General Discussion, Friday, March 24, 2017

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  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    “The night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.”

    –Romans 13:12–

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  2. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Now where did I leave my coffee cup???????

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    • MaryfromMarin says:

      Is this strong enough for you, Col?

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      • Col.(R) Ken says:

        Mary, that’s my stash of Black Rifle Coffee, which was almost polished off by my sons……my sons call BRC “Bust $ss Coffee”. The Wild Bunch went to bed, as they will depart after morning formation.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Ya made me thirsty so I just bought a pound. Mildly ironic but I was sworn in up at the old processing center at Ft Douglas, in Salt Lake City, in November of 1965. SLC was very Mormon back then and getting a cup of coffee was not an easy thing. Czarina and I met in Ogden, just north of SLC, in 1979 and when the devil and his wicked alcohol were alliwed into SLC in private clubs we joined one that served about fifteen different coffee-based drinks thst had shots of booze in them.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      You mean that tingly old canteen cup? Fill it up out of the Lister bag, put it on the deuce’s exhaust manifold to heat and pop a few of those powdered coffee packs out of the old Cs in….yum…better than nothing.

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      • amwick says:

        Dh and I often classify things as BTN. I have never met instant coffee that was not BTN,

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        • stella says:

          I have it in the house, but use it for baking. I don’t think I ever brewed a cup of coffee from instant.

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          • amwick says:

            Brew, and instant do not belong in the same sentence. Harumph….. πŸ™‚

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          • lovely says:

            My dad used to use instant coffee in his fudge recipe when we were kids.

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            • G-d&Country says:

              YUM! We put coffee in the brownies – yes just coffee πŸ˜‰

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              • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

                I also put a little in the pot-roast!

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                • G-d&Country says:

                  I’ll have to try that! It must give it a “beefier” flavor? Thanks!

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                • stella says:

                  I use red wine.

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                  • G-d&Country says:

                    Oh lucky you! How I wish I could put red wine in beef, but I’d be dead! As a teenager I would make a lovely wine sauce for steak – yum. After having a massive allergic reaction to sulfa for a sinus infection, I became severely allergic to not only sulfa, but anything with sulfites in it, and all wine has sulfites. (there really is no completely sulfite free wine). So the moral of the story is to be careful if you have an allergic reaction to sulfa!

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                  • stella says:

                    Do what you can. Another thing I love (and usually combine with the red wine) is horseradish spread over the surface of the browned roast. Add whatever liquid you are using (homemade stock is nice too), a couple of bay leaves, some thyme and peeled onions.

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                • Wooly Phlox says:

                  Rub meat (we used beef shoulder tenders) with ground espresso (preferably after you brined it overnight) , and spices, throw it in a bag with some herbs, vacuum seal it (or just suck all the air out of a gallon Ziploc), and sous vide it for a few hours. Sear it or cook it with flame for just a couple of minutes, then slice the tender into medallions.

                  Man, oh man. Tell you what. Mmm.

                  It’s a really cheap cut, great for maximizing the catering profits. Chef said it used to be considered almost unusable except diced in soups, or for pet food. Some other Chefs, not too long ago, started buying the heck out of these cuts, then developed the method above (well, the sous vide and cross-cut medallion method. You can do so much with this, when you add sauces. Horseradish-dill, Bearnaise, bleu cheese, sauteed mushrooms and brown sauce…. Oh, it’s limitless. And sous vide is the best thing ever invented for feeding 350 people at a wedding.

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                  • Wooly Phlox says:

                    Oh and “…or just suck all the air out of a gallon Ziploc…” best done with a coffee-stirrer, the little double-straw-lookin’ ones.

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                  • Wooly Phlox says:

                    We did it in 22 minutes one year. Start plating and serving, start the clock. In 22 minutes all 350 or so people at a corporate Christmas party had a plate in front of them.

                    We beat the previous record by 3 minutes. Our new kitchen manager won that bet with the boss.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          If, by BTN, you mean powdered military coffee that tasted like Godzilla’s toe-jam then yeah.

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        • Mr Snado says:

          Folgers Freeze Dried will last longer than a can of C-rat’s, 25+ years if you store it right anyway. We don’t much care for it, but have a few cases… just in case. Be good barter material if nothing else.

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      • Col.(R) Ken says:

        You had a lister bag!!!!!!!!

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  3. Wooly Phlox says:

    Just stopped in tonight to welcome G-d&Country to the site, as I didn’t get a chance yesterday.

    Glad you’re here!

    πŸ˜€

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    • G-d&Country says:

      Thank you so much Wooly. I appreciate that. I see the time post. Are you in a far way time zone or working a different shift?

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      • amwick says:

        I believe that Mr. Phlox is a kindly visitor from a parallel universe. Perhaps.

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        Oh, no, I’m in the same state as Stella, actually. I just work late some nights.

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        • G-d&Country says:

          Wasn’t being nosy. Just trying to figure out which commentators are in way different time zones like ZurichMike to have an idea of when they might comment/reply. Thanks, and don’t overwork yourself too much now ! πŸ˜‰

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          • stella says:

            Most of us are Eastern time zone. There are a few scattered westward across the country, with MaryfromMarin, Sharon, Ad Rem and a couple of others on the Left coast. Of course, Mike is in Switzerland most of the time.

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              • stella says:

                We have visitors from other countries, but they don’t comment. I can see them in the administrative windows. Lots of people are interested in Caturday!

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                • Wooly Phlox says:

                  Just remembered that Nigerian guy from a couple of weeks ago.

                  I have a defunct, never-been-used except once, I believe, WordPress blog, and just found out the other day that he’s my only follower. I don’t know what to think about that.

                  He seemed nice. Never asked any of us, that I’m aware of, for our bank account numbers.

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                  • amwick says:

                    That was Pastor Adewumi, from Oko Nigeria. Pete to his friends.

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                  • Wooly Phlox says:

                    I wish I could remember his name, but a Nigerian used to stop into our shop a couple of years ago, who was here studying music theory and jazz. He was Christian, too.

                    Amazing man. One of my favorite English accents is that of Nigeria. I can almost imitate it perfectly, unlike Scottish English. (I wish I could pull off that brogue. Not a chance.)

                    Indian English is also one of my favorite accents. I wish I could imitate Ravi Zacharias’ cadence and enunciation. Sometimes I can, but I have to NOT try, but enter Ravi’s mind instead.

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                • Wooly Phlox says:

                  The whole internet is interested in Caturday, Stella.

                  I bet nearly half the image and video pie chart online is cats.

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  4. amwick says:

    Good morning Figments..
    Ms. Marin’s stirring bible quote reminded me of a poem, it is called A Rolling Stone by Robert Service.. the last two stanzas….

    In a flannel shirt from earth’s clean dirt,
    Here, pal, is my calloused hand!
    Oh, I love each day as a rover may,
    Nor seek to understand.
    To ENJOY is good enough for me;
    The gipsy of God am I;
    Then here’s a hail to each flaring dawn!
    And here’s a cheer to the night that’s gone!
    And may I go a-roaming on Until the day I die!

    Then every star shall sing to me
    Its song of liberty;
    And every morn shall bring to me
    Its mandate to be free.
    In every throbbing vein of me
    I’ll feel the vast Earth-call;
    O body, heart and brain of me
    Praise Him who made it all!

    Funny the things you remember after decades… πŸ™‚

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  5. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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    • Yep!!! He’s got a YUGE pack of wolverines behind him!

      Morning WeeWeed!

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    • To keep Congress from sleeping on the job, Tom Price will occasionally take it to the halls Congress and let it off it’s leash for exercise. Rumor has it that part of the wall funds will be raised by allowing citizens into the viewing gallery for a small fee to observe what happens when Bigly the Wolverine is let off his leash and goes roaming around under Congress’ feet.

      Mornin’ Infidel Team Leader.

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    • stella says:

      Mornin’ WeeWeed!

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    • amwick says:

      When I see these kind of images, I just get curious. Here the original is great too.

      It is no surprise to me that he likes dogs… none!

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      • G-d&Country says:

        Dogs!! Beagles and Bernese Mountain dogs are my hubby’s favorite breeds.

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        • amwick says:

          Funny, Dh was just asking my opinion of Bernese Mountain dogs yesterday!

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          • G-d&Country says:

            Are you a “dog person” too? Bernese are wonderful. As an example dear hubby & I went to visit new neighbors. They had a BMD named Max. Max did not bark, but followed us into the living room, and walked over to each of us when we sat down. He then stood there while I patted his head, then put his head on my lap, then tried to sit in my lap! HAHAHA! They are a large breed, and I am just 5′ tall! Max’s people said NO, and he got down and skulked off to lie down in front of the front door. When we went to leave he stayed there, prone on the floor. His people said “Yes, the only way he would catch a burglar is by not letting them OUT of the house!” So they slid him along the hardwood floor out of the way. Love those dogs! πŸ™‚

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            • stella says:

              Bernese are wonderful dogs. Our old friend Waltzingmtilda had one. Unfortunately, they don’t live very long, and have a hereditary predisposition for a particular kind of cancer.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                Big dogs seems to check out faster, Z was only expected to last around ten years due to his size. New dog though, the American Mastiff, that I was looking at is big and has a much longer lifespan. As I posted before though it seems we are being assigned dogs, we don’t be shoppin’, we bein’ shopped.

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                • G-d&Country says:

                  It is sad that in general giant breeds do not live as long as smaller breeds.That is a job good breeders should be breeding out of the gene pool. I just searched on American Mastiff, and came upon an English Mastiff breeder comment thread, and wow were they nasty upset!!! I appreciate good breeders trying to breed out bad traits such as aggression and illness, but many of them are just crazy. Comments like they are mutts! You know my comment to these snobby breeders is go back far enough and ALL DOGS ARE MUTTS! especially the ones humans have a hand in “breeding”. Even the so-called natural breeds from Israel for example are by the fact they breed in nature (with other breeds) are mutts! I have no patience with breeders who freak out over a labradoodle or yellow flat coat that they think is an abomination that should not exist, but then are OK with their own breed like a brachycephalic (can’t breathe) and eye proptosis (eyes pop out) pug. These poor suffering dogs are bred to be so horribly disfigured because some human thinks it “cute” they suffer their whole lives. It is sick to breed a dog that suffers because someone thinks it’s cute, and it’s wrong to say a dog should not exist because of the color of it’s coat. Sorry if I offended someone with these breeds, but they do suffer. Some owners are somehow actually unaware of their suffering. Rant over.

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                  • lovely says:

                    Like the obsession with breeding the smallest unhealthiest of the miniature dogs to produce more tiny unhealthy dogs because tiny dogs that fit in your purse or pocket is trendy.

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                  • G-d&Country says:

                    This is for Lovely (no reply button) – Yes agreed. I would not believe it if I did not see it that people actually breed dogs to be accessories! It’s awful. Something our society in general forgets is “With Rights Come Responsibilities”. Dog breeding and ownership is first and foremost a Responsibility.

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    WWII is heavily to blame for the problems with Mastiffs, they almost went extinct in England and the reintroduction of genes from Mastiffs in the US helped bring the breed back. Gene pool wasn’t sufficiently varied or deep enough so now they’re trying to breed out the cancers that are too common in them.
                    Had Czarina decided AK or ME were OK my choice of dog would have been an Ovchrka, I’ve wanted one since I first ran across them in the 70s but thry don’t like hot and there’s that need with them for isolation.

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    Ours are now all ‘it must have been a helluva party’ breeds and they fitnin our lives jes fine. They are loving, protective, different personalities and we wouldn’t trade. They don’t have them city dog manners but then they don’t need ’em, being a city dog ain’t their job.

                    The GSD and Dobies are reallyba newish set of breeds so could be considered mutts too had not someone awarded them the cachet of ‘purebreed’. I don’t think I’d trade my 70-pound pit/lab lummox being asleep and wrapped around my feet for anyone’s cacapoop or shitzu, and my hyper beagle/spring mix curled up in the recliner next to gets a ditto.

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                • The Tundra PA says:

                  I am blessed with a Big Dog who is now 15 years old. He is an Alaskan Huskey who was born to one of my sled dogs, and he refused to pull from the very beginning. His attitude was “I’m too pretty to work for a living!” Yeah, he’s probably a Democrat. He was the only pup in the litter, and I didn’t even know his mother was pregnant until he appeared. He quickly became a house dog, and for his whole life has been the happiest dog I have ever known. He always has a big tongue-lolling grin. He is an old man now, and this is probably our last year with him. I am amazed he has lived so long. He has had a great life.

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                  • G-d&Country says:

                    LOL! β€œI’m too pretty to work for a living! Yeah, he’s probably a Democrat.” Hilarious! He sounds like a wonderful dog. I hope you both, man & dog, enjoy the time you have left together.

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                  • The Tundra PA says:

                    Woman and dog, we love each other. And he loves my husband too.

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                  • G-d&Country says:

                    TundraPA Sorry about “man” and dog! I just magnified your picture to 300% to see you. Please accept my apologies. (insert blushing face here)

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                  • The Tundra PA says:

                    You are not the first, G&C, and probably won’t be the last. I usually joke that I must need a new gravatar photo. Maybe it’s the beaver hat I’m wearing in this one. It was -20 that day in mid March a few years ago and I was out mushing dogs. It always keeps my ears warm.

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                • Mr Snado says:

                  Look up Boerboel. One of those found us. Males get between 150-200lbs. Ours weighed in at 120 lbs at 9 months old. They think they’re lapdogs, loyal as a tick, and smart as a whip. Great disposition too, but they *are* a handful!

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              • stella says:

                In the case of the Bernese, it is not size so much as genetic problems. Tilda lost her beloved dog very young due to cancer, which is when I found out about this special issue. AVERAGE life span for a Bernese is 6-8 years.

                This is from the Wiki entry:

                Bernese Mountain Dogs have a much higher rate of fatal cancer than other breeds; in both U.S./Canada and UK surveys, nearly half of Bernese Mountain Dogs die of cancer, compared to about 27% of all dogs. Bernese Mountain Dogs are killed by many types of cancer, including malignant histiocytosis, mast cell tumor, lymphosarcoma, fibrosarcoma, and osteosarcoma. Inherited medical problems that a Bernese Mountain Dog may face include malignant histiocytosis, hypomyelinogenesis, progressive retinal atrophy, and possibly cataracts and hypoadrenocorticism. The breed is also prone to histiocytic sarcoma, a cancer of the muscle tissue that is very aggressive…

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                • G-d&Country says:

                  Yes, we lost our much loved flat coat (purebred rescue) to cancer that is common in the breed. This is where breeders need to step in, even if that means (GASP!!! HORRORS!!!) breeding in a fresh, different bloodline to keep the breed from suffering. The flat coat used to be black, brown, liver, and yellow. Once breeders decided to split off yellows to become golden retrievers, the yellows were bred out of the flat coats, and are very rare. If born they are usually at best neutered before being put up for adoption so no one is allowed to have this part of the family tree reproduce – even though it is just because of coat color – not a medical issue! Years ago I was reading about characteristics in breeding that go with coat color. This article was about minks raised for fur coats. People wanted a particular color, (grayer I think), so breeders bred them together, but the animals became so vicious they were uncontrollable and they gave up. I can’t help but wonder if these diseases of purebred dogs are not only from a limited gene pool, but also from characteristics bred out. Would flat coats have such high cancer rates if yellows were allowed back into the gene pool? Pure breed breeders are angry at breeders who mix breeds because some do not do due diligence research, but the pure breed breeders have their own”sins”. Wouldn’t breeders who want to cross breeds have healthier dogs if purebreds were allowed to be used for this purpose? The health of the dog should be of utmost importance. Thanks for allowing us to ramble on. πŸ™‚

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      • WeeWeed says:

        Mornin’ Amwick!

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    • lovely says:

      Good morning WeeWeed πŸ™‚

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    • G-d&Country says:

      Is that a honey badger?

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    • patternpuzzler says:

      That is just PRICELESS! WeeWeed, hope you and all have a great day!

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    • texan59 says:

      😜🍻

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      • Col.(R) Ken says:

        Evening Ms.WeeWeed!!!!!!! Now back to peace and quiet!!!!!!!! It’s nice, and restful. Can’t believe it’s 66*, clear skies, and the Sun orb is still up for and hour……..
        Expecting rain Sunday……

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        • WeeWeed says:

          Evenin’ Colonel Sir! Stormy here…..

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        • stella says:

          Beautiful here too! It was 73 degrees this afternoon. The forsythia has started to bloom …

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          • Wooly Phlox says:

            It was about 73 degrees at about 6:00 PM. By 7:00 it had dropped down to 45.

            Doozy of a thunderstorm last night. One crazy thunderclap after the storm had passed eastward was probably the loudest single thunder I’ve ever heard — everyone that lives within a mile of downtown was talking about it this morning. Shook my whole building. Kitteh jumped off my bed and ran under it. I wish I had seen the lightning strike.

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          • Wooly Phlox says:

            Looks like we’re about to get another. Woohoo!

            You too Stella, I think!

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  6. WeeWeed says:

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      I’m laughing, and remembering what Hildabeast said after Matt Lower smack her around, something the Beast said backstage, “about being hanged”.

      “””””””The transcripts of the β€œRaw Intelligence” taken to President Trump on Thursday, March 16th by Nunes–which had absolutely β€œnothing to do with Russia”–contained 20 β€œunmasked” names, addresses and phone numbers of Trump, his family and others in his administration. These names along with redacted names were originally presented to the Obama Administration by unknown intelligence operatives during the transition period. Those transcripts were later leaked to Nunes by CIA / NSA whistleblower Dennis Montgomery via a prominent lawyer.

      β€œUnder grants of immunity, which I obtained through Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah Curtis, Montgomery produced the hard drives and later was interviewed under oath in a secure room at the FBI Field Office in the District of Columbia. There he laid out how persons like then-businessman Donald Trump were illegally spied upon by Clapper, Brennan, and the spy agencies of the Obama administration.”

      The transcripts in question are NEVER legally β€œunmasked” with U.S. Citizen names (shown) unless there was a FISA warrant approved before hand, which was not the case. This type of intelligence gathering had to have been (illegally) requested by someone under Obama, or Obama himself. There are no two ways about it….an illegal act has occurred and an outgoing administration cannot legally access intelligence on an incoming administration.””””””””

      Source: The dark side of the Internet………..from a link on BadBlue

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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’ G-d&Country! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blind 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!

    Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze!

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  8. stella says:

    A reader (via email) has asked that I post the following comment for them regarding the Comey/Rogers questioning:

    Rule # 1 Class A Crypto School – answer only the question you are asked. Correct answers are Yes Sir and No Sir (won Base #1 Honor grad by following this rule).

    Observations – Rogers answered questions correctly, as taught by Military.

    Quotes from Free Beacon today –
    “The explosive reports uncovered by Nunes contradict public testimony Monday by FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers.”
    Not true for Rogers.

    Comey and Rogers stated during an intelligence committee hearing that they had no information to support Trump’s claims in a series of tweets that he had been placed under electronic surveillance by President Obama.”
    Not true for Rogers.

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/intelligence-reports-reveal-improper-political-surveillance-trump-transition-team

    I am doing this one time, but will not guarantee that I will post a comment for anyone in the future.

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    • lovely says:

      This is exactly right.

      Although Comey is a brilliant mind he is corrupt and sometimes paints himself into a corner.

      Trump adheres to the age old attorney creed of “Never ask a question than you do not know the answer to,” than does Comey.

      Trump enjoys the game, he always tips his hand just a bit so the person(s) he is addressing get an inkling into the fact that Trump knows more than he is saying.

      For me the huge tipping point as in we saw the underside of the iceberg flip over in the Comey/Rogers hearing is when Comey repeatedly said that Putin hates Clinton. That was so bizarre I think my mouth was hanging open. Comey wasn’t even challenged by anyone over this assertion. It was all political theater but this was the pinnacle of absurdity.

      As far as come lying under oath, a reasonable person would say that yes that is obvious, Comey lied under oath. An attorney parsing words and looking for an un-dotted i is going to say that Comey was speaking directly about President Trump’s tweets and that Comey did not see any evidence that President Obama himself literally wiretapped candidate Trumps phones, which if the tweets are taken solely in a literal context would be accurate.

      As the investigations and semantics continue may the indictments of Comey and crew begin.

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      • G-d&Country says:

        “It was all political theater” Exactly. I don’t watch these things anymore. My normally somewhat low blood pressure skyrockets. We know who is lying.
        “may the indictments of Comey and crew begin” Let’s pray that happens. I think AG Sessions being so quiet is because he is working hard. That seems to be his MO (remember him quietly going about reading the locked up bills?)

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        • lovely says:

          Sessions made a mistake in recusing himself of any investigation involving the Trump campaign and I understand why President Trump was displeased with his team for allowing Sessions to do so. That said it looks like a lot of illicit activity went on after the inauguration to keep Sessions busy for a very long time.

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          • G-d&Country says:

            Yes I agree it was a big mistake for Sessions to recuse himself.That really ticked me off. I was thinking as you said there was a lot of illicit activity, and they are all twisted together like a knot of different threads. One leads to the other thread. Maybe he gave his notes to someone else to continue the work he recused himself from.

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            • lovely says:

              Ticked me off too. I believe it was a hasty decision. Though an argument can be made that because Sessions was the first on team Trump he really was deeply involved enough in the campaign that he could not conduct an unbiased investigation. Still I wish he had put up a bit of a fight though, the republicans need to start acting like they are the governing power not the hopeful compliant minority.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                I think it was a great idea for Sessions to recuse himself. His recusing himself does not mean he won’t have a part in the investigstion, it mostly removes the potential for the Rats to use his direct participation as the reason to throttle any report that leans towards illegal acts on the POtuS’s part.
                Were Sessions to stay as honcho the rebuttals by the Rats would have moved to trashing Sessions, drawing attention away from the crimes committed by the previous Administration. Sessions will dtill be involved heavily, he just won’t be standing out front as the political dartboard.

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                • lovely says:

                  Interesting. Session’s is only recusing himself from presiding as lead in any matters pertaining to any investigation involving the Trump campaign, but that does’t mean the lead attorney can’t seek Session’s counsel ?

                  Something interesting is that every MSM has reported that Session’s has recused himself from all matters pertaining to Russia whereas he has done no such thing he has recused himself from all matters involving any investigation into the Trump campaign.

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    No AG’s going to allow an investigation of this magnitude go on in his shop without direct and indirect ‘oversight’. He just doesn’t get to take all of the credt he would were he out there publically leading the band.
                    I can’t say about him but I know my main interest in this, had I been politically attacked as viscously as he has, would be Rat heads on legal poles. They’d know I wielded the ax and that, along with my personsl knowledge of my participation, would be enough for me.

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      • Great analysis, lovely!

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    • nyetneetot says:

      I’d like to publicly request you post a comment for me, but I can’t think of anything to post.

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  9. G-d&Country says:

    Good Morning!

    Daily Bacon Recipe – Easy Bacon Maple Cinnamon Rolls
    Heat oven to 350Β°F. Grease or spray 8- or 9-inch round pan.
    Separate store bought cinnamon roll dough into individual rolls. Unroll rolls. Cook bacon until just about crisp.[*] While bacon is still warm, place 2 slices bacon on top of 1 unrolled roll; roll back up. Repeat to use up rolls and bacon. Place cinnamon rolls in pan.
    Bake 25 to 29 minutes or until golden brown.
    Spread with icing; serve warm.
    And if you’re from a maple producing area like me, warm some genuine maple syrup in the microwave for a few seconds and pour a little over the top.
    [*] I cook my bacon in a pan in the oven so I don’t have to get burned by or clean up splatters all over the stove.
    πŸ™‚

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  10. amwick says:

    I have to admit I have a hard time keeping track of the different intelligent agencies. The more hearings, and press conferences that happen the more I am confused.. That being said, I am also confused by the letter that the Freedom Watch (Larry Klayman) sent to Nunes and then distributed to everyone but me. I don’t have a sense about how legitimate he is, or that guy Dennis Montgomery.. Wish I had a better grasp of this…..

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  11. Update fro Nunes:

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    • lovely says:

      Thank you I missed the first half so now I can listen to it!

      Here is my opinion of the second half.

      Nunes said whistleblowers are coming forward and we are encouraging them to do so. Paul Manafort’s attorney is coming in to testify.

      Anyone whose name was mentioned in the press is encouraged to come forward. Comey and Rogers are being encouraged to come back in for a closed session hearing – nope scratch that they are recalling Comey and Rogers, not encouraging them 😊

      Nunes looks much more steady today. β€œWe are just at the very beginning of this.” All encouraging!

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    • lovely says:

      I thought one of these was the full presser. I can’t find it yet but I’m sure it will show up soon. Nunes’ refusing to give up sources, I bet there are a lot of sweaty brows in DC, the Clinton Cabal and the Obama Organization.

      And Manafort himself is willing to come in and testify.

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    • lovely says:

      Schiff is yammering.

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      • Ugh! πŸ™„ I wonder if he will be implicated in any way.

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        • lovely says:

          Schiff is flustered. Happy to hear that he is deeply discouraged and calling for an independent body, meaning he wants to silence Nunes as swiftly and thoroughly as possible. Man Oh man Nunes has hit the hornets nest.

          There is no basis for what POTUS has accused his predecessor of. POTUS accused Obama of a felony.”There is still no evidence that his predecessor wiretapped him in any way.”

          An entire corrupt party hanging their political future on a dotted i.

          Schiff whining about being the minority party πŸ˜‚, well you can blame Obama and Hillary for that Mr. Schiff.

          And what a goof Schiff encouraging republicans to harass their representatives and tell them to side with the democrats πŸ™„.

          Good Grief! Felonious unmasking doesn’t mean anything and does’t prove anything according to Schiff. What a moron 😏.

          Knock your sock off democrats.

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  12. patternpuzzler says:

    Off for another busy day supporting my brother with moral support while he downsizes. Downsizing is always easier to do, isn’t it, with someone whispering in your ear “do you REALLY need that??” (And better he try to downsize than me!!)

    This is the anniversary of the Quartering Act of 1765; I could have written a research paper on all the information that surrounds it, but think what I did break it down to does it justice. Interesting history, for sure! I learned a lot more than I thought I knew.

    The Day in (Mostly) American History: March 24

    1664: Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island

    1765: Britain enacts Quartering Act of 1765, requiring colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers, as amendment to the annual British Mutiny Act, which prescribed all manner of operating the military of Britain. (Renewed annually for 200 years) While many British soldiers were provided for in colonists’ homes during the French and Indian War, the colonists saw no reason as to why this was necessary during peacetime, giving to resentment and mistrust of Britain’s standing army. In part, Parliament found shifting the costs to the colonists as beneficial to the Crown’s coffers. Additionally, by posting troops in the Colonies, taxes could be collected more efficiently under the much-resented Stamp Act recently declared. The Quartering Act of 1765 was circumvented in all colonies except Pennsylvania. The end result of the Quartering Act can be found in our Constitution in Amendment III: “No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law”. To give Amendment III teeth, Amendment II was created: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    1828: Philadelphia & Columbia Railway, first state-owned, authorized
    1832: Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred & feathered in Ohio

    1882: German scientist Robert Koch discovers and describes the tubercle bacillus which causes tuberculosis ( Mycobacterium tuberculosis)

    1883: First telephone call between NY & Chicago

    1900: New York City Mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground “Rapid Transit Railroad” that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.

    1920: 1st US coast guard air station established (Morehead City NC)
    1930: 1st religious services telecast in US (W2XBS NYC)
    1937: National Gallery of Art established by Congress
    1941: Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox – Sun Valley Serenade
    1944: 76 Allied officers escape Stalag Luft 3 (Great Escape)
    1945: Generals Eisenhower, Montgomery & Bradley discuss advance in Germany
    1947: Congress proposes 2-term limitation on the presidency
    1949: 21st Academy Awards: “Hamlet”, Laurence Olivier & Jane Wyman win

    1949: Truman signs off on aid to Palestinian refugees. The U.S. resolution authorized $16 million in aid for Palestinian refugees displaced and facing starvation as a result of Israel’s War of Independence in 1948. This contributed U.S. funds to a $32 million UN aid package. At the signing, the president stated his hope that before the relief money ran out, [the] means will be devised for the permanent solution of the refugee problem. Truman argued that U.S. aid would contribute to the long-term stability of the Middle East through [integrating] Palestinian refugees into the economic life of the [underdeveloped] area.

    1955: First seagoing oil drill rig placed in service. In the wake of WWII and war in Korea, the importance of meeting demands for oil supply was abundantly clear. As a response to this demand, the first seagoing oil drill rig was launched in 1955. The rig was backed by US company C.G. Glasscock Drilling Co. and was built by Bethlehem Steel. This rig, designed for drilling in water over 100 feet deep, could drive piles with a force of 827 tons, and pull a pile with the force of 942 tons.

    1958: Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761) Elvis Presley turned 18 in 1953 at the end of the Korean War, but received a student deferrment; he received his second deferrment to complete his motion picture “King Creole”.. On March 24, 1958, Elvis Presley was finally inducted, starting his day as the King of Rock and Roll, but ending it as a lowly buck private in the United States Army.

    1960: US appeals court rules novel “Lady Chatterly’s Lover” not obscene
    1962: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards perform as Little Boy Blue & Blue Boys
    1965: US Ranger 9 strikes Moon, 10 miles (16 km) NE of crater Alphonsus

    1965: First Teach-In held after the bombing of North Vietnam. This first teach-in was organized by faculty and Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor on March 24–25, 1965. Michigan governor George Romney and other politicians still opposed the event.[5] The teach-in was attended by about 3,500 people and consisted of debates, lectures, movies, and musical events aimed at protesting the war. Michigan faculty members such as Anatol Rapoport and Charles Tilly were also involved. Women students who attended received special permission to stay out during the night. Bomb threats emptied the hall three times over the course of the teach-in, sending participants into the freezing cold, where they continued their activities. Other Michigan students in the Young Republicans organization picketed the event, protesting “anti-American policy.”

    1966: Selective Service announces college deferments based on performance
    1975: Muhammad Ali TKOs Chuck Wepner in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
    1978: Wings release “With a Little Luck”
    1980: ABC’s nightly Iran Hostage crisis program renamed “Nightline”
    1980: Capitol Records releases some rare Beatles tracks
    1986: US & Libya clash in Gulf of Sidra
    1989: Mary Martin in “Peter Pan” 1st seen on TV since 1973

    1989: Exxon Valdez runs aground One of the worst oil spills in U.S. territory begins when the supertanker Exxon Valdez, owned and operated by the Exxon Corporation, runs aground on a reef in Prince William Sound in southern Alaska. An estimated 11 million gallons of oil eventually spilled into the water. Attempts to contain the massive spill were unsuccessful, and wind and currents spread the oil more than 100 miles from its source, eventually polluting more than 700 miles of coastline. Hundreds of thousands of birds and animals were adversely affected by the environmental disaster. It was later revealed that Joseph Hazelwood, the captain of the Valdez, was drinking at the time of the accident and allowed an uncertified officer to steer the massive vessel. In March 1990, Hazelwood was convicted of misdemeanor negligence, fined $50,000, and ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service. In July 1992, an Alaska court overturned Hazelwood’s conviction, citing a federal statute that grants freedom from prosecution to those who report an oil spill.

    1992: Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) launches into space
    1994: F-16 collides with C-130 Hercules above AFB in NC, 120 die

    1996: Shannon Lucid enters Mir U.S. astronaut Shannon Lucid transfers to the Russian space station Mir from the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis for a planned five-month stay. Lucid was the first female U.S. astronaut to live in a space station. Her return was delayed six weeks due to a hurricane and repairs to booster rockets. Her 188-day sojourn aboard Mir set a new space endurance record for an American and a world endurance record for a woman.

    1998: Jonesboro massacre: Two students, ages 11 and 13, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas; five people are dead and ten are wounded Mitchell Johnson, 13,and Andrew Golden, 11,shoot their classmates and teachers in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Golden, the younger of the two boys, asked to be excused from his class, pulled a fire alarm and then ran to join Johnson in a wooded area 100 yards away from the school’s gym. As the students streamed out of the building, Johnson and Golden opened fire and killed four students and a teacher. Ten other children were wounded. The two boys were caught soon afterward. In their possession were thirteen fully loaded firearms, including three semi-automatic rifles, and 200 rounds of ammunition. Their stolen van had a stockpile of supplies as well as a crossbow and several hunting knives. All of the weapons were taken from the Golden family’s personal arsenal. Both of the boys had been raised around guns. They belonged to gun clubs and even participated in practical shooting competitions, which involve firing at simulated moving human targets. Golden reportedly shot several dogs in preparation for the actual shooting.

    1999: Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country, with the bombing of Serbian military positions in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo. The NATO offensive came in response to a new wave of ethnic cleansing launched by Serbian forces against the Kosovar Albanians on March 20.

    2003: The Arab League votes 21-1 in favor of a resolution demanding the immediate and unconditional removal of U.S. and British soldiers from Iraq.

    2015: The “Opportunity” rover becomes the first to complete a Martian marathon

    Stella has suggested Tara Ross’ website for more detailed American History. Ms. Ross is an author and a constitutionalist who publishes, on her website, β€œThis 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, and her daily post can be found at at http://www.taraross.com/

    Text in this post may reproduce fully or in part certain websites and is used here under fair use and for educational purposes.

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  13. lovely says:

    Really worth watching until the end πŸ™‚

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  14. G-d&Country says:

    It’s a gray day up here in the north, so I thought I’d bring some sunshine in with this painting by Winslow Homer:

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  15. Sharon says:

    The citizen journalist reports done by this man about the Oroville Dam are the best and I try to see each one. His day job is piloting a 777 – internationally. Such a knowledgeable man who obviously enjoys observing, understanding, and explaining……his background information provides understanding so far beyond the video clips, etc that are released for public consumption.

    This is his most recent – I think he does about 2-3 a week.

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  16. lovely says:

    Well worth the read.

    #RockvilleRape: What it Means for America

    http://jackmurphylive.com/rockvillerape-what-it-means-for-america/

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    • I guess the first thing I would do if I live there would be to home school my child. Some things aren’t worth it. Let’s see if Maryland buys a clue or continues down the path they were on.

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    • G-d&Country says:

      One entire branch of my family has lived in Silver Spring and Rockville for 50 years. Let me tell you – they are really nice people, but they are delusional, in denial, and stressed out with cognitive dissonance when it comes to politics. They actually do put their lives on the line to (mindlessly) follow the progressive/regressive agenda. They have been actually brainwashed by the Catholic churches they attend [1], the news they watch, and the fetid swamp that surrounds them where they work and live. Even though my cousin actually believes the same on many topics as Trump, when I asked her “Do you know who believes that too – Trump” she screamed hysterically “HE’S EVIL !!!” There is just no rational discussion with her.
      Her sister has 2 daughters who both went to live as volunteers in Africa as 18 and 20 year olds. The younger one went to South Africa, and came home a few weeks/months later. The other more stubborn one is living in a squalid hut some where on the east coast side of Africa (I forget exactly where), asking for money for a cat to kill the rodents and huge bugs, a goat for milk, and a dog for protection. She came back last spring to visit for the Boston Marathon another cousin was running in. She showed up about 1/2 mile form the finish line where the bombs went off not too long ago in a long black coat and black headscarf!!! You couldn’t say anything to her because who are you to criticize her – she’s above you – she’s living in a hut in Africa! (BTW An other person I know in Massachusetts has a daughter who is also going to Africa. You know what? They are all young, Catholic, blond haired, blue eyed girls who are very involved with the “social justice” groups at church. No dark haired young males going that I know of.)
      The article above states: “Maryland seems to be far from finding their version of the red pill. Let’s just hope it will only take one, and not an epidemic of heinous crime to finally get those suburban soccer moms out of their denial and into the real world.
      Montgomery County has a chance to lead the way towards reform, but the question will remain: have the mothers, grandmothers, and daughters of Maryland finally said, β€œno mΓ‘s???”
      No Mr. Murphy, in my experience some percentage sadly have not had enough. There are even those who would have a peeing contest of virtue signaling about which of their daughters was raped the worst – really they would. My cousin would not, my other cousin’s daughter probably would. Sadly I do not know how to deal with their denial and cognitive dissonance.
      PS [1] Not all Catholic churches are like this. There are some that get it.

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  17. stella says:

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  18. stella says:

    Apparently the New York Times is reporting that Paul Ryan has gone to the WH to tell the President that he doesn’t have the votes to pass the bill.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      There are so many holes in this bill it’s no wonder. The big debt-enhancing points, especially the continuance of payouts to the many states that ran to take the Medicaid cover, is still there. The continuance of other Obamacare handouts under new names remains. None of the hoped for prohibitions against agencies like ATF mining the medical files of individuals for punitive data are in it.
      Trump screwed up letting a RINO POS like Ryan honcho this and now he’s gonna pay.

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      • jeans2nd says:

        Am not so certain this was a POTUS fail, czar.

        There are people who will purposely set themselves up to be the fall guy if it is for the betterment of someone else/most. These type people do not mind being the bad guy, or being seen as the stupid one, or the crazy one, as they know more people will ultimately benefit from the large “blunder” they are ostensibly making. These people not only mind being alone, they actually prefer it. They will take the hit so someone else will not have to. They are impossible to label, although incorrigible is the label that is most often used. Few, if any, know what these people are actually thinking. That is how I view POTUS. We incorrigibles always recognize each other, and smile.

        POTUS did exactly the correct thing, called Congress’ bluff, and waited to see who folded first. imo Now the real work begins.

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        • G-d&Country says:

          That is also a possibility. Trump said he does not want the healthcare system to fail because people would get hurt, all the while knowing there are not enough votes. I would believe this more if he did not attach himself to it, and push so much for it’s passage. This hurts him, and therefore our cause.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          I didn’t mean to suggest it was his fail, his failure was not getting a hand on the throat of the bill and even then he’d have problems as too many left-of-right Republicans had hands in it.
          The Rats had marshaled forces like the Republicans seem unable to do. Even the so-called ‘conservative’ Rats joined their leftist brethren to dump Trump. Republican RINOs got their digs in, as did the RINO whores when their Medical Industry pimps jerked their chains, Rats could sit backnand laugh as Republicans shot themselves in the foot.
          The Rats and the press will use this disarray delay to bash Trump, it will become THE focus of his first 100 days – he could discover a way to turn lead into gold and the detractors will still use this to sully on his first 100. Bad business decision.

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          • Menagerie says:

            I agree. Not being brilliant, or intuitive, I can’t see where he was going with this. It always seemed to me just a big way to take the blame for O care, which was 100% on the Dems, off of them and let the Republicans and Trump own the nastiness. I fail utterly in seeing any upside to it.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              I believe O Care was foisted off on both Rats and RINOs by POtuS and his handlers outside of and ‘party’ thing. Obama’s minions delivered it to Congress where they blindly voted it in, unread, in less time than they usually take for lunch.
              I’m not looking at this as politics, I’m looking at it as war, as if both the Rats and Trump are trying to utterly destroy each other. There used to be a grey pool of Rats and RINOs who’d pretty much stroke each other as far as lrgislation went but it’s looking now that the Rats are closing ranks with their Left and self-interested Rats are sort of wandering off by themselves to,protect their feeding grounds.
              I’m also wondering why Trump didn’t pound the table and demand things, like the billions in Medicaid giveaway to the 33 states who used it as a cover, were not continued. Granted it would have been a painful political pill to swallow and PO’d a lot of governors (including Republican obes) who are dtuck with it but those money/debt-related issues were what kept a lot of Republicans from supporting it. There were Obamacare giveaways that RINO writers were supposed to get rid of and did – by the usual method of judt changing their names. Makes me wonder how many Republicans’ votes were also more based on protecting their rice bowls and not our interests.

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      • G-d&Country says:

        “Trump screwed up letting a RINO POS like Ryan honcho this”. I do not understand the whole Ryan/Preibus/Trump let’s all be happy together thing. After the Al Smith dinner last year Trump seemed genuinely surprised people that were previously nice to him when he was giving them money, were now nasty to him. Is he really that naive? If so he better open his eyes.

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        • I’ve thought through this whole process, Trump knew it would fail and it’s all Paul Ryan’s fault. He’s a snake in the grass and I think Trump is very aware of that. Hopefully there will be calls to push Ryan out as speaker and then Trump can get someone that will help him get things through making the rest of his work much easier.

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  19. czarowniczy says:

    Oh Oh, Weather Channel’s showing heavy storms approsching Nena, Arkansas. To evfor You Know Who to get out there and throw some tarps over those dope deliveries so they don’t get wet.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Did the NSA just record Bill “BJ” Clinton’s phone call???

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    • WeeWeed says:

      We’re (hopefully) gonna dodge ’em – they blew in (blew innertubes etc. off) and are still threatening. We seem to be in a fortunate spot where most of this crap heads northeast of us. But what’s coming looks pretty ugly…..

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  20. czarowniczy says:

    Local news has wasted no time praising those in Congress who’ve stalled the unraveling of Obamacare. Of course, as they mentioned, a heavy portion of the city’s nonproductive, solely consumptive and lives off of what it can bleed from those who actually work for a living. OK, they didn’t saybit just like that but then they can’t.
    The public and private health clinics that serve the Medicaid crowd are heavily dependent upon welfare monies and their owners wanna keep the pastures green for that welfare cash cow. City already has either a heart clinic or dialysis center on every corner, right next to that burger joint or fried chicken shack, and enforcing healthy eating practices on the welfare crowd is….culturally insensitive.
    Major US cities seem to hsve developed some sort of symbiotic relationship with the welfare herds, they not only tend to the current generation they culture the next. The crime that spews out of the projects and subsidized areas creates a lucrative feeding ground for the LEA and justice industries as well as incidental big bux for the contractors who fix the damages and the medical providers who tend to their wounds. So between the child’s birth and it’s first incarceration we make sure that we havectaxpayer supported programs to ensure that child arrives at its booking in the best health possible…izis a greaaaaat country or not?

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  21. Wooly Phlox says:

    How to keep squirrels out of the bird feeder. This is genius.

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  22. stella says:

    Okay, now for some good news. Here are the puppies at five weeks.

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  23. 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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  24. auscitizenmom says:

    “Good Riddance: Women’s Strike Organizer, Convicted Terrorist Rasmea Odeh Agrees to Leave US”
    “And let the door hit you on the way out.”

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/good-riddance-womens-strike-organizer-convicted-terrorist-rasmea-odeh-agrees-leave-us

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  25. auscitizenmom says:

    “Boycott Over North Carolina’s Bathroom Bill Fizzles Out
    You’d forgotten about it anyway, right?”

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/boycott-over-north-carolinas-bathroom-bill-fizzles-out

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  26. lovely says:

    The swans are visiting again πŸ™‚

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    • czarowniczy says:

      I was thinking about asking how the swans were before I got distracted.

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      • lovely says:

        They look strong and healthy. This is the closest they have come to us this year. The babies usual show up in mid May so pretty soon they should be showing up alone while one attends the nest. A goose got pretty close to them, first time that I have seen that happen without them chasing the goose off.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          So far we have the usual Canadians for water birds though it looks like a Great Blue Heron’s going to set up shop. Main source of toddy-time entertainment is our Purple Martins.

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          • lovely says:

            I saw a heron on the way home, I’m hoping that the black swans show up again at a little private pond. They are never there the whole year but often there for the beginning of spring. I’m guessing that the home owner brings them in but I don’t know what happens to them for the rest of the year.

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            • stella says:

              I heard geese honking this morning.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Considering the price of a pair of black swans I’d bring them in and give them the guest room for the winter.
              We have a creek that drains the lake, it used to be a seasonal creek but the dam keeps water in it year-round. That heron really likes the creek as there’s overhead and scrub all along the shore that allows it to hunt without worry of predation. There’s also a lot of great nesting trees around. She’s been here, or the family has, for years…judt a neat little thing to have around.

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              • lovely says:

                For water birds we get herons, egrets, swans, geese and ducks.

                All kinds of regular birds. No Purple Martins even though folks including my mom have set up the proper housing.

                The black swans are beautiful, yesterday I saw a lady gardening by the private pond where I see them, I almost stopped to ask her about them but I was under a time constant. (Read the pizza was ordered and I was picking it up πŸ™‚ ). If I see the swans this year I will stop and get pictures.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  Right on line with what we get minus the swans. We have a couple of year-round cormorants, an infrequent osprey and an even more infrequent bald eagle and some interesting swallows that, like the martins, do a hi-speed run across the lake’s surface to scoop up a drink. In all an enjoyable entourage to watch as we sit outside and scoop up our own drinks.

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