Saturday, January 29, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Some numbers to think about…
20% decrease in violent crime from 1980 to 2007
1.8 million people in the US under correctional supervision in 1980
7.2 million people in the US under correctional supervision in 2007
13 percent of illicit drug users are African American
35 percent is the number of drug related arrests that are of African Americans
17,000 is the number of deaths annually from illicit drug use
103,350 is the number of deaths (annually) from alcohol related causes
256.2 per 100,000 is the rate for which black adults are imprisoned for drug offences
25.3 per 100,000 is the rate for which white adults are imprisoned for drug offences
Less than 1% is the difference in illicit drug use rates between whites and blacks
And the Republican's are looking for ways to cut the budget? Oh, I forgot. Republicans are big believers in the corrections system that we have and wouldn't mind adding to it. With private prisons. Who pays for those?
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
It's wonderful to watch our government in action!
Monday, January 17, 2011
I didn't win but I'm glad someone from Orosi did.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Then if they choose to go into the military, they can use guns for real! Big guns and little guns but all very real. Did you know that we are now buying bullets from Israel because we can't make them fast enough for our grown up kids. They are averaging over 250,000 bullets per enemy dead!
I went to Cabo San Lucas in 1990 and was surprised to see militia with rifles over their shoulders at the airport and walking around town. Shocking! A couple of years later, my wife came on a trip to Cabo with me and I warned her ahead of time about the 'guys with real guns' that she would see. Even prepared, she was scared when she saw them. We had nothing like that at home and we figured it was the sign of being in a third world country. And it was. Now we see automatic weapons routinely at our airports and other public venues. Just a sign of being in a third world country I guess.
I have hunting weapons but I gave up hunting many years ago. The weapons are in the back of the closet and I suppose I should look at them and dust them off every now and then. But I never get around to it. And hunting isn't necessary. It's expensive, dangerous, and we have all the food we need at the store. Is there a good reason to hunt? I don't know what it might be. When I stopped hunting, I thought of it as growing up.
Pistols are a real problem for me. If you're not involved in some form of law enforcement, I see no reason to have one. If you must have a pistol; can't bear the thought of doing without...do you really need one that holds more than, let's say...six bullets? Of course not. Actually just one is enough to kill a loved one by mistake or in a fit of anger.
Well, I can vent here and could even write to 'Dear Wally', our congressman but I doubt that with his siege mentality he would be interested in addressing the issue of gun control. So I'm just venting a little.
I made a great dinner last night. We agreed. And it was easy…although it does require some shopping at Trader Joe's for some of the ingredients.
½ cup of TJ's cubed Pancetta bacon
½ cup chopped sweet onion
½ pkg of Baby Spinach, rough chopped – TJ's
8 mushrooms, sliced – TJ's
5-6 eggs, beaten till well blended – TJ's
Crystal Hot Sauce
TJ's 21 Season Salute - seasoning
Using a medium sized frying pan, cook the Pancetta on medium heat. Add the onions when the bacon is almost done, about 4-5 minutes. Add the eggs and begin to stir while lowering the heat to medium low. After a minute or two, add the spinach and stir in well. As the eggs begin to firm up, add the mushrooms, 4 generous dashes of Crystal and 4 shakes of the 21 Season Salute. Turn the heat up to medium/medium low and cook the mixture slowly for about 5 minutes. Use your own sense of when it's done but the eggs need to be moist and not rubbery. This takes the proper heat and more time stirring the mixture. If you want the very best taste, put the heat on low and stir for about 20 minutes. But, if that's boring, just turn the heat up a little and stir for about 5 minutes. You can see how well you are doing by looking at the bottom of the pan as you stir. No matter how you prepare scrambled eggs, they need to be cooked as slow as possible. Remember; you don't want rubbery eggs! Ever!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head while holding a public event in Tucson, according to multiple news reports
Fox News said Giffords was shot point blank in the head by an unidentified gunman who also indiscriminately shot at least 11 others. The network said the gunman is in custody.
Giffords, 40, a Democrat, is married to U.S. astronaut Mark Kelly. She took office in January 2007, emphasizing issues such as immigration reform, embryonic stem-cell research, alternative energy sources and a higher minimum wage.
Isn't Arizona a 'open carry' state?
And I can see where the issues she emphasized might lead…
I was reading, once again, about the problems of the schools. I decided to do some research as to how much we value teachers and came up with these figures from the US Government, Department of Labor & Whatever. These are the annual pay figures for the year 2009. Today's figures will be lower, of course. I included some pay figures from other occupations just for comparison.
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $30,500
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education $56,660
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education $61,230
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education $61,370
Vocational Education Teachers, Middle School $51,310
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education $63,860
Vocational Education Teachers, Secondary School $61,620
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School $63,440
Special Education Teachers, Middle School $65,140
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School $67,390
Adult Literacy, Remedial Education, and GED Teachers and Instructors $70,410
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers $41,410
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School $103,600
Education Administrators, Postsecondary $100,830
Education Administrators, All Other $84,530
Athletes and Sports Competitors $126,200
Fashion Designers $81,490
Hoist and Winch Operators $67,000
Insurance Sales Agents $76,520
Real Estate Brokers $84,510
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance $72,290
Fish and Game Wardens 65,730
Physical Therapist Assistants $56,820
Public Relations Specialists $66,690
"According to the Census Bureau, over an adult's working life, high school graduates earn an average of $1.2 million; associate's degree holders earn about $1.6 million; and bachelor's degree holders earn about $2.1 million." Unless, of course, you have a bachelor's degree in education.
I was hoping to find the wage figures for a high school coach. A football coach to be exact. But that figure was not to be found and I'm not surprised. By the way, did you ever notice that during heated discussions about school finance, cuts to the athletic department are never mentioned? Okay, if they are mentioned…they are dead last!
I just read this news bulletin 5 minutes ago…
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona Reportedly Shot in Tucson
A Democratic congresswoman from Arizona was shot along with
several others during a public event at a grocery store in
Tucson, according to news reports. The condition of
Representative Gabrielle Giffords remained unclear. The
Tucson Citizen reported that Ms. Giffords had been shot at
close range in the head.
My first thought? Tea Party. Why did I think this way? Rep. Giffords is a Democrat. Isn't it a shame that the events of the past two years have made me think this way?
Friday, January 7, 2011
But, wait...I'm thinking again; wouldn't that endanger peoples lives if they couldn't afford the new and higher rates? Health care isn't as important as electricity? As water?
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
I was scanning the Google Reader and trying to sort the wheat from the chaff as the websites flew by as fast as I could scroll…and then I spotted this from Stephen Colbert.
If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it.
I don't know when he said this but I do know that when I stopped and scrolled down to the comment section there was plenty of rage going on. Rage from those who felt singled out by Mr. Colbert. Rage from those who were sure it was just Democratic liberal clap trap. So I read it again. Hmmm? The quote doesn't contain a single word regarding liberals, conservatives or ? So, how were his words political? Why did these obviously conservative Republicans start foaming at the mouth?