General Discussion, Monday, March 27, 2017

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  1. texan59 says:

    No doubt it will be a busy week my friends. Sustenance. Get your flak jackets and helmets at the ready because we know what’s coming. Coffee up y’all.

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  2. czarowniczy says:

    Ahhhhh…another week in the bag, one day closer to infinity and another chance to carpe that diem as I wrestle the world…..oh, I’m retired, to hell with it all I’m gonna sleep in.

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    • MaryfromMarin says:

      “No fair!”

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      • czarowniczy says:

        The ‘like’ was my liking your post but also liking my being retired. Not having to go in on a Monday and face yet another week of dealing with Federal supervisors with wet socks (a polite way of saying thry couldn’t figure out how to pour pee out of their boots) is a reward in itself.

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        • MaryfromMarin says:

          Actually, I love my work, but couldn’t resist posting the picture and sentiment!

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          • czarowniczy says:

            I loved my work, I jusy couldn’t stand the people (and I use the term loosely) I worked for. Then again, having at least 67 paid working days off a year – and the ability to buy cheap and tax free booze at the Coast Guard Exchange next door – helped greatly.

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            • stella says:

              “I loved my work, I just couldn’t stand the people ..”

              I told my daughter the same thing just last week. A couple of particular people, including my boss, who needs psychoanalysis.

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              • stella says:

                Then there was the getting up a 5:45 and driving a half hour in traffic, and sometimes snow …

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              • czarowniczy says:

                My last four years were the best. I ran a one-man shop and people had to bring their work to me. As production was machine-based and documented at every step I had those who failed to put on their adult planning caps dead to rights.
                My fav was when Washington decided our supervisors should all take the Six Sigma course to improve their imagined skills. They just couldn’t find the time, energy or abilities to survive the ‘Six Sigma for big guys’ course so they took a much abbreviated version.
                All the locals taking the course had to do was get me the raw msterials for the next week’s course NLT COB on Wednesday so I could schedule, compile and finish the product. These supervisors responsible for what amounted to international production frequently had to rush stuff on after the deadline, stuff that was sent to them a week prior and basically required them putting a final quantity on it and carrying it down the hall. One time they didn’t even make it by COB on Friday, requiring my coming in on a weekend at double time to get it done. Ironic part was that I already had an MBA and had taken the long Six Sigma years ago but ‘lacked the skills and education to join the club’.
                Yeah, Mondays eere, without a doubt, the worst day of the week.

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          • Col.(R) Ken says:

            Every job has some bennie!!

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      My thoughts exactly Czar!!!!! Let these young bucks Army 24/7/365, and don’t drop your Ruck!!!!!

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  3. MaryfromMarin says:

    Drive-by:

    “Strengthen our weakness, we beseech Thee, that we may do valiantly in this spiritual war…” [St. Augustine]

    Islam, Not Christianity, is Saturating Europe

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9954/islam-christianity-europe

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    • czarowniczy says:

      On the subject, if any of you have seen the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ movie you msy have noticed that the thread running through it is ‘histoty rewritten’.
      They too the Reconquista and made it vile, murderous Catholic Templars pushing the civilized Muslemsvout of Spain – murdering, torturing and otherwise debauching as they went. They spliced the Inquisition in too, making it all about the evil Torquemada (though in reality he’d been dead almost 30 years by the movie’s period), dressed in his Church garb, burning heretics and Moslem Assassins, wholesale for Ferdinand and Isabella’s enjoyment.
      The Moslem Assassins are portrayed as snow white counterparts to the evil Catholic Templars which, I do believe, by the movie’s period had long been disdolved in Spain and folded into other military orders. The Assassains were trying to prevent the Catholic Church from fibding a religious srtifact that would allow the Church to suppress all free will! The Moslem Assassins have been protecting it, snd allowing mankind to retain free will…Islam=free will, Christianity=enslavement.
      Now you might think that the bending of history and the blatant pro-Islamic message would be lost on the audience but the entire movie, based on a popular teen video game, is carefully done. The violence is enough to keep the younguns attentive while not being graphic and bumping it up from a PG-13. The whole movie’s done in a sepia tone and the visuals don’t draw the viewer’s attention away from the anti-Christian message…in all a great pioneering piece of Hollywood pro-Islam social engineering.
      I’m gonna see if I can dig around and find out who backed this financially, it’s just too blatant to be accidental, and from some unhappy Hollyork leakers this is just the beginning.

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    • nyetneetot says:

      Wow, that is quite a mess of historical mishmash. Rome made it’s money worthless and over taxed it’s citizens to the point everyone moved to other countries or landowners that stayed, signed themselves into slavery to their wealthy neighbors because slaves weren’t taxed (which is the beginning of peasants BTW). The barbarians walked in and took over a largely unpopulated Rome, put their kids in school and said “life is good”. Then the Muslims came….

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  5. 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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  6. auscitizenmom says:

    Later. Got an appt. And, I see I am already running late. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  7. Menagerie says:

    It’s gonna be that kind of week.

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  8. amwick says:

    On a happy note, Mama Duck is safely on her nest.. We looked last night and she was gone, with at least three eggs waiting…Perhaps she was out getting dinner.

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  9. patternpuzzler says:

    Off and running today – too many snoozes…
    This Day in (Mostly) American History: March 27
    1513: Spaniard Juan Ponce de Leรณn and his expedition first sight Florida

    1775: Jefferson elected to the Continental Congress Jefferson, a Virginia delegate, quickly established himself in the Continental Congress with the publication of his paper entitled A Summary View of the Rights of British America. Throughout the next year, Jefferson published several more papers, most notably Drafts and Notes on the Virginia Constitution.
    In June 1776, Congress put together a committee to draft the Declaration of Independence. After much discussion, the committee chose Jefferson to compose the document. At just 33 years old, Jefferson finished writing his draft of what is considered the most important document in the history of democracy in just a few days. After a few minor changes, the committee submitted the draft, titled “A Declaration” by the Representatives in General Congress Assembled, to Congress on June 28, 1776. After some debate, the document was formally adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776, under the new title, The Declaration of Independence.

    1790: The modern shoelace (string and shoe holes) invented in England
    1836: First Mormon temple dedicated (Kirtland, Ohio)
    1841: First US steam fire engine tested, NYC
    1848: John Parker Paynard originates medicated adhesive plaster
    1849: Joseph Couch patents steam-powered percussion rock drill
    1855: Abraham Gesner patents kerosene
    1860: M L Byrn patents “covered gimlet screw with a ‘T’ handle” (corkscrew)
    1866: Andrew Rankin patents the urinal

    1866: US President Andrew Johnson vetoes civil rights bill; it later becomes 14th amendment (More information: Wiki http://tinyurl.com/77terl3

    1884: First long-distance telephone call, Boston-NY
    1865: Lincoln, Sherman and Grant meet to plot the final stages of the Civil War
    1912: First Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Washington, D.C.

    1915: Typhoid Mary [Mary Mallon] is arrested and returned to quarantine on North Brother Island, New York after spending five years evading health authorities and causing several further outbreaks of typhoid

    1905: Fingerprint evidence is used to solve a British murder case
    1914: First successful blood transfusion (in Brussels)
    1931: John McGraw says night baseball will not catch on
    1933: Farm Credit Administration (US) authorized
    1933: Japan leaves League of Nations
    1933: Polythene ( polythyrene) discovered by Reginald Gibson & Eric William Fawcett
    1943: Blue Ribbon Town (with Groucho Marx) first heard on CBS Radio
    1944: 1,000 Jews leave Drancy, France, for Auschwitz concentration camp
    1944: 2,000 Jews are murdered in Kaunas Lithuania
    1944: 40 Jewish policemen in Riga, Latvia, ghetto are shot by the Gestapo
    1944: Children’s Aktion-Nazis collect all the Jewish children of Lovno
    1945: Ella Fitzgerald & Delta Rhythm Boys record “It’s Only a Paper Moon”
    1945: Gen Eisenhower declares German defenses on Western Front broken

    1948: Just 11 days after being released from prison, Billie Holiday plays in front of a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall

    1950: Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner’s solo concert (Cleve OH)
    1951: Frank Sinatra records “I’m a Fool to Want You”
    1952: Sun Records of Memphis begins releasing records

    1952: “Singin’ in the Rain”, a musical comedy starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, is released

    1956: US seizes US communist newspaper “Daily Worker”
    1957: 29th Academy Awards: “Around World in 80 Days”, Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner win
    1958: Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier as well as First Secretary of the Communist Party
    1961: Black demonstrators in Charleston staged ride-ins on street cars

    1965: [Vietnam/Cambodia] South Vietnamese forces conduct combat operations in Cambodia Following several days of consultations with the Cambodian government, South Vietnamese troops, supported by artillery and air strikes, launch their first major military operation into Cambodia. The South Vietnamese encountered a 300-man Viet Cong force in the Kandal province and reported killing 53 communist soldiers. Two teams of U.S. helicopter gunships took part in the action. Three South Vietnamese soldiers were killed and seven wounded

    1964: Earthquake strikes Alaska, 8.4 on Richter scale, 118 die
    1966: Anti Vietnam war demonstrations in US, Europe & Australia
    1969: Black Academy of Arts & Letters forms in Boston
    1969: Launch of Mariner 7, flies 2,190-mi above southern Mars
    1970: Ringo releases his first solo album “Sentimental Journey”
    1970: USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
    1973: Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) stopped for speeding & LSD possession

    1973: [Vietnam] Bombing of Cambodia to continue. The White House announces that, at the request of Cambodian President Lon Nol, the bombing of Cambodia will continue until communist forces cease military operations and agree to a cease-fire. In March 1970, Lon Nol had overthrown Prince Norodom Sihanouk in a bloodless coup. Between 1970 and 1975, Lon Nol and his army, the Forces Armees Nationale Khmer (FANK), with U.S. support and military aid, fought the Khmer Rouge and Sihanoukโ€™s supporters for control of Cambodia. During the five years of bitter fighting, approximately 10 percent of Cambodiaโ€™s 7 million people died. When the U.S. forces departed South Vietnam in 1973, both the Cambodians and South Vietnamese found themselves fighting the communists alone. Without U.S. support, Lon Nolโ€™s forces succumbed to the Khmer Rouge, surrendering to the communists in April 1975. The victorious Khmer Rouge evacuated Phnom Penh and began reordering Cambodian society, which resulted in a killing spree and the notorious โ€œkilling fields.โ€ Eventually, hundreds of thousands of Cambodians were murdered or died from exhaustion, hunger, and disease.

    1973: 45th Academy Awards: “The Godfather”, Marlon Brando & Liza Minnelli win. The Native American actress Sacheen Littlefeather attended the ceremony in Brandoโ€™s place, stating that the actor โ€œvery regretfullyโ€ could not accept the award, as he was protesting Hollywoodโ€™s portrayal of Native Americans in film.

    1976: Washington, D.C. underground Metro opens

    1977: 583 die in aviation’s worst ever disaster when two Boeing 747s collide at Tenerife airport (Canary Islands)

    1978: Bob Fosse’s “Dancin'” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1,774 performances

    1979: US Supreme Court rules 8-1 that cops can’t randomly stop cars. The Fourth Amendment bars the police from stopping motorists at random merely to check licenses and auto registrations. Without some cause to believe that a car is being driven in violation of the law, such stops violate the constitutional guarantee against unreasonable seizures, the court declared.

    1984: Beginning of “tanker war”: over the next 9 months, 44 ships, including Iranian, Iraqi, Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti tankers, are attacked by Iraqi or Iranian warplanes or damaged by mines

    1989: First African American soap opera, “Generations” premieres on NBC-TV

    1990: The United States begins broadcasting TV Martรญ to Cuba in an effort to bridge the information blackout imposed by the Castro regime. which broadcast television programs into communist Cuba. Despite the fact that TV Marti was a dismal failure in terms of weakening the Castro regime, it continues to receive funding and is still in operation.

    1995: 67th Academy Awards: “Forrest Gump”, Jessica Lange & Tom Hanks win

    1998: FDA approves Viagra Viagraโ€™s massive success was practically instantaneous. In the first year alone, the $8-$10 pills yielded about a billion dollars in sales. Viagra was marketed on television, famously touted by ex-presidential candidate Bob Dole, then in his mid-70s. Such direct-to-consumer marketing was practically unprecedented for prescription drugs. Viagra was marketed on television, famously touted by ex-presidential candidate Bob Dole, then in his mid-70s. Such direct-to-consumer marketing was practically unprecedented for prescription drugs.

    2006: The United Nations Commission on Human Rights holds its final meeting.
    2014: UN General Assembly condemns Russia’s annexation of Crimea

    1979: Pattie Boyd and Eric Clapton are married Pattie Boyd, whose participation in various affairs and marriages among the British rock royalty of the 60s and 70s inspired three famous popular songs, “Bell Bottom Blues”, โ€œLayla,โ€ and “Beautiful Tonight” by second husband Eric Clapton.
    (more info: http://tinyurl.com/llozvfd

    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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  10. lovely says:

    Has anyone heard from Michelle? I haven’t seen her in a while.

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  11. Well, Texas and Oklahoma got hit pretty hard last night with hail storms and there were tornado warnings, but I don’t know if any touched down. We tried to protect our cars, but they got hit hard anyway. We will have to get those fixed and probably a new roof. Nothing major, but not fun. Golf ball sized hail is pretty big and loud.

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    • lovely says:

      Sorry San&Sea !

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    • G-d&Country says:

      Wow, Glad everyone is safe – even though cars are not. Can’t imagine what it would be like stuck outside with those things hitting me!!

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      • Thank you. When I was about 18, I was in the car with my mom driving down the freeway and a hail storm hit. There was no way to get off so we were stuck. Biggest hail I’ve ever seen. One came down close to us that was nearly football size. It was a short lived storm, but I truly don’t know how we got out of it without busted windows. Miraculous really. Big prayers were going up!

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          Just over a decade ago, I was working and living in a campground.

          I was sitting at the picnic table outside my camper, the park was empty except for me, and I heard a roaring sound in the woods that got louder and louder. This is Fall, and deep woods on Lake Michigan. It sounded like four train engines were barreling toward me through the woods. I ran. I didn’t know what I was hearing, but instinct said “RUN!”

          I made the hundred-yard dash to the store before the hail came down, but it was four inches deep, shooter-marble sized hailstones.

          The sound, though. Unbelievable. And it came out of nowhere. It wasn’t even raining.

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          • It can be a terrifying sound. We get hail and twisters around here. Scary moments when things go pitch black and then that howling wind starts. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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            • patternpuzzler says:

              Was in the Tornado Breakout of 1974. Had a 5 week old – hubby laughed at me when I put the filled diaper bag and flashlight next to the door. We were on the 2nd floor and ended up running down to a garden level apartment with all our neighbors. Watched a carpet warehouse across the street have the sides blown out by huge rolls of carpeting; it also threw a boxcar off the tracks 1/2 block away.

              For years I would get a panic attack in a high wind or hearing wind whistle. Nothing quite like watching the National Guard going down your street with heavy equipment to make a path. You take care this spring, sand. I have a feeling it’s going to be exciting!!

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          • amwick says:

            Did you like living in a camper??? I often wondered about it… Dh thinks I am crazy, but I love little spaces… and compactness..

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            • Wooly Phlox says:

              Yup, I loved it. It was the beginning of my healing, too.

              If you knew my whole life, and all the different spaces I’ve called “home”, which you kinda do…

              I saw every sunset and walked the beach every morning, before anyone in the place was even awake yet.

              Now I live in a tiny apartment, and I love it. Nine years.

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              • amwick says:

                That is great. Tiny can be comforting. I had a 12 x 14 cabin in PA that I loved. Never lived there, but you almost could..

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                • Col.(R) Ken says:

                  I have a 10×18 tractor shed, complete with electricity, heat, roll up garage door….keep my yard tractor in. Saves time, instead of driving over to the farm, then back along the highway………also my farm tractors are a tad to big, ruts in the yard and such……

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    • stella says:

      I’m so sorry! That happened here a few years ago – got dents on my car and also damage to the roof. Be sure to check your window screens too. A couple of mine were torn.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    • John Denney says:

      Rode a motorcycle through golfball sized hail in Nebraska once. Nearest shelter I could see from the Interstate was a tree about 10 miles away.
      The hail hurt most when it hit knuckles and knees, but even that wasn’t bad, mostly absorbed by the padded gauntlets and leather pants and rain suit. It was just noisy on the helmet and faceshield.
      The big Yamaha XS1100 road bike plowed through the hail on the road like it wasn’t there.

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  12. G-d&Country says:

    It’s another dreary, gray day in the northeast, so here’s a bright, sunny painting for your viewing pleasure

    Red Boats at Argenteuil by Monet

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      • G-d&Country says:

        Me too. Was lucky enough to go to a museum exhibition of his works in Boston about 30 years ago. I was surprised at how large some of the paintings were.

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        • stella says:

          I attended an exhibit in Chicago with my daughter. It was about 20 years ago, I think.

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          • I haven’t been to an art exhibit in many years, I need to make an effort to do that.

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            • G-d&Country says:

              There are internet painting sites that have very good resolution and a zoom-in capability. I know it is not the same as going to an exhibition, but that is no longer an option for me, so I enjoy browsing great art on the web. It is very relaxing. That is why I post paintings here.

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              • amwick says:

                I like great art turned into jigsaw puzzles… you know the dog’s playing poker on black velvet.. ๐Ÿ™‚
                As a college student, and for 16 years after that I lived in NYC…. I seldom went to the art museums… I should have..

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  ‘Sabout it for me too. Had a friend who was a somewhat well-known sculptor with whom I drank a lot and fired guns with – when we were drunk. He used my face for one of his bronze scultures in an Orlando project, that’s about as ‘into’ art as I ever got…I leaned more towards the vaquero with sombrero on velvet myself.

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              • Thank you for sharing the artwork. They are beautiful and it’s nice to stop and focus on something calm and tranquil when the days gets hectic. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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              • patternpuzzler says:

                Sometimes I forget to just look at the beauty paintings offer. Thanks for the fine art posts, G-d&Country!

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        • litenmaus says:

          :0) I went to an exhibition of Monet’s work at the Portland Museum of Art and when I walked into the gallery, I too was blown away with the size of some of the works. The fact that his paintings of large haystacks were small and his paintings of small water lilies were humongous was rather strange.

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          • The haystack painting and other Monet works are in a Baby Einstein video I play for my littles. I didn’t realize the size difference, probably because I’ve seen most of the paintings in art books. Interesting.

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            • litenmaus says:

              :0) I’m like you s&s. I had only seen the work in calendars and books and I think the biggest image I ever saw of his work was a poster. I was totally unprepared to see the lily canvasses that went from floor to ceiling and took up half a gallery wall. (haystack paintings were a normal size…about 16″x20″)

              Gaugin’s art in reality as opposed to Gaugin’s art printed on calendars etc was another one that shocked me. Not the size of the canvasses, but the ugliness and ferocity of the brush strokes. Who knew??

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  13. Wooly Phlox says:

    Just because. These folks are husband and wife. Started in separate heavy metal bands, then joined one together, then went to Ireland to learn Irish music, then Spain, and here we are.

    So amazing to watch them interact live.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      What Gabriella does with her playing hand is beyond me. It flies like a hummingbird.

      She speaks through her instrument, and also uses it as a percussion instrument.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      She redefines the term “rhythm guitarist”.

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    • patternpuzzler says:

      Opened that in a new browser tab so I can take in the whole thing later. You’re right about her hand flying like a hummingbird; she amazes me how she combines strength and a type of delicacy in guitar playing I’ve not seen before. Thanks.

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  14. Cetera says:

    Mr. Molyneux kills it again with an absolutely masterful piece on healthcare:

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  15. Cetera says:

    On a completely unrelated note to anything at all, if you grew up watching cartoons, or have kids who have done so, enjoy some improv comedy, and celebrity impersonations, check out Twisted Toonz:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpwD_RtSPZwSpgzDqFNdUww

    Professional voice actors reading popular/nerdy movie scripts, doing voices as characters they voice, or impersonating other actors. They do these live at various conventions, and if you ever get a chance to watch it live, they are absolutely worth it.

    I can, and have, sat and watched these guys all day. They are generally beyond funny. I saw the Ghostbusters one in PHX ComiCon last year.

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  16. czarowniczy says:

    Wish me luck….or more like patience…as I go in to file for an upgraded VA disability. I will not only have to provide VA checklists my doxs have to fill out but excrucistingly detailed information they already have.
    If the little welfare-to-work pukes can’t figure out what the dox have put on the VA’s own ‘checklist for dummies’ checklist then they send it to me, I have to go back to my dox for clarification and then send it back to the VA who’ll….you get the idea.
    If they’ve screwed the info they have when they previously put it into their system then my duplicate info that I have to provide again will kick out, requiring me to send notarized resubmissions. No, they don’t want it now, they wantbit ‘then’. This includes all of the info on my previous and Czarina’s previous marriages and divorces and, in her case, death certificate for her ex. Oh yes, they have this all already, but……
    Pure karma, I was a Fed puke and now I am subjectbto them.

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  17. lovely says:

    Judge Rules for Freddie Gray Cops, โ€œMaliciousโ€ Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby Faces a Civil Trial

    http://www.independentsentinel.com/justice-judge-rules-freddie-gray-cops-mosby-now-faces-civil-trial/

    The Freddie Gray cops won again in a lawsuit against Baltimore Stateโ€™s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Ms. Mosby put six police officers on trial without the evidence to back up the charges. At first, critics said she over-charged the officers, but, in the end, the judge found there was no evidence to back up the charges.

    “Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up.” __George Saunders

    Amen.

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  18. The Tundra PA says:

    Another good piece from Daniel Greenfield:

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/266197/civil-war-here-daniel-greenfield#.WNiiWjpjFHk.twitter

    There is no form of legal authority that the left accepts as a permanent institution. It only utilizes forms of authority selectively when it controls them. But when government officials refuse the orders of the duly elected government because their allegiance is to an ideology whose agenda is in conflict with the President and Congress, thatโ€™s not activism, protest, politics or civil disobedience; itโ€™s treason.

    -snip-

    The left is a treasonous movement. The Democrats became a treasonous organization when they fell under the sway of a movement that rejects our system of government, its laws and its elections. Now their treason is coming to a head. They are engaged in a struggle for power against the government. Thatโ€™s not protest. Itโ€™s not activism. The old treason of the sixties has come of age. A civil war has begun.

    As usual with Mr. Greenfield, the whole thing is good.

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    • I was reading today about people fleeing the inner cities because if/when there is an economic collapse it truly will be civil war. Chicago alone has seen the largest population drop in its history in the last few years. Baltimore and Detroit same scenario.

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      • stella says:

        Detroit has been dropping in population since 1960. In fact, it has been making somewhat of a comeback, or at least beginning to make one.

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        • Col.(R) Ken says:

          Have you been reading Matt Brackens book??????

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        • Col.(R) Ken says:

          Detroit is a tad different Stella, and I won’t go into the story, just dig up Coleman Young for starters……..

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          • Wooly Phlox says:

            I’m guessing Stella knows more than most folks about Coleman Young.

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          • stella says:

            I’m quite familiar with Young. I was born in Detroit, and lived in the general vicinity for most of my life; the latest stretch is 1971 until now. Fortunately Young is gone, but his illegitimate son is now serving in the Michigan legislature.

            Detroit now has a pretty honest and competent mayor, an improved City Council, and passed a law that Council members must live in their districts. I think there is one member that isn’t required to do so (at large, is that the term?)

            There is a lot of development because there are several people who have the money and faith in Detroit to do so. The Ilitch family, Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans, Peter Karmanos (former owner of Compuware), and Roger Pensky are a few of the leaders who are helping to turn the city around.

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          Benton Harbor, MI is also experiencing a comeback.

          Why? Gentrification. Which is to say, “White folks moving back in and asserting themselves and acting out their culture and their values.”

          That always makes a ghetto better. Every time.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        So you’ve been reading my posts here and nect door, eh? Zactly why we hatted-up and hidey-ho’d out here. Close enough to where we can go in to enjoy the whatever whenever and far enough out to where stray bullets won’t hit us. Also gotta coupla bridges we can blow if things get really bad.

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  19. stella says:

    Today’s commentary:

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  20. amwick says:

    Just watching AG Sessions announcement (next door)… OJP grants/funding will be withheld from sanctuary cities unless they hold/turn over criminal aliens. $4.1 Billion at stake. Sweet

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  21. auscitizenmom says:

    From Sharyl Atkisson.
    “For a health care a bill or any bill, we should require that a nonpartisan Congressional recorder publicly post a summary of each paragraph five days before a vote, with a notation disclosing which members of Congress and which lobbyists wrote/worked on that particular provision. If anything is added to or subtracted from the bill after itโ€™s posted, that, too, should be posted at least 48 hours before a final vote, and include the same disclosures.”

    https://sharylattkisson.com/in-order-to-form-a-more-perfect-union/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SharylAttkisson+%28Sharyl+Attkisson%29

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  22. jeans2nd says:

    Note to tennis players – female-only judges from now on.

    “โ€˜Old-School Gentlemanโ€™ Forced to Retire For Calling Female Colleague โ€˜Loveโ€™”
    https://heatst.com/world/man-forced-out-of-job-for-calling-female-colleague-love/

    One nasty old biddy complained at a soccer club. One NOB. Guy was 82 yo, loved by everyone. “Love” and “Lovey” are standard fair for “old gents” in the UK. Who says they are old, anyway? phooey

    But it was a lovey day for tennis. No love for soccer.

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  23. auscitizenmom says:

    I saw our Second Lady Mrs. Pence on FOX and FRIENDS today. She was discussing women in the military and military families. She got all choked up when they asked about her DIL. I think you might enjoy her interview. No wonder VP Pence likes to have her around all the time. ๐Ÿ™„

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/5373831928001/?#sp=show-clips

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  24. Wooly Phlox says:

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      These are humans. Flying.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      Every Olympic medal needs to be taken from their recipients, and given to these folks.

      Except for maybe the downhill and freestyle skiing ones.

      You’re jumping around and flipping and stuff on a padded mat?

      You’re diving into a pool and doing flips and stuff??

      You’re running around throwing a ball into a hoop?

      These guys deserve your medals.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      I wonder what Orville and Wilbur Wright would think about these cats.

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  25. 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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