General Discussion, Sunday, August 6, 2017

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  1. Had the time of my life tonight. Saw many old friends, and even relatives, I haven’t seen for a decade or more. Watched the bluegrass band, comprised of all those, at least 12 musicians, play beautifully and rowdily for three hours, sat around campfires, and caught up with what can only be called my family.

    I was probably conceived in this park. I know every inch of it, every tree, every dune. Ten years ago the owners saved my life by giving me a camper and a job and a work ethic. There’s a reunion of the long-time seasonal campers every year. The stories I could tell. The stories we all recounted again to each other. All the people we all knew, who are no longer with us, we toasted — and they are many. Campground life is unique and wonderful, and, as I think about it, is a lot like this place.

    I won’t soon forget this night. So many wonderful people. Lotta hugs were had. Lotta food and a lotta beers, too. And more than one safety meeting. And a hundred people watching the sunset.

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    • lovely says:

      Beautiful Wooly.

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    • Lucille says:

      Rather than photography, each scene looks like a painting. Absolutely lovely!

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    • I’ve known this beach since I was born.

      Three of the kids in the band, on guitars. One I knew when she was 10 or so. She’s up there, 26 or so now, and so are her kids, all strumming and picking guitars and singing harmonies. Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

      Every view in this park is a painting to me. Every person is, too. Spent a whole lot of time there as a kid. In the early 80’s we got candy from the store for picking up cigarette butts. 10 butts equaled one Tootsie Rollβ„’. The park was, and is, kept clean.

      In 2012 we spread my best friend’s ashes in the lake, and a few months later, me and her husband, the other half of my best friend (who got me to go down there tonight for the reunion), set up his daughter’s wedding, right where my camera is aiming. I had prayed for them to get married for years, and it happened.

      In that last image, that all used to be a wide, sandy beach. The Government, in it’s wisdom, decided to plant dune grass to stave of the erosion of the Lake Michigan shore. It worked, but, the unintended consequence was that the dune grass said, after 30 years or so, “This is my beach, now.”. They planted too many. Whoops. Now the beach is about 20 feet wide from the water to the dune grass.

      Oh, well. Everything changes. I’m living proof.

      I remember being carried down the dune in the first photos when I was too young to walk.

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    • That’s wonderful, Wooly!

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Wooly, that’s an excellent day/night, good people, good food, good memories, good people!!!!!!!

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      What a lovely place. πŸ™‚

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  2. ImpeachEmAll says:

    A little entertainment for your tea, coffee, or…

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  3. Lucille says:

    Another one of my favorite YT vlogs…Dr. Lee is a semi-retired veterinarian from Texas living on a ranch with his wife. He plays in a rock band, has a fine time with his children and grandchildren, loves both tame and wild animals, and is just an all-around nice man.

    “Three Legged Deer”
    Out on the Ranch (with Dr. Lee)

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  4. michellc says:

    I hate traveling this late and I hate traveling through storms, but I have another 40 minutes or so to get home. A very heavy heart for his kids tonight, spending the night in the hospital and scared and worried. Not to mention the hospital was flooding, literally ,water was running in. We had to walk through ankle deep water to get to the door.

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  5. Menagerie says:

    Great article by a man who tells truth and suffers for it. He is courageous, and he is eloquent without being loquacious.

    https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2017/08/03/splinters-beams-and-clear-sight%E2%80%A8%E2%80%A8/

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  6. 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’ czarina33! (aka 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’ Gary! πŸ™‚ |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    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!

    Cinnamon rolls for coffee!

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    • Sunday morning cinnamon rolls! Nice treat! Morning and thank you, Nyet!

      Have a blessed day, everyone!

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    • Lburg says:

      Thank you Nyet for fresh baked cinnamon buns. With Icing!

      β€œThe smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight…

      [Breadmaking is] one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world’s sweetest smells… there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel. that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread.” ― M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating

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      • Menagerie says:

        I think I’m going to print this one out and put it in one of those cute little magnetic refrigerator frames. Thank you!

        I love to make bread. I love the excitement of starting sourdough, smelling the starter each day as it ripens and bubbles. I love that my gut now tells me how much and what to put in the bread, I love that as soon as I put my hands in the dough I can feel that my choices were right, or occasionally not. I love the kneading, the rising, which after all these years I still anxiously watch the first few times in the fall as I get back into the swing of it. I love carefully sliding the pans in the oven.

        Best of all I love the smell and the laughter as my guys come and jockey for position as I slice the fresh warm bread. Which should of course sit and cool for a few minutes more, but I can’t get them to wait for the first taste. Most of the time now, it’s just my husband, but I try to bake bread when they are all here during the cold months.

        Some of my favorite family memories revolve around bread. In the early years of learning, when I had a sourdough sponge that was “breathing” and got above the bowl. My husband stabbed it. The time the dog got in the kitchen and ate the rising bread, the result being sticky dough all over his face. Giving my husband the first slices of the first loaf every fall from the new sourdough batch I start each fall. My sons as they elbowed each other waiting for the next slices.

        Bread somehow became interwoven with my family, a part of our lives. For me, it was a hobby and an art form, a way to be creative, and a special way to give good things to my family in days when we had no money to buy things. Breadmaking satisfied my need to create, nurture, and nourish, and it has been one of my favorite activities.

        Again, appreciate the good memories.

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        • stella says:

          Is little miss S baking with you yet?

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        • Lburg says:

          Menagerie, every cell of my body agrees with you – I’ve been baking bread for a long time as well and yes, it is interwoven into the memories of my children and now my grandchildren, too.

          The greatest compliment I’ve ever received about my bread:
          Daughter, SIL and grandchildren arrive at the house just after I’ve taken a sourdough rye out of the oven. My daughter stops dead in her tracks, kneels down to the children and says, “Do you smell that?” They nod. She says, “Remember this smell. It is the smell of love.”

          Still makes me smile and cry.

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          • Menagerie says:

            She sure is. Cookies, bread, especially biscuits. As you know, Paw is her favorite person in the world. She makes a special big biscuit for him, and when I’m not looking, she pinches off pieces of the other biscuits to add to his big one.

            She has an apron with her name embroidered on it for Christmas baking. Might have to upsize this year, I’ve had it several years, and it was too big at first. Had to tie a knot it in the top.

            Now I have two more granddaughters to teach, but they live in Nashville. Last year I was able to make Christmas cookies with them when I went to visit. I think we have lots of baking fun ahead of us. And a couple of fathers who really do hope they get good at bread making.

            I also taught my daughters in law to make biscuits, just as my mother in law taught me, but it is more fun teaching the little ones.

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          • Menagerie says:

            Sorry, answered Stella’s question here.

            What a compliment! And what truth. I would say we could swap recipes, but I don’t have any! Except one favorite I bake at Christmas that is a Czech recipe I conned out of an employee whose grandmother made a traditional Czech meal, including the bread, for her whole family every Christmas Eve.

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      • czarina33 says:

        I began baking challah in college & continued over the years, especially as a gift for the table for a pot luck. But it is best right out of the oven, torn apart with fingers & rubbed with a bit of butter…

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        • joshua says:

          making that braided top thingie is beyond my comprehension.
          makes me want to challah for helpah….

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          • Wooly Covfefe says:

            I hear you, Josh. Baking is a science. Chef was telling us all today that in (restaurant-scale, at least) baking, unlike in cooking, you have to “scale” every major ingredient, instead of using dry measures like teaspoons and quarts. In other words you have to weigh it on a scale. The flour, the yeast. Even the water. Minus the tare weight of the container, of course. Depending on the environment, and many factors — like altitude, humidity, ambient temperature — I guess, weight and “scaling” the ingredients is more consistent.

            Chef loves to cook and plate and be a chef. He’s a genius at his art. He admits it. A lot. A whole lot.

            He also admits that he hates baking. It’s arcane knowledge to this guy. One would think that the two are one and the same. No.

            He does know pizza dough in large quantities, though. Blindfolded.

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            • stella says:

              He’s totally correct about weighing for bread baking. I have had pretty consistent results since I started weighing my flour. I am beginning to weigh the water too, as I don’t think my measuring cups are accurate. My last loaf of bread was too wet, over-rose and collapsed (it still tasted good though).

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              • Lburg says:

                Once I started weighing all my ingredients, the results were much more consistent and predictable.

                I spent a good long time – too long – refusing to admit that weighing ingredients was the only way to go. Bread humbled me. Bread beat me down. Tore me down right to the bones and made me admit that I was NOT the wizard of smart.

                Once I realized that I was not the queen of the bake, it opened me up to all sorts of new possibilities. Not just with bread, but with life in general.

                And the amazing result was that I became, like my bread, a better version of me.

                Who knew? Wish I had known 40 years ago…..it might (might) have saved me a lot of grief!

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                • stella says:

                  I know that there are women who make lovely bread without weighing ingredients. I am not one of them. I watch professional chefs weigh their ingredients, so I figure I should too.

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                  • Interesting that so many here, mostly/all? women, are really resonating with the topic of bread-making, a very traditional activity/responsibility of our ancestresses…Years back I heard Dr. James Dobson on the radio discussing some of the challenges of modern woman/motherhood, including the isolation in which we often live our lives. He juxtaposed that to the older ways where, for instance, a new mother would be surrounded by female relations during her confinement/post-partum phase, where the older mothers would teach & model the necessities of motherhood. Or the social times of barn-raisings, etc, where the women would gather together for food-prep/presentation & the men would collaborate on the construction…Perhaps there was a beauty & continuity in those more traditional roles.

                    As a female that has been hard-wired with skill sets, in part, that have been seen as more traditionally male, it can be difficult to find a place socially, not that I’m usually looking. I’m not a “typical” female, not drawn to gossip, food prep, & child care (stereotypically)–so it has been a tremendous irony to be a “stay-at-home” mom for these past 2 decades.

                    I excelled at math & science as a student & in-fact was a pre-med student as an undergrad, only majoring in counseling as a grad student after having enjoyed some Psych classes as a counterpoint to hard-science & only hard-science (excepting general ed) for 4 straight years…I have too many wide-ranging interests to easily compress myself into only one identity–ie just scientist/medical doctor.

                    Years back I took one of those “spiritual giftings” inventories, & my absolute lowest score was in the area of “servanthood” (which coincides so much traditional “women’s work) while my top score was so-called “prophetic”–someone who not only sees things as they are but also gets (sometimes too abruptly) to the heart of the matter–& occasionally expresses such “insights” to the “powers that be”. If “a prophet is without honor in his home town” imagine if the “prophet” is actually a “prophetess”!

                    God, in his wisdom, blessed by husband & I with each other. Each of us has strengths in areas where the other has weaknesses. We can cover for & compensate for each other’s shortcomings in many ways. Both of us can be androgynous to some extent, partly because we had both lived on our own for some years & learned how to do what it took to run a “household” as individuals before coming together with our own unique version of a division of labor with our family…

                    Well, I’ve run on way too long here…sorry for this extended discourse that went off on an unexpected tangent.

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                • “Bread humbled me. Bread beat me down. Tore me down right to the bones and made me admit that I was NOT the wizard of smart.”

                  That’s how it was for me when I first became a parent, month’s shy of age 30. I’d read quite a few books on the process & thought I was ready–boy was I wrong! A screaming goo-shooter just about drove me off the edge…& when the twins came along with all the medical & other special needs issues it was exponentially worse.

                  Parenting isn’t for cowards & each person’s journey is extremely unique…& I in my pre-parenthood “arrogance” (who had somewhat looked down on “just moms”) thought I could basically handle things based on book-smarts, but my street-smarts didn’t exactly extend to massive sleep deprivation, shredded “lady parts”, & (possibly collicky) screaming baby, and about 3 years of 3 in diapers…Live & Learn & Lighten Up!

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Nice. Bacon, eggs and cinnamon rolls. πŸ™‚ Mornin’ Nyet, everyone. πŸ™‚

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    • lovely says:

      Good morning Nyet πŸ™‚ .

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    • Lucille says:

      Nice gooey cinnamon rolls put one in fine fettle for the day…with the accompanying “Mmmmm” and smiles. So, yeah, after the plate of fried egg/onions and potato pancakes (?), I’ll take two rolls. Thanks, everso, Nyet.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Nye!!!!!!! Evening Everyone!!!!!!!! Just enjoying a cup of BRC, with a topper…….

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  7. WeeWeed says:

    Guess who’s baaaacckkkk??? Mornin’ kids!

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  8. WeeWeed says:

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    • czarina33 says:

      The Palestinians have been practicing planned genocide against Jewish settlers in Palestine for a century now, depending upon your timeline, Israel looks like an up-to-date modern country in the 1st World while the Palestinian areas look like…well…less than modern. Then again had they spent their limited funds on civilized activities instead of buying foreign munitions to lob at an area that has reliable electricity and hot/cold INDOOR running water and plumbing……

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Evening Ms.WeeWeed!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. stella says:

    This is hilarious.

    The Washington Post Managed To Insult All of Rural America In 1 Tweet

    http://www.mrctv.org/blog/washington-post-managed-insult-all-rural-america-1-tweet

    (See replies for a good laugh)

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    • stella says:

      Then, there is this one from the Boston Globe:

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    • czarina33 says:

      Just like here, each comment eclipses the previous. Ooooook.

      Those portable cell thingies are neat, we had them planted all over New Orleans in the weeks after Katrina. They would have been gone faster but as we were scrambling to find officers to guard the cell repair people as ‘heaven knows who’ were shooting at them as they climbed the towers to inspect and repair…. Another piece of Katrina history that fell into the ‘inconvenient history’ basket….”we need to focus on rebuilding and not on the disasterbitself” as the pols said. A total eclipse of history, truth and common sense.

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    • Sharon says:

      I can’t get in because I use AdBlock and I will not unblock. I can imagine the replies. The people in Minnesota farm country know about this kind of a-hole attitude and they were eloquent, non-filthy-mouth but definitely in-their-face when FEMA or PITA showed up in the region. The farmers and farmers’ kids and farmers’ wives always met those groups at their point of origin and gave them a good rural greeting. They never (in our experience) stayed as long as they had intended to. The locals were never rude or uncouth. Just providin’ a free education to the fools from out of town.

      The Red Cross got escorted out of some of the small towns in the flood/spring of 1997 when they showed up with the intention of applying their rules for serving the public who had experienced that long-lasting, devastating overland flood – for many weeks. The first thing the Red Cross required was that all of the community and church kitchens (and the farm wives who had been emptying their own freezers for WEEKS) who had been serving meals to all citizens and all emergency responders SHUT DOWN and everyone sent packing…. because those kitchens had not been inspected properly.

      The husbands and sons of those centuries-proven amazing cooks who had never poisoned anybody sent the Red Cross packing without raising a hand. And I do mean that literally. It was so predictable to those who have lived that culture – and when the Red Cross showed up with their hoity-toity manuals and name tags we all knew. Wait for it….. wait for it….. and then BAM!

      With nary a raised voice. Although more trucks displayed more guns openly just as a hint. Of course they were never even threatened to be used. Real men don’t use guns for threats. Ever.

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      • joshua says:

        WWII vets came back with stories of the Red Cross setting up stations for coffee and donuts, but they charged the soldiers for them.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Katrina again. Finding a Red Cross feeding station was hard, when in NOLA on the city side of the river we just ste st the Blackwater chow hall once they set up. They were noticeably absent on the west side of the river, the NOPD captain who commandeered a school to set up a police ‘station’ Fed all who first responders largely through his own efforts, which included buying food out of his own pocket.
        MREs were everywhere once FEMA got its act together but as I was on military orders (a whole nuther story) and wore my camomiles with a ‘SHERIFF’ Tshirt underneath, I could draw MREs from the various military sites or set at the chow halls they’d set up for their own.
        Later on, wearing civvies, I even had a few meals at the Common Cause feeding station theybsetbup in the 9th Ward. Never once during the entire mess did I get one Red Cross anything.

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    • lovely says:

      I’m wondering how many people will stare at it without any protective eyewear let alone the correct eyewear. My bet is Trump Country folks will still have their eye site a few months from now.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        You cannot make things foolproof as fools are so damnably persistent.

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      • Col.(R) Ken says:

        Welder glass number 10 and up

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        • lovely says:

          They are selling paper ones on Ebay that are supposedly just as good as Welders glass. SMH.

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          • Sharon says:

            Walmart and Walgreen’s – huge boxes of them for $1 each – with the right # on them that says it’s adequate protection for this event: ISO 12312-2

            That # does not show up on the external marketing/wrapping stuff, but is on the cardboard frame itself.

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            • lovely says:

              That would make me nervous. Maybe I’m just being silly but I’d rather have something thicker than cardboard and a bit of paper thin plastic. I read somewhere to make sure your eyes were covered completely and the cardboard ones would let in enough peripheral light to be a possible problem.

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              • Sharon says:

                They do not allow any peripheral light. Unless a person is looking directly at the sun, what you are seeing is complete, 100% darkness.

                The only way to “see” anything at all through these is to look at the sun, and then it is apparent in its full size, deep orange.

                I’ve already enjoyed the phenomenon of looking directly at the sun through them. Most interesting.

                The # that is attached to their production affirms that they are the design approved by NASA and whoever else it is that has interest in not having several thousand people go blind because the glasses are wrong.

                You’re not being silly. It’s your choice. Your concerns should guide your choice. I don’t believe your concerns are legitimate commentary on this product.

                I would never jump out of a perfectly good airplane or ride a zip line, so there’s that – in the matter of my choices. Nor will I use alcohol in even the most minimal amounts.

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                • Sharon says:

                  ….although there was that business of some brandy on New Year’s Day, 2014. But that’s another story……

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                • lovely says:

                  Thanks for the information Sharon. I am going to watch it, I haven’t gotten glasses yet because I haven’t taken the time to do it. I’m happy that you can share your knowledge about it with me because it did make me nervous. We are hopefully going down to IL where we can watch it from on the lake.

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                  • Sharon says:

                    Just heard another warning on the news, passing along info about all the “fake glasses” out there – the report again emphasizing the need for an ISO designation, and the #s I mentioned above.

                    I would imagine there are sites, including NASA, where specifications for the safe ones can be obtained.

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                  • lovely says:

                    That is what I’ll look for. I haven’t heard the warning on the news “yet” but I did read it somewhere. Thanks again for your knowledge and sharing it!

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  10. czarowniczy says:

    Think Progress dot Org ( https://thinkprogress.org/when-will-your-state-become-majority-minority-e1d57bb3f185/ ) predicting that by mid-century the largest 100 metro areas in the US will hold over 2/3rds of the US population and will be majority minority, heavily Hispanic.
    Well, thank heavens for that. It’s about time the US joined those highly civilized, technologically advanced non-European nations in moving civilization forward.

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  11. lovely says:

    Some of my cloud pictures for Sharon (from our conversation yesterday) and anyone else who might enjoy them.

    Clouds over Green Bay, storm rolling in on Washington Island.

    Clouds over Goose Lake, Morris IL.

    Clouds over Cedar Lake, Lake Villa IL.

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  12. Lucille says:

    France: Churches Vanish, Mosques Spring Up
    by Giulio Meotti – August 6, 2017 at 5:00 am
    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10777/france-churches-mosques

    Losing one’s heritage is horrible enough, but watching–without push-back– accompanying atrocities take place along with the loss of civil rights, that settles a person into a life of cowardice which kills the soul long before it kills the body.

    Continuous RIGHTEOUS ANGER is key to push-back. Maintaining our information flow is the vital link if we in America don’t want to lose our culture also.

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    • Menagerie says:

      I don’t know about other faith, but Catholic Churches are being closed because fewer people support the parishes, most especially financially.

      My own church is an astoundingly beautiful old building, primarily built by a very poor community of Irish railroad builders, and to top that Ulysses Grant stole the damned stones they had cut to use as fortifications for the battle of Chattanooga.

      They sacrificed to build that beautiful church. Very, very few people give a tenth of what poor people gave back when most churches were built. In Europe there would have been many who were wealthy and some aristocracy who supported the building of many churches. Bet that doesn’t happen now.

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      • lovely says:

        Nor do Catholics volunteer anywhere near as much time as they used to to the Church. It is sad that most of the youth who volunteer are actually “voluntold” for their confirmation classes.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        New Orleans is awash in Catholic churches, tours tell of how housewives in the parishes went to the brickyards and carried bricks to the churches when they were being built. And they are being closed and consolidated at a high rate.
        Part of the problem is that from the 70s large numbers of parishioners tired of the crime and corruption moved across the lake to safer grounds. The Church has also heavily alienated itself from younger parishioners, many of whom do not need that much of a push. The Church is getting a fresh infusion of Latino Catholics but it’s too soon to tell if it’ll reverse the trend.

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      • joshua says:

        well…internet service, cell phones, and nike tennis shoes ARE expensive…then there are the tattoos and the pierced jewelry and the hair extensions….you know….whats a poor millenial spose to do with a church tithe and membership? how that gonna make you all poplar wif folks?

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  13. Wooly Covfefe says:

    Bear with me. This was bizarre, just a bit ago:

    So, me and the crew from the old restaurant just rescued a ferret. Downtown.

    I walked out of one of former bossman’s restaurants after we shared a beer and I paid him the 20 I owed him. As soon as I walked out I saw this long black thing, walking along the curb. I said “What the?” As I got closer I realized that it’s back legs were hanging limp, and it was motivating only with it’s front legs. “Bipod!?” I ran to the door of the next restaurant and told the first person I saw through the door, “Hey! What is this?” Soon everyone in the restaurant was out there, including a girl who’s going to be a veternarian soon. We caught it! One kid got bit. We told him to Go Inside Now and Sani Water Wash and Triple Antibiotic NOW. Then they caught it with another business-lady’s sweatshirt. Put the ferret in the box.

    UPDATE:

    The ferret was euthanized at the Humane Society.

    Darn. I wanted to call him “Ferris”. SAVE FERRIS!

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      You don’t see too many ferrets in downtown SH. Especially paraplegic ferrets.

      I fact, I’ve never seen a ferret except on YouTube.

      It’s not like we have an infestation or anything, It’s not like “The ferrets are becoming a problem.” around here.

      It would probably have been a suitable companion for my cat.

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    • It was probably someone’s pet. It’s sad that it had to be put down. I’m guessing it was sick or too injured to save. Hope the person who got bitten gets a rabies shot, just to be safe.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      She told me that he was paralyzed above the groinal region, and given that he was very clean, someone probably ditched him, because offal. It’s sad, but it was an experience. Especially for the young vet, and the young (10th grade) kid that got bit. He can do standing backflips. He just learned he can’t just grab a ferret.

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  14. czarowniczy says:

    Woo Hoo! Eating that Paula Dean’s slaw as I type (gonna haveta wipe the screen off) and it’s super duper. I made twice the dressing as I discovered it’s great on crackers alone. Will try mixing it with cream cheese to see if I can make a dip out of it.
    I put in more of the peppers (red vice green) and green onion (tops included) than called for and instead of almonds next time I’ll try unsalted cashews and/or peanuts next time. Thanks for the link, it’s working.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

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    • My husband & I were so tired after his concert last night that we fell asleep to a PBS show about “The Bomb” playing. They kept cycling through all these old photos of various people involved in the bomb’s development & I was hoping that eventually they would get to my (great) Uncle Thurman, who was actually a machinist on the bomb…

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  15. Wooly Covfefe says:

    She’s the female Bobby McFerrin. Absolute vocal genius. And her band is as James Brown’s.

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  16. stella says:

    WHOOPS!–The Washington Post in FRANTIC Damage Control!–recalls and reassigns their Cuba reporter Nick Miroff–after Babalu blog blew his cover (i.e. exposed his family links to the Castro regime!)

    http://babalublog.com/2017/08/06/whoops-the-washington-post-in-frantic-damage-control-recalls-and-reassigns-their-cuba-reporter-nick-miroff-after-babalu-blog-blew-his-cover-i-e-exposed-his-family-links-to-the-castro-regime/

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  17. 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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  18. stella says:

    US Marines Test All-Male Squads Against Mixed-Gender Ones – And The Results Are Bleak

    http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/us-marines-test-male-squads-mixed-gender-ones-results?utm_source=FBLC&utm_medium=FB&utm_campaign=LC

    That took the form of a year-long experiment called the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, in which 400 Marines β€” 100 of them female β€” trained for combat together and then undertook a simulated deployment, with every aspect of their experience measured and scrutinized.

    All branches of the military faced a January 1, 2016 deadline to open all combat roles to women, and the Marine Corps used this experiment to decide whether to request exceptions to that mandate. The Corps’ summary of the experiment concludes that combat teams were less effective when they included women.

    Overall, the report says, all-male teams and crews outperformed mixed-gender ones on 69% of tasks evaluated (93 out of 134). All-male teams were universally faster β€œin each tactical movement.” On β€œlethality,” the report says:

    All-male 0311 (rifleman) infantry squads had better accuracy compared to gender-integrated squads. There was a notable difference between genders for every individual weapons system (i.e. M4, M27, and M203) within the 0311 squads, except for the probability of hit & near miss with the M4.
    …
    All-male infantry crew-served weapons teams engaged targets quicker and registered more hits on target as compared to gender-integrated infantry crew-served weapons teams, with the exception of M2 accuracy.

    All-male squads, teams and crews and gender-integrated squads, teams, and crews had a noticeable difference in their performance of the basic combat tasks of negotiating obstacles and evacuating casualties. For example, when negotiating the wall obstacle, male Marines threw their packs to the top of the wall, whereas female Marines required regular assistance in getting their packs to the top. During casualty evacuation assessments, there were notable differences in execution times between all-male and gender-integrated groups, except in the case where teams conducted a casualty evacuation as a one-Marine fireman’s carry of another (in which case it was most often a male Marine who β€œevacuated” the casualty)

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Of course. Is anybody surprised? Anybody? Or, am I all alone here in thinking that a smaller human being with smaller muscles would have more trouble carrying another person, etc? I know there are instances where a woman who is the size of a big man can do things he can do.

      My husband and son went next door to help the couple put their hay bales on a truck before the rain hit. The wife is 6 ft tall and strong. She was used to throwing the bales. It nearly killed my strong husband and strong son. But, she is one woman. A large, strong woman. Most women are not.

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    • So sad they have to test something that since time immemorial we have known. I hope these experiments end soon. There are plenty of roles women can perform in the military without being in a combat unit.

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    • Sharon says:

      Oh.

      I bet the male Marines were faster and stronger.

      I bet.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      There exist WNBA and NBA for a reason.

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    • Lucille says:

      You’ll note that no one had the courage to pit all-male teams against all-female teams, carrying the same equipment, wearing the same fatigues and body armor, plus having to carry a fellow Marine. The excuse would be that women would never be bunched up in a squad together.

      Ah, but in the field, under fire, it just may happen that women would end up defending a position, clearing out an insurgent domicile, or running toward the enemy together. Weak links (female or male) are never appreciated when lives are at stake. And the weak versus the strong ratio would be huge.

      Females have been in the USMC longer than the other services and have served with distinction without combat. Let it remain the same. No kowtowing to PC SJWs.

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    • “The Corps’ summary of the experiment concludes that combat teams were less effective when they included women.”

      In other news, water is wet & heat is hot…but we await government approved & excessively funded studies to Verify what is known generally to anyone with a functioning brain!!!

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  19. michellc says:

    Just a quick update, prayers are working. Surgery wasn’t done today because there was some lung issues going on, but lungs are better and burns are improving. He’s been downgraded to just 15 percent of his body having 3rd degree burns. He will remain sedated until after surgery which is scheduled for in the morning.

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