Whilst I feel the same way about animals as these two people do (love them in equal measure as human beiAs a “How-not-to-do” book, this gets 3 stars.
Whilst I feel the same way about animals as these two people do (love them in equal measure as human beings, if not more), I found myself angered by every single decision they made, and every decision was a poor one.
Jennifer McGaha and her husband David were living a comfortable life in a nice home, when it came to light that David, an accountant, had failed to pay their taxes for five years. Apparently David sucked as an accountant........ He prepared other people’s taxes for a living!
Of course, they stopped paying their mortgage because it was clear that they would the house. So they stayed there until they were foreclosed upon. All their stuff was piled into the garage which they then broke into (by breaking a window) and taking what they wanted.
They moved into a delapidated cabin in the woods of North Carolina, infested with snakes, spiders, and wasps and they promptly order some chicks that would grow up to be several types of fancy hens for eggs. Now this is just a guess, but, wouldn’t fancy hens cost more than the not so fancy type? Do fancy hens lay better eggs? Wouldn’t your first move to be to secure your home from dangerous creatures that may cause death to you and your beloved dogs? Cheap plywood to block up holes and some bug spray ... some traps.... I don’t think that would cost that much. Then buy yourself some ordinary hens. Speaking of the chicks, some got sick and they spent money on antibiotics and other things to try and save them (which I get, I really do. I know myself, so I wouldn’t put myself in that situation if I couldn’t afford the proper care.)
Meanwhile, the dogs were left to roam the area free to run hither and dither and put themselves in all sorts of mortal danger. Snakes, coyotes, cars, poisonous plants....you name it. There was one story in the book where the dogs took off, over the goddamn mountain, she went a looking but didn’t find them. They later came home covered in burrs and a sticky brown stuff.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!! You profess to love these pets but you can’t put them on a lead when they are out, or build a fenced in area like you did for all your goats?
Speaking of goats, the entire reason they decided to do the goat thing is to get milk from them, NOT to eat them (again, I get it). To get milk from a goat, said goat has to have babies, then said goat has to cooperate with the milking part. When and if the goat decides she ain’t gonna put up with your BS anymore.... no more milk, but now you have four goats to feed and vet. Sell a goat or two you say? Oh hell no, that would be too hard on the mama goat and the goat family (I get it...I do. But I’d sell a goat or two, cry a bit and move on.). So, the goat numbers end up at eleven or so by the end of this book. Sigh. But, Jennifer finally got to make her goat milk soap with lavender and organic oatmeal, so it was all worth it.
This book made me want to slam my head against the wall, but I did learn what not to do in a financial crisis....more
The Russian government is an asshole government. SURPRISE!
The FSB (formerly the KGB) were harassing our diplomats prior to the Obama administration. TThe Russian government is an asshole government. SURPRISE!
The FSB (formerly the KGB) were harassing our diplomats prior to the Obama administration. They were beating them up, threatening them and their loved ones, and even killing their pets while they were out. Assholes.
I am not one that would say positive things about Mitt Romney, mostly I’d just make fun of him; but do you recall during one of the debates, that he had with president Obama, when the question asked was “What is the biggest threat facing the United States today?” Mitt answered “Russia” and goddamn it he was right! President Obama laughed and replied (I’m paraphrasing) “What is this this, the 1980’s?” I love President Obama...... I miss him every minute of everyday, but he was a bit naive when it came to Russia. Just like he handled the Republicans, he was too optimistic about believing in their humanity. Silly Obama.
Former Secretary of State, and winner of the 2016 presidential election by 4 million votes but yet is not the president of the U.S. because of a bunch of BS in the constitution (that must changed), Hillary Clinton called Putin out on cheating in his election at the time. This made Putin mad, and you don’t make sociopaths with short man syndrome mad. So, when Hillary ran for president, he was going to do everything in his power (of which he has a lot of) to disrupt our election. Check.
When it came to light that Russia had definitely hacked the DNC (as well as the RNC.... oh the kompromat they must have on those slimy weasels), the Clinton campaign begged president Obama to come out strong about what was clearly happening and to come down hard against the Russian invasion and the Tump campaign’s collusion with it. The president (just like almost everyone else at that time..... remember?) thought that Clinton would win and didn’t want to appear to be playing partisan politics in an effort to sway the election. Oh silly Obama, why must you be such a nice guy?
Of course there is much more depressing information to be had in this book, which is quite good. The more you know the more prepared you are for whatever the future holds.