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puppy news

First item: Yippee! We have a new pitbull in the neighborhood. Who's owner leaves it off leash with the usual "you don't have to worry about my dog, no sirree!" and subsequently admitting his pit has wandered on multiple occasions up the road to play with the pit that lives kitty corner, so I've had a random pack of pits on the loose.

He's since charged my puppy twice and my senior dog once, demonstrating that on his own property he is dog aggressive. The first charge was the worst because I watch for them let the owner that we're coming and that day I didn't see them behind trees and the dog made it quite a ways down the driveway before he caught up with him. In the meantime, there was nothing we could do but hope to outrun him to the next side street. Gracie was a trooper -- never barked, growled, lunged, or challenge-stared. If the owner had been 1 or 2 strides further away from his dog, the ending might have been very different. The next 2 charges were a few days later after I yelled out for him to hold his dog and within an hour of each other.

So I've notified animal control that there is trouble brewing since this moron is under the mistaken impression that he'll always be able to stop his dog from attacking, he'll never be 1 step too many far away, his training will outweigh his dogs dna, and despite witnessing obvious dog aggression, his dog would never attack another dog, no sirree.

2nd item: Yippee! Gracie tested positive for lyme and anaplasmosis exposure! The good news is she is asymptomatic, so in all likelihood her immune system eliminated b. burgosia and whatever. The bad news is I have 2 follow-on tests -- the cbc came back negative, but I still have to collect some pee to test for lyme antibody-mediated glomerular nephritis. So the excrutiatingly expensive cost of spring vax this year just grew by another $100 or so

from The Hill: FBI's Steele story falls apart: False intel and media contacts were flagged before

FISA

Newly unearthed memos show a high-ranking government official who met with Steele in October 2016 determined some of the Donald Trump dirt that Steele was simultaneously digging up for the FBI and for Hillary Clinton’s campaign was inaccurate, and likely leaked to the media.

The concerns were flagged in a typed memo and in handwritten notes taken by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec on Oct. 11, 2016.

Her observations were recorded exactly 10 days before the FBI used Steele and his infamous dossier to justify securing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and the campaign’s contacts with Russia in search of a now debunked collusion theory.

It is important to note that the FBI swore on Oct. 21, 2016, to the FISA judges that Steele’s “reporting has been corroborated and used in criminal proceedings” and the FBI has determined him to be “reliable” and was “unaware of any derogatory information pertaining” to their informant, who simultaneously worked for Fusion GPS, the firm paid by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Clinton campaign to find Russian dirt on Trump.

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/442944-fbis-steele-story-falls-apart-false-intel-and-media-contacts-were-flagged

My fave song these days

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heard back from my sister, the "only child"

she filled out the estate administrator renunciation form with my name, listed me as an estranged child, and asked me to sign/notarize it so she can take it to probate and claim the couple thousand $$ that is legally mine what a cunt!

neeeever mind. it was my slow system, not u-tube!

phew!

Cue the music; we are clearly entering the Twilight Zone

Christian Amanpour & Co. replaced her daily 60 minutes of Trump Hate with an hour of respect, fairness and actual information Her guests actually suggested that after the past 3 admins' failures with a "bottoms up" approach to NoKo, Trump's "unorthodox" top down approach could turn out to be effective. All agreed that this is going to be a long process and were "giving him space" to proceed. None thought that he'd "blown it" and one nearly complimented him for the way he gracefully exited while keeping the door open. All agreed that walking away was the right thing to do. One actually suggested what I was thinking -- this summit successfully got them to admit what they are willing to agree to at this time on international teevee with the whole world watching...something that nobody has before accomplished.

He also was complimented for starting his presser with the statement on India/Pakistan.

Question: How do you track down a gofundme to determine if it's a scam?

Discovered my greedy sister's got one going to buy a house for a friend with sick baby. Am curious to see if it's for real or not. No mention of friend's name, no real identification on it except for her as the author of it.

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!
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