Wednesday, December 31, 2014

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - WISE WORDS OF CHIEF JOSEPH OF THE NEZ PERCE

12/31/14
Dear Readers:  I published this about 6 months ago and think it it worth repeating, especially the last sentence.

It seems that 135 years later, nothing has changed in Washington!

[On a visit to Washington, D.C., 1879]
"At last I was granted permission to come to Washington and bring my friend Yellow Bull and our interpreter with me. I am glad I came. I have shaken hands with a good many friends, but there are some things I want to know which no one seems able to explain. I cannot understand how the Government sends a man out to fight us, as it did General Miles, and then breaks his word. Such a government has something wrong about it. I cannot understand why so many chiefs are allowed to talk so many different ways, and promise so many different things. I have seen the Great Father Chief [President Hayes]; the Next Great Chief [Secretary of the Interior]; the Commissioner Chief; the Law Chief; and many other law chiefs [Congressmen] and they all say they are my friends, and that I shall have justice, but while all their mouths talk right I do not understand why nothing is done for my people. I have heard talk and talk but nothing is done. Good words do not last long unless they amount to something. Words do not pay for my dead people. They do not pay for my country now overrun by white men. They do not protect my father's grave. They do not pay for my horses and cattle. Good words do not give me back my children. Good words will not make good the promise of your war chief, General Miles. Good words will not give my people a home where they can live in peace and take care of themselves. I am tired of talk that comes to nothing."

GEE, WOULDN'T IT BE NICE IF WE EARNED $15.00 AN HOUR? HERE ARE SOME CONSEQUENCES

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UPDATE 12/31/14:  Thought this article was important enough to share again.  

Dear Readers: 

I came across this article today about the battle over the $15 minimum wage, and I thought you would appreciate some statistics. Now I'm for anybody earning as much as they possibly can, however, the reality is not all of us can start off earning $15 an hour in our current economy. Some jobs must remain at a wage for those who are entering the labor force for the first time. And it seems that most of these jobs come in the fast food industry. One item that the article below does not cover is the impact of those who are on a fixed income. For those who who are in that particular category there is no "minimum wage", or increase to that fixed income to compensate for the raise in prices that will result in the increase of the minimum wage.  Enjoy the article and the graphic presented below:

"If the minimum wage for fast food stores was raised to $15 the Daily Signal illustrates that the following could happen, assuming a store made changes to maintain a positive profit margin:
The Daily Signal also reports that when this is applied to some of our favorite fast food items: 
  • A Big Mac meal increases from $5.69 to $7.82.
  • Wendy’s Son of a Baconator combo increases from $6.49 to $8.92. 
  • Taco Bell’s 3 crunchy tacos combo increases from $4.59 to $6.31. 
  • A Whopper meal increases from $6.15 to $8.46. ubway’s turkey breast Footlong increases from $6.50 to $8.94.

Kind of takes away one of the main reasons people buy fast food in the first place, right?

Their study also came up with some other effects that would be likely: 
  • Utilizing higher skilled workers to gain efficiency and productivity. 
  •  Substitution of labor with automation. 
  •  Many businesses will close their doors rather than risk so much capital with such a tiny return.

The Heritage study took into account 24 years of various studies on operation expenses of fast food stores, as well as 32 years of studies on how prices affect demand for such foods. In other words, Heritage’s conclusions are informed by facts and history.

Obviously, whether these conclusions will have an impact on proponents of a $15 minimum wage, as their stated goals are to increase income and employment and the $15-an-hour wage will yield neither, remains to be seen."

9 FACTS ABOUT HOW THE POOR IN AMERICA LIVE - SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - A PERFECT MARRIAGE


PAWS AND STRIPES - AN ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS OUR VETS WITH PTSD - LEARN MORE ABOUT THEM

Dear Readers:

Those of you who know me personally, and my readers who read my web page, know that I have a special place in my heart for our American Vets, especially those who suffer from PTSD.  I wanted to share some information about an organization that trains Shelter Dogs to help our Vets with PTSD.  The organization is called "Paws and Stripes".  I will be placing their link on the left side column of my web page - look for this logo:
They were recently on Fox News morning show (here is the link - http://video.foxnews.com/v/3882885176001/shelter-dogs-helping-our-heroes-with-ptsd/?#sp=show-clips):
Here is an excerpt from their web page:
Paws and Stripes is a nonprofit​​​​​​​​​ organization providing service dogs​​​​​​​​​​ for wounded military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury through integrating service dog training and education with mental health support.

​We help veterans​​​​​​​​​​ so they can live the full and rich lives​​​​​​​​​​ they deserve.

Our dogs come only from local rescues​​​​​​​​​​. Our service dog trainers​​​​​​​​​​ teach the dogs and the veterans as a team​​​​​​​​​​.

These dogs are not pets, they are service dogs with the complete protection and rights granted by the American with Disabilities Act.

Our program is funded through generous grants and donations​​​​​​​​​​ from people like you. Our veterans are never obligated to pay​​​​​​​​​​ a penny​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ of the program's costs to enroll. 

The link to their web page is - http://www.pawsandstripes.org/#!who-we-are/cee5

LAUGH FOR THE DAY - MAXINE ON ORGANIZATION


WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT MS SYMPTOMS

Dear Readers:

Having had a neighbor whose husband had MS, this disease has held a special interest to me.  She would come over to my yard and collect honey bees (I am one of those yard people who believe "If it green don't kill it", therefore I had a LOT of clover in my yard).  It was thought at the time that the sting of a honey bee would help those with MS.  

 Anyway, came across this article and thought I would share (the link to the whole article is provided below the excerpt).

Link to the entire article:

Friday, December 26, 2014

I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS A LAUGH FOR THE DAY OR A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - MAXINE ON GOVERNMENT BAILOUTS!


LADIES - THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LET YOUR HUSBAND GO GROCERY SHOPPING!

Dear Readers:

This is probably so funny because it is so true.  Also gives you a good look into how we "Southern Bells" were raised.  Enjoy!  


(This is not a You-tube video so you will have to click on the link -

http://m.godtube.com/watch/?v=W7ZDPPNX

Monday, December 22, 2014

Imagine yourself, 13 years old, Christmas day. Your dad was executed 5 days earlier, assassinated, shot in the head at point blank range without a fighting chance.

Dear Readers:

The article below came from Senior Airman Brian Kolfage's facebook page from a fan of his page. 

Imagine yourself, 13 years old, Christmas day. Your dad was executed 5 days earlier, assassinated, shot in the head at point blank range without a fighting chance. For what? For doing his job. For dawning the uniform. For wearing the badge. For keeping chaos, unrest, and animosity at bay every single day. For serving an ungrateful and violent public.

Imagine yourself looking underneath the Christmas tree at a gift with a tag on it saying, "From Dad", only knowing his funeral is next week. 

Imagine your Dad being blatantly murdered at the hands of a crazed and radical individual, driven by media and political-instilled hate all because he wears a Police Officer's uniform. 

Now, imagine yourself, a newly wed, ready to get your life on track with the love of your life. 2 months of marriage under your belt and you and your husband are planning your first Christmas together as a married couple. While out Christmas shopping for him, you get a phone call saying your husband has been shot and is in the hospital fighting for his life, only to find out he'd died in his patrol car for no reason. 

This, ladies and gentlemen, is a reality we of the law enforcement community live with day by day. Every Police Officer's goal at the end of the day isn't to fuck you over for a speeding ticket or to pick on you because you're black, red, purple, white, a dog, or anything. 

Their goal at the end of the day is to come home safe to the loving, embracing arms of their families at home. That is it. 

So while you sit there, sympathizing with the criminals and becoming part of the problem by saying, "Hands up, don't shoot" or "I can't breathe" and preaching an ignorant and biased agenda against an individual who would willingly die for you in an instant, no matter if you like them or not; while you sit there with hate and distaste over the fact that they are "all racist" and they can hide behind the badge and without mercy, murder anyone they please-while you sit there and bask in all the hatred that has been ignited this past year, understand that they will ALWAYS be there to help you.
How could anyone have the audacity to hate the protectors? The unseen heroes of every day life?

Matthew 5:9-
"Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they shall be called children of God."
God bless NYPD Officer Liu-EOW 12/20/2014
God bless NYPD Officer Ramos-EOW 12/20/2014

Godspeed gentlemen, your deaths will not be in vain.

-Signed, the grateful son of an oath keeping Peace Officer.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

LAUGH FOR THE DAY - IRONY

Dear Readers: 

I was reading an article today about aging and wrinkles and what foods can help you look better. As I was reading I happen to look in the upper right hand corner of the web page titled, "2014 Best Skin Tighteners" and "Top 5 Wrinkle Creams".  Talk about an advertising faux pas. 

The sentence with the arrow on the left said reads:  "Yet experts say it's time to forget the expensive creams and procedures.  The key to aging gradually is simple:  Eat healthy." 

HISTORY IN PICTURES - HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT THE "RED BARRON" (FAMOUS WW II GERMAN FIGHTER PILOT) LOOKED LIKE?

Original Photograph by C. J. von Dühren

Thursday, December 18, 2014

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - GOD AND TEXTING


LAUGH FOR THE DAY - ANOTHER MAXINE OBSERVATION ABOUT CHRISTMAS!


FLU SEASON - SOME HELPFUL HINTS

 Here is an excerpt from the CDC's web page about "How Flu Spreads".  I have put into bold what I consider the Number 1 habit everyone needs to have, not only this time of year, but all the time.   When I was doing safety training on Blood Borne Pathogens, I will tell the employees that:
  1.  Be sure to use warm water and soap.
  2. While they were washing their hands that they should sing "Happy Birthday" to themselves (takes 20 seconds) and perhaps then they would get to celebrate their next one.
  3. Let the water run while they dry their hands on the paper towel and then use another paper towel to turn off the water.  (Who knows who turned the water off and one before you.)  Then using the same paper towel, use it to open the door (same reason for turning off the water). 



How Flu Spreads

Person to Person
People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

To avoid this, people should stay away from sick people and stay home if sick. It also is important to wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick should not be shared without washing thoroughly first. Eating utensils can be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap and do not need to be cleaned separately. Further, frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at home, work and school, especially if someone is ill.

The Flu Is Contagious
Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others.

Monday, December 15, 2014

WHICH IS HEALTHIER - CANS, PLASTIC, OR GLASS FOR YOUR DRINKS?

Dear Readers: 

As I read this article, I thought "this doesn't surprise me". When I was a kid (and I won't say how long ago) one way to earn some pennies (yes, pennies - you know those copper looking coins that used to be real copper way back then) was to collect glass soda bottles. You could get two cents a bottle and if you brought back the bottles in the original carton, you got an extra 5 cents. (I would use the cent sign, but that's not available on my computer key board.) Now talk about motivation to recycle!  Plus you had a "kid" army to do it and it kept them out of trouble.  

Anyway, I digress - at least with the glass bottle you didn't have to worry about being poisoned by some kind of chemical in the glass.  Oh, well - read the excerpt from the article.  Link provided to the complete article. 

Here's why you might want to stop drinking out of cans.


Might want to make your next six-pack glass bottles. Cans and plastic bottles are lined with a controversial chemical called BPA, and while the CDC still says the chemical's health effects are unclear, research on chronic exposure has linked it to high blood pressure and heart rate issues.

To test the effects of drinking from cans, researchers in South Korea provided 60 adults over the age of 60 with soy milk either in a can or a glass bottle.

Urine tests showed that those who drank from cans saw BPA levels up to 1,600% higher than those who drank from bottles, according to a post at Eureka Alert.

What's more, both BPA and blood pressure rose significantly in can-drinkers within a matter of hours, the New York Times reports, noting that this is one of the first studies to illustrate the potential risks of a just one BPA exposure.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD


Sunday, December 14, 2014

ARE YOU GETTING VITAMIN D DEFICIENT OR HAVE TROUBLE MAINTAINING THE PROPER LEVEL OF D IN YOUR SYSTEM? IF SO, YOU WILL FIND THIS INTERESTING.

Dear Readers:

I have trouble maintaining a healthy level of Vitamin D in my system.  Being lactose intolerant, living in the "northern" part of the South, and considered a "Senior Citizen", I have three strikes against me.  So, I take 5,000 units (under a doctor's orders I might say) to maintain the proper level of D in my system. 

Today, I came across some information I wanted to share about Vitamin D. 

Vitamin D: Wonder Pill or Overkill?

Wouldn’t it be great if one vitamin could build stronger bones and protect against diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cancer, heart disease, and depression? Or even help you lose weight? Researchers have high hopes for vitamin D -- which comes from our skin's reaction to sunlight, a few foods, and supplements. Learn the facts in the slides ahead … and see who's at risk for a "D" deficiency.

 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

PICTURE FROM THE PAST - WORLD WAR II - POSTERS

Original Photograph by Marty Zimmerman/AP Photo

The art assembly line of female students busily engaged in copying World War II propaganda posters in Port Washington, New York, on July 8, 1942. The master poster is hanging in the background. [source]


LAUGH FOR THE DAY - MAXINE'S OPINION ON 'HAPPY HOLIDAYS'

Amen, Maxine!

Friday, December 12, 2014

A PICTURE FROM THE PAST



Original Photograph by War Department/National Archives

Girls deliver ice. Heavy work that formerly belonged to men only is being done by girls. The ice girls are delivering ice on a route and their work requires brawn as well as the partriotic ambition to help., 09/16/1918  - World War I

LAUGH FOR THE DAY - BEING GRUMPY


Sunday, December 7, 2014

HAVING ISSUES WITH COMMON CORE IN YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL? READ WHAT THIS PARENT WROTE.

This was signed "Frustrated Parent". Says it all, doesn't it?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - THINGS MONEY CAN'T BUY


DECEMBER 7TH - THAT DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY! - LET US REMEMBER OUR SERVICE MEN & WOMEN


"It was called the day that shall live in infamy and it brought our nation to war. Today we remember December 7, 1941 and the attack upon US Naval Base Pearl Harbor by Imperial Japan. As we reflect upon the loss of life that day, let us not forget the heroism displayed by many ordinary men called to do extraordinary feats -- such as black Messman Third Class, Dorie Miller, Navy Cross recipient. 

Today America still has ordinary men and women in uniform doing extraordinary things to protect our nation. Let us commit ourselves to recognizing the enemy and defeating them as we did in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. The Islamic terrorist enemies today may not wear a uniform or represent a defined state, but they represent a clear and present danger and are more vicious. We must pursue victory and not equivocate using ineffective politically-driven descriptions to define evil. 

Remember Pearl Harbor!"

BY ALLEN WEST

Thursday, December 4, 2014

5 TRICKS FOR THE BEST NAP EVER

Dear Readers:

As I get older, I realize there is something important about taking a nap.  Lo, and behold, what do I read about today but none other than the importance of taking a nap.

Below is an excerpt from the article with a link to the entire article.

Naps used to get a bad rap, conjuring up all sorts of unfortunate—and unfair—images of slackers, rambunctious kindergarteners in need of time outs, and AARP members looking to rest their weary bones. 
 
Not anymore. A 2013 Gallup Poll revealed that 40 percent of Americans get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep a night; what’s more 43 percent admitted they’d feel better if they got more sleep. So it makes sense that we’d try to catch some extra zzz’s whenever (and sometimes wherever) we can.

And more and more people are doing just that. Companies like Google, Ben & Jerry’s and Proctor and Gamble encourage employees to take nap breaks. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is one of several colleges to set up rooms for napping. (Located in the school’s library, UM’s nap station is equipped with vinyl cots, disposable pillowcases, and a 30-minute time limit.) And Barclays PLC, a global financial group, got some unwanted publicity last year, when the Wall Street Journal revealed that exhausted interns were slipping into stalls to take “toilet naps,” using their phones as an alarm. And then there’s Google Naps, a parody of Google Maps, which can tell you the best places in your city to catch a few winks—from libraries to park benches.

Before you Type A’s get all judgy, know this: Feeling sleepy before bedtime is completely normal. Our body’s internal biological clock (otherwise known as circadian rhythm), which regulates our physical, mental, and emotional changes 24/7, also controls our wakefulness. According to research from Harvard Medical School, we usually feel alert during the day then gradually become sleepy as we move toward evening. But some of us experience a bout of mid-afternoon drowsiness, and a quick snooze can be just the ticket for handling that fuzzy feeling.

What’s more, studies show that there is a virtual laundry list of benefits to be had from nabbing some shut-eye (hey, they don’t call it a power nap for nothing). Among them: A nap can boost brain power, make you more alert, and improve your memory. Oh, it can also help your waistline: lack of sleep can trigger hunger and could lead to overeating.


 

LAUGH FOR THE DAY - MAXINE'S OBSERVATION ON CHRISTMAS


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

HEART DISEASE AND DIABETES RISKS TIED TO CARBS, NOT FAT, STUDY FINDS

Dear Readers:

Well, first it was fats, now it's carbs.  What I really think the operative word here should be "Moderation".  Now isn't that a novel idea!

Below is an excerpt from the article with a link to the complete article.


Is the pendulum swinging back? In what seems contrary to mainstream dietary advice, a small new study shows that doubling the saturated fat in a person's diet does not drive up the levels of saturated fat in the blood.

Rather, the study found that it was the carbohydrates in people's diets that were linked with increased levels of a type of fatty acid linked to heart disease and type-2 diabetes. The results of the study, which followed 16 middle-aged, obese adults for 21 weeks, were published Nov. 21 in the journal PLOS ONE.

Saturated fats, largely from meat and dairy products, have been vilified for decades as a primary culprit in promoting heart disease. And most health authorities maintain this stance.

However, in recent years, scientists have seen the ill effects of completely replacing saturated fat with carbohydrates, particularly the simple carbs that are found so commonly in processed foods. A large analysis published in 2009 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that swapping saturated fats with carbs had no benefit in reducing people's risk of heart disease. But replacing those so-called bad fats with polyunsaturated fats found in fish, olives and nuts did.
"The unintended consequence of telling everyone to restrict fat was that people ate an even greater amount of carbohydrates," said Jeff Volek, senior author on the new study and a professor of human sciences at The Ohio State University. "This is a fact. It's not a stretch to make the connection between overconsumption of carbs and the obesity and diabetes epidemic."

For the complete article - click on the link provided:
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/12/03/heart-disease-and-diabetes-risks-tied-to-carbs-not-fat-study-finds/?intcmp=ob_homepage_health&intcmp=obnetwork



LAUGH FOR THE DAY - A MAXINE PHILOSOPHY ABOUT CHRISTMAS


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - IMPOSSIBLE