Politics

I Am Currenting Loving New York Legislation


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If New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gets his way, stores won’t be able to publicly display tobacco products and will have to keep cigarettes under the counter or behind curtains.

The legislation announced today is the latest public-health crackdown by the mayor, whose ban on super-sized sugary soft drinks was shot down by a judge last week.

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The proposed law would “prohibit display of tobacco products” in most retail shops,. “Such displays suggest smoking is a normal activity and invite young people to experiment with tobacco.” It would be the first of its kind in the nation.

A second law would impose new rules to make it harder to sell smuggled cigarettes.

These laws would protect New Yorkers, especially young and impressionable New Yorkers. The New York Association of Convenience Stores, which has 1,600 members, called the proposed ban on displays “absurd” but I totally agree with Mayor Michael Bloomberg seriously.

He said he hoped the City Council would reject the bill after it’s introduced later this week. If it passes, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets predicts it will be overturned by the courts.

Sara Palin mocked Mayor Bloomberg via banning certain sized soft drinks….but she just wants to stay relevant…

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YES!!! There are a great deal of people who DISAGREE with the government being able to get involved like this…. A great deal of them are indeed talking about a basic right under the Constitution.  They also feel that if you do this with cigarettes and tobacco products, what else is going to have to be out of view? Wine and spirits? It’s a very slippery slope. Well I look at it like this, yes the government is saying or at least trying to wean people from smoking – drinking and a hosts of other things and I think that it is a good idea.

If I was an insurance company and I would raise the premiums on people that smoke etc….so then what? Are you going to KEEP your medical insurance or drop it because you do not agree? You want to smoke and if you get sick..get lung diseases / cancer now you want the insurance carrier to pay for TONS of testing and expensive treatments because of a PERSONAL BAD HABIT that you chose to do that is not good for your health!!!!

New York City officials, though, said the point of the display ban isn’t to prevent kids from buying cigarettes, which is already illegal; the idea is that lowering exposure to the products reduces the chances a young person will try smoking in the first place.

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Mayor Bloomberg has made public-health campaigns a hallmark of his administration and boasted that life expectancy in the city is up three years since 2001. He has also crusaded against salt in restaurant foods and junk food in vending machines and required calorie counts on fast-food menus.

A new policy sharply limiting the sale of 16-ounce sugary drinks was supposed to take effect last week, but a judge put a stop to it, ruling it was arbitrary and capricious.

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Quaker extortionist and Monopoly? The Civil War and The Game of Life? We usually associate board gaming with family time, but several of the most popular games out there have some not so family friendly origins.

So if you’re looking to spark some interesting conversations next time you gather ’round the table for an evening of dice and fake money, here are a few of the lesser known tales of history’s biggest board games.

Monopoly and the Quakers

You may have heard the legend that an unemployed salesman named Charles Darrow invented the game of Monopoly during the depression, somewhere around 1935. That’s not entirely true.

A Quaker named Lizzie Magie, in fact, first created the game in 1904 to showcase the evils of property ownership (the original title was “The Landlord’s Game“.) Magie was a supporter of the Quaker tax reformer Henry George, and the game focused on players extorting one another.

It was a hit in the Quaker community — a big one. One enthusiastic fan was a hotelier named Charles Todd, who would sometimes play with his guests. One regular visitor was (you guessed it) Charles Darrow, who asked Todd to write up the rules for him.

Once the game took off, Parker Bros. learned its true origins and had to do some damage control. It bought the rights for $500 from Magie, who believed her original game — and its anti-property philosophies — would finally be distributed to the masses. And it was, though only for a couple hundred copies, at least, before it was discontinued. Turns out people had more fun with Darrow’s tweaks to the game.

The Hard Life

On the surface, Life seems like a pretty happy-go-lucky game. You get a job, have kids and can’t wait for payday. Even if things go south, you’ll still find plenty of good events as you inch towards retirement.

The original game was a lot darker, though. Created by Milton Bradley himself, the game was originally sold under the name of “The Checkered Game of Life” during the Civil War. Less a whimsical journey and more a moralistic lesson, it was meant to teach virtue and principles to children.

Before there was payday, there were squares that included poverty, disgrace, and gambling to ruin. The game even came with a “Suicide” square — which, if landed on, marked your last turn. Way to bum us all out, Milton.

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The darker side of Clue

Anthony E. Pratt was a fire warden during World War II. While walking his beat one day, he thought back to a favorite pre-war game he and his friends used to play called “Murder!”

“Between the wars,” he once said, “all the bright young things would congregate in each other’s homes for parties at weekends. We’d play a stupid game called Murder, where guests crept up on each other in corridors and the victim would shriek and fall on the floor.”

He transformed that somewhat morbid real-world distraction into a board game. The original version, though, was a bit harsher than what we play today. In addition to the gun, rope and other murder weapons, it included an axe, syringe, shillelagh, poison, and even a bomb. Not sure that’s the most inconspicuous weapon, but it’s probably effective.

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Scrabble’s Poe past

If it weren’t from his love of master of the macabre Edgar Allen Poe, Alfred Butts might never have developed Scrabble.

The game, which has been a valuable resource in teaching spelling and vocabulary to kids, was born when creator Butts was reading Poe’s “The Gold Bug,” a story that involves figuring out a code based on how frequently letters are used. Butts decided to tweak that a bit and sat down to count out how frequently letters appeared in an issue The New York Times, which was quite the undertaking.

He called the game Lexico and spent more than 16 years waiting for it to take off. It wasn’t until 1952, when Jack Strauss, manager of Macy’s, played the game on vacation that things exploded. Strauss loved it so much that he demanded to know why it wasn’t on Macy’s store shelves. An order was placed and a classic finally found its audience.

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Chutes and Ladders (and Murder and Lust)

If it seems like this immensely popular children’s game has been around forever, there’s a reason: it has. The concept has been traced back to an Hindu game called Leela — a game of self-knowledge — as well as an Indian game called Daspada.

Leela was created by Hindu scholars with the intention of teaching moral values. Daspada came about in the second century with a similar purpose, but using ladders to represent virtues and snakes to represent vices (hence the title ‘Snakes and Ladders’ in the U.K.).

Those vices were serious business, too. Included among them in Daspada were Vulgarity, Drunkenness, Murder and Lust. Yikes.

One thing’s for certain, though. The game’s a lot easier than it used to be. As society has become more focused on accentuating the positives for children, the number of ladders (which you use to progress in the game) has increased, while the number of chutes/snakes (which send you back several spaces) has gone down.

Parenting

Always A Sacrifice –


Another COLD night out with my little man with his baseball games… I have been fighting the cold weather via my son’s activities since he was 5 years old and I thought that since he is NOW 10 that things would be a piece a cake or at least a skinny little piece of pie! Nope – cold is cold and frigid weather is still and will always be frigid weather!!!.. LOL

Whew and I thought that going to Boy Scouts 2 times a week staying out for 3 hour evenings was torture – but GEESH – all of these amazing activities that I seem to have to place him in by desire and  due to the lack of Christian Male GENUINE role models that has the DNA of consistency – I almost HAVE TO DO IT and keep him busy as a bee as well as busy as a beaver….that keeps chucking away at activities!

I was tired….frustrate with personal things but through it all… at least during “his moment” I could not allow him to see me sweat….. but I tell you raising kids alone is hard but Mothers raising sons….whew Jesus – very semi difficult because to me the whole process is a tad bit sensitive! Daughters and Fathers / Sons and Fathers were matches made in Heaven evidently and it shows up in relationships. It does not matter how amazing mothers are – fathers are always missed in a child’s life when they are absent…. It is how God made it – It is how God intended it …so shall it be so!

At least his team won tonight in the 45 degree weather right? At least we get to come home by 9 pm right? At least we live close to the baseball field right? At least his homework is already complete right? At least I get off work early all week right? At least I did my running around and can come straight home for the next few days right?

With even all of those positives that I stated….it still does not make MY LIFE less busy –

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Sorry To Bust Your Bubble –


IN MINISTRY ……TOO  MANY PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR SUPER HEROS , ” THEY ARE  FICTIONAL  ” 

 

  PREACHERS  ARE  HUMANS  JUST LIKE  YOU , THEY GO THROUGH JUST LIKE YOU , IF  NOT  WORSE!

If you do not believe me, just watch the news… The Colorado TRAGEDY was imitated by someone TRYING to be like The Joker!

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Dear ( ME )

Being A Critic 4 Today


Dear Movie Theatre… Can I please have my money – my time as well as my anticipation back that I feel was stolen from me by participating in the percentage rate of people who went to see this movie?

 

 

 

Yeah… today I am being a critic on the movie that opened this weekend called The Avengers…. UGGGHH – I had my hopes “so high” …. Now it was reported a few hours ago on CNN that the movie WORLD WIDE has made over $500 million dollars in sales…. WOW really? I am thinking that everyone like me was maybe so hyped to see it but did they also leave the movie theatre with their heads down as well. The movie made $18.2 million Thursday night at the 12 midnight early screening…. The movie surely did bust my little bubble…

  

Please insert sad face right here  >>>>  ____________! I was so bored….So not moved… It was like it had too many super heros and the writer / director based upon ALL of their lines in the movie made them all stars. Everyone was over shining each other besides Scarlette Johansen.

Not that it matters what I think BUT I was so glad to see her play a real super hero (in a sense) rather than just a pretty face wearing a tight uniform. She was not really considered a super hero but her role “at least was able to blend” into the movie.

Hands down …Iron Man and Thor were clearly MY favorites because they more so lived up to their original personalities in the film. Granted, the REAL LIFE man ( Chris Hemsworth ) that plays the character THOR is so PAINFULLY beautiful so even if his acting was horrible – I may not have noticed it! LOL

  

Captain America, sorry to say WAS SO NOT NEEDED as well as the other cast mates that turned against the Avengers…. I am still trying to discover if it is worth me waisting my precious brain cells understanding where did Samuel L. Jackson’s role come into play besides the movie needing to add someone who was African American somewhere…..

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in Marvel's The Avengers - 2012

His role was sooooooo boring…. he had no real story line ..not even a tiny background from his past to tie him into why he was the one able to call all the shots in the first place….. I understand that Samuel L. Jackson truly is “the man” via Hollywood but not via this movie! The vilan was the most interesting person to watch in this movie besides Iron ManRobert Downey Jr. in this role reminds me of ME! Scary…

  Thor’s crazy, unloved, miserable and demoic brother had the WHOLE MOVIE based around him to be honest!! Oh and one more complaint that I have…… Now the ONLY reason why The Hulk should have been included in this movie should have been strictly for his brains and the need for his strenght still did not REALLY tie into the movie I do not feel…..

 AGAIN!! THOR was my favorite!

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Parenting

Friday Night’s Game 4-20-2012


I enjoy seeing my son in all of his activities whether in school or outside of school. I am a proud mom but by the looks of THIS VIDEO from last week’s game has led me to feel that I am over doing it.

My son literally walked off of the pitcher’s mound to tell me that he keeps messing up because I AM A BIG DISTRACTION! He insists that everytime he sees me pull out my phone or camera that he messes up!

Of course I am thinking that he is being a little overbaord but for him to walk off of the mound to tell me to stop filming him may hold some truth to it.

Why? Because as soon as I STOPPED video taping him, he started pitching a lot better and even struck a few players out!

Well after the game, my question to him was…. How am I suppose to video tape you and show you how well you did or did not do so that you can improve your skills? I said it is no different than when a coach does it for his players!

My son said mom, I don’t know you can figure it out because you are smart, just let me focus!! I cannot become a pitcher for the New York Yankees with you being a distraction…….. UGGGHHH.. this kid!

Are you kidding me????????

Dear ( ME )

Dear Jesus –


 

Being related to someone is NOT a choice but Being someone’s friend is and Jesus, you chose to be BOTH!

I’d like to be the sort of friend that you have been to me; I’d like to be the help that you’ve been always glad to be;

I’d like to mean as much to you each minute of the day As you have meant, old friend of mine, to me along the way.

I’d like to do the big things and the splendid things for you, To brush the gray from out your skies and leave them only blue;

I’d like to say the kindly things that I so oft have heard, And feel that I could rouse your soul the way that mine you’ve stirred.

I’d like to give you back the joy that you have given me, Yet that were wishing you a need I hope will never be;

I’d like to make you feel as rich as I, who travel on Undaunted in the darkest hours with you to lean upon.

I’m wishing at this time that I could but repay A portion of the gladness that you’ve strewn along my way;

And could I have one wish this year, this only would it be: I’d like to be the sort of friend that you have been to me.

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