General Discussion, Friday, April 14, 2017

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  1. czarowniczy says:

    Woof! Nice to be home, sorta got sidetracked next door for a while,

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  2. lovely says:

    US says nearly 800 ISIS members on ground when ‘Mother of All Bombs’ dropped

    http://nypost.com/2017/04/13/us-says-nearly-800-isis-members-on-ground-when-mother-of-all-bombs-dropped/

    “It’s a concussive blast. Everyone in the area is obliterated, ears are bleeding, or they’re completely destroyed,” an official told the UK’s Telegraph.

    The US estimates that 600 to 800 ISIS terrorists were on the ground in Afghanistan, mostly in Nangarhar, conducting strikes on government and US forces while battling the rival Taliban.

    Has Obama been seen over the last few hours 🤔 ?

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Reminds me of when we came back from a patrol in VN..maybe we only shot one old pig for a bbq but the report said we engaged and shot ‘X’ VC and/or NVA. Sure there msy have been 600 to 800 Muj on tne ground in Afghanistan but where? The subtile implication here is that a number of them were where the very expensive floorshow occurred while, in reality, you can’t argue without testing the various red smears to tell if their people or goats.

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      • lovely says:

        This morning I see the number is down to 36.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          And someone will say that we’ll bever be able to count the numbers buried in the tunnels or those who were above the ground who were vaporized. It just reeks of ‘the same old stuff’.

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          • lovely says:

            The military general on the ground made the decision to drop the MOAB (I don’t know all the ins and outs of that but I’m sure that you do) but I imagine that President Trump was not happy with 20 16 million dollar bombs sitting on a shelf for over a decade.

            The military has surveillance from predator drones of the area before the strike so likely 36 is a somewhat accurate number.

            It seems that other than the sweetness of killing 36 savages the purpose of this bomb is psychological. President Trump is giving his boots on the ground some autonomy and not micromanaging strikes like his predecessors did so swimmingly poorly.

            A little less than 2 million dollars a head. Not bad given the cost of terrorism.

            Much to my delight I believe the MSM is being used as a tool by President Trump. How many times have we heard and read “The first time this bomb was ever used in combat!!!! The largest non-nuclear bomb in the universe!!!!!”

            President Trump has said again and again, ”I want to be unpredictable, we will kill ISIS, we will bomb Islamic Terrorists off the face of the earth.”

            Now if me and my goat are holed up in a tunnel I have to start thinking about if the MOAB was a warning of what is to come, what could be worse than the warning?

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            • czarowniczy says:

              What I’m saying is to be suspicious when military commanders start playing the numbers game. There may well have been group of people in the area but without confirmation we have to take the word of those who may have other interests in the body count. Would like to see some hi-res footage of the pre-boom folks.
              The MOAB is the largest yield non-nuclear bomb in the US arsenal but the Russians have one that is roughly four times as powerful as the MOAB and I wonder, as we’ve used the MOAB in Afghanistan, if they’ll feel free to use it in Syria?
              Bottom line is, regardless of what kibd of fancy stuff you throw around, only troops can root out bad guys and occupy territory. The fancy-schmancy stuff can help but nothing replaces ‘boots on ground’.

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              • lovely says:

                There may well have been group of people in the area but without confirmation we have to take the word of those who may have other interests in the body count.

                And therein lies the rub. Thanks Czar.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  Body counts are done by folks who generally have a minimal involvement creating them. Troops go out and risk their lives and the upper echelons massage the results to their own ends.

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                  • Col.(R) Ken says:

                    As a young trooper, seen how this “body count” worked, it’s disgusting, really disgusting. Your right, Czar, absolutely correct………

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          • lovely says:

            Czar, or anyone with knowledge about this. Why are so many right wingers saying that Assad is a friend to Christians? I know that Al Qaida in Syria is anti Assad but Assad and Al Qaida seem to be flip sides of the same evil coin. What happens if Assad is deposed? The void is filled by more evil?

            The quagmire of the Middle East is nothing new but I don’t know what we can accomplish there other than kill as many of our enemies as possible.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Assad is a politician and, as an Alawite minority Moslem, I’m betting he needed the Christians as much as they needed him for mutual support. He’s likewise a politician, to me, before he’s a Moslem and would turn on the Christians in a flash if it were expedient. Some 74% of the Syrian population is Sunni, about 12% is Alawite and 10% Christian. Alawites are as persecuted as Christians so why shouldn’t they join to try andbprotect themselves agsinst a common enemy?
              If Assad’s canned you can bet that Russia has someone in the wings…I think of Diem in VN in ’63. Russia is not going to give up its petro empire and military basing in Syria so…well, Diem in ’63.

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          • joshua says:

            “Oh MOAB. You give me a serious case of Vapors”

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    • joshua says:

      picture of last “sighting” of B H Obama…..

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  3. MaryfromMarin says:

    Giottto, “The Descent from the Cross” [Lamentation]:

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  4. MaryfromMarin says:

    Mourning angels (detail from above):

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  5. ZurichMike says:

    I may have posted this last year, so bear with me. This clip makes me weep. Not just tears, but shoulder-convulsing sobs. Scenes from “The Passion of the Christ” — a flashback of Mary to a time when she could console and help her Son juxtaposed with Christ falling as He carries the Cross — with the “Ave Maria” overlaid by sopranist Olga Szyrowa is so tragic, heartbreaking, and hopeful all at once:

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  6. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  7. nyetneetot says:

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

    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!

    Lemon Scones with Vanilla Lemon Glaze

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  8. Poem by Louise Lewin Matthews:

    Easter morn with lilies fair
    Fills the church with perfumes rare,
    As their clouds of incense rise,
    Sweetest offerings to the skies.
    Stately lilies pure and white
    Flooding darkness with their light,
    Bloom and sorrow drifts away,
    On this holy hallow’d day.
    Easter Lilies bending low
    In the golden afterglow,
    Bear a message from the sod
    To the heavenly towers of God.

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  9. kinthenorthwest says:

    The VIA DOLOROSA believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion.

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  10. Menagerie says:

    Hey, is this the day we get our new pup here at Stella’s?

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  11. lovely says:

    Amen. On this Good Friday Joseph Jakubowski was captured and worshipers can go to church without the fear of at least this nut not trying to kill them.

    Thank you Good god 🙏🏼.

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  12. Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

    Have any of my friends here had diverticulitis? I’m having a bad attack, and as if that isn’t enough, the medicine makes me sick! This is the second time I’ve had an attack, and I’ve searched a lot over the internet, but there is so much contradiction, I’m just befuzzled.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I have had two bad spells with it.

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    • My mother-in-law had it pretty bad, but I don’t really know, except for eating a special diet, what she did for it. I know she couldn’t have nuts and seeds at all. I’m so sorry to hear you are feeling unwell.

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    • amwick says:

      Dh’s son suffered from this. Wish I could help, but one thing I feel compelled to mention was that he did not take care of it well enough and ended up loosing part of his large intestine. Serious surgery. He had a very poor diet, his own choosing and it really caught up with him. Not saying you do, but just please be very careful.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I am not sure what to tell you. I had one large diverticuli, not a lot of little ones. I asked my doc if I had to quit eating nuts and popcorn. He said no. I tried to stay on the diet they recommended, mostly liquid, nothing solid for a long time, and I was in a lot of pain. Finally, a health nut friend of mine told me to eat something, anything, or I wouldn’t get well. So, I did, and I got better fast. I have had friends who were told to stay away from popcorn, nuts, and stringy vegetables. I disagree. I believe you need all the bulk and fiber you can get once the inflammation is gone.

      I am curious what kind of medicine they gave you. I had to take an antibiotic once to get rid of the inflammation, which I am convinced was brought on by them insisting I take an nsaid for something else before all this happened.

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  13. Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

    They have me on Cipro (think Anthrax) and Flagyl. Dr. said I have to have both together for 10 days. On liquids, but he said when the pain gets better eat yogurt. I make my own homemade organic yogurt, so no problem. I’ve never been a very picky eater,when growing up my mom had to feed 9 of us! But I do eat pretty well, and mostly homemade. Rarely eat out at fast food places. I think where I’ve gone wrong is a lot of really spicy food! Us reheads are kinda sensitive, ya know. I reckon DH will have to enjoy his curries on his own from now. 😦

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    • amwick says:

      Dh’s son was a soda addict.. The amount of pepsi that man drank…

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Did he say you can have oatmeal? That would coat nicely. And, at this point, I would be on capsules of probiotics taken about an hour after the antibiotic. My pain didn’t go away until I started eating.Think about how your colon works. It squeezes the food to move it down. If there is little to nothing in it, it squeezes really hard. Whatever you do, just become very aware of everything you eat and how it affects you.

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  14. Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

    Don’t drink much soda, but I do like sparkly water. I’m not much of a sweet eater, just the occasional dark chocolate. I do love bacon, and it’s not so good for you (nitrites), I really don’t eat a lot of processed stuff. I reckon there’s something behind it, but I guess I’ll have to test drive my tummy for a while to see what she will tolerate, lol. I’ve already given up strawberries, nuts, popcorn and tomatoes. Is life worth living without tomatoes?

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  15. stella says:

    Written by my Facebook friend, Thomas Lipscomb, in USA Today:

    The suprising truth about Trump and veterans: Column

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/04/14/suprising-truth-trump-veterans-vietnam-memorial-column/100130080/

    …A few months later, New York Mayor Ed Koch appointed Donald Trump co-chairman of the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission. The mission statement: “to raise the necessary funds in order to build a memorial in honor of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War, and to create a counseling and employment program for veterans.”

    The commission reported it “raised in excess of three million dollars. It was Donald Trump’s challenge to the City of New York, and his personal contribution of one million dollars, that was instrumental in the completion of this project.”…

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  16. 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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  17. amwick says:

    Mr. Phlox? Busy? Hope you are ok. Something was missing!

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