General Discussion, Sunday, September 8, 2019

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  1. Lucille says:

    Posting a Stella Del Oro Lily…

    …and a Black-eyed Stella Daylily

    …to help say…

    Liked by 12 people

  2. czarowniczy says:

    I think I’m going to come out of retirement, move to California and sell shovels to the state legislature so they can more efficiently shovel **** into fans.

    There’s anew bill slouching its way through the state legislature that would make businesses employing independent contractors to treat them as employees, meaning better pay, benefits, et cetera. Now businesses hire independent contractors specifically so they DON’T have to treat them as contractors. This saves the business money in dealing with niche business areas and gives the independent contractor benefits too but the state of California thinks it knows better.

    The bill is heavily aimed at ride share services like Lyft and Uber but it’s going to nail print newspapers that hire freelance writers and contract delivery services, it will impact all businesses, big and small, that employ any anyone who works as an independent contractor, raising costs as the independents must now be treated as employees. Some businesses, many predict print newspapers will be the first, will be pushed right out of business.

    One thing I’m not seeing is something that will hit Amazon, any any other business that employs independent contractors, right square in the mouth – liability. Right now, unless the job being contracted out, is inherently dangerous, the employer is not liable for the actions of these contractors. It looks as if the state’s going to open the door to these contractors now being considered as employees and becoming as liable for their actions as they are for those of their full employees. That’s going to open a whole can of very expensive worms.

    Amazon employs thousands of independent contractors delivery drivers for their super fast delivery services and their contract with them specifically states that Amazon assumes no liability for any damages, including deaths, these drivers incur while delivering for Amazon. There have been numbers of injuries and deaths involving these drivers as they have an extremely tight schedule and must rush from delivery to delivery. If Amazon has to treat these folks as employees under this new law you can bet that the lawyers are going to try and make Amazon liable for their actions, making costs rise or making Amazon cut back on delivery services. Other businesses will be hit too but Amazon will be nailed.

    You can bet that when business finds a workable, efficient way to function the politicians will find away to screw it up. With most politicians it’s a skill but in California it seems to be an art form.

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  3. czarowniczy says:

    Y’all be seeing this:

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

    Liked by 8 people

    • Menagerie says:

      Morning Wee. Classic I have good news and I have bad news pic.

      Liked by 4 people

    • lovely says:

      Morning Wee, let’s hope the Beast takes one of her walks right past this cute fellow!

      Liked by 4 people

    • Lucille says:

      Good morning, WeeWeed! Apparently though alligators aren’t at the top of the list in animal kingdom smarts, they are relatively brainy…

      “Alligators are smarter than you think, wranglers say”
      https://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/untamed-lowcountry/article33549558.html

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    • czarowniczy says:

      NO **IT!

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    • czarowniczy says:

      BTW, saw ‘IT’ 2.0 yesterday…what a TOTAL waste of 3 bored ****less hours of my life I’ll never get back. James McAvoy looked like he was playing someone who couldn’t play anyone. McAvoy, after a great performance in Glass, just phoned it in.

      As for scaryness, I’ve seen far scarier things in a Greyhound station bathroom.
      If you like good FX it has some but you have to slog through 3 hours of ho-hum, a bucket of references to previous King fiolms, a tub full of social; engineering and a cameo with King himself where he makes Stan Lee look like Sir Laurence Olivier.

      Save your $$$$ until it comes out on Netflix, then ignore it there too and pat yourself on the back for the money you saved.

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      • WeeWeed says:

        Oddly enough I watched the old version the other night with John Boy, Juliette, and the lot – oh, also Harry Anderson (whom I loved). Not interested at all in the new version (or the newer “Carrie.”)

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        • czarowniczy says:

          To me the early King was genius, I sat down and read The Stand in one extended sitting. At some point he went from writing a genius work every year or so to writing a ‘book’ every two weeks, or so it seemed, with a lesser quality.

          Then there was the sale to the movies. The mess they made of his good stuff was bad enough, but this later lesser stuff in their greasy paws…

          Sort of makes me think of what would happen were McDonald’s menu get taken by a Nigerian street vendor for a flavor profile redux.

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          • WeeWeed says:

            Exactly – and his “kid stories,” you know, Cujo, Pet Semetery, The Shining, It, were all about murdering kids. When mine was about 3-ish. I got un-amused quickly (plus I think that’s when he was on drugs or whatever.)
            But “The Stand” was awesome. To.This.Day.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              I think he’s addicted to the easy cash and just wants to spend more time playing with his ‘band’, which I hear is easily on par with his current writings.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Here, here’s his band:

              Hear the resemblance to his latest works?

              There was a 10 minute clip but I believe there’s something in International law about exposing people to that much of it.

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  5. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ everyone. 🙂 Maybe Nyet could send some of his great breakfast to Stella.

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  6. 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! 🙂 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! 🙂 |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! 🙂 |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! 🙂 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) 🙂 |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) 🙂 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! 🙂 |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! 🙂 |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) 🙂 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! 🙂 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! 🙂 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! 🙂 |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! 😀 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) 🙂 |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) 🙂 |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! 🙂 |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! 🙂 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! 🙂 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) 🙂 |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! 🙂 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! 🙂 |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! 🙂 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! 🙂 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! 🙂 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! 🙂 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! 🙂 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! 🙂 (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! 🙂 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! 🙂 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll 🙂 |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! 🙂 |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! 🙂 |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! 🙂 |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! 🙂 |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! 🙂 |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! 🙂 |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) 🙂 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (“Stellars”) 🙂 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson 🙂 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! 🙂 |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) 🙂 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! 🙂 🍸 (1961 Château Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! 🙂 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! 🙂 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! 🙂 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) 🙂 |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ rheavolans! (aka “Rhea Salacia Volans”) 🙂 |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! 🙂 |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! 🙂 |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! 🙂 |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! 🙂 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! 🙂 |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! 🙂 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ Senatssekretär FREISTAAT DANZIG! 🙂 |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! 🙂 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! 🙂 |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! 🙂 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! 🙂 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! 🙂 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ davidhuntpe! 🙂 |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! 🙂 |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! 🙂 |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    Mornin’ NC Nana! 🙂 🍸 (Beautiful)
    Mornin’ bjosz! 🙂 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Some of Menagerie’s Jack Daniels – Shhhhhh)
    Mornin’ Angelle Staria Literary Works! 🙂 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Some more of Menagerie’s Jack Daniels – Shhhhhh)
    Mornin’ just stevie! 🙂 🍸 🍸 🍸 🍸 🍸 🍸 🍸 (Chateau Pape Clement Blanc Pessac, 2014)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! 😛 (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! 😕

    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!

    Lemon Scones with Vanilla Lemon Glaze

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Looks delicious. I don’t know what Stella is able to have, but surely something from this spread. Mornin’ Nyet. 😀

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    • Lucille says:

      Good morning, Nyet! I agree with Aus re Stella breakfast fare. The following is what the Harvard Heart Letter suggests…and it all sounds fine and maybe even delicious….

      A bowl of steel-cut oatmeal topped with fruit and walnuts

      A bowl of high-fiber, whole-grain cereal such as Fiber One, Shredded Wheat, or Cheerios with milk and sliced banana, strawberries, blueberries, or other fruit

      6 or 8 ounces of 1% yogurt with blueberries and sunflower seeds

      A whole-grain English muffin with peanut butter

      An omelet made with one egg and one egg white, or egg substitute, served with whole-grain toast and orange slices

      A smoothie made with milk, yogurt, orange or pineapple juice, strawberries or blueberries, and banana, plus some oat bran, ground flax seeds, or wheat germ for extra fiber and healthful oils.

      See https://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/a-healthy-breakfast-may-protect-against-heart-disease

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  7. auscitizenmom says:

    Stella, here’s advice from some doctors and nurses.

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  8. auscitizenmom says:

    Just give the word and I will jump on a plane.

    Liked by 5 people

  9. stella says:

    Hi everybody! I’m home from the hospital, but now busy tracking down the drugs that I need to take TODAY. I’ll tell all later, but my daughter is here with me, and she and my neighbor have been taking care of the pets and the garden, so all is well there.

    The really good news is that I don’t have any heart muscle damage, and my cholesterol and blood sugar levels are pretty good. The only bad news is that I now have two stents in my right coronary artery, and I have to take six prescriptions.

    For once in my life, I made the right decision and called 911 when it was absolutely necessary, so I got the medical treatment (absolutely excellent) just as soon as possible.

    Thanks for all the prayers and good thoughts!

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  10. 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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  11. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Gen. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  12. Lucille says:

    For Tucker and Stella…

    Good night! God bless!

    Liked by 5 people

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