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Delegating Responsibility

I have often wondered why people, especially people who are in business for themselves, actually HATE to hire other small business people.

It seems that the average small business owner thinks that they can do it all. Well maybe they can, but can they do it as well as a professional in that field?

Chances are that if you told them that YOU could do what they do just as well, then they would laugh at you, knowing the endless hours and dedication they have put into becoming a professional at what they do.

In prior decades, this "I can do it" syndrome seemed to apply mostly to men, but lately, women have acquired the same paradoxical syndrome.

Why?

Perhaps it's because they don't feel appreciated or properly recognized for their business achievements. Perhaps they're just tight-wads.

I once knew a man with above average income who refused to pay for lawn care, even though it was known to be detrimental to his health to continue to cut the lawn himself.

Sadly, he died …

Evolution Theory Mystery

I look at the theory of evolution for mankind sort of like a made for TV movie that is fictionalized, but based on factual structure for the basic theme and outcome of the story. Why? Because we still have too many missing steps to conclude that man indeed is evolved from an ape-like creature.

One of the logical problems I have with this theory is that the ape-like creatures remain, pretty much in tact from their origins. Other species have tended to evolve in order to survive, abandoning their former form completely.

In the study of human origins, paleoanthropology stares in frustration back to a dark age from three million to less than two million years ago. The missing mass in this case is the unfound fossils to document just when and under what circumstances our own genus Homo emerged.


The fact is that no homo fossils have been found that conclusively prove the evolution theory as it pertains to mankind. The Homo doesn't appear until about 200,000 years ago.

Hmmm... So why do w…

Global Warming in Alaska

Polar bears are doomed to extinction in Alaska.

Global warming is causing their demise.

It's too late to stop it but hopefully, we will still try.

By the year 2050, government scientists predict that their population will be decreased by two thirds.

That's a moderate guess.

The White House has no comment.

"As the sea ice goes, so goes the polar bear," said Steven Amstrup, lead biologist for the survey team.

The report was released as President George W. Bush was in Australia meeting with Asian leaders to try to agree on a strategy to address global warming. Bush will be host to major industrial nations in Washington this month to discuss the framework for a treaty on climate change.

Even in the unlikely event that all the major economies were to agree to rapid and drastic reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, the floating Arctic ice cap will continue to shrink at a rapid pace for the next 50 years, wiping out much of the bears' habitat.



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Obesity

Fat people are poor.

Can you believe it?

Now they've done a study to compare the obesity rate to the neighborhood you live in.

Result?

The most deprived neighborhoods had a rate of 30% obesity, while the rich neighborhoods only had a 5% rate of obesity.

This distinction was more apparent in the south.

So how does this income level affect children? I guess it depends on the age of the child, but my children didn't notice things like money until they were at least 11 or 12, and even then the acknowledgement was minimal.

Whatever the reason, two-thirds of adults and 25 million children are obese or overweight in the US.

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Fat Virus

Yep, you read it right. They have discovered that one of the reasons some people become obese is due to a virus.

Lab tests showed that exposure to adenovirus-36 (Ad-36), which causes respiratory and eye infections, also causes stem cells to develop into fat cells.

Ad-36 stimulates human adult stem cells to become pre-fat cells and store more fat. Not only do they store fat, but they actually do it faster!

And... Ad-36 is much more prevalent among obese people than thin people.

This could be HUGE (no pun intended)!

Imagine what a difference a vaccine or antibiotic could make for those who are affected by this virus, which causes them to gain weight through no fault of their own.

The researchers also identified a gene in the Ad-36 virus known as E4Orfl, that appears to be directly responsible for the promotion of fat growth. The identification of this gene provides a target for future anti-obesity therapies, the team said.

Oh happy day!

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Researchers Cite Health Risks

Early to bed, early to rise
makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise?

Not so, according to a recent study which showed that those who rose early were at higher risk of cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension and stroke.

This same study also concludes that sleep deprivation puts additional stress on the heart, also leading to cardiovascular disease and even death.

Full story at Yahoo.

Another study found that people with depression are generally in worse health than those suffering from chronic diseases such as arthritis, asthma, angina and diabetes.

Plus, if the depressed person has another chronic condition, the depression will make it worse.

Depression effects health more than the chronic conditions.

Interesting, since our government now only allows mental health benefits to those who are suicidal or psychotic, posing a threat or danger to themselves or others.

What does that mean for our future?

Preventive medicine MUST become a priority in this nation.

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Young People Love God

The AP released an article last night that covered the results of a poll which was taken back in April of this year, 2007.

The majority of teens and young people ages 13 to 24 place God at a high priority for leading a happy life.

Tolerance of other faiths was also impressive among America's youth.

Some major newspapers reported on the poll, as well as all of the typical media moguls, but the article was posted at night, as opposed to during the day when more people would have noticed.

Due to the AP copyright message I have seen everywhere, I guess I can't list any specifics, but I can direct you to the article itself...

God Vital To Young Americans

Health Care in Canada

FYI: Canada proudly has one of the highest life expectancies (about 80 years) and lowest infant mortality rates of industrialized countries, which many attribute to Canada's health care system.

Canada's health care system is a group of socialized health insurance plans that provides coverage to all Canadian citizens. It is publicly funded and administered on a provincial or territorial basis, within guidelines set by the federal government.

But now the Canadian Medical Association has recommended allowing private competition to enter its national healthcare system.

That way lies disaster, Dr. Arnold S. Relman argued last week on globeandmail.com, the online partner of The Globe and Mail in Toronto.

"If Canada were so unwise as to allow privatization to grow in its health-care system, it would sooner or later experience all of the problems driving the US system toward collapse," wrote Relman, a Harvard emeritus professor and former editor of the New England Journal of Med…

The Majority Rules

Democracy - what does it mean?
a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority
b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.

So why is it that small minority groups who scream louder than maninstream America are able to get bills and laws passed that cater to their specific interests?

What has happened to "the majority rules" point in democracy?

It's time to make our politicians and judges adhere to some accountability for the decisions they make.

If the majority of Americans are "for or against" a particular issue, do our representatives not "OWE" us the obligation of voting in our (the majority's) best interest?

Why do we continue to vote repeat offenders of "majority rule" back into the same office they so obviously abuse?

Are they following the money?

Or do they just giv…

Presidential candidates on health care

There are many important issues facing our presidential candidates. One of my top issues is their position on health care in the US. I am in favor of a universal health care plan deserving of the citizens of the richest nation on earth.

So far, Chris Dodd (D) has the best health care plan IMO. The following is from his website ... ChrisDodd.com

* The Dodd plan will create a health insurance marketplace called Universal HealthMart that is based on, and parallel to, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP).

* Individuals and businesses will contribute to Universal HealthMart based on their ability to pay.

* Coverage will be portable -- insurance purchased in Universal HealthMart will follow individuals.

My comment: Pefect. Simple. Easy to implement because it already exists in every state in the US for Federal employees.

As for the other Democratic candidates:

Biden (D) wants to insure everyone 18 and under which is not acceptable.

Hillary Clinton (D) isn't sure how she's…

Living Longer

I hear it all the time - we're living longer.

Guess what?

"A baby born in the United States in 2004 will live an average of 77.9 years. That life expectancy ranks 42nd, down from 11th two decades earlier, according to international numbers provided by the Census Bureau and domestic numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics."

Yep, we rank 42 in the world!!

Sadly, the richest country in the world does not provide enough resources and attention to the health of its citizenry.

Let's see, cigarette smoking is down at very good rates from 10 years ago, yet we still do not live as long as we should?

Could we be poisoning ourselves with gas fumes?

What about other forms of air pollution? Asthma is on the rise, but cigarette smoking is not, so, I would have to assume that something else is the culprit.

Obesity, yes that's truly a problem in the US. We can take responsibility for that one ourselves, even though the FDA does not do its job properly.

How about in…

Church Funeral Denied

Would you attempt to graduate from a college you did not attend?  Ridiculous question, right?  So where is the logic behind this dilemma?A gay man who died while waiting on a heart transplant was first offered a funeral by the Church where his brother was employed as a janitor,  and then they rescinded the offer when they learned he was gay.  They did, however, offer to pay for a service elsewhere - the family did not accept. Couple of things got my attention here… first of all, why wouldn’t the family of ANY person who is not affiliated with a church simply have a service at the funeral home or graveside? Working at a Church does not make you a member of a Church, just an employee, and the employee in this case was the deceased's brother. Secondly, all churches have a set of rules, a doctrine, not usually created by the pastor, unless he has been with them since the beginning, which may or may not have rules regarding who can use their services. Like it or not, it is a communi…

Merv Griffin

Sadly, Merv Griffin is gravely ill following a recurrence of  prostate cancer which first struck him in 1996.  Now 82 years old, Merv is hospitalized and fighting the battle of his life.I remember as a child watching The Merv Griffin Show on TV every day.  I didn't realize at that time how influential he was on television.  I thought he was just a talk show host.  I also watched the Mike Douglas Show, but that's another story.Merv Griffin - the genius mind of television - gave us such shows as Jeopardy and  Wheel of Fortune.  There were several more shows that didn't quite make it as a hit with American viewers.  However, he has a new show coming out in the fall of 2007 - a crossword puzzle game show.Merv is also responsible for discovering the talents of Whitney Houston,  Steve Martin,  Richard Pryor,  Ryan Seacrest and his latest find, the British medium with her own TV show "Life Amongh The Dead", Lisa Williams.  Lisa is a bit different from some of the psychi…

Subliminal Hypnosis

No doubt you've heard of affirmations and subliminal hypnosis, both of which are being implemented by literally thousands of people with amazing results.  What you may not know is that we all have the ability to talk to ourselves and achieve the same result without purchasing the tools.  The only drawback to doing it yourself is that you probably will not dedicate the time each day to actually achieve your goal.  Success comes when the positive feedback is experienced for at least 20 to 30 minutes per day, every day, for at least 30 days.  Some people have testified to amazing results in less than two weeks, however, many more claim that it takes closer to a month to even begin to see the payoffs. Therefore, I highly recommend purchasing the tools, such as a CD, DVD or book to help you commit to spending that time with yourself each and every day for as long as it takes to achieve positive results. Maybe you would like to record your own voice using the affirmations.  This is ea…

Heat Wave causes Mood Swings

Ok, this might not be scientifically or psychologically proven, but oh my gosh it is so true.  Extreme heat waves can cause anger, anxiety, frustration, and every other negative emotion we humans can conjure up.The heat index here in South Carolina is 118 again today.  My little tin can has a temperature of 90 in the den and I am just about to go crazy and tell everybody that is messing with me today just exactly what I think of them.  The temperature in my dining area where my computer is located is certainly worse than 90, but my only proof is my perspiration and my mood.  I have a wet rag around my neck, and I am wearing the largest loosest sleeveless gown that I can find. Days have gone by, with more promised, that will have our heat index well above 100.  The first few days I just felt tired, then yesterday I became the clumsiest person alive - falling, stumping my little toe and nearly ripping off the nail, bumping into things, and then finally just taking respite on the sofa wi…

Back from Mexico

My 16 year old daughter just returned from a week long trip to the Baja Peninsula of Mexico, where she was helping to build houses for the homeless, playing with the children and conducting Vacation Bible Schools.She was a real trooper!First of all, she traveled alone, flying from home to San Diego, where she met up with her team.After arriving in Mexico, she became accustomed to port-a-potties, showers that consisted basically of a water hose with curtains, sleeping in tents, and being covered in sand most of the time, and... NO Mountain Dew!All jokes aside, she really found it to be a meaningful experience.  She was amazed at how happy and contented the people were, even though most of them were homeless and many of them were ill or disabled.  If you have a teen who might be interested in a missionary trip, just head over to http://www.globalexpeditions.com for more information.

Cancelling Online Payments

You would think that if a company will ACCEPT your subscription payment without a hard copy that they would also process your cancellation in the same method.

NOT SO.

Some of them want you to print out a form and fill it out (in detail) then snail mail it to them before they will cancel your account.

How ironic. They don't make sure it is actually you who starts paying them, but they want to make sure it is actually you who stops paying them.

Or...

You submit a cancelllation request form, and then wait, wait, wait...

You usually wait another month so they can milk you out of every last cent they can legally get.

I'm fed up with it all.

What happened to business ethics?

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Wire Creations

A blog of note... Bent Objects. If you haven't seen this guy's work, you need to. It's simply amazing.

The one I like best is called "Kite" and was posted in May... Here's the link.

They say a picture paints a thousand words...

This man is a true artist; his wire creations definitely speak thousands of words and aptly represent conditions of today's society, humor and politics.

Take a look, you'll be glad you did.

He even offers a brief tutorial on how to create art with wire.

Freedom

Listening to Lee Greenwood's song, "God Bless the USA," has stirred more than a little patriotism in my heart today of all days, July 4th.

I cannot understand the ramblings of those so opposed to helping our brothers and sisters in other countries get on the road to true freedom.

As we help them achieve freedom from dictators, tyrants, murderers and masters, we not only help them, but we ensure our own freedom.

The only true path to safety on this land is to provide safety in other lands.

I stumbled across another blogger today, from Iraq, and found his insights quite moving, as I am sure many of you will.

General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker will present their report about the situation in Iraq, military and political, at some point in September.

One thing I hope the decision-makers and the media do when they read the report is to not isolate the war in Iraq from the war on terror and al-Qaeda as a whole, and at the same time put in mind the difference between war and …

Take over

Iraqi medical students (40%) are wanting to leave Iraq after graduation, so the government has decided they will not issue the certifications so the students will be forced to stay!

These students feel that there is no way to change Iraq.

Sometimes I just wish we would take over the country entirely since they obviously have no idea what democracy is and don't appear to have the inclination to learn.

We could make them a self-governing commonwealth just like Puerto Rico.

Same goes with Mexico - take over and send someone down there to run the place.

That would solve the oil problem, which is the real reason we can't or won't enforce immigration laws. It would also solve their employment issues, as we could build companies down there yet force them to pay minimum wage just like in the states.

I know it sounds crazy, but in the long run, wouldn't it be cheaper, safer and provide a better future for them as well as us?

Call me crazy or call me logical?

What do you think?

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Whiter Teeth

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President Bush Job Rating

So glad to see that America is waking up and smelling the decay of our government and freedoms.

In a recent poll, President Bush's job rating approval hit a new low at just 29 percent.

That's no surprise, everybody is always bashing Bush, which is sad.

The good news is that people are starting to notice the performance of the Democratic Congress.

Only 23 percent of pollees approve of the job the democratic congress is doing.

"Also, 68 percent of Americans think the country is on the wrong track, while just 19 percent say it's on the right track.

That's the lowest number in 15 years."

Read the Full Report at CBN.com

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Metabolism

My Mother lived to be 80. She was still living on her own, driving herself around, and appeared to be handling her health problems very well.

She had heart disease (quadruple bypass in her sixties) and asthma. Her hesitance to call for help during an asthma attack is what led to her death.

However, she did not have diabetes or high blood pressure.

I am trying to take notice of her healthy living strategies to improve my own life. She was in better shape at 80 than I am at 53! Her metabolism was high. She was always busy; I wondered how she thought of so many things to do!

Here are some of the things she taught me...

1.   Always eat breakfast - ALWAYS
Research has now proven that breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day. It "breaks the fast" as my Mother used to say.

2.  Eat a banana a day
The banana is rich in potassium, and helps keep blood pressure regulated.

3.  Exercise
Now my Mom couldn't do much, but she had a bicycle in the house, and a …

Scare Tactics

Wow. This is a perfect example of how a media headline can deliver a false alarm, scaring the public needlessly. Why do publishers resort to scare tactics to get you to read a not so interesting article?

Cruise Ships Viral Infections on the Rise

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention and recently announced that a little over 5 people out of every 1000 cruises (not people) will develop viral gastroenteritis. Hmmm. Is that figure scary? NO!

What is interesting though, is that cruise ship travel has increased a whopping 600% in the last 20 years.

Back then, there was less than 1 incident on average out of every 1000 cruises.

Researchers recommended that travelers wash hands frequently, in particular after coming into contact with public surfaces such as elevator buttons and door handles.

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Free Speech in Church

Seems our legislators may have forgotten the meaning of free speech. There is a bill now on the table that will take away free speech - telling preachers what they cannot say from the pulpit.

Specifically, any negative statement regarding homosexuality will be considered a hate crime if this bill passes.

Personally, we don't talk about such matters in our church, and I don't really want to hear such talk from the pulpit. None the less, it is NOT the government's duty to monitor pastor's sermons.

That is definitely an infringement on freedom of religion and free speech.

If someone is offended by a pastor, they can simply leave, never to darken that church's doors again.

A pastor's sermon, even though it may be misguided sometimes, is still his right as a pastor, and as long as no individual person is targeted, nor any riots planned or encouraged, I do not see how it can be considered a "hate crime" by any stretch of the imagination!!

We must start monit…

Religion Kills

I read an interview of Christopher Hitchens concerning his recent book "God is Not Great" at TruthDig.com. While he made some interesing points, he left out a couple of important points pertaining to faith and why we as individuals and nations kill others.

First off, I must take issue with his definition of faith as only being related to dogma, which is not accurate. He says you can't have faith in science and reason because they are not dogma. However, dogma is defined as "An authoritative principle, belief, or statement of ideas or opinion, especially one considered to be absolutely true." So dogma would include science and reason, if you consider them to absolutely true. As a matter of fact, since God created science and gave us a mind of reason, they are also part of my own belief system.

Faith, by definition is...
1) Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
(My comment: Therefore, your faith CAN be in reason and…

Audrey Hepburn

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God

How do we know God is real?

I read posts daily denouncing his existence because there is no literal tangible proof, so I want to explain my belief as logically as I can.

How do you know the wind is real?

You can't see the wind, yet you know it exists.

Why?

You can feel it, you can hear it, and you can see the effects of it.

I know God in a similar way.

I have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit, I have heard his thoughts which have come to me in times of prayer as I was seeking direct guidance, and I have been the target of many of His blessings that can only be explained by His divine intervention of putting a suggestion or thought into another person's spirit to help me ...

These events are need specific and documented.

Such as needing $300 before the day ends - miracle completed.

The roof of my car leaked. I had no carport. The leaking was causing odor, mildew, etc., not to mention damaging the interior. I prayed for God to fix it - He did.

I needed a car to drive while waiting…

Victims

I just read the following blog post at Digg...

"Allan Stokke defended a cop who jerked off on a stripper during a routine traffic stop. He also defended a sheriff's son who was convicted of participating in a videotaped gang-rape. But he was offended when his daughter Allison Stokke was turned into internet sex icon."

This type of thinking is exactly what is wrong with our society's thinking as a whole. How many witnesses saw the cop do his dirty deed? How does the blogger KNOW the cop did it? The gang-rape was on video, so little doubt there. But isn't that the job of an attorney?

Furthermore, what part did the sherriff's son have in the gang-rape? Was he one of the rapists? Or an onlooker who did nothing to stop it? How old was the sheriff's son? How old were the others involved?

Sorry, but this is just not enough information to condemn the lawyer. Even if the lawyer defended people whom he knew to be guilty, he committed no crime (defense lawy…

Webcasting

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A few years ago, I purchased one of their dynamic websites that had all the bells and whistles, but then my marriage hit the rocks and I let it go.

This week, I have taken a look at it again, and I am literally awestruck to see the technological improvements that have been made, yet the price has not gone up!

You can literally view live webcasts and converse with the webcasters via a text box... can you imagine what this will mean f…

Paris Hilton

Poor Paris is now in jail. Ok, I get it, most of you believe that she got what she deserves. That may be, I'm not one to question the wheels of justice. However, I am surprised at the lack of sympathy for such a young woman (now 26) who was handed the world on a silver platter and then proceeded to turn it upside down.

Although I wasn't born wealthy, I would be shamed if the world knew every little thing I did between the ages of 18 and 30. Who wouldn't be? No, I didn't do drugs or participate in video sex tapes, and no - I didn't end up in jail - but none the less, I would be ashamed given my pride and upbringing, if every minute detail of my life were known.

So here's to a little sympathy for Paris. Rather than ridicule and chastise her, I am going to pray for her. She is the epitomy of the "poor little rich girl" and I would not trade places with her at any stage of her life for all the money in the world.

Paris is still young, and perhaps t…

Joining the Battle Cry

Have you ever noticed that chaos sometimes surrounds you or your group just before God is about to do something BIG?!? Well, I have had a week like that. But now, my daughter and our youth group are at Battle Cry in Virginia and they are having an awesome spiritually enlightening weekend.

You can learn more about the event at http://battlecry.com and you can keep up with the newly posted videos by visiting my You Tube site at http://www.youtube.com/bloglady.

As for this week, we had a teen couple break-up, physical problems that had to be stopped in their tracks by the Almighty, and plenty of stress. A special Wednesday evening prayer meeting worshipping, praising and seeking God's will pretty much handled everything! What a week! I'm actually excited because of the way God has shown how He can handle everything if we seek Him and keep the faith!