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Being in the termite business for just one day .....
Posted:May 20, 2019 5:54 pm
Last Updated:May 21, 2019 1:00 pm
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…. has certainly helped to sort the wheat from the chaff. WOW! Just about ALL of the people who confessed to being a termite - or a termite wannabe - were exactly the people I would happily be aligned with.

For you spoil sports that want to exterminate termites, good luck with that one.
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HELP! How to ......
Posted:May 18, 2019 6:39 pm
Last Updated:May 21, 2019 3:14 am
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How do I get to graduate to a 'termite' on this site? What steps must I achieve? OR … am I already there and just don't know it?
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I seriously doubt there will be too many here that will read this in its entirety ....
Posted:May 16, 2019 9:32 pm
Last Updated:May 18, 2019 7:46 pm
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Nevertheless, I trust there will be a few mindful beings will take it in. IMO, it's worthy of a very slightly redacted copy and paste for sake of brevity.

HEADLINER: GOP maxed out credit, went in debt to try to reelect [Scott] Walker [as Wisconsin Governor]

Patrick Marley and Molly Beck
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
USA Today Network - Wisconsin

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Madison - The state Republican Party fell so far behind financially in recent months it missed payments to insurers and racked nearly $600 a month in interest on a maxed-out credit card, according to a draft of an internal report.

The review, commissioned by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and other top Wisconsin Republicans, also determined the party outsourced too much of its routine work to consultants, some of whom made more than $500,000.

Some of those consultants "had few, if any, discernible job responsibilities or expectations of deliverables," the report says.

The report did not name the consultants, and party officials declined to identify them. [Surprise, surprise]

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel review of the party's last filing with the state's Ethics Commission before the 2018 general election shows the party paid 10 consultants and one pollster $299,104 just between Sept. 1 and Oct. 22 in 2018. [The Journal Sentinel was not able to obtain a full report.] ….

The report comes as Johnson and other party leaders head to Oshkosh on Saturday for the party's annual state convention - a meeting of Republicans around the state , for the first time in nearly a decade, will be held as the GOP recovers from losing every statewide office on the ballot in 2018.

The report concluded the state party was 'essentially outsourced' to Walker's campaign and was "a top-down bureaucracy, disconnected from local activists (and) recklessly reliant on outside consultants. ..."

Toward the end of last 's campaign, the party funneled $4 million toward Walker's unsuccessful re-election bid …. Credit card use, already excessive, became heavier in the final weeks of the cycle, to supplement spending on behalf of the gubernatorial campaign," the report stated.




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I watch 'What NOT to wear' on TLC as a wake up call early in the morning.
Posted:May 16, 2019 5:25 am
Last Updated:May 17, 2019 9:49 am
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This morning I heard the hosts of the show tell a subject, "You're 40 years old! Too old to roll your jeans."

WHAT??? 79 years old and STILL turn a cuff on my straight-legged jeans!! 'Fashion sense' doesn't necessarily ALWAYS make sense to me, and I don't let it rule me. I don't believe that 'dressing your age' means must 'age their dress'.

I may be an old granny, BUT …. I refuse to dress like . I dress for comfort AND fit. There are many a trendy fashion statements I completely bypass because they don't suit me. There's wisdom in knowing the difference, I think. still comfortable in Burmudas and flipflops when the weather calls for it, and not ashamed of baring my legs. They still work for me. They hold me up and they're not unsightly. LOL

How do YOU feel about trendy fashions dictating what you wear?
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I cook with wine ....
Posted:May 16, 2019 4:15 am
Last Updated:May 17, 2019 8:12 pm
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I repeat, I cook with wine, and ……. sometimes ….. I even add it to the food. LOL

I saw this as a 'quote for the day' and loved it. LOL Time to lighten things up around here. Ya think?
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Oh, Nooooooooo!
Posted:May 10, 2019 4:15 am
Last Updated:May 12, 2019 3:14 pm
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About mid day yesterday we here in my senior housing dwelling received notice we'd have no hot water until further notice, that a 'part' for the system was on rush order … whatever that means in the way of time, they couldn't guarantee .

My immediate thought was, "Oh, no! I wish I'd showered and washed my hair the night before" …. which is my normal routine. Wouldn't you know I'm having company today and hoped to be fresh and 'ready' to go!! Somehow the situation carried me back to my childhood when we had no such convenience and yet managed to carry on quite well. We take so much for granted in this day and age!

Saturday night was bath night for a brood of eight - the routine - in preparation for church on Sunday. That meant my mother had a double boiler sitting atop a wood-burning, kitchen stove most of the day - simmering - to accommodate that purpose. We had a round, galvanized 'wash tub' sitting between wooden chairs in the middle of the kitchen floor to which my mother would repeatedly add HOT water to the mix by the pot scoop to get us all through in reasonable comfort … and we always had warm vinegar rinses to our hair that would quite often run into out eyes!! *MOAN* Nevertheless, we were scrubbed clean just day of the week! A daily shower was something unheard of!

No hot water until further notice? OMG! My immediate response was to fill a couple of stock pots full of water and heat them on the stove. I am woman!! I will survive! LOL
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Trump's shady business acumen ....
Posted:May 8, 2019 9:08 am
Last Updated:May 9, 2019 6:54 pm
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New York Times ... June 7, 2019

Last year, The New York Times published a bombshell report found Donald Trump had inherited some $400 million from his father, much of it through possibly illegal, highly questionable tax schemes. And now, a follow-up investigation has shown what the “very successful” businessman did with money: he lost it all and then some, to the tune of over a billion dollars in years. For instance, tax documents show in 1989 President Art of the Deal lost $181.7 million, after purchasing Eastern Airlines, which never made a profit, for $365 million. In 1990 and 1991, which coincided with the opening of the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino, the genius businessman lost a combined $5.6 million. According to reporters Russ Buettner and Susanne Craig—who just won a Pulitzer for their reporting on Trump’s finances—between 1985 and 1994, the president hemorrhaged “more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer,” so much so “ he was able to avoid paying income taxes for eight of the years.”

Days before the story published, Charles Harder, a lawyer for the president, told the Times the tax information was “demonstrably false” without citing a specific errors, later adding “I.R.S. transcripts, particularly before the days of electronic filing, are notoriously inaccurate.” But on Wednesday, the president tried a different tactic, making the case on Twitter those figures worth of losses? They’re actually just another example of his phenomenal, unrivaled business acumen.
“Real estate developers in the 1980’s & 1990’s, more than 30 years ago, were entitled to massive write offs and depreciation which would, if one was actively building, show losses and tax losses in almost all cases,” Trump tweeted. “Much was non monetary. Sometimes considered ‘tax shelter,’ you would get it by building, or even buying. You always wanted to show losses for tax purposes . . . almost all real estate developers did—and often re-negotiate with banks, it was sport.” (As he is contractually obligated to do, Trump also added “Additionally, the very old information put out is a highly inaccurate Fake News hit job!”)

Responding on Twitter, Craig wrote, “Some fraction of Donald Trump’s losses can be attributed to depreciation. We found most of it was just bad business,” which is not hard to believe! This is, after all, a man who managed to bankrupt a casino, tried to sell Trump-branded steaks through Sharper Image, and thought 2006 was “a great time to start a mortgage company.” The only thing he was successful at—besides pretending to be successful businessman on TV—was losing his father’s money. Speaking of which, the kicker to the Times story has got to hurt:
While Donald Trump reported hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for 1990 and 1991, Fred Trump’s returns showed a positive income of $53.9 million, with only one major loss: $ million invested in his son’s apartment[s] investments.
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For your dart board ... me at 79 yrs young
Posted:May 5, 2019 3:41 pm
Last Updated:May 13, 2019 12:08 pm
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This photo was taken on April 25th at an intimate gathering of a couple of people dear to me in Earthland, people in my inner circle who helped me celebrate. I had still another celebration on the actual date of my birthday, but we didn't do any posing. We have plenty of family photos as it is. Next year, good Lord willin', will be the BIG one.
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I love this!
Posted:Apr 16, 2019 11:17 am
Last Updated:Apr 18, 2019 8:14 pm
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A wonderful quote by Steve Jobbs with broad application:

"Your time is limited, don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your inner voice. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. "

R.I.P., Steve.
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Something's amiss .......
Posted:Apr 14, 2019 9:07 pm
Last Updated:Apr 16, 2019 3:57 pm
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There are times I've been accused of being a conspiracy junkie. To that I've been known to replay, "To believe there are NO conspiracies whatsoever afoot is to be horribly naïve."

Does anyone really believe we'll ever know what is actually contained in the Mueller Report? Does anyone actually believe in Trump's lily-white innocence? Does anyone question where Barr's loyalties lie? My personal response is a resounding NO!

My suspicion is that Trump & Company have scrutinized that report to the fullest extent and have found means to target anyone named therein that 'squawked' the new enemy. Rather than routine surveillance with cause, they're calling it 'illegal spying' and as far as the ruling parties are concerned, they're going to get theirs!

I believe Trump & Company, thugs that they are, know exactly how to deal with 'snitches' …. or anyone else that goes against the grain. Kathy Griffin knows his wrath; Kaepernick knows his wrath; the Dems know his wrath; John McCain knew his wrath; and I strongly suspect Avenatti is feeling his wrath with a multitude of trumped up charges brought forth by Trump appointed lawmen! Who else??

IMO, Trump is forever asserting, "Vengeance is MINE" with an ugly sneer of cold command and forever aligning with the true enemies …. Putin, Netanyahu, the Crown Prince of Saudi ... while spitting in the faces of our long standing allies.

THERE! Now … if you really want to know what I think ……. Not that it matters a twit anymore than what YOU think.
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