Spotted at Costco, of all places

This is one of the benefits of owning a smartphone.  When you come across something unusual you think your friends and blog followers might like, you just whip out your phone and take a picture.  What do you think of this new item on the shelf in Costco’s booze department?

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A most unusual item.  I’m guessing that 25% of the cost is in the bottle!

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Whew!  And it comes in its own nice display case.  Once you finish the brandy, the bottle is its own exhibit.

Thought Experiment

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What would happen if, with my magic wand (pine wood with unicorn hair, rigid flexibility), I caused the hair color of every woman in this picture to revert to its natural color?  Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Patty Murray, Kamala Harris…  Wouldn’t it be just sweet to see every woman with her natural color, just like me (I love my silver locks, all-natural)?  Just a thought on a lazy Saturday night.

Rush the Irreplaceable: Upbeat, in his Own Words

Rush the Irreplaceable: Upbeat, in his Own Words

I just realized one thing about Rush that I had never thought of before.  I wonder if it has also occurred to the rest of Rush Limbaugh’s loyal audience, that he is human, and he might not be around forever.  I think most of us just took it for granted that, from noon to 3:00PM ET, or whenever his program is on where you live, when you turn on your radio, he’s there.  Every day, for three whole hours, he has been there, pretty reliably, for over 30 years.  It simply never occurred to me that someday he might be gone.  So the announcement that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, just hit me like a ton of bricks. Now that I’ve had a chance for it to sink in, and have heard last Friday’s show (I listened to the first hour live through his Web site, before people started interrupting me at work), I am again reminded of his likeness to a Bobo doll-you can knock him over, but he keeps getting back up every time.  And one of the reasons for that is his irrepressible optimism, about himself, about life in general, and about America.

Here, from his two books, are some of what I consider Rush’s best, most pithy, pronouncements.

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So, take some advice.  Lighten up.  We should all laugh more at ourselves. I don’t need to improve much in this area, but admit it, many of you people do. Many of you take things far too seriously in most cases.  Come on, laugh at yourselves, folks.

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We need to encourage people to contribute to the economy, not to sit around basking in self-pity. We need to help them get out of the situation, rather than glorifying and perpetuating it. Encourage them to become economically equal members of this society, rather than a collection of sycophants sidling up to the pig and looking for the biggest nipple they can find.

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Don’t fall prey to the seductive emotional appeals of the Democrats as they attempt to pit one group of society against another with their politics of class envy. Let the facts speak for themselves. If a liberal president gets elected, he, like Jimmy Carter, will make sure “fairness” applies to all economic levels.  He will see to it that we all get poor again.

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The way to save endangered species is to give someone a stake in preserving them. By allowing legitimate ranches to privatize them, we can make sure others don’t pulverize them.

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People are going to have to learn to depend less on the government. We are going to have to separate them from the federal budget sow.  But we can also make their lives better by giving them more choice in how the tax money they do pay is spent.

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I refuse to believe that people, who are themselves the result of Creation, can destroy the most magnificent creation of the entire universe.

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Environmentalists always appeal to the memories of a simpler, more natural time.  They are regressing, wanting to go backward in time.

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I want this to be a great country, and a great country needs as many great individuals as there can be.

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For the black leadership to continue to encourage their people to absorb themselves in the past, instead of helping them to get beyond the bitterness, is doing them a great disservice.

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…man is a spiritual being. If his faith in God is destroyed, the void will be filled with something else. Throughout history that substitute for faith has been a belief in a man-made god called the state. Untold crimes have been committed in its name, Hitler and Stalin being the most bloody recent examples.

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I am convinced that the most important thing conservatives have to do to win is to just keep saying no to the left.  No to their special-interest giveaways. No to their pork-barrel spending projects. No to their privileged congressional empire….Be confident and patient, and never forget History.

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Yes, I am fortunate that I have the opportunity to do what I love.  But nobody handed it to me on a silver platter.  I had to work at it and prove myself every step of the way.  My story is nothing more than an example of the Original American Ethic: hard work, overcoming obstacles, triumphing over enormous odds, the pioneer spirit. These things, my friends–not such vacuous symbolic gestures as wearing ribbons on lapels or government intrusion into every aspect of our lives–are what built this country.

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A man from Alabama recently wrote me a computer letter accusing me of being too upbeat and optimistic. He said that by listening to me, one would get the idea that there is no hurting or suffering going on in the world and that everything is working out for the best. Wrong. I realize that there are failures and suffering.  I just happen to believe that there would be a great deal more of them if everyone had that writer’s pessimistic, defeatist attitude. …What “the Suffering” need is steady doses of confidence-building optimism.

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I have not written a doctoral theses about free enterprise.   Humbly speaking, as the Doctor of Democracy, I am free enterprise. And I operate in the real world, not in the insulated atmosphere of the ivory-tower academy.

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Don’t believe the doomsayers. Don’t believe the negativity-mongers. Don’t believe the America-bashers–even if one of them is the president of the United States. Don’t buy into the lie that punishing high achievers will bring you happiness. Your own success–born of your own ingenuity and industry–is what will make you happy.

 

 

Seattle War Zone. Dori Monson Nails It.

Seattle War Zone. Dori Monson Nails It.

In the past few days, there have been multiple shootings in downtown Seattle.  Ordinary citizens are wondering if they should be going there at all, and are expressing their opinions publicly.  Local businesses are appealing to city government to improve conditions in their neighborhoods, so they are not confronted with drug deals, gang shootings, and homeless people in their doorways on a daily basis.

Dori Monson, radio host on KIRO Radio, has published an excellent article on the local site MyNorthwest.com. He attributes many of Seattle’s problems to the city elected officials, many of whom are politically-correct 1960s radicals who now hold the power.  City Police, distrusted by many, seem powerless to stop the rampant crime and drug dealing.  Criminals with multiple felony convictions are released onto the streets to continue their mayhem.  Respected local businesses, like Bartell Drugs and Barnes and Noble Booksellers are closing up shop, leaving empty storefronts behind.

But the Citizens of Seattle elect their Government.  Too bad they get what they elect.

Winter Wonderland. It’s Snow-homish County! Updated Tuesday 1-14

Winter Wonderland. It’s Snow-homish County! Updated Tuesday 1-14

The news media and local government have been talking about nothing else for the past few days, than the huge winter storm that was bearing down on us.  We saw weather maps with swirls of clouds, and were admonished to “prepare for the storm” by laying in supplies of blankets, candles, flashlights, and food that can be eaten right out of the bag or can without being heated.  Stevens Pass over the Cascade Mountains is closed indefinitely, due to downed trees and power lines.

The snow started last night, and Hubby had to sweep the snow off his car so we could go out for dinner.

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I got in the trusty all-wheel-drive SUV at 5:40AM today, and drove to work.  Here are a couple of pictures I took on the drive home this afternoon.

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These trees are in a park right next to the building where I work.

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This is along the road by the local airport, just down the way from work.

Winter wonderland, indeed.

And here are more snow pictures, around our house on Tuesday afternoon.

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This is the “green space” right next to our house.  Last year, one of those trees fell right across the street.  There are big Western Red Cedars and some alders (which grow really fast, and fall often, since their roots are very shallow).

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These cedars are in the neighbor’s yard just to the south of our house.  That’s our fence in the lower left corner.  These trees drop scales all autumn, making our yard look reddish-brown.

And there are multiple new stories in the news today, warning us of more snow and high wind coming.

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Trees Were Coming Down All Around Us

Eastbound Snoqualmie Pass re-opens after Spinouts

And, a view of a snow-dusted Snoqualmie Falls

I love Winter, and just hope none of those trees falls on our house!

2020 Year of the Rat (and the optometrist?)

2020 Year of the Rat (and the optometrist?)

In the Chinese Zodiac, 2020 is a Rat year.  Now, most people don’t have very nice associations with the Rat, since they bring to mind ideas like Bubonic Plague, Lab Rat, filth, vermin, rat traps, and “dirty rat”.  Rats are normally viewed as pests, and most of us would scream and run away if we saw a rat in our house.

However, in the Chinese zodiac, if you were born in a Rat year, you might show an aggressive attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit.  Rats might make a lot of money in their lives, and triumph over obstacles set in their way.

This is also a year divisible by ten, and most of us humans have a tendency to attribute special qualities to any year divisible by 10.  Perfect vision is denoted by 20/20, so there have been numerous references in various places this year to Vision.  I just came up with  this slogan:

2020, the Year of the Optometrist.

 Citizens, make that appointment with your local optometrist, and make sure your Vision is 20/20 this year!  I wonder if the eye-care community is milking this year for all it’s worth?

On a side note, in college I was a Psychology major, and I was required to take a class in Research Participation, which involved using rats. They looked very much like this:

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My lab partner (who later became my husband) was actually afraid of the rats!  I wasn’t, and had no trouble handling them, so I handled the rats while he did the recording when they ran the maze.

Oh, yeah..Be sure to check out Ratburger.org.  It’s their year, too!

So rats aren’t always bad, and if you were born in a Year of the Rat, you might become the next Elon Musk or Bill Gates!  What Chinese Zodiac sign were you born under?

What does this say about the Illinois Government?

The state just legalized recreational marijuana use, and the demand has been so high that the pot shops are running out of supply.

And the state’s Lieutenant Governor, Juliana Stratton, was at the head of the line to buy.

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So, residents of Illinois, with all its other problems (basically bankrupt), now you have to worry about State Government officials getting high.  Be careful out there!