General Discussion, Saturday, April 29, 2017

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  1. czarowniczy says:

    Mountains……really do miss ’em.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      There is merit in that study, though. Yes, there are naturally shy people. Or cowards, if you prefer that term. And yet… see a large group of dindoos, avoid eye contact at your peril. Look ’em straight in the eye. You run, they jump. Like a dog on a rabbit. If you avoid eye contact reflexively, you are signaling fear.

      “How you doin’, fellas?” with a firm nod and a kind smile.

      In this state, they don’t know if I’m carrying or not. Avoiding eye contact has nothing to do with racism, and everything to do with people knowing what happened to Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, and a hideous B on W story in the news every single night, and being justifiably afraid of black people in groups.

      Most of my co-workers are black. We look each other in the eye.

      But do you know what? Most of the inevitable dindoos — who actually did do — we see every night or on Drudge in the morning? They don’t work, so I’m unlikely to ever encounter these specimens. My n’as call me “fam”.

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      • joshua says:

        teaching in high school…when getting a discipline correction comment, the minority kids, boy and girls…do not look you in the eyes, even when you tell them to do so…they look around to see what their buddies are doing and how they are reacting. doesn’t change because they are no longer in school. I look everyone directly in the eye, even if just scanning a crowd. the eyes tell it all.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Okay, now I am LOL. I just heard on FOX and FRIENDS that a deaf org. is wanting us to not clap, but do jazz hands. And, I thought at that time that these groups are going to start slamming into each other. I mean, is jazz hands discriminating against blind people who won’t know what is going on? And, now autism against a really stupid suggestion about eye contact. LOL I can’t wait for the rest of the conflicts to crop up.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Another thought. I don’t know why deaf people want to use jazz hands, other than it makes it something special for them. I mean, they can see you clap. They can clap. What was the problem?

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        Isn’t jazz hands cultural appropriation of black music? Why do deaf people hate black people? I’m so confused. Maybe I should just use one hand, with a universally recognized gesture that all the perpetually aggrieved groups will instantly recognize?

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Sooooooooo….as the article admits, the autistic ‘sometimes’ have difficulty maintaing eye contact how aggressive should one be in attempting to get/maintain/regain eye contact with someone who does not want to have eye contact?
      Since the autism industry has been so aggressive in mining….errr…expanding the definition of sutism as widely and deeply as they can, what about those who find assertively trying to maintain eye contact aggressive?
      When will they start getting on us for our lack of proper interpersonal relationship with those in a persistent vegetative state?

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        When autism first was discovered and made trendy about the time Rain Man came out, I discovered a statistic. Autism diagnoses exploded, and yet mental retardation diagnoses shrinked to absolutely none, at the same rate.

        Hmm… We should brag, as a society! We cured mental retardation in a two decades! It doesn’t exist any more! It’s like TB, or malaria! We fought the battle and won!

        But then. In a world… where pharmaceutical companies make vaccines to protect us and save us from debilitating, painful, and deadly disease… while making money, which is evil… unless you’re an entertainer or sports star… Autism rises.

        But hey! We beat mental retardation! Now to tackle ADHD and Aspergers.

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          Somehow I am reminded of the insane phrase “Shaken Baby Syndrome”.

          It’s not a “syndrome”, whatever that means. It’s a person wrongly shaking a baby because they don’t like the wailing and fussing, and causing the baby to die.

          Now? It’s in the DSM.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Less about the rights of the baby to live than it is making sure the perp is not victimized. Thry usually have a tough time in prison…AKA rough justice.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          ‘Mental retardation’ industry got too complacent and the ‘autism spectrum disorder’ folks done snuk up and stole a bunch of stuff off their plate. Despite all the ‘awwwww’ warm puppy commercials it’s an industry where emotions are leveraged for cash, much of which never makes it past the accounts of the managers.
          Czarina was a co-director of a state facility for the developmentally disabled for many years and, just after she retired, the state suddenly decided to dump every state-owned DD facility into the laps of private contractors. The contractors political ties to certain people in the state aside, it saved the state millions. The resident’s quality of care dropped and their status became more one of warehousing than treatment but what the hey, it saved the state $$$$$ and made the contractors $$$$$.
          It’s all about $$$$$, my GGS’s school even tried to say that instead of his diagnosed ADHD thry were going to test him for ASD. We got ahead of that, had him tested by a private MD without a self-serving agenda, and took the test results back showing he was a normal 4th grader with ADHD, zactly what his original tests showed. I’m betting the object was to get as many kids as the can recast into a new group they can get extra Federal dollars to deal with. The regular lump pool of funds for ‘problem’ kids doesn’t go far enough so they have to be creative in generating new funds. That their efforts would mark kids forever as ‘mentally challenged’ and effect their treatment by the system from thereon out doesn’t matter…it’s for the greater good$.
          Years ago, when I was still going to med insurance-related conferences, we’d hit the hospitality suites run by pharma…they had all the best stuff. We’d be drinking their name-brand booze late at night and listening to equally sotted drug reps telling us how the notion of ‘cures’ was passΓ©, the namevof the game was now ‘longterm management’. There was nowhere near the money in curing someone as there was in managing that person’s condition for as long as possible. We have armies of folks managing the developmentally disabled, many to a ridiculous degree, and pharma developing an endless stream of ‘new and better’ drugs to do whatever. Now the ASD folks get to jump onto the cash train so the larger the entourage they bring along the larger bite of the pie they’ll hope for.

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      • lovely says:

        Well… when I was in high school my friends’s dad had a glass eye that he could pop out, never before did I wish I could do that until just now.

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  2. Wooly Phlox says:

    I bought the collection (as it stood then) a few years ago on Amazon.

    Every single film is better than every single Disney film. Ghibli never abandoned real drawing for CGI. I mean, I love Pixar and such, but this is like vinyl, and analogue, and vacuum tubes.

    Here’s one more, and I’m off to my pillow.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      LOL @0:52. Biggest trailer cliche ever, pluralized. “In worlds…”

      Every deep-voiced trailer narrator has to HAS TO begin the trailer with “In a world….” with Jack Palance’s voice cranked down an octave.

      When I lost my voice 4 or 5 years ago, and started to get it back, I could have voiced movie trailers like a pro. “In a world…. where marsupials have learned martial arts and dolphins are hacking cellphone apps…. One man stands between… Life… and eternal Chaos….”

      But you always have to start with “In a world…”

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  3. MaryfromMarin says:

    Ha! “Manhattan, Berkeley, and Marin County…”

    Culture of Contempt

    http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2017/04/culture-of-contempt.html

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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!

    Doughnuts for coffee!

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  5. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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    • stella says:

      Mornin’ WeeWeed!

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    • lovely says:

      Good morning WeeWeed πŸ™‚

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      Mornin’ Weed!

      Is he wearing a yarmulke?

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        Those crazy hillbilly Jews. SMH.

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        • joshua says:

          no prayer shawl makes it unlikely….

          with all the comments about Muslim female genital mutilation for chopping of part of a girls sexual organ, I wonder how that squares with no protest about circumcisions which is a male version of chopping off a part of a male’s sexual organ, also part of a particular religious faith normal procedure.
          asking a question or relative outrage and religious tradition…not making any statement here.

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          • joshua says:

            ok…I just read the lastest Stella’s Place posting, and I NOW understand this crud…and I ask forgiveness for posting the ignorant question about comparing religious practices…I know the Jewish practice was about cleanliness and preventing diseases…much like no pork or shellfish at the time…but NOTHING makes the mutilation of girls anything but perverted barbarism.

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            Joshua, I had the same feeling when I first heard about this practice. And, I don’t like the one on men either. However, FGM is more like cutting off the penis, the gonads and sewing up the openings. It is really cruel and horrible.

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      • WeeWeed says:

        Mornin’ Wooly!

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      • patternpuzzler says:

        Oh, dear Lord. Not a yarmulke – bozo is wearing safety glasses on his forehead!

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Scout for the 1st Obama Light Mounted Idiot Brigade

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      • joshua says:

        21st version of Gen Custer’s Little Bighorn attack….”Men, take no prisoners”

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      • WeeWeed says:

        πŸ˜€ Evenin’ Z!

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        • czarowniczy says:

          And on the eve of a potentially wet one. Local weatherguessers are caught twixt the need to blow smoke up the combined posteriors of the tourists at Jazz Fest regarding approaching storms and honestly telling locals to put floatation gear on their ducks. So far, or at least over the last three days, the estimates of rainfall have run from ‘jes a skosh’ to that duck thing I mentioned previously.
          I do believe it was last Jazz Fest the skies opened up and they had to cancel it. Attendees stayed away in droves and the organizers had to issue rainchecks for this year. The Fest used to be a local thing before organizers smelled money, locals are used to being drunk and wet, but apparently the more civilized non-Southerers find being damp almost a sin. OK, the northerners don’t sweat sin, but it’s something like that.
          I’ll let ya know if the critters start showing up on our patio asking for sanctuary. We are big on granting sanctuary to edibles.

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    • joshua says:

      say hello to my lil friend….

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  6. Wooly Phlox says:

    Add Delta to the list of airlines staffed by crazy idiots.

    At this rate, El Al and Southwest are going to be the only carriers left.

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      • amwick says:

        He screwed up. I am not sympathetic.

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        • joshua says:

          some older people especially men with compromised colon issues have little room for waiting without forceably losing their urine without control. The guy needed to pee. He was not making a statement or doing a protest march. I guess if he had been a transgender, then the airline would be attacked by media and gender warriors.

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          • amwick says:

            He should have done a bunch of things, how would you like missing a connection because of him?

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            • joshua says:

              a older friend of mine, a rather long time ago…a bright and wise guy even tho he was a democrat…told me….”josh, when a guy gets old, you must never pass up an opportunity to pee, and you must never trust a fart.” By golly, he was pretty much right on.

              missing a connection vs flying in urine soaked pants for three hours and then having to stand around a terminal with a wet crotch while everyone looks harshly at you…and then having the TSA grope a wet crotch seems extreme, vs just using the airplane lav for a couple of seconds.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      I frequently fly Southwest…I don’t expect civilized transportation and they don’t disappoint me. Reminds me of flying intra-Asian or African carriers, except there’s no livestock in the overhead bins.

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      • joshua says:

        southwest was originally kickass. stews wore hotpants and white go go boots and were all dropdead gorgeous…flew mostly commuter Dallas Love Field to Houston Hobby airports…lots of sales and tech folks shuttled every day….that did all kinds of fun stuff to keep eveyone laughing and free booze on the flights…..no limits.
        Then Brannif airlines competed for the route, and cut fares…so Southwest countered with You can pay the cheap Branniff rates, or pay our full fare, but when you get off the plane, we give you a fifth of really good whiskey…since everyone was on an expense account, they paid the full fair and took the booze. Beat Branniff into the ground.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          I grind my teeth and fly SW when I go to Dallas as it hits Love and that’s easier for family but that cattle-call boarding and the cramped seats are a deal breaker for anything longer.

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  7. auscitizenmom says:

    This article exposes what some who are against what Pres. Trump is doing, know and don’t know. Mostly don’t know.
    “College Students Blast Trump’s Accomplishments, Then Find Out They’re Obama’s
    D’oh!”

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/college-students-blast-trumps-accomplishments-then-find-out-theyre-obamas

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  8. joshua says:

    Thank heavens for this site….Next door has gotten too full of blather to navigate anymore.

    Liked by 5 people

    • shiloh1973 says:

      Could not agree more. I still read all of Sundance’s posts, but scroll through the comments at a very high rate of speed. The research and comments on Travon Martin, Ferguson and the other BLM/Police threads were amazing. The posts during Trump’s campaign kept me sane. Now, the comment section is off the hook. It is still one of my go to sites every day, but I just love all the people here. The humor, the encouragement, and the facts, really have helped me through some very tough times the last few months. I just would like to thank all of you.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Now, now, gang. Just stay more focused on the Daily Open thread, and you’ll be all right!

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  9. shiloh1973 says:

    I have told all of you about the enormous amount of rain we have had this spring. Well, the result of that is now known. We are being invaded by hordes of mosquitos. I have standing, brackish water on the south end of my property. The tiny B52 bombers are out in full force. My southern boundary is across the street from my very dear neighbors. the wife has MS and has a very low immune system. They are also extremely poor. I went into town today and bought a bunch of Mosquito Beater pods and they are being distributed to the standing water as we speak.
    We have verified West Nile and Zika in our area. I pray we can knock down the mosquito population so that we have no further problems in my area. I have lived here since 1987 and have never seen this much water!

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  10. jeans2nd says:

    Some light newz –

    Driving to BB game last night, our gas wells are once again pumping.
    Driving home, the local kid’s Christian group was picking up trash from the county road.

    Sheep sink spooks…
    “The 47-year-old Russian intelligence collection ship (converted in 1989), the Liman, sank on April 27 after a collision in the Black Sea with a Togo-flagged livestock carrier carrying sheep from Romania to Jordan.”

    “Built in Gdansk, Poland…
    Admiral Viktor Kravchenko, a former Black Sea Fleet commander, called the sinking “out of the ordinary”…”
    https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/04/russian-spy-ship-sunk-by-sheep-barge-sheep-and-sailors-unhurt/

    The Lord allowed us to wake today. Ain’t life grand?

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  11. amwick says:

    More fighter jets buzzing today.. I was napping in the screen room when two were playing tag…something is afoot.

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      • amwick says:

        Training, and they are generally fun to watch, never annoying. Normally, a huge military cargo plane does laps, but recently it has been the fighters, really quick, zoom, with a roar as the go by. Then there was the radar plane. Hhhhhmmmm

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        • czarowniczy says:

          That’s what I was thinking, training. You got a Reserve/Air Guard unit around? Moons ago the Air Force used to take all of the crewmembers who didn’t have enough flight time to qualify for flight pay, load ’em all on a plane or two, manifest them as ‘crew’ and go burn holes in the sky until everyone got enough hours.
          Also may be pilots getting mandated air time and doing ‘touch and go’ landings/takeoffs to get practice in controlled crashes (landings). Also some aircraft that have undergone maintenance need to be flown yo make sure it doesn’t hit the ground untol the pilot wants it to. I just love the sound.

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          • amwick says:

            No, I think this is the real deal. I love the sound too.. They are never early in the morning or late at night… Saw one come in for a landing close up… (fighter) It was bigger than I thought…

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Could be. Not out of the question that a Reserve/Guard air group would be told to accomplish certain training to be ready for deployment at a moment’s notice.
              We have Reserve/Guard fighter aircraft at a base south of the city that are responsible for realtime defense missions in a certain part of the Gulf. They practice on weekends and weekdays and obe of their flight paths is right across our NOLA house. They have altitude and speed noise abatement limitations but, every now and then…

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  12. MaryfromMarin says:

    Hey, nyet? Are you there?

    What’s the scoop on the upcoming Seattle May Day events? Is it something to be concerned about? I know someone who is up there and planning to return Monday evening, and there’s been some talk of shutting down freeways, maybe airport?

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  13. 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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  14. lovely says:

    It’s a dog’s world.

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