Well my memory fades me, but that does sound like something that I would have said! One of the first things she did after Katrina was to buy a home, she continues to be an investor, and now in overachiever! I just dropped a tear.
1) Influence US election – Done
2) Undermine confidence in US institutions – Done
3) Change Republican platform to excuse Crimea – Done
4) Cancel TPP to reduce US influence in the Pacific – Done
5) Drive wedge between the US and Germany – In progress
6) Reduce access/capabilities of US intelligence services – Done
7) Undermine US aerospace industry/degrade military capabilities
a) Cancel plans for more capable/defensible Air Force 1 – In progress
b) Cancel plans for F-35 that is invisible to Russian radar – In progress
c) Reduce number of US Navy carrier groups by cancelling new ships- TBD
8) Cancel US NATO and UN treaties to enable Russian expansion – In progress
9) Implement immigration ban to increase Muslim hostility toward USA – Done
10) Remove UN sanctions to enable $500 Billion Rosneft/Exxon Arctic deal – TBD
11) Divert funds from US social and military programs by building border wall – TBD
12) Alienate closest US allies with insulting telephone calls and tweets – In progress
13) Create international tension to drive up price of Russian oil for export – In progress
14) Annex Estonia and Latvia – TBD, troops already assembled on the border, must wait.
15) Encourage US hostility toward Iran to render Iran more dependent on Russia – Done
16) Foster belief that US free press is enemy of the people to mute dissent – In progress
17) Denigrate US actions by promoting false equivalences and praising Vlad Putin – Done
18) Instruct supporters to blame US judges for making constitutional decisions – Done
~ Comment on a Washington Post article
Here’s a Great Way to Clean a Smelly Disposal:We’ve poured all kinds of things down our kitchen garbage disposal to make it clean and sweet-smelling — orange and grapefruit peels, dried-out lemons, baking soda and vinegar.But we never thought of throwing salt down there — until we read this tip.
Here’s how it works:Fit a stopper into the sink, and fill with hot water and a squirt of dish detergent.Turn on the disposal and let the soapy water drain, pushing gunk down the drain with it.Throw 3 or 4 ice cubes and a handful of large-grain salt, such as Kosher, down the drain and run the disposal. Flush with water, and you’ve got a clean disposal. Grind up a few lemons if you want a fresh, citrus smell. Voila! A fresh-smelling drain! (Houselogic 1/7/13)
Does anybody really believe that General Flynn, a career soldier, was acting on his own when he spoke to the Russians about sanctions during the transition or when he lied to the Vice President about those conversations…Career soldiers don’t go rogue, they follow orders…And Gen. Flynn reported directly to the President-Elect…
Q: Where are all your filters, and when was the last time they were replaced?
Lots of appliances in your home have filters. In fact, any device that conducts air or water should have some sort of filter in place to remove impurities and particulates. Changing these filters routinely can save you money, and keep you safe, which is why it’s helpful to know when they’re due to be replaced. Furnace filters should be replaced every two to three months; HVAC, ice maker, and water dispenser filters must change at least once a year. But that varies based on the manufacturer, so be sure to check your maintenance manual and not let it slide.
Q: Does your home have a sump pump, and do you know how to maintain it?
A sump pump is a pump (duh) installed in certain basements and crawl spaces to keep these areas of your home dry, which it does by collecting water that tries to seep in and moving it far, far away (or at least as far as the drainage ditch in your yard). They’re especially common in regions where basement flooding is an issue. Without a sump pump, the invading water can result in thousands of dollars in damage.
The good news, though, is that sump pumps are relatively easy to maintain. Check both lines, in and out, to make sure they’re not clogged with debris, and make sure the float component (this is the little bob that floats upward when water begins to fill the sump pit, activating the pump) can move smoothly.
Long before Martha Stewart there was Lena Richard. She was the first black woman to host a weekly television cooking show on WDSU. Lena had several restaurants throughout New Orleans where blacks and whites ate side by side during times when segregation laws were enforced.
Q: Where is the main water shut-off valve?
Imagine you’re anywhere in your house where water is a feature: bathroom, kitchen, laundry room. They’re all connected by a network of pipes that come from your main water source. If any of those tangential pipes springs a leak, you’ll need to shut off the water until it can be fixed.
Every home is different, but you can likely find your main valve near the perimeter of your house, at ground level, nearest your water meter. If your water pipes are visible (in the basement, for example), follow them until you reach the main inlet and valve.
It’s possible your shut-off valve could be in a crawl space, closet, or somewhere out of the way, but it should definitely be in plain sight, rather than covered over with drywall. But rather than sit there and wonder, be sure to ask the previous home seller before you move in or check your home’s blueprints for a clue.
Q: Where is your circuit box, and is it properly labeled?
A circuit box is your house’s bodyguard against sudden spikes in electricity that run through the wires. Know your circuit box! It may enable you to avoid hiring a technician for simple electrical issues.
Most circuit boxes are located in a house’s basement, but some are also found in garages or utility closets. The switches inside correspond to rooms and sets of outlets in your home. Hopefully, they’re labeled properly—and if not, you should get on that pronto to avoid a tortuous guessing game every time you need to turn your power on and off.
If power suddenly goes out in a room (usually because you have too much plugged into one outlet), you can identify the tripped circuit by the switch that’s flipped in the opposite direction to the others. That means you may need to plug in your lava lamp elsewhere.
Q: What is a thermocouple, and do you know how to change it?
When your furnace goes out, you’ll be left in the cold—but not if you know how to change its thermocouple.This is the part of the furnace that shuts off the gas if your pilot light goes out, preventing that gas from seeping into your home. (You know, the gas that can kill you if left to run amok.)
If the furnace won’t stay lit, there’s a good chance you have a faulty thermocouple. Learning how to replace or adjust yours can be the difference between a $10 trip to the hardware store, and a $90/hour visit from a technician. Most thermocouples are held in place by brackets, which can be gently unscrewed to insert the replacement thermocouple.
Keeping a spare thermocouple on hand during winter is especially smart, because furnace problems can be more inconvenient—and costly—during the peak times of the year.