General Discussion, Monday, April 3, 2017

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  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    Well, here’s a good one (/major sarc). Hypocrisy, thy name is feminism…

    Feminist Researcher: STEM Classes Should Be Made ‘Less Competitive’ to Attract Women

    http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/feminist-researcher-stem-classes-should-be-made-less-competitive-attract-women

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  2. czarowniczy says:

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    • MaryfromMarin says:

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      • czarowniczy says:

        We’re waiting for two strong storm lines to go thru before/around dawn so it’s stormy Monday.

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        • Col.(R) Ken says:

          Do you need a chainsaw?

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        • Col.(R) Ken says:

          Just checked NOAA Doppler……MOVE NOW, due South or move to the bunker………

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          • czarowniczy says:

            First line’s about an hour and a half out, second bigger one’s about two behind that. Secobd line looks to be breaking up sonewhat, rather have some breathers between blobs.
            I got the idea for the house from the Army…they were looking for explosion resistant and relatively easy to erect structures. They tested buildings built from heavy styrofoam molds that had concrete poured in, the Mean Green version of ICF Insulated Concrete Form buildings. We decided on ICF so we have 6-inch thick concrete walls with two inches of closed-cell foam inside and out. Roof is steel and all of the trusses are 2X10 with full hurricane clips throughout…roof is bolted to the walls by an 18″ threaded j- bolt every 32 inches. Windows are hi-impact insulated glass and doors are the same steel security doors urban businesses use on secure alley entrances…not all that decorative but secure as hell.
            We knew of the tornado potential here, we have had theee in ten years within three miles and we had that one during Katrina, before we built, that wiped out our 11,000 trees. Be prepared…

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            • MaryfromMarin says:

              God watch over you and czarina, and all your furry friends. Stay safe.

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            • Col.(R) Ken says:

              Sound good…. I’ll stand by just in case……

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              • czarowniczy says:

                2.5 inches of rain and some straight-line winds that blew down branches but that’s about it. Lake’s up but draining and creek’s way up and running like mad. I’m hoping the lake and the creek come down as we’re expecting another ‘rain event’ later this week though it’s not predicted to be as wet.

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                • G-d&Country says:

                  Glad storm was not as strong as thought. Will show description of your house to my Dear Hubby. I am envious! It sounds awesome!
                  You lost 11.000 trees – that’s terrible! Up here maple trees are a major part of the economy. I hope the loss of trees did not cause economic damage as well.

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    You can’t tell it’s concrete, just could be a Florida CBS home from the look of it. Funny thing was it was cheaper than had we wood-built it. The forms went up in about three days and walls were poured in one long day. Company owner and his small crew did it for a flat fee, no delays, overtime or slowing down. Owner checked each concrete load as it arrived, rejected two, and was right on the walls as each was pumped. In all it was one week from the owner and his crew arriving until the walls were completely done and ready for the roofers to start. In all, with some lucky breaks we got, it was about 20% cheaper than had we gone conventional.
                    Low guestimate by our forester was 11K, top end was 14K. Trees were pine, planted from about 450 an acre up and a Katrina-spawned tornado thru about 40 acres like a lawnmower. We weren’t hit as bad as some, my neighbor lost acres of 50-year old pines and out forester lost some thirty acres of densely-planted oaks that were nearly 100 years old. Trees regrow.

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                  • Wooly Phlox says:

                    I wish I could have worked on that job, Czar, just as a gofer, even. I love working construction jobs, even though I’m not a builder. Even more that working them, I love learning new techniques, and I’ve never seen that one before. Excellent description of the construction process.

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  3. MaryfromMarin says:

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Remember how we’ve discussed, both here and next doir, about how the FBI’s been caught manufacturing evidence and using phony ‘experts’ to convict targets?
      The NSA and CIA have been digging in the nation’s IT system for decades, they have an intimate knowledge of how it works. If they want to plant something on your phobe, computer or even in your bank account, it’s there. They can’t prosecute any more than the FBI can, only DoJ does that, so it looks like all fingers point back to the DoJ…are we to believe they don’t know if evidence is manufactured and planted?

      Looks like we’ve sorta lost control of what passes as our government, it’s been a gradual process and I’m not sure thst Trump can undo it in just four short years. Looks like Trump is making powerful enemies at the hoghest levels, and thst can be…unhealthy.

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      • jeans2nd says:

        Looks like they took your Cray and made it Cray Cray, czar. We are owed 20-30 yrs worth of apologies, are we not? Where’s a psycho-logist when you need one?
        On the bright side, wait till they meet my kid and gkids…

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Back to one of my fav sayings: “when the elephants fight only the grass gets trampled.” Obama knew this was going on, he can’t be that stupid, but it appears he thought Hillary would win and she, for $$$$$ compensation, would continue his and the prog’s program of turning America into a second world entitleocracy where the few working would be bled dry to support the Rat fifth columnists.
          This type of i tel is vital to social programming and sicietal reengineering. Look at the personal data missing, from nearly 100-million medical files to data on what you buy, where you buy it and how often. There’s enough personal data on every American ‘lost’ thst would allow the holders to build detailed profiles on a large part of America. You wanna remove trouble makers you found thru your data mining? Well use your accumulated data to create profiles, use these profiles to target areas where you can plant false data and blend it in so seamlessly thru your understanding and manipulations of the profiles. Wake up,one morning and find there’s an offshore account in your name with $2-million in it and an online transaction record between your PC and the bank going back two years. Oh my, try explaining that to the IRS…oh my, iscthat them at the door????

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Interesting! We have raised the issue that Justice Roberts was probably blackmailed in some way. Well, lookee here. “The tapes also reveal that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court (FISA), SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS, 156 other judges, members of Congress, and Donald J. Trump were targeted by the HAMMER.”

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      Dang, am I late to the party or what?

      I was just coming here to post this, at 11:50 on the open thread.

      πŸ˜€

      Lots of good info on that page. I haven’t listened to the audio clips, have to wait for a day off.

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  4. nyetneetot says:

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

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:

    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Pastries for coffee!

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  5. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  6. nyetneetot says:

    Happy 95th Birthday to the legendary actress and singer Doris Day! (April 3,1922)

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  7. lovely says:

    Looks like the religion of peace has struck again.

    BREAKING NEWS: Two nail bombs on St Petersburg metro rip through carriages, killing at least 10 as Putin visits city for meeting

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4375518/Explosion-metro-St-Petersburg.html

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    • G-d&Country says:

      It’s going to be real interesting to see what Putin does with these terrorists. The Russian people have not put up with them trying to push their sick ideology. I was surprised to read Putin has allowed the building of so many mosques in Russia. Perhaps he is trying to show religion is accepted now in Russia, but their beliefs are NOT religion.

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      • Col.(R) Ken says:

        I can hear those Moooossssllluuummms suspects that were pickup……screaming as their fingers are being snapped…….Rights, what rights……

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  8. amwick says:

    Morning Figments,
    After trying all manner of tricks and incantations, it looks like Firefox is back to normal… I will know for certain a bit latter…. sighs My yard work is mostly done. Lesson here is never never never buy mulch after a rain storm… :/
    Hope everyone stays safe, I heard the sad news from Beau Bridge.. I have actually visited there a couple times.

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  9. G-d&Country says:

    Mornin’ Everyone!
    Here’s today’s Bacon Recipe:
    IRISH CHEDDAR AND BACON SODA BREAD

    Ingredients:
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    8 ounces cooked Irish bacon or Canadian bacon
    4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon granulated sugar
    1 cup grated Irish cheddar (4 ounces) or white cheddar
    4 green onions or scallions, chopped, green part only
    1 1/2 cups buttermilk
    Instructions:
    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    In a skillet on medium-low heat, warm up the oil. Add the Irish bacon to the skillet, and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove from the skillet and chop the bacon.
    In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, kosher salt, granulated sugar, Irish cheddar, chopped Irish bacon and green onions until well blended. Pour in the buttermilk and mix until the dough comes together.
    Form the dough into a round loaf and place on the baking sheet. With a sharp knife, cut a cross into the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the loaf is lightly browned and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. (I found variation for doneness of 180-200 degrees when checking online bread info).
    Serve warm. (with Irish butter )
    Yield 8-12 servings
    Enjoy!

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  10. G-d&Country says:

    Here are 2 paintings from the super-talented NC Wyeth:

    and

    I posted these together because of the interesting vertical perspective of both. Enjoy!

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    • G-d&Country says:

      Oh poo ! I forgot to title them again! I really have to wait to post until AFTER coffee!
      The first is Balloon Attack, and the second is The Sheriff.
      BTW in all pics I title, sometimes the names are mixed up online, that’s why take them all with a grain of salt. But it gives you something to go by if you want to purchase a copy, or do further research. πŸ˜‰

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    • G-d&Country says:

      It’s extremely presumptuous to change a master painters painting, but I just could not resist changing this to shades of blues for a nighttime look. I think it brings out the details.

      I’ll stop posting pics now, because I thought it bounces around, and becomes difficult for the admin to read with too many pics.:-)

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      • stella says:

        Videos are worse.

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      • Col.(R) Ken says:

        Thank you!!!! That was flying back then….. I had one ride, duel controls, thought the plane was coming apart….bounced 2-3 times when landing……

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        • G-d&Country says:

          That must have been great! When my mom was tested to be a coastal watcher during WW2 she said they would strap you in an open cockpit plane, bring you up and rollover. If you did not throw up or freak out you continued on in the program.
          Saw your reply to art post late yesterday. Glad you enjoyed it. I’m envious of anyone who was able to grow up in a western environment as it sounds like you were.
          I’ll have to keep track of pics posted, and rotate the subjects.
          Good night all!

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  11. G-d&Country says:

    Stella – love your beautiful pictures you post! Thank you! It’s still snow and bare trees up here (which are nice in their own way, and the winter means better health for me), but I do really like to see flowers in the Spring! Thanks again πŸ˜‰

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    • stella says:

      You’re welcome! We don’t have flowering trees here yet either, although my forsythia is blooming.

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      • The Tundra PA says:

        Nothing but snow here, and more last night. We’re finally getting above freezing for an hour or so in the midafternoon, but no sign of any blooming anything. Fir and spruce still providing the only green in the landscape. But at least there’s LOTS more daylight!

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        When I lived in S. Cal., we had two Fruitless Mulberry trees, one in the back yard and one in the front. People evidently drove off the main road to see it in the, well, December, when it turned brilliant yellow. It was one of the few trees that turned in the area. LOL

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        • stella says:

          Lucky they were males. The females make a real mess. My neighbor has one, and the berries get all over my garage and shed roof. Then the birds eat them and evacuate them all over the driveway.

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            Yes, they were not messy. But, that made me think about the fact that in that area we had “a” bird. It was a mockingbird, I believe, and was one of the few we heard around there. One stupid bird that kept us awake at night and dive bombed us during the day. πŸ™„

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  13. patternpuzzler says:

    Better later than neverer! Hope everyone is having a good day and suffered no storm damage! I am doing a little different header today, details of which you’ll see in the listing. Though I’m sure few of us have ever heard of The American’s Creed, I was moved by it, and think you may be as well:
    The American’s Creed:
    “I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
    I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”

    This Day in (Mostly) American History: April 3
    1776 George Washington receives honorary LL.D. degree from Harvard College. Washington was awarded the first law degree which combines both civil and canonical law, honoring his service. It is said that Washington considered sending his son to Harvard, “where youth dissipated less”.

    1776 Congress authorizes privateers to attack British vessels In order to raise funds to build a strong navy, the Continental Congress gives privateers permission to attack any British ship to capture both vessels and cargoes. Because it lacked sufficient funds to build a strong navy, the Continental Congress gives privateers permission to attack any and all British ships on this day in 1776. Exceptions to this free reign were ships with people headed to the colonize to settle there, carrying ammunition for the Colonies, or other vessels qualifying as friends to the Colonies.

    1783 Sweden & US sign a treaty of Amity & Commerce
    1790 Revenue Marine Service (US Coast Guard) created

    1860 Pony Express began between St Joseph Mo & Sacramento California. On this day in 1860, the first Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. Ten days later, on April 13, the westbound rider and mail packet completed the approximately 1,800-mile journey and arrived in Sacramento, beating the eastbound packet’s arrival in St. Joseph by two days and setting a new standard for speedy mail delivery. Letters going cross country by stagecoach could take from three weeks to many months to arrive.

    1868 A Hawaiian surfs on highest wave ever – a 50-foot tidal wave
    1882 Wood block alarm invented, when alarm rang, it dropped 20 wood blocks

    1882 American outlaw Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford at home in St Joseph. James, one of America’s most notorious outlaws, is shot to death by Robert Ford, a member of his gang who hoped to collect the bounty on Jesse’s head. Born in Clay County, Missouri, in 1847, James joined a Confederate guerrilla band led by William Quantrill at the age of 15. Quantrill’s guerrillas, which included several future members of the James Gang, terrorized Kansas and Missouri during the Civil War and in August 1863 massacred civilians during a brutal raid on Lawrence, Kansas, an abolitionist town. After the war’s end in 1865, Jesse, his brother Frank, and brothers Cole, James, and Robert Younger decided to team up and use their military raiding skills for armed robbery.

    1918 US House of Representatives accepts American Creed written by William Tyler Page during the turmoil and division in the country after the US declared war against Germany. [ Home of Heroes: http://tinyurl.com/brejh ]: The American’s Creed:
    “I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
    I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”

    1925 Great Britain goes back to gold standard
    1926 2nd flight of a liquid-fueled rocket by Robert Goddard
    1930 2nd Academy Awards: “The Broadway Melody”, Warner Baxter & Mary Pickford win
    1933 1st airplane flight over Mt Everest
    1941 Churchill warns Stalin of German invasion

    1942 Japanese launch major offensive against Bataan On this day in 1942, the Japanese infantry stage a major offensive against Allied troops in Bataan, the peninsula guarding Manila Bay of the Philippine Islands.
    The invasion of the Japanese 14th Army, which began in December 1941 and was led by General Masaharu Homma, had already forced General Douglas MacArthur’s troops from Manila, the Philippine capital, into Bataan, in part because of poor strategizing on MacArthur’s part. By March, after MacArthur had left for Australia on President Roosevelt’s orders and been replaced by Major General Edward P. King Jr., the American Luzon Force and its Filipino allies were half-starved and suffering from malnutrition, malaria, beriberi, dysentery, and hookworm. Homma, helped by reinforcements and an increase in artillery and aircraft activity, took advantage of the U.S. and Filipinos’ weakened condition. The Japanese attack signaled the beginning of the end and would result, six days later, in the surrender of the largest number of U.S. troops in U.S. military history.

    1944 US Supreme Court (Smith v Allwright) “white primaries” unconstitutional
    1945 Nazis begin evacuation of camp Buchenwald

    1948 US President Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan ($5B aid to 16 European countries) President Harry S. Truman signs off on legislation establishing the Foreign Assistance Act of 1948, more popularly known as the Marshall Plan. The act eventually provided over $12 billion of assistance to aid in the economic recovery of Western Europe.

    1949 North Atlantic Treaty signed by US, Britain, France & Canada

    1956 Hudsonville-Standale Tornado: The western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is struck by a deadly F5 tornado.

    1957 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
    1958 Fidel Castro’s rebels attacked Havana
    1962 Lt General Marshall S Carter, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
    1964 Beatles hold top 6 spots on Sydney Australia record charts
    1964 US & Panama agree to resume diplomatic relations
    1965 1st atomic powered spacecraft (snap) launched
    1966 Soviet Luna 10 completes its first orbit of the Moon
    1967 WNYE TV channel 25 in Brooklyn, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting

    1967 113 East Europeans attending World Amateur hockey championships in Vienna, ask for political asylum

    1968 [Vietnam] N Vietnam agrees to meet US reps to set up preliminary peace talks
    1968 “Planet of the Apes” United States wide premiere

    1969 [Vietnam War] U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start to “Vietnamize” the war effort Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States is moving to β€œVietnamize” the war as rapidly as possible. By this, he meant that the responsibility for the fighting would be gradually transferred to the South Vietnamese as they became more combat capable. However, Laird emphasized that it would not serve the United States’ purpose to discuss troop withdrawals while the North Vietnamese continued to conduct offensive operations in South Vietnam. Despite Laird’s protestations to the contrary, Nixon’s β€œVietnamization” program, as he would announce it in June, did include a series of scheduled U.S. troop withdrawals, the first of the war.
    Also on this date: U.S. military headquarters in Saigon announce that combat deaths for the last week of March have pushed the total number of Americans killed during eight years of U.S. involvement in Vietnam to 33,641. This was 12 more deaths than during the Korean War. By the end of the war, 47,244 Americans had been killed in action in Vietnam. An additional 10,446 died as a result of non-hostile causes like disease and accidents.

    1973 The first portable cell phone call is made in New York City, United States
    1974 148 tornadoes are reported over an area covering a dozen states
    1974 Gold hits record $197 an ounce in Paris

    1974 The Super Outbreak : Within 16 hours, 148 tornadoes in the east, south & midwest United States killed approximately 315 people, with nearly 5,500 injured This was the largest grouping of tornadoes recorded in its time, affecting 11 states and Canada. At any one moment during the storm, there were as many as 15 separate tornadoes touching the ground. The worst-hit location was Xenia, Ohio, where, with little warning of the impending catastrophe, 35 people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured. It is believed that, had the tornado not hit after school had ended for the day, the casualties would have been far higher. In the aftermath, it took 200 trucks three months to haul away all the rubble in Xenia. In all, 50,000 people were directly impacted by the tornadoes. Six states were declared federal disaster areas. In response, many towns installed tornado-warning sirens in an effort to minimize future damage from deadly twisters.

    1975 Bobby Fischer stripped of world chess title for refusing to defend it
    1977 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s 1st meeting with US President Jimmy Carter
    1978 50th Academy Awards: “Annie Hall”, Richard Dreyfuss & Diane Keaton win
    1980 France performs nuclear test
    1980 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
    1981 Race riots in London’s Brixton area
    1982 UN Security Council demanded Argentina withdraw from Falkland Islands
    1984 Soyuz T-11 carries 3 cosmonauts (1 Indian-Rakesh Sharma) to Salyut 7
    1985 Vic Elliot pockets 15,780 pool balls in 24 hours in London
    1986 US national debt hits $2,000,000,000,000
    1987 Duchess of Windsor’s jewels auctioned for Β£31,380,197
    1988 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

    1996 Unabomber arrested At his small wilderness cabin near Lincoln, Montana, Theodore John Kaczynski is arrested by FBI agents and accused of being the Unabomber, the elusive terrorist blamed for 16 mail bombs that killed three people and injured 23 during an 18-year period.

    2004 Islamic terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks are trapped by the police in their apartment and kill themselves.

    2007 Conventional train world speed record: a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record.

    2012 Spanish unemployment reaches record high, youth unemployment stands at 50%
    2012 US President Barack Obama officially secures Democratic presidential nomination

    2016 Panama Papers published – 11.5 million confidential documents from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca expose widespread illegal activities including fraud, kleptocracy, tax evasion and the violation of international sanctions by the world’s elite in the world’s largest ever data leak

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

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

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  14. stella says:

    U.S. Sen. McCain says will support changing rules to confirm Gorsuch

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/us-sen-mccain-says-will-support-changing-rules-to-confirm-gorsuch/ar-BBzia7J?ocid=spartandhp

    U.S. Sen. John McCain on Monday announced that he will support an upcoming effort by his fellow Republicans to win Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court by changing the chamber’s rules in order to overcome Democratic opposition.

    McCain, in remarks to reporters, said he had “no choice” but to go along with a change in rules ending a tradition of 60 votes in the 100-member Senate needed to advance Supreme Court nominees to a final vote. He said he would support the rule change “because we need to confirm Gorsuch.”

    In the past, McCain has strongly opposed such a change.

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  15. jeans2nd says:

    Ladies, here is “The Resistance.”

    Please do not laugh too loudly. They never saw us coming in ’69, never noticed us already there in ’71, were too befuddled to notice us running past in ’75.

    “The β€œnext generation” of protesters, it turns out, is the same generation of protesters from the 1960sβ€”and more likely to be your mom posting questionable news stories on Facebook…”
    https://heatst.com/politics/the-resistance-is-over-anti-trump-forces-plagued-by-mission-creep-old-ladies/

    Our kids/gkids are gonna have so much fun…I’m off.

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  16. stella says:

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    • stella says:

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      • Mike has to know somebody on the inside. I listened to a bit of his periscope about this Susan Rice stuff and he really doesn’t like Reince and Paul Ryan. They are hurting Trump. Trump got rid of the leaker, but Reince hired her and he had his reasons and they weren’t noble. 😑

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        • lovely says:

          I was wondering why Mike went on 60 Minutes. He gets asked to do interviews often and he always tells them no because he has no desire to see them show 3 minutes of an hour long interview which will make Mike look like a goofball.

          This is of course exactly what 60 Minutes tried to do, but they are so caught up in creating their own reality that 60 Minutes didn’t realize even the short clips made Pelly look like a goose stepping incurious moron and Mike look like an inquisitive reporter should look.

          So, back to why did Mike go on 60 Minutes? My guess is to get into the mainstream instead of just the online community and then dump the Susan Rice information.

          I can’t wait to see what else Mike is going to spring on the bastages.

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    • lovely says:

      The nice thing about Mike is that he will have all this stuff locked and loaded. Very smart and interesting character. Did you watch his interview on 60 minutes? They used Mike as an example of fake news.

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  17. amwick says:

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  18. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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  19. lovely says:

    I don’t like to state the obvious but this poor guy’s grandson is not dead because someone shot him with an AR-15 he is dead because he broke into someone’s house and was either armed or with mates who were armed and none of them were even bright enough or humble enough to skedaddle when they were confronted with a gun. Not to mention that the poor 23 year old was only alerted to the problem because his grandfather was in a physical fight with the three chaps trying to defend his home and family.

    SMH.

    http://ijr.com/2017/04/837930-grandfather-teen-killed-oklahoma-burglary-says-homeowners-ar15-made-unfair-fight/

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  20. lovely says:

    2014 and these people still don’t realize that Trump has their number.

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  21. stella says:

    New puppy pics – 6 weeks old!

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Awwwwwwwwwwww!!!

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    • lovely says:

      Oh my goodness! Do you have an eye on anyone in particular? They look like little balls of happiness!

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      • stella says:

        Not yet. The girls are spoken for (3) and I am 4th pick for the 7 males. I want an orange and white, but even that isn’t guaranteed right now, as there are only three male orange and white puppies. They are all cute, anyway.

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        • lovely says:

          They are all beautiful. When we decided to get a dog I was looking for a snuggly rolly polly puppy instead we all fell in love with a skinny little dog who was skittish and afraid of everyone. She is now a snuggle bunny and I am so happy that we got her. I can’t believe she will be 13 soon! I bet whichever one you bring home will steal your heart before you get to your front door.

          Prayers continue for the breeder’s child.

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          • stella says:

            They also had to have one of their dogs, Elmer, put down this past Wednesday. That is always devastating.

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          • stella says:

            I remember bringing Stella home as a 7 week old puppy. She was car sick on the way home, but such a sweet little thing! Six pounds of solid energy. And puppy breath.

            A puppy is a lot of work, but I will be at home all day now, so it will be easier. With Stella, I had a dog walker for a while who would come at noon to walk and feed her. Then there is all the chewing, the sharp little teeth, and “accidents” in the house, although those should be minimized since I will be here to take him out more frequently.

            They look cute, but a Brittany is solid muscle, and very strong for their size. Adult weight is about 35-45 pounds.

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            • lovely says:

              We found our first dog (The white one) at our local shelter. She already had a tag on her cage that said she was going to be adopted but the lady at the desk told us to put our name down because sometimes adoptions fell through.

              We were in the car when we found out that she was ours a car full of joy and and screeches of three girls.

              She was about 16 weeks when we brought her home and already potty trained. Very skittish and she still is and still is very fearful of men. But most of the time she is just a happy if not neurotic dog.

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  22. stella says:

    More puppies:

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