Thursday, February 27, 2014

IF YOU MISSED MARCO RUBIO'S AMAZING RESPONSE TO DEM SENATOR WHO PRAISED CUBAN SOCIALISM, FIX THAT RIGHT NOW!

Dear Readers:

I'm not a big fan of Sen. Marco Rubio from Florida, but I have to say WOW after hearing his speech on the floor of the Senate. The subject he spoke on was in response to  Sen. Tom Harkin, Democrat from Iowa, in which Sen. Harkin praised Cuba's socialist government.

The speech by Sen. Rubio is right on in that it is factual and delivered with a passion by someone whose family has suffered under the communist regime of Cuba. During the speech he touches on the situation in Venezuela and how the Cuban government has been supplying not only materials but personnel to stop the protests against the dictatorship currently in Venezuela.

Please take the time to listen to this "educational" response.   The link to the speech is provided below.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

HAVE AN AGING PARENT - ILL AND IN NEED OF MEDICAL CARE? THINK THEY WILL BE ABLE TO GET IT? YOU WILL WANT TO LISTEN TO THIS!

Dear Readers:

Just came across this video - "If you are over 70 and need stroke care, they are not going to treat you, they are going to give you 'comfort care'."  This quote is from a Neurosurgeon.  You must listen to him speaking out.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKRsBSTgprU#t=288
If you are over 70 and need stroke care, they are not going to treat you, they are going to give you “comfort care”. You must listen to this Neurosurgeon speaking out. It is scary.
Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/mark-levin-a-neurosurgeon-calls-in-about-death-panels/#SwdP2I7318QwhXAY.99
If you are over 70 and need stroke care, they are not going to treat you, they are going to give you “comfort care”. You must listen to this Neurosurgeon speaking out. It is scary.
Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/mark-levin-a-neurosurgeon-calls-in-about-death-panels/#SwdP2I7318QwhXAY.99
If you are over 70 and need stroke care, they are not going to treat you, they are going to give you “comfort care”. You must listen to this Neurosurgeon speaking out. It is scary.
Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/mark-levin-a-neurosurgeon-calls-in-about-death-panels/#SwdP2I7318QwhXAY.99

Monday, February 24, 2014

LAUGH FOR THE DAY!

John was on his deathbed and gasped pitifully, "Give me one last request, dear," he said.

"Of course, John," his wife said softly.

"Six months after I die," he said, "I want you to marry Bob."

"But I thought you hated Bob," she said.

With his last breath John said, "I do!" 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

SECRET BALLOT PROTECTION ACT WILL PROTECT AMERICAN WORKERS – READ THE COMMENTARY BELOW.

Dear Readers:

Once again my representative, Dr. Phil Roe, has some words of wisdom regarding the unions push for Check Card.


Secret Ballot Protection Act Will Protect American Workers

Last Friday evening, Volkswagen employees in Chattanooga voted 712 to 626 not to join the United Automobile Workers (UAW) labor union. Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant began production in 2011 and employs around 1,600 Tennesseans. The company is reportedly weighing the possibility of manufacturing a new midsize SUV at its Chattanooga plant, a move that would likely bring more jobs to the state.  

Last year, labor unions represented only 11.3 percent of U.S. workers, and the private-sector membership rate was just 6.7 percent. In 1983, unions represented 20 percent of American workers. With union membership on the decline, many fear the administration and union leaders will continue their push for legislation to authorize union organizing by card check. Under this system, a union would be recognized if a majority of workers sign a card indicating their desire to be unionized—a secret ballot vote is never taken. Some workers have indicated this leads to intimidation during union elections or retribution for workers that publicly oppose the union.

To me, there is no right more precious for any American than the right to a secret ballot. It’s how we elect the President of the United States, members of Congress and even some union leaders. Without secret ballots, workers can be pressured to vote a certain way. Card check causes a high pressure, one-sided sales pitch, and union leaders have been very vocal in their desire to grow their memberships.  

To ensure union elections are fair and transparent, we must a worker’s right to a secret ballot is protected. Last June, I reintroduced H.R. 2346, the Secret Ballot Protect Act (SBPA). My legislation isn’t pro- or anti-union; it sides with every American worker. H.R. 2346 will require a secret ballot election before a union can be certified or decertified—protecting the rights of all workers. The SBPA will also protect workers from being negatively affected by any deals cut between union leaders and management by prohibiting such negotiations.  

I have no problem with employees who vote to form a union, but the unionization process must be open, transparent and fair.   

Transparency and openness begins with ensuring every worker the right to make his or her own decision about whether they want to be in a union, free from intimidation or coercion—by the union or the employer. In an increasingly global marketplace, workers need to know the benefits—and costs—of unionizing.  

Card check is an invasion of privacy on the individual worker, and the right to a secret ballot should be protected. Had card check been used in the Volkswagen election in Chattanooga, the outcome might have been very different. As Chair of the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee, I will continue to protect jobs and the rights of the American worker.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

DETROIT IN RUINS (CROWDER GOES GHETTO!)

Dear Readers:

Just came across an eye opening video - Detroit in RUINS - hope you will take time to watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hhJ_49leBw#t=95

Monday, February 17, 2014

LAUGHTER MAKES THE WORLD GO 'ROUND!

A man goes to see the Rabbi. 

"Rabbi, something terrible is happening and I have to talk to you about it." 
The Rabbi asked, "What's wrong?" 

The man replied, "My wife is poisoning me. 

The Rabbi, very surprised by this, asks, "How can that be?" 

The man then pleads, "I'm telling you, I'm certain she's poisoning me, what should I do?" 

The Rabbi then offers, "Tell you what. Let me talk to her, I'll see what I can find out and I'll let you know." 

A week later the Rabbi calls the man and says, "I spoke to her on the phone for three hours. You want my advice?  The man said, "Yes" and the Rabbi replied, "Take the poison."

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I'M THINKING OF RENAMING MY DOGS!

I'm thinking of renaming my dogs from Maxine (the Char-pei/dashhound mix), Patches (the beagle and who knows what else mix) and Beck, (the Basset) to Winken, Blinken, and Nod. 

Winken for Maxine because the dog can disappear in a wink. 
 


Blinken for Patches because she is the only 'blond' dog I know that gives you that vacant look while blinking at you.

Nod for Beck because he does that so well!

These are my dog children.

1,000 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SING US NATIONAL ANTHEM on 18 FLOORS OF HOTEL

Dear Readers:

If this doesn't stir your heart, I don't know what will.  1,000 high school students sing the National Anthem on 18 floors of a hotel in Kentucky.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaDCfA1uxh0

UPDATE ON YESTERDAY'S POST - "YEP, IT'S SNOWING IN TENNESSEE."

Dear Readers:

This was yesterday

Taken at 1:30 PM 2/12/14:

Taken at 2:30 PM 2/12/14:

  
Taken at 3:30 PM 2/12/14:

Still snowing...

Here is today - 2/13/14

Taken at 12:56 AM 2/13/14, and yes it was that light out at that time of night:

Taken at 11:30 AM 2/13/14:
and it's still snowing...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

CONVERSATION BETWEEN MR. SMITH AND GOD


Smith climbs to the top of Mt. Sinai to get close enough to talk to God. Looking up, he asks the Lord. "God, what does a million years mean to you?"

The Lord replies, "A minute."

Smith asks, "And what does a million dollars mean to you?"

The Lord replies, "A penny."

Smith asks, "Can I have a penny?"

The Lord replies, "In a minute." 

ONLY A MAN WOULD DO THIS!

This is a picture of a man shoveling snow into a grocery cart - needless to say the snow fell through the bottom of the cart.  But that didn't stop him - he kept shoveling.  Now if it was a picture of a woman, she would at least have plastic bags on the bottom of the cart!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

ALARMING CBO REPORT HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO CUT SPENDING

Dear Readers:

Once again I would like to share some information from my Representative, Phil Roe, MD. 

Once again, President Obama missed the first Monday of February deadline to submit his budget blueprint to Congress.  It’s no surprise that just days before the deadline, President Obama informed Congress that he would be late again as the Office of Management and Budget announced that the budget for FY2015 would be delivered to Congress on March 4.  The late delivery increases the chance that spending is left on autopilot in a continuing resolution, rather than debating and adjusting our priorities from year to year.  To get our nation’s fiscal house back in order, both the president and members of Congress must work within the deadlines set by law. 

Since becoming the majority in 2010, House Republicans have fought tirelessly to rein in wasteful spending, and we’ve been successful, particularly on the discretionary side.  For the first time since the Korean War, federal spending has been cut four consecutive years.  But that’s not enough. On Tuesday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its Budget and Economic Outlook. We’ve made progress in getting the president to rein in the outrageous deficits that defined his first term, with CBO predicting a $514 billion deficit for FY2014.  But still, in 10 years CBO predicts a budget deficit again surpassing $1 trillion with nearly $10 trillion more in national debt, so there is a lot more work to be done. 

Too many in Washington don’t seem to understand the concept of a family budget.  When you and I are spending more than we can afford, we sit down with our families and set priorities, tighten our belts and live within our means.  That’s not how it works in Washington. 

Many still claim that raising taxes is the best way to deal with our crippling national debt.  The numbers released by CBO, however, make it painfully clear that Washington does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.  In fact, in 2013, the government took in more revenue than at any point in our nation’s history.  While we’ve made progress in shrinking the discretionary side, we’ve got to start looking at the budget at a whole, including mandatory spending programs, and make reforms to ensure the America we leave behind for our children and grandchildren is a prosperous one. 

House Republicans have made progress toward spending reductions, but with a Democrat-led Senate and President Obama in the White House, we can’t do it alone.  It’s not going to be easy and it’s going to take a lot of compromise, but I truly believe we can take steps together to get our country back on track.  Of course that process would start with President Obama submitting his budget on time so the Appropriations Committee can look at spending priorities and bring forward bills to fund government operations. 
The budget agreement passed in December gives us an opportunity to finally start evaluating a whole host of programs, but it’s unfortunate that, despite this bipartisan agreement, the president is still making things more difficult. 

I’ll be the first to admit that the bipartisan budget agreement for FY 2014 was not perfect (for instance, I’m working to fix the cost-of-living adjustment for military retirees) and neither was the omnibus spending bill, but we managed to cut spending by $21 billion.  Still, there is more work to be done.  I will continue working to put our country on the path to a more prosperous future.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A LITTLE DEATH HUMOR!

Three friends from the local congregation were asked, "When you're in your casket, and friends and congregation members are mourning over you, what would you like them to say?"

Artie said, "I would like them to say I was a wonderful husband, a fine spiritual leader, and a great family man." 

Eugene commented, "I would like them to say I was a wonderful teacher and servant of God who made a huge difference in people's lives.." 

Al said, "I'd like them to say, 'Look, he's moving!'" 

LIKE THE PROGRAM SHERLOCK HOLMES ON PBS? TAKE THE QUIZ TO SEE WHAT CHARACTER YOU ARE.

Dear Readers:

I am an avid Sherlock Holmes fan.  There is a current Sherlock Holmes series on PBS (LOVE IT!)  and if you would like to find out which character you are most like - Sherlock or Dr. Watson - take the quiz - Here's the link -  HERE
Which Sherlock Character Are You?

INTERESTED IN DROWN PROOFING YOUR BABY/TODDLER? SEE THIS VIDEO.

Dear Readers:

It is amazing the number of young children that drown each year.  This can be prevented.  AND, if you are a grandparent, what a wonderful gift to give your grandchild. 

See this web site (http://www.infantswim.com/

 and watch this amazing video. 
[Click on the link to see the video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aseQsDBJS6c ]


Friday, February 7, 2014

DID YOU KNOW THERE IS A MIDDLE EAST CONFLICTS WALL MEMORIAL FOR OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS??

Dear Readers:

I just learned about this today - there is a Memorial Wall for those who have fallen during the Middle East Conflicts in Marseilles, Illinois.  Apparently, it has been there a couple of years, built by a private business, and without government funds.  The business maintains it and updates it.  To see and hear about it CLICK HERE

Thursday, February 6, 2014

ALL FATHERS WISH THIS WOULD HAPPEN ON THEIR DAUGHTER'S WEDDING DAY!

All eyes were on the radiant bride as her father escorted her down the aisle. They reached the altar and the waiting groom, the bride kissed her father and placed something in his hand.

The guests in the front pews responded with ripples of laughter. Even the priest smiled broadly.

As her father gave her away in marriage, the bride gave him back his credit card.  

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Because they had no reservations at a busy restaurant, my elderly neighbor and his wife were told there would be a 45-minute wait for a table.

"Young man, we're both 90 years old," the husband said. "We may not have 45 minutes."

They were seated immediately.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

MY IDEA OF THE SUPER BOWL...

This says it all:
 

"WHEN LIFE SEEMS ALMOST TOO MUCH TO HANDLE"

Dear Readers:

Read this today and wanted to share:

When Life Seems Almost Too Much to Handle

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When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 glasses of wine…

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two glasses of wine from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed. “Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things; your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions; things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.” The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else; the small stuff. “If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.” “Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. Do one more run down the ski slope. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first; the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the wine represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of glasses of wine with a friend.”

Saturday, February 1, 2014

LAUGH FOR THE DAY!

I was in the six item express lane at the store quietly fuming.  Completely ignoring the sign, the woman ahead of me had slipped into the check-out line pushing a cart piled high with groceries.  Imagine my delight when the cashier beckoned the woman to come forward looked into the cart and asked sweetly, "So which six items would you like to buy?"

Wouldn't it be great if that happened more often?