Sunday, September 28, 2008

Cassandra, The Prophetess

I'm normally not prone to saying "I told you so", but in between my asthmatic coughs (yes, I'm sick), I'll try to get through this.

Do you remember this post?

Here is another one, regarding the lobbyists who work as "bundlers" for our elected officials.

Then there is this one, which talks more specifically about the greed in corporations, namely at the top, and why the checks and balances you would expect between shareholders and the corporate executives isn't working.

Then there is this one, which gives an idea of how to fix the minimum wage to provide real solutions to fixing the corporate greed, as well as giving employees world wide the living wages they should be earning.

This one, giving the link for the Ross Perot site, gives a vivid example of why the economic plans for both major candidates for President will not pan out.

The reason I give these to you is because a revolution of a new sort is happening here in America, and the press is actually acting like they are in shock over it. I say it's about time. People have had enough of the bailouts of companies while the executives leave with nice, cushy financial arrangements. They might have to cut back on the caviar just a little bit, but they will still be throwing parties in the Hamptons, while the rest of America suffers.

Please read this story from Fortune Magazine on how Main Street is turning against Wall Street.

I would love to say the worst part is over, but, as history teaches us, the Declaration of Independence was only the beginning of the Revolutionary War.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Ralph & Cardozo

Poor Ralph. He's been trying everything to get media coverage.

After all, he did give a list of actions the government will need to take to fix the issues within the U.S. financial system back in July, only after he was bringing it to light SIX YEARS AGO. Please click here to read more about the list. Click here for the original letter Ralph sent regarding the safety of the FDIC.

And now... it has come to this.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Monday, September 1, 2008

Family Home Evenings

In my Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there is a program called Family Home Evening where families reserve one night per week to spend together. Sometimes unstructured, these evenings can also include a lesson and some sort of dessert. These usually occur on Monday nights. The last two Monday nights, however, have been spent in the emergency room at Tempe St. Luke Hospital, where I have had to take my Mother.

Last week it was a cat bite that had gotten infected on her left hand, earlier today she fell (twice) and landed on her face. This has produced a swollen left cheekbone and a nice, swollen shiner on her left eye.

She is doing okay, but these little emergencies have been rattling me somewhat. I've gone back to wearing my wedding rings, just simply because I need to know that Decker is going to be near me in spirit as things progress with my Mother's health, hopefully in years rather than months.

The good news is the bite has healed, she didn't break anything in her face, and the broken foot she got from falling back in June healed a few weeks ago. She still needs help around the house, and given this last incident, it looks like there will be no relief in sight as far as my being able to take time away from her.

I know in retrospect I will look back on this and be thankful for the increased time I've spent with my Mother. It's just that right now, when I need to get my washing machine repaired, my air conditioning repaired, and the air conditioner in my car repaired, it would be nice to be able to get some things done without having my time tied up.

The hospital asked me if I was her caregiver, I told them "no, I'm her daughter". Hopefully I can keep that perspective down the road.