Sunday, March 7, 2010



Boru her with the Sunday AM news.  This morning, early this morning (Sunday) at exactly 0623 hours, all of the smoke alarms in the house went off simultaneously.  Of course we were all awaken by the shrill noise.  I did NOT like it all all.  Mom woke up shouting that the house was on fire.  Dad woke up and ran all over the house looking for the fire but couldn't find any smoke or nothing.  The stupid dogs all contributed to the noise by barking and howling along with the smoke detectors; kinda like "Sing Along With Mitch" but without Mitch and without the bouncing ball.  Dad opened the back deck door and put the 6 of the 8 house dogs out into the paddock.  He opened the front door and sent Sophie and Radar out into the front yard.  He then opened the sliding glass door to the deck and a few of the windows.  Fortunately it was above freezing outside as the house temperature went from very comfortable to very uncomfortable.  Meanwhile the shrilling continues; I wonder if the neighbors heard it?  Dad found a scented candle that had not been properly extinquished by "somebody" before the peeps went to sleep last night, but that has happened before without the smoke detectors going off.  Dad got the laundry room step ladder and tried to reach the living room smoke detector but it wasn't high enough.  Mom tried lying in bed with a pillow over her head; it didn't work.  So now mom has donned her Bose noise canceling headphones and is giving dad suggestions; since she had the headphones on she is inadvertently shouting her help.  It's been about 10 minutes now since the shrill started.  Dad decides he needs the 6 ft step ladder, which is out in the detached garage.  Dad's in his "GRUMPY" PJs, doesn't want to been seen outside (it's light by now) and it's cold outside.  So dad puts on his jeans and a sweatshirt and heads off to the detached garage.  He returns to the house via the basement kennel so he technically has now checked on Max and Shiloh.  They only start barking when dad checks on them; the shrilling is apparently just normal Newf singing to them.  Dad goes into his basement office and detaches the smoke detector there from the ceiling mount, it continued to shrill until he tapped it a few times and then it stopped.  Then he went into the family room and shut that one up.  He came upstairs and got the living room next.  Then he did the one in the master bedroom and when that on shut up so did the ones up on the second floor.  So then the only sound pervading through the neighborhood was the stupid dogs barking and howling.  i didn't like the shrill noise and I hunkered down on the stairway landing going down to the rec room in the basement; that's the stairs that mom fell down and broke her ankle and foot.  Anyhows, mom dad and all the puppers went back to bed after the shrill stopped and they didn't get up again until very late this morning.  

- Boru and The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties


Captain EO's Return to Disneyland

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March 5, 2010 | Anaheim, California | Vetting explained
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After a 13 year hiatus Captain EO has returned to the Tomorrowland Theater in Disneyland.  The show ran from 1986 to 1997.  This 3-D production is back for an indefinite engagement.

This Sci Fi Musical features Michael Jackson as Captain EO leading his group of alien soldiers to deliver a gift to a wicked alien leader (Anjelica Houston) to bring peace to her planet.  The movie last 17 minutes and is still as mesmerizing as it was 24 years ago.



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Social Security Funnies?

Just in case some of you younger folks (& some older ones) didn't know this.
It's easy to check out, if you don't believe it..
Doesn't matter whether you are Democrat or Republican.. Facts are Facts!!!

President Franklin Roosevelt (D) introduced the Social
Security (FICA) Program. He promised:

1.) That participation in the Program would be completely voluntary, - No longer Voluntary
2.) That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual
Incomes into the Program,  - Now 7.65%
3.) That the money the participants elected to put Into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year, - No longer tax deductible
4.) That the money the participants put into the Independent 'Trust Fund' rather than into the General operating fund, and therefore, would Only be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program, and no other Government program, and, Under President Lyndon Johnson
(D) the money was moved to The General Fund and spent by Congress.
5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees Would never be taxed as income. Under President Clinton
(D) up to 85% of your Social Security payments can be taxed.

Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are Now receiving a Social Security check every month -- And then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of The money we paid to the Federal government to 'put Away -- you may be interested in the following: 
Q: How was Social Security moved from the Independent 'Trust Fund' and put it into the General fund so that Congress could spend it?
A: President Lyndon Johnson
(D) and the democratically Controlled House and Senate introduced and passed legislation to do so.

Q: How was the income tax Deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?
A: The
democratically Controlled House and Senate introduced and passed legislation to do so.

Q: How was taxing of Social Security annuities implemented?
A: Under Preesident Clinton (D) and with Vice President Al Gore casting the 'tie-breaking' deciding vote as President of the Senate, while he was Vice President of the US,
the democratically Controlled House and Senate introduced and passed legislation to do so.

Q: How was it determined to start giving Annuity payments to immigrants?
A: President Jimmy Carter(D) and the
the democratically controlled House and Senate introduced and passed legislation to do so.  Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65, began to receive Social Security payments even though they never paid anything into it! 
We're sure that all of the Social Security mess is really the fault of President G.eorge W. Bush; after all, isn't everything wrong with this country his fault?



Farley's Mom said...

That is the worst! Our dog doesn't do well with the smoke detector. It takes us a very long time to coax him back in the house after they go off. We feel for you...

Gus said...

I know what two hounds baying at the smoke detector noise sounds like, I can just imagine 7 of them, plus two Newfies.

in sympathy

Mogley G. Retriever said...

That will teach the peeps to sleep in. How did you do that? There are many "lazy" mornings that our breakfast is late because we can't set off the alarms like you can. Good going!

Our peep says to keep up the posts on things like the Social Security tax, etc. Our peep has an original copy of the first, 1913 tax return and its instructions. He gets it out each year and wants to fill it out and send it in.

Mogley G. Retriever

Sheila and Bob said...

What a bummer of a morning, we hate that noise and we pace and get really agitated when that happens.
Our Mom & Dad enjoyed the social security article, and as far as George W. goes, miss him yet????

Clive said...

What a morning you all had! Glad you all got back to bed though for a lie-in!

Many thanks for your comment on our post the other day and for sharing your Dad's experiences with us. You were very kind and we really appreciate it.

with best wishes
Murray's Mom

Tank said...

Never a dull moment, huh? OMD

McGillicutty said...

Hi Bumpassies and kitties too! Baru, good reporting on your "top of the mornin'"! Gees! All at the same time? You deserve some restie tonight!!! I think that'll teach those hoomans to sleep in again!!!

Irish Love,

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Woo folks in VA sure know how to start a morning off on a fun paw!

Thanks fur the grins -

We do think we even heard all of the excitement here!

We love the BT funny pikh - we shared it with some furiends earlier this week!

Khyra & Khousin Merdie

Ben said...

Oh boy the evil smoke detector - Our Coop runs screamin' from the house and then has to be bribed back in - sounds like you all faired a bit better.


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