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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:15 PM
Number of posts: 6,060

About Me

Still an ardent Irish-American Catholic damnYankee Yellow Dog Democrat socialist after all these years. (cue Simon music) Army brat and wife for many years, now have been on the loose far longer than I was married. After my two red chows died, I took in a mini-beagle cross that I named Molly Maguire, thinking she might need a good Irish name like my original real one. Later she got a baby sister, a smooth-coat JRT I named Brigid after the greatest of the ancient Celtic goddesses. My great-grandfather and his son fought for Michael Collins and barely made it out of Ireland one step ahead of John Bull. They slipped over to Wales for new identities and then forward to the States for a fresh start. That makes me second generation of illegal but certainly justified immigrants. There are precious few people to whose defense I fly immediately, but the list includes Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama even when I disagree with him - it happens! - and living Irish patriots Gerry Adams and Martin \\\'Mind Your Kneecaps\\\' McGuiness. I pray earnestly for a united and free Ireland rescued from all official British occupation, with every square inch of alleged \\\'ancestral lands\\\' now held immorally and illegally by the invaders returned to the rightful owners. Irish-only rule for Ireland. No foreign masters anymore! I find it passing strange when Brits chide ME about \'interfering\' in Irish politics!

Journal Archives

Update on flickering Dell Latitude 630 laptop screen.

This morning I talked with the one computer seller/repairman in the area, since I had bought my TP Link signal booster from him.

After I described the problem's history and what posters had told me in the earlier thread, he agreed completely about the situation. Said he'd seen it in MANY Dells and he didn't like 'em either. Won't even carry them anymore. I asked about the price and advisability of repair and he said why, when the replacement part would be just as crappy as the original.

However, he did have one suggestion that I'm mortified to admit I'd never even thought about. When the computer was donated to me as refurbished, I stupidly assumed that meant updated as well. So when the repairman said not, I spent half the day (weak wifi signal, massive backlog) updating the POS laptop in hopes of getting a little more service from it before it croaks. I'll just unload stuff every evening when I turn it off, knowing that one day it will refuse to turn on.

And then I don't know if anyone could pay me to take another Dell. I have got an older Chromebook but don't prefer it only because of the smaller screen. Also, until recently I didn't have a signal booster strong enough to pull in enough juice for it to recognize. Guess it's time for new eyeglasses, then!

You may already know the results of yesterday's Michael Brown autopsy:

At least 6 shots, only the last 2 fatal to the top of his head when he was surrendering and had his head down. And some POS teabaggers claiming he could've been rushing the cop with his head down. So really, who does that when they're unarmed and have already taken four close range shots? Not unless they're high on PCP, they don't. No evidence of that as yet and no reason to expect it either.

Now on the CBS evening news Scott Pelley's talking about a Border Patrol official who was reassigned for questioning the validity of at least SEVEN agent kills where people were shot in the back or side while trying to flee. It's open season out there and has been for years. But soooo many claim they have no idea what gets into these minorities. Wait until they're on the receiving end - they won't like it. And sooner or later the MIC will come for them, too. They just think (falsely) right now that the establishment will always be on their side. Not when the herd needs to be culled.

After having been innocently given a dud, I don't want to risk buying parts for it

that may or may not work; since I'm no expert, the seller would blame me for not installing it right whether I was at fault or not, and I'd have no recourse.

I've already done as much as I could of what you and others have suggested, for which I want to thank you all again. And I think the problem's a little worse today already. So I'll probably just offload my daily work before shutting down and run this sucker until it totally quits. I don't like the flashing, but I can live with a lot of it. One thing for sure, I'll never ever buy a Dell.

Do you think I should let CRS know about what a piece of junk they were given by some business as a tax write-off? I don't want to sound ungrateful. It's not the fault of CRS. But then they might be paying someone for the refurbishing too, I don't know.

DOJ told that sheriff not to release the store robbery tapes, but he did it anyway.

As if to say, the kid was a criminal so it was okay to murder him when he turned around and gave up with his hands in the air, got down on his knees and begged for his life. First the sheriff said the officer didn't know about the robbery - as if that mattered with the sheriff stealing a LIFE! - and then the sheriff said the officer did know - as if that should influence whether to murder someone who's clearly surrendering. No wonder people were in such a rage - not to mention all the heavy military tactics being used whether people were peaceful or not.

I signed a petition for a law requiring that police wear lapel cams. That reportedly reduces officer shootings somewhere around 30% when they know what they do will be recorded. Which leads me to believe possibly 30% of police shootings are NOT justified.

This was our Tienneman Square.

How can I add a graphic to my sig line?

I opened my account page but could never navigate anywhere to do that - if indeed it is even possible. I'd appreciate your exact directions, please. Starting from "Turn your computer on, then....."

This whole mess has me nearly distraught

But I really feel better after your OP and encouraged by what the good folks of Ferguson are doing to improve things.

Walk the talk.

BTW, UrbScotty, did someone in GD really call you sanctimonious? That's a hangout for a lot of jerks, y'know. Pay them no mind. Some people would call others sanctimonious or worse if they were told it's wrong to kick dogs.

Francis is a man I'm willing to accept as the Vicar of Christ on earth.

An office I've not always considered more than ceremonial when held by, shall we say, less worthy individuals.

I loved the Latin Mass too, even though it's been many years since I got to enjoy one.

Always glad to see any returning signs of life, though. Maybe the left can change that valid perception about the hard right having claim on it. Joseph Campbell certainly preferred it. I loved his conversations with Bill Moyers, where he held forth about how Mass should really be about taking us OUT of ourselves and pointing to the Divine; whereas modern modes tend to make it far too much introspective and about US.


So I need to change the video card? Depending on the complexity, we might better pray I can find a handy teenager. This is such a tiny town - 1 grocery, etc. - that things taken for granted in larger population centers are unavailable if not unheard of here. While half the longtime locals are basically at war with the other half, the one thing many of them will close ranks against is the occasional rash outsider. One nicer lady whose family goes back 4 or 5 generations blew her top one day and ranted about the town's shameful attitude. It's not just my idea.

The one saving grace the area offers is comparative peace and quiet, low rates of violent crime, and a congenial climate for a DamnYankee. Same gardening zone as southern Maine. And houses are almost cheap as dirt here. They'll be twice as cheap if you move into one of these little spots on the road that have absolutely nothing. But getting older and thinking I should be closer to a Remote Area hospital guaranteed to stay put, I moved into what passes for the region's 'big town' of far less than 2K souls.
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