Immigration Talk with a Mexican American: Mexican American and Frustrated by Lack of Movement on Immigration Reform

Here we are during the Holiday Season.

We are in the 5th year of our President\’s tenure.

We have no movement on Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

I know the issues. I know the Problems.

Republicans have one agenda.

Democrats, a different agenda.

Republicans, especially the extremists, want to close the borders and deport everyone who does not have citizenship.

Democrats want Immigration Reform, but lack the strength to take a stand to pass it.

I have to give it to Republicans and all people who thrive in HATE for their strength and determination. They are willing to be demonized, ridiculed, hated, attacked, voted out of office, and they still stand their ground. They don\’t care about polls. They don\’t care that main street America disagrees with them and ridicules them. They stand their ground and still fight.

Democrats, on the other hand, always try to be politically correct. They thrive on polls and popularity. They continue to apologize for their views if they get a bad poll. Apologize and beg for forgiveness. Where are their guts?

Here I sit. Frustrated. Knowing Mexican Americans and Latinos are on the RIGHT SIDE of History. Immigration Reform is the right thing to do. (Like Healthcare, Civil Rights and so many other humanitarily correct philosophies).

What is the resolution? Do we have to wait until the 2014 elections?

I honestly don\’t know.

So here I sit.

Frustrated.

Not willing to post on my Blog every day anymore.

I still believe in Truth, Justice, America – the Land of Immigrants and Immigration Reform.

But I am NOT willing to be a pawn of those pushing forward a political agenda.

I DEMAND Comprehensive Immigration Reform for the Sake of Humanity and because it is the Right Thing to Do for OUR America!!

via Immigration Talk with a Mexican American: Mexican American and Frustrated by Lack of Movement on Immigration Reform.

Obama sends small military to continent to South Sudan to help protect US Embassy

President Barack Obama has deployed a small military contingent to South Sudan to help bolster security at the U.S. Embassy amid escalating violence in the fledgling African nation.

In a letter to Congress, Obama said the 45 military personnel were sent to South Sudan on Wednesday. While they were equipped for combat, Obama said their purpose was to protect U.S. citizens and property and that they would remain in South Sudan until the security situation there improved.

\”South Sudan stands at the precipice,\” Obama said in a written statement. \”Recent fighting threatens to plunge South Sudan back into the dark days of its past.\”

via Obama sends small military to continent to South Sudan to help protect US Embassy.

Drug-Resistant Bacteria on Chicken: It’s Everywhere and the Government Can’t Help – Wired Science

Two important, linked publications are out today, both carrying the same message: The way we raise poultry in this country is creating an under-appreciated health hazard, and the government structures we depend upon to detect that hazard and protect us from it are failing us.

The two pubs are:

A long piece that will be in the Feb. 2014 edition of Consumer Reports but has been placed online today.

A companion report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, addressing some of the systemic problems raised by the Consumer Reports story.

Short version: Independent tests show that multi-drug resistant disease-causing bacteria are widely present on chicken, and the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has insufficient personnel, or legal authority, to change that.

via Drug-Resistant Bacteria on Chicken: It’s Everywhere and the Government Can’t Help – Wired Science.

Marathon training latest: First injury, then triumph

Fit and Feminist

Before we begin, a quick note:

This will be my last post for 2013.  Like a lot of people, I tend to go into hibernation during the last few weeks of the year, partly because I am all but paralyzed by overconsumption of food and drink, but partly because I am reflecting on the previous year and considering what I would like to accomplish with the upcoming year.  One of the tasks I’ve undertaken as part of this process is to lay out a list of goals for my creative, personal and athletic lives, and to figure out concrete steps I can take to make those goals happen.  This blog figures heavily in those goals. I don’t want to go into details because I’ve found that nothing deflates my excitement for a project like talking about it, but I do hope that 2014 is the year when I can make…

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Khalil Gibran on Lebanon

Hummus For Thought

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“You have your Lebanon and its dilemma. I have my Lebanon and its beauty. Your Lebanon is an arena for men from the West and men from the East. My Lebanon is a flock of birds fluttering in the early morning as shepherds lead their sheep into the meadow and rising in the evening as farmers return from their fields and vineyards.

You have your Lebanon and its people. I have my Lebanon and its people. Yours are those whose souls were born in the hospitals of the West; they are as ship without rudder or sail upon a raging sea…. They are strong and eloquent among themselves but weak and dumb among Europeans.

They are brave, the liberators and the reformers, but only in their own area. But they are cowards, always led backwards by the Europeans. They are those who croak like frogs boasting that they have rid themselves of…

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Let’s #KeepSGClean!

If you feel that living in a clean environment is important, join the Keep Singapore Clean Movement community via this Facebook app – www.keepsgclean.sg.

Organised by the Public Hygiene Council, Singapore Kindness Movement, Keep Singapore Beautiful Movement, and supported by National Environment Agency, the Keep Singapore Clean Movement encourages Singapore residents to keep the country litter-free, toilets clean and dry, and be mindful not to spread germs when ill.  Organisers are aspiring for Singapore to have a high standard of hygiene, like what is seen in Japan and South Korea, and Scandinavia.

Here is a video featuring the wonderful work that Waterways Watch Society does, in keeping Singapore’s waterways as free of litter as possible.

If you wish to make a difference and keep Singapore a clean and highly liveable city, join a litter-picking activity, or better yet, organise one! For more information, please visit http://www.publichygienecouncil.sg/, or get in touch…

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Healcrest Winter Retreat

Healcrest Urban Farm

Happy Winter Holidays everyone out there! Its been a snowy December so far and we are busy bees right now at Healcrest filling holiday orders, taking care of our little hens and keeping our little corner of the world in order over the winter months. 

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If you havent heard, Healcrest successfully entered an incubator program this November! The Idea Foundry Intersector Program will provide us with 3-4 months of business development support and we are utilizing that time to build new internal structures for farm and product management! We look for 2014 to be a great year for getting Teapops, Teas and a few other choice quality herb-based edibles into your lives! We believe strongly in the quality of our products coming out of Healcrest and are excited to get them into the world. If you have a store, a cafe or somewhere special you would like to…

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