I found this report of the result of a sexual assault and an appropriate response to the same.  If only all such criminals were treated the same way…

The picture says so much.

Do you remember the Mash rerun where each person was wanting something for something else?  Well, we need to get the truck registered.  To get it registered, we need it inspected.  To get it inspected, all the pertinent items need to be operational.  The parking brake is not holding the truck on an incline.  Therefore, the parking brake needed to be tightened.  The yoke to tighten the parking brake was rusted from the salt on the East coast.  Rather than fight rust, I decided we might as well build a new one and just cut off the old.  To build a new yoke, I obtained a piece of metal and two bolts with locking nuts.  We went into the shed and put the new workbench to good use building a new yoke: brake partNow, all we have to do is cut off the old one, to install the new one, to get the parking brake working, to get the truck inspected, to get it acceptable for registration.  Mash rerun, in real life.

We are in the big city, Texas right now taking off the weekend. Actually, there is a little business associated with the trip. To hash a little history, we had two hail storms and the truck had mini moon craters across the hood. I called the insurance to verify if we had comprehensive and confirmed that we indeed did. The adjuster came out later, and adjusted us out of the truck. I can’t complain as what they offered for the truck was decent – really decent. We just didn’t have a truck. We started searching and I ran across one on ebay. Prayers were said and a tiny bit of bidding ensued. (I know this was covered in a previous post, but for those new to the saga I am reiterating) The truck was won and all that needed to happen now was to get it from the East coast to Texas. This was not a cut a dried procedure. I now have learned that the truckers take bids on which jobs they can combine for a particular trip. That means, no one was going to drive to Bugburg to bring us the truck. There was one who was going to take it from 40 miles away from its location to the big city, but we would have to rent a separate tow truck to move it from both locations. Don’t forget, that we would not be able to meet the truck as the trip was about 5 hours and we both work. Problem. Problem. Another bid came through saying they would pick up the truck from where it was to the big city, Texas. I said fine, but we can’t be there until Saturday because of the mileage. This time, the driver said he would drop off the truck in his yard and we could pick it up at our convenience. Sold. That driver got the job, and we planned the trip including a weekend in the big city – since we were going to be here.
We arrived at o-dark-thirty at a hotel obtained on Priceline. Now I don’t recommend this site when bidding on small town hotels, as I have discovered you can get a better deal from the hotel directly. Therefore, I do use their site to obtain hotel names and then compare from that point. When going to the big city, however, I have discovered that a decent low bid does produce results. We are now in a fancy hotel, right off the airport, with indoor pool and highway access, a suite including couches TV, and wet bar in the anteroom and TV chairs and desk in the bedroom for just over $50 a night. It was a good deal. So this time worked well. I was kind of sad that it was a 3 star hotel instead of 2 1/2 as the 2 1/2 star hotels include breakfast. Oh well, we’ll just have to consume our sorrows in the room we received. :-)
The truck was situated where the driver indicated and not too far from the hotel we obtained. The clear coat was nearly nonexistent on the top, but it was expected for the year of the truck. The engine didn’t start immediately and we discovered that the ignition switch was in need of changing. It sometimes requires several twists before the starter engages. That can be fixed with an annoying change of the switch. Not too bad a problem as I can tell. There was a window sticker showing that the oil change had about 1500 miles on it, and I had already scheduled with a local transmission shop to have the fluids changed – all of them.
We went to the shop as I had informed the man there that it was new to us, and we had no history. The man at the shop asked me if the truck was driving all right. I informed him it was. He then said that the more honest shops will tell you that there is no need to change the fluid, and especially don’t do it before a long trip as the fluid has a high detergent value and a change has the potential of loosening the scraps and pieces that could cause the transmission to quit. Yes, if you want to change it that’s your business. Go ahead. Just change it when you are home, so the trip back won’t be so long. I took his advice and we left. Next was the tires. I had noticed the appearance in the rubber of a tire that had sat for a long period of time and felt that a new set at the start might save us problems. The tire place was happy to oblige and offered a $10 stem to stern inspection. We said do it, then went to the mall for the next couple of hours.
The new set of feet were applied and the truck is looking decent. It runs well, excepting the problem with the ignition switch which will be changed once we get home. The inspection revealed that the brake pads and shoes were new, and the only thing pending was the salt rust indigenous to the vehicles from that part of the country. All in all, it was a good purchase – and we did so for much less than, well… I will leave it at that hint.

I saw reference to this TV series of which I had previously heard nothing.  Youtube provided a glimpse and my first impression was pleasant.


Check out this model.

of this article

Good American Communists know that owning the factors of production in a failing economy is inferior to controlling them. When you own them and they fail, such as in the USSR, then Communism takes the blame. In our American variant, if the economy fails, largely due to over regulation, Capitalism will be blamed. That is the plan.

This will be done in a similar fashion to reporting on corruption.  Note that when a Democrat is caught the party title is never mentioned.  Let a conservative, Christian, Catholic, or Republican be caught, and that is major news.  Propaganda.  The MSP.

I note the comments strayed from the original article.  Just imagine a government agency that can make its own rules, evaluate any citizen’s cooperation with their edicts, and forceably remove property from that individual with no recourse from the citizen.  Chance of corruption?  IRS anyone?  Of what governmental system does this remind you?

I am a float nurse at work, so get to go meet various doctors and patients.  One day, I was privy to a conversation the doctor was having with a fellow nurse at which the subject of cats arose.  This doctor had no use for cats and announced that they were good for one thing – target practice.  This brought to mind an observation I had years ago.  I have met dog lovers and cat lovers and noted a distinct difference between them.  I have yet to meet a cat lover who will say shoot or run over a dog just because he is a dog and there.  I have, however, met many dog lovers who have stated they will run over a cat given the opportunity, and one who told me that swerving to hit the cat was an option.  Me being me, I have to consider the differences and note that the interactions between a cat and their owner are markedly different from a dog and their owner.  (OK, I hear all the DUH’s out there)  Just consider, for a moment what they are.  The cats are independent, self willed and pretty much do their own thing.  They alter their behavior to match expectations after much training.  Dogs are dependent, group animals (for the most part) and are very responsive to their owners and expectations.  They are very trainable with species exceptions, of course.  What owners will gravitate to what kind of animal?

Police on the hunt for a criminal look at the behavior and analyze patterns to decide the personality profile of the person.  This it utilized to anticipate future behavior.  Let’s do the same for cat lovers.  Here is a person who chooses to spend time with an animal that must be prodded, coerced, and played with to elicit acceptable behavior.  The owner accepts that this animal will not or marginally will respond to training of behavior.  This owner accepts the animal as it is.  On a family note let me just say that grandfather had a use for cats as well.  He had a farm and the cats were allowed to be there to keep down the rat population.  I have not heard a single tale of him spending time with them, just permitted their presence for a useful service.  I like the cats as they are easy to care for with trips – put out food and water, be sure the litter is clean at the time of leaving and shut the door.

Dog owners have to deal with an animal requiring supervision and care.  Depending upon the breed, the amount of care and type of interaction is different.  Compare the energy levels of a British Bulldog and a Jack Russell.  The innate personalities of the dog require a certain amount of activity from the owner – from jogging to sitting on the back porch.  The wise owner picks a dog with a personality matching their activity level and from that point, the dog will train and respond to the owner’s desires.  How does this compare to the original query?

The ones stating they will be willing to kill animals are those who pick an animal dependent on them.  The ones saying they will run over an animal are those who choose an animal that is trainable and has group tendencies.  The ones saying they will shoot an animal pick a companion animal that is responsive to their commands and express desire to kill an animal that happens to have an independent streak.  I am not making conclusions, just observations.  After all, these dog owners also have children.


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