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Friday, November 8, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
I was just reading a story my wife forwarded to me regarding a teacher at the Explorer School in Spring Hill, Florida, that 'laid hands' on a student for not reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in her class. According to the report that was published in Hernando Today by Matt Reinig, "Teacher Anne Daigle-McDonald grabbed the student's wrist and directed him to do the pledge on Sept. 11, according to the investigation.". The student, who is Jehovah's Witness and prohibited by the religion from worshiping objects, refused on religious grounds, the investigation found.
Other children in the class corroborated the students allegations regarding the incident as it happened. Ms. Daigle-McDonald stated, in her defense of the allegations when questioned about them, "she thought the religion applied only to holidays, but said she did not attempt to contact the student's parents for clarification" and "she did not think it was good practice to regularly place hands on students, and that she feels strongly as a citizen of the United States that one should show respect to the flag."The teacher was removed from student contact, and placed on alternative assignment on Sept. 12, according to the article.
I believe the Constitution has a very profound reason for being relevant in this country but many seem to think in simple minded terms about the document and what meaning it really has for Americans. It's not a piece of paper that we either salute, or hold our hand over our heart for, it's a life lesson in progress that we have turned backwards in out haste to prove what good citizens we can be by lashing out at anyone who "breaks a rule"! The Constitution is a guide book, and a rule book. It was written as a guide to building a fair and impartial government where all people has a say and are free to express themselves without fear of retribution from their government. The rule book aspect is in place to make sure people don't get 'run over' by zealous pundits or power grabbers that want to control people. Some people haven't read and understood the document, they've just looked at the Cliff Notes for it!
The Constitution of the United States of America allows, and protects, anyone who wants to call the President an asshole, who wants to wear the flag on their pants or even make a pair of pants out of the flag, who wants to burn our flag, and even anyone who does not want to be involved in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance! The founding fathers knew that this was going to be a great nation one day and didn't want the harsh nature of an oppressive government to keep it's citizens crushed by it, so they stated their freedoms that they knew they needed to clarify and specify, as best they could for the ages. Some have outgrown their need and original purpose and others are just as relevant today as they were then. The Freedom of Speech also means the freedom NOT to speak as well. All good citizens of this nation need to make sure that if a child chooses not to recite the pledge, that most schools no longer do anymore, it's their protected right and we need to make sure they can exercise that right so that these rights are never removed from us! After 911, we lost too many Rights and we gave them away with a cheer! What a mistake that was!
Un-American? No, I don't think it is. The un-American thing to do would be to suppress his right to decline a pledge that is against her beliefs. Isn't that what America was all about from the beginning? Freedom from an oppressive, single-minded, system? Some of the comments people put make me wince at what some believe a real American should do. I understand that military people would be quite put out by this 'disrespect' of the flag because they were, and are, expected to lay down their lives for this country which is represented by our flag. In the same token, what they're laying down their lives really for is to protect the rights of people who also wish to decline tradition, also known as the American way of life!
What is the Pledge of Allegiance and who started it? That's easy. It was written by a Socialist, that's right a SOCIALIST, in August 1892, who also happened to be a Baptist minister(see here). The Pledge was also part of a promotion from a magazine company to "sell flags to schools and magazines to students". Doesn't sound too Patriotic so far, more Capitalistic if anything! "The Pledge was supposed to be quick and to the point. Bellamy designed it to be recited in 15 seconds. As a Socialist, he had initially also considered using the words equality and fraternity but decided against it – knowing that the state superintendents of education on his committee were against equality for women and African Americans. Liberty and justice for all? Not hardly from these people, unless you were White and male! "The United States Congress officially recognized the Pledge for the first time, in the following form, on June 22, 1942". Looks like the war made people think about who their neighbors may be and needed a way to weed them out. Guess what? A real traitor or spy would be happy to recite the pledge just to blend in. This was strictly for the masses to police themselves for 'suspects that may be un-American in nature'!
Who is right and who is wrong, under the laws of our great nation? "In 1940 the Supreme Court, in Minersville School District v. Gobitis, ruled that students in public schools, including the respondents in that case, Jehovah's Witnesses who considered the flag salute to be idolatry, could be compelled to swear the Pledge. A rash of mob violence and intimidation against Jehovah's Witnesses followed the ruling. In 1943 the Supreme Court reversed its decision, ruling in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette that public school students are not required to say the Pledge, concluding that "compulsory unification of opinion" violates the First Amendment. In a later case, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals held that students are also not required to stand for the Pledge.
Did this teacher act as a law abiding American citizen by trying to force a small child into doing something against his religion to show respect for the American flag? No, not at all. In fact she violated laws that were set in place to protect Americans that have restrictions put upon them for various reasons. Were her intentions good? No, again, it was not her place to make such an 'on the spot' ruling without knowing the rules regarding the act in progress.
In conclusion, it's not how you talk to a piece of cloth that makes you a good and patriotic citizen of this great land but rather how you behave as one of it's citizens and how you respect and uphold the laws of the land that determine you're status as a 'good' American! Condemnation by opinion is not how this nation should be run and that's why we have our freedoms on paper and justices to enforce their meanings!
Article sources: Hernando Today reported by Matt Reinig and Wikipedia for Pledge of Allegiance history data. Thank you both!
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
I consulted with my other employer about wireless mikes, monitors, filters for speakers so they don't 'pop' when they talk, and wireless controllers. That was my shopping list(without the specifics but whoa be to those that didn't buy the right stuff)! He said the best part was that he could go out onto a protruding stage and still be clear sounding as opposed to dragging a lengthy cord for his guitar AND microphone!
I put together a list with prices and expedited shipping, got the purchase order approved, and placed the order. No more volunteering for me.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
With the GOP and the Tea Party spending so much time trying to repeal health care(41 times to date) for the people that can't afford it, the rest of the country's business, like the budget, has gone by the wayside! They want to shut down the government again to force the repeal of Obamacare, or is it Romneycare(I forget sometimes, they're so similar)! Who suffers? Not them, they still get their paychecks whereas the furloughed government employees will not! Whether you like government employees or not, they're still part of the overall employment picture in the country, in fact every country. You may not like how many there are but most are still needed to run the country, regardless of who is in the White House!
God bless America
Oh yes, don't forget Ted Cruz and his green eggs and ham filibuster? I guess that's what he thought it was. I think he just likes Dr. Seuss!
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The real reason we wanted to hold missiles over the head of Assad was to show Iran that we would intervene if they produced nuclear weapons or became actively aggressive in the region. Not for humanitarian reasons. I don't believe that for one second!
The GOP wanted another chance to earn some defense contractor cash so they wanted to go into Syria and create contractor revenues, that they could share($500,000 for a speaking fee? George W is doing a few speaking tours for cash these days). Obama became so aggressive about it that the American people rose up, even though a neurotoxin was used on Syrian civilians, also called rebels! The words used were "alleged" and "suspected" when pointing the finger of blame at Assad. He very well may have initiated the attack but nobody has concrete proof they're willing to come forward with to support an unprovoked attack by us on them!
Congress wanted a say in attacking Syria and when Obama relented and gave into public pressure to do so he gave the decision to Congress to make and they didn't. Next year is an election year and people don't vote politicians that want to go to war for no good reason, after all the years of war we've already had in the Middle East!
Who became the white knight in the end? Who pulled Barack Obama out of the fire? Russian President Putin is who! The one who said to hold off and wait and talk got his way in the end as the great peacemaker between the U.S. and Syria. So sad nobody read the history books once again and stopped history from repeating itself in a new situation.
What would have, should have, been the correct course of action for the President to take? Look at who Syria is allied with. What strong nation is supplying them with support and arms. That's who he should have went to first to settle the problems there, diplomatically! Now Putin is looking the hero and Obama looking weak! Even Iran's new leadership has expressed a desire to get along with the west better, for their sake.
Somebody call John Kerry back to the White House and give him this week's story to pitch to the world. He's been late every time with the current news so far! He was talking bombs when Obama was talking about Congressional control on the decision to attack or talk!
Oh yes, did I fail to mention that the side we were going to shoot missiles for, the poor rebels(why did that rebel General eat that human heart?) were controlled by Al-Qaeda? How doesn't this government not know that we would be, essentially in bed, with Al-Qaeda, after fighting against them all these years? Are they really that stupid or are we, for allowing them to even consider backing them? That would make all those civilian and military deaths meaningless and that's wrong!
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
I'm not an Engineer or a soil expert, I'm a resident of a sinkhole state - Florida. What's so unique about Florida and why there are so many sinkholes here? That's something a professional geologist could explain in probably 10,000 words or less, maybe more. Here are the basics as I understand them.
1. Florida is a giant peninsular of sand, underground water, and limestone. Under the sand lies the great depth of limestone with large aquifers of drinking water interspersed around the entire state, some areas larger than others, much larger.
2. Florida, in the last 15+ years has seen extensive shifts in the underground water tables due to drought that reduces the table and hurricanes along with other more 'normal' weather that serve top raise the tables.
What does this mean in layman's terms? I'm sure there's a difficult answer but I'm going to cut through the chaff and give the simplest answer - subterranean erosion! When the water tables are up there is a constant saturation of the limestone and the pressure of limestone and water make for a stable surface tension - no collapsing of the land. When the table raises and lower too frequently erosion of the limestone will occur as the water basically washes the limestone to the bottom of the aquifer and thins the sides and top of the 'bubble' that used to be contained with water and limestone together. To better provide a more visual example of this try to remember one of those Science Channel or Modern Marvel shows that show how a train, or subway, tunnel is created by hollowing out the soil under a city or whatever. The one thing you always see them do during construction is to constantly put reinforcement up to the roof of the tunnel being created with cement and steel bars. Why? It's because when you hollow out underneath supportive soil you weaken it to the point of collapse. In a roundabout way, causing a man-made sinkhole when the roof finally collapses, which is inevitable and is guaranteed to happen! The further tunneling will cause ground vibrations that will coax the soil to loosen and collapse. True? Let me apply this to Florida's sinkhole problem then. Florida had a home building boom several decades ago when things were pretty stable, weather wise, and the ground soil was pretty stable as well with water tables at normal levels with limestone and water existing in perfect harmony. Changes to the soil went pretty much unnoticed underground due to the stable structure of the supporting matrix of liquid and solid. What I'm going to express next is based on what I've seen and heard that have brought me to my conclusion of this circumstance, strictly my opinion of what I believe to be true and worth noting for home construction and after market construction purposes.
This is what I'm seeing and hearing but nobody seems to be admitting.
1. Homes built (with or without pools) PRIOR to the last big drought seem to be at the lowest risk from the majority of sinkholes unless the house is in the proximity of new construction, either housing or business,
2. Homes built during, or after, the drought appear to be at the highest risk for sinkhole effects (with or without pools),
3. Homes built (without pools) PRIOR to last big drought that have constructed pools AFTER the end of the drought appear to have a significantly higher risk of developing a sinkhole.
What hypothesis did I end up with given these points? In my opinion, houses built when the aquifers were 'normal' appear to be at little, if any, risk of developing a sinkhole on or around their property unless heavy equipment construction has taken place within a close vicinity of that property. The reason being is that the limestone under the house has, if a bubble did indeed exist on that spot, remained stable due to the lack of a catalyst effecting the stability of the soil, thereby not disturbing the 'shell' under the house. Adding a pool after the drought in turn will disturb the tension of the under lying soil and potentially cause a collapse of the once rigid structure underground. In a given example imagine putting a 5lb weight on an egg and walking away. What happens to the egg? Nothing, because the structure is stable, What happens to the egg with the weight when you hit it with a hard object on the side? The weight will collapse in on the egg! Why? You've effected the stability and tension of the bubble(shell) and the load bearing ability of it will be destroyed. It's a simplistic example but easy to picture in ones mind. The most likely suspects that will effect this damage are the vibration, impact, and subsequent weight applied to the ground with the heavy equipment and tons of cement applied to the soil that were never there before when the ground was stable. New home construction after the drought, with or without a pool is irrelevant, is more likely to result in a later sinkhole if there is a significant underground void on that site. The aforementioned equipment and aggregate weight would be a contributing factor in the destabilization of the subterranean structure where a void existed or limestone decomposition has already occurred where the return of water counter pressure is no longer a factor in the soil stability, making a lower risk area into a higher risk home site.
One possible band-aid may be to utilize ground penetrating radar to determine if a building site is at risk for a sinkhole by ascertaining, through scientific means, the detection of a nearby void. It's not rocket science but it's better than watching your worldly possessions get swallowed into a giant hole in the ground.
As I've stated above, I've come to these conclusion while living amongst sinkholes and seeing the properties that have been effected and what's different about them from sinkhole to sinkhole. These are my opinions and I think that I'm pretty close to being on the mark with the conclusions I've made. Older homes with or without original construction pools don't seem to get hit as often as homes adding pools to older homes or new homes being built, with or without pools.
Please leave your opinions to my article as I like to hear from people that have additional contributing data.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Well, there is no good side effect s with Gout but there are some 'perks' we'll say. One of the perks is for the body, not necessarily the mind. You actually need to start watching what you eat and drink. Many foods and beverages I used to partake have become taboo now else a flare will occur and the ensuing pain in my foot will remind me that I screwed up. Red meat is one of my sob stories in fact. Red meat is one of the prime Purine foods that allow uric acid to accumulate in the blood to such a point that crystals will form in a particular area of the body, usually the big toe of the foot in particular. In my case it's the entire top of my foot which wraps under the foot as well. My last doctor told me it was Plantar fasciitis, which I spent a lot of money on to alleviate with good supportive shoes and sneakers along with pricey insoles, that still offered no relief except a minimal amount at the beginning of the day. My new doctor diagnosed me with Gout and confirmed it with blood work(I won't have a crystal biopsy as it's a bit painful). I know this is what I have because the medicine and diet have removed all the pain I was getting for so long. That's why she's my NEW doctor, if you haven't guessed that already.
Now, the benefits of Gout. That really doesn't sound right but since I'm being good with my treatment it is right! First off, I've stopped shopping for plus size bathing suits and began shopping for regular sized ones due to my appreciable weight loss, finally! Another plus is that my blood work has taken a marked turn for the better, much better! All of it, not just a couple of tests. All in all it was getting to be a big concern for me since I'm now in my mid fifties and weight with blood work in the near red is harder to reverse at this age, let alone later on. On top of all of this I quit smoking over six years ago and haven't looked back since. Is a long life assured for me? Nobody knows that one but all else aside I'm trying to stack the deck a lot better than before in my favor.!
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Boston was on high alert early Tuesday as the FBI took over the hunt for whoever set off two powerful bombs at the finish line of the city's marathon, killing at least three people and wounding at least 140 people in a vicious blizzard of shrapnel, officials said.
"I am not prepared to say we are at ease at this point in time," Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said at a briefing six hours after the attack transformed the celebrated race into a blood-spattered crime scene.
The bombs were filled with ball bearings that sprayed into the crowd when they exploded, law enforcement officials told NBC News. The dead included an 8-year-old boy, law enforcement officials said, and some victims lost limbs.
In total, 116 patients were being treated at six local hospitals as of 2 a.m. ET. They included 31 at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, of which two were in a critical condition, and 10 at Boston Children’s Hospital, where an official told the Boston Globe the youngest patient was three years old.
At an evening briefing, officials said the National Guard had cordoned off the area to preserve evidence. Commuters were warned their bags would be searched.
Long after nightfall, investigators were inspecting the mounds of personal belongings left by those fleeing to scene to make sure there were no more explosives, while firefighters were chasing bomb scares around the jittery city. SWAT team members were on patrol at several hotels in the Back Bay area.
Water cannons were used to clear a number of suspicious packages near the scene. A fire at the John F. Kennedy presidential library more than an hour after the blasts appeared to simply be caused by an electrical short, police said.
Early Tuesday, a dozen law enforcement officials searched an apartment at 364 Ocean Avenue in the north Boston suburb of Revere, removing two trash bags and a duffle bag. However, it was not clear whether the police activity was connected to the bomb investigation.
Two men, one of whom told reporters he was Saudi, attended the apartment building during the search. The local fire department said officials were searching for a “person of interest” and that FBI and ICE, were among the agencies involved.
Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Deval said only the streets around the bombing site would be on lockdown but he urged everyone to be vigilant.
"It will not be business as usual," he said. "It's not going to be easy, simple or regular."
The FBI said it was flooding the city with investigators from the Joint Terrorism Task Force and declined to say if agents had any suspects or clues to a motive.
"It is a criminal investigation that is a potential terrorist investigation," Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers said.
Boston police issued an alert for a rental van that may have sought access to the marathon route, and another alert for a man wearing dark clothing and a hood who was seen leaving the scene of the blasts.
But as he revealed the death toll had climbed to three, Police Commissioner Ed Davis stressed that authorities had not identified a suspect and were instead "talking to" numerous people.
His comments echoed President Barack Obama's vow earlier in the day to bring the attacker or attackers to justice.
"We still do not know who did this or why, and people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts, but make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this," Obama said from the White House several hours after the blasts.
The two blasts, about 20 seconds apart just before 3 p.m. in the thick of the race, sent huge plumes of white smoke into the air, forced marathoners and spectators to run for their lives, and left a ghastly tableau on streets that had been filled with joys moments before.
The Boston Globe's Steve Silva talks to NBC's Brian Williams about the footage he shot at the moment explosions rocked the finish line of Monday's Boston Marathon.
"In 28 years, this is definitely the worst I've seen," said District Fire Chief Ron Harrington of the Boston Fire Department's District 3.
"Bodies and body parts. Blood all over. A little boy lying in the street. A young woman in her twenties. Both dead. It was mayhem. I saw two people with arms hanging loose, and one without a leg. A shoe with flesh still in it."
“All the sudden there was a massive boom. There was a sort of concussive blow that pushed a lot of people back. I could see runners falling in front of me,” said Dave Abel, a reporter for The Boston Globe who was 10 feet from one of the explosions.
“When the smoke started to clear, I could see lots of bodies,” he said. “I could see one woman staring vacantly into the sky. I could see a lot of mangled limbs, a lot of blood and shattered glass. It was probably the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen.”
The identities of the dead were not released. The Associated Press reported 144 people were injured, 17 of them critically.
Rachel Maddow updates the latest details from Boston following a press conference by Massachusetts officials and talks with Boston Globe reporter David Abel about what he witnessed standing just feet away from the initial blast at the Boston Marathon finish line.
Dr. Alisdair Conn, chief of emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, characterized the wounds as something Americans are more accustomed to seeing on the news from a military-style bombing in Iraq or Israel.
"This was a very powerful blast. There were serious, serious injuries," the police commissioner said.
Right after the explosions, police officers could be seen carrying bloody spectators to medical tents intended for exhausted runners. At Massachusetts General Hospital, the most severely hurt were rushed to operating rooms. Amputations were performed and more surgeries are scheduled for Tuesday.
The race — which drew 27,000 participants from 96 countries -- has been run since 1897 on Patriots Day, the third Monday in April, which coincided with Tax Day this year. Security experts said the FBI would undoubtedly look into the possible significance of the date as they tried to find the bomber and the motive.
Senior counter-terrorism officials involved in the case told NBC News that they had not determined whether the attack was domestic or international. Internet chatroom jihadists have made claims for credit, but they have been discounted, officials said.
Michael Leiter, MSNBC and NBC News national security analyst, and former director of the National Counter Terrorism Center Center, talks with Rachel Maddow about what the impact of the explosive devices indicates about their size, composition and intent.
Evan Kohlmann, a terrorism analyst for NBC News, said that authorities could examine residue from the blasts to determine the grade of explosive used, which could help them determine whether they're looking for a U.S.-based lone-wolf bomber or an organized foreign-sponsored terrorist cabal.
"There’s an emphasis on these soft-targeted attacks now. We’re moving away from the spectacular attacks and we’re moving into the small-grade, homegrown attacks,” he said.
Soon after the Boston tragedy, New York police deployed extra security to landmarks. Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House was closed to foot traffic, and the Pentagon tightened security.
Authorities gave a phone number for people in search of loved ones — 617-635-4520. They encouraged people with information about the blasts to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.
NBC News' Pete Williams, Jonathan Dienst and Alastair Jamieson contributed to this report.
The original story can be found at this link with photos and video as well. Click here
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The GOP or Grand Old Party as the initials mean(literally old) is undergoing a spectacular meltdown across America as I type. Who is to blame? That's easy, the Democrats under Barack Obama! That's right, the GOP is disintegrating because a liberal Black man is sitting in the White House and every conservative knows the White House is supposed to be for whites. Forgive me, I digress. This isn't a racial story but rather a political one and the racial aspect can wait for another article.
If you look carefully at the political agenda that the Conservatives have been addressing lately you'll see a pattern, a muddled one direction pattern, to nothing important in this country today, or for the past few years as a matter of fact!
America is sick and is trying to heal, both financially and physically(healthcare wise) and the majority of Conservatives don't want you to see what's going on to correct these situations. Let me first point out one thing to my readers. I was not always a Democrat, in fact I'm still not one today. I vote for what I deem to be the most sensible and logical plans to continue into the next 4+ years when I vote and lately it's been with the Dems. Why? Why would a former Conservative be voting a Liberal ticket? It's because I'm not a mindless automaton! I read the newspaper, I watch the news(except for Fox and MSNBC because they're too far to the right and left respectively). I see what's going on in this country and how the GOP 'smoke and mirror' politicians are trying to confuse the already confused voters into believing that the only issues today are, 1)Obama's destruction of the health care system, 2)Obama's destruction of the financial system, 3)Obama's destruction of the planned parenthood system, and 4)Obama's allegiance with Gays to destroy the institution of real marriage in America!
What I read in the newspapers and see televised through many opinions and reports is this, by the above numbers.
1) Heath care costs in America are staggering and unless put into proper perspective as far as access and price, will bankrupt anyone that enters into a long term illness or disease. Without a health care option, single payer preferred, America's problems will only expand exponentially. The fattening of America has brought with it a host of new, long term, health problems with Diabetes and heart disease at the top of the list. Both cost money in large amounts over time. How nice to work long hours to have enough to make copays(if you have insurance) on your health problems, a vicious cycle to say the least.
2) Unemployment and the financial stability of America. It must be a real drag to be sick and have no money to buy medicine or a doctors care but that's what the GOP is saying we need. What?! What we need is Americans to be healthy so they CAN work and not be disabled to drag on the economy. Most Americans want to work but don't have employment to go to! Look at Detroit as an example.
It's a ghost town! No work! No police that want to respond to crime! Crime that chases away the police! Foreclosures everywhere! Did I mention there's no employment there? Employment is like an antibiotic, once administered it starts to destroy the unemployment infection and honest people flood back in and the bad element gets forced out again. The GOP is holding back the antibiotics for employment until they can get someone in to take the credit for fixing it, while Americans wait and go hungry, get sicker, and in some cases die waiting for change!
We have nobody to blame but ourselves people! We are the voters and when we vote stupidly we get stupid representation that does nothing but try to make money and increase their power in Washington. We, the voters, have the ultimate control over this but we continue to pass the responsibility on to those that seek to harm the country out of greed and the seeking of power over others. I digress again, sorry!
3)Planned parenthood! Is that 70 year old man or woman who's yelling at the 20 something girl who got pregnant by accident the right person to be lecturing her about what she should be doing? I think not. Will they adopt this child when it's born? Not a chance! Will they directly give her support funds to care for her baby? Not a chance! What will they give her and her new, unwanted baby? A church pamphlet and directions to a church to beg for forgiveness for her sins. I think the church has gotten to entrenched into the government that it's become a cancer unto itself in the running of the country. The founding fathers of America knew this to be an issue that needed to be addressed in the forming of our government and specifically decried it as a bad thing to let happen. I agree with them. America is not a Christian country anymore! It should not be governed by Christian ethics either because of this anymore. America is Christian, Atheist, Muslim, Jewish, Agnostic, Buddhist, Hindu, Unitarian, Wicca, Native American, Baha'i, New Age, Sikhism, and Deist to name but a few of the top 20 religions in America today! Don't they have a say as well? I guess not if those fat old men in Washington have a thing to say about it. Why is the President sworn in with a Bible and not the Koran or the Talmud or another religious object of religious words represented in America? It's because America is run by religious bigots, that's why! I digress again!
4) The Gaying of America by the Liberals! A 2012 Gallup Poll showed that only 4% of Americans are Gay and 96% are either not Gay or choose not to say, but that percentage would still be quite low as the fear of 'coming out' is minimal nowadays. What are the Conservatives afraid of? Do they think homosexuality is a disease that they could contract? I think some of them recently did contract it but a disease it is not. Gay marriage as a talking point is stupid. Marriage, as a religious right, is also stupid. It's all a show because the religious wedding is legally meaningless because it's the finalization of the marriage contract that holds the rule of law! The marriage license, when signed by all parties, is the only legal document of the court, not whatever God you pray to. Religion added to the service is all smoke and mirrors for the show aspect for the guests, entertainment and nothing else! Gays would like to marry as well. I don't think that I'm qualified enough to say who can and cannot be wed. I don't think anybody can. Well, so long as the species is correct that is, can't have Tom marrying his dog now can we, even if it's a bitch. Getting back on track now. There are issues even the Gays haven't fully researched I think. Yes, they can create a legal bond between each other and share finances, even insurance and property. All well and good. It also tells the other partner that they have committed themselves to the other. All well and good. If they so desire they can get a non-Catholic wedding(the Church of Rome forbids this act) in a church by and ordained head of the parish or temple of their choice. All well and good. They can HIRE entertainment, BUY licensing, PAY taxes, BUY family insurance, HIRE catering, RENT a function room, RENT/BUY wedding attire, BUY gifts for the wedding couple, BUY a trip away for a honeymoon, HIRE an attorney to set up retirement finances or establish wills, trusts, etc., and banks write MORTGAGES! Well, do you see where I'm going with this? Gays getting married is good for America. Just like heteros getting married. People are hired and things are purchased. This is how America grows and prospers! If things don't work out? Lawyers get HIRED x2, realtors SELL property, separate furniture is BOUGHT, apartments are RENTED! Just a few of the things that we all have been doing with marriage and we want to tell Gays that they're not worthy enough to help support American business? Why not? Marriage, in it's base form is a legal union of two individuals under the law. It's not a loving union blessed by a God. That's not recognized by the government as a legal agreement! Who does it hurt? The religious zealots, that's who. The small minority with the biggest mouth's, that's who. Who holds the majority to make things right and fair? We do, the voters.
What do we need to do? We need to vote out the old ideas that have been running our government for too long and bring in newer, fresher ideas that will allow us to grow back into the greatest nation in the world.
A 2009 study found that U.S. students ranked 25th among 34 countries in math and science, behind nations like China, Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong and Finland.(a) That's another article!Sources cited: (a)http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/27/best-education-in-the-wor_n_2199795.html
Monday, March 11, 2013
What I liked about it are simpler to understand if you ever lived in a sunny and mostly hot area before. The sun and heat do their best to destroy anything tech, especially if they're plastic based. Electronics that are outdoors don't fare well in the long term and will eventually breakdown after a limited life unless protected properly. The Pentair system does something that no other salt cell company does. They put the needed electronics on the cell rather than a separate power station so when the cell is replaced every year you also get new electronics that monitor the system with no loss of quality. The sad part is that the system is comparable in cost with other cell systems that require separate controls that suffer from heat, sun, and age over time.
This system is used for about a year and is replaced when the cell is replaced basically giving you a brand new system every time you replace the cell.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Saturday, March 2, 2013
I went to the doctor a few weeks ago because I thought I was having a problem with the arch in my foot. I got the pricey Scholls insert and I thought that was the end of it. I thought so until the pain didn't go away while wearing them but got a surprise when I woke up for work and couldn't stand on my foot any longer. A friend suggested that I may have Gout but I didn't think so because I was told and have read that Gout usually strikes at the joint in the big toe, my pain wrapped around my foot at the arch, up and over the top of the foot. Got the lab work back and the doctor said....of course....Gout! Then I got the really bad news, dietary restrictions or pain! I don't want the pain but some of the restrictions were painful such as beef and alcohol, especially bad was beer in any form.
That's not so bad because I'm not really a beer fan, it's the beef part that hurts. I figure if @I really want a drink I can go to a pub or something and if my foot starts hurting I can use bar clamps or something to hold me in place till I've had enough! Through talking with coworkers I've come across another preventative measure...cherry juice. Not cherry cocktail but the kind of cherry juice that has only "pressed cherries" as the only ingredient on the label! I happen to like cherries so this wasn't hard for me to do. The hard part was finding a store that sold it! My local vitamin store had one variety for almost $7 a quart but I later found a large 'healthy food' store that had a few varieties for dollars less. Score one for me. I does help and it's non-medicinal.
I'm on the standard medicine for it but that takes a while to build up and this does work in the interim.