Sunday, October 26, 2014

End of Month FAV Memes ~ All Shareable Between Now and Tuesday, November 4th! #SaturateTheMarket

From today 'til Tuesday, November 4th it is all about the Voting ~ 


 No excuses per POTUS and FLOTUS, both of whom have been working it across the country to get out the vote on behalf of the Democratic Party...

My goal is to saturate my "market place" i.e., flood my favorite social media platforms with memes that remind and inspire Democrats to go to the polls.To that end, I will be making every effort not to give the GOP the time of day ~ unless, of course, it is to Speak Truth to that Lying To Win GOP.

I hope you will join me in that work and push like-minded messages forward until the last polls close on Tuesday, November 4th!

*** Below, please find some of my favorite memes ~ consider re posting them and consider posting a favorite of your own using the hash tag #SaturateTheMarket so I can find them on Google+, Twitter and Facebook and re share them!


A fabulous piece of work via Gorilla Pig that needs to be posted every day!

There's something wrong when half the electorate actually hates this thought with every fiber of its body ( or bodies). 

Back to back Kennedy men who hailed from my state! Courtesy of Meme GOP

I came across this recently and Oh My Gawd it is too perfect for words  ~ Courtesy of Brenda Cornwell Ehler. 

Elections have consequences. Courtesy of General Sherman's March To the Sea.

Speaking of elections having consequences. Courtesy of Occupy Democrats

 I just do not know what to say if there is a woman out there who would actually vote GOP. Courtesy of Tioga Pa. Democrat.

If you do not find hypocritical behavior acceptable, don't accept it. Courtesy of Lady Liberals.

"... We need a better congress." It's as simple as that.

And that ^^^ is the truth ~ I'd just add the GOP did not just nullify a duly elected American President, they also nullified our votes. There's only one response to that ... vote 'em out and never let 'em back in.

And last but not least ~ one more time, VOTE Tuesday, November 4th! ~ Courtesy of The Blue Book ..


(* If anyone has the name of the creator of the JFK meme defining Liberal and/or the POTUS needs a better Congress meme, please share so I can give credit for this wonderful work. TY)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

What is lost if we lose on the 4th? Among other things, a pro-U.S. Senate majority & a lot of progressive brains!

^^^ The above collage of white men over 40, who just happen to be anti-U.S. Government Republicans, could be a large part of Republican control of the United States Senate re chairmanships of committees with subpoena power if Democrats do not stop them on Tuesday, November 4th at ballot boxes across the country!

Senators Orrin Hatch, Thad Cochran, John McCain, Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Jeff Sessions, Richard Shelby and Chuck Grassly are all potential chairmen per a great food-for-thought article in Politico (which leans right and has more insight into the GOP than I do)!

“Anti-U.S. Government Republicans,” by the way, are defined by me for me as:
Republicans who do not adhere to some of my favorite, basic concepts of the United States Constitution ~ Compromise (not my way or the highway); United States (not 50 sovereign states); and The Common Good (not “starve the beast” and the surpluses will “trickle down”).

Focused on the point of its article, Politico makes it’s guesses and provides some grist for the mill as to how the potential future chairmen might use their positions of power but it does not highlight the power of the subpoena, nor does it provide the same grist for the mill as to how the potential past chairmen have used their positions of power.

So, let’s do just a bit of that: First, defining Senate subpoena power and Second, using five Senate Committees as examples, demonstrating who/what might be lost if the Senate majority goes from Democratic to Republican. 

Senate subpoena power (or House investigations on steroids!):  

Any of the above referenced committees, including subcommittees thereof, or any special committees created by the senate, may have the powers of subpoena, the power to administer oaths, and the power to issue commissions for the examination of witnesses in accordance with the provisions of chapter 44.16 RCW. The committee chair shall file with the committee on rules, prior to issuance of any process, a statement of purpose setting forth the name or names of those subject to process. The rules committee shall consider every proposed issuance of process at a meeting of the rules committee immediately following the filing of the statement with the committee. The process shall not be issued prior to consideration by the rules committee. The process shall be limited to the named individuals and the committee on rules may overrule the service on an individual so named.

Five Random Senate Committee examples (or some of what Democrats risk losing!):

The SenateAppropriations Committee has jurisdiction over all discretionary spending legislation in the Senate.

Currently under the leadership of Chairwoman Mikulski who, could be replaced by GOP-ER Thad Cochran:
was first appointed to the Committee in 1987 became the first woman and first Marylander to chair the Committee on December 20, 2012. 
Senator Mikulski graduated from Mt. St. Agnes College and earned a Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland. 

Determined to make a difference, she began her career in social work helping at-risk children and educating seniors about Medicare. Social work evolved into community activism when Mikulski successfully organized communities to defeat a proposed 16-lane highway through Baltimore's Fells Point.
Senator Mikulski has a long record of public service, starting with her election in 1971 to the Baltimore City Council. In 1976, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where she represented Maryland’s 3rd District for ten years. 
She became the first Democratic woman Senator elected in her own right in 1986 and in 2012, Senator Mikulski became the longest serving woman in the history of the United States Congress.

TheSenate Budget Committee is responsible for drafting Congress’s annual budget plan and monitoring action of the budge for the Federal Government. 

Currently under the leadership of Chairwoman Murray who, could be replaced by GOP-ER Jeff Sessions:
was originally known for her work on education and children’s issues,  she has become a leading figure on the nation's budget, transportation, border and port security, healthcare, economic development and veteran's issues. Senator Murray is serving her fourth term in the U.S. Senate as a member of the Democratic Leadership. 
In 2013, Senator Murray became the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. She has consistently fought for budgets that work for families and communities, cut spending responsibly, and call on the wealthiest  Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share. As the chair of the committee, she is committed to bringing more Americans into the budget process, giving them a seat at the table to share their stories and budget priorities.
Patty Murray never planned to enter politics. But in the 1980’s, when a state politician told her she “couldn’t make a difference,” Murray led a grassroots coalition of 13,000 parents to save a local preschool program from budget cuts. She went on to serve on the local school board, and in 1988 was elected to the Washington State Senate.
In 1992, Murray ran for the United States Senate as a voice for Washington families who were not being heard in the Senate. Dramatically outspent, Murray ran a grassroots campaign of family, friends, supporters, and public interest groups to beat a 10-year veteran of the U.S. House of Representatives and became the first woman to represent Washington state in the U.S. Senate. Senator Murray was re-elected in 1998, 2004, and 2010 and is Washington’s senior Senator.

TheSenate Finance Committee is responsible for matters related to taxation and other revenue measures, generally, including health programs under the Social Security Act (notably Medicare and Medicaid) and reciprocal trade agreements, etc.

Currently under the leadership of  chairman Ron Wyden who, could be replaced by GOP-ER Orrin Hatch :
 believes  the nation’s biggest challenges can only be solved by what he calls “principled bipartisanship,” solutions that allow all parties to stay true to their respective principles while taking the best ideas from all sides. 

In 2010, he  authored the first comprehensive bipartisan tax reform bill in more than 25 years. His plan would lower rates, eliminate loopholes and tax breaks for special interests, and simplify the tax code so that individuals and families can file a one-page tax return.
Wyden has taken the lead on policies that are helping to grow the economy in areas like improved infrastructure through his Build America Bonds program, micro and nano-technology, e-commerce, and incentives for cleaner sources of energy.

As former chair of the Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on International Trade, Ron fought to ensure America’s ability to compete in a free and fair global marketplace.

He served as the director of Oregon Legal Services for the Elderly from 1977 to 1979 and was a member of the Oregon State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators during that same period. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 1996.

TheSenate Armed Services Committee is responsible for legislative oversight of the military.

Currently under the leadership of Chairman Carl Levin, who could be replaced by John McCain, whose:
top priority has been the economic well-being of Michigan families and  policies that would help American manufacturers compete globally.

Since joining the Senate, he has been a member the Armed Services Committee. From 2001 to 2003 and again from 2007 to the present, he has been the committee’s chairman.

 He has focused on taking care of the men and women of our military and their families, supporting much-needed pay raises and improvements in treatment and other policies for wounded warriors. He opposed the resolution giving congressional authorization to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, offering an alternative resolution that would have given time for weapons inspectors to do their work.

His legal background runs through his career: tough, vigilant oversight of powerful institutions in government and the private sector. He has led investigations of the 2008 financial crisis, abusive credit card practices, the Enron collapse, speculation in energy and food markets, abusive offshore tax havens and money laundering by corrupt foreign leaders.

 He established an investigative team on the Armed Services Committee that has probed treatment of detainees in U.S. military custody and abuses by security contractors in Afghanistan. Whether questioning Wall Street executives or top generals, he has earned what Congressional Quarterly called a reputation “for a tough, prosecutorial style of questioning witnesses at hearings that rarely, if ever, comes across as grandstanding.”

TheSenate Judiciary Committee conducts hearings prior to the Senate votes on confirmation of federal judges (including Supreme Court justices) nominated by the president. The committee also has a broad jurisdiction over matters relating to federal criminal law, as well as human rights, immigration law, intellectual property rights, antitrust law, and Internet privacy. It is also Senate procedure that all proposed Constitutional Amendments pass through the Judiciary Committee.

Currently under the leadership of Patrick Leahy, who could be replaced by GOP-ER Chuck Grassley:
was elected to the United States Senate in 1974. Leahy is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a position he has held since January 2007.  He also served as Chairman from June 2001 through January 2003.  
He served for eight years as State's Attorney in Chittenden County, Vermont.  
 A former prosecutor, he has championed those serving in law enforcement, first responders, and victims of crime.  He is the author of the bipartisan Leahy-Crapo Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, which were signed into law in 2013. 
Leahy is a longtime protector of civil rights and civil liberties.  As Chairman, in 2009 he led the effort to pass the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act to broaden federal hate crimes law so that those targeted because of their gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability would be protected. 
 In 2011, Leahy chaired the first-ever congressional hearing on proposals to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA.  He has also been a steadfast champion for immigration reform, managing the Senate’s consideration of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act in 2013.
  Leahy created the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, now encompassed in the  Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, and has established the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law. 
Leahy has also been a leading voice in protecting the nation’s intellectual property and promoting innovation.  Chairman Leahy authored the PRO-IP Act, which was enacted in 2012, to strengthen tools used to prosecute the theft of American’s intellectual property, and he is a strong proponent of open Internet rules designed to prevent discrimination against lawful Internet content and promote competition in the online marketplace. 
Leahy has long fought for the protection of privacy rights and freedom of speech on the Internet.  He is the co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus.  
As a senior member of the Senate, Leahy is one of few Senators to have voted on the confirmation of every sitting member of the current Supreme Court.

Personally, I know all I need to know because I know I am not voting for anyone who does not share my view of the United States of America and her processes.

But, if you need to know more, I highly recommend checking the Senate committees through the links provided, reading more about the committees through the Wikipedia links providing and reading about the men Politico is predicting will be in charge of our Senate if Democrats lose it to Republicans on the 4th: 

Past and current policy-related biographical information tells a lot about a person.

Then, decide ~ & vote for the party wired for The People not the party wired like this:


(* A shout out to the AP for the collage photograph of Republicans!)

(Anatomy of modern GOP brain meme courtesy of: )

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Not ready to vote yet? Put aside an hour, create a plan and defy the odds makers ~ who are betting you won't...

It's like living in the Twilight Zone, I know, but the truth is a certain segment of the population, that shall remain nameless, never really stops fighting to keep the progressive middle-class-on-down from voting ~ it's a truth we have to not only recognize but we also have to continue to defy.

Frankly, the partisan Democrat in me wants to see a totally unexpected Democratic wave on November 4th that does just that -- defies the *&%^$#!s...

Having said that, I am going to step back from my natural instinct and share a few of my favorite non-partisan voter resources with you and ask you, if you have not done so already, to put an hour or so aside to explore your voting logistics and options and mark the day on your calendar and get it done because a win by a progressive middle-class-on-down is something that might send "them" back under the rocks from where they typically come ~ for a bit, at any rate.

Further. Share it with a friend who has access to the Internet. Or. Print out the relevant information and share it with a friend who doesn't have access to the Internet. Or. If you would like to get more bang for your buck, print out several copies of the relevant information and drop them off at your dentist and doctor's office, as well as at your hairdresser's shop. Nonchalant placement on magazine tables works.

It takes all kinds of people and all kinds of tactics to win and there is a role to play for everyone.

 As promised, a favorite voter resource: The U.S.Vote Foundation (US Vote)

 dedicated to bringing best-in-class voter services to millions of American voters, develop and provide online tools to assist US citizens living anywhere in the world to register to vote and request their absentee ballot using their state’s specific voter forms.

 This includes US citizens living within the US, living abroad or serving in the military. The comprehensive range of services offered by US Vote helps voters navigate today's complicated landscape of US voting regulations.

They are poised to respond to the growing need for alternatives to polling place voting. Many voters need easier access to absentee voting, including students, travellers, elderly persons, overseas citizens, uniformed service members and their families, disabled and homebound people, those who work long hours or double shifts, people who travel for work, and parents without childcare...
US Vote's service produces the complete state-specific forms, which often require substantially more information than the National Voter Registration Form... 
Where other services provide only state office addresses, US Vote integrates with its Election Official Directory (EOD) database to provide voters with complete contact details and mailing addresses for their local election office where they will be able to send their forms and access the best direct service...
I am particularly fond of the My Voter Account where you can access your voter information, as well as information about your elected officials!
Check out the 3 minute or so video on the Voter Account, it demonstrates some of what this resource offers you and how user friendly they've made it for you: 

I'm also very fond of long time voter resource: The League of Women Voters

  a citizens’ organization that has fought since 1920 to improve government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives, operating at national, state and local levels through more than 800 state and local Leagues, in all 50 states as well in DC, the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong.

Formed from the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the centerpiece of the League’s efforts remain to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans... at all three levels of government, engaging in both broad educational efforts as well as advocacy. ...Issues are grounded in our respected history of making democracy work for all citizens.

And: Rock The Vote , well, Rock The Vote ~ Rocks

  as the largest non-profit and non-partisan organization in the United States driving the youth vote to the polls. Fusing pop culture, politics, and technology, Rock the Vote works to mobilize the millennial voting bloc and the youth vote, protect voting rights, and advocate for an electoral process and voting system that works for the 21st century electorate.

Finally, I'd like to share with you the link to a Facebook page I am affiliated with that is dedicated to supporting President Obama's Agenda and giving him a Congress he can work with at the end of the day November 4th, 2014, where, if you are of the Democratic persuasion, you will find information of interest leading up to the election!:

Let me leave you with a great meme to assist you in your planning:


( * A shout out to Slate for the 2014 voters waiting in line photograph:    

(** There was no attribution on the other two photos I picked up to create the tri-meme and there is never an intention to not give credit, so if anyone has the information, share and I will immediately credit!)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Confession: I am out of persuasive words to persuade Democrats to vote Democrat on November 4th

In fact, this meme is an accurate depiction of how I am feeling today:


As tempting as it is to remind everyone of the burning GOP desire to dismantle the United States of America and to recreate it as a Theocratic Ayn Rand 50-Sovereign State Fantasy World on our land, I’m not going to do that. In fact, I am going to work hard to resist giving the ignorant, the haters and the liars of the GOP one drop of ink today.

What I am going to do, as we move into the last weeks before the November 4th Election, is remind Democrats that Democrats have a Party Platform and ALL Democrats ~ who stand and declare themselves to be Democrats, at any rate ~ signed on to it.

Please, do not take this the wrong way as I find all issues that move us forward progressively to be important I just think we need to stop and take a deep breath and Get Out The Vote and Vote to make sure we have partners in positions of power we can work with as we do move forward or IF we do move forward, whichever the case may be.

Voting is happening now in a whole lot of places!

 So, for just a few weeks, it is time to stop using time and energy on one issue causes like:

The President didn’t close GITMO; The President supports the XKL pipeline, The President promised an Executive Order re immigration reform, the delayed it; The President is not doing what arm chair experts in National Security think he should be doing ~  just to name a few one issue issues floating around out there, sooooo …  with wishes left unfulfilled  staying home  on the 4th is the only option some think they have. We've seen it before.

From now until November 5th, my response to that is:

But this election is way  too important to just leave it at that, so let me add to the meme:

It is total, absolute BS – unless, of course, one truly does not understand how our system works; one truly do not understand GOP nullification of our President and our votes; one truly believes one will just be marking time until he or she  can get his or her yet to be declared yet favorite candidate into the Oval Office in 2016 or; One truly believes we can do better under a GOP regime.

 Only you know the answer to that ^^^ I’m just suggesting:

Review the information provided by the source;

Research the candidates who will appear on your 2014 ballot, as well as the voting rules and locations that may have changed since you last voted;

Make a decision based on information gathered and assessed;


I trust if one does that, one will have no choice but to go to the polls on the 4th and vote a straight democratic ticket.

 Below is an outline excepted from the 2012 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL PLATFORM MOVING AMERICA FORWARD  ~  “ …  -- a declaration of how we plan to move America forward over the next four years and beyond  …  “ :

(More detailed information can be found here . At the source you will be able to click on any topic and you will be taken directly to that topic.)



Putting Americans Back to Work
The Middle Class Bargain
Cutting Waste, Reducing the Deficit, Asking All to Pay Their Fair Share
Economy Built to Last


Wall Street Reform
21st Century Government: Transparent and Accountable
Lobbying Reform and Campaign Finance Reform


Strengthening the American Community
Protecting Rights and Freedoms
Ensuring Safety and Quality of Life


Responsibly Ending the War in Iraq
Disrupting, Dismantling, and Defeating Al-Qaeda
Responsibly Ending the War in Afghanistan
Preventing the Spread and Use of Nuclear Weapons
Countering Emerging Threats
Strengthening Alliances, Expanding Partnerships, and Reinvigorating International Institutions
Promoting Global Prosperity and Development
Maintaining the Strongest Military in the World
Advancing Universal Values

There are many great websites out there that provide voter information and/or candidate information. Here are two of them:

Candidate information ~

Okay. It is your nickel so spend it as you see fit. Oh, but, please, keep in mind that elections have consequences that affect all of us …