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  1. Eugenics

    I know we all joke about it (as in the TNR programs for humans on another thread) & I know most of feel strongly about breeding programs for the critters, but I recently read a book that had a strong eugenics thread in it & it really disgusted me. Is it really something that should even be joked about?? I know I've often done it, but recently I've been a bit more sensitive to the subject.
  2. Are The Horses Really The Problem

    In all the horses I've handled over the years I've known a few that were problematic from the get go. I guess the question is how much is a person willing or able to put up with. Some horses w/ little or no handling are tough to get by, some are pretty easy. A good horseman can get by a lot of issues or behavior that a beginner can't. I knew one that would flat try to injure you every time you got in the pen w/ her. She'd run at you with her teeth bared, try to strike you with her front feet or spin & kick the second you walked through the gate. She had never been mistreated, had been handled some but not a bunch & was about 18 months when she got to my place. She was just plain mean. You had to cow her every time you walked in the pen w/ her & if you didn't have a whip or something in your hand you weren't gonna cow her with your voice or body language. If you didn't have something to swing at her to keep her out of your personal space she was gonna get in it big time, either w/ her hooves or her teeth. In the 6 months she was at my place she never got any better. Trying to groom her was a chore, she'd crab at you every time you touched her, try to bite, cow kick & strike. You could never relax around her for a second. Trying to trim her feet was a real treat & had I not had a patient & knowledgeable farrier I'm sure one or both of them would have ended up seriously injured. I even turned her out w/ couple of bossy mares hoping to teach her some manners. She was great with the other horses, never tried to injure a single one of them & wasn't aggressive at all. In the time she was at my place she never did get over her aggressiveness with people. I was glad to see the last of her & let her go be someone else's problem horse.
  3. Child Abuse Or Not?

    Phelps & the Westboro Baptist Church are at it again, supposedly they are going to protest at Elizabeth Edward's funeral (which is a whole 'nother subject). One of my facebook friends posted this http://www.amazon.com/Fall-Grace/dp/B00197...1585&sr=8-1 I have not seen the documentary but something in the first review really got me to thinking. The reviewer wrote: " What they are teaching to their children to me qualifies as child molestation". Really, I kind of agree because I believe the teachings of the Westboro church are just disgusting. I can't imagine what kind of warped adults are being created through what I consider a sick & twisted upbringing. So people can be charged with neglect for not sending their children to school or not getting them a proper education. Do you think they should be able to be charged with abuse for teaching children this kind of hate???
  4. Am I An Old Fuddy Duddy?

    Let me preface by saying I'm almost 40. I am a paralegal in a small law office. The other paralegal is 32. I am grossed out by the fact that she came in this morning with two big ol' nasty looking hickies on her neck. I mean really, a 30something in a professional setting should know better right??? Would you judge?? I know I'm an judgmental old fuddy duddy.
  5. I Know This Was Discussed Before, But...rodeos.

    Peta & Shark do nothing more than spread highly idealized (& in my opinion incorrect) propaganda in an attempt to create hysteria about the issues they believe in. I don't trust anything with their names even remotely attached to it. But I guess with my user name it's not really even necessary for me to voice my opinion on this subject now is it??? [Question]
  6. Any Nora Roberts, Christine Warren, J.r. Ward, Lori Foster

    Not only a fan of hers as Nora Roberts but also as J.D. Robb. Good stuff. I agree w/ whoever said Fern Micheals as well. I also like Debbie Macomber's stuff.
  7. I drink to much coffee. I know it's not good for me but I love coffee. So it's not until I start to feel crummy that I make myself drink a bunch of water instead of way to much coffee. I also eat to much junk food. I know I'm overweight & I know why but I can't seem to just put down the freaking candy bar. I have in the past been really good about both the junk food & the coffee but seem to be having such a hard time doing the things that I know are good for me now. I swear some days I understand why smokers smoke even though they know it's not good for them.
  8. You need to tell your husband's sisters to stop bugging for this information and they have no right to file a wrongful death claim. They need to leave this issue alone so that you can heal. If they continue to badger you then you need to go see a lawyer & have the attorney write them a cease and desist letter. If that doesn't work you need look into getting a restraining order against these women. They are harassing you and they have no right. Sorry, this came off as a really bossy post. I guess I should have worded it more of a "if I were in your shoes this is what I would do". I don't mean to come of as pushy and telling you what you should do, I just get really annoyed with people that stick their noses in where they have no business. Good luck to you in dealing with these broads, I can't imagine how the crap they are dealing you is compounding your grief. [Huggy]
  9. Favorite Recipe?

    We call it enchilada casserole. You can make this w/ leftover chicken, turkey or pot roast. We often do it w/ some of the turkey after Thanksgiving. But my favorite it is pork. Throw a pork roast in the crockpot w/ some enchilada sauce & a can of green chilies for a couple of hours. When you get home shred the pork roast, fry up some corn tortillas & layer the pork & tortillas in a casserole dish with cheese, olives, etc., whatever you like in your enchiladas. Put a layer of cheese on top & pop it in the oven until the cheese bubbles. Top w/ sour cream or whatever you like. Quick, easy and delicious. The left overs also freeze & re-heat well.
  10. If A Horse Can't Ride In A Snaffle

    Well the cutters & reiners go from snaffle to hackamore to bridle so their green horses get ridden in a snaffle & their broke horses get ridden in a bridle. All the "vaquero" types will tell you a horse isn't broke unless he can be ridden in a spade & just like all other disciplines some of them boys are horseman & some of them aren't. I also think a person's opinion of broke has a lot to do with what discipline they are involved in. A broke dressage horse, a broke barrel horse, a broke reiner & a broke jumper are all gonna be broke horses but they are all going to ride a bit differently. Something that a dressage rider might consider an essential might not be a maneuver some other discipline would use very often. And really if you're a hand like Stacy Westfall maybe she doesn't consider them broke until she can do a bareback bridleless reining pattern on them. I mean really, who needs a snaffle bit anyways.
  11. Any Tips On Ground Bee Extermination

    I have no idea if it will work with bees but I do know just a little bit of diatomacious earth will kill off an ant hill within 24 hours. Couldn't hurt to throw a handful down the hole & see what happens.
  12. Sister Wives, Tlc

    I have heard of this as well. It makes me very curios because here in Nevada if a woman claims any kind of state aid for her children they go after the father for it. So are these children listed without a father on their birth certificates?? Or does the dad just let them garnish any wages he might make as they collect more from the state than they garnish?? I'm sure they have a way to cheat the system, just like so many other folks seem to be able to do, I'm just not savvy enough about the welfare system to know how they do it.
  13. Really? I Mean Really?

    Didn't this poor child have anyone in her life that was a decent human being?? Defense Attorney Says Cousin Took Haleigh In Black Bag POSTED: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 UPDATED: 1:45 pm EDT August 17, 2010 Misty Cummings pleads in St. Johns County <b></b>(tall<b></b>) Misty Cummings pleads no contest to drug trafficking charges Tuesday in a St. Johns County courtroom. ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- As Misty Cummings pleaded no contest to another drug trafficking charge, the attorney for the 18-year-old says she has told investigators that her cousin put Haleigh Cummings in a black bag and took her away. Misty's attorney, Robert Fields, said she has told investigators what happened in that Putnam County mobile home the February 2009 night that the 5-year-old disappeared. Timeline: Haleigh Cummings Investigation Fields said Misty told detectives the day after she was arrested on the drug charges in January that her cousin, Joe Overstreet, and her brother, Hank Croslin Jr., came looking for a semi-automatic machine gun. Since the gun wasn't there, Overstreet took Haleigh as a substitute for the gun, the attorney said. "According to Misty, Joe took Haleigh while Misty was laying in bed and covered herself up with a blanket," Fields told Channel 4 Tuesday morning outside the courtroom. "They were there for like seven minutes, appeared to be on drugs and Misty says she saw Joe put Haleigh in a black bag and she heard Haleigh scream." Putnam County investigators have interviewed Overstreet in Tennessee, where he currently lives. Joe Overstreet Joe Overstreet tells reporters in April he does not know what happened to Haleigh Cummings. Overstreet was arrested last week on theft and drug charges, but he has never been called a suspect or a person of interest in the Haleigh Cummings case. "Investigators are still working this case diligently, and we believe we will find out what happened to Haleigh, but it's going to take time," Lt. Johnny Greenwood, of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, said Tuesday. "We don't know if the break in Haleigh's disappearance will come from behind bars or from the public." "Everyone is considered a person of interest in Haleigh's disappearance except Crystal Sheffield and Ronald Cummings, Haleigh's parents," he added. Tuesday marks the day Haleigh would have turned 7 years old. Her family planned a balloon release for Tuesday afternoon. Haleigh was 5 when she vanished from her home in Satsuma. Misty, who was Ronald's girlfriend when Haleigh disappeared, married and divorced him within eight months. Authorities have maintained that the drug charges have no connection to the ongoing investigation of Haleigh's disappearance, which they now consider a homicide case. Misty faced drug trafficking charges in two counties after an undercover St. Johns County deputy said she sold him 155 oxycodone pills on Jan. 8 at a gas station off of State Road 206. She faces up to 25 years in prison on that charge, in addition to up to 200 years on the seven counts of drug trafficking she is facing in Putnam County. Haleigh Cummings An Amber Alert was issued Feb. 10, 2009, for 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings MORE ONLINE: Haleigh Cummings Disappearance Timeline Tour Of Satsuma Home Where Haleigh Disappeared Misty, Hank Croslin Jr., Ronald Cummings, Haleigh's father, and two others were arrested after the undercover sting and charged with selling prescription drugs. Prosecutors have released surveillance videos they said shows undercover drug deals involving Misty and Ronald Cummings. Court officials said that because this is her first arrest and because she is a youthful offender, Misty will likely be sentenced to 25 years or less. Sentencing on the St. Johns County case was set for Oct. 8 and Oct. 19 on the Putnam County charges. Ronald Cummings is nearing a plea agreement, and Hank Croslin has already pleaded no contest to similar charges and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. When entering the plea Tuesday morning, she asked the judge to call her by her maiden name, Misty Croslin. Crystal Sheffield, Haleigh's mother, was in court Tuesday for Misty's drug plea. "I think they're doing the best they can," Sheffield said of investigators. "Do I believe my daughter's dead? No. And until they show me something, I won't. Deep in my heart I know she's out there. And nobody knows the pain that I go through -- nobody. And they never will. I don't care who they are." Misty's grandmother, Flora Hollars, who lives in Tennessee, said she thinks as long as she and her brother, Hank, are in jail, they won't tell what they know about Haleigh. "I believe they'll do more talking out of jail," Hollars said in a phone interview Monday. "Look at how long it's been. They ain't said nothing." Misty and Hank's mom and dad were also recently arrested and are in jail on drug charges. Hollars said with the entire family in jail, the chances of them talking are slim to none. "I don't think they'll say anything as long as they're in jail," Hollars said. "If they were out, they might talk." Hollars said she still believes Haleigh's body was dumped into the St. Johns River, and in her opinion, everyone in the Croslin family knows more than what they've admitted to. "Misty is the one that told me they wrapped her in a bag and tied it with a yellow rope and dropped her into the St. Johns River," Hollars said. Even with little to no physical evidence, deputies are treating Haleigh's disappearance as a homicide, and they're likely hoping that one of the Croslins will eventually crack while in jail. "I think Ronald knows more than he's saying, too," Hollars said.
  14. You Get What You Pay For

    I would love some more info on your insurance. I am not a good candidate for lasik & would require implanted contact lenses which runs between 8 and 10K. I have yet to be able to find any insurance that will even cover half of the costs of something like this.
  15. Rope Halters Vs. Nylon/leather Halters

    I use rope halters but have no real particular reason for doing so. I keep a couple of nylon web halter around because hubby says a handful of knotted up rope is not a halter so if he needs to catch someone when I'm not home he prefers a "real" halter.
  16. Hubby And Dieting Vent

    call the nutritionist on staff at your local hospital and ask them to recommend a good book on general nutrition for your husband to read. Lay down the law & tell him you don't give him grief about the way he eats & he has no reason to give you grief about the way you eat. Stick to your guns.
  17. Riding Your Horse With Chi

    You guys can puff puff pass all you want, I'm a "special" brownies kinda gal myself. Satisfies my chocolate craving at the same time. And really, if you feed your nervous horse some "special" treats before a ride there are no worries for anyone involved. fyi, even at my advanced age I still ride bareback, I just can't stick w/ the quick footed ones when they try to turn out from under me like I usedta could & I can't jump my fat butt up onto my horse like I usedta could. I am however pretty proud of the fact that I can still lope a barrel pattern bareback, no puffing involved.
  18. Riding Your Horse With Chi

    I liked all 3 articles. But then maybe that's my inner hippie chick showing. I also have the tai chi for the equestrian exercise video - I got it as a Christmas gift last year. PrarieRose, your objections to these articles remind me of the joke ... some people can learn by being told something, some people can learn by watching something but some folks just have to pee on the electric fence themselves. Obviously you're one of the latter types. [surrender] (I kid, I kid). Actually it just reminds me that people do learn things differently. Sometimes reading articles like this will make me be a little more aware of my body & my riding, therefore making me a better rider. I believe that education is never ending & my personal opinion is that everything we take in about our horses & ourselves as riders can make us better riders if we actually use what we learn. Just because these articles don't do anything for one type of person doesn't mean someone else can't get something very beneficial from it. PR, I also grew up on horseback much like you did only it was my 2nd pony that was a stinker not my first. I was 5 when I go the 2nd pony & he was a bucker. I've done lots of different equestrian things over the years. & I am very much of the saddle up & just do it mentality myself. But I have been around enough beginners over the years & taken enough lessons from many different people & attended my fair share of clinics (I admit it, I'm a clinic junkie) to understand that some people just need things explained to them in a different language than the one I use to "get it". Doesn't make it wrong or stupid, just makes it different.
  19. Spin Off On The Trailer Loading

    Many many years ago I had a 2 yr old that flipped himself over in my little 2 horse. After that he would load just fine but he would come flying out of that trailer like it was on fire every time you opened the door. So I'd load him back up, make him stand until he relaxed a little & back him out again. The first time we loaded & unloaded for about 45 minutes before he'd back out at a decent pace. I did that with him for about 2 weeks on a daily basis & it took fewer re-loads every time. After that every so often he'd come flying out of that trailer & have to go right back in then he wouldn't do it again for several months. took me about 2 years to get him where he wouldn't fly backwards any more.
  20. I Just Can Not Do It Agian!

    Philosophy was very difficult for me too. The semester I took it I had calculus, human biology, chem 102 & and English class plus I was working. It just seemed like such a waste of time & energy to me. I mean, I spent most of the class thinking "if I was a stoner this would be my favorite class".
  21. I"m Completely Shattered,

    I am so sorry for your loss.
  22. If You Could, Would You?

    I doubt it, I'm to big of a chicken. But the only kind of vision correction surgery that would work for me is implanted contact lenses which cost between 8k and 10k. I'd do that in a hot second if I had the money.
  23. "hi, I'm Chris, & I'm A Mormon"

    Haven't seen any here. Maybe they figure it's not worth wasting their advertising dollars in Sin City? But I gotta tell you the political commercials are about to drive me crazy. My husband makes fun of me for dvr'ing everything & fast forwarding through the commercials but if I watch one more Reid or Angle commercial I'm gonna smack someone.
  24. Burn The Koran Day At Florida Church

    I'm not making the same connection between these two things as you are. The mosque "at" ground zero is 2 city blocks away. Close yes, but close only counts in horseshoes. I believe St. Paul's is also very close to ground zero. Is it ok to have a place of worship for one religion close but not another? Also, my understanding, which I admit is fairly limited, is that the mosque will also serve as a community center type place. I believe there are lots of those in the general vicinity but I could be wrong about that. Book burning is an act of hatred. I don't see that building a place of worship, regardless if where it is built, as an act of hatred. Thinking that all Muslims are extremists is like comparing all Christians to these people that want to burn the Koran or to the Phelps group, or all Mormans to the Fundamentalists at the Yearning for Zion Ranch. Just because they are the ones that make the news doesn't mean that they are an accurate representation of their chosen religion.
  25. Estranged Father....update Post 150 8/5 3:20pm

    How do you possibly get that she is Jealous of her fiance's kids because she is disappointed that her birthday dinner, which has been planned for 6 months, is off because his ex won't let his family watch the kids anymore? I'm not making that connection.