Taken from the Associated Press:
This is the letter I got form MomsRising.org today:
We have great news: Last night, the U.S. Senate passed, by a strong majority, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Since this bill also recently passed the U.S. House, the bill will soon go to President Obama, who has promised to sign it into law.
Thank you — you helped make this happen! Your nearly 100,000 messages to the U.S. House and Senate; nearly 9,000 resumes to Senator John McCain’s office after he refused to support this legislation and said that women don’t need fair pay, they need “more education and training”; tens of thousands of petition signatures; and work organizing more than 40 local, in-district meetings with your U.S. Senate offices last year was key to this success.
Take a moment to savor a job well done. Great to be working with you!
— The MomsRising.org Team
P.S. See more about what MomsRising members have done to advance the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, including pictures, at: http://www.momsrising.org/victoryfairpay
I’m so excited that we finally have someone in office who is going to sign good legislation into law. It makes me nostalgic for the Clinton era.
Long before I blogged on blogger, I blogged on LiveJournal. They’re nice and all, but I prefer the easy access of blogger better. Here are some of the past posts from 2007.
Hope is a plane of being that I can’t even imagine aspiring to as I watch my mother, a shell of her former self, with the contents of her bowels being sucked up through her nose, and poison being pushed in her chest in a last ditch effort to save even a month of life, and asking me to find someone to kill her. Yes, hope. Right now I wish I could even feel the comforting embrace of despair. Even that seems too far above, on another planet, of what I feel.
For the last month and a half I have been thinking that I was a college graduate. I put that on all the resumes I sent out to potential employers fully believing that this fact was true. Yesterday I got this lovely letter from Weber State University:
We have processed your graduation application for August 2007 graduation. Upon review of your records, we have found that you did not complete the requirements for the degree that you applied for. Please contact our office blah blah blah.
This is was pisses me off — I applied for Graduation back in February 2007, seven effing months ago! It took them this long to process my graduation application and find deficiencies on my transcript for graduation? I had my transcript looked over by my academic adviser and my major and minor departments and they all cleared me for graduation. I am left wondering WTF? What really pisses me off is, if I am missing something, they let me know too late for me to take whatever class(es) I need to finish my requirements for Fall Semester. I had a lot of school pride until yesterday.
Not only am I angry and want to punch someone, but I’m embarrassed. I sent out graduation announcements, attended my graduation, took pictures, celebrated, received gifts, brushed up my resume, all for naught. When it rains, it effing pours.
“On behalf of Pantene Beautiful Lengths, with heartfelt appreciation, we thank you for giving so selflessly of yourself to women who are faced with hair loss from cancer treatment. Your healthy ponytail will help give self confidence back to a special woman who is battling cancer so that she can fight the disease with a little more dignity. Your generosity is touching and we hope it will inspire many others. As you may know, it takes six to eight ponytails like yours to create one wig, so please spread the word to your friends and family about how important their donation is to this cause as well. More information can be found atwww.beautifullengths.com. Together, we can help bring some joy into the lives of women living with cancer.”
So grow out your hair people and donate it!
Apparently, every time you raise your hand and commit to do something, Jesus is watching you. At least that’s the new guilt tactic that is being foisted upon the members of my ward in an effort to increase attendance to ward temple night.
Today in Relief Society, when it was announced that ward temple night is this Thursday, those who were planning on going were asked to raise their hands so that those names could be written down. What are they going to do? Check the roll at the temple? And what is going to happen to the person who said they were going to go, but doesn’t? What’s the consequence then?
Then in Sacrament meeting, the person who was conducting the meeting had the audacity to tell people that if they raised their hand in an earlier meeting saying they were going to ward temple night, that Jesus saw them do that.
So now we’re using guilt and shame tactics, as well as peer pressure, to get people to attend the temple? Is this what Jesus would do? You should go to the temple because you believe in the principles not because someone saw you raise your hand at church and now you feel obligated to go. Is that the spirit we should have with us when we go to the temple?
“We teach them correct principles and let them govern themselves.” -Joseph Smith
How can they call it “The Biggest Loser: Couples” this season if on the first episode they made 9 of the 11 couples send one of the partners home?