Pants ablaze.

Today I coped with Oncoming Election Stress Syndrome by clearing off a pile of crap on my desk. Renewed our auto registration, paid the cable bill, made some lists, dusted and vacuumed the second floor. I was feeling pretty good. Then I read the Axios newsletter for Sunday and headed back to a full boil:

Trump told reporters in Nevada yesterday that he and House Republican leaders are working “around the clock” on “a very major tax cut for middle-income people. And if we do that, it’ll be sometime just prior, I would say, to November.” But Republicans on the Hill seemed to know nothing about it, and both chambers are out until after midterms.

There’s also the non-existent dissolve-the-borders bill that he keeps claiming Democrats are ready to drop, and the number of jobs tied to the Saudi arms deal has now been bloated to more than half a million.

I’m not the world’s biggest Frank Bruni fan, but he certainly hit the nail on the head with this column:

Trump enjoys a kind and degree of immunity that few if any politicians in my lifetime have been given. His own exhaustively established indecency inoculates him. As a result, all manner of ugliness slips by — unnoticed, barely noticed or noticed and accepted as Trump being Trump.

And so back I go to the little tasks that keep me sane. Next will be closets, and the bathrooms could use a scrub. Just a couple more weeks.

We’ve been having a macabre little local story unfolding here in Detroit of late. First was the discovery of a funeral home that wasn’t finishing the job, so to speak, and had mold-covered bodies stacked in a garage and a number of fetal remains stuffed behind a false ceiling. This was called the classic One Bad Apple case, until police, acting on a tip, raided another funeral home and found something like 63 more fetuses in freezers and boxes.

I’m pretty flummoxed by this one. I have one authoritative source about the funeral industry, and he doesn’t get it, either. Most mortuaries and crematoriums will handle fetal remains and stillbirths at low or no cost, and funerary services are offered to all women who miscarry. This latter case is apparently tied up with couples who thought they were donating their infant/fetal remains to scientific research. But man, what a creepy story.

Is anyone else a little leery of balconies? Balconies, cantilevered walkways and other flat surfaces with sketchy means of support? Yes? Good, then you should know we’re justified in our caution — an actual floor collapsed during a dance party in South Carolina this weekend.

And with that, have we had enough Halloween-y frights and freakouts to start the week? Yes? Then let’s do so. Because we all have work to do.

Posted at 8:25 pm in Current events |

66 responses to “Pants ablaze.”

  1. Dexter Friend said on October 21, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    You restored cable TV or just internet? I was gonna say just in time for a new season of Ray Donovan (the gang is in New York this year).
    I became a 3-time great grandfather Friday. Grandson Anthony and his partner welcomed a son, Samuel David, in Winchester, Virginia.

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  2. Connie said on October 21, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Well. Purdue beats Ohio State.

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  3. David C. said on October 21, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    I don’t trust much of anything that’s over 10′ above the ground with no substantial means of support. I think anyone who goes out on the Sears Tower glass balconies is crazier than a shithouse rat.

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  4. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on October 21, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    I think Trump has been good for bathroom cleaning in America the last year or so for exactly the reasons you describe. Lots of people I know watch about five minutes of CNN/MSNBC/evening news and then think “I should just go clean toilets.”

    Not kidding.

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  5. Julie Robinson said on October 21, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Just catching up with the last thread, and Deborah, I’m so relieved you don’t have bigger injuries. Falling is a major fear for me, especially falling on ice, since I have both a gimpy knee and a wonky shoulder from prior ice tumbles.

    Our son hauled me along to a Medicare for All meeting today, with some very inspirational speakers. But what’s the old saw about Democrats not being able to organize? It turns out Democratic Socialists are even worse.

    The meeting, scheduled for 3:30, didn’t begin until 4:03. I hate, hate, hate when my time is wasted. There were also a lot of unwashed bodies in a warm room, and after two hours I was grateful to leave.

    My compensation was seeing him in action, asking complex questions and going deep on the subject. My drop-out boy has become a policy wonk.

    Oh, and ice cream. Incredible small batch, fresh ingredients, and full flavor ice cream.

    I feel terrible for the people who had to go to those funeral homes and examine everything. And just imagine having to clean the places. It’s enough to bring up my ice cream.

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  6. LAMary said on October 21, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    I heard Trump go from 600,000 jobs to be lost to 1 million today.

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  7. Deborah said on October 22, 2018 at 2:51 am

    LA Mary, I read somewhere that Trump started with 45,000 jobs, then the next time he mentioned it he upped to !50,000 then 600,000, then a million. These are jobs he says that will be lost if we don’t sell arms to Saudi Arabia.

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  8. Alan Stamm said on October 22, 2018 at 7:46 am

    . . . enough freakouts to start the week?

    Funny you should you ask on a morning when I recoil from this atop The Atlantic’s landing page:
    Against a Federal Registry of Genitals

    Don’t even ask . . .
    . . . but if you must:

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  9. Bitter Scribe said on October 22, 2018 at 10:00 am

    JTMMO @ #4: Not only that, but hard scrubbing is a great catharsis.

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  10. Jeff Borden said on October 22, 2018 at 10:17 am

    I’m sorry, but it’s naive to think we’ll be able to look away from the train wreck in the Oval Office after the midterms. Whether the Democrats take back the House or not, the presidential campaign for 2020 will be in full swing. It’s the only thing that brings the Orange King any pleasure. . .the cheers of the morons who come out in droves to shower him with love and attention. Quite honestly, I’m fearful even a win in the House will do much to clip the wings of our alleged *president. What’s to keep him from ignoring subpoenas? He ignores everything else. And we all know if the Dems do triumph, Hair Furor and the GOP will be shrieking about “Chinese interference” and working 24/7 to delegitimize the election. It’s what they do.

    The Orange King remains a piker in wasting lives when compared to Richard M. Nixon’s extension of the Vietnam War for political purposes or George W. Bush’s rush to “liberate” Iraq based on made up weapons of mass destruction, but in some ways, he’s doing so much more damage to the institutions of government and society.

    Will we ever be able to repair them?

    Shit, I’d better go clean something.

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  11. Suzanne said on October 22, 2018 at 10:20 am

    I hate to clean. I love to cook, so that explains why I’ve gotten a little wider in the girth lately.
    Maybe I need to clean more (ugh) and cook less 🙁

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  12. Mark P said on October 22, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Back in 2002 a crematory in north Georgia was discovered to have more than 300 bodies dumped around the site, which was in a fairly rural area not too far from where we live. The owner just got out of jail in 2016. Which also reminds me of why I will never have one of my pets cremated again. When our last Doberman died I took his body to our vet, where the vet put it in a freezer that was full of dog bodies. After seeing that, I doubt that any pet crematory bothers to keep the bodies separated. The ashes I received afterwards were almost certainly from multiple dogs, if not concrete dust like the owner of the crematory gave people after not cremating the bodies taken to his facility.

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  13. Dorothy said on October 22, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Mark just a quick reply to assure you not all vets do that. In 1995 our Cocker Spaniel was put down (age 14) and we owned an acre of land. We wanted to bury her on our property but it was March when she died, the ground was still frozen, and my husband’s back was giving him serious problems. Our vet kindly offered to keep Peanut in a box in their freezer, and in July when Mike’s back was much better, we dug a hole and went and picked her up. I’ll never forget what our son said as we gathered in the yard for her little ‘funeral’: “Mum – I just realized the whole family is together for the first time!!!” We had gotten a new dog, Atticus, two weeks after Peanut died. So the four of us gathered around and we had the new dog there with us, too, as we said our goodbyes to Peanut.

    Atticus wasn’t called Atticus unless he was being a bad dog. We owned him for like a half hour when my daughter was kissing his soft head and she said “I just love Atticus Schmadicus!!” He became Schmaddy and that’s what we almost always called him. Half Golden Retriever, half English Setter. Best dog we ever had.

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  14. beb said on October 22, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    There aren’t enough rooms to be cleaned in all of Michigan to keep you sane for the next two years. It seems like Trumps lies have become unhinged over the last years compared to his lies in his first year. There is something wrong (medically) with the man. He needs to be retired.

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  15. Deborah said on October 22, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    The lies are becoming more and more outrageous, it’s preposterous that the man is still in power, and yet the Republicans do NOTHING about it. They are the ones I blame more than him now. I never expected more of Trump than he is doing, well, I take that back, I didn’t expect him to be quite as bad as he has been and will no doubt continue to be. Really every Republican should be ashamed of themselves for supporting him.

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  16. LaMary said on October 22, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Suzanne, sister. I’ve been cooking too. Chicken schwarma, split pea and bacon soup, Korean short ribs and mushroom farro casserole and shepherds pie just last week.

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  17. Julie Robinson said on October 22, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    I’ve mostly just been eating…

    When my mom’s cat died we were given the option of private or group cremation, and as I recall both were rather pricey. We took her home instead and planted daffodils on her grave. My childhood home has half a dozen cats in the yard.

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  18. Deborah said on October 22, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    I bought a lottery ticket today, how could I not? At this point it’s almost irresponsible not to. Just one, I’m sure my chances of getting hit by lightning are much better, but for $2, why not?

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  19. Sherri said on October 22, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    You all know what I’m doing to cope with the current political situation. I hate to clean!

    I just found out, I’ve been elected to the board of the ACLU-WA, and they’re asking me to serve on the budget committee. My three year term starts in January.

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  20. Dexter Friend said on October 22, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Deborah, I just had to also. I’ll buy another tomorrow as well. New car, new digs, new clothes, new giant tube to watch ballgames, finally go to England just to look around, lollygag around on the Spanish Riviera…and then what? Nice. We’ll figure it out. A couple billion dollars will likely drive me insane anyway, so let’s draw those goddam ping-pong balls!

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  21. David C. said on October 22, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    I bought a lottery ticket too. The change I keep for parking meters was getting to overflowing in the little change cup in the car. So I counted out sixteen quarters and bought two tries. I think they felt sorry for me having to scrape together change for the tickets.

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  22. Dorothy said on October 22, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    That’s hilarious David!!

    Seriously all – if anyone here wins get a good security detail immediately and then a trustworthy financial advisor. Would be a shame to win, tell one too many people and then get your ass kidnapped.

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  23. Bitter Scribe said on October 22, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    If you win in Illinois, form a dummy corporation and claim the prize in its name. That way no one will know who you are.

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  24. FDChief said on October 22, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Re: the Bruni column:

    Trump enjoys a kind and degree of immunity that few if any politicians in my lifetime have been given by Republicans. His own exhaustively established indecency inoculates him from Republican opposition. As a result, all manner of ugliness slips by — unnoticed, barely noticed or noticed and accepted by Republicans as Trump being Trump.

    I mean.. I haven’t been “inoculated” to the stupid bastard’s issues. I’m not ignoring his ignorance and grifting. It’s the Republicans who are excusing and lying and covering for his ass, so I fixed that for him. You can thank me later, Frank.

    I hate to be the one constantly hammering this firebell, but in case you haven’t noticed it the GOP is becoming a straight-up fascist party (as defined by Merriam-Webster as “a political philosophy, movement, or regime…that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.”) All the way down to local Republican pols adopting the loathsome “Proud Boys” as their latter-day Blackshirts.

    It’s not “Trump”. It’s the GOP. They’re the ones enabling this monstrosity.

    So it’s become time and past time that to be a Republican is to be publicly shamed, reviled, the way people strutting around with swastika armbands are reviled. What difference does it make whether you fly your brutal fascism as a hooked cross or a MAGA hat? A fascist is as a fascist does, and point out anything that Il Douche has done that’s not right out of ol’ Mussolini’s playbook?

    It’s time to face it; the GOP must be destroyed.

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  25. Julie Robinson said on October 22, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    FD, I couldn’t agree more. We had dinner with a German couple tonight, and they definitely see the parallels. Incidentally, they also think that Angela Merkel will not be able to hold her coalition (due to the rise of the neo-Nazis) and will be out after the next local election.

    I’ve thought about buying a lottery ticket but how would I ever answer to my hubby if I won? He thinks they are immoral, and really, I do too, but it’s awfully tempting. Dang those principles!

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  26. susan said on October 22, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Julie, you “answer” (odd concept) to your husband, if you win, by donating most of it to Planned Parenthood, United Negro College Fund, ACLU, local humane society, local public schools, or whatever groups you think need the help.

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  27. Sherri said on October 22, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    I like this thread, on your Old White Republican Senator on the Judiciary Committee name:

    Mine is Jobe Clift.

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  28. beb said on October 23, 2018 at 12:39 am

    I don’t think they had academy awards when I was born…

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  29. susan said on October 23, 2018 at 1:53 am

    beb, I imagine you are younger than 88 years old…

    The Academy Awards ceremony was first broadcast on radio in 1930 and televised for the first time in 1953. –wikipedia

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  30. Deborah said on October 23, 2018 at 3:54 am

    I can’t remember the name of my freshman dorm. As I recall all of the dorms were names from the Bible (Lutheran college), my senior year dorm was Ruth. There was a boys dorm on campus called David. That’s about all I can remember.

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  31. alex said on October 23, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Indiana is “the south’s middle finger thrust into the north.” Now that beats the hell out of any explanation you’ve ever heard from me or Suzanne and it sounds about right. From Politico:

    I thought Nancy nailed it a few years back when she described the Hoosier mentality thusly: “We like it like it used to be.”

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  32. Suzanne said on October 23, 2018 at 8:25 am

    I think that should be “We like it like we think it used to be.”

    Last week I spoke to two good Hoosiers in their 80s. Both mentioned the recent local news story of the homeless living by the river and the city forcing them out. Both wondered why those homeless people just don’t get jobs because then, they wouldn’t be homeless. I tried to explain that many have mental illness, or other issues, and can’t work. One was appalled at the trash the homeless left behind. “Well, if they won’t take care of what they are given, why should we give more?”
    I have heard it over and over from elderly people how they worked really hard when times were hard and what is wrong with people now? No idea what the job market is like, the skills required, and automation, and on and on. No, they like it like (they think) it used to be and seem to think if they wish for it hard enough, it will happen.

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  33. Sherri said on October 23, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Where I live, a substantial fraction of the homeless do have jobs.

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  34. Mark P said on October 23, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Suzanne, I wonder if those good Hoosiers considered themselves good Christians. If so, I guess they forgot the part where Jesus says, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Or, maybe more important, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.”

    It seems pretty clear to me that if Jesus is real, Republicans are going to hell. That’s what the Bible says, and, as all good Republicans know, the Bible is the literal word of god.

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  35. Deborah said on October 23, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Mark P, yes, one would think that would be the case, but many Christians have devised a workaround. It’s called antinomianism. Coozledad mentioned it here before a while back and I looked it up because I vaguely remembered it from studying theology in my Lutheran college. Lutherans don’t agree with it by the way.

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  36. Deborah said on October 23, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I’m going to vote tomorrow morning at the site in the loop, more voting places around town have opened but I know the loop place because I voted there before.

    I’ve been waiting for my banged up face to get a little less swollen before going out much. It’s much better today. Still have a bit of a black eye and creepy scabs on my upper lip and chin, the gash on my eyebrow is barely noticeable now. Mainly the only thing that still hurts is my right front tooth and my lip, so eating and smiling are still problematic. I have a dentist appointment for my tooth next Friday, I have to wait until my lip heals more so I can open my mouth wide enough. People in my building lobby and on the elevator don’t seem to be noticing as much, it’s less awkward. No one has asked what happened, if they do I’m inclined to dramatically say that I got mugged out in front of the building, to freak them out.

    My husband was out and about and told me that the metal plate where I tripped on Michigan Ave now has a wooden incline leading up to it, so lots of other folks must have tripped there, which is what I suspected.

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  37. Mark P said on October 23, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Deborah, I’m aware of the concept but wasn’t aware of the name. As I understand it, though, it refers to obeying the Mosaic law. There is scriptural justification for not following all the dietary rules, for example (not the 10 Commandments, though), but it seems a little harder to justify ignoring what you claim to believe is the literal word of God telling you exactly what to do and exactly what will send you to hell. Maybe the justification is that you aren’t actually doing it yourself, you’re hiring someone, your representative, to do it for you.

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  38. Deborah said on October 23, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Mark, it doesn’t make sense, like Luther says it’s heresy, but it doesn’t matter to them, as long as they think it gets them off the hook.

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  39. alex said on October 23, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    So Mike Pence says it’s “inconceivable” that Middle Easterners have not joined the caravan in Mexico, only to get thrown under the bus by Trump, who now says there’s no proof, only that it’s possible. Trump must really hate that fucking toady as much as I do.

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  40. LAMary said on October 23, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    I saw some asshat on CNN last night saying there were middle easterners in the caravan. They had migrated in large numbers from Bangladesh. Don Lemon and some other guy looked dumbstruck. That is the word of the week.

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  41. alex said on October 23, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Some unicorns hiding in that caravan too. Scout’s honor. And it’s sponsored by the Democrats and bankrolled by George Soros. And Nancy Pelosi has granted them sanctuary in San Francisco where she’s going to employ them in a sweat shop making designer purses out of aborted fetuses.

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  42. Colleen said on October 23, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    I have a question. Repubs are fond of sneering about Democrats being funded by George Soros. Why and how is that any different from the Koch brothers throwing big bucks into GOP races? Oh. Right. It’s ok when Republicans do it.

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  43. beb said on October 24, 2018 at 12:17 am

    Colleen there are are several answers to your quesrion:
    1 — It;s OK If you are a Republican

    2 — Projection. Since the Kochs fund the Rs heavily it follows that s Dem billionaire does the same thing.

    3 — Soros is a jew

    4 — shut up! shut up! shut up! shut up!

    take your pick. (Pick them all)

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  44. Deborah said on October 24, 2018 at 5:40 am

    The end

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  45. alex said on October 24, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Deborah, that version of MacBeth had me clapping at the end and also glad for it to be all over so I could pee.

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  46. Suzanne said on October 24, 2018 at 8:16 am

    I have often thought that tRump will end like Mussolini but then I talk to a hard core tRumper and think no. Only an act of God will stop him and even then, his followers won’t leave him. They will be like the old Nazis that still haunt Germany who think Hitler just didn’t go far enough.
    I am seriously losing hope.

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  47. Bob (not Greene) said on October 24, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Oh, swell. More mail bombs, this time to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

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  48. JodiP said on October 24, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Hi everyone, this is a bit of a hijack, but I need some help from the folks here. My uncle recently died while in hospice. It was expected but still sad, as now my mom is the last of her siblings.

    So, yesterday, my sister got a call from the small town deputy informing her that there is reason to believe he was murdered by certified nursing assistant who worked at the hospice. She bragged about it to people, and one friend got two recordings of her talking about exactly what she did. She has now recanted this, and is refusing to talk to the police.

    I just spoke to the investigating officer, and he believes the county attorney won’t file because the case isn’t strong. (My uncle was immediately cremated, so there is no physical evidence.) I want to convince the CAO to file so that people in this community know at the very least they have sick liar in their midst. What argument can I make to the CAO to file? I can’t believe I am experiencing this. It’s just bizarre. There are more strange details about the accused, but I’ll keep it at this.

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  49. Sherri said on October 24, 2018 at 10:24 am

    How terrible, JodiP!

    If she’s done it once and bragged about it, she’s probably done it more than once. Are there other families who may have experienced the same thing? If the CAO won’t file, would a civil suit accomplish your goal?

    I guess my advice would be, take a deep breath, and decide what you really want to accomplish. Getting the CAO to file might be hard and painful. A civil suit will be expensive and painful. Is she still working for hospice? Contacting them to make sure her employment with them ends seems like a good first step. Filing a complaint with the licensing board also seems reasonable. Talk to the CAO and see what you can do to cooperate, rather than convince. They have a lot of discretion in whether and what to file.

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  50. Deborah said on October 24, 2018 at 10:55 am

    OMG, why in the world would a hospice worker kill a patient and then brag about it? How horrible, what is this world coming to? So sorry to hear that you have to deal with this JodiP. I have no advice, I wouldn’t have any idea what to do. Sherri’s advice sounds pretty good, at least a start. I just wanted to register my horror.

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  51. Bitter Scribe said on October 24, 2018 at 11:03 am

    JodiP – If I were you and I could afford it, I’d seriously consider getting my own lawyer to represent your uncle’s estate’s interest. Some states have various laws allowing citizens to make criminal complaints that the authorities at least have to pretend to take seriously.

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  52. FDChief said on October 24, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Jim Wright over at Stonekettle Station has the “in the real world here’s how the whole “OMFG Middle Eastern turrists” thing would work:

    “You see, if this is true, if Trump’s unspoken insinuation is true, if there are Middle Eastern terrorists in this caravan, then from a military and counterterrorism standpoint, if you know there are terrorists coming toward you, well, then doesn’t that suggest an opportunity to you?

    Doesn’t it?


    Because it should. It’s a rudimentary tactic used damned near every day by law enforcement and the military.

    Welcome the caravan, process the asylum seekers, take the “Middle Easterners” into custody without a fight. Low risk. Non violent. They come to you, you don’t have to find them. You don’t have to risk your troop’s lives humping through the brush, kicking in doors. The terrorists give themselves up willingly. Right? You don’t need million dollar drones and satellite coverage and an army. Minimal risk, minimal cost. Set up a welcome center, in-process the whole migration, separate out the bad actors and process the rest of the asylum seekers in accordance with US law – i.e. grant them asylum or send them back. Congratulations, you’ve caught a bunch of terrorists. And treated the real immigrants with dignity and respect. If you produce actual terrorists, you’re be proven right, you’ll have a media coup, and it’ll be damned impossible for the bleeding heart liberals to argue with that.

    I mean, goddamn, doesn’t that seem the obvious tactic to take this threat Trump describes out of play?

    I used to do this sort of thing for a living. I would have killed, so to speak, for a counterterrorism opportunity like this.”

    This sort of weapons-grade stupid Trumpian propaganda only works if you, the listener, are also a naive, credulous, gullible rube. Hell, I was a medic and and artilleryman and I had the same thoughts Wright did; you KNOW there are eeeeevil dusky Saracens trekking northwards? Sweet! Talk about your fat stationary target…

    But these Trumpkins ARE just that credulous and pants-pissing fearful.

    So, just your daily reminder; the GOP must be destroyed.

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  53. Sherri said on October 24, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    It’s all about Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt, and filling the media machine with nonsense like this so there’s no oxygen left for things like health care and Social Security and voter suppression. You know, the things that are real and the GOP is using to destroy us from within.

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  54. Dorothy said on October 24, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Jodi that is mind boggling and awful. How can the investigator say they don’t have a strong case when they have a recording of her bragging about doing this?! I don’t understand. I know he was cremated, but would there be any kind of notes from the funeral home who did the cremation? Anything at all could be relevant – you never know. I do think you should consult with a lawyer – or if not you then whoever the closest relative is. This woman needs to be stopped immediately and investigations into other recent deaths, just in case she had a hand in them. I don’t care if someone was medically near death – if she pushed it along, she deserves to be charged. No question.

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  55. The Garden Fairy said on October 24, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    JodiP @48 — CAO might not have enough to file on this single case, but it seems they and/ or the hospice itself should be pressed to review case files of all patients this woman cared for since starting work with the company. As Sherri @49 indicated, these are not usually one-off events. Remains of former patients who were not cremated may provide evidence.

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  56. Julie Robinson said on October 24, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Jodi, that is an awful shocker. I’ve no legal knowledge but agree that she must be stopped. My heart goes out to you and yours for even more stress at what is already a hard time.

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  57. David C. said on October 24, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    We’re lucky the Rs are as competent at bomb making as they are at governing. They’ll mail themselves some talcum powder tomorrow so they can say “Both sides”.

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  58. Suzanne said on October 24, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    My husband visited a sharp as a tack 90+ year old man today. The guy said he’s never seen such insanity in the country as now.

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  59. Deborah said on October 24, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    I’m at uncle J’s again, here until Friday, it was nice to see some fall colors on the drive and in his town. Not as much color as I expected though.

    We’ve been listening to the latest John LeCarre novel on our trips up here and back, which helps pass the time. So we didn’t listen to the radio and now I see that Maxine Waters has been a bomb recipient. All people that Trump has made hateful comments about, of course.

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  60. Diane said on October 24, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    l’m in Chicago for a conference and while I don’t think I’ll have a minute to spare my husband tagged along. We haven’t been to Chicago for ages (like 15 years). Quite a few of you here seem to know Chicago well, so what are the must see/do things for him? We are staying downtown and don’t have a car. Any suggestions gratefully appreciated.

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  61. Suzanne said on October 24, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Diane, I visited this a few months ago. It was pretty cool!

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  62. basset said on October 24, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Don’t we have a museum architect in our group? Mrs. B and I have been to the new Tennessee State Museum three times in the past week (she keeps getting sick but we make it a little further through the displays each time, we’re almost up to WW2 so one more visit should do it), and I have rarely seen a less inviting museum building.

    The front door opens onto a big bare lobby and doors to meeting rooms, if not for the gift shop you’d think you were in a downtown office tower and you have to take an elevator up to another empty rotunda to get to the exhibits. Once you’re in there, it’s way too easy to walk from one display into the middle of another and see everything out of sequence.

    The exhibits are actually quite interesting and worth the visit, some of em aren’t up yet but the place was put together in a hurry and has just now opened.

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  63. Deborah said on October 24, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Basset, I have done museum exhibit design, not the design of the museum building itself. Maybe someone else here has done museum building design? Peter? My husband designs buildings but I don’t think he’s ever done a museum building, not that I can remember anyway.

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  64. Deborah said on October 24, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    Diane, the obvious place to go is the art institute in Chicago. Millennium Park is quite nice. The Cultural museum (used to be the central library) is a fantastic building, walk up to the rotunda there, sometimes there are good exhibits throughout. Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in Oak Park are an El ride away. A stroll on Dearborn past the Picasso sculpture at city hall, the Chagall mosaic mural and the Calder sculpture at the Federal building is worthwhile. Also walking up the lakeshore when the weather is decent is memorable. I love to just walk around the city, people watching and stopping in shops that might be interesting along the way. The Contemporary Art museum up in my neighborhood is having some interesting stuff going on, I know Heather mentioned that either here or on Facebook. A Trek up to Wrigleyville can be fun, past the stadium even if nothing is going on there. An afternoon movie at the Siskel on State if you get bored can be entertaining. Viewing the city from Sears Tower or whatever it’s called now, or the Hancock building is informative. The Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry are there. A boat tour on the lake. If you’re interested in Architecture there is an excellent Chicago River boat tour. So much to do.

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  65. Deborah said on October 24, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Diane, another thing is that you don’t really need a car in Chicago, so much is accessible by the El or cabs (Lyft or Uber) or walking which is what I love to do (if you can avoid tripping, lol).

    Suzanne, the Dreihaus is one of my favorite buildings, that block is my favorite to walk down (Erie), I try to arrange my walks so that I go that way. I’ve not been in the museum but always mean to.

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  66. Diane said on October 25, 2018 at 11:04 am


    Thank you!! I will give that list to my husband.

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