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HeiressofBickworth

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Current location: Snohomish County, WA
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Retired corporate paralegal.

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Are you suggesting

that the involuntary incarceration, loss of homes, jobs/income, property and businesses was the same as "protective custody". How about no persecution or tolerance of directed hate instead?
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Feb 2, 2018, 09:33 PM (0 replies)

The US was half way there

when Japanese people were rounded up and put in concentration camps in WWII. I have always wondered what would have happened to those people if the war in the Pacific had gone badly. Would they have been blamed -- accused of sabotage? Hatred of Japanese was already at a high pitch. How much more fanning the fires of hatred would it have taken to incite violence?
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Feb 2, 2018, 09:13 PM (1 replies)

Instead of the job changing Trump,

Trump has changed the job. As near as I can tell, it is about five hours a day, four days a week. And vacations. Maybe that is OK. Considering the damage he does in that time, it could be worse if he spent more time on it.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Feb 2, 2018, 07:11 PM (0 replies)

I'm heartbroken (UPDATE-1)

I took her to an oncology vet. She has a sinus tumor that is pressing on her eye, increasing the pressure in her eye and ultimately pressure on her brain.

I have had to do the one thing I didn't want to have to do. I had to make a decision for my kitty based on finances. The vet was very explicit about the various treatments available. I then asked her for the cost of each treatment type. Radiation - about $8,000 and would extend her life by maybe a year or so. There is a new type of radiation treatment that is only available in a clinic on the opposite side of the state which would be about $10,000 plus travel and lodging expenses. Chemotherapy would be $450 A WEEK! for eight weeks. Again, only extending her life by a year or so. And there is no way to know if she would even tolerate the treatments. It just isn't possible to come up with that much money for so little outcome. The plan now is to give her steroids to reduce the pressure of the tumor and a glaucoma eye drop to reduce the pressure in her eye. There are two different cell types for sinus tumors. It would cost another $200 to take a test to determine which one. If she has one type, the steroid/eyedrop treatment could work for one to two months; if she has the other type, it could work for up to six months. I opted to forego the test because it doesn't make a difference in the long run.

So far, she has come out from under the bed and is engaging with us as before, she is eating and drinking just fine. Her eye looks odd but I was told that the eyedrop would raise the third eyelid and contract the iris. We'll just watch her for signs that she is getting worse or suffering. Vet said she would eventually lose the sight in that one eye (not so far!) and that when the pressure is on her brain, she will have a seizure. We won't let her suffer.

Probably more detail than most of you want to know, but I give it for anyone who is going through the same thing.

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Vet says tests show that my lovely black long-hair kitty has lymphoma. She is only eight. From what I've found on the internet, prognosis is 4 to 6 weeks without treatment and maybe six months with treatment. Perhaps a little longer, if lucky. Vet has referred us to an oncologist vet.

Realistically, it will be a process of deciding when, not if, to let her go.

We have two other eight-year old cats and a five-year old dog but as pet-lovers know, they are each distinctive individuals, loved for who they are.

Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Wed Jan 10, 2018, 04:41 AM (15 replies)

A cousin of mine

was approached by Oprah's show to appear to discuss how she placed consequences on a disruptive pre teen. When she was there, the topic was irresponsible parents with her as the example. I know this family very well and it was bullshit. She was humiliated.

Years later, an attorney I was working for was approached regarding a self help grief group he started for young people who had a spouse who died. There are lots of grief groups for seniors who have lost a spouse but none for young people. His wife died at about 30, I think. I told him of my cousin's experience with Oprah's show and told him that I believed that no matter what was told to him to get him to go on the show, there was a good chance that it would be something else when he got there. He knew when the show was supposed to air. He decided not to do it and after he watched the show, he thanked me for the warning. Turned out the show was about getting dates and setting the guests up with dates and nothing about dealing with grief at a young age.

After knowing two examples, I pretty much have the opinion that she is a manipulative, dishonest, self-promoter and it makes me sick to think that Democrats would fall for a cult of personality.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Wed Jan 10, 2018, 04:08 AM (1 replies)

I'm going to throw cold water on this

Yes, Oprah gave a good speech. Why not, she is, after all, a performer. We don't need another TV personality blinding us with a good performance but lacking any governmental knowledge or experience. Hell, that's what we have now.

Any attempt by her to enter national politics will bring out of the woodwork every person she lied to and tricked to get a good show and increase her ratings. And yes, I believe she did that because I know two people it happened to.

We, Democrats, have to carefully vet any candidate we put up for the Presidency. Failure will give us another four years of Republican rule.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Mon Jan 8, 2018, 02:12 PM (2 replies)

Someone needs to ask Rooney to define his terms.

"Purge" means what? Remove from the investigation? Reassigned to a different department? Fired from any government job? Indicted? Jailed? Dare I ask, executed?

Who should be purged? Anyone who said anything against Trump? Anyone who voted for someone other than Trump? Anyone who contributed to the campaign of anyone other than Trump? Anyone who ever voted for a party other than Republican? Anyone whose significant other has been disloyal?

Does he suggest loyalty oaths? If so, loyalty to Constitution and rule of law? Country? Party? Trump?

When some pin-head makes a sweeping dramatic pronouncement, we need to make them describe in detail their plan to carry out their proposal. Otherwise its just so much hot air and should be exposed for pandering. I'm sick of letting them frame the issues and the press letting them go unchallenged.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Wed Dec 27, 2017, 09:41 PM (0 replies)

Depends on how he goes

If he should suddenly succumb to the ravages of a lifetime of fast food, I would go to my room and do a private little happy dance for about an hour. Don't want to publicaly disrespect the dead.

If he is impeached, I'll take to the streets and dance and laugh with what likely will be every Democrat in Western Washington.

If, he leaves office after a full term, after heaving a huge sigh of relief, I'll cry buckets of tears for all the damage he caused.

If, however, he leaves after two terms, there won't be much to do because I would have already expired from lack of Medicare.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Wed Dec 27, 2017, 04:13 AM (0 replies)

I did some binge-watching on a cable station yesterday

Forgot which one. It ran consecutive documentaries about the rise of Hitler. I watched for two reasons: 1) I never did understand why the German people went along with it all, and 2) are there any parallels to today's US. Got answers to both questions.

First, Hitler preyed on the general anti-semitism of the time. He gave the country a singular enemy that everyone could agree was the cause of all the money problems and the reparations required for WWI. And, additionally, as the Jews were removed, all their assets (homes, farms, money, art, etc.) were gobbled up by Nazi party members and the whole country felt they were turning the economic corner.

Secondly, Trump is trying to give the US two enemies to rally against: Hispanics and Moslems. We don't have the same economic conditions that existed in Germany post-WWI, but with the disasterous tax cuts in the works and the resulting overwhelming debt, we soon could be in danger. With cut-backs in all social programs needed in order to pay for the rich peoples' tax cuts, we will have a lot of people in poverty, hungry, sick and homeless. THESE are the conditions that will be fertile grounds for the seeds of racism that are being sown which could lead to the rise of a dictator who promises to fix it all.

The US has maintained relative stability because of a wide, stable middle class. Trump/Republicans are a threat to that balance.

As a side-note, I nearly spewed when I saw the part where Hitler told his generals he knew more than they did about warfare. (sound familiar?) It was clear that Germany started losing the war in the East when Hitler fired his experienced generals, surrounded himself with sycophants and took charge of the military action on his own.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Wed Dec 13, 2017, 01:54 AM (1 replies)

I've been pondering the deplorable state of things

And I've come up with this theory: both Trump AND Tillerson are Russian agents.

Trump was (probably unwittingly) recruited for his ignorance and his vanity for the purpose of creating enough chaos to throw up a smoke screen while...

Tillerson (Putin's award-winning buddy) dismantles the State Department by removing as many career diplomats who have all the skill and knowledge to maneuver the US in a very complex world.

I believe it was Russians who recommended Tillerson to Trump who had never known him before.

And the result is plain to see.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Mon Nov 27, 2017, 01:53 AM (2 replies)
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