Thursday, August 02, 2007

August's Pirate

August's Pirate

Martin McKenna

In 1670: Admiral and Commander-in-chief of all the ships of war belonging to Port Rayal Harbor, Henry Morgan and sets sail with 11 ships and 600 men to sack Panama City. In 1688: Sir Henry Morgan sacker of Portobello, Panama and former lieutenant governor of Jamaica, dies at home on his estate.

The Month of August is...

National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road NE, MS E-05Atlanta, GA 30333
(800) 232-2522 (800) CDC-INFO (232-4636) English/Spanish(888) 232-6348

Why Immunize?
Diseases are becoming rare due to vaccinations. It's true; some diseases (like polio and diphtheria) are becoming very rare in the U.S. Of course, they are becoming rare largely because we have been vaccinating against them. But it is still reasonable to ask whether it's really worthwhile to keep vaccinating.

It's much like bailing out a boat with a slow leak. When we started bailing, the boat was filled with water. But we have been bailing fast and hard, and now it is almost dry. We could say, "Good. The boat is dry now, so we can throw away the bucket and relax." But the leak hasn't stopped. Before long we'd notice a little water seeping in, and soon it might be back up to the same level as when we started.

Keep immunizing until disease is eliminated.
Unless we can "stop the leak" (eliminate the disease), it is important to keep immunizing. Even if there are only a few cases of disease today, if we take away the protection given by vaccination, more and more people will be infected and will spread disease to others. Soon we will undo the progress we have made over the years.

Japan reduced pertussis vaccinations and an epidemic occurred. In 1974, Japan had a successful pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination program, with nearly 80% of Japanese children vaccinated. That year only 393 cases of pertussis were reported in the entire country, and there were no deaths from pertussis. But then rumors began to spread that pertussis vaccination was no longer needed and that the vaccine was not safe, and by 1976 only 10% of infants were getting vaccinated. In 1979 Japan suffered a major pertussis epidemic, with more than 13,000 cases of whooping cough and 41 deaths. In 1981 the government began vaccinating with acellular pertussis vaccine, and the number of pertussis cases dropped again.

What if we stopped vaccinating?
So what would happen if we stopped vaccinating here? Diseases that are almost unknown would stage a comeback. Before long we would see epidemics of diseases that are nearly under control today. More children would get sick and more would die.

We vaccinate to protect our future.We don't vaccinate just to protect our children. We also vaccinate to protect our grandchildren and their grandchildren. With one disease, smallpox, we "stopped the leak" in the boat by eradicating the disease. Our children don't have to get smallpox shots any more because the disease no longer exists. If we keep vaccinating now, parents in the future may be able to trust that diseases like polio and meningitis won't infect, cripple, or kill children. Vaccinations are one of the best ways to put an end to the serious effects of certain diseases.


Toy-maker Fisher-Price is recalling 83 types of toys — including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters — because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead. Read more here:


“This is a catastrophe of historic proportions for Minnesota,” Gov. Tim Pawlenty

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family’s of the victims and the survivors in yesterdays collapse of an interstate bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sigh.

Take care everyone! Comments are always appreicated.

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N Posted by Rain at 8/02/2007 12:03:00 AM

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

2007 Comic-Con International - San Diego, CA

Rainman and George A. Romero

Rainman and Snoopy

Rainman and Jack Sparrow

Rainman and Blade

Rainmans favorite game in the entire world! :0)

Meryle, Rainman & Soild Snake

Rainman, Chris & Jill from Resident Evil

Rainman & Zack Ward

Please scroll down to the next post and enjoy the sights and sounds of the San Diego International Comic Con 2007!

So how is your week going?


N Posted by Rain at 8/01/2007 01:10:00 PM

2007 Comic-Con International - San Diego, CA

Enjoy the video everyone!

N Posted by Rain at 8/01/2007 12:59:00 PM

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Hunky Tuesdays..Not Work Safe

For the ladies....

Thanks for the image Benita!

Dayum! He is hot...

One for the guys...

Thanks for the image Benita!

Wet and sexy...

"When a woman has an uncontrollable desire to have sex all the time at the expense of her hygiene, safety, and personal health, we call it “nymphomania.” When a man experiences the same thing, we call it “Tuesday.”~ Anthony Burch

While surfing the web I came across this and I thought I would share it will all of you.

Okay, people. Help me out here. What the heck could that circled item be?? All I know is, this is shaping up to be one hell of a party! Nachos and ice cream and sluts, oh my! Screw Trader Joe's man, I'm all about Raffles!
Have a great week everyone....


N Posted by Rain at 7/31/2007 12:15:00 AM

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Being Grateful

Today I am grateful for;

  • Being alive and loving every minute of the day.
  • For finding a new perspective on life.
  • Suddenly yesterday’s worries and stresses really don’t seem all that devastating anymore.
  • Embracing the good and the bad and I cling to the memories and love them.
  • For being given and deserving second chances in life and taking full advantage of them.
  • Midnight swimming and surfing in the warm waters of La Jolla Shores.
  • The fact that I can still surf after all the damage I have done to my knees.
  • Having friends around to remind me of happy, playful childhood memories.
  • Being able to laugh at myself and tolerate the teasing of friends.
  • The respect and love I get on a daily basis from most of my family and friends.
  • The many great teachers who have aided in the shaping of my adventurous and interesting life, ever unfolding in new and exciting ways.
  • Having the courage to be fully self-expressed and being comfortable in my own skin.
  • The rich smells of jasmine, sage and eucalyptus that are always in the air in San Diego.
  • That my pink vodka lemonade sno cones turned out and everyone liked them!
  • For all of you who have reached out to me in friendship. I love your comments and your emails. =0)
  • The fact that today is the last day of the San Diego Comic Con 2007, it is time for Rainman to come back to earth. ***giggles***

How was your weekend?


N Posted by Rain at 7/29/2007 10:09:00 AM