Saturday, October 31, 2009

Now worried about DH on top of......

the fact that I have to make a decision regarding the H1N1 vax...work is offering it this week..
We only have 90 doses, plus ten ordered just for the pregnant employees.
Somehow I don't think I'll have to worry about it running out. People are nervous as hell about getting it...memories of the Swine flu debacle from years ago.
I'm getting it
I want Lil One to get it and and DH too....he has asthma...
Hey, maybe if he was a prison inmate, he'd have it already!!!!

Awful news guys

Heard from Big Sis, Mom fell and broke her hip.
Shes 87 guys, and thats usually the kiss of death when you break your hip.
She had surgery to repair it, and is going to have to go for rehab to get moving again.
Her dementia has worsened, Sis said she didn't know who was president, nor what year it was.
Otherwise she has been ok...Sis says she stays in her room most of the time tho...
Broken hip...SHIT!!!!
Prayers would be wonderful bloggy faithful.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ohh...

Smileys
I caught a Tilapia this morning

Prisoners getting H1N1 vaccine before the vulnerable non criminal element????

I'm sorry, but this is outrageous!!!! A criminal gets the vaccine before my kid? Before my pregnant coworker? Before ME??? I'm the one exposed to the damned virus every day that I work!!!!!The vulnerable people who are not behind bars should get the vaccine first! The people in prison are generally there because they did something WRONG....There are consequences aren't there? Like waiting for the damned flu vax behind the folks who need it who have done NOTHING wrong.
JMHO....and I stick by it.




(Oct. 28) -- While children, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems wait in hours-long lines for H1N1 vaccines, some of their counterparts behind bars have no such hassle.

Prisoners who fall into high-risk categories for swine flu will get the shots even while some members of the general public who are not high risk must wait until more of the precious doses are available.

And that has some people hopping mad.

"If you want to get people angry, tell them someone in prison for a very violent felony is going to get it before their grandmother in a nursing home," said Massachusetts state Sen. Mark Montigny, D-New Bedford, vice chairman of the Public Health Committee.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines to states listing categories of people who are highest priority for receiving vaccinations against the virulent influenza strain known as swine flu. Christopher Cox, spokesman for the CDC, said the high priority guidance applies to higher-risk people whether they are in a prison, a homeless shelter, a school or a nursing home.

"What we're looking at is vulnerability to getting sick and dying of H1N1. That's what we're trying to prevent," he said.

That has raised eyebrows in states like Massachusetts and Texas, because criminals with health issues may end up getting the shot before the general public.

"Hopefully once the supplies start rolling in in greater numbers, they will be able to expand that to the general public," Cox said.


But Montigny is angry that the vaccine isn't already available to the general public as the peak of the flu season bears down. He said he's not opposed to vulnerable prisoners getting the shot, but if pharmaceutical companies had done a better job, states wouldn't have to choose between the high-risk criminals and the general public for the first doses.

The vaccine supply has been unable to meet demand because of production problems. Cox said 252 million doses will be available this flu season. But only 23.2 million are available so far.

In Texas, for instance, prison officials requested 157,000 doses to cover all inmates, including the 45,000 who are at the front of the line because they fall in that high-priority group of pregnant women, children and those with underlying health issues. They also asked for doses to cover 41,000 staff and medical workers.

Getting juveniles, pregnant inmates and those with compromised immune systems covered first is important because prisons house many people in close proximity, said Jason Clark, spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. "So something like this can spread quickly," he said.

But Montigny said prisons aren't the only breeding ground. Day care centers, schools, colleges and nursing homes also feature populations in close proximity. And while prisoners can get the first round of shots, their jailers cannot. The CDC's priority list includes medical workers who work in prisons, but not the rest of the correctional facility staff.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

You've heard of Jack the Giant Killer


I have DH the Bufo killer!!!
They are highly toxic and dangerous to my boys....and he has killed 14 since he arrived....
ALL HAIL DH...KING OF THE BUFO TOAD DESTROYERS!!!!


From Wikepedia

The cane toad (Bufo marinus), also known as the Giant Neotropical Toad or Marine Toad, is a large, terrestrial true toad native to Central and South America. It is a member of the subgenus Chaunus of the genus Bufo, which includes many different true toad species found throughout Central and South America. The cane toad is a prolific breeder; females lay single-clump spawns with thousands of eggs. Its reproductive success is partly because of opportunistic feeding: it has a diet, unusual among Anurans, of both dead and living matter. Adults average 10–15 cm (4–6 in) in length; the largest recorded specimen weighed 2.65 kilograms (5.8 lb) with a length of 38 cm (15 in) from snout to vent.

The cane toad has poison glands, and the tadpoles are highly toxic to most animals if ingested. Because of its voracious appetite, the cane toad has been introduced to many regions of the Pacific and the Caribbean islands as a method of agricultural pest control. The species derives its common name from its use against the greyback cane beetle. The cane toad is now considered a pest and an invasive species in many of its introduced regions; of particular concern is that its toxic skin kills many animals—native predators and otherwise—when ingested.

Punch biopsy

Yesterday of a small cyst in the underarm area...
Shudder...
I got a few sutures, they will be removed in 10 days.
It never ends folks.

Friday, October 23, 2009

New links for the Holidays

Look to the right...Norad site for tracking Santa....Email Santa
Check it out folks!

R.I.P dear Soupy...


Another childhood icon is gone..
Between Soupy, Captain Kangaroo, Officer Joe Bolton, Cap'n Jack McCarthy, Sonny Becker, Paul Tripp, my childhood memories are filled with the Black and White images of kid tv from the 60's in metro NY.
It was channel 2,4,5,7,9,11,13. THAT WAS IT...lol...those were all the channels we had, unless we got adventurous and messed with the UHF tuner. That allowed us to pick up a few shows from Joisy...lmao.
Rest in peace dear Soupy. (Remember White Fang and Black Tooth?)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cold front, yard work and pizza

The cold front that came thru here was wonderful.
Cool today, 70, with blue skys and no clouds.
We had the windows open in the house last night, first time since April.
dh was busy, got the hedges trimmed and palms. Bulk pickup was today, so my old futon went the way of the wind..and its gone.
The dogs had kind of ruined it....boy slept on it so often that it just smelled like DOG...
We have a new yard service. The fellows who did the yard really did a crappy job, so DH says he and I will do it, which was fine.
But we sat on the patio, and our neighbors yard service came thru, and they do a great job, so bingo, we hired them.
Got the sprinklers primed and running, but a head is broken, and I think we will need to dig to repair it.
dh cleaned the patio again, the garage is rapidly emptying out, and he got the spare bedroom so nice, we now call it Lil Ones study.
Eventually we will get a couch that converts, or another futon so that we have a spare bedroom for any guests that come to stay.
Lil one rearranged her room, and dh mounted a mirror on her wall.
For the first time, a person is sitting at the desk ex made, and using it as a desk.
Had the house power washed on thursday, another big job I had pending that we couldn't afford until dh's checks started coming in.
Oh...yeah...the pizza
We had pizza for lunch.

This guy is sick

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Toilet paper anyone??????


PMSL....now this is what I call a roll of paper...
I was just skeered I'd drop it on the floor...imagine how far it would go while rolling away from me?

Monday, October 12, 2009

God Bless the Marines, they need it with this happening














Guns Failed US Troops in Afghan Battle
By RICHARD LARDNER, AP
WASHINGTON (Oct. 12) - In the chaos of an early morning assault on a remote U.S. outpost in eastern Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Erich Phillips' M4 carbine quit firing as militant forces surrounded the base. The machine gun he grabbed after tossing the rifle aside didn't work either.
When the battle in the small village of Wanat ended, nine U.S. soldiers lay dead and 27 more were wounded. A detailed study of the attack by a military historian found that weapons failed repeatedly at a "critical moment" during the firefight on July 13, 2008, putting the outnumbered American troops at risk of being overrun by nearly 200 insurgents.

Politics Daily: McCain Warns of 'Historic' Error in Afghanistan
Which raises the question: Eight years into the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, do U.S. armed forces have the best guns money can buy?
Despite the military's insistence that they do, a small but vocal number of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq has complained that the standard-issue M4 rifles need too much maintenance and jam at the worst possible times.
A week ago, eight U.S. troops were killed at a base near Kamdesh, a town near Wanat. There's no immediate evidence of weapons failures at Kamdesh, but the circumstances were eerily similar to the Wanat battle: insurgents stormed an isolated stronghold manned by American forces stretched thin by the demands of war.
Army Col. Wayne Shanks, a military spokesman in Afghanistan, said a review of the battle at Kamdesh is under way. "It is too early to make any assumptions regarding what did or didn't work correctly," he said.
Complaints about the weapons the troops carry, especially the M4, aren't new. Army officials say that when properly cleaned and maintained, the M4 is a quality weapon that can pump out more than 3,000 rounds before any failures occur.
The M4 is a shorter, lighter version of the M16, which made its debut during the Vietnam war. Roughly 500,000 M4s are in service, making it the rifle troops on the front lines trust with their lives.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a leading critic of the M4, said Thursday the Army needs to move quickly to acquire a combat rifle suited for the extreme conditions U.S. troops are fighting in.
U.S. special operations forces, with their own acquisition budget and the latitude to buy gear the other military branches can't, already are replacing their M4s with a new rifle.
"The M4 has served us well but it's not as good as it needs to be," Coburn said.
Battlefield surveys show that nearly 90 percent of soldiers are satisfied with their M4s, according to Brig. Gen. Peter Fuller, head of the Army office that buys soldier gear. Still, the rifle is continually being improved to make it even more reliable and lethal.
Fuller said he's received no official reports of flawed weapons performance at Wanat. "Until it showed up in the news, I was surprised to hear about all this," he said.
The study by Douglas Cubbison of the Army Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., hasn't been publicly released. Copies of the study have been leaked to news organizations and are circulating on the Internet.
Cubbison's study is based on extensive interviews with Phillips and other soldiers who survived the attack at Wanat. He describes a well-coordinated attack by a highly skilled enemy that unleashed a withering barrage with AK-47 automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.
The soldiers said their weapons were meticulously cared for and routinely inspected by commanders. But still the weapons had breakdowns, especially when the rifles were on full automatic, which allows hundreds of bullets to be fired a minute.
The platoon-sized unit of U.S. soldiers and about two dozen Afghan troops was shooting back with such intensity the barrels on their weapons turned white hot. The high rate of fire appears to have put a number of weapons out of commission, even though the guns are tested and built to operate in extreme conditions.
Cpl. Jonathan Ayers and Spc. Chris McKaig were firing their M4s from a position the soldiers called the "Crow's Nest." The pair would pop up together from cover, fire half a dozen rounds and then drop back down.
On one of these trips up, Ayers was killed instantly by an enemy round. McKaig soon had problems with his M4, which carries a 30-round magazine.
"My weapon was overheating," McKaig said, according to Cubbison's report. "I had shot about 12 magazines by this point already and it had only been about a half hour or so into the fight. I couldn't charge my weapon and put another round in because it was too hot, so I got mad and threw my weapon down."
The soldiers also had trouble with their M249 machine guns, a larger weapon than the M4 that can shoot up to 750 rounds per minute.
Cpl. Jason Bogar fired approximately 600 rounds from his M-249 before the weapon overheated and jammed the weapon.
Bogar was killed during the firefight, but no one saw how he died, according to the report.
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2009-10-11 09:05:08

From Michael Moores Blog

This week, the new 'Mike & Friends Blog' section will be added to MichaelMoore.com. In additional to my blog, I have asked a few people, like Rep. Marcy Kaptur (the Democrat from Toledo who has deservedly become the star of my movie!) and Leah Fried (who helped organize the sit-down strike at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago), to blog here on my site. Here's a sneak peek of my first blog post. Enjoy! -- MM

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Pilots on Food Stamps
By Michael Moore

We're on the descent from 20,000 feet in the air when the flight attendant leans over the elderly woman next to me and taps me on the shoulder.

"I'm listening to Lady Gaga," I say as I remove just one of the ear buds. I know not this Lady Gaga, but her performance last week on SNL was fascinating.

"The pilots would like to see you in the cockpit when we land," she says with a southern drawl.

"Did I do something wrong?"

"No. They have something to show you." (The last time an employee of an airline wanted to show me something it was her written reprimand for eating an in-flight meal without paying for it. "Yes," she said, "we have to pay for our own meals on board now.")

The plane landed and I stepped into the cockpit. "Read this," the first officer said. He handed me a letter from the airline to him. It was headlined "LETTER OF CONCERN." It seems this poor fellow had taken three sick days in the past year. The letter was a warning not to take another one -- or else.

"Great," I said. "Just what I want -- you coming to work sick, flying me up in the air and asking to borrow the barf bag from my seatback pocket."

He then showed me his pay stub. He took home $405 this week. My life was completely and totally in his hands for the past hour and he's paid less than the kid who delivers my pizza.

I told the guys that I have a whole section in my new movie about how pilots are treated (using pilots as only one example of how people's wages have been slashed and the middle class decimated). In the movie I interview a pilot for a major airline who made $17,000 last year. For four months he was eligible -- and received -- food stamps. Another pilot in the film has a second job as a dog walker.

"I have a second job!," the two pilots said in unison. One is a substitute teacher. The other works in a coffee shop. You know, maybe it's just me, but the two occupations whose workers shouldn't be humpin' a second job are brain surgeons and airline pilots. Call me crazy.

I told them about how Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger (the pilot who safely landed the jet in the Hudson River) had testified in Congress that no pilot he knows wants any of their children to become a pilot. Pilots, he said, are completely demoralized. He spoke of how his pay has been cut 40% and his own pension eliminated. Most of the TV news didn't cover his remarks and the congressmen quickly forgot them. They just wanted him to play the role of "HERO," but he was on a more important mission. He's in my movie.

"I hadn't heard anywhere that this stuff about the airlines is in this new movie," the pilot said.

"No, you wouldn't," I replied. "The press likes to talk about me, not the movie."

And it's true. I've been surprised (and slightly annoyed) that, with all that's been written and talked about "Capitalism: A Love Story," very little attention has been paid the mind-blowing stuff in the film: pilots on food stamps, companies secretly taking out life insurance policies on employees and hoping they die young so the company can collect, judges getting kickbacks from the private prison industry for sending innocent people (kids) to be locked up. The profit motive -- it's a killer.

Especially when your pilot started his day at 6am working at the local Starbucks.



Heres my own addition to Mikes story.
Most of the people I work with at the hospital have second jobs.
They can't afford to pay their bills on one full time salary.
Wonder how nervous the patients would feel if they knew the Nurse or Therapist taking care of them was working two full time jobs.
Think they are on top of their game working two full time jobs?
Never mind just being physically tired, the mental exhaustion is overwhelming.
When I work one extra shift I'm wiped out. And the demands of caring for sick people never ends.
The combination of my homeowners insurance and property taxes each year is over 11,000$
Yes, eleven thousand dollars.
Thank you George W Bush.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A Mother of Columbine....

In the first detailed public remarks by any parent of the two Columbine killers, Dylan Klebold's mother says she had no idea her son was suicidal until she read his journals after the 1999 high school massacre.
Susan Klebold's essay in next month's issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, says she is still struggling to make sense of what happened when her son and Eric Harris killed 12 students and a teacher in the shooting rampage at Columbine High School in suburban Denver. Twenty-one people were injured before Klebold and Harris killed themselves.
In her first public remarks, Susan Klebold, the mother of Dylan Klebold, wrote an essay for next month's issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, about her struggle to make sense of what happened when her son and Eric Harris went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School.
In her first public remarks, Susan Klebold, the mother of Dylan Klebold, wrote an essay for next month's issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, about her struggle to make sense of what happened when her son and Eric Harris went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School.
"For the rest of my life, I will be haunted by the horror and anguish Dylan caused," she wrote. "I cannot look at a child in a grocery store or on the street without thinking about how my son's schoolmates spent the last moments of their lives. Dylan changed everything I believed about myself, about God, about family, and about love."
The killers' parents have repeatedly declined to talk about the massacre. They gave depositions in a lawsuit filed by families of the victims, but a judge in 2007 sealed them for 20 years after the lawsuit was settled out of court.
In her essay, Susan Klebold wrote that she didn't know her son was so disturbed.
"Dylan's participation in the massacre was impossible for me to accept until I began to connect it to his own death," she wrote in excerpts released by the magazine ahead of Tuesday's publication. "Once I saw his journals, it was clear to me that Dylan entered the school with the intention of dying there. And so in order to understand what he might have been thinking, I started to learn all I could about suicide."
In a statement with the essay, Oprah Winfrey wrote that Susan Klebold has turned down repeated interview requests but finally agreed to write an essay for O. A spokeswoman for the magazine said Klebold was not paid for the essay, and there were no plans for her to appear on Winfrey's television show.
A spokeswoman for the Klebold family said there would be no further statements.
In the essay, Klebold said her son left early for school on the day of the shootings.
"Early on April 20, I was getting dressed for work when I heard Dylan bound down the stairs and open the front door. Wondering why he was in such a hurry when he could have slept another 20 minutes, I poked my head out of the bedroom. `Dyl?' All he said was `Bye.' The front door slammed, and his car sped down the driveway. His voice had sounded sharp. I figured he was mad because he'd had to get up early to give someone a lift to class. I had no idea that I had just heard his voice for the last time."
She said she had "no inkling" how sick her son was.
"From the writings Dylan left behind, criminal psychologists have concluded that he was depressed and suicidal. When I first saw copied pages of these writings, they broke my heart. I'd had no inkling of the battle Dylan was waging in his mind."
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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Our Boat finally came in!!!!


DH's check from retirement came thru...and he got approved yesterday that he was to start getting SSI checks every month!!!
We went out to the Seminole Hard Rock, and he won over 600$$$$$$
WOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Monday, October 05, 2009

Todays outlook












We've been blessed so far this 'season.
Here it is October, and we haven't had any storms that even remotely threatened us here in SoFla.
And check out the Tropical Storm way up north heading toward the UK...lol

You know you are a true Floridian when......

A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.

You know that anything under a Category 3 just isn't worth waking up for.

You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and one sweatshirt.

You know that no other grocery store can compare to Publix.

Down South' means Key West

You smirk when a game show's 'Grand Prize' is a trip or cruise to Florida

You recognize Miami-Dade as ' Northern Cuba '.

You could swim before you could read.

Every other house in your neighborhood had blue roofs in 2004-2005.

You think New York drivers licenses should only be valid in New York .

Flip-flops are everyday wear.

You know the four seasons really are: hurricane season, love bug season, tourist season and summer

You've hosted a hurricane party.

You're younger than thirty but some of your friends are over 65.

Anything under 70 is chilly.

You know what a snowbird is and when they'll leave.

You get annoyed at the tourists who feed seagulls.

A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.

You think everyone from a bigger city has a northern accent.

You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee, Ichnatucknee and Withlacoochee

You've driven through Yeehaw Junction.

An alligator once walked through your neighborhood.

It's not soda, cola, or pop, it's coke, regardless of brand or flavor: 'What kinda coke you want?'

You go to a theme park for an afternoon, and know when to get on the best rides.

You were 25 when you first met someone who couldn't swim.

You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.

You are on a first name basis with the Hurricane list. They aren't Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Frances...but Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.

You measure distance in minutes.

Space Mountain during the Electric Light Parade!

You understand the futility of exterminating cockroaches.

You never use an umbrella because you know the rain will be over in five minutes.

You dread love bug season.

Anything under 95 is just warm.

Bumper stickers on the pickup in front of you include: various fish, NRA, NASCAR, Go Gators, and a confederate flag.

Your winter coat is made of denim.

You have to drive north to get to The South.

You've gotten out of school early on Halloween to trick or treat before it got dark

You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty average.

Shoes are for business meetings and church, but you HAVE worn flip flops to church before.

You understand why it's better to have a friend with a boat than to own a boat yourself.

You were five before you realized they made houses without pools.

You've worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas.

Socks are only there for bowling.

You were 12 before you ever saw snow, or you still haven't.

Sweet tea can be served at any meal.

Courtesy of youknowster.com

Sunrise

The result of waking up at 3:50 am




Besides being tired right now...lol...
We woke up, decided to get up and have coffee outside.
Lil one was asleep in the recliner, she was cleaning her room last night and passed out in the recliner before she got her bed back in to her room.
So as the sun came up, DH decided to go out and cast....
WHAM....
There are some BIG ass fish in our lake aren't there?