General Discussion, Monday, July 9, 2018

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  1. The Tundra PA says:

    Ahoy there, Stellar friends! Hope you all have great week. Sure is good to be home, at least for a while.

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  2. Gil says:

    Heres a little funny for today. Hope it posts. My phone updated and acting funny!

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  3. czarowniczy says:

    Been warching the ‘Hunting ISIS’ program on Vice network, I’ve become addicted to it. It’a about Americans who went to Syria, joined up with the Kurds and fought against ISIS, it included both combat and non-combat (medic) volunteers.
    It’s become addioctive not for the military aspects but as I look at the destroyed cities and hear the stories from the volunteers and the surviving residents in the liberated cities regarding the barbarity and horrors ISIS visited on them I keep on seeing the US in the not too distant future.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      There was a site ISIS destroyed, I think this site was established by Alexander. Also the selling of antiques……..these dirt bags need too be put down…….

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    • lovely says:

      I’m going to have to watch it. Sad. They come here and say we are here to convert America to Islam or kill you, and the morons and profiteers say, “Abdul, come on down! You’re the next contestant in terrorize America!”

      Sickening.

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  4. MaryfromMarin says:

    Reclaiming the land/neutralizing Charles Martel’s victory/proclaiming Islamic ascendancy. All Christians should be dismayed.

    France allowed this. Encouraged this. It will therefore fall.

    Islam Wants to Reverse the Battle of Tours โ€” Hence the Mosque in Poitiers https://gatesofvienna.net/2018/07/islam-wants-to-reverse-the-battle-of-tours-hence-the-mosque-in-poitiers/ โ€ฆ

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Basturds…..Can we have a vote from Chuck โ€œThe Hammerโ€ Martel,

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    • Thank you for sharing this important story, Mary.

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    • Lucille says:

      The most sickening thing France could possibly do and perhaps has ever done. CHARLES MARTEL! The hero of the Western world! And they’re just pi**ing on his grave. Beyond horrible! I’ve been angry ever since I read of this new atrocity.

      Remember recently when a some ROP adherents tired to storm the Basilica of St. Denis where Martel is entombed? They’d love to turn it into a place where their lies are propagated.

      Oh, Lord, please, we beseech you to raise up a French patriot who will lead the people away from this horror!

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        • Lucille says:

          BTW, at the end of this otherwise informative vid, the narrator makes mention that perhaps the muslim hordes just ran out of steam as some historians say. LIKE H*LL! They TOTALLY wanted France. Losing it was losing face and you know how Arabs hate to lose face.

          THIS, THIS!!! new abomination is the payback by the muslims for their ancient losses; make no mistake about it. That France is letting them do it…blankety…blank…blank…blank!

          SPAIN NEXT!

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          • Menagerie says:

            So many saints from France. Once a bright jewel in the crown of Catholic Christianity. Home of St. Joan of Arc. Home of one of the most rewnowned and important and healing apparitions of the Blessed Mother of all times, Lourdes.

            Amazing. You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything. I submit that athiests and secularists have nothing to fight for, apparently even their own lives. When mankind is all about self rather than the betterment of mankind and yes, God, they have no purpose, meaning, or strength.

            And apparently no spine either. A French teenager once led armies in France, and refused to give ground or apostasize in the face or torture and burning at the stake. She had more honor and courage than the whole danged country now does.

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    • My favorite wars, if I were forced to choose them, would be the Crusades.

      They make our civilization possible. J.R.R. Tolkein was a prophet.

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  5. 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!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Cinnamon rolls for coffee!

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  6. stella says:

    Donald J. Trump โ€” President of the United States
    47 mins ยท

    President Donald J. Trumps schedule for Monday, July 9th:
    ยท Lunch with the Vice President
    ยท Announce the nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

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  7. stella says:

    Priests’ attendance at Trump rally causes furor

    https://outline.com/rKuUFf

    Yet the Pope can say whatever he likes about illegal immigration, and how we should open our borders to the world.

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    • lovely says:

      SMH and zipping my lips.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Menagerie says:

      The bishop in that article is a spineless jackass.

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    • Lucille says:

      Noticing the priests almost immediately when watching the rally, I kept thinking…please, President Trump, don’t acknowledge them, and was so glad he didn’t point to them with thanks for their support.

      Every sentient person knows that these same Democrats who are protesting the priests’ attendance at the rally have never marched around abortion centers in defense of children in the womb. Nor have they written letters to the editor about Roe v. Wade or campaigned to rid their state of Planned Parenthood killing establishments.

      There will likely be punishment which the priests will take in all humility. God bless them!

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  8. lovely says:

    Fifth boy rescued.

    Something here is off. The boys are healthy enough to ask for khao pad grape but not healthy enough to see their loved ones? Perhaps they have pneumonia?

    https://nypost.com/2018/07/09/fifth-boy-removed-from-thailand-cave-as-rescue-mission-continues/

    A fifth boy was removed Monday from the flooded cave system in northern Thailand, joining four other soccer team members who were rescued Sunday โ€“ and leaving seven more youngsters and their coach still inside the cavern, according to reports.

    The four boys pulled from the cave Sunday were happy and in good health, authorities said.

    โ€œThis morning they said they were hungry and wanted to eat khao pad grapao,โ€ Osotthanakorn said, referring to a Thai dish of meat fried with chili and basil and served over rice.

    The freed boys are yet to meet their parents, who late Sunday night were yet to be told which of their sons had been removed, according to the UKโ€™s Guardian.

    Authorities said a medical team was assessing whether to reunite the boys with their parents soon.

    โ€œThe medical team is considering whether to let closest relative visit them,โ€ Osotthanakorn said. โ€œIt could be a visit through transparent glass rooms. We are discussing this with doctors at the hospital.โ€

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  9. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  10. stella says:

    A Clearer Perspective
    Amy Coney Barrett vs. Ruth Bader Ginsburgโ€ฆ
    A question of life vs death.

    The left are really disgusting.

    https://spectator.org/amy-coney-barrett-vs-ruth-bader-ginsburg/

    โ€œFrankly,โ€ said Ruth Bader Ginsburg in July 2009, โ€œI had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we donโ€™t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion.โ€

    The great added blessing of Roe: Not only could it give women the โ€œrightโ€ to abortion, but it could open the way for the federal government, via Medicaid, to fund abortions of children in undesired populations.

    That assessment by Ginsburg was provided in a July 7, 2009 piece in the New York Times Magazine, titled, โ€œThe Place of Women on the Court.โ€ And for 25 years, succeeding a pro-life justice named Byron White, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has held the Planned Parenthood seat on the nationโ€™s high court, where she has fought for the hopes and dreams of Margaret Sangerโ€™s organization. In fact, she has done so in ways more in keeping with Sanger than liberals would care to admit…

    America, according to Planned Parenthoodโ€™s founder, must limit these lamentable populations, and she was willing to take big steps to make that happen, including a special kind of segregation. In her 1922 book, The Pivot of Civilization, Sanger urged that โ€œevery feeble-minded girl or woman of the hereditary type, especially of the moron class, should be segregated during the reproductive period. Otherwise, she is almost certain to bear imbecile children, who in turn are just as certain to breed other defectives.โ€ But even then, this surely wasnโ€™t enough: โ€œSegregation carried out for one or two generations would give us only partial control of the problem.โ€ What to do then? Well, if a nudge wouldnโ€™t work, then coercion would: โ€œwe prefer the policy of immediate sterilization, of making sure that parenthood is absolutely prohibited to the feeble-minded.โ€

    These โ€œdefective delinquentsโ€ were a โ€œmenace.โ€ America needed to โ€œbecome fully cognizant of the burden of the imbecile upon the whole human race.โ€ Funds should be made available, she counseled in 1922, โ€œby hundreds of millions of dollars, to the care and segregation of men, women, and children who never should have been born.โ€…

    Fast forward to the 1990s, the era of the Clintons. In 1992, Ron Weddington, one of the abortion attorneys in the Roe decision, fired off a letter to Bill Clinton urging sharper measures to limit the birth of Americaโ€™s defectives: โ€œ[Y]ou can start immediately to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of our country,โ€ wrote Weddington. โ€œThe problem is that their numbers are not only replaced but increased by the birth of millions of babies to people who canโ€™t afford to have babies.โ€

    For an example of responsible reproduction, Ron Weddington pointed to Bill and Hillary. He told the president-elect:

    You and Hillary are a perfect example. Could either of you have gone to law school and achieved anything close to what you have if you had three or four more children before you were 20? No! You waited until you were established in your 30s to have one child. That is what sensible people do.โ€ฆ

    Itโ€™s time to officially recognize that people are going to have sex and what we need to do as a nation is prevent as much disease and as many poor babies as possible. Condoms alone wonโ€™t do it. Depo-Provera, Norplant and the new birth control injection being developed in India are not a complete answerโ€ฆ. Even if we make birth control as ubiquitous as sneakers and junk food, there will still be unplanned pregnancies…

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    • Lucille says:

      Apparently Ginsburg has simply laid aside the fact that not too long ago, she would have been considered an “undesirable” worthy only to be killed in a gas chamber.

      Her philosophy is anti-human and the more I read of it, the more horrified it makes me knowing there are millions who sinfully agree with her.

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    • lovely says:

      โ€œFrankly,โ€ said Ruth Bader Ginsburg in July 2009, โ€œI had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we donโ€™t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion.โ€

      Wow. It is such a shame that the loony Left has lost the ability to use their mind for rational thought because if they hadn’t they would recognize a eugenic trying to exterminate undesirables and the undesirables are fighting for her to exterminate them.

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  11. Morning all ๐Ÿ™‚

    Here is one for Wooly – “The ship” by Salvadore Dali

    Perhaps he was inspiredby these Colombian sailors on the tall ship Gloria

    Have a great day everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have to get outside and paint before it gets too hot!

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  12. Gil says:

    Oh brother. Anither new law incoming in CA. No plastic straws with drinks unless you ask. Starbucks wont give any at all. I actually started carrying straws in the car for kiddo but I have to use them for sensitive teeth. There are people with serious medical conditions that have to use them. Nanny state!

    “With California on the cusp of passing a bill that would prohibit restaurant servers from giving customers plastic straws unless requested, Starbucks revealed on Monday that it would become the first major American food-service chain to phase out plastic straws at all US locations, with the transition expected to be completed by 2020, according toย CNN.ย The changes will help Starbucks eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws per year.

    The new Starbucks straw-free cups

    The city of Seattle, which fancies itself at the vanguard of progressive environmental causes, has already passed a similar ban on straws and plastic utensils, which took effect earlier this month.ย Activists have been pressuring businesses to abandon plastic straws because they purportedly contribute to the deaths of 1 million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals each year, according to the UK government. As it stands, California’s “straws on request” bill wouldย impose a $1,000 fineย on servers who violate it – though proponents of the law say the penalties will be removed from the bill at a later date.

    Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program, praised Starbucks for its “shining example” of how companies can help fight ocean pollution, according to CNN

    “With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we cannot afford to let industry sit on the sidelines,”ย he said in a statement.

    McDonald’s said it would phase out plastic straws at its restaurants in the UK and Ireland after the UK government proposed banning them. But McDonald’s shareholders voted down a proposal earlier this year asking for a report on plastic straws,ย NBCย reported.

    The push for banning straws gained momentum following the release of a viral video that showed rescuers removed a straw from the nose of a sea turtle.

    The new “straw free” lid being rolled out by Starbucks, which will replace the flat plastic lids currently in use,have been compared to “adult sippie cups”.ย Customers who still wish to use a straw will be able to request a new compostable strawย (these straws haven’t been widely adopted because theyย cost roughly 8 times more than plastic).”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-09/starbucks-becomes-first-major-us-restaurant-chain-phase-out-plastic-straws

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  14. Menagerie says:

    Important announcement!!! The Jack Daniels Cookbook is only 99 cents on Kindle today!

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    • Was inspired to find this on internet for you:

      Jack Daniels Bacon Macaroni & Cheese
      Ingredients
      Whiskey Candied Bacon:
      โ€ข 10 slices bacon
      โ€ข 1/2 cup Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey or whiskey of your choice
      โ€ข 1 cup brown sugar
      โ€ข 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
      Macaroni & Cheese:
      โ€ข 1 pound macaroni pasta
      โ€ข 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
      โ€ข 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
      โ€ข 1 tablespoon Jack Daniel’s Tenessee Whiskey
      โ€ข 2 cups milk
      โ€ข 3 cups medium or sharp cheddar cheese
      โ€ข 4 slices provolone cheese
      โ€ข 1/2 teaspoon paprika
      โ€ข Salt and pepper to taste
      Instructions
      Candied Bacon:
      1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with non-stick cooking spray.
      2. In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup Jack Daniel’s to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer until reduced to 2 tablespoons. Remove from heat. On a plate, combine brown sugar and cayenne. Dip bacon into Jack Daniels and then press each side into brown sugar mixture to coat. Place on prepared baking sheet.
      3. Bake for 7 minutes, then flip and bake for about 5 minutes. Watch the bacon so it doesn’t burn!! (The sugar will run all over the pan, and the bacon with have a shiny lacquered look.)
      4. Remove the bacon to a plate coated with non-stick cooking spray to cool completely. Chop bacon; set aside.
      Macaroni:
      1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add macaroni and cook until al dente. Drain pasta; set aside.
      2. While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour, and whisk to combine. (You will have a tight roux.) Add 1 tablespoon Jack Daniel’s and whisk into roux.
      3. Whisk in 1 cup milk until combined. Add remaining milk. Whisk frequently until sauce thickens and begins to bubble.
      4. Add cheeses; whisk until cheeses melt and sauce is smooth. Add paprika and salt and pepper to taste.
      5. Pour sauce over pasta, and add bacon. Stir until pasta is completely coated in sauce. Add more salt and pepper if desired.
      Recipe Notes
      Watch your bacon like a hawk! The sugar can go from awesome to burnt quickly if you’re not paying attention.

      Off to make supper now! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  15. stella says:

    I should have done a post about the Thai cave rescue before now. My views are up HUGELY!

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  16. Lucille says:

    Needing to chill out for a couple of hours, you can find me here…

    While enjoying a few delicious items…

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  17. stella says:

    Conrad Black in the National Post (Canada):

    …Of the leaders of the worldโ€™s important countries, only Trump and Franceโ€™s Emmanuel Macron in the West, and Shinzo Abe in Japan (in lockstep with the U.S. out of fear of North Korea, as Americaโ€™s allies customarily are when they are frightened by anything) are rather purposeful. Germany and Britain are dithering and there is some danger of the disintegration of the governing coalitions; Italy is politically in shambles even by its unusual standards, and the electoral jury has begun its deliberations about Justin Trudeau.

    Trump will get no credit from his โ€œalliesโ€ and other foreigners for doing it, but he has saved us from the self-impoverishing insanity of the Paris Climate accord chimera, and an unholy coalition of old-time Greenpeace-type conservationists with Marxist wolves in sheepโ€™s clothing like Naomi Klein. He has bullied and enticed the North Korean leader (Kim Jong Un) into contemplating whether he wants respectability, prosperity and security, or the U.S. Navy to smash his military sites, including everything relevant to his nuclear military program.

    Despite the cavils of the Trumpophobes, including formerly serious political publications like the now unrelievedly slipshod Economist of London, and despite his liberties with the truth, President Trump has amassed the most faithful record of modern American presidents in doing what he promised to do. His record is impressive, even if his public utterances sometimes are not: tax cuts, deregulation, surging economic growth, reducing oil imports, and a foreign policy that is assertive but not reckless. Apart from my friend Adrienne Batra, editor of the Toronto Sun, and some of my readers, I appear to be practically the only person in Canada who recognizes that.

    I commend to skeptical Canadians the comments in a recent London interview of the greatest foreign minister of any Great Power in the 20th century, Henry Kissinger. He said that President Trump โ€œis a phenomenon that foreign countries havenโ€™t seen before โ€ฆ Liberals and all those who favour (Hillary) Clinton will never admit that he is โ€ฆ a true leader โ€ฆ After eight years of tyranny (of declinists and willful fantasy), โ€ฆ every country now has to consider two things: One, their perception that the previous president, or the outgoing president, basically withdrew America from international politics, so that they had to make their own assessments of their necessities. And secondly, that there is a new president whoโ€™s asking a lot of unfamiliar questions. And because of the combination of the partial vacuum and the new questions, one could imagine that something remarkable and new emerges out of it โ€ฆ Trump puts America and its people first โ€ฆ When he boasts that he has a โ€˜bigger red buttonโ€™ than Kim Jung Un does, he transcends the mealy-mouthed rhetoric of the past, thereby forcing a new recognition of American power.โ€

    The American and Canadian and European media can afford the luxury of judging the Trump phenomenon by its often grating exterior, but the geopolitical facts are as Henry Kissinger described. Thuggish charlatans like Putin are made to look strong by the weakness of Obama and fragile governments in Britain and Germany, but the U.S. is withstanding the domestic pressure to drive Putin into the arms of China and Iran, and is gathering strength to resist the challenge to the West presented by China, even if the population of the West is still steeped in snobbery toward Trump and his followers as a gang of loud-mouthed boobs.

    https://nationalpost.com/opinion/conrad-black-trump-is-grating-but-hes-a-true-leader-and-america-needs-him

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    • Lucille says:

      Good article….except for a few digs such as “and despite his liberties with the truth….” !!!

      It’s amazing that Black has anything good to say about the U. S. at all seeing as our government tried to ruin his life by throwing him in the federal slammer, the exact details of which I’ve forgotten. He lost his newspaper empire and millions of dollars (U. S. and Canadian), but he retained his dignity and ability to discern what’s what in world governmental affairs.

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  18. 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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  19. Gil says:

    I just saw some silly news. Costco food courts have discontinued hot dogs and soda for $1.50, and are replacing with some acai yogurt fruit cup for $4.99 because its healthier. Nanny state. Over triple cost and not going to do well. I dont eat hot dogs but people love those costco ones even in CA.

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    • stella says:

      I dropped my Costco membership this year, after 17 years. I was ordering more on line rather than going to the warehouse, and they chose to raise their shipping costs.

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  20. Gil says:

    Whats going on with your time stamp Stella? Its only 612 pm on the east coast. Showing after 9 on posts?

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