General Discussion, Sunday, February 11, 2018

O sea, you thunder and roar
And I love the sound of your fury.
When you throw back the refuse in your midst,
What treasure I find!

The children of the beach are warmed
By the fires they make with your contributions.
I saw their symbol of peace and love
Scratched in the sand before their sheltered rock,
Where they had set up their house.

I made my symbol of a star close by their circle
And breathed a prayer for these dear ones;
“Lord, may they find in Thee
The peace they seek.”

 

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203 Responses to General Discussion, Sunday, February 11, 2018

  1. joshua says:

    Happy Sunday everyone…..21 degrees and sleeting outside right now….then the temp goes back into the 40s for the week….sheeeesh….

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  2. What kind of woman is this?

    Unbelievably stunning performance by all. That’s the good stuff.

    Mayer knows his instrument.

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  3. Lucille says:

    “Obsessed with potatoes? You can now eat potatoes guilt-free as study suggests these health benefits”
    A recent study suggests that replacing meat with potato in the diet can reduce risks of heart attacks and even dementia in the elderly.
    February 11, 2018
    http://www.ibtimes.co.in/obsessed-potatoes-you-can-now-eat-potatoes-guilt-free-study-suggests-these-health-benefits-760189

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    • stella says:

      I love potatoes.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        A wonderfully versatile vegetable, there are so many ways to cook them it’s almost impossible to get bored eating them. We’re on a Yukon Gold streak right now, they have a better taste than the regular white ones and yukon cook them sooooo many ways (it’s early).
        Crawfish season soon, boiled mudbugs with corn, sausage and lil’ red potatoes all infused with onion, garlic and crab boil. You can take the leftover potatoes and make hash or potato salad with them, even chop up any leftover sausage and add it in.

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        • stella says:

          Yukon gold is my favorite kind of potato!

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Can’t believe we overlooked them for so long.

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            • stella says:

              They are an all purpose potato. Great in potato salad.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                Best thing I find you can stick into any potato salad is a fork.

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              • Menagerie says:

                After using them for so long, I don’t like any others in mashed potatoes, and I agree about the potato salad too. Love potato salad, it’s one of my favorite foods. Very popular down here, but IMO usually not made well. I’ve had much better potato salad up north.

                I’m not totally sure what the difference is, but I think part of it is that Southern cooks boil the potatoes to mush, and they put too much stuff in it, burying the potato in a pile of goop. I like crisp tart potato salad where. Can actually taste the potato and onion.

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          • michellc says:

            Mine too. Last year that’s all we grew.

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          • Menagerie says:

            I’ve been back to making one of my favorite breads made with potato water, so we have had potatoes several times lately, which is unusual for us. I do not doubt their health benefits, but I cannot eat them and lose weight.

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            • stella says:

              You can (I have), but you have to watch portion size and serve them as plain as possible – no fried, sour cream, tons of butter etc. I would rather give up bread.

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              • Menagerie says:

                You know, they have all these diets now. Paleo has lots of meat, keto lots of healthy fats (oversimplified). I wish there was a bread and potato and chocolate diet. That I’d be great at.

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                • stella says:

                  I desperately need to lose weight, so I’m not one to lecture anybody. When I did lose a lot of weight, I followed the Zone program, which isn’t as extreme as Paleo, but it’s effective. Balances lean protein, fats, and carbs. Does limit bread, potatoes, pasta, while encouraging consumption of good carbs, like (most) fruit and veg. Controls portions.

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                  • Menagerie says:

                    Sounds a lot like the South Beach diet which My husband and I went on some years ago. There were three levels, the first most severe, with no fruit and specific vegetables. I went on that level, but my husband went on level 2, because he eats fruit and drinks juices that help him out in the heat.

                    He lost 30 pound in a month and a half, I lost 8 pounds in 6 months. I was pretty disappointed. I do best on Paleo.

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                  • stella says:

                    Zone is older than South Beach. I lost 60 pounds in 11 or so months. Calorically, it was about 1,100 a day, but I was never hungry. For an example, I would have cottage cheese and fruit for breakfast, tuna salad, tomatoes, cucumbers and fruit for lunch. Then, for a snack, I would have a glass of white wine and some goat cheese (an ounce). For dinner, chicken breast or fish, vegetable, small baked potato. Yogurt as an evening snack.

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                  • stella says:

                    Zone was developed originally for heart health (it smooths insulin levels in the blood). I remember my daughter’s MIL telling me that you can’t live on a diet without grains. Well, you can, and she’s the one with diabetes. The diet they give diabetes patients is a joke.

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                  • G-d&Country says:

                    Was that at https://www.zonediet.com ?
                    Did you sign up or just buy a book and follow it?
                    Did you buy the polyphenol supplements? I already take a good fish oil.
                    I was interested because it said anti-inflammation. I am the inflammation and allergy queen. The 2 biggest problems I have with eating is finding enough foods I can rotate, so I do not become sensitized to them, and having to eat carbos. A prior doctor had me try one of those high protein – no carbo diets, and I literally stopped functioning. I was almost not even conscious. I see this diet has veggie carbos, so that’s good.
                    I don’t even know how much fat I have to lose because I am lugging around so much lymphatic fluid, but I am guessing I need to lose probably 30-40 pounds of fat.

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                  • stella says:

                    I bought a couple of the books, and I have read the blog, but not for a long time. Haven’t bought any of their other products.

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                  • G-d&Country says:

                    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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                • auscitizenmom says:

                  Me, too. But, unfortunately, that is how I got fat! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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  4. Lucille says:

    Thrilled Toddler Yells โ€˜Dad!โ€™ After Adoption Decree is Announced
    https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/thrilled-toddler-yells-dad-adoption-decree-announced/

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  5. Lucille says:

    This was posted at CTH yesterday…Beautiful! Apparently this is an annual event as I saw numerous YouTubes for previous years.

    Hyatt Regency Louisville
    Kentucky All State Choir – National Anthem – 2018

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  6. Lburg says:

    Good Morning, Stella. Today’s poem is pure love. I can smell the water and feel the sun and see the ‘house’. Thank you again for sharing these.

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  7. czarowniczy says:

    Wet….drizzly anticipating blobs pf ‘yellow and orange’ on the weather radar. Dog let me sleep until almost 7 -must be a holiday in his world. Got to stand outside with both terriorists in light rain – individually so as not to end up bathing them after the inevitable mud romp – so coffee’s perking and I’m drying.

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  8. lovely says:

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  9. lovely says:

    Stella, did you come across the star shaped sand on Hoshizuna no Hama Beach, during your beach search? It is fascinating and beautiful.

    Thinking about grains of sand as stars in the sky is a common way of trying to visualize the enormity of the universe. But at a few beaches in Japan’s Okinawa prefecture, the sand grains really are stars.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2015/03/05/the_star_shaped_sand_of_okinawa.html

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    • Lburg says:

      Good Morning Lovely! Isn’t this just amazing? The older I get, the more I want to get older. There are so many things worthy of the title “Miracle” and like a kid in a candy store, I want to know about them all.

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      • joshua says:

        My grade school algebra teacher used to state for us all…..”Live and learn. Die and forget it all.” What a joy SHE was…/s

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      • joshua says:

        and with advanced age…I have learned through research about hip replacements, arthritis pain treatment, trigger finger surgery, miracles of eye care, discovery of insurance plan secrets, foods that are not to be eaten anymore, gratitude of fellow citizens who are from another culture and country, the manner in which a drug store, grocery store, or big box retail store can overnight totally re arrange where stuff is so they can accommodate liquor aisles and room for electric “fat carts” to drive about by the American citizens who ignored health class in public schooling, how to easter egg hunt parking places in the WalMart lot, where to find bar codes on heavy boxes of goods, and how to make the heat come on when it refuses to do so as it was designed.

        yes, but all of that, I have learned requires a smile on the face and a degree of patience and understanding that was never part of youth or younger days.

        MAGA

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      • lovely says:

        Good morning Lburg, I’ve never seen anything like it, beautiful.

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    • stella says:

      No, I didn’t! Thanks for sharing it.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Very interesting.

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  10. lovely says:

    I usually don’t post selfies but this is me going for my morning walk ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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    • Lburg says:

      This is a GREAT line….I’m keeping it at the ready! (attributed of course)

      “…..A beautiful campaign โ€“ how they were all just waiting to become brain surgeons as soon as they got their GEDs…..”

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    • lovely says:

      Another piped up. “I was aiming for a contract to write ads for the campaign in Virginia against the Democrat frontrunner for governor, Roger Dean Huffstetler, a carpetbagger from California. And then that was blown away when he suddenly started speaking in a pretend Virginia accent in an ad called “Best I Can.” My client said, ‘Forget it. There’s already a YouTube of him speaking in his real voice and his pretend one.”

      I have writ their commercials for them.

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  11. auscitizenmom says:

    Wretched1 posted this on the CTH political thread yesterday. I feel the same way she does.

    Not sure where this was published; but Iโ€™d say Ms Karen has the big picture:

    Comment from KAREN VAUGHN Mother of Aaron Vaughn, Navy Seal:

    โ€œSometimes God uses the no-nonsense, salty sailor to get the job done. Appreciating what the man is doing doesnโ€™t mean we worship the salty sailor or even desire to be like the salty sailor. It doesnโ€™t even mean God admires the salty sailor. Maybe He just knows heโ€™s necessary for such a time as this.

    I believe with all my heart that God placed that salty sailor in the White House and gave this nation one more chance in November 2016. Donald Trump is what he is. He is still the man he was before the election. And without guilt, I very much admire what that salty sailor is accomplishing.

    Heโ€™s not like me. Thatโ€™s okay with me. I donโ€™t want to be like him. I will never behave like him. I know weโ€™ve NEVER had a man like him lead our nation. Itโ€™s crazy and a little mind blowing at times. But I canโ€™t help admire the ability he has to act with his heart rather than a calculated, PC, think tank-screened, carefully edited script. I still believe that is WHY he became our President and WHY heโ€™s been able to handle a landslide of adversity and STILL pass unprecedented amounts of good legislation for our country AND do great works for MANY other nations, including Israel.

    Iโ€™m THRILLED with what heโ€™s doing for my nation, for the cause of Christ (whether intentional or unintentional, doesnโ€™t matter to me), and for the concept of rebuilding America and putting her FIRST. I will not be ashamed of my position because others donโ€™t see him through the same lens.
    Should it matter to me if a fireman drops an f-bomb while heโ€™s pulling me from a burning building? Would I really care about what came out of his mouth in those moments? Heck no! Iโ€™d CARE about what he was DOING. He wasnโ€™t sent there to save my soul and Iโ€™m not looking to him for spiritual guidance. All Iโ€™m thinking in those moments is, โ€œThank you, Jesus, for sending the fireman.โ€
    Iโ€™ll post this article below again for those who still might not understand me.

    This man is crass. Okay. Heโ€™s not careful with what he says. Okay. You feel offended that heโ€™s not a typical statesman. Okay. But he is rebuilding the nation my son died forโ€ฆthe nation I feared was on a fast track to becoming a hopeless cause. Forgive me if Iโ€™m smiling.โ€

    KAREN VAUGHN

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  12. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids! Teh stoopid is strong on the Spicy’s twit today….. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  13. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! ๐Ÿ˜Ž |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) ๐Ÿฑ ๐Ÿธ (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿธ (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿธ (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! ๐Ÿ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! ๐Ÿ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿธ (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (โ€œStellarsโ€) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1961 Chรขteau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ rheavolans! (aka “Rhea Salacia Volans”) ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ Senatssekretรคr FREISTAAT DANZIG! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿธ (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ davidhuntpe! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Bromptonโ€™s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! ๐Ÿ™‚ |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! ๐Ÿ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. ๐Ÿ˜ณ
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! ๐Ÿ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:

    Breakfast!

    Doughnuts for coffee!

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  14. czarowniczy says:

    Local news is all happy about the latest spending bill that FORGAVE $330-million in ‘loans’ to three traditionally black NOLA universities.
    Two of them are rather good though they had no/inadequate insurance to cover flood/hurricane damages (?). The third, Southern University at New Orleans, has been a perennial basket case, even having been named ‘the worst college in the US’, The State and Feds even hid the SUNO student loan default rate for years, if you tried to find out what it was you got an endless runaround. When SUNO’s graduation rate exploded to 8% from 5% it was taken as almost a validation of the U’s post-Katrina rebirth. I also remember how, in the 90s, the State seriously considered PAYING good students to go to SUNO to get the graduation rate up. Guess that if you could get decent grades on the SAT why would you waste years in s university that was frequently on the cusp of losing its accreditation and actually did lose it at one point?
    Anyway, wanna thank y’all taxpayers for mo’ free Gummint Katrina money.

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    • rheavolans says:

      Why does it not surprise me that SUNO is listed there?

      I had to keep a lot of my opinions to myself while I traveled in N’awlins, because being both a Conservative and a Yankee, it would’n’a done me any favors down there. But we visited SUNO on the trip and other then the woman who gave us the tour of the place, I didn’t see another white person outside our group. I thought, “If the skin colors were reversed here, every liberal in the nation would crying hysterically over how discriminatory and bigoted this place is.” As it was, I’d never heard of the place until we went there.

      “[I]n the 90s, the State seriously considered PAYING good students to go to SUNO to get the graduation rate up.” – Well dang. Other than the fact that the college is nearly losing it’s accreditation and the fact that I would have been in the minority, is that offer still valid? Where do I go to sign up?

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      • joshua says:

        if SUNO had cooking classes, it would not be boiling greens or making skillets of cornbread…it would be about Microwave usage and 7-11 food buying on a budget when you can’t just steal stuff every time you are hongry….

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      • czarowniczy says:

        It has, on and off, lost its accreditation.
        Back in the 80s/90s our Fed agency used to recruit ‘management’ from SUNO – and they wondered why we had problems – and mysteriously we lost a multi-billion dollar program , they screwed up my retirement (a job we did for much of the government) and it cost them over $25K to make me whole, one of our senior managers was arrested by the FBI for kiddie porn on his work computer after he’d been warned multiple times by management to stop downloading it on work time, and multiple other issues. At one time the agency even considered relocating to and building a new home at the ‘SUNO Hi-Tech Park’ – an empty lot across the street.
        Louisiana has a state university system primarily designed for black students and a seperate higher education board to manage it. Sounds racist but the black community fully supports it and wants to keep the two boards separate. At one time there was a move to combine the SUNO facility with the mostly white University of New Orleans just down the street. That would have saved $$$ by combining duplicate programs, facilities and give SUNO students access to a wider and, in some cases better, range of instructors. It would have raised both admission and performance standards for students and the board rejected the idea. When the legislature tried to save money by combining the regular and black boards into one the black educational community soundly rejected it. So there we are.

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        • rheavolans says:

          It doesn’t just sound racist it is racist. I hate to make the allegation because that word means practically nothing these days, but I’m again imagining the full on hysteria that would ensue if there was a whites-only education board. For some reason I’m supposed to feel bad over whites-only drinking fountains, but down in New Orleans there’s “separate but equal” education boards…promoted by blacks.

          Guess that “equality” thing was a great big lie, huh? And based on what you’re saying, I’m also picking up the soft bigotry of low expectations down for certain minorities down there too.

          Look at all this stuff about N’awlins they didn’t tell me when I was getting the “Poor city devastated by Katrina” line before my trip down there with my college. And especially that stuff about SUNO. My community college is apparently in better shape.

          Altogether now: “Help, I’m stepping into the Twilight Zone…”

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          • czarowniczy says:

            The education boards are at the state level, the board at the local level’s a whole nuther animal.
            If you had separate black/white drinking fountains that would be racist. If you had ‘white only’ fountains that would be racist. If you had black only fountains that would be a progressive social program designed to provide guaranteed access to a public service to a group historically deprived of such. Pointing this out is racist too.

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  15. lovely says:

    Nunes is on Martina Bartiromo and he is being very blunt. More importantly he is calm. This is not the same breathless Nunes who hightailed it over to the White House. He is explaining the 3 branches of government. He stated that the legislative branch will be making criminal referrals and expects the DOJ andFBI to prosecute people in the Steele circle. If the FBI and DOJ does not act lawfully it will be the American people who will have to seek remedy.

    Wow!

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  16. michellc says:

    I’ve been kind of feeling sorry for all of our pregnant does who are huge and waddle instead of walk. This morning I kind of envied them with all their extra fat and thick fur. )

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    • lovely says:

      Good morning Michelle, a friend had her baby in December, she was waddling like a duck for the last couple months of her pregnancy, overtime I saw her I was happy it wasn’t me.

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      • michellc says:

        My daughter has been assisting with sitting with animals while giving birth and pulling animals most of her life.
        She would always laugh at me for telling the animals I knew it hurt and that I felt for them.
        After her now experiencing pregnancy and giving birth she has a little more sympathy for them. lol

        Although I will say it’s too bad labor and delivery isn’t as quick with us humans as it is with animals. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • lovely says:

          I was sick 9 months out of 9 had 2 emergency C sections (the first one after 36 hours of labor and my daughters hear rate dropping to 72) I am happy to observe pregnancy second hand although I did enjoy the wonder of life growing inside of me. Oh, dod I mention my second daughter separated my stomach muscles.

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          • czarina33 says:

            Read the NPR Morning Edition August 7, 2017 “Mummy Tummy” article. Could be you can do this exercise & fix it if it’s diastasis recti muscle separation. Also fixes back pain caused by the weakness.

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          • michellc says:

            I had 3 natural births, but had one who laid on my bladder for 9 months and had 9 months of morning, noon and night sickness. Another one I think I had my ribs permanently damaged as he kept something in ribs for 9 months. The last one it was my spine.

            Outside of those issues I liked being pregnant and really liked having little babies to care for.

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        • joshua says:

          how is it that cows always seem to have trouble with birthing only in the far pasture and at 3 AM when it is damn cold outside and black as pitch and where the 4 wheel drive can hardly navigate the rocks and ground holes? and how come the afterbirth won’t come loose until you are exhausted from pulling? the mysteries of animal husbandry….

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            Not questions I have ever asked. :\

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          • michellc says:

            Because animals are always going to wait until the worst possible day to have babies.
            Bitter cold or in the middle of thunderstorms are their favorite time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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            • joshua says:

              mooooooooovin on up to da Eastside……..

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            • joshua says:

              my first wife waited until Monday morning at 4 am to go into labor so that I could haul butt down the major freeway to the hospital in Monday Morning Traffic….she did fine, but I think my water broke while driving, or something…..

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          • czarowniczy says:

            That’s the way it is with sheep, they’ll find the farthest fence post in the corral and wait until a blizzard to deliver in the dark. If you sneak up on ’em you’ll see ’em doing kegels and looking up long term weather forecasts.

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  17. lovely says:

    Backyard snow challenge. My table.

    And my tree.

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  18. stella says:

    Seen on Facebook:

    Here’s another quotation from the magazine [Claremont Review], in this case from William Voegeli that again encapsulates a lot of what led me to reorient myself politically:

    To prevent government from becoming either dangerously weak or strong, to ascertain and implement the least bad accommodation of universal principles with the security and happiness of a particular citizenry, is never easy and rarely gratifying work, a duty no one would assume without being convinced of its absolute necessity.

    The same cannot be said of liberalism. Its main thing is to make the world a better place, which it pursues in the optimistic belief that progress accords with human nature and historical destiny, meaning that all progress up to this point is irreversible, rather than something tenuous we need to worry about conserving. In its hopefulness, liberalism is highly appealing. In its apprehensions, conservatism is far more plausible.

    Edward Kennedy spoke at the memorial for his brother Robert by quoting him: โ€œSome men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.โ€ Itโ€™s bad form, even 46 years after the fact, to heckle a eulogy. But seeing things as they are, and trying to make sense of why they are that way and not some other, really is very important. Itโ€™s a disposition that ought not to be denigrated, especially by those who dream things that never were.

    If the dreamers would spend more time sitting at the conservativesโ€™ table they might comprehend, if they cared to, why things that never were, never were. And if it turns out that certain things never were for good reasons, trying to turn those dreams into realities might end up being, not noble and idealistic, but mad and ruinous.

    The Kennedy speechwriters (JFK had used the line, too) may not have informed their employers that they were paraphrasing George Bernard Shaw: โ€œYou see things; and you say โ€˜Why?โ€™ But I dream things that never were; and I say โ€˜Why not?โ€™โ€ The line appears in Shawโ€™s play Back to Methuselah. The speaker, addressing Eve in the Garden of Eden, is the serpent. โ€œEverything is possible,โ€ he goes on to assure her. โ€œEverything.โ€

    The idea that everything is possible, we just need to want it enough, is I think basic to the left, from progressive to hard left. I would think that an adequate refutation would be to point to pretty much the entire corpus of human history.

    But this does not stop the left because yes, it didn’t work out all those other times, and sometimes it didn’t work out in horrifying ways, but this time we’ve got it. Besides, we’re righteous people and smarter than everyone else and we know how to do it.

    Then the bodies pile up.

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    • lovely says:

      โ€œEverything is possible,โ€ he goes on to assure her. โ€œEverything.โ€

      I had this conversation recently with a liberal.

      I asked if it was possible to reduce traffic deaths and tragedies by a huge number, if it was possible to reduce them to almost zero, but, there would be some inconveniences incurred would he be willing to bear those inconveniences, why, yes of course was the haughty self righteous reply. I said then we should make car bodies out of steel and reduce the speed limit to 10 miles an hour on every street and his dream would come true.

      He said I was being ridiculous, I said people were dying because of his refusal to be inconvenienced. He got mad.

      Whatchagonnado?

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  19. G-d&Country says:

    Afternoon everyone! Here is a beautiful but bittersweet love story detailed in links below.

    Love Is… the name of a comic strip created by New Zealand cartoonist Kim Casali (nรฉe Grove) in the 1960s. The cartoons originated from a series of love notes that Grove drew for her future husband, Roberto Casali. She would hide these little drawings where he would least expect, tucked in a pocket or popped under his pillow, and send them to him whenever they were apart.

    They were published in booklets in the late 1960s before appearing in strip form in a newspaper in 1970. They were syndicated soon after and the strip is now syndicated worldwide. Roberto Casali was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1975 and Kim stopped working on the cartoon to spend more time with him.

    Casali commissioned cartoonist Bill Asprey to take over the writing and drawing of the daily cartoons for her under her pen name. Asprey has produced the cartoon continuously since 1975. Upon her death in 1997, Casali’s son Stefano took over Minikim, the company which handles the intellectual rights.

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  20. G-d&Country says:

    Is Real Purpose of Mueller Investigation for Mueller to Destroy Evidence of Hillary-Obama Criminal Activity? by Jim Hoft
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/10/real-purpose-mueller-investigation-mueller-destroy-evidence-hillary-obama-criminal-activity/
    “Is the Special Investigation created by former Obama and Hillary lackeys from the FBI and Department of Justice, not only an effort to find dirt on President Trump and his administration but also to destroy records that would lead to Obama or Hillary crimes? ….
    It is very clear that Mueller is a very dishonest, bad and morally corrupt cop and he should not only recuse himself from the Russia investigation, he should be under investigation himself for all of the above items. Now we also have to fear that he is in the process of destroying documents that would easily lead to his arrest while pretending to be a special investigator.”

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  21. lovely says:

    I went for a walk along the river and interrupted this fellows breakfast.

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    • rheavolans says:

      Boy he’s glaring at you in the last picture! XD

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    • czarowniczy says:

      We have a couple of resident redtails. If they’re home and you’re walking down the 100-feet+ of driveway with tree cover on both sides they’ll squawk at you to let you know they’re unhappy. Every now and the you can catch them dining al fresco by the roadside, they may give you the stink-eye but they won’t generally leave the table.

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      • michellc says:

        Our pyrenees will kill them and all hawks that get too close. I’ve tried telling him it’s illegal to kill them, but he just smirks at me. ๐Ÿ™‚

        I remember the first time I saw him leap into the air after one that was swooping down after a chicken, it was pretty darn amazing to watch him catch it.

        We find lots of dead things he kills. I just know someday he’s going to kill something with a tracking device on it and I’m going to have the government show up.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          18-wheelers get most of them around here. They haunt the interstate where the big rigs will disturb rodents along the large grassy sides and median strip. Ones that swoop in too close to the passing trucks get sucked in and plastered…ones that survive get the good meals.

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          • michellc says:

            We had a bald eagle circling the pasture one day and as I watched the dog watch it and bark at it, all I could think of the darn thing was going to swoop down and he was going to kill it. I’d have to explain all the bald eagle feathers. My husband told me it was okay we were Indian and could be in possession. I told him I think we could have one not the entire bird. lol

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            • czarowniczy says:

              That’s why I have a backhoe…covers all sorts of mistakes.

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              • michellc says:

                As long as they don’t have a tracking device. I saw something on tv the other day that they’re now putting these little microchips in them.

                I think I’ll start training him to take his kills to the woods. lol

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  Bury ’em deeeeeep. Those microchips are usually not transmitters, they have to be accessed by a ‘reader’ and you can remove them when you clean the carrier before cooking….back in a minute, there’s a knock on my door.

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                  • michellc says:

                    These they were talking about were something new they’d come up with due to the old transmitters coming off. So they’re not like the ones they put in for dogs to scan.

                    It kind of creeped me out actually, ’cause you know they just claim they’re developing all this stuff for wild animals, but eventually they’re going to want to track us. lol

                    I have a friend who thinks when they give you flu shots and pneumonia shots that they’re already inserting microchips into you to use at a later date. I think I’ll tell her about these new ones. lol

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                  • stella says:

                    Have you seen the chips they put in dogs? They are small, but not that small; it takes a pretty big needle to inject.

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                  • michellc says:

                    She’s much worse than me when it comes to what they might do to you. lol

                    She asked me once if I get the flu shot and I jokingly told her no that the government is probably using us for guinea pigs. That started her on thinking they were putting chips in us. I told her I was kidding, I honestly don’t get the flu shot because the sickest my husband ever was, was after getting a flu shot, not because I truly believe the government is experimenting on us.

                    She’s not really eccentric about anything but the government. ๐Ÿ™‚

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    If you can’t find ’em cleaning the critters the oven/grill heat usually knocks ’em out. Jes be careful and don’t swaller ’em.

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      • lovely says:

        Is that what he is ? A red tailed hawk? Or falcon? He had one of those little feather bobs that came forward from his forehead. I’ll check back this evening as I’m out for the day. Thank!

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  22. Lucille says:

    Edible Flowers

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  23. Lucille says:

    President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump dinner at the Trump International Hotel.
    Feb 10, 2018

    Treats to Eat at Trump’s New DC Hotel
    Published on Nov 23, 2016

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  24. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12โ€™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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