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If you were watching - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
If you spoke faster than David Hewlett you’d travel back in time: Michael Shanks
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If you were watching
C-Span (not C-Span 2 or 3) just a few minutes ago, you were listening to me, live, on television! C-Span is waiting for the vote in the House (the vote in the Senate is due later tonight) and they had phone numbers up for American citizens (based on the party of their choice: Republican, Democrat and Independent) to call in and be heard in a last ditch attempt to sway the vote. I dialed and dialed and received a busy signal for ages and then, miraculously, a voice came on, asked my city and state and then said, "When you hear your city, that's you cue to talk."

It took three calls before me before I heard the C-span host try to pronounce my city's name *g* so I muted the set, gave the correct pronunciation and then gave my 'speech' in hopes that Obama and Pelosi (for whom the burden now may rest to stop this capitulation compromise of Obama's). In addition, I'd hoped to help ensure that NO democrats vote for Boehner's final plan, as well as pray that the Democrats in the Senate vote no to Reid's plan.

Boehner was supposed to address the media shortly, but the media has been moved out of the briefing room, which can only mean that Boehner is back in the murky closet, possibly making even more changes OR planning to allow the bill to die for the first vote, thus allowing Congress to see what the loss will do to the Stock Exchange (which should plummet). It's a typical scare tactic, used before, and he may be now planning to force it to happen again. Which would be hilarious in a way, considering that many Republicans, Michelle Bachman among them, have stated that, "failure to raise the debt ceiling won't result in any kind of catastrophe..." and she further dismissed predictions of financial calamity that came from the Treasury Department, economists and President Obama as hyperbole. "Scare tactics," were her exact words. She may be proven more wrong than it's possible to be if Boehner goes for the 'scare vote'. Weird, isn't it?

On another note, is everyone aware that the bill to help the First Responders, while it did pass, finally, they added a last minute rider to it excluding - are you sitting down? Excluding...CANCER. That's right, the new law to provide health care to our suffering first responders during 9/11 excludes cancer. Oh, sure, if the fireman, clean-up crew, police, etc., who spent days and weeks going through the carcinogenic crap can prove their cancer came from those days, they'll be covered. *thud*

And who added the rider? I think you can guess it wasn't the "bleeding heart liberals". That's how we're treating those brave men and women we praised to the skies following 9/11, the same men and women who are now, at such young ages, facing illnesses usually seen in men and women in their 60's, 70's and 80's. And the cancer rate among the First Responders? As of 2006, 75 recovery workers at ground zero had been diagnosed with blood cell cancers that a half-dozen top doctors and epidemiologists confirmed as having been likely caused by that exposure (likely? As if 75 people who were engaged in the exact same work - at the exact same time - would contract almost the exact same type of cancer is "likely"? Puleeze).

If we can't take care of something so obvious as the health impairment of First Responders etc., of all who were affected by the 'cloud' of toxic air, how can we possibly expect our government to deal with fairly with all Americans in tackling the debt ceiling?

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From: wolfdancer Date: August 1st, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

thank you for calling

and for posting this. I am apalled.
World fail.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: August 1st, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: thank you for calling

*nods at word fail*
caarianna From: caarianna Date: August 1st, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope you write letters to the editors of the major papers in LA, NYC, Chicago, and anywhere else you think would be influential re: the first responders bill. The Republican reps are such horrible people.

And good for you for calling in to be heard!!!! I wish more Americans who feel and think as you do would take a more active part in the policy development and decision making of your nation.
nialla42 From: nialla42 Date: August 1st, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you see Jon Stewart's reaction to the "Anything But Cancer!" exclusion. If not, I highly recommend it.

http://tinyurl.com/3rmm7pr
alyburns From: alyburns Date: August 1st, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

That's where I heard it and then

went to investigate it and ensure its accuracy. I was devastated and so ashamed of our country.
kaleecat From: kaleecat Date: August 1st, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
The shame of not covering the first responders is a bloody stain on this country and the politicians who are supposed to be working for all the people. I am completely without words adequate to my disgust.

And yeah you for calling in and getting your voice heard! It is crass capitulation on the part of Obama & any respect I had for him is now gone. I've written emails and called and left a message with my state reps/senator--not that it will do any good with these republican hardliners. I haven't had a response email; but then I about fell out of my chair when i got one from my congressman last spring in response to my note about the federal funding cut for planned parenthood.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: August 2nd, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

My respect is gone as well

and I personally plan to start a write-in campaign for President in 2012 - once I decide on the right person! LOL!
ninja007 From: ninja007 Date: August 2nd, 2011 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
God...Dear God, I hate our congress... Really, really hate them all. They suck and never listen to anyone unless they have a lot of money. They've turned this country into what our forefathers tried so hard to avoid.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: August 2nd, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

*nods*

I'm still at a loss as to why the hard-core Democrats like Nancy P. gave in. :(
ninja007 From: ninja007 Date: August 2nd, 2011 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)

*is banging head on her desk*

listening to republicans like Rand Paul makes me crazy. He's such an idiot. They're all coming from a perspective of RICH PEOPLE.

STUPID. Really...really stupid.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: August 2nd, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *is banging head on her desk*

Amen. We're in such deep shit.
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