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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:15 PM
Number of posts: 6,151

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

Yes it would indeed make a great tee shirt

Do you have a date on the photo? Looks early.

There's also a drawing I like on Cafe Press or Zazzle, can't remember which, that they call the Chicago Kid. Shows him in cowboy gear.

Although actually my favorite tee shirt is a simple line drawing that shows him ripping a confederate jack as he says:


Must've been frightening

How did your interview go?

In this tiny RedNeckLand MidWest town that isn't even on a lot of maps, law enforcement behavior depends largely on who shows up. We only have 2 town cops, the chief being already taught not to enter my property unless his job requires it, and the other a real dog lover himself, so I don't worry too much about them. But as the county seat, we also have a sheriff's station and they have some real librul-hatin' yahoos that love to shoot dogs and wouldn't hesitate for any excuse. By and large, though, they know also that I don't want them in my yard w/o legal imperative. So they're not going to open the gate for no good reason. I really worried about my chows' safety, less so about the two little girls I have now. The one good local police deputy is such a dear I think anybody would love to adopt him. The others inspire different feelings.

That picture would make a stone cry.

The new law is way overdue. Thank you, Mr. President.

I'm also glad that more emergency organizations are starting to allow disaster victims to bring their pets with them. For a long time I've wanted to urge everyone to make an approved muzzle for any pet dogs part of their emergency kits at home, along with some dog food. Not every first responder department will allow dogs w/o a muzzle. Can't be too cautious. I have one for both my dogs and we're in just about as safe a place as imaginable, even though the MidWest. Topography seems to deflect tornadoes even though we do get some fierce straight-line winds, and we're 870 feet above sea level. The nearest body of water takes out lower towns during floods. But you still can't be too careful.

Glad she's feeling better

My MM and Brigid are both strict with themselves about using the yard only, but I've found they have better formed stools if I put about 1/8 tsp of peanut butter in their breakfast only. They eat 3 times a day since they're so small. When they get old, I may have to switch to what I did for the chows in their later years; a few drops of vegetable oil and about 1/4 teaspoon of bran in their breakfast because they stopped up too easily at their advanced age. It helps that I'm retired and can be home almost always to monitor my dogs closely. That's not whining. I worked and traveled like a house afire in my own youth, and now that I'm long retired, I love quieter things because I got the wild mostly out of my system beforehand. Every day is happily busy and wonderfully quiet. Well, the dogs make a certain amount of noise, but that's about it.

You're very kind

Here's the link to the pictures post: democraticunderground.com/116110483

You would've been so charmed to see MM when Brigid got home yesterday - she started to wash her baby sister's face to comfort her. The first morning after Brigid's arrival 3 months ago, Brigid was so tiny and timid and weak that Molly stood right in front of her and raised her head high to expose her throat, trying to encourage Brigid to play. It didn't happen for awhile, of course, but before too much longer they started rolling around in a savagely snarling tight ball, chomping on any body part they could reach. Their play now sounds like they're killing each other. But no harm done, of course, and when they stop for breath, it's pure love again.

That first night I had 2 separate beds made from the halves of an old hardside suitcase, and I put one at each end of the baby bed in case they needed space. Molly went to her regular spot first, but when I laid Brigid in the other one long enough to take a short break myself, Molly immediately walked over and climbed in with Brigid. Most of that first night I lay on my back on the sofa with Brigid on my stomach, feeding her a tiny bite every hour or so.

If people only showed half such consideration for others, we'd have a lot happier world.

My feelings exactly

Two quick little stories I haven't had the chance to tell lately: After I sent one of my semi-annual letters to the editor of our local tinytown weekly, expressing yet another compliment for President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reed, the next week some hysterical fool had sent in a letter screeching about "LYING HYENAS OF SOCIALISM!" No need to guess what party he follows. His letter 100% lies, and I'm sure most people in RedNeckLand believed him. Trying to bide my time and simmer down, I waited until the eloquent Bill Moyers reran a show about the dangers democracy itself faces from vulture capitalism run amok, then I wrote a few sentences of my own and referred readers to the podcast and/or transcript of that show if they wanted to read or listen to a very erudite discussion on the situation by one of the most respected and ethical authorities on the subject. They wouldn't listen to me because I'm right here among them, and they know of no reason to consider me an authority on anything. I know most will ignore my suggestion, but I had to raise the flag for our side regardless. And the paper, though just a local weekly, has a far-ranging subscribership so you never know who you might reach.

The other story concerns a hapless neighbor lady whose worthless husband skipped town, leaving her with no job and a bunch of kids to feed. No alternative but food stamps, of course. So last month when everyone was supposed to renew their eligibility status, the state decided to simultaneously tweak its rules and reprogram the computers. No telling how many people got caught in the crossfire, but my neighbor lady did. Uninformed about a new requirement which the state has now confessed they didn't disclose in the first place! she couldn't and didn't provide them with a secret form, and they kicked her off food stamps. All her cries and pleas went unheeded. When she turned to me, not because I had worked many years as an official advocate but probably because I was the only person who'd take the trouble to help her, I started making calls and climbing ladders, announcing at each step that I had no intention of stopping until this lady's EBT card got fully reloaded.

So at last when I did get the nasty tangle straightened out, she did at least thank me and ask - voluntarily! - what she could do to thank me. As mildly as possible, I said please just remember at the next election that it was the GOP which had to be forced to do its bare minimum duty and an individual Democrat who stood up for her. She shrieked (they do that a lot around here) that the Democrats were at fault in the first place because we wrecked the economy!

Instead of giving this woman the tongue-lashing she deserved, I just said, again mildly, that I hope she'll realize her mistake someday. It never ceases to amaze me the ignorance and spitefulness of these people. Yet I keep on, because this woman has innocent kids to feed somehow, and on rare occasions I KNOW I've managed to turn a few people to our side.

But you're totally correct about the GOP always being 100% wrong about everything. And their sociopathic greed. They want everything for themselves alone and are not above taking the last crust of bread from their victims.

I'm going to catch up on all your pet threads very soon

But contractors have been here this week and I can barely keep up with email.

And I will drop this one little note myself: Thank God that Brigid did not go into heat before I could get her spayed. That's where she is today, also for dew claws and microchipping. It's a great animal hospital so I don't worry about her, but it broke my heart not being able to feed her last night. She was a stray, starved almost to death before other rescuers in Indiana set up a relay to bring her to me. So she's bound to have extra sharp food anxieties. Of course she had all she wanted for breakfast and lunch, but when dinner started looking late, she kept begging. I've always fed her rather well (not too much) so she must've felt some degree of betrayal. However, when she comes home tonight, the small amount I can give her until tomorrow will be the very finest. I

Molly already misses her. I can tell when MM's upset or anxious in the least, because then she won't eat the greatest delicacies unless I hand feed her. I don't think I spoiled the chows too much, because I trained them not to touch any food until I gave it to them in a special bowl and then left the room. All I had to do was return and they'd stop eating until I left the room again.

But you can indulge the urge to spoil little ones a bit more. And I admit that any dog who gets away with demanding to be hand fed is at least a tad spoiled.

Regardless, I'm thinking of cutting the legs off the spindle baby bed they sleep in and using it for a coffee table since Brigid's constantly whipping tail will soon be able to clear a regular coffee table with ease. If you didn't read my other post, I found out that tail cropping has to be done when they're little bitty bitty pups because later on it's harder on them than spaying.

So I'll adjust by changing coffee tables. Guess both dogs are spoiled....

Dear Hearts and Gentle People,

I managed to force DAP onto the hard drive and it worked for just awhile, not long though. Eventually Windows informed me that it doesn't accept DAP anymore, so I gave up on that one.

Further research has taught me that Microsoft and AVG are partnered now, so that's probably much of the reason. However! I also found out that AVG had been forced to stop using its AVG Secure Search toolbar to load unwanted ads, and supposedly they've quit but why should I trust sneaks? So I'm keeping AVG Free except not using the firewall since I don't believe in double firewalls. AVG, even the free version, has been beefed up to the point that perhaps I won't miss DAP.

A slight aside: y'know how the complete, standalone OS disks from one manufacturer won't work with another manufacturer's machine? At least they're not supposed to. Back in the day, I actually made an HP computer swallow an Acer OS disk. It only worked a few days, but it made me loath to give up on anything very quickly.

I mention that because I'm furious with Skype (also partnered with Microsoft now) because, lacking a cell phone and not willing to pay for landline long distance monthly service that I don't need more than once every few years, I tried Skype yesterday. #1, they leave up instructions that are out of date. They also don't offer you an availability-for-your-area check right up front. Between the two, I wasted umpteen hours trying to make something work that had no possibility. So after confirming that I had a skype number, I tried calling Skype directly from my landline phone, supposedly the simplest method. Skype would give me a ring alright but would only beep twice and I could NOT choose any option 2 because it wasn't there. So finally I got on the chat line where supposedly someone could help me, only to find out that the person wasn't very fluent in English and knew absolutely squat in the second place. I told them I was going to tweet and yelp all over the internet, and that starts here today.

By that time I was desperate and tried Google Voice. Long story short, virtually the same results. I'm willing to bang my head against brick walls for a good cause, but to come up blank on two different matches left me not only exhausted but furious. If those companies had only let a new customer know right up front that there was no service in my area (remote MidWest) no matter how well their software installed and no matter how it kept dangling the carrot of success before me, I would've been disappointed but not mad enough to go to the town dump and kick rats. (Community Help for both companies pretty well confirmed that I was not doing anything wrong to cause the problems.)

Well, I'll save that info for later need

But for now DAP has actually downloaded and installed! It happened when I finally thought to try the Windows compataibility tool. When asked which OS the program had previously worked on, and there was no way to say 'previously installed Win7, I selected "I don't know." Then I was told to start the program (which for me meant trying installation) so I tried again. Another refusal. THEN I GOT SO MAD THAT I did the compatibility thing again - AND IT WORKED!

When I selected the included Speedbit Video Downloader and the Speedbit Video Accelerator, the same error message started, but now I have no worries about those 2 add-ons working tomorrow when I have time to run compatibility again. Late for an old lady now.

Again, thanks for your absolute help. I was desperate.

For those with little hope,

I recommend this week's Bill Moyers show. His guest was an economist and author Richard (sorry the last name escapes me at the moment) *** who wrote Democracy at work. The latter's married to a psychiatrist and thinks the current period of relative stasis won't last. Eventually the pent-up rage will explode. Unless the country wises up and recovers from its collective Stockholm Syndrome.

It was a very illuminating discussion, as always for that show. Anyone who considers Moyers an alarmist or radical is dumb as a teabagger. I listen to him to calm down w/o losing hope.
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