Monday, April 2, 2007

    Get the clean hands habit

    This was one of a series of instructional images used by the Minnesota Board of Health in the 1930s used to train the state’s public health workers. The purpose of these images and the appropriate training was focused on protecting food supplies from bacterial contamination.

    Many people do not think about food safety until a food-related illness affects them or a family member. While the food supply in the United States in 2005 was deemed to be one of the safest in the world, CDC estimates that 76 million people get sick, more than 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 Americans die each year. Text and photo courtesy of PHIL, Public Health Image Library.Source URL:
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    We be God

    As we flee from any worship of the true God, let's pretend we are great and powerful, that we are stronger than the sun or the tides, that there never were climate cycles before the automobile, and that we hung the moon*. Let's just legislate ourselves out of the world markets, incrementally, and turn it all over to our friends the Chinese.

    In this case Massachusetts v. EPA, [also known as Bush v. Gore Movie], the Court ruled that the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has existing authority under the Federal Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles. Greenhouse gas pollutants, such as carbon dioxide, cause the warming of the earth’s atmosphere.

    As Massachusetts Chief Priest and Attorney General Martha Coakley says: "As a result of today’s landmark ruling, EPA can no longer hide behind the fiction that it lacks any regulatory authority to address the problem of global warming." From the Massachusetts AG site.

    Clean air is good. Good for us and good for business. But tying it to humans controlling the temperature of the earth's atmosphere, is ludicrous.

    *Wasn't there a full moon last night?Source URL:
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    Di-Fi flap fails to faze Dems

    The hardest thing to get used to as a Republican is how they immediately cave in on everything. Like the firing of political appointees for being political. Why do those guys think they got the job? You’d never find a Democrat running from controversy! It’s just a smoke screen to cover the tail between their legs as they cut and run in Iraq. I’ll stay Republican so I can vote in the primaries, but these folks are just so wimpy I go crazy. And they really aren’t strong on pro-life anymore, and will probably collapse on stem-cell if a Democrat celebrity with a disease says BOO. God knows, the Republicans spend money like Democrats--and I didn’t like that even 10 years ago.

    So now that Diane Feinstein (D-CA) has resigned as chair of the Military Appropriations Subcommittee (MILCON) after six years of running it with a conflict of interest because of her husband's war contracts (Richard C. Blum's companies) and oversight for funding for wounded soldiers, I'm pretty sure there won't be calls for her to close her office and quit (except from the farleft who see her as an evil Republican). Democrats seem to lead a charmed life when it comes to ethics and conflicts of interest. They don't even mind that George Soros, who supports all sorts of left wing causes, gets richer daily with Halliburton stock. (BTW, I see that Halliburton is 6th in government contracts, but University of California system is 7th--oops, the top 5 are also in California.

    "As of December 2006, according to SEC filings and, three corporations in which Blum's financial entities own a total of $1 billion in stock won considerable favor from the budgets of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs:

    Boston Scientific Corporation: $17.8 million for medical equipment and supplies; 85 percent of contracts awarded without benefit of competition.

    Kinetic Concepts Inc.: $12 million, medical equipment and supplies; 28 percent noncompetitively awarded.

    CB Richard Ellis: The Blum-controlled international real estate firm holds congressionally funded contracts to lease office space to the Department of Veterans Affairs. It also is involved in redeveloping military bases turned over to the private sector."

    Disclosure: Everything I've read about this seems to point back to this source, and I know little about it except it covers California's celebrity scene.

    Update: Here in central Ohio, a sheriff in a nearby county has been disgraced and had to leave office for directing a contract worth $1300 to his son-in-law. He has pled guilty, apologized, and said he was ignorant of the law, but because of his position of trust, that's no excuse. Now there's a man who knows what to do when you're caught with your hand in the cookie jar. Di-Fi should be so brave.Source URL:
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    Not Holsteins. Not Brown Swiss. Not Belted Galloways. COWS is the acronym for Central Ohio Watercolor Society, and Saturday we hung their Spring Show at The Church at Mill Run, 3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard OH 43026. The show will run April 1 - May 10 and you can see it between 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    COWS was established in 1965 and holds steadfastly to true transparent watercolor. It sponsors worshops and paint-outs and holds two juried exhibitions per year. This year Stan Pierce is the president. New member applications are accepted in November.Source URL:
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    Have you ever had one of those weeks

    where it seemed to be non-stop eating? I've written here several times since September about weight loss, and I've been successful and am right where I want to be for the last 60 days. Last Tuesday I noticed I was a bit under. Well, not to worry, it was a rather social week. Pie on Thursday. Pie on Friday. Cake on Saturday. Nibbles and brownies with frosting on Sunday afternoon. Nibbles and some sort of cream dessert in a graham cracker crust on Sunday evening. This morning I feel like I've been run over by a truck. I think this is a carb hang-over.Source URL:
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Sunday, April 1, 2007

    Korean War Vet proposes duct tape solution

    When Sen. Joe Biden was stumping a very small audience in Sumter,SC, he asked them for Iraq solutions. A 79 year old Korean War veteran suggested duct tape:

    "But when Biden turned to the audience for questions, John Stevens, a 79-year-old Air Force disabled veteran of Korea and Vietnam, told Biden he had a better solution.

    The war's being lost in Congress by the people who give aid and comfort to the enemies that are killing our troops," he said.

    Stevens then said he had his own plan: "I call it the duct tape solution. You take a roll of duct tape and you put it over the mouths of the people that are criticizing our troops and also causing the enemy to continue attacking our troops and blowing them up."

    Story at Myrtile Beach Online, noticed at Don Surber's site.Source URL:
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