From the Desk of Seth Mela

  • Financial Common Sense

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Sadly, it seems that "common sense" just isn't so common any longer.  It's simple; you cannot spend more than you make.  There are times in an emergency that you can't help it.  But you work your butt off to pay off that debt, then keep working to create some savings to fall back on in case something happens in the future.

    That's common sense.  That's how you and I handle our finances and there's no reason why the Government shouldn't be required to do the same.  Here's a great example of why it's such a struggle to get Washington to stop wasting our money.

     

    Nancy Pelosi: Obama Should ‘Just Go Do It’ and Use the 14th Amendment to Raise the Debt Ceiling

    -TheBlaze.com

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said President Barack Obama should avoid a battle with Congress and just use the Constitution to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling.

    The California Democrat told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that if she were president, she would invoke the 14th Amendment and raise the limit on her own. The amendment states that “the validity of the public debt … shall not be questioned,” which supporters say enables the president to raise the debt ceiling without input from Congress in order to ensure payments to bondholders are met.

    “We always passed the debt ceiling when President Bush was president, as he was incurring these massive debts, and the Republicans weren’t saying ‘boo’ at the time,” Pelosi said of the expected February standoff. “If I were president, I would use the 14th Amendment, which says that the debt of the United States will always be paid.”

    She continued, “I would just go do it. But the Congress has incurred much of this debt. And so what are you saying, we incurred it but we’re not going to pay it? If you want to say, ‘We are not going to do it so much in the future,’ well that’s another thing. But you can’t say, ‘I’m not paying my past debts.’”

    The White House in December ruled out invoking the 14th Amendment to solve the debt-ceiling crisis, saying such an approach was off the table.

    “This administration does not believe that the 14th Amendment gives the president the power to ignore the debt ceiling — period,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

  • 12-28-12 Holiday Stains

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Nine Holiday Stains and Exactly How to Treat Them

     

    Clothing is more likely to be ruined this time of year by stains . . . mostly because we're all eating and drinking more, and then spilling on ourselves.

    --So here are some of things you might have run-ins with over the next few weeks . . . and what to do about them

    --First of all, the most important thing is to always deal with a stain immediately, not the next day.  Here are nine tough ones, and exactly how to treat them.

     

    #1.)  Candy Canes.  Soak the piece of clothing for 30 minutes in cold water with a few drops of ammonia in it.  Then rinse it, and soak it for another 30 minutes in cold water, with a tablespoon of white vinegar.

     

    #2.)  Eggnog.  Blot it with a rag, then soak it for 30 minutes in cold water with a little detergent, and wash it like you normally would.

    --If you spill on the RUG, you're supposed to blot it with NAIL POLISH REMOVER, then spray it with a mix of warm water and dish soap, and blot it until the stain's gone.

     

    #3.)  Wine and Beer.  For red wine, you're supposed to pour boiling water on the stain . . . but obviously not if it might make the colors run.  Then hand clean it with a mix of cold water and dish soap.

    --For WHITE wine, you just have to pour cold water on the stain, and blot it with a rag.

    --For BEER, hand wash it in 10 parts water and 1 part hydrogen peroxide until you can't see the stain anymore.  Then let it air dry.

     

    #4.)  Candle Wax.  Scrape away any excess wax using a dull knife, like a butter knife.  Then iron it on a low setting, with a paper bag between the iron and the fabric.

    --Most of the wax should stick to the bag.  Then treat the remaining stain with hydrogen peroxide, and wash it like you would normally.

     

    #5.)  Turkey Fat.  Pretreat it with a stain remover or some dish soap to cut the oil, then soak it for 30 minutes, and let it air dry.  If possible use hot water.  

     

    #6.)  Gravy.  Wipe it off, but make sure you don't grind it in by scrubbing back-and-forth.  Then soak it overnight in the washing machine with fabric-safe bleach.  And again, use the hottest water you can.

    --If you spill gravy on the CARPET, sprinkle baking soda on it.  Then after about 15 minutes, blot it with a clean rag. 

     

    #7.)  Butter.  Sprinkle salt on the stain and let it sit for a while.  Then pretreat it with spot remover or dish soap, and wash it in hot water. 

     

    #8.)  Cranberry Sauce.  First you have to rinse it in cold water for about a minute.  Then soak it for 15 minutes in cold water with a tablespoon of white vinegar and a tablespoon of laundry detergent.

    --If it still doesn't come out, don't dry it yet.  First blot it with rubbing alcohol and wash it again.

     

    #9.)  Chocolate.  Pre-treat it with a spot remover.  Rub it gently, but don't grind it in.  Then wash it in hot water if possible, and use fabric-safe bleach.

  • 12-27-12 Chinese Shark Tank

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Was it a case of bad Chinese construction?  Was it a case of the Sushi deciding to eat back?  Either way, it makes you stop and think about the next time you are next to a giant fish tank doesn't it?

  • 12-24-12 Gun Control in Reality

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Several years ago a man shot up a Luby's Cafeteria in Texas.  The following video is Congressional testimony from one of the people that survived the shooting.  This is testimony you really need to hear in order to understand why we feel that Concealed Carry is not only our Constitutional Right... it simply IS right.

  • 12-17-12 Rememberance

    Posted by Seth Mela

    There's a certain fascination that comes with the monsters who perpetrate mass shootings.  But there SHOULD be a focus on the VICTIMS and the HEROES instead.

    --The staff and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary did an INCREDIBLE job limiting the loss of life.  Some teachers like Kaitlin Roig and Maryrose Kristopik took groups of students into bathrooms and closets and barricaded the doors to save their lives.

    --Others, including the principal and the school psychologist, died trying to stop the shooter and save the children.

    --Here are the 20 young children and six staff members . . . all women . . . who were senselessly murdered in Connecticut on Friday morning.  It's MORE IMPORTANT that we know their names than the name of the person who murdered them.

     

    --The Children.

    --Charlotte Bacon, age 6.

    --Daniel Barden, 7.

    --Olivia Engel, 6.

    --Josephine Gay, 7.

    --Dylan Hockley, 6.

    --Madeline F. Hsu, 6.

    --Catherine Hubbard, 6.

    --Chase Kowalski, 7.

    --Jesse Lewis, 6.

    --Ana Marquez-Green, 6.

    --James Mattioli, 5.

    --Grace McDonnell, 6.

    --Emilie Parker, 6.

    --Jack Pinto, 6.

    --Noah Pozner, 5.

    --Caroline Previdi, 6.

    --Jessica Rekos, 6.

    --Avielle Richman, 6.

    --Benjamin Wheeler, 6.

    --Allison Wyatt, 6.

     

    --Teachers and Staff.

    --Rachel Davino, 29, teacher.

    --Dawn Hochspring, 47, the principal who died trying to fight the shooter.

    --Anne Marie Murphy, 52, teacher.

    --Lauren Rousseau, 30, teacher.

    --Mary Sherlach, 56, the school psychologist who died trying to fight the shooter.

    --Victoria Soto, 27, the teacher who died shielding her students from bullets as she locked them safely in a closet.

  • Union Thugs

    Posted by Seth Mela

    This is a perfect example of what I mean when I say Union Thugs...  Class act guys!  Now, where are the Union Reps denouncing this kind of behavior?  How are we supposed to respect and honor the intentions of a group of people that behave like this?  If your position cannot be calmly discussed, then it is without merrit or you're an idiot.

  • 12-10-12 American Superiority in Jeopardy

    Posted by Seth Mela

    I have said many many times that the objective of the Obama administration is to remove the Unites States from its standing as the world's strongest SuperPower.  I firmly believe Obama wants the United States to be reduced to being one of many nations on an even footing with the everyone else.

    Intelligence community: U.S. out as sole superpower by 2030

    Politico.com

    By BYRON TAU

     

    A new report by the intelligence community projects that the United States will no longer be the world's only superpower by 2030.

    "In terms of the indices of overall power – GDP, population size, military spending and technological investment – Asia will surpass North America and Europe combined," the report concludes.

    “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds" — prepared by the office of the National Intelligence Council of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence — projects that the "unipolar" world that emerged after the fall of the Soviet Union will not continue.

    "With the rapid rise of other countries, the 'unipolar moment' is over and no country – whether the U.S., China, or any other country – will be a hegemonic power," the report argues.

    "The United States’ relative economic decline vis-a-vis the rising states is inevitable and already occurring,but its future role in the international system is much harder to assess," it argues.

    "Global Trends" projects that the United States will retain a unique role in the international system — in part because of its history and past leadership.

    "The U.S. most likely will remain 'first among equals' among the other great powers, due to the legacy of its leadership role in the world and the dominant role it has played in international politics across the board in both hard and soft power," it argues.

    And the intelligence community does believe the United States will be supplanted as the world's only superpower by another country.

    "The replacement of the United States by another global power and erection of a new international order seems the least likely outcome in this time period," the report projects.

    The report argues that rising powers like China, India and Brazil are not unified by any common ideology and are more focused on their regional role. And the report warns against the consequences of a U.S. withdrawal from the world's stage.

    "A collapse or sudden retreat of US power would most likely result in an extended period of global anarchy," it argues.

  • 12-7-12 Everyone Wants a Bailout

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Speaking before the Detroit City Council on Tuesday, Councilwoman JoAnn Watson said President Barack Obama owes the ailing city a government bailout because its residents supported him in the 2012 presidential election.

     

     

    There is NOT enough money to go around.  We cannot continue to spoon out money like at a soup kitchen... If the government continues, there will NOT be any left for the constitutional obligations the government has.

  • 12-6-12 Scary Elevator

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Remember the video that circulated recently of the little girl with a doll just showing up on an elevator?  That was scary enough... here's a follow up to that...  Is this funny, or just down right mean?

  • A Quiet Battle

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Currently in NYC, there's a battle going on at the UN that has some very serious consequences.  As usual, those at the UN have the mistaken impression that THEY are the governing body of the world.  They seriously believe their authority usurps the sovereignty of the United States. 

    Along with trying to regulate world wide energy production, gun control and human rights, they are also trying to regulate and assess fees to OUR internet.

     

    We’re trying to stop the UN from regulating the Internet, Ambassador Kramer says

    foxnews.com

    A U.N. conference that kicked off today in Dubai has sparked fear of Internet censorship in the U.S. -- something U.S. Ambassador Terry Kramer said he is doing everything in his power to prevent.

    “Nothing regarding the Internet do we want subject to U.N. review and regulation,” Kramer told FoxNews.com.

    Monday marked the first day of an 11-day conference. Kramer, who leads the U.S. delegation at the conference, said that the first day had “gone well” and so far delegates are “still in the early stage, talking about what should be reviewed when.” No specific regulations have been debated yet.

    But regulations likely to come up soon are far reaching with signification ramifications, ranging from changes to the way web addresses like ".com" are distributed to charging websites for sending information (for example, a company like Google or Amazon could be required to pay cable companies a charge every time someone used their site.)

    “[Proposals] on content review and on pricing the transfer of content, which would essentially tax the Internet… we are actively opposing those,” Kramer said.

    While almost all of the U.N. meeting is secret, many documents have leaked, including one proposal from the Russian delegation declaring "the sovereign right … to regulate the national Internet segment."

    It echoes a call from Russian President Vladimir Putin last year calling for “global control over such [Internet] exchange. This is certainly a priority on the international agenda.”





  • 11-30-12 A great Video

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Here's a fun and entertaining video that's been around for a while but it has a great message and the tune is an ear worm, it will be with you ALL day!  Have a great weekend!