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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
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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.

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We have two dogs - a larger, older hound mix and a smaller, younger spitz type.

Both dogs are neutered males. We've had the hound since he was a puppy, and got the spitz from a rescue shelter several years ago.

The Problem: even though both dogs have full access at all times to an out door run, the spitz will mark inside the house if no one is around. He sleeps in our room, but will go downstairs at night to make his rounds. If we are away overnight, he marks more places. If anything is left on the floor - grocery bag, back pack, suitcase, etc, he'll mark that. Otherwise, it's table legs, chair legs and (unfortunately) the occasional book shelf.

Since he only does it when no one is looking, can anyone suggest a good way to make him stop?

Tell me why I need a smart phone

Right now I carry a Jitterbug type phone so I can call AAA if my car breaks down. My kids complain because I generally only turn the phone on when I need to make a call.

Stranger and stranger - KSDK is reporting that Dorian Johnson has admitted through

his attorney that he and Michael Brown did rob the store, but apparently no other news service has picked up this story.

BTW - Even if he did rob the store, summary execution in the street is not the penalty.


What do you worry most about in your personal life; terrorist attacks or?

I realized this morning that what has been worrying me the most are my two kids out of work, my personal health and where I'm going to plant tulips so the deer don't eat them. I forgot all about the threat of terrorists.

Oopsie - a little stumble on the way to the coronation:

"Even with Hillary Clinton in the race, 2016 is basically a toss-up

A new poll from McClatchy and Marist College documents that decline pretty well. In hypothetical matchups with potential 2016 Republican candidates, Clinton has seen her lead decline from 20-plus points in February to the mid-single digits today. She leads Chris Christie by six points after leading him by 21 points six months ago. She leads Jeb Bush 48-41 after leading him by 20 in February. She leads Rand Paul 48-42 after leading him by the same margin early this year."


Problems solved: send the Ferguson police to Iraq.

"Photos: Ferguson, Missouri, Looks Like a War Zone"


Sorry, Newsweek, but Ferguson does not look like a war zone to me;

this is a war zone:

Feguson looks like a place where there has been a massive police over-response to people demonstrating against police shooting an unarmed kid and a certain number of idiots taking advantage of the situation to trash and rob some local stores.

Absolute insanity: Farmers using Colorado River water to grow alfalfa for export to China!


by the way - your Federal tax money is subsidizing the irrigation system:


Will there come a point at which a politician doesn't need to spend the most money,

but rather, needs to spend enough money in the right places? What I'm thinking of is the effect of diminishing returns - most money seems to be spent saturating television (with fewer people watching and only so much time available), annoying people with robocalls, sending out flyers and posting signs with slogans, etc. Are we approaching an age in which voters are reached through the internet? On the internet, does it matter how much you spend, or whether people like ( or dislike) what you have to say to make the message go viral?I don't think Romney ever recovered from his 47% remark once it hit the Net.

I think Elizabeth Warren really got people's attention with her "There is nobody in this country that got rich on their own," of-the cuff speech.


I don't think either candidate spent a penny on those clips, but they're what I recall from recent elections.

Which is the greater threat to you and your family today?

There are people from both parties pushing the American people to approve increased military intervention in events overseas - the "fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here" crowd. Sometimes the claim is made that as "the most powerful nation on earth" we have an obligation to interfere to protect the innocent.

There are people in the Democratic Party who think the greatest threat comes form the 1%, multinational corporations, big banks, student loans, etc.

I think it's obvious where I stand on this, what about you?
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