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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: 5,367

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

Sorry I don't have time (or perhaps inclination) to read all the previous replies.

Some are doubtless severe. Now you know who to ignore. Something in the human animal rebels against good sense.

Am I to take it, then, that you don't worship at the Church of St. Snowden?

A General Warning About Online Charity Scams

A little over a year ago someone started a new pet charity called Pet Food Stamps, supposedly duly registered with authorities in the state of New York. Since I have writing talents to offer, I did so; first as a volunteer, and then after the workload increased dramatically, as an unsigned employee with promised complete status and lavish financial rewards in the very near future.

As you might guess, the Very Near Future never quite arrived. The PFS enterprise was already branching out into various commercial activities designed, they claimed, to fund the charity itself. When I informed the alleged director that the matter of my compensation needed to be addressed immediately if not sooner, he announced he was considering cashing out and walking away from everything. At that point I told him I wouldn't do any more work for them but would continue to press for what was already past due.

Not long afterwards the board kicked him off and made him post a formal notice of his ouster on at least two of their webpages. Since he continued his incredibly stupid practice of cc'ing board communications to me, I know their names as well and the fact that their severance package to him was due on the 22nd of May. I immediately contacted one of the lawyers again and remarked that while they were dispensing funds, they really ought to fulfill their obligations to me as well. After a long time that one asked me for a detailed breakdown of exactly which hours I'd worked for the various web IDs. When I replied that the best I could do was to send copies of the emails where I turned the work in, he eventually asked the same question again. I told him then it was up to him to apportion the billing between the various enterprises - I'd not be burdened with something he should do.

After warning them that I'd not wait to proceed legally past midnight tonight, I've heard nothing from them at all, which is the usual situation since I quit. So on Pet Food Stamps, Pet Social Network (both theirs), Pet Food Stamps Scam?, RIP Pet Food Stamps, and on my own timeline, I posted notice that tomorrow I'm turning over my complaint to the NY Atty Gen'l and will also post the names of the 2 board member lawyers on all 4 websites since there's a veritable horde of angry applicants who'd love to know where to contact these people directly. Their contact info can easily be googled by anyone who wants to do so. Very few people ever received any pet food at all.

So if you know anyone who signed up with them and never got anything after turning in a lot of their own personal data, let them know that I'll be posting the identities of the two board attorneys tomorrow. They claimed in an unsigned public announcement that a professional had been hired to run the charity several months ago, but so far no one I know has received a scrap. I certainly haven't.

Am I in the mood to kick shins? Count on it.

I don't mean this in a celebratory manner, but

Sister Megan may well be doing more for the movement (as well as individuals) while incarcerated than she could accomplish while free. It's martyrdom of a sort, and that has a way of galvenizing followers. They have my prayers and best wishes.

I never done made no such thing before myself.

Especially late at night, when somehow the contraction 'who's' sneaks in where I no damn well it should be the possessive. My keyboard betrays me. Then I wind up feeling like Urkel, thinking "Did I do that?"

'sight' in this case, Manny;not 'site'.

Yes, I'm a grammar nazi when it suits me.

I knew the Long family many years ago.

Huey was repugnant in many ways but undeniably brilliant. When the state legislature refused to fund all the paved roads he wanted, he took the miniscule amount they did give him and used most of it (minus his usual 'commission') to build a series of 1-mile paved stretches spaced out all over the state. People would be struggling along in the dust or mud, then hit that blessed pavement, and suffer even more when the dirt road resumed. Next time Huey asked for road $, he got plenty.

Although born into poverty, he managed to acquire a superficially elegant manner and could speak and move comfortably in upper echelons. But he never lost the common touch. I've seen film of one of his home state speeches where he's pounding the podium and shouting that he's "gonna make those crooks in Washington give back summa that grub they ain't got no business with!"

If he had lived, he almost certainly would've made it to the WH and become America's worst, most savage dictator. I don't think he was any saner than Earl.

You can guess how the local news goes in this blood red MidWest state.

They like to poll the area residents on all sorts of things to make them feel important and smart. The other week they went around asking 5 actual real politicians and business owners how they thought raising the minimum wage would affect the economy. Three predicted hellfire and brimstone; one couldn't decide but he was pretty sure it would bring disaster; and the single positive response was extremely weak and tenuous. Then the show host clucked and noted that it didn't look too good....

They don't KNOW a damn thing and care even less. If their little 'polls' ever turned out different from expected, I'm sure they'd carefully select which responses to share. Such blind, stupid arrogance! We said it wouldn't work, so it won't.

I read an article elsewhere online where a woman professional pointed out

there are 3 things women need to learn to say to men: "Stop interrupting me", "I just said that" (because men are too prone to repeat thing's we've already pointed out), and "That needs no explantion." For some reason that language always came rather easily to me.

I've often heard it said that the world thinks a man's no means no but a woman's no means maybe. Here in the MidWest I've been urged to concede a point to a man strictly on the basis of gender more than once.

Please see my recent reply to Steve Lesser, whose post I greatly appreciated. Had to tell him about a friend of mine in Los Angeles I thought he'd like!

You would've liked a friend I had in Los Angeles.

We were both into Tae Kwon Do, but she was at the top of the black belt range, and she served as a discreet bodyguard to visiting dignitaries, because she was very petite and looked like what the men considered eye candy. But she could kick butt with the best, and she was a crack shot too.

I'm not going to argue policy or anything else with the Obama haters here; YOU DON'T LISTEN ANYWAY

What I will do is throw this in your faces:

I never loved President Barack Hussein Obama MORE than now. God bless every gray hair on his head, and SHAME ON YOU!

So go ahead and dump on me for saying that. It won't matter. I'm sick of the whole lot of you. You've completely lost credibility and any shred of respect in my eyes for acting exactly like the insane GOP. Put you in a dark closet and nobody could tell the difference.
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