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Saturday, 10 November 2007
The Time for Consumer Revolt is NOW!!!
Mood:  on fire
Topic: Current Events


     Okay folks, all Summer long we've been informed of recall after recall and incident after incident involving tainted and dangerous goods imported from China. Now it's Aqua Dots that remind us of the need for consumer action.

     Our government has failed, once again, to adequately protect the American public from this outrage (no big surprise there). From food, to clothing, to toys, China is waging a silent war against America by slowly poisoning us, our children, and our pets and our government is apparently in collusion with Beijing.

     I have often said that big business equals bad business. My philosophy is no better borne out than by toy companies' continuous reliance on questionable sources for their merchandise. Big business doesn't care in the grand scheme of things if their product lines are dangerous. Their view is that they'll make more money by using cheap, criminally negligent, foreign supply sources than they'll lose to potential litigation from adverse incidents.

     I was shopping for my son's birthday presents back in September and could only find ONE line of toys NOT made in China. For those of you who share my desire to provide our children with safe entertainment, the Playmobil Company of Germany's toys are not made in China.

     With these facts in mind, it's time for a grass-roots level boycott of ALL products imported from China and any other country that fails to meet our standards of product safety. These are OUR lives and OUR childrens' lives and OUR pets' lives- not China's and not even our government's. If our lackluster executive & legislative branches want to economically bouy up corrupt regimes, let THEM buy this crap for THEIR kids. Let all of us "regular joes" keep the jobs in the US and ensure the safety of our families by only buying American or even reviving long-lost skills and generating "craft-industry" toys and products for our loved ones' sakes.

     Next time you're shopping for anything, check the labeling for where the product was made before putting it in your shopping cart. With the holidays approaching, keep this in mind when buying decorations and other holiday regalia. Store shelves full of merchandise that isn't going anywhere is the only way big business and government will take our concerns seriously.

Posted by Kristin at 7:05 AM MST
Updated: Saturday, 10 November 2007 7:11 AM MST
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Monday, 26 March 2007
O-R-G-A-N-I-C Spells "Ripoff"
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: Consumer Beware!!
Topic: Social Editorial
     After chatting with my father the other night, I feel compelled to write this post. Among other topics of our conversation, my father related his personal observation while at a Grand Rapids-area grocery store in the produce section: He was doing his shopping and observed a female employee stocking lettuce in the regular lettuce section. That bin got full and there were a few heads left. The woman then proceeded to place them in the bin marked for organic lettuce and mark up the price as if they were actually heads of organic lettuce! So, with this in mind, I'll think twice before even considering getting organic produce from ANY store in the future. Buyer Beware!!!!

Posted by Kristin at 11:18 AM MDT
Updated: Monday, 26 March 2007 1:22 PM MDT
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Monday, 5 March 2007
True and funny e-mail
Mood:  irritated
Topic: Politics

While the following email, like many others, was composed and forwarded tongue-in-cheek, there is a kernel of truth within that I can't help but wish would come to fruition. Many of you may have already received it from one friend or another, but I still love it! Enjoy! And if any government cronies are reading this, please pass it on to "W" and tell him I triple-dog-dare him to read it in public.

-The speech George Bush should give next.

This would be a wonderful dream come true!.

My Fellow Americans: As you all know, the defeat of Iraq regime has been completed.

Since congress does not want to spend any more money on this war, our mission in Iraq is complete.

This morning I gave the order for a complete removal of all American forces from Iraq . This action will be complete within 30 days. It is now to begin the reckoning.

Before me, I have two lists. One list contains the names of countries which have stood by our side during the Iraq conflict. This list is short The United Kingdom, Spain, Bulgaria, Australia, and Poland are some of the countries listed there.

The other list contains everyone not on the first list. Most of the world's nations are on that list. My press secretary will be distributing copies of both lists later this evening.

Let me start by saying that effective immediately, foreign aid to those nations on List 2 ceases immediately and indefinitely. The money saved during the first year alone will pretty much pay for the costs of the Iraqi war.

The American people are no longer going to pour money into third world Hell-holes and watch those government leaders grow fat on corruption.

Need help with a famine? Wrestling with an epidemic? Call France.

In the future, together with Congress, I will work to redirect this money toward solving the vexing social problems we still have at home. On that note, a word to terrorist organizations. Screw with us and we will hunt you down and eliminate you and all your friends from the face of the earth.

Thirsting for a gutsy country to terrorize? Try France, or maybe China.

I am ordering the immediate severing of diplomatic relations with France,

Germany, and Russia. Thanks for all your help, comrades. We are retiring from NATO as well. Bon chance, mes amis.

I have instructed the Mayor of New York City to begin towing the many UN diplomatic vehicles located in Manhattan with more than two unpaid parking tickets to sites where those vehicles will be stripped, shredded and crushed.

I don't care about whatever treaty pertains to this. You creeps have tens of thousands of unpaid tickets. Pay those tickets tomorrow or watch your precious Benzes, Beamers and limos be turned over to some of the finest chop shops in the world. I love New York.

A special note to our neighbors. Canada is on List 2 Since we are likely to be seeing a lot more of each other, you folks might want to try not pissing us off for a change.

Mexico is also on List 2. President Fox and his entire corrupt government need an attitude adjustment. I will have a couple extra tank and infantry divisions sitting around. Guess where I am going to put 'em? Yep, border security. So start doing something with your oil.

Oh, by the way, the United States is abrogating the NAFTA treaty - starting now. We are tired of the one-way highway. Immediately, we'll be drilling for oil in Alaska - which will take care of this country's oil needs for decades to come.

If you're an environmentalist who opposes this decision, I refer you to List 2 above: pick a country and move there. They care.

It is time for America to focus on its own welfare and its own citizens. Some will accuse us of isolationism. I answer them by saying, "darn tootin."

Nearly a century of trying to help folks live a decent life around the world has only earned us the undying enmity of just about everyone on the planet.

It is time to eliminate hunger in America. It is time to eliminate homelessness in America. It is time to eliminate World Cup Soccer from America. To the nations on List 1, a final thought. Thanks guys. We owe you and we won't forget.

To the nations on List 2, a final thought: You might want to learn to speak Arabic.

God bless America. Thank you and good night.



A-Frickin'-men!!!!   -Kristin

Posted by Kristin at 8:28 PM MST
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Sunday, 10 December 2006
Holiday Greeting
Mood:  bright



Posted by Kristin at 3:06 PM MST
Updated: Sunday, 10 December 2006 3:10 PM MST
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Friday, 1 December 2006
Door-to-Door Sales-Food for Thought
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Social Editorial

  After a visit this morning from a door-to-door solicitor, I've come to the conclusion that the vagrants of El Paso are moving from the street corners and interstate off-ramps to a new venue. Either that or somebody just doesn't have a clue about salesmanship. The dude shows up in shabby clothes, doesn't introduce himself nor the cause he's supposedly raising funds for. Just asks my husband if he wants to buy a pocket calculator for five bucks. When Hubby says "no" he gets pushy and offers some non-descript books instead. Sounds suspicious, since it was only 10 A.M., it's "government check day" and there are LOTS of elderly people who whould not be able to fend off a home invasion living in my neighborhood. BTW, I reported his sorry ass to the authorities as any consciencious citizen should.

 Here's a clue for you 21st century salesmen- the old "don't take no for an answer" thing is passe. Folks these days don't care to be bothered at home (I'll hammer on telemarketers another day). No means "NO." When you hear that word, thank the homeowner for their time, then get the hell out of there. I'm a firm believer in the right to keep and bear arms. You're on my property uninvited when you're soliciting. If you get pushy, BEWARE!

  After years of seeing unsupervised school-age kids peddling in my neighborhoods and having been one conscripted to raise funds for various projects in my schools as a child, I've done some thinking. Does the word: EXPLOITATION mean anything to anybody? People also don't consider the fact that you don't always know the people or their character in any given neighborhood (sex offenders and child molesters often lie about their addresses to the authorities). Any parent worth their salt should readily question a school administration's sanity and motives when one of these sales projects is dumped on children. After all, EVERYONE pays TAXES to fund and support school activities. Where is this money going???

   No matter if you're 12 or 72, if you're selling something door-to-door, identify yourself and your organization before you say anything else. You'd also better be ready to back it up with contact information in case a savvy person like me wants to check. A business card with that information on it would go a long way in my book. Next- don't dress like a vagabond when you do sell door-to-door. That should be obvious, but if you don't have even that level of common sense, you don't belong selling door-to-door. Image has the potential to sell or put off buyers, depending on your appearance. Kids- for Pete's sake, don't go out selling without adult supervision. An adult supervisor present and available to ask complex questions of may actually make me more likely to listen to your pitch, as well as provide visible deterrence to people with "unsavory intentions." If a school's administration isn't prepared to provide this type of support when parents are unable to supervise, they should consider another method of fundraising.


Posted by Kristin at 11:29 AM MST
Updated: Friday, 1 December 2006 11:30 AM MST
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Wednesday, 15 November 2006
Drive-Through Etiquette
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Social Editorial

A recent incident my husband encountered at a local restaurant drive-thru reminded me of an editorial I penned a couple years ago and I dug it out of my archives. Enjoy!

After spending more than a half hour in the drive-thru more than once at one particular local fast-food joint, I began thinking about the intent of drive-thru service and the obtuseness of many who use it. The Beauty of drive-thru service at fast-food restaurants is the supposed quickness of receiving your food and getting back to your purpose at hand. Some indiviuals have not grasped this concept.


- If you haven't got an idea of what you want by the time you get to the speaker, make up your mind quick. If you have that much time to sit and ponder, you obviously have the time to go inside.

- Fish and many chicken products cannot be pre-cooked. They have to be prepared after the order is placed. If you have time to wait for that, you don't need to be in the drive-thru.

- What kind of ignorant moron doesn't consider the ripple-effect consequences of changing the order after getting to the pickup window? Those who do this definitely don't need to use the drive-thru.

With as much fuel that's being wasted and uneccessary carbon being put into the atmosphere on account of drive-thru stupidity, I'm surprised the eco-activists haven't started picket lines outside of franchises.

Franchise owners/workers:

-This is an English-speaking country. Please have drive-thru clerks who speak and understand intelligible English.

- While we're on the subject of intelligibility; if America has the technology to make speakers with the clarity and quality to break glass with a pure tone, WHY DON'T YOU PEOPLE USE THEM?! Why do we have to put up with a voice on the other end that sounds like the adults on a Charlie Brown special?

- Why do you insist on trapping motorists in your nearly unnavigable mazes built for nothing bigger than a sub-compact car. Make a slip-lane for people to use in case they have to wait because they were dense enough to order fish at the drive-thru or there are technical difficulties inside or the rest of us can go somewhere else where we don't have to wait on the stupid motorists in the front of the line. And while you're at it, make the main lane wide enough for vehicles that everyday people drive.

- Customer service is one thing, but have you considered how much business you could be losing to allowing order changes after pick-up window arrival. Make 'em go inside or come back around! They apparently have enough time to do that.

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Posted by Kristin at 10:04 AM MST
Updated: Wednesday, 15 November 2006 10:10 AM MST
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Wednesday, 8 November 2006
For Starters
Mood:  chillin'
Topic: The Beginning
As this is the start of my blogging endeavors, I'll keep it simple. I'm new to this and as with many other things I do, I'm self taught, so as time passes, I'll become more sophisticated in how I run my blog.

Over the years I've noticed that my thoughts and opinions of various events are shared with other people. I'M NOT ALONE! So I figure, why not share my thoughts with a wider community. Perhaps provide food for thought, other times just venting/raging against "the machine." So here will be my commentary on life, the universe and everything (yes, I read Douglas Adams a loooong time ago).

I'm not a politically correct individual, especially now that I've retired from the military and don't have to mind my "P's & Q's," so if you want "all-warm-and-fuzzy-all-the- time," this isn't the blog for you. Otherwise, enjoy!


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Posted by Kristin at 2:52 PM MST
Updated: Wednesday, 8 November 2006 3:59 PM MST
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