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  • Why I Am In Solidarity with Mireille Miller-Young (huge barf alert!)

    03/24/2014 12:42:32 PM PDT · 18 of 25
    jim macomber to Impala64ssa
    But what's really whacked out is some of the comment threads, like this:

    Heidi Cautrell on March 20, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Just a suggestion, “stand with” is abelist toward those who are unable to stand. Other alternatives would be: support, solidarity, back, advocate.

    Despite her noble (/s/) intentions. the commenter exhibits tunnel vision. Clearly, "support" may harshly affect hernia sufferers and "solidarity" may impact the chronically constipated (which comprise a significant percentage of progressives, I suspect). Back pain is no joke either and, if we try real hard, we might be able to twist "advocate" into a comment on people with second jobs or hobbies...or even a guacamole addiction.

  • Introducing the Freeper Novel Ping List.

    03/10/2014 7:53:32 AM PDT · 27 of 29
    jim macomber to Gen.Blather

    Well, I’ll post my website and my Amazon page though the books are available from other sources as well - (bookstores, B&N, etc).

    http://www.amazon.com/James-Macomber/e/B0085MFRLC/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1394463161&sr=1-2-ent

    http://www.jamesmacomber.com/

  • Vatican blasts back at UN report on pedophile priests, abortion

    02/05/2014 8:49:55 AM PST · 8 of 24
    jim macomber to MNDude
    Pot meet kettle:

    "Once Again… UN Troops Traded Sex For Food With Minors"

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/09/once-again-un-troops-accused-of-sexually-abusing-minors/

  • Millitary Photo of the Day

    01/09/2014 7:29:04 AM PST · 14 of 21
    jim macomber to knarf
    "I have the body of a 21 year old."

    "Well give it back. You're getting it all wrinkled."

  • Digging Into a Fossil Outhouse

    12/16/2013 10:06:09 AM PST · 8 of 30
    jim macomber to fishtank

    My brother was in archaeology and I recall a colleague of his who had this for a specialty and was fond of saying “It may be shit to you but it’s my bread and butter.”

  • F1 - GP (General Purpose)

    12/09/2013 8:11:26 AM PST · 1,351 of 1,562
    jim macomber to Chode

    Hey, Charlie. Haven’t been up that way since we last visited. Just waiting for the USGP to return to Watkins Glen. Just kidding, unfortunately. I wish.

    Yep, “Sovereign Order” is the latest and involved a terrorist attack on the Monaco Grand Prix. It’s available in what’s called trade paper (6”x9” - not the small paperback) just about every outlet and as an Ebook on Amazon, etc.

    As for signed copies, the best way is to go to the website (www,jamesmacomber.com) and on the checkout page under “Special Instructions” just say “signed copy” and whatever dedication (if any) you want. It’ll be my pleasure.

    Thanks. May be up that way in July this year. If so, I’ll be sure to let you know. BTW, what was that ale you recommended in that pub. Good stuff!

    Jim Macomber

  • F1 - GP (General Purpose)

    12/07/2013 7:23:32 AM PST · 1,347 of 1,562
    jim macomber to Chode

    Great article, Charlie. Thanks for posting.

  • GOP establishment plans to exorcise Tea Party, defend two Illinois congressmen

    10/26/2013 6:46:24 AM PDT · 34 of 70
    jim macomber to chicagolady

    Perhaps now an inordinate fear of standing with conservative principles has a name - LaTourette’s syndrome.

  • Obama administration says GOP Benghazi subpoenas could 'jeopardize' FBI probe [names two names]

    09/20/2013 6:49:50 AM PDT · 20 of 50
    jim macomber to don-o
    "Law enforcement officials worry that on-the-record testimony could be used by defense attorneys for any alleged attackers to point out discrepancies among the witnesses."

    On the record testimony? You mean as in depositions? Which any defense lawyer is going to conduct on their own?

    And why would such "discrepancies" be seen as inevitable?

    More generally, how did we let this "can't comment because of an ongoing investigation" canard get such traction?

  • So... What Did The U.N Inspectors Find: Follow Up

    09/03/2013 7:14:49 AM PDT · 10 of 10
    jim macomber to Bloody Sam Roberts; Gen.Blather; infowarrior
    I'm not a scientist or an expert in NBC either. I'm an author of international thrillers and take a lot of pride in doing my research.

    My fourth novel, "Sovereign Order" involves a multi-level terrorist attack on Monaco during the famous Grand Prix. One level involves Sarin.

    This is how, based on my research, I described Sarin in "Sovereign Order":

    Sarin is a nerve agent. That means it affects the proper functioning of the nervous system.

    When a person’s brain gives an order to the body to engage in a motor activity — any motor activity — a chemical called acetylcholine, referred to as a neurotransmitter, is released to carry the impulse along and between the motor neurons to make the desired act happen.

    Once the activity is completed, the body creates aceytlcholinesterase, an enzyme which breaks down the acetylcholine and stops the initiated action from continuing.

    Sarin is a cholinesterase inhibitor which means that it prevents the acetylcholinesterase from doing its job. And it is an irreversible cholinesterase inhibitor.

    The result?

    Every motor activity in a victim, voluntary and involuntary, once it is initiated will not stop. The neurons keep firing and firing until the victim loses control of all bodily functions.

    At first there are flu-like symptoms, then respiratory distress and nausea followed by vomiting and then complete loss of excretory functions. Soon the victim begins to spasm and writhe uncontrollably until he or she loses consciousness and, mercifully, soon thereafter dies.

    The time involved varies slightly from individual to individual but, usually, death comes within a minute of ingestion. It is not pretty to watch.

  • Supreme Court punts on affirmative action case

    06/24/2013 7:38:09 AM PDT · 6 of 22
    jim macomber to SMGFan
    ...decide whether UT "offered sufficient evidence to prove that its admissions program is narrowly tailored to obtain the educational benefits of diversity."

    Might one not speculate that that would have been an element in the Fifth Circuit's original conclusion?

  • Listen, Pilgrim, Maybe It Should Be Called Harwich Rock

    06/24/2013 6:58:20 AM PDT · 10 of 23
    jim macomber to Pharmboy

    Pure guesswork on my part — but there’s a Harwich on Cape Cod... and didn’t the Mayflower stop on the Cape first before going on. So maybe they named the first stop Harwich and the second Plymouth. Just speculating.

  • Ted Cruz v. PolitiFact: Whose pants are on fire?

    03/30/2013 7:40:40 AM PDT · 8 of 9
    jim macomber to marktwain

    A recent experience - in a discussion with a liberal, he made a statement - that a woman couldn’t be elected President in this country. I don’t know what his ultimate point was but I disagreed. After several back and forths, I noted that he’d said a woman couldn’t be elected President in this country.

    He said, “I never said that.”
    I said, “Yes, you did.”
    He said, “No I didn’t.”
    I said, You did.”
    Just then several bystanders jumped in and said to him, “Yes, you did. You did say that.”
    His response: “Okay I said it.” (Pause) “But I deny it.”

    If you can explain that one to me, please do. He couldn’t.

  • Pickle Company to Distraught Mom: Yes, We’ll Change Our Name (Midget is Derogatory)

    03/03/2013 8:19:55 AM PST · 40 of 56
    jim macomber to xrmusn
    agreed to rename them “Cains Teeny Weenie Pickles”

    Waiting for the lawsuit from the Association of Underendowed Males.

  • Obama's contemptuous, insulting and factually incorrect comment about Romney's US Navy plan

    10/23/2012 8:45:06 AM PDT · 8 of 25
    jim macomber to Jeff Head

    Agree completely, Jeff. And even as Obama was saying it, I thought of you and was wishing Romney would/could throw the Chinese Navy’s growth back at him (acknowledging that anything I know about it, I learned from you, of course.)

  • Health Law a Loser Despite Court Victory

    07/02/2012 7:25:22 AM PDT · 4 of 21
    jim macomber to Kaslin
    As a result of this ruling, a future Congress could enact a broccoli mandate by saying, “Don’t worry, this isn’t a tax. We’re using our power to regulate commerce. And we’re sure the Supreme Court will agree with us this time.”

    Broccoli, schmoccoli. What if they enact a home ownership mandate? No one would of course be required to purchase a home. But those who don't will be subject to a penal... um tax in, oh let's say, an amount substantially similar to the average property tax bill homeowners receive. Everyone pays their “fair share”. Jump starts the housing market. And a revenue enhancer. For the the municipal governments at least – until the fed figures out to tax, appropriate (or penalize) that.

  • Texting teens could cost parents everything

    05/31/2012 8:16:31 AM PDT · 6 of 26
    jim macomber to raccoonradio
    Clever bumper sticker I saw recently:

    "Honk if you love Jesus. Text if you want to meet him."

  • F1 - GP (General Purpose)

    05/28/2012 11:24:52 AM PDT · 952 of 1,562
    jim macomber to Jeff Head; JulieRNR21; Joe Brower; JohnHuang2; Travis McGee; Squantos; Dubya; hosepipe; blackie; ...

    Sorry about the double post everyone. Got notice of a “proxy server error” after the first one and thought it didn’t go through. Should have checked before sending again. Mea culpa.

    JM

  • F1 - GP (General Purpose)

    05/28/2012 11:09:30 AM PDT · 951 of 1,562
    jim macomber to Jeff Head; JulieRNR21; Joe Brower; JohnHuang2; Travis McGee; Squantos; Dubya; hosepipe; blackie; ...
    Fact meets fiction (or vice-versa)

    Check out “Sovereign Order” (book #4 - Iranian sponsored WMD attack on the Monaco Grand Prix) just pre-released as Ebook on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Jim Macomber

    F1 - GP (General Purpose)
    Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:26:44 PM

    Monaco Grand Prix: Suspect package exploded at circuit

    A bomb disposal expert has undertaken a controlled explosion of a suspect package in the paddock at the Monaco Grand Prix circuit.
    A small white plastic box was found outside the entrance to the media centre, the Salle d’Exposition, near to La Rascasse on Thursday evening.
    The area was then sealed off, before the bomb disposal expert decided the package was suspect.
    The controlled explosion left shards of white plastic strewn across the floor.
    It is the second time in successive years a bomb disposal unit has been summoned to the paddock ahead of the Monaco race.
    Last year they had to examine a discarded bag before the race on Sunday, although the item was eventually declared safe.

  • F1 - GP (General Purpose)

    05/28/2012 10:34:25 AM PDT · 950 of 1,562
    jim macomber to Jeff Head; JulieRNR21; Joe Brower; JohnHuang2; Travis McGee; Squantos; Dubya; hosepipe; blackie; ...
    Fact meets fiction (or vice-versa)

    Check out “Sovereign Order” (book #4 - Iranian sponsored WMD attack on the Monaco Grand Prix) just pre-released as Ebook on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Jim Macomber

    F1 - GP (General Purpose)
    Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:26:44 PM

    Monaco Grand Prix: Suspect package exploded at circuit

    A bomb disposal expert has undertaken a controlled explosion of a suspect package in the paddock at the Monaco Grand Prix circuit.
    A small white plastic box was found outside the entrance to the media centre, the Salle d’Exposition, near to La Rascasse on Thursday evening.
    The area was then sealed off, before the bomb disposal expert decided the package was suspect.
    The controlled explosion left shards of white plastic strewn across the floor.
    It is the second time in successive years a bomb disposal unit has been summoned to the paddock ahead of the Monaco race.
    Last year they had to examine a discarded bag before the race on Sunday, although the item was eventually declared safe.

  • F1 - GP (General Purpose)

    05/28/2012 7:36:54 AM PDT · 947 of 1,562
    jim macomber to Chode

    Charlie:

    Check out “Sovereign Order” (book #4 - Iranian sponsored WMD attack on the Monaco Grand Prix) just pre-released as Ebook on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Jim Macomber

  • Jay Carney Catches Fire On Air Force One, Blasts Media For Buying Into ‘BS’

    05/24/2012 2:05:38 PM PDT · 11 of 24
    jim macomber to ColdOne
    "That means that the rate of spending — federal spending increase is lower under President Obama than all of his predecessors since Dwight Eisenhower, including all of his Republican predecessors."

    So the issue here is not the numbers being spent but the "rate" of spending? Or rather, as Carney qualifies it further, "the rate of federal spending increase" Help me out here. What does that mean?

  • Bill ‘Moose’ Skowron, hero of the Yankees’ 1958 World Series team, dead at 81

    04/27/2012 12:11:39 PM PDT · 17 of 33
    jim macomber to N. Theknow

    I swear - as I looked at the baseball card, I smelled the bubble gum and cardboard.

  • Triple Lutz Report--Rush Limbaugh is Not a Victim--Episode 168

    03/07/2012 9:37:11 AM PST · 4 of 6
    jim macomber to appeal2
    "Rather, it is simply emotional outrage masked as political discourse"

    To the contrary. It is political theater masked as emotional outrage.

  • Computer Virus Info

    01/16/2012 9:51:07 AM PST · 84 of 95
    jim macomber to Mr. K
    I may not be out of the woods yet. Ran a scan this AM and Malwarebytes showed a different virus - TrojanFakeMS. Malwarebytes said it removed but when I rebooted it was still there. I noted the location of the file: C:\Users\Jim\AppData\LocalLow\Sun\Java\Deployment\cache\6.0\34\5807ede2-62d57432.

    Ran full Malwarebytes scan again and this time it says no detection. But if I go into Windows Explorer and look, this file is still in the same place. It says file size is 1kb. Does that seem right? Can I just manually delete this file? Just hit delete in Windows Explorer?

    What happens if I uninstall JAVA entirely? I did note that, as the scan was running, the Java shield was flashing asking for permission to update. Might Java updating clear out the bad file?

    Also, I backed-up the registry and started to look and realized I didn't know where to look. A ton of files seem to have three-letter names.

  • Computer Virus Info

    01/16/2012 7:18:34 AM PST · 83 of 95
    jim macomber to Chode

    Thanks for the empathy. With all the good people and good info on this forum, I think it’s gone and I’m taking steps to ensure it doesn’t come back. Like you, I got a ton of good information and resources from it.

    And thanks for the question about the books. The next is “Sovereign Order”. John and Katherine do get together and head off to the Monaco Grand Prix where Iranian backed terrorists try to destroy the principality with WMD. Should be around June or so.

    Also, I’ve got a short story called “Execution Dock” coming out in the International Thriller Writers third anthology, Love is Murder. Release date on that is May 29, 2012.

  • Computer Virus Info

    01/15/2012 10:04:26 AM PST · 28 of 95
    jim macomber to oh8eleven

    Excellent point. Will do.

  • Computer Virus Info

    01/15/2012 10:01:33 AM PST · 26 of 95
    jim macomber to Mr. K
    Thanks Mr. K.

    I was running Avira Anti-Virus, Malwarebytes and Super Anti-Spyware and still got it!

    Other sites mentioned that it is a three-letter.exe program. In my computer it showed up as qbs.exe or something like that and I'd hit "end process" in Task Manager and it would go away but then come back as soon as I clicked anything else. Is it possible to actually remove a program in Task Manager?

    I've always been leery of messing around in the registry editor but if this does come back - or is in there now, I'll delete any three-letter.exe file. Are there no legitimate three-letter.exe files?

    Thanks again.

  • Computer Virus Info

    01/15/2012 9:52:11 AM PST · 21 of 95
    jim macomber to DeFault User

    Thanks. Is the rstrui.exe the command for system restore? I did do it in Safe Mode and knew it couldn’t be undone. But the computer is only a week old and I didn’t have much on it so...Thanks again.

  • Computer Virus Info

    01/15/2012 9:48:40 AM PST · 19 of 95
    jim macomber to TexasFreeper2009

    Thanks, TexasFreeper. Just prior to this I was getting unusually (to me) frequent Adobe updates. I will check that - and hope it doesn’t come back.

  • Computer Virus Info

    01/15/2012 9:41:59 AM PST · 15 of 95
    jim macomber to jim macomber
    Thanks all. I am horpeful the system restore did the trick. Thanks Bloody Sam for that info. I hadn't noticed it before and it doesn't have the *32 on my older computers (Vista and XP). This one has Windows 7.

    Also thanks to people in previous threads who recommended Malwarebytes. I've lost a bit of confidence in Avira from this. I started to load AVG first and changed my mind. Not sure why at this point. Thanks again.

  • Computer Virus Info

    01/15/2012 9:28:00 AM PST · 1 of 95
    jim macomber
    Yesterday I had a run in with the Win 7 Home Security Alert virus/Trojan. It pops up and tells you you have an infection and must start the Win 7 Home Security program immediately. Whatever prgram you're in or trying to open it say, e.g., "Firefox is infected" or "Avira is infected", etc.

    It just didn't look right so I clicked on nothing. I went to task manager and closed the application but every time I tried to open something, this would pop-up again. went to another computer and googled "Win 7 Home Security Alert. Sure enough, it's a fake anti-spyware program that is pretty nasty.

    Ran Avira anti-virus and it found it - TR/Crypt.XPACK.Gen2 - and said it quarantined it. But it was still there. Ran Malwarebytes and it found it and said it removed it and this seemed to have worked.

    My concern is this, however. Normally, if you look at processes in the Task Manager, certain processes read avgnt.exe for Avira, firefox.exe for Firefox, soffice.bin for Open Office Operations, etc. Now, however, these all read avgnt.exe *32, firefox.exe *32, soffice.bin *32.

    I cannot find any reference to this *32 business anywhere. Anyone know if that's an indication that the Trojan is still there? What is the *32?

    My plan is to uninstall all such programs in Safe Mode and see if it makes a difference. Or is *32 something in newer computers that's not in older ones? Also ran system restore to a point before this showed up.

    Is it possible this virus/Trojan could still be in there somewhere and now not showing?

  • New York Lawmakers Reportedly Ask for Mercy for Tourist Arrested With Gun at 9/11 Memorial

    01/02/2012 8:27:40 AM PST · 16 of 35
    jim macomber to jim macomber
    In previous post should have said, "where felons can carry them legally".
  • New York Lawmakers Reportedly Ask for Mercy for Tourist Arrested With Gun at 9/11 Memorial

    01/02/2012 8:26:37 AM PST · 15 of 35
    jim macomber to marktwain
    “Clearly, the laws are too strict here, but that’s something we need to work out for ourselves without honoring licenses to carry guns in states where felons can carry them,” he said.

    I'm generally familiar with guns laws in other states - certainly make sure I know regarding states I'm traveling through. But...are there states where "felons can carry them?"

  • Teenager Attacks Burglar with Meat Cleaver

    12/14/2011 8:38:12 AM PST · 19 of 26
    jim macomber to baddog 219

    Ah, yes. The clever cleaver caper.

  • AP Exclusive: Accuser filed complaint in next job

    11/09/2011 7:19:38 AM PST · 50 of 60
    jim macomber to Travis McGee

    Bingo, Matt. Early in my legal career, I represented a young man accused of sexual harassment in a university setting who had consented to a polygraph test by the campus cops. He failed.

    In the course of the representation, I got deeply into polygraphs, voice stress analyzers, etc and drew the conclusion they were, as I described them in one of my books, “high-tech mood rings”.

    One particular thing that struck me was the polygrapher offering the observation at a hearing that he didn’t really have to even read the printouts from the machine - he could tell the testee was lying just by looking at him. “How”, he was asked? “Because he was sweating.”

    Perhaps the most telling thing I heard about polygraphs came from a man considered a true expert in the field. “If you’re guilty, take it,” he said. “If you’re innocent, don’t.”

  • Woman jailed after throwing a duck in Santa Cruz

    09/25/2011 8:46:46 AM PDT · 31 of 70
    jim macomber to Drango
  • What's the best prank you've seen?

  • VIDEO: Protesters explain why tar sands, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Halliburton are evil

    09/01/2011 8:07:48 AM PDT · 5 of 13
    jim macomber to martosko
    My favorite: The idiot who says "oil is evil because what you're burning is billions of years of stored sunlight."

    Wish the guy had then asked her, "Well, wouldn't that make it solar energy then?"

  • Flash Mob Robbery Occurs at Victoria's Secret Store in Georgetown

    07/27/2011 8:03:08 AM PDT · 9 of 51
    jim macomber to Libloather

    My favorite movie scene is in “A Bronx Tale” when the local mob chief locks the door from the inside and tells the bikers trashing the place, “Now youse can’t leave.”
    Wonder if it’s feasible for a store to install automatic locks and maybe even grates that come down over the window. Flash mob comes in, everything locks from the inside and it’s, “Now youse can’t leave...until the police get here, that is.”
    Heh, heh, heh.

  • New Freeper Author: Gail Head, "An Unforgiving Temper"

    03/21/2011 10:44:57 AM PDT · 33 of 55
    jim macomber to Jeff Head

    I will definitely read this, Jeff & Gail.

    Interestingly, I’d never read Pride and Prejudice until recently. No particular reason, just hadn’t thought of it I guess. But I liked it very much and will be interested to revisit the Darcy’s in this one.

    Keep up the good work. And the good recovery.

    Jim Macomber

  • Marine's dad to defy Westboro on court costs

    03/09/2011 12:50:33 PM PST · 36 of 50
    jim macomber to Hawk720

    Are these costs or attorney’s fees? And why were they awarded in the first place. “Loser pays” is not the norm in our system.

  • Salem School Committee members want 140 percent pay raise

    03/07/2011 7:18:04 AM PST · 6 of 8
    jim macomber to massmike

    As Gov. Christie said, “Well, you don’t have to do it then, do you?”

  • Hypersonic missile threat ('Carrier killers' could destroy U.S. Navy's supremacy at sea)

    01/08/2011 8:33:19 AM PST · 42 of 55
    jim macomber to Jeff Head

    Dragon’s Fury redux, Jeff?

  • New York City's No Show SEIU Snow Jobs

    01/08/2011 8:20:30 AM PST · 8 of 16
    jim macomber to lowbridge

    Not just NYC. Virtually every federal agency allots union reps a certain percentage of their paid work time for union business. Your tax dollars at work.

  • Horrific Real-Life Russian Gladiators (disturbing video)

    01/07/2011 9:51:55 AM PST · 20 of 32
    jim macomber to EveningStar

    I don’t know. Seems like this would be more effective than midnight basketball at getting rid of aggression.

  • My Own Little "FReepathon" In Memory Of Kitty

    01/06/2011 9:10:49 AM PST · 146 of 169
    jim macomber to Joe 6-pack
    Kaiser, my first shepherd loved to run and bring back just about anything I threw. Back in the seventies, I was heavy into tennis and while doing a show on Cape Cod often went to a local court to play or practice. The court was on the edge of a park and abutted a stand of woods - pretty thick with trees.

    One day when I was done and about to leave, I took one of the older balls I had and threw it into the woods. Kaiser took off after it and came back with a tennis ball. Not the one I'd thrown though. So I pretended to throw another ball into the woods and Kaiser charged in. Sure enough he came back with another tennis ball. I did it again and again until I got tired of it but Kaiser never did. I ended up with about thirty found balls that day.

    And you should have seen him catch a Frisbee on the fly. I don't know if they had competitions then but I truly believe he was world class.

    Not just in Frisbee either.

  • My Own Little "FReepathon" In Memory Of Kitty

    01/05/2011 12:22:51 PM PST · 47 of 169
    jim macomber to Marty62; Joe 6-pack

    My first German Shepherd died in 1981. Almost thrity years ago. I still miss him. After he passed, I didn’t think I’d get another dog.

    Then I got married and for a while we had no dogs. Then we moved to the country and, primarily because I was away a lot, my wife wanted a dog. I still remembered the pain of losing Kaiser and resisted - briefly.

    We went to the Providence, RI shelter and Sandy immediately saw a Golden Retriever puppy. On the way into the parking lot of the shelter, I’d noticed what appeared to be a full grown German Shepherd in one of the kennels out back.

    While my wife began the arrangements to adopt the Golden, I walked out back to “just take a look” and was greeted with a straight-up sit at attention and a look that said “let’s go”. I asked inside and learned she’d been there for five months because “no one wants to adopt a full-grown shepherd. Long story short, we took them both home. Named them Druck (Shepherd) and Zeil (Golden) a couple of German words of vague meaning but related. They both lived to be almost fourteeen. Druck was a couple of years older so she went first in 2001, Zeil in 2003. After Zeil died, I told my wife, “I can’t do this again.”

    Weve since moved to Florida. Over the years, Sandy had hinted at maybe getting another dog but being selfish and cowardly, I resisted. As time passed, I suggested that if we did, I’d like it to be an older German Shepherd - one that maybe had lost its human(s) and needed a few more good years.

    A couple of years ago we became acquainted with a woman who was about to become the Animal Care Director at the Sarasota Humane Society. She, of course, said we really should think about adopting. I told her that, if we did, I wanted it to be an older German Shepherd.

    My bluff got called. She called and we went down and neither of us could resist this beautiful, majestic 11 year old dog that was a lot German Shepherd and something else. To us he looked like he’s got Norwegian Elkhound in him. He was huge and warm and as laid back as they come and as receptive to affection as any dog I’ve ever known or seen, an utter joy to have around.

    His name is Tank. It’s probably not a name we would have given him but no way were we going to try to change it at that point and throw that curve at a dog who’d presumably been called that for 11 years.

    Tank’s 14 now and has CDRM (chronic degenerative radiculo myelopathy - also called German Shepherd myelopathy). His immune system is attacking the sheathing on the nerves and he’s losing use of his back legs. There’s no pain at least. And he still likes to eat and he sleeps peacefully. He
    still gets around (slowly) but that’s changing rapidly and its clear that sooner rather than later I’m going to have to find the strength to let him go.

    I’ve never had to do that before. All my other dogs went peacefully on their own. But I wouldn’t have missed giving him these last three years for anything. Probably got as much or more out of it as he did. No probably about it.

    But I really don’t think I can do this again.

  • W.H. resends photo of Boehner call

    11/03/2010 9:14:30 AM PDT · 12 of 25
    jim macomber to pnh102
    Um...is he holding that phone upside down? Talking into the earpiece?

    Proof that he likes to hear himself talk?

  • Gawker's Christine O'Donnell tell-all backfires

    10/29/2010 11:11:09 AM PDT · 37 of 75
    jim macomber to DoughtyOne
    "I got it all along.

    I assumed you did. Didn't think the sarcasm tag was necessary.