Friday, August 21, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
1. A Bible.
2. A silver dollar.
3. A bottle of whisky.
4. And a Playboy magazine.
"I'll just hide behind the door,' the old preacher said to himself. 'When he comes home from school today, I'll see which object he picks up.
"If it's the Bible, he's going to be a preacher like me, and what a
blessing that would be!
"If he picks up the dollar, he' s going to be a business man, and that
would be okay, too.
"But if he picks up the bottle, he's going to be a no-good drunken bum, and Lord, what a shame that would be.
"And worst of all if he picks up that magazine he's going to be a
The old man waited anxiously, and soon heard his son's foot-steps as he entered the house whistling and headed for his room.
The boy tossed his books on the bed, and as he turned to leave the room he spotted the objects on the table..
With curiosity in his eye, he walked over to inspect them. Finally, he
picked up the Bible and placed it under his arm. He picked up the silver dollar and dropped into his pocket. He uncorked the bottle and took a big drink, while he admired this month's centerfold.
"Lord have mercy," the old preacher disgustedly whispered. "He's gonna run for Congress."
Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America 's true living legends- an acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world's highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize him as the foremost leader in change management. Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as "partnering." Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history.
AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
Dear President Obama:
You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.
You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.
You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.
You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.
You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.
You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.
You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.
You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.
You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America ' crowd and deliver this message abroad.
You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.
You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.
You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.
You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.
You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.
You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.
You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.
You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.
You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.
You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.
You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.
Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.
TRUE - CHECK: http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/youscareme.asp
This letter was sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it. Big surprise. Since it hit the Internet, however, it has had over 500,000 hits. Keep it going. All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing. It's happening right now.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
By Edward Luce and Alexandra Ulmer in Washington
Published: August 16 2009 18:07 | Last updated: August 16 2009 18:07
Opponents of Barack Obama’s healthcare proposals are using the tactics of Saul Alinksy, the legendary leftwing activist who helped inspire the US president when he was a young community organiser, says Dick Armey, head of Freedom Works, a group fighting against universal healthcare.
Mr Armey, who was the Republican majority leader in the House of Representatives for most of the 1990s, said his group, which is behind many of the “tea party” protests that have disrupted town-hall meetings in the past two weeks, draws consciously on the forms of agitation pioneered by Mr Alinsky.
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Obama's health care plan will be
written by a committee whose head says he doesn't understand it,
passed by a Congress that hasn't read it,
signed by a president who smokes,
funded by a treasury chief who did not pay his taxes,
overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and
financed by a country that is nearly broke.
What could possibly go wrong?
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
I wish I could shake this man's hand. I just want to know where he got it!
While discussing the upcoming Universal Health Care Program with my sister-in-law the other day, I think we have found the solution. I am sure you have heard the ideas that if you’re a senior you need to suck it up and give up the idea that you need any health care. A new hip? Unheard of. We simply can’t afford to take care of you anymore. You don’t need any medications for your high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, etc. Let’s take care of the young people. After all, they will be ruling the world very soon.
So here is the solution. When you turn 70, you get a gun and 4 bullets. You are allowed to shoot 2 senators and 2 representatives. Of course, you will be sent to prison where you will get 3 meals a day, a roof over your head and all the health care you need!!! New teeth, great!!! Need glasses, no problem. New hip, knee, kidney, lung, heart? Well bring it on. And who will be paying for all of this. The same government that just told you that you are too old for health care. And, since you are a prisoner, you don’t have to pay any income tax.
I really think we have a Perfect Solution!!!
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Black and crystal seed beads with two vintage focal beads in a netted cuff.
Daisy Chain of seed beads with polymer focal made by Gail.
Lariat Chain of seed beads with glass art focal.
Jasper and seed bead chain.
Jasper and seed bead chain...doesn't the color seeds make a difference!
Under the sea chain with polymer focal.
Monday, August 03, 2009
incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and
historically significant gift, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos
of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and
If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have
If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the non-existent
"Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?
If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people
who cannot seem to keep current on their income taxes, would you have
If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to Cinco de
Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the fourth of May
(Cuatro de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?
If George W. Bush had mis-spelled the word advice would you have hammered
him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoe as "proof" of what a dunce
If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single
tree on "Earth Day", would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?
If George W. Bush's administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over
millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing
widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually "get" what
happened on 9-11?
If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a
teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press
conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how he
inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the
If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout
the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans,
would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of
racism and incompetence?
If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation,
even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have
If George W. Bush had proposed to double the national debt, which had taken
more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10
years, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan's holdings of GM stock by
90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura
Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?
So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and
impressive? Can't think of anything? Don't worry. He's done all this in 5
months -- so you'll have three years and seven months to come up with an
That idea just scares the hell out of me!!!!!
Read Chuck Norris' Column: What Obama and my wife have in common
Posted: August 03, 2009
1:00 am Eastern
Dear Mr. President:
First, happy birthday. I do hope Aug. 4 is an enjoyable day for you and your family. Coincidentally, I also will be celebrating this week the birth of someone dear to me, my beloved wife, Gena, whose birthday is on Aug. 9.
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Sunday, August 02, 2009
cancers. Breast cancer mortality is 52 percent higher in Germany than
in the United States and 88 percent higher in the United Kingdom.
Prostate cancer mortality is 604 percent higher in the United Kingdom
and 457 percent higher in Norway. The mortality rate for colorectal
cancer among British men and women is about 40 percent higher.
2. Americans have lower cancer mortality rates than Canadians. Breast
cancer mortality in Canada is 9 percent higher than in the United
States, prostate cancer is 184 percent higher, and colon cancer among
men is about 10 percent higher.
3. Americans have better access to treatment for chronic diseases than
patients in other developed countries. Some 56 percent of Americans
who could benefit from statin drugs, which reduce cholesterol and
protect against heart disease, are taking them. By comparison, of
those patients who could benefit from these drugs, only 36 percent of
the Dutch, 29 percent of the Swiss, 26 percent of Germans, 23 percent
of Britons, and 17 percent of Italians receive them.
4. Americans have better access to preventive cancer screening than
Canadians. Take the proportion of the appropriate-age population
groups who have received recommended tests for breast, cervical,
prostate, and colon cancer:
Nine out of ten middle-aged American women (89 percent) have had a
mammogram, compared to fewer than three-fourths of Canadians (72
Nearly all American women (96 percent) have had a Pap smear, compared
to fewer than 90 percent of Canadians.
More than half of American men (54 percent) have had a
prostatespecific antigen (PSA) test, compared to fewer than one in six
Canadians (16 percent).
Nearly one-third of Americans (30 percent) have had a colonoscopy,
compared with fewer than one in twenty Canadians (5 percent). 5.
Lower-income Americans are in better health than comparable Canadians.
Twice as many American seniors with below-median incomes self-report
“excellent” health (11.7 percent) compared to Canadian seniors (5.8
percent). Conversely, white, young Canadian adults with below-median
incomes are 20 percent more likely than lower-income Americans to
describe their health as “fair or poor.”
6. Americans spend less time waiting for care than patients in Canada
and the United Kingdom. Canadian and British patients wait about twice
as long—sometimes more than a year—to see a specialist, have elective
surgery such as hip replacements, or get radiation treatment for
cancer. All told, 827,429 people are waiting for some type of
procedure in Canada. In Britain, nearly 1.8 million people are waiting
for a hospital admission or outpatient treatment.
7. People in countries with more government control of health care are
highly dissatisfied and believe reform is needed. More than 70 percent
of German, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and British adults say
their health system needs either “fundamental change” or “complete
8. Americans are more satisfied with the care they receive than
Canadians. When asked about their own health care instead of the
“health care system,” more than half of Americans (51.3 percent) are
very satisfied with their health care services, compared with only
41.5 percent of Canadians; a lower proportion of Americans are
dissatisfied (6.8 percent) than Canadians (8.5 percent).
9. Americans have better access to important new technologies such as
medical imaging than do patients in Canada or Britain. An overwhelming
majority of leading American physicians identify computerized
tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the most
important medical innovations for improving patient care during the
previous decade—even as economists and policy makers unfamiliar with
actual medical practice decry these techniques as wasteful. The United
States has thirty-four CT scanners per million Americans, compared to
twelve in Canada and eight in Britain. The United States has almost
twenty-seven MRI machines per million people compared to about six per
million in Canada and Britain.
10. Americans are responsible for the vast majority of all health care
innovations. The top five U.S. hospitals conduct more clinical trials
than all the hospitals in any other developed country. Since the mid-
1970s, the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology has gone to U.S.
residents more often than recipients from all other countries
combined. In only five of the past thirty-four years did a scientist
living in the United States not win or share in the prize. Most
important recent medical innovations were developed in the United
All this means people live longer. The older people get, the more
health care costs and the more social security they suck out of
government. This diverts money away from dimorat special interests,
the POOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR with it's own network of social workers and
other bureaucrats and union giveaways. So the government bureaucrats,
neo-commie socialists all, want to ration health care and knock 10-15
years off how long people live. That means there will be more money
for hair-brained "research" projects, non-compete contracts for
contributors and more power for them. SO if you are
poooooooooooooooooor, a social worker, member of a union or under 25,
this health care takeover will benefit you, at least for a few years.
If you are over 40, have a medical condition or just don't want a
central planner in DC to have control over YOUR healh care, you had
best fight this nightmare.
If you still don't understand what it means, get the movie "Logan's
Run". That is our future.