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Mme. Defarge

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Mme. Defarge's Journal
December 26, 2022

The Iran/Contra Scandal

Question - what was the name and position of a prominent figure in the H.W. Bush administration who died quite suddenly (and conveniently?) right before he was to testify in a scandal-related trial?

December 20, 2022

Yesterday's Wordle

Wordle 548 3/6

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December 20, 2022

How much is enough or too much?

My 2 8–year-old Snowshoe sisters, which is a fairly large domestic cat breed, have recently started wanting more food. Perhaps because because they were rescued cats and may have experienced real hunger during their 1st year, they have hardly ever left food in their dishes. Not wanting to over feed them, I have been giving them each a total of 1 can of Fancy Feast per day along with 1/2 cup of dry food in the morning in a common bowl. Plus a small amount of treats or dry food right before bedtime.

As the weather has gotten colder this season, however, they’ve started wanting more food before setting down for the day. So, my question is, how much is enough, or too much?

December 15, 2022

Yesterday's Wordl -

Anyone get the answer? I was completely stumped.

November 23, 2022

I was struck by this headline in today's NYT:

Here’s a partial list of mass shootings in the United States so far this year.
5 min. read

(Posted for the irony.)

November 11, 2022

Christine Drazan concedes to Tina Kotek in Oregon governor's race

Source: The Oregonian

Republican Christine Drazan has conceded to Democrat Tina Kotek in Oregon’s race for governor.

Drazan’s concession comes two days after The Oregonian/OregonLive called the governor’s race for Kotek on Wednesday morning.

In results tallied as of 3 p.m. Friday, Drazan trailed Kotek by 64,259 votes, at 47.1% to 43.4%. Kotek’s lead widened considerably Thursday after Multnomah County, Oregon’s largest and bluest county, finished tabulating results from ballots received through Wednesday.

Drazan, the former state House Republican leader, said Friday that she had spoken to Kotek, the former longtime Democratic speaker of the House, and wished her and the state only the best.


Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2022/11/christine-drazan-concedes-to-tina-kotek-in-oregon-governors-race.html



November 11, 2022

Any thoughts on why a current car license plate

would lying on a sidewalk that runs along a busy street?

November 10, 2022

D.B. Cooper update, in case you wanted to know.

New D.B. Cooper suspect revealed through lab analysis of skyjacker’s tie, just in time for CooperCon https://www.oregonlive.com/history/2022/11/new-db-cooper-suspect-revealed-through-lab-analysis-of-skyjackers-tie-just-in-time-for-coopercon.html

This much you can say about Eric Ulis: he doesn’t give up.

The true-crime investigator, who organizes the annual CooperCon in Vancouver, believed for years that a man named Sheridan Peterson was the celebrated skyjacker D.B. Cooper. He told The Oregonian/OregonLive in 2019 he was “98 percent” certain Peterson was the pseudonymous criminal who’s inspired songs, countless books and even a feature film.

But unlike many other dedicated “Cooperites” trying to bust open the only unsolved airline hijacking in U.S. history, Ulis is willing to reevaluate his assumptions when the evidence doesn’t quite line up.

He abandoned the late Peterson as a suspect about a year ago when he couldn’t find anyone in the former smokejumper’s long life who knew him to puff on cigarettes. The skyjacker, who bought a $20 plane ticket at Portland International Airport on Nov. 24, 1971, under the name Dan Cooper -- and later jumped out of Northwest Orient Flight 305 with $200,000 in ransom – smoked cigarette after cigarette while onboard the Boeing 727 that day.

But while Ulis gave up on Peterson, he didn’t give up on the Cooper case.
November 9, 2022

"Trump Is Furious" After a GOP Pink Flop--

And a Strong Night for DeSantis.

Vanity Fair headline.

November 9, 2022

Oregon passes Measure 114, one of strictest gun control measures in U.S.

By Maxine Bernstein | The Oregonian/OregonLive


Oregon voters passed one of the country’s strictest gun control measures, a long-sought goal of a grassroots faith-based campaign.

Partial returns tallied as of 11:15 p.m. showed Measure 114 leading 51% to 49%.

Most of the votes left to be tallied were in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties, all favoring or heavily favoring the measure.

The measure will require Oregonians to obtain a permit to buy a gun after completing a firearms safety course and would ban the sale or transfer of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

It also will close the so-called Charleston loophole by requiring state police to complete full background checks on buyers with permits before any gun sale or transfer. Under federal law now, firearms dealers can sell guns without a completed background check if the check takes longer than three business days.

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