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Yesterday’s blog was supposed to be about Margaret and Helen‘s post “We Have A Dream.”  However, it may have been the biggest digression on record. So, I shall try to stay on-track today.



Their blog is a list of ideas that they think everyone can get behind.  Well, maybe if you throw out the extremes of both parties and definitely take Rush Limbaugh’s cookies away from him. 



I am not going to copy their list here, and if you have not read their blog, you are really missing out on a great time.  I just want to add some points of my own.



Helen wants a good, inexpensive health care system.  Margaret wants vision care included.  I want to add dental.  Since when, does the fact that you need dental work, NOT impact the rest of your health?



And, while they are at it, I want it to be run by workers and bosses who are intelligent people.  I have been fighting since January with my Healthy Indiana Insurance because they think I still have a tiny AARP policy that was terminated 12/31/07.  So they have decided they are kicking me off and I will have no more insurance in April.  I’m working on it folks.  That, and everything else.


Margaret and Helen say that no child should go hungry and without insurance.  I say, Amen to that.  With husband’s disability income, we have cut down on extras (and, I wish we could cut down on the DirecTv bill but we have another year and a half to go on a contract), but we do not have insurance for the 17 year old. 



Their blog covers tax on cigarettes, where Larry King belongs, religion and politics and the fact that when you call an American company, they want to speak to an American.  I think the point is also that if you are going to call a help desk, you should get someone who is fluent in your language, no matter where they are sitting. 



Now, that may not be good for the economy but let’s face it, there are very few “Just American” or any other country companies now.  It’s a global world.  Just please screen your staff to make sure you can understand them when you are not reading their lips.  I have called and not understood people who I am pretty sure are speaking English.



There is a lot else on their blog.  Some, I kind of agree with, some I totally agree with, but it is a good discussion.  I would love to be invited to Helen’s house for Thanksgiving some day.  I promise to clean my plate, not drink soda (I like water and iced tea better anyway), throw in a few dollars, carry out my trash, and not to bring pie.

By the way, Helen is admitting to being near 83 now and believe me, that lady has it all together. 

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As you all know (What?  You don’t?  Well, you should.)  I just love Margaret and Helen.  Their “Tell it like it is, with humor.” blog got me through the election.  And, when my life here at home gets a bit tough, like getting a $1,200 power bill or, like yesterday, when I opened the one piece of mail, late at night (Tell, me why I even bother?) and that mail was from the Indiana Department of Revenue.



When I opened my studio I got a tax idea and somehow, thought I needed to have a Taxpayer TID number for paying employees.  I do not have employees.  The studio is so piled up with junk right now that an employee couldn’t get through IF I had one, which I don’t.



So, this year when I sent in my multitude of forms, which I never quite have understood, I decided that enough was enough.  I had already closed the studio to public view, taken down my sign, pulled my rack cards from town and alerted my Township Tax accessor that I was not working right now so I was “sort-of” closing the studio.



Okay, I can see where the “sort-of” confused them.  But, I unequivocally put in there that I had no employees, I had no State and County taxes withheld on my non-existent employees and I really want them to stop sending me the forms which confuse the %$@$ out of me.  Husband said they are drawn up by lawyers who are wanting to get the work when you cannot understand the forms. 



So, last night, I get this envelope informing me that I now owe $5,410.00 plus $541.00 in Penalty and $90.27 in interest for the taxes on employees I do not have. 



You know, this mail thing started with a $500 DirecTv bill and has gone up steadily ever since and I really need to learn not to open mail except during business hours because I do not get enough sleep already and having it run through my head all night, what kind of fight I am going to have in the morning, is not helping.



The man on the phone this morning was very nice.  I told him I want to keep my Sales Tax ID and my checking account because I have dreams of working again and he said to fill out this form BC-100, have it notarized and send it in.



“Okay, then what do I do about this $6,041.27 bill?”



“Oh, just write a letter of protest and tell them you do not have employees.” 



“But, where did they get that figure from?  Why charge me?”



“That was just because you did not send the right form in.”



That sound you hear is me banging my head against my desk. 



There again, I see little bored people, in cubicles, saying, “Hey, Mildred, wanna have some fun?”

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My father was born to believe everything anyone ever told him.  Providing they were either Rush Limbaugh or Jack VanImpe.  So, I had to get a big kick out of Margaret and Helen‘s latest Blog on good ole’ Rush Limbaugh. 


My father also thought the sky was falling.  Actually, he invented that saying, it was not chicken little at all.  My father heard that someone had been broken into.  Our house was immediately locked tight with a sign on the front door that said, “Security by XYZ.”  Of course, the sign was fake.


He also had a sticker on the back of his car.  It said he was a “proud supporter of the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department.”  He always told us that sticker kept him from getting tickets.  That was before he was ticketed for speeding.  To be totally fair, he was not in Baxter County at the time.


Dad would ask me if I would do him a favor.  He knew I would never say no to that, so that’s how he would con me into watching either VanImpe or Limbaugh. 


All of which, just goes to show, I really was stolen from the Gypsies when I was little.  Because, I am as pleased as can be to have Obama for my President and my poor dad is probably turning over in his grave right now.

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I watched a special on Chernoble the other day and the toxic cloud from their melt-down traveled, however lightly, to the U.S.  It crossed the pole .  It hit Finland and Sweeden hard. 

Terrorism is circling the globe and hitting families all over, also.  And, as the latest economic crisis shows, what affects one home can greatly affect a home on the other other side of the world. 

If you still have any doubt left that the world has become one neighborhood.  Take a look at the statistics from my ClustrMap.   My numbers aren’t real high but people all over the world can read what you have to say.  People all over the world will write and tell you how much they care (as mom’s poetry blog proves.  http://padairvanvleck.wordpress.com).  We are all one neighborhood and what I do can affect what someone thousands of miles away thinks.

So, think about how you can spread smiles and love and joy and intelligence and art around the world today.  Talk about solutions to the problems we have.  Don’t just complain.  Smile and discuss.

United States (US) 2,312
United Kingdom (GB) 186
Canada (CA) 164
Australia (AU) 55
Germany (DE) 52
India (IN) 37
Spain (ES) 26
France (FR) 26
Philippines (PH) 23
Brazil (BR) 17
Singapore (SG) 15
Netherlands (NL) 15
South Africa (ZA) 15
Italy (IT) 14
Turkey (TR) 14
Belgium (BE) 11
Korea, Republic of (KR) 11
Indonesia (ID) 10
Mexico (MX) 10
Pakistan (PK) 9
New Zealand (NZ) 9
Thailand (TH) 9
Poland (PL) 9
Hungary (HU) 8
Malaysia (MY) 8
Sweden (SE) 8
Ireland (IE) 7
Argentina (AR) 7
Austria (AT) 7
Bulgaria (BG) 7
Serbia (RS) 6
Hong Kong (HK) 6
Japan (JP) 6
Portugal (PT) 6
Israel (IL) 6
Iran, Islamic Republic of (IR) 6
Denmark (DK) 6
Norway (NO) 5
Romania (RO) 5
Nigeria (NG) 5
Greece (GR) 5
Switzerland (CH) 5
Czech Republic (CZ) 5
Russian Federation (RU) 4
Europe (EU) 4
Lithuania (LT) 4
Finland (FI) 4
United Arab Emirates (AE) 4
Saudi Arabia (SA) 4
Cyprus (CY) 3
Colombia (CO) 3
Trinidad and Tobago (TT) 3
Jamaica (JM) 3
Taiwan (TW) 3
Slovenia (SI) 2
Croatia (HR) 2
Tunisia (TN) 2
Slovakia (SK) 2
Egypt (EG) 2
Bahrain (BH) 2
Bangladesh (BD) 2
Mauritius (MU) 2
Kuwait (KW) 2
Chile (CL) 2
Ukraine (UA) 1
Ghana (GH) 1
Netherlands Antilles (AN) 1
Brunei Darussalam (BN) 1
Costa Rica (CR) 1
Venezuela (VE) 1
Peru (PE) 1
Paraguay (PY) 1
Estonia (EE) 1
Samoa (WS) 1
Luxembourg (LU) 1
Belarus (BY) 1
Kenya (KE) 1
Dominica (DM) 1
Nepal (NP) 1
Qatar (QA) 1
Macedonia (MK) 1
Jordan (JO) 1
Asia/Pacific Region (AP) 1
Bermuda (BM) 1
Oman (OM) 1
Dominican Republic (DO) 1
Morocco (MA) 1
Guatemala (GT) 1
Vietnam (VN) 1
Myanmar (MM) 1
Puerto Rico (PR) 1
Virgin Islands, U.S. (VI) 1
Barbados (BB) 1

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“My T.  My T.” is now “My CNN.  My CNN.”


We would lay JRock down for a nap, when he was under two, and immediately he pointed to the television, blurting out, “My T. My T. My T.”  This meant he would only go to sleep if we put CMT on.  I should have known then, that when he was sixteen he would mysteriously develop a southern accent.


When I get up in the morning and right before I go to bed, I put on CNN.  It is not that it puts me to sleep.  I just have to know.  I think a lot of us have that after 9/11.  Please tell me it takes more than a pretty face « Wide Awake in Wonderland


Tuesday night, we were all locked onto it as the numbers climbed and the special affects took place.  Beside the declaration of the winner and the memorable acceptance speech, my favorite moment was when John King was asked exactly how John McCain could still win.  His look was priceless.


He had been changing the color of states all evening, in his Magic Board game of Risk, and now, just before the end, he is asked just how it could turn out different than inevitable.  He stared at her for, what seemed like a full minute.  That stare said, “No way.  There is no way.  Not going to happen.”  But, she wanted to know, so he had to figure it out. 


First, he refused to give McCain California, Oregon and Washington.  Then he started off at the eastern end of the board, explaining why McCain could just not win these four states because….  Then he said, “But, we’ll give him these anyway.”  It went thus across the board until every state, that did not have a return yet, was pink; except California, Oregon and Washington.  And, if I remember it right, even then he could not win and John King finally conceded Oregon.  I could be wrong on that though. 


The only thing that could have been better, was if she would have asked Jack Cafferty the same question, at that time.  I would have loved to have heard that answer.

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I stayed up way too late last night to see who won.  It was inspiring to hear Obama’s speech and, it impressed me that the Obama crowd did not “boo,” in fact there were some cheers, when McCain was mentioned.  I think the fact that Obama would stop that behavior, while on the campaign trail, was a big reason. He set the tone. 

I felt sorry for McCain.  I think he is an honorable man, who was running at a difficult time for his party and made a horrible choice for his VP pick.  She became, more than anything, a running SNL joke. I have always respected McCain but I think that perhaps he bowed to those on his staff who thought that defaming others was the way to go.  I would hope that was not his choice.

I finally had to turn tv off to get some sleep and  I was extremely pleased this morning to see this map.  This is perhaps the first time when I have felt that my vote actually counted. 

Booha, Indiana, well done.  Perhaps now, we can get onto the important things; like repairing America’s reputation in the world, fixing our economy, healthcare, jobs, the list goes on.  I do not envy the job he has to do, but I have faith that he is up to it. 


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I am not Joe the plumber. I am too poor to be Joe the plumber. I too do NOT have a plumber’s license, which is unfortunate as I do have about three pipes leaking in this house, so if he gets a license and wants to get some practice, send him over.

I have never made $250,000 in one year. Actually, I, personally, have not made that amount in a ten year period. I made a “woman’s” wage in my working life. And, my fast growig art career went down the tubes in direct proportion to the price of gas, other people losing their job and the cost of everything else, going up; except my health, which went down due to lack of health care.

So, frankly I think it is NOT time for a “person just like me” to be elected. I do not want a possible President who “gosh and golly’s” me. I want one who is so intelligent, he was President of Harvard law review and not so intelligent it took several colleges to get an associate. I want someone who is better than me and can gather the most intelligent people around him to fix the mess we are in AND who believes it is best to talk to other countries rather than just bomb the #%#@ out of them.

Think about it.


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