Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sen. McCain unhappy with Fox News, Tea Party, but supports Hillary Clinton?


According to Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, Fox News is "schizophrenic" on immigration and the Tea Party is limiting what the Republican Party can accomplish in Congress.

In a wide-ranging interview with The New Republic, the Arizona Republican reflected on how Fox News has covered the immigration debate.

McCain said, "If you watch Fox, there are all these segments on immigrants and crime and so on, and people get riled up, and then they want reform. It's a difficult dynamic in the party.  I think that Fox News is a bit schizophrenic. I saw a guy on 'Hannity,' maybe 'Huckabee,' and the guy said, 'You know, the Chinese are coming across our border, and they are going to commit cyber-attacks.'…Honest to God," McCain said.

First, let's talk about Fox News.

Simply put, if a "news agency." It gives us different angles to look at, that's not "schizophrenic" - that's being "fair and balanced."

And while not every so-called political contributor is the sharpest tool in the shed, Fox News is not being the political arm of any political party.

That my friends is being an "impartial news agency." Yes, that is being something that ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN cannot attest to being.

And to say, schizophrenic? Really, is that what he thinks a news agency is when a news agency gives ALL of the facts from many different aspects - even controversial ones?

While I would love for Fox News to be only a Conservative news outlet, I know they are not.

But, at the same time, I really believe that Fox News is the closest thing that Americans have to a "fair and balanced" news agency.

As for schizophrenic, is this simply a matter of Republican-In-Name-Only Senator McCain just relating what he sees in the mirror?
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by a deficit of typical emotional responses.

Common symptoms include auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction.

Look at his voting record, where he stands on issues, who he has traditionally allied himself with, who his sponsored legislation has adversely effected, or the way he ran his pansy presidential bid, and one can accuse him of being both a liberal and schizophrenic.

In the same interview where he called Fox News schizophrenic, he said this regarding Hilary Clinton:

"She's a rock star. She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world."

Really? Regarded as what?

Regarded as the lady who got 4 Americans killed in Libya? Regarded as the lady partly responsible for selling out American businesses to China? Regarded as the person who simply passed the buck to John Kerry regarding the Keystone XL pipeline? The lady, who with that decision, kissed the ass of the environmentalists and halted the prospect of needed jobs to Americans?

That "rock star"?

McCain didn't stop with calling Hillary Clinton a "rock star." He went on to say that he might cast a ballot for Democrat ultra-liberal Hillary Clinton if she faces Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul in a 2016 presidential match-up?

When the New Republic asked McCain, "When Hillary Clinton versus Rand Paul occurs in 2016, I guess you are going to have to decide who to vote for, huh?”

McCain's response was "It’s gonna be a tough choice!"

McCain and Paul have often found themselves on opposing sides when it comes to national security and foreign policy issues.

Earlier this year, McCain even went as far as calling other Republicans Rand Paul, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, "wacko birds," for which he later apologized.

"They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else," McCain said then in an interview with the Huffington Post. "But I also think that when, you know, it’s always the wacko birds on the right and left that get the media megaphone."

Class act, huh?

McCain and Hillary Clinton served together in the Senate and have had a close working relationship.

And though McCain recently became slightly critical of Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the handling of the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, less than a year ago, when asked about her role as U.S. Secretary of State, McCain had the nerve to say "She did a fine job."

Dear God, I'd hate to see what he considered a rotten screwed up job.

And talk about schizophrenic, does saying "she did a fine job" make sense after McCain told the New Republic, "I do think it is interesting that the issues where John Kerry is engaging is where Hillary Clinton did not engage in, that those decisions were left to the White House and the National Security Council."

In other words, as the United States Secretary of State, the head of our State Department, Hillary Clinton did nothing when it came to political hot potatoes that she simply did not want to touch. 

McCain weighed in on one the influence of the Tea Party in Congress, saying he's concerned about the impact its members are having on the ability of Republicans to get things done.

He said the Tea Party group "sometimes doesn't want to take up a bill and at other times blocks a bill because they can't get all the amendments they want."

OK, so let's address this right here and now.

When the Tea Party wanted backing from the Republican Party. They did not get it.

The Republican Party acted as if the Tea Party was a flash in the pan and seemed as though it couldn't be bothered.

Once the Republican Party heads saw that is was indeed a grass-roots effort to get out the vote and look at our irresponsible fiscal policies, the Republicans acted as though they were one and the same.

The Tea Party, the last time I checked, is not an arm of the Republican Party.

The Tea Party is there to hold politicians accountable for their actions - Republicans and Democrats.

By saying he's concerned that the Tea Party is getting in the way of Republicans to get anything done, what he's really saying is that the Tea Party group is probably seeing things that shouldn't be done and have become a pain in the ass.

A pain in the ass to politicians means they get stopped from conducting business as usual.

Founded by anti-slavery activists in 1854, Republicans known as "radical Republicans" dominated politics nationally for most of the period.

They were labeled "radicals" by Democrat slave owners because Republicans wanted all people to live free.

Currently the Republican Party's platform is based upon American Conservatism, in contrast to the Democratic Party, whose members endorse Liberal policies.

American Conservatism of the Republican Party is not wholly based upon rejection of the political ideology of liberalism.

In fact, some principles of American conservatism are actually based upon the "classical" definition of  liberalism. The ideas of liberty and freedom for all.

But the difference is this, the Republican Party's Conservatism is largely based upon its support of "classical principles" against that of "modern liberalism" of the Democratic Party.

Modern liberalism is socialism, surrendering perosnal liberty and our fundamental freedoms - and handing over all power to the government. It's about enslaving people.

That is what is considered American liberalism in contemporary American political discourse.

Maybe, just maybe, the Tea Party is stopping the Republicans from acting stupid and selling themselves and their party out by giving in to the Democrats and the ills of modern liberalism?

Has Senator John McCain thought of that?

The problem with the Republican Party is that it does not understand that they are in charge of the House of Representatives and can overturn a lot of the over-regulation and stop the spending by the Obama administration.

I really believe that because the Republican Party spent so many years playing second fiddle to the Democrat Party - that they simply don't understand the position that they are in.

The threat to America is that liberals like John McCain and the Democrat Party, which he really should be a recognized member of, understands the leadership role and their power and authority once back in control.

The threat to America is 10 fold if the Democrats take control of the full Congress in 2014.  If they do, then only God knows what they will try to get away with.

The IRS, the NSA, the EPA scandals will all be swept under the rug, and they will change our nation as never seen before.

Of course, Senator John McCain might just see that as a good thing.

Who knows what he thinks? After all, he might just be schizophrenic?


Story by Tom Correa

Sen. McCain unhappy with Fox News, Tea Party, but supports Hillary Clinton?


According to Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, Fox News is "schizophrenic" on immigration and the Tea Party is limiting what the Republican Party can accomplish in Congress.

In a wide-ranging interview with The New Republic, the Arizona Republican reflected on how Fox News has covered the immigration debate.

McCain said, "If you watch Fox, there are all these segments on immigrants and crime and so on, and people get riled up, and then they want reform. It's a difficult dynamic in the party.  I think that Fox News is a bit schizophrenic. I saw a guy on 'Hannity,' maybe 'Huckabee,' and the guy said, 'You know, the Chinese are coming across our border, and they are going to commit cyber-attacks.'…Honest to God," McCain said.

First, let's talk about Fox News.

Simply put, if a "news agency." It gives us different angles to look at, that's not "schizophrenic" - that's being "fair and balanced."

And while not every so-called political contributor is the sharpest tool in the shed, Fox News is not being the political arm of any political party.

That my friends is being an "impartial news agency." Yes, that is being something that ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN cannot attest to being.

And to say, schizophrenic? Really, is that what he thinks a news agency is when a news agency gives ALL of the facts from many different aspects - even controversial ones?

While I would love for Fox News to be only a Conservative news outlet, I know they are not.

But, at the same time, I really believe that Fox News is the closest thing that Americans have to a "fair and balanced" news agency.

As for schizophrenic, is this simply a matter of Republican-In-Name-Only Senator McCain just relating what he sees in the mirror?
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by a deficit of typical emotional responses. 

Common symptoms include auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction.

Look at his voting record, where he stands on issues, who he has traditionally allied himself with, who his sponsored legislation has adversely effected, or the way he ran his pansy presidential bid, and one can accuse him of being both a liberal and schizophrenic.

In the same interview where he called Fox News schizophrenic, he said this regarding Hilary Clinton:

"She's a rock star. She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world."

Really? Regarded as what?

Regarded as the lady who got 4 Americans killed in Libya? Regarded as the lady partly responsible for selling out American businesses to China? Regarded as the person who simply passed the buck to John Kerry regarding the Keystone XL pipeline? The lady, who with that decision, kissed the ass of the environmentalists and halted the prospect of needed jobs to Americans?

That "rock star"?

McCain didn't stop with calling Hillary Clinton a "rock star." He went on to say that he might cast a ballot for Democrat ultra-liberal Hillary Clinton if she faces Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul in a 2016 presidential match-up?

When the New Republic asked McCain, "When Hillary Clinton versus Rand Paul occurs in 2016, I guess you are going to have to decide who to vote for, huh?”

McCain's response was "It’s gonna be a tough choice!"

McCain and Paul have often found themselves on opposing sides when it comes to national security and foreign policy issues.

Earlier this year, McCain even went as far as calling other Republicans Rand Paul, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, "wacko birds," for which he later apologized.

"They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else," McCain said then in an interview with the Huffington Post. "But I also think that when, you know, it’s always the wacko birds on the right and left that get the media megaphone."

Class act, huh?

McCain and Hillary Clinton served together in the Senate and have had a close working relationship.

And though McCain recently became slightly critical of Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the handling of the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, less than a year ago, when asked about her role as U.S. Secretary of State, McCain had the nerve to say "She did a fine job."

Dear God, I'd hate to see what he considered a rotten screwed up job.

And talk about schizophrenic, does saying "she did a fine job" make sense after McCain told the New Republic, "I do think it is interesting that the issues where John Kerry is engaging is where Hillary Clinton did not engage in, that those decisions were left to the White House and the National Security Council."

In other words, as the United States Secretary of State, the head of our State Department, Hillary Clinton did nothing when it came to political hot potatoes that she simply did not want to touch. 

McCain weighed in on one the influence of the Tea Party in Congress, saying he's concerned about the impact its members are having on the ability of Republicans to get things done.

He said the Tea Party group "sometimes doesn't want to take up a bill and at other times blocks a bill because they can't get all the amendments they want."

OK, so let's address this right here and now.

When the Tea Party wanted backing from the Republican Party. They did not get it.

The Republican Party acted as if the Tea Party was a flash in the pan and seemed as though it couldn't be bothered.

Once the Republican Party heads saw that is was indeed a grass-roots effort to get out the vote and look at our irresponsible fiscal policies, the Republicans acted as though they were one and the same.

The Tea Party, the last time I checked, is not an arm of the Republican Party.

The Tea Party is there to hold politicians accountable for their actions - Republicans and Democrats.

By saying he's concerned that the Tea Party is getting in the way of Republicans to get anything done, what he's really saying is that the Tea Party group is probably seeing things that shouldn't be done and have become a pain in the ass.

A pain in the ass to politicians means they get stopped from conducting business as usual.

Founded by anti-slavery activists in 1854, Republicans known as "radical Republicans" dominated politics nationally for most of the period.

Currently the party's platform is generally based upon American conservatism, in contrast to the Democratic Party, whose members endorse more liberal policies.

American conservatism of the Republican Party is not wholly based upon rejection of the political ideology of liberalism. In fact, some principles of American conservatism are based upon "classical liberalism" of liberty and freedom for all.

But the difference is this, the Republican Party's conservatism is largely based upon its support of classical principles against the modern liberalism of the Democratic Party.

Modern liberalism is socialism, surrendering perosnal liberty and our fundamental freedoms - and handing over all power to the government. It's about enslaving people.

That is what is considered American liberalism in contemporary American political discourse.

Maybe, just maybe, the Tea Party is stopping the Republicans from acting stupid and selling themselves and their Party out by giving in to the Democrats and the ills of modern liberalism?

Has Senator John McCain thought of that?

The problem with the Republican Party is that it does not understand that they are in charge of the House of Representatives and can overturn a lot of the over-regulation and stop the spending by the Obama administration.

I really believe that because the Republican Party spent so many years playing second fiddle to the Democrats - that they simply don't understand the position that they are in.

The threat to America is that liberals like John McCain and the Democrat Party, which he really should be a recognized member of, understands the leadership role and the authority of their control.

The threat to America is if the Democrats take control of the full Congress in 2014.  If they do, then only God knows what they will try to get away with.

Of course, Senator John McCain might just see that as a good thing.

Who knows what he thinks? After all, he might just be schizophrenic? 


Story by Tom Correa

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Obama Keystone XL Policy Creating Outrage - Not Jobs

President Obama’s latest comments on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, including his weak attempt to downplay the number of jobs it would create, are igniting outrage over concerns that the administration may not approve the project.

To some, the proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline has been one of the most divisive political issues of the past four years. It has essentially pit Republicans and other pro-business groups including labor unions against extremist in liberal environmentalist groups and the Democrat Party.

Others see the Keystone XL oil pipeline for what it is, just another pipeline in a network of oil pipelines that will bring needed jobs to America.
President Obama's tact on the pipeline is the same as his approach to other issues such as:
  • The IRS breaking the law,
  • the NSA spying on our citizens,
  • the EPA handing over private information about farms and ranchers to Environmentalist extremist groups,
  • the 2,212 assault weapons that Eric Holder allowed into the hands of Mexican Drug Lords and killers,
  • the wrongful deaths of a Border Patrol Agent,
  • and of course there are those who the admistration turned thier backs on at the consulate in Libya. 
First, he ignores it; next he says its being "looked into" or he's waiting for "findings" from some group made up of his political appointees; after that he stalls longer for one reason or another; then he finally starts to "attack" it.

It the case of the IRS, the NSA, the EPA, and the Benghazi scandals, he gets the liberal news media to join his chorus in branding their criminal acts as "phony."

Now its the Keystone XL oil pipeline's turn to be denigrated publicly.

The president started it in an interview Saturday with the New York Times when he repeated his position that the administration’s decision "will be based on whether or not this is going to significantly contribute to carbon in our atmosphere."

However, he also took a swipe at what he described as the Republicans’ argument that Keystone would be a "big jobs generator."

"There is no evidence that that's true," Obama said, arguing the best estimate is 2,000 initial construction jobs followed by no more than an additional 100 jobs.

The newspaper's transcript of the interview showed Obama chuckling as he made the point.

"That is a blip relative to the need," he said.

With the left-leaning Associated Press, using their own survey, reporting that 4 out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives.

The AP stating that it is a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.

The survey data is exclusive to The Associated Press. It points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.

But Mr. Lip Servive Obama doesn't get it!

He doesn't understand any job creation is better than his policy of no job creation if a project doesn't meet his liberal policitcal test.

Is it OK with his liberal supporters in extreme environmentalist groups?

No, so why should we think that it will pass. Fact is, it won't take place until we get control of the entire Congress.

Obama estimates significantly lower job creation than his own State Department’s projection of 42,000 constructions jobs and way smaller than the 118,935 that project developer TransCanada expects.
Regardless of the accuracy of the numbers, the comments only fueled concern that the administration is viewing the pipeline with increasing skepticism, after sidelining the decision during the presidential election year.

Republicans blasted Obama on Monday for his comments and for apparently chuckling while discussing the controversial issue while at his own jobs rally Wednesday.

"A president disparaging private-sector jobs while backstage at a jobs rally is beyond belief," Michigan Republican Rep. Fred Upton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told FoxNews.com.

"In this economy, any source of private job creation should be welcomed with open arms. After nearly five years … there is no reason to delay these jobs another day. Republicans, Democrats, leading unions, and job creators all agree, it’s time to start building."

The Republican National Committee said in a statement Monday: “President Obama joked about the potential job creating power of the Keystone XL pipeline. With our economy lagging, the president should be jumping at any opportunity to create jobs instead of bending to the will of special (interests) at the expense of out of work Americans.”

U.S. Chamber of Commerce spokesman Matt Letourneau told FoxNews.com the president’s comments indeed raised concerns but that the group “was not terribly surprised.”

“The president has had ample opportunity to approve this, and he has repeatedly found ways not to,” Letourneau said.

The White House did not respond to a question about where the president got his estimate -- after Obama challenged reporters in the interview to confirm the jobs projections.

Letourneau pointed to a 2011 Cornell University study with similar numbers, while adding the president “should probably stick with his own administration’s numbers.”

He also argued the non-controversial southern leg of the pipeline has already created 4,000 jobs.

The 1,179-mile-long pipeline is expected to transport as much as 830,000 barrels of crude oil daily from the Canadian oil sands (which will result in much of the additional carbon output) and the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota and Montana to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Supporters say the estimated $5.3 billion project also will lower the price of gasoline and reduce the country’s dependency on foreign oil.

However, the president also downplayed those expectations, beyond the “potential benefit” of bolstering our energy-relations with a “reliable ally to the north.”

Using more lies and scare tactic to disparage the project and its needed jobs, Obama told The Times, "That oil is going to be sold on the world oil markets, so it does not bring down gas prices here in the United States. In fact, it might actually cause some gas prices in the Midwest to go up where currently they can't ship some of that oil to world markets."

The final decision will be made by Secretary of State John Kerry and is not expected until the end of the year or early 2014 - after the next mid-term election. Imagine that!

Kerry will supposedly base the decision on a second and final State Department environmental report scheduled for a fall 2013 release and a so-called “national interest” report.

But frankly, most believe its a dead deal because Kerry will dance to Obama tune!

The second report, which is expected to be complete in late this year 2013, is being compiled by eight federal agencies and focuses on such issues as Keystone’s potential impact on transportation and the overall U.S. economy.

Letourneau said Obama in his major climate change speech last month also hinted at another possible layer of review.

Upton has repeatedly argued that Keystone has already been subject to 15,500 pages of environmental study and that the time is now to approve the project.

“After more than four years of regulatory delay, the administration has run out of excuses,” he said several weeks ago.

But then again, instead of the needs of the nation, Obama can always talk about that would be killer Trayvon Martin.

I mean, what else do we expect from a "phony" president!


Monday, July 29, 2013

4 in 5 Americans Face Near-poverty, No Work Under Obama

This was in the news on Sunday, 28 Jul 2013.

Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.

Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.

The findings come as President Barack Obama tries to renew his administration's emphasis on the economy, saying in recent speeches that his highest priority is to "rebuild ladders of opportunity" and reverse income inequality.


As nonwhites approach a numerical majority in the U.S., one question is how public programs to lift the disadvantaged should be best focused — on the affirmative action that historically has tried to eliminate the racial barriers seen as the major impediment to economic equality, or simply on improving socioeconomic status for all, regardless of race.

Hardship is particularly growing among whites, based on several measures.

Pessimism among that racial group about their families' economic futures has climbed to the highest point since at least 1987.

In the most recent AP-GfK poll, 63 percent of whites called the economy "poor."

"I think it's going to get worse," said Irene Salyers, 52, of Buchanan County, Va., a declining coal region in Appalachia.

Married and divorced three times, Salyers now helps run a fruit and vegetable stand with her boyfriend but it doesn't generate much income. They live mostly off government disability checks.

"If you do try to go apply for a job, they're not hiring people, and they're not paying that much to even go to work," she said.

"Children have nothing better to do than to get on drugs."

While racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to live in poverty, race disparities in the poverty rate have narrowed substantially since the 1970s, census data show.

Economic insecurity among whites also is more pervasive than is shown in the government's poverty data, engulfing more than 76 percent of white adults by the time they turn 60, according to a new economic gauge being published next year by the Oxford University Press.

The gauge defines "economic insecurity" as a year or more of periodic joblessness, reliance on government aid such as food stamps or income below 150 percent of the poverty line.

Measured across all races, the risk of economic insecurity rises to 79 percent.

Marriage rates are in decline across all races, and the number of white mother-headed households living in poverty has risen to the level of black ones.

"It's time that America comes to understand that many of the nation's biggest disparities, from education and life expectancy to poverty, are increasingly due to economic class position," said William Julius Wilson, a Harvard professor who specializes in race and poverty.

He noted that despite continuing economic difficulties, minorities have more optimism about the future after Obama's election, while struggling whites do not.

"There is the real possibility that white alienation will increase if steps are not taken to highlight and address inequality on a broad front," Wilson said.

Nationwide, the count of America's poor remains stuck at a record number: 46.2 million, or 15 percent of the population, due in part to lingering high unemployment following the recession.

While poverty rates for blacks and Hispanics are nearly three times higher, by absolute numbers the predominant face of the poor is white.

More than 19 million whites fall below the poverty line of $23,021 for a family of four, accounting for more than 41 percent of the nation's destitute, nearly double the number of poor blacks.

Sometimes termed "the invisible poor" by demographers, lower-income whites generally are dispersed in suburbs as well as small rural towns, where more than 60 percent of the poor are white.

Concentrated in Appalachia in the East, they are numerous in the industrial Midwest and spread across America's heartland, from Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma up through the Great Plains.

Buchanan County, in southwest Virginia, is among the nation's most destitute based on median income, with poverty hovering at 24 percent.

The county is mostly white, as are 99 percent of its poor.

More than 90 percent of Buchanan County's inhabitants are working-class whites who lack a college degree.

Higher education long has been seen there as nonessential to land a job because well-paying mining and related jobs were once in plentiful supply.

These days many residents get by on odd jobs and government checks.

Salyers' daughter, Renee Adams, 28, who grew up in the region, has two children. As a jobless single mother, she relies on her live-in boyfriend's disability checks to get by.

Salyers says it was tough raising her own children as it is for her daughter now, and doesn't even try to speculate what awaits her grandchildren, ages 4 and 5.

Smoking a cigarette in front of the produce stand, Adams later expresses a wish that employers will look past her conviction a few years ago for distributing prescription painkillers, so she can get a job and have money to "buy the kids everything they need."

"It's pretty hard," she said. "Once the bills are paid, we might have $10 to our name."

Census figures provide an official measure of poverty, but they're only a temporary snapshot that doesn't capture the makeup of those who cycle in and out of poverty at different points in their lives.

They may be suburbanites, for example, or the working poor or the laid off.

In 2011 that snapshot showed 12.6 percent of adults in their prime working-age years of 25-60 lived in poverty.

But measured in terms of a person's lifetime risk, a much higher number — 4 in 10 adults — falls into poverty for at least a year of their lives.

The risks of poverty also have been increasing in recent decades, particularly among people ages 35-55, coinciding with widening income inequality.

For instance, people ages 35-45 had a 17 percent risk of encountering poverty during the 1969-1989 time period; that risk increased to 23 percent during the 1989-2009 period. For those ages 45-55, the risk of poverty jumped from 11.8 percent to 17.7 percent.

Higher recent rates of unemployment mean the lifetime risk of experiencing economic insecurity now runs even higher: 79 percent, or 4 in 5 adults, by the time they turn 60.

By race, non-whites still have a higher risk of being economically insecure, at 90 percent.

But compared with the official poverty rate, some of the biggest jumps under the newer measure are among whites, with more than 76 percent enduring periods of joblessness, life on welfare or near-poverty.

By 2030, based on the current trend of widening income inequality, close to 85 percent of all working-age adults in the U.S. will experience bouts of economic insecurity.

"Poverty is no longer an issue of 'them', it's an issue of 'us'," says Mark Rank, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis who calculated the numbers.

"Only when poverty is thought of as a mainstream event, rather than a fringe experience that just affects blacks and Hispanics, can we really begin to build broader support for programs that lift people in need."

The numbers come from Rank's analysis being published by the Oxford University Press.

They are supplemented with interviews and figures provided to the AP by Tom Hirschl, a professor at Cornell University; John Iceland, a sociology professor at Penn State University; the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute; the Census Bureau; and the Population Reference Bureau.

Among the findings:

—For the first time since 1975, the number of white single-mother households living in poverty with children surpassed or equaled black ones in the past decade, spurred by job losses and faster rates of out-of-wedlock births among whites.

White single-mother families in poverty stood at nearly 1.5 million in 2011, comparable to the number for blacks. Hispanic single-mother families in poverty trailed at 1.2 million.

—Since 2000, the poverty rate among working-class whites has grown faster than among working-class nonwhites, rising 3 percentage points to 11 percent as the recession took a bigger toll among lower-wage workers.

Still, poverty among working-class nonwhites remains higher, at 23 percent.

—The share of children living in high-poverty neighborhoods — those with poverty rates of 30 percent or more — has increased to 1 in 10, putting them at higher risk of teenage pregnancy or dropping out of school. N

on-Hispanic whites accounted for 17 percent of the child population in such neighborhoods, compared with 13 percent in 2000, even though the overall proportion of white children in the U.S. has been declining.

The share of black children in high-poverty neighborhoods dropped from 43 percent to 37 percent, while the share of Latino children went from 38 percent to 39 percent.

—Race disparities in health and education have narrowed generally since the 1960s.

While residential segregation remains high, a typical black person now lives in a nonmajority black neighborhood for the first time.

Previous studies have shown that wealth is a greater predictor of standardized test scores than race; the test-score gap between rich and low-income students is now nearly double the gap between blacks and whites.

Going back to the 1980s, never have whites been so pessimistic about their futures, according to the General Social Survey, a biannual survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.

Just 45 percent say their family will have a good chance of improving their economic position based on the way things are in America.

The divide is especially evident among those whites who self-identify as working class. Forty-nine percent say they think their children will do better than them, compared with 67 percent of non-whites who consider themselves working class, even though the economic plight of minorities tends to be worse.

Although they are a shrinking group, working-class whites — defined as those lacking a college degree — remain the biggest demographic bloc of the working-age population.

In 2012, Election Day exit polls conducted for the AP and the television networks showed working-class whites made up 36 percent of the electorate, even with a notable drop in white voter turnout.

Last November, Obama won the votes of just 36 percent of those noncollege whites, the worst performance of any Democratic nominee among that group since Republican Ronald Reagan's 1984 landslide victory over Walter Mondale.

Some Democratic analysts have urged renewed efforts to bring working-class whites into the political fold, calling them a potential "decisive swing voter group" if minority and youth turnout level off in future elections.

"In 2016 GOP messaging will be far more focused on expressing concern for 'the middle class' and 'average Americans,'" Andrew Levison and Ruy Teixeira wrote recently in The New Republic.

"They don't trust big government, but it doesn't mean they want no government," says Republican pollster Ed Goeas, who agrees that working-class whites will remain an important electoral group.

His research found that many of them would support anti-poverty programs if focused broadly on job training and infrastructure investment.

"They feel that politicians are giving attention to other people and not them," Goeas said.

This past week, Obama pledged anew to help manufacturers bring jobs back to America and to create jobs in the energy sectors of wind, solar and natural gas.

Of course, with over-regulation and ever increasing demands from the EPA and other politically controlled agencies of the Federal Government - the Obama administration will go down as the most anti-business administration in American History.

The results prove it!




Sunday, July 28, 2013

Captured by the Arapaho, 1875

Walter Glazier was born near Albany in upstate New York. He joined the Union Army at the outbreak of the Civil War and was captured by Confederate troops in October 1863.

Over the next year, Glazier was moved from prison to prison throughout the South until he was able to make an escape in November of 1864.

His freedom was short-lived, however, as he was soon recaptured.

Following the war, Glazier wrote a book recounting his experiences that became a bestseller.

His experiences during the war not only brought him financial independence but imbued him with a wanderlust that inspired a plan to travel America from coast to coast on horseback.

In early May 1875, Glazier mounted his horse in Boston and headed west. His journey ended on November 26 when he waded in the waters of the Pacific near San Francisco.

The time in between was filled with adventure that resulted in another book published in 1896.

Captured

We join Glazier's story as he leaves the town of Cheyenne, Wyoming in the company of two horse herders.

Glazier describes his fellow travelers as "rough men and plain of speech, but apparently reliable and trustworthy."

They are escorting a group of mustangs to Salt Lake City for sale.

As the travelers clear a rise in an area known as "Skull Rocks" about thirty miles west of Cheyenne, trouble appears on the horizon:

". . . over a slight elevation appeared a body of Indians - thirteen in number. This caused us no surprise at first, as Indians are often seen on the Plains.

We soon discovered, however, that they were on no friendly errand, and were pronounced by the herders to be a raiding party of Arrapahoes [sic].

They were decked in their war paint, and as soon as they saw us raised a shout.

My companions, fearing that they were in the presence of an enemy who would doubtless endeavor to relieve them of their mustangs and ponies, made friendly signals.

The signals, however, were ignored by the Indians, who continued to advance and gradually formed a circle around us.

This is the common Indian mode of attack.

The circle is contracted while a fire is kept up upon the centre where the victims are effectually imprisoned - the Indians by rendering themselves a constantly shifting target are thus comparatively safe from the fire of the centre.

Riding around rapidly and firing at us, I and my two companions returned the fire over the backs of the mustangs and ponies which were used as a breastwork.

The circle gradually became smaller in diameter, when a shot from the gun of one of the herders killed an Indian.

A rush was now made upon us, our arms wrested from us, and ourselves speedily bound together with thongs.

The mustangs and ponies were promptly seized, and we were prisoners. Further resistance was useless.

We were helpless in the hands of twelve powerful Indians. We were soon ordered to mount, and the entire party, less one Indian, killed, started off in a northerly direction.

Skull Rocks - site of the attack

We rode at a trot until about ten o'clock at night, when a halt was ordered by the leader - a chief called ‘Lone Wolf’ - and all dismounted; a fire was kindled and some antelope meat partially roasted, a portion of which was given to us. We were all squatted around a big fire, the Indians being engaged in earnest conversation.

One of the herders understood enough of their language to explain that the discussion referred to their captives - that the friends of the Indian who was shot at Skull Rocks, and who were in the majority, were in favor of putting us all to death for having killed one of their number.

Lone Wolf, however, interposed, saying it would be enough to take the life of the one who had killed their brother.

The supper over, four of the Arrapahoes approached us and seized the herder who had fired the fatal shot.

They forced him towards a stout stake which they had previously driven into the ground about fifty yards from the fire.

The whole party of Indians then, without ceremony or talk with their victim, commenced dancing around and torturing him in the most fiendish manner.

They had heated their arrowheads in the fire and held them in contact with his naked flesh, while others, at a few feet from their victim, cast at him their sharp-pointed knives which, penetrating his body, remained embedded in the flesh until he nearly died from agony.

One of their number then advanced and shot him in the head, and this ended his sufferings.

In the meantime, the other herder and I were seated on the ground bound together and unable to offer any assistance to our tortured companion.

Several of the Indians now approached us, and dragging me to the stake, bound me to it and commenced a series of dances accompanied by much gesticulation and taunting which they doubtless intended as a sort of introduction to tortures which were to follow.

Lone Wolf who at this time was some distance from the camp-fire, rushed forward and dispersed them.

One of the Indians removed the scalp from the head of the dead man and fastened it to his waist; after which they all squatted around the fire again, engaged for the most part in shouting and speechmaking. I had never before witnessed a case of torture by Indians and trust I may never see another.

The horses of the Indians had been tethered by long ropes to stakes.

A guard of two Indians was placed in charge of us, and we were made to lie down, still bound together, with an Indian on each side of us to prevent our escape.

The other Indians disposed themselves around the fire and slept. . .

. . . At the first streak of dawn, the Indians in a body leaped to their feet.

The herder and I were each given a mustang which we mounted under the close scrutiny of our guards and the entire party started northward at a brisk trot."

Escape

The Indians and their captives rode for three days, resting at night.

We rejoin Glazier's story as dawn breaks on the fourth day and the prisoners, their hands bound, see a chance for escape:

"I now worked at the cord on my wrist and found I could unfasten it. While making the attempt one of the Indians moved in his sleep, and we ceased our efforts for the moment and all was quiet again.

The opportunity arrived, at length, the knot was loosened, and the noose slipped over our hands which gave us our liberty.

We knew where the arms lay, and each of us quickly and quietly secured a navy revolver without disturbing our guards.

We then, together, struck the two sleeping guards a strong blow on the head with the butt of the revolvers.

The one struck by the herder was nearly killed, while my man was only stunned.

We now made for the ponies, leaped into the saddles, and, before the other Indians had shaken off their slumber, had struck out with all our might in the direction from which we had come.

Not many minutes elapsed before a pursuit commenced in right earnest, the Indians shouting and yelling as they urged their ponies forward; but this had the effect only of spurring us to still greater speed.

I turned in my saddle and sent a bullet among them.

Another and another followed, and one Indian was dismounted, but the darkness prevented our seeing if the other shots had told.

The Arrapahoes returned the fire, but luckily without any worse result than increasing the pace of our flying ponies.

Away we tore at the top of our speed and soon entered a canyon.

Only two or three Indians could now be seen in pursuit, and my companion saying it would be safer for both if we took different directions, at once dashed off through a ravine to the right.

One Indian was observed following, but I sent a bullet into his horse, and this put a stop to further pursuit.

I now dropped into a gulch where I remained hidden until daylight.

Finding the coast clear in the morning, I emerged and set out walking in a southwesterly direction which brought me to a cattle ranch, the owner of which, after hearing my story, supplied me with food and a fresh mustang.

Again turning my face to the westward I pursued my course over the Rockies."

This eyewitness account appears in William Glazier's  Ocean to Ocean on Horseback (1896); William C. Davis' The American Frontier (1992).





Goats - Facts and Trivia - Part One

Yesterday, my wife and I decided to skip our planned anniversary trip to Old Town Sacramento and instead put in the Amador County Fair. 

Once there, we more or less made a beeline for the livestock to see what the 4H and FFA kids were exhibiting this year.

Among the younsters was Kristina Woolsey whose FFA project were a couple of goats. She's a Sophomore at Amodor High School and lives in Dry Town.

Goats are pretty interesting for a lot of reasons! 

First off, goats have been around a long long time. In fact, goats were the first animals to be domesticated by man back in 10,000 B.C

The phrase Judas goat is a term that has been used to describe a goat that is trained to herd other animals to slaughter while its own life is spared.

In earlier centuries, goats were often used to nurse babies.  Goats were the first animals to be used for milk by humans.


According to Roman history, on February 15th, young men would run around wearing only the skins of goats they sacrificed earlier and hit women with strips of goat skin, known as februa, to promote fertility.

It is from these purification instruments that the month of February gets its name.

In the biblical town of Jericho, people kept goats as long as 6,000 to 7,000 years before Christ.


In many parts of the world, goats are economically valuable for a variety of purposes such as skins for leather and the pelts are used for making rugs and robes.


Goats were first brought to America by Columbus in 1493.
The early explorers used goat skins for water and wine bottles when they traveled. During biblical times, goat skins were used for parchment for writing.

The Tennessee Stiff-Leg also known as the wooden leg or fainting goat is native to the U.S. This breed suffers from a recessive trait called myotonia.

When frightened this animal will experience extreme muscle stiffness causing extension of the neck and hind legs before it topples over onto the ground.

There are approximately 450 million goats around the world. There are over 210 breeds of goats in the world.  Most goats can be found in Asia and the Mid-East.

China has the most goats (over 170 Million).

Goats were regularly imported into America in the early 1900’s.

The male goat is called a “buck” or “billy.” A castrated male goat is called a “wether.”

A baby goat is called a “kid.” Healthy kids can stand within minutes after birth and are able to move with the herd almost immediately.

The female goat is called a “doe” or “nanny.” The act of giving birth is called “kidding.”

The doe can have 1 to 6 kids per litter, however, 4 to 6 kids are rare. Does can produce 3 litters of kids every 2 years.

Some does and bucks that are naturally polled are also infertile. They are of no use to the owner, either as breeding stock or milk producers.

Boer goats are considered the leading meat breed in the U.S. today. Mature males can weigh between 260 to 380 pounds and the females may weigh between 210- 300 pounds.
Goats do not have teeth in their upper front jaw. Goats have 24 molars and 8 incisors.

Goats do not have tear ducts.  Goats and octopus’ pupils of their eyes are rectangular.

Both male and female goats can have beards.

Normally goats have two teats and cows have four.

Goats prefer browse over grass and grass to clover.

Goats do not eat tin cans, clothing or garbage, but are selective eaters when provided with a well-balanced diet.

Male goats go through a period called a “rut” when they are ready to mate. This period coincides with the start of the breeding season.

The “rut” is characterized by a decrease in appetite, obsessive interest in the does, fighting between bucks and most notable is a strong foul-smelly musky odor.

Lactating does that are kept in a pen with a musky buck may produce milk that taste “goaty” and can be offensive to humans.

Goats can be born with or without horns (polled).

Goats and sheep are seasonal breeders.

Yearlings does should be bred when they have reached 80 pounds of body weight or when they have reached 60-75% of the adult weight for their breed. They must also be in good body condition and health.

Chevon is the French word for goat. These are animals that are slaughtered near or shortly after weaning.

Goats are hollow-horned, bearded, ruminant mammals of the genus Capra and the species Hircus.

They are raised for wool, milk, and meat in the U.S. Goats are also used to make gelatin, the man- ure is used for fertilizer, they are used for research models in biological studies, they are used to pull carts and for pack animals.

Goats are bovines and are closely related to cows and antelopes.

The natural life expectancy for goats is around 8 to 12 years and in some cases, goats can live over 15 years.

Worldwide, more people eat and drink milk from goats than any other animal.

The age of puberty for female goats is between 7-10 months and 4-8 months in male goats.

The breeding age for male goats is between 8-10 months 34. A mature, healthy male buck can breed 20 to 40 does.

The length of gestation (pregnancy) in does is between 146 to 155 days.

The traditional breeding season for goats in the U.S. is between late August and the early part of January, however some goats can breed out-of-season.

Goats do not like to get wet and prefer to seek shelter when it is raining.

Cabrito is the Spanish word for little goat which is slaughtered one week or shortly after birth.

Goats deposits less fat externally and more fat internally around the organs compared to sheep and cattle.

Estrus (heat) is the period in which does are receptive to mating.
The estrous cycle is between 18-22 days in does. The duration of estrus is 12-36 hours.

Signs, of heat include tail wagging, mucous discharge, swollen vulva, bleating, mounting or being mounted by other goats etc.

The normal body temperature for goats is between 101.7 to 104.5 degrees. The heart rate of goats is between 70 to 135 beats per minute. The normal respiration rate for goats is 12 to 15 breaths per minute.

Goats are very agile creatures and in some cases they can jump over 5 feet.

Goats have a four chamber stomach that contains fermenting bacteria and protozoan that aid in breaking down their food.

Most medications that are currently used on goats were developed for use in other livestock species (i.e., cattle and swine).

Bucks can be quite aggressive to their handlers during the breeding season.

Depending on the breed, adult female goats can weigh between 22 to 300 pounds and adult males between 27 to 350 pounds of body weight.

A large group of goats is called a herd.

A hermaphrodite is a goat that exhibits both male and female sexually characteristics and organs. And no, they are not just in San Francisco!

Azalea bushes are poisonous to goats. Plant poisoning most often occurs in goats in the spring after the herd has been released into a new pasture. Vomiting in goats is almost always due to poisonous plants.

Goats can become lame after an injection has hit the sciatic nerve. This nerve runs from the hips down to the leg.

Blood in the milk or “pink” milk may be a sign of udder trauma and not mastitis.

Before coins were used for money, goats were traded for silver because they were so valuable.

The pharaoh Cephranes thought, so much of his goats that he had 2,234 buried with him.

Goats are very social creatures.

Wattles are those little tufts of hair that covers the skin that dangles from the throat of some goats. Wattles serve no function and are thought to be remnants of gill slits that mammals shared somewhere back down the evolutionary tree.

A ruminant is any hoofed animal that digests its food in two steps.

First by eating the raw materials and regurgitating a semi-digested form known as “cud” then eating the cud. Ruminants include goats, sheep, cattle, deer, camels, llamas, giraffes, bison, buffalos etc.

Goat’s milk is easily digestible and less allergenic than cow’s milk. Goat’s milk is higher in calcium, vitamin A and niacin than cow’s milk.

Colostrum is produced in the first milk of the doe and it contains high levels of immunoglobulins (antibodies), vitamin A, minerals, fat and energy. Newborn kids must ingest colostrum within the first 24 hours of life to help protect them against diseases.

Goat meat is lower in fat and cholesterol compared to beef, pork, mutton and poultry.

Yes, 12,000 year old paintings of goats have been found on the walls of caves in Europe.

Goats are one the cleanliest animals and is much more selective feeders than cows, sheep, pigs, swine and even dogs.

Dairy goats have little subcutaneous fat.

Goats do not like eating food that has been soiled, contaminated or has been on the ground.

Mahatma Gandhi consumed goat milk everyday for more than 30 years.

Wierd poet Carl Sandburg loved his goats so much that when Life Magazine (1938 issue) asked him to pose for a picture with his favorite dog he insisted the picture be taken with his goats.

Goat’s milk is naturally homogenized and it can be digested in less than 20 minutes where as cow’s milk can take almost all day.

Because of the influx of Middle-Easterners to the US, goat meat production is the fastest growing livestock industry in the U.S. today (2005).

The top ten states with the largest population of meat goats are Texas (1,010,000),

Tennessee (98,000), Georgia (77,000), Oklahoma (65,000), Kentucky (63,500), North Carolina (52,200),

California (50,000), South Carolina (41,000), Alabama (37,800) and Florida (36,000;NASS, 2005).

The top ten states with the largest dairy herds are Texas (30,000), California (30,000), Wisconsin (28,000), Iowa (13,000), New York (13,000), Philadelphia (13,000), Ohio (9,500), Oklahoma (9,000), Indiana (8,800) and Missouri (8,600; NASS,2005).

Ethnic consumers are the backbone of the meat goat industry in the U.S. Demand for goat meat will continue to increase as the population in the U.S. becomes more ethnically diverse by consumers who traditionally eat goat meat.

At this time, the marketing infrastructure of the goat industry in the U.S. is relatively disorganized. Nationwide there are no mechanisms in place by which the animal is moved from the farm, to the processor and the product is accessible to the consumer.

To check for dehydration, pull the skin that is over the shoulder area. If the skin snaps back quickly the animal is adequately hydrated. If the skin does not snap back quickly and remains erect the animals is dehydrated.

Goats are herbivores (plant-eaters) that spend most of their day grazing.

Goats are usually between 17 to 42 inches tall from the shoulders.

Approximately 1.5 million pounds of goat meat is imported into the U.S. every week from Australia and New Zealand because domestic production and processing systems in this country can not keep pace with demand.

Goats are able to consume 3 to 5% of their body weight in dry matter (perhaps more if the forage is highly digestible). To consume this amount of forages, goats must be pastured in an area with a large quantity of available vegetative forage. Goats will eat less when they are moved to poor quality pastures.

Goats do not grow as fast as sheep nor can they utilize feed as efficiently.

The larger the scrotal circumference of the buck, the higher his libido and fertility.

If you like coffee, you should thank the goat! Coffee was first discovered when goat herders noticed the animals acting very energetic after nibbling on coffee beans.

And yes, it's true, Abraham Lincoln’s sons had two goats that lived in the white house with them.

goat kids

Duck Facts & Trivia

Can you name all the types of ducks in this illustration?While these are only a handful, there are more than 120 different types of duck in the world.

The ducks are divided between several subfamilies:
  • Dendrocygninae
  • Oxyurinae
  • Anatinae
  • Aythyinae
  • Merginae
And yes, ducks may have been responsible for the discovery of the Americas?


Apparently on October 8th, 1492, crewmen aboard one of Columbus's ships, the Pinta, observed ducks flying south-west and altered course to investigate.

On October 12th, they sighted land in the Bahamas.

 

Interesting Duck Facts & Trivia

All types of ducks are part of the bird family Anatidae, and there are species of ducks found worldwide on every continent except Antarctica.

A baby duck is called a duckling, and an adult male is a drake.

An adult female duck is called a hen or a duck, and a group of ducks can be called a raft, team or paddling.

All ducks have highly waterproof feathers as a result of an intricate feather structure and a waxy coating that is spread on each feather while preening.

A duck's feathers are so waterproof that even when the duck dives underwater, its downy underlayer of feathers will stay completely dry.

Ducks are precocial, which means that ducklings are covered with down and able to walk and leave the nest just a few hours after hatching.

A hen will lead her ducklings up to a half mile or more over land after hatching in order to find a suitable water source for swimming and feeding.

Male ducks have an eclipse plumage similar to females that they wear after the breeding season for about a month as their new feathers grow.

During that month, they are completely flightless and more vulnerable to predators.

Most duck species are monogamous for a breeding season but they do not mate for life.

When constructing her nest, a hen will line it with soft down feathers she plucks from her own breast. This gives the eggs the best possible cushioning and insulation.

Ducks are omnivorous, opportunistic eaters and will eat grass, aquatic plants, insects, seeds, fruit, fish, crustaceans and other types of food.

A duck's bill is specialized to help it forage in mud and to strain food from the water.

A hard nail at the tip of the bill helps with foraging, and a comb-like structure on the sides of
the bill strains small insects and crustaceans from water.

Most male ducks are silent and very few ducks actually "quack."

Instead, their calls may include squeaks, grunts, groans, chirps, whistles, brays and growls.

It is a myth that a duck's quack won't echo.

This has been conclusively disproved through different scientific acoustic tests, and was even featured as "busted" on an episode of the Discovery Channel show Mythbusters.
But like it or not, some myths refuse to die, "a duck's quack doesn't echo is an enduring urban myth."

This is true even when researched and busted by the University of Salford, Manchester, England.

When you think about it, how hard is it to put a duck in a sound studio and turn on the recorder. Result - the duck's quack echoes.

Ducks have been domesticated as pets and farm animals for more than 500 years, and all domestic ducks are descended from either the mallard or the Muscovy duck.

There are more than 40 breeds of domestic ducks.

The white Pekin duck, also called the Long Island duck, is the most common variety raised for eggs and meat.

One amusing ritual for introducing friends to an Indian restaurant, is to persuade the greenhorn to order a Bombay duck, and then watch their incredulity when the waiter brings a dried fish.

The "Bombay Duck" really is a fish, or to be completely accurate, a lizardfish, which does indeed live in the waters off Bombay.

Seven Peking ducks were imported into the United States from China in 1873.

Little did these entrepreneurs realise that these ducks would turn into a $30 million industry farming and cooking their Peking ducks ancestors.

Incidentally, attempts to rename Peking duck to Beijing duck have been a spectacular failure.

"Dabbling ducks" is a general name for a classic duck.

The duck you see in children's books, the mallard duck that you see at top of this page and the Peking duck in the previous snippet.

The male duck is the drake, while the female duck is the hen; their eggs hatch into ducklings.

A flock of flying ducks is a 'team of ducks'. When they are on the water we call them a "paddling of ducks."

However, everyone else seems to refer to them a "flock of ducks", whether they are flying, swimming, or on land.

In England, in the sport cricket, a batsman who is out without scoring is said to be out for a duck.

One "wag" back in 1859 spotted that a zero (0) on a scoreboard looked like a duck's egg - some in America refer to a zero score as a "goose egg!"

Here is an unusual word to throw into your conversation - "anatine", it means duck-like.


The Term "Lame Duck"

"Lame duck" was originally an 18th century term for investors in the stock market who could not, or would not, pay their brokers.

Later in 1926 a Wisconsin newspaper, wrote the heading: "Making a lame duck of Coolidge".
Calvin Coolidge would be the first of many American presidents to be saddled with the epithet - Lame Duck President.

Today, Obama is a Lame Duck President who takes a lot of trips abroad while his administration shreds the Constitution at home!


Donald Duck was banned in Finland - for wearing no pants in 1977

Because of their familiarity and comic nature, ducks are often featured as fictional characters.

The two most famous fictional ducks are Disney's Donald Duck, who premiered in 1934, and Warner Bros.' Daffy Duck, who premiered in 1937.

This shows the power of hype, and the way in which mundane facts are exaggerated, take out of context, and distorted.

What happened back in 1977 was that Youth Board in Helsinki decided not to subscribe to the Donald Duck comic.

As on off-the-cuff remark one of the committee members commented that Donald Duck did not wear pants.

The rest as they say is history - or in this case Internet mythology.

Rare Ducks in Madagascar

Eighteen Madagascan pochards - the world's most endangered duck - have hatched in a captive breeding centre. This brings the world population of the ducks to just 60.

Scientists are studying the remaining wild population closely, in order to understand the reasons behind the species' decline and to determine the right conditions for releasing birds back into their natural habitat.

Duck Race
Yellow Duck Race An incredible 250,000 plastic ducks took to the water in 'The Great British Duck Race' 2008.

The event was held on the river Thames at Molesey Lock, near Hampton Court Palace, in London.

The stretch of river was cunningly selected so that it took about 2½ hours to drift down the one-kilometre course.

Unfortunately, the 2010 race was postponed.

As usual, each duck was sponsored for a charity, and the winning owner received £10,000 - or $15125.00 US Dollars.

The prize fund generously stretched to include the next 29 ducks to finish. It costs £2 to adopt a duck, that's about $3 US Dollars.

The event could raise as much as £200,000 for charity. And that's about $302,500.00 US Dollars, which is no small amount of money - unless of course, we're talking about one of the Obama's monthly vacations which run into the Millions of US Dollars each month.

"The Great British Duck Race" is said to be the largest charity duck race in the world. 
We have to say that a plastic duck race is a fun way to involve a community in fund raising.

Urban Myth - "Ringer" Plastic Race Ducks?

It was reported from an unsubstantiated source that a plastic duck race in Chicago had to be abandoned when someone tried to substitute a "ringer", a plastic duck with a tiny outboard motor.

Imagine that!

While a miniature motor in a duck is far-fetched idea, there supposedly was a Duck race in New York where a plastic duck was filled with baking powder with a tiny hole at the rear.

The idea was that the baking powder would react with the water to produce carbon dioxide, which would propel the "ringer" faster than the rest.

The problem was that when filled with backing powder, the duck was much lower in the water the rest and soon drew attention.

The other problem was that there was no way of controlling the direction the duck was propelled - unless you installed a radio controlled rudder!

Singing and Dancing Duck

A duck, named Bengbeng, [apparently translates as 'Silly'] has become a celebrity for its singing, dancing and counting abilities according to the Dahe Daily.

Its owner, Du Xinai of Xingxiang city, China, takes the duck with him when he goes to the local agricultural market to buy vegetables each day.

Dancing duck
This funny duck can be seen wearing a small red scarf and a pair of tiny shoes. 

"If you ask him to sing, he quacks rhythmically while shaking his head and body. He quite enjoys it. If you put up one finger, he quacks once, then twice with two fingers, and so on."

Du says "Bengbeng is also a good citizen, and always waits for the traffic lights."

Bengbeng has become quite a star. Everywhere he goes, people welcome him like a "Super Star."

Only in America - Duck Gets 'Order of Protection'

A pet duck named Circles, who was shot and wounded with a pellet gun, has received an order of protection. New York introduced the protection law to deal with domestic violence.

This was the first time that an animal has benefited from such an order.

What happened was that the duck Circles was in its owner's backyard when a neighbour shot it through the neck.

The duck was successfully treated by a vet.

Meanwhile, the neighbour was charged with animal cruelty, and at the arraignment and Circles got an order of protection.

Duck Lips or Bills?

Ducks have bills, this girl has Duck Lips!



Duck Face?

People making what is now termed Duck Faces on the Internet is a bit confusing.
It is believed that they are trying to be sexy and failing at it big time!



Yes, these are city girl "Duck Faces!"

Finally duck funnies for the kids!

A farmer got tired of his old rooster waking him up late. So being the good guy that he was, he retired his old alarm clock and replaced him with a duck.

Yes, that's so he'd always wake at the "quack of dawn!"



Q: What do ducks get after they eat?
A: A bill!

Q: What do you call a crate full of ducks?
A: A box of quackers!

Q: Who stole the soap?
A: The robber ducky!

Q: What do you call it when it rains chickens and ducks?
A: Fowl weather.

Q: What says "Quick, Quick!"?
A: A duck with the hiccups

Q: Why do ducks watch the news?
A: For the feather forecast!

Q: Where did the duck go when he was sick?
A: To the Ducktor

Q: What did the detective duck say to his partner?
A: I hope we Quack this case.

Q: What did the duck say to the banker?
A: My bill is bigger than yours.

Q: Which side of a duck has the prettiest feathers?
A: The outside!

Q: Why did the duck fly south for the winter?
A: Because it was too far to walk.

Q: Which animal grows down?
A: A duck

Customer: How much is that duck?

Shopkeeper: Ten dollars.

Customer: Okay, could you please send me the bill?

Shopkeeper: I'm sorry, but you'll have to take the whole bird.

Q: What do you call two ducks and a cow?
A: Quackers and Milk.

Q: What do you get if you cross a duck with fireworks?
A: A firequacker!

A duck walks into a pharmacy and says, "Do you have any chapstick?"

When the pharmacist puts it on the counter, the duck replies, "Thanks, just put it on my bill."

Q: How do you get down off a horse?
A: You don't get down off a horse... you get down off a duck.

Q: What's another name for a clever duck?
A: A wise quacker!

I bet you're glad this post is done!

Until later, thanks for visiting my blog!

Chicken Facts & Trivia



Have you ever wondered how a hen can lay an egg every day? Why some eggs are brown and some eggs are white? How many days an egg takes to hatch?

Here are the answers to those questions and many more.

Hens and eggs

• Female chickens are called pullets for their first year or until they begin to lay eggs. For most breeds, around 20 weeks is a typical age for the first egg.

• Some breeds lay eggs daily, some every other day, some once or twice a week.

• Some individual hens never lay eggs, due to narrow pelvises or other anomalies.

• Normal laying routines can be interrupted by molting, winter daylight shortage, temperature extremes, illness, poor nutrition, stress, or lack of fresh water. Hens usually return to normal laying habits when the disruption-causing factor ends or is corrected.

• Most hens are productive layers for two years before declining in production, but some continue to lay eggs for several years.

• Hens will lay eggs whether or not they’ve ever seen a rooster. Roosters are necessary only for fertilization of eggs.

Egg development and laying process

• A female chick is born with thousands of tiny ova, which are undeveloped yolks. Once she reaches maturity, an ovum will be released into a canal called the oviduct and begin its journey of development.

• At any given time a productive hen will have eggs of several stages within her reproductive system. The eggs most recently discharged from the ovary are just tiny yolks, and the eggs farther down the oviduct are progressively larger and more developed.

• From the time an ovum leaves the ovary, it takes approximately 25 hours for the egg to reach the vent for laying. During that time period, the yolk will grow larger while being surrounded by albumen (egg white), wrapped in a membrane, and encased in a shell. Pigment is deposited on the shell as the last step of the egg production process.

• If sperm is present, the yolk will be fertilized before the albumen is deposited.

• As a chick embryo develops in a fertilized egg, the yolk provides nourishment and the albumen cushions the embryo.

• Although a hen has only one exterior opening (the cloaca or vent) for egg laying and elimination, eggs are not contaminated during the laying process. Two separate channels, the oviduct and the large intestine, open into the cloaca. As the egg nears the end of the oviduct, the intestinal opening is temporarily blocked off. The egg passes through the cloaca without contact with waste matter.

• The typical interval between eggs laid is about 25 hours, so a hen that lays an egg every day will lay a bit later each day.

• Hens don’t usually lay eggs in the dark, so once a hen’s laying cycle reaches dusk time, she will usually not lay till the following morning.

• Eggshell production drains calcium from the hen’s body. The comb, wattles, legs, and ear lobes will fade as the calcium leaches out.

Calcium must be replenished through either feed containing calcium, supplements such as oyster shell, or high amounts of calcium in the soil of birds with outdoor access.



Egg variations
• Young pullets often lay malformed eggs before getting established in a normal laying routine. Older hens may occasionally lay abnormal eggs due to age, stress, or illness.

• Pullet eggs--the first ones produced by each pullet--are smaller than the eggs that the same hen will produce as an older hen.

• “Fart egg” and “oops egg” are terms for tiny eggs that quickly pass through the oviduct without reaching full size.

• Shell-less eggs are released before they have time to develop a shell. They may have membrane holding them together or just be loose yolk and white.

• Double eggs or “egg in an egg” are created when an egg with a shell is encased by the next egg in the oviduct and a shell is produced over the outer egg as well.

• Double yolkers may have a normal amount of egg white with two or more yolks. In the shell, the egg may be unusually large.

• Yolkless eggs, also called no-yolkers, dwarf eggs or wind eggs, consist of egg white alone.

• Occasionally an egg will come out with a wrinkly, misshapen, rough, bumpy, or unusually colored shell.

• Egg size is dependent on breed, age, and weight of the hen. Larger chicken breeds tend to lay larger eggs; banty breeds lay small eggs. Older hens tend to lay larger eggs than younger hens.

• The shell color is a breed characteristic. Most chicken breeds lay light-to-medium brown eggs. A few breeds lay white, dark brown, green, blue, or cream colored eggs.

• Shell color is only “skin deep”-- the eggs inside are the same as eggs of other colors.

• The shell color intensity of eggs laid by one hen can vary from time to time, with an occasional darker or lighter eggshell.

• While most eggs have a slight sheen to the shell, some breeds or individual hens tend to lay eggs with a chalkier texture.



Chicken-and-egg behavior

• Most hens will lay eggs in the same nest box as flockmates, so it’s not necessary to have a nest box for each hen.

• Some hens like to lay their eggs in private and others will join their sisters in the nest box. Often two or three hens will crowd into one box while another nest box remains empty.

• Sometimes a hen will sit on previously laid eggs and add her egg to the clutch. Another might prefer to sit in another area and deposit one egg by itself.

• Often a hen will sing “the egg song” before or after she lays an egg.

Some will sing during the process of laying. It is a cheerful song that seems to be a proud announcement.

• Chickens learn by example, so a fake or real egg left in a designated nest box may encourage hens to lay there instead of on the floor or outdoors.

• Unconfined hens may lay eggs anywhere outdoors if they don’t want to return to the nest box. Sometimes a free-ranging hen will go missing and reappear weeks later with a parade of chicks.

• Chickens like to eat eggs, even their own. An egg that gets accidentally broken will likely be eaten by one of the chickens.

If you occasionally find pieces of shell or egg yolk in the nest box, it’s usually nothing to be concerned about.

• Some chickens become habitual egg-eaters that break eggs open and eat them. An egg-eater should be culled from the flock if you wish to have eggs for the kitchen.

Not only will that chicken continue to eat eggs, but others will learn from watching and you may end up with several egg-eaters.

• Holes in eggs and cracked eggs do not necessarily mean there is an egg-eater in the flock.

A hen can accidentally crack an egg in the nest when she sits down or adjusts the nest to lay her own egg.

Sometimes curiosity or boredom leads a chicken to peck at an egg without the intention of eating it.

• Chickens can be fed their own or other eggs either raw or cooked.

Eggs provide protein and the calcium in the shell is beneficial for laying hens. A potato masher can be used to break boiled eggs into pieces of egg and shell.

• Empty eggshells from the kitchen can be fed back to chickens as a calcium supplement without concern for developing egg-eaters.

However, to be safe, crushing the shells or running through a blender is a good idea.

Chicken birds and bees

• Baby chickens are chicks. Female chickens are pullets until they’re old enough to lay eggs and become hens.

• Male chickens are called roosters, cocks or cockerels, depending on the country you’re in.


• A rooster announces to a flock of chickens that he’s found food with a “took, took, took.” But the hens don’t pay attention if they already know that there is food around.

• Roosters perform a little dance called ‘tidbitting’ in which they make sounds (food calls) and move their head up and down, picking up and dropping a bit of food.

Researchers have found that females prefer males that often perform tidbitting and have larger, brighter combs on top of their heads.

• A female chicken will mate with many different males but if she decides, after the deed is done, that she doesn’t want a particular rooster’s offspring and can eject his sperm.

This occurs most often when the male is lower in the pecking order.
• Scientists think that the rooster’s wattle–the dangly bit beneath his beak–helps him to gain a hen’s attention when he is tidbitting.

• The only reason a rooster would be required with a flock of hens is to fertilize eggs.

As a side job, a good rooster also serves as a watchman, warning his hens of predators and other dangers. He also seeks out food for his harem.

• Even with a virile rooster in residence, not all eggs will be fertile.

Some hens just don’t interest a rooster and others never get caught. And yes, often, roosters will have favorite hens that get most of their attention and others remain unnoticed.

• Hens do not have an estrus cycle. They can mate and develop fertile eggs at any time.

• Sperm can remain viable in the hen’s oviduct for three to four weeks, so one mating will fertilize numerous eggs.

Brooding and hatching

• A broody hen of any breed can be used to hatch eggs and raise chicks from other hens of any breeds.

• A broody will sit on any eggs, whether or not they are fertile and regardless of who laid them.

To gather a suitable clutch of eggs, she will not only lay her own eggs but may roll other hens’ eggs into her nest.

• While a hen is brooding, you can remove daily any extra eggs she gathers into her clutch.

Drawing pencil “equator” lines around the eggs you want her to brood will help with identification.

• A setting hen will usually leave the nest at least once a day to eat, drink, and defecate.

The eggs are not in danger of cooling off too much during a normal foray into the coop or run.

• Typically, chicken eggs hatch about 21 days from the beginning of incubation or nesting by a broody hen.

A few days early or late is not unusual, and some breeds lean toward earlier or later hatches.

• Not all fertile eggs will develop into embryos. Some never develop due to egg deficiencies or temperature fluctuations.

• Not all chick embryos will successfully hatch. They can die any time before hatching, even after pipping a hole in the egg.

Double yolk eggs rarely hatch due to crowding during embryo development.

• If a broody hen has pushed an egg out of the nest, she probably knows something is not right with that egg or embryo.

In the kitchen

• A normal fresh egg has a yellow yolk, a layer of thick albumen (egg white) surrounding the yolk, and a thinner layer of albumen surrounding that.

• At opposite sides of the yolk are two chalazae, short white twisted strands of albumen that anchor the yolk to the white. A large chalaza does not indicate embryo development.

• Every egg yolk has a white disc called a blastoderm. It is usually visible but may be very pale.

In an infertile egg, the blastoderm is solid white. In a fertile egg, the disc has a faint or distinct ring that makes it look like a donut or bulls-eye.

• Fertile eggs are completely edible.

In fact, some people consider fertile eggs more nutritious than infertile eggs, but scientific research does not confirm this.

• Fresh fertile eggs collected daily will not have embryos in them.

Embryos do not begin to develop unless the eggs are in a favorable warm environment under a broody hen or in an artificial incubator.

• The yolk of a chicken egg may be any shade from pale yellow to orange, depending on what the hen has eaten.

The color is usually consistent if hens are fed only one type of feed, but foraging hens and those fed kitchen scraps will often produce a variety of yolk colors.

• The egg yolk or egg white may have red or brown specks in it.

These “blood spots” and “meat spots” are harmless bits of tissue and are allowed in commercial Grade B eggs.

If they look unappealing, the spots can be removed with a spoon or knife before cooking.

• An eggshell has a protective coating that prevents bacteria from entering the egg. To retain this coating, eggs should not be washed until just before use.

• Some eggs are soiled with blood from minor tissue damage or mud or feces from the nest box. This can be wiped off carefully; the shell should be thoroughly dried.

• If you aren’t sure how old an egg is, you can submerge it in water.

The freshest eggs will remain at the bottom of the container, while old eggs will float.

Floaters should either be discarded or opened far from your nose.

Did you Know? List of Facts about Chickens

Facts are statements which are held to be true and often contrasted with opinions and beliefs.

Our unusual and interesting facts about Chickens, trivia and information, including some useful statistics about animals will fascinate everyone from kids and children to adults.

Interesting Facts about Chickens are as follows:

Definition: The chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) is a domestic fowl bred for meat or eggs.

Gallinaceous birds are described as heavy-bodied ground-feeding domestic or game birds including Turkeys, grouse, quail, pheasant and chickens.

The chicken, Gallus gallus domesticus, is a domestic subspecies of the red junglefowl, a member of the pheasant family that is native to Asia. Genetic studies have found that the grey junglefowl also contributed to the chicken’s evolution.



The chicken is the most populous bird in the world. With 50 billion chickens in the world, there are more of them than any other bird species.

Over 50 billion chickens are reared annually as a source of food, for both their meat and their eggs

Chickens farmed for meat are called broiler chickens, those farmed for eggs are called egg laying hens

It is believed that chickens were first domesticated over 10,000 years ago in the far east

Males chickens are referred to as "roosters" in the United States and Canada and "cockerels or cocks" in the United Kingdom.
Castrated roosters are called capons

Female chickens, over a year old, are called hens, and younger females are called pullets

Lifespan between 5 - 10 years, however, a free range meat chicken will usually be slaughtered at about 14 weeks

Domestic chickens are not capable of long distance flight unlike birds

A group of chickens is called a flock

Coxcomb - A coxcomb is the the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl

The direct ancestor of the domestic chicken is believed to be the Red Jungle fowl (Gallus gallus) which is a tropical member of the Pheasant family

Eggs contain just 85 calories each but are packed with nutrients including protein, zinc, iron, iodine and vitamins A, D, E and some B vitamins.

General dietary recommendations from the American Heart Association are that adults eat no more than 3-4 eggs yolks each week

Chicken diseases: Chickens are susceptible to parasites including lice, mites, ticks, fleas and intestinal worms

Bird Flu is a virus known as Avian Influenza. Avian influenza (a.k.a. bird flu) is extremely contagious and can make chickens very sick and kill them.


The highly pathogenic form of the disease can kill off 90 to 100 percent of birds in a flock in just 48 hours.

"Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"
Answer: Recent studies show that the chicken came first, because of the methodology of evolution. An egg cannot occur unless a a chicken is able to lay that egg

Chickens are the closest living relative of the dinosaur called the tyrannosaur

Ameraucana and Araucana can lay eggs colored in shades of green or blue, depending on the breed

Chicken are pretty fast. The chicken can travel up to 9 miles per hour when it wants to.

Little Known Chicken Facts:

The largest ever recorded chicken egg weighed nearly 12 ounces, and measured 12.25 inches around.

Chicken language has real meanings. The birds give different alarm calls depending on which type of predator is threatening them.

There are more chickens on Earth than there are humans.

Chickens can cross breed with turkeys. The result is called a 'Turkin'.

There are four cities in the United States that have the word "chicken" in their name: Chicken, Alaska; Chicken Bristle, Illinois; Chicken Bristle, Kentucky; and Chicken Town, Pennsylvania.

The greatest number of yolks ever found in a single chicken egg was nine!

Chickens experience REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.

The chicken is the closest living relative of the tyrannosaurus-rex.

In Gainesville, Georgia, (the chicken capital of the world), a local ordinance makes it illegal to eat your chicken with a fork.

The waste produced by one chicken in its lifetime can supply enough electricity to run a 100 watt bulb for five hours.

China has the most people in the world, and also has the most chickens.

There are over 3,000,000,000 chickens in China! That's 3 billion chickens!

The United States has only 450 million.

The longest recorded distance flown by any chicken was 301.5 feet.

The record for laying the most eggs in one day was seven.

There are more chickens in the world than there are of any other domesticated bird. In fact, there's more than one chicken for every human on the face of this earth.

Chickens can fly, but not for long. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is only thirteen seconds.

A chicken will lay bigger and stronger eggs if you adjust the lighting in their cages to make them think each day is 28 hours long, instead of 24.

Chickens eggs come in colors sometimes, (other than white and brown). Some breeds lay eggs in shades of blue or green. Ready-made Easter Eggs!
The fear of chickens is called 'Alektorophobia'.

Laid head to claw, all the chickens consumed from KFC worldwide would circle the Earth at the equator 11 times.

This bird was probably first domesticated for the purpose of cockfights, not as food.

Chickens aren’t completely flightless—they can get airborne enough to make it over a fence or into a tree.

These birds are omnivores. They’ll eat seeds and insects but also larger prey like small mice and lizards.

There are dozens of chicken breeds, such as the Dutch bantam, leghorn and Rhode Island red.

Chickens are sometimes kept as pets and can be tamed by hand feeding, but roosters can sometimes become aggressive and noisy, although aggression can be curbed with proper handling.

Some have advised against keeping them around very young children. Certain breeds, however, such as silkies and many bantam varieties are generally docile and are often recommended as good pets around children with disabilities.

Some people find chickens entertaining and educational, while others just find them tasty!