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10/30/2009

THE VILLAGE MALL IS CRAWLING WITH IMPERSONATORS…

Filed under: prairie musings, Shop — Peg Britton @ 12:30 pm

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BREEZING IN AND OUT OF A HOSPITAL…AGAIN.

Filed under: prairie musings, family — Peg Britton @ 10:16 am

Ally and I met with Ted Macy MD to hear his options for treatment of that nasty little cancerous growth I have going on.  My choices are a lumpectomy which would also mean radiation and chemo  (and I’m too old for that) OR a mastectomy and be done with it, except for possibly radiation as added insurance.  Jerzy, my internist here, agreed.

I opted for the latter.  Ally agreed. Everyone is on the same page.

A lot will depend on what the sentinel lymph node tests show during surgery to determine how extensive the surgery might be.  Less is better, of course.

I’m meeting with an oncologist next week so I”ll have one lined up should I need a shot of radiation.

So, the first time they could schedule all the various people involved and lay claim to a surgical room was Monday, Nov. 9th. I have to be there at 5:30 a.m. (Salina Regional) so I can sit and wait for two hours.  They will start a Sentinel Lymph Node Test   (inject dye) starting at 8:00 and surgery will be at 9:30. Todd and Ally will be hanging around keeping track of things.

I should be back with everyone by 11:00 or so, my usual groggy self. It’s very routine surgery and Ted has done a bazillion of them.  I get to stay in the hospital overnight and Ally will crash with me for a couple days until I get my legs under me again.  I’ll probably whine for awhile and wring out all the attention I can from friends and family (smile).

I may be out of commission with my blog for a few days, so I hope Mackenzie and Jesse, who know how to break and enter, will post something revolutionary, controversial and earth-shaking.

Later this afternoon I’m going to see Michael Moore’s new movie, “Capitalism: A Love Story”.  Here’s a review.  It gives us all one more thing to worry about.  It is supposed to be very good…maybe his best effort yet.

Halloween is upon us.  That brings back memories of the fun Brit and I, and our friends, had celebrating that day.  Maybe I’ll recapture some of those thoughts for a blog later today…or tomorrow.

Thanks for tuning in…

10/29/2009

MATTHEW SHEPPARD HATE CRIMES PREVENTION ACT IS NOW LAW

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 8:15 am

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The Democrats attached an amendment to the hate crimes legislation and attached it to a $680 billion defense bill that they knew had to pass.  The Senate approved the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act 68-29. The House had approved the bill earlier this month.

There have been more than 118,000 hate crimes documented by the FBI since 1991. In 2007 alone there were 7,634. It’s estimated that 16 percent of victims were targeted because of their sexual orientation.

And why wasn’t something done about this long ago?

Because of fierce opposition, primarily from religious conservatives, who have long insisted it was unnecessary. They felt that expanding federal protections to include gays and lesbians would somehow silence clergymen and others who opposed homosexuality on religious or philosophical grounds. Year after year, their allies in the Senate wielded the filibuster to block the law from passing.

Now there is teeth in the law for those charged with hate crimes based on someone else’s perceived otherness, be it the color of their skin, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation. It is a hatred that fuels a violence that terrorizes not only the victim, but others who may share similar characteristics.

And there will be money to help in the prosecution of those committing these crimes. If local jurisdictions are unable or unwilling to investigate hate crimes based on sexual orientation, the Justice Department can step in —just as it often does in racially motivated crimes.

The bill also allocates $5 million to the Justice Department to help local communities investigate hate crimes.

It’s a great day for those of us who have been waiting for this all these many years.

WHAT’S FOR BREAKFAST? RAW TURNIPS

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 7:04 am

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Michelle Vanek mentioned to me that she would have turnips for sale, once she dug them.  I said I’d take “a couple”.  Yesterday, I opened my front door to let Ringo out and Lo! and Behold!  Turnips. A chair full of huge, beautiful turnips, fresh out of the turnip patch.  I had half of one of the smaller ones this morning for breakfast….they are sweet, tender and wonderful.

Turnips cost a fortune at the grocery store and the ones I saw weren’t fit to bring home.  These are huge and beautiful, but as it turned out, selling them was too much of a chore so she decided to just give them away.

In past years, the Svaty’s frequently have had fields of turnips to give away. They would post a sign by the side of the road that said to dig your own turnips and that they were free.  I’ve thought that was a nice thing to do but wondered why they would go to all the trouble and expense for that.   Yesterday my friend Ryon, the chicken guy, who is worldly about a lot of things, told me that when farmers plant alfalfa, they include turnip seed.  The turnips germinate three days before the alfalfa causing the soil to move a bit so that all the alfalfa seeds find a spot in the soil to germinate. How very clever.  Now we all know.

Thanks to Al and Michelle Vanek, I’m supplied with turnips for the winter.  I asked how I should store them and she said to dig a hole, put the turnips in and cover them back with soil and straw.  So, what’s the next best thing to do, I asked?

I attended a hospital advisory board meeting last night, along with about 25 other county residents,  and met administrator Roger Masse for the first time. He seems like a very nice, capable guy. I found the meeting interesting.  I also went to the “diabetic” dinner and meeting last Monday night  sponsored by ECMC.  The room was packed to the rafters.  The food was very good and the speakers were interesting and informative.

The Episcopal ladies annual coffee was well attended yesterday morning. There was a wide assortment of cookies and sweet things to go with some very good coffee.  Ally and I visited with friends and enjoyed the experience very much.

My friend, the Crystal Queen, has returned from her burro ride down the Grand Canyon.  I’m sure we’ll hear about her adventures for months to come.  If she’d just take pictures, we could shorten this process considerably.  You know…a picture is worth a thousand words thing.  I think we’re in for several thousands of words.  It will be fun.

What are the dark brown, fuzzy caterpillars that are all over the countryside?  What do they grow up to be?

Ally and I are heading to Salina later this morning to meet with Dr. Ted Macy to see what plans he has in store for me.   “Conservative surgeon” is an oxymoron, but he comes as close as one can get.

I don’t know when it started raining, but when I got up at 5:00 it was coming down in noticeable fashion.  Some farmers are still trying to harvest soybeans, so this rain will add to the delay.  They should have been in months ago, but the rains have delayed that.

Some boxwood shrubs and trees have arrived downtown for planting. Our main street is going to be very attractive when they are finished with the project.

Thanks for tuning in.

10/27/2009

ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY IN KANSAS…AND FRANK REESE TURKEY ROUND UP…

Filed under: prairie musings, family, friends — Peg Britton @ 8:10 pm

It was a beautiful busy day today in central Kansas.

There were leaves on Brit’s grass. Lots of them.  We always joked with him about his lifelong obsession with leaves.  Ally was sure her dad was complaining because there were leaves on his grass, so she came today and mulched all the leaves, watered the grass and tried to drain the sprinkler system.  She’s not sure about the sprinkler system. The yard looks very nice.  She did that while her ranchette truckette was being repaired.  She hopes the new part motivates its reluctance to move.

Tomorrow I get a bone density test.  My second.  It’s about the easiest test one can have.  Thursday I see my fave surgeon who will deal with my most recent problem, breast cancer.  At least I picked the right month to have such a thing. I’ll see what my options are and go from there.  Today I filled out about 20 pages of questions from the oncologist whom I will see next week. The biopsy showed infiltrating duct cell carcinoma, Nottingham grade 2. What I have is curable so let’s get on with it.  I don’t want to miss the good food the holiday season has to offer.

I like Rachel Maddow.  She’s the only newscaster who tries absolutely to get everything absolutely right all of the time. She rarely makes a mistake, but when she does, she corrects it…and is humbled by it.  No one else that I know of has that standard of excellence.

My friend, the Crystal Queen should be home tomorrow.  She and Rich rode 20 miles on mules to enjoy the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  She said they were a little sore, but it was well worth the discomfort. They’ve had a marvelous experience.

Sunday I hope to go see the “Frank Reese Great American Turkey Ranch Round Up” in Lindsborg.  Frank, my friend Ryon and other helpers will round up over 1000 turkeys out of 12,000 to send to market.  There is nothing more perfect than a hand-raised Heritage turkey for a festive dinner.  Last year my friend, Caleb-the gentle giant, helped with the loading and was black and blue from head to toe after wrestling and lifting those big, strong busters.  It’s my plan to go and view this unusual spectacular. It has to be an opportunity of a life time.  I’ll be taking and posting pictures.

KCs has a few new items on their menu.  Karen’s Western Burger was my choice for lunch and it was very good.,.beef, cheese, crisp bacon and an onion ring on a bun.  There are other burgers and a paddy melt you might want to try.

Ringo had a busy day and is ready to be tucked in.  He’s amazing.  He settles in on his pillow at the side of my bed and stays there until I tell him it is time to rise and shine.  Good dog, that Ringo.

Thanks for tuning in…

PETITION TO GOV. PARKINSON AND LEGISLATIVE LEADERS:

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 2:42 pm

“Americans are on the brink of benefiting from substantive and meaningful health insurance reform. Unfortunately, Republican legislators in Kansas are moving quickly to opt out of the reform and deny Kansans the options that will be made available to consumers in other states. Kansans deserve the opportunity to benefit from that legislation — not failed leadership from extreme right-wing politicians looking to score cheap political points.”

If you want to sign an online petition to see that we have the same options available to us as do consumers in other states, click here.

TOPEKA-Three Kansas legislators whose own health care is paid for by taxpayers today proposed denying Kansans the ability to choose the health insurance that is best for them.  In response, Kenny Johnston, Executive Director of the Kansas Democratic Party issued the following statement:

“Before Kansans even have a chance to review the federal health insurance legislation, Peggy Mast, Brenda Landwehr, and Mary Pilcher-Cook are already moving to force Kansans to opt out of any possible reform.  Their reaction to a bill that isn’t yet law is a stunningly eager act of partisanship and hypocrisy.

Thanks to the taxpayers of Kansas, Peggy Mast, Brenda Landwehr and Mary Pilcher-Cook are the happy recipients of excellent health insurance, something they want to deny their constituents.  Last year Kansas taxpayers spent $471.50 per month providing health insurance to each of these legislators, bringing the taxpayers total cost to more than $15,000 annually[1].  If they truly want to stand on principle, they should match their words with actions by declining their taxpayer-funded health insurance and refunding the people of Kansas.

Calling their bill the “Health Care Freedom Amendment” is horribly misleading.  In reality, they’re proposing the “Freedom from Health Care Amendment.” For many Kansans these extreme right Republicans would eliminate the best hope for affordable coverage.  It’s time for Republicans to show real leadership and work towards solutions that will improve health care for all Kansans.  Just saying “no” is not a solution.”

EPISCOPAL LADIES FALL COFFEE TOMORROW FROM 9 TO 11….TRY TO ATTEND.

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 10:33 am

“A HEALTHY SOCIETY CARES FOR ALL—WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO CARE FOR ALL.”

Filed under: friends, political musings — Peg Britton @ 9:21 am

My friend, Susan, from Halifax, Nova Scotia made this comment under the Al Franken video post.  It is worthy of a separate entry so that no one will miss what she has to say.  So often we are misled by skewed statistics so you’ll find her informed comments pertinent to the current discussion.

Interesting. In Canada, 15% of bankruptcies are attributed to “medical reasons”. However, the data do not state whether this is because of medical costs or loss of income due to illness. There are costs to patients who are living with illness or disease -drugs (significantly cheaper than in the US), medical equipment (i.e. prothesis - our medical insurance usually contributes something toward these needs).

But - no one pays for: chemotherapy; radiation therapy; surgery; hospital stays; medical imaging; dialysis; and the list goes on and on. In my immediately family (anecdotal, admittedly) we have experienced three breast cancer diagnosis, one lung cancer diagnosis, two neurological disorders (one severe, and requiring brain surgery to correct), gall bladder removal, hernia repair - again, the list goes on. Our universal medical insurance covered (and covers) the costs.

Are there wait times? No question. Statistically, we wait twice as long as Americans for surgeries and treatments. Could that be because cash on the barrel head tends to buy expediency? Good question. I wonder how the poor fare when waiting for treatment.

This is not a “who’s better” argument. This is just to say that a healthy society cares for all - that we have a moral obligation to care for all.

In addition, let me add that I choose my doctors.

SWINE FLU

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 8:44 am

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Isn’t this about the cutest thing ever?  Poor Piglet.

Grandson Luke sent it to me.

10/26/2009

MSNBC THIS WEEK IN PICTURES….ST. FIDELIS CHURCH, VICTORIA

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 1:33 pm

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St. Fidelis Church and water tower in Victoria KS were featured on MSNBC The Week in Pictures Oct. 15-Oct.22.

The twin spires of St. Fidelis Church and a municipal water tower are distorted by heat vapors as they are silhouetted by the setting sun on Oct. 19 in Victoria, Kan. William Jennings Bryan called the Catholic church the “Cathedral of the Plains” during a visit in 1912.

It’s a magnificent Cathedral with a wonderful history.  You can start here with the pictures, then vote for #12, St. Fidelis.  It is currently in second place.

My thanks to Bernie Schulte for sending me the MSNBC link. Richard Bircher sent the following information: Photo by Charlie Riedel, formerly of the FHSU University Leader, Hays Daily News.

AL FRANKEN HUMBLES DILETTANTE OVER HEALTH CARE BANKRUPTCIES

Filed under: political musings, Video — Peg Britton @ 8:45 am

Listen carefully as he questions her. You can hear his chain saw revving. Without a hint of anger or arrogance in his voice he dismembered her. The issue was bankruptcies and she was supposed to be the expert.

10/25/2009

OBSERVATIONS….THINGS TO REMEMBER…

Filed under: prairie musings, family, friends, Ellsworth, Artists — Peg Britton @ 1:47 pm

The Ellsworth Arts Council invites you to become a member and supporter of exhibits and programs.  As a member your support will help provide vital operational funds for cultural attractions.  The artwork of Gordon and Rae Zahradnik is currently on display at the gallery.

We all have our ways of inducing sleep at night.  One of mine is to go through the names of all nine Supreme Court Justices….of all things.    I know them all, but invariably at night, I can only remember eight at a time. Finally,  I give up and fall asleep.

I tried devising an acronym that would help speed up the sleep process, like HOMES for the Great Lakes.  But there isn’t a good one that I can think of since I don’t speak eastern European languages that frequently omit vowels.  I resort to the alphabetical “ABGKRTSSS” which falls apart when I get to Ginsburg..or Kennedy or Roberts.  I never forget Thomas as I find him such a terrible misfit and undeserving of the position.  Then there are the three “S’s”…Stevens, Scalia and Sotomayor.  Here we go:  Alito, Breyer, Ginsburg, Kennedy, Roberts, Thomas, Stevens, Scalia and Sotomayor.  Sometimes it’s AS  BS GS plus Roberts Thomas Kennedy.

There is a very small lad in Topeka.  Jack Svaty.  I wish he’d yell loudly at his dad:  File!  Daddy, file!

Remember the Episcopal ladies annual fall coffee  from 9 to 11:00 on Wednesday this week at the Parish Hall.  There will be lots of tasty things to eat.  A free-will donation would be appreciated.

My friend, the Crystal Queen, is at the bottom of Grand Canyon.  She and her main squeeze left the rim yesterday on mule back to explore the bottoms.

We have two ginkgo bilobas growing in our backyard that are stunning with their bright yellow leaves.  The ginkgo is one of the most ancient trees on Earth, once part of the flora of the Mesozoic period.  It’s a living fossil and capable of living thousands of years.  It’s also very slow growing…but both of ours we planted 30 years ago are still alive.  Recently, Morford’s had two for sale and I bought one for Ally’s ranchette.  I should have bought both of them. Let’s hope it grows.

The ECMC fall diabetic dinner is tomorrow night.  I made a reservation and plan to go. The program is on healthy options nutrition program.  Long in denial, I’m now a big supporter of these programs.  Insulin injections aren’t nearly as troublesome as I made them out to be.  It’s a better alternative to pills.

Thanks for tuning in…

10/24/2009

DOG’S OWN LEG TRIES TO STEAL BONE….PSYCHOTIC DOG, THAT IS…

Filed under: prairie musings, Video — Peg Britton @ 8:16 am

DO YOU REMEMBER GARY STEVEN KITCHIN?

Filed under: print news — Peg Britton @ 8:10 am

I came across this yesterday on the net and sent it to Ally.  She remembers Gary from high school.  Maybe you do as well.   From MyCentralJersey.com

CENTRAL JERSEY — Residents who attend the Bunker Hill Lutheran Brethren Church are a second family to the 57-year old Gary Steven Kitchin whose vision is to “share the gospel with the people” in the community.
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The Rev. Kitchin was ordained into ministry Oct. 11. He said he decided to become a reverend because “I hit a low point in my life, then I felt a powerful call in ministry.”

Born into a devout Christian household, Kitchin said he rebelled against family authority. As a teen, he said, he consumed large amounts of alcohol. At age 13, Kitchin was arrested for trespassing on private property and was required to spend a year at St. Francis Boy’s home in Ellsworth, Kansas.

Upon his high school graduation, Kitchin began working as a carpenter and soon married his high school sweetheart. He continued to drink. As Kitchin puts it, selfishness and the separation from the Lord forced him to hit rock bottom.

With the encouragement of his wife and pastor, Kitchin enrolled into a seminary at age 50. “I had to overcome a big adjustment as a full time student,” Kitchin said.

He began working in the construction business and was a part time visitation pastor at a local church. However, Kitchin said he was forced to sell his home to finance school. “I had to give up a lot. My wife sacrificed a lot,” he said.

After graduating from seminary with a Bachelor of Theology Degree in May 2008, Kitchin accepted the post of pastor at the Bunker Hill Lutheran Brethren Church in Princeton. Residents from Princeton, Somerset County, South Brunswick and Hillsborough attended the ordination ceremony.

Kitchin now lives with his wife, Anne, in Princeton. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.

Success stories are always welcomed.

10/22/2009

HALLIBURTON, SENATORS SAM BROWNBACK AND PAT ROBERTS VOTE TO SUPPORT RAPE AND COVERUPS…

Filed under: political musings, Sam Brownback — Peg Britton @ 10:08 am

I hope this news has not escaped you.  It’s so outlandish you can’t miss it. It has brought Jamie Leigh Jones front and center on news channels.

Jones was working for Halliburton/KBR, a leasing global engineering and construction company, in Iraq. The Houston woman said she was gang raped in Baghdad and the company and U.S. Government are covering it up.

Jamie Leigh Jones, now 22, says that after she was raped by multiple men at a KBR camp in the Green Zone, the company put her under guard in a shipping container with a bed and warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job.

“Don’t plan on working back in Iraq. There won’t be a position here, and there won’t be a position in Houston,” Jones says she was told.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court against Halliburton and its then-subsidiary KBR, Jones says she was held in the shipping container for at least 24 hours without food or water by KBR, which posted armed security guards outside her door, who would not let her leave. Jones described the container as sparely furnished with a bed, table and lamp.

“It felt like prison,” says Jones, who told her story to ABC News as part of an upcoming “20/20″ investigation. “I was upset; I was curled up in a ball on the bed; I just could not believe what had happened.”

Finally, Jones says, she convinced a sympathetic guard to loan her a cell phone so she could call her father in Texas.

“I said, ‘Dad, I’ve been raped. I don’t know what to do. I’m in this container, and I’m not able to leave,’” she said. Her father called their congressman, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas.

“We contacted the State Department first,” Poe told ABCNews.com, “and told them of the urgency of rescuing an American citizen” — from her American employer.

Poe says his office contacted the State Department, which quickly dispatched agents from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to Jones’ camp, where they rescued her from the container.  For more, click here.

According to her lawsuit, Jones was raped by “several attackers who first drugged her, then repeatedly raped and injured her, both physically and emotionally.”

Jones told ABCNews.com that an examination by Army doctors showed she had been raped “both vaginally and anally,” but that the rape kit disappeared after it was handed over to KBR security officers.

Political commentators are accusing Senate Republicans of hypocrisy — and even outright support of rape — after thirty of them voted against a measure to de-fund military contractors who prevent rape victims from seeking justice.Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) introduced an amendment to a defense appropriations bill that would prevent the federal government from funding contractors whose employee contracts prevent workers from pursuing allegations of rape against co-workers.The measure passed the Senate by a vote of 68 to 30, with all 30 ‘no’ votes being cast by Republicans. Notably, 10 Senate Republicans voted for the measure, including all four female Republican senators.  Franken was inspired to push the amendment by the story of Jamie Leigh Jones, who was an employee of KBR — at the time a subsidiary of Halliburton — working in Baghdad’s Green Zone when she was allegedly gang-raped by other KBR workers.  For more, click here.

Take note:  Sen. Sam Brownback and Sen. Pat Roberts, along with 28 other Republican senators voted against this measure. 10 Republican senators did vote for the measure…including all four female Republican Senators.
Here’s the list:  Alexander (R-TN) Barrasso (R-WY) Bond (R-MO) Brownback (R-KS) Bunning (R-KY) Burr (R-NC) Chambliss (R-GA) Coburn (R-OK) Cochran (R-MS) Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) Crapo (R-ID) DeMint (R-SC) Ensign (R-NV) Enzi (R-WY) Graham (R-SC) Gregg (R-NH) Inhofe (R-OK) Isakson (R-GA) Johanns (R-NE) Kyl (R-AZ) McCain (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY) Risch (R-ID) Roberts (R-KS) Sessions (R-AL) Shelby (R-AL) Thune (R-SD) Vitter (R-LA) Wicker (R-MS)

How could anyone who has a mother, wife, daughter, sister or girlfriend ever vote against this amendment?  With this kind of attitude, the thought of Sam Brownback imposing his extreme  political beliefs on the people of Kansas is very, very frightening.

In a related story:  A Gallup survey of South Africa reaffirms the extent to which the issue of rape plagues South Africa — with 97% of residents saying it is a major problem in their country. Roughly 6 in 10 (61%) say offenders should be punished with a jail sentence, but more than one in four say the crime merits the death penalty.

10/21/2009

CJONLINE.COM ADDRESSES FLU PROBLEMS

Filed under: prairie musings, friends — Peg Britton @ 12:25 pm

Seasonal flu outbreaks in Kansas are widespread.  The potentially more serious H1N1 virus is widespread across Kansas; 8 have died.

An article in the Cap Journal online relates how Kimberly Svaty was knocked off her feet.  Kimberly is the wife of acting Secretary of Agriculture, Josh Svaty. Son Jack also had a light case of the flu.  Check the article for information on flu symptoms and treatment.

10/20/2009

DAN GLICKMAN

Filed under: friends, political musings — Peg Britton @ 10:16 am

I wonder where Dan Glickman is going next?  His latest position has been Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America.    He stated that he is leaving that post when his contract expires in Sept. 10.

I’ve known Dan since our school board days back in the early 70s when he was chairman of the Wichita School Board.  Together we worked on several state issues concerning KASB.  He was successful in his bid for Congress from the 4th Congressional District in KS. in ‘76.  He held that seat until ‘94 when he was defeated by Todd Tiahrt largely because of redistricting.  He was then  appointed Secretary of Agriculture by Pres. Bill Clinton. After Clinton’s term ended, Dan became the Director of Politics at Harvard University. Glickman replaced the high-profile, Jack Valenti, with a lower profile as head of the motion picture industry in 2004.

He’s had quite a ride and I doubt it is over.

10/19/2009

ROB FILLION HAS INVITED YOU TO: LEGALLY SECURE YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE…

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 9:19 pm

Legally Secure Your Financial Future
Host: Ellsworth County Extension
Type: Education - Workshop
Network: Global
Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: JH Robbins Memorial Library
Street: 219 N Lincoln
City/Town: Ellsworth, KS
Phone: 785.472.4442
Email:   jrathbun@ksu.edu

Legally Secure Your Financial Future is a series of 3 seminar sessions to help people take major steps to safeguard their family’s inheritance. The program teaches people about the importance of evaluating their legal affairs related to later life issues.

Plan to attend all 3 sessions:

November 4- Organize- One of life’s most important lessons is distinguishing what is trivial from what is not. While we’re tempted to lump our personal documents among life’s petty details, their significance can be major. How quickly could we access our birth certificates, immunization records, wills, vehicle titles, or even three-month-old credit card statements? Did we file them away and if so where? How long would it take to find -or replace- them?

November 11- Communicate- If you had a serious accident or illness that caused permanent loss of mental capacity, leaving you unable to tell your doctor which medical treatments you did or did not want, would your loved ones know what to do? Who would make these decisions for you? If you couldn’t make your wishes known, how could you make sure they were respected?

November 18- Prepare- How will your assets be distributed upon your death? Have you prepared for the distribution of your estate for the loved ones you will leave behind? What will happen to your minor children should you pass away prematurely? Perhaps you have made theses plans, and they need to be reviewed and updated.

Each lesson is from 6-8pm. Cost is $15 to attend all 3 sessions. A meal will be provided.

MOVE THINGS ALONG….

Filed under: prairie musings, family, friends, Sam Brownback — Peg Britton @ 9:03 pm

One of my dear friends just wrote and told me to write something…anything…she didn’t care what…to move the picture of Brownback “down” and out of the way.  I agree. I’m just a little short of conversation.  She doesn’t trust his politics any more than I do.

Sen. Sam Brownback, long associated with The Family, lived on C Street and chairs the Value Action Team, the “cell” dedicated to altering public policy.  A partial list of those associated with The Family include:  Rep. Todd Tiahrt R-KAN, Rep. Jerry Moran R-Kan, former Rep. Jim Slattery D-KAN,  Former Rep Jim Ryun R-KAN,  Sen. John Ensign R-NEV, Sen. Tom Coburn R-OK, Sen. Lindsey Graham R-SC, Sen. James Inofe R-SD,  Sen. John Thune R-SD, Sen. Mark Pryor D-ARK,  Gov. Mark Sanford R-SC, Former Attorney General John Ashcroft, Sen. Chuck Grassley R-IA.  If you haven’t read The Family by Jeff Sharlet, you really should do that. It is terrifying.

To fill space, I guess I could tell you I had a stereotacticbiopsy today so that now I am slightly uncomfortable.  The procedure per se was relatively painless.  Numbing agents take care of pain, thank you very much.  The position on the board one has to lie motionless for an hour was the most uncomfortable part for me but after awhile I finally settled down to moderate comfort.  Some very nice nurse rubbed my back, and that was very calming.  Friends have had the same procedure who said it hurt like h***so I presume it depends on the positioning of nerves in relationship to the insertion of the needle.  If you are curious about the procedure, you can read about it here:  How is the procedure performed?

What it doesn’t explain is that the needle has a slit along its length which has a suction function.  So they insert the needle into the center of the growth and it stays in one position throughout the procedure. It sucks in some of the tissue into the needle.  Then sharp blades cut the tissue and it is sucked up the needle like a core sample.  They do the same thing throughout 360 degrees of rotation so they have tissue samples from the center of the growth in every direction.  Amazing piece of equipment.

I’ll get results back Wednesday.  If there is something to worry about, I’ll worry about it then. Meantime I’m enjoying some Gray Goose Rod gave me for Christmas and enjoying a quiet evening at home.  Monday nights are good to see Bones, the Big Bang Theory, Rachel and chat with friends who call.   I’ve had a lot of calls this evening.

Scott Moore, Ellsworth’s former city administrator, took over the reins of Peoria Illinois city government as their 15th chief administrator. Peoria recruited the right administrator at the right time.  “With a deep background in finance and budgeting, highly diverse operational responsibilities, and a proven track record in long-term planning, economic development and intergovernmental relations, Scott Moore has been able to hit the ground running.” He and wife, Tammy, will be a positive influence in Peoria.  He’s a good man and I cherish the friendship that he and Tammy have extended to me and my family.

The “boy in the balloon” hoax was a terrible thing for the parents to conjure for publicity. The anguish we all felt in believing a child was in that contraption cannot be erased. Richard, the father of the children, is despicable and his wife comes in a close second.

That’s about it for tonight.  Let’s hope Sam slides out of view and I remember to omit his picture next time.

Here’s a great website depiction of a prehistoric time line.  It’s amazing. I love sites like this. I hope you explore it as well.

Thanks for tuning in….it’s way beyond my bedtime…and Ringo’s.

10/17/2009

BROWNBACK’S APPROVAL RATING PLUNGES…

Filed under: political musings, Sam Brownback — Peg Britton @ 9:24 am

The following was posted by Mousie Cat Oct. 5th. Read her website for other interesting posts.   Here is her website.

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Monday, October 5, 2009
Brownback’s approval rating plunges
Just received this good news today from the Kansas Democratic Party:

In case you missed it from late last week. SurveyUSA released its monthly tracking poll on Senator Sam Brownback, finding a staggering six-point drop in his approval at 48%. Brownback now finds himself under the “safe” 50% threshold for election as he continues to campaign for Governor. At the same time, his disapproval rating has begun to skyrocket converting that same six points up to 42% disapproval. This makes it clear that Kansans are rejecting the failed leadership of Senator Brownback.

Why, you ask, is this good news? Because it means there’s less change Brownback will be elected Governor (if a decent candidate can be rustled up to run against him). Under a Gov. Brownback, with the legislature in the control of wingnuts, it would be Katie bar the door for right-wing legislation. They’d be outlawing abortion entirely, taking a wrecking ball to the church-state wall of separation, requiring toddlers to carry weapons to nursery school…

Well, okay, I made up that last one. But isn’t it bad enough that now people can take concealed weapons into bars??? Supposedly, they’re not supposed to drink if they do. Sure. Guys packing heat just love to go to a bar and CHAT with their confreres while sipping tea.

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