Monthly Archives: October 2012

From My FB Page

This kind of comment makes me hugely angry…I found it on another page…

Sue Henderson said: “To me soldiers aren’t heroes (they’re at the nice end of the gun) but people like this who risk their own lives and put their own health and safety on the line or simply give of themselves to help out, they’re the real heroes in this world.”

My US Army veteran husband says “You’re welcome.” For the three years of service he rendered in the military, protecting your Constitutional right to talk trash about him.

FUCK YOU VERY MUCH, BITCH. To ME, YOU don’t deserve Constitutional rights. Maybe if they were taken away from you, you’d come to appreciate them and the people who protect them a bit more than you do. Go move to Afghanistan, you worthless waste of human flesh.

I get REALLY TIRED, REALLY FAST of people who blow off our military. They should have their citizenship revoked and they should be thrown out of here. I hate the sanctimonious attitude of “oh, they’re just paid thugs, they’re brainless morons who can’t string a sentence together, if they actually could do something useful they wouldn’t be in the military,” etc.

Apparently a lot of people still think that the military takes any old brain dead washout. Not so, not any more.

Plus, this idiot does not seem to realize that active duty military personnel ARE FIRST RESPONDERS. Where the hell does this brain dead twat think first responders get their training? College?! The US Army Corps of Engineers is one of the first agencies the govt sends out for disaster relief. This would include men like Joe, who was a combat engineer and whose skills in construction and demolition could definitely come in handy during cleanup. Hey, if nothing else, he can operate a chainsaw and cut up fallen trees to get them out of the way of the roads – which, by the way, he would know how to repair if damage to the actual road itself had been done during a storm like Sandy.

Oh, but soldiers aren’t heroes.



Why I Could Not Vote Romney

This past Saturday, early voting began in Florida. So I went up to the Winter Park Public Library and I cast my vote – for Obama/Biden and other candidates (as well as voted on certain ballot initiatives) as advised by the AFL-CIO. Just as I did in the last election, I took my AFL-CIO voter guide to the booth with me and followed that as I cast my votes. I figured any candidates & initiatives that the unions supported would be far more friendly to far more working-class Americans.

Not that I would have voted Romney anyway – and these news articles explain why:

While Firefighters Battle Sandy, Romney Eyes Cuts To Firefighter Funding


4 Ways Mitt Romney Botched His Hurricane Sandy Response

And by the way, have a gander at this little conversation in the comments on this one:

Mr. M. Knight said: “It’s the phrase “privatized disaster relief” that really makes me cringe in this article. I just can’t see that going well. “Let’s make a profit from human tragedy” seems to be a recurring meme in business, and it’s about as contemptible as it gets.”

This was followed by a comment from Miss K. Liebman, who said: “It’s called insurance.”

To which, Mr Knight said: “I think that’s kind of a contemptible business, too. Look at say, how health insurers try to avoid paying, or why we need laws about denial of pre-existing conditions.”

J. Kelly said to K Liebmann: “You mean like flood insurance? That isn’t going touch damage to public streets, utilities, open public shelters, maintain rescue and hospital personnel, etc. After Bush, many states simply do not have the resources to fund these critical elements to save lives. Insurance is not an answer in this case. Sorry.”

Yes, apparently Liebman doesn’t realize that damage to public areas doesn’t fix itself. What a myopic woman she is.

Anyway, Ms. M Moon said: “Two years after hurricane Ike people were still waiting for insurance to pay for the costs of roofing/repairing their homes. Insurance isn’t the answer.. but apparently republicans think it’s only poor people that relief goes to in disaster areas?? lol”

Here’s another one: “Liebman, do some research on the hurricanes of 2004, when 4 of them slammed into Florida within a 2 month period. Not only did the insurance agencies find ways to claim that flood insurance didn’t cover water damage, that it was the homeowners insurance for that since it was caused by the roof being torn off by the wind. That would be wind damage. Then homeowners insurance turned around and said that flood damage wasn’t covered under the homeowners policy, that’s what flood insurance is for. Then many of the big insurance companies pulled out of Florida completely, leaving us with nobody to insure our properties. So the state came up with their own Citizen’s insurance, which cost an arm and a leg, if you were lucky enough to qualify and afford it. Even then, it didn’t do enough to help. Perhaps you’ve been a renter all your life and just don’t understand how things work. Regardless, I hope you never have to face what disaster victims go through. It is a nightmare, I can tell you from experience.”

This is quite, quite true. LOTS of people went through this here in FL after the 2004 hurricane season. I was damn lucky.

Another comment: “I’ve lived in Florida and now in New Jersey so I’ve seen first hand how both blizzards and Hurricanes can be especially when it comes to needing aid in disaster situations, Sadly someone who has never had to deal with it, someone who knows nothing about what they’re saying is condescending and down right disgraceful.”

Another: “Just so you know, flood insurance is astronomically expensive to obtain and many companies will not insure people who live in coastal areas or even if their houses are on flood plains, which is the very point of having it in the first place. It doesn’t always work out as smoothly as some would lead others to believe but walk a mile in the shoes of someone who just watched their house float away before you speak.”

And another: “Clearly you don’t know how insurance works. We will all see higher premiums because of this disaster. That’s how they recoup their losses. Imagine if it was all privatized, your premiums for home owners insurance would be 5 times higher under normal conditions and would increase exponentially after a disaster. They HAVE to make a profit. So, with outrageous premiums many could not afford insurance, esp. not all the extras like flood coverage. Privatization does only one thing, create a giant gap between the haves and have nots. Even Romney’s idea of leaving it up to the states to take care of disasters would crush state economies in places that have disasters regularly, like Oklahoma, and state taxes would go through the roof. When it is handled by the feds, using fed. tax dollars, with banks giving low interest and no-interest loans, it is cheaper for everyone and the people whose homes are destroyed and businesses are destroyed are able to get their lives back faster and the local economies return to normal faster. We may be a Capitalist country, but we don’t have to focus on the profit line for everything. Sometimes people just need help.”

Another: “Insurance may pay for some of your damage, but it doesn’t help clear the debris, help find emergency shelter, pass out food and water, set up porta potties and showers, help relocate high schools and hospitals, and all kinds of things that an organization like FEMA does. Come visit us here in the Joplin MO area and we can tell you about disasters and what the states and private groups can and can’t do.”

That’s enough of that for now. And that’s the problem with the 1%ers like Romney – he is so completely out of touch with the rest of America, he has no idea and can’t even mentally picture/fathom what life at our end of the spectrum is like. If his home is ever threatened by disaster, he can just jet off to somewhere that’s not having a disaster and even buy a whole new home, he’s that rich. That’s “insurance” to him – having enough money in the bank to replace every house, car, boat, whatever that he owns, if it is ever lost.

Here’s another quote by him that disturbed me a great deal:

How can I vote for someone like this??

Here’s another:

Romney Advocated Privatizing FEMA For Disaster Response

He really utterly disgusts me. Such a privileged, out of touch, snotty brat. He’s basically just one of those rich kids you ran into in school who thought he had the world by the tail and a downhill push, and he acted like it and still acts like it. Unbelievable.

Clutch Purse

Finished the clutch purse I was working on.

Just wanted to see if I COULD make one. So I did.

Oh My…

OK I just checked the Baltimore Sun for Mom’s death notice. It says this:

BROWN, Billie L. On October 21, 2012, Billie L.(nee Staten) Brown, beloved wife of Dennis H. Brown; loving mother of Tracy (Joseph) Holiday; devoted sister of Dallas (Linda) Staten and JoAnn Harlan. Billie rests at the HUBBARD FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4107 Wilkens Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21229 on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 4-6 PM. Funeral Services will be held following the visitation at 6 PM.

Well, yes, her maiden name was Staten, but I thought her legal name was Billie H. Brown – Billie Holladay Brown. I thought she’d dropped the L (for Levaire).

My name isn’t Tracy Holiday. It’s Tracie Holladay.


Well, done is done.

Oh I love this bag! I must have the pattern so I can crochet it!!

I’m finding that doing crochet is helping to keep me sane right now…

Kittyboo Crochet

Fat Bottomed Bag

Pattern: FBB from Happy Hooker Book
Yarn: Cascade 220

Comments: This was my first attempt at making the FBB from the Happy Hooker book. I made it as a gift for my sister-in-law. It was a really easy pattern to follow – I think it was only the second thing I ever crocheted and I managed! The yarn was nice to work with too. I finished off by sewing on a beaded flower than had fallen off some garment or other years ago. I’d saved it as I thought it was too pretty to bin and I’m glad I kept it now!

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Hooray for Funeral BS

OK the sooner this funeral business is done, the better. I talked to Denny, my stepfather. He has declared NO AUTOPSY. He doesn’t want her body cut up in that way. BUT – and here’s why this makes no sense to me – he’s going to have her body burned and the remains crushed, ground into powder. But he’s worried about surgeon’s scalpel?? :headdesk: I didn’t fight him on this – I figured the stress is way too high and I don’t need it jacking up MY glucose right now (and yes, glucose responds to stress). Just talking to him frightens me as it is. But this nonsense on top of it?? For Fuck’s Sake!

Bear in mind my dad was an apprentice undertaker. He knew, and told me, all kinds of things about death and how it is handled in the funeral industry, and he quickly came to understand, and pass on to me, that once you’re dead, you’re a hunk of cooling meat. What is really YOU is no longer there. I suppose that’s why he was, 99.999999999% of the time, completely unflappable. He’d seen the worst that life can do to someone. Anything outside of that? Small potatoes.

The sooner I am done with the Brown family, the better, I swear.

By the way, I don’t have a theological problem with cremation. My problem here is that he thinks a surgeon’s scalpel is worse than what cremation will do.

I’m having one of those “Sasha Fierce” moments right now. I will NOT let this bullshit get me down. Aw hell no.

The only questions I have about cremation is: is it green/earth friendly? Human remains are basically carbon. That’s it. Powdered carbon. I think I read somewhere that this stuff is, as far as the earth is concerned, nutritionally “inert.” It does not feed other life forms at all, the way a body in a simple pine box would. But Joe told me, over the weekend, that carbon acts as a purifier, so maybe there’s something to that.

R.I.P. Mama

Billie H. Brown

July 12, 1944 – October 21, 2012

Mother, wife, sister, friend

You will be missed, Mama.

This one is for you. Country roads, take you home to the place you belong – West *By God* Virginia…