Friday, December 30, 2016
There are many heroes who will be missed in 2016. Here's one excerpt by Leif Reigstad from the Texas Monthly People We’ll Miss 2016 :
Bretagne the Dog
1999 — June 6, 2016
"We tend to define our lives by moments of achievement or emotional highs. Once we’ve reached these zeniths, there is an inevitable drop-off, a loss of identity that can make our lives seem like nothing but a struggle in search of another big moment. Think of a parent sending its youngest child off to college, or a novelist who has just finished his or her pièce de résistance. It can be unbearably distressing to finish something. This dilemma is particularly poignant for people who were part of something a little bigger than the rest of us: an ex-world leader spends his post-presidency painting sub-par portraits; a former star quarterback whittles away the rest of his days in a vacuous mansion, occasionally doing spots for local TV commercials peddling used cars or above-ground pools.
It makes perfect sense, though, that Bretagne is the rare exception to the post-heroism struggle. Bretagne was always good at finding things when others couldn’t. During her long career as a FEMA-certified disaster search dog, Bretagne and her handler, Denise Corliss, responded to a number of the nation’s worst disasters, including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. But her defining moment came in September 2001, when she traveled to New York City with Texas Task Force 1 in the days following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
For ten days after the 9/11 attack, then two-year-old Bretagne sniffed through the wreckage working twelve-hour shifts. She and the other rescuers found only human remains. But Bretagne became a sort of therapy dog at the scene, as responders would often pet the golden retriever and share their personal stories with Corliss. They spoke of loved ones, friends, and family they were searching for. For a few moments there amid the mass destruction, they found some comfort and strength in Bretagne.
Bretagne retired six years ago, but she remained a fixture at the Cy-Fair volunteer firehouse and continued to be an important member of her community, making public appearances and regularly visiting an elementary school in Waller County. “Each week, she would visit a first grade classroom and listen to young readers, providing a non-judgmental ear, and soft paw,” the department said in a press release after Bretagne passed away in June. “Her calm demeanor and warm heart helped the young and old through their own difficult moments.”
Bretagne was widely recognized for her service. In 2014, she accompanied Corliss to the “Hero Dog Awards” in Beverly Hills, California. In 2015, she was honored by a dog charity and invited back to New York City for her sixteenth birthday, where she enjoyed a ritzy hotel room, a gourmet burger, toys, treats, and a personalized welcome message on a billboard in Times Square. She was believed to be the last living rescue dog who responded to 9/11.
Once back in Texas after her New York trip, Bretagne’s age began to catch up with her. She slowed, stopped eating, and became anxious. On the night of Sunday, June 5, Corliss slept alongside the dog, a touching role reversal that undoubtedly provided Bretagne herself some comfort and solace. The next day, Corliss took Bretagne to the vet to be euthanized.
When Corliss arrived at the vet with Bretagne in the back seat of her car, the pair was greeted by a line of firefighters gathered to honor their beloved Bretagne. The dog trotted slowly, stoically, past the firefighters as they raised their arms in salute. When Bretagne, this time in a casket draped in a Texas flag, exited the vet’s office later that afternoon, the firefighters again lined up wearing black armbands. Members of the rescue unit served as pallbearers and walked with Bretagne for one last time, a fitting send-off for a hero."
*sniff* it sure is dusty in here *sniff*
Obama's Ulgy Bid To Snub Voters And Tie Trump's Hands
Under obama, democrats have lost :
13 Senate seats
69 House seats in Congress
and on a local level, dems have lost:
30 state legislative chambers
900+ state legislative seats
That’s the worst showing for an incumbent president’s party since the Richard Nixon years, due to the taint of Watergate.
Yet the king of denial still doesn't get it.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
'I Want To Be With Carrie': Last Words Of Hollywood Legend Debbie Reynolds, 84, Who Died Of A Suspected Stroke, Just One Day After Her Daughter Carrie Fisher Died Of A Heart Attack
Unbelievable, isn't it? To quote Yogi Berra, "This is too coincidental to be a coincidence."
I hope they're together now, doing their witty, razor-sharp schticks, and enjoying eachother's company. My best wishes go out to their surviving family members and friends for their loss.
RIP Carrie and Debbie.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Deepak Chopra Doesn't Understand Quantum Physics, So Brian Cox Wants $1,000,000 From Him
You can't make money if nobody buys your BS. As such, "woo" that has zero paying customers is more like just ordinary batshit crazy.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Sunday, December 25, 2016
One Christmas present came in November this year...
Yep, I had to get political, but I can't help feeling an extra bounce in my step this year. I think it's relief that soon we'll be free of the dark spectre of obama and his ilk running the country into the ground.
Friday, December 23, 2016
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Remember when obama said, "...it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
Yeah, look who's bitterly clinging now :)
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Winter In Miami Feeling A Lot Like Summer In Miami
Not just Miami, it was 86° here in Tampa yesterday and we're further north.
I guess Florida has decided not to participate in winter this year.
Monday, December 19, 2016
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Monday, December 12, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Bitterly Cold Air To Come In Waves Across US Into Next Week
Yeah, it's cold in December, what else is new, right?
Ran across the above pic on a Facebook post by Lauren Otradovec of Glenburn, North Dakota from earlier in the week.
Yikes! I can't imagine winter getting worse than that.
Friday, December 09, 2016
I haven't made up my mind about Pudzer yet, but Sundance's eye-opening article is a very good first step in understanding why our immigration system is broken.
Why Donald Trump, And American Workers, Need Andrew Pudzer As Secretary Of Labor
Sundance writes, "What most people don’t know is what you just read; that (Federal) EEOC hiring rules are in direct conflict with (Federal) Dept of Labor hiring Laws when it comes to DHS employment eligibility, immigration laws, and EEOC “disparate impact”.
This doesn't address H1B and H2B visas or anchor babies, but it does explain many government machinations that I didn't know. Certainly well worth reading.
Monday, December 05, 2016
Sunday, December 04, 2016
A perfect read for a lazy Sunday. Clarice Feldman of The American Thinker rarely disappoints with this eyeful beneath the veil of leftist irrationality:
I’m Fighting the Left’s Culture War One Bagel At A Time
The election of 2016 was an example of how effective pushing back against progressivism's totalitarian need to "re-educate" us can be. Their side is still reeling from the loss and we've only just begun to fight the good fight.
Saturday, December 03, 2016
Friday, December 02, 2016
If you ever doubted that liberalism is a mental disorder, a Hillary supporter gave this account in HuffPo:
A Hillary Supporter Admitted Himself To The Psych Ward On Election Night When He Realized She Was Losing
Best comment I read came from dmcaward:
When he finds out he has to pay a $5,000 deductible for his hospital visit, thanks to Obamacare, he will probably jump off a building.