Friday, December 24, 2010

O Holy Night

My favorite Christmas song

Little Rascals, Oh Miss Crabtree......

Call me Winter, Please....

Woke up in the middle of the night


To find the tree set up with lights...I guess Lil one did it, maybe with the help of the Elves...lol...
Gonna decorate. It just hasn't felt like Christmas, too much stress and worry about money and whats happening in the world..
I have been sick, but today I want to try and gain some of that Christmas magic

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A great Solar Eruption


After a three-month study of the incident that sent shock waves racing across the solar surface, physicists have just presented their findings of what they're calling the "Great Eruption," NASA reports.

"The August 1st event really opened our eyes," said Karel Schrijver of the Lockheed-Martin Solar and Astrophysics Lab in Palo Alto, Calif. "We see that solar storms can be global events, playing out on scales we scarcely imagined before."



K. Schrijver & A. Title / NASA
Locations of key events are labeled in this extreme ultraviolet image of the sun, obtained by the Solar Dynamics Observatory during the Great Eruption of Aug. 1. White lines trace the sun's magnetic fieldSince August, Schrijver and fellow solar physicist Alan Title have pored over the tons of data collected by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and twin Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) space telescopes. They revealed their findings this week at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.

"To predict eruptions, we can no longer focus on the magnetic fields of isolated active regions," Title said. "We have to know the surface magnetic field of practically the entire sun."

Understanding eruptions on the whole sun is vital to predicting solar activity, according to Rodney Viereck of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colo.

"This, in turn, would provide improved forecasts to our customers, such as electric power grid operators and commercial airlines, who could take action to protect their systems and ensure the safety of passengers and crew," Viereck said.

The Great Eruption resulted in more than a dozen shock waves, flares, filament eruptions and coronal mass ejections over half of the sun in a 28-hour period.

This was the first time that scientists witnessed such an event on the sun, and while most of it couldn't be seen from Earth, they watched the entire process via the SDO-STEREO spacecraft.

Further analysis of the data will, hopefully, help researchers more accurately predict solar disturbances.

"We're still sorting out cause and effect," Schrijver said. "Was the event one big chain reaction, in which one eruption triggered another -- bang, bang, bang -- in sequence?

"Or did everything go off together as a consequence of some greater change in the sun's global magnetic field?"

This is global warming to a T

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It's Cold Now, but 2010 Was Warmest on Record GloballyDec 16, 2010 – 9:20 AM
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(Dec. 16) -- While much of the United States and parts of Europe have been shivering through intense early-season cold, NASA records show that this was the warmest climate year on record.

The NASA statistics indicate that the overall global temperature during the climate year (December 2009 through November 2010) was 1.17 degrees Fahrenheit above the 1951-1980 base period, making it the warmest since records began in 1880.

All-time record heat occurred in 19 nations in 2010 -- the highest number of national all-time records established in a single year.

This was the temperature on a Citibank digital thermometer at 3 p.m. Sept. 27 in Los Angeles. 2010 was the warmest climate year on record, according to NASA statistics.
These statistics do not take into consideration this month's cold across the U.S. and Europe; however, they do include the unusually low temperatures in these same regions during December 2009 and January 2010.

The cold during that time, although impressive, was more than compensated for by higher-than-average temperatures across much of the remainder of the globe last winter and widespread intense heat during the past summer. In fact, much of the region that experienced intense cold last winter (and again to start this cold season) experienced intense heat during the summer months.

The southeastern U.S. followed one of the colder winters on record with the hottest summer on record.

A simplistic reading of what is going on with the planet's climate would be to hold that the current weather in a region is the sole determining factor in whether the climate is warming or cooling worldwide, and that global warming was halted last winter and resumed during the summer, only to be halted again this month.

The climate is more complicated than that.

Changes in climate -- warmer, colder, drier or wetter -- are represented by slowly changing long-term averages, not the natural up-and-down cycles of weather from one season to the next. The amount of data needed to make useful assessments of Earth's climate is greater than what could be taken from a month, season or year for any individual region or even an entire continent.

The concept of global warming is not one in which every winter would be void of snow and cold and every summer is hotter than the previous. Variations resulting from normal weather processes -- such as extreme cold and snow -- would continue even with global warming.

Some of these normal weather phenomena that account for our short-term weather include (but are not limited to) Pacific Ocean temperature changes (including La Nina and El Nino), Atlantic Ocean temperature changes and the Arctic Oscillation.

One of the many challenges for climate scientists is to determine what effect global warming has had, or might have in the future, on those natural processes. This is much more complicated than making a determination based on the weather at any one time -- and much more open to debate.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Is the FDA so totally heartless? Is it because its a "womans drug"?

Special to AOL News (Dec. 14) -- The tragic death of Elizabeth Edwards has countless Americans asking what more can be done in the search for better treatments for breast cancer.

Unfortunately, our nation might be taking a huge step backwards in this fight on Friday.

That's the day federal officials decide whether to revoke approval for Avastin for the treatment of late-stage breast cancer. This biologic drug has been clinically demonstrated to give patients more weeks or months in which the spread of their cancer is halted in its tracks. However, an advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration has recommended the FDA "de-list" Avastin for breast cancer. And the agency is expected to make that recommendation official on Friday.

This campaign has shocked much of the medical community. For instance, Avastin has earned a key endorsement from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. This not-for-profit alliance of nearly two dozen of the world's top cancer centers -- including Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins -- reviewed the studies on Avastin and affirmed its guidelines for using Avastin along with the chemotherapy agent Taxol to treat metastatic breast cancer.

So why is the FDA considering repealing the drug's approval for this use?

Agency officials argue that the drug doesn't grant "enough" extra time for the average metastatic breast cancer patient to be worth it.

In response to the prospect of a withdrawal, scores of patients and their families have launched heart-wrenching personal campaigns, begging the FDA to recognize that the extra weeks, months and in some cases even years Avastin may provide is absolutely "worth it" to them.

These patients know that every day in which their cancer doesn't progress means more opportunities to do the things that make their lives uniquely worthwhile: to celebrate one more birthday, to witness their children graduating from high school and college, to complete career projects that could revolutionize their fields, or simply to watch one more spectacular sunset holding the hands of those they love.

"I've been known to come out of the chair after the infusion of Avastin and get on the golf course and play 18 holes of golf. My golf handicap has plummeted instead of risen," retired California art teacher Patricia Howard testified before the FDA, adding that Avastin allowed her to enjoy the births of her grandchildren and her 43rd wedding anniversary.

While research thus far hasn't proven that, on average, Avastin prolongs life, it has provided clear evidence that the drug can slow the spread of cancer while improving quality of life. One study of patients taking Avastin with chemotherapy found that such treatment delayed tumor growth a median of about 11 months -- five months longer than chemo alone. Another study reported more modest but still significant delays in tumor growth.

Avastin works by shutting off the blood supply to tumors. It has FDA approval to treat a number of other cancers; in fact, it's the best-selling cancer drug worldwide. Currently it's prescribed to about 17,500 breast cancer patients each year. But it also is costly, with treatment running up to $8,000 a month.

Theoretically, if the FDA revokes approval of Avastin for breast cancer patients, their doctors could continue to prescribe it "off label." But for most patients, the gesture would be meaningless: government and private health insurance companies would likely stop covering it, and few patients could afford to pay for it themselves.

Nearly 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetimes, and the disease claimed 40,000 lives last year. Metastatic breast cancer patients respond to Avastin in dramatically different ways -- and some of those patients and their doctors insist it is their best hope for better days.

These patients are running out of options. All they ask is that on Friday, the FDA not take one of those options away.

Peter Pitts, a former FDA associate commissioner, is president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, a nonprofit that receives some funding from the pharmaceutical industry. He is also a contributor to Reuters.com.

Unusually severe blizzard???

(Dec. 14) -- Canadian military and police rescued 150 people today on a snow-covered highway in Ontario after an unusually powerful blizzard left hundreds of motorists stranded.

A military plane and two military helicopters battled strong winds and blinding snow to help pull dozens of drivers from their vehicles to safety on Highway 402 outside the city of Sarnia, about 65 miles north of Detroit.

The storm trapped nearly 400 drivers on a lonely stretch of the highway overnight, and they struggled to stay warm in conditions Canadian authorities said were extremely dangerous. "We're talking violent winds and heavy snow," Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. David Rektor told Reuters. "Some of these cars are stuck in drifts that are 4 or 5 feet deep."


Glenn Ogilvie, CP / AP
Police check on stranded motorists on London Line, East of Sarnia, Ontario, on Tuesday.
Rescuers arrived this morning and began offering the drivers rides out of the storm on snowmobiles and 4x4s. Helicopters arrived as well and airlifted some of the motorists in baskets 10 at a time, then took them to warming centers closer to Sarnia, according to the Toronto Star.

There were no reports of any injuries, but the drivers were cold and hungry; some said they were running low on fuel. "We're tight on gas," John Stover told the Star. "We've run the car every hour for 10 minutes."

Others, though, said they preferred to stay put and wait for the storm to pass. "Food, I've got enough for the next day or so, and I've got lots of water. I try to pack extra, especially in the wintertime because you never know when you're going to get something like this," Todd MacDougall, a truck driver, told the CBC.

The Ontario Provincial Police said the best thing to do was to stay off the road. "No one -- underline 'no one' -- should be out driving," Dennis Harwood, a police spokesman, told The Wall Street Journal. "Right now, Mother Nature is in the driver's seat and dictating what we can do and can't do."

By this afternoon, the storm had largely passed, but authorities said visibility was limited. And according to the Canadian weather service, the temperature near Sarnia was only 14 degrees Fahrenheit, with wind gusts of up to 31 mph.

Polar vortex to dip the farthest south in a very long time

There are severe weather warnings for the UK...FRIGHTENING severe weather warnings.
This is weather unlike anything seen in the UK for centuries.
The Met office has issued severe warnings for Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the United Kingdom..
Snow, freezing temps, ice..
Anyone remember seeing the film " The day after tomorrow"?
The book it was based on made me think about this upcoming forecast.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

South Florida drought??

November wrap: Drought edges into South Florida
By John Nelander | Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 09:14 AM

November ended right on the nose in terms of average temperatures for the area but drought conditions appeared on the horizon. We finished the month 4.17 inches in the hole, and it would have been even worse were it not for the almost one inch of rain that fell on Nov. 4.

Through Tuesday, Palm Beach International recorded just 1.38 inches of rain. Fort Lauderdale had the 13th driest November on record and Naples experienced the 18th driest on record, according to the National Weather Service in Miami.

“The result of these dry conditions is the southward expansion of drought conditions over the southern Florida peninsula,” NWS forecasters said Wednesday. “Areas generally north of a Naples to Jupiter line, including the northern Everglades and the Lake Okeechobee region, are in the moderate drought status, with most of Glades County in severe drought status.”

The Climate Prediction Center’s call for a drier than normal December will probably expand official drought conditions into the entire South Florida peninsula, forecasters said.

November was much colder than normal through the middle of the month, but warmer temperatures averaged that out in the end. The lowest temperature recorded at the airport was 50 degrees on Nov. 6, and the highest was 87 on Nov. 1.

The dry weather was caused by sub-tropical high pressure over the Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic. Slightly more rain fell on the South Florida East Coast, but most of the showers never made it to the interior.

DECEMBER OUTLOOK: NWS forecasters predict a December similar to November, with cooler conditions in the first half of the month, warming in the second half.

Historically, December can be a month of extremes, with a pair of 90-degree highs on record (including Dec. 9 of last year) and three lows of 28 degrees. We’ve had a Christmas Day with a high of 87 degrees (1948), and one with a 28 degree low (1989).

The average high temperature, though, starts out at 78 degrees and slips to 75 degrees on New Year’s Eve day.

This year we’ll kick off the month with a cold front. Temperatures will be in the 50s on Thursday morning and the NWS expects lows in the 50s through early next week. Highs will only be in the low 70s.

THE NEW ALMANAC IS IN: For a more authoritative look at the weather, we turn to the Old Farmer’s Almanac for 2011. It predicts that the upcoming month will be cool, then warm, and then cool again. It predicts below average temperatures in January and above average temperatures in February.

Looking much farther down the road, South Florida will be under hurricane threats June 10-13; and Oct. 1-3.

Global warming extends it grips..

AP CHICAGO (Dec. 12) -- A powerful, gusty storm dumped mounds of snow across the upper Midwest on Sunday, closing major highways in several states, canceling more than 1,600 flights in Chicago and collapsing the roof of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium.

At least two weather-related deaths were reported as the storm system dropped nearly 2 feet of snow in parts of Minnesota and marched east. A blizzard warning was in effect Sunday for parts of eastern Iowa, southeastern Wisconsin, northwestern Illinois and northern Michigan, according to the National Weather Service. Surrounding areas, including Chicago, were under winter storm warnings. Much of Iowa was under a wind-chill advisory.

In Minneapolis, the heavy snow left the Metrodome decidedly unready for some football. Video inside the stadium aired by Fox Sports showed the inflatable Teflon roof sagging before it tore open, dumping massive amounts of snow across one end of the playing field.


No one was hurt but the Vikings' game against the New York Giants had to be moved to Detroit's Ford Field. The day of the game had already been pushed back from Sunday to Monday because the storm kept the Giants from reaching Minneapolis on time. Stadium officials were trying to repair the roof in time for the Vikings' next home game, Dec. 20 against Chicago.

The wintry weather, with blowing snow that severely limited visibility, wreaked havoc on air and road travel. In the Chicago area, wind gusts of up to 50 mph, temperatures in the teens and wind chills well below zero were expected, along with up to 8 inches of snow.

The real thing

When life gets you at the heart string
and there is no place to escape
It bites hard and leaves a mark
when life gets you at the core

The struggle to be good and right
takes over from the instinct to survive
and pain takes second place
from the urge to be good, to be good.

The echo of fallen years
falls empty upon ears that don't hear
ears that are full of booming anger
that says you be good...must be good

The Penguins of Madagascar

These are my favorite characters on TV...

The day is coming........

From a speech given on Capitol Hill by Rep Ron Paul

Please read the following transcript from a speech delivered by Ron Paul on the floor of the house of representatives:


"WikiLeaks release of classified information has generated a lot of attention in the past few weeks. The hysterical reaction makes one wonder if this is not an example of killing the messenger for the bad news. Despite what is claimed, the information that has been so far released, though classified, has caused no known harm to any individual, but it has caused plenty of embarrassment to our government. Losing our grip on our empire is not welcomed by the neoconservatives in charge.

There is now more information confirming that Saudi Arabia is a principal supporter and financier of al Qaeda, and that this should set off alarm bells since we guarantee its Sharia-run government. This emphasizes even more the fact that no al Qaeda existed in Iraq before 9/11, and yet we went to war against Iraq based on the lie that it did. It has been charged by experts that Julian Assange, the internet publisher of this information, has committed a heinous crime, deserving prosecution for treason and execution, or even assassination.

But should we not at least ask how the U.S. government should prosecute an Australian citizen for treason for publishing U.S. secret information that he did not steal? And if WikiLeaks is to be prosecuted for publishing classified documents, why shouldn't the Washington Post, the New York Times, and others also published these documents be prosecuted? Actually, some in Congress are threatening this as well.
The New York Times, as a results of a Supreme Court ruling, was not found guilty in 1971 for the publication of the Pentagon Papers. Daniel Ellsberg never served a day in prison for his role in obtaining these secret documents. The Pentagon Papers were also inserted into the Congressional record by Senator Mike Gravel, with no charges of any kind being made of breaking any national security laws. Yet the release of this classified information was considered illegal by many, and those who lied us into the Vietnam war, and argued for its prolongation were outraged. But the truth gained from the Pentagon Papers revealed that lies were told about the Gulf of Tonkin attack. which perpetuated a sad and tragic episode in our history.

Just as with the Vietnam War, the Iraq War was based on lies. We were never threatened by weapons of mass destruction or al Qaeda in Iraq, though the attack on Iraq was based on this false information. Any information which challenges the official propaganda for the war in the Middle East is unwelcome by the administration and the supporters of these unnecessary wars. Few are interested in understanding the relationship of our foreign policy and our presence in the Middle East to the threat of terrorism. Revealing the real nature and goal of our presence in so many Muslim countries is a threat to our empire, and any revelation of this truth is highly resented by those in charge.

Questions to consider:

Number 1: Do the America People deserve know the truth regarding the ongoing wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen?

Number 2: Could a larger question be how can an army private access so much secret information?

Number 3: Why is the hostility mostly directed at Assange, the publisher, and not at our governments failure to protect classified information?

Number 4: Are we getting our moneys worth of the 80 Billion dollars per year spent on intelligence gathering?

Number 5: Which has resulted in the greatest number of deaths: lying us into war or Wikileaks revelations or the release of the Pentagon Papers?

Number 6: If Assange can be convicted of a crime for publishing information that he did not steal, what does this say about the future of the first amendment and the independence of the internet?

Number 7: Could it be that the real reason for the near universal attacks on Wikileaks is more about secretly maintaining a seriously flawed foreign policy of empire than it is about national security?

Number 8: Is there not a huge difference between releasing secret information to help the enemy in a time of declared war, which is treason, and the releasing of information to expose our government lies that promote secret wars, death and corruption?

Number 9: Was it not once considered patriotic to stand up to our government when it is wrong?

Thomas Jefferson had it right when he advised 'Let the eyes of vigilance never be closed.'

Friday, December 10, 2010

Beautiful weather this past week

Except for the ice on my windshield that one morning....that just ain't right...lol

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

I can't believe how long ago it was....but John Lennon was murdered thirty years ago


I grew up with The Beatles as my first major musical exposure and influence.
Still lived in NY of course when it happened.
I miss him still. He was IMHO the main talent of the band, and the close second with George as the number two talent. Subsequent years showed clearly where the real gift of the group was.
Paul is a talentless hack IMHO..the Britney Spears of the Fab Four.

Fare thee well to Elizabeth Edwards...

OMG

There was freakin ice on my freakin windshield this morning when I left for work!!!
This is the freakin Tropics man...we ain't supposed to get no stinkin' ice!!!!
Broke records...that coupled with the horrible snows they are having in the UK make it kind of scary in a Day after Tomorrow kind of way.
Marc has a friend in Falkirk Scotland, she sent him pics, its HORRENDOUS..the snow they are having.
An acquaintance of hers froze to death, getting lost in the snow while out checking on her sheep and livestock.

Monday, November 29, 2010

I can't explain

Why I'm so obsessed with Queens performance at Live Aid.
I remember when Freddie died. I remember the day Freddie died.
It struck me hard, overly hard.
He was a character from my youth. He was a character from my first serious relationship...
He was a character from my first car.
I had an 8 track player installed in my first car to add to the simple AM radio that was already in that lovely 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme stationwagon..lol.
My first purchased 8 track was Queens Night at the Opera.
So Freddy was a sign of my youth I guess.
All I know was that when he died, I was devastated.
So many young people today have no clue who Freddy is, or the impact he had on music.
Freddy....I still love you man.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Drowning...They really can sing...and as soon as they perform close to me..I'm THERE BABY!!!!

Listen to the audience sing ...

Backstreet don't lip sync!!!

My Backstreet Boys

Angels

Video dreadful...song is most excellent

I do loves me some Vin Diesel

A sad farewell to a very talented man



Leslie Nielsen, the funnyman who Roger Ebert once referred to as the "Laurence Olivier of spoofs," has died of complications from pneumonia.

The news was reported on Canadian radio station CJOB Sunday. TMZ has confirmed the news.

Nielsen's nephew told CJOB that the actor had been in the hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for 12 days and that with family and friends by his side at 5:30pm Sunday "he just fell asleep and passed away."

The Canadian-born Nielsen came to Hollywood in the mid-1950s after performing in 150 live television dramas in New York. With a craggily handsome face, blond hair and 6-foot-2 height, he seemed ideal for a movie leading man.

Nielsen was indeed a lead actor for decades in Hollywood, appearing the 1956 sci-fi classic 'Forbidden Planet' as well as 'The Poseidon Adventure.' But his turn in 1980's classic comedy 'Airplane!' as a deadpan doctor on a doomed flight, changed his career forever as he switched gears to become one of Hollywood's top comic talents.

His turn as detective Frank Drebin in 'The Naked Gun' was a smash and was followed by two sequels. The role in the comedy actual was born in the short lived TV series 'Police Squad' which had followed on the heels of Nielsen's success in 'Airplane!'

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Freddie uses his cords

Michael Moores Blog...with facts and whistle blowers

Michael Moore and Whistleblower Wendell Potter on Olbermann Tonight: "We Knew as Much About Michael Moore as He Knows About Himself"

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Friends,

Tonight at 8:00 PM ET on Keith Olbermann's show on MSNBC I will meet for the very first time the man the health industry sent to Michigan to, in his words, "spy" and do "reconnaissance" so they could try to defame me and my movie ("We knew as much about him probably as he knows about himself").

Tonight I'll get to talk to former Humana and CIGNA health insurance executive Wendell Potter, the man who has bravely come forward to expose not just the hundreds of thousands they spent trying to destroy "Sicko," but more importantly how they profit in the billions from a system that kills 45,000 Americans a year who are uninsured.

Actually, it turns out tonight won't be the FIRST time I meet Wendell. He wrote this morning on his blog that he flew to the little village where I lived in Michigan to attend a screening I was having for the people in the area. He even walked into the reception we had beforehand and got his picture taken with me. His blog reads, in part:

"I need to apologize to Moore for the role I played in the insurance industry's public relations attack campaign against him and "Sicko," which was about the increasingly unfair and dysfunctional U.S. health care system...[W]hile I was still working for the insurance industry, I traveled as an industry spy...to attend the official U.S. premiere of Sicko on June 16, 2007. Moore and I actually met that day, although he doesn't know it. (I didn't tell him who I was or who I worked for.) The picture accompanying this blog, taken at a pre-screening reception by another movie-goer, shows me on Moore's left and my son, Alex, on his right. Alex, who has always been a big fan of Moore's, traveled with me on the reconnaissance mission. Moore even autographed a "Sicko" poster for Alex. It's quite a memento."

If you're free tonight, tune in to Keith's show. I know I'm looking forward to meeting the man who ran over my "baby."

See you then,
Michael Moore
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What the hell does a Krabby Patty taste like????

Monday, November 22, 2010

Oh the most lovely romantic movie...City of Angels.

The Backstreet Boys

"I Want It That Way"

Yeah

You are my fire
The one desire
Believe when I say
I want it that way

But we are two worlds apart
Can't reach to your heart
When you say
That I want it that way

[Chorus:]
Tell me why
Ain't nothin' but a heartache
Tell me why
Ain't nothin' but a mistake
Tell me why
I never wanna hear you say
I want it that way

Am I your fire
Your one desire
Yes I know it's too late
But I want it that way

[Chorus]

Now I can see that we're falling apart
From the way that it used to be, yeah
No matter the distance
I want you to know
That deep down inside of me...

You are my fire
The one desire
You are
You are, you are, you are

Don't wanna hear you say
Ain't nothin' but a heartache
Ain't nothin' but a mistake
(Don't wanna hear you say)
I never wanna hear you say
I want it that way

Tell me why
Ain't nothin' but a heartache
Tell me why
Ain't nothin but a mistake
Tell me why
I never wanna hear you say
(Don't wanna hear you say it)
I want it that way
I want it that way

Undercover boss

'Undercover Boss' Don Fertman No Longer Subway Sandwich Virgin
By Lisa Johnson Mandell, Posted Nov 19th 2010 @ 1:51AMs It was a long road that led 'Undercover Boss' Don Fertman from singing as an orange Crayon in a pop band, to serving as the chief development officer of Subway, the 14 billion dollar sandwich empire with 33,000 stores in 93 countries.

That road included a pit stop in rehab for drug and alcohol abuse, which is not uncommon for professional rock musicians. Oddly enough, however, until he went undercover, he'd never made a Subway sandwich -- ever.

Oh, he paid for his inexperience all right, thanks to a very serious and exacting sandwich artist by the name of Jessi, who is being touted as the toughest employee of all.

"Our fastest sandwich artists can make a sandwich, wrap it up and put it in the bag in 40-50 seconds," Fertman explains. "It took me a little longer. As a matter of fact, Jessi told me 'There's no such thing as a five-minute sandwich -- until now."

She eventually yanked Fertman, who was going by the name of John Wilson, off the sandwich line, and put him in his place, in back, washing dishes and emptying trash. She was completely overwhelmed when Fertman revealed himself as Subway's Chief Development Officer, and offered to pay for her college education, which, she'd confessed earlier, she was having troubles covering. He also promised to pay for a vacation for Jessi and her father, who had been parenting her single-handedly since her mother left.



A singer of Subway's praises
Twenty-nine years ago, when Fertman started with the company, he never believed he would go so far and fall so low. He first came in contact with the company performing the theme song 'It's a great day for a Subway,' in a rock band called The Crayons. "I was the orange Crayon," he says. "I dressed in orange, drove an orange VW and lived in Orange, Conn. Our band would tour the stores, and everyone would request our biggest hit, which was the Subway song."

When the band broke up, Fertman was offered a job selling Subway franchises. He's since worked his way up. His cover for the Undercover Boss gig was that he was competing on a reality show for a job, and another "contestant" was also followed around by a camera crew, so workers wouldn't be suspicious of Fertman. He says he loved almost every minute of it.

-- Find a job at Subway



A not-so-great employee
He didn't love holding up the line at an Auburn, Ala., store on game day. His supervisor, Sherri, who had been with Subway for 19 years, felt that Fertman was being a little bit too gregarious, and that his conversations with the customers were slowing him down. She had the perfect balance, and was later recognized for it by being offered $10,000 to star in a Subway customer service video and be flown out to the national conference in California, where she would also get a little R, R, and R --Rest, Relaxation and Retail.

Next, Fertman didn't exactly rise to his baking duties. Subways bake their own bread and cookies in special ovens, and, at a new store in Orlando's Science Center, Fertman proved he couldn't do either one well, let alone master both at the same time. His supervisor Efrain made it clear that he thought his grandmother could work faster. Fertman became so confused he locked himself in the walk-in freezer, and Efrain had to find him and let him out, but he was rewarded for his efforts.






At the end, Fertman gave Efrain $5,000 to donate to the foster program of his choice. It seems Efrain had been a foster child who was later adopted, and wanted to do the same thing for someone else. Efrain also got $1,000 to do something nice for his adoptive mother.



Fertman redeems himself
It was in church where Fertman had what was probably his most satisfying experience. There's actually a Subway shop in Buffalo, N.Y. that's based in a church building -- it's been there for five years. "Reverend Darius showed how Subway can be used for community outreach," Fertman says. "They provide job opportunities, interview experience, etc." as well as good, healthy food.

The manager, Duane, who showed Fertman how to make deliveries, confided that he was actually the pastor of a church in Niagra Falls. Later, Fertman waived the $15,000 franchise fee so Duane could start a Subway store in his own church. Fertman also gave him $20,000 for a scholarship fund for his four adopted children, and made him and Father Darius the stars of a community outreach video so other Subway franchisees could learn how to do more in their own communities.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

For those who can't appreciate

My obsession with Freddie.
Let me explain that when the news came thru that Freddie died...I was devastated.
I remember that day as clear as I remember today.
It was a time before famous people came out about being HIV positive.....or active...
Freddie was an anomaly...and when he died I was devastated.
He was a force of my youth.
And he was gone.
He was my first 8 track.
He was my first passion.
He was Freddie.
And he was gone
But I never let him go..and I still watch the videos till this day.
He was a force like no other in rock...and he proved it during Live Aid.
Freddy...
I loved you..and I still love you.

Ok...and now a pic of another vocal obsession


And believe me, my primary interest in him is vocal...he has the most lyrical and evocative voice in rock that I've heard in forever...
But OMG..he is also the most sexually hot and adorable fella.
Adam from Three Days Grace

Oh more Backstreet.....My obsession is surfacing

The Call

(spoken)
Hello?
Hi its me whats up baby? im sorry listen im gonna be late tonight so dont stay up and wait for me ok?
Where are you?
what?? say... say that again
Hello?
You're really dropping out, I think my battery must be low.
Listen if you can hear me we're going to this place nearby, all right? Gotta go.

Let me tell you the story
'Bout the call that changed my destiny
Me and my boys went out
Just to end up in misery
Was about to go home when
There she was standing in-front of me
And said "Hi, I got a little place nearby
Wanna go?"

I should've said no
Someone's waiting for me
Then I called my girl up and said

(Chorus)
Listen baby, I'm sorry
Just wanna tell you don't worry
I will be late
Don't stay up and wait for me
I said again, your dropping out
My battery is low
Just so you know
We're going to a place nearby
Gotta go

Now (?) is done, nothing's been won
I can't take it back, what's done is done
But one of her friends found out
That she wasn't my only one
And it eats me from inside
That she's not by my side
Just because I made that call, yeah

(Chorus)
Listen baby, I'm sorry
Just wanna tell you don't worry
I will be late
Don't stay up and wait for me
I said again, your dropping out
My battery is low
Just so you know
We're going to a place nearby
Gotta go

Ooohh...

Lemme tell you the story
Bout the call that changed my destiny
Me and my boys went out
Just to end up in misery
Was about to go home when
There she was standing infront of me
And said "Hi, I got a little place nearby"
Gotta go...

(Chorus)
Listen baby, I'm sorry
Just wanna tell you don't worry
I will be late
Don't stay up and wait for me
I said again, your dropping out
My battery is low
Just so you know
We're going to a place nearby
Gotta go

(Chorus)
Listen baby, I'm sorry
Just wanna tell you don't worry
I will be late
Don't stay up and wait for me
I said again, your dropping out
My battery is low
Just so you know
We're going to a place nearby
We're going to a place nearby
Gotta go

Goo Goo Dolls






















Slide


Could you whisper in my ear
The things you wanna feel
I'll give you anything
To feel it comin'

Do you wake up on your own
And wonder where you are
You live with all your faults

Chorus:
I wanna wake up where you are
I won't say anything at all
So why don't you slide

Yeah we're gonna let it, slide

Don't you love the life you killed
The priest is on the phone
Your father hit the wall
Your ma disowned you

Don't suppose I'll ever know
What it means to be a man
Something I can't change
I'll live around it

Chorus

And I'll do anything you ever
Dreamed to be complete
Little pieces of the nothing that fall
May put your arms around me
What you feel is what you are
And what you are is beautiful
May do you wanna get married
Or run away

And I'll do anything you ever
Dreamed to be complete
Little pieces of the nothing that fall
May put your arms around me
What you feel is what you are
And what you are is beautiful
May do you wanna get married
Or run away

I don't care if anyone thinks I'm an ass..I adore The Backstreet Boys



















Drowning
Don't pretend you're sorry
I know you're not
You know you got the power
To make me weak inside
Girl you leave me breathless
But it's okay 'cause
You are my survival
Now hear me say
I can't imagine life
Without your love
Even forever don't seem
Like long enough

'Cause everytime I breathe
I take you in
And my heart beats again
Baby I can't help it
You keep me
Drowning in your love
Everytime I try to rise above
I'm swept away by love
Baby I can't help it
You keep me
Drowning in your love

Maybe I'm a drifter
Late at night
'Cause I long for the safety
Of flowing freely
In your arms
I don't need another life line
It's not for me
'Cause only you can save me
Oh can't you see
I can't imagine life
Without your love
And even forever don't seem
Like long enough

'Cause everytime I breathe
I take you in
And my heart beats again
Baby I can't help it
You keep me
Drowning in your love
Everytime I try to rise above
I'm swept away by love
Baby I can't help it
You keep me
Drowning in your love

Go on and pull me under
Cover me with dreams, yeah
Love me mouth to mouth now
You know I can't resist
'Cause you're the air
That I breathe

Everytime I breathe
I take you in
And my heart beats again
Baby I can't help it
You keep me
Drowning in your love
Everytime I try to rise above
I'm swept away by love
And baby I can't help it
You keep me
Drowning your love

Baby I can't help it
Keep me drowning
In your love
I keep drowning
In your love
Baby I can't help it
Can't help it no, no

'Cause everytime I breathe
I take you in
And my heart beats again
Baby I can't help it
You keep me
Drowning in your love
Everytime I try to rise above
I'm swept away by love
Baby I can't help it
You keep me
Drowning in your love

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

This is the Fall Out Boy I love...

Wow....

I just looked....the Hawk has a website...but none of the staff are shown.
When I frequented the Hawk, there was a definite following for the bar tenders and staff....
Wow....memories...

When I hear this song by Tom Petty....the memories

Takes me back to when I lived on Capital Hill in Wash DC....going up to the Hawk and Dove bar...
I was such a regular that I used to go into the back in the kitchen and pour my own coffee...lol
This song was always one I heard on the juke there....
I was so lonely in D.C.
I tried so hard to fit in with what was happening in the house full of singles I lived with..but I was so lonely.
Way more single ladies than men in D.C then...prolly still is now.

Love me some Tom Petty




















Oh baby don't it feel like heaven right now
Don't it feel like something from a dream
Yeah I've never known nothing quite like this
Don't it feel like tonight might never be again
We know better than to try and pretend
Baby no one coulda ever told me 'bout this
I said yeah yeah

Chorus
The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you see one more card
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part

Well yeah I might have chased a couple women around
All it ever got me was down
Then there were those that made me feel good
But never as good as I'm feeling right now
Baby you're the only one that's ever known how
To make me wanna live like I wanna live now
I said yeah yeah

Chorus
The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you get one more yard
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part

Oh don't let it kill you baby, don't let it get to you
Don't let it kill you baby, don't let it get to you
I'll be your bleedin' heart, I'll be your cryin' fool
Don't let this go too far
Don't let it get to you

These Lil guys hang out in my foyer every night

Medicine bag


Marc finally recharged it, he got his altar set up...I wore it today for the first time in forever, prayed too...and it made a difference.
I wasn't as drained as I have been..
This job is gonna kill me...so I also pray to win power ball lol
Prayers on either subject would be greatly appreciated faithful.
This is a pic of a medicine bag, not mine tho...
Mind is plain black, with a black necklace so I can wear it to work.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

And my other favorite commercials...the new DirectTv ads

Oh and OMG...I adore the Mayhem guy in the Allstate commercials..

This commercial makes me laugh EVERY SINGLE TIME...LOL

IMHO Dubya is an effin liar anyway..but this is just more proof

Schroeder: Bush 'Not Telling Truth' AOL News (Nov. 11) -- Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder says George W. Bush is "not telling the truth" in a passage from his newly released memoir in which he accuses Germany of breaking its promise to support the Iraq war.

In his book, Bush recounts an Oval Office meeting in January 2002 where he told Schroeder he intended to invade Iraq if all diplomatic efforts failed. He quotes Schroeder as agreeing with him, saying "what is true of Afghanistan is true of Iraq."

"Nations that sponsor terror must face consequences," Bush quotes Schroeder as saying. "If you make it fast and make it decisive, I will be with you."

President George W. Bush, left, and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder appear at a 2002 press conference in Berlin. In his new memoir, Bush said Schroeder violated his trust by coming out against the Iraq war in 2004.
More than a year later, Schroeder came out against the Iraq war, calling it an "adventure" based on incomplete data and false premises. It later became clear that he was right -- Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, and U.S. intelligence data was faulty. But Schroeder's decision to oppose the war was largely seen as a bid to win re-election in 2004, at a time when public opinion in Germany and throughout Europe was strongly opposed to the Iraq invasion.

But Bush writes that Schroeder violated his trust. "I continued to work with Gerhard Schroeder on areas of mutual interest. But as someone who valued personal diplomacy, I put a high premium on trust," Bush writes in "Decision Points," which hit bookstores on Tuesday. "Once that trust was violated, it was hard to have a constructive relationship again."

The same day Bush's memoir came out, Schroeder disputed the former U.S. president's recollection of that Oval Office meeting. He confirmed that he told Bush that Germany would "stand reliably on the side of the U.S." -- but only if it was confirmed that Iraq was sheltering those responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. That turned out not to be the case.

"But this link, as it became clear during 2002, was false and contrived," Schroeder said in a statement excerpted by the German news agency Deutsche Welle. "This goes for reasons [for the invasion] given by Bush and [Vice President Dick] Cheney too.

"As we know today, the Bush administration's reasons for the Iraq war were based on lies," said Schroeder's statement, which was also quoted by Agence France-Presse.

About Bush's memoir, Schroeder said, "Former American President Bush is not telling the truth."

Schroeder's aides also supported the former German chancellor's version of events. Dieter Kastrup, Schroeder's top foreign policy official, who was also at the 2002 Oval Office meeting, told The Daily Telegraph, "In no way did Schroeder express anything that could be understood by Bush as a charter to start a war against Iraq with German assistance."

Other German officials have also recalled their assessment of Bush during the lead-up to the Iraq war.

Sponsored Links"We noticed that the intellectual reach of the president of the most important nation at the time was exceptionally low," Uwe-Karsten Heye, who was Schroeder's spokesman at the time, told German news channel N24, according to the Telegraph. "For this reason, it was difficult to communicate with him. He had no idea what was happening in the world. He was so fixated on being a Texan. I think he knew every longhorn in Texas."

Schroeder isn't the first public figure whose feathers have been ruffled by Bush's new memoir. U.S. hip-hop artist Kanye West told NBC's "Today" show Wednesday that he "didn't have the grounds" to call Bush a racist five years ago. West had said the then president's response to Hurricane Katrina showed he didn't care about black people. In his memoir, Bush called West's comment one of the low points of his presidency.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Oh I love me some Goo Goo Dolls....

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Goo Goo Dolls

Background information
Origin Buffalo, New York, United States
Genres Alternative rock, Pop rock
Years active 1985–present
Labels Metal Blade, Warner Bros.
Website googoodolls.com
Members
John Rzeznik
Robby Takac
Mike Malinin
Past members
George Tutuska
The Goo Goo Dolls are an American rock band formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York by vocalist and guitarist John Rzeznik and vocalist and bass guitarist Robby Takac. Since the end of 1994, Mike Malinin has held the lead position of the band's drummer, a position previously held by George Tutuska. Some of their most popular songs include Name from 1995's A Boy Named Goo, "Iris" and "Slide" from 1998's Dizzy Up The Girl, which produced five top-10 singles, and "Here Is Gone" and "Big Machine" from 2002's Gutterflower. Overall, the Goo Goo Dolls have 14 top-10 singles[1] and have sold nearly 9 million albums in the United States alone.[2]

Contents [hide]
1 History
1.1 Origins and early music (1985–1993)
1.2 Mainstream breakthrough and legal issues (1995–1997)
1.3 "Iris" and superstardom (1998–2005)
1.4 Let Love In (2006–2007)
1.5 Greatest Hits albums (2007–2008)
1.6 Something for the Rest of Us (2008–present)
2 Band members
2.1 Current members
2.2 Former members
2.3 Current touring musicians
2.4 Former touring musicians
3 Discography
4 Awards and nominations
5 References and notes
6 External links
6.1 Main sites
6.2 Interviews


[edit] History
[edit] Origins and early music (1985–1993)
The Goo Goo Dolls originally consisted of John Rzeznik (vocals, guitar), Robby Takac (vocals, bass guitar) and George Tutuska (drums, percussion). While Takac and Tutuska had been long-time friends in school, Rzeznik was playing in the band The Beaumonts, with Takac’s cousin.[3] The trio picked the current name out of a True Detective ad for a toy called a Goo Goo Doll.[4] "We were young and we were a garage band not trying to get a deal. We had a gig that night and needed a name. It's the best we came up with, and for some reason it stuck. If I had five more minutes, I definitely would have picked a better name" John stated. With Takac as their lead singer, the band released their first album, Goo Goo Dolls in 1987 on Mercenary Records, but was picked up in 1988 by Celluloid Records, a larger record company. The band released its second album, Jed, in 1989 after moving to Los Angeles.[5]

The band released its third album, Hold Me Up, in 1990 and featured Rzeznik as the lead vocalist on five tracks, including the single, "There You Are" -- as well their then concert favorite, Two Days in February. Despite being earlier dismissed as having a sound too similar to The Replacements, as well as being embraced by local college radio and punk scenes (including playing such venues as CBGB), the Goo Goo Dolls' third release had incorporated elements of heavy metal, pop rock, and punk rock. In 1991, the song "I'm Awake Now" was recorded for the soundtrack of Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare.

Superstar Car Wash, released in 1993, received significant media attention. The critical success and encouraging sales of their last album resulted in a larger budget from Metal Blade Records. The album was partially recorded in Metalworks Studio in Mississauga, Ontario, which is where Rush had produced multi-platinum albums.[6] "We Are the Normal" (the single for which Rzeznik asked frontman Paul Westerberg of The Replacements to write the lyrics), received a major push toward play on college and independent radio, while its video was displayed on MTV's 120 Minutes program. "Fallin' Down" made it onto the 1993 soundtrack of Pauly Shore's hit film Son in Law.

[edit] Mainstream breakthrough and legal issues (1995–1997)
Shortly after recording the band's fifth album A Boy Named Goo, George Tutuska left the band. The band moved forward from this December 31, 1994 incident, hiring Mike Malinin in 1995, and toured rigorously.

A Boy Named Goo sold modestly in this time; however, it was not until the release of the single "Name" that the band experienced any viable commercial success. A Boy Named Goo became the first album in Metal Blade history to achieve double-platinum status. This success, however, proved bittersweet, as the band found themselves in a legal battle with Metal Blade records. The band filed suit against Metal Blade, claiming they had not earned any royalties from their album’s sales, which was attributed to a "grossly unfair, one-sided and unenforceable contract" which had been signed by the band in 1987.[7] The two sides reached a settlement which had the band signed to the Metal Blade's distributing label, Warner Bros. Records, under which the band released their sixth album, Dizzy Up the Girl, in 1998.[8] The undisputed success of "Name" marked a fundamental change in the band’s sound toward a more polished, commercial direction. It was "Name" that had made the band popular and they were able to make a guest appearance on 90210 and even present an Award to Michael Jackson.

[edit] "Iris" and superstardom (1998–2005)
Rzeznik was approached to write a song for the City of Angels soundtrack, and the end product was "Iris". It is said that he wrote the lyrics in just under five minutes and composed it in about an hour's time. This song propelled the band to stardom, as it stayed on top of Billboard Hot 100 Airplay charts for a record breaking 18 weeks, and was nominated for three Grammys that year. According to interviews with Rzeznik, he was experiencing serious bouts of writer's block when he was approached, and was on the verge of quitting the band days before he wrote the song that would launch the band to worldwide fame.

"Iris" was included on the triple platinum Dizzy Up the Girl, and was among Top-Ten hits "Slide", "Black Balloon", "Broadway", and "Dizzy" from the same album. The new, polished sound garnered legions of new fans, many of whom had not followed the band before their mainstream success. Most of the Goo Goo Dolls concerts feature few, if any, songs the band wrote before 1995, reflecting the band’s more mainstream sound. Although the lyrics to "Black Balloon" are vague and unclear, as this is an essential aspect of Rzeznik's style of writing, the song, according to the lead singer himself, regards drug abuse and the emotional consequences of indulging in them. It is widely believed that the song was written for Robby Takac's wife who was once caught up in drug abuse but who has fully recovered today; both refuse to state who the song is written for or about. In 2001, the Goos released their first ever compilation CD, What I Learned About Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce. Next, Gutterflower (2002)—with dark lyrical undertones from Rzeznik's divorce—achieved gold certification, producing the hits "Here Is Gone", "Sympathy", and "Big Machine". On July 4, 2004, the band performed a free concert in their hometown of Buffalo, continuing through a deluge of rain that can be seen on the DVD released later that year. The DVD also contained a studio version of the Goo Goo Dolls' cover of "Give a Little Bit" by Supertramp. The single reached the top of the Adult Top 40 chart in 2005.
An animal trainer at a Washington County greyhound track has been charged with animal cruelty after at least 20 dogs were found dead Friday. Investigators were tipped by a local greyhound adoption group, who said trainer Ronald Williams had also brought in underweight dogs and offered them for adoption.

The investigation was started by the Florida Department of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, which is responsible for the treatment of animals at Florida's dog and horse tracks.

It's unclear exactly how many dogs were found dead at Ebro Greyhound Park, which is not currently offering races.

Assistant General Manager Mark Hess says Williams' dogs were healthy during the season, which ended Sept. 25.

Hess says Williams continued to come to the track every day to let out two dogs for exercise and told other trainers he had only those two left.


(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Current financial aide to Haiti

So tell me, why are the Haitian people still living in tent cities?
What the hell is the problem there? Money is pouring in to Haiti like crazy, and the people are still living like animals in tent cities....if they are lucky.
Whats the problem here?







Foreign aid to Haiti
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Contents [hide]
1 Canadian aid to Haiti
2 US aid to Haiti
3 U.S. economic and development assistance
3.1 Peace Corps
3.2 Economic development
3.3 Democracy Development
4 Cuban Aid to Haiti
5 Venezuelan Aid to Haiti
6 References


[edit] Canadian aid to Haiti
Further information: Canada-Haiti relations
[edit] US aid to Haiti
The USA is the largest foreign source of relief aid to Haiti from the 2010 Haiti earthquake. USA, through USAID is giving more than $712 million in aid. However, this money is comprised by the donations of many non-governmental organizations such as World Vision and the Red Cross accumulated from different parts of the globe through various campaigns in support of Haiti.[1] In comparison, the EU and the 27 member-states alone are providing over 400 million euro, which is about $650 million dollars.[2] Following this logic, the EU seems to be the largest financial support given to the Haitian nation.

Also, a country by country Excel report can be seen here, where the EU countries are presented separately, and the US contribution is diminished to about 460 million dollars.[3]

. Country/organisation ISO country code Funding, committed and uncommitted,




. Others 639,381,379

. Private (individuals & organisations) 593,639,219 . United States US 466,879,506 . Canada CA 130,733,775 . World Bank (emergency grant) 82,107,356

. Japan JP 70,744,798

. Saudi Arabia SA 50,000,000

. Spain ES 47,664,745

. European Commission 43,290,043

. France FR 33,844,153

. United Kingdom GB 33,070,138

. Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) 27,976,462

. Norway NO 25,298,044

. Sweden SE 25,039,684 . Germany DE 21,645,022 . Brazil BR 16,884,782 . Denmark DK 16,288,032 . Australia AU 13,489,209 . China CN 10,813,535 . UN & agencies


. Italy IT 9,302,037 . Switzerland CH 8,932,039

. Finland FI 8,005,607

. Russian Federation RU 5,700,000 . Netherlands NL 5,050,504 . India IN 5,000,000

. United Arab Emirates AE 3,209,113 . Ghana GH 3,000,000

. Ireland IE 2,886,002 . Donors not specified 2,219,169

. Indonesia ID 1,700,000

. Czech Republic CZ 1,154,401

. Belgium BE 1,151,876

. Poland PL 1,089,466 . New Zealand NZ 1,000,000 . Morocco MA 1,000,000 . Guyana GY 1,000,000

. Estonia EE 1,000,000 . Luxembourg LU 722,900 486,000

. Greece GR 290,000 11,161,000

. Inter-American Development Bank 200,000 . South Africa

Cholera in Haiti

jcharles@MiamiHerald.com
PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Haitian health officials are blaming the deaths of more than 100 people suffering from acute severe diarrhea and dehydration on an outbreak of cholera.

``For sure it is that,'' said a Ministry of Health official, who asked not to be identified because the government had yet to make an official announcement.

At least 1,000 people had been hospitalized in the lower Artibonite region in recent days, with the main hospital in St. Marc filled to capacity.

The conclusion of cholera was supported by diplomats at one foreign embassy. A report obtained by The Miami Herald stated that foreign health experts working with the Haitian government to identify the problem were ``99 percent sure it is cholera'' that caused severe diarrhea and vomiting in St. Marc, Mirebalais, Drouin and Marchand Dessalines. On Thursday, Haitian health specialists along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta continued to investigate the source of the outbreak while the government trucked in thousands of gallons of water.

South Florida-based Food for the Poor also announced that it was shipping in antibiotic, oral dehydration salts, water filtration units and other critically needed supplies to several cities and rural villages near the outbreak. So far, it had not reached Gonaives, the largest city in the Artibonite region.

The U.S. Embassy warned U.S. citizens that they should only drink bottled water, avoid undercooked or raw seafood and ``seek medical assistance if you develop acute, water diarrhea,'' it said.

Cholera is a contagious bacterial disease that affects the intestinal system. Symptoms include severe vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. It can cause death within four to 12 hours after symptoms begin if untreated. Spread through consumption of infected food and water, or feces, the disease is treated with fluids and antibiotics.

The disease outbreak is the country's first since January's 7.0 earthquake claimed more than 300,000 lives.

A spokeswoman with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the source of the outbreak is still being investigated.

``We have not received any confirmation on what is causing an increase of diarrhea in the lower Artibonite region,'' Jessica Duplessi, a spokeswoman with OCHA said. ``There has been an increase in cases of severe vomiting and diarrhea, which in particular is quite an epidemic in Haiti. We still don't know if it's coming from one central source or not. That is what the doctors and experts are trying to analyze.''

The Pan American Health Organization also warned against concluding too soon that cholera was the source of the outbreak.

``We just need confirmation of further investigation before we change the labeling and we have a precise diagnosis of the underlying cause,'' said Dr. Michel Thieren, senior program management officer with the PAHO Haiti Office. ``No one can say for sure. We are assisting with all sorts of rumors.''

He said PAHO officials and the ministry of health officials sent an evaluation mission to the area, and are awaiting the results of tests.

He said the joint PAHO/Ministry of Health evaluation mission received reports of 1,526 cases and 138 deaths of unconfirmed severe diarrhea. The numbers he said must be investigated and remain ``very questionable.''

The reports spurred interest among some of Haiti's candidates in the Nov. 28 presidential and legislative elections. Both presidential hopefuls Jude Célestin and Charles Henri Baker spent the day visiting rural communities impacted by the outbreak and said they went as concerned citizens.

``Every courtyard has at least three to four deaths,'' Célestin said in a statement, noting that he first heard the news Wednesday and traveled to the communities early Thursday morning. ``People told us they had their kids dying and they did not know what it was. They said the deaths came after the rain. In Drouin, the chief doctor told us they had more than 50 deaths.''

Baker said he was on a campaign tour in the region when he heard the news. He described a scene of people being laid out onto sidewalks, and children dying in the back of one of his campaign pickup trucks before it even reached the hospital.

``It's bad,'' Baker told The Herald by telephone, describing the emaciated look of people in the rural towns of Bac d'Aquin and Danash. ``They were just putting people on the side of the road. They look like skeletons.''

Baker said he was told that between 60 and 70 people had died from dehydration and diarrhea. In one town, he saw only one ambulance, and left one of the campaign trucks to transport sick residents.

``I don't even feel like campaigning anymore. It's unbelievable when they tell you the number of people who are sick,'' he said, describing the problem as ``pretty widespread at the moment.''

``I don't see anybody really taking charge . . . The government needs to be here, take some samples, run some tests and see if it is the water. We need confirmation, not hearsay. The urgency is to save the lives of those who are already sick.''

I do the rock...lol..this is so period and cool

Friday, October 29, 2010

Fall Out Boy....yet again....but gawd they Rock

The Tom Jones experience yet again.......


Live without any lip synching.
God I detest Lip Synching....and Britney Spears and her ilk.....
They have no talent...and the Tom shows them all up....

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Trying my best to deal with whats happenening

But failing miserably...
And being told I'm failing miserably by my loved ones..
No escaping fate here.
I have no pass go free card..no get out of jail free card.
I'm a failure no matter which side of the mattress I wake up on.

Every devout Muslim...who is a true believer

Every member of a true mosque of the true believers needs to stand up and cry out against the atrocities that are being perpetrated against women in the oppressed countries of the world.
It horrifies and sickens me to know the power that those men have over the women in their lives...the control and pain that they can inflict.
Please, the righteous of the Muslim world...stand up against the atrocities being commited...and stand with women like myself who are free and able to speak as I will and live as I will.
Mohammed recoganized the rights of women...why don't these extremists ackowledge that?
Why? Because it would reduce their petty power

Wow...Islam sounds better and better to me with each story I read....

Tehran Court rules 25-year-old woman convicted of adultery must be executed despite pregnancy. Her lawyer hopes to have sentence 'commuted' to lashing
An Iranian court has sentenced two more women to death by stoning, a human rights group reported Thursday, adding the horrific sentence was made worse by the fact that one of the women was pregnant.




Maryam Ghorbanzadeh was recently convicted of adultery and although she is pregnant, was sentenced by an Islamic court to death by stoning.



Controversy

Iran appears to back down on woman's stoning / AFP

Islamic Republic's embassy in London says Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani will not be stoned to death. Lawyer: She could still be executed by other means
Full story



However, given her condition, there is a chance the sentence would be changed into death by hanging, which is the customary method of execution in Iran.



Her attorney told the media he was trying to have her sentence commuted to lashing, adding that even if her original sentence will remain unchanged, she will not be executed until she delivers.



Held at the Tabriz prison alongside Ghorbanzadeh is Azhar Bakri, 19, who was also sentenced to death by stoning after being convicted of adultery.



Bakri was jailed four years ago after her husband, whom she married at 14, accused her of having an extramarital affair. According to various reports, she has suffered massive abuse by the guards.



The International Committee against Executions, which is run by Iranian expats, vehemently denounced the verdicts and called for the immediate rescindment of all similar death penalties.




The group's data indicated that over the past 13 years, Tehran had to rescind 13 death sentences against women.



The most recent similar death sentence to catch the world media's attention is that of 43-year-old Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who was convicted of adultery in 2006 and has already received a punishment of 99 lashes.

They had already been punished with 99 lashes each, yet their accuser continued with accusations

My own humble opinion

Is that those who commit atrocities, and call it Jihad...and expect to go to a heaven with all those virgins....
In my humble opinion there are the minions of God/Allah/Yahweh who are just waiting to kick righteous royal ass on those stupid ass idjits who destroy ...
How can you hope for a righteous redemption in a heaven by taking other lives?
The bible says that God is aware of the lowliest sparrow....
Will he ignore the murder of one or a thousand human souls?
I DON'T THINK SO..

Again, please...I am not prejudicial...but....

Any killings in the name of a religion, that is just stone cold wrong.
I have no issue at all with members of religions who advocate peace, and honoring human life...But those who do wrong in the name of God...or Allah, those people are evil...the purest evil I can imagine.

More senseless murder in the name of Islam

AOL News (Oct. 20) -- A radical Islamist sect in northern Nigeria has intensified its anti-government campaign, shooting dead a policeman in the city of Maiduguri -- at least the 13th lawman to be murdered by the group in the past three months, according to local authorities.

Motorcycle-riding gunmen from the Boko Haram movement reportedly killed Inspector Kashim Bukar on Tuesday night as he walked home on the outskirts of the city in northeastern Nigeria, police spokesman Abdullahi Lawan told Agence France-Presse.

This is the latest in a string of audacious attacks launched by the resurgent militant group in recent weeks. Last month, machine-gun-wielding militants burst into a prison in the city of Bauchi -- some 240 miles southwest of Maiduguri -- and freed over 700 inmates, including many jailed sect members.

The rebels have also been linked to the firebombing of a police station in Maiduguri last week, and the assassination of numerous community leaders over recent months. Their victims include the national vice chairman of the All Nigeria People's Party, Alhaji Awana Ali Ngala, who was murdered in his living room Oct. 6. Three days later, Sheikh Bashir Mustapha, a prominent Islamic cleric and critic of Boko Haram, was sprayed with bullets while teaching in his home.

"He would always say, 'Killing people is not religious,'" one of Bashir's student told The New York Times this week. "He would go to the radio station and say that."

This new wave of violence is bad news for Nigeria's embattled President Goodluck Jonathan, who is already battling militants in the oil-rich south. That rebel group, known as the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), is believed to have set off three car bombs in the capital Abuja on Friday, killing 12 people during an independence day parade. MEND, which wants a share of the immense oil wealth generated in its homeland, has also threatened to target Jonathan as he campaigns in the buildup to January's presidential election.

For its part, Boko Haram -- which means "non-Islamic education is sacrilege" in the Hausa language -- wants Islamic law applied across the the vast country, and also demands the outlawing of all Western goods. (Machine guns, apparently, are an exception.)

The sect first blasted its way into the headlines in July 2009, when its bearded fighters attacked a police station in Maiduguri.

That attack triggered riots across the city, and in the subsequent security crackdown some 800 people died, according to Human Rights Watch.

Among the casualties was the sect's leader Mohammed Yusuf, who was shot dead while in police custody. Local people told The New York Times this week that many other suspected Boko Haram figures were also summarily executed by security agencies.

Following that crackdown, the Islamist sect went into hiding. However, its resurgence this summer has led the military to send extra forces to the northeastern state of Borno -- including two attack helicopters. Police now patrol the city of Maiduguri during the day, while the army takes to the streets at night, said The Associated Press. The riding of motorbikes has also been banned in the desert town, in an attempt to dissuade Boko Haram assassins from using their favorite form of transport.

Sponsored Links A self-proclaimed Boko Haram spokesman interviewed on local radio stations last week said that the violence would stop only when imprisoned members of the sect were released and given amnesty, reported Reuters. However, the governor of Borno state has said that there was no possibility of talks being held. "We cannot and we shall never negotiate with criminals who want to be allowed to continue killing innocent individuals," he said, according to Reuters. "No true religion encourages killing of people, and that is what they want."

Nigeria, a nation of some 140 million people, is divided roughly equally between Christians and Muslims. The overwhelming majority of the Muslim population, the largest in sub-Saharan Africa, do not support Boko Haram's views. It is not known how many people are members of the radical sect . However, the extreme poverty and deprivation in Borno state -- one of Nigeria's poorest and most arid regions -- provides Boko Haram's leaders with a large pool of poorly educated potential recruits.

Real money problems and toilet is leaking

Prayers for my situation would be greatly appreciated guys.
Thanks

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ok guys..please, please...watch this clip. Tom Jones is the voice of all time....





There is no lip synching involved.
There is only pure talent and live performance.
LIVE...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Health care and its failings IMHO

In my hospital, I see the most pertinent part of americans who lack health insurance.
Preventative care.
We get patients, people whom I consider young, in their forties, who are suffering grave effects from untreated diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
If these people were receiving early and timely care, they would not become the gravely ill people I care for every day.
These people do not have health insurance, so as a consequence they do not seek medical care until they are so ill they cannot ignore their health problems any longer.
Because they have been untreated for so long, their hearts, lungs and kidneys are permanently damaged.
My prescription for the damaged health care system? Provide complete coverage for all americans for preventative care. For testing and treatment of the most basic and devastating health issues.
Diabetes, and hypertension.

Why we need a nationalized Health Care Plan for every single American


Lorie Sandoval, 53, is a middle-class wife and mother who had the misfortune of getting seriously sick in the midst of the Great Recession. Her diagnosis: ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- Lou Gehrig's disease) is tough enough, but the financial toll it has taken on the Sandoval family's finances is just as severe.

It didn't matter that Lorie had insurance through a Kaiser HMO plan. Deductibles, and uncovered tests and treatments, combined with missed time in the family business have put the family on a financial precipice. As a result, the Sandovals are grappling with greatly reduced income, unpaid bills, the potential loss of their home and no money to get Lorie quality-of-life things like a van with a lift or a hospital bed with side rails so she won't fall in the night.

More Than 100 Medical Visits

As many caregivers can attest, dealing with insurance companies is a full-time job in itself. Kaiser hasn't made the Sandovals' life any easier, husband Leo said. Despite his wife's more than 100 medical visits over three years, he says that Kaiser doctors failed to diagnose Lorie's illness as ALS until it was late-stage. Although there is no cure, early detection can lead to treatments that slow the disease's progression.

At first, the doctors said it was chronic fatigue syndrome that was causing Lorie to feel so tired that she couldn't get off the couch. Then, when she could no longer use her right hand, they diagnosed her with carpal tunnel syndrome.As Lorie's body began aching every time she moved, she went back to the doctor. The diagnosis? Scoliosis. By the time Kaiser finally sent Lorie to a neurologist in Panorama City -- an almost 100-mile round-trip along traffic-congested roads, Lorie's ALS had greatly advanced.

Leo's list of places where Kaiser dropped the ball is long. The insurer wouldn't cover a $3,200 medication that one of its own doctors prescribed. The roster of therapists the Kaiser ALS team provided was six years old and half the practitioners on it were out of business. "Each encounter is like a wrestling match, just trying to deal with them," he said.

Kaiser spokesman Jim Anderson said he couldn't comment on Lorie Sandoval's case, citing patient privacy laws.

A Downward Spiral

Leo said the past few years have been marked by his wife's steady deterioration. "She worked out, ate right -- she even competed in a triathlon," he said. She started to feel more tired a few years ago, but doctors kept minimizing what was ailing her. "We knew something was wrong," Leo said. Last Thanksgiving, "we just did nothing because she couldn't," Leo said. And when it came time to watch their 12-year-old daughter Sadie dance in the community's performance of The Nutcracker last Christmas, "Lorie could barely get there, as much as she wanted to."

While Lorie and her family grapple with such painful decisions like whether she should have a feeding tube and tracheotomy performed, their door and window business has been ravaged by the recession and from Leo's need to take time away from work to care for his wife. Sadie is a good kid who fortunately does homework on her own, he said. But she has also felt the pressure.

Dancing is terribly important to Sadie, which is why Leo had to steel himself last month when he needed to approach her studio, Dance Star Studio in Malibu, and ask for a payment plan. "I was ready to offer to barter, you know, make props or build the sets or something." But the dance studio director Charissa Seaman cut him off at the pass and told him his money wasn't good there anymore. "Just send her," he related.

The leading organizations that raise money for ALS and muscular dystrophy spend most of what they raise on research and administration. Very little is doled out to victims of the disease who are struggling to adapt their homes and lifestyles to accommodate their new-found disabilities, Leo said. He balked when one of these groups asked his wife to personally go to the local supermarket manager and thank him for putting a collection can by the checkout line. "They were more than happy to use Lorie, but unwilling to provide any assistance," Leo said.

A Community Comes Together

Yet, there have been some bright spots. Malibu, where the Sandovals live, has rallied around the family in an awe-inspiring way. A friend of Sadie's told her parents she wanted to forgo a birthday celebration and instead donate the money to Sadie's family. Friends have pitched in with rides, and even strangers have helped out. "There was one Sunday when someone I don't even know came by to walk my dogs," said Leo.

A group of five families insisted that he let them take over his utility bills, and the landlord for his office let him off the hook on the lease when he moved his business to his house to save money for Lorie's care.

The community's charitable spirit has culminated into a large celebrity-studded fundraiser, which is planned for this Friday night. Actress Leslie-Ann Down picked up the check for the location rental fee and David Spade has donated $1,000. Even Malibu's most-reclusive resident, Barbra Streisand, donated a leather laptop case for auction. And rocker Rick Springfield donated a signed guitar for auction. There are show taping tickets and a cast meet-and-greet for Melissa and Joey, and Wizards of Waverly Place, plus Justin Bieber concert tickets. The event photographer is Richard Dean Anderson, better known as MacGyver. Word has spread grassroots-style, neighbor-to-neighbor. And some of those neighbors just happen to be celebrities.

Leo is uncomfortable in the limelight. He grew up believing that you kept your business to yourself. "You don't put your garbage in someone else's trash can," he said. Still, he knows he needs help to keep his house and care for his family. Thus far, he's paid $15,000 out-of-pocket to build a wheelchair ramp and still hopes to buy a van with a lift to make it easier to transport his wife. His goal is to hire a caregiver from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to allow him to return to work and become more involved with his daughter.

Contributions may be sent to the Lorie Sandoval Family Foundation, P.O. Box 2122, Malibu, CA. 90265. For more information on how to place an auction bid, e-mail Sandovalfamilyparty@gmail.com.