General Discussion, Monday, October 30, 2017

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  1. czarowniczy says:

    MONDAY! So SOON!!!!! I’m not done with last week’s retirement leisure yet!

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  2. G-d&Country says:

    Today’s bacon recipe:
    Lentil & Bacon Soup

    This is from 3 different recipies I found:

    3./4 cups split peas & 1/4 cup red lentil or 1 c lentil [% blend to taste]
    6 center-cut bacon slices or 12 regular slices
    3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
    [up to additional 1 cup water depending on thickness of soup desired]
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1 tablespoon dried chives or 2 TB fresh parsley
    2 teaspoons dried thyme or large sprig thyme
    1 teaspoon cumin
    1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
    1/2 teaspoon ground sage
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 bay leaf
    1 scant dash Tabasco sauce
    1 onion, chopped
    2 carrots, sliced, or 1 small sweet potato, peeled and finely diced, or optional 1 sweet red pepper, finely chopped [your choice how much sweetness you want]
    optional grated cheese
    Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp.
    Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 TB drippings in pan.
    Crumble bacon; set aside.
    Add onion to drippings in pan; sautΓ© 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
    Add carrot [sweet poatato, red peppers], dried herbs, and garlic; cook for 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
    Add broth, lentils, and 1 cup water; bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until lentils are just tender.
    Uncover and increase heat to medium-high; cook 6-15 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates.
    Remove from heat; stir in fresh herbs and pepper. Remove bay leaf.
    Sprinkle bacon on top. [with optional grated cheese]

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  3. G-d&Country says:

    Today’s painting is from George Inness. Posted bio previously. This is for our Florida Stellarites:

    George Inness American (1825–1894)
    Early Moonrise, Florida 1893 Oil on canvas
    Gift of Costas Lemonopoulos 1983.6
    Museum of Fine Arts St Petersburg FL

    Can’t sleep. High winds – so glad we cut down large trees within strike distance of house. Lights are flickering. Cold autumn air finally moving in I guess.
    Great photo Stella πŸ™‚
    Good Night everyone.

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  4. Lucille says:

    Pregnancy Center Director Meets Woman She Helped 17 Years Ago, The Rest of the Story is Priceless
    By Gayle Erwin – October 26, 2017 – CASPER, WY

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  5. Lucille says:

    Sunday, October 29, 2017 – CBC-TV (Canadian)

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    • czarowniczy says:

      One of the highlights of my life was visiting the Great Pyramid, taking the tour into the burial chamber and hanging back as the group left. When the group was all gone I crawled into the sarcophagus, clicked off my flashlight and just laid there as did Napoleon. It’s amazing, you can hear your heartbeat and the blood coursing through your eats. You are alone, under and surrounded by tons of limestone and granite in total darkness and total silence.
      If you make a trip to Israel or the Mideast you must stop at Giza, it’s completely worth the effort.

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      • Lucille says:

        You are aware, of course, that the curse of the mummy can still strike….
        Ask this guy….

        Lord Carnarvon, who was the chief financial backer on many of Howard Carter’s Egyptian excavations.


        • czarowniczy says:

          Primary curse associated with the Great Pyramid is the Curse of the Scam Artists working the plateau. Ghosts associated with the plateau left in disgust long ago, vendors up there are much scarier than the haints.


  6. Lucille says:

    The day after Sundance posts “Reminder: General Guidelines for Comments”
    ( the Presidential thread is full of the Kevin Spacey story and baseball scores. REALLY? So much for listening to the proprietor.

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  7. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! 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™‚ 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    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’ davidhuntpe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! πŸ™‚ |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! πŸ™‚ |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    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:


    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Doughnuts and coffee!

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  8. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’, kids! What fresh hells……

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  9. Menagerie says:

    Ghost Nutter Butters, bloodshot eye Oreos done. Up next are witch’s bloody finger breadsticks, bat, spider, and pumpkin candies, and then last, skull pizza and mummy cocktail weenies. Catering a kids’ Halloween party. Kind of gross and kind of fun.

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  10. stella says:

    Menagerie’s pics from yesterday:

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  11. So I have been reading a book called “Flight From the Reich” which I alluded to previously as the book that compared modern day Muslim “refugees” with Jewish refugees in the opening introduction of the book. Reading this book has just been nails down a chalkboard because it so far reads like an indictment of the rest of the world for not doing enough to take in Jews from Germany.

    Heaven forbid that other countries ever dare put a quota on refugees, or watch out for their own people first. The authors even had to be honest (in spite of themselves, apparently) and admit that once welfare systems were set up in the different countries, they became awfully hesitant about taking in people who might end up on welfare. (Really? Tell me more.)

    So I’ve been reading this book and knowing the whole time that something is wrong with the way this story is being told. I just couldn’t put my finger on what it was. But the authors accidentally told the truth again by telling the story of a diplomat who resigned and pointed out as he did that “The problem must be tackled at it’s source if disaster is to be avoided.”

    Someone finally speaks the truth to power. Finally. And this is why letting in Muslim refugees is stupid too, and not just because they’re ticking time bombs ready to go off and drive cars into crowded venues at any minute. Letting them in doesn’t solve the root problem. Indeed, in Germany in 1930 the issue was a rogue government. In the Middle East, they can’t even use that argument since Islam still prides itself on being unchanging and stuck in the Dark Ages and is the number one persecutor of people in the world these days. Letting Muslims in because “They’re refugees being persecuted in their homeland” would be the equivalent of, in the 1930s, letting Nazis in because they were being persecuted because they thought Hitler’s Final Solution hadn’t gone far enough fast enough.

    I’m done with this book. I had hoped to get some good info form it, but the authors have an agenda.

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    • lovely says:

      It may make good kindling.

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      • Yeah, except the library’s gonna want it back. They can have it back, too.

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        • lovely says:

          Oh! Sorry I didn’t know it is a library book. Print off some truth bombs disputing the propaganda and stick them in the pages so the next person who takes it out gets a little bit of knowledge along with the book.


          • It’s okay. If I could get away with it without them charging me for the book, I would lose it in a dumpster somewhere or something because I suspect that the next person who checks it out will probably be more susceptible to this line of crap the writers are peddling.

            If I knew how to contextualize the problem with the book, i would probably try to leave something in it to combat the problem, but I don’t know how to put it in context. I thought about underlining that line, too, but I hate writing in books that aren’t mine.

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  12. Hey all.

    I asked Google, “Why isn’t Joe Bonamassa on the radio?”

    First result.

    Album and concert sales are phenomenal. 7 albums, now. Constant touring.

    No radio play. Because apparently we all want to hear Billy Joel from the 80s again. Or maybe some Aerosmith we’ve heard a billion times.

    Wow, I wish I had a FM radio station network. The playlist would look a lot like the last few years of Stella’s Place YouTube songs, sequentially. At 3:00 AM, listeners would hear rare Hendrix, Rachmaninoff, and followed by Enya and Willie Nelson. Screw “formats”. Replace them.

    Radio is almost like Groundhog Day at this point. You almost know what song is coming up next, because you’ve heard it, the “format”, for 40 years. It needs to be replaced.

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    • Does your local radio station have a time of day where they take requests? If so, call them and ask them to play it.

      Are you listing to an 80s/90s/Now station?

      Also, iHeartRadio will let you build your own artist station that you can play on your computer or phone.

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      • I only hear radio when I’m trapped in someone’s car.

        At work, it’s multi-seed Pandora playlists, and at home it’s YouTube, and multi-seed (never more than three seeds) Pandora playlists.

        I have amassed a large collection of receipts, upon the backs of which I have written down artists and songs recommended to me over the years. Hundreds. I have probably ten in my wallet, right now.

        I heard a station like the one I would make, if I were a billionaire, in Vermont, once.

        Me and our friends used to hang out at their dad’s cabin in N. VT, and this station would play WIllie followed by Megadeth followed by Stravinsky.

        That is my kind of station. I don’t want to hear Blinded by the Light, that Manfred Mann/Springsteen abomination, ever again. Yet I will. Probably the next time a radio is on in my presence. I want to hear Susan Tedeschi, or Bobby McFerrin, or something good and rare.

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        • Yes, you will hear it again, because it’s popular. Radios are businesses and your local stations need to make money, so they play songs that the majority of their listening audience will stick around to listen too.

          NPR is the only radio station/network I can think of that’s not profit driven, and it’s not an improvement. At least the profit-driven ones have to compete for my interest.

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            My problem is the exact opposite of Wooly’s. I mostly want to listen to country, but not the new stuff (since 1990 LOL). Most of the stations play only the new stuff and I find it irritating. So, I play CDs in the car.

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        • And again, iHeartRadio will let you build your own station. If you listen to several artist stations and continue to teach it what you do and don’t like by up or down-voting the songs, eventually they will compile your favorites into your own station.

          Apparently this process goes even faster if you have a paid subscription, which I don’t have.

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    • I’m almost of the mind that you have to sell your soul to get radio play, or any exposure in the MSM at all. Weinsteinism, satanism, “spirit cooking”, one-eye symbols, butterfly symbols, the whole 90s Seattle rock scene, all of popular rap today, the Pedestas, and MK Ultra.

      It’s all intertwined, and it’s all the same animal. They all entered via a pact. Henley said, “…but you can never leave.” I hope Corey Feldman stays safe. He’s about to name a lot of names.


    • Menagerie says:

      Radio stations play what most of their audience listens to, and what will keep the advertising dollars they have managed to hang on to coming in. People like you find your music outside the old style station.

      People who still like the music you scorn are often unable to find a source for their music outside the old radio stations, and they are older often. They like to hear a human voice. They might be lonely or nostalgic, or both.

      I never listen to radio stations anymore, I can find music that I like and want. But I still have lots of stuff you hate on my ipod, which I cling to, and which I love. And I have new stuff, operas, unknowns, a few I’ve found on soundtracks from Longmire, which has someone awesome in charge of picking music. Occasionally I add some you guys recommend.

      But I am not giving up music I’ve always loved because it’s not cool or cutting edge, or someone new came along.

      You like what you like. So too do people who keep the rusty old radio stations in business.

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  13. davidhuntpe says:

    In case anyone’s interested, I did a follow-up essay on my first one about Climate Change.

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  14. lovely says:

    This is disgusting.

    Liked by 2 people

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  16. Lucille says:

    As only Mark Steyn can write it…

    How to Steele an Election
    Steyn on America – October 27, 2017

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  17. Lucille says:

    Haven’t checked these items out. The “facts” were found in a pop-up which had photos illustrating each point. If they’re true, great…if not, well….

    Black cats are considered good luck in Japan.
    Butterflies taste with their feet.
    Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
    Sea turtles breathe through their rear ends.
    Bullfrogs do not sleep.
    China produces more pigs than all other nations combined.
    The Eiffel Tower gets 6 inches taller in the summer.
    Women blink twice as often as men.
    “Silent” and “listen” contain the exact same letters.
    70% of red meat eaten in the world is goat.
    The largest animal that ever lived is the blue whale.
    The hair on a polar bear isn’t white; it’s transparent.
    Pineapples are berries that have fused together,
    Lightning strikes earth about 8 million times per day.
    Humans are born with 300 bones. Adults have 206 bones due to fusing.
    Your heart beats more than 100,000 times per day.
    Almost half of the people of Manhattan live alone.
    Only 20% of Americans have passports.
    The average depth of the ocean is 2.7 miles.

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  18. czarowniczy says:

    Our ‘WARNING: You are entering a RED NECK AREA’ sign just arrived. As expected, it’s made in China. Wonder what they think of us?

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  19. Great thread over at Vox Day’s site on Manafort, et al.

    He doesn’t have SD’s O/T rule, because he doesn’t have “open threads” to begin with.

    Here’s an O/T comment on the Manafort thread:

    Speaking of things getting more interesting:

    The US captured one of the terrorists who attacked the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, US officials said Monday.

    According to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the man was captured in Libya and was being brought back to the US, AP reported.

    US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans were murdered in the terrorist attack on the embassy.

    US President Donald Trump reportedly approved the operation to capture the terrorist, which was carried out in cooperation with the Libyan government.

    The whole thread is good, because most commenters at VP are intelligent and insightful.

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  20. czarowniczy says:

    Well, getting all of those little things done we now do to get the GGS ready for trick or treating. You know, last minute checks on costume fit, getting a flashlight with good batteries, checking the state’s registry for sex offenders in the neighborhoods he’ll be in…

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    • It’s pretty cold in SH, right now. I got my trenchcoat, and nothing else, for a costume.

      People say, “Aren’t you gonna freeze?” I say, “Nah, with all the running and the pepper spray, I’ll be okay.”

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    • Lburg says:

      Czar – when I read your stories, I secretly wish that I had had a GGF

      My place in the family would have made so much more sense….”WElll, she comes by it naturally – you DO know who her Great Grandad is, don’t you?”

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Those kids are the family’s road to the future, I am what may be the last male of my line in the US and now there are three. He’s also a neat kid and it’s fun to have the free time to see and influence his development.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          Grandfathers can be so important to a grandchild. My father happened to be around for most of the growing up years of my son. I now can see my father’s influence in how he treats his wife and his children.


  21. My aunt out East sent me this, the other day. Been saving it for Halloween. It’s been her side-yard since I was a young teen. She texted me, “My neighbors.” I texted back, “At least they don’t have to be yelled at to keep it down!”

    Wonderful Fall photo.

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    • stella says:

      Like my across the street neighbors when I was a kid.

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    • lovely says:

      My cousins lived across the street from a funeral home. We played hide and seek in there when we were very young. Now you all have a little more insight into why I am who I am πŸ˜‰. Myself and two of my cousins were the youngest of our crew so the eldest among us thought we were great guinea pigs.


  22. Absolutely incredible image in Spam.

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  23. Lburg says:

    Long time ago I went to a mandatory costume Halloween party at a friend’s house. We worked the graveyard shift together at the local hospital. I was in x-ray, she was in the emergency room.

    An unfamiliar couple arrived – she in nude tights, combat boots. an oversized camouflage shirt and an Army hat. He, bare chested, combat boots, camouflage pants tucked into his boots and an army hat.

    I leaned over and asked the person next to me, “What is that all about?”

    “Upper and Lower GIs.”

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  24. 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.

    And, Lord, we pray for all the people who have been affected by the earthquakes and hurricanes.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  25. stella says:

    Current header image (up top) was taken tonight at Crisp Point Lighthouse.

    Liked by 4 people

  26. Bobby is our genius. Love this man so much. Everything he’s recorded. I will shine his shoes.

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