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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
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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

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:


Will there come a point at which a politician doesn't need to spend the most money,

but rather, needs to spend enough money in the right places? What I'm thinking of is the effect of diminishing returns - most money seems to be spent saturating television (with fewer people watching and only so much time available), annoying people with robocalls, sending out flyers and posting signs with slogans, etc. Are we approaching an age in which voters are reached through the internet? On the internet, does it matter how much you spend, or whether people like ( or dislike) what you have to say to make the message go viral?I don't think Romney ever recovered from his 47% remark once it hit the Net.

I think Elizabeth Warren really got people's attention with her "There is nobody in this country that got rich on their own," of-the cuff speech.


I don't think either candidate spent a penny on those clips, but they're what I recall from recent elections.

Which is the greater threat to you and your family today?

There are people from both parties pushing the American people to approve increased military intervention in events overseas - the "fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here" crowd. Sometimes the claim is made that as "the most powerful nation on earth" we have an obligation to interfere to protect the innocent.

There are people in the Democratic Party who think the greatest threat comes form the 1%, multinational corporations, big banks, student loans, etc.

I think it's obvious where I stand on this, what about you?

Has anyone seen any info on who is financing ISIS?

Although, I think they took over several banks, so my question may be moot at this point.

My understanding is that they are now equipped with heavy artillery supplied by the US to the Iraqi Army.

Ok Lounge - a real challenge for you pet owners -

1.I wash our dogs in our tub, which is very old and has lost its porcelain glaze.

2. This spring was very muddy, and the sandy clay soil we washed off the dogs left a red brown stain on the porcelain.

3. Recently, we noticed a strong ammonia smell every time the tub gets wet.

4. The only thing we can figure out is that there is some old urine trapped with the clay stain.

So, am I correct about the source of the smell, and if so, how do I get rid of it?

Translations of Republicanese:"The Democratic Party is in chaos"

Translation: Instead of allowing Big Money to select the nominees, the Democratic Party actually uses caucuses and primaries! No one knows the result until all the votes are counted!

What's your favorite Right Wing Phrase and translation?

A little info about Lake Erie algae blooms -

50 years ago, there was still significant dumping into the Great Lakes. Lake Erie is especially vulnerable because it is so shallow. The lake used to heat up every summer - I want to say up to 80 degrees + I can recall swimming in the lake as a little kid, and the water wasn't cold at all.

Algae blooms used to be an annual event. In Erie County NY (Buffalo) you could estimate the amount of algae in the water just by smelling your shower - there was a nasty undertone drowned out by copious amounts of chlorine. The bathroom ended up smelling like a swimming pool.

That's what I recall. I can't say that the algae blooms then were the same species as those hitting Toledo now. My husband recalls people getting sick on the water, and that his folks used to switch to well water for the summer.

So - it looks like global warming is hitting 50 years of progress in restoring the lakes. If the lakes are getting warm, it will make for an interesting winter. Lake effect snows occur until the lakes substantially freeze over.
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