Less Funds, More Votes
Four years ago this week (Jan. 21st), our “wise” Supreme Court christens Citizens United giving corporations the status of peoplehood so they can unlimitedly shower super PACs with mucho dinero. Just as you can’t BUY Love… you can’t BUY Votes but oh do people try and oh do people fall for those $$ signs. Fancy cars, expensive jewelry and lavish homes won’t anoint you with a stellar and respected reputation. Only your humanitarian, philanthropic and civic actions will stand the test of time. Billions of $$ of media ads will bombard us with lies and distortions but it is our job to sift through and search for the truth when selecting our candidates to support. On the opposite side of the equation is that voting should be easier not harder. Let’s vote online, lets vote for a full 24 hours, lets increase absentee voting… Opponents to easier voting say we must prevent voter fraud but in actuality, research proves there is a fraction of a 1% of voter fraud. The voter fraud boggy-man does NOT exist.
With reputation in mind and our City of Detroit at stake, Councilman Cushingberry should resign based on the allegations of his unseemly actions of driving under the influence and swindling a widowed client.
There are 100 US Senators and only 20 are Women (20%)
There are 435 US Representatives and only 78 are Women (18%)
Women are 50.8% of our US population.
Men’s life experiences and some priorities are different than women’s so shouldn’t legislation affecting all Americans be determined by broader viewpoints. Same holds true for minorities. There are only 2 African American Senators and only 43 African American Reps. and its worse for other minorities (Senators: 1 Asian American, 2 Hispanic Americans and 0 Native Americans) Aren’t we suppose to be “…a Government of the people, by the people, for the people…”
Sadly, the Texas hospital I wrote about a few weeks ago still refuses to take a brain dead pregnant woman off life support even though she (prior to her death spoke about never wanting to be “hooked up”), her husband and father all want her removed from the tubes. Since she is pregnant, the fetus has more rights than her and her husband. Also, it has been determined the fetus has brain damage and is deformed. In addition, the hospital has indicated that the medical fees to keep her hooked up will be requested from the appropriate source (her family and insurance company). This is a tragic nightmare for the family and a travesty of our legal system.
Yoga Rocks Ford Field
Please join us on Saturday Feb. 22nd (8:30am) for a huge community wide Yoga Class at Ford Field with partners Detroit Lions, Yoga Shelter, Lululemon, Quicken Loans, Michelob Ultra. Your attendance is needed to help break the record of the largest Yoga Class. Please join us!
If you are looking for an interesting afternoon, please mosey on down toShaarey Zedek Synagogue this Sunday Jan. 26th from 10am-4pm for a browse and shopping opportunity of the creative works of young local artist.
As we freeze our fingers and toes during yet another Michigan cold snap, many in our community have no mittens or gloves for warmth. Please support Mittens for Detroit
with their comedy night this Saturday evening 1/25. Also, Weight Watchers meetings are collecting mittens for this worthy organization. http://mittensfordetroit.org/events/
Condolences to my cousin’s family on the abrupt passing of Marty Fingeroot(age 57), son to Annette and bother to Howard. May his memory bring comfort to those morning his passing.
Condolences to Heidi and Jeffrey Budaj on the passing of Magda Budaj (age 95), grandmother to Mark Fischgrund among many other grandchildren. May her long life and spirit be a blessing to those who loved her.
Bravo to niece, Renee Ruiz
, for her wonderful philosophy and expression of parenthood captured in this poiyant film about time priorities by local filmmaker,Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
Happy 41st birthday to Roe v. Wade this week. May we continue to celebrate this milestone for…EVER!
Rabbi Aaron Star
Birthdate of John Belushi (1949)
(Cousin) Sid Grossberg
King Henry VIII marries Ann Boleyn in1533
(pre-nup might have helped this marriage)
Brenda Naomi Rosenberg
Birthdate of Paul Newman (1925)
Diane Kaplan Orley
J.D. Salinger dies (2010)
Challenger Shuttle explodes in 1986
Alan Alda born (1936)
Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward wed (lasted 50 years)
Tom Selleck born 1945 in Detroit
Mahatma Gandhi assassinated (1948)
Coretta Scott King dies (2006)