28 April 2006

We are heading for a war on our own soil

Sadly enough, it is because many Americans feel we are being invaded by illegal immigrants. And I stress the term illegal, though many of these illegal immigrants prefer the term "undocumented". That is like calling a person driving illegally because he or she does not have a drivers license as not driving illegally, but just driving "undocumented".

Now, May 1st, which is this upcoming Monday, there is a planned strike to shut down companies who favor illegal immigration.

In response, there is also a call to boycott any company who closes May 1st in support of illegal immigration.

So as you can see, our country is quickly heading for another Civil War, and George W. Bush seems to be emulating James Buchanan. What a legacy. The father of the Civil war to divide our country. Congrats Mr. President.*sarcasm in case you could not tell*

Check out this story from
Mexico Cheers Passage of Immigration Bill
By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Writer

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

(03-28) 01:43 PST MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) --

Mexicans cheered the proposal approved Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee to legalize undocumented migrants and provide temporary work visas, and credited huge marches of migrants across the United States as the decisive factor behind the vote.

Mexican President Vicente Fox said the vote was the result of five years of work dating to the start of his presidential term in 2000, and puts Mexico one step closer toward the government's goal of "legalization for everyone" who works in the United States.

"My recognition and respect for all the Hispanics and all the Mexicans who have made their voice heard," Fox said. "We saw them turn out this weekend all across the United States, and that's going to count for a lot as we move forward."

Some Mexican media outlets were even more euphoric, predicting final approval for the committee bill as drafted, and suggesting the weekend demonstrations showed Mexico still holds some sway over former territories which it lost in the 1846-48 Mexican-American War.

"With all due respect to Uncle Sam, this shows that Los Angeles has never stopped being ours," reporter Alberto Tinoco said on the Televisa television network's nightly news broadcast, referring to a Saturday march in Los Angeles that drew an estimated 500,000, mainly Mexicans.

But U.S. ambassador Tony Garza warned Mexicans on Monday that the proposal still faces a long, difficult path through Congress.

"The debate will no doubt be heated and at times contentious," Garza wrote in an open letter distributed in Mexico City. "The debate in the Senate is only one part of the lengthy process."

The bill is designed to strengthen enforcement of U.S. borders, regulate the flow into the country of so-called guest workers and determine the legal future of the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally.

The bill would double the Border Patrol and authorizes a "virtual wall" of unmanned vehicles, cameras and sensors to monitor the U.S.-Mexico border. It also allows more visas for nurses and agriculture workers, and shelters humanitarian organizations from prosecution if they provide non-emergency assistance to illegal residents.

The most controversial provision would permit illegal aliens currently in the country to apply for citizenship without first having to return home, a process that would take at least six years.

Fox has been pushing for a migration accord that would grant some form of legal status to many of the estimated 6 million undocumented Mexicans in the United States. He is likely to bring up the topic when he meets with President Bush starting Thursday in Cancun.

Although a bill granting amnesty to illegal immigrants is unlikely to be approved by Congress, Fox remains hopeful that at least a guest-worker program will be put in place before he leaves office on Dec. 1.

If the United States approves such a program, it would bolster Fox's image and aid the prospects of Felipe Calderon, presidential candidate for Fox's National Action Party, or PAN, said George Grayson, a Mexico expert at the College of William & Mary.

"Fox is looking for some way to be remembered in history," Grayson said.

Illegal migration has emerged as a significant issue in the campaigns of Mexico's three major presidential hopefuls for the July 2 elections, and the United States has asked Mexico to do more to strengthen security along their common border.

And this story from http://www.whittierdailynews.com/news/ci_3645827:
Local students stage walkout against bill
Thousands protest immigration reform
By Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell and Tracy Garcia, Staff Writers

WHITTIER - Tens of thousands of students walked off at least 10 Whittier-area campuses Monday in protest of a proposed federal law that would criminalize illegal immigration.
Similar walkouts were staged at schools across the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles. Locally, the student marchers were largely peaceful, but police said they arrested at least three students.

Officials also reported scattered rock-throwing and at least one person roughed up by marchers. Marchers backed up traffic on local streets, but many motorists honked and cheered on the students.

They were among tens of thousands of students who walked out of schools Monday in California and other states.In Los Angeles, some protesters walked along the busy Harbor (110) Freeway.

On California's Cesar Chavez Day, at least 22,000 students walked out of Los Angeles district schools from the San Fernando Valley to Pacific Palisades, said Monica Carazo, a spokeswoman for the district with 728,000 students.

More than 1,000 students rallied at Los Angeles City Hall. In one of the largest local walkouts, about 800 to 1,000 students left El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera at about 8:20 a.m. and walked to Pioneer and Whittier high schools, where students there joined the group, swelling their ranks to about 2,000.

The students wore orange bandanas, 'La Raza' T-shirts, and carried signs reading 'United We Stand' and 'Impeach Bush.' Many students also carried Mexican flags.

From Whittier, the students marched to Montebello High School, escorted by police squad cars. From there, many planned to march about 20 miles to Los Angeles City Hall, where other students staged a rally.

'We are the sons of immigrants doing a peaceful walk because we want equal rights for everyone and we don't want them to pass this law,' said Damian Rete, 17, of Pioneer High. Local students also walked out of California and Frontier high schools in Whittier, Norwalk and Glenn high schools in Norwalk, and even at Hargitt and Waite middle schools in Norwalk.

Many students said they learned about the protests through the popular onlineWeb site, MySpace.com. Pico Rivera sheriff's Capt. Michael Rothans said deputies following students from El Rancho High warned administrators at Whittier high schools to lock down campuses as the marches headed their way.

Whittier Union High School District Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson said, however that campuses were not locked down. Instead, class periods were extended to keep students indoors. Once the marchers moved on, the regular class schedule resumed, Thorstenson said.

But district officials and teachers walked with students who chose to leave. 'The No. 1 priority for us is student safety,' Thorstenson said. 'It's going to be more of the same tomorrow if this happens again.

'Our students are smart, they're engaged, and many are aware of policy that impacts the community,' she added.

At Whittier High School, amid students' chants of 'Walk out! Walk out!,' several students scaled the school's wrought-iron gate and joined the march.

As officers watched, Jessica Gutierez, 18, jumped the fence, later saying she joined the march 'for the Latinos, and I have immigrants in my family.'

Some minor problems were reported, including a few students throwing bottles at cars and patrol units, Whittier police spokesman Jason Zuhlke said. A motorist was reported assaulted by students at Whittier Boulevard and Highland Avenue, but Zuhlke said he did not have immediate details on that incident.

In Norwalk, deputies said they arrested two 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy for throwing rocks at vehicles at Norwalk Boulevard and Imperial Highway.

A rock was thrown through the window of an ambulance that was transporting a patient, but no one was injured, said sheriff's Sgt. Angela Shepherd.

About a block away, at Norwalk City Hall, hundreds of students gathered. 'It takes a lot of heart to do what the kids are doing today,' said parent Ricky Savocchio, whose daughter called him to say she was walking out of Glenn High in Norwalk.

'She thought she'd be in trouble, but I agree with them,' he said. 'I really believe in what they're doing.'

El Rancho High Principal Julie Ellis said students who left the school will be marked as unexcused from classes.

'I think it's unfortunate that our students didn't join the rest of the country on the weekend when there was an official march to make a point,' Ellis said. 'Our feeling is that a lot of students used this legitimate action to cut school today.'

But students said they were taking the protest seriously and planned to continue boycotting classes until the controversial bill is defeated and a more 'humane' immigration policy is adopted.

'This is not only for the Mexicans, it's for the blacks, Asians and Central Americans,' said Abraham Rangel, a 16-year-old Pioneer High student. 'We will keep doing this for the future of all our families.'

Staff writer Araceli Esparza and wire reports contributed to this story.


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27 April 2006

I'm the Decider

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I am me and Rummy's he, Iraq is free and we are all together
See the world run when Dick shoots his gun, see how I lie
I'm Lying...

Sitting on my own brain, waiting for the end of days
Corporation profits, Bloody oil money
I'm above the law and I'll decide what's right or wrong

I am the egg head, I'm the Commander, I'm the Decider

Baghdad city policeman sitting pretty little targets in a row
See how they die when the shrapnel flies see mothers cry
I'm Lying...I'm Ly-ing...I'm Lying...I'm Ly-ing

Yellow cake uranium, imaginary WMD's
Declassifying facts, exposing secret agents
Tax cuts for the wealthy leaving all the poor behind


Sitting in the White house garden talking to the Lord
My thoughts would be busy busy hatching If I only had a brain


By Paul Hipp

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/04/18/rumsfeld/ where we see proof of our great decider:

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush sharply defended Donald Rumsfeld on Tuesday, saying the embattled Pentagon chief is doing a "fine job" despite calls for his resignation from six retired military generals.

Bush already had interrupted his Easter vacation at Camp David, Maryland, on Friday to release a public statement of support for the defense secretary.

Despite a practice of not usually commenting on personnel moves, the president told reporters Tuesday that his vote of confidence for Rumsfeld was an effort to stamp out speculation about his status.

"You can understand why, because we've got people's reputations at stake," Bush said of his usual aversion to speculation about personnel matters.

"And on Friday I stood up and said, 'I don't appreciate the speculation about Don Rumsfeld; he's doing a fine job; I strongly support him.' "

Pressed to respond to critics who say he is ignoring the advice of respected former military commanders, Bush vigorously stood by Rumsfeld.

"I listen to all voices, but mine is the final decision," he said. "And Don Rumsfeld is doing a fine job. He's not only transforming the military, he's fighting a war on terror. He's helping us fight a war on terror. I have strong confidence in Don Rumsfeld.

"I hear the voices, and I read the front page, and I know the speculation. But I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense."

The president made the comments in the Rose Garden after introducing Rob Portman, the U.S. trade representative, as his pick to be the new White House budget director.

Bush also said he is nominating Portman's deputy, Susan Schwab, as the trade ambassador.

Later, in a briefing at the Pentagon, Rumsfeld fielded more questions about the calls for him to step down. He said that he's not considering doing so and suggested that his critics are uncomfortable with change in the military.

"The president knows that I serve at his pleasure and that's that," the defense secretary said.

Rumsfeld was asked why he had offered his resignation twice as details emerged about the abuse of prisoners by U.S. military personnel at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and was not doing so now. He replied, "Oh, just call it idiosyncratic."

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Duncan Hunter, also issued a statement of "strong and continuing support" for Rumsfeld.

The California Republican said the secretary's decision on the size of the force needed to topple Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein "turned out to be sound."

"Clearly the lightning strike to Baghdad in 18 days validated Secretary Rumsfeld's invasion strategy," Hunter said. "With respect to the occupation, it is clear that asymmetric operations of the insurgents that focus mainly on roadside bombs and suicide bombers are not tactics which can be overwhelmed by simply increasing troop levels."

Proud of changes

In the Pentagon briefing, Rumsfeld presented a long list of developments of the past five years -- ranging from arms reduction agreements with Russia, to strengthening the role of special operations forces, to base closings -- and added, "Every one of those changes that I just described has met resistance."

Rumseld said he was proud of the changes he had made, and continued, "At the same time, we had a war in Afghanistan, we've got a war in Iraq, and we've got the global war on terror going on."

He said he understood that there would always be differences of opinion about his decisions regarding Iraq.

"That's a healthy thing in this country. We ought to respect it and get about our business.

"But if it paralyzes people because someone doesn't agree with them, my goodness gracious, we wouldn't be able to do anything," Rumsfeld said.

Recently, six retired generals -- including former commanders of two Army divisions that saw combat in Iraq -- have called for Rumsfeld to resign.

They accuse him of ignoring advice from senior officers about how to prosecute the war and sending too few troops into Iraq to manage the occupation after the March 2003 invasion.

Those calling for Rumsfeld's resignation are retired Maj. Gen. Charles Swannack, who led the 82nd Airborne Division during its mission in Iraq; former U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Anthony Zinni; retired Maj. Gen. John Batiste, who led the 1st Infantry Division in northern Iraq in 2004-2005; retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton; retired Army Maj. Gen. John Riggs; and retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Gregory Newbold.

Meeting of generals

Tuesday afternoon, Rumsfeld met with a group of about 15 retired generals and other military analysts who regularly appear on television and in newspapers. The meeting was apparently called in response to the recent uproar.

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Donald Shepperd, a CNN military analyst who attended the session, said very little of the direct criticism of the secretary was discussed during the meeting, though it appeared that Rumsfeld was distracted by the retired generals' comments.

However, despite the criticism, Shepperd said, Rumsfeld and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared to be upbeat.

"The secretary was really in a good mood, so was the chairman," Sheppard said. "These people are not troubled people. They are concerned people and they are concerned about what is going on."

According to Sheppard, Pace said he was surprised by the criticism of the policy in Iraq from the retired generals, because he said the commanders were invited to discuss the Iraq war plan while it was being formed.

When discussing the current status of the war, Rumsfeld and Pace pointed to the formation of an Iraqi government as the next key sign of progress in Iraq, Sheppard said. Negotiations on a unity government have been hampered by sectarian squabbles since the elections in December.

"They are happy with the progress of the Iraqi security forces," Sheppard said, but those forces "have to be loyal to an elected government that is competent."

"That's the most difficult challenge in Iraq," he said. "It's not the insurgency. It's the formation and election and performance of an Iraqi government that gains the confidence of the people, just like in this country."

CNN's Ed Henry and Barbara Starr contributed to this report.

25 April 2006

My bank

When we first moved to Pennsylvania, I researched different banks in the area thinking I would transfer to a local bank. I was unable to find one that I thought was as good as the bank I had in West Virginia. Even though my husband and neighbors suggested it would be better if I switched, I never did. And now, I am really glad I didn't. I love my bank.

Here is another reason why:

January 25, 2006

BB&T announces eminent domain policy


BB&T Corporation today said it will not lend to commercial developers that plan to build condominiums, shopping malls and other private projects on land taken from private citizens by government entities using eminent domain.

The commercial lending policy change comes in the wake of Kelo v. City of New London, a controversial Supreme Court decision in June that said governments can seize personal property to make room for private development projects.

The court’s ruling cleared the way for an expansion of eminent domain authority historically used primarily for utilities, rights of way and other public facilities.

“The idea that a citizen’s property can be taken by the government solely for private use is extremely misguided, in fact it’s just plain wrong,” said BB&T Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Allison.

“One of the most basic rights of every citizen is to keep what they own. As an institution dedicated to helping our clients achieve economic success and financial security, we won’t help any entity or company that would undermine that mission and threaten the hard-earned American dream of property ownership.”

The high court, in a 5-4 ruling, held that 15 homes in a waterfront neighborhood in New London, Conn., could be acquired by the city, turned over to private developers and ultimately replaced by a luxury hotel, upscale condos and office buildings. The city justified the project as a way to generate tax revenue and jobs.

Critics charged that by letting local governments decide what constitutes a “public purpose,” the court abdicated its duty to protect citizens from unconstitutional seizures of their property under the Fifth Amendment.

In a stinging dissent by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, she wrote that, since the decision, “the specter of condemnation hangs over all property. Nothing is to prevent the state from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall, or any farm with a factory.”

But that may change. Thirty-eight states have recently passed or are considering laws that would ban the use of eminent domain for private development. A similar bill that would apply a federal ban has passed the House, and President Bush has voiced his support for such reform.

The bipartisan Private Property Rights Protection Act would revoke for two fiscal years all federal economic development financing – a significantly large amount of money for most localities and states – from local governments that condemn privately owned houses and other non-blighted property so that they can transfer it to private developers.

“While we’re certainly optimistic about the pending legislation, this is something we could not wait any longer to address,” said BB&T Chief Credit Officer Ken Chalk. “We’re a company where our values dictate our decision-making and operating standards. From that standpoint, this was a straightforward decision; it’s simply the right thing to do.”

Winston-Salem-based BB&T Corporation and its subsidiaries offer full-service commercial and retail banking and additional financial services such as insurance, investments, retail brokerage, corporate finance, consumer finance, treasury services, international banking, leasing and trust.

BB&T operates more than 1,400 financial centers in the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Indiana and Washington, D.C.

With $109.2 billion in assets, BB&T Corp. is the nation’s ninth largest financial holding company. More information about BB&T Corp. is available at www.BBandT.com.


For more information contact:

Ken Chalk
Senior Executive Vice President,
Chief Credit Officer
(336) 733-2280 Bob Denham

Senior Vice President,
Public Relations
(910) 914-9073

24 April 2006

Can the English language survive after Bush?

"The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country. "

- George W. Bush

"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."

- George W. Bush

"One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that one word is 'to be prepared'. "

- George W. Bush

"I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future."

- George W. Bush

"The future will be better tomorrow. "

-George W. Bush

"We're going to have the best educated American people in the world. "

- George W. Bush

"I stand by all the misstatements that I've made."

- George W. Bush

" We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe."

- George W. Bush

"Public speaking is very easy."

- George W. Bush

"A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls."

- George W. Bush

"We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur. "

- George W. Bush

"For NASA, space is still a high priority."

- George W. Bush

" Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children."

- George W. Bush

" It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it. "-!

-George W. Bush

"It's time for the human race to enter the solar system."

- George W. Bush

God help America ..

22 April 2006

Million Dollar Cheney

Please click here if you would like to hear the song

To the tune of "Billion Dollar Babies" by Alice Cooper, circa 1972.

Billion dollar Cheney
Sneering little monster, he’s the source of evil
Just a corporate looter
He loves nothing more than money.

Billion dollar Cheney
Commits an act of treason just to get his war on
The power and the money really give our Dick a hard on

He goes scheming nightly in the White House
While George Dubya’s sleeping in his bed.
He likes secrets, don’t tell,
Cause if you speak truth he’ll tell you to go fuck yourself.

Yeah, billion dollar Cheney
Loves his no bid contracts
Hoping for some more now
Give him oil, give him terror, give him lots of torture
Billion dollar Cheney
Hiding in his bunker, smearing and attacking
Wants you good and scared so he can stab you in the back yeah.

He goes scheming nightly in the White House
While George Dubya’s sleeping with the lump
He likes secrets, don’t tell,
Cause if you speak truth he’ll tell you to go fuck yourself.

Million dollar Cheney,
Billion dollar Cheney,
Trillion dollar Cheney,
Zillion dollar Cheney.

11 April 2006

Boycott Exxon/Mobil

Gas prices are outrageous. I have seen it jump $.10 a day. Oil companies are making record profits. We had a warm winter, so less oil was used there, which means there is no shortage. The oil companies have joined together and done some price fixing. Our president is an oil man who is profiting financially from this, so obviously he will just encourage the price gouging. What can we do?

Boycott Exxon/Mobile. Just buy gas from other, smaller companies.

I was sent an email from a friend of mine who has a great idea…

Subject: gas price rate cheaper

This could really work.

GAS WAR - an idea that will work.

This was originally sent by a retired Coca Cola executive It came from one of his engineer buddies who retired from Halliburton. It's worth your consideration.

Join the resistance!!!!

I hear we are going to hit close to $ 4.00 a gallon by next summer and it mightgo higher!! Want gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united action.

Phillip Hollsworth offered this good idea. This makes much more sense than the "don't buy gas on a certain day" campaign that was going around last April or May! The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn't continue to "hurt" ourselves by refusing to buy gas. It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT, whoever thought of this idea has come up with a plan that can really work. Please read on and join with us!

By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $1.50 is super cheap. Me too! It is currently $2.79 for regular unleaded in my town. Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a gallon of gas is cheap at $1.50 - $1.75, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that buyers control the marketplace--not sellers. With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The only way we are going to see the price of gas come down is if we hit someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their gas! And, we can do that without hurting ourselves.


Since we all rely on our cars, we can't just stop buying gas. But we can have an impact on gas prices if we all act together to force a price war.

Here's the idea:

For the rest of this year, don’t purchase any gasoline from the two biggest companies (which now are one), EXXON and MOBIL. If they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit. But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Exxon and Mobil gas buyers. It's really simple to do! Now, do not wimp out on me at this point...keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!!

I am sending this note to 30 people. If each of us send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) ... and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000)...and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth group of people, we will have reached over three million (3,000,000) consumers.

If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it.....three hundred million (300,000,000) people!!!

If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on. I suggest that we not buy from EXXON/MOBIL until they lower their prices to the $1.30 range and keep them down. This can really work.

10 April 2006


I am a new recent fan of the musician Pink. I love her attitude, and this song Stupid Girls. I think she is correct. I know I was not the only girl to be conditioned to "play dumb". And ashamedly, I still do it. Many of us females are taught to stoke men's egos, to make them feel more superior. Why? It is a wake-up call to stop selling ourselves short..

Stupid Girls

Stupid girl, stupid girls, stupid girls
Maybe if I act like that, that guy will call me back
What a paparazzi girl, I don't wanna be a stupid girl

Go to Fred Segal, you'll find them there
Laughing loud so all the little people stare
Looking for a daddy to pay for the champagne
(Drop a name)
What happened to the dreams of a girl president
She's dancing in the video next to 50 Cent
They travel in packs of two or three
With their itsy bitsy doggies and their teeny-weeny tees
Where, oh where, have the smart people gone?
Oh where, oh where could they be?

Maybe if I act like that, that guy will call me back
What a paparazzi girl, I don't wanna be a stupid girl
Baby if I act like that, flipping my blonde hair back
Push up my bra like that, I don't wanna be a stupid girl

(Break it down now)
Disease's growing, it's epidemic
I'm scared that there ain't a cure
The world believes it and I'm going crazy
I cannot take any more
I'm so glad that I'll never fit in
That will never be me
Outcasts and girls with ambition
That's what I wanna see
Disasters all around
World despaired
Their only concern
Will they **** up my hair

Maybe if I act like that, that guy will call me back
What a paparazzi girl, I don't wanna be a stupid girl
Baby if I act like that, flipping my blonde hair back
Push up my bra like that, I don't wanna be a stupid girl

Oh my god you guys, I totally had more that 300 calories
That was so not sexy, no
Good one, can I borrow that?

(Do ya thing, do ya thing, do ya thing)
(I like this, like this, like this)
Pretty will you **** me girl, silly as a lucky girl
Pull my head and suck it girl, stupid girl!
Pretty would you **** me girl, silly as a lucky girl
Pull my head and suck it girl, stupid girl!

Baby if I act like that, flipping my blonde hair back
Push up my bra like that, stupid girl!

Maybe if I act like that, that guy will call me back
What a paparazzi girl, I don't wanna be a stupid girl
Baby if I act like that, flipping my blonde hair back
Push up my bra like that, I don't wanna be a stupid girl

09 April 2006

Recognizing a Stroke

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed an getting to the patient within 3 hours which is tough.


Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps. Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

1. *Ask the individual to SMILE.

2. *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

3. *Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. . It is sunny out today). If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher!

After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions. They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last February. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.

Happy Palm Sunday

Happy Palm Sunday to everyone that celebrates Latin Easter.

Usually on holidays, I talk about that specific holiday. Not today. I have been hearing on the news, commentators tell how Americans think and feel. So I want to tell you how a voting American feels first hand...

I have been watching demonstrations in our country of illegal undocumented aliens protesting a bill in Congress to keep illegal aliens out of our country. Notice, I use the term "illegal". It is because they are illegally in our country, which is a slap in the face to every person who came into this country legally. Yet it seems many of them have more rights than we do. I remember when I lived in Texas and worked as a nurses aide in a nursing home, two of the janitors were speaking in Spanish. One of them said something to me in Spanish. I told her that I did not understand Spanish. Her reply was that I should have to learn Spanish because they had to learn English.

Another example is when I tried to leave my abusive ex-husband. I called women's shelters and was told they had to save the beds for women who really needed them: women with children and Hispanics. She honestly told me that because I was not Hispanic, they could not help me leave my ex-husband who was a rapist. And this was an agency that received government money.

Our president has proclaimed that we are in a war on terror. So why are we allowing illegal aliens into our country? Would we be allowing illegal undocumented aliens to protest if they were Haitian? If they Iranian? If they were Iraqi? No. We would probably have them arrested as terrorists. So why is special treatment being given to Mexicans who illegally enter our country?

The answer is simple. Our president is taking a page out of Lincoln's playbook. During the Civil War, Lincoln encouraged Irish to immigrate to the United States because Abe needed soldiers to fight for the Union cause. During the Civil War, French and English supported the South, and at that time, Irish and English were enemies. So who better at that time to recruit into the Union army than the Irish? The plan worked. The Confederates surrendered. Interesting that our president comes from one of those Confederate states. And his state is the only one in the Union that not only pledges allegiance to the country, but to the state itself. Texas is also the only state in the Union where the state flag can fly equal to the American flag. So is allowing illegal immigrants good for the country, or is it good for the wealthy in Texas who do not want to pay the taxes, social security, medical insurance that does with hiring legal workers?

Now, our president has waged war against Iraq, and had declared his intentions of waging an attack on Iran, yet, most Americans do not support the war. Military enlistment has decreased. So where will our president find recruits for his wars? Mexico. Simply promise citizenship to any Mexican illegal immigrant who enters the United States. Then the president can wage his wars as he pleases with fresh supplies of bodies. Considering that Mexico is a Catholic country whose religion does not condone birth control, there is no telling how long our president can play John Wayne.

This morning on CBS morning news, I listened to a Democrat Congressman from California state that workers in Mexico make in one day what minimum wage is here in the United States. I have been to Mexico. I remember paying some guy who came by our table while we were eating $5.00 for a polaroid back in the late '80's, which is the same price I would pay back in the United States at a theme park. Then the Congressman went on to say that here in the U.S., the rate of unemployment for an illegal immigrant is lower than it is for an American. Then he had the audacity to say that it is because illegal immigrants work harder than Americans do. Very interesting. I lived in Texas when Bush Sr. passed the law that allowed illegal immigrants automatic citizenship back in the late '80's. I worked selling men's clothing and stocking shelves for minimum wage along with other minimum wage jobs to make ends meet, while my neighbor who was from Mexico and married to an illegal alien, got social security because she claimed her husband left her with 5 kids and she was pregnant. After she got social security to give her money, she went and had an abortion because she did not want any more kids, but she did not tell social security that. And as for her husband leaving her, he left on a shrimp boat to make $1000.00 a week "under the table", which means he paid no taxes or social security. He came home with a wad of cash, plus the government was giving them social security money also. All the while, I worked my butt off for $3.65 an hour and paying taxes on it. Tax money that was going to someone who was bringing home more money a week than I was, and all they had to do was lie to the government to give them more money so they could take it all back to Mexico and live a wealthy lifestyle.

We can do something about this though. This is an election year. How our politicians handle this issue will greatly influence who I will vote for. Illegal "undocumented" workers cannot legally vote in this country. So any politician, whether Republican or Democrat, will definitely lose my vote if they turn their backs on us and give their allegiance to Mexico like our president seems to have done.