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 Commentary January 20, 2011     
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Women Are Not Allowed To Read This

Seeing as how women have been keeping this secret for years from us men folk, I feel it my patriotic, not to mention masculine, duty to reveal a secret or two.

Pedicures make you feel good.

There. I’ve said it. The secret is out. No longer can women conspire to deny us men the pleasure of either manicures or pedicures.

I found this out by accident. I am a Type II diabetic. All diabetics have to ensure their feet are well cared for as diabetes can cause big-time problems with foot injuries. As a consequence, I began to get pedicures.

Lo and behold! I made a discovery that I had not known about for decades! You get to place your tootsies in some nice hot, but not too hot, water, all nice and scented, and with whirlpool action . . . the water softens the nails and cuticle, and then the pedicurist begins to work her magic. She trims your nails perfectly, massages your feet and toes with lovely scented massage oil, moves up to your ankle and calf, and massages your lower leg and feet to the point where you’re about ready to fall asleep.

When you’re done, you walk around a bit lighter in the step, with a great deal more comfort, no more ingrown toenails, no more tight muscles . . . just freedom and comfort.

Kim's NailsTurns out that more and more men are discovering the pleasure of both manicures and pedicures (in spite of this consipiracy of women!). Ask Mai at Kim’s Nails in Escondido. Mai just purchased Kim’s Nails at 353 W. Mission Avenue, in Escondido. First thing she did was completely remodel the place. She installed five brand new spa stations, with foot baths, vibrating back rests, controlled by you, soft leather upholstery, and a warm, cozy atmosphere with highly trained attendants seeing to your every need. Evelyn and I have been going to Kim’s Nails for years and we will continue to do so. We’re very impressed with the commitment Mai has made by putting in brand new equipment, and with the gentle way she and her highly trained staff treats both hands and feet.

Mai is the type of business person we want to see in North County. She invests in setting up a great location, with plenty of parking, installs all new equipment, and is conscientious about her work, her location, and its appearance.

She deserves not only a visit but a pat on the back for the super job she has done in just a short period of time.

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Okay, now that I’ve thrown a bouquet or two to a new business, you women can begin reading. (No question in my mind but ALL women observed the embargo on not reading the previous comments).

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Sad to hear Karl Fleugel passed away recently. Karl was the owner of Fizzz, the German Restaurant at Centre City Parkway and West Valley Parkway, in Escondido.

The doors have been shuttered and the landlord has taken over the property. Mike Driver, was equally saddened. He knew and worked with Karl daily as his chef and Mike pretty much ran the operation when Karl was not around.

While Mike could easily make a German Restaurant a success, business consideratons prevent him from taking over Karl’s property. Hint to local restaurateurs . . . Mike Driver is available. Grab him. He’s good.

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Also sad to report that close friend, Vivian Doering, is ailing. Vivian got hit with a medical diagnosis before Christmas that, in itself was troubling, but then her husband, Joe, died. We spoke to Vivian Monday and she is holding up well but those of us who pray, are asked to pray for her continued medical battles. She’s a super lady and she and Joe are well known throughout North San Diego County for their many civic and service contributions. We miss Vivian and want to see her back, with that great big smile, and soon! Let’s all think positive thoughts for her.

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Australia says NO - to radical Muslims

Australia’s several Prime Ministers over the past 10 years have made it abundantly clear to radical Muslims that their attempts to take over Australian society is unacceptable.

PETER COSTELLO, Australia’s Treasurer on August 23rd of 2005, comments taken during a television interview, on Lateline:

What I've said is that this is a country, which is founded on a democracy. According to our Constitution, we have a secular state. Our laws are made by the Australian Parliament. If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you. This is not the kind of country where you would feel comfortable if you were opposed to democracy, parliamentary law, independent courts and so I would say to people who don't feel comfortable with those values there might be other countries where they'd feel more comfortable with their own values or beliefs.

I'm saying if you are thinking of coming to Australia, you ought to know what Australian values are.

There are some (Muslim) clerics who have been quoted as saying they recognise two laws. They recognise Australian law and Sharia law. There's only one law in Australia, it's the Australian law. For those coming to Australia, I think we ought to be very clear about that. We expect them to recognise only one law and to observe it.

Now, for those who are born in Australia, I'd make the same point. This is a country which has a Constitution. Under its Constitution, the state is secular. Under its constitution, the law is made by the parliament. Under its Constitution, it's enforced by the judiciary. These are Australian values and they're not going to change and we would expect people, when they come to Australia or if they are born in Australia, to respect those values.

If you can't agree with parliamentary law, independent courts, democracy and would prefer Sharia law and have the opportunity to go to another country which practises it, perhaps then that's a better option.

Essentially, the argument is Australia expects its citizens to abide by core beliefs - democracy, the rule of law, the independent judiciary, independent liberty. When you come to Australia and you go to take out Australian citizenship you either swear on oath or make an affirmation that you respect Australia's democracy and its values. That's what we ask of people that come to Australia and if they don't, then it's very clear that this is not the country - if they can't live with them - whose values they can't share. Well, there might be another country where their values can be shared.

I'd be saying to (Muslim) clerics who are teaching that there are two laws governing people in Australia, one the Australian law and another the Islamic law, that that is false. It's not the situation in Australia. It's not the situation under our Constitution. There's only one law in Australia. It's the law that's made by the Parliament of Australia and enforced by our courts. There's no second law. There's only one law that applies in Australia and Australia expects its citizens to observe it.

Australia has one law, Australia has a secular state and anybody who teaches to the contrary doesn't know Australia and anybody who can't accept that, can't accept something that is fundamental to the nature of our society.

I'm just saying if they object to a secular state with parliamentary law, there might be other countries where the system of law is more acceptable to them.

Former Prime Minister John Howard had given government support to spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques. An August 2005 article in The Age notes:

Mosques and Islamic schools will be targeted by intelligence agencies as the federal government tries to stamp out homegrown terrorism and extremists.

He said on top of trying to promote Australian values in Islamic schools, the government would monitor what was said in certain schools and mosques to ensure they did not foster terrorism.

Australia’s leaders are dealing with radical Islam. Are we?

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President Theodore Roosevelt'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.

But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American and nothing but an American ... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag ... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.

 

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