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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:15 PM
Number of posts: 6,151

About Me

Still an ardent Irish-American Catholic damnYankee Yellow Dog Democrat socialist after all these years. (cue Simon music) Army brat and wife for many years, now have been on the loose far longer than I was married. After my two red chows died, I took in a mini-beagle cross that I named Molly Maguire, thinking she might need a good Irish name like my original real one. Later she got a baby sister, a smooth-coat JRT I named Brigid after the greatest of the ancient Celtic goddesses. My great-grandfather and his son fought for Michael Collins and barely made it out of Ireland one step ahead of John Bull. They slipped over to Wales for new identities and then forward to the States for a fresh start. That makes me second generation of illegal but certainly justified immigrants. There are precious few people to whose defense I fly immediately, but the list includes Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama even when I disagree with him - it happens! - and living Irish patriots Gerry Adams and Martin \\\'Mind Your Kneecaps\\\' McGuiness. I pray earnestly for a united and free Ireland rescued from all official British occupation, with every square inch of alleged \\\'ancestral lands\\\' now held immorally and illegally by the invaders returned to the rightful owners. Irish-only rule for Ireland. No foreign masters anymore! I find it passing strange when Brits chide ME about \'interfering\' in Irish politics!

Journal Archives

Religion itself is not the problem

But rather the evil purposes for which it is all too often used. I'm an ecumenical Catholic known to visit other congregations so I've seen a lot, and too much of it ain't pretty. Any hint of politics from the pulpit should immediately erase any tax breaks. At one adult Sunday School class I wondered aloud whether I was at church or a CPAC meeting. That got them all stirred up once I explained what CPAC is. And it used to be common for some of these people to pray for President Obama to be killed and his wife made a widow, his children orphans. That's no brand of Christianity or any other decent religion I ever heard about.

In other words, I heartily support a full frontal attack by the IRS on these wolves in sheep's clothing.

Maybe Gohmert and Keyes and friends

saw one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes, "To Serve Man". Space aliens show up and offer to teach humans how to make the Earth another Garden of Eden, following the directions of their sacred text, though they never fully translate it. Soon war's disappeared and all hunger abolished. Then the aliens offer free trips to their home planet to teach humans the nuts and bolts of the method, and people line up in droves. Even the story's main human character gets in line. At the last minute his girlfriend rushes up to the gangplank screaming for him to get off. "We've finally cracked the code of To Serve Man! It's a cookbook!"

'legitmate Christian world'?

Only to the fundies. Those of us who know Jesus is a socialist would disagree. Try saying that most places in RedNeckLand (even though it's true) and it's feet don't fail me now.

Please understand, to me RedNeckLand is not just the South or MidWest - it's anywhere crazies reign.

There are credible reports

that Rush is a short-eyes.

Perhaps Jamaal is perfectly capable

of gathering information from various quarters on his own. I doubt he needs trolls or 'libertarians' or faux liberals of any sort to guide him along the way. When he asks a question here, it might be a particular vantage point he wishes to utilize along with others from different sources. Not seeking a cacaphony of competing viewpoints in one particular place compliments his discretion. It is not a silly OP, although your reply certainly qualifies.

If I want information about gourmet cooking, I don't ask a plumber (although the plumber might be an excellent chef, but that's beside the point.). Is that clear?

THEY'RE the ones who scare me most.

And I have such a Nordic appearance that in my younger years I've been flirted with by obvious KKK types when I was alone in public. Imagine how scary that is! I couldn't say my boyfriend or husband would intervene because they'd take that as a challenge. So I always said my boyfriend or husband would kill me instead. That convinced them well enough that I wasn't available w/o letting them make it an issue.

Odd Couple

Since I gripe so much about the tiny remote RedNeckLand town where I retired, I feel doubly obligated to pass along good stories too when I have one. Today's concerns a relationship I never observed before.

One of the good guys around here is an old gent who takes his daily constitutional down my street; actually I get the impression he travels a lot. He loves dogs and when I'm outside he even slows down more to wave at me and maybe chat a second or so.

But today I noticed something different. He was being trailed about 3 feet behind by an old lab mix barking nonstop. Nothing aggressive - a purely conversational tone. When the old gent would stop and turn to look at him, the dog would seem very pleased but not hush for a second. Seems this has been going on for several days; the man has no idea where the dog lives; it just shows up at various points along the route and follows him, barking nonstop all the way. When the man gets home, the dog leaves.

I said if he gets on your nerves too much or spoils your walk, just squirt him with a water gun. The sweet old man was aghast. "I couldn't do that! Besides, he's just noisy. Probably lonesome." Then they went on their mutually congenial way. I thought it was sweet.


I appreciate everyone's help. If you have input for my followup questions to Chrome, by all means feel free.

Trust me, I'm very careful with electronics. Didn't grow up with them or most things freely obtained, so I can't take them for granted. My parents were very generous with college funds for all of us, because back in the stone age it was unthinkable to graduate in debt. But that was their focus. Anything else you wanted besides bare basics, you had to scratch for.

Thanks - I'm also wondering about

the effect of cold on the crappy external signal booster I bought. It worked for awhile indoors snuggled against an outside wall facing the remote router, then quit picking up signals. When I rigged up outdoors yesterday, worked fine. Now I'm indoors again - wanted to see if the signal 'booster' would work in an open window facing toward the distant router. It does, fine.

But that leads me to another pesky question: since signal boosters don't generate their own heat, how much cold can they stand? If less, as I imagine, are there ways to protect them somewhat from cold temperature while not interfering in their signal reception?

This winter I'd far prefer to be sitting in the nice warm house listening to music while I work on the computer, and I could always set the 'booster' on the outside window sill, then lower the window with something to prevent pressure on the cord and yet stop the air draft in or out of the house. Not too worried about heat on the booster because in summer it's shaded by a huge rose bush.

Joy unconfined!

At least for now. I took my computer out onto my largely private front porch and the wireless device is working okay now. Got to where it wouldn't at all indoors no matter what I did. Still not the least bit satisfied with this booster, but it will do for now until the weather gets too cold.

Which makes me wonder - does anyone know a way to protect a computer somewhat against the cold, and how much can it take? I'm half polar bear myself, so going by my level of comfort would be foolish. Yes, I'm off to research that myself this very minute, but like Von Braun, I Aim At the Stars, but sometimes I miss and hit Paris.
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