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  • CNN Poll: Support rises for health insurance mandate

    11/14/2011 1:14:08 PM PST · 29 of 31
    kaylar to JrsyJack
    Haven't seen the actual questions but the headline states that more are in favor of mandatory healthcare, or requiring that everyone have it. No mention of who pays for it. I suspect the poll is equally silent on that little fact and that what has risen is the expectation of another government hand-out. No news there.

    I daresay you're right. BTW, WaPo has a widget on their site that shows what obamacare will do to its victims. A single person with no dependents is subject to fines if s/he doesn't purchase government approved health insurance if s/he has an income as little as $9,500 yearly GROSS. I wonder if the folks thinking they're about to get blue cross/blue shield insurance paid for by "rich folks" realize this?

    That said, I agree with those who say the poll is bogus. Too many states have passed anti mandate referendums for me to believe anyone outside regular CNN viewers are in favor of the mandate. My own state, Missouri, led the way by passing its anti mandate proposition by a 70%+ vote and massive turnout. And does anyone really believe that a majority of American citizens , in a time of very high unemployment and economic turmoil, believe the government should force people to spend hundreds of dollars they may not even have on ANYTHING ????

  • Ron Paul: Obama Presidency On The Verge Of Being A "Dictatorship"

    11/09/2011 12:17:26 PM PST · 29 of 38
    kaylar to Absolutely Nobama
    "That is arrogant," Paul said of Obama frequently using the executive order function as of late. "It is flaunting the Constitution and the whole principle of how we’re supposed to operate. The idea they can just do this and take over the legislative function and brag about it -- and Congress does nothing and the courts do nothing about it, it's very, very bad."

    I don’t vote for people who have Stormfront raise money for them. I don’t vote for people who are endorsed by Code Pinko. I don’t vote for people who calls OWS “victims”.

    I don't disagree with Paul's sentiments or beliefs in this paragraph, but I really don't want to vote for someone who confuses "flaunt" and "flout".

  • Netflix Abandons Plan to Rent DVDs on Qwikster (Hallelujah!)

    10/10/2011 6:21:28 AM PDT · 26 of 89
    kaylar to USMCWife6869
    It was never the price change that made me leave, it was the attitude from Netflix that if you didn't like the changes you could go you-know-what yourself. I won't give money to a company that thinks they are doing me some kind of favor by taking my money. They increased the price but not any services. I will NEVER give Netflix another dime, no matter what they do.

    Agreed I knew netflix (eventually) planned to go to streaming only, and I took for granted that they would have to raise their prices to do so.THAT was no problem. But that snotty little press release, with that ending statement about how easy it is to go to your netflix account and cancel if you disagree with the price hike-??? THAT raised my blood pressure, and I WOULD have happily cancelled except it's not my decision alone and I was outvoted. :-(

  • Netflix Abandons Plan to Rent DVDs on Qwikster (Hallelujah!)

    10/10/2011 6:16:37 AM PDT · 23 of 89
    kaylar to upchuck
    "I’ve been using Netflix’s by-mail DVD service for several years. Their customer service is without peer. I wish every company I deal with was as good as Netflix."

    Say what-???!!!?? Their "customer service" is to call their 800# and to sit on hold till a minimum wage drone picks up and reads from a script. They *HAD* excellent customer service a few years ago, when if you had a non immediate problem or question you could e mail their tech/CS department and get an answer via e mail, within 1-24 hours depending. THAT was convenient and useful. Having no way to contact Netflix save by phone is a PITA. And I will never believe that self serving BS statement Netflix released about their customers "overwhelmingly preferring the personal touch" of phone contact only. Every site I saw that discussed that change (eg Hacking Netflix) was furious about it. (I *think* Blockbuster still allows e mail contact, but I discontinued BB when DH bought a Blu Ray that was netflix enabled...HUGE mistake. The Sony player is OK for older streaming videos, but it times out constantly on HD videos.)

  • Hugo Chavez to Seize Private Homes and Hotels to Give Vacations to the Masses

  • What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Survey

    10/03/2011 10:56:17 AM PDT · 64 of 129
    kaylar to SMARTY

    I just finished that a few days ago! I was going to read all of the Barchester Chronicles (they, and all the Palliser novels, are available for free kindle download at Amazon) but after suffering through the atrocious Doctor Thorne , I gave up on that idea. (How can someone who wrote books as good as BT, The Way we Live Now, and even The Warden write something so horrid?) So I am going through Page Smith’s 8 volume history again (the first 3-4 books are pretty good IIRC) and Can You Forgive Her? , the first book in the Palliser series. I hope it’s better than Doctor Thorne, and there’s no way it can be worse.

  • Actress Daryl Hannah Arrested Outside White House[ Keystone XL Pipeline]

    08/31/2011 7:40:37 AM PDT · 40 of 57
    kaylar to laweeks

    A critic once described her as resembling a “linebacker in a Lorelei wig”. He was reviewing Splash, and that phrase has stuck in my mind all these long years, as it was at once so mean and so accurate.

  • If Rick Perry Wins The Primary...(Vanity/Straw Poll)

    08/31/2011 4:52:43 AM PDT · 61 of 102
    kaylar to danielmryan
    I loathe Mitt Romney, but if he's the nominee , I will vote for even him....Reluctantly and sadly, because you know TPTB in the media and the government will proclaim that this (Romney being the nominee and (hopefully..) elected president) "proves" that opposition to Obamacare was based not on legitimate objections to a federal power grab of breathtaking proportion (the personal mandate & the seizure of a huge % of the economy by the federal government) but rather on "racism", since Romneycare is so similar. I can see that one coming a mile away.

    I will vote for Romney or anyone, in the hopes that getting rid of BHO means getting rid of the worthless affirmative action beneficiary Eric Holder. Heck, just getting rid of MO is reason enough to vote for any Republican nominee.

  • Giant rat caught, killed with pitchfork

    08/28/2011 10:10:50 AM PDT · 38 of 73
    kaylar to AHerald
    Unknown Origin is a great film, but I have a soft spot for Canada's Deadly Eyes. I remember watching the movie , and upon seeing the classroom scene, I thought how refreshing it was to have college age actors portraying college students-the actors were obviously all 20-25 or so. Then the dialogue revealed the classroom was supposed to be in a High School...The big climactic scene had a bunch of giant rats run down a subway staircase, and eat alive the passengers. Now, I already knew the "rats" were dachshunds in rat suits, and as a dachshund victim owner, that's what I was waiting to see. So the "rats" run down the steps with that unmistakeable wangling gait, it's supposed to be terrifying , and we're laughing because the wiener dog origin was too obvious!
  • Taking dogs from their litter too young 'makes them aggressive'

    08/28/2011 7:40:56 AM PDT · 103 of 126
    kaylar to hope
    Pups learn a lot the from their mom in the first 2 months

    I read that mama dogs know which puppies are preset to be alpha dogs, and they are sterner with them than with the less dominant pups : Growling at them when they get too pushy and so forth. Humans see this and think the mama dog "hates" that puppy, and so "rescue" it-making sure the alpha puppy never learns good dog manners as it would have if left with the mama dog, and so becoming more likely to be a discipline/behavior problem for their human family.

  • MLK Memorial Is Both Moving And Powerful

    08/27/2011 7:20:43 AM PDT · 66 of 88
    kaylar to lbryce

    I doubt those making the comparison are talking about FACIAL resemblance, but rather the way both men appear to be emerging out of a mass of solidified substance.

  • MLK Memorial Is Both Moving And Powerful

    08/27/2011 6:40:18 AM PDT · 55 of 88
    kaylar
    Some have compared this memorial to " Han Solo in carbonite":

    Han Solo

    MLK Memorial
  • Author Stephen King offers left-leaning talk show

    08/23/2011 1:45:02 PM PDT · 59 of 102
    kaylar to SJSAMPLE

    I wonder if he’s even writing the books being published under his name now? I have read virtually every novel he wrote from Carrie to From a Buick 8, Bag of Bones...about the year 2000-2002. While he’s no Tolstoy, his works show a steady improvement in professionalism and polish : Even Salem’s Lot and The Shining are incomparably better written than Carrie. And then I got The Cell...I really don’t believe for a second that SK wrote that book . It read almost like a parody of SK’s writing style, written by a person with marginal at best writing ability, trying to imitate the tropes and idiom’s of SK’s work. And getting those tropes wrong : What was with the ALL CAPS listing for brand names? And his male protagonists ...They have never been stupid or neanderthal/macho, but they also haven’t burst into tears constantly , sometimes more than once in the same chapter. And suddenly SK is writing about a 20something artist, when his protaganists have been aging along with him, sometimes being older than is SK himself? And SK’s done gay characters before, but this one (a male secondary named Tom IIRC) seemed oddly tacked on, like his gayness was part of a checklist system of writing a Guaranteed Blockbuster. I checked out the reviews at various sites, and I was gratified to see that others had had the exact same thought : As one reviewer put it, “I don’t know who wrote this book, but it wasn’t King, and whoever wrote it sucks!” There have been rumors that Tabitha King has written some of SK’s works (Rose Madder and Gerald’s Game , maybe a few more ) and the sheer number and size of the books ( sometimes three huge ones in one year) have seemed suspicious to some, but The Cell is the first work of SK that I’ve read which didn’t seem to be written by the same person (whoever s/he is...) who wrote The Stand , The Shining, The Dead Zone, or even the last (and least) novels in the Gunslinger series.

  • The 75 Books Every Man Should Read (Esquire Magazine)

    08/21/2011 9:43:11 AM PDT · 59 of 100
    kaylar to CanaGuy

    Much better list . 45/101 here. Guess I have some reading to do.

  • The 75 Books Every Man Should Read (Esquire Magazine)

    08/21/2011 7:09:08 AM PDT · 32 of 100
    kaylar to flowerplough

    10/20. I did like that the ‘man’ list included Jorge Luis Borges; he’s been one of my favorite writers for 3 decades now. And Wide Sargasso Sea from the ‘woman’ list deserves its listing, and also was made into a splendid film.

  • The 75 Books Every Man Should Read (Esquire Magazine)

    08/21/2011 6:45:42 AM PDT · 17 of 100
    kaylar to InvisibleChurch

    15/75. (Not a man BTW, so I guess I am excused from reading the other 60.)

  • 'Cat Army' Unleashed Against Rat Menace in China

    08/21/2011 5:33:37 AM PDT · 32 of 39
    kaylar to nickcarraway
    Cats aren't ratters, cats are mousers . Dogs are ratters-RAT terriers were bred for the purpose, and I can vouch for a dachshund's sheer and utter astonished delight at the opportunity to tackle a rat.("Long tailed badger! Long tailed badger! Yay!!!") A cat will rarely go after a rat that is more than 6 months old-it happens, but they really aren't bred for it as are certain dog breeds.
  • Stalker for 17 years — since 8th grade — faces long prison term (Washington State)

    08/20/2011 5:48:43 AM PDT · 32 of 60
    kaylar to Stoat
    I think this may have been one of the cases covered on Stalked: Somebody's Watching, an ID/Discovery channel program (that I think may be on hiatus till 2012). If this *IS* the same case I watched, the guy's a real freak: The show broadcast actual police video of the perp being questioned , and he sounded so smug and so self confident as he explained that sooner or later his victim was going to 'end up dead'. Then the perp looked utterly shocked and stunned when the police responded by arresting him for making a death threat! I think the freak really and truly thought he could tell the police he intended to kill the victim, that the victim would sooner or later die, and that he'd be allowed just to walk out of that police station a free man. Too many "Our hands are tied" soliloquey scenes in 'police procedural/revenge vigilante' movies?
  • Toronto religious leader charged in sex assaults

    08/18/2011 9:53:31 AM PDT · 3 of 9
    kaylar to bayouranger
    Members of the mosque were especially upset that the allegations come during the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast during daylight hours. “For a Muslim, this is very shameful. We really condemn it,” said Muti Mughal. “I still don’t believe it.”

    Very cryptic comment...I honestly can't tell if the speaker is upset over the assaults, people coming forward to make allegations during ramadan, or charges being filed during ramadan.

  • 'Mum, the bear is eating me!': Frantic final phone calls of woman, 19, eaten alive by brown bear

    08/17/2011 9:57:03 AM PDT · 64 of 115
    kaylar to kaylar

    How did I mistype her name TWICE??? That’s Cynthia Dusel-Bacon, and she’s apparently gone on to have quite a distinguished career as a geologist...I see quite a few papers and books she’s published, via google.

  • 'Mum, the bear is eating me!': Frantic final phone calls of woman, 19, eaten alive by brown bear

    08/17/2011 9:54:04 AM PDT · 63 of 115
    kaylar to kaylar

    Let me add that I sincerely HOPE it is a fake-it’s just too horrible to imagine, if it’s real. :-(

  • 'Mum, the bear is eating me!': Frantic final phone calls of woman, 19, eaten alive by brown bear

    08/17/2011 9:49:46 AM PDT · 62 of 115
    kaylar to marktwain
    I see there are some here who doubt this account. There was a case of an attack on a woman in the USA who was partially eaten alive by a black bear. Cynthis Dusel Bacon was a geologist working in the field , with a walkie talkie with her to keep in contact with her co workers. An emaciated black bear attacked her; she played dead and described over the radio how the bear was eating her alive. The woman survived minus both arms (last update on her I read , she had been fitted with prosthetic arms). This case is what changed the advice on how to deal with an attacking bear : Before, the advice was always to play dead . After this atrocity, the advice changed to , play dead for a grizzly or brown bear, grab whatever you can and fight against a black bear. Apparently grizzlies attack humans because they think we're after their kills or their territory or their cubs , black bears think of us as prey-they stalk and attack us for the purpose of eating us .

    If this attack IS a fake, maybe it was inspired by this true attack from 1977.

    Cynthis Dusel Bacon

  • Slain Pa. officer had pointed stun gun at 2 dogs

  • How to keep the grammatically challenged off the Internet.

    08/07/2011 1:10:11 PM PDT · 32 of 62
    kaylar to EveningStar
    This

    "I'm definately getting Nickelback tickets."

    is definitely misspelled. Nowadays, people are typing

    "I am defiantly getting Nickelback tickets",

    and while a taste for Nickelback is certainly something about which one would naturally be defensive, it's actually a spell check problem. When people try to spell "definitely" as "definitaly", spellcheck tells them that it looks like they're trying to spell definatly-and since people nowadays can't 'sound out' words, they just blindly accept that spelling. Drives me nuts!

  • Comments from a liberal website about the Milwaukee State Fair attacks

    08/06/2011 10:20:08 AM PDT · 22 of 33
    kaylar to no gnu taxes

    So all the comments from people who were there and stated blacks were targeting whites are lies, and all the images showing a large black mob are photoshopped? Good grief!

  • Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan Reportedly Kills Members of SEAL Team 6

    08/06/2011 10:17:31 AM PDT · 118 of 397
    kaylar to yldstrk
    Just get it right. Terrible spelling and grammar is part of the problem. We have to hang on to our heritage. It’s not a little deal, kapish?

    Did you mean capisce?

    I try not to give too much credence to conspiracy theories, and I really hate where my mind is going on this. I *hope* it's a tragic coincidence . (Of course, any service deaths are tragic.) But in any case, November 2012 can't get here too soon.

  • Rise of the Mob: Wisconsin Fairgoers Attacked, Violently Beaten

    08/06/2011 8:50:02 AM PDT · 27 of 34
    kaylar to IbJensen

    Agreed. I really do think BHO has managed to destroy irreparably the USA....I don’t see this country recovering in my lifetime, and I would not be too surprised to see it split into several different countries before 2100.

  • Rise of the Mob: Wisconsin Fairgoers Attacked, Violently Beaten

    08/06/2011 8:07:40 AM PDT · 25 of 34
    kaylar to Niuhuru

    Black on White Violence Silver Lining Alert : If BHO is not re elected next year, a large part of the reason will be the vile behavior from his ‘bruthas’ and ‘sistuhs’. We here on FR were predicting this exact behavior way before the final tally on 11/04/2008, based on the increasingly menacing behavior seen from late summer 2008 on . Freepers described nasty remarks from blacks as to what BHO would do to whites from fellow students, co workers, complete strangers....Nice White Liberals want to believe that white distrust and/or dislike of blacks is based solely on “racism” and “ignorance”, but some NWL’s got Reality Therapy administered quite literally on Day One, when white BHO supporters trying to go out and celebrate with black supporters on Election Night were driven away with violence. The more incidents of black on white violence , the more flash mobs, the more average whites come to dread being around blacks in groups, the less likely are those whites to vote again for BHO. Too bad about all the damage , probably irreparable,that has been done to the USA. And too bad for the whites hurt, maimed, murdered by these thugs. :-( But it was these thugs who IMO deserve the bulk of the credit for the jump in sales of firearms, ammo, and CCW licenses since 11/2008. Probably even more credit than the BHO administration’s stated policies and the implications his non supporters drew from those policies.

  • Forget That: The Left Will Not Abandon Obama

    08/06/2011 7:39:32 AM PDT · 26 of 33
    kaylar to 2ndDivisionVet

    Agreed. Forced comparisons with BHO=JEC just do not work, because of the racial aspects : On a daily basis on multiple sites (not just political ones) , I am seeing posts that proclaim that Republicans and “tea baggers” are only against BHO’s policies because they “can’t handle having a black president”. You cannot underestimate the stupidity of our so called fellow citizens ; furthermore, too many that voted for BHO think that vote proves their moral superiority over those who did not, and I am not sure there’s any degree of economic pain that could make them want to surrender this self awarded moral superiority. The best we can hope for is a lower turnout from BHO’s built in base, and that’s not at all guaranteed.

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Dog Days

    08/05/2011 8:31:44 AM PDT · 40 of 49
    kaylar to Snake65
    Here on FR, I've read about a dachshund in Florida that was swallowed whole by an alligator , and who then proceeded to chew herself free, leaving the alligator floating in the pond, (chewed) belly up...The article described the dachshund as brushing past her shocked and estactic human family to get to her food bowl, which is exactly what I'd expect from a weiner dog. A vet was quoted as saying, "As soon as I heard about this, I knew the dog would turn out to be a dachshund.

    Another account posted to FR involved a dachshund who attacked a German Shepherd and an Irish setter. The dachshund lost an eye and needed some stitches, the setter needed almost 100 stitches, and the shepherd had to be euthanized at the scene by responding police officers because the cute, cuddly little dachshund had got up underneath and disemboweled him.

    Most aggressive thing my sweet weiner dog did was tackle a crippled squirrel that couldn't climb, only run on the ground. He pinned the squirrel, the squirrel twisted around and bit him; the dog shrieked like he was mortally wounded ; I took after the squirrel to do grievous bodily harm to it for making my little guy shriek, and the squirrel evaded me with contemptuous ease.

  • Wanted: More Snoopy Americans

    08/03/2011 9:50:06 AM PDT · 20 of 20
    kaylar to GreylineRider
    True story : My mother visited Germany and Austria a few years ago as part of a "senior tour" , mainly to see this passion play that only gets presented once a decade or thereabouts. While over there, the tour guide told a story about life in East Germany, circa 1970s/1980s:

    Seems her mother had one of those short wave radios, and she was (IMO) a bit of a narcissist : The mother made little attempt to conceal her ownership of the radio, because she thought she was so clever no one would find out. Wrong! No one-not the mother, or her children-was executed (I don't recall if the radio was or was not seized) , but the mother's "anti social" behavior was recorded, and all her children were not only prevented from getting a higher education despite excellent grades, they were only allowed to get the most menial jobs available-all in retaliation for the mother's actions. Per the tour guide, the mother complains about how her friends all have children who are earning decent money and have at least reasonably prestigious jobs...And her children have decided to protect her from the knowledge of how her own actions way back before the fall of the Berlin wall continue to impact their lives today, as those "lost years" cannot be relived. At least they survived.

  • Woman accused of chasing boyfriend with machete near West Palm Beach

    07/31/2011 7:04:37 AM PDT · 5 of 16
    kaylar to ConservativeStatement
    If my boyfriend had a machete, I wouldn't chase him-I'd run far away in the opposite direction.

    Seriously : Why didn't the ediot editor phrase it, Woman with machete chases boyfriend-?

  • America's Dirtiest Hotels

    07/30/2011 10:36:42 AM PDT · 22 of 34
    kaylar to SamAdams76

    I’ve had good luck with Country Inn & Suites and the Staybridge suites. Staybridge’s are a *bit* nicer than Country, but Country’s room layout is more convenient: They are divided into two separate sleeping areas, with the bathroom also separate and in the middle. In the Staybridge, there’s two sleeping areas, but one has to walk through the larger room to get to the bathroom. For two (or more ) people traveling together, that’s the thing one has to consider, at least if the people keep differing sleep schedules and one’s an insomniac AND a very light sleeper (ie, cursed by the gods).

  • MSNBC Contributor Goldie Taylor Says Corporate America Is "Literally Raping" Minorities (VIDEO)

    07/27/2011 2:39:19 PM PDT · 9 of 50
    kaylar to blam

    I hate people who use “literally” when they mean “figuratively”...Not as much as I hate people who think it’s cute to spell ‘probably’ as ‘prolly’ , or the idiots who (thanks to an imperfect spellcheck program and an inability to sound out words) actually think ‘definitely’ is spelled ‘defiantly’...but still...

  • Anders Breivik is not Christian but anti-Islam

    07/26/2011 8:41:41 AM PDT · 25 of 31
    kaylar to livius
    Schama also mentions that in his book on the French Revolution Citizens. Towards the end of that massive book , he mentions that the once emptied asylums now (post Napoleonic era) had people in it that were no longer capable of living in "non revolutionary" society. "Revolutionary insanity" it was called, and a description was included of a woman who as late as 1823 was still given to chanting revolutionary slogans and giving pro revolution speeches to bored or uncomprehending fellow inmates .
  • Patti LaBelle's Hairdresser, Bodyguard Charged With Assault

    07/25/2011 2:55:56 PM PDT · 36 of 36
    kaylar to bvw
    When will I stop being surprised at each fresh instance of has-been celebrity hypocrisy?
  • Patti LaBelle's Hairdresser, Bodyguard Charged With Assault

    07/25/2011 7:57:34 AM PDT · 34 of 36
    kaylar to bvw; All
    Last line of this article:

    LaBelle is countersuing

    As I doubt she's suing her own body guards, it appears the beast is suing the victim-and the labelle thing has *MUCH* deeper pockets, no doubt.

    I doubt the victim will ever receive anything close to justice for his ordeal at the hands of those hired thugs. The countersuit is undoubtedly intended to frighten him into backing down. Best that can be hoped for is the cops are disciplined and the West Point bureaucrats reverse themselves.

  • Nim Chimpsky: the chimp they tried to turn into a human

    07/24/2011 9:18:10 AM PDT · 49 of 50
    kaylar to little jeremiah
    It hurts my old heart as well; I cannot read anything about cruelty to animals (or children, or the elderly or infirm), it’s like ripping out my own heart.

    You and me both. :-( Especially Small Cute Dogs, as I have chihuahuas and dachshunds. And now that I was fool enough to get a cat, I've doubled my likeliness to be personally upset by reading about animal cruelty cases-and there's just so many of them, and so little one person can do to help. :-(

  • Nim Chimpsky: the chimp they tried to turn into a human

    07/24/2011 9:07:56 AM PDT · 48 of 50
    kaylar to MHGinTN

    I never saw sweet clover (that’s the tall yellow stuff) till July 2009 , when I was driving through SD’s Badlands. This was the 4th of July weekend , it was hot, but we turned off the A/C just so we could smell it . It was lovely. I now have a little patch of it cultivated in my back yard-it’s nice, but it’s nowhere near as impressive and overpowering as the miles and miles of yellow clover that day in SD. I suppose your clover is probably the white-y pink stuff we have here in MO...eh, maybe my sweet clover is helping the bees too.

  • Ogmore illegal shock collar dog owner gets £2,000 fine (Wales)

    07/19/2011 8:12:35 AM PDT · 26 of 27
    kaylar to Cronos
    I have had two spayed females now : A rescue dog that I had spayed at 5 years old (her first "family" apparently kept her isolated when she was in heat and used pads when she had discharge) and a puppy I had spayed at 4 1/2 months old. Neither animal seemed much different before or after the surgery personality- or behaviorwise, and I had read that early spaying gives a bitch a masculine personality, so I was a bit worried about the puppy. I will say dogs seem to recover from being spayed when young better than they do when spayed as adults, if what I saw with my two females is typical. The puppy was back to her normal bouncy, jubilant self in a day or two, while the older dog took 3-4 days before she was completely back to normal, and she went so long without eating that I was becoming worried. BTW, the older spayed bitch is now 15 going on 16 years old, and she is still a pretty active, happy canine . (Sadly, the 'puppy' was put down at age 11 1/2 years old , for reasons totally unrelated to the spaying.)
  • News of the World phone hacking whistleblower found dead

    07/18/2011 10:57:49 AM PDT · 17 of 39
    kaylar to BreezyDog

    Apparently no equipment was used...The phones were sold with preset passwords (0000, 1234 were cited in the articles I read) and the people whose phones were hacked were those who had never bothered to change the passwords to something (hopefully) unique and known only to themselves .

  • Ogmore illegal shock collar dog owner gets £2,000 fine (Wales)

    07/18/2011 9:06:50 AM PDT · 13 of 27
    kaylar to KyGeezer
    Y'know, it's a funny thing, but bizarre restrictions on pet ownership are one of the things that made me (slowly) realize I am not a liberal.

    Back when RR was president, I hated him and accepted all the liberal talking points of the day, mostly because I figured out by media osmosis that those points were accepted by all the "smart" people...And who doesn't want to consider oneself automatically intelligent, simply by believing in X instead of Y on topic____?

    And then I read a glowing article on Sweden, which was then being promulgated as the World's Utopia. And I'm pretty sure the article I read was published by the Reader's Digest, to which my parents had a subscription (that magazine may have been conservative back in the 1950s, but it already wasn't by the 1980s, in my experience.) Anyhow, the article laid out all the reasons why Sweden Was The Best Place on Earth If Not The Universe, and one of the reasons was

    Spaying and neutering dogs was banned.

    Owners were expected to keep female dogs in heat inside, to prevent unwanted litters.

    The rationale behind this law was,"it encouraged responsible pet ownership" and I'm pretty sure that was EXACTLY the way it was phrased.

    Bear in mind I considered myself a leftist then-more radical than a liberal-and yet, reading that I felt a disquieting emotion in my stomach and on the back of my neck which I could not identify then, but which I later realized was pure rage.

    The law gave the Swedish government the right to treat grown adults as children (Isn't "it will encourage responsibility" precisely why the grownups give children allowances?) and that really bothered me.

    (I felt the same rage when I read in the article that the government had created communal dining halls for apartment buildings....And that these halls had so encouraged socialization and cohesion in the apartment dwellers that the government had then made their usage mandatory instead of voluntary.Not every night, only a few times a month IIRC...But being told as a grownup how you WILL spend even one or two nights a month by your government is just too intrusive....And for an introvert like me, who finds people in groups draining, it's The Worst Nightmare Ever.

    So in retrospect, a stupid* Swedish law banning spaying is what started my journey from knee jerk liberal to small government (but strong national defense) conservative/libertarian . It took a few more years (I voted for WJC the first time ) and it was an obsession with the Civil war that finally killed off the last of my HS/college liberalism (the state's rights argument on behalf on local self government was too obviously correct-a strong central government was too intrusive even then)...But it was seeing how (over and over and over) it was *Liberals* who wanted to intrude in my private life more than conservatives , and how *liberals* were the ones who wanted to strengthen the government to intrude into people's privacy (in the name of "fairness" and "enlightened opinion", of course) that did the trick.

    *And it WAS a stupid law, that years later it was revealed led to a rate of uterine cancers in canines EIGHT TIMES the US average, because we spay our female pets much more frequently.

  • Time Exclusive: First Dwarves from 'The Hobbit' Movie

    07/18/2011 8:11:02 AM PDT · 14 of 16
    kaylar to SMCC1
    Oh, and here's :

    Thorin Oakenshield
  • Time Exclusive: First Dwarves from 'The Hobbit' Movie

    07/18/2011 7:52:27 AM PDT · 13 of 16
    kaylar to SMCC1

    Aidan Turner as a dwarf

    Between Peter Dinklage as Tyrion (a huge percentage of nerdettes and girl geeks have a thing for Tyrion/Dinklage) and now Aidan Turner, we might see a bit of an easing of the 'anti short guy' bigotry that has gone on for far too long.

    (Yes, I know Turner isn't really short, much less a dwarf like Dinklage...Work with me here.)

    Turner looks great, but I think he looks less like a Tolkien dwarf, and more like a Pini ElfQuest elf:

    Bearclaw with wolf friend
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  • Encounter - bad, really bad(CCW OH)

    07/17/2011 6:48:25 AM PDT · 9 of 50
    kaylar to marktwain
    If you're going to set upa ping list for this , please add me to it.
  • Urban Survival Skills To Keep Your Ass Alive

    07/15/2011 3:28:14 PM PDT · 145 of 247
    kaylar to Travis McGee
    During the civil war, coffee was one of THE big things the blockade runners tried to bring in to the confederacy-almost up there with drugs. There was only so much the blockade runners could do, so one coffee substitute after another was discovered or invented. I believe that's how chicory coffee came to be, though maybe it was around before that as a poor folk's drink, and the civil war popularized it for all social classes .

    I wish there were still coffee sold in the old fashioned cans , without the peel off seal. Even the store brands (eg Great Value) are using the pull off inner seals. Maybe it doesn't make any real difference, but I can't help but feel that cans that require a can opener will keep stuff fresher and longer than the kind with an attached means of opening.

  • Urban Survival Skills To Keep Your Ass Alive

    07/15/2011 8:46:30 AM PDT · 88 of 247
    kaylar to Kartographer
    Next you will need something to cook on. I recommend one of the Colman multi fuel camp stoves. I have the Peak1 which burns both Coleman fuel and kerosene. These stoves are small, light weight and very energy-efficient. Remember, when using stoves like these indoors the fumes must be vented to the outside, if not carbon monoxide can build up and kill you

    We have a Coleman, but we also have sterno stoves (the 2 burner models) and are stockpiling both sterno cans (both sizes) and fuel for the Coleman.

    We have been stockpiling bottled water, medicines, canned soups, canned vegetables, canned fruits, and canned beans and meats (protein) for some time now. We have a 6' 2 door cabinet in the basement for just the canned foods-it's almost full.

    I remember back in the Reagan administration (not sure 1st or 2nd) reading a letter in the Ann Landers column. A reader told her about discovering a can of tuna that had an expiration date in the Nixon administration! She stated that she'd discarded the can, but wanted to know if it would have been safe to eat. Ann consulted with some chemists, canning operators, FDA staff, etc, and their conclusion was, the food might have deteriorated a little in taste, texture, and vitamin "availability", but it would have been safe. More recently, I saw an article on a grocery store that had gone out of business way back in 1969. Somehow a can of corn from it had gone into storage-don't ask me how or why, it's been a few months. Anyhow, the can was taken to a lab, opened-and the corn inside looked as if it had been canned last month. It was perfectly safe to eat. So I say, regard expiration dates as interesting suggestions, not commandments from God. At least for cans that require a can opener...Not sure if I trust the pop top canned foods as much, and it's getting harder to find the old fashioned, less convenient cans.

    I suggest all preppers who NEED their morning coffee make damn' sure they have a camp or stovetop perculator coffee pot, and filters. We made coffee with the stovetop on a sterno stove-it was very hot and very good. I used non dairy creamer with it...With the electric, the creamer just slowly dissolves into the coffee. With the perculator, the creamer disintigrated on coffee impact. It was really impressive to see.

  • Urban Survival Skills To Keep Your Ass Alive

    07/15/2011 8:33:22 AM PDT · 87 of 247
    kaylar to Georgia Girl 2
    Another really good thing to have is a mobile security alarm. We call her Coco. 10 lbs of shreaking fury. She hears everything, it doesn’t cost much to feed her and she operates 24 hours per day.

    Ha! Our Coco(a) is an 8 lb male chihuahua. Sadly he's mostly deaf (14 years old) so he's no alarm.

  • 'State of emergency' in 'Nazi'-cop town

    07/12/2011 7:25:11 AM PDT · 52 of 61
    kaylar to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    Quartzsite was a town I always wanted to visit some day. It’s one of the most important sites in the USA for rockhounds and mineral collectors-maybe the most important site of all. Now, I think I’ll be avoiding this place...Sure hope those folks there get this situation under control, and heads roll. Unbelievable!

  • 10 Reasons Why People Won't Watch 3D TV

    07/07/2011 1:53:28 PM PDT · 37 of 78
    kaylar to Las Vegas Dave

    My local theater is an “8 plex” (octoplex?) and they’ve recently started giving the patron a choice on 3 D : For movies that are in 3 D, you can either buy a ticket for the 3 D showing OR the 2 D showing-your choice. We have been shunning the 3 D option and going with the regular version as too many 3 D films have NOT been improved by the 3 D-in fact, many seemed too darkly lit(hard to see what’s going on onscreen) , the 3 D seems to be used as a substitute for a plot, character development, or anything else you’d like in a film, and most of the time , it’s not real 3 D any way, just computer simulation of 3 D inserted post filming, and that looks even worse than true 3 D which we don’t like in the first place! We bought a 48” flat panel HDTV 1080p in 2009-no way in h—l are we going to replace it with a 3 D tv, and I wonder how many people who *like* 3 D will feel compelled to replace their flat panels, in this economy. No Mr. TV Manufacturer, we *won’t* pretend it’s 2005, just because you want us to!