A Dragonfly in the Ointment

Ramblings and Rants


Marysville, California, USA
March 11
Title? No one said there would be titles!
No, thanks, I'm a loner
I'm 45 years old, married for 22 of them, and the mother of 2 teenagers. I'm a software test engineer by profession, and rather geeky. I've spent almost my entire life in Northern CA.

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Editor’s Pick
MARCH 2, 2011 2:31PM

I have a Purple Heart in the War on the Middle Class

For several years, I thought I had it made. I was working for a large hi-tech corporation making good money and good benefits. I worked hard, earned the respect of my coworkers and bosses and was rewarded for my hard work and dedication. I earned enough so that my husband didn’t… Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2010 10:55AM

When CEOs go down in flames

Since I have already outted myself has a former HP employee, I guess it’s safe for me to comment on the resignation of HP CEO Mark Hurd.

First off, let me acknowledge that I was laid off under Hurd’s watch. This hardly makes me unique, I actually have a lot… Read full post »

I have been remiss in not posting more about the case the of the woman who was killed by police after she aimed at gun at a census worker and then the cops. My previous posts are here and here.

A few weeks ago the corner determined that the woman had mixed alcoholRead full post »

This is an update to my posting from Tuesday.

 The boyfriend of the woman killed by the Yuba City police has been denied a decrease in bail.The judge finds that the charges do not warrant dropping bail down to $5,00 and being released on his recognizance. Oh, and his attorney admits… Read full post »

A few nights ago, a tragic shooting in one of the local bergs took life of a 67 mother and grandmother.

The really awful part is that it didn’t have to happen, and this is a pretty clear case where the fact that the victim had a gun escalated the minor… Read full post »

APRIL 22, 2010 1:30PM

Open Carry, Open Idiot

Recently this letter appeared in  my local newspaper.


Oddly, I am not comforted by this guy’s willingness to look out for me. Quite the opposite, I’m more scared of him and his Dirty Harry Complex than I am of… Read full post »

MARCH 22, 2010 1:18PM

When government acts like a business

Despite that fact that just about every candidate the runs for office these days talks about how government needs t be run like a business, they don’t’ really mean it, and the voters don’t really want it. Whenever government actually tries to act like a business, the howls of outrag… Read full post »

MARCH 10, 2010 1:03PM

Why Ashburn chose the closet

In case you are wondering why Roy Ashburn chose the closet.

As a follow-up to my post yesterday about State Senator Roy Ashburn, let me start by saying just when it thought I had seen it all, along comes a new asshole, lowering the bar for everyone else.

Quick re-cap, Ashburn,… Read full post »

Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, had finally admitted to himself what everyone else in the state capitol apparently already knew. Yep, he’s gay. Of course it took a DUI, after he left the best-known gay bar in town, to get him to this point. He reportedly had his boyfriend in the car at the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2010 3:32PM

I know many Joe Stacks

Joseph Stack, the pilot who rammed his plane into an IRS building after leaving a nearly incoherent note on his website, apparently lived in my neck of the woods for several years in the mid 90’s. I may well have chatted with him in line at the supermarket, or sat next… Read full post »

The boy who was expelled for having his gun on his truck has had his expulsion overturned by the county Board of Education. I expected it, Boards of Education are not noted for having the intestinal fortitude to make unpopular decisions.


http://www.sacbee.com/topstories/story/2483630.html?storRead full post »

Here’s the article

Couple of observations:

1)       The vehicle in question, while parked in a public street, was only a sidewalk away from school property with unsecured guns sitting in plain sight on the back seat. California law forbids guns within 1000 feet of/… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 13, 2010 4:30PM

Avatar: anti-capitalist, not anti-military

I saw Avatar over the weekend, along with a few million of my closest friends. I had been aware of the controversy surrounding the movie’s supposed “anti-military” message going in, so as I watched I was looking out for that message. I didn’t see it. What I did see was an/… Read full post »

A recent study found that nearly 55% of Americans are unhappy in their jobs. Frankly I think that if you have been paying attention, you should not be surprised by this statistic. The American worker has been losing ground for some time now.


Let’s use me as an example. I graduated… Read full post »

Ron Paul, probably the only true conservative left in the Republican party, has publicly said Cheney should put a sock in his criticism of the Obama’s efforts in the war on terror.

"I think he had his eight years, and he's caused a lot of trouble for our country andRead full post »



She doesn't exist 

I am smack in the middle of my open enrollment period and I have to pick a new health plan, as my company has decided that my old one was too expensive and dumped it. So instead of actually working, I spent the morning comparing plans, trying to… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2009 4:15PM

It’s OK to pick on Carrie Prejean

Recently Carrie Prejean, the disgraced former Miss California has been making the rounds of the interview shows, whining about her treatment at the hands to the media and the public. To this I say, “Tough (artificially enhanced) titties. You asked for it, cupcake.”

In case you have been… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2009 6:16PM

Why I Hate Carly Fiorina

Well, she did it. After months of speculation, Carly Fiorina, ex-CEO of Hewlett-Packard has thrown her hat into the ring for a run at Barbra Boxer’s senate seat.

This is going to get ugly.

Speaking as a woman in high tech, nobody wanted Cary to succeed at being the CEO of… Read full post »

If you live outside the Central Valley of California you are probably wondering where you have heard of Lodi before. My bet is that you are thinking of the song, “Stuck in Lodi” by Credence Clearwater Revival where the singer laments his misfortune in getting stuck in the self proclaimedRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 28, 2009 3:10PM

Meg Whitman for Governor? NO WAY!

Well, she did it. Ending months of speculation Meg Whitman, former CEO of EBay, has thrown her hat in the proverbial ring and is running for governor of the formerly great state of California. If the current pools are any indication, she will be the Republican candidate to succeed Arnold when… Read full post »

AUGUST 25, 2009 2:01PM

Why I am a liberal

I don’t know how many of you have the columnist Ron Hart in your local paper. If you haven’t, you haven’t missed much, if you do then maybe you saw his column on why liberals are liberals. Here’s a link if you are interested in reading the whole thing (warning: don’t… Read full post »

One thing that puzzles me about the current health care debate:

If the Canadian and British health care systems are so awful, how the Canadians and the British aren’t trading in their model for our wonderful free market system?

The answer is pretty obvious to any ‘Merican who has actually… Read full post »

AUGUST 11, 2009 11:30AM

Socialized Medicine? Bring it!

I write this someone who has private, employer-paid health insurance:

>>>>>I want socialized health care<<<<<

No, I’m not scared of government run heath care, because I have seen the other side, and it’s no great shakes. Lets’ just say I don’t thi… Read full post »

During my recent job search, one of the incidents that most upset me occurred when I was rejected for not having software development experience. One small problem, I have 7 years of development experience, above and beyond my 12 years in testing and QA. This would have been obvious to anyone wh/… Read full post »

JUNE 26, 2009 3:51PM

Boxer is a Senator, get over it

The deification of the American military by certain elements on the right has hit a new low. Now Senator Barbara Boxer is taking crap for asking a general to address her as “Senator”.  Apparently, at least according to the GOP, it is disrespectful of the military to ask them to use/… Read full post »