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Gender: Female
Hometown: Seattle, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
Number of posts: 46,016

About Me

Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

Journal Archives

LOL..Bette Midler tweets: "Why do they call it the Republican "party"?

Have you ever been to a republican party?
Standing around the punch bowl, denying the ice is melting..*

After Online Campaign, Chinese Dog Meat Festival Is Canceled

people across the country cheered recently when officials in eastern China said they were doing away with a 600-year-old local custom: the slaughter of thousands of dogs to be eaten at an autumn festival.

The Jinhua Hutou Dog Meat Festival, as it is called, was abruptly canceled last week after local officials were shamed by an online campaign begun by animal rights advocates. Gruesome photographs taken at past festivals that show canine carcasses, some bloody and others cooked, circulated on Chinese microblogs, creating popular pressure against the festival, which was set for October.

Other grass-roots animal-rescue efforts have also gotten results. Last April, a man spotted a truck on a Beijing highway that was packed with more than 500 dogs being shipped to slaughterhouses that supply restaurants in northern China. The man put out a call on the Internet to stop the vehicle, and soon it was blocked by more than 200 people; the crowd rescued the dogs after paying $17,000.

“I believe China is going through a Chinese animal liberation movement, a bottom-up movement, gaining huge momentum in the past year, very much with the help of the Internet and Weibo, together with the younger generation growing up with cats and dogs as family pets,” Deborah Cao, a professor at Griffith University in Australia who studies animal rights law, said in an e-mail interview.

Maricopa County Att. bans employees from getting new iPhones, " Apple is 'on the side of terrorists"

As a result of Apple's refusal to help the FBI unlock San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook's iPhone, the Maricopa County, Ariz. Attorney's Office has announced that it will not allow workers to choose Apple's handsets as upgrades or replacements.
Apple's refusal to cooperate with a legitimate law enforcement investigation to unlock a phone used by terrorists puts Apple on the side of terrorists instead of on the side of public safety," said County Attorney Bill Montgomery in a prepared statement. "Positioning their refusal to cooperate as having anything to do with privacy interests is a corporate PR stunt and ignores the 4th Amendment protections afforded by our Constitution."

Montgomery added that prosecutors have regularly secured warrants to unlock encrypted smartphones, "including iPhones sold prior to the release of the iPhone 7."
It's not immediately clear why the office chose to refer to an as yet-unannounced handset.

Oh, yeah, just what we need, more of that either/or thinking.

SeaWorld CEO admits company employees posed as animal activists to spy on opponents

Their rational for doing this smells of very pungent cow feces.

CEO Joel Manby said the company's board of directors has "directed management to end the practice in which certain employees posed as animal rights activists. This activity was undertaken in connection with efforts to maintain the safety and security of employees, customers and animals in the facve of credible threats."

ast year People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals accused a San Diego SeaWorld employee named Paul McComb of posting as an activist to spy on them.
Manby said Thursday McComb has returned to work. He had been placed on leave during an investigation.
The company has not given any details about whether anyone was fired or disciplined as a result of the investigation.

I just got all the inside political dope today, here is what is gonna happen:

My annual Dr. visit, basically a quick checkup, no problems noted, with a small town GP.

But...my doc, a female, who is about 50, is an evangelical, and LOVES to share her opinions.
Once we have the vital signs and the scripts out of the way, I asked her who she is voting for.

"Well," she said, sitting back and counting off on her fingers.." We know Hillary can't be trusted, and Bernie is a communist, "

She did listen patiently while I defined "democratic socialism" but apparently knew someone in Canada who complained about too high taxes, so I was wasting my breath.

So I asked her how she felt about Trump.

" It doesn't matter" she said, warming up to the topic and getting slightly bug eyes "cause that Obama isn't gonna leave. He's gonna declare martial law and stay in place"

Really? How do you know? (Hard to keep a straight face, but I tried..)

"He has asked Congress for 1.5 billion dollars to fight ISIS, and we KNOW he is really supporting ISIS, because he is a Muslim like them!,
so what is he REALLY gonna do with that money???"

Things were getting a bit heated on her part, so I used the Southern safety valve....
" How's you family doing? Isn't your daughter out of college this spring?"

It worked, and I politely left the exam room.

Southern sociability relies on NOT talking politics or religion, and in most cases, works well.

24 y/o stock trader starts a Go Fund Me acct because he bet wrong and lost his money.

He wants 200K ...
In 2 days he's got $95.00 plus a lot of comments....

Short version:

I've recently lost all my money in the stock market. I had a good ride so I put everything I had in it. After a bad 2016 start I've ended up losing everything I put in. I'm trying to get some money back because what I had lost was money for a house down payment and a ring for my girlfriend. Unfortunately that's all gone now.https://www.gofundme.com/4kqtbvk4

Long version:

Comments at ZH are not very sympathetic.
and he bet on margins, thus using borrowed money in the first place.

Sending good luck vibes to Gulf Coast Ala and Fla. Panhandle DU folks.....

Ugly ugly weather your way, tornado in Pensacola already.

Hope y'all get thru the night ok.

Same with Huntsville and No. Ala. too.

DOJ Wants iPhone Data in a Dozen Cases, Not Just San Bernardino

The U.S. Justice Department is looking at court orders forcing Apple to help investigators extract data from iPhones in about a dozen undisclosed cases across the country, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.

The other phones, which were seized in a variety of criminal investigations, are involved in cases where prosecutors are compelling the company to help them bypass the passcode security feature of phones that may hold evidence, the Journal added.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook also sent a letter to employees Monday morning, making clear the company’s hardline stance refusing to make software to unlock the phone addresses broader issues, not just a single device linked to a grisly attack.

My blood ran cold when I read this post...please look at it....it is so very important

We sorta "knew" it was this blatant, but this post proves it.

Leaked Audio: 8 Things Trump And Morning Joe Hosts Discussed When Cameras Were Off


Too much funny

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