We need some fun: I know if you have a cat, you have lived this

h/t Casper Cat.

I found my vintage red and green Gucci watch this way.


169 Responses

  1. ROFLMAO! When I was younger my girlfriends and I would help each other with the srping and fall cleaning. One friend was a barmaid- we went to do her place and in the course of moving all the furniture we found over a hundred bic lighters! She stole them from the customers and the cat stole them from her!

  2. I used to have a cat who would hide my watch – she liked the shiny gold!
    I’ve been thinking about these flash robbery and intimidation mobs (I read an article about these as well) – I wonder if they’re related to the recognition that O is failing and that he may not be re-elected – some misguided attempt at keeping “power”….

  3. (I don’t mean they’re necessarily thinking that this behavior will get O re-elected, but maybe they’re feeling “in power” now with him in office, but feeling very threatened that O is losing support all over – so they’re acting out because “in the moment” it is making them feel powerful….)

  4. I think they are encouraged and I think This is that Youth movement”/Civilian Corps Obama and Rahm talked about in 2008, and Obama is so proud of cultivating in the summertime. What goes on at Camp Obama, anyways? you send your kids to these people without knowing? This is an omen of things to come, riots to come, if America doesn’t put its foot down.

    Think of what these little freaks can do to a pollling place in 2012. Makes the Panthers with the billy clubs look tame. Imagine the result of an Obama loss. These are the spawns of Bill Ayers’ educational guidance.

  5. Instead of picking on middle aged women using video taping from her front lawn in Rochester, these are the the things cops should be using their clubs on.

  6. lorac, I don’t see it as them feeling threatened. I see them as a threat. Until one day, somebody is going to open fire on the little shits. Then Al Sharpton will appear instead of now. People can only take so much.

  7. Do you notice we are seeing more of adults going nuts and shooting malicious kids who harass them at their homes day and night? We just had another case. The guy shot one of the kids and of course, he was an “innocent” kid who just happened to be harassing him, probably every day for God knows how long. Till the old guy snapped.

  8. They’re saying sports fans were rioting after a game in Argentina now. This seems so common now; I know it happens here, as well. Is it the alcohol? The testosterone? Youth mobs, black mobs, sports mobs. Geez, the world is going to h*ll.

  9. Well, their “leaders” (like Al Sharpton) always emphasize how they are SO victimized, they always encouraging bad feelings because that’s how the “leaders” get their pay. If they had leaders who emphasized the large numbers of blacks who are professionals, who are middle class, who follow the rules, and encouraged all to strive for that, we’d have a different story. You know, someone like Bill Cosby – but as we know, he is always called “whitey” and drowned out….

  10. Screw Argentina. We have our own problems. Besides, didn’t we give them Mark Sanford?

  11. OMG … I hadn’t thought of that…. that’s all we need at the polls. And of course, we learned it really isn’t wrong to intimidate people at the polls…..

  12. UW, the point isn’t Argentina (it just happened in Canada as well, and has happened here many times) – the point is that violence seems to be getting normalized all over the world. I find it very worrisome.

  13. ….gotta run to work!

  14. I know,sister, but the truth is, we need to start feeling incensed that we worry more about others than we do for our own. And most of the time, all those billions we give everybody yields a bunch of ingrates who hate us anyways. I think we’ve lost touch with the realization that we have ignored some real problems in this country that are getting worse by the day. So I’m just crabby about that because we have reallly inept leaders who can’t run this country and are having a picnic for themselves when most of us wouldn’t hire them to wash our cars. Maybe these other countries are learning some of this lawlessness and spoiled-brat reactions among young people from us.

  15. charity begins at home!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  16. Annual retiree costs in Providence, R.I., now amount to an astounding 50% of city tax collections.

  17. I bet it’s correlated with the growing global male population, lorac. Certainly, the “Arab Spring” related demonstrations, good and bad, seem correlated with the disproportionately large and growing number of male youths in the ME. Many weeks ago I’d posted an article by Niall Ferguson on the growth of the male population, particularly on the Asian continent, and how, historically, that phenomenon correlates with more wars and greater aggression. See if you can find it because it’s a good read.

  18. DE, unfortunately, the solution to retiree costs may lie in increasing the population, and therefore the tax base. But, the US birthrate, with the exception of that in Latin and ME communities, is very low. I don’t blame people for not spawning more, especially since I haven’t bothered to spawn at all, but there’s no question it negatively impacts the tax base and even the economic viability of towns. Europe and Japan are, of course, suffering from even greater demographic problems (a huge and growing aged population coupled with a shrinking youth-base). And, a falling population is a large part of the reason Western European countries have been fairly liberal with immigration, particularly (and, as we now know, to their considerable socio-political detriment) from the baby-producing Third World.

  19. We’ve already increased the population. Illegally. Unfortunately, all those millions of people don’t pay property taxes. Therefore we are overpopulated. With people who provide no tax base. Most people who DO pay property taxes can’t afford anymore kids. They are too busy paying ever-increasing property taxes for free lunches, free programs, free education for people who don’t pay property taxes. As for the retirement systems, the truth is, its a huge snowball that is never-ending in growth, until eventually, every city in every state will reach their state’s constitutional limit for property taxation, and then the walls will come tumbling down, because it still won’t be enough. Then everybody will Get It, I guess. For starters, retirement at 50+ is outrageous when you consider that the property-taxed residents for the most part work in the private sector where they don’t get anything from retirement until after age 65. That problem alone is a heavy contributor to the snowball.

  20. Is the movement to raise the retirement age facing daunting political headwinds? Seems like it’d be the logical thing to do.

  21. Upps, isn’t it true that certain parts of the US are vastly underpopulated? E.g., the entire state of Utah has only 2.5 million people. I find that mind-boggling. (Ducking and covering before Utah throws something at me….)

  22. Yes that is true NES, but you need to understand that under populated states are not particularly attractive to people who like population around them. They are attractive to people who want to get away from the crowd. So I don’t see them thinking highly of importing a bunch of city yahoos, who will in turn construct a bunch of night clubs, a stadium and various and sundry other loud structures. There would be blood, methinks. But the beauty of the USA is you have those choices. Some people find peace in driving for hundreds of miles without seeing a soul, with nary a thought to their death should their car break down. Others prefer to be where ‘the action’ is. Others, such as myself, want to live away from the crowd but be able to join the crowd fairly quickly if they so choose. America offers whatever you want. Now if we could only convince more people that they are supposed to go get what they want instead of waiting for someone to give it to them, we would be on a roll.

  23. Blago prediction. 18 not guilty verdicts. The other two are going to be up for grabs. That’s why they aren’t decided. As far as I could see, very little was proved about Blago other than he has a filthy mouth and was being like all other politicians, excpecting “something in return”. If that turns out to be illegal, then we need to round up every thief in DC, every state, every county and every city and town. Blago was the perfect mark because he is such a Narcissisic asshole. But you will never convince me that he wasn’t a target of Don Obama for not appointing who he wanted to Congress. Meaning Valerie. If the truth be known, the USA owes Blago a debt of thanks for not appointing her.

  24. Is the movement to raise the retirement age facing daunting political headwinds? Seems like it’d be the logical thing to do.

    I don’t know. I was just thinking aloud. To me it’s a no brainer except in the case of jobs in which having someone too old on the job could be a detriment to the public, or to compensation costs, etc. For example, do you really want a 62 year old beat cop chasing after the guy who stole your purse. Even if he were capable of it? But the problem I see in most cities is, we take out of shape cops and firefighters and ‘find’ desk jobs for them that are not necessary. Then we replace them with someone more fit, adding up to two salaries instead of one. This is a problem too.

  25. The other major cost factor is the size of the retirement package after the public employee spends the last year or so of the job racking up overtime deliberately, aided by their supervisors. “Your turn, buddy”. Then they retire at outrageous retirement salaries based on their income for that last few years of service. This is thievery, pure and simple. This is also not a problem with teachers, but definitely a problem with government employees. Cuomo is trying to end that here. I don’t know if he will be successful.

  26. Love Simon’s cat. Of course Zeke doesn’t hide things – he squirrels them away until he senses that I’m vulnerable then leaves them in plain sight so I can trip on them.

    NES, the retirees aren’t a problem, or weren’t until the last 20 years, and they were only a problem in that the retirement funds were immense and politicians viewed them as easy money.
    The problem is that the wealthy do not pay their taxes – corporate and personal btw. They take but never give back and I know the next thing I’ll hear is that they make chartible donations and set up foundations so all is good – bullocks, in most cases it’s a scam – all tax shelters. Another problem – religious groups pay no taxes at all yet religions are the largest land and money holders in the world. Yes they do charitable works, however it’s with a proviso – worship with us, tithe and we’ll help. Just my 2 cents, but the vast number of retirees worked to build a country and lately they are in the cross hairs because they actually had the gall to take advantage of their retirement benefits – those that they worked long and hard to earn. They took lower salary increases to sock away money for their retirement based on promises that they would never be touched and now, it’s armageddon against the over 65’s. It’s a really, really bad move, cause the over 65’s vote. I have no problem with a fair and equitable taxation on everyone, across the board. I have a major problem with what happens today. BTW, I retired age 55 because the company I worked for wanted to get rid of highly paid (because of their high value) people. Try finding a job at age 55 while being female. I would have been okay because of my experience and training however I was one of the unusual ones. Most would never have had a chance at other employment due to age and gender. I decided that anything I took would be denying younger people a chance, so I just retired. Fortunately I had socked away money right and left, worked my fingers to the bone, took lower wage increases for increased pension contributions – and all because I did not want to become a burden on my children or the state. Now there are suggestions that they can gut the retirement funds that people paid into for their entire working lives to pay for idiotic political decisions that no one asked retirees about or any other voter for that matter. Three wars? Wow, I sure want to give up my pension for that. Apologies if this seems rather off the rails, however, whenever anyone mentions retirees I go berserker. I’m not one of those 2% that controls 40% of the wealth. Go after them for a change.

  27. PSSST, ZEKE Take HT’s book and hide it under the fridge. Good Kitty.

  28. Darn you Karen – Zeke can read! I’m looking for my latest James Patterson novel and it’s missing! I know I left it on the backyard table – oh do you mean because I haven’t been commenting? Believe me, I read every day and btw, my fridge is full – of veggies and dip – if you manage to get up this way.

  29. But the problem I see in most cities is, we take out of shape cops and firefighters and ‘find’ desk jobs for them that are not necessary. Then we replace them with someone more fit, adding up to two salaries instead of one. This is a problem too.

    Sure, but another problem is taking the young, lean cops and putting them on construction duty, Governor’s horse guard duty, and the like! Why can’t the twilight years of their careers be spent doing those assignments?

  30. Free Blago!

  31. HT, I do not see retirees as a “problem.” In fact, I believe I identified the dwindling young population as the problem. Certainly, those who paid into the system are owed their money, and the social security and medicare systems should never have been structured and run like Ponzi schemes.

    I also agree with pulling back from our three wars and not engaging in any more that don’t involve defending our fifty states. I’m consistently advocating for avoiding the unnecessary toll of blood and treasure that our foreign ‘engagements’ involve.

    I do disagree with you, however, on the notion that ‘the rich’, anyone making over 200K per this administration, are under-taxed. A little known fact: something like 10 percent of the population pays approx. 80 percent of taxes; 10 percent pay no taxes. I know Canada has more of a tolerance for the ‘civic virtue’ of paying taxes, but that’s why Canada’s Canada — that philosophy would never sell her.

  32. NES, I did not indicate that the “rich” were anyone making over 200K. My comment was about the 2 % that controlled 40%+ of the wealth, and being from Canada does not mitigate my concern because the robber barons are here and are attempting to turn our society into a twin set with yours. The 2% are not in the 200K range they are far, far above that level. You didn’t address the corporations – GE paid no tax last year and was not the only corporation who did so. BP? Apple? Microsoft? And on and on. After what I have read on american websites, I believe that your last statement is true – however, your robber barons are not satisfied with the loot that they accummulated there – they are up here trying to do the same thing. Which makes one wonder – if things were so great, why the need to gut the economies of other countries?
    If anyone feels I’ve been out of line, then so be it, I shall retire.
    Karen, found the Patterson novel and I have a Kellerman and Grimes lined up too. That should last me until Wednesday, then back to the Library – one of the few that hasn’t been closed.

  33. NES, Do you wonder if perhaps war is the natural order of things, given the previous conversations about societies with a high ratio of males? Kind of like a cycle: increase male population, aggression ensues, wars (between males) ensue, ratio returns to manageable, repeat. I’m just wondering because there seems to have always been war. For the record, I’m not generally for war, but I am definitely willing to use it to protect my nation.

  34. My dog cleans my cat. People that see it freak out. I just laugh.

  35. I do wonder that, Sophie. And, I’m all for war for protecting the US. But, the wars we’ve fought in Iraq and Libya were wars-of-choice, and I don’t agree with those because they’re a shameful waste of blood and treasure. Afghanistan was a just war, but we fought it in a silly way, too worried about nation-building in an impossible area. We should’ve gone in, bombed the the Taliban government and AQ out of existence and then left, leaving the killing of any of their escaped leaders to the Seals or like special forces. Instead, we’ve been in Afghanistan for 10 years, and for what? The place will revert to the desert of civilization it has always been, while we’ve lost too many Americans and too much moolah.

  36. NES: Agree. Interesting that McCain was just saying the other day that pulling out of Afghanistan would threaten our mission. I thought our mission was to get Osama.

  37. HT, I certainly don’t feel you’ve “been out of line.” We’re all friends here, right? I never take the debating of issues, personally. FCS, I’m a lawyer. My point about Canada was simply an observation: Canadians are, by and large, more comfortable with higher tax rates; I would say the same about Germany and many other Western European countries. I think it’s also correct to say that the US, by contrast, perhaps because it has its roots in the lore of the ‘Boston Tea Party,’ is generally anti-tax.

    You’re right, I failed to mention corporate tax breaks and tax subsidies. I think, as a general rule, those are uncalled for and should be eliminated. Corporate tax rates should exist, but should be low enough so they don’t discourage business, and they should be uniformerly imposed (no breaks, no subsidies to certain favored corporations).

    And, far from wanting you to “retire,” I and others here want you to comment more regularly. We miss you.

  38. Sophie — McCain (and his pal, Lindsey Graham) never met a war he didn’t like. I’m glad he’s now in the minority — a lot of prominent Republicans, even two of the frontrunners in the presidential primary, are in favor of ending the extant wars.

  39. From Salon:

    the annual cost of air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan is over $20 billion

  40. Retirees are not the problem. The banks, corporations, politicians and other thieves are the problem. Public workers do take lower salaries in their career (our agency used to publish comparison studies) but are told look at all the great bene’s we will give you instead. Except, in the end they don’t want to actually pay for the bene’s. Private salaries are outrageous and bonuses are standard in the private sector. Twice out agency tried to give bonuses to it’s employees, and the state govt landed on them with both feet. Don’t let the politicians and slimy media spin the real situation. I agree, 3 wars? Unbelievable. Can you imagine citizens sitting still for 3 wars 25 years ago. After the Korean and Vietnam war debacles, I thought we were over this, but look, it’s back.
    Free Blago, convict Obama and Jarrett.

  41. Big Cat, hahaha, so true!

    btw, here is a link about what happened to the woman who was arrested in Rochester (2 posts down) for anyone who hasn’t seen it:


  42. Eh as bad as it is and it really is this is a cycle if you study history. We have gone through far far worse violent periods in the history of the world. Difference is we are suspossed to learn from history not repeat it. Actually the violence going on today is a cake walk to times in the past. I think we will overcome this too. Now as for the change in the country well we have already out lived any past government. 200 years is max before their is a change so I am guessing that with the mass differences of opinion in this country coupled with the lack of education we are doomed to change our government.

  43. meant there is a change lol

  44. It was intimidation through harassment of the woman who videotaped the police. All charges dropped tells you that.

  45. re: repeating history. The only thing America learns from history is how to repeat it exactly.

  46. BCL the ‘lower salary” thing might have been true 30 years ago with respect to public employees. It is not only no longer true, but public employees are making more than equivalent jobs in the public sector. They do NOT take lower salaries. Recently, the public employees’s salaries in my city were FOILed and publicized. And the comparison was so glaring as to be horrific to the taxpayers. I am heavily involved in local politics to a huge degree and have been for a long time. Having been privy to what’s really going on, politicians don’t have to lie to horrify people. The salaries and benefits are bordering on outrageous at the city, county and state level, well above even the high end of the average private sector salaries, and the benefits are a serious No Contest. Corporations shook the benefits tree all the way back in the early 90s.I know that’s not what you want ot hear but it’s the truth. The Bonuses you talk about are high level managers. They are a very small number compared to the real workers in the private sector. Some companies have started giving ‘bonuses’ to everybody, which means no salary increase and your base salary never changes. So you are at the mercy of the arbitrary ‘bonus’ every year. I would hardly call that an advantage. Wall Street notwithstanding, impressive bonuses are a tiny fraction of the private sector. CEOs, VPs, etc. And Corporations have nothing to do with this issue locally, really, unless they don’t pay their property taxes, which doesn’t happen very often. They don’t like their entire office building seized.

    Retirees ARE a problem because of the snowball effect. The snowball is HUGE. Not so big in the private sector any longer because they cut the cord in the 90s. They generally offer a fraction of retirement benefits they used to offer and health insurance is OFF the table in most cases, except of course for the really big boys. Again, small number by comparison. You retire at 65 and get your own medicare. In some cases, when they want to get rid of some numbers, they might offer an ‘early’ retirement package based on age+years of service equalling a certain numbers. But that’s only when there are massive layoffs planned.
    Got a couple of posts on salary comparisonsmhere if you do a search.
    Here’s one I found quickly. Wish I could remember to use tags and categories.

  47. Glad they smartened up and dropped the charges and I do hope she sues their asses to the next goddamned planet. This woman was LITERALLY Terrorized.

  48. Uppity, do you recall when Emily’s List had a sale on memberships – offered them at ridiculously low price, $10 I think?. Well, PA Senator Robert Casey,has a similar price reduction – he’s willing to take $5 in hopes of raising $21,411 before the end of the month:

    Click here to make a donation before the end-of-quarter fundraising deadline – as little as $5 can make a big difference. … It’s going to take all of us working together to make sure that the people of Pennsylvania come first ….
    Tell you what, Bob. It’s going to take all of us working together to get you the eff out of office to make sure Main Street comes first. That little best friend stuff you did for Obama around Easter time in 2008, and that vote you cast in Denver for Obama when we had elected Hillary by 10 points …. Well, Bob, you’re gonna have to pay for that. Even $5.00 is too much for scum like you.

  49. OMG Sophie!! That’s an obscene waste of taxpayer dollars.

  50. Cool Pamela!

  51. File under “Really Infuriating Facts.” From the air-conditioning-in-the-hell-holes story Sophie posted up-thread:

    As NPR notes, the cost of air conditioning for Iraq and Afghanistan is more than the annual budget of NASA. How much is it in the context of other budget items in the news recently? $20.2 billion is …

    Continue reading

    •40 times the federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting last year
    •55 times the annual government funding of Planned Parenthood
    •20 times what the Libya conflict is projected to cost by the end of September

  52. I see where public employees are coming from — afterall, they took lower salaries through their public-sector careers in reliance on the anticipatedly generous retirement benefits; it was a trade-off made at the get-go, so, to change the rules now, seems unfair. I think the big problem is that public-sector retirement benefits are largely unfunded, as in, to be met from future tax proceeds. Once the tax or revenue base starts declining, the available pie starts shrinking. By contrast, private-sector benefits tend to be largely funded out of profits or dependent on individual or group private investment funds. (Of course, this is my sense of the issue; I trust that any wrong assumptions I’ve relied on will be pointed out.)

  53. OMG Upps, I just read your Jan. 2010 post (linked above), and am shocked. Here’s an excerpt for those who haven’t read (or recently read) UW’s post on federal workers’ salaries and retirement benefits vs. those of the average private sector worker:

    You may not be ready for what I am about to tell you next:

    -There has been a 97% increase in the number of Federal employees who make more than $170,000 per year since the recession began in 2007. As of the end of 2009, 22,157 Federal employees make more than $170,000 a year.

    -There has been a 119% increase in the number of Federal employees who make more than $150,000 per year since the recession began in 2007. As of the end of 2009, 66,538 Federal employees make more than $150,000 a year.

    -There has been a 46% increase in the number of Federal employees who make over $100,000 per year since the recession began in 2007. As of the end of 2009 , 383,758 Federal employees make more than $100,000 a year. Think about that. I’ll wait…..

    Remember folks, this doesn’t include all those perks, like the government cars run on goverment-paid-for-gasoline, and all those nifty health insurance and vacation benefits.

  54. Upps, I thought your quoting Margaret Thatcher on socialism was priceless. Yes indeed, The Iron Lady had a way with quips.

    Incidentally, did I ever tell you I met and spoke to Thatcher, one on one, in the halls of the House of Commons? Yep, in 1985. She was everything you would imagine. And, she was wearing that signature blue skirt-suit with those black (high) pumps. It was fabo-brill!

  55. Yes, its certainly true that a lot of public employees are making bank these days, there have been several scandals about this here in So Cal. There’s one town here (Bell?) where the crooks that ran the city are being prosecuted. Also, LAUSD teachers make better $ than the private teachers I know. In Calif the teachers union is the most powerful. Still, Big Cats comment applies to us, hub took a (much) lower salary with hope of a pension (thru Cal Pers, which is supposedly the biggest employee benefit org in the world) but now we & many others that have been paying into it for the last 20-30 years are very nervous about whether or not we will get it in the next 10 years when hub retires. We also are getting medical ins, only HMO’s to choose from, but better than nothing. I think that the banks and big corps have been steadily screwing over the middle class since Reagan, and I see no end in sight to this. Its very discouraging, very tough to get ahead these days, or find a decent job. The politicians salaries, benefits, and retirement packages are so good, they have no idea what its like for the rest of us. Hub is looking into private company options now, but we’ve probably waited too long to make the jump. Hub & I are def not smart about money. We’re hoping laker will do better.

  56. Yes, I read that Uppity article! Insane, what some of these people make. Hub makes nothing like that I can assure you.

    Crazy about the air conditioning. Time to get out.

  57. Very cool that you met Thatcher, NES. I’ve never met any leaders, altho my Dad golfed with G Ford once in a charity tournament. Oh, and I met Pattie & Ron Reagan Jr at some wild parties back in the 80’s!

  58. Socal, neither do 90% of the people who work for government make that kind of money. Yes there are the upper management types who manage to skim off many hundreds of thousands in wages and the middle management types who ride their coattails, yet there are those who make just above minimum wage. My solution – bring the upper and middle management types to parity with their private enterprise colleagues, however, with what private enterprise types are paying their upper management types, it could just backfire.
    Insofar as Laker is concerned, get him to contribute to a retirement fund. I know he’s too young, however ten dollars per month in a savings plan that he should nevwer touch will eventually blossom into something he can contribute more in his major earning years. If invested in a solid investment portfolio, it will grow and he will have some money with which to retire.

  59. What a joke! Obama’s going to “renew himself” through more frequent travel and more beer drinking. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-decisions-20110626,0,5518915,full.story

    Obama was also learning how to renew himself, said Valerie Jarrett, a family friend of many years and a senior White House advisor. Being in the “bubble” of the presidency has sometimes sapped his energy. But personal interactions outside the White House — delivering the Bin Laden news personally to Sept. 11 survivors in May, drinking a Guinness in an Irish pub later that month — have the opposite effect.

    “That connection fuels him,” Jarrett said.

    Can they be so very blind to that fact that most Americans think the guy already travels and unwinds too much?!! And why the H is his “energy” so easily “sapped”?!!! And, especially since he trampled a good women on his “fierce[ly] urgen[t]” rush to grab the WH, why the H did he apply for the ‘job’ if he didn’t have the energy for it?!!!!

  60. Thanks socal. But, you meet more celebrities than anyone I know.

  61. I’m sure she’ll sue, Upps. It would be UN-American not to, FCS. No doubt her phone is ringing off the hook with inquiries from ‘concerned’ attorneys.

  62. I retired from public sector 5 years ago and half of my family just happen to work in the public sector (we don’t know any VIP’s or have contacts) and we are not making huge salaries. But then we are in mid America not on the coast which is not reality land. I was in IT which is really high salaried in the private sector and our bosses tried to pay us well too but we made nothing like the private contractors we hired for projects who had a private corp to set their pay and bene’s. And we always paid 10% of our salaries into our retirement. And we paid for our health insurance. New York and Calif are not reflective of most of the country.

  63. Great title, good article:

    Libya and the Potemkin alliance
    By George F. Will, Published: June 17

    America’s intervention in Libya’s civil war, the most protracted and least surreptitious assassination attempt in history, was supposed to last “days, not weeks,” but is in its fourth month and has revealed NATO to be an increasingly fictitious military organization. Although this war has no discernible connection with U.S. national security, it serves the national interest, in three ways. It is awakening some legislators to their responsibilities. It is refuting the pretense that the United Nations sets meaningful parameters to wars it authorizes — or endorses, which is quite different. And it is igniting a reassessment of NATO, a Potemkin alliance whose primary use these days is perverse: It provides a patina of multilateralism to U.S. military interventions on which Europe is essentially a free rider.

    Recently, one-third of the House of Representatives — 87 Republicans and 61 Democrats — unavailingly but honorably voted to end American involvement in Libya in 15 days. Were Barack Obama not taking a Nixonian approach to the law — the War Powers Resolution — his intervention would have ended last month. The WPR requires interventions to end after 60 days, absent congressional approval.

    Some people, who know better, insist that although the WPR is a 38-year-old law — passed over Richard Nixon’s veto — it is somehow a “dead letter.” Their theory is that any law a president considers annoying, or Congress considers inconvenient, or some commentators consider unwise, is for those reasons nullified.

    America’s Libyan involvement began because Moammar Gaddafi threatened to do to Benghazi what Bashar al-Assad’s tanks and helicopter gunships are doing to various Syrian cities. When, in March, Obama said “building this international coalition has been so important,” he meant merely that a minority of the members of a 62-year-old alliance would seriously participate. Eight of NATO’s 28 members are attacking Gaddafi’s ground forces.

    Obama, a novel kind of commander in chief, explained in passive syntax that “it is our military that is being volunteered by others to carry out missions.” These “others” would rather finance their welfare states than their militaries, so they cannot wage war for 10 weeks without U.S. munitions and other assets.

    Last month, this column noted that NATO was created in 1949 to protect Western Europe from the Soviet army; it could long ago have unfurled the “Mission Accomplished” banner; it has now become an instrument of mischief, and when the Libyan misadventure is finished, America should debate whether NATO also should be finished. Defense Secretary Robert Gates had another purpose — NATO’s revival — but he recently fueled that debate when, in Brussels, he predicted “a dim, if not dismal future” for the military alliance unless its members reinvest in their militaries.

    Since Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. military spending has more than doubled, but that of NATO’s 27 other members has declined 15 percent. U.S. military spending is three times larger than the combined spending of those other members. Hence Gates warned that “there will be dwindling appetite and patience in” America for expending “increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are apparently unwilling to devote the necessary resources or make the necessary changes to be serious and capable partners in their own defense.” Already, U.S. officers in Afghanistan sometimes refer to the NATO command there — officially, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) — as “I Saw Americans Fighting.”

    After a recent NATO attack on a tented encampment where Gaddafi has met foreign leaders, the New York Times reported: “The desert strike appeared to show the alliance’s readiness to kill Col. Gaddafi. A NATO statement described the target as a ‘command and control facility.’ But apart from small groups of soldiers lurking under trees nearby with pickups carrying mounted machine guns, reporters taken to the scene saw nothing to suggest that the camp was a conventional military target.”

    In March, Obama said that U.S. intervention would be confined to implementing a no-fly zone: “Broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake.” By May, Obama’s Bushian mission was to make Libyans “finally free of 40 years of tyranny.” After more than 10,000 sorties, now including those by attack helicopters, NATO’s increasingly desperate strategy boils down to: Kill Gaddafi.

    Then what? More incompetent improvisation, for many more months.

    Disgust with this debacle has been darkly described as a recrudescence of “isolationism,” as though people opposing this absurdly disproportionate and patently illegal war are akin to those who, after 1938, opposed resisting Germany and Japan. Such slovenly thinking is a byproduct of shabby behavior.

  64. It’s hilarious that Bachmann made her formal-formal prez race announcement in Waterloo, Iowa. Not a propitious place name to tie to one’s campaign. At the very least, she should’ve said something about her picking this location because this is where Obama would meet his Waterloo, or something like that (to my knowledge, she didn’t). These campaigns need history consultants.

  65. That was interesting, NES, thanks. I haven’t had time to keep up with the Libya war, been busy with lakers end of the year stuff, and just had my sisters family visit last week. (We hopped over to Vegas for a couple of days so sis & I could see Celine. My sis loves her and it was her dream for us to go. I was never a big fan, never bought any of her music, but omg can she sing! I recommend seeing her if you get the chance.)

    Anyway, I think a lot of what he is saying makes sense; however, wasn’t George Will one of the neocons that was all pro Iraq war?

  66. Am astonished that she thinks she can win. Its like Anita Bryant running for prez.

    btw, Congrats to all gay and lesbian Uppityites on the gay marriage bill passing in New York! Finally, something to be happy about with our govt! Hopefully, more will be forthcoming.

  67. Thanks for the tip on Celine, socal.

    In response to your query: I’m pretty sure George Will was for the Iraq war through much of it. But, it’s also true that he was one of the first conservatives to have a road-to-damascus conversion on Iraq, and later on Afghanistan. He was always against the Libyan intervention, to my recollection. I agree that some of these conversions are highly ironic, but, at the same time, better-late-than-never is my attitude. With Will, and like conservative commentators on the anti-intervention side, the GOP nominee will have plenty of political cover. I think the country is sick and tired of military interventions abroad and wants to take a (long-deserved) long break; the GOP is simply reading the tea leaves, as are the Dems when it comes to Afghanistan (and for many of them, even Libya).

  68. NES – I used to live in Iowa – I guess you get used to names and forget their other references! Waterloo is kind of a big town (relatively speaking), and I think maybe that’s the town she was born in….(before being raised in MN)…?

    I can see why someone would want to win Iowa, to start with momentum, etc. But I hear them on the news saying, “she’s practically a native daughter, they really like her here, she could win here” – it’s not going to matter much if you win in Iowa when no one else in the country knows who you are lol

    — I remember there is a town in Iowa called Mechanicsville, and when I first started hearing that name, it always cracked me up!!! – what a WEIRD and silly name for a town! Then I got used to it lol

  69. NOW I KNOW WHY Bill is sneaking up a pothole in the snow – he’s in CANADA! He’s gone to shake some sense into HT! Read less, post more! We miss you! And EVERYONE loves when you post!

    Have discussions with NES all you want! She can take it! AND it will keep her sharp for trial! You can be her “mock attorney”! (okay, I’ve heard of mock courts, but I confess I don’t know what you call the opposing practicing attorney!)

  70. Wow, lorac, you’ve lived in Iowa? I know you’re from the Midwest, but I could’ve sworn it was some other state; was it?

    Anyway, fair enough that Bachmann chose Waterloo if she was born there. But, then, all the more reason she should’ve said that her candidacy would be Obama’s Waterloo, or something to that effect, in order to harness that colloquialism.

  71. socal – I once met Jane Fonda’s husband (I think it was Tom Hayden back then). He came to the door in a towel around his waist. Jane was still in the shower.

    You just KNOW that if it had been NES at the door, JANE would have been the one to come to the door! And that’s just NOT FAIR! lol

  72. What lorac said to HT!

  73. *****OMG, you all must read this wonderfully snarky broadside against Bawaaaaak. SCREEEEEETTCH.

    It’s on the theme that our very own UW has trademark-ed: “No one says nothing like Barack Obama.”

  74. ROFLLLLL, lorac! Jane Fonda’s ex at the door with a towel…you have to be kidding!
    For starters, tell the whole story, and nothing but the whole.

  75. Illinois as a kid, but I went to sports camps in MN and MI every year, so I claimed them as well! 🙂 Oh, and we had a summer house in WI. Then Iowa and Illinois for graduate and doctoral work. In reality, IL and IA aren’t all that much different (except IL has that HUGE OBAMA CESSPOOL, plus it’s a long state, and they have southern accents in southern IL!) But my heart is in Iowa, it’s a great place, but I recognize that it may also be because that’s where I began my adult life – so “it was MINE” 🙂

  76. Grinnell for college?

  77. No, but I was a runner, so I was very aware that Bruce Jenner went there. I was a hawkeye – big university city, very activist, lots of little NES and loracs running around! 🙂

  78. lol not much to the story – it was a college job at a hotel, and it was my turn to deliver the room service. So I get the VIP room, and it’s Jane Fonda’s room ——————- and it’s HIM who answers the door in a towel. What luck lol

  79. How does a world travelled Californian know about Grinnell?

  80. HT, I’m thinking Upper Management does not make 100k. Upper management makes a half million. Like, for example that useless postmaster who is tanking the USPS and getting his bonus for it. That’s upper managerment. This may come as a surprise to people, but I know cops who make 100k. And they haven’t been cops for decades either. Now I appreciate the danger police officers live with, but nobody makes them take this job either, and it does seem that people trip over one another for police appointments. They beg for these jobs where I am. I think it all finds its perspective when you realize that in many cities, a cop could be making more money than the Mayor.

  81. Yeah lorac, hope your luck has improved by now. (Hayden was certainly no oil painting.)

  82. It’s a renowned liberal arts college. I have three friends, one Pak and two Yanks, who graduated from there and loved the place.

  83. Lorac — What distance running did you specialize in?

  84. Hey Socal! I did a post on Bell, CA! That wasn’t the public employees though. That was the Elected officials ripping them off. It was a hoot when one of their relaives or something actually commented on my post with some lame assed remark. Mr. Socal is contractual, right? Governments loves taking advantage of contract people. They get to do all the hard work while the bloated payroll gets to calculate how many vacation days they still have this year.


  85. NES, if Margaret Thatcher had tried to run for President in the USA, they would have skewered her. That’s how sick these pencil-dick bastards are here.

  86. Pamela, ROFL on Casey! Mom hates his innards! Casey’s having a fire sale!!! Hahahahaha.

  87. Michelle B was born in Waterloo I guess. She said in her speech that John Wayne was born there too, only he wasn’t. John Wayne Gacey was born there.

  88. Whoa! Early resume of Huntsman: http://jon2012.com/jon-fb/JonResume.jpg. (On Huntsman’s website.)
    Hilarious — I think ma man loves punking Obama.

  89. BCL, it WOULD be interesting to compare states for salary averages in the public sector. Although, there is a cost of living issue between states. It’s a hell of a lot cheaper to live in some areas than others. Interesting. Anyways, that particular post was on Federal Employees, which is probably no surprise to anybody.

  90. Good article on Cuomo from Cohen at Washpo: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/andrew-cuomo-beats-the-odds–spectacularly/2011/06/27/AG4bYDoH_story.html

    For obvious reasons, I loved this part:

    It has been forever since a single politician did so much to advance what is, after all, a civil rights cause. Certainly, Barack Obama has never done so. Aside from his own presidency — no small matter, I grant you — he has been Mr. On-The-Other-Hand, a man so contained he is his own political sump hole, into which hot issues just disappear. On same-sex marriage, he is nowhere — for civil unions, he says. He will not commit. In Obama, the fires of social justice throw no heat.

  91. NES – mile and two mile. They didn’t have cross country for girls/women at that time/place, but I did have the opportunity to run European cross country in competitions not affiliated with school (didn’t run in Europe, that was just the name of it)

    Were you a runner, NES?

  92. Heh. You were probably getting lots of miles in, running away from the boys, waving your rainbow flag 🙂

  93. OMG! {screaming with laughter here} John Wayne Gacy!!! Too freaking funny. What the hell is going on with the repubs? And she’s tied with Romney?

  94. NES I LOVE that Wapo quote. It is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Obama!

  95. Maybe she meant John Wayne was born in Iowa, not specifically Waterloo…..?



  96. NES I get the distinct feeling that Huntsman is going to tank. He’s just not mean enough on social issues. hardly even mentioned kicking the shit out of women or gays. I think he’s toast. Die Hards are primary voters and that means the meanest of the mean will be out voting for a Theocracy.

  97. Very impressive, lorac. You must be very good.

    In my distant youth, i was a pretty decent 100-metres sprinter. My best time was 12 seconds, or so. Not great, but decent enough to make me tops, for a while, in my high school.

  98. Heh, that must’ve been you, lorac.

  99. Looks like he was born around 150 miles southwest of Waterloo.

    I never knew that. I would have figured he was born out west on a ranch or something lol

  100. Kudos to you NES. I was NOT a sprinter! Not nearly fast enough!

    We ran on those old cinder tracks, and I still have a memory of a team mate, who was a hurdler, tripping and tearing up her thigh with her cleats, and those cinders all had to be debrided out of her wound….ouch….

  101. Yeah, me too. Never thought of John Wayne as being an Iowan! What’ll we find out next?…Clint Eastwood’s from Massachussetts?!

  102. Yeah, the old “big fish in a small pond” in high school, then going to college and being a “small fish in a big pond”!! lol I can relate!

  103. Isn’t it Upps!

    Yup, ayup
    Yup, Obama is
    A Sump, ayup.

  104. hi lorac. how was your day. I layed out a couple of hundred on my dog’s checkup and she has to have her teeth cleaned next week. I gotta get that dog a job.

  105. Looks like John Wayne Gacy was born in Chicago (figures), then moved to Waterloo after he got married.

  106. ooooh the teeth are going to be even more! I hope she appreciates you! (well, she saved your life, so I guess she does, huh? lol)

  107. Bite your tongue, Upps…I just sent him some moolah. (A fool and her moolah are soon parted….)
    Chit, I need a commonsensegram. Where’s MOM?

  108. I never liked John Wayne. I never liked his macho movies and I just thought he was a total asshole with all that strutting and Little Wimmin shit. I’m probably the minority but I don’t care. I never understood what people saw in him. I would have run so fast from a guy who acted like that, I would have dug a hole getting started. I never liked strutters.

  109. Well, we’re often born in one place, and raised in another. Looks like John Wayne moved from Iowa to California when he was 3 or 4.

  110. Yes, cleats. I recall them well, albeit not fondly. I do, however, love the ingrained memory of ‘being released by the gun.’. Ditto, the memory of breaking the tape. Couldn’t get enough of those scenes in that movie called Chariots of Fire.

  111. That dog looks intelligent and well-coordinated enough to clean her own teeth.

  112. I never cared for John Wayne, either. I don’t like that over the top macho crap. And he talked funny!

    At least Reagan had Bedtime for Bonzo, I did enjoy that a bit lol

  113. I was looking up Bachman & found this:


    Also, JWS’ radio show tonite is supposed to be about her.

  114. Well I DO brush her teeth and she’s a sport about it, but eh, that’s sometimes a hereditary thang. You have to catch those things early, same with cats. Letting their teeth go can kill them. It affects many organs. I don’t think people realize that.

  115. Strutter is right. Didn’t quite get Wayne’s appeal either.
    (Now George C. Scott in Patton I totally adored.)

  116. NES I imagine then, the movie Personal Best was of interest to you.

  117. NES that dog has ruined me as an actual entity. Nobody even looks at me when I am with her. I went to the bank drivein window and people were taking their kids out of the car from the line next to me to come pet her. She sticks that needle nose out of the window and it’s over. She just kills me off, I swear. Then I got my money out of the machine and there was a biscuit in the box.

  118. I remember the beauty of having reached a certain distance (in longer distance running, even jogging) when everything is working on its own and your mind turns to itself – it’s almost like you forget you’re running, you’ve turned into a machine, and you’re just watching some “movie” in your mind (just thinking about things, etc).

    And I remember getting past the finish line so that I could throw myself down on the ground and just STOP! lol

  119. Of course it was, Upps. But that’s only because the girls were such good sports. And, they ran pretty well too.

  120. Hey, I call dibbs on Patrice Donnelly!

  121. Awww, she’s a STAR. Needle-noses are hard to resist. And, she really is a stunner — never seen the like, and I’ve known lots of cute canines.

  122. Uppity, I don’t like John Wayne either. In any event, Bachman tried to make it sound like Iowa is tough American patriot country by virtue of John Wayne. He didn’t live there long enough for it to make any impression on his life, and 99.9% of the country aren’t even aware of any connection. It was just more ridiculous political patronizing, and I am so sick of hearing this type of bs. Don’t like hearing it from barky either, but the repubs seem to be worse. God, I miss Hillary. I still can’t believe my Dad didn’t get to vote for her before he died. I’ll probably never get to either.

  123. Yeah she was a bit of a hottie wasn’t she?

  124. lorac you described the running high exactly. Fact is, you can’t have a bad thought when you are running.

  125. Lorac said:

    And I remember getting past the finish line so that I could throw myself down on the ground and just STOP! lol

    Yeah, that’s what FF reported about your first date with her.

  126. Aww, that’s cute that they put a biscuit in for her.

  127. NES thanks for the compliment on my horsey. She stuns me every day, and I’m not just talking looks. But she really is grace and good will on four legs.

  128. Yes, she was. Her character got a little anxious and possessive there, though – but it’s a risk hooking up with (1) someone younger and (2) inexperienced and (3) someone who is experimenting….

  129. She was a real runner, right?

  130. lorac, that risk exists with everyone.

  131. Stop! I’ll have to dog-nap her!

  132. UW, you were a runner, too? Coooooooool!

    Yes, NES, she just plumb tuckered me out lol

    …. or was it that she pushed me out of the bed no sooner than I had gotten in, and I fell to the ground…..?

  133. I never found the Hemmingway girls particularly attractive though.

  134. socal, whenever I go to that window, they ask where the dog is. How funny is that?

  135. Patrice had run in the Olympics, and I think she was really gay, too.

    Mariel was trained to do the movie, and afterwards I heard her say something negative about having to do a gay movie. But she was still young when she said that. Maybe she grew up and figured out what acting is lol, and maybe she also learned with age to accept diversity….

  136. Margaux was cute, wasn’t she?

    I’m betting socal met one or more of those Hemingway girls.

  137. Well, this was a nice evening – 3 Californians and UW.

    But now I have to go to sleep…. 🙂

  138. Yes, patrice was an olympic hurdler. She’s apparently bisexual. How do they find the time?

  139. lorac New Yorkers are just like Californians except they have a winter wardrobe.

  140. Yeah Margaux was better looking. She offed herself, right?

  141. NES if you could pull off a dog napping without bleeding, you deserve to have her.

  142. ROFLLL, Upps.

    Good night to you, lorac and socal.

  143. I guess NES, I should put you on the Daily Dog list. Photos. lol.

  144. So am I here alone now?

  145. lol how funny (small world type) – wiki says that Patrice attended Grossmont College – it’s a 2 year college a couple of towns over from me…

  146. yes I’m really going to bed now 🙂

  147. Never heard of that college. Sounds like it’s a good thing she’s good looking, athletic and a decent actor. “Attended” means you didn’t graduate, and if you can’t graduate from a a community college, you aren’t going to make it to brain surgeon.

  148. Haha! I’ve met Mariel.

  149. Damn, girl. You’ve met everybody. Except me. Mwahahahaha.

  150. Hubbie has seen her a lot at his favorite health food store.

  151. Forgot to mention, loved the cute cartoon. I remember those red & green watches. They made fake ones in Korea and when I was there with my parents, they bought each of my nieces a cute little fake one, which they loved, until my former bro-in-laws wife (the nieces stepmom) made fun of them for wearing fake Gucci. Like little girls are supposed to wear expensive jewelry or something.

  152. socal, lorac is gonna want the name of the health food store.

  153. socal I can see why she’s a “former” wife.

  154. Hellloooo everybody! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve been here. I’ve had things going on that have just about driven me nuts.

    First of all, Chloe is okay. The *thing* on her was called a histocytoma, which is just a benign growth of some type. So, thank God or Goddess or St. Roch or someone.

    Lately I’ve been having to argue with that damned nursing home where the momster passed away. I started getting phone calls from the administrator about some unpaid “balances”. No one ever told me about them and when I went to see him after getting back from her funeral he gave me a statement which was supposed to be the final total. So, I ignored his calls…putz. Then, last week I get a printed statement from them with a balance of 11k! No breakdown of anything except so many *units* in a period and then a dollar total. I finally figured out it was her medicare co-pay for days 21 through whenever that kicks in after the 20th day. Of course the bill didn’t say that, I had to go to the medicare website to figure that one out. Normally her medigap plan would have picked that up, but she was in a select, i.e. cheaper plan that restricted her ability to go to facilities. Since she was in AL, it doesn’t cover up here. However, I called Tri-care and it does cover that copay so the assholes at the n.h. just have to get the denials from blue cross and then file those to Tri-care. Let’s see: I started getting the calls last month and this is for balances that go back to April 2010. If these dipshits had been on the ball they would have dealt with it then and it wouldn’t be an issue now.

    Oh and Uppity: I hate those things when it shows outrageous salaries for fed workers. Most of us in the trenches don’t get near those kind of salaries. It took awhile but I found a breakdown on number of employees at different pay levels. One additional thing: most of the ones making the big bucks are in D.C. Naturally.


    If you look at the graph you’ll see the largest number of employees seem to be in the 30-50k range.

    I’m going to make sure I try to get over more often even if it is this late (or early?).

  155. Good Lord! I just opened up a box that came from J. C. Penney’s. It’s bath mats I ordered. I was trying to get something a bit bright to go in that apt in nola but wow this is a bright yellow. I’ll put it this way: if I pee on this mat no one is going to be able to tell the difference in color. LOL!

  156. Hubbie just came downstairs. Says he hasn’t seen Mariel in quite a while, but lately keeps seeing Rachel Hunter. (Rod Stewarts most recent former wife) He says she does everything possible to be conspicuous and have people notice her, and wears a lot of makeup. Mariel, whom I met at a former job & have also seen around, wears no makeup & doesn’t try to be noticed. Both women are very tall and thin. Hub says Mariel drives an old white Jag & Rachel drives a Beemer. Funny how guys notice cars!

  157. Fredster! How are you? I’m glad Cloe is all right, not that I didn’t predict it.

    F, I am not sure what your momster’s financial situation was, but I do know for certain that YOU are not personally responsible for her medical bills. Some clowns tried that with me with my mother and a two line letter to them fixed that problem. But then she had all her assets in my name for years, so completely that I didn’t have to even probate her will, so it was easy for me to just tell them, no will, no assets, take a flyer. Just wanted to let you know this.

    I live far enough away from DC to avoid that stench, Fredster, but I can tell you I know our federal, state, county AND City salaries are outrageously high, regardless of whether we use median or mean, seriously. It’s a big party around here.

  158. Hey Fredster! Glad that Chloe is ok. Why didn’t you go to Penneys & pick out your mats? Funny about the color. I just redid my bathroom last week and decided to put my old shower curtain up for sale on ebay. You’ll never guess what I got for it!?! 60 Bucks! My family was visiting here all last week when it was up for auction and they kept checking every day to see how much it had gone up. They thought it was hysterical and we joked about the shower curtain all week.

  159. Uppity, thanks for that info. I’m going to check with a local lawyer to see what the time limit is on them trying to do this. If the tri-care pays it, then I’m fine. If they don’t then the n.h. is screwed. The woman in the bus. office at the n.h. said they didn’t know that mom had tri-care. I then told her I had just talked to a rep who stated that tri-care picked up those costs in 2009 for a stay when it went beyond 20 days, so yes, the n.h. knew she had tri-care. What has me p.o.’d is that they apparently only made a half-assed attempt to get tri-care to pick up the total fees after the 100th day of admission. They didn’t submit very much info and it was only a pre-auth that they did for Jul-Aug of 2010 so they did it very late in the game considering she ran out of medicare days in April and that’s when I started private pay. I’ve got to do some checking and getting with the orthopods and the vascular guy who did her surgeries to try to come up with some statements that would support her needing to stay in the skilled part of the n.h. The facility also neglected to include that she had been placed with a peg tube for feeding. That helps toward the necessity of it being skilled care. Oy vey ist mir!

    Mom and Dad’s wills were pretty straightforward: Whichever one of them died first, the other got usufruct of everything (property/money) and I was the naked owner of the assets. When the next one died, I just got it all. I have to file the succession (our version of probate) down there. If I find out from a local lawyer that they waited too long they’re gonna get the same response from me. I’m still gonna chew ass over the half-assed way they tried to file for the tri-care coverage after the 100 days. If the paperwork is done right, Tri-care would have paid for another year at the skilled level, with us just having copays and deductibles. That’s better than 7k a month out of the money market account.

  160. socal: I looked at the rugs online and was looking for thickness and such mainly and naturally they had a “model” name for those rugs. However when I got to the store all the mats were stacked under the, I guess, matching towels (?) impossible to find the ones I wanted. So…I had a thingie from JCP that got me free shipping if the order was over $65. I ordered the mats and then ordered 4 pairs of underwear and socks and got the total to that. But Lordy that yellow. The apt walls are all painted a beige, including the bathroom. I didn’t want sand or any color like that, I wanted brighter so I went for the yellow.

  161. My Dad loved yellow and bought yellow towels and mats for the last place he lived.

  162. Oh well…my generic ambien is beginning to kick in so I think I’m gonna kick out.

    I’m going to be around as much as I can with this nonsense going on. It’s just driving me insane right now. My friend who would drive the truck has been furloughed from work until Oct. He works for Jefferson county in B’ham and they are having funding problems. Laid off over 500 employees. Since he has time now he should be able to make the trip. Just have to wait until after the 4th because this coming weekend is Essence Fest in nola and I don’t even want to be on the highway with that and the other 4th travelers on the road.

    Oh and with the n.h. administrator: I just ordered a birthstone rosary for myself (yeah I know) but it has the biggest corpus on there. I figure he screws around with me I’ll take it by the church to get blessed first and then go to the n.h. and beat him over the head with the rosary and the corpus. I’ll probably feel much better afterward.

    Nite all.

  163. I knew it, socal!

  164. Even tho’ she denies it, I’m convinced Socal is a major Hollywood celebrity.

  165. NES if socal is a celeb, that would pretty much round out the roster of interesting people we have come thru here, especially considering we are all presumed dead enders.

  166. Looks like this guy will have to shove the cone in his mouth to lick the ice cream.


  167. My dryer died last month and I found 14 mouse toys stashed under it.

  168. Hahah Mrs. P. What, no watch?

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