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My soap box August 22, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 8:49 pm

Okay – I never talk about politics but two things have gotten under my skin today. The first is the minimum wage changing. Now I worked for minimum wage for a lot of my life and I understand its importance in amount. But that raise in wage is crazy. That impacts all of us – from the price we pay for bread to our entertainment. What about tax decreases for all minimum wage employees? What about free college or something to help improve your self to get a better job? Seriously, as long as the increase is passed on to us as consumers, the government can pass whatever they want.

The next being some bill that might be passed. I recveived one of those mass emails where it asks you to call in regarding SB1437 . Now ever since the Bonsai Kitten story where I got sucked in – I go to my wonderful to check it out. But it is real. Here is the email:

Hey everyone,
This is soooo easy to do-it takes only 1 minute–I just did it!
Please do this for our future’s sake!
Just follow the directions at the bottom of this email!
thank you!
God bless you !

this phone call literally takes 30 seconds … but it voices an opinion about a bill that is heading to the Governor’s desk for approval to take all mention of “Mom and Dad” out of our children’s textbooks … because they are not “politically correct” anymore …. they want some of the stories in our children’s TEXTBOOKS to be about “Janie and her two Mommies” … and they don’t want Boy’s Basketball in the highschools to be called that because a transsexual student might be offended .. our schools are already in a financial crisis (let alone a moral one!) .. and the money it will take to re-write all the textbooks would be criminal to spend … we need smaller classroom numbers not textbooks that eliminate Moms and Dad … please take the time to make the call …

Please take a few moments to leave a message for the Governor with the instructions below. It takes less than a minute. This is our California Senate in action.

Everyone has their opinion. It seems our State Legislators never care to ask what that opinion is. This is your chance to voice an opinion, whatever it may be.

The situation is this: Bill SB 1437, was passed and sent to the governor.
It requires all textbooks to be rewritten and reissued at a cost that our school system, not to mention taxpayers, can little afford. They will indoctrinate schoolchildren with a homosexual agenda. The bill requires that all new textbooks (K-12) highlight homosexuals and eliminate all references to “mom” and “dad.” Instead, they could be referred to as “sperm donors” and “sperm receivers.” This bill is ridiculous, it is expensive and it singles out a small, special interest group. We do not need elementary school children exposed to this nonsense. Can you imagine:

School proms (Prom “kings” and “queens” could not be gender-specific) Gender-specific sports (“Boys Basketball” would be “discriminatory” against
Cheerleading (Can you say “transsexual cheerleaders”?)

The governor is doing a phone poll. Urge him to veto this bill. It’s very easy, you don’t even have to talk to anyone. Just follow the instructions

Please call the governor’s office at 1-916-445-2841. Th e phone recording will ask:

A. Do you want this message in English?”

yes, press 1

B. Is this in regards to a legislation bill?

yes, press 2

C. Is the bill SB1437?

yes, press 1

D. Are you in favor of this legislation?

no, press 2

It takes less than 30 seconds to make the call — and to express your opinion. Please feel free to pass this message along to your California friends
Here is what the law reads:

Existing law prohibits instruction or school sponsored activities that reflect adversely upon persons because of their race, sex,
color, creed, handicap, national origin, or ancestry. Existing law prohibits the State Board of Education and the governing board of any
school district from adopting textbooks or other instructional materials that contain any matter that reflects adversely upon
persons because of their race, sex, color, creed, handicap, national origin, or ancestry.”

What does SB1437 change?
“This bill would revise the list of characteristics included in this provision to include race or ethnicity, gender, disability,
nationality, sexual orientation, religion, and occupation. This bill also would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to
those provisions of existing law.”

Should we really know if one of our founding fathers was gay? (I have no idea if they were – just asking a ?) Go ahead – talk amonst yourselves. Or maybe I will just talk to myself as usual. 🙂


Please support me! August 17, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 8:35 pm

Hello! As you readers know, I am training for my first marathon! Getting up early has not been easy, but I am making progress. I have learned some things so far that I probably would be better off not knowing – like your toenails get black or fall off after running so many miles (good-bye pedicures!) and runner’s eat gu. Yes, it is what it sounds.

Nonetheless, here I continue running – or walk running depending on how far I need to go.

I need your help – nothing is too small. I have to fundraise $1900 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I want to do it and go over if I can. Many of you know or have heard about my friend Erin up in San Francisco who has beat Hodgkins Lymphoma almost four years ago. Thanks to a smart doctor who put her body into an early menopause – she was able to keep her reproductive organs safe from all that chemo and have a beautiful baby named Holly.

Please visit and donate at my website! Here is the link: Thanks!