Interesting article over at American Thinker, about the safety (or lack thereof) of America’s blood supply. Think Ebola is a growing threat? How about Chikungunya Fever, Cholera, and Dengue Fever.
The current occupant of the White House has only just begun efforts to transform America. You aren’t going to like it.
I’m a cat person, so here are a few selections from my trove of cat pictures.
The picture above is my current “owner”, Kikyo, in the most undignified pose.
The picture above is my previous cat, Milhaud (pronounced “mee-yo, named after French composer Darius Milhaud because it sounds like meow). She was about 17 years old when this picture was taken. Yeah, I have a thing for black cats! Kikyo is my third black cat!
This picture is misleading, as you can’t see that Kikyo is on a 10-foot-high plant shelf, just under our ceiling. She leaps a 3-foot gap onto the top of the front closet to get there. Her buddy is a vase I got at an arts fair. This pose is priceless!
This is my favorite big cat, a snow leopard. On Pottermore, my Patronus is a snow leopard, and my Hufflepuff nickname is Spotted.cat.
And for new followers and viewers, here’s the link to my video of Kikyo just after we brought her home:
Happy Cat Day to All! May you be owned by a cat always.
When I logged into my Dashboard on Calling-All-RushBabes this morning, I was presented with a huge logo where my stats usually appear. It said “WordPress.com Voting Information Project”. As anyone who visits this blog can see, the author is Conservative with a Capital C. My antennae sense something behind the GOTV campaign that communicates …..liberal… Maybe it’s my imagination..or maybe it’s the sense that I have been getting for a while now that the folks at Automatttic who run WordPress are basically young, uninformed liberals (the ones who assumed that the “gentle giant” Michael Brown in Ferguson , MO., was gunned down while surrendering to the big, bad cop). Well, my feelers sense that they and I will be voting for a different slate of candidates next week. Take a look at this story about Votes being Altered and watch your back.
And I urge my well-informed, productive citizen followers to vote next week. Make sure to vote for candidates who believe in American Exceptionalism, and Individual Responsibility, NOT dependence on government. Vote for candidates who believe in the sanctity of Life, Liberty, and Private Property in the Greatest Nation on God’s Green Earth. Vote for candidates who value secure borders, and Peace Through Strength. Be very careful that your vote counts!
Find out how creating diversity within your organization and among your suppliers can help achieve your business goals. The ISM Annual Supply Chain Diversity Summit features prominent speakers from different backgrounds and perspectives who will share valuable insights about how to make your organization more successful. Join us for a full schedule of featured speakers, highly-interactive roundtables and extensive networking.
The above statement was copied from the introduction to the Supplier Diversity Summit planned by the Institute For Supply Management for their Supply Management members (used to be called Purchasing Management). Since roughly the 1960’s, Diversity has been a really big deal in our society. Almost unquestioned is the assertion that a “diverse” population is a positive benefit anywhere and everywhere in America. Since the 1970’s, the federal government has mandated that companies doing business with the government have in place policies and procedures to increase the “diversity” of their supply base (companies who supply them with products and services). Each of a company’s suppliers MUST be rated as to its size (small, medium, large), sex of the owners (females preferred), ethnic origin of its owners (Native American, African-American preferred), and economic condition of owners (disadvantaged preferred). These government mandates are so ingrained in the business dealings of American businesses that no one ever gives any thought at all to why they exist or if they have fulfilled their purpose. Call it “Affirmative Action for Business”.
Companies who are owned by minorities or women are give an extra leg up in the race for government supply contracts, and this has sometimes led to interesting outcomes. Just recently in Seattle, a conviction was announced for a minority contractor, caught embezzling funds from the district, in a “Minority Business Initiative” program. An entire industry has sprung up, of consultants purporting to teach companies how to diversify their supply chains.
My thoughts are: What difference should it make to a business owner, of the color of the skin of his suppliers? When a business chooses vendors, the most operative conditions are ability to supply the product or service, cost of the items purchased, stability of the company, financial condition of the company, and quantity of the product. Every time a company takes into account the skin color, sex, or ethnic origin of a supplier, one of the previous conditions can be violated. Just because the government says you have to have a “diverse” supply base, does not mean that this is good for your company. In fact, the cost of compliance with the government mandates can be a negative factor for your company. If you are forced to take on less-qualified suppliers simply because they happen to have a minority owner, your business can suffer. And every time the government mandates the companies have a “diverse” work force or supply base, that diminishes a company’s freedom of association, which is enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. A company can be sued by an unchosen supplier, who can assert that the only reason the supplier was not chosen for a contract was the color of the skin of the owner. If minority business owners wish to succeed in business, they should do it the old-fashioned way, by hard work, patience, making a superior product, and selling it on its own merits in the marketplace. No business owner should succeed solely on his “protected class” status, or due to a government mandate on his customers.
Remember the standard Liberal diatribe against “Violence against women”? The Web sites and numerous articles everywhere speaking out against domestic violence, and legislation introduced in legislatures everywhere making violence against women especially punishable?
Of course, that only applies to LIBERAL women. This disgusting video shows a nationally-famous CNN Anchor taking pleasure and glee in hearing audio of Ms. Bristol Palin (yes, daughter of Sarah Palin) describing her rough treatment at the hands of a strange man while she was trying to protect her little sister. These liberal banshee women, just love to denigrate Sarah Palin and her entire family, in front of everyone, on national TV. The many cited expletives in this video are Bristol Palin’s description of the words of the man who violently dragged her across the pavement and grass. Those are NOT her words! But the evil, small-minded sorry excuse for an “info-babe”, Carol Costello, just revels in the nasty language and violence, when directed against a woman whose mother she hates.
And then, Costello “apologizes” for her despicable behavior. Just like a liberal. They can say or do anything they want, against someone with whom they disagree, and get off scot-free. You will not see any mainstream media organization speak out against her behavior. Let me know if you see even one editorial in the NY Times (Pravda-on-the Hudson), Washington Post, or any other media, decrying Costello’s behavior.
Not OLD, but “too old”. I guess it’s somewhat of a handicap, starting a new career in your forties. So when you hit your sixties, you feel like you’re just hitting your stride. That has been counteracted lately by the company I work for. I spoke about this a few weeks ago with a co-worker in the department I have been trying to transfer to. He told me that, in a long discussion with someone in the Human Resources department, the fact had come out that the company is attempting to attract younger people, and in the process, nudging older ones to retire.
Now, our company has been in existence for 77 years, and we have some employees who have been with the company for 35 years and more. These days, it’s pretty unusual for people to stay at any one company for even five years, much less 35! [My husband, 9 years my junior, has been at his company for 34 years]. Just thinking about my own department, all of the new hires in the past two years have been straight out of college, or nearly so. And, funny thing, the people who leave have been older. It’s against the law for an employer to lay off or fire an employee based solely on their age, but that’s mighty hard to prove if you choose to file a lawsuit (which I would not).
So when a person in the department I’d like to join left, no fewer than three of their existing employees came by my desk and asked me if I’d like to move. I said I’d love to, but they’d have to invite me, as I’ve already tried twice and gotten turned down (glutton for punishment, I’m not). So they went to the big boss and told him they’d like me to move over. Did not work. They will hire a new person, who will need extensive training (while I would need next to none).
Every year in my performance review, I tell my boss that I have no intention of retiring. I like my job, I like the work, and I like the people I work with, even the youngsters! But I expect things to get more uncomfortable in the next couple of years, as the age of the department skews younger, and I just get older. But I can learn new things, and I do regularly. I take on extra work, doing much more than my job description would indicate, and helping other people when they go on vacation. I pride myself on being a good employee, and wanting to be productive as long as I can. No Social Security or Medicare for me! And my boss is going to be stuck with me, as it’s now a game-how long can I remain a productive, valuable member of my department and my company? I don’t even want to think about leaving.
As far as I am concerned, I’m NOT too old. And I am old enough to get along just fine, thank you very much, and learn, and grow, and be a credit to my department, my company, and my world.
We have all heard on the news for months about the spread of the epidemic of the Ebola virus in Africa. Right now, numerous conditions have all come together to increase the likelihood of this hemorrhagic-fever virus continuing its deadly progress. The virus was originally found in wild animals in Africa (bats, monkeys, other mammals), with people living in close proximity to the forests and jungles being the most at risk. This risk increases when the people kill and eat “bushmeat” derived from those forest and jungle creatures. Tribes all over Africa are just one minor step away from the jungle. And their cultures remain not-quite civilized. They are far away from whatever central government exists in their countries, with few, if any, modern services available to them.
The people living in Ebola-stricken areas try not to have to admit that their relatives died of this dreaded illness. People with symptoms are often cared-for in their homes, under the ministrations of family members. This, of course, puts all those family members at high risk of contracting the virus. They refuse to give up such customs as washing the bodies of the deceased, and touching them at funerals; since the corpse of a person who dies of this disease is highly contagious, the disease spreads. And in some places, families try to bribe members of health-care teams to give a death certificate that lists something else as the cause of death; this leads to under-estimates of deaths. Families that have private cemetery plots may be burying their dead in unsanitary ways that may contribute to transmission. It is hard to get poor, rural people in poor countries to give up their age-old culture and practices, but it may be necessary, if these diseases are ever to be stopped.
All the following stories are currently headlined on Fox News.
CDC confirms second US Ebola case
Stray bullet hits toddler
Infants in hospital test positive for TB
The occupant of the White House cites cyberattack risk
Hackers obtain “deleted” images
Elite (?) Judges again overrule the will of the People regarding homosexual “marriage”
Your government funds those who vow Israel’s destruction
California ObamaCare exchange issues no-bid contracts
Official says rats are winning in NYC
Do any of you still think that your government has your interests in mind, other than controlling every aspect of your life? Ebola is coming to a place near you. Watch your back, and your bank account, as no one will protect you except you.
Thanks to John Walker for the beautiful image of galaxies colliding.
My Husband is a Squash Player. For those of you who are unfamiliar, squash is a racquet sport played on an indoor court somewhat resembling racquetball, but with a harder smaller ball. A well-played professional squash game is like a ballet, with the players hitting the ball off all four walls of the small court, moving quickly from front to back and side to side, and trying to stay out of each other’s way while scoring points. I’m the world’s worst klutz, but I like to watch the pros play. A few years ago, some of the top women came to Seattle, and I was very impressed with their athleticism and grace on the court.
Last evening, we were treated to an exhibition game between two of the world’s top-rated male squash players, Gregory Gaultier of France and Amr Shabana of Egypt. The match, which Shabana won, was all in good fun, and Gaultier more than once played the jester in between points. Here is a little video clip I took with my iPod Touch.
They had just participated in a big tournament in San Francisco, and they came by the Pro Sports Club in Bellevue, Washington to promote…ta da….the World Men’s Squash Championships which will be held here in November of 2015.
If you’ve never watched a squash match, you haven’t seen some of the best in individual sports. Try it!