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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Update on muscle cramp info

Oops, I forgot to add this link to an old Amish cure for muscle cramps. (You know I live in the Ozarks where a large population of Amish live, right?)

I've never tried this, but I like the fact that the ingredient list is simple enough I think you could just add the items to your diet and maybe achieve the same thing.

It's vinegar and garlic, etc. things most people would have or be able to pick up at a trip to a regular grocery store. Okay, I'm married to an Italian, so garlic is a regular deal at my house, maybe not yours. But those are cheap enough.

I'm a big fan of apple cider vinegar. Did you know it has about 95 vitamins and minerals in an easy to assimilate form? It's one of the best/most natural ways to get your daily quota of vitamins. I think it is probably why it was used in popular recipes like pickling and cole slaws. People probably felt better after eating those things and never even knew why. Ditto with apples.

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Muscle cramp cures!

I suffer from chronic muscle cramps because I have fibromyalgia among other things, so I'm always looking for whatever my body might be missing that causes the problem. Despite taking muscle relaxers and qualaquin--a version of quinine, I still have this issue, and it seems to be getting worse.

Thus, you see my chronic internet surfing for cures. Today, I came across something that I think you will all be interested in, a website that lists pretty much everything from toe cramps to cramps just in the left leg, versus the right. It narrows down which cramp signals a need for electrolytes (toe cramps), calcium, magnesium, creatin==I found it to be a list I might refer to often.

My husband, for example, suffers toe cramps. I remember the first time he had one--I laughed so hard I cried. Of course, that was before I'd ever experienced the phenomena. Since, I have been wholly repentant of that laughter. I've taken it back a thousand times.

Anyhow, if you've ever suffered a muscle cramp, even something as small as on a toe, you'll appreciate this list.

Check it out and tell me what you think.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Hitler's Art

I know I said I'd probably talk about SoonerCON, the science fiction convention I went to this last weekend but I'm gonna put that off until tomorrow. Sorry for another day's delay.

I turned the tv on this morning--which is always a no-no if I really want to get serious and write, but sometimes I do it before I think. Anyhow, I have a few favorite movie stars, and John Cusack is one of them. I saw a movie he was in titled MAX. He plays an art dealer in 1918 and buys and sells some of Adolf Hitler's artwork.

Somewhere in the back of my mind, I suppose I'd filed away the fact that he had aspired to be an artist at one time. But there's a lot of facts rattling around in my brain that I've put "out of mind."

Anyhow, the movie had me intrigued enough to go look at his art. I thought you might like to check it out, too.

There are links in the middle of the page here:

And you can click on the pics down the left side of the page here to get a closeup view:

You can find more if you google Hitler's Art. That also led me to a page that had quotes from Hitler about being a Christian. I guess I hadn't ever thought about his religious affiliations before.

I find it fascinating, though, that so many people count themselves Christian (over the years) and then go out and kill in His name. I don't read anything in the scriptures that suggest to me that He would approve of murder in His name. (But that's how I read it.)

Here lately, though, I've seen a lot of professing Christians whom I'm pretty sure Christ would NOT agree with. Like that long time mentor/preacher of Obama's, Jeremiah Wright. I'm fascinated by the footage of some of his sermons on youtube. In case you haven't seen them, you might want to go here:

Turning the topic a little here, in more than one video sermon, Wright says Obama isn't rich. What do YOU think the definition of rich is? Where is the financial level of income that constitutes wealthy in this country?

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Cats (can) spread brain parasites

I know most of you are cat lovers. Right now, I have a story in Cup of Comfort for Cat Lovers just for folks like you.

I also have a story in The Ultimate Horse Lover's Guide, too, but that's a topic for another day. (Those are under that other name I go by. Newbies may brouse archives or links to find my g-er-rated side.)

Okay, I'll come clean. My story in CoC for Cat Lovers is called CREEPY CAT and in that I boldly admit I'm really a dog and pony girl. But I have loved many, many cats over the years.

All that aside, I was watching Animal Planet--the channel I choose to leave on for my 3 lb yorkie, Pixie, to watch when I leave her alone. Well, that and Disney. I don't leave AP on if they're doing something scary like Animal Control on Parade or something like that. Those dog catchers are scary. But maybe not as scary as some of those pet owners out there. (There's an x-rated topic there, don't you think? They outlaw nudity and sex--and that's wholly natural behavior and state of being, but they put animal cruelty on g-rated channels--does NOT make sense to me.)

Okay, that wasn't what I wanted to talk about today. I like a blog called NOT EXACTLY ROCKET SCIENCE. You can find it here:

I learned that cats can spread brain parasites. Now, first let me tell you how I got there today. On AP, we were watching a show with true animal facts and they addressed the "Do earwigs really like to go in human ears, or eat human brains?" I guess it was a rumor...which I had not gotten into the loop of.

I assume you didn't know since you didn't keep me up to date. In case you didn't know, we have a reciprocal relationship here. I post. You post. We all post. The more you post, the more I think about giving away gift certificates and other freebie stuff.

Anyhow, nobody told me that crazy folks actually thought those creepy earwigs crawled into ears. So, the show had me on the edge of my sofa seat, cliff hung for two commercial breaks before they finally said, "No. Not true."

Such a relief! I mean, common sense told me it wasn't true. But common sense doesn't really rule the world. (You knew that, right?)

Anyhow, that show got me thinking about what kind of things might want to eat human brains. Okay, THAT might be partially because I spent the weekend at SoonerCON, a science fiction convention in Oklahoma City. Heckuva lot of fun. I'll probably elaborate on that tomorrow. Suffice it to say there was a lot of zombie talk over the last three days.

Girls wearing ZOMBIE panties and showing them off. Wait, that was at SINNERcon, which was the late night activities that go along with SoonerCON. Yeah, you might want to read up on THAT and show up next year.

So, back to the brain eating bug thing... Trichinosis came to mind. You know, the kind of worms that live in meats that are not cooked well enough, and more often than not in pigs, of all the critters out there.

I also thought about MAD COW disease which, we all know, is a brain thing.

So, I typed into a search box on the net, "Parasites in human brains." And there I got pointed directly to NOT EXACTLY ROCKET SCIENCE where I learned about the THING that cats may carry.

Vaguely, somewhere in the back of my mind, I had heard about "Pregnant women should NOT clean cat boxes." And I believe this is a warning all people should know about. Just google for more of the WHY NOTS.

Anyhow, because I am NOT a rocket scientist, and know (no offense here) that some of you aren't either, I thought you'd like to read a blog which assumes we need informed on a few points. And I did, so...yay for the blogger who created the informative piece.

And I'll just creep back out of my blog here, where I generally post nothing of value to the human race and point you to something that might keep your brain from being eaten. Go. Please. We do NOT need more zombies in this world. We have enough braindeads walking around.

(She says as she actually goes to eat a pretty rare piece of steak.) If I sound like I've had something eating my brain, it's probably whatever's in steak that doesn't get fully cooked.

Ah, great. I just realized I have a totally reasonable excuse for being sort of a mad cow.

Great. Just great.
Wait. Is that good to know I have an excuse for my insanity, or not?

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Crazy stories, duct taping boyfriend?

Apparently, a woman in California got her friend to help her duct tape the daughter's boyfriend...

It's a short story, but you can read it here:

What was more entertaining than that is the list of strange stories at the bottom of the page. Imagine a company which lists bodies as assets.

Just thought you might be interested in some off the wall reads.

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Interesting stats

I find stats on religion, political votes and polls, and terrorists fascinating SOME DAYS. Today is one of them, I guess, because I spent way too much time surfing sites to read up. So, steel yourself folks. Get ready for the cold, hard facts.

(Giggling) I can't remember where I read that over 90% of stats are made up, but the more I heard people quote me, "Well, such and such percentage of people said this..." I started asking, "Which people? Where did you get this information?"

My husband, for one, is a master of guesstimations. Are you? If so, get a piece of paper. Guess how many people in the world are of which faith. And then sit back, and get ready to test your knowledge. (I hear the bells of final jeopardy playing, don't you?)

Honestly, I only like to make up statistics when someone else has thrown one out that I know is obviously fake. If you said, "Seven million Americans bite their nails a day," I would probably throw back, "But 1.62 million of those are chewing their toenails, and are infants under the age of 11 months. Do those really count in this reckoning of yours?"

(Those stats were completely made up, by the way. I have no idea how many people in America chew their nails a day in the U.S. For that matter, I don't even know how many people are in the US currently.)

Which meant I had to go look that up. Total U.S. population can be found here, and you can also break that down to state by state if you want to.

I think it started clear back when the game show Family Feud posted percentages on the big game board. Most of the time, those answers were nothing like mine, so I assumed they were asking...oh, I dunno, aborigines in Australia's outback, or pygmies in the rainforest or something. You know, no one that had grown up in the U.S. anywhere near where I did.

But then, as the game wore on, I started thinking more like their polled public answers. So, then I had to wonder if they should say "We polled people in the midwest over the age of twelve. Or under the mean average of 79." Or whatever.

Anyhow, as always, I'm mostly just rambling on when I should get to the crux of what sent me searching today. I braved my email inbox this a.m. and have been sucked into the muck and mire for over 6 hours now. So, if you see signs of me being mentally ill, I'm sure I can blame it on overexposure to an abundance of spam.

Which makes me question how the islanders who were fed SPAM during WW2 and afterward are faring mentally. (Totally irrelevant except for the fact that I saw the most amazing Island dancers in person Monday night. They did the ring dance where the guys contortion their way through hoops smaller than any hula hoop I ever played with as a kid, and they fire danced, and made fire literally crawl the flooring in a mesmerizing way.) Anyhow, that's a whole other story. If you chant over and over again for me to tell you about the nearly naked men in skirts dancing at the church shindig, I can cough up more details, but I really think I've hit the highpoints already.

Back to my original topic, which was statistics...

Since 9/11/2001, we've heard more talk about Muslims than I remember in all the rest of my life put together. Mostly, we Americans are continuously being fed "tolerance and acceptance". Personally, I think it's funny since tolerance and acceptance don't seem to be in the mainstream Muslim thinking.

I saw an article that said Obama called America one of the biggest Muslim countries in the world. He bases that on the estimated 2-3 million Muslims supposedly in our country.

Of course, Obama was raised by a woman who loved Muslims and married two of them. And he was raised on pro-Muslim turf. So, he's got an affinity for Muslims. It's no surprise that he's trying to help Americans accept Muslims.

While I personally find that a little scary, since it reminds me of the pre-9/11 days when we were told to let Muslims settle in our communities and accept them with open hearts and arms. We did, of course, because America lets everyone come in and make themselves at home.

Now, I need to go on record as saying I don't think it's right to terrorize anyone. I'm not posting this discussion to incite riot. I just think I'm tired of keeping my tongue on political issues because I've been told a writer should keep personal opinions on politics to themselves so as not to run off a book sale.

But I'm an American and I believe in freedom of speech. What good is the right if you don't exercise it? Especially if you hold your tongue while everyone else is ranting their view?

I'm a big fan of Edmund Burke, who said "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

I believe Americans need to wake up, and speak up, especially when it comes to issues involving terrorists, politicians NOT representing you properly, and other issues that are seriously hitting home these days.

So, I've opened up the Muslim can of worms today. Why? To point at Obama and say, "You know he's FOR Muslims, right?" Nah. You'd have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to know that. I assume my readers are on the ball enough to catch simple basics about our new president.

And I know a bunch of you voted for him. Power to you for exercising your right to vote. We all should vote according to our conscience, and stand behind our choices by virtue of pride...if there is any in the choice we made.

I thought you might be interested in a few sites. The first answers the question of how many Muslims are in the world, and in the U.S. in particular. This is important because we need to know what the percentage is, and take that into consideration as special efforts are made to accommodate them.

This may be put into better context when you look at the pie chart of ALL religions found on this page:

Here's a website that lists the terrorists who have perpetrated crimes against the U.S. or its citizens:

Now, if you are so sucked into stat fascination and need another site to ponder over, you might want to go here:

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Monday, June 01, 2009

Oooh the poor mexicans!

I'm against illegal aliens in this country. I believe we provide plenty of legal ways to be in our country, and those who don't want to do the paperwork can stay out. (I know, it's not politically correct, but I don't care.)

So, I'm surfing the net and what do I come across? An announcement from the Bank of Mexico saying the U.S. recession is hurting migrant Mexican's families. Apparently, the money being sent home to Mexico has decreased 18% since this time last year and the article says our crackdown on illegal immigration is partly to blame and has some mexicans not coming up to the U.S. now.

You can read the whole (short) article here:

Tell me what you think.

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Oh yeah, poor, poor Mexicans,
Uh huh. I warn everybody I'm on my soapbox so if you have different views, that's fine but you may want to stop right here. I am so tired of the illegals having problems. They want merica to be Mexico with all the benefits of health care, schooling, etc. I will say some do work and work hard. But they are still illegal. If they want to work and send money home, that's o.k. But do it under the umbrella of a citizen. They can then join all of us who pay plenty in taxes, schooling, medical expense..and then see what's left to send home. And I'm tired of the drug smuggling and the terrorists slipping through the borders. We have lived in Ariz. near the border. In 2000 and 2002 we saw illegals crossing over all the time. Border patrols were there but they can't run through the deserts and that's the prime way to enter. Granted, it's a tough way to enter...but in my opinion they should stay home. I'm not branding them all but I think the illegals bring more drug-related problems, murders, etc. So yes, I'm standing up and saying shut the borders and clean up our own America. So I may be pollitically incorrect but I do love this country and am proud of our flag. Unlike those in California who want to use the flag of Mexico. Not all in California do this but I saw with my eyes so I know what they're thinking. And one more point: why in the **** should I have to learn Spanish to live in the U.S? If I lived in another country I would be grateful for some assistance in that language but I would think I should learn it and use it when in public. What language you speak at home is up to you.
I want to address yesterday's issues also. I agree that WWIII may be beginning. I look at news, look at the state of our nation and of others. And this appologizing to other nations is insane. How many U.S. soldiers have we lost so other nations can be free? I don't want another war and I wish the middle East was would be over but since we're involved in it I guess we stay. Don't know about that. But we belittle our status of being a generous nation to those in need when we appologize to other nations. We must not hurt their feelings..oh..boohoo.
O.K., I'm done and I feel better. I know all readers won't agree and that fine by me. That's what makes our nation of freedom so great. Thanks for letting me vent on two issues I've been mulling around for quite a while.Guess I'll go build my bunker or whatever...I do think the time is nearing and I pray for all. I think of all the parents, children, etc. I believe prayers for our nation will be first on my list tonight. Again, thanks for allowing me to give my opinion.

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World War 3 has started?!?

I'm sure you've heard about the nuclear test North Korea launched this last week. Have you seen the headlines speaking about it? Announcing it as the official beginning of WW3? I thought, if you haven't, you might be interested in reading a few of the articles.

First, let me point you to a WW3 scenario drawn up long ago:

Now, here's the headline that got my attention today, the one that says WW3 started this week:

Here's an article that says it actually started on 9/11:

Here's some bulletin/community boards/info on what Nostradamus said would start WW3:

Now, I ask you, what do you think? Has WW3 started? Do you know of other articles addressing this topic?

I'm not saying it has or has not, (I'm still meditating on that), but I think we should wake up and see what's going on, and consider the consequences to come from the can of worms spilling out onto the world wide political scene.

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