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So we went to Asheville today.

We were celebrating an occasion and just wanted to walk around, look at some art, get something to eat outside.

Turns out that they have a city-wide mask mandate, vaccinated or not. Most of the people we saw were masked unless they were sitting down eating. Most of the stores have a box of masks at the entrance with signs saying not to come in if you don't have a mask on.

Well, we went into this one jewelry store. I don't care for the jewelry, but there's a cat who's quite cute and friendly. The owner, artist, whatever she calls herself wasn't masked. We petted the cat for a minute and then my husband said, "I assume you're vaccinated, then?" She snarled, "That's personal health information!" and turned around in a huff, never to speak to us again. We did say goodbye when we left and she didn't reply.

But now I'm mad at myself for not saying, "No, that's actually public health information because we're in a pandemic. Your vaccination status combined with your refusal to wear a mask will likely affect people you don't even know. If you gave a flying fuck, you'd at least be covering your unvaccinated mouth to protect your potential customers, as is currently required." Alas, I'm just not quick on my feet.

It sort of put me in a mood, particularly since we go to Asheville to escape the ignorance we live among. For the most part, it's quite progressive. But this was a big slap in the face for me.

I'm sorely tempted to write a scathing review on Yelp because of her lack of respect for the local laws, as well as her lack of concern for her fellow human beings... not to mention that her stuff is overpriced and nothing special, and she's a rude bitch whose beautiful cat deserves a better mom.

So that's my rant. Hold me.

UPDATE: OK, I did it! I wrote my Yelp review. I hope it protects someone. Thanks for all your replies and support! You helped me do the right thing!

All Tennessee Adults Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccination by April 5

I just saw this today. Sort of explains why I got my surprise email last Thursday telling me I could schedule my appointment. This is good news. If you haven't registered, go to vaccinate.tn.gov to register. You'll get an email confirming your registration and then another one as soon as you're eligible.


NASHVILLE Ė Tennessee Governor Bill Lee today announced all Tennessee adults will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination no later than April 5. Tennesseans aged 55 and older and those in Phase 2 of the stateís COVID-19 Vaccination Plan are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations effective Mar. 18.

Here's my letter from Marsha Blackburn. Have at it, DUers.

I wrote to her after the impeachment trial to tell her she voted the wrong way. This is her reply:

March 4, 2021

Dear xxxx,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the second impeachment of Donald Trump, and for providing me the opportunity to respond to your question. Having a conversation on issues that affect Tennesseans is an important part of my work to represent you.

On February 13, 2021, I voted to acquit Donald Trump of the charge laid out in the article of impeachment by the House of Representatives. In regards to this vote, I had serious constitutional concerns with an impeachment trial of a former president, as well as the unacceptably rushed process by the House of Representatives in drafting and voting on the article of impeachment. Additionally, my decision for acquittal was reinforced by the ambiguity of the charge, which failed to include a specific criminal code that had allegedly been violated.

The Constitution makes clear: "The President, Vice President, and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors". The House impeachment managers failed to meet this clear standard, and the full Senate found Donald Trump not guilty.

Rather than proceeding with an unconstitutional trial, the Senate's time would have been better spent debating targeted COVID-19 relief for struggling small businesses and families. I appreciate your thoughtful comments and am hopeful you will continue to contact my office on issues of concern to you. Please know that I value your input as the Senate turns to other matters affecting the lives of Tennesseans and the American people.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. If you would like regular updates on my work for Tennessee, please sign up for my weekly newsletter or follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Marsha Blackburn
United States Senator

Am I in the Twilight Zone? I sort of remember that a bunch of constitutional scholars said that not only was it constitutional, but there was precedence. Her degree is in Home Economics. Yet she's somehow more informed than lawyers who have studied this issue. I am so sick and tired of these hypocrites.

You know damn well that no Democratic president could have gotten through the first day with some of the bullshit MF45 got away with, and they continue to kiss his ass.

Meanwhile, the shit about Covid-19 relief ... when they refuse to do anything to help people???? Do they really think we're that stupid? Well, in TN, apparently we are because the majority elected her.

My husband got his first vaccination.

He just became eligible. He registered online today and got an appointment right away. What a surprise! He had Moderna and feels fine so far. Didn't even feel the needle.

I'm not eligible yet. But he does the grocery shopping, so he's out more than I am. I can't tell you how relieved I am that he's on his way to full vaccination!

I changed my name!

Thanks to you, I was able to decide!

piddyprints and Syllabub both got 2 votes. And they were actually my favorites. So here's what I've decided: My new username here is piddyprints and my next kitteh's name will be Syllabub!

Thank you so much!

I want to change my username.

It's outdated. My daughter (one of the Airmen) has retired after 20 years. She divorced her husband (the other of the Airmen) several years ago. And they've both gone to the dark side. Besides that, most people assume from my username that I have a son, which I do not.

I thought it would be fun to have a name that will never wear out. For me, that's something to do with kittehs.

Here are some of my ideas:

1) piddyprints: Cartoon Tweety used to say, "this little piddy went to market ..." as he peeled Sylvester's paws off his cage. So we have always referred to paw prints as piddyprints. It's what they leave on the coffee table and our hearts.

2) Grizabella: From the Cats musical, the old washed up kitty who is shunned from leaving the fold. She gets chosen to go to the Heaviside Layer. This one seems sort of sad, but not altogether inaccurate ... at least the first part.

3) Syllabub: Double meaning here. She's a kitten from Cats, who is alternately called Jemima. It's also a sort of dessert drink that I've never had before.

4) Jellylorum: Named after T.S. Elliot's cat. She's older and more maternal than most of the others.

OK, that's a bit Cat-heavy. That's the point. My cats have helped me through the hell that Republicans keep foisting on our country, time after time. So why not make my username cat-themed?

Suggestions? Opinions? Are they all too stupid?

Take your time. I have to go scoop litter boxes.

Update: I posted a new thread saying that I decided on piddyprints, but I will name my next kitteh Syllabub. Thank you all!

I wonder if MF45's lawyers will quit,

Now that itís clear itís more than a 3-day gig and they know they probably wonít get paid. No matter what happens at this point, they canít win. Sucks to be them. They should have left the snake alone.

Thanks for the heart!

I have no idea who you are, but thank you. It really brightened my day.

2020 Income Tax and the Covid stimulus payments

I'm not a tax accountant (or any other kind of accountant), and I don't play one on TV.

I have downloaded H&R Block 2020 program and plugged in all our numbers and have a fairly good idea of what our refund will be, barring any unexpected forms that might show up at the last minute.

What I noticed is this:

After I downloaded the latest update for the program, our refund went up by quite a bit.

Then I was taken to a question: Did you get a stimulus payment in 2020 or 2021? It then explained both stimulus payments and how much they were. It didn't really have a place to say yes or no, but on the same page, it asked: Did you get the first stimulus payment?

If I checked Yes, it went to a new page asking how much you got. Our refund was lowered by the amount I put in that box. (Just for goofs, I checked the No box and the refund went back up.)

Next was the same thing with the second stimulus payment. I answered Yes and our refund was lowered by the amount I put in that box.

So at the end of it, our refund was the same as it was before downloading the program update. Apparently, the update made the assumption that we hadn't received any stimulus payments until I answered the questions.

The point? If you haven't gotten your stimulus payment(s) yet, it looks like this will be the way for you to get them. It's simply added to your income tax refund. It wasn't obvious to me how/if this would happen, but now it is. I hope I've explained it so that it makes sense. I've seen several posts about people who haven't gotten theirs. I also wondered what happens to the people who may have had a great job in 2019 and then, because the payments were based on their income that year (or so I thought), maybe they lost their job in 2020 and still didn't get one because their 2019 income was too high. It seems like that sort of scenario would be taken care of with an income tax refund for 2020 as well.

In any case, I hope this helps.

Edit: To try to be more clear: I'm not saying stimulus payments are taxed. I'm saying that if you didn't receive them, it looks like they'll show up as an addition to your refund.

Question about vaccinations

This has been kicking around in my head and I am just wondering how it works.

When/if they ever become available in my area:

1) Is there any mechanism for informing the public, or do we just have to keep Googling it?

2) If they're offered at places like CVS, Wallgreens, etc., is there someone on site to deal with any potential side-effects?

3) Will Primary Care Providers have the vaccine for their patients?

4) Is it always going to be a case of waiting in line for hours?

Maybe the answers are obvious to most of you, but I'm not seeing them.

Thanks in advance.

As an aside, I know of some people in my area who have had at least the first dose, but they work in the medical field. I don't know of any non-medical individuals getting it. Also, someone told me last week that the people she's talked to who had the second dose got very sick from it, mostly nausea and vomiting. Wondering if that's expected.

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