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Apr 13th 2013 new

(Quote) Naomi-698107 said: I can understand limitations in America, but in NZL, you can get a student loan to study at uni a...
(Quote) Naomi-698107 said:

I can understand limitations in America, but in NZL, you can get a student loan to study at uni and polytechs. There really is absolutely no excuse down here for the vast majority mooching off the govt. dime.

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It's the same thing here - not only can you get a student loan, but if you are low income, the government will actually pay for your school and give you a stipend to boot. No excuse here either.

Apr 14th 2013 new

(Quote) Marianne-100218 said: Elizabeth: I agree with you 100 percent. I get the rotisserie chickens myself, and the...
(Quote) Marianne-100218 said:



Elizabeth: I agree with you 100 percent. I get the rotisserie chickens myself, and they are very good. I do not think the
rotisserie chickens are fried. I think you said that. I think they are put in some kind of oven and they turn around, like
on a grill.

They probably don't let the people on food stamps buy them even though they are very good for you because then there
would be too many loopholes in the restrictions regarding the foodstamps. That is the only reason I can think because they
are not supposed to buy precooked meals.

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But than what are frozen TV dinners and canned vegetables actually. I do not think the
rotisserie chickens are fried. I think you said that. laughing I am aware of the difference between Chicken cooked in the Rotisserie oven and fried chicken. Sorry for the confusion. I meant to also include that the fried chicken is good for making chicken salad. Some restaurants do that with their left over fried chicken from the buffets.

As far as I can remember here in Indiana, the way some women blow their foodstamps on junk has been a problem. Taxpayers money has been shucked out on special programs to better educate folks about ways to stretch those food stamps, and ideas like how to make dried milk taste better using vanilla extract to improve the flavor have been provided. Yet the problem still exist.

Apr 14th 2013 new

(Quote) Susan-940526 said: In defense of Mayor Bloomberg: I believe NYC was the FIRST to have the clean indoor air act....ie...
(Quote) Susan-940526 said:

In defense of Mayor Bloomberg: I believe NYC was the FIRST to have the clean indoor air act....ie no smoking indoors. That was met with LOTS of backlash, especially by bar and restaurant owners. Yet here we are over 10 years later all breathing much better (I have low level asthma and am severely allergic to cigarette smoke). His purpose with the soda limit is to try to do SOMETHING. about the awful obesity epidemic in this country which is costing all of us....thru lost productivity, increased insurance costs and eventually higher taxes to pay for Medicare. I believe one's "freedoms" and "rights" end where mine begin. Laws are made because unfortunately people can't be left always to do the "right " thing. Judgement? Maybe.

Answer: No....people using taxpayer money do not have the "right" to buy junk food. And I'm pretty moderate in my thinking!

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Cigarette smoke isn't the same thing as candy. Once it has been demonstrated that someone else can be affected by a smoker, then it becomes a liability issue for the bar or restaurant. Bars and restaurants all over the world showed smokers the door, because their employees, regular patrons, and customers with low level asthma could turn around and sue them for damages from second-hand smoke.

I think Bloomberg 's concern about the obesity epidemic is legitimate, but what he should do for the sake of intellectual honesty is simply point out that too many people are too stupid to know how to take care of themselves. By trying to limit the soda sizes, he opens a pandora's box where all sorts of things come into play, and it becomes obvious that it's impossible to legislate common sense.





Apr 15th 2013 new

(Quote) Elizabeth-114955 said: But than what are frozen TV dinners and canned vegetables actually. I do...
(Quote) Elizabeth-114955 said:

But than what are frozen TV dinners and canned vegetables actually. I do not think the
rotisserie chickens are fried. I think you said that. I am aware of the difference between Chicken cooked in the Rotisserie oven and fried chicken. Sorry for the confusion. I meant to also include that the fried chicken is good for making chicken salad. Some restaurants do that with their left over fried chicken from the buffets.

As far as I can remember here in Indiana, the way some women blow their foodstamps on junk has been a problem. Taxpayers money has been shucked out on special programs to better educate folks about ways to stretch those food stamps, and ideas like how to make dried milk taste better using vanilla extract to improve the flavor have been provided. Yet the problem still exist.

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That is a good suggestion about how to make powdered milk taste better.

I think if the Government was better able to enforce good-nutrition purchases with food stamps, there would be less abuse
in selling the food stamps or trading them illegally. The persons who really wanted to get nutritious food would end up with the
food stamps in the long run. That would be good.

Apr 15th 2013 new

The debate on food stamps is so unimportant compared to what's happening in the economy. Millions of $ in fraud hardly compares to the billions blown on bank bail-outs. The poor aren't the main problem, even if they do contribute to their own misery. We need change at the top before we can contemplate what to do at the bottom. The US economy has been falling apart for decades. How can we crush "The Street" and rebuild a real economy? These are the most important discussions.

Apr 15th 2013 new

(Quote) Sean-851370 said: The debate on food stamps is so unimportant compared to what's happening in the economy. Milli...
(Quote) Sean-851370 said:

The debate on food stamps is so unimportant compared to what's happening in the economy. Millions of $ in fraud hardly compares to the billions blown on bank bail-outs. The poor aren't the main problem, even if they do contribute to their own misery. We need change at the top before we can contemplate what to do at the bottom. The US economy has been falling apart for decades. How can we crush "The Street" and rebuild a real economy? These are the most important discussions.

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Sean: There is so darn much money out there in pension and 401K money. That is how Wall Street gets so much power.

I believe that all the bubbles were caused by instruments invented by wall street to push the pension and 401K money
around to get it to make more money.

The tech bubble of yesteryear really did not warrant such stock interest.

Apr 15th 2013 new

(Quote) Marianne-100218 said: Sean: There is so darn much money out there in pension and 401K money. That is how Wal...
(Quote) Marianne-100218 said:



Sean: There is so darn much money out there in pension and 401K money. That is how Wall Street gets so much power.

I believe that all the bubbles were caused by instruments invented by wall street to push the pension and 401K money
around to get it to make more money.

The tech bubble of yesteryear really did not warrant such stock interest.

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Yes...a dizzying array of schemes to get money into the "markets" have been created. Not to mention other schemes to make markets more volatile so that the casino operators could skim off more money by creating wild swings in prices. Plus the high interest rates that shortened time horizons and forced money into many speculative ventures and "innovative financial products." The lies of "the Street" are so big that they're difficult to grasp. "The Street" is like a giant vacuum cleaner sucking up money from the rest of the country. The late 50s and 60s leading up to the collapse of Bretton Woods saw the beginning of the collapse of a real economy in the US and a total takeover by the interests of financier-usurers.

Apr 15th 2013 new

(Quote) Rachel-731570 said:Hi rachel. great post! I'd really like your recipe for whole grain pretzels. I love to cook and bake and LOVE...
(Quote) Rachel-731570 said:Hi rachel. great post! I'd really like your recipe for whole grain pretzels. I love to cook and bake and LOVE to eat!!! God bless, E


When money was tight, I made my own treats, not buying them with the little money we had. I made much healthier foods than the store-bought mixes and treats and spent less money. I still do that often!
Homemade big soft pretzels made of only whole grain flours are easy, fun and inexpensive to make together.
Candies and pop were skipped as we made healthier yummy cookies, cakes, pies together and drank fresh juices we made from real fruit on sale.
We learned to freeze pureed bananas and home-made yogurt to make 'ice cream' for parties.


And many of our recipes for healthy foods and treats came from the classes and literature given out by WIC and the checks they gave out only could be used for real foods -- milk, dried beans, whole grain rice and cereals and breads, fruit, vegetables, cheese, etc. If you had other sources of income, you used that for extras. It's ridiculous that people want hand-outs to to get extras that other people who work hard to make it on their own and don't qualify for government help can't even afford.

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Apr 15th 2013 new
Well what else are they going to buy for the game?! Whooooooo!
Apr 15th 2013 new

biggrin Hi rachel,


Thoughtful post. wave You get a Gold Star! Just wondering...Could I have your recipe for whole grain pretzels????

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