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  1. Spidey's mom

    Sunday, 2/17

    More photos were added by my son's fiance and I copied 3 and put them up on my FB. Exhausted, headed to bed. (BC - that food sounds so good).
  2. Spidey's mom

    Media behaving badly

    Off topic but . . . personally, that is a very ugly "rainbow" and "oversize" jacket. Back on task here . . .anyone following the story about Jussie Smollett? https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/16/entertainment/jussie-smollett-attack/index.html The media circus . . . "Admittedly, the news cycle around the reported attack has been quite the rollercoaster. There has been so much back-and-forth in regards to the persons of interest, their race, whether Smollett knew the attackers, the probability of an attack happening during the middle of a polar vortex in Chicago, whether a “MAGA” comment was ever uttered, the logistics around the location of the attack and its proximity to his apartment ... the list went on. And on. The safest thing to do was to remain silent about it until actual suspects were confirmed or charges were handed out (professional reporting notwithstanding), as the entire narrative appeared to stand on shaky ground." https://thegrapevine.theroot.com/on-jussie-smollett-misreporting-and-the-fine-line-bet-1832648924
  3. Spidey's mom

    Sunday, 2/17

    Morning all. Been awake since sometime around 5 a.m. and got up at and made coffee. The birthday party was fun, lots of folks came out to wish Nana a Happy 90th. She had a little nap right before the festivities. My youngest son, Spidey, was there along with one of his big brothers, Aquaman and his fiance. They got engaged last week. I asked her to be the photographer and people kept coming up to me saying how nice she was and beautiful as well. We teased our son that he is marrying up. Today, no plans except church and maybe go cut down a dead cedar tree. We are running low on firewood. Oh and the basketball game was canceled again due to snow. Supposed to play Monday. We'll see. Snow flurries this morning. Hopefully that will cease . . . I'm pretty much ready for nicer weather.
  4. In my experience, the conversation has been going on for a long long time.
  5. Yep. I knew that. I'm a native Californian who is not happy with the high-speed rail (costs and otherwise) that Jerry Brown started by the way. Here is rural America, there is NO way to not have our own personal automobiles, tractors, etc. The 10 Most Insane Requirements Of The Green New Deal The Green New Deal isn't just un-American, it's also completely bonkers. Note: Ocasio-Cortez’s office has taken down their page describing the Green New Deal. It is saved here. A number of Democratic Party presidential hopefuls — including Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Julián Castro, and Beto O’Rourke, for starters — have already endorsed or expressed support for the “Green New Deal” (GND). Today, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward J. Markey dropped details about her plan. It is not hyperbole to contend that GND is likely the most ridiculous and un-American plan that’s ever been presented by an elected official to voters. Not merely because it would necessitate a communist strongman to institute, but also because the societal costs are unfathomable. The risible historic analogies Markey and Ocasio-Cortez rely on, the building of the interstate highway system or moon landing, are nothing but trifling projects compared to a plan that overhauls modernity by voluntarily destroying massive amounts of wealth and technology. That is the GND. While some of the specifics need to be ironed out, the plan’s authors assure us that this “massive transformation of our society” needs some “clear goals and a timeline.” The timeline is ten years. Here are some of the goals: Ban affordable energy. GND calls for the elimination of all fossil fuel energy production, the lifeblood of American industry and life, which includes not only all oil but also natural gas — one of the cheapest sources of American energy, and one of the reasons the United States has been able to lead the world in carbon-emissions reduction. Eliminate nuclear energy. The GND also calls for eliminating all nuclear power, one of the only productive and somewhat affordable “clean” energy sources available to us, in 11 years. This move would purge around 20 percent of American energy generation so you can rely on intermittent wind for your energy needs. Eliminate 99 percent of cars. To be fair, under the GND, everyone will need to retrofit their cars with Flintstones-style foot holes or pedals for cycling. The authors state that the GND would like to replace every “combustion-engine vehicle” — trucks, airplanes, boats, and 99 percent of cars — within ten years. Charging stations for electric vehicles will be built “everywhere,” though how power plants will provide the energy needed to charge them is a mystery. Gut and rebuild every building in America. Markey and Cortez want to “retrofit every building in America” with “state of the art energy efficiency.” I repeat, “every building in America.” That includes every home, factory, and apartment building, which will all need, for starters, to have their entire working heating and cooling systems ripped out and replaced with…well, with whatever technology Democrats are going invent in their committee hearings, I guess. Eliminate air travel. GND calls for building out “highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary.” Good luck Hawaii! California’s high-speed boondoggle is already in $100 billion dollars of debt, and looks to be one of the state’s biggest fiscal disasters ever. Amtrak runs billions of dollars in the red (though, as we’ll see, trains that run on fossil fuels will also be phased out). Imagine growing that business model out to every state in America? A government-guaranteed job. The bill promises the United States government will provide every single American with a job that includes a “family-sustaining wage, family and medical leave, vacations, and a pension.” You can imagine that those left in the private sector would be funding these through some unspecified “massive” taxation. On the bright side, when you’re foraging for food, your savings will be worthless. Free education for life. GND promises free college or trade schools for every American. A salubrious diet. The GND promises the government will provide “healthy food” to every American (because there are no beans or lettuce in your local supermarket, I guess). A house. The GND promises that the government will provide, “safe, affordable, adequate housing” for every American citizen. I call dibs on an affordable Adams Morgan townhouse. Thank you, Ocasio-Cortez. Free money. The GND aims to provide, and I am not making this up, “economic security” for all who are “unable or unwilling” to work. Just to reiterate: if you’re unwilling to work, the rest of us will have your back. Bonus insanity: Ban meat. Ocasio-Cortez admits that we can’t get zero emissions in 10 years “because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.” The only way to get rid of farting cows is to get rid of beef. The GND uses the word “massive” to explain the size “investments” (formerly known as “taxes”) 13 times. How will we pay for this plan? “The same way we did the New Deal, the 2008 bank bailouts and extend quantitative easing,” say Markey and Cortez, who earned her degree in economics at an institution of higher learning that should be immediately decertified. The plan itself seems to insinuate that billionaires can pay for the whole thing. Of course, best case scenario, it is estimated that instituting a top marginal tax rate of 70 percent would raise a little more than $700 billion over that decade. She does not explain how we’re going to raise the other 20 bazillion dollars it will cost to tear down modernity. Cortez and Markey claim that 92 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans support the Green New Deal. I’m not sure where that number is derived. But ask them again when government agents come to take out their water heater. http://thefederalist.com/2019/02/07/ten-most-insane-requirements-green-new-deal/
  6. I follow a blog "Farm Babe" as I married into a ranching, farming, and logging family. Came across this link in her blog (and FB page) just now. It certainly helps show the ranchers side of the story. . . ."Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, I appreciate your dedication to improving our earth and pursuing sustainable futures but I beseech you to please have a conversation with your constituents and colleagues that have an agriculture background. Cows are not the problem. . ." http://www.buzzardsbeat.com/2019/02/an-open-letter-to-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-from-a-kansas-rancher.html/?fbclid=IwAR1LHcRuBdMxWCofrgQpFigEqk-HajxUG4uo38HDwAgCcWTWrBYUtLKDJCI Here is Farm Babe's website. http://thefarmbabe.com/ And AgDaily: https://www.agdaily.com/insights/farm-babe-no-livestock-arent-destroying-planet/
  7. I'm not going to wait for someone else to come up with a plan to tackle climate change before I comment on AOC's "green" option. My first thought was . . . is this a parody or satire? She cannot be serious. But she has fans who like this resolution so . . .
  8. Spidey's mom

    Media behaving badly

    I'm a fan of due process as well. Saying that a few months ago would get me in big trouble though with my liberal family members.
  9. Windpocalypse . . . has started! Still, cloudy with sunshine and now tiny little round bits of . . .snow? Went to the store to get some cleaning products, raw almonds, milk, cream for my coffee. Oh, I have a question for you all. When you ask for "cream" for your coffee in a coffee place or restaurant, do you mean half & half or true heavy cream? Asking for a relative.
  10. Spidey's mom

    Media behaving badly

    For me, the point regarding the Covington story is how the media mismanaged it from the beginning. Within a few days, many on the left started to realize there was more to the story. I found an opinion piece from a liberal man who realized he made a mistake in his original reaction. Then I started looking at videos of what happened and there truly was more to this story. I'm pro-life like herring so I see no problem with kids going to the March for Life if they want to do so. It all unraveled from there when the boys were waiting for their buses to arrive. Started by the hateful, ugly comments by the Black Israelites. Yes, the chaperones could have gotten the boys out of there but maybe they wanted to have them experience the longstanding tradition of what it means to protest in our nation's capitol. Having grown up in the 60's and 70's, I attended protests as a liberal Democrat. It wasn't all kittens and roses folks. The ugly comments by many in the media, including famous folks, who said things like put the boys through a woodchipper or doxing them, were examples of the hate that comes from the left as well. No group holds the crown for most-hateful. There's enough to go around and . . .it should be called out by all of us when we see it. This is the first opinion piece I read when searching for more answers and even though I disagree with some of his thoughts, I appreciated him backing down. And remember, my initial reaction to that photo was not a good one either. https://medium.com/@colinjmason/i-was-wrong-about-the-covington-catholic-school-boy-story-and-you-probably-are-too-32673e76c534
  11. Good morning from NOT SNOWPOCALYPSE 2019 . . .yet. Friends from Portland have put up photos of grocery store shelves being wiped out due to panic about the snow we are supposed to get. My weather app say 90% chance of snow all day and it is sunny with some high clouds. Crazy. Today we will go to the dump. And if the weather holds, I'm going to trim that tree out front. It is my grandson's 3rd birthday today. We aren't able to travel there but I'm hoping to get up there in the next couple of weeks. Spidey is still asleep. His basketball game was 2 hours north of us and I stayed home due to exhaustion from only 4 hours of sleep. How did I do that when I first started in nursing? Head into work at 0245 with only a couple of hours sleep and work 12 hours? Oh . . . right . . . I was 20 years younger. Hope you all have a great Saturday. And Tweety does need some sleep!
  12. Spidey's mom

    Media behaving badly

    My initial reaction to seeing this kid with the smirk on his face was not a positive one. I'm cautious nowadays and did some further research and since that time more and more has come out. The kids did nothing wrong that I can see. I can't fault a kid for having a smile that sometimes look like a smirk. You can't judge a book by its cover ya know. With social media so much a part of our lives we have to wait . . . and verify before mouthing off. Something I learned here all those years ago when I was a newbie online. I got caught many times reacting without much thought. So AN was my teacher.
  13. Spidey's mom

    Friday February 8, 2019

    There's something wackadoodle about the threads this morning . . . when I posted on it originally it said 2019 and now it says 2018 . . . and there are a couple more at the top of the list from 2018 . . .
  14. Spidey's mom

    Friday February 8, 2019

    Good morning all. Tweety - I've been at my hospital for 21 years. It is a small rural hospital so I did a lot of different things. We no longer do L&D but I did work L&D, ER, and on the acute floor. Hospice nurse now for 10 years and did about a year of Outpatient Services (wound care, blood transfusions, IV meds, etc.). I qualify for Senior Citizen discounts now and still have a 17.5 year old son. Of course, many places have changed the age to 55 instead of 65. I'm not sure I could do a 7:1 ratio . . . in fact, I'm sure of it. Dianah - just checked in this morning after a few days off and I'm sorry to read about your son's friend. I'm working as manager while the real manager takes a week off to go visit her dad and sisters. I'll do the job in a pinch but they keep wanting to groom me for taking over. No way Jose. Had my yearly employee physical from a beloved NP that I've known for years. We spent some time talking about all the terrible changes in medicine in the last decade or so. She's bit older than me. We both want to keep our hand in somehow but looking forward to retiring as well. That's all the news that's fit to print! Have a great day.
  15. Yeah, I realized that after I asked you the question - it was pretty early. I don't put much stock in dreams either but still. . . No, not "feeling it" yet. Christmas every year just seems to be hard when you don't know what to buy people. That shouldn't be the focus. Or maybe I'm just getting old. Spidey is 17 now. I still leave the milk and cookies out for Santa. But it is definitely different when you don't have little kids. I did see a great video this morning that made me laugh. A SNL skit about "the perfect Christmas ever!". I'll try to link it but I notice that it takes awhile sometimes for videos to link because the powers-that-be have to make sure it is ok. I totally get that. Good morning to everyone else! BC - I have a family member who is non-compliant with his diabetes and I've just learned to shut my mouth. If I were a NP, I dunno how, at my age now, I'd have the patience. I was talking to a former colleague (we ran into each other at Rite Aid last night) and we discussed how grateful we were to have started to work in the medical field before it got like it is today. Clicking boxes, computer-on-wheels, etc. The days of paper charting, being able to look up labs by turning a page, writing orders without having to log-in with 2 passwords, etc. I don't think I'd want to be in this career now if I were just starting out. Gosh, I sound like such a bah humbug person. Sorry . . . maybe I should get out and exercise to get some endorphins moving. Have a great Saturday and yes, the video Ted and Amy is great!!
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