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August 2009 Blog Posts (146)

I Never Cease To Be Amazed

I like to take the time and read over the blogs that others have written. I don't always agree with everything posted but most of you folks who take the time to write do so from the heart. I just finished reading the comments of one of our members who is a nurse. My main conclusion is that if I'm ever in trouble medically, I want her or someone like her to be my caregiver. She doesn't pull any punches and what she writes about isn't necessarily pleasant, but she writes from her heart. She… Continue

Added by Doug Smith on August 31, 2009 at 7:14pm — No Comments

The California Fires Are Too Close To My Heart

In keeping an eye on the devastation taking place in Southern Calif, my heart strings are being tugged and I am trying very hard not to cry. I worked for NASA/JPL, a job I loved and looked forward to going in every night. At that time, JPL was a self contained, highly guarded and protected city of a minimum of 6,000 workers at any given moment. A few years after leaving JPL, I went to work for the U.S Forest Service/La Canada Station, division of the San Gabriel mountains, right next to La… Continue

Added by Jo Lewis on August 31, 2009 at 6:30pm — 8 Comments

On Burying Friends and Ideals

I am out of tears. I spent Saturday, like much of the rest of the nation, attending as best I could, senator Edward Kennedy's funeral service. It was a beautiful and moving service, and though I thought I'd watch for while and then go do other things, I spent the entire day saying goodbye to the senator and musing on his life and the direction the country has taken over the years.

We knew this death was coming, but yet I found it was amazingly instructive in so many ways. The number… Continue

Added by Vernon Windsor on August 31, 2009 at 11:30am — 3 Comments



She was kinda cute, and kinda young,

and no one knew she kept a pistol

in her purse. She only used it once.

So I wonder: Was she the Master

of her own Domain?

Upon this point we could now dispute . . .

I would see her often at the slams

come Friday nite, and often she would win,

way back in nineteen ninety-nine.

She would feign with innocence,

thinly veil a smile and flirt

with mystery . .… Continue

Added by ZenDog on August 31, 2009 at 11:19am — 3 Comments

Did you hear the news?

Say, did you guys hear the news? It seems Eric Holder has appointed a federal prosecutor, John Durham, to look into the whole business of torture used against terrorists by the CIA. It’s true. Really it’s just another compromise, one that nobody is really happy with. He-he! That nobody sure is easy to please, isn’t he? Ha-ha! Eeyeah. Well anyway. It seems The Left says the investigation focuses too much on the underlings, just…

Added by ZenDog on August 31, 2009 at 11:18am — 4 Comments

Should John Hinckley Get More Freedom?

John Hinckley attempted to assassinate former President Ronald Reagan in 1981. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity in his subsequent trial.

Hinckley has been housed at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC since he was found to be insane. In recent years Hinckley has repeatedly filed motions with the court to gain more freedom. At a recent hearing his psychologist Nicole Rafanello argued that he should be granted more leave from the hospital.

Rafanello, a… Continue

Added by Gary Freedman on August 31, 2009 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

The NRA has Friends! Ha-ha! Yes they do . . .

Hey everyone. This seems kinda strange, I mean, I dunno. Maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s just normal and I don’t know what normal really looks like. Ha-ha! Ya. It’s possible. Maybe I don’t. So I dunno. You tell me what you think.

Well, did you hear about the letter I sent off to the NRA? I did, I sent them a letter protesting the protesters in Arizona who showed up outside a hall where the President was speaking. It seems…

Added by ZenDog on August 31, 2009 at 11:00am — 8 Comments

"We Become Silent: The Last Days of Health Freedom" - A Documentary

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International award-winning filmmaker Kevin P Miller released a documentary about the threat to medical freedom of choice.

"We Become Silent: The Last Days of Health Freedom" details the ongoing attempts by multinational pharmaceutical interests and giant food companies, in concert with the WTO, the WHO and others to limit the public’s access to herbs, vitamins and other therapies (CODEX Alimentarius,… Continue

Added by OCNaturalDoc on August 31, 2009 at 2:30am — No Comments

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Added by emilysghost on August 30, 2009 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Choose Wisely

Added by OCNaturalDoc on August 30, 2009 at 3:55pm — 2 Comments

Can You Spot the Facebook Narcissist?

Facebook profiles can tell you more than just peoples' birthdays and what movies they like — they can reveal the self-adoring, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the University of Georgia gave personality questionnaires to nearly 130 Facebook users and analyzed the content of their online profiles. They also had untrained observers look at the profiles and rate how narcissistic, or excessively egotistical, the owners of the profiles were.

The results of the study are… Continue

Added by Gary Freedman on August 30, 2009 at 11:49am — 2 Comments

Salman Akhtar, MD

Salman Akhtar (born July 31, 1946 in Lucknow, India) is a psychoanalyst who also holds a professorship at the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Dr. Akhtar's business address is 833 Chestnut Street, Thomas Jefferson University, Psychiatry Suite 210, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Phone: (215) 955-8420 / email: Salman.Akhtar@jefferson.edu

He was educated at Colvin Taluqdars' College in Lucknow and Aligarh University before moving to Chandigarh where he completed his training in… Continue

Added by Gary Freedman on August 30, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Elegy for the Queen (of Hearts)

Elegy for the Queen (of Hearts)

They sat through candlelight so starry eyed

in Europe's lovely Jewel; lonely Paris.

He asked four words; his stolen heart's demand:

"Will you marry me?" She did whisper, "Yes."

Her lips then lingered on his olive hand

and with that kiss their sorry fate was sealed.

'If,' 'if only,' such words are naught but sand;

upon that kiss did rumored lips…

Added by ZenDog on August 30, 2009 at 6:23am — 3 Comments

Just Another Day, (posted there, but want my friends to have the chance to know the truth)

In the weakness of being human, Today is in reality, just another day...However on this day I am feeling my humanity perhaps a little more than I would like to. I came to TBD when it was at the other sight, in all of my ignorance I treated people as I have long fought to be treated, with love, kindness, compassion and care. I also found my way to sharing some of my life and alot of my own struggles with grave health issues and such. When I was taken ill in an even greater way and put on home… Continue

Added by Tina on August 29, 2009 at 10:30pm — 17 Comments

The Bleak Trend Of Everyones Health Care Without Reform and the real story of who is really not covered now, including the working poor.

Data released today by the Census Bureau show that the number of uninsured Americans stood at a record 46.6 million in 2005, with 15.9 percent of Americans lacking health coverage. “The number of uninsured Americans reached an all-time high in 2005,” said Robert Greenstein, executive director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “It is sobering that 5.4 million more people lacked health insurance in 2005 than in the recession year of 2001, primarily because of the erosion of… Continue

Added by Grace Linda on August 28, 2009 at 12:10pm — 1 Comment

Brian P. Brown is Retiring

Brian P. Brown, Branch Librarian of the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, Washington, DC, will be retiring. I could make some nasty comments, but I won't.

Added by Gary Freedman on August 28, 2009 at 11:52am — No Comments

Congressman Mike Roger's Opening Statement on Health Care Reform in Washington, DC

I'm curious (not sarcastic)...What source does congress use to get these numbers? It seems every time you turn around, people site a different set of numbers. It gets confusing. So who's right?

In a way, it doesn't matter how many are without insurance -- It matters that people's needs are taken care of in a timely fashion. How can we accomplish this without breaking the country, not only financially, but spiritually and… Continue

Added by OCNaturalDoc on August 28, 2009 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

What Bush and Friends did in your name.

The international Committee of the Red Cross made a report of the prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay in Feburary 2007. It said, "prisoners are subject to torture and/or cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.

They described the treatment included suffocation by water,prolonged stress positions, which involved standing, "naked, held with arms extended and chained above the head" for up to three days: while hung from the ceiling, toilet access was sometimes denied, forcing… Continue

Added by Grace Linda on August 28, 2009 at 10:21am — 7 Comments

A Crisis Is Right Around The Corner...

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Added by Coach Vawny on August 27, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Are You A Creative Person?

I see myself as a creative person. Among other things, I tend to be independent in my thinking and actions. Sometimes my independence has gotten me in trouble with more conforming people. How does one maintain his independence and, at the same time, get along with people who place a premium on conformity and conventionality?

My psychiatrist recommended that I try to be more conforming. He said if I was less independent, my relations with other people might improve. He said,… Continue

Added by Gary Freedman on August 27, 2009 at 11:24am — 3 Comments

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