Sunday, October 31, 2010

15 Dead At Car War In Mexico - Too Bad Arizona Governor Hasn't Comments Thus Triggering Awareness Of This Massacre

CNN: 15 shot dead at carwash in Mexico, officials say

(CNN) -- Fifteen people were killed Wednesday at a carwash in the western Mexican state of Nayarit, the state attorney general's office told

The attack happened at a business called the Gamboa carwash in the capital, Tepic, and is presumed to be the work of a drug cartel, the state-run Notimex news agency reported, citing local police.

A man had been killed the night before in the same area, police said.

Initial reports by investigators said witnesses heard the gunfire Wednesday morning, only two blocks away from the offices of the federal police, Notimex reported. The federal police responded to the scene to find 15 people dead, including clients and employees of the carwash, the news agency said.

Friday, October 22, 2010

I Had A Choice Today And Chose The Vegetarian Meal: Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich

Today at a conference I had the option of the following boxed lunch sandwiches:

  • Roast Beef
  • Smoked Turkey
  • Ham
  • Vegetarian
I asked the lady "What is in the vegetarian box?"
She told me "Mozzarella, basil and tomato sandwich".

Mozzarella = strings

I took a shot and I liked it.
I am trying to switch to a "mostly vegetarian" diet slowly but surely.  I have a clause in my agreement that permits me to continue to eat Jerk Chicken no matter what.

So far I have tried:

  • Stir-Fried Vegetable and Tofu
  • Hummus, Pita and Vegetable Wrap

Friday, October 15, 2010

Maybe Arizona Governor Was Speaking About Texas With Respect To Beheadings

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Notice the silence by the "Attack Left" over the latest outrage on the border of the United States and Mexico.
When Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was in their line of fire and could not show proof of headless people found in the Arizona Desert they attacked her.

We see the "attack left's" concern for "Headless Mexicans" with their present silence over the killings that have been taking place on the Texas/Mexico border.

A Mexican authority charged with investigating the recent murder of an American on a lake that spans the borders of our two nations was found with his head delivered as a warning message to back off.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Socialized Health Care In Greece: Amputations Are Cheaper Than Diabetic Footware

Greek Health System Opts for Amputation as Money-Saver

This Saturday, one of Greece’s most respected newspapers, To Vima, reported that the nation’s largest government health insurance provider would no longer pay for special footwear for diabetes patients. Amputation is cheaper, says the Benefits Division of the state insurance provider.
The new policy was announced in a letter to the Pan-Hellenic Federation of People with Diabetes. The Federation disputes the science behind the decision of the Benefits Division. In a statement, the group argues that the decision is contrary to evidence as presented in the international scientific literature.
Greece’s National Healthcare System was created in the early 1980s, during the tenure of Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou. Papandreou, an academic, won election under the slogan, Αλλαγή, which is the Greek word for Change.

Friday, October 8, 2010

NJ Governor Kills NJ-NY Tunnel Project. Says State Can't Afford It

CNN: N.J. governor kills Hudson River tunnel project

What do you do when you are in a financial hole?
Stop digging tunnels.

It appears that NJ Governor Chirstie is an "anti-Keynesian".  Many would argue that spending additional government money during a time of recession and on infrastructure for future benefit is the right thing to do to dig yourself out of the hole.

Christie took a sober look at his state's finances and realized that it was this type of expansionary thinking in the past that created the debt situation.

I personally empathize with both sides of the issue.

My own views have changed since I attended the "Fiscal Wakeup Tour" that warned of the problems with unchecked debt in the US.  They warned that the nation is going to have to drastically cut spending and that the tax increases that they do make will need to be targeted at debt reduction rather than new entitlement spending.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

How To Not Be A Victim Of FRAUD

The easy answer: "If it sounds too good to be true - it likely is".

Phone call:

"Hello - this is credit card holder services.  No there is not a problem with your card that you have with us.  We are calling to notify you of your qualification for a reduced rate of 6.95%.   Your time to qualify for this rate is nearing an end.   This is your last notice.  

If you are interested in this rate please press 1".

What were my thoughts?

  1. Which of my credit cards is this for?
  2. Since all of the companies went up on their rates (or forced you to close your account to new charges if you rejected the rate increase)  why would this be so low?

The first question that I asked the man when he picked up the line was "What company is this calling?"

His answer:  CLICK!!!!

Sorry dude.  I refuse to be a victim.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

My First Homecooked Tofu w/ Stir Fried Vegetables

I am trying to switch to a more vegetarian diet.

As with most other dietary migrations - I have to first master how to prepare and season the dish and then get my wife and kids to go along after I get it matches their expectations for taste.

I liked the taste of the extra-firm tufu.  While I have to admit that I chewed upon it, hoping that it would have the consistency and flavor of chicken - the fact that it was taste neutral is not bad either.

I got my daughter to try a piece of tufu by linking it to her request for a container of yogurt.  She didn't hate it, saying that it had no taste.  Once again - this is a good thing.  If it had a strong after-taste she would not go with it.

My son is addicted to a brand of instant oriental soup that he ate at a Tae Kwon Do conference.  I pointed out that he was eating tofu.  I showed him the noodles and then pointed out that the other "noodle looking things" were not noodles.  It is TOFU.   He was already eating tofu.  He doesn't like the name.

If I can get my family to reduce our meat consumption and eat more vegetables then all of our dietary health will be improved.