Saturday, December 31, 2016

Dopey New Year

This is what the Trumpkins are passing around on FB this week.


Welcome, 2017......then again......

Friday, December 30, 2016

Sidelined

For a week.  Caught something at the movies with Bug last week - I told him it's the last time I'm taking him, lol.   But really, I am sick of being sick.  And this thing is hanging on like grim death.

But the dogs are sick, too.  Hacking.  I think it's because I gave them this Vectra 3D and they are having a bad reaction.  After Pippin's cancer, I had stopped all flea meds and heartworm meds.   Zig won't eat Heartgard, anyway.

But I had to do something, because the Zigmeister has fleas.  Again.  AND he has worms, because of the fleas. (Pippin had the worms last month.  TMI, I know.) The vet had told me to give them the Vectra, so I did.  Last month I gave Zig Frontline, which obviously didn't work...  

So I gave them baths.  Flea baths.  Picked three of Ziggy while he was in the sink.  Blew them dry and we'll see what comes out.  Blankies and all in the wash.  Getting out the brewers yeast.

Now I just have to figure out how to clean the couch, since that's where they always are.  We really don't seem to have a problem in the house - if we did, I know I'd get bit.  Fleas love me.  Happened a couple of years ago when the cat got them.

You know what would REALLY work to get rid of them?  If it got freaking COLD out like it's supposed to be in winter, so that the goddamn fleas would DIE.   But nooooooooooooo.  We have fucking climate change/global warming/a big fat mess.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

No. Just No.

Why would ANY publication send people to Milton, Delaware????!!!!

..."Milton is just a few miles away from the Delaware Bay and Broadkill Beach (pictured).   But some people might find it even more exciting that it's home to the famous Dogfish Head Brewing Company."

 Ok, Milton is NOT this.   This is the beach.  And it's way out of town.


This is smack in the center of Milton.


Now, while Milton is a little nicer than some Delaware towns, it's pretty much....a Delaware town.  

There are more interesting places on Delmarva to go see, if you want a small town area.   Lots of small beach towns.  Or, go to the bay side.  

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Maowy Catmas

video

Ollie's toy wins Best Present of the Day.   Of course, he only interacts with it when it hits him in the face...

That squeaking you hear in the background?  Zigmeister.  Wanted to go attack the cat toy.  He figured out Christmas pretty quickly - got into his stocking and took out all the toys.   How he knew which one was his, I'm not sure.

Hope your holiday was as exciting as Ollie's!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Airing of the Grievances



The suckage that is 2016 is still fucking here.

I really don't feel like writing a complaint post.  But it's Festivus, and so this is what you do.

- I got problems with the Orange Head and all of his ineptitude and arrogance and racism and just total fucking stupidity that is going to fuck us 100 ways to Sunday.  
- Consequently, I am scared for us in 2017.....
- I also got problems with Bowie, Prince and Gene Wilder all dying too soon.
- I got problems with Comcrap not letting us buy our cable a la carte.

Ok, that's enough.  I need sleep.  Not stress......




Thursday, December 22, 2016

What About Joe?

Someone brought this to my attention....I know, grasping.  But why *shouldn't* we/he/they try it?

The results of the vote will now go to the US Senate, which meets Jan. 6 to officially tally them, with vice president Joe Biden supervising as president of the Senate. After the results are officially counted, as US law states, the Senate president declares the winner and next president of the US. But he must also ask for objections during the same session:
    "[The results] shall be delivered to the President of the Senate, who shall               thereupon announce the state of the vote, which announcement shall be              deemed a sufficient declaration of the persons, if any, elected President                and Vice President of the United States, and, together with a list of the                  votes, be entered on the Journals of the two Houses. Upon such reading of          any such certificate or paper, the President of the Senate shall call for                    objections, if any.  Every objection shall be made in writing, and shall state          clearly and concisely, and without argument, the ground thereof, and shall          be signed by at least one Senator and one Member of the House of                         Representatives before the same shall be received."

Sounds good to me.  The author doesn't think he'll do it.  But why SHOULDN'T he?

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

And So It Begins.

Leave it to Texas.....

$350 million in budget cuts to Texas’ Medicaid have gone into effect. Don’t worry though, it mostly affects disabled children’s therapy. 

You would think their disabled governor would know better?

Oh, that's right.  Texas is at the bottom of the stupid states barrel.

We're fucked.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Is it Trump? OR KITTENS?

OMG it really does work.

If you use Google Chrome, go download the extension called Make America Kittens Again -

It turns pictures of Trump into kittens!!!

Doesn't work on social media like Facebook or Twitter.   BUT - I was doing a blogroll cruise, and went onto Bildungblog - he has tons of kitten pictures all over his blog!!!  (link is just to one post so he sees this  ;)

Gives new meaning to the term "cat bloggging", huh?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Update:  TEST PICTURE

If you see kittens, the extension is working.


Olbermann Rant of the Day

Monday, December 19, 2016

Speed Trap Hell

Last month, we went to DC because Bug thought he had to work on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  Well, in true autism fashion, he confused his instructions - he hadn't had to work on Friday, it was "his choice."

So we go to DC, spend hundreds of dollars on hotel and meals and shopping and everything else, so he wouldn't have to spend Thanksgiving alone.  And it was a nice weekend.

Then we got home.

That week, not one, but TWO, photo speed trap speeding tickets for going the same speed in the same tunnel - A TUNNEL - on K street.  For $150 each.  Now, we might have been speeding, but the idea that they are doing this IN a tunnel, on a holiday.... if you google K Street Speed Trap DC, you'll see what we were up against.  And worse, Waze sent us there.

Even a world-class city like New York doesn't charge that much.

Am constructing a letter and would love any advice you guys might have.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Tomorrow, Tomorrow....

Is anyone going to one of the December 19 electoral protests?

I am not, personally.  However, that's because I just don't think it will do any good.  The Trump voters are just too entrenched.   Just my .02.

We are so doomed.  And can't do shit about it.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Oops.

10 days since a post.....I know I've been busy, but this is pretty bad.

Some good news, Bug has a place to live at his grad school.  While we were there, it snowed four inches.  I love how they try and rent properties a year in advance.  I've never been able to figure out the sense of this.  You rent something in September for the *following* September.....but in that year, kids can drop out.  Or they can fight with each other and then renige.  Or they could find a boyfriend/girlfriend and want to move in with them.... In any case, he's got a place.  Phew.  One less thing for me to stress over.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bach Wore a Wig and Tights, Right?

I watched a video on my Facebook feed of Cameron Carpenter, a young organist who does not have the conventional "look".....  He's great.

Of course, the haters were all catty about his dress, his hair, his technique....jealous much?

You gotta love the pedal shoes.  Bling!

Enjoy!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Boobus Pennsyltuckyus

I am not sure how it is that people think #OneTermTrumpy (my new name for him) is Jesus reincarnate..... but the people in Pennsylvania should know better.  

Those fracking movies were made about US.  

They forget what OneTermTommy did to the system of delivering health/mental health/elderly care benefits in this state by using the block grant system.  

They forget what Lukens Steel did to their retired employees and their spouses when they sold the company to one from India.  (FYI, they took the pensions away from 80-90 year old widows and widowers.)

And they think #OneTermTrumpy is going to give them jobs?   BWAHAHAHAHAHA......

In interviews in the days after Thanksgiving, Petrilla and other formerly Democratic-leaning or inactive Pennsylvania voters shared their expectations about Trump. They remained enthusiastic or cautiously optimistic, albeit perhaps because few said they were following Trump's transition in the news. Or because they trusted their gut when they elected him and believed there was no reason to question him yet.
Few were aware that Trump had nominated former Goldman Sachs partner Steve Mnuchin to be Treasury secretary.
They also said they did not know he had selected billionaire Betsy DeVos to lead the Education Department and were surprised to hear this was a woman who has spent years advocating for the diversion of public school funds in favor of "school choice."
One woman, Kimberly Bowen, whose family had lived for generations off the now-decimated steel industry in Bethlehem, had no idea that a man who profited off the bankruptcy of American steel companies - Wilbur Ross - was Trump's nominee to lead the Commerce Department.
"That's a nonissue," Bowen said once informed of Ross' nomination. I couldn't care less."

Monday, December 5, 2016

Speaking of It's About Time....

The College Board is also getting with the program.....

For many years, students with disabilities and their counselors often complained about how hard it is to win testing accommodations during the administration of the SAT, Advanced Placement and other standardized exams from the College Board. That’s going to change, the organization said.
The College Board, which owns the SAT, just announced that starting Jan. 1, “the vast majority” of students who have special-education plans that already include accommodations for testing — such as extra time, sitting in a separate room, and/or having the test read to the student — will receive automatic approval for the same accommodations when taking the SAT, PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT subject tests and AP exams.
College counselors expressed delight at the changes, with some noting that they will especially help students who do not have the resources to fight the College Board for accommodations. In the past, winning accommodations for the SAT was often a timely and laborious process requiring extensive documentation of a disability.

I can tell you that it was a real pain in the ass to try and just get the quiet room.  The idea of distractions of other people writing is foreign to them, I guess - but ya know, the schools where the tests are held are doing the hosting.  Most of the guidance and other personnel at those schools, who are the ones trying to get these accommodations for their students, never have a problem finding the extra room, or the extra personnel to staff the rooms.  It's ALL the College Board.

Of course, the idea that these tests are becoming irrelevant anyway has probably FINALLY sunk into their heads.....they've become the equivalent of tie-breakers.  They seemed to have forgotten that many people who work in college admissions have family members with children with disabilities.....

When Bug applied for grad school, only one of the ones he applied to required the GREs.  In fact, the application would not go through unless he had a score and information from ETS to put in.   Bug is not a good test-taker.  Many autistic people have problems with the manner in which the questions are asked, and evidently the GREs are not even approached in the same way that you would approach taking an SAT.

So how did we handle it?  Because, it was the grad school he wanted to go to most ....and we almost dropped it....  Admissions said, just take it for the number, we have seen the worst, so nothing will surprise us.  His transcript and experience looked good.

He went to the site, signed up for one being held in two days, and took the test.  And got almost the lowest score possible.

How nice of the university to humiliate him.  And charge me $200 for the pleasure.   Studying would not have helped him, so what did it matter?  I felt entirely swindled.

So, paybacks are a bitch, ETS.  Don't think you'll still be relevant in 15 years.....

Sunday, December 4, 2016

FINALLY.

What the hell took them so long?

After a months-long standoff, Native Americans at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota got some great and unexpected news from the federal government.

On Sunday afternoon, the Army Corps of Engineers put plans for the Dakota Access Pipeline on hold while it explores alternate routes for the $3.7 billion project.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement that the decision "underscores that tribal rights reserved in treaties and federal law, as well as Nation-to-Nation consultation with tribal leaders, are essential components of the analysis to be undertaken in the environmental impact statement going forward."

Friday, December 2, 2016

So is This Worth Anything?



I mean, Pence is the one assembling the Cabinet, after all.....

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Please No.

Please do not tell me this is real......

The Palin aide said that Palin recently told Trump transition officials, "I feel as though the megaphone I have been provided can be used in a productive and positive way to help those desperately in need."
The Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest government agency, with over 300,000 federal employees and a budget of $182 billion for 2017.
Palin's son-in-law and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer posted a SarahPAC video to his Facebook page earlier this week, with excerpts from a speech she gave that heavily focuses on her work with veterans and her connection to the community. Her eldest son, Track Palin, served in Iraq in 2008. The video, which is not new, seems to clearly show her interest in the position, and in he speech she hits the VA "bureaucracy," saying it is "killing our vets."
The speech includes Sarah Palin's ideas on reforming the VA, including improved health care, using military skills to return to the workforce and securing their benefits. The speech also includes a criticism of Barack Obama.

The only good that can come of this is more Tina Fey on SNL.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pre-DC Bloggging

Today's work....


Notice the stealth dog, waiting for an avalanche of cookies to fall on his head....

Monday, November 28, 2016

Signed Sealed Delivered.


A statement released on behalf of Stein circulated on Twitter Monday afternoon. The statement said recounts could begin in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — another state where the candidate has filed — as soon as this week. 
"Americans deserve a voting system we can trust," Stein said in the statement, released by the public relations firm Berlin Rosen. "After a presidential election tarnished by the use of outdated and unreliable machines and accusations of irregularities and hacks, people of all political persuasions are asking if our election results are reliable." 
It continued: "We must recount the votes so we can build trust in our election system. We need to verify the vote in this and every election so that Americans of all parties can be sure we have a fair, secure and accurate voting system," Stein wrote.

They've been collecting affidavits and providing a free notary - well, one who will bill Jill Stein - and the lines into the county Dem office have been going nonstop.

We shall see.  Trying not to get hopes up.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Don't Spend Thanksgiving with Turkeys

I have been busy, back to DC and all over.....and when I'm away, I don't take my computer as a rule.  Unfortunately, I can't type on my tablet or my phone, or I'd post from one of those.

But we are off to DC again, this time to have Thanksgiving with Bug.  He has to work both Wed & Fri, and I'm not into driving 12 hours back and forth in two days, so we'll miss the family dinner this year.

However, I am proud to say - and am 99.999% sure - that all my family and family friends who usually attend Thanksgiving dinner at my cousin's house all voted Dem.  And that means they voted for Hillary, and the dinner conversation will be welcoming and not at all argumentative.

Here's hoping you all have a Thanksgiving without the nastiness of the last two weeks --

Friday, November 18, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Tickie to Washie

Got my bus ticket for the Million Woman March for the day after the inauguration.  Going with a local Dem group.  I have no desire to drive in that mess.

Anyone want to lay bets as to whether they are going to try and gas us?  Or, Hub says maybe they'll call in the National Guard....

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

SNEAKY SOBs

So today, on Facebook, I get this.....

Welcome to Trumpsylvania, people!!!   On the very last day of the session, when we were supposed to just be voting on Leadership, the #PAGOP - not wasting a second to thrust PA back 40 years aaaand to make sure us ladies know our place, are going to reverse Supreme Court precedent by eliminating a woman's right to choose. Call your Senators now!! 
So we did.  Sneaky freeking bastards.  Thought that we would be distracted and they would pass it.  And then they would use it against Gov. Wolf when next election rolls around.  These pro-lifers are really pieces of work.

BUT.

UPDATE: The PA Senate has pulled HB1948! Thank you so much to everyone who called their state senator! This bill was pulled because of YOUR VOICE! We showed great activist power today, keep it close by because we'll need it in January--when we expect to see this ban again. #WeWontGoBack

Yeah, assholes.  Bite me.  Wuss out much?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Emerging From the Abyss.

Slowly.  Can't do too much at once, the election really threw me for a loop.  Tired of the right wing Facebookers yelling "move on" when ya know, my kid is my kid, and how can I move on?  These assholes affect his life much more seriously than they ever affect their own.  Or mine, for that matter - at least, if I didn't have a disabled kid.

The Bannon appointment is seriously over the top.  FYI, when referring to Bannon, please call him what he is - a Neo Nazi. Don't use the term "White Nationalist" because stupid people don't know what that means.

Bannon  has said, "I've got a cure for mental health issue(s).....spank your children more."

The thing, however, that has been bringing me around is reading all the Biden-Obama memes.   Gotta love Uncle Joe.

Here are some links to the better collections, and a few samples.  Enjoy.  :)










Sunday, November 13, 2016

Another Empty Chair....

Long long ago (2004?!) I started bloggging because I was a Deaniac.   He was so different from all the politicians, and he started the grassroots way of life.

But, Scream.  Stripped, Poof!  Demoted.  Then resurrected to DNC chair.

Howie did do a good job when he was DNC chair in the 2000s, IMO he was responsible for getting President Obama elected.  And now, after DWS was punted - she screwed the country out of Bernie Sanders and into a Trump presidency - he wants it back.

We need to go forward.



In an interview, Sanders said he is lobbying for Ellison and argued that the DNC needs to be reoriented so that it becomes less of an insiders' club “preoccupied” with raising money and more of an advocate for the concerns of the working class.
“You can’t tell working people you’re on their side while at the same time you’re raising money from Wall Street and the billionaire class,” Sanders said. “The Democratic Party has to be focused on grass-roots America and not wealthy people attending cocktail parties.”
Sanders acknowledged the need for the party to continue its function as a fundraising vehicle but suggested a model akin to his presidential campaign, which raised much of its money from small-dollar donors.
“Millions of people are willing to put in 20 bucks, 30 bucks, 50 bucks if there’s a party to believe in,” Sanders said.

Go here and agree.  You'll get on his mailing list, but, they don't make you nuts with it.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Rise of Voldemort

This is probably the best discussion I have heard in years on a political talk show.

I wish they had listened before the election.....but of course, DWS took care of that....and therefore, black people didn't vote Dem.

It's a long video (44 minutes!) but TOTALLY worth it.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Talk to Moi About This.

Ya know...I always thought Trump was a phony, never really expecting to win. But what if it's more than that?      

Trump, having been a Democrat until what, a couple of years ago....you just never know, he could go right back to being one in practice.   It's not grasping, he isn't stable.   Wouldn't that be a hell of a payback moment? 

Think about it. he is NOT a typical Repub.  He likes to spend money.  You know, on the Best.  They don't like to spend money on squat....

The Congress critters backed off supporting Trump, and that made HIM look to John Q. Public like He is Radical Change.   And just because their names were on the ballot, they get reelected as well.  Trickle down elections.   And they voted for him, too, so after the fact they look good (even though he may be totally expecting it).

Wouldn't they shit if he flipped on them. TOTALLY entirely possible.  That's the risk you take, the man is not predictable, to say the least....they may be expecting it, for that matter.   You run as an R, make sure WE all get re-elected.  We ALL win.  And we don't give a shit what you do after that...

It could be more simplistic or more complex than this.  But it's entirely feasible.

Or maybe I should just wake up from the nightmare.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thursday Tuneage.

Because we need it, Bruce.

video

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Sick of the Excuses.

PEOPLE. Third Party voters and Berners did NOT give Trump Pennsylvania. He won by too much in a variety of places.  And, HALF OF THE REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE COUNTRY DID NOT VOTE. Hear that?  Obama had the record numbers, and that was something like 60%.

In our precinct, we have 1286 total registered voters. 73% of them came out to vote.  BUT Normally 350 or so of these people vote. Most are Republican.   34% of the total vote here was Dems. There are no Berners here. It's pretty typical of much of the Pennsyltucky part of PA. 

The Republicans who NEVER vote are the ones who came out.  Those that live under rocks.  Those that didn't care. The Amish came out in droves. 

If you've watched Michael Moore's TrumpLand, you know that the movie explains it pretty well.   

In the end, the man who turned the election into a Reality TV show outconned them all - a man who has declared bankruptcy 3x who has promised to defund climate change research......gang, we are in for a big time recession. With corporations making profit off of all of us.  Have a kid with disabilities?  Oh, well, sucks to be you (or Moi).

We here in PA have always lived in a red state. We've always known it.  We don't call that middle part Pennsyltucky for nothing.

And now the world knows it.   They have seen the rotten core.

There are casualties all around.  Both parties have been shredded.  They are not the same.  We are not the same.  

We would not feel the grief had we not already felt the pain. We will find someone else.  Someone with no baggage, someone men will vote for, someone minorities will love.  We WILL find her.

And you won't see her coming until it's too late.

Stunned.

Until I can find words, enjoy Bon Jovi from Monday night's rally in Philly.   If you can do it without crying....

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Clintons and Obamas and Springsteen and BonJovi, Oh My

Kinda pissed right now. Trying to find out about access to the Big Event downtown tonight for a friend with a child in a wheelchair. Calling everywhere. Called Philly Tourism because I couldn't get the Indy Hall no., and both of the folks I talked to there were EXTREMELY nice. But knew nothing, Indy Hall office is closing at noon. I don't blame them.
Philly Dem office passes me on to a woman in the HFA office, who says in a smartass way "It's not my job to know. It's my job to get her elected so there is access everywhere." Obviously a 23 yo poli sci grad lemming with no clue as to what I was even asking. Serves her right to be getting those calls all day, heh - thanks Philly Dems.
When your candidate has a platform which is based on kids (and disabilities), you need to realize that Information IS access. If you don't know something FIND THE HELL OUT.
But as for the rally - both Springsteen and BonJovi are BOTH from NEW JERSEY, NOT Philadelphia.
WTH peeps, no black stars, let alone none from Philly?   Not even Patti LaBelle?  The Roots?  Um, don't you want ALL the Philly People to want to come out? 
At this point I don't really care if I go or not. I'm sure it would be amazing.  But it would also be a mess....

Update, 11/9/16: 

I did go.  Irt was awesome.  And I will talk about yesterday's debacle later when I am a little less zombified.



Friday, November 4, 2016

On the Road Again....

Off to DC again, it's a Bug weekend.  So I apologize for non-original posting while I'm gone.

Or, you could watch this.   Tried to post the whole playlist, but it wouldn't work.  Of course, you can just keep clicking on the ones in the right sidebar.

Enjoy!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

NO MORE GOATS


NO MORE "NEXT YEAR!!!!!!!!

Congratulations CUBBIES!!!!!!!   What an excellent game.   WORLD SERIES CHAMPS!!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

This Week's Life Blogggaround

Grateful for Baseball Breathers... Cubbies are giving us a night off.  These games are so tension-filled, and for some reason, seemingly extremely slow - we haven't seen one less than 4 hours yet.  Glad there are only two max left.  I can watch Shameless and John Oliver tonight, and not worry about trick or treaters living out here in the middle of the boonies.

Speaking of Halloween - check out Bing's home page today.

8 days until D-Day.  Everyone says, I'll be so glad when it's over - but you know it won't be.  DT will either lose and complain, or we will be working more seriously on my husband's double citizenship with Italy.

That's an interesting thing. Since his grandparents were both immigrants (actually, 3 out of 4 were) - this is his paternal side - he can become an Italian citizen.  It's just a matter of getting all the BMDs in order - that's Birth/Marriage/Death certificates, for the non-genealogist.  He didn't want to do it at first.  Now....let's just say he's much more open to it.  And if he gets dual citizenship, *I can get it, and so can Bug.   Not bad, eh?

Going to go watch John Oliver.  Happy Halloween!  And don't forget to check that candy....


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Emails are Shit Compared....

....to this....

Defendant Trump initiated sexual contact with Plaintiff at four different parties. On the fourth and final sexual encounter with Defendant Trump, Defendant Trump tied Plaintiff to a bed, exposed himself to Plaintiff, and then proceeded to forcibly rape Plaintiff. During the course of this savage sexual attack, Plaintiff loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop but with no effect. Defendant Trump responded to Plaintiff’s pleas by violently striking Plaintiff in the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted.

That's not a picture I want in my head.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Scary.

The Cubs are frighteningly batless.

This at least is more fun.




Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Tuneage

Since there's a Cubs game tonight, Moi will be busy.....

Spend your day listening to some Annie Haslam ~~~ Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Two Birds, Lots of Stones

When I think of a hiking trail, I think of this.



Moi is not the most avid hiker.   Tending toward the klutz, and having had two foot surgeries over the last 10 years or so, walking on anything that isn't flat and smooth makes for entertainment....

So when Hub says, "it's nice out today, let's go do something," the last thing I think I'm going to be doing is climbing a rocky mountain.  Especially since I don't have hiking shoes.

The last thing I think of, when I think of hiking trail, is this.



Considering that we didn't have pet care, we decided to go someplace not too far - Hawk Mountain.  I had never been there before.  Hub neglected to mention the rocks.



All I can say is, Moi Ass Hurts.  

We did see a golden eagle....



And a falcon of some sort.



That was it.  No hawks.  Two Birds.  Or should I say, Two Raptors.  A junco, a titmouse, bird feeder birds.... and I don't count turkey buzzards.

It's very pretty at the top, though.




They have these charts all over the place, telling you how many birds they saw the day before.  I think they lie.



I can say that it took about 5000 steps to do the trails that we did, thanks to my tracker.  The uphill part was hard, but the cooler weather was a big help.  Coming back, the handrails were a big help - especially since there were slippery leaves, and my slippery sneakers were lacking in traction.  Some college kids saw that bannister and said, Oh Look!  A Shortcut!

I didn't see if they actually rode them down or not.





Tuesday, October 25, 2016

GO CUBS GO!



Oh, and #FLYTHEW !!!!!!

That is all!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

There's a Light.....

Being a RHPS fan for many many many years, seeing it countless times at the TLA, I was skeptical about the new version starring Laverne Cox.

I'm not going to get into it, I think everyone should draw their own conclusions.  But it was....ok.  Not nearly as bad as it could have been.   People on IMDB are ranting about the casting.   Although I was not crazy about a few of them (Magenta, Dr. Scott), I don't think that was the problem so much as 1) it was shown on FOX, so it was way watered down, losing its edge, and 2) the director didn't really know the characters well enough to direct his actors in the right way.  

As for the costume director.....doesn't this look like Frank N Furter had a thing for Cast Away?  WILLLLLSON!!!!!!

 


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Do We REALLY Need This Again???

I don't know what the hell these companies think they are doing.   Maybe I should rephrase that.  I don't know what the communities think they are doing, letting these corporations run the pipelines through their waterfront areas....

Communities downstream from Williamsport that take their drinking water from the Susquehanna River have been alerted there could be gasoline in the stream.
An 8-inch Sunoco Logistics pipeline was breached about 3 a.m. Friday in northern Lycoming County, allowing an estimated 55,000 gallons of gasoline to get into Wallis Run, a tributary of Loyalsock Creek that flows into the river's West Branch at Montoursville.
As of late Friday afternoon, there was no confirmation any of the gasoline has reached the river, Sunoco spokesman Jeff Shields said.
The Department of Environmental Protection says that as a precaution, Shamokin Dam has closed its intake and Aqua PA is amenable to an emergency interconnect to serve the borough if needed.

Someone ran a gas pipeline about 1/4 mile from my house, downhill in a field, a few years back.  Government people came to our house, gave us a bunch of papers, and we had to read them, sign them, give them back.....I said, why would I sign away my right to sue you for putting this in my back yard?  I don't want it there.....

There is nothing any of us can do, I suppose.  

Friday, October 21, 2016

#TrumpBookReport

I am so surprised the mainstream media hasn't picked this one up....talk about a field day on Twitter - this is the #besthashtagever -


Those poor heights. They were wuthering. Wuthering so bad. Bigly wuthering. I'll make them great again. #TrumpBookReport @AntonioFrench — Callie (@calliembush) October 20, 2016

Let's just say I'm the better salesman. It's sad that he died, but I am better.#TrumpBookReport— Jonathan Speights (@jspeights) October 20, 2016

Catcher in the Rye. There used to be other grains. Terrific grains. The best grains. Hillary ruined this nation's farms. #TrumpBookReport 
— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) October 20, 2016

Charlotte's Web ...Spider dies at the end... no stamina. What a loser.#TrumpBookReport— Cora Huggins (@Rangerswife1) October 20, 2016 

Friday Doggg Bloggging

When we got our little Zig, he didn't know too much.  He was not housebroken, he didn't do a leash well.  We figured that he was either a Christmas present that they didn't want (since they obviously didn't care enough to teach him anything) or he was dumped from an Amish farm since he wasn't a "perfect specimen" of a pedigreed dog.  He does walk like a champ; that and some other things sort of lead me to think he's purebred.

Here he is about 7-8 months old, learning to Stay.   He wasn't supposed to lay down.  I figured, he Stayed.  I don't care if he didn't want to sit!

Note Ollie giving him bad looks from the window....

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fall Out

Lots of things fall into that category.  Crap that happens via POTUS elections and debates.   The weeds that are in and mess that is my garden, that I still need to work on.  Games that professional sports teams should be ashamed to say they played....so disrespectful to such a good manager.    Blog posts and comment threads on Facebook that escalate - or de-escalate - into the pits of hell....

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Concert Weekend....

And when it's Concert Weekend, I'm generally just not available.

So, listen to this, and when you hear the clarinet, pretend it's Moi;)


Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Varmint Bloggging

Pleez can we have some ice cream, too, Daddy?  



Thursday, October 13, 2016

Why Trump Exists? Or, Why, Trump Exists.....

This post is actually very interesting to me, as I live in one of these rural areas, and had lived in the city for many years as well.  (And have been wanting to move back.....)  I've seen both situations, yet, I don't feel as bad for the rural folks as the author might.

Let me first say that my childhood is a lot longer ago than the author of that article, because we didn't have videos, let alone video games as kids. Yes, I was a kid during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.  I only ever went to the city on field trips - NYC and DC with the girl scouts, and Philadelphia to the Zoo in third grade, and some Phillies games with my dad on the fire company trips - including when they were at Connie Mack Stadium.  Yes, I can count the number of times I was in the city on 6 fingers.  NEVER ONCE did my parents drive there.  Although, Schuykill.   But to them, the city was a big, scary place, that to their dismay and utter fear, I went into on a regular basis once I left the isolation of our area and went to college.   And our town is not even an hour from the city.

Philly was a place I fell in love with, because people actually used their BRAINS there, imagine that....  Where I live, people actually TAKE PRIDE in their ignorance.  I am sorry, but there is no excuse for that.   I have had students whose parents guilted them into not going to college, because they never got to.  Didn't want the kids to have better than them, in their trailers or their run down farms.   Not that education would actually GET them someplace... The disrespect for education in and of itself offends me to no end.

Now, my hometown was the bedroom community for one of the larger steel mills in PA. And I know what happened to our town when that steel mill closed.  Not only did they close, but they yanked the pensions from countless widows of former workers.  They were the scum of the earth.  So I get that point of view, totally.

But to say this, is just His opinion.

But what I can say, from personal experience, is that the racism of my youth was always one step removed. I never saw a family member, friend, or classmate be mean to the actual black people we had in town. We worked with them, played video games with them, waved to them when they passed. What I did hear was several million comments about how if you ever ventured into the city, winding up in the "wrong neighborhood" meant you'd get dragged from your car, raped, and burned alive. Looking back, I think the idea was that the local minorities were fine ... as long as they acted exactly like us.

Methinks Mr. Wong was just oblivious. When I was a kid, the black kids lived in an area of town that wasn't right *in town.  They did not hang with the white kids. They still don't.  My mom, however was kind of like the classroom mom for all the black kids and poor kids in our class.  They loved her - over the years, they stopped to visit her, they appreciated everything she would do for them.  She would bring extra lunches on field trips for the kids whose parents could afford one or didn't pack them.  Mom grew up poor, with 9 brothers and sisters, and she "got it."

As for this generation, I can only say that the black kids in my sons class have never been to our house, even though Bug was friends with several of them.  When he invited them over to do things like play video games, they always had a reason not to.  Of course, that could have been his autism.....a different kind of discrimination, otherwise known as shunning.  But then the other day, he saw a kid working in the grocery store that he knew from school, and they hugged, the kid was really happy to see him.  Why he was on the list of all the gazillion kids who would never come over just does not make sense to me.

So I am going to leave it at the hope that Mr. Wong is oblivious.  Rather than ignoran.  Ignorance breeds ignorance.  But, oops, he seems to ignore that whole concept.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I Ain't Afraid of no Goats.

Baseball is the only team sport I have ever been interested in.  Grew up keeping score for my brothers little league teams, and we used to play neighborhood ball all the time - and I mean *all the time -in our back yard.  Which was fairly large, with home plate being at the top of said hill/house at the bottom, and which made for some interesting hits.  Also was great for sledding....but I digress....

Hub is a die hard Cubbies fan.  Grew up out there and so now, instead of knowing all the names of the Phillies , I know all the Cubbies.  And I have been loving this series, because all their pitchers are hitting home runs!

And Hub was thrilled to see Bill Murray the other day wearing his Goats T-shirt!   Yay!!!


You do know the Goat curse, right?  The reason the Cubs have never won in 71 years???  I know a lot of my bloggging peeps are from the northeast, or the Philly area, so all we know is that the Phils don't win because they just plain suck.


October 6th, a sad day in Cubs history. The Cubs entered game four of the World Series leading the Detroit Tigers 2 games to 1, and needing to win only two of the next four games played at Wrigley Field. A local Greek, William "Billy Goat" Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern and a Cubs fan, bought two tickets to Game four. Hoping to bring his team good luck he took his pet goat, Murphy, with him to the game. At the entrance to the park, the Andy Fran ushers stopped Billy Goat from entering saying that no animals are allowed in the park. Billy Goat, frustrated, appealed to the owner of the Cubs, P.K. Wrigley. Wrigley replied, "Let Billy in, but not the goat." Billy Goat asked, "Why not the goat?" Wrigley answered, "Because the goat stinks."

According to legend, the goat and Billy were upset, so then Billy threw up his arms and exclaimed, "The Cubs ain't gonna win no more. The Cubs will never win a World Series so long as the goat is not allowed in Wrigley Field." The Cubs were officially cursed. Subsequently, the Cubs lost game four, and the remaining series getting swept at home and from the World Series. Billy Goat promptly sent a telegram to P.K. Wrigley, stating, "Who stinks now?" For the next twenty years, throughout the remainder of Billy Goat's life the Cubs would finish each season at 5th place or lower, establishing a pattern that would reverse the Cubs luck and term the team "The Lovable Losers." The World Series would become a dream, and "wait 'til next year" would become the team's motto. From 1946 to 2003, the Cubs would post a 4250-4874 (.466) record, have only 15 winning seasons, finish in first place a mere 3 times, have no pennants, no World Series appearances let alone wins, with only four post season experiences (1984, 1989, 1998, 2003) resulting in a complete reversal of their fortunes. The Cubs were and are a cursed franchise.

Phillies have no such curse to blame.  They just suck, period.  And I am pissed at them for trading Chooch.  They are dead to me.   They are dead anyway.   It was sad to see Howard go, but, without him and Chooch, there would not have been a 2008 season.  Just sayin.

GO CUBBIES!!!!


Monday, October 10, 2016

Changed My Mind

I have to make note of this creeper stuff.....

'When this happens to me on a sidewalk, I basically start running'

Yeah, that.  And maybe someone threatening me with jail, too.


Photo courtesy of The Nation

Monday Moodz

Gotta take a break and drive the kiddo back to DC today.   So, kill some time on Columbus Day, and listen to some Serge.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Right Hand Column Issues

Evidently Blogger has been having issues with the Blogroll gadget. They are "working on it." In the meantime, they say we either have to wait, or put a new one in and then go searching for everyone's links again.  This really pisses me off, it took me a long time to find everyone.  Sigh.  And I use it to visit you all.   &^)$*^&^&#)^#@

Bug is home from DC, and I haven't seen him for a month, so we are sitting here, watching the Ozzy and Jack epis he missed, waiting for the debate.  And I am fixing my blogggrolls.

Been having lots of fun on la Facebook this weekend.  Have punted several rednecks I've been wanting to punt for a long time.....

Here's another right hand column thing - you know that ticker in the right hand column?   You would think that all the Trump supporter friends supposedly in hiding would know that Liking someone's post shows up in the ticker....lol.  YO STUPIDS - WE CAN SEE YOUR LIKES!

If any of my fellow bloggers are on on Facebook, send me a note with the link to your page, I'll friend you.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Grabbing a Moment

...yeah....in case you hadn't seen it yet.



So does this mean a Bush took Trumperoony down?  Much less the whole freeking Republican party.....LMAO

Update: OH and he "apologized".  Apologized my ass.  You don't apologize and talk about OTHER PEOPLE, you moron.



Friday, October 7, 2016

Disabilities Info, Or What 75% of Presidential Candidates Don't Give a Crap About.

Every year I say I'm going to do a post on what each candidate supports with relation to disabilities.   And every year someone beats me to it.  Fine with Moi, I like having my time back.

So, here's some of this year's scoop.....you can read the rest at the link.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Daddy Paid for His.

So, Trump wants to ditch the Department of Ed....

According to the think tank, these would be the actual results of demolishing the Department of Education:
  • ‘8 million students every year would lose Pell grants
  • 490,000 or more teacher positions could be eliminated $1.3 trillion in student loans would be at risk
  • 9 million low-income students would lose $15 billion of Title I funding annually
  • 5 million children and students with disabilities would lose $12.7 billion used every year to ensure that they receive a quality education
  • 750,000 or more students from military families, Native American students, students living in U.S. territories, and students living on federal property or Native American lands would lose $1.1 billion per year for their school
  • 4,000 or more rural school districts would lose more than $175 million used annually to help improve the quality of teaching and learning in many hard-to-staff schools
  • $700 million used by states to support the 5 million English language learners currently in public schools—representing close to 10 percent of all students—would be cut.

490,000 teachers.......8 Million in Pell Grants.....

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

VP Debacle.

All I can say is, Kaine should have taken a page from Hillary's book.  Kept his mouth shut the entire time Pence talked.  Numbers on the totals vary, but if he *had kept his mouth shut, instead of being up Pence by 23 interruptions, he'd be down by 37.  And people would be saying he won, instead of Pence.   The interruptions are unconscionable for someone who has his kind of court experience.

Oh, and he needs to get rid of the Dennis the Menace smirk.  It's not flattering.