Tuesday, January 4, 2011
- Do not use a vacuum cleaner to clean up the breakage. This will spread the mercury vapor and dust throughout the area and could potentially contaminate the vacuum.
- Keep people and pets away from the breakage area until the cleanup is complete.
- Ventilate the area by opening windows, and leave the area for 15 minutes before returning to begin the cleanup. Mercury vapor levels will be lower by then.
- For maximum protection and if you have them, wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from the sharp glass.
- Carefully remove the larger pieces and place them in a secure closed container, preferably a glass container with a metal screw top lid and seal like a canning jar.1 A glass jar with a good seal works best to contain any mercury vapors inside.2
- Next, begin collecting the smaller pieces and dust. You can use two stiff pieces of paper such as index cards or playing cards to scoop up pieces.
- Pat the area with the sticky side of duct tape, packing tape or masking tape to pick up fine particles. Wipe the area with a wet wipe or damp paper towel to pick up even finer particles.
- Put all waste and materials into the glass container, including all material used in the cleanup that may have been contaminated with mercury. Label the container as “Universal Waste - broken lamp.”
- Remove the container with the breakage and cleanup materials from your home. This is particularly important if you do not have a glass container.
- Continue ventilating the room for several hours.
- Wash your hands and face.
- Take the glass container with the waste material to a facility that accepts “universal waste” for recycling. To determine where your municipality has made arrangements for recycling of this type of waste, call your municipal office or find your town in this list municipal collection sites (MS Excel format) (pdf format).
- When a break happens on carpeting, homeowners may consider removing throw rugs or the area of carpet where the breakage occurred as a precaution, particularly if the rug is in an area frequented by infants, small children or pregnant women.
- Finally, if the carpet is not removed, open the window to the room during the next several times you vacuum the carpet to provide good ventilation.
The next time you replace a lamp, consider putting a drop cloth on the floor so that any accidental breakage can be easily cleaned up. If consumers remain concerned regarding safety, they may consider not utilizing fluorescent lamps in situations where they could easily be broken. Consumers may also consider avoiding CFL usage in bedrooms or carpeted areas frequented by infants, small children, or pregnant women. Finally, consider not storing too many used/spent lamps before recycling as that may increase your chances of breakage. Don’t forget to properly recycle your used fluorescent bulbs so they don’t break and put mercury into our environment.
Some folks in the media are actually suggesting Jon Huntsman for the 2012 Republican nomination, while RedState, one of the most influential political blogs on the internet, practically endorsed Mike Pence yesterday afternoon. The only thing left is for Senator Olympia Snowe to run for the Presidency. I couldn't imagine another unrealistic candidacy at this time, nor do I want to.
I am not anti-dark horse candidates (I supported Sarah Palin for the 2008 GOP Vice-Presidential nomination in July '08), but I am for realistic candidates being touted. Mitt Romney, John Thune, and other candidates are almost guaranteed to run for President in 2012 - even Mayor Giuliani could potentially run in 2012.
However, candidates to the left of Joe Manchin (Huntsman), or too determined for another office (Pence) are not prime contenders for the 2012 Republican nomination. Neither will run, unless forced by eager supporters, and neither have a realistic path towards victory. Huntsman is entangled with Obama and Pence is entangled with history. Could we please focus our attention on those actually willing to run and to win?
Enough is enough.
Senator McCain did not even win 50% of the Republican Primary vote in 2008, and if the current course of politics is not altered soon - our nominee next year could fail to reach 40% of the overall vote. I am willing to foresake my favored candidate for the sake of my party. Enough of the Huntsman talk, enough of the Pence talk, and enough of the horse trading. Let us talk like men and join behind one man to lead our cause against Barack Obama.
What say you?
Monday, January 3, 2011
Total articles: 109
Aurelius led the way with 36, or 33% of the total articles. He led last month's MiR as well in numbers of articles.
Mr. K came in second with 31, or 28% of the total articles. he came in third last time and has staged a nice comeback.
Thomas came in third with 28, or 26% of the total. He was in second place last MiR.
Dr. Robert Owens jumped into fourth place with 7 total articles, or 6% of the total. He was in 5th place last month.
Unlikely Hospitalist slipped to 5 articles, or 5% of the total. His position has fallen but his share has improved from 1.5% to 5% this month.
Joe C. entered the scoreboard with 2 total articles, or 2% of the total.
We had a total of 12,983 total pageviews, falling from the election high of the last MiR.
- Aurelius led the way with his article on NBC news naming the Ground Zero mosque developer a 'person of the year.' This article garnered 1,619 total views, or 12.5% of the total views for that period.
- Mr. K's top article was actually one from September asking if New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is hot. This garnered 551 total hits, or 4.2% of the total. His largest article written during the period was about Ron Paul voting to not condemn North Korea. This got 370 hits, or 2.8% of the total.
- Thomas Ferdousi's largest article was about liberal hypocrisy regarding the Wikileaks and Valerie Plame cases. This got 508 of the total hits, or 3.9% of the grand total.
- Dr. Owens had a tie with two articles, one being, Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater the other being Why are Democrats Smarter than Republicans? Both garnered 8 pageviews.
- Unlikely Hospitalist's largest article was Is America Ready for an Unconventional Presidential Candidate, which garnered 9 views.
- Joe C.'s largest article was DADT is Repealed!!!! with 10 pageviews.
- Two of our favorite commenters led the way, being the Manhattan Infidel and the other being Fenway Nation. Of course we'd like to thank all of our commenters.
And special thanks go out to all those who took the time to link to us. We really do appreciate it and look forward to returning the favor.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was sworn in last week, had a brush with the mischievous side of the internet last week when a college student posed as him on Twitter, and according to the New York Times - many New Yorkers bought into the sham:
My own Congressman actually followed this account believing it was factual.
The Twitter page that Mr. Fahrenkopf created seemed perfectly plausible for a politician, and featured the same snapshot of Mr. Cuomo — smiling and looking off into the distance — that can be seen on the home page of the governor’s new Web site.
The false account is no longer in existence, and Governor Cuomo's account has over 800 current followers. I hope elected officials & official staff monitor such outlets of information to avoid such embarrassments in the future. We're living in a brave new world for citizens and politicians alike.
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Sunday, January 2, 2011
So with this being a near certainty, how far do you believe they will get by this time in 2012? Of course, it will be a very big issue and will serve as an important backdrop in the 2012 races. If you see something else happening, please just comment below.
That's why I'm rooting for the Seattle Seahawks to win tonight. If the National Football League wants to create a league where the team that performed better last season receives a higher draft spot than the team that performed worst last season in the entire league - I firmly believe that they should be embarrassed in front of the entire world for rewarding failure.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Friday, December 31, 2010
As Christians emerged from Alexandria, Egypt's Mass of the Saints Church, a car bomb ripped through the crowd killing at least seven and injuring at least 24. Father Mena Adel, a witness to the carnage, explained: "I was inside the church and heard a huge explosion. People's bodies were in flames."
Remember, Islam is a religion of peace according to liberals.
In the aftermath, according to news sources,
"Some Christians from the church clashed with police in anger over the blast. The Christians hurled stones at police and a nearby mosque, chanting, "With our blood and soul, we redeem the cross," the witnesses said."On a day meant to bring people together in celebration of a new year and friendship, terrorist scum always tries to rear its ugly head. And who do they attack? Peaceful people worshiping God.
|Mass of the Saints Church|
"The attack comes at a time of rising sectarian tension in Egypt and the broader region. In November, hundreds of Christians rioted in the capital, Cairom, smashing cars and windows after police violently stopped the construction of a church. The rare outbreak of Christian unrest in the capital left one person dead.
Christians are believed to make up about 10 percent of Egypt's mainly Muslim population of nearly 80 million people, and they have grown increasingly vocal in complaints about discrimination. There have been occasional attacks targeting Christians - most notably, in January 2009, seven Christians were killed in a drive-by shooting on a church in southern Egypt during celebrations for the Orthodox Coptic Christmas. The Saints Church in Alexandria targetting early Saturday also came under attack in April 2006, when a man with a knife stabbed worshippers."Religion of peace.
Update: The death toll has risen to at least 21. New reports also indicate that it may not have been a car bomb and in fact could have been a suicide bomber on foot.
Here are some of our better articles from the past year:
Reid: 'I never said Iraq War was lost,' Angle is a "Liar"
The House condemns North Korea; One Republican doesn't
NBC names Ground Zero Mosque developer a "Person of the Year"
Consider this an open-thread; discuss whatever you please.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The Eagles, who are not pleased with Ed Rendell's campaign, had a little present for him at last night's long awaited football game, and it wasn't a victory:
The Minnesota Vikings won with relative ease last night, not one inch of snow was on the ground (and nothing out of the ordinary fell on Sunday night), and Governor Ed Rendell has become the official spokesmen of all things manly. What has happened to this nation is a damn fine question, but I prefer to focus on our weakened will to fight wars; not our weakened will to attend NFL games during massive snow storms.
So what say you?
Monday, December 27, 2010
The Staten Island Advance published a wonderful piece yesterday on a new interesting political trend in New York City's only Conservative stronghold: Russian Immigrants are flocking to the Republican Party to escape the ugly socialistic trend of National Democrats. This news is crucially important to Staten Island Republicans, who were revitalized by the recent elections and could use another powerful pro-freedom base for decades to come.
Arkadiy Fiedman said it best when describing the Democratic Party as "too socialistic". Fiedman served in the U.S.S.R Army as an officer, immigrated to the United States in 1992, and heads the non-profit Staten Island Community Center. He later said that the Democrats shift is "very painful for us to see". I commend the Advance for publishing this fantastic article.
The Russians should feel at home within the Republican Party, where other victims of Communist and Socialistic regimes (Cubans & South Vietnamese) have pitched their tents in solidarity with the party of anti-communists. I'm proud to have them as comrades in America's ongoing political battle where neither prisons nor shots are involved, but energetic debates always are.
Our friends in the Democrat Party should listen to America's naturalized Russian citizenry. They understand what socialism is, and what it does to people. Hopefully.... This new trend will wake up both the leadership and membership in the Democrat Party, before the Michael Moore types can officially claim victory in the once proud Party of Jefferson and Madison.
What say you?
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
With lawsuits filed by Republican challenger Joe Miller about November's election being dismissed, Murkowski has won another six years in the Senate. Apparently, she does not care that she will be considered a traitor to her party. This is clear from her votes during the so-called "lame duck" session of Congress.
Going completely against the Republican grain, Murkowski has embraced Democratic President Barack Obama's agenda in its entirety. Obama, reeling from major Democratic defeats in last month's mid-term elections, pushed hard for a new agenda and movement. Murkowski clearly agrees.
Murkowski is the only Republican Senator who voted for each of the most visible bills that the President supported. She voted in favor of repealing the nearly two-decades old "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which stated that members of the military would not be questioned about their sexual orientation; under it, gays were not allowed to serve openly in the military.
Dubbed "New START," an agreement between President Obama and Russia was also approved by Murkowski. Some conservatives lambasted it, as it lowers the amount of nuclear weapons in the United States' arsenal.
Finally, Murkowski voted in favor of cloture for the DREAM Act, a bill frequently derided by Republicans. Though the bill has failed, Murkowski's intent was clear.
It is yet to be seen whether Murkowski will continue to buck Republican trends. She seems to not know, not care, or has contempt for the fact that most RINOs were voted out last month, as well as dozens of Democrats in Congress. However, if her recent actions are any indication, Senator Lisa Murkowski is officially a RINO out to be a foil for her very party.
Christian Heinze of The Hill has suggested former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani might be the perfect dark horse candidate to come in and clean up the 2012 Republican nomination. I'm still aggravated that Giuliani decided against running for either the Governorship or the Senate in New York this year, but a potential 2012 bid would explain his hesitation to both appealing public offices.
Would Mayor Giuliani be the most Conservative candidate in the field?
Absolutely not. His views on abortion and illegal immigration are detestable. However, despite his very socially liberal viewpoints, Giuliani did receive the Primary endorsement of Pat Robertson during his previous Presidential bid. Selecting a solid social Conservative* for Vice-President would definitely win over the evangelical voters (such as me) who dominate the Party.
Would Mayor Giuliani be the most accomplished Conservative in the field?
Absolutely. None of his potential opponents have real executive experience in handling the War on Terrorism like him, or in governing America's largest City (which is more populous than most of his potential candidates own states), or in handling, and successfully reducing widespread crime in America's largest City.
I'm still 100% on the Haley Barbour bandwagon, but just the prospect of a dark horse Giuliani candidacy is quite exciting to me. He received 600,000 votes in 2008 when he was well out of the race, and with foreign policy issues once again rising (and with folks like John Bolton) in the news - it's quite possible a Giuliani candidacy could compete for the hearts and minds of GOP voters in 2012.
Should "America's Mayor" remain in retirement, or return to politics?
* - Such as Mike Pence, or Jim DeMint.
A strong storm system churning its way through the desert Southwest early Thursday will bring metro Atlanta a good chance for a white Christmas, with accumulating snow possible as far south as the Columbus and Macon areas, forecasters said.
While the ground probably won't be white when you wake up on Christmas, a rain-snow mix expected to begin during the morning will likely change over to all snow later in the day, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz said.
There has been at least a trace of snow on all but four days so far this month. In one four-day stretch last week, 43.2 inches came down. Never mind the inch or so that fell earlier in the fall.
"Barack Obama was the biggest loser of 2010. He allowed the angry Tea Party movement to grow powerful, he did not pass any decent laws despite his majority in Congress and he was aloof, elitist and indecisive. He had to accept a formidable, yet entirely understandable, defeat in the midterm elections as a result. No one expected much from Obama, at least not during the rest of this year."
"Now, just days before Christmas, Congress has ratified the New START disarmament treaty with Russia. … Will Obama build on this victory? Is it Obama's breakthrough as a president? Will it mark his comeback as a reformer? … Is a new era of cooperation beginning?"
"The opposite is much more probable, namely that the disarmament treaty will be Obama's last significant achievement for a long time. In January, the new Congress will convene. The new representatives who won in the midterm elections will come to Washington, including those Tea Party activists who have little interest in making compromises with Obama. With them, Congress will move to the right …. Possibly the only reason why so many Republicans voted for Obama's law was because they themselves fear the new era and see few chances of passing sensible, bipartisan laws in the new Congress."
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Red represents growth and Yellow represents decline.
2010 Census Bureau winners:
Texas (R) - 4 seats. Florida (SS) - 2 seats. Arizona (R) - 1 seat. Georgia (R) - 1 seat. Nevada (SS) - 1 seat. South Carolina (R) - 1 seat. Utah (R) - 1 seat. Washington (D) - 1 seat.
2010 Census Bureau losers:
New York (D) - 2 seats. Ohio (SS) - 2 seats. Illinois (D) - 1 seat. Iowa (D) - 1 seat. Louisiana (R) - 1 seat. Massachusetts (D) - 1 seat. Michigan (D) - 1 seat. Missouri (R) - 1 seat. New Jersey (D) - 1 seat. Pennsylvania (D) - 1 seat.
Republican states continue to grow, while Democratic states continue to shrink.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
My husband is currently serving in Afghanistan in the Marine Corps. He loves his country and the Corps. His MOS — military occupational specialty — is an 0311, an infantry rifleman. This is a combat MOS. Like many Marines, he wasn’t a fan of repealing DADT. The number one concern I have heard from many Marines around Camp Lejeune was how the repeal would affect unit cohesion, although there are many other issues that come into play. The benefit of DADT has been that it allows the military to remain the gay rights agenda. How will the military now be forced to handle a gay soldier in a relationship? Will they be forced to approve of gay public displays of affection? What about those in the military who aren’t comfortable with their children seeing two men kiss while they’re doing their grocery in the commissary? How will the military be forced to handle a gay soldier who gets married in a state that allows gay marriage? Will gay spouses receive now, too? And what about the gay servicemembers who aren’t married because their state doesn’t allow it, but are in committed relationships — do they qualify for benefits, too? Will gay and straight servicemembers be allowed to sleep in barracks together? What about when a unit is deployed, and the men are forced to sleep in even closer quarters? What will happen to the soldier or Marine who is uncomfortable with sleeping next to a gay man?on homosexuality. Now, the military will have to reconcile service with