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Post   » Sat May 19, 2018 11:45 am

I am SO happy DIL has decided to homeschool the grandsons. I told my son yesterday that just because Juneau is small, doesn't preclude it happening there.

My DIL suggested a field trip to southern Washington. I'll have to see if I can help that idea along. :o)

My deepest sympathy to family and friends of those killed and injured.


Post   » Mon May 21, 2018 1:58 am

This is a run away train now.

Granny Ju, as I try o understand all of this, was the increase in school shootings the main factor as to why your family will home school?

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Post   » Mon May 21, 2018 10:45 am

No. The oldest boy has Aspergers and wasn't "doing" normal school so well, anymore. They've stopped the "Aide" program, so he had no real help in middle school. Besides, the neighborhood middle school was going downhill fast when his dad attended. Son was failing every class and had been almost the last 2 years, but when we asked that they hold him back another year, they refused. Said it was bad for his "self-image". Can you believe that?? I suppose flunking every class and being able to go on to the next school (high school) was good for him.

Actually, I watched the Mr.'s little brother barely make it through, thanks to the drug and alcohol abuse the kids were going through. I personally hated that school. I don't think they ever cleaned up those problems for the kids. I'm glad this was the last year for grandson #1. I really hated the thought of him attending it.

It is the type of school where a shooting could so easily happen.


Post   » Tue May 22, 2018 11:55 pm

Oh I understand, it sounds like they made a wise decision, all the best to him.

My son has Asperger's and couldn't make it through a full day of school, that was third grade. My wife had been fighting with the school since first grade, they were always going to get him in a social skill program etc etc etc. I was in denial and thought he'll grow out of it. Finally I realized he wouldn't and got involved. The day I went to an attorney was the same day the superintendent told me he had an idea; since my son liked our cat so much he would tape a photo of the cat on my son's desk and this would calm him, make him feel good and all would be ok. Can you believe it?

We fought for several months, cost a bunch of money but got him into another school and today he's fine. There is so much that can be done for Asperger's, pushing them through to the next grade is one of the things that DOESN'T work. I feel so sad when I see kids with Aspergers not getting help, knowing how much they could do in life.


Post   » Wed May 23, 2018 1:04 am

And this just in..Oliver North will be the new president of the NRA. i'm on record as hating the NRA, not because I'm anti gun but because I'm anti ignorant. This move only serves to confirm my position.

As some of you know I'm a former marine, as is Oliver. In the Marine corps we have a code; Semper Fidelis which translated means always faithful. I'm sorry, but if Ollie North were on fire and I happened by I wouldn't piss on him to put him out.

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Post   » Wed May 23, 2018 1:32 pm

I totally hated Oliver North. And supported my republican senator, John Warner, who was totally against him when he ran for VA senate in 1994. ... f2c8d94db4dc
I am a lifelong liberal Democrat and, considering the work of the conservatives and Republicans, likely to remain so. But I must send three heartfelt cheers to Sen. John Warner of Virginia for showing just the kind of integrity and courage we keep saying we want in our elected officials.

Three boos to the Virginia Republican officials who chided Sen. Warner for his honest concern in standing up to Oliver North's outrageous and insulting candidacy {"Warner's Criticism of North Galls GOP Faithful," Metro, Jan. 23}.

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Thus wrote SUSAN N. WIENER Gaithersburg in a letter to the editor. It's exactly how I felt.

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Post   » Fri May 25, 2018 2:20 pm

I remember Iran/Contra. He's a dirty schemer.


Post   » Fri May 25, 2018 7:09 pm

Me too Bookfan, I think I was in 6th grade, Catholic School and had my mother for a teacher. She allowed those of us interested to go to a seperate room to listen to the hearings on radio only. Trying to give us current events while at the same time a lesson of how not that long ago people extrapolated information from radio. We had to write regular reports and my overwhelming take on Ollie was exactly what you wrote, he was a schemer, a polished bullshiter and I believe I wrote precisely that. I was admonished but also given a wink wink and an atta boy.

My mom was a really good teacher.

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Post   » Sat May 26, 2018 10:41 am

OMG! You're just a young sprout!!


Post   » Sat May 26, 2018 2:59 pm

I wish I felt a little younger! Actually I was in 8th grade when I had my Mom, not much older though

While clearing out my mothers house a few years ago I came across many of my papers from when I was in jr high. I also found my trophy and citation from winning the New Jersey Scholastic Olympics for History. Tooting my own horn here a bit!!. The essay portion of test was worth 50% of score and the topic was the importance of the Unterseeboot (UBoat) in World War I, kind of unfair to the other kids I think, but I'll take it!

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Post   » Sat May 26, 2018 9:29 pm

It really is a trip looking at old papers you did in grade school. I liked drawing and some of the illustrations were fun.


Post   » Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:40 am

Lynx, I think you should post some of your illustrations!

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Post   » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:37 am

Would take a while to find some. But they're there, somewhere! Perhaps I will stumble upon them one day ;-)

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Post   » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:08 pm

Big changes happening in Virginia! With a Democratic senate, house, and governor, common sense gun laws are finally being past! The most recent one will mean Virginia joins a handful of other states in banning assault weapons.

Not a done deal yet but is destined to be!

Virginia House Passes Assault Weapons Ban -- Senate & Guv Expected to Follow ... ed-to-Follow


Post   » Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:58 pm

I was half a block from a shooting at the weekend.

Apparently an off duty federal officer shot a, reportedly unarmed, homeless guy.

I heard the shots (2) and looked across at the street corner where it happened to see one guy standing over the homeless guy (who survived) holding up his badge but keeping his handgun pointed at him, while another was trying to keep people away. Neither were dressed like or looked like Law Enforcement. Within minutes the place was swarming with Cop cars and a little while later Paramedics and Fire Department turned up to look after the victim.

I dont know what triggered them to respond in that way but I would have hoped that federal officers (reportedly FBI) would have been better trained in how to de-escalate any potential situation without needing to draw their weapon, particularly while, reportedly, off duty.

I have never had any issues with the homeless in that area in the 16.5 years I have been there and know a number of them by sight and a few by name.

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Post   » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:44 pm

I agree with you 100% in hoping they would be better trained in de-escalation. Some people have medical/behavioral/mental issues that require a different response.

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Post   » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:50 pm

IMO, the assault weapon ban is a step in the right direction. I’m in MN which is a big hunting state. I don’t have an issue with hunting rifles and pistols licensed to responsible owners who purchase legally and keep the guns locked safely away from children and bunglers. But there is just no reason for an assault rifle, especially the semi-automatic with huge clips.

I think the laws should require guns of any kind to be licensed and background checks should be done on everyone who purchases. I also think follow-up checks should be done on registered owners if a situation changes. For example, my brother-in-law who is a hateful racist owns rifles legally. However, he had an accident several years ago that resulted in a head and neck injury causing cognitive issues and memory loss. Now he is taking multiple antidepressants and opiod pain meds, and we suspect he smokes pot that he buys on the street. His mental and physical health has changed dramatically. He can’t remember anything, staggers and needs a walker, slurs his sentences, and is more angry and hateful than ever. I don’t think he should be driving a vehicle or owning firearms. This guy is trouble just waiting to happen.


Post   » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:53 pm

I'm glad you are ok rjespicer, and that the person lived. I'm sure it's a bit traumatic - it will stay with you.

Really no good reason for any law enforcement to shoot an unarmed person in the middle of the street, or anywhere. I don't know what happened but it sounds like the person shot did not have a weapon? Was there a knife maybe?

I've never been a big fan of our FBI or any of the alphabet agencies. The FBI, in particular and in my opinion, has been riding a free card for entrapment, and doing shit like this ever since 911.


Post   » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:00 pm

It was odd, I am used to hearing bangs around here as some people seem to like letting off firecrackers at all hours, but this sounded different, when I realized what was going on I was angry more than scared and my first instinct was to go and see what was going on and if I could help, however the shooters buddy was being quite forceful in keeping people away.
I was angry that they were doing something like that in my neighborhood. I was also angry that none of the cops who arrived on the scene first (4 cars worth) seemed concerned about getting the guy medical attention even though he was rolling around in pain in the middle of the street. It was about another 5 minutes before the Fire Department paramedics turned up.

Maybe I am working on old info but I always though the FBI were trained to fire two shots, center mass. There were two shots but not a double tap. One shot then something like a 5 second gap and then another shot. So either the guy forgot his training or maybe he had the good sense not to shoot to kill although the guy was apparently shot twice in the chest.

I don't know if there was a knife or not but I doubt it. The reports are that he is a local street artist and musician called Tad who was trying to stop a fight and got shot for his efforts. For the most part the homeless around here try not to do anything that brings attention to themselves. If there are any new comers that turn up and start causing trouble the regulars usually step in and get them to quieten down. For that reason I can fully believe that he was trying to stop a fight, I have seen that on a number of occasions. They dont want hassle or police attention.
The only time I have ever seen them give anyone and trouble is if someone is hassling them first or treating them as less than human.

I walk around the area at all hours, some people have called me crazy for wandering around Haight late at night, I am a bit of a Night owl what with work and the business, but I have never felt unsafe, not once in almost 17 years. I stay alert and aware but I dont feel unsafe. By biggest concern these days is getting run down by an Uber or Lyft driver while I am on a crosswalk because they dont pay attention to the road and dont abide by stop signs.

A number of the street kids are regulars at the wife's store and keep an eye out for her and have helped retrieve stolen goods, shop lifted by newcomers to the street, in the past.
Some of the new influx of Techies and Yuppies seem terrified of the Homeless (and some somewhat contemptuous) but I usually give them a nod, a smile, a 'Good evening' or even a smoke or a buck or two, sometimes I might even have a chat with them and they are typically pleasant and polite. That said the Techies also freak out when they see Skunks, Raccoons or even Coyotes wandering around the streets around here.

The ones I am cautious off are the dealers who turn up from time to time and who tend to be a little more in your face but when they ask me if I want anything I just say 'No thanks" or "I'm good thanks" and keep walking.

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