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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
Number of posts: 36,286

About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

Journal Archives

I know I'll be corrected if I'm wrong, but wasn't Hillary inevitable once before,

like about 8 years ago?

Dumb question about ISIS - I noticed on the BBC footage this morning that a lot of these guys are

wearing what I would call a ninja costumes - swathed in a black outfit complete with a headpiece that covers the lower face. Are these guys trying to ensure no one can recognize them so if things go sour, they can go back home and take up their old lives?

Question about the ACA: Has anyone seen any info on whether the rate of

bankruptcies caused by medical bills has fallen? It may be too soon to see any changes there.

Which disease will kill more Americans this winter?

Let's stop focusing on NFL players who beat their wives, girlfriends and kids:

it's time to focus on at cops who beat their wives, girl friends and kids. Too many get a pass from their fellow officers - it's the normal historic "protect the institution" reaction common to the police, military, colleges, churches, hospitals, etc. But the time for "protect the institution" by protecting the perpetrators is past. It's time to protect the institution by sending the perpetrators to prison.

It's the best way I know to filter the bad cops out of the force.

Is "Lest we forget" a good policy?

I don't expect anyone who lost a friend or family member on 9/11 to ever forget. I don't expect anyone who actually witnessed the events to ever forget.

But - that doesn't include someone who knew someone whose cousin went to school with someone who died on 9/11

But - that really doesn't include anyone whose involvement consisted of watching the entire thing on TV.

I'm tired of anyone who has only a tenuous connection to the events demanding that I honor their loss. I think that's an insult to the people who did lose someone that day. And don't tell me all about your PTSD brought on by watching the television.

With those exceptions, should the rest of us be engaging in a policy of never forgetting the events of 9/11? I don't mean recording them in history books, I'm talking about keeping them front and center as a basis for foreign policy. Where would we be today if we had never "forgotten" Pearl Harbor? The USS Arizona is perhaps one of the most poignant memorials I know of, but that doesn't keep us from having Japan as a major ally today. The Vietnam Memorial is in a class all its own, yet American corporations are pouring money into Vietnam. I happen to work with two Vietnam vets who served in combat units and have gone back on company business.

For some of us, what happened is personal and will always leave an open wound. Those people deserve our respect and more importantly, our financial help for injuries connected to that day (I'm thinking especially of those rescue workers now dealing with respiratory issues, etc.) For the rest of us though, sooner or later, it's time to let it go.

Advice for scammers: If you're going to call me and tell me that you're from Microsoft

and you've spotted a dangerous virus on my computer, it might help if

- you didn't start the conversation by giving me an obvious fake first name

- I could understand your English

- the connection wasn't so poor and background noise so loud i had trouble hearing you anyways.

C'mon people, you've got to step up your game!

So- the 1 year old grandchild is a real climber -

keep using the crib he climbs out of, or go to a toddler bed?

Wow! This is one 9/11 remembrance I can get behind; and it wasn't planned this way:


The notion of the lights attracting birds, then releasing them is a fantastic symbol to me. It seems as if we are remembering those lost, then releasing them to go on their way.

Boy! that was dumb! For about 6 months now, I've had occasional bouts of

vertigo when I am lying down or when I tilt my head back. I'm sick of seeing doctors, and don't want to go through another round of tests, so I've adapted by being careful not to climb on ladders and sitting briefly before getting out of bed, etc. So today, I stood in the bathroom, tilted my head back to put my eye drops in, and came crashing down face forward. I may end up with a bruise on my cheek bone that will embarrass the hell out of my husband (No, really, she fell in the bathroom!), but I got away very light for doing something so stupid!
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