Thursday, March 29, 2012

Debbie McKee's Russian Salad Dressing

Russian Salad Dressing

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend well:

1 cup olive oil or rice bran oil

1 cup ketchup (I use organic)

1/2 sugar or 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar (or to taste)

4 teaspoons lemon juice

2 Tablespoons Worchestershire sauce

10 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup water

2 Tablespoons dried onion flakes

1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika

Store in fridge. Shake well before using.

To make Carrot Salad:
Steam carrots and cool, toss with dressing to taste.
Add a bit of minced purple onion or sliced green onions for extra flavor and color.
Chill for several hours. Stir sometime and before serving.
Add more dressing if you didn't start with enough.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gulf War Syndrome

Click here for the free documentary.

After the Vietnam War, hundreds of thousands of U.S. veterans suffered toxic reactions, neurological damage, and rare cancers due to exposure to 2,4,5,-D and 2,4,5-T dioxin that was used in the form of the defoliant Agent Orange. Unfortunately, the U.S. military denied the problem and failed to heed any of the lessons of this chemical butchery. Instead, it expanded its harmful legacy to the current generation of soldiers and civilians exposed to new, more deadly chemical toxins in the Persian Gulf.

Join accomplished filmmaker Gary Null, PhD, as he explores the real truth about Gulf War Syndrome and the secrets about chemical and germ warfare that the U.S. government is hiding from its veterans and the public. Dr. Null uncovers the hidden truths about Gulf War Syndrome, including the deadly and toxic effects of armor-piercing radioactive depleted uranium, the use of experimental and risky vaccines on over 1,100,000 U.S. troops, and the indescribable chemical contamination and environmental devastation that the military caused during the Persian Gulf Wars.

In this film, Dr. Null relies on compelling testimony from eyewitnesses who served in the military, leading doctors and scientists who specialize in chemical exposure, and those veterans still suffering from the effects of their tours of duty.

Monday, March 12, 2012

A guest post (2)

Another Post written by my daughter. Original post here.

Have you ever thought much about the Japanese Internment (Concentration) Camps?

Section 1 of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution:

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws..."

We just threw that out the window, the government had no respect of persons. Some will try to tell you that "we did it for their own safety" - but that's just not true. If it were true, things would have been done a lot differently.

Japanese Americans video part 1

And Japanese Internment:

(Look around on YouTube, there's lots more...)

This photo was taken by Dorothea Lange, (found here) "...Through her work with farm families and migrant workers during the Great Depression, photographer Dorothea Lange was familiar with images of displacement. But, when she was hired by the War Relocation Authority to document life in Japanese neighborhoods, processing centers, and camp facilities, the racial and civil rights issues added a new dimension. “What was horrifying was to do this thing completely on the basis of what blood may be coursing through a person’s veins, nothing else. Nothing to do with your affiliations or friendships or associations. Just blood,” Lange said. As the Library of Congress wrote, “Lange quickly found herself at odds with her employer and her subjects’ persecutors, the United States Government.”..."

10 min. Documentary:


Photo Title: "Oakland, Calif., Mar. 1942. A large sign reading "I am an American" placed in the window of a store, at 13th and Franklin streets, on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. The store was closed following orders to persons of Japanese descent to evacuate from certain West Coast areas. The owner, a University of California graduate, will be housed with hundreds of evacuees in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration of the war."

Or so they said...did you know that we shot people who got "too close to the fence"? And after the war was over, we did not necessarily send/take people home again- we shipped some of them to strange foreign countries. (The "Institute of Texan Cultures" in San Antonino, Texas has a really good section about this very topic. It is a great (& large) museum, you should go if you are in the area.) ...I wonder if this family did get to go back...?

"...what corporate media tends to omit is that the U.S. fought that war against racism with a segregated army. It fought the war to end atrocities by participating in the shooting of surrendering soldiers, the starvation of POWs, the deliberate bombing of civilians, wiping out hospitals, strafing lifeboats... And Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the leader of this anti-racist, anti-atrocity force, signed Executive Order 9066 in February 1942, interning over 100,000 Japanese-Americans without due process. Thus, in the name of taking on the architects of German prison camps he became the architect of American prison camps...." (source)

I pray that our nation will wake up, and never make that mistake again. Fred Korematsu was a young man of 23, who tried to stand up for his rights....

A message from Mr. Korematsu's daughter:

Click here to watch the trailer for the documentary "Of Civil Wrongs and Rights"
(A film by Eric Fournier. The award-winning documentary that tells the story of Fred Korematsu, a Japanese American man who resisted internment, eventually facing (and losing in) the Supreme Court. For more information about Fred Korematsu and his struggle for civil rights, see On June 12, 1942 Korematsu had his trial date and was given $5,000 bail (that comes to $71,120.16 today). Can you believe that?!? Click here to read Fred's full bio.
Martin Niemöller said:
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me--
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

And I say, what are you going to do if they (or your own government) come for your neighbors?
Who did Jesus say are our neighbors?
We are ALL neighbors....the Indians, Africans, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Mexicans, North & South Koreans, Germans, Oklahomans & Texans, People from Lone Oak & Campbell...and the list goes on...never, never ending...

People say we are a "Christian nation", but do we behave like one?
Adrienne McKee (my blog can be found here)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Homemade Chicken Salad

Homemade Chicken Salad
(organic, free range chicken breasts from - celery, Pink Lady apples and green onions from our garden (all were organic) tossed with homemade mayo made fresh that morning and topped with almond slices that were toasted in butter! Eaten on a picnic~ it was good! =)

Monday, March 5, 2012

A guest post

My daughter wrote the post below and I thought I'd share it. Great job, honey! When I first read about this event a few years ago it really opened my eyes. Reading War is a Racket by Major General Smedley Butler is another eye-opener (click this link to read it online).

I am going to talk about The Bonus Army, otherwise known as "Bonus Marchers". This incident started in early 1932, and ended in July of '32. I know that this is not a very happy tale, but I think that we would do well to look into the past and see how our government treated our Veterans and their families. After the initial atrocities, the Vets were sent down to the Florida Keys in 1935 to work on the "Overseas Highway Project" (click here) - just in time for a really bad hurricane- a lot of them died.
This is the first article that I read on the subject, 5 or so years ago. If you look at nothing else here, please read it! click here (I don't remember how I knew about the marchers in the first place.)
Click here to watch a 52second (silent) News Reel, of the marchers coming into Washington DC.
Click here to watch a short "talky" News Reel with an interview blip from an eye witness reporter.

This next one is a collection of photos set to Al Jolson's "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?"
embedded video:

And this last video "The World War I Bonus Army And My Dad" was neat. Click here to watch.

"Bonus Marchers" and police battle in Washington, DC.
By an unknown Associated Press photographer, July 1932

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer

Please go "Google"/search or YouTube Bonus Marchers or Bonus Army. (did you know in 2009 there were 106,558 homeless veterans? click here for charts or here for an article Just imagine how many more there are today, as the US economy so much worse now. Sad- really sad.

Can you really blame these men for making their voices heard? Can you imagine the despair they felt? In 2010 alone, 950 solders/veterans tried to commit suicide per-month, and 18 a day actually are "successful".
I quote from an ArmyTimes article: "Troubling new data show there are an average of 950 suicide attempts each month by veterans who are receiving some type of treatment from the Veterans Affairs Department. Seven percent of the attempts are successful, and 11 percent of those who don’t succeed on the first attempt try again within nine months. The numbers, which come at a time when VA is strengthening its suicide prevention programs, show about 18 veteran suicides a day, about five by veterans who are receiving VA care...the VA’s suicide hotline has been receiving about 10,000 calls a month from current and former service members..." click here for the rest of the story....
Needless to say, this subject is very hard for me to think about, I feel weak and like I have a stifling 100# weight on my makes me so sad. I don't really know what to do about it, except to try and raise public awareness. I know that simply throwing money at a problem does not help much. And you can imagine that I don't think much of Douglas MacArthur,
George Patton, Dwight Eisenhower or President Hoover.
~Adrienne McKee (my blog can be found here)
PS: Thank you Mom for helping me research my data! Love you!