Sunday, April 29, 2007

"Wordplay"! #42 - It's funny!...

Morning Journal people =).   I got a hysterical email from my special buddy Merry and thought I would use it for a "Wordplay" this morning.  Thanks, dearest Merry!   Read below and answer the two questions.  I hope you laugh as hard as I did!
                           Economic Models - With Cows

SOCIALISM: You have 2 cows, and you give one to your neighbour.
COMMUNISM: You have 2 cows. The State takes both and gives you some milk.
FASCISM: You have 2 cows. The State takes both and sells you some milk.
You have 2 cows. The State takes both and shoots you.
BUREAUCRATISM: You have 2 cows. The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then throws the milk away...
TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.  Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.
SURREALISM: You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.
AN AMERICAN CORPORATION: You have two cows.  You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.  Later, you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow has dropped dead.
ENRON VENTURE CAPITALISM: You have two cows.  You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. Sell one cow to buy a new President of the United States, leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet provided with the release. The public buys your bull.
A FRENCH CORPORATION: You have two cows.  You go on strike, organise a riot, and block the roads, because you want three cows.
A JAPANESE CORPORATION: You have two cows.  You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk.  You then create a clever cow cartoon image called 'Cowkimon' and market it worldwide.
A GERMAN CORPORATION: You have two cows.  You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.
AN ITALIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows, but you don't know where they are. You decide to have lunch.
A RUSSIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows.  You count them and learn you have five cows. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows.  You count them again and learn you have 2 cows. You stop counting cows because your sobering up and open another bottle of vodka.
A SWISS CORPORATION: You have 5,000 cows. None of them belong to you. You charge the owners for storing them.
A CHINA CORPORATION: You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them.
You claim that you have full employment, and high bovine productivity, and arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.
AN INDIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows.  You worship them.
ABRITISH CORPORATION: You have two cows.  Both are mad.
IRAQI CORPORATION: Everyone thinks you have lots of cows.  You tell them that you have none.  No one believes you, so they bomb the **** out of you and invade your country.  You still have no cows, but at least now you are part of a  Democracy....
AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows.  Business seems pretty good. You close the office and go for a few beers.
WELSH CORPORATION: You have two cows. The one on the left looks very attractive.


1.  Which Economic Model did you find funniest?  Most 
         thought-provoking?  Any other thoughts?

2.  How many cows do you have?

my answer:  It's hard for me to pick just one (I know, quite surprising).  Surrealism gave me the first big laugh.  I think I live in surrealism a lot =).  I think Enron and Iraqi Models were quite funny and sad.  Actually, these are all quite funny and sad.  What do you think?

Cows?  How many cows do I have?  Well, I have two that are half full of milk, not half empty.  What about you?

I'm having a "catch-up" weekend.  It's been rainy and cool and very Spring-like.  I thought winter wasn't going to leave, but it has.  I have been fighting severe fibro. pain with the weather change (rain and wind and dampness).  It's been hard to be on the computer with regularity.  The pain will calm down, I am sure.  So if I haven't been to your journal in awhile, I will be theresoon!  If you have a special entry you have written and want me to see it, please put the URL in the comments section or send it in an email.  I have been having to delete my alerts.  Thanks, everyone!  Have a super Sunday!  Hugs! xox

P.S.  I wanted to congratulate Krissy
for winning Kellen's Journal Tournament IV!  It was no easy feat, for sure!  CONGRATS, Krissy!!  YOU ROCK!!


Friday, April 20, 2007

How I'm doing, pet food recall update...

Hello everyone!  I know I haven't done a decent journal entry in quite some time.  I have been fatigued and having problems with sleep and it has been hard for me to put my thoughts together - to come up with anything coherent.  It is a curse of having fibromyalgia.  I would like to tell you how I am doing (well, but tired) and how Josiah is doing (he is growing, crawling, and saying a few words!), but I am having problems as I said.  I promise an entry with substance as soon as I am able, hopefully soon!  I also promise a "Wordplay" soon, too!  I received the information below in an email from the ASPCA and thought it would be important to pass on to you.  For those of you who have a cat or dog, I know you are following these updates closely.  They are recalling some dry foods, chews and even a protein supplement.  Take care and pet your furry ones!  Pats and hugs from my Baby and Honey!

  LAST UPDATED: 04/20/07 6:50am ET 

- Royal Canin recalls dry pet food containing rice protein concentrate

The Blue Buffalo Company has recalled Spa Select Kitten Dry Food

- FDA Press Release: T.W. Enterprises Issues Nationwide Recall of Dog   Chews     Due to Salmonella Contamination

ASPCA Issues Urgent Advisory As Pet Food Recall Widens

FDA Press Release: Menu Foods Refines Recall List

- FDA Press Release: Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. Issues A Voluntary         Nationwide Recall on Specific Venison Dog and Cat Food Products

Friday, April 13, 2007

Updated pet food recalls...

I received an alert in my mailbox from the ASPCA about the updated recalls concerning pet foods (there aren't very many.).  I want to pass these on to you.  Anything new is in purple .  I have gotten several comments and emails from others that they have affected, sick pets and even pets that have died.  I am so, so sorry.  This truly is a travesty.  If anyone has questions, here is a site that answers alot that we are asking.  Pet your animals for me and give them a hug!

  - Menu Foods (several foods listed) 04/10/2007: UPDATED TO
  - Del Monte Pet Products (several foods listed)
  - Purina (ALPO® Prime Cuts in Gravy only)
  - Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. (Prescription Diet™ m/d™ Feline Dry Food
  - Sunshine Mills, Inc. (several foods listed)
  - Nutro Products (several foods listed) ADDED 04/10/2007
  - Pet Food Recall Searchable Database
  - AVMA Comprehensive Pet Food Recall List NEW!


Sunday, April 8, 2007

Happy Resurrection Day!

Then the angel spoke to the women.  "Don't be afraid!" he said.  "I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He isn't here!  He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen.  Come, see where his body was lying."  -Matthew 28:5-6 NLT


My little family wishes you and yours the most blessed and peaceful of all Resurrection Days!!  May you all have time to reflect on what Jesus did for you on this day.  God bless you all!!  Love, Val xox

Saturday, April 7, 2007

For pet owners...

I sent out an email to my family and friends concerning the pet food recall.  I thought this was so important that I am going to post a list.  I have heard that over 3,000 pets have died from this tragedy.  If you are one of these pet owners, I am so, so sorry.   I found this list at the ASPCA website.  I know that tainted wheat gluten is the culprit.  Melamine was found in it.   Until this crisis is over, buy your pet wet or dry food and treats without wheat gluten, although it is not always wise to change a pets diet.  Check with your vet if you have questions.  The following sites have lists of the affected foods and recalls.   Please pet your dogs and cats for me!

- Menu Foods (several foods listed)
     - Del Monte Pet Products
(several foods listed)
     - Purina
(ALPO® Prime Cuts in Gravy only)
     - Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
(Prescription Diet™ m/d™ Feline Dry     
                                                         Food Only

     - Sunshine Mills, Inc.
(several foods listed)
     - Pet Food Recall Searchable Database


Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Spring Photo Scavenger Hunt Participants

Photo Scavenger Hunt #107

subject:  anything

I had so much fun viewing this week's entries!  I felt like I was actually walking among your Spring treks!  I was smelling the flowers and walking in the sun with you!  The flowers are coming up everywhere across the country!  It was extra special with John's wonderful news!!  I was able to view the pictures with an appreciation for LIFE!  So thank you all for doing this special hunt!!  The journals listed below participated this week.  Please pay them a visit (and comment!) and see their Spring worlds!:

Sassy's EYE
(see nature, flowers and flowering trees)
My Photo Journey

     Welcome to my Travels

     Footprints in the Sand

     Ye Olde English Posy

     Mark's Daily Journal

     Photo Trek

     Confessions Of An Angel Waitress

     Caregivingly Yours

     AND ETC~

     Gina's Space

     In Quest Of

and from last week, Gina from Gina's Space has a submission for "
groups of three" here.

Krissy has posted
next week's subject
in her journal.  It's an extended Easter Scavenger Hunt so you all have time to get out your camera and play!  We can't wait to see your pictures!  Wishing everyone a blessed Easter...