General Discussion, Sunday, March 26, 2017

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  1. kinthenorthwest says:

    Reminded me of all the beautiful people here at Stella’s Place
    God Bless and Have a great Sunday.

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  2. texan59 says:

    I have truly enjoyed the wildflower pics this week Miss Stella. Thank you. But it’s now Sunday morning and everyone needs a drink. I’m bringing the coffee y’all. Still not too sure about this wack-a-doodle machine, but for now, we run with it. Coffee up y’all. I’m sure it’s going to be a busy week.

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  3. lovely says:

    Looks like Americans have finally had enough beatdowns and various other assaults by the antifa crowd.

    Amen.

    Or as someone on Twitter said “When you’re caught playing Call of Duty when grownups are around.”

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  4. Wooly Phlox says:

    Stella, your theme this week is absolutely beautyful,

    If i had the gumption, I would make a photo site with all your pics.

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  5. MaryfromMarin says:

    Once again, the color saturation above ^^^ bowls me over. Thank you, stella!

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  6. MaryfromMarin says:

    Drive-by:

    Islam and the Jihad in London

    “…We are not talking about Muslims here. We are talking about Islam. Lots of individual Muslims desire peaceful coexistence, even assimilation. But Islamโ€™s aim is to prevail…”

    https://counterjihadreport.com/2017/03/25/islam-and-the-jihad-in-london/

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  7. lovely says:

    I am not a gardener but I look forward to my mom’s garden every spring. Maybe we will get another mystery plant this year ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      WOW

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      My current phone is poweful, I guess. That’s what I’m told.

      My old phone from 5 years ago took better macro pics, by far.

      I took a photo of a leaf growing out of the side of a tree, from literally an inch away from it with my old phone, and had an amazing photo of a leaf smaller than my pinky fingernail, filling the screen, in glorious, high-res detail. It was a virtual microscope. Lenses matter.

      My current phone cannot focus at a one-inch range.

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      • lovely says:

        My mom is a terrific gardner. I have a ton of pictures of her flowers. This one was likely taken with my Nikon camera not my phone.

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          My grandpa on my mom’s side, my “Bumpa”, was an avid gardener, and an avid photographer. He was on the East Coast, we were right where I sit. Him and Nana visited every so often, He was the man who taught me the phrase “G-d D-mn it All!” when he lost his camera at the K-Zoo airport. He said that about fifteen times.

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          • patternpuzzler says:

            “He said that about fifteen times.” …. that you heard him say… Cameras didn’t come cheaply then, either.

            I got a nice Canon t2i as a gift last year, and even though I live in a smallish town I hesitate to go to the river or the local park alone with it, as I’m afraid it would be stolen. We’ve had a lot of gangbangers and illegals moving in here from Chicago, sadly.

            There aren’t many places here to take good pics as it is.

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        • G-d&Country says:

          I have been wanting to save up for a new camera. The one I have now is a $60 drugstore buy that is now coming apart at the edges, but I’ve taken about 15,000 pictures on it. It drives me crazy it takes so long to start (then I miss the animal I’m trying to photograph), and the back is flat with no eyepiece, so all I see is a reflection of my face a lot of times. Do you take a lot of photos, and what camera do you like?

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I’ve pisted this many moons ago but….

        Back in late 1990/very early ’91 I was sent to a classified tech meeting at a place in the Beltway. There was a number of devices all forgotten except for one. The presenter trots out a well-known Japanese camera with a wire attached from the back plate to some control box. Attached to the box was a battery pack and an old bulky hard drive. All of this, minus the camera of course, fit onto the user’s belt, not all thst comfortably.
        This was cutting edge, a touchable scaling of the tech used on surveillance satellites, the working model of a system to come.
        I can’t remember what the system’s resolution was, but ten years lster when the first cellphone cameras came out they were 176×208 so it couldn’t have been all that hot.
        We got to use a version of it in the late 90s on a NEO mission, coordinating someone taking pix many miles from our work center and sending them back to us thru our secure computer system. Now you can do it with a few button punches on your smart phone and with far better resolution and ease.

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  8. texan59 says:

    This is rather appalling and I’m sure you’ll want to go take a shower afterwards, but I doubt that any of us are truly surprised. Note that in the story, Huma’s “people” deny this is happening.

    http://nypost.com/2017/03/25/huma-abedin-is-giving-marriage-with-anthony-weiner-another-try/

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  9. lovely says:

    There is no joy quite like that of the joy of dog.

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  10. lovely says:

    IMO Adam’s has it exactly right on the health care debacle.

    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/158812654486/trump-and-healthcare

    (This is not the main point of his article but a salient one).

    Speaking of healthcare, I predicted on Periscope here several days ago that the only way to get a bill passed was to let Ryan fail hard on the first attempt while scaring the left at the same time.

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  11. lovely says:

    Czar, I think this was left for you and Czarina ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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    • lovely says:

      Good morning WeeWeed ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • G-d&Country says:

      Mornin WeeWeed. Hope you were rejuvenated from the movie, and your azalea has survived. Be careful out there with that chainsaw. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • stella says:

      Mornin’ WeeWeed!

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    • texan59 says:

      Mornin’ Miss Wee.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Where can I get that bumper sticker!?

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I keep on forgetting the power of the right index finger. Googled and bought it in less than two minutes time.

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          The smell of an airbag that has gone off leaves your nose in about four to five days.

          It’s another great incentive to not crash your car, remembering that.

          I don’t know what’s in them, but working with strong bleach products for a few hours, that bleach smell stays in your nostrils for about 2-3 hours.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Sodium azide is the bang in an airbag, that free sodium stench is the heart of bleach (sodium hypochlorite) and the sodium azide gas. We used to use lots of neat and highly corrosive stuff in bio/chem decontamination operations and that concentrated bleach smell used to fry your nose., there are times I’m amazed that I have anybnose left at all.
            Sidebar: We got into airbags as there were fears that bad guys would break into cars to steal the detonators to use to trigger IEDs. Appears that stealing the entire airbag assembly and reselling it to unscrupulous dealers yields enough mobey to buy the good detonators stolen from storage sites.

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            • Wooly Phlox says:

              Two decades ago, when I was at rock bottom, living in my car, I tried in vain to sell my car’s airbag, just for the cash. No luck.

              I guess I didn’t know the right people. You’d think “well, maybe that airbag saved the next owner’s life”. You’d be wrong, as I destroyed that Geo with a flat-bladed shovel when I couldn’t dig it out of the ice its wheels were encased in.

              Yeah, I used to be a very angry person.

              Now I sing all day, because I’m lucky to be alive.

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              • lovely says:

                And you do a lot of good through your joy in God. One word sometimes changes the course of events minor and great. We are celebrating my mom’s birthday in a couple of weeks and I was at a loss for a gift. She, like many people her age just doesn’t need anything and her house is full of the things she treasures and enough knick knacks for anyone.

                Last night your “WOW” to my picture made me think of a great gift. I am going to put 25 -50 pictures of my mom’s flowers from over the years together and put them in a scrapbook for her. She has some pictures from me on her computer but I know she would love to have a book to look at especially over the long winter. So thank you Wooly!

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            • Wooly Phlox says:

              Thanks for the continuing education, BTW.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Evening Ms.WeeWeed!!!!!!!!!! Tad chilly with the rain……..nice gentle rain,….should make the daffodils grow……
      Hope you got that deadfall cut down.

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  13. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! ๐Ÿ˜Ž |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) ๐Ÿฑ ๐Ÿธ (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿธ (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ Czarina! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! ๐Ÿ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Phlox! (aka “taqiyyologist”) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ lovely! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! ๐Ÿ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿธ (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (โ€œStellarsโ€) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1961 Chรขteau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ Senatssekretรคr FREISTAAT DANZIG! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! ๐Ÿ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. ๐Ÿ˜ณ
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! ๐Ÿ˜•

    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!

    Cinnamon rolls for coffee!

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  14. lovely says:

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/25/westminster-attack-khalid-masoon-acted-alone?CMP=twt_gu

    Westminster attacker acted alone and motive may never be known, say police

    Extensive inquiries find no motive for Khalid Masood and senior officer says there is no intelligence to suggest more attacks are planned

    ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š

    The Ostrich Reflex is strong.

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  15. G-d&Country says:

    Here’s a bacon recipe for today – still have time to make it before lunch ๐Ÿ™‚
    TODAY’S BACON RECIPE – BACON APRICOT PORK ROAST

    Ingredients
    1-1 1/2 pound pork tenderloin
    6 – 8 strips bacon
    4 Tbl apricot preserves
    2 tsp mustard
    1/4 tsp garlic powder
    1/2 tsp onion powder
    1/2 cup onions chopped fine/minced, or sliced fine
    2 tablespoons olive oil

    Preheat the oven to 350ยฐF

    Trim the pork of any excess fat and rip off the silvery membrane if itโ€™s still attached.
    Spread 1tsp mustard over the top of the roast, then the garlic and onion powder. Fold the tapered end of the pork back under the rest of the tenderloin a little bit, just to the point where the whole tenderloin is a uniform thickness. Wrap the pork in strips of bacon, overlapping the pieces and making certain they fit snugly around the pork Tightly tuck the ends underneath the tenderloin to hold them in place. Secure the ends of the bacon strips in place with toothpicks.
    Heat the oil in a roasting pan or a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the pork until itโ€™s brown on all sides, about 10 – 15 minutes total. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast the tenderloin until the core temperature registers 145ยฐF for medium, about 15 minutes, or 155ยฐF for medium-well, 20 – 30 minutes.
    While the pork is cooking, pour excess drippings out of the pan and cook the onion over medium heat until soft and browned. Mix together the apricot preserves and 1 tsp mustard, add to onion and warm over medium-low heat until it begins to bubble, about 5 minutes.
    About 5-10 minutes before the roast is done depending on how crispy you want it, spread on the apricot, mustard and onion mixture [1], and finish cooking. When the roast is done set aside to rest, covered, for 5 -10 minutes.
    [1]You can make extra sauce mixture and put over the roast when cooking. When done, pour out of pan, skim off fat and serve, or just make and set aside to pour over roast when served.
    Some recipies add brown sugar, but I prefer it without as it dilutes the other flavors, and makes it very sugary. This process can be used for any spice/preserve combo you want. Enjoy!

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  16. lovely says:

    Posted by Paul Joseph Watson;

    Islam continues to get Antifa to march to its orders. Wait until Antifa finds out that donning the hijab is not points of debate or optional in the world that they are trying so hard to help create. Nor are womenโ€™s rights, homosexuality, music, movies, dancing, drinking, protection against rape, pedophilia or protesting. The minions are fighting so hard to give up their rights, if they only knew.

    America is the the Great Satan___ Islam & Antifa

    Hmmmm….

    Muslim or Antifa?

    SMH The dumbing down of the American mind is in overdrive.

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  17. patternpuzzler says:

    Better late than never, but then, it IS Sunday… Hello, all!

    This Day in (Mostly) American History: March 26
    1776: South Carolina approves new Constitution
    1790: US Congress passes Naturalization Act, requires 2-year residency
    1804: Congress orders removal of Indians east of Mississippi to Louisiana
    1804: Territory of Orleans organizes in Louisiana Purchase
    1830: The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York.
    1845: Patent awarded for adhesive medicated plaster, precusor of bandaid
    1859: 1st supposed sighting of Vulcan, a planet thought to orbit inside Mercury; it doesn’t exist
    1863: Voters in West Virginia approve gradual emancipation of slaves
    1872: 7.8 earthquake shakes Owens Valley, California
    1872: Thomas J Martin patents fire extinguisher
    1885: Eastman Film Co manufactures 1st commercial motion picture film

    1910: US forbid immigration to criminals, anarchists, paupers & the sick [Wikipedia lists this as the Immigration Act of 1903. For a complete – and interesting – list of Immigration Laws, please see Wiki http://tinyurl.com/jqvxz54

    1926: The 1st lip-reading tournament held in America

    1930: Congress appropriates $50,000 for Inter-American highway. The Inter-American Highway (IAH) is the Central American section of the Pan-American Highway and spans 5,470 kilometers (3,400 mi) between Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and Panama City, Panama. At the time, the US still owned the Panama Railroad and the Panama Canal. US had a military presence.

    1936: Mary Joyce ends a 1,000 mile trip by dog in Alaska
    1937: Spinach growers of Crystal City, Tx, erect statue of Popeye

    1941: Naval warfare gets new weapon On this day, Italy attacks the British fleet at Suda Bay, Crete, using detachable warheads to sink a British cruiser. This was the first time manned torpedoes had been employed in naval warfare, adding a new weapon to the worldโ€™s navyโ€™s arsenals.The manned torpedo, also known as the โ€œChariot,โ€ was unique. Primarily used to attack enemy ships still in harbor, the Chariots needed โ€œpilotsโ€ to โ€œdriveโ€ them to their targets. Sitting astride the torpedo on a vehicle that would transport them both, the pilot would guide the missile as close to the target as possible, then ride the vehicle back, usually to a submarine. The Chariot was an enormous advantage; before its development, the closest weapon to the Chariot was the Japanese Kaitenโ€“a human torpedo, or suicide bomb, which had obvious drawbacks.

    1953: Dr Jonas Salk announces vaccine to prevent polio On March 26, 1953, American medical researcher Dr. Jonas Salk announces on a national radio show that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio. In 1952โ€“an epidemic year for polioโ€“there were 58,000 new cases reported in the United States, and more than 3,000 died from the disease. For promising eventually to eradicate the disease, which is known as โ€œinfant paralysisโ€ because it mainly affects children, Dr. Salk was celebrated as the great doctor-benefactor of his time. Polio, a disease that has affected humanity throughout recorded history, attacks the nervous system and can cause varying degrees of paralysis. Since the virus is easily transmitted, epidemics were commonplace in the first decades of the 20th century. The first major polio epidemic in the United States occurred in Vermont in the summer of 1894, and by the 20th century thousands were affected every year. In the first decades of the 20th century, treatments were limited to quarantines and the infamous โ€œiron lung,โ€ a metal coffin-like contraption that aided respiration.

    1954: US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island

    1955: Black music gets whitewashed, as Georgia Gibbs hits the pop charts with โ€œThe Wallflower (Dance With Me, Henry)โ€ For its time, the mid-1950s, the lyrical phrase โ€œYou got to roll with me, Henryโ€ was considered risquรฉ just as the very label โ€œrock and rollโ€ was understood to have a sexual connotation. The line comes from an Etta James record originally called โ€œRoll With Me Henryโ€ and later renamed โ€œThe Wallflower.โ€ Already a smash hit on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues chart, it went on to become a pop hit in the spring of 1955, but not for Etta James. Re-recorded with โ€œtoned-downโ€ lyrics by the white pop singer Georgia Gibbs, โ€œDance With Me Henry (Wallflower)โ€ entered the pop charts on March 26, 1955, setting off a dubious trend known as โ€œwhitewashing.โ€ While many Americans might have preferred the Etta James version to the Georgia Gibbs cover had they heard the two in succession, they would rarely have the opportunity to do so. Pop radio was almost exclusively white radio in 1955 America, and middle-of-the-road artists like Nat โ€œKingโ€ Cole and the Ink Spots were rare exceptions to this rule.

    1955: “Ballad of Davy Crockett” becomes the #1 record in US
    1956: Medic Alert Foundation forms
    1956: Red Buttons debuts on TV in Studio One
    1958: 30th Academy Awards-“The Bridge on the River Kwai”, Joanne Woodward & Alec Guinness
    1962: US Supreme Court backs 1-man-1-vote apportionment of seats in state legistature
    1964: “Funny Girl” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 1,348 performances
    1969: Marcus Welby MD, a TV movie is shown on ABC-TV
    1970: 500th nuclear explosion announced by the US since 1945
    1970: Golden Gate Park Conservatory made city landmark
    1973: TV Soap “The Young & the Restless” premieres on CBS

    1974: George Foreman TKOs Ken Norton in 2 for heavyweight boxing title in Caracas, Venezuela

    1975: [Vietnam] Hue falls to the communists The city of Hue, in northernmost South Vietnam, falls to the North Vietnamese. Hue was the most recent major city in South Vietnam to fall to the communists during their new offensive. The offensive had started in December 1974, when the North Vietnamese had launched a major attack against the lightly defended province of Phuoc Long, located north of Saigon along the Cambodian border. The communists overran the provincial capital of Phuoc Binh on January 6, 1975.
    President Richard Nixon had repeatedly promised South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu that the United States would come to the aid of South Vietnam if North Vietnam committed a major violation of the Peace Accords. However, by the time the communists had taken Phuoc Long, Nixon had already resigned from office and his successor, Gerald Ford, was unable to convince a hostile Congress to make good on Nixonโ€™s promises to Saigon.
    This situation emboldened the North Vietnamese, who launched a campaign in March 1975 to take the provincial capital of Ban Me Thuot in the Central Highlands. The South Vietnamese defenders there fought very poorly and were overwhelmed by the North Vietnamese attackers. Once again, the United States did nothing. President Thieu ordered his forces in the Highlands to withdraw to more defensible positions to the south. What started out as a reasonably orderly withdrawal degenerated into a panic that spread throughout the South Vietnamese armed forces. They abandoned Pleiku and Kontum in the Highlands with very little fighting and the North Vietnamese pressed the attack from the west and north. In quick succession, Quang Tri and Hue fell. The communists then seized Da Nang, the second largest city in South Vietnam. Many South Vietnamese, both military and civilian, died in the general chaos while attempting to escape from the airport, docks, and beaches.
    By this time, the South Vietnamese forces were in flight all over the northern half of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese continued to attack south along the coast, overrunning city after city, methodically defeating the South Vietnamese forces. By April 27, the North Vietnamese had completely encircled Saigon and began to maneuver for their final assault, which became known as the โ€œHo Chi Minh Campaign.โ€ By the morning of April 30, it was all over. As the North Vietnamese tanks broke through the gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon, the Vietnam War came to an end.

    1975: “Tommy” premieres in London. Created by Pete Townsend of/and The Who, becomes the first Rock Opera. For a more complete history of Tommy, please see http://ultimateclassicrock.com/history-of-tommy/

    1975: The Biological Weapons Convention enters into force.

    1979: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat sign the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in 1979 Camp David peace treaty between Israel & Egypt
    Washington, D.C. In a ceremony at the White House, Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin sign a historic peace agreement, ending three decades of hostilities between Egypt and Israel and establishing diplomatic and commercial ties. For their achievement, Sadat and Begin were jointly awarded the 1978 Nobel Prize for Peace. Sadatโ€™s peace efforts were not so highly acclaimed in the Arab worldโ€“Egypt was suspended from the Arab League, and on October 6, 1981, Muslim extremists assassinated Sadat in Cairo. Nevertheless, the peace process continued without Sadat, and in 1982 Egypt formally established diplomatic relations with Israel.

    1982: Groundbreaking in Washington, D.C. for Vietnam Veterans Memorial. For more information, Please see today’s Tara Ross column at taraross.com . I cannot do it justice here.

    1982: Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder release “Ebony & Ivory” in the UK
    1983: US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
    1986: Geffen records signs Guns & Roses
    1989: 1st free elections in USSR; 190 million votes cast; Boris Yeltsin wins
    1990: 62nd Academy Awards: “Driving Miss Daisy”, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Tandy win
    1996: The International Monetary Fund approves a $10.2 billion loan for Russia.
    1997: Thirty-nine bodies found in the Heaven’s Gate cult suicides.

    1999: A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man. Jack Kevorkian was a U.S.-based physician who assisted in patient suicides, sparking increased talk on hospice care and “right to die” legislative action. He was a pathologist who assisted people suffering from acute medical conditions in ending their lives. After years of conflict with the court system over the legality of his actions, he spent eight years in prison after a 1999 conviction. Kevorkian’s actions spurred national debate on the ethics of euthanasia and hospice care.

    2000: 72nd Academy Awards: “American Beauty”, Kevin Spacey & Hilary Swank win

    2001: Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister opens an oil pipeline from the giant Tengiz Field to the Russian port of Novorossiysk on Monday, giving the Central Asian producer its first direct link to international markets

    2005: The Taiwanese government calls on 1 million Taiwanese to demonstrate in Taipei, in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of the People’s Republic of China. Around 200,000 to 300,000 attend the walk.

    2005: “Doctor Who” returns to BBC TV after 16 years with the debut of Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose

    2012: Canadian filmmaker James Cameron becomes the first person to visit Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth in over 50 years

    Stella has suggested Tara Rossโ€™ website for more detailed American History. Ms. Ross is an author and a constitutionalist who publishes, on her website, โ€œThis day in American Historyโ€. She writes quite well and Iโ€™ve also become a fan. While, because of time issues, I cannot incorporate Ms. Rossโ€™ 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, primarily history.com and onthisday.com, and is used here under fair use and for educational purposes.

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  18. G-d&Country says:

    Sunday painting for your viewing pleasure:

    L’Innocence by Bouguereau 1893

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  19. texan59 says:

    Our favorite Sunday columnist looks at the Trump wiretapping and the insidious “media”. Enjoy with your coffee.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/03/obama_did_wiretap_trump_its_like_putting_together_a_russian_nesting_doll.html#.WNeMa-Gjkv0.facebook

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      She does cover this very well. By now Trumps people should be pouring through the information from one whistle blower, Montgomery. Seems Trump has a small “staff” group assembled in the WH that was comparing transcripts of Democratic operatives and John McShames public comments, and then with transcripts of phone calls, conversations within his transition team. The press will dropped this story like a hot potato, once the FISA warrant becomes public. Then when the supeana for 12-20 people who were in the meeting that Comly mentioned……..

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  20. lovely says:

    If anyone is wondering about how The Donald feels about Paul Ryan this is his tweet before Judge Jeanine went on to call for the ousting of Ryan.

    Trump is a quick learner, the political theater is new to him.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      I bet he knows how to, and can, grout marble tile.

      The dude is indomitable.

      Trump could understand industrial engineering and 3D printing inside a week.

      Hillary had to e-mail (imagine how long it took to teach her how to e-mail, and to keyboard) Huma, just for TV listings, to find out what time her favorite show came on.

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        “My Chef called in sick today, Huma. How do I use the microwave oven?”

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        I bet he knows how to, and can, grout marble tile.

        I mean that. How much marble tile has been grouted, cleaned, and sealed in his presence, building resorts, golf courses, hotels, casinos, and skyskrapers?

        Hillary can’t look up TV Guide.

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        • lovely says:

          I would bet he does too. Eric said he himself is probably the only son of a billionaire who is as comfortable at the controls of a Caterpillar backhoe as he is behind a desk. POTUS has always said he knows the construction business from the ground up.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Yeah Trump was played by Ryan, and GOPe. Whether he knew it or not. Now Tump know the score, hard lesson to lean, Trump will move forward. Trump should back off his criticism of conservatives, Freedom Caucuses, solicit their support for up coming events. With Ryan, the smack down of his plan, thisn was not the plan that was made in 2015, this should end his influence. Rumors are Tray Gowdy is moving on up……..

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  21. litenmaus says:

    Yesterday a group of young โ€˜uns invited me to attend an outside tea party. Yes, the wind was howling, yes the grass was as brown as the Sahara, but there was a beautiful bouquet of florist wildflowers lending color to the table and the early thaw provided us with the background music of a spring run-off rushing over the nearby reservoir dam.

    Laughter & hot tea were pouring out around the table when we noticed that a rabbit had quietly emerged from the tree line. The rabbit paced around the edge of the lawn, it stood up, smelled the wind & clearly focused on us for about five minutes. And then spring arrived in all its glory. Mama bunny brought forth her fluffle of babies and guided them across the lawn in front of us as she headed down to the creek bed below.

    Tea party AND bunniesโ€ฆ.a sure-fire restorative for a weary soul.

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  22. auscitizenmom says:

    ๐Ÿ˜€

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  23. texan59 says:

    Did ya’z turn on all of your electrical appliances last night, fire up the pollution-belching diesel truck and celebrate Earth Hour last night? I did. ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/03/25/the-futility-of-earth-hour-earthhour/

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  24. texan59 says:

    A journey most would have thought an exercise in futility and the tilting of windmills. His college prof gave him a C on a college paper, and he went on to change the Constitution.

    http://kut.org/post/he-got-bad-grade-so-he-got-constitution-amended-now-hes-getting-credit-he-deserves

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  25. stella says:

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  26. stella says:

    The stupid is Bigly here. I used to think that Senators were a cut above – sort of like the House Of Lords in Parliament. My, how things have ‘changed’:

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    • texan59 says:

      All of this posturing and playing to the sound bite is wearing me out. I’m to the point where I don’t believe a word they say, whichever side of the aisle they sit on. Weasels like McCain and Graham on our “side”, and drivel like this from her, Scchumer, and Co. Boring and tiresome.

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      • Menagerie says:

        I haven’t figured out a good reason to listen to any of them. They make my head hurt and raise my blood pressure and I can’t see the reason to do it.

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    • MaryfromMarin says:

      “My” Senator….. illorum culpa (I NEVER voted for her and never will).

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      He values the actual written laws over feelings?

      How quaint.

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      • Menagerie says:

        IMO a big part of what is totally wrong in the world today is people thinking that they have the right to “feel good” or that they are entitled to agree with what is good and right. They think it must not conflict with their wants and desires, when in actuality we must conform our wants and desires in right order to the Good in order to truly be happy.

        Short term pleasures are not the be all end all, but I see no indication that the world will ever understand that again. Today I went to confession. For the first time in a long while I didn’t want to. I wanted to continue on my path. I wasn’t feeling it. But my faith, and the grace of prudence tell me to use an act of will rather than wait until I feel like doing right. It is far from the most emotional confession I ever made, but I think it was one of the most needed and important ones. And Jesus gave me exactly the counsel and penance I needed.

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        • G-d&Country says:

          Menagerie, I agree wholeheartedly with your post!!!
          “And Jesus gave me exactly the counsel and penance I needed” How wonderful God is! I am truly happy for you.

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          I got into an argument about politics with a co-worker tonight. I had just gone in (it’s just next door, pretty much) to help the kitchen close down for the night. She is going to school to be a “diplomat”, but she’s a hard, hard leftie. The argument we had was (I was pro) whether North Africa was better or worse off under English Colonialism. I had made the point, offhand, that I’ve known several people from Nigeria and elsewhere, and that their command of the English language is superb, and that they speak it better than anyone on earth except Indians.

          Oh, she snapped. “Yeah, because of England and their bad Colonizing!”

          Then I led her into a discussion of The Prime Directive, from Star Trek, and whether she agreed or not that it is good to give less-advanced civilizations things like refrigeration, medicine, the scientific method, language, and philosophy?

          I said, what, just tell them “Good luck! Invent it yourselves!”???

          What I found amazing is that (and I love everyone, and keep that in mind whether I’m working for them or educating them) I kept absolutely cool the whole time. That is incredibly rare with me, except lately. I think reading Vox Day really helped in that regard. Confidence was gained in my life over this last decade like no other.

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          • Col.(R) Ken says:

            Wooly some people need the Shook of Life too wake them up…..

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            • Wooly Phlox says:

              I stopped talking about all these things with people, about four years ago: politics, religion, culture. Nope, stick to weather, music, work, and humor. Never, ever argue the more important things. I lost my voice for the three busiest months of summer. Try yelling “Behind you! Sharp!” or “Behind you! Hot! Hot!!” when you sound like a Scooby Dooโ„ข ghost villain, in the busiest kitchen in town. It was not a fun three months.

              He took my voice. Then, He gave it back. That was unexpected. After two months, I thought it was gone forever. And now, somehow, years later, can actually argue with progs with real confidence, and love. And sing in the kitchen like Smokey.

              Why He took my voice? I only used it for evil, and never for good. All I did was bitch.

              Boogie on, Reggae Woman. That’s what I use my voice fo, now.

              MPH. Make People Happy.

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            • Wooly Phlox says:

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            • Wooly Phlox says:

              I sure did.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Next time tell her that Europe most certainly does serve an important function in north and sub-Saharan Africa. Were it mot for Europeans the residents wouldn’t have an excuse for their relative lack,of overall progress.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      Every leech in Congress needs to be told:

      We are a nation of LAWS. Not of feelings, not of personalities. If you don’t agree with that, you will be voted out of office.

      Enjoy your lifetime pension and platinum bennies for you and all your kinfolk.

      (And that needs to end too. You get voted out of the House or Senate? You better go find a job right quick. We vote them out, then give them, essentially, lottery winnings for life.)

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  27. amwick says:

    Thought you might want to hear..
    Dh’s SIL is a CO for Suffolk County NY… He just told Dh that ICE is filling up their jail…. (with South of the Border illegal aliens) He has been there a few years now.. this is new…

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    • stella says:

      Very interesting! I just saw somewhere (FB?) that a cock fighting operation was broken up in Ohio, and arrests made and deportations are planned.

      Liked by 2 people

      • czarowniczy says:

        Good, maybe they can get the dude across the lake with tne thug chicken collection.
        Interesting to watch the black Rat pols tap dancing around immigration knowing that those South of the Border Rats will only vote for them as long as the Rats continue to support them and the traditionsl Rats are slowly catching on to the fact that their entitlement pies are being sliced more thinly.

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  28. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12โ€™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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  29. lovely says:

    ๐Ÿ˜„

    Tip of the hat to Mike.

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  30. Wooly Phlox says:

    BY THE WAY

    That story a couple of days ago about the ex-military Sniper who save his neighbors by shooting their three captors?

    There is no such thing as the Seattle Tribune. They have the Times and the Post-Intelligencer.

    It is a fake news site. I’ve been reading news long enough to know the names of most of the major city newspapers in this great nation.

    The story is fake. The site is fake, and made to look exactly like a local big-city news site. You click on the tabs on top and get a clue. Blank pages.

    Or you can go to infogalactic and search for the Seattle Tribune.

    Lots of intentional disinformation out there. It’s good to have, and practice, discernment.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      Q: Does anyone sight in their sniper rifle, after taking it apart, reassembling it, and reattaching the scope, by aiming it at their neighbor’s house?

      I mean, don’t you have to shoot it to adjust the sights?

      This article is fake. I don’t know why? But it is.

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    • stella says:

      Disclaimer

      The Seattle Tribune is a news and entertainment satire web publication. The Seattle Tribune may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within The Seattle Tribune are fictional and presumably satirical news โ€“ with the exception of our โ€˜list styleโ€™ articles that include relevant sources. The content published on The Seattle Tribune is intended to be entertainment and is often intended to generate thought and discussion among its readers. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental. Advice given is NOT to be construed as professional. If you are in need of professional help, please consult a professional. The Seattle Tribune is not intended for children under the age of 18.

      http://theseattletribune.com/disclaimer/

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  31. Wooly Phlox says:

    I found out today that there are actually sites where you can make fake news articles, appearing on real-MSM-looking templates, to spoof your friends (or enemies) in real life, and then propagate the links through FaceBook, where they will then be further propagated. These sites are like IMGUR or Photobucket, only instant-fake-news-making sites.

    Discernment is a valuable gift.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      A.i. could make these sites, at this point, how stupid our population has become, and it could actually be that this is true now.

      A.I. could design a “news” site.

      “Live 365 [Your State]”
      “Local 24/7 [Your City]”
      “Live and Breaking [Your Country] Now!”

      Easy. And we’re seeing it now. Easy. It’s just templates. Add some red, white and blue, and some flags. instant MSM local news website.

      Click on the other tabs on these sites. Blank pages.

      That’s the tell.

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