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Immigrants Among Us

Friday, August 16, 2013

Greetings, fellow Sparkies. I've been under the weather so I haven't been an active researcher. That is going to change. The subject of immigration can be debated until every one is blue in the face. Without going into those shark-infested waters, I am offering some really great ways in which immigrants have built this country (with the exception of Goldman Sachs). So here goes.


Was invented by a Russian.

AT&T was

Was the brain child of a very enterprising immigrant from Scotland.

Goldman Sachs is sitting in the corner until it can play nice.

They were a product from Germany - a big banking investment product.


Was a contribution to us from French immigrants.

Colgate and it's dental health products are famous.

Came from an Englishman.

Radio Shack

Was an Englishman's idea.


Was a contribution from a Polish immigrant.

Big Lots

A new immigrant from Russia had this idea.

The giant Yahoo

Had it's founding father from Taiwan.

Nordstrom is a high end retailer.

And it came out of a Swedish immigrant seeking a new life.

Sara Lee

This company started out in Canada when the founder's family read the map wrong and ended up in Canada instead of New York.

DuPont is a world wide player in chemistry - They invented "Better Living Through Chemistry"

This mega company came to us through an immigrant leaving France.

Kraft Foods

The original Kraft came to us via Canada. See how they've linked with Hormel?

Pfizer is a company with billions in revenue. You probably take a drug they made.

A German coming to America with his chemistry book.

Proctor and Gamble is the last entry and is the owner of hundred of patents. You have a good deal of their products at home.

This was a company with two leaders, one in England and the other from Ireland who put together this massive array of household products.

So now you can see how immigrants changed the way we do business and spend our money. Where would we be without their contributions?

Your investigative reporter~Jessica

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1BEACHWALKER 9/2/2013 1:41AM

    Wow- how interesting! emoticon emoticon

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MPETERSON2311 8/22/2013 9:54AM

    That is so cool! How diverse! I had no idea about Sara Lee- fascinating!

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LINDA! 8/18/2013 9:38PM


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ALEXSGIRL1 8/18/2013 6:10PM

    that was informative

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MICKEYH 8/16/2013 7:09PM

    That was interesting discovery!!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 8/16/2013 6:40PM

    America is a true melting pot.

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    some of my favorites are in the list! Thanks for sharing.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/16/2013 2:47PM

    Very interesting information! HUGS

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Kick the Can Down the Road

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Remember that old game from your younger days (which ones we won't say) when you were out in the street with your friends playing "Kick the Can?" Or perhaps getting "Kicked in the Can" is more your speed.

It's so satisfying to watch the colas duke it out over market share. Every year about a gazillion cans of CocaCola flow around the world. With close to 7 billion people on the planet you'd better believe the master marketers are scheming for ways to satisfy all that thirst.

The ads say it all...Things Go Better With Coke. Really? For sure? Event the Devil gets his two cents in.

But at the bottom of their rainbow......there is no pot of gold, only rust on cars and dissolving tooth enamel. Doesn't matter which form you imbibe you will always have the carbonation to deal this. Nothing as pleasant as a flat soda.

According to their own reports the American public is chewing off the leash and making a run towards less soda. It's enough to make their Polar Bear blush.

Second quarter volume growth is well below expectations, showing declines in parts of the world. The blame is placed on currency change head winds. What does that mean? I thought head winds were something about jet airliners.

The other uncontrollable factor was wet, chilly weather. They don't grow Coke unless you count the "coca" beans. Maybe they can make the case for a poor harvest of corn for the high fructose corn syrup at floats their boat. A bad corn harvest translates into increased expenses.There are a great many aspects of this product that just about anything can be blamed. Hey, how about the price of gas in the delivery chain?

The final tally for this year is that the United States and some other countries are bucking the Cola trend. This year the soda consumption fell to a 26 year low.

In the spirit of public health, may I suggest that CocaCola return to the original ingredients that made that druggist in Georgia so famous.

Yes, it's the "coca" and as we call it, cocaine. No wonder it was so popular!!! Later the coca was removed from the ingredients but by then people were hooked and didn't really notice the swap out.

Your investigative reporter~Jessica

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1BEACHWALKER 8/6/2013 9:18PM

    If it can clean a bird bath out (my uncles go to cleaner to put in his birdbath every week), imagine what it is doing to your stomach and body!
I gave up soda pop a couple years ago...not even diet soda! So I'm good! Glad their sales are down!! emoticon

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GK1963 7/28/2013 5:17PM

    Never was a soda drinker - maybe 2 or 3 a year and coke would never be my first choice. I'll take a ginger ale though

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/21/2013 7:27PM

    thanks glad I don't drink soda

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/21/2013 11:20AM

    I never liked Coco-Cola. We were always Pepsi drinkers. Then the evil Mt. Dew, which is made by Pepsi entered my life. When I was growing up we had soda on Saturday nights when we had pizza from Jim's pizza. Probably twice a month. If we had a cook out we were allowed soda. My parents bought the two liters and we all had a glass. I never had a can of soda until I bought them myself.

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LAURELSPARK 7/21/2013 10:40AM

    Thank goodness my mom would not let us drink soda as kids..............I've never developed the "addiction". Mom used to have one soda a day (remember Fresca?) but I haven't seen her drink a soda for at least 30 years. I've been trying to help hubby give us soda, to no avail...............I think he has been programmed or brainwashed!!! (just kidding but I wish that he would kick his drinks to the curb)

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2HAMSDIET 7/21/2013 9:22AM

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68ANNE 7/20/2013 9:48PM

    Oh yes thank you

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    I cut back years ago.I have one occasionally. I don't really miss it.

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LINDA! 7/20/2013 8:46PM

    I rarely drink soft drinks anymore.

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MICKEYH 7/20/2013 8:40PM

    Thank goodness I don't drink no more coke or any type of soda.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/20/2013 8:30PM

    O.M.G! I never did like Coke anyway, but all the more reason not to!

I remember doing an experiment putting a penny in a glass baby food jar then putting Coke in it. Clean as a whistle! YIKES!

HUGS and smiles.

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The Return of Our Old Friend

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Finally I can dry my eyes and get on with life. For the last 8 months I have not been able to sink my teeth into the spongy delight that floods my mouth with creamy goodness. The demise of the Twinkie sent me hurtling into a dark void that not even chocolate could fill. It was that bad.

It was like a marriage breaking up.

So now I can set my watch by the date of July 17, 2013.....the day Twinkies were back in town. A few factoids for you. Hostess was bought out during bankruptcy and all the Ding Dongs in the world couldn't stop it. Not even a Snowball.

Heck, there was even some consideration of adding a healthy Twinkie to the line up. Try selling that one at my house!

The new Twinkie is a bit different upon closer inspection. The big number to look at is the "Stay fresh" date. In the past the little goodies could be on the shelves for 26 days. But don't worry, anything with that much sugar will live on forever~even longer that cockroaches. The new date 45 days!! That's longer than it take to go from your house to the moon and back. What could be in them that would extend their shelf life closer to Christmas?

For each one. No cheating. You know they come 2 to a package. For just one...

calories 150
calories from fat 41
total fat 4.5 g
saturated fat 2.5 g
cholesterol 20m
sodium 220mg
carbohydrates 27 g

There was no listing for protein but you weren't counting on this to round out your diet, were you? Now that the fracas is over we can all get back down to the real reason for our love of Twinkies.....having them deep-fried.

Your investigative reporter~Jessica

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BRAVELUTE 8/2/2013 9:32PM

    All of you who love twinkies never had a piece of my grandmother's chocolate or banana cake, forsaking all the rest!!


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LOVESLIFE48 7/21/2013 1:44PM

    I have not had a twinkie in years!! Glad they are back if I ever get the urge!!

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DESERTJULZ 7/19/2013 5:17PM

    Never missed them... don't care a snap if they are here or gone. Glad it made you happy. :D

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/19/2013 3:57PM

    They were part of my childhood although even then they tasted a bit like plastic.

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BRENDA_G50 7/19/2013 11:40AM

    I LOVED Twinkies but would rather have a Ding-Dong instead. Both by Hostess and not Little Debbie's (theirs couldn't compare to Hostess brands for some reason. I guess it's linked to my childhood memories which was before Little Debbie's came out... emoticon). But, I think I'll pass on them (for right now anyway... emoticon).

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68ANNE 7/18/2013 7:55PM

    same here

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/18/2013 6:53PM

    I never liked Twinkies.

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    Haven't had one in years and don't miss them. They tasted pretty gross to me actually.

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LAURELSPARK 7/18/2013 8:01AM

    Sometimes one just has to throw caution to the wind and have a Twinkie. Right now I don't have the urge but I have a feeling that the first time I walk by them in the store, there will be a package in my shopping cart.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/18/2013 7:37AM

    LOLOL! In my "younger days" -- yeah, in the STONE AGES! -- I'd have a Twinkie in my lunch. OMG. . . forget the rest of the lunch . . . just give me the dang Twinkie! There was absolutely nothing finer in my college days than a Hostess Cupcake in all it's chocolate-y splendor to tame the savage beat that roared while cramming for exams! OMGOMGOMG!

But, alas those days are over for me. **SIGH** But I can still live vicariously thru others' enjoyment! LOLOL

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1BEACHWALKER 7/18/2013 1:27AM

    I am so glad I never craved those, like I did so many other things! emoticon
Those are the kind of things that never stay on the shelf past a day, let alone 45 days! emoticon That is why they don't come to my shelf, unless it isn't packaged in twos or in a big box!
I am not surprised they brought them back, since they were so popular. Now don't enjoy them too much now! emoticon

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MICKEYH 7/18/2013 12:53AM

    I wasn't crazy about twinkly. My favorite was din dong. But I won't eat that no more.

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2HAMSDIET 7/18/2013 12:00AM

    emoticon so glad you got your long lost friend back. I remember eating them as a child and love seeing the packages back again. But for me they can happily stay in my memory. emoticon

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ILUVTTV 7/17/2013 10:14PM

    Glad you could dry your eyes!
Did you have one? Did it taste the same?
I'm afraid they won't and it will make me sad!

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We've Come A Long Way, Baby

Friday, July 12, 2013

Here is the story of the first woman to run in the Marathon. It was only 40 years ago and look at the nonsense and unabashed anger she drew.

Unless a woman is competing against a man in lifting 300 lbs., a level playing field will show that she's just as capable. Sports do not turn women into freaks, despite what the angry men had to say. I mean, just look at this clip and really think about what she went through and how women are now running in every race. We have Kathrine to thank.


Your investigative reporter~Jessica

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/19/2013 3:56PM

    Isn't it interesting that in mens' sports where size and weight make a difference in the outcome, the MEN divide up into different divisions - I'm thinking boxing and wrestling.
In certain sports size does matter and men come in different sizes so they adjust for the difference.
Yet when the difference in size is because of gender, they have complaints about different divisions.
That "history" of 40 years ago is my life. We should never forget it.

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SHARON10002 7/17/2013 11:15PM

    Thank you for sharing that amazing story. Remember the tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King?

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ELORACGO 7/14/2013 7:48PM

    Thanks for sharing this amazing story.

Katerine, my hats off to you!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/13/2013 6:27PM

  We keep hoping for total equality.............maybe someday!!! emoticon

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PATTYSPENCER 7/13/2013 6:04PM


We have come a long way and will continue to forge ahead!!

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MICKEYH 7/12/2013 10:49PM

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68ANNE 7/12/2013 8:20PM

    One strong woman

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PURPLESPEDCOW 7/12/2013 7:51PM

    thanks for the info

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1CRAZYDOG 7/12/2013 5:09PM

    Thanks for that information! Women typically have to work twice as hard to get recognition then men, be twice as good. UGH

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1BEACHWALKER 7/12/2013 4:39PM

    Very heroic woman! Glad she hung in there and did it despite the rudeness and stupidity of others! emoticon emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/12/2013 4:32PM

    We've come along way---too bad men haven't.

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Downing Carbs May Up Your Hunger

Sunday, July 07, 2013

And now you've heard it all. Every article, every TV show, every new book of promises....the list goes on and on. In search of a quick fix, people will pay fortunes and have little to show for it. Instead of working against our bodies, let's do a little research and see if we can reach our own healthy conclusions.

I saw this article in the news and just had to get it out to my Sparkies.

According to the author, those carbs from breakfast only send your blood sugar soaring and then, suddenly, plummeting. We all agree that about 4 hours after we've put down that fork, such a meal can make you hungrier than if you'd eaten one with more protein and fiber and fewer simple carbs, according to a new study.

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The echo of a heavy carb meal activates the regions of the brain associated with craving and reward seeking more powerfully than does a meal with a lower "glycemic load." The result at your next meal is that you'll not only be hungrier, you'll be looking for more of the same! Just ask Dunkin Donuts. They make millions off the sugar addiction of simple carbs.

This study was conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School and was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, so they must be on to something. These researchers surmise that the striantum, a key node in the brain's reward circuity, may lose its sensitivity to the neurotransmitter dopamine (the feel good, reward yourself one) so that it increases a person's drive to eat high-carb foods and disrupting the ability to control that impulse.

So you don't wonder why you hear that donut calling your name???? I've gotten donut ear muffs so I don't hear it. And I've also done a lot of studying of what I eat and when and how. That heavy carb breakfast that is typically American will indeed kill you if you don't offset the sugar load of simple carbs.

That's why you make fast friends with the other carbs out there. Not all carbs are "bad" since your brain runs on glucose which is formed by burning carbs. The way out of the maze of muffins is to look for other sources, those that take longer to digest. Those that don't go straight to your insulin levels. This also translates into bigger fat cells (yikes)

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Food is your friend. Make peace with your body. Add a higher octane to your calorie burn.

Your investigative reporter~Jessica

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    Pretty soon they'll say high protein diets are bad for you. I just say eat balanced.

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68ANNE 7/8/2013 8:58PM

    I knew some of that but it certainly helps to hear it again and in other words.

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/8/2013 8:30PM

    thanks for the great info

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    My blood sugar is certainly more stable now that I am careful with my carb tolerance and space them out. I never eat carbs without protein and it really helps. 130 gms of carbs is a really good amount for me. LOL.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/8/2013 10:43AM

    I can't remember the last time I had a donut. When I did flea markets back in 2000? we use to stop at Dunkin Donut and get 2 donuts and a large hot chocolate. Then for lunch there was the hot dog guy. You could have other stuff too, of course all bad for you, but I had 2 hot dogs with his concoction of stuff on them, of course onion rings and a Mt Dew or two. That was my weekend menu. That is why I weighed 248 pounds. Now I know better.

I went to Boston on a trip Saturday. We stopped at Roy Rogers for breakfast. There was not one healthy thing on that menu for breakfast, not one. I ended up having 3 pancakes and 3 strips of bacon. I only had a banana for lunch and walked and walked and....................It didn't hurt me.

Maybe you might want to investigate why restaurants don't offer healthy options. McDonald's does. That is where we were suppose to stop but the bus driver wanted Roy Roger's. Yes, he is overweight.

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LAURELSPARK 7/8/2013 7:40AM

    I needed some donut earmuffs yesterday. Once I got started with the carbs in the morning , I couldn't stop!

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MADAMES 7/8/2013 12:15AM

    There really is truth to this! Thank you for a great blog!
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SHARON10002 7/7/2013 11:14PM

    Good info, and thanks for sharing! I have to admit, I do love my sweets! I'll have to find myself a pair of those doughnut earmuffs! emoticon

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MAYBER 7/7/2013 11:06PM

    thanks for sharing these thoughts very informational
one day at a time

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2HAMSDIET 7/7/2013 10:44PM

    donut Earmuffs.. emoticon emoticon

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MICKEYH 7/7/2013 10:02PM

    My brownies used be calling my name.Lol)) yes, I was addicted to bunch of sweets and junk foods. They can be addictive as drugs. And they are legal . I become smarter nowadays and choosing whole foods and veggies and fruits. After all " You are what you eat." You can control what's going to your body. And prevent illness and become healthy. Thanks for sharing this blog. I enjoyed reading it. Great blog. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/7/2013 9:28PM

    Oh, my, goodness! DONUT EARMUFFS! Brilliant! emoticon

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