Monday, July 27, 2009

the 2nd Amendment

Have you ever read it.

The Second amendment I mean.

Here it is in it's entirity.

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Got that?


Nothing is said about self protection or hunting or sports shooting is there?

The right granted is to arm a Militia to protect the" state".

So why do we allow the NRA to take that one sentence and make it into " the right to do what I want when I own a gun?" AND why aren't all gun owners made to spend time in the "militia" in order to obtain the right they were given?

Can someone explain to mean the reason they claim the right and not the responsibility?

Sunday, July 12, 2009

time for a confession

My sheets don't match this week.

No, I didn't go to a designer label at the linen store and find the "perfect" set of sheets to use on my bed. I have three sets of matching sheets but today my husband needed some "old sheets" to use to cover some newly planted grass seed, so I went into the line closet and found some older ones.

What I found was some "sets" had perfectly good parts, still usable, but other parts were worn badly. So I gave my husband the worn parts and kept the good. So my bedsheets today are unmatched because I used what I had.

Some overly self indulgent people will call me "trashy" for doing this. Some call it "poor". I call it being thrifty. If we all used what we have instead of replacing things that don't need replacing we'd all be doing something environmentally good.

This is something you parents should teach you about thrift.

Unfortunately most of what we learn about household thrift comes from TV, and they tell you not to be happy with what you have, but to trash it and buy the new and improved.

They used to call TV the great wasteland.

I think it sould be renamed the great "wasteful"

Saturday, July 04, 2009


So the governor of Alaska quits. Why? Is she going to run for the congress? Is she going to make a bid for the next presidential election? Is she being appointed Republican spokesperson because people think Cheney, Steele and Limbaugh are a joke? Only time will tell.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

are you seeing this

I have always noticed that people need food. It's a part of beign a Vincentian.

What I am noticing is more distrubing than that.

Mothers aren't eating.

I have noticed that some parents, mothers in particular, who have jobs and go to work and try to supply their kids with enough to eat, are doing without.

I have noticed women taking "tea"in the breakroom and calling it lunch. OK I can see an occasional "I forgot my lunch" because heavens knows I have done so myself upon occasion. But this is a pattern. No lunch day after day. And the women don't look healthy. They are tired, lythargic, losing weight.

Do other's see this? or do they take the "oh no I just have tea today" at face value and forget about it as they eat their own lunches? Do they talk about the person later saying "I wonder if she has enough to eat" and then forget about it, or do they ask the person to share their own lunch?

Another thing I had not noticed before is wearing clothes that have not been laundered. OK if we have clothes that need dry cleaning I know we always wear them more than once, unless they have been stained. But lately I have noticed that people who wear jeans, slacks, shirts, blouses that clearly have been worn a full day, are wearing them again without laundrying them.


Money - or lack thereof.

If you don't have enough money for food, you generally don't have enough for "other things". If you work, you can get by cleaning yourself (hands face, etc.)in the washroom at work with soap provided. But what about your clothes?

If you live in an apartment that has no washing machine you have to take your laundry to the laundrymat. That costs money. Detergent costs money.

So you make an effort. Maybe you rinse things out in the sink and hang them up to dry if you can. Or you wear them without "refreshing" them.

What else can you do?

The CDC wants us to be clean, and make sure we wash our hands etc. to prevent the spread of H1N1 (swine flu). And I wonder how we can do that if we can't afford to keep up with normal washing.

read the directions

Now the Federal Government is debating limiting the use of Tylenol. Why? Because it can be overused and cause liver damage.

Is there a point to this?

There has always been a warning on the package. Take only as directed.

For those who don't bother to read the directions let me clue you in.

You don't take it EVERY DAMNED DAY. It's for the occasional relief of pain and fever. Occasional, not daily, do you get that much? Do you have a fever every day? If you do you need more than Tylenol honey. Do you have a headache every day? If so read the damned label:
STOP USE AND ASK A DOCTOR IF PAIN GETS WORSE OR LASTS MORE THAN 10 DAYS or if fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days.

The recommended dose for adults and children over 12 is 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours while symptoms last.

That doesn't mean take 2 tablets and when the symptoms go away take another 2 because it's 4 hours later. It means don't take any more than you need.

Right on the label it states:
"Taking more than the recommended dose (overdose) may cause liver damage."

It also warns against taking Tylenol and using alcohol ...again a warning 'may cause liver damage".

And this isn't enough already to make people take precautions about taking the OTC drug?
Apparently not because people who self medicate with OTC medications are apparently iliterate because if the READ THE DIRECTIONS they wouldn't need MORE restrictions on the medication by the government to stop themselves from overdosing.

And now they are cutting funds and many schools are cutting budgets.

So even those who in the future MIGHT be able to read have no hope anymore because those who don't read will cause our government to protect them from themselves ( and limit us all.)

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