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Yesterday was 81 tomorrow…

There is only one thing to say…(but I won’t)

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Cooking this today- will let  you know how it turned out…

2 1/2-3 lb pork butt (also known as a pork shoulder)
24 oz. (2 cans) Dr. Pepper
1 medium onion, cut in quarters and then again in half
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons dry ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and black pepper to taste
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
Barbecue Sauce of choice

Place the chopped onions in the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the pork butt on top of the onions and add the garlic, ground mustard, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour the Dr. Pepper on top and cook on high for 4-5 hours (or on low for 8 hours).

Very carefully, because the pork will be hot, remove the meat from the slow cooker and place on a large cutting board. Using two forks, shred the pork by pulling away from each other. The meat should be very tender by this point. Place the shredded pork back into the slow cooker and continue to cook for an additional hour.

Drain the remaining juices and toss the meat and onion mixture in the barbecue sauce of choice. I don’t have an exact amount listed-just add a bit at a time until you get to your desired sauciness!

This was a very fatty piece of meat- I don’t know what the soda added as the meat was very bland. Can’t say I would make this again.

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Today is Brenner’s 6th year adoption anniversary.

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Kelly spent today with her favorite men.

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Finally…got this done today.

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I want to buy this. It is in Tonawanda, NY. If I pay, anyone want to pick it up? I’ll worry about getting it to Missouri.

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This is what I want it for and this is how I will redo it.

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Kris and mom & dad are at the beach enjoying sunshine.

They go back to Matthews Tuesday to meet Ken, Sue and family to enjoy a couple fun filled days. They head back to New York Saturday.

What’s up with you?

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Been out of school 11 days- 4 spent at conferences! The summer is flying by.

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Cancer fund raising is a big dollar enterprise, Brinker got a a 64 percent raise last year, according to the nonprofit group’s 990 IRS filings Specifically, Brinker made $684,717 in fiscal 2012, a 64 percent jump from her $417,000 salary from April 2010 to March 2011, Hall reports.

Equally interesting is that  the Komen website still shows Brinker as founder and CEO despite thiswidely-reported story of her resignation from the CEO role last year.

When the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced last week that it was canceling half of its 3-Day races next year, the charity blamed the economy. But it also acknowledged that its decision to stop providing funds to Planned Parenthood was a factor.

Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator, which evaluates and rates charities, called Brinker’s salary “extremely high.”

“This pay package is way outside the norm,” he said. “It’s about a quarter of a million dollars more than what we see for charities of this size. … This is more than the head of the Red Cross is making for an organization that is one-tenth the size of the Red Cross.”

The American Red Cross had revenue of about $3.4 billion, while Komen’s was about $340 million last year.  Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern makes $500,000, according to the most recent financial documents available for the charity.

Public corporations are designed to make a profit so how much a top executive gets paid ought to be tied to the overall success of the company with the board of directors and shareholders asking whether that is money well spent.  But  nonprofits operate in a different universe. It’s much tougher to measure their effectiveness. After all, what exactly does cancer awareness really mean, and how do high profile campaigns move the nation closer to a cure or behavior changes?

One of the more revealing stories on this issue was published in 2011. I’ve posted an excerpt from it below  The issue is breast cancer but these types of questions can and should be asked about scores of nonprofits involved in everything from education reform to “disease- of-the-month” awareness.

 Yet what many in the breast cancer community are loathe to admit, despite all these lifesaving developments, is that, in fact, we are really no closer to a cure today than we were two decades ago. In 1991, 119 women in the U.S. died of breast cancer every day. Today, that figure is 110 — a victory no one is bragging about. Breast cancer remains the leading cancer killer among women ages 20 to 59; more than 1.4 million new cases are diagnosed annually worldwide.

 Roughly 5 percent, or 70,000, breast cancer patients are diagnosed at a late stage, after the cancer has metastasized — that rate hasn’t budged since 1975, despite all the medical advances and awareness campaigns. For these women, the prognosis remains grim: Only 1 in 5 will survive five years out. Fundamental questions still elude researchers: Why do a third of all women considered cured by their doctors suffer recurrences? Why are breast cancer rates rising in Asia, where they’ve been historically low? Is it even possible to prevent breast cancer, and if so, how?

This should make us all ask tough questions about whether charities are truly fulfilling their mission.

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Residents of Des Moines, Iowa, and even Kansas City, Mo., could get a last-minute visit from winter with some accumulation before the storm’s over, according to weather.com. Yesterday was 80!

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Boston Marathon

With thousands of runners still on the course, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people, injuring scores more and turning the city’s most celebrated event into a spectacle of shattered glass, blood and screams.

We live in a sad world… prayers and thoughts to the people in Boston.

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Park Hill School District staff trained to fight intruders

This newscaster misquoted- we will not fight intruders!
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A gas main break outside of JJ’s Restaurant on the Country Club Plaza sparked an explosion and five-alarm fire that wounded at least 14 people early Tuesday evening.

1 dead- several critical- restaurant totally gone!

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Major Winter Storm Takes Aim On Kansas City.

Changed forecast to 10-15 inches. School is already called off tomorrow because Missouri and Kansas are under a state of emergency. People in New York and the East coast would be laughing- nothing compared to you.

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U.S. Postal Service Proposes Cutting 120,000 Jobs

On Jan. 27, the USPS raised postage stamp prices by one cent to 46 cents.

On Feb 6, the USPS announces it’s not going to deliver first-class mail on Saturdays anymore beginning in August but will continue to deliver packages.

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