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   Alice posted on Politics  After all, Putin may be a lot of bad things, but delusional is not one of them.
   January 6 at 15:14 EST .

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   Alice posted on Household Hints  During the holiday season did anyone notice how manual can openers are no longer engineered to cut into cans easily (pumpkin puree, for example )?

We have 3 manual can openers so far in our search, and not one can get past even small imperfections without a lot of winding-back-and-forth struggle to cut through. It's not a matter of grip strength either -- my husband does pull-ups as part of his exercises and has the same problems I do with the blankety-blank openers. He resorts to the large carbon steel chopping knife to break through the spots the opener refuses on the first pass, but I can't do that, I'd slip and slice myself.

To all Ldotters, best of everything for 2017!
   January 6 at 15:07 EST .

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   MeiDei  The blades are often too short or not made of hardened steel & mfg'd. overseas. We have one - circa 1940's - we resort to when all others (including elec. ) fail It has a long blade, still sharp, an open frame handle w/a retractable corkscrew & you jab the blade in & move it up & down (i.e., like a car jack ) - the lid ends up gear-like, dangerously sharp but it works! The little one that resembles a roller skate key also works if the blade is sharp & long enough as some cans the tops are more recessed than others. If the can has a rolled edge you'll be twice as frustrated. As more cans are showing up w/pull tabs to open says to me people have been omplaining.
January 13 at 09:13 EST .

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   BirdsNest  My favorite can opener is a Kuhn Rikon . Pricey but worth the money. It cuts the top off leaving no sharp spots and no slivers of can to fall into the food.
June 6 at 07:14 EST .

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   Alice posted on Jokes  Brit Hume posted this on TwitLonger:

A man I know copied me on this, which he says he sent to the Chicago Tribune, addressed it seems to columnist Clarence Page:

Dear Mr. Page: I agree with our Native American population. I am highly
insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins. One might
argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would
exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay. We must be careful not to offend,
and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move

Let's ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland
Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name
Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland

The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant
Blacks from the 60s alive. Gone. It's offensive to us white folk.

The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named
for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic
war that cost this country so many young men's lives.

I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among
our sports team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints,
the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres.

Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged.
We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings,
the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our
children. The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even
spending habits. Wrong message to our children.

So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to
rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved
with this issue, as they should. Just the kind of thing the do-nothing
Congress loves.

As a diehard Oregon State fan, my wife and I, with all of this in mind,
suggest it might also make some sense to change the name of the Oregon State
women's athletic teams to something other than the Beavers. (especially when
they play Southern California. Do we really want the Trojans sticking it to
the Beavers ??? )

I always love your articles and I generally agree with them. As for the
Redskins name, I would suggest they change the name to the Foreskins to
better represent their community, paying tribute to the dickheads in
December 19 at 13:17 EST .

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   MeiDei  Good one!
December 21 at 21:56 EST .

  6 people like this.

   Alice posted on Jokes  Going around Facebook :- )
   November 12 at 23:07 EST .

   10 people like this.

   RedWhiteBlue  Trump is thinking...when is this jerk gonna get out of the People's House!
November 29 at 23:47 EST .

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   Alice posted on Pet Peeves  Seriously considering calling Obama our first Thug-American President.

Never knew that Some things become a pet peeve instantly.

This story posted on last week keeps bugging me like one of those hit songs from the early 1960s which shall not be named so I don't infect anyone else.

I thought commenting on it at the time would heal the wound ;- ) but nope. So if you see me refer to the Thug in Cheap instead of CIC or Commander in Chief, you will know why.
August 2 at 14:11 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Thug gets past the "bad words" filter. The things I call him could probably get me a visit from the Secret Service.
August 4 at 11:03 EST .

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   Alice posted on Computers &Tech Issues  For those whose eyes do not glaze over when 'search engine' is used in a sentence :- )
The video at the link includes both Google's skewing and a psychologist's analysis:
Dr. Robert Epstein is a psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research ( ) who conducted a study to quantify the possibility of changing political opinion through search engine results. Results varied, but he found he could 'swing' voters up to 48% benefiting the side/candidate for which the search engine gave more positive results!
June 10 at 12:45 EST .

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   Alice posted on Pet Peeves  This seems to be the Era of Ugly Eyeglasses, mostly on women. It seems that no matter what the bone structure, coloring, or style, unbecoming black frames seem required. And it has gone on so long!

Years ago now (10? more? ) I saw video of Meryl Streep at the Academy Awards podium wearing black-framed, plain, unbecoming glasses with an evening gown. How could such a wealthy woman appear to have only one pair of glasses, and those so awful???

And yet the style persists, though now I see it mostly on those [videos of] misbegotten leftists at university protests. On any woman, no matter how beautiful, those glasses look like graffiti you have to look past to see the human behind them.

:- ) Thanks. Now I feel better.
April 8 at 22:58 EST .

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   Alice posted on Computers &Tech Issues  Lonestar Jack recommended trying the Aviator browser of below, and so far my reaction is Wow!! The first thing I did after installing it (from ) was go to Washington Times, and Aviator prevented the thicket of ads that prevents easy reading. The pages stay blank a few seconds longer, then wham, load up and done, ready to read!

Aviator has low memory use -- around 55% even after an hour on That being said, I have not tried to add Adobe Flash player to it and may just view videos on other browsers. Flash uses significant memory and I'm not sure whether it causes browsers to use more. Still in an Aviator learning curve, but so far it's great!
March 26 at 15:50 EST .

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   Alice  Extra trouble reading Washington Times with Aviator now. You have to click to allow Adobe now to read the articles. This allows an ad window to start, but you can then read the articles. You don't have to leave the ad window up, and I don't know if it/Adobe continues to eat memory like it does on other browsers, because I close the ad window.

Anyway, the ad techs are clearly on the warpath against ad-blocking stuff, and of course that's their job, to make you look at their marketing. Kind of like mosquitoes.
June 6 at 13:48 EST .

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   Alice posted on Jokes  I wish this had shown up on Facebook before the big blizzard :- )
   February 1 at 12:52 EST .

   10 people like this.

   Alice posted on Jokes  Recycling Miss Caitlyn...
   September 15 at 15:21 EST .

   16 people like this.

   MeiDei  What a slide show! : )
September 18 at 10:29 EST .

  9 people like this.

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