The Top 10 Ways To Take the Fear Out of Retiring

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1. " What do you mean, you hate to travel? "

Have you and your spouse actually sat down and discussed how each of you envisions retirement? If your dreams are completely opposite of your spouse's, both of you are going to be disappointed. Honestly talk about them before you get the gold watch. Be creative and open to compromise, so both of your dreams can come true.

2. " You mean, you're here ALL the time, now? "

Spending all this quality time together may seem like a wonderful idea, but remember, you both have daily routines, some of which may have been 30 years in the making. Also, you're not used to spending 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in each other's company. Experienced retirees say this is such a big adjustment, they'd recommend pre-retirement counseling along the lines of marriage counseling! Recognize and respect the needs both of you have for space, as well as each other's routines.

3.Money matters, and so does peace of mind.

If you haven't already, consult with a financial advisor to discuss how to best manage your assets for the long haul, as people are living longer and longer. Revisit your health and life insurance policies. Update or write your will, and consider a Living Will or Advanced Health Care Directive to help guide your loved ones through a difficult time.

4.Use it or lose it.

It's not just a cliché. Maintaining some level of regular physical exercise, whether it's walking, gardening, or golf, can help improve balance, and retain flexibility. If you feel like you need an ejector seat in your Lazy-Boy, start small, but start, before you solidify!

5.Where did I put my keys?

What's good for the body is good for the mind. Studies have shown that working your mind is key to staying mentally sharp. Experts recommend a daily crossword puzzle, or a game of Scrabble® along with your vitamins and apple a day.

6.Set limits.

" Oh, Mom can do that; she's retired. " Your time doesn't become less valuable once you retire - although others may seem to think so. There's nothing wrong with helping out, so long as you're not ignoring yourself. Remember to respect your own time and plans; and soon others will, too.

7.Clean out your closets.

As many retirees and empty-nesters downsize into apartments or smaller homes, they realize that they just don't have the room for everything anymore. Rather than waiting until the last minute and feeling overwhelmed with the size of the job, start now and take small bites. Clean out your closets and put together a bag for the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Give that old table to a college kid, just starting out. Who knows, you might find something worth taking on " Antiques Roadshow! " Plus, your kids will thank you for it.

8. " So, what do you do? "

Ever get the feeling that people stop listening once you tell them you're retired? One of the hardest parts of retirement life is realizing how your job made you feel appreciated, competent and maybe even powerful. Your talents, skills and gifts didn't evaporate when you walked out the door on your last day. The first step is recognizing what you got out of the job - it was more than just having a place to go every day. Step 2 is finding new outlets for all you have to offer.

9.Try something new.

Now's the perfect time to live out that long hidden dream, learn a new skill, take a class or pick up that hobby you dropped because you just didn't have the time. If anything seems the least bit interesting, learn more about it. Become an expert in something. Learn to cook Indian food. Try Tai Chi. If you don't like it, try something else!

10.It's not just about you.

As mentioned above, your talents, skills and gifts don't have a limited shelf life. Consider using them to give back to the world. Your most valuable asset is your time - and your church, your local volunteer agencies and a whole host of others are waiting in line. Check out www.volunteermatch.org or check your local paper for something that intrigues you - even if it's completely different than anything else you've ever done. It's never too late to start on your personal legacy.

About the Author

Catherine L. Farrar is a life coach who specializes in working with people transitioning from a full-time career into full- or part-time retirement. She can be reached at catherine@secondspringcoaching.com or visit her website at www.secondspringcoaching.com.

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baller 03.01.2009. 18:13

Who are some of the best linebackers in the history of the Nebraska Cornhuskers? Like the 10 best or so.

baller

Admin 03.01.2009. 18:13

Broderick Thomas (Outside Linebacker, 1985-1988)
A two-time All-American and three-time All-Big Eight outside linebacker, Broderick Thomas has gone on to one of the longest and most accomplished professional careers in Nebraska history. Thomas finished his career as a Blackshirt with 242 total tackles, 39 tackles for loss, including 22.5 quarterback sacks. He also set a Nebraska single-season school record with six fumble recoveries as a sophomore in 1986. He was a four-time letterman for Nebraska. Thomas was taken as the sixth overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent five seasons with the Buccaneers before spending the 1994 season with the Detroit Lions. He played the 1995 season with the Minnesota Vikings, before spending four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Originally from Houston, Texas, Thomas is a nephew of NFL great Mike Singletary.

Marc Munford (Linebacker, 1984-1986)
A three-time All-Big Eight selection, Marc Munford led the Huskers in tackles in each of his final three seasons to finish his career with 256. One of the best linebackers in Nebraska history, Munford's career tackle total still ranks seventh on NU's all-time chart. He helped the Huskers to two conference titles and a 41-8 record through his four-year career. Following a 10-2 season in 1986, Munford was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.

Tom Novak (Linebacker, 1946-1949)
One of the most feared players in Nebraska football history, Tom Novak was a standout two-way performer for the Huskers in the late 1940s. The only four-time all-conference performer in school history, Novak's 11 interceptions ranks third on school interception charts over 50 years following his final game as a Husker. An All-America selection as a senior, Novak's No. 60 jersey was retired by the Nebraska N-Club following the 1949 season and is the only Husker jersey permanently retired. A native of Omaha, Novak also played baseball, helping the Huskers to Big Seven titles in 1948 and 1950. He passed away in 1997.

Ed Stewart (Linebacker, 1991-1994)
As a senior in 1994, Ed Stewart led the Husker Blackshirts to top 10 rankings in all four defensive categories as Nebraska won its first national championship in more than 20 years. Stewart finished his senior season with a team-leading 96 tackles, posting double figures in five games. A 1994 All-American and Butkus Award finalist, Stewart finished his career with 257 tackles, which still ranks sixth on NU's all-time chart. Stewart, who started the final 37 games of his career, also recorded 18 tackles for loss, eight pass breakups, 31 quarterback hurries and three interceptions through his four-year career. Stewart is now an athletic administrator at the University of Missouri.

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heidegger_001 04.09.2012. 22:43

Why did the poor cons fell completely silent when Romney said to help the poor? Do they realize that half of the country dies poor? Are these cons that brainwashed into voting against their own interests?

heidegger_001

Admin 04.09.2012. 22:43

Democrats like this asker have no choice: they can?t promote Obama for his record of successes so they are left with trashing Romney/Ryan. But their real purpose is to divert our attention from what the democrat party stands for:

Democrat President Wilson (1913-1918) said, ?You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.? He may have been the first democrat to appreciate the potential use of multiculturalism (?If it?s white or American, trash it!?) in deconstructing the Constitution, saying, ?No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation.? Obama put it this way (without using a teleprompter!): "Every nation is exceptional in its own way."

Democrat President Roosevelt (1933-1945) ?let it all hang out? in his speech before Congress on January 11, 1944:
?We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights...? which included:
-The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation
-The right of every family to a decent home
-The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health
-The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment.

Democrat President Johnson?s Great Society became the largest redistribution of wealth program in our history. Obama has thrust national healthcare upon us, the hallmark of all socialist and welfare states.

25 years ago none of the above was common knowledge. It is only because of more honest, unbiased reporting on the Internet, talk radio and Fox News (all non-existent 25 years ago!) that today we know that the democrat party has been gradually changing America into a European style welfare state.
-2/4/10 Gallup poll: 61% of liberals have a positive view of socialism.
-6/2/11 Gallup poll: 71% of democrats favor re-distributing wealth.
-Now they have national health care, the foundation of all welfare and socialist states.

And Obama?s economy reflects his party?s aspirations:

Obama said, "I can say that 14 days after I signed our Recovery Act into law, we are seeing shovels hit the ground." (3/3/09 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/03/03/O?

Since he bragged about that, three and a half years later the unemployment has been over 8.1%.

Maybe he meant ?Shovel ready jobs for government union workers??

-7/8/11 U. S. News Report (usnews.com): The actual number of private sector jobs decreased since 2008. Government jobs increased. During the worst of the downturn, the private sector was hammered with massive job losses, while the public sector held fairly steady.

-6/8/12 Investors Business Daily: ?Private-sector jobs are still down by 4.6 million, or 4%, from January 2008, when overall employment peaked. Meanwhile government jobs are down just 407,000, or 1.8%. Federal employment actually is 225,000 jobs above its January 2008 level, an 11.4% increase.?

-6/11/12 Cato Institute (http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/obama-vs-? school enrollment has minimally increased over the last few decades, but teacher employment has exploded ? the public school workforce has grown 11 times faster than student enrollment over the last 40 years.? Furthermore, on a per pupil basis, the inflation-adjusted average cost of a K-12 education has gone from about $55,000 to about $150,000.?

8/15/12 USA Today/Gannet:
-More than 21,000 retired federal workers receive lifetime government pensions of $100,000 or more per year
-Government pensions are vastly more generous than those in the private sector," says economist Veronique de Rugy of the market-oriented Mercatus Center
-The average federal pension pays $32,824 annually. The average state and local government pension pays $24,373, Census data show. The average military pension is $22,492. ExxonMobilExxon Corporation, which has one of the best remaining private pensions, pays an average of $18,250 per retiree
-All federal retirees receive health benefits.
-Pension payments cost $70 billion last year, plus $13 billion for retiree health care. Taxpayers face a $2 trillion unfunded liability ? the amount needed to cover future benefits ? for these programs, according to the government's audited financial statement.

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Joanna 01.09.2012. 12:26

Do you think Romney has any chances to win when he is against Obama?
Posting youtube videos wont make me change my minds.
Romney is a good candidate but we are talking about OBAMA!

Joanna

Admin 01.09.2012. 12:26

Romney will win because, for the first time in modern history, Americans are learning the truth about the democrat party, thanks to Internet news, talk radio and Fox New (none of which existed a generation ago).

Democrat President Wilson (1913-1918) said, ?You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.? He may have been the first democrat to appreciate the potential use of multiculturalism (?If it?s white or American, trash it!?) in deconstructing the Constitution, saying, ?No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation.? Obama put it this way (without using a teleprompter!): "Every nation is exceptional in its own way."

Democrat President Roosevelt (1933-1945) ?let it all hang out? in his speech before Congress on January 11, 1944:
?We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights...? which included:
-The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation
-The right of every family to a decent home
-The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health
-The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment.

Democrat President Johnson?s Great Society became the largest redistribution of wealth program in our history. Obama has thrust national healthcare upon us, the hallmark of all socialist and welfare states.

25 years ago none of the above was common knowledge. It is only because of more honest, unbiased reporting on the Internet, talk radio and Fox News (all non-existent 25 years ago!) that today we know that the democrat party has been gradually changing America into a European style welfare state.
-2/4/10 Gallup poll: 61% of liberals have a positive view of socialism.
-6/2/11 Gallup poll: 71% of democrats favor re-distributing wealth.
-Now they have national health care, the foundation of all welfare and socialist states.

And Obama?s economy reflects his party?s aspirations:

Obama said, "I can say that 14 days after I signed our Recovery Act into law, we are seeing shovels hit the ground." (3/3/09 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/03/03/O?

Since he bragged about that, three and a half years later the unemployment has been over 8.1%.

Maybe he meant ?Shovel ready jobs for government union workers??

-7/8/11 U. S. News Report (usnews.com): The actual number of private sector jobs decreased since 2008. Government jobs increased. During the worst of the downturn, the private sector was hammered with massive job losses, while the public sector held fairly steady.

-6/8/12 Investors Business Daily: ?Private-sector jobs are still down by 4.6 million, or 4%, from January 2008, when overall employment peaked. Meanwhile government jobs are down just 407,000, or 1.8%. Federal employment actually is 225,000 jobs above its January 2008 level, an 11.4% increase.?

-6/11/12 Cato Institute (http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/obama-vs-? school enrollment has minimally increased over the last few decades, but teacher employment has exploded ? the public school workforce has grown 11 times faster than student enrollment over the last 40 years.? Furthermore, on a per pupil basis, the inflation-adjusted average cost of a K-12 education has gone from about $55,000 to about $150,000.?

8/15/12 USA Today/Gannet:
-More than 21,000 retired federal workers receive lifetime government pensions of $100,000 or more per year
-Government pensions are vastly more generous than those in the private sector," says economist Veronique de Rugy of the market-oriented Mercatus Center
-The average federal pension pays $32,824 annually. The average state and local government pension pays $24,373, Census data show. The average military pension is $22,492. ExxonMobilExxon Corporation, which has one of the best remaining private pensions, pays an average of $18,250 per retiree
-All federal retirees receive health benefits.
-Pension payments cost $70 billion last year, plus $13 billion for retiree health care. Taxpayers face a $2 trillion unfunded liability ? the amount needed to cover future benefits ? for these programs, according to the government's audited financial statement.

Admin

julian m 06.02.2009. 03:45

Who would be in your top 5 all time basketball teams? When I say all-time, I mean the team and the year they played.
Like 96' Bulls or '08 celtics.
Can't think of my own.

julian m

Admin 06.02.2009. 03:45

1. 1962-63 Boston Celtics team that featured Sam Jones, Clyde Lovellette, K.C. Jones, Frank Ramsey, Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, Bill Russell, Tom Heinsohn on the same team. Imagine a team having 8 HOF players in it's roster.

2. 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. Michael Jordan's triumphant re-entry to the top. Same team that broke win records previously held by...

3. 1971-72 LA Lakers. 33- wins enroute to the title, only title in Wilt Chamberlain's Laker reign. It is interesting to note that the 33 win streak started after Elgin Baylor retired.

4. 1986-87 LA Lakers This Laker team presented "Showtime" at its finest and perfectly displayed that in the playoffs. This is perhaps the most balanced roster of all time. You have the ultimate floor leader in Magic Johnson, the ultimate finisher in "Big Game" James Worthy, the ultimate scorer in Kareem, the ultimate outside threat in Byron Scott, and the ultimate defender in Michael Cooper, who won defensive player of the year.

5. 1990-91 Chiacago Bulls. This was the team that enables Jordan to seize the top, ending years of play-off frustration against Detroit plus this proved to be a significant passing of the torch as they faced Magic Johnson's Lakers another test for the would be NBA conqueror's for the next 8 years.

Honorable mention:

1985-86 Boston Celtics. This was perhaps the best and most consistent team the Celtics fielded during the Larry Bird era. Larry Bird was in his prime averaging 26 ppg, 10 rpg, and 7 apg. McHale averaged 21, Parish and DJ averaged 16, and Ainge averaged 11 on mostly three pointers. Plus they had Bill Walton off the bench, who gave them huge minutes. This team was balanced all the way around but what made them great was their knack for hustling, superb defense, and ability to put teams away when they were down. Only a few teams in history struck as much fear in their opponents as the 1986 Celtics.



Hope this helps.

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Matthew 31.08.2012. 06:26

Who should i vote for Obama or Mitt Romney? I dont know nothing about politics. I tried to research enough about the two, but i need to know who is the right person to vote for?? I need real concrete information about their plans to help the country prosper. Please help me?

Matthew

Admin 31.08.2012. 06:26

Here's what you promote if you vote democrat:

Democrat President Wilson (1913-1918) said, ?You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.? He may have been the first democrat to appreciate the potential use of multiculturalism (?If it?s white or American, trash it!?) in deconstructing the Constitution, saying, ?No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation.? Obama put it this way (without using a teleprompter!): "Every nation is exceptional in its own way."

Democrat President Roosevelt (1933-1945) ?let it all hang out? in his speech before Congress on January 11, 1944:
?We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights...? which included:
-The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation
-The right of every family to a decent home
-The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health
-The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment.

Democrat President Johnson?s Great Society became the largest redistribution of wealth program in our history. Obama has thrust national healthcare upon us, the hallmark of all socialist and welfare states.

25 years ago none of the above was common knowledge. It is only because of more honest, unbiased reporting on the Internet, talk radio and Fox News (all non-existent 25 years ago!) that today we know that the democrat party has been gradually changing America into a European style welfare state.
-2/4/10 Gallup poll: 61% of liberals have a positive view of socialism.
-6/2/11 Gallup poll: 71% of democrats favor re-distributing wealth.
-Now they have national health care, the foundation of all welfare and socialist states.

And Obama?s economy reflects his party?s aspirations:

Obama said, "I can say that 14 days after I signed our Recovery Act into law, we are seeing shovels hit the ground." (3/3/09 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/03/03/O?

Since he bragged about that, three and a half years later the unemployment has been over 8.1%.

Maybe he meant ?Shovel ready jobs for government union workers??

-7/8/11 U. S. News Report (usnews.com): The actual number of private sector jobs decreased since 2008. Government jobs increased. During the worst of the downturn, the private sector was hammered with massive job losses, while the public sector held fairly steady.

-6/8/12 Investors Business Daily: ?Private-sector jobs are still down by 4.6 million, or 4%, from January 2008, when overall employment peaked. Meanwhile government jobs are down just 407,000, or 1.8%. Federal employment actually is 225,000 jobs above its January 2008 level, an 11.4% increase.?

-6/11/12 Cato Institute (http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/obama-vs-? school enrollment has minimally increased over the last few decades, but teacher employment has exploded ? the public school workforce has grown 11 times faster than student enrollment over the last 40 years.? Furthermore, on a per pupil basis, the inflation-adjusted average cost of a K-12 education has gone from about $55,000 to about $150,000.?

8/15/12 USA Today/Gannet:
-More than 21,000 retired federal workers receive lifetime government pensions of $100,000 or more per year
-Government pensions are vastly more generous than those in the private sector," says economist Veronique de Rugy of the market-oriented Mercatus Center
-The average federal pension pays $32,824 annually. The average state and local government pension pays $24,373, Census data show. The average military pension is $22,492. ExxonMobilExxon Corporation, which has one of the best remaining private pensions, pays an average of $18,250 per retiree
-All federal retirees receive health benefits.
-Pension payments cost $70 billion last year, plus $13 billion for retiree health care. Taxpayers face a $2 trillion unfunded liability ? the amount needed to cover future benefits ? for these programs, according to the government's audited financial statement.

Admin

sherlock 01.09.2012. 10:33

US citizen explain to a Limey who is Romney and what does he stand for ? Is he a better option than Obama and why ?

sherlock

Admin 01.09.2012. 10:33

A vote for a democrat is a vote for this:

Sorry, mate, we know what you're trying to do: divert the American people's attention from the damage your democrat party has done to America during the past century:

Democrat President Wilson (1913-1918) said, ?You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.? He may have been the first democrat to appreciate the potential use of multiculturalism (?If it?s white or American, trash it!?) in deconstructing the Constitution, saying, ?No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation.? Obama put it this way (without using a teleprompter!): "Every nation is exceptional in its own way."

Democrat President Roosevelt (1933-1945) ?let it all hang out? in his speech before Congress on January 11, 1944:
?We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights...? which included:
-The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation
-The right of every family to a decent home
-The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health
-The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment.

Democrat President Johnson?s Great Society became the largest redistribution of wealth program in our history. Obama has thrust national healthcare upon us, the hallmark of all socialist and welfare states.

25 years ago none of the above was common knowledge. It is only because of more honest, unbiased reporting on the Internet, talk radio and Fox News (all non-existent 25 years ago!) that today we know that the democrat party has been gradually changing America into a European style welfare state.
-2/4/10 Gallup poll: 61% of liberals have a positive view of socialism.
-6/2/11 Gallup poll: 71% of democrats favor re-distributing wealth.
-Now they have national health care, the foundation of all welfare and socialist states.

And Obama?s economy reflects his party?s aspirations:

Obama said, "I can say that 14 days after I signed our Recovery Act into law, we are seeing shovels hit the ground." (3/3/09 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/03/03/O?

Since he bragged about that, three and a half years later the unemployment has been over 8.1%.

Maybe he meant ?Shovel ready jobs for government union workers??

-7/8/11 U. S. News Report (usnews.com): The actual number of private sector jobs decreased since 2008. Government jobs increased. During the worst of the downturn, the private sector was hammered with massive job losses, while the public sector held fairly steady.

-6/8/12 Investors Business Daily: ?Private-sector jobs are still down by 4.6 million, or 4%, from January 2008, when overall employment peaked. Meanwhile government jobs are down just 407,000, or 1.8%. Federal employment actually is 225,000 jobs above its January 2008 level, an 11.4% increase.?

-6/11/12 Cato Institute (http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/obama-vs-? school enrollment has minimally increased over the last few decades, but teacher employment has exploded ? the public school workforce has grown 11 times faster than student enrollment over the last 40 years.? Furthermore, on a per pupil basis, the inflation-adjusted average cost of a K-12 education has gone from about $55,000 to about $150,000.?

8/15/12 USA Today/Gannet:
-More than 21,000 retired federal workers receive lifetime government pensions of $100,000 or more per year
-Government pensions are vastly more generous than those in the private sector," says economist Veronique de Rugy of the market-oriented Mercatus Center
-The average federal pension pays $32,824 annually. The average state and local government pension pays $24,373, Census data show. The average military pension is $22,492. ExxonMobilExxon Corporation, which has one of the best remaining private pensions, pays an average of $18,250 per retiree
-All federal retirees receive health benefits.
-Pension payments cost $70 billion last year, plus $13 billion for retiree health care. Taxpayers face a $2 trillion unfunded liability ? the amount needed to cover future benefits ? for these programs, according to the government's audited financial statement.

Admin

Wobble 02.09.2012. 23:10

Is lying whenever it is convenient to do so now the official policy of the RNC? Array

Wobble

Admin 02.09.2012. 23:10

Democrats like this asker have no choice: they can?t promote Obama for his record of successes so they are left with trashing Romney/Ryan. But, above all else, they are desperately trying to divert our attention from what the democrat party stands for:

Democrat President Wilson (1913-1918) said, ?You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.? He may have been the first democrat to appreciate the potential use of multiculturalism (?If it?s white or American, trash it!?) in deconstructing the Constitution, saying, ?No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation.? Obama put it this way (without using a teleprompter!): "Every nation is exceptional in its own way."

Democrat President Roosevelt (1933-1945) ?let it all hang out? in his speech before Congress on January 11, 1944:
?We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights...? which included:
-The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation
-The right of every family to a decent home
-The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health
-The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment.

Democrat President Johnson?s Great Society became the largest redistribution of wealth program in our history. Obama has thrust national healthcare upon us, the hallmark of all socialist and welfare states.

25 years ago none of the above was common knowledge. It is only because of more honest, unbiased reporting on the Internet, talk radio and Fox News (all non-existent 25 years ago!) that today we know that the democrat party has been gradually changing America into a European style welfare state.
-2/4/10 Gallup poll: 61% of liberals have a positive view of socialism.
-6/2/11 Gallup poll: 71% of democrats favor re-distributing wealth.
-Now they have national health care, the foundation of all welfare and socialist states.

And Obama?s economy reflects his party?s aspirations:

Obama said, "I can say that 14 days after I signed our Recovery Act into law, we are seeing shovels hit the ground." (3/3/09 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/03/03/O?

Since he bragged about that, three and a half years later the unemployment has been over 8.1%.

Maybe he meant ?Shovel ready jobs for government union workers??

-7/8/11 U. S. News Report (usnews.com): The actual number of private sector jobs decreased since 2008. Government jobs increased. During the worst of the downturn, the private sector was hammered with massive job losses, while the public sector held fairly steady.

-6/8/12 Investors Business Daily: ?Private-sector jobs are still down by 4.6 million, or 4%, from January 2008, when overall employment peaked. Meanwhile government jobs are down just 407,000, or 1.8%. Federal employment actually is 225,000 jobs above its January 2008 level, an 11.4% increase.?

-6/11/12 Cato Institute (http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/obama-vs-? school enrollment has minimally increased over the last few decades, but teacher employment has exploded ? the public school workforce has grown 11 times faster than student enrollment over the last 40 years.? Furthermore, on a per pupil basis, the inflation-adjusted average cost of a K-12 education has gone from about $55,000 to about $150,000.?

8/15/12 USA Today/Gannet:
-More than 21,000 retired federal workers receive lifetime government pensions of $100,000 or more per year
-Government pensions are vastly more generous than those in the private sector," says economist Veronique de Rugy of the market-oriented Mercatus Center
-The average federal pension pays $32,824 annually. The average state and local government pension pays $24,373, Census data show. The average military pension is $22,492. ExxonMobilExxon Corporation, which has one of the best remaining private pensions, pays an average of $18,250 per retiree
-All federal retirees receive health benefits.
-Pension payments cost $70 billion last year, plus $13 billion for retiree health care. Taxpayers face a $2 trillion unfunded liability ? the amount needed to cover future benefits ? for these programs, according to the government's audited financial statement.

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keitra 24.04.2008. 17:01

What did Molly brown think about the titanic sinking? i have to do a project and i really dont know wat she thought about it

keitra

Admin 24.04.2008. 17:01

In April of 1912, while on an extended trip in Europe with her daughter Helen, Margaret received word that Larry's son, her first grandson, was very ill. The news caused her to shorten her trip and return to the United States. As fate would have it, she booked passage on the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. Helen decided at the last minute to remain in London with friends, and Margaret went on without her, accompanied only by her good friends Jacob and Madeline Astor.


The Olympic and The Titanic

Despite her worries, Margaret was eager to be on the maiden voyage of the Titanic. The ship was a wonder of modern science built by British White Star Lines at a cost of $10 million. The boat weighed 46,000 tons and was 882.5 feet long. The Titanic was the most luxurious ship ever built. "There will never be another like her," said Baker Charles Burgess. "They can make them bigger and faster, but it was the care and effort that went into her."

Features of this "floating palace" included a glass domed staircase, a lounge which imitated the palace of Versailles in France, a gymnasium with the latest electrical exercise equipment, a library, a saltwater swimming pool, a squash racquet court, a photographic dark room, and Turkish baths. Margaret's first class stateroom cost $4,350 for the 6-day voyage. The rooms had freestanding beds made possible by the steadiness of the ship.

The ship's hull was as thick as 6 feet 3 inches in some places and was divided into sixteen watertight compartments made to keep the ship afloat in the case of disaster. The ship's builders boasted that the ship was "practically unsinkable" which the press soon declared "unsinkable."

The Titanic's first class passenger list boasted an impressive number of U.S. and European celebrities: the Astors, Benjamin Guggenheim, Charles Hayes, Jacques Futrelle, Isador Strauss, and Bruce Ismay, the owner of the White Star Shipping Line. Of the above, only Margaret and Ismay survived.

That evening, the ship's Captain and crew had received numerous warnings of ice in the area. The ship even received a radio transmission that a nearby ship was stopped and completely surrounded by ice. Still, for reasons that would be debated for years, the Titanic charged ahead at nearly its top speed of 22.5 knots. By the time the lookout saw the iceberg it was too late to change course. Shortly before midnight on April 14th the Titanic struck ice.

Margaret had retired to her stateroom early, anxious to finish a book. Margaret describes her experience this way, "I stretched on the brass bed, at the side of which was a lamp. So completely absorbed in my reading I gave little thought to the crash that struck at my window overhead and threw me to the floor. Picking myself up I proceeded to see what the steamer had struck. On emerging from my stateroom, I found many men in the gangway in their pajamas. All seemed to be quietly listening, thinking nothing serious had occurred, although realizing at the time that the engines had stopped immediately after the crash and that the boat was at a standstill."

The crew did not immediately realize the extent of the damage. However, like Margaret, they suspected that something was wrong because the engines had shut down.

After the crash, Margaret returned to her stateroom and heard increasing confusion in the hall causing her to investigate further. "I again looked out and saw a man whose face was blanched, his eyes protruding, wearing the look of a haunted creature. He was gasping for breath and in an undertone he gasped, 'get your life saver'."
Margaret, who was a seasoned traveler, never feared for her personal safety. "If the worst should happen," she declared confidently "I could swim out." She was never able to prove her swimming ability. After helping fellow passengers into a lifeboat she headed to see what was being done with the lifeboats on the other side of the ship. She still believed the comments made by her friend Jacob Astor that the ship was unsinkable. Suddenly, she was taken a hold of and with the words "you are going too" was dropped four feet into the lowering lifeboat #6.

Lifeboat #6 was equipped to hold 65 passengers. However, it pushed off from the Titanic with 21 women, 2 men and a twelve-year-old boy on board. As the lifeboat was being lowered, Margaret noticed with horror a gush of water spouting from an opening in the side of the ship. The last orders given to the group by Captain Smith were "row to the light and keep the boats together." As the lifeboat moved away from the sinking Titanic they realized there was no light.

Margaret slid the heavy wooden oar into place with the help of another woman, and the two assisted in rowing the lifeboat safely away from the Titanic. "As we pulled away from the boat, we heard sounds of firing, and later were told it was officers shooting as they were letting down the boats from the steamer trying to prevent those from the lower decks jumping on the lifeboats. Others said [correctly] that it was the boilers."

Margaret could still hear sounds of dogs barking and children crying. She had to believe that they too were being loaded onto lifeboats. Finally, the cries ceased and a great rumbling sound was heard as the boilers exploded and all the contents of the ship slid to one side. "Suddenly," she wrote, "there was a rift in the water, the sea opened up and the surface foamed like giant arms spread around the ship, and the vessel disappeared from sight." At 2:30 a.m. April 15th the Titanic sank. Of the approximately 2,300 on board 1,600 were lost.

The occupants of Margaret's lifeboat stood in silent shock in the middle of their lifeboat. They demanded to go back and help the people struggling in the water, but Quartermaster Hutchens ordered that it was their lives now that were in danger, and that the drowning victims would capsize the small life boat in their efforts to be saved. Reluctantly, the women went back to their oars sobbing at the sounds of death surrounding them.

They continued to row for four more hours occasionally seeing flares sent up by the other lifeboats. At 4:30 a.m. Margaret saw a flash of light. It was from the approaching ship Carpathia that, although not the nearest ship to the Titanic, was the first to answer the distress call. After some difficulty, lifeboat #6 pulled up along side of the Carpathia, and the occupants were pulled aboard one at a time. On deck the group was given hot coffee and stimulants as they achingly scanned the deck for familiar faces.

Margaret, though sore, tired and cold, began to take action. Her knowledge of foreign languages enabled her to console survivors who spoke little English. She also rifled through the ship to find extra blankets and supplies to distribute to women who were sleeping in the dining room and corridors. She compiled lists of survivors and arranged for information to be radioed to their families at her expense. Margaret realized that these women had lost everything- husbands, children, clothes, money and valuables- and needed to start a life in a new country. She rallied the first class passengers to donate money to help less fortunate passengers. Before the Carpathia reached New York $10,000 had been raised.

The Carpathia docked at New York's pier 54 where it was met by a crowd of 30,000 people. Margaret was surrounded by reporters and was asked to what she attributed her survival. "Typical Brown luck," she replied. "We're unsinkable."

Upon hearing that her grandson had recovered, Margaret decided to stay in New York. She continued the work begun on the ship and became president of the survivors committee. The Titanic disaster made Margaret a national hero. By the time she arrived back in Denver, the media was clamoring to interview the "Unsinkable Mrs. Brown."



Content from Kristen Iversen's book, Molly Brown, Unraveling the Myth , published by Johnson Books in 1999.

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WS Historian 21.02.2013. 03:32

600 TH Question : Is there any denying that Goldberg is the GREATEST KAYFABE wrestler to ever lived + BQ? I mean I've asked a lot of times about who's Top 10 greatest kayfabe wrestler of all time. I've seen answers like The Undertaker, Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, John Cena, The Rock, etc. But, WWE Fans usually put The Undertaker and Hulk Hogan most of the time as their greatest kayfabe wrestler of all time.

I kinda agree with Taker and Hogan. But, I noticed they cheated around 20% of their victories in their career. I know that people might say they were heels and want to piss off Fans. But, cheating is cheating. And nobody wants to give credit to cheaters.

IMO, Goldberg is the greatest kayfabe wrestler to ever lived in this world. I mean look at him. This man almost never cheated in his entire career, always winning fair and square, and never once suffer clean defeats.

Goldberg had 173 wins on a row. Not just that, Goldberg also squashed Legends. Goldberg beat Hogan in just 6 minutes even after having 2 matches ealier in the night. Goldberg squashed Sting in just 3 minutes and Big Show in just 1 minute. In WWE, Goldberg beat The Rock, Chris Jericho, and Triple H without any difficulty.

And even with a broken leg, Goldberg still managed to beat Triple H at Survivor Series 2003 despite interference from Ric Flair, Batista, and Randy Orton. A man with a broken leg still beat 4 wrestlers.

As dominant Taker and Hogan were, they were never able to do what Goldberg did. Winning all of his matches clean, squashing Legends in just minutes, and overcomes 4 wrestlers on his own with a broken leg.

The only time Goldberg cheated that I recalled was Nitro 1998 against Sting and Bash at The Beach 2000 against Kevin Nash. That was only 2.

I know you might say Goldberg's career is short lived and it's not hard to win many matches and not suffering clean defeat in just 5 years. But, just look at Hogan and Taker in their first 5 years. Do they win all of their matches clean like Goldberg? No, just hell no.

Even as babyfaces, Hogan and Taker also cheated at some points. Just remember Hogan likes using Jimmy Hart's megaphone and Taker often wins because his opponents gets distracted by Paul Bearer. Overall, only PPV, Taker and Hogan had around 15 unfair victories. Compared to Goldberg who's TV and PPV combined only had 2 unfair victories.

So, what do you think? Is there any denying that Goldberg is the greatest kayfabe wrestler of all time? And definitely a better kayfabe wrestler than Taker and Hogan?

BQ : Other than Goldberg, can you name any other dominant wrestler who have great W/L Record like Taker and Hogan, but win most of their matches fair (like Goldberg)?

How about Andre The Giant? Bruno Sammartino? I know both are so dominant, but did they win almost all of their matches fair like Goldberg or there's cheating around 20 % like Taker and Hogan? Or any other wrestler?

BQ2 : Who do you think is Mike Tyson of Pro Wrestling? The baddest man on the planet and the most feared wrestler.

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Admin 21.02.2013. 03:32

Goldberg probably had the greatest short run in wrestling history. But the real question is, could he have sustained it for 10 years, 15 years, 20 years? Another factor is Goldberg wrestled only in WCW (and a brief time in the WWE), wrestling guys he was reasonably familiar with.

Goldberg did have an amazing run for those few short years, but the greatest kayfabe wrestler in history is Ed "Strangler" Lewis.

The Strangler had a 40-year career, wrestling anybody and everybody who challenged him. In his day there weren't really the territorial promotions we have today like WWE, TNA, ROH, etc who rarely if ever stray outside their own promotions. The guys wrestle in their own promotions and rarely if ever wrestle guys in other promotions. The Strangler took on everybody who challenged him, in shoot matches, "scripted" matches, different wrestling styles, you name it The Strangler did it. He was World Champion six times, as well. The real convincing statistic is Lewis' win/loss record. He wrestled 6100 matches in his 40-year career and only lost 30 of them. If we do the math, 6100 divided by 30 equals 203, which means if his losses were spaced out evenly throughout his career then he consistently had winning streaks of 203 matches. 30 of them. Of course, losses aren't spaced out evenly so that means Strangler Lewis had winning streaks longer than 203 matches. AND doing the math, his losses were less than ONE per year. The only other wrestlers I know of who even came close to that kind of winning percentage over a LONG career were Andre The Giant and Bruno Sammartino. Andre wrestled about 20 years but the last couple of those years saw him lose match after match. Bruno wrestled about 30 years but kept his winning percentage very high til the very end.

The final convincing argument for Ed "Strangler" Lewis being the greatest kayfabe wrestler in history is the fact that both the longest reigning NWA World Champ (Lou Thesz) and longest reigning AWA World Champ (Verne Gagne) both called The Strangler "the greatest wrestler in history". Thesz was almost always a face, and Gagne definitely was. Lewis won 6,070 matches in his 40-year career. Basically he beat everybody on the planet. The only wrestler he didn't beat was India's Great Gama, but those were shoot matches done amateur style, not professional wrestling, and I believe they only wrestled each other twice if I remember right. The Great Gama is the only career wrestler in history (amateur and pro) who retired undefeated (his career lasted 50 years), but again his style was the Indian version of amateur style and his matches were shoot, completely real, not professional wrestling.

So there are really three answers to your question.

1. The greatest wrestler in history (of any style, shoot or not) is The Great Gama. Undefeated for 50 years.
2. The greatest PRO kayfabe wrestler in history is Ed "Strangler" Lewis as I explained above.
3. Lewis was one of the originals back in the early 1900's. Wrestling was a different game back then. If we're talking more modern times then Bruno Sammartino is the greatest kayfabe wrestler.

These three didn't cheat to win matches. They used strength, technique, and leverage to win their matches.

BQ: Andre and Bruno, of course. Also The Crusher, the Road Warriors, Verne Gagne, Lou Thesz. If we go back in time then there are Danny Hodge, the Zbysko brothers, Joe Stetcher, Frank Gotch, Earl McCready (the original "Man of a Thousand Holds"), and Georg Hackenschmidt.

BQ2: At the moment it's ROH's Kevin Steen. A large cold-blooded sadistic animal who enjoys hurting his opponents in cruel ways.

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