General Discussion, Sunday, April 2, 2017

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  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    I can visualize a beautiful quote from Scripture in the middle of that lovely image, stella.

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  2. ZurichMike says:

    Good morning!

    Basic breakfast:

    Extra bacon (naturally):

    Something to go with your coffee:

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    • patternpuzzler says:

      You can take the boy out of the gang, but you can’t take the gang out of the boy, or something like that. Sure wish I knew what the charges are. He’s everywhere as the penultimate gang to top .mil brass story. (and I think he looks like Daddy Warbucks.)

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      I don’t know Czar…… serious charges, 0-6/0-8 level preferred charges and you know the big 0’s always have it wired tight before shooting……

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I imagine that the AF is trying to soften the hit, they’ve taken a few hits in the general-grade ranks over the years and now to have the top NCO in the crosshairs doesn’t bode well.
        Eight years of Clinton and eight years of Obama socially and mechanically changed the military, I watched it under Bill. We were in a war under Bush II and there wasn’t that much time to do much but fight that war, but Obama meddled whole the troops bled. Now we’re seeing that shakeout.

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        • Col.(R) Ken says:

          I remember Bill (BJ) Clinton…… I was back in regular corp aviation…… we “deployed so much I didn’t have time to do laundry…..after I moved out of Command to a staff position, all 21 aircraft were sent to depot for rebuild……..


          • czarowniczy says:

            I was at Space Command from mid-to-late 90s, it was a joint command but AF was host. I can remember our getting the word that the command staff at the base was unhappy with the Army and Marine assignees getting up at ‘O dark thirty’ to run because we ‘disturbed the people in housing’. Didn’t matter what service you were in, you were Air Force while there. They were the main reason I couldn’t make E-9 though, in a stroke of irony, an AF 0-6 said he’d get me an E-9 promotion if I switched back to the AF. After over 20 years with the Army there was no way the AF and I would be comfortable with each other.


  3. patternpuzzler says:

    Hello, boys and girls! Today we have some interesting tidbits with some general weirdness, and a touch of SMH stuff. Enjoy!

    Today in (Mostly) American History: April 2
    1513 Explorer Juan Ponce de Leรณn claims Florida for Spain as the first known European to reach Florida Near present-day St. Augustine, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon comes ashore on the Florida coast, and claims the territory for the Spanish crown. Although other European navigators may have sighted the Florida peninsula before, Ponce de Leon is credited with the first recorded landing and the first detailed exploration of the Florida coast. The Spanish explorer was searching for the โ€œFountain of Youth,โ€ a fabled water source that was said to bring eternal youth. Successful Spanish colonization of the peninsula finally began at St. Augustine in 1565, and in 1819 the territory passed into U.S. control under the terms of the Florida Purchase Treaty between Spain and the United States.

    1792 The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint and authorizing the $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins & silver dollar, ยฝ dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime.

    1805 Hans Christian Andersen is born. Andersen was a failed playwright who had moderate success with a single novel. He entertained himself by writing a series of childrenโ€™s stories that he published as collections. The first, “Tales Told for Children”, (1835) included โ€œThe Princess and the Pea.โ€ Andersen released new collections every year or two for decades as he traveled widely in Europe, Africa, and Asia Minor

    1819 First successful agricultural journal (“American Farmer”) begins

    1827 Joseph Dixon begins manufacturing lead pencils. [In 1958, an essay was written outlining the family history of a pencil. It’s longish, but an amusing & fascinating intellectual read. Library of Economics and Liberty:

    1845 H L Fizeau & Leon Foucault take first photo of the Sun

    1863 [Civil War] Richmond , VA Food Riots Responding to acute food shortages, hundreds of angry women, demanding that the government release emergency supplies. For several hours, the mob moved through the city, breaking windows and looting stores. Confederate President Davis ordered the crowd to disperse or he would order the militia to fire upon them. The riot ended peacefully, although 44 women and 29 men were arrested.

    1865 [Civil War] President Jefferson Davis flees the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia. Confederate troops could no longer maintain the 40-mile network of defenses that ran from southwest of Petersburg to north of Richmond, the Rebel capital 25 miles north of Petersburg. Through the winter, desertion and attrition melted Leeโ€™s army down to less than 60,000, while Grantโ€™s army swelled to over 120,000. Grant attacked Five Forks southwest of Petersburg on April 1, scoring a huge victory that cut Leeโ€™s supply line and inflicted 5,000 casualties. Grantโ€™s men attacked all along the Petersburg front. In the predawn hours, hundreds of Federal cannon roared to life as the Yankees bombarded the Rebel fortifications. At 5:00 in the morning, Union troops silently crawled toward the Confederates, shrouded in darkness. Confederate pickets alerted the troops, and the Yankees were raked by heavy fire, but the determined troops poured forth and began overrunning the trenches. Four thousand Union troops were killed or wounded, but a northern officer wrote, โ€œIt was a great relief, a positive lifting of a load of misery to be at last let at them.โ€ By nightfall, President Davis and the Confederate government were in flight and Richmond was on fire.

    1866 [Civil War] US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

    1872 George B Brayton patents gasoline powered engine
    1877 First Easter egg roll held on White House lawn

    1902 “Electric Theatre”, the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California

    1902 Esther Morris, the first woman judge in American history, dies in Cheyenne, Wyoming. At 55 she moved to Wyoming Territory from New York state with her second husband, who opened a saloon in the gold mining camp of South Pass City. She was hardly a radical advocate for women’s rights, and her appointment as Justice of the Peace for 9 months (to fill an open seat) was more a matter of politics than the desire to make an inroad for women’s rights. The year she arrived in Wyoming, a territorial representative introduced a bill giving women the right to vote and hold public office. To both promote Wyoming Territory and attract more women settlers, the all-male legislature passed the bill, making Wyoming the first territory or state in American history to enfranchise women. After Morris’ term ended, she retired from politics. When later asked about the issue of womenโ€™s suffrage, Morris replied that women would do well to leave the matter in the hands of men. Like many women of the time, Morris supported womenโ€™s rights, but she believed a gradual approach would prove most successful

    1912 Titanic undergoes sea trials under its own power

    1917 Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Mont) begins her term as first woman member of US House of Representatives

    1917 [World War I]US President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to send U.S. troops into battle against Germany in World War I. In his address to Congress that day, Wilson lamented it is a fearful thing to lead this great peaceful people into war. Four days later, Congress obliged and declared war on Germany. In February and March 1917, Germany, embroiled in war with Britain, France and Russia, increased its attacks on neutral shipping in the Atlantic and offered, in the form of the so-called Zimmermann Telegram, to help Mexico regain Texas, New Mexico and Arizona if it would join Germany in a war against the United States. The public outcry against Germany buoyed President Wilson in asking Congress to abandon Americaโ€™s neutrality to make the world safe for democracy.

    1921 Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new “Theory of Relativity”
    1926 Riots between Muslims & Hindus in Calcutta
    1930 First NY-Bermuda airplane flight lands in Bermuda
    1931 Teenage girl strikes out Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee
    1932 Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for kidnapped son
    1935 Mary Hirsch, becomes first woman licensed as a horse trainer
    1935 Sir Robert Watson-Watt patents RADAR
    1942 USS Hornet with Jimmy Doolittle’s B-25 departs from San Francisco
    1954 Plans to build Disneyland first announced
    1958 Wind speed reaches 450 kph (280 mph) in tornado, Wichita Falls, TX (record)
    1963 Explorer 17 attains Earth orbit (254/914 km)
    1963 USSR launches Luna 4; missed Moon by 8,500 km (5281 miles)
    1964 USSR launches Zond 1 to Venus; no data returned
    1968 “2001 A Space Odyssey” directed by Stanley Kubrick premieres in Washington, D.C. [I sure wish i had more space]

    1972 Charlie Chaplin (Born 1889) returns to the United States after two decades. He swore never to return to the US when, in 1952, when he was advised he would be denied a re-entry visa amid questions about his leftist politics. Bitter and angry, Chaplin vowed never to return to the United States. He moved with his family to Switzerland, and vowed to never make another American film. While the anti-Communist fervor and Chaplin’s antagonistic relationship with the US government died down slowly in the interim, but Chaplin agreed to return to the US in 1972 to accept an honorary Academy Award. As his wife guided him by the elbow to a waiting limousine, he blew kisses to the crowd. He was honored in a Lincoln Center (NYC). Four days later, the 82 year old Chaplin received a 12-minute-long standing ovation from the audience in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion that night, and was visibly moved as he accepted the award, which honored โ€œthe incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century.โ€

    1973 CBS radio begins on hour news 24 hours a day
    1973 ITT admits to asking CIA to influence Chilean presidential election
    1973 Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
    1974 46th Academy Awards: “The Sting”, Glenda Jackson & Jack Lemmon win

    1975 [Vietnam War] Thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.

    1977 Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks

    1977 [Horseracing] Red Rum wins record third Grand National Red Rum wins a historic third Grand National championship at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England, after taking home victory in 1973 and 1974 and finishing second in 1975 and 1976. Red Rum remains the most successful horse in the history of the Grand National, which is considered by many to be the worldโ€™s toughest steeplechase race. His moniker was derived from the last three letters of the names of his dam and sire, Mared and Quorum. [On a side note, Stephen King’s wildly popular horror novel “The Shining” has a 5 year old character named Danny Torrence, who has psychic abilities, and who keeps repeating “redrum, redrum”. Redrum is murder spelled backwards, to the horrified reader’s discovery. “The Shining” was also published in 1977.]

    1978 Velcro was first put on the market

    1979 Anthrax poisoning kills 62 in Russia The worldโ€™s first anthrax epidemic begins in Ekaterinburg, Russia (now Sverdlosk), on this day in 1979. By the time it ended six weeks later, 62 people were dead. Another 32 survived serious illness. Ekaterinburg, as the town was known in Soviet times, also suffered livestock losses from the epidemic. As people in Ekaterinburg first began reporting their illnesses, the Soviet government announced that the cause was tainted meat that the victims had eaten. Since the town was known in intelligence circles for its biological-weapons plant, much of the rest of the world was immediately skeptical of the Soviet explanation. It was not until 13 years later, in 1992, that the epidemic was finally explained: workers at the Ekaterinburg weapons plant failed to replace a crucial filter, causing a release of anthrax spores into the outside air.
    In 2001, anthrax spores were used as a weapon of terror in the United States. Spores were mailed to media organizations and members of the U.S. Senate. Five people died and another 13 were infected, but survived. The investigation into who was responsible is ongoing.

    1982 Several thousand Argentine troops temporarily seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain

    1985 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
    1986 NYC Mayor Ed Koch signs & brings the Gay Rights Bill into effect

    1987 IBM introduces PS/2 & OS/2. [PS/2 is the round port for wired keyboards, and OS/2 indicates the 2nd version of the IBM computer’s operating system]

    1989 Wrestlemania V at Trump Plaza, Hulk Hogan beats “Macho Man” Savage

    1989 Gorbachev begins visit to Cuba In an effort to mend strained relations between the Soviet Union and Cuba, Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in Havana to meet with Fidel Castro. Castroโ€™s suspicions regarding Gorbachevโ€™s economic and political reform measures in the Soviet Union, together with the fact that Russiaโ€™s ailing economy could no longer support massive economic assistance to Cuba, kept the meetings from achieving any solid agreements.

    1992 John Gotti is found guilty of 5 murders plus conspiracy to murder, loan sharking, illegal gambling, obstruction of justice, bribery and tax evasion A jury in New York finds mobster John Gotti, nicknamed the Teflon Don for his ability to elude conviction, guilty on 13 counts, including murder and racketeering. In the wake of the conviction, the assistant director of the FBIโ€™s New York office, James Fox, was quoted as saying, โ€œThe don is covered in Velcro, and every charge stuck.โ€ On June 23 of that year, Gotti was sentenced to life in prison, dealing a significant blow to organized crime.

    1992 Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) lands
    1995 NY Police Dept & NY Transit Police merge into one organization

    2002 Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated. A siege ensues.

    2004 Islamist terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks attempt to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid. Their attack is thwarted.

    2006 Over 60 tornadoes break out, hardest hit is Tennessee with 29 people killed.
    2012 Oikos University, Oakland shooting kills seven people and injures 3
    2013 Eurozone unemployment reaches a high of 12%
    2013 The UN General Assembly approves the first Arms Trade Treaty

    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

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

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    • czarowniczy says:

      April 3, 1513: de Leon met by three seniors from New York wanting to know what time the
      Early Bird starts at Golden Corral and a Cansdian Snowbird parked over the line in two parking spaces.

      1975: As North Vietnamese Communists advance on Saigon US Congressional Democrats declare victory and toast their ongoing efforts to push a dry cleaned Marxist agenda on America. This one was personal.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      The 1917 bit is interesting, indeed.

      Germany was actively trying to mess with our foreign policy.

      History certainly does rhyme.

      Obama’s government (a.k.a. not America), did to a few countries, as I recall.

      What’s funny is La Raza is still trying to pretend the deal is still on!

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        They’re like those Japanese military on a remote island that live there for a couple of decades and never realized the war had ended.

        “We don’t have to take southwest America?”

        “No, you have to take what Spain took from you, back, when they created you out of Spanish seeds and Native soil. As it were. Heck, invent boats, for crying out loud! Go take Spain! What language do you speak? It ain’t English and Irish and Scots that made Mestizos. Take it out, if you absolutely must, on the descendants of the actual People that did this to you.

        What, Mexico can’t invent boats?

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Got distracted trying to get stuff before the storm:
      1979: remember my saying here and next door that the Russians were mass producing bio weapons that could be loaded onto ICBM warheads? This plant was producing anthrax for that purpose – they weed making thousands of gallons and this was a major release, we aren’t talking a water glass full. Our good bud Yeltsin was an official there at the time and played a big part in the cover up.
      Plans, equipment and (rumored) some of the early bio weapons team were from the WWII Japanese biowar facility at Ping Fan that the Russians captured. US captured some of the scientists too and, like the Nazi killers who served a purpose, pardoned them and brought them to the US to work on our bio/chem war programs. Plant is still ALLEGEDLY active in producing bio weapons.

      1922: Einstein follows up his Theory of Relativity with a little known corollary: ‘ time slows relative to how long your mother-in-law’s visit lasts’.

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      • Col.(R) Ken says:

        Can you say Dugway Utah????


        • czarowniczy says:

          Can I say it? I can still taste it. We were attached to an arty unit (ladtbtowed 155s west of the Mississippi) and that’s where we did the local shoots.
          I presume you’re talking about the ‘Oh S**t’ moment in ’68 when an accidental release of VX gas over private lands some 30 miles from Dugway killed over 3000 sheep. I was in Vietnam for that but we heard about it years later at the base. I can remember having to be in MOPP gear just to walk on parts of that place.
          Dugway and Tooele had so many weapons storage sites that before I left Utah Congress allocated millions so that the DoD could find bunkers that were lost and inventory them and known ones to find what was actually in them. In one they found a pallet of chemical weapons shells with a couple of shells that had been repainted from dummy/inert to active chemical shells. Loojed ad if someone ‘lost’ a couple of war gas howitzer shells and repainted some to make up the inventory.


      • Col.(R) Ken says:

        Any storm damage????


        • czarowniczy says:

          They’ve moved the arrival time to around dawn now…successive approximations.

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          • patternpuzzler says:

            Hate that damned pre-dawn timed bad weather. Be safe, czar. Sure is a wide area tornado watch.


            • auscitizenmom says:

              We got some lightining and thunder, well far off anyway. And, there was a little rain, but not enough to register in the rain guage………………I know, doesn’t count. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Thanks. We’re at the southern edge of the low’s arms, my main sweat is water. Our house is virtually bombproof but we’ve had nearly two inches of rain in the last week and too much more will slow work to a crawl.

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      • patternpuzzler says:

        I remember hearing the first terms “biological war” around that time. Doesn’t Anthrax seem like a ‘tame’ type of biowarfare when you consider some of the designer organisms that can be created these days?

        Have no doubt that what you say is entirely true. It doesn’t make any difference to the government how evil a tool is, if it is capable of producing a new generation of killing and maiming capability.

        I’m finding the Theory of Relativity also applies to how much data I have related to how much time I have to produce a Day in History!!


        • czarowniczy says:

          As to the ‘tameness’ it all depends upon what you’re planning on doing. The Russians were making a particularly nasty strain of it there and ALLRGEDLY are making even nastier and antibiotic resistant strains of it there now.
          Russians needed an edge at the Kursk tank battle and it’s ALLEGED that they beat the Germans by spreading tularemia in the German ranks. The anthrax made at the Yeketerinburg plant was made to be dropped on US cities which had already been nuked, along with smallpox, to make sure survivors…didn’t. When you’re looking at a city nuked and survivors dazed, without supplies or medical treatment immediately available and immune systems compromised by radiation, a virulent anthrax works just fine. There’s also storage and the anthrax spores last almost indefinately under the right conditions. Inhaled anthrax is also a nasty thing.
          The bioengineered weapons scare the hell out of me as there are some engineered to be almost impossible to treat. There’s also the question of, if they get out into the environment, will they mutate even further on their own. And it’s not only the governments but look at how many biotech companies are making superbugs as they try to guess where certain diseases are heading when/if they mutate.
          Stuff that makes me shiver are what we called ‘5th generation’ weapons that bridge the biological-chemical weapons wall, bio regulators. They are manmade chemicals-hormones that regulate bodoly functions. Wanna give a bunch of people heart attacks? Cancer? You name the bodily function you want to screw up and…

          Yeah, but each of your daily history threads is relatively excellent and gives a lot of us things to think about.

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          • patternpuzzler says:

            Holy cow, czar – that information puts me way past the waked-up point. I haven’t actually thought about bio-weapons for a while; my knowledge has dropped way off since I did my Emergency Management reading back in the day. I thought Stephen King’s “The Stand” did more than anything else to give the general public even a clue as to the damage those bugs could do. (Kind of pendantic connection to make given your knowledgable information, to be sure.) The possibilities of the extent of harm are endless, and we’ll be in deep trouble if they fall into the ‘wrong hands’ – and I use ‘wrong’ while SMH.

            Thanks for the compliment. I’m really glad they’ve been received so well here. I do enjoy doing it.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Loved The Stand, took it on a deployment with me and read it nonstop. As I used to walk from my house or job to Czarina’s house while we wuz asparkin’, in the latter case that would be about four miles, you can see why she used to call me ‘the walking dude’.
              Anyway, I’ve been out of the game for ten years so you can guess what yummy things may have been developed in the mean, and I do mean ‘mean’ time. I remember having a discussion with a drunk about a theory of finding a way for pathogens to be programmed to center on certain genetic things such as hair color, skin color…..
              Thing is that it ain’t all that hard to do bioengineering any more, a bad guy could set up a company and buy relatively inexpensive equipment to play Build a Bug. You can bet with its present status of making so much of the world’s drugs that China has a vibrant biowar program buried in it. The US no longer has an overt offensive biowar program but does have a defensive one…however, in order to have a defensive program you have to make superbugs that you believe potential enemies are making so you can defend against them. The difference is what you do with that bottle of bugs in your hand.

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  7. 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 )
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    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)
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    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! ๐Ÿ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
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    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
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    Mornin’ Sha! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Lemon Drop)
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    Mornin’ michellc! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (White Russian)
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    Mornin’ holly100! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! ๐Ÿ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Mojito)
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    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 provided by ZurichMike above

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  8. G-d&Country says:

    Good morning all!
    Here is a fun bacon recipe for today
    Bacon Jam
    Yield 1 3/4 cups

    1 lb smoked bacon, (or use regular bacon and liquid smoke)
    4 garlic cloves, chopped
    1 medium brown onion, sliced
    3 tablespoons brown sugar
    1โ„4 cup apple cider vinegar
    1โ„4 cup maple syrup
    black pepper
    ??? 1 cup brewed coffee ??? (I have no idea why coffee is added, but it may go well with the smoke flavor)
    Tabasco sauce (optional and according to taste, do not add so much it overpowers the other flavors)
    extra water

    Slice bacon into small pieces. Fry the bacon in batches to keep from sticking together until it is lightly browned and beginning to crisp. (Or perhaps cut bacon in half, cook in pan one half at a time to make sure bacon fat is rendered out, then crumble by hand)
    Add the onion and garlic into the rendered bacon and fat and fry on medium heat until translucent.
    Transfer the bacon, onion and garlic into a heavy based cast iron pot and add the rest of the ingredients except for the water.
    Simmer for 2 hours adding 1/4 of a cup of water every 25-30 minutes or so and stirring.
    When ready, cool for about 15-20 minutes and then place in a food processor. Pulse for 2-3 seconds so that you leave some texture to the โ€œjamโ€ or keep mixing to make it a smoother and more paste like.
    Serve on your favorite burger, grilled cheese, as an appetizer on crusty bread. The possibilities are endless.
    Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. G-d&Country says:

    Col. Ken requested western or battle art. Here’s a couple for you Col.

    by Pyle

    by Remington
    Enjoy Col Ken ๐Ÿ™‚
    If anyone else has a type of painting they would like posted – just ask. I may be able to find it.
    Have a great day!

    Liked by 3 people

  10. WeeWeed says:

    Man, we’re getting pounded by the t’storms up here this a.m…….

    Liked by 5 people

  11. Howie says:

    Clear blue and hot here, 90. Steaming some jimmy crabs Choptank Style….ahhhhh!

    Liked by 3 people

    • czarowniczy says:

      We jes berls ’em with crab boil, sausage, corn, potatoes, garlic and onions and enough cayenne to boil thevpot without a flame. Gotta hold off though, we done et so many that fish and game gave them a one month harvesting reprieve so the lil’ uns can grow.

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  12. facebkwallflower says:

    I know many are here, but where have all the familiar names gone from over at the other branch? You ever wonder if some fell ill or passed away (not always the youngest demographics in the places we hang out.) I am sure the migration, deliberate or from natural causes, has been gradual but it just hits one day that most faces are unfamiliar.

    Liked by 5 people

    • stella says:

      We know of a couple of people who have died over the years (I’m sure there are more.) One had his daughter contact us, and I found out about the other on Facebook.

      Some folks are still reading, but not commenting, but I’m sure others have just drifted away. There were some, I’m sure, who supported other candidates during the election cycle.

      Liked by 7 people

      • Wooly Phlox says:

        Heck I supported Sundance’s candidate for the election cycle, and voted for him too!

        I just found myself here one day, after years of wonderfulness and chaos over there, and looked at the layout, the format, the blog engine, and the people, and I said “Wait. Where am I?” It was a wonderful bit of serendipity.

        I’ll go back to CTH when they find another high-profile crime, and a narrative to completely destroy. Cue Edith Bunker.

        Liked by 3 people

      • facebkwallflower says:

        How wonderful of a daughter to contact!

        Liked by 5 people

      • nyetneetot says:

        I’m sure I’ll just disappear never to be seen again, and ‘she whom shall not be named’ won’t incriminate herself.

        Liked by 1 person

  13. czarowniczy says:

    OK, Shreveport, prepare for a poop storm. Weatherguessers here are predicting the end of civilization here sometime between 3 this afternoon and November. As they say, weather is not an exact science.

    Liked by 5 people

  14. stella says:

    Our friend, Clarice Feldman, and her entertaining weekly offering:

    Russia? No, the Pony in the Manure Is the Corruption of our Intelligence Officials

    Liked by 6 people

    • She did a very good job of describing the actions of the various cast of characters involved in this conspiracy.

      Liked by 4 people

    • jeans2nd says:

      FTA –
      “I also suspect that the attacks on Flynn have nothing to do with his Russian contacts which he disclosed, but, rather, to misdeeds respecting the Middle East, particularly Iran, the country he observed as Obamaโ€™s head of the DIA.”

      This is what I said, and no one believed me. Yes, the Turkey stuff, but perhaps just as much, Iran.
      Thanks for the article, Stella. Haven’t read AT in nearly 2 yrs now.

      Liked by 4 people

      • Wooly Phlox says:

        Good grief. Read at least 2 a day, and comment threads!

        It is a bastion of intelligence. So is Ace.

        Liked by 2 people

      • Wooly Phlox says:

        Why are we always right?

        I predicted baby-part sales by PP, because of the great push for Partial-Birth Abortion, about 15 or so years ago when they were pushing it.

        Because, which would you rather try and sell parts of? A big ear of corn, or some baby corn?

        Yeah, the big one. Lots more calvariums and orbits in that one. I mean, kernals.

        i said it 15 years ago. Make ’em grow first.

        Why are we always right?


    • nyetneetot says:

      She has a link to some sun-tree blog thingy in there.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. michellc says:

    I have a few free minutes and wanted to hop in and tell everyone I have missed you, but between farm life, business and sick family members and family members having surgeries, I haven’t had much time for anything.

    Thank you to all who were concerned and I promise to try and find a few minutes more often to check in.

    Liked by 9 people

  16. Wooly Phlox says:

    I don’t have to wonder how many alums of Stella’s are also alums of CTH.

    What I wonder is how many of those are also alums of Gateway Pundit before CTH hit in 2012?

    And how many go all the way back to CJ’s LGF, before he regained his former Prog mind?

    And, a half-decade before that, to chatrooms on Yahoo called things like “Intelligent Discussion”?

    And, a decade before that, to actually sitting around living rooms, and having it?


    Liked by 3 people

    • WeeWeed says:

      LGF….. some. I read, but never commented. Didn’t really know how.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Wooly Phlox says:

        After 9/11 he was “woke”, as it were.

        Some years later he kicked out e’ryone that wasn’t in lockstep with his views, which became increasingly anti-Christian (sorry, I mean, Creationist) in his views on who to ban.

        That was the first site I’d ever been to that had a daily prayer thread, too.

        Strange how life workd and still does.

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  17. auscitizenmom says:

    Stella, is this Season 7 for Call the Midwife? It just came on, and I feel like it has been years since I last saw it. Did I actually miss it that much?

    Liked by 3 people

  18. 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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  19. Wooly Phlox says:

    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    Lucky to be alive.

    Liked by 2 people

  20. lovely says:

    I watched the Tapper Schiff interview with the same kind of self satisfaction that roadrunner must feel every time Wylie E. Coyote plummets off of a cliff. We are living through the rise of the illegitimate brain.

    Fascinating verbal gymnastics and self assurances were exchanged between Tapper and the other Democrat Sycophant Adam Schiff. It was amazing!

    Here is a my interpretation of the horse and pony show;

    Tapper โ€œPlease, please tell us there is nothing in the documents to hurt Obama even though it has taken you 36 hours to tell us there was nothing there!โ€

    Schiff โ€Well I canโ€™t talk about the documents themselves so Iโ€™m just going to obfuscate because it looks really really bad so Iโ€™ll just say I donโ€™t agree with Nuneโ€™s facts and I hate Trump.โ€

    Then Schiff apparently not wanting to lose out on the most Monty Python like skit on live television went on a rant about how the only way the White House could show him the exact documents that Nuneโ€™s saw was if the White House showed the exact documents to Nunes.

    Now who would believe that there was no recored of the documents that Nuneโ€™s viewed? Oh yes liberals ๐Ÿ™„.

    Tapper then went on to ask basically if Nuneโ€™s was part of the Great Trump Russian Conspiracy.

    Really nothing I could come up with is more ludicrous than Schiffs real answer.

    Schiff โ€œIt certainly is an attempt distract or to hide the origin of the materials, the question is of course why and the answer is of course to point the congress in different directions and basically say donโ€™t look at me donโ€™t look at Russia, thereโ€™s nothing to see here. You know I would tell people whenever they see the president use the word fake it ought to set off alarm bells and I think that is really what is going on here.โ€

    Tapper But Obama did nothing wrong, right! ?

    Schiff โ€I canโ€™t talk about that. I am trying to distract the public by telling them that President Trump is trying to distract them from Russia. There is nothing to see in the unmasking investigation nothing to see in the surveillance Iโ€™m not pointing at Trump and Russia to distract from felonious behavior by the Obama administration. I am not! โ€

    Tapper โ€œCollusion, Trump Russia, Collusion, Trump, Russia!!!!โ€ Also do you have any news on Obamaโ€™s next Peace Prize?โ€

    Schiff โ€I got nothing for you Jake. But Russia is going to try and get more people who will stop globalists from getting elected by revealing their true intents to the voters and this is serious business!โ€

    If you tell a lie long enough and loud enough it is still a lie. Go to hell Schiff and Tapper you filthy, spineless, dangerous, sycophants.


  21. Wooly Phlox says:

    One more.

    Pink Floyd, when they made Dark Side of the Moon wished they could use all that tech like The Beach Boys. It’s so sweet when bands use their powers for good, not evil.

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