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January 29, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Alien abductions. Space. Party animals

Rainbow squared. (© image: copyrighted, all rights reserved, NO permissions granted)

Non-linear hint by the Universe suggesting much will be missed if one sleeps past dawn. A sign on a dark wall created through beveled glass. Very, very early…”But since you’re awake,” says the cat. (© image)

It’s ski season. He had no reservations. Had to live life in the fast lane. Should have slowed down and considered, but not a chance.

He flew in, then couldn’t get out.

The local news anchor said the owl was rescued, then given to wild animal rescue who “took him in for treatment…”

What? “Treatment?” sounds ominous…too much like “re-education.” Teach him to not hitchhike?

When he gets finally loose, he’ll probably go back and tell his friends “I was abducted by aliens!”

And two from the “What planet are you from” department:

A 25 year veteran Senator wants other elected congressmen to stop sleeping in their offices. He feels it’s “nasty” and is irritated because he believes it’s an attempt to show their voters they are frugal and not part of the Washington establishment.

And he says they are mooching space that belongs to and  is paid for by taxpayers. If they sleep there, they should pay rent. They want legislation!

Well, if you read the entire article(s), it comes out he and his supporters want a pay increase and/or taxpayer funded housing allowances.

I suggest all their offices be modified with Murphy beds or members be issued sleeping bags and cots to stow in closets or behind desks.  Perhaps an old-fashioned dormitory or shared dorm-style spare rooms should be built in the basement with all elected legislators required to sleep there.

Maybe the spartan, less than luxurious accommodations, would encourage elected officials to make Congressional offices a short-term public service as intended rather than a career path.

And as an added bonus, when either or both Congressional houses hits grid lock over legislation, they could be locked in – grounded – until they complete the tasks they were sent there to do. Lock the darn doors.

Then there’s an out-of-this-world-view Congressman, Rep. Richmond, who issued a statement “inviting NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to answer questions from the judiciary antitrust subcommittee about the no-call against the Saints.” ““I stand with Saints owner Gayle Benson on the urgency and significance of having this issue addressed so that it does not happen again.”

Yep. Congress has nothing more important to do than to use valuable/limited Congressional time to talk about NFL football. Yep. a major issue for taxpayers.

Flown the coop. Totally spaced.

Squared rainbow on wall created by beveled glass. (© image: copyrighted, all rights reserved, NO permissions granted)

“Oh, look. It’s the mystic Beacon of the Square Meal Deal,” says the cat. (© image)

They sound just like these guys. Cavorting at the water’s edge – all paid for by others and during working hours.

Except when the dogs barked an alert, these party animals actually left and didn’t return.

Release the hounds or hound them yourself here.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

 

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  1. easyweimaraner / Jan 29 2019 7:00 am

    yes… sleeping in an office is a no go… and to be rude to the people who accidentally woke that guy up it eggs-tra rude… ;O)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 29 2019 7:23 am

      They might have to issue standard PJ’s? Perhaps with red velvet capes for robes as many seem to think they are royalty? HAHA
      Many of these offices are large multi-room suites. The newest elected get the small undesirable rooms – all of them have couches /sitting area…most have microwaves (although the building itself has a gym with showers, cafeteria, pharmacy…) As good as much public housing or colleges – so why not insist the elected officials stay right there – maybe they would work faster and more efficiently if not comfy and wanna go home. HAHA
      Thanks for letting the dogs out to chase a comment this way

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  2. susielindau / Jan 29 2019 11:06 am

    I wish the raccoons that live under my deck would leave and never come back. They were gnawing on the house. I went outside and stomped on the deck and haven’t heard them, but I KNOW THEY’RE OUT THERE!!
    No skin off my nose if people sleep in their offices. At least they’re on time for work.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 29 2019 11:50 am

      Those little bandits are sneaky…although I’ll take raccoons anyway over the skunk family….the reason the wood deck got pulled up for pavestone…the darn skunk mom was trying to pawn off her little ones on our ancient blind cat at the time who was so benign she never questioned who/what was sleeping next to her in the sun. ARRRRGH (Oh, we paid a very kind skunk wrangler to relocate the entire tribe, but…..)
      Yep, let them sleep in!
      Thanks for commenting letting the dogs out

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  3. The Coastal Crone / Jan 29 2019 3:04 pm

    Sleeping in their offices is fine with me. I think they should spend more time working. And I like the idea of locking them up until they have dealt with more important issues than who should have really gone to the Super Bowl.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 29 2019 4:32 pm

      Hey – how about each member of Congress is fitted with an ankle monitor on the first day of each session with limited range and super loud alarms if they leave the work zone….Congressional security could be alerted and go out and retrieve any who stray…
      They are also taking time to consider a bill making animal abuse a Federal felony…well, everyone loves animals, right? No political risk there…
      Aaaargh. Hope everyone is swamping their emails and phones – doesn’t matter which party – get back to work (or turn in your job, office, and paycheck)
      Thanks for adding to this space.

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  4. Pied Type / Jan 29 2019 3:20 pm

    They’re all still getting paid, aren’t they? No sympathy here. Not after 800,000 federal workers had to get through 5 weeks with no paycheck.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 29 2019 4:51 pm

      Seriously – they want a raise and a housing allowance? (noticed while a few donated their paychecks to food banks and the federal workers’ funds, the legislation to prevent legislators from getting their check during shutdowns didn’t get passed…why? What’s good for the goose should be good for the gander…)
      The fed. employees will get paid for all days the shutdown lasted. Some also got unemployment checks and some got union funds available for strikes and contingencies. Contract workers/small businesses who service/work with those federal employees are empty pocketed from those days. Bad thing all the way around.
      You people up in Congress stop stalling, stop doing great shows of emotion for the cameras, stop the childish games and foolishness. Show up and get to work.
      Thanks for scowling along

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  5. Ally Bean / Jan 29 2019 4:32 pm

    A sleeping bag for each Congressperson is a good idea. I have no problem with any of them sleeping in their offices, and I’ll rest so much better knowing that they’re close to their work whilst sleeping. Might even prompt them to do something productive…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 29 2019 5:36 pm

      Hey, we could even get the sleeping bags monogrammed with their name and Congressional Session #. That should be enough of a souvenir for them…if his constituents vote that he did a good job for them.
      All that commute in traffic takes time, yep, let’s keep them all in house during sessions.
      Thanks for joining the hold-their-feet-to-the-fire party

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  6. LordBeariOfBow / Jan 30 2019 8:18 pm

    You don’t treat your politicians very well do you? Ours get paid ridiculous salaries,

    Living away from there home allowance, the rent paid even if their wives, or husbands what ever the case may be, owns the place can you believe that?

    After 8 years “service to the nation” the taxpayer funds them a pension around $118.000 per annum for the rest f their rotten lives, and if that is not enough they can take directorships earn big money with no loss to their pension.

    Oh and to help them with their travel they get a free travel allowance every year when retired, after all how can they expect to pay for their trips on the meagre amount that they’ve paid themselves!

    The old age pensioners get a pittance, and are not allowed to earn more than $6500 per annum, after which time the must start paying tax on the lot
    .
    A Pox on Politicians!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 31 2019 7:51 am

      A pox indeed!
      Legislators get paid even when the government is shut down.Along with federal healthcare (not at average citizen level) and that pension.
      Most of the Senators are millionaires or are by the time they leave. Lots of perks…including haircuts.The House of Representatives generally struggle more with finances – DC is really expensive rents so sleeping in or a mandated dormitory situation is only logical.
      Stinks how they can give themselves raises and allowances whenever they choose.
      We picked the wrong career path.
      Thanks for muttering along

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      • LordBeariOfBow / Jan 31 2019 4:58 pm

        We’ve only ever had a 100% honest politician, he died last month.
        He resigned from Parliament a few days before his term was up, The reason being he would have to have taken that pension for the rest of his life plus all the perks, He felt that he’d been paid fairly for his work, and he did work. and couldn’t see why he should be paid when he wasn’t working .
        A man respected by every Australian and despised be every politician/.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 31 2019 6:04 pm

          Now that’s a Statesman and patriot. (Deserves a statue and maybe a park named after him.)

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        • LordBeariOfBow / Jan 31 2019 8:01 pm

          Would you believe he wouldn’t use a Government chauffeur driven car, He drove around in his old Citroen Saloon that he’d had since new, and it was about 30 years old at the time. He’d drive from Sydney to Canberra in, it rather than fly; first class of course pollies always go 1st class; at taxpayers expense. If you can spare a few minutes here is his obit from the SMH everything they say is true. Yet it’s hard to believe.
          https://www.smh.com.au/national/ted-mack-obituary-north-shore-mayor-20181109-p50f28.html

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  7. Spinster / Feb 1 2019 3:21 pm

    “Maybe the spartan, less than luxurious accommodations, would encourage elected officials to make Congressional offices a short-term public service as intended rather than a career path. And as an added bonus, when either or both Congressional houses hits grid lock over legislation, they could be locked in – grounded – until they complete the tasks they were sent there to do. Lock the darn doors.”

    Sounds good to me.

    “Then there’s an out-of-this-world-view Congressman, Rep. Richmond, who issued a statement “inviting NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to answer questions from the judiciary antitrust subcommittee about the no-call against the Saints.” ““I stand with Saints owner Gayle Benson on the urgency and significance of having this issue addressed so that it does not happen again.””

    Who voted in this clown and why.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 1 2019 4:31 pm

      Like that waste of previous time over baseball. Show no one up there is really serious – and they all think it’s some sort of emotional passion play on stage
      Just makes you want to sob…
      All you can do is spotlight the idiocy of it all – run the roaches out of the dark corners
      Thanks for grabbing the carbon arc with a comment (does anyone even know what those are anymore in the age of computerized theater lighting?)

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