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Got a call today from the Martin County Democratic Party

They were concerned that as a Martin County voter I was not registered with any party. They were kind enough to connect me with the Martin County Supervisor of Elections office so I could change me registration to the Democratic Party. For a robocall it was not bad.

Two very MAJOR problems with this call - I have never lived in Martin County, Florida. I have never been registered as anything other than Democratic. I grew up in Polk County and registered there as a Democrat when I first turned 21. I have lived in Leon County since 1972 and changed my voter registration to that county once I decided I would stay here after college.

I suspect someone in the Martin County DP hit the wrong selection when setting up their robocalls. I sent them an email to let them know they are far off their target for making these calls.

It is nice to see a local Democratic Party working to get people registered as Democratic voters, though!

Florida: 5 dead, 25 hospitalized in Wakulla County bus crash

5 dead, 25 hospitalized in Wakulla County bus crash
Karl Etters, Democrat staff writer 11:28 p.m. EDT July 2, 2016

Charred rubble, personal effects and bloody medical gear littered the side of Coastal Highway 98 in Wakulla after five people, including one child, died in an early-morning crash Saturday.

The fire-gutted frame was all that remained of a refurbished school bus, carrying as many as 35 Haitian migrant workers and their families. The semi-truck that the bus hit was equally destroyed.

The truck disintegrated on impact after the bus blew through the blinking red light that leads south to the city of St. Marks.

Its engine block and shredded front tires still sat on the side of the road in a puddle of muddy water as emergency officials tried to piece together what happened. Small trinkets, coolers once packed with food and drinks, pillows and a watermelon lay in the grass near the burning bus. On a sign post nearby was a smudged, bloody palm print.

Florida Highway Patrol investigators say the southbound bus did not stop for the light, hit the truck that was heading west, and then slammed into a power pole around 5 a.m. Skid marks just feet from the intersection indicate the semi-truck may have only braked seconds before impact.
More: http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2016/07/02/5-dead-25-hospitalized-wakulla-county-bus-crash/86632540/

The bus full of Haitian migrant workers was traveling from Bainbridge, Georgia to Belle Glade, Florida for a few weeks of work. The route they were on would have taken about eight hours to drive - I bet the workers were not going to be paid for their travel time. I also bet they have no benefits and no medical coverage.

What's odd is that the intersection where the accident happened is not a direct route south or the faster way south. US 98 along the coast is two lanes from that point until it joins US 27/US 19 at Perry. Also coastal fog makes driving slower some mornings. From Bainbridge, it is fastest to take US 84 east to I-75 or US 27 from Bainbridge to I-10 then east to I-75 , then 75 to the Turnpike. If they wanted to avoid tolls they could take US 27 south from I-75. Or just take US 27 all the way from Bainbridge to Belle Glade.

While they can stay on US 98 all the way from that intersection of US 319 and 98 where the accident happened, it is less direct and much slower that almost any other route.

The major advantage with taking US 98 is that there are no agricultural checkpoints - and maybe they avoid the possibility of being stopped so that papers for the workers can be checked.

OMFG - a HUGE spider just dropped off of the ceiling onto my desk!

Right in front of my face. AAAAAAGGGGGGHHHHHH!

I deal with lots of stuff, but spiders threatening to get ON ME freak me the fuck out!

First thing I did was to roll my chair back, jump up and run out of the room. Then I found a weapon - the extendable net that I bought to skim crud off my pond but that serves duty in the house to direct birds out of the house.

I had to hunt for the spider - it'd dropped down under the desk and was cowering at the back corner.

Then I beat that fucking spider TO DEATH! I'm leaving it's dead body on the floor so I can check to make sure it is STILL DEAD.

I was only awake because I needed some water. Now I am pumped with adrenaline and feel crawly as if there were little spiders all over me. GAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH! I may not be able to get back to sleep- EVER.

Too bad I pulverized it - I went to look it up and it could be a brown recluse spider. Now I will never know - not that I would have EVER examined close enough to be sure. They say the way to be sure is to count the eyes. Oh HELL NO!

Excuse me while I jitter for a few hours....

Ever Imagined What Would Happen If a Dog Called 911? This Guy Did...

Ever Imagined What Would Happen If a Dog Called 911? This Guy Did...
Most of the time, it's impossible to remain chill when you're a dog. The sheer panic of that everyday dog life would undoubtedly lead to a number of emergencies.

We can all agree that dealing with the suspicious mailman and constantly being harassed by a vacuum cleaner is definitely deserving of 911 call.

One of the newest members of my family did this

The newest member was born May 30 and I have yet to meet him.

For more information see the description at this performance video of the same song (sound quality is not as good):

Headache inducing version of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring Part 1: Adoration of Earth

It's actually pretty effective - but WHY?

Sorry, I couldn't find it on YouTube:

I did find this one on YouTube but its not any where near as good:

'Brain Dead' "scripted political parody-thriller-drama series" about Washington DC

'Good Wife' creators' latest: 'BrainDead' politics
Lorena Blas, USA TODAY Life 8:03 a.m. EDT June 13, 2016

One possible explanation for gridlock in Washington is about to be explored in prime-time television: an infestation of brain-eating bugs.

Mind-blowing concept? That's BrainDead. The 13-episode scripted political parody-thriller-drama series from Good Wife husband-and-wife creators Robert and Michelle King premieres on CBS Monday at 10 ET/PT.


But it gets more complicated: Laurel, a documentary filmmaker, returns to Washington, D.C., to work for her brother (Danny Pino), a Democratic senator. She begins dating a staffer (Aaron Tveit) for Maryland's conservative Republican senator (Tony Shalhoub), amid a government shutdown that results from a political stalemate. More bad decisions follow, a result of a meteor that crashes on Earth, releasing bugs that appear to be eating the brains of senators and their staffers.

Going from the popular legal drama series Good Wife, which ended its seven-season run on CBS in May to a sci-fi political satire thriller might seem like risky move for the Kings, but for them, it's a no-brainer.

More: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2016/06/13/braindead-cbs-good-wife-creators-robert-michelle-king/85591894/

This looks fun - a real life series about Washington politics!

Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills

Steve Reilly, USA TODAY 8:01 p.m. EDT June 9, 2016

Donald Trump casts himself as a protector of workers and jobs, but a USA TODAY NETWORK investigation found hundreds of people – carpenters, dishwashers, painters, even his own lawyers – who say he didn’t pay them for their work.


Donald Trump often portrays himself as a savior of the working class who will "protect your job." But a USA TODAY NETWORK analysis found he has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades — and a large number of those involve ordinary Americans, like the Friels, who say Trump or his companies have refused to pay them.

At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work. Among them: a dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey. A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters. Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast. Real estate brokers who sold his properties. And, ironically, several law firms that once represented him in these suits and others.

Trump’s companies have also been cited for 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act since 2005 for failing to pay overtime or minimum wage, according to U.S. Department of Labor data. That includes 21 citations against the defunct Trump Plaza in Atlantic City and three against the also out-of-business Trump Mortgage LLC in New York. Both cases were resolved by the companies agreeing to pay back wages.

More: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/06/09/donald-trump-unpaid-bills-republican-president-laswuits/85297274/

He's also had "more than 200 mechanic’s liens" filed against his properties and businesses. His companies have a pattern of underpaying employees - a dishwasher at his Mar-a-Lago property sued over unpaid overtime - not paying subcontractors and professionals - some real estate brokers had to sue to get six figure settlements and even one firm of lawyers ended up in court with claims of unpaid bills.

“Real estate is a tough and aggressive business, but most business people don’t set out to make their money by breaking the companies that they do business with,” said Colette Nelson of the American Subcontractors Association.

Hillary Clinton is right, Donald Trump is "temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility." (http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/02/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-foreign-policy-speech/)

Just in time for summer - How to skin a watermelon

This is neat - I may have to do this for a gathering I'm having in July!

Watching newly fledged cardinals at the bird feeders

Two cardinals still with some of their baby fluff on them. One is very reddish but doesn't have the adult "top knot" while the other is more subdued color. Male and female adults are hanging around, making sure the youngsters can figure out where to find food and water.

The youngsters are funny - the young male discovered the bug-fruit-seed cylinder but seems frustrated at how hard it is to get the food free from the mass. The little female is checking out the seed tray - but the seed is getting a little sour from the humidity, plus my husband left it on the porch last night and the squirrels ate a lot of the seed on it this morning.

The parents keep trying to lead the youngsters over to the tube feeders, but the babies keep begging to be fed every time the adults come around so the parents fly off to let the kids figure things out..

If I'd known this was going to happen, I would have lifted the blinds all the way and gotten the cameras out!
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