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.