A lady was sitting in a traffic jam with her dog, Sherman, in the car with her. Sherman, a beautiful 230 pound English Mastiff, is not just a beloved family pet, he is also a therapy dog who visits people in senior communities, home-bound people, and people with other special needs to help to lift their spirits and brighten their days. Sherman’s people mom, Sherry McAllister, uses her vehicle to take Sherman to his jobs and has her cell phone number posted to the outsides of her car advertising their services. So there are Sherry and Sherman sitting in their ride, not going anywhere or doing anything when her phone rings, and as they say in the clickbait ads, what happened next is amazing…

SunnySkyz:

“We were stuck in a huge traffic jam for about 15 minutes, without moving, when my phone rang. Since we obviously weren’t going anywhere, I answered. On the other end of the phone was a soft-spoken man who introduced himself as, Andy.”

“He explained he was a few cars back from us, and saw Sherman stick his big ol’ head out the window, so he called the number on our decal (we have a huge decal on three sides of the suburban with a picture of Sherman’s head, his name, and our contact number). He told us he had just returned home after a 3+ month stay in a nursing home facility. He was recovering from the most recent of multiple back surgeries.”

“It’s because of this stay in the nursing home and his failing health that he had to rehome his large breed dog. He is, sadly, unable to care for him any longer. This decision clearly broke his heart, as we could hear him choking up as he spoke. He asked if we could meet up sometime, so he could just pet Sherman. Of course, we told him we would love to set a time to meet up with him. He thanked us and we said our goodbyes, with a promise to set something up in the next few days.

As we sat there in traffic, I couldn’t get Andy’s sad voice out of my head. We decided to call him back and ask if he would like to turn off into the Wal-Mart parking lot to say, ‘Hello’ to Sherman real quick. We could hear his voice cracking over the phone when he said, ‘Yes!’.”

So, they met in the nearby parking lot, where Sherry invited Andy to meet Sherman and spend some time with him, which he did, and Sherman immediately went about giving Andy exactly what he needed:

Sherman the Therapy Dog photo from SunnySkyz

MORE at SunnySkyz HERE

Sherman has a Facebook page, HERE.

People can be so miserable sitting in traffic, it is the sort of thing that can bring out some of our worst personality quirks, it’s nice to see something GOOD come out of one! As Jerry Wilson wrote right here at Da Tech Guy Blog just yesterday, sometimes God puts us exactly where we are needed at exactly the right time. I believe this truly in my heart and I think the above story is a fine example of such divine placement (as is Jerry’s story, which you should check out if you haven’t already).

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MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals. 

Cuban state media announced that Fidel Castro’s oldest son, Fidel Castro Díaz-Balart, age 68, a.k.a. Fidelito, ended his life:

Castro Díaz-Balart was the only son of Fidel and his first wife, Mirta Díaz-Balart, who were divorced before the Cuban revolution. As a child, he was the subject of a nasty custody battle — with his mother, having kidnapped and moving with him to live in New York. He eventually landed back in Cuba when after his father seized power in 1959.

Castro Díaz-Balart was trained in the Soviet Union as a nuclear physicist and served as a scientific adviser to Cuba’s Council of State.

Fidel Sr had ten other children.

There is much speculation regarding the news: Carlos Eire writes,

To paraphrase Hamlet, something smells rotten in the kingdom of Castrogonia.

The Ministry of Truth attributes the suicide to depression.

But… one must wonder about the timing of all this, as King Raul approaches his sideways shuffle from the public throne to a hidden one, and issues of succession are at stake.

Think Game of Thrones. Think Sopranos. Think Godfather….

As for Fidelito: who can imagine what it was like to have Fidel for a father and Raul for an uncle?

Fidel kidnapped him at a young age, after he divorced his mother. And that was just at the beginning of a very miserable life.

Miserable it must have been, yes, but he did live like the prince he was, along with all the other princes and princesses of the Castro dynasty.

Fidel Sr paraded Junior in olive green fatigues as a child. As an adult, Jr was head of Cuba’s nuclear program. When that fell through,

Those dreams came crashing down along with the Berlin Wall. The Soviet Union’s implosion robbed Cuba, for a time, of its greatest benefactor. At the same time, insurmountable technical and financial problems doomed the plant — which became an abandoned Cold War relic. The elder Castro publicly blamed his son, whom he unceremoniously fired in 1992.

Years ago there were rumors – which I cannot verify – that Sr had Jr placed under house arrest.

Fidelito, by all accounts, was marginalized by his uncle Raúl, Cuba’s dictator since 2006 (Raúl was acting president from 2006 to 2008, and has been president officially since 2008).

The Miami Herald points out that

The suicide rate in Cuba is among the highest in the Americas, according to a 2014 study by the Pan American Health Organization, a regional office of the World Health Organization.

Fidelito is, directly or indirectly, one more casualty of the Revolución.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog

Nothing to see here

Sir Humphrey Appleby: How are things at the Campaign for the Freedom of Information, by the way?

Sir Arnold Robinson: Sorry, I can’t talk about that.

Yes Minister Party Games 1984

Frank Drebin:  Nothing to see here move along

The Naked Gun 1988

Well it looks like the long anticipated, heavily dreaded memo is about to be released today and there doesn’t seem to be any other topic in the world, not the Superbowl, not the train crash, not North Korea or the Olympics.

I find it a tad odd to have it released on a Friday, particularly a Friday before a Superbowl but I suspect that’s a preview of what is coming.

I have no idea what’s in the Memo, neither do most of you, the fact that none of it has leaked is a great illustration of the difference between when the GOP handles classified data and the left but I have one prediction concerning it that I’d like to make and it’s this:

As you’ve noticed the Democrats , FBI and the left have spent the last two weeks in an all out assault on this memo, claiming that if anyone in the public it will undermine institutions of great value (apparently of great value to Democrats).  I suspect this is because like Harvey Weinstein business everybody on the left knew this stuff was going on but doesn’t want you to know it was.  So I predict that they will fight the release of this memo to the very last second…

…and then the moment it is made public you will see the entire Washington/Media/Hollywood complex decide that it’s not newsworthy, that it’s a big nothing burger and it not worth your time, pundits who swore that the entire fabric of western civilization was about to collapse will turn on a dime faster than US communists went from being isolationists after the Nazi-Soviet Pact to becoming interventionists the day Hitler invaded Russia.

Cue Frank Drebin

At least that’s what I think.  Well see if I do better on this than I did yesterday.

Closing thought: You think Hollywood might be regretting spending months hyping a movie all about how heroic it is to release classified info to inform the public? I wait with breathless anticipation of the anouncement of the sequel to The Post where Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep decide they don’t want to let their readers see classified stuff after all.

Update: Ezra Klein on the memo after release: So What?

The spin on CNN: The president has defied the FBI and Justice department.

Update 2: from the Hill: Comey: That’s it?

I’m old enough to remember when Comey thought the release of this document was a serious security breech and a crisis.