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   02.27.09 || Support the USA

I received this email, I just thought it was very similar to what Krissy and I have been conscious of the last few months. One example we found was this “Alaskan Salmon” we saw at the store. Well, if it’s called “Alaskan” it has to come from Alaska right? Well, yes and no, it said the salmon comes from Alaska, then is shipped over to China, packaged, and then sent back to USA. So back in the freezer it goes.
We’ve just been watching what we are buying lately, many things we pick up, we’ll look at where it’s made, if it says China, we’ll put it back.
Granted, this is rather hard to only get 100% USA made, as many things are now only made in China or other countries. Maybe this should be the stimulus? Charge the Chinese lots of taxes on anything they import to USA? Force businesses to make things in the USA? Yes… then the prices will go up, but do we want jobs here, or support the Chinese workers?

This may seem like a funny email but I was so surprised by what I discovered I had to share it with you.
When I think of the job situation in this country, I can't help but think this helps in some small way.
I don't know how many households there are in the U.S. but if these were the only things we bought think of the impact....(She wrote:)
This past weekend I was at Kroger. I needed 60 W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off brand labeled "Everyday Value."
I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats - they were the same except for the price. The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in - get ready for this - the USA .
So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here - from a company in Cleveland OH !
So on to another aisle - Bounce Dryer Sheets....yep you guessed it Bounce was more money and made in Canada, the Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price!
So my challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA - the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!
If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others in your address book so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time!
Besides, you might save a little green in the process.
Stop buying from China ..........
We should have awakened a decade ago......let's get with the program.... help our fellow Americans keep their jobs ... and create more jobs here in the U.S.A.

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   02.11.09 || Hawaiian Photos!

Krissy's words:

As Phil would say "We had a terrible time on our trip and we just have to go back and try again!" As you can tell we by the photos we had an absolutely "terrible" time! As soon as Phil hurries up and wins the lotto we're going to retire there! Please enjoy the photos and don't miss the ones from the airplane ride over the oozing volcano!

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   02.07.09 || Can You Guess What This Is?

From an email I received:


Can you get it on the first picture or second or third or do you have to wait till the fourth? 5th? 6th? 7th?

New Cook County Correctional Center, Chicago, Illinois

(I guess if I ever break the law, I'd better do it in Illinois! - Homeless people should have it so good!)

Once again the taxpayer gets stung.

It also shows that in most cases the quality of life for prisoners has improved considerably from what you might expect.

And I always thought prison was for punishment.!!!!!

Just in case you ever get these two environments mixed up, this comparison chart should make things a little bit clearer:

You spend most of your time in a 10X10 cell

You spend most of yourtime ina 6X6cubicle

You get three fully paid for meals a day

You get a break for one meal, and you have to pay for it

For good behavior, you get time off

For good behavior, you get more work

The guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you

You must carry a security card and open all the doors yourself

You can watch TV and play games

You could get fired for watching TV and playing games

You get your own toilet

You have to share the toilet with people who pee on the seat

They allow your family and friends to visit

You aren't even supposed to speak to your family

All expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required on your part

You must pay all your expenses to go to work, and they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners

You spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out

You spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars

You must deal with sadistic wardens

They are called 'managers'


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