Saturday, July 27, 2013

Unforeseen Consequences

We have done numerous things over the years to reduce our carbon footprint (composting, bicycling to work, adding energy-efficiency to our home, etc.) but our latest move has resulted in a complication that we hadn't considered.

This year we purchased a *Fiskar's reel mower and the absence of both noise and air pollution is wonderful. We can mow at 5 am if we desire (which we most decidedly do not) because we wouldn't disturb a soul and it's good exercise though it does take a bit longer.

The real problem (for lack of a better term being retrieved from my brain) is that our Golden Retriever who was afraid of our gas-powered lawn mower and would stay as far away from it as possible -even remaining on the patio in the back yard while we would mow the front, is no longer afraid of the mower.

In fact, having the threat removed and being the velcro dog that he is, he not only follows us around while we mow but has developed an amazing capacity to plunk himself down precisely in the 18-inch wide swathe of lawn currently being mowed and, when asked to move, places himself precisely 18-inches further into the un-mowed portion of the lawn. So, we've been playing a marvelous game we call The Pick Up Your Ball and Move, Please Loop since the commencing the lawn-mowing season.

Surprisingly, I think he's going to give up first -as the last time I mowed he moved to the sidewalk after the 3rd iteration and remained there for the duration.

*You haven't tried a reel mower until you've tried this one. Great features include: wheels inset from the blades so you can get up very close to obstacles and edges, an amazingly generous reel height adjustment (up to 4 inches) and an ease of pushing that while not as effortless as a self-propelled mower it's exponentially easier than any reel mower I've ever tried.

Blowing Down the Road

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

B.S. of A Splinters?

Conservatives, aren't they cute? Now they want to form their own alternative to the Boy Scouts ... I'm thinking they could call it HAUs Scouts (Homophobes Are Us).

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Justice Rectified

Justice may not be blind or doled out evenly, as Judge James Cawthon was also the magistrate who let McGee off ridiculously lightly for his DUI conviction, but at least there was some rectification in this case when Cawthon exceeded another slight wrap-on-the-wrist plea agreement entered into by Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. McGee has still gotten off too lightly but c'est la vie. Remind me to vote for Cawthon next time he's up for re-election.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mitt's Tax Sheltering

There are various speculations as to the reason(s) for MItt's refusal to release his prior tax returns - from perhaps legal (but morally reprehensible) tax evasion, to drawing attention to the whole Mormon thing he's successfully avoided thus far (since his cult church tithing will appear on his returns) to not only morally reprehensible but also illegal mechanisms for hiding income from taxation. I, however, would posit an additional possibility which still involves sheltering his income but from the MoMo Church rather than from the IRS.

We can quibble about whether or not church tithing should be allowed as a charitable contribution deduction  (not a chance in hell [or whatever planet bad mormons go to when the die] in my opinion) but is Mittens really contributing a full 10% or only 10% of that which he is reporting to the IRS? Or, perhaps regardless of how you calculate it - he's giving nowhere near 10%.  Perhaps Mitt isn't quite the good MoMo he's perceived to be - it's one thing to cheat the Feds (and consequently the American citizenry at large) but to cheat Joe (seriously, Joe Smith? how fuckin' creative), the cult church and all of those little white-shirted, black-tied proselytizers and their families ... quite another matter.

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A Fair Comparison?

Paul Ryan versus Sarah Palin .... is that a fair comparison? Tina Dupay thinks there's a more apt comparison. I have to say, I agree.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Privileged Jerk-off Rapists and...

the assholes that protect them.

Austin Zehnder:


Will Frey:

raped 16 year-old Savannah Dietrich boasted about it and spread cell phone video of their antics. Jefferson County District Court Judge Deana "Dee" McDonald:

didn't merely accept a plea agreement that represented less than a slap on the wrist (allowing entry of their pleas as juveniles) but also issued a gag order to the victim so that she couldn't name her attackers.  She (Savannah) has since (rightfully so) disobeyed the order and thankfully won't be charged.

These fine young upstanding citizens currently reside in Louisville, Kentucky and attend (of course) a good christian (catholic) all-boys college prep, Trinity High School where they play LaCrosse for the Shamrocks as members of the class of 2013. So, they'll most likely remain in Louisville for another year but then it's on to college so remember these faces young ladies because it's doubtful that they've learned anything about what it takes to be a caring human being from this episode.

The judge, who was apparently elected in 2010 will no doubt remain on the bench and can be reached at the Louis D. Brandeis Hall Of Justice, 6000 W Jefferson St. in Louisville, KY 40202, (502) 595-4960.