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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, 01:09 PM
Number of posts: 37,691

About Me

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

Journal Archives

TV COPS crew member WAS shot by police.

A police officer fired the bullet that killed a crewmember of the long-running TV show Cops when officers responded to a robbery call, Omaha police said Wednesday.
The crewmember was identified as Bryce Dion, 38, who was working as the sound technician when he was killed Tuesday night by what Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer called "friendly fire." The other member of the Cops crew, cameraman Michael Lee, was unharmed.
Dion and Lee had followed police officers to a Wendy's restaurant where a robbery was reported to be in progress. When police confronted the suspect he fired twice, according to witnesses cited by Schmaderer. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect, 32-year-old Cortez Washington, multiple times. One shot also hit Dion.

It turned out that shot could not have come from Washington, because the suspect was only armed with an Airsoft pistol, which fires plastic pellets.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/27/cops-employee-shot/14669517/

WTF???

How many here have cut the cord on tv?

I keep reading different stats on the # of folks who have cut the cord and use no mainstream tv.
Mainstream tv meaning cable/satellite/antenna to get tv channels from stations, not Hulu or streaming.

A 2013 study from GfK estimated that 19 percent of U.S. TV households had broadcast-only reception, up from 14 percent in 2010. Those figures include people who have dropped cable and those who never had it, something common for younger adults.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/08/25/5128087/tivo-to-make-version-for-those.html#emlnl=Top_Stories%3A_Business_Review

Tea Time Might Be Over, Once World Wakes Up to Amount of Pesticides Inside Each Cup

AAAcccckkk!

Tea time is supposed to be a time to relax and regroup, but it could be one of the riskiest moments of the day. At least, that’s according to a new study released by Greenpeace earlier this month that found a number of popular tea brands contain high doses of pesticide residues. Some teas even tested positive for the long-banned DDT.

Greenpeace published two reports looking at tea in China and in India. In both accounts, the levels of pesticide residues found in tea samples were disturbingly above the safe limits set by the World Health Organization.
http://www.alternet.org/food/tea-pesticides-3?paging=off¤t_page=1#bookmark

What are the best alternative news publications in your city and/or state?

Trying to gather a list.

I know that in Seattle The Stranger is a must read.
And embarrassed to say I forgot the name of the one for SF.

Whatcha got, guys?

Houston police ticket rigging scheme has been uncovered.

I gotta think that if ONE police force is doing this, others are.

Here's how it works:
Cop pulls you over, gives you a ticket, writes on the ticket that another cop is present as a witness, but.....
"cops listed on tickets were not actually present at the time of the offense, but were cashing in on overtime when they appeared in court later."

The scheme was discovered when an off duty police officer was given a ticket and read it, seeing the name of another cop as a witness, who was not at the stop.

News team investigated and found ..." the alleged ticket-rigging scheme took place mostly on highways
In one case in May, Officer Manzalnaes put Officer Farias down as a witness at 11:24 p.m. at I-10 and Westcott Street.

But at the same exact time, records show Farias was writing a ticket nine miles away at I-10 and Wilcrest."

Farias, who was also being investigated, committed suicide earlier this week in a police parking garage.

http://www.khou.com/story/news/crime/2014/08/21/motorist-caught-in-alleged-hpd-ticket-rigging-scheme/14375177/





The US bombing its own guns perfectly sums up America’s total failure in Iraq

Warning...this may cause your brain to hurt.....


The absurdity runs deep: America is using American military equipment to bomb other pieces of American military equipment halfway around the world. The reason the American military equipment got there in the first place was because, in 2003, the US had to use its military to rebuild the Iraqi army, which it just finished destroying with the American military. The American weapons the US gave the Iraqi army totally failed at making Iraq secure and have become tools of terror used by an offshoot of al-Qaeda to terrorize the Iraqis that the US supposedly liberated a decade ago. And so now the US has to use American weaponry to destroy the American weaponry it gave Iraqis to make Iraqis safer, in order to make Iraqis safer.

It keeps going: the US is intervening on behalf of Iraqi Kurds, our ally, because their military has old Russian-made weapons, whereas ISIS, which is America's enemy, has higher-quality American weapons. " are literally outgunned by an ISIS that is fighting with hundreds of millions of dollars of U.S. military equipment seized from the Iraqi Army who abandoned it," Ali Khedery, a former American official in Iraq, told the New York Times.

More: One reason that ISIS has been so successful at conquering northern Iraq is that it has a huge base of operations in Syria, where it had exploited the civil war to overtake huge swathes of Syrian territory. One reason that ISIS was so successful in Syria is that the US refused to arm moderate Syrian rebels, for fear that the weapons would fall into ISIS's hands. So that made it easier for ISIS to overpower the under-funded moderate rebels, and now ISIS has seized, in Iraq, much better versions of the weapons that we were so worried they might acquire in Syria. So now we're bombing the guns that we didn't mean to give ISIS because we didn't give guns to their enemies because then ISIS might get guns.
http://www.vox.com/2014/8/8/5982501/the-us-is-now-bombing-its-own-military-equipment-in-iraq

got it?

Why we are bombing ISIS in Erbil....

Erbil is the capital of the oil-endowed Kurdish Regional Government, in northern Iraq.There the United States built political alliances and equipped Kurdish peshmerga militias long before the Bush Administration’s invasion of Iraq, in 2003. Since 2003, it has been the most stable place in an unstable country. But last week, well-armed guerrillas loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, threatened Erbil’s outskirts, forcing Obama’s momentous choice. (The President also ordered air operations to deliver humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Yazidis and other non-Muslim minorities stranded on remote Mount Sinjar. A secure Kurdistan could provide sanctuary for those survivors.)

“The Kurdish region is functional in the way we would like to see,” Obama explained during a fascinating interview with Thomas Friedman published on Friday. “It is tolerant of other sects and other religions in a way that we would like to see elsewhere. So we do think it is important to make sure that that space is protected.”

All true and convincing, as far as it goes. Kurdistan is indeed one of a handful of reliable allies of the United States in the Middle East these days. Its economy has boomed in recent years, attracting investors from all over and yielding a shiny new international airport and other glistening facilities. Of course, in comparison to, say, Jordan or the United Arab Emirates, Kurdistan has one notable deficit as a staunch American ally: it is not a state. Nor is it a contented partner in the construction of Iraqi national unity, which remains the principal project of the Obama Administration in Iraq. In that light, Obama’s explanation of his casus belli seemed a little incomplete.

Obama’s advisers explained to reporters that Erbil holds an American consulate, and that “thousands” of Americans live there. The city has to be defended, they continued, lest ISIS overrun it and threaten American lives. Fair enough, but why are thousands of Americans in Erbil these days? It is not to take in clean mountain air.
http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/oil-erbil

Article written by Steve Coll, who knows his stuff.
2005: Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2000

Right now, at 8:30 pm, it is........88 degrees.

with a heat index of 94, thanks to the humidity.
At night....did I mention this is at night?

The poor dog has flopped in front of the floor fan, blocking my air, and i do not have the heart to move him.

Weather alerts posted for 100 degrees this weekend.

The tomatoes are cooking on teh vine.

AAAAiiiieeeii

Anyone want to try out for THIS reality show?

Due to the popularity of the "Survivor" shows, Texas is planning to do one entitled "Survivor - Texas-Style!"

The contestants will all start in Dallas, drive to Waco, Austin, San Antonio, then over to Houston and down to Brownsville.
They will then proceed through Mission, up to Del Rio, El Paso, Odessa, Midland, Lubbock, and Amarillo.
From there they will go on to Abilene and Fort Worth. Finally back to Dallas.

Each contestant will be driving a pink Prius with 14 bumper stickers which will read:

1. "I'm A Democrat"

2. "Amnesty For Illegals"

3. "I Love The Dixie Chicks"

4. "Boycott Beef"

5. "I Voted For Obama"

6. " George Strait can't sing"

7. " Elect Hillary In 2016"

8. " Vote Eric Holder Texas Governor"

9. "I Love Obama Care and Chuck Schumer"

10. "Al Franken Is My Hero"

11. "I Side With Jane Fonda"

12. "It's Bush's Fault"

13. "Islam Is A Peace-Loving Religion" And the last sticker is…

14. "I'm Here To Confiscate Your Guns"

The first contestant to make it back to Dallas alive wins.


( this was sent to me by a good friend in Texas)
Feel free to suggest other bumper stickers.

Need advice on what brand/type of portable lantern to buy

power outage for 2 hours last night..we get just enough outages to make having a good battery lantern worth the price.
Any suggestions about quality/value/long life?

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