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Gender: Female
Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: SW Alabama. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
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About Me

Long time political activist, working to tint my lil "Mayberry" more blue. Collector of strays of various species and minds.

Journal Archives

Time lapse video of Yarnell Hill Fire from Congress, AZ

Obama to lay a wreath in Tanzania with un-indicted war criminal Bush.

Press secretary Jay Carney told reporters that the two presidents will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the site of the embassy bombings in Dar es Salam, Tanzania, on Tuesday, according to pool reports.

Bush is in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, at the same time as Obama for the African First Ladies Summit hosted by the George W. Bush Institute. His wife, Laura Bush, and first lady Michelle Obama will also both appear at the summit.


Got rhubarb???? Try making rhubarb relish.

Was looking up different relishes, found mention of rhubarb relish that sounds wonderful:

"rhubarb relish" extremely hard to find commercially but when homemade, is often paired with grilled chicken, turkey and cold roast beef. This relish is made from diced rhubarb, cinnamon, chopped onions (any variety), brown sugar, cider vinegar, cloves, allspice flavoring, and good old salt and pepper.


Sounds to me like anyone who is into preserves can make a few bucks on this, since it is so hard to find in stores.
Now I wish I did have rhubarb.....

12 cups finely chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups sugar
1 cup cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 2 hours or until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally. Pour into jars. Refrigerate or freeze in covered containers. Yield: 4 pints.

Nutritional Facts 1/4 cup (prepared with 1/4 teaspoon salt) equals 13 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: Free Food.

NEW:Bank of America whistle-blower details latest scheme to abuse homeowners, evade settlement rules

Has your mortage servicing been sold to Nationstar, or Ocwen, or Green Tree???

Turns out there WAS a reason BOA, Wells Fargo, Chase, etc big banks sold servicing rights to these companies.

These non-bank servicers, which process monthly payments and deal with foreclosures but do not originate loans, have an asset not available to their big bank colleagues: They haven’t yet been officially caught scamming customers.
Therefore, they are not a party to the various servicer settlements brought by state and federal regulators, and they need not submit to those settlement guidelines.
This includes rules like establishing a single point of contact for borrowers, stopping foreclosure operations when a modification is in process (ending what is known as “dual track”) and facilitating proper payment processing.

.....servicers like Green Tree, Nationstar and Ocwen have terrible reputations as among the worst servicers in the country (worse than Bank of America, if you can imagine that).
Among the charges Leonard Law Office made against Green Tree were claims that the servicer imposed illegal fees to process any kind of payment; failed to process mailed payments on time; harassed borrowers by calling them at all hours of the night and using abusive language to try to collect on debts; and delayed or denied timely modifications. These practices violate such federal laws as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protections Act, and others.

.....Here’s where Bank of America comes in.
According to a bank insider, this is part of a deliberate effort to flip the servicing rights for a quick buck and get out from under the scrutiny of the various settlements. “Brian Moynihan, Ron Sturzenegger and Tony Meola are well aware of the reputations of these servicers,” says the insider, referring to Bank of America’s CEO and two high-level executives. “Ron is a dealmaker, not an operations guy. He was brought in to sell the stuff.”

Sturzenegger runs Bank of America’s Legacy Asset Servicing Division, $1 trillion or so of the shakiest loans at the bank. By selling off servicing rights, suddenly the bank doesn’t have to comply with settlement practices, nor do they have to increase staff for compliance purposes. So not only do they get some ready cash, they lower their labor costs.


Paula Deen loses Sears and JC Penny.

Better late than never , I guess.
Sears announced yesterday and JC Penny today, according to Breaking News .com

Diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk and Target distance themselves from Paula Deen

"Novo Nordisk and Paula Deen have mutually agreed to suspend our patient education activities for now, while she takes time to focus her attention where it is needed,'' the company said in a statement. "Novo Nordisk would like to acknowledge Paula’s involvement in our 'Diabetes in a New Light' campaign, where she has helped make many people aware of type 2 diabetes and the lifestyle changes needed to control this serious disease."

Target announced that it is severing its relationship with Deen entirely.

"We have made a decision to phase out the Paula Deen merchandise in our stores as well as on Target.com,'' the company said in a statement. "Once the merchandise is sold out, we will not be replenishing inventory."

The latest announcements came after Wal-Mart and Home Depot announced on Wednesday that they were severing ties with her.


Ever been asked for your zip code/telephone number when making a purchase???

I have, when using my debit card.
Turns out, getting your zip code is the key to getting your address, for marketing database ( and maybe nefarious) reasons.

A direct marketing services company Harte-Hanks describes the GeoCapture service they offer retail businesses as follows: “Users simply capture name from the credit card swipe and request a customer’s ZIP code during the transaction. GeoCapture matches the collected information to a comprehensive consumer database to return an address.” In a promotional brochure, they claim accuracy rates as high as 100%.


Also turns out there have been several lawsuits which supported customers, making asking for zip codes or other information illegal when you buy something.

Can someone explain to me WHY: Drones, fences, radar: military 'surge' for US-Mexico border

What is real reason for so much $$$$ and resources being spent to lock down the border with Mexico????

I cannot believe that so many people from So. American want to sneak into our failed state...
There has to be something else going on.

Twenty thousand new border patrol agents, hundreds of miles of fencing, billions of dollars in drones, radar and sensors: US lawmakers are proposing a militaristic remedy to staunch illegal immigrant flow from Mexico.

The Senate is expected Monday to green-light the most important amendment yet to the landmark immigration bill, but the measure -- designed to placate Republican concerns about security -- would ensure that the border region is one of the most highly policed zones in the Western Hemisphere.

Critics call the plan "border security on steroids," while even the amendment's Republican author concedes the measures to clamp down on illegal crossings might be "overkill."

Proof the rot has spread globally.......Riot after Chinese teachers try to stop pupils cheating

What should have been a hushed scene of 800 Chinese students diligently sitting their university entrance exams erupted into siege warfare after invigilators tried to stop them from cheating.

Key excerpt:
By late afternoon, the invigilators ( test monitors) were trapped in a set of school offices, as groups of students pelted the windows with rocks. Outside, an angry mob of more than 2,000 people had gathered to vent its rage, smashing cars and chanting: "We want fairness. There is no fairness if you do not let us cheat."

According to the protesters, cheating is endemic in China, so being forced to sit the exams without help put their children at a disadvantage.


The U.S. military is quietly deploying more than 400 U.S. soldiers trained in riot control to Egypt.

While the White House has remained silent on the matter, Egyptian authorities insisted Saturday that the soldiers will not be deployed against Egyptian protests but will join other countries in a routine 'peacekeeping' force in the Sinai:

Yet, the deployments are generating concern on independent media websites after the Egyptian military chief warned Sunday that it will 'intervene' if the country's 'unrest' continues.

The threat comes just days before planned June 30th mass protests against President Mohamed Morsi's regime. Al Jazeera reports:
Opposition groups are planning a major protest on June 30 to mark the one-year anniversary of Morsi's inauguration and demand his resignation.


Wonder where else we are secretly sending troops...Africa, I would think.

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