Monday, October 03, 2011
I think by now we have all read the emails about having term limits, the Congress having the same medical choices we have, no full retirement for them, English speaking as our country's language and on and on.
I agree with all of it. I am sure most Americans do.
But there is a huge problem with this entire ideation.
WHO are we going to get that will write the bill and try to get it passed????
Do we really believe that we have honest enough persons "serving" this country who would actually step up and do the right thing, even though it would cost them their careers, specialized health care that we peons are not entitled to, and full pay retirement for the rest of their lives???
I think not.
Even if we DID find someone who would present such a bill, it would never reach the floor for voting. It would no doubt be tossed into the round file.
Our students have been deliberately "dummed down" for the last 2 decades, committing them to subserviancy. We have to challenge the right to fly the American flag or wear anything that demonstrates Christianity in our schools.
Our children are not being taught Patriotism, but they HAVE been taught to fight each other, accept homosexuality as "the norm", and that they have the right to be given birth control. They are taught they are "entitled", and do not have to work for a living. Respect for parents or elders is not a topic of discussion. Prayers must not be done in public.
Protesters protest, but have no idea as to what they want things to change into.
Sports and music have become a thing of the past in most of our schools. These promote healthy people.
I won't even go into the "It's totally okay to be so deeply in debt that you are drowning, but just leave it to government to spend more, and everything will be okay. Government will take good care of you, because you Citizens are too stupid to take care of yourselves".
We the People have become We the SHEEPLE.
I don't have any answers for our dilemna.
I struggle to participate in all of America's situation, and try to do what I can to restore our wonderful nation.
But "We, the People" are not listened to. Our politicians nod and say a bunch of words, but do they actually represent us?
Most of our country's land now belongs to the United Nations.
How the hell did THAT happen???
I sure don't recall ever voting for it. I don't recall ever hearing about it either, until recently.
Yes, dear Citizens, we are being sold out, BIG TIME.
I for one do NOT consider myself nor my property as part and parcel of the U.N.
I am an AMERICAN. I pay my taxes, work hard for my money and property, speak English, and expect no hand-outs whatsoever. I am a Christian, and proud of it. I wear clothing with the American flag on it, and not on my butt, either. I proudly display the American flag both inside and outside my home.
Our Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence is being mocked at the very highest level of command in our nation, yet it continues.
To those who want to change us into a Socialist/Fascist government, I say "NOT HERE. Go to a country that suits you".
Americans, we must stand up. We must re-read our cherished documents of freedom, and insist that America be saved.
We must teach our children our nation's history, because they are not being taught that in schools.
We must instill pride in our country, and teach that to our children.
America is on a precipice; we must not let her down.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
This is Winsten. He is my reminder and my coach.
Winsten loves to be taken on walks, and doesn't let me sit too long on my laurels.
He finds me every couple of hours and barks until I get the leash and we head out the door. He makes me remember to MOVE IT, MOVE IT, MOVE IT!
Winsten is also my coach. He seems to know when I need to put on some speed while we are walking, and makes sure I am walking correctly, with good shoes and with good posture.
Sometimes we get walking a bit too fast too long for me, and then he stops along the roadway and shows me something wonderful to look at and sniff. it could be a flower, a weed, a tree or a stone.
And you know what? He's RIGHT!! these things should all be looked at while one is getting her breath back to normal.
I take Sundays as my "Day Off". Winsten knows this, and also knows that Sundays are a great day for walking the dog.
We don't go on quite as many walks on Sunday; he kinda likes the laying back thing, too.
But at least we walk at least a few trips.
This morning while we were walking we spotted an eagle in a tree who then flew up and circled over us before it headed off.
We knew the eagle was wonderful to stop and admire, and then we proceeded on.
The next fascinating thing to look at was some tall weeds with their seed pods attached.
Looking at them for a few minutes, it was again time to move on.
We passed our apple trees and pear trees, and checked to see if they are ready to harvest. Not quite. But Winsten did play "ball" with an apple that had fallen. I had to observe that, too, and he gave me a good laugh.
I owe Winsten big time. He is the one mainly responsible for me fitting in to my now-a-tad-too-big size 12 pants. I don't even have muffin top when I put them on.
He is also the one who has helped the numbers on the scale go down, down, down.
Whenever Winsten and I walk, I never think about losing weight or inches. I just pay attention to where I am, remembering to look and appreciate the world around me. Winsten has taught me that.
There's something rather special about walking on a Sunday. The world seems a bit quieter somehow, and a bit more at peace. Sundays have a promise to them that is not like any other day.
Sundays are Holy. The trees, birds and even the insects that we sometimes have to observe know that Sundays are special.
Yes, indeed. Sunday is a great day for walking the dog!!!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
I love to hike in my beautiful Olympic Peninsula, and one of my favorite hikes is the Sol Duc Falls Trail in the Olympic National Forest. I always remember to bring my camera, because there are so many incredible shots to take.
This quilt is from one of my photos that I blew up to 8 1/2x 11. I don't use anything else for the pattern other than the photo. No blow ups, no drawing.....just free cutting, fusing and then incredible hours of thread painting.
I got a lot of encouragement from my local quilt club, Sun Bonnet Sue's, and they talked me in to entering the quilt to the Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) in Santa Clara, CA. I also got a whole lot of ooooohs and aaaaaahs from my Sparkie friends.
So I filled out the forms requesting admission into the competetive show, never dreaming it would be accepted.
I kind of forgot about that, and moved on to other things. Then one day I received their reply.
SOL DUC FALLS TRAIL WAS ACCEPTED into the juried show!!!!
This show is one of the largest in the world, and I am part of it!!!! what an honor, just being accepted!!!
So now I have all my reservations to go to CA from October 9-20th.
Since I moved from that area to the Olympic Peninsula 4 1/2 years ago, I have a lot of friends there, and know my way around. That always helps when traveling.
Already I have plans all set with a couple groups of my friends. I am looking very forward to being with them, and sharing lots of hugs and laughter.
I am part of the Spirited Underdogs Spark Team, and our Fall challenge has begun. One of the requests from the leaders was to take my measurements. I hadn't done that in quite a while.
Not only have I lost over 20 pounds since starting Spark, I have lost a whole lot of inches. It was good to be able to enter the lower measurement numbers and see just how well I am doing.
I have spent the latter part of the summer eating from my community garden. Lots of fresh lettuce, onions, zucchine and crook neck squash, green beans, strawberries, cantaloupe, tomatoes..........the list goes on. There is nothing like eating straight from the garden! The food is so much more flavorful than what we buy in the super markets!
I got my fellow gardners Larry and Sharon all in love with fried green tomatoes, which they expected would be mush and nasty. Now they have stocked up on Panko, which in Japanese bread crumbs that we use to coat the tomatoes before frying.
Now I know that Fried Green Tomatoes aren't exactly "diet" food, but what the heck. It sure beats chowing down on a bag of Oreos, right??
DH actually got his shop cleared out enough to move some cars in, but now he can't find the keys to any of the cars. I helped him with the shop until I was going nuts, but together, we got er done.
DH and I went to see the latest "Ape" movie, and were expecting it to be campy like the old ones. It isn't. We both thoroughly enjoyed it and gave it 4 stars. I recommend it to everyone.
Our fall challenge has started, as I said. I love this team. They are all so very active and supportive, and always a laugh. Very inspirational.
Our challenge is to lose 5% of our weight during the weeks ahead. I don't do the 5%. I do 5 pounds at a time. I'm not good with those big numbers, and 5 pounds at a time is do-able for me.
That's something I love about Spark. None of the "Rules" are set in concrete, and we are all encouraged to do it whatever way works best for each person.
So Winsten and I have done our walks already today, and now I move on to heavy housecleaning. I'm telling you..........getting the rake and shovel out to clean house is not my favorite way to spend a Saturday. Especially when I get in the mode to CLEAN!!!! I wear myself out, but rather enjoy the glistening while I work, because I then know I am burning off fat and strengthening my body.
Speaking of which, I need to close now and get to the glistening part of my day!
Friday, September 23, 2011
Remember, not only did you contribute to Social Security but your employer did too. It totaled 15% of your income before taxes. If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that's close to $220,500.
If you calculate the future value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer's contribution) at a simple 5% (less than what the govt. pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working you'd have $892,919.98.
If you took out only 3% per year, you'd receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until you're 95 if you retire at age 65) and that's with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit! If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you'd have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month.
I paid cash for my social security insurance!!!! Just because they borrowed the money, doesn't make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!!
Congressional benefits ---- free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days, now that's welfare, and they have the nerve to call my social security retirement entitlements?
We're "broke" and can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless
In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti , Chile , and Turkey . And now Pakistan ......home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!!
Our retired seniors living on a 'fixed income' receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour Hundreds of Billions of $$$$$$'s and Tons of Food to Foreign Countries!
They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives and now when it’s time for us to collect, the government is running out of money. Why did the government borrow from it in the first place? Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave 'US' the same support they give to other countries.
Sad isn't it?
99% of people won't have the guts to forward this.
I'm one of the 1% -- I Just Did.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Nobel Prize-winning physicist and erstwhile Obama supporter Ivar Giaever has resigned as a Fellow from the prestigious American Physical Society to protest the organization's promotion of manmade global warming fears.
Norwegian-born Dr. Giaever shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1973 for work at General Electric related to superconductors.
In an email to APS Executive Officer Kate Kirby on Sept. 13, which was obtained by the Climate Depot website, Giaever said:
"Thank you for your letter inquiring about my membership. I did not renew it because I cannot live with the [APS] statement below:
"Emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities are changing the atmosphere in ways that affect the Earth's climate.
"The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring. If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth's physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now."
Giaever goes on to say: "In the APS it is ok to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible? The claim (how can you measure the average temperature of the whole earth for a whole year?) is that the temperature has changed from ~288.0 to ~288.8 degrees Kelvin in about 150 years, which (if true) means to me is that the temperature has been amazingly stable, and both human health and happiness have definitely improved in this 'warming' period."
A PHYSICIST, a Nobel Prize WINNER (how fast can YOU say "AlGore"?! LOL!) has come out in a very PUBLIC REBUKE OF THE AMERICAN Physical Society, The Nobel Fellowship & Obama said "NO MORE!" .
He and the 70 other SCIENTISTS join a large and growing group of SCIENTISTS who have publicly called Global Warming a hoax, lie, myth a fraud.
Ivar Giaever uses the Kelvin scale AND notes that this is ONLY in the context of the last 150 years...and, says the temps have gone up about a HALF OF A DEGREE on the farenheit scale (the scale we use to tell weather)!!!
A mere HALF OF A DEGREE!!
IN 150 YEARS!!!
Crikey! That can be attributed to, oh, say...SUMMER!!
Folks, this is rich!
What do WE DO?
Get rid of it.
And above ALL, do not fall into the Scare Tactics Bowl!! Think for yourselves!
Personally, I have always found it amazing that Al Gore and his bunch believe MAN can do what GOD cannot!
Historical weather patterns and charts are readily available at your local library if you want to check all this out.
In the meantime, have a NORMAL, BEAUTIFUL Autumn season!
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