Happy Independence Day
My younger daughter sitting on a cannon at Fort Ticonderoga, where we beat the British in 1775.
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even though he knows better.
"White folk done took this country," Wright said. "You're in their home, and they're gonna let you know it."
He had a good education. His father was a clergyman and his mother a school principal. I bet they didn't talk like that around the family dinner table.
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Labels: black grievance industry, race baiters, Rev Jeremiah Wright
Dell had computer problems, and I had Dell problems.
In the past five years, we have had serious problems with two Dell computers. The latest one, after a year of use during which it never worked properly, had a defective motherboard.
I figured it was something to do with me, considering how little I know about computers. The only thing I actually know about them is: I need one!
You know how, when you take your car in for service, the mechanic tells you the flugelhorn is defective and the rubella needs a new part, and you try to nod sagely like you understand what he is talking about? I have the same lack of understanding the most elementary facts about computers. However, most cars work.
Now imagine you purchase a new car, which is fine but has four perfectly square wheels. But you are told it's fine. It's supposed to work that way.
Makes you crazy, doesn't it? The hell with you, Dell, including all the supercilious Indian male-supremicist outsource guys with ununderstandable accents. Bad cess to you!
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How did this guy ever get appointed?
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Labels: Afghanistan, US Ambassador to Australia
or paying a "restocking" fee.
I, too, use more than one library, and sometimes return books to the wrong library. The fees can really mount up.
When I worked in the library I always told the pages, who were temporary minimum wage high school students, that they were the most important employees in the library. Pages put the books away, and a book put away in the wrong place is a book which for all practical purposes has ceased to exist. Inter-library cooperation with shared databases has helped the situation greatly, but does not benefit the person who needs the only copy today, for instance for a report due tomorrow. This happens more often than you would think. For instance, with summer reading assignments. The week before school begins in the fall there is not a copy of any of the books on the list to be found within 10 miles, either in libraries or in bookstores. The kids who think ahead take them out of the library on the first day of vacation and then take the book on vacation with them, generally leaving it somewhere. It falls into the lake, is buried in the sand of the beach, or left in a hotel room.
Meanwhile, libraries get tough on people who don't play the library game. The library game has two moves: 1) check out a book or books; 2) return it or them in a timely fashion. I have mastered move 1, but have trouble with move 2. A large part of my motive for using the library is to avoid having any more books take up permanent residence in my home, which is groaning with books. They have overflowed their shelves, filled the nightstands, piled up on tables and counters, moved into boxes stowed in strategic locations, and now reside in piles on the floor, their last redoubt. So why don't I return library books in good time, like a decent citizen?
There are root causes for this, as for other forms of crime. I used to work in libraries, you see, and everyone who works in libraries has at least 50 outstanding overdue books. That's because we are fine-exempt. If a book really gets lost at home--I'm talking years, here--we insiders remove it from the database, eventually.
But we get tough on ordinary citizens who don't return their books, and charge them restocking fees. Someone has to obey the laws, you know.
However, pages being temporary and poorly paid high school students, they sometimes misplace books, so I would check the shelves if someone were going to charge me $100 for a lost book.
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Egon Ronay, 94
My favorite quote:
He inspected airports, motorway service stations, hospitals, schools and park cafés on behalf of the ordinary public, for whom his round blue seals of approval, stuck on a window or a door, soon became a sine qua non of dining. He found Lyons Corner Houses very acceptable. To check transport cafés he would even don an anorak and cap, while the Rolls was parked around the corner.
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I've always had a great fondness for West Virginia. A large percentage of mother's clients came from there to work in Columbus's factories, and while in Columbus, they often got in trouble, with the law, with their wives, and with other West Virginians in rundown bars, which we called beer joints. That's where mother came in. My uncle claimed that there was a tunnel leading from West Virginia straight to mother's office.
You'd never want to meet nicer, more open-hearted people. Though poor, they would give you the shirts off their backs. And they adored mother. Another point in favor of the state was that, when Virginia seceded from the Union, West Virginia seceded from Virginia. Take that, you aristocratic slave-holding planters!
Byrd was well known for bringing home the pork. Does that mean West Virginia was prosperous? Did he leave the place better than he found it?
West Virginia's relative median household income is 51! among the 50 states. I don't know whether this proves that Obama was onto something when he talked about visiting all 57 states.
It's tied with Arkansas at #5 among the states for poverty.
So all West Virginia has to show for his efforts is a bunch of federal buildings, highways, etc, named after the old dodderer, and the occasional statue of him.
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despite rumors to the contrary.
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Your public education dollars at work.
Someone please buy this young lady a map of the United States.
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There was a newspaper article in the local paper about a stylish young lady. I was unable to download it, due to some mysterious software weirdness. Unfortunately, I only wanted to use her photo as a horrible example. She was dressed completely in beige. There should be rules about this. Beige suits hardly any woman. Particularly if you have beige hair and skin and pale eyes, you look like you are trying to disappear into the walls. It's not that becoming to black women either, although they can get away with it better. But why try? Beige is boring, at best. Even navy blue is better than beige.
Let's stamp out beige clothing.
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BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg said that Hayward would step aside from daily involvement in BP's oil spill response.Let's admit that Hayward is as guilty as Osama bin Laden and works for a big, evil, capitalist foreign entity. he has been told that he is liable to criminal prosecution. Why must he be publicly shamed? What purpose is served by putting him through an auto de fe on the floor of Congress? Not the purpose of getting at the truth. It's to allow Congressmen to swan around, get their self-righteous on, and get their ugly faces on camera.
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Having cut their teeth on American automobile manufacturing and banks, whet their appetites taking over health care, the Chicago Gang found it the work of a moment to blackmail BP (which Obama persists in calling British Petroleum even though they have changed their corporate name)into setting up a trust fund. It used to be called extortion but is now known as The Chicago Way.
If only they could be as tough as that with Iran!
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in a nutshell.
I've always loved Great Britain, the land of Shakespeare, P G Wodehouse, Winston Churchill, Jane Austen, and--don't laugh--Mary Poppins. As a child, I loved to read books about English children who had crumpets for tea and celebrated Guy Fawkes Day. I have no trouble adopting the Pilgrims and Puritans as ancestors even though they didn't grow up in Pinsk.
The United States would never have developed as it did and become the country it now is without its British heritage. Our Constitution grew out of theirs.
Since Mr Charm has a PhD in British History, I knew the British had a constitution, albeit an "unwritten" one. But this post clarifies the British Constitution and I found it interesting. I also liked the idea that the oak tree, the national tree, symbolizes the British Constitution.
Read the whole thing. It's admirably clear.
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My father had shingles recently. It was very painful, so he recommended that I (and everyone else who had had chicken pox) get the vaccine.
I'm not going to recount the hassles that I underwent, except to mention that I got advice from both my private insurer and Medicare that was contradictory. I finally got the shot, which I paid for myself and then struggled to get reimbursed. This was two years ago, and provided a foretaste of what Obamacare has in store for us.
Now I am trying to get an infusion of Reclast, having found out that women with osteoporosis in their hips, which I have, should either get preventive treatment or start picking out something becoming to wear at the funeral. Because, apparently if you break your hip all that remains is to choose a casket and line up pallbearers.
The local hospital offers these infusions, but refuses to administer them except under a maze of stringent rules and restrictions which make it almost impossible to actually get the drug.
Medicare can't decide whether Part B or Part D covers these infusions, and doesn't care, preferring that patients break their hips and die so they can streamline their patient lists.
I would like to fight this monster, but it has so many tentacles that I don't know which one to tackle first.
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The job situation hits new graduates hard.
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We have been having some really nasty weather. Hot, humid, sultry, with an unhelpful wind that doesn't blow anything good, but supposedly foreshadows a storm. It's a wind that so far as I know doesn't have a name, like a mistral or Santa Ana, but should.
My plants look like they've died of heat exhaustion, and no wonder. I can almost see them panting for water. I'm thirsty myself.
I wish the storm would come, but when it does, we will probably have another power outage. We had one earlier in the week, and were just comfortably settled down with our candles and flashlights to do a bit of grumbling when the power came back on.
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The ethnic background that dare not speak its name.
Nowhere in the controversy concerning Helen Thomas is her ethnic origin mentioned. She's not Welsh, like Dylan Thomas, she's not Jewish, like Michael Tilson Thomas.
She is what Tim Blair calls a Presbyterian.
If a Jew suggested that the Palestinians need to go back to Egypt, from whence they came, I'd hate to hear the ruckus.
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Good grief! Nixon was as bad as George W Bush.
or maybe not.
Ironically for that administration, the crew seemed to have concerns about making sure such job offers were legal. A handwritten note penned in the corner of the memo notes, “Malek: This must be fully approved by AG before any action is taken.”
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Down the memory hole.
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Red light cameras are taking over Delaware.
There are red-light enforcement cameras at 47 intersections in Delaware, and the state is adding 10 more cameras this spring. The first cameras were installed in 2001 in Wilmington. In 2009, the cameras caught about 61,000 violations and generated more than $5 million in fines. The number of violations has dropped in recent years, and DelDOT says the cameras have led to a 15 percent decrease in accidents at intersections covered by red-light cameras.
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[T]here is a lot of noise of how this raid was especially outrageous since a "Nobel laureate" and a "famous writer "were travelling on one of the ships; how exactly should that give a ship immunity from boarding?
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