Sunday, August 28, 2011

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

 I have totally cleaned  this e-mail from all  other names, sending  it to you in hopes you will keep it going and  keep it clean.  This is something I will  fight for and  I hope you all read it all  the way through.  You will be glad you  did. from my friend, body of the reform is below. Feel free to share it with anyone or to link back to this post. I didn't write it, but I'm sure ready to share it!

The 26th amendment  (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds)  took only 3 months & 8 days to be  ratified!  Why?  Simple!  The  people  demanded it.  That was in  1971...before computers, before e-mail, before  cell phones, etc.

Of  the 27  amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1  year or less to become the law of the   land...all because of public pressure.

I'm asking each  addressee to forward this email to a minimum of  twenty people on their address list;  in  turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most  people in The United States of  America will  have the message.  This is one idea that  really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act  of  2011
1.   No Tenure  / No  Pension.
A Congressman collects a salary while in office  and receives no pay when they are out of office.  

2.   Congress  (past, present & future) participates in  Social Security.
All funds in the  Congressional retirement fund move to the Social  Security system immediately.  All   future funds flow into the Social Security  system, and Congress participates with the  American people.  It may not be used for  any other  purpose.

3.  Congress can  purchase their own retirement plan, just as all  Americans do.

4.  Congress will no  longer vote themselves a pay raise.   Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI  or 3%.

5.  Congress loses  their current health care system and  participates in the same health care system as  the American people.

6.  Congress must  equally abide by all laws they impose on the  American people.

7.  All contracts with  past and present Congressmen are void  effective 1/1/12.
The American  people did not make this contract with  Congressmen.  Congressmen made all these  contracts for themselves.   Serving in  Congress is an honor, not a career.   The  Founding Fathers envisioned citizen  legislators, so ours should serve their term(s),  then go home and back to work.

If each person  contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will  only take three days for most people (in  the  U.S. ) to receive the message.   Maybe it is time.

           If  you agree  with the above, pass it on.   If not,  just delete.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

My Etsy shop @Cotton Eyed Jo

I've just started adding quite a few rubber stamps and stamping supplies like chocolate scented ink for reinking a brown stamp pad. At one time, I used stamps on student papers instead of stickers, for recognition of good work, such as a halo stamp that was stamped over 100% on a Spelling Test.

I had a tax license and then ordered stamps to share with other teachers. This had the down side of ending up with an additional stamp, if they were the only one interested, and the company had a required 2 as a minimum. But it was also a great way to get wonderful stamps to use, and I hauled them out at garage sales etc... but still have many that were unsold.

In addition, I got the most lovely feedback from a customer recently, after my Witches Pillow sold. :)
After nearly a year without being sold, I was about to give up on listing it again, so it was especially nice to read:

WOW!!! Lightning Speed Shipping of a Fantastic Piece! The Work put into this special Pillow! It is a work of Art! I love it!! Thank You for sharing Your Talent! Take Care,  (I've left off her name as I didn't ask permission to reveal who she is).

I've got permission from Prairie Schooler to stitch and sell some of her designs, only my hands working on these things. But after all the nonsense(to me and many other American citizens as well), I stitched up a small sampler, and some cabinet hangers from her American Primitive Book 8.
One of her requests is that I provide a link to her website, and since Ebay isn't allowing links off site in just a few days, I figured that this might still be in order.  It will be on my Etsy site sometime tomorrow or Monday. I've also come up with my own Tea Party design, so look for a cabinet hanger for them as well. That inspired me to complete an alphabet for the few letters I did use and need, so I'm now working on a Sampler design of my own. :)

If you've read down this far, and like Prairie Schooler designs, here is a link to her free one for July.  (A Christmas Tree). Plenty of time till Christmas if you start now!

Friday, August 12, 2011

A Great Tool for Beginning Quilters

I love to buy fabrics at   but now there is a really nifty new tool for beginning quilter's that have a hard time selecting fabrics. Check out the link above, and prepare to be dazzled. You might not use it right away, with the economy like it is, but save this link!