Ayanna Pressley Rises: Her First One-Minute Speech on the House Floor

January 8th 2018

*My* U.S. Representative in Congress, Ayanna Pressley of the 7th Congressional District of Massachusetts, delivered her first speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in response to the ongoing government shutdown.  It took only one minute and she received blowback from establishment Democrats for making her stance “personal.”

Rep. Ayanna Pressley pushes back against President Trump [1:10]:


The very fact that she got blowback on this tells me she is doing the right thing.  Now is NOT the time to step in line with establishment.  I am so proud to have a representative that REPRESENTS me.  Yes please, Goddess, keep it up.  This is personal!

Here’s her speech:

“Madam Speaker,

I rise today in opposition to the occupant of the White House. Mr. Trump, you took an oath just as I did 5 days ago, to protect and defend the Constitution and the American people.

Sir, you dishonor that oath. You devalue the life of the immigrant, the worker and the survivor. I see right through you and so do the American people.

This has nothing to do with border security. Your shut down, another Trump generated crisis, has brought a tsunami of hurt.

So, I rise today to lift the voices of the unheard. I rise today on behalf of the families concerned about feeding their children because their WIC benefits will run dry.

I rise today in solidarity with the thousands of workers with calloused hands and broken spirits working for no pay.

I rise today in support of the survivor fleeing violent hands, seeking safety, only to find the shelter door locked because of your shutdown.

I rise today in support of the American people, who believe in the promise of this nation and ask for honest pay for an honest day’s work.

Today I rise as one and I stand as thousands.

Thank you and I yield back.”

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CJ Sez: Nobody is Prfikt

Monday, January 7th 2019

ClaraJane’s new desk shelves (sea shell box in green cubby)


Mom you cut off the top off the Sea (Shell) box!  I got that box when I was like 3 or 4.  It is So SPeacel to me.  But NOW no thak to y(ou) I do not and I’ll hate you until you apolajis to me.    Love CJ     for: mom           

P.S. Nobody is prfikt.





Update:  Perhaps I got forgiven in the middle of the night because I woke up in the morning being snuggled by Herself as I do so often.  She went to school happy and will perhaps see my note when she gets home in the afternoon.


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Shining Light: New Lungs

January 2019

One of the most beautiful things I’ve seen around the internet lately.

Look at this extraordinary privilege of BREATHING OXYGEN we all take for granted every moment of every day.

First Breath After Lung Transplant [2:25]:


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CJ Sez: Moma! You Ow Me 10$!

Sunday, January 6th 2018


Hi Moma!  You ow me 10$!  I want it Not in 1’s. OK?  I want the 10$ plese give it to me today.


Never anticipated parenting to feel like a part time hostage situation.  But yes I did what she said.  In fact I offered her a $20 for her $10 plus ten 1’s and she accepted the deal and it was a fair trade and I did not get hurt.


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Just When I Think I Could Not Possibly Love This Goddess Right Here Any More…

Friday, January 4th 2018

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“It is unsurprising to me that that Republicans would think having fun should be disqualifying or illegal.”


It is not news that small-minded, cowardly men are afraid of self-empowered, fully expressed, intelligent women.  So it is not entirely surprising that the GOP finds so much time to attack and troll Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at every turn.

Today’s attempt was particularly embarrassing, as they tried to embarass her for having performed in a dance video in college.

Here she is being freaking fabulous, WAY back in her 20’s.  (Psych!  She’s still in her 20’s!  Youngest person ever to serve in Congress!)

Phoenix – Lisztomania – Boston University Brat Pack Mashup [4:20]:


This piece was an homage to this famous scene from The Breakfast Club movie.

Karla Devito – We Are Not Alone (The Breakfast Club) (1985) [3:43]:


Like, she had friends and had fun in college.  The HORRORS.

So naturally, this Goddess, even though I didn’t think I could possibly love her more, knows exactly how to clap back, per usual:

As she says:

“It is not normal for elected officials to have a reputation for dancing well, and I’m happy to be one,” Ocasio-Cortez said Friday. “It is unsurprising to me that Republicans would think having fun should be disqualifying or illegal.”

~Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez


Also perfect song choice of course:

War,  huh!

What it is good for?

Absolutely NOTHIN’

Say it again!

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#116th Congress for the Record

Friday, January 4th 2018



When Gavin read this he said, “Wait! No. It’s actually 43 out of 45.”  I waited to be elucidated by his historical insight.   He explained, “The current president isn’t white, he’s orange.”

Be that as it may, while reading this;



He stopped and said, “Hang on a second.  I just have to say; what a time to be ALIVE.  Just as I’m old enough to begin understanding all this, a dam is bursting open and it’s like, MAKE IT RAIN!!!”  [Excited little dance.]

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We also agreed that the photo of this staggering amount of badassery is so totally awesome.

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Specifically our own Ayanna Pressley “Looks like James Bond or something!” he said, and that together these women look like “Ocean’s 8!”  These women definitely look like they could pull off a heist.  Or anything they set their mind to.  Such as taking on the revolting current incarnation of the “GOP,” and laying the groundwork for healthcare, education and renewable energy for all. 


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Happy Birthday to the New Congress!

Friday, January 4th 2018


“On behalf of all of America’s children…”


Yesterday marked the first day of the new U.S. Congress, wherein an historic number of women and progressives and minorities were sworn in!


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Reps.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ayanna Pressley (MA.), Ilhan Omar (MN), Deb Haaland (NM), Veronica Escobar (TX) and Sharice Davids (KS) are “IN THE BUILDING.” 






Look at this badass tart right here.  Kyrsten Sinema, the SENATOR from Arizona.  I’m in love!!!  (Just how in hell is Pence going to answer to “Mother” for this one?)




I have no words for the fact that ACTUAL AMERICANS have never occupied this station of United States government before.  W.T.F.  #AtLast











Yes what a GREAT day.  NOW maybe we can begin to talk about making “America great.”


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