Archives for: November 2004
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Wow! Finally a moment when I am not busy or tired – it surely has been a wild week. I could go into the details of Thanksgiving, but no need. I wasn’t very compliant, but I have survived and am back on program. That is the way that works the best for me: I eat food that I cook and prepare at home for probably 85-95% of my meals. When I do this, I am mostly compliant. When I eat out, I do the best to choose foods that will help me to feel good, but if I want something else, I order it. This is almost the exact opposite of where I was before I took my hiatus. At that time I was eating nearly 80% of my meals out or as take-out. I would try to comply when I ordered out, and would then cheat at home. The problem with that way of doing it, is that you just cannot control what other people put in your food. Inevitably, something each day would be a trigger food, and off I would go. It was very depressing. I have come to realize that cooking my own food is more than just saving money, and more than a “job”. It is a choice that allows me to be healthy. I have moved further and further away from avoids, simply by eating food that I cook and that I control. I have spent most of my adult life eating out. The results are always the same: I can’t control my food and I have to deal with cravings continually.
When I eat at home, and when I eat food that I prepare, I find myself wanting to be compliant. I crave foods that are good for me, and avoids for the most part, are small voices in the background.
Part of keeping on track is getting myself off to a good start in the morning. It might surprise you what I often eat for breakfast: A big, HUGE salad. Let me tell you about my breakfast salad. You see, I am a person who is most hungry when I wake up in the morning. My hungriest period of the day is from 6:15 AM when I get up, until about 11 AM. I am hon-gry! I used to take care of my hunger by eating bowls of cereal. That was up until I really started getting into the BTD. The thing that I found works the very best for me on really hungry morning is a huge salad. This is how I make it:
I take a large amount of the organic spring mix, or some other prepared organic salad and I chop it up really, really small…chop, chop, chop! I find that I prefer to eat my salads really chopped up into tiny pieces. I then add – ALWAYS – a big handful of parsley (chop, chop, chop), a big handful of cilantro (chop, chop, chop), 1 or 2 large stalks of organic celery (chop, chop, chop) and sometimes a mix that I get in the store called broccoli slaw, which is slivers of raw broccoli, cabbage and carrots, and even though these are in slivers I still chop, chop, chop. To this I add a big handful of walnuts (chopped, of course), sometimes (if I’m in the mood in the morning) some green onions (chopped fine) and ALWAYS some finely chopped fruit – usually apples and/ or grapes. I always add the fruit because I like some sweetness to my salad and the fruit not only makes it a little sweet, but adds an extra texture. I throw all of this into a huge metal bowl. On top of that I add a good dose of expeller-pressed flaxseed oil, a splash of organic apple cider vinegar with the mother (I have found that I just don’t care for lemon juice as much as I like the ac vinegar), a nice dose of expeller-pressed organic olive oil, usually a little splash of my to-die-for lemon grapeseed oil (http://www.grapeseedoil.com), and, of course, a splash of Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids. I top it off with organic garlic salt, organic onion powder and a big pinch of sea salt. I then mix that baby up. When it’s mixed, I throw in a finely chopped organic hard-boiled egg. If I’m lucky enough to have some cold steak lying around, in it goes. Then I FEAST! I tell you, I feel like a million bucks after I eat this. I am CHARGED UP. Unlike other breakfasts, which inevitably make me tired, this one gets me going. And I like the fact that I can eat it and eat it and eat it, no matter how hungry I am, and it is all good for me.
While I am doing all this chopping, I usually drink a 3-cup glass of water (I don’t follow the water rules that Dr. D puts out, I am afraid) and a big cup of my special “vitamins in real food form” broth that I always have made. I’ll tell you about THAT little secret tomorrow, and also about the FABULOUS new workout routine that I am doing.
OK – I’m off to bed. Try my SUPER SALAD breakfast someday, all you O’s out there looking for the morning energy. It will make you feel WONDERFUL!
Last night I watched another of the videos in the series created by Bill Moyers titled Healing and the Mind. It is a very powerful series, and dynamic. I was glued to the television set while it played. The segment that I watched yesterday was set in a retreat centre called Commonweal, in California beside the Pacific Ocean. It accommodates people diagnosed with cancer, who stay for a week while they participate in yoga classes and group therapy sessions. The object is to heal the minds of these people, while at the same time, it may not be possible to cure their bodies. Perhaps because of the finality of their disease, pretenses did not seem to exist. Within a short space of time, absolute strangers became intimately bonded as they supported each other in their pains and their joys, their experiences and their plans. Faces relaxed into very different shapes from the first few frames of the exploration well before the half way point of the video, even though tears were shed generously throughout the program.
There were perhaps at least two important points made during the course of the video that impressed me strongly. The first is the principle that healing is not necessarily going to cure the bodies of those afflicted with disease, and that a cure and a healing are not at all the same thing. People visiting Commonweal have a desire to heal their minds and souls of the many pains that we all experience as we live our lives. The importance of doing this became evident as I watched the video.
The second point was a reflective moment from one of the participants. She said she had observed a great many people who worried about their diets and the health of their bodies to an extreme degree, to the point where it became the entire focus of their lives. She felt that this was misplaced attention. She expressed the view that we need to be healthy and look after our bodies so that we can accomplish the purpose of our lives. In other words, disease or bodily discomfort are not the reason we came into the world, and we should not try to make it our entire raison d’être.
It is difficult, of course, when our bodies fail us in various areas, to go beyond these areas into another dimension, whatever it may be. But this, in the end, may be more important than worrying about what we’ve eaten recently. I am certainly not intending any downgrading of the importance of the Blood Type Diet. It has saved my life and made me much more comfortable than I was before I discovered its truths. But it is important to keep my perspective and my mind clear so that I can straddle the “middle path” touted by the Buddha 2500 years ago. At the same time, being a non-secretor, it is not a smart thing for me to disregard the basic principles of the diet, and I continue to follow it as religiously as ever. I do not stray very often from the recommendations, because I am tired of losing my energy - and therefore time - in which the purpose of my life can be pursued diligently. Knowing that my immune system is limited at best helps to keep me on track with the foods that I eat. Knowing that there are other things in my life that are at least as important as what I eat, or perhaps even more so, help me to stay balanced psychologically and emotionally.
The past few weeks have found me tapping more intensely with Gary Craig’s system for curing whatever may come my way. It has been an interesting journey, for sure. I don’t know how it works. I don’t know why it works. On the surface, standing back and looking at the system, it doesn’t make any sense that it should work. But it does. I am using it to overcome emotional situations in my life, and they are retreating. I am using it to work with slight physical problems, and they are improving. In a recent e-newsletter, someone reported being able to lower their cholesterol levels simply by tapping for a month. Since my own cholesterol levels are very high, I have started doing this as well. Time will tell if it works better than the other things I have tried. The doctor gave me a prescription for something to lower my readings, but I have not filled it, nor do I intend to do so. I wish I could trust the drug industry, but at this stage of my life, I do not. It seems very beneficial to tap on an emotional issue just before going to bed. I am sleeping much more soundly than I have in a great many years. This alone is a wonderful benefit, to be sure. For anyone who wishes to investigate the tapping, please look at www.emofree.com<br />
Music: The Smashing Pumpkins
Mood: Nag Champa
What's up gang? I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday. Mine was all right. Not great, not terrible. I had an organic turkey from Organic Valley. Spendy bird if you pay for it. I had an awesome recipe. I had a set time the bird was supposed to be done... And a time we were gonna eat. Of course... As per usual in the planning of multitudinous events such as this, one person had to throw the entire time table off for everyone...
My Dad's brother and his wife, seem to have forgotten to thaw their bird properly... No one bothered telling me this until 2pm or so... My bird had been in the oven for 2 hours by this point. We were supposed to eat at 4:30pm... So... All of a sudden, I find out their bird won't be done until 6pm... Dinner is now at 6:30...
This means I had to play the guessing game and turn the temp down on the oven so that it could cook for an extra 2 hours and come out some at 6pm... NOT the best way to cook a bird. Too long will dry it out... Thanks be to the cheesecloth I had it blanketed with, and my tenacious basting... It turned out awesome none the less. (All parties forgiven, of course.)
Dinner that night was pretty good. It's nowhere near as cool as I remember it being... If you can call the voracious consumption of all thing "cool..."
I actually indulged on a few avoids... I had a big serving of my Mom's dressing/stuffing. (Best taste on Earth if you ask me...) I had a couple of bites of this crazy sweet potato/pecan/coconut casserole thingy... It was delicious. I also had a small pineapple chunk from the fruit salad (butter cream, sugar, etc.) And a small bite of something that resembled cole slaw... (cabbage, etc.) I managed to avoid all the pies, mashed potatoes, gravies, bread, rolls, relish tray olives and peppers, etc. Not that I ever found this to be a challenge...
All in all, I'm very surprised I actually ate a few avoids. I'd say it was 47% to satiate my own tastes, 47% "crowd pleasing", and the other 6% can be chalked up to the lowering of inhibitions due to alcohol. I felt like crap the next day... Although I am sure 90% of it was due to how much I ate and the amount of red wine consumed... With a paltry 10% attributed to the avoids on the menu. All these percentages... I oughtta be a pollster!
Diggin' on the leftovers still. I took half of my leftover turkey, the drippings from the pan, some seasonings, some water, 2 T. of ghee, and broccoli, snap peas, and sliced carrots, and made a delicious soup/stew. YUM. The other half I've been feeding to my roommate...
Here's to enjoying your leftovers. Peace be with you.
I took my daughter to our city’s (Toronto’s) 100th Santa Claus Parade last weekend…the longest running Santa Clause parade in the world. We took the subway into the city and were lucky to find a seat for the 14-stop train ride to the parade route. It was a balmy 12 degrees Celsius with the sun shining bright. Most years that I have gone, it has always been very cold and uncomfortable. When we came to the parade root I was fortunate enough to have found a phone booth that was unoccupied. When I mean unoccupied, I’m referring to the fact there was no one sitting on top of it taking in the view of the parade. I easily coaxed my daughter up and had her sit on the phone booth where she enjoyed a splendid view of the procession (along with three other little girls and a chiwawa(sp) who occupied the three other phone booths beside her).
The parade, which always ends with Santa , started off with the anti-Christ himself…Ronald Macdonald…and next to Santa, got the biggest round of applause from the kids. Both have a few things in common…they both have red noses, are always happy, and do a fine job of getting kids to be good so they will get more toys either through Christmas gifts or from parents buying them a happy meal…the latter being a big price to pay (nutrition wise) for a set of the latest cartoon action figures (McDonalds should stick to what they do best…selling little toys…now if they could only do it without the food).
The marching bands were good, but I have to hand it to you Americans reading this…. your marching bands (there were several in the parade) are kick A#@ compared to ours.
A plethora of floats depicting winter scenes and various popular cartoon characters like Scooby Doo marched along the 5 km parade route (how do those clowns walk on their feet for so long is beyond me?). There were many corporate sponsors like Hubba Bubba, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, and Pringles…all handing out samples, There were hot dog vendors everywhere and a elderly man walking the parade route selling cotton candy asking the kids after they eat it, to brush their teeth twice (I’m sure he sold twice as much cotton candy with the addition of the brushing pitch). Needless to say, there were a lot of cranky, restless kids on the subway ride back to the suburbs.
The climax of the whole parade for me was when the chiwawa dog, I mentioned earlier in the blog, started choking on a large piece of hot dog the owner’s daughter had fed it (we generally do such a lousy job of feeding ourselves as a species, that our pets are starting to suffer as well).
Honestly, the real climax for me was watching the expression on my daughter’s face as Santa finally came waltzing down the route…the look of pure innocence and joy on her face is reward enough.
Now what does any of this have to do with the BTD? Easy… I couldn’t spot a beneficial/neutral food anywhere around the parade to eat so my daughter and I waited till we got home. Waiting a few hours to eat something is not going to kill you. Others may argue, eating hot dog once in a while won’t kill you either. I’m sure the Chiwawa would disagree.
Music: Shelob's Lair, Composer: Howard Shore, Performed by: The London Oratory School Scholars
Mood: Roman Chamomile and Spanish Lemon
It's that time of year again BTD's. The Hellified Holidays. Time for food, family, fun, voracious consumerism, indulgence, remembrance, and whatever else you can think of...
Before I kick off this blog in full, PLEASE read my friend Erika's latest blog... Enlightening, to say the least.
I must say recieved a similar, albeit far more hate filled, comment from the man who prompted her story... I can only encourage all of you out there to see the fear and frustration that dominate such acts of hate and intolerance in the world today. These people need our understanding and compassion more than anyone sles in the world in order to grow as people. Not our elitist retalliations and retorts. Erika responded with intelligence and compassion just as I would expect of her. We should all follow such an example.
SO! What am I doing for thanksgiving? Well, sit by the fire, pour yourself a glass of (insert favorite beverage here), and I'll tell you a bit about it...
First and foremost. I will be remembering, thanking,a nd blessing all the souls who have helped me develop into the person I am today. Through acts of kindness and "injustice" alike, we are ALL presented with oppurtunities to explore the ins and outs of Duality, and develop as people. Live in the moment, accept each "offering" as a blessing. Give thanks. Thanks be to all of you.
Alright.... On that note, here's is whats I be doin' on Bird Day.
Organic Turkey. I encourage all of you to seek out free range and organic turkey if you can. No hormones, no antibiotics, no genetically modified birds bred through artificial insemination... These 'lil shits get plenty of sunshine, grasshoppers, and excersize... A happy bird is a healthy bird. They cost a lot more, but the fact that they are treated humanely and are not Toxic Bombs for the body when ingested is worth the cost in this Blogger's eyes...
Here's the recipe I nabbed out of a magazine entitled elicious Living." It's free in many Health food stores. While I don't agree with everything they print, it's refreshing to see publications that aren't afraid to expose the evils of forced vaccinations, antibiotic abuse, refined foods, etc.
Check it out...
1 14lb Turkey, thawed. (Orgainic Valley for me...)
20 Fresh, whole sage leaves (all I could find were dried... Oh well).
1 red apple, quartered.
1 onion, quartered (i'm usin a big purple one)
1/4 cup butter, softened (I'll be using Purity Farms Ghee, YUM!)
1/4 Cup olive oil (cold pressed, unrefined, and organic, Spectrum is a good brand to look for...)
1 Cup turkey, chicken, or vegetable broth.
1 cheesecloth, large enough to cover the bird.
Insert favorite cooking music into CD player (Madonna's, Immaculate Collection, is a good choice, ha ha.)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Farenheit.
Rinse and pat dry bird, remove liver, giblets, and neck. Decorativley insert 10 sage leaves under the skin.
Season the cavities. I'll be using Herbamare. You can use whatever suits your fancy.
Stuff the bird with the apple, onion, and remaining sage leaves. Skewer shut cavities, rub the bird with soft butter (Ghee) and thank and bless it for sacraficing it'self for you.
Mix the olive oil and broth in a small sauce pan. Soak the cheesecloth in the mixture, squeezing out the extra, and blanket the bird like a beautiful, and tasty mummy, ha ha. Save the xtra liquid for basting.
Put bird on the lowest rack, in a large and heavy roasting pan. Immediatley reduce heat to 325. Bake for about 3 hours (17 minutes per pound for larger or smaller bird), basting with oil/broth mixture every 20-30 minutes. During last hour of cooking, cover the roasting pan with foil to prevent over browning.
Bird is done when the breast meat hits 171 degrees, thighs should be at 180.
Save pan juice to drizzle over slices before serving. Enjoy!
I'm also makin' Pumpkin pudding...
1 cup pumpkin (8 oz.)
4 Tbsp. of pure Maple syrup.
Handful of walnuts
1 block of Tufu: soft and silken (Mori-Nu is a good one.)
Cinnamon, ginger powder, nutmeg, and all spice to taste.
Throw in a blender and whip 'er up. You can double the batch for a larger bowl. Namaste!
Going to enjoy a couple bottles of good wine, and some Knudsens sparkling juice beverages for the younger family members.
Have a wicked weekend folks!
I aint gon' spel chek this neether (heh)... Later gang.
11/22/2004 9:44 PM
Well, it feels good to be back. I’m sure that I’ll be able to catch you all up over the next few blogs or so, so I’ll just jump in where I am.
Today I ended up eating some wheat pasta. I made some for my daughter – not the best choice for a type O kid, but I make it once in a while. I ate a bowl of it. The good news is that wheat no longer makes me feel horrible, but the OTHER good news is that it DOES give me some side-effects that I don’t like and therefore keeps me out of the wheat for the most part. The first annoying side effect is that it gives me sciatica pain that doesn’t go away for several hours. The second is that it affects my vision. It makes me feel like I have “thick” tears and I don’t like it. I’m typing now, and my eyes feel pretty disgusting. No more wheat for me for a while.
I do like certain brands of rice pasta. I have found that, overall, rice is the only grain that I can eat with almost no problems. Spelt is just the same as wheat for me – same reactions only it also makes me sleepy. I haven’t had good luck with amaranth or quinoa, either. I know that they are not avoids for O in general, but they are avoids for me. And, just so you don't wonder, I am a secretor - been checked.
Oats don’t seem to bother me too much, and rice is fine. The only thing that I notice happens if I eat a good portion of rice is that I feel like my blood pressure goes up and my heart sometimes starts to pound. This happens more if I have been especially “clean” in my eating for a few days. I also don't like that feeling at all - it's kinda scary - so I don't eat big portions of any grains anymore.
So, I’m feeling kind of pooped and I’m headed to bed. I feel sort of like the prodigal daughter coming home again. In my journeys, I have learned a lot about what works for me, and what doesn’t work. One thing that I have finally come to accept is that I need a lot more sleep than I would like. In order for me to really feel good, I need to be in bed around 10:00 to 10:15 and asleep by 11 PM at the latest. This need to get to bed earlier than I previously believed is exacerbated by the fact that I have to get up on most weekdays at 6:10 AM. This is a full hour and a half earlier than my body would like. What is funny is that getting to sleep by 11 and getting up at 7:30 is the same hours that I preferred as a kid. I only started to mess my sleep up in college, when sleeping somehow became “un-cool”. Being married to an insomniac doesn’t help with that feeling. His idea of an ideal sleep is to go to bed at 1:00 AM and to get up at 8, with a waking period from 3-5.
I have finally embraced my body’s need for sleep. With that reminder, I am off to bed!
Night. It’s good to be back.
Hopefully you have all had a chance to see the photos from various BTD-related activities. If not, please read the blog previous to this one....
Well, the time had finally come tonight to eat Monkfish. I was randomly given that distinct opportunity at Vincent tonight. I told you about Vincent before in a previous blog about the adventures to the MN State Fair. I ended my bad food journey at Vincent where I was able to turn around my poor eating habits for the more refined, BTD-friendly French cuisine habits that day.
So, tonight, friends (folk musician Cat Kinsey and alt country musician Chad Hinman, along with Cat's dad) and I broke bread, white baguette unfortunately, over lovely wine and entrees at Vincent. And on the menu was monkfish! And strangely enough it has a very funny texture, more like a scallop than a fish but I found it quite enjoyable. I would still have to say, hands down that Sea Bass is my ultimate favorite fish, followed closely by wild salmon. The monkfish was supposed to come with cabbage and Peruvian potatoes, but the server happily substituted Swiss chard and wild rice so that I could attempt to adhere to BTD principles. Thank you!
Now, unfortunately, eating out of the bread basket with whipped creamy butter may be counter-acting my wise entree choice. Oh well. I pray for better will-power next time I'm out with friends.
Finished the meal with one of their appetizer/salad staples.....beets with frisee and whipped goat cheese.
Heaven. Simply heaven.
It was fun having Cat and Chad in town again. I got to hear demos from Cat's new CD that she is working on, little-by-little. I am incredibly impressed with Chad's new CD that Cat dropped by my place a couple of months ago. To learn more about these two rockin' musicians, check out:
www.catkinsey.com and also www.chadhinman.com<br />
Cat informed me that her website is expected to get a lot more hits now, by accident, because of that new movie out called, "Kinsey." Oh, she is so lucky to have a last name like that! Haha! It is truly good for business.
Well, I finally got back to the blog. It was time. As you may have correctly assumed, I was incredibly disappointed with election results. There were many angry and sad things going through my head and heart that could have come out on the blog in the days past 11/02. But I chose to follow that good ol' fashioned advice in this particular instance: If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all. So I remained silent. Too bad for the reader who didn't enjoy my political opinions and spiritual beliefs up to that point. This reader perhaps should have followed this ancient advice before he decided to leave a blatantly personal attack (vs. constructively critical reply) on my comment page:
What is with you Minneapolis types? Howard Dean? Liberally drinking? Is it the water, or what? Anyway, four more years, thank God. The rest of us have good sense.
Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 11:18:52
When I first received this comment, I was a bit dumbfounded as to why a fellow blood type dieter would choose to attack my "sense."
After a week or so of sitting on this issue...I've decided that it's only appropriate to help this reader understand my perspective, however skewed it seems.
Gosh, what IS up with us Minneapolis types? (hmmm, you get one point deducted for stereotyping, albeit a stereotype I have no problem perpetuating as I am PROUD to live in a place as progressive as Minneapolis) but I suppose, for your sake, dear reader, I will answer your question...
Well for one, we Minneapolitans have the intellectual capacity and open minds to understand and adhere to a diet as complex and "unorthodox" as the BTD. Is it in the water? Perhaps. There are only 10,000 lakes in Minnesota. Minne being a Native American root word for "water". As in Minnehaha Park. Minnehaha literally means, "laughing waters." Minneapolis: city of water, city of lakes. So, hey, you might get a point back, because, yes, it probably IS in the water. It's all ABOUT the water here!
As we see the value in these sacred waters around us, we in turn realize a certain social responsibility to protect them. Yes, this may lead us to such left-winged activities as joining the Sierra Club and knocking on doors before and on election day in hopes that we elect leaders in our local, state, and national government positions who are interested in protecting these waters as well as the flora and fauna (including ourselves) which inhabit them.
What else is up with us Minneapolis types? OK, well, we have TONS of co-ops. These co-ops have lead to dangerous hobbies such as free and critical-thinking about the world around us, about our bodies, about nature, about our sprituality, however manifested. With these co-ops, not only can we discover such alternative methods of healing, such as the BTD, but FIND AND PURCHASE THE FOODS AND HERBS THAT SUPPORT OUR DIET! We have a chance to BUY LOCALLY. We have a chance to SUPPORT ORGANIC FARMERS. We have a chance to use our pocketbooks and minds to create a sustainable world and try our best in this heavily synthetic world to be in tune with nature. We recognize the interconnectedness of man with nature. With the universe as a whole. We understand how being selfless in our quest for justice for the environment and for respresenting the underdogs and those who cannot represent themselves leads back to good karma and peace within ourselves.
In order to follow the Blood Type Diet successfully, you need fresh organic produce. You need real, unadulterated food. In order to embrace naturopathic medicine, you must embrace NATURE. It helps to live in a community that supports this type of living in harmony with nature with all its heart.
It is simple really. In our greed, we destroy things that are seemingly benign. Rain forest? "Who cares?" people say. Or how about global warming? "Not a threat". Suddenly we recognize how destroying the ecosystems of the world around us leads directly and indirectly back to the destruction of ourselves. Just come to my pharmacy and I'll show you how to make a progesterone vaginal suppository so that a woman can actually become a mother because her body cannot support the initial stages of pregnancy without losing the fertilized egg. Watch male sperm counts go down year by year, first in the smallest animals, and now, here in 2004, in human males.
WATCH AS WE CAN NO LONGER EAT FISH WITHOUT FEAR AND RECOMMENDED GOVERNMENTAL HEALTH LIMITATIONS BECAUSE THE AIR AND WATER IS FILLED WITH MERCURY WHICH LEECHES INTO OUR BODIES AND ADVERSELY AFFECTS THE DEVELOPING BRAINS OF OUR OFFSPRING. In a world where the bottom line has defined our corporations, here is the karma for years of not doing the right thing when we knew in our most infinite wisdom that what we were doing was not right for the earth, and in turn, self-destructive.
To make this an argument of simply right vs. left, or Bush vs. Kerry, republican vs. democrat is to me unproductive. The real argument to me is this: realistic common-sense moderation vs. unrealistic ideological extremes. Each party can justify that each is the former and their opponents represent the latter, but take a deep look at laws being passed and/or rights being banned due to greed and extremist ideology. This is what the majority (80%+) of "Minneapolis types" (according to election results per Hennepin County) have chosen to do.
Perhaps it IS my world. Perhaps, working at a pharmacy where I regularly dispense anti-viral meds to HIV positive homosexual males who now have lifelong partners has led me to believe that despite the great pharmaceuticals keeping them alive and healthy, if they were ever to fall ill and require hospitalization and/or hospice care, either due to AIDS-related ailments or simply old age, I would hope their life partners would not be discriminated against due to unfair hospital visitation rules because their partners are not considered "family." Perhaps, they could also attend funerals without worrying about employers refusing to give them time off because they are not legal "spouses." But the point is that, it is not my decision to take away these rights, but it is my responsibility to protect them and allow them the most peaceful last days that I can, the same rights as heterosexual couples, with my vote and my voice. I have seen a common pattern of LOVE between the men in these partnerships. I have seen a common pattern of HATE (disguised as Godly reverence) from the people who are trying to take away their rights. I am not alone in this perception.
I could say so much more, but I will say one thing regarding "The rest of us have good sense"..... Remember, this was NOT a landslide victory for Bush. He may have won the "majority" of America, but we, the people, have lost respect from the majority of the world. "Who cares about the rest of the world?" Remember, we are all connected. America is a great nation, but not infallible.
Here come more comments, good and bad....please note death threats will be reported to authorities. Not sure why I'd get them. I'm American and I'm just practicing my right to free speech. Isn't that why we put all this money into the war? To protect our freedom? Oh, the double-edged sword of propaganda strikes again.....
I scan the newspapers every lunch hour after I eat for 10 minutes or so. I always read the articles that are tucked into the corners of the pages away from the headlines about war, the economy and sports…I need to keep myself upbeat. There was a small article about a new medical research that concluded that low fat diets help keep the weight off longer over lo-carb diets (tend to regain it quickly back). My first thought reading this is…’ another article to confuse everyone when both types of diets can be beneficial’
A’s and AB’s genetically favor a diet that is low in animal protein/fat and high in complex carbs and vegetable protein (low fat). They lack the enzyme to break down a high fat, high protein diet. O’s and B’s on the other hand are unable to fully digest many carb foods, like grains and beans, which are converted to fat.
If they had only just taken blood samples of the people that were in the study and cross-referenced the blood types, they might have come close to the same conclusion.
My theory over why the low fat diet won is most O’s I know are addicted to wheat and grains and find it very hard not to eat them when in view.
To this day, I still do not go into my lunchroom at work every Tuesday and Thursday morning because they have free muffins and bagels to munch on. I am the only one at work that does not partake and sometimes it takes a lot of will power not to. Word of advice…if you O’s and B’s ever feel the urge to eat wheat or harmful grains and beans…eat some protein instead…the urges will go away and you will stay lean (or get leaner).
Music: Queen - Greatest Hits
What's up friends? Enjoying dinner as I type this (Baked acorn squash w/seasoning and sesame oil)... Good stuff. Read on...
Woke up in the AM... Like most of you I hope.. he he... Got my juice on right away. 3 carrots, 2 celery stalks, a big ol' piece of ginger, 2 garlic cloves, and a few beet greens. WAY too spicy. Talk about a natural expectorant... I like it freaky though. Green Star Juicers are the goods. If you have the desire, and the time to juice, do a 'lil research.
Ate an avocado and a pomegranite while I got all Betty Crocker w/myself. I decided to make flax muffins this morn'...
I found a recipe I thought sounded good on the BTD boards. Here goes:
3 C. ground flax seed (Golden, and fresh ground if possible)
1 1/4 C. Flour (I used 3/4 C. each of Arrowhead Mills oat and spelt) If your gluten sensitive just use rice flour or sumthin'.
3/4 C. Milk (I used 1/2 C. of Rice Dream, and 1/4 C. of Eden unsweetened soy milk)
1/2 Cup sweetener (I used Wholsome Sweeteners blackstrap mollasses)
2 large eggs (free range and organic if possible)
2 T. oil (I used 1 T. each of spectrum sesame and olive... Use unrefined if you can.)
1 T. of Baking powder (aliminum and corstarch free if you can find it...)
Dash of sea salt (optional)
Dash of cinnamon (optional)
1 t. vanilla or almond extract (optional) Make sure your extract is gluten free if you are sensitive.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mix all dry in one bowl, and all the wet in another.
Whisk 'em up... That's right... Beat it... Good....
Mix the dry and wet together and sppon into a greased muffin pan... Nice and graesy... All sweet and oiled up...
Bake 'em for 18 minutes or so. Good like wood.
I've been eatin 'em with a tsp of Purity Farms ghee and some Knudson apple butter.
The recipe makes 12 muffins. I have eaten 6 of them so far today... I'll probably have 2 later... Can you OD on flax?? He he. Later gang. Peace to you all.
A few days ago I had my annual eye exam. It was notable in terms of stability. I have used the same pair of glasses for five years now, and there is no real need to change them. I could upgrade the frames and have a slight improvement in vision by doing so, but I can read well enough without having to spend the money for new glasses. I use them for reading and close work, but don’t need them all the time. The doctor said that if I were driving, he would insist that I get a pair of glasses for distance vision, but since I don’t drive, that is not now an issue. Perhaps the best part of the examination is the news that there is, again, no sign of glaucoma or cataracts. On the way out the door, I asked the doctor about any sign of diabetes. He usually mentions it after his examination is completed, but not this time. He said there was definitely no sign of diabetes. I explained to him that this was very important information, since almost every member of my mother’s family has developed diabetes, including my (long deceased) mother and my (still living) sister. It is still my long-term plan to never contract the disease, thanks altogether to following the blood type diet.
Not long ago, poking around on the shelves of the local library, I came across a small book by James D’Adamo, “One Man’s Meat Is Another’s Poison”, the precursor to Eat Right For Your Type. I had never seen it before, so it was interesting to leaf through its pages and recognize the enormous progress that has been made since it appeared. I am grateful that James D’Adamo discovered that different foods were necessary for each blood type, even though he did not completely understand how that could work. It was a beginning, and of course, the basis for our BTD as we know it today. Who knows what our diets will look like after the interlude of time, with more input and information? ‘Tis an exciting journey we are all on, my friends!
I also discovered a lovely series of video films at the library. Toronto has a wonderful library system. If the local library doesn’t have the book/movie, etc. that you’d like to borrow, you can request it, and it will then be delivered from another location to your local branch. In this way, I have been able to access two of the five video films made by Bill Moyers of Public Television fame in 1990 regarding Healing and the Mind. The first was on the shelves of my local branch and was actually the fourth in the series, “The Art of Healing”. It was impressive, as a result of which I ordered the four others in the series. Volume I came last week. It is a spectacular presentation, discussing “The Mystery of Chi” (as in T’ai Chi). Moyers went to China and was guided through traditional Chinese medicine by David Eisenberg, M.D., of Harvard Medical School. Many amazing things are shown on this film, starting with acupuncture and how it is used in China to heal many things. A woman having brain surgery using acupuncture was kept conscious and pain-free while the surgery progressed, with no sign of anxiety from her at all. A finger pressed at the wrist could generate heat that moved through the veins of the person being touched (Bill Moyers, the eternal skeptic). A master of martial arts could repel students by simply holding his hand out (not pushing) and using his chi energy to take them completely off balance and away from him. Even a master calligrapher was shown performing his art and talking about the fact that it could not be done properly if the chi energy was not flowing well! As you can imagine, I am looking forward to seeing the other three titles in the series: “The Mind Body Connection”, “Healing From Within”and “Wounded Healers”. It is difficult not to become even more enthusiastic about the benefits of practicing T'ai Chi, recommended for A and B blood types, after watching this video presentation.
To end this little ramble through various windows into my life recently, a quotation from a Sufi master named Hazrat Inayat Khan, who died in 1927, taken from a book called “Mental Purification and Healing”: ‘The best medicine is a pure diet, nourishing food, fresh air, regularity in action and repose, clearness of thought, pureness of feeling and confidence in the perfect Being, with whom we are all linked and whose expression we are. That is the essence of health. The more we realize this, the more secure will be our health.’
To your good health, all!
Here are a few life affirming, heart warming, and ingenious 'lil tid bits... I hope you can all learn something from them...
And remember! When eating tinned, or flash frozen (home freezing method does not increase polyamine availability) meats, counteract the polyamine availability in these foods with the proanthrocyandins in fresh of frozen berries! A tsp. of concentrate or a handful of fresh or frozen blueberries, cranberries, cherries, etc. go a long way in keeping putrefies/shocked protien fragments from becoming the food of voracious mutated cells! Add them/it before or after the meal. Here's to your health.
And... Did you know that Cortez (the evil small pox spreading conquistador) outlawed Amaranth (type A super beneficial) in the 16th century after invading Central America? Wierd huh? He did it to assist in wiping out the aztecs (they thrived on the "miracle seed"). Good thing it back in the lime light... Sorta... Ha!
The Cleaning Lady.
During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I
was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I
read the last one:
"What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name?
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.
"Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say "hello."
I've never forgot en that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.
2. Pickup in the Rain
One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her,
generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.
She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached. It read:
"Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."
Mrs. Nat King Cole.
3. Always remember those who serve.
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked. "Fifty cents," replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled is hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.
"Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.
"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied. The little boy again counted his coins.
"I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table.
There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies.
You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.
4. The obstacle in our path.
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but
none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he
noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained
many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand! Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.
5. Giving When it Counts.
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare &serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had
developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.
The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning toher cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.
He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away".
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her... What a brave 'lil bugger...
Bless you all. Be well~
Ok…. I’m still here but I’m running out of things to say…. maybe the diet has become such a way of life for me that it has become mundane and without challenge, time to spruce it up a bit. Question is how? I could go into my fridge and figure ways of sprucing up the taste of soymilk. I buy the plain type without sweeteners or thickeners. Like most of the plain ones, they taste bland. Now, I only have two types of bottled juice in my fridge, prune and cherry (both beneficial for O’s), and they are both natural and not artificially sweetened. I find prune juice very sweet and cherry juice very tart by itself. If you mix them with Soymilk it cuts the tartness and the sweetness and actually tastes good. Give it a try and tell me what you think.
I also own a juicer, which is great for making fresh pineapple juice. What’s with all the Pineapples these last few years…looks like Del Monte figured out people don’t like eating it out of a can and decided to sell them whole instead. You can usually find them for under $3.00 a pineapple…under $4.00 if Organic. I usually by the latter and one pineapple is good for 15 ounces of juice. I usually drink it first thing in the morning when I wake. It’s out of bed, straight to the juicer. It’s great for sweeping out all the metabolic debris your body just recycled while you were asleep and the bromelein does wonders for cleaning up your innards. You can also blend it with a banana if not on your avoid list. I also juice grapefruits...always organic…. although considered an acidic fruit, they actually have an alkaline effect and can also rev up digestive system which would be a good thing for A’s and AB’s alike especially in the morning. Add a handful of cranberries (Ok for all) and this drink will wake up any sleepy head…who needs coffee?
Now here’s a concoction your liver will love (our organs always like things that do not taste good, why is that?). Juice one grapefruit with two cloves of garlic, a piece of fresh ginger and one tablespoon of Olive oil added to the mixture. Drink it first thing in the morning and than wait an hour before eating. Drink this every morning for five days in a row and every 3 months or so with the change in the seasons. Great drink to encourage the elimination of wastes and increases bile flow as well.
One of my favorites is, carrot, apple and ginger all juiced together. A great drink to revitalize the body and clear the mind around 3pm in the afternoon. Junk foods and caffeine, which are very popular mid afternoon, will provide a quick ascent, and an even quicker descent. Instead of the quick fix, try this as a long lasting solution. You can make this at home first thing in the morning and fill a small thermos to the very top so there is no air in it and seal it with the cap (some of it will over flow but the juice will keep till the afternoon so you can drink it at work).
Music: Strange Little Girls - Tori Amos
Mood: Attempting to be tolerant... "Attempting" being the key word...
Well hello BTD's... Had the day off today... Started out right... Just really late! I stayed up too late last night, and somehow managed to sleep until after 10! Jeez... Drank lotsa water... Green tea w/ginseng, had some Pau d'arco tea as well... If you've never heard of Pau d'arco or "Lapacho" as it's commonly called. Google it! An amazing tree with some amazing properties...
Juiced: Carrots, leeks, Swiss chard, celery, and a couple of garlic cloves. NO! Not entire bulbs! Just a couple of cloves! Whatsamattawitchoo!? I'll normally throw in parsley and cilantro too... I seem to have forgotten to pick them up at the grocery store though... What COULD my mind have been preoccupied with...?
Grande latte enema (no cream or sugar), shower, read the paper, took some supplements... Blah, blah, blah.
Eenywayz... I bought a couple of spelt pizza crusts made by, French Meadow Bakery, the other day. All neutral and beneficial ingredients for A's.
I brushed them with organic, extra virgin olive oil, basil, oregano, parsley, and garlic. Yum. I then sprinkled Organic Valley mozzarella cheese (shredded). Yummer.
Proceeded to top with thick sliced portabella mushrooms, chopped yellow onion, and sprouts! Alfalfa, radish, and clover. Yummest!
Baked at 375, until the cheese was perfectly melted... It was the goods! I drizzled a bit more oil onto it, and sprinkled some nutritional yeast as well (a decent, tasty, and good for you, parmesan substitute) over that. Heaven.
Now... With the way the nation is divided, I'll bet half of you are thinking, "Damn Jim! How DO you do it!? Where does this geyser of delicious creativity come from?" Well... To that I say, Madonna's Immaculate Collection Album, and a good strong coffee enema will bring out the joy in anyone!
A happy liver is a happy soul. And a lil' Madonna goes a ling way. Ha!
Of course the other half of you are thinking, "My God. Oh sweet baby Jesus, please save this disgusting Liberal's soul. Please help him to see the 'light.' Enema's? Unorthodox pizza? Madonna? Happiness!? SICK!"
The pizza was the perfect accompaniment to reading about the absolute atrocity that happened on Nov. 2nd... Hey, it's in the opinions column of every national newspaper... I just happen to agree.
Trying to be tolerant again... I often forget that the next four years will be the universe's way of slapping self righteousness in the face in order to bring about a paradigm shift in human thought. It'll be a rough ride though... Here's to making the best of it. Later gang. Peace and compassion to you all.
Well, I'm finallly getting around to learning some blah and/or html code. Here are photos from our Type A Minnesota get-together!
I'm going to see is this works. If not, oh well...if so, I'll start adding more photos.
Click on these links until I get the right code, folks!
For both albums (both Good Earth and trip to see Dr. D's clinic, click here:
Won't be long.....
This is an article written by Thmas Husted. If you had any trouble at the polls, drop him a line. Vist blackboxvoting.cim for more disturbing info... Or just sit back, watch tv, and pretend everything will be ok. It's up to you.
Evidence of vote fraud
is coming in faster than anyone can keep track of. There are specific
such as counties with more votes than voters, one county that produced
negative total number of votes, obvious and heavy-handed voter
and ballots simply discarded without being counted.
The most obvious sign that something went badly wrong were the exit
election day itself. While accurate predictors of the majority of
congressional and gubernatorial races, the exit polling on election day
showed John Kerry as the clear winner, and the word "landslide" was
to be used by news readers who grimaced and shifted in their seats as
read the numbers. But then a strange thing happened! Vote actuals
started to swing back to Bush, even in states where the exit polls
Kerry should win. As the night progressed, an obvious and disturbing
appeared. In states where paper ballots were used and audit trails
for the vote, the actual vote results matched the exit polls closely.
states where the new electronic voting machines were being used, there
consistent bias towards President Bush.
There are some facts about the American system of elections many people
not realize. For one thing, there is no governmental or citizen body
computes the vote totals. For decades, the counting of the votes in
Presidential elections has been handled by a private company owned by
networks. While it may change its name from time to time to stay out of
public eye, it is in fact the same company, owned by the major TV
That's right; in the United States, the Presidential elections are
and decided by the TV network news departments. And nobody checks up on
them. Nobody is allowed to. This brings us to an interesting case that
happened in Florida where Fox News fired two reporters for refusing to
re-write a story to protect the interests of advertisers. The reporters
and lost when the courts ruled that TV network news departments are NOT
under any legal requirement to tell the truth about anything, and have
legal right to fire any reporter that refuses to lie when told to! Now,
and think about that a moment. The counting of the votes in the recent
Presidential election is solely in the hands of a private company under
legal requirement to tell you the truth about the results.
Now then, with regard to the electronic voting machines. The majority
voting systems are manufactured by just two companies, ES&S and
CEO of Diebold, Wally O'Dell, stated publicly his intention to deliver
Ohio's electoral votes to Bush! The owners of both ES&S and Diebold are
brothers, and the software used in both machines, which account for 80%
the votes cast in the last election, share common roots.
It has been known for months that the part of the Diebold voting system
collects and totals the votes in the precincts is not only not secure,
in fact extremely easy to tamper with. Indeed, while the voting
themselves are custom-built, the vote accumulator runs on an ordinary
computer, many of which are sold with built-in wireless LAN capability.
would allow a vote-stealer equipped with another computer with a
wireless LAN to alter votes without even having to be in the same room
the accumulator system. Despite warnings and complaints from computer
security experts and honest elections advocates, electronic voting
were put into use in the battleground states, and worse, were designed
NOT allow any checks on the vote counts. These easily rigged machines
no paper trail of the votes that can be used for a recount. They were
DESIGNED that way! States that agreed to add paper trails under
from activists exempted last Tuesday's election from the requirement.
paper trails will be added for the NEXT election (in theory).
So, here we are, with voting machines that are easy to tamper with,
leave no paper trail, sending their "results" directly to the TV
news, who are under no legal obligation to tell us the truth about
It should be remembered that the TV news shows that assure us President
won last Tuesday's election are the very same ones who assured us that
Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction aimed at us.
Now, the Bush/Neocon supporters are already screaming, "You can't prove
But we are not talking about a criminal case here. We are talking about
group of people claiming to be the legal government of this land. with
authority to take your money from you and spend it as they see fit, to
your children from you to send off to wars,indeed to send YOU off to
be killed or crippled. The burden of proof is on those people claiming
the legal government to prove that they in fact won the election. And
cannot do that. The very absence of a paper trail designed into the
machines to prevent a recount prevents verification of the election.
The Declaration of Independence says that governments derive their just
powers from the consent of the governed. Bush and his cohorts, backed
the TV news media, claim they have the consent of 51% of the people to
the government. I doubt that. While the same TV news media is now
explain why the exit polls, usually the surest indicator of vote fraud
past elections, just "had to be wrong" this time, the fact that the
skewing of votes towards Bush took place inside the electronic voting
machines that purposely leave no audit trail delegitimizes the entire
election. And, if the election lacks legitimacy, then so too do those
who claim authority over us based on that election.
If the elections in this nation are not honest and fair, then We The
have lost all control over the government. The government can do what
wants to with our lives and our wealth, using the illusion of elections
trick us into thinking we are obligated to obey their commands and pay
bills. But in truth, we are not. If the government that claims
over us cannot prove they are legally entitled to that authority, why
we listen to them? If the government cannot prove that the election by
they claim authority is honest and fair, why should we surrender our
or our children's lives to them?
If the elections are not honest and fair, then we are living under the
same conditions that our ancestors did in 1776. We are under the rule
man who is ruler only because he says he is. And we have taxation
representation, because the Congress is not elected by the people, but
chosen from among the "club" by rigged voting machines and the TV
Our ancestors decided they would not live under a tyrant who took their
money without regard for their interests.
What will modern Americans do now?
A friend of mine wrote the following... A friend with whom I have placed my faith and trust... He has helped me out as much as anyone in this life. Much like Dr. D, and Heidi.
His name is Andreas. I think the three people I have just mentioned are angels in their own right... Thanks guys. Perhaps this will resonate with you... Perhaps it will not. Bless each and every one of you though... All my love.
"There are light angels and dark angels. Light angels are energies embued with specific intelligence and purpose to facilitate and maintain the constant creation of the universe, from guiding subatomic particles, atoms, molecules, etc., to assemble in a form that gives rises to a specific purpsoe, such the creation of the cells of the human body. There are a nearly infinite number of angels present at every level and stage of the creative process of absulutely everything that exists. The subatomic particles of the chair you are sitting on are created and destroyed thousands of times per second, a speed that cannot be comprehended by the human mind. Nothing, even the rocks and steel is permanent. They last but a moment and are recreated the next. A river looks the same every time you look at at, but new water replaces the old each moment in time.
Creation is not something that happend sometime ago. Time never began. The creative process is constant, an eternal continuum. Only a perceiver sees a beginning and an end. In order to create something new and allow life to continue and expand, something else must be destroyed first. This is where the dark angels come in. Subatomic particles have to be destroyed for new ones to come fourth. Without destruction you could not sit on your chair, it wouldn't be there, for everything would be infinitely flat and unmanifested. The destruction of apple blossoms allow fruits to come fourth. The angels of destruction co-ordinate the destruction with the angels of creation. They follow the scripts of natural law ,a blueprint of creation, similar to the DNA in our body. Now when there is an imbalance between the two, perhaps more destruction occurs and can be recreated again. For example, if our body destroys more than 30 billion old cells in our body per day, normally replaced with 30 billion new ones, then there is injury or damage known as disease. Usually, this occurs due to fear from this or past lives. The fear leads to contraction of cells, blood vessels, DNA, self-destructive behaviour, depression, anger, unbalanced dietary/lifestyle choices, etc. Eventually, destructive behaviour overshadows constructive behavior and attitudes, and "evilness" is born, the "fallen angel".
In truth, there is no evilness, just an imbalance between the "dark workers" and "light workers" within the different levels of our existence. Each one of us is composed of dark and light. When the imbalance disappears between the two disppears, the appearance of evilness disappears also. There is no hell where sinners are being fried forever. There is no punishment, only learning, and there are no demons except the ones we create for ourselves through guilt and shame of wrong-doing. The guilt is is never justified, it is an illusion. The idea of demons creates them, yet this doesn't make them real. Churches have created them to invent evilness, and they have succeeded. Now their own creations haunt them in order to let go of their fear of not being in control. What happens in Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel is a battle of religious dogmas that are outdated and no longer appropriate. Every time a bomb explodes, a collective thought form or dogma is burst asunder. There is still a way to go in this last major battle of imbalanced forces of all times, but a lot has been accomplished already. "
Fear is a cancer, compassion is the cure.
Later BTD's. Stick to your benneficials in the coming days and months. You'll need them.
Check it out BTD's. Call it coincidence... Call it fate, call it a profound astrological link written in the influence of the planets and the stars... (I prefer to believe this one...) Or call it a coorelation, similar to how high cholesterol does not CAUSE heart disease, it's only a coorelation. Ya' dig?
Claim: The outcome of Washington Redskins home football games has correctly predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election since 1936.
FOOTBALL + ELECTION
Did you know....??
The Washington Redskins have proved to be a time-tested election predictor. In the previous 15 elections, if the Washington Redskins have lost their last home game prior to the election, the incumbent party has lost the White House. When they have won, the incumbent has stayed in power.
This election year, that deciding game takes place on Sunday, October 31 ... vs. Green Bay.
Go Packers!!! I actually LOATHE the Packers, being I am a fan of the Minnesota Vikings, their rivals.
But if the Packers winning will somehow influence getting Georgey Dubya out of the White House, then so be it...
Origins: Our desire to understand and assert some control over the world around us is often manifested by our attempts to find predictive signs that enable us to prognosticate events — even when there is no seeming connection between predictor and event. Sometimes one natural phenomenon supposedly forecasts another, as in the belief that a groundhog's seeing his shadow on February 2 portends another six weeks of winter. In other instances the linkage is between affairs of mankind, as in the superstition that the winner of football's Super Bowl augurs that year's stock market performance (or vice-versa).
A recent item of this ilk maintains that the results of the last game played at home by the NFL's Washington Redskins (a football team based in the national capital, Washington, D.C.) before the U.S. presidential elections has accurately foretold the winner of the last fifteen of those political contests, going back to 1944. If the Redskins win their last home game before the election, the party that occupies the White House continues to hold it; if the Redskins lose that last home game, the challenging party's candidate unseats the incumbent president. While I don't presume there is anything more than a random correlation between these factors, it is the case that the pattern has held true even longer than claimed, stretching back over seventeen presidential elections since 1936:
On 30 October 2000 the Washington Redskins lost a Monday night game at home to the Tennessee Titans, 27-21, presaging a loss for the incumbent Democratic party. Since President Bill Clinton had already been elected to the constitutionally-mandated maximum of two terms in office, the 7 November 2000 presidential election pitted Democratic Vice-President Al Gore against Republican Governor George W. Bush of Texas. In the closest (and most controversial) presidential election since 1876, Governor Bush gained the White House by the slim margin of five electoral votes, thereby fulfilling the Redskin prophecy.
On 27 October 1996 the Washington Redskins defeated the Indianapolis Colts at home, 31-16, predicting a win for the incumbent Democrats. Sure enough, in the 5 November 1996 general election, Democratic President Bill Clinton won re-election over his Republican challenger, Senator Bob Dole of Kansas.
On 1 November 1992 the Washington Redskins lost to the New York Giants at home, 24-7, predicting a similar loss for the incumbent Republicans. As expected, in the 3 November 1992, Republican President George H. W. Bush lost his re-election bid to Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas.
On 6 November 1988 the Washington Redskins edged the New Orleans Saints at home, 27-24, predicting a win for the incumbent Republicans. As President Ronald Reagan had already been elected twice, the 8 November 1988 election once again matched a sitting Vice-President, Republican George H. W. Bush, against a challenger, Democratic Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts. True to form, Vice-President Bush emerged victorious.
On 5 November 1984 the Washington Redskins bested the Atlanta Falcons in a Monday night home game, 27-14, predicting a win for the incumbent Republicans. The next day, President Ronald Reagan handily defeated his Democratic challenger, former Vice-President and Senator Walter F. Mondale of Minnesota, winning re-election with an electoral vote landslide.
On 2 November 1980 the Washington Redskins were trounced at home by the Minnesota Vikings, 39-14, predicting a loss for the incumbent Democrats. As expected, on 4 November 1980 President Jimmy Carter failed in his re-election bid, losing to his Republican opponent, former California governor Ronald Reagan.
On 31 October 1976 the Washington Redskins were spooked by the Dallas Cowboys in a Halloween Day home game, losing 20-7 and predicting a loss for the incumbent Republicans. Two days later, on 2 November 1976, Democratic Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia unseated President Gerald Ford (who had been appointed Vice-President after the resignation of Spiro Agnew in 1973 and became chief executive in 1974 after President Richard Nixon also resigned).
On 22 October 1972 the Washington Redskins edged the Dallas Cowboys, 24-20, predicting a win for the incumbent Republicans. The 7 November 1972 election resulted in the electoral vote landslide re-election of President Richard Nixon over the Democratic nominee, Senator George McGovern of South Dakota.
On 27 October 1968 the Washington Redskins lost a close game to the New York Giants, 13-10, predicting a loss for the incumbent Democrats. Since President Lyndon B. Johnson had announced several months earlier that he would not seek another term as president, the 1968 election was a contest between sitting Vice-President Hubert Humphrey and a former Vice-President, Republican Richard Nixon. In a mirror of the Redskins game, the Democrats lost in a close contest (the two candidates were separated by a slim 0.6% margin in the popular vote).
On 25 October 1964 the Washington Redskins beat the Chicago Bears, 27-20, predicting a win for the incumbent Democrats. As predicted, on 3 November 1964 President Lyndon Johnson (who had ascended to the White House after the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963) won a landslide victory over Republican Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona.
On 30 October 1960 the Washington Redskins were pasted at home by the Cleveland Browns, 31-10, predicting a loss for the incumbent Republicans. President Dwight D. Eisenhower had already served two terms, so Vice-President Richard Nixon took up the Republican mantle against Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts in the 8 November 1960 presidential election. Like the Redskins, the Republicans lost; unlike the Redskins, the Republicans made the contest a very close one. (Kennedy bested Nixon by a mere 0.2% margin in the popular vote.)
On 21 October 1956 the Washington Redskins soundly defeated the Cleveland Browns at home, 20-9, predicting a win for the incumbent Republicans on 6 November 1956. And, for the second straight election, the Republicans and their standard-bearer, Dwight D. Eisenhower, prevailed over the Democratic nominee, Adlai Stevenson.
On 2 November 1952 the Washington Redskins lost a squeaker to the Pittsburgh Steelers at home, 24-23, predicting a similar loss for the incumbent Democrats. President Harry S. Truman declined to run for re-election (he had already served eight years), leaving the field open for former Illinois governor Adlai Stevenson to stand against the Republican candidate, General Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Democrats' loss on 4 November 1952 was not nearly as close as the Redskins' had been.
On 31 October 1948, the Washington Redskins walloped the Boston Yanks at home, 59-21, predicting a win for the incumbent Democrats. Two days later, In one of the most stunning political upsets in U.S. history, President Harry S. Truman (who had assumed office in 1945 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt died shortly after beginning his fourth term) defeated his Republican challenger, Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York.
On 5 November 1944, the Washington Redskins trimmed the Cleveland Rams at home, 14-10, predicting a win for the incumbent Democrats. And win the Democrats did, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt secured an unprecedented fourth term by defeating the Republican nominee, Thomas Dewey, on 7 November 1944.
On 3 November 1940, the Washington Redskins thrashed the Pittsburgh Pirates (forebears of today's Steelers team) at home, 37-10, predicting a win for the incumbent Democrats. Likewise, Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first (and only) three-term president as he thrashed Republican challenger Wendell Willkie of New York (a former Democrat who had never held high elected office) on 5 November 1940.
Going back to 1936 puts us beyond the beginnings of the Washington Redskins, as that year the Redskins franchise was still playing in Boston. Nonetheless, their knack for foretelling the outcome of presidential elections was already in place. On 1 November 1936 the Boston Redskins downed the Chicago Cardinals at Fenway Park, 13-10, predicting a win for the incumbent Democrats. Two days later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won re-election over Republican Governor Alf Landon of Kansas.
That is as far back as the streak goes. In 1932 the Washington Redskins were neither the Redskins nor a Washington team: they were the Boston Braves, and they played in Braves Field, which they shared with the National League baseball team of the same name. On 6 November 1932 they won at home against the Staten Island Stapletons, 19-6, a result that should have foretold a presidential victory for the incumbent Republican party. Neither the Redskins' team name nor their predictive powers were yet evident, however, as President Herbert Hoover lost to his Democratic challenger, Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt of New York, on 8 November 1932
Update: On 31 October 2004, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Redskins in Washington, 28-14, which — if the established pattern holds true — predicts that Democratic challenger John Kerry will unseat incumbent President George W. Bush in the upcoming presidential election. Here's Hopin'!
in our hand an old old old thread
trail of blood and amens greed
is the gift for the sons of the songs
hear this prayer of the wampum
this is the tie that will bind us