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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Saturday Some Information for you.



Before you open your pocketbooks for the next natural disaster, or the Christmas season, please keep these facts in mind:

The American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J. Evans' salary for the 2011 was $951,957 plus expenses.

The United Way President Brian Gallagher receives a $675,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits .

UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern receives $1,900,000 per year (158K) per month, plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE.
Less than 5 cents (4.4 cents) per donated dollar goes to the cause.

The Salvation Army's Commissioner Todd Bassett receives a salary of only$13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization.96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause.

The American Legion National Commander receives a $0..00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

· The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander receives a $0..00 zero salary .
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
· The Disabled American Veterans National Commander receives a$0..00 zero salary .
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
· The Military Order of Purple Hearts National Commander receives a$0..00 zero salary .
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
· The Vietnam Veterans Association National Commander receives a$0..00 zero salary .
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

Thank you Susan at Writing Straight From the Heart And Cheri from Chez Cheri.



A doctor's office is not the place to be if you're trying to avoid germs. To limit your exposure: Bring your own books and magazines (and toys, if you have your children or grandchildren with you) and pack your own tissues and hand sanitizers, which should have an alcohol content of at least 60 percent. If possible, in the waiting room, leave at least two chairs between you and the other patients to reduce your chances of picking up their bugs. Germ droplets from coughing and sneezing can travel about 3 feet before falling to the floor.   (Thanks Sharon).


Just because you are a patient in the hospital doesn’t mean you have been admitted to the hospital. WHAT???? In an effort to save money, Medicare has written guidelines to hospitals about when a patient comes into the hospital for “observation” versus “admittance”. Generally, observation is for 24 to 48 hours, but in some circumstances, it can last longer. The implications are significant. First, if the patient is not “admitted” to the hospital, then Medicare pays less of the bill, and the patient pays a higher deductible and a higher co-pay. Next, should the person be in the hospital under “observation” status and is then discharged to a rehabilitation center or nursing home, even if they have been hospitalized for three or more days, Medicare will not pick up the tab. Thus, rather than picking up the first 100 days in a long-term care facility, Medicare will pay nothing, and the patient will start paying immediately. Yes, we get it… it doesn’t make any sense, but it is what it is. Many people are blaming the hospitals, when in fact they are not to blame. Thus, it is very important when you or a loved one is in a hospital, particularly if it is expected that the patient will be discharged to a rehabilitation center or long-term care facility, to determine at the very beginning whether the patient is “admitted” or simply under “observation” status. Don’t wait until the discharge of the patient – find out the exact status of the patient at the beginning of the hospital stay. If you want to learn more, go to this link:
Thank you Sharon.


 Do you have a special needs child in your life?  If so do you want the government or you to make their school decision?

 They want to pass a bill saying that the government can overrule parents' rights in the interest of a disabled child. They could determine what type of education the child receives and what kind of medical/psychological intervention would be done.

In other words it's a power grab for control of our children, starting with those who are "disabled." A child with any type of "disability" could qualify.

November 27, 2012

Dear Susan,
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Monday that he plans to begin floor consideration of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Tuesday.
The United Nations' Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) would pose serious problems for the United States if it were ratified today. Though it is touted as the progeny and logical follow-up to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1991, it is in fact more of a power grab than humanitarian action.
U.S. sovereignty is at issue on a number of fronts, including that the CRPD presumes the establishment of rights contained in treaties that the United States has not ratified, including the International Covenant on Social, Economic, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). These rights are not recognized by the United States Constitution, nor are provided by existing U.S. laws - however U.S. courts could use the ratification of the CRPD to force Americans to comply with other UN treaties which are against American interests.
The original ADA equally protects the rights of all parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children, regardless of the disability status of parent or child. The CRPD would take away this right, obligating our government to ensure that "in all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration." The phrase "best interests of the child" is an international law "term of art," its meaning firmly established through consistent application by other bodies, including the Committee on the Rights of the Child. As one international legal scholar explains, "Best interests provides decision and policy makers with the authority to substitute their own decisions for either the child's or the parents' provided it is based on consideration of the best interests of the child." In ratifying the CRPD, the government would apply this standard only to parents of disabled children - a position antithetical to the protection for parents provided by the ADA.
I urge you to contact your senators today, and let them know that parents of disabled children deserve the same rights as all parents.

Tony Perkins

P.S. Please forward this email to as many friends, family, and fellow church members as possible. Senators will take note if we speak up.
Thank you Susan at Christian Writer/Reader

This year, December has 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays and 5 Mondays.

This only happens once every 824 years.   (Thank you Cheri at Chez Cheri.)



Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I am ALWAYS stunned when I read the info on the charitable organizations! Thank you for the reminder, Sandie! blessings and hugs ~ tanna

Shelly said...

What an eye opener! Thanks for putting these together for us-

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Interesting thing about bringing along your own books and magazines to prevent the spread of germs...I was thinking the same way when I was holding the hymnal at church last Sunday...wondering whose germs I was sharing...well I think the important thing is to wash your hands often. Interesting too about the salaries that people make and I will consider that when making my donations...most of the time I give to the poor though a ministry at our church and they don't make anything...they are volunteers. Hope your Saturday is a super one!

Susan said...

Hi Sandie...Oh yes, Salvation Army is a GOOD choice. Goodwill, too.

A couple of the other "charities" you mentioned, (one in particular) I had already decided I'd never donate to.

Take care and have a swell Saturday. Nice post! Susan

LL Cool Joe said...

If your mod effects your skin I should look grey!!

Have a wonderful Saturday, here in the UK it's already mid afternoon. :)

Pondside said...

The Salvation Army gets my vote. I've seen them in action. Thanks for getting the word out.

Beth said...

Very informative post. Thank you!

Wanda's Wings said...

A lot of info.

Cranberry Morning said...

Thank you, Sandie, especially for the information on those non profit salaries! What an eye opener and info we all need.

Cranberry Morning said...

P.S. I just went to UNICEF's website, where I read, 'The United Nations Children's Fund - UNICEF - works for children's rights, their survival, development and protection..." Right. It's all about the children.

EM Illustrator said...

A lot of interesting information for us today :)
Enjoy your day. Hugs x

Jackie said...

Great information...
I was unaware of the salaries (and expenses) of these CEO's.
Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

That corgi :) said...

I'm not fond of giving to Red Cross or United Way. If I'm giving to a charity that helps others, I usually am looking for something Christian based; but thanks for the info Sandie about that.

That is so true about the Medicare info you listed with observation versus admission. I can attest to that with the reports I type that there are two distinctions between level of care. And it makes perfect sense in looking back at hubby's parents' and their medical needs in their final year of life; when they would go to the hospital they would be "stuck" in the ER for hours, but in reality it was "observation" to make sure they really needed a full admit. They had so many different insurance policies with care that they rarely had to pay any bills so I'm sure it didn't phase them if they were observation versus admit. But it is good for us to know in the future.

all great info you shared Sandie! Enjoy the weekend!


SweetMarie said...

Aren't those salaries ridiculous?! I really appreciate this info. :) We always take gifts to Chick-fil-a thru their angel program. My son has been doing this since he could walk. :) We also donate to the local churches.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You are so wonderfull bad Sandie!! Loved your bare butt elf!
I quit giving to the United way- has gotten too political! But the Salvation Army is awesome!! I give all my cash everytime I go to the grocery store!!

Gloria Hood said...

Great info today! Lots I did not know! Thanks!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lots of good info. I particularly like the donations info. I knew that about the SA versus the Red Cross, but I didn't know that about veterans groups. Love our vets!

And nothing surprises me about the government's grab for power. Booh sides are guilty. And don't get me started about the UN. LOL



Ann said...

Those salaries are just outrageous. The thing about the hospital and insurance I didn't know about. Good information to have

Ms. A said...

Interesting (and a bit disheartening) info.

I can't believe it's already December! Jeez, where does time go?

Happy weekend!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Your just full of information today. Enjoy your Saturday!

jack69 said...

Good entry, but don't I remember the 5 MOndays, 5Sats and 5Suns thing? I believe sometimes I am that old, I willprobably miss thenext one. hahahah
Thanks for a good read. Running late here for some reason, probably the age thing also,
Love from Florida!!

jack69 said...

On another note, it is always good to know where you donate. I am one of the ignorant ones, I thought the head of the Red Cross and those types of charities were wealthy folks who donated their time, ha! I learned better a few years ago. It was an eye opener. I wish this was more widely known, things would take on a different look.

This was a PS!

Ginny said...

I knew all about the doctor's office! I do not touch any of the doorknobs on entering and leaving. I take a pocket full of wipes with me, and wash my hands as soon as I get home. I used to shower, wash my hair, and want to burn my clothes, but have cut back a bit due to lack of energy, seriously! Also knew about the Ree Cross. I have a story I could tell you about them, really bad!!! We only try to give to the Salvation Army.

Merlesworld said...

Interesting about charities, I try very hard to help out people I know when I can, sometimes there are people who fall into trouble and charities are helpful but there are so many charities and I personally don't know anyone been helped by them. The Salvation Army is the exception I pretty sure they are as good as they claim to be.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I've tried to be more aware of my donations and not give to the charities that use the money for their profit!

hugs, Linda

The Brown Recluse said...

Wow! I always steer clear of United Way, but my word! I didn't know that about Red Cross! Very useful information, Sandie!

I am a germophobe...I always have my own sanitizer, but I hadn't thought about magazines and such. no telling how many times they've been coughed/sneezed on!

BECKY said...

Hey, that's really interesting about the calendar days! And it's funny you posted a calendar, because I did on today's post, too!

Starry Dawn said...

Hi Sandie, dear friend,
I see you work very hard every time you write a post...
I especially like about today's post is the fact that I agree with you about doctor's offices that could be full of germs, even hospitals are full of germs. You all had better be careful not to catch some of those bugs out there. You should always carry some kind of paper towel to cover your nose and mouth while you are in a place where people are sick, or sneeze or cough their lungs out. When we breathe, we inhale everything around us, the good and the bad things. Be careful! This one is a good post with lots of information for us to read.
Thank you for educating your readers with your kind wisdom!
Have a blessed weekend, Sandie!
Warm Hugs,

Blondee said...

Excellent info to be passing along, thanks for sharing and looking out for everyone!

And thanks for the 'moon'!

Granny Annie said...

Great job on listing the organizations that give the majority of their donations to the needy. I scoffed at a recent commercial that stated The American Red Cross donates 95%. That cannot be right with the huge salaries they pay. When my spouse was in a huge flood in the 70's the Red Cross came and charged victims and rescuers for the coffee. He had often seen this done while he was in the military working overseas. The Salvation Army has always been one of our favorites.

Michaele said...

Great info here. I love shopping at Salvation Army and now feel even better about it. Good stuff in this post - as always.

Betsy Adams said...

Great info, Sandie. Thanks... I know that we give most of our mission giving to the Salvation Army because of the reasons you stated...

Trivia for you: 12/12/12 will be the last time that we will see the same 3 digits as a date in our lifetime.... (Next one will be 1/1/3001..... Don't think we will be alive then... ha)


Debbie said...

There is so much information here that I want to print this post! I knew the stuff about the salaries and our giving has been very Salvation Army focused in recent years because of it.

I didn't know the rest of it. THANK YOU for passing it on.

Sandy said...

I do have a special needs son and had not heard this. I certainly need to look into this more. It's frightening, to say the least.

nancygrayce said...

I worked for the American Cancer Society and was shocked at the salaries, expenses and crazy, huge, out of control expensive conventions/parties, one s year for the volunteers and staff and one for just staff. They spent so little money on actual patient services that I was very disillusioned and left as soon as I could. I try to stay with organizations that I know.....the Southern Baptist Disaster teams do a heck of a job.....and I'm not baptist so not plugging my own denomination. :)