Saturday, March 28, 2015

March 28, 2015:  Many things have been going on around the world that it makes me wonder where all of this is heading!

Iran in talks to modify the relationship between their country and the nuclear weapon!

Secretary of State Kerry is being 2nd guessed at each juncture that he approaches.  Words are being leaked by many sources.  Is this a ruse to get reaction from the rest of the world?  Then, there is the release of information to the press about the TOP SECRET information regarding Israel's Nuclear program which has been going on since 1987.  It was released ostensibly several weeks before the election in Israel and seems to be an affront to their Prime Minister when he was fighting for his political life.

Wonder what would have been said if Israel would have interfered with our election in 2012?  Easily they could have come out and said that the Obama Administration has lied to them and have not provided the security they need to be kept safe from their neighbors.  Look at Yemen as an example of the poor communication being made by the administration to the public at large.  Is this a part of the openness doctrine which had been touted by this president when he ran for office in 2008?  I do not think so!  Now, that Yemen has collapsed and the president of that country was swift boated out of harms way, the administration continues to exhort us that all is good and we have our fingers on the pulse of Yemen.

Last news program of a couple of days ago said that Iran refuses to sign any agreement made with the United States!  A flat out affront to the "progress" claimed by Kerry in his talks.  These trial balloons of what we can expect as an agreement live you very confused as to what is the truth after all is said and done.  Will Iran be allowed to bury in a 'secret cave' all of their research and experimentation?  What about the sanction which were passed by Congress?  How can Kerry and Obama think that they have the authority to override Congressional approval?  The UN was never vested with the power to make decisions of this magnitude for the United States.  Obama certainly does not have this power under the Constitution.  

What is happening with the appointments which were shot down by the US Supreme Court?

A big question arises   about the standing of those people who were appointed to jobs by President Obama during the interim period between sessions of Congress.  The Supremes said that Congress was still in session even if they had gone home and there was not a break because things were planned to allow for calling itself in session.  Well!  What is the situation with all those people who were appointed?  Will there have to be a new session in Congress with vetting all those people?  The news media seems to be downplaying this decision and not giving any coverage.  Well?  You be the judge!

I just received the new issue of Esquire my stepson Wayne said "What is this world coming to."

The lead in on the cover is...Women and Men, An issue about Our Current Difficulties...Great, if that was all there was about i.  But how about a Black & White photo of two totally nude people (be it their behinds) the cracks in their butts are clearly delineated.  It is a good think that the shipping label peels off easily so that it fits nicely over both of them!

That is enough for today...I have a cold and it is miserable!  Good thing for Halls Cough drops, they work!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

March 23 and we are still kicking!

 Today I tried an experiment to see if I could upload a video.  I have no idea if it will work or take a lot of time, but I am always liking to try new ideas and things.

Last Blog I talked about the Hoover Floor product.  Well, we have tried it and it works great.  The cleaning ability on tile and grout is super.  We did a small area in the kitchen and used the recommended cap full of solution in the machines container bottle.  We all were surprised that you could do so much with so little effort.  It is cordless, easy to maneuver, and best of all even without much training we all could do it.  Slow and patient is the key with this machine.  Not that I am trying to sell them, but at Amazon they cost only $137.00!  Also, the liquid cleaner is about $9.00 for 16 oz and that is a bargain all in itself.

Was there interference in the Israel election?

There are several things coming up about the election and the people who were sent to help the opposition defeat Prime Minister N.  Well, it turned out badly for those trying to unseat this popular man who stood up to president and the Dems.  Now, will Israel have to pay a price for their electing someone that is contrary to the views of the United States President?  Hopefully, not!  It might be that those who have saner minds will prevail and the attempts to diminish a true democracy in the middle east shall fall flat.  Iran is a danger to all of the world and has the means to accomplish some horrendous ends if allowed to proceed unchecked and unhindered.  The sanctions which have had their toll on the ability of Iran to conduct its methodology which is to destroy oppositional forces need to be kept in full force and effect.

Has the Medical Community fallen into hard times?

The medical community and treatment of patients seems to be ignoring common decency in treating patients.  Have you visited a doctor's office lately?  They are crowded, dirty, and uncomfortable.  Some of the offices in the new buildings are just fine, however, in the older buildings it is appalling.  The use of the internet is not a substitute for common courtesy.  Today my wife had an appointment cancelled by the Doctor and in the Email which sent the notification was a statement that we should go to the portal at the hospital for more information.  There was none!  It was just a list which had the appointment blanked out and the appointment with another Doctor listed.  Upon calling, my wife was able to schedule  a new appointment with the Cardiologist for 34 days hence!  It would seem that when an appointment is cancelled the new one should be set as close as possible.  After all, she had waited two months to get the new one in the first place.  The office never has responded to any emails that we had sent regarding healthcare needs.  It seems they are not technology literate!  Considering the cost of medical services, it would be nice if there were a doctor out there who really showed some concern for the patients.

My visit to a doctor was different!

I visited a doctor a couple of weeks ago and it was a totally different experience.  My doctor was short on time,but never seemed to be rushing me out of  the office.  There had been concern about my kidneys and a nefrologist was the person who I saw.  She was pleasant, knowledgeable, and set me at ease.  Thank goodness I had no serious problems and she will be following up in 2 to 3 months.  There are ways to treat patients and there are other ways in which the mental state of a patient can be irritating.

Holidays are here again!

The Spring season brings Passover, Easter, Good Friday, and other religious events together.  This year we have the first sedar of Passover on Good Friday!  Interesting that Easter and the last supper were considered to be Passover in olden days.  Now we have them meshing once again!  We are an ecumenical household and celebrate both Christian and Jewish holidays.  We are, however, not going to have a Kosher Ham!  LOL.

Have a wonderful holiday with family and friends.  We are going  to be celebrating with friends and looking forward to seeing  everyone.  It is a solemn time and yet a joyous time to be alive sharing blessings together!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Here is March 8th and not too much going on!

This is the 8th of March and there is not too much going on.  We have been very busy with a new shed we had installed in the backyard.  It is 10' by 12'.  We have installed new shelves inside and a safety/security light outside.

Modern technology is really great.  The lights we installed today were solar and 500 watts.  Motion detectors and solar panels included.  Three of these lights cost $100.00(about 35 each) and were fairly easy to install.  Last night we tested one of the lights in the front over the garage.  It was exceptionally bright, covered the full driveway and was set to go off after 1 minute.  Worked out swell.  Then we installed one over the front doorway and will test that tonight, as well as the one on the shed.  

These lights are about the same cost for each as those little ones you would poke in the ground.  Those never seemed to last!  After a few months they all went out one by one.  Hope that these stay on for a longer period of time.  The battery is  replaceable and the solar unit seems really sturdy.

Next project, moving all the things into the shed after we have the Whirlybird on the roof installed so that we can have the hot air escape better.  The shed has two vents, but we were advised by friends to get the Whirlybird to compliment the exhaust system.

We painted the inside doors and shelves that we installed since splinters are always a nuisance from rough wood.  

Almost time to plant tomatoes!  We are lucky that our growing season starts early and it is fun to take advantage of that. We had discovered some  great plants at Walmart for herbs.  We put those in the window sill in  the kitchen and have had fresh basil, thyme, and parsley all winter long.  Bought a box to plant them in but it seems that it is too high and will have to get a better way.

As a writer for Amazon vine I get all kinds of things from them.  This time I got a floor machine made by Hoover.  It is battery operated and looks just like a  large regular vacuum.  However, it is equipped with brushes and when you go forward it emits water and scrubs tile and other hard floors (not for rugs) and when you bring it back it picks up the water.  We have not gotten to use it yet, but have it on our agenda to do so soon.  Well, I am away to putting some ribs in the oven and then will finish them on the grill.  We will have a yummy day for sure!