Archive for March, 2008

So here’s the deal…something I didn’t think was a necessity at all…over Spring Break, the kids went to stay with Mom…during this time, their beloved trampoline, which had a huge hole in it for ages that was steadily but surely getting bigger (a small pet would easily go through it without ever touching the sides), finally gave up the ghost.  Justin took it apart and hauled it down to “the wash”.  “The wash” is a deep ravine in the pasture that we fill with whatever junk we have to keep it from “washing” even worse than it already is.  Call it redneck erosion prevention 😉

We knew the kids would be devastated when they got home, especially the girls, who LIVED to jump on that trampoline.  Several months ago, I’d asked BIL (brother in law) Tom if we could have his old wooden swingset since his kids were teens and never used it anymore, and he said sure.  However, he was separated from Justin’s sister, and the swingset was still at her house.  After the trampoline was disposed of, he asked his sister and she said come get the swingset.  So when the kids got home, they finally noticed the trampoline was missing, but were having a ton of fun with the swingset.  And, we took part of the trampoline mat and stapled it to the underside of the slide to make a playhouse underneath, so in a way they still got to keep their beloved “friend.”

Yesterday, out of the blue, Tom said to go to his old trailer (he’d just moved) and pick up HIS trampoline, that we could have it.  So Justin’s gone now to get it…the kids have no idea.  I joked that Bekah will go into sensory overload with a swingset AND a trampoline.  In a way, its sad that my kids get so overjoyed at getting used things (but new to them), but I’m also so proud of them that they’re not ashamed to accept seconds and even thirds, fourths, fifths, when it comes to toys and clothing.  Sure, they love new things, who doesn’t?  But the way they reacted to that swingset was as if it were shining, brand new out of the package rather than the weaterbeaten, 10+ year old swingset that it is.

I figured we could get a new trampoline “one day”…maybe a couple months down the road after my check starts…after all, its not a necessity, right?  Then the swingset falls into our laps, and a week later, another trampoline followed suit.  I choose to think God heard the prayers of a little girl and chose to answer them now, rather than later


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‘Line Rage’ at Disney Could Land Woman in Jail for 15 Years
Last Edited: Thursday, 20 Mar 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Created: Thursday, 20 Mar 2008, 7:59 PM EDT


ORANGE COUNTY, Florida. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) –It’s supposed to be the happiest place on earth. But one woman says her experience at Disney World was anything but.

Aimee Krause claims Victoria Walker cut in line last year then beat her up when Krause called her out.

Now it seems the alleged “line rage” could send Walker to jail for 15 years.

The incident happened in May of 2007, but because the victim is now suffering serious after affects prosecutors are going forward with the case. New charges have also been added because Krause claims her children were also attacked.

Court documents say Walker beat Krause because Krause supposedly skipped Walker in the Mad Tea Cup ride line.

“She came from behind just screaming,” Krause said this week. “Next thing I knew she kicked me in my left leg, threw me to the ground and at that point I was pinned between the teacup and the saucer and she continued to beat up on my body.”

The incident report states Walker also tried to choke Krause with a lanyard she wore to hold water bottles around her neck.

Krause’s medical records indicate the attack was so brutal, the 35 year old sustained severe physical damage.

When the alleged incident happened last May Walker was arrested. She bailed out of jail and returned to her home in Alabama.

During a deposition this past Monday though, Walker declined to accept a plea deal that would have given her a one year jail sentence.

Now Walker could possibly face 15 years behind bars if convicted on a battery with a deadly weapon charge.

Attempts to reach Walker were unsuccessful, because her phone is disconnected. Her attorney, David Frederick Allen did not return our phone calls.

Jury selection for the ‘Tea Cup Madness’ trial will begin in April.

Taken from MyFox Orlando.

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I started looking around to try to find the facts on an experiment I knew had been done on US Army soldiers in the 1950s, and I found a lot more than that. I haven’t gone any farther back than 1931 but I fully plan to. What I’ve found so far, I took from Above Top Secret.

1931 Dr. Cornelius Rhoads, under the auspices of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Investigations, infects human subjects with cancer cells. He later goes on to establish the U.S. Army Biological Warfare facilities in Maryland, Utah, and Panama, and is named to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. While there, he begins a series of radiation exposure experiments on American soldiers and civilian hospital patients.
1932 The Tuskegee Syphilis Study begins. 200 black men diagnosed with syphilis are never told of their illness, are denied treatment, and instead are used as human guinea pigs in order to follow the progression and symptoms of the disease. They all subsequently die from syphilis, their families never told that they could have been treated.
1935 The Pellagra Incident. After millions of individuals die from Pellagra over a span of two decades, the U.S. Public Health Service finally acts to stem the disease. The director of the agency admits it had known for at least 20 years that Pellagra is caused by a niacin deficiency but failed to act since most of the deaths occured within poverty-striken black populations.
1940 Four hundred prisoners in Chicago are infected with Malaria in order to study the effects of new and experimental drugs to combat the disease. Nazi doctors later on trial at Nuremberg cite this American study to defend their own actions during the Holocaust.
1942 Chemical Warfare Services begins mustard gas experiments on approximately 4,000 servicemen. The experiments continue until 1945 and made use of Seventh Day Adventists who chose to become human guinea pigs rather than serve on active duty.
1943 In response to Japan’s full-scale germ warfare program, the U.S. begins research on biological weapons at Fort Detrick, MD.
1944 U.S. Navy uses human subjects to test gas masks and clothing. Individuals were locked in a gas chamber and exposed to mustard gas and lewisite.
1945 Project Paperclip is initiated. The U.S. State Department, Army intelligence, and the CIA recruit Nazi scientists and offer them immunity and secret identities in exchange for work on top secret government projects in the United States.
1945 “Program F” is implemented by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). This is the most extensive U.S. study of the health effects of fluoride, which was the key chemical component in atomic bomb production. One of the most toxic chemicals known to man, fluoride, it is found, causes marked adverse effects to the central nervous system but much of the information is squelched in the name of national security because of fear that lawsuits would undermine full-scale production of atomic bombs.
1946 Patients in VA hospitals are used as guinea pigs for medical experiments. In order to allay suspicions, the order is given to change the word “experiments” to “investigations” or “observations” whenever reporting a medical study performed in one of the nation’s veteran’s hospitals.
1947 Colonel E.E. Kirkpatrick of the U.S. Atomic Energy Comission issues a secret document (Document 07075001, January 8, 1947) stating that the agency will begin administering intravenous doses of radioactive substances to human subjects.
1947 The CIA begins its study of LSD as a potential weapon for use by American intelligence. Human subjects (both civilian and military) are used with and without their knowledge.
1950 Department of Defense begins plans to detonate nuclear weapons in desert areas and monitor downwind residents for medical problems and mortality rates.
1950 In an experiment to determine how susceptible an American city would be to biological attack, the U.S. Navy sprays a cloud of bacteria from ships over San Franciso. Monitoring devices are situated throughout the city in order to test the extent of infection. Many residents become ill with pneumonia-like symptoms.
1951 Department of Defense begins open air tests using disease-producing bacteria and viruses. Tests last through 1969 and there is concern that people in the surrounding areas have been exposed.
1953 U.S. military releases clouds of zinc cadmium sulfide gas over Winnipeg, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Fort Wayne, the Monocacy River Valley in Maryland, and Leesburg, Virginia. Their intent is to determine how efficiently they could disperse chemical agents.
1953 Joint Army-Navy-CIA experiments are conducted in which tens of thousands of people in New York and San Francisco are exposed to the airborne germs Serratia marcescens and Bacillus glogigii.
1953 CIA initiates Project MKULTRA. This is an eleven year research program designed to produce and test drugs and biological agents that would be used for mind control and behavior modification. Six of the subprojects involved testing the agents on unwitting human beings.
1955 The CIA, in an experiment to test its ability to infect human populations with biological agents, releases a bacteria withdrawn from the Army’s biological warfare arsenal over Tampa Bay, Fl.
1955 Army Chemical Corps continues LSD research, studying its potential use as a chemical incapacitating agent. More than 1,000 Americans participate in the tests, which continue until 1958.
1956 U.S. military releases mosquitoes infected with Yellow Fever over Savannah, Ga and Avon Park, Fl. Following each test, Army agents posing as public health officials test victims for effects.
1958 LSD is tested on 95 volunteers at the Army’s Chemical Warfare Laboratories for its effect on intelligence.
1960 The Army Assistant Chief-of-Staff for Intelligence (ACSI) authorizes field testing of LSD in Europe and the Far East. Testing of the european population is code named Project THIRD CHANCE; testing of the Asian population is code named Project DERBY HAT.
1965 CIA and Department of Defense begin Project MKSEARCH, a program to develop a capability to manipulate human behavior through the use of mind-altering drugs.
1965 Prisoners at the Holmesburg State Prison in Philadelphia are subjected to dioxin, the highly toxic chemical component of Agent Orange used in Viet Nam. The men are later studied for development of cancer, which indicates that Agent Orange had been a suspected carcinogen all along.
1966 CIA initiates Project MKOFTEN, a program to test the toxicological effects of certain drugs on humans and animals.
1966 U.S. Army dispenses Bacillus subtilis variant ‘n-word’ throughout the New York City subway system. More than a million civilians are exposed when army scientists drop lightbulbs filled with the bacteria onto ventilation grates.
1967 CIA and Department of Defense implement Project MKNAOMI, successor to MKULTRA and designed to maintain, stockpile and test biological and chemical weapons.
1968 CIA experiments with the possibility of poisoning drinking water by injecting chemicals into the water supply of the FDA in Washington, D.C.
1969 Dr. Robert MacMahan of the Department of Defense requests from congress $10 million to develop, within 5 to 10 years, a synthetic biological agent to which no natural immunity exists.
1970 Funding for the synthetic biological agent is obtained under H.R. 15090. The project, under the supervision of the CIA, is carried out by the Special Operations Division at Fort Detrick, the army’s top secret biological weapons facility. Speculation is raised that molecular biology techniques are used to produce AIDS-like retroviruses.
1970 United States intensifies its development of “ethnic weapons” (Military Review, Nov., 1970), designed to selectively target and eliminate specific ethnic groups who are susceptible due to genetic differences and variations in DNA.
1975 The virus section of Fort Detrick’s Center for Biological Warfare Research is renamed the Fredrick Cancer Research Facilities and placed under the supervision of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) . It is here that a special virus cancer program is initiated by the U.S. Navy, purportedly to develop cancer-causing viruses. It is also here that retrovirologists isolate a virus to which no immunity exists. It is later named HTLV (Human T-cell Leukemia Virus).
1977 Senate hearings on Health and Scientific Research confirm that 239 populated areas had been contaminated with biological agents between 1949 and 1969. Some of the areas included San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Key West, Panama City, Minneapolis, and St. Louis.
1978 Experimental Hepatitis B vaccine trials, conducted by the CDC, begin in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Ads for research subjects specifically ask for promiscuous homosexual men.
1981 First cases of AIDS are confirmed in homosexual men in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, triggering speculation that AIDS may have been introduced via the Hepatitis B vaccine.
1985 According to the journal Science (227:173-177), HTLV and VISNA, a fatal sheep virus, are very similar, indicating a close taxonomic and evolutionary relationship.
1986 According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (83:4007-4011), HIV and VISNA are highly similar and share all structural elements, except for a small segment which is nearly identical to HTLV. This leads to speculation that HTLV and VISNA may have been linked to produce a new retrovirus to which no natural immunity exists.
1986 A report to Congress reveals that the U.S. Government’s current generation of biological agents includes: modified viruses, naturally occurring toxins, and agents that are altered through genetic engineering to change immunological character and prevent treatment by all existing vaccines.
1987 Department of Defense admits that, despite a treaty banning research and development of biological agents, it continues to operate research facilities at 127 facilities and universities around the nation.
1990 More than 1500 six-month old black and hispanic babies in Los Angeles are given an “experimental” measles vaccine that had never been licensed for use in the United States. CDC later admits that parents were never informed that the vaccine being injected to their children was experimental.
1994 With a technique called “gene tracking,” Dr. Garth Nicolson at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX discovers that many returning Desert Storm veterans are infected with an altered strain of Mycoplasma incognitus, a microbe commonly used in the production of biological weapons. Incorporated into its molecular structure is 40 percent of the HIV protein coat, indicating that it had been man-made.
1994 Senator John D. Rockefeller issues a report revealing that for at least 50 years the Department of Defense has used hundreds of thousands of military personnel in human experiments and for intentional exposure to dangerous substances. Materials included mustard and nerve gas, ionizing radiation, psychochemicals, hallucinogens, and drugs used during the Gulf War.
1995 U.S. Government admits that it had offered Japanese war criminals and scientists who had performed human medical experiments salaries and immunity from prosecution in exchange for data on biological warfare research.
1995 Dr. Garth Nicolson, uncovers evidence that the biological agents used during the Gulf War had been manufactured in Houston, TX and Boca Raton, Fl and tested on prisoners in the Texas Department of Corrections.
1996 Department of Defense admits that Desert Storm soldiers were exposed to chemical agents.
1997 Eighty-eight members of Congress sign a letter demanding an investigation into bioweapons use & Gulf War Syndrome.

What’s sad, is how many more cases do we not know about? I understand “greater good” and all, but where do we draw the line? Even the Nazis didn’t pretend to be anything more than what they were…we, on the other hand, are a nation that touts equality and compassion and brotherly love. Examples like this sadden and dismay me. Oh, and yes, I do have a vested interest in this…I strongly believe the first Gulf War is the reason I’m now disabled.

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Don’t we just look soooo cute?

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We Got There…

I made a small slideshow…I put descriptions on the pictures but they’re not showing up…basically this is our room, and then looking straight out from the balcony, and then a little “Wild West” town they have set up for the kids but that you can ride horses (yes, this resort has horses) around and through.

It was a good trip…weather got bad for a couple hours but we made it through. We got here, got offered champagne at check-in (we declined) and got settled then went for a walk around the resort, where Klutzy Kandy promptly twisted her ankle, knee, and REALLY hurt the foot that she strongly suspects she broke back in early December. So now I’m hobbling around everywhere. Wonderful.

Anyway, I was headed out to the much-anticipated hot tub (one of several) and it started pouring rain and lightening *sigh*

SO since I stayed up ALL night, I’m going to call it a night. Its only 8:35 back home, but its 9:35 here and I’m beat. Stay tuned tomorrow…something funny posting just after midnight…and I’ll try to get some more pictures taken and posted tomorrow. Sorry its such a thrown-together job tonight *blush*


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Well, today is the day…as you read this, Justin and I are on the road to (hopefully) sunny and warm FL. As most of you know, he works for NASA and won an award recently, meaning he and I got treated to a trip to FL. We have an awards ceremony/banquet Saturday night, get to meet and greet with the astronauts going up on the shuttle early Tuesday morning, and hopefully get some good pictures for the kids. Sunday we’re getting a special VIP tour of Kennedy Space Center, including an area that previously has been off-limits to all tours, and still is to “regular” visitors. For this special area, we must be wearing closed-toe and heel shoes, long pants, and sleeves. Ooh…sounds neat! Monday we’re probably going to hit Disney and go to Epcot…I have two passes from 1985 (yes, 1985!) that I used when my family took my best friend, a Norwegian exchange student, to Disney before she went back home to Norway (it was a life-long dream of hers). One ticket was hers, one was mine. They’re supposed to be good forever, and we’re going to test out that policy! Then late Monday night we’re boarding buses to go to Kennedy to watch the shuttle launch from VIP seating. I’m hoping to get some good pictures for the folks back home, as well as you guys, so stay tuned

Depending on what my internet connection will be like at the hotel we’re staying at (its a luxury 5-star hotel so I’m assuming we’ll have awesome internet service) and how much time I actually have, I’ll be posting updates and pictures…however in case I don’t…I love ya’ll anyway and I’ll be home Wednesday night

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