General Discussion, Sunday, April 8, 2018

Prairie smoke blossoms

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  1. Lucille says:

    A nostalgic look at 1940s British Home Life…

    “The 1940s House: The Kitchen”
    Imperial War Museums

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    • My DH’s house that he grew up in was a lot like this. In the kitchen, under a seat against the wall, was a tin bathtub. He said it was filled once, and then everyone took a turn in the bath.
      In our wee house in Scotland, we had a walk-in pantry. it had a small window with a marble shelf and an air grate for the cold wind to come in. that was where you kept butter and milk. The cold air coming in kept it all from spoiling. I loved that old house!

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Wow, that was interesting.

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    • joshua says:

      folks in Louisiana think the rub board is a musical instrument instead of a laundry implement…..

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Reminds me of the irony of our support to England just after Dunkirk.
      The 300,0000ish troops were saved but had to leave their weapons on the shore as they evacuated. There were not enough weapons in England to arm the military and the Home Guard, and the firearms act of 1937 had further eroded civilian gun ownership in England so the civilian population didn’t have weapons to appropriate.
      Now in the US, where due to the Brits attempts at disarming the citizens pre-Revolution caused the 2nd Amendment, the citizens had private arms. The US ‘American Committee for the Defense of British Homes’ and the NRA put out a call for Americans to donate private firearms – shotguns, rifles and pistols – to the Brits to arm the Home Guard as an imminent German invasion was feared.
      The US responded and the Brits got US-civilian donated weapons to arm the Guard while the home industry and the US rearmed the military. US donors did not get the weapons back.

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  2. 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!

    Doughnuts for coffee!

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  3. lovely says:

    Have a beautiful day folks!

    In step with Stella’s flower theme.

    The Japanese Garden Festival.

    Just imagine standing there and breathing in that beauty.

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    • Lucille says:

      Mt. Fuji…beautiful!

      I still have a small compass on a watch chain given to me by my paternal grandmother in the late 40s that has a carving of Mt. Fuji on the back. It was probably from the 30s and that gift comes to mind every time I see a photo of the mountain.

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  5. stella says:

    This man is a curator at the British Museum. This is long, and you may think I’m crazy, but I think he is fascinating.

    Here’s a previous video that explains how he came to interpret the cuneiform tablet:

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  6. michellc says:

    Anytime I say our department of education and individual school districts need forensic audits, the pro-school folks say, “schools are audited every year by the department of education.” πŸ™‚
    Kind of like the fox guarding the chicken coop, especially when the state school superintendent is using government property to encourage teachers to keep going. For those matters, so are the principals and superintendents and have been doing it politically. It’s illegal but nobody seems to be willing to take on the education lobby and enforce the law.
    https://reclaimoklahomaparentempowerment.blogspot.com/2018/02/superintendents-using-public-email.html

    Well this shows why we need audits.

    http://oklahomawatch.org/2017/12/10/where-were-the-watchdogs-in-the-health-department-crisis/

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    • michellc says:

      BTW, it’s also a lie. The last audit report according to our state website was 2015.

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    • michellc says:

      I discovered this charter school in OKC. When you register in English or Spanish kind of likely you have illegals. When you have a link to a resource Guide supporting illegal students, more of a hint you probably have illegal students.

      They announced they just opened their new state of the art 80,000 SF High School.

      http://www.santafesouth.org/

      http://www.santafesouth.org/uploads/supporting-undocumented-youth.pdf

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Remind ’em that each year the NOLA school folks were audited. It wasn’t until an unconnected audit disclosed hanky-panky (whoda thought?) that long-time members of the board were relocated to Federal prisons – Fed funds are involved in just about all public schools.

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      • michellc says:

        Yep, Oklahoma is skating on losing their federal funds, time is ticking on completing tests. They’re begging for an extension, I’m praying it’s denied. Teachers at the capitol though don’t care, they keep saying it doesn’t matter if they lose the funds the state still has provide them.
        For starters that is not true and is not in the law. Even if it was true where the heck do they think the money is going to come from? They are now getting 53% of our state budget after our pansy legislature hid under their desks because of stupid teachers yelling, “What do we want? More Money!”

        My daughter commented to a husband of one a little while ago and made me spit my drink all over my computer screen. He keeps trolling one of the many groups now started on FB against the strike. He posted a picture of his wife supposedly taken earlier in the year when a family member was in the hospital, grading a small stack of papers, with the comment, “oh no I guess my wife does have to work outside of school, here’s an hour she’s not getting paid for.” He had already said his wife was a 2nd grade teacher with 20 kids in her class. My daughter commented, “if your wife can’t grade 2nd grade papers in 5 minutes, she’s an imbecile. An hour to grade 20 papers that look to be addition that isn’t common core math, maybe that’s why she’s so confused.”

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        • czarowniczy says:

          I’m driven back to the 70s when, in the military, we had to take junior servicemen’s wives down to apply for food stamps and welfare. We had classes on how families could use the bulk soy-based meat extender to spread out the hamburger that was about the only red meat they could afford. We also diddled the mess requisitions so that we had extra food in the mess to help unit families out. This was while our guys were getting deployed to places they couldn’t talk about undder operations that didn’t exist.
          We had to wait for RR to get us raises that actually paid us salaries we could live with. Sergeants bought supplies for training, officers and senior NCOs chipped in to buy ammunition to shoot/qualify with. We didn’t stop working and march on DC, we did what we were paid for and were expected to do, and if we weren’t happy we didn’t reenlist, we got out and found another job.

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          • michellc says:

            My BIL is retired LE. He’s as mad as a wet hen like many of us. He keeps confronting them everywhere he sees them giving them an education on how bad they could have it. Along with how not one time in the thirty years he was an officer did he ever walk off the job, not when he went 10 years without a raise, not when he drove cars that were pieced together. He knew when he got into it the pay sucked, the hours were long and he was going to be shot at. He keeps telling them they all should be fired and sued for breech of contract.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Yup, and if you DIDN’T knoiw what you were signing up for – shame on you, you’re supposed to be smart enough to find out before you leap. I knew the pay sucked but that wasn’t what I signed up for.

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      • michellc says:

        Speaking of money crimes. While doing my research I came across a name from the past. He was a HS basketball coach at one time until he was caught embezzling money. He was so low he was stealing concession stand money and had been doing it for 10 years before he was caught. That wasn’t all he was embezzling either, he was taking money meant for new uniforms and instead of ordering them like he was supposed to do, he was having a friend make them for a 1/4 of the cost. I can’t remember now all the other money sources he had stolen. Instead of filing charges against as they should have done the school told him he could resign and pay back $5000 of the tens of thousands of dollars he had stolen over the years. He went on to being a principal and then a superintendent of an Indian school and again was caught embezzling money. They did prosecute, but he ended up getting a suspended sentence and had to pay back the money. I found his name at a little country school listed as Superintendent.
        So yeah, don’t tell me they aren’t crooks and only hire respectable people.

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  7. G-d&Country says:

    Hi Everyone πŸ™‚ Waves Hi!

    Our last painting in the sunrise/Easter series is Sunrise Atlantic City by William Trost Richards.
    This is such a calm painting, I actually took the time to redo one large and one small streak of discoloration running vertically through the scene.

    And to end the series, this is perhaps my favorite vintage Easter card

    If anyone knows how to, using MS Paint, “clean” overall dirt off an entire oil painting’s image other than enlarging to 700% and going over each brushstroke, I would greatly appreciate it. There are many beautiful paintings I do not post because they were scanned before any cleaning was done.

    My apologies for not responding to the beautiful, informative, and entertaining posts. There are so many, and I greatly appreciate them, but Spring is a difficult time of year for me. The florals have just been lovely!
    Have a great day everyone ! πŸ™‚

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  8. stella says:

    Well, I guess strict gun control laws didn’t do the trick in London. Now the mayor says that nobody may carry a knife, either.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Let’s see. Should we start a lottery on whether skillets or pressure cookers are next? πŸ™„

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Yeah, and the Londoners have been attacked by thugs using razor blades sewn into hatbills and thugs wielding broken glass. Then again that’s what you get for allowing the dross you ruled for so long to flood in – never mind get elected to office.

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  9. stella says:

    Apparently there has been a chemical weapons attack in Syria, leaving dozens dead. President Trump has issued tweets condemning Assad and Putin.

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    • stella says:

      Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said Sunday that a poison gas attack on the rebel-held town of Douma near the capital of Damascus killed at least 40 people. The alleged attack has been denied by the Syrian and Russian governments. Russia is Syria’s closest ally and has a major military presence in the country.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Russia has had a major military presence in Syria for decades and I’d call Ruusia less of an ally than I would owner of Assad.
        These attacks were Russian orchestrated, if not carried out, and follow the same routine they (Putin) used to pacify Chechnya. I do believe I said, next door, years ago that despite Obama’s assurance the chem weapons in Syria were gone that the Russians were removing those chem weapons that could be traced back to their front steps, others (especially in the form of precursor chemicals) were around.
        What would be elightening wouyld be access to theintercepted air traffic between the pilots dropping the weapons and Syrian ground control. Just as the intercepts revealed the Russians and the North Vietnamese were using chemical weapons agaqinst the Hmong the Syrian intercepts would go a long way to proving Russian inolvement in the attracks, especially if sheepdipped Russian pilots are involved.

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    • Lucille says:

      Alternate opinion…

      The Truth About the Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

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  10. stella says:

    There are some really beautiful artifacts presented in this video – the religious ones are absolutely astonishing.

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  11. Lucille says:

    The Story of Castle Rushen: One of Europe’s best-preserved Medieval Castle

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  12. 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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  13. Lucille says:

    Rainy Nights On Market Street, San Francisco….

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  14. Lucille says:

    Market Street, 1930s

    1957

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  15. michellc says:

    Something new I learned today. I honestly thought we defeated common core and kicked it out of all public schools.

    http://thefederalist.com/2018/01/03/common-core-taught-bureaucrats-will-always-win-unless-slash-big-government/

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