General Discussion, Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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  1. Wooly Phlox says:

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  3. patternpuzzler says:

    Looks like I’m hitting it early – maybe I can make it to bed early tonight for a change! Good night and good morning all!!

    This Day in (Mostly) American History: March 21

    1788: Fire destroys 856 buildings in New Orleans Louisiana
    1859: Zoological Society of Philadelphia, first in US, incorporated

    1863: Naval Engagement at Havana, Cuba: USS Henrick Hudson vs Confederate blockade runner Wild Pigeon

    1865: Battle of Bentonville (AR) ends, last Confederate effort to stop Sherman
    1866: US Congress authorizes National Soldiers’ Homes

    1913: [21 -28] Great Ohio Valley Flood of 1913 650 estimated dead, affected more than a dozen states, at least a quarter of a million left homeless. Precipitated waterway and flood controls. Wikipedia: http://tinyurl.com/lzfx5z2

    1917: Loretta Walsh becomes US Navy’s first female Petty Officer
    1921: Walter Kerr Theater (Ritz, CBS, NBC, ABC) opens at 223 W 48th St NYC

    1932: Series of tornadoes hits Southeast U.S. A storm system arising in the Gulf of Mexico spawns a devastating series tornados over 2 days. A total of 359 people died in six different states from the 33 recorded tornadoes that persisted through the night. The disaster came at a particularly tough time for the people and economy of the region; they were already reeling from the effects of the Great Depression.

    1933: Hitler, Goering, Prince Ruprecht, Bruning & top army meet in Berlin
    1934: Fire destroys Hakodate Japan, killing about 1,500
    1935: Persia is officially renamed Iran
    1941: Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
    1943: Assassination attempt on Hitler fails
    1945: During WW II Allied bombers begin 4-day raid over Germany

    1947: US President Harry Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States [We need this NOW!!]

    1951: [Korean War] 2,900,000 US soldiers in Korea
    1951: Julius & Ethel Rosenberg convicted of espionage

    1952: [21-22] The March 1952 Southern States Outbreak. Tornadoes in Ark, Tenn, Mo, Miss, Ala & Ky cause 209 deaths This was the ninth deadliest tornado outbreak in the history of the United States. It produced 209 deaths, 50 of which were related to a single tornado in Arkansas. The outbreak produced 11 violent F4 tornadoes across the Southern United States, which is the fourth-largest number of F4–F5 events produced by a single outbreak.

    1952: Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena, 20,000 attend the first ever first rock & roll concert. Like many good ideas gone awry, more tickets were sold than capacity, combined with counterfeiting, and the event was shut down by fire marshals after the first song due to fear of riots by people trying to get in, combined with the actual attendees being double the capacity of the venue. Wiki: http://tinyurl.com/ln8zkvm

    1958: USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
    1961: The Beatles’ first appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool
    1962: A bear becomes the first creature to be ejected at supersonic speeds

    1963: Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay closes down and transfers its last prisoners. At its peak period of use in 1950s, “The Rock, or “”America’s Devil Island” housed over 200 inmates at the maximum-security facility. Alcatraz remains an icon of American prisons for its harsh conditions and record for being inescapable.

    1964: Beatles’ “She Loves You” single goes #1 in the US & stays #1 for 2 weeks

    1965: Martin Luther King Jr. begins march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama In the name of African-American voting rights, 3,200 civil rights demonstrators, led by Martin Luther King Jr., begin a historic march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capitol at Montgomery. Federalized Alabama National Guardsmen and FBI agents were on hand to provide safe passage for the march, which twice had been turned back by Alabama state police at Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. History.com: http://tinyurl.com/l5m35e9

    1966: US Supreme Court reverses Massachusetts ruling that “Fanny Hill” is obscene

    1969: US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

    1970: “Agony of Defeat Guy” takes a tumble. Vinko Bogataj crashes during a ski-jumping championship in Germany; his image becomes immortalized in the opening credits of ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

    1970: First San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
    1971: Vermont seasonal snowfall totals 132.2″
    1972: US Supreme Court rules states can’t require 1-yr residency to vote
    1978: San Francisco passes it-and U.S.’-most comprehensive homosexual rights bill
    1982: Movie “Annie” premieres; adaptation of Broadway play, based on a 1924 cartoon strip
    1983: Only known typo on Time Magazine cover (control=contol), all recalled
    1984: Part of Central Park is named Strawberry Fields honoring John Lennon
    1984: Soviet sub crashes into USS aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off Japan
    1985: Arthur Ashe is nominated for the International Tennis Hall of Fame
    1986: 199.22 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
    1988: 23rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire win
    1989: First sea test of Trident 2 missile self-destructs, Cape Canaveral, Florida
    1990: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” opens at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC for 149 performances

    1990: “Normal Life” starring Moon Unit & Dweezil Zappa [yes. irony.] premieres on CBS-TV. (Children of Rock Legend Frank Zappa)

    1991: 27 lost at sea when 2 US Navy anti-submarine planes collide
    1994: 66th Academy Awards: “Schindler’s List”, Tom Hanks & Holly Hunter win
    1995: NJ officially dedicates the Howard Stern Rest Area along Route 295
    1999: Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
    1999: 71st Academy Awards: “Shakespeare in Love”, Roberto Benigni & Gwyneth Paltrow win

    2002: In Pakistan, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh along with three other suspects are charged with murder for their part in the kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
    2012: Five former Guatemalan paramilitaries are sentenced to 7,710 years in jail for their role in the Plan de Sanchez massacre in 1982

    2013: The European Space Agency reveals new data that indicates that the universe is 13.82 billion years old

    2014: Russia formally annexes Crimea amid international condemnation

    Stella has suggested Tara Ross’ website for more detailed American History. Ms. Ross is an author and a constitutionalist who publishes, on her website, “This day in American History”. She writes quite well and I’ve also become a fan. While, because of time issues, I cannot incorporate Ms. Ross’ writings here, I do suggest subscribing to her web newsletter for historical information in depth in your morning email. The signup for her newsletter is at http://www.taraross.com/

    … bear first ejected (1962)… I would never have guessed…

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      Sweet dreams, Puzz. 😀

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    • MaryfromMarin says:

      1962: A bear becomes the first creature to be ejected at supersonic speeds

      Just one question: WHY?

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      • MaryfromMarin says:

        And, “first”? There were MORE?

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      • patternpuzzler says:

        [That question also applies to Frank Zappa naming his kids Dweezil and Moon Unit, lol…]

        B-58 Proves Supersonic Ejection To Be Bear-able In 1962

        http://airpigz.com/blog/2010/4/2/b-58-proves-supersonic-ejection-to-be-bear-able-in-1962.html

        The Convair B-58 originally went into service in 1960 with standard ejection seats, but the possibility of ejecting at supersonic speeds and at extreme high altitude meant the crewman stood little chance of surviving these extreme conditions. To deal with this situation, Convair worked with the Stanley Aircraft Corporation to develop an escape capsule. The capsule is shown in the pic above, and it was an extremely interesting piece of equipment that actually closed clamshell doors over the crewman and then pressurized the capsule before ejecting out of the aircraft.

        The first live, inflight supersonic test of the escape capsule took place on March 21, 1962, but the body inside wasn’t a member of the Air Force… it was a female bear name Yogi! That’s her in the photo above. [see pic at site] The bear most accurately represented the weight of a pilot, so they drugged her up, strapped her in, and then ejected her out of a B-58 at 35,000 and at a speed of 870 mph. 7 minutes and 49 seconds later, Yogi touched down under parachute, still inside the capsule doing just fine. The Stanley escape capsule had proved to work great in protecting against the high wind blast, the extreme cold and the low air pressure. About 2 weeks later another bear named Big John was ejected at 45,000 and at a speed over 1,000 mph! Once again the capsule worked great and the bear reached the ground unharmed.

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          If you read Neil Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle trilogy, you’ll see how folks have always been horrified at how science, called then “natural philosophy”, was carried out. Folks in 16th century England didn’t cotton to hearing animal screams as they were vivisected, or drugged, or done many other unmentionable things, for science’s sake.

          Top of the food chain. We can do that, for our survival. And we did. It’s not as we did it for fun, for s**ts and giggles.

          It is what it is.

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      • joshua says:

        to see if he could bear the speeds

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      “1962 Bear first ejected from super sonic aircraft”. Did the Bear survived?

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      • patternpuzzler says:

        MaryfromMarin queried first, so read above; it answers both questions. Thank you for caring whether the animal survived! Heavens only know how many animals have died for the space program!!

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      • czarowniczy says:

        2004…Charmin flushes Mr Whipple, picks loveable polychromatic bears for mascots and answers a conundrum that’s plagued drunks for decades.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Yes, broken bones but they (more than one was used) survived. They were used to test the escape pod on the B-58 as it flew at better than Mach-2 and crew would not survive a better than Mach-1 ejection in an ejection seat alone.
        B-58 was a radical bomber, some cutting egde stuff that’s still current in the space program. Pod underneath the plane held fuel and bomb so that the empty tank could be dropped with the bomb. Fuel circulated thru tubing in its skin so that it could help cool the plane at >Mach speeds. Old pilot told me that when the plane was on an attack run and the bomb was armed if the plane were hit and disabled (did not say to what extent) the bomb would detonate rather than be wasted in the crash.

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      • joshua says:

        like a hiroshima victim survived….not too pretty to look at.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      2013…Nationsl Geographic reveals new data that Keith Richards is at least 6 months older than universe and the highest object yet viewed by the Hubble.

      BTW, New Orleans burnt down to one degree or another rather often though large numbers of the population more often succumbed to yellow fever. Shortly after the city was heavily fireproofed it fell prey to a Rat infestation it’s still laboring under today.

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  4. MaryfromMarin says:

    Gorgeous saturated blue color in the photo, stella.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      This spying on Trump may go back, to that favor he did for Papa Bush1 early ’80s for those workers from Poland. Also Trump survived that assassination attempt, and his top management people ended up in the Hudson from that helicopter crash……….

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  5. patternpuzzler says:

    My turn… another favorite from some of the best years of my life… The Band… “Last Waltz” should not be missed if you seek a good music video for an evening…

    So much for getting to bed early. damn you, youtube…

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      My bad.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      And if someone could explain this song and it’s lyrics to me, it would be greatly appreciated. I’ve heard it a million times. Can’t stand it, Puzz. Only because I can’t understand it at all. It’s like any Phish song to me. Like a musical Jackson Pollock painting. I just don’t get it at all.

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      • patternpuzzler says:

        From Wikipedia: The lyrics written in the first-person, are about a traveler’s experiences arriving, visiting, and departing a town called Nazareth. According to Robertson, this is based on Nazareth, Pennsylvania because it was the home of Martin Guitars. He wrote the guitar parts on a 1951 Martin.The singers, led by Helm, vocalize the traveler’s encounters with people in the town from the perspective of a Bible Belt American Southerner, like Helm himself, a native of rural Arkansas.

        The Band’s music (to me) has always been more at Southern Rock/Folk than rock and roll. When I said best years of my life/the good old days… well, I do remember MOST of the time back then, lol… Never did make it to Woodstock though.

        But I never will see the “art” factor in a Jackson Pollock painting, either – que sera, sera, sings Doris Day…

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      • patternpuzzler says:

        Hey, Wooly, found something that adds a whole lot to that Robertson version of The Weight but fills out or details the song in a way that every word (to me, anyway) tells a deeper story. It’s from a website called straightdope.com and is from 2012:

        I’ll take a stab at this and am doing so purely from memory without looking up the lyrics.

        I always thought the narrator was about to die and meets various characters along the way on their similar journey.

        The first stanza, pulling into Nazareth, looking for a place to lay his head (die) he comes across a stranger and is basically asking, “Is this it? Is this the promised land?” The stranger says nothing, shakes his hand and says, “No” as in “Sorry pal, no such place exists.”

        Second verse, Carmen and the devil. The narrator tries to save Carmen “Come on let’s go downtown” but evidently, it’s everyone for him/herself as Carmen says, “I’m going my own way, hang out with him (the devil) if you’d like, I’m out of here.”

        Third verse, he encounters Luke waiting alone for Judgment Day. The narrator asks about some other person -Anna Lee- and shouldn’t Luke be tending to her / keeping her company? Luke’s reply, “Oh yeah, can you take care of that one for me?”

        Fourth verse, Crazy Chester offers to tend to the narrator’s rags (his corpse I always figured) if he can take his dog with him. That is, the dog is old needs to be put down, you’re heading to the same place, how about it? The narrator replies, I can’t do that, “I’m a peaceful man” to which Chester says, well you can just let him slip away / starve to death by “feed[ing] him when you can”.

        Fifth verse. Back or bag is sinking low and now it’s time to die. The narrator is getting back to Miss Fannie, who has already passed and is the only one who actually knows what happens at this moment. That Weight / outcome has now been passed on to the narrator.

        It’s an unsecure website, but if you want to visit, here’s the url:
        http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=641644

        Just thought I’d toss this one out there.

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  6. czarowniczy says:

    About 18 months ago a routine blood panel showed my cholesterol level had spiked to a point where blood I donated had a fat level just south of cream cheese. After 18 months of controlling it I got it back down to a nice normal level.
    Celebrated by going to my fav restaurant and getting a handmade Italian sausage, pepperoni, black olive pizza with extra cheese. Yep, I did…why even bother, eh? Sheesh.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      I’d have gone with the pepperoni calzone.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Possibly, but watching that huge, hand-tossed, store-made sauce with real cheese and not ‘cheese product’ crawl slowly thru that super hot tunnel oven just makes my heart throb. This place makes superb red sauces and their pizzas make national chain pizzas slink away in shame.

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          If you ever get to SH, MI, go to Brix Corner Oven (and Filling Station).

          Huge wood-fired pizza oven central to the kitchen, which used to be a gas station service garage, way back in the 60s. It’s on a slab so we had to jackhammer trenches for all the necessary drainage. That was fun. The place rocks all summer long. Two bars, one inside, one outside, and lots of outdoor seating.

          Watching the oven guy makes you realize that you have to be insane to work in a busy kitchen. He’s got a 8′ pizza peel, which should have a little red boxing glove on the back end of it, because everyone moving around him has to have cat-like reflexes, because he’s using it constantly, to cook 20 things in one oven, all at once.

          I painted the floors there, with a one-part epoxy, but the kitchen floor will never hold paint, not ever. Two months after, it was a mess, lots of it peeled off. Even after I etched with muriatic acid — real scary product. That concrete is basically drenched with oil, after so many years as a service station. Former bossman needs to put some Durock™ down, tap-conned into the floor, and go from there with tiles. He listens to his workers, but it takes a few years for him to digest what he listens to.

          …but really, really good pizza, though. Everything is house-made. And all the beer is Michigan craft brew, on tap.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Looks great, craftbrew is a personal fav too – have a GABF multi-award winner in the family as it is. We were looking at a 1000-degree pizza franchise a while back but having to move back to the Great Swamp and our distinct possibility of eating up the profits made us reconsider.

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    • patternpuzzler says:

      Just because, that’s why, and congratulations on choosing VERY well what to be bad with – that is a pizza that’s a class act. I’m impressed with that you got it so well under control. Congratulations.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Not asvif I had a lotta choices. Just like my diabetes, I mostly took control into my own hands and have pushed my A1C into the normal zone and kept it there for three years.
        Don’t know what happened with the cholesterol, it was just a hair into the high range for years but one day the blood center called me after a donation and said I might want to check with my doc as my total cholesterol level was over 450. Neither my docs could figure out why it had jumped and their only recourse was statins. As it turned out, I am sensitive to statins so I justntook it into mymown gand, changed my diet, increased my activity and intake of fiber and put large phytosterol doses into my daily regimen. So far my levels have dtopped on every six month test panel.
        Remember when those pharma drug pushers told us that statins were God’s gift to the world, so safe they should be put into the water supply? So far a few have been removed from the market and new side effects are popping up all over. Now there’s a ‘newer and safer’ family of them that promise to solve our cholesterol problems once and for all. Doc who tried to get me to beta test them ain’t with me no mo’.

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    • amwick says:

      I love cheese, but it causes, ahem, some distress.

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    • joshua says:

      future purchase awaiting

      got mine seven years ago….

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  7. Wooly Phlox says:

    Czar, our locals caught us one night, late at night, when in our late teens and early 20s. We were driving, in my car, looking for a place to smoke a few doobs. We settled on a golf course parking lot that we frequented for such activity.

    All night a non-smoker buddy of ours, who happened to drive a Ford LTD Crown Victoria, had been following us high-schoolers and ex-high-schoolers around.

    Crown Vic pulls up, I roll down the window, much smoke pours out, and I yell, “Hey, man! What’s up, dude!”

    I hear, as the MagLite is aimed at my face, “Hey man, license and registration.” He’s coughing and waving away the smoke.

    Whoops. They get us all out of the car. Cop tells me, the driver, to give him what we have. I give him the Marlboro pack with the three tiny joints in it. He then tells me: We’re gonna search this car, and if we find anything else, you’re going to jail.

    I said: Okay. There’s one more. It’s in the glove compartment.

    They opened it carefully, and found PJ 2. The People’s Joint. (written in Sharpie) 9″x1 1/2″. You could play the drums (and we did) with this thing. They almost fell on the ground laughing. They let all us white potheads go, and I wonder to this day whether it’s framed under glass at the cop shop, or whether they all partook.

    😀

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    • amwick says:

      Wild and crazy, shame shame shame. 🙂

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        Hey, it was 25 years ago.

        Statute. Limitations thereof.

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        Fact is, our crowd was actually very peaceful. The local constabulatory knew it. They knew what we were doing was illegal, but they also knew that they had bigger fish to fry, so to speak. They saw us parked in dirt parking lots next to the subway tracks, late at night, parked literally one inch away from each other, five cars in a line, passing joints from car one to car five and back….

        …and they waved hi.

        Our presence in that near-inner-city parking lot was a boon to them, because since we teenagers started hanging out their in our cars, there was less crime in that lot. Potential hookers, johns, dealers, cokeheads, etc… They would drive in, and drive out after they saw our crew. Just because we were there, sitting in our cars, listening to The Doors.

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          Some would say that this is white privilege, but no.

          Cops were awesome to us, our crew, not because we were white, but because we were awesome to them. We called them “brother” and not “SuRR”-with-a-smirk.

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    • joshua says:

      clearly white privilege…..doobies are so racist.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      We used to have an officer who used to smoke his joints on-duty and in the patrol car. If you rode with him you’d have all the unit’s windows down, even in winter, as the dar would reek of dope.

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        Your anecdote reminds me of Training Day. Wow.

        When I used to hang out with my uncle — before he succumbed to various cancers a few years ago — the EMS/fire guy, every other day, when we weren’t dragging deer out of the woods or chopping firewood, we were sitting in his living room watching either COPS, M*A*S*H, or some Rescue 911-type show, and he would be pointing out all the B.S., while we smoked doobies. A former chief of police would come by every now and then and join us, who used to toss me up in the air and catch me when I was two. Great guy.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          COPS is realish. They hand-pick the officers to be on the show, ones that clean up well. I still watch episides from pre-Katrina NOPD where I see officers apprehending suspects, after a chase and/or a scuffle, and give them fatherly advice on the evil in their ways. There is very little doubt that, had the cameras not been there, the situation would have unfolded differently. A case of what we want to see versus what we want to happen.

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          • Wooly Phlox says:

            Indeed. The cooking “reality” shows are the same, and when me and chef deign to watch them, we see all the edits clearly. And hear all the ominous “oh-noes!” music that is inserted to add dramatic effect.

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  8. 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! 🙂 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! 🙂 |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! 🙂 |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! 🙂 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) 🙂 |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ Czarina! 🙂 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! 🙂 |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! 🙂 |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) 🙂 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! 🙂 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! 🙂 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! 🙂 |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! 😀 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Phlox! (aka “taqiyyologist”) 🙂 |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) 🙂 |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! 🙂 |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! 🙂 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! 🙂 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) 🙂 |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! 🙂 🍸 (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ lovely! 🙂 |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! 🙂 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! 🙂 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! 🙂 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! 🙂 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! 🙂 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! 🙂 (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! 🙂 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! 🙂 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll 🙂 |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! 🙂 |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! 🙂 |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! 🙂 |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! 🙂 |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! 🙂 |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! 🙂 |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) 🙂 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (“Stellars”) 🙂 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson 🙂 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! 🙂 |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) 🙂 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! 🙂 🍸 (1961 Château Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! 🙂 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! 🙂 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! 🙂 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) 🙂 |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! 🙂 |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! 🙂 |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney 🙂 |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus 🙂 |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest 🙂 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine 🙂 |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler 🙂 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ Senatssekretär FREISTAAT DANZIG 🙂 |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! 😛 (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! 😕

    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!

    Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze!

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  9. Comey…. SMH 🙄

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  10. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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    • His military family must be so proud. This guy was attending the same schools and living in the same town as many of my family members. It’s very conservative area. It really makes you wonder what causes someone to do a total 180 like that. Just evil.

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  11. amwick says:

    So Dh has three more days of the immune globulins. He was feeling much better this morning, I brought him our normal coffee from home. It is a slow day, but I can watch stuff on my tablet. We will be doing little walks on and off all day. Hopefully the neurologist can give us some insight. It could have been so much worse.

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  12. amwick says:

    The picture at the top reminded me of this song.
    Gulf coast highway, he worked the rails
    He worked the rice fields with their cold dark wells
    He worked the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico
    The only thing we’ve owned is this old house here by the road

    And when he dies he says he’ll catch some blackbird’s wing
    And we will fly away to heaven
    Come some sweet blue bonnet spring

    She walked through springtime when I was home
    The days were sweet, our nights were warm
    The seasons changed, the jobs would come
    The flowers fade, and this old house felt so alone
    When the work took me away

    And when she dies she says she’ll catch some blackbird’s wing
    And she will fly away to heaven
    Come some sweet blue bonnet spring

    Highway 90, the jobs are gone
    We kept our garden, we set the sun
    This is the only place on Earth blue bonnets grow
    And once a year they come and go
    At this old house here by the road

    And when we die we say we’ll catch some blackbird’s wing
    And we will fly away to heaven
    Come some sweet blue bonnet spring

    Yes when we die we say we’ll catch some blackbird’s wing
    And we will fly away together
    Come some sweet blue bonnet spring

    I remember Willie Nelson singing, so beautiful.

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  13. Wooly Phlox says:

    There is a very prolific commenter in this thread. “Gold Fish”

    Very interesting.

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  14. Wooly Phlox says:

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  16. I just found this: “The entire case that Democrats make that ‘Russia stole the election from Hillary’ is based on the premise that Russia supplied Podesta’s emails to WikiLeaks which then somehow led to Hillary’s defeat.”

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    • lovely says:

      This is pretty much what the “Russia Interfered” crowd has said all along. An operative working openly for Russia did not hand the Podesta emails over to Wikileaks but Russia used an intermediary as a go between so Assange was not aware that it was Russia who was supplying him with the emails.

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      • The full article at GP seemed to say that by answering the question it proves no Russian involvement at any point and that Comey actually admitting that was a big deal that nobody seemed to catch. It will be nice when the whole thing is put to rest, but that and Trump’s taxes are all the Dems want to talk about. I guess Maddow’s little faux pas last week has at least squelched the taxes thing for now.

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        • lovely says:

          I think we just have a different interpretation of the GWP article or maybe just I have a different interpretation of what Comey said than does the GWP.

          Comey is sharp as tack and he used double speak through he whole hearing. I really believe Comey was simply saying that Russia used an intermediary between Assange and the State. Assange in his interview with Sean Hannity said that he does not ask his sources where they get their information from.

          Anyhow IMO this would relentless attack would bring any other Republican President down. President Trump seems to inhale it and come back stronger because he is fearless in his counterpunches and solid in his assessments of certain situations. Way back when he was candidate Trump he would say “I know these people better than they know themselves.” Every time he said that I smiled to myself.

          I’m still under the impression that POTUS has an ace up his sleeve when it comes to his wire tapping claims.

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          • I agree totally about Trump having the upper hand here. He has to play his cards close to his vest and roll with it, then lower the boom at just the right moment. It would be excellent if the info he has totally discredit all those who have been falsely accusing him.

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          • Col.(R) Ken says:

            And that intermediary was shot in the back of the head in DC……..

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            • lovely says:

              That is certainly the way it looks. The whole Russian thing is a lie. Comey has zero integrity and the Russians passing the Podesta/DNC emails to Wikileaks is as believable as a video causing the death of 4 Americans in Benghazi.

              Comey is danger as he lies with as much ease and smugness as the Clintons.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      I hope the Podesta Brothers’ name stays in the public’s mind.

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  17. Wooly Phlox says:

    Smokey. Mmm.

    This is what our kitchen works to.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      Got a big 1″ x 6″ sign that we found, probably painted in the 80s, in the warehouse.

      Says, “SOUL POWER”. Really nicely painted. Like it was made for now.

      So we listen to Daryl Hall and Smokey, Barry White and Al Green, and some Sade.

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        And a lot of Bonamassa, and Satriani, and Vai, and The Who. And Hendrix. When we’re in that mood. The workplace is so much better with Pandora™.

        But usually it’s straight up soul. Baby-makin’ music. Aw yeah, baby. I’m finna wash yo dishes. Finna make ’em all hot, and wet. Give ’em a good, deep, hard scrubbin’.

        Sorry. Have Bill Withers on the Pandora.

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  18. stella says:

    czar and WeeWeed: What do you think of Senator Kennedy of Louisiana? He was just questioning Judge Gorsuch.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      He’s a Louisiana Senator that hasn’t been caught with his hand in the cookie jar…yet. He’s conservative on all of the conservative issue of import, as are all Louisiana conservative Senators. It generally takes a few years in office for the ‘investigative reporters’ to fing out what is going on underbthe covers elsewhere for La pols, Rat or conservative, but on issues near and dear to the state’s grassroots conservstives he’ll toe the line.

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  19. The Tundra PA 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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  20. Wooly Phlox says:

    White MoTown guy, FTW

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    • Cetera says:

      Wooly, go check out my performance on the VD Sunk thread. See if I’ve missed anything, would you?

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        Top KEK, Cetera.

        I read the threads over there, but I seldom comment except to link to something relevant to their interests. I’m not really tall enough for that ride. You are, though, it would seem. Forceful, even. I hope you keep commenting there, because you’re spot-on (at least from my non-UHIQ viewpoint).

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  21. lovely says:

    78 year old Maxine Waters fondly recalls being a millennial.

    😊

    Maxine Waters delivered a recent speech in which the 78-year-old Democratic congresswoman claimed to be a millennial.The California Democrat was explaining how youth movements “are a force.”

    “I recognize it,” she stated. “I was a millennial once. No longer of course, but I love what you’re doing.”

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