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State of the Union, 2.3 billion for railway, and California proposition 8

January 28, 2010

Thought this funny. Noticed how when the president looked to his right the cameras panned there and everyone was standing and cheering like crazy.

The two or three times the camera panned to the people on his left, I noticed the majority of people in the roomwere sternly sitting and no applause. I heard a couple of gasps at some things he said, and some “snorts” that sound rather like “Oh sure…”.

I did put the speech on hold when they did one of these pans and thought you might enjoy it if you didn’t catch it. The little area that is more colorful up andto the left) is that verbose small group. The rest of the people from center to right – are the ones who were obviously displeased. Interesting, eh.

Pretty reflective of public opinion, I believe. Obama is the “Word Meister” for sure. Heard it all before. Just an emphasis on what might sell the public on him – I think. What do you think?

By the way, the 2.3 billion dollars Obama is designating to create jobs with construction of new railway- who do you think will get the jobs? Unions I would bet 100%. Hmmmmmmm, election backers for Obama.

What I find fascinating is that he wants to keep up with Europe’s fast trains when all across America the infrastructure is falling apart – bridges, sewers, water pipes, etc. etc. etc. Interesting again, eh?

One more critique, if I may. I love the way this Harvard (I believe) educated man speaks eloquently and with perfect pronouncing of his words……until……he is speaking to the “common man”. My husband and I have noticed this many times. Instead of saying, “I want them to work with us…” (specifically he said this yesterday), “I want them workin’with us.” Kind of puts him right in there at the same level with the workin’folks doesn’t it?

Lastly – it is the squeaky wheel that gets the attention. What in the heck is the matter with the TWO votes Californians have decided to keep gay marriage from legal rights as married couples! The majority spoke twice. If this is overturned you may as well throw away your voting ballots…oh yeah, may as well anyway as money rules the elections.

I am not mad. Just amazed so many think “change” is in progress.
Same old-same old.

January 28, 2010

So what do you think?
By Marsha J. O’Brien

The “governator” in California is proposing this: Instead of housing and feeding illegal alien felony prisoners, send them to Mexico – and build a prison there to house them. My personal opinion is to agree with the first half, but let the Mexican officials find a prison of their own to house them….What do you think?

Did you hear the Supreme Court decision stating that Corporations now have no limit on the money they can offer a presidential candidate?

It cost a billion dollars to put Obama into office…how much more now for those with money to win the elections? I think it stinks personally, though I often hear Unions already buy elections.

Did you know there will be another round of foreclosures in July?
Anyone know more about that one? I also read on the news today that lending is “tightening” (didn’t really know it had loosened up) – and that the interest rate for mortgages is going up.

Of course my thoughts about these things happening do not include surprise. Nothing much surprises me lately. As far as the state of the union for tomorrow night – when you are trying to stay afloat in politics, you will focus on what people want to hear – not what is actually happening!

As a debater the president was a champion.
I respectfully say, Mr. President, you should have remained a junior senator….you have spent more money than any previous president, and none of the promises you reiterated have been kept.

Would love input on any of the subjects mentioned. Please keep those poor citizens in Haiti in your prayers, and if you have the resources, a bit of the green stuff is always helpful.

Knowledge is power: H1N1 information

October 22, 2009

IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOUR FAMILY. My eldest son and his wife and four children have it.
The baby is less than two and they are quite worried. It is sneaky and just when you seem a bit better, it comes back. Please protect your family and share any information here you may not have heard.
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This information is taken from the CDC website. I thought it important enough to post as many of us just don’t take the time to check these things out.
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What are “emergency warning signs” that should signal anyone to seek medical care urgently?
In children:
• Fast breathing or trouble breathing
• Bluish skin color
• Not drinking enough fluids
• Not waking up or not interacting
• Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
• Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
• Fever with a rash
In adults:
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
• Sudden dizziness
• Confusion
• Severe or persistent vomiting

Contamination & Cleaning

How long can influenza virus remain viable on objects (such as books and doorknobs)?
Studies have shown that influenza virus can survive on environmental surfaces and can infect a person for 2 to 8 hours after being deposited on the surface.

What kills influenza virus?
Influenza virus is destroyed by heat (167-212°F [75-100°C]). In addition, several chemical germicides, including chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, detergents (soap), iodophors (iodine-based antiseptics), and alcohols are effective against human influenza viruses if used in proper concentration for a sufficient length of time.

*What if soap and water are not available and alcohol-based products are not allowed in my facility?
If soap and water are not available and alcohol-based products are not allowed, other hand sanitizers that do not contain alcohol may be useful.

What surfaces are most likely to be sources of contamination?
Germs can be spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. Droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air. Germs can be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk, for example, and then touches their own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands.

How should waste disposal be handled to prevent the spread of influenza virus?
To prevent the spread of influenza virus, it is recommended that tissues and other disposable items used by an infected person be thrown in the trash. Additionally, persons should wash their hands with soap and water after touching used tissues and similar waste.

What household cleaning should be done to prevent the spread of influenza virus?
To prevent the spread of influenza virus it is important to keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen counters and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label.

How should linens, eating utensils and dishes of persons infected with influenza virus be handled?
Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick do not need to be cleaned separately, but importantly these items should not be shared without washing thoroughly first.

Linens (such as bed sheets and towels) should be washed by using household laundry soap and tumbled dry on a hot setting. Individuals should avoid “hugging” laundry prior to washing it to prevent contaminating themselves. Individuals should wash their hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub immediately after handling dirty laundry.

Eating utensils should be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap.

DON’T PANIC: Just be prepared and do things to prevent it from happening!

Tortured by an Insect

April 17, 2009

I do not carry grief and anger inside me. It is non-productive and stalls any movement in a positive outcome.
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I do, however, allow myself to vent to manage undo stress. Today I am venting.

I am not a Bush fan. In fact I think he many MANY mistakes. I am not a fan of any politician actually. I hope Obama will help the masses, but I have my doubts about him as I see campaign promises changing by the day.

I think they may all start out honorable, but 99% wind up letting too much power, and too many perks go to their heads! This is the scenario I have witnessed in my 50+ years.

Last night my husband and I watched World News with Charles Gibson. I have to laugh at the fact “we the masses or as my eldest son likens us to – the peasants– have over decades bought what the media declares.
Hollywood sets the tone by such things as war movies starring John Wayne. They foretell of horrible airborne disease and comets hitting the earth and so forth(to prime us,I believe).

What made me think of this was two things. First of all I just finished watching WAR, a series by PBS, a very enlightening series based on the real record of World War II as told by those who were there. A stark difference from what we have been fed. YOU must know what I mean by “being fed”!

The second thing was World News going on about the torture techniques used by Bush, “rough tactics ” was the description. Oh my gosh, a man with a fear of bugs was put in a room with a bug he thought would bite him. Yes, I know that’s rather horrible, but come on – even keeping suspects naked, feeding them only a liquid diet, and waterboarding them doesn’t EVEN come close to what has been done to our military and people around the world. These people are suspected terrorists who would be willing to die for their cause – some torture MIGHT be the only way to get pertinent information to help save MILLIONS of people!

These are only a few atrocities around the world:
In the first half of 2007 nearly 250 women were killed by violent husbands or family members in Egypt and on average 2 women were raped there every hour.

1,252 people were known to have been executed by their state in 2007 in 24 countries.

At least 39 trade unionists were killed in Colombia in 2007, 22 have died in the first 4 months of this year.

Remember hearing about bamboo under the fingernails, total starvation and beheading…these are tactics other countries still use. There has to be a way to get information – terrible, yes any of it, but we are talking about prying information out of one person to possibly save MILLIONS!

President Obama said: “We have been through a dark and painful chapter in our history. But at a time of great challenges and disturbing disunity, nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.”

Come on now. Our entire history of the world is disturbing. The United States has always been divided since the creation of the Republican – Democratic fiasco. The thought of bombs that killed and maimed at the end of World War II wasn’t really a peaceful and joyous time for those under the planes. Yet the victors were cheering. I will guarantee that.

I guess I am tired of insinuations that EVERYTHING is Bush’s fault. BS. It’s taken more than eight years and the Republicans to screw up this country. I am also tired of Obama bringing up “all he inherited” to
no fault of the Democrats and his group. If you don’t want to lay blame – stop blaming!

Every middle class American I know is disgruntled with the whole system. Republican or Democrat, we are ALL AMERICANS! Personally, right now, I think the middle class is going down the trash can, the
future children will pay HUGE taxes to repay all this bailout money, and the only people it’s having any affect on is stabilizing the rich.

Oh yes, this is America. I do love my country but it seems in order to get any real help you have to be either homeless, an immigrant, or an indigent. I know SOME people really need help and I don’t begrudge that, but the middle class doesn’t have food, , lodging, medical, or insurance unless we sell our souls as ant workers.

Last bitch – even prisoners (with the exception of rape and violence within) have it easier in some ways…
room and board, medical, free schooling, and free access to a health club to get strong for the return to the streets. A death sentence mean a minimum of 10 years of appeals and usually a free public defender.

So instead of all this Bush bashing and the blame game – let’s see some real changes. It cost Obama a BILLION dollars (it’s true) to win the popularity contest…come on Mr. President, I don’t want instant gratification – just REALLY fair and genuine help. It makes me sick to see the Red Cross not getting a bailout and free hospitals closing because of lack of funds.

What’s next?

The following was NOT written by Bill Cosby.

April 11, 2009

Many of you may be offended by this platform, but personally, I kind of like it. (For the most part anyway). What do you think?

“I HAVE DECIDED (whomever wrote this) TO BECOME A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE.
HERE IS MY PLATFORM:

(1) ‘Press 1 for English’ is immediately banned. English is the official language; speak it or wait at the border until you can.

(2) We will immediately go into a two year isolationist posture to straighten out the country’s attitude. NO imports, no exports. We will use the ‘Wal-Mart ‘s policy, ‘If we ain’t got it, you don’t need it.’

(3) When imports are allowed, there will be a 100% import tax on it.

(4) All retired military personnel will be required to man one of our many observation towers on the southern border (six month tour). They will be under strict orders not to fire on SOUTHBOUND aliens.

(5) Social security will immediately return to its original state. If you didn’t put nuttin in, you ain’t gettin nuttin out. The president nor any other politician will be able to touch it.

(6) Welfare – Checks will be handed out on Fridays at the end of the 40 hour school week and the successful completion of urinalysis and a passing grade.

(7) Professional Athletes–Steroids. The FIRST time you check positive you’re banned for life.

(8) Crime – We will adopt the Turkish method, the first time you steal, you lose your right hand. There is no more life sentences. If convicted of murder, you will be put to death by the same method you chose for your victim; gun, knife, strangulation, etc. If you are convicted of rape ….. well, you get the picture!

(9) One export will be allowed, Wheat. The world needs to eat. A bushel of wheat will be the exact price of a barrel of oil.

(10) All foreign aid using American taxpayer money will immediately cease, and the saved money will pay off the national debt and ultimately lower taxes. When disasters occur around the world, we’ll ask the American people if they want to donate to a disaster fund, and each citizen can make the decision whether it’s a worthy cause.

(11) The Pledge of Allegiance will be said every day at school and every day in Congress.

(12) The National Anthem will be played at all appropriate ceremonies, sporting events, outings, etc.

Stimulus Package proposed as of 02/04/09

February 6, 2009

I know things change on a daily basis, but this is the proposed stimulus package as of a couple of days ago. What I want to know is WHERE is the PEOPLE’S BAILOUT? See any waste? See anything
for immediate relief? If you do, let me know! I hope and pray Obama will be the man he proclaimed, but would surely love some help now and not towards the end of the year, or simply for those in Unions. The union heavily backed Obama so I know he owes that debt, but what of the millions of individuals who aren’t union members? Please share you opinion with others while I keep praying for families – and particularly those with children. I would also like to know how California got in debt to the tune of over $40 billion dollars! Anyone know? Government here is cutting mental health programs, police officers, school and city funds and firemen! That’s NOT for the people in my book.
Take a breath now:
• $2 billion earmark to re-start FutureGen, a near-zero emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Department of Energy defunded last year because it said the project was inefficient.

• A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film.

• $650 million for the digital television converter box coupon program.

• $88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaker (arctic ship).

• $448 million for constructing the Department of Homeland Security headquarters.

• $248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters.

• $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees.

• $400 million for the Centers for Disease Control to screen and prevent STD’s.

• $1.4 billion for rural waste disposal programs.
Don’t Miss

• $125 million for the Washington sewer system.

• $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities.

• $1 billion for the 2010 Census, which has a projected cost overrun of $3 billion.

• $75 million for “smoking cessation activities.”

• $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges.

• $75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI.

• $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction.

• $500 million for flood reduction projects on the Mississippi River.

• $10 million to inspect canals in urban areas.

• $6 billion to turn federal buildings into “green” buildings.

• $500 million for state and local fire stations.

• $650 million for wildland fire management on forest service lands.

• $1.2 billion for “youth activities,” including youth summer job programs.

• $88 million for renovating the headquarters of the Public Health Service.

• $412 million for CDC buildings and property.

• $500 million for building and repairing National Institutes of Health facilities in Bethesda, Maryland.

• $160 million for “paid volunteers” at the Corporation for National and Community Service.

• $5.5 million for “energy efficiency initiatives” at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration.

• $850 million for Amtrak.

• $100 million for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint.

• $75 million to construct a “security training” facility for State Department Security officers when they can be trained at existing facilities of other agencies.

• $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems.

• $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations.

Do you know what a trillion dollars looks like?

February 5, 2009

$1,000,000,000,000.00. That is the figure now being “estimated” as to the cost of the stimulus program – the real cost. Do you think citizens, the common man, will see it in the form of a check or credit card or cash? I think not. I fear for the children who are now between 5 and 17. Who is going to pay this back? How can we got into a trillion dollars of more debt when we are already (the USA) in debt to the tune of ten-trillion dollars?
This sucks! Take a breath….can’t be dismayed when we have no choice to do anything except respond to what’s happening. 🙂

Heard yesterday that some wall street official said that the government should leave these big corporations and wall street alone……sure took
the stimulus money though, eh?

Did you know you are going to be taxed on the last stimulus check that was sent out? Did you know you are taxed on social security when you start collecting it?

I like Bill Gates. Check out a quote from an article I read this AM:
AFP/File – Microsoft founder turned disease-battling philanthropist Bill Gates, seen here, loosed mosquitoes at …

LONG BEACH, California (AFP) – Microsoft founder turned disease-battling philanthropist Bill Gates loosed mosquitoes at an elite Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) Conference to make a point about the deadly sting of malaria.

“Malaria is spread by mosquitoes,” Gates said while opening a jar onstage at a gathering known to attract technology kings, politicians, and Hollywood stars.

“I brought some. Here I’ll let them roam around. There is no reason only poor people should be infected.”

Gates waited a minute or so before assuring the audience the liberated insects were malaria-free.

By Glenn Chapman 02/4/08
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Have a wonderful day – each moment it is possible to find happiness in some form, if you try!
I could be really depressed about all the thoughts rambling around in my head – but why?
Doesn’t accomplish anything, change anything, or help in any way. The only thing it does is ruin
my life and draw negative energy to me! Doesn’t make sense.

So, together, let’s take a breath and remember to love hard, play hard, keep the faith, and SMILE!
This too shall pass. 🙂

For your pleasure, and FYI

January 29, 2009

Regarding last post: I am NOT a bigot. I do not mind helping others. I believe we are supposed to love one another. I think the disabled and those in need should be helped! I am just citizen who feels some things should be revised or changed to help all citizens, including the hard-working middle class folks! Hope you enjoy the photos. Beauty is still all around us, and if you are unable to enjoy the ocean and the sunsets – I hope these photos please you!

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The People’s Bailout

January 28, 2009

Do the minority of citizens that govern these United States want a total
break-down of its wage earners? Is it feasible that the civil unrest of the wage earners could result in a new civil war, but this time the majority rebelling being citizens against the government. For all our sakes the voice of the people should be heard.

There is an answer to help stimulate the economy and get families spending and living normal lives again, instead of feeling like the only help that is given is to make the rich man richer, and to help citizens of other countries in the world and immigrants. I am not opposed to helping others but there are valid reasons I resent this.

The middle class, the workers, are taking a fast trip to the garbage. The poor are supported, the disabled are supported, and those who are illegally here are supported. They often receive welfare, food stamps, and medical care for their children with no burden of “proof” of anything. To get food stamps for citizens the government requires a social security number, proof of expense, and they will charge the citizen if an error is made and too many food stamps are given!

Who pays for all these people? Why your average middle class American citizen. Most middle class families can’t even afford medical help for their families.

Of the three hundred and eight million people in the United States, ninety-nine million taxpayers pay the lion’s share of everything. The working class is drowning! Eleven million jobs are lost as of this date.

If you want to move money into the economy, get things going again, instead of a “token” release of minimal funds to “stimulate” spending, why not a more substantial payment to each tax paying citizen. Five hundred or even a thousand dollars in tax relief will not do anything!

Let’s do this instead. Let’s “appropriate” a card with an appropriate amount to really get the economy stimulated. If each card was used like a credit card, with a balance (as an example) of $5,000.00, guaranteed – the economy would begin to have a snowball effect in a more positive direction than the one that is building now.

People could catch up on mortgage debt, which would help banks and mortgage companies. They could buy vehicles they need, purchase clothing and other goods, make repairs to equipment, invest in bonds, and so forth. It would get some cash circulating and help everyone.

The banks have received enormous bailouts (and the CEO’s huge bonus paychecks.) Wall street has been bailed out. These bailouts have NOT helped middle class citizens. Families are going under.

Job “creations” for sometime within this year may help, but basically for Union members. Small business folks, and independent workers won’t benefit. What will help immediately would be a substantial cash return of taxpayer money – actually returned to the taxpayers in the form of a card that diminishes as spent, like a gift card.

If you can think of any down side, or have any suggestions yourself, PLEASE share with us!

I still adhere to the “Relax, it’s just life” theme of this blog. No matter what
the stressor, take a breath, do the best you can and go forth from that point.
We can all only do the best we can do. Keep in mind too, even with this being the most difficult it’s been here in the USA since the Depression, we still have things so much better than most people in the world! Be grateful
and keep the faith!

This may not be a popular post – but it’s my opinions and my blog:)

November 7, 2008

First of all, I do not CARE, nor would I dictate that anyone has the same sexual preferences as I do. I
think it is each individual right to choose – whether I agree or not. FYI I am happily married to my male husband for over 20 years – my choice.

I do have opinions if someone asks me, and I also have the right to vote. I did just that in this last election. In the previous election the proposition to allow gays and lesbians the right to legal marriage was defeated….the majority of votes in California said NO.

Some of the minority filed a suit, and to no one’s surprise, the supreme court in San Francisco overturned the vote of the citizens to allow it. This election, Proposition 8 became the most expensive proposition in California’s history. ONCE AGAIN, the citizens voted down accepting legally any other
marriages except that between a man and a woman.

Now again, six couples and some “groups” have filed a law suit to the California Supreme Court to try to overturn the MAJORITY vote of it’s citizens. WHAT’S UP WITH THAT!

They are complaining about defending the rights of the minorities. What about the rights of the majorities. What about citizens voting not once, but twice NOT to allow legal marriages for gays and lesbians.

These couples have the right to choose their SEXUAL preference and whom they partner up with, but when the majority of all of California’s citizens (though they may not be the most vocal)-VOTE and WIN –
why can’t they accept it? Do you think it would be right to question Obama’s win if a few groups
filed a suit? I don’t think so!

Sometimes it’s as if gays and lesbians (and I have friends who are gay and lesbian) forget that they are not a “culture” – they are not African- American, nor Irish- American, nor White-American—they are a group of folks who have decided a different sexual preference THAN THE MAJORITY of us. Majority wins. Isn’t that the American way?

If you were born gay or lesbian, or hurt by the opposite gender and switched, or experimented and liked it, or got drunk and changed your preference, I am not the judge of you. I know what I believe to be true, but I believe “each man must choose.” I also think that when the MAJORITY of citizens,
no matter what state it is in, VOTE not to allow marriage to be recognized except with a man and woman, then THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!

Now on to my next complaint! (Keep in mind I do not hold this kind of thing within me to distract me from enjoying my life, but I think it is my right to have opinions and to write about them. When I am done….I let it go and RELAX.)

The cost of of winning an election is absolutely ridiculous. The money spent on election, security and the balls to celebrate could do so much for so many here in the USA and even help those around the world.

The 2008 campaign was the costliest in history, with a record-shattering $5.3 billion in spending by candidates, political parties and interest groups on the congressional and presidential races.

Mitt Romney (a loosing candidate) – put up 45 million of his own money. Proposition 8 in Cal. cost a record 74-75 million dollars (pro or con.) Even in my town just to get on city council, one candidate paid 22,000.

To celebrate, at least 9 inaugural balls are held at cost of 30-40 million-minimum! This does not include security for ANY events! It cost almost 18 million for Bush when he was elected – just for security!
Can you imagine what the total cost for Obama’s security will be? Much more, I’ll bet. These are just a “FEW” of the costs involved. How about travel for one?

The bail out is a total joke! Bail out Wall Street. Bail out Corporations. Bail out banks. Bail out the vomit that fills my throat when I think of the way the American people are used and manipulated!
It actually sickens me when I think of so many good people getting reamed like this!

Anyway, that’s all I am saying about that! When I can do NOTHING about a situation I do not let it ruin my life. I just think it’s ridiculous to use so much money while the MAJORITY of Americans are in a crunch or really suffering right now.