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Posted by a la izquierda in General Discussion
Fri Oct 28th 2011, 05:28 AM
I heard this ad on my local Ohio news today. The proprietor of the gun store refuses to teach Obama supporters and Muslims the CWL class.

Anybody who wonders why this country is so divided just needs to listen to a guy like this.
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Posted by a la izquierda in General Discussion
Fri Sep 09th 2011, 10:17 AM
This article is a year old, but I couldn't find a 38th anniversary article, so it will do. A few days after our September 11, I remembered another important date. Because Americans think we're the center of the universe, we forget tragic events that mar the histories of other places...some of which we had a hand in.

September 11 is Chile's tragic day, too
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Posted by a la izquierda in General Discussion
Fri Aug 19th 2011, 09:32 PM
So, apparently there's this event called "Snapperfest" at some camping place in Indiana. From Peta's website:
Ohio County, Indiana, is home to an extraordinarily cruel event called "Snapperfest"—next scheduled for this Saturday, August 20! Every year at the Campshore Campground, wild-caught snapping turtles endure terrible violence at the hands of participants. The frightened animals are grabbed by their tails and repeatedly slammed to the ground. Their heads are yanked from their shells, and they are then swung around until "contestants" are able to wrap their fists around the animals' necks.

Are you kidding me?
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Posted by a la izquierda in Ohio
Sun Aug 14th 2011, 10:26 PM
and I haven't been following politics here, so are there any local blogs that might help give me a crash course? I'm living just outside of Columbus.

I like it here very much so far, but you'll have to ask after football season. I am a Sooners fan and cannot root for the Buckeyes.

Thanks for any advice for a newbie.
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Posted by a la izquierda in General Discussion
Tue Jun 07th 2011, 06:47 AM
I've got a question. Hubby and I were talking last night and I quipped that the calls for Weiner to resign were disingenuous, because nobody (in the media, or Republicans), called for Vitter to resign.
Was there an uproar in the media or from Repubes about Vitter? I can't remember...but my inclination as a sentient being in America is that there was not.

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Posted by a la izquierda in General Discussion
Thu May 26th 2011, 11:45 AM
PIEDMONT, Okla. -- A 3-year-old boy's body was found after a widespread search was conducted since his disappearance after Tuesday's deadly tornado outbreak.

Ryan Hamil's body was found in Falcon Lake in Piedmont Thursday morning three to four feet off the shoreline, said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Chris West.
The Oklahoma medical examiner's office said the latest death brings the death toll from tornado strikes earlier this week to 10.

What a horrific tragedy for this family. The little boy's brother died from his injuries the other day, so the family has lost two children.
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Posted by a la izquierda in General Discussion
Thu Feb 17th 2011, 06:08 PM /

Monday, Feb. 14

There are various types of archaeology: small test pits, wide-area exposures, architectural reconstruction, regional survey, etc. Our strategy at the Maya site of Ceibal (also written as Seibal in English literature), in the tropical lowlands of western Guatemala, is decidedly a vertical pursuit. Dig deep and trace 2,000 years to Ceibal’s occupation history back to its beginning. This is our fifth season, and this year we have been working in the jungle since early January. Some of our excavations are now reaching a depth of seven meters, sequentially exposing, in some cases, more than 30 construction episodes.

We came to this site after completing 17 years of work at another Maya site in the same region, Aguateca. Our options were to start a new project in a different part of the Maya area or to stay in the same region. We chose the latter over the beaches in Quintana Roo and the cool, mosquito-free weather of the highlands mainly because we wanted to continue to foster relations with the local people whom we have been working with — in particular, underprivileged Q’eqchi’ Maya farmers. In this case, Ceibal was an obvious choice. It holds a special place in the history of Maya archaeology. In the 1960s, the site was explored by a team of archaeologists from Harvard University. Their survey and excavation revealed one of the longest occupation sequences in the southern lowlands, laying the groundwork for our understanding of pre-Hispanic Maya culture and society.
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Posted by a la izquierda in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Dec 07th 2010, 02:52 PM
how incredibly frustrated and angry I am right now. I was having a chat with my adviser today, and he said the same thing. I've become more leftist as I go (thus my aggravation might seem misguided to some on DU, and I get that). I realize that Obama was not the pie-in-the-sky savior some hoped he would be, but for the love of pete, I expected more than this.

When the government comes calling for my student loans next year, I am already planning to tell them to go ask the rich fuckers who got a tax break to pay them for me, and while they're at it, they can create a job for me. That's the logic behind giving the rich a tax cut, right? To create jobs? Well... My PhD (which I'll have in mere months) may not get me anywhere.
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Posted by a la izquierda in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Nov 21st 2010, 08:40 PM
Thank you, anonymous donor, for my star! You have made my evening much brighter! I will be sure to pay your generosity forward, as soon as I can!

Much Love
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Posted by a la izquierda in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Sep 15th 2010, 05:36 PM
a mis amigos mexicanos!

If you are in Mexico, I am incredibly jealous...get out tonight and enjoy the festivities. Just be careful!

Hospicio Cabañas, Guadalajara, Día de Independencia 2008
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Posted by a la izquierda in The DU Lounge
Wed Aug 11th 2010, 08:47 PM
Any suggestions for relief? I'm so doped up on benadryl I can barely keep my eyes open.
(Sorry if this is totally in the wrong forum)
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Posted by a la izquierda in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon May 03rd 2010, 03:05 PM
Hi all. Some of you might know that my husband works with dogs, and that he was recently laid off. Anyway, that's sort of secondary, but it's important to the story, because he is very good at what he does and is well-respected in the area. Anyway, we're responsible dog owners: our dogs have all shots on time, are taken to their vet when ill, received obedience training and are not left unsupervised in the yard. We have a fenced yard.

One of our dogs is a hunting breed. He is a Hungarian Viszla, a breed not known to be vicious, though Viszla's do have high prey drives. He is about 60 pounds, a small Viszla, and probably a mix. Our second dog is a Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix, weighing about 15 pounds. Our third dog is an ancient English bulldog/Boxer mix. He does not factor in. Viszla and Chihuahua play rough, as if both dogs are the same size (meaning, as if the Chihuahua is a much bigger dog).
Saturday, our dogs were in the yard. Viszla has a harness attached to a tie-out, as he has jumped fences in the past to chase squirrels. I stepped into my garage to get a garden trowel and when I turned around, my Viszla had spied a stray cat. Before I could get to him to hold his collar, he lunged, charged, broke his harness and jumped the fence. He chased the cat until he lost it, and upon loosing the cat, he happened upon a tiny Chihuahua and his owner, an elderly woman.

What occurred next is the stuff of nightmares. Viszlas, as hunters, grab by the hind legs. He grabbed the tiny guy and shook him, ripping him open and, as I was to discover, breaking the dogs hip. I grabbed my dog, got him home, scooped up the Chihuahua and took him and his owner, who I do not know, to the Emergency Vet. I called my husband, very hysterical, who immediately returned from his trip.

The dog has survived thus far, but needs pelvic surgery. My vet can do it, so long as the spine isn't damaged. The owner of the Chihuahua realizes this is a tragic accident. My dog has a prey drive, but has never done anything like this before-evidenced by the fact that we, too, have a Chihuahua in our house. The lady with the city animal control said that sometimes these things just happen and there's no reason why. It doesn't make the dog bad. It doesn't make us bad people.

I am sick with grief over this, because of the poor dog and because of the trauma to his owner (mental, not physical). We must become better dog owners, which of course we will do, to prevent this from happening. Our dog will now go to behavior curbing classes. We will spend thousands, borrowed from friends and family, to ensure the dog gets the best care necessary.

Take care of your pups. And know that not all dog attacks are the result of bad dog parenting or bad dogs.

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Posted by a la izquierda in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Apr 29th 2010, 03:51 PM
Now you've done it. When I moved to your fine land of seemingly furnace-like summer temperatures, which of course lacked an ocean, I thought, "it's only temporary." When I had overly tanned women in my apartment complex ask if I had kids give me horrified looks when I replied in the negative, I thought maybe people here just like children. And when the same lady invited me to Fellowship, week after week, despite my kind overtures not to, I figured my soul was very valuable to her.
I eventually got used to 100+ degree summer temps, with 100% humidity and no ocean, winds that never cease and frigid winters. I got used to people staring at my tattoos and whispering. I got used to people thinking it was wrong that I lived with my boyfriend (now husband) before we got married. I eventually figured out that kids marry at 18 so they can go fuck their sweethearts, and that's why it was very odd that I, at 26, had no children.
I got used to all that.
I got used to the flatness that California did not have, and that even my native New Jersey did not have. I got used to that.
I readjusted to seasons. And damn, did I love that no traffic idea.

But I never got used to the politics. I got tossed out of a bar for an argument about Democrats. Students give me vacant, even hostile looks, when I talk about Latin American history and the legacy of brutality and chaos that the US has participated in. They shut down, some of them, and don't want to learn.
I get used to having neighbors with whom I disagree politically (even though I do love them in every other way), like my neighbor who told me yesterday she felt raped because of the new electrical meter being forced on her. I stupidly asked "Why?" I got a diatribe, walked in my house and told my husband, who laughed.
I am used to having national politicians who I don't even bother calling. What's the fucking point, I wonder? It must be nice to have politicians who might, just once GIVE A FLYING FUCK ABOUT DEMOCRATS! Luckily, I have a local Senator who cares and a local Rep who cares. But, as the 2008 election in Oklahoma has illustrated, other parts of the state elected Atilla the Huns and other relics of the Dark Ages. How do moderate and even slightly left of center politicians have a chance?
As the recent abortion law has demonstrated, they have no pull at all. Someone is suing already, so that's a start:

You know, I wasn't sure if I ever wanted kids. I'm now certain I will NEVER have them in Oklahoma. I live in a state that has many good attributes: cheap land, good family farming, good universities (for me to get a job in), two decent sized cities, low crime (generally speaking) and an economy that has not been as effected by national problems as other places. But when I graduate in May 2011, I will leave my many friends and good memories behind and say good riddance to BAD POLITICS.

Edited: Grammar
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Posted by a la izquierda in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Mar 28th 2010, 08:28 AM
So, last night (Saturday), I came home from a friends house at around 11pm. The local news was on the TV- my husband and I think maybe the TV being on keeps our dogs from freaking out. Anyway, my husband had left basketball on when he left the house, so by the time I got home, the local "infotainment" was on (Oklahoma news is weird).

Anyway, I was in my garage, putting laundry in the dryer, when suddenly, my smallest dog began freaking out. I couldn't see the TV, or really hear exactly what was on, but I heard a high pitched voice-it sounded like shrieking kids, actually. But my dog went bananas. I ran up to the living room, where lo and behold, my dog was staring at the TV from his perch on the couch, hackles raised, snarling and barking at...Sarah Palin.

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Posted by a la izquierda in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Mar 12th 2010, 09:27 PM
I'll start by saying that I feel very, very badly for anyone that doesn't have health insurance. I do know how that feels. I don't want to rub it in anyone's face, but I do want to vent a little.
So, in Oklahoma, believe it or not, we have state subsidized health insurance for those people who make below a certain, mandated, amount of money. Last year, my husband qualified for it, based upon his, and my income. Even though I have my own insurance, both of our incomes are calculated into the equation.

Anyway, fast-forward to this year. My husband is an unknown "dog whisperer." He's no Cesar Millan, in that he doesn't believe that what he does is special. He works at a dog daycare facility, but has a reputation as being one of the best dog people in the area. He has many, many clients who wouldn't bring their dogs to the facility if he didn't work there. That doesn't matter, because he doesn't have employer sponsered insurance; his boss won't spring for it, even though the state pays a portion of it. So, last year, he applied for the Oklahoma insurance. We qualified. It's good for a year, and it's good for the basics. But you must re-apply each year. I did his re-application this year, and lo and behold, we were denied because we made too much money. My husband got a $.50 raise in January (because he'd have quit otherwise). This is what caused us to make too much money. We make about $34K per year-I'm a grad student. I make just above poverty wages, and I only get paid 9 months of the year. Again, I realize I'm very lucky...this is just my situation. Please don't vilify me for it. I grew up desperately poor, so I sure as shit know what it's like to be worse off.

My husband, as of April 1, will have no health insurance. He is 36. Adult onset Diabetes is hereditary in his family, but luckily, he's in phenomenal shape. Strokes are also prevalent (his brother had one at 38). He's a mountain/road biker. I will not let him ride until he gets new insurance...which may not be until I graduate and get a job or he changes jobs.

Fuck the Democrats and Republicans who have stalled, stymied, blocked and lied. I would give up my US citizenship, unapologetically, to assure that the love of my life has insurance.
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