Open thread and Your Attention Please.

If you have a cat, you’ve been here. Next step: Jump on your lap and block the screen. Then once he has your full attention, he’ll leave. Or…he will fall asleep on your lap and make your legs numb.

So what’s on your mind today?

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  1. Too funny. I have a 20 year old Tuxedo cat doing exactly the same thing right now.

  2. Hey gadem, let me guess. When you finally gave him attention, he left.

  3. Yes, Uppity, my two cats walk on my laptop keys and one pushes her way on my stomach while I have my laptop on my lap. Nothing deters a cat!

  4. Wow. That is exactly how it it with my cats! Exactly! Every time I sit down to read something. I was thinking they were all anti-literate. Same case with returning the attention–they either leave or settle in for a long time. Ahh, life as a cat mom. I still would never give it up.

  5. How’d you get a pic of Lola the Terror? Lola likes to help me spin yarn as well. You must certainly know how it’s going since I have yet to spin a 6″ length. lol

  6. our Cats and Kids are smarter then we are. :lol:

  7. My cat has an extra step before getting on my lap – walking across the keyboard while I’m writing.

    If I leave my desk after ignoring him, he’ll pull that trick too. Yesterday, I had four pages of “N”‘s by time I finished pouring my coffee.

  8. I posted the dolphins and the cat last year. I shall have to think of a punishment for not reading that post. Let’s see……..

  9. Ok, bidding time.

    Bought a whole tenderloin the other day and had all these tips, so…….on today’s menu….tenderloin tips in red wine sauce with Crimini mushrooms. Pilaf on the side.

    Your bids please.

    Also note, fresh artichokes steamed in some garlic, olive oil, chicken broth and white wine.

  10. imustbeagreenalien – is obama golfing today or is he just out there goofing off on the neverending campaign trail? He is just puttering around surely.

  11. I likely saw it and enjoyed it and then totally forgot about seeing it here. Sorry upps, but us older forgetful sorts do that. We lather rinse repeat then repeat again because we aren’t sure if we did already or not.

    Dibs on the free food. I’ll get it somehow. *rubs hands together diabolically* I know – I’ll keep filling your wine glass till you get too drunk to notice.

  12. Damn Karen shuts ups so I can punish you.

    And keep your hands off the tenderloin tips. You have to bid.

  13. Dog is guarding the tenderloin tips.

    Hope it’s a good idea. lolol.

  14. Wouldn’t you just love to see one of those golf balls land in Issa’s shorts?

  15. …..and then see the golfer make his next shot off his crotch?

  16. Pro golfer hits tee shot into a man’s shorts…no kidding.

    He should have yelled “Two!”

  17. That dolphin cat reminds me so much of my RIP cat, Judy.

  18. He should have yelled “Two!”

    Hahahaha. But not on the followup shot.

  19. LOL! The jokes just write themselves on that golf shot!

  20. @karen: what is Obama doing today?
    in a word…..nothing….as usual
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule/complete

    As for FLOTUS, I think she’s on a ski trip to CO?

  21. Apparently, Barack Obama thinks all men are pigs like he is.
    http://studentactivism.net/2012/02/16/barack-obama-cant-stop/

  22. Emily’s List is a joke. They have the audacity to do ads on electing more women when they threw their biggest sponsor under the bus for that pig Obama. They make me sick. Suddenly they Get It. If they hadn’t turned their back on their mentor, the lousy ingrates that they are, none of this shit would be happening.

  23. that is a good link Upps.everyone should read it. :)

  24. imust@2:06: I wonder how many planes it took to get her there?

  25. LOL Fredster! Yeah, but she doesn’t have to worry about flying with her hubby so maybe she only needed one plane this time!

  26. Gawd let’s hope so. But i wonder how big the entourage is? She usually has a group that goes with her.

  27. Hey fredster! Last nite we drove down to the big city to see two great flamenco guitar acts, Incendio & Robby Longley. Robby Longley is from NOLA & spends part of every year there. Very entertaining, tells great stories in between songs & gets the most amazing sounds out of a guitar. I highly recommend going to see him there if you can. He’s sort of a fusion of nouveau flamenco and nawlins style jazz. I don’t usually post clips with this long of songs, but this is a live version that is really good. If you don’t have the time, go to the five minute mark:

  28. Upps, your dinner sounds superb. I was so disgusted by the cost of meat at my local market, that I bought a london broil!?!?! I don’t know why I did it cuz I knew I wouldn’t like it. Anyway, marinated it over nite and cooked it medium rare, sliced it super thin, but, still, it was tough. Why does good food have to be so blasted expensive? We don’t have a butcher around here (there used to be two in the good old days). Has anyone ever tried beef from a Farmers Market? Am thinking of trying it next week.

  29. socal what did you marinate it with? You have to have some wine vinegar as it breaks down the fibers.

  30. I got the tenderloin at a great price so I couldn’t resist. Otherwise I would not be buying one these days. I get my beef from a butcher who uses local meat. We also have a grass fed farmer not far from here who sells great beef and pork.

  31. And did you slice the london on the biased against the grain?

  32. I don’t know why your london broil story reminded me of this.

  33. socal@5:12 – I’ll have to check that out.

  34. Also if you marinate beef too long it gets mushy.

  35. McCain and Graham are calling on USA to arm syrian ‘rebels’. here we go again. Giving guns to what turn out to be bigger goatfuckers than the people they are fighting. Here comes sharia again.

  36. We also have a grass fed farmer not far from here….

    Why does he eat grass? Who feeds it to him? (lorac will be so J.)

  37. socal: he is good! I enjoyed that.

  38. NES I saw that and was not going to go there. ;-)

  39. socal: I buy meat at farmers markets when I know the farmer. Otherwise I go directly to the farm. It’s more expensive but I go with a 3-4 oz portion rather than 8-12 oz and it comes to roughly the same cost per meal. I figure since it’s grass fed, I’m getting more nutrients per oz anyway. I also noticed when I was dieting, I did better with 4 oz servings than 8.

  40. Yes, against the grain. The marinade had whisky, vinegar, oil, spices… I did forget to pound it first. Still, I think london broil is just tough. I generally get my beef at Gelsons, becuz its definitely better than the big chains, and they say no hormones or antibiotics. Whole Foods sells mostly grass fed beef here. Healthy, but somewhat tougher and “gamey”. They sell a lot of natural beef from New Zealand. Gelsons had big tenderloins on sale a few weeks ago. I should have bought one then.

  41. One of the benes of grass fed is that it contains more silica, an essential mineral, that most of us don’t get enough of. Silica is good for every part of your body; also, hair, skin, & nails.

  42. Uppity: Actually I though all of the states had some type of means-testing on SNAP (I’ll always call it food stamps no matter what).

  43. Upps, agree with you about Syria.

  44. I don’t really know what to think about the food stamps thing. If the state has very low fraud, why bother. They’ll just have to hire a bunch of people to work for the state to examine all these applications, the extra employee $ will probably eat up any excess that is left over. I wonder what our PA friends think.

  45. When I filed for Veterans benefits for my Dad I had to list all his assets and include copies of everything. It was no big deal though. They gave him a pension, free medical, free drugs and a free funeral. I couldn’t believe how easy the VA was for us. I had always heard horror stories. I think they’re easier on WW2 vets though, which my Dad was.

  46. Okay…I got this in my email and thought it was cute, fwiw.

    PARAPROSDOKIANS (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in
    which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected;
    frequently humorous.

    1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

    2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.

    3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

    4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

    5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

    6. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

    7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

    8. They begin the evening news with ‘Good Evening,’ then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

    9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

    10. Buses stop in bus stations. Trains stop in train stations. On my desk is a work station.

    11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.

    12. In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency,
    notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR.’

    13. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

    14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

    15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a
    successful man is usually another woman.

    16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

    17. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

    18. Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

    19. There’s a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can’t get away.

    20. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.

    21. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

    22. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

    23. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

    24. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

    25. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

    26. Where there’s a will, there are relatives.

    27. If you are supposed to learn from your mistakes, why do some people have more than one child?

    28. The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!

    I’m particularly fond of #28.

  47. That was cute.

  48. socal said:

    When I filed for Veterans benefits for my Dad I had to list all his assets and include copies of everything. It was no big deal though. They gave him a pension, free medical, free drugs and a free funeral. I couldn’t believe how easy the VA was for us. I had always heard horror stories. I think they’re easier on WW2 vets though, which my Dad was.

    Yes, VA pension (only for *war-time* vets) is much easier. Did your dad have to go for an exam to verify he was P&T (permanently and totally disabled) ? Anyway, it is an income-based program and if you qualify, i.e. under the max allowed income, then you get the pension. Service-connected comp is more difficult mainly because VA has to review the service medical records for treatment of the condition the applicant is claiming is connected to service.

  49. Here is hubbies favorite Robby Longley song. The guy is really a guitar purist. We first saw him 12 yrs ago, and I don’t ever remember seeing him play a cutaway, like the other flamenco guys do, or use a pick (he uses his own long fingernails, like Lindsey Buckingham), or a capo. Just a flamenco guitar & lots of passion. This song is def the kind of fusion thing he does:

  50. Yes, I took him to the VA hospital for an eval, and once a year after that to keep the benefits.

  51. Fredster

    28. The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas! “

    The voices don’t appreciate being snuffed out by the daily meds.

  52. My grand-dad got service-connected because when he retired from the Army VA offered it to him but he didn’t take it. Much later on, the social workers at VA got it reopened and they were able to get him into a contract nursing home at VA expense.

    Also, I was able to get my great-uncle on VA pension with aid and attendance benefits. My cousin didn’t even know he was eligible because he was in the merchant marine in WWII but that time counted. It was a *big* help with him until he passed away.

  53. Yes, I got my Dad aid & attendance. It was a godsend.

  54. crier said: The voices don’t appreciate being snuffed out by the daily meds.

    No, the don’t. :-(

  55. You would think that with football being over, they could start 60 Minutes on time, but no–now they have to let golf run over into it. The Sunday night curse, where CBS is out of sync with all the other channels. Why couldn’t they leave The Good Wife on Tuesdays–then I wouldn’t care.

  56. 29. I’m only hurting you for my own good.

  57. Well the thing about food stamps is, they are for people in desperate need. If you have 9k in the bank, you can buy yourself some food. There’s a petition out there that says that means testing would slow down the system and someone would take longer to get the stamps. This would be a hardship for the real poor, I would think. It wouldn’t be one for someone with 9k in the bank because they could cut a check for food till the means testing approval process is over. The assumption that you wouldn’t eat if you didn’t get food stamps in this case, is wrong. If you have two cars, it does seem that you might have to make that one car, unless of course you are married and both working. And if you are both working, you might or might not need food stamps. I really don’t know how they work here in NY. I know there is means testing for welfare and for the free or really cheap health insurance, which is the same polilcy that I have to pay a grand for a month, which makes ME poor. If I were to qualify for that health insurance, I would be means tested and be expected to spend down my money assets. So yes, this state does do some means testing beyond whether or not you are working, and you would be expected to spend down your assets. The income level for some of these benefits is also restricted, and it’s sliding, depending on how many people in the family. I imagine the amount allowed for seniors is considered a required amount the government allows for a funeral. In fact I KNOW that’s what it’s for. I don’t see how means testing would slow things down though. You fill out a questionaire anyways, so you add your bank accounts. If you lie, sooner or later you go to jail. Or maybe not. lol.

    Some of the comments accompanying the petition were ludicrous. One person said something to the effect of can’t people save for their children’s education? in a word, No. If you have those kinds of assets, you do not get food stamps and should not. i’m afraid college loans would be on the horizon instead. If I were to apply for food stamps, the first thing they would tell me to spend is my 401k. You can’t be sitting on that kind of money and expect the taxpayers to feed you.

  58. Fredster: I like #7 the best!

  59. Good points Upps.

  60. Ani post on the burner for tomorrow AM.

  61. Upps said: One person said something to the effect of can’t people save for their children’s education?…i’m afraid college loans would be on the horizon instead

    Probably if folks are that poor their kids should be eligible for Pell Grants, or at least they ought to be.

  62. I know there is means testing for welfare and for the free or really cheap health insurance, which is the same polilcy that I have to pay a grand for a month, which makes ME poor. If I were to qualify for that health insurance, I would be means tested and be expected to spend down my money assets

    I’m going to email you something.

  63. Talk about tracking us… Target figured out how to tell when female customers are in their second trimester, to start getting their marketing hooks into them… spooky…

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/magazine/shopping-habits.html?_r=2&ref=general&src=me&pagewanted=all

  64. lorac: I have to admit I’m hooked on Febreze and things don’t smell *clean* or at least they smell better after a spritz or two.

  65. Yes, I like it, too…. but it’s spooky how they (businesses, supermarkets) track us….

  66. lorrrraaaacc……this is Target……we’re waaatching youuuu……BOO!!!

    ROFL!! Couldn’t resist lorac!
    BOO!!
    :0

  67. lorac said: but it’s spooky how they (businesses, supermarkets) track us….

    Oh exactly! If you have one of the grocery’s *discount* cards that they scan whenever you are checking out they then know your buying history, what products you like, etc.

  68. You have a right to a discount card without giving away your entire information farm. I know, because that’s what I do. I tell a supermarket that I do not want to give them my personal information but I expect to receive the discounts for shopping there. They will give you a generic card that comes with no information. Their threat to you, however, is that you will not be able to cash a check there. Who gives a rat’s ass? So, I shop, I use the generic card, they have no idea who I am and that’s that.

    People say Yes too easily about things like this. You have the right to your privacy. It’s a supermarket not a bank. You owe them nothing about yourself, all you are required to do is pay for your groceries. The rest is NOT required and you don’t have to take that shit from anybody. NOBODY can order you to give out ID senstive or tracking information about yourself by holding a benefit they give everybody else over your head. However, if a person is fool enough to go along with their bullshit, then they have ‘voluntarily’ given up their personal information. When I shop, the register spits out coupons relative to what I’ve purchased that day, just like they do for everybody else, based on what it ‘reads’ that I purchased. Card looks exactly the same too, they just don’t know things that are none of their business about me. It won’t be long before a major food chain is next in line for a security breach. And it will be massive.

  69. Upps: Your card didn’t require you fill out a form to go with that card? Same thing with the one from Rite Aid. I had to complete a little info thing which they kept.

  70. imust, I know that’s YOU! You’re watching to see if I’m making PIE! Either that, or you’re in cahoots with Karen. You’re trying to distract me with that hypnotic eye, so Karen can sneak in, raid the fridge, and share the stuff with you! lol

  71. Upps: Your card didn’t require you fill out a form to go with that card? Same thing with the one from Rite Aid. I had to complete a little info thing which they kept.

    No it didn’t ‘require’ it. They told me to fill it out and I said No. Then I said, you mean to tell me that, as a shopper here, I don’t have the right to the prices everyone else gets, unless I give you ID sensitive information that is really none of your business? Then they said, well it’s for YOUR benefit blah blah blah, and ticked off what I ‘can’t’ do without filling out the form — and I said, I just want the discounts. I don’t want to cash a check. I don’t want to write a check. Ever. I don’t want you to send me crap in the mail. And I am not required to give my SS number to ANYBODDY but an employer, the government, a creditor, and my bank. So they then gave me a ‘generic’ card (like the ones they use at checkout when a customer can’t find theirs). Like I said, I can’t cash checks there or write checks for groceries. Who cares? I have discount cards for two supermarkets that are not loaded with anything about me, not even my name. None of that is required in order to buy a gallon of milk with cash. Think about this. Why would you be ‘required’ to tell them who you are and where you live, your phone number, blah blah blah, knowing they can’t refuse to sell you that gallon of milk if you don’t.

  72. I did give my name and address to Pet Supplies Plus though, because I get a free bag of that expensive dog food I buy for every ten bags I buy. I was keeping receipts instead, but I kept losing them or forgetting to bring them. I gave them a bogus email address on the form as I despise getting spammed. I learned that lesson after I ripped Best Buy a whole new one for spamming me daily. I had to threaten to email their CEO to get them to stop filling up my email box with their shit. If you want to cut down on crap in the US Mail too, then don’t tell the whole damned world where you live either. It’s just not germaine so long as you pay for what you are buying.

    By the By, watch what you charge to a credit card too, because you are required to give them the whole enchilada (they are creditors) about you, and they share your information with their ‘affiliates’. It’s right there when you fill out the application. “Affiliate’ can mean anybody they decide they are ‘affiliated’ with and everything about you is being collected and sold/shared/broadcasted wherever they want to broadcast it. This is why your mailbox is full of crap you recycle day in and day out. They profile you. If you buy groceries on credit, for example, it’s a flag to them that you don’t have the money on hand to buy food. Remember, everything you do comprises your credit score and nobody on earth knows the formula but them. This adds a whole new meaning to the words, “Trust me”. lolol. Did you notice that the minute you turn 50, AARP is trolling you with shit in your mail day in and day out? How do you think they know you just turned 50? How does the Scooter Store know you might be getting old enough for a ‘free’ Scooter paid for by Medicare? Somebody is sharing your age with these trolls/predators even though you never did business with them. That’s just ONE example of how profiled you are when you share too much. If you buy luxury items on a charge car, or a lot of things that are pleasures not necessities, you are more apt to get an offer from them to reduce your interest rate. They know they will make money off of you. I do not have a single double digit interest rate card. I have no qualms about calling a card company and telling them I am not going to use their card if they don’t reduce the rate, they check my FICO score and they know I mean it. That’s how important your FICO score is. In many states, your car insurance rate is lower too, they call it ‘credit based’. SO you see, they know pretty much everything about you when they know who you are, and what your SS is. Did you noice some card companies mail you a yearly ‘summary’ of your purchases? They are profiling you. Who knows what all this information will mean in the future. WHo knew that one day there would be a map that points directly to your house, available at the click of a mouse?

    One more thing. Do not EVER fill out those questionaires for “free coupons”. More information to sell about you.

  73. Cooperation between dogs and birds can’t be good news for the cats:

  74. No self-respecting cat would eat noodles.

  75. lorac said to Ms Pie:

    “You’re trying to distract me with that hypnotic eye, so Karen can sneak in, raid the fridge, and share the stuff with you! lol”

    SHARE?? lol, no way in hell!

  76. By the By, watch what you charge to a credit card too, because you are required to give them the whole enchilada (they are creditors) about you, and they share your information with their ‘affiliates’. It’s right there when you fill out the application.

    Uh, does that include porn? ;-)

    If you buy groceries on credit, for example, it’s a flag to them that you don’t have the money on hand to buy food.

    I have been out and about going places and remember that I need to stop by the store. Sometimes I have cash with me other times I may not have enough *with* me. Guess I’m marked.

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