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I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

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Quid pro quo?

WASHINGTON — An upstate New York developer donated $100,000 to former President Bill Clinton’s foundation in November 2004, around the same time that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure millions of dollars in federal assistance for the businessman’s mall project.

Mrs. Clinton helped enact legislation allowing the developer, Robert J. Congel, to use tax-exempt bonds to help finance the construction of the Destiny USA entertainment and shopping complex, an expansion of the Carousel Center in Syracuse.


The Destiny USA project has attracted criticism. Stephanie Miner, a member of the Syracuse City Council, called it a “boondoggle” that won tax breaks with dubious economic and environmental promises.


Lorenz's boss, Destiny owner Robert J. Congel, is a Republican who raised more than $200,000 for President Bush's reelection in 2004. He and his family have given $8,000 to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney this year. Congel has given occasionally to Democrats, often to those in a position to help his business ventures.

Congel, his family and associates affiliated with his development have donated $40,000 to Clinton's state and national campaigns since she first ran for office in 1999.

In May, Congel co-hosted a Syracuse fundraiser for her, an event said to have raised an additional $50,000. Lobbying firms hired by Congel in connection with Destiny and other ventures also donated more than $200,000 to various Clinton campaign funds, records show.


Clinton spokesman Reines said there was no connection between her earmarks and her campaign contributions. "One thing has nothing to do with the other," he said.


Fruit cake in a bundt pan?

OK, get the fruit cake jokes out of your system..... I'll wait.

I make a fruit cake with dried fruit, not the candied strange stuff from the grocery store (has anyone ever actually seen a citron in the wild?)

I used chopped apricots, raisins, currants, walnuts and cherries. I happen to have a bundt pan that is a ring of Christmas trees.

So, if I use the bundt pan,

A. will I be able to get the cake out of it?

and B

Will the fancy pattern show?

I also have a bundt pan that is a curled up dragon.

Hey IT people - tell us the connections between H1-B visas and big donations.

Exactly what did Hillary Clinton do for Wall Street after 911?

Seriously - was Wall Street attacked on 9/11?

I recall all kinds of stories about office workers helping each other escape, and about the office workers and first responders who didn't get out. It was an attack on the tallest building in the world, a symbol of Western achievement.

But - what hit did Wall Street take? And let's be clear here, by "Wall Street" we are not talking about a physical location in Manhattan but a collection of financial organizations with an inordinate influence on the world economy. A serious attack on Wall Street would most likely be a cyber attack, not something physical.

About small donors: say 1000 people give me $1, and one person gives me $1000

Most of my donors are small donors

The average donation is $2

The median donation is $1

All well and good, but -

I'll leave you to guess which donor's phone calls get answered.

I hope Paris doesn't hijack tonight's debate.

It's a terrible thing that happened, and I can't imagine the pain of the surviving loved ones - but -

we should stay focused on other things that we can do something about -

like how many Americans killed with guns so far this year

like how many Americans are working multiple jobs and just not getting by

like how many Americans are strapped with student loans

like an onrushing climate crisis

Can we get back to the issues? Really, things are getting

past childish here. I'd like to see more on what each candidate proposes.

I hate the period between CAT scans wondering

if the next one will be bad news.

On the plus side, I told my husband I finally figured out what was bothering me about so many CAT scans - in the back of my mind, I was afraid they'd give me cancer - in 20 years!

"I represented Wall Street, as a senator from New York"

Really? I thought she represented the people of New York.
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