Hillary and my gut

How have we come to accept blatant lying as the norm for our elected officials?  As I was growing up I learned that your word was your bond.  My Dad taught me that.  I have never forgotten it, and I have never lied because of it.

Over the last several months I have had discussions with many of my friends regarding Hillary Clinton.  It’s no secret in my circle that I am no fan of Hillary!  I didn’t like her in 2008 and I don’t like her now.

The defense I get about her is that she has the best experience and will be best for our country.  In comparison to who, Donald Trump?  Wow, what a sorry comparison.  A bloated orange man who is a misogynist, a bigot (possibly an honorary member of White Supremacist groups), a hater of women, all Muslims, Mexicans, handicapped people, and just about any group you can label.

He has called Hillary, “crooked Hillary.”  Pretty much every single word that pours out of his foul mouth makes me want to vomit, but I have to say, after the press conference by FBI Director Comey, I must take a deep breath, hold my nose, and agree with a man I loathe!

Do I want Trump to run my country?  ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! Do I want someone with experience who I can trust?  Absolutely.  Do I want either Hillary OR Trump?  Absolutely NOT.

My argument with my friends, who have given me countless reasons why I should get on board with Hillary, is that my gut doesn’t feel good.  Now I know that may sound a bit “woo woo” to many of you, but during my 70 years on this planet, I have learned to always believe in and trust my gut, and my gut has never failed me, EVER.

I felt the same way about George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, as it turns out, my gut was right once again.  I mention Bush and Cheney to show that my gut is not partisan.  It could care less whether it’s a man or woman; black or white; Muslim, Christian, or Jew; gay or straight; handicapped; or different from me in any way.  My gut just knows and I always go with its flow.

Today, I decided to write this after watching Hillary Clinton speaking in March of 2015 and saying that she never sent any classified or top secret emails, only used one device, and was totally innocent of all charges.  On the split screen of Hillary speaking last year, was FBI Director Comey telling the American people that Hillary did in fact sent and receive classified and top secret emails, and that she did so using more than one device.  He went on to say that she was “extremely careless” and used “poor judgment,” but did so with “no willful intention.”  For this reason he is not recommending charges be filed.  She may not have done any of this with intention, but she did it just the same, and she lied about it.

Also blackening the eye of Hillary’s campaign was the horrid and totally irresponsible optics of her husband, former President Bill Clinton, having a “chance” meeting with the Attorney General of the US, Loretta Lynch, the woman who heads up the Justice Department.  No matter what was discussed between them, that meeting raises all sorts of questions in the wake of Comey’s recommendations.  No, I don’t believe that Lynch influenced Comey, and I doubt that Bill was stupid enough to ask for a favor from Lynch, but it has raised too many questions in the ranks of us American voters.

This email issue has been turned over to the Department of Justice, but Comey made it clear that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case” to trial.  To me, that’s a clear message to career prosecutors to dismiss this case.  This makes me uneasy, especially in light of the fact that there are people in jail now who have done far less than Hillary.  I hope these people will get their attorney’s to resubmit their cases, because if Hillary doesn’t belong in jail, then neither do any of these others.

Unfortunately for our country, my gut was right again.

For the transcript of Comey’s statement in its entirety, click here.

Author’s note:  My readers should know I have been a Bernie Sanders supporter since he first came to Arizona last July and I saw him in person, with 11,000 other Arizonans, and I was hooked.  I liked what I heard, and I liked that I finally could support a candidate who could actually pass a polygraph.  He actually talked about the issues concerning average Americans like me, and I was thrilled that I could finally support a candidate and not feel as if I were settling for the lesser of two evils.  Since it appears that Bernie didn’t make it (though I doubt some of the findings), I reluctantly tossed my hat into Hillary’s camp to ensure that Trump gets nowhere near the Oval, let alone the White House.  But now I am back to square one.  I still want to make sure Trump doesn’t get elected, but since I can’t vote for Hillary, now what?

 

Fat!

Fat!

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I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, but I have a theory about fat.  Fat from food, and fat on our bodies.

Remember a few decades ago when fat was vilified by scientists, doctors, and the media?  Butter was evil; tropical fats like coconut and palm oil were deadly.  Modified recipes were all the rage so that we could continue eating what we loved, while eliminating that dastardly fat from everything.  Fat was replaced by water, chicken stock, applesauce, and SUGAR!

No one paid attention to carbs any more, but if fat was in anything, the collective scream could be heard around the world.

As everyone scrambled to get the fat out of their diets, here’s my theory about what happened:

We all gorged on fat-free baked goods, salad dressings, dairy products, pasta, and skinless chicken, but none of us were satiated, and nothing tasted good any more, and…we all got fat!

Not only did we get fat, but the incidences of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, ADD, ADHD, and other brain-based diseases crawled off the charts.  Why?  Because our brain is the fattest organ in our bodies; it consists of about 60 percent fat, and it needs fat to function.

So, add some butter to your eggs in the morning; some olive oil on your salads at night; and a tablespoon of coconut oil in your smoothie.

Eliminate starchy carbs, SUGAR, soda, and processed foods.  Snack on nuts and seeds, and treat yourself to a serving of a premium ice cream.

Don’t fear the fat!

Rescue dogs aren’t broken, many are pure bred

 

My two rescued dogs, Rosie and Ben

 

Lately, I have been hearing how amazed the people attending adoption events are, at the great condition of all of the rescue dogs, and how incredibly surprised these people are at the number of pure breed animals available.

The perception that only pure bred dogs are of good healthy stock is astonishing to me.  Apparently, most people don’t know that millions of pure bred dogs come from puppy mills, the product of unhealthy and horribly abused parents.  Dogs for sale in pet stores are always from puppy mills, no matter what the store owner will tell you.

There ARE reputable breeders out there, but many pure bred dogs come from back yard breeders, who provide little or no vet care to the puppies or the parents.   Many of these puppies are sold on street corners or on the Internet. A new addition to your family who is sick or dies is probably not what you had in mind when you brought home the puppy!

You should know that most rescue groups go to great lengths and spend inordinate amounts of their own money to make sure that every dog they put up for adoption is in perfect health, has been temperament tested, groomed, vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed or neutered.  Many of these animals have come into rescue by being saved from death at shelters, or found on the streets or abandoned homes, or tossed from a moving vehicle.  The dogs are dirty, tired, sick, or injured, and every one of them is scared and wondering what they did wrong.

Each one receives the special love and treatment they deserve and each one becomes an adoptable dog again, ready to connect with a new, and hopefully forever family.

Though puppies abound, many rescue dogs are older and frequently get passed over for younger animals.  Older dogs are housebroken, have lived through the eat-everything-in-site puppy stage, and all they want is a meal, a comfy couch, and love.

Some rescue dogs have been so abused that special treatments or surgeries are required to save their lives, followed by many months of fostering.  Don’t discount a three-legged dog or one with special needs.  They need homes too and many of them are pure bred too.

At a recent PACC911 adoption event, Pug Rescue found many people who were shocked at the number of Pugs available for adoption.  Surprisingly, 25% of all dogs in shelters or with rescue groups are pure bred.  In fact, rescue dogs come in all ages, sizes, breeds, colors, abilities, temperaments, and each one has a unique personality.  Give a rescue dog a chance!

If you can’t bring yourself to walk down the rows at your local shelter or Humane Society, attend an adoption event in your area (check www.PACC911.org for an event in Phoenix) or go to www.petfinder.com You can enter your zip code, the species, age, breed, and size of the animal you want to add to your family.  The shelters and rescue groups post their adoptable animals on this site.

Give a rescue dog a loving home today; they’ll be eternally grateful, and you’ll be glad you did!

Author’s note: Both of my dogs are rescues.  Rosie, who is a pure bred Pit Bull,  was born and  lived at a no-kill shelter for over two years until a rescue group came and saved her.  Ben, who is part Pit and who-knows-what, was thrown from a moving truck at a park.  A rescue group saved him too and now I am the lucky one who gets to share life with them both.  Rosie is a bit wacky and Ben is attached to me like Velcro, but I wouldn’t trade either one of them for a million dollars!

Another bully breed slam

If the “have it your way” slogan is true, then it’s time for everyone to write to Burger King and their ad agency, Crispin, Porter, and Bogusky, and let them know you won’t be eating there any time soon.  Why?

Last night I saw an ad for their new breakfast menu, featuring a mailman marching down the street.  During his march he referred to Rottweilers and Pit Bulls in a very derogatory tone.  I am SO tired of news casts, product commercials, television shows, movies, and people in general, slamming dogs who fall into the bully breed category.

Several years ago Burger King created an ad campaign that featured a rooster in a fighting ring to promote their new chicken sandwich.  I wrote a scathing letter to their CEO asking that it be pulled due to it’s obvious support of cock fighting.  Surely, I wasn’t the only one who wrote to them, but I never saw that ad again.

We have a voice with our computers, our pens, and our wallets.  If you agree with my position and want to be part of ending bias and condemnation for bully breeds, then please write to Burger King at mediainquiries@whopper.com and to the ad agency at info@cpbgroup.com

I did!

 

Corn, it’s everywhere

How many of you know that we’re sharing the planet with corn? Yep, the tall tropical looking grass, called Zea Mays, is corn, and it’s everywhere! Old baseball players come from corn fields and extra-terrestrials do artwork in corn fields!

But seriously, do you eat beef?  Then you’re eating corn. Do you eat lamb? Turkey? Eggs? Then you’re eating corn. Do you enjoy ice cream, drink milk, eat cheese? Then you’re eating corn. Even fish, who are naturally carnivore’s, have been coaxed into eating corn

Everything you ingest that contains high-fructose corn syrup (soon to be labeled corn sugar)  is from corn. And beer, which is alcohol fermented from glucose, is refined from corn.

Modified starch, glucose syrup, maltodextrin, crystalline fructose, ascorbic acid, caramel color, coffee whitener, MSG, xanthan gum, and a myriad of other curious ingredients…all began as corn.

According to Michael Pollan, author of “The Omivore’s Dillemma” states “there are some 45,000 items in the American supermarket…more than a quarter of them contain corn in some form.” That’s nearly 12,000 products.

And would you believe that corn is in things we don’t eat too? Yep, everything from “…disposable diapers, trash bags, cleansers, charcoal briquettes, matches, and batteries, to the shine of the cover of your favorite magazine which contains corn, as does the vegetable wax used to protect produce, and the coating on the cardboard” in which the vegetables were shipped to the store. Corn, corn, corn – it’s everywhere.

The supermarket in which you shop contains corn too. It’s in the “wallboard, joint compound, linoleum, fiberglass and adhesives out of which the building has been built.”

Another tidbit of information you may not know is that corn, along with soy, is the MOST genetically modified organism on the planet. Thanks Cargill and Monsanto for taking perfectly good produce and turning into something our bodies can no longer recognize as food!

Learn more by reading Michael Pollan’s book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” from which I have taken the above quotes.  And don’t miss “Food, Inc.” an eye-opening documentary about the food we eat.

Barely making ends meet?

Generally, I stay positive from day-to-day, with permission for an occasional pity party, but today things have gotten to me.  The economic news is bleak and though I do not usually subscribe to the mass hypnosis of the media on the state of the economy, now that I need a dental crown and my car is in the shop, I am finding it hard to keep myself from crying.

Fortunately, I have a job.  I am not in love with this job, and I am grossly underpaid, but it’s a job just the same.  Nearly 10% of the population would trade places with me in a New York minute, so I keep the belly-aching inside my head.  Still, it’s challenging to get fired up enough to shower, dress, and drive to the store where I work.  Since it’s retail, I have the “pleasure” of dealing with the public-the joy of which has been experienced by my fellow public servant, Jet Blue flight attendant, Steven Slater.  For the record, I was a stewardess for United Airlines, back in the day when the traveling public dressed in their Sunday finest, and being a “stew” was considered a glamorous job .  A little part of me applauded Mr. Slater for his actions, knowing only too well that after years of being abused, like the elephant who has been tortured for decades and finally snaps and says…ENOUGH…Steve exited with great aplomb.

But, I digress.  My fractured bicuspid needs a crown to the tune of $1475.  Speechless, I told the office manager that it was only one tooth that needed capping, to which she offered me a paltry 10% discount.  Thanks lady, but I don’t have dental insurance, nor do I have $1400 sitting around.  I, like so many of my fellow Americans, live paycheck to paycheck.

My beloved 2002 PT Cruiser, with 118,000 miles, all put on the odometer by me, said she’d had enough of the relentless and brutal heat of Phoenix summers, and just would not start, as if  saying…I need a vacation!  She was towed off like a sick person in an ambulance to the “hospital” for tests.  Right now, I await for results of her “illness,” with my fingers crossed that it’s something simple.  I live paycheck to paycheck.

At the moment I am also waiting for my Dad to die.  That may sound cold and callous to some of you reading this, but he has been dying for over a year…maybe even longer than that.  He has lost over 50 pounds, comes and goes mentally, gets skin tears that bleed nearly every day, and has a deep wound on his left foot that will never heal.  Add to that the catheter he’s worn for over 4 years, the recurring prostate cancer, even though his prostate was removed in 1996, increasing pain levels, and heart issues…there is just no way around the fact that he would NOT want to be living like this…if he were aware!  It is excruciating for me and my family and probably not a picnic for him.

My house is still my house.  I so appreciate that fact.  I was one of the fortunate ones who actually succeeded in modifying the loan.  Not something I was thrilled to do at my age, but it was the only wise decision I could make at that moment.  It does not help the fact that I owe $125,000 MORE than the house is worth by today’s market values.  I remain one of the original owners in my neighborhood.

So after writing all of this, I guess I’ll just allow myself a short pity party this afternoon before I go pick up my car.  By the way…it was the battery!

The truth about Obama and the bail outs

When will people actually get their stories straight???

Pinal County Sheriff, Paul Babeu, recently stated that he believes the President is committing treason by fighting the State of Arizona on SB1070.   During an interview on NBC Sunday Morning Today here in Phoenix, he said, among other things, that the government “owns the banks, the auto industry, and the insurance companies.”

There are blogs slamming Sheriff Babeu for doing an interview on WLRM-AM, a radio station in Tennessee with white nationalist themes.  But THIS blog is not about the Sheriff’s disdain for SB1070.  This blog isn’t about Babeu thinking Obama committed Treason, (even though he is an ACTIVE duty Army Reserve officer and by slamming his Commander-In-Chief, should be court-martialed)  This blog is all about the fact that the Sheriff apparently doesn’t have his bail-out facts straight.  One thing that really bothers me is that if you are going to do an interview and speak your opinion, you should be sure that what comes out of your mouth is a vetted fact.

Sheriff Babeu’s statement that our government owns the banks, the auto industry, and the insurance companies is true, but he is blaming this on President Obama.  Sheriff Babeu…the bail out of the banks, Wall Street, the auto industry  was done by President George W. Bush.  You can blame the “bail-out” of the insurance companies on President Obama, who, by signing the healthcare reform bill into law, handed the already fat insurance companies, millions more.  The bank and auto bail outs…George W Bush!

I am always puzzled as to why people on the Right can’t seem to recall everything that W pushed through during his tenure.  The whole economy collapse began shortly after he took office.  And don’t forget the war began under false pretenses! Talk about the National Debt…

I most certainly am not thrilled with how President Obama is doing things in Washington.  However, it is NOT his fault that our tax dollars went to bail out huge corporations who got too fat to monitor their fiscal spending, and screwed US in doing so.  I was never in favor of any bail outs, and I, along with about 75% of registered voters, said the same to their representatives.  Yet, nearly Senator and Congress person voted FOR it!

And regarding his adamant support of Arizona SB1070…neither he, nor ANY of the other Sheriff’s very publicly supporting SB1070, defend ANY counties on the border between Arizona and Mexico!!

Just sayin’