June 5, 2009
Common Sense Information, Ranting and Raving
Guantanamo, terrorism, torture, waterboarding
We as a Nation now have another name to add to our ever growing list of shame. Now we are known as a Nation of torturers. Yeah, yeah, blah,blah, who cares? Right? Well, we are always up to something awful. My goodness! What are we thinking torturing those people at Guantanamo? Hey, all they did was blow up the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and tried to slam a plane into the nations Capitol?
My question is this, why are they still prisoners? Why have they not been put on trial and found guilty, sentenced to death and been put in front of a firing squad? I mean is there a lack of evidence?
Didn’t Mohammed and other members of the Shura Council say that what they were accused of “was a badge of honor that we carry with pride, many thanks to God for his kind gesture and for choosing us to perform the act of Jihad for his cause and to defend Islam and the Muslims”?
What war were the innocent people on the planes and at the Twin Towers fighting that day? What war were the children in the day care center inside of the Twin Towers fighting on 9/11? These admitted murderers are still alive while we debate what prison to put them in. Why? These terrorists are allowed 3 meals a day, allowed to bathe, exercise in a yard and live while the rest of us still mourn the loss of our loved ones.
I do agree we should stop the waterboard torture, because we are ignoring one of their rights, the right to a speedy trial. So lets get on with it. We are supposed to be looking for ways to better our economy and spend less money. Cutting out those three meals a day for this bunch sounds like a good place to start economizing.
January 21, 2009
Animal Stories, Food, Kitchen Gadgets and Recipes, Oh My!
I saw Mike’s article about Genetically Altered Crops, and I thought I’d put in my two cent’s worth. Honey Bees are responsible for pollinating 1/3 of all the food we eat. They provide 80% of the country’s pollination services and are responsible for over 15 Billion dollars in Agricultural crops each year. Yes, that’s right over 15 Billion!!
More than 25% of the Western Honey Bee population has virtually disappeared over the last several winters and Colony Collapse disorder (or CCD) has been reported in over 35 states and other countries as well. Chemical exposure is believed to be one of the factors causing our Honey Bees to disappear, as well as other factors.
That means every time you use weed killers and harmful insecticides you are harming a Bee colony and other friendly yard and garden critters, such as the Butterfly and the lovely Lady Bug. Even those pesty Wasps have a place in your backyard habitat. (do you know how many spiders they dispose of each year?)
There are many safe products to use around your home and garden that won’t destroy one of our most precious and vital insects. Almost every Garden Supply and Hardware store offer safe alternatives ( such as insecticidal soaps).
So along with trying not to buy genetically altered foods we must also be aware of chemicals that harm Honey Bee populations. For without the Honey Bee, we greatly reduce our ability to grow and eat the foods we enjoy every day.
Just an observation.
January 19, 2009
Common Sense Information, General
Don’t you wonder how the political system works? Heck, it’s not just the political system…it’s my life. I ran over this wonderful story from a teacher in Nashville working with 9 year olds. I know kids three times that age that haven’t figured this out yet. Gotta love a 3rd grader!
Ice Cream . . . from a teacher in the Nashville area.
Who worries about “the cow” when it is all about the “Ice Cream?
The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade this year. The presidential election was heating up and some of the children showed an interest. I decided we would have an election for a class president.
We would choose our nominees. They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote. To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class members. We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students should have. We got many nominations and from those, Jamie and Olivia were picked to run for the top spot.
The class had done a great job in their selections. Both candidates were good kids. I thought Jamie might have an advantage because he got lots of parental support. I had never seen Olivia’s mother.
The day arrived when they were to make their speeches, and Jamie went first. He had specific ideas about how to make our class a better place. He ended by promising to do his very best. Everyone applauded.
He sat down and Olivia came to the podium. Her speech was concise. She said, “If you will vote for me, I will give you ice cream.” She sat down.
The class went wild. “Yes! Yes! We want ice cream.” She surely could say more. She did not have to.
A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream? She wasn’t sure.
Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it? She didn’t know.
The class really didn’t care. All they were thinking about was ice cream. Jamie was forgotten. Olivia won by a landslide.
Every time Barack Obama opened his mouth he offered ice cream and fifty-two percent of the people reacted like nine year olds. They want ice cream.
The other forty-eight percent of us know we’re going to have to feed the cow and clean up the mess.
October 19, 2008
Dogs, Food, New to the Porch, Politics
I’m Steve’s wife, and I’m new to this posting thing. Please let everyone know that I’m going to be writing here. It may be about food, it may be about our dogs, and it may even be about what’s going on here too. I’ve got some takes on all this stuff that’s going on around us too, albeit with a feminine slant. Watch for me to post soon!