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Another Spark Funnie!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

emoticon emoticon laughter is the best medicine!

**personally, I google! emoticon

**thank you Lenka763! I think Sparking should be included too!!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 2/15/2012 10:26PM

    I Spark!

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LENKA763 2/15/2012 2:46PM

    Sparling not included???

I just got love that :)

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GIRANIMAL 2/15/2012 11:22AM

    I save tweeting for talking to the birds. emoticon

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MILLIE5522 2/13/2012 6:59AM

    emoticon Love these funnies!

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GRANNYSUE9 2/12/2012 11:58PM

    Great! I google myself too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 2/12/2012 2:27PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    It sure IS! I love funny cartoons! emoticon

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CKAYTHOMAS 2/11/2012 6:10PM

    Twittering seems more active. My DH "twitters" you know, taps his leg constantly. He also started tweeting. Double Trouble!

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    Goodness gracious Great Balls of Fire

FaceBookin' LOL

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/11/2012 12:19PM


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CURLYBRI88 2/11/2012 9:15AM

    Lol! Love this.

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MSLZZY 2/11/2012 9:07AM

    Need you ask? LOL!

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Spark Funnies?? Thank You Krys!

Friday, February 10, 2012

I hope this works! I didn't know that we now have "Spark Funnies!"

I'm going to take an aspirin for a walk today! emoticon

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    HAHAHAHAHA LOVE IT ! I also didn't know we had those ! COOLIO !

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JERSEYGIRL24 2/11/2012 3:58PM

    I didn't know this either!!! Thanks for sharing.

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OLDERDANDRT 2/10/2012 5:30PM

    emoticon Cool!! Didn't know we had this!! Great to know!!! Thanks!!

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MEADSBAY 2/10/2012 3:27PM

    Me, neither- cool!

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KVILLAVERDE75 2/10/2012 12:30PM

    This is so funny!

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3 Square meals does make a difference!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

the pounds are stubborn this time of year - but I know if I stay on track, they will move!

I went back to "square meals" and I believe I am eating more but eating less! WooHoo!!

Even so, the weight is stubborn so I do believe Winter has something to do with it.

Stay strong sparkers - you are worth the extra effort!!

**by "square meals" I mean freggies and protein at every meal - filling, satisfying and less calories equals a successful program.

I buy Salmon Filets from Walmarts - I know it isn't the best salmon but you get 4 pieces frozen for $5 and each portion is 100 calories. It is "wild catch from China" so I know it isn't choice quality - but I do get fish-protein and it's only 100 calories! (even tuna is more than that) I eat 1 cup of mixed veggies (you remember them - the bag says mixed vegetables - $1 per pound) and it's very satisfying!

Some fruit for dessert and I find I don't get hungry after dinner.

Munchie? Yes. Hungry? No.


***thank you PattySpencer - now at least I do know it is Pacific Salmon even if it is shipped to China for packaging. While not "catch of the day", I started noticing at Sam's Club that even the fresh Salmon is pink (not red) and has food coloring added! What's up with that? and at $8 pound too! and shipped in from Chile!!

I actually buy the Walmart not so much for price as for ease in being individually portioned and all the portions at 100 calories! I do make sure it is thoroughly cooked as well (thank goodness for the microwave!). Thank you for sharing your concerns with us!
emoticon OMG! It's working!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    I recently found some individual packaged tiiapia and found it very user friendly. Love the idea of defrosting only what is needed, NIFTY idea

Keep the faith and the SPark emoticon

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ERTSMOM 1/30/2012 9:06PM

    Thanks for sharing - will definitely look into the salmon at WalMart.

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DESTINYE 1/30/2012 8:56PM

    Really does make a difference! Tastes good too!

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    I love salmon! I have to say that I only shop at Wal-Mart any more when I am forced into it! I know it's less expensive, but I'm doing my best to support local businesses. I'm glad their salmon is good, though! Yummy! emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/29/2012 11:28PM

    Square meals-good info. Thanks!

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MARTHASPARKS 1/29/2012 10:14PM

    You are really doing well. I'm proud of you. I need to eat 3 meals and two snacks a day but making sure I have a little protein at every meal makes a BIG difference.

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TAGSUIT2 1/29/2012 6:56PM

    I like wal-mart salmon with the skin on it, and i like when kroger have the 10 for 10 on the freggies. Sound like a good dinner to me. emoticon Lets eat!!

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    I agree about winter being harder to lose the weight, great meal plans you have there.

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SAC-6582 1/29/2012 6:36PM

    Sounds like a winning plan. I know when I stick to 3 meals it makes a difference for me. And the Wal-Mart salmon may not be the best but I love it. In fact we are having it to night with brown rice and mixed veggies.

Keep up the great job and thanks for being such an encouragement.

Baby stepping my way to a new me,

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SPOKENWORD 1/29/2012 6:24PM

    Sounds good! Good advice!

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WALSHLOESCH 1/29/2012 4:42PM

    Winter+boredom+munchies! Sounds like you have awareness AND a plan to fight back! Kudos to you!

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GRANNYSUE9 1/29/2012 4:35PM

    Good information. Thanks for sharing! Keep up the good work.

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    Great advice Linda! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 1/29/2012 1:19PM

    emoticon A sound plan of action!! You GO girl!!!!! Move as much as you can and all will be well!! This is NOT my favorite time of the year b/c I just want to curl up in a blanket and try to stay warm. BUT! Friction causes heat and I know if I just move around a bit (even marching in place) will warm me up right quick. (And burn a few calories!)
Be well, my friend! emoticon

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BITTYGIRL51 1/29/2012 12:13PM

    Exactly! I love feeling full...that's why I choose wisely as you are to get my veggies, fruit and protein in. I eat 3 meals and 3 snacks most days. Try not to go more than 3 hours without eating a little something. emoticon

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PATTYSPENCER 1/29/2012 12:01PM

    Adding pounds in the winter is a genetic thing that goes back to the cave man - it helped them go through harsh winters when food was scarce. Apparently our DNA hasn't caught up with the 21st century - lol

On your salmon - altho I don't eat fish much I looked into what you said - WalMark + cheap salmon + wild catch + China. At first my thought went to my thoughts on how healthy any food from China could be with their history of lead in items so I dug a little more and found this info from Self.com - http://www.self.com/fooddiet/blogs/

Maybe the above combination when buying salmon isn't the best even if it is the cheapest. But then again since I don't buy fish what do I know. That being said - my son buys his fresh packaged fish at Kroger but I haven't looked at the packaging on that (something I should probably do but he'd probably not listen to me anyway)

Hope you're having a sparkling Sunday!

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DUXGRL1 1/29/2012 10:39AM

    A great plan! And winter is tough. January is depressing! But it's almost February, and after that, SPRING will be here!

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MEADSBAY 1/29/2012 10:08AM

    When you say something- I believe it!

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DOTTIEJANE1 1/29/2012 9:25AM

    Winter is a slow weight loss time . But feggies and protein seems to be a key also water. Have a GREAT weekend , and stay strong .

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Coach_Nicole's newest 28 Day Bootcamp Video

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I was one of 250 SP members to win a free 28 Day Bootcamp Video - the only stipulation was that I must blog my review of it after giving it a decent trial run.

First off, I really like the professionalism Coach_Nicole shows from the Introduction through the workouts. She speaks clearly, plainly and slow enough to know what she is saying.

Did I have trouble keeping up? In a nutshell, yes! I am not in shape emoticon
Do I think it is a decent workout? Again, yes! emoticon
Was I able to do it? emoticon Not exactly emoticon
Did I mention I am out of shape? emoticon

Ok, now to tell you the rest of the story. This is no more difficult than me trying to follow the various steps in "sweatin to the oldies" - it is just different than anything I have tried before. With time and repetition, it will get easier to do and there is plenty of challenge to keep it as a great workout for a very long time.

Since losing the weight, I can no longer jump - at all. It hurts - a lot! However, I can raise up on my toes and at least it almost simulates jumping.

I am not sure what was expected of me when I was sent the Workout Video but I will rate this as a solid workout for just about anyone to attempt - I know it will make me stronger and more agile and it will work those muscles!!


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CHATTIEGIRL 1/27/2012 8:30PM

    Hi Raylin;

As we get older we will try just about anything and may not know how to do it correctly but we make the attempt. I will do anything and try to better myself as I go. You look great and keep it up. Make 2012 your best year in everything, have fun. God bless you aways.

Smile Joyce

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    emoticon on winning it

Hang in there, You'll be doing all that exciting stuff 'for long!

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OLDERDANDRT 1/26/2012 11:53AM

    Great review!! I am soooo looking forward to getting this DVD!!! I'm sure you can do the non-jumping moves, right? No one can do an exercise DVD right off the bat! So, just do whatever does your body good! Be well, my friend! Thanks for the great review!

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JERSEYGIRL24 1/26/2012 12:37AM

    emoticon on winning this

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/25/2012 11:40PM

    Congrats on winning you aren't the only old dawg who can't jump!

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    THATS SOOO COOL Linda !! U KEEP AT IT hon !! Never EVAH say "I cant DO !" Or give up,,,for when u give up,,,later on,,, u find out,,ur body will NO LONGAH DO !!! I am SO PROUD of you hon, for doing this !!! SO GLAD ur a trying this ! I have a Wii, and have been looking ovah the dance ones. Can I DO THEM? SHOOT ! I am HARDLY ABLE TO WALK most of the time, but I SO BADLY WANT TO DANCE !!! I had asked my Dr b4 the surg if I could PLEASE get back to Dancin aftah the surg,,,she said "if you want it badly enough" and I DO ! OH I DO Linda,,.so there's lies the LESSON my friend !! HOW BADLY DO YOU WANT THIS? :) Diane

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MARYANNGI 1/25/2012 11:09PM

    I have been thinking about buying the DVD, but wanted to wait until I someone I know had tried it out.

Think I will send for it tomorrow! Thanks for the input.

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    Aren't you glad she has all the different levels you can do and not feel one bit badly about doing any of them? I LOVE her workouts! I need to do MY blog! I am so busy working extra hours at the store to pay for RHETTA! I'll have to get it done, though! emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 1/25/2012 1:55PM

    Thanks, definitely worth considering.

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RUFFIT 1/25/2012 12:10PM

    emoticon for posting!! Moni

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GRAYGRANNY 1/25/2012 10:41AM

    Printed off coupon for the $3 off at Target but I am reading here that it is not easy to find, and online they are out.........Good news that it is a seller, Bad news if you can't find it!!! Jumping???? What's dat??? LOL
CONGRATS!! on being a winner!! emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/25/2012 9:22AM

    Thanks for the review. I am glad that it was you,
not me. I never watch DVD's because it seems
it is just too crazy busy here.And DH has the DVD
player in the den and wants to watch TV.
How do you spell conflict? LOL!

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SHFELKEY 1/25/2012 9:15AM

    Thanks for posting your review of the DVD!

The DVD is also available at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Acacia.com, BestBuy.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and CollageVideo.com.

Keep Sparking, everyone! emoticon

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GRANDMACOO 1/25/2012 7:28AM

    I have been looking for this video in all the Targets in town (we have at least 4), but no one carries it. I'm glad you were able to acquire it for free and not have to spend the time going from store to store, only to come out empty handed.

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LESLIECOY 1/24/2012 11:38PM

    way to go ! and way to try ! and way to do !
Congrats on winning the Boot Camp Work Out Video !
This ole dog can't jump,too - so totally understand what you are saying!

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MEADSBAY 1/24/2012 8:07PM

for the review!
I can't jump either but I can emoticon

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BEYOURBEST1 1/24/2012 8:02PM

    It sounds like a great DVD. Thanks for posting on it.

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DOTTIEJANE1 1/24/2012 7:08PM

    Thanks i have been thinking about getting this .Yea i will be getting it now.

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MARTY19 1/24/2012 6:48PM

    Sounds like something worth considering. I can't jump either. LOL!


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FITFABJENN 1/24/2012 6:40PM

    You know the move where you have to spin around and change directions? I still have trouble with that one, LOL!

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DESTINYE 1/24/2012 5:20PM

    Sounds interesting!

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PATTYSPENCER 1/24/2012 4:28PM

    I don't do well with workout videos - never had. Glad you were able to try it and I know you'll let us know if you continue. Practice makes perfect (or so they say) - maybe I just need practice.

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    I love Coach Nicole's online video's too. I am glad that the DVD is good too.

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SCRAPCATHY17 1/24/2012 3:45PM

    Thanks for the information. I have been looking at this video trying to decide and after your review I think I will go get it. I have never been one to do exercisers EVER, so I need all the help that I can get.

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    Great review and atleast your trying thats whats important

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I am against SOPA and PIPA and American Censorship!

Friday, January 20, 2012

I am against SOPA and PIPA

How can the US Government think it has the right to police the WWW - I'm tired of the US Government trying to police the entire world. Now they think they have the right to tell me what sites I can go to and my ISP is supposed to censor me?!

When did this become a Communist Republic?!

Please consider joining the fight - do you think you will like the Government forcing your ISP to censor which websites you visit?
americancensorship.org/ and https://www.google.com/landing/takea

Sign the petitions and make your opinions known please.

**This blog would not be allowed if SOPA & PIPA pass!

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  Honestly, I'm surprised that it has taken this long for a bill like this to be proposed. The US has had censorship for years...television, radio...it was only a matter of time before the Internet was part of that. This is more about greed than censorship, though. And, I think we can all agree that one of the biggest problems in the US is corporate greed.

I find it super amusing that the entertainment industry likes to complain about how much money they are losing to piracy. If you were to compare it to how much they make off the American people, it probably wouldn't even be a drop in the bucket!

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/20/2012 11:53PM

    I agree with you too!

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KALISWALKER 1/20/2012 6:14PM

    In Canada we cannot accept Hulu and other sites like that.

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FUTUREHOPE49 1/20/2012 5:03PM

    I live in UK, but I joined the fight!

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    emoticonoh (big) brother

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MSLZZY 1/20/2012 2:57PM

    The vote has been postponed until further notice. They wish to
reconsider the wording of this action, according to reports on
the internet.

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MARTY19 1/20/2012 1:56PM

    I cannot go on any non-approved site at work.


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MIZCATHI 1/20/2012 12:37PM

    Well, to keep perspective here, it's not so much the Government as it is Corporate America trying to hold onto their profits. Now that a corporation has been declared by the Supreme Court of America as having as much rights as an individual, they are buying their vote with our politicians. This is about corporate greed and our government bought and sold by corporate interests. The internet is a vast arena of free speech and thoughts - and cable companies, cell phone companies, and the entertainment industry are losing their shirts because of it. What needs to happen is for Americans and the rest of the world to shout to the rooftops that technology has brought us to a new age and the corporations need to get with the program and hear our voice.

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LESLIECOY 1/20/2012 11:32AM

    as someone else said earlier "Google had this on there page the other day:
"Stop piracy, Not liberty" "
Absolutely Right !

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    Thank you! I will go and sign! emoticon

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PAWSINAZ 1/20/2012 11:14AM

    It gets worse and worse every day. Comrade Obama's goal is to control the masses and strip us of every freedom American have enjoyed for centuries. November can't come soon enough.

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 1/20/2012 11:05AM

    I am with you! I already signed.
Google had this on there page the other day:
"Stop piracy, Not liberty"
I understand that they are trying to find a way to protect property of others but this is not the way to do it.

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MEADSBAY 1/20/2012 11:05AM

    I support SOPA and PIPA.
According to CBS:

"What does the legislation do?

There are already laws that protect copyrighted material, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). But while the DMCA focuses on removing specific, unauthorized content from the Internet, SOPA and PIPA instead target the platform -- that is, the site hosting the unauthorized content.

The bills would give the Justice Department the power to go after foreign websites willfully committing or facilitating intellectual property theft -- "rogue" sites like The Pirate Bay. The government would be able to force U.S.-based companies, like Internet service providers, credit card companies and online advertisers, to cut off ties with those sites.

Why content providers want SOPA and PIPA

Content groups like the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and business representatives like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, argue that innovation and jobs in content-creating industries are threatened by growing Internet piracy. Overseas websites, they argue, are a safe haven for Internet pirates profiting off their content.

According to the Global Intellectual Property Center, which is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, intellectual property-intensive sectors employ more than 19 million people in the U.S. and create $7.7 trillion in gross output. Foreign website operators currently outside the bounds of U.S. law; SOPA and PIPA would help quell illegitimate Internet activity."


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MARTHASPARKS 1/20/2012 10:55AM

    I've already joined this fight. I believe it violates the Constitution. Of course, since the so called Patriot Act passed, we really have no privacy or rights that cannot be superseded by the government without reason or due process.

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RR1_RR1 1/20/2012 10:39AM

    Amen to that- its ridiculous isnt it!

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ROCKMAN6797 1/20/2012 10:36AM

    Thank you for bogging about this, hopefully the attention these bills have gotten the last few weeks have helped our elected representatives "to see the light!" We must remain vigilant!

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DESTINYE 1/20/2012 9:53AM

    It is so insane...

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RUFFIT 1/20/2012 9:12AM

    emoticon Thanks for blogging!! Moni

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JERSEYGIRL24 1/20/2012 9:07AM

    l am totally with you. Thanks for blogging about this. emoticon

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