The bottom was written by my mom. My sister and my neice, 3 yrs old, are going through a tough time. We just found out that Jo has Retinoblastoma, a rare tumor that occurs in young children essentially turning their eye into cancer. Unfortunately, Jordyn’s eye was too far gone to be saved and they had to remove it entirely. But the worst is still not over. She still has a surgery or two to go through in order to fix it.

My sister’s insurance isn’t covering all the bills and they are piling up fast and furious. They still have about 4-6 months of doctors visits and a surgery or two to get through. I am asking ANYONE to donate to a site my mom set up for her.

Even if you can only donate a dollar, that’s enough. I swear this isn’t a scam. You can see the pics of my sister and Jordyn on the site and you can also see the same people on my myspace page if you wish to verify that this is for real. My myspace link is

The link to donate is

Also, Jo is doing well. I’ve spoken with her a couple times and she’s in high spirits, but being only almost 3, she doesn’t fully understand what is happening.

All she knows is that she has a really cool “pirate patch”!

If you do chose to donate please post this thread on your page so others can see it also.

Jordyn is the most precious thing in my life and my sister is my closest friend. Everyone is just beside themselves right now over this. I moved from Eugene, OR as soon as I found out that my sister was pregnant. Sometimes I wouldn’t mind moving out of Boise but I would never bring myself to do it because I can’t imagine living anywhere on this Earth without my Jo. I even had the privilege of being a full time baby sitter for Jo so I spent a significant amount of time with her in her first year of life. Watching that little girl grow up has been an experience so wonderful I don’t even have words for it. The most wonderful sound I will ever hear is when she yells “Aunty Anya!” and runs up to me and gives me a huge warm hug and a kiss.

Here’s the story…

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I am sending you all a link to my grandbaby, Jordyn, website. Jo has a very rare disease called Retinoblastoma. Only 250 children, under the age of three, get this a year. What it is is a mutation of the genes that make the eyeball cells. The cells mutate and become cancer, which can be life threatening.

Jo went blind in her left eye and had to find a specialist immediately. There is no specialist here in Idaho, so Becky, my daughter, had to take Jo to St Louis Children’s Hospital. On Wed Oct 1st they completely removed her left eyeball. Jo was already blind in that eye and it turned out that 97% of the eyeball itself was cancer.

The eye was donated to the lab that is testing it. This can be hereditary or not. If it is this will change many things for Jo. If they find the gene in both parents then Jo is strongly advised not to have children. It also can occur in the remaining eye. This type of cancer also goes to the brain then skips to the bone marrow. This cancer also opens the door to any form of cancer for Jo throughout her life.

Becky has had to take an indefinite leave of absence from work. In 6 weeks Jo will get her temporary prosthetic eye. In between now and then Jo will see the doctors weekly. Then in 3 months Jo will receive a handmade, by an expert artisan,prosthetic eye.

The good news is that Jo’s optic nerve is still good. This means that they connect the prosthetic eye to the nerve so it will move exactly with the good eye! Amazing. This is a lot of doctor visits and Becky is looking at at least 6 months. Beck is trying to also maintain where she lives in Idaho so when this is over and she comes home she still has a place for her and Jo. We have also found out not all of this is covered on her medical insurance.

Therefore i have made a website with pictures of Becky and Jo asking for everyone’s help. Whatever u can afford to donate and more than once in the upcoming months would be greatly appreciated. Most of you know me and know this isn’t like me to do this but we have no choice.

I appreciate your time and help, as does Becky and Jo!!!!

Thank you ALL and much Love,
Debbie, Becky and best of all my lil Sweet Pea Jordyn Rae Marie
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[This part was written by a very old, very dear friend of mine who knows our family and was asking for help from her friends

Please repost this so we can all help this family!! I have never met Jo myself, but I love this family very much. I met Anya on the first day of kindergarten and we were instant friends. Her family is my family. Her mother was like a second mother to me while I was growning up. They are wonderful people and would be more than willing to help someone if they were in a similar position.
Please, please repost this and let’s all pitch in to help baby Jo!!

This is a perfect example of media censorship and how they only want you to see one side of the story in order to drum up support for a possible military conflict with Russia.

So this is totally off my normal train of topic but I just learned that a couple of bigfoot hunters supposedly have found the body of bigfoot, or the body of a really really big gorilla, in the Georgian mountains. I’m not really sure what to believe. They are currently doing all kinds of testing on the body.

For obvious reasons, the details are being kept pretty quiet at this point. All we know is that the body was 8 feet 8 inches tall and covered with reddish-brown hair. The face has human as well as ape like features.

Read the full story here

I wanted to follow up on another post in which a commenter/reader decided to scathe me for liking Obama (which I don’t) simply because I happened to see his point on the tire inflation issue (and just about completely avoided the issue all together).

So, let’s take a deeper look at this. As I said in my last post:

Offshore drilling facts (as stated by President Bush):

If we open up offshore drilling we can start producing 200,000 barrels a day by 2030.

Our current demand is 2 million per day

Those 200,00 barrels that would be produced in 20 years will mostly go to other countries.

Gasoline conservation facts (of which Obama is being ridiculed for):

Properly inflating your tires can save 3% on gas

Reducing idling time (turning your car off if it is idling for a long time, i.e. at the drive through, when you run into the store, sit at the bank drive through) can save 5%

Eliminating unnecessary acceleration can save you almost 20% in gas consumption

Regular car maintenance such as tune up, changing filters, changing the oil can save 4%

So that means that in 10-20 years (a time frame given by many experts in the oil/gas industry that not many seem to dispute) the oil companies (international oil companies) can get about 10% of our current oil demand of about 2 million barrels/day (we all know that will most likely increase though) from offshore drilling. But that’s 10% of our current oil demand. Remember that this oil is owned by international oil companies so therefore, the oil contributes to the global oil demand. This is a far smaller percentage comparatively.

When you translate that into money your talking about maybe a dollar saved per barrel which is only pennies when your talking about gallons of gas. So in 10-20 years (most say by the year 2030) we will be saving a few pennies on gas if we open up offshore drilling today.

Now, let’s look at the benefits of taking personal responsibility for the amount of gas we consume. If we do little things that cost very little and mostly no money at all like properly inflating our tires, changing filters, getting tune-ups, not letting your engine run for long periods at idle, not accelerating too fast (which only save a few seconds time wise when your trying to get somewhere in a hurry) that is about a 20-30% savings on gas (talking about miles per gallon) for the average person. (There’s a whole list of others things to do such as going down long hills on neutral, rolling the windows up at fast speeds, reducing the weight in your car, being in the right gear (even in automatics which most people forget about), and planning your trip more efficiently when running errands.)

I’m not a math wizard or a scientist but I’m smart enough to know that when you compare the two scenario’s it’s obvious that we will save a heck of a lot more money by conserving oil instead of finding an excuse, like offshore drilling, to keep consuming the same amount and even more oil than we currently do.

In Brazil, 90% of their fuel is sugar cane derived ethanol. And it cost half as much. They have plenty of domestic oil to make up for the difference meaning they absolutely have no need for foreign oil. Plus, with all those flex-fuel cars on the road their air is much, much cleaner. I think we should look to them as an example.

This is very, very disturbing. Once again, a clever diversion has been staged for a greater agenda–an act of war against Iran while everyone pays attention to the Olympics and the Russian-Georgian conflict (also a clever way to keep the attention of Russia focused on Georgia while it’s ally is moved in on.) It’s all becoming very clear…

Massive US Naval Armada Heads For Iran Operation Brimstone ended only one week ago. This was the joint US/UK/French naval war games in the Atlantic Ocean preparing for a naval blockade of Iran and the likely resulting war in the Persian Gulf area. The massive war games included a US Navy supercarrier battle group, an US Navy expeditionary carrier battle group, a Royal Navy carrier battle group, a French nuclear hunter-killer submarine plus a large number of US Navy cruisers, destroyers and frigates playing the “enemy force”.

The lead American ship in these war games, the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN71) and its Carrier Strike Group Two (CCSG-2) are now headed towards Iran along with the USS Ronald Reagon (CVN76) and its Carrier Strike Group Seven (CCSG-7) coming from Japan.

A strategic diversion has been created for Russia. The Republic of Georgia, with US backing, is actively preparing for war on South Ossetia. The South Ossetia capital has been shelled and a large Georgian tank force has been heading towards the border. Russia has stated that it will not sit by and allow the Georgians to attack South Ossetia. The Russians are great chess players and this game may not turn out so well for the neo-cons.

Kuwait has activated its “Emergency War Plan” as it and other Gulf nations prepare for the likelihood of a major regional war in the Middle East involving weapons of mass destruction.

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Washington Risks Nuclear War by Miscalculation

By F William Engdahl

11/08/08 “Market Oracle” — – The dramatic military attack by the military of the Republic of Georgia on South Ossetia in the last days has brought the world one major step closer to the ultimate horror of the Cold War era—a thermonuclear war between Russia and the United States—by miscalculation. What is playing out in the Caucasus is being reported in US media in an alarmingly misleading light, making Moscow appear the lone aggressor. The question is whether George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are encouraging the unstable Georgian President, Mikhail Saakashvili in order to force the next US President to back the NATO military agenda of the Bush Doctrine. This time Washington may have badly misjudged the possibilities, as it did in Iraq , but this time with possible nuclear consequences.

The underlying issue, as I stressed in my July 11 piece in this space, Georgien, Washington, Moskau: Atomarer geopolitischer Machtpoker , is the fact that since the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact in 1991 one after another former member as well as former states of the USSR have been coaxed and in many cases bribed with false promises by Washington into joining the counter organization, NATO.

Rather than initiate discussions after the 1991 dissolution of the Warsaw Pact about a systematic dissolution of NATO, Washington has systematically converted NATO into what can only be called the military vehicle of an American global imperial rule, linked by a network of military bases from Kosovo to Poland to Turkey to Iraq and Afghanistan . In 1999, former Warsaw Pact members Hungary , Poland and the Czech Republic joined NATO. Bulgaria , Estonia , Latvia , Lithuania , Romania , and Slovakia followed suit in March 2004. Now Washington is putting immense pressure on the EU members of NATO, especially Germany and France , that they vote in December to admit Georgia and Ukraine .

The roots of the conflict

The specific conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia and Abkhazia has its roots in the following. First, the Southern Ossetes , who until 1990 formed an autonomous region of the Georgian Soviet republic, seek to unite in one state with their co-ethnics in North Ossetia , an autonomous republic of the Russian Soviet republic and now the Russian Federation . There is an historically grounded Ossete fear of violent Georgian nationalism and the experience of Georgian hatred of ethnic minorities under then Georgian leader Zviad Gamsakhurdia, which the Ossetes see again under Georgian President, Mikhel Saakashvili. Saakashvili was brought to power with US financing and US covert regime change activities in December 2003 in what was called the Rose Revolution. Now the thorns of that rose are causing blood to spill.

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The conservatives have been having a field day with Obama’s suggestion that simply inflating our tires properly can solve the problem of our demand for oil and eliminate the need to lift the ban on offshore drilling.

Offshore drilling facts (as stated by President Bush):

If we open up offshore drilling we can start producing 200,000 barrels a day by 2030.

Our current demand is 2 million per day

Those 200,00 barrels that would be produced in 20 years will mostly go to other countries.

Gasoline conservation facts (of which Obama is being ridiculed for):

Properly inflating your tires can save 3% on gas

Reducing idling time (turning your car off if it is idling for a long time, i.e. at the drive through, when you run into the store, sit at the bank drive through) can save 5%

Eliminating unnecessary acceleration can save you almost 20% in gas consumption

Regular car maintenance such as tune up, changing filters, changing the oil can save 4%

So we have the choice of giving the oil companies free reign over our already endangered oceans and risk oil spills killing tens of thousands of birds, fish, marine wildlife and the coral reefs that are a habitat for ocean wildlife and line their pockets with even more money.

Or we can just start to be a bit more conscientious and take it upon ourselves to accept the responsibility of reducing the demand for oil we currently require. It might take some extra effort but in the long run it is much much more worth it.

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