I Am….


I am……

Not a whore
Not a maid
Not a prostitute duly paid

Not a nurse
Not a purse
Not one to be hit or cursed

Not a fool
Not dumb
Not one to be under a thumb

Not property
Not for sale
Not a booty call
Not bail

Not a therapist
Not a Savior
Not putting up with bad behavior

Not a victim
A survivor
Not putting up with a no good liar

I am a lady
Stand with Grace
Got something to say?
Say it to my face

I am mighty
A strong oak tree
Expect different?
Leave me be

Stephanie Ann Kinzel

Best Little Diner in Tennessee!


            If you are traveling through Pulaski
Tennessee, a must stop eatery called “The Rusty Spur Diner” located on highway 31 is
the perfect place to fill your belly. Owners Cathy and James Vandiver partnered
with parents Dennis and Gloria Hebir are country culinary geniuses; serving up
the tastiest chicken, pork, steaks, and burgers in the South. This diner is
famous for the hottest chicken wings in the country; so hot that a pair of
gloves and goggles is required to even pick them up. Pictures pinned on the
wall depict the few who have succeeded and the many who have failed to eat
these fiery spiced wings. Additionally, James Vandiver cooks 

one mean, tender, tasty, steak; a
person could not find a high-dollar steak house to fix one better, or a cozier
place to eat it.

            One local man Joseph Boshers, “still hurting the next morning”
(according to a post on the diner’s Facebook page) had this to say about the
wings…”
They were hotter
than hell!” 

To
the owners, this is a great compliment that puts a smile on their face. You can
read more comments by diners’ (local and visitors’) on their Facebook page,
 http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Rusty-Spur-Diner/110396472310710
and see more pictures of the Gunslinger Challenge winners and gave-it-a-try failures.
No matter where in the U.S you reside, a visit to The Rusty Spur Diner is
worth the trip! I drive from Nashville just to get a taste of the wonderful
food served up by this family owned/run diner; it is worth the trip as well as
the price. I give The Rusty Spur an A+ in service, culinary expertise, and the
comfortable country setting!

Bigfoot: Fact or Fiction?


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Bigfoot: Fact or Fiction?

Imagine if you will:

It is just another day delivering packages to the locals,
driving down a long country road going from drop off to drop off. The next
stop, a routine house on the route, seemed to be the normal stop and drop; then
something frightens you to the point of flight. Fight never thinking of
entering the thought process. This sounds as if I am describing a scene from a
horror flick; on the contrary, this indeed happened to Jan Thompson, a delivery
person from Ballard County, Kentucky. In “Forest
Creature”
, Jan tells her terrifying tell of seeing what she describes as a
8 foot, 500 to 600lb, thick furry shadow in the woods behind the house she was
delivering to that day. In this article, Jan states what she saw through her
fright:

“The
sound came from the thick group of trees and echoed over the fields in thick
vibrations. It was a mixture of a deep lion’s growl that heightened into a
scream containing the same low, deep, load rhythm. I stood stunned, half scared
and half curious. From the area of the trees where the sound traveled from was
the figure of something very tall, very large in width and very strong, as some
of the smaller pine trees about 10 to 15 feet in height were being shaken back
and forth vigorously and violently. The figure itself was not totally visible
but hidden mostly behind the shadows of the larger trees behind and around it.
It was dark in color, guessing dark brown or black, with a thick furry outline.
It looked to have stood over 8 feet in height. It began moving along the edge
of the trees towards the house, just keeping inside the safety of the shadows”
(Thompson, 2011).

Thompson
is sure that what she saw was a ‘yeti’ or ‘bigfoot’. Could it have been the
legendary creature she saw in the shadows? I suppose anything is possible. I
try to keep an open mind, just in case. Whether anyone believes Jan or not,
this creäture was indeed very real to her. Thirty years old and seven months
pregnant, her hormones and emotions must have gone haywire. That being said,
there also may be another explanation for Jan’s sighting. As I mentioned, Jan
was seven months pregnant, she also drives a delivery truck dropping packages;
it may be that she did not sleep well the night before, or even a night or two.
It has been suggested that as many as 75% of pregnant women suffer from
insomnia, and thus sleep deprivation sometimes can induce hallucinations
(Roberts, 2011).

Similarly,
coffee and caffeine, if ingested several times a day, added with sleep
deprivation, could make a person at higher risk for ‘seeing’ things others do
not; this may explain why many hunters’ report seeing Bigfoot. Many women have
reported having episodes of hallucinations, which could also be caused from a
hormone imbalance, caffeine, and insomnia. Furthermore, sometimes woman, while
pregnant, develop diabetes; which can also cause a person to hallucinate.
Whichever the case, reasonable doubt that she actually seen Bigfoot can be
established (Roberts, 2011)

On
a side note:

The reason that I chose this story is because
I lived in Ballard County, Kentucky, in the exact area she speaks of. I
remember the town folk scaring the pee out of their charges with the Bigfoot
story to keep their behinds out of the woods and in toe. I never believed it
myself; an avid camper, I had camped at Land Between the Lakes and other areas
alone for years, never did see Bigfoot or any other creatures. Additionally, I
hunted the woods of Kentucky for many a year, and again, I seen no Yeti. I will
not go as far as to say that they do not, or did not ever exist, but, I will
say that in each case that I have researched, other explanations exists, and
therefore, cannot be dismissed.

References

Roberts, T. (2011, May
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http://www.bazzle.com/article/treating-insomnia

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THE RISE AND FALL OF AIG: AIG IS BACK


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The Rise and fall of AIG: AIG Is Back
When we hear the name AIG, we automatically think of bailouts, government, and failure; but, there is much more to AIG and its history. In 1919, an entrepreneur named Cornelius Vander Starr formed a small insurance agency in China. Starr did not stop there, “[In] 1926 Star [opened] a New York office under the name American International Underwriters” (American International Group, 2011). And from that point forward, Cornelius Starr worked on building a worldwide portfolio, and securing his place in American and world corporate history.
Sadly, Starr passed away in 1968, only one year after a major reorganization, forming what is now AIG. Shortly before Starr’s death, Maurice R. Greenberg took the place of president and CEO. AIG continued to grow and expand at an amazing rate, building a remarkable portfolio. In fact, AIG did not show a loss in profit until 1984, but, rectified this loss in 1985. In 1985, AIG posted a net income of $420 million, and by 1997 passed the $1 billion mark. AIG was making its mark across International Borders, and profits were showing remarkable gains (American International Group, 2011).
Unfortunately, AIG’s luck soon ran short; in the late 1980s AIG was slapped with the “largest arbitration award in world history” (American International Group, 2011). “Enron Corporation was awarded a $162 million claim from insurers for Peruvian properties that had been expropriated, and AIG was forced to pay nearly two-thirds of the judgment” (American International Group, 2011). But, Greenberg did not let this setback affect the momentum of the corporation. He continued to buy other businesses, and intertwine with others; this strategy worked, and soon AIG was back on top.
In 1992, Jeffrey Greenberg, the son of Maurice Greenberg, received negative press for what was conceived to be an ethical mishap. When hurricane Andrew ravaged the coast of Florida, Jeffrey sent a memo to staff suggesting that AIG take advantage of the situation and raise prices. Greenberg even added with enthusiasm, “Please get it moving today”; this in turn got activists like Ralph Nader, who accused Greenberg of starting a “cycle of price gouging”, to cause negative press for AIG. Greenberg’s father, Maurice, stood by his son, stating,”… that the contents of the memo were taken out of context and were part of a larger discussion of long-needed rate increases for commercial insurance” (American International Group, 2011). Again, AGI picked up the corporate pieces, and continued the fight for superior placement in the insurance industry.
By the mid 1990s, AIG was raking in net profits of over $114.35 billion. But, AIG’s problems were not over, they were just beginning. On September 11, 2001, America’s foundation was rocked by the sound of the Twin Towers falling to the ground beneath it; AIG heard another unsettling sound, the sound of $50 billion being paid out in insurance claims. Although this did not break the corporation, it took a large part of their capital; it would take time to recover. AIG is the leading insurance carrier because; they have a unique way of overcoming economical challenges (American International Group, 2011).
After years of leadership in the industry, and overcoming adversities, years 2007 and 2008 took its toll on AIG. Between the American and world economy issues, AIG’s plight was detrimental. On September 16, 2008, “the FRBNY extended to AIG a two-year emergency secured loan of up to $85 billion…Additionally, the U.S. Treasury would be entitled to 79.9 percent equity ownership of AIG through preferred stock” (September 2008: Initial, 2011). In all of AIG history, the corporation has been independent of government involvement; now the American Government owns over three-quarter of the corporation. But, AIG corporate management is determined to buy that stock back, regaining its independence once again (September 2008: Initial, 2008).
Not long after the government bailout, AIG was the leading corporation in the negative press category. Word leaked out that AIG was giving out large bonuses to executive staff members; this outraged the American tax payers and the government. AIG’s leader, Edward M. Liddy, stated in response to the anger, “The company promised before the government started bailing out the firm in September that employees would be awarded more than $400 million in retention pay this year and next” (Cho, D. Dennis, B., 2009). The American Government and tax payers believe that the corporation executives should not get the bonuses in light of their financial situation. If it were not for the bailout, none would have a job much less a bonus.
In the end, AIG top executives, including Liddy, “agreed to forgo their bonuses” for the year, and others took a cut as well (Cho, D. Dennis, B., 2009). But, the bitter taste was left in the mouths of Americans; although some bonuses were not given, an amazing $9.6 million was given to some staff members, with more to come in the future. In 2008, AIG reported a net loss for the fourth quarter at almost $62 billion, and a net loss of $5.3 billion in 2007; restructuring alone cost the corporation $6.7 billion. There were concerns throughout AIG governance that “AIG’s internal control over financial reporting [was lacking]” (AIG Reports Forth, 2009). This is a financial concept and strategy that is sure to fail, and will possibly bring the company to an abrupt end.
Retention pay is another concept that is in question, and this may be another downfall for AIG. It is important first to understand what retention pay is; the ability to keep and hold employees so they do not go elsewhere for better money. This may seem like a great strategy to keep staff members, especially in a big corporation like AIG, but, in times of financial plight, staff must be loyal, not greedy. There are other ways of insuring that company secrets stay within the fold; for instance, having confidentiality contracts with provisions made for departing employees is one way. Since the bailout fallout, AIG has changed their retention plan to pay bonuses based on profits, which puts the company in danger of losing some staff members (Cho, D. Dennis, B., 2009).
Based on the AIG recapitalization plan and the current repayment of almost $21 billion to the FRBNY in January 2011, this company seems to be gaining its renewed sense of independence. In addition, December 2010s quarter net income profits were reported as being $11.2 billion and AIG reported the twelve month earnings as $7.8 billion; this means that AIG is on the come-back and will likely succeed in their fight for economic independence. When joined, AIG’s total equity in December 2010 was $113.2 billion, compared to $98.1 the previous December. This is encouraging news for AIG executives and their consumers (AIG Reports Fourth, 2011).
There are a couple of ways that AIG can preserve the corporation and gain back their independence. First, selling off some assets and debt has proven in the past to be helpful in retaining AIG’s leading stand in the industry. It is important that this corporation pay the American tax payers back as quickly as possible. To keep its credibility, AIG must show the people that they are worthy of investment. Another way to gain back independence is to stop the employee retention payments all together. It would be more beneficial to the company, and less expensive to draw up confidentiality contracts instead. Because, someday the current money given will not be enough to keep some, and more money will be expected; some employees may even threaten to reveal trade secrets if not paid to stay. But the most beneficial way to get on track is by continuing to offer a fair service for a fair price; this keeps consumers loyal, and workers proud to be an employee (AIG Reports Fourth, 2011).
In conclusion, while AIG has had financial issues the company remains a leading competitor in the insurance industry. This major corporation started as one man’s dream and determination, and continues to thrive, even in the face of adversity. And although AIG is now government sponsored, the belief that this company will earn back its independence and respect is wide-spread. Finally, AIG has already made a real effort in repaying debts and retaining corporate independence; which in turn, will make them larger than ever before (AIG Reports Fourth, 2011).

References
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FORD MOTOR COMPANY



Ford Motor Company
The Ford Motor Company is in the automotive industry because of one man’s vision, Henry Ford. Born in 1863, Henry Ford had a vision of making automobiles an affordable commodity. He believed that autos could be manufactured cheaper so they would be affordable to general society, not just the wealthy. Ford’s first motorized invention was the ‘Quadricycle’, helping to launch Henry Ford Motor Company in 1899. Ford’s vision birthed new life into the automotive industry by allowing the majority of Americans affordability and quality. This is the very reason that Ford Motor Company has sustained over years of American economical hardship, and today remains in the top ten Fortune 500. Ford Motor Company is the vision of American pride that is here to stay (Ford, 2011).
Ford Motor’s mission statement could not be clearer, “One Ford, One Team, One Plan, One Goal”, meaning;
“One Team”
“People working together as lean, global enterprise for automotive leadership, as measured by;
“Customer, Employee, Dealer, Investor, Supplier, Union/Council, and Community Satisfaction”
“One Plan”
“Aggressively restructure to operate profitably at the current demand and changing model mix”
“Accelerate development of new products our customers want and value”
“Finance our plan and improve our balance sheet”
“Work together effectively as one team”
“One Goal”
“An exciting viable Ford delivering profitable growth for all” (Ford Motor Company, 2011).
This company is just as thorough with its mission statement as it is with automobile and community quality. Ford has kept the good heart and sensible vision of Henry Ford alive with their continued support of society and world issues, as well as continuing to produce affordable automobiles. No entity could add anything to this statement to make it more substantial and gripping to the consumer. This is another example of why Ford Motor Company is one of the leading auto makers in the world, and a great American pride (Ford Motor, 2011).
This company is interesting for an array of reasons; one being their commitment to community support. Ford Motor Company gives to education, food banks, and most importantly American agriculture and farms. It is amazing how this company puts as much effort into giving money as making money. Ford Motor believes, as most, that an education is most important to the survival of America and its future in the world. Ford Motor also played a role in space aviation and NASA; since 1963 this automobile company has intertwined itself with the American Space Program. Although, these are great reasons to be interested in the Ford Motor Company, the most interesting thing about Ford is Henry Ford himself (Ford Motor, 2011).
The perfect picture of American pride and dreams, Henry Ford started on a farm with a dream. Married with one child, this ambitious American decided he wanted more for his family. He found that he could and would help his neighbor and community in the process of obtaining that dream. And that he did; as well as making sure that tradition and heart was inbred into the company that carried his name sake. It is hard to comprehend a vision of this young inventor as a boy fixing town folks watches. Henry Ford’s motto “Help the other fellow” still shines in this major corporation today. Always finding a way to help their ‘fellow’ man, Ford Motor’s future is immeasurable (Ford Motor, 2011).
In conclusion, to think that this company, one man’s dream, has made it through the Depression, recession, market crashes, and bailouts, is not just interesting it is amazing. Ford Motor is the ultimate American dream come true, that also helps others dreams come true. This dream come true is why immigrants migrate to America; and why so many others die trying. Ford has definitely earned its place on the Fortune 500. The Ford Motor Company’s mission is clear; they will do what it takes to keep consumers, community, education, and hope alive in America (Ford Motor, 2011).

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FORD MOTOR COMPANY’S CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIIBILITY


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Ford Motor Company’s CSR Stance

Ford Motor Company is one of the leading forces in Corporate Social Responsibility in the automotive industry; “In 2007, [Ford] added Corporate Social Responsibility to [their] title to reflect the essential role that companies can play in promoting human rights, which is a longstanding goal of U.S. foreign policy” (Mittelhauser, 2011.para.1.). Acting director Mark Mittelhauser boasts about Ford’s participation in the fight for ‘labor’ rights of workers across the world. What a great company strategy; Ford’s own employees have to feel comforted by the fact that the company is fighting for their rights as workers and as humans. Ford Motor Company has surpassed the government standards for CSR, and continues to strive for a cleaner, safer world (Mittelhauser, 2011).
The Ford Motor Company has already taken great strides to ‘eradicate’ labor issues all around the world. “Much of [Ford’s] focus is on eradicating labor abuses within international supply chains, whether in pig iron from Brazil, cotton from Uzbekistan or cocoa from West Africa” (Mittelhauser, 2011.para.3.). Ford will not tolerate any of their suppliers abusing workers, no matter the country. Ford’s stand should be a model for all world companies, large and small; they understand that happier employees produce better products and profit, and that all humans have certain rights.
It is most important for the automobile industry to take on a CSR program for a plethora of reasons; for instance, automobiles use gasoline and diesel, which in turn pollutes the air that we humans and animals breathe. Since it is not practical to eliminate automobiles, a company must reduce the amount of emissions each vehicle produces. The factory itself puts out a carbon footprint that has to be controlled by regulation and corroboration with government and world leaders. Corporate Social Responsibility is a world effort and Ford is very proud to be a part of it (Ford, W. Mulally, A., 2011).
The global marketplace can be very brutal for any company; with different trends, cultural, economy, and regulations, the company must adhere to a diversity of standards and requirements. Ford however, has embraced the challenges of the global marketplace and its diversity. Ford Motor’s President and Executive Chairman believe that, “ the companies that lead these changes will create new “green” jobs and generate profits while reducing fuel use and CO2 emissions, benefiting both the economy and the environment” (Ford, W. Mulally, A., 2011para.3.). What a commitment for a company to not only make, but to keep. Yet, that is exactly what Ford has been doing; making and producing electric automobiles, better MPG on their gasoline and diesel powered automobiles, and steadily improving on lessening the carbon impact on the world (Ford, W. Mulally, A., 2011).
As the world grows more aware of the dangers of climate change, it is more important than ever to cut the pollution down to a feasible level. The hottest trend going in the world today as a whole is electric and hybrid automobiles. The Ford Motor company has made a commitment to focusing on providing affordable, reliable, quality vehicles to supply the new demands of a new generation. New vehicles such as the ‘Lincoln MKZ Hybrid’ and many others similar to it are being made (Ford, W. Mulally, A., 2011). Ford is leading the automotive movement for less dependence on foreign resources. It is not a wonder Ford is a top competitor in the automotive industry.
All companies are responsible to their stock holders, consumers, community, country, and the world as a whole. Ford is responsible for giving their consumers quality, affordable, safe vehicles, while supporting the community. World issues are certainly more complicated to solve; but, Ford has strapped on the responsibility with American pride and heart. Since the days of Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company has projected an attitude of gratitude and a “help the fellow man” mentality; one way of doing that is taking responsibility for their carbon footprint. This is just one of the ways that Ford is being responsible to the world as a whole. It is not surprising this company is a top leader in Corporate Social Responsibility (Ford, W. Mulally, A., 2011).
Every company should implement a CSR program. It not only shows the owner’s character and concern for their community, country, and world issues, but, it also appeals to the consumers. The new world generation of ‘tree huggers’ respect a company that cares about their echo system and environment, it seems that humanity cares more about the environment than previous generations. There is more information offered now than in earlier generations of the economical boom era. This just means that there is more awareness about the consequences of not conceding to the echo system, and what is in store if the world does not conform to the requirements of nature and air quality (Maguire, 2011).
There are many things that a corporation must do to participate fully with the ethics of Corporate Social Responsibility, but, there are also many things that should not be done as well. A company should never offer ‘token’ gestures to show a minimum CSR requirement that is poor policy that will not pay off. A corporation should show the same response and responsibility standard to all; to pick and choose the way to respond will create resentment in the business world, and alienate that company. Corporate Social Responsibility in tells more than just doing the minimum to look good to the public; it is taking immediate action when necessary and called for (Maguire, 2011).
In conclusion, Corporate Social Responsibility is an important part and inclusion in every company. Every entity that takes from the earth should respectfully give back to it; it is the responsible duty of us all. There is way too much information on global warming and echo-critical issues to ignore this problem any longer. And doing the minimum to simply concede to societies demand for excellence will no longer suffice.

References
Ford, W.C., Mulally, A. (2011, February 18). Blueprint for Sustainability: The future at work.
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Health Matters


Conversation between doctor and patient/consumer.

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How to Have a Good Relationship with the Doctor

 

            Having a good relationship with the Doctor is imperative to your health. If you cannot be honest with the doctor, there is a problem. As I told one particular doctor; some people are not meant to be married, some should not be friends, and, some are not meant to be doctor-patient. In fact, if the trust and honesty are not there, it could ultimately cost your life. Additionally, there may be times that you as a patient must take a stand about the health care you receive. In the following paragraphs, there are some no fail strategies for communicating with the doctor.

            First and foremost, do not; under any circumstances exaggerate your symptoms or condition. It is very important that the physician know the exact symptoms of the illness. Furthermore, exaggerating can give the doctor the wrong impression of your mental stability, or worse, make the doctor feel as if their time is being wasted. In any case, this behavior goes into a ‘permanent’ record that will follow a patient throughout their life. Just like a criminal actions, medical actions (or lack thereof), will permanently effect how you are treated. In addition, divulging all pertinent information to the doctor is essential to staying healthy and receiving the proper medication.

            Another important part of doctor-patient edict is dealing with grievances properly and diplomatically. Yelling or cursing at the doctor will not help your plight; this patient knows this from first foot-in-mouth experience. If you are upset with the doctor, sit down and write why, what could have been done differently, and research what the doctor has diagnosed you with. Additionally, write a list of questions and suggestions to take to the next appointment (it is smart to do this before each appointment). It is essential that you do your own research about diagnoses and medications; doctors are human and make mistakes, so be proactive in your health care.

            If narcotics are a part of the treatment plan, the patient needs to be vigilant in controlling proper dosage. America has become a ‘pill for everything’ country; meaning, there is almost a pill for every little discomfort, and narcotics are being utilized by an astonishing amount of people. Once addictive behavior is displayed, whether continuous or not, will affect the way all doctors treat you from that point forward. It cannot be stressed enough, everything goes into a permanent medical record; this record will dictate how you will be treated, now and in the future.

            Additionally, before asking for pain medicine, first ask the physician if there is another alternative. Ask yourself if the discomfort warrants narcotics, you may only need Advil, Aspirin, or Tylenol. Narcotics can cause serious issues beyond the realm of the doctor’s office; addiction is a serious problem in America, and the consequences will last a lifetime. Furthermore, drug addiction does not discriminate against race, religion, or age. Many of famous Americans have gotten addicted to Hydrocodone, Oxycontin, and an array of other dangerous narcotics. These dangerous substances will even kill, without the intention of the user. I am certain Anna Nicole Smith did not want to overdose, leaving behind a baby daughter with no mother. And, unfortunately many others have suffered the same fate.

            Physicians, Surgeons, and Dentists are important to staying healthy and controlling illness. But, we as patients have a greater responsibility of taking care of ourselves and our family’s health; as well as doing as the doctor says. Another quick way to destroy the relationship between the doctor and you, that is to not take your medicine as prescribed, the way it is prescribed. In 2006, I thought a doctor was not taking me off of the narcotics fast enough; so, I quit taking them without telling the doctor first. The result of that action was a note in my permanent record saying, “Patient refuses to take her medication”. Even though I thought it was the right thing to do, the doctor did not. Needless to say, he is no longer my doctor.

            Forming a relationship with a doctor is like forming a marriage; communication, trust, honesty, and participation are required. If the communication or trust is broken, the relationship breaks down and someone gets hurt. A patient must feel like they can be completely honest with their physician; honest about alcohol, drugs, illnesses, and symptoms. Doctors can only make decisions based on the information given to them, nothing more. Researching physicians before making an appointment is a great idea. Know whose hands you are putting your life in, do a background check. Finally, the most important thing to remember is (jokingly), do not make the person who holds the paddles mad because they adjust the voltage! This means in short, there are certain people you just don’t make mad; the one preparing your food, or the one who may save your life…or not.