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Where Does All the Money Go???

Friday, March 18, 2011

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
-- Thomas Jefferson

Elections do matter. Democrats are bought and well-paid for..!

Just in case you've wondered why Obama and his friends are so supportive
of labor unions, check out the contributions.



Leading Union Political Campaign Contributors
1990-2010


Democrats
Republicans


American Fed. of State, County, & Municipal Employees
$40,281,900
$547,700


Intel Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
29,705,600
679,000


National Education Association
27,679,300
2,005,200


Service Employees International Union
26,368,470
98,700


Communication Workers of America
26,305,500
125,300


Service Employees International Union
26,252,000
1,086,200


Laborers Union
25,734,000
2,138,000


American Federation of Teachers
25,682,800
200,000


United Auto Workers
25,082,200
182,700


Teamsters Union
24,926,400
1,822,000


Carpenters and Joiners Union
24,094,100
2,658,000


Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union
23,875,600
226,300


United Food and Commercial Workers Union
23,182,000
334,200


AFL-CIO
17,124,300
713,500


Sheet Metal Workers Union
16,347,200
342,800


Plumbers & Pipefitters Union
14,790,000
818,500


Operating Engineers Union
13,840,000
2,309,500


Airline Pilots Association
12,806,600
2,398,300


International Association of Firefighters
12,421,700
2,685,400


United Transportation Workers
11,807,000
1,459,300


Ironworkers Union
11,638,900
936,000


American Postal Workers Union
11,633,100
544,300


Nat'l Active & Retired Fed. Employees Association
8,135,400
2,294,600


Seafarers International Union
6,726,800
1,281,300


Source: Center for Responsive Politics, Washington, D.C.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TRISHP1961 3/19/2011 6:16PM

    and some of us have no choice in the matter. I am a teacher. I must join the union. It is required when I am hired. It really ticks me off when union dues support causes I do not believe in. I love what happened in Wisconsin and hopes it is allowed to be adopted in other states...I lose more than half of my gross pay to medicare, social security, my portion of the health insurance payment, state and federal taxes...It is just crazy!

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MNABOY 3/18/2011 10:57PM

    Chicago politics are noted for electing honest caring toys.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/18/2011 2:22PM

    Blame it all on the Demon Democrats who wear panties of the color of a rainbow! Always screaming," Blame the last man in office, Its his fualt, Iw as just following rules", and they all turn and run and yell back to the last guy in office, " to turn the Lights out when you leave!"
susan

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/18/2011 1:54PM

    Very interesting information. Thanks for sharing...
Hugs,
Helen

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Proud to be Irish and Having YOU as my friend!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

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Irish Blessings


Like the warmth of the sun
And the light of the day,
May the luck of the Irish
shine bright on your way.


May your pockets be heavy-
Your heart be light
And may good luck pursue you
Each morning and night.


May the good saints protect you
And bless you today
And may troubles ignore you
Each step of the way.


May joy and peace surround you,
Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now
And bless you evermore.


May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus too,
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.


May good luck be your friend
In whatever you do
And may trouble be always
A stranger to you.


May the roads rise to meet you.
May the wind be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rain fall soft upon your fields
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/18/2011 1:50PM

    May the luck of the Irish always be with you!!!

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TOWHEE 3/17/2011 10:53PM

    Thank you. May the same come to you also. emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 3/17/2011 2:12PM

    Thanks for the little ditty.

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/17/2011 1:34PM

    The same right back to you, my friend!

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ARAB BOYCOTT

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


A short time ago, Arabian speeches at the U.N. urged the Arab
World to boycott everything that originates with the Jewish people. In
response, Meyer M. Treinkman, a pharmacist, out of the kindness of his
heart, offers to assist them in their boycott as follows:

"Any Arab who has Syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan
discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. He should not even try to find out
whether he has Syphilis, because the Wasserman Test is the discovery of
a Jew. If an Arab suspects that he has Gonorrhea, he must not seek
diagnosis, because he will be using the method of a Jew named Neissner.

An Arab who has heart disease must not use Digitalis, a discovery
by a Jew, Ludwig Traube. Should he suffer with a toothache, he must not
use Cocaine, a discovery of the Jews, Widal and Weil. If an Arab has
Diabetes, he must not use Insulin, the result of research by Minkowsky,
a Jew. If an Arab has a headache, he must shun Pyramidon and Antypyrin,
due to the Jews, Spiro and Ellege. Arabs with convulsions must put up
with them because it was a Jew, Oscar Leibreich, who proposed the use
of Chloral Hydrate. Arabs must do likewise with their psychic ailments
because Freud, father of psychoanalysis, was a Jew. Should an Arab
chilld get Diptheria, he must refrain from the "Schick" reaction which
was invented by the Jew, Bella Schick.

Arabs should be ready to die in great numbers and must not permit
treatment of ear and brain damage, work of Nobel Prize winner, Robert
Baram. They should continue to die or remain crippled by Infantile
Paralysis because the discoverer of the anti-polio vaccine is a Jew,
Jonas Salk.

Arabs must refuse to use Streptomycin and continue to die of
Tuberculosis because a Jew, Zalman Waxman, invented the wonder drug
against this killing disease. Arab doctors must discard all discoveries
and improvements by dermatologist Judas Sehn Benedict, or the lung
specialist, Frawnkel, and of many other world renowned Jewish
scientists and medical experts.

In short, good and loyal Arabs properly and fittingly remain
afflicted with Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Heart Disease, Headaches, Typhus,
Diabetes, Mential Disorders, Polio, Convulsions and Tuberculosis and be
proud to obey the Islamic boycott."

Be careful of prejudice; it just may cost you your life!

  
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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/15/2011 5:11PM

    Actually Albert Bruce Sabin is given credit for the discovery of the vaccine for polio, but Jonas Salk created the oral vaccine given by mouth. Both Jews. And Baruch Blumberg discovered the origins and spread of infectious diseases. But one thing Arabs should thank a Jew for is the discovery of the atomic bomb, that know how was given to us from
Albert Eisteins discovery as a physicist! He could have used that info to wipe all the Arabs off the planet if he wanted to with his know how! But Jews believe in peace.

And dont forgot Briton Epstein also another Jew who discovered the first cancer virus! All these were Jews, and if they were killed many people would be suffering needlessly!

But can you imagine if all those Jews who were killed in the death Camps in Germany, that if they had lived, how many more discoveries would have been made? Thanks to all those Jews we live longer! But does anyone think abotu those who lost their life due to evil leaders liek Hitler?

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BECCAM3 3/15/2011 12:46PM

    WOW! Thanks for the history lesson. Hatred of all kind must stop. We only have one world and we must get along.

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Much Ado About Nothing

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I just read a topic posted on the Spark Business Community Team about posting your points early.

Seems that it bothers some folks that others are posting their points ahead of time, seemingly in the food department.

So I read these comments, and this is what I have come up with.

It is all Much Ado About Nothing!

I mean, why should I care if someone posts points ahead of time?? I mean, what business is it of MINE?

I have enough on my plate (pun intended) without policing others.

It is totally MY business what points I log for my food, exercise, water, etc.

After all, who am I trying to lose weight for? MYSELF. I cannot lose weight or cut calories for any one else. And I am certainly not willing or interested in policing others.

I have no interest in the Spark Police coming to my house.

I have teammates to encourage, support and interact with, and they give the same back to me.

The key here is ENCOURAGE!!! Not snipe at one another.

I am not competing with anyone other than myself.

We each have joined Spark for our own reasons. Some to lose weight, some to learn healthier ways of living, some to ward off loneliness.

Does it really matter WHY we join? Isn't the fact that we joined enough?

This thing is a "to thine own self be true" process, and any other opinions are MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

So I will stay with my teams, my friends and my coaches. I will bring what I can to the banquet of life on Spark.

But I will NOT participate in finger pointing.

I think this entire subject ought to be taboo.

Now, I think I have said my piece. Time to work out.

Love you guys!!! WE can do it!!!

  
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GRANDMACOO 3/13/2011 11:04PM

    I'm caught in this "HUH?" moment. I often track my points for the day before consuming them, but only so I follow my plan. I didn't know it was a big deal for anyone.

On the other hand, I didn't know that I could buy goodies with my points, so I wasn't using them for anything except keeping myself on the straight and narrow. emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 3/13/2011 6:48PM

    HUH??
You are right about encouagement and self realization.


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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/13/2011 5:13PM

    You are so right! Its Much ado about NOTHING! Because its a tracker and who cares when you get the points, except those who are competing for it! NOT me! Tracking is second nature for me, and losing weight and eating right is more my style and the true measure of the whole idea for tracking them, not points! Points for me are nothing because they dont give you cash in the bank! Or help you lsoe the weight ahead of time. lol That would be different if your were being paid to lose! Then I would say it was cheating for monetary gain, but theres no real gain here if you get points before you loss weight or food eaten. LMAO! Big time! Truly a waste of time worrying about it. Only kids worry about such petty things! Yo Cry baby is what they are! susan

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LOUANN22 3/13/2011 5:01PM

    When I read your blog I was kinda confused on the whole situation lol. People are policing spark points for the food trackers? Thats some crazy talk. and I've heard ALOT of crazy talk especially in my job. Its one of those things that people apparently have nothing better to do. Rock on and keep on keepin on! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/13/2011 4:55PM

    Crazy what people will find to get worked up about. It really is much ado about nothing! We all have the freedom to use this site in whatever way works best for us, and that is how it should be. There are far more important things in my life than that. Well said!

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MAMASUDS 3/13/2011 4:36PM

    When I plan my meals for the week, it appears as if I have already eaten those calories for that day, but if when the day arrives I don't follow my plan, I make the needed adjustments and deletions in the evening before going to bed. It is afterall, as you point out, there as a tool for me to use. Planning is oh so important and I can only plan a specific recipe if I can add it to my tracker before I eat it. I could care less about the points. I guess I never thought about the fact that it is racking up points - ahead of time. Wow! I didn't realize some people consider it a life changing competition. I'm sticking with you on this one. Life as usual. Watch out fat cells, here we come!

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LUNADRAGON 3/13/2011 4:10PM

    I agree. It is lovely to be able to copy a favorite meal and post it for the whole week, if that is what you do. I have done that with my typical morning fare - coffee, milk, sugar, and vitamins. It made it easier because it was on my daily menu about 80% of the time.

Spark points are fun, but like anything else, along that line, it is for fun, and encouragement.

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LYDIASPURPLE 3/13/2011 4:07PM

    I like you too! And I say RIGHT ON! It is much ado about nothing. We all have our own unique or not so unique reasons why we are here. We are checking ourselves out. If it appears people cheat(?) the end results for then will be the end results for them.

We will handle out own business and the SP take care of theirs.

Oh yes we can!
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EMGERBER 3/13/2011 4:05PM

    Spark points do not really matter to me, just as long as I have enough to buy goodies for other members. I totally agree with your comments.

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ANOTHER POUND BITES THE DUST!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

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Today is weigh in. Usually that means stress. Not today.

This past week I have been doing what I should be doing all the time.

I stopped eating when I had had enough.

I got in a lot of exercise.

I drank at a minimum of 8 glasses of water each day.

I logged in every single bite of food I put in my mouth.............well, ALMOST every bite.

I got into my jeans, zipped them and buttoned them without having to lay on the bed. I can even BREATHE with my jeans on! AND I don't have much of a muffin top at all when I wear them.

I KNEW my weight was down.

So far, in three weeks, I have thrown away 4 pounds. That's a good thing, as Martha would say.

But WAIT! There's MORE!

Yesterday I had to do some Costco shopping for milk.

I got the milk, then browsed through the clothing section. They had sports bras, 2 per package, at a VERY good price. Picked up a package of them.

Then I saw these really neat sweaters for $12.97. Picked up one of them, too.

BTW.........you ARE aware, aren't you, that when the cost of something at Costco ends in a 7 that that is the lowest price they will have the item, and it won't be continued stock? I always look for the 7.

My mind tried to trick me into "browsing" through the chocolate covered raisins, macadamia nuts, cashews. I reached for the chocolate covered macadamias, and then said "NO!" really loud.

I pulled my arm back just in time. The container did not get into my cart! emoticon

Then I go past the mixed nuts, temptation again. "NO!" outloud helped again.

I zoomed to the check out, paid for my three items, and got out of there.

What a VICTORY!!! emoticon TO ME AND SPARK!!

  
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MAMASUDS 3/13/2011 2:58PM

    Congrats! That is awesome! So glad the weight is coming off and you are full of energy. Chocolate covered nuts are the hardest for me. That is one thing that just isn'T allowed in my home. I will invariably eat the whole bag in nothing. One handful at a time, they keep calling me back. It is seriously an addiction, and just as an AA member doesn't keep beer in the fridge, I don't dare put those chocolate covered nuts in the shopping cart. Thanks for proving that we can do it! You are the best!

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TOWHEE 3/12/2011 9:47PM

    Good job! emoticon

I was going to write to you tonight and see how you are doing. This blog answered all my questions.
DH went to Costco yesterday unplanned. The first I knew of it was when he called and asked if I wanted more Cod (they were out last time we were in the store). He did pick up some foods that I'd rather not have in the house, but I've been good about leaving them alone (at least for now).

Keep up the good work.

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NOTFATCAT 3/12/2011 8:55PM

    WTG!!!
Doesn't it feel good to do what is right and be rewarded for it?
Keep going in this direction.
And, I did NOT know about the Costco 7. Thanks.

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RUFFIT 3/12/2011 8:36PM

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/12/2011 7:52PM

    Glad you could resist the Chocolate Candies! But NUTs are actually good for you... walnuts and pecans the least amount of fat, but a good fat! Thanks for the info on Costco. I have not been there in a while, may start going again. I did not know that about the 7!

But will tell you something.... retailers know, if its displayed first thing as you come in the store you will be more enticed to buy it! But also if you DONT touch it, you have less chance of buying it, so train yourself not to TOUCH things, because the more you FEEL somethings the more chances you will BUY IT! Also dont go when they are baking Bake goods or barbecuing a Chicken , unless you want those items; because when you smell things being baked or cooked you will browse longer and BUY more! Becasue smelling baked goods makes you feel more comfortable (liek your HOME) and you will tend to browse longer and the longer You BROWSE , the more you spend! So your best bet, spend less time in the store, just get what you want and leave; because the longer your in a store, the more chances are you will FILL up your cart! Also if there is a choice of sizes of carts, always choose the smaller one, because the bigger the cart, the more you will buy; so best to pick up a small carrier basket, because people who grab those smaller containers wont buy more than what they hold! Good to remember (My son is in Retail, so I know those tricks!) Also, never take a sample of stuff because many people are entice to, but will feel guilty about taking a sample without buying the item! So to stifle the urges of GUILT will buy that item! Its why the Retailers have such samples available, because they know about GUILT! (Retailers knwo that too!) So the mroe sampeks you have the mroe times your targ=eted and will buy those items!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/12/2011 6:07PM

    emoticon for you on the loss and on that victory at Costco! There are things that call my name there, too. Thanks for the pricing tip, I did not realize that. I will be keeping an eye out for those 7s now. You are doing great, Sandy!

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HEALTHYNCURVY 3/12/2011 2:27PM

    That IS an accomplishment to say no to the mixed nuts! Good Job! emoticon

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