Friday, July 13, 2012
With all the bluff and bluster about Mitt Romney's money, the Democrats have gotten caught with their fingers in the cookie jar.
One of the big bloviators has been Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She has been self righteously blasting away at Mitt, while keeping the secrets of her OWN off shore accounts. Seems like she is investing in a LOT of off shore business as well as investing in other countries.
Shame, shame Debbie!! You are old enough to know that you need to be sure your own doorstep is cleaned before screaming epithets at your neighbors.
Another sneak is Nancy Pelosi. Seems like our good old Nancy has been making millions on her investments too. According to Pelosi’s 2011 financial disclosure statement, the Democratic House Minority Leader received between $1 million and $5 million in partnership income from ”Matthews International Capital Management LLC,” a group that emphasizes that it has a “A Singular Focus on Investing in Asia.” A quick trip to the company website reveals a featured post extolling the virtues of outsourcing.
“Designed in California, Made in Manila” sounds like an excellent title for a smear ad to be run the by the Barack Obama campaign. Instead, it appears to be Nancy Pelosi’s investment strategy.
Pelosi is also a small investor in the embattled “Moduslink Global,” one of the “outsourcing pioneers” that Mitt Romney has been criticized for associating with while at Bain Capital.
It’s not surprising that a wealthy politician would invest globally (nor should it be considered problematic). This is interesting because of the attacks on Mitt Romney’s investments — because Obama purportedly believes in the virtues of “insourcing” and anti-globalization. (Obama appears to be running on a protectionist platform that went out of style with Canadian tuxedos)
Obama sure can preach the economic nationalism, but it doesn’t appear his fellow leaders and surrogates are buying the message.
If they aren’t, why should other Americans?
Sunday, July 08, 2012
This has been a very rough weekend for me.
Many years ago, I had a little boy. He had the face of an angel, and the blueist eyes I have every seen before and since.
My little boy was very ill, and we didn't know how to save his life. He managed to stay alive for 3 1/2 years, and then died.
All these years later, I still feel the emptiness and my heart feels so lonely for him.
I am not always aware of the grieving, and some years are better than others. But this one is very pronounced for some reason.
The grieving actually began on July 4 while we were watching fireworks from our deck. It brought the memory of the last time we celebrated the Fourth of July with him, and how much he loved seeing the sky all bright and cheerful. How he clapped and laughed!!
this year, I couldn't stay out and watch the fireworks. Too many memories were flooding in.
I look back now, and realize that since the 4th, I have been trying to shove the grief deeper inside, but on the 7th it came full force and would not be denied.
I couldn't chase it away any longer. So I cried. And I cried. And then I cried some more.
My wonderful daughter called, and listened to my pain, and encouraged me to allow the grief to be expressed.
I need permission for that, I guess, because it worked.
I allowed the grief all morning, and then decided to move out to the garden. I got right to work with the most difficult stuff............digging up a ratty rose that, no matter how hard I loved on it and tried to care for it, it just got more and more raggy.
I THIUGHT there were three roses, and if I just got rid of the most ratty one, the other two would survive better. But the more I dug, the more I had to dig. It was like getting nowhere, despite the sweat and pulling. I was getting all scratched up by the thorns.
Then, finally, I realized it was NOT three ratty rose bushes, but ONE. The roots of it were the size of a small tree trunk, I am not kidding you. So I huffed and I puffed and finally got the varmint out.
Strangely, I didn't feel a sense of accomplishment. Instead, I felt a heightened sense of loss of life.
Then I put in some new Miracle Grow soil into the crater, and began to plant some lilies.
The tears started falling rapidly, and I had to stop frequently to catch my breath. I realized my little boy was never coming back, and that I had dug up a lot of thorns that had been keeping me from grieving it all the way through.
While I was planting the lillies, I also knew that I was beginning a new life growth experience. I felt my son will look down upon the lillies and enjoy them in their bright red coloring.
Today I shared my experience and continued pain, albeit, not as pronounced as yesterday, with my friends at a breakfast meeting. These are friends that I don't have to "Be Okay" with, and they gave me great loving support and understanding. I shed more tears.
Now I am home again, and can still feel my lonely heart, so I am going out to dig more.
It's okay that my tears fall upon my garden. It is okay that I am feeling so bereft. It is okay to grieve while stepping in to a new day.
I will survive. And life will go on. Not all of it will be pleasant, but all of it is survivable.
Yes, it was a very sad and lonely time for me yesterday.
Today is a new day that I have never before experienced. I will look deliberately for signs of life, and clean up the past..........again, and again, and again.
I will be okay.
Saturday, July 07, 2012
When chemists die, they barium .
Jokes about German sausage are the wurst .
A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran .
I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid . He says he can stop any time .
How does Moses make his tea ? Hebrews it .
I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me .
This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore .
I'm reading a book about anti-gravity . I can't put it down .
I did a theatrical performance about puns . It was a play on words .
They told me I had type A blood , but it was a Type- O.
A dyslexic man walks into a bra
PMS jokes aren't funny, period .
Why were the Indians here first ? They had reservations .
Class trip to the Coca-Cola factory . I hope there's no pop quiz .
Energizer battery arrested . Charged with battery .
I didn't like my beard at first . Then it grew on me .
How do you make holy water ? Boil the hell out of it !
Did you hear about the cross eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils ?
When you get a bladder infection , urine trouble .
What does a clock do when it's hungry ? It goes back four seconds .
I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger . Then it hit me !
Broken pencils are pointless .
I tried to catch some fog . I mist.
What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary ? A thesaurus .
England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool .
I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest .
I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx .
All the toilets in New York's police stations have been stolen . Police have nothing to go on .
I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough .
Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes .
Velcro - what a rip off !
Cartoonist found dead in home . Details are sketchy .
Venison for dinner ? Oh deer !
Earthquake in Washington obviously government's fault .
I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure .
Be kind to your dentist. He has fillings, too.
Saturday, July 07, 2012
I GOTTA share this with you. My sister sent it to me. BRILLIANT, in more ways than one!!!!!
I have a friend who used her Solar Lights inside the house at night when the electric power went off during a hurricane. She stuck them in jars and bottles and said they gave off plenty of 'free light' in each room. She put them outside in the daytime and brought them back inside at night for several days while the power was off. They are safe to use and cheaper than batteries. She recommended we bring a Solar Light into our own house one night to test it for ourselves.
Due to a thunderstorm, we lost power for about 5 hours one night. We were scrambling around in the darkness, looking for matches, candles, and flashlights. Then we looked outside and noticed our Solar Lights shining brightly all around the patio, stairs & dock. My wife walked outside and brought several of the solar lights inside. We stuck the Solar Light pipes into plastic drink bottles and they made the nicest, brightest, safest, lighting you could imagine. We put one in the bathroom, one in the kitchen and in the living room.
There many types of Solar Lights available. We bought quite a few and put them all around our yard. They look nice and do not attract flying bugs like the outdoor lights around our doorway. The lights we have fit into 20-oz. water bottles and also fit into most larger 2 liter bottles. If you need a weight in the plastic bottle to keep them from tipping over, put in a few of the colorful flat marbles they put in aquariums and vases. You can also use sand, aquarium gravel, or whatever you have available.
The Solar Lights we have are perfect inside our home. They burn all night when needed and next day we take them back outside where they recharge and are ready for use again when needed. Solar Lights are the perfect light solution for power outages. I had never thought of it before seeing what my friend did, and now you know about this idea too.
Friday, July 06, 2012
DHS gives 81% of non-profit grants to Jewish groups
by Joel McDurmon on Jul 6, 2012
It is “no accident,” but rather a direct result of “Jewish organizational and political power.”
The Jewish Daily Forward reports,
Jews face special risks that require vigilance, though there is no “specific, credible threat” against Jewish targets, Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, told the Forward during a visit to the newspaper’s New York offices. . . .
A Forward report found that the program for DHS security grants for not-for-profit organizations was tailored to the Jewish community and that almost three-quarters of its funds went to Jewish institutions.
An ealier report from the same source confirmed that in 2011, that percentage had increased to 81%:
There’s good reason for the Jewish community to be proud. A Forward analysis of the 995 grants distributed through the national program from 2007 to 2010 found that 734, or 73.7%, went to Jewish organizations. DHS announced its grants for 2011 in late August, and here, too, Jewish groups were the big winners, with 81% of those awards.
The liberal Jewish paper explains,
This disproportionate distribution is no accident. Examining the grants program provides a window into Jewish organizational and political power. It is this power that allowed a small community to create and maintain a government program tailored specifically for its needs and catering almost exclusively to its members.
The coalition lobbying for the program was led by United Jewish Communities, now known as the Jewish Federations of North America, and by the Orthodox Union and several other Jewish groups.
Napolitano did, however, emphasize that DHS does not engage in racial profiling. Of course not, because that would be against the law!
“It’s against the law here to profile,” Napolitano added.
“Israel has perfected a system that works very well there,” Napolitano said. “They do a terrific job. But it’s not a system we can just transport 100% to the U.S. It won’t fit.”
However, it is an election year, and Obama would love to have the support of those Jewish groups and their lobbies:
“President Obama is very committed to that relationship, and we are looking for ways to express that commitment within the portfolio of tasks that the Department of Homeland Security performs.”
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