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Random rainy Monday thoughts

I went to a tea yesterday. Yes, an actual tea. For charity. With big flowery hats on the ladies. And cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off (which, for the record, turn out to be absolutely delicious).

One woman wore a wildly purple Central American native dress and a red thrift-store hat with bangles all around that looked like a lampshade.

A young acquaintance of hers died last week and she’s aware that our mutual friend J. has pancreatic cancer.

To hell with it, says the lady in the bangled hat and floral-toned muumuu, who last I saw her was quite conventional and proper. I’m going to live and I don’t care what anybody thinks of it.


Ellendra posted a link in recent comments that led me to a site I never knew existed. And I wish didn’t exist.

It’s Which touts itself oh-so-cheerily and in capital letters as “Your Voice in Federal Decision-Making.”

Were I tempted to imagine I actually had a voice in Federal Decision-Making, I would be foiled by the site, which is a mindfield of pop-ups and JavaScript.

The cogent point is that, in the last 90 days alone, Our Glorious Leaders, in their Great Wisdom, have gifted us with 6,479 brand new regulations to obey. (No word on how many total pages of regulations that is.)

Ah, it’s sublime to live in the land of the free, where openness and democracy reign and we’re all represented in everything Washington does.

I did finally pry the 6,479 figure out of the site, but only after promising it my first-born son and swearing in blood to sacrifice all my privacy forever. If you’re not willing to make the same concessions to see the result of your Voice in Federal Decision-Making, Ellendra took a screen shot.

That requires JavaScript, too. But at least it’s not the fedgov’s JavaScript.


Is it my imagination or has the TSA actually increased its idiocies and abuses in response to public outcry?

To wit: this, this (H/T Joel), and this.


“A blow to government transparency.”

Wait? We have government transparency?


Which leads me to this: Dmitri Orlov’s five stages of collapse. It’s four years old, but worth a revisit.

UPDATE: Apparently Orlov now thinks he was being an optimist. (H/T to Michelle)


The world is so screwy that even the dogs are going insane (going to the dogs?). One of mine is starting on Prozac or one of its cousin meds tomorrow.

I laugh at all the folks with pets on mind-altering drugs. But I had to do this with a dog a number of years ago. It helped. And for Nadja, who had a few screws loose before I got her and whose anxiety and fear-aggression toward neighborhood dogs have become increasingly unmanagable since we moved into town, the alternatives aren’t pretty.


Speaking of which … just in case you wanted to see the top 10 #ObamaEatsDog pictures, here they are. πŸ™‚


  1. Kip Condor
    Kip Condor April 30, 2012 7:15 am

    “foiled by the site, which is a mindfield of pop-ups and JavaScript.”

    Intentional or serendipitous? I think I prefer not to know for sure.

  2. Claire
    Claire April 30, 2012 7:19 am

    LOL … and I will never tell …

  3. Matt, another
    Matt, another April 30, 2012 8:20 am

    6,479 more federal regulations to ignore. I’ll ignore them along side of most of the state and local regultions I normally ignore.

  4. zohngalt
    zohngalt April 30, 2012 9:27 am

    You may not be aware that there is a Red Hat Society. Social group of women around the world. Must be 50 years old. Then comes the requisite red hat and purple clothes.

  5. EN
    EN April 30, 2012 11:40 am

    Bravo, to the lady in the bangled hat and floral-toned muumuu. Life is pretty $%#@^&* short. Live it honestly and with as much bad taste allow as honor allows. πŸ˜‰

  6. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit
    The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit April 30, 2012 1:26 pm

    Trying hard to picture Claire in a Big Hat.

    And failing.

  7. Ellendra
    Ellendra April 30, 2012 2:06 pm

    @Infamous: Why? There’s a pic of her in a hat at the top of the page, it’s just not a red one :p

  8. Mary Lou
    Mary Lou April 30, 2012 6:59 pm

    I have several friends who have been in that Red Hat club, they have a grand time (not exactly my cup of tea,lol, but I dont like cruises and fancy luncheons either)… and Nadja is lovely … hope the Prozac helps, I tend to use flower essenses and herbals, but some dogs really DO need the pharmaceuticals …

  9. clark
    clark April 30, 2012 7:59 pm

    I read a Gary North article where he talked about a machine which cures People of fibermyalgia symptoms and the like.

    I read a Dr. Mercola about how the electricity of the earth helps People, especially when they walk barefoot.

    From that, it seems to me that someday all the symptoms the dogs in this thread have will be cured and relieved without the need for those big pharma killer drugs. Just a thought.

    Hey, did you read The Occupy Plan for a May Insurrection?

    Tactical Briefing #30.

    … Glad I don’t live in a Big city.

  10. naturegirl
    naturegirl April 30, 2012 10:58 pm

    I looked around (not on my own comp) the site the other day when Ellendra posted it….and tried to read some of the recent and pending info, and I must not speak that language LOL……however there’s 11-hundred-something more scheduled for the next 90 days on top of the over 6 grand completed in the last 90 days……there seems to be a lot of EPA regulations in there…..I also noticed they were accepting comments/input on pending/upcoming regulations – too bad the info on them didn’t make enough sense for people to understand…..

  11. clark
    clark May 1, 2012 6:01 am

    As I understand it, naturegirl, there are at least two different forms of English used in the goberment which is exclusive to them alone.

    Even when they write they use words and characters in ways that are contrary to the accepted uses found in society.

    Kind of like the way things are done on the internet, i.e. LOL only LOL isn’t forced on anybody and no one has to rely on understanding what LOL means to get through tasks which have jail as a repercussion for failure to understand goberment-speak.

  12. naturegirl
    naturegirl May 1, 2012 2:08 pm

    LOL (excuse the pun), clark, that explains it!

    Nice of them to say that we can comment, then be sure we have no clue what they are saying in order to comment – only to be ignored anyway……

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