Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Conservative blogger, Mandy Nagy (aka Liberty Chick) needs our help...

please donate.

On September 6th, Mandy Nagy also known as Liberty Chick, had a very serious stroke.  She has had surgery and as of today's update is headed to rehab.

She was to start as editor of Legal Insurrection on September 8th.  William Jacobson has been keeping us updated as to her condition via Mandy's mom. 

From Legal Insurrection:
On September 6, Mandy suffered a serious stroke, and has been in the hospital ever since. The details and her progress are in my prior post, Pray for Mandy Nagy.
It is hoped that Mandy will move to a rehab facility soon.

The most recent update to my original post was this comment from Mandy’s mom: “Mandy was doing well this morning. But she wants to come home. I told her that’s not possible yet.”
I don’t want to go into too much detail, but Mandy faces at least several hard months ahead of her, maybe more.
Mandy’s family has established a “supplemental needs” trust, with her mother as Trustee. All funds raised will go into that Trust.
Your donations are greatly appreciated. There are two ways to donate.
You can pay by credit card at the

GoFundMe page for Mandy Nagy:

Please help her out in any way you can.

You also can pay by check, payable to the “Mandy Nagy Supplemental Needs Trust” at the following address:

Mandy Nagy Supplemental Needs Trust
P.O. Box 33
Liberty Corner, NJ 07938






Goldman Sachs: Something to think about...

you're not paranoid if they really are out to get you.

And you say, “No.  How is that possible?  How can that be?  How can Goldman Sachs be running at 545 times leverage relative to its assets?”  And the answer is, because Goldman Sachs and the United States government are, for all intents and purposes, the SAME. FISCAL. ENTITY.  And if anybody has any explanation other than that, I would love to hear it.  And again, I would just encourage you to look at the people who are populating the United States government, the bureaucracy, the federal reserve banks.  And look at their CVs.  Where did these people come from?  They came from Goldman.  ‘Kay?  Again, I don’t like the whole conspiracy theory worldview, but sometimes it’s real.  And when it is real, you have to be brave enough to face it.  That’s it.  Ann Barnhardt
More:

Michael Snyder:  5 U.S. Banks Each Have More Than 40 Trillion Dollars In Exposure To Derivatives
When is the U.S. banking system going to crash?  I can sum it up in three words.  Watch the derivatives.  It used to be only four, but now there are five “too big to fail” banks in the United States that each have more than 40 trillion dollars in exposure to derivatives.  Today, the U.S. national debt is sitting at a grand total of about 17.7 trillion dollars, so when we are talking about 40 trillion dollars we are talking about an amount of money that is almost unimaginable.  And unlike stocks and bonds, these derivatives do not represent “investments” in anything.  They can be incredibly complex, but essentially they are just paper wagers about what will happen in the future.  The truth is that derivatives trading is not too different from betting on baseball or football games.  Trading in derivatives is basically just a form of legalized gambling, and the “too big to fail” banks have transformed Wall Street into the largest casino in the history of the planet.  When this derivatives bubble bursts (and as surely as I am writing this it will), the pain that it will cause the global economy will be greater than words can describe.

If derivatives trading is so risky, then why do our big banks do it?

The answer to that question comes down to just one thing.

Greed.
Read the Rest



Monday, September 29, 2014

Catalist: Manipulation and Propaganda of the Far Left...

and I don't see anyone talking about this.

While I agree that a crazy person whacking off someone's head in an attack already being referred to as "workplace violence" is newsworthy, there are more important things going on.

When Google Reader shut down it's RSS feed, I switched to Feedly.  Unfortunately, Feedly is a poor substitute with erratic feeds, repetition, and dropped feeds.

What it does provide, if you view it in title-only format, is a simplified overview of all the blogs and news sites all neatly lined up on a page.  That means I can scan a whole page of titles, sometimes as many as three to four hundred, and see what I can only describe as an echo chamber.  It makes no difference if the news is old, new, or even true.  Certain bloggers with huge hit counters can post something and within mere minutes it's repeated over and over from blog to blog. 

Catalist

On September 17, PJ Media published an article by J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department Voting Section lawyer entitled  ‘CATALIST’: Obama’s Database for Fundamentally Transforming America.
Catalist, which was founded in 2006 with seed money from billionaire leftist George Soros and whose president is former Clinton Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes, specializes in “micro-targeting.” source
 I've read and reread the article a number of times, and each time I become more disturbed; not just about the purpose of Catalist, but by the massive amounts of data that has been collected on just about every citizen of this country.

From the Catalist website:
Catalist maintains and constantly updates a complete national (50 States, plus the District of Columbia) database of over 280 million persons (more than 190 million registered voters and 90 million unregistered adults). This sets us apart from other voter file vendors who assemble their database only immediately prior to election cycles or when customer demand for the data is high.  source
Now, I didn't just fall off the turnip truck.  I've never even been on the truck (okay, maybe once or twice).  I know advertisers target us with sophisticated data, much of which we have willingly handed over to them by way of store loyalty cards.

I know the NSA, a government agency, knows more about us than our own mothers do.  Knowledge is power and it swings both ways.  Their knowledge allows them to target us, but our knowledge that we are being targeted should help protect us somewhat.

Back to the Echo Chamber 

What I've found most disturbing about the PJ Media article is the fact that no echo chamber effect was present on my Feedly.  My first thought was that I must have all the wrong feeds, that maybe I wasn't hanging with the right crowd, so I did a Google search and, guess what?  About the only outlets that covered this were PowerlineThe Washington TimesFront Page MagWhite House Dossier (one of my favorites),  OneNewsNow, and  Journalist's Resource.

My question?  Why was there no echo chamber effect on this article?

 What I do see, is an overwhelming amount of focus on Obama when he is clearly not the problem, but only a symptom of what is plaguing this country.  I agree that his and his wife's bashing of the United States when they addressed the UN is troubling (I did a post on it), but does it really change the course of the upcoming election?

There are powerful and uber-wealthy people driving the agenda of this country and they aim to win by any means necessary.   With resources like Catalist and the general dumbing down of the populace, the outcome is almost a foregone conclusion.

 What's the answer to all of this?  I honestly don't know.  Do you?

Read the article at PJ Media and let me know what you think. 

‘CATALIST’: Obama’s Database for Fundamentally Transforming America. 



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Akhal-Teke: The Golden Horses of Turkmenistan...

never heard of them until last week.

The Akhal-Teke  is a horse breed from Turkmenistan, where they are a national emblem.  They have a reputation for speed and endurance, intelligence, and a distinctive metallic sheen. The shiny coat of palominos and buckskins led to their nickname "Golden Horses". These horses are adapted to severe climatic conditions and are thought to be one of the oldest existing horse breeds. There are currently about 6,600 Akhal-Tekes in the world, mostly in Turkmenistan and Russia, although they are also found throughout Europe and North America. read more







Ten Buck Friday on Saturday: Week Four...

being off line for almost an entire day has scrambled my internal calendar.

Each Friday (or Saturday in this case) we are asking our readers to sacrifice one latte to send $10.00 to help us take back our country - vote by vote. 

WyBlog and Proof are on the bandwagon for Thom Tillis in NC and so am I.  

You can contribute to Thom Tillis here.

Political Clown Parade offers up not only a great post for Ten Buck Friday (really - where does she get the time to do everything she does??), but gave us a list of people who need our help.
With six weeks to go, the fight for control of the Senate is down to five states, four of them currently held by Democrats.

This election cycle is vital from the standpoint of not only regaining control of the Senate but also to have an impact on The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer’s ability to appoint (and have confirmed by the Senate) judges to the federal bench and the Supreme Court. read the rest
Contribute to Bill Cassidy here.
Contribute to Tom Cotton here.
Contribute to Joni Ernst here.
Contribute to Cory Gardner here.
Contribute to Thom Tillis here.
 
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Bill Whittle: Socialism - Do you engage in magical thinking?...

or do you believe in whales?

Does "good" Socialism exist?


Beware the gods of the internet...

you could be a target.

This little post of mine asked the question:

How "connected" do we really have to be?

That evening we lost our internet servive and remained unconnected for over TEN hours.

Coincidence?

I think not.




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How to put more time in your day and regain sanity...

or at least use your time to it's best advantage. 

#1

 Turn off your email notification 

It's that simple.

Now I realize that for some people who may be running a business that relies on customer service, knowing when an email comes in could be important. 

But the majority of us don't need dinging sounds going off every time an email drops into our inbox. 

I became concerned when I noticed my heart skipping a beat whenever the notification sounded, so I turned it off.

The sky didn't fall in, my cat didn't start sleeping with my dog (even though she'd love to snuggle up with him), and I became much calmer.  

#2

Don't get a "smart phone"

Do you really need an expensive iPhone plus all the high monthly charges?

Only you can answer that for yourself.

I'll wager that most people don't.

How "connected" do we really have to be?

Instead of connecting to the internet while in a grocery store, why not try connecting to the people who are standing right in front of you? 

#3

Get rid of your stuff 

I'll let George Carlin say it for me while I go get rid of more of my stuff to make room for things that matter.

 




Obama points out all the "failings" of America at UN speech and brings up Ferguson, MO...

while the blacks there continue to loot and riot.

Obama to the UN:
"In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri – where a young man was killed, and a community was divided. So yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions. And like every country, we continually wrestle with how to reconcile the vast changes wrought by globalization and greater diversity with the traditions that we hold dear."

"But we welcome the scrutiny of the world – because what you see in America is a country that has steadily worked to address our problems and make our union more perfect. America is not the same as it was 100 years ago, 50 years ago, or even a decade ago. Because we fight for our ideals, and are willing to criticize ourselves when we fall short. Because we hold our leaders accountable, and insist on a free press and independent judiciary.  Because we address our differences in the open space of democracy – with respect for the rule of law; with a place for people of every race and religion; and with an unyielding belief in the ability of individual men and women to change their communities and countries for the better. 
we hold our leaders accountable?

insist on a free press?

independent judiciary?

respect for the rule of law?
 

I'm speechless.







Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Naomi Klein: The Socialist spewing anti-capitalist author of "This Changes Everything" and darling of the left and her anti-American husband...

enjoy all the perks of capitalism while demanding that we return to living in tents - or something.

Does anyone really think this woman, with no scientific credentials to speak of, has the answer for anything, most especially for the made up money making scam known as global warming?

Let's sum up her entire new bestselling book in one sentence:

We must destroy capitalism and income inequality in order to solve the global warming issue.

There you have it.

Let's take a look at her rabid supporters.  I'm sure they were legion at the People's Climate March in NYC this past Sunday.

You know, the pigs that threw their trash (non-reusable) along the whole parade route and guzzled capitalist corporate coffee from Starbucks.

The same ones who rode in on gas-guzzling buses the size of Manhattan.

The ones like Al Gore, who flew in on a pollution spewing private jet and left in a gigantic SUV that was so big it managed to make his ass look small.

Yep.  Those people.

If you really want to know who Naomi Klein is, listen to her husband, Avi Lewis, interview Ayaan Hirsi Ali in 2007.  Listen to this girlie-man defend Islam and trash the United States.  He actually laughs when Ali defends America as the best of possible places to live.  When she says that anyone can come to America and by working hard become wealthy, Lewis mocks her and says, "Is there a school that teaches you these American clichés? Is it part of your application process?"

Meantime, Naomi and Avi, enjoy the monumental amounts of money they make selling their tripe to the real haters of the world.

And if you don't think you're being propagandized on a daily basis, my first inclination that something was wrong was when I did a Google search on Naomi Klein.  It took nearly 15 pages of links before I saw one negative thing about her - and it was pretty mild.  All the links were to far left sites who extolled her virtues as a "visionary."



More:

DELINGPOLE: 'No Logo' Author's Crib Sheet For Dumb Liberals Deconstructed

Monday, September 22, 2014

People's Climate March: I thought people were supposed to get smarter as they got older...

this is embarrassing to see people of a certain age strumming (badly) guitars and singing out of tune.

Not to mention the hundreds of buses they used to get there, the trash they left behind, and using all those disposable cups for their Starbucks coffee.

Reason TV chatted with a few of the attendees at this glorious return to the Haight-Asbury of their youth and it is predictably embarrassing.



Didn't your mommy teach you to pick up after yourself?


Has Judge Jeanine Pirro become a prepper?...

 The Threat of ISIS is Very Close to Home 

"It's time for us to come together and take the threat seriously." 
 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Adventures in Canning: Pears...

and some things I learned.

  • Pears do not ripen well on the tree and are picked unripened. They will ripen after picking by leaving them on your kitchen counter.

  • To tell if a pear is ripe, press gently on the pear right next to the stem. If it is soft, the pear is ripe.

  • Stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, etc) will not continue to ripen after picking.  Ripening indicates a build up of more sugar in the fruit which will not happen with stone fruit.  All they'll do is get softer, not riper, after picking.  

  • Unfortunately, peaches, like tomatoes, are bred for shipping with thicker skins and are picked when still hard.  Now you know why your peaches become mealy after sitting on the counter.

  • You can easily peel pears by blanching them in hot water for about 30 seconds and then putting them in cold water just like you do with tomatoes and peaches. I used a serrated paring knife to scrape off the peel. 

  •  Hot packing definitely helps prevent "float."

  • You cannot discreetly pass gas sitting in a office chair with  a mesh seat. Oooops - wrong post. Sorry.

The first two batches of pears before I was ready to drop dead of exhaustion.  These were carefully hot packed by heating in hot syrup.



After reaching the "Dear God, is this almost over" stage, I was not as careful heating the pears in syrup.  I ran short on my last jar and was frantically peeling and cramming pears into the not yet full jars.  Notice the float?

I ended up with 14 pints and 5 quarts of pears from one box.  I dearly love canned pears and cottage cheese with a whole bunch of pepper on top.  I know.  I'm weird...



Next up?  Nothing for awhile. 

 Oh, wait.  

There's some beets in the fridge waiting to be pickled.

Arrrrrrrgh!!!






It's Sunday...

time for:





Saturday, September 20, 2014

Wild Bill: What really causes AIDS...

and how to fix it.

I've been saying this since AIDS first appeared and I remember that time very well.  All of my homosexual friends from my years as a ballroom dance instructor and hairdresser are gone.  They died of AIDS because no one would tell them the truth.  I miss them...


Timothy Cardinal Dolan twists himself into a pretzel to defend gays marching in St. Patrick's Day Parade...

and the "Catholics" at Patheos (no link on purpose) have ramped up their support for this very, very bad decision.
NB: If you think this only a Catholic issue and since you're not a mackerel-snapping statue worshiper it doesn't affect you, think again.  Life does not proceed forward in a vacuum.  You can see this sort of thing happening in our politics, our institutions of learning, and in almost all mainstream churches.  These are not separate issues, but are intertwined to destroy our culture.
Cardinal Dolan's response to the self-identifying homosexuals marching in the St. Patrick's Day parade not only affects all Christians everywhere, but also politics, schools, and social policies. 
Elizabeth Scalia, who calls herself  "The Anchoress", grand poobah at the Patheos Catholic channel, has cranked up her nastiness to a level that rivals her buddy Mark Shea, who also blogs at Patheos.  Don't dare share a different opinion about the matter or these "Catholics" will call you all manner of names.  And when it starts becoming clear that many who comment are in disagreement, Elizabeth shuts down the comments claiming she will be gone for ten days on a retreat. 

Elizabeth, who answers comments using the moniker "MeanLizzie", certainly lives up to the mean part.  She might want to start living up to being an Anchoress by slithering off into the seclusion being an Anchorite demands.

A clue for anyone who goes to Patheos; these people earn their money by the number of  clicks or hits their blog receives.  It is to their benefit to stir up controversy, no never mind if it follows Church teaching.  Hence,
 I provide no links. I am not advocating for a boycott on these people.  I don't believe in boycotts.  If you like their sites, by all means visit them.  I choose not to.

Michael Voris beautifully sums up what is wrong with Cardinal Dolan's response  - and we thank him.  



More:

Tenth Crusade:  Cardinal Dolan's 'Splainin - Grab Your Banner and Join the Parade

Tenth Crusade:  Scalia and Patheos- the "Pope Francis Effect"

Sancte Peter:  The Blurred Vision of Mission of Elizabeth Scalia 

Creative Minority Report:  Re: Cardinal Dolan's Explanation

Restore DC Catholicism:  Cardinal Dolan Just Loves Parades, Doesn't He? 
In which Cardinal Dolan urges a large Catholic presence in the People's Climate March, because nothing says "Catholic" more than marching with Communists, SEIU, Code Pink, and Humanists (to name just a few.)

 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Week Three: Ten Buck Friday...

just do it.  We need to turn this country around.

Proof and Wyblog are suggesting our donation this week should go to Tom Cotton in Arkansas.  While Real Clear Politics has Cotton up by a tiny bit, the race is still considered a toss-up.

Diogenes is suggesting Dr. Bill Cassidy, who is running against the odious Mary Landrieu.
I give a special appeal to donate to the campaign of Dr. Bill Cassidy . It is of the up most importance we defeat Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.  The race is virtually a dead heat, and this is a chance to finally defeat the Landrieu family political machine and free America from a rubber stamp for Barrack Obama's policies.
 What to do?  What to do?

I know...

I'll donate to both!



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Chairman Gowdy's Opening Statement at First Benghazi Select Committee Hearing...

absolutely excellent!


Adventures in Canning: Peaches

are delicious.

Peaches prepped and ready to be sliced:


All done:

I have 14 half pint jars of sliced peaches:



Still to do:


These last peaches are becoming dangerously soft, so I will can them in quarts and only halve them instead of slices. 

What I learned:

1.  Have your canning equipment out and your prep area carefully arranged.

2.  Slicing the peaches in half, removing the pit, and using a melon baller to clean the pit area is best done before popping them in hot water/cold water to peel.

3. Use Fresh Fruit to keep the fruit from browning.  There are many home recipes online for keeping fruit from browning.  Personally, I think the extra time is not worth it.  Just buy Fresh Fruit.

4.  Before slicing, sprinkling with Fresh Fruit, and putting in hot syrup - use the rest room.  You do not want to be in the middle of jarring the peaches and have the "sudden urge."

My reward?

A entire case of pears to can.  Yahoo!




To flu shot, or not to flu shot?...

that is the question.

Nothing I'm about to say should be construed as medical advice.  I'm not a doctor, and although I went to nursing school, I switched majors my fourth year to business.

That being said, I do not get flu shots.

I do not believe in flu shots.

and

I actually think flu shots are dangerous and pointless.

Here's what the CDC recommends :
CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the main flu viruses that research suggests will cause the most illness during the upcoming flu season. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, ideally by October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins.
For starters, I don't believe much of anything I hear from a government agency.  These people don't work for me or care about me.

But here's where it gets real:
Flu viruses are constantly changing so it's not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year.
[...]It's not possible to predict with certainty if the vaccine will be a good match for circulating viruses. The vaccine is made to protect against the flu viruses that research indicates will likely be most common during the season. However, experts must pick which viruses to include in the vaccine many months in advance in order for vaccine to be produced and delivered on time. And flu viruses change constantly (called drift); they can change from one season to the next or they can even change within the course of one flu season. Because of these factors, there is always the possibility of a less than optimal match between circulating viruses and the viruses in the vaccine. from CDC
  So you allow someone to inject you with all sorts of nasty stuff that does nothing to protect you against whatever flu flavor of the year is going around.

If your doctor is a huge fan of flu shots, and most are, I don't think they're part of some huge conspiracy.  They obviously believe what they're telling you.  But that doesn't make them right.

The drum beat for having a flu shot is relentless.  This poster claims that flu shots save lives.  If someone has a flu shot and doesn't get the flu, I guess that's chalked up to "saving a life."  Problem is, that's essentially trying to prove a negative.  There is no way to prove a flu shot protected a person from contracting a flu virus.

There's much simpler things to keep you from getting the flu.

The most important one is properly washing your hands and keeping your hands away from your face.

Daisy Luther, at The Organic Prepper, has even more about this subject.  While we all know how nasty shopping cart handles are, I never thought of cleaning my car's steering wheel.

How to Reduce Your Risk of  Catching the Flu This Year 

How many of you get flu shots?