Dog-Wielding Psychopaths

 
That’s the link to a great TED talk about psychopathology. It includes the case study of a man who, after being arrested for brawling in a bar, pleaded temporary insanity to avoid a short jail sentence only to find himself indefinitely locked in a psychiatric hospital. Hilarity ensues.
Recently I deleted all of my friends on Facebook, and refused to add anyone as a friend (except for my brother) until someone reached out to me first. I then proceeded to add friends as people seemed to align with the character of the person who came to me.
Fast forward to this [note], to which I have tagged many of my friends in the hope that they will read it, and because I have some new projects in the works. I will be re-upping my Internet presence soon as I officially launch my own business.
One of the things that I am bringing back is the “Katty Rant”, and this [note] is kind of my first one. It’s the tale of my experience with someone, sparked and prefaced by an incident that occurred at Wal*Mart (aka Satan’s Lair).
I was waiting in line for the ladies’ behind a woman that had a dog with her that did not have any of the usual insignia of a service animal. Another woman asked her what kind of dog it was. I was wondering the same thing myself, as it was a very interesting looking dog; it appeared to be an Australian Shepherd/Blue Heeler mix. However, the dog owner responded that it was a companion dog. The interrogator pointed out that it must be in order to be in Wal*Mart (thus reiterating via implication that her question referred to the breed of dog), to which the dog owner reiterated that it was a service dog. The rest of us (about 4 ladies) exchanged awkward looks, as the question on the table obviously referred to the breed of dog in the first place, and as I mentioned, the attempt to clear up this misunderstanding had escaped the owner as well. 
Because of this she struck me as being slightly mentally handicapped, and therefore perhaps did in fact need a service animal. Otherwise, this ordeal would have been worth a giggle. The lack of insignia on the dog, however, means that the woman probably gets a lot of flack about it not being a service animal, and thus had come to expect the third degree about her rights to have the dog in businesses. But this just begs the question of why the dog is unmarked, bringing us back to the assumption that the animal isn’t a legitimate service dog, and therefore the owner has good reason to be paranoid. But therein lies the question of her mental handicap, and we’re back at square one: Why is the dog in Wal*Mart? The owner’s paranoia leads me to suspect that she isn’t developmentally disabled, but rather somewhere on the spectrum of narcissism. In other words, she isn’t unintelligent, she’s crazy. 
Okay so the good part (because stories are AWESOME):
Once upon a time I knew someone that discussed with me her desire to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder so that she could register her pet as a service animal in order to take it wherever she wanted. This person also admitted to me that she had lied to her doctor about having symptoms of a particular psychological condition in order to get the associated prescription drug for recreational use, and to sell on the side. (Re: fraud, and trafficking. Oh, and tax evasion.)
This is a classic example of the type of behavior that a psychopath is akin to – manipulative for personal gain with a seeming lack of responsibility to others. Granted, drug-seeking behavior is common nowadays, and even if it wasn’t this behavior wouldn’t be strong enough evidence for a serious diagnosis like Psychopathy. In other words, it’s not quite pathological – it’s merely irritating. 
Just to round it all off, this person had a total meltdown to me after she planted evidence that a third party (our roommate, with whom she shared a bathroom) had been stealing said pills, which included bursting into tears over her “necessity” for the drug, and anxiety that there would not be enough to satisfy her need before refilling the scrip. At the time it just seemed like irritating behavior, but hindsight is 20/20, and I now realize that this person truly is/was as toxic as I had intuited. Or perhaps she shouldn’t have promised the sale of goods she didn’t actually possess? Or maybe she should have locked them up? Or not be such a manipulative attention whore? Who knows, and really, who cares? 😉
>^,,^<
NOW PLAYING: “Call Off Your Dogs” by Lake Street Dive. I love them, they are so rad.

Biography: Where/School/Work/Activities

This is the skeleton of my personal memoir. This timeline includes where I lived, and where I went to school and/or where I worked at the time, as well as my extra-curricular activities. It also includes the tongue-in-cheek (really, but not really) titles to go along with the chapters. Enjoy!

CHAPTER 1: Underfoot and Underpaid

1982

LA GRANGE, TX

Born on January 23 in La Grange, Texas.

HERNDON, KS

Moved to Herndon, KS (my father’s hometown) Memorial Day weekend; May 28.

http://www.herndonkansas.com

1983 – 1985

HERNDON, KS

Early childhood on the farm my father inherited from his family.

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HERNDON, KS

Attended Preschool in Herndon, KS. Teacher: Mrs. Ketterl

1987

HERNDON, KS

Attended Kindergarten in Herndon, KS. Teacher: Mrs. Beims

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 CHAPTER 2: Leaving Childhood in the Dust in the Wind

1988

HERNDON, KS

Attended First Grade in Herndon, KS. Teacher: Mrs. Hickert

1989

HERNDON, KS

Attended Second Grade in Herndon, KS. Teacher: Mrs. Hickert

1990

HERNDON, KS

Attended Third Grade in Herndon, KS. Teacher: Miss Minnick (now Mrs. Dietrich)

1991

HERNDON, KS

Attended Fourth Grade in Herndon, KS. Teacher: Miss Minnick (now Mrs. Dietrich)

Joined the Herndon Go-Getters 4-H club.

1992

HERNDON, KS

Attended Fifth Grade in Herndon, KS. Teacher: Miss Hopper

Participated in:

4-H

Music Band (required curriculum). Played the Alto Saxophone.

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CHAPTER 3: Let the Games Begin!

1993

HERNDON, KS

Attended Sixth Grade in Herndon, KS. Teacher: Miss Hopper

Brother born November 27.

Participated in:

4-H

Band (required curriculum). Played the Alto Saxophone.

Sports: Volleyball, Basketball, and Track (Shot Put and Discus)

Odyssey of the Mind 

1994

HERNDON, KS

Seventh Grade in Herndon, KS. Multiple teachers in multiple classrooms.

Participated in:

4-H

Sports: Volleyball, Basketball, and Track (Shot Put and Discus)

Cheerleading

Odyssey of the Mind

Academic Bowl

1995

HERNDON, KS

Eighth Grade in Herndon, KS.

Participated in:

4-H

Sports: Volleyball, Basketball, and Track (Shot Put, Discus, Short Sprints)

Cheerleading

Odyssey of the Mind

Academic Bowl

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CHAPTER 4: Getting the Heck Outta Dodge

 1996

HERNDON, KS

Freshman year of High School in Herndon, KS.

Participated in:

4-H

Vocal Choir

Volleyball

Odyssey of the Mind

Academic Bowl

1997

HERNDON, KS

Sophomore year of High School in Herndon, KS.

Participated in:

4-H

Vocal Choir

Volleyball

Odyssey of the Mind

Academic Bowl

1998

HERNDON, KS

Junior year of High School in Herndon, KS.

Participated in:

4-H

Vocal Choir

Volleyball

Odyssey of the Mind

Academic Bowl

Newman University Investigative Summer Science Program

Model U.N.; Represented Venezuela

1999

HERNDON, KS

Senior year of High School in Herndon, KS

Employed at McDonald’s in McCook, NE (June 1999 – August 2000)

Participated in:

4-H

Vocal Choir

Band; played the Clarinet

Class President

Odyssey of the Mind

Academic Bowl

Model U.N.; Represented Russia

Model Senate; Represented Hawaii

2000

HERNDON, KS

Employed at McDonald’s in McCook, NE

Graduated from Herndon High School

MANHATTAN, KS

Resided in West Hall

Freshman year, first semester at Kansas State University. Major: Industrial Engineering

Employed at Derby Dining Center, the dining center for the Derby complex of Residence Halls.

Participated in:

Hall governing board, Hall Representative to the Residence Hall Governing Board

Intramural Basketball

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CHAPTER 5: Not in Kansas Anymore (Thank GOD!)

2001

MANHATTAN, KS

Resided in West Hall

Freshman year, second semester at Kansas State University. Major: Biochemistry

Employed at Derby Dining Center

Participated in:

Residence Hall Governing Board, Social Coordinator

MACURH (Midwest Association of College and University Residence Halls) conference in Grand Forks, ND

NACURH (National Association of College and University Residence Halls) conference in Los Angeles, CA

Phi Beta Sigma Blue Apollo Talent Show

HERNDON, KS

Employed at McDonald’s in McCook, NE (May 2001 – August 2001)

ORLANDO, FL

Walt Disney World College Program Internship

Resided in Chatham Square

Cast as Disney’s Animal Kingdom Custodial Hostess

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CHAPTER 6: Back in the Saddle

2002

MANHATTAN, KS

Resided in West Hall

Sophomore year, first semester at Kansas State University. Major: Apparel Design and Production

Unemployed (January 2002 – February 2002)

Employed at McDonald’s on 3rd Street (February 2002 – May 2002)

MCCOOK, NE

Resided in apartment (May 2002 – June 2002)

Employed at McDonald’s in McCook, NE (May 2002 – August 2002)

HERNDON, KS

Employed at McDonald’s in McCook, NE (May 2002 – August 2002)

MANHATTAN, KS

Sophomore year, second semester at Kansas State University. Major: Psychology

Resided in apartment on Garden Way (August 2002 – January 2003)

Employed at Wal*Mart (August 2002 – December 2002)

Employed at Dillard’s, Men’s Shoes (December 2002 – January 2003)

2003

MANHATTAN, KS

Junior year, first semester at Kansas State University.

Resided in apartment on Garden Way

Employed at Dillard’s, Men’s Shoes department (December 2002 – January 2003)

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CHAPTER 7: Going for Broke

ORLANDO, FL

Resided in apartment on Constitution Dr. (January 2003 – June 2003)

Employed at Talk America (January 2003 – March 2003)

Employed as Accounting Software Cold-call Lead Generator (March 2003)

Employed at Wilhelmina Scouting Network (April 2003 – June 2003)

HERNDON, KS

Unemployed (June 2003 – August 2003)

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CHAPTER 8: Back to “Normal”

MANHATTAN, KS

Resided in Jardine Apartments in (August 2003 – December 2003)

Junior year, second semester at Kansas State University Major: Psychology

Employed at Sykes, Enterprises (August 2003 – April 2004)

2004

MANHATTAN, KS

Resided in University Square Apartments (January 2004 – April 2004)

Employed at Sykes, Enterprises (August 2003 – April 2004)

Performed in SpringDance 2004 at Kansas State University (March 2004)

OGDEN, KS

Resided in mobile home (April 2004 – August 2005)

Senior year, first semester at Kansas State University. Major: Psychology

Unemployed (April 2004 – October 2004)

Employed at Big Lakes Developmental Center (October 2004 – February 2006)

Performed in University Band on the Clarinet (Fall 2004)

House Manager for the Barrier Free Theatre Performance (Fall 2004)

2005

OGDEN, KS

Resided in Ogden, KS mobile home (April 2004 – August 2005)

Senior year, second semester at Kansas State University. Major: Psychology

Employed at Big Lakes Developmental Center (October 2004 – February 2006)

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CHAPTER 9: Movin’ On, Steppin’ Up

2006

MANHATTAN, KS

Resided in Apartment on Poyntz Ave (January 2006 – June 2006)

Fifth year, first semester at Kansas State University. Major: Psychology

Graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology

Employed at Big Lakes Developmental Center (October 2004 – February 2006)

Employed at Kwik Shop on Anderson Ave (February 2006 – June 2006)

Participated in:

Bellydance Club

ORLANDO, FL

Walt Disney World College Program Internship (June 2006 – January 2007)

Resided in Chatham Square (June 2006)

DAVENPORT, FL

Walt Disney World College Program Internship (June 2006 – January 2007)

Cast as Operations Hostess at Muppet*Vision 3D

Resided at the Regal Palms Resort (July 2006 – August 2006)

ORLANDO, FL

Walt Disney World College Program Internship (June 2006 – January 2007)

Resided in Chatham Square

Cast as Operations Hostess at Muppet*Vision 3D

Cast as Merchandise Hostess at the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival (Fall 2006)

2007

ORLANDO, FL

Resided in Lexington Place on International Drive (January 2007 – December 2007)

Employed at Walt Disney World (January 2007 – December 2008)

Cast as Transportation Hostess Magic Kingdom Watercraft (January 2007)

Cast as Operations Hostess at Muppet*Vision 3D (January 2007 – December 2008)

Employed at McDonald’s Corporation as Patch S.T.A.R. (January 2007 – August 2007)

Employed at McDonald’s Corporation as Second Assistant Manager (August 2007 – December 2008)

2008

ORLANDO, FL

Resided in Carlyle Court apartments on Curry Ford Rd (January 2008 – December 2008)

Employed at McDonald’s Corporation as Second Assistant Manager (August 2007 – 2008)

Employed at Walt Disney World (January 2007 – December 2008)

Cast as Operations Hostess at Muppet*Vision 3D (January 2007 – December 2008)

Applied to Law School; LSAT Score 162

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CHAPTER 10: Kissing My Life Good-Bye

2009

MANHATTAN, KS

Resided in Goodnow Hall (January 2009 – May 2009)

Fifth year, second semester at Kansas State University. Major: Philosophy

Unemployed (January 2009 – April 2009)

Employed at Alorica, Inc (April 2009 – August 2009)

Resided in Villa Faye apartment on Pomeroy St (May 2009 – August 2010)

Employed at Old Chicago (August 2009 – October 2009)

Employed at Panera Bread (September 2009 – June 2010)

Participated in:

Philosophy Club; Assumed the Presidency Fall of 2009

Independent Study in Philosophy Summer of 2009

2010

MANHATTAN, KS

Resided in Villa Faye apartment on Pomeroy St (May 2009 – August 2010)

Resided in Villa Faye apartment on Bertrand St (August 2010 – July 2011)

Sixth year at Kansas State University. Major: Philosophy; Graduated December 2010

Employed at Panera Bread (October 2009 – June 2010)

Unemployed (June 2010 – March 2011)

Participated in:

Philosophy Club; President Spring 2010

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CHAPTER 11: Noblesse Oblige or Terminal Illness?

2011

MANHATTAN, KS

Resided in Villa Faye apartment on Bertrand St (August 2010 – July 2011)

Unemployed (June 2010 – March 2011)

Employed at Holiday Inn, Housekeeping (March 2011 – July 2011)

HERNDON, KS

Unemployed (July 2011 – September 2011)

KILAUEA, HI

Resided at Kauai Kunana Dairy (September 2011 – November 2011)

Employed at Kauai Kunana Dairy as Farm Hand (September 2011 – November 2011)

KEKAHA, HI

Resided with family friends at their home (November 2011 – December 2011)

Employed at ServiceMaster, Janitorial (November 2011 – January 2012)

2012

KAPAA, HI

Resided at the Kauai Beach House Hostel (January 2012 – April 2012)

Employed at the Kauai Beach House Hostel (January 2012 – April 2012)

Employed at McDonald’s in Kapaa (January 2012 – April 2012)

PRINCEVILLE, HI

Resided at Anini Beach Park (April 2012 – July 2012)

Employed at the Westin Resort and Spa, Room Attendant (May 2012 – November 2012)

Resided down the beach past Anini Beach Park (July 2012 – September 2012)

WAILUA, HI

Resided in room sub-let in house (September 2012 – December 2012)

Employed at the Westin Resort and Spa, Room Attendant (May 2012 – November 2012)

Employed at McDonald’s in Kapaa (November 2012 – January 2013)

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CHAPTER 12: What’s Wrong with Hawaii?

2013

HONOLULU, HI

Resided at Institute for Human Services Women’s Shelter (January 2013)

Employed as live-in caregiver in Hawaii Kai (January 2013 – November 2013)

Resided in condominium in Hawaii Kai (January 2013 – November 2013)

Employed at Ross Dress for Less in Hawaii Kai (February 2013 – September 2013)

Resided at Haleiwa Beach Park (November 2013)

Resided at Pu’uwai O Makaha Health Services (November 2013 – January 2014)

Unemployed (November 2013 – February 2014)

2014

HONOLULU, HI

Resided at Institute for Human Services Women’s Shelter (January 2014 – April 2014)

Resided at Kawaikui Beach Park, Aina Haina, Honolulu (April 2014)

Employed by Smart Professionals (February 2014 – April 2014)

Resided at Next Step Shelter, Kaka’ako, Honolulu (April 2014 – PRESENT)

Employed at 7-11 Hawaii, Niu Valley, Honolulu (April 2014 – November 2014)

Employed at EcoCab (November 2014 – July 2015)

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 CHAPTER 13: Embracing My Poverty

2015

HONOLULU, HI

Resided at Next Step Project Shelter, Kaka’ako, Honolulu (April 2014 – PRESENT)

Employed at EcoCab (November 2014 – July 2015)

Self-Employed (July 2015 – PRESENT)

2016

HONOLULU, HI

Resided at Next Step Project Shelter, Kaka’ako, Honolulu (April 2014 – April 2016)

Self-Employed (July 2015 – PRESENT)

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Is the American Dream “Entitlement”?

PLBackupAs I am typing this, the situation pictured here that I am about to describe is happening again. #kismet

The car at the front of a line of other cars attempting to exit the parking lot in front of the Starbucks in Kaka’ako is having trouble with its parking ticket. The gate won’t open, so no one is able to exit until this car is able to. The line is steadily building.

As I approached Starbucks this morning, the woman behind the wheel of the car at the front of this fiasco (surprising, isn’t it ~ an actual person at the helm of an operational error!!) was clearly having trouble with the ticket machine. As I walked past, it occurred to me that while the drivers of the other vehicles were clearly frustrated, none of them left their vehicles to assist with THEIR problem. I briefly considered offering assistance myself, but why should I? It wasn’t my problem – I was on foot. Two men that live in the same building as me were on their way to Starbucks as well (also taking the heel-toe express), and I had a suspicion that one of the gentlemen would assist. I was right.

Within moments of assisting the woman, the line was gone. I didn’t care enough to ask him about the problem, though I was curious. I was/am MORE curious, however, as to the reason WHY he offered assistance in this particular case.

My curiosity has been piqued by the discovery of the book “A Framework for Understanding Poverty” by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. I have only skimmed through it so far, but the theme that was on my mind this morning was the fact that it seems as though a paradigm shift is in order with respect to the attitudes of the wealthy vs the poor. In other words, it seems, as evidenced by the above example, that it IS worth exploring whether or not the wealthy behave with a sense of entitlement, and that it is a facade that the poor have a sense of entitlement (along with other ‘negative’ character traits) that prevent them from being ‘successful’ members of society. People seem to cater to the wealthy (metaphorically speaking, pedestrians assisting drivers with a parking problem), instead of realizing that it is this kind-hearted service that has kept the wealthy wealthy, the middle class tripping over themselves to impress them, and the increasingly sophisticated poor in a position of watching this circus in awe.

It’s very “I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I?”, the American Dream of being Entitled. The wealthy don’t want to part with their ‘hard-earned’ money, but enjoy underpaid service with a smug attitude that seems to indicate a belief that respect is demanded by the size of the bank account they have ‘earned’.

I’m interested to see if Ms. Payne’s book takes a position that the wealthy possess a mind-set with any negative traits at all, but I already have an impression that this “framework” is biased.

 

Problems with Privacy in the Workplace ~ Security Cameras 1

Suppose that a popular convenience store has a cash handling policy that allows for anyone working in the store to log on to any cash register at any time during their shift. This implies that no one working in the store could ever be held accountable for cash shortages, pursuant to HRS §388-6(2). This means, specifically, that an employer is not allowed to deduct the amount of the cash shortage from a common till from an employee’s paycheck. In an at-will employment state, there is no need to have a law about other recourse; an employee may be fired at any time, for any/no reason. Now consider the following scenario, which is loosely based on a combination of true stories:

In this store, cigarettes of the same brand have been coming up missing on a consistent basis. It is reasonable to assume that they are being stolen by an employee, since, like most convenience stores, cigarettes are kept behind the counter near the cash registers. The cigarettes are disappearing on the same shift, and there were 3 employees working every time cigarettes disappeared. Only Esmeralda smokes. In order to observe every move behind the counter without arousing proper suspicion, the store manager alleges that the cash till Esmeralda has mostly, but not exclusively used is short $300. If Esmeralda is caught pocketing the cash, she could be prosecuted.

However, it is possible based on the business model of the store that anyone could have used this cash till; Esmeralda was only responsible for closing out the sales at the end of her shift, and she insists that she is innocent. Therefore, in order to prove that Esmeralda was the only person that used the till, thus providing evidence that she is culpable, the store manager must observe the security footage of the cash registers for Esmeralda’s entire shift (and, ipso facto, the cigarettes as well as every other employee that worked with her). In order to investigate the missing cigarettes, Esmeralda is reprimanded with a written warning about the cash shortage in order to create a paper trail that justifies watching the security footage. (Arguably, this implies an understanding of wrongdoing on behalf of the employer; otherwise, just watch the damn tapes!!)

The moral problem here, of course, is falsely accusing Esmeralda of stealing cash. It’s also a problem that she is assumed to be stealing cigarettes because she smokes. The ethical dilemma of the story is that it’s very easy for an employer to falsify a situation in order to justify observing employees at length, which isn’t the intended purpose of security cameras in a business. This is a cause for concern everywhere, but especially in at-will employment states such as Hawaii.

In case you’re wondering, the new employee assigned to doing inventory at the beginning of her shift was the cigarette thief. She was caught red-handed by the assistant store manager, who was doing her job in the field instead of spying via satellite like the store manager. The $300 (which was never missing in the first place) was miraculously discovered by accounting at the end of the month. Unfortunately, the store manager had already terminated Esmeralda without cause to save her own ass. If Esmeralda never finds out that the money was “found”, nor that cigarettes had actually been stolen, she will never initiate that pesky false accusation complaint.

Esmeralda had to be fired to save the business from the repercussions of its own unethical behavior. There is a behavioral implication here that this use of security footage presumes the guilt of the party in such a way that it runs afoul of our justice system. The at-will status allows the employer to terminate employment at any time, with cause or reason. Unfortunately, I have seen too many cases in Hawaii in which someone is terminated for the inappropriate behavior of a superior, or the business in general.

By the way, there was a brief, slightly hilarious moment in the footage in which Esmeralda’s co-worker was seen singing along to the radio while dancing with a broom when he thought he was alone. It’s a shame you couldn’t see it for yourself ~ the kid’s got talent!

Strange Answers to the Hypocrite Test

We’ve all met them ~ those people that profess to be particularly sanctimonious about some cause, but seem completely oblivious to the mounting evidence that they behave to the contrary. Okay, maybe we haven’t. I have an old “friend” that seemed to have a problem that went a little something like this (metaphorically speaking):

She was vehemently against employers that utilized pre-employment drug screening. A self-proclaimed Libertarian, she believed that people should be allowed to do whatever they pleased on their own time, and pre-employment drug screening violated this right. Therefore, she refused to work for anyone that did pre-employment drug screenings.

So please, someone explain to me why she pursued employment with the drug-screening lab, whose primary function was pre-employment drug screening, ruthlessly, even to the point of publicly embarrassing herself?

Like vegans that eat butter, and shit.

I feel as though there should be a stronger word for hypocrites that seem to publicize their hypocrisy as though it’s something to be proud of, as opposed to a flaw that they don’t even see in themselves.

Oh, wait, that’s right. There is one. It’s “narcissist”.

Have a peek at this exceptional TEDTalk by John Ronson, “Strange Answers to the Psychopath Test”. There’s another great example of the behavior I’ve discussed here.

Aloha, Cousins!!

Welcome to the fireplace of my foxhole, the KattyRant Blog. Here you will find my musings on life here in Hawaii, based on both legitimate politics as well as my frustrations with everyday life. Feel free to comment on the blog, but I would prefer to create an online community at the KattyRant Forum ~ the den of my foxhole, if you will.

The forum mirrors the blog, but members of the community will be able to post their own original musings as well.

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