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Today Is THE DAY

Vote

November 6, 2012

After all the pandering, mud-slinging, accusations, whining, and so many other words the day is finally upon us. The last day to vote. I am so glad I voted early. But then again there is a bit of a let down because I am not going to stand in line at the last-minute and talking to everyone who is also anxiously awaiting to exercise our wonderful American right to cast our vote.

The good news is that I can watch people get dramatic on Facebook and do their last-minute promotion for “their” candidate. I don’t mind if people say, “Vote for So-and-So” but when they say stuff that essentially says, “You’re a moron if you don’t vote for So-and-So” then I get offended.  It’s ridiculous. I may or may not like their candidate, but I sure don’t like their attitude.

As for the election, I do have certain hopes for it. I know that anyone who has read the blog or really knows me knows what it is. I hope they understand why.  My views aren’t perfect, but they are mine. And I don’t say that others are stupid for theirs. I have prayed about the outcome and pray for our leaders. I honestly think people would do better to quit bad-mouthing so much and maybe pray a little more for their government officials.

Today is a very important day. It is a right and a privilege that Americans shouldn’t take for granted. It is the heart of our country and we need to keep democracy going! I worry about the outcome and will be on pins and needles.

Please, Americans, vote your conscience! It is your right, your privilege, and your duty as a citizen of these United States!

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Political Video

I have been offended by Mitt Romney’s statements as of late. He has dismissed 47% of the American public in a private fundraising dinner. (see the video)  Then when he was called out on it he said he spoke inelegantly (here he is back-pedaling). No, he spoke candidly and said what he really thought. Then when he realized that wasn’t a popular stance he back-pedaled. No apology. No. He meant what he said. He just didn’t mean for the whole world to hear it.

A president is supposed to look out for the good of 100% of the country. Even if you aren’t focusing on them all the time, you don’t say that in a public forum. That is denigrating and offensive.You don’t say things such as these people view themselves as victims and you can’t worry about them. I wonder if Mr. Romney has ever taken the time to speak to these people? Does he know any of their situations? Before you make assumptions about people, you need to learn about them. Don’t just assume that you know everything about them and write them off. Maybe that is part of the problem right there! Society wrote them off for so long and they feel they are worthless and they can’t do differently or don’t know how.Ever think of that? Maybe you should focus on empowering them rather than continually knocking them down. If the person who wants to be the leader of their country thinks they’re worthless, then what does everyone else think?

Know what I think about you, Mr. Romney? I think you’re an arrogant, over-priveleged, out-of-touch elitist who should take time and sit and talk with the people you disdain so much. Find out what got them in the positions they’re in. Quit being such a judgmental ass. I am appalled at your comments and outlook. I pray to God that you are not elected. You truly scare the hell out of me.

I Learned Something New

I love learning. And I will admit there is a lot I don’ t know. Today I learned new things about what I shouldn’t be feeding my cats. I know realistically I shouldn’t be feeding them junk. But it’s really hard when they beg. They’re so precious. How can I say no?  Then there is also the fact that they tag team me, too. One distracts while the other steals food.

So I went to the Foster and Smith website and found this list of things to not feed your cats. Pretty intense,  huh? I have to admit, my girls love mushrooms. They also love various vegetables such as olives, which other sites have also warned me to not feed them. They love canned tuna. Chloe absolutely will attack you for avocado and I have heard that it will kill cats. I have to constantly watch these girls! Be careful with your babies.

Items to avoid Reasons to avoid
Alcoholic beverages Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.
Baby food Can contain onion powder, which can be toxic to cats fed baby food for an extended period of time. (Please see onion below.) Can also result in nutritional deficiencies, if fed in large amounts.
Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.
Canned tuna (for human consumption) Large amounts can cause malnutrition, since it lacks proper levels of vitamins and minerals. It can also lead to thiamine deficiency (see ‘Fish’ below).
Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea and be toxic to the heart and nervous system.
Citrus oil extracts Can cause vomiting.
Dog food If accidental ingestion, will not cause a problem; if fed repeatedly, may result in malnutrition and diseases affecting the heart.
Fat trimmings Can cause pancreatitis.
Fish (raw, canned or cooked) If fed exclusively or in high amounts can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death.
Grapes, raisins and currants Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys.
Human vitamin supplements containing iron Can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys.
Macadamia nuts Contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.
Marijuana Can depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.
Milk and other dairy products Some adult cats and dogs may develop diarrhea if given large amounts of dairy products.
Moldy or spoiled food, garbage Can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs.
Mushrooms Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death.
Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder) Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less toxic than onions.
Persimmons Seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.
Raw eggs Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption ofbiotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain Salmonella.
Raw meat May contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Rhubarb leaves Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
Salt If eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances.
String Can become trapped in the digestive system; called a “string foreign body.
Sugary foods Can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus.
Table scraps (in large amounts) Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed.
Tobacco Contains nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heart beat, collapse, coma, and death.
Yeast dough Can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.

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