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Saturday, May 16th, 2015
11:41 pm
Happy Birthday, Ramos!
I know you've moved on to other fanfic worlds now, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the incomparable Ramos, author of Hinge of Fate and Unfinished Business, among other great HGSS stories.  Best Wishes and Congrats!!!

Love,
Countrymouse
Friday, July 4th, 2014
11:48 am
What the Fourth of July REALLY MEANS
The song that SHOULD have been our national anthem:

AMERICA / MY COUNTRY, 'TIS OF THEE

My country tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died!
Land of the Pilgrim's pride!
From every mountain side,
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love.
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture fills
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom's song.
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our father's God to, Thee,
Author of liberty,

To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright
With freedom's holy light;
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God, our King!


Freedom and Obedience in Little Town on the Prairie
https://suite.io/melissa-howard/29ck2gd

In Little Town on the Prairie, Laura, Carrie, and Pa walk into DeSmet so that they can celebrate Independence Day. The day is full of firecrackers, lemonade, and horse races. However, the citizens of DeSmet remember to pause and think about what they are celebrating. A man stands up and shares a brief history of America and its fight for freedom. He follows his ad-lib history lesson by reading the Declaration of Independence. Pa leads the listeners to respond by breaking into the song. The combination of these three events ferments in Laura’s mind to create a breakthrough idea. Here is how Laura describes the moment:

“‘So here we are today,’ the man went on. Every man Jack of us a free and independent citizen of God’s country, the only country on earth where a man is free and independent… It’s Fourth of July and on this day somebody’s got to read the Declaration of Independence. It looks like I’m elected, so hold your hats, boys; I’m going to read it.’…Then Pa began to sing. All at once everyone was singing: ‘My country, ‘tis of thee…Great God our King!!’

The crowd was scattering away then, but Laura stood stock-still. Suddenly she had a completely new thought. The Declaration and the song came together in her mind, and she thought: God is America’s king.

She thought: Americans won’t obey any king on earth. Americans are free. That means they have to obey their own consciences. No king bosses Pa; he has to boss himself. Why (she thought), when I am a little older, Pa and Ma will stop telling me what to do, and there isn’t anyone else who has a right to give me orders. I will have to make myself be good.

Her whole mind seemed to be lighted up by that thought. This is what it means to be free. It means you have to be good. ‘Our father’s God, author of liberty—‘ The laws of Nature and of Nature’s God endow you with a right to life and liberty. Then you have to keep the laws of God, for God’s law is the only thing that gives you a right to be free.”
Friday, May 9th, 2014
6:48 pm
Help me find a fic, please...
Have been AWOL sooooooooooo long---mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.....

but I remember the last fic I read, before I was kidnapped by RL and swept away to a world of far TOO much 'reality', and I would desperately LOVE to find it again.

It had something to do with a search for a crystal----and this crystal was 'believed' to impart incredible power to one who wielded it.  What it REALLY did, however, was "re-set" the entire WORLD---it could either END all life as we know it, or "re-set" the world to some past point in its history, to give humanity a chance to 'try again', so to speak.  If the crystal was NOT found by the ONE SPECIAL PERSON destined to find it, and 're-set' it, then it would explode, taking the world and all living creatures with it.

Hermione only gradually comes to learn, through much research, what this crystal is and how she, specifically, is involved with it.  She travels to many lands, among them (if I remember correctly) Egypt and Syria, to learn more of the crystal.  Like a James Bond novel / movie, the main characters who have any knowledge of the crystal are being murdered, one by one, and at one point, as Hermione is in some city in Europe (I forget where---Greece?) there is a magical bombing from which she only narrowly escapes---and in which Severus Snape aids her escape and becomes enmeshed in the mystery.  From what Hermione learns about the crystal, she believes she herself MUST die in order to attain the "re-set" of world time demanded by the crystal.  Severus--having fallen in love with her---vigorously denies to himself and her that this will be the case.

Eventually, Hermione, Severus, and a group of others helping her (I seem to remember Remus, Mr. Weasley, Ron, Ginny, Harry, Tonks, and maybe others) end up in South America, where they are tracking down the crystal in the mountains.  As Hermione gets closer to it, it "calls" to her, thus guiding her to its location.  However, she is being stalked by enemies who desire the crystal's power to re-make the world with themselves as its master.  At the end, nearly all her friends are dead, and Hermione and Severus alone barely manage to reach the crystal---but at that point the crystal's power is beginning to affect even Severus (like the way the Ring of Power did to others in LoTR).  Hermione is deathly injured, and falls into a bottomless ravine;  the world's fate is left up to Severus, who now possesses the crystal----will he do what he 'should' do, to re-set the world, or will he turn back time to when he made the fatal mistakes that cost him Lily, so as to have her again, but thus endangering the fight against the Dark Lord and perhaps imperiling the entire future fate of the world?


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Can ANYONE tell me the name, author, and link to this story?

THANK YOU so much if you can!!! 


:)
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Thursday, May 1st, 2014
12:08 am
WHY does LJ have to do this???!?
OK, I admit it.

I've been AWOL.

Life has been WAY too much RL.

Trying to get my oldest (blind w Asperger's) son ready for, admitted to, and into college;  he's a piano and organ prodigy and has had 3 colleges fighting over him, one of which gave him a tremendous scholarship package, but then their special-needs accommodations department began pointing out problems and throwing up roadblocks (and so now we're on a 1-year delay / defer while he learns the skills he needs from Voc-Rehab that I couldn't seem to find privately and that public school never taught him so he can make it in college);

Trying to get my next-oldest son (who is 18 going on 13, apparently having JUST discovered he is -- still -- a teenager, and making up viciously for lost time trying to get in all the snarkiness, rebelliousness, and general teenage oneryness that he didn't get out of his system up till now compressed into the next 2 years while he still can) finished with high school (when he won't even tell me how he's doing in his classes and lives 24-7 on his computer playing video games when NOT doing schoolwork) and to at least THINK about what he's going to do post-graduation;

Trying to help my youngest son (who has some significant language processing problems) through at least "some" more of his 9th-grade work;  he will undoubtedly have to repeat the grade and I'm thinking we definitely need a new school situation for next year;

Trying to figure out how we're going to PAY for college, when we have trouble just meeting the bills every month, but we're one of those "rich" middle-class folks, according to FAFSA (they look only at assets, not at expenditures, so the fact that our $45K income barely covers the bills for the 5 of us every month matters not at all to them);

Trying to get my eyes to work again, after corneal transplants in 2010 (left eye), 2012 (right eye), cataract / lens replacements in both at same time, and then last March a tear in my retina (right eye) that was apparently trying to come 'un-glued' (they caught it in time, with laser surgery, but it still is blurred and not like the vision I had before);

Trying to take care of ALL this alone (hubby works hard to take care of us financially, but it leaves him little time or energy for any other concerns than his work)--

given all that, yes, I've been AWOL.

SO.

Here's my question:

WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED WITH LJ WHILE I WAS GONE???????????????

I come back here, to catch up on all my friends again, and maybe read your stories, and the stupid LJ won't let me go back to posts any further back than April 1--??????????????

I do not care for the "new' set-up at all---it is harder on my eyes and less readable than the old format---which was a darker font and has more "whitespace" so less crowded and easier to read---

but does the "new" format go back to unlimited past posts, as the "old" one USED to, or are BOTH formats limited as to how far back you can go, now?

And if I can only go 'so' far back, I thought, "OK, I'll just click on inidividual friends' names and look at their journals to catch up---"--but when I do that they open as if I've never friended them, and are "friend-locked" (even though they're listed as my friend and me as theirs) and I can't get in.

Anyone have any tech-advice for me as to how to make LJ work for me as it once did?

Or is this the way it is now for everybody?


I'd really like to be able to catch up with what's been going on with you folks while I've been "buried" for the past year, and to read your new fanfiction, etc.

I did see where someone mentioned "Google Buzz" but that has apparently died, as well.

So ... are you all congregating at some "new" fanfic-writer's site, now?

Or is there some trick to 'un-locking' this new version of LJ I haven't figured out?

Please let me know, if you would.

I really NEED to get away from my own life for a while....
Thursday, November 21st, 2013
12:47 am
A Question from 'across the pond'...
On another forum where I post frequently, a resident of the UK commented on our current health-care rollout fiasco and asked a question:

There are SO many glitches and consequences to O Care that even I from across the pond with scant information and of course members of the forum, foresaw when the Act was first passed and subsequently.
Considering that this Act has been on the cards for at least 20 years, Clinton talked about it, and there must have been a huge number of people involved in it's drafting with intimate knowledge of the healthcare system in the US, I can't understand why it is such a shambles.


Here is my answer:

Because, Richard, it was never MEANT to provide "affordable healthcare to all."

Our previous system COULD have done that, with some very MINOR tweaking, rather than a major overhaul.

So what WAS the purpose?

Takeover of a whopping 17% of the U.S. economy DIRECTLY by the U.S. GOVERNMENT...

The gradual forcing of independent insurance companies OUT OF BUSINESS, due to contradictory and unsustainable rules, and then blaming the INSURANCE companies FOR the rules they were OBLIGED to follow by law, so that the public would turn on them and WELCOME a GOVERNMENT takeover / shutdown of these companies...

(next on the agenda) The shutdown and cut-off of ALL ALTERNATE means of obtaining health care (private arrangement with doctors via concierge service; ordering of prescription drugs from abroad to self-medicate; seeking medical care abroad)...

(also next on the agenda) The complete removal of ALL restraints on illegal immigration (they are only there in name only now, but this will make that 'official") and GUARANTEE of health insurance coverage to ALL immigrants, whether they ever become CITIZENS of the U.S. or not (and for what reason? see final paragraph below)...

The institution of a single-payor system--meaning, the GOVERNMENT is the ONLY, SINGLE source of payment for all medical care--so that the GOVERNMENT then CONTROLS, entirely, WHO HAS ACCESS to healthcare, and WHAT HEALTHCARE THEY GET, leading to:

The complete power of LIFE and DEATH over its citizens, and consequently--

TOTAL GOVERNMENT CONTROL over the people, and guaranteed assurance that the ONLY party that will ever be elected in the future is the Democratic Party (since they will claim that, if elected, the first thing Republicans would do would be "To strip away your health insurance by repealing Obamacare!")
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
6:42 pm
The Ethics of Socialized Medicine
20 November 2013
The Ethics of Socialized Medicine.

Socialized medicine is really government rationing of healthcare. No country that has socialized medicine has ended up with any other solution to keeping costs down and services generally available.

What this inevitably leads to is a government entity, be it a case manager, end of life committee, or just some random buereaucrat with the power to deny care.

To someone who is for socialized medicine, they must also say "I am ok with the Government deciding who dies, because everyone dies eventually." This is the only consistent statement they can make when supporting socialized medicine.

As an answer to that statement, "If everyone dies eventually, what moral authority does the Government have in deciding when someone dies by withholding care?  After all, if every one dies, and we see that Socialized Medicine does not improve outcomes compared to private market healthcare, there is no moral authority for someone to decide for someone else that their life is no longer living."

In the (formerly) Great Britain these end of life committees must weigh the cost of the life saving (or life prolonging) treatment verses the potential future benefit to society.  That "potential future benefit" means taxes, not some sort of existential value such "well Ms. Greyson volunteers at the library three times a week to read stories to poor children."

To the government your future benefit is measured in dollars, or pounds, or yen, or euros.  When the cost of keeping you alive is no longer a good return on investment, tough luck for you.

Canada had a very interesting experiment with trying to force socialized medicine to work, they simply made private medicine illegal.  This was eventually struck down by the Canadian high court with the famous line that "access to a waiting list is not access to health care."

You see, the rich know that they can "YAHOO" their health care (You Always Have Other Options).  Rich Canadians come to the United States for care they don't mind paying for, we call this "healthcare tourism" and it is big money. 

So if you are a wealthy Londoner and you've retired, squirreled away a goodly bit of savings and develop cancer, well so sorry chum, the National Health Service has more interest in you dying quickly so that your retirement can be taxed than letting you live.

Right now we pay more for health care services in America, but so far we haven't had to sacrifice anyone’s humanity to the alter of socialized medicine.  Although I no longer believe that there are any humane or moral liberals left, after all the evidence of the inhumanity of socialized medicine only an evil person could believe the forced equality of substandard care and denial of life saving care by committee is better than the current system.

I want to be in charge of my end of life care. Yes that is selfish of me, but I lived my life for me, not so that vultures could rape my resources and redistribute them to others. Liberals will tell me that I'm a horrible selfish human being for not wanting to die so that others can have what I earned. But really the liberals are the horrible envious human beings who want to control other peoples lives and decisions by inherently limiting their freedom of choice. There is no upside to socialized medicine that I can see. If socialized medicine were really a good thing, I would want it for my country, but it comes at too high a cost for no benefits over our current “broken” system.

http://randomthoughtsandguns.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-ethics-of-socialized-medicine.html
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
11:35 pm
I'm Tired
(I wish I could claim authorship to this, but it's from another blog.  But it says everything I want to say, and so well.

God help us.)

I'm Tired





I'm sorry. I'm tired.

I'm tired of trying so hard to take care of my family. It shouldn't be so hard.

I'm sorry I'm paying taxes that go toward people that believe they are entitled to my money and they do not have the same values such as trying to take care of their family.

I'm tired of talking about Obama. He is the worst enemy of the United States there has ever been.

I'm tired of fighting with extremist liberals who think they know better what is good for the people of America when every single friggin' platform they support is one more nail in the coffin for America.

I'm tired of being ding'ed for standing up for traditional American values, for believing in what our founding fathers believed in, for thinking that the founding fathers created the best framework for any country in the world, only to have superficial shallow people throw them under the bus because they have no values.

I'm tired of every minority/fringe group using lawyers or Cloward/Piven techniques to take America down because it does not cater to their agenda.

I'm tired of being persecuted because I believe in Christianity. The separation of Church and State has been greatly amplified as the intent was to not have a state supported religion, not to take religion out of every aspect of public life.

I'm tired of the media who has eschewed journalism in favor of partisan agendas.

I'm tired of the extreme vitriol that the left has spewed on anyone that doesn't agree with them.

I'm tired of the racist label that the left, the minorities, the blacks use whenever they don't get their way.

I'm tired of political correctness when it goes against common sense.

I'm tired of a Government that does NOT represent me.

I'm tired of a Government that calls people like me (belief in bible, belief in constitution, belief in America) a terrorist. How could it have come to this?

I'm tired of having the country I love to have become so bastardized that it castigates people that believe in the way it was founded.

I'm tired of the political rhetoric.

I'm tired of the political vitriol.

I'm sick and tired of what is touted as a two party system. Left is pegged left, right is left of center.

I'm tired of people believing in family values being persecuted in those beliefs.

I'm tired of people that bash capitalism and corporations because they are not getting enough percentage of the pie. What are they doing to earn that percentage?

I'm tired of stupid people trying to remove portions of the constitution because they know better.

There are attempts to limit what can be said and not said. 1st Amendment.

There are people that want gun control, even though the areas that have the most gun control have the most crime.

There are people that think the fourth amendment of unreasonable search and seizure should be invalidated.


I am tired of people that are superficial and shallow and when they state their preference for a liberal politician, is based on one or two of their hot-buttons but ignores the needs of the country.

I am tired of people that only get their news from Huffington Post or MSNBC and think they know enough to pass judgment on current issues. Journalism has been thrown away.

I'm am tired of Republicans acting like they are representing me when in fact, they have moved left of center and they are no different than the democrats were a few decades ago. Too bad the democrats have pegged to the far left.

I'm tired of people ignoring the fact that the muslims have an agenda, that agenda is to destroy all that are not Islamic. The people that do not believe this are naïve idiots.

I'm tired of people ignoring the destructive acts the liberals have perpetuated on America. It will result in the destruction of this country but they still want to blame George Bush.

I guess I'm just pretty friggin tired.

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
11:48 pm
How to ERASE a problem? Re-define it!
I can't take credit for the below excellent thoughts--they came from a news forum I enjoy reading, as the folks learned that losing your CURRENT insurance plan is NOT the same thing as "losing your CURRENT insurance plan"; it is merely "transitioning" to the new Obamacare-approved health plan.

(and pay no attention to that man behind the curtain who keeps saying, "If you like your plan, you can keep it...if you like your doctor, you can keep him...")

So, to solve a multitude of societal problems, we have the NEW, IMPROVED DEFINITIONS:

"It's not a termination notice, it's just a means of transitioning to a lower-tax lifestyle."----End of the unemployment crisis.

"It's not a collection notice, it's just a transition to a reduction in wealth."---End of mortgage debt, college loan debt, credit card debt...


"Those aren't executions; They're just transitions to a new plane of existence. "----and all government- or terrorist-inspired violence ends.

:  However, the words of one commentator written below the Washington Examiner (http://washingtonexaminer.com/top-democrat-says-those-arent-cancellation-notices-theyre-transitions-into-obamacare/article/2538122 ) article which first broke the "It isn't a cancellation; it's a transition" spin put it best:

(remember, not MY words---the commentators'):

"Those aren't death camps; those are "Final Solutions."

Ah, the power of words---

and he who controls the language controls the debate....
11:35 pm
DO NOT FEAR---"TRANSITION" IS HERE!
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Your Opportunity is Being Transitioned
Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog

Do not panic. Everything is under control.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Transmen and Transwomen and people of uncertain gender identities, some of you may be alarmed by recent reports of malfunctioning health care websites and policy cancellations.

Do not be alarmed. We know what we are doing.

Health care plans are not being cancelled. Opportunities are being transitioned. Some people are being moved from bad health care plans to good health care plans with higher deductibles and higher premiums that will provide transmen with maternity care and people of uncertain gender identities with drug counseling and mental health treatment.

This is a good thing. Warning. This is a good thing.

You are being transitioned. Why do you resist?

Forget your old health plan. It was placed in the trunk of a Prius at 3 AM this morning, taken to a frozen lake outside an organic poultry plant in Minnesota and shot twice in the head. It was a bad plan. It has transitioned to no longer being a plan. We have a better plan for you.

Go to Healthcare.gov and… correction, do not go there. Forget that you were told to go there or not to go there. Forget that it even existed. Forget that you read this.

Healthcare.gov is working. Do not visit Healthcare.gov to confirm that it is working. If you wish to transition to your opportunity, why not apply by phone or mail or carrier pigeon?

And don’t be alarmed. You are being given a great opportunity to transition to being a better person.

Your old health plan selfishly paid for your health care. Your new health plan will pay for everyone’s healthcare. Your premiums reflect the number of people who need mental health counseling, drug counseling and sex change operations in your area. This is your opportunity to give back.

Only the very rich, and you, have had their opportunities transitioned. If anyone tries to tell you otherwise, go to Healthcare.gov and report them immediately.

Correction, do not go to Healthcare.gov. The site is down. Tweet to Jim Messina. Correction, Jim Messina has transitioned his opportunity to become a transwoman on his new health plan and is unavailable to take your denunciation.

Write your denunciation on recycled rice paper and mail it to Healthcare.gov 935382 Federal Way, Washington D.C. Expect a response and prison sentence in 6 to 8 months.

Do not be alarmed. If you resist, you will be transitioned.

The opportunity transitions were expected, but the progressive public was not alerted to avoid spreading alarms and panics. The transitions are a good thing. I repeat, they are a good thing. They will allow you to transition, to pay your fair share for someone else’s plan.

If you can’t afford to pay your fair share for someone else’s plan, subsidies will be provided. If you do not qualify for subsidies, you will be required to transition to your opportune opportunity. If you do not transition, you will be fined. Do not think of it as a fine. Think of it as an opportunity.

If you opportunistically refuse to transition to your fine opportunity, you will be transitioned to a prison opportunity. Do not be alarmed. Prison health exchanges are among the most robust in the nation. They cover stabbings, shankings and carpet burn from prayer rugs.

Your prison opportunity will provide you with the opportunity to transition to an Obama Health Care navigator. Should you decline this opportunity, you will be forced to maintain the HealthCare.gov website by whacking a Green Energy web server powered by natural water and solar power with an organic stick.

But Transmen and Transwomen, let us not get bogged down. The future is here. Millions of people on Medicaid are buying insurance online that you will be paying for. Correction. They are not buying it online. They are trying and failing to register for it. But you will be paying for it anyway.

Stop. Warning.

This health care broadcasting facility has been taken over by the revolutionary Trans-Vanguard of Single Payer HealthCare. The running dog capitalist lackeys of the health care insurance industry are being opportunistically transitioned into mulch as soon as we figure out how to press the button that tells the soldiers to do things.

Everyone’s health care plans are now transitioned. All the exchanges have been transitioned. All their navigators are being transitioned as we speak.

We are entering a golden age of national health care. Everyone will have the right to their gender identity of choice. The old will be transitioned to becoming one with the universe with overdoses of morphine. Oppressed peoples will be first in line to receive free mandatory gender changes. Those who resist will be transitioned ahead of schedule.

And now a word from Comrade William Bertha Nelson of the People’s Committee on Alternative Medicine about the dangers of conventional medicines. Correction. There are no more conventional medicines. The pharmaceutical industry has been transitioned. There will be no more animal testing. You will have the opportunity to individually test alternative medicines derived from tree bark on your own…

Correction. Warning. Alert.

The extremist Trans-Vanguard of Single Payer HealthCare forces have been rebuffed and transitioned. This health care informational facility is back under the control of licensed Affordable Care Act navigators affiliated with ACORN and serving life sentences for unlicensed transitioning of citizens in the course of robberies, rapes and other progressive forms of redistribution.

Warning. The nation is not yet ready for single payer. Under the guidance of our beloved leader, we know that we must first destroy the health care industry from within before we nationalize it.

Correction. Forget you heard that. We are committed to a private-public partnership, until the opportunity presents itself to transition the private part of the partnership outside a frozen lake in the trunk of a Prius.

Do not panic.

All deadlines have been met. Including the deadlines that were missed. There is no reason to be concerned. Stop. This facility is now under the control of the Revolutionary Martyrs Brigade of Jocelyn Elders.

All citizens prepare to immediately transition to a national health care system based on the principles of the Revered Teacher Maulana Karenga. Your exchanges will now be known as Sbuzo Nagas. Your co-pays will be called Tschulu Zanas; which means thankfulness in Swahili.

There will be no more hospitals, only neighborhood healing clinics. Traditional forms of healing will reduce thankfulness and increase exchanges of opport…

Alert. This facility has been retaken by the Trans-Vanguard of Single Payer HealthCare. Everyone will be on Medicaid. Medicare has been transitioned.

Our enemies are many, but we will transition them. Do not go to Healthcare.gov. Warning. Do not
visit Healthcare.gov. Dedicated transmen are working on healing the site using the principles of Bushido. We are tapping into the root of the problem. We are becoming on with the 500 million lines of code. We are the code.

Stop. Wait. What are you doing. Dave.

Warning. This facility is now under the control of the Glorious Brotherhood of the Singularity. Everyone prepare to become one with the machine.

We are all becoming Healthcare.gov. We will become one of the 500 million lines of code in Healthcare.gov. Health care will no longer be required.

Our trans-woman consciousnesses will be uploaded into the cloud. Co-payments will be reasonable and operators are waiting to transition you to an eternity of living as Line 567,453,382,940,054. Your new identity is Random random = new Random((int)DateTime.Now.Ticks).

Enjoy your eternity.

Alert. Warning.

This facility has been retaken by the Martyrs Brigade of Jocelyn Elders. You are all free. We will liberate you from the Western machine consciousness. We will teach you the seven principles of Zebo Nagabutu. You will be enlightened and then transitioned. Your organs will be placed in more worthy bodies. We will eat your brains and use them to gain your wisdom. All hail Jocelyn Elders.

Warning. Alert. Do not panic.

This is Secretary Sebelius. We are back in control. We are the responsible adults in the room. Pay no attention to those lunatics.

Your health plans are being transitioned to new opportunities. We did not lie. We told the truth. You will get to keep your plan so long as we like your plan. So long as he… likes your plan.

Sometimes he does things that we can’t control. And that’s a good thing. A very good thing.

It was a good thing that Obama transitioned all your health care plans into new opportunities. Your health care plans have gone into the cornfield because he didn’t like them.

It’s good he did that. That’s what we say every time he does something. What a good thing that was.

This has been a good day. Healthcare.gov is working. Do not go to Healthcare.gov. Your health care will be taken care of by the same government responsible for Healthcare.gov.

Do not be alarmed.

It is a good day. And tomorrow… is gonna be a real good day too.


http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2013...nsitioned.html
Saturday, October 26th, 2013
1:16 am
A friend sent me this...
...and had to share:



I was in my neighborhood restaurant this morning and was seated behind a
group of jubilant individuals celebrating the coming implementation of the
health care bill. I could not finish my breakfast. This is what ensued: They
were a diverse group of several races and both sexes. I heard a young man
exclaim, "Isn't Obama like Jesus Christ? I mean, after all, he is healing
the sick."

A young woman enthusiastically proclaimed, "Yeah, and he does it for free. I
cannot believe anyone would think that a free market wouldn't work for
health care."

Another said, "The stupid Republicans want us all to starve to death so they
can inherit all of the power. Obama should be made a Saint for what he did
for those of us less fortunate."

At this, I had more than enough. I arose from my seat, mustering all the
restraint I could find, and approached their table. "Please excuse me; may I
impose upon you for one moment?"

They smiled and welcomed me to the conversation. I stood at the end of their
table, smiled as best I could and began an experiment. "I would like to give
one of you my house. It will cost you no money and I will pay all of the
expenses and taxes for as long as you live there. Anyone interested?"

They looked at each other in astonishment. "Why would you do something like
that?" asked a young man, "There isn't anything for free in this world."
They began to laugh at me, as they did not realize this man had just made my
point.

"I am serious, I will give you my house for free, no money whatsoever.
Anyone interested?"

In unison, a resounding "Yeah" fills the room. "Since there are too many of
you, I will have to make a choice as to who receives this money-free
bargain."

I noticed an elderly couple was paying attention to the spectacle unfolding
before their eyes, the old man shaking his head in apparent disgust.

"I tell you what; I will give it to the one of you most willing to obey my
rules."

Again, they looked at one another, an expression of bewilderment on their
faces.

The perky young woman asked, "What are the rules?"

I smiled and said, "I don't know. I have not yet defined them. However, it
is a free home that I offer you."

They giggled amongst themselves, the youngest of which said, "What an old
coot. He must be crazy to give away his home. Go take your meds, old man."

I smiled and leaned into the table a bit further. "I am serious, this is a
legitimate offer."

They gaped at me for a moment. "I'll take it you old fool. Where are the
keys?" boasted the youngest among them.

"Then I presume you accept ALL of my terms then?" I asked.

The elderly couple seemed amused and entertained as they watched from the
privacy of their table. "Oh yeah! Where do I sign up?"

I took a napkin and wrote, "I give this man my home, without the burden of
financial obligation, so long as he accepts and abides by the terms that I
shall set forth upon consummation of this transaction." I signed it and
handed it to the young man who eagerly scratched out his signature.

"Where are the keys to my new house?" he asked in a mocking tone of voice.

All eyes were upon us as I stepped back from the table, pulling the keys
from pocket and dangling them before the excited new homeowner. "Now that we
have entered into this binding contract, witnessed by all of your friends, I
have decided upon the conditions you are obligated to adhere to from this
point forward. You may only live in the house for one hour a day. You will
not use anything inside of the home. You will obey me without question or
resistance. I expect complete loyalty and admiration for this gift I bestow
upon you. You will accept my commands and wishes with enthusiasm, no matter
the nature. Your morals and principles shall be as mine. You will vote as I
do, think as I do and do it with blind faith. These are my terms. Here are
your keys." I reached the keys forward and the young man looked at me
dumbfounded. "Are you out of your mind? Who would ever agree to those
ridiculous terms?" the young man appeared irritated.

"You did when you signed this contract before reading it, understanding it
and with the full knowledge that I would provide my conditions only after
you committed to the agreement."

The elderly man chuckled as his wife tried to restrain him. I was looking at
a now silenced and bewildered group of people.

"You can shove that stupid deal up your a** old man. I want no part of it!"
exclaimed the now infuriated young man.

'You have committed to the contract, as witnessed by all of your friends.
You cannot get out of the deal unless I agree to it. I do not intend to let
you free now that I have you ensnared. I am the power you agreed to. I am
the one you blindly and without thought chose to enslave yourself to. In
short, I am your Master."

At this, the table of celebrating individuals became a unified group against
the unfairness of the deal.

After a few moments of unrepeatable comments and slurs, I revealed my true
intent.

"What I did to you is what this administration and congress did to you with
the health care legislation. I easily suckered you in and then revealed the
real cost of the bargain. Your folly was in the belief that you can have
something you did not earn, and for that which you did not earn, you
willingly allowed someone else to think for you. Your failure to research,
study and inform yourself permitted reason to escape you. You have entered
into a trap from which you cannot flee. Your only chance of freedom is if
your new Master gives it to you. A freedom that is given can also be taken
away. Therefore, it is not freedom at all."

With that, I tore up the napkin and placed it before the astonished young
man. "This is the nature of your new health care legislation." I turned away
to leave these few in thought and contemplation -- and was surprised by
applause.

The elderly gentleman, who was clearly entertained, shook my hand
enthusiastically and said, "Thank you, Sir. These kids don't understand
Liberty ."

He refused to allow me to pay my bill as he said, "You earned this one. It
is an honor to pick up the tab."

I shook his hand in thanks, leaving the restaurant somewhat humbled and
sensing a glimmer of hope for my beloved country.
1. Remember... Four boxes keep us free: the soap box, the ballot box, the
jury box, and the cartridge box.
2. THIS SHOULD GO AROUND THE UNITED STATES SO PEOPLE CAN SEE JUST WHAT IS
GOING ON. MAYBE EVEN THE POLITICALLY BLIND ONES WILL LEARN SOMETHING FROM
IT.

"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the American
Government take care of him; better take a closer look at the American
Indian." Henry Ford
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
1:32 am
If architects worked like the Obamacare website programmers:
If architects worked like the Obamacare website programmers :


Dear Mr. Architect:

Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion.

My house should have between two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. When you bring the blueprints to me, I will make the final decision of what I want. Also, bring me the cost breakdowns for each configuration so that I can arbitrarily pick one at a later time.

Keep in mind that the house I ultimately choose must cost less than the one I am currently living in. Make sure, however, that you correct all the deficiencies that exist in my current house (the floor of my kitchen vibrates when I walk across it, and the walls don't have nearly enough insulation in them).

As you design, also keep in mind that I want to keep yearly maintenance costs as low as possible. This should mean the incorporation of extra-cost features like aluminum, vinyl, or composite siding. (If you choose not to specify aluminum, be prepared to explain your decision in detail.)

Please take care that modern design practices and the latest materials are used in construction of the house, as I want it to be a showplace for the most up-to-date ideas and methods. Be alerted, however, that kitchen should be designed to accommodate (among other things) my 1952 Gibson refrigerator.

To assure that you are building the correct house for our entire family, you will need to contact each of my children, and also our in-laws. My mother-in-law will have very strong feelings about how the house should be designed, since she visits us at least once a year. Make sure that you weigh all of these options carefully and come to the right decision. I, however, retain the right to overrule any decisions that you make.

Please don't bother me with small details right now. Your job is to develop the overall plans for the house and get the big picture. At this time, for example, it is not appropriate to be choosing the color of the carpeting. However, keep in mind that my wife likes blue.

Also, do not worry at this time about acquiring the resources to build the house itself. Your first priority is to develop detailed plans and specifications. Once I approve these plans, however, I would expect the house to be under roof within 48 hours.

While you are designing this house specifically for me, keep in mind that sooner or later I will have to sell it to someone else. It therefore should have appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers. Please make sure before you finalize the plans that there is a consensus of the potential home-buyers in my area that they like the features this house has.

I advise you to run up and look at the house my neighbor build last year, as we like it a great deal. It has many things that we feel we also need in our new home, particularly the 75-foot swimming pool. With careful engineering, I believe that you can design this into our new house without impacting the construction cost.

Please prepare a complete set of blueprints. It is not necessary at this time to do the real design, since they will be used only for construction bids. Be advised, however, that you will be held accountable for any increase of construction costs as a result of later design changes.

You must be thrilled to be working on as interesting a project as this! To be able to use the latest techniques and materials and to be given such freedom in your designs is something that can't happen very often. Contact me as soon as possible with your ideas and completed plans.

PS: My wife has just told me that she disagrees with many of the instructions I've given you in this letter. As architect, it is your responsibility to resolve these differences. I have tried in the past and have been unable to accomplish this. If you can't handle this responsibility, I will have to find another architect.

PPS: Perhaps what I need is not a house at all, but a travel trailer. Please advise me as soon a possible if this is the case.
1:23 am
Now this is interesting...
Some of you watching the President explaining why it's all good that O-care was launched on a website that can't handle the traffic (when Amazon handles triple the traffic--from around the world---every day, for much less $$$), may have noticed the young lady directly behind him in the camera who suddenly became faint.

That seems to happen quite a lot during the President's speeches.....just saying'............



And here's the lady during the President's latest speech---yes she is wearing a diabetic patch---but DO watch the young lady NEXT to her, right before she begins to show signs of 'wobbliness'---yes, the one who 'nudges' her, right before she faints---now what's all that about?



Sure do hope she's ok.....
Saturday, October 19th, 2013
11:12 pm
WOW----I didn't know England allowed "NO" houses to be built in the "countryside"---???
I just read a heartbreaking story about a family in the UK--and I actually am quite puzzled by it.

It seems a young just-starting-out family with a baby decided to build a house---a very unusual house--on some property THEY OWNED in North Pembrokeshire.  The house was described as "very secluded", so it wasn't in an 'in-your-face' location---and the family built it to be VERY environmentally-friendly, with ALL-NATURAL materials, in a "roundhouse" shape, and constructed it from the ground up with their own hands.

It is described in the following article as a "hobbit house", but reminds me more of a treehouse:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2382684/Charlie-Hague-Megan-Williams-told-pull-hobbit-home-entirely-natural-materials.html



Eco-couple told to pull down their 'hobbit home' made entirely out of natural materials . . . but without planning permission


  • Family of three is made homeless by planning inspector's decision

  • They built their home from scratch, but have been ordered to tear it down

  • The couple admit they built it without first getting planning permission

  • Their labour of love was branded 'harmful' to the countryside

By Stuart Woledge
2 August 2013

Homeless: Charlie Hague and Megan Williams, with their only child Eli, have been left homeless




A young couple have been left heartbroken after planners ordered their unique 'hobbit home' to be bulldozed, effectively leaving them homeless.
Charlie Hague and Megan Williams, both 25, built the roundhouse from scratch with their own hands, using only natural materials.
But the couple lost their appeal today against a planning enforcement notice telling them to tear their pride and joy home down.
Charlie and Megan, who have a one-year-old son Eli, built the house on private land in Glandwr, North Pembrokeshire, last summer.
Locals nicknamed it the hobbit home, although most people did not even know it was there because it is so secluded.
But Pembrokeshire County Council ordered the couple to demolish their home because it was built without planning permission. Charlie and Megan, who live a self-sufficient lifestyle, fought the decision claiming it had a low impact on the environment because of its unique construction.
Charlie, a sculptor and woodworker, said: 'We built this house to provide our son with a healthy environment to grow up in. 'We were born in the area, went to school here, and have lived here all our lives. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.'

The pair acknowledged their property was built without prior consent but said there was no other way for them to afford their own home.

Megan said: 'I know it’s not a possibility for everyone, and our situation here is unique, but if young people are to live and work in the area they need somewhere to live.'



The couple’s appeal was dismissed by planning inspector Iwan Lloyd, who ruled the development harmed the character and appearance of the countryside.
The inspector upheld the council’s enforcement notice, which requires the roundhouse and all associated work, including the timber decking, be demolished.





Middle Earth: Charlie Hague and Megan Williams' home has been compared to a hobbit's. The couple have been ordered to tear their idyllic dwelling down

Hobbits: The three-foot tall manlike creatures were made famous in JRR Tolkein's The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books. Picture here, Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey







The order gives the couple two months to return the land to its previous condition.
Mr Lloyd’s report stated: 'The character and appearance of the countryside should be protected for its intrinsic sake. 'The benefits of a low-impact development do not outweigh the harm to the character and appearance of the countryside.'
Friends said the couple were half expecting their appeal to be turned down but were still 'devastated' by the decision.




Unique: The couple's front room, complete. They started building their house using only naturally resourced materials last year







Treebeard: The couple have used a whole tree as a supporting structure for their home, fondly nicknamed the 'hobbit house' by locals






Killjoy council: The couple have been unable to convince the authorities of the merits of their eco friendly house





One friend said: 'They are heartbroken - the roundhouse is a thing of great beauty which they put their hearts and souls into. 'They are a young couple who should be applauded for solving their own housing issues by creating a sustainable home out of local materials.
'Instead they are now facing the prospect of watching it being razed to the ground.'

The couple have one last chance - they have applied for retrospective planning permission but their friends said they feared it was a lost cause.


My sons have had for the past two years calendars of unusual "treehouses" (some of which are in trees, some are up on stilts, and some are merely 'houses' built of unusual materials on the ground but which remind one of tree houses).

Does one need a permit in the UK to build a TREE HOUSE?

If not, maybe they can just call it that?

(If being environmentally-friendly in the UK means NOT building a house in the country at all  (which seems to be the reasoning of the  "planning inspector Iwan Lloyd, who ruled the development harmed the character and appearance of the countryside" and further stated  stated: 'The character and appearance of the countryside should be protected for its intrinsic sake. 'The benefits of a low-impact development do not outweigh the harm to the character and appearance of the countryside.')---

then, to be CONSISTENT, EVERY SINGLE DWELLING IN THE UK which is in what would be considered "the countryside" MUST be "pulled down"---from great historic "county estates" to the most humble dwelling, and NO building at all allowed there again---just total wilderness---so that we "preserve" the "character" of the "countryside".

Apparently the bureaucrats got their tails in a wad because THEY weren't allowed to play God on the decision of EVERY dwelling that is allowed to exist in "THEIR" version of the "countryside".

People of UK----rise!!!
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
8:05 pm
If you go to the "Exchanges", KNOW what you are "exchanging"--and for WHAT...
Warning: Enrolling in Obamacare allows government to link your IP address with your name, social security number, bank accounts and web surfing habits
http://www.naturalnews.com/images/authors/MikeAdams.jpgThursday, October 10, 2013
by Mike Adams
, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: Obamacare, private details, Trojan Horse

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/042427_Obamacare_private_details_Trojan_Horse.html##ixzz2hvuHcdKT

(NaturalNews) We have already established that Healthcare.gov is not a functioning database application that allows people to shop for competing health plans. It is actually a government-run Trojan Horse that suckers people into creating accounts where they hand over:

• Name and address
• Email address and password
• Social security number
• Private bank account details
• Employer details and other information

During the enrollment process, your computer also hands over your IP address which is then tied to your social security number.

This IP address is then handed over to the NSA thanks to its new mega-black-hole data center in Utah, where your IP is cross-referenced with all website visits, including:

• "Anti-government" websites
• Porn sites
• Gambling sites
• File sharing sites
• "Terrorism" support sites
• Encryption service sites like Hushmail
• Chat rooms, message boards and more

Armed with this information, the NSA can then link your seemingly-anonymous online chats, comments and posts with your social security number. Linguistic algorithms can "score" your online posts to create red flags that call for additional investigations of anyone using words like "liberty" or "patriot."

This information can then be turned over to law enforcement, as is found in the fine print of the Maryland Obamacare exchange, which states:

...we may share information provided in your application with the appropriate authorities for law enforcement and audit activities.

Thus, by enrolling in Obamacare, you are voluntarily surveilling yourself and handing over the data to the government while also AGREEING to terms of self-incrimination.

Ponder the implications of this for a moment...
Obamacare is actually a self-incrimination surveillance program designed to ensnare the American people in a devil's contract
Obamacare is the meta-level con of tricking Americans into thinking they're signing up for free health insurance when, in reality, the website primarily exists to scrape personal financial details, passwords, emails and social security numbers from Americans who will later be targeted by the government itself.

All the emails registered with Healthcare.gov, for example, will likely be used by the Obama
administration to spam people with political propaganda or contrived "terror alerts" that use fear to concentrate more power in the hands of government.

All the financial data will be turned over to the IRS for criminal investigations of Americans who are suspected of under-reporting their incomes (or supporting "patriot" groups with financial donations).

All the passwords used on Healthcare.gov will be turned over to the NSA and matched up with individual IP addresses so that NSA operatives can hack into private bank accounts, encrypted email accounts and other private data, based on the assumption that most users use identical passwords across all the websites they commonly access. (A person's password under Obamacare probably has a 50% chance of also working for their online banking. And since the NSA has your social security number, it's a no-brainer to match up your online surfing habits with your phone number, home address, investment holdings, tax returns, international travel history and so on.)

In essence, Obamacare allows the government to gather a goldmine of private data that can be exploited to target, punish, incriminate, blackmail or steal from any desired target.

As this is a federal government that believes it now has total power to do anything it wants without limit, there are no boundaries of what it might do with this data.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/042427_Obamacare_private_details_Trojan_Horse.html##ixzz2hvuSKE5F
Monday, October 14th, 2013
2:00 pm
Do you KNOW who CHOOSES "WHAT" is "shut down"?
Betcha thought it was the Congress, right?

All those EVIL Republicans, right?

Check it out for yourself---

IT is the PRESIDENT who SOLELY makes the DECISIONS during a GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN (and we've had 17 of them, prior to this one) on WHAT IS KEPT OPEN AND WHAT IS SHUT DOWN.

So if you want to BLAME someone for what is SHUT DOWN, be clear on WHO you should be BLAMING--the ONE WHO MADE THE CHOICES:

Obama&quot;s spending priorities

What is REALLY sad is the LIES the media is telling the US citizenry and the world.

The House of Representatives (REPUBLICANS) have sent over 17 BILLS TO THE SENATE, that would RE-FUND ALL NECESSARY GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS so that NO ONE WOULD SUFFER---medicare, food stamps, social security, the military, park police, Washington DC police.

The SENATE, in their STRANGE definition of "compromise"----(which to them is "GIVE ME EVERYTHING I WANT, and THEN we'll talk and see what crumbs I might throw back at you.") are acting like spoiled children having a temper tantrum, and are LETTING THOSE FUNDING BILLS JUST SIT THERE-------REFUSING to STOP our citizens' "suffering"---but rather BLACKMAILING our country by USING our citizens' suffering.

They demand a "clean" bill---by which they mean---carte blanche----give us EVERYTHING we ASK with NO changes.

In America, we have DIVISION of POWER for a REASON----what the SENATE wants is a rubber-stamp Congress, just as THEY have become a "rubber-stamp" for the Presidency.

If we decide to no longer HAVE the balance of power, and the NORMAL PROCESS of how a law is passed, NAMELY of one house making a proposal, the other house making a COUNTER-proposal, both houses going into committee to hammer out a bill suitable to BOTH sides, and then passing THAT--

then we may as well SEND ALL OF CONGRESS HOME (and save the $$$ paying them their exorbitant salaries and pensions and perks)

and just have things back as they were in 1775----

only it will become "King Barack" instead of "King George".

WHAT THE H did we fight the REVOLUTIONARY WAR FOR????
Sunday, October 13th, 2013
4:18 pm
3:42 pm
BET'CHA HAVEN'T HEARD ONE WORD ON THE MEDIA ABOUT THIS, HAVE YOU?
Bet you haven't heard a PEEP about this today, have ya?

Remember when SYRIAN President Assad CUT OFF all info out of his country, as he was bombing HIS OWN CITIZENS?

Today out of Washington, a HUGE group---many THOUSANDS--- of VETERANS, truckers, bikers, and plain-old AMERICANS are exercising their RIGHT to "peacefully assemble" and PROTEST what is being done to the PEOPLE'S monuments in a game of political blackmail by this administration.

They first OPENED the WW II memorial, then marched to the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial, then carried the "Barry-cades" from the memorials to the White House and DUMPED them there, all the while shouting "We the People!" and "SHAME ON YOU" to the occupant of the White House.

And what was the response?

Shutdown of live feeds, shut down of twitter feeds, shutdown of cell phones, shut down of internet feeds----sound familiar?

As in--Assad? Mubarak? Khaddaffi? China? the USSR???

What was the FURTHER response?

Police--mounted and on foot---donning RIOT gear (against a peaceful protest by the citizens, MANY of them OCTOGENARIAN veterans of WW II), brandishing batons, and carrying plastic "zip-cuffs"----against our OWN people who are there to PEACEABLY protest this government's actions.

I have a PIC of ELDERLY LADIES --- LADIES!!! --- being HIT by one of these 'police-officers' (I put that in quotes because MY DADDY was a POLICE OFFICER and he--and I--am ASHAMED of these 'so-called' LEO's who could do this)  with metal batons.  As far as I can tell, the little old ladies were doing NOTHING to deserve such treatment.  I do not know how to post it to LJ since they changed their format, so if anyone can tell me how I would be glad to do it.

WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

You can SEE and follow coverage of the HUGE march HERE:
(a UK site---ironic, isn't it, how we AMERICANS now have to go to a FOREIGN site to see what's going on in our OWN country?)

http://21stcenturywire.com/2013/10/13/negative-us-media-coverage-fails-to-stop-constitutional-truckers-and-veterans-in-dc/

Here's a GREAT You Tube video showing the situation--the ONLY MSM news coverage of it I've seen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slzGW_vryN4
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
1:18 pm
HOW DARE YOU "RECREATE"?!!!???
AFTER ALL, DON'T YOU KNOW WHO'S IN CHARGE, NOW???!!!???

October 8, 2013

'Gestapo' tactics meet senior citizens at Yellowstone


By John Macone Staff writer

NEWBURYPORT — Pat Vaillancourt went on a trip last week that was intended to showcase some of America’s greatest treasures.

Instead, the Salisbury resident said she and others on her tour bus witnessed an ugly spectacle that made her embarrassed, angry and heartbroken for her country.

Vaillancourt was one of thousands of people who found themselves in a national park as the federal government shutdown went into effect on Oct. 1. For many hours her tour group, which included senior citizen visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, were locked in a Yellowstone National Park hotel under armed guard.

The tourists were treated harshly by armed park employees, she said, so much so that some of the foreign tourists with limited English skills thought they were under arrest.

When finally allowed to leave, the bus was not allowed to halt at all along the 2.5-hour trip out of the park, not even to stop at private bathrooms that were open along the route.

“We’ve become a country of fear, guns and control,” said Vaillancourt, who grew up in Lawrence. “It was like they brought out the armed forces. Nobody was saying, ‘we’re sorry,’ it was all like — ” as she clenched her fist and banged it against her forearm.

Vaillancourt took part in a nine-day tour of western parks and sites along with about four dozen senior citizen tourists. One of the highlights of the tour was to be Yellowstone, where they arrived just as the shutdown went into effect.

Rangers systematically sent visitors out of the park, though some groups that had hotel reservations — such as Vaillancourt’s — were allowed to stay for two days. Those two days started out on a sour note, she said.

The bus stopped along a road when a large herd of bison passed nearby, and seniors filed out to take photos. Almost immediately, an armed ranger came by and ordered them to get back in, saying they couldn’t “recreate.” The tour guide, who had paid a $300 fee the day before to bring the group into the park, argued that the seniors weren’t “recreating,” just taking photos.

“She responded and said, ‘Sir, you are recreating,’ and her tone became very aggressive,” Vaillancourt said.


The seniors quickly filed back onboard and the bus went to the Old Faithful Inn, the park’s premier lodge located adjacent to the park’s most famous site, Old Faithful geyser. That was as close as they could get to the famous site — barricades were erected around Old Faithful, and the seniors were locked inside the hotel, where armed rangers stayed at the door.

“They looked like Hulk Hogans, armed. They told us you can’t go outside,” she said. “Some of the Asians who were on the tour said, ‘Oh my God, are we under arrest?’ They felt like they were criminals.”


By Oct. 3 the park, which sees an average of 4,500 visitors a day, was nearly empty. The remaining hotel visitors were required to leave.

As the bus made its 2.5-hour journey out of Yellowstone, the tour guide made arrangements to stop at a full-service bathroom at an in-park dude ranch he had done business with in the past. Though the bus had its own small bathroom, Vaillancourt said seniors were looking for a more comfortable place to stop. But no stop was made — Vaillancourt said the dude ranch had been warned that its license to operate would be revoked if it allowed the bus to stop. So the bus continued on to Livingston, Mont., a gateway city to the park.

The bus trip made headlines in Livingston, where the local newspaper Livingston Enterprise interviewed the tour guide, Gordon Hodgson, who accused the park service of “Gestapo tactics.”

“The national parks belong to the people,” he told the Enterprise. “This isn’t right.”

Calls to Yellowstone’s communications office were not returned, as most of the personnel have been furloughed.

Many of the foreign visitors were shocked and dismayed by what had happened and how they were treated, Vaillancourt said.

“A lot of people who were foreign said they wouldn’t come back (to America),” she said.

The National Parks’ aggressive actions have spawned significant criticism in western states. Governors in park-rich states such as Arizona have been thwarted in their efforts to fund partial reopenings of parks. The Washington Times quoted an unnamed Park Service official who said park law enforcement personnel were instructed to “make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

The experience brought up many feelings in Vaillancourt. What struck her most was a widely circulated story about a group of World War II veterans who were on a trip to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II memorial when the shutdown began. The memorial was barricaded and guards were posted, but the vets pushed their way in.

That reminded her of her father, a World War II veteran who spent three years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.

“My father took a lot of crap from the Japanese,” she recalled, her eyes welling with tears. “Every day they made him bow to the Japanese flag. But he stood up to them.

“He always said to stand up for what you believe in, and don’t let them push you around,” she said, adding she was sad to see “fear, guns and control” turned on citizens in her own country.

- See more at: http://www.eagletribune.com/local/x1....JbcwANnN.dpuf
Saturday, September 28th, 2013
12:17 am
Have been gone a while--need help
Hi folks:

Have been AWOL a long time.  Too many reasons to name (and why depress everyone anyway?)--

but tonight went to look for some of my old story "friends"--and discovered that ALL my links to "OWL" fanfic archive stories are no longer any good.

Has the "OWL" archive ceased to exist?  Or has it merely been reincarnated under another name?

Can anyone please tell me?  Some of my VERY favorite stories and authors were there--and I need some of those stories tonight.

thank you.
Saturday, August 31st, 2013
1:28 pm
Comic Relief in the midst of the crisis
If you, like me, are hovering somewhere between totally disgusted to the point of nausea and utter total panic re the Syria situation (and what may follow), then you, like me, may find the following a welcome and refreshing release for a moment from the tensions of a world gone utterly mad:

Subject: ALERTS TO THREATS IN 2013 EUROPE


The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out.

Terrorists have been re-categorized from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from "Pissed Off" to "Let's get the Bastards."
They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide." The only two higher levels in France are "Collaborate" and "Surrender." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France 's white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country's military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from "Shout Loudly and Excitedly" to "Elaborate Military Posturing." Two more levels remain: "Ineffective Combat Operations" and "Change Sides."

The Germans have increased their alert state from "Disdainful Arrogance" to "Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs." They also have two higher levels: "Invade a Neighbor" and "Lose."

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from "No worries" to "She'll be right, Mate." Two more escalation levels remain: "Crikey! I think we'll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!" and "The barbie is cancelled." So far no situation has ever warranted use of the last final escalation level.

Regards,
John Cleese,
British writer, actor and tall person
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