• I am sitting here laughing because it brings back memories of my mother in law.  Many years ago when I was young and first married, she would give gifts at special occasions like Christmas of clothing that didn't fit.  She would leave the tags on them and offer the receipt so you could return...

    •  Yes... Very good point . . .

      I've read that CNN report since posting my timeline post above. And that is a fine point you've...

    • Thanks.

      Underrated---yes, that's it. I could start a novel with that line.

       

      by Oxy Mora 6 hours 22 min ago in The Take Back queen of echo park
    • Excellent barefoot

      On a starry night

      The tree seems right. We're agog ...

      (Dad spiked the eggnog.)

       

       

    • The perpetrator killed himself.

      The ex-girlfriend alerted Baltimore police to the perpetrator's threats.

      The ex-girlfriend was shot by the perpetrator

      The Baltimore police tried to alert the NYPD 

      The warning fax arrived at the time when the shootings occurred ...

    • The personal side is what makes it a good story and an interesting read. It framed the subject matter quite nicely!

      I've never been a big fan of shopping, so I'm always loathe to return things. It's just another trip to a store I probably didn't want to visit in the first place. But for...

      by barefooted 7 hours 27 min ago in The Take Back queen of echo park
    • On the police in Baltimore being tipped off to Brinsley's anti-cop threats:

      It was one of Thompson's friends, Baltimore County Police said, who alerted them Saturday afternoon to...

      by NCD 7 hours 30 min ago in NYC Cop Shootings: What We Won't Hear
    •  Something else to keep an eye on . . .

      This is the Timeline I found from the New York Times...

      By AP -  DEC. 21, 2014

      ...

    • As for my not being a good candidate for a career in law enforcement, my CSI brother-in-law and former police lieutenant ex-husband would likely agree with you.

      Perhaps you misunderstood me. I was not questioning the need for, nor definition of, heightened awareness. I merely asked how...

    • Geez, they certainly make the Taliban running Afghanistan in the late 90's look like rational princes of Islam.

      It's so clear that they are trying to terrorize, if they don't qualify as terrorists, I don't know who does.

      The thing is, what's supposed to be the appeal of living in...

    • Thanks. My main retailers, Home Depot and Lowes used to give cash back but stopped.

      I see how I could have written this story differently, it's TMI on the personal. Oh, well, if I spend too much time analyzing something, nothing gets written.

      I enjoyed your haiku.

      I was...

      by Oxy Mora 8 hours 38 min ago in The Take Back queen of echo park
    • Also as reports on the two cops themselves come out, it appears these are not the Dagblog/blogosphere/Ferguson stereotype brutal or hothead or arrogant cops (yes, I plead guilty myself) especially Ramos; my underlining:

      ...

    •  Please... Don't take this personally . . .

      If you must ask such a question then you would obviously not make a very good...

    • Most retailers issue store credit nowadays, which makes returning something more like an exchange. You can get a different item, but they keep your money. Not to mention that they know if you have to spend store credit, you're likely to wind up spending even more.

      by barefooted 9 hours 11 min ago in The Take Back queen of echo park
    • Well, my local local news (News 12 The Bronx, there's one for each borough, not the just local NY1) just did a long on-the-street segment talking to people in the Bronx and in Bed Stuy. All people of color, all expressing their sadness, all saying stuff like "cops have families too, right before...

    • It leans to the right,

      the needles are falling off,

      half the lights don't work

      The star is crooked,

      and the garland is drooping.

      What a lovely tree!!

      Merry Christmas!

    • Bed Stuy is not what it was when Spike Lee made Do The Right Thing.  It's not really a bad neighborhood anymore.  Most of what I've seen there, and I almost rented an apartment there in 2002, has been really nice brownstones and expensive cars parked on the street.  It's gentrified.

    • In what way would "heightened awareness" have saved their lives?


    • What else we won't hear . . .

      Why were these two unfortunate souls NOT on heightened awareness of their surroundings when sitting in their...

    • I think the media and the police are making too much of the expressed "motive" here.  The killer had just murdered his girlfriend in Baltimore.  He was going down and knew it.  He decided to take two more people with him.  You can't take his Tweeted motives at face value.  The police are now...

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