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This article is a tremendous eye opener for some who have just listened to the information fed to them en masse.

I will add more to this blog post as time goes on  I hope these are helpful with any advocacy you might do




The Growing Divide

Our country has been polarized before. This is nothing new.  We can look back through history and find times where divisive issues have wreaked havoc upon our nation, just think back to: Revolutionary War, Civil War, , the Civil Rights movement, Vietnam—just to name a few.  We are currently in a time of such division that I can’t think of anything, except an all-out attack on our country that could bring us together.  barAnd even then I am not sure that it would be the glue that binds us, sadly.  In the past it seems that something big had to happen in order to bring us back to center and standing together.  But why do we have to wait for tragedy?  I mean you will not get what you don’t ask for.  We need to start holding the bar higher.

So many times before our country has been divided on issues.  But this divide just keeps growing and is becoming a chasm.  The divide is reaching further andchasm further and bleeding into other issues.  Just the other day I saw a headline that a national news media person stated that rural America is a “core threat” to our democracy.  Now if this is not an us vs. them type of mentality at its best I have no idea what is.  The issue was rural America having the electoral influence as the heavily populated states and cities.  The cohesive “We are Americans” is faltering.  And I blame it mostly on liberal ideology.

The focus on labels and “making things fair/redistribution of wealth” has been a detriment to our society.  There is a growing racial divide that no one wants to talk about very much except to point the finger at white people.  I am an Alaskan Native mix (both white and native).  I have the ability to see both sides of the coin here and I can tell you that I am disgusted with the behavior of people these days.  The news headlines are constantly filled with racially based zingers that any editor of integrity should not publish, we do not need to encourage more racial divide in our country.  We have enough.  Just recently a professor went on national news to discuss his article and whether or not his children (black) could be friends with white kids.  This really sickened me.


Had the tables been turned and a white person got on the air and defended his article “Can my white kids be friends with your black kids” the outrage would have been horrific.  They would have called to an end of his tenure—until he lost his job.  He would have received death threats at work, home, and his family would be subject to the worst sorts of behavior.  But given that he was talking about white people, it was “acceptable” to print.  What makes it okay to be racist towards white people? I am half white, married to a white man, with a white father and an entire half a family who is white.  Do I shun them because I am also native?  We need to demand equal treatment, hold the same standards no matter the race.  I have long hated the fact that there is such a different standards for people of color.  Allowing this just foments more racism.

You see the problem here is that our country has given a pass to certain types of behavior as long as it is supported by a certain ideology—and condemns others based on their beliefs.  I believe we as a society need to draw a red line in the sand.  This is not something we can waiver on.  This adversarial, hostile and bigoted mentality has to go—on any side.  To If you find it acceptable in one scenario but abhorrent in another—you are the epitome of a bigot. 


Maybe it’s time people started checking their own selves for bigotry.  Morgan Freeman said it best when talking about racism, “Stop talking about it.” This constant attack on one thing/person or the other is nothing but keeping racism, class warfare, bigotry and our country down.  We live in America the land of opportunity (no micro-aggression there, seriously-if it were not the land of opportunity, then why do we have we not had people flocking to enter our country?), where you alone are responsible for your success.

People need to quit blaming white people, corporations and anyone else they can on their misfortunes. Life is not fair, it was never meant to be fair.  How we chose respond and live our lives is another story.  You alone are responsible for your success, your conduct and your choices.  Are you down with ending the double standards? What do you chose?

Until Next Time!

Marcy Sowers

My Biggest Pet Peeve!

My biggest pet peeve!  Premiums in the US are topping out at near 40K for a family.  My family’s insurance premiums have gone up dramatically.  Our premiums have gone up by so much I cannot even grasp the change.  I have had to make dramatic changes in the way I manage our finances.  All the while I have been managing to cope with cancer surgery, radiation treatment and the ongoing treatment I have for a chronic, painful debilitating illness, Ankylosying Spondylitis (AS) for which there is no cure.
AS erodes bone where it shouldn’t and builds it where it should not.  I have what appears to be shark fins of bone growing into my abdominal area, lung cavity from my vertebrae, my thoracic is fused and my lungs can no longer expand.  My cervical spine is mechanically fused due to it deteriorating so badly.  I have deterioration in my SI joint.  I have bone growing in my feet where it shouldn’t making it painful to walk, my hands–making it painful to hold things.  You name it I have problems.

Infusion treatment – I no longer am receiving biologic treatment because I got pneumonia for almost 3 months. It’s a no go!

I have been grateful that we can afford to pay our premiums and the only way that has happened is that my husband has been working 3/1’s up on the slope.  So looking at our situation, it breaks my heart when I think about is the families out there that are not able to manage.  What I cannot stand is that liberals pen conservatives as people who do not care about others.  Nothing could be further from the truth and we need to change that, not by a PR campaign, that will help but with action to change our current broken system.

All of these things have dramatically changed our life. Prior to passing of Obamacare I was an avid opponent to the idea. Having had to experience IHS (native healthcare) for a period of time when I was not able to work and had to rely on a government run plan. I could see what type of care could be the result. I had always worked, carried my own insurance, and had seen the truly unbelievable apathy of the healthcare workers.

I know that veterans also had similar responses from their VA experiences.  I know a lot of them go through this too.  This nightmare inflicted on Americans by liberals who think they will do better are just chasing a pipe dream that sadly is just that. A pipe dream. One built up in the heads of academia and liberal America that sounds good but doesn’t work out in real life.
Can you imagine being told that my


joint swelling and pain was a result of too much soy sauce in my diet, without any tests, any real investigation into my symptoms?  At one appointment early on in my disease, at that native clinic,  this is what I was told.  This was a slap in the face.  The hardest thing now is knowing that had I been taken seriously and treated instead of disregarding my symptoms if they weren’t explainable by very little (or no) investigation –  perhaps my thoracic spine would NOT have auto-fused and I might still be working today.  And what I wouldn’t give to be doing that!

deyfunkyIn fact, the native system disregarded me to the point that they neglected to even look at my neck when I told them it was severely painful after my first cervical fusion.  They claimed I simply had failed surgery–labeled me seeking pain medication and wrote me off.  However had they looked they would have seen my disk above the fusion they did had ruptured, was pressing against my spinal cord and a ruptured chunk of my disk was lodged between a nerve and a muscle. Fortunately we moved to Wasilla and had access to private insurance again.  I underwent surgery the next slot the surgeon had once he saw my films.  Can you imagine my disgust?

For those that know me, know that the idea that I was pain med seeking is laughable.  For those that don’t let me give you a bit of a history about me.  I started working in non-profits in Juneau, AK in 1994.  In 1995 I started working at Tongass Community Counseling Center.  I did such an outstanding job with clients that I was encouraged by all clinical staff to begin my training to be a substance abuse counselor.  So I did.  Having no native substance abuse counselors at the time in our community I felt compelled to be part of the solution.

I quickly excelled in my abilities as a counselor and was commended by the State of Alaska auditors for my assessment work and treatment plan development while at Gastineau Human Services.  I also took that high level of expectation of assessment work to Clitheroe Center when I moved to Anchorage and raised the bar there.  My last full-time position was with Akeela working at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center as a substance abuse counselor in the prisons Intensive Outpatient Treatment program.  I loved my job and it pained me to leave it.  While I initially left that position to go back to school, because I have always wanted to do more – work harder- my health quickly degraded and I was unable to even do that.

Working harder has always run in my family.  I began working in parent’s businesses when I was 8 and often held 3 jobs as a youngster.  I loved working and even my disability judge acknowledged that prior to becoming ill I was a “workaholic.”  Just because I cannot doesn’t mean I still do not want to advocate for those who still can.  I know that so many want to work hard.  We need to set the stage for that to happen.  The current climate and Obamacare  and the economic principles will not allow it to succeed and the true way to reform should include NOT the government or insurance companies being the dictator of healthcare but a free market with patients and physicians in charge of care. Government does have a place and certain regulations should be set.  I will admit that the pre-existing conditions issue is a big one.

My pre-existing conditions that put me in this lovely high-risk, unwanted and unfortunately high cost segment of the population. This segment of the population will be what liberals will fight for tooth and nail and I hate being in that pool that they scream for.  Heck–I know that one way or another I will make it even if it were abolished-it’s not the government’s job to make my life comfortable sadly.  But by simply keeping that provision and manage a high-risk pool with capped premiums it could be accomplished.

I believe we need to open the market across state lines and make it reasonable for people to purchase plans without the excess requirements people do not need or even want. Then remove the employer mandate that has killed Americans full-time jobs. This needs to be a focal issue of what we ask for. Our economic health will not fully return on part-time wages.  Then and only then will we see a return of the full health of America.

I’ve been gone a while—but back again because–well I just don’t give up!
Until next time!

Take that you CRACKER!!!

Please read first:

Open Letter to the Three White Students Who Filed a Discrimination Complaint Against Their Black Teacher

I honestly have to say that I see a lot of hostility towards whites.  I see more racism these days than I have ever seen, rather sad.  If it were a minority who felt uncomfortable there would be a “diversity” training for all the parties involved…. and people would be screaming for some type of action.  I think it can’t be a one-sided type of argument.  And to say it’s okay for one group to feel discriminated against, to feel the classroom was a hostile environment—-and say it’s okay for them to feel like that because they haven’t been through the suffering that others have gone through?  That to me is a crock.  That’s eye for an eye and just plain wrong. 

Let’s make you white bastards squirm for all the crap that has gone on.  So these boys—lets just make them as uncomfortable as possible—yeah that’s the sure fire way to bridge the vast problems between races. 

“Because this is one classroom in your entire life. One speck of discomfort in an ocean that is your life of privilege. Because white supremacy dictates that your skin — and let’s not forget your maleness — will make things fundamentally easier for you than for a person (and especially a woman) of color. That feeling of being on the spot? Of being defined by the color of your skin? Of being blamed for things that other people of your color do, even if you have not done them yourself? That’s not a classroom for people of color. That’s life. There’s no walking out of class. There’s no transferring to a different professor. There is only more of the same, with the hope that dialogue, education, and activism will pull the collective ostrich head from the ground, bit by bit, until that structural racism that you don’t like talking about is eradicated.” 

So, assuming they have had an easy life (based on the color of their skin) is racist itself.  I think the whole article really fumed me.  It’s thinking like this that makes me want to vomit.  NO ONE deserves to be treated badly due to their skin color and justifying it in any way shape or form and saying that those boys should just endure because of their white privilege is ridiculous.  I am tired of fueling racial divide and fires. 

Making a generalization about what these young Caucasian boys have been like (white privilege blah–dee-fuckin blah keep saying it so you feel better about how you treat people?) Racism against whites is practically condoned these days and I am quite sick of it.  I see so many times where the news is slanted.  A black is slain by a non-black and everyone is in an uproar.  A white is slain by a black and it barely makes the news AND the attacker’s race is not mentioned.  A white baby is shot in the face by some blacks and there is NO HUGE outcry.  There has been so much focus on race and making white people look bad that

The author talk about people pulling their ostrich head out of the ground, bit by bit.  I see so many minorities with their heads in the damn fucking sand—-just as well.  I am tired of seeing racist and bullshit comments on either side of the fence to condone one side behaving poorly while condemning another is the epitome of BIGOTRY.  Knock that shit the hell off. 


Value and love one another for being human beings—it’s simple.  SCREAM about skin color—keep it up.  You make it about race.  The author is a fool for swallowing liberal ideology and would probably be one of the sheep that would wear a wristband to remind himself daily of his white privilege.  

Enough already…




Wake up—don’t let apathy rob us of one of the greatest gifts we take for granted.




Big Government, Liberties Shrink

Speak Ye Not — Unless ye AGREE with me… These are not the bullets you are looking for

A point of much contention and discussion these days is the topic of gay marriage.  The support of gay marriage could be readily seen just by a glace at Facebook last week, when a good portion of people changed their profile pictures to the red equal symbol.  I personally am all in favor of gay marriage rights.  I don’t give a damn who anyone marries.  I think that the government has no place in saying who should love who, who should be allowed to marry who and any attempt to do so is thwarting someone’s rights.  Do I believe gay people should have the same rights, absolutely.

ImageThat being said. I think there should be just as much consideration given to someone who believes that marriage is between a man and a woman. They have just as much right to believe this as a gay couple has to their beliefs.  Now there has been so much discussion about Dr. Ben Carson and his comments about gay marriage.  I think that every person is entitled to believe what they want, Dr. Carson is no exception.  Yet the liberal media is slamming Dr. Carson for believing that marriage should be between a man and a woman.  He has been attacked by the media for speaking his thoughts on the matter.  Don’t have to agree with him-but he should be allowed to speak what he thinks.  The liberals are after him hard for what he said:

“They need to shut me up, they need to get rid of me, they can’t find anything else to delegitimize me, so they take my words, misinterpret them and try to make it seem that I’m a bigot,” he said.”

Also in recent news, an article from the Huffington Post, Conservative Texas Governor Rick Perry most aptly put this:

“This is a very unsettling time in our nation’s history,” Perry said, according to the Associated Press. “These are the days when a person is vilified when they state that they believe fundamentally that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

Perry spoke just hours after the Supreme Court heard arguments on Proposition 8, California’s gay marriage ban. On Wednesday, the justices will consider a case challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Perry went on to suggest that the decision by LGBT rights advocates to fight for equal treatment was proof that they were themselves intolerant.

“The underlying problem is that there is this very vocal, very litigious minority of Americans willing to legally attack anybody who dares utter a phrase or even a name that they don’t agree with,” he said. “In a twisting of logic, they insist on silencing the religious in the cause of tolerance. Now I ask you, where is the tolerance in that?”

There is none Rick.  Sad to say.
Sad but true… this is the case in many cases these days.  Whether it be the hot topic of gay marriage, taxes or the 2nd amendment right to bear arms.
These and more are just a few examples of some of the things in daily headlines that go unnoticed or disregarded.
Disarming American citizens is top priority among liberals and the president’s agenda.  Yet… they continue to stockpile hollow point bullets.  It’s okay for the government to have guns and to stockpile arms, but not the law abiding citizens of the United States.  This does not make any sense, in particular because our 2nd Amendment were written specifically to protect citizens from our own government should it ever become tyrannical.
What do you think about this:
Now think of all the ruling by executive fiat that our president has been doing as of late.  Make no mistake about it, he will usurp every ounce of control that the other branches of government let him use.  They were put there for checks and balances and there is NOT ENOUGH checking going on at this time.  When there are checks–it’s just that wacky right wing group being racist says his back pocket media, whom he had over for tea and lunch.  Kobe beef, mind you with organic greens tended by the First Lady’s gardeners herself.  Live as I say, not as I do… We must tighten our belts—ahem, your belts that is.
However that being said… 79% is a nice number:
Until Next Time…