599: Criticism and Karma

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You know, I got a lot of chiding when your candidate was ruling the free world, and my posts and comments expressed my personal dissatisfaction with his methods and morals. I recall being labeled “petty,” and “vindictive,” and “patently and obviously unfair and biased.”

The shoe is on the other foot, now. What are you posting, that you derided me for posting? And what have I NOT had to say to you about it?

I’m going to just leave this here, for those who are able to think, and those who understand the definition of irony, and those who might comprehend when someone else has taken the higher road.

And that won’t be very many peeps, now, will it?



411: To Adopt, or Not to Adopt?


I am a sucker for a mewling kitten. I know this from bitter experience. By the time I got a job in Panama, and we were packing up to move from Morocco, I needed to find homes for ELEVEN cats. I managed all but three by the time it was time to go, so at least I only had to book flights for three pets to Panama, and let’s not discuss how much that cost.

The trouble is, once I got to Panama, it took less than a year (only ONE kitten season), to acquire two more. The fact that two of my beloved fur children went to heaven during that time, so that the total number of fur babies remained constant at three, is neither here nor there. The question remains, should I adopt, knowing I will not be able to resist anyway, and also knowing that I will not be staying in this country for another 15 years or so, which is usually how long a cat lives, on average?

It is enough that they get several good years with me and then get another home, as good as I can provide for them? That is certainly better than life on the street would have treated them, because I take them to the vet, and neuter them, and care for them. Still, I know that changing families can be stressful for both people and pets, so am I being fair or unfair to them, loving them for a time, and sharing them with some other good family when I have to go?


307: US Alien in Transit Visa

I am so angry I can hardly see straight. It will be very difficult to type this post without profanity, but rest assured I am thinking all sorts of bad words as I type this G-rated.

My husband and I met a Moroccan lady whom we adopted into our family. She is a delight, and I love her dearly. I accepted a new job in Panama, and we asked her to come and live with us. This means we apply for a Panama visa for her, and as a temporary Panama resident, she does not work while she is there – I support her, and her needs (living expenses, school if she wants, and healthcare insurance). I submitted documents to this effect for her visa.

We discovered in the process that we needed to get another visa from the US, in order to change planes in the US on our flight from Casablanca, Morocco to Panama City, Panama. It is called an “alien in transit” visa, and means you have permission to change planes in the US. It costs 160 American dollars to apply for this visa.  It took me hours to fill out the online application, because the form on the Embassy Web site kept kicking me out, no matter how many times I hit “save.” Once I finally completed the form, we got to sign up for an interview appointment time – but all the slots were filled. We called (only from 2-4 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays (WTF??)) and e-mailed (returned as undeliverable) for over a week, getting no helpful responses from anybody. It was not until I sent several nasty e-mails that appointments suddenly opened up on the site – and they sent me a nasty e-mail letter themselves, telling me I was unprofessional – who started it, I’ll ask you???

So, we scheduled an appointment (finally) and took two days to drive to Casablanca (five hours one way) paid a hundred dirham in road tolls each way, 400 dirham in gas, 300 dirham in the cheapest hotel I could find, over 200 dirham in taxi fares, and four meals for three people, plus the 1, 437 dirham in visa fees. This fee had to be paid at any branch of a certain bank in Casablanca, which closes at 2 pm every day, meaning we had to go a day early and spend the night to be sure we had the visa fee receipt paid for and ready to submit by her 9:30 appointment for her interview.

Three hours later, she returns with a rejection letter saying that all non-immigrant visa applicants are evaluated as if they had applied to be immigrants.

Excuse me.

If you have only ONE KIND of visa, why did you not SAY SO???? A non-immigrant visa would APPEAR to IMPLY that the applicant did NOT want to become an US immigrant, would you not think? And these bozos want to call ME unprofessional?? I would not have bothered to apply if this little fact had been disclosed on the site – IT WASN’T. They cost us money and time we did not have to waste.

My government kisses the butt of every illegal alien who sneaks in and votes Democrat. But they discriminate against legitimate travelers who only want to pass through. This is FAIR?? I guess Barack needed the money to help pay the benefits of all the illegal aliens he’s already kissing up to. It’s a great scam – dozens of Moroccans were applying at our one appointment time. There is no telling how much money they clear a day, telling people no that they already knew were not going to qualify, and did not tell the truth to in the first place.

Michelle Obama has nothing on  me – I am thoroughly ashamed of my country. Hopefully it won’t take me long to formally repudiate it.