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  1. Hi Jeepers and Annarchy! It's nice to be back and see familiar folks. I made six quarts of ham and bean, and it looks like all six sealed!
  2. Today I am pressure canning navy bean and ham soup, thanks to the leftover ham from New Year's Day. I haven't canned for a while, and this got me to reminiscing about Mrs. S. So here I am! I can't believe I remembered my login.
  3. Turtlemama, I hear your pain, and I appreciate that you are lashing out in defense of your child, for fear that he and others like him will be painted with the same brush as a mass murderer. This is a safe place for you, and no one here thinks that way. If anything, it makes me and many others here make a point of covering you and your boy in prayer. I don't think that acknowledging that the killer was reported to have Asperger's Syndrome and exploring how that condition was one of many factors that led to this horrific tragedy makes anyone here cruel or ignorant. Nothing will change the fact that people with mental and/or developmental disorders are not immune from violent behavior, and have limitations that may make it more difficult for them to behave appropriately for those that develop mental illness on top of a developmental disorder. This is the fact sheet on Asperger's from the NIH web ste: http://www.ninds.nih...il_asperger.htm Snippet, emphasis added: Asperger syndrome (AS) is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), one of a distinct group of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by social impairment, communication difficulties, and restrictive, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Other ASDs include autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS). ASDs are considered neurodevelopmental disorders and are present from infancy or early childhood. Although early diagnosis using standardized screening by age 2 is the goal, many with ASD are not detected until later because of limited social demands and support from parents and caregivers in early life. The severity of communication and behavioral deficits, and the degree of disability, is variable in those affected by ASD. Some individuals with ASD are severely disabled and require very substantial support for basic activities of daily living. Asperger syndrome is considered by many to be the mildest form of ASD and is synonymous with the most highly functioning individuals with ASD. Two core features of autism are: a) social and communication deficits and fixated interests and repetitive behaviors. The social communication deficits in highly functioning persons with Asperger syndrome include lack of the normal back and forth conversation; lack of typical eye contact, body language, and facial expression; and trouble maintaining relationships. Fixated interests and repetitive behaviors include repetitive use of objects or phrases, stereotyped movements, and excessive attachment to routines, objects, or interests. Persons with ASD may also respond to sensory aspects of their environment with unusual indifference or excessive interest. The prevalence of AS is not well established. It is often not recognized before age 5 or 6 because language development is normal. Although ASD varies significantly in character and severity, it occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups and affects every age group. Experts estimate that as many as 1 in 88 children age 8 will have an autism spectrum disorder1 No studies have yet been conducted to determine the incidence of Asperger syndrome in adult populations, but studies of children with the disorder suggest that their problems with socialization and communication continue into adulthood. Some of these children develop additional psychiatric symptoms and disorders in adolescence and adulthood. Males are four times more likely than girls to have ASD. Studies of children with Asperger syndrome suggest that their problems with socialization and communication continue into adulthood. Some of these children develop additional psychiatric symptoms and disorders in adolescence and adulthood.
  4. Any references to Aspergers/Autism I heard on the news regarding this shooter is that early information suggested he was autistic AND had a personality disorder/mental illness. Those on the spectrum are not immune form mental illness, and it makes sense to me that concomitant disorders would make treatment even more challenging. Having aspergeres/autism does not mean that they are all destined to be violently psychotic, but it does not make them exempt from it, either. Edited for spelling.
  5. What a tremendous loss. Thank you, Cat for letting us know. Love you, Westie.
  6. Exactly!!!!! We need good, decent mental hospitals. There truly are those who need to be sheltered and cared for, not drugged up and forced to cope with an environment that they simply are not equipped to handle all in the name of "inclusion" and "mainstreaming". Especially since the society we live in now is even more frightening than it was in the 70's. A person with mental illness subjected to daily onslaught of violence on television, movies, and video games in a culture that no longer teaches self control or moral boundarie is a recipe for disaster, because that person cannot protect themselves from the effects of those myriad influences IMHO. The mentally ill deserve the dignity of a safe, sheltered environment. As a society, we have abrogated our responsibility to care for the most fragile persons.
  7. Winterized the chicken coop yesterday, went to Mass, laundry done, gadgets charged up, tanks full, filling bathtub and just brought in my door wreath and autumn porch decorations. The more basics preps already in place.... food, water, lights, heat, etc. Ready as we can be for the effects of Sandy. Now we wait. Good luck and prayers for all the other Mrs. S families in the path/region.
  8. Neato Frito! Now to download my selections and top off the charge on my Kindle before the storm hits. Thank you.
  9. This is another "prepare for the worst and hope for the best" opportunities. The line separating Severe and Active winter runs straight through my little neck of the woods. I love this smiley
  10. Thank you Cat. I will be adding my thoughts and prayers today. I just thought it was a nice time to think kindly of our friend, and wish his family well.
  11. We were lucky. Had some house damage and went without power from Friday night into wee hours of Sunday. There are plenty of folks in the area went almost a week and still many in the state continue without. Thank Heaven for our preps, including the battery powered fan I tucked away a couple years ago prompted my a discussion on Mrs. S! I have since added two more and the house damage has been repaired. With heat indices over 100, we stayed pretty comfortable by opening up all windows early in the morning to let in the relatively cooler air. As soon as it began to warm up outside, we closed up the house, pulled down the blinds, and closed drapes to keep the heat out. Using the battery fan circulated the indoor air. Even one small fan makes a huge difference!
  12. Pressure canning your stored meats makes them shelf stable. The downside of a deep freeze are power outages, like most of WV experienced this past week. Unless you have a generator and plenty of gas to keep it going, you could lose all your meat stores at once. Soooo... who know... it may be a blessing in the long run that your hubby was "inspired" to sell the freezer!
  13. ereaderiq.com is a good source for the daily "freebies" on Amazon. I've let my mouse finger get ahead of my eyes a couple times, too. I was able to go through the Amazon site and cancel the order right away. There was an "ordered by mistake" option. I think I went to Manage Your Kindle to locate the book and cancel the order.
  14. Back atcha, (((((((((Annarchy)))))))))))))
  15. Oh Westie!!!!!! I am SOOOO happy to see your posts! This has made my day. Loads of hugs to you!
  16. Cat, I am so sorry to read of your loss. You and your dear mother are in my prayers.
  17. I also love my Presto canners. I started with the 18 quart and then added the 23 quart because I can stack pints. Presto canners are safe to use with ceramic cooktops and are great for those of us who may have trouble hefting a heavier canner. I got the 23 quart from Amazon, and I would strongly recommend getting the three piece regulator at the same time. http://www.amazon.co...02361518&sr=8-1
  18. On the way to the feed store yesterday I saw a dead doe laying in someone's front yard that had probably been hit by a car during the night. I immediately thought that if I woke to find venison in my front yard, and it had been a cold night, I would probably try to salvage the meat. Anyone ever done that?
  19. I bet this recipe would work real well in a bread machine on the dough cycle for the mixing and first rising!
  20. Our local mall has been giving away free round-trip bus passes for folks to come shop on Black Friday. Methinks the retailers are in a panic.
  21. http://www.newsmax.com/headlines/wuerl_col.../21/289471.html Religious Leaders Call for Civil Disobedience if Laws Don't Respect Faith Saturday, November 21, 2009 2:52 PM Article Font Size A formidable coalition of 150 Catholic, Orthodox and evangelical leaders are calling on Christians in a new manifesto to reject secular authority – and even engage in civil disobedience – if laws force them to accept abortion, same-sex marriage and other ideas that betray their religious beliefs. On Friday, these leaders released a 4,700-word document – called the "The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience." The document was signed by leaders ranging from evangelical leader Chuck Colson to two of the leading Catholic prelates in the U.S., Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. and Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, and calls on Christians to engage in civil disobedience to defend their doctrines. The document also blasts the Obama administration, saying that social ills have grown since the election of President Obama, an abortion rights advocate, along with an erosion of what it calls "marriage culture" with the rise of divorce, greater acceptance of infidelity and the uncoupling of marriage from childbearing. Colson says the project is aimed at instilling social conservative beliefs in a new generation of believers. "We argue that there is a hierarchy of issues," he told The New York Times. "A lot of younger evangelicals say they're all alike. We're hoping to educate them that these are the three most important issues" – abortion marriage and religious liberty. "We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them," says the declaration, which was drafted by Colson, an evangelical, and Princeton University professor Robert P. George, a Roman Catholic. The declaration lists the "fundamental truths" as the "sanctity of human life, the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife, and the rights of conscience and religious liberty." "Throughout the centuries, Christianity has taught that civil disobedience is not only permitted, but sometimes required," says the document which cited civil rights icon Martin Luther King and his willingness to go to jail for his beliefs. "Because we honor justice and the common good," it states, "we will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide or euthanasia or any other anti-life act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent, or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality and marriage and the family." George and other signers backed off from specifically defining what civil disobedience may entail. Wuerl's office played down the civil disobedience wording, saying he wasn't urging Catholics to "do anything specific," his spokeswoman Susan Gibbs told The Washington Post. "That wasn't something we had talked about." "We certainly hope it doesn't come to that," said George, who told The Washington Times that he has represented a West Virginia resident who has refused to pay a portion of her state income tax that funds abortions. "However, we see case after case of challenges to religious liberty," such as compelling pharmacists to carry abortifacient drugs or health care workers to assist in abortions, he added. "When the limits of conscience are reached and you cannot comply, it's better to suffer a wrong than to do it," he said. Unveiling the declaration Friday, Archbishop Wuerl appeared at a news conference in the District of Columbia even as the Church was considering a city-proposed compromise on its same-sex marriage measure. He and other Church officials say the bill would require faith-based groups like Catholic Charities to extend benefits to married same-sex partners, thus forcing Christians to abandon their religious liberty. On Friday, Catholic Charities of Boston halted adoption services rather than comply with state law and allow children to be adopted by homosexual couples. Other signatories to the document include Cardinal Justin Rigali, outgoing chairman of the U.S. Catholic bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities; Pentecostal leader Harry Jackson, pastor of a Beltsville church; evangelical activist Tony Perkins; and National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson. Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told Newsweek the point of the Declaration is really to avoid mistakes of the past, such as when religious leaders did not stand up early enough against no-fault divorce, which he says led directly to the breakup of families and high divorce rates. "I'm a former police officer, and I have hard time with civil disobedience, but if it comes to the point where our religious liberty is at risk, I'd not only participate but would encourage people to resist." The leaders are urging the public to sign the online document. Read the full document here © 2009 Newsmax. All rights reserved.
  22. Uninitiated.... love it! You are so sweet, Mt. Rider!!
  23. We haven't turned our central heat on yet, but we are using our gas fireplace in the evenings before bed. I hung bedsheets on the line early yesterday morning, and it was still below freezing. I had to wipe the lines down to get the thick frost off before I started hanging. Yowie, did my fingers get cold! We had to go out yesterday, so that is why I was out so early. Not only did I save the electricity cost, but I LOVE the smell of sun-dried linens. I slept like a baby nestled in those fragrant sheets under a cozy comforter.
  24. I would not waste the space on fishing kits and the like for sheeple friends and family. They just need to be kept dry and nourished enough to get to help. I would include a space blanket, one of those disposable ponchos, teeny first aid kit, small mag light, dust mask, moist wipes, power bars, hard candies, hand warmers, zipper bags, lighter and something for water. A small radio would be a bonus. Putting in a fanny pack would be nice. I would include a copy the the Red Cross brochure on putting together a 72 hour kit. Nothing tinfoil about the Red Cross, right?
  25. That is assuming normal shopping patterns. In a crisis situation, everything would be gone in a matter of hours. Milk, bread, water, TP and batteries would go first. Just like around here when there is a snow storm forecast.
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