World's oldest cat passes awayhttp://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/jun/05/worlds-oldest-cat-dies-tiffany-two/
Ocean Beach kitty was 27
By Karla Peterson11:47 a.m.June 5, 2015
In a photograph taken earlier this year, owner Sharron Voorhees of Ocean Beach cuddles with Tiffany Two, who held the record as the oldest living cat according to Guiness World Records. Tiffany Two passed away in her sleep on May 22 at the age of 27. — Nelvin C. Cepeda / UT San Diego / Twitter @NelCepeda
Tiffany Two, the Ocean Beach feline who held the Guinness World Record as the World’s Oldest Living Cat, passed away at the age of 27. The petite black and orange tortoiseshell kitty died in her sleep on May 22 in her favorite spot — in bed next to her owner, Sharron Voorhees.
“That’s where she slept, and that’s where she passed,” said Voorhees, a retired lawyer in her 70s. “I was so grateful that she did it perfectly right until the end.”
Tiffany Two — whose name was a tribute to Tiffany, a cat that Voorhees had in the 1970s — won her Guinness honors in February, just one month before her 27th birthday. Much hoopla followed, as Voorhees and her cat companion had their time in the media spotlight. Voorhees thought the experience was a hoot. Tiffany Two took it all in stride.
“She was ho-hum about it,” said Voorhees, an animal lover who currently shares her home with two dogs and two cats. “I held her, and she was happy.”
Born on March 13, 1988, Tiffany Two caught Voorhees’ eye in a pet shop. Voorhees bought her for $10, and love at first sight turned into love for life. Cat and human were separated during the late 1990s, when Voorhees moved to a new house and Tiffany Two got out before becoming acclimated to the new neighborhood. She showed up more than two years later, meowing at Voorhees like she had a story to tell.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Voorhees remembered in an email she sent to friends last week. “We were immediately reunited and spent the next 14-plus years together. There is a deep attachment from an animal. Nobody can ever tell me that animals don’t have feelings. I know better!”
The rest was history. Or Guinness World Record history, at any rate.
Even at her advanced age — which is the equivalent of 125 human years — Tiffany Two was not the oldest cat on record. That honor goes to Cream Puff of Austin, Texas, who lived to be 38. But when Tiffany Two turned 27 in March, Voorhees threw a party fit for a newsmaker. Members of the media were in attendance, and human visitors celebrated with champagne and cupcakes. The pet of the hour dined on tuna.
“It was like an explosion of attention,” Voorhees said of the Guinness record. “I was just shocked. But I was pleased that there was so much interest in a little cat.”
Tiffany Two came when Voorhees whistled and remained feisty almost until the end. Voorhees still has fond, if frazzled, memories of a younger Tiffany Two freeing Oliver the poodle from his enclosure and joining him for a romp through the house – and the kitchen trash can.
“I would put Oliver in a playpen when I went out, and she’d spring him. She’d tear a hole in the net so he could squirm out. I would come home and find them sound asleep with debris from one end of the house to the next.”
In honor of her record-setting pet, Voorhees has hung some of Tiffany Two’s best photos in a well-trafficked hallway in her house. The cat loved to lounge there, and Voorhees feels it is a fitting tribute to the small cat with the big, historical life.
“She was truly remarkable. I think animals are such a blessing. They teach you all about love, and they expand your ability to love.”
Immigrating America Into a Colony of Mexico
Article by Frosty Wooldridge
America faces a greater and more dangerous threat from within than from without. While our armed forces secure Afghanistan and Iraq, our own borders stand unguarded 24 hours a day. Al-Qaeda insurgents plan their next attacks somewhere inside our country. They advocate a violent overthrow of America.
“THE AMNESTY ALONE WILL BE THE LARGEST EXPANSION OF THE WELFARE SYSTEM IN THE LAST 25 YEARS” Heritage Foundation
"The amnesty alone will be the largest expansion of the welfare system in the last 25 years," says Robert Rector, a senior analyst at the Heritage Foundation, and a witness at a House Judiciary Committee field hearing in San Diego Aug. 2. "Welfare costs will begin to hit their peak around 2021, because there are delays in citizenship. The very narrow time horizon [the CBO is] using is misleading," he adds. "If even a small fraction of those who come into the country stay and get on Medicaid, you're looking at costs of $20 billion or $30 billion per year."
In 2010, the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits and services while paying some $10,334 in taxes. This generated an average annual fiscal deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of around $14,387 per household. This cost had to be borne by U.S. taxpayers. Amnesty would provide unlawful households with access to over 80 means-tested welfare programs, Obamacare, Social Security, and Medicare. The fiscal deficit for each household would soar.
Other households are net tax consumers: The benefits they receive exceed the taxes they pay. These households generate a “fiscal deficit” that must be financed by taxes from other households or by government borrowing. For example, in 2010, in the U.S. population as a whole, households headed by persons without a high school degree, on average, received $46,582 in government benefits while paying only $11,469 in taxes. This generated an average fiscal deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of $35,113.
The high deficits of poorly educated households are important in the amnesty debate because the typical unlawful immigrant has only a 10th-grade education. Half of unlawful immigrant households are headed by an individual with less than a high school degree, and another 25 percent of household heads have only a high school degree.
The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer
Unlawful immigration and amnesty for current unlawful immigrants can pose large fiscal costs for U.S. taxpayers. Government provides four types of benefits and services that are relevant to this issue:
- Direct benefits. These include Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation.
- Means-tested welfare benefits. There are over 80 of these programs which, at a cost of nearly $900 billion per year, provide cash, food, housing, medical, and other services to roughly 100 million low-income Americans. Major programs include Medicaid, food stamps, the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit, public housing, Supplemental Security Income, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
- Public education. At a cost of $12,300 per pupil per year, these services are largely free or heavily subsidized for low-income parents.
- Population-based services. Police, fire, highways, parks, and similar services, as the National Academy of Sciences determined in its study of the fiscal costs of immigration, generally have to expand as new immigrants enter a community; someone has to bear the cost of that expansion.
“Part of the problem, Santorum said, has been the arrival of millions of unskilled immigrants — legal and illegal — in the United States. "American workers deserve a shot at [good] jobs," Santorum said. "Over the last 20 years, we have brought into this country, legally and illegally, 35 million mostly unskilled workers. And the result, over that same period of time, workers' wages and family incomes have flatlined." SEN. RICK SANTORUM
“The percentage of foreign-born workers in the U.S. labor force has more than tripled over the last four decades and while the U.S. represents just 5 percent of the world’s population it attracts 20 percent of the world’s immigrants, according to a new report.”
JERRY BROWN HANDS ANOTHER $132 MILLION IN “FREE” GRINGO-PAID WELFARE TO ILLEGALS…. more to come!
“Californians bear an enormous fiscal burden as a result of an illegal alien population estimated at almost 3 million residents. The annual expenditure of state and local tax dollars on services for that population is $25.3 billion. That total amounts to a yearly burden of about $2,370 for a household headed by a U.S. citizen.”