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Five Ideas for Making Your Home Remodel Go More Smoothly - #HomeRemodel, #HomeRenovation -
5 Things You Can Do to Restore the Beauty of Your Home - #HomeRepair -
Immigration policy has been at the forefront of political debate in recent years - #ImmigrationPolicy - In 2013 alone we have seen such momentous events as the failure of President Obama’s DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act to pass in Congress, and his subsequent decision to enact the bulk of his comprehensive proposal for reform through the use of executive order. As the bi-partisan group of Senators known as the “Gang of Eight” nears the completion of a new proposal intended to pass comprehensive immigration reform into law, a brief review of the history of immigration and citizenship laws in the United States seems as timely as ever.
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To understand the current debate over immigration reform, we must first look to our past and place the debate within the context of an argument as old as America itself. The first law regarding immigration and citizenship was the Nationalization Act of 1790, which limited citizenship to “free white persons” of “good moral character,” with requirements for how long that person had lived in the U.S and how long the application process should take being the only variants on this initial law for the next several decades. This theme of racial, national prejudice in dictating immigration policy has been at the core of the debate ever since. In 1868, the 14th amendment was passed, and in 1898 the Supreme Court made a landmark ruling in U.S vs. Wong Kim Ark by interpreting this amendment to guarantee citizenship to all children born in the United States, regardless of parentage (with the exception of children of diplomats).
The 20th century saw a number of changes in immigration policy, as more and more people sought to emigrate to the U.S for greener pastures. Asian immigration, whether implicitly or explicitly, greatly limited (or in the case of China, entirely limited) the number of immigrants from this region. The assassination of President McKinley in 1901 by a child of immigrant parents offered an opportunity for “naturalists” to greatly limit foreign nationalization in the country, and restrictions on mental health and literacy were put into place. In the 1920’s, quota laws were put into place that limited the number of immigrants by nationality based on various census numbers, which became increasingly restrictive. This time period was marked by a domestic environment hostile to foreigners, for racial or economic reasons, and this sentiment continued to grow for the next three decades and drive policy. The Supreme Court actually ruled that certain nationalities, such as Indians, were “non-white”, thus retroactively revoking the citizenship of millions. By the Great Depression, economic conditions saw not only what was essentially a ban on immigration, but also the coercion of millions of previously nationalized citizens, particularly of Mexican descent, to repatriate to their home country.
Top 6 Ways You Can Make Your Kitchen Easier To Manage and Maintain - #ElevatedStorage, #GraniteCounterTops, #Kitchen - If you actually cook on a daily basis, the kitchen is probably one of the places in the house that you spend the most time in, and probably one of the places in the house that you cleaned the most. However, kitchens are also one of those mysteries of the universe as they seem to get dirty right after you clean them, no matter what you do. While upping the ante and devoting more time to cleaning is obviously a possible solution, why not inoculate your kitchen against dirt and mess by giving it a makeover? Here are some tips.
Granite counter tops and flooring
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Granite might possibly be the best thing you can ever put into your kitchen. The naturally-occurring stone is stain-proof, waterproof and scratch-proof, in addition to being resistant to heat and a whole load of other things notwithstanding zombie attacks. Granite makes your kitchen look good, and makes cleaning a breeze. It also doubles as a surface for rolling out pastry or dough, and for those who are into candy-making; granite's heat resistance makes it a great surface to drizzle all that sugar syrup.
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Raise your shelves and cabinets a few inches off the ground, or attach them to the wall. This prevents dust, dirt and spills from pooling underneath the shelves, and allows you to clean underneath them regularly without having to resort to sophisticated cleaning apparatus. Kids' toys and small hamsters will also be less likely to be doomed to the fate of collecting millennia's worth of dust trapped under a kitchen cabinet.
5 Secrets To Furnish Your Place On Budget - #BudgetFurnish - I guess most of us wonder how to save money on just about anything for the home – from food and basic staples to area rugs, sofas and chairs. But let's not forget that we can't buy just anything that is on bargain... Not everything will fit in our grand design scheme. What's more furnishing a home requires a well-thought design plan, clear idea of want vs. need and lots of patience. And if you're a smart shopper you won't even need a big budget. Give these 5 ideas a chance and see how much you can save in a month or two...
Know The Online Product Price
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It's a trick that can save you a lot. Before you head to a store, check it's website for items which are on sale. It's not only faster this way to locate what you're looking for but it'll have other benefits as well. For example, a friend of mine bought a bed on sale even though it wasn't marked as such in the store. However, he checked the sale online and it was there, on the store's website. The employee on the counter honored the sale price! Here a smart phone comes in handy.
Search using Google Images to get more places that sell the product you want to buy. Thus you can compare different pricing levels and pick the one that suits you best. It'll even produce similar images and products in case you need an alternative to a favourite chair, carpet or table.
Get Regular Sale Notices
Patience is crucial in this game. You can easily find most of the things you want to buy at 20 or even 30% discount if you wait for a sale. Even though this can slow things down a lot, you will be able to outfit your place on a tight budget. For example, I had to wait for a new area rug for six months (I missed an opportunity around Christmas) but I snapped it on sale last week with a nice discount. Another thing to do is to use site like hukkster to get information about products you like when they go on sale.
Make A Thrift Shop Schedule
Thrift shops are a gold mine for vintage furniture and housewares and inevitably produce great deals. Find a couple of such shops and establish connection and trust with their owners by visiting and buying stuff regularly. Try to pop-in whenever you can. And even though you don't buy things every time be friendly and chatty. Always ask what's new in the store and when they get new merchandise. Thus you'll be ahead of the other smart shoppers in town and be able to snatch better products and bargains.
DIY Or Trade Skills
If you are handy with tools then you can be your own designer and manufacturer of custom-made furniture, bedding or whatever else you are good at. In case you lack a specific set of skills, look around you and see whether a friend of yours can do it. You can trade skills between each other. They can get a nice headboard for your bed while you set up their new Word-press site. On the other hand, you can always use your cooking talents to get a new book case, for example.
How Much do Kitchen Cabinets Cost? - #Cost, #KitchenCabinets - Kitchen cabinets are one of the most important parts of the home. It is the one that defines the beauty of the kitchen. When you are trying to remodel your home to increase value and enhance beauty it is worth including the renovation of the kitchen cabinet. But, how much would it cost for having a new set of cabinets? Here are some estimates so you can have an idea how much would it cost to have spanking new cabinets for your kitchen.
How much does it cost?
If you are looking to spend on the basic materials and depending on the size of the kitchen, you would probably spend around $800 for just the materials. Since there are so many types, let’s take a look what most homeowners are spending…
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A more expensive finish and material would probably set you back around $2,000. There are stock cabinets that have certain styles that would determine its price.
Basic-looking cabinets would cost around $4,000 to $5,000 for a kitchen that measures around 10 by 12-foot. This price may not include the installation labor and the countertops which are usually separately priced.
Semi-custom cabinets may cost from $8,000 to $10,000 for a kitchen that measures around 10 by 12-foot. The cabinets will take some time before it can be installed because they will be built after placing an order.
Custom-built cabinets are the most expensive because it will take into consideration the design of the kitchen. The minimum cost for installing a custom-built kitchen cabinet for an area 10 by 12-foot would start at $16,000.
What is going to be included?
Included in your order for cabinets is the basic cabinet housing, the doors, hinges and the knobs. You are going to get quality cabinets that would give more character and beauty to your kitchen. This will add value to your home should you consider selling it. The extra cost of remodeling the home would give the home a better re-sale value than it supposed to be given the extra investment that you have made in making the kitchen more attractive.
What are the extra costs?
The common extra costs of having new kitchen cabinets are the labor and the countertops. Countertops are purchased separately and would add to the costs that you need to cough up when remodeling your kitchen. Labor costs or installation are generally included in the final pricing but it is not factored in the cost of the cabinet.
5 Important Factors to Consider When Specifying Garage Doors - #GarageDoors - There is a wide variety of garage doors available in the market, and there are many styles and designs to choose from. However, since garage doors are overlooked, many details escape the notice of developers and architects. The important points come to notice only after the installation is finished and the work is done. However, by then it is too late and as a result, many compromises have to be made. Following are a few factors which should be considered while specifying a garage door:
1. Size of the Door – This should be the first thing that the architect and the client decide upon. The size of the garage door is dependent on the vehicles that would be kept in the garage. The width of the door and its depth should allow the vehicle to pass easily without any problems. Most people look into the style and material of the garage door but forget this one very important point. The vehicle should be studied before the garage door’s size is decided.
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2. Use Of The Garage – Not all people who have garages use them for keeping vehicles. Many people use them for storage purposes and in that case, other factors come into play. There has to be a place for the garage to be accessed daily on foot. Pedestrian access is built in many garage doors to facilitate this so that the whole door does not have to be opened every time a person enters the garage. In order to maintain a constant temperature in the garage, insulated doors can be installed as well.
3. Remote Controlled Garage Door – When the doors are large, remote controlled doors are preferred by people to make it easy and comfortable to use. However, the garage needs to have extra space to store the power outlet and supply. Simple hand held devices are also made available these days to reduce the hassles. Common controlling devices are switches, card readers, digital keypads, and print scanners.
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5 Color Combo's Everyone is Tired of Seeing - #ColorCombo, #Interior, #Wall - When you are looking to get a charming and unique look for your home, one of the first things that you need to consider is color. The colors that you choose set the tone for the room, and of course you want to make the right choice. Color combinations go in and out, but if you want a home that is on the trendy side, there are some combinations that you need to avoid. These color combinations are just tired at this point, so skip them and try something new.
Pink and Brown
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For a while, we were seeing pink and brown everywhere. This is a nice enough color if you are decorating a child's bedroom, but you will find that it gets really cloying, really fast if you have it in your living room. Before you know it, you will start to wonder if you are living in a cake box. This style was cute for a while, but it really was too cute to ever become a classic. Most of us now associate it with affected design, so give it a pass.
Arm Yourself with the Federal Enforcement Laws of Your Nation - - Defense System – Protective Armor of a Nation
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The defense system of a nation such as the army, navy, and air force ensure that the nation is protected from hostile attacks from neighboring countries, enemy nations, or warring nations. The loss that is encountered during an attack is ghastly and has bad repercussions on the hurt people, loved ones of hurt people as well as the unhurt citizens of the attacked country. World wars are particularly very destructive as not just one or few but a slew of countries are affected severely in the process.
Robust Defense System – A Dire Need
If the defense system of a nation is always on the vigil, proactive, sharp, intuitive, bent to make the enemy surrender, or aggressive enough to destroy the enemies, that nation is a lucky one to have such protectors. If the defense is weak, the whole nation suffers its dire consequences. Having a sound, strong, and foolproof defense system in place is crucial to a country’s survival. The formulation of defense laws and their enforcement play a vital role during distressing times like an impending enemy attack.
How to Keep your Home Current with Luxurious New Must Haves - #Interior, #Luxury - If you are the type of person, who loves luxury, why not add some new must haves in your home? This will ensure that your home stays current and conforms to luxury trends. Home trends are extremely dynamic and keep changing by the day. Having mottled granite counter tops or a steam shower at one was past. Today, these items can be found in most high-end homes. So, it is time to look at other must haves.
In today’s real estate market, interest rates are low and this has spurred the housing market. People are able to afford homes and can use the equity of their home to spruce it up. While America is facing an economic downturn, it has not affected everyone, who is looking to remodel their homes and add high-end gadgets and technology.
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One of the must haves in a luxury home is a spa-like bathroom. This includes having a sauna, towel warmers, heated floors, technology for controlling heating, light and even the shower flow, eco-friendly wood and using building materials that are non toxic. According to the American Society of Interior Designers, this trend is very popular and most high-end homes are looking to integrate technology with other designing aspects to make their homes into smart homes.
People are becoming more aware of the needs of the environment. Many affluent homeowners are remodeling their kitchen to make it environmentally-friendly. This means doing away with plastic and using glass, metal, wood certified by the forest service and using glues that are chemical-free.
How to Make Sure Your House Is Safe For A Newborn - #SafeForBaby - A newborn baby is vulnerable to many different potential dangers in the home. Some of these can be dangers can be avoided by never allowing the newborn to go without supervision during the day. Other dangers need to be addressed by parents before the newborn comes into the home. Parents can take several steps that will help to make certain a house is safe for a newborn.
One of the first steps is to clean everything in the home. It is especially important to clean the floor and walls. Homes with carpeting will need a professional cleaning. This helps to remove dust and allergens that
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. It also removes any sharp debris, pieces of wood other objects that could cause injures. Dangerous items like tools or unstable standing lamps need to be placed in locations that are outside of the reach of the newborn.
Secure Dangerous Openings
Parents will need to seal any dangerous openings in the home. Windows on the second floor in the room with the newborn should contain protective bars or barriers so that the baby cannot fall out the window. Parents might want to keep portable security gates that stop the newborn from reaching the stairs in the house. Cabinets or closets that contain cleaning chemicals should be locked. It is also important to go through each room and cover any electrical outlets along the walls. This will prevent electrocution. Parents who own a large amount of electronics will want to use surge protectors and extension cords that have safety covers for the unused outlets.
Check Safety Systems
Every safety system in the house should be checked before the newborn comes home. Smoke detectors, file alarms and especially carbon monoxide detectors should be functional and should have the batteries replaced regularly. Additional detectors should be installed in the room with the newborn. Fire extinguishers should be charged and placed in an accessible location in case of an emergency. Parents will also want to keep the number for poison control near the phones in the house in case the newborn eats something hazardous.
Terrific Ways To Revamp and Remodel Your Garage - #GarageRemodel -
Tips for Improving Your Indoor Air Quality at Home - #AirQuality, #FreshAir - Poor indoor air quality is caused by the release of airborne pollutants inside a home. These pollutants can come from pollen, household cleaning products, tobacco, dirt, pesticides pets, and volatile organic compounds from paints, carpets and adhesives.
Indoor air pollution is harmful for the residents of a home. In addition to causing sickness, it reduces a person's ability to concentrate and accomplish specific tasks. Human symptoms for poor air quality include nausea, irritable skin, eye irritations, headaches, allergies and fatigue. There are also long terms effects such as asthma, cancer, heart problems and respiratory tract infections.
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To improve indoor air quality, sufficient ventilation must run through a house to decrease the concentration levels of indoor pollutants in the air. Ventilation can occur through natural ventilation and mechanical ventilation. But the best way of improving your air quality is to prevent pollutants from mixing with the air we breathe in the first place.
Following are a few tips to improve the indoor air quality in your home:
- Improve natural ventilation by opening the windows in your home.
- Make sure your central air conditioning system is supplied with fresh air from outdoors. The air conditioner room can use a sheet metal duct to bring in outdoor air or have an opening in the room that lets fresh air in from outside.
- Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and rooms where cleaning products are stored or keep those rooms well ventilated.
The Don’ts of DIY Plumbing - #Diy, #Plumbing - The world of plumbing has many obstacles and hazards. When it comes to tackling plumbing projects yourself at home, experience is key. With plumbing systems even a slight miscalculation or error in judgment can be a costly mistake. In the worst scenarios, errors can be very destructive as well. For complex plumbing projects for which you have little experience, it is often better to resign to pay and call a professional plumber. If things go wrong doing the job yourself, you could end up paying a lot more to fix the problem and damage you caused than a plumber costs.
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Some home plumbing maintenance is routine and can be easily resolved with the right tools and a little time reading some tutorials. Other issues like running new pipes, messing with the water heater, or dealing with a severe leak may be best left to a professional with the experience to make the fix right the first time. When you’re weighing whether or not to take charge of a plumbing problem yourself or call an expert, heed the experiences of those who have tried and failed.
How To Save Money While Driving Cross-Country - #DrivingCrossCountry, #SaveMoney - When you take a trip, you want to relax and enjoy yourself, not worry about what might go wrong. In this article, you'll find plenty of excellent tips that can help you any time you travel. Read on to find some great ways to make the most out of your traveling experience.
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Once you've chosen your destination, take the time to get to know more about where you're going. Purchase a decent map of the city or region where you plan to travel, and spend time looking over the environs, major sightseeing areas and museums. Memorizing a bit about your environment will make it that much easier to navigate when you arrive.
When traveling, it is important to remember to pack only what you need. This rule is most applicable to trips by air, as luggage fees are much higher now than they previously were. Most airports will sell anything you might not have room for and major surrounding cities should as well.
President Barack Obama Assures that Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) May Be Reached and Passed in 2013 - #BarackObama, #CIR, #ComprehensiveImmigrationReform - A comprehensive immigration reform has been in the talks for many years now, beginning from Reagan’s administration to Bush’s 8 years of presidency, but its been neglected and looked over the years. After President Obama’s re-election into office in 2012, thanks in party to an overwhelming percentage of support from Latin and Hispanic voters, President Obama has promised to tackle the difficult and long-withstanding issue with immigration.
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Living up to his promise, the main framework for a comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) has been slowly taking shape. The reform will not only address the estimated 11 million undocumented and illegal immigrants currently present in the United States, but also fix someone of the many problems with the existing immigration and visa system in the United States for all manners of immigrants.
Immigration Reform Raises Questions on Amnesty
Though, talks of an Amnesty has been raised, especially in the last few months, American citizens seem to be afraid of what a full blown amnesty may mean for their future employment opportunities as well as the overall impact it may have on the national economy. Providing legal employment opportunities to 11 million illegal immigrants, possibly even more, is no joking matter and thus has encouraged ongoing heated debates among the lawmakers of the nation.