The Army Goes Green With Food Choices

In talking about how the average American eats- we found that their diets are on the high fat and lots of sugar side and that doesn’t bode well for their long range health.   The military has been fighting the same problems and they’ve developed a game plan to make it easier for soldiers to trim down and fuel up.

In the Army making green choices about food equals making healthy choices.  Green foods are choice, then come yellow labeled foods that need a little bit of caution and lastly there are the foods marked with red labels which means use a lot of caution if you are going to choose them.

Here is a little bit from USA Today about how health is affected by eating and how are soldiers are losing the battle before they’ve even begun basic training-

In 2010, 59% of female recruits and 47% of male recruits failed the entry-level physical fitness test. The test requires recruits to do one minute of push-ups, one minute of sit-ups and a 1-mile run. In 2000, less than 20% of the recruits failed the test.

Nearly 15% of 17- to 24-year-olds are not qualified to join the Army at all because they are too overweight.

In 2010, 62% of recruits had significant enough dental problems that they couldn’t be deployed without having substantial work done; in 2002, the number was 42%. A decline in access to dental care contributes to the problem, Hertling said, but he largely blames soda and junk food.

85% of recruits say they eat fast food regularly, and 52.7% use tobacco.

Hip injuries and fractures spiked among recruits from 40 in 2001 to 135 in 2009, then fell a bit to 87 last year and it’s not because recruits are asked to carry heavier packs, Hertling said. He cited an alarming problem with bone density, “the effects of bad nutrition.”


You Need To Be Concious of What You Eat!

There is a new set of food guidelines being released today and most American’s aren’t following the plan for healthful eating- Here is a look at what is on the guideline…

Among the 23 key recommendations:

Consume fewer calories from solid fats and added sugars.

Eat more fruits and vegetables.

Choose a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green, red and orange vegetables, beans and peas.

Consume at least half of all grains as whole grains. Increase whole-grain intake by replacing refined grains with whole grains.

Increase the amounts of fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, such as milk, yogurt, cheese and fortified soy beverages.

Use oils to replace solid fats where possible.

Reduce daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams for many people and further reduce intake to 1,500 milligrams for people who are 51 and older and those of any age who are African American or have hypertension, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.

Currently, people consume about 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day or about 1½ teaspoons.

We eat too much sugar and too much fat and we are hurting ourselves.




Hot Saucing a Child

I was horrified to see a young mother punishing her child for misbehaving in school and then lying about it by making him ingest hot sauce and then forcing him into a cold shower for lying.

I’m no angel.  I’m a human being and I’m sure that my children aren’t completely thrilled with some of my shenanigans sometimes.  Like I tend to “eye rolling” when I’m not happy with them and that is inappropriate because I’m the adult and I have no right to act out.  If I’m unhappy with something my kids do then I am responsible to correct them and not make them feel ashamed or embarrassed about their behavior.  They are the children and I’m the adult.  But it’s hard to control your emotions and your anxieties- sometimes it’s near impossible.

To be absolutely frank I grew up with a parent that took frustrations out on kids.   I’d like to forget the many acts of humiliation that I was forced to perform for minor infractions.  Many people say that if you were abused as a child you will turn into an abuser as an adult.  I hope that isn’t true in my case.  I hope that my past abuse has made me a better parent.  I believe that it has but like I said already there have been times where I’ve felt like I can’t take the stress and I want to act just like someone acted towards me- fortunately that single thought is like a siren that goes off in my  head and warns me to back off and go cool down.

But when I watched Jessica Beagley making her little boy swallow some hot sauce and then strip and get into an icy shower I felt enraged.  The good news is that today Jessica has received notice that she will be going to trial for abusing her child.  Her lawyer says giving a child hot sauce isn’t a crime, but Alaska’s District Attorney thinks otherwise.

Hitting children, pushing children, screaming at children, and shaming children all count as abuse to me.

Telling children no one cares about them is abusive.  Telling children they are a waste of time and space is abuse.  Trying to make a child feel worthless and lazy is abuse.  Attacking a child is abuse.  Ignoring a child is abuse.

I think all of those things are abusive when adults do them to one another too, but too often we do it to children because they can’t say a thing!

It’s wrong.



Music That Soothes Me!

I started picking out some of my favorite tunes over at Youtube.  I have been so frustrated lately with radio, and even though I know I could download all the music I grew up with, that is a pretty expensive proposition.  So I’m collecting on Youtube.  I can’t promise the music will stay there and I can’t promise you’ll be able to access it to see what kind of music I like, but if you want to try, head over there and type in MoGallant.

What kind of music makes you happy?




Rape is Only Rape if There is Force?

A new bill being sponsored by Republicans is asking that abortion services are only permitted in the case of a rape which was carried out with force.  Otherwise, if this bill passes a rape may not be considered a rape- that includes things like statutory rape which is the sexual abuse of a child by a mature adult, or drugged or alcohol induced rape.

Here is a bit more of the story-

“This bill takes us back to a time when just saying ‘no’ wasn’t enough to qualify as rape,” says Steph Sterling, a lawyer and senior adviser to the National Women’s Law Center. Laurie Levenson, a former assistant US attorney and expert on criminal law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, notes that the new bill’s authors are “using language that’s not particularly clear, and some people are going to lose protection.” Other types of rapes that would no longer be covered by the exemption include rapes in which the woman was drugged or given excessive amounts of alcohol, rapes of women with limited mental capacity, and many date rapes. “There are a lot of aspects of rape that are not included,” Levenson says.

As for the incest exception, the bill would only allow federally funded abortions if the woman is under 18.

The bill hasn’t been carefully constructed, Levenson notes. The term “forcible rape” is not defined in the federal criminal code, and the bill’s authors don’t offer their own definition. In some states, there is no legal definition of “forcible rape,” making it unclear whether any abortions would be covered by the rape exemption in those jurisdictions.

The main abortion-rights groups despise the Smith bill as a whole, but they are particularly outraged by its rape provisions. Tait Sye, a spokesman for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, calls the proposed changes “unacceptable.” Donna Crane, the policy director of NARAL Pro-Choice America, says that making the “already narrow exceptions for public funding of abortion care for rape and incest survivors even more restrictive” is “unbelievably cruel and heartless.”

“This bill goes far beyond current law,” says Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), a co-chair of the congressional pro-choice caucus. The “re-definition” of the rape exception “is only one element” of an “extreme” bill, she adds, citing other provisions in the law that pro-abortion rights groups believe would lead to the end of private health insurance coverage for abortion.

“Somebody needs to look closely at this,” Levenson says. “This is a bill that could have a dramatic effect on women, and language is important. It sure sounds like somebody didn’t want [the exception to cover] all the different types of rape that are recognized under the law.”


Julie Powers Schenecker Shot Her Children

What a horrible story.  A Florida woman bought a 38 caliber pistol and shot her son in the face on the drive to soccer practice.  Her reason?  He was mouthing off to her.  She then drove to her home and found her daughter studying and she shot her in the face.

A Florida mom was hospitalized a day after she allegedly shot her two children because they were “mouthy and talked back.”

Julie Powers Schenecker, a 50-year-old wife of a US Army Colonel in Tampa, was arrested on two counts of first-degree murder on Friday.

Authorities told the Tampa Tribune that she was shaking uncontrollably and after being booked was taken to the jail’s medical ward for observation.

Her first court appearance was postponed.

Police told the newspaper they received a call early Friday from Schenecker’s mother who was concerned that she couldn’t reach her daughter and believed she was depressed.

What they discovered next shocked the quiet Tampa suburb where the Scheneckers lived.

Police alleged that Schenecker bought a .38-caliber revolver five days before the murders. According to an arrest affidavit, she shot her 13-year-old son, Beau, on their way to soccer practice for “talking back.” She then allegedly drove to their home and shot her 16-year-old daughter, Carlyx, in the face.

Her husband, Parker Schenecker, was working in the Middle East when the shootings happened.

What was interesting to me is that she is being portrayed as the wife of a military man…but according to the father, Parker Schenecker- she was also in the military.  50 year old Julie apparently was a “Russian 97E”.  That means she was a translator in the military.

What a sad story.  I mean, everyone said she was a nice lady.  She fit in.  She loved her kids.  How did she go from loving mother to psychotic killer?

Sad story.



Children Under 6 Shouldn’t Watch 3-D

Nintendo is warning that their 3-D games should not be used by children under 6.  I would never have thought that it would matter but it seems that there is a concern and since 3-D is the new trend it’s something we should think about.

Here is more on the story from the Scotsman-

COMPUTER games firm Nintendo said three-dimensional (3D) games on its new handheld console could harm the eyesight of children aged six or younger.

Nintendo said some specialists believe that “there is a possibility that 3D images which send different images to the left and right eye could affect the development of vision in small children”.

The undated statement appeared on a section of the company’s Japanese website devoted to its upcoming 3DS handheld.

Nintendo joins firms such as Sony and Toshiba in warning consumers about ill effects from watching video or playing games in three dimensions.

Sony recommends that a doctor should be consulted before kids are allowed use the 3D functionality on its PlayStation game console, while Toshiba says children should be closely monitored while watching its new 3D TVs that do not require glasses.

All the companies say that the technology can also cause adult viewers to feel sick. Most 3D devices rely on technology that flashes separate images to each eye, which creates a sense of depth.

Entertainment companies are banking on 3D to fuel a new boom in TV, movies and games.


Saudi Arabian Flooding… Images from Jeddah

The images you see in this video are from a devastating flood in the area, unfortunately there isn’t proper drainage in the city and you can see what has happened.  This has happened before! Lives were lost and nothing has changed.

People aren’t allowed to protest in Saudi Arabia.  But thanks to images like these being sent by person to person using modern technology protests are being called for.

What do you think?



Were You Invited to the Billionaire Caucus This Weekend?

I wasn’t invited but that doesn’t mean I don’t care about the event put on by the Koch Brothers!

Here is a little about the story-

Koch Industries is the second largest privately-held company in the United States. It’s based in Wichita, Kansas, and is involved in industry areas such as energy, fibers, and chemicals, among others.

Koch Industries spokeswoman Nancy Pfotenhauer responded specifically to criticism of the weekend meeting.

“Those that are attending the conference believe that everyone benefits from the prosperity that emerges from free societies,” Pfotenhauer said. “This gathering is meant to discuss strategies for promoting policies that will help grow our economy, foster free enterprise and create American jobs.”

The Koch Foundation is one of many donors to The Heritage Foundation. Rory Cooper, director of communications for Heritage, reacted to the criticism of the Koch meeting – though he explained his group has nothing to do with it.

“I don’t understand the criticism of people getting together and talking about politics and governance,” Cooper said. “I think a lot of the people who I’ve seen, making those statements, so far, have been people who are not transparent in their own regards. So I think that there’s certainly a great deal of hypocrisy here.”

This issue of transparency – of who’s disclosing what – also enflames the debate.

Common Cause’s effort to “Uncloak the Kochs” stems from their claim that the brothers are secretly funneling money into efforts that will, eventually, advance their interests. Van Jones, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, partly put it this way: “They are the King Kong and Godzilla of bad policy, trampling through our democracy. And they must be exposed and they must be stopped.”

Koch Industries’ website denies charges like these.

“For more than 40 years, these brothers have been open and steadfast proponents of individual and economic freedom,” it states. “Through their personal involvement and private foundations, they have lawfully supported activities and causes consistent with their beliefs.”

Why shouldn’t people with lots and lots of dough get together in Palm Springs over a nice winter weekend to discuss how the future of the planet will go?





Israeli’s Worriedly Watch “Fire on the Nile”

I was wondering why I hadn’t heard anything from Israel about the uprisings in Egypt.  Turns out there was a reason there wasn’t any news from Israel.  Read this…

Behind an official wall of silence, Israel watched nervously Saturday as anti-government unrest worsened in Egypt, fearful that the violent and growing street protests could topple Israel’s most important ally in the Arab world.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his government to remain silent about the situation in Egypt. But in a clear reflection of Israel’s concerns, Sun D’Or, a subsidiary of Israel’s national airline, El Al, whisked dozens of Israelis, including diplomats’ families, out of Egypt on an emergency flight. The government also urged Israelis to avoid travel to Egypt.

The stability of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s regime is a key interest for Israel.

Egypt was the first Arab country to make peace with Israel, and since succeeding the assassinated Anwar Sadat in the wake of that historic peace treaty three decades ago, Mubarak has steadfastly honored the deal.

While relations have often been cool, Mubarak has remained a key bridge to the Arab world, frequently mediating between Israel and the Palestinians. Mubarak also has cooperated with Israel in containing the militant Hamas group, which rules the Gaza Strip, a volatile coastal strip that borders both Israel and Egypt.

Israeli officials, ordered to speak on condition of anonymity, expressed grave concerns about Mubarak’s tenuous grip on power. Some said they feared the violence could spread to neighboring Jordan, the only other Arab country with a peace deal with Israel, or to the Palestinian territories.

There were also concerns that anti-Israel opposition groups, including the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, might gain a larger voice in Egyptian decision-making.

“A stable Egypt with a peace treaty with Israel means a quiet border,” one Israeli official told The Associated Press. “If there is a regime change Israel will have to reassess its strategy to protect its border from one of the most modern militaries in the region.”

Early Saturday evening, the Sun D’Or International Airlines plane touched down in Israel with about 40 Israelis who were in Egypt on private business plus an undisclosed number of diplomats’ spouses and children on board, officials said. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said its diplomats would remain in Egypt for the time being.

The Egyptian unrest dominated Israeli media. Israeli TV news channels provided nonstop updates throughout the day. State-funded Israel Radio reported extensively on developments and dubbed its broadcasts “Fire on the Nile.”