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I found this so interesting and useful, I wanted to share with you all.  Nick

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50 Amazing and Everyday Uses for Aspirin

Almost everyone knows about aspirin’s value towards those suffering from headaches and migraines, but the compound also known as salicylic acid carries with it a vast number of other benefits as well. In both the home and in medicine alike, this veritable wonder drug does everything from prevent wallpaper from yellowing to slowing the spread of HIV. Of course, many of these health hacks still require a bit of further testing to confirm or deny – though people still ought to keep aware of the progress that science is making when it comes to discovering aspirin’s potential. Please keep in mind that any discussions of medical advantages are not intended to be taken as professional advice, and because of aspirin’s side effects (including stomach ulcers and ringing in the ears) a doctor or nurse should always be consulted before committing to its regular use. Anyone with a sensitivity or allergy to salicylic acid should dismiss ingestion entirely.

1.  Acne Masks : Smashing an uncoated aspirin and mixing it with water (and a bit of cleanser if preferred) can help individuals with oily skin fight acne and dry their faces out. However, those with normal or dry skin ought not partake more than once a week lest they lose too much moisture.

2. Preserve Cut Flowers : Anyone hoping to keep fresh cut flowers beautiful on a table or in a windowsill would do well to drop in a tab or two of aspirin in the water.

3. Spackle : Small holes left in the wall can be filled with a simple paste comprised of a few aspirin and water.

4. Remove Sweat Stains: Two soluble aspirin dissolved in water and left to sit on perspiration stains for a couple of hours will help remove them when finally washed, though this solution works best on white clothing.

5. Relieve Insect Wounds : Wet the affected area and rub a small aspirin over the skin to help control and relieve the pain associated with mosquito bites and bee, wasp, or hornet stings. The acne mask works as well.

aspirin26. Cure Dandruff : Crushing 2 aspirin and incorporating them into a shampooing ritual will help reduce the presence of dandruff if left on for a couple of minutes. Do not do this too often lest the skin on the scalp dry up too much, however.

7. Stave Off Cancer and Strokes : The benefits of aspirin as a deterrent to heart disease has been well-publicized, if debated. However, research also suggests that it may also help reduce the spread of certain cancers and prevent the impact of strokes as well.

8. Remove Warts : Many blogs and websites discuss the virtues of using aspirin to cur warts, but only this one provides a quick recipe using a few tablets and apple cider vinegar as a workable poultice. Others suggest duct-taping a tablet to the affected area as well.

9. Aid Fertility : Studies have shown that a blend of aspirin and other medications may help increase a woman’s chances of conceiving.

10. Prevent Alzheimer’s : More research needs to be done on the subject, of course, but some early studies notice a correlation between aspirin and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementia disorders.

11. Lower Blood Pressure During Pregnancy : While taking aspirin during pregnancy requires quite a bit of attention and care to prevent issues, research suggests that it could help women by lowering their chances of high blood pressure problems by 10% - which helps both mother and child.

12. Remove Nicotine and Grass Stains : Light skin staining from nicotine and grass can be wiped away with a blend of aspirin and a bit of water. Let it sit for around 15 minutes before washing it all off.

13. Exfoliate : The chemical properties of aspirin are frequently used as ingredients in commercial exfoliates anyways, and using a blend of the tablets and water can help slough off dead skin cells for much cheaper.

14. Keep White Clothes White : Dropping an aspirin tablet into a load of white laundry helps prevent them from yellowing with time, age, and exposure.

15. Relieve Psoriasis : Moderate doses of aspirin can help alleviate some of the inflammation and discomfort associated with psoriasis.

16. Healing Pierced Cartilage : Small scars and bumps can sometimes result when piercing the cartilage in the nose and ears, but a simple poultice of lemon juice and uncoated aspirin applied two or three times a day can reduce them significantly.

17. Cure a Toothache : The ever-versatile aspirin paste makes for a worthwhile venue for relieving tooth and gum aches before a dentist can be consulted.

18. Remove Ingrown Hairs : The instructions may discuss toe hair specifically, but a combination of warm water and aspirin paste helps individuals remove painful ingrown hairs with relative ease.

19. Clean Up Soap Scum : Aspirin paste can wipe up lingering soap scum in bathtubs, sinks, and other washbasins, but it is not economical for larger jobs.

20. Combat Shingles :L One of many dermatological marvels to be found in aspirin involves blending two tablets and 2 tablespoons of chloroform together to relieve the pain and itchiness associated with shingles.

21. Reducing Rosacea : Some research suggests that small doses of aspirin could possible reduce the reddening and flushing that results from rosacea.

22. Help Prevent Miscarriages : For women experiencing multiple miscarriages due to blood clotting near the placenta, a cocktail of aspirin and Heparin may assist them in carrying a child to term.

23. Boosting Car Batteries : Allegedly, a couple of aspirin tablets dropped into a dead battery will revive it long enough to putter to the nearest service station. However, doing so will destroy the battery in the process.

24. Prevent Hair Discoloration : Create a solution comprised of 6 to 8 soluble aspirin in a glass of warm water and leave it in the hair for 10 to 15 minutes in order to preserve dyed hair or prevent discoloration from swimming in chlorinated pools.

25. Fungicide : Aspirin dissolved in a liter of water can help plants fight off fungal infections if delicately applied. The solution – or just tabs of aspirin themselves – also helps stave off fungal growths in newer plants as well.

26. Reduce Pregnancy Complications : Specific research still needs to be done, but a few studies suggest that women partaking of very small amounts of aspirin may lower their risk of pregnancy complications if they suffer from pre-eclampsia or antiphospholipid antibody syndrome.

27. Relieve Asthma : One study revealed that women over the age of 45 reduced their risk of contracting asthma by 10% if they took 100 milligrams of aspirin every day. Those already suffering from the symptoms may find some relief with regular use as well.

28. Art : Channel inner creativity by taking advantage of aspirin’s crystalline structure, which may make for a surprisingly lovely holiday ornament.

29. Remove Bathtub Rings : Like soap scum, aspirin can remove the cleanser stains, dead skin cells, body fluids and oils, and other components of a bathtub ring when blended into a simple paste.

30. Kill Arthritis Pain : Though potentially dangerous when combined with other medications, doctors have been prescribing low doses of aspirin to alleviate arthritis pain for decades.

31. Prevent Plants from Drying Out : Popping an aspirin into the soil of a potted plant will help keep much-needed moisture in and keep it from dehydrating in the hot summer months.

32. Soothe Painful Stretchmarks : Delicately apply aspirin paste to painful stretchmarks for around 5 minutes as a means of reducing the inflammation.

33. Pesticide : Smashing up a few aspirin and mixing it with cornstarch results in a powder that helps stave off (though not entirely eliminate) an influx of pesky insects in gardens and around a home’s perimeter.

34. Desiccant : A couple of aspirin tablets placed in a closet or bathroom can soak up excess moisture in the air and help prevent damage from mold.

35. Make an Anti-Fungal Powder : Those suffering from athlete’s foot or other fungal condition may be interested in learning how to blend crushed aspirin and talcum powder together in order to make it disappear.

36. Relieving Ingrown Toenails : 20 aspirin dissolved in a bathtub full of warm water can help relieve the swelling, itchiness, and pain that come from an ingrown toenail.

37. Keep Christmas Trees Healthy : Similar to extending the life of fresh-cut flowers, dropping a couple of aspirin tablets in Christmas tree water helps keep the piney decoration fresher for longer.

38. Doily : One intrepid craft fanatic found a way to create an aesthetic doily made of aspirin and hot glue for a project.

39. Breaking in Cast Iron : Instead of using flour to break in a new piece of cast iron cook wear, try using crushed aspirin for a couple of days.

40. Reduce Razor Bumps and Burns : Uncoated aspirin whipped up with a bit of glycerin and water makes a handy substance to alleviate the painful and itchy bumps that pop up while shaving.

41. Prevent Wallpaper from Yellowing : While it would take quite a bit of aspirin to help reduce yellowing on a large patch of wallpaper, small areas can benefit from its whitening properties.

42. Inhibiting HIV : More research is obviously very necessary, but many studies have shown that aspirin may potentially unlock more information on how to cure HIV and AIDS due to its ability to pause the former’s replication.

43. Hide a Hickey : Rubbing an aspirin solution and rinsing it off should help remove smaller hickeys, though larger ones will likely need a bit of concealer.

44. Alleviate Sunburn : Pastes made from finely crushed aspirin and a bit of water can help soothe the pain associated with sunburn. Only adults should try this method, however.

45. Reduce the Risk of Parkinson’s : Research shows that women who partook of two or more aspirin a week for one month lowered their chances of coming down with Parkinson’s Disease by about 40%.

46. Treat Colon Cancer : Patients suffering from colon cancer face a staggering 29% increase in survival and 21% chance of surviving other complications with regular aspirin use, though further studies are necessary.

47. Quell Behavior Problems : A 2009 study made note of a possible correlation between women who took very low doses of aspirin to stave off miscarriage or premature labor and a reduction in behavior issues by the time their children turned 5.

48. Remove Egg Stains : Among many other things, aspirin is also handy for removing egg stains from clothing when mixed with lukewarm water and cream of tartar and left sitting for half an hour.

49. Help Treat Calluses : A paste of lemon juice and aspirin exfoliates and wears down calluses when allowed to sit before being washed off with warm water.

50. Clean Small Rust Spots : While not an economical solution for larger instances of rust stains, small ones left behind by shaving cream cans or razors can be wiped up with a bit of crushed aspirin on a wetted surface if left to sit for 10 minutes.

Though none of the medical-related entries are meant as professional advice, these aspirin hacks still inform people as to possible directions where aspirin may be taking the health industry. Beyond the clinic and laboratory, however, the drug boasts many valuable household uses as well. For only pennies per pill, individuals can fight off warts, calluses, acne, and other blemishes in addition to cleaning stubborn stains and signs of wear and tear – making it an extremely economical solution to a number of different issues that crop up in daily life.

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Posted: Mar 29, 2010 10:49pm
Mar 26, 2010

Note: I tried to verify this, but found nothing to the contrary. I'm going to try it myself. N ONIONS In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people, there was a Doctor who visited many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it, and many died. The doctor came upon one farmer, and to his surprise, everyone in the household was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different, the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one, and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy. Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in Australia. She said that several years ago many of her employees were coming down with the flu and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work... (And no, she is not in the onion business.) The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office or under your desk or even on top some where. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year, and we never got the flu. If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case... Whatever, what have you to lose? Just a few bucks on onions!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now there is a P.S. to this, for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this most interesting experience about onions: Thanks for the reminder. I don't know about the farmer's story...but I do know that I contracted pneumonia, and needless to say I was very ill...I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion. Put one end on a fork, and then place the forked end into an empty jar...placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs. Sure enough, it happened just like that...the onion was a mess, and I began to feel better. Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties. This is the other note: LEFTOVER ONIONS ARE POISONOUS! I have used an onion which has been left in the fridge. Sometimes I don't use a whole one at one time, so I save the other half for later. Now with this info, I have changed my mind. I will buy smaller onions in the future. I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, makers of mayonnaise. Mullins is huge, and is owned by 11 brothers and sisters in the Mullins family. My friend, Jeanne, is the CEO. Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist. The guy who gave us our tour is named Ed. He's one of the brothers. Ed is a chemistry expert and is involved in developing most of the sauce formula. He's even developed sauce formula for McDonald's. Keep in mind that Ed is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed's answer will surprise you. Ed said that all commercially-made mayo is completely safe. "It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it's not really necessary." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked about the quintessential picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick. Ed says that when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not homemade mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It's probably the onions, and if not the onions, it's the POTATOES.He explained, onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion. He says it's not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator. It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!) Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put it on your sandwich, you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down. So, how's that for news? Take it for what you will. I (the author) am going to be very careful about my onions from now on. For some reason, I see a lot of credibility coming from a chemist and a company that produces millions of pounds of mayonnaise every year. Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions. Please remember it is dangerous to cut onions and try to use it to cook the next day. It becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning. Please pass this on to all you love and care about NOTE: Normally I don't put that on. If you want to pass it on good, and if not, that's OK too. Nick H

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Posted: Mar 26, 2010 6:32am
Nov 24, 2009
Thank you, Mr. President
 With all the nastiness from the media and the rightwingers, I thought you might be interested in what our President has truly accomplished.

The author is Professor Robert Watson of Lynn University

Professor Watson writes:

I am always being asked to grade Obama's presidency. In place of  offering  him a grade, I put together a list of his accomplishments thus far.  I think you would agree that it is very impressive.  His first six months have been even more active than FDRs or LBJs the two standards for such assessments.
Yet, there is little media attention given to much of what he has done.  Of late, the media is focusing almost exclusively on Obama's critics, without holding them responsible for the uncivil, unconstructive tone of their disagreements or without holding the previous administration responsible
 for getting us in such a deep hole. The misinformation and venom that now  passes for political reporting and civic debate is beyond description.  As such, there is a need to set the record straight. What most impresses me is the fact that Obama has accomplished so much not from a heavy-handed or top-down approach but from a style that has institutionalized efforts to reach across the aisle, encourage vigorous debate, and utilize town halls and panels of experts in the policy-making process.  Beyond the accomplishments, the process is good for democracy and our democratic processes have been battered and bruised in recent years.

Let me know if I missed anything in the list (surely I did).
1. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending
2. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices
3. Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women
4. Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq

5. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB
6. Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information
7. Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier's family
8. The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act
9. Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible
10. Limits on lobbyist's access to the White House
11. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration
12. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date
13. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren't even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan
14. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research
15. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research
16. New federal funding for science and research labs
17. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards
18. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect
19. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools
20. New funds for school construction
21. The prison at Guantanamo Bay is being phased out
22. US Auto industry rescue plan
23. Housing rescue plan
24. $789 billion economic stimulus plan
25. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying
26. US financial and banking rescue plan
27. The secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed
28. Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards
29. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops
30. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010
31. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols
32. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic
33. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions
34. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office
35. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job
36. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast
37. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles
38. Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulated auto sales
39. Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government
40. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children
41. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program
42. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones
43. Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions
44. Expanding vaccination programs
45. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters
46. Closed offshore tax safe havens
47. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals
48. Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back
49. Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry's predatory practices
50. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources
51. Lower drug costs for seniors
52. Ended the previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings
53. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel
54. Improved housing for military personnel
55. Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses
56. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals
57. Increasing student loans
58. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program
59. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy
60. Established a new cyber security office
61. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes
 new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and 
cyber units and operations, etc.
62. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts
63. Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness
64. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient
65. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced
66. Improving benefits for veterans
67. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration
68. Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud
69. The FDA is now regulating tobacco
70. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules
71. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports
72. Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons
73. Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive
74. Making more loans available to small businesses
75. Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare
76. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court
77. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans
78. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000
79. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel

80. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan
81. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan
82. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans
83. Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production
84. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters
85. Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket
86. Held first Seder in White House
87. Attempting to reform the nation's healthcare system which is the most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health insurance and millions more under insured
88. Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform
89. Has announced his intention to push for energy reform
90. Has announced his intention to push for education reform

91. Allows the military to reject weapons they don’t want that Senators push through to benefit their respective states

Oh, and he built a swing set for the girls outside the Oval Office!
Robert P. Watson, Ph.D.Coordinator of American Studies Lynn University
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Posted: Nov 24, 2009 8:47pm
Oct 31, 2009
Focus: Government
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Dear Friend,

For eight long years, the Bush-Cheney Administration politicized the Department of Justice and pursued politically motivated prosecutions all across the country.

It infused the Justice Department with Rove-anointed, Bush-appointed officials who put politics ahead of the law — including many of the 93 U.S. Attorneys — like Leura Canary, the wife of Karl Rove's best friend and business partner who said he got Rove to get the DOJ to come after Gov. Don Siegelman in Alabama.

When President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder took office, we expected real change. That means ending the Bush-Rove politically motivated prosecutions with no basis in fact and restoring the integrity of the Department of Justice.

Still, after seven months, only a handful of the Bush-Rove DOJ appointees have been replaced. That's unacceptable. It's time to clean house of all the Bush-Rove appointees in the Justice Department, including all 93 U.S. Attorneys, and ensure justice for all.

I just emailed White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett today at, urging President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to act -- and I hope you'll do it too.

Thanks so much for your help!


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Posted: Oct 31, 2009 6:28am
Feb 7, 2009
I'm sure by now, many have heard that Ben & Jerry created a new ice cream flavor in honor of Barack Obama. It's called "Yes Pecan!"

Typical, the Republicans cried "FOUL" and DEMANDED a fair chance to get their own ice cream named after the great George W(orst) Bush.

The following flavors were submitted from the general public for Bush ice cream:

- Grape Depression
- Housing Crunch
- Abu Grape
- Cluster Fudge
- Nut'n Accomplished
- Good Riddance You Lousy Shit Swirl
- Iraqi Road
- Chock 'n Awe
- WireTapioca
- Impeach Cobbler
- Guantanmallow
- imPeachmint
- Heck of a Job, Brownie!
- Neocon Politan
- RockyRoad to Fascism
- The Reese's-cession
- Cookie D'oh!
- Nougalar Proliferation
- Death by Chocolate and Torture
- Freedom Vanilla Ice Cream
- Chocolate Chip On My Shoulder
- Credit Crunch
- Mission Pecanplished
- Country Pumpkin
- Chunky Monkey in Chief
- WMDelicious
- Chocolate Chimp
- Bloody Sundae
- Caramel Preemptive Stripe
- I broke the law and am responsible for the deaths of thousands...with nuts

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Posted: Feb 7, 2009 8:45am
Sep 12, 2008

 McBush by his own words voted more than 90% of the

time with Bush,  Look at the very funny video above.

I had to LOL even though it's sad.   Nick

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Posted: Sep 12, 2008 10:03am
Sep 8, 2008
Focus: Government
Action Request: Various
Location: United States

Find our more about McBush's pick for VP.   Find out now before it's too late.   Nick

From The Huffington Post

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Posted: Sep 8, 2008 5:43pm
Sep 8, 2008
Blog: Rise up and Speak out aginst the treson in our govenment
(2 comments | 0 discussions)— This was sent to me by a freind, and I thought everyone (especially in the U needs to read and do something.  Otherwise, our country is doomed.  Please take time to read it and learn.  N   Dear Friends:   I read this po...

It's important for everyone (in the USA) to read this.  Our country is on the edge of going off the cliff.   Nick
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Posted: Sep 8, 2008 1:00pm
Sep 8, 2008

This was sent to me by a freind, and I thought everyone (especially in the U needs to read and do something.  Otherwise, our country is doomed.  Please take time to read it and learn.  N


Dear Friends:


I read this post yesterday and thought I'd share it with you all. I am reminded of Gandhi and Civil Disobedience.


Attention Activists: It’s Time to Grow Up
Written by Jesse Richard  
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

This is a message to all the well meaning people out there who try their best to make this world a better place, but in fact have no impact on the world, whatsoever. It is time to take your activism seriously.

The time has come to stop your ineffective tantrums and get serious. There are two ways to effect change when it comes to government: passive resistance and revolution. Our republic is broken and we no longer have representatives in government. Constantly asking our elected representatives to legislate on our behalf is not only a waste of time, but also totally unnecessary being that we have a government that no longer represents us.

Actually it is a Catch-22. We live in a communication age. We have the Internet, e-mail, cell phones, land phones, faxes, postal mail and megaphones with which to contact anyone, anywhere, at any time of the day or night. Still, we are told to get on buses and trains so we can march in Washington DC to tell a handful of government officials who don’t even know we are there to do what they were elected to do.

The only legitimate purpose of such a trip at this point in time should be to remove those ineffective representatives and leaders and replace them with people who would honor their oaths of office and actually represent the people who put them there!

I keep getting e-mail and phone calls from organizations asking me to attend “vigils” to take back the nation. Let me tell you something...vigils are to activism what masturbation is to sex. It might make you feel good but nobody else benefits. At least call it what it is...a whining defeat celebration. Why not use your time effectively, like getting people together to plan real change rather than real noise.

The Vietnam conflict was ended by those who organized sit-ins and takeovers not vigils. The Johnson presidency was brought down by those who shut down schools and colleges all over the nation, not by those who lit candles in quiet little ceremonies.

Why do you think a vile criminal thug like Dick Cheney can get on TV and respond "so what" when asked about the overwhelming opposition to his little war for profit? Cheney knows that the people of this nation are too passive to stop his juggernaut of crime and destruction of this nation. In any country worth its salt Cheney would have been sent to the gallows by the justice department or would have ended up hanging from a tree at the hands of the citizens long ago for the crimes he has committed.

Does the name Gandhi mean anything to you? He defeated an empire, peaceably and permanently when he organized acts of civil disobedience that sparked similar action by millions of Indian activists. Are there any people in history who ever have affected change via a vigil of any sort?

Can you imagine what would have happened if the Founding Fathers had decided to hold a vigil rather than declare their independence from the tyranny of their British rulers? If you truly want change you have to understand that any significant change to the status quo in the US today requires both hard work and risk taking. It requires unity. It requires the participation of masses of people who are informed enough to understand the threats to their lives and their freedoms that are posed by those who would profess to lead them!

Our government is no longer a government of our by the people. Both major political parties are fronts for people behind the scenes who are orchestrating the end of the republic and the establishment of autocratic rule. They are putting into place what can best be described as control mechanisms. The apparatus already is in place whereby all power, wealth, health and freedom is in the hands of the few people at the top; the rest of us be dammed. This is not a theory...just pay is public...for all to see...but you have to look in order to see it!

I consider myself an activist. What I do in that capacity is run this website. I spend my time informing other people about what is going that they may become aware off the need for change. And when enough people understand this they can work together to effect change. But that change is not going to happen as a result of another march or a vigil. If I spent this valuable time holding a candle in the park I would not take credit for helping the citizens of this nation or of the world. I would not be having an effect on anything.

Do you have any idea why all sorts of new crowd control technology are being developed? Do you know why there are light and sound weapons being distributed to your local police? It is because the people of this nation may well need riot control if enough of them understand what is going on.

When the people of this nation finally understand how badly they are being betrayed by their so called leaders leaders (and by their worst enemy, the establishment media), they will have no choice but to take to the streets. Our representative government can't help us because it does not exist anymore. Is this not embarrassingly obvious to you at this point? Your real enemies, the people who have the most to fear, are currently taking measures to protect themselves from the citizens. What do you think the Patriot Act is all about? Why do you think the government is spying on Americans and placing surveillance mechanisms in the streets (cameras), on your phone lines, on your Internet communication, and why do you think your peaceful organizations are being infiltrated by your local police and FBI? It is not to protect our citizens from so called terrorists, it is to protect the criminals who have taken over our government from the citizens!

The time is not far off. The orchestrated collapse of the economy is taking place right now. Who do you think is doing this? Do you think it was an accident? Do you know who controls the monetary system? Do you know the people who are controlling the money are doing exactly what they did when they intentionally caused the Great Depression?

Were you aware that the Federal Reserve stopped reporting how much money they print? They did this several years ago...and they were allowed to do this because they don't report to any government. They are printing so much money that each printed drops in value. This way they can buy everything...or just take it away...because you will default on your loans and you won't have the money to eat or house yourself. You will be powerless and you will be a slave to their dollars, or whatever new currency they have waiting for us...such as a world currency.

Wake up people...this is not the 60s, nor is this a sex scandal. We are in huge trouble...and we need to do something. So do something that makes sense. Organize in numbers that mean something, and make plans that make people sit up and take notice. If you cannot do something real then support people or organizations that will. Stop supporting organizations that distract you by taking your time and money and using those resources to make you think you are having an impact while in reality they are simply distracting you from having any real impact. You know, the organizations that sent you on vigils.

So do something real or support those who do. At the very least stop wasting your time and money. The inaction and ineffectiveness of the organized ‘opposition’ to the power brokers who run the show are embarrassing enough. Keep in mind grass roots movements start from the bottom. Huge powerful activist organizations that seem to pop out of nowhere are usually funded by the very people you want to remove from power.

Todays problems are not political, they are criminal. This is not about left versus right, it is about right versus wrong. It is about freedom versus tyranny. So think back throughout all of history and see if you can find one example of a tyranny ending after being defeated by vigils.

Can you hear me yet?

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Sep 7, 2008


This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; they lived only 90 years ago.

Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.  The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote.

And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.  Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic'.

They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.

They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack.  Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the
'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote.  For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms

When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.
So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because--why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie 'Iron Jawed Angels'. It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. 'One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said. 'What would those women think of the way I use, or don't use,
my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.' The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.'

HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy. The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'

Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know. We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote Democratic, Republican or Independent party, Conservative, Liberal or NDP, remember to vote.

History is being made. Listening to our hearts,taking action and exercising our right to vote, we CAN make a difference!

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