Feb 142012

Alabama has been hit with the first U.S. outbreak of a foreign form of the virus that causes the childhood illness called hand, foot and mouth disease this winter, according to state health officials.

That’s causing more and tougher cases of the disease, including infections in adults and some hospitalizations, said Mary McIntyre, an infectious disease specialist at the Alabama Department of Public Health.

People are more vulnerable because they’ve never been exposed to it, McIntyre said. Even adults who likely had hand, foot and mouth as a child and have been resistant in the past are more vulnerable to the new strain.

“From a population standpoint, we really don’t have any immunity to this virus,” McIntyre said. “That’s why it’s going to continue to spread.”

She said there have been at least 37 cases reported in Alabama, including some hospitalizations, but a total number isn’t available. The oldest person was in the mid-50s.

Hand, foot and mouth — which is not related to the animal illness called hoof-and-mouth — is common in children younger than 5, who usually get fevers and small blisters on the hand, feet or in their mouth and throat. It’s easily spread through contact, even by those who have very mild or no symptoms, and there is no treatment.

In most cases, the disease runs its course in a couple of days, but young children run the risk of dehydration and adults who catch it may be at risk from dangerously high fever. It can rarely cause lethal problems in children younger than 2, including paralysis and neurological damage, but there have been no reports of those arising in this outbreak, McIntyre said.

Officials are urging residents to keep their children home if they have even mild symptoms — and do the same for themselves — to prevent it from spreading further.

“If the children are sick or the adults are sick, they don’t need to go to work; kids don’t need to go to school,” McIntyre said.

- source

Feb 142012

Nicki Minaj didn’t win any awards at Sunday’s Grammy awards, but her odd performance is sure to garner some second-day analysis today, especially among Catholics.

An insult to all Christians. How dare she drag a Holy man through the dirt of Hollywood. I am very embarrassed for her. Clearly she has no idea how important faith and religion is. – nurse

Minaj, who was nominated for Best New Artist, came to the red carpet with a man dressed as a pope. She later performed her song ‘Roman Holiday,” with heavy references to the Catholic Church throughout it. The song started with her in a confessional screeching to a priest. There were scenes from an exorcism and dancers around her gyrating in religious robes.

She levitated at one point while the dancers formed into a hooded choir and sang a few lines from the Christmas song “O Come All Ye Faithful.”

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And I thought very few of us caught the irony…

At the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, Bruce Springsteen got started slightly off-key. Reeling the from the news of the death of the music industry’s own Whitney Houston, the Boss sounded tone-deaf as he asked, “America, are you alive out there?”

Feb 142012

Bruno Mars performance. He so reminded me of Morris Day and The Time or even more Outkast

I like Bruno’s musak very much but I knew he was a lil’ arrogant S * B and here’s proof…oops nevermind it has disappeared on about five different sources, hmmm. No celeb wants to be seen in his own true light.

In honor of my girl Etta James Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt:

The Beach Boys Reunited with Brian Williams, Adam from Maroon 5 and John Stamos on drums

This is the best copy I could get of Adele singing our favorite, most favorite song of 2011!

I wanted to include this Target Ad I saw. It is PS22 Chorus “ROLLING IN THE DEEP” . This girl was so great and the class that they put it into their commercial.

Target AD Adele Rolling in the deep taken by MR. CRAYS idea this was seen at the GRAMMYS…

And of course, Jennifer Hudson Tribute To Whitney Houston @ 2012 Grammys ‘I Will Always Love You ‘…

Feb 142012

Pip’s “House of the Rising Sun” , Oh Yah! I LOVE this kid!

~ He did not expect ALL FOUR judges to turn. Adam waited but a hot second.

Katrina Parker’s “One of Us” To me she is America’s answer to Adele (who rocks)

Geoff McBride’s “Higher Ground”

Sarah Golden Sings “You and I”

~ I had to hunt for other worthwhile performers who were chosen…

One of the most unique from a beautiful young lady, Former model Erin Martin captivates the coaches.

I think Blake got in trouble with his wife on this girl, she was markedly & obviously pissed @ him @ The Grammy’s…

Inspired by his grandmother, Chris kills with “Grenade.”

With her cancer-stricken dad looking on, Erin Willet brings her best.

And one of the biggest surprises of the night:

Boston native James Massone auditions with “Find Your Love.”

He was so very humbled and cried. He does not look like his Voice :) I adore this kid!

Lol, Adama was stunned: “He’s White!”

Until next week…The judges begin with 12 contestants each, we shall see…

Feb 142012

Exelon Corp’s 1,118-megawatt Unit 1 at the La Salle nuclear power plant in Illinois shut for a planned refueling and maintenance outage early Monday the company said in a release.

During the outage, the company said it plans to install two new transformers, replace steam system components and make upgrades to the main electricity generator to help enhance the operational strength and safety of the plant.

The unit last shut for refueling from about Feb. 8 to Mar. 8, 2010, and is on a 24-month refueling cycle, according to Reuters data.

The plant is about 70 miles (113 kilometers) southwest of Chicago. Feb., 2011 U.S. Nuclear Output Falls After Exelon’s LaSalle Reactor Shuts

8-13-2010: High Temperatures in Illinois Shut Down LaSalle Reactor Units 1 & 2

Meanwhile, La Salle 2 continued to operate at full power, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in its daily report.

But the most interesting report not seen much, as the above, is from JUST this past January from the Byron plant:

Illinois nuclear reactor shutdown probed

In this following search, we see much, much more needs to be replaced/added then merelt the newly licensed Vogtle Plant in Atlanta.

Feb 142012

David Brock was smoking a cigarette on the roof of his Washington, D.C. office one day in the late fall of 2010 when his assistant and two bodyguards suddenly appeared and whisked him and his colleague Eric Burns down the stairs.

Brock, the head of the liberal nonprofit Media Matters for America, had told friends and co-workers that he feared he was in imminent danger from right-wing assassins and needed a security team to keep him safe.

The threat he faced while smoking on his roof? “Snipers,” a former co-worker recalled.

“He had more security than a Third World dictator,” one employee said, explaining that Brock’s bodyguards would rarely leave his side, even accompanying him to his home in an affluent Washington neighborhood each night where they “stood post” to protect him. “What movement leader has a detail?” asked someone who saw it.

Extensive interviews with a number of Brock’s current and former colleagues at Media Matters, as well as with leaders from across the spectrum of Democratic politics, reveal an organization roiled by its leader’s volatile and erratic behavior and struggles with mental illness, and an office where Brock’s executive assistant carried a handgun to public events in order to defend his boss from unseen threats.

Tucker Carlson:

Yet those same interviews, as well as a detailed organizational planning memo obtained by The Daily Caller, also suggest that Media Matters has to a great extent achieved its central goal of influencing the national media.

~ Snippet from the DC story on FOX News:

“He had more security than a Third World dictator,” a Media Matters employee told the DC.

The need for personal security, including an assistant who carried a concealed weapon in Washington, D.C., despite very strict gun laws in the city, left Brock “terrified” that he would anger George Soros, a big source of funding for MMFA and a gun control advocate, a source told the Daily Caller.

~ Today there is a report on FOX News concerning over 20 million US voter registrations have ‘significant’ errors. Some 24 million voter registrations in the United States contain significant errors, including about 1.8 million dead people still on the rolls and many more approved to vote in multiple states, according to a report released Tuesday.

Even though the inaccuracies impact one in eight registrations, researchers at the Pew Center on the States said they don’t see it as an indicator of widespread fraud. Rather, they believe outdated systems are failing to keep pace with the most basic changes in people’s lives, feeding perceptions that U.S. elections are not as airtight as they could be.

— featured image: Daily Caller

Feb 142012

The full committee will hold a hearing entitled, “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?” on Thursday, February 16th at 9:30amest in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2012 Duration: 2 Hours

Hearing will be streamed LIVE HERE

This post shows all that lead up to the hearing. The hearing will examine the Obama Administration’s recent decisions regarding coverage of contraceptive services.

Holy war over health care:

The standoff between the Obama administration and the Catholic Church intensified Monday, as a leading clergyman freshly urged Catholics and worshippers in other religions to protest a federal policy that the White House indicated it is not inclined to revise further.

“People need to speak up,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, said during an appearance Monday on the Fox News program “America’s Newsroom.”

Also See: Cardinal to Obama: Butt out of church business

Rick Warren, the mega-church pastor who delivered the invocation at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration, writes on Twitter:

I’m not a Catholic but I stand in 100% solidarity with my brothers & sisters to practice their belief against govt pressure

I’d go to jail rather than cave in to a govement mandate that violates what God commands us to do. Would you? Acts 5:29

Senator Blunt Vows to Keep Pressure on President Obama Over Contraceptive Mandate

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced legislation to protect religious organizations from Obamacare’s overreach last summer. Now, as President Obama presses forward with his anti-conscience mandate, Blunt is prepared to keep the pressure on the White House.

“We want to be sure we’ve established the principle here that the Constitution establishes — that President Washington understood and President Jefferson understood, and my guess is, every president between them and right now understood — and that is respect for conscience is respect for religious freedom,” Blunt said.

Sebelius: — shaking my head…

Most Noteworthy IMO For many of us our Beloved Mother Angelica:

Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN)–founded in 1981 by Mother M. Angelica, a cloistered Roman Catholic nun belonging to the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration–has filed suit against Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and other senior officials in the Obama administration arguing that a new regulation requiring health-care plans to cover sterilizations and contraceptives—including those that cause abortions—is a violation of the organization’s First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.

Horace Cooper on Obama Administration’s Non-Compromise on Birth Control Mandate:

National Center adjunct fellow Horace Cooper criticizes President Barack Obama’s attempt to claim a compromise has been made on his mandate that faith-based institutions alter their values and beliefs to comply with Obamacare contraception/abortifacient rules. This interview was broadcast on WLEA-Hornell, New York on February 10, 2012.

Contradiction NOT compromise. He vows to pass the cost on to the churches insurance @ 4:39 but not demanding they pay for it @ Well who the hell pays the insurance premium?! WHOSE premium will go UP?! Being this was a psyche, fake cave on Obama’s part, let’s JUST PRAY the Catholic Archdiocese does NOT Cave for real. Did he bring up the arm of funding from Chicago as a veiled warning? @ appox 3:45 he blames this on the right. You can tell he is handily pissed this is a public issue that did not stay hidden. Yah, you needed to deal with this faster It will destroy you in Nov. He directed Sebiulius to ‘speed up’ the process. Yah, right AFTER the bite back. He did nothing when Axlerod and Biden warned him beforehand. Notice how he stresses ‘under the rule’ so defiantly @ appox 4:15. Summation = Nothing, not a thing has changed but the wording. He repeats @ 5:05 that the church will not have to pay ‘directly’. THEREIN lies the key phrase of this bogus compromise. Again @ 5:35 he blames the GOP.

Obama : “I certainly never saw it as a political issue.”

Of course not! You saw it as I will damn well do what I damn well please & laugh in your faces! Parsing his words saying religious liberty will be protected. What a travesty he thinks we are so dumbed down that we do not see through his lies. WE are not liberals! We cannot be bought at a price for our beliefs.

This is not JUST about contraception! This is about the mandates overreach of this administration. THIS is about the power grab to RULE over EVERYTHING. So, we need more than Catholics, Evangelicals, Baptists etc. To march on D.C. in huge numbers. We need to do this because Obama etal. are doing this in every facet of our lives. He needs to go! ~ JP

I close with Rush:

RUSH: Everybody’s reporting that Obama’s caving on this mandate that the Catholic services provide abortion and all. There’s not a cave here! There may be an accommodation, but there’s no big cave-in here. It’s still the government mandating this stuff happen. They’re just changing the provider. It’s not done by the church. He says he gave them a way out of it by mandating the insurance companies do it, but that’s not the point here.

Read and Listen to his show on Feb. 10th: Obama Didn’t Cave on the HHS Mandate; He’s Making an Unprecedented Power Grab

Also See:

Sign the Petition: Stand with CWA (Concerned Women for America) Lifting Our Nation in Prayer During This Critical Time

* US Bishops uncertain about Obama’s new contraception policy

— featured image and all images thanks to Rush

Feb 142012

WASHINGTON, DC – American workers are being forced by union leaders to give money to partisan political activity they oppose. On February 8th, three of these workers testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about how forced political contributions violate their freedom and rights. But Terry Bowman, Claire Waites and Sally Coomer are not alone: manyworkers are not even informed of their right to control their own hard-earned money, facing threats and intimidation when they are brave enough to speak out against this unfair loss of workplace freedom and fairness. These are the faces of forced contributions to the union special interest agenda.

Sally Coomer, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Member from Duvall, Wash.

“We were required at the end of 2009 to quit our agency employment and transfer over to a system that is unionized by the SEIU, called the Individual Provider System. Caring for my daughter is not a job that requires union intervention…The thing that is very discouraging for me is every month, you know, I’m seeing close to $95 a month being taken out of the check for union dues, going to causes I do not support. For me, that $95 a month would provide an additional 9 to 10 hours of care for Becky directly…. I feel very strongly that any type of union that a person belongs to that if the union is going to take out union dues that that employee should be well-aware of what those dues are being spent for. And that, if they are using it for political purposes that they should be aware of that and they should be able to make a choice as to whether or not that that is what they want their union dues to be spent on.”

Terry Bowman, United Auto Workers (UAW) Member from Ypsilanti, Mich.

“You know, the United States government has given labor unions the ability to trump an individual’s First Amendment right and force the seizure of an individual’s personal property – their wages – for simply exercising their pursuit of happiness by applying for a job. I really would like my first amendment right of freedom of association back. I do not have the ability to exercise that right in a forced union state. Unfortunately the union dues that I am forced to pay, much of that goes to political reasons that I disagree with. To the people who are actually pulling my dues out, you do not have to right to use my money as you so choose to use it. The fact that my plant chairman, at a union meeting, will stand up there and point to all of us and say you all better be voting for democrats is not what a union was created to do and is not what it was meant to do. So unions have lost their way. They realized that compulsion was not the way to go, but when they smelled the potential hundreds of millions of dollars from forced unionism, they had to go that route. I think it’s quite unfortunate.”

Claire Waites, National Education Association (NEA) Member from Daphne, Ala.

“I am in the Baldwin County Teacher’s Association, the Alabama Education Association, and the National Education Association because there are no other carriers for liability insurance for teachers in the state of Alabama. The NEA Fund for Children, you’d think it’s a fund for children and it’ll go to actually classroom expenses or classroom projects or teacher grants or actually go to underprivileged children. In reality, the NEA Fund for Children goes to political action groups that they choose. We have no voice. They choose who they would like the money to go to… Right now in the economy, classroom teachers need money. This is the third year that I’ve bought my own classroom supplies. For the $180 that I gave to the Children’s Fund, that’s three classroom labs in my room. My message to NEA is that if you’re going to have a children’s fund have a children’s fund. If you’re going to have a PAC fund, have a PAC fund. Don’t trick me to give to your PAC fund by making it named a children’s fund.”

On February 8th, the Committee published a report finding that the Obama Administration and recent court cases have directly contributed to the loss of workplace freedom as well as worker rights violations endured by Ms. Coomer, Mr. Bowman and Ms. Waites. As the federal government aids and abets these violations, union leaders spent more than $1.1 billion on partisan politics during the 2010 election cycle. The Committee will continue to investigate the growing lack of accountability and transparency in how union leaders take dues money from rank-and-file members and spend that money on political causes many of their own members oppose.

“Workplace Freedom and Fairness: Are Workers Forced to Fund Political Causes They Oppose?”

Full Hearing

SUGGESTED TWITTER HASHTAGS: #WorkerFreedom #Union #Labor

Feb 142012

Our Earthquake Map

Location with respect to nearby cities:
244 km (152 miles) WNW (282 degrees) of Bandon, OR
249 km (155 miles) W (276 degrees) of Barview, OR
250 km (155 miles) WNW (291 degrees) of Port Orford, OR
327 km (203 miles) NW (308 degrees) of Crescent City, CA
436 km (271 miles) WSW (241 degrees) of Portland, OR

*ALERT* Coast and craton edge

At this point — I would say some kind of alert needs to be issued. West coast NEEDS to prepare — JUST IN CASE.

Also at this point.. another JUST IN CASE — watch north america along the craton edge — West Coast to new madrid seismic zone eastward to the east coast .. Washington State, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia… north along the east coast through new england into southern ontario/quebec Canada.

Location with respect to nearby cities:
17 km (11 miles) SSW (196 degrees) of Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico
51 km (32 miles) SW (225 degrees) of San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, Mexico
54 km (34 miles) SW (223 degrees) of San Luis, AZ
180 km (112 miles) ESE (103 degrees) of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

I’ve said it all before — see my other videos — simply put … ‘don’t be scared .. BE PREPARED’.

The time to prepare was yesterday ! no joke.. food, water, communications, transportation.. you know the drill .. have your plan and be ready in case a natural disaster hits your region.

6.0 magnitude earthquake in Japan — 80 miles south of Fukushima:

6.5 magnitude earthquake in soloman islands — OBVIOUS global unrest:


Location with respect to nearby cities:
74 km (46 miles) W (275 degrees) of Kira Kira, Solomon Islands
176 km (110 miles) SE (126 degrees) of HONIARA, Solomon Islands
192 km (119 miles) SSE (161 degrees) of Auki, Solomon Islands
1543 km (959 miles) E (95 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea

Today — Feb 14 2012 — another large earthquake — 6.5 magnitude — along the western portion of the pacific ring of fire… occurring northeast of Australia .. in the Soloman Islands.

This is on top of the 6.0 magnitude earthquake which occurred off the coast of Honshu Japan (80 miles south of fukushima) just two hours before.


Location with respect to nearby cities:
94 km (58 miles) ESE (104 degrees) of Mito, Honshu, Japan
114 km (71 miles) SSE (152 degrees) of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan
166 km (103 miles) ENE (70 degrees) of TOKYO, Japan


~ There is waay too much happening the past week or two for me not to feel leery ~ JP