Saturday, April 30, 2011

TAX-Payers Subsidizing Big OIL. Why ?

Tax-Payer$ Sub$idizing Big Oil. WHY ? $

Click Below to Sign Petition...

As Americans continue to struggle with outrageous, unstable gas prices, big oil companies continue to benefit from them.

Exxon Mobil announced Thursday a first-quarter profit of $10.6 billion a 69% increase from last year, and a number so astronomical, Exxon executives felt the need to issue defensive statements in advance. Also unveiling massive earnings were Shell ($6.3 billion, up 30%), ConocoPhillips ($3 billion, up 44%), Chevron ($6.2 billion, up 36%) and of course, BP ($7.1 Billion, up 16%). In all, these five oil companies have reaped nearly $1 trillion in profits in the last 10 years.

But more outrageous than jaw-dropping oil company profits, is the fact that our government/tax-payers actually rewards these companies with even more of our money for maintaining this disastrous system — to the tune of $4 billion a year in tax credits and subsidies. It's time for that to end.

Tell Congress: End oil subsidies. Click here ; to automatically sign the petition. It is a testament to the influence of polluters, and the power of the money they shower upon congress, that so many of our leaders have continued to defend these senseless subsidies.

As recently as this March, House Republicans — while simultaneously pleading poverty and fighting for crippling budget cuts elsewhere — voted unanimously against repealing these oil subsidies, at a total cost to us of $45 billion over 10 years. But in the face of these huge budget cuts, painful gas prices and shocking oil company profits, it is becoming harder and harder for Republicans to defend this policy.

In a surprising move, Speaker John Boehner said Monday that repealing oil subsidies "is certainly something we ought to be looking at" and that oil companies "ought to be paying their fair share." While his statement was quickly walked back the next day by an aide who said Boehner was simply trying not to "fall into the trap of defending 'Big Oil' companies" it's clear that cracks are beginning to show in the Republicans' brazen defense of senseless oil handouts.

On Tuesday, President Obama sent a letter to congressional leaders asking them to end oil subsidies, and Nancy Pelosi also sent a letter to Speaker Boehner asking him to schedule a House vote next week. Harry Reid announced he will hold a vote in the Senate as soon as possible. Momentum is building. This is a key moment to keep the pressure on, and force every member of congress to choose:
Americans, or the oil companies ? Tell Congress: End oil subsidies. Click here ; to automatically sign the petition.
Between the ruining of our gulf, the increasing frequency of extreme weather events brought on by climate change, and now — once again — astronomical oil company profits and oil prices that literally threaten our economy, we don't need any more reminders that it's time to end our reliance on oil. Yet we're handing oil companies billions as we slash funding for the investments in clean energy and transit we need to break oil's grip on our lives. This must end. And if we raise our voices, we can finally end it. Click here to autmatically sign our petition.

Tell Congress: End oil subsidies. Click here ; to automatically sign the petition. It will just take you a minute !

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hey Seniors Oops, that`s Me ! Better Watch Rep. Fincher~District#8~Tennessee

Congressman Stephen Fincher(R) ~ District#8-Tennessee

Votes Against Seniors !

Tell Rep. Fincher : Hands off Medicare, Hold him accountable for his extremist vote to end Medicare as we know it.
Click here ; < will add your name to this petition to Rep. Fincher:

"As a constituent, I am appalled that you voted for Rep. Paul Ryan's(R) irresponsible and extreme budget plan to end Medicare as we know it."

Rep. Paul Ryan's 2012 budget proposal was one of the most brutal attacks on the social safety net in decades.
And your member of Congress, Stephen Fincher, joined in by voting for it.

Paul Krugman called Rep. Ryan's budget bill both "ludicrous" and "cruel." "Ludicrous" because the budget projections were pure fantasy, "cruel" because it proposed massive spending cuts for programs that mainly help children, the poor and the elderly, while slashing taxes for corporations and the ultra-rich.

One of the main programs targeted by the Ryan budget was Medicare, which under the proposal would be destroyed in all but name, and replaced by a voucher program for seniors who'd be dumped into the private insurance market. And if the vouchers didn't cover the cost of insurance, too bad.

Tell Rep. Fincher: Hands off Medicare. Click here; to automatically sign the petition. There is no doubt that something needs to be done to control the increasing cost of Medicare. But the Ryan proposal does nothing to actually control costs. All the Ryan plan does is shift the cost of health care onto the backs of seniors. And, in fact, by forcing seniors into the inefficient private insurance market, it would actually drive up the cost of providing health care to them. During the last week, a number of Republicans who voted for this plan have been confronted by their constituents for supporting an end to Medicare while refusing to raise taxes on the rich.

With both the 2012 budget and the debt ceiling fights looming, this type of pushback is really important. Rep. Fincher needs to hear that he crossed a line.
And Rep. Fincher needs to know that he will be held accountable by his constituents for supporting such extreme and irresponsible proposals.

Tell Rep. Fincher
: Hands off Medicare. Click here ; ; to automatically sign the petition.
Thank you for working for standing up for Medicare. Rep. Fincher needs to hear from you. I have already sent him, my displeasure in his vote. I know, lets cut his salary and benefits, that we pay for !

Monday, April 25, 2011

Entitlement My A**...Something Is Rotten in Denmark

Entitlement My A** ! What the He** is Wrong ?

If this does`nt Tick You Off ? Nothing Will !

Entitlement my Butt, I paid Ca$h for my $ocial $ecurity Insurance ! Just because they/our Govt. borrowed the money, doesn't make my benefits some kind of charity or handout ! Congressional benefits, a.k.a. free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days, now that's welfare, and they have the nerve to call my retirement entitlements ! scroll down.

What the Heck's Wrong ?


Tuesday's Daily Bulletin Paper, ran two articles on the front page side by side :

Someone please tell me what the HECK's wrong with all the people that run this country ? !

We're "broke" & can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc. ?

In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile, and Turkey. And now Pakistan... home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!!

Our retired seniors living on a 'fixed income' receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour Hundreds of Billions of $'s and Tons of Food to Foreign Countries!

They/our Govt. call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives and now when it’s time for us to collect, the government is running out of money. Why did the government borrow from it in the first place?

We have hundreds of adoptable children who are shoved aside to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans.

a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without 'needed' meds, and mentally ill without treatment, etc.,

They have a 'Benefit' for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations, ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies.

Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave 'US' the same support they give to other countries.
Sad isn't it ? Charity = Love ! It also begins at HOME !

Editorial : This article is bound to cause some thinking ! ENTITLEMENTS ?

I THINK NOT ! Thanks to my friend, Buddy M. for this one. I have deleted part of this, to do with Illegal aliens. I do not like to print without varifying it. I tried to varify. Could not. Therefore, I did not print !

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Religion and Politics ? Never Mix~ Live It !

Now We Know Why Our Government and Religion Should be Kept Separate !

by : Underdog = Don Jones

I have watched this morning on T.V. a round table discussion of religion and politics/government. Those present were a Muslim, A black Christian, Rev. Al Sharpton, a Catholic Female, Cokie Roberts, a Jew, Cokie`s Husband, and Richard Land from the Southern Baptist Convention. First, I`d say to the Southern Baptist Convention, keep Richard Land of off these kind of discussions. He comes off mean spirited and very, I am and you are not ! In this writers opinion, he does more harm than good. Oops, did I forget to mention, I am a Baptist/Christian ? Al Sharpton got it right, "We must Love one another". The Muslim gentleman, sorry, I do not recall his name. Ask us not to judge all Muslim's by the actions of a few. Does that sound familiar ? Jesus asked us to help the poor, starving, and the afflicted. He never ministered to the ultra rich. Are there those among us who really do not need help, but seek it out ? Certainly. I ask you to not judge all who need help, by the actions of a few. I believe that those politicians who wear their religion on their arms in an attempt to get your/Christian vote, are wolves in sheep's clothing. Now, we Christians need to understand that there are other religions besides Christianity. The best testimony, I can think of, is live it ! Love your friend who is not of your persuasion. If you live it, your testimony speaks volumes. In other words, I`d rather see it, than hear it. My best advice to pastors of Christian Church's, keep it out of the pulpit. Ask your congregation to live it. Welcome all into our faith. That includes Muslims ! I believe that Christ is the answer. Having professed that, I cannot shove him down any ones throat. Preach the Gospel`s ! As a lay person saved by Christ, it is most difficult not to look down on other religions. However, I know I must share him in a way to show our love and caring as Christians, if I do that, I have lived it. I am saved by the blood of Christ. I want and pray that all will come to his Kingdom by the way of Christ. I also know, that this is not to be. Some will be lost. I must not let this affect my living it and trying to persuade through my life, Jesus Christ ! Today we celebrate his resurrection from the grave. Christ lived, was crucified, buried and rose again. He did these things for us. Can we do less than live it for him ? I think not. Happy Easter. What a great word "LOVE" ! Live it.

Spes mea in Deo est.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Middle Class Pay Tax`s/Bills ~ Millionaire`s Pay Zip !

It’s Not a $pending Problem –

It’s a Revenue Problem

Corporate-backed politicians at every level of government are trying to convince us that we’ve got a spending problem as they look to cut and balance budgets on the backs of America’s middle and working class. But, they’re failing to talk about the real problem: the amount of revenue our government is – or rather, isn’t – taking in.

Here are a few facts to consider :

From the 1940s to the 1980s, the tax rate for the richest Americans – the millionaires of the time – was 70 percent or higher. Now it is nearly half that – 35 percent.

Two-thirds of companies doing business in the United States avoid paying any income tax to the federal government despite corporate sales totaling $2.5 trillion.

General Electric, for example, netted over $10 billion in profits in 2009, but paid the U.S. government $0 in income taxes.

Each year, the United States loses an estimated $100 billion in tax revenues due to offshore tax abuses.

In the late 1970s, capital gains (profits made from selling property or investments) were taxed at 35 percent or higher. Now they are taxed at just 15 percent. All these tax breaks, tax cuts and tax loopholes have a heavy cost on our economy. As millions struggle to get by, corporate profits are up and CEO pay jumped 27 percent in 2010. They can pay their fair share, just like workers already are !

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tennessee Elected Congressman/Senators ~ Contact Information

Residents of Tennessee are Represented in Congress

by : Two(2)Senators & Nine(9)Representatives

Listed below are who they are and how to contact them:


Senator Lamar Alexander(R-TN)

Washington DC Phone# > 202-224-4944 <> Fax#202-228-3398


Senator Bob Corker(R-TN)

Washington DC Phone# 202-224-3344<> Fax#202-228-0566


Rep. Phil Roe(R-01)

DC Phone#202-225-6356 <> Fax#202-225-5714


Rep. John J. Duncan (R-02)

DC Phone#202-225-5435 <> Fax#202-225-6440


Rep. Chuck Fleischman (R-03)

DC Phone#202-225-3271 <> Fax#202-225-3494

Rep. Scott Desjarlais (R-04)

DC Phone#202-225-6831<> Fax#202-226-5172

Rep. Jim Cooper (D-05)

DC Phone#202-225-4311 <> Fax#202-226-1035

Rep. Diane Black (R-06)

DC Phone#202-225-4231 <> Fax#202-225-6887


Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-07)

DC Phone#202-225-2811 <> Fax#202-225-3004


Rep. Stephen Lee Fincher (R-08)

DC Phone#202-225-2714 <> Fax#202-225-1765


Rep. Steve Cohen (D-09)

DC Phone#202-225-3265 <> Fax#202-225-5663


Above are your Elected Tennessee Representatives, They need to hear from you and hear from you often ! All are Republicans with the exceptions of Jim Cooper and Steve Cohen both Democrats.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Ned McWherter & His Vanilla Wafers

When Tennessee Had a Governor of the people by the people and for the people !

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Even The Playing Field...You Bet`cha !

The System we use to Elect our Members of Congress is Broken.

Lawmakers today seem more interested in Wall Street’s profits than Main Street’s progress — a bias that has been borne out in an economic “recovery” of corporate profits while unemployment numbers lag far behind.

Thankfully, the Fair Elections Now Act, a bill that would significantly repair our broken election system, was re-introduced in Congress today.

Tell your members of Congress to support the Fair Elections Now Act.

The Fair Elections Now Act would enable candidates for Congress to avoid taking cash from corporate lobbyists, CEOs and other special interests. Instead, they would run viable campaigns based on small-dollar donations from real people, matched by public funds. Instead of spending time hitting up special interests for cash, candidates for elected office would be able focus their attention on voters in the communities they represent. In the wake of the unlimited corporate spending allowed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Fair Elections Now Act is a particularly essential reform (in addition to a constitutional amendment, increased disclosure and shareholder protections). Learn more and urge your members of Congress to support fair elections: Go to Every personal phone call, letter and email sent to Congress by constituents is tallied by each member and grabs their attention. Voice your support today ! You can also click on title of this article above ! If you live in Tennessee looky here >

Rep./Cong Steve Fincher District: FH-TN08 TN. Phone:(202) 225-4714 Fax:(202) 225-1765

Sen. Lamar Alexander TN. Phone:(202) 224-4944 Fax:(202) 228-3398

Sen. Bob Corker TN. Phone:(202) 224-3344 Fax:(202) 228-0566

Thanks for all you do,

Underdog = Don Jones

Monday, April 04, 2011

Gov. McWherters Legacy ! By Roy Herron

Governor McWherter was our greatest Governor during my lifetime, and I believe he was our greatest Governor during Tennessee’s lifetime.

By : Senator Roy B. Herron TN.

Governor McWherter led Tennessee to set records in the economy, job growth, education, building roads, criminal justice, healthcare, lowering taxes and debt. When Representative Ned McWherter was elected governor, Roy Herron was elected to McWherter’s House seat. When Governor McWherter was leaving office, Herron wrote the following column summarizing McWherter’s accomplishments as Governor.

A 'Tennessee Treasure'

December 1994

The following taken from remarks made by state Rep. Roy Herron (D-Dresden), who represents Carroll and Weakley counties, at the opening of the traveling ''Tennessee Treasures'' exhibit in Dresden. Herron's state House district is the one represented by Gov. Ned McWherter before he became governor.

By: Roy Herron

AT this ''Tennessee Treasures'' exhibit you will learn of historic leaders. But what about the one who brought the exhibit to us, who served the last 22 years as speaker of the House and governor? When future historians create another exhibit, what will they say about Ned McWherter's years as governor? -- Strongest economy. Historians should note that for the first time in history, Tennessee's economy was rated ''the strongest in the South.'' That's what Dow Jones said and the Corporation for Enterprise Development ranked our economy not only ''the best in the South'' but also ''the fifth strongest in the nation.'' -- Most jobs. But when Ned McWherter became governor, almost half our counties - 42 out of 95 - had double-digit unemployment. As a candidate for governor in 1986, Speaker McWherter talked about a ''95-county jobs program.'' And he had one. Now Tennessee has the lowest unemployment since we started keeping records. Instead of 42 counties with 10 percent or more unemployment, today there is but one. -- Better education. This self-described ''college drop-out,'' whose two children and their spouses earned nine university degrees, including three doctorates, saw education as crucial to our economy and our children's future. He promised his second term was ''for the kids'' - and it was. He took our schools back from the courts and gave them to the kids in a way children, especially rural children, had never had them. He created a funding mechanism that finally is fairer to rural schools while he helped urban schools, too. In the last three years, Tennessee's K-12 schools have had the nation's greatest growth in state funding, an increase of 49 percent. Our 21st Century Schools program has put those dollars directly into classrooms to buy textbooks and computers and add teachers, investing more than three times as much in classroom improvements in three years as was spent the previous 16 years. With historic classroom funding has come historic accountability. For the first time, all school boards are elected by the people and accountable directly to the citizens. Tennessee taxpayers can see schools' strengths and weaknesses in published report cards. In another first, Tennessee leads the nation with a new system measuring how much students learn. -- Record roads. There was another crucial part to Governor McWherter's economic development plan. As he often says, ''Schools plus roads equal jobs.'' As speaker and governor he created and carried out the largest road-building program in Tennessee history. A thousand miles of roads. Middle Tennessee long has enjoyed its three interstates, as has East Tennessee, while West Tennessee had only I-40. Governor McWherter once noted that every governor is accused of building roads in his home area and, if he was going to be accused, he sure wanted to be guilty! So now, instead of riding back roads, West Tennessee is becoming a crossroads. It is true all across Tennessee. A man born near Palmersville and from Dresden knew we had to connect rural counties to city neighbors, to the commerce and opportunities of this entire country. Now all of us, country and city alike, benefit. Schools and roads have equaled jobs. -- Criminal justice. Before Ned McWherter became governor, the prisons had exploded in riots and escapes. Inmates and a federal judge had taken over. To control criminals and protect Tennesseans, Governor McWherter built six prisons with 7,000 beds. He built more cells than all the governors since the Depression - combined. His high-tech prison management system cut operating costs in new prisons by almost half (46 percent). Today Tennessee has the only fully accredited prison system in the country. He's taken control of the prisons back from criminals and courts. Governor McWherter also enabled this century's only comprehensive revision of our criminal code, making protection from violent criminals the first priority. Under his administration the legislature created the punishment of life without parole, which makes a life sentence mean exactly that. Our families are never as safe as we want, but they are much safer because of these enormous changes in criminal justice. -- Better health care. Ned McWherter knew our families were threatened by killers, not only criminals but also killing diseases and illnesses. And our state budget was threatened by a Medicaid system with costs soaring totally out of control. We had three options: 1) continuing a government-dictated Medicaid system that either was going to suck hundreds of millions of dollars from schools, or drive taxes out of sight, or both; 2) catastrophic cuts in coverage for our neediest children, women and senior citizens; or 3) radical reform. Tennessee in a year has done what Washington talks about doing in a decade. Washington aims for 95 percent of our citizens to have health insurance in the next millennium. Tennessee will achieve it next month. To get that coverage, Washington talks about employer mandates; Tennessee did it without them. Washington talks about government cost controls, while Tennessee slows spiraling costs with reasonable reforms and free-market competition. Other states aren't calling on Washington to lead; they're calling Tennessee and asking how they can follow our lead. Is everything perfect with TennCare? Certainly not. Federal bureaucrats blocked reforms the governor wanted, while a year's experience shows other changes we now can implement. But is Tennessee better off than if we had kept Medicaid? Tennessee taxpayers sure are. So are 390,000 members of working families who could not afford health insurance before but who have it now. So are former welfare mothers who no longer have to choose between a job and health care for their kids, but now can afford TennCare and are working taxpayers instead of tax-takers. -- Lowest taxes. What's all this costing us? What's the bottom line on taxes after Governor McWherter? Tennesseans now pay less in state and local taxes per $100 of personal income than citizens in any other state. That's right. When you look at our income and our taxes, our combined state and local tax burden is 50th of 50 states. -- Lower debt. If our taxes are the lowest, then did Governor McWherter finance these changes like Washington with enormous deficits, or like states with ballooning bond debts? No. He balanced all eight budgets. The state's bonded indebtedness, when adjusted for inflation and measured in real dollars, is substantially lower than when he took office. Furthermore, he'll leave a record ''rainy day fund,'' probably triple what it was when he took office. Then how did he do it? -- Best management. The last two years City and State magazine recognized Tennessee as ''the best managed sate in the nation.'' Number one among 50. Decades in business and 18 years in the legislature, including a record 14 as House speaker, made Ned McWherter the most experienced governor Tennessee ever chosen. He really did only need ''a cup of coffee and two vanilla wafers'' before he was ready to work. And work he did. He and his team worked like heck from early till late, with weekdays and weekends blurring together. Governor McWherter is the first to give credit to others for Tennessee's historic records and national marks in jobs, economic growth, education, roads, criminal justice, health care and managing state government. But he was the leader, the chief executive who knew how to work with the General Assembly, his Cabinet and state workers, private citizens, all of Tennessee. He is right to say Tennesseans accomplish these things together. But we are right to say that few, if any, of these achievements would have happened without his leadership. Now Governing magazine has judged Ned McWherter the nation's best governor. When historians put together the next exhibit of Tennessee treasures, they ought to recognize that America's best governor today, and the best governor in Tennessee's first 200 years, was our own Ned McWherter.

Gov./Bro. NED R. McWHERTER Has Passed !

Gov./Bro. Ned R. McWherter of Dresden TN. has Passed !



Ned McWherter, a onetime factory worker who became a millionaire businessman and two-term Democratic governor after two decades as a legislator, died Monday afternoon. He was 80. Madelyn Pritchett, his longtime assistant, said McWherter died after a battle against cancer, at Centennial Hospital in Memphis where he had been taken Saturday. McWherter, of Dresden, was governor from 1987 to 1995, following 20 years in the Legislature — and 14 as House speaker. He also was political adviser to President Bill Clinton during his presidency.

On a personal note, Bro. McWherter was a member of Dresden Masonic Lodge#90 and was a 33` Degree Freemason ! In this writers opinion was one of the best Governors Tennessee ever had ! You will be sorely missed !

Thank You NED, for all that you did !

Dear Brethren : This is to advise you that Ill. Ned R. McWherter, 33 `, passed away on April 05, 2011. Brother McWerter joined the Scottish Rite in 1967. He was invested with the rank and decoration of KCCH in 1981, and coroneted an IGH in 1993. He was very active for many years working with his Lodge, Shrine, and the Memphis Scottish Rite. He served as Governor of the State of Tennessee and with the Scottish Rite Foundation. He will be missed by his Lodge, the Memphis Scottish Rite Bodies, Al Chymia Shrine, and everyone that knew him. Born: October 15, 1930 in Dresden, TN Blue Lodge: Dresden Lodge #090 in Dresden, TN Lodge: November 03, 1967 in Memphis, TN Chapter: November 04, 1967 in Memphis, TN Council: November 10, 1967 in Memphis, TN Consistory: November 11, 1967 in Memphis, TN KCCH: October 19, 1981 33o October 18, 1993 Passed Away April 04, 2011

In Deo Fiducia Nostra

Saturday, April 02, 2011

What The HECK is Wrong with our Country ?

Someone Please tell me what the HECK is Wrong with all the People that Run this Country ! ! !

We're "broke" & can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc. ? ? ?

In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti , Chile , and Turkey .. And now Pakistan .....home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!! Our retired Seniors living on a 'fixed income' receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our Government and Religious Organizations/Church`s pour Hundreds of Billions of $$$$$$'s and Tons of Food to Foreign Countries ! We have hundreds of adoptable children who are shoved aside to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans. AMERICA: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without 'needed' meds, and mentally ill without treatment -etc,etc. YET....................... They have a 'Benefit' for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations, ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies. Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave 'US' the same support they give to other countries. Sad isn't it?

Editorial : I want to say, "Thank You" to my friend "Alabama Linda" for this one ! Yes it would be great, if Charity/Love began at HOME for a change !