Rainbow connection.

City life: I took the dog for a walk close to 7 p.m., and even though it wasn’t raining here at all, there was a pretty grand rainbow in the east, which we enjoyed until it disappeared. For a while it was doubled. Very nice.

A while later Alan pulled into the driveway.

“See the rainbow?” I asked.

“Yes. And I think someone on I-94 saw it, because he’d run his car up the embankment and rolled back down. He was standing outside smoking a cigarette, and grocery bags full of his crap were all over.”

Just another Monday evening. An exhausting one, for me — slept badly and had a series of frustrating blah-blahs, but oh well. A couple squares of dark chocolate and a glass of wine should do it.

So, a little bloggage?

Your daily presidential embarrassment, via Haberman at the NYT:

In the span of 72 hours, President Trump described the email hacking that roiled the 2016 campaign as a Democratic “hoax” and as clear aggression by Russia that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, failed to address.

Other times, Mr. Trump has said the hacking might have been done by China.

Or, as he claimed during the first general election debate, the hacking could have been the work of a lone wolf weighing 400 pounds, sitting on his bed at home.

Then there was the time Mr. Trump blamed “some guy in his home in New Jersey.”

Or, as Mr. Trump has also suggested, there might not even have been hacking at all…

Twenty-two million more uninsured. MAGA, mofos.

I think I need to see “Wonder Woman” or something. Happy Tuesday to all.

Posted at 9:04 pm in Current events, Same ol' same ol' |

59 responses to “Rainbow connection.”

  1. Sherri said on June 26, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Wonder Woman is good. You should see it.

    In the meantime, I posted this on the end of the last thread, before I realized there was a new one. It’s a video of us receiving our award: https://goo.gl/photos/VGfTSN57D7xTzFwR7

    It’s not Wonder Woman, but it’s not trump, either.

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  2. Jeff Borden said on June 26, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    We’re becoming Sparta. It’s time for the old, the weak, the disabled, the ill, the infirm and, most of all, the poor to just fucking die and get out of the way. If McConnell and Ryan had their way, we’d all be left up on a mountain where nature would take its course.

    I do have a question, though, particularly in light of how vehemently plutocrats like the Koch Brothers. Sheldon Adelson, the DeVos family, the Scaifes, etc. want to grind us under their heels. Who the fuck will buy their goods? Henry Ford paid his workers a staggering $5 per hour because he thought they might use that money to buy his cars. Why do so many of these capitalists want to see their market decimated by bankruptcy when medical costs rise so high? Who do they think is going to buy their shit when we’re all underwater financially? I truly don’t understand their logic. Or, perhaps, they’re just psychopaths? And my god, they have an entire political party that is almost their equal in cruelty. I despise the Republican Party. It is unAmerican.

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  3. Sherri said on June 26, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Selling shit? How 20th century of you, Jeff! The way to make money now is on moving money from here to there and taking a cut as it goes by! And selling people, like Google and Facebook do.

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  4. Jakash said on June 26, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Well, since I don’t understand anything about the award or what went into winning it, you could just as well be Wonder Woman, as far as I’m concerned. Swell video and congratulations, Sherri!

    Also from previous thread: Grover freaking Norquist has an 8-year old that he hasn’t explained the horrors of the American tax system to, yet? Sad! But that’s not “how Republicans are born.” They’re born when goofuses like Grover freaking Norquist find women willing to procreate with them and they become Republicans only when the indoctrination into fact-averse orthodoxy by the right-wing bullshit-industrial-complex is spilled down onto another generation. Uh, IMHO.

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  5. Sherri said on June 26, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks, Jakash. The simplest way to describe what we did is that we did Dropbox thirty years ago. In fact, one of the founders of Dropbox explicitly mentioned the Andrew File System as an inspiration.

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  6. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on June 26, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Strong recommendation to one and all: Elisabeth Rosenthal’s “An American Sickness” tells us what we can do on a local and regional level to push back against what’s wrong with the health care industry.

    (If I did that right, the link should come pre-kickbacked for Nancy’s site.)

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  7. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on June 26, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Spent a long afternoon and evening here in east central Ohio trying to figure out how to deliver crisis services in SUD/MH settings with both the Medicaid managed care regime coming on-line in this state over the next few months, let alone what the AHCA will do to our efforts to respond to the opiate epidemic and to increased need for family therapy in general. Few answers are obvious, but we’re going to get more group processes and increased amounts of tele-medicine and therapeutic interventions. BH/MH systems in this state are looking at extensions of the coding deadlines to October or year’s end, but the funding and reimbursement is getting gamed to a frustrating and unproductive degree.

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  8. Danny said on June 27, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) could be very, very, very mean to me… and I could not help but love her. Kinda like you, Nance, but for different reasons.

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  9. Danny said on June 27, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Sherri, Donald Knuth. Rarified atmosphere. Respect.

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  10. Sherri said on June 27, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Danny, there were over 20 Turing laureates there. Some seriously impressive people in the room. There was a whole conference and celebration around 50 years of the Turing Award. Knuth is definitely first among equals, though.

    The funniest thing, though, was watching all these distinguished and celebrated computer scientists be repeatedly flustered by, of all things, the elevator in the hotel. The elevators are of the new style where you type in your destination floor outside, insert your room key, and you are directed to the correct elevator, and inside there are no buttons for floors. This software-driven system was very confusing to our computer luminaries.

    I very politely never laughed out loud at their struggles, not even (especially not!) my husband’s.

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  11. Hattie said on June 27, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Did not like Wonder Woman.
    Should I go stand in a corner or something?

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  12. Suzanne said on June 27, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Have not seen Wonder Woman & probably won’t. I will keep you company in the corner, Hattie. 🙂

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  13. Dorothy said on June 27, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I’ve only heard positives about Wonder Woman. Until Hattie. But please don’t go in the corner! Having SLT procedure shortly on my left eye. I might be a kind of Wonder Woman in a couple hours. Just marginally so.

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  14. Julie Robinson said on June 27, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Wonder Woman is yet another comic book movie with lots of violence, right? Meh. Make room in the corner.

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  15. coozledad said on June 27, 2017 at 8:29 am

    McConnell says his T4 program will work with greater efficiency than its predecessor, using market driven forces instead of Zyklon B.*

    The “euthanasia” program required the cooperation of many German doctors, who reviewed the medical files of patients in institutions to determine which handicapped or mentally ill individuals should be killed. The doctors also supervised the actual killings. Doomed patients were transferred to six institutions in Germany and Austria, where they were killed in specially constructed gas chambers. Handicapped infants and small children were also killed by injection with a deadly dose of drugs or by starvation. The bodies of the victims were burned in large ovens called crematoria.

    Despite public protests in 1941, the Nazi leadership continued this program in secret throughout the war. About 200,000 handicapped people were murdered between 1940 and 1945.

    The T-4 program became the model for the mass murder of Jews, Roma (Gypsies), and others in camps equipped with gas chambers that the Nazis would open in 1941 and 1942. The program also served as a training ground for SS members who manned these camps.

    *The Zyklon B will be reintroduced gradually. Like Eric Trump’s Fashy Haircut.

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  16. Dorothy said on June 27, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Wow. I am done already! Just have a lot of blurryness. In 45 minutes they’ll check my pressure and then I head home. So relieved.

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  17. brian stouder said on June 27, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Dorothy – that’s wonderful, woman!

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  18. Suzanne said on June 27, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Maybe I would like Wonder Woman. I was sure I wouldn’t like Hamilton, either. I mean, hip-hop?! Rap!? I hate those things. Then I saw the opening number on the Tony awards and thought “Man! This show is non-stop!” Now, I am slightly obsessed.

    Heard Ron Johnson (Sing with me: My name is Ron Johnson! I come from Wisconsin!) interviewed this morning. I wanted to scream. Same old drivel. Free market competition will save us from EVERYTHING! If only we are allowed to unleash its power in the health care industry! Why, we’ll all be able to visit the doctor for pennies because the free market will drive down costs so much, heck, doctors and hospitals will probably be paying US to visit! Blather and more blather.

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  19. coozledad said on June 27, 2017 at 9:05 am

    The consummation of the marriage of the evangelical grift and corporate fascism:


    Trump is the baby Jesus of the easily gulled and a pack of ambulance chasers.

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  20. Julie Robinson said on June 27, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Wonderful news, Dorothy! Hope the results are good. My sister had cataract surgery yesterday, after three delays because of other health problems. She went out and bought counted cross stitch supplies, something she hasn’t been able to do for years. I’m so thankful for the many miracles of medicine and hoping we get to continue to have them.

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  21. brian stouder said on June 27, 2017 at 9:34 am


    Fort Wayne has a front-row seat for how rational and efficient ‘the market’ is, when it comes to healthcare.

    Anonymous corporate petulance, firings, resignations, and uncertainty going forward. Yup, gimme some more o’ that

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  22. Julie Robinson said on June 27, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Just read that before coming back here. The place is imploding. A friend who works there has been telling horror stories for years.

    Seven minutes patient contact are allowed, in which they are to greet the patient in a gracious and welcoming manner, administer a five minute treatment, assist them to the bathroom and back, and inquire if they have any other needs. And hurry up, hurry up, hurry up. But patient surveys show they want you to not express you’re in a hurry, so make sure you’re very friendly and engage in conversation. See any problems with the math there?

    She grabs a yogurt on the run and often doesn’t have time for even a bathroom break during her shift. Her stress level is off the charts, and her own health has deteriorated. You couldn’t pay me to check in there.

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  23. coozledad said on June 27, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Chis Cilliza is the pliant rubber sex baby of Republican wet dreams. He might as well have his shit eating grin permanently stitched into an emblematic “O”.


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  24. Suzanne said on June 27, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I know two nurses that have left Lutheran Hospital for Parkview, one had worked at Lutheran for 25 years, the other 15. Part of the Lutheran Network is the hospital in Bluffton, which used to be pretty good, but I have heard terrible things about lately.
    I have a friend who works at St. Joe. She is worried about her job. She’s been there for years and says she doesn’t know what she would do. She carries the family insurance, too, since her husband is self-employed. I know they always vote GOP (God & guns)and am sure they voted for Trump. The really amazing thing is that they are the nicest people you’d ever want to meet and would help anyone, any time. I can’t wrap my head around it.

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  25. Judybusy said on June 27, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Dorothy, I’m glad the procedure went well!

    I am pessimistic about the health care plan. They will get the votes, and Trump will sign off. Many people will die or live substandard lives. You’d think they’d want a healthy workforce. As it is, we’ll be facing worker shortages in some areas. Combined with immigration restriction, I think more companies will begin to look outside the US to get the work done. Did I read it here that Hawaii is looking into a Universal Basic Income? Or maybe it was on Pod Save the People.

    My wife and I were so bored during Wonder Woman. Part of it was I’m just not that into comic-book stuff, but it was getting such great reviews, and with a strong female lead. Headed to the corner, and I’ll bring chocolate. Who’s on wine?

    So excited for today–we’re going to see Lisa Fischer yet again. We’re sitting with another couple and a third will also be attending, but at a different table at the jazz club. But first, I gotta get through work and a borad meeting at Clare Housing. The ED, along with other leaders in the HIV world met with Ben Freakin’ Carson to explain to him why housing is so important. I’ll share details tomorrow. One very positive thing: our Republican reps, both state and national, are typically open to meeting with our ED and supporting our goals.

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  26. Julie Robinson said on June 27, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Judybusy, I’ve slept through the last few comic book movies I’ve seen, despite the ear splitting noise levels. What a relief when my hubby found alternate companionship for this one.

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  27. Suzanne said on June 27, 2017 at 11:01 am

    The corner is getting pretty full. We might have to expand out onto the patio. I’ll bring wine.

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  28. Jakash said on June 27, 2017 at 11:03 am

    “Mitch McConnell was right (about some of the problems with Obamacare.) … He understood that people were angry about (Obamacare) and they wanted something better, and he promised them that he would give them something better, and then he’s created a bill that is gonna make every single one of those problems worse.”

    A 5-minute video from Ezra Klein:


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  29. Sherri said on June 27, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I will say this for Wonder Woman; unlike the vast majority of the other comic book movies, this one actually has a story, develops characters, and while having a degree of violence, doesn’t spend the entire movie blowing shit up and in particular, engaging in needless collateral damage. Most comic book movies destroy entire cities full of people just as s side effect of the epic battle between the good guy and the bad guy, who must, it seems, hold their ultimate battle somewhere where there are lots of innocent people to kill not because the evil guy is evil, but because that’s where they fight. The Marvel movies are basically a series of one-liners interspersed with explosions, and Wonder Woman was definitely not that. Was it the best movie I ever saw? No, but I gave up on comic book movies after The Avengers and seeing that Joss Whedon didn’t do anything more than follow the formula, albeit with wittier quips.

    Sure, I’m grading on a curve, and obviously in this forum, I’m the one standing over in the corner, but that’s okay. To paraphrase Calvin Trillin’s daughter, it was better than a trump.

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  30. Icarus said on June 27, 2017 at 11:28 am

    this apparently went viral over a decade ago (I don’t know if they called it going viral back then) and is making the rounds again, for some reason


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  31. Jakash said on June 27, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Yeah, it took me awhile, but I realized I’ve pretty much aged out of the comic book / space fantasy movie-going demographic. (Well, probably more than a decade ago, but I’m a little slow on the uptake…)

    We used to see Spider-Man and Superman and Batman, but sheesh, how many “reboots” do there need to be, anyway? Haven’t been on board for the last several. And these days there are so many comic book heroes I’ve never even heard of that I couldn’t begin to keep up, even if I wanted to.

    But I heard great stuff about “Guardians of the Galaxy,” so we gave that a shot when it showed up on TV. It was fun and was written with a nice tongue-in-cheek vibe, which we enjoyed, but, at the end of the day, it’s largely a bunch of CGI space-fighters flying around shooting each other, in a way that I had no idea what was going on. So, uh no GotG 2 for us, alas. Hey, I watched all the Star Wars and Star Trek movies, up until the last couple years, but was never a devotee of all the mythology and hero-worship, and the action sequences really start to get boring, as Julie notes.

    So, if there’s room in the corner for a guy, I’ll join in. But I’m bringing beer! ; )

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  32. brian stouder said on June 27, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Hattie – Wonder Woman (et al) is not on my list of movies-to-see, so I will bring a chest filled with icy-cold Diet Pepsi to the corner, and share

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  33. Danny said on June 27, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Guys, clean up after yourselves in that corner. I usually spend an inordinate amount of time there by myself and it’s a very nice corner. It even has a shrubbery (h/t Monty Python).

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  34. coozledad said on June 27, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    These are the people who will be arresting you, and when Jeff Sessions gets his star chamber and secret detentions, they’ll be the front end of the chain that results in your rotting in the prison industrial complex.

    You might be telling yourself “But I’m not black.” You suck if you think that, but that’s beside the point.

    Everybody is black in the Putinista state. We need fewer educationally retarded cops.

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  35. Deggjr said on June 27, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I’m struck by Trump accusing Obama of colluding with the Russians. Who said anything about collusion? There is an investigation of Russia’s involvement in the election. I have not heard the word ‘collusion’ until Trump used it.

    It reminds me of Jeff Sessions answering the question that Al Franken didn’t ask except Session’s answer had truth in it.

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  36. Heather said on June 27, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Thumbs up for the Wonder Woman movie. I didn’t think it was the massive feminist film some reviewers thought it was, but on second thought, a movie about a woman who is a well-developed character that emphasizes her abilities to live without men…hmmm, maybe that is pretty radical. And while Gal Gadot is gorgeous, there weren’t too many of the kind of gratuitous body shots we’ve come to expect. If anything the focus was on her athleticism.

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  37. 4dbirds said on June 27, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    I don’t like comic book movies either. I’m bringing crusty bread and bruschetta.

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  38. brian stouder said on June 27, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    I love love LOVE bruschetta!!

    (I’ll be in charge of clean-up after the comic-book corner con-fab)

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  39. coozledad said on June 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    The free world hates Republicans and their stain of a president.

    Russia loves him, though. Who wouldn’t love their pet?

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  40. Deborah said on June 27, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    I’m also not a fan of comic book movies and will probably not be seeing Wonder Woman. I have no idea what to bring to the corner? I make a mean potato salad.

    I will be seeing the latest Wolverine movie, probably when it comes out on On Demand because part of it was filmed in Abiquiu, near where some of our friends live and we saw the set they built for it. Cowboys and Aliens was also filmed in Abiquiu, in a gorgeous locale called The White Place, or Plaza Blanca. It has tall white hoodoos that you can hike around, it’s magical on a full moonlit night. Anyway it wasn’t the kind of movie I’d normally see, but it was fun to see Abiquiu on film while we were in Chicago. Lots of other movies have been filmed in Abiquiu, mostly westerns for obvious reasons.

    I’m still in Abiquiu and won’t be able to watch Sherri’s video until I’m back in Santa Fe because internet service doesn’t work well enough to get videos here. Also are plans are kind of messed up because my husband has to make an emergency trip back to Chicago to deal with a situation with his uncle with Alzheimer’s and his wife again. She is the meanest person in the world right now.

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  41. Dave said on June 27, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Meaner than Mitch McConnell, Deborah? Apologies in advance for that, it just popped into my head when I read your post.

    Bring your potato salad, nothing like a good potato salad.

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  42. Suzanne said on June 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Let’s get this corner party started!

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  43. alex said on June 27, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    I hate comic book movies too, so Ima bring my fat ass and eat all your stuff.

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  44. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on June 27, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    The fun part of “City Slickers” for those who know Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch is the way they selected their horizons to make it look like they were traveling, but never leave a fairly limited area. They just couldn’t use as much Pedernal as I’m sure they wanted to because once shown, it’s pretty darn distinctive.

    I have nothing against Lynda Carter, but I love potato salad. And deviled eggs.

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  45. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on June 27, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Lynda Carter is in the movie you’re talking about, right?

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  46. brian stouder said on June 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    If she is, I might have to watch it…

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  47. Deborah said on June 27, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    You’re right Dave, Uncle J’s wife (#3 gold digger) is second to Mitchy baby.

    And of course I meant to type “our” instead of “are” in comment #40.

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  48. brian stouder said on June 27, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    And what does Fox News have to say, today, as their Main Headline?



    Obamas’ lavish globetrotting vacations raise Democrats’ eyebrows

    Subtext: Uppity

    Background: Gotta get the spotlight off of the Republican Disasters of the Day

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  49. Julie Robinson said on June 27, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Here’s how much I dislike comic book movies: though I lust after Hugh Jackman I faded out at the first Wolverine movie and haven’t watched any of the others. (Okay, who doesn’t lust after Hugh? I think even straight men would.)

    I could bring deviled eggs, though I notice we don’t have any dessert yet. Something chocolate, perhaps?

    And thanks to Nancy I have had the bleeping Muppet movie song in my head all day.

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  50. Icarus said on June 27, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    can I come to this corner party even if I like Wonder Woman?

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  51. Scout said on June 27, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    I’m not a comic book movie fan either, but I went because my other half wanted to see it. I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. I actually enjoyed it and really liked Gal Godot in the role. Since I’ve already seen it, may I still join the wine, chocolate and bruschetta party?

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  52. Suzanne said on June 27, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    For fellow Hamilton fans

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  53. coozledad said on June 27, 2017 at 6:19 pm


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  54. Heather said on June 27, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Oops, I posted this on the previous thread. I had a very upsetting experience today. I decided to go for a walk around 4 in a nature area near where I work. It’s right next to a creek. I was walking and I saw a sort of whirlpool or disturbance in the water–I thought maybe the town had put in some sort of aerating feature or something. I got closer and realized it was a struggling duck, wings flapping frantically, obviously stuck on something. There was no one around and I didn’t know what to do. I actually waded into the water to try to get it, but it was very sticky and mucky and my feet sank fast, so I wasn’t able to get out there. I’m afraid that made the duck even more frantic. I climbed back on to the riverbank to try to call the police but the duck went under. Who knows how long it had been struggling. I wish I could have saved it. I hate seeing animals in distress.

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  55. Colleen said on June 27, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    I worked at Lutheran for two years. Loved my job and the people I worked with. We were not in patient care. But morale hospital wide wasn’t so great. Employees got a little cynical knowing that Lutheran Health was worth more than all of CHS, and that they were, in effect, the cash cow. At one point, they were making MORE budget cuts. We were not allowed to make color copies. They pay less than Parkview (where I also worked for a time) and don’t treat their employees as well as Parkview. We got quarterly bonuses there.
    Now I am working for another not for profit hospital, and love it. Well paid and appreciated staff are a good step in making sure there is quality patient care.

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  56. Dave said on June 27, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I don’t know about golddiggers so much, but I had a great aunt who, after she became a widow, was still driving around in a car that had seen better days. She was a favorite of my dad and dad’s brother, and my uncle told her she should just go and buy a new car. She had a million dollars altogether, she and my great uncle had lived frugally all their lives, frugal might be a kind way of putting it, but she decided to buy that car so she and my uncle went and bought a brand new Ford.

    Oh, she had two daughters and a son, the son didn’t care so much but the daughters were so mad at their cousin, being my uncle. He was helping their mother spend the inheritance.

    Today, the two daughters have that money split between them, the son is since deceased.

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  57. Deborah said on June 27, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Is Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne still run by the Lutherans? Lutheran Hospital in Chicago isn’t, it’s part of the Advocate health conglomerate. They still keep the original names of all the hospitals they acquired because people still associate that with them. So for instance they call it Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. I thought the Lutherans pretty much divested themselves from stuff like that?

    I designed new Hospital signage for the Advocate system before I retired. It ended up getting cheaped out though so it doesn’t look so good. And other people carried out getting it programmed and fabricated. Always a designers excuse.

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  58. Sherri said on June 27, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Zillow sent a cease and desist to McMansion Hell: http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/zillow-vs-mcmansion-hell-seattle-company-not-backing-off-fight-with-blog-despite-pr-fiasco/

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  59. Suzanne said on June 27, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    No, Lutheran Hospital isn’t Lutheran any more. It was sold about 15 years ago, the proceeds of which fund grants given by the Lutheran Foundation. I think it’s on its second or third owner by now. I feel terrible for the employees. It must be hell to work there at this point.

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