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Hometown: Seattle, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
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Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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Dexter Filkins knows plenty about Iraq, his comments on the current mess are worth a look

First Falluja, then Mosul, and now the oil-refinery town of Bayji. The rapid advance of Al Qaeda-inspired militants across the Sunni heartland of northern and western Iraq has been stunning and relentless—and utterly predictable. Here’s a forecast: the bad news is just beginning.
Iraq’s collapse has been driven by three things:.


Major foreclosure law firm just got hit by the Karma train.

Thanks to DU's own ms. smiler for this ....

Tables are turned for foreclosure law firm
(Helped along the road to ruin by one of its executives, to boot)

A law firm that profited for years by helping banks foreclose on Massachusetts homeowners is learning what it feels like to be on the receiving end of the boot.

Woburn-based Connolly, Geaney, Ablitt & Willard employed approximately 150 people earlier this year and, at one point, billed up to $100,000 a day, according to internal documents and emails obtained by Lawyers Weekly.

Now the well-known foreclosure firm is facing eviction following several tumultuous months that saw forensic accountants investigating its books and the firm bouncing checks, failing to pay employee insurance premiums, and laying off the majority of its lawyers, paralegals and other staff en masse. Meanwhile, a Florida whistleblower lawsuit against the firm is scheduled to go to trial later this year.

Many of the problems surfaced with the departure of the firm’s chief financial officer, Robert F. Feige, in February. Feige’s checkered past includes numerous allegations and findings of financial misdeeds. For example, a federal consent judgment in 2009 required him to restore more than $25,000 to Michael Benes Communications’ 401(k) plan and barred him from overseeing retirement plans in the future. The U.S. Department of Labor had accused Feige of failing “to forward employee salary deferrals to the plan and to take prudent steps to collect contributions owed to the plan,” according to a DOL summary of the case.

While partner Kevin P. Geaney steadfastly insists that Connolly, Geaney, Ablitt & Willard “is presently growing and is clearly moving in a positive direction for the future,” former employees, public records and other documents tell a different story.


Sha na-na-na-na.......hey hey goodbye.............

Lindsey Graham, R-SC, advocates for US airstrikes to stop ISIS advance in Iraq

" 'without some kind of intervention, Baghdad will fall'"
from breaking News 10 min. ago.

Place your bets, ladie and gents...
how soon until we have boots on the ground or planes in the air for Iraq, Part 3 ?

First there was Florida man..now there is Florida woman:

FL woman sentenced for burning down 3,500-year-old tree so she could see her meth

A Florida woman was sentenced on Wednesday to 2 1/2 years in prison, with all time suspended if she completes the terms of her probation, for her part in burning down a landmark 3,500-year-old cypress tree in 2012 so she could see the drugs she was using in the dark.

Sara Barnes, 28, pleaded no contest to unlawful burning of lands and possession of methamphetamine and must perform 250 hours of manual labor, pay restitution, and must submit to a substance-abuse testing, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Barnes set fire to The Senator in Big Tree Park, reputed to be one of the largest and oldest baldcypress trees in the world. The Senator was 118 feet tall and about 18 feet wide, and was estimated to be 3,500 years old.

I'm just gonna lay this here....have at it.

GOP rep.: Global warming is a hoax because dinosaurs went extinct without car pollution

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) on Monday cited the extinction of the dinosaurs as proof that man-made global warming was a hoax.


gonna find the aspirin, be back in a bit....

Man drives almost 1,900 miles with dead girlfriend riding shotgun in van

He was set on making the trip from Arizona to Michigan.

Police said the Detroit-area man, identified in news reports as Ray Tomlinson, and his 92-year-old mother spend winters in Arizona and were heading home this week.

Tomlinson, 62, had picked up his alleged 31-year-old girlfriend from a Phoenix-area mental health facility Sunday. She was riding shotgun. His mother was sitting in a wheelchair in the back of his van. And the trio had 1,900 miles ahead of them.
They had reportedly reached New Mexico on Monday when Tomlinson nudged his girlfriend. “I just said, you know, you want something?” he told WDIV. “At this point in time she was stiff. There wasn’t jerking or moans or groans, or cries for help, she just fell asleep.”

She had substance abuse problems and may have taken oxycodone during a pit stop in Flagstaff, Ariz., said Jere Green, the police commissioner in Warren, Mich., where Tomlinson was headed.


Now, while THIS version seems wacky, go below to Detroit Free Press longer news for even MORE wacky on the story.

Tomlinson said he met the woman last year, during “mosquito weather.”

He said he met her as she waited for her boyfriend to get out of the Macomb County Jail. He said that, at the time, she was homeless and living in Chesterfield Township.

GOPers Persuade Virginia Dem To Resign In Effort To Block Medicaid Expansion

Republicans in Virginia have reportedly persuaded state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett (D) to resign
and accept a prestigious job offer, giving the GOP a slim majority in the state Senate that would allow it to block Medicaid expansion.

Puckett is expected to announce his resignation Monday, The Washington Post reported.
Three people familiar with the plan told the Post that Puckett would accept a job as deputy director of the state tobacco commission, while his daughter would be on track for appointment to a judgeship.

Puckett’s resignation would give Republicans a 20-19 advantage in the state Senate. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) was counting on Senate support for Medicaid expansion, as the Republican-controlled House of Delegates has remained opposed to it.


isn't some sort of law that applies to this open case of bribery?

NSA Spying On Congress, Admirals, Lawyers-Content As Well As Metadata--Cheney Was Running the Show

We sorta figured that out by now, didn't we???

NSA whistleblower Russel Tice was a key source in the 2005 New York Times report that blew the lid off the Bush administration’s use of warrantless wiretapping.

Tice told PBS and other media that the NSA is spying on – and blackmailing – top government officials and military officers, including Supreme Court Justices, highly-ranked generals, Colin Powell and other State Department personnel, and many other top officials:


this is a long piece, with references to news sources and a couple videos, and worth every minute to read and be aware of.

He says the NSA started spying on President Obama when he was a candidate for Senate:

Cheney Was Running the Show

NSA Spying On Journalists, Congress, Admirals, Lawyers …

A family word mystery finally solved.

I had actually posted about this a couple years ago.Could not find the source of the word.

my Grandma used the term "red up the dishes" meaning to soak them in the sink for later washing.
Her folks were from Ohio, , came over from England in mid-1700's.
Well, it may be that she had heard the word as..."red"...... when the actual word was "ret", which is a term meaning to soak a plant to soten the outer husk,specifically related to the process of using hemp and flax as a fiber.
You have to "ret" the plant, by a proces known as "retting".
I found it here:

Ret" is familiar to crossword-puzzle workers along with another Middle English word from linen-making, to "ted", which meant to lay out the flax to dry it. I confess I'm not sure about the process -- whether one would ret then ted, or perhaps ted then ret. Maybe they'd ted, then ret, then tread on the fibers. It almost makes an algebraic equation: ted + ret = tread.

From: Mercer Jackson (mercerATjmjackson.com)
Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day--ret

I remember my English grandmother talking about "retting up the dishes". I never quite knew what she meant, but she was apparently going to soak them before washing them.


And many of her expressions are also found on this page of Ottawa Valley Expressions ( Ottawa Canada)
which was also settled by the English

Did you know that 2 private organizations OWN half the mortgages in the country?

And that your taxes go to keep them from any losses in the housing market? ie: they were bailed big time?

extra points if you know the names of the organizations.

answers below...
Federal National Mortgage Association ( Fannie Mae)
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac)

Together, they own about half of the current mortgages in the country.
These include fortclosures.
And now, Massachusets is suing them, because these private corportations have refused to allow
the sale of homes in foreclosure to non-profit organizations if the property will be resold or leased
by the non-profit to the former homeowner.

Great idea to help homeowners, Massachusets!!!
Boooo to the grinch organizations that WE have bailed out.

and extra extra points if you knew the Federal Reserve consists of 12 Federal Reserve Banks around the country,
and they are owned by big private banks.!

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