General Discussion, Saturday, February 25, 2017

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  1. auscitizenmom says:

    Dear Lord, we ask for protection for our President Trump from whatever evil forces are around tonight. We pray for his safety and health and strength to continue to do your work. Please hear our prayers. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen

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  2. texan59 says:

    Saturday, Caturday. No much make no matter to me. I’m sleepin’ in. Here’s some juice to get y’all through the night. Coffee up y’all. πŸ˜†

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  3. MaryfromMarin says:

    “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places…”

    –from Ephesians 6:10-18–

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  4. MaryfromMarin says:

    Drive-by (THIS is the correct response to Christopher Cuomo):

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  5. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  6. amwick says:

    Howz about some happy stuff??
    Today is the Catholic Daughters of St. Micheal’s Church annual fashion show/luncheon. The above mentioned Catholic Daughters do the modeling, and they are decked out with clothing from Chico’s. This is a big deal around here, it is a very pleasant event, in a swanky country club. My neighbor will be one of the models, so I am bringing my camera… The funny thing is that the Catholic Daughters generally keep the cash bar buzzing!! Bloody Mary’s start promptly at 11.

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  7. 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:

    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Doughnuts for coffee!

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  8. auscitizenmom says:

    “Hate This Billboard’s Message”
    ‘A billboard popped up on Interstate 40 in North Carolina near Winston-Salem recently that angered a lot of feminists and they’re gathering this weekend for a protest against the patriarchy represented by the sign’s message: β€œReal men provide; Real women appreciate it.”’

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/feminists-hate-billboards-message

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  9. Wooly Phlox says:

    http://voxday.blogspot.com/2017/02/trump-administration-bypasses.html

    Vox Day: “Good. Now let him revoke their press credentials. As Glenn Reynolds says, all they are is activists with a byline. They’re not neutral. So treat them like the damned enemy they are.

    Now is the time to act. Now is not the time to play fair. Let them whine and cry. What are they going to do, call Trump a Nazi racist bigot again?

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  10. http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/02/25/clooney-uses-cesar-award-to-warn-about-hate-in-age-trump.html

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      I wonder how thick the irony and hypocrisy was at the Oscars?

      I’m guessing “bunker buster” bombs wouldn’t cut through it.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I can’t bring myself to even watch the Oscar reports, bever mind the narcissist fest itself. I got dis-gusted many years ago when it first dawned on me that certain actors made more money playing a member of the military in one movie than a real number would in fine careers in the military.
        Remember when actors like Reagan, Bogart, Jimmy Stewart, George C Scott, Fonda and others served instead of, like later Hollyork hypocrites, blasted, insulted and belittled the military andbits members?
        Now their managers read focus group reports and polls to give them the opinions they have and have carefully told them not to be harsh on the military. Actually, like Obama’s spinmeisters, it would be helpful to their images to be seen with soldiers, especially damaged ones. Right now it looks as if, since large scale ops are over, to justbgo back to ignoring them.
        Where are those AQ and ISIS hashshadhins when they could really effect hope and change?

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        • stella says:

          Jimmy Stewart’s college degree and extensive flight time played to his favor, and he received his commission after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Because he had logged over 400 hours as a civilian, he was permitted to take basic flight training at Moffett and earned his pilot wings. During the next nine months, he instructed in AT-6, AT-9, and B-17 aircraft and flew bombardiers in the training school at Albuquerque, N.M. In the fall of 1943, Stewart went to England as Commanding Officer of the 703d Bomb Squadron, equipped with B-24s.

          He began flying combat missions and on March 31, 1944, was appointed Operations Officer of the 453rd Bomb Group and, subsequently, Chief of Staff of the 2nd Combat wing, 2nd Air Division of the 8th Air Force. Stewart ended the war with 20 combat missions. He remained in the USAF Reserve and was promoted to brigadier general on July 23, 1959. He retired on May 31, 1968.

          When Stewart returned to acting after the war, he continued on his career as a top actor, starring in movies like It’s a Wonderful Life, Rear Window, and The Spirit of St. Louis. Upon retiring, he had accumulated 12 civilian and military medals, two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, and numerous Lifetime Achievement awards from different institutes.

          http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/military-transition/famous-veteran-jimmy-stewart.html

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          Drudge is blowing it up with his top-o-the-fold right now.

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          • Wooly Phlox says:

            Czar I stopped watching TV fifteen years ago.

            When I see it at friends’ houses every couple of years, I’m stunned, and sickened.

            So I never looked back. It’s like fish don’t know water is wet.

            Take 1 year off of TV, then watch it, let alone 15. You’ll be dismayed.

            Their offerings are called Programs for a reason.

            We have prime-time ads for sex toys, now, it seems. I only know that because I was hanging out with Chef. What the heck am I watching?

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            • czarowniczy says:

              I watch it as it keeps me up on cultural currents and news…Directv also has a great skate of music channels. If something is too whatever to waste irreplaceable lifetime on I vote wit da remote, the Directv system’s collecting data all the time on what viewers are watching/not watching so I gets ta do my lil’ thang and let ’em know what I think.

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              • I’m so bad at TV watching. There’s one show left that I actually tune in for, and I have trouble remembering what channel the station is on. The 3+ month mid-season hiatus doesn’t help me much on that front either.

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                • stella says:

                  I often have the television on while reading or when I am ‘here.’ It’s background noise, I suppose.

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    Ditto. Don’t know how but it helps me focus and concentrate. If I ain’t reading I’m pounding on the computer, but there’s always background noise. Helps drown out the tinnitus too.

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                  • stella says:

                    Funny. Music doesn’t work the same way, although talk radio does. I have to listen to music!

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                  • stella says:

                    I actually watched television late last night. There was the most fascinating NOVA episode available on PBS about science and origami. I recommend it.

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                  • auscitizenmom says:

                    Tinnitus is one reason I keep my TV on, too.

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                  • That’s what I use podcasts and the Old Time Radio website for! πŸ™‚

                    I like true crime podcasts the best. And I can have them on to have background noise without having to watch a screen to see what’s going on.

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                  • stella says:

                    I sometimes watch reruns of shows I have already seen. I can watch now and then and not lose track of what is happening. Midsomer Murders is my favorite for that.

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                  • Menagerie says:

                    My husband likes tv much more than I do. He can sleep best when it’s on. The television on anywhere in the house drives me nuts. I absolutely despise it, unless it’s one of the very rare shows I watch.

                    It’s funny how people are so very different about stuff like that. Sometimes I wonder what makes us that way.

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                  • stella says:

                    I live alone, and I live in an area that is noisy, lots of cars passing, etc. That is part of the reason for me.

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                  • stella says:

                    I also have VERY loud dogs next door (3 of them) who bark at every passing human and/or dog. I love them, but they are loud even with the windows closed.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  Know the problem. I like the new and edgy comedies that are written fast-paced as it helps my timing. Also like to guess the next lines. Like the cop and terrorist shows as it’s fun to pick out the mistakes…po’s Czarina but then why else is one married?

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      • It was probably pretty bad. Isn’t it great that we can send Hollyweird a message loud and clear that their opinions are worthless by not watching the Oscar’s or any of the immoral garbage that passes for entertainment these days?! 😊

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  11. czarowniczy says:

    The most surest sign that Mardi Gra is here, the annual ‘greasing of the poles’ at the Royal Sonesta hotel. It started some 47 years ago to prevent drunken revelers from climbing the poles supporting the balcony around the hotel’s 2nd floor but evolved (or devolved, your choice) into a Freudian, junior high school themed, bacchanal with hundreds of drunken viewers (some sober ones too) clogging the street. I’ll have to admit that when I first heard about this I thought it was ‘the greasing of the Poles’ and I was a bit more enthusiastic but…….

    http://www.fox8live.com/story/34600051/women-grease-poles-in-french-quarter-as-part-of-carnival-tradition

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  12. Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

    We’ve had a bit of a kerfuffle in the neighboring town of Dahlonega this week. Some stupid woman decided to put up a KKK sign in a small tourist town. Dahlonega is the home of the 1st U.S. gold rush. You can still pan for gold here, and the gold leaf on our state’s capitol building dome is from here. The woman (who is conveniently vacationing in Florida right now) is a local busy-body that loves to start trouble with the town Gov. at every opportunity.

    https://www.thedahloneganugget.com/news-subscribers/breaking-news-update-kkk-sign-could-return-downtown-building

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    • texan59 says:

      That was neat. It’s fun to watch the go-fast planes and all the fancy stuff they can do, but……….. for sheer brute strength and power, nothin’ beats one of those beasts. πŸ˜€

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        We went to a flight museum. I can’t remember where it was. They had a section of a B52 set up to walk through. It was set up like in flight, with the loud noises and the vibration of the plane. It was really exciting being in there after seeing so many WWII movies.

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      • amwick says:

        Flight training uses my neighborhood. We never know what might blast by. Fun, if you like planes.

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    • Sharon says:

      I think I love the B-52s even more now than when I was 10 years old, on our Montana farm in the middle of the night watching the re-fueling dance going on, high overhead, as they did their flights between Malmstrom (Great Falls) and Minot. What a wonderful plane. And the longevity – who knew? Just amazing…..

      I try not to be jealous of ya, Weed, knowing you get to experience the rumble and the roar from time to time – enjoy it for me….. ((()))

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    • lovely says:

      Very, very cool.

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  13. stella says:

    Jeanne Robertson’s latest comedy video:

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  14. texan59 says:

    This should get your hackles up. “Modern Educayshun” πŸ‘Ώ 😈

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    • Sharon says:

      I don’t know how much time the word “modern” covers – but here’s one example of what it’s been for a very long time.

      My older son is 50.

      When he was in 6th grade, he brought home a ‘grammar worksheet’ which had been completed by him, and given a grade of A.

      He had done every single one of them wrong.

      He had a long list of:

      do’nt
      ca’nt
      does’nt
      wo’nt
      etc. etc. etc.

      I had an appointment with the teacher set already so took the paper along and pointed out the fact that the entire paper was done wrong.

      She looked at me quite startled and began to correct me (gently, so she wouldn’t hurt my feelings). I persisted in my stubborn point of view.

      We ended up in the principal’s office.

      Principal looked embarrassed.

      I persisted.

      Principal acknowledged I was correct, of course, and assured me she would explain to the teacher. One of my experiences of rage in which I did continue to use my inside voice. Now I think I should have gone straight to the outside voice and stayed there.Except that using the outside voice makes ya tired.

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      • stella says:

        My daughter is a year younger than your son. Her high school English teacher told her that spelling isn’t important. I told her that spelling IS important in my house, and that we have a good dictionary to use, if you aren’t sure (since this was before we had a home computer.) Her spelling is excellent.

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      • lovely says:

        Did you ever hear about the yankee kid who got in trouble for telling the NC First Grade teacher that pig was one syllable and not two pee-eeg ?

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          We moved to GA from CA when my son was in the middle of the 1st grade. He had that exact problem. I can’t remember how many words he spelled wrong because she had such a thick southern accent. So I had to work with him and say the word the way she did and then teach him to spell it the correct way.

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        • Menagerie says:

          My oldest son came home in the second grade one day to tell me about the new kid who just started school. He had a speech impediment, and my son wanted to befriend him and help him adjust. Of course my son just said he couldn’t talk right. Turned out he was from up north, and the kids in his class thought something was wrong with him.

          Teacher got hot and informed all of us that our kids talked “wrong”. I never did like that beyotch.

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  15. texan59 says:

    For any non-Texans out there, here’s one more reason we don’t want no mo Bush’s. We still have one more to get rid of in public office out here. πŸ‘Ώ

    https://www.texastribune.org/2017/02/24/barbara-pierce-bush-headline-planned-p/

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  16. lovely says:

    Wasn’t it just yesterday that some goof was telling Tucker Carlson that he was a wretched person for saying that according to the goof’s definition of gender that there was nothing to stop a male from entering female sporting competitions?

    Transgender boy moves within 1 win of girls Texas title

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more-sports/transgender-boy-2-wins-away-from-girls-state-wrestling-title/ar-AAnl9tV?OCID=ansmsnnews11

    CYPRESS, Texas (AP) — A 17-year-old transgender boy moved within one match of winning a Texas state girls wrestling title.

    Mack Beggs pinned Kailyn Clay to improve to 56-0, putting him in Saturday afternoon’s championship match.

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  17. czarowniczy says:

    OK, sports fans, more tales from the VA.
    Let’s say that you have a relative who is incapable of living independently as age has taken its toll. Said relative sawcthe possibility and accomplished a will and a durable power of attorney at a military installation using the military HAG services.
    Now the relative is living with you as age-related mental issues has left the relative with nomother option than a nursing home. You find out the relative is eligible for a Federal VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation payment as relative’s military spouse died from military-related causes and go to file.
    First, even though the VA already has the military spouse’s death information as part of an earlier claim by thst spouse, and the proof they were married you hsve tomfind and submit all medical paperwork again as well as certified copies of the marriage certificate. Then the VA has five or more months to look it over, they may or may not compare it to what they already have on hand but if they do and see whst they think is an inconsistency, the ride starts over.
    Meantime you file forvthe DIC itself. You submit a notice of intent to file so that payments, when or if approved, will start on the day the intent is filed rather than far in the future when the casevis decided. You include the VA form, a certified copy of the power of sttorney and a letter from the relative’s neurologist that the relative is not capable of msking a rational decision. You submit and wait…wait…wait…
    A few months later you get a letter from the VA saying the request is denied as the intended recipient did not sign it. You call the VA and you are told that the VA is the only Federal entity that refuses to recognize a civil document, they do not recognize the powers and the recipient must sign the document.
    You call your lawyer’s office and explain the situation. Your lawyer says that were the relative to sign it while you have a document from the doctor saying that the relative is not capable of understanding the document you’ve opened up a can of your own worms. The VA, if they wished, could say you committed fraud and relatives, no matter how distant, could throw any will into legal hell for the same reason. Kawyer suggests going to court and, despite the embarrassment, expense and time/inconvenience involved, get the state to declare the relative incompetent. Lawyer says to call the VA and see if that would suffice.
    You call the VA again and they say that even a court ruiling the recipient incompetent is a civil matter and they do bit accept civil judgements. The VA explains that she must sign the paperwork, period. You go vack to your lawyer who says that regardless of whatbthe VA says, the relative’s doctor having attested to the relative’s inability to make a rational decision means I could be prosecuted for fraud if the VA so chose.
    You guessed it, back to the VA. They say that when the intended recipient, and only the intended recipient, signs the request fir the DIC their regional office will appoint a guardian for the recipient. The guardian will meet with the recipient and proposed caretaker(s) after the VA runs a complete background and credit check on everyone in the house. The guardian will mert with the recipient wherever the guardian wants to and question the recipient as to what the recipuent’s wishes are. The guardian and not the doctor or court will decide the recipient’s competence. Were the recipient having a functional but not coherent day, and wish that the woman at the corner gas station manage the recipient’s VA-related affairs the VA could make it so.
    Back to the lawyer. After explaining to the lawyer what the VA said the lawyer said the meeting, and any other meeting effecting the recipient’s VA affairs, to protect everyone’s rights, especially as criminal violations are possible. Also that the VA should provide a checklist of what they are looking for in a home suitability check, if it’s that same criteria they’d use in a nursing home check and if the lawyer would be allowed to be present. VA said that everything was up to the guardian they’d choose and the guardian could refuse any and all requests for accommodation.
    None of these conditions exist for other VA claims, they’ve just reached way up their bureaucratic butts and created a whole new set of criteria for this one program. It is time for this monster to be neutered.

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    • lovely says:

      Czar can said attorney send a certified letter to the VA with a copy attached of the VA letter where they are advocating for a party to commit fraud by having a mentally incapacitated person sign a legal document? The VA has asked someone to commit fraud, someone has documentation of this. An attorney should be able to light a fire under their bureaucratic rump.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        VA will say that their regs state the appointed guardian will make the determination, period. If you disagree with the guardians decision you get to appeal said decision on your case all the way thru the ponderous VA system until you win or have to go to court. There are agencies all through the Government where barely trained clerks get to make decisions that effect lives.

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    • texan59 says:

      I just went through a box of Big Chief pencils flowcharting that. How sad.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        That’s the VA. If there are any readers out there who seved in Vietnam, even one day, and you have a number of covered medical conditions, especially type 2 diabetes, you can app,y for an ‘automatic’ VA disability. Trust me, automatic means that you submit your paperwork via UPS or FedEx bulk rather than freight-rate on an 18-wheeler. AND they say processing time is a miniscule 5 months or so as compared to the regular geological time.

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    • lovely says:

      One also has to wonder if the VA will find any family member acceptable or will find that the person is better off as a ward of the state and they can find any home unacceptable.

      So sorry Czar what a cluster.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        We hired a lot of people, even supervisors, from a local university that was nationally recognized by NGO rating folks, as the worst college in the nation. I know that the U was widely touted as some place to go and collect Fed loans for six or more years then drop out and go on welfare. Feds hired a lot as it was a ‘special’ college and really, no one else who ran a for-profit business would hire from them.
        Now I can just imagine where the VA would recruit from in the city that would manage my case.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I’m presuming they’ll send, at best, some shake-and-bake BA-level social worker if not an off-the-street clerk. I know we hired, as I stated below, from a local PC university.
        I can imagine some PC clerk coming in and saying (translated into Standard English for your convenience) :” I know you rural Southern rednecks all gave guns in the house so hiw many, where are they, how securely are they stored and let me see how easy it is to get to them!” So e local physicians were already pressured to ask that but stopped ad it made their patients uneasy…very very uneasy. How about asking someone with advanced Alzheimers if they feel safe and secure in their environment?
        I amn not about to have some off-the-street minibureaucrat start questioning how I care for a relative and I’m afraid that at some point my reactions mightbjust get me into trouble. Best if we just don’t pursue this VA avenue and let those welfare-to-work employees sit back, read the paper and wait fir retirement to roll around.

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        • lovely says:

          Oh yeah, how many guns, how much ammunition, probably order a psyche eval on all of you including the dogs. Probably want your dogs records. Check your freezers and on and on.

          Really sucks. Sorry Czar. Enjoy the newspaper and an adult beverage of your choice.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            VA’s undoubtedly got my name on a dart board from over 40 years ago when I was a thorn in their bureaucratic side. I know they wrren’t happy to see me when I showed up with cae after case of Xeroxed government evidence that, among other things, the PTSD they were claiming didn’t exist was actually studied by the VA starting back just after the Civil War.
            OK, correction, at that time it was called ‘delayed stress syndrome’ and the VA can save face by saying it didn’t and doesn’t exist. They took DSS, changed it to PTSD, said they discovered it and then said they needed time and a gazillion dollars to study it again. Finally, after decades of ‘work’ and the PTSD-related deaths of untold vets, they announced it existed and they needed more money to treat it.
            Yeah. I’ll take that shot now and make it a tripple.

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            • lovely says:

              My husband broke his foot in something like the 3rd week of basic training, the good doc told him to quit his bitchin’ and that all he had was a bunion, it took a state rep to get him out and he was in a cast and/or on crutches for 6 months because he had a broken foot that he trained on for a few weeks after the good doc told him it was a bunion.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                Mardi Gras 2002, I’ve been back on active duty since 21 Sep 01 and I take a few days off to go to the parades with my Mom and middle son. We’re on a side street and I step on the side of a piece of metal breaking the instep of my right foot.
                Military doc puts an Ace bandage and a wrap-around boot on it and says I should go back to duty. It wasn’t until just before Katrina it healed to where I could run on it. Civilian doc I went to after I got off duty said I’d have done better going to a witch doctor. There’s a reason they are on active duty and not in private practice.

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            • amwick says:

              This sucks 5 ways to Sunday. My only experience with anything Veterans was my father’s plaque, in lieu of a headstone. They spelled it wrong. Ww2 pilot. So sorry about this mess. Maybe they just need to start over with Veterans Respect and Appreciation Department.

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          • 😑 If it wasn’t so important, I’d say screw with ’em when they come to check the freezer. Wait until they’re in the house, then tell them to give you just a moment, and then, I dunno.

            Chuck your old Christmas tree (or something wrapped up like in the picture) out the back door, but make sure they can see you do it. 😑

            Just to watch them squirm. Then come back and talk to them like nothing happened. And act confused when they start sweating.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              I’m done with them, we/she do not need the DIC, it’s just that after the nearly 35 years my father’s been dead and they’ve refused her a DIC it would be justice.
              His death was Agent Orange connected and he was part of the final settlement – after the pot of money was divided up, the lawyers got thrir fees and he was filtered thru the settlement algorithm they used decided how much you got she received less than $100.
              The VA was pissed they were forced to accept Agent Orange as a condition just as they are still fighting Gulf War Syndrome and stonewalling a lot of GWOT vets.
              Out here it just might be an unfortunate city-bred VA puke who’d stumble across a sounder of hungry, hungry hogs.

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              • Wooly Phlox says:

                Just read it all, coming home from work, Czar.

                It sounds like you understand where Franz Kafka got his muse, perfectly.

                Stay strong and wise. We’ll stay prayerful.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  I’m tired of Federal agencies that exist solely for their own benefits. I’m tired of ‘public service’ agencies that place hiring members of Federally protected group members over servicing the public that owns them. I’m tired of people who are citizens, especially veterans, having their entitlements cut so that people here in violation of the law can get welfare benefits. I’m ******* tired of vets being killed by the VA and nothing being done to those responsible. And I’m tired…

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                  • Wooly Phlox says:

                    Damn, Czar. Hang in there, bro.

                    You know Who is in charge, and that there will be a reckoning.

                    AFSCME and SEIU should never have been allowed. It was a bad move for citizens.

                    It’s no longer Democrat vs. Republican. Hasn’t been for quite some time.

                    It’s State vs. Citizenry. The state has all the cards right now,

                    …but Trump. Interesting word, his name, in this regard.

                    I hope he abolishes both unions. Pen and a phone. (Good, right Libs?)

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                  • Wooly Phlox says:

                    And I regard most local, county, and state 5-0 as citizenry, and rightly.

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              • WeeWeed says:

                My dad’s death was also because of agent orange. And it was pretty quick (well, not for HIM) – when he died my momma was only 44. Not only did she get nothing the govt. “lost” his records for a time ensuring no further payment of “retirement”, SS, or any-gd-thing because he WAS making noise about suing Uncle Sam. This lasted about 6 months as he got weaker and there was no income other than Momma’s. My younger brothers were still at home and one was still in school. We pawned jewelry and crap and the boys worked what they could just to feed the cat.
                THAT is when I learned what the “Govt.” will do for “YOU.” THAT’s how I trust any government and how I learned to trust the media??? Walter EFFFIN Cronkite – ” This War Is Lost………..”
                May he rot in hell.

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                • Wooly Phlox says:

                  Makes the laughter you give us every morning that much more profound.

                  I mean that. There is a reason that Jews are among our best humorists.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  My Dad survived flying with 8th AF in WWII, flying the Berlin Airlift and in the
                  Korean War only to be done in by weedkiller in VN.
                  I’m part of a VA Orange study the VA created to toss a sop to Congress. When we die they take tissue samples and analyze them for residue or whatever. By that time it’ll all be moot but some VA dudes will get their names in a Slobovian veterinary journal, or whoever will print their findings.

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  18. amwick says:

    So today, after a great deal of soul searching, I emailed the breeder in TN, where I got our dog, well she was 4 months old. Hope it was the right email, hope that was the right thing to do. sighs I had saved some rabies vacc. information from all those years ago, and it had the breeders name and address. The day I picked the puppy up at the airport, her first “mother” wept as she handed her over.

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    • stella says:

      I think I know a bit how you feel. I emailed Stella’s breeder, but they didn’t reply. I am still agonizing about whether I should get another dog. I am still missing HER. I ran across the sympathy card I got from the vet this morning, and tears fell again. This is what the vet who was her final caretaker wrote:

      Stella was a plucky, sweet little trooper. She and you taught us what a life well lived – even at the end – can look like. She was so so very lucky to have you. You put her quality of life first – every time. Thank you for letting us care for your girl.

      There are ten personal messages on the card from those in the office.

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    • stella says:

      Okay, I sent an email to a local breeder about a puppy born nine days ago. They only have males available; all their females are already sold! Wish me luck, as I do you.

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      • amwick says:

        Woot woot…… wonderful… the right one will happen… absolutely… πŸ™‚

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Why not a male? Yeah, I know the behavior differences but after that 6-month vet visit most of the bad traits are gone. I have three females and a male and the male’s every bit as attentive as the females. You could name the male ‘Stellar’ and just slur the a bit, dog doesn’t care.

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          πŸ™‚

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        • stella says:

          I have no good reason for preferring a female, since I don’t plan to breed, except that I have always had females. Breeders always charge more for females, and they are gone first.

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          • Menagerie says:

            We have only ever had one female, and she was way more of a doozy than the males. Very alpha, very controlling, very bossy, and a wonderful old gal.

            My own dog now is a male lab. He is the best dog, great personality and very loving.

            And of course we now have my son’s bipolar split personality, schizophrenic German Shepherd who identifies as a Golden Retriever. She is going to cause me to start drinking someday soon. πŸ˜€

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            • Wooly Phlox says:

              I love Labs. It’s sad that their hips tend to give out early.

              I don’t know, you all do more than I, but in my life, most purebreds have one typical problem or another.

              If I had the space and means and ability, I’d get a Labradoodle.

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              • stella says:

                Breeds do have a tendency to one problem or another. Brittanys can have hip dysplasia, but it is usually an inherited trait. Another problem Brittanys occasionally have is epilepsy.

                My Stella had to have knee surgery (she blew out her canine cruciate ligament), and eye surgery (melanoma). Most expensive dog I ever owned.

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                • Wooly Phlox says:

                  I grew up with Penny, a purebred, runt Cocker Spaniel. I guess epilepsy is common in that breed. She had a lot of seizures. That she was a runt probably didn’t help. She lived almost 8 years, and died in her bed/basket about ten minutes after I was just petting her, at about 13 years old. We buried her, in the blanket and basket, under a dogwood in the front yard. Fitting, I guess.

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            • Wooly Phlox says:

              A friend of mine who has long since passed had a chocolate lab who was so well-trained you could put a just-cooked filet mignon in front of him, and he wouldn’t eat it until the guy told him he could. Blew my mind.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              My lab/pit bull pup is one huge ball of energy and a worldclass chowhound. He’s the perfect mate for the female beagle/terrier/stainless steel spring cross. They spend most of the day screaming around the yard knocking each other over, snarling, growling and wearing paths in the grass. He is always on my alpha Border Collie’s s*** list as they’re both chowhounds but all three are very loving, each in its own way. Have to admit though that an 8-month old 85-pound pup makes a iffy lap dog.

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            • auscitizenmom says:

              My little doggie seemed a little out of sorts and threw up last week. Unusual for her. Vet said she was slightly dehydrated and to put some chicken broth in her water so she would drink more. SMH I knew better, but I did it anyway. Two cups of water. She drank almost all of it at once. So, I had to take her out to pee every 20 or 30 minutes from about 6:00 PM until we went to bed.

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  19. lovely says:

    πŸ™‚

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  20. czarowniczy says:

    Set up: Local reporter finaly dug up, last week, what the New Orleans city government has been hiding. After years of promising us the depleted ranks of NOPD would be replenished up to minimum effective levels, after years of hosing mobey into recruiting, training and retaining new police officers…the numbers have actually dropped. Police are still retiring and going to new places at record numbers. After years of the city government using the PD as a political punching bag and dumping every PC DC-based program on it thry can find the pols are shocked, yes shocked, that morale is even lower than it was when they began the efforts to pump up the force.

    Sidebar: Governor and mayor have put record numbers of State Police into the city, as well as officers from other jurisdictions, to bulk up the thonbed NOPD numbers.

    Denouement: another shooting right at a prade route site today. Vic is in the hospital (shot while using a porta potty, there’s a carnival story) with no word on condition. Police didn’t arrive in time to catch anyone, no suspects. Mayor and Police Chief hit the air to remibd everyone that guns are illegal on the parade routes and even if you live on a route you’d better not be armed outside your home. So far we’re on our way to a record number of Mardi Gras shootings.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      Well, hopefully none of the good people get shot. I guess.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      How long have you been doing this, Czar?

      I cannot imagine your dreams. Mine all involve restaurant kitchens, and most are exaggerated, surreal, and frustrating extrapolations of my reality.

      Your analogues to mine must be off the hook.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        My dreams were heavily resturant/brewpub too, I had sons in both businesses. I was scheduled for an apprenticeship with a German eaterie back when we lived there in ’65 but if I’d have stayed I’d have been drafted within months so I decided to come back, enlist and delay the food setvice thing for a few years. Problem is, man proposes and God disposes.
        Didn’t get to where I thought I wanted to be but got to a lot of places and worked with a lot of people in situations I where was supposed to be. I don’t believe I got to do thongs and work with these people by accident.
        New Orleans pre-Katrina was a far different place than it is today. It was and still is incredibly crooked but today it’s a bit more techno and hi-class about it. I live way outside the city and get to oook at it with a safe detachment and thru the prism of having been in the middle of it, plus I still gave some friends who still live it.

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  21. stella says:

    Exclusive: Sean Spicer Gives CNN Public Dressing-down in Press Gaggle

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/02/24/spicer-cnn-dressing-down-press-gaggle/

    White House Press secretary Sean Spicer angrily confronted a CNN reporter following a story reporting that the administration pressured the FBI to publicly β€œknock down” Trump-Russia stories in the media.

    The gaggle, which took place Friday morning, was described as a β€œbackground briefing” by the White House. It included the White House press pool and was expanded to include a CNN reporter as well as reporters from ABC, NBC, Fox Business and Fox News. CBS was in the pool.

    Spicer went on the record to confront CNN in front of their colleagues in the White House during the briefing that occurred in his office.

    The White House maintains that FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe approached White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to discuss the misleading story in The New York Times, that he described as β€œbulls**t.” That meeting occurred on February 15, after the New York Times published the story.

    Priebus asked McCabe if they would correct the record, which cited sources claiming the existence of an FBI investigation into β€œrepeated contacts” between Trump aides and Russian intelligence.

    The CNN report claims that this meeting violated β€œprocedures that limit communications with the FBI on pending investigations.”

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  22. stella says:

    On a good note, I got my first shipment from wine.com. Drinking a bit of Italian Pinot Grigio right now. Lovely treat.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      I just got my 900th shipment from the local beer store.

      The Natty Ice is exemplary. Redolent of kerosene, bathtub cleaner, with subtle hints of lemon grass and hops, with bitter citrus notes.

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      • stella says:

        Just so you know, my wine is of the lower cost variety. I joined their club, so shipping is included in the minimal annual membership.

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          You should see the wine list at my new job.

          The owner knows wine, speaks at seminars about wine (and food, and the industry).

          We have bottles on the list that cost well over 200.

          Our servers get tipped well, on slow nights. I’ve been dropping subtle hints that some high-end restaurants have the dishwasher get tipped out at the end of the night. You know, just the good ones. πŸ˜€

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  23. My textbook this week talks about how “we need to understand why criminals do what they do.”

    And people in my class believe this tripe.

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    • Also, the link to what we had to read online dealt with the criminal justice sentencing in the UK. I have no idea what the UK has to do with the US criminal sentencing system.

      I’m confused. But at least I’m no more confused then normal.

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  24. stella says:

    I ordered (and received) a special card for my DD and SIL’s 20th wedding anniversary next month. They are a bit spendy, but very cool. The one I got is the willow tree.

    https://www.lovepopcards.com/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Pop%20Up&utm_term=pop%20up%20greeting%20card&utm_content=Pop%20up%20cards

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  25. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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  26. Wooly Phlox says:

    I just made a sick beatbox, 4/4 time, starting with the word Borscht each measure.

    I need to get a microphone.

    I drop beets like a clumsy Russian.

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  27. Wooly Phlox says:

    Heh. He said “yuge”. LOLOL.

    Nice Milo hair, too.

    Genius farmer. There’s a few of those in America. /

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  28. MaryfromMarin says:

    Truck plowed into a Mardi Gras crowd in New Orleans a couple of hours ago; 12 (or more) people critically injured. Looking for more details, but here’s this to go on:

    http://www.news4jax.com/news/national/police-car-plows-into-parade-crowd-in-new-orleans-12-hurt

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    • lovely says:

      Looks like that 3 on his belt(?) may be a drinking pass for some bar.

      Liked by 1 person

      • czarowniczy says:

        More like the number of beat-downs he’ll get at the OPP for causing the city such an embarrassment.

        Oops, OPP is Orleans Parish Prison. Part of the punishment is having to walk around the jail in overalls with ‘OPP’ stenciled on your back.

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    • I am suspicious that this is related to Muslims, somehow.

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      • stella says:

        Looks more like drunk related.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Guaranteed it’s all related to booze. This is thebmost drunkenest weekend of thevyear as we aim for Fat Tuesday in three days. Bars open 24/7, unbelievable amounts of alcohol being consumed, people smashed from the time they get up until they passout. How many y’all got resturants that sell breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner and snack drinks?
        Mine was bloody mary or salty dog.
        No Moslem fundamentalists here, they’re all cowering under tables waiting for Lent.

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    • amwick says:

      My nephew went. If anything happened my twin would have called… so sad.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I doubt he was in the area of the incident. These parade routes are miles long and areas such as where this happened are largely locals.
        So far no reports of parade float riders being injured. The riders stage at various places where the load their ‘throws’ after getting dressed at their ‘den’. Drinking usually etarts at the staging area though more than a few start long before that, and drinking continues on the floats during the parade, you’ll see the riders sipping from plastic cups as they ride/throw, and those cups ain’t got Gatorade. Before the city mandated the riders had to be securely belted into their floats you’d get numerous reports of riders ‘accidentally’ falling from their floats with ‘accidentally’ being a euphemism for ‘drunk on their a**’ . You’ll still see riders so smashed they can barely stand up but at least now there’s little chance they’ll drop out of the sky on top of you.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Didn’t see you’d posted this, thought the Mardi Gras casualty list was a niche interest. Before I retired the city’s guestimate was that on a given night, after 7 PM, some 30% of the drivers on the city streets were legally over the limit. During Mardi Gras the numbers are even worse. City says it doesn’t have the officers or it’s too disruptive to have drunk chrckpoints on the roads but they jiust don’t want to PO residents and tourists who are lit up.
      Latest word on the guy shot while in the porta potty is that he was carrying an illegally concealed weapon and, whatever he was doing in the can, it accidentally discharged. .
      Police calling it a perfect example of an ‘oh s*** moment’.
      Body count on the truck incident seems to be settling in at 21 with no deaths. However, recent reporting says at leadt three accident-injury lawyers were injured rushing to the scene.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        “However, recent reporting says at leadt three accident-injury lawyers were injured rushing to the scene.” Every cloud has a silver lining. πŸ˜€

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  29. lovely says:

    Who raised these ungracious hateful people?

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    • lovely says:

      Sorry. This is the message that Thomas 😎 is responding to.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Agreed, this is a desperate attempt by the Rats to tape their broken party together. Perez represents the shrinking ‘conservative’ Rats while Ellison represents the (cough, choke) prog side. Perez barely beat Ellison and his immediately picking Ellison for the number two spot (and he makes a perfect ‘number two’) was his grasp to save what of the progs he could.
        Let’s see if the Republicans throw away the best shot st fracturing the Rats that they’ve had since 1980. Don’t bet on it, though, unless you got spare money you don’t need.

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    • MaryfromMarin says:

      Mr. Perez took the low road in his response.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      The Democrats.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      The more I think of this tweet and its coming from the figurehead of the Rat pack I can’t help but wwobder if this Leninist-lite isn’t presaging their arming and turning loose theit Bolshevists-of-color wing as they did in the 60s and 70s?
      So far we’ve seen Obama try to whip his dissatisfied welfare parasite followers into attacking police and anyone else who didn’t support the collective. They’ve tried to fortify their prog ranks with Moslems whom, I’m betting, they hope will join with the radical elements who’ve been a mainstay of Rat disruptive forces for decades.
      So let’s see which necrotic wing of the Rat party will win the battle for whst passes as Rat souls, the violent consumptive/nonproductive progs or the slightly less putrid ‘conservative’ whites trash side.

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  30. lovely says:

    Obama’s words from his last correspondence dinner.

    Next year at this time, someone else will be standing here in this very spot, and it’s anyone’s guess who she will be.

    Nope and nope.

    πŸ˜„

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  31. czarowniczy says:

    Awwww riiiiiiite, the body count goes up! A heavy truck, allegedly driven by an intoxicated driver ( as if they come in any other flavor here) veered off course and plowed into the crowd watching the Endymion parade. Between 21 and 28 injured (city’s all over the map on the count) and so far no deaths. Wow, Mardi Gras the Video Game! See if you can play for three days and not get shot or injured!

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