General Discussion, Thursday, March 9, 2017

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  1. texan59 says:

    Thursday already. Everyone’s been losing their mind over healthcare for a couple days now. Let’s all take a deep breath and remember that these folks are making sausage right now, and there’s no way to tell what the final flavor is gonna be. Keep the pressure on the honyocks up there. Better coffee up y’all, cuz this whole unwinding is gonna take awhile. πŸ˜€

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Tex!!! Thanks and I will have a few cups by the fire. Good coffee……

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    • Yay coffee! Thank you!

      I note that the media is losing their minds (again), but some of the folks I work with had to have O-care and most were not happy about it. One actually had to take the penalty because that was cheaper.

      I don’t really know who the media is crying on behalf of here. :/

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      • amwick says:

        I lost my plan because of ACA… The replacement was really not affordable at all… Personally, I do not believe that our Gov. should be in the insurance business. Poor people need help, I get that, but dumping that burden on middle class??? That was all part of the plan, that Obamacare didn’t want to explain..

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        • Cetera says:

          I lost my job because of ACA, which also meant I lost my plan.

          The rural hospital that owned the IT company I worked for had spun off their IT dept into a separate org. The small hospital had all the IT requirements of a large hospital, but without the patient volume. They created the sub-company to provide IT services to other small businesses, and recoup revenue while also helping out that way.

          Worked pretty well, too, until it was determined that there wasn’t any conceivable way they could meet the requirements of Meaningful Use that kept moving the goalposts. They also provided their own health insurance to employees, underwriting all of it, and having an insurance company manage the claims process for them.

          With the Obamacare regs, and the MU regs, it couldn’t be done. They cut insurance, changed their insurance provider front-end, scaled back IT operations, and reduced their contract with their own sub-company for IT services, which led to the direct result of a re-org and half my dept losing our jobs. Further job losses throughout the company would continue over the next 2 years.

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          • amwick says:

            So sorry,,,, that is terrible… I just walked away from my job in ’04. Never looked back. What a fr_gg_n disastor, excuse my French… on so many levels to so many people…

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  2. texan59 says:

    This goes out to our friend up north. Way north. Miss Tundra. πŸ˜†

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  3. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Thought all might enjoy some humor…….

    Our society appears to be doomed………..???

    IDIOT SIGHTING
    I handed the teller at my bank a withdrawal slip for $400.00 I said “May I have large bills, please”.
    She looked at me and said “I’m sorry sir, all the bills are the same size.”
    When I got up off the floor I explained it to her.

    IDIOT SIGHTING
    When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. ‘Hey,’ I announced to the technician, ‘it’s open!’
    His reply: ‘I know, I already got that side.’
    This was at the Ford dealership in Canton, MS

    IDIOT SIGHTING
    We had to have the garage door repaired.
    The Sears repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a ‘large’ enough motor on the opener. I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one Sears made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower.
    He shook his head and said, ‘Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower.’ I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4.
    He said, ‘NO, it’s not.’ Four is larger than two.’
    We haven’t used Sears repair since.

    IDIOT SIGHTING
    My daughter and I went through the McDonald’s take-out window and I gave the clerk a $5 bill.
    Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her a quarter.
    She said, ‘you gave me too much money.’ I said, ‘Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar bill back. She sighed and went to get the manager, who asked me to repeat my request.
    I did so, and he handed me back the quarter, and said ‘We’re sorry but we could not do that kind of thing.’
    The clerk then proceeded to give me back $1 and 75 cents in change.
    Please, do NOT confuse the clerks at McD’s.

    IDIOT SIGHTING
    My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco.
    She asked the person behind the counter for ‘minimal lettuce.’ He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg lettuce.
    IDIOT SIGHTING
    I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, ‘Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?’
    To which I replied, ‘If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?’
    He smiled knowingly and nodded, ‘That’s why we ask.’ Happened in Birmingham, Ala.

    IDIOT SIGHTING
    The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it’s safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an intellectually challenged co-worker of mine. She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for.I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red. Appalled, she responded, ‘What on earth are blind people doing driving?!’
    She was a probation officer in Wichita, KS

    IDIOT SIGHTING
    At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear co-worker who was leaving the company due to ‘downsizing,’ our manager commented cheerfully, ‘This is fun. We should do this more often.’ Not another word was spoken. We all just looked at each other with that deer-in-the-headlights stare. This was a lunch at Texas Instruments.

    IDIOT SIGHTING
    I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself and for the sake of her life, couldn’t understand why her system would not turn on. A deputy with the Dallas County Sheriff’s office, no less.

    STAY ALERT! They walk among us……and they VOTE…..and they multiply!

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    • michellc says:

      My daughter and I went through the McDonald’s take-out window and I gave the clerk a $5 bill.
      Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her a quarter.
      She said, β€˜you gave me too much money.’ I said, β€˜Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar bill back. She sighed and went to get the manager, who asked me to repeat my request.
      I did so, and he handed me back the quarter, and said β€˜We’re sorry but we could not do that kind of thing.’
      The clerk then proceeded to give me back $1 and 75 cents in change.
      Please, do NOT confuse the clerks at McD’s.

      Something similar to this actually happened to me when my daughter was in the hospital. I ran to the Mexican restaurant down the street to get her a chicken fajita dinner. It came to 10.99 and I gave the girl a $20, she took a penny out of the little penny need a penny take a penny tray and gave me $10 back. I tried to explain it to her, but she told me it was alright that was what the pennies were for. I gave up and just took the $10, it’s not my fault if they hire dumb people who act like I’m the stupid one.

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    • amwick says:

      THis is true…
      We were discussing young people and navigating… Most cannot and will not look at a map.. They depend on the smart phone GPS. Our friend’s grandson called his mom for directions home. He was only a mile away.

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      • amwick says:

        This is partially because young people, as younger people, have their eyes glued on a tiny screen, instead of out the car window. They get hauled all over without picking up basic landmarks… SMH…

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        • I didn’t get a phone with a GPA until late in college, read, like last year, so I had to learn to drive by landmarks and printed Google maps.

          Problem is I can’t give directions; it took a long time to learn the names of the roads and if I’m somewhere I’m only a little familiar with, well, telling you to drive up to the road until you come to that one billboard in front of it and turn right isn’t a great way to give directions.

          The longer I drive the same roads the better I get at picking up names, though.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          It’s something of an issue on the Army too. Folks came in for decades with at least some idea of reading a map but now paper maps are as passe as good table manners. We always had problems teaching some to read military topo maps but just before I retired some of the instructors were almost in tears with the difficulties now.
          So far we have only fought ‘less than modern’ militaries but one of these days we’ll go nose-to-nose with one that can disable electronics and we’re gonna have a problem.

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          • stella says:

            I’m watching a program on YouTube about WWII rationing, cooking, gardening etc in England. Our snowflakes today would/will have a hard time. It would never be as bad here as it was there, but still.

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    • Menagerie says:

      When I worked at Home Depot I had people argue fractions with me all the time. If they needed a screen slightly smaller than their measured opening which might be say 20 1/4 I would suggest 20 1/8. They would argue and you could never convince them.

      Also, if women came in to get bags of concrete, or blown insulation with the square footage their husband gave them, I would ask them how thick the concrete or insulation was going to be. At this point they would get very irate and tell me that didn’t matter.

      Even men in the construction field would try to order shingles, siding, and sheet rock with the square footage of a house.

      I was one of only two people in the store who could calculate how long a board was needed for step stringers or how long a rod for for a light fixture to hang from a cathedral ceiling.

      All that is basic math. Now we have idiots posting simple math problems on Facebook with the comment “Only a genius can solve this.” Really? It’s all about order of operations, which we learned in elementary school.

      Our whole society does not have math shills I learned by sixth or seventh grade.

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      • stella says:

        I just remembered …

        About 20 years ago I took a part-time holiday job at Circuit City (in addition to my full-time job, which was a mistake, but that’s another story.)

        As part of the application process, I had to take a test, which was quite long, that dealt strictly with making change: e.g. If a customer’s total is $27.66 cents, and the customer gives you $50, what is the correct amount of change, and what bills/coins would you give him?

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        • amwick says:

          simple algebra:

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          • nyetneetot says:

            16
            The images are pictographs. The apple is not an apple, it’s a 10.

            What is the context of this exercise? If they are tying to demonstrate some sort of historical progression of mathematics in the last 600-300 years, I suppose this could take 3 minutes to make a point. I think the decimal point vs. fractions would serve everyone better since it’s used everywhere.

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            • stella says:

              Problems like these are all over Facebook. They are apparently trendy right now.

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            • stella says:

              Could be X, Y, and Z instead of apple, banana and coconut.

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              • nyetneetot says:

                I bet someone found that using letters intimidated people and so fruit was used to make it more friendly. It’s stupid. The issue is self-discipline and the lack thereof.

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                • stella says:

                  Why ‘self-discipline’? Don’t get that.

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                  • nyetneetot says:

                    Self-discipline is no longer taught. Without self-discipline, intense study and learning is virtually impossible.
                    Self-discipline is a product of the Judeo-Christian ethical system that built Western civilization. With the never ending attack on our way of life, self-discipline is all but gone and nobody can make change.

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                • lovely says:

                  I would go past the lack of self discipline to the fact that many today cannot focus on one thing at a time. The TV is on, the iPod and the iPhone, many young adults multitask by watching and interacting on the surface level with multiple devices at one time as soon as one of the devices gets beyond a low level of participation required by their brain they shift their focus to another device as their brain flits back and forth from device to device and their synopsis for conscious cognitive activity is slipping away.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Woof! Y’all sure got me that ‘un, I thought it was a San Francisco census as done by a Texas A&M math class.

              Not every day I get a chances to be terribly non-PC and PO a lotta folks first off. OK, it’s a lotta days…but then I only self-identify as being caring.

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            • amwick says:

              It was presented a brain teaser, I also saw it on a “Mensa” type IQ test…No big deal.

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        • nyetneetot says:

          I was auditing a introduction to personal computers course in 1989 and I recall the instructor telling the class that young people were unable to count or make change correctly. Due to this, McDonald’s had installed computerized cash registers that told exactly how many Quarters, dimes, nickels, and cents to hand the customer.
          The problem has been going on from about the time digital calculators became common in the home.

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          • stella says:

            We were taught to do mental math in school. I remember having contests in class to see who could come up with the correct answer first. That is how I always calculate my change when I pay for something in cash (less frequently than I used to). Of course, we didn’t have hand-held calculators then. They didn’t come into general use until at least 10 years after I graduated from high school (yes, I am old).

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          • michellc says:

            I had to knock a few teachers upside the head when my kids were in grade school and junior high over calculators.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Re the person who plugged her pierr strip into itself: too vad Obama’s out of office, sounds like she’d be right up his alley as a Secretary of Energy.

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      • Menagerie says:

        We had, I am not kidding, a woman come in looking for an electric electric generator. Got real mad that we didn’t have one. Insisted they were a thing.

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  4. patternpuzzler says:

    This Day in American History, March 9

    1776: Publication of the influential economics book “The Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith
    1822: Charles Graham of NY granted first US patent for artificial teeth

    1841: US Supreme Court rules the kidnapped slaves from the Spanish schooner the Amistad are free. At the end of a historic case, the U.S. Supreme Court rules, with only one dissent, that the African slaves who seized control of the Amistad slave ship had been illegally forced into slavery, and thus are free under American law.

    1858: Albert Potts of Philadelphia patents the street mailbox

    1862: USS Monitor and CSS Merrimack battle in Hampton Roads. One of the most famous naval battles in American history occurs as two ironclads,the U.S.S.Monitor and the C.S.S. Virginia fight to a draw off Hampton Roads, Virginia. The ships pounded each other all morning, but their armor plates easily deflected the cannon shots, signaling a new era of steam-powered iron ships.

    1889: Kansas passes 1st general antitrust law in US
    1907: 1st involuntary sterilization law enacted, Indiana
    1916: Mexican General Francisco “Pancho” Villa invades US (18 killed)
    1922: KJR-AM in Seattle Washington begins radio transmissions
    1923: Elmer Rice’s “Adding Machine” premieres in NYC
    1926: Bertha Landes elected 1st woman mayor of Seattle
    1933: US Congress is called into special session by FDR, beginning its “100 days”

    1945: Firebombing of Tokyo. 334 US B-29 Superfortresses attack Tokyo with 120,000 fire bombs. This was the single deadliest air attack of WWII.

    1950: Willie Sutton robs Manufacturers Bank of $64,000 in NYC

    1951: Edward Teller and Stanislaw Ulam submit a classified paper at the Los Alamos lab, in which they proposed their revolutionary new design, staged implosion, for a practical megaton-range hydrogen bomb

    1954: 1st local color TV commercial WNBT-TV (WNBC-TV) NYC (Castro Decorators)
    1959: 1st known radar contact is made with Venus

    1959: Barbie makes her debut at the American Toy Fair in New York. Over a billion have been sold worldwide since.

    1961: Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks

    1962: US advisors in South-Vietnam join the fight
    1964: 1st Ford Mustang produced

    1964: Supreme Court issues NY Times vs Sullivan decision, public officials must prove malice to claim libel & recover damages

    1966: Andrew Brimmer becomes 1st black governor of Federal Reserve Board
    1972: Players on White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary
    1976: 1st female cadets accepted to West Point Military Academy
    1977: Hanafi Muslims invade 3 buildings in Washington, D.C., the siege ended Mar 11th
    2006: Liquid water is discovered on Enceladus, the sixth largest moon of Saturn.

    2007: The US Justice Department releases an internal audit that found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had acted illegally in its use of the USA Patriot Act to secretly obtain personal information about US citizens.

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    • amwick says:

      Yeah Barbie…Happy Birthday!! πŸ™‚

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      • patternpuzzler says:

        Asked a friend if he knew today was Barbie’s birthday. Got a guy reponse, lol.

        “Benton”???? Cracked me up.

        For you youn’uns out there, Barbi Benton was a Hugh Hefner ex. She was talented and smart, and had all the right attributes. Google her.

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    • nyetneetot says:

      1776: Publication of the influential economics book β€œThe Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith
      Love the way he writes. It’s like sitting in the room with someone you could listen to all day. It’s a work origionally spread across four volumes BTW.

      1922: KJR-AM in Seattle Washington begins radio transmissions
      Still broadcasting too

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      • patternpuzzler says:

        “Wealth of Nations” sounds like something my liberal library would have in the discontinued stacks. I’ll have to look for it.

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        • Col.(R) Ken says:

          Not so Patternpuzzler, this book alone started the economic freedom in America after the revolutionary war. Then, your nefarious elements moved in……The Bankers, then the Federal Reserve…..and here we are, today……..
          John Locke 1690 or so was another who Treaties of Government, Cato, and the pure Greek philosophy………

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    • czarowniczy says:

      And why did Willie Sutton rob that bank?

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      • patternpuzzler says:

        Why did I rob banks? Because I enjoyed it. I loved it. I was more alive when I was inside a bank, robbing it, than at any other time in my life. I enjoyed everything about it so much that one or two weeks later I’d be out looking for the next job. But to me the money was the chips, that’s all.

        According to Wikipedia he was a pretty damned interesting guy – very ballsy.

        Your turn, lol.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Yeah, when I first heard the apocryphal answer ‘because that’s where the money is’ I realized that Sutton’s Law was going to be my guiding principle. Whether Willie said it or not it ranks right up there with the top laws of logic.

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  5. michellc says:

    I missed the boat and forgot to take the day off. All the people and animals just had to deal with a woman for the day. lol

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  6. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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    • amwick says:

      I was afraid that got lost in cyber space. Now, shazam… it is back! πŸ™‚ Of course, I never really know for sure if I actually clicked on “post comment”. πŸ™‚

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  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’ 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! (aka “doodahdaze”) 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™‚ 🍸 (Baileys 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™‚ 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    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™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest πŸ™‚ 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine πŸ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ SenatssekretΓ€r FREISTAAT DANZIG πŸ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    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!

    Doughnuts and coffee!

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  8. So I’ve heard on the radio the last couple of weeks the song “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”

    I know a lot of you are rolling your eyes and going “that Millennial” but wait: I stopped to listen to it when I realized that I had heard that song somewhere before.

    This was one of the first Steven Crowder videos I ever watched, and this is why when “We Didn’t Start the Fire” came on, I could identify having heard that song before. πŸ˜€ A blast from the past right here!

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    • stella says:

      “That Millennial”???

      We Didn’t Start The Fire was written by a boomer almost 30 years ago (1989.)

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      • Before my time. πŸ™‚
        Not by much, but before my time.

        I have heard it on 80s rock stations lately.
        I don’t know if I just didn’t notice it before or what.

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      • amwick says:

        I generally don’t blast my car radio, but this came on yesterday…

        This is from Tommy, but you knew that!

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        • nyetneetot says:

          I’ve never seen the movie, but I remember when it cam out.

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          I had a friend a few years back, he was a bit off-kilter. Older than me, music buff, and very arrogant, very much always right.

          He was sure the lyric was “I thought I was the body table king…” all his life. I told him no. It’s “Bally table king.” Bally was a large manufacturer of pinball tables at the time, and “body table” doesn’t make a lick of sense. It did to him, though.

          He had the vinyl. With the lyric sheet. I couldn’t get him to look at it. He just didn’t want to be wrong. Three days later, he calls me and says he read the lyrics, and admits that I was right.

          People are so bull-headed.

          This is the guy who didn’t believe me when I said I could call his cellphone from his land-line phone without pushing any of the number buttons on it. So I proved it, tapped out his number on the big old AT&T phone’s hang-up button. (Tap tap tap is 3. Then pause. Tap tap tap tap tap is 5. Pause.) His phone rang and he was stunned.

          But even after that, everything I ever told him was met with skepticism or dismissal, because this guy knew it all. I stopped hanging out with him about 5 years ago.

          Nobody needs friends like that.

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      • Some people will hear Crowder’s version and know right away what he parodied, but I didn’t so it was a pretty exciting discovery for me.

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      • nyetneetot says:

        I heard it in a local supermarket recently and asked the checker why they were piping in 80’s muzak instead of oldies.

        She replied, “That is the oldies.”

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          I have a friend who pushes old people’s buttons.

          When The Beatles come on, he’ll say “Is this The Beatles? I LOVE 90’s music!”

          Someone mentions Elvis Presley, he’s like “Who is that? Does he have any popular songs?” with a straight face.

          I’m surprise he hasn’t been punched.

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          • WeeWeed says:

            You won’t believe this one – I always listened to a radio in my office….. one day the file clerk came in to help me get caught up and Roy Orbison was playing. Geri goes, “who the heck is that trying to do Van Halen???” The song – “Pretty Woman.” πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Or shot by an oldie wielding a blackpowder pistol.

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          • Cetera says:

            I’ve been thinking of starting a blog or youtube or something to educate millennials on the finer points of great American culture they’ve missed. My youngest brother (turns 21 this month, currently in college) constantly gripes about all the damn millennials who don’t know anything cool.

            I, of course, made sure to raise him properly, on all the best movies and music. He’s well educated on the 80s.

            I was pondering the other day when music really died. I think it was Grunge that really killed it. Grunge proved that any no-talent ass-clown could make it as a performing artist, and that with the right control over the production stream (writing, composing, producing) you could make a pile of money in the music business. I could be wrong on the timing, but grunge, to me, was the low of music in America. Grunge, and ska (eegads, ugh!). I think grunge was first, though.

            Video killed the radio star, but grunge killed the pop star, and corporate interests resurrected the pop star into Katy Perry.

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            • Wooly Phlox says:

              When GW Bush was elected, MTV and the record labels still controlled music, and what became popular. Most popular music was really happy, even the hard rock (Bon Jovi, the hair bands, Def Leppard, Van Halen), for a decade or more before the 90s started.

              All of a sudden, for some inexplicable reason, all the controllers of popular music said, all at once, “if you don’t make angry, nihilistic music, we won’t make you popular.”

              SJW elites made our music crappy in the 1990s because Bush was elected. It was a decade-long intentional tantrum and incitement to violence and sickness. Infantile Whine Against The Machine. They’d do it again if they could, but they can’t, even though they’re trying.

              The elites and publishers and labels and networks can’t do that any more, though. Nope. They’re no longer in control of what is popular. Hence, President Trump.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Truth hurts, doesn’t it?

          Liked by 1 person

        • John Denney says:

          I’m thinking Czar helped write the lyrics for this oldie goldie:

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    • lovely says:

      For Office fans.

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  9. WeeWeed says:

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  10. Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

    Elton John: Pinball Wizard, from the movie. Notice how high Elton’s voice was back then.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      Phenomenal. Noticed that the table isn’t a Bally, but a Gottlieb. LOL.

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    • stella says:

      Late puberty?

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        Later in Rush’s career, Geddy couldn’t even come close to hitting the notes he hit on their first five or so albums. I don’t know exactly why this happened, in men of music. This addiction to hitting really high notes. By men. I don’t remember Johnny Cash or even Johnny Horton trying to see how high a note they could hit. No, they sang like men. Not like the Bee Gees. They didn’t orgasmically moan in falsetto like Robert Plant or Freddy Mercury. They just sang like men.

        And don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of high-voiced men in music. Aaron Neville, for instance. Stevie Wonder. But when heavy metal and glam metal came around, that became the desired attribute for the male lead singer in Rock Music. “How high can you sing?” It’s like we went back to the era of eunuchs or something.

        Why is this desirable? For men to sing like women? And again, I’m just asking. I’m a big fan of Maroon5 and One Republic, too, and even Bruno Mars. I can’t come close to hitting their high notes. Maybe it’s because I have testicles, or maybe it’s because I value singing like my gender. Maybe both.

        If I ever decide to make music, I’m going to sing in my own register. I was born that way.

        Johnny Cash rocks for that. He sang like a man.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Sooooooo many replies, sooooo many chances for moderation.

      Liked by 1 person

    • amwick says:

      Looking back,,, I think my favorite song was Gypsy Acid Queen…. those were good times…

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  11. lovely says:

    Just saying, the look is better on Mr. Stewart.

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  12. I think she got the date wrong, but I love the picture. πŸ˜€

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  13. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Okay here’s my Marine Joke of the Month In recognition of the E3/E4 Mafia;

    U.S. Marine Colonel was about to start the morning briefing to his staff.

    While waiting for the coffee machine to finish brewing, the colonel decided to pose a question to all assembled.
    He explained that his wife had been a bit frisky the night before and he failed to get his usual amount of sound sleep.
    He posed the question of just how much of sex was “work” and how much of it was “pleasure?”

    A Major chimed in with 75%-25% in favor of work.

    A Captain said it was 50%-50%.

    A Lieutenant responded with 25%-75% in favor of pleasure, depending upon his state of inebriation at the time.

    There being no consensus, the colonel turned to the Private First Class who was in charge of making the coffee and asked for his opinion?

    Without any hesitation, the young Private First Class responded, “Sir, it has to be 100% pleasure.

    The colonel was surprised and as you might guess, asked why? “Well, sir, if there was any work involved, the officers would have me doing it for them.”

    The room fell silent.

    God Bless the enlisted man.

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  14. Wooly Phlox says:

    Marine walks up to the kid playing with dog doo.

    “Whatcha doin?”

    “I’m making a Sailor!”

    “Not a Marine?”

    “I don’t have enough material!”

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  15. czarowniczy says:

    Federal judge has riled for the city of New Orleans, allowing the city to remove a monument to white rebels killed during a Reconstruction battle against Yankee carpetbaggers. One wag suggested replacing it with a monument to the black-on-black murder rate on the city as the number of black murders in one year far exceeds the number of deaths the monument commemorates.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      We need more wags. Or SABOs who will just make it and install it.

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        I mean that seriously.

        Vox Day does that. When some commenter at his blog, which is the least of his accomplishments to date, suggests that “someone needs to do something”, he says, “SO FREAKIN DO IT.”

        A wag suggests it. A SABO does it.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Lead story noon news: City gets gren light to remove Confederate-related monuments thst are insulting to black residents. Second story, yet another shooting in blsck area of city.
        News goes on about numbers of Chicago shootings but those are just raw numbers. The numbers of shootings per 100,000 is much higher in NOLA than Chicago and if the removal of the monuments would change this endless uncivilized behavior I’d be for it 110%. That said, let’s look at what decades of social engineering have accomplished…murder/shooting rates are as bad as ever. Ideas?

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        • Menagerie says:

          Yes. Give thanks they are really poor shots.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Third story tonite was about a gas station attendant who was severely beaten by a hammer swung by a ‘mentally unstable’ usual suspect….also stabbed her a bunch of times just for good measure. She’ll live, by the grace of God, she’s being held together by a box of staples and a skeen of sutures, nut-job who came with one hammer swing of killing her is being evaluated.

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  16. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”

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    • amwick says:

      Every been on a website and they ask if you want to “chat” with a customer service person???. That is actual something called a virtual agent… just some kind of program… It drives me nuts..

      Liked by 2 people

  17. The Tundra PA says:

    Good morning friends! It is a gorgeous day here in Alaska, and blessedly for IDITAROD mushers, things have warmed up a bit. In Ruby, where the bulk of the teams are, it’s -5 degrees; after a few days in the -30s, getting back to near zero feels like a heat wave. Another musher scratched at the back of the pack, leaving 70 teams in competition. They are spread out over more than 150 miles. Mitch Seavey has the lead and has already left Galena. But his lead is somewhat artificial in that he has not taken either of his mandatory rests: 8 hours somewhere on the Yukon River, and 24 hours anywhere at all. None of the first four teams have had either rest, while over 40 teams have taken the 8 hour, including Aliy. So the lead 4 will seem to drop back today as they stop. Pete Kaiser is currently in 4th position. The next stop after Galena is Huslia, the mid-point of this year’s trail. It seems that Mitch is headed there for his 8 hour, which means he may not take his 24 until Kaltag. Where to take the 24 is a big strategy question every year. Most contenders take it as late as possible.

    Interesting development earlier. Linwood Fiedler’s team arrived in Ruby with no musher. There is a brief video of the team coming into the checkpoint with an empty sled, and no one knew what happened. About an hour later, Linwood showed up. He had fallen asleep on the sled and fell off. The dogs kept going (apparently the trail was well defined and they did not require directions from a musher) and came into the checkpoint without him. Not sure whether he walked or got a ride. Since his dogs covered the miles on their own feet, the team will be allowed to continue, even if Linwood got a ride from someone else. Good write-up here:
    https://www.adn.com/outdoors-adventure/iditarod/2017/03/09/iditarod-live-blog-mitch-seavey-in-the-lead-dozing-musher-falls-off-sled/

    Aliy is currently somewhat down the list, now in 14th place. Her dogs have had a “trail bug” which probably means some diarrhea problems. She is not pushing them, trying to give them some recovery time while continuing to move forward. There is still a lot of trail left, but will take some work to move back to the very front. Fingers crossed.

    Go Aliy!

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  18. Tundra, you do a great job writing the synopsis of what is happening!

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    • The Tundra PA says:

      Thanks S&S. I have participated in many sports in my life, but none that I love as much as dog mushing. I was never a racer, my mushing was all recreational. My dog yard, at it’s max, had 26 huskies. All beautiful, vibrant dogs. We routinely went out for 2-3 hour runs, enough to tire them out and have fun. I never did the 10-12 hour runs that these Iditarod mushers do. I also never drove such huge teams. A gangline with 16 dogs on it is an incredible amount of power and energy. The biggest team I ever drove was 9 dogs, and that felt huge. One can motor about quite nicely with a 3 dog team in the right (hard and fast) conditions. I usually went out with 5 or 6. Standing behind 16 dogs is mind-boggling to me.

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      • Wow! We barely get snow in Dallas, so I can’t begin to imagine the endurance it would take to control the animals in sub freezing temperatures and stay alert and focused. Truly amazing! Having personal experience must make you love the race even more. I hope that your musher does very well! I’m very much enjoying your updates!

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  19. Howie says:

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    Must read the reviews of the best book of all time.

    Michael Knowles’ masterpiece is a must-read! This book gives you virtually all the reasons there are for voting Democrats. Not only is it the most thorough and accurate guide you can find, it’s also really easy to read. I finished reading in less than a day! Extremely convincing. Get yours today and show your Republican friends/colleagues why they should switch sides!

    https://www.amazon.com/Reasons-Vote-Democrats-Comprehensive-Guide/product-reviews/1543024971

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  20. amwick says:

    Cyber smart people, and I know you are out there, the CIA had the capability of leaving behind computer hacking/surveillence fingerprints that would point to Russian hackers??? Like someone tracking through the virtual world wearing big-foot boots?? My head is spinning.

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  21. czarowniczy says:

    Re the latest WikiLeaks grab of CIA hacking data. No one’s talking about it yet but I wonder if someone at the NSA might have been involved in the leak?
    The NSA has been given the official job of data interception, the Cyber Command is right up the street from them, and it had to wrankle some really big Meade feathers when the CIA set up its own mini-NSA. Implicit in the CIA setting up its own parallel NSA is the mission creep factor, how the CIA doesn’t trust the NSA enough to work seamlessly with it.
    So it’s gonna tromp all over the NSA’s front yard. What better way to poke a finger in the CeyeA than leak the Company’s program and data, embarass the living hell out of it by showing how it can’t protect stuff it isn’t even supposed to be doing.
    Let’s see if anyone addresses the possibility.

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  22. stella says:

    My ciabatta rolls came out of the oven a little while ago. They remind me of the ones you buy at Costco. Delicious! If you are interested, here is the recipe:

    http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/chewy-italian-rolls-recipe

    I recommend weighing your flour; figure 4.25 ounces per cup. I used my stand mixer to mix and knead the dough. King Arthur doesn’t recommend kneading by hand, but I’m sure you could. You could also use the dough cycle of a bread machine for mixing, kneading, and the first rise.

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  23. jeans2nd says:

    Requesting a favor. Would one of you twit people tweet this link to Katica pls? Katica is

    Many thx. Link –
    https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/09/names-and-definitions-of-leaked-cia-hacking-tools/

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  24. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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  25. amwick says:

    I dropped a hint earlier… about the Barbie Doll’s birthday… which is the same one that is shared by my twin sister and I… It was a wonderful day…so sunny, warm, just lovely from start to finish. We went for a walk, did a bike ride, I rescued a turtle, had time for the beach,,, it was magnificent…

    I told DH that for my birthday I wanted to treat our friends to a night at the pub, we had a great time, and I won the musical bingo game… $5.. What could be better?

    annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd I had a cupcake from my neighbor… well, part of it.. I am going to make it last. πŸ™‚

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