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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

TAMING THE ENEMY

Paper that is.

I'm notorious for my up to date filing process, or lack thereof.  If any employer ever had a complaint about my work, it would have been about my desk and distaste of filing.  Since no one is ever responsible for a fault, I'd have to blame my distaste of filing on my first job.  That company has a file room, complete with three file clerks.  We secretaries never had to file a paper, unless it was a personal one. 

I know how to file, in fact, I have two full file cabinets with the proper folders.  I just don't like to. I avoid it as much as possible.   As a result, every desk I ever used has been piled with paper.  I've managed to convince myself that paper is my enemy.  It has taken quite a long time, but I think I've finally accepted that fact.

This week I've started scanning my bills and statements on my computer as they come in.  Now, I'm able to throw all this paper away.  I'd show you a picture of my office, but I'm embarrassed.  In addition to the piles of paper, there are many sheets on the floor, the result of the cats.

Crash loves to sit on my desk while I'm working/playing and she moves papers around to get comfortable.  In the process, she throws them on the floor.  If I put them on any other flat surface, they also get thrown on the floor when they try to climb or jump up.

Whatever will they do once I get all this paper scanned?  How will they be able to annoy me?

Monday, August 3, 2015

Politics

I have a surprise for you.  Today, I am being sort of bi-partisan.  I have a prediction and a suggestion.

My prediction is that Joe Biden will soon announce his run for the presidency.  During his speech, he will mention his son's deathbed wish that Joe run for and win the presidency.  Mr. Biden will speak many times about his son's wish and remind the voters that his son has recently died.  I think he could win on that platform alone.  The same type of people who voted for Obama because he's black and would vote for Hillary because she's a woman would be sympathetic to Biden and elect him because his son died.

My suggestion for the republicans results from a conversation I had with a family member.  We were discussing the various candidates and their abilities.  Some of them, although they have wonderful records in their various fields, may not make a good president.  I believe that each candidate should issue a statement that if they win the nomination and the presidency, they will consider their present opponents for the republican nomination as members of their cabinet.  If they don't get the nomination, I believe that Chris Christie would be a good attorney general, Scott Walker would be a good secretary of labor, Carly Fiorina or Donald Trump would be a good secretary of commerce, Ben Carson would make a wonderful secretary of health and human services, etc.  These are all examples, each of these people would also make a wonderful president.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Burnie Here




Hi all, I know I haven't written lately.  Everything's OK.  I'm still having a little trouble controlling my sugar levels.  I had to go to the doctor last week and she gave me more insulin.  I did let mom know how unpleased I was to be going.  I wouldn't go into my carrier, I thought that she would decide that I didn't have to go, but she used Crash's carrier which is very big.  I made the trip miserable for her, I meowed the whole way.

I had to stay at the doctor's for a whole day while they kept sticking me with needles and checking me out.  They also gave me some medicine for my leg.  It looks like a little fish and I was fooled for the first couple of days.  Then I found out it isn't a fish at all.  Sometimes I eat it, sometimes I don't.

I get thirsty a lot, so you can see in the picture that I'm guarding my water dish.  It's so much fun.  Crash is afraid of me and won't drink if I'm guarding the dish.  Then, she complains when mom picks her up so she can drink from the faucet.  Mom calls me a bully because I take advantage of Crash's being afraid of me.  I think it's fun.

Well, that's about it for now.  I'll try to write more often, that is, if mom lets me.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Debate

I was watching Fox News recently when they mentioned the story that Oregon plans to offer sex change surgery to children as young as 15 and at taxpayer expense.  They had two women, both professionals, both mothers on to discuss this.

I wasn't able to hear both sides of the argument because the woman in favor gave her opinion, but when it was the other woman's turn to speak, she was drowned out  by the proponent of this legislation.  Every time the opponent tried to speak, she was interrupted.  The moderator tried several times to let the opponent speak, but the other woman wouldn't give her a chance.  The moderator even tried to give the opponent of the legislation the last word, but the other woman again loudly interrupted so that I could not hear what either of them was saying.

I've noticed that this is quite common in these "discussions" of policy.  The liberal often does not give the conservative the chance to speak, or will laugh at the conservative's opinion.  I guess they don't want anyone to hear a differing point of view.

I've never been trained in debate, nor have I even been in a debate, but I don't think this is how they should be run.  I've always thought each side was given a specific amount of time to present their argument and, if possible, rebut the other's claim.  Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

HAPPY 4th of JULY

Happy 4th of July everyone.  Stay safe, don't eat too much and remember the reason for the holiday.

 
This is the gravesite of a Revolutionary War soldier from my area of New Jersey. 
 
Enjoy your day, but remember the brave founding fathers who risked everything to give us our republic.
 
Crash, Burn and Mom
 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pope Francis' Comments

I'm quite surprised at the reaction of the media about Pope Francis' recent comments on divorce.  He said that sometimes divorce is "morally necessary".  This would apply in the case of abuse. 

When I was in either grammar school or high school, I can remember one of the nuns telling us that divorce was permissible if it was for your safety.  Divorce was permissible, but remarriage was not.

It has always been possible to receive an annulment which states that because of various reasons, e.g. immaturity, deceit, etc. there was no sacrament of matrimony for the parties involved.  Therefore, you would have a civil divorce and an annulment of the church blessing in the form of a sacrament of matrimony.

I know I didn't dream that Sister told us that, so I'm surprised that the Pope's comments are such a shock to so many educated people.  Guess they either didn't go to the right schools or weren't paying attention that day.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Confederate Flag and History

All this controversy over the confederate flag has gotten me to thinking about the repercussions and attempts to eliminate history.

I've heard some commentators mention their feelings on the flag, and now I have a better understanding of why it is so offensive to some, but we do have to realize that the past did happen.  But, it is the past and we are more knowledgable and understanding.  We should also note that this flag was used by southern democrats in the 60's to protest and try to stop integration.  Those protesting the flag the loudest now are members of the party that was the biggest offender.  On a side note, I have always wondered why black people usually vote democrat since it was the democrats in the south who held them back,  But some day I'll try to analyze that.

If we go the route that some people are taking, removing statues of leaders of the confederacy, it seems that we are trying to change history.

Yes, slavery was wrong, but back in the early days of our republic, it was legal.  People had a right to own slaves, few people would have willingly freed their slaves.  Eliminating their place of honor in our history would be the same as arresting me because back in the late 60's my husband and I brought a rifle on a flight to Denver.  I don't  believe laws can be retro-active.

If the current trend continues, the state of Washington will have to change its name, George Washington's picture would have to be removed from the one dollar bill and his portrait removed from every government office.  Yes, that great man, the Father of our Country, owned slaves.  True, they were freed, but not until George Washington died and had no future need for them.  Several of our presidents owned slaves - Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, etc.  In fact, of our early presidents, only John Adams and John Quincy Adams did not.  One of Andrew Jackson's businesses engaged in the slave trade.  Are we going to remove all traces and places of honor to all of these presidents?