Sunday, January 17, 2010

Do You "Want Your Money Back" (?) VP Joe Biden / / Organizing for America... Credit Card - Haiti Issue... Political Action... FAIR (New Site)... Petitions....

Photo (by NS) of the Cover of an Old "Jack and the Beanstalk" Book

Passing some information on:

I received the following a couple of days ago [Friday, 1/15/2010, via email) from Vice President Joe Biden via

"We want our money back‏"

"...President Obama announced our proposed Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee on the country's largest banks:

'My commitment is to recover every single dime the American people are owed. And my determination to achieve this goal is only heightened when I see reports of massive profits and obscene bonuses at some of the very firms who owe their continued existence to the American people...We want our money back, and we're going to get it.'

The fee would recover every penny loaned to Wall Street during the financial crisis and stop the reckless abuses and excesses that nearly caused the collapse of our financial system in the first place.

But the banking industry -- among the most powerful lobbies in Washington -- is already launching attacks to stop Congress from enacting the proposal.

Barack and I aren't backing down. But to win, we'll need the American people to add their voice right away.

Thankfully, OFA supporters are already signing on to a bold statement of support: "We want our money back -- and we stand with President Obama to make sure we get it.'"

To add your name to this, please go to


I received the following (yesterday, Saturday, 1/16/2010, via email) from Daniel Mintz at Political Action (

"As the tragedy in Haiti unfolds, Americans are generously donating millions of dollars to aid organizations.

But when Americans donate to charity with their credit cards, the credit card companies get rich. In some cases they keep 3% of the donation as a 'transaction fee,' even though that's far more than it costs them to process the donation.

It's outrageous and wrong—and it needs to stop.

Can you sign this petition to the CEOs of the major credit card companies demanding that they waive their processing fees for all charitable donations?"

If so, please go to:


And, last but not least, another site and petition ( from FAIR at ) to check out:  [The petition has to do with an ongoing "effort to keep hard-hitting, independent journalism on PBS."



"'... [No] man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief: but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.'

— Thomas Jefferson, The Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, enacted on January 16, 1786'"  [This was yesterday's "Freethought of the Day at ]


Doing what I can when I can where I can...

Peace, Love, Truth, Equality and Humane Justice,


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