General Discussion, Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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  1. czarowniczy says:

    Don’t know how many of you’ve seen it but this is the 2015 report by the VA IG that shows as many as 307,000 vets may have died out of the nearly 867,000 vets awaiting treatment over the period of time examined. Primary reason (best way they could save their ass) is thst their record keeping/maintaining system sucks. So we have a perfectly diverse and inclusive system headed by civil service SES grades (all of whom are getting hefty yearly performance bonuses) and you’re killing your clients.
    Question I have with the IG’s report is WHY they didn’t do it earlier, why wait until dead vets are in the news and Congress is al atwitter? The IG is disposed to be on top of this, proactive and not reactive.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Start reviewing the excellent medical care given to vets by the Phoenix VA……….

      Liked by 2 people

      • czarowniczy says:

        Not forgetting the 100 who died while waiting at the LA center. See what I mean when I say the VA has killed more than the VC? VA, 307,000 – VC, 58,220.


    • auscitizenmom says:

      ALL bonuses in civil service need to be STOPPED, period.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Tell me about it. The workerbees’ bonuses are figured into their agencies’ budgets a year in advance. Right now the 2018 production bonuses are being built in a year ahead of any work being done. For the SES grades their huge production bonuses are part of their pay, they know they’re on the kids if the don’t get one.


        • czarowniczy says:

          Oh yeah, I forgot about those years when the budgets were being pared back and our agency supervisors only had enough bonus cash to pay themselves bonuses for supervising us while we did all that really great work.


  2. This was made in 2001.

    The Japanese are artists, and even autists. It’s just an intro, after you hit “start” on your controller, to a videogame.

    Western videogame makers can’t evoke humanity like Japanese can.

    Same goes for animators. I’ve watched plenty of Western animation, from Hanna-Barbera up to and including our crown jewel, Disney. Studio Ghibli beats Disney hands-down. On every level.

    Music and art, the Japanese beat us. No question.

    I have the collection as of 5 years ago. Ghibli is incredible talent. So is Squaresoft and every other Japanese animation and game company.

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  3. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Just curious…

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  4. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Keep the old mind sharp…

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  5. 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 Covfefe! (aka “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’ G-d&Country! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blind 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!

    Doughnuts and coffee!

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  6. stella says:

    Sharyl Attkisson has a new book:

    Greta Van Susteren recommended it on Facebook.

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  7. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

    Liked by 5 people

  8. Menagerie says:

    Lovely is the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help near you? Have you ever been?

    Liked by 2 people

    • lovely says:

      It’s about 4 or 5 hours away in Green Bay, I’ve only been to Green Bay once just to meet someone and pick up one of their children so I haven’t been there and don’t really know anything about it.

      The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe is about an hour and a half away in Illinois I’ve been there and it is wonderful.

      There was a small convent within walking distance of my parent’s house in Lake Villa IL, Carmelite nuns, The HandMaidens of The Lord, sadly they all became too old and their Mother House recalled them after decades of being one of the holiest places that I have ever experienced.

      Are you asking for a particular reason?

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    • lovely says:

      My friend lives right in Green Bay maybe I’ll make a trip up there one of these days. After refreshing my memory I remember her telling me about this. I think there is also an unapproved modern day visionary in the area though I’m not sure that she is associated with the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Hope.

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  9. auscitizenmom says:

    “What a noticeable difference that our new president sounds more like the president from the movie Independence Day.” There are videos of both speeches at this link. When I watched the movie yesterday, the speech by the President in it made me think of Pres. Trump’s speech.
    “Required 4th of July Viewing: The ’Independence Day’ Speech”

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  10. auscitizenmom says:

    I was watching Pres. Trump and the First Lady get on Air Force 1 and I think he forgot to salute before he went up the stairs. 😯

    Liked by 1 person

  11. stella says:

    Just read that Calvin Coolidge was the only President to be born on July 4.

    Both Jefferson and Adams died on July 4, exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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  12. lovely says:

    Who said it more Big Brotherish, Mika or CNN?

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  13. stella says:

    Beneath the Dignity of the Office

    Trump’s communication style is certainly an abrupt detour from presidential norms, yet norms, according to Donald Trump, are made to be broken. And β€œbeneath the dignity of the office” is a hyperventilating overreach, or as we say in the trade, a steaming pile.

    In fact, Donald Trump has restored dignity to the office, when you consider how Barack Obama soiled the office with his own dissembling, fabrications, and manipulations, not to mention the sort of race hustlers, hoodlums, felons, and traitors routinely welcomed to Obama’s White House.

    Beneath the dignity of the office: Bill Clinton spawned the genre. Obama fertilized it.

    Lest we forget, Obama welcomed Al Sharpton 60-70-100 times at the White House.

    At the same time, Obama hosted soirees with the Muslim Brotherhood. Celebrated the swap of five terrorists for U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl in the Rose Garden. Embraced Rick Ross, notorious rapper indicted for assault and kidnapping, whose ankle bracelet alarm went off at the White House.

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  14. stella says:

    With apologies to the Indian princess for misspelling her name …

    Liked by 4 people

  15. stella says:

    BREAKING: CNN May Have Targeted The WRONG Meme Creator Over Trump’s WWE Tweet

    So, after nearly a full day of promoting a story labeling the redoubtable Reddit meme generator HanA**holeSolo the source of President Trump’s WWE vs. CNN logo wrestling gif, it turns out that CNN may have botched the story wrong. HanA**holeSolo apologized for his myriad wrongs and stated that he never meant to promote violence. CNN threatened to out HanA**holeSolo’s identity if he reneged on his apology.

    And the meme Trump tweeted wasn’t generated by HanA**holeSolo. CNN shot first.

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  16. lovely says:

    Just when I thought the week could not get any more amusing NYT quotes DPRK as an official NK account.

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  17. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Sharon!!!!!!! Reference to your questions concerning the F-35A (Air Force), B (Navy), and C (USMC). Briefly; The Air Force’s mission is primarily air supremacy first then conducting deep bombing missions. Also, you can roll CAS (close air support) to US Army forces engaged in the Corp Battle Zone. Naval Aviation primarily charged with Fleet Defense, Air Supremacy and Projection of Naval Air Power. USMC’s Aviation arm is charged with the mission to provide CAS to Marine ground units engaged with enemy forces.
    You raised outstanding questions in your post. Not to much difference between A model or B. The C model can execute Vertical take off, landing. This aircraft can operate from forward deployed areas with no runways.
    The fuel/weight ratios are critical in aircraft carrying various types of ordinances. Most AF/Navy aircraft will take off from runways, aircraft carriers with a quarter tank of gas, then linkup with a tanker to top off. Noted the engines on F-35 have increased fuel efficiency, okay my question would be at what altitude and load of the aircraft.
    This Helmet HUD (heads up display) coming on line. R/D had 1st generation back in late ’70s. Now think of the movie “FireFox” with Clint Eastwood. What R/D is really working on is an interface between your thoughts, and the aircraft executing those thoughts. Ex: Roll Right. You thought of that maneuver, then using the engine speed, stick, right pedal, you the pilot kicked the aircraft right. Now what was the time, 2-3 seconds…….. how about cutting that down to less than a second and still within acceptable G- forces on the airframe/pilot.
    My belief the boys/girls in D wing had a brain cramp, and for the sake of multiple aircraft for the services, I airframe, F-35, with multiple missions to save money. Sounds good, but toys cost a lot. Maybe might reduce the logistical cost needs also.
    Now, the Air Force hates the CAS mission. Look know further than the A-10 aircraft. This aircraft was built for the Soviet (Tank/Artillery) invasion of Western Europe late 70s. It’s cheap, easy to fly, cost effective to operate. There’s no glory in it……GUE, Go Ugly Early as those flyboys would say.
    My recommendation would be to build 400-500 more F-22s……..
    Hopefully I answer your questions, with background and discussing some of the article. Remember the biggest test is Combat. And I want the best for the boys/girls who wear the uniform, cause these is no second place in our business. My best you!!!!!

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  18. 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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  19. ImpeachEmAll says:

    The doctor is in;
    and speaks his mind…


  20. lovely says:

    Anthony Scaramucci just compared CNN to Captain Ahab. He said hubris, pride and ego has over taken CNN and it is no longer in touch with reality.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      CNN went out of the news business long ago when Bobby Batista retired…… met her, she gave me a hug and kiss on the cheek, when we deployed in ’90. She’s a babe……..

      Liked by 1 person

      • lovely says:

        CNN was running interference for the Clintons back in the 90’s I think they have always been a propaganda tool (hot babes aside πŸ˜‰ but I’m happy you got a smooch).


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