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Hometown: NYC
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Current location: Raleigh, NC
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Our 17 year old kitty Simba joined his beloved brother, Mouse today

at the Rainbow Bridge.

They weren't really brothers, but born to two separate litters in the same home.
I answered an ad for 'free kittens' in early December 1995 in Lincoln, NE.
When I got to the house, a little old lady opened the door and invited me in.
There were cats everywhere! Resting on a chair was the biggest cat I'd ever
seen--must have been more than 20 pounds--and probably the father of
both Mouse and Simba. The litters had been born 5 days apart, but the
little old cat lady had paired the two kitties up because they seemed to like each other.

I took them both home. Tanya, the dog we'd adopted from the pound about 6 months earlier,
accepted them both. Mouse adored Tanya and would always come lie down next to her.
We often wondered if he thought Tanya was his mother as she was black and he was
a black/gray tabby.

They did the job for which they'd been hired--the 'mice' we'd been hearing soon moved
out of our house.

When we moved to Chapel Hill in 2000 all the pets came with us. Tanya rode in hubby's car;
Mouse and Simba each had a carrier and rode together in the back seat of my car.

We used to put them outside at night. Simba got so that he really didn't want to go out;
he would hide under the baby grand piano. Often I had to crawl under it to get him so
he could go outside.

Being outside is probably what saved both kitties the night our house burned down
in 2007. There was no time to look for kitties that might have been hiding. Tanya
came out of the house with us. The day after the fire, I came over to the house,
calling for both of them. Simba peeked his head out of an opening a firefighter
had chopped where there had been a window in order to gain access on the lower level.
No Mouse. The next day I came over several times, calling for Mouse. He finally came
out from underneath an elevated walkway--where he'd been hiding--and let me pick him
up. He was really scared...and so happy to see Simba!

After Mouse died in 2009, Simba would go around to all the hiding places that Mouse
had made for himself in our new house. He was clearly missing Mousie and looking for him. One time,
when hubby and I were talking about Mouse, Simba came over to my chair, looked
up at me, as though he were understanding every word we were saying. Both my
husband and I were convinced that Simba knew we were talking about Mouse--
and wanted to join the conversation. It was a really eerie moment.

So, now the kitty boys are together again. RIP Simba and Mouse.


She was wearing a gown by the same designer that Stacy Keibler (dating George Clooney)

was wearing: Naeem Khan

Here are both:



Republican Politics: great graphic highlighting NC Gov McCrory's view of government


I sent a LTTE of the Raleigh N&O two days ago highlighting precisely these actions.
Waiting to see if it's published.

But this graphic is terrific. Really says it all.

on fb: https://www.facebook.com/TheBlueStreetJournal?group_id=0

and the blog for The Blue Street Journal http://bluestreetjournal.com/

NC Governor signs law cutting unemployment insurance

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) today signed a law that imposes severe cuts to his state’s unemployment insurance program, a change that will also cost jobless workers in the state access to the federal unemployment compensation program.

McCrory’s signature earned him a rebuke from the National Employment Law Project, which said in a release that the law will result in “the most severe cuts to both state and federal unemployment insurance of any state in the nation”:

These heartless cuts, in the state with the fifth-highest jobless rate in the nation, at 9.2 percent, show a shocking disregard for 400,000 unemployed North Carolinians and their families, many of whom will now go from struggling to barely make ends meet to outright struggling to survive. The immediate pain of these cuts will fall on North Carolinians unfortunate enough to lose work through no fault of their own in a weak economy where jobs are scarce. But the entire state will take a hit from the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in spending at local businesses that would’ve boosted the local and state economies.

The law reduces the maximum benefit allowed from $535 a week to $350 while cutting the number of weeks an unemployed worker is eligible for the program from 26 to 20. As a result, 170,000 jobless North Carolinians will also lose access to $780 million in federal unemployment funds. The average unemployed worker in the United States has been off the job for 35 weeks, meaning many jobless workers will now face the prospect of searching for a new job without access to a safety net program.


This is from a Governor, who, first thing he did, was RAISE the salaries for his cabinet. Why? Because he claimed
they couldn't live on $121,807./year.


It is going to be a VERY long four years here in NC.

A Valentine for SalmonChantedEvening

Happy Valentine's Day!!!


Go outside and take a look at Jupiter and the Moon tonight

Here is what they looked like from our deck in Chapel Hill a couple of hours ago.


One more Dem will be returning to Congress from NC after barely squeaking by

the Republican attempt to re-district him out of office.

Two tensely watched political races got a little closer to the finish line Friday night. Results show that Democrat Mike McIntyre will return for a ninth term in Congress, barring a recount that changes the outcome.


Complete, unofficial results show McIntyre defeated Rouzer by 655 votes out of more than 336,000 cast in 12 counties, including Johnston, Brunswick, Cumberland and New Hanover.

The margin is within the 1 percent needed for Rouzer to ask for a recount. Election results become official when the State Board of Elections certifies them.


Both Rouzer and McIntyre have been in Washington, D.C., this week. McIntyre’s camp said he was returning to work. Rouzer was taking part in congressional orientation and was part of a photo shoot for congressional freshmen.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/11/16/2488787/mcintyre-declares-victory-as-final.html#storylink=cpy

NC Vote breakout by county--November 6, 2012

For those interested in how the election went down in NC, the News & Observer published some detailed maps--by county--
for the election results.


And if you want to check the actual votes by county, go to the NC BoE website and click map


Obama wins Florida!

Final Electoral count: 332 for Obama 206 for Romney

Popular vote

Barack Obama Obama 61,206,825
Mitt Romney Romney 58,193,424


Rover gets it! He's a dog against Romney!


From Red and Rover: http://www.gocomics.com/redandrover

If you haven't seen Dogs Against Romney...check it out here:


and on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DogsAgainstRomney?ref=ts&fref=ts
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