General Discussion, Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kirkpatrick MacMillan (1812-1878), a blacksmith from Dumfriesshire, Scotland, invented the first bicycle with foot pedals in the 1830 to 1840’s, but he never patented it and his idea did not catch on locally.
A French father-and-son team of carriage-makers, Pierre and Ernest Michaux, invented an improved bicycle in the 1860’s. Many early bicycles (called velocipedes, meaning “fast foot,” or, more descriptively, “bone shakers”) had huge front wheels – it was thought that the bigger the wheel, the faster you could go. Early tires were wooden – metal tires were an improvement, and solid rubber tires were added later. A chain with sprockets was added to the bicycle in the 1880’s; this was called the “safety bicycle.” Air-filled tires were also added in the 1880’s.

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78 Responses to General Discussion, Tuesday, April 24, 2018

  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    “Soft” persecution of Christians–it will get worse.

    Christian Publisher Says Google Banned It Over β€˜Faith We Express’

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  2. Lucille says:

    Cyclist Mark Beaumont breaks around the world record
    18 September 2017

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  3. michellc says:

    I watched a public forum tonight of our Republican Governor candidates. Abortion was one of the topics, one of the candidates said he was pro-life but we had to follow the law. He used Romans 13:1 as to why Christians were to obey the law of the land or face damnation.

    I’ve never quite understood why Christians use that as an excuse we should sanction murder of babies.
    My personal opinion is that it’s a cop out.

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    • auscitizenmom says:


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    • stella says:

      Reminds me of the politicians who say that they are personally pro life, but that we have to respect the mother’s choice.

      Liked by 5 people

    • Lucille says:

      It’s a political decision to try not to offend either side which ends up offending both. Pro-life politicians need to be in touch with pro-life groups which work compassionately with mothers, both those who have chosen life for their babies and those who don’t. And if the politician is a Christian, he needs to support groups such as 40 Days For Life unashamedly. If he loses office because of his stand, then so be it.

      Yes, we should obey the laws of our nation. But the “right” to abortion also needs to be understood and outed as a leftist action to destroy the family AND that there is nothing in the Constitution which gives people the right to take human life, born and unborn. The Roe v. Wade decision was phony, based on a phony case.

      Wishy-washy doesn’t cut it.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Sounds like he had his mind made up and dug around for some lame excuse to justify his decision.

      Liked by 5 people

    • rheavolans says:

      Face damnation, huh? That’s a new one. And the dumbest cop-out I’ve ever heard.

      “making children walk through the fire” is how the Bible describes the Israelites burning their children alive to sacrifice them to idols. And Israel was punished for it severely. Does this dumbkopf think God is going to be more forgiving because here in America we merely dismember children on the altar of “choice ” and “convenience ” rather than burn them alive in bronze statues?

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    • Sharon says:

      “…obey the law of the land or face damnation….”

      If that’s really what he believes, he is no Biblical Christian.

      Liked by 3 people

      • michellc says:

        Sharon, I thought of you when he said that last night. Too bad you weren’t up there to set him straight.

        Oh well, he blew it with me, I was wavering between him and the man who wants to abolish abortion in our state. I don’t much appreciate anyone picking two verses out of the Bible to tell me Christians have to obey allowing babies to be murdered.
        IMHO, he has not studied the Bible nor has he studied the history of our country.

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  4. 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)
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    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)
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    Mornin’ Gary! πŸ™‚ |_| (Yuengling)
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    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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  5. lovely says:

    Have a good morning folks πŸ™‚ !

    A little Paola with my morning tea as I run around.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. joshua says:

    bicycles have come so very far since invented.
    no so much the politicians.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

    Liked by 5 people

  8. stella says:

    Scott Adams: Candace Owens + kanyeWest = goldenAge

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    • lovely says:

      I almost posted this, I am a fan of this point of view. Moreover President Trump is a practitioner of this mentality.

      Liked by 1 person

    • lovely says:

      Never forget about 3 days after Kayne made pro-Trump statements he was thrown in the nutter bin in 2016.

      The world is mad.

      Off to Milwaukee for a bit.

      Liked by 1 person

    • lovely says:

      PS Kanye has a genius IQ


      • He does. Post 140 IQ, easy.

        He’s just, understandably, conflicted. Leaving the nice plantation is not easy.

        Well, it’s easier when you have Kanye’s bank account.

        Seems he’s gettin’ over that. I didn’t like him, or his sort of music since Grandmaster Flash or at least De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, Ice-T or Public Enemy, or Rakim, but I’m coming around, and want to shake his hand. I hope he emulates Trump in the realm of Rhetoric.

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        • lovely says:

          ” I hope he emulates Trump in the realm of Rhetoric.”

          He can if he so chooses and he can see beyond his conditioning which seems to be happening to a lot of black Americans.

          I don’t know a single song by him, just not my type of music.

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  9. stella says:

    Clarice Feldman (on Facebook)
    1 hr Β·

    Petula Dvorak is a left wing columnist for the WaPo. Today she charged, “sleepy eyes” is a known Nazi anti-semitic slur and Trump’s calling F. Chuck that was of a piece with his anti-Semitism.

    I’ve written this to the editors: My father was an immigrant from a Polish village . All of his family who remained there were wiped out in the Holocaust. I was an attorney for the Department of Justice’s OSI which investigated those who cooperated with the Nazis and litigated to get them denaturalized and deported. I have read lots of reports of the events, worked with translators and historians, interviewed many witnesses to the events.. Not once have I come across “sleepy eyes” as a an anti-Semitic slur. while your readers may like to have confirmation of their bias against the president–that he is, among other things, anti-Semitic–the facts do not sustain this. Indeed, a much better case can be made against his predecessor who did so much to aid the Iranian mullahs who call every day for the destruction of Israel and whose inner circle and many of whose long time associates made no real effort to hide this.

    Petula is regularly over the line, but this time, I feel compelled to respond to her. It’s columns like these that explain why you have lost any credibility.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Trump was a good friend of my old employer, Harry and Leona Helmsley. Harry and Leona were not only Jewish NYC real estate developers but earned the emnity of numerous Palm Beach WASPS when the bought the Towers and broke a cardinal Palm Beach rule: no Jews live on the island, a rule Trump again busted when he bought Mar a Lago and (gasp!) allowed Jews to join, play golf and stay in the condos.
      I’m wondering if this isn’t more Bozos bull in his battle against Trump? As amateurish, poorly thought out and unprofessional (and that’s saying a lot for the WaPo) as the article is it just fans the fire for those who don’t like Trump and are willing to chew on any sprig of fake news Bozos will toss out there.

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      • joshua says:

        Wasn’t Leona Helmsley known as the “Queen of Mean” regards her treatment of employees?


        • czarowniczy says:

          Never gave me any problems but then I did what I was paid to do. I can tell you this, her staff at the Towrers was robbing her blind from the kitchen to the bar to the furniture and from what I’m told that ain’t unusual in the hotel biznezz.
          I’ve told this one before but nextdoor: About ten years cafter I left her employment I attended a conference in Orlando that was held in the Helmsley Hotel there. Czarina accompanied me as she went to college there and wanted to see some of her old haunts.
          As I hecked in I told the desk clerk that I’d worked for the Helmsleys in Palm Beach some years back and here I was now stasying in one of their hotels. I just mentioned it in passing but the clerk told the manager and for whatever reason he called New York. We were at dinner when the manager found us and said Ms Helmsley had placed a hotel limo at Czarinas disposal and each day we were there she had free passes to Disney – the limo would pick her up and drop her off.
          Not exactly who the press portrayed her tp be. She just demanded that if you take the Queen’s shilling you do the Queen’s work.

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          • joshua says:

            wow…great story….shows the press and media can destroy a reputation easily.
            MSM hates powerful entrepreneurs….like Trump, etc.


            • czarowniczy says:

              Gawd…don’t wanna sound like a prog here but it was the early 70s and she was a powerrful, driven and focused businesswoman who rankled the press and the NYC OldBoy’s club. Harry had real estate but she built her real estate/hotel empire on her own and ran it on her own.
              Her being in the position she was she made some enemies – she didn’t shy from doing that. She and Trump even went sideways for a while – there was a story about him filling the hood on her coat with red wine at a dinner so that when sge put her hood up…
              I was told they reconciled – when you have that much power you tend to forgive and forget if you want to limit problems. There was even an attempt to murder her and Harry in the Towers, they survived but it was a close call for her. Yup, enemies.


  10. Sharon says:

    As a suicide prevention policy/procedure, this obviously has serious limits, but they did what they could.

    Yesterday my son and a friend were fishing in the Willamette River in Portland, near/under the Sellwood Bridge. Looking “the other way”, they suddenly jerked around when they heard a huge impact/splash about 25 feet from their boat, just off the opposite side of the bridge.

    A man had jumped.Another boat was in a similar position, very near, I’m grateful that they didn’t actually see the whole event. Obviously, if they had seen him prior to the jump, they would have attempted intervention, but apparently no one saw it because he was off the bridge and in the water before anyone was aware at all.

    He said that the emergency response/water rescue units were quick on the scene, fire department, etc. up to and including Coast Guard. The body immediately went deep and never came back up, which he said is not unusual. He also told me that in the last decade or so, the Portland news media has stopped reporting the bridge suicides. There are many of them every year, and the number goes up when the media coverage is heavy.

    Sad business.

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  11. Gil says:

    Hi all! Busy busy. Home and school. I got the results on kiddo. New allergy to grasses and the culprit is in the backyard. Have to hire someone to dig out the big non natives since I am allergic too. The flonase may be affecting his growth rate too so I have to follow up on that.
    Kiddo’s actual problem apparently is very swollen adenoids. So have to see ENT. I have no idea if he has to be scoped and have surgery or what they do. Its always scary with kids surgery. Cross that bridge when its time.
    Have a good evening!

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    • joshua says:

      had my tonsils and adenoids removed when 6 years old, as did my older brother at 8 yo.

      allergies are tough on kids…we had food allergies, dust and dander allergies, the whole deal. outgrew some…others came in later….spring is terrible


      • Gil says:

        I just scheduled appt. We either had to wait until the end of August or drive 65 miles to main clinic on Saturday morning. Ugh. I have a long early day Saturday….. but at least he will be evaluated by pediatric specialist.
        I had my tonsils out at 4. I was always sick, even after. You are right its no fun. I just hope if they say surgery its a good dr and he handles it well.

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  12. Just some good musics.

    Sometimes I post good musics from the YouTube, just so I can watch it in full-screen, since my browser (Brave), or YouTube itself, won’t let me at the actual YouTube site. I’m guessing it’s because YouTube is full of SJWs and they hate the guy who made Brave, because they’re supposed to, (because the inventor of Javascript and Mozilla got hounded out of his job at Mozilla for donating $200 to Prop 8 in CA, and that’s thoughtcrime) and so you can’t go full-screen at their site while using this browser.

    I done found a work-around, though. If I post it here, I can go full-screen!

    Just not at YouTube itself. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.

    Basically, using Brave, you cannot make the “full-screen” button do anything at all.

    Posting a video here? The “full-screen” button does what it says it does.

    Liked by 2 people

    • rheavolans says:

      Is brave working again? It ran so badly on my netbook I finally uninstalled it.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Brave’s working slightly better than Firefox, IE, Edge, or any other browser.

        And I so miss NoScript.

        But not much better. I blame the ISP, Comcast. Which is only slightly better than our other alternative in town, Frontier.

        Zimbabwe and Rwanda have better internet than we do, probably.

        YouTube’s website just won’t let me go fullscreen. They will, here, though.

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    • Derek Trucks is the guy to her left (as you look), and is her husband. Such an amazing guitarist. I want to try a glass slide, someday. And her vocals are unsurpassed in history.

      How many other husband/wife teams have ever performed and rocked like these two?

      I can only think of one other couple. They are so made of love.

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  13. facebkwallflower says:

    This needs to reach a wide audience and time is of the essence. Both serve in military. Could someone post over at CTH as I don’t have commenting privileges over there (not complaining).
    There is pic of woman and family at:

    All Warrior Network
    6 hrs Β·
    Warriors, one of our sisters is in dire need from the Warrior community. Please share this post or tag any of your buddies who may be of Korean descent. We are a community that does not leave one of our own behind. Let’s make this a success story of how the Warfighter community rallied behind the needs of one of our own!
    Julie Jung was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia with an FLT3 mutation in January and needs a bone marrow transplant as soon as possible. Julie is a 35 year-old Korean-American mother of a 3 year-old girl and a 6 year-old boy, a veteran of the US Navy, and a children’s dentist who provides free care to children from disadvantaged homes.
    Life expectancy without treatment is only a couple months from the last round of chemotherapy without a bone marrow transplant. In Julie’s case, she will begin her last round of chemotherapy soon.
    Unfortunately, matches usually come from someone’s own ethnic group. We desperately need help from anyone with any Korean in their ancestry. To see if you are a match, simply join the donor registry at A testing kit will be sent to your home, and all you need to do is swab the inside of your cheek and send the kit back. Thank you for reading and please share if possible.

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  14. Lucille says:

    As far as I’m concerned, this is murder, pure and simple, without conscience…despicable!….

    WATCH: Alfie Evans Father Appeals Ruling Banning Alfie From Flying to Italy. β€œAlfie’s Still Fighting So I’m Still Fighting”

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  15. stella says:

    β€œA man who chooses between drinking a glass of milk and a glass of a solution of potassium cyanide does not choose between two beverages; he chooses between life and death. A society that chooses between capitalism and socialism does not choose between two social systems; it chooses between social cooperation and the disintegration of society. Socialism is not an alternative to capitalism; it is an alternative to any system under which men can live as human beings.”

    ― Ludwig von Mises

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  16. 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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