Monday, February 28, 2011

Still At It!

***Yep, here I am, trying to get a bit more done before my surgery. I really hit it yesterday and got a lot done, but there's always more.

***New York Teacher's Union Calls for Members to "Agitate." Check out this article and see what union corruption really is. They aren't interested in the education of students. They're interested in power. Period.

Being an educator in Upstate New York I am forced to pay dues into the corrupt union structure, even though I am not a member nor intend to be. Among the many benefits of (not) joining one of the public employees unions in New York include the union taking nearly one percent of my gross pay to use towards political campaigns.

Among the "benefits" not immediately clear is a mandatory subscription to their monthly propaganda. This month's naturally rails against the cuts of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo as well as against Governor Walker's actions in Wisconsin.

***Frank Buckles, the last living U.S. WWI veteran, has died. R.I.P.

***"There is hate in their eyes." 
From a Fox News reporter in Wisconsin:


“One thing I think should make clear – the people coming after us from every live shot here, these people hate,” Tobin said. “These are people who don’t respect diverse viewpoints. In fact, they’re so afraid I’ll present a diverse viewpoint, that’s why they try to heckle me and shut down every live shot. They’ve made it clear, that what they want to make it harder for me to do my job. They are proud of that when they disrupt a live shot, when they really trample over the First Amendment rights or the First Amendment’s obligations of a reporter. Now, I am not saying that’s all of the people. Those are the people that come here and heckle and try to disrupt things. I look in their eyes – there is hate in their eyes. They don’t want to hear any kind of viewpoint that is different from their own. That’s why they do what they do.”


***I couldn't possibly care less, but in case you do, here is a list of Oscar winners.

***Tips to make your home office more productive. Some good ideas here. The picture below looks eerily familiar...


Okay, my office isn't quite that bad, but sometimes it comes close!

***AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has quite a violent past. And he's quite buddy-buddy with the President, you know. Take the time to read this.

Trumka and Obama will cast Big Labor as an unassailable force for good in American history. But when it comes to terrorizing workers, Trumka knows whereof he speaks.

Meet Eddie York. He was a workingman whose story will never scroll across Obama’s teleprompter. A nonunion contractor who operated heavy equipment, York was shot to death during a strike called by the United Mine Workers 17 years ago. Workmates who tried to come to his rescue were beaten in an ensuing melee. The head of the UMW spearheading the wave of strikes at that time? Richard Trumka. Responding to concerns about violence, he shrugged to the Virginian-Pilot in September 1993: “I’m saying if you strike a match and you put your finger in it, you’re likely to get burned.” Incendiary rhetoric, anyone?

A federal jury convicted one of Trumka’s UMW captains on conspiracy and weapons charges in York’s death. According to the Washington, D.C.-based National Legal and Policy Center, which tracks Big Labor abuse, Trumka’s legal team quickly settled a $27 million wrongful death suit filed by York’s widow just days after a judge admitted evidence in the criminal trial. An investigative report by Reader’s Digest disclosed that Trumka “did not publicly discipline or reprimand a single striker present when York was killed. In fact, all eight were helped out financially by the local.”
In Illinois, Trumka told UMW members to “kick the s**t out of every last” worker who crossed his picket lines, according to the Nashville (Ill.) News. And as the National Right to Work Foundation (pdf), the leading anti-forced unionism organization in the country, pointed out, other UMW coalfield strikes resulted in what one judge determined were “violent activities … organized, orchestrated and encouraged by the leadership of this union.”

Trumka washed off the figurative bloodstains and moved up the ranks. As AFL-CIO secretary, he notoriously refused to testify in a sordid 1999 embezzlement trial involving his labor boss brethren at the Teamsters Union. No surprise. Thugs of a feather: Trumka’s violence-promoting record echoes the riotous Teamsters strikes dating back to the 1950s, when the union organized taxicab companies to target workers with gas bombs, bottles and fists.

And now, Trumka is spearheading a Democratic Party get-out-the-vote campaign by far-left groups — publicized in the revolutionary Marxist People’s World — to “energize an army of tens of thousands who will return to their neighborhoods, churches, schools and voting booths to prevent a Republican takeover of Congress in November and begin building a new permanent coalition to fight for a progressive agenda.”

Take those as literal fighting words. The bloody consequences of compulsory unionism cannot be ignored.

Sickening.

***Rush Limbaugh: Did you see where James Carville is one of the new spokesmen for Miracle Whip?  You never know what you're gonna get when you start dragging hundred-dollar bills through the bayous. 

***Time for a flat tax. 


***Craft-O-Rama. For those with a lot more talent than I have...

***Wheeeee!!!!



***Deroy Murdock: We should be drilling for oil in the U.S.  Gee, ya think?


***Islam Awareness Month? You gotta be kidding...

***And to get you in the mood for summer, a watermelon carving!



***Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he'll believe you.  Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he'll have to touch it to be sure.  ~Murphy's Law

***Have a great day!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Crunch Time!

***Oh, but it's gonna be a busy day. My Virginia office buried me with work...last gasp before I won't be able to type for them for a while, I guess! Oh well, I'll be glad for the money.

***Kevin McCullough has one of the best pieces I've seen on the Wisconsin mess. Did you know that when Democrat, Union-bought-and-paid-for Gov. Jim Doyle was in office, Wisconsin received over FOUR BILLION in stimulus money? Why isn't the news media asking where that money went?

The State of Wisconsin had been awarded hefty sums in the Obama stimulus package - over four billion ($4,000,000,000) in awards all totaled. Public school teachers and the public education system in general were awarded nearly half of that from various sources at the federal level. The Department of Education alone contributing more than 1,000,000,000 to the state.

When you drilled down a bit more we find that there were roughly 18 documented stimulus awards that were made to public education. In the fine print on merely one of the awards you discover in that award alone more than $717,000,000 were awarded for the express purpose of shoring up the salaries of teachers, administrators, teachers aides, and what we found about late this week was the past due amount owed to teachers' pensions and health benefits. These were the very same issues that Gov. Scott Walker had begged cooperation from the legislature on.


The theory goes that Walker's predecessor Gov. Jim Doyle a bought and paid for union supporter had been purposefully concealing the fact that he and other pro-union democrats had raided the education funds and the stimulus fix temporarily plastered over the gaping hole.
Until stimulus funds ran out of course.

Gov. Walker inherited a deficit of $3.7 billion. Anyone with half a brain knows that something has to be done, but all the union people can say is "UNION BUSTER!" Well good. They need to be busted. They've already busted the state, and unless something is done none of them will have a job, union or no union. 

Public sector unions should be flat out banned, especially with all the federal and state standards for state and federal workers that are already on the books.

As this begins to happen a massive correction is going to begin to take place in the public discussion, one that treats the tax-payer for what they are. And union leadership will begin to lose its chokehold on power in State houses all across America, and this is long overdue.

And if you think that 95% subsidized pension, and 88% subsidized health care is unreasonable, then I call your public doll bluff and challenge you to get a real job in the real world.
Those of us who already live here are confidant you will change your mind.

Amen.

***Along the same line, Ken Connor has a good question on balancing the budget: Do Americans Have What it Takes? We all know what it takes to balance our own budgets - sacrifice, hard work, etc. We know what the union thug answer to the question is on the national level. How about the rest of us?

***Biased mainstream media in action. They are touting the 50 state union rallies as a huge success, when in fact, they were dismal failures. How typical.

***



***That didn't take long: Rahm Emmanuel's transition team co-chair resigns due to ethics violations. Oh, but I'm SURE he didn't know...

***Snow in San Francisco for the first time since 1976.

***Read this. That's an order!

Meeting Young Obama ... "At that time, the future president was a doctrinaire Marxist revolutionary, although perhaps -- for the first time -- considering conventional politics as a more practical road to socialism."

***Space Shuttle Discovery will soon be making its last flight. 

***My all time favorite sports picture:


Say what you will about Pete Rose, he was the most exciting player the game has ever seen.

***Now who would do this to a poor dog...


***
"When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us."
~ Alexander Graham Bell

***Have a great day!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Cleanin' Up

***Busy weekend ahead - gotta make sure my transcription's done before Monday, and I still haven't gotten to my son's FAFSA. Gotta do that today. Mom & I are headed to the Amish store this morning, love that place!

***Hate-A-Rama. Here are many examples of the Left's "civility." Example after example of the ugliness and vulgarity of the thugs protesting in Wisconsin and elsewhere. Where are the panels discussing all this? Remember all the hand-wringing and moaning after Gabrielle Giffords was shot? Oh, they were SO hoping the shooter was a right-winger, and were so disappointed when he wasn't. But when they thought he might be, all you heard on every news show was how talk radio (read: conservatives) were inciting people like him with their rhetoric. Now you hear these union thugs ranting vulgarity, racism, sexism, and every other -ism you can think of, and CBS, NBC, etc. have nary a peep to say. Here's just one example:

At an AFSCME rally in Providence, R.I., on Tuesday, an unhinged pro-union supporter picked an unprovoked fight with a citizen journalist taping the event for public access TV. His eyes bulging, the brawler yelled: "I'll f**k you in the a**, you faggot!" After several unsuccessful minutes of trying to calm their furious ally down, the solidarity mob finally started chanting, "Hey, hey, ho, ho, union-busting's got to go" to drown out his intimidating vow to follow the cameraman outside the building. Criminal charges are now pending against him. None of the local media who covered the event thought to mention the disruption in their coverage.

Read the whole piece to get a good picture of exactly the type of people we're dealing with here. In a way, it's a good thing it's happening, because Americans are getting to see first hand what union thugs are really like.

***This is a great piece - The Return of the Grown-Ups. I love this part:

During the last presidential election, we saw the most widespread adolescent display in American history.
Throngs of wild-eyed fawners and fainters joined hands and chanted, “Yes we can march off this cliff,” as though there were no tomorrow. Formerly presumed intelligent media elites were reduced to a teenage-swoon mentality the minute Barack Obama entered their midst. A man with a postage-stamp sized resume held a majority of modern Americans enthralled with nothing more than teleprompted oratory, giddy-girl-crush syndrome, yellow-brick-road finance wizardry, and Jack-and-the-Beanstalk promises. And the whole Obama bag of fibs and tricks depended on that fantastical pot of gold over the rainbow actually being there.

Has ever such a nation of ninnies held such a public display of foolishness?

***What's "Baby Gaga?" Breast milk ice cream. Um...why?

***Check out this video of a (really dumb) union protester calling Tea Partiers "uneducated." Sometimes you just shake your head...

***This is a 'bra ball." Somebody has waaaaay too much time on his hands...


***


While Libya burns and Egypt smolders, the President and First Lady preside over a tribute to Motown at the White House. Well, at least they have their priorities straight.

***From Nealz Nuze:

Here is liberal mentality at work. How does a person as educated as this guy get to be so mindlessly braindead? We have Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute (whatever that is) at Columbia University and professor of economics. He appeared (where else?) on MSNBC to discuss the union issue in Wisconsin. To put this quote in context, Sachs is talking about how Wisconsin is not an isolated incident but what he believes is an orchestrated event for the Republicans and the wealthy to completely eradicate unions. Are you ready??

"What these billionaires have been doing is buying the whole Congress, now buying out the governors, to make sure they never have to pay taxes again. And then we have these huge budget deficits because they don't pay taxes any more, and what do they want to do? Cut the benefits for the poor."

Is there ANYTHING about this fool's rantings that makes even the slightest bit of sense?

***



***Minnesota man arrested for FWI - frying while intoxicated.

***For sports buffs: Here's a slideshow of the 50 best college players who flopped in the NFL.

***Great entrepreneur story: The Underwater Farmer.

Perry Raso started off raking clams for extra money in junior high. Today he is raking in millions by being a devoted entrepreneur with a highly successful restaurant and oyster farm in his hometown of South Kingstown, RI.

***This sounds like a great book - "Unbroken"

Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2010: From Laura Hillenbrand, the bestselling author of Seabiscuit, comes Unbroken, the inspiring true story of a man who lived through a series of catastrophes almost too incredible to be believed. In evocative, immediate descriptions, Hillenbrand unfurls the story of Louie Zamperini--a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic runner-turned-Army hero. During a routine search mission over the Pacific, Louie’s plane crashed into the ocean, and what happened to him over the next three years of his life is a story that will keep you glued to the pages, eagerly awaiting the next turn in the story and fearing it at the same time. You’ll cheer for the man who somehow maintained his selfhood and humanity despite the monumental degradations he suffered, and you’ll want to share this book with everyone you know. --Juliet Disparte
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), Henry VI, Part II, Act III, sc. 1

***Have a great day!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Next Week

***Y'know, though it's going to present some problems income-wise, I'm looking forward to next week! I won't have to get up at 3:00 a.m. to rush and get my Virginia office done before 7:00 a.m. I won't have to neurotically check the surgery schedule for my surgeons a couple of times a day to make sure I'm not missing an H&P. Yeah, I'll still proofread and print out my other offices, but the pressure will certainly be eased a bit. Mark may have to padlock my office door to keep me from transcribing too soon after the surgery, it's going to be difficult not to jump back in...but it's gonna be nice for the few days when I simply can't.

***Read this, absorb it, check out the pictures. The union goons are getting uglier and uglier. They're bussing in people, handing them a sign, telling them where to stand, telling them what to think. This is just sickening. What is the outrageous, "union busting" thing being asked of them? To pay a small portion of their health insurance and retirement, rather than forcing taxpayers to foot the entire bill. In Indiana, the issue is whether or not a person can hold a job without being forced to pay union dues. But to listen to the union thugs, all hell will break loose if any of this comes to pass. The first thing these people need is a course in economics 101.

***Groups officially begin recall process for AWOL Wisconsin lawmakers. Good. Don't back down.

***Wisconsin assembly passes Gov. Walker's bill. Now it goes to the Senate, where the Democrats have run away rather than allow the political process to continue.Here is a website where you can show your support for Gov. Scott Walker.

***Here's a slideshow of the 50 most awkward moments in sports history. Pretty entertaining!

***You put your right foot in, you take your foot out....


***Chicago may get 9 more inches of snow. Serves 'em right for electing Rahm Emmanuel...

***This is just amazing, and is a testament to the state of journalism in this country. 52% of Americans in this poll still blame Bush for the current state of the economy. Unbelievable.

***



***

Money

 There was a man who worked all of his life and saved all of his money. He was a real miser when it came to his money. He loved money more than just about anything, and just before he died, he said to his wife, "Now listen, when I die, I want you to take all my money and place it in the casket with me. I wanna take my money to the afterlife."

So he got his wife to promise him with all her heart that when he died, she would put all the money in the casket with him.
Well, one day he died. He was stretched out in the casket, the wife was sitting there in black next to her closest friend. When they finished the ceremony, just before the undertakers got ready to close the casket, the wife said "Wait just a minute!"
She had a shoe box with her, she came over with the box and placed it in the casket. Then the undertakers locked the casket down and rolled it away. Her friend said, "I hope you weren't crazy enough to put all that money in the casket."
"Yes," the wife said, "I promised. I'm a good Christian, I can't lie. I promised him that I was going to put that money in that casket with him."
"You mean to tell me you put every cent of his money in the casket with him?"
"I sure did. I got it all together, put it into my account and I wrote him a check." 

***I'm gonna try this. I've tried so many potato soup recipes, and I still can't get it right. Maybe this one will work!

Extremely Easy Potato Soup

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 30 mins This is a recipe for a delicious soup that's easy to make. My mother was raised on this soup and she served it often to us. On an icy day like this one, entering the house and smelling this soup is the most comforting, delicious aroma imaginable.

3 large potatoes
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onions
2 cups milk or half-and-half
Salt and pepper, to taste

Peel and cube potatoes. Put in a saucepan along with the onions and celery. Add water, but don't quite cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes, or until all of the vegetables are very tender. Using a potato masher, coarsely crush the potatoes, but don't mash them--you want chunks left. Add enough milk or cream to thin to desired thickness and add salt and pepper to taste.

***America will never be destroyed from the outside.  If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.  ~Abraham Lincoln

***Have a great day! 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Soooo Ready!

***...for this surgery. My hand's barely working this morning. I'm hoping to get it warmed up soon so I can get my work done.Won't you be glad when my surgery's over and you won't have to read my whining? :-)

***President punts on the Defense of Marriage Act. We really do have a pusillanimous boob as our President, you know? This is clearly the will of the majority of the people of the United States, but of course he doesn't care about that, never has. He's shoring up his base for 2012.

***Brazilian woman finds an alligator behind her sofa - and her toddler was patting its head!

***Ann Coulter: Look For the Union Fable

The good news out of Wisconsin is that public school students' test scores skyrocketed last week, mystifying educators. The bad news is many student-teacher love affairs were hard-hit without access to janitors' closets and locker rooms.

Democrats are acting as if Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's demand that public sector employees give up collective bargaining would have George Washington rolling in his grave (a clear violation of Gravediggers' Local 803 regulations concerning the rolling of the dead).

In fact, government employees should never, ever be allowed to organize.

She's right - even FDR knew this:

[M]eticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government.

All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.

What would he think of the Wisconsin demonstrations?

Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees.

Upon employees in the Federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people, whose interests and welfare require orderliness and continuity in the conduct of Government activities. This obligation is paramount. Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the Government, a strike of pubic employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable.

 ~~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1937

Back to Ann Coulter:


Government unions have nothing in common with private sector unions because they don't have hostile management on the other side of the bargaining table. To the contrary, the "bosses" of government employees are co-conspirators with them in bilking the taxpayers.

Far from being careful stewards of the taxpayers' money, politicians are on the same side of the bargaining table as government employees -- against the taxpayers, who aren't allowed to be part of the negotiation. This is why the head of New York's largest public union in the mid-'70s, Victor Gotbaum, gloated, "We have the ability to elect our own boss."

Scott Walker is absolutely right in what he's doing. Do whatever you can to support him.

***Here are some union facts for you. Read them, absorb them, and try to educate your union buddies. Believe me, it won't be easy. Most are completely brainwashed. All they hear is "They're trying to bust the union!" and don't inform themselves any further than that.

***AMAC - the conservative alternative to AARP. Not that I'm ready for that or anything...

***Well, ya gotta admit, there's quite a similarity here...


Keira, you need a big, fat cheeseburger!

***Here's a heart-rending story. Canadian parents defy court order to remove their son's breathing tube, and are trying to bring him to the U.S. for treatment. I'd do the same thing.

***Where are the civility police? CWA union thug strikes young FreedomWorks activist.

***Gastric bypass leads to more weight loss than banding. I found that out at the seminars I attended before deciding which one to have, and I have been very happy with my results with the Roux-en-Y. I want to lose more, of course, but my initial weight loss was really fast. I lost 100 lbs within the first 6 months. After a year it slows down and gets harder, but it sure gives you a jump start on your weight loss.

***

***Christian one-liners:

Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.

It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.

The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close.

When you get to your wit's end, you'll find God lives there.

People are funny, they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church.

***

A Friend

By Stephen Wayne Modawell

Where do they come from
Ones who just appear in life
Some finer than rum
Others closer than man an'wife
They may not be old
without them, what was before
Their warmth, on days' cold
Their presence we seek but more

How we want many
Yet we find so very few
treasured like a new penny
Their value great, one will do
When found, never let go
Too many years may pass, you see
Before God allows to flow
The gift of a friend like thee.

***
Dare to go forward. Courage is the mark of greatness in leadership 
Brian Tracy

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Add-On!!

Just saw this over at National Review Online, and had to share...

Frustration

***I have so much to do this morning because I had to stop yesterday. My hand was protesting big time. I will be so glad to get this thing fixed!!

***The misinformation and half-truths the unions are spreading to their membership is just appalling to me. They tell them just enough to get them upset, then send them out to protect their power. Unions are a core Democrat constituency, something that just flabbergasts me. They keep using phrases like the "working man," as if I as a Republican don't work. How is a party who continually raises taxes and limits liberty for the "working man?" THINK, people. Now the Democrats in the Indiana State House have walked out rather than do their jobs. Fortunately, we have a good governor who I have no doubt will stand up to them. This should be interesting.

What is in the Indiana bill that they're so upset about? Why, the "right to work" part, wherein a person cannot be coerced into paying union dues in order to hold a job. Yep, that's it. This comes down to allowing a person to choose whether or not to be in a union. And they say they're for the "working man." Yeah, only as long as that "working man" forks over his dues, whether he likes it or not.

***Hijacked Americans killed by captors. Nice job, Obama. You're too busy backing up your union thug buddies to do anything about that, right?

***I'm convinced now. Chicago is a city of idiots. Look who they elected mayor...yep, Rahm Emanuel, in a landslide.

***Unintended consequences. Wisconsin panel approves bill requiring voter ID when voting. Common sense, right? Unfortunately, many Democrats are against this because it limits their ability to cheat. One of the AWOL Democrats tried to phone in his vote, but the chairman of the committee would not allow it. Gotta show up, dude.

***Throw away the key. Father convicted in "honor killing" case.

***This is awesome:

State senators who miss two or more session days will no longer get paid through direct deposit. They’ll have to pick up their checks in person on the Senate floor during a session.
The new rule is aimed at forcing the return of 14 Senate Democrats who have been hiding in Illinois since Thursday. They fled the state to stall a vote on an anti-union bill, and have threatened to stay away until Republican Gov. Scott Walker agrees to compromise. Tuesday’s vote was along party lines. The three Republicans on the Committee on Senate Organization voted for it and the two Democrats opposed it.

I'm so glad to see Republicans standing their ground.

***THE HILLS ARE ALIIIIIVE.....


***Ray Stevens gets some digs in on the TSA patdowns in "The Skies Just Aren't Friendly Anymore." An excerpt:

“I took off my shoes, my rings and watch/Then a guy said I need to check your crotch And I’ll need to see all your liquid toiletries He gave me a grope, a squeeze and a pat/And I’ll tell you friends when I go to the vet They treat my old bird dog with more dignity”

***Yooo Hooo...anybody home?



***Money's not the problem...2/3 of Wisconsin public school 8th graders can't read proficiently, despite highest per-pupil spending in the Midwest.

***Proverbs 14:23-25 (King James Version)
 23In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
 24The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
 25A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Full to Overflowing!

***Talkin' about my day. I have a lot of work to do, plus a song for church to practice with another girl, then if I get everything done in time I'm going to hear Mike Pence speak this afternoon. That depends on how much work I download this morning from one of my clients. I really hope I can get finished in time.

***Salt trucks spreading something other than salt... Here is the left wing's version of civility. Ann Althouse videotapes taxpayer funded union thugs driving around in support of their fellow Wisconsin union thugs and turns them in - and receives a death threat.

***China using our debt to try and influence U.S. policy. Okay, we need somebody with a backbone in the Oval Office, and fast!

***Encouraging news - scientific team declares breakthrough in cancer treatment.

The team has, in fact, created the world's first RNA aptamer, a chemical antibody that acts like a guided missile to seek out and bind only to cancer stem cells, the Cancer Science journal reported.

Let's hope and pray it works!

***


*** "Pizza cakes." Sounds good to me!

"Must Have Meat" has pepperoni, sausage, hamburger and bacon. Ground beef with onions, pickles, mustard and ketchup is found on "Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger." "Look Mom, I’m Eating my Veggies" sports green peppers, green olives, mushrooms, tomato chunks and onion. "Pizza Brownie Supreme" offers a layer of chocolate frosting topped with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms and green peppers over a brownie crust. But these aren’t Pizzas, they’re Debbie Meyer’s “Pizza Cakes.”

***Prayers for New Zealand - deadly quake's death toll now at 65.

***"Man bag" may lead to back bother. Wow...hope all you men with purses out there keep that in mind!

***Heavily Democratic states cut in half since 2008. How's that hope & change working out for you, Dems?

***Um...well, there are no words...


***Amish baked oatmeal recipe. This sounds good!

***15 brilliant marketing ideas. This is interesting, check it out!


***
The Service
One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church.
It was covered with names, and small American flags were mounted on either side of it.
The seven-year-old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the boy, and said quietly, "Good morning, Alex."
"Good morning," replied the young man, still focused on the plaque.
"What is this?" Alex asked.
"Well, son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service."
Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque.
Little Alex's voice was trembling and barely audible when he asked, "Which service, the 9:45 or the 11:15?" 

***A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.  ~Harry Truman

***Have a great day! 

Monday, February 21, 2011

One More Week!

***...until my carpal tunnel surgery. I will be so glad to feel my fingertips again...


***The New York Times' coverage of the Wisconsin union thug debacle is quite different than their coverage of the Tea Party protests. Wow, there's a surprise.

In 2009 and 2010 the New York Times covered protests against the Obama administration’s stimulus spending bill and health care plan as the barely legal revolt of an unwashed and uncivil band of reactionaries determined not only to halt what the paper considered progress but also to thwart democracy. But anyone looking at the Times’ front page article on Saturday describing protests against the effort by Wisconsin’s newly elected governor and legislature to balance the state’s books got a very different view of a protest movement.

According to the Times, the activities of the Wisconsin public sector unions — whose expensive benefits have put their state on the brink of bankruptcy — are nothing less than the moral equivalent of the demonstrations in Tunisia that brought down an authoritarian dictatorship. As the headline “Wisconsin Leads the Way as Workers Fight Cuts” indicates, the whole focus of the piece is an effort to portray the unions and their Democratic allies as revolutionaries who are on the cutting edge of a movement that will, in effect, reverse the verdict of last year’s election.

Business as usual for "journalism" in this country.


***Well, I'm not a NASCAR fan, but apparently there was quite a bit of excitement yesterday at the Daytona 500 when Trevor Bayne became the youngest driver to ever win it. Congratulations!

***U.S. warship shadowing Somali pirates who hijacked American yacht. Get the Americans to safety, then send those pirates to their virgins.

***Cancer didn't stop this entrepreneur!

Cancer didn’t leave Amy Ohm bitter or angry, but instead just the opposite.
“The fact that I survived cancer made me want to help others,” said Ohm, co-founder of TreatmentDiaries.com, a new online community for people living with chronic illnesses and those who care and advocate for them.
You go, girl.

***Photo gallery of some of the union thug signs in Wisconsin. Warning: Some bad language. This will give you an idea of the type of people we're dealing with. Check this out:

Just what is it that Scott Walker and the Republicans in the state legislature want of these government sector unions? Well, they want them to put 5.8% of their wages toward their own retirement. Imagine that! Contributing to your own retirement! Oh, the humanity! They also want government employees to cover 12.6% of their health care premiums. This, of course, is an outrageous concept for Democrats. People just should not be responsible for their own health care.

***The world's biggest family: 39 wives, 94 children, and 33 grandchildren. Sheesh!


***A sense of humor is essential to a happy life! From Jim Daly's blog at Focus on the Family:

Don’t you find it interesting that babies laugh before they talk?laughinggirl.jpg

Everybody likes to laugh. In fact, it’s a healthy habit. “A cheerful heart is good medicine,” wrote Solomon, “but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength” (Proverbs 17:22).

Good parents and healthy children tend to see the humor in life.

Several months ago we received a letter from a young boy. I figured he wanted some advice on how to help his sibling break a bad habit.  His motives were more selfish.

“Please pray for my brother, he wets the bed,” he wrote. “Please pray for me. I share the bed with my brother.”

***GOP wins special election in Louisiana, tilting state government to the Republicans. Good. Every win counts!

***For you college parents, time to get those FAFSA's done! Here's a report on 5 ways to get the best deal on student loans.
***Why me...??

***A habit is something you can do without thinking - which is why most of us have so many of them.  ~Frank A. Clark
***Have a great day!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Go To Meetin'

***Remember that phrase? That's how they sometimes referred to church clothes a long, long time ago - their "Sunday go to meetin'" clothes. I always look forward to church on Sunday. It's great to be surrounded by happy, like-minded, positive people who have chosen to come together and praise the Lord and learn about Him.

***Oh, you gotta be kidding. There is an opera about Anna Nicole Smith opening in London. Wow, they must have been desperate for a subject...

***Professional malfeasance, at the least. Fake notes from doctors at the Wisconsin rally. They should have their licenses pulled if they really are physicians, and if they're not, they should be thrown in jail. Won't happen, of course...by the way, where is the media on this? That, as you may have guessed, is a rhetorical question. More here.

This brings me to Dr. Lou Sanner. He is a family practitioner whose ego, no doubt, precedes his intellect. I have seen his type before as I meandered through medical school and residency. He is the doc who looks down his nose at you as you struggle for the esoteric answer to some zebra diagnosis, all the while pretending to know the answer himself. Well, I am not a resident anymore and what this fellow has done is professionally obscene. He has abrogated his professional responsibility for political expediency.

Don't believe me? Take his own words into account. From the AP and USA Today, respectively:

"Doctors from numerous hospitals set up a station near the Capitol to provide notes covering public employees' absences. Family physician Lou Sanner, 59, of Madison, said he had given out hundreds of notes. Many of the people he spoke with seemed to be suffering from stress, he said."

"What employers have a right to know is if the patient was assessed by a duly licensed physician about time off of work," Sanner said. "Employers don't have a right to know the nature of that conversation or the nature of that illness. So it's as valid as every other work note that I've written for the last 30 years."

That is just pathetic, and this guy should be brought before the medical licensing board.

***On a brighter note, there was a rally yesterday in support of Gov. Walker, and thousands attended.What? You didn't see much, if any, coverage? I'm shocked, SHOCKED!












***Well, it's tax time. Here is a report on which medical expenses can and can't be written off. Might save you some money!

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***Hillary Clinton calls Israeli settlements "illegitimate." Just another example of this administration's dismal, inept foreign policy. Could somebody PLEASE tell my why Jewish people overwhelmingly vote Democrat?

***Casting call for "Ronald Reagan: The Movie." The only two on this list worthy of the role are Gary Sinise and Tom Selleck, but I'm not sure either of them could pull it off. Keep lookin', maybe there's a "nobody" ready for a breakout role. Just don't pick a left wing idiot like Leonardo DiCaprio or Ben Affleck. Please.

***5 best sleeping tips for women.

***New book I need to read: The False Promise of Green Energy. I can think of a few politicians who should read it too.

***Here's how to get 5 free pocket Constitutions. They're neat, I have one.

***5 tips for making better decisions.

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You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore
Christopher Columbus

***Have a great day!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

OUTSIDE!

***Boy, have I been enjoying the warmer weather this week. It is so much better to exercise outside than in a gym, in my opinion. The treadmill bores me to tears, but I absolutely love taking walks outside. Our area is great for exercise because it's so hilly. I'm going to get my bike out today!

***Somali pirates seize American yacht crew. Get some snipers and take the slugs out.

***Wisconsin madness as seen by the "little people."

Yesterday a good friend who lives in southeastern Wisconsin sent me an email telling me how embarrassed she is to be from Wisconsin. The recent protests and the pathetic escape of the Senate Democrats to the nearby People’s Republic of Illinois have both angered and shamed my friend Margaret. She simply cannot believe that while she and her neighbors have been financially crippled over the past two years, these supposed public servants continue to grow fat while feeling no ill effects of the Obama recession. No longer basking in the glow of the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl victory, my friends on the other side of the border are positively beside themselves at the insane behavior of their public servants.

Another friend could only shake his head in disbelief. He wondered why Governor Walker’s “budget repair bill” has triggered so many clearly un-civil protests in the state capitol. As an accountant he understands that the Wisconsin Constitution requires a balanced budget and that union concessions would prevent massive layoffs. With the economy in shambles, isn’t it better to make a few concessions than sacrifice several thousand jobs? “It just kills me that we are expected to make so many sacrifices to pay for these people who don’t care one bit about us,” he added.

Keep reading, I'm beginning to think Gov. Walker should pull a Reagan on all of these public "servants" and fire them all. By the way, teachers in Wisconsin make more than twice the per capita income of their fellow Winsconsinites. Oh, but they're SO abused, right?

***House passes $61 billion in spending cuts. It's a start.

***You know it's time to clean the hair out of the drain when it begins to bark at you.


***Another dumb broad Democrat heard from. Dem. Rep. Gwen Lee:


Most macabre abortion defense of the night so far: Just a little while ago on the floor (at approx. 9:05pm Eastern), Wisconsin Democrat Rep. Gwen Moore argued that abortion was better for unplanned babies than a life “eating Ramen noodles” or “mayonnaise sandwiches.”

Oh yeah, MUCH better off dead than eating Ramen noodles. My son would beg to differ, since he practically lives on them. Guess that makes me an abusive parent.

***Good question over at Power Line:

A reader asks a good question about news coverage of events in Wisconsin:
BTW...in no MSM coverage I have seen is there ANY note that the crowd is "predominantly white".... Why is that?
Heh. We all remember how liberal news coverage of tea party rallies rarely failed to note that they were "predominantly white." Somehow, that is no longer a salient fact when the same outlets cover illegal sick-outs by Wisconsin teachers. Why would that be?

Obviously, I'm just kidding, as was our reader. We all know the answer.

***Amen...Ronald Reagan seen as America's greatest president. But...what is Bill Clinton doing in 3rd place??

A Gallup poll ahead of President's Day (officially, Washington's Birthday):

Ahead of Presidents Day 2011, Americans are most likely to say Ronald Reagan was the nation's greatest president -- slightly ahead of Abraham Lincoln and Bill Clinton. Reagan, Lincoln, or John F. Kennedy has been at the top of this "greatest president" list each time this question has been asked in eight surveys over the last 12 years.

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***The Dairy Queens opened this week!  I was going to stop and get a box of no-sugar-added Dilly Bars, but the dang line was all the way out to the street! Guess I'll wait until the newness wears off a bit. 

***Okay, this is the weirdest looking animal I've ever seen:


Considered by locals as a harbinger of misfortune, the Aye-aye is one of the world’s most rare and bizarre looking primates. To the Malagasy people, the aye-aye is magical, and believed to bring death to the village it appears in; therefore they’re often killed on sight. The aye-aye is the world’s largest nocturnal primate with an average head and body length of 16 inches (40 centimeters), a long bushy tail of 2 feet (61 centimeters) long, and weighs about 4 pounds (2 kilos). The Aye-aye has large beady eyes, black hair, and large spoon-shaped ears. It has 5-fingered hands with flat nails, with a middle finger up to 3 times the length of the others.

***Ummmm....


***Obama backs union uproar. Yeah, real leadership there, Mr. President.

***The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. ~~ Thomas Jefferson

***Have a great day!

Friday, February 18, 2011

As If....

***...a hurting hand wasn't enough to deal with, now I have a toothache and the whole side of my face hurts. Sheesh! Okay...enough whining...on with the show...

***Check out JellyTelly.com! It's a fun, safe web site for kids sponsored by Focus on the Family.

***If you like to read, I have a recommendation! I'm just finishing Great Lion of God by Taylor Caldwell. It is her take on the story of Saul/Paul. It's an old book, but well worth finding and reading.

***The Leftists' brand of civility: Terrorize people in their homes. If this were a right wing group descending on the home of a left-winger, the media would be ALL OVER IT.

***Amen, John Hinderaker:

A common theme of the union demonstrators in Madison today was that Governor Walker is a "dictator." This showed up on sign after sign. It sheds light, I think, on how public union members in particular, and liberals in general, think. What is going on here is that the voters of Wisconsin have elected a Republican Governor and--overwhelmingly--a Republican legislature, precisely so that they can get the state's budget under control.
What the Democrats don't like isn't dictatorship, it is democracy. That is why the Democrats in the Wisconsin Senate fled the state en masse--they prevented a quorum, so that a vote they were going to lose couldn't take place. Once again, it is democracy they are trying to frustrate, not dictatorship.

***More on the Wisconsin mess at MichelleMalkin.com.

***New White House press secretary Jay Carney says the "stimulus goals have been met." Whew. I feel better, don't you?

***"Hey, good lookin'..."



***Catholics cannot confess via Iphone. So says a Vatican spokesman.

***Just Five More Minutes


While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground. “That’s my son over there,” she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide.
“He’s a fine looking boy” the man said. “That’s my daughter on the bike in the white dress.”
Then, looking at his watch, he called to his daughter. “What do you say we go, Melissa?”
Melissa pleaded, “Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes.”
The man nodded and Melissa continued to ride her bike to her heart’s content. Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his daughter. “Time to go now?”
Again Melissa pleaded, “Five more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes.”
The man smiled and said, “OK.”
“My, you certainly are a patient father,” the woman responded.
The man smiled and then said, “Her older brother Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much time with Tommy and now I’d give anything for just five more minutes with him. I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake with Melissa.
She thinks she has five more minutes to ride her bike. The truth is, I get Five more minutes to watch her play.”
Life is all about making priorities, what are your priorities?
Give someone you love 5 more minutes of your time today! 


***Scottish deerhound wins Best in Show at Westminster.  Just thought you'd like to know. :-)


***How to get money to make money. Ideas for funding your startup.

***Things that make you go awwww....






***There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone's life. ~~ Sister Mary Rose McGeady

***Have a great day!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sad Story

***Check out Jim Daly's latest blog entry about a father's regret - namely Billy Ray Cyrus. We've all read the stories about how "wholesome" Hannah Montana has fallen, from suggestive pictures to smoking a bong. It's really sad, and no one feels that sadness more keenly than her father.

"How many interviews did I give and say, 'You know what's important between me and Miley is I try to be a friend to my kids'? I said it a lot. And sometimes I would even read other parents might say, 'You don't need to be a friend, you need to be a parent.' Well, I'm the first guy to say to them right now: You were right. I should have been a better parent. I should have said, 'Enough is enough--it's getting dangerous and somebody's going to get hurt.' I should have, but I didn't. Honestly, I didn't know the ball was out of bounds until it was way up in the stands somewhere."

Parenting teenagers involves firmly saying "no" sometimes, and it's not always easy. If we truly love them and want what's best for them, though, we'll do it. I hope Miley wakes up and wises up before she becomes another Lindsay Lohan.

***The thugs come out in Wisconsin. No, it's not the Tea Party, that's why you haven't heard much about it. From The Corner at National Review Online:

Many of the letters from Wisconsin today have to do with violence: threats against Governor Walker and members of his administration, the increases in their security details, their worries about their spouses and children, and so on. I have heard from people closely connected to the threatened individuals. Their letters are hard to take.

The last few days have made quite clear that, if you cross the public-employee unions, you run risks: and not merely political risks (which are nothing).

I hope our national media will be covering Wisconsin, just a little. In the wake of the Tucson massacre, we heard from a lot of pundits that extremism and violence come from the right. (I again direct you to this page, which remembers some of that punditry.) I have a feeling that, if conservatives had staged a lunatic and thuggish rally like the one the public employees just staged in Wisconsin, it would be huge news all across the country: cover of Time, cover of Newsweek. (Do those magazines still exist?)

Sarah Palin would be called on to explain herself. David Gregory and other Sunday hosts would be warning of a sickness in the American soul — would be warning of the brownshirting of America. There is a sickness, all right.

More here from Michelle Malkin.  Hang tough, Gov. Walker and Wisconsin. The unions are what's dangerous here.


“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” – Thomas Jefferson 


***Can you imagine having THIS job??


Just looking at the picture gives me the creeps.

***CRAZY!!! Wal-Mart employees fired for helping to capture alleged criminal.

Four Utah Walmart employees were fired after they disarmed an alleged shoplifter who tried to pull a gun on them inside the store.


The employees said they noticed a man, identified as Trent Allen Longton, remove a netbook computer and conceal it in his shirt on Jan. 13, AOL News reports. They then escorted the man to an office inside the store, where Longton allegedly grabbed one of the employees and shoved a gun in his back.

Store management fired the employees for the violating the company’s “Investigation and Detention of Shoplifters Policy,” which states that employees should retreat if an individual reveals a weapon.

"I honestly felt worse than when I had the gun to my back," said Gabriel Stewart, a 12-year company employee who is now fired due to his involvement in the incident.

Can you believe that? The guy had a gun and obviously was willing to use it to threaten these employees. What if he had decided to open fire in the store? GEEZ, stuff like this makes me nuts...

***Chris Christie is *awesome*. I'd love to see him run for President.

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***US agrees to rebuke Israel at UN. WHY doesn't this surprise me? Our inept President is going to get people killed. Does he even know the meaning of the word ALLY??

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***
Farewell Address to the Nation
1/11/1989
"Common sense told us that when you put a big tax on something, the people will produce less of it. So, we cut the people's tax rates, and the people produced more than ever before." ~~ Ronald Reagan 

***Have a great day!