area, and the petition should be arriving at the President's desk soon to have Dane County be declared a Federal Disaster Area, unlocking funds and assistance from FEMA. Here are some of the "stats" and how you can help.

Record Tornado Outbreak

  • 28 tornadoes across the state of Wisconsin.

  • 17 tornadoes in the Milwaukee/Sullivan County Warning Area

  • 1 tornado, "The Sky Just Exploded" tornado, in my home county of Dane.

  • This tornado was the strongest and longest lived, causing the most damage

  • One Stoughton man was killed next to his wife in his basement as the home's chimney was crushed by the tornado and collapsed on him

  • At least 18 injuries (confirmed, upwards of 60 reported) in the Stoughton area

  • 18 homes completely destroyed.

  • 59 homes with damage severe enough to not allow families to return until repairs are made

  • Another 90 (maybe more) homes and structures damaged

  • "Thousands of trees" sheered off or uprooted

  • Extensive crop (mainly corn) damage

  • Debris found 60 miles away in the City of Milwaukee

I have decided to help the people of Stoughton and Dane County in any way I can. The tornado was so close to being directly over my apartment, that I initially felt guilt, then relief, then guilt (again) because I love storms. However, I've turned from that to an outpouring of love. Many families lost every possession, and need food, clothing (and school starts in just a couple of weeks!), and shelter. Wisconsin and the Red Cross have taken care of most of the housing. Hundreds of volunteers are assisting families in going through what belongings are left. So many volunteers (talk about a wonderful feeling!) that many had to be turned away. Tetanus shots are given to every volunteer because of the nature of the destruction.

They are in need of food and clothing. So, with what I can personally donate, and I am asking the community here at Powerful Intentions to open their hearts and minds to assisting me in getting needed items to these families. By visiting the Sky Just Exploded Photo Album you can make a donation through PayPal. With this donation going into my PayPal account, I can put it to use immediately (I have a PayPal debit card) by purchasing gift cards for Wal-Mart, other department stores, and Stoughton area grocery stores to donate to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and St. Vincent De Paul who will distribute them to the families most in need. All 100% of my PayPal account is now dedicated to this relief effort. All other sales/business items I used that account for have ceased until this is completed.

I ask to you to contribute your love, light, and financial energy. My intention is to raise "as much as possible" (well over $1,000) to be able to donate on behalf of the Powerful Intentions Community through $100 gift cards to department stores and food stores. Much more is needed. Many people will not have homes again for months.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for your time. And thank you for being a vibrational match to my desire.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

You Can Understand Fully

I decided to post today's "Abraham Quote" because I find it SO powerful, and SO important for us to "understand," and to go forth in JOY!

"There is nothing that you're wanting to know that you do not have the capacity to understand fully. And there is nothing that you're wanting to know that the Universe does not already know that you want to know, and has already begun the process of answering. And so, go forth in excited anticipation that the new ideas will continue to bubble forth, and that the Universal Forces will continue to come forth in loving, benevolent, eternal answering to that which you are about. There is great love here for you. We are complete."
Expressed by Abraham-Hicks
Selected by Jerry and Esther Hicks

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Has it arrived?

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross."

--Sinclair Lewis (1935)

Sunday, August 14, 2005

President Bush, Meet with Cindy!

(John Reed/Reuters)

It's time for Mr. Bush to meet with Cindy and other grieving families in Crawford, TX.
Until then, please join me in supporting Cindy in any way we can. Get the word out on your Blog. Put a sign up in your car, and drive with your headlights on until Mr. "No Conscience" meets with Casey's mom.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Come Visit the Spiritual Democracy Forum

I've had this forum for quite some time...but recently it's been creating some "buzz" in the community where it resides (The Powerful Intentions Community). The Spiritual Democracy Forum was originally born of disdain for all that has happened with the Bush Administration and their policies of mass destruction. Now it is becoming something more...more profound...more insightful, and offering up the contrast necessary to allow all to focus on what the DO Want, not what the Do Not Want...and thereby allowing more freedom into their own lives. Come join the discussion. Learn and Grow in the Spiritual Democracy Forum.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Valerie Plame Leak Scandal

Who will be indicted in the Valerie Plame leak investigation?
"Scooter" Libby
Karl Rove
Karl Rove & "Scooter" Libby
George W. Bush, Scooter, and Karl

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