Morning coffee and the news..... Idafornia T-shirts, Snow and $350 Beanies

Winter storm that left at least 7 dead targets Mid-Atlantic, sparks snow emergencies https://fxn.ws/2Fw9JKP

It's called snow.  It happens every single year. But humans are stupid creatures, and the upper East Coast people even more so.  They freak out and scream for the whole country to listen to them when they get 8-10 inches of snow.  Guess what?  Parts of Missouri got 18 inches with this storm.  It happens. It's nature.  NO YOU CAN'T SUE NATURE so get that out of your head (I know you want to).  And the 7 people people that died? CAR ACCIDENTS.  Because all of us have been on the road during storms of all kinds and we all know 'that guy' who has to try to drive 50 mph when conditions are best at about 15 mph.  Also, many people on the road now are immigrants from countries that have never seen a snowflake.  Sure it's best to stay off the roads and do not travel at all; but if you have to be on them... slow and steady wins the race. 

Surgeon fined $3,000 after mistakenly removing patient's kidney https://fxn.ws/2FnA2Uk

Do you know why he removed it?  I thought from the headline that maybe he was doing kidney surgery and removed the 'wrong' kidney?  Nope. He was doing BACK surgery. Ramon Vasquez was doing her back surgery, saw the kidney, figured it must be a tumor and removed it without asking her permission... and admitted later, while going through the medical malpractice suit that prior to surgery he never even read her medical records.   

Shirts combining Idaho, California into 'Idafornia' spark furious online debate https://fxn.ws/2FvSOIc

I don't know if the maker of the shirt is back-peddling now or what because apparently he posted the photo, came back a couple hours later, saw everyone fighting each other online about it so he decided to say it's a 'positive' shirt about celebrating the fact that Californians are fleeing in droves to Idaho, where for the most part they are NOT wanted.  They bringing their 'way of life' and try to change Idaho instead of acclimating.  The cost of housing is driven up so many from Idaho can't afford it and apparently they don't take kindly to the liberal politics of Californians being pushed on them either.   Personally?  I thought it was funny shirt.  (I used to live in Southern California.... btw).

New York school urges students to stop wearing, and losing, $350 beanies https://fxn.ws/2Fqnxam

"The peeved principals noted they are wasting lots of time tracking down lost hats."  Uh, when I was in school, and you lost a clothing item, it was your OWN fault.  Our principal sure would not have wasted their time looking for our hat.  You want to buy your MIDDLE SCHOOL KID a $350 hat?  Cool for you.  But they lose it at school?  Tough luck, man.  "Check the lost and found box" is what we were always told and by-golly if I ran a school I'd be telling those uppity New York parents the same darn thing. 

National parks grapple with overflowing trash and human waste as shutdown drags on https://fxn.ws/2FmAySk

Silly me.  When I heard that the national parks were going to be shut down during the 'shut down' I assumed that meant... that the national parks would be shut down during the shut down.   So a few here and there are being kept open with state funded or private donations; and I get that, if they want to.  Personally I would have cancelled plans to visit any national park during the shut down because I assume they are... shut down.  And for the record; as someone who DOES visit and camp and hike in National Parks (if you are new around here, check out the Girls Road Trips 2017 and 2018 on this site) we pack out our waste of all kinds.  Leave no trace.  People who truly respect the parks should and can do this if they insist on visiting when there are no 'services' available.  

 ... it's just the coffee talking again.


Some related products to this post you might be interested in, available through Amazon;

   Idafornia Shirt - Funny Idaho Artist Design T-Shirt

  Idafornia Shirt For Men Women Kids T-Shirt


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