General Discussion, Monday, August 15, 2016

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  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    Another winner image, stella.

    Liked by 6 people

  2. czarowniczy says:

    Nice but we’d prefer something a wee bit less rain-oriented…

    Liked by 5 people

  3. ImpeachEmAll says:

    A cause to pause…

    Liked by 7 people

  4. ZurichMike says:

    Today in August 15th, the feast day of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother into heaven, a very important day for Catholics and the Orthodox (who celebrate this on their calendar in 2 weeks). Here is a traditional and lovely Marian hymn for your listening pleasure. Please, no doctrinal discussions, thank you.

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  5. Morning all! A big hello to Stella, Mary, Menagerie, czar, Col Ken, Nyet, lovely, Pam, auscitizenmom, ImpeachEmAll, Zurich Mike, Monroe, Howie, Michelle, Wee, Ziiggii, Texan59, Wooly Phlox, tessa50, Tundra, Margaret-Ann, shiloh1973, oldiaguy and all others who may visit today!

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  6. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

    Liked by 5 people

  7. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_|
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_|
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_|
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| ( and Czarina πŸ™‚ 🍸 )
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_|
    Mornin’ ctdar! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_|
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Phlox! (aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_|
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (bailey irish cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_|
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_|
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_|
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_|
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_|
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:

    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Pastries for coffee!

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  8. *add… Oh well! Too early for my brain to be on. πŸ˜‰

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  9. czarowniczy says:

    News is starting to filter in from the flooded areas north of Lake Pontchartrain and it’s as expected.
    As the parishes north of the lake benefitted from the New Orleans white-flight they started allowing development in areas that were known to flood with heavy rains. Post-Katrina there was a rush exodus many post-K transplants also thought living north of the lake was preferable to braving the city.
    That quest for more tax revenue moved the county dorks to approve houses and trailer parks to be built in areas they never should have been built in. We’re hearing longtime residents who flooded saying they never flooded before certain developments were built, changing groundwater flow and absorption patterns. There’s a couple of communities at the south end of the Pearl River that flood so regularly they’ve become part of the regional flood reporting system, when the river’s at such-and-such a height this or that community will flood this much.
    We’re also hearing the stories about people who’ve lost everything as their houses/trailers did not have flood insurance. Many of these folks had never flooded before and nearly all of them are not able to pay the rediculous flood insurance premiums that Rep Maxine Waters’ (irony there) ‘fix’ for the old program created. More irony: Rep Waters is black and many of the folks she priced out of the market and leftvwithout insurance are black.
    The state, Red Cross, local NGOs and just plain citizens have been out there helping flood victims from the beginning days ago. The major national food stores have opened their doors as shelters and have provided food and water to those displaced. FEMA announced today that it should be out there sometime soon….ish….don’t hold your breath.

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    • Menagerie says:

      Here’s a perhaps uncharitable truth. I resent my tax dollars being spent in cities like New Orleans and Atlanta, who have just grown too danged much out of greed and poor planning.

      Among other reasons, Atlanta’s rampant growth has spurred the state of Georgia to actually try to grab a part of Tennessee for access to the Tennessee River. They claim an old survey was wrong or something. Such could probably be said for pretty much every state. Haven’t heard about the feud in a year or so, I don’t know what the status is, but I know that Tennessee is not going to let them destroy the river and suck out tons of water for the fidiots in Atlanta.

      I have never been a fan of that city, unlike many southerners. My daddy, who was from Kansas, used to joke that when southerners died they went to Atlanta instead of heaven. For me, if I wind up there I’ll know that I’m in hell.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        No arguement here. Government at all levels created the New Orleans mess and people nationwide should have learned from it…but didn’t. You paid for the houses in some areas that were rebuilt as even if they ‘owners’ wanted to buy insurance they couldn’t as thry had no,proof of ownership. The city allowed the houses to pass from hand to hand for generations without a transfer of title. Psrt of that reason is the city never collected property taxes on these houses, basically didn’t know they existed and never did a survey. The city squandered its funds and never updated flood protection facilities until post-K when YOU ALL footed the bill….thanks, by the way.
        Now cities with a solid flood potential have to deal with ridiculous flood onsurance premiums that are forcing some folks to just let the banks take their houses. You must have flood insurance if you have a mortgage and in a lot of places the monthly cost of that Federal insurance is more than the mortgage. Cities are going to be left with a lot of abandoned/unsold/unsellable houses that will cause their own sets of problems.

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        • Menagerie says:

          I have a relative who was impacted. They live on a dry patch in the middle of an area prone to floods. They were in dire straits when the government mandated flood insurance. They were able to get a survey done, which lowered the cost of the insurance drastically, but still, they live in a very old house that has never been flooded, and now have to pay quite a bit for insurance that will never pay off.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            I know the feeling. We had a small canal in the back of our New Orleans house that the city deepened and widened for drainage improvement. They boxed it in with concrete but only half way so The groundwater that supported the houses now had a free path to the canal and our houses started to sink. We spent many thousands to have pilings put under the house and level the slab, money the city didn’t help with and we couldn’t take off of our taxes.
            To add insult to injury they closed the pumping station that drained our canal and connected our canal to another canal/pumping station a ways away so water now stays in the canal longer and can overflow onto property. Now those of us along the drainage canal have a much higher flood insurance premium than those just on the other side of our street.
            Your government in action, making a problem worse when they’re trying to make it better.

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            • stella says:

              Reminds me of our local sewer backup problem two years ago. We had some backup also the prior year during a heavy rain. The city said that it was the fault of the homeowners and the sewer lines on our properties from the houses to the main drain. The two worse cases were mine, and the guy a couple of houses down who had completely replaced his drains only two or three years before. I had my drains snaked a couple of years before. We joked that we had given the backup a free path into our basements.

              We filed complaints and claims with the city’s insurance company, attended council meetings, and were turned down. The next year came the major sewer problems all over our area. Thousands of people had sewage in their basements (mine was two feet deep). The truth about that was never acknowledged either. I heard that officials gave preference to the drains on I-75 in an attempt to prevent flooding (it didn’t work). The manholes on the street a mile from me were blown off and propelled several feet in the air.

              Luckily, we were declared a disaster area, and those of us who filed claims got some financial relief via FEMA. In my case, it covered replacement of my furnace and water heater, and some cleanup costs, although nothing for contents.

              The problem is that we have old sewer systems that haven’t been properly maintained. Most of them are probably at least 70 or 80 years old in my area. Now the city is sponsoring insurance that we can buy against replacement of the lines on our private property. I wonder if they are getting a percentage of the premiums. No word on city sewer improvements. The end result is that I would never do any further improvements in my basement, or store anything I care about less than several feet off the floor. I also purchased sewer backup insurance.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                NOLA’s water/sewer system’s mostly over 100 years old, there are even clay/wood pipes in places. The soil’s unstable so pipes are shifting and breaking constantly, estimates are that half of all the water the city makes each day leaks out before it gets to consumers.
                On the west side of the cityvwe have our own water plant andvsystem as the river divides the city. We’re beingbtold that it looks like we’ll get dunned to,psy for thevother side’s repairs…fairness and all that. Meanwhile the words getting out that the city’s due millions from unpaid water bills.
                Many have installed a flapper valve in their sewer systems that prevents sewerage back up into their houses. It’s not worth crap (couldn’t resist that) if the water gets above your toilet height but does prevent a lot of backup from lesser floods.

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                • stella says:

                  I have a backup valve, but it didn’t help in the “great backup”. As I said, it was blowing manhole covers into the air – my valve didn’t have a chance!

                  The Detroit sewer system is very old in places (Detroit dates back more than 300 years – most people don’t know that), but out here in the older suburbs, our systems are less than 100 years old, not that they are all that good. I think all older cities are having these infrastructure problems. The politicians take in lots of tax money, but don’t spend it to take care of business until they are forced.

                  ADD: I have a toilet in my basement – it was a “fountain” during the event.

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    As New Orleans is below sea level, not to mention below the hi-water level of the river that flows thru it, only idiots have basements. OK, the city government built basements…and stored the city’s important records in them…and put the emergency flood equipment in them…then that proves my point!
                    The city fathers…or mothers, pick your epithet…have a hard enough time stealing and misspending the city’s money, having to arrange forvsweetheart deals, kickbacks, family members to be hired, all of that stuff that would go with a new tax dollar public works project, is a bit beyond them right now. City just built a multi-hundreds- of-millions $$$$$ new prison and Feds aren’t donevinvestigating the corruption there. The city’s also spending millions rebuilding the city’s streetcar infrastructure that the gasoline/ automobile industry bribed them to dismantle decades ago and the Feds haven’t even started onvestigations and indictments there (Feds keep indictment forms preprinted here, just have to fill in names) so no Fed sewer monies are forthcoming until the Feds have enough people free to investigate and prosecute that.
                    Life in the big city…

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    • WeeWeed says:

      A lot of our leos, emts and other first responders are already down there trying to ease some of the burden. I’m sure by now foodstuffs are on the way (if not already there.)

      Liked by 2 people

      • czarowniczy says:

        And it’s a great thing too, if they were to have waited for the Feds the victims would have starved, died of thirst, still be bobbing in the water or drowned. The NG was johnny on the spot, helicopters bringing food and water to stranded motorists on the I-12 and NG and private hi-water vehicles doing the same and bringing supplies for infants and children.
        To be fair active military helicopters were there plucking oeople off of flooded rooftops but they are here for ocean/lake rescues so they were ready to go. Other than that the FEMA folks are still checking their schedules.
        Pay your taxes on the same schedule the Feds respond to emergencies on and see what happens.

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        • Menagerie says:

          The Federal government fixes nothing, breaks everything. Just my humble opinion. I can’t think of a single thing they do well except levy and collect taxes, and they ain’t fair about that. I submit Reverend Al as evidence.

          Liked by 2 people

  10. stella says:

    Seen on Facebook:

    The previous two weeks I was in Scotland and on three occasions I had ‘regular folks’ – waiter, bartender, shop keeper – bring up the election without me saying anything other than where I lived. Each person, slowly tiptoed into saying how much they hope Trump wins because they’re terrified what’s happening in Europe. They know Hillary will enable the disaster-bent Euro elites.

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    • Menagerie says:

      See, the damned trouble is people still tiptoe. I know why, and I was that way until the #NeverTrump idiots made me so mad. I understand you can’t just launch into that with a foreign citizen, but those Europeans have got to find their backbone too. It’s looking like we Americans can’t pull their ***es out of the Muslim fire this time. They need to reach way back in their gene pool and find some of that courage they had in Pius V, Ghislieri, Don John of Austria, further back, Charles Martel, and so many more. Surely there is a strain of these great warriors left, somewhere. But are there enough?

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Give up your guns, turn your children over to the state for education, stop wasting Sundays in church and, while you’re at it, pkease pick up that soap. Run that one by Hillary and see if she disagrees..

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  11. stella says:

    Seen on Facebook:

    Sbw (editor of an upstate NY newspaper): I had to offer the newsroom corrective suggestions when the article failed to note until the seventh graf that the man shot by police[in Milwaukee] was armed.

    AP.

    I said to the newsroom in no uncertain terms that I expect them to edit AP stories to remove all IEDs — Improvised Editing Devices — before publication.

    Either AP is in the tank or they learned nothing of value in school. I prefer to believe the latter since rhetorical immaturity is the norm for American public school graduates.

    Posted by: sbw

    Liked by 3 people

    • czarowniczy says:

      According to the BLM dogma the fact the black assailant was armed is irrelevant, even shooting at cops or other civilians without reason is not relevant, only thing that matters is the police shot a black man.

      Liked by 2 people

  12. shiloh1973 says:

    Just saw this picture on Bill Mitchell’s Twitter . I love it.

    Liked by 8 people

    • Wooly Phlox says:

      That statue was a curse to begin with.

      Give us your…

      NO. NO. We don’t want to be given any more.

      Give us your less intelligent and more violent people, in perpetuity, for ever and ever, amen. Culturally enrich us by giving us all those people who already destroyed your nations, so that they can destroy ours, and even destroy the concept of “Nation”.

      What’s the going rate for bronze at the junkers?

      That’s what I would do with France’s “gift” of that Statue of Parasitism.

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      • shiloh1973 says:

        So I guess you are Native American? This statue did not just show up 20 years ago. Without the immigrants who came here years ago we would not have a country. Well, we would, but we all be living in tents and hunting for our food. Have we gone the wrong direction the last 20 years? You bet we have, but it has nothing to do with the statue of Liberty.

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    • stella says:

      Depressing, but true, I’m sure.

      Liked by 2 people

    • texan59 says:

      Runnin’ late. Thank ya’z Miss Wee. That really, really p*sses me off. But am not truly surprised. πŸ‘Ώ πŸ‘Ώ 😈

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Hey Ms.WeeWeed, seen this coming in my local, state. Us landed gentry were pushed to fund this or this. When a 25 old something was telling me to part with my dollars, to elect some suburban GOP (RINO) at state level, cause we need him on the team, I started moving up wind, and went into the observation mode.
      There were many adult refreshments served around to fire pit, and the discussion was quite lively at times. We closed our wallets and moved on. There are many ways to skin local politicians, that’s what we started and we are still in the fight.
      Thank you Ms.WeeWeed!!!!

      Liked by 2 people

    • czarowniczy says:

      Let’s face it, avlotta tea party folks helped the demise along.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. WeeWeed says:

    The cat on Bing today looks like my little Punkin’. I’d kiss hers’ head.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. auscitizenmom says:

    Aaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

    Like

  15. Wooly Phlox says:

    In Soviet America, cat pets you.

    πŸ™‚

    Laying in bed last night, Tripod was washing my beard.

    “Hey look! Fur! I have to clean it!”

    Each little moment of happiness counts.

    Like

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