...and that made it a tough and miserable day today because I did one of the most difficult things I have ever done, at least for me emotionally. But let me start at the beginning or at least where I came into it. Got a few text messages from my wife this morning, at about 0940, telling me that our Chihuahua, Lucy, was at the vet because our larger mixed breed, Roxie, had attacked her. The last text in those first four said "And then I need to go to the doctor". That got me very concerned and after several texts back and forth between my wife, daughter, son and I - I finally found out that Roxie had bitten my wife twice while my wife was trying to free Lucy from Roxie's grasp. As it turned out, once she got Lucy free and had bitten my wife, Roxie also tried to go after Mimi our other mutt. Roxie was our biggest dog, weighing in at about 95 pounds and weighing more than tripe that of Mimi and a lot more than any of our three Chihuahuas or my daughter and son-in-law's two Chihuahuas that were also at our house today.
I left work by 1025 and got home about 1215; thankfully my daughter as able to pick me up, at the train station, while on lunch from her job. When we got home, my wife was already there after seeing the doctor. Why she did not go to the ER is beyond me. Anyway, she suffered two puncture wounds. One on a calf and the other on an arm. She will be okay but she has developed a lot of pain in her right foot and leg. She pretty much had to dive onto Roxie and struggle with her to free Lucy and hit her right knee and apparently because of the pain she has now, her right foot pretty hard. Roxie bit her when she got Lucy away from her and right after that is when Roxie tried to attack Mimi. Mimi, having been attacked by Roxie before, was smart enough to skedaddle downstairs at high speed and my wife was then ale to calm Roxie.
You can see, from the furrows in Linda's brow, that she is pained,
both by her injuries and by our decision to put Roxie down. Linda
was in so much pain she could barely get down to give Roxie a last hug.
While at the vet for Lucy, the vet commented that as far as she knew, this was the third time Roxie has attacked like this within the last 5 years (Roxie was only 7, we had her since she was a few months old). My wife said yes it was and that it was the second time she had been bitten by Roxie. The vet recommended putting her down. My wife agreed and that was none to easy for her to do. She did not do it right then though because she had to get to the doctor and Roxie was locked in a bedroom at home.
As I said, when I got home, my wife was already there after seeing the doctor. We talked about our options and I had to agree that it would be best to have Roxie put down. She was a very lovable dog 99% of the time but became suddenly unpredictable for virtually no reason, and certainly for no good reason, and would attack like that. She bit Linda this time and a couple or few years ago in another similar event. Last time, Linda had a much worse set of puncture wounds in her hand and was lucky to not have had a vein, artery or tendon severed.
Anyway, we waited for Brendan (our son to get home). Before he got there, Linda called her brothers to see if they wanted to take Roxie after giving them a full rundown of what happened. She called because Brendan had asked us to do so but she also, on her own accord and at my urging, recommended that they both say NO! That is what they said and who can blame them. The five of us, Linda (my wife), Celina our daughter, Brendan our son, Oma (Linda's mom) and me talked it over some more. We agreed that for many reasons, not the least of which was Linda having been bitten a second time by Roxie, that Oma - who is in her eighties - would be at Roxie's mercy in such if ever attacked by her, that the other four dogs were at risk of being attacked and another very important upcoming reason that I am not at liberty to disclose right now, we needed to put her to sleep.
We brought Roxie to the vet's office a couple of hours ago; Linda was in tears, at the dining room table, when Brendan and I took Roxie to the vet. While we waited for the doc, Roxie seemed to know something was wrong but that was probably just me. She was most likely just nervous because she was at the vet's office, as she always is nervous when there. Brendan and I were there with her for about 15 minutes when the doc came into he room. We opted to stay with her through it. They literally put her to sleep with some sort of barbiturate. Then after a few final minutes with her, they injected a drug that stopped her heart, almost instantly and she was gone. Brendan and I were blubbering like lost children and I guess that about sums up what we were in those last moments with Roxie.
My Uncle Ken once told me he never saw a dog before that so badly wanted to please someone as much as it appeared Roxie wanted to please me. It kind of worked both ways, I liked to keep her happy too. Early on, I found outa lot of that was in the cookies (what we call dog treats) I gave her - much as Jack Nicolson, in As Good As It Gets, said it was all a trick, all due to bacon. Well, it wasn't all due to cookies or bacon, it had a lot to do with love too. I am going to miss her, we all will miss her - a lot.
We have had to put two dogs to sleep before, one due to terrible nerve damage, resulting from a back injury, that was getting worse. The other was due to old age problems (she was probably 22 and literally falling over a lot, mostly blind, and so on). Before today, we never had to do that for a reason like today's and add to that Roxie was only 7 or so and as I said was lovable 99.9% of the time. Even though I know ours was a good reason today - it was tough, very difficult to do. God damn, I am miserable. Then again so too are Brendan, Celina (and probably Phil - Celina's husband) and Linda. Linda was crying when we left with Roxie and crying when we got back home. She adopted Roxie, as a surprise to me (not for me), when I was out in Arizona on a detail for work. When I got home and saw her for the first time, I soon got over my shock and came to love Roxie as much as all of our other dogs.
By the way, Lucy has four good sized punctures in her neck and her sides near her shoulders. She was not injured internally as far as we know; although, my guess would be some muscles got torn or stretched badly as Roxie violently shook Lucy back and forth while in her maw. Hopefully, she will pull through admirably. That, at least, was a little sunshine - even if it came late today - after Roxie's sunset.
Before you watch it though, allow me to tell you what I think of Oprah and her show. Fuck Oprah ten times really hard, in her ass, with a donkey dick fired up with a ton of Viagra, Ben Gay and crystal meth. Yes, I despise her and her kind of so called entertainers. (No I do not mean that in any racial sort of connotation, it is just that I despise what I consider to be ultra leftists like her regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion or whatever.) Now take a gander at this video from the Oprah show, knowing how I feel about her and still with me insisting it is worth your while (and please note, this video was made a long time ago):
As for Trump, I would rather vote for him than (and these are my opinions of some other candidates):
Christie (hypocritical RINO), Rubio (hypocritical RINO and wetback lover)
Bush, (really sad case of a guy trying to convince us he is a conservative yet is little more, if anything, than a snivelling RINO)
Kucinich (maybe another RINO and maybe not but just does not have a snowballs chance in the middle of a nuclear war of lasting through the primaries),
Carson (while he thinks right, he is just too much of a whoosh)
Sanders (avowed socialist or in other words I think a commie)
Clinton (a rotten nasty bitch who cares only about the power she can yield even at the expense of the security of the American people and it is probably all just to get back at Bill for sticking his dick in whatever hole was available) Normally, I probably would vote for Cruz before Trump since Trump has been way too far on the left, regarding many issues, over the years, for me. So, I think I would lean toward Cruz. Then again, that is only if the courts proved satisfactorily that he is what is meant by a natural born citizen. Since he is a dual US and Canadian citizen, born in Canada, I doubt they can do so. I say that because at the time the Constitution was written there was no such thing as a dual citizen as far as I am aware.
Better yet, I would vote for Rand Paul before them all but he will never win the primary as far as I can envision. What a pity because I think he has the right stuff for all Americans and I do mean for Americans and not for wetbacks or terrorists as leans Obama (in my estimation).
So, I am guessing it's going to be Donald Trump who will get my vote. Hopefully he has changed his principles on some things as he indicates in his speeches. While the leopard cannot change its spots, a man can definitely change his convictions, look to George W. Bush being a pussy and having done so by giving the bailouts and look to Ronald Reagan who was an avowed liberal but became the best president in my lifetime after he came over to the right.
My thanks and a hat tip to Steve Del C. for the video.
Trump is doing well because people are disenchanted with leftists like Obama and Clinton and because they are angry with RINOs who claim to be conservatives but are more on the left than on the right. It's also why Cruz is doing as well as he is doing, he just does not have the lack of inhibition to come out and blast the other Republicans as does Trump.
Those RINOs of which I speak are almost every Republican now in office or currently trying to gain office; I believe they have abandoned the true Republican platform and kowtow to the leftists. They are hypocrites who promise us one thing, then do a completely different thing once in office. They keep up a deplorable cycle of doing so, throughout their terms as elected representatives of the People, all without ever representing anything but their own agendas. More here:
As far as I am concerned we would be better off without RINOS in, or running, for office. I am beginning to believe our best chance, to recover America Lost, is a Trump/Cruz ticket in the upcoming election.
...who continuously call for violence to be strewn upon me and others because we are of another political ilk than them. I guess maybe it is because I am a man of at least some principles as opposed to being a flaming power hungry nasty arsehat who obviously has mommy or daddy or other authority issues against which they must rebel. More here.
All I can ay abut the so called comedian in question is that I pity anyone with whom she comes in contact, especially her children, if she has any to brainwash with her hate filled rhetoric.
The hypocrisy and vehemence of the leftists Democrats amazes me no end, especially with regard to how much their ambitions, in general, are similar to those of terrorists.
In my opinion, the judge should be stripped of any authority to remain on the bench; I think he is a disgrace to humanity let alone to the courts and the justice system.
This is what the judge said about why he did not sentence the defendant to longer than his five days:
" "Removing R.V. from his family will not further the interests of justice," Weinstein wrote in the Jan. 21 decision, which was first reported by the New York Law Journal.
"It will cause serious harm to his young children by depriving them of a loving father and role model, and will strip R.V. of the opportunity to heal through continued sustained treatment and the support of his close family." "
Just imagine that the judge said a guy who reportedly sought out kiddie porn, possessed pornography of pre-teen girls, and participated in video chats with female minors was called a role model, for his own children, by a federal judge. Is there a way to call for impeachment of a judge, because if there is a way, it should be called for here.
...makes me wish I was going to go on an Easter egg hunt. I wonder, is it the green grass and purple flowers, of springtime, that set the mood? Maybe it is the smiling young lass with pistol in hand. Or is it that she is wearing a blouse that looks like a painted Easter egg! I don't know, maybe it is all of them but I sure would not mind setting up a couple dozen Easter eggs as targets right about now and go shooting with her.
A Customs and Border Protection officer has been arrested after allegedly receiving a $3,600 bribe to alter the immigration status of two people by way of his access to a government computer system (source).
If the charges are upheld, all I can say is 'hasta despues su sentencia pendejo'. If guilty, I think he deserves all the time they can give him.
On this day in history, unbeknownst to us at the time, the fourth clue that Democrats would be totally responsible for starting Global Warming, aka: Climate Change, was thrown in our faces by Harry Truman. In fact, this fourth clue clearly indicated that they would not only be responsible for starting global warming but that they would continually proceed to find better ways to make our planet nice and toasty warm regardless of the cost to us. On this day in history, January 31, 1950, President Harry Truman announced that the USA would seek to create the hydrogen bomb, aka: The Hell Bomb.
Oh, by the way, if you were wondering what were the first three clues that Democrats would be responsible for Global Warming, they were gifts that President Harry Truman gave to the world and that warmed our planet more than the sun in some places: Trinity, Little Boy, and Fat Man. Funny how the liberal leftist Demoncrats now want to blame man's slash and burn farming techniques of 7,000 years ago but how they don't even mention at all the atomic, hydrogen, and whatever types followed, bombs that have been set off since Harry Truman first starting toasting the earth and its atmosphere with thermonuclear goodness.
...but she was the mother that almost everybody who experienced her loved. Jeanne Stapleton, better known as Edith Bunker, passed away May 31, 2013. Now, you may be wondering why I am about to eulogize her at this late date. Well, a good friend of mine posted about her passing on Facebook (yes that anti-gun arsehole site that I still visit for some reason). I guess it was news to my friend because FB says she just posted about Jeanne only 13 hours ago or maybe she just wanted to remind us about her. When I read the FB post, I realized I had not said anything, in a blog post, about it at the time of her passing. I have been watching All In The Family reruns now and again as of late and thus figured I owed this wonderful actress at least a blurb or three regardless of it not being timely.
Hopefully, Jeanne Stapleton has moved onto and been in a better place since her passing. If there is a heaven and a hell she most indubitably has been residing and performing in heaven but still has had them rolling in laughter in hell - she was that excellent of an entertainer. She may have had them shed a few tears too, she truly was capable of bringing out most, if not all, of one's emotions through her acting prowess.
While I usually laughed at the dim-witted side of her character Edith Bunker, there were a few times I actually shed a few tears over her more poignant scenes. Just recently, I saw the episode in which a rapist tried to accost her, on her 50th birthday, inside of her own home while her family readied a surprise party for her. I usually don't get emotional watching television shows or movies but that one just about had me sobbing at one or two points as she tried to deal with what she had just narrowly escaped. Hell - I don't think anyone ever wanted to see Edith having to suffer more than with what she put up with in Archie.
She also reminded me of my mother, in looks, not in wits, but that is another story. Although, I must say, there were times when my mother emulated Edith a little too much - or was it Edith emulating my mom, your mom, everyone's mom a little too much! I think maybe that last part was it and that was what made Jeanne Stapleton so beloved in that role as Edith Bunker - she was everyone's mom.
I will not say much more about her than I don't think anyone could have better played the role of Archie Bunker's wife in the long running sit-com All In The Family. Read more about her here and then take a moment to remember her and to honor her. Let me close by saying, if you have never seen All In The Family, you have no idea about what you are missing. Watch a few episodes and laugh a lot; by then you most likely will be hooked and want to see them all. That my friends would be the greatest honor you could pay her.
A hat tip to Eileen Y-F for the inspiration to write this one.
This may get me banned from Facebook but I had to let them know how I feel about their new policy that forbids individuals from legally selling firearms to one another by way of their site. This may turn out to have been my last FB post:
I know, it is their site to do with as they please but I do not have to be happy about it. Just to show Facebook how unhappy I am with their decision to have done so, I figured I would show Facebook how unhappy I am with a graphic. I gladly will suffer any consequences and shall remain happy that I expressed my apolitically correct but logical reply to them.
I imagine that FB will not be all to happy about that post but as I said in it, I will gladly suffer the consequences.
A hat tip to Phil, aka: The Vulgar Curmudgeon, for the "fuck you facebook" graphic that I found in this post on his blog.
I took down my Rebel flag (which you can't buy on ebay anymore) and peeled the NRA sticker off the front door.
I disconnected my home alarm system and quit the candy-ass Neighborhood Watch.
I bought two Pakistani flags and put one at each corner of the front yard. Then I purchased the black flag of ISIS (which you CAN buy on ebay) and ran it up the flag pole ...
Now, the local police, sheriff, FBI, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security, Secret Service and other agencies are all watching my house 24/7. I've NEVER felt safer and I'm saving $69.95 a month that ADT used to charge me.
Plus, I bought burkas for my family when we shop or travel. Everyone moves out of the way and security can't pat us down.
As per an article in the New York Post, a New York City bureaucrat is hoping decriminalize public urination. While New York City has not done it yet, you can bet they will do it if only because they have been caught with their pants down - so to speak.
San FranSicko, has outdone New York in the arena of public urination. They have installed their first open air urinal in a public park. I guess the pervs will now have a valid excuse for whipping out their winkies and wriggling them in front of children; an excuse that doubtlessly will protect them from charges of indecent exposure and child molestation in the land of fruits, nuts and granolas! More here.
...holiday of the year and it's all in honor of a rodent! Yes, I mean Groundhog Day. No gift giving - thus no shopping, no relative over for a holiday feast - thus no hours and hours preparing for those picky pains in the arse, no Groundhog Day decorations - thus no aching back to stretching and reaching and bending to hang them, no religious connotations in any way shape or form - thus no way to offend anyone (except rodent haters). You, or at least I, have just got to love the crap of a holiday that gets thousands of folks to stand out in the bitter cold just to see if a fat little porker of a rodent (groundhog) sees its own shadow or not to figure out if we will still have six more weeks of winter or not, especially since the little bastard has no clue what he (or she) is doing and neither do the spectators because winter is another six weeks and five days, or so, long regardless of if he sees his shadow or not.
...plague me relative to our (Brendan and me) planned trip to Alaska this spring. I have a good amount of cash stashed away for the trip, about three grand so far. That will cover both of our airfares and my part of lodging, vehicle rental and most of my expenses.
When there, I would like to assure we are properly armed to deter and if necessary kill any bears that may become problematic. This is no joking matter for me especially since I found out that to be eligible to work for the state of Alaska, on jobs like seasonal maintenance of campgrounds and whatever, you need to be eligible to carry a firearm to deter bears. That is a requirement found within in the laws of the state of Alaska. If they see the necessity you can bet I do too.
Anyway, that leaves me with a big decision to make. The decision being whether or not I should shell out now for a revolver in 44 magnum (and thus having to find that much more money for the trip) and if so, do I get the Taurus Tracker with 4" barrel or Ruger Redhawk with 5.5" barrel. I am leaning toward the Ruger based in part on their reputation versus the reputation of Taurus. Besides reputation, the Ruger has a six chambers and the Taurus only five. I would hate to need that sixth round and have to reload to get it even though it would be likely that I would have the chance to get off that many shots on a charging brown bear. In addition, Ruger has some outstanding features that the Taurus, as far as I am aware, does not such as the solid frame without side panels (adding lots of strength to the frame) and the triple locking cylinder. Then there is the weight difference, the Ruger is about 10 oz. heavier, which is a good thing in that sized caliber (or so I would think). And of course, there is the barrel length issue. The 44 magnum is likely to have at least just a bit more punch out of a 5.5" barrel as opposed to coming out of a 4" barrel. As for price, I can pick up a Taurus Tracker with 4" barrel for about $575 but the Ruger would cost about $905 - that's a difference of $330 (or an awful lot of 44 magnum ammo). Even with that price difference, the Ruger is the one I am leaning toward and that even tough the $330 is about the cost of a day's fishing (for one person) on a charter out of Seward, AK. Decisions, decisions, decisions...it sucks not being filthy rich and not being able to buy both - or even just independently wealthy enough not to have to worry about the price difference!
I have sent an inquiry to my local dealer to see if he has the Ruger in stock right now. If he does, I may dive right in and pop back up on the surface holding a new Ruger Redhawk. If he doesn't have it in stock and cannot get one in a reasonable amount of time, I may just have to go for the Taurus and save myself some money. Whichever, I would like to have it in hand before Brendan and I travel up to New Hampshire for a blogger get together next month. If I get the Ruger, hopefully I will still have enough for at least 100 rounds of 44 magnum ammo so we can both practice some with it while in NH.
...although it might have been the better move for me to have retired 6 years before when I first became eligible. It having had been better would have been due solely to the fact that I would have gotten out of the only truly aimless and pointless agency and department that I had ever worked for, during my 32 year career in federal law enforcement, at an earlier date than I did when I retired later on. DHS had almost the lowest rating in morale among federal departments for the few years before I retired and ICE almost the worst morale of all the agencies within DHS. Last year, it was reported they both had the worst rankings in morale - DHS the worst morale of any federal department and ICE the worst morale rating within DHS. I believe that was pretty much due to DHS and ICE having terrible executive and mid-management and to them being a department and an agency without a true mission to accomplish, in other words they are pointless and aimless.
Just about every time I have read something about DHS or ICE (including HSI) since I retired, just over four years ago, I feel certain flashbacks of despair and I feel newly sown shame. Let me just say it was not a good experience working there and almost everything I have seen about them, since I retired, has been bad news. For instance, take the latest article that is making the rounds on Internet news sites. It has been reported that (and this is in regard to DHS and its agencies):
"Inventory reports, obtained by the news site Complete Colorado and shared with FoxNews.com, show that over 1,300 badges, 165 firearms and 589 cell phones were lost or stolen over the span of 31 months between 2012 and 2015." (Source.)
While the article goes on to state that most of the losses were at Customs & Border Protection, apparently many were from ICE too. ICE has several agencies within it, so there might not have been any, or at least not many, losses from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) where I worked. Yet, this news is still depressing for me. I would think it likewise for anyone else with any amount of pride who also had worked there. At least it certainly makes me feel somewhat ashamed to admit to folks that I once worked there. I mean, how proud can one be that they worked for a department or agency with such low morale and from which these averages were generated:
Almost 42 badges (and I must assume also the credentials that went with them) were lost or stolen each month during the 31 month time frame mentioned above.
On average, 5.3 guns were lost or stolen, each month, in that same time frame.
About 19 cellphones a month went missing as well, again either lost or stolen.
That is an absolute disgrace in my estimation. In my 32 years of government service, I cannot recall ever having lost a piece of equipment that had been issued to me by the government except for a single cell phone that fell out of its clip and into the bay while I was boarding a boat in Florida. I promptly reported it. Since the phone was not waterproof and was not easily retrievable there was no worry about any information on it being compromised. There may have been something else I lost during my career but I do not think another phone, certainly never my credentials or badge (except what temporarily went missing in the collapse of the Customhouse on 9/11 and those were cancelled credentials and a government passport) and most definitely never a government issued firearm (except what was lost temporarily in the collapse of the Customhouse at the WTC on 9/11 and that was recovered later from the firearms vault). I never lost an issued gun, as in leaving it somewhere and not recalling where and never had one stolen from me. Same with my credentials.
As a matter of fact, I never heard of a rate of such losses as being that high, in my career, when I worked for the Border Patrol, nor for the Customs Service, nor even when I was under DHS. It just boggles the mind that as many phones, credentials/badges and firearms go missing at such a high rate, and it is scary to think of how those government phones, credentials/badges, and guns could be used by those with evil intent. Then again it does not surprise me that it has been happening within DHS. So many are miserable because of working there that it simply is not surprising to me that proper care is not practiced by DHS employees in safeguarding these items. Note, I am not excusing proper safeguarding of those items, I just am saying I understand how such laxness has come about.
Scarier yet though is the thought of how much information, law enforcement sensitive to classified to classified as top secret, could be going missing from the hands of the employees of this same department and its agencies. I doubt thought that DHS will be revealing stats on losses of information though, at least not any time soon. That if only because they, in my opinion, probably see no need to compete with the potential losses of classified information by Hillary Clinton.
...since the so called Doomsday Clock is now at 3 minutes to midnight; midnight being the hour at which we arrive at a global apocalypse due to something like a nuclear war. See this.
Pardon me while I order another 40 pounds of dried beans, 40 lbs. of flour, 1k rounds of 7.62x39mm ammo and a couple of 1/4 oz. gold coins. No, I cannot afford it all at once, so I order such things in dribs and drabs, at least once a month.
So, American Airlines passenger, at JFKIA, get off the plane and some are ushered, through a doorway, into the domestic arrivals area without going through Customs. This has brought up a concern about terrorist entering the USA in this manner. It also just happened, another time, at the same airport with the same airline, within recent months.
Through the view of my now older but once highly observant and well trained investigative eyes (trained in part by none other that the U.S. Customs Service), I have to, kind of, sort of, almost make a bet that these incidents may have been due to an airline employee being on the take, and being involved in an internal conspiracy, who allowed narcotics mules through those doors with their drugs. More here.
The FBI has arrested a Muslin POS who planned to attack a Masonic Temple and kill as many people as he could kill. How long will it be before the feds call him a muslim/islamic terrorist? My guess is anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. I also am willing to bet that Obummer never calls this guy a terrorist.
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