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I am a retired university instructor of English language and literature, having spent the bulk of my teaching career in Asia and the Middle East. Overseas teaching definitely has a shelf life, though, so I now work on a semi-retired basis as a freelance indexer. You don’t get rich doing that, but the lack of any bosses suits me well.

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Here's to you New York New York! This is fun! [youtube.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 5, 2019:
Never liked that song one bit, but this version is great!
I just got a check from Melania trump for forty-five dollars that's written out to the Republican ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 5, 2019:
Fake check from fake first lady supporting a fake president.
As Trump’s impeachment fears intensify and the House formalizes its impeachment process, the White...
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 5, 2019:
Fortunately, nothing fails like prayer.
KY residents VOTE tomorrow. Please.
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 5, 2019:
@Ellendale and I certainly are!
News reports this morning say Trump is escalating attacks on the whistleblower.
DharmaBum50 comments on Nov 4, 2019:
He's the last word in firefighting...
Halloween Treats for the Doorknockers" Another stolen from fbuk that made me smile.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 15, 2019:
+o( +o( +o( +o( +o( +o(
Good Morning My Hippies! Heading out to meet my new boss shortly.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 14, 2019:
Best wishes on your new job!
A label this clever is enough for me to buy anything!
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 14, 2019:
A breakdown of its kick-ass value would be much more helpful.
Just saw a great new nickname: Agolf Twitler. I wish I could be so clever.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 13, 2019:
Boom!
Did You Predict Trump's Failure? I sure did!
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 13, 2019:
That's why I downed a 15-pack of Founder's IPA the night of November 8 - 9, 2016.
Where's Sancho?
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 12, 2019:
Careful, asshole, don't get too close! Those things cause cancer!
My Dog Would Make a Better President!
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 12, 2019:
Mine too, and she's kind of an airhead. But at least she's a well-mannered airhead.
Good Morning My Hippies! Wearing sweats this morning- 55 degrees inside, no heat turned on yet.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 12, 2019:
That paycheck coming in will make you feel more comfortable. Makes me wonder if I'll ever fully retire--the thought of no income other than SS (which is under assault by the fascists) and drawdowns from my investments kinda freaks me out. We've gone from 90+ a week ago to the 30s last night. High in the 50s today. Like straight from summer to winter. Not looking like we'll get much of an autumn, including the drought's impact on the colors.
Just found out that Fonda got arrested for "inappropriate protest"?
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 12, 2019:
Yet another case of IOKIYAR
Along came a spider..
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 11, 2019:
But where were the curds at Normandy? :D
Watching Rachel and see that the senior advisor to Secretary of State Pompeo has resigned.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 11, 2019:
It's surely looking like it, though I try not to get my hopes up.
Smell that? No other smell like it. That's the Constitution burning. Someday, tRump will be gone
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 11, 2019:
I love the smell of impeachment in the morning.
Treasury will again borrow $1 trillion to pay for tax cuts, spending This article is from Jan, ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 11, 2019:
And borrow from where, exactly? Social Security--again?
Starting the day off right....
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 11, 2019:
As an insomniac, wide awake at 4:39 AM, I can't say I'm starting the day off right, but if I have to start it off this early, this is how I like to start it off.
WOW! Scathing article! 😱 Is the GOP really willing to burn our republic to the ground in order ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 10, 2019:
While I find many Alternet writings a tad hyperbolic, I have no doubt the GOP is now so corrupt it will put its interests well above those of the nation.
Trump defends abandoning Kurds by saying they didn't help US in WWII
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 10, 2019:
Alas, this will come back to haunt us, and many folks will think that blowback just came out of the blue.
[patheos.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 10, 2019:
This will be coffee table material, along with Colbert's *Whose Boat Is This Boat?*
Biden now supports trumps impeachment. [news.yahoo.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 10, 2019:
That's great, I guess. But I'm also hoping he's not the Democratic candidate.
Yesterday Chump said the Kurds didn’t help us in WWII, that’s why we’re abandoning them.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 10, 2019:
His WWII knowledge appears limited to D-Day.
Tough republicans when they face a woman, same ones now pussies.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 10, 2019:
IOKIYAR
Storm raging up! Heard on Morning Express that he claims that only 25% want him impeached.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 10, 2019:
And after impeachment, we can move from my ImPeachMint cocktails to this:
It's an ImPeachMint cocktails and popcorn kind of night! Yeah, every day bringing another ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 9, 2019:
OK, since @genessa was so kind as to provide the Subpoena Colada recipe, here's the ImPeachMint recipe: 3 oz. peach nectar (I make my own when peaches are in season); 1.5 oz. peach vodka; .5 oz. peach schnapps/brandy/liqueur; 2 mint sprigs--muddled with juice of 1 lime, 1 tsp. grated fresh gingerroot, and 1 tsp. agave syrup. Shake in a cocktail shaker with ice and lots of malice. Pour into ice-filled pint glass as cold as we all hope the Orange Shitstain's prison cell will be. Top off with ginger ale and garnish with thin peach slice and mint sprig. Serve to the pitchfork-bearing crowds.
POS Trump Shooting the Kurds!
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 9, 2019:
This betrayal will eventually result in terrorist blowback, and then I suppose we'll all hear the incredulous "nobody could have foreseen" lamentations....
Good Morning My Hippies.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 9, 2019:
I'm down to one client. When I get work from them, cool. When I don't, that's cool, too.
Get 'em Jimmy! Hope this makes your day! [yahoo.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 9, 2019:
Love me some Jimmy!
Maybe there is a coup taking place.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 9, 2019:
Yeah, right, undo tRump's "election...." Is that the one he lost by three million votes he's talking about?
Even Zombies know about Lying Donald...
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 7, 2019:
Nope, steaming piles of shit won't do.
Game Over Motherfucker!
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 7, 2019:
I'd surely like to think so....
There have been some really great words used in the last week.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 7, 2019:
Rolls right off the tongue. LOL
Good Autumn Morning my Hippies.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 6, 2019:
Hope the colors are still good when we travel to New England mid-month. They won't be any good here because of the drought. Drove over to Perryville, KY, for the Civil War reenactment yesterday but it ended up being canceled because of the fire danger. Fortunately, there are a couple breweries over that way, so we got a couple stamps in our Kentucky Brewgrass Trail passport.
Name this band...
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 5, 2019:
Another thought--The Corruptions (after an 80s band called The Contortions).
Name this band...
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 5, 2019:
Titanic and the Rats
I realized that I should join this group since I live in Eugene Oregon (well known as a kind of ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 5, 2019:
Welcome from Berea, Kentucky's hippie enclave!
This has all the makings of the ultimate poetic justice!
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 5, 2019:
(B) (B) (B) (D) (D) (D)
People Say I'm Anti-Trump.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 4, 2019:
I'm all of the above.
Be Best....
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 4, 2019:
What she's forgetting is that blowjobs matter only when it's Democrats involved. Otherwise, it's IOKIYAR.
Good Morning My Hippies.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 4, 2019:
A good IPA. (B) (B) (B) (B) (B) (B)
When you have to self-label, do you describe yourself as an agnostic, skeptic, non-believer--or ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 4, 2019:
Atheist, except for those rare occasions when I want to soften the shock or avoid bullshit conversations. But as I said, those occasions are rare.
Driving down hiway 50 from Salida to Canon City is difficult simply because the scenery is so ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 4, 2019:
Sorry about your culinary woes, but the drive does look wonderful for the scenery!
[yahoo.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 4, 2019:
What it's about is holding a public official to account for actively subverting the document he took an oath to uphold and protect. Do your fucking job!
Person of the Year!
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 3, 2019:
And for those into Halloween, a must-have accessory for this year's costume!
House GOP Minority Leader calls for suspension of impeachment citing concerns about ‘integrity’...
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 3, 2019:
Oh, do tell....
Cuff 'em Dano! This shit has gone on long enough! Trump admin to broadly expand DNA collection of ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 3, 2019:
As curious as I am to know my ethnic background, I resist the temptation to send off my DNA to Ancestry.com. As is mentioned below, it starts with the migrants....
No comment as Trump goes over clfff with GOP.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 2, 2019:
For both of you, I hoist a glass:
I'm at my mother's death bed, and I'm politely having to keep my mouth shut.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 2, 2019:
As my wife was dying, I had to sit through all the Catholic last rites hocus-pocus. When she did eventually die, I just wanted to sit with the body for a while in silence, but then my best friend (a New Ager like your wife) wanted to perform a ritual similar to the one you described. My mother-in-law got all up in arms about it, and I told her, "Why not? It's not any more ridiculous than the Catholic bullshit." Didn't help family relations, I don't guess, but my tolerance for that kind of stuff is limited. Sorry you had to go through it, too.
Yes... just imagine!
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 2, 2019:
The hypocrisy involved is painful. And then there's the snowflake angle....
My favorite scene..
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 2, 2019:
And let's not forget an important part of this scene--the American flag in the paw of the Cowardly Lion.
Exactly how I feel.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 2, 2019:
The enthusiasm will diminish some when Ayatollah Pence assumes office (assuming the whole administration isn't rendered illegitimate, as it should be), but until then, I'll be partying like a motherfucker.
All rise...
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 2, 2019:
*The Madness of King George* is unfolding right in front of us on a daily basis.
...here's tomorrows news a little early
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 2, 2019:
If it were about "the Power of the People [or] their VOTE," [sic] he wouldn't be squatting in the Oval Office even as we speak. Three million more people voted for "the other guy."
Un-fucking-believable!!! 😱 🤯 Shoot Them in the Legs, Trump Suggested: Inside His Border War...
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 2, 2019:
Underlying all this is tRump's disdain for and irritation at “the laws the way they are," as he puts it towards the end of the article. What he means is that they are inconvenient and something to be circumvented, and this was all entirely predictable not only for his fascist agenda but also for his status as a businessman who is totally used to ruling his empire as an autocrat. I cringe anytime I hear a candidate of either party campaigning on their success as businessperson.
Sounds about right!!!!
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 1, 2019:
But pineapples would be so much more painful!
When he is impeached we, the nation, will go into a deep morning Oh good good morning.
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 1, 2019:
"Morning in America" will have a whole new meaning.
Now it makes sense! [youtube.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 1, 2019:
Rudy is almost as bad at drag as he is at lawyering. Almost.
Fingers are crossed
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 1, 2019:
Love the details--the MAGA hats, the Russian flag.
William Barr Had President Trump Ask Australia, Britain for Help in Russian Interference Probe
DharmaBum50 comments on Oct 1, 2019:
Maybe a little music for the occasion .... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMK4SsBnzA0
Damn Fake news is apparently enough to get you convicted, and resign from Congress. [cnbc.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 30, 2019:
Adios!
Yup makes sense
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 30, 2019:
That's a tough one. Hold on while I have another beer and try to figure it out.
Trump's latest impeachable offense: Threatening the life of a CIA officer | VozWire
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 30, 2019:
Just dig that hole deeper, motherfucker!
Here's how the GOP does it!
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 30, 2019:
Excellent diagram of the GOP MO.
ACTUNG! Oktoberfest cooking has BEGUN! - German country ribs mit sauerkraut, apfel, brezel, scharfe ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 29, 2019:
And where's the beer? In the cook?
ACTUNG! Oktoberfest cooking has BEGUN! - German country ribs mit sauerkraut, apfel, brezel, scharfe ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 29, 2019:
Das sieht schmackhaft aus! (It looks tasty!)
Trumper at his best
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 29, 2019:
What an embarrassment. The young guy canvassing for Bevin's competition, Andy Beshear, says Andy is polling better than Bevin. I surely hope he's right.
Rashida Tlaib is selling these 😂 [wnem.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 29, 2019:
Ordering!
For your Saturday evening enjoyment
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 29, 2019:
The problem with the second meme is that this "expert" businessman has managed to bankrupt four casinos despite "the house always winning." SMFH
This would be hysterical! He'd probably be like the Bergermeister Meisterberger and make whistles ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 29, 2019:
The "sexy whistleblower" is also in time as a Halloween costume idea! https://www.wholesalehalloweencostumes.com/products/sexy-sexy-whistleblower-costume
Would this surprise you?
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 29, 2019:
The artistic talent required to paint a swastika and obvious weight loss portrayed in this picture would. Otherwise, no. LOL
Completely and utterly perplexed, I tell you!
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 29, 2019:
Let's see, who was president in 1999? Hmmm, a Democrat.... Well, in that case, ....
I think they have enough hate to go around.
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 29, 2019:
Yep, I'm sure they'll dig up enough hate to spread around. That's one thing there's an endless supply of for them.
They just can't leave the poor guy alone 😂
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 29, 2019:
And then he just digs himself into a deeper hole by misspelling "describing" and misidentifying an apostrophe as a hyphen.... It would be fun to watch if he weren't supposed to be representing us on the world stage. :-(
90+ degrees outside.
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 29, 2019:
Looks tasty. My partner got me to make my own chili recipe recently, though with the ongoing heat and drought to the south of you as well, I was much more into the idea of a tuna/pasta salad.
I am so grateful for my friends.
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 28, 2019:
A timely post with the ninth anniversary of my wife's death coming up in a week or so. If it hadn't been for the friends I have scattered all over the world, I would have ended it long ago. Gratitude works wonders in getting through depression.
Hi, I'm new.
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 28, 2019:
That can be a tough one. My late wife and I spent most of our marriage as nonbelievers with a Buddhist slant, but when she got cancer, she went back to the Catholic church. She never demanded that I convert, as your spouse is doing, but her newfound spirituality made discussions of whether or not we would see each other in an afterlife difficult. Religion sucks--I felt it tearing us apart at a difficult time when we should have been coming together. Good luck finding a resolution.
Great article! [theconcourse.deadspin.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 28, 2019:
Brilliant! "Donald Trump is one of the worst people his generation produced, a vain and vicious and relentlessly exploitive nullity. But there is something pitiable in watching him try to defend himself with the weapons he’s been given by the culture that created him. He opens his mouth to answer for what he’s done and finds that these silly, sordid questions are all he has."
Lets Dance!!!
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 27, 2019:
With torches and pitchforks?
The "Emperor's" New Clothes! What do you think?
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 27, 2019:
+o( +o( +o( +o( +o(
What are some things you trust more than Trump?
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 27, 2019:
My luck at cards and dice.
Eric Trump brags about foreign development deal right after complaining about the supposed ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 27, 2019:
IOKIYAR
C'est apropos--this is appropriate (even if on the eve of a dream!) Dance with me! [youtu.be]
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 26, 2019:
I'm a shitty dancer, but ...
This is the beginning of the end for Trump.
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 26, 2019:
I surely hope you're right.
Do not forget that trump directly quoted hitler.
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 26, 2019:
Once upon a time, logical fallacies mattered in argumentation. All Nazi girls have long braids. Greta Thunberg has long braids. Therefore, Greta Thunberg is a Nazi. Sigh.
What Trump finally falls I'm throwing a party with drinks for everyone who comes .
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 25, 2019:
ImPeachMints. It's a cocktail I concocted a couple years ago. Quite tasty--not sure how it compares with @bookofmoron's drink.
Lets play a game.
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 25, 2019:
Golden Shower
Lets play a game.
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 25, 2019:
Cheeto Bandito
FYI.
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 25, 2019:
Me, too--including this one...
OHHHH this is too funny.
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 25, 2019:
It's like the fucking Keystone Cops!
Trump Administration Threatens to Withhold Highway Funds from California [thefiscaltimes.
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 25, 2019:
That comparison is priceless!
The leaning tower of Trump, the empire is falling! ;-)
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 24, 2019:
I'll believe it when I see it. People were saying the same thing in anticipation of the Mueller Report's release.
Trump's dreary U.
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 24, 2019:
If only tRump's words had the same effect on me, I'd be cured of my insomnia. Instead, the elevated blood pressure puts me at risk for a cardiac event.
I am really struggling to try and stick to my resolution to not be sooo angry anymore but seriously ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 24, 2019:
In the interest of lower blood pressure, I've tried resolutions like that, too, but they've failed miserably. How long did you stick by yours?
I'd swear to it!
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 24, 2019:
But how can you be cool without a smartphone?
We all know trump is a flat out racist.
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 24, 2019:
Just because there's no mention in the Declaration doesn't mean it isn't lurking in there in the form of beliefs of that time. If you consider that the equality and "certain unalienable Rights" discussed therein applied only to propertied white adult males, it was not only racist but sexist as well--though in acknowledging this, we are looking at those times through the lens of present-day ideas of equality.
Would you buy it????
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 24, 2019:
It would have to be published like the *Encyclopedia Britannica*, with something like its annual *Book of the Year*--except it would have to be monthly just to keep up with the ongoing stream of lies.
Breaking NEWS!!! trump get nobel peace prize...Sorry he gets the piece of SHIT prize!!!!
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 24, 2019:
The Hershey's Kiss award! Oh wait...
Column: Trump pulls ‘reverse-Nixon’ over Ukraine call: ‘I AM A CROOK!’ - Chicago Tribune
DharmaBum50 comments on Sep 24, 2019:
"...We don’t want our people ... creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine” is "perfectly normal and easy-to-understand English?" How do you *create to* something? LOL

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