Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Public Libraries + Child Porn = Illegal Activity

I came to my computer to check my email, and this is disturbing.  The fact that child porn was viewed, the administration of the library was alerted, and they are trying to discredit the people who reported it?  And to be complacent about being a sexually charged workplace?



Orland Park Public Library
14921 S Ravinia Ave, Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 428-5100Orland Park Public Library 14921 S Ravinia Ave, Orland Park, IL 60462 (708) 428-5100



Please read more here, at this link - http://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/il-library-fighting-to-allow-porn-public-sex-acts/

Please write or call this library, ask for a supervisor or administrator, and talk to them about this practice.  Child porn = Child Sex Abuse = Illegal = Arrested + Shut Down!

Oland Park Public Library
14921 S Ravinia Ave.
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 428-5100

Thank you for your cooperation and help.

Here is a sample letter:

Dear Orland Park Library Administration;

I am writing to you about the child and other porn that has been brought to public attention that is being viewed at your library.  This concerns me because the combination of children and pornography is morally wrong, ethically bankrupt, and highly illegal on multiple levels.

First, is it is a federal offense to have a child view porn.  By being publicly viewable, a federal crime is being committed each time a child may be walking through your library computers.  Second, a child was sexually assaulted by making child porn, which is one offense.  Trading child porn is a second offense.  Viewing it is a third offense, and having a child see it is a fourth offense.  These are four different crimes in one incident. 

To then, allow these people to ogle, stalk, and harass your female visitors with or without their children is absolutely abhorrent.  I urge you to put a stop to this immediately, or it will be reported to the FBI to investigate the problem. 

Thank you,

(sign your name)

(print your name)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Job Posts from Racine Journal Times from Sunday, March 8, 2015

Drivers:  Reliable Express Transport - Cargo vans, Box trucks, Delivery driver needed:  S.E. Wisconsin and McHenry & Lake, IL counties.  Delivery experience a plus, but not required.  If interested, please call (847)553-7133 or visit us at www.reliableexpresstransport.com and click on opportunities.

Movers/Drivers:  Movers/drivers are critically important positions in our company.  You are the face of the company, and the work you do fulfills our promise of professional moving services.  At Merchants', you can be assured that with some hard-work, a little aptitude and a great attitude, you will go far!  We offer a comprehensive training program, and we will train you for your CDL.

Requirements:  no experience necessary, be over 21, high school diploma or equivalent, current auto license with no restrictions (except eye wear), excellent driving record, able to do heavy lifting and pass a DOT physical.  Stop by, talk to us, fill out an application.
Merchants Moving & Storage Co.  1215 State St.  Racine WI 53404 (262)631-5680

Tanker Drivers:  REDI-MIX Drivers.  CDL a must.  Good driving record.  Full time plus benefits.  Apply at Gleason Redi Mix  3255 Phillips Ave.  Racine.

School Bus Driver:  rewarding part time job.  3 paid holidays.  Free training.  Life Insurance.  Bring your children to work.  Benefits available.  Must undergo a motor vehicle records check, drug check, and criminal records check.  Certain rules apply.  Apply in person M-F 8am-4pm 1608 Oaks Rd. in Racine or call (262)886-1312 or online at www.durhamschoolservices.com

CNC Swiss (Citizen) Setup/Operators:  Minimum 3 years set up experience required.  Programming experience a plus.  Wages will be commensurate with experience.  Immediate vacation pay and paid holidays.  Health insurance, dental, vision, 401k profit sharing, company paid STD & life insurance.  Apply to:  Michaels Machine Co., Inc.  4442 Douglas Ave.  Racine, WI 53402.  Email brada@michaelsmachine.com or www.michalsmachine.com

PPG Industries Inc:  20 full time openings for production/warehouse positions at it's Oak Creek, WI coatings manufacturing facility due to upcoming retirements and growth.  PPG Industries is a $15 billion world wide leader in the production of coatings, glass and specialty chemicals.  We offer competitive wages and excellent benefits including health care, dental, 401k savings plan, retirement plan, paid vacation and holidays.  Hiring all shifts, primarily 2nd, 3rd, and weekend shifts.  Must be able to train on 1st.  Positions entail gathering chemical raw materials to manufacture industrial coatings in batches, measure, blend, and ship the coatings.  Some heavy lifting of 50# and forklift operation required, along with strong communication, teamwork, basic math skills and excellent safety habits.  Prior work experience preferred.  Raise to $15-18/hr after 6 mos.  Background check, intoxicant screen & pre-employment physical are required prior to starting work.  Smoke free workplace.  To apply:  www.jobsppg.com - when asked to pick location - choose Oak Creek, then the position - Oak Creek Production.

Wait Staff: Apply in person.  Infusino's 3225 Rapids Dr. After 4pm.

Part-Time cook:  The Veterans Assistance Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit agency is seeking applicants for part time cook (24hrs/wk including weekends and holidays) for the Veterans Assistance program located in Union Grove, WI.  Experience is preferred.  H.S. diploma or equivalent required.  Some lifting up to 50# may be required.  Must be eligible for our vehicle insurance and become CPR certified.  To apply, please send resume to:  Veterans Assistance Foundation, Inc.  ATTN:  Melissa Taggart  P.P. Box 427 Union Grove, WI 53182 or melissa.tagart@vafvets.org by 3/13/2015

Yard Attendant:  Goodwill Industries is looking for a Yard Attendant for our Retail Distribusion Center in Racine.  Responsibilities include:  *Moving, loading, backing up trailers in lot  *Unload trailers in dock  *Operate forklift 
Previous driving or trailer pulling experience required.  Forklift experience a plus.  For an immediate hiring possibility, go to www.goodwillsewcareers.com, click on apply now and select Yard Attendant for the job title.  Goodwill is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  Minorities, women, wets, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

HR Assistant:Work with HR manager in providing support to teammates.  Responsibilities include payroll, pre-employment set up and orientations, file maintenance and other administrative duties, answering questions from teammates.  Qualifications include *excellent organization skills  *maintain confidentiality  *problem solving  *multi-tasking with interruptions  *bachelors degree preferred  *2+ years HR experience preferred
McLane offeres a competitive salary and benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401k with match.  To apply, submit resume with wage requirements to:  McLane  1906 Grandview Pkwy., Sturtevant, WI 53177 or careers@mclanefs.com - an EOE committed to a drug free workplace.

City Clerk/Assistant Treasury Manager:  The city of Racine will be accepting applications until March 20, 2015 at 5pm for the position of City Clerk/Assistant Treasury Manager.  Under the supervision of the City Clerk, the individual selected will assist in the performance, planning, coordinating and scheduling of work relating to the conduct of tax collection, cash receiving, elections, licensing, and the general operation of treasury and clerk office activities.  The hours will be 8:30am- 5:30pm.  Qualified applicants will have a BS in accounting, finance, administration or related field and considerable experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  A complete job description can be found at www.cityofracine.org under Human Resources.  Salary range - $49,957.24 - $67,441.30 annually.  qualified applicants must follw instructions posted online and submit an online application for the opening at:  http://www.cityofracine.org/City_of_Racine_Jobs.aspx  Free computer access is available at the Racine Public Library or the Workforce development Center.  Failure to submit all required documentation may result in disqualification from consideration.  An AA/EOE/ADA employer

Information Systems- Systems Analyst:  Racine County has a vacancy for Systems Analyst.  Qualifications:  Experience supporting existing systems including IBM i Series (AS/400) and web design, installing and maintaining system applications as well as project management.  Associate Degree and minimum of 4 years experience in application programming and systems nalysis.  Must possess a valid WI driver's license.  Salary plus excellent benefits including Wisconsin Retirement EOE.  Apply at:  http://agency governmentjobs.com/racinecountywi/default.cfm

System Analyst (2 openings):  Analyze user requirements, procedures and problems to automate processing and improve existing computer system.  Utilize the following:  (Job# 1 Code SA01) - C, C++, ASP, Java, XML, HTML, Oracle, SQL, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, JD Edwards XE,ERP, AS/400, Crystal Reports, (Job# 2 Code SA02) - SAP, SD, MM,WM, QM, PP, FI, RFID, MS Visio, MS PowerPoint, MS Project.  For all positions:  Job locations in Mt. Pleasant, WI & various unanticipated client sites nationally requiring relocation & travel to these sites involving short and long term assignments.  To apply, specify Job Title & Code & mail resume to:  R S InfoCon, Inc 8330 Corporate Dr.  Mt. Pleasant, WI 53406  Attn:  HR0308

Distribution Center Assistant - Burlington, WI:  If you enjoy helping customers in a fast paced environment, and are available to work 3rd shift, a position on our distribution center team may be for you.  Our distribution center team  coordinates a bulk receiving and distribution of newspapers.  This position will work primarily at our Burlington distribution facility and will typically include weekday and rotating weekend shifts.  The work is fast paced.  Prompt receiving and accurate distribution of products allows our carrier force to complete more than 30,000 deliveries to our Racine County customers each day.  Shifts are from 4-8 hours long, beginning between 7pm and midnight.  the Distribution Center Assistant position is approximately 15-24 hrs/wk, with potential for advancement.  Qualifications include a valid driver's license, the ability to complete basic math calculations, and the ability to lift and carry objects weighing 30#.  Typing skills and ability to operate PC software applications are a definite plus.  Apply online at journaltimes.com/workhere  Please attach a resume to your application.  EOE

Community Support Specialists:  Be more than a caregiver, be a SPECIALIST!  Alpha Homes of Wisconsin, Inc. is a leader in providing residential care for the intellectually disable dis now hiring for part time Community Support Specialists.  Assist our clients in activities of daily living, medication management, medical appointments, and community activities.  This is a great opportunity for nursing, education and human services students!  We offer competitive pay, shift premiums, flexible scheduling, and paid training.  We have facilities in Racine and Kenosha.  Requirements:  18 years old, good driving record, and clean criminal history!  Apply in person at:  Alpha Homes of Wisconsin, Inc.  6216 Washington Ave. Ste D, Racine, WI 53406

Medical Assistant:  Part time position, may become full time.  Computer experience required.  People friendly & respectful.  Send replies to 749, The Journal Times 212 - 4th St. Racine, WI 53403

Automotive Service Writer:  Experienced.  Full time, M-F.  Apply in person at:  Durand Automotive Center  1623 Durand Ave.  262-632-2625

Assistant Executive Director:  Capri Senior Communities at Killarney Kourt in Sturtevant is currently hiring for an Assistant Executive Director, full time.  Assisting the Executive Director, scheduling tours and visits, maintaining resident files, market analysis, maintenance of accounting software, resident relations.  High school diploma required.  Health Care Administration degree a plus.  Send resume to: eblicle@capricommunites.com or call 262-321-0802

Thursday, March 5, 2015

City of Racine and Racine County jobs.

City of Racine jobs

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/racinewi/default.cfm

Asst. City Clerk/Asst Treasury Manager Full-Time $49,957.24/Year 03/20/15

Building Inspector III
Full-Time $26.22 - $31.57 Hourly 03/20/15
Lifeguard - Summer Seasonal Part-Time $8.94 - $9.23 Hourly 04/03/15

Playground Leader - Summer Seasonal
Part-Time $7.79 - $8.36 Hourly 04/03/15


Public Health Nurse P/T
Part-Time $25.03/Hour Continuous


Student Laborer - Summer Seasonal
Part-Time $8.73 - $10.05 Hourly 04/03/15


Racine County jobs

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/racinecountywi/default.cfm

Accounting Technician-Billing FULL TIME $15.79 - $21.98 Hourly 03/05/15

Bailiff - On Call
ON CALL $9.10/Hour  


ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN
FULL TIME $45,231.00 - $61,574.00 Annually  


INFORMATION SYSTEMS - SYSTEMS ANALYST
FULL TIME $54,453.00 - $76,290.00 Annually  
LPN 24 hours a week PART TIME 24 HOURS A WEEK $18.65 - $21.43 Hourly  
MDS Coordinator - On Call ON CALL $23.87/Hour  

Nurse Aide 16 hours a week
PART TIME 16 HOURS A WEEK $13.45/Hour  
Nurse Aide 24 hours a week PART TIME 24 HOURS A WEEK $13.45/Hour  

Nursing Manager
FULL TIME $54,453.00 - $76,290.00 Annually 03/06/15


Registered Nurse 16 hours a week
PART TIME 16 HOURS A WEEK $23.76 - $30.79 Hourly  


Registered Nurse 24 hours a week
PART TIME 24 HOURS A WEEK $23.76 - $30.79 Hourly  


Registered Nurse full time
FULL TIME $23.76 - $30.79 Hourly  


Seasonal - Temporary Position through PI...
TEMPORARY/SEASONAL $10.00/Hour 03/31/15


NEW! Social Work- SAIL supervisor
FULL TIME $49,654.00 - $68,570.00 Annually 03/06/15


Staff Development Manager
FULL TIME $54,453.00 - $76,290.00 Annually 03/06/15


VICTIM WITNESS SPECIALIST
FULL TIME $41,723.00 - $55,875.00 Annually 03/13/15


Vital Records Scanning Clerk
TEMPORARY POSITION THROUGH PIE MANAGEMENT $9.00 - $10.00 Hourly 03/08/15



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Right to Work, Rally, and Committee

Early this morning, I met with a group going up to Madison for the rally against the "Right to Work" legislation.  For those who are unsure what this is, basically the "Right to Work" status would first, make it illegal for a company or work place make it mandatory to join the union.  Currently, if a certain employer has a union, you have to join.  Second, it would force the unions to fight for you, even if you decided not to join, because the union would have to defend everyone, not just members.  In other words, those who aren't paid members of the union would be getting free services.

At first glance, it sounds good, right?  Some people may not believe in unionizing, and they don't have to join if they don't want to.  I am actually ambivalent on this one, though we could use the Republican stance of, "If you don't like it, don't work there".  On the other hand, the unions can be of huge help.  Unions kind of act as the FDIC for jobs, setting the gold standard for what would be appropriate in certain fields.  They help set the goals of keeping work places a safe place to do your work.  Unions also set what kind of benefits vs. monetary pay would be fair.

At second glance, ethically, if you're going to receive a service, you should pay for them.  Which is why I don't understand, since many conservatives believe that others shouldn't pay for health care, but think it's okay to accept free services from the union?  Unions help make it so that the boss can't fire you without due cause, and even then, they help you keep your job.

So, okay, why is this a bad thing?  Because when union bosses have to put out a lot for non-paying members, they lose money, and may have to fold.  I don't think there is anything wrong with having separate categories, as in a full member vs. partial members, I don't know.  Thing is, if we could ensure that employers do the right thing, we wouldn't need unions, but, let me tell you.  Not all employers are fair about letting you go.  It's not always for a due cause.  I will come back to this later.

I can kind of see why it shouldn't be mandatory to join the union or you can't go work there.  On the other hand, if you're not paying dues, you shouldn't get full services.  This is a way to try to drive into the ground the rest of the private sector unions.  They have a work load defending too many members/nonmembers.  The union loses money, and eventually has to fold from each different employer, which brings down the number of people in the management of the union.

The other reason it is bad, is the fact that when these unions are going to be eradicated, it is only a matter of time before safety hazards, pay scales, and even the minimum wage will be attacked.  Studies show that states that have "Right to Work" laws has lower wages and benefits than those who are "At Will" states.  So is it really "Right to Work" or "right to steal from workers"?  With Wisconsin having a sluggish economy, and S.E. Wisconsin being desperate for not just jobs, but good paying ones that are also full time with benefits, we cannot afford to lose what ever grounds we have as hard workers.

Now, back to the firing for due causes...  I have never worked for a place that had a union.  I have been terminated for a couple or so jobs.  Out of these jobs, the VA was the only one that I was terminated with a reason.  Technically, since I was still within my probationary period, they did not owe me an explanation.  I'm not even sure if they would have owed me one after that.  But, I was making mistakes, and they let me know.  But, I've had other ones where the excuse was, "You're going back to college so it doesn't matter".  Or "You're just not a good fit".  Or "You love International Relations.  So, you should do that".  Huh, so I can't finish out the summer or the Christmas season, or what?  It would be nice if they really told my WHY I wasn't a good fit, or why they weren't going to let me finish the summer out.  I really don't know what I did at these places that merited being let go.  I've gotten criticized about it by other people, as if I can read minds.  No, I don't know why.  A union would have been nice.

On the flip side, I have seen where a person really DID deserve to be terminated on several different occasions, and the Union saved his butt.  He came to expect that he can do and act as he pleases, and as long as the job got done, he could just go ahead and curse like a sailor in front of the people that hired his company to do work for them.  The boss had tried to rid him at least 6 times, and the union saved him every time.  Unions need to practice their ethics, also.  Insubordination is not something that should be tolerated if it will lose business for the owner.

What stinks, though, is that this isn't the only issue.  Education is getting slashed on the k-12 level as well as the post secondary level.  With lesser quality education during k-12, as well as fewer people going to get higher education, this means that lower pay could be merited by future employers.  These are interrelated, as is how much goes into your social security and pensions.

It is also interesting to learn that home care agencies are exempt from unions to the point that they are not allowed.  Yet home care personnel are the lowest paid health care workers.  Not only that, but raises are also few and far between, and it's no easier than working at a nursing home.  But, this isn't something that should be discussed in this blog...

Anyway, here are some pictures, just to give you some idea about how many people showed up.  It was interesting, considering that I actually lost my group for the duration I was there, and I got to talk to welders, construction guys, other laborers, and a lady who wanted to see a copy of the Right to Work legislation so she could share the info with others. 

Then, I actually heard that they stuck it into a committee last night.  Don't know how true, if so.






                                                                                          































I did, in fact, write a form discussing this to our senator. I also signed a petition to go to the governor, state senator and assembly person. Though I don't know if it will work, it's always good to let your representatives know where you're coming from.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Continuum of Care and Point In Time - Community Outreach

Twice a year, once in January and the other in July, on the 4th Wednesday of these months, is a census type thing where we go in search of those who are homeless for what ever reason, and try to get as much information as possible.  I've been participating the last 4 years, and have participated 5 times, the last two, being a team leader...  I've met many interesting people who I've ridden/driven with, being that we go in teams of about 4 people.  These two nights, from about 10pm-3am, are the points in time we do the count, and that's why it's called Point In Time, and gets used to gather numbers for the city/county, state, and national counts to go into the official census.

This is all part of what is called the Continuum of Care, to ensure that those who need help get what they need, whether it's shelter, food, counseling, or anything else.  For those of you who know, Racine's Hospitality Center, run by Rev. Kevin Stewart, was in danger of closing it's doors earlier this month.  With the new funding, they are able to continue to stay open for the remainder of the winter, with other plans for the future, to have a 24/7 location and program for those who are homeless, but are not qualified to stay at the Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization (HALO).  There are a number of reasons why people don't qualify for HALO, such as alcohol use, undiagnosed/uncontrolled mental illness, drug addiction, and more.  It has to be, for the fact that even though the men's and women's sections, while separate, are still in the same building, especially since many of the women have their children with them.  This is where the Hospitality Center comes in, to help with those who are in limbo even with a homeless shelter in town.

We did not find anyone last night with our Point in Time search.  This probably means that A) all of the other programs are doing an awesome job, or, B) people are more generous in the winter and taking in people.  But, this doesn't mean that this is 100% effective.  There is always that margin of error.  So, my fellow social media groupies, I would like for you to help me out on this, and try to help the homeless situation.

For the Racine/Kenosha area, here are places who can help with finding emergency shelter, for single people, those with children, or for kids who are runaways or otherwise displaced in many of these situations.

Just remember, when there is other crises, such as domestic violence and/or sex abuse, the homeless situation is compounded, and no, it isn't that easy to "just leave".  Racine still has a high level of poverty, despite the fact that the unemployment numbers have gone down.  Because so many are still underemployed, or their pay is so low, the poverty level is still just as bad, or maybe even worse, because of the lack of funds.  To have both issues of violence and poverty, it is even more difficult than ever, to be able to escape.  I am so very thankful to the Women's Resource Center is here - for those who need emergency shelter for domestic violence issues - 262-633-3233.

Housing:
Housing Authority of Racine County - 262-636-3405

ResCare (for those with eviction looming, minor child(ren), significant loss of income, etc) - 262-637-9774

Energy Services (utility assistance including energy and possibly water) - 262-633-6000

Shelter:
HALO (permanent homeless shelter) - 262-633-3235

Women's Resource Center (for those victimized by domestic violence & sex assault) - 262-633-3233
                                       (Western Racine County) 262-763-6226 x113

Love and Charity (for those over 40) - 262-634-7059

Safe Haven (Youth shelter) - 262-637-9557

Inn Program (Kenosha) - 262-658-1713

Women's Horizons (Kenosha DV shelter) - 262- 652-9900

Hospitality Center (hospitality w/o agenda) - 414-405-4519

Bethany Apartments (affordable transitional housing with support for those exiting abuse shelters) 262-633-9446

Transitional Living Center (Burlington - temporary shelter & necessities to teach independent living skills) 262-767-1478

Center for Veterans' Issues (supportive housing and services for Vets) 262-633-3235

Medical and Counseling Support:
Center for Veterans' Issues (support and counseling for Vets) 262-633-3235

HOPES Center (counseling and case management for Racine's poor and mentally ill) 262-898-2940

Health Care Network (free or low cost health care including dental for those with limited income) 262-633-2400

Racine County Human Services (workforce development to apply for medicaid and foodshare) 262-638-6353

Med Advocates (discount prescriptions) 800-273-1842

St. Mary's Charity Program 262-687-4011

Women's Resource Center (support/counseling after DV) 262-633-3233

Legal, Vocational, and other:
Legal Action of Wisconsin (nonprofit legal service for low income in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties for those needing help by other services listed above) 262-635-8836

Racine Vocational Ministry (employment assistance) 262-633-8660

United Way of Racine County (community encompassing program for education, income, and health of residents) 262-898-2240

Food Pantries:
Emmanuel Lutheran Church - 725 High Street - Racine, WI - Tu/Wed/Thurs - 9:30-11:15am - 262-633-4949

Harvest Outreach, Inc - 2000 W. 6th St. Racine, WI - Mon thru Fri 9:30-11:30am & Tue 1:30-3:30 - 262-632-6288

Holy Communion Lutheran Church - 2000 W. 6th St. - Racine, WI - Mon & Fri 1-3pm and Tue 5-7pm (except 1st Tue of month) 262-632-8802

Midtown Church of Christ - 1705 13th St. - Racine, WI - Wed & Thurs 1-3pm - 262-637-9133

Northside Food Pantry - 3825 Erie St. - Racine, WI - Tues & Thurs 2-4pm - 262-639-2441

Racine Northside Catholic Pantry (St. Vincent) - 926 LaSalle St. - Racine, WI - Tue 1-3pm, Wed 9:30-11:30am - 262-633-2243

Second Missionary Baptist Church - 1250 Lathrop Ave. - Racine, WI - Mon & Tue 6-8pm - 262-633-6180

Wayman AME Church - 424 N. Memorial Dr. - Racine, WI - Tue & Thur 11am-1pm - 262-632-1650

Meal Sites:Sundays - Our Savior's Lutheran - 5-6pm - 2219 Washington Ave. Racine, WI 262-633-2243

Mondays - Our Savior's Lutheran - 5:30-6:30pm - 2219 Washington Ave.  Racine, WI 262-633-2243

Tuesdays - St. Vincent's (Head Start) - 5:30-6:15pm - 1020 Grand Ave. Racine -

Wednesdays - Zoe Outreach Ministries - 4:30-5:30pm - 2130 Racine St. Mt. Pleasant - 262-619-3027

Thursdays - St. Patrick's Church - 5:30-6:15pm - 1100 Erie St. Racine - 262-632-8808

Thursdays - All Nations' Church - 5:30-6:30pm - 1502 W. 6th St. Racine

Fridays - Greater Grace Temple - 5:30-6:30pm - 522 N. Memorial Dr. Racine - 262-634-6246

Saturdays - First United Methodist - Sack Lunch - 12pm (noon) - 745 Main St. Racine - 262-633-7632


I hope this is helpful, and if you meet anyone who needs this info, please help with a print out with this info on it.  I do have some printed forms for those who want it.  Thank you for helping.  Feel free to email me, lika.yvi@gmail.com for more info, if you need.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Good Eats & Healthy Treats

Most people who know me, especially if they've ever been at my house, know, that I like to cook, and not just cook, but, play with my food.  Er, I mean experiment...  It's not like I use gravy for finger paint or anything.  But, I do love to try new recipes and different things.  So, anyway, I fell upon this recipe, and wasn't sure, because when orange juice is one of the ingredients, it's usually too tart or sweet or something.  I was pleasantly surprised, and it's healthy and very tasty at the same time.

The original name of this dish is Tofu sauteed with broccoli and red peppers in a chili-orange sauce.  I'm just going to call it "Szechuan Tofu".


Szechuan Tofu:       Prep Time:  1 hour, 15 minutes       Number of Servings:  4

1/2 tsp sesame oil & 4 TBS vegetable oil, divided

14 oz. package of extra firm tofu, water pressed out.
2 TBS minced garlic
2 TBS minced fresh, peeled ginger
1 - 2 red bell pepper, depending on size in strips
6 cups medium broccoli florets, blanched until crisp tender and drained

Szechuan Sauce

1/4 cup orange juice
2 TBS Hoisin sauce
2 TBS Chili-Garlic sauce
1 TBS soy sauce
1 TBS corn starch - mixed well.

To press the water out of the tofu, wrap in paper towel, and place between two plates.  You want to have as much of the water out as possible, so you may have to change the paper towel a couple of times, so it is firm without being water logged.  After taking out the water, cut into small strips, about 1/4" thick, and 1" in length.

With half of the oil, brown the tofu, half at a time.  Once it's brown, set aside.  In the remainder of the oil, toss in the garlic and ginger until aromatic.  Put the broccoli until about half cooked, then add bell pepper.  In the last 5 minutes of cooking, place to tofu back in.  In the last 2 minutes, add the sauce.

Serve over brown rice.  Try out different types and brands, to find what you like.

Lika's Alterations:
Instead of getting fresh broccoli to blanch, using frozen broccoli is just fine, the work is already done, and you just need to set out to thaw.  Tonight, I used a package of cauliflower and broccoli, and a package of fresh mushrooms.  Green beans would work just fine, and in any case, frozen veggies will take the work of blanching to perfection for you.  You may also substitute peanut oil or canola for the vegetable oil.  Without the sesame oil, it's just not the same.

If you cook the tofu just right, it's a lot like eating chicken, and you won't even miss the meat.  Because there is no saturated fat nor bad cholesterol, this is a very healthy meal.  It's good to do the meatless types of meals, just to be healthy.  This recipe is fit for everyone who needs a vegetarian or vegan diet, and is also gluten free, depending on the type of rice you use.


Paprikash:

2 large onions, diced
3 or 4 carrots, peeled and diced
2-4 celery, sliced into bite sized
5 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
(Optional:  boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut to bite sized - when in the pan, you want the outside to saute until white, not brown)

In olive oil, saute the veggies until the outsides are getting tender.
Put in about 1/4 cup paprika (I like the Hungarian sweet one for this).  Use about 1 heaping tsp salt and pepper to taste.

Let the mix get sticky.  Cover with vegetable broth.  Let simmer until the potatoes are done.  Add sour cream.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Please write your federal congressmen and women?

Okay.  So anyway, I, myself am looking to eat healthier.  No, this is not a new years resolution.  This is just something I need to do for myself, and for my family.  My son and I have a chromosome disorder that makes it so that not only do we have increased appetite, but also a sluggish metabolism.  This anomaly makes it so that even if we were to eat the perfect combination of food in the exact proportions, we could still be overweight.  The fact that the insulin sensors can be affected, that's a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes.  My husband's side of the family has other issues, such as diabetes and pancreas issues as well.  So, being healthy is important.

With a bad back, it's not so easy to just say, oh, I'll go exercise.  I won't go into details, because this is NOT a feel sorry for me blog.  The concern is, with all of these various produce items that are GMO, as well as the hormones and antibiotics injected into our food, as well as other poisonous waste being dumped into our oceans, I just think it's high time that we take our health back by insisting that farmers go back to the greener ways to farm the old fashioned way, where the food was 100% legit, and no junk needed.  the food will even taste better, also, because there is just no comparison.  This also has a lot to do with being humane to our fellow earth species.

Just remember, it's not necessarily about being vegetarian or vegan.  It's about being healthy and being humane to our fellow earthlings.

So, if you don't mind, please use this as a guide.

Dear Representative or Senator (fill in name),

I am writing in regards to our farming practices becoming toxic for the health of our fellow Americans in bad ways for the sake of the dollar.  Our food is literally causing health issues, such as obesity, early puberty of our children, heart disease, etc.  The ailments are costing more in medical expenses than what is being earned by corporate farms.

Here is a video that shows the in-humaneness of our livestock. Earthlings - Full length documentary (multi-subtitles)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce4DJh-L7Ys

The images in the video is not for the faint of heart, but,it is a sad reality of how we treat the animals we eat.  It is not only inhumane, it is abusive.  And it’s not just our pets, but, every animalwe can think of.  Cows, including thecalves, pigs, chickens, turkeys, fish, etc. are tortured on so many levels thatit isn’t funny.  To call ourselvesChristian is hypocritical, because God commands us to take care of what isgiven.  Having dominion does not meanabuse another.  That would be like sayingthat because the husband is the head of his wife, that domestic violence andrape should be legal.

Factories are abusive to the animals that go toslaughter.  It’s high time that we goback to a more traditional ways of animal farming.  Especially in cases where factory farmingpractices also end up injecting hormones and antibiotics into the livestockthat are sold for food.  Our children,especially our girls, are hitting puberty at a younger age every year.  This is also feeding into MRSA and othersuper bugs that end up being resistant to antibiotics, and is making our healthrisks raise.  This isn’t about just our health;it’s also about the greed of the dollar being the bottom line, rather thanpeople, as a community.  Jesus commandsus to love one another, and poisoning the food and food sources is not the wayto love anybody, except the money god. The way the babies are taken away from their mothers’ bosoms; is thisthe way to honor the planet that was so generously given to us?

I am giving you, as an elected official, to view this wholevideo, before commenting back.  This isnot just an isolated incident.  Our farmbill condones these corporate farms, both on land and at sea shore.  The waste that gets dumped into our watersources is also a bad thing.  Again, wetry to say that the earth heals itself, yet we are caving to some of the worstwaste in the name of the capitalistic dollar. After such, the poor people who are at the highest risk of obesity arethe ones that are at the mercy of low prices while the wealthy factory farmsare looking for more money.  Just look atthe Farm Bill to subsidize them to give us hamburger at low prices.  Hamburger, bacon, chicken, etc. that has beeninjected with the antibiotics to ensure that the overcrowded stalls to ensurethat if one cow gets sick, they don’t lose the whole herd.  To have chickens in crates where they are defecatingon each other is also a disgusting practice. Here, too, if they were in regular spaces, you wouldn’t need antibioticsto prevent disease, either.  Maybe if thecows were kept more naturally, the sickness would not be a problem.  Or the hormone injections to make themplumper to sell more meat, is causing girls as young as 8 already needingtraining bras.

Here are links that show how the hormones in our foodcontribute to early puberty.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/10/05/hidden-hormones-can-bring-about-early-puberty-in-kids/

http://thegrio.com/2013/02/12/hormones-in-food-may-lead-to-early-puberty/

http://www.webmd.com/children/guide/causes-symptoms

http://nutritionfacts.org/2013/08/15/why-are-children-starting-puberty-earlier/

Here are links showing how the uses of antibioticsnegatively affect our ability to fight infection.  This includes information from the FDA.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/meat/safe/overview.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/03/science/antibiotics-in-livestock-fda-finds-use-is-rising.html?_r=0

http://www.cdc.gov/narms/animals.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/meat/safe/overview.html

http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/our-failing-food-system/industrial-agriculture/prescription-for-trouble.html#.VLxxUntRI8I

There are other articles on federal and departmental levelsthat also point in this direction.  As aconstituent who is actively voting as well as a public advocate, I urge you tolook into this and act on it.  This is for the health of all of our people, not just for the wealthy, but for those who live in poverty and are enslaved by budgets that limit how and what we can afford.

Thank you for your time, and for doing the right thing. 

Sincerely yours,

First Name MI. Last Name