Tuesday, February 20, 2018

In Case You Wondered

Yes.  I am the Crazy Cat Lady.  Except for the part where I know I can't afford to properly care for above x number of cats.  So I've been fostering kittens.  Two litters and now a pre-packaged litter.

She's a darling surrender who is due in about a week.  No, I won't keep her after the kittens are gone.  She won't have much trouble finding a home. And I can only afford so many on my own.  It hurts to let each one go.  But the other option is misery or death for them.  Fosters give them a chance.  So I'll take the emotional hit and try to turn the most loving cats/kittens possible back over to Animal Welfare for adoption.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

When You Ask...

...what killed 6 million Jews during the Holocaust, people will say "the Nazis."  Or they will say "Hitler."

They never say "the guns", "the zyklon-b gas", or "the cattle cars" killed the Jews.  The tools never get blamed.  And rightly so.

So why is it when evil crops up now it's
the tools that get blamed?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Dear Toyota

Do you remember that whole + 1 BILLION $ fine you got hit with when you tried to brush off the whole unexpected acceleration thing?  You know, the defect that killed more than 80 people and that you knew about but tried to hide or explain away as various types of driver error?

Well, I can tell you that just being a passenger in a 2009 Toyota that does that FOUR FRIGGIN TIMES is SCARY!  The only thing that kept it out of the realm of utter terror was a son-in-law who realized what was going on, stood on the brakes, and knocked it into neutral each time.  Otherwise we would have rear ended someone.

And then your dealer knows enough about it to hand out a pre-printed form about the defect but shrugges their shoulders about the fix.  You've had YEARS and you still don't have a fix?! You are still telling people to live with it until disaster strikes?!

My family is not within your "acceptable risk" tolerance. Especially my 5 year old granddaughter.

The floor mat is 3 to 4 inches from the gas pedal.  It happened while we were stopped.  The accelerator did not stick open. It took off from a stop.  There was no user error.  We were lucky the user knew what to do and got us home.

The defect showed up in 2009 to 2012 models.  Somewhere there are computer lists of the VIN of every vehicle involved.  And somewhere there is a computer list of every part and its manufacturer for every one of those vehicles.  And lists for the same models from 2013 on.  It's basic forensics.  What part changed? That change is your fix, idiots.

And why are you still willing to get taken to court over it? Because you don't get to wave vaguely and tell us to just take the vehicle home until someone is injured or dies.

And why the @#$!!@$ did my son in law have to raise hell and start walking home just to get enough attention to get a shuttle, leaving a vehicle too dangerous to drive in the hands of vaguely hand waving Toyota service employees? This is on Toyota - there should have been a loaner until Toyota deals with this.

I'm just one person.  But damned if I'd buy a Toyota now.

Friday, February 2, 2018

I Did Notice...

...that on Thursday there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth: release of The Memo would compromise national security, yadda yadda yadda.  But as soon as it dropped today the same people were saying it is a big nothing-burger.

They need to pick one. It's either major or It's not.  It isn't A Great Catastrophe AND A Great Nothing at the same time.  It kinda makes a lot of people look like they don't even listen to themselves.

Friday, January 26, 2018


So, in need of some brain deadness, I was watching a documentary series about a security team in a British hospital.  Among other social problems, there has been an increase in assaults on hospital staff in the country and beefy guys in stab-resistant vests now monitor and patrol hospitals.  (Side note - there seems to be the same problem as we have here with too many mentally ill folks on the street.)  Anyway, in one episode, a large patient gets violent.  Security pins him to floor.  Police arrive and it goes like this:

Patient: "I'll kill you!"
Officer standing over him, calmly: "Did you just threaten to kill  me?"
Patient, calmly:"Yes."
Officer, calmly: "Well, that's going to change the way we play."
Patient, calmly:"I know."

Then it got uncalm.

Almost surreal, it made me laugh out loud.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

It's Easy To Understand

I suppose the image makes more sense if you've seen the "wetback crossing" signs in southern California.  But if you have then you know how perfectly this represents why the government is "shut down".  The Dems need voters.  This is how they plan to get them.  It's that simple.