Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Our real adventure in space is succumbing to bureaucratic delay. We have a space station in the sky overhead and it is all but ignored by our youth. As you know they are stuck in computer screens, television screens and movie theater screens.
It is beautiful out here in Western Kentucky, it is 42 degrees. They say rain is going to be here shortly and that will get everyone soaked as they are talking about an inch of rain.
Folks in Crittenden and Livingston Counties asked for and created a water supply for the area from the Cumberland river that borders both Crittenden and Livingston Counties. The water from the Cumberland may never run out in our lifetime.
Now the city of Marion is looking for a water source because it drained the City Lake by supplying everyone in the City and probably the county too with water. I always thought that the county would share its source with the city as the city shared it source with the county.
Politics and greed has raised it head in our community.
"A global computer hacking effort: China’s Politburo directed the intrusion into Google’s computer systems in that country, a Chinese contact told the American Embassy in Beijing in January, one cable reported. The Google hacking was part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government. They have broken into American government computers and those of Western allies, the Dalai Lama and American businesses since 2002, cables said. "
Sunday, November 28, 2010
So I thought to my self how much of my time is used to help mankind or are volunteer hours in their life.
So I decided to add it up.
Things I do:
I stay away from chemicals if I can.
I plant and stay organic.
I do not liter or condone it.
I write my congressman.
I stand up on a soapbox.
I am very strict on my family as to what is right or wrong.
I am for what is good for society.
I volunteer my time and spend my money on websites.
I say I am moderate, society says I am liberal.
I spend 20 hours a week working on NARFE material, writing NARFE letters and writing on NARFE websites and blogs.
I created and maintain the Wicket Lock and Dam website. 5 hours a week.
I created and maintain the Ohio River 3 Day Forecast website. 5 hours a week.
I created Laurelrose.com the keep up with what the hippies did at Morningstar Commune and store their thoughts. 5 hours a week.
Miscellaneous blogs and websites. 5 hours a week.
Writing my history. 3 hours a week.
I added up the time and came up with: 43 hours a week.
I have been doing some of this prior (I started laurelrose in 1998) to my retirement from the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
I joined NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association) after my retirement from the Federal Government.
I became our local chapter president and created a local chapter website.
I became the Federation Network Coordinator for the Kentucky Federation of Chapters after creating a Kentucky NARFE website.
I have been creating and maintaining this lifestyle since my retirement.
What is the history of the sun day. Was seeing the sun become suddenly profound, did the light bulb go off in someones mind.
The thought was placed on a calendar as was the moon day.
Middle English sone(n)day or sun(nen)day
Old English sunnandæg “day of the sun”
Germanic sunnon-dagaz “day of the sun”
Latin dies solis “day of the sun”
Ancient Greek hemera heli(o)u, “day of the sun”
Middle English monday or mone(n)day
Old English mon(an)dæg “day of the moon”
Latin dies lunae “day of the moon”
Ancient Greek hemera selenes “day of the moon”
Middle English tiwesday or tewesday
Old English tiwesdæg “Tiw’s (Tiu’s) day”
Latin dies Martis “day of Mars”
Ancient Greek hemera Areos “day of Ares”
Tiu (Twia) is the English/Germanic god of war and the sky. He is identified with the Norse god Tyr.
Mars is the Roman god of war.
Ares is the Greek god of war.
Middle English wodnesday, wednesday, or wednesdai
Old English wodnesdæg “Woden’s day”
Latin dies Mercurii “day of Mercury”
Ancient Greek hemera Hermu “day of Hermes”
Woden is the chief Anglo-Saxon/Teutonic god. Woden is the leader of the Wild Hunt. Woden is from wod “violently insane” + -en “headship”. He is identified with the Norse Odin.
Mercury is the Roman god of commerce, travel, theivery, eloquence and science. He is the messenger of the other gods.
Hermes is the Greek god of commerce, invention, cunning, and theft. He is the messenger and herald of the other gods. He serves as patron of travelers and rogues, and as the conductor of the dead to Hades.
Middle English thur(e)sday
Old English thursdæg
Old Norse thorsdagr “Thor’s day”
Old English thunresdæg “thunder’s day”
Latin dies Jovis “day of Jupiter”
Ancient Greek hemera Dios “day of Zeus”.
Thor is the Norse god of thunder. He is represented as riding a chariot drawn by goats and wielding the hammer Miölnir. He is the defender of the Aesir, destined to kill and be killed by the Midgard Serpent.
Jupiter (Jove) is the supreme Roman god and patron of the Roman state. He is noted for creating thunder and lightning.
Zeus is Greek god of the heavens and the supreme Greek god.
Middle English fridai
Old English frigedæg “Freya’s day”
composed of Frige (genetive singular of Freo) + dæg “day” (most likely)
or composed of Frig “Frigg” + dæg “day” (least likely)
Germanic frije-dagaz “Freya’s (or Frigg’s) day”
Latin dies Veneris “Venus’s day”
Ancient Greek hemera Aphrodites “day of Aphrodite”
Freo is identical with freo, meaning free. It is from the Germanic frijaz meaning “beloved, belonging to the loved ones, not in bondage, free”.
Freya (Fria) is the Teutonic goddess of love, beauty, and fecundity (prolific procreation). She is identified with the Norse god Freya. She is leader of the Valkyries and one of the Vanir. She is confused in Germany with Frigg.
Frigg (Frigga) is the Teutonic goddess of clouds, the sky, and conjugal (married) love. She is identified with Frigg, the Norse goddess of love and the heavens and the wife of Odin. She is one of the Aesir. She is confused in Germany with Freya.
Venus is the Roman goddess of love and beauty.
Aphrodite (Cytherea) is the Greek goddess of love and beauty.
Middle English saterday
Old English sæter(nes)dæg “Saturn’s day”
Latin dies Saturni “day of Saturn”
Ancient Greek hemera Khronu “day of Cronus”
Saturn is the Roman and Italic god of agriculture and the consort of Ops. He is believed to have ruled the earth during an age of happiness and virtue.
Cronus (Kronos, Cronos) is the Greek god (Titan) who ruled the universe until dethroned by his son Zeus.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
There was a time that I could walk to town and back but that seems to be history. Am I confining my being?
It seems odd that words and not painting consumes my time. My drawing is as inappropriate as my words. I have a great desire to paint a picture with canvas or words but the tools are not there mentally. How strange that the world around me it gifted with words and that I cannot stack them into beautiful or meaningful flowers.
Our home dips down below the road then levels off and slopes toward the main highway below us. We may or have a hollow that holds the earths temperature up front and out back we may be closer to the heavens. That is the only solution I have. I have replaced the thermometers twice in these areas thinking that there was something wrong with them. There was no need to replace them they were always accurate and did tell the truth and now I do believe them. It is a strange phenomenon but it is so and now it is part of the history of this structure called a home.
It has been a strange week where tradition was thrown out the door as life threw us a curve ball. The closest we got to Thanksgiving was the visit with family and a baked pumpkin pie. We both are not handling it well, it is a door that we did not want to close. Emotionally we are devastated as tradition walks by our doorstep. We are not poor or wanting and I am very thankful for the wonderful life we have.
Sometimes you lose a kitten and we deal with it.
Friday, November 26, 2010
NOAA said the closed area is about 4,200 square miles of Gulf federal waters off Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and affects royal red shrimping.
The move was taken after a “commercial shrimper, having hauled in his catch of the deep water shrimp, discovered tar balls in his net,” NOAA said in a statement to AFP."
Our walkway at home was clean and not slick.
This morning I had a dream where I was at the lock and dam building lying on the floor when I heard a roar for 4 seconds and a gust of wind blew the bullet proof windows out and covered me with pieces of shattered safety glass and I looked out to see everything lying down because of the force/concussion of the wind. The force may have been over 100 mph, if I had been out there I would have been swept away and badly hurt from flying debris.
"Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day many U.S. retailers open very early, often at 5 a.m., and offer promotional sales to kick off the shopping season. Because Thanksgiving always falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, the day after occurs between the 23rd and the 29th of November.
The day's name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Use of the term began by 1966 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that "Black Friday" indicates the period during which retailers are turning a profit, or "in the black."
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I remember with fondness my grandfather's (Don Pablo) ninetieth birthday that I attended. He climbed the steps up the hill to my aunt Edith's home in Los Angeles, California. There may have been over a 120 steps up to her home on that hill. Some of his sons could not climb those steps. I was just in my 20's at that time and I felt proud of his strength. If only I were as strong as he, I am 69?
I climbed that many steps over 400 times a year for at least 20 years between 1980 to the year 2000 before finally succumbing to worn out ankles and a sore spine.
I have a long way to go to be as tough as that man (Pablo at left in the photo (1936)) but I sure come from some worthy stock and again I am thankful.
Well I am thankful that I am alive and that I eat the food provided by society.
Mom is still capable of labor and I just do my best with a computer, my days of hard labor are over so I asked my being, "What can I do just sitting?"
No one pays an old man to think or write but I am sure thankful for that sigh.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Our founding fathers created three branches of government with checks and balances built in.
The checks and balances keep us from becoming a dictatorship, a country with a supreme court, a kingdom or a right wing white haired House of Lords as we do now in the senate.
They are pointed in a particular direction.
That is my senator out in front leading the way (No! He is not a Shepherd!)
E-mail about hatcapacity
one part truth, one part fiction
An e-mail about hats in my life
Do people always remember hats with fondness. I do.
I go back first to my beanies, the one with the propeller on top they were the rage at one time.
The other beanie had folded back edges, looking like they were cut with pinking shears, this beanie was adorned with pins and buttons.
Next was the brown Fedora, the hat my mothers dad put aside, not wanting to throw it away.
I asked if I could have it, he said yes, imagine the raiders with their lost arcs.
The blue ball cap that was worn backwards or to the side, our gang style, with no logos, just a button on top.
The black Spanish hat my aunt had. A flat stiff brim. It's beads hanging around the rim. I wore it, though it was hers. The castanets went with it, she rolled the castanets like a Spaniard would roll his rrrs. I danced for her, standing proud like a matador, stomping my feet to the music "Malagueña" on the record player, ole!
The Cowboy hat, you rode the broom stick, like a wild stallion. Your shiny silver pistol in the air.
The Coonskin cap with it's tail hanging to the side, the lice came with it.
The Indian head dress, received as a Christmas present. This still may be found at the dollar store today.
The English driving cap, plaid with buckle and snap on the bill.
The white sailors cap, rolled with salt, down to the eyes and cocked.
The blue bandanna keeping the salt out of your eyes, Red Ryder and Geronimo, sometimes with feather.
The Sombrero given to Laurel and I in Chicago from Judy and, it hung on the wall. When it finally fell or was dragged down, the cats sharpened their claws on it, what a waist.
The blue Fedora given in peace to us from Laurel's dad Jack. It fell to our closet floor, unknown to us. Our male cat at the time, marked it as his own, gee thanks.
My welders cap I wore in Alhambra.
The white hard hat, something to protect from the hard steel headache ball swinging on the river. It still gave me headaches.
The baseball caps of the South, logos everywhere, the uniform of the day in the south..
Straw Panama hats keeping the sun at bay.
Well I've done it again! Laurel just informed me that the E-mail message I sent was in error.
Laurel said that the message that we received was about "Brain Capacity" not "Hat Size". I said something about just scanning through the E-mail that day.
She said "Do you remember when you had your back surgery?"
I said "Yes".
She went on to explain to me about my brain capacity, and then what the neurologist said to her after my brain cat scan.
It seemed to the neurologist, that I had a rare brain structure called the "jerrold forrd" syndrome. It seems that a few people in the world are born with this brain syndrome. Living normal lives, sometimes missing a step or two, but normal lives. Laurel went on to say that I had four lobes in my brain instead of two. The doctor said most of the forrd brains had three lobes, but that he would get back to her on that one. She went on to say that my brain used 95 percent of it's capacity, which was very very good, but that it worked a little different than most brains. Most people have a train of thought, where as the train carries a great amount of thought to and fro, with a great many trains of thoughts moving though their brains at one time. Well in your brain ( she was talking to me), it seems that you have a trolley of thought. She went on the explain that one trolley of thought went down the hill and one trolley of thought went up the hill. And that even though I had as many as fifty trolleys moving at one time, a trolley was not a train.
She said you'll have to write all those people and explain about the hats.
Anyway that is how I got started talking about my favorite hats.
Sorry for the mix-up.
I am thankful for a healthy family, a country that provides food services to everyone. An abundant crop of food that is both nourishing and clean.
Plus I have a home to plant good seed to grow very good vegetables (that our deer love the best).
I did see a possum a the cat food dish last night and I am sure that they said their "thank you" prayer to god for providing good cat chow on the planet earth.
Lobbyist are unconstitutional.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
I read books while I was in the service about art and philosophy. I had a feeling that I was right but it never occured to me. Motherly love opened up my mind as I was gently moved toward the celebration of life.
For those of you that do not get it just find a nice human being and hang on for the ride.
I just made a pot of coffee.
The coffee does make me feel better.
I feel better now that the air has a little moisture to it. My headache is gone but my sinus had drained into my lungs and is causing me to cough. I will get over this as I normally do.
I got the humidifiers cleaned and running. I feel great.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Why do we assume that a chubby 13 year old girl firing a machine gun into someones body is a good sales pitch?
Is it responsible Sony?
Is it responsibly Nintendo?
Is it responsible Microsoft?
I do not have a clue.
I know that these games are meant to make our young soldiers sharp and dexterous.
These games were funded by the government 30 years ago.
I think the ads have taken to the deep murky end of Alice's Rabbit Hole. They have gone beyond the gel to enlighten sex or the skimpy bra ads.
Can we assume that logic will make the choice of using a gun to kill a good remedy for ones frustrations.
We know that that logic has been used before.
It has most of the time been lost boys hidden behind good manner and quiet fathers that are still doing 11th grade homework.
I did get to watch basketball yesterday (Kentucky vs Portland) and I am happy about the outcome.
I spent quite a bit of my time doing chores and typing what I think on this computer. I did write the White House and I did tell them what I think. I will write my congressmen today and tell them what I think also.
I am heating some tea water and mom put a pot of water on to boil to give us some moisture in our home.
Mom is working longer hours now at Walmart. They like her diplomatic hard nose attitude. I still have a cough from yesterday. The tea pot is whistling, time for some red tea. I had coffee yesterday.
Rest seems to have helped my back but that is only a temporary as I know that the problem last time led to surgery. Hopefully the less stress on my spine will keep me away from the hospital.
I did my stretching this morning.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
But my mind can wonder and wander, painting landscapes and smearing gossip onto chalkboards and quiet computers.
I have been up a long time so maybe I'll find me a football game to watch or maybe I can peek at the Kentucky Basketball game I recorded.
I also stop by The White House Blog to get the thoughts of our administration.
There are 22 million of us out in the country. We deliver the mail, build the roads, make sure our food is safe, stand guard, control the water ways, air ways and rails. We give older folks some money to live on and maybe a little help for their worn out bodies. We do a lot and we are under fire now because there is no one else left to steal from.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Our Temperature is 41 degrees outside this morning. It is still dark out but I see a little daylight and we have a cloud cover in Western Kentucky.
Yesterday I realized that I have a problem with my back and that I need to reduce the pressure on my spine to ease the pressure my bones have on my disc. My disc is too close to my spinal cord and when they meet my right leg hurts and I cannot walk without a limp or pain.
Time for a cup of tea.
I feel great mentally and my sense of being is superb. I have no way to multiply my good fortune with anyone and that is my pitfall. I have several soap boxes but like all soap it does not taste very good. I wish I knew the answer but celebration come closest to being one with the planet.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Couch with your dog?
It followed the beagle home, right through
The doggy door in a Maryland home.
This hit the 6 o'clock news big time!
"Until 1948, most of the world's rare earths were sourced from placer sand deposits in India and Brazil. Through the 1950s, South Africa took the status as the world's rare earth source, after large veins of rare earth bearing monazite were discovered there. Through the 1960s until the 1980s, the Mountain Pass rare earth mine in California was the leading producer. Today, the Indian and South African deposits still produce some rare earth concentrates, but they are dwarfed by the scale of Chinese production. China now produces over 97% of the world's rare earth supply, mostly in Inner Mongolia, even though it has only 37% of proven reserves. All of the world's heavy rare earths (such as dysprosium) come from Chinese rare earth sources such as the polymetallic Bayan Obo deposit.
New demand has recently strained supply, and there is growing concern that the world may soon face a shortage of the rare earths. In several years, worldwide demand for rare earth elements is expected to exceed supply by 40,000 tonnes annually unless major new sources are developed.
These concerns have intensified due to the actions of China, the predominate supplier. Specifically, China has announced regulations on exports and a crackdown on smuggling. On September 1, 2009, China announced plans to reduce its export quota to 35,000 tons per year in 2010-2015, ostensibly to conserve scarce resources and protect the environment. On October 19, 2010 China Daily, citing an unnamed Ministry of Commerce official, reported that China will "further reduce quotas for rare earth exports by 30 percent at most next year to protect the precious metals from over-exploitation".
As a result of the increased demand and tightening restrictions on exports of the metals from China, searches for alternative sources in Australia, Brazil, Canada, South Africa, and the United States are ongoing. Mines in these countries were closed when China undercut world prices in the 1990s, and it will take a few years to restart production as there are many barriers to entry. One example is the Mountain Pass mine in California, which is projected to reopen in 2011. Other significant sites under development outside of China include the Nolans Project in Central Australia, the remote Hoidas Lake project in northern Canada, and the Mount Weld project in Australia. The Hoidas Lake project has the potential to supply about 10% of the $1 billion of REE consumption that occurs in North America every year. Vietnam signed an agreement in October 2010 to supply Japan with rare earths from its northwestern Lai Châu Province.
Also under consideration for mining are a sites such at Thor Lake in the Northwest Territories, various locations in Vietnam, and a site in Southeast Nebraska, where Quantum Rare Earth Development, a Canadian company, is currently conducting test drilling and economic feasibility studies toward opening a niobium mine. Additionally, a large deposit of rare earth minerals was recently discovered in Kvanefjeld in southern Greenland. Pre-feasibility drilling at this site has confirmed significant quantities of black lujavrite, which contains about 1% rare earth oxides (REO). 
Another recently developed source of rare earths is electronic waste and other wastes that have significant rare earth components. New advances in recycling technology have made extraction of rare earths from these materials more feasible, and recycling plants are currently operating in Japan, where there is an estimated 300,000 tons of rare earths stored in unused electronics."
I spent the noon hours with our NARFE Group. I am the youngest of the group so I was re-elected President as were the other officers. I asked each of them to contact their congressmen when they needed to and wanted to. I told them an easy way to do that is via the Internet but they are old school that used the old computers using keyboards, data cards and monster mainframe computers. Some live out in the country where dial up or expensive dishes are the only options. I did tell them that the library has great service and the librarian would help them if need be as I would.
Mom is off today and we plan to move her computer to the kitchen table. But mom loves Harry Potter.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
All our wall frames and photos are on our sofa, they were taken from our walls when we planned our move to Murray. The walls were patched of all holes at that time and painted. The photos were placed in our sons closet in anticipation of our movement. Hard times have made it impossible to sell this home at a profit and moving is just a gesture in time.
My throat has been comforted but the everlasting harshness is present below the comfort. This sounds like a fight to the finish between my body and ill. I know what to do and I will prevail.
We let George in the house last night (a cat) because he was soaked and wanted no part of the inclement weather. After he had dried he slept with mom the whole night just as Tiger Lily had done when she could jump up.
The frames and photos may still be there when the holidays come and pass. Maybe I will put them back in the closet for the winter.
Mom thinks a nice big blow up bed will do for the kids when they visit. My sister had one and it worked very well.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The birds outside are having a feast with our bird feeders this morning, dry seeds and maybe a little dried fruit if they can find it.
it was a busy day but we did find a good Mexican Restaurant right in the hotel building we stayed at. It was called Ernesto's and it was very good.
I am stiff and sore from not being too busy. Sediment settles.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Fourth Amendment - Search and Seizure
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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I created a blog for the Coalition and it basically the same as the website.
Sometimes I wonder why some folks make money creating websites and some folks just create them. I guess it is just professionalism and the trust professionalism implies.
I spent the day yesterday limping. Age does a thing for you.
I was thinking about the voice that said, "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."
I was thinking about this and I said to my self being, I will provoke, "Good Will Toward Man."
The event took place on November 13, 2010 in communities across the country.
This initiative will challenge residents to take the Five-Step American Medicine Chest Challenge:
• Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.
• Lock your medicine chest.
• Dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine in your home at an American Medicine Chest Challenge Disposal site.
In Crittenden County it is our Local Police Station and Sheriffs Office during their normal day working hours (9AM to 3PM).
• Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.
• Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
To help combat this growing threat to our nations children, Crittenden County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community, Crittenden County and the City of Marion are hosting the American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) on November 13, 2010, residents can find us at the local collection site mentioned above.
The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows prescription medicines to be the most abused drugs by Americans, other than marijuana and found that 70% of people who abuse
prescription pain relievers say they got them from friends or relatives. A recent study on drug use by of teens by the Partnership for a Drug Free America (PDFA) found that one in 9 children are abusing
prescription pain relievers to get high.
"This Challenge will raise awareness about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs and reduce the availability of potent drugs that lead kids down a path to addiction,'' explained American Medicine Chest Challenge Chief Executive Officer Angelo M. Valente.
“With the American Medicine Chest Challenge we are calling on residents to see their medicine cabinets through new eyes -- as an access point for potential misuse and abuse of over-the-counter and
prescription medicine by young people,” explained Valente.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
It is nice out this morning just like it was yesterday. We spent the day in Paducah and boy are my legs tired. It seems my back problem went to the hamstrings behind my knees. It is a constant fight in believing in my ability to be well and the aging process of the planet/my body.
I feel great and my mind is a wonderful tool to dwell upon . My thoughts are right on for the planet as a whole society (life, trees, insects, birds, mammals, creatures below and above the waters as well as all the lighting and fires, dirt and rocks) and a gift from god. My little garden.
Our little family of man wants so much for themselves. Their little minds are political thieves, raging hormones of violence and our moderate moods.
Societies toys are magically insane but yet I still dwell on peace on earth goodwill toward mankind. The mind is so amazing.
protected student borrowers.
Increased funding for national parks and forests by 10%.
Significantly expanded Pell grants, which help low-income students pay for
Expanded hate crime law in the US to include sexual orientation through the
Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
Provided stimulus funding to boost private sector spaceflight programs.
Appointed nation's first Chief Technology Officer.
Signed financial reform law establishing a Consumer Financial Protection
Bureau to look out for the interests of everyday Americans.
Signed financial reform law requiring lenders to verify applicants' credit
history, income, and employment status.
Signed financial reform law prohibiting banks from engaging in proprietary
trading (trading the bank's own money to turn a profit, often in conflict
with their customers' interests).
Signed financial reform law allowing shareholders of publicly traded
companies to vote on executive pay.
Cut prescription drug cost for medicare recipients by 50%.
Provided $12.2 Billion in new funding for Individuals With Disabilities
Extended Benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
Appointed more openly gay officials than any other president in US history.
The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009: a $789 billion economic
Created more private sector jobs in 2010 than during entire Bush years.
Voluntary disclosure of White House visitors for the first time in US
Appointed first Latina to the US Supreme Court.
Promoted social responsibility through creation of serve.gov, a national
database of volunteer opportunities.
Reversed 'global gag rule', allowing US aid to go to organizations
regardless of whether they provide abortions.
Signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, giving the FDA
the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco
for the first time.
Signed New START Treaty - nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia.
Increased average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg to 35.5mpg, starting
Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against
pay discrimination for women and other workers.
Provided travel expenses to families of fallen soldiers to be on hand when
the body arrives at Dover AFB.
Reversed the policy of barring media coverage during the return of fallen
soldiers to Dover Air Force Base.
Launched recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, providing
transparency and allowing the public to report fraud, waste, or abuse.
Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs with more than $1.4 billion to
improve services to America's Veterans.
Signed the Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which provides
health care to 11 million kids -- 4 million of whom were previously
Issued executive order to repeal Bush era restrictions on federal funding
for embryonic stem cell research.
Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of
comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living
Developed stimulus package, which includes approx. $18 billion for
nondefense scientific research and development.
Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful
spending in the defense procurement and contracting system.
Issued executive order to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.
Ended Bush administration's CIA program of 'enhanced interrogation methods'
by requiring that the Army field manual be used as the guide for terrorism
Increased minority access to capital.
Established Credit Card Bill of Rights, preventing credit card companies
from imposing arbitrary rate increases on customers.
Health Care Reform Bill, preventing insurance companies from denying
insurance because of a pre-existing condition.
Health Care Reform Bill, allowing children to remain covered by their
parents' insurance until the age of 26.
Tax cuts for up to 3.5 million small businesses to help pay for employee
health care coverage.
Tax credits for up to 29 million individuals to help pay for health
Expansion of Medicaid to all individuals under age 65 with incomes up to 133
percent of the federal poverty level.
Require health insurance plans to disclose how much of the premium actually
goes to patient care.
Added 4.6 billion USD to the Veterans Administration budget to recruit and
retain more mental health professionals.
Significantly increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act.
Lifted restrictions granting Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to visit
family and send remittances to the island.
Friday, November 12, 2010
I made less than union scale for the work I did.
Today there are no unions to compare to what I made, Ronald Reagan fired them all and all the companies that had unions went overseas.
I worked very hard out on the Ohio River and I am proud of the work I did.
I never made over $40,000 thousand a year for the government so do not tell me I am overpaid in my retirement. I earned every sore muscle, broken back and twisted ankle I have today in my retirement.
I've seen a lot of people start work one day at the dam and not come back the next day because of the intense labor out in the middle of the river, it was too hard and dangerous for them.
So please do not tell me that I am overpaid for what I did for my country.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
It sure slowed this rascal down to a crawl. I felt I was on the freeway at breakfast (I watch a lot of TV).
Our expressways here in Kentucky are nothing compared to everyone else. Our land is cheaper than elsewhere in the United States but no one wants to live here because of the feuds, the girls in tight shorts, Boss Hog and Mitch.
Anyway I moved some stuff to my desktop in my daughters room and that helped. I will have to save that stuff to a DVD sometime this week. My laptop does not burn DVD's.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Again I must tell the younger generation that work is the bodies ability to burn calories. Mothers do it, football players do it steam fitters do it, waitresses do it and just about everyone does it.
A 9 to 5 job is a job. To call a person that does not work 9 to 5 a slacker is just wrong.
My daughter and her husband work their tales off providing for their children. My daughters children work very hard at gymnastics, basketball camp, quilt camp, school and whatever my daughter asks them to do around the house (games and cleaning house).
Monday, November 8, 2010
It would be the same as you pay now but with better coverage for more people.
That is what the president wanted but the Republican party and the insurance companies did not want.
That raised hell and the T-Party was born.
Nothing is free. We were tired of paying for the road in front of our homes. Along came Ronald Reagan who said we do not need government warehouses of goods or people to run this great society. So he cut spending for government warehouses (thousands of warehouses(jobs)). Manufactures quit supplying those warehouses ((jobs) now we have long waits for auto parts)). Reagan said the umbrella did not cover the warehousing of those that were mentally ill.
George H. W. Bush decided that corporations could do all the governments tasks and the money saved would trickle down through society (well they left the country and are now trickling down on foreign lands ( because they did not want to pay taxes, retirements, or high wages) ).
So now we have no corporate taxes in our great society.
George W. Bush decided to cut taxes for everyone, "HURRAH NO TAXES!!"
Nothing is free remember so everyone was doing the jobs at minimum wages, smaller work force, smaller government and everyone is paying less for government services (remember the road in front of your home and the umbrella over your head).
Nothing is free.
So everyone says that the government is too big because we borrowed from China to pay for the road and umbrella.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
The birds are at the feeder this morning. They have to keep an eye out for hungry cats.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I will tell you that I have seen words from many religions and they are all truths. Man is not limited by the name of the sect just because he grew up in that particular neighborhood.
I am glad that my daughter Kitten Yarn understands.
We are blessed by an overwhelming gift of knowledge in our lifetime. Even though I am dense in my ability to remember I do have a gift of understanding god in our presence and the garden that he placed us on. Wishful thinking does not place us in the Garden of Eden our presence there does.
I am not a Christian, I am in the presence of God as was Jesus.
Friday, November 5, 2010
I feel great even though our friend has had a bad accident. We sent our condolence but that is never enough for the pain and suffering endured.
Mom is off at work and I am about to empty a closet and remove the carpet in it (Our son's room).
Time for some strong red tea.
At the moment history is telling us that Bush put us in the hole and if the tax cuts are extended then Obama will also be remembered for doing the same thing as a popularity vote. History will forget Bush if he does and only remember Obama as the one that had a chance to stop this nonsense but continued it.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Renewing the Bush era tax breaks for all taxpayers, not just the middle class, will ensure an additional $114 billion to next year’s deficit
The Republicans want to cut spending and renew the Bush tax breaks.
Does that make sense?
If the tax cuts are extended we go into the hole $114 billion dollars in one year.
Do not let Obama compromise with the Republicans on this. They want the tax breaks to continue and add the $114 billion to next year’s budget.
Tell Obama no tax breaks for anyone. Just say no or your grandchild will have to pay more.
Do you understand what is going on now?
Both views are beautiful but both are different. I think with more knowledge I could see the same from both lenses (my eyes and the cameras).
Where does Kentucky rank in education 34th.
Where does Kentucky rank in economic growth 43rd.
Where does Kentucky rank in fatal child abuse 1st.
Where does Kentucky rank in "the worst-run state" 1st.
Where does Kentucky rank in taxes 19th.
I am trying to figure what our United States Senator has done for his constituents?
There has to be something that I am missing.
He wants to elect a president that will help the country and is not black or a Democrat.
What is he going to do for Kentucky in the future?
The same ol' thing he has always done.
Perhaps we could be a slave state for China.
Or we could produce militant hunters for corporations.
By reputation we have the best aim.
Does not build roads in front of your home.
Does not provide Social Security.
Does not provide Health Care.
Does not regulate our food, water and air.
Does not regulate big business (oil wells, mines).
Does not provide an army warehouse.
Big Business Won
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Well I am very happy to have wakened up to such a dreary day. I was wondering when fall would arrive and it has in full force ( I use a spell checker every day).
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
By not speaking a language in the area you are in does reflect on the mood of those listening to you speak. I know it does here where I am at.
My lips are dry this morning so maybe the teapot will boil and whistle and maybe I can wet my lips.