Saturday, August 31, 2013

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'Extreme Homes': Thirteen-Level 'Treehouse'

Not bad, not bad at all---but now I want a 16 level treehouse on 66 acres

this treehouse is simply totally amazing......take the time to watch the video......
you will want one too


Joe Arpaio: Monitor Will Oversee Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s new monitor will be keeping an eye on the sheriff’s office. U.S District Judge Murray Snow ordered a monitor to oversee the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office operations. The person will report any discrimination or racist activities to the court.

Judge Snow pointed out that the monitor will not have the power to interfere with police business. However, they are tasked with reporting discrimination against Hispanics.  As reported by AZ Central, Judge Snow ruled that the sheriff’s office is guilty of racial profiling against Hispanics. However, he has delayed his final finding.  Snow is expected to make his final ruling by the end of September. In the meantime, Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s monitor will be reporting any rights violations.

During Friday’s hearing, the prosecution and defense agreed that Maricopa County deputies would receive yearly sensitivity training. The sheriff’s office also agreed to assess record keeping and organization within the department.

The class action lawsuit against Joe Arpaio started in 2007 with the arrest of a Hispanic man. The man was detained for nine hours despite the fact that he was in the United States legally.

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Funny cat gets caught breaking into a drawer.

......................poor kitty, he knows he's guilty as he*l............


This Drug Could Save Thousands Of Lives A Year, So Why Aren't We Using It?

The national drug overdose epidemic has been steadily on the rise for nearly 20 years. From 1999 to 2010, deaths surged a colossal 102 percent. And while overdoses kill more people each year than either cars or guns, the debate over what can be done to address the disturbing trend often gets overshadowed by noisier killers.

On Saturday, the 13th annual International Overdose Awareness Day, drug policy reform advocates and those affected by overdoses will gather around the world, putting solutions front and center.

One such solution is naloxone, a prescription-only opiate reversal drug that has already been used to save thousands of lives. Supporters say it could easily save thousands more if it was more widely distributed. Opiate-based prescription drugs and heroin account for the vast majority of overdose deaths, making the debate around naloxone particularly critical.

On its own, naloxone isn't controversial. It was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration in 1971. It's non-addictive, non-toxic, fairly cheap and easy to administer through nasal or intravenous application. Studies have been found that naloxone is capable of reducing overdose deaths by as much as 50 percent when paired with proper training and distribution.

The New York Times explained how naloxone works to counter an overdose in a recent story about a New York state effort to more widely distribute the generic drug:

Opioids function in the body by attaching to specific proteins, called opioid receptors. When opioids attach, the body relaxes and breathing slows. But too much of an opioid can cause respiration to slow to a lethal level.  Naloxone acts by competing with opioids for the receptor sites, essentially pushing the opioids out of the way and reversing the effects of the drugs.

Despite the effectiveness of naloxone, many states have yet to adopt measures that would remove obstacles to distributing the drug to addicts, family members and first responders. The Fix, a website that covers addiction and recovery, explained opposition to naloxone as a "moral discomfort among drug warriors who apparently feel that the wages of drug use should be death." Many of the drug's critics claim that increasing access to naloxone will only encourage increasingly dangerous drug use, though studies have not been able to confirm this hypothesis. Proponents are quick to point out that any risks associated with naloxone would be minimal compared with the alternative -- death.

Question #17 From The Interview

((sorry, with all the health issues and stuff I have gotten away from posting parts of the interview on my struggles with transitioning.  Here we go with question 17--alexis))

17) How were the doctors that took care of you? Did they try to talk you out of it?

My doctors have all been able to accept my decision. I am certain that some were skeptical of the idea when they first received one of those 250 information letters prior to my initial transition from living as a male to living full-time as a female.  And, as I mentioned earlier, I was able to get several letters of support for my decision to have the surgery from various physicians to present to my SRS surgeon.  I think that my doctors, like many others, are interacting with a transgender person for the first time in their lives, and are learning from it.  One doctor had known about my situation previously, and had prescribed a low dosage of estrogen, but when I sought additional and higher dosages, he was not willing to do that, and so I then had to find a doctor who would do that. I was referred to a certain gynecologist by a friend at work (your mother, actually, Amber), and I was able to work well with this new physician. Ironically, this choice of doctors has been very beneficial, as I now actually have a need to see a gynecologist from time to time. None of my doctors have ever tried to talk me out of it, and I believe that they have been able to see that I am quite comfortable in my new gender, and sex.

While we are on the subject of doctors, let’s talk about a few other things.  When I go to see one of my doctors, they have to decide how to have any tests analyzed, particularly the sex-specific tests.  For example, though I have had the surgery, I still have the same lungs, so when I go in for pulmonary function tests, they still need to be analyzed buy the computer as if I were still a male.  If the test is run with me listed as a female, the results look so much better, but not realistic.  I also think it’s going to be interesting if I ever develop prostate problems, as I am sure the computer at the insurance company will reject the claim simply because women do not have prostates (or at least not many).  There are also some gynecological tests that I do not need, or require as often, simply because the current SRS capabilities do not allow the successful transplantation of the female sexual reproductive organs into another person-----which I regret so much.  I would love to be able to have those dreaded monthly periods, and to get pregnant, but that’s another story in itself.  I know a lot of girls will say I am crazy for wanting the periods, but for myself, and others like me………………we truly want to be able to be 100% female---in all ways.  It has been a wish and hope we have held for so many years, and currently all we can do is come close, but not quite be what we truly aspire to achieve.  Though I have had the operation, in some respects I still can not escape my male past………………which I can understand, but still consider unfortunate.  But, on the other hand, where I am now is a major improvement on where I was even say 10 years ago.

The Top 10 Cities In The World

1. Melbourne, Australia: Australia's second city may not have the glamour of Sydney, but its colonial heritage and multicultural dynamism more than compensates.

2. Vienna, Austria: The former Habsburg capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire retains the architectural grandeur of its powerful rulers. Their legacy forms most of Vienna's tourist attractions, from palaces to museums, complemented by an overlay of outstanding Secessionist buildings and a still-dynamic cultural scene.

3. Vancouver, Canada: The largest city in British Columbia has long lured filmmakers, drawn by its dazzling Pacific location.

4. Toronto, Canada: Start at the Toronto Music Garden on the shores of Lake Ontario, designed by the cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who was invited by the City of Toronto to map a garden on the theme of Bach's first cello suite.

5. Calgary, Canada: The largest city in Canada's Alberta province packs a punch with contemporary galleries, independent shops and thriving nightlife

Add c5. Adelaide, Australia: The city was laid out by Colonel William Light, with a green belt of 1,700 acres of parkland separating the city from its suburbs.aption

7. Sydney, Australia: Sydney is one of those places where you may feel you know the city already, with key famous landmarks like the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge

8. Helsinki, Finland: Helsinki comes alive when the temperature soars, the brief window of the Nordic summer fomenting a party spirit in Finland's capital. Between June and August, the sun scarcely seems to set on a metropolis that ranks as continental Europe's northernmost capital.

9. Perth, Australia: Cooler days and autumn colours make this a favourite time to experience the vibrant life of the state capital of Western Australia and one of the world's most isolated cities, currently booming on the back of the state's mineral wealth.

10. Auckland, New Zealand: The capital of the north island of New Zealand, it is the most populated urban part of the country.

Beef & Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Bakeyummy

Low Carb Beef and Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Bake!


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, choppedsquash Bake

1 carrot, shredded
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 lb minced ground beef
1 (24 ounce) can prepared low-carb spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon oregano

1 large spaghetti squash
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat oil in large pan; cook onion, garlic, carrot and celery, stirring often until onion and celery are clear. Add hamburger and cook until no pink remains. Drain, then add sauce, and oregano and simmer, covered, about 15 mins or until mixture has thickened slightly. While beef mixture is simmering, cut the squash in half and carefully remove the seeds. Be sure to cut around the edge so you don't cut into the squash itself. Place face down in microwaveable casserole dish, add 1 inch of water and cover. Microwave on high for approx 10 minutes, or until it begins to soften. (Alternately, you can cook the same way in the oven for 30 min). Let cool and carefully remove inside of squash with fork or spoon. It will look a lot like cooked spaghetti and come out in strands.

Let squash strands drain well. Stir spaghetti squash into beef mixture, then spoon into an ovenproof dish and sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 15 mins or until browned slightly. Top with Parmesan and season with salt and pepper to taste when serving.


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GERMANY: Police storm homeschool class, take children by force

The Wunderlich family, with Michael Farris of the HSLDA
Four children, ages 7 to 14, have been forcibly taken from their Darmstadt, Germany, home by police armed with a battering ram, and their parents have been told they won’t see them again soon, all over the issue of homeschooling, according to a stunning new report from the Home School Legal Defense Association.

HSLDA, the world’s premiere advocate for homeschoolers, said the family of Dirk and Petra Wunderlich has battled for several years Germany’s World War II-era requirement that all children submit to the indoctrination programs in the nation’s public schools.

The shocking raid was made solely because the parents were providing their children’s education, HSLDA said. The organization noted the paperwork that authorized police officers and social workers to use force on the children contained no claims of mistreatment.

“The children were taken to unknown locations,” HSLDA said. “Officials ominously promised the parents that they would not be seeing their children anytime soon.”

The raid, which took place Thursday at 8 a.m. as the children were beginning their day’s classes, has been described by observers as “brutal and vicious.”

A team of 20 social workers, police and special agents stormed the family’s home. HSLDA reported a Judge Koenig, who is assigned to the Darmstadt family court, signed an order authorizing the immediate seizure of the children by force.

“Citing the parents’ failure to cooperate ‘with the authorities to send the children to school,’ the judge also authorized the use of force ‘against the children’ … reasoning that such force might be required because the children had ‘adopted the parents’ opinions’ regarding homeschooling and that ‘no cooperation could be expected’ from either the parents or the children,” HSLDA said.

Dirk Wunderlich told the homeschool group: “I looked through a side window and saw many people, police and special agents, all armed. They told me they wanted to come in to speak with me. I tried to ask questions, but within seconds, three police officers brought a battering ram and were about to break the door in, so I opened it.”

His narration continued: “The police shoved me into a chair and wouldn’t let me even make a phone call at first. It was chaotic as they told me they had an order to take the children. At my slightest movement the agents would grab me, as if I were a terrorist. You would never expect anything like this to happen in our calm, peaceful village. It was like a scene out of a science fiction movie. Our neighbors and children have been traumatized by this invasion.”


This is so fast and so easy!!!

1 chicken breasts
1 Tablespoons olive oil

Juice of a lemon (or real lemon)
pinch of dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 flat bread
Light sour cream (I use plain greek yogurt)
1 tomato, sliced
1 red onion, sliced
Handful of torn lettuce leaves


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Omg- this looks amazing!!! Don't let the Avocado fool you...This is the best I have ever tasted!!

4 Ripe avocados
½ cup cocao powder

2 cups coconut milk
3 ripe banana’s
2 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt

Place all in a food processor until smooth.
Top with Raspberries, strawberries and coconut flakes.

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A few facts you can drop on your friends this weekend to sound smart (25 Photos)



Why I am Divorced?

Last week was my birthday and I didn't feel very well waking up on that morning. 

I went downstairs for breakfast
Hoping my husband would be pleasant and say,
'Happy Birthday!',
And possibly have a small present for me.

As it turned out,
He barely said good morning,
Let alone ' Happy Birthday.'

I thought...... Well, that's marriage for you,
But the kids.... They will remember.

My kids came bounding down stairs to breakfast
And didn't say a word..

So w hen I left for the office, 
I felt pretty low and somewhat despondent..

As I walked into my office,
My handsome Boss Rick, said,
'Good Morning, lady,
And by the way
Happy Birthday! '

I felt a little better
That at least someone had remembered.

I worked until one o'clock ,
When Rick knocked on my door

And said, 'You know,
it's such a beautiful day outside,
And it is your birthday,
What do you say we go out to lunch,
Just you and me.....'

I said, 'Thanks, Rick,
that's the greatest thing
I've heard all day. Let's go!'

We went to lunch.
But we didn't go where we normally would go.
He chose instead a quiet bistro
With a private table.
We had two martinis each
And I enjoyed the meal tremendously.

On the way back to the office,
Rick said, 'You know,
it's such a beautiful day...
We don't need to go straight back to the office,
Do we?'
I responded, 'I guess not.
What do you have in mind?'

He said, 'Let's drop by my place,
it's just around the corner.'

After arriving at his house,
Rick turned to me and said,

If you don't mind,
I'm going to step into the bedroom
For just a moment.
I'll be right back.'

'Ok.' I nervously replied.

He went into the bedroom and, 

He came out carrying a huge birthday cake .....
Followed by my husband
My kids, and dozens of my friends
And co-workers, all singing 'Happy Birthday'.

And I just sat there....

On the couch......


Iowa Fight Song - Korean Kinder----by Dave Beck

the Iowa fight song being taught to Korean kids


Roasted Garlic Mushrooms

Roasted Garlic Mushrooms

16 even-sized open cup mushrooms, stalks cut level
3 tbsp corn or vegetable oil

75g unsalted butter, softened
3 cloves garlic, chopped very finely
2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
50g fresh breadcrumbs

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6. Lightly fry the mushrooms, cap-side down, in hot oil for 20 seconds.
Arrange the mushrooms in a shallow roasting tin with the stalks facing upwards.

Mix together the butter, garlic, thyme, lemon juice and seasoning. Spoon a little garlic butter on to each mushroom, then lightly press the breadcrumbs on top. Either refrigerate for later use, or cook immediately in the oven for 10 minutes.

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Military Strike On Syria: Obama, Clinton Opposed Unilateral Presidential Action

'The president does not have power under the Constitution'

Although a military strike on Syria appears likely, then-Senators Obama and Clinton strongly opposed any presidentially ordered military action without approval from Congress when there was no evidence of an immediate threat of an attack on our shores.

The New York Times reports that President Obama is prepared to move forward with a “limited military strike on Syria” without an endorsement from Congress or the United Nations. In its ongoing civil war, the Bashar Assad regime is accused of deploying poison gas against the Al Qaeda-linked opposition. As we have reported, a US cruise missile attack against Syria may be imminent.

Earlier today, British Prime Minister David Cameron failed to get parliament to go along with a war resolution for a military strike on Syria.

Barack Obama had a far different view on such military action before he took office. This was in the content of President George W. Bush considering a preemptive bombing raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities. In an interview, the Illinois senator and then-presidential candidate said “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

Similarly, then-Sen. Clinton echoed those sentiments: “If the country is under truly imminent threat of attack, of course the President must take appropriate action to defend us. At the same time, the Constitution requires Congress to authorize war. I do not believe that the President can take military action — including any kind of strategic bombing — against Iran without congressional authorization.”

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada'

A delicious Weight Watcher friendly chicken enchilada that is full of flavor and low in points!

Prep Time
30 min

Cook Time
30 min

Total Time
1 hr

Serves 10

10 low-fat flour tortillas (use whatever kind suits your eating plan)
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 cup salsa verde
2 cups cooked black beans
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour (can use whole wheat or almond flour)
2 cups non-fat chicken stock
1 cup low-fat sour cream ( I would use Greek yogurt)
4 oz diced green chile
1 tbsp salt (I would use Sea Salt)
1 tbsp pepper
1 cup reduced-fat Monterrey jack cheese ( I would use unprocessed cheese)

Preheat oven to 350
Prepare a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray
In a bowl mix chicken and 1 cup salsa verde together
Divide chicken, black beans & cilantro between 10 tortillas and roll up and place seam side down in pan
In a saucepan melt butter
Stir in flour and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until smooth
Add in chicken stock and whisk until smooth
Heat over medium heat to a boil and cook additional 3-4 minutes until it is thick and bubbly
Reduce heat to low and stir in sour cream, green chile's, salt, pepper and remaining salsa verde
Pour over enchiladas and top with cheese
Bake for 25-30 minutes until cheese is browned and bubbly.


1 Enchilada is only 5 WW+ points!!
Calories: 148 Total Fat: 9.3 g Saturated Fat: 5.2 g Trans Fat: 0.1 g Cholesterol: 22.9 mg
Sodium: 1296.4 mg Total Carbs: 8.8 g Dietary Fiber: 0.6 g Sugars: 4.5 g Protein: 6.6 g

Among Syrian Opposition, Mixed Feelings About U.S. Missile Plan

fearless leader

BEIRUT -- As the U.S. continues to ramp up its plans to target the Syrian military with cruise missile strikes, Syrian citizens and opposition figures have voiced a mix of optimism and deep concern about what may happen aftermath of a bombing raid.
The Obama administration has indicated that it is in the final stages of planning a limited strike, using cruise missiles, against a series of Syrian military targets in response to last Wednesday's apparent chemical weapons attack that the U.S. says left more than a thousand civilians dead. On Friday, the administration released an intelligence report that it said pointed to proof that chemical weapons had been deployed, and that the regime was culpable.

It is exactly the sort of intervention that many Syrian opposition groups have called for, but not everyone is so enthusiastic about the consequences. 

Abdulkader al Dhon, a Syrian human rights activist who now lives in Turkey but travels regularly to his home country, said on Friday that many people he speaks with are worried that the U.S. war plan could spiral into a larger conflict.

"They are afraid," he told The Huffington Post by Skype. "They say that if this attack will be just for a few places in Damascus, maybe the big military bases, that's OK. But we don't want to open a new war for the next year. That would be terrible."

It's a view matched by a number of news reports in recent days, including a Tuesday Wall Street Journal article that quoted several skeptical rebel leaders along the Turkey-Syria border.

"The regime might use the attacks and say: 'we are victims,'" Col. Ahmed Hamada, a rebel military leader, said in the report. "They could grow more powerful."

In Beirut, a Syrian activist and analyst who stays in close contact with friends and allies in Damascus and elsewhere told HuffPost Friday that he was "surprised by the attitudes" of some of his friends in light of the U.S. plans. 

"Even some of the ones who are extremely anti-regime, they were still anti-intervention," said the analyst, who asked to remain anonymous. "A lot of them see the whole thing as hypocritical: they feel like the West doesn't start thinking about a serious solution to their problem until it starts to see it as a threat to their own national security."

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The Best Card Trick Ever-------

 The Best Card Trick Ever performed by James Galea at The 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala. 

This is a really cool card trick and I love how smoothly he pulled it off. I’m sure there’s an easy explanation to how he he did this card trick but to me it doesn’t matter as I simply like the performance and the comedy style he delivered it in. If you like this card trick and want to see a similar one watch Sam The Bellhop.


This conductor wields amazing powers over his band (Video)

this is actually pretty cool.............


The Great Rip-Off

A cab driver scammed an 18-year-old student from China who was heading from O'Hare International Airport to the Champaign campus of the University of Illinois. When the student arrived at the airport, the driver told him that his bus was not coming and that his only alternative was a taxi ride. The man reportedly offered the unnamed student a ride for $1,000. Then, upon arriving at the student’s dorm in Champaign, IL, the driver allegedly demanded $4,200.

Now, University of Chicago officers are working with police to track down the cab driver who tricked the student. Typically, a cab ride from Chicago to Champaign should cost $300, which is about 14 times less than what the student paid.

Some Great Photography

Like many other, I really do enjoy a good photograph or two.  When I was checking out my local weather this morning, I came upon a series of about 35 images that were picked as "the best" entries submitted in the Red Bull Photo Contest.  I've picked a dozen out and will post them here.  Remember, click on the image if you wish to enlarge it..... 

OK, so I added a few others just for the heck or it