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Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 08:27 AM PDT

RIP Feather 1995-2013

by lynneinfla

On Friday, I had to have my beautiful Maine Coon, Feather, put to sleep. She was almost 18 years old, so I can't complain that I didn't get enough time with her, but it is still hard to let a family member go. And she was almost as beautiful when she left us as she was on the day she arrived in our household.
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Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 11:51 AM PDT

Elegy for our cat Sophie

by lynneinfla

We knew this day was coming. Our beautiful Sophie was diagnosed in early March with squamous cell carcinoma of the jaw. It is almost always fatal to cats when it is in the jaw. Cats can't tolerate having enough of their jawbone removed to remove the tumor, and those who do usually only live a year or less--often with a feeding tube. Radiation was another option, but we were told that it would destroy much of her mouth, would be very painful and she would likely not eat which would also kill her. We were told that cats usually only live three months past the diagnosis.

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Tue Jun 29, 2010 at 12:19 PM PDT

I lost my Magic today

by lynneinfla

Losing a pet is never easy, but this was harder than I thought. Magic came into our lives in January 2006 after we had to put our 21-year-old cat Zoe to sleep. This is Magic's story.

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Wed Mar 17, 2010 at 09:51 AM PDT

Census: No post-paid envelope?

by lynneinfla

We received our 2010 US Census form in the mail a couple of days ago. The instructions say:

If your enclosed postage-paid envelope is missing, please mail your completed form to: [address given]

Now, surprisingly our postage-paid envelope is missing.


Did you get a post-paid envelope with your census form?

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Let me preface this by saying I am not an economist. I probably know less about the economy than John McCain. But I still have a lot of questions about what is happening. So here goes:

Have you wondered why Osama bin Laden, or any of his counterparts, haven't attacked the US since 9-11? Oh come on! Surely you don't believe it is because George Bush has protected us so well. That he has prevented explosive toothpaste from coming into the country.

I think that there are two possibilities: first, bin Laden hasn't done anything because we are doing it to ourselves. Second, perhaps he is doing something, but it is economic, not physical.

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Fri May 16, 2008 at 07:47 AM PDT

NYT: Obama Admires Bush

by lynneinfla

This is the headline for David Brooks' column today in the New York Times. I looked at it and said "WTF"? Well, of course, the implication in the headline is not really borne out in the story, but how many people actually read the whole story. In fact, the truth doesn't come out until the last paragraph. "Obama Admires Bush"


What is the purpose of an op-ed headline?

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Why not begin impeachment proceedings and investigate Bush and Cheney? So what if there is only a year left to Bush's term? Do we let teachers who have been alleged to be child molesters keep teaching until the end of the semester or the end of the school year? Do we say "It's not worth investigating him/her because there are only two weeks of school left"? Suppose we had a teacher who was within two weeks of retirement. Wouldn't that teacher still be suspended and investigated?

What about all the Senators and Congressmen who have resigned as soon as they were alleged to have committed some sort of unapproved sexual acts? They haven't been saying "Just let me stay until the end of my term." Well, except for Larry Craig. Maybe they resign so they won't be investigated, but if they refused to resign, wouldn't the investigation be demanded?

Or football players? No one says "It's not worth investigating this guy. It is only three weeks until the end of the season and he will be traded or dropped from the squad then. Let's just leave him alone and not look into the allegations." No one would dare say that anymore.

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Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 10:34 AM PST

The Holiday Impeachment Menu

by lynneinfla

If we want to put impeachment on the table for the holidays, I was wondering what other dishes we should serve with it.

I assume that Impeachment is the main course. Do we add a cold dish of Revenge? How about a side serving of Crow? If we are serving this dish to Bush and Cheney, should we have a large serving of Words for them to eat?

I can think of a few scatological dishes for them, but I would like to exclude those from this holiday table. I know there are lots of creative readers out there. What dishes would you add?


Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 09:32 AM PDT

Gonzales--more smoke and mirrors??

by lynneinfla

And now, behind door number three we have -- Alberto Gonzales. Direct your attention there. Don't look behind door number two -- terror alerts. Don't look behind door number one --Iraq. Just focus on door number three.

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Thu Dec 28, 2006 at 05:40 AM PST

Declining levels of outrage

by lynneinfla

What has happened to our level of outrage in this country. The Bush administration has been responsible for so many terrible things in our country. Why aren't more people outraged?

Perhaps the answer is that our capacity to be outraged is being desensitized. Just like the villagers began to ignore the little boy who called wolf, just like your body can turn off pain after a while, just like your brain can cut out noise or can convince your optic system to flip images from upside down to rightside up to accommodate, perhaps our brains cannot absorb the continual assault of outrageous events and we end up no longer able to be outraged by them.

Is this something the Bush administration understands, and they are able to get away with outrageous conduct because they know that the more outrageous actions they take, the less likely people are to protest because their capacity for outrage has been desensitized.


What Outrage level is our country at right now?

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Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 05:01 AM PDT

Lies, lies and more lies

by lynneinfla

BAGHDAD - The American military did not count people killed by bombs, mortars, rockets or other mass attacks - including suicide bombings - when it reported a dramatic drop in the number of murders in the Baghdad area last month, the U.S. command said yesterday.

Wow! What a surprise!

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Yesterday, Tony Snow at the White House press briefing got into it with David Gregory. At one point, Snow said:

MR. SNOW: No, I'm doing it to you because the second part was factually tendentious, okay? Now, when you were talking about the fact that it failed to adapt, that's just flat wrong. And you will be -- there has been -- there have been repeated attempts to try to adapt to military realities, to diplomatic realities, to development of new weapons and tools on the part of al Qaeda, including the very creative use of the Internet. So the idea that somehow we're staying the course is just wrong. It is absolutely wrong.
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