Friday, November 29, 2013

Sarah Hale

Did you know that today's celebration of Thanksgiving is largely due to the efforts of one very persistent woman who dreamed of creating a national holiday that would bring Americans together on a unifying day of thanks? The little known heroine of Thanksgiving, writer Sarah Hale, who was incidentally also the author of the famous children's poem, "Mary Had a Little Lamb," was born in 1788. For forty years, Hale served as the editor of Godey's Lady's Book, the most widely circulated US magazine in the pre-Civil War period. This role made Hale incredibly influential in everything from women's fashion to literature to architecture; however, the personal mission that drove her for 36 years was to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.

Hale believed that the US had too few national holidays that could be celebrated by all people. At the time, Thanksgiving was celebrated in certain states primarily in the North and was observed on different days in different locations. Hale sought to create a single holiday that would help unify the nation around a single day of gratitude for one's blessings.

During her years of advocacy, Hale wrote countless editorials in support of the holiday and lobbied governors, businesspeople and others to support her cause. Beginning in 1849, she also made an annual tradition of writing to the president about the holiday. Finally, in 1863, President Lincoln, who saw the benefit of such a unifying holiday during the stress of the U.S. Civil War, supported legislation to establish the new national holiday. With Lincoln's proclamation declaring a national day of Thanksgiving on October 3, 1863, Hale's 36-year quest for Thanksgiving was finally a success.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Holiday Letters

T is for turkey on Thanksgiving Day,
H is for "Hurry, I'm hungry!" we say.
A is for Auntie, she works and she mends,
N is for Native American friends.
K is for kitchen, the oven's on low,
S is for silverware, set in a row.
G is for Grandma, the one we love most,
I is for inside, where we're warm as toast.
V is for vegetables, eat them we try,
I is for ice cream on top of the pie.
N is for never do we have enough dressing,
G is for Grandpa, who will give the blessing.

Thanksgiving Day

The day is cold but brisk and bright
Families gather their hearts are light
Beams of happiness shed their ray
They're glad it is Thanksgiving Day.
This day with all it means
Tables laden, festive scenes,
We wonder as we look around
At the turkey so tenderly browned
At the sauces and pies we see
Are we as thankful as we should be?

Thankful for our strength and health
For the richness of untold wealth,
For the goodness of those we love
For the sun and many stars above.
For a country as great and grand as ours,
With the freedom of its mighty powers,
Let us bow our heads and say
Truly this is Thanksgiving Day!

~ Marguerite E. Halker ~

Awesome Pallet House Built For $500

The Pallet House. Reclaimed pallets can be used for constructing shelters, cabins, and homes. Building a pallet house from reclaimed pallets is an inexpensive way to build your off grid home or cabin. Get out there, get some pallets, build something!
Pallet House
Pallet House

The Pallet House prototype designed by I-Beam Design was featured in HRH Prince Charles’ Royal Gardens as part of an exhibition on sustainable design, organized by Prince’s Charities, Start, along with The Earth Awards, The Financial Times and IBM. The interior was decorated by Wallpaper magazine.

The inspiration for the Pallet House Project came from the fact that 84% of the world’s refugees could be housed with a year’s supply of recycled American pallets. With one and a half year of pallet production in the US alone, 33 million refugees can live in a Pallet House.

Nearly 21 million pallets end in landfills each year which can house over 40,000 refugees.

Pallets are specifically designed for transport and delivery – so cost is negligible when carrying shipments of food, medicine and other types of aid to refugees. A 250 square foot ‘Pallet House’ requires 100 recycled pallets nailed and lifted into place by 4-5 people using hand tools in under a week.


It’s Thanksgiving So We Asked Brits To Label The United States — We’re So Sorry, America

What do you mean there’s no such place as Further South Dakota?!

Erm, sooo, yeah. We really wish we could tell you this is the worst attempt. It's not even close.
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What’s the state capital of Squaresies?

What's the state capital of Squaresies?
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Little known fact: No one actually knows what that state in the middle is.

Little known fact: No one actually knows what that state in the middle is.
Robin Edds / BuzzFeed

When all else fails, draw pretty pictures.

When all else fails, draw pretty pictures.
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In a country this big, being “close enough” is as good as being right. Right?

In a country this big, being "close enough" is as good as being right. Right?
Robin Edds / BuzzFeed

It’s easy to get Hawaii and Alaska confused. Shut up.

It's easy to get Hawaii and Alaska confused. Shut up.
Robin Edds / BuzzFeed

RIP, Midwest.

RIP, Midwest.
Robin Edds / BuzzFeed

How many S’s are there in Mississississ…ippi?

How many S's are there in Mississississ...ippi?
Robin Edds / BuzzFeed

They need to close the border to Nickelback, STAT.

They need to close the border to Nickelback, STAT.
Robin Edds / BuzzFeed

That’s a lot of Utahs.

That's a lot of Utahs.
Robin Edds / BuzzFeed

The “not a clue” arrow could probably have extended a little further.

The "not a clue" arrow could probably have extended a little further.
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Hmm. The “special relationship” doesn’t stand much chance after this one.

Hmm. The "special relationship" doesn't stand much chance after this one.
Robin Edds / BuzzFeed

The Wibbly, Wobbly, Border, Worder region is beautiful at this time of year.

The Wibbly, Wobbly, Border, Worder region is beautiful at this time of year.
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Wow much Washington.

Wow much Washington.
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Breaking Bad reference AND a moose = all the points. We have a winner.

Breaking Bad reference AND a moose = all the points. We have a winner.
Robin Edds / BuzzFeed

Monday, November 25, 2013

Wal-Mart vs. The Morons

1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart Every hour of
every day.

2. This works out to $20,928 profit every

3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.

4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot, Kroger, Target, Sears, Costco and K-Mart combined.

5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the world's largest private employer, and most speak English.

6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the

7. Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger and Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only fifteen

8. During this same period, 31 big supermarket chains sought bankruptcy.

9. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the world.

10. Wal-Mart has approx 3,900 stores in the USA of which 1,906 are Super Centers; this is 1,000 more than it had five years ago.

11. This year 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at Wal-Mart stores. (Earth'spopulation is
approximately 6.5 Billion.)

12. 90% of all Americans live within fifteen miles of a


You may think that I am complaining, but I am really laying the ground work for suggesting that MAYBE we should hire the guys who run Wal-Mart to fix the economy.

This should be read and understood by all Americans… Democrats, Republicans, EVERYONE!!

To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislature

It is now official that the majority of you are corrupt and ineffective:

a.. The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. You have had 237 years to get it right and it is broke.

b.. Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 77 years to get it right and it is broke.

c.. Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.

d.. War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 48 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor" and they only want

e.. Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 47 years to get it right and they are broke.

f.. Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 42 years to get it right and it is broke.

g.. The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 35 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.

You have FAILED in every "government service" you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax


Folks, keep this circulating. It is very well stated.
Maybe it will end up in the e-mails of some of
our "duly elected' (they never read anything)
and their staff will clue them in on how Americans feel.
AND We have lost our minds to "Political Correctness"!

We're "broke" & can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc.,?

In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti ,
Chile , Japan and Turkey ..And Pakistan ........previous home of Bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!!

Our retired seniors living on a 'fixed income' receive no
extra aid nor do they get any special breaks--nadda beyond shopping discounts...

AND Congress wants to freeze Social Security payments...
You do know that Congress voted themselves a pay raise
for 2013?  Google this--it's true!
99% of people won't forward this.

I'm one of the 1% -- I Just Did
Source: Email


Very interesting!

    When I was in the USN I was stationed in Key West, FL. I worked at the 
    clinic at Naval Air Station on Big Coppitt Key just a few mile north of 
    Key West. The hospital at Key West was for out patient only for retired 
    armed forces personnel that lived in the area. If you needed to be 
    hospitalized you were sent to Homestead AFB Florida. I had the day off 
    and just went inside the hospital, Corpsman barracks were next to 
    hospital). There was a retired navy man that worked in the lab and he 
    was very interesting gentleman to talk with. He was a retired 
    biochemist from the USN. he asked me what was going on that day and I 
    said I had the day off. I wish I was working as the crew on today was 
    taking a sailor to Homestead as he had a very bad kidney infection. Now 
    this elderly gent told me the man should have eaten more asparagus and 
    he wouldn't have that problem. I asked why? I'll never forget him 
    saying do you eat asparagus and I said yes, I love them. He replied you 
    notice how your urine stinks after eating asparagus? I said well I 
    never thought it was what I ate but yes it does have a pungent odor. It 
    is because it is detoxifying your body of harmful chemicals!!! This was 
    back in 1986 when I was stationed there and to read this email again I 
    had to share this story...Eat more asparagus my friends.

    Asparagus -- Who knew?

    My Mom had been taking the full-stalk canned style
    asparagus, pureed it and took 4 tablespoons in
    the morning and 4 tablespoons later in the day. She did
    this for over a month. She is on chemo pills for Stage 3
    lung cancer in the pleural area and her cancer cell
    count went from 386 down to 125 as of this past week.
    Her oncologist said she will not need to see him for 3


    Several years ago I met a man seeking asparagus for a
    friend who had cancer. He gave me a copy of an article,
    entitled "Asparagus For Cancer" printed in the
    Cancer News Journal, December 1979. I will share it
    here, just as it was shared with me: I am a
    biochemist, and have specialized in the relation of diet
    to health or over 50 years. Several years ago, I learned
    of the discovery of Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. that
    asparagus might cure cancer. Since then, I have worked
    with him on his project. We have accumulated a number
    of favorable case histories. Here are a few examples:

    Case No. 1, A man with an almost hopeless case
    of Hodgkin's disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who
    was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting
    the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to
    detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a
    schedule of strenuous exercise.

    Case No. 2, A successful businessman, 68 years old,
    suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years.
    After years of medical treatments, including radiation
    without improvement, he began taking asparagus. Within 3
    months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor
    had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.

    Case No. 3, On March 5th 1971, a man who had lung
    cancer was put on the operating table where they found
    lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable.
    The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case
    hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the Asparagus
    therapy and immediately started taking it. By August,
    x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had
    disappeared. He is now back at his regular business

    Case No. 4, A woman had been troubled for a number of
    years with skin cancer. She developed different skin cancers
    which were diagnosed by the acting specialist as advanced.
    Within 3 months after beginning asparagus therapy, the skin
    specialist said her skin looked fine with no more skin lesions.
    This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her
    kidney disease, which had started in 1949. She had over 10
    operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government
    disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition.
    She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the
    asparagus treatment.

    I was not surprised at this result as `The elements of
    materia medica', edited in1854 by a Professor at the
    University of Pennsylvania , stated that asparagus was
    used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even
    referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of
    asparagus in dissolving stones. Note the dates!
    We would have other case histories but the medical
    establishment has interfered with our obtaining some
    of the records. I am therefore appealing to readers to
    spread this good news and help us to gather a large
    number of case histories that will overwhelm the
    medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and
    natural remedy.

    For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked
    before using. Fresh or canned asparagus can be
    used. I have corresponded with the two leading canners
    of asparagus, Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that
    these brands contain no pesticides or preservatives.
    Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to
    make a puree. Store in the refrigerator. Give the patient
    4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening.
    Patients usually show some improvement in 2-4 weeks.
    It can be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink.
    This suggested dosage is based on present experience,
    but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be
    needed in some cases.

    As a biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that `what
    cures can prevent.' Based on this theory, my wife and I
    have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with
    our meals. We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to
    suit our taste with breakfast and with dinner. I take
    mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold. For years we
    have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as
    part of our regular checkups. The last blood survey,
    taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the
    nutritional approach to health, showed substantial
    improvements in all categories over the last one, and
    we can attribute these improvements to nothing but
    the asparagus drink. As a biochemist, I have made an
    extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the
    proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced that
    asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer.

    Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called
    histones, which are believed to be active in controlling
    cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus can
    be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth
    normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer and
    in acting as a general body tonic. In any event,
    regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is
    a harmless substance. The FDA cannot prevent you
    from using it and it may do you much good. It has
    been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that
    asparagus is the highest tested food containing
    glutathione, which is considered one of the body's
    most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.

    Just a side note... In case you are wondering why this has
    not been made public, there is no profit in curing cancer!

    Please send this article to everyone in your Address Book.
    The most unselfish act one can ever do is paying forward
    all the kindness one has received.

Source: Email

Be Thankful..,

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire. If you did, what would  there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary, because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks. Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.
~ author unknown ~ 

The 12 Days Of Thanksgiving

On the First Day.....
We give thanks for the fresh turkey feast
and its hot trimmings.

On the Second Day.....
We bless the cold turkey sandwiches,
sloshy cranberry sauce, and hard rolls. 

On the Third Day.....
We praise the turkey pie
and vintage mixed veggies.
On the Fourth Day.....
We thank the pilgrims for not serving bison
that first time, or we'd be celebrating
 Thanksgiving until April.

On the Fifth Day.....
We gobble up cubed bird casserole and
pray for a glimpse of naked turkey carcass.
On the Sixth Day.....
We show gratitude (sort of) to the creative cook
 who slings cashews at the turkey and calls it Oriental.
On the Seventh Day.....
We forgive our forefathers and pass
the turkey-nugget pizza.
On the Eighth Day.....
The word ''vegetarian'' keeps popping into our heads.

On the Ninth Day.....
We check our hair to make sure we're not
beginning to sprout feathers.
On the Tenth Day.....
We hope that the wing meat kabobs
catch fire under the broiler.
On the Eleventh Day.....
We smile over the creamed gizzard because
the thigh bones are in sight.

On the Twelfth Day.....
We apologize for running out of turkey leftovers.
And everybody says Amen. 

Source: Internet

Monday, November 18, 2013

Maximize Your WiFi Range For Free

If you have Internet access set up in your home, you can get the most out of your plan by maximizing your WiFi signal. Here are some handy (and free) tricks to boost your reach.

First, increasing your signal is as easy as moving your home router. Instead of placing it by the TV or cable box, move it to the best place the the house: the attic. It has the least amount of walls and other obstructions, and is a central spot. Additionally, since radio waves spread laterally and down, your attic can be an ideal place for your router.

Need an extra signal boost? Use an aluminum can. Start by removing the pull tab, as well as the bottom of the can. Then, cut the top of the can almost off, leaving only about an inch uncut. Opposite to that, cut the length of the can and pull back the sides. It should roughly resemble a radar dish. Then, by turning the can over and sliding its mouth over your router's antenna, it should give your signal the boost it needs.

undefined So, follow these tips to get the most out of your WiFi. You'll ensure that your signal covers all your home's corners, without reaching into your wallet.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

10 Foods That Fight Inflammation

There are many drugs that help fight inflammation, but did you know there are also foods that fight inflammation? Here’s a list of 10 foods that have been found to decrease inflammation in the body.

Extra-virgin olive oil – an unrefined type of olive oil – contains a substance called oleocanthol that interferes with two enzymes (COX-1 and COX-2) involved with inflammation in the body. In fact, a 2005 study in the journal Nature found that oleocanthol inhibits inflammation in a way that’s identical to the painkiller ibuprofen.

Red wine contains a compound called resveratrol, which has been found to have both anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Scientists say the presence of this compound may help explain the so-called “French paradox” as to why the French –who drink red wine with most meals – can eat a diet that’s actually quite high in saturated fats and yet have healthy arteries and hearts.

Generally, any beverage that is high in water content will have anti-inflammatory qualities, and tea is a great choice. Teas such as white tea, oolong, and green tea are full of catechins, antioxidant compounds that reduce artery plaque and inflammation. Tea also has been linked to reduced risks of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

If you’re eating beef that’s not specifically sold as “grass-fed,” it means the cows were fed a high-calorie diet of corn and grain in an effort to fatten them quickly. Corn and grain are full of omega-6 fatty acids, which have been linked to inflammation. Grass-fed cows are leaner, and their meat is rich in healthy compounds such as omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E.

You’ve probably seen bottles of fish oil supplements in your pharmacy or grocery store, but you can get the same healthy boost from going straight to the source, as well. Oily fish such as salmon, sardines, and tuna are fish that have fatty oils throughout the fillets and in the area around the gut, rather than just in just the liver. Experts say eating one to two servings of these fish per week can reduce inflammation and also decrease your risk for heart disease and sudden death.

Cocoa contains anti-inflammatory compounds called flavanols, substances that reduce both blood clotting and inflammation in the body. Enjoying a cup or two of hot cocoa per week can help reduce inflammation, particularly if it’s made with skim or low-fat milk to keep down the drink’s content of saturated fats. Keep in mind, however, that trying to get your cocoa in the form of candy will load you up on saturated fats.

Cranberries are a powerhouse food, with studies linking the red berry to such benefits as inhibiting cancerous tumors and lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol. Scientists say the fact that the berries are rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants contribute to their healthful effects. As a bonus, cranberries also contain tannins, substances that can act as a natural antibacterial agent to fight urinary tract and E. coli infections.

A 2004 study in the medical journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology found that people with stable coronary disease lowered the amount of inflammatory markers in their blood by drinking Concord grape juice. This finding was likely due to the presence of resveratrol in the grapes’ skins, which inhibits inflammation and may even help to fight cancer. Eating grapes – and not drinking them – also adds fiber to the grapes’ benefits and eliminates any added sugar.

Walnuts contain the “plant version” of omega-3 fatty acids, a substance known as ALA, which reduces inflammation in the body. In a 2004 study published in the Journal of Nutrition, scientists found that people who ate at least 2.3 ounces of walnuts and flaxseed (which also contains ALA) daily had reduced levels of inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein (CRP), a major indicator of a person’s risk for heart disease.

Broccoli is a virtual disease fighter, rich in such healthy compounds as beta-carotene, vitamin B folate, vitamin C, and the inflammation-fighting flavanoid kaempferol. Broccoli also contains sulforaphane, which experts say helps the body cleanse itself of cancer-causing compounds.

Italian No Bake Cake

This No Bake Cake is like heaven in your mouth! It's just that good! And you don't even have to turn on the oven to make it! Easy and Delicious is always the best! Your going to want to share this one!


1 Box of Vanilla Wafers
1 Can of Crushed Pineapples with Juice
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 package of coconut
1 (8oz) Container Cool Whip
1 small jar of cherries
1 cup of pecans (optional)


Layer the bottom of dish with Vanilla Wafers. Mix in a bowl the lemon juice and condensed milk, then add the pineapples and mix all together. Pour this over the vanilla wafers in the dish. Add another layer of the Vanilla Wafers on top of the pineapple mix. Then top with cool whip, and coconut and cherries. Refrigerate overnight.

Source: SBC SkinnyBodyCare 

Culinary Fried Pickles

Fried Pickles
Fried pickles it’s a delicious pre-dinner appetizer and is typically served with a side of ranch dressing for dipping. You can use dill spears or dill chips, we’ll leave that up to you. Just be sure to only fry up as many pickles as you plan on eating or sharing, they’re not very good re-heated ;)


  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 eggs – beaten
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • vegetable oil – enough to fry
  • dill pickle chips/spears
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour – or enough to dredge
  • ranch dressing – to dip

1. Place your oil into a deep sided pan. You’ll need enough oil to submerge the pickles. Approximately 2-3?. Heat oil to 350 degrees. {I use a candy thermometer to make sure I monitor my oil temperature}


Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters Dessert

Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters Dessert Recipe
A little while back I was on a mission to use up a bunch of food in my pantry before a big move. I had a full box of unopened corn flakes that I wasn’t sure what to do with. I knew I could use them for Cornflake Crusted Chicken, but I’d still have a ton leftover to deal with.  When I came across this recipe at Sticky, Gooey, Cream, Chewy, which Susan called the ‘Holycraptheseareamazing Cookies,’ I knew I had hit the jackpot.

Basically what we are dealing with here is a chewy, delicious candy bar-esque dessert. The recipe makes a ton of cookies and it only has a few ingredients to boot. My family loved them and I bet your family will too. Ready for the recipe?

Yield: 2-3 dozen, depending on how big you make them


1 cup sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 jar (18 oz ounce) peanut butter, crunchy or smooth (I used creamy)
6 cups corn flakes
3 oz good quality chocolate of your choice


1. In a saucepan, combine the sugar and corn syrup over medium-high heat until it comes to a full boil. Remove from heat and add the peanut butter, stirring until smooth and incorporated.
2. In a large bowl, mix the corn flakes and the peanut butter mixture together, gently stirring very well until all of the cereal is coated.
3. Drop spoonfuls of the cornflake mixture onto wax paper.
4. Heat the chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Drizzle over cornflake clusters and let cool. Serve when they have cooled.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Angry? Make Doilies!

 As a new bride, Aunt Dottie moved into the small home on her husband's ranch. She put a shoe box on a shelf in her closet and asked her husband never to touch it. For 50 years Uncle Ed left the box alone, until Aunt Dottie was old and dying.

One day when he was putting their affairs in order, he found the box again and thought it might hold something important. Opening it, he found two doilies and $82,500 in cash.

He took the box to her and asked about the contents. "My mother gave me that box the day we married," she explained. "She told me to make a doily to help ease my frustrations every time I got mad at you."

Uncle Ed was very touched that in 50 years she'd only  been mad at him twice. "What's the $82,500 for?" he asked. "Oh, that's the money I made selling the doilies."

Author Unknown

Five Reasons The Divisions In D.C. Are Growing

The bruising, 16-day government shutdown has only just passed, yet D.C. is already realizing that the next battle will be equally difficult. The current resolution only solves our fiscal issues through January, when a comprehensive solution needs to be achieved to avoid a second shutdown.

Considering the nature of the most recent budget battle, I don’t foresee the next debate being any less contentious.

Alan Greenspan told the Wall Street Journal that, in his opinion, the divisions on Capitol Hill are the deepest they’ve been since the Civil War. This is a comment I’ve made repeatedly. In fact, I see no solution until faces change in D.C.

Meanwhile, America’s citizens are not nearly as divided as the governing elite. Politicians have become so partisan that the country’s welfare is seriously being affected. Unfortunately, I only see it getting worse. Here are five reasons why.

  1. For a country’s government to function there must be back-and-forth between its leaders. Barack Obama’s stance that he won’t negotiate with Republicans is undeniably counterproductive. You can’t solve problems if you won’t talk.
  2. Media viewers are now organized into silos of competing voices. Liberals only watch MSNBC and CNN. Conservatives only watch Fox News. The coverage distorts reality for both groups. To understand what others really think, you have to listen to and engage their ideas.
  3. The leadership of both the Senate and House has become so rigid that competing ideas don’t get a hearing in the opposing chamber. Democrat ideas are dead on arrival in the House of Representatives. Republican ideas are killed in the crib by Senator Harry Reid, and they never get a vote in the Senate.
  4. There used to be a procedure for funding the government called the “regular order.” In the regular order, every agency’s budget was approved one by one, allowing each budget and agency to stand on its own. The continuing resolution (or CR) is a tool used to protect unpopular programs from the budget knife – and it’s been abused by leadership.
  5. Obama and Bush both have abused the power of the executive branch and ignored the balance of powers established by the U.S. Constitution. To stop lurching from crisis to crisis, the branches must respect one another. When Obama says to Congress, “I don’t care what you think, I’ll just pass law by executive order,” he’s pouring gasoline on an already raging fire.
As I said before, I don’t think these warring factions are capable of responsibly governing the country. Without a doubt, the reason the job situation is so miserable for many Americans is Obama’s insistence on implementing Obamacare. Economists agree that the law is killing jobs and lowering the total number of hours worked for hundreds of thousands of Americans. Indeed, a poll by the National Association of Business Economics shows that many businesses are holding back from hiring, and 15% of service sector firms plan to shift to more part-time workers due to Obamacare.

But rather than allow any type of accommodation, Obama refuses to talk about how the situation could be improved. For this reason alone, I’m pessimistic as long as he remains in office. And some Republicans are going a step further. Many are now openly speculating that Obama wants to lure them into as many shut downs as possible in the next year as part of his midterm election strategy. By not negotiating and choosing to make every encounter toxic, he greatly enhances the likelihood of another shutdown.

Republicans should swallow hard and attempt to get a budget deal in January that settles the fight until after the next election. Then, they should campaign aggressively and take control of the U.S. Senate. With control of the Senate, Republicans could make real strides toward balancing the budget and repealing Obamacare.

Obama may be in office until 2016, but Harry Reid could lose control of the Senate as early as a year from now. Let’s hope he does. Until we see some new faces in Washington, no real resolution will come from such a toxic environment.

Your eyes on the Hill,

Floyd Brown

P.S. – The continuing resolution is a mess for government, but for a select few companies, it’s a huge boon. They’re the ones on the government’s payroll, and they’re posting massive gains. Imagine if you had the political intelligence necessary to establish a position in these companies before they achieved double- and triple-digit gains!


Republicans Knife Their Own

The dirty secret is out.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, and John Cornyn, the senior Senator from Texas, have stuck a big knife in the back of their colleague, Senator Ted Cruz.

While Cruz stands alone in his call to defund the Affordable Care Act, his two colleagues are working the Republican caucus to rescue Obamacare.

McConnell and Cornyn are doing what the so-called opponents of big government do best:

Surrendering and tossing up the white flag. The socialists of the Obama administration can now breathe a deep sigh of relief. Senator Ted Cruz’s attempt to kill Obamacare’s funding was the final battle of an ineffective war that the Republicans have waged since the bill was passed.

How Did We Get Here?

Before the ‘90's, Congress ran properly, and spending was handled as part of the regular order of business. The budget was separated into its component parts, and hearings were held to discuss which programs worked and which programs needed to be cut or reformed.

But as government grew bigger and bigger, Congress quit reviewing programs and marking up individual appropriations bills. Now, programs no longer receive appropriate congressional oversight.

At the end of the year, congressional leaders present the Congress with gigantic spending bills called the Continuing Resolution (CR) that “keep the government running.” The problem with these bills is that they don’t allow for the discontinuation of programs. The spending bill is stuffed full of every broken, uneconomic program under the sun. Then, in the week before government is set to go broke, congressional representatives face the prospect of voting for every program or shutting the government down.

Can you imagine a private company that could never discontinue a product or close a factory? Well this is how the government is being run. Keep everything the same, no matter how poorly performing, or shut the entire enterprise down. Close the doors and go away.

Now, nobody believes the U.S. government is going away. Nobody believes that next year the IRS isn’t going to collect its pound of flesh, or that Barack Obama won’t be flying around in his private 747, campaigning for bigger government at the taxpayers’ expense.

Every year at budget time this charade goes on. Personally, I find it sickening.

A Glitch in the System

This year, though, we’re a surprising freshman senator by the name of Ted Cruz. He hasn’t yet been schooled in the ways of Washington. He hasn’t processed the lesson that we have to make this Hobson’s choice every fall. So he came up with a plan to not fund Obamacare in the CR.

His reward for thinking outside the box – behavior which would receive rich rewards in the private sector – is to be knifed then hung out to dry by his own party leaders.

We shouldn’t be surprised. The U.S. government has become an unmanageable, destructive giant that’s leading the country’s economy to ruin. When someone tries to make even modest corrections to balance the budget and rationalize behavior, they become the victim of a high-tech smear campaign launched by their false-flag friends.

I dare say that these egotistical maniacs running the asylum we call D.C. won’t change their tactics until they’ve so totally destroyed the country that we have no chance of renewal.

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If I was Senator Cruz, I’d dust my feet off and leave in disgust. Let’s hope he has more patience than I do and continues to fight. I personally salute him and the House Republicans desperately trying to kill this monstrosity called Obamacare before it’s too late. He offered up a valiant effort this time, and he should continue to fight to the status quo in Congress.

On the other hand, I have nothing but contempt for the two-faced Republican leaders such as John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn, who all deserve to lose their jobs for dishonesty and cowardly behavior.

Your eyes on the Hill,

Floyd Brown


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Something To Think About

These two, short  sentences tell you a lot about our government.

"We are told not to  judge all Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics."

But..."We are encouraged to judge ALL Gun Owners by the actions of a few lunatics."

Gives you something to think about...............,
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Logistics With The Speed of Light

Did anyone besides me wonder how they got all those signs printed and distributed far and wide, including to all the national parks and cemeteries overseas only eight to ten hours after the government shut down?  Take a look at this from someone who wanted to remain anonymous.
I have worked in the government on and off for 40 years.  During that time I became quite familiar with requisitions, bidding, awarding contracts etc.  It is a time consuming process with bean-counters and pencil-necked bureaucrats every step of the way.  The simplest request takes months not days or hours.
In less than 8 hours of the shutdown, miraculously, professionally printed 3X4 foot signs appeared all over the country in the tens of thousands saying-“this [park, facility, etc. with custom logos] closed due to government shutdown.  There has not been a government shutdown in 17 years.  These signs were designed, specifications were determined, signs were then requisitioned, bids were posted and vetted, government contracts were awarded.  The materials were then ordered and the signs manufactured then distributed U.S. Mails or freight companies.
This shutdown was orchestrated and planned well in advance at least 6-8 months ago.  Millions of tax dollars were appropriated and spent in this process.  There is a paper trail a mile long leading directly to the White House.
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Baby Boomer Boogie

Are you a baby boomer? If you remember any of these things you can call yourself one of "us."
Cruising on a Friday night, listening to the Top 40 on your AM radio.

You remember the thrill of watching television for the first time.

When there were only 3 TV channels --and it was so hard to choose what to watch!

What a TV test pattern looked like, when the channel went off the air at midnight.

Where you were when JFK was shot...(or RFK)...(or MLK, Jr.)...

When the Beatles sang "I want to hold your hand" to Ed Sullivan.

Watching the first man walk on the moon with "one small step."

You washed your hair with Halo or Breck shampoo.

You remember Burma Shave.

Bryl Cream.....a little dab will do ya!

When the price of a brand new car $3000.

You were born before:

Television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, frisbees and The Pill.

We were born before radar, credit cards, laser beams, and ballpoint pens.

Before panty hose, dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air conditioners, drip-dry clothes and before man walked on the moon.

Back in the good old days...

GRASS was mowed.

COKE was a cold drink.

POT was something you cooked in.

AIDS were helpers in the Principal's office.

So What's The Difference?

Then: Rolling Stones.
Now: Kidney stones.

Then: Keg.
Now: EKG.

Then: Passing the driver's test.
Now: Passing the vision test.

Then: "Whatever"
Now: "Depends"

Just For Today

Have the courage to change. 
Just For Today(and maybe tomorrow) 
Stand tall.

Start fresh.
Let go of guilt.
Don't look back.
Take an inventory.
Make amends. 

Trust others.
Believe in yourself.
Discover God's love.
Appreciate your specialness.
Accept your humanness.
Ask for help. 

Trust enough to take.
Have the courage to change.

Accept the unchangeable.
Be patient. 
Keep promises.
Bury regret. 
Discard hate.
Transcend self-doubt.
Don't dwell on the past.
Love each moment.
Live each day.
Build a better tomorrow.

Open your heart. 
Explore your soul. 
Expect the best. 
Let miracles happen. 
And smile!