Saturday, November 03, 2012

conservatism is calling

This is the BEST political video I've seen yet this election.  The numbers do not lie and yes, it really is as simple as less government, more liberty.  And yes, it really is all about the economy, stupid!


Tuesday, September 04, 2012

we've heard it all before...

Same promises as 2008. If he didn't succeed the past four years, why would you think he would succeed the next four years?
 ~ kate

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

e coli is not my friend

It's been a long while since I've posted anything.  First, Tax Season hit and then I got sick.  Really, really sick.

On May 14th I woke up with a high fever and a lot of pain in my lower left abdomen and back.  I got progressively worse throughout the day so around 2pm my husband took me to the ER.  By 8pm I was admitted and I was there for 6 days.

I had a massive infection in my kidneys that was caused by a very drug-resistant form of e coli.

I was released from the hospital on May 20th but was released on oxygen during activity.  What this meant is that any time I was doing anything except sitting on the couch or lying in bed I had to wear oxygen.  Our insurance company delivered all the oxygen equipment to our house including a concentrator, back-up tank and 5 small tanks to take on trips outside of the house.  I had developed fluid on my lungs from the infection and all the fluids they gave me in the hospital hence why I had to have the oxygen.

Thankfully, within about 5 days at home I no longer needed the oxygen.  Whew!

A few days after coming home I started running fevers and developed pain on the right side.  More tests were done by my doctor's office and they found the e coli bug had jumped over to my other kidney and I was still infected with it.

But luckily I did not need to go back in to the hospital as an inpatient.  Instead, we rushed over to the Short Stay unit at the hospital where they inserted a PICC line in to my arm.  I then returned to the hospital every twelve hours for 7 days for an infusion of antibiotic in to my veins.

The antibiotic killed what little appetite I had thus further decreasing my energy levels so it was a very rough week.

Flash forward 2.5 weeks and I now have the PICC line out of my arm and my appetite and energy levels are much improved.  But the pain on the right side has remained and in the past few days has gotten significantly worse.  But the fevers are still gone.

I am on painkillers for the pain and had a CT scan today that will hopefully shed some light on what is causing the pain.  I see my doctor tomorrow afternoon and I look forward to him having some answers for me.

During all of this I have had to discontinue the Humira that keeps my Crohn's Disease under control and I cannot start it again until we are absolutely sure the infection is gone.  So I do feel my CD starting to act up but so far it's been relatively minor.

The outflow of love and support my husband and myself received was humbling.  You really do find out who your true friends are when things like this happen.  Our pastor was extremely caring and supportive and even visited me in the hospital to show his concern and to pray with us.

So many people have sent their love and prayers I've lost count.  I received flowers, plants and even cards in the mail.  And one of my favorite clients even sent one of those edible arrangements to my hospital room.  And he's in New York!

But through this all I have discovered that family I thought I have I do not have.  Despite our connection on facebook and the many many updates about my condition that were posted by both my husband and myself to my facebook page, I have heard absolutely NOTHING from two of my cousins.  This hurts me beyond words.  The half a minute it would have taken them to post a few words of support on my wall would have meant the world to me.  It's ironic too as one of those cousins has expressed to me in the past how she thinks the generations ahead of us did such a crappy job of staying in touch with each other and she hoped we could set a better example.

I don't mean for this to sound like I am ungrateful to the people who did show their love.  I am unbelievably grateful but I am still really, really hurt but the complete disregard people who are supposed to be family to me have shown.  I hope that by expressing my feelings here I can let it all go and move on.

I still have a lot of healing to do and some uncertainty as we face what is causing the pain I am experiencing.  There is a high probability that surgery is in my near future.


Thursday, February 02, 2012

California Dreamin'

Reposted from an email I received....

California's Not Dreamin': 
This Is the Nightmare of an Obama Second Term
By Roger Hedgecock

I live in California . If you were wondering what living in Obama's second term would be like, wonder no longer. We in California are living there now.

California is a one-party state dominated by a virulent Democratic Left enabled by a complicit media where every agency of local, county, and state government is run by and for the public employee unions. The unemployment rate is 12%.

California has more folks on food stamps than any other state, has added so many benefits and higher rates to Medicaid that we call it "Medi-Cal." Our K-12 schools have more administrators than teachers, and smaller classes but lower test scores and higher dropout rates with twice the per-student budget of 15 years ago. Good job, Brownie.

This week, the once-and-current Gov. Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown had to confess that the "balanced" state budget adopted five months ago was billions in the red because actual tax revenues were billions lower than the airy-fairy revenue estimates on which the balance was predicated.

After trimming legislators' perks and reducing the number of cell phones provided to state civil servants, the governor intoned that drastic budget reductions had already hollowed out state programs for the needy, law enforcement and our schoolchildren. California government needed more money.

Echoing the Occupy movement, the governor proclaimed the rich must pay their fair share. Fair share? The top 1% of California income earners currently pays 50% of the state's income tax.

California has seven income tax brackets. The top income tax rate is 9.3%, which is slapped on the greedy rich earning at least $47,056 a year. Income of more than $1 million pays the "millionaires' and billionaires'" surcharge tax rate of 10.3%. 

Brown's proposal would add 2% for income over $250,000. A million-dollar income would then be taxed at 12.3%. And that's just for the state.

Brown also proposed a one-half-cent sales tax increase, which would bring sales taxes (which vary by county) to 7.75% to 10%. Both tax increases would be on the ballot in 2012.

The sales tax increase proposal immediately brought howls of protest from the Left (of Brown!). Charlie Eaton, a sociology grad student at UC Berkeley and leader of the UC Student-Workers Union, said, "We've paid enough. It's time for millionaires to pay."

At least five other ballot measures to raise taxes are circulating for signatures to get on the 2012 ballot in California . The governor's proposals are the most conservative.

The Obama way doesn't end with taxes.

The governor and the state legislature continue to applaud the efforts of the California High-Speed Rail Authority to build a train connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco . Even though the budget is three times the voter-approved amount, and the first segment will only connect two small towns in the agricultural Central Valley . But hey, if we build it, they will ride.

And we don't want to turn down the Obama bullet-train bucks Florida and other states rejected because the operating costs would bankrupt them. Can't happen here—we're already insolvent.

If we get into real trouble with the train, we'll just bring in the Chinese. It worked with the Bay Bridge reconstruction. After the 1989 earthquake, the bridge connecting Oakland and San Francisco was rebuilt with steel made in China . Workers from China too. Paid for with money borrowed from China . Makes perfect sense.

In California , we hate the evil, greedy rich (except the rich in Hollywood and in sports, and in drug dealing). But we love people who have broken into California to eat the bounty created by the productive rich.

Illegals get benefits from various generous welfare programs, free medical care, free schools for their kids, including meals, and of course, instate tuition rates and scholarships too. Governor Perry , California has a heart. Nothing's too good for our guests.

To erase even a hint of criticism of illegal immigration, the California Legislature is considering a unilateral state amnesty.  Democrat State Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes has proposed an initiative that would bar deportation of illegals from California .

Interesting dilemma for Obama there. If immigration is exclusively a federal matter, and Obama has sued four states for trying to enforce federal immigration laws he won't enforce, what will the President do to a California law that exempts California from federal immigration law?

California is also near fulfilling the environmentalist dream of deindustrialization.

After driving out the old industrial base (auto and airplane assembly, for example), air and water regulators and tax policies are now driving out the high-tech, biotech and even internet-based companies that were supposed to be California's future.

The California cap-and-trade tax on business in the name of reducing CO2 makes our state the leader in wacky environmentalism and guarantees a further job exodus from the state.

Even green energy companies can't do business in California . Solyndra went under, taking its taxpayer loan guarantee with it.

No job is too small to escape the regulators. The state has even banned weekend amateur gold miners from the historic gold mining streams in the Sierra Nevada Mountains .

In fact, more and more of California 's public land is off-limits to recreation by the people who paid for that land. Unless you're illegal. Then you can clear the land, set up marijuana plantations at will, bring in fertilizers that legal farmers can no longer use, exploit illegal farm workers who live in hovels with no running water or sanitation, and protect your investment with armed illegals carrying guns no California citizen is allowed to own.

The rest of us only found out about these plantations when the workers' open campfire started one of those devastating fires that have killed hundreds of people and burned out thousands of homes in California over the last decade.

It was said after California 's Proposition 13 in 1978 cut property tax rates and was copied in other states, that whatever happened in California would soon happen in your state.

You'd better hope that's wrong.

Roger Hedgecock

BAM!!  Liberals and unions are DESTROYING our country and we aren't going to take it any more.  We will not sit down.  We will not shut up.