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April 6, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Whiplash: itches, runners, and cows.

Woman at work. Animal trainer on tall boots and leopard. 1906.(LOC/USPD.

Well trained since 1906. (USPD/ Any idea how hard it is not to say something about cat ‘n’ boots? It’s funny. I saw you smother that laugh.

Spring bounce with rapid fryer remarks.

Mold that much?

Wonder if our bathroom has any long-term earning potential. Think of it as rent contribution by occupant.

Celebrity mold. Got to respect the aged.

“90-year-old mold sold for  $14,617″ Oh, it comes with a note. And saved a bunch of people’s lives – maybe yours.

Itching’ to get this done from scratch.

Get your SWAT ready. They’re serious. Buzzed and back.

CDC issued an emergency warning that Zika carrying mosquitoes are in 129 California cities/10 California counties.

Time to needle them: a Zika vaccine is in stage two testing in human volunteers in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and five at-risk countries: Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and Peru. Baylor College of Medicine in Houston was first on point.

With pandemic this summer quite possible, get screens on the windows, and stay up with information by NIH here

Everything old is new again? CDC suggestion during 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. They were so on it during the Ebola crisis. Will netted veils be this summer’s hottest trend?(USPD/

Football. Run the ball or run the mouth?

Tony Romo. Wise choice. Look, the Texans option? You know the teams Offense’s history.  Kindly spared us from suffering another season of crushed hopes by expensive quarterback damage.

Speaking of running of the mouth, from the “Do as I say, not as I do” department

Galloping with the bull, Senator Elizabeth Warren declared “Equal Pay Day is a National Day of Embarrassment.” (Huffington Post) It was a quite a speech that needed to be said and heard. Wild applause.


Ironically. Her own female staffers made 71% less than male staffers in 2016. And there are others who do the same.

Way to go, Warren. Destroying credibility for yourself and the movement. Thanks.

Seems to me that elected official whose actions turn out to be exactly the opposite of their Speeches of Outrage and Condemnation of others should be immediately handed a large H to be worn around their necks – for at least a week. (That’s about how long people’s memories seem to be.)

And any Dunderhead still not paying staff or employees equal wages for equal work, gets to wear a huge red “D-” until the situation is corrected.

Bound to be resistance to those suggestions, but “Pretty is a pretty does”….and all those old idioms (which amazingly offer a good dose of truth and commonsense).

Woman learning to sew with cardboard pattern..1936. NARA (PD., by fed employee/

Looking for a pattern that works. (1936 NARA/PD/

From the land of Gandhi and nonviolent resistance: not so passive vegetarians.

They had a cow.

“They were carrying eight bovines in the mini truck without permission” (Hardly know where to start.  Great story. Although, eerie similarities to treatment of women by some men….Bundled together in a group without a choice. Can’t travel without permission and papers, much less drive themselves….Oh, ok moooving on.)

“Man dies after attack by cow vigilantes in India” 

Strength of conviction, acting on their beliefs, and not concerned with respecting diversity.

Although I give them points for “Live and let live.” Sort of.

Speaking of living the life,

While Chico and his St Louis buddies who took the risky jump and lived to tell about it, have been assured that kinder pastures wait them, one might be considering steering the others towards a Go Fund Meat page to raise travel money to India.

There they seem to really know how to treat a cow with respect.

Don’t let anyone fence you in.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Vintage image. Elegant house staff ironing with a GE electric iron. (LoC/USPD,

Now that all that’s ironed out, Staff has duties to attend. There are mousies to fluff and dogs to walk. (USPD/




  1. Kourtney Heintz / Apr 6 2017 9:42 am

    It amazes me how many women speak out for equal pay but allow unequal pay of their own employees. Thanks for shining a light on that.

    Liked by 3 people

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 6 2017 10:18 am

      It’s so discouraging. Some women may feel like they have to have the job, so whatever the pay is, it is what it is. Or they feel it is an “honor” to work for that person. Torpedoing efforts.Accepting less pay rate just enables it to continue to happen.
      Seems like elected officials from local to federal should have audits to make sure of pay equality – and public record of it. We all need to know whose just mouthing words for votes, attention, or their own personal gain.
      (getting off soap box now…after years of battling this, I still get irritated.)
      Thanks for poking in a comment


  2. sustainabilitea / Apr 6 2017 2:21 pm

    Not excited about the Zika news, although I certainly hope the vaccine works. Tony Romo? Good for him. Save the back and make money in broadcasting. Works for me (or I wish it would.) 🙂 Equal pay for equal work? Perfect. It can be difficult to determine equal work, though, at least in some jobs and situations. But the level of hypocrisy in government is unbelievable, no matter the issue/party/gender/whatever. How about equal health care…for Congress with the rest of us?!



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 6 2017 3:08 pm

      The medical community here was having serious meetings on Zika last fall. Grim predictions. If that vaccine doesn’t work, I’ll be stuck indoor even more than usual. UGH
      As you say, the details of the job descriptions and employee backgrounds give a lot of wiggle room. For that reason many institutions have the longest most excruciatingly detailed requirements listed for each pay grade which as strictly enforce. Annoying, but everything is on the table that way. But that concept is probably not of interest to government. (What you aren’t happy with the fact that the lowest of the low government employees and staffers are let into the lovely health insurance plan that elected officials get which is much better than what taxpayers have available? Only hope is to try and stay well)
      Thanks for adding a cowbell ringing comment


  3. Jay E. / Apr 6 2017 2:40 pm

    It’s a fine line between life and death. $14,617 to hold death in my hand? Let me grab my wallet; my inner existentialist is going on a shopping spree.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 6 2017 2:47 pm

      Get the curio cabinet ready! (Will special lighting be needed? Darkly said. It is mold.)
      Thought you’d like that piece. A bit of a holiday, then that over in a blink slide to school’s out. (On the way to run over and see what you’ve got shelves in posts there)
      Thanks for laughing along

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      • Jay E. / Apr 6 2017 3:04 pm

        I’m touched you thought of me while writing this piece 🙂 This week is standardized testing; break begins on Good Friday. Coffee, give me strength.

        Liked by 1 person

        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 6 2017 3:11 pm

          Testing finishing up here, too. Kids will need a break from the eye strain, finger circling to fill in dots, and all the perky “You can do it” messages.
          Hang in there

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        • Jay E. / Apr 6 2017 3:28 pm

          Not to mention the teachers driven stir-crazy by “active observation” (or whatever they’re calling it this year).

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  4. sportsattitudes / Apr 23 2017 11:41 am

    I think Tony Romo definitely made the wise choice to retire but am not sure he knows exactly how “roughed up” he’ll get by shoving Phil Simms from the booth to the studio. That being said before he even opens his mouth for his first media analytical moment I consider him better than at least a dozen other people currently doing a similar job. I had not seen the info on Liz Warren paying the female staffers “the going rate.” Sad. Make sure your own house is in order before taking to the pulpit. Thing is I bet she works to resolve that immediately albeit after the fact. Here comes the next wave of Zika “fever.” There’s so much going on “out there” maybe we all should don gas masks and full protective gear to lessen the fear!


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