General Discussion, Wednesday, February 1, 2017


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  1. texan59 says:

    Another good day in the Brave New World we live in. Coffee up y’all, we’ve still got a lot of work to do. πŸ˜€

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  2. czarowniczy says:

    Thank the heavens we have a clean day and a clean thread – them folks on Tuesday were just flat out chatty!

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  3. czarowniczy says:

    Fox had to withdraw its post on the Quebec shooter being Moroccan. Their posting had thst along with a pic of the Canadian PM giving a boilerplate statement on the shoot. Trudeau managed to zap Fox, shie his solidarity with Moslem 5th columnists in Canada, trash Trump and most likely get a chance to beer-diwn eith Barry. They can both hi-five over their joint efforts to stab the countries that fed and sheltered them square between the shoulder blades.
    If the Canadians would be beter at making more Canadians they wouldn’t have the policynof increasing the rolls through immigration and having to crawl to the likes of the Moslem hordes.
    Well crap, there goes any possibility for me to have a fun-filled Canadian vacay.

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  4. ZurichMike says:

    To go with Tex’s coffee:

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  5. ZurichMike says:

    By the way (and i know the news cycle is over on this), I was really affected by the death of Mary Tyler Moore. When I was in junior high school and high school, I would often make money babysitting on Saturday evenings, and the TV line up back then was the Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, The Carol Burnett Show (the triefecta of comedy gold), then the news, and then Saturday Night Live (when it was actually funny).

    I remember the MTM Show as being funny, silly and irresitable. What a fabulous ensemble cast. You can watch all the episodes online on youtube (until they are forced to be removed). I watched many last week. Such a gentle time long gone. In one episode, Mary was helping Phyllis (Cloris Leachman) create a budget, using Mary’s budget as a guide. Mary earned $8,000 per year and her rent was $145 and she put aside $10 per month for clothing.

    RIP, Mary.

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  6. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Been a busy week righting some wrongs…

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  7. czarowniczy says:

    And if the evil witch of Wall Street can’t do it herself at least she can pawn off her spawnette:

    Maybe if mama stands close enough some evil fairy dust will rub off on Hillary Junior.

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  8. MaryfromMarin says:

    A local analysis of the recent back-to-back protests in SF–the Walk for Life and the Women’s March (aka “Pussyhat Parade”):

    A Tale of Two Marches

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  9. stella says:

    Seen on FB. Thought it might be useful.

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  10. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ Czarina! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Phlox! (aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest πŸ™‚ 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine πŸ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ SenatssekretΓ€r FREISTAAT DANZIG πŸ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:


    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze!

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  11. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  12. lovely says:

    Orin Hatch just set a rule to allow the Senate Committee vote to go forward without the democrats present. Price and Mnuchin are approved without the democrats. Approval is unassailable.

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  13. czarowniczy says:

    Noon news is reporting the roll call of overnight New Orleans cases of gunnnnnn violennnnnnce. Remember how I posted last week that a pizza delivery guy was robbed/shot/killed just about a block from our NOLA house? Well the junior high one of my sons went to, about a few blocks farther, was the scene of a shooting last night. Seems two conveniently unidentified males were denied access to a basketball game at the school for some reason. As they walked back to their car a second car pulled up and opened fire hitting the two denyees and peppering the school. No other casualties. High school there another of my sons went to has been a shooting gallery for decades.
    Guess what the difference is between when we lived there and today…

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  14. stella says:

    Bill Bonds on Channel 7, Detroit:

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  15. amwick says:

    Afternoon peeps.. tennis at 4, and it is unbelievably warm here. No word about my sweet old dog. We are waiting on pins and needles. Waiting is hard.

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  16. stella says:

    Looks like Tillerson will be confirmed:

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  17. stella says:

    Just heard that President has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. I don’t think that means much, necessarily, but it is interesting!

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  18. Sharon says:

    Yesterday was my last radiation treatment (yea!) and in that context I had a very nice and final conversation with treatment-buddy, a sweet lady in her mid-60s whose treatment was always just before mine. You do get to know each other a bit – sort of gathering new initial-friends along the way. It has nice moments. With the technicians, too.

    Anyway, we got to talking about how our insurance plans were functioning, both of us being on Medicare. Her supplemental is an Advantage plan. The entire radiation series I am having is billed higher than this, but between Medicare and my Supplemental (State Farm) they will be actually paying about $80,000. Her Advantage plan requires her to pay $250 co- pay (plus doctor co-pay) for every treatment.

    I suspect my premium is somewhat higher than hers (Mine is $196/mo) but I look at that higher premium as a health savings account function. We (Grant and I together) and me in this situation have more than received $ trade-off in spite of the higher premium which spares me cash debt that can come with co-pays.

    People ought never see co-pays as a benefit for a lower premium. That reasoning works fine until you have 50 or 60 doctor appointments and have to pay 20% for treatments or whatever. Suddenly there are high bills, even with a low co-pay.

    I am SO grateful that our State Farm auto office thoroughly explained their program to us when we hit 65. I live on a very tight budget but I do NOT have to be concerned about a single dime in medical bills – except my co-pay on prescriptions which is manageable. (Humana is the pits – don’t get me started).

    I literally have not paid one dime on any of my hospital, doctor, diagnostics, or treatment since this started. A few hundred in gas expenses but that’s temporary. And there is a maybe a $147 deductible for the beginning of each year?….that I haven’t seen yet. Other than that, not a dime.

    I had a cat scan along with every treatment (33 of them), continue to have every three month echo-cardiograms, etc. No charge to me.

    I have learned to insist (for my own peace of mind) that the provider gets pre-approval for any treatment regiment before they begin. I do not want to have to worry about that…..and within the medical industry, there are things that Medicare agrees to and things they do not.

    This is kind of long but wanted to share the fresh info about her experience with Advantage FWIW.

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    • stella says:

      Thanks for that information. I haven’t had to use much of my insurance so far (and hope I don’t), but I do have an Advantage plan, and perhaps I should do more investigation before the next enrollment period.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Sharon, good news!!!! My prayers answered!!!!!!

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    • stella says:

      Congrats on finishing yet another step in your recovery!

      Liked by 5 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      Thank you, Sharon. I have an Advantage Plan. It is hard to know what to do.

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      • Sharon says:

        Yes, it is. Every November when they are pushing-pushing-pushing all the information and ads, it makes me crazy. I do not understand how anyone is supposed to be able to process and compare the bottom line impact – including the fact that we don’t know our own medical futures.

        My premium was originally $148 (7 years ago) and goes up a bit every year.

        Grant’s sister went on to Medicare a couple of years ago and some insurance man she knew told her she didn’t need to have a supplemental plan – that that whole industry was a con!!!!

        Right now, based on what payments have been made on my behalf by my supplemental since last March, I would owe well over $30,000…..20% gets real ugly real fast, depending on the medicare care needed.

        I’m just so grateful – believe me, we would have been clueless if our St Farm agents had not been serious about educating us.

        It is SO hard to know what to do…..

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    • lovely says:

      Congratulations on your milestone Sharon! May you heal in the fulness of God’s light. I am going to lunch tomorrow with my friend who is a cancer survivor. I am happy every time I see her for the blessing that she is in life πŸ™πŸΌ


  19. stella says:

    Senate now voting on Devos for Education Secretary.

    ADD: I was wrong. They are voting on a Motion To Proceed to Executive Session for the consideration of the nomination of Elisabeth Devos. The Senate does more BS stuff than any other group I think I’ve ever seen.

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  20. nyetneetot says:

    On a completely different note (and as I type, I question even posting this) strip clubs out West here have a Melania Trump look-alike touring about now. I noticed the signs while walking through downtown today. Did they have that for the last first lady, or any of the others?
    Am I being overly easy to offend now?

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  21. czarowniczy says:

    Second vic in that school shooting I mentioned earlier died. He refused to talk to the police or cooperate in any way to identify who shot them. 77 shot in NOLA since first of January, 22 died.

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  22. texan59 says:

    I know that it is getting late, but I wanted to post this before I forgot where I saw it. A very interesting take on what happened over the election and some thoughts on how to sustain the momentum. It’s conceptual and takes a bit of time, but it is well worth the time and likely the effort.

    FTA – “while 2016 still formally looked like politics, what is really going on here is a revolutionary war. For now this is war using memes rather than bullets, but war is much more than a metaphor.”

    View story at

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