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Posts by AnAmericanMother

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  • Tax Reform Catastrophe: Major Restaurant Company Announces $20 Million Investment(T)

    01/09/2018 11:20:26 AM PST · 12 of 12
    AnAmericanMother to Oatka
    It's instructive to read Bill Mauldin's "Back Home" (sequel to "Up Front") and note how the news media tried to beat the drum about "combat crazed veterans" . . .

    It didn't fly then, because *everybody* knew somebody who'd been overseas, and knew they were just normal folks - who had been in a bad situation, maybe, but still just normal folks.

    It flew after Vietnam because the draft was by no means so extensive and was full of exceptions (for college students particularly) so it was easier to scorn the "other" as "babykillers" and "psychos" because so many people didn't know any of them.

    But the news media was all in on both occasions.

  • Tax Reform Catastrophe: Major Restaurant Company Announces $20 Million Investment(T)

    01/09/2018 10:11:58 AM PST · 8 of 12
    AnAmericanMother to Jim from C-Town
    . . . and even for those folks it's a blessing in disguise (some disguise!)

    The state tax deduction has allowed high-tax states like Cali and NY to raise state taxes with impunity - because they could be hidden in the federal return. Now that will be out in the open and they'll have to explain to their constituents why they are bleeding them dry.

    I could not dig: I dared not rob:
    Therefore I lied to please the mob.
    Now all my lies are proved untrue
    And I must face the men I slew.
    What tale shall serve me here among
    Mine angry and defrauded young?

    - Rudyard Kipling, "Epitaphs of the War"

  • Atlanta police preparing for Donald Trump's attendance at CFP title game

    01/04/2018 12:17:57 PM PST · 20 of 44
    AnAmericanMother to ConservativeStatement
    Ask and ye shall receive. :-D

    Traffic here is ALWAYS horrible. Those of us who are long time residents guard our private detour routes jealously.

    There will be a huge influx from Athens (home of the Dawgs) as well as from Alababylon (a friend's nickname for our neighbor to the west). So traffic will be a mess even without Trump. He'll get blamed for it all though.

  • Atlanta police preparing for Donald Trump's attendance at CFP title game

    01/04/2018 12:07:45 PM PST · 14 of 44
    AnAmericanMother to ConservativeStatement
    I'm a native of the city of Atlanta, born inside city limits over 60 years ago. Lived just within city limits until I married, then on the east side of the city (DeKalb County but within city limits - most of the city is Fulton) until we moved to an inner suburb in another county in 1982. Worked downtown all my life.

    Trump is right. The major corporations that are still downtown have underground parking and serious security. Many have moved north to the suburbs. State government has 2 police departments of its own (Capitol Police and state troopers) because Atlanta police are completely overworked and also in many cases incompetent.

    Both Georgia State and Georgia Tech (the "prestigious universities" mentioned) regularly have students robbed, carjacked, shot & killed (there's a news story at least once every couple of weeks, and the Atlanta paper doesn't bother unless somebody gets killed). You take your life in your hands if you move around campus at night at Tech. Georgia State is a commuter school and is deserted at night.

    The Braves moved to Cobb County at least in part because Turner Field was in a still worse part of town - south of the government complex - and people were routinely mugged in the stadium parking lot (the local thugs knew they were unarmed because the stadium banned guns). City promised a redevelopment program to improve the area but it never happened.

    The "rapidly growing economy" is the "Metropolitan Statistical Area" - the 28 counties surrounding Atlanta - thus disguising the fact that the city proper is losing population and business. The airport is a self-contained unit, surrounded by acres of deserted land, high fences, and vehicle patrols. So yeah, Trump's description was pretty accurate. And Lewis has done nothing about it in the decades he's been in office.

  • First jury convicted this 19-year-old maid for stealing. Then took up collection to pay her fine

    12/16/2017 8:12:08 AM PST · 12 of 40
    AnAmericanMother to Aria

    Hire a lawyer. Yesterday. Only way you’re going to see any results.

  • Las Vegas massacre survivors: 'We're in the dark'

    12/14/2017 10:31:35 AM PST · 36 of 51
    AnAmericanMother to NorthMountain

    Good one!

  • Las Vegas massacre survivors: 'We're in the dark'

    12/14/2017 9:11:59 AM PST · 18 of 51
    AnAmericanMother to Oak Leafer
    "The one-L lama, he's a priest.

    The two-L llama, he's a beast.

    But I will bet a striped pajama,

    You never saw a three-L lllama."

    "It was an old, withered man, who had served the Government in the days of the Mutiny as a native officer in a newly raised cavalry regiment. The Government had given him a good holding in the village, and though the demands of his sons, now grey-bearded officers on their own account, had impoverished him, he was still a person of consequence. English officials — Deputy Commissioners even — turned aside from the main road to visit him, and on those occasions he dressed himself in the uniform of ancient days, and stood up like a ramrod."

  • 13th dismembered foot found on British Columbia shore

    12/11/2017 11:11:31 AM PST · 16 of 109
    AnAmericanMother to BenLurkin
    . . . this has been going on for years.

    Fisherman, sailor, or other unfortunate gets washed overboard. Sea creatures eat the remains but can't get at the foot in the shoe, which also protects the foot from decomposition. Foot detaches from rest of remains, floats with running shoe, drifts to shore. Folks develop conspiracy theories.

    So it goes.

  • Why The Godfather Endures: Viewers are still beguiled by its fantasy of righteous vigilante justice.

    12/05/2017 7:38:10 AM PST · 23 of 110
    AnAmericanMother to SeekAndFind
    This is VERY selective analysis.

    In any time when people perceive injustice in the law, these stories surface.

    Before it was the mob, it was Tammany Hall, and before that the Liberty Boys.

    Back when the Weimar Republic was losing its grip, you had "Threepenny Opera" (Bert Brecht being his usual subversive self) and "M" (the amazing movie with Peter Lorre as the child murderer that the police can't catch, so the underworld goes about it).

    As far back as the Roman Empire and the Norse Edda, people wrestled with this idea of alternative justice. The Greeks probably did too but "Antigone" is not quite on point.

    Old hat reworked as if it is something new. No perspective.

  • Off-Duty Police Officer Shoots and Kills Man Threatening Store

    11/26/2017 3:07:00 PM PST · 22 of 64
    AnAmericanMother to cport
    Yep, used to be standard issue for a local police department.

    .45 Long Colt is the usual revolver caliber - it *could* have been a .45 ACP w/stripper clips, or it *could* have been a .455 Webley, but .45 LC is the way to bet.

  • NBC Op-Ed Complains ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Teaches Children Not to Believe Rape Victims

    10/21/2017 11:08:26 AM PDT · 4 of 61
    AnAmericanMother to ItsOnlyDaryl
    Yep, and that Scottsboro Trial teaches people not to believe rape victims either . . .

    (that's Ruby Bates, bearing false witness . . . )

  • vanity: Save the Wild Horses

    10/10/2017 11:31:16 AM PDT · 89 of 90
    AnAmericanMother to Duchess47
    I have a big Curtis coffee-table book.

    They ARE good looking horses. Figure that (1) the Indians were still dependent on having GOOD horses for daily life and (2) photography was still a big event in those days, the folks would put their best foot forward for the photog and put on their best clothes AND get the best horse out of the corral -

  • vanity: Save the Wild Horses

    10/04/2017 12:03:49 PM PDT · 87 of 90
    AnAmericanMother to Duchess47
    These didn't strike me as drafters - at least the ones I saw here and in central New Jersey were on the smallish and small-boned side. But with big feet :-D

    I think it was a result of people breeding for the markings and color and putting conformation a distant second. We've seen this also in halter classes . . . and dog shows.

  • vanity: Save the Wild Horses

    10/04/2017 10:00:28 AM PDT · 85 of 90
    AnAmericanMother to Duchess47

    One thing I’ve noticed is that their looks are really improving. The old ewe-necked, big-headed, rat-tailed Apps seem to have fallen by the wayside.

  • vanity: Save the Wild Horses

    10/04/2017 8:54:11 AM PDT · 83 of 90
    AnAmericanMother to Duchess47
    What IS it about Appys?

    Used to be one at our barn that was named RT. That stood for Rotten Thing. She was a kook and her ground manners were appalling, but she could jump the moon.

  • vanity: Save the Wild Horses

    10/04/2017 8:52:03 AM PDT · 82 of 90
    AnAmericanMother to central_va
    I used to feed my show cats horse meat. It was very good for their coats and their digestion, recommended to me by an old-line breeder.

    The English-speaking peoples' prejudice against the horse as food is said to originate with the worship of the horse-goddess Epona. Dunno if that's true . . .

  • vanity: Save the Wild Horses

    10/04/2017 8:47:12 AM PDT · 81 of 90
    AnAmericanMother to Mr Rogers
    That is the truth. Most agitators don't participate in whatever it is they're insisting somebody else take care of.

    Nothing wrong with a good trail and general riding horse - in fact my big hunters would not be good trail horses. Besides the fact that I would be hitting every low lying tree limb and getting all the spider webs, a springy hunter trot is NOT the way you want to spend 2-3 hours! that's why the Plantation Walkers are so popular . . .

  • vanity: Save the Wild Horses

    10/04/2017 8:37:56 AM PDT · 79 of 90
    AnAmericanMother to street_lawyer
    That's obviously at first glance a domestic horse (halter, head).

    Also, if you ran the story down rather than doing a google search on "starving horse", you would find that that is an animal abuse case in Citrus County, Florida. It's an Arabian, and the owner is being prosecuted for starving the horse to death over the course of a year. Nothing to do with BLM, slaughter, or anything else we're discussing.

    Since horses are still property, other than calling the law there is nothing we can do about lowlifes like this. For my part, I study the nutrition of the horses under my care and consult my good vet when I have a problem.

    We have gone from what promised to be a fruitful discussion to your trying to be snarky without having any knowledge base. You never responded to my question about your qualifications, but it's clear from your comments here that you haven't got any. You should have quit when that became obvious.

  • vanity: Save the Wild Horses

    10/04/2017 7:55:15 AM PDT · 78 of 90
    AnAmericanMother to Duchess47
    Yeah, I'm partial to the ones I need a stepladder to get on (and I'm short and short-legged to boot). One thing I discovered in the hunting field is that you can lead a horse into a ditch and accomplish the same thing.

    I'm still doing combined training, haven't been out on a hunter pace in awhile. There's a schooling day in a couple of weeks at a local 3-day farm, thinking about getting out there. But just changed horses so maybe not (or I can ride my old horse if he's not spoken for . . . )

  • Berkeley students shut down exam, demand 'take-home' instead

    10/04/2017 7:51:00 AM PDT · 25 of 36
    AnAmericanMother to Fresh Wind
    Exactly. As a general rule, adding "studies" to the end of a program indicates that it does not fulfill the degree requirements of whatever department it is under - or of the university.

    We see the same thing on the ecclesiastical side - "Theological Studies" does not fulfill degree requirements of the Theology department of most schools . . . lot of "liturgists" running around with such degrees.