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hedgehog

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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: 34,270

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.

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How does this election effect you personally?

It's bad news for the entire world since we won't be addressing global climate change, we will be increasing our use of oil and gas instead of wind and solar, we will be dragging down every other economy as Republicans try to take us into recession by cutting programs.

That said - I'm probably OK on ACA - my youngest will age out of our insurance before the Republicans can change the law. But student loans? There goes any chance for any relief for at least another 2 years. And I still have 3 kids looking for work.

So, MSNBC is predicting the Republicans hold the House -

How? Is it all due to gerrymandering?

12:15 EDT: Anyone else see Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell just now?

I think I heard them mumble that turnout is very high, then rush on to say that that doesn't mean anything, and we should all wait until the votes get counted tonight.

OK - serious fruitcake questions:

I make my fruitcake using real dried fruit soaked in Irish mist (Thompson raisins, Red Gold raisins, Zante currants, Bing and Rainier cherries and diced apricots), a honey based batter and lots of spices.

So - this is the first year I've been organized to make the cake well ahead of time.

How early should I make it?

I generally soak the finished product with more Irish Mist. If I make the cake several weeks before Christmas, do I wrap the cake? In what?

I have a couple bottles of German Kirsch liquor. Any advice on a recipe (cake or cookies) using dried cherries and the liquor?

OK - two more hours of Halloween left: how soon should I make my Christmas fruitcake?

The Surgeon General - what I didn't know.

I thought that the Surgeon General was more or less a spokeperson. I still recall the big story when the Surgeon General announced that smoking tobacco will likely kill you.

What I didn't know was that the Surgeon General is in charge of a group of public health professionals who are available to assist during public health crises and a reserve group ready to be deployed in the event of a health emergency.

http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/about/duties/index.html

In other words, if we had a Surgeon General, we wouldn't need an Ebola Czar.


I would also say this - my impression is that the CDC provides the science, and the Surgeon General implements it.

"
Opinion: The Truly Ridiculous Reason the U.S. Has No Surgeon General"

This last fact is important today because of the inexcusable circumstances that led to the United States having no surgeon general in place to calm the recent national hysteria about Ebola. In a move that may well be unprecedented, Senate Republicans and assorted Democratic lickspittles have blocked President Barack Obama’s selection for surgeon general—no, not a judgeship or a Cabinet position or an appointment that involves actual governmental power—because the nominee, Dr. Vivek Murthy, made a statement mildly critical of guns."

http://www.newsweek.com/2014/11/07/opinion-warning-tweeting-about-guns-can-keep-you-out-public-service-280804.html

Any zinnia growers here? I have an on-again, off-again relationship with zinnias.

This year I had a good crop, but I had to leave for a good part of the summer. I loved the first batch of flowers. The later flowers look pretty pitiful - the petals are shrunken and the center emerges as a cone so it looks like a very sad echinacia. Is this progression fixed n stone, or would my later blooms look better if Iwas more aggressive about cutting the earlier blooms?

How is talking about Ebola like arguing with a Republican?

Liberals are always at a disadvantage when arguing with Conservatives. The Conservative makes something up out of thin air, and rather than calling him on it, the Liberal feels obligated to go out and research the assertion in order to be certain it is not true. By then, the Conservative has made up five more "facts".

So - those afraid of an Ebola epidemic in the US pile on with all kinds of scenarios, and those who aren't afraid feel obligated to agree that maybe, just maybe, if all the events proceed in order, something like that could happen. Forget the fact that it is more likely that I will win the next Powerball,(and I don't even know if I can buy tickets in my state), those of us with confidence in our Federal government employees are at a disadvantage here.

Clearly, having traces of marijuana in your bloodstream is dangerous -

you're apt to attract bullets from police officers or stand-your-ground types.

Sooooo.... I was listening to a bit of Diane Rehm this morning,

and apparently some people are pushing the idea of toll roads, possibly/probably sold to private firms to run. This is because there is no way we'll ever raise the gas tax. ( ) The fact that the Highway trust fund was looted was passed over very quickly.

So, I'm thinking of what Elizabeth Warren said:

“There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody. You built a factory out there - good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory... Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea - God bless! Keep a hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”

Instead of raising taxes on the general public, maybe it's time to raise the income tax on the people making all the money off good roads?
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