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Pictures of the 99Rise Marchers visit

For those wondering what this is all about:


They arrive at one of our local parks, hot and tired:

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Picture of one of their support vehicles:

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About to take off for the day, marching 20 miles in what would be 110 degree heat! I found out later the gal in the yellow tank top is a journalist for Al Jazeera and is on her way to Dubai this coming Saturday.

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Same picture but with some ugly old fat broad that snuck in there:

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In praise of the younger generation.

I watched the Occupy Movement and it made my heart proud. Looked at all those young faces, listened to all those young voices. Vibrant. Alive. Enthusiastic. And smart as hell. They've educated themselves. Hell, they had to! The mainstream media sure hasn't done it. They cared enough to inform themselves. They're paying attention, they don't like what they see and they're doing something about it. They are much like we were when we were that age yet very much their own generation with their own unique perspectives, their own unique ideas and their own approaches.

I've got 15 of the 99Rise Marchers here at the house this weekend. Almost all of them under 40. Most of them WELL under 40. Good goddess are they organized! MUCH better than we were. So much of what we did was chaotic and the organization did not include minorities or women. Not so these guys. They grew up in a world that saw much more equality between the sexes and between ethnic groups (most of them are from L.A. -- a very cosmopolitan area). Exclusion would never occur to them. They are educating ME on what it takes to amend the Constitution. They've read the requirements. They know the history. And they're not limited to one or two topics. They've studied environmental issues, they're discussing urban gardening, aquaponics, so many issues I can't even remember them all. And you know what? I LOVE sitting here listening to them. *I* get excited all over again. And it gives me GREAT hope for the future.

To my fellow Boomers out there: We're in good hands.

99Rise Leads California March, South to North, To End Corruption Of Money In Politics

The last time I had been to Los Angeles City Hall was at night. Chalk dust rose off of asphalt and cops in military combat gear stood opposite tents surrounded by handmade signs. Occupy LA fizzled but the conversation it changed gave rise to countless grassroots initiatives and shifted the focus of many political non-profits and organizations. The new aim: End corruption. Get money out of politics.

One such organization is 99rise, co-founded by Kai Newkirk in 2012, which touts an impressive and continuing campaign of civil disobedience. The group's goal is to “build the nationwide movement waging nonviolent struggle to get big money out of American politics.”


The march, due to arrive in the capital on June 22, has posed three tangible, legislative demands to California lawmakers:

1. Issue a formal call for a Federal Constitutional Convention to propose an Amendment that outlaws the corrupting influence of big money on electoral politics, by passing Assembly Joint Resolution 1 (AJR1).
2. Give California voters the chance to formally instruct U.S. Congress to propose such an Amendment, and the California legislature to ratify it, by passing Senate Bill 1272 (SB1272).
3. Start reigning in the unlimited, anonymous money pouring into elections by passing the DISCLOSE Act, requiring that top political donors be prominently revealed in every campaign ad they fund.

Much more here:


So, apparently my newest cat, Alaska, loves vodka.

This happened a couple of weeks ago. I had a leftover Salty Dog (vodka and ruby red grapefruit juice) that I had left on the table in the family room. I went back into the studio for a few hours and when I came out, found my newest cat, Alaska, lapping up my leftover drink like there was no tomorrow. The next morning I noticed Alaska, laying on her back, hind legs spread eagle and sound asleep. She even let me pet her which she RARELY does. She remained that way most of the rest of the day. I checked her for fever, for vomiting, diarrhea, etc. and nothing. She was OK the day after that so I can only surmise she had a hangover.

The March for Democracy continues on through Central California

The March for Democracy, (99Rise) is a group of mostly young people who are walking from Los Angeles to Sacramento via the Central San Joaquin Valley to call for a Constitutional Amendment reversing the Citizen's United and McCutcheon decisions. I want to continue to call attention to this group as I think what they are trying to do is extremely important. This isn't the only group fighting to reverse Citizen's United and McCutcheon decisions but it's one whose activities I've been monitoring. I'll be hosting them June 6-9 in my small but full-of-laughter-and-love house. Here are some links for those who are interested in following them, joining them, donating to them or just offering your support and encouragement.

Their website:


Their FaceBook Page:


Their Twitter Page:


Why Mississippi video scandal could be devastating to tea party

The tea party's honest efforts to be a more effective and calculating force in conservative American politics might be about to blow up in its face. Chris McDaniel, a Republican candidate for US Senate from Mississippi, was supposed to be this year's standard-bearer for a new and smarter tea party movement – a movement that would no longer nominate candidates who excited the conservative base in primaries but imploded in the general election. He was experienced as a state senator, and he was a smooth speaker and politician. Yet less than two weeks from his June 3 primary, his campaign is danger of confirming all the old stereotypes.

So far, no one is accusing him of doing anything wrong. But a scandal of the most unseemly nature is creeping closer to him. Some of McDaniel's staunchest supporters have been arrested in connection with an online attack video that included a secret and likely illegal image taken in a nursing home of the bedridden wife of McDaniel's primary opponent, Sen. Thad Cochran. Mr. McDaniel says he was not involved, and no evidence links him to the video. But regardless, in this instance, optics matter.

The scandal is precisely what tea party groups sought to avoid in focusing their money and efforts on McDaniel. Now, once again, the tea party has to fend off claims that its candidates are not ready for prime time – that the spotlight of a big election will reveal all their shortcomings. And for all the grass-roots enthusiasm the tea party can generate, money still drives politics, and donors might be growing weary of that script.

Moreover, the episode will only confirm to members of the Republican establishment that they are right to try and neuter the tea party – as they have begun to do with increasing success this year. After all, if even the most sensible tea party candidate of the cycle can be caught in the whiff of such scandal, then who among them can be trusted to bear the GOP's hopes?



Check out Elizabeth Warren's Fundraising Page

on Opensecrets.org:

Individual Contributions $43,303,542 (97%)
PAC Contributions $717,408 (2%)
Candidate self-financing $0 (0%)
Other $441,395 (1%)


Pretty damned impressive!

So, I canned 36 jars of produce yesterday. Ask me anything.

8 jars of Blueberry jam
7 jars of Blackberry jam
10 pints and 3 quarts of Blackberries
8 Pints green beans

Already tried the Blueberry jam. Nom nom nom.

California March for Democracy, March 17 - June 22

Hosts, please don't delete this. Not all Californians go to the California forum and this is extremely important as other states, not just California, are starting movements to get a Constitutional Amendment that overturns the Citizen's United ruling. Here's what it's all about:

Citizens United. The most expensive election in U.S. history. McCutcheon. Big money's corruption of our politics is so complete we can no longer deny: democracy is dead in America. Plutocracy has arrived.

The voices of the 99% don’t matter now: as long as this is true, our needs won’t count and real change won’t come. From the nationwide "march against corruption" protest, to the statewide New Hampshire Rebellion, to civil disobedience in the chamber of the Supreme Court itself -- more and more Americans are stepping-up to the plate for democracy everyday.

It’s time to take the fight to defend our democracy to a new level. It’s time to move the millions of Americans who believe in the rule of one person, one vote to stand up and say enough.

If we arrive in Sacramento, 37 days later, and our demand has not been met we will occupy the Capitol until it is. No matter what happens, we will force the leaders of America’s biggest state, one that has been first on so many things, to focus on what must be the First Issue for our nation to solve. A call for change from California will send a message of hope that change is coming across the country. Join us and help turn the tide.

As a first step, we will demand the California legislature take three urgent actions:
1.Issue a formal call for a federal Constitutional Convention to propose an Amendment outlawing big money corruption by passing Assembly Joint Resolution 1 (AJR1)
2.Give California's voters the chance to formally instruct the US Congress to propose such an Amendment and the California legislature to ratify it by passing Senate Bill 1272 (SB1272)
3.Start reigning in unlimited, anonymous big money in elections by passing the DISCLOSE Act to require the top donors to be prominently revealed in every political ad they fund.

We NEED your support. If you live in California, please consider joining us in the March. If you don't live in California, please consider supporting us in other ways OR, consider starting your own movement in your own state. This is vitally important for all of us. Please, GET INVOLVED. Thank you.


Summer fruits, veggies and nuts from California are in early

this year. The berries are in as are the stone fruit (nectarines, peaches, apricots and plums). The reason I'm passing this on is that now is probably the time to buy as all will be at it's cheapest and freshest much earlier than usual. We've had an unusually warm spring and everything is kicking in early. If you wait later in the season, most likely, California veggies will either a) be unavailable and/or b) be much more expensive due to the drought.

Personally, my canning is at a fever pitch at the moment. Today: green beans and boysenberries. Yummmmm!
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