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The Rant

Discussion in 'Non-Work Safe' started by Rossignol, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. ripjack13

    ripjack13 Resident Sawdust Maker Staff Member Administrator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Hi Rossignol.
    This is Michele. Marc's wife, I just wanted to let you know I read everything you wrote when ivy was just coming down with symptoms and reading about all the love and caring that you gave her. The vision that the Game warden and the person who called see is not the real story. How is it that children can stay with their drug addict families when they obviously look in trouble, yet because your dogs "look" skinny they are taken without warning ? People have become chickens and hide behind the law these days. What happened to just respect? They didn't want to be bothered yet had time to call.
    My thoughts go out to you and your family as you miss your 4 legged family members. I hope you get them back.

    Mrs.Ripjack
  2. Tripawgunner2

    Tripawgunner2 Copper BB

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    Rossignol
    All I can say is I'm sorry for what has happened and that you and yours are in our prayers Brother.
    As I and the soon to be Mrs. own 4 dogs, 2 of them 3 legged, I can't even guess what it would be like to have any of them taken. Again Bro you and yours are in our thoughts and prayers. Tripaw gunner
  3. jimmydeuce

    jimmydeuce .270 WIN

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    That is bullsh*t. I hate it happened to you all Ross. My dog is family. I wish there was something I could do to help. I hope you get them back home soon.
  4. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator Sponsor

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    Fellas, and Mrs. RipJack.

    Again, I am very grateful for each of you, for your care and thoughts and prayers.

    Oli mentioned above, we had talked in the Tac Dog Thread about how we each, at this time in our lives and havin always had or been around dogs, felt as though we finally felt as if we actually had our very own dog! Man, what a feelin... Jenny and i have had dogs our entire married lives, goin on 16 years now. Ivy was (is I hope) my dog and companion. I'm heartbroken. I keep lookin for her and she isnt there. Max too, though Ally was gonna be handlin him in the field. Or we were, a joint effort.

    I'm strugglin with the animosity towards almost everything. I try and stay busy. Shootin helps. Watch a movie at night till I'm tired enough to pass out. I pray, I put it all in prayer cuz I've not ever had a reason not to trust in and have faith in the Lord my God. Problem here is I dont want to forgive, even as i have been forgiven much. In fact its why I have that tattood on my arm. "Forgiven" in red letters. Its there to remind me. It reminds me of what I've gone through and how I've been forgiven, and how I need to forgive... but I'm not dealin with it gracefully. I'm havin a hard time.

    I really dont understand how... How an outsider to our situation can make a claim against us and their word and opinions carry more weight than our own. They say they have the proof of our neglect. Ok, they have a lean huntin dog with fleas that I got as an overweight dog that wasnt gettin much exercise where he was. I'm feedin him more than what he was gettin and a higher quality food but gave him the line to run durin the day, and he was loosin weight. And Ivy. Atrophied from injury but on the mend.

    I dont know how many more ways I can say it to them. They tell me this is what the court system is for. I told them if we're innocent until proven guilty then to give our dogs back until they prove we did what they said we did. He said he couldnt and wouldnt do that as he disagrees with our assesment that we can responsibly and reasonably provide for our dogs.

    Not knowing. Waiting. That I think is what makes this so difficult for me. I cant move ahead without knowin whats goin on. And if they keep our dogs, how am I supposed to forgive the rat who called the police and had an incredible and integral part of our family taken from us? You see, the huntin dogs, were used for huntin. Ally and I hunted together. It isnt just about the dogs, its also about the time I spent with Allison. That too was taken away. She and I trained and worked with Ivy, I couldnt have had Ivy ready without her. And Ivy taught us about huntin too. Point is, Allison and I spent alot of time together and alot of time together with Ivy. We cant get a pup and hunt this season. That cant be replaced. If Ivy couldnt hunt, Max was the backup.

    Ally and I will still hang out and shoot. Heck, maybe just walk the feilds and try and flush birds on our own. I really dunno right now.

    What I do know, bein able to talk it out here is helpful and I cant thank you all enough.
  5. nasa

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    I feel for you Brad, That does suck. I have been accused for having my bull dogs in a confined cage when in fact the kennel was open all the way through to a quarter acre dog run area, with heat and air in the kennel. Mind you the kennel is not snazzy but it's secure and keep them out of the weather if they desire. I have house dogs that share everything we have as well. Just haven't got them to use the toilet or shower by themselves yet. Had lots of cats but now I'm back down to 4 cats. My ex came by and loaded us a mess of cats and took them to her ranch. Every time one of our animals has the slightest symptom, it's off to the vet we go.

    I watch and dig at the internet for news but now I realize that ignorance on some things is really bliss.

    On the other hand, as bad as things are, it is a grand time in my life. Hate cubicles. Lucky that this year has provided me with a raise, a real private office with a phone on desk, paying me travel time to and from work, more responsibility with less physical labor and I actually get home in the evenings with out grease in the pores of my skin or crap under my fingernails. To help stay in shape, I'm mowing most of my place with a push mower. Upsets me if my better half hires someone else to do it.

    Just recently took the position of radiation safety officer and this past week was told I'm the new Corporate Radiation Safety Officer. This will mean a few trips to the more popular shale plays in the USA at least twice a year. The way I figure that is it will amount to at least another 10 week of vacation a year. I treat all my business trips like a vacation. Just enjoy what the locals have to offer and not ruin it for the next person that visits.

    With all that has happened to nuclear power since the big quake, natural gas will be on the rise as more and more reactors are taken off line. Doesn't look like they will be building coal fired plants to take up the slack.

    I figure if we could get an intensive program going to beautify America, by putting the steel mills back to work, smelting the scrap yards littering our country sides, using the metal to build pipe lines, refineries and LNG tankers, we could put most everybody back to work and selling our LNG, could pay off the national debt and rebuild our nations economy to stronger than it has ever been.
  6. Ripsnortr

    Ripsnortr 20g

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    My company strikes again. If you haven't been able to tell in the last couple days of my postings I have been a little tense.

    My company told us that "because they receive federal dollars for supplying medical equipment we all had to comply to drug testing for them to receive insurance funding stay in business". Everyone was supposed to have to submit to the testing and then be put into a random pool every three months if they wanted to keep their jobs.

    My personal feelings about this aside, it was fair to me because no one was exempt, and the excuse made sense. They dropped this little factoid on us in an email on a Monday several weeks ago. The uprising was expected and happened. People refused to sign the compliance form and left the company to decide what action to take.

    Obviously you do not want employees on any drug while doing things both on and off company property so OK, I can believe that the feds want up to comply.

    After the first revolt, there were meetings after meetings they send out the next revision of the new rules. There were obvious holes in the new 8 page policy that as a manager I read with a magnifying glass to answer the expected questions. I pointed them out along with the points my employees had concerns for to management along with the complaints from the employees and other managers. There were 4 different revisions sent out as they knee jerked their way through this nightmare.

    The main issue was that there are people throughout the organization that felt their personal lives were being infringed upon and they felt that personal choices they make off company hours would result in loss of employment due to the testing.

    Result? They made them exempt by making it that only the employees that use company vehicles for "safety reasons" and ALL NEW employees are required to be tested. These employees are then put in to a pool for random selection every three months. What happened to the federal requirement?! So now there is the feeling that people are being targeted specifically and this has become a morale nightmare.

    My personal feelings on the subject aside, I hate the way this family owned and run business keeps floundering on treating their employees with respect and dignity. I have already lost two employees of my own in the past 4 months (one only lasted three weeks) because of the expectations and policies they keep imposing. I keep putting my resume out there and hoping that something sticks.
  7. carbinemike

    carbinemike Global Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Rossignol, I read through the posts and you have my symathy. I hate these bureaucratic thugs that are on power trips. Here we have your dogs taken on flimsy pretense and you are presumed guilty. Then I can find situation after situation where the authorities keep putting kids back into horrible, abusive homes. Keep us posted and I hope you get them back...givem' hell!

    Ripsnotr, I hear you too. I spent many years in a family business that started drug testing if someone had an accident and was hurt and the boss felt they may be under the influence. They didn't do random testing since everyone knew the owners son in law was the biggest pot head in the place.
  8. Ripsnortr

    Ripsnortr 20g

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    I was informed on my way out the door yesterday by one of the non-family members that my last remaining employee is now going to be on the chopping block because of testing. Looks like I am about to do it all. That is of course unless they are using the testing for targeted response.

    My biggest fear is if someone gets ousted and gets a chip on their shoulder. I would assume they can complain to the labor board that they feel they were "made an example of" because of the grandfathering of certian people. Then I would assume that some lawyers would live to get their hands in on that one.
  9. ripjack13

    ripjack13 Resident Sawdust Maker Staff Member Administrator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Wow man.....thats just lame. I'd tell ya to move to Ct, but it sucks too. I'd love to have someone I could go shooting with....specially a fellow MO.....
  10. LAZY EYED SNIPER

    LAZY EYED SNIPER Overwatch Staff Member Global Moderator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    rip, I'm gonna have to find a reason to travel to CT on business...
  11. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator Sponsor

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    Dude, didnt you say recently you need an intern? I could take that on then we'll both go to CT! :D
  12. ripjack13

    ripjack13 Resident Sawdust Maker Staff Member Administrator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    That...would be great! Bon fire at my place! Who's in?
  13. LAZY EYED SNIPER

    LAZY EYED SNIPER Overwatch Staff Member Global Moderator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    I'll bring the marshmallows!
  14. ripjack13

    ripjack13 Resident Sawdust Maker Staff Member Administrator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Fires on! I'm in need of marshmellows.....
  15. LAZY EYED SNIPER

    LAZY EYED SNIPER Overwatch Staff Member Global Moderator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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  16. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator Sponsor

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    Marshmallows, a few buddies, and a couple banjos!
  17. ripjack13

    ripjack13 Resident Sawdust Maker Staff Member Administrator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    I have a few harmonicas too!
  18. Ripsnortr

    Ripsnortr 20g

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    Damn, I missed the bonfire! lol

    This has been an amazing month for me. With all my bitching about work, I came down with a chest cold, and found out I went from having "possible glocoma" to "go see the specialist before you go blind".

    I have been written out for the week from the Dr and I am BORED STIFF!

    Overall I am OK, just in a rut. I need to grab the bootstraps and git goin'! Monday starts a new week. We'll see what is waiting for me in the office when I get back and move forward!
  19. LAZY EYED SNIPER

    LAZY EYED SNIPER Overwatch Staff Member Global Moderator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Man, I hope everything turns out ok for you brother. I know what those ruts are like and have been there several times myself. One way or another things have a way of working out. Hope you get to feeling better soon...
  20. ripjack13

    ripjack13 Resident Sawdust Maker Staff Member Administrator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Wow...glaucoma? What kind? Is it analglaucoma workitis? ..when you can't see your ass at work? Bazinga. ;)

    I'm kidding. I have MS, so that messes up my vision every so often. I know kinda how you feel. I hope for the best for you...

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