General Discussion, Monday, June 26, 2017

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  1. Wooly Covfefe says:

    Ever wish that Ravi Zacharias and Elon Musk could debate?

    That would be neat to see.

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  2. MaryfromMarin says:

    Nyet–

    Here’s a vegan meme for you (healthier, yet still satisfying):

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    • Nurse Moreau. Quite a team you’ve assembled, Doc.

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    • ImpeachEmAll says:

      Strawberry legs forever… πŸ˜‰

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      • Wooly Covfefe says:

        That’s a Veatles reference, amirite?

        I love ’90s music!

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        • ImpeachEmAll says:

          πŸ˜‰

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        • ImpeachEmAll says:

          1967

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          • I have a friend who is Mexican. He learned English, and is quite verbose, and quite intelligent. He likes to mess with Americans (he is one, and knows it) by saying things like that.

            “Elvis? Who is that? Did he have any hits?”

            “The Beatles? I LOVE 90’s music!”

            This guy learned English listening to American (Texas) radio and watching American TV in the 80s.

            He says stuff like that just for the crazy looks he gets.

            He doesn’t look, at all, latino. He looks like a Jew. His dad worked just across the border, and he grew up a Mexican. I remember one day, his first week working with us, him picking up a piece of our fine bacon, eating half, quite theatrically, and saying “mmm! that’s good!”.

            Dude loves to make people laugh, and can emulate a Country star or a Soccer announcer with aplomb.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Ummmmmm…Frogaria?

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    • michellc says:

      The other day I heard someone telling another person they were a pescatarian(not sure if that’s how you spell it or not?) and the person was like me and didn’t know what the heck that was. They explained to them they were a vegetarian with the exception of they eat fish and seafood. Who comes up with these names and ways?
      What was really funny is the person thought they said Presbyterian and asked them when Presbyterians quit eating meat. lol

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      • stella says:

        My grandson is a vegetarian (has been for years), and admitted yesterday that he is eating fish while in Japan. I imagine it’s hard to avoid, and he’s staying with a family that eats fish.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          We’ll, if the fish was vegetarian…
          At least he wasn’t koi about it.

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        • michellc says:

          You’ll have to tell him what his new diet term. lol

          I wonder who comes up with these terms? I’ve heard vegetarian for years and remember when I first heard the term vegan and then learned what it was. I wonder if there are people who only eat beef, pork or poultry and if they have a name as well?

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            Carnivore? πŸ˜•

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          • stella says:

            Omnivore. Person who eats everything.

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            • michellc says:

              I thought that just meant meat and plants, so technically fish and veggies would qualify? I honestly did know a man once who only ate beef and bread, just every great once in awhile he would eat potatoes or corn.
              I was told tonight there are a group of people who call themselves turketarians, with poultry being the only meat they eat. I thought it was a joke made up by that commercial.

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              • stella says:

                I looked up the official definition to be sure:

                Omnivore /ΛˆΙ’mnivΙ”Ι™r/ is a consumption classification for animals that have the capability to obtain energy and nutrients from materials originating from plant and animal origin. Often, omnivores also have the ability to incorporate food sources such as algae, fungi, and bacteria.

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                • auscitizenmom says:

                  Yep, that is my son. If you have something he has never tried before and ask him if he likes it, he will taste it and then tell you if he likes it. I take credit for him being willing to try anything. My rule was that he had to taste everything on his plate, even if he didn’t like it. It didn’t matter how small the taste was. When he was 6, he told me that his taster must be changing because some things he didn’t used to like he now liked. I, on the other hand, am as picky an eater as you will find anywhere. 😦

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                  • stella says:

                    I was raised the same way. Try everything at least once.

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                  • auscitizenmom says:

                    My mother made me eat everything she put on my plate. When I was five I refused to eat green beans for supper. She gave them to me cold for breakfast. I still gag on green beans unless they are cooked in mushroom soup with those crisp onion rings, etc.

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                  • stella says:

                    I wasn’t forced, but encouraged and taking one bite isn’t eating a whole plate.

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                  • auscitizenmom says:

                    Yes. The one bite, no matter how small, was just to give him another chance to like it. I knew his tastes would change. And, he knew he didn’t have to eat anymore if he didn’t want to.

                    His dad hated sweet potatoes and told him that they were terrible, so he would never try them. I never cooked them, so it wasn’t much of an issue. But, I knew he loved pumpkin pie. When he was 15, my mother came in with a baked sweet potato with butter on it and just put it in front of him. He made a face at me that she couldn’t see, but he tried it just to be polite. Annnnnnnd, of course, he loved it. LOL I knew he would.

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                  • stella says:

                    Neither of my grandsons like sweet potatoes, and don’t like squash much either. No accounting for taste! The rest of us all love both.

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                • michellc says:

                  So even vegans are omnivores they just don’t know it. lol

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            • auscitizenmom says:

              My son.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        LOL

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      • joshua says:

        Spanish for “fish”

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      • John Denney says:

        Linguistically close to Pisces.

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  3. Wooly Covfefe says:

    Music!

    All my friends are vegans take it slow…
    All the food they eat it only grows…
    Please don’t eat anything that moo-oos…”

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  4. All this hideous doubt, despair and dark confusion of the soul a lonely man must know, for he is united to no image save that which he creates himself. He is bolstered by no other knowledge save that which he can gather for himself with the vision of his own eyes and brain. He is sustained and cheered and aided by no party. He is given comfort by no creed. He has no faith in him except his own, and often that faith deserts him, leaving him shaken and filled with impotence. Then it seems to him that his life has come to nothing. That he is ruined, lost, and broken, past redemption, and that morning, that bright and shining morning with its promise of new beginnings, will never come upon the earth again as it did once.

    — (Footnote 1: Thomas Wolfe, “God’s Lonely Man,” in The Hills Beyond [New York: Plume/New American Library, 1982], 146, 148.)

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  5. Wooly Covfefe says:

    One more from my Notepad-O-Goodness tonight.

    “Now there rose about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works (paradovxwn e[rgwn poihthv”), a teacher of such men as receive the truth with gladness. He carried away with him many of the Jews and also many of the Greeks. He was the Christ (oJ Cristo;” ou|to” h\n). And after Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among us, had condemned him to the cross, his first adherents did not forsake him. For he appeared to them alive again the third day (ejfavnh ga;r aujtoi'” trivthn e[cwn hJmevran pavlin zw’n); the divine prophets having foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things (a[lla muriva qaumavsia) concerning him. And the tribe of those called Christians, after him, is not extinct to this day.”

    — Josephus

    All that matters is right there. It really is.

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  6. czarowniczy says:

    Yup, time for bed. Got one dog sleeping on my left arm, his nose in my ear. Another dog sleeping on my right leg (it’s a recliner) and a cat on my chest, humming away, it’s butt in my face. Not much else you can do after that.

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  7. Wooly Covfefe says:

    Cat on the bed. Hear ya.

    This guy is a virtuoso at whatever instrument he touches.

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  8. 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 Covfefe! (aka “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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  9. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  10. jeans2nd says:

    Mornin’ all.

    Michigan has stepped into the future.
    University of Michigan getting driverless shuttles this fall
    https://phys.org/news/2017-06-university-michigan-driverless-shuttles-fall.html

    Ohio is trying desperately to catch up.
    “This driverless buggy took a morning run.”

    (the pics show the horse on its side. the horse was tired. def not killed.)

    But, we beat ya in strawberries. Was last week.
    “Strawberry Festivals Forever Posted on June 8, 2016 by CVB staff Summer means festival season. This weekend, the action is happening in Augusta, Ohio. The annual Strawberry Festival takes place Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11. There will be a parade at 7 p.m. on Friday.”
    http://visitcarrollcountyohio.com/2016/06/strawberry-festival/

    “Manfull Orchards Farm Market will be once again be selling its homegrown strawberries, for the first time in 30 years.”

    The lady who runs Manfull’s was Son’s 5th grade teacher. Still buy all beef, baked goods, and vegs/fruit at Manfull’s (all Amish). Wish you all could.
    The parade was great.
    Have a wonderful day.

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    • stella says:

      Believe it or not, there are Amish in Michigan too (lots in the neighborhood of the family farm).

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      • Menagerie says:

        Some in Tennessee too. I once passed a buggy on the side of a highway. I am utterly fascinated with their way of life. And especially admiring of them after that school shooting several years ago.

        Never have I had such a fine example of a community living it’s faith. Not just a person, or a family, but a community. For me, that example was huge.

        And how about when you think of how we should be called to live our faith out in adversity? What they taught me in that few weeks of news trumped YEARS of reading, attending church, praying even. They catapulted me forward in faith, charity, and my understanding of leather meets the pavement life.

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    • ImpeachEmAll says:

      Don’t forget the strawberry tea

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      Strawberry wine…

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      • Menagerie says:

        I don’t think I’ve had strawberry wind since I was in high school. I still occasionally like blackberry wind from one of our local wineries though.

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  11. WeeWeed says:

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  12. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  13. ImpeachEmAll says:

    socialists being socialists…

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    • lovely says:

      This is always the carnage that the Leftist Environmental-least leave behind.

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    • ImpeachEmAll says:

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      • lovely says:

        Sad but typical. Their ignorance knows no bounds.

        SMH

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      • Wooly Covfefe says:

        WOW I love this guy’s style. What a calm, reasoned interviewer. Perfect questions. Stone-faced yet affable. How does he refrain from laughing?

        These people he’s interviewing are Bill Whittle’s opposite. They are absolutely, completely incapable of expressing a complex thought in a manner that can be understood by a normal, patient, listening person.

        They just can’t! They don’t know the words! They don’t know sentence structure! They have been deprived of these arcane arts. They only know the words (“#patriarchy wooo! I said it! I got one in on the bingo card!”) they are told to say.

        It is absolutely astounding how both stupid and ignorant these people are.

        And they even admit it!! Several times in the video! That’s the scary part!! “I’ve been screaming for three hours; I can’t think right now.”

        I don’t think you need a qualifier on when you can and cannot think, lady.

        Never heard of this guy. Awesome.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      This picture and tweet sum up exactly why, as much as I love live music, I don’t go to their festivals.

      All these people are looking for is their next orgasm or their next drug experience, and that’s the only reason they are into those “causes” in the first place.

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  14. lovely says:

    Stella, I wish I had a green thumb, those strawberries look delicious!

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    • I think the Federalist has some good points, particularly about pressuring countries who claim to be our allies into refusing to let N. Korean slave laborers into other countries.

      But with that said, I will admit that I am very torn on the Warmbier story. Did he deserve to die? No. But how sheltered do you have to be to think that going to North Korea is a good idea regardless of the line of BS the tour company is reciting?

      I don’t know what to say about it. I’m not trying to be judgemental – Lord knows I’ve made some stupid mistakes in my time – but Warmbier’s mistake became a tragedy that was 100% preventable.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        His parents say they gave him permission. So, my own take is that they were the sheltered ones. I think for so long we have felt safe here in the U.S. Also, we felt safe about going overseas because our government was behind us. Not so for Otto. Obama was in charge and couldn’t care less. No political value that he could see at the time. I agree, though, that I would NEVER have considered stepping foot in NK and think anybody who has is nuts.

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      • My DD wanted to do a semester in Africa and become a doctor without borders… I adamantly refused and she’s ever so grateful she didn’t do it now. I think young people feel invincible and don’t or can’t see the potential problems. I do think his parents should have insisted he not go. Very sad situation.

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        • Menagerie says:

          See, don’t get this permission deal. I guess they were footing the bill. In that case, I would have absolutely cut his funds off. Otherwise, in my world, not a one of my three sons would have asked for, nor paid a bit of attention to my “permission” when they were in their twenties. They were all independent by then.

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          • Wooly Covfefe says:

            Would that my folks were so blessed.

            Took me a little bit longer, and still working on it.

            They send me a check on my birthday and at Christmas.

            They also know that their 46 year old kid isn’t stupid enough to spend it on a trip to an insane Prison Country. Or a trip to Chicago’s vibrant South Side, for that matter.

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          • I believe today’s college students are far less mature than previous generations and that doesn’t help either.

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            • auscitizenmom says:

              Birthday parties where all the children in the family get presents on one’s birthday so their feelings won’t be hurt (means they don’t learn to handle hurt feelings)

              Everybody gets a trophy so nobody’s feelings get hurt (means they don’t learn to strive to be best and don’t learn to handle losing)

              Given tylenol at the first sign of fever or pain (don’t learn to handle a little pain)

              Stopped from throwing a tantrum by being given what they are crying for (cookies for tantrums means they expect to get whatever they want, and now)

              Not expected to do chores or get a job (they don’t learn how to handle a job or what is expected of them)

              Being taught liberal values in school (don’t have a clue about the real world)

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      • Wooly Covfefe says:

        Trust me, Rhea, when I say that, although I don’t believe it was deserved, that it may have been avoided if he’d had a working brain, and knowledge too.

        He’s a lot like the protestors upthread. He was probably a really nice, upbeat guy. That’s what his friends say, anyway, to the media. He was naive, borne of ignorance. North Korea is not a place anyone with a brain and knowledge wants to go.

        I more sad that North Korea still exists and hasn’t been liberated, and all it’s leaders hanged from lamp-posts and meat-hooks like Mussolini, to the cheers — actual cheers, not pretend ones like they’ve been forced to do for decades — of millions.

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  15. Wooly Covfefe says:

    A few years ago I painted a dark, dank, 5-foot tall, spider-infested basement for bossman’s dad, the Patriarch of the business, and a real estate guy. Took me two days, because the first day had me so shaky I had to leave. Lack of alcohol and spiders jumping at me tend to do that. Painted it twice, made it look nice.

    He gave me $200. I even said, after considering the hours involved, “Really?” He said “Yup.”

    The next day, after I had given most of that to my landlord, he came to me and said “I accidentally paid you $100 too much. I’m going to need $100 of that back.” He was dead serious. I told him, honestly, “Well, you’d better go talk to my landlord about that.” And I thought to myself, “You’re a businessman. You don’t do that. Ever.” And that was when I lost all respect for these folks I worked for, for 9 years. Slave wages and Indian Giving. Wonderful Catholics. They either don’t get much out of the Church, or their diocese doesn’t offer them much to absorb. One or the other. Perhaps a combination of both. “I’m going to need $100 of that back.” Man, oh man.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      I just remembered that after I saw him getting out of his car a few minutes ago.

      It’s a vignette I’m never going to forget.

      And how could I? Nobody’s ever paid me for a job, then demanded half the money back, the very next day. Never.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      😯 That is unconsionable. I can’t imagine him doing that. I am glad you quit.

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      • Wooly Covfefe says:

        Oh, me too. I’m not angry, either. I laugh when I think about it.

        It was a 9-year trade school.

        And a great number of lessons in human psychology, including mine.

        I can’t complain. πŸ˜€

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    • lovely says:

      I’m glad you are no longer working for them. Some people are the religion of their family but it means nothing more to them morally than being a “Chevy” family or an “Izod” family. It is simply a label that they are accustomed to. I don’t know about your former boss man but his actions are not those of a practicing Catholic.

      That said the only way I moved on with my life was to not revisit the actions of people who were a negative energy drain in my life. If the thoughts came up I would pray for them, depending on my mood I prayed for a blessing or a holy curse to come to them. Soon enough it wasn’t worth the energy of revisiting their horrible behavior.

      β€œThe greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.”__Steve Maraboli

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      • That said the only way I moved on with my life was to not revisit the actions of people who were a negative energy drain in my life.

        My back yard is the parking lot for two of their flagship restaurants, of four.

        I see all of them, every day. The bosses, the patriarch, the employees, the bussers, the servers, the managers, the line cooks, and several people I call, respectfully, Chef.

        I know every car in the lot, and thus who is working where. Maybe familiarity does breed contempt. This fall will be 10 years. It’s time to go.

        All the employees of my former gig, I have great respect for. They are quite a team of flawed, yet hard-working, thinking people. And we talk every day, since it’s my back yard, about sales, about profits and losses, about business. Professionals, all of them, or about to be, because they are young and working with professionals.

        It’s the bosses that I had to leave. And they know what they lost. They have three people doing my job, now. Ten, even, when you count the maintenance and fixing and painting things, like all four restaurants. Walls, trim, windows, doors. Got it. And my brushes are clean when I’m done. Floor tile grouting with epoxy that thickens like Bondoβ„’? Got it. You can add a quarter-cup of water when it starts to thicken.

        Then I go replace all the parts in a Men’s Room toilet. Easy. Dust all the ceiling fans and clean all the windows with home-made window cleaner and a squeegee-rag setup.

        TEN DOLLARS AN HOUR. Same as a 17-year old line cook that wouldn’t even put it in his head to clean a floor drain that looks like it needs cleaning.

        This is why I am leaving. Familiarity breeds contempt. Former boss said, more than once, and it’s true, that I could win a competition on a reality show for Dish. Yes, bossman, because I actually give a crap about your business.

        Those words of praise don’t fill my wallet. Neither did the $25 Meijer gift card for my 9th Christmas Bonus. Got me some cat food and treats, you fool. On call for 9 years, keys to all the joints, living next to the main joint, never said no.

        And yet it was College. It was trade school. Still is, for a few months more.

        How many people do you all call “Chef” as an honorific? A title?

        About four or five, for me.

        /rant off, Stellars

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        • lovely says:

          You have every right to feel any way you want about your old boss.

          ….and yet we give up our sunshine so we can buy what we need.___Harry Chapin

          Someone pays you for your time not your soul, your old boss wanted both and you were wise to get away from him.

          I worked for some people who I had no respect for and finally left. They were soul suckers, horrible people hiding behind the mask of charity when they were their own biggest beneficiaries, I learned very quickly about what demons some so called “good people” could be. I don’t think about them, but I am not surrounded by them, I hope that you can move on to a healthier environment, until then I will continue to pray for you. It is their loss, you are the winner, you have your dignity, you had your dignity when they give you a $25.00 gift card after 9 years if under paying and over working you. Toxic people will be toxic it is what they know.

          Now you have your dignity on another level. You gave, you worked, you gave him the opportunity to do the right thing and he chose to debase himself and dishonor his own being by being a rapacious modern day Scrooge.

          Now it is between your old boss and Bob Marley’s world.

          And you Wooly take the next best step in your life knowing you left nothing on the table, you gave your all, you were a lesson that someone chose not to learn. Imagine how blind he must be.

          ❀️

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      • patternpuzzler says:

        You are more generous than I, lovely. I used to pray that karma would bring them what they needed for growth… a place that was satisfying to me. Not giving the energy vampires sustenance was a difficult place for me to get to. That’s as close as I could get.

        πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

        You have my admiration for standing solidly in your adherence to Catholicism. I have never gotten away from my Catholic roots. These are confusing times for the congregations, I’m sure.

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        • lovely says:

          Thanks Puzzler but in the long run I am the beneficiary of my own “letting go” I think when you have to let go of things from your childhood in order to understand the world it is a real eye opener and a path that the soul must stay on in order to function in the world.

          I don’t know how solidly I stand to what you might call adherence of Catholicism. I have some real arguments with priests, “upstanding” parishioners and some of the trappings but not with Dogma.

          As for prayers. I had a lesson early in life, my friend was praying that her husbands ex-wife break her leg.(Long story). Anyhow the ex did break her leg. She fell down the basement stairs of her rental home. She sued the owner of the home, won her suit and had enough money to put a huge downpayment on her own home if not buy it outright.

          Pope Francis is a dangerous man. A Shepard leading his sheep to slaughter. Too much of the Church (and I believe this goes for all denominations) revolves around money rather than God and that includes the Church’s interest in helpingrefugees. I would bet my dog that the people running the refugee programs rake in more money for themselves than is spent settling 20 refugee families a year. And I would bet not a single family is settled anywhere near where those being paid to settle the refugees live.

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        • Wooly Covfefe says:

          I said in txt to a manager there a couple of weeks ago, after he had lost a wonderful friend of mine, and a good cook and kitchen worker:

          “I hope his business sinks.”

          I apologized to the lady, his best asset right now, because I actually don’t, and she was offended, and she’s my friend. I want his business to rock. He just lost three people today, and I hope my hope didn’t cause that.

          There is Karma, though. It’s Biblical. It’s cyclical. What goes around, comes around.

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    • patternpuzzler says:

      If you were muslim “refugee” or an illegal alien, the Church would have been all about giving you $300 because you need and deserve it – or so advocates our Pope.

      I will stop at saying the guy is an ass.

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  16. lovely says:

    SCOTUS has reinstated the travel ban!

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  17. A friend of mine who just moved to Tampa sent me this today:

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  18. stella says:

    Actor Gary Sinise to Narrate New WWII Foundation Documentary Film For Veteran’s Day 2018

    http://www.warhistoryonline.com/press-releases/actor-gary-sinise-narrate-new-wwii-foundation-documentary-film-veterans-day-2018.html

    Gary Sinise will provide the narration for β€œLifeline: Pearl Harbor’s Unknown Hero” when the one-hour World War II Foundation documentary film premieres sometime around Veterans Day of 2018.

    Sinise, well known for his award-winning movie and television roles, is an avid supporter of America’s military, both past, and present.

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  19. Menagerie says:

    Stella, your pictures are making me hungry. I’m in the middle of my summer love affair with fruits and vegetables. Usually I eat a lot healthier.

    On the 4th I plan to once again demonstrate that a true Southern cook can massacre healthy foods. We are going to have our second annual non traditional meal of pinto beans with ham hocks, fried okra, squash, corn, mashed taters, sliced maters, corn bread, and chow chow or squash relish.

    BTW, I made that corn salad recipe I posted on your recipe post. I added onion as you suggested, and I found the dressing needed to be cut down by about a third. Also, I used frozen shoe peg corn instead of canned. It has become one of my all time favorite summer recipes. I flat out love it.

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    • stella says:

      I’ll have to go look for that corn salad recipe. I had sweet corn this week, and it was yummy.

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      • Menagerie says:

        I also didn’t have a cucumber the second time I made it, so I put in chopped pickle and like that a lot better.

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        • stella says:

          Sweet pickle? I put that in my tuna salad.

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          • Menagerie says:

            I think I used bread and butter cubes. I also used red and yellow peppers because I like them better than the green pepper it called for. Of course you can tweak it to suit you, but the biggest thing I noticed was the the content of sour cream and mayo to make the dressing was way too much. I wound up cooking more corn to add to make it work.

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            • stella says:

              I usually use red pepper instead of green too. I use the sweet pickles, although I have used bread and butter. I think the sweets are more firm and less liquidy.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                We have pimento bushes this year and I’ve been using them in whatever I can…just made hummus with them added in. I’ve also been making a salad out of the ginger-flavored kimchee, really ripe tomatoes and fresh, peeled cucumbers. I eat it while You Know Who sits across the room.

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  20. auscitizenmom says:

    Can anybody answer a question I have about my email acct? I have AOL. (Okay, laugh). I can check to see who is trying to sign on to my account and there was a long list between 11:00 and 12:00 this morning. The IP addresses were Java 173.168.243.2 and REST Broadband 10.74.119.218. Does this mean that they were actually trying to hack into my account? Those are not my IP adds.

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  21. stella says:

    Hahaa! I just got a lib troll to back down on Facebook. He posted a pic of President Trump with his head blowing up, lots of blood. I suggested that it was worse than what the assassin posted on his FB, and wondered aloud what the SS would think of it. He deleted the post, then blocked me. Since I didn’t post UNDER his comments, and it was under someone else’s post, all of mine still show.

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  22. stella says:

    If you are an Outlander fan, you will probably find this article very interesting …

    https://invernessoutlanders.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/trip-to-the-dun-bonnets-cave/

    Like

  23. czarowniczy says:

    NOPD’s patting themselves on the back for arresting one of the four thugs who beat two tourists so badly they were put in the hospital, one in critical condition. It appears that the thug turned himself in but any arrest of any evildoer by NOPD is a good start.
    After the story hit the news the NOPD chief visited the injured tourists in the hospital…heaven knows how badly you have to be injured to get a visit if you’re a local. I can imagine the conversation…”Well we’re sorry about the incident, dear tourists, but outside of that how was your visit?”. Hey Rep Richmond, in 2016 NOLA had 175 murders and over 500 shootings, why don’t you and mayor Mitch get together and work out an explaination of how that’s 1st world behavior.

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  24. Menagerie says:

    I have started to follow this young man’s blog. He has quite a story to share. He just started his blog, and is autistic. He’s had 17 surgeries in his life. His faith and hope shine through,

    In this particular post his patriotism is encouraging. It’s wonderful to encounter this in our young people. I hope you guys might check out his blog and if you feel inclined, maybe some of you can encourage him.

    Wooly, he’s a Michigander too.

    https://josiahsfreakshow.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/josiahs-story-about-the-4th-of-july/comment-page-1/#comment-49

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  25. Liked by 4 people

  26. jeans2nd says:

    For all you Apple phreaks, here is the latest iOS 11 beta. You need an Apple logon id. Links in article.
    Note the warning.

    “You can now download iOS 11’s public beta
    Download at your own risk”
    https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/26/15855088/apple-ios-11-public-beta-availabile-now-download
    note the spelling in the url. you gonna trust these guys?
    ok, will be quiet now promise

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  27. stella says:

    My cousin, “farmer Dan” was blessed with the arrival of new piglets last night:

    Aren’t they CUTE!!

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  28. 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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  29. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Remember the recent
    contact incident between
    a naval vessel and a cargo ship?

    Perhaps this is the reason…

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