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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
Number of posts: 33,473

About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

Journal Archives

History repeating itself? For years, many Americans (including top policy makers)

saw us facing a Communist monolith - all Communist nations were working together to destroy us. Many held that the North Vietnamese were following orders from Moscow.

Now, I think the North Vietnamese were perfectly happy to accept any material help and military advice they could get, but that they had their own agenda. But, our mis-perception of the situation is the major reason we went to war. In addition, the perception that somehow the Soviets had "won" is one reason the CIA gave so much support to the Afghans following the Soviet invasion.

So - my question is how many Americans are making the same mistake about the Middle East? How closely tied is Hamas to the Palestinian Authority to the Taliban to Isis to the Syrian rebels to the Saudis? Put the question that way, and it becomes obvious that there is a tangle of groups and governments willing to work together when their interests match, and willing to stab each other in the back when their interests don't. For example, I would think that Isis and the Palestinian Authority would both be very glad to see Jerusalem under Arab control, but that they have very different ideas of what that would mean.

A second mistake is to think that every problem can be solved with a hammer, and that hammer is our military establishment. That turned out so well for us in Vietnam.

I think we need to step back, untangle these groups, figure out if they are an actual threat, figure out why they are a threat, and develop alternative methods for dealing with them. For example, we need to stop knee-jerk support of a right-wing Israeli government busy stirring the pot and ask ourselves how best to ensure a peaceful solution for everyone on both sides. Again, we need to look at alternatives such as identifying who is financing these groups, who is arming them, and see what we can do with that information.

Some misinformation that needs to be deliberately spread:

1. We know that Ebola outbreaks begin with close contact with wild animals (bush meat.)

2. We know that rhinoceroses and elephants are endangered by the appetite for rhino horn and ivory.

3. So, what if, I'm just saying ya know, but what if rhino horn and elephant ivory carried Ebola?

We have two dogs - a larger, older hound mix and a smaller, younger spitz type.

Both dogs are neutered males. We've had the hound since he was a puppy, and got the spitz from a rescue shelter several years ago.

The Problem: even though both dogs have full access at all times to an out door run, the spitz will mark inside the house if no one is around. He sleeps in our room, but will go downstairs at night to make his rounds. If we are away overnight, he marks more places. If anything is left on the floor - grocery bag, back pack, suitcase, etc, he'll mark that. Otherwise, it's table legs, chair legs and (unfortunately) the occasional book shelf.

Since he only does it when no one is looking, can anyone suggest a good way to make him stop?

Tell me why I need a smart phone

Right now I carry a Jitterbug type phone so I can call AAA if my car breaks down. My kids complain because I generally only turn the phone on when I need to make a call.

Stranger and stranger - KSDK is reporting that Dorian Johnson has admitted through

his attorney that he and Michael Brown did rob the store, but apparently no other news service has picked up this story.

BTW - Even if he did rob the store, summary execution in the street is not the penalty.


What do you worry most about in your personal life; terrorist attacks or?

I realized this morning that what has been worrying me the most are my two kids out of work, my personal health and where I'm going to plant tulips so the deer don't eat them. I forgot all about the threat of terrorists.

Oopsie - a little stumble on the way to the coronation:

"Even with Hillary Clinton in the race, 2016 is basically a toss-up

A new poll from McClatchy and Marist College documents that decline pretty well. In hypothetical matchups with potential 2016 Republican candidates, Clinton has seen her lead decline from 20-plus points in February to the mid-single digits today. She leads Chris Christie by six points after leading him by 21 points six months ago. She leads Jeb Bush 48-41 after leading him by 20 in February. She leads Rand Paul 48-42 after leading him by the same margin early this year."


Problems solved: send the Ferguson police to Iraq.

"Photos: Ferguson, Missouri, Looks Like a War Zone"


Sorry, Newsweek, but Ferguson does not look like a war zone to me;

this is a war zone:

Feguson looks like a place where there has been a massive police over-response to people demonstrating against police shooting an unarmed kid and a certain number of idiots taking advantage of the situation to trash and rob some local stores.

Absolute insanity: Farmers using Colorado River water to grow alfalfa for export to China!


by the way - your Federal tax money is subsidizing the irrigation system:

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