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Silicon knee injections - upside, in six weeks, might be able to walk fairly normally again...

Downside - knees will be stiff and getting out of chairs will be a count-down battle for the next 3-4 weeks while the silicon settles to where it is supposed to be. Dr. says "lots and lots of ice and Voltaran for the duration.
And the gel only lasts maybe a year.

Well, better than a month or two off for knee surgery, while I'm still the family driver.


I held Princess while she passed

She was 18, pretty old for a cat who started life with us as an untrusting, grumpy lynx-point polydactyl pixie-bob mix who might have been three but was most likely five or six.
She quickly became a daddy's girl with Laz, took her about four or five years to warm up to me. Eventually, she became a happy cat who actually loved car rides to the vet (mainly because it was only to clip her claws and everyone lived her brilliant china blue eyes and cuddle bug attitude. She took to a leash, loving to visit people.
But she started fading last week, and took to just hanging out in the main bathroom. She was still eating up until this morning, so we were going to call a home vet tomorrow, but she started having seizures after dinner and passed within an hour, after cuddles, pets, and murmurs on how she was a good girl and it was okay to go.
The granddaughters didn't really understand what was going on until we started wrapping her up to take to the pet cremation place tomorrow. They are still crying. So am I, now that it's over.
The other cats left her alone all week, they figured out what was going on.

Farewell Princess, we will see you on the other side of the rainbow bridge.


I'm tired of all these poor MAGATs saying they were acting within their 1st Amendment Rights.

I may be a simple urban retired Chief and Sea Lawyer, but I do know a few things...

1. 1st Amendment rights end when the felonies begin. Breaking windows doors, or other items, shitting on floors, and semi-permanent Vandalism (i.e., spray paint, etching, or permanent marker instead of sidewalk chalk) is not a 1st Amendment right for "free speech", "assembly for redress" or any of the other rights enumerated under them.

2. Threats and boasting of violence or violent activity is not protected. If you threaten to bust my nose because of my
Penzies bumpersticker, you are committing assault, even if you never took the swing (that's the battery). If you threaten to burn my house down unless I sign up to be part of your MLM scheme, that's threats and extortion, amongst other things.
If you are part of a mob shouting "Find Pence, Hang Pence" - you are committing a felony.

Now, silly MAGAt, if you were really just exercising your first amendment right, you would have remained outside with your signs and your Trump Cape, and stayed outside instead of following the crowd of thugs and looters. I'd even suggest you use your cell phone to take pictures and videos of the mob, or maybe just hightail it out of there once you started seeing evidence that this was no longer a protest or protest march, but a fucking riot where people and property are getting damaged.
Being part of a mob is not being a "peaceful protester". Being part of a mob is just as protected under the Constitution as being part of a pack of feral hogs.


Possible Scam alert? Deterra sent to us without notification.

We just got a package sent to us with my spouse's correct name and address from a company - AOMBD out of St.Louis, MO.
Inside was a bag of Deterra drug deactivation system product.For passing drug tests or something like that?
We have no idea why we received it, who ordered it, whatever. They seem to be a legit third party seller on Amazon, but still, we never ordered anything like this, nor would we have need to, as Laz stopped taking medical marijuana years ago and his card expired at least 5 years ago.

Just wondering if this has happened to anyone else. Not sure if we want to send it back to the P.O.box on the return label, or just toss it?


The only test not allowed to hold public office is a religious test, so...

How about a requirement to pass a 10th grade civics test - or hell, a green-card citizen's test - two weeks before you can be added to a federal office by appointment or be allowed to have your name on a ballot for a federal office primary or run-off.

Might weed out the outright idiots like Gohmert or Tuberville. Won't weed out corruption, just idiots. And we might be able to get rid of the idea that some folks have about wanting to have a guy sitting next to one on a sports bar stool Saturday night to be Senator or Prez because "he shares my values" or some other emotionally driven nonsense.

Please discuss....


Oh poopydoo. Laz is waiting on a COVID test result.

He thought he had a tummy bug Wednesday, then a cold yesterday, and he lost his voice this morning and was feeling very off. No fever still had his taste and smell.
We went to the Urgent Care for tests a couple hours ago - he "passed" strep throat, they did x-rays for pneumonia, he passed that, so he will have to wait until Tuesday for the COVID results.

Quarentine until then. And the same for our nine and four year old grandkids. I telework, so that's not too bad. They told him that if I start showing any symptoms, go on down and get tested.

Well, at least the girls got to see the Hillcrest to North Park parades today after I dropped Laz off for his tests and took them down to Sonic for lunch - Rainbow flags, Biden Harris flags, American flags, signs, puppets and blow - up flamingos. And lots of honking, cowbells, and happy, happy people.
Mia will remember this day, at least.


Stepdaughter in El Cajon, CA is telling us the Patriot Patties are harassing voters

Apparently going up to cars near polling places and telling people that they've taken a picture of their licence plates so the folks in the car had better vote for Trump.

Probably the same East County Snowflake He-men who blocked a major downtown offramp yesterday.

We told her to tell folks to take down their licence plates and call the police.

Stupid cowbois.


The Pumpkin King (whose name was not Donald)...realized

there were a lot of little boys and girls who could not go out trick or treating (or souling) on Halloween this year due to the Covid, and thought to himself "this is wrong".
But of course, since his head was a pumpkin, he wasn't really very proactive or thoughtful, and didn't realize this until a week or so before October 30, so he had to come up with a plan quickly to deal with the situation.
After thinking a bit (took a couple days), he realized that the Easter Bunny and Santa handled their holidays with a delivery service, so he asked his favorite Bat minion if he would be willing to deliver goodies to the children. The Bat minion agreed, since it was a minion, and couldn't say no, and began to prepare itself for the arduous night with exercises and weight lifting.
But then, the night before Halloween, the Pumpkin King realized he didn't have any treats. Nor did he have any real plan for the logistics of actual goodie delivery other than his Halloween Bat.
So quickly, (far quicker than expected, since his head was only a pumpkin with a candle for a brain) he sent his minions out to stores looking for Halloween treats. But alas, all that was left were a few bags in the regular candy aisles, since grown-up and teenage humans had already scarfed up the good stuff. And in desperation, the Pumpkin King sent out a mass email to all the parents and guardians asking for help to put treats in, without much explanation on why he was asking, which meant that his desperate plea ended up in many a spam folder.
But luckily, your grandma and grandy always check their spam folder, so we set out the Easter treat eggs that the Easter Bunny always borrowed for our house, so the Halloween Bat was able to fill the eggs as quickly as it could and get out before Kali and Goblin caught it, as it was a very small bat and those two kitties are vicious.
And that is why you only have 10 eggs full of treats instead of the full 24. And that they're full of gummy bears and off-brand candy treats.
And I'm sorry you don't like the Sweet Tarts, Daphne, but the Pumpkin King had little time and very little imagination when it comes to non-scary activities.
Happy day after Halloween!


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Dang it, I had a Halloween story to post.

Those questions are only important to someone who has an agenda to sell for their own profit.

They aren't questions that apply to reality. Instead, I've got you 10 questions based in the reality of the job market and economics to give back to your conservative friend.

1) How important is a robust middle class to the wellbeing of the "free market" and both the economy and the ideals of the United States of America as the Declaration of Independence describes it - that every citizen is "free to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness".


2) What do we do as a nation to ensure that every adult has the opportunity to make a living wage that can support a small family when they are employed and be able to strive to move up the economic ladder on his or her hard work, skills and talents?


3) Do you are you happy with the current political distance between capital and labor? Do you think having money and property, no matter how you attained it, is more important politically than having a skill or a trade and the opportunity and ability to work?


4) It is a known fact that not every person has the opportunity, skills, or talent to be a manager or business owner (we are as we were made), and that realistically there are only so many economic positions in a community or society available that require management or specialty skills, and only so many feasible markets or business that can be owned. The reality is that the majority of realistic economic opportunity available to 75% of citizens who are able to make a living is found in the capability to earn a wage while working for others.

Do you think it prudent to make a politically economic decision that working is far less important than already having wealth- and wealth should be given greater social value and economic benefits than production and work?


5) When there is not enough private sector interest in providing enough living wage jobs or endowments to social charities, and not enough charitable resources to provide "a safety net" to the poor or unlucky families within a community who are not headed by "criminals or cheats", what, then, is the best interest of government to deal with a surplus of capable adults who are willing to work?
Remember - in this question, the private sector "free market" and charities are either unwilling or unable to deal with that surplus amount of capable working adults who are looking for jobs to support themselves and their families.___________________________________________________________________________________________

6) While it is apparently acceptable for a government is required to support state, national, and international businesses, corporations and organizations that are of national economic interest and security with subsidies and bail-outs to the tune of billions of dollars when they make poor decisions or are affected by disasters or market instability, why is it not acceptable for the government to temporarily support individual citizens when they are affected by disasters, job or economic instability in large enough numbers to affect local community and state interests and security?


7) If individuals do not have the ability or opportunity to survive on their own or provide for their own independent well-being through work for others, should they still be considered a citizen and have equal value as a member of society as those who can survive or provide for their own independent well-being? Do not limit the the confines of question to capable adults; include the 60% of the citizenry who are underage children, elderly, and disabled.


8 - a two-part question:
8a) What is the actual percentage of individual "cheats" within a subsidy or assistance system that are allowable before a system is deemed a failure or a waste of money?


8b) Is this percentage applicable to the cheaters in the overall system, or a local perception of cheaters within a particular subset of that system?


9 - a two-part question:

9a) Which is a more important concern - taxation without representation or representation without taxation?


9b) As these are absolutes, what should the boundary be drawn between the two?


10) Is it better to be merciful and mistaken or mis-led, or to be cruel and mistaken or mis-led?


When a group has a vested interest in telling you what you want to hear, making you outraged or fearful against fellow citizens who are only living their own lives to make a profit or score political points, should you give them your complete, blind loyalty?
And too many so-called Conservatives forget history for their own sense of pride and grasping for social standing. In the "good old days" before unions or worker's movements, most people starved during a good portion of their lives, and never made it out of poverty, while a few people who had silver tongues or silver spoons were able to con or buy their way into great fortunes and access to the majority of resources. There were the very rich and the people who lived off crumbs thrown their way, the struggling and thrifty family business owners who usually lost their hard - worked businesses within two generations at a rate of 90%, individual farmers who maintained their living through subsistance, the good-will of neighbors, and the vagarities of the climate, and the very poor.
Until we had unions, the New Deal, and social safety nets, we didn't have a large thriving middle class.

What the current Neo-liberal (Free Market), and Neo-Conservative (Moral Majority) types forget is if a majority of people are able to survive and hope for a future while in some comfort, they will not turn to crime or to destructive habits. If that means that due to the lack of resources, or the free-market worship of the bottom line, some people will be have to be dependent if we are going to retain a "free" and "civilized" society - like older people who have been laid off who will not get re-hired because too many younger people also need the work, or skilled people who have gone through years of training, to find out most of the available jobs and opportunities are going to the lowest bidder (off-shoring or H1Bs), or the just average people who are just average that don't have the personal mental or physical capabilities to work the few above minimum wage service or retail jobs that are still available in today's economy.

Retirees or workers with property or less than $2 mil. in the bank better hold on to their hats.
If we don't do something about the increasing amount of worshipers of Mammon, who hold a greedy prosperity gospel above justice, mercy, respect, and patience, there's going to be nothing left after those few with the money to buy have bought all the resources necessary for survival available (or access to them)- and will sell them back to the rest of us at a high price.
That is the way to a Feudal State, where Money is King, and will lead to a painful, bloody end to a large number of fellow citizens and family members. And it's being done through pure spite, greed and ambition, not because of any prophecy or natural condition. Tell people what they want to hear, tell them they're "special", and they'd be perfectly happy to murder and enslave their fellow citizens to keep their "special" status. The very wealthy have always known this.

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