Sunday, February 26, 2017

Marmite: Should You or Shouldn’t You Try It? What is it?

                                             

     You’ve probably heard of Marmite. Then again, perhaps you haven’t. If you’ve ever visited Great Britain, Australia or New Zealand odds are you heard of it. I have, but though I’m a frequent traveler to Europe always beginning in London for summer holidays, I’ve never tried Marmite. What the H--- is Marmite you may ask. Excellent question. First, what is it? From Wikipedia: Marmite is the brand name for two similar food spreads: the original British version, since 2000 a Unilever product; and a modified version produced in New Zealand by Sanitarium Health Food Company and distributed in Australia and the Pacific. Marmite is made from yeast extract, a by-product of beer brewing. Basically, it’s the excess yeast that comes off the beer when beer is made. Tell me, who thought of such a thing? Did a beer maker watch as the yeast came off the brewery and spread it on a cracker? Who really knows.  Does it even matter? I did realize one thing: It was time that I gave marmite a try. I really should, though. In order to get the overall English experience. Besides, I’m just one of those people that will try any food once. My adage when traveling is “when in Rome do as the romans do, or eat as they would”. It does make for a more enjoyable visit.

                                          
       I went to my local market in Jackson, Mississippi just the other day and purchased a genuine jar of Marmite. A small jar, just in case I didn’t like it. Yes, grocery stores in the U.S. now carry it. Not all stores but those that have an international section should. Well, after hemming and hawing over an entire day, I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, just the name of it, Marmite didn’t do anything to draw me to it. Neither did the fact that it is labeled “Yeast Extract”. But, I decided to give it a try and try I did. I opened the jar and spread it thinly on a Wheat Thins cracker. Hmmmmnnnn…..it’s brown like beef base. It’s salty, very salty in fact and it even tastes like beef base. Not bad. Not great. I don’t love it. I don’t hate it. I might even eat it again. I certainly won’t go out of my way to eat it. I know the small jar I bought won’t get emptied fast, but I shall endeavor to try it every now and then. Next time, I think I’ll spread it on some toast with some strawberry jelly. They say people that have tried it either hated it or loved it and I believe it. It does take some getting used to. It does take some will power to get past the name and what it is. All in all, not a disgusting item to digest. It could even be used to make a nice vegetable soup. After all, it is vegetarian. Oh, should you find yourself interested in trying it and can’t find it at your local supermarket, no problem for amazon carries it.

                                                

For more information about this British delicacy:

   Anglo-Kitchen Taste Test: What Does Marmite Taste Like?  http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2014/02/anglo-kitchen-taste-test-marmite-taste-like/

   Marmite: Ten things you'll love/hate to know: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-13541148

                 

  What Is Marmite?  All about Marmite - History, Uses, Nutritional Content, and Where to Buy:

    The great Marmite conspiracy: has it secretly changed its recipe?


      A Yank’s Perspective on Marmite:  http://wearenotfoodies.com/a-yanks-perspective-on-marmite/


 That’s it for this time. Thank you all for visiting with us. Until next month, every one please stay safe. Smile. Be happy. Show compassion. Be nice to others. Put a little love into your heart. Please speak up for those without a voice, whether it be a dog, cat, elephant or monkey.  One person, one voice can make a difference. Read a book. Review it. Share it. Pass it along.


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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Illegal Immigrants…Liability or Asset to the U.S.A?

                                                Image result for statue of liberty
    America was built by immigrants. Immigrants founded this county. Most of us descended from immigrants. My ancestors emigrated here from Europe. The difference between my ancestors and those filing into American now is that the ones entering now are illegal immigrants. 
                                                
    A lot of people, including those in the Federal government say that we need illegal immigrants in this country to keep it going, to keep the economy strong.  Of course, that is just a lie perpetuated by the government and bleeding heart liberals. Fact is illegals pay very little to nothing in taxes because they are undocumented. They don’t receive pay checks. Instead, they receive money under the table. There is no income tax returns. Nothing. Nada. However, they are allowed to get tax refunds despite paying no taxes. Yes. They do. What we really need is to send the illegals back home and pay American citizens a real paycheck.  We really don’t need illegals utilizing our services and never paying for them. They may work here, but since they’re working for peanuts they barely spend any money in the United States. They don't have bank accounts either. Truth is, they spend very little funds here at all. Mostly because, they’re busy sending most of what they do earn back home. Don’t believe me? Go to the local grocery store on a Friday evening where you must stand behind a dozen or so of them while they purchase money orders to send most of their money back to Mexico, or wherever else they come from. Why does the Mexican President strongly oppose the Wall Trump wants to build? Mexico would lose a great deal of money. Illegal immigrants or Mexican Nationals as their homeland calls them send back home $25 billion a year, which helps the Mexican economy. (The Week Feb. 3, 2017 p. 8) That's a great deal of money not going into the American economy, isn't it? So how does this help the American economy? It doesn’t.
                                               
Ask them why they aren’t citizens, or if they ever plan on becoming one and they’ll flat out tell you that they don’t want to be. They just want to come to America, make all the money they can to send back home so that they can buy property and home there. And what incentive is there to become an American citizen if our governments are just going to give them free stuff without it? And while they’re working for peanuts, they’re taking the rightful jobs of Americans. Some people will say that’s not true but it is. Look at it rationally: What American wants to or can afford to work for ten dollars a day? Not one. But illegal immigrants can because ten dollars a day is more than they’d ever make back home. Not to mention that they live in groups in their rentals, often 10 to 20 people in a dwelling. If American business owners can pay illegal immigrants ten dollars a day to work, why would they hire American citizens to work for ten dollars an hour? They won’t. There are two set of criminals involved in illegal immigration. The illegal immigrant, the criminal for sneaking into America, and the business owners that willingly hires them knowing that they’re criminals and do it anyway.  Both sets of people are criminals and should be treated as such. What does it say about the character of an immigrant running into America without checking in with appropriate officials and know it's illegal to do so. They're criminals and they know it. Why else do they immediately go into hiding? What does it say about the business owner that knowingly hires illegals?
        
“The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has estimated that 11.4 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the United States in January 2012. According to DHS estimates, "the number of illegal immigrants peaked around 12 million in 2007 and has gradually declined to closer to 11 million. “    
                                                                                     Illegals riding into U.S.A. on trains.
     As a people, I have no real problem with immigrants. However, illegal immigrants are another matter. I refuse to feel sorry for them.  I refuse to carry them on my back any longer. They are after all criminals just as those doing illegal drugs are criminals, or those robbing banks are such. What part of the word “illegal” do most people not understand? It’s not difficult to understand that premise. They are liability to every hard-working American and their families. And no I’m not a Trump supporter, but I am a supporter of America and its citizens. I believe in the right of every American’s right to obtain the American dream? But illegal immigrants are not citizens and all they do is steal the jobs of Americans because they will work for next to nothing, and as long as that happens no American can get those jobs because Americans simply can’t afford to do so. Illegal children take up space in schools that belong to American citizen children. Because these children are undocumented, the Federal government give no funds to our city schools to teach them, yet they’re taught on our tax dollar. They take up space in hospital emergency rooms because they have no insurance, and yet they don’t get fined by the U.S. government because they’re not citizens. Don't get me started on how much America spends to support illegal immigrants? It costs the American tax paying citizen $113 billion dollars a year. Yes. That is the price of American Democracy at work.
                     
Illegals on line for Welfare.
    I bet you didn't know that any illegal immigrant can enter the U.S.A. and go to the local social services office and apply for and receive Food Stamps, money and medicaid even though they are not American citizens. The Federal Government makes sure of that. Did you know that illegal immigrants even get more money than in Welfare than Americans do? Ture. According to the immigration control advocacy group, Center for Immigration Studies, which breaks down federal cost data from 2012, the welfare payout to likely illegal immigrant households averages $5,692 yearly, compared with the average $4,431 welfare payout to non-immigrant households collecting the benefit. Why is that I wonder? All payouts made are on the tax dollar from American citizens not from illegal immigrants. They also get to file for Social Security benefits, too.
                                                  
U.S. Border sign warning illegals that they are criminals if they do not report to an Immigration Officer. If you don't report, you are breaking the law. Plain and simple.
     
                    U.S. Sanctuary Cities.
     And what about sanctuary cities. Ever wonder why a police officer never arrests someone that is actually and obviously an illegal immigrant? They can’t. It’s forbidden. Why? ”Sanctuary city is a term that is applied by some to cities in the United States or Canada that have policies designed to not persecute undocumented immigrants.” Imagine that. The illegals are criminals but the city will protect them. Not only that, but these cities go out of their way to show mercy to the illegal immigrants including the hard core criminals. More than one American citizen has been murdered by illegal immigrants every year and nothing happens to the illegal, the criminal, the murderer.                 
    Even though they’re not American citizens, Liberal Americans show mercy towards illegals and citing the U.S. Constitution believe that they have a right to an attorney on our tax dollar and a right to a fair trial. However, the Constitution was written for American citizens not illegal immigrants. Worse yet, as things worsen for American citizens, things get better for illegal immigrants. In a lot of cities and states in the U.S., in California for one, illegal immigrants have more rights and protection than American citizens do. They actually can get drivers licenses there without any kind of documentation. Do you remember the last time you had to get a drivers license? Didn't you and I need more than one kind of documentation?  California even  made it possible by making American taxpayers foot the bill for illegal immigrants to attend college. I bet you didn't know that in a city in Minnesota, there lives the largest community of Somalians outside Somalia. Minnesota welcomed them with open arms and even goes out of their way to make them feel home. They even put the drivers license exam in Somalian, but no other ethnic group aside from Spanish. In Wisconsin, the government give grants up to $100,000 for illegal immigrants to purchase homes. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.  Some of the links I used are below. How is any of this right? Is it fair to hard working American citizens? Is it fair to those immigrants that spent the time, effort and money to become American citizens? Is it fair to the homeless of our country who aren't treated as royalty as the illegals are? No. It isn’t. When was the last time you heard our government go out of their way to help homeless Americans?
                                       
Business owners will continue to get rich while you and I continue to pay taxes to take care of the illegal immigrants. I’d be the first one to drive an illegal immigrant to the court house should they wish to be an American Citizen. I shall stand by their side when they swear to do so. Until that day, illegal immigrants just need to be sent back home. Go back home or become a citizen the way other immigrants have done. Fine the business owners that perpetuate their arrival. And yes, build a wall, if that is what it takes. Sending all the illegal immigrants home and stemming the flow of new ones will be difficult but not impossible. The American government made this mess by not stopping the flow of illegals in the first place. They just turned a blind eye until now someone has to take a stand. Enough is enough. It's time to put Americans first. There is no crime in that. That is my opinion. What is yours? Do you feel illegal immigrants deserve a break to remain in this country, or should they rightfully be sent home? Do enjoy paying taxes only for your money to be used for illegal immigrants? What do you think?
                                         
 “One recent estimate by researchers at the Pew Hispanic Center puts the number of illegal aliens in the workforce at 8 million out of an overall population of 11.2 million illegal aliens, i.e., 71.4 percent. 1 That estimate is generally accepted as reasonable.”
                                        
Want to know how to recognize an illegal immigrant in your neighborhood? Look for the minority that avoids looking at you, looks away or down while in the store with you. Look for the minority that is driving very slowly on the road, not too much below the speed limit but not too much over it either. They're usually driving an old clunker, but not always. They don't want to be seen or catch notice to themselves because they're illegal.

UPDATE: 3/17/17: Proof to those who don't beleive that Illegal Immigrants get food stamps from Amercian Taxpayers:
    Immigrants are now canceling their food stamps for fear that Trump will deport them:

For more Information:
         Sanctuary Cities PUSH Obama For Midnight Executive Orders To “Protect” From Incoming Trump Administration:

         Illegal Immigration 2017: Every 32 Seconds A New Immigrant Joins US Population:

         Trump Given Letter From US Mayors Supporting Immigrants:

        The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer
             Actual Border sign welcoming Illegal                                                                                                     Immigrants.

       STATES' HIDDEN COSTS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

       The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers (2013)

       Illegal Immigration Costs U.S. $113 Billion a Year, Study Finds
     Illegals waiting in line for FREE U.S. services
       Illegal Aliens Taking U.S. Jobs:
  
         Illegal Immigration:

         Illegal immigration to the United States
         California Moving to Give More Rights to Illegal Aliens Than to American Citizens:
         http://constitution.com/california-moving-give-rights-illegal-aliens-american-citizens/

         California Taxpayers Foot Bill for Illegal Immigrants’ Tuition: http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/12429/

         Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States

         Proud to Be a Sanctuary City:

         What exactly are ‘sanctuary cities’ in immigration policy?

      
   That’s it for this time. Thank you all for visiting with us. Until next month, every one please stay safe. Smile. Be happy. Show compassion. Be nice to others. Put a little love into your heart. Please speak up for those without a voice, whether it be a dog, cat, elephant or monkey.  One person, one voice can make a difference. Read a book. Review it. Share it. Pass it along.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Why I Didn’t Vote & Why I Don’t Ever Intend to….

    Ah-Election Day 2016 has finally come and gone. Thank God! What a mess the 2016 Election campaign was and an even bigger mess with the Election.  Psychologists said it was a very stressful year for those that had to vote. No wonder. There really wasn’t anyone to vote for, which is why I didn’t vote. I haven’t voted for the last several years. Yes, it bothers me sometimes because others may vote against what I believe in or against, but voting doesn’t always come out the way I want. So. Why vote? Proof is in the pudding, they say, and oh-so very true, too. Look at this election as a perfect example. Personally, I believe that it is high time that a capable woman is elected to the officer of the President of the United States. Not any woman, of course. One that is capable and experienced. We certainly have seen with Obama what happens when the Commander in Chief has no experience, and will see again under President-Elect Trump who has even less experience. So, why not a woman this time? Sure, she’s a liar. She’s arrogant and can’t be trusted but that be can said of all politicians. Honest politicians don’t last in the game very long.                                    
                                               

     Frankly, I knew that from the outset Trump would win and he did. How did I know? I just felt it. I also know from being around men so often that for some strange reason, people in American just aren’t ready for a woman President. Most are men that feel that way, but some are women. Anyway, over the years when I did vote, it became obvious that my vote didn’t count. As the years have passed and more and more voters voted for something, someone somewhere would cry foul and then the Courts got involved and overthrew what the people voted for. So, why vote? Why vote when what you voted for suddenly becomes “unconstitutional”? It wasn’t unconstitutional when “the issue” was placed on the ballot. Same with this year’s election.
                                             

      Over a million American’s voted for Hilary Clinton. She won the popular vote. However, she didn’t win the Electoral votes, which really matter. Your vote, my vote doesn’t matter. In the end it was the votes of the Electoral College that mattered more. They voted for Donald Trump. I would have voted for Hilary Clinton, not that I trust her. I just felt she’s be more competent in the position. I get bad vibes about Trump. But why bother voting when the Electoral College would counter my vote. Why vote at all when the Electoral College counters your vote? Besides, any American one out there that actually thinks that any politician, including Clinton or Trump actually care about them is just plain stupid. They care about themselves, their family and their friends. Hence, I no longer vote. I’m a Veteran and I don’t vote. For me, voting is a crock. It’s a movement in futility. Frankly, I believe that Trump is right: the election is rigged. Of course, this is all my humble opinion. You may or may not agree and that is fine with me. That is your right. What do you think? Were you happy with the elections? Do you vote? Why or why not?
                                                     

     That’s it for this time. Thank you all for visiting with us. Until next month, every one please stay safe. Smile. Be happy. Show compassion. Be nice to others. Put a little love into your heart. Please speak up for those without a voice, whether it be a dog, cat, elephant or monkey.  One person, one voice can make a difference. Read a book. Review it. Share it. Pass it along.


Make adoption your first option when seeking a pet. Adopt. Don’t shop. Can’t adopt. Please consider fostering one. The animal will have the taste of home and the shelter will cover the expenses. Can’t foster? Make a donation or volunteer at your local shelter. Please, don’t hunt. Unless you’re starving down in a ditch somewhere, there is no logical reason to do so. Whatever you do, however you do it, please be a voice for the animals large and small. All it takes is one to make a difference, good or bad. 

 
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