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dixiegrrrrl

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Gender: Female
Hometown: Seattle, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
Number of posts: 46,096

About Me

Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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Best rant on PC I have seen for awhile...long, but worth it.

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.
The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

The older lady said that she was right -- our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day.

But then, the older lady went on to explain:
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled,
so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.

We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.
We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the"green thing."
We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.
And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off... Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.



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Good news: Del Monte to Eradicate BPA and GMOs

Del Monte Foods made a groundbreaking announcement on Tuesday that both genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and Bisphenol A (BPA) would no longer be part of its products.

The move away from BPA will begin with fruit and tomato products, and nearly all of Del Monte’s products are expected to be BPA-free by May.

The company has also announced that by 2016, all of the ingredients in 154 of its products – including sweeteners and additives – will come from non-GMO sources.

“The fruit, vegetables and tomatoes we use in our products have always been Non-GMO, but some of our added ingredients for sweeteners or flavorings have been sourced from genetically modified crops like corn or soybeans,” the Del Monte website reads. This will no longer be the case for a large majority of its products.

Del Monte was one of several companies to join the anti-labeling coalition to defeat state led measures like the failed 2012 California Prop. 37. Campbell’s and Kellogg’s are amongst the other companies that have since opted to either label or remove GMOs from their products after supporting anti-labeling measures.

http://www.organicauthority.com/Del-Monte-Eradicate-BPA-GMOs

Added good news:
After General Mills announced last week that it would begin to label GMOs on all its U.S. products, Mars, Inc., and Kellogg’s followed suit on Monday with near-identical announcements. Now, ConAgra, with 45 food brands under its umbrella, has also said it will begin to label the presence of GMOs in all of its food brands.

Do you know what Cinco de Mayo is actually about?

If not, a nice short explanation can be found here , by one of Juanita Jean's folks:


Cinco de Mayo actually celebrates Mexico winning the battle of Puebla in the 1860s over the French Army, which had not lost a battle since Napoleon. Unfortunately, they lost the war, so not many people in Mexico actually celebrate it.
http://juanitajean.com/feliz-cinco-de-mayo/

PIC: Carly Fiorina sets new record





Prominent Democratic Consultants Sign Up to Defeat Single Payer in Colorado

The Democratic consulting firm that is fighting to kill single payer in Colorado is also currently advising Priorities USA Action,
a Super PAC backing Hillary Clinton.
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NFLUENTIAL DEMOCRATIC CONSULTANTS, some of whom work for the Super PACs backing Hillary Clinton, have signed up to fight a bold initiative to create a state-based single-payer system in Colorado, according to a state filing posted Monday.

Coloradans for Coloradans, an ad-hoc group opposing single payer in Colorado, revealed that it raised $1 million over the first five months of this year. The group was formed to defeat Amendment 69, the ballot measure before voters this year that would change the Colorado constitution and permit a system that would automatically cover every state resident’s health care.

The anti-single-payer effort is funded almost entirely by health care industry interests, including $500,000 from Anthem Inc., the state’s largest health insurance provider; $40,000 from Cigna, another large health insurer that is current in talks to merge with Anthem; $75,000 from Davita, the dialysis company; $25,000 from Delta Dental, the largest dental insurer in the state; and $100,000 from SCL Health, the faith-based hospital chain.

The filing reveals that the anti-single-payer group has retained the services of Global Strategy Group, a Democratic consulting firm that has served a variety of congressional candidates and is currently advising Priorities USA Action, one of the Super PACs backing Clinton’s bid for the presidency.
https://theintercept.com/2016/05/03/single-payer-dems-colo/

Share what you think is the "best" cover of a well known song.

Lots of good music all around us, new and old.
Often, a very good song made famous by the original singer/group, etc becomes ever better by someone else.

For instance, I recently found Darius Rucker's cover of Wagon Wheel to be perfection, IMHO. I esp. like the video version.
You might agree.....

Add your "best" cover....

Can you name all these iconic women?


Multiple choice quiz, and the older you are the better you might do...
I missed 2, both of them contemporary singers

How about you?

http://offbeat.topix.com/quiz/17099

Dole officials knew a salad plant was contaminated with Listeria for 1 & 1/2 years before

before they shut it down — then they only took action after the U.S. and Canadian governments traced a deadly outbreak to the facility.

Inspection reports (483) obtained by Food Safety News revealed the timeline of positive Listeria results and inaction. Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. finally suspended production at its salad plant in Springfield, OH, on Jan. 21 this year after a random test by state officials showed a bagged salad contained Listeria monocytogenes.

By that time, at least 33 people in the U.S. and Canada had been sickened with the same strain of Listeria as was found when Ohio inspectors tested the Dole salad they collected from a retailer. All 33 victims had such severe symptoms they required hospitalization. Four of them died.

Who knew and when did they know it
According to the FDA’s inspection reports, in July 2014 Dole did swab tests of surfaces in the Springfield plant. The tests returned positive results for Listeria, but the facility kept producing salads, shipping them to dozens of states and at least five Canadian provinces.

At least five more times in 2014 and three times in late 2015 Dole’s internal tests showed Listeria contamination, but Dole kept the salad lines kept rolling until January this year.

The FDA inspection report states that Dole’s vice president for quality assurance and food safety, as well as the company’s quality assurance manager, were aware internal tests on Jan. 5 and 7 this year showed Listeria on equipment and other surfaces in the plant. But Dole continued to produce and ship salads.
http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2016/04/fda-report-shows-dole-officials-knew-about-listeria-in-facility/

Hot damn..Alabama is doing something SANE!

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Apr. 21, 2016) – On Wednesday, an important House committee passed a bill that would abolish marriage licenses in Alabama and effectively nullify both sides of the contentious debate on same-sex marriage. If passed into law, the bill would essentially remove the state from the business of marriage.

Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Bay Minette) introduced Senate Bill 143 (SB143) in February, where it was passed by a 23-3 vote last month.. The legislation would abolish all requirements to obtain a marriage license in Alabama. Instead, probate judges would simply record civil contracts of marriage between two individuals based on signed affidavits.

“All requirements to obtain a marriage license by the State of Alabama are hereby abolished and repealed. The requirement of a ceremony of marriage to solemnized the marriage is abolished.”

Under the proposed law, a judge of probate would have no authority to reject any recording of a marriage, so long as the affidavits, forms, and data are provided. In practice, the state’s role in marriage would be limited to recording marriages that have already occurred. As noted in the official bill synopsis, “This bill would eliminate the requirement of marriage licenses.”

Yesterday, the House House Judiciary Committee passed SB143 with some amendments, which inside sources say will help it get to the Governor’s desk.
http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/04/alabama-house-committee-passes-bill-eliminating-government-marriage-licensing/

If passed into law, SB143 would accomplish two things.

First, it would effectively render void the edicts of federal judges that have overturned state laws defining marriage. The founding generation never envisioned unelected judges issuing ex cathedra pronouncements regarding the definition of social institutions like marriage and the Constitution delegates the federal judiciary no authority to meddle in the issue. Constitutionally, marriage is an issue left to the state and the people.

Second, the bill would limit the state’s role in defining and regulating marriage, ending the squabble between factions seeking to harness the power of the state.


State involvement in marriages begin with racial discrimination lasw.
before that, people recorded marriages in the family Bible or some such paper, until a visiting preacher could come along and make it offcial.

By trying to avoid marrying same sex couples, this law would make void all old state laws. Hot damn.

Alabama brewery announces beer inspired by Governor Bentley,,,( wait till you see the logo)

Oh, god, sometimes living here gets so extra special...........

The ale also makes light of Governor Bentley’s ongoing scandal with one-time staffer and potential mistress, Rebekah Mason.
The promotional artwork (seen at the top of this story) “is intended to evoke the loving care that we have put into each ounce of our latest brew,” but also referencing the audio of Bentley telling Mason how much he loves standing behind her and touching her breasts.
http://yellowhammernews.com/politics-2/huntsville-brewery-releases-new-beer-inspired-governor-bentley/

UPDATE:

Had to remove logo, did not get response about copyright from brewery folks, altho I am sure they would have given it..
anyhow, go to the link....it is worth the click.
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