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Since: Jan 10

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#78466 Jan 11, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
I for one happen to like snakes (proud father of a ball python) and the very idea of a "python hunt" sickens me. Pythons are harmless and they even help control the gator population (which are far more dangerous to humans and pets.) They should be left alone.
Except they're not supposed to be int he everglades and they are wiping out endangered species in the Everglades. They're there because stupid snake owners release them there.

I like snakes as well.

Since: Jan 10

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#78467 Jan 11, 2013
Wow.

DEAR MISS MANNERS,

When I am visiting someone's home, even some of my family members' homes, I ask or announce that I need to use their bathroom. I have practiced this habit most of my life.

I was annoyed when an acquaintance on the very first visit to my home, just got up and went to use my bathroom. She didn't even know where the bathroom was located.

After about her third or fourth visit I finally told her that when I visit someone's home, I say that I'm going to use the bathroom. She gave me a strange look when I told her. Am I sweating the small stuff or making a big deal out of nothing?

GENTLE READER,

"You may be surprised to hear that not everyone is as charmed by bathroom announcements as you seem to be. It is true that asking its location is preferable to running around opening doors, but after that, one need only say, "Excuse me." Miss Manners assures you that everyone knows why you need to be excused."

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#78468 Jan 11, 2013
squishymama wrote:
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I too was a snake owner (2 ball pythons and a red-tail boa back in college) and snakeskin anything grosses me out.
But these pythons in FL are NOT native; most are burmese pythons that were once pets and when they got too big for their owners to care for, they were released into the wild. They're decimating all types of native wildlife and are breeding like rabbits. One female had like 86 eggs in her when she was killed.
I don't like how it's being carried out, but these snakes definitely need to be culled.
Squishy- I sent you a PM

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#78469 Jan 11, 2013
PEllen wrote:
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Squishy- I sent you a PM
Got it and replied.
Sam I Am

Cedar Grove, TN

#78470 Jan 11, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
Wow.
DEAR MISS MANNERS,
When I am visiting someone's home, even some of my family members' homes, I ask or announce that I need to use their bathroom. I have practiced this habit most of my life.
I was annoyed when an acquaintance on the very first visit to my home, just got up and went to use my bathroom. She didn't even know where the bathroom was located.
After about her third or fourth visit I finally told her that when I visit someone's home, I say that I'm going to use the bathroom. She gave me a strange look when I told her. Am I sweating the small stuff or making a big deal out of nothing?
GENTLE READER,
"You may be surprised to hear that not everyone is as charmed by bathroom announcements as you seem to be. It is true that asking its location is preferable to running around opening doors, but after that, one need only say, "Excuse me." Miss Manners assures you that everyone knows why you need to be excused."
Wow indeed. I can't believe no one ever told her to just go.

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#78471 Jan 11, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
Wow.
DEAR MISS MANNERS,
When I am visiting someone's home, even some of my family members' homes, I ask or announce that I need to use their bathroom. I have practiced this habit most of my life.
I was annoyed when an acquaintance on the very first visit to my home, just got up and went to use my bathroom. She didn't even know where the bathroom was located.
After about her third or fourth visit I finally told her that when I visit someone's home, I say that I'm going to use the bathroom. She gave me a strange look when I told her. Am I sweating the small stuff or making a big deal out of nothing?
GENTLE READER,
"You may be surprised to hear that not everyone is as charmed by bathroom announcements as you seem to be. It is true that asking its location is preferable to running around opening doors, but after that, one need only say, "Excuse me." Miss Manners assures you that everyone knows why you need to be excused."
She sounds like a nutter.

But I do have this problem at work. My desk is such that no one can really see me and I'm supposed to answer the phones, so I have to announce that I'm leaving so someone else can grab the phone. I usually say "I'm going to the Ladies'" but I hate doing it. When I worked in retail, we used a code that someone picked up working at Marshall Field's. We'd say "Code 47" or just "47" as we walked by a co-worker. Much less embarassing.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#78472 Jan 11, 2013
Not to change the subject or anything, but Jesse Jackson Jr quit the House last year and is out of work. Today his wife Sandi quit her job as a alderman in Chicago. So now they are both out of work and he is still presumably running up medical bills at Mayo Clinic.

Hmm. Who is paying? And what will they live on?

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#78473 Jan 11, 2013
squishymama wrote:
most are burmese pythons that were once pets and when they got too big for their owners to care for, they were released into the wild.
Not just because they got too big, they were outlawed when one snake of an irresponsible owner killed a toddler. People had no choice but to release them, or turn them in so they could be destroyed.

Snakes aren't the only non-native species "wreaking havoc" on our oh-so-fragile ecosystem.

I thought America was supposed to welcome all walks of life from everywhere in the world?

Does this mean we'll be able to "cull" illegal immigrants next?

Since: Jan 10

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#78474 Jan 11, 2013
PEllen wrote:
Not to change the subject or anything, but Jesse Jackson Jr quit the House last year and is out of work. Today his wife Sandi quit her job as a alderman in Chicago. So now they are both out of work and he is still presumably running up medical bills at Mayo Clinic.
Hmm. Who is paying? And what will they live on?
I assume his father is worth quite a few dollars.

Since: Jan 10

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#78475 Jan 11, 2013
I just googled. He's worth an estimated $10M. He can pay for their care.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#78476 Jan 11, 2013
PEllen wrote:
Not to change the subject or anything, but Jesse Jackson Jr quit the House last year and is out of work. Today his wife Sandi quit her job as a alderman in Chicago. So now they are both out of work and he is still presumably running up medical bills at Mayo Clinic.
Hmm. Who is paying? And what will they live on?
I'll give you three guesses and the first two don't count. Don't they both get a six figure pension for life?

I can't understand why nobody can figure out where these "spending cuts" should be made...

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

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#78477 Jan 11, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
Not just because they got too big, they were outlawed when one snake of an irresponsible owner killed a toddler. People had no choice but to release them, or turn them in so they could be destroyed.
Snakes aren't the only non-native species "wreaking havoc" on our oh-so-fragile ecosystem.
I thought America was supposed to welcome all walks of life from everywhere in the world?
Does this mean we'll be able to "cull" illegal immigrants next?
Someone should make a study of you -- on how your brain works. It would either be fascinating or entertaining -- or perhaps both.

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#78478 Jan 11, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
Not just because they got too big, they were outlawed when one snake of an irresponsible owner killed a toddler. People had no choice but to release them, or turn them in so they could be destroyed.
Snakes aren't the only non-native species "wreaking havoc" on our oh-so-fragile ecosystem.
I thought America was supposed to welcome all walks of life from everywhere in the world?
Does this mean we'll be able to "cull" illegal immigrants next?
You make the most incredible (or should that be uncredible) jumps in logic.

If you don't know the difference between reptiles and mammels by now...
Sam I Am

Cedar Grove, TN

#78479 Jan 11, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
Not just because they got too big, they were outlawed when one snake of an irresponsible owner killed a toddler. People had no choice but to release them, or turn them in so they could be destroyed.
Snakes aren't the only non-native species "wreaking havoc" on our oh-so-fragile ecosystem.
I thought America was supposed to welcome all walks of life from everywhere in the world?
Does this mean we'll be able to "cull" illegal immigrants next?
TSTI.

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#78480 Jan 11, 2013
which by sams definition makes them totally incapable of proper training, use, storage or saftey. By her difinition, no retired leo or service member should be allowed to own, or handle a weapon because they are just idiot civilians....

Please.
squishymama wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm going to let Sam fight her own battle with you, but I feel I must point out that this entire convo has been about firearm ownership by regular old civilians.

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#78481 Jan 11, 2013
Why? Did you want to marry your snake?
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
Not just because they got too big, they were outlawed when one snake of an irresponsible owner killed a toddler. People had no choice but to release them, or turn them in so they could be destroyed.
Snakes aren't the only non-native species "wreaking havoc" on our oh-so-fragile ecosystem.
I thought America was supposed to welcome all walks of life from everywhere in the world?
Does this mean we'll be able to "cull" illegal immigrants next?

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#78482 Jan 11, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
I'll give you three guesses and the first two don't count. Don't they both get a six figure pension for life?
I can't understand why nobody can figure out where these "spending cuts" should be made...
A CRS Report on Congressional Pensions issued Feb 9, 207 states, in pertinent part:
Members of Congress are eligible for a pension
at age 62 if they have completed at least five years of service. Members are eligible
for a pension at age 50 if they have completed 20 years of service, or at any age after
completing 25 years of service. The amount of the pension depends on years of
service and the average of the highest three years of salary. By law, the starting
amount of a Memberís retirement annuity may not exceed 80% of his or her final
salary.
As of October 1, 2006, 413 retired Members of Congress were receiving federal
pensions based fully or in part on their congressional service. Of this number, 290
had retired under CSRS and were receiving an average annual pension of $60,972.
A total of 123 Members had retired with service under both CSRS and FERS or with
service under FERS only. Their average annual pension was $35,952 in 2006.

Therefore Jesse Jr will get his pension when he turns 62. I am not sure if he is 50 yet.

I belive the base slaary for Reps is $158,000. When he turns 62 he would get no more than 80% of that or $126,400 and prbably something a little less based on the past year averaging system noted elsewhere in the memo. Taxable, but not bad. If he lives that long.

I have not looked up what Sandi gets as a resigned alderman, if anything.

Since: Jan 10

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#78483 Jan 11, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
I'll give you three guesses and the first two don't count. Don't they both get a six figure pension for life?
I can't understand why nobody can figure out where these "spending cuts" should be made...
No he doesn't qualify for the pension.

Since: Jan 10

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#78484 Jan 11, 2013
PEllen wrote:
<quoted text>A CRS Report on Congressional Pensions issued Feb 9, 207 states, in pertinent part:
Members of Congress are eligible for a pension
at age 62 if they have completed at least five years of service. Members are eligible
for a pension at age 50 if they have completed 20 years of service, or at any age after
completing 25 years of service. The amount of the pension depends on years of
service and the average of the highest three years of salary. By law, the starting
amount of a Memberís retirement annuity may not exceed 80% of his or her final
salary.
As of October 1, 2006, 413 retired Members of Congress were receiving federal
pensions based fully or in part on their congressional service. Of this number, 290
had retired under CSRS and were receiving an average annual pension of $60,972.
A total of 123 Members had retired with service under both CSRS and FERS or with
service under FERS only. Their average annual pension was $35,952 in 2006.
Therefore Jesse Jr will get his pension when he turns 62. I am not sure if he is 50 yet.
I belive the base slaary for Reps is $158,000. When he turns 62 he would get no more than 80% of that or $126,400 and prbably something a little less based on the past year averaging system noted elsewhere in the memo. Taxable, but not bad. If he lives that long.
I have not looked up what Sandi gets as a resigned alderman, if anything.
He has enough years of service?w2654

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#78485 Jan 11, 2013
RACE wrote:
which by sams definition makes them totally incapable of proper training, use, storage or saftey. By her difinition, no retired leo or service member should be allowed to own, or handle a weapon because they are just idiot civilians....
Please.
<quoted text>
Retired service people are not just regular old civilians, which is what I said.

But really my point was more for edog and his attempt to provoke Sam.

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