The Watering Hole – Saturday, June 30, 2012 – GOP Is Acting Out, Again

Pity the poor Republicans. They ranted and raved since the day President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law and swore it was an unconstitutional power grab by the already-bloated federal government, and that gay people shouldn’t be allowed to marry each other. Oh, and that abortion you wanted? Sorry, but they have about eleven hundred reasons why you shouldn’t plan on going through with it. At least, not today. But Obamacare is unconstitutional! Well, funny thing, our nation’s ultimate authority on what is and isn’t constitutional determined that, yes, indeed, Obamacare is constitutional. (Here’s a way to see the decision itself, as well as a neat word cloud of the decision.) It appears the only thing the law got wrong was on threatening states with losing their Medicaid if they didn’t comply, or something like that. Oh, and the administration’s legal rationale for why the PPACA was constitutional was wrong, too. But Chief Justice of the United States (that’s his actual title, BTW. Did you – well, all but one of you – know that? ;)) John Roberts found a way around that and said something could be collected as a tax and not under the authority of the Commerce Clause. I don’t know, I’m not trained in understanding all this legalese. All I know is that the Roberts Court just handed the Republicans a major ass-whoopin’, and they’re going all nuts saying they won’t implement the law (even though they have to), and we still think it’s unconstitutional, so we’ll just nullify it (Hello, Civil War II). And now they’re going to take a break from bashing voting citizens who are gay and/or have vaginas and repeal the entire law! Of course that’s just theater because we know perfectly well a repeal won’t pass the Democratic Senate, so why do it? I’ll tell you why. Because the Republican Party is hell-bent and determined to prove to you that government just doesn’t work, and they’ll achieve that by doing the worst possible job they can.

So, what else is on your mind? You can tell us. We’re complete strangers that you’ll probably never meet in your life. What could possibly go wrong? ;)

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145 thoughts on “The Watering Hole – Saturday, June 30, 2012 – GOP Is Acting Out, Again

  1. The Affordable Care Act represents FREEDOM. No longer will people need to stay at jobs that they do not like just for the health insurance benefit. When I worked in the pharmaceutical industry, I heard many of my co-workers say that they would leave their job and start their own business but needed to stay employed by GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals because of the health insurance (the pharmaceutical industry pays well and has good benefits). They knew that they could not afford to buy health insurance on the open market or that they would be denied coverage because of a “pre-existing condition”. All that changes with the ACA. Workers will now be free to start their own businesses without the fear that they won’t be able to afford health insurance or be denied health insurance. Thank you Democrats and thank you President Obama for giving us the freedom to start our own business without the fear of losing health insurance.

    Obamacare = Freedom without fear

  2. I’ve been largely silent on this whole health care issue, waiting for the dust to settle.
    For me, little will change, if and when and however it comes down to what I will be required by law to do.
    I can’t afford to buy health insurance, have none made available through my employer, can only afford to visit a doctor when I have a paycheck coming in, am a toothache away from financial ruin, and have two bad ones.
    Fortunately I can afford a pair of needle nose Vise-Grips. I’m trying not to get them too greasy working on my vehicle as I wait for that special dental moment.

    Some things are different, most things are the same.

    <:*)

  3. Who Was Home Thursday When the SCOTUS Ruling on ACA Was Announced?

    Network————Total Viewers—-A25-54
    Fox News————–2.934K———676K
    CNN——————–1.065K———348K
    MSNBC—————–848K———-222K

    The overall number for Fox is very close to Bill O’Reilly’s usual nightly numbers, while the 25-54 numbers is a little above his normal in the key demo. Big news typically swells CNN’s numbers above normal, while MSNBC didn’t even draw as much as, say, the Ed Show might usually get, yet higher than normal weekday morning ratings. I’d say, by percentages, more usual MSNBC watchers were at work, than the regular viewers of Fox’s prime time lineup.

    Here’s Thursday night’s primetime numbers, showing that the biggest bump over normal went to MSNBC, with Hannity keeping more viewers than usual from O’Reilly’s watchers (he usually drops almost a million in the overall stat). Rachel had the best night in a while, and is always tops for MSNBC in the key demo. I’ve seen O’Reilly go to 3.5 million on a big news day, so his audience wasn’t in the mood to hear the bad news, and, as I understand, he wasn’t in the mood to tell them either, as a substitute hosted his program.

  4. O’Riley went to his personal padded “emergency room”, turned out the light, curled up into a fetal position and sucked his thumb.

  5. the Republican Party is hell-bent and determined to prove to you that government just doesn’t work, and they’ll achieve that by doing the worst possible job they can

    I think you nailed it right there. And there’s now a ‘vaginas’ tag for posts? Groovy.

  6. What, me worry?

    On February 13, 2012 I received an email from someone in a group to which I belong. The individual wrote, in part:

    Everyone please join me in emailing our congressmen in attempting to do something about President Obama’s latest assault on the constitution. President Obama decided to “compromise” the law passed by congress in regards to the recent health care mandate. He can’t do that. He can sign a bill into law and he can enforce it, but he can’t “change it.” Only congress can do that. Per the Commerce Act government cannot force anyone to purchase anything. Yet this bill forces people and corporations (conicidentally corporations have been ruled by courts to have the same rights and responsibilities as citizens) to purchase insurance.

    To which I rebutted:
    “President Obama’s latest assault on the constitution. President Obama decided to “compromise” the law passed by congress in regards to the recent health care mandate.”

    President Obama did not commit an assault on the Constitution. The “compromise” referred to is part of the rule-making authority granted under the law.

    “Per the Commerce Act government cannot force anyone to purchase anything. ”

    The original “Commerce Act” regulated the railroad industry. Mr. Morgan may be referring to the commerce clause in Article 1, section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. The commerce clause notwithstanding, it is against the law to drive without insurance, to ride a motorcycle without a helmet, to build a building in California without regard to earthquake safety and a host of other contruction laws and standards. Section 8 of Article 1 of the United States Constitution includes far more than the “Commerce Act”.

    “Yet this bill forces people and corporations (conicidentally corporations have been ruled by courts to have the same rights and responsibilities as citizens) to purchase insurance.”

    No. It doesn’t. Taxing people who choose not to buy insurance is not the same as forcing people to buy insurance. And the tax pays for health benefits provided to those without insurance. So far, Courts have upheld the constitutionality of similar programs.

    So there you have it. Three and a half months ago I noted the prevailing argument regarding the constitutionality of ObamaCare. (And, I think it appropriate that the most significant Health Care Reform ever to pass in recent history bears the name of our first Black President.)

    Folks that already have health insurance won’t have to pay the tax. But I oftimes look for the unintended consequences, and it occurs to me that there may be a significant one that may play out as ObamaCare is implemented.

    As I understand the law, people either pay for health insurance, or pay a tax that goes to pay for healthcare for those without insurance. Fair enough. But, will we get to a decision point? By that, I mean, will we take a long hard look at our own health insurance premium, and the benefits we get for paying for health insurance, then take a long hard look at the tax we would have to pay if we cancelled our health insurance, and the benefits of using the tax-supported health care, and decide we would be better off if we cancelled our health insurance and instead pay the tax and receive the government plan? If so, it may well be that ObamaCare will lead us – through the mechanics of the free market and free choice – to taxpayer supported Universal Health Care.

    Tempus dico.

    • And did you literally c***punch this wanker on the subject of ‘corporations are people too my friend’?

      • No, I didn’t bother. I recalled a phrase, “Never argue with an idiot. He will bring you down to his level and beat you with experience.”

        As things played out, he’s an instructor at one or more 2-year institutions; He devolved into making libelous statements about me in his emails, then wrote that he used the email exchange in class lessons. I responded by saying I would write to his employers advising them to not destroy any electronic communications/lesson plans/etc. and advise them that they may be implicated in a libel lawsuit. He panicked after that. :lol:

    • …decide we would be better off if we cancelled our health insurance and instead pay the tax and receive the government plan?

      Whoops! You lost me there. When did the ACA provide an alternative ‘plan’ that is received for paying the ‘tax’? I was under the impression you still didn’t have insurance (that you were basically self insured), and still subject to collection action from the care provider if you did not pay them. Clarify please?

      • I believe that is the proposed widening of Medicaid eligibility. for now…

        • That was my understanding too. The tax/penalty/fee with other subsidies would pay for your entrance into that program. Which leads to the question about what happens if a state refuses to expand?

          • There is also a “backdoor” clause written into the law that allows states to provide their own insurance as long as it meets all the ACA requirements or exceeds. That is why Bernie Sanders, and the Vermont Legislature is crafting a single payer program to lead the nation with a “state model”.

        • Like Pelosi said, we had to pass the bill to see what it actually will do, because each person’s or family’s circumstances are different.

          Once I saw a sliding scale chart of how much the government would subsidize insurance premiums, based on income, and it looked like I would actually qualify for a partial subsidy. Of course, I have insurance at my job, but if I could get a better deal through the exchange, and my employer would drop my coverage and pay me the difference, I would prefer that. Then if I changed jobs, or was laid off, my subsidy would be adjusted accordingly, but my coverage wouldn’t lapse.

      • I’ve been wondering about that, House. If you’re unable or unwilling to buy the insurance, and have to pay the tax penalty, do you then have health coverage?

        Going back to my experience working in the county treasurer’s office years ago, when you fail to pay your property taxes on time, you incur interest and a penalty, but paying that penalty doesn’t mean you’ve paid any portion of your property taxes — you still owe them.

        But unless the tax penalty is higher than the lowest cost of health insurance, people like Raven and me will have to choose to pay the penalty, and remain uninsured. Maybe that’s the fault in the system that leaves so many of us without access to affordable health care, even under Obamacare.

        • There are two waivers wriitten into the law that abolishes any mechanism to collect such penalty, if you cannot/unwilling to pay. The IRS cannot levy liens, and such.

          • Right, but does it then follow that you have paid your way into the health care system by paying the tax penalty? I mean, it would be sweet, especially if the tax penalty is less than the cost of the lowest health insurance policy.

            • That’s what BnF and I were remarking upstairs about Medicade expansion. I cannot answer your question authoritatively. I’m not sure.

            • Ah, okay. I’d heard that Medicaid might be expanded, according to what state you’re in — like House says — but the age I heard was 55, which still leaves me out. I might need to move to Vermont afterall.

        • I don’t think the penalty gets you any coverage, it just feeds a pool of revenue that is passed to the states to pay providers for unreimbursed care.
          You would still have to apply for the Medicaid based on eligibility, and depending on which state you were in, whether that state took on the new regulations.
          So basically, Zooey, you’ll probably not want to be in Idaho, because its teabagger politicians will be like Jindall and refuse the program.

    • I always knew that you were smart :) It’s nice to have input from our resident lawyer.

      Something that I don’t understand… in Pennsylvania, vehicle owners are required to carry liability insurance on their cars. How is that different from requiring people to purchase health insurance? Is it because one is on a state level and the other is on a national level?

      • Well, the argument goes, one doesn’t have a right to drive a car, and driving a car carries certain responsibilities, and creates a risk of injuring others. No one in the USA has a right to health, nor health care, for that matter. Generally speaking, if you get sick or injured, you have the choice to receive health care or (try to) heal on your own.

        But here’s the thing. The law does not require people to buy health insurance. It encourages people to buy health insurance by taxing them if they don’t.

        Think about this: the law encourages people to buy homes by taxing income spent on rent, but not taxing income spent on mortgage interest.

        The law encourages marriage, by giving married couples a tax break that single people don’t enjoy.

        The law encourages giving to charity and churches by not taxing income thus given, but taxing income spent on, say, self-help books.

        etc.etc.etc.

    • A footnote to the whole business of the SCOTUS decision describing the mandate as a tax. I noticed that Sean Hannity (and presumably all of Fox Noise) has begun to define “Obamacare” as “the largest tax increase in the nation’s history.”

      Fascinating. Absolutely fascinating. But I do wonder: how much pain is involved in the pulling of such stuff out of one’s ass on such a regular basis?

      • My worry is that the Right wing noise machine is so good at beating that drum that it will become the perception of this law… remember how pervasive “death panels” were?

  7. What about the Repuklican mantra, Repeal and Replace.

    What would RepukliCare look like?

    1. No one would have to have health insurance.
    2. No one would have to provide coverage for abortions or birth control.
    3. No one would have to provide coverage for pre-existing conditions.
    4. Medical bills could not be discharged in bankruptcy.
    5. Health insurance companies can decide what your doctor can and cannot do.
    6. Health insurance companies can charge whatever premiums they want.
    7. Health insurance companies can cancel your coverage at any time, for any reason.
    8. Medicaid and MediCare will be privatized.

    Did I miss anything?

      • So, too, sadly, are members of my local “Occupy” movement….believe it or not, they view me as the enemy! All because I pointed out some serious flaws in a “just cause for eviction” ordinance they support.

  8. Well I’m not dead. We lost 22 chickens, many trees, and I haven’t had the nerve to check the flower gardens. More than 1M folks are still without power.

  9. Excerpt from President Roosevelt’s January 11, 1944 message to the Congress of the United States on the State of the Union[2]:
    “ It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

    This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

    As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

    We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.”[3] People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

    In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

    Among these are:

    The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

    The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

    The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

    The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

    The right of every family to a decent home;

    The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

    The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

    The right to a good education.

    All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

    America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for all our citizens.

    For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.

    • How did we lose this vision to the extent that some of our citizens argue against it?

    • I posted that Rooseveltian “Bill of Rights” somewhere, can’t recall just where, several years ago and promptly got attacked by a couple of trolls because I was, in their not-so-humble opinion, “a fucking Communist.” I didn’t deny their claim, simply stated my philosophy as being at least in part based on the precept by Karl Marx that reads, basically, “from each according to his means, to each according to his needs.” I’m still like that, particularly in the health care realm. Private insurers and “competition” are what’s screwed it all up, it needs a full government universal single payer (plus the breakup or destruction of the health insurance ‘industry’) to effect useful and needed repairs. Society cannot exist without a benevolent and honest government. Without one, the tyrants and the shitheads (read: Republicans) will soon take over and destroy whatever remains of what was once good and decent, always in favor of more money, more power, for the few that can never get enough of either.

      The US is currently on a fast track toward total failure and collapse. I see glimmers of Roosevelt in Obama, but would far rather see a brilliant beacon than just a glimmer or two. If we could just rid ourselves of the asshat GOP and its derivatives we’d have a chance; unfortunately, doesn’t appear to be in the cards. Too much dumb out there in the electorate to vote for their own well-being. A sad situation, an even sadder commentary on what has become the state of the nation.

  10. Mugshot of the Day:

    ‘ “Pep, The Cat-Murdering Dog” was a black Labrador Retriever admitted to Eastern State Penitentiary on August 12, 1924. Prison folklore tells us that Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot used his executive powers to sentence Pep to Life Without Parole for killing his wife’s cherished cat. Prison records support this story: Pep’s inmate number (C-2559) is skipped in prison intake logs and inmate records.”

    • Have you tried logging out, clearing cookies and browsing history, and rebooting?

      • I’ve tried everything. It happens on any wordpress blog, whether I log in or not.

        • I checked, and mine is at 1% CPU usage. I’m running an I3 quad core, that’s over two years old, using Chrome, and Windows 7.

  11. Really great discussions today. I think I know more about your healthcare system than my own! It’s wonderful to have Briseadh na Faire here for a law side view and such great and reasonable thinkers from all other sides.

  12. …Another Day of Record Breaking Heat and Severe Thunderstorms…
    Published: Sat, 30 Jun 2012 08:15:46 EDT
    High temperatures this afternoon will exceed 100 degrees across the mid/lower Mississippi River Valley eastward through the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast today. In fact, some locations are expected to break record high temperatures for late June. The above normal readings combined with increased humidity will create dangerous heat index values ranging from 105 to 115 degrees. Meanwhile, another round of severe weather will develop across the Ohio Valley and track into the northern Mid-Atlantic states, where damaging winds will be the primary threat. At this time, it appears the greatest risk will stretch from southern Ohio into Maryland and northern Virginia. Persons in the region should remain alert to the latest forecasts and warnings from the NWS.

    Weren’t some House Republicans demanding that the NWS be defunded?

    • This is why. They are a bunch of socialist alarmists. Nobody can explain weather. Its supposed to be a surprise gift from God.

    • Nippy today in S. Colorado, 7000 ft elev., foothills of the Rockies. Only 94 on my thermometer, down 12 degrees from a couple days ago. Brrr.

      Republicans hate ANYTHING that gets in the way of fossil fuel industry profits, or even MIGHT get in the way of fossil fuel industry profits. They’re paid well for their concern. By the fossil fuel industry, among others. The damn weather service actually keeps records, see, and every now and then records are published that suggest there might be climate change, global warming, polar ice melting, oceans rising, more and stronger storms, droughts, heat, oddball snowfall patterns … allathat and more. Then somebody always says it has something to do with fossil fuel burning, CO2 emissions — you know, that science rot. So, how to combat such nonsense? Easy. Get rid of the SOURCE of the problem: the National Weather Service. After they’re gone all will be well, back to “normal.”

      Etc.

      • Dammit! I knew it! The National Weather Service doesn’t predict the weather, it makes it!

    • Yes there were, part of a plot to privatize weather no doubt. Then, when they tell us its 80 degrees when its really 100, we won’t feel so hot.

      The weather report will be brought to you by the Air Conditioning Council and the Coal Producers Association.

      • Then, when they tell us its 80 degrees when its really 100, we won’t feel so hot.

        So they intend to outlaw private thermometers, so you’ll have to take their word as to how hot it really is?

        • And they’ll tell you the smog caused by the unregulated emissions from coal fired plants is helping to block out the suns harmful rays and heat!

      • Privatized weather…if you want a nice day for your outdoor wedding, it’s gonna cost you!

        • I-25 helped. My daughter lives just east of I-25 and just north of the AF Academy. She could see the fires from their window, but since they were east of I-25 there was no evacuation. Across the highway, probably three blocks from where she lives, mass evacuations.

          My question is, why the hell didn’t Obama relocate I-25 further to the west and save all those houses, all that hassle? I mean, how freakin’ worthless can one president be?///

          • Running I-25 further to the west would have devalued the property values of all those high dollar houses.

            Can’t have that. Quality of life and all that jazz.

          • My Brother lives east of I25 as well. He tells me they are fine and only get smoked when the wind changes.

    • As public services continue to fail due to lack of money and more people feel the impact, more thought will be given as to just how well austerity works. We have become a convenience society but way too many people don’t have any idea of what pays for those conveniences.

      • …way too many people don’t have any idea of what pays for those conveniences.

        You are such a socialist, Hooda!
        NO NEW TAXES!///

        • True but I was reading the other day about cities that are thinking of filing bankruptcy over shortfalls. Seems there are quite a few and the two common causes are loss of tax revenue due to property tax loss due to the housing market tanking and retirement payments due I would imagine to either poor management or the collapse of the investment market ravaging those accounts.

          • Oh so very true!

            Stockton, California, became the largest city to file for bankruptcy in U.S. history on Thursday after years of fiscal mismanagement and a housing market crash left it unable to pay its workers, pensioners and bondholders.

    • Private enterprise and the Colorado Springs mega-churches will soon step in and take up the slack, make everything right again. Just wait and see. Watch. But don’t hold your breath unless you wanna turn blue.

      • Well, the Big Guy did promise he wouldn’t wipe the world out with floods anymore. I just keep hearing the Ink Spots and can’t imagine why.

      • Maybe they’ll have a good old fashioned rapture to help out the refugee problem.

      • Where’s the profit in it? It ain’t gonna happen out of the goodness of their hearts, you know. Someone at the top has to make a profit.

    • Check this out:

      Community business leaders have jumped into the budget debate, some questioning city spending on what they see as “Ferrari”-level benefits for employees and high salaries in middle management. Broadmoor luxury resort chief executive Steve Bartolin wrote an open letter asking why the city spends $89,000 per employee, when his enterprise has a similar number of workers and spends only $24,000 on each.

      A luxury resort and he spends a whopping $24,000 on each employee? Maybe someone should swing by the resort and start checking papers.

      • And I highly doubt he mentions how much he and senior management make. Or what the pampered guests pay.

  13. Conservatives Find A Way To Blame Obama For Monster Colorado Wildfire

    A writer with PJ Media mentioned the Gazette opinion in a blog post under the headline “Colorado Burns. Are Obama’s Environmental and Defense Policies to Blame?”

    The suggestion even made its way to a news conference on Wednesday with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), who was answering questions about multiple fires burning in the state. The Denver Post reported that a question about conservatives blaming the president for the size of the air fleet set the governor off.

    Were these the same conservatives that were so worried about the Obama administration spending too much money, or were these different conservatives?” Hickenlooper said.

    • As I said last night; BOLLOCKS! During the Raygun administration the National Fire Service air dropping contracts went out to private contractors. Those contractors depended on planes from WW2 and Korea until so many fell apart that they were finally grounded. It is still the oldest air fleet in the country if not the world. The “newest” planes are ex-Air National Guard C-130s manufactured in the 1960s. The GOP has consistently blocked any attempt to form a modern firefighting fleet with newer aircraft. Of course, no one in the “librul media” will deem it worthy of mention.

    • I’ll place the match that set off this conflagration in the hands of little boy Bush and his twisted daddy Dick Cheney.

      They spent their time gearing up for the invasions of the middle east, and saying to hell with the United States.

      • America has a real whizbang set of priorities. We can bomb multiple countries back into the stone age but we can’t clean up after hurricanes and tornadoes or put out forest fires in our own country. What a great place to live these days!

        • Pretty sad when they can barely save the Air Force Academy from becoming a cinder.
          The price of one state of the art fighter jet could have bought quite a few plain old slurry bombers.
          They can train military personnel to efficiently kill third world people living in mud huts, but have to rush a few hundred soldiers through a basic firefighting training.

  14. Just in case there was any doubt: Mittens might have said the most elitist thing yet. The funny part is that the Reichwhiners can’t seem to get the idea that, if you are not wealthy, Mittens doesn’t want to know you, doesn’t care about you, and would just as soon you died. Scholarships for those who weren’t born in the lucky sperm club? “Socialism!”

    Mittens says everyone should “have as much education as they can afford”.

    http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/mitt-romney-wants-americans-get-all-educati

    • Thanks nwoldguy. This gives me some clues to help prepare. As I commented, I’m just waiting for the dust to settle.
      At the moment, I’m focused on getting enough food, clothing and gas to keep working.
      Having worked for a federal agency for 5 years now, I’ve seen enough of the slow grind of progress, and the new boulders greedy selfish people keep rolling into the trail.

      • To quote Albert Camus, “without man, the absurd cannot exist.” So we all go through our lives living the cosmic joke or removing boulders put in our way. We are King Sisyphus after all to the greed, and selfishness displayed, and sanctified by our socipathic brethren. It’s easier to call them assholes.

        • “There is strength in adversity”

          In leaving New Mexico I managed to avoid a catastrophe in the making, through alertness and diligence.
          Now I’m looking at another one.

          The good news is I fully expected it.

          Accomplish one task successfully, and the Universe says:
          “Not bad, now try THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

        • You’re quite literary, nwoldguy…. what was/is your profession? I haven’t heard of Sisyphus in awhile…

  15. Weeding today means cleaning up quarters. I live with 5 big brawny badass firefighters who can strut around all day polishing their fire engine, stay up till 3 am drinking beer, spend their days off watching TV and playing video games, but somehow never learned to wash dishes, mop floors or take out the trash.

    • “Joe is an experienced and respected journalist, with keen insights into politics. After nearly 30 years in the business, he has the authority” which is why we are terminating his employment. What Politico is looking for is a young writer who will work for tofu and say the things we want them to say. If that suckup is you, submit an application to politicoserf.com.

  16. I reckon I’ll be missing for a while. I’ve no idea why my computer decided it hates wordpress, and I’m off to the beach. I’m also out of the egg business, all my chickens were found dead. Pigs and flowers are mostly ok.
    I am baffled by the behavior of the mouse that has been bothering us for the last week. It got in the food I had packed for the beach so I put out poison in the room where I was piling up supplies. I know it got in the poison and hoped it was dead. This morning I found my shoe, stored several rooms away, full of mouse poison when I went to put it on. Have we raised a race of supermice?

    • Are the mice trying to kill you now? Mouse poison in your shoe? How odd.

    • I’ve had the same thing happen in my storage unit. I haven’t put poison out, it must be coming from an adjacent unit.
      Some of the poisons are only activated when the rodents seek out and drink water, giving them time to build up a hoard before they get parched from all the exertion.

      • This is the water activated kind, I’d used it for years and never found a stash until this morning, right when the rest of the universe was conspiring against me. :)

        • It’s just a test.
          Blessings and Balance for you Outstanding.
          Sometimes it’s a very good idea to let go and step out of the flow for awhile. Have a refreshing perspective from a different place.
          Prayers and good thoughts go with you.

  17. Sorry to hear about the chickens. And the mice. May things turn for the better for you, Outstanding

    • I’ll be fine. I still have six slabs of ribs, a reservation, a full tank of gas, and the makings for pina coladas.

  18. I finally finished the custom order of napkins and placemats, and they are GORGEOUS. I’m very happy with how they turned out. :)

    I need a drink…

  19. I had a wife, and a mouse living with me in a cabin made from old growth redwood, felled and milled outside Pescadero brought up to Half Moon Bay by mules, and oxen along what is now known as Hwy.9. This particular mouse never got into my food, but he discovered the delights of marijuana, and raided my stash frequently. I tried tough love, and constantly moved the delicacy to stifle his addiction, but to no avail, he always found it. I admired his pluck, and he never bogarted always leaving me with enough. One night, sitting on the couch before a pleasant fire in the fireplace, Ziggy, my given name to him, walked slowly across the room, stopped in front of the fire, slowly turned to face me, and gave me a guy nod. That nod guys give one another to acknowledge your presence, and certain level of respect. If he could talk human squeeks, he’d have said “hey dude, I’m going out, need anything?” Well as amusing that was to me, I had an epiphany. I can’t be talking to a mouse, and one who is stealing from me. The next day I caught Ziggy in a live trap, packed him lunch, and a little weed; drove him back into the woods, and said our good-bye’s. I loved Ziggy.

  20. We’re having a bit of a frog-drowner downfall here. In the middle of summer. In Idaho.

    Very. Very. Weird.

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