Hobbit Talk- Joe Walsh Style

John McCain suggested that Tea Partiers were like Hobbits.  I think that is kind of funny. 

I’m not against saving money and paying fewer taxes, but I’m for things like roads and hospitals and schools and a military.  I think that we could be a lot more careful about funding these public needs but I am not going to insist that we have to draw a line on debt just to stop taxes from increasing.  It doesn’t seem to me to be the way to fix the problems we’ve got with overbilling and fraud.  Those are our problems!

Here is a guy, Joe Walsh, a new Tea Party darling  who is asking the President if he’s lying about the debt?

(Funny where he asks about the President threatening students with student debt- and Boehner cut Pell Grants as part of his bill)

Now here is a story about some of his problems with debt in the Chicago Sun Times-


The President probably cares an awful lot about whether the US defaults.  But the budget is controlled by the Congress!

The problem I see with defaulting on our bills is these costs that we are being asked to pay- have been previously agreed to!  In otherwords we aren’t paying for future investments by increasing the debt ceiling- we are just assuring ourselves that we can meet the responsiblities we already have!

If you read the bills that the politicians are promoting for lowering the debt you are going to see that even they have a hard time actually lowering debt because we’ve got such a knot when it comes to financing the US. 

Maybe we should start with a rule that you can’t add amendments that cost anything to House or Senate bills!

But that would make the  job of Congress more complicated wouldn’t it?  And Tea Partiers want less government don’t they?


Muscling Up to Prevent Diabetes Type II

Interesting study appears to be showing that muscle beats Diabetes Type II!

We all know American’s have a problem with obesity.  ( I know it!)  But new evidence is suggesting that you might not have to drop the pounds in order to be fit, at least where Diabetes is concerned.  Just gaining muscle seems to decrease the chances that someone will develop the illness.

Here is some information from USA Today

For the study, published online Thursday and in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, researchers analyzed data from 13,644 adults who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III (NHANES III) to determine whether there was a correlation between higher levels of muscle mass and lower levels of insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.

After controlling for age, race and other factors, the scientists found that for each 10% increase in the skeletal muscle index — the ratio of muscle mass to total body weight — there was a corresponding 11% reduction in insulin resistance and a 12% decrease in pre-diabetes.



DVHS Listed as For Profit with PA Education

In order to have a school in a neighborhood a school provider has to be a non-profit entity. 

DVHS will be attending a formal answer session in August in North Coventry. 

Some residents may have concerns.

 2 Logan Square, Suite 1900
19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Telephone: 215-988-5488 x270
Fax Number: 215-988-5478
Email Address: David@shulicklawoffices.com
Web Site Address: http://www.dvhs.org
Contact Name: David T. Shulick, Esquire
Title: President
Business Registration: For Profit
Approval Status: Pending
Date Approved: 5/23/2001
Renewal Due: 8/15/2010


This is information readily available if you look.  Apparently unless this organization changed it’s profit status- it is still registered as ” For Profit”.

Kevin Hennessey says that “for profit” schools are not currently allowed in neighborhoods.

My information came from the approved  list of  alternative education providers in PA. 




Somalia’s Hunger

Saw some images this morning that I can’t just ignore.  In some parts of the world we are jostling for superiority and power…and in others people are hoping for food to feed their children.


In another article I saw a story today talking about fish surviving for 130 days without food in Christ Church NZ.  Really????   In the images I’m sharing here, you’ll see a human baby just a few months older who has apparently survived  for seven months with little or no food.  

I didn’t want to look.  

Heart breaking.



Facebook Doesn’t Like Web Annonymity!

Is it easier to be a troll, or to harass someone because nobody knows your name?

Randi Zuckerberg thinks so and she’s pretty important in this discussion as she’s Facebook’s marketing maven.  She was answering questions for a magazine about the future of Facebook and while there she said Annonymity has to go!

Here is a bit of the story from the Daily Mail-

Mrs Zuckerberg argued the end of on-line anonymity could help curb the trend of trolling and harassment on the web.

Speaking at a Marie Claire panel discussion on social media, she said: ‘ I think anonymity on the Internet has to go away.

‘People behave a lot better when they have their real names down. … I think people hide behind anonymity and they feel like they can say whatever they want behind closed doors.’

So there!





FEDS in Space!

This post is about two things; both having to do with space!

First I’ll tell you about a near earth comet that scientists didn’t know was tracking us!  It seems that there were some meteor showers in February that buzzed the planet unexpectedly.  These “star breadcrumbs” came from the Draconis galaxy and so they are being referred to as February Eta Draconids- thus FEDS.

Secondly I’m going to tell you about the space station and Russia’s plans to dump it in the ocean in 2020.  When that news hit the web people were worried about Russia’s plans.  But then when you pay a little more attention it seems that the international space station wasn’t meant to last till 2020.  So saying it’s going to be shut down and allowed to drift out of it’s orbit at that date is nothing to be surprised about.  And to be accurate, Russia expects its life to be extended till about 2028.

By then we expect to have several platforms in space for reaching the Moon and Mars.  So if you hear anyone saying that there isn’t a future for astronauts then just tell them that there certainly is but exploring space is going to be less about governments spending on space and more about private companies venturing out there.

Here is a bit of the story on Russia’s plans from MSNBC:

Until a couple of years ago, the space station partners were working on the assumption that the 500-ton space station would have to be shut down and taken out of orbit in 2016. At the time, the partners were working out a plan that would put the station down in the Pacific just five or six years after its completion. But then the Obama White House revised NASA’s space vision to extend the station’s lifetime to at least 2020, providing an orbital testbed for future exploration.

NASA will have to rely on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft to transport astronauts to and from the space station for the next few years, while commercial ventures develop space taxis for NASA’s future use. NASA also plans to move ahead with the development of an Orion exploration spaceship and a heavy-lift launch system for going beyond Earth orbit.

In the “Good Morning Russia” interview, Davydov speculated that a future space station could be built as a platform for trips to the moon or Mars. And he noted that Russia, like the United States, was working on a new type of spaceflight system that will have “reusable elements on a level considerably higher than today’s.”

“We calculate that after 2015 we will also begin to test a qualitatively new ship,” Davydov said.

He was asked which country would be the first to come out with a new spaceship for exploration. “Let us compete,” Davydov answered.


Postal Closings

The Post Office is closing, or preparing to close some offices in the US.  The list is actually pretty big.  I think there were close to 4,000 offices.

I checked the list and I found it was mostly offices in Philly from our area.  I did read about the Norristown branch possibly being one of the offices ( Bridgeport), but when I looked on the actual Post Office site that didn’t seem to be listed.

So, freel free to use your local post office. 




Cancer’s Greater Risk For Farm Children?

I was sad to read a study over at a Scottish newspaper ( Scotsman) about a New Zealand study that looked at cancer risk for children who lived on farms.

It seems that children who were on livestock farms were more likely to develop cancer than children who were being raised on crop farms. 

This of course was a study in NZ, and while it’s something worth noting I don’t know whether the stats are similar in the US.

I just thought it was worth posting here, not because I want to frighten people, but it’s the kind of thing parents might want to know!

Here is some of the article-

Children who grow up on farms where animals are kept are much more likely to develop cancer, according to a new study.
Youngsters raised on chicken farms are three times more likely to develop blood cancers later in life, claims the research.

The overall risk of diseases such as leukaemia, multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 22 per cent higher for those raised on any type of livestock farm.

Scientists say exposure to particular types of virus in childhood may alter the immune system response – so increasing the risk of blood cancer as an adult.

Dr Andrea Mannetje, of Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand, and colleagues said: “It has repeatedly been observed that work as a farmer is associated with an increased risk of haematological cancers, but it is not known whether growing up on a farm also plays a role