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Reality TV …

is it me or is Reality Tv slowly on its way out? im thinkin it’s wishful

i admit i have watched my share of  reality tv, and felt no guilt until the ugliness of the Kate+8 came out,won’t even mention the husband’s name,it’s a situation where neither seems grown up enough to take themselves off the air waves, it’s obvious to make ends meet, kate will need to write another book, gotta say listening to her say she has done enough tv to do movies? i was rooting for her til that and her need for a 8diamond ring? wtf Kate … is she really qualified?

another character… the ex-miss or the fallen miss Cali should have known if you make a sex tape, it will get out, how clueless is she, her behavior was offensive  and if this is what conservatism is then we are all in for an America that excludes and discriminates. I don’t feel this is what the majority of Americans want. i also question if  this is really what she feels conservative family values are all about? just asking

Anyone, supposedly 21 and slightly older on the hills,  the city, planet or state are very strange to watch.  As a person of colour, the black hills offended me but then so did these other shows claiming to highlight the fashion industry, the city and businesses in their States were definitely one-sided …the fashion district HAS got to have more ppl of colour to offer the show than just the bootlegger right?

and housewives in any state should wrap their shows up and end them, these shows are clearly harmful to the reality families themselves as several are getting evicted from their homes?, dating each others spouse or exes,  jail time and several divorces have popped up and out, who wants to see this stuff, really tell me.

great Green info … 2013


7.3 Pounds of plastic… Mostly pvc is in artificial trees

20 Is the number of years … We must reuse artificial trees before it lowers the carbon footprint, equal to a real tree

4000 Recycle centers nationwideplease find out where you can dispose of your Xmas tree this year for compost, woodchips for gardens and or  hiking trails.

600,00 Homes …Could be powered by energy used from Xmas tree lights every year, go to holidayleds.com and find out how to recycle your incandescent lights.

A 20% reduction in meat consumption… Would have the same impact as switching from a standard sedan to an ultra-efficient fuel car.

5000 gallons of water … Is the amount it would take to produce 1lb of wheat.

20%  of the worlds’ population…  Could be fed with the grain and soybeans used to feed US cattle.

4.5% … Is the number of greenhouse gases produced worldwide by animal farming than by transportation.

1500 miles … Is the average amount it takes to get food on our tables, the road trip takes tons of energy, the gas used to commute pollutes, buy, use and support your local farmer’s markets and community gardens

660 gallons… Is about how much water it takes to grow cotton for one T-shirt.if the shirt is coloured,a lrg amt of dye rinses off into factory wastewater,ends up in rivers and some dyes have carcinogens.

just more good info from LYBL and Eatingwell.com

Recycling ::: 5 Million Tons

In 2009 it was reported that this was the amount of trash produced by Americans between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.  That is 25 percent more than we generate in a typical five or six-week period during the rest of the year … Consider what the numbers are today

**Reuse packaging material, some UPS stores accept clean peanuts for reuse

**Find eco-friendly places to recycle your Christmas Tree

**Use less envelopes..use ecards or postcards for the Holidays

**Ecyclewashington.org … Washington State and is free for residents & small businesses. They will take 3 items per day…computers, tv, monitors

Do Something to Help Heal our Environment !

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By ThinkProgress War Room

Ten Pro-Gun Legislators Willing to Consider New Gun Regulations

Following last week’s gun massacre in Newton, Connecticut, public support for commonsense gun safety regulations is surging. One poll out today found that support had risen nearly 20 points since this Spring. hitting a ten-year high.

As we know, overwhelming public support (or opposition) doesn’t guarantee that politicians in Washington will actually listen (e.g. why we still have to fight over giveaways to oil companies and the wealthy). Fortunately, it appears that the Sandy Hook shooting was finally one massacre too many and our elected are stepping up to the challenge of protecting everyone in our society from senseless violence.

ThinkProgress’ Josh Israel highlights ten pro-gun politicians that are now willing to consider sensible new regulations on weapons that have no place on our streets:

1. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)

The Senate Majority Leader has earned high marks from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and has run as a strong gun-rights advocate. In a floor speech Monday, he said, “In the coming days and weeks, we will engage in a meaningful conversation and thoughtful debate about how to change laws and culture that allow violence to grow.” He added that “every idea should be on the table” in the discussion. Politico reported Monday that he told a colleague he was now open to more gun control, observing that “something has to be done.”

2. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

Though he has run for office as a “friend to gun owners” and received an “A” rating from the in his 2008 Senate run, Warner said Monday that he believes, “enough is enough.” Citing urging from his own daughters, he noted “I, like I think most of us, realize that there are ways to get to rational gun control.”

3. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)

A lifelong NRA member who has received an “A” rating from the anti-gun control group, Manchin announced Monday that the time has come for assault weapon regulations. “We need to sit down and have a common sense discussion and move in a reasonable way,” he said on MSNBC. In a separate interview, he told CNBC that the tragedy in Connecticut, “changed me and it’s changed most Americans, I think.”

4. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)

Casey has received consistentlyhigh grades from the NRA and campaigned in his 2012 re-election race on his “record of supporting the Second Amendment and the interests of Pennsylvania sportsmen.” In a statement, Casey said, “These senseless acts of violence are unacceptable. Addressing them will require a comprehensive strategy that acknowledges all of the factors that contributed to this tragedy and takes every appropriate step to protect our citizens, especially our kids. Everything should be on the table.”

5. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD)

Johnson has received an “A” rating from the NRA, but said Monday, ” This tragedy will certainly force us as a country to have a discussion about our gun laws, as well as our mental health system. Like always, I will carefully consider any proposed legislation and listen to the voices of South Dakotans.”

6. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)

Collins has been fairly pro-gun — receiving a “C+” rating from the NRA. On Monday, she said in a statement, “While denying the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens won’t change the behavior of those intent on using firearms for criminal purposes, I wholeheartedly agree that we must examine what can be done to help prevent gun violence.” She suggested that “we should examine, among other issues, whether states are reporting data on mentally ill individuals found to be a danger to themselves or others to the national background check database designed to prevent gun purchases by such individuals.”

7. Sen.-Elect Joe Donnelly (D-IN)

As a U.S. Congressman, Donnelly received an “A” rating and endorsement from the NRA. In a statement Monday, the Senator-elect said, “Now is the time to work together to make sure this never happens again. All parties must come to the table as we determine the appropriate action to address this extremely concerning problem of senseless violence.” He told CNN he was open to gun control measures, noting, “I’m a Dad too. My kids are a little older now, but I think of when they were 6 and 7 years old, and I think we have a responsibility to make sure this never happens again.”

8. Sen.-Elect Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

As a U.S. Congressman, Heinrich received an “A” rating and endorsement from the NRA. Monday, he said the tragedy in Connecticut left him “deeply affected” and that he was willing to consider “sensible policy” to address the problem. He vowed to take a “very serious look all legislative proposals aimed at preventing these horrific tragedies,” and noted that as a hunter, “I don’t need a 25-round clip for effective home defense, and I sure don’t need one for hunting. That’s just too much killing power. It defies common sense.”

9. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)

The NRA has endorsed Dent and praised him for being “a staunch defender of the Second Amendment freedoms of law-abiding gun owners, hunters and sportsmen in Pennsylvania and across America.” After Newtown, he announced he would “push for us to examine all of the possible solutions to this problem,” including ways to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

10. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV)

In his 2012 re-election campaign, Rahall noted on his candidate website that he was “NRA Endorsed, A Rated.” Monday, while noting that the “causes of violence in America are bigger and broader than just firearms,” Rahall said, “I want to hear from all sides before the Congress moves forward, so we can move forward together. Let us act deliberately, but, for the sake of too many already lost, let us act.”

Evening Brief: Important Stories That You Might’ve Missed

Michigan’s Republican governor vetoes radical bill that would’ve allowed concealed weapons in schools.

The House GOP’s hypocritical budget math.

Speaker Boehner decides tax hikes on millionaires won’t kill jobs after all.

Defeated Rep. Todd “legitimate rape” Akin is going out with a bang.

Florida lawmaker tried to disenfranchise college students in revenge for them having helped elect an openly gay mayor.

Top gun lobbyist: Americans should be “prepared” to take on lawmakers with their guns.

Non-sexist EZ Bake ovens are on the way.

Republicans need a deal on the fiscal cliff — really badly.

Major businesses are distancing themselves from guns.

A message from Rep McDermott to a constituent …

In March of 2010 Representative McDermott sent out the message below … it’s worth re-reading especially the part about the Exchanges and Public Option as a choice.

Thank you for writing me about health care reform. I appreciate the time you took to write on this most important issue. As you know, our current system of health care coverage is miserably inadequate, leaving millions of Americans without an affordable way to get the coverage and the care they need. I have advocated a system of universal, guaranteed health insurance since 1972, when I made my first speech about it in the Washington State Legislature. Here in Congress, I have introduced H.R. 1200, the American Health Security Act, every session since the 103rd Congress (1993-94); this measure creates a national, single-payer system of universal health care coverage. I have offered this proposal repeatedly because wide experience around the world confirms that a single-payer system is the most humane and the most efficient way to provide comprehensive coverage to all while significantly improving health care outcomes.

More and more families face increasing financial burdens as their premium contributions to employer-sponsored insurance increase sharply. Given our current recession, others are losing their coverage entirely as jobs are changed or lost. Because our health insurance industry is largely built on the premise of employer-sponsored insurance, when a person loses his or her job, health insurance also is lost. And when a family member suffers serious illness or injury, many families go bankrupt trying to ensure their loved one receives the care he or she needs. I believe all Americans should have the certainty of comprehensive coverage and appropriate care. While I am disappointed with the health care reform parameters established by President Obama, particularly his refusal to consider a single payer system of coverage , I do think it crucial that the Congress take action this year to enact substantive reforms of our health care system.

H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, which passed the House of Representatives on November 7th 2009, represents the ideas of three House committees of jurisdiction, including the Committee on Ways and Means, on which I serve. Under this legislation, all insurance plans offered to American consumers are required to provide their enrollees a certain minimum level of benefits, including generous coverage of women’s and children’s health needs. The legislation also prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, ensures that all plans, even those operating outside of the Health Insurance Exchange, are subject to guaranteed issue and renewability provisions, and eliminates lifetime benefit caps. The Exchange, which becomes operational in 2013, is essentially a marketplace of plans where consumers can shop based on price, coverage needs, and participating providers, and ultimately choose the best plan for them. These insurance market reforms are long overdue, but because they will not resolve all of the accessibility problems in our system, the Exchange also will include a strong public option, an alternative source of coverage intended to compete with private insurers and to force lower premiums for the public by ensuring that insurance companies do not arbitrarily raise premiums to increase profit margins.

During consideration of H.R.3962 on the House Floor, a majority of Members voted in favor of the Stupak Amendment, which restricts expenditure of federal funds for abortion or support of health insurance plans that cover abortion procedures. I voted against the Stupak Amendment because it unnecessarily limits the options women will have with regard to their reproductive health care. For example, the Stupak Amendment could prohibit a woman from using her own funds to purchase a private plan on the Exchange that would cover abortion services without a federal subsidy.

The decision to bear a child is a profoundly personal and private one, to be made in consultation between a woman and her health care provider. We must protect and preserve the right to choose while promoting policies and programs that improve women’s health and make abortion less necessary. We can do more to prevent the need for abortion, and I continue to press for effective policy solutions to provide a woman and her family a wider variety of options when facing an unwanted pregnancy. Congress can and should expand health care coverage, strengthen welfare programs, promote adoption programs, and advocate other options for pregnant women.

Also included in H.R. 3962 are important provisions I authored to allow states to develop evidence-based home visitation programs to ensure that mothers have access to the resources they need to promote the development of healthy, strong children.  In addition, I authored a provision ensuring equal tax treatment of gay and lesbian purchasers of health insurance.  I am pleased that these provisions have been included in HR 3962, and I will press for their retention in any compromise with the Senate on final legislation. A defining moment in this nation’s history is upon us. We have the opportunity to do something that has eluded the Congress for many decades: to ensure high quality, affordable, universal health care for the American people. We simply must make significant changes in our health care system, and we must do it now.

Leadership in both the House and Senate is pursuing passage of health care reform.  Because of the recent loss in Massachusetts, a decision has been made to pursue the strategy of reconciliation.  Under this scenario, the House will likely first have to pass the Senate bill.  As you likely know, there are many things that I find objectionable in the Senate bill, which is why the House will require a “sidecar” bill to be passed by both chambers of Congress that would correct some of the things that are objectionable in the Senate bill.  For example, the Senate bill still contains the special deals that would pay more of the Medicaid expense for the State of Nebraska in perpetuity.  The Senate bill also contains the excise tax that would unfairly burden working class families.  Under the reconciliation process, we can correct a limited number of these things; however, the key to reconciliation is that any change must be related to the budget.

Though the reconciliation process is extremely detailed, I anticipate the passage of comprehensive health care reform in the next several weeks.  Republicans contend that the use of reconciliation to pass health care reform represents the apocalypse.  This is not the case; Republicans have used the reconciliation process numerous times in the last few years.  In fact, the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy were passed using reconciliation.  I support the use of reconciliation to ensure that we can pass comprehensive health care reform and ensure that everyone has access to comprehensive, quality health care. To read more about reconciliation, please visit the website of the Rules Committee at http://www.rules.house.gov/archives/bud_rec_proc.htm.

One thing can be said: I believe we must move forward in a meaningful way.  I was encouraged to hear the President say that he would not quit and I want you to know that I will not quit either. Please know that I remain actively involved in this process and am confident that we will accomplish what we were sent here to do: ensuring that nearly every American has access to quality, affordable, comprehensive health care coverage.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

Jim McDermott
Member of Congress