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We are too cool for our country.

TV, Bloooood, look out! death to you!

Some of you remember that to save a few dollars I canceled cable, so I just have the networks and TBS. Now I watch the local morning news, instead of say - Morning Joe. As much as I complained about Morning Joe, let me just say it is a better way to start the day than local news.

Do not waste your time, destroy your TV
Local news: Learning about and seeing shootings, murders, car wrecks, and other assorted misery that bleeds and leads, with the added cancer commercials, just isn't the way to start a morning. Or end a day, for that matter. If I keep watching, soon I'll be afraid to leave the house. I'm halfway there.

On a separate note,


but tv related, I have recently seen two news items about "wonderful" police officers. I can't help but think it is an effort to rehabilitate their reputation. The timing is interesting isn't it? Who sends these "heartwarming" police stories to the news depts? The police dept. maybe? "Look how nice we are. Please air this lovely story which does not involve an officer murdering anyone."

Open Bag of Chips
This morning's news story was about an officer who noticed a homeless man sitting under a tree, and asked him if he was hungry. He was. So the cop shared his lunch with him. The news anchor guy said "isn't that a wonderful story." I thought, "not really. The man is still homeless, and he's a grown hungry man who just got 1/2 of a lunch."

And, he's one out of how many millions? Is this story supposed to make the little lady at home watching (like me) think how wonderful America is? Go USA.




Look at me, this fine Good Morning in America. I have an Apple Watch!

Another item that showed some true colors was on the morning show with George Stephanopoulos. They were showing people camped out overnight or more to get the Apple watch. I guess it's not really a 99% story because these people can afford an Apple watch - - but still to me it is.

After their man in the field talks about the campers, and mentions they still have 5 hours to sit outside the store and wait, George mentions "I probably shouldn't say this, but I have the Apple watch." He proceeded to show it off and talk about how great it is, mentioning its many cool features.

Yes, George, you probably shouldn't have mentioned it on the Good Morning America program, but what's it to you if the masses that watch your show have to camp out and wait if they want one. It's a whole different world for the little people isn't it? One you don't have to concern yourself with.

That he mentioned he probably shouldn't mention it, shows he does notice the difference between himself and the average person he just reported on. But, that was the fun for him, the point, and why he couldn't resist.

Hey babe, have you seen my watch?
Look at me, I am better, richer, more important. I have The Watch while the others are camped out wondering how to pee without losing their place in line. Hahahaha. You know, people like George aren't giving the news really for the regular person at home watching. No, in the back of their minds are their "peers." They are performing for their peers. Those are the opinions that matter.

So, did George call up Apple and say "I'm George Stephanopoulos and I should not have to wait like everyone else. I am a very important person and would like one now, thank you."  Or, did Apple reach out to George (and various other uppercrusters) so he could talk it up on his show? Hmmm?

I see through it now when the wealthier than most talk about regular people on the news. The homeless and the campers out. They're offering their commentary on what is to them a separate species in the wild.

We need news shows hosted by regular Joes. Can you picture it? I can.

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Years ago, when I was younger, I came across men who would not come in my house for any reason. One of them came over one day so I could notarize some documents for him. He asked if I would come outside. I ended up spreading papers on the trunk of my car, and signing there. He was married and concerned about any look of impropriety that might come from the two of us being indoors together.

I know these kinds of thoughts are on the minds of many men when they are around children, too. One accidental move, or one wrong, accusing person, and ….

(please jump over the unfortunate blood splatter)

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Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 06:23 PM PDT

Internet Banking

by OLinda

Background

 

My gas card changed ownership banks, so I went into Internet banking to change the address that my payments go to.

It wouldn't let me. The page said basically, "We already know where to send your money. Trust us."

If you are interested in my musings about this, please hop over the pile of shredded dollars:

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Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM PST

It's hard on the streets for a woman.

by OLinda

 photo dktire_zpsb7befa03.jpegSo, I paid for a set of really good tires for my car that I spent weeks researching to determine what I wanted. I made an appointment and told the tire place the exact tire, brand, model, size, speed rating, etc.

The story of this tire purchase follows beneath the icy speed bump:

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Did they do it on purpose, or are they seriously so reputable?

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Thu May 09, 2013 at 03:10 PM PDT

Heads up - nationwide food drive

by OLinda

The US Postal Service is doing their annual food drive this Saturday, May 11.

       

Helping Stamp Out Hunger is as easy as checking your mailbox. Just leave a bag of non-perishable food items by your mailbox on Saturday, May 11. Your letter carrier will then pick up and deliver the food to a local food bank.
Examples of non-perishable items include:
    •    Peanut butter
    •    Canned soup
    •    Canned meats and fish
    •    Canned vegetables, fruits and juices
    •    Boxed goods (such as cereal)
    •    Pasta and rice
Let's talk about what would be good to give under the elite scrumptious pastry below:
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No one should be

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Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 08:37 AM PDT

Gun Control Ad

by OLinda

Gun Control Ad

Made by States United to Prevent Gun Violence

(Found this morning via The Dish.)

That is all. Nothing below the fold today.

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Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 03:57 PM PST

It wasn't pretzels making him thirsty

by OLinda

Remember when Boehner complained about having to go mano a mano with the President?

CBS News
As House Speaker John Boehner left his ceremonial office building and was walking through the Speaker's Lobby surrounded by his security detail, he expressed his frustration with the ongoing debt debate gridlock. CBS News' Jill Jackson overhead the Speaker say: "I didn't sign up for going mano-a-mano with the President of the United States."
Yep, Marco Rubio didn't sign up for it either.

Follow me over the little orange water puddle for a few more comments:

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Not much more information that what is in the headline, but The New York Times reports this morning:

NYTimes
WASHINGTON — The State Department said Saturday that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, had suffered a concussion after fainting.

The agency said that she was recovering at home and was being monitored by doctors.

The department said Mrs. Clinton was dehydrated because of the virus and that she fainted, causing the concussion. No further details were immediately available.

I see now HoundDog has an earlier diary up. I swear I looked. Sorry for the duplication.
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Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 06:54 PM PST

Christmas decorating for one

by OLinda

I don't celebrate Christmas much. It doesn't fit with my religion or lack thereof. But, I've managed to partake most years anyway.

I have a big, nice, artificial tree that I have decided is too much trouble and too big for my new house. I didn't put it up last year either, so the "too big for the new house" is an extra, new excuse that I like.

What is surprising me is that I want to decorate my front porch. I am super in the mood. I had a revelation tonight, while wondering why I am feeling so festive in this way. It occurred to me just moments ago, that by decorating outside, I can share it with someone or someones even if I don't know who they are.

My plans are under the squashed, orange mistletoe if you want to see. A kiss under the mistletoe is sometimes observed, but not required.

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I am decorating

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Why was the President notified so late regarding General Petraeus's affair?



Here's what I think, and I haven't seen it mentioned. I don't have a lot of original thoughts, so if this has already been discussed, let me know!

Everyone wonders about the timing. Why was the President notified so late? Please proceed under the decoratively disguised bug:

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Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 03:11 AM PDT

New Obama campaign Big Bird TV ad

by OLinda

Just saw this on Way Too Early. Have not seen it as an actual ad yet.



A partial transcript below the jump for those who need it.

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Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:56 PM PDT

New pro-Obama ad airing in Denver

by OLinda

Just saw this on the tv machine, so googled for the sponsors and found the ad. See below the orange Obama fist bump:

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