Some cool Hard Water issues images:
Image by the.myrmidon
I have been deployed to Iraq, and my wife is having a hard time handling our 14 dogs. If you know of a good home:
We’re in North Georgia.
I found Maggie lying on her back on the double yellow lines in a submissive position in the middle of a highway! She was on her last legs, and I swear that was her final “plea” for help because she was in need. I was the only one to pull over and I brought her home. She is around 4 years old, 45 lbs, possibly an Australian Shepard mix. She is spayed, housebroken, and I believe she would be the absolute ideal dog with small children. I have seen her with toddlers and she has a very strong mothering instinct. Any time I bring home a lost kitten or puppy, she wants to lick them and be a “mom.” She acts the same way with toddlers. Because of Maggie’s rough beginnings, she has a couple of small quirks. She is petrified of water, but if you are gentle with her, she can get through the bath thing without issue. She had most likely never been brushed or combed before, so she is still a little reluctant to let you do that, but she is so sweet and submissive to people that you can brush her. She gets along well with other dogs too. I even trust her with my ancient, 17 year old miniature dachshund, because she is so gentle with the little ones. Given the opportunity, Maggie will bolt out of the gate or door, so keep her secure. Cats would be OK after introduction. Maggie got along with our bird that was not caged just fine once it was explained to her that the bird was off-limits.
stowaway has double orgasm at double penetration (channel 4, deal 1, trick O)
Image by KevinHutchins314
The Cosmic Sphincter beckons and winks,
the Cosmic Eye looks back at you and blinks.
Your gazes lock, for a moment you gayz, then release,
drench the sphinx.
Medium = by taking the previous trick in the Water with the Ten of Cups, this tierce can be snatched by the Queer Ω Archon and he can call his fellow man in the House of Cups as they swim away with nearly all remaining tête points in that element. It matters not whether his fellow conspirator holds the face card worth +1 or +2 points on his tête: either will do nicely as they flow away. The first punch of his plan was with the Ten of Satisfaction, the second punch is this roundup of the House of Cups. In those two tricks he might advance the defense from the halfway-mark to the two-thirds-mark down the creek to their scoring target. A double orgasm for a double penetration? Not bad for a Stowaway.
Dealer (Contractor) = with several remaining Chalices, he can afford the Luxury of draining his lowest extra 4 of Cups in the Water when he follows suit.
Initiate = although there isn’t total resolution regarding the final membership at the House of Water (that other face card might be worth only +1 tête point anyway) he receives such an overwhelmingly powerful message from his Ω Archon buddy, and knows it is wise to heed the call and swim away while their side continues to control the tempo.
Medium = Archon Ω of Cups.
Dealer = 4 Cups.
Initiate = Upsilon Υ of Cups.
Defense scores +4 points for the Archon Ω and +2 points for the Upsilon Υ face cards, +1 point for the tierce of cards; these 7 are added to their previous 21 for a new subtotal of 28 tricky points at the end of this trick O.
Why a Stowaway?
I feel like the biggest coward if i can’t stand up for my principles, but i am having such a hard time resolving myself to put my principles ahead of my pragmatic survival instincts. I suppose i can learn to live with the pills AND with the cowardice, but it makes me crazy, makes me more ill. It drives me nuts when i swallow the pills and swallow my principles and seethe. I curse Gilead at the same i time i put them in my mouth to stay alive, and it’s flipping my lid.
Is it because i spent too much of my life listening to almost everybody, from Mom and Grandpa on down to the majority of any family, neighborhood, school, community or workplace in this evil world allowing an ongoing perpetuation of the sort of culture which naturally carries out their Action T4?
Why did my history textbooks in school explain the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, but they never mentioned that the homosexuals were NOT liberated at the end of WWII, and the gays continued to be kept in camps and prisons for years afterwards? Why did that part of Pink Triangle history get excised?
Oh never mind, i guess i know why. I live on THIS planet. (facepalm)
A chorus of voices, no matter how wrong, begins to erode one’s internal voices (no matter how self-confident) and i suppose that’s just life. That’s just life for a fag, for a queer fairy, for one of those diseased undesirables in the socially unhygienic castes.
It makes survival seem unreal, unnecessary, unimportant, out of proportion. It makes survival feel continuously like an anxious voyage of a Stowaway, as though i might be discovered by whichever religious authoritarian in whichever unfair position of social power (as things have always been for queers in general in our culture) and then it will be "off the plank!"
That’s crazy, i suppose. I mean, it must seem like such a ridiculous sort of "First World Problems" viewpoint, having this amazing good fortune to survive for decades, and still feeling like a Stowaway.
Maybe if all my friends weren’t dead or dying or in prison or somehow marginalized and decimated by our culture, by disease, by hate, then maybe i suppose i would make no sense. But when a lifetime of feeling like friends were worth striving for is rewarded with nothing but friend after friend who either gets infected and/or crawls off into the woods to literally shoot themselves or drink themselves to death or whatever,
because it’s easier than living among their hateful families or their genocidal cultures or whatever,
then it’s hard to know what is sensible, what is a good evaluation with a reasonable sense of proportion, what is ethically responsible and true to one’s principles,
and hard to know what is just a lifetime of being literally sick and tired of the stupidity.
I live in a world where wrong is right and up is down and the Newspeak prevails.
I live in a world where HIV is criminalized, but the mutilation of defenseless children’s genitalia is a profitable business.
I live in a world where Slavery is bad because treating people like capital is immoral, but people want to get Marriage licenses to express their love and friendship and devotion.
I live in a world where schools lack funding, but the churchgoing candidates running for president can raise millions of dollars to tell their unintelligent religious thralls how important it is to hurry up and destroy the queers.
When do we start getting rounded up in cattle cars and sent to concentration camps, President Perry? Is that after you "euthanize" the diseased AIDS faggot queers, but before you leave the disabled and elderly to "fend for themselves in the marketplace"? I’m just curious.
I probably shouldn’t be curious, because Perry’s Texan region is in one of the worst droughts in history but of course he says global warming is a hoax. He mentions the hoax while he’s on his way to church. When he gets to church, he’ll pray to rid the world of the gayz, and then a million people will send him money.
So somewhere along the way i try to find my own sense of proportion, but it doesn’t feel brave, it never feels righteous, and occasionally it just feels so impossible i don’t even know how to do the things that are supposedly right or wrong.
Thank goodness for apathy, n’est-ce pas? I mean, i really don’t want to wind up like Steve Pierce, scorning the pill industry, refusing the HIV meds, and then dying within a couple years. My principles seem to push me towards that path, and yet i can’t seem to find the bravery to stand up and stick to such a resolution. None of it makes much sense; and the accelerated decrepitude of AIDS adds to the usual issues of aging and all the other tiresome factors; and somehow it all slides back into apathy.
Yeah. Thank goodness for apathy, and pills from Gilead and Merck, and a world that makes me not so eager to take them.
My Tony angel always says: "The food’s good!" And of course i could add my similar opinions about the porn and orgasms and drugs and sunsets by the ocean and the International Space Station whizzing overhead and the friends who throw the parties where everybody does the… ummm…
well, i guess it must be time for some pills again.
And i guess if i’m to be happy in this world, i’ll just have to resolve to be happy, and sometimes it will work, and sometimes it won’t. And meanwhile, i’ll try to figure out the best way i can manage to live with my principles and my circumstances, and do what most everybody else does most of the time. Probably i’ll do less. For fuck’s sake, i get all proud of myself if i get my fucking laundry done. I’m such an old geezer already, and all the other old geezer fairies are disappearing. Hopefully i won’t mind living in a world populated by dreams and memories of the fairies, if i’m to be one of the lucky fairies whose medications and circumstances keep him alive and happy.
East African Coalition Logistics Conference, January 2011
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U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Kert, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa CJTF-HOA (center), explains the workings of the Pre-positioned Expeditionary Assistance Kit (PEAK), a unit that can provide potable water and renewable energy, to delegates of the East African Coalition Logistics Conference at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Jan.7, 2011. The conference, hosted by CJTF-HOA, brought representatives from U.S. Africa Command and more than 10 African partner nations together to exchange ideas and discuss solutions to transportation and logistics issues in their countries.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell
Military logistics officers gathered in Djibouti in early January to participate in the first East African Coalition Logistics Conference, hosted by Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa. The conference brought together logistics officers from U.S. Africa Command, its sub component commands for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and CJTF-HOA, as well as partner nations from more than 10 African countries, and South Korea.
The conference expanded understanding between partner-nation logistics operations, conducted international logistics orientations, established cooperative partner-nation relationships and built on these relationships for the future. African nation participants included Djibouti, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania and Mauritius. Delegates from the African Union were also in attendance.
CJTF-HOA’s director of logistics and master of ceremonies, U.S. Navy Capt. Stephen LeBlanc, opened the conference with welcoming remarks followed by keynote addresses from U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti, James Swan; Air Force Brig. Gen. Barbara Faulkenberry, director of logistics for U.S. Africa Command; and Rear Adm. Brian Losey, CJTF-HOA commander.
“As logisticians, we know that when you look at the ability to accomplish a mission, whether that’s peacekeeping, responding to a national crisis, the defense of a nation, or the humanitarian response to a catastrophe, we think of the mission,” said Faulkenberry. Logistics provides the framework and connectivity in order for a mission to succeed, she said.
Following the formal presentations, logistics officers from each partner nation gave presentations to illustrate their individual logistical situations and unique opportunities to contribute to the over-arching partnerships among the countries.
Each country, represented by two officers, dove into their logistical processes, expounding on the issues and challenges they face operating within their country as well as across East Africa. Many countries experience similar challenges stemming from poor or emerging economies, recent rebellions, lack of proper infrastructure and challenges based on geographical terrain.
“Dealing with maintenance issues is not always easy,” said Lt. Col. Ali Aden Houmed of the Djiboutian National Army. “We also have some difficulty having qualified specialists for maintenance issues, so these issues give us a hard time. We have equipment coming from various countries for different projects. It’s good to have gifts from friends, but at the end of the day, it is difficult to keep that equipment working.”
The second day of the conference opened with additional presentations by partner-nation officers. LeBlanc also personally thanked all the participants. The conference culminated in an orientation and demonstration of the Pre-positional Expeditionary Assistance Kit (PEAK) system, which converts and purifies local water sources to potable water. The equipment can deliver benefits in a variety of medical, military and industrial situations, and does not adversely affect the environment.
The conference was hailed as a success in that it was a unique opportunity for U.S. military logisticians to share best practices with their military counterparts in East African countries, enabling them to have a stronger understanding and appreciation for logistical issues and solutions.
“There are major infrastructure programs in virtually every country in this region,” said Swan.
“New roads, new railway networks and new ports will clearly improve capabilities for logistics in the region in the future. Partner nations here in the region are heavily involved in efforts to improve the logistics base here in East Africa,” he said.
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