Final entry
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
this will be my last post on LF,so enjoy your victory.You are not qualified to judge me.I spent 6 years in the USAF,15 years in Mental Health,socialservices,drug/alcohol,crisis,in/out patient,community based,juvenile offenders,adults,children and adolescents.(imagine a psychotic 3 year old,try it)Ive also been an EMT and lived in small town where if one cop was on duty and his backup was a trooper 30 miles away,they could come to my home ,I would raise my hand and grab a weapon to help them run a hot call.I have saved lives,I have failed to save lives too.And when my mother in law was left paralyzed and speechless by a stroke,I helped my wife care for her in my home.Meanwhile her children,all good socially aware,loudly opiniated Minnesota liberals didnt have the time or strength to help more than for a few hours or days at a time.Yet they could come to my home to visit her on a holiday and run their mouth at me just like you.Because 'liberals' like them and you are in the know and they are a superior breed somehow.They have the corner on the market on insight and caring.Oh really.Real liberals walk the walk,they are in the trenches,making a difference.Not just carrying signs,writing checks and kicking ass on a keyboard.You sir are an asshole and I could deal with that,as long as you were out in the open about it.That other members choose to nod,approve,encourage and at times join in your antics and ridicule I cant deal with.I've never had any illusions about belonging to the social milieu here ,I was content to remain on the fringes and post things and make occasional comments.I dont insult and harrass people.You can play yourself as a hero of the social justice movement and these people can go along but I know what you are,a smug,superior,belligerent,loudmouthed buttwipe.When you have done the things I have,then you can judge my intelligence,humanity,compassion and my motives.'Liberals' like you are malicious and poisonous,everywhere you go,driven only by anger.You are a nasty,ill mannered little man,a prick of the 2 inch variety and my guess is thats all you'll ever be.
learned something today!
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
Did a comment scan today for some reason.it was very enlightening...
recent unpleasant events
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
Apparently I am a "racist bastard" AND 'participating in a political scheme to undermine voter registration before an election the result of which, if effective, will be to discourage participation of a population that is disproportionately minority. '...At last my life has meaning...  
flakes
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
Shawn just got a call from a branch bank.Wanted all their monitors replaced,because they all have headaches and they just know its caused by excessive radiation....Apparently a customer told them so.
recent events
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
Some good,some bad.Landrieu were at work today and a tornado plowed thru Hugo,1 dead,20 missing so far.Its a couple miles north of work and It was looking bad up here on the 4th floor,and Shawn,landrieu and I watched the storm roll overhead.Also, Binx the cat is missing.Dont think the kids have noticed yet.He's been like a bad teenager for a couple years now.Comes home to eat and nap and stays out all night,so we've been expecting something to happen....I heard Andrea calling for help downstairs yesterday,I went down and she was just playing,rolling around all rolled up in a blanket:"help I'm trapped in a giant burrito"!
Mothers Day 2008
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
The kids and I did flowers,cards and an ice cream cake for Barbara.(even the dog gave her a card)She was a little weepy when Karen came over.Fisrt Mother's day with their Mom gone....On a lighter note,Barbara showed me on caller ID where we got a call from 'Wash,DC'.apparently Andrea saw the incoming call,and asked Barbara if the President was calling?
Michaels progress
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
Mikey ran the mile in 9:25 this week.A big deal since he couldnt finish a mile 2.5 years ago.Allergy meds and an increasingly sports oriented lifestyle have rally changed him.And I was worried he'd wind up a couch potato with thumbs swollen from videogames.Oh he still plays them but he is doing a sport a season.Just finished basketball,going into baseball and hes looking foward to football.Big changes!....Kids are great.
Modern times
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
OK,so the other day was bring your child to work day.One of Barb's work buddies,Pam, brought her litte girl Alyssa,about 9y/o.At some point ,Alyssa was in next cubicle where there was (strangely)an old eletric typewriter.Alyssa was curious,so Pam cranked some paer in so she could use it.Alyssa was perplexed:"how to you know what you're doing if theres no screen?"...demonstrtion follows...then " this is awful loud,can you turn down the volume?"...times do change.BTW Colin is claiming the Comet is cute and fluffy because he went to 'Fluffy school".Baseball is starting for both boys .Michael's schedule especially is a killer...
Progressive Canada :why pan handlers need a union
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
The first reaction when most people hear the idea of a "panhandlers union" is laughter. Then the jocular questions start: When a panhandler goes on strike, will anyone notice -- or care? What could they possibly want, wider sidewalks?  
 
Given the widespread misunderstanding of what it means to belong to a union, these questions are not altogether unexpected.  
 
Every person must first and foremost have the freedom to exist; history shows us when this freedom is infringed for any, it becomes a threat to all.  
 
For panhandlers, begging is the means for survival. Take this away, and one threatens their existence. The Panhandlers Union of Ottawa has been formed in response to the attempt by police, business interests and government to eradicate panhandling through the criminal justice system by characterizing panhandling as aggressive.  
 
Panhandlers have inadequate or no income and shelter. Most have inadequate education, skills and family support. According to a study prepared for the City of Ottawa, 32 per cent of panhandlers have had some involvement with the foster-care system.  
 
They are burdened with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem and they often develop drug and alcohol addictions, all of which present barriers to integration into the community. Many suffer years of homelessness before they get the help they need to stabilize. And some never make it off the street.  
 
In this city, where street vending is prohibited, panhandlers do not have other legal options to make a living if they are not job-ready.  
 
Yes, individuals can recover by overcoming the psychological trauma and addictions associated with their plight. However, judgment and condemnation are  
The first reaction when most people hear the idea of a "panhandlers union" is laughter. Then the jocular questions start: When a panhandler goes on strike, will anyone notice -- or care? What could they possibly want, wider sidewalks?  
 
Given the widespread misunderstanding of what it means to belong to a union, these questions are not altogether unexpected.  
 
Every person must first and foremost have the freedom to exist; history shows us when this freedom is infringed for any, it becomes a threat to all.  
For panhandlers, begging is the means for survival. Take this away, and one threatens their existence. The Panhandlers Union of Ottawa has been formed in response to the attempt by police, business interests and government to eradicate panhandling through the criminal justice system by characterizing panhandling as aggressive.  
 
Panhandlers have inadequate or no income and shelter. Most have inadequate education, skills and family support. According to a study prepared for the City of Ottawa, 32 per cent of panhandlers have had some involvement with the foster-care system.  
 
They are burdened with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem and they often develop drug and alcohol addictions, all of which present barriers to integration into the community. Many suffer years of homelessness before they get the help they need to stabilize. And some never make it off the street.  
 
In this city, where street vending is prohibited, panhandlers do not have other legal options to make a living if they are not job-ready.  
 
Yes, individuals can recover by overcoming the psychological trauma and addictions associated with their plight. However, judgment and condemnation are not the cornerstones of recovery.  
 
not the cornerstones of recovery. In fact, they present sometimes-insurmountable barriers.  
 
Society must make room for the homeless by graciously extending a hand.  
 
In April 2004 the Ottawa-Outaouais General Members Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World unanimously agreed to extend such a hand when member Jane Scharf requested that panhandlers become part of that union. She said panhandlers were enduring harassment by shopkeepers, the police and social-service agencies.  
 
Panhandlers were unable to pay the $3 monthly dues and therefore did not become full members. IWW members nevertheless provided support such as assistance with police complaints, assistance in getting panhandling tickets registered with the Ticket Defence Program and advocacy with social services and housing authorities. For a time, the union produced an edition of the Dominon newspaper for distribution by the panhandlers for donations. The city shut this successful venture down with a bylaw that prohibits street vending with or without a licence.  
 
In the summer of 2004, hundreds of community and labour activists helped the Panhandlers Union organize a homeless action strike in the form of a tent city at City Hall. This action, which lasted 55 days, drew public attention to many of the problems facing the street person in Ottawa.  
 
The panhandlers demanded that the city stop prosecuting panhandlers who were not aggressive, and find more humane solutions to homelessness. They were able to get the mayor to set up a task force to investigate the way the city and police are treating the homeless.union  
 
As found in the many public delegations made to the Task Force on Homelessness and the Safe Streets Act 2005, many of these panhandlers come from backgrounds of tremendous trauma with very little -- if any -- assistance in learning to cope with the effects of the beatings, rapes and deprivation they have experienced.  
 
The police have made an effort to improve the treatment of homeless persons and are working with community agencies to try and find more humane responses. However, the city continues to abuse and discriminate against the homeless when it tries to move them off the street into housing. For example the homeless cannot access Ontario Works or emergency housing programs because they do not have addresses where they can be contacted.  
 
This year IWW member Andrew Nellis secured funding from local labour groups, businesses and individuals to ensure that union dues were no longer a barrier for panhandlers. To date, the union has signed up 25 members and meets formally once a month at a drop-in centre to plan, network, and organize.  
Members of the Panhandlers Union are negotiating with Ottawa City Hall and the various business improvement areas regarding the current ban on street vending so that the homeless can sell their arts, crafts, jewelry, and street newspapers, as well as perform music and street theatre. With the union behind them they can look to the future with an entrepreneurial spirit.  
 
Proshanto Smith is an Ottawa panhandler who negotiated with the mayor on the homeless task force. He wrote this article in collaboration with the Panhandlers' Union of Ottawa  
 
dialogue between Andrea and Colin this morning
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
Barbara walked in to tv room,apparently just after a PSA....and overheard this: Andrea 'why do people hit their kids?'...Colin:'maybe cuz they cry all the time'..Andrea: 'of course they cry,they dont even know what zero plus zero is'....
the new faithful
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
global heating and polar melting accelerates. There is a silver lining.  
 
Look at a map of the US.  
 
 
The area that will by completely inundated by the rising ocean—and not in a century but in the lifetime of my two cats—are the American southeast, including the most populated area of Texas, almost all of Florida, most of Louisiana, and half of Alabama and Mississippi, as well as goodly portions of eastern Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. While the northeast will also see some coastal flooding, its geography is such that that aside from a few projecting sandbars like Long Island and Cape Cod, the land rises fairly quickly to well above sea level. Sure, Boston, New York and Philadelphia will be threatened, but these are geographically confined areas that could lend themselves to protection by Dutch-style dikes. The West Coast too tends to rise rapidly to well above sea level in most places. Only down in Southern California towards the San Diego area is the ground closer to sea level.  
 
So what we see is that huge swaths of conservative America are set to face a biblical deluge in a few more presidential cycles.  
 
Then there’s the matter of the Midwest, which climate experts say is likely to face a permanent condition of unprecedented drought, making the place largely unlivable, and certainly unfarmable. The agribusinesses and conservative farmers that have been growing corn and wheat may be able to stretch out this doomsday scenario by deep well drilling, but west of the Mississippi, the vast Ogallala Aquifer that has allowed for such irrigation is already being tapped out. It will not be replaced.  
 
So again, we will see the decline and depopulation of the nation’s vast midsection—noted for its consistent conservatism. Only in the northernmost area, around the Great Lakes (which will be not so great anymore), and along the Canadian border, will there still be enough rain for farming and continued large population concentrations, but those regions, like Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, are also more liberal in their politics.  
 
Finally, in the Southwest, already parched and stiflingly hot, the rise in energy costs and the soaring temperatures will put an end to right-wing retirement communities like Phoenix, Tucson and Palm Springs. Already the Salton Sea is fading away and putting Palm Springs on notice that the good times are coming to an end. Another right-wing haven soon to be gone.  
 
So the future political map of America is likely to look as different as the much shrunken geographical map, with much of the so-called “red” state region either gone or depopulated.  
 
There is a poetic justice to this of course. It is conservatives who are giving us the candidates who steadfastly refuse to have the nation take steps that could slow the pace of climate change, so it is appropriate that they should bear the brunt of its impact.  
 
The important thing is that we, on the higher ground both actually and figuratively, need to remember that, when they begin their historic migration from their doomed regions, we not give them the keys to the city. They certainly should be offered assistance in their time of need, but we need to keep a firm grip on our political systems, making sure that these guilty throngs who allowed the world to go to hell are gerrymandered into political impotence in their new homes.  
 
There will be much work to be done to help the earth and its residents—human and non-human—survive this man-made catastrophe, and we can’t have these future refugee troglodytes, should their personal disasters still fail to make them recognize reality, mucking things up again.  
 
It should be considered acceptable, in this stifling new world, to say, “Shut up. We told you this would happen.”  
 
 
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About the author: Philadelphia journalist Dave Lindorff is a 34-year veteran, an award-winning journalist, a former New York Times contributor, a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, a two-time Journalism Fulbright Scholar, and the co-author, with Barbara Olshansky, of a well-regarded book on impeachment, The Case for Impeachment. His work is available at www.thiscantbehappening.net.
truth,justice and social equality,as long as you believe as I do
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
The new pentocostals awaiting the Rapture?  
http://www.baltimorechronicle.com/2007/122407Lindorff.shtml
sappy xmas kid stories
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
Andrea while helping make christmas cookies:"I used to think christmas was all about presents" Mom: 'so now you think its about cookies?'...'its about more than just presents,its about cookies and the baby Jesus'....
A PS
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
So,I fell down the steps the other night.Theres a sheet of ice on the steps, sidewalks etc.What a place to live...Anyway ,I went down,I was laying there ,Barbara had watched the whole thing and asked if I was ok?'I hope so,because Ive told you,if I ever break anything doing this,I am leaving the state'.And I mean it too.For some reason Ss thinks thats a funny story..
XMAS FUN
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
ok,I asked the kids for christmas lists...big mistake.  
Andrea A hamster,a phone,camera ,BIG doll house,toy hamster...(do you know how hard it is to find a toy hamster?)Colin: toy AK-47,Shrek 3 poster,Simpsons movie,big HALO figures..Michael : laptop with WiFi,cell phone (ps: fliptop),Wii with these games,X Box 360 with these games etc..my own room,cable for my room,books,money..OMG! I asked if he was kidding..'course not. He's only 12!!Last night Snickers the ever fatter cat was snuggling with me ...I guess she tooted cuz OMG tuna surprise.It was bad.Finally Comet the Pomeranian has been trying to play fetch with snow balls,he looks bewilderedwhen he picks one up and it falls apart.
Sympathy from a child
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
Apparently Miss Andrea has made a few cards for Barbara since her grandma died.The first one:I'm sorry about your mom...Another was 'are you ok?'.I asked Barb to talk to her.I guess not only is you she genuinely sad for her mom,she is also a little unsettled with the prospect of mothers dying.
strange happenings
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
the dog has toothpaste in his fur...I dont want to know....
my medical adventure
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
OK,here it is:I went to Urgent Care Monday cuz I couldnt hear anything with my right ear.(turns out infected of course).So they check me in,do my vitals and then the LPN looks at me and says 'why are you here today?'..I replied 'because Im deaf as a post on this side'(pointing)...she looks at me and much louder says "WHY ARE YOU HERE TODAY?'...."beacuse I cant hear on this side"...'oh...sorry'
post thanksgiving day news
Posted by rover77 11 years ago
Thanksgiving has come and gone.Barbara invited the squirrel,her goon husband and the ADD twins so it was interesting....Barbaras reunion is coming up so of course she is reconnecting with people she hasnt seen in a while.Her friend Carol,who we have'nt seen since Barbs dad's funeral,let her know after much hesitancy that her oldest Justin had died this fall.Its pretty sad,Justin was 'global pervasive development delayed',courtesy of reaction to routine immunizations at age 9 months.After the seizures and revival...he would be 9 months mentally forever....bless her ,she managed to keep him home and take care of him until he was 5.Carol is only about 100 lb and 5',so he got big enough that they had to institutionalise him.Pretty sad and ironic since she was a very bright woman.(class valedectorian).She is having a hard time with it.Makes me look at mike kids and be grateful when I think of what shes endured...On a bright note,Mikey is working hard on the sax and seems to be enjoying it.Hes getting better but at times it sounds like an elephnat being tortured...Yesterday Michael and Colin made breakfast!Pancakes,scrambled eggs and ham..with Moms supervision of course.They did fine and were Very pelesed with themseles:Colin "I feel good about myself...I'm in the third grade and I made scrambled eggs".Kids are great
family loss
Posted by rover77 12 years ago
The Silver Bullet slipped quietly away about 1830 tonight.Barbara is a mess and all the usual family dynamics will be in play....I will tell the kids in the am.Its not something you can do and then send them off to bed...  
 
 
Beth Zemek  
1933-2007  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
life is strange
Posted by rover77 12 years ago
Typically,Barbara andI have found that whenever someone new comes into our life ,a baby a pet etc,we lose a pet or person.Its almost like a 1 for 1 trade.seems to be happening again.We now have a little Pomeranian "comet",found abandoned most likely up north at Boot lake.I'm not a little dog type but he really has turned out to be a gem.Meantime,Michaels favorite cat Snickers is sick and I'm not sure she'll make it.Even worse,the Silver Bullet is fading.Gangrene and drug resistant staph.We refused amputation and have her on hospice but its hard for not only her kids but my kids too.Shes the last grandparent...Its not fair really ,my critical,opinionated ,every two day lawnmower neighbor died two weeks ago,dropped dead opening his mail.Barbs mom will die slowly,in pain after raising 6 kids and working in social services for 20 years and all she will get is a miserable death.The surgeon did offer to amputate for aesthetic reasons,the dressing changes would cut down on the smell.Thanks alot
foundling dog
Posted by rover77 12 years ago
we are now under the protection of the Pomeranian Federation! More later
Ms Andrea again
Posted by rover77 12 years ago
On our trip to Chicago,all three kids would clamor for Queen,specifically 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.A ns sing along too.Andrea's version included '....got a moose, got a moose,do the fandango...'.
Another Andrea moment
Posted by rover77 12 years ago
Encountering problems setting up the new pool,I comment that I might have to return it to Wallyworld.Andrea,all of six years old ,asked "do you have a receipt?""why yes I do , and arent you a smart little girl..." "well I DID go to kindergarten for 172 days...."
strange people
Posted by rover77 12 years ago
todays topic is something I would call funeral crashing.One of my wife's co-workers gave this one up the other day.Apparently when she was a child,her grandma would sometimes babysit.Now grandma lived in a small town across from a funeral home.Apparently,when there was a funeral, she would dress all in black and attend.Whether or not she knew the deceased...sign the book,view the body,attend the service,the whole nine yards.And if she was babysitting...the kids went too.Sounds like the Addams family to me.
my letter to the tv station
Posted by rover77 12 years ago
I sent this to reply to a special on the mentally ill on the streets.It was nicely done but the reporter passed it off as a result of Ronald Reagans administration.Well I was in MH from 1976-1991 and thats not true.So....here tis: I think your two parter on the issue of the mentally ill was timely and well done.I hope it gets peoples attention.My only comment (and bear in mind I worked in MH for 15years)is that it doesnt have anything to do with Ronald Reagan.The patient rights movement and the movement to deinstitutionalise the mentally ill were products of the 60's and 70's.They were both neccessary and good ideas but the truth is,the patient rights movement sabotages the attempt to provide care in the community.The advent of major psych drugs made the move towards outpatient community care possible but patient rights says they dont have to take the meds....until this is dealt with,you can fund care and provide services all you want,it wont effect the basic problem.
a fun Michael story
Posted by rover77 12 years ago
Michael came home from the school the other day,chattering about his 1.5 mile run in gym class.After awhile he asked if I had any frozen vegetables,like in a bag.I opened the freezer and pointed....he proceeded to pull a bag of mixed veggies out and begans smacking at his shins with it..I of course asked what he was doing...his reply? "I told my gym teacher my shins were hurting.He said to slap a bag of frozen vegetables on them when I got home."
Movie game Landrieu showed me
Posted by rover77 12 years ago
1)abandoned laboratory,blind man,prosthetic body part  
2)car crash,merciless,premarital sex  
3)nurse,injection,US Army Air Corps  
4)widower,watch,retirement  
5)evil,culture clash,campy  
6) air base,stock footage,friendship between men  
7)half track,flamethrower,war  
8)hit by truck,thrown through windshield,mummy  
9)Mr Potato Head,young boy,character's point of view camera shot  
10)male nudity,shower scene,harpoon
animal tales
Posted by rover77 12 years ago
sightings in the hood: I spotted what I am pretty sure was a coyote across the street a couple weeks ok.Common in Mn but not in the twin cites...my kids and several others claim they saw a goat replete with horns running around. about two weeks ago..finally,my cat is too fat.She jumps up on the back of the recliner and the back goes down and the footrest comes up!
current thoughts
Posted by rover77 12 years ago
I've decided,that even if I stay out of the milieu here ,I can at least journal.too lazy to look elsewhere I guess.Nothing too new.I think about Alan every day....when I saw his SS statement I was frightened,no income in 2006?there are only a few scenarios where that can happen in his age group.Most arent good.steve called Scott and he did come thru for me a little bit..A DWI in March 2006.At least he was alive then.Even that footprint is better than nothing since fall'03 or 04?.I asked for more and have called Scott several times but nothing.I think he is done with it.i dont know why.I am really worried and if I made a determined effort,leg work,knocking on doors,flashing a photo etc,going thru his mail etc,I might find more but even a week of moving back into the turmoil of his life is rough.I want so badly to be his dad,and care for me and help him...but he isnt a little boy any more.Sometimes the only way i can stay glued is to review the things he has done to us and others.I may never see him again.Thats hard enough but if something were to happen to him while we are so far apart...If he returned to our world?I dont know,..what to say.Barbara and the kids are so hurt and angry.Especially Michael,and So am I...Sometimes I think that all I can do is save the ones I have at home...Michael is turning tween on me and its scary.Will he change,hate us and turn on us and ultimatly leave us? we shall see.I hope not .Micheal is a gem.Bright and loving,and so much more....