Saturday, December 01, 2012

Hallo December


  1. D D D . . E E E . . . . A . . . N . . . N . !!
    D . . D . E . . . . . . A . A . . NN. . .N .!!
    D . . D . E E . . . . A .A A . .N. .N. .N .!!
    D . . D . E . . . . . A . . . A . N . . .NN
    D D D . . E E E . A . . . . A . N . . . N .!!

    You're welcome, Cat! :-)

  2. Howard Dean primus inter pares est!

    When I read about Elizabeth Warren being touted as a possible Presidential candidate in 2016, I checked up on her. [I must admit to not paying much attention to a candidate for office on the far side of the continent.] On domestic affairs she certainly seems good--in fact, she makes me think of Alf Landon. An excellent speaker, certainly. And a female president following a black president ought to give the reactionaries apoplexy, which I heartily endorse. But it seems her alleged positions on foreign affairs are merely parroted conventional cant, no improvement over Obama at all, and precious little improvement over Bush Junior. Still, that could improve in the course of time, and there ought to be someone in Massachusetts to advise her.

    Cat--As a constituent-to-be of Senator Warren, what do you think of her?


    P.S.: To bed now, to work tomorrow moderately early.

    1. My brother and sister-in-law in MA volunteered for her during her campaign. And they had horror stories to share about Gov. Romney.

    2. Alan, you're right, I ought to know. But I don't. I'm terribly tired and don't much care about anything political anymore. Sorry to let the side down, but there it is.

    3. No problem, Cat, merely idle curiosity on my part. You get over the poorlies, hear?


    4. Thanks, Alan. I'll do my best.

  3. My fondness for her goes back to her work with the wall street stuff.


    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    Warren stands next to President Barack Obama as he announces the nomination of Richard Cordray as the first director of the CFPB.

    Warren was an early advocate for the creation of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The bureau was established by the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act signed into law by President Obama in July 2010. For the first year after the bill's signing, Warren worked on implementation of the bureau as a Special Assistant to the President in anticipation of the agency's formal opening. While liberal groups and consumer advocacy groups pushed for Obama to nominate Warren as the agency's permanent director, Warren was strongly opposed by financial institutions and by Republican members of Congress who believed Warren would be an overly zealous regulator.[31][32][33] Reportedly convinced that Warren could not win Senate confirmation as the bureau's first director,[34] Obama turned to former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray and in January 2012, over the objections of Republican Senators, appointed Cordray to the post in a "recess appointment".[35][36]

  4. One of the few things that can still rouse my ire is the United States' shameful behavior towards Palestine. We voted with Israel in the General Assembly opposing Palestinian statehood. The secretary of State called the vote counterproductive and unfortunate. And today Israel has announced a settlement building project in land that is part of the Palestinian state, no doubt knowing full well that it's American lapdog would not say a word about it.

    The news of the UN vote got about half a sentence in the News Hour's news summary last night, whereas the e-mail from Avaaz said jubilant crowds were celebrating in Palestine and all over the world.

    Israel has to do what they feel necessary, be that stealing and destroying Palestinian land, maintaining blockades, bombing cities and refugee camps and slaughtering innocent civilians. That's Israel's business and their actions are on their collective conscience. But I see no reason why the United States should be party to their immoral acts, should tacitly endorse state sponsored terrorism. Every US administration, Republican and Democratic, has done it all my life, and I'm bloody sick of it.

    Israelis are intelligent and resourceful. Why the hell can't they stand on their own feet. Why do they need the help of America anyway? I should think they'd be ashamed to need to lead their great, shambling guard dog around by the nose everywhere they go. If their cause is so righteous, they can carry the day on their own without having to brandish the United States in the World's face.

    OK, so I've mixed a few metaphors. Like I said, I'm terribly tired. The point is, I'm bloody sick of Israel right or wrong. I'm an American, not an Israeli. And I think the United States should base its foreign policy on 1) what is morally right and 2) what is in the United States' best interest. We should not base it on the dictates of an insignificant country the size of Connecticut, or is it New Hampshire? It's time Israel stood on its own and the United States looked after the United States.

    1. And, yes, I expect reports of flying pigs momentarily. :P

  5. My friend Shirley passed this along. The Tea Party and other lunatic fringe are dangerously unhinged. I mean, there are enough real threats and dangers in today's world without them inventing stupid nonsense like this!


    I looked it up on Snopes and, of course, it is false!!!

    Date: Saturday, December 1, 2012, 4:54 PM

    Do you have a gun in the house? Better read this and pay attention....

    When I had my gangrene gallbladder taken out and spent 10 days in the hospital for what should have been an overnight stay the insurance company kicked me out. I had home nurse visits for two weeks and was asked if I had guns in the house. I respond that if I did I would not tell them. So the below has some merit.

    FYI, I am passing this along... There are comments from two other people I have also been asked if we keep guns in the house. The nurse just kinda slipped it in along with all the other regular questions. I told her I refused to answer because it was against the law to ask.

    Everyone, whether you have guns or not, should give a neutral answer so they have no idea who does and who doesn 't. My doctor asked me if I had guns in my house and also if any were loaded. I, of course, answered yes to both questions Then he asked why I kept a loaded gun close to my bed. I answered that my son, who is a certified gun instructor and also works for Homeland Security, advised me that an unloaded, locked up gun is no protection against criminal attack.

    The Government now requires these questions be asked of people on Medicare, and probably everyone else.

    Just passing this along for your information: I had to visit a doctor other than my regular doctor when my doctor was on vacation.. One of the questions on the form I had to fill out was: Do you have any guns in your house?? My answer was None of your damn business!!

    So it is out there! It is either an insurance issue or government intervention. Either way, it is out there and the second the government gets into your medical records (as they want to under Obamacare) it will become a major issue and will ultimately result in lock and load!!

    Please pass this on to all the other retired guys and gun owners... Thanks, from a Vietnam Vet and retired Police Officer: I had a doctor 's appointment at the local VA clinic yesterday and found out something very interesting that I would like to pass along. While going through triage before seeing the doctor, I was asked at the end of the exam, three questions: 1. Did I feel stressed? 2. Did I feel threatened? 3. Did I feel like doing harm to someone?

    The nurse then informed me that if I had answered yes to any of the questions I would have lost my concealed carry permit as it would have gone into my medical records and the VA would have reported it to Homeland Security.

    Looks like they are going after the vets first. Other gun people like retired law enforcement will probably be next. Then when they go after the civilians, what argument will they have? Be forewarned and be aware. The Obama administration has gone on record as considering veterans and gun owners potential terrorists. Whether you are a gun owner, veteran or not, YOU 'VE BEEN WARNED !
    If you know veterans and gun owners, please pass this on to them Be very cautious about what you say and to whom.

    They are coming for us, so unless you 're an ostrich, do not stick your head in the sand.........

    1. Do we really need a loaded weapon next to our beds in case of criminal attack? Hmmm.
      I live in Vermont where crime is not rampant, but also not unheard of. I am more likely to be hit by a deer on the way home than to be hit by a burglar. Should they appear, I won't use guns on either of them. I'm not keen on loaded guns (secret or otherwise) in people's houses, but I suppose if I don't sneak in on them, I'll be safe enough.

    2. listener, I don't understand this nonsense either. It's probably just another way for the wing nuts to scare each other. "Obama is using his socialized medicine to attack your gun rights!" *shakes head* Crazy, that's all it is.