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Sun May 03, 2015 at 07:00 AM PDT

GUS: Cop Out Open Thread w/ Recipes

by gchaucer2

Hello, my GUSlovelies!!! I've already gotten two loads of laundry on the line before 8:00 a.m., fed the office cat, picked up chewed up stuff left over from Chance the Office Dog and have to clean my apartment and plan packing so I will be in and out today.

Slow computer again -- it goes in phases.  

It is glorious here but I've been forced to use my RPGs on the birds chirping and perched on the top line above my laundry.  The apartment folks next door were a bit perturbed.  

GUS (Gave Up Smoking) is a community support diary for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. If you are quitting or thinking of quitting, please -- join us!  We kindly ask that politics be left out.  

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I went to University of Maryland Law School (Baltimore) at the ripe old age of 40.  I was a teacher and realized I really hated the privileged parents I had to deal with and needed a new career. My Dad and Uncle were lawyers -- both failed the bar exam a couple of times -- neither went to college --- just went to the University of Baltimore  Law School after serving in WWII.  They eventually passed the bar.  My Dad went on to something else and my Uncle Pat became a brilliant, albeit colorful trial lawyer in Baltimore and elsewheres.

I went to UMD because of their environmental law program.  That's another boring story.  The point is, I found an amazing apartment in Mount Vernon (center of the city and gorgeous) for $450 a month -- heat and hot water included.  Two bedrooms!!!!  No roommate -- I needed a dining room and painted it bordello raspberry.  

One summer night I heard:  "Come out, come out, wherever you are!"  WTF???  I looked out the window and saw a Baltimore cop in his summer uniform -- then was a bright white shirt and blue slacks -- on the roof of the adjacent brownstone.  Holy crap!!!  That shirt made him a target.

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Ok, I admit to being a bit obsessive with the Freddie Gray case and subsequent protests and police riots but this latest posted on the not venerable WaPo is utter bullshite.  Prisoner in Van Says . . . .

Um, ok, cops pick up Mr. Gray and then do stuff which involves a rough ride which apparently "prisoner in the van" didn't have a problem with.  Now Prisoner in the Van says Mr. Gray basically went bonkers and whacked himself around enough to crush his voice box and almost sever his spine in order to do something something.

The police "investigative report" is due out Friday.  What day is this?  Oh, right, Wednesday on the East Coast of the United States of Needing Amnesty International.  The only place this amazing info could have come from is the Baltimore Police Department.  Did they rough ride the guy around?  Provide other incentives?

The Sun Paper reporters all have massive jaded eyes even though the Boston Globe bought them lunch yesterday.

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Right now, there are over a thousand young people marching from Penn Station, down Charles and St. Paul Streets over Lexington towards City Hall.  Continuing over the last two weeks, The Batimore Sun Live Blog provides minute to minute real time coverage with many photos of great folks.  It looks like a sterling day down there.

The governor seems to think that if he plays some hoops in the hood for the cameras, all will be well -- the picture in the blog is quite horrifying.  More horrifying is that Amnesty International Watchers are on sight -- in our very exceptional country.

These are amazing young people.  They are the leaders we need.  Sorry for the short diary but it is a story I don't want to see lost.  On the scene reporters from The Sun are calling it the biggest rally so far.

Blessings for Baltimore.

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So, I was just perusing other blogs and I believe I found this one on Eschaton which had a link to the gawker.  "Baltimore is a Shithole":  Undisturbed Peace at the Maryland Hunt Club."  Read it and weep.  I know these kinds of people.  Hell I have family members who are these people.  Look at the pictures.  Read the words of truly awful human beings being said on Saturday, April 25, 2015 as thousands began a 3 mile March from Sandtown to City Hall.

These are the people who are only capable of creating rage.  That is their career/hobby.  Entitled fucking rage creators.  

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Good morning GUSaroos.  Our fantastic Frontier interwebz, maintained by Philosophy and English majors who are handwriting their doctoral theses at work, is crapped up again.  Two salesman actually came to the office yesterday to find out what kind of server we had!!!!  They didn't even check before hand.  Our office goddess told them theirs was junk and we were looking into Optimum.  They skeedadled.

So, since things are so gummy slow, I can't easily put in any boilerplate or recipes.  Just thought you'd want a place to hang.

Pray for Baltimore.  

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Update:  Good lord -- Baltimore is burning!  Please let this end.  

There have been many great diaries today on the tragic rioting in Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray.  Tasini's "Baltimore Protest, Elite Ripping Off America More Important than Baseball:  Baltimore Baseball Owner",

Angie in WA State's "What if the people assembled peaceably & Got greeted by Mayor/City Council instead of #Riot Police?",

idledilitante's "Widespread Protests in Baltimore Continue;  Police Becoming Increasingly Aggressive",

jpmassar's "Baltimore. Tweetpics from the Streets."

Within these diaries, judgments have been made regarding the rioting.  I hate riots but I understand them.  I do understand them in Baltimore because I know the City.  I'm just going to repeat a comment I made in Angie's diary:

I feel I need to respond to some of the comments herein and elsewhere regarding the rioting.  I know Baltimore -- I was born, early educated and lived 13 adult years there.  I lived on the east side but right near Charles Street which divides the city in half.  It was/is a gorgeous, diverse neighborhood.  

Walk a few blocks further east or cross MLK Blvd in the west and you find yourself in another Baltimore.  Horrific schools, squalid rowhouses, rip off cash checking joints, no real grocery stores, remnants of decades decaying projects.

It smells of despair.  It smells of death.  It has been said that the murder rate is only a bit lower than DC because of Maryland Shock Trauma.  Generations have lived in these ghettos and it is easy for this old white woman to comprehend unbridled rage when you've been treated like animals.  When you can't get a frigging decent education.  When basically everyone knows someone who has been murdered.

I hate rioting because it turns the clock back always, destroys neighborhoods, crushes empathy, injures and kills folks.  All the news media and folks not involved remember is the rioting -- not the peaceful marching of over a thousand.  The calls for calm from the community.

I just needed to get that off my chest because I'm sick of the tsk tsking.

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Ok, here is my advice as to the return of Prohibition and extremely extreme G Men.  Never talk to your sister and mother when sort of inebriated.  If you do, you may end up like me -- taking a trip to the wrong coast in 2 weeks with no real 18 month preparation concept.  

Like an ABBA Swedish frustration dream.

Sooooo, my sister said she was going out on business and could I come out too.  And I said, not in May since I'm waiting for an insurance check which will also have to pass through the probate court for my fee so no and airfares to CA are still 700billion dollars one way.  

Oh, yeah, right so she gets her husband to look up airfares and he frigging comes up with one under $400 round trip and I say:  Yeah, brilliant but I'm still waiting for . . . . and then my mother is on the phone and she's already bought the ticket.  WTF????  I'm going on Medicare in July.  

Soooooo, I have to find clothes for 100 degree weather and ship 400 gallons of potable water even though I'm sitting here with a Scottish wool blanket and cat and then quilt on my lap whilst I'm typing this diary with frozen hands.  

I wish I could have a 2 day trip to the wrong coasters up in the hinterlands of SF but the trip is Wed. to Wed. with church in between and I haven't seen my Mom in ages and my sister and I need to fight over the silver.

Soooooooo,

Honestly, she is still this beautiful and talented.

The Irish know how to be a brilliant audience -- they shut up and don't clap at stupid times.  Ok, this song was written by a Brit but we are still lovin' it as our own.  Listen to her -- she is still gorgeous even though her voice has mellowed.  Dang.  I want to be Judy Collins but I'm pretty sure I said I was already Jamie Lee Curtis.

My fondest memory of Oh Danny Boy goes way back to my parent's 50th Anniversary.  I planned the whole thing -- they flew out from the wrong coast to the correct coast and we had a hell of a time with the Irish, Jewish, and suspect members/friends of the family at the Knights of Columbus Hall.  My Dad and Uncle Pat -- both beautiful tenors, sang Danny Boy.  I will never forget that moment in time.  Arms over each other's shoulders.  Drunk and singing gloriously.  

Ok, there is a theme here I've gotten off track about and maudlin -- not my problem.  

GUS (Gave Up Smoking) is a community support diary for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. If you are quitting or thinking of quitting, please -- join us!  We kindly ask that politics be left out.  

  You can also click the GUS tag to view all diary posts, or access the GUS Library at dKosopedia for a great list of stop-smoking links. Check it out! GUS library.

    A message to ALL quitters. You don't have to avoid GUS if you have a failed quit.  We won't give you a bad time and we consider the failed quits as "practice" for the real quit.

    Quit Keeper widget which is an outstanding aid for those beginning the difficult path to quitting.  It lets you know how long you haven't smoked, how many cigs you haven't smoked, how much money you've saved.

   Quit Smoking Counter    h/tGDbot.  For those of you who have had a problem with Quit Keeper or want a different counter!

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The Baltimore Sun has been bought and sold and bought since it was the newspaper I knew as a kid.  My grandmother worked for The Sun when Mencken wrote for them.  She believed he was the devil incarnate.  Odd coming from a woman who was a Ward Chief or some such for the Democrats and the money collected went right off to the IRA to buy guns and killing things.

Welp, The Sun, like many (most) newspaper outlets can be sad for stretches.  But the coverage and actual journalism (see ancient idea of investigative reporting) has been quite remarkable as to the Freddie Gray murder.  First time I heard the term, "rough ride," meaning handcuff behind the back, shackle, don't seatbelt an arrestee in the back of a van and drive like a fucking maniac through the streets of Baltimore.

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I completely understand the desire to have Senator Warren challenge Secretary Clinton.  The debates would be brilliant and for the century.  But, Senator Warren has repeatedly stated that she is not/will not run for President for 2016.

Women should be taken for their words.  They are not to be reduced to objects of desire on a political plane -- no more than a sexual one.  I think we need to cultivate a younger generation of strong intelligent woman in our party which means let's not forget our local elections.  I am lucky to have a great youngish Democrat who represents me in my State district.  She should be looking at higher office -- I bet she is.  

You all have women like that -- they just need our support with feet on the ground and GOTVs.  I'm pretty sure Hillary will be our nominee.  Unlike 2008, this fact does not make me sad.  I think she needs leftists to challenge her agenda.  But they won't be Barack Obama redux.

I've been listening to strong women tonight.  Music, not politics.  Well, ok music and politics in the sense that life involves politics.

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Hi GUSchicitasanddesparados!  I am in the mood for Mexican food which I know I won't make but love reading the recipes.  I usually make quesedillas when my Maryland buddy is up because they are so danged easy.

I'm watching with great anticipation the one bulb in the front tiny patch -- it is a a hyacinth and the leaves are all up.  Next door tulip leaves line the little yard.  If my Maryland buddy gets up in May, we'll see the daffodils and deer resistant tulips at the lake and then the first signs of the lilies and iris.  Two days in a row now and perfect spring weather.

 I got up late because I locked Roger the Cat out of the bedroom when he started poking my head and walking on my pillow.  That was at 4:30 a.m.  I didn't even have to microwave his food!  I have a load of wash in the wringer washer and only one to go.  Amazing how much can be done with the proper weather.

I'm in a cleaning mood so I'll be in and out with my apron on all day.  Have a wonderful one!!

GUS (Gave Up Smoking) is a community support diary for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. If you are quitting or thinking of quitting, please -- join us!  We kindly ask that politics be left out.  

  You can also click the GUS tag to view all diary posts, or access the GUS Library at dKosopedia for a great list of stop-smoking links. Check it out! GUS library.

    A message to ALL quitters. You don't have to avoid GUS if you have a failed quit.  We won't give you a bad time and we consider the failed quits as "practice" for the real quit.

    Quit Keeper widget which is an outstanding aid for those beginning the difficult path to quitting.  It lets you know how long you haven't smoked, how many cigs you haven't smoked, how much money you've saved.

   Quit Smoking Counter    h/tGDbot.  For those of you who have had a problem with Quit Keeper or want a different counter!

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Tue Apr 14, 2015 at 07:00 AM PDT

GUS: Spring has Spranged w/ Recipes

by gchaucer2

Good Morning GUSgoodweatherlings!  Spring has finally arrived here for a couple of days.  Yesterday in the 70s and sunny and of course I had to spend it in a damned suit in court.  Happily I like opposing counsel and the judge is great.

Hope everybody is a.o.k.!  I'd give you an excuse for not writing a diary on Sunday but I don't have one.  I just farted off in my pjs, drank tons of club soda and watched movies.  Sort of a crash after a trial, long brief and company.  I didn't even do cleaning other than dishes -- what a lazy slob.

I know we don't do politics in GUS but I haven't seen elsewhere the reaction to Rubio's big boring speech before hundreds as reported in the Miami Herald.  Guess he saved a lot of money for bottled water by not having to rent that jumbotron for the massive overflow. Hahahahaha!!

GUS (Gave Up Smoking) is a community support diary for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. If you are quitting or thinking of quitting, please -- join us!  We kindly ask that politics be left out.  

  You can also click the GUS tag to view all diary posts, or access the GUS Library at dKosopedia for a great list of stop-smoking links. Check it out! GUS library.

    A message to ALL quitters. You don't have to avoid GUS if you have a failed quit.  We won't give you a bad time and we consider the failed quits as "practice" for the real quit.

    Quit Keeper widget which is an outstanding aid for those beginning the difficult path to quitting.  It lets you know how long you haven't smoked, how many cigs you haven't smoked, how much money you've saved.

   Quit Smoking Counter    h/tGDbot.  For those of you who have had a problem with Quit Keeper or want a different counter!

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