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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: 32,759

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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If school districts in tornado alley won't build storm shelters for the kids,

can OSHA require they be built for the employees? What about private employers?

Will arms manufacturers find a way to prevent people from making firearms

at home using 3-D printing?

Ever feel like you have a target painted on you?

Severe thunderstorms have been passing just to the north and just to the south of me for the last two days!

Let me get all this straight re: Lois Learner

1. She is a Bush Appointee

2. She is in charge of the people who (supposedly) targeted the Tea Party.

3. She didn't re-direct those people, but rather fed the story to the Press - she whistle blew on herself

4. Now she's taking the 5th.

Do I have all that right?

Is this an attempt to embarrass Obama that is rapidly blowing up in the face(s) of the plotter(s)?

For those who think now is not the time to discuss tornado protection -

what is the date of the Joplin tornado?

How many people were killed?

how many houses were destroyed?

My point is that we have so much information coming at us each day, it's hard to stay focused. Would the Moore, Oklahoma tornado be as big a story if it hadn't hit a school?

There is a Federal program to provide 75% of the funding to build storm shelters in schools:



some quick Googling suggests that there is aid for private residences as well:


Everyone needs to keep asking right now why storm shelters aren't in place throughout Tornado Alley. I'm uncertain whether the Federal Aid is available before an area is declared a disaster zone. If it isn't, it should be.

Storm chasers - is it time for them to stop?

Twenty some years ago, there were very few films of tornadoes. Back then, storm chasers provided very important information for those attempting to design early warning systems. But today, aren't storm chasers mostly the worst kind of lookie-loos? People trying to get out of the way of tornadoes or officials trying to assess damage shouldn't have to deal with people who are driving wildly around the country side in order to film disaster porn.

Question on a broody hen -

I placed my broody hen on a nest in the isolation cage about 24 days ago. This is a small cage I keep for hens that need a rest. She hatched 4 healthy chicks who are mostly hiding under her wings. they have food and water. So far, she seems more interested in continuing to sit the remaining 3 eggs than anything else.

Should I move her and the chicks? Steal the eggs? Leave them alone?

I have never seen such a magnificent year for my Spring flowering plants -

from the crocus to the lilacs and honey suckle - everything escaped the frost


no honey bees!

Why I don't give a damn about the AP:

The purpose of the search of phone records is to locate the leaker, not prosecute the reporters.

There is no law stating the AP must be informed when the phone records are searched, only a Justice Department courtesy policy.

Leakers sometimes are honest whistle blowers; more often they are people with an agenda.

There has been a long pattern of Woodward/Berstein wannabees allowing themselves to be used by leakers to get one side of a story out.

But the main reason I don't give a damn about the AP is that the AP and most media today are utterly incompetent journalists. Consider the other scandal de jour: the IRS investigation of Tea Party organizations. Political groups were applying for tax exemptions declaring themselves to be social welfare organizations. The IRS properly noted that certain names seemed to indicate that these were political groups, and investigated a bit more closely to determine if they actually qualified for 501(c)(4) status. The real scandal was that these groups were trying to bend the law. Any competent journalist should be able to convey this simple story:


Indeed, some get at a deeper scandal:


My Dad is a real news junkie, always has been. He watches a lot of MSNBC and reads the Nation. Still, I can't tell you how many times I read a story here on DU that he had no notion of.

What we have are a bunch of people running around pretending to be journalists when in reality they are mere mouthpieces for anonymous people with agendas. They are failing in their duty to give the American people an accurate picture of what is happening today to our country.

And that's why I don't give a damn about the AP!

Here are some more stunning examples of stories the media is missing/ignoring:



Howard Dean on Talk of the Nation 2:15 Wednesday -

worth picking up on-line if you miss the broadcast. Go, Howard!

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