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PBS news was in all out assault the wall mode last night

don't know the name of the "journalist" who "interviewed" the Republican rep or senator who tried to introduce some facts into the "wall" discussion.

Every time he pointed out a very important fact, she interrupted, yelling over him to try to keep him from being heard. Broke down finally by yelling, "WELL I CAN SEE YOU SUPPORT THE WALL!!!!" with horrified/contemptuous/condescending look on her face.

I managed to pick up a couple salient points that she tried desperately to bury:

1. The reason most drugs are caught through ports of entry is because every truck that passes through an official port is searched.

In between the entry points -- there there is usually nobody there to nab them -- is where they get across the border and don't get caught. He cited statistics from a couple years ago when a drone program that was run between the ports increased that take by 45%. They can be sure how much they miss, but they estimate that 45% increased represented just 1/3 of what passes between the ports of entry.

2. Barriers are a "force multiplier," enabling large stretches of border to be patrolled by fewer agents, freeing more agents to patrol other areas.

You're welcome!

SHOCKED but sadly not surprised

Discovered yesterday that my sister, who hates me has always hated me will always hate me yada yada yada, wasn't satisfied with getting hundreds of thousands of $$ from our father in the last years of his life.

A small investment account fell through the crack of his messy financial life, so she missed the chance as POA to change the beneficiary to herself so as to avoid probate and sharing the last bit of inheritance.

Brilliant attorney that is is, she tried, after the fact, to file as an "only child" only to discover that even a Legend in her own Mind attorney must provide documentary proof in the form of certified affidavit.

Seems nobody close to the family was willing to risk the penitentiary and aid and abet her attempted fraud to steal a pittance from her 2 sisters. Or perhaps she was afraid to ask and thereby tarnish her reputation as the one success in our family.

A chat with a surprised customer service rep at the appropriate mutual fund company suggests to me that, having failed to steal the tiny wad for herself, she was hoping to run out the clock by keeping the account active until we all died and then her kids would get it.

The county probate clerk was stunned to have 1 of 3 sisters contact her re: a file for an "only child" that's been abandoned, incomplete, for several years. And even more stunned to learn that, no, she had not learned after filing that she was the beneficiary, that in fact there were 3 beneficiaries to share evenly, that although our father had been dead 3+ years, the account was kept active, and out of "unclaimed properties," by an annual phone call either from her, or as in the most recent contact, by a local rep "reaching out" to let her know she just needs to submit the court docs (which she now cannot possible obtain) for the check to hit the mail.

So now I have a pile of paperwork to complete to see if I can convince her to sign over administration of the account to me so that we can each get our share.

I've also made a list of popular mutual fund companies to see if any other account may have fallen through the cracks and landed in a similar situation. For all I know there could a be bunch of little accounts squirreled away like nuts for winter...


Yay! 5-8" of heavy snow followed by more ice!!!! Weeee! Just what we need!

worst ice I've had in years. Barely got car out of driveway. Bought 150 pounds of rock salt yesterday and today.

Oh, and fell hard in my garage and broke (jestca crack, not compound) my foot. Love slding around carrying water to horses with broke foot!

Gracie at 9-10 months...they grow so fast!!!



Trump announcement to start at 1:30; likely new proposal to end shutdown

https://www.wcpo.com/news/national/government-shutdown-trump-to-speak-from-white-house

He's playing them like a Strad...

First they were sure he'd follow the "Wag the Dog" playbook and start a new war. Instead, he started proceedings to end 2 of them. They retaliated by ending our support for Yemen, saving him the trouble.

Then they were so proud because they stopped taking his name-calling bait. Surely they had him now.

Instead, he cancelled their tax-funded secret jaunt to Afghanistan to check on their business investments and maybe find a way to keep their war going there.

My first thought was "WTF are they doing going to Afghanistan with the shutdown and a million people working w/out pay?!?" Somehow I doubt I was alone in that response.

And then, just one word...BUZZFEED.

All I want to know is which one of you is the Buzzfeed leaker?!?

Also...Merry Fitzmas!

I was laughing my ass off last evening. First heard the Buzzfeed "breaking news" on BBC America. They were frothing at the mouth with jubilant delirium at finally having Trump by the shortn'curlies. They actually followed with an interview with a Hillary photographer talking about the differences between '08 and '16 pix. I just kept yelling, "BUZZFEED YOU MORONS!"

Then more of the same on DW news. Then more of the same on PBS with Judy Woodruff. "BUZZFEED YOU MORONS!!!!!"

Then came This Week in WA, and the admission that not one other news org had confirmed the story. And that the special council denied it.

I was laughing so hard I was crying. What a bunch of idiots!!!! How many times can Wily Coyote's bomb blow up in his face?!?

RIP to my 22 year old, 260K+ mile honda civic

That little car never once left me stranded, her engine was still going strong. No matter what went wrong, which was precious little, we were always able to limp home.

The week before Christmas at inspection, I was told with

heh. half my post disappeared. Oh well. not worth repeating.

The American Civility War

I don't think it's necessarily all about politics.

In the 12 years I had my labx Jake, we were charged at by off leash dogs maybe a dozen times. In every instance, the owner was there and called off their dog, chasing after them as well. Not once did one escape his yard.

In the 8 months since I put a deposit on Gracie, either Luna and I or Gracie and I have been charged at by off leash dogs at least 8 times. In every instance but 2, the owner failed to supervise and the dog started or ended up in public space or somebody else's private space. The 1st 2 I've written about here, when Luna and I were attacked by the loose pack of large dogs, and 5 days later by the loose mastiff.

In every instance but 2, not only was there no apology but I was mocked and sneered at. In the 2nd most recent near-attack there were 2 witnesses, so I got an apology followed by a blatant lie. In the most recent, it was a neighbor's daughter's pit pull -- who has no recall, and who when she visits she turns loose by the side of a busy road -- which he'd managed to cross during rush hour to get onto my property. As the pit ran down my pasture driveway, I pulled a baggie of kibble from my pocket, called "this way" to my dogs and ran them to the far side of the barn, lured them in, caught my breath,fed them all the treats in my pocket before going out alone to assess the situation. I told the neighbor then I'm getting a gun and if any dog ever attacks any of my animals again, it's a dead dog. I don't want to shoot somebody's dog, but I'll never let my animals go through what Luna and I survived again.

In the first instance with Gracie at 5 months, who went berserk barking, growling and lunging against her leash as the dog charged us, the owner refused to call off her dog, which she let run right up into Gracie's 5 face. Instead, shockingly, she mocked and made fun of me. This was in on private conservation land where walking dogs is a *privilege* and leashes are required.

The 2nd most recent event was the scariest with poor Grace. We were in the small city of Camden, a tourist town known internationally as a dog-friendly place and where tourists frequently travel with their well socialized and often very small dogs. It's been a leash-town since long before Maine turned into a leash-state.

I had walked Gracie up and down the busy main street, meeting and greeting various people, and then decided to take her own a side street to the large parking lot by the wharf, where it would be a be quieter. Through the buildings and trees I saw a german shepherd with 2 people by the water. "Is he off leash?" I wondered, then spotted what looked like a colorful leash hanging from the man's hand. "Ah, they must have him on a long lead so he can sniff around the water." Surely nobody would be so stupid as to leave a dog off leash in the middle of Camden.

In the parking lot, we ran into a couple of nice woman, one a lab-owner, who'd left their dogs at home. They were loving on an ecstatic Gracie while we chatted, when suddenly she jumped away and barked just once. I turned to see what had grabbed her attention and then silenced her.

Fuck. Grace was being charged at by the german shepherd. His body language was distinctly unfriendly. Very like the video we've seen here of a belgian malinois chasing a criminal. I couldn't jump in front of Gracie. Then she turned and tried to run, which opened up a space in front of her. I tried to jump into it, as did one of the women I was chatting with. The shepherd was flying, though, and already in it.

My poor puppy turned around, forced to stand her ground against a dog twice her size and on the brink of attack. My new mantra was "please dont attack please dont attack please dont attack." Thank god the women were dog-people -- we all stood frozen in place, nobody daring to move or even breathe. Nobody knew what might trigger the shepherd...including his idiot-owners.

Slamming on my breaks left me balanced back on my heels. While my mantra ran through my head, my body started to quietly shift my weight forward to the balls of my feet while I desperately tried to formulate a plan should the shepherd attack. Finally I head a woman quietly call, in a stage whisper, "Otto, here boy!" Otto didnt budge, didn't even twitch an ear. The woman raised her voice slightly. The strangled tone demonstrated her near panic, "Otto! Here boy!" This time Otto's ear twitched and eventually he reluctantly turned away and returned to his owners.

"You do know leashes are required, right?!"

"I'm sorry. We just got out of the car."

Two thoughts collided in the back of my throat and jammed there. 1. "That's no excuse!" and 1. "That's a lie!"

In hindsight I realized a gun would have been useless in this situ, as the 2 woman and I were facing each other with the target between us. But maybe 3 of us could have saved Gracie.

In no instance did politics enter. Given the locale, I have no way of knowing if the perps were liberals, conservatives, independents, or what. They didn't know squat about me, either my politics of my relative wealth or lack of it.

But something has changed since Jake died. Something that never happened in 13 years has now become a monthly event.

Something forgotten about Syria...

A couple months ago the NYT and some Syrians claimed that Assad and Putin were about to gas 3 million or so Syrians to get the last 20-30K terrrorists in the last ISIS stronghold.

I nearly posted here (but got too busy) that poor Amanpour had a Syrian activist on who lobbied Trump to do something about it. She said Trump saw it after their conversation in the NYT and then consulted with his national security advisors and stopped it. Poor Amanpour tried to credit the activist with stopping the gas attack, but the activist held firm that she had no power, that Trump stopped it and he was now a hero in the Syrian community.

If there was such an attack planned -- and who knows since I always remember the lies about Hussein throwing babies out of incubators -- I'm guessing that Trump got them to hold off at least long enough to get us out of there so we don't get dragged in any further.

Because they keep going on about the last 20-30K ISIS terrorists still left in the final stronghold and how we aren't done there until we've killed them. But Trump says he consulted with Assad and I think Turkey, and they said they can take care of them.
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