General Discussion, Thursday, March 8, 2018

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    • Sharon says:

      I brought in a vaseful of daffodils a couple of days ago, tucked with a couple of camillias. So bright and beautiful. I knew there was more chill, wet, windy weather (today’s serving) coming and wanted to enjoy them at a little closer range.

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  1. The Tundra PA says:

    One of Allen Moore’s dogs sleeping in the sun. Aliy’s husband Allen is running their “B Team”, the young dogs, usually 2 year olds. For most, this is their first Iditarod. His goal is only to teach them the trail and its routines, and to see that they have a good time. He is not trying to win, or make the top 10. Aliy is doing that with the A Team. Allen ran the A Team on the Yukon Quest, the other 1,000 mile sled dog race, and he won last month. Good dogs!

    Go Aliy!

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Go Aliy!!!!!!

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    • lovely says:

      For those watching or reading about the Iditarod. A neat bird’s eye view.

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      • czarina33 says:

        Looks like they are running on a frozen river.

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      • Menagerie says:

        Thanks lovely, neat view.

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      • Sharon says:

        Oh, goodness. That’s big, beautiful country.

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        • The Tundra PA says:

          It is a huge, pretty much endless wilderness. Seeing it by sled dog team is the absolute best way. There is nothing in the world like it. And more fun than most people can imagine.

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      • The Tundra PA says:

        Thanks so much for posting this clip, lovely! ADN is such a liberal rag (they hate President Trump and Sarah Palin) that I forget to look at their Iditarod coverage, which is decent. And their vids are public access, which the Iditarod Insider’s are not. I tried to post one of Aliy here, just to see, but didn’t work. I wish the clip identified which team it is.

        Interesting that the musher is ony running 1 dog in swing position, right behind the leaders. The leaders and the swing dogs are the “front end” of the team; essentially the steering wheel. Usually there are 4 dogs in the front end, with all 4 being capable of leading and all 4 well trained to “Gee” and “Haw” (right and left). Some people are amazed to learn that there is no reins to control the team, only voice commands yelled from the back. If the musher yells GEE and the dogs don’t go to the right, the only control the musher has is to stand on the brake to stop them, then give the command again. If the leaders don’t like the looks of where you are asking them to go (like into open water, or to leave an established trail to go cross country with no trail), it can take some doing to make them do it. Dogs who are running the Iditarod or the Quest are the Olympians of sled dogs. Very highly trained to command, and very well conditioned, with many, many, many trail miles under their paws.

        Aliy is currently in 10th position. But 4 of the 9 teams in front of her have not done their 24, and she has. So positions will change in the next 12 hours once all teams are back on the same timeframe. The Norweigen guy, Joar Ulsom, still holds the lead after his daunting move to go all the way to the midpoint before taking his 24. The clips of him coming in to the Iditarod checkpoint showed his team pretty lively still, and he looked tired but not wasted. He can leave about 9 pm tonight, so we will see then what position he is actually in. There are a lot of miles of bad trail ahead.

        There was a short clip of Aliy and the team leaving Takotna after the 24, and all looked very rested and ready to move. She passed Ophir before 6 am and is now on the long haul to Iditarod, about a 10 hour run through deep snow. Three other teams are running right with her, including one of my two young friends from Bethel, Pete Kaiser. Pete is an accomplished young musher who won this year’s and last year’s Kuskokwim 300. He has a fire in the belly to make his mark in Iditarod, and the skill to do it. This is his 9th Iditarod, and in 4 of the previous 8 he had a top 10 finish, and 3 of those were top 5. He is definitely a contender.

        Go Aliy! Go Aliy! GO ALIY!!

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        • The Tundra PA says:

          http://iditarod.com/video/run-dog-run-another-episode/

          This took my breath away… There are not words to describe how much I love these dogs.

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        • lovely says:

          Some people are amazed to learn that there is no reins to control the team, only voice commands yelled from the back.

          Count me among those amazed to learn that, wow! That is remarkable, the Olympians of dogs indeed!

          how exciting that you know so many of the races and have an emotional investment in them, so much fun.

          Thanks for sharing all your knowledge, I’ve been chatting about the Iditarod with a friend and I’ll bet he does’t know there are no reigns and will be really surprised to find out also. I have him rooting for Aliy!

          Go Aliy!!!!

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      • Col.(R) Ken says:

        Now Czar, and I plus a few others here would enjoy bagging out on the straw ………..

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Awww. πŸ™‚

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  2. czarowniczy says:

    Pushing the boundaries of progressive social policy – how about places where druggies can shoot or fire up in safety and comfort using state-supplied drugs? Go Canada!

    https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/montreal-plans-to-open-wet-shelter-where-homeless-can-drink-in-controlled-space-1.3833057

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  3. 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’ rheavolans! (aka “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:

    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Lemon Scones with Vanilla Lemon Glaze

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  5. joshua says:

    looking at the picture in the banner, it occurs to me that America seriously needs a lot more clock towers……

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  6. lovely says:

    Good morning folks, have a beautiful day, I know it isn’t Christmas but I’ve been listening to this one any how. Phenomenal.

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  7. The Royal Mile of Edinburgh! The castle is at the top and Holyrood Palace is at the lower end. There is a plaque in the cobblestones that mark where the public gallows once stood. Lots of little alley and pathways leading off to interesting places. There is also the Underground where the poorest lived. They even found walled up rooms full of Black Death victims. Very spooky places at night!
    TY, Stella for the memories this week.

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  8. WeeWeed says:

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  9. czarina33 says:

    Just turned on the Weather Channel to find that ANOTHER nor’easter is aiming for New England. Any lurkers from up there? How are you doing after the last two?

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    • G-d&Country says:

      Hi – Thanks for asking! Just got internet back! Many – at one point 300,000 – are without power. We only lost power for 3 hours. We sacrificed and put in a whole house generator and large propane tank. We lose internet, phone, TV, but not power. Have not checked out weather forecast yet. It will change by tonight anyway. Hope things are well with you πŸ™‚

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      • czarina33 says:

        An excellent Mississippi winter day. Sun with a few mares’ tail clouds, 60’s. Got good things done outside. More of the same tomorrow, then rain again all weekend. Good thing about retirement is that you get weekends on weekdays.

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        • G-d&Country says:

          πŸ™‚ Sun with a few mares’ tail clouds, 60’s.Sounds nice! Let’s take the best of both places, and leave the bad out – hahahaha!
          BTW – DH informed me upom coming inside after snowiblowing & shoveling for hours, it was 16″, not 12″ inches of heavy, wet snow.Gotta get it right when you’re the one doing the work! πŸ˜‰

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  10. Lucille says:

    This is What Happens To Your Body When you Walk 5, 30 and 60 Minutes

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    • joshua says:

      so….you go from red into green? hmmmmm….

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    • John Denney says:

      Friend of mine weighed about 270 and his cholesterol levels were about the same. He joined a walking club and melted off the pounds by eliminating fried foods and walking 6 miles a day.
      He’s about 170 now, less than when he got out of the Marine Corp in his 20s about 40 years ago, and his cholesterol levels are way down, too.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Years ago, I read a story about a woman who weighed over 300 lbs. She started walking, which she could barely do, and passed by a school yard on the way. The kids harassed her something awful, calling her names and making fun of her. But, she kept it up. Eventually as it was obvious she was losing a lot of weight they started to cheer her on. She just kept walking and lost all she wanted to. Neat story.

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  11. G-d&Country says:

    Hi all πŸ™‚ Just got internet back! About a foot of wet, heavy snow wiped out many people.

    Today’s painting by Joseph Farquharson is “On the Dee”. I think it may be from his property. I do not know. He loved it there. It seems it must have been a large painting, because the horse and rider is so small. I really like how the sky is done, and the solitude of horse & rider shown.

    Have great day everyone! πŸ™‚

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  12. czarowniczy says:

    One of the lead stories on tonite’s local news – two black teenager, aged 14 an 15, were spotted in a stolen car were spotted at about 0-dark-30 by sheriff’s deputies. They refused to stop and deputies entered into pursuit. Teens entered the access road to the ferry terminal I took daily for some twenty years, lost control of their vehicle and crashed into the landing’s barriers. 14 year old driver jumped out, ran down the ferry dock and jumped into the Mississippi.
    The river’s now at just about flood height, Corps is opening some of the bays of the Bonnie Carrie Spillway, diverting some of the flood water from the river to Lake Pontchartrain and taking the strain off of the city’s levees. The amount of water flowing thru the city is still immense, huge ocean going ships have to caaaaaarefully tack thru the city transiting up and down stream,. Earlier this week huge barge got caught in the current, got swept away and took out 20 feet of dock at Governor Nicholls street. Anyway, they’re looking for the 14 year old’s body – Corps keeps maps of where floaters might be found (a Corps corpse chart) so they’ll be looking a goodly way downstream. Waiting for city asctivists to complain that the officer didn’t jump in and try to save the kid. Corps would have been looking for two corpses, we’ve seen folks drown due to currents in the river in far cal;mer water runs.

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  13. auscitizenmom says:

    OMG I just took my little doggie for a walk and I had put on a warm vest since it is cooler today. I came back pretty quickly because I got cold. It turns out it was 57*, freezing as my Floridian friends would say, or warm as you people who live in snow country would say.

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  14. 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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  15. stella says:

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    • Goodness, who broke into my apartment and took a pic of my speaker?

      Never mind. Mine’s bigger. And waterproof up to 1m.

      And yes, it has microphones. And yes, it listens constantly, if you have it connected to The Goolag, and if it’s on. So does your phone. And your laptop. And whatever other strange devices you let into your home. At this point I’m like “What, me worry?”

      Never heard a better speaker for its size.

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  16. stella says:

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  18. auscitizenmom says:

    Wonder if the goats planned it that way. πŸ™„

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