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Oy...This is truly despicable

LYMPIA -- A Washington lawmaker has been drawing thousands of dollars in disability payments each year while leading efforts to eliminate benefits the state provides to others.

Republican Sen. Joseph Zarelli gets $601 a month from the federal government, indicating that he is considered 40 percent disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, according to records obtained by The Associated Press under public records law. He has been receiving the tax-free stipend for years.

Zarelli said the disability payments he gets are far different than the benefits provided in the state programs he's targeting for cuts, in part because he suffered his injury on the job. He said the people in the state system were making poor lifestyle choices -- such as drug and alcohol addiction -- and argued that lawmakers should be focused more on identifying ways to fix their problems.

Posted by The empressof all | Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:18 PM (4 replies)

Is anyone here on Washington Health Program?

Here's a link:


Currently My husband and I are covered privately but as you can imagine the costs are going far beyond what we can continue to pay. I was wondering if anyone is currently using the state plan and how they are finding it? Do you find a need to buy supplemental catastrophic care?
Posted by The empressof all | Tue Apr 3, 2012, 01:00 PM (4 replies)

Why didn't I think of this?

Apple Pie...Baked in an Apple!



It actually looks pretty easy too. Hardest part seems to be the scooping out of the apple without breaking the skin.

I am so gonna try this for Easter!
Posted by The empressof all | Sun Apr 1, 2012, 12:27 PM (15 replies)

Personally, I Blame the Lizard People

But this was a thoroughly enjoyable rant...

Dear Art World,

I feel you sitting there trying to process the CRAZY shit going on. I’ve been there for months, and it’s driving me INSANE. Fuck it, it seems counterproductive to EVEN talk about this shit, because EVERYONE ALREADY KNOWS WHY “SHIT is REALLY FUCKED UP,” or why I’m wrong.

BUT, I’ve come to some conclusions about shit. One is that we spend A LOT of time BLAMING each other for not understanding WHAT the problem actually is —

Posted by The empressof all | Tue Mar 27, 2012, 01:55 PM (1 replies)

I'm all for using unusual ingredients but I don't think I would try these recipes

"The next secret ingredient on the Food Network? The e-book version of "Natural Harvest: A Collection of Semen-Based Recipes" is now available, ending the refractory period on cooking with sperm. Although the experimental repasts, including Hollandaise sauce flan, may not offer any real health benefits, sperm could prove a smart staple in a faltering economy. As the Lulu description indicates, it's "inexpensive to produce and is commonly available in many, if not most, restaurants and homes."

Not everyone is impressed with the gastronomical gimmick. One Lulu reviewer complains "it takes a lot of balls (so to speak) to publish a book like this," bemoaning that the main ingredient seems to be added in as an "afterthought."


I wonder if Andrew Zimmern is gonna do a show on this?
Posted by The empressof all | Wed Mar 7, 2012, 01:18 PM (5 replies)

Do you need special training to write an Employment Posting?

I am retired but have recently started to browse through the on line job sites to help out a friends search and I have to say I have no idea what some of these job requirements really are...For example...

Experience with Contractual Hygiene.... This was for an entry level Admin job. Are they looking for someone to keep the papers clean? Are they looking for someone who knows how to run an anti virus or spell check?

And another for a receptionist position with a software company.

Consistent high quality of interaction with all drivers and principles.

Do you have to take a class to learn how to write bull shit like this and is there a contest for the most obtuse and obscure job requirements....I have a few nominees.

Posted by The empressof all | Fri Mar 2, 2012, 04:02 PM (1 replies)

Nearly half the girls in India are married before they are 18

Interesting yet frightening statistics and article about work of the Elders in impacting Women's and Girls rights on the Subcontinent.

In India, nearly half of all girls are married before they turn the legal age of 18. In the state of Bihar, the statistics are even grimmer: 69% of girls are wedded before they’re 18 and 48% before they turn 15. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and a group of global leaders known as the Elders are trying to change this. Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize winner for his role in helping end apartheid in South Africa, led a delegation to Bihar last week to try to understand the causes of child marriages and to meet with organizations working to bring an end to the practice. Tutu spoke with TIME’s Nilanjana Bhowmick about the problem of child marriages in India and what the country needs to do to stop them.

Read more: http://globalspin.blogs.time.com/2012/02/27/archbishop-desmond-tutu-why-he-wants-to-save-indias-girls/#ixzz1nd92Qzc2

Posted by The empressof all | Mon Feb 27, 2012, 07:07 PM (0 replies)

And yet again...one more Downton Abbey Thread

This brought unbridled joy to my slushy Sat. morning.

Posted by The empressof all | Sat Feb 25, 2012, 02:26 PM (1 replies)

Lawmaker says Girl Scouts push 'homosexual lifestyle'

OY! As a former scout this just struck me as the most ridiculous thing I've heard today. Perhaps they support the Capitalistic Cookie Selling Skills but I never once heard about Planned Parenthood In my Brownie Troop....

It's Cookie time for the Girl Scouts but it looks like it time for the yearly attack on the Brownies, Cadets, and Juniors....


Now you don't think he's spouting that stupid mantra that if we raise independent competent girls they'll "turn" lesbian on us... He couldn't possibly be implying that now in 2012...Right? Eeeeeeks

Posted by The empressof all | Tue Feb 21, 2012, 01:05 PM (7 replies)

Delicious and non cream based Pasta Primavera

This could even be Vegan without the Parm.

Of course America's Test Kitchen came up with a terrific "Pasta Primavera"

I made this tonight with Farfalle. I added a bit more garlic and added spinach, shallots and those little grape tomatoes at the end to the leeks, asparagus and peas. Husband thought it would be great with a little ham added.

Basically the Pasta is cooked like a Risotto. It took a while and you needed to stir quite a bit to make sure the pasta was evenly cooked.

You need to register to get the specific measurements but you can watch the video which is what I did and winged it from there.


Really, really a good dish and it will go into the regular rotation for the summer...Filling but light and refreshing with the lemon! Oh I added the zest of the lemon as well.
Posted by The empressof all | Sun Feb 19, 2012, 10:18 PM (1 replies)
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