General Discussion, Wednesday, May 2, 2018

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  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    Thank you for the so-beautiful tulips, stella! It is a rich image, on color overload.

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  2. Lucille says:

    Tulip fields in Lisse, the Netherlands

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  3. Lucille says:


    Northenn Lebanese town of Bcharre. Most famous for being the birthplace and final resting place of famous Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran. Bcharre sits at the foothills of Lebanon’s famous Cedars.

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  4. This makes me smile, especially because he’s from the little town I grew up in. πŸ˜€

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  6. 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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  7. stella says:

    I read in LI that McCain is writing his memoirs. Stabbing us in the back to the very end. I wonder, considering the state of his health, if it is really he who is writing this “memoir”. Why doesn’t he do us all – particularly the state he is not representing at the moment – and retire now?

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/05/sen-mccains-memoir-discusses-his-retirement-and-the-opportunity-to-speak-his-mind/

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Well, I hope he speaks about why he interfered with searching for the MIA’s. And, I hope he speaks the truth about what he did in prison.

      Liked by 4 people

      • stella says:

        Fat chance.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        ‘Interfered’ is too weak of a word – torpedoed is more like it. Then again Kissinger and Nixon felt that the sacrifice of the POWs was a small price to pay for a peace accord and our being able to get on with ‘opening’ China and ending a war we were afraid to fight.
        I include China as many people had investment interests in China spinning up to the world’s manufacturing center. Not only were there more than a few VN Era POWs in Chinese hands, dead or alive, but there were still many questions about POWs in Chinese hands left over from the Korean War – the Chinese basically took over control of US POWs once they entered the war.
        There were POW camps right on the Chinese border on the NK side but more than a few US POWs were buried on the Chinese side. It wasn’t until 2003 that the Chinese admitted to that and then only to one POW – it was a touchy issue as was the issue of China and Russia taking US POWs into Russia and China during both the Korean War and Vietnam wars. Best way to deal with it was to just declare everyone dead and gone, dig up a few sets of remains every now and then as a show of good faith and close the book.

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    • It must be nice to be paid by the taxpayers and not do your actual job, but just sit around and β€œwrite” your memoirs on their dime. Must be nice…. πŸ™„

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      • joshua says:

        simple memoir……a life of rage, anger, lies, womanizing, and insincere words….

        McCain is an true embarrassment to the Nation….and what happens when a Military Father demands a special place for his pathetic loser son.

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    • Gil says:

      I read the other day hes in the hospital for diverticulitis. Im calling bs. It is extremely painful to the point of inability to even be coherent , even alert, at times. He isnt able to write memoirs and tell his son in law to take care of meghan if he is that sick.
      We know he who shouldnt be named is a traitor and liar already!

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      • Sharon says:

        The truth about these liars is serious business – but my dil was just hospitalized for a week with diverticulitis, on daily antibiotic IVs at home for another month, and is facing more surgery in the weeks ahead. Except for the first hours, before they got things under control, she was always coherent and able to have conversation, in spite of the seriousness of her condition.

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        • stella says:

          Agree. My daughter had it, but it was a mild case. I imagine it depends on the person and the severity of the condition. If you have a perforation, it could result in peritonitis.

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          • Sharon says:

            Yes, indeed. While dil was hospitalized, her dearest friend died from exactly that. The friend was already terminal with cancer and because of her weakened condition, it was not possible for her to tolerate the surgery that might have spared her what was a hastened death.

            Saw in MN obits yesterday that an acquaintance/brother of dear friends dropped dead of a heart attack at age 70. My neighbor is just in the process of being evaluated for possible treatment – an eruption of mouth cancer (in the roof of his mouth) that manifested very suddenly, messing up his sinuses so that he can hardly hear and making it impossible to wear his dentures, so speaking is very difficult. My SIL (Grant’s sister) was just diagnosed with breast cancer.

            We are surrounded by people who are suffering physically. I have empathy for those who are liars and adversaries as well as for those who are family and friends.

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        • Gil says:

          My husband and friends dad were not….but the pain….

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          Twenty years ago, I had it and I didn’t end up in the hospital, although they said if it didn’t get better, I would need surgery. That always helps me get better fast. I was in agony, but coherent.

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    • Menagerie says:

      Why is it that the biggest jackasses simply must write memoirs?

      Liked by 4 people

    • lovely says:

      Why doesn’t he do us all – particularly the state he is not representing at the moment – and retire now?

      What is, because he still has the ability to cause trouble for President Trump and he is an old terrible person who is decrepit both inside and outside, for $2000.00, Alex?

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  8. stella says:

    Donald J. Trump β€” President of the United States
    1 hr Β·

    President Donald J. Trump’s schedule for Wednesday, May 2nd:
    Β· Swearing-in ceremony of the Secretary of State
    Β· Lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Health and Human Services
    Β· Give remarks at the National Teacher of the Year reception

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  9. stella says:

    Victor Davis Hanson presents a horrible scenario.

    If Only Hillary Had Won . . .

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/hillary-clinton-presidency-leakers-lawbreakers-rewarded/

    Liked by 4 people

  10. Gil says:

    So, should I still put kiddo in cub scouts and stay for boy scouts or x scouts or whatever it will be?

    NEW YORK (AP) β€” For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America’s flagship program has been known simply as the Boy Scouts. With girls soon entering the ranks, the group says that iconic name will change.

    The organization on Wednesday announced a new name for its Boy Scouts program: Scouts BSA. The change will take effect next February.

    Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said many possibilities were considered during lengthy and “incredibly fun” deliberations before the new name was chosen.

    “We wanted to land on something that evokes the past but also conveys the inclusive nature of the program going forward,” he said. “We’re trying to find the right way to say we’re here for both young men and young women.”

    https://apnews.com/d3efeda8ffb74b79b367fce426780d6f?utm_medium=AP&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      It seems to me they accept not only girls, but pedophiles. πŸ™„

      Liked by 3 people

    • Lucille says:

      Frankly, Gil, the Scouts is a useless organization now. I wouldn’t bother putting any child of mine in either the Boy or Girl Scouts. Indoctrination is what’s happening moving forward and that began years ago. Anything they teach is tainted by PC and leftist philosophy. Morality is out the window. The skills they teach can be learned elsewhere. The camaraderie they encourage is tainted. Forget ’em.

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    • I saw this earlier on Twitter. So wrong. There are some other groups that have started up to be an alternative to BSA and GS. Some are really good. Maybe you can research it to see if there are any around you.

      Liked by 1 person

    • joshua says:

      a scout troop’s success depends totally on the local adult leadership….the national or even regional organization is like the Chamber of Commerce is to businesses…has no serious place in developing youth into respectful and conscientious adults.

      The program will overcome this liberal trashing if the local leadership and parents band together for the good of the children rather than the demands of a bunch of selfish, ignorant people who were given a child to raise by God, but insist upon raising it without God in charge.

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      • Gil says:

        Ive got the downloaded handbook still, so thanks. Im just disappointed that frankly I cant do it all. And without peers its just sad for kiddo.

        Liked by 2 people

        • Menagerie says:

          Many churches offer some alternative groups. There are choices in most areas. Our parish now has groups for girls and boys that are going nationwide now, not just a local group.

          Liked by 2 people

  11. Lucille says:

    You recall this man who saved lives re the killer who entered the Texas Baptist Church…

    Hero Stephen Willeford Discusses the AR-15 with the NRA
    https://www.louderwithcrowder.com/nra-stephen-willeford-ar-15/

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  12. Lucille says:

    β€˜Shocking Beauty’
    By Jay Nordlinger

    Manfred Honeck is one of the leading conductors in the world. A member of a prominent Austrian musical family, he is the music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and this week he is guest-conducting the New York Philharmonic. I sat down with him for a wide-ranging discussion.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/shocking-beauty/

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  13. stella says:

    It is 86 degrees here right now. Everything is popping out like crazy. Tulips are open, lilac leaves are opening, dandelions are blooming etc.

    My lawn got its first cut of the season this morning, and sidewalk is edged. Looks nice.

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    • The Tundra PA says:

      We’re racing to catch up to you, Stella! (Snort. Giggle. As ZM says) Hey, we’re consistently at 40 degrees now and the snow is almost gone. While the grass is mostly old growth/dead brown, there is a hint of new green here and there. In another 2 weeks it will really be spring!

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  14. stella says:

    TRUMP News 24/7
    ‏ @MichaelDelauzon
    5m5 minutes ago

    3 U.S. Detainee’s have left North Korea and are now at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul.

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  15. Lucille says:

    HELEN FORREST ~ PERFIDIA ~ BENNY GOODMAN

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  16. Lucille says:

    Making Your Bed With Dead Leaves? – The American Frontier

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  17. Looking at the radar, after looking at Wunderground, which is as accurate as CNN.

    The thunder sounds beautiful, every one like a little, incredibly complex symphony.

    And it’s frequent. Two days ago it was 29 degrees. Yesterday it was 82. Today was nice, too.

    I just want lightning pics. And Wunderground is always 3 days wrong. I don’t know why Wunderground can’t, say, have a company specializing in analytics look at their predictions for the last decade or so, and somehow program adjustments into their algorithms. It doesn’t make any sense to me. I’m no meteorologist or programmer, but I know they could do that. Yeah, it’s gonna rain and storm on Friday. By that we mean next Wednesday. If even. Wunderground, and NOAA, and Weather dot com, always exactly three days wrong. Why?

    Oh, I wish I had a good stereo mic. The thunder rolling is amazing.

    Love youse, Stellars!

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  18. Lightning Cameraβ„’. It works well. It does what it says on the tin.

    As soon as you open the app, it’s taking pics, at 1/10 second increments, for the last few seconds.

    You hit the shutter button, and it lets you select which of the last 60 or so frames you want to save, and deletes the rest. I have pics of lightning. I have 5 pics of one lightning strike.

    The app is amazing. I’m sure you could use it for hummingbirds, airplane flyovers, dragonflies, or NASCAR races. It’s best for lightning, though.

    Like

    • It’s so easy to snap a pic like this now. I walked two blocks from Chef’s to my place one night and took at least ten like this. It’s best when you have a storm that has the lightning streaking horizontally. Just keep the phone pointed at the sky, and tap the screen after you see lightning. It will be there, somewhere in the last 60 or so pictures. The app records the last 60 or so pics on a loop, like an old 8-track tape. And it works every time.

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  19. Here, something wonderful:

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  20. 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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  21. lovely says:

    Evening folks! I’ve been busy as a bee πŸ™‚ . Then my mum came for a 3 day visit. hope everyone is doing well, WI skipped winter and went straight to summer 80Β° today.

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