Scotties Toy Box

November 12, 2018

Trump’s Border Troops Have No Power Or Hot Food

Filed under: Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions, Twitter — Scottie @ 08:25

November 4, 2018

This is the caravan that terrifies republicans.

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Economics, Family, Health, News, Political, Questions, Twitter — Scottie @ 11:28

 

November 3, 2018

meatless sausage ??? Help

Yesterday Ron and I went to the grocery store that is about a mile or two down the road, it is our favorite.  However it has a crappy small vegetarian section.  We picked up a few things to try.  

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Well this morning we tried the veggie breakfast sausages.   Taste wise they were OK, smelt good, but the texture was awful.   Maybe I  did not cook them enough but I followed the instructions.  I baked them for 14 minutes.  Next time I will fry the crap out of them.  They were soft and sort of mushy.  I threw most of mine in the trash.  Ron agreed with me they tasted OK but had to fix the soft mushiness of them.  

Ron used some of the beefless ground in the spanish rice he made last night.  We are adding rice to our diet several times a week.  It was OK, I am not a fan of spanish rice but I did not find anything awful about it.  I did not even know he had put some in there until he told me. 

Ron tried the chicken patties the other day.  He said they were OK.  They did smell good.  Ron wants to make taco mix out of tofu and the meatless ground burger stuff.   I am hoping the seasoning mix will  make it OK, I hate to buy stuff to eat and then have to throw it out.  

I admit it is hard to walk past the long meat counter and displays full of easy to find and get products that I know taste good to me.  But Ron And I talked about it.   We both feel meat is not the same as it was when we were growing up.   We don’t feel it is a safe nor as good for us as it use to be.   We feel that in fact it may be bad for us to continue to eat such amounts of meat.   That said we did buy a large ham that was on sale, as ham is one of my favorites.  

So if anyone has some ideas, let me know.  Brands or items to try.  I am going to make a chili tomorrow for the first time without meat.  Should be OK, I will use beans to give it texture and substance.   Hugs

November 2, 2018

This is heartbreaking. Thank you Nan for sharing.

We humans like to pretend we are enlightened species.  We pat ourselves on the back for giving a dollar or two to a panhandler or at the check out in local stores raising funds.  The story I just read is enough to break your heart if you have any empathy at all for other beings.  Earlier I got a news flash of a four year old exhausted girl who simple stopped.  She collapsed too tired to walk another step.  She had no way to know that her parent was putting her through this because if the stayed where they were, the little four year old girl would have been taken, used as a sex slave , drug mule, or whatever the gangs and fighting forces demanded.   I would remind everyone who doubts this is our problem of two things.   Much of the problems were caused by direct actions of former US governments.  Also if it was your children, you in that situation, wouldn’t you want the country that claims to be the wealthiest on earth to offer a little help.   I will be posting some excerpts from the article and I hope you notice that the people who have the least are the ones trying the hardest to help out.  Hugs

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/01/migrant-caravan-mexico-journey-illness-exhaustion-danger

But they remain hopeful that they will reach the US, a country they often see as an idealised country of justice and opportunity – in contrast, they say, to the corruption and violence back home.

And parents say they have no choice but to bring their children to avoid forced recruitment, sexual assault or murder by the gangs which dominate many Central American towns.

Rumors abound that child snatchers are shadowing the caravan, said Keila Castro, 29, who was begging by the roadside with her son Gerson, six, to raise money for a ride in a minibus.

They left Honduras with nothing more than the clothes on their back after a local gang threatened Castro’s husband. Gerson grinned bashfully, but Castro said it was tough to travel with a six-year old. “He’s not as tough as us and he gets very tired.”

So far, the group has averaged about 60km (37 miles) a day. They gather in evening assemblies, and vote on major decisions, such as when to rest, and where to head to next.

All the way, they have depended on the kindness of strangers, hitching rides in rubbish trucks and taxis, and sleeping in town squares, local people’s homes, or collapsed on the wayside.

Earlier this week, they reached the town of Niltepec, which was almost completely destroyed in a 2017 earthquake, where residents – who still live amid the rubble of that disaster – welcomed the caravan with homemade soup. “We wish we had a space dignified enough to offer our visitors,” Zelfareli Cruz Medina, the local mayor told the Associated Press.

At each stop, a team of missionary nuns has tended to the migrants’ blistered feet; many of the walkers are on their second or third pair of flip-flops or crocs.

Churches, municipal governments and generous locals have kept them clothed and fed. The local distributor of the baked-good behemoth Bimbo donated more than 1,000 loaves of white bread at one of the stops.

The caravan sets out early, often hitting the road at 2am or 3am to take advantage of the cooler temperatures before sunrise.

Jenny Gutiérrez, 18, watched the trucks laden with young men roll past her as she walked along the roadside. She was four and a half months pregnant – something she had only discovered after setting out on the journey.

“The worst is the sun,” she said, but that was closely followed by the nausea, the sore throat, and having to bathe in rivers.

Gutiérrez had fled her home to escape gang members who demanded a cut of the meagre income she made selling fruit on the streets. She had no idea where she was heading, but no intention of turning back.

“There’s no future in El Salvador,” she shrugged.

https://twitter.com/Scottiestoybox/status/1058496216890335232

 

October 22, 2018

tRump supporters want genital checks to determine which bathroom a person can use.

Filed under: Cartoons, Gender, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 10:39

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October 1, 2018

To the Young Men and Women of America, From the GOP

Filed under: Dealing With Abuse, Education, Gender, Greed, Harm, Health, Ideas, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 22:19

An incredibly powerful written work.  Please go read it.  It puts this whole thing in perspective.   Hugs

https://johnpavlovitz.com/2018/09/28/to-the-young-men-and-women-of-america-from-the-gop/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=johnpavlovitz

To the Young Men of America,

You can do whatever you want to young women.

You can disregard their humanity,
force yourself on them physically,
ignore their pleas to stop,
proceed without consent,
hurt them,

humiliate them,
indulge your urges,
treat them as property,
and silence, slander, and intimidate them after the fact.

You can do this as often as you like, to as many young girls as opportunity and your desires allow.

We will have your back (providing you are white, wealthy, and one day vote Republican.)

We will marshal our every resource of finance and position and privilege in protecting and defending you.

 

And to Young Women of America,

You don’t matter.

Not your trauma or your pain,
not the innocence you lose,
not the damage you sustain,
not the scars you are marked by,
not the nightmares you are haunted by,
not the peace you no longer find, 
not the confidence that leaves you,
not the fear that is ever present,
not the shame that you cannot shake,
not the silence you are imprisoned by.

We simply do not see you as valuable—at least not as valuable as the status quo we’re protecting or the legislation we’re coveting or the religion we’re perpetuating or the votes we’re needing.

You are the acceptable collateral damage of our misogyny and entitlement.

Your body, your emotional health, and your sense of safety—simply aren’t worth more than a Supreme Court seat.

Of course, should a pregnancy somehow be created by your violation, we will vigorously demand that you be forced to carry it, even if it exacerbates your pain and magnifies your despair. After all, we urgently need to perpetuate the appearance that we are pro-life—just not yourlife.

September 23, 2018

What about hers ?

Filed under: Dealing With Abuse, Harm, Health, News — Scottie @ 11:08

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September 14, 2018

Scaring kids with hell can be deadly

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Harm, Health, News, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 11:27

http://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2018/09/13/14-year-old-murder-suspect-allegedly-killed-siblings-to-save-them-from-hell/

There’s a strong argument to be made that threatening children with the fictional idea of Hellfire is a form of emotional abuse, as many former believers will attest to, but it gets even worse when people who don’t realize that Hell is imaginary take actions to prevent other people from going there.

It’s the threat of Hell that allegedly prompted 14-year-old Nickalas Kedrowitz of Ripley County, Indiana to kill his two younger siblings, 23-month-old Desiree McCartney and 11-month-old Nathaniel Ritz.

 

Here is a good reason why we need to enforce the separation of church and state in this country

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 11:24

http://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2018/09/13/gop-house-candidate-rejected-medicaid-expansion-so-people-would-find-god/

… every person who came to Christ came to Christ with a physical need… People go to God because of a physical need and they walk away with a spiritual need met. That’s the story of the Gospels. And so government has stepped in, at least in this country, and done all the work for the church. And so the person who’s in need — they look to the government for the answer. Not God. And I think, in that way, government has done an injustice that’s even bigger than just the entitlement — creation of an entitlement welfare state. I think it’s even bigger. And in this setting, I’ll share the story… I think it interrupts the opportunity for people to come to a saving knowledge of who God is.

August 19, 2018

I have been in countries with universal health care, they don’t want our system

Filed under: Health, News, Political, Reason — Scottie @ 21:14

whitepeopletwitter:
““Socialized medicine” ”

Police car hits teen while trying to stop him for minor bicycle violation

Filed under: Children, Harm, Health, News, Questions, Reason, Twitter — Scottie @ 11:32

 

August 14, 2018

Bigotry on display as adults threat harm and castration towards a 12 year old trans girl.

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Education, Gender, Harm, Health, News, Questions, Religion, Youth — Scottie @ 13:17

Please notice the call was for churches to enforce an action in a public school.   There was not any problem problem for years.  I don’t believe the girl was “peeking”, I think that was made up to cause trouble for the trans girl.  First kids do not have to peek today to see genitals, they have the internet on just about every device in their lives.   That whole “peeking” thing sounds so old school I am confident a parent made it up.  

http://www.joemygod.com/2018/08/14/school-cancels-classes-after-parents-threaten-violence-against-trans-student-a-sharp-knife-will-do-the-trick/

One parent found out, and took to a private Achille Facebook group to complain. That’s where the threats started. Adults called Maddie by “it” and “thing.” Some said she should be stabbed or beat up. One even suggested it was open hunting season for transgender people. “That’s a threat against her life–that’s scary,” Rose said. “These are adults making threats– I don’t understand it.”

 

“Why are parents letting their kids be transgender?” said one post. “Parents and Churches need to shut this down, the Bible says God created man, and woman . . . not any transgender bs,” said another. “Hell with new laws and new rules, this is what our future is if WE don’t stop it.”

Others made disturbing threats of violence: “If he wants to be a female make him a female. A good sharp knife will do the job really quick.” “Just tell the kids to kick a– in the bathroom and it won’t want to come back!!”

August 9, 2018

What have we become. No one can sanction or forgive this. Z

July 31, 2018

Conversion Therapy

Filed under: Cartoons, Health, Homosexual, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 08:57

(cartoon by Clay Bennett)

July 29, 2018

An update on my health

Filed under: Health, My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 09:40

I have waited a while to write this post to see if I could get some improvement, but it seems I have to accept what is.  As most who come here know I have a problem with my bones, and have all my life.   I had to have my right hip replaced in 2004, and my left hip just last year.   I have damage to the spine, both the bone vertebra and the disc material in different spots.  The muscles of the back are thickened and not responding correctly due to years of trying to protect the spine.   The bone problem has also been part of and caused other health issues.

After my left hip operation it was hoped I would be able to walk normally unsupported and I hoped I could do things like bike ride or go back to work in the medical field.   This seemed possible even though I was struggling with pain and lack of strength.    So even though I did not notice the getting worse, others did.   

About a month ago something happened.   I suddenly was having trouble walking again.  My left leg was not responding and there was horrible pain in the muscle in the front of the leg and the knee felt as if it was destroyed.   Same with the right leg , but the left was much worse.  It came on suddenly it seemed, and was intermittent.  I could bend the knee with no problem when there was no weight on it.   I was better sometimes than others.   Some times I simply couldn’t walk even with a cane.

As it happened I was already scheduled to see the pain doctor.  When I told her what was going on she knew what was wrong right away.   I had a MRI last year this time and it showed damage to my  L4-L5 and L5-S1 along with other spots.   Seems the nerves through the L4 and L5 come right around to the muscles in the front of the leg and the knee.    Seems that I have more damage in that area of my back and it is effecting my left leg much more than my right. 

The doctor looked again at the old MRI, figured that the damage got worse.  I have to wait a year for another MRI to be covered under the insurance.  We talked about what to do going forward.  Seems things will not go as I had hoped.   Surgery is not recommended and in fact discouraged as it offers little gain and the results are normally to worsen the problem.   The goal now is to keep me walking with support, and to manage the pain as best we can.   That day they gave me a spinal block, a shot into the spine at those locations.   I will have to have these at least every two months.  I also will be starting the trigger point injections again.   I am using a cane most of the time, except a bit in the house.   

The situation looks like I will be needing a scooter  again soon.  I had to have one when I was in a wheelchair.  My first surgeon told me I would be needing a wheelchair as I aged and it seems he was correct.  I also may have to go back on the stronger medications.  

The good news is this is not life threatening and can be managed.   Yesterday Ron and I went out for breakfast and had planned to go shopping at several stores.  I was able to walk into the restaurant but at the first store I started to have trouble with walking and increased pain.  After the second store which was just a few minutes to get one item , I asked Ron to bring me home.  He did the rest himself.   

I did get really upset over this but that has passed now.  It is part of my life I knew about and have faced before.   I will enjoy everything the best I can.   I have a great support system, great doctors, a home, and a wonderful grand husband.  I just had to wrap my mind around this set back and what it would mean for the future.  

I just wanted to let you all know my plans for the future have changed and why.   Again I want to stress I knew this was possible and even likely.  I do feel I have it a lot better than many in my situation.  I do not feel like a victim in all this.  It is simply living life with health issues, each of us does this every day.   Thanks everyone.  Many hugs

July 19, 2018

I refuse to prend it is not personal anymore. If you still support tRump you are my enemy. I will fight you, I will not be civil. This is my life and the lives of many others you are playing with.

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Bigotry, Education, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 17:03

http://www.joemygod.com/2018/07/19/hhs-deletes-lgbt-resources-from-obamacare-site/

“The Department of Health and Human Services has sent a clear signal that it doesn’t intend to protect the rights of women and LGBTQ individuals. The Trump-Pence administration’s decision to hide these resources — and the likely forthcoming action from HHS to roll back enforcement of discrimination protections — is shameful and part of a continued effort to rip away access to medical care for women and LGBTQ people.

July 11, 2018

These are the people demanding we be civil. Hugs

Filed under: Health, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 08:18

A Planned Parenthood (That Didn’t Perform Abortions) Closes Due to Intimidation

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2018/07/09/a-planned-parenthood-that-didnt-perform-abortions-closes-due-to-intimidation/

“I’m pretty angry about this,” said Christie Gillespie, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. “This is not how decent and compassionate people behave. These are actions of harassment and intimidation that are done in the name of faith, religion and Jesus.

PPINK provided copies of a mailer sent to Fort Wayne neighborhoods where a Planned Parenthood nurse practitioner worked. It included her name and picture and said “there are killers among us.” It said the woman enabled “child killing by coordinating abortions off site.” It also gave her home address.

The group responsible for the mailers is Created Equal of Ohio, which also sent a letter to that employee saying it had “launched a campaign to expose the role you” play in enabling abortions. It specifically said the woman counsels women to get an abortion at larger Planned Parenthood facilities and said the campaign against her would stop if she quit her job.

“We’ve had providers that have been told that their life would be unlivable in Fort Wayne if they worked for us,” Gillespie said.

July 10, 2018

Our race to the bottom is won

Filed under: Education, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:28

July 2, 2018

Marijuana prohibition is racist and criminal, harms kids, and ruins lives | Johann Hari

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Economics, Health, History, News, Political, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 14:47

June 1, 2018

As they are trying to do in the US on gay rights, women’s rights, science, sexual rights, gender rights, labor rights, unions, and anything not accepted by illiterate desert dwellers 2000 years ago. Hugs

Filed under: Atheism, Cartoons, Health, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 08:19

(story here) .. (cartoon by Joel Pett)

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