Friday, March 03, 2006

New Orleans

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have assiduously avoided politics and religion on the blog and in my Newsletters as that was not the intent of the Senior Bachelor endeavor. In my entire life I have NEVER been a registered Republican or Democrat, and have voted equally. I am totally disgusted by this administration, and equally with the wimpy Democrats who moan (rightfully) but do not put forth any plans or leadership to change things. Please, this is not an attack on either party, it is an attack on this administration, and in this case, their horrendous lack of response to our fellow citizens.

I think we should, from time to time, put things on the table for discussion. For those of you who travel a lot outside of the United States, or have access to foreign television, such as BBC, you will know that the other 95% of the world is in utter shock of our handling of the victims of Hurricane Katrina. People in this country, and indeed around the world, hold the #1 superpower to a higher standard, and expect us to take care of our citizens. IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN 6 MONTHS SINCE KATRINA STRUCK!!!!!!!!! And look at the unfortunate victims today!!! In addition, the insurance companies have been HORRIBLE, simply horrible, to the people attempting to rebuild. This is, in my opinion, a failure at all levels of government, but especially at the Federal level. As Harry Truman said "The Buck Stops Here." The world is now looking at us as all talk and no action. Folks, this is about United States citizens!!!!!

Following is a report from the Washington Post about the recently leaked video which clearly shows that the President and his staff had, at the minimum, an indication that the levees might be breached even before Katrina struck. On Sept. 1, days after the President and his staff were told of the impending disaster and good chance of levees being breached, he, and his staff, kept saying that no one had information to believe the magnitude of Katrina and the possibility of breaching. From the President's own words days before, captured on video, that's 100% hogwash, no matter how his staff is trying to spin this.

If you would like to comment on this rant of mine or on the following article, fire away!! Let's get some good debate going!!!!! RR

The video leaves little doubt that key people in government did anticipate that the levees might not hold. To critics, especially Democrats but even some Republicans, it reinforces the conclusion that the government at its highest levels failed to respond aggressively enough to the danger bearing down on New Orleans. To Bush aides, the seeming conflict between Bush's public statements and the private deliberations captured on tape reflects little more than an inartful statement opponents are exploiting for political purposes.
"This makes it perfectly clear once again that this disaster was not out of the blue or unforeseeable," said Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who has been critical of the handling of Katrina. "It was not only predictable, it was actually predicted. That's what makes the failures in response -- at the local, state and federal level -- all the more outrageous."
As the debate reached a new boil, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced the resignation yesterday of Matthew Broderick, the department's director of operations coordination, who will leave March 31. Chertoff said Broderick wants to spend more time with his family, but he is the second person associated with the Katrina response to resign, following Michael D. Brown, who directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
And in a sign of congressional concern over the fitful recovery, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) were leading a bipartisan delegation yesterday on a three-day tour of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region.
In its substance, the video reveals nothing that was not already known from previously released transcripts and government investigations. But in politics, images carry a power far beyond written words, and the video, played again and again on cable television, instantly provided new fuel for an emotional debate.
With midterm elections in the fall, such a video could return in the form of campaign commercials attacking Bush, and by extension Republicans, for losing an American city. In the shorter term, Bush advisers worry that it will reopen Katrina wounds and complicate the president's efforts to bring together quarreling parties to focus on reconstructing the city and region.
"We're going back over very, very old ground," said White House spokesman Trent Duffy. "The real danger here is it threatens to unravel the good relations we've built with state and local officials."
Echoing Bush's own later explanation, Duffy said yesterday that the president in his now-famous Sept. 1 comment did not mean that no one had ever anticipated breaches of the levees that guard New Orleans from flooding. Instead, Duffy said, Bush meant only that after the storm's landfall, many people believed New Orleans had escaped its most powerful winds.
Reflecting the sensitivity of the controversy, the White House issued a three-page statement yesterday to "set the record straight," defend the president's actions before, during and after the storm, and accuse Democrats of using the new video "to falsely attack the White House's Hurricane Katrina's response." The statement said the video showed that Bush was fully engaged and promising aid to state and local officials, and it cited other actions and testimony indicating that the president was worried about the levees and ordering help. At the same time, it added that "he was not satisfied with the federal response."
Broderick's actions have become part of the debate about that response. As head of the Homeland Security Operations Center, he acknowledged to Senate investigators last month that he went home the night of Aug. 29 aware of conflicting reports of levee failures, but did not grasp the severity until the next morning at 6, and notified Robert B. Stephan, an assistant secretary, at 11:30 a.m. Investigators later found that reports of levee breaches emerged from New Orleans starting at noon Aug. 29 and continued through the day.
"That's a failure on my part not to have informed Mr. Stephan earlier," testified Broderick, a retired Marine general who began the center after 30 years in the military. "It's my job to make sure that everyone knows what's going on."
In Senate testimony, Chertoff said that he trusted Broderick implicitly but added that "I would rather him reach me earlier with less-perfect information." Yesterday, Chertoff thanked Broderick for his service to the nation and praised him for "always demonstrating coolness in crisis and energy and integrity in the execution of his duties, under the most difficult circumstances."
The video, obtained by the Associated Press, shows portions of an Aug. 28 conference call in which Brown warned that Katrina was, "to put it mildly, the big one" and the head of the National Hurricane Center suggested the levees were at risk. Bush offered a statement of support but asked no questions.
"My reaction is that this video further points to the need for an independent commission" to investigate, said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is among the lawmakers on this week's Gulf Coast tour. "What we are about is meeting the needs of people. The video is an eloquent statement. It speaks very clearly to the fact that there was a predictable tragedy that was about to befall the people of that region, and the administration's response was inadequate."
Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) said he plans to hold as many four hearings on Bush's request for $19.8 billion in additional recovery funding. "We need more money," he said, "and we're going to get it."


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Friday, March 03, 2006 8:09:31 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hello RICHness!
In response to this latest blog message, you are not the only one ashamed of the lack of the s0-called politicians SLOW or NO response to the Katrina disaster. I am a proud South African and will always be so, as you are American BUT during my childhood right through to my early twenties
I never understood the cruelty and inhumane behavior of the then government which consisted of a Nazi type regime, inflicting cruelty on the African/indigenous peoples of South Africa, so cruel it will forever be beyond my understanding! I say thank G-D for Nelson Mandela/MADIBA as he is known to us all, when he was finally released and took the bull by the b----ls :) as I call it, led South Africa down the road of Peace and Positive change, even though there exists problems today, it is nowhere near what used to be!!!!! The power that these maniacs had in South Africa, kept the outside world away for many years. I grew up in a regime that I do not wish on my worst enemy( I have a few of those)I risked my life many a time to visit my friendsin their township called Guguletu, I had to sneak around in the shadows to avoid being seen by the South African Police as they would have tortured me too! I plan to write a book one day...what a script for a movie...I have 'hands on experience' too close for comfort!
So, to be honest I have my opinion re the handling of the Katrina aftermath, but I am still seething at the thought of the South African government inflicting the pain and torture on MY PEOPLE/MY FRIENDS all those years....seperating families, coming like thieves in the night and ripping fathers and mothers away from their children, never to be seen again. I thank my beloved parents for instilling the positive thoughts such as WE ARE ALL EQUAL IN SPITE OF OUR DIFFERENCES and HE WHO HATH NOT SINNED CAST THE FIRST STONE. I am disgusted with the former trashy government body that ruled South Africa, thank G-D they are OUT!
Nelson Mandela said to his people, do not retaliate, turn the other cheek, we are going to show the world that we can make a PEACEFUL TRANSITION, and so be it, it happened!
I have stories to tell that would give you goosebumps, and anyone trying to deny what I have said no doubt did not live through it as I did! G-D Bless South Africa and it's people who now live together as ONE called The Rainbow Nation!
To all those governments of the world who are not THERE FOR THE PEOPLE...they need to wake up and smell the roses, we the people VOTE FOR YOU, without us you would have NO POWER, we give you the POWER and place our trust in YOU to lead the country(and not down the garden path)
from an enraged South African
senior bachelorette:)
p.s. RICHness you have opened a 'can of worms' here ;) phew feels good to let it all out, thank you for the opportunity!

Friday, March 03, 2006 9:27:27 AM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

To dreamweaver18, Thanks for your spirited response. I traveled for a month in South Africa and have a lot of South African friends in America that moved here. I have enormous sympathy for the 95% or so of the country that was victimized by the apartheid regime. Thank goodness for a wonderful man, Nelson Mandela, to do all he can to bring the country back. However, it is a huge uphill struggle. I wish Americans would be better tuned into Africa. I have made 4 separate visits there and study the continent carefully.

I welcome any and all comments on the blog about New Orleans, South Africa, or anything else of interest. Let's use this forum to exchange ideas in a civilized manner. Richard Roe

Friday, March 03, 2006 9:46:55 AM  
Merry Mary said...

The old saying about walking in a man's shoes to understand their situation is so true and Pres. Bush cannot understand what it's like to be underprivileged since he's always had oil money.
Val, did you see Oprah when she had Nelson's wife on and they showed her shoes???? MM

Friday, March 03, 2006 1:16:07 PM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Hello Richard and bloggers, As I watched the report on how Bush was notified in advance of the disaster Katrina could do to the levees, I wondered just how "we the people could impeach one president for a little sexual adventure that should have been between him and his wife, and ignore what I concider second degree murder by another president who is doing so little for our fellow Americans in helping them restore a whole city. Just thought I'd relieve myself of those thoughts. M.M. Corbett

Friday, March 03, 2006 2:34:00 PM  
Merry Mary said...

I just have to put this on since I just read Mary C's comment.Subject: White House Breakfast]

White House Breakfast

Dick Cheney and George W. Bush were having breakfast at the White House.The attractive waitress asks Cheney what he would like, and he replies, "I'd like a bowl of oatmeal and some fruit." "And what can I get for you, Mr. President?"George W. replies with his trademark wink and slight grin, "How about a quickie this morning?" "Why, Mr. President!" the waitress exclaims. "How rude! You're starting to act like Mr. Clinton, and you've only been in your second term of office for a year! '' As the waitress storms away, Cheney leans over to Bush and whispers..."It's pronounced 'quiche'."

Friday, March 03, 2006 2:56:24 PM  
leslie said...

Val What an excellent post! I, too, have been regaled by stories of South Africa from my friend (and hairdresser) who hails from there. She and her husband sold everything they owned and immigrated to Canada because of the turmoil there. They were willing to give up their two luxury cars, a beautiful gated home (gated and barbed-wired because of the violence) their jobs, friends, family, servants - EVERYTHING - to make a better life for themselves and their three daughters. I understand it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and I'd really love to see it some day. As you say, thank God for Nelson Mandela!

Along the lines of South Africa, the author Bryce Courtney wrote an amazing book entitled "The Power of One," about a young white boy growing up in the South African boxing milieu. A very eye-opening book into life there many decades ago. There was a movie made from the book, also, although the book is FAR better.

Richard Thanks for the info re NO and Katrina. I don't see a lot of American news here, and am shocked at the thought that "they" KNEW it was going to happen and did nothing to help beforehand. Is it time to say "bye bye" to the Middle East and come home to fix the homeland? To me that seems so much more important than Canadians squabbling over a former Liberal crossing the floor to the winning Conservative party the day after the election and becoming a top cabinet minister. Thanks for some "meat" to discuss here. Hope you're feeling much better.

Friday, March 03, 2006 4:35:44 PM  
Megs said...

I loved the blog!! Delighted you wrote such an awesome, organized and thorough comment, Richard. Yes, in traveling one certainly sees how myopic our news media becomes when treating issues relating to the US. I have actually brought home newspapers to show my kids how our issues about us are treated abroad. We continue to earn the “ugly American” title with this administration in so MANY other countries as well!
I, personally, find the incredible secrecy of this Whitehouse so damaging to all of us. It makes me angry beyond belief! ,,,and especially with Katrina! As James Dean wrote in his scathing book, Worse Than Watergate, he condemned the lack of communication and stealth these current politicians have with the American People.
It remains unfathomable to me, that we actually “lost a city.” The buck is passed down the line, men resign, now committees are formed and investigations take place, while a city of fellow Americans is gone!
HOW do WE respond?? What can WE do??
First, may I suggest that we write, or e-mail our senators and the representative for our district, commenting, (thrashing them) for their response in New Orleans! At the same time, we need to ASK them WHAT they have at the ready for future natural disasters, another 9/11, suicide bombers, or terrorist attacks?? As an “organized” (?) group of strong, articulate women, our strength is in our numbers. Let’s write!! As Richard has certainly confirmed, “the word is mightier than the sword!!”
Second, it is quite clear that we can no longer depend on our federal government for help and safety in a national emergency. My kids and I had a huge family discussion! Acknowledging the debacle in New Orleans, they are already providing safety measures for their families--my grandchildren-- by accruing water supplies, canned goods and even a generator in case of future disasters of some sort. They asked what I had planned—which of course is nothing—while telling me not to depend on the government. We must depend on ourselves and not wait for them! WRITE NOW AND GO FOR IT! Take care of your families now!!
Another issue that just boils my blood is the ethics of these gentlemen that we elected as our leaders. Mr.Randy Cunningham-- from my neck of the woods__was sentenced today for eight years and four months for bilking us of $2.4 million! A record of extrotion in our American Congress. There are others on the hot seat. Don't get me going!
Take care of youselves and your families!!
. . . and WRITE!

Friday, March 03, 2006 7:27:21 PM  
Chandra said...

Hello all,
My daugher, who is a reporter in Wash. D.C., and I discuss our pathetic political arena each and every day online. We are appalled at the man who is leading our country and how is it he has not been impeached by now? His irresponsibility is inexcusible. Our American title of "Super Power" is being diminished by each day and the respect by other countries is eroding by the hour. It is totally embarrassing to watch, helplessly, with every decision being made by President Bush in every topic because that man is truly out of his element! He ought to be sent over to fight alongside our wonderful boys that are being killed.
This President simply doesn't have enough intelligence to be running anything much less our country.
Help us, dear God! We are in deep trouble and I do believe that finally more people are awakening to this fact. But, we must follow up by writing our Senators and Congressmen and raising cane and get that man out of office. Why did people elect him to a second term??
Now, you opened a can of worms, Richard. Who wants to talk politics or religion ? because neither one will ever bring the right answer........sorry if I seem so vocal but you hit a chord with me.
P.S. Some of the bloggers took our "Great Escape" to Mexico and you can find the first photo on clickgirl's website (under the Great Escape.) We had a wonderful time!

Friday, March 03, 2006 9:29:11 PM  
JosieM said...

We Canadians look across the back fence at our American neighbors and shake our heads. They are so insulated and isolated from the rest of the world, they don't understand that the rest of the world does not regard America as their "savior". How on earth did Bush get elected to a second term? He was never elected to a first term. He guaranteed his second term by starting the Iraqi war. As long as there was a war going on, the American people would not elect a different president. He is not a stupid man, just a dishonest man, and he has been able to pull it off, and pull the wool over the American people's eyes. He doesn't care about the citizens, and that is why there was no initial response to the Katrina disaster, and there has been little response to date. America is not regarded as the No. 1 superpower any longer. How could such a great nation have deteriorated so badly? The citizens of America have an opportunity to change that before it becomes like the fall of the Roman Empire, just rotting from within. It's sad because we're very fond of our "American cousins" and there's nothing we can do to help them. We can't vote for your president, but whomever you elect has an effect on us. Eight years of Bush and his cronies is enough. You guys all need to get your pride back. We're rooting for you.

Friday, March 03, 2006 10:02:51 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Hi Josiem, "W" was never elected (HONESTLY) in either election. Here is what he did. First, he buddied up with Karl Rove (who does have a functioning brain) and is evil to core. We all know that he was beaten in the first election he won. The Supreme Court sat him in office. The second time, he had Rove again spread vicious rumours about Kerry, and he used religion. HOW DID HE WIN, HE DID NOT. HE STOLE BOTH ELECTIONS. The lot of them are criminals and we should start impeachment proceedings immediately. We have supposedly divided this country into blue and red states. I think the last time that happened, it was the blue and the grey, the Civil War. In this case, I cannot disagree with our Canadian friends. Your right! In my opinion, our country is being run by the pharmacuetical companies (Multi-Billions of $) and special interests like the Texas company, Enron. These are all big time buddies of "W"and W's father sits on several boards of the pharmacuetical companies. Our greatest danger in the world is what the pharmacuetical companies are doing, but that is a subject for another time. Lady Jayne

Saturday, March 04, 2006 5:58:31 AM  
JanieGirl said...

ANOTHER COMMENT: Remember Harry Truman? Remember Ross Perot?
Well, for one thing, these two gentlemen were not LAWYERS. When some of Ross Perot's men were taken captive (I can't recall exactly where) but it was a country that also hates the US. Anyway, the government would do nothing so, he sent his own plane over to get his men. And President Truman would have taken hold, no patsys, to blame!! When the "buck stopped" at his desk, he got something done. I think we need fewer lawyers in Washington. For the most case, these doctorates of jurisprudence mean nothing more than a license to steal, lie, coverup and get rich. There are so many great minds in our country that never run for office because of the sicko political situation in D.C. perpetrated by these lawyers. Certainly not all lawyers come into this class, but there are not many. In my opinionnnnnnnnnnnn. Lady Jayne

Saturday, March 04, 2006 6:32:20 AM  
Chandra said...

Lady Jayne,
My former son-in-law is an investigative reporter for the Washington Post and just won another Polk Award for one of his recent series. His boss is Bob Woodward. He has won many Polk awards over the years and one was for his coverage with a series of reports back in the 1990's when he went to Nigeria and found the pharmacuetical companies were using the people there for testing purposes, without their permission, and they are making a movie of that at this time. (The director that did the movie, Traffic.) My daughter was married to him at that time and I can't tell you how dangerous it was. He took a photographer with him who was an award winning one and both of them had to wade through radioactive human waste in their hospitals for the story. They were shot at when they tried to leave and they had to run for the plane and the photographer was award winning with his photos but came down with milaria and typhoid. You are right in that the pharmacuetical companies, as well as so many other huge corporations, carry too much weight in our country and there is so much corruption that we trust no one anymore. That is a shame. Politicians are voted in with such a meager number of voters because people are so uninformed and apathetic to even vote anymore. Pretty sad that our politicians are put in office by such a small number of votes.

Saturday, March 04, 2006 9:23:47 AM  
Merry Mary said...

Chandra and Lady Jane, You are right. We're getting ready for a mayor election here and the one I had decided to vote on I just find out she votes and Fd. She has drivers licinse's in both states. She is an attorney etc. but now I'm undecided. Our insurance commioner whose wife is a friend of mine is now in prisson for embezzeling money. You just do not know who is worth to be a public servant. Soooo sad. I am getting call after call by automated recordings wanting my vote and I really do not know who is honest enough to head up our city. MM

Saturday, March 04, 2006 10:07:56 AM  
JanieGirl said...

Hi Chandra, Well, your son-in-law was trained by a wonderful and honorable man (Also Bernstein). What great reporters they were. If there were any heros in the whole deep throat saga, don't you think it was Woodward and Bernstein. I do!!! Your son-in-law must be a wonderful reporter also. These men kept their word for 30+ years and never came forward until Deep Throat himself did so. We need more honorable men like these two. We have some great reporters that keep us informed, and for that I am thankful. The african situation is just horrible. I wish the U.S. could help these people because all the boys that I have met at Enterprise Rent a Car that work washing cars and driving people like me back and forth are just great guys. They are proud, they are well spoken and quite bright. They are so appreciative and thankful to be here. All that money we are wasting in Iraq could be used to help the Africian situation. Also, the aids virus is out of control in Africa. I am appalled and ashamed of our current government, and I am doing something about it in my own little way. WE HAVE TO KEEP SPEAKING OUT and keep raising he__!! Two l's go in the blanks.
Don't know if you can use that word on the blog. I love these interesting conversations, and I think they will do much good. I think Richard may be an intellectual. Let us all draft Richard Roe for President of the United States. We all know he is honorable and honest with all of us. And, I don't think he is a lawyer. We can have Joe for V.P. What a ticket that would. Have a great evening!! Lady Jayne

Saturday, March 04, 2006 1:54:32 PM  
Chandra said...

Hi Lady Jayne,
If you grab a Wash Post paper you can look for Joe Stephens with anything he writes and you can count on it being top notch, true and above board all the way. He uncovered the largest graft in campaign contributions and won a Polk award for that many years ago. My daughter writes for the Newhouse News Bureau and she used to write for the USA Today. Her name is Dru Sefton and her articles are light and usually of unusual subjects. You can check her out online with and she is also an award winning reporter. But they are in D.C. and that is why she gets so upset with things because they are in the midst of it every day.

Saturday, March 04, 2006 2:31:34 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Ok Lady Jane, If Richard is Pres. and Joe is Vice Pres. I want to be an intern.
P.S. I did not get my book yet...I hope I get it Mon. MM

Saturday, March 04, 2006 4:25:42 PM  
JanieGirl said...

MERRY MARY, Well, I guess we have returned to Pony Express. This is just terrible. I had no idea Media Mail was so slow. If you don't get the book by Monday, I will start a tracer. This is just terrible!!! MM, if you are an intern for Richard and Joe, you will have to behave yourself.----CHANDRA, How proud you must be to have such accomplished kids. We need all the wonderful reporters we can get. They serve such a useful purpose and keep us informed. I will try to get my hands on a Washington Post and look up your daughter also. I don't know a thing about the Polk Award, but now I will have to find out. See how educational this blog is. I love it. Lady Jayne

Saturday, March 04, 2006 5:12:33 PM  
leslie said...

MerryMary You're not aiming high enough - I'd go for First Lady!!! LOL

Saturday, March 04, 2006 5:29:09 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hello Richard, Joe & Co.
Thank you for the positive input re. my Post! Richard you are a 'true blue' no holds barred individual! You as President...I will apply for American Citizenship, you have my vote! ;)

MERRYMARY: you are hilarious, an intern? What was so significant about Nelson Mandela's Wife's shoes on Oprah? Sounds interesting!

LESLIE: your acknowledgement for what I have said is appreciated, I have never had an opportunity such as this to 'air the former South African Government's dirty laundry'
It is important for the world to know when atrocities such as this occur, and there is no excuse for such barbaric behavior! 'The Power Of One' is an amazing story!

Good Night And Good Luck for tomorow's Oscars :) Oprah will be there too and then Monday her show is extra special, be sure to 'tune in'!
'break a leg'
senior bachelorette:)

Saturday, March 04, 2006 5:52:59 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Hi again Chandra, I just had to do some research on the Polk Award. WOW! WOW! Joe is in good company. What an impressive list of receipients. I also looked up your daughter, Dru Sefton. She is a lovely girl, with strawberry blond hair. She is also a wonderful writer. I read some of her work. I like the satire. I think that is what it's called. Thanks for sharing!! Now I have learned something new again. I think when I am laying in the coffin, I will still be curious. Maybe I will be arguing about where I am going. HA-HA - "Good Night, and Good Luck." Lady Jayne

Saturday, March 04, 2006 6:06:23 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hello Richard, Joe & Co.

Larry King last night was riveting to say the least. Sir Paul Mcartney and his wife Heather Mills-Mcartney were the guests talking about the Canadian Seal Hunt and both of them ventured out to the Seals Habitat. They are trying to put a stop to the Seal Hunt where thousands of Seal Pups are slaughtered in such a barbaric way that I found it difficult to watch and could not believe how insane these 'killers' are and the method used to slaughter these Seal Pups is a spiked wooden bat over and over again across their adorable little faces. What the hell is our world coming to?????
They even explained that they don't like to shoot the Pups as they lose money for the pelts when they exceed more than one bullet hole per pelt! G-D help us...I ask how do the governments allow this to happen in the first place??? Paul and Heather are trying to persuade the government to stop this action a.s.a.p as are others too!
It is not only the Human atrocities but the Animal World suffers greatly too, it is beyond my comprehension what goes on around the world! I am an upbeat person at the best of times but we have to be a VOICE for our Children, their Children and generations to come! I am more frightened of my own species than of the Animal Kingdom, at least they are predictable!!!!
Good Night And Good Luck!
senior bachelorette:)

Saturday, March 04, 2006 6:43:31 PM  
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Saturday, March 04, 2006 8:58:41 PM  
Chandra said...

Hi Lady Jayne and all,
Thanks for the accolades and yes, I am proud of those two. At least I know that their honesty is far above that of the politicians!
Like you, I have always been curious to extremes. I have studied the mind for almost 20 years now - just out of shear curiosity to know why we think the way we do? It's amazing how much one can learn on their own without schooling. My mind has always been a sponge for knowledge and I can't learn enough, like you. It keeps me young with always trying to learn something new every day. At my age it's now trying to remember it all.....
Thanks for checking my kids out and let's hope that they can continue to uncover truth wherever they can find a way to do so.
Now, it's on to the Academy Awards tomorrow night......that's always a hoot.

Saturday, March 04, 2006 9:35:21 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

********OSCAR NIGHT*********

In spite of the seriousness and thought provoking content of the blog of late, wishing everyone an
enjoyable evening of 'glitz and glamour'!





'break a leg'
senior bachelorette:)

Sunday, March 05, 2006 12:05:58 PM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Hello to everyone. I just wonted to say" shalom,"which means peace, to all. It's so wonderful reading all of your comments. I'm really happy to be a part of this wonderful group of caring people. M.M. Corbett

Sunday, March 05, 2006 12:14:44 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hello RICHness, Joe & Co.
I feel inspired to let you know that this one small voice from 'across the pond' will root for the U.S.A. no matter what the opposing opinions are pertaining to the existing problems that plague the Nation at this time. There is no such place as 'faraway' and ALL our Sisters and Brothers worldwide in every country is not void of a degree of suffering, be it Human and/or Animal. We the people change our world for the better as we each take a stand against that which does not serve Humankind and the Animal Kingdom!
Shalom/Peace...may we ALL see this reign in our lifetime!
To quote Martin Luther King: "I Have A Dream"
senior bachelorette:)

Sunday, March 05, 2006 1:27:54 PM  
Merry Mary said...

OK Geprge Cloonyjust got best supporting actor....Now do you all in Ca. see it the same time I do in Ok???? Or do you have to wait until 7 your time????MM

Sunday, March 05, 2006 5:25:58 PM  
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Sunday, March 05, 2006 5:25:58 PM  
lininJava said...

I am responding to the messages against the "slow" response to the Katrina victims; I must politely disagree and because of the many entries in this blog that are against what our government has done, I am sure I will get many who lambast my entry! Thank you Richard for this forum in which we can express our different points of view!
In Phoenix, SLC and many other parts of our country, the response was quick and much money, time and resources were given freely to the victims. I will speak mainly for Phoenix as I live here; many Phoenicians took families into their homes and of course they also were in hotels and motels for at least 6 months (at the government's expense-ie our taxes). It is a "slap in the face" to many Americans and to our government if we are told that nothing was done for the Katrina victims. In today's paper, there is an article on some of the children who have elected to stay in Phoenix. Their lives have changed of course as they were accustomed to living near large extended families in New Orleans, but they have adjusted well while attending private school with taxpayer dollars (and I am happy that some of my taxes are going to them.) Private charities have been and are disbursing over $3 billion to the victims; the LDS church has given billions of dollars in aid as well. Of course, the government has so far given billions and will give $200 billion and more to build the infrastructure, etc. of the area.
President Bush did hear that report on the levees of New Orleans, BUT so did a lot of people who live in New Orleans including the governor, mayor, etc. Did they leave right away? No. I know that many seem to disagree with me, but I feel that these people also need to take responsibility. Yes, I am one of those who believes in less government. I know that every life is precious, but personally I am grateful that there were so few lives lost in comparison to what it could have been. I cannot begin to mention the millions in aid and time that has been given to the victims. I know they lost everything, but many Americans have helped at least a little, to give something back to them. Americans have done this because of their compassion and their empathy. We Americans are a very generous people. If we say there was no response, then we perhaps could ask individually, "what was my response?"
Again thank you for this forum and Richard, I am personally very happy that you have received the good news on your cancer. I hope you live a good long life and keep on being an inspiration to us as well as to your family.

Sunday, March 05, 2006 8:01:52 PM  
leslie said...


Sunday, March 05, 2006 8:26:33 PM  
JosieM said...

Leslie, I wonder how many people know that "Lions Gate Pictures" is named after the landmark Lions Gate Bridge, the gateway to the North Shore of Vancouver and the Lions Mountain. Yaaay Paul Haggis. "Crash" was an amazing film.


Sunday, March 05, 2006 8:45:09 PM  
leslie said...

You're sort of right, Josie. Lions Gate Films AND the bridge are named after the landmarks mountain peaks.

I'm so thrilled for Paul, who lives in West Van, and I hope he's having a marvelous time down there in LA tonight. "Crash" was SO good, I saw it 2 nights in a row. I highly recommend it.

Sunday, March 05, 2006 9:23:22 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Richard....Hooray for the South African Director Of Photography winning the Oscar for his amazing South African film TSOTSE...first time and by no means the last! WOW, I still remember the days when people would ask me "Where is Cape Town and how come you have fair skin?" I am so very proud of my South quote the Director tonight: " VIVA AFRIKA"
My Son Trevor's forte is Director Of Photography! DOP as they say in 'showbiz' ;) By the way I so enjoy watching POP&ME where you and Chris are in beautiful Cape Town!
I stayed at the Waterfront Victoria & Albert Hotel a few years ago with a panoramic view of Table Mountain!
Sweet Dreams
senior bachelorette:)

Sunday, March 05, 2006 9:52:14 PM  
Chandra said...

Hi All,
Great Academy Awards night and I think everyone was surprised with Jon Stewart being such a great host. As Roger Ebert said tonight, "it is one of the happiest awards nights that I can remember." Everyone acted polite and the evening went well.
Crash was the only suprise and I have yet to see the movie but will do as soon as it comes back here now that it has won awards. The stars were out in all their glamour and George was in his best humor as usual. I personally love the oldies and thought that Lauren Bacall did as well as to be expected at her age. I always love those reruns on the old pictures and stars.
It was a great evening and all is well in tinseltown.
"Goodnight and Good luck."

Sunday, March 05, 2006 10:13:37 PM  
UM gal said...

Changing the subject back to politics ... Chandra had asked why people elected Bush to a second term. I think the answer has to do with the evangelical fundamentalists who, along with Bush and his cronies, are well on the way to turning this country from a democracy to a theocracy. I believe that the bottom line for Bush supporters is really the abortion issue and their intention and determination to overturn Roe vs Wade. Unfortunately the fundamentalists seem to be outnumbering the rest of us, at least when it comes to voting, and they are rapidly gaining strength and denying us many of the civil rights that had been gained in past years. We are going backwards in time. Already state legislatures rather than doctors are making medical decisions for women. Congress and the Supreme Court will soon follow.

I have a liberal friend who, when visiting her family in Kansas, asked them why they had voted for Bush. Their answer was “the abortion issue.” Regardless of the secrecy, unethical behavior, the war in Iraq, the failures in the Katrina fiasco, and the poor economy for everyone but the already rich, etc., there are large numbers of people who will ignore all that and vote solely on the abortion issue. I’m afraid that they will keep a Republican administration in office, with a replacement for Bush who will be just as bad. Bush’s fundamentalism is being shoved down everyone’s throat; the separation between church and state is rapidly disappearing.

I fear for the country that my four granddaughters will grow up in. Obviously I’m very liberal, and this is just my opinion. If I've offended anyone, I’m sorry.

Sunday, March 05, 2006 10:42:16 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Hello Um gal, I am not offended by your remarks. I totally agree with you. "These people, "W's" people and of course himself used religion to divide, and they accomplished taking the last election by a few votes. It seems to me that many wars are being fought over religious beliefs and that is very scarey. I think history will tell of many wars fought over religion. "W" never really won an election honestly. When he took the Governor of Texas seat away from Ann Richardson, he and Carl Rove spread filthy rumors that she was a lesbian (which is an absolute lie). Texas is one of the bible belt states so, if you bring religion into matters, scare the people, you can slide in on a hair. Religion, and "W"'s own personal beliefs should not enter the political scene. We must preserve "Separation of Church and State".
What a bunch of hypocrites. This administration is shameless. They use anything to stir up the public and hide most of what is really going on.
I do not fault the people for their vote! Look what Hitler did with lies. He destroyed millions of people. This bunch in D.C. seem to be only a few feet away from what Hitler did.
Lady Jayne

Monday, March 06, 2006 3:54:47 AM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Hi, At the risk of name-dropping, I have spent some time with George Clooney and in person he is very, very "un-Hollywood." He is about a regular guy as you can imagine. FYI, many of the Hollywood stars are much shorter than they appear on screen, but not George. I am 6'2" and we are the same height. I'm happy he won.

Crash can make one uncomfortable as the topics are quite scary. It makes you wonder what you would do if you were put in these same situations. Problems with race, etc. abound still in this country and that's why I think this is an important movie to see, even though it jumps all over the place and makes you squirm.

I am happy to see new names on the blog. And to see differences of opinion. So many difficult things are going on right now we need a forum for our views to be heard-whatever side of the fence you are on. RR

Monday, March 06, 2006 7:12:16 AM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Well-- I was wrong about the best actor and best actress but Chronicles of Nornia did get an award for make-up.
I agree with um gal on the subject as to why Bush got elected. I felt like and outsider in my church for the first time during the election. My pastor really promoted Bush for His stand on abortion. But thank goodness I attend church because of my relationship with the Lord and not because of the man on the platform. M.M.Corbett

Monday, March 06, 2006 9:02:04 AM  
M.M.Corbett said...

Before we move on to a different topic for this week, I wont to share this commentary I found in the book I'm reading by Miles Manroe entitled " The Spirit of Leadership". It is about Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela's Life purpose was the elimination of the policy of apartheid and the establishment of racial equality in South Africa. He desired the formatin of a free and democratic society for this purpose led him to fight for these causes, for which he was sentenced to life in prison. At his trail, he expalained his vision for his country: I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a demonocratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die".
Following national and international pressure, Mandela was released from prison after twenty-eight years. He then worked with South Africa's white leader, F.W. de Klerd, to eliminate apartheid, ane they both were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. In a historic event, Mandela was elected prisident of his country under open democratic elections and served in that position from 1994-1999. Mandel's passion transformed an entire country's outlook, government, structure, and policies.
It was Mandel's sense of purpose as a young lawyer that produced a vision of a new South Africa without discrimination and racism. This purpose and vision ignited a deep passion that exploded into a sacrificial flame of imprisonment and willingness to die for his convictions. His vision inspired not only millions in his country, but also countless millions around the world. It is important to recognize that true leaders do not seek or pursue followers but instead attract them by their dedication to a personal purpose. M.M.Corbett

Monday, March 06, 2006 10:58:38 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hello RICHness!
George Clooney seems to be quite an adorable man and comes across very down to earth. On the Red Carpet he was asked "So, how do you feel about being nominated for an Oscar?" To that his reply was: "Oh, I don't expect it to happen, I'm just the drunk standing at the back watching all of this going on" By George :) you did it....BRAVO!!!!

M.M. CORBETT(MARY): Nelson Mandela(MADIBA) has a fascinating story! Although poor as a young boy, he comes from a long line of 'tribal aristocracy' and was destined to become a great Leader, which he was then and still is today! One day there will be a movie based on his extraordinary life, he endured hardship that we cannot even begin to imagine and through it all his positive demeanor shone through to the day of his release from prison. In fact Robben Island on which his prison stood is an island in the ocean approx. 7 nautical miles off the shores of Cape Town is now a bird and wildlife sanctuary, in fact a designated habitat for the Cape Fur Seal which is also facing extinction if the 'bloody' massacre of these beautiful innocents is not stopped a.s.a.p.
There are so many different issues of interest to cover on this, Richard's blog from all over the world! We are different yet share one common thread in that cruelty and inhumane behavior towards the Human and Animals exists worldwide!
Let's pray that our voices carry messages of Peace, Unity, Respect and Dignity!
senior bachelorette:)

Monday, March 06, 2006 11:35:34 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...


Monday, March 06, 2006 11:40:26 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Hello Richard!
The most amazing interaction to see is His Holiness Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu(from South Africa) When the two of them get together in one room, the giggling carries on non-stop, in fact it is quite contagious and eventually everyone in the room is giggling along with them....such a TONIC to observe and be a part of!
Makes the heart smile :)
Have a sun shiney day and
good health to you Richard....L'Chaim!
Luv V.

Monday, March 06, 2006 12:12:23 PM  
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Monday, March 06, 2006 5:43:13 PM  
Merry Mary said...

Dear Safari Soul, If they don't vote they have no room to gripe. I voted and like so many others,I listened to my preacher. My sister was upset with me. She thinks W's eyes are shifty so she didn't listen to the preacher.
Dear Val, Mrs. Mandela's closet had something like maybe 2000 pairs of beautiful shoes....That's what they were showing on Oprah.

Book Review... I recieved the most beautiful and interesting book from a really pretty woman today....Talk about name dropping...I can say I met her on RR's Blog and she has been a delightful acquaintance and she will be famous shortly for her book The Wonderful World of Collecting Perfume Bottles by Our own Lady Jane It will have a place of honor on my coffee table. I am going to buy some for gifts. Richard She didn't send a bio or movie in but if she had I feel she would have been one you would have made a Fabulous Finalist....She's not only pretty but talented and as you can tell on the blog she is very intelligent.....This is a free , unsolicited commercial. I strongly reccomend we support her book when it comes out....We are a sisterhood (RR's Chickadees )

Monday, March 06, 2006 6:50:49 PM  
dreamweaver18 said...

this is for you.....owwwwwww

Monday, March 06, 2006 8:25:53 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Dear Merry Mary, Thank you so much for the lovely comments. I am honored and pleased.------Lady Jayne

Monday, March 06, 2006 9:36:30 PM  
willemina said...

While we were in LA, we visited the most amazing art museum! The Exhibit is called Ashes and Snowand it's located at the Nomadic Museum at the Santa Monica Pier.

Ashes and Snow is an ongoing project that weaves together photographic works, three 35mm films, art installations and a novel in letters. With profound patience and an unswerving commitment to the expressive and artistic nature of animals, he has captured extraordinary, unscripted interactions between humans and animals.

(The museum in itself is a work of art by architect Shigeru Ban.) The artist/photographer is Canadian Gregory Colbert and his work is amazing! I loved it and highly recommend it to anyone living or visiting the Los Angeles area before May 14th when it will be relocating to Europe and Asia and will not return to the US for 5 years.
Rather than go into detail, you can check it out for yourselves by visiting
I enjoyed it so much that I just ordered the DVD online.

I'll post some pictures tomorrow on my blog. We had a wonderful time and it was a pleasure meeting Neva, Ada and Lois.

Some powerful conversations on this blog, I'm not that knowledgable about politics (but I'm learning from all of you!) I will sit this one out...

Monday, March 06, 2006 10:11:46 PM  
angiefrom neworleans former italianmistletoepopcor said...


Thanks for your candor in getting us to discuss this uncomfortable topic. I too believe that the best solutions come from listening to and valuing different perspectives, whether we agree or disagree.

lininjava, I was not offended by your comments at all. As a matter of fact my oldest daughter lives in Phoenix and I evacuated there when Rita was hitting. I heard first hand the things that the people of Phoenix did for evacuees, just amazing, and I am sure that many folks have a much better life there now. The people in this country were great to each other! It is the bureaucracy at ALL LEVELS that is a problem. Furthermore when our President makes the comment about New Orleans and uses terms like "this part of the world" it is really insulting. We are part of America.

I have said earlier that I consider myself to be one of the more fortunate ones, my family is all alive, however there are many many challenges that me and others like me are facing, Insurance companies struggles, contractors inadequacies, constant moving, delayed stress reaction etc. Not complaining, just making a statement. But what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger!

The company that I work for has been absolutely excellent in all of this, and yes, I still have a job, but let me tell you, part of me wants to just run away and shake all of this off...can't wait for the cruise and my youngest daughter's wedding!

Speaking of employers, we have used excerpts from the movie "Crash" in our Diversity programs, talk about riveting discussion and issues on race and class, this movie was a definite catalyst. Surprised and happy to see the Oscar results.

I am grateful to be a part of this group of savvy folks and happy that I just happened to be home that day in April when Richard was on Oprah! Things do happen for a good reason, it is what we make of it that counts.


Tuesday, March 07, 2006 7:52:53 AM  
Hazel said...

Hi, Richard
I believe in calling a spade a spade. Check out the following link - it clearly shows Blanco was stating the levees weren't breached when they were!

Also, the Washington Post is famous for blasting the Bush Administration on the front page, but when the facts are disclosed later, they end up buried in the back of the A or B sections. Example:
Fri Mar 03 2006 19:48:29 ET

Clarification: Katrina-Video story

WASHINGTON (AP) _ In a March 1 story, The Associated Press reported that federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees in New Orleans, citing confidential video footage of an Aug. 28 briefing among U.S. officials.

The Army Corps of Engineers considers a breach a hole developing in a levee rather than an overrun. The story should have made clear that Bush was warned about floodwaters overrunning the levees, rather than the levees breaking.

The day before the storm hit, Bush was told there were grave concerns that the levees could be overrun. It wasn't until the next morning, as the storm was hitting, that Michael Brown, then head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Bush had inquired about reports of breaches. Bush did not participate in that briefing.

My 93-year old father lost his home in Pensacola to Ivan (we moved in during 1955). There are six children, and five of us took immediate action. All except one live out-of-state. We don't blame God or President Bush. A natural disaster is a nature disaster.

I love New Orleans - I visited there twice a year when I lived on the Gulf Coast. Because I am a QA Manager and very familiar with Disaster Recovery Plans, I found one on the Louisiana gov't. website shortly after Katrina struck and the blame game was in full force. It is enlightening. Go check it out for yourself and find out who was responsible for what. I do agree that the U.S. is a superpower. But Katrina was unprecedented.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 10:48:54 AM  
Hazel said...

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006 10:52:01 AM  
dreamweaver18 said...

Dear RR, Joe & Co.

Please watch Larry King Live tonight, I am presently watching it and find tonight's discussion with Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra
etc. fascinating and thought provoking, I love to listen to their wisdom!
So sorry to hear about the Passing of Dana Reeve (Christopher Reeve's Widow) Thoughts and Prayers go out to her family.
Dana may your Spirit live on forever in the hearts of all those who had the pleasure of knowing you.
Larry King airs again tonight at 12pm Eastern Time(9pm) in California, please tune in, there is a strong message for all of us.
senior bachelorette:)

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 6:56:02 PM  
soft_rain said...

Richard Dear,

You are always in my thoughts...

You are and shall remain our Leader

Without you we would not be gathered this sharing of Mind, Body, and Souls...

Sweet Richard, you are in my thoughts and prayers


Wednesday, March 08, 2006 2:35:06 AM  
safari soul said...

Like so many others, I was very saddened when I learned of the death of Dana Reeves.

As I watched the televised tributes to her, I realized that the way she lived her life has provided for the rest of us many lessons to learn.


She was a great role model.

She was very young, in her thirties, when her husband suffered a debilitating accident that changed not only his life, but hers as well.
She did more than remain unwaveringly by his side; she was an inspiration to him.

She temporarily put aside her own acting ambitions and moved forward to promote the important message of stem cell research. And she did this with more than a smile on her face. She positively bubbled.

Without a doubt, she was given more serious problems to deal with than any one person should be expected to endure.

First there was her husband's terrible accident followed by many years of his trials and tribulations, then his death. Less than a year after he died, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. And, she didn't even smoke!

She never said "Why Me?"

She simply did what she had to do and moved on, always with that lovely smile on her face.

As I said, Dana Reeves provided for the rest of us MANY LESSONS TO LEARN.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 9:49:04 AM  
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Wednesday, March 08, 2006 11:55:35 AM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

Ladies, From a reader:

I don’t know if you want to include this information on the blog, but it’s an important prevention tool to cancer as well

I also insist on this test every year – my mom had ovarian cancer and this test was what determined it – it’s just as important or more so than the mammogram. – She thought she was just putting on belly weight. -Bev

Subject: SIGNS OF OVARIAN CANCER (even in the absence of Ovaries) THIS IS A MUST TO READ TO THE END

An Eye Opener on Ovarian Cancer

I hope you all take the time to read this and pass it on to all you can. Send this to the women in your life that you care about.

Years ago, Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer. Her symptoms were inconclusive, and she was treated for everything under the sun until it was too late. This blood test finally identified her illness but alas, too late. She wrote a book to heighten awareness. Gene Wilder is her widower.

KATHY'S STORY: this is the story of Kathy West

As all of you know, I have Primary Peritoneal Cancer. This cancer has only recently been identified as its OWN type of cancer, but it is essentially Ovarian Cancer.

Both types of cancer are diagnosed in the same way, with the "tumor marker" CA-125 BLOOD TEST, and they are treated in the same way - surger y to remove the primary tumor and then chemotherapy with Taxol and Carboplatin.

Having gone through this ordeal, I want to save others from the same fate. That is why I am sending this message to you and hope you will print it and give it or send it via E-mail to everybody you know.

One thing I have learned is that each of us must take TOTAL responsibility for our own health care. I thought I had done that because I always had an annual physical and PAP smear, did a monthly Self-Breast Exam, went to the dentist at least twice a year, etc. I even insisted on a sigmoidoscopy and a bone density test last year. When I had a total hysterectomy in 1993, I thought that I did not have to worry about getting any of the female reproductive organ cancers.

LITTLE DID I KNOW. I don't have ovaries (and they were HEALTHY when they were removed), but I have what is essentially ovarian cancer Strange, isn't it?

These are just SOME of the things our Doctors never tell us: ONE out of every 55 women will get OVARIAN or PRIMARY PERITONEAL CANCER.


I had these classic symptoms and went to the doctor. Because these symptoms seemed to be "abdominal", I went to a gastroenterologist. He ran tests that were designed to determine whether there was a bacteria infection; these tests were negative, and I was diagnosed with "Irritable Bowel Syndrome" I guess I would have accepted this diagnosis had it not been for my enlarged abdomen. I swear to you, it looked like I was 4-5 months pregnant! I therefore insisted on more tests

They took an X-ray of my abdomen; it was negative. I was again assured that I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome and was encouraged to go on my scheduled month-long trip to Europe. I couldn't wear any of my slacks or shorts because I couldn't get them buttoned, and I KNEW something was radically wrong. I INSISTED on more tests, and they reluctantly) scheduled me for a CT-Scan (just to shut me up, I think). This is what I mean by "taking charge of our own health care."

The CT-Scan showed a lot of fluid in my abdomen (NOT normal). Needless to say, I had to cancel my trip and have FIVE POUNDS of fluid drawn off at the hospital (not a pleasant experience I assure you), but NOTHING compared to what was ahead of me.

Tests revealed cancer cells in the fluid. Finally, finally, finally, the doctor ran a CA-125 blood test, and I was properly diagnosed.

I HAD THE CLASSIC SYMPTOMS FOR OVARIAN CANCER, AND YET THIS SIMPLE CA-125 BLOOD TEST HAD NEVER BEEN RUN ON ME, not as part of my annual physical exam and not when I was symptomatic. This is an inexpensive and simple blood test!


Be forewarned that their doctors might try to talk them out of it, saying, "IT ISN'T NECESSARY." Believe me, had I known then what I know now, we would have caught my cancer much earlier (before it was a stage 3 cancer). Insist on the CA-125 BLOOD TEST; DO NOT take "NO" for an answer!

The normal range for a CA-125 BLOOD TEST is between zero and 35. MINE WAS 754. (That's right, 754!). If the number is slightly above 35, you can have another done in three or six months and keep a close eye on it, just as women do when they have fibroid tumors or when men have a slightly elevated PSA test (Prostatic Specific Antigens) that helps diagnose prostate cancer.

Having the CA-125 test done annually can alert you early, and that's the goal in diagnosing any type of cancer - catching it early.

Do you know 55 women? If so, at least one of them will have this VERY AGGRESSIVE cancer. Please, go to your doctor and insist on a CA-125 test and have one EVERY YEAR for the rest of your life.

And forward this message to every woman you know, and tell all of your female family members and friends. Though the median age for this cancer is 56, (and, guess what, I'm exactly 56), women as young as 22 have it. Age is no factor.


Well, after reading this, I made some calls. I found that the CA-125 test is an ovarian screening test equivalent to a man's PSA test prostate screen (which my husband's doctor automatically gives him in his physical each year and insurance pays for it). I called the general practitioner's office about having the test done. The nurse had never heard of it. She told me that she doubted that insurance would pay for it. So I called Prudential Insurance Co, and got the same response. Never heard of it - it won't be covered.

I explained that it was the same as the PSA test they had paid for my husband for years. After conferring with whomever they confer with, she told me that the CA-125 would be covered.

It is $75 in a GP's office and $125 at the GYN's. This is a screening test that should be required just like a PAP smear (a PAP smear cannot detect problems with your ovaries). And you must insist that your insurance company pay for it.

Gene Wilder and Pierce Brosnan (his wife had it, too) are lobbying for women's health issues, saying that this test should be required in our physicals, just like the PAP and the mammogram. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO SEND THIS OUT TO ALL THOSE YOU CAN. BE IT MALE OR FEMALE, IT SHOULD NOT MATTER, AS THEY CAN FORWARD IT ALSO TO THOSE LOVED ONES THEY KNOW.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 12:27:44 PM  
willemina said...

Good timing with the information on the CA-125 blood test as I will be going to my doctor in a few weeks for my yearly physical and I will ask to have that test. Whether my insurance pays for it or not, it's money well spent.

I also was saddened to hear of the untimely death of Dana Reeve..such a remarkable woman whom I admire very much.

For anyone interested...I cleaned up my blog and posted new pictures of our weekend in Los Angeles. It was a pleasure meeting Neva, Ada and Lois and we had a wonderful time together. Now I am looking forward to this coming weekend when I will drive to Santa Cruz and meet with Linda and Nancy. (I hope it doesn't rain...we're going to Carmel and yes, I will take pictures!) This is so much fun!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 3:49:38 PM  
Richard Roe- Senior Bachelor said...

From a reader:

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height.
the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay "them "

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening,
Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And
devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who
is with
us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family,
music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable,
it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9 Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next
county; to
a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments

take our breath away.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 4:39:59 PM  
willemina said...

A good friend suggested that I check out the CA-125 test through I did and found it to be a false claim. I have snopes as one of my favorite sites and don't know why I didn't check this one out...I understood it to be a claim from one of RR's friends and not one of those chain letters that's going around. So check it out for yourselves at and in the search area type in CA-125.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 10:09:12 PM  
willemina said...

Goodnight one and all

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 10:09:59 PM  
JanieGirl said...

Hello Everybody,
It is only 7 days to St. Patrick's Day, and I must say that is my very most favorite day of the whole year. So, I am starting my countdown. "On Saint Patrick's Day", the whole world is IRISH, and if they are not, they wish they were." "HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY". My patron Saint is one I love. I sent up requests all the time to him. Sometimes he listens and some times he does not. But, I know he knows me and all the other IRISH, whether we be Irish Gypsies, like me, Shanty Irish like many of us are accused of being, Irish horse thieves, and even the ones that drink to much. St. Patrick loves us, even the one's full of blarney, like me. The week before St. Patrick's day is a day to add the O' in front of your Irish name since I think all Irish names all had the 'O originally.

Thursday, March 09, 2006 7:40:06 AM  
JanieGirl said...

There is a little trash can after my previous post. Is someone trying to tell me to trash can my Irish Blarney. HA-HA-HA-HA Well, unless the good Saint himself sends me a message to remove it or Richard cans it, here is will stay.------
O'Lady Jayne

Thursday, March 09, 2006 7:48:18 AM  
Beverly said...

The CA125 blood test is not a hoax - I've insisted on this medical blood test to be done every year since my mom had ovarian cancer - Her score was almost 300 - Normal should be somewhere under 34. My insurance wasn't familiar with it when I first asked, but they pay for it every time. My score is usually 7 or 8 as is my mom's - she is a survivor for over 5 years now. I'm a believer.

Friday, March 10, 2006 8:22:42 AM  
GlobalFix said...

(This is my first try at posting on this senoir blog) (4/5/6)
I mixed some of Ruchards words hoping to focus on the real problem. It is BOLD but not meant to be mean-spirited. Just an honest wake up call for the U.N. if they see the point!

Assiduously avoiding politics and religion on the Senior Bachelor blog and the administration 100% hogwash will not get to the facts to fixing anything needing fixing! Because the administration is by politics and religion. To fix anything those two things needs to be focused on. What is causing it not to work, needs to be the focus! Church and State or politics and religion by American law should not be mixed but they are. Just how much religious influence is in politics and has that been for the good or the bad?
Do not religious leaders many times in one way or another say, do not ask just have faith? If we have had a religious leader at any time say anything near that idea he has influenced us to have blind faith in him. If religion in government business is a good thing why the 100% hogwash and not by now have worldwide PEACE AND SECURITY? Has our blind faith made us April Fools? Can we become the April Wise and see if that is where the 100% hogwash is coming from?
Have they been holy honest with us as their good book tells them to be or have we been feeding on their 100% hogwash? A good simple way we might find out is by a simple proverb that is right globally. It is an African proverb, which states: “One falsehood spoils a thousand truths.” We could go into some deep falsehoods but let us use just a little simple one that teach children it is fine for mother and father to lie to them in the name of God and religion. I have for years ask myself how could people blindly believe they can honor the man who said “the truth will set you free” with big fat red lies as Santa Clause! Now religious leaders bad influence will make us believe that is mean-spirited to tell the truth and keeping people from having a good time with family. Believe it or not families can still have a good time together without pagan Christmas and the over buying and lies that go with it. But greedy religious leaders do not want us to know that because they make big money off all that 100% hogwash! So if we have greedy religious leaders in politics is that why all the hogwash when people need real help right NOW? Ask any religious leader that mix in government business if the customs above is Christian or from unholy pagan teachings! And is that one falsehood spoiling a thousand truths? Let us not stay blind to the unholy mix of politics and religion! Email Richard Roe at: and/or blog your own comments at:

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 12:47:37 PM  
peggy said...

Hi everyone,this is Peggy R. from chicago, I am sorry that Richard thinks everyone has given up on the blog or the idea of romance. yes I am sure that alot of were disappointed that we were not picked to get to know you better or for you to know us. but that s life and we must go on,we still love you rich you know that don't you HA! HA!. I myself have been busy these past months since chicago getting my life in order.This is what I have been up to. my brother passed away in october and that was tough. I had knee surgery in dec,its healing fine.I went back into Real Estate.I am finally making my house into a Bed & Breakfast, once the town approves it. And I am finishing my course with the RED CROSS so If there is another disaster then I will be all set to help out.I feel really bad that the people in New Orleans are still Having such a hard time getting help this is america after all. We have the resources and the money so whats going on.I haven't talked to angie in some time but now that I am back I will e-mail her. I hope she's OK. Richard I am glad your doing OK and getting your needed rest and if your still looking for a sole mate I could be tempted!!! Well maybe.Oh bye the way for a guy turning you now "65" you look pretty damn good. talk to all of you real soon.peg

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 8:37:19 PM  
GlobalFix said...

Richard and other seniors I am near 6o myself. Richared you said some serious things about New Orleans and government hogwash and just a little about religion. People do not much like to talk about religion because religious leaders influence people not to ask just have faith. Why? Because they do not want you to know where their teaching really come from and tell you the truth about them. Now I am not a great skilled writer but I can see the facts if you just show those clear facts to me. And I know ALL of us seniors can see those facts as well. We have the wisdom of years to use our minds to note the lies from truth. If use our minds wisely we can cut a lot of government, religious, and business out of the world we share together. But that will take positive action on our part to get away from those feeding us hogwash! This is talking about religion at Revelation 18:4. First wise move!

Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2006 08:57:03 -0700 (PDT)
From: "3581775 Ethical"
Subject: “One falsehood spoils a thousand truths”
To: "Nathan"


An African Proverb States:
“One falsehood spoils a thousand truths”

Today there is a thousand falsehoods spoiling everything whereas there should be a thousands truth that would benefit ALL mankind.


Have You Put Your Religion to the Test?

Remember how Bush was influenced by his religious ideas after 911 when he used the word “evildoer”? But was that the right Christian influence? (Romans 12:19}

“WHEN you were in school, your teachers gave you tests to find out if you were meeting school standards. If you consistently answered questions incorrectly, you failed to pass the test.

What about your religion? When was the last time you put it to the test? Have you tested it in the light of God’s Word, the Bible, to see if it meets God’s standards?

Is that necessary? Yes, because not all religion is good. Said the Christian apostle Paul: “Even if we or an angel out of heaven were to declare to you as good news something beyond what we declared to you as good news, let him be accursed.” (Gal. 1:8) Also, Jesus Christ prophesied: “Many false prophets will arise and mislead many.” (Matt. 24:11) So today we find hundreds of religions in the world teaching conflicting doctrines and observing different practices. Because of these many false religions, the inspired Word of God urges: “Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired _expression, but test the inspired expressions to see whether they originate with God, because many false prophets have gone forth into the world.”—1 John 4:1.

How can you put your religion to the test? By using the Bible as your measuring rod. That is the rule beside which you can put the doctrines and practices of your religion to see if they measure up to God’s standards. Extremely helpful, too, is the discussing of Bible doctrine and religious practice with those who have made a serious study of the Bible—Jehovah’s witnesses. See how their understanding of the Bible squares with the teachings of your religion. Then determine for yourself where the truth lies after hearing both sides of the matter. Do not reject such discussion, for the Bible counsels: “When anyone is replying to a matter before he hears it, that is foolishness on his part and a humiliation.”—Prov. 18:13.

Do not be lulled into a false sense of security and take it for granted that what you hear from a pulpit is automatically the truth because it is uttered in the name of religion. For example, almost all religion teaches that man has an immortal soul and that the soul’s destiny is heaven or a fiery hell for eternity after death. Yet, according to the Catholic Douay Version of the Bible, Acts 3:23 says: “And it shall be, that every soul which will not hear that prophet shall be destroyed from among the people.” How can the human soul be immortal if it can be destroyed? Obviously, it cannot be immortal.

This is not just an isolated scripture. Throughout the Bible there are hundreds of similar uses of the word “soul.” But not once does the Bible show that the soul is immortal! Instead, God’s Word shows that man was created mortal. He rebelled against God and was sentenced to death; yes, death, not immortal life in heaven or hellfire. God said: “For dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Gen. 3:19) Man was not promised automatic immortality for his sin, but death.

That is why faith in God is so necessary, for exercising such faith is the only way we can ever be released from the grip of death. How? Jesus promised: “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone that beholds the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him at the last day.” (John 6:40) Note that Jesus spoke of a resurrection, and said that it would be at “the last day,” not at a person’s death.

Think about this, too. If you had an immortal soul that at death went to heaven, hellfire, or purgatory, why would you ever need a resurrection? The simple truth is that a resurrection is necessary for the dead in order to bring them back to life, as they are not in an immortal state, but are in the graves awaiting the resurrection.

No, your soul is not immortal. In fact, you do not have a soul, but you are a soul, as Genesis 2:7 clearly explains: “Man came to be a living soul.” The word “soul” in the Bible is synonymous with the creature himself. (Lev. 11:46) So man’s hope is not based on his immortal soul, but is as Jesus said: “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.”—John 5:28, 29.

The foregoing exposes just one sample of religious error. The list of doctrines and practices not corroborated by the Bible is a long one. Such find their origin in paganism, rooted in the teachings found in ancient Babylon thousands of years ago! As John Henry Newman, whom Pope Leo XIII made a cardinal, said of some of these practices: “The use of temples . . . incense, lamps, and candles; votive offerings on recovery from illness; holy water; asylums; holydays and seasons . . . images at a later date, perhaps the ecclesiastical chant, and the Kyrie Eleison, are all of pagan origin.”—Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, pages 355, 371, 373, edition of 1881.

What should you do, then, if your religion does not pass the test of God’s Word? You have a heavy responsibility. States the inspired warning: “Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues.” (Rev. 18:4) This means you must abandon false religion and accept true religion if you are to escape God’s adverse judgments.

The testing you need to do with your religion is far more important than the tests your teachers gave you in school. Failure there might have meant being left back a grade. However, failure to test your religion may mean being left out of God’s purposes altogether. So “keep testing whether you are in the faith, keep proving what you yourselves are.”—2 Cor. 13:5.

It may make you feel uncomfortable to think that your religion may not be acceptable to God, but it will work for your everlasting benefit to find out now. If you pursue what is true and reject what is false, God will look on you with favor. You, too, can then have the bright prospect before you of living forever in God’s righteous new system of things after this world’s end, for “the righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.”—Ps. 37:29.” 1964 April 1, Pages 195-196

Ask the people above about the most important night to remember on
April 12, 2006 which happens after sundown.

It is about the man, who said, “and YOU will know the truth, and the truth will set YOU free.” (John 8:32 and see John 8:44 and think about the religious influence above.


Friday, April 07, 2006 9:36:42 AM  

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