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DEA Launders Money for the War on Drugs

By Bessie Jewel, published on Dec 4, 2011

According to a December 4 report in The NY Times, anti-narcotic agents, primarily with the Drug Enforcement Agency, have both smuggled and laundered enormous sums of money in drug proceeds in their continued effort to infiltrate the powerful Mexican drug cartels.

The DEA has performed these under-cover efforts in other countries but began these tactics in Mexico only in the past few years. Because of the nature of the operations, cartels are often allowed to continue in operation for months or years before arrests are made.

Approximately 45,000 deaths have been attributed to the... (more)

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Parsley Mayonaise

By Bessie Jewel, published on Dec 2, 2011

There's been so much in the news I've wanted to discuss BUT I decided to do something constructive instead and share a recipe. We eat lots of fish around here but no matter how it was prepared, once on the plate, it seemed to long for something. Then, I found it. I had to do some serious groveling to obtain this so in the spirit of the season, well here goes...

1/2 cup fresh parsley sprigs

1 green onion

1/4 teaspoon garlic

3 eggs

1 Tablespoon lemon jiuce

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

... (more)

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A New Holiday Leaf

By Bessie Jewel, published on Nov 28, 2011

It took me awhile - fifty six years to be exact - but it finally dawned on me that resisting the in-your-face, started-before Halloween, pepper-spray inducing "HOLIDAY SEASON", was just a lesson in futility. I've surrendered. I hate to give up a fight but it's best to recognize defeat and cut your losses.

Let's be honest here - once I figured out Santa, the whole Christmas story came into question. Then, the more independent I became in my spiritual beliefs, the more this extended, over-commercialized season came to annoy me. So, from Thanksgiving until New Years, I generally find... (more)

Tags: holiday blues, holiday season

Primary season is not unlike a duel

By Bessie Jewel, published on Nov 22, 2011

The first presidential election I can recall was Kennedy/Nixon and it was a happening thing! Lots of debate on the tips of everyone's tongue. I was a small child at the time but remember asking my mother if "we" were Republicans or Democrats. It just seemed like something I should know.

"Oh, I'd say we were Democrats," she replied.

"Why?"

She gave this a moment's thought and said, "Well, the Republicans tend to look out for what's best for business and Democrats try and look out for the working-man."

I didn't have to ask if we were "working-men". I was young but... (more)

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The Online Piracy Act

By Bessie Jewel, published on Nov 17, 2011

If you actively use the internet you may want to familiarize yourself with the Stop Online Piracy Act which was reviewed yesterday by the House Judiciary Committee.

First, let it be said that this bill has broad support from both parties as well as the Motion Picture Association and The U. S. Chamber of Commerce, both interested in capturing and preventing the pirated use of copyrighted materials. Most everyone understands this issue.

The wording of the bill however has given Internet Service Providers (AOL, Time-Warner, AT&T, etc.), as well as government officials some far-reaching... (more)

Tags: online privacy act

A Constitutional Amendment Against Texans

By Bessie Jewel, published on Nov 13, 2011

You heard it here first. I intend to spearhead a new movement - the "Unoccupy" movement. We may not have been able to get an Equal Rights Amendment off the ground, but I'm pretty sure everyone outside of my home state and about half of us who reside here, would be in full agreement. We simply can't have another Texan as president.

Now, I don't think Governor Rick (Corndog) Perry has a prayer. But I didn't think George H.W.Bush did, either. And I certainly couldn't imagine "Dubya" stumbling into the position -TWICE. And I'll admit to having a vivid memory of Lyndon Johnson. So, you might... (more)

Tags: texans

Am I Seeing Repeating Numbers for a Reason?

By Bessie Jewel, published on Nov 11, 2011

Several years ago, my Cajun husband who believes in nothing yet is open to everything, asked if I knew anything about repeating numbers. He was continually noticing the digits "4" around him. He woke up in the middle of the night at 4:44. There were license plates in from of him with at least three "4"s. He drove past a new greasy spoon named the "444 Grill". He happened to glance at his odometer at 44,444 miles. The list goes on and on.

I started to think back and realized that "1"s seemed to continually pop up for me - all of my life. Hmph. Maybe he was on to something.

Computers... (more)

Tags: 11-11-11, 12-12-12, repeating numbers, lucky day

Hey! There's Poo in My Pocket!

By Bessie Jewel, published on Nov 9, 2011

For all you haters of little dogs, this article's for you. Beware. The more you detest the little yappers who jump in your face, pee with excitement (usually on your foot), and are generally treated like royalty despite their obnoxious attitudes, well, the more likely you are to eventually own one. And love it. I mean really, really, LOVE it.

It happened to me. We always owned Labradors. Big ol' slobbering, smelly, good-as-gold Labs. What's more, they were "huntin' dogs". They lived in a kennel, were religously worked and rode unrestrained in the back of a pick-up. They were smart as... (more)

Tags: love

The Law of Diminishing Returns

By Bessie Jewel, published on Nov 8, 2011

Somehow, I was able to keep my eyes open in Economics 101 while this principle was being explained. I recall it as the tendency for whatever skills and efforts you throw at a project to eventually grow proportionally less effective. For example, if you plant a thousand seeds on an acre, you might harvest a thousand bushels of goodies. Plant two thousand seeds and get two thousand bushels. Plant three, harvest three and so on. But, somewhere along the line, you're going to plant five thousand seeds and only get four thousand, five hundred bushels for your trouble. You've fallen off into a "diminishing... (more)

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Enslaved in America

By Bessie Jewel, published on Oct 29, 2011

At the risk of offending the ancestors of immigrants brought to The New World against their will, I want to talk briefly about shackles. Not the iron kind that hang heavily around the wrist and cut the skin at the ankles. I'm referring to the new-fangled kind, the invisible ones that slowly wind around your throat making it difficult to speak and sometimes even breathe.

They come disguised as security blankets in the form of 401Ks, paid vacations, and (shudder) health insurance. Those who enslave us like to remind us that we're damned lucky to have a job at all these days, so take what... (more)

Tags: slavery, immigrants, new world, government responsibility, security blankets, 20 year student loan forgiveness

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