General Discussion, Monday, December 19, 2016

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  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    I’m guessing Milan Cathedral ^^^ (haven’t looked yet…)

    * * * * * *

    Yes! I was right.

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  2. MaryfromMarin says:

    Will have to post this “pre-coffee-pot”, I guess…

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    • lovely says:

      “Mary Did You Know?” always reminds me of the beautiful mystery “The bird who built the tree was born therein.”

      Seeing the contractors reminds me that Joseph was faithful and open to the Holy Spirit, he could have been one of any number of professions but Christ chose a carpenter to be His earthly father, Jesus was surrounded by wood, hammers and nails from his earliest childhood. I wonder how often he thought about what was to come as he held wood and nails in his hands and made something useful or beautiful out of it.

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  3. Wooly Phlox says:

    #4 gets my vote.

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  4. John Denney says:

    Just saw on Watters World that a satanist has erected a large pentagram next to the town’s creche and Hanukkah display. Watters was people what the city could do about this “offensive” display.
    Heh. I’d have volunteers surround it as often as possible, turn their back on it, and sing the Hallelujah Chorus.

    “The kingdom of this world is become
    The kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ
    And of His Christ!”

    Then the basses have a short solo:
    “And He shall reign forever and ever.”

    Other voices come in now, but if one listens to the basses, they are like little kids taunting Satan:
    “Forever! and ever!
    And He shall reign and He shall reign!
    Forever!
    Forever! Forever!
    Forever and ever!
    For E-E-ver!
    Forever, and E-ver.”

    It’s my favorite part.

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  5. czarowniczy says:

    Obe of the great memories of living in Utah was going to the Tabernacle to listen to the Choir practice. Even then it was really hard to get in for the performances but few bothered to,
    go for the practices, as if they needed practices.

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  6. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Today is the day.

    December 19, 2016.

    Electoral hurdle awaits.

    Time for another log…

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  7. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  8. ImpeachEmAll says:

    May they be strong…

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  9. derk says:

    Good morning Stella, delightfuls,Czar,
    Your morning selections are getting better and better, was thinking this must be fake, what a beautiful structure. Thank you.
    Speaking of beauty, the course we played this weekend was as well, so was the lad on the right. Me and my game, not so much. Newest most favorite place to play, course wends it way around the Legion of Honor. Oh my!!

    Mary’s territory is back there across the Golden Gate. Took this pic the following morning from atop one of those hills over there.

    You all have a great day out there. Electors! Do what is right!!!!!

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    • amwick says:

      Wow, beautiful pic…. Hope you had a great game.

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      • derk says:

        Game is always great, score, meh. First 4 holes, stumbled badly out of the gate, but pulled it together to shoot decently the final 14. Young lad (FSIL) did retain the coveted Christmas ornament tough, and now proudly hangs on his tree in SF.
        Legion of Honor is smack dab in the middle, you literally drive through the parking lot at one point. This is the teeing area on another hole.

        Over the years, I’ve watched as the golfers have played through, always assuming it was a private course. Not so! Actually a City Park. Residents pay only $30 to play. There are scores of people out walking, kids, dogs. In summer they picnic out there.
        Reminds me of my home course back in Santa Cruz, hilly, rougher greens, friendly staff. Working class course, My kind of place. No collars required!

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        • amwick says:

          There was a course near my home on Long Island, Crab Meadow, and it had wonderful views of the sound. I used to run near there and make a game of collecting the balls that went over the fence. Sweet memories….:)

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        • MaryfromMarin says:

          Did you have time to visit the Legion of Honor? Some lovely pieces of art there…

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          • derk says:

            No, we talked about going. Love the art in there. One of my favorites by Bouguereau, The Broken Water Pitcher.

            Don’t know exactly why, probably saw it years ago and struck a chord. Have a print of it hanging in my bedroom. =D

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    • lovely says:

      Sounds like a beautiful day Derk. Now we know you are a handsome fellow πŸ™‚

      Running late here!

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    • Morning, Derk! Great photo, creates an optimistic mood!

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  10. derk says:

    This…..

    America has truly spoken.

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  11. ImpeachEmAll says:

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    • ImpeachEmAll says:

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      • amwick says:

        I drink coffee cold.. just room temperature. There I some mornings I actually chug a cup, then pour one to have like a normal person.

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        • Morning, Amwick! Do you do cold brew, or just let your coffee get cold?

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Roger that…coffee is coffee. Hot is good, cold is good, anything short of things growing on top you can’t chisel off is good.

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          • John Denney says:

            I was stationed for a year on Tern Island in the French Frigate Shoals, which is near the western end of the Hawaiian Islands.
            The island looked like an aircraft carrier – just a landing strip with a couple buildings on the side.
            The highest point was maybe 6 feet above sea level, and the only source of water was rainfall, and what we could distill from seawater.
            All the buildings had rain gutters that conveyed rainfall to an underground cistern. The biggest roof was the barracks/kitchen/chowhall, and I had to sweep the roof so it would be clean so our water would be clean. It was a hopeless task.
            Three pine trees overhung the roof, and seabirds would perch in them and whitewash the roof. They also sometimes dropped their lunch of fresh little fish.
            The engineers chlorinated the water heavily.
            So our drinking water was heavily tainted with the aromas of pine, guano, fish, and chlorine. Heating it, like to make coffee, only served to enhance the fragrances.
            Worst coffee ever.
            Still drank it.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              I’ve posted this before but it’s still a favorite.
              Many years ago, when Army Combat Engineer companies still had cook sections that made fresh, hot ,meals, our cooks would prepare our coffee. They always had a huge pot, frequently a 20 gallon cook pot, full. When you were out in the field for 30 days at a crack, especially in cold weather, that pot was a lifesaver. You’d go in, fill your big old canteen cup and take the edge off.
              Our cooks had been at it for years, they could make a satisfying meal appear out of thin air. The chief cook used to go by the quartermasters and pick up a bundle of the GI cotton socks. The laundry would wash the sizing out of them and he’d stow them with his mess gear. Cone big coffee pot time he knew just how much coffee to ladle out of the can of bulk coffee and stuff into the sock. He’d tie the sock shut, toss it into the boiling potbof water and viola, perfect hot coffee without grounds.

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      • ImpeachEmAll says:

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Too bad you can only like this once.

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  12. amwick says:

    So, that wonderful cathedral inspired me to grab a pic of my little nativity scene. I forgot the figures in GA, so I put in a couple of my Sacrat Angels… Which are too large, but I have missed them the last couple years.

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  13. 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’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ Czarina! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Phlox! (aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    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™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    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™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ John Denney πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    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!

    Christmas Donuts

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  14. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  15. stella says:

    Seen on Facebook:

    If the Russians did such a great job of hacking the election….why did HRC get 2.4 million more votes?

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  16. lovely says:

    Wyckham Seelig (pictured below) one of the 305 Electoral College voter’s who isn’t a twat will be voting for Trump today. Trump gets 305 votes 35 more than he needs one less than he earned.

    Cheers, folks! It’s a beautiful day.

    Hollywood & bed wetters can shove their letters, emails and faux self-righteousness up their kazoos.

    Tallyho!

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    • ImpeachEmAll says:

      We still need to wait until January 6, 2017 to know the results.
      Hope the Russians share the hacked results before then. πŸ˜‰

      January 6, 2017

      The Congress meets in joint session to count the electoral votes. Congress may pass a law to change this date.

      The Vice President, as President of the Senate, presides over the count and announces the results of the Electoral College vote. The President of the Senate then declares which persons, if any, have been elected President and Vice President of the United States.

      If a State submits conflicting sets of electoral votes to Congress, the two Houses acting concurrently may accept or reject the votes. If they do not concur, the votes of the electors certified by the Governor of the State on the Certificate of Ascertainment would be counted in Congress.

      If no Presidential candidate wins 270 or more electoral votes, a majority, the 12th Amendment to the Constitution provides for the House of Representatives to decide the Presidential election. If necessary the House would elect the President by majority vote, choosing from the three candidates who received the greatest number of electoral votes. The vote would be taken by state, with each state having one vote.

      If no Vice Presidential candidate wins 270 or more electoral votes, a majority, the 12th Amendment provides for the Senate to elect the Vice President. If necessary, the Senate would elect the Vice President by majority vote, choosing from the two candidates who received the greatest number of electoral votes. The vote would be taken by state, with each Senator having one vote.

      If any objections to the Electoral College vote are made, they must be submitted in writing and be signed by at least one member of the House and one Senator. If objections are presented, the House and Senate withdraw to their respective chambers to consider their merits under procedures set out in federal law.

      https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/key-dates.html

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      • lovely says:

        We still need to wait until January 6, 2017 to know the results.

        Yep.

        That will be the next hand wringing date that people are perched on their cracked branch waiting, wondering, chastising and scheming to see if there is any way to stop the will of the American people.

        There might even be another video from has been actors who suggest that if you are a person of integrity and morals if there is anyway you can sneak in and change the votes that you have a moral obligation to do so, after all should’t someone had killed Hitler when he was a baby.

        Then there will be the well meaning but worried Trump supporters who still haven’t got used to winning who will be wringing their hands for the next 18 days about whether or not we are going to have the rug pulled out from under our feet once again. To them I say you haven’t been paying attention to Trump and don’t understand the whole scale burnt down to the ground decimation that the DNC is now trying to claw itself out of.

        This is all to delegitimize Trump’s presidency not stopping him from getting into office. My main fear is for Trump’s life and on that I hand it over to prayer.

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      • Meanwhile, we are becoming the laughingstock of the entire world!

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Here’s the thang, y’all…the new Congress is sworn in theee days before the count, the new Republican Congress will be doing the count.

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  17. Good morning, Stella, everybody!

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  18. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Do as I say; not as I do
    socialists are at it again.

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  19. lovely says:

    Russian ambassador to Turkey seriously injured after being shot in ‘assassination attempt’

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/russian-ambassador-turkey-seriously-injured-9485836

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    • Cetera says:

      You ever get the feeling that certain events need to be accompanied by a dramatic musical score, and someone, a narrator maybe, uttering phrases such as “So it begins…?”

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Lpyeah, gonna be interesting tobsee how this plsys out as the Russians have a totally different approach to their diplonats being killed than the US does. I’ve posted before that bavk in Beirut when terrs killed a Russian diplomat there the Russians quietly had a team come in and wipe out the ters involved and, ALLEGEDLY, their families. Compare that to the POtuS and Hillary.
      We also had that Russian GRU general in Syria, back in 2010, and yet another Russian GRU general ‘mysteriously’ dieing there just this January….hmmmmm.
      Turkey’s not happybwith Russia trying to reconstitute Assad Syria, blunting its plans to grab Syrian land it considers its own. Russia isn’t happy with Turkey interfering with its plans to rebuild its Syrian petro empire, and I’m betting Russia’s got a serious case of the red posterior over failed Russian attempts to peacefully bring Turkey to the red side. Gotta remember that Turkey’s still the most powerful and modern military in the Mideast and flanks Turkey on the Black Sea as well as blocks Russian access through the Bosphorus.
      We have a field of players here who could have shot that ambassador BUT, in a country with very tight gun and social controls, how could the shooter have independently mansged this? This will play out on multiple levels, many of them under the covers. Some terr group will get blamed and bombed but there’s going to be a lot more goingnon out of sight.

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      • lovely says:

        That is what I was thinking most of what is going on is under the the white caps.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Thing is, this Russia/Turkey situation could quite easily blow up into a major war in a heartbeat.
          I was watching a MSM news piece on the Russian resupply to Syria and while the talking head was blathering on about crap mobile S-300 SAM systems were rolling by on the docks. No idea of what version thry were but if Russian crews were manning them for protection of Russian assets you can bet they were not the ‘monkey models’ they sell to clients.
          We’ve had Israel and the US sort of threaten Russian interests with airstrikes and Turkey has already attacked and shot down Russian aircraft. Russia will not give up on Syria, it’s way too important, and will continue to ratchet up its presence to ensure a Russian victory.

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          • lovely says:

            Well at least we don’t have an incoming president who is going to immediately start shooting Russian planes out of the sky all willy-nilly.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Sad as it is about the best scenario now is to back off and let Rusia have its way. They’re doing that with us in Afghanistan and did in Iraq – there was no need for them to risk a shooting war with us over either.
              Russia has heavy interests in keeping its hands on Syria and NATO/EU would bslk at backing us there as Europe will heavily benefit from a Ruseian ‘win’ there. A number of major Mideast players will benefit also, so any help we get from them would be grudging at best. In all getti getting this over as quickly as possible will save lives and treasure.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              I’m betting that her ‘no fly’ zone was just election rhetoric, trying to give the uninformed yet concerned a sop to feed their denial.
              Point one is that you do not declare a ‘no fly’ zone against an equally armed party unless you are prepared to draw blood. You also have to have a viable response on case they decide to draw blood. Hillary knows that our military’s worn and tired after some 15 years of war, our treasury’s drawn way down and the country just wouldn’t put up with our going into a major war with Russia over something as far away as Syria.
              Russia knows that if the US got into a shooting war with it in Syria the most likley response would be for the US to turn tail and exit the stage so I see Russia pushing the line hard and fast. Hillary’s only options would have been to run or fight and either would have crashed her image and legacy. I’m betting that once in office she’d have taken the moral coward’s way out – a freeway for her – and thrown it into the UN where it would have languished like any other issue of importance has. A crisis passed is a crisis solved.

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          • nyetneetot says:

            “monkey models” ROTFLMAO!!!

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      • lovely says:

        Thank you fro always bringing your personal and extensive knowledge to these situations there is so much that I do not know and you help put it into perspective.

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    • John Denney says:

      So, will the Turks simply arrest the guy and put him on trial for murder? Will the Russians accept the results of Turkish justice?

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      • John Denney says:

        Never mind. Looks like he was shot and killed on the spot.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        The Russians already said they are looking for who told this guy to do it. I have a feeling this won’t get the Benghazi treatment.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Conveniently the Turks can deliver his room temperature body. They’ll offer sincere apologies, send flowers and perhaps a chese plate to the fineral, promise a full investigation and perhaps the dead bodies of some Kurd co-conspirators their thorough probe turns up. Russians will bluster, file a formal protest and perhaps send a Turk diplomat or two home.
          Too much at risk right now, Russians can wait to get their payback.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Conveniently for the Turks police there shot and killed the shooter….shades of planned political assassinations. Interesting he was an off-duty Turk cop, brings all sorts of religio-political possibilities to mind.
        Wonder what the last thing to go through the assassin’s mind was? Probably a 9mm bullet….old joke.

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  20. czarowniczy says:

    Ugh! Sitting here watching old episodes of COPS. They are out chasing bad guys in areas in West Palm, now built up with apartments and houses on 6-lane hiways, where we used to hunt as kids, areas that were all dense swamps. So goes life….

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    • nyetneetot says:

      I tried showing the Mrs. some place I lived back in the 70’s. I almost couldn’t find it and the acres of forest nearby was GONE. Nothing but tract housing.

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  21. nyetneetot says:

    I’m waiting on UPS. They sent me a link to a map via E-Mail. Watching the truck randomly drive near me it like watching the old centipede video game.

    http://my.ign.com/atari/centipede

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  22. czarowniczy says:

    Now Obama’s saying one of the reasons the Rats lost the election is they failed to effectively frame the issues as they relate to rural dwellers.
    Oh yeah? Are these rural dwellers the same ones he called bitter clingers who shouldn’t be allowed to live without government control and oversight? The same ones he later scorched as rednecks? Same ones Hillary spit out as Deplorables? Maybe we all be tooooo stoooopid to be understanin’ dem framses….
    Sooner this POS gets glushed the better.

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  23. lovely says:

    Michelle Obama has declared her and Barack the “Joy Masters” of the White House. There is a term for the relationship in which Barack and Michelle dwell and it is defined in the DSM V as “Folie Γ  deus” these two people have no connection to reality. They are their own promise.

    “Joy Masters”? Delusional.

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  24. amwick says:

    This image may be a bit oversized.. but….. try this with Baileys, or whatever cream liquor you have handy!!! Seriously delicious.

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    • joshua says:

      we just toss in a little Tabasco and red peppers here in Tejas…cinnamon is for sweetrolls.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      I just bought a bottle of a cream liquor with rum that had a minibottle of cinnamon whisky attached. Gonna try that one first.
      Normally I ain’t too het up on unnatchul flavors in a good booze but this JD’s a liqueur and not a liquor.

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