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I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

Journal Archives

Former ALEC supporters such as Kraft, Pepsi, Johnson & Johnson

donated the money to push through stand your ground laws. They've withdrawn from ALEC, but is that enough? Is there a way to pressure the corporate sponsors to lobby against stand your ground?


Kirsten Gillibrand's proposal to change how the military addresses sexual assault:

Info on it here:


and how she's building support here:


I listened to a discussion on Diane Rehm 7/17 in which an Army representative outlined that the military opposes this because it would effect field operations. I don't recall the exact wording, but proponents consider sexual assault in the military a crime, while opponents consider it a disciplinary problem.

I'm wondering if the real concern among commanders is that a focus on sexual assault within the military may pull back the covers on sexual assault of civilian populations by the military. I have no idea how much a problem this may be, but two books I read recently (Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse and The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe by William I. Hitchcock) document that not all our soldiers are nature's gentlemen.

Dementia Rate Is Found to Drop Sharply, as Forecast


So, I'm on a short course of prednisone, but I'm also off all NSAIDS for a while -

I didn't realize how much mild chronic joint pain I was having until i stopped the motrin!

Advice for female freshmen college students:

I had an e-mail from an organization that brought up this subject, so I thought now would be a good time to touch on a delicate topic.

Women have a right to be out in public, wearing what they want, drinking what they want. That said, many, many young women become victims of predators during their first semester away at college. The problem is that situations that should be safe are often very unsafe.

So - don't go to a drinking party alone, with strangers or the "nice boy" you met at orientation. Go with someone you trust to watch your back.

Watch your drink and watch how much you drink. Drinks have been spiked, but the original date rape drug is still alcohol.

If you are assaulted in any way, call the Police. Many colleges and universities want to protect their reputation more than they want justice for you.

Advice for male college students: No means no. Unless the person is both sober enough to drive and conscious, hands off. Stop drinking before you lose your judgment skills. Don't do anything as a member of a group that you wouldn't be happy explaining to your parents or siblings. Remember that being charged with a rape isn't worth it.

Did pastries and fast foods use to taste better?

I loved the donuts we got at the local donut shop. Whenever I get a donut now, it's a disappointment.

I suspect the reason is here:

Donut: Enriched Unbleached Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron as Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Enzyme, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Palm Oil, Water, Soybean Oil, Cocoa processed with alkali, Dextrose, Yeast, Contains less than 2% of the following: Natural and Artificial Flavor, Sugar, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate), Salt, Defatted Soy Flour, Gelatinized Wheat Starch, Mono and Diglycerides, Maltodextrin, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cellulose Gum, Soy Lecithin, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Enzyme, Sucralose, Eggs, Milk; Chocolate Buttercreme Filling: Sugar, Vegetable Shortening (Palm Oil, Canola Oil, Mono and Diglycerides), Corn Syrup, Water, Cocoa processed with alkali, Corn Starch, Salt, Vegetable Shortening (Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oils), Artificial Flavor, Chocolate Liquor, Citric Acid, Guar Gum, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Polysorbate 60; Powdered Sugar: Dextrose, Corn Starch, Vegetable Oil (Soybean and/or Cottonseed), Palm Oil, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Artificial Flavor.

I doubt McDonald's started out making hamburgers out of anything but the same ground beef the supermarket sells. Fifty years of food science may have increased profits, but it hasn't done anything for taste or quality!

I think it's a good thing Republicans are passing so many abortion restrictions in state

legislatures -

It's making people sit up and take notice that Republicans have taken over their state legislature!

When should video tape be admitted in evidence in court?

What kind of police officer would go through that walk through

with George Zimmerman without challenging his account?

I didn't watch the Zimmeran trial gavel to gavel, and I'm wondering

1. who brought in the video tape of Zimmerman describing the events to the police? In effect, Zimmerman testified without being subjected to a cross examination.

2, Was the jury shown the animated version of Zimmerman's story?
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