Guns trump Gays? I call Bullshit

Hypocrisy of congress continues……(big surprise)

How can Congress stand on their convictions and say that each individual state has the right to chose whether or not to acknowledge gay marriage when the United States House of Representatives just passed a bill that would force states to recognize all licenses to carry a concealed weapon – no matter what state it was obtained in?

How can our Congress men and women justify implementing a law that will force states to allow me and others to carry a concealed weapon across state lines but say it is unconstitutional for states to have to recognize gay marriage across state lines?

This is the kind of bullshit hypocrisy that is ruining the credit of our representatives.

While I am a self admitted gun-nut – even I think this is insane.

It is extremely easy to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon in some states and yet annoyingly difficult in others.

I’m not saying I am against this gun bill but I am saying that marriage, both gay and straight is more important than guns.

If states should have to recognize licenses to carry concealed weapons across the borders then they should absolutely have to recognize gay marriage.

Republicans can’t cry ‘states rights’ on marriage and ignore ‘states rights’ when it comes to carry weapons.

If you don’t want to have a license to carry a concealed weapon in your own state or across state borders – then don’t

If you don’t want to have a marriage license with someone of the same sex in your own state or across state borders – then don’t

But don’t tell me that having the right to carry a gun legally across borders is more constitutional,ethical, or moral then having the right to have states acknowledge gay marriages regardless of the state the license was obtained in.

I am for gay marriage and for guns but let’s prioritize and put people before weapons.

justice is both fair and practical, yet this gun bill is a major slap in the face to gays and supporters of gay rights everywhere.

And to Congress… I call BULLSHIT

– also, this was written on Ms. Goggans’ iPhone so please forgive any grammatical errors.

Can you walk yourself thin?

WALKING is the best exercise and overall toner! My stomach is tighter, my legs are more toned and I simply feel better. It does not require a gym membership, a trainer or fancy shanty equipment. Be that as it may, you can’t go and take a quick stroll and then chow down on a burger and fries and expect to lose weight and have a flat tummy! You have to watch your portion size, eat less and burn more.

I am a full time working mom, and staying in shape is rough for me. What I do right now for exercise as I don’t have time to go to a gym is take a walk at lunch and run on the weekends. I also eat a diet based on whole grains, veggies and lean protein. I wear smart sole exercise insoles . They are anti cellulite insoles that help you tone muscles, increase circulation and cause you to burn more calories with every step. So you are getting a work out and toning your legs and butt even when just running errands.

I read about them in Prevention mag in an article on exercise shoes and they are a fabulous way to get toned for those of us with crazy schedules. They listed the code jm10 to save 10% off.

I have lost 40 pounds over the last 3 years and though not skinny, I am now in shape and toned (and my butt is higher!) and can wear a size 8 jeans. Toned, healthy and fit with curves is the goal!

How to Prevent Tonsil Stones

Contrary to popular belief, kidneys are not the only place where stones form.  Stones can be formed in the tonsils and they are called ‘tonsil stones‘ or tonsilloliths.  One thing is certain, if these stones are not removed or cured, it is a guarantee for a life time of misery.  But before you try to know how to stop them, you need to understand them in detail – that way, you can permanently eliminate those stones easily.  So, let’s probe this illness next.


Tonsils are two bumps of tissue which are located in the back of your throat.  They are a part of the lymph system and produce lymphocytes, which are white blood cells which help the body to fight infections.  The structure of the tonsils is such that it has nooks and crannies on its surface.  This causes food, mucous, debris and other materials get trapped in these areas.  Over time they get calcified and resemble a hard pebble or stone, hence the name ‘tonsil stones’.  Most sufferers of tonsilloliths are those who suffer from chronic inflammation of tonsils.


While small tonsil stones may not be readily visible, larger stones can be seen in the back of the throat as a clump of white material. Most sufferers of this condition will have one or more of the following symptoms.

* Bad breath – The stones are primarily responsible for extremely bad breath and are the sites of repeated infections. This problem of bad breath causes acute social embarrassment to the patient. Imagine people you are talking to reeling from your bad breath. Slowly people will start avoiding you.

* Sore throat – Most tonsilloliths can cause pain. When it is accompanied by an infection, the pain could be worse. The presence of a tonsil stone could make you constantly aware of a lump in the throat.

* White debris – They may be visible in the back of the throat as a white lump. However, it may not always be visible as it could be hidden in the folds of the tonsils. It can be detected by CT Scans or MRI’s.

* Swallowing – Depending on its location on the tonsils, the tonsil stone could cause difficulty while swallowing, often accompanied by pain.

* Ear pain – Since there is a shared nerve in this location, tonsilloliths may cause ear pain, even though the stone and the ear are well apart.

* Swelling – Tonsilloliths could cause the tonsils to become inflamed. It may lead to the obstruction of the throat.


Tonsil stones prevention and treatment are important to ensure that the patient is properly diagnosed and treated.  If the inflammation of the tonsils is chronic, the doctor may advise surgical removal of the tonsil.  The other course is to administer antibiotics.  Post recovery phase of tonsillectomy is painful and it will take at least four to five weeks before the pain completely abates.  When antibiotics are used, the infection and swelling may be temporarily relieved, but sooner or later it will recur.

However, here is the good news:  A scientifically proven natural remedy that can help banish them forever.  You can check to find it out.

Why Lemon Juice Cayenne Pepper

In this article I am going to be speaking about my experiences with the Lemon Juice Cayenne pepper detox. Before I ever did this diet, I had heard of it, but it seemed a bit like a fad. This opinion was not helped by all the fake colon cleanse weight loss ads that I saw everywhere I looked – but these were for a different product. When I did try it, though, I had a lot of gains and felt considerably better.

The idea is that this natural colon cleanse eliminates the toxins that have accumulated within the colon, from a number of different sources. For instance, the water that you drink probably is contaminated by chemicals from industry, pharmaceutical products, and even small quantities of chlorine (bleach) added to kill germs.

As you can imagine, these toxins are not very good for you, but the body does have ways of getting rid of them. What this detox diet plan claimed is that there is an accumulation of solid matter in the gut that can trap these toxins, and this has to be eliminated.

So, the detox is done by fasting for several days (between 2 and 30), avoiding all food and using a drink made with lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. It was this “going without food” thing that put me off at first – it didn’t sound like fun! But the logic of it is quite sound – if you are getting rid of toxins from the gut, you need to make sure it is empty while you are cleansing it.

There were some intense reactions that I got while the detox cleansing diet was eliminating the toxins – I got rashes, headaches and very bad moods – I thought I would have to quit after the first day, but I luckily found out how to stop these reactions, and then it was quite easy.

The Lemon juice cayenne pepper diet helped a lot – I noticed that I felt a lot more energy, my skin was clearer, and I got rid of some terrible intestinal cramps that I sometimes used to get. I did it for about 10 days – I have since been told that the gains are better if you carry on for longer, so I plan to do it for longer the next time. All told, I think it’s the best colon cleanse thatI have ever tried.

I also found out that most people who try to succeed with these detox diet recipes give up after the first day. This is a real shame – but I know why- the detox symptoms are pretty bad. Luckily, there are ways to stop them – I’ll be sharing them with you in the future!

In this video is one lady’s idea about how to do the cleanse – I did not do it this way myself, but it’s still useful information, particularly about how the different ingredients work.

Anti-inflammatory Herb-Astragalus

Astragalus is one of the main ingredients in several FlameEz’s remedies. It is viewed as one of the most important herbs in traditional Chinese medicine and has been recognized as a superb and potent immune system tonic by modern researchers.

For more than 2,000 years, Astragalus has been used to strengthen the body as a whole. Traditional Chinese medicine utilizes Astragalus in the treatment of numerous ailments, including lung, liver, kidney and heart diseases. In western herbal medicine, Astragalus is primarily used for enhancing metabolism and digestion.

Today, it is widely used clinically to prevent and treat diabetes, upper respiratory tract infections, immune suppression, nephropathy, and Psoriasis, as well as cancers and viral infections.

The active constituents of Astragalus consist of polysaccharides and flavonoids. It also contains numerous amino acids, trace elements, and various other components, such as Astragalus saponin I-II, astragalosides I-IV, and soyasapogenoside. Identified amino acids include daucosterol, choline, betaine, folic acid, nicotinamide, and linoleic acid.

Based on published scientific and clinical research, Astragalus:

Increases white blood cells and enhances production of IgM*
Increases the production and maturity of blood cells from the bone marrow*
Increases the basal metabolic rate and cAMP*
Decreases the amount of protein present in the urine*
Promotes urination and disperses swelling*
Promotes the discharge of pus and speeds healing*
Helps to reduce blood glucose and relieve wasting and thirsting syndrome (diabetes)*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.


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How can I grow taller?

Sleep 10 hours a day, and drink lots of milk, at least 2 glasses.
Try this in order to grow taller
Now keep in mind that HGH, human growth hormone is what makes us grow.
It can be produced by the body in 3 ways.
They are sleep, food, and exercise.
(Astronauts usually grow 2 inches during an expeditions of 12 weeks or more.)
Sleep you will need at least 8.5-9 hours of sleep, also the way you sleep is important. If sleeping facing the ceiling, you will need a firm mattress and don’t use a pillow (using a pillow will actually make you lose inches, it’s similar to walking around with a hunched back). Also if you sleep sideways use a pillow to keep the neck straight. The more you sleep the better.

The way you eat is important if you don’t want to grow with a mideget height. Drink lots of milk, at least 2 glasses a day. Milk has calcium for the bones and also protein. (Protein is consumed by Europeans, it’s the reason they are usually taller than people in lesser developed nations, which consume more white rice or pasta, both are not good for growing). The protein may come from milk, salmon, cheese, cod, tuna, eggs.
You will need to consume vitamins such as A,C,D, amino acids.
Also eating 6-7 meals a day, boosts the production of HGH.
Eat complex carbs, which are the good ones, such as wheat bread, whole grains, brown rice, vegetables, fruits.
Stay away from sugar, pastries, fried foods, junk foods, sodas ( even diet soda), juices (most of
the bottled juices are high in sugar) alcohol, smoking, caffeine, drugs.

Sprints (produce HGH), kicking (tae kwon do will lengthen the legs as sprints and jumping).
Hanging from a pull-up bar, The way it’s done you hang from the bar, for as long as you can and
repeat it 10 times everyday. Yoga stretches such as, cat stretch, the cobra, touch you toes.
normally done 5 repetitions 30-60 seconds each. High seated cycling (which can be done with a
stationary bike), swimming, basketball, volleyball, jump rope.
The stretches are done right after waking up, right before going to bed, and sometime in the
The stretches will decompress the spine and produce HGH, we normally wake up taller than when we
go to sleep, also the cartilage between the vertebrae will become thicker, and makes us grow 1-3
inches. This needs to be done for at least 3 months.
And also keep a good posture when standing and sitting.
Do all of this to take advantage of your youth, and grow more and even gain better health and also  stop coughing without medicine sometimes, the stretches and hanging will help
you grow even after puberty, but take advantage of this exercises now. Don’t hurt yourself, though
do what you can do, and feels ok. If you need talk to a Dr.

Provided by Essential Oils Healing Properties Are Easy to See and Experience

Essential Oils are full of healing properties and that is the reason they have been used for well over the past 2,000 years.

Aromatherapy, in one form or another, has been used by the ancient Egyptions, Greeks, even the Romans for the purposes of beauty, healing and other reasons.

The healing that comes from the numerous essential oils are varied and as numerous as the oils.

What are you looking to heal or treat?

Is it dry skin? Some great essential oils are Lavendar, Rose and Sandlewood …

Is it to reduce stress? Try Jasmine, Sage, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, and many others ….

For anything you want to heal or treat, there is an essential oil with the ability to help you.

Treating skin care complaints such as dermatitis, acne, eczema, psoriasis, cellulite, varicose veins and stretch marks, to name but a few.

Aromatherapy can also provide benefits to emotional problems such as: depression, hysteria, lack of concentration, irritability, panic attacks, Insomnia and moodiness, amongst others.

A powerful herb that is used in the treatment or healing of the skin is Helichrysum oil.

Helichrysum oil helps to reduce scar tissue by repairing scar tissue at the cellular level. It has been used for thousands of years and is regarded as the most effective treatment for repairing skin. Skin that has been damaged needs to have the elasticity improved thereby reducing the appearance of the scar. There have been amazing studies showing that Helichrysum not only reduces scar tissue but also actually restores skin’s elasticity.

Helichrysum has been effective in treating and healing scars from surgeries, stretch marks from pregnancy, and will help heal scars that are many years old. You can make your own scar treatment by using carrier oil and adding Helichrysum to it. Try using one ounce of carrier oil, such as Sweet Almond, Rose Hip, Jojoba, or Macadamia and add 10-20 drops of Helichrysum to it. Use this directly to apply to the scarred area.

Your treatment using Helichrysum may take time, but it will work. For old scars, use your oil up to 2 times a day and for at least 3-6 months. It is best to use your Aromatherapy scar treatment as soon as the scar forms, but it will work on old scars.

You can also use this oil for a full body massage, and it will be wonderfully rejuvenating for the skin. It’s ability to tone loose skin is phenomenal and anyone who has undergone a major weight loss will appreciate using Helichrysum.

This treatment is also effective in treating emotional scars as well. Using Helichrysum candles and adding the oil to your diffuser will create a wonderful healing environment that will provide you with the tools you need to dig in deep and perform deep spiritual cleansing. Helichrysum heals and rejuvenates and as you pray, meditate, and work on your inner healing, keep this scent around you.

Gloria Allred wants to prosecute Rush Limbaugh over ‘slut’ remark

It seems the uproar over Rush Limbaugh’s tasteless, and meaningless, remarks regarding Sandra Fluke is not going to die down anytime soon.

A few days after Limbaugh called Fluke a slut (for being a political activist not because she actually is or isn’t a slut), a friend of mine posted on Facebook; calling her a slut, whore, and a whole slew of words that made me want to jump through the computer and strangle him.

I told him that if my child called any women, a slut or not, any of those words, there would be hell to pay.

How is that accepted in our society? Sadly, it is. It is quite common. In a perfect world, we would use “big boy” words and get to the real problem at hand, rather than degrading ourselves and showing a lack of intelligence by name calling and labeling. In that kind of world, the Limbaughs and the LZ Gundersons would simply be overlooked.

(Wait, why is she attacking LZ Gunderson? See my article in Alive as I talk about how no piece of clothing gives someone the right to treat a girl like a tramp.)

But we don’t live in that kind of world. We live in a world where men sleep with women for a one-night stand, then tell their friends what a slut she is; even though they participated in the same act. The answer is: Women, don’t sleep with douche bags and have one-night stands.

But Gloria Allred is going to have her hands full if she wants to attack all these pathetic comments and the men or women who utter them. The Huffington Post reports that Allred wants to use an obscure law to prosecute Limbaugh for his comments about Fluke.

First of all, we have a real problem with our laws if they are “obscure” – i.e. unnecessary and only being used out of emotional decision-making and not because it really should be the law. But I don’t understand why Allred would want to give Limbaugh so much time and attention. He isn’t worth it.

Really, the only person who should be offended and embarrassed by Limbaugh’s words are his wife and daughters (if he has any). The rest of us women should shrug it off. It’s not my problem if Limbaugh cannot have an intelligent conversation on his own radio show that I don’t bother to listen to.

Obama signs NDAA; says he doesn’t agree with the bill in its entirety

President Obama initially threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act that provides military funding for the year due to language that states Americans can be held without trial and without representation until the “end of hostilities.” (See facts the bill here and why this will go down in history as America proving it does not uphold the Constitution)

Obama signed the bill, then released a statement stating that although he has the authority to detain American citizens, does not mean that he will.

“The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it. In particular, I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists,” he said in a statement released by the White House.

Despite saying that he does not agree with the bill, it is now law.

However, Obama than says: “I have concluded that section 1022 provides the minimally acceptable amount of flexibility to protect national security. Specifically, I have signed this bill on the understanding that section 1022 provides the executive branch with broad authority to determine how best to implement it, and with the full and unencumbered ability to waive any military custody requirement, including the option of waiving appropriate categories of cases when doing so is in the national security interests of the United States.”

For more, read this article written by Aaron Dykes on Obama’s Signing Statement on NDAA: I have the power to detain Americans… but I won’t

3 Message Bills That Are Making Our Politicians Look Worse

Three bills across the country, one here in Utah, have me scratching my head wondering how politicians don’t see what they are doing to themselves. Recent bills, by Republicans, are not getting them any support from female voters.

Even worse, they are not addressing the real problem, only the symptom.

# 1. Requiring vaginal ultrasounds before abortion

A woman or girl who is a victim of rape or incest is not going to change her mind about abortion if you stick something in her vagina first. She is going to feel further violated, emotionally distressed and will have a complete breakdown. You cannot torment rape victims further by placing her into a situation that is most likely already giving her PTSD.

Abortion, which I have already referred to in previous posts as murder, is the problem. Lets attack the problem. If you don’t believe in killing babies, lets fight to turn around a court decision that never should have been in the first place.

Sexually victimizing a woman is not the answer. Wasn’t there an outcry when Egyptian soldiers performed “virginity tests” on women? The argument for these tests was just as ridiculous as the vaginal ultrasound.

#2. Abstinence-only sex education in Utah

Either teach sex education or don’t, but don’t pretend it’s not happening.

That’s what the Utah Legislature is currently doing by passing an abstinence-only bill this year. It’s not that I necessarily feel like the schools should be teaching my children about sex, but don’t treat these teens like naïve children who don’t know what it is.

Let them know what the consequences are instead. That will go a lot further than pretending we don’t have a problem with STDs and teen pregnancy.

#3. Wisconsin’s bill alleging being a single parent equals child abuse

I admit, it would be wonderful if children were raised in two-parent households. I admit, children have a better chance in life when dad is involved. But telling a single mom who finally had the courage to escape an abusive husband and rescued her children that because she did so she is now a child abuser? That will get Republicans votes now won’t it?

I know many single mothers who do a fantastic job raising their children, and their children are wonderful and productive members of society. My mother was a single mom, I’m a single mom. My brother is terminally ill. Will that make his wife a child abuser?

I think not.

I’ve encountered a lot of judgment over being a single parent. When couples are married, we encourage them to have a date night once a week. When men are single parents, we encourage them to get out there and find a nice girl. When a single woman goes out, even rarely, she’s called a whore and a bad mom.

Yet these are some of the hardest working women I know – women who juggle between making enough money to support their kids, and spending time with their children, and finding a moment of peace because they feel overwhelmed.

Let’s not burden them further by labeling them as something they are not. Lets address the problem. Children need role models, a safe place to go after school and help with their homework. Wisconsin could take that money they plan to use to call single parents abusers, and put it into programs that might actually do some good, aka Big Brothers Big Sisters.

There’s my two cents, as a female Republican who is disgusted by the indecent message bills I’ve seen as of late.