General Discussion, Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A great state to visit is Colorado. I admit it is a favorite of mine.

Some things to visit here are Rocky Mountain National Park, Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde, Telluride CO, and Ouray CO, just to name a few. You might also like to take the train from Durango to Silverton CO, which is always fun. Back road jeeping, old mines, ghost towns are a few of the things to enjoy.

Lots of other great towns and places to visit!



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105 Responses to General Discussion, Wednesday, August 1, 2018

  1. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Morning Everyone….water for Tea is slowly dripping, Coffee is hot and ready…….I’ll take first watch.

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  2. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Could not transfer picture, here’s the Link…..


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  3. Lucille says:

    In watching the BBC series ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY someone is always mentioning “chocolate box” houses. From the context I assumed they mean a cottage with a vintage look, but I wasn’t sure how the term came into being…soooo….

    What makes a chocolate box cottage?

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  4. Lucille says:

    All that money going for this ridiculousness…come on, you know Mueller isn’t going to allow any of his buddies to be sent up river….

    July 31, 2018 – Daniel Greenfield

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    • Lucille says:

      A friend of mine tells me this referral to NY is a good thing. But I just can’t trust Mueller to do what’s right…way too much Clinton and Obama baggage.

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  5. Gil says:

    I cant believe its August already!
    We ventured into l.a. to go see the King Tut exhibit. Egypt is building a huge museum and all artifacts will be relocating back to Egypt for the opening, never to be outside the country again. It was interesting. Lots more gold leafing than any solid gold and not much valuable gems, more basic stone, some semi precious. The intricacies, detail, symbolism and history of every piece is where the value is.
    The condition was amazing. Kiddo got much more into looking as we went through it.
    Maybe he will remember it, but he watched a few videos on the sarcophagus and discovery. Neat stuff.

    BTW, the closer we drove to l.a., the numbers of homeless significantly increased, tents everywhere on sidewalks, under overpasses, etc. None on museum grounds though.

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    • Lucille says:

      When telling the truth is optional….NatGeo hasn’t the slightest qualm about lying as long as they give a hackneyed explanation.


  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)
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    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
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    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)
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    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:


    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Blueberry Scones

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  7. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  8. Lucille says:

    Tommy Robinson FREED in a Victory for Nationalist Populism!!!
    Dr. Steve Turley

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  10. Mornin all! (Still mornin right?)

    Todays painting is The Fairy Boat by Honor Appleton:

    Perhaps when not munching n a strawberry jam sandwich (which his pup may steal some soon from the looks of it) the little tyke might see a pretty blue squid like this:

    but he may confuse this Sympodium purpurascens soft coral with the island off in the distance, however that island does have a giraffe on it that the coral does not!

    and this salver entitled β€˜Martiques’ by RenΓ© Lalique looks like the little fishes around his boat:

    Great pictures today everyone! πŸ™‚
    So happy Tommy Robinson is freed!
    Have a great day everyone πŸ™‚

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  11. jeans2nd says:

    Afternoon Stella and Stellars.
    Yesterday rumors circulated that McConnell was not funding The Wall. Listened to GOP press conf this morning 12-1/2 min

    What McConnell actually said, imo – McConnell bragged how they were working with Dems to pass appropriation bills, having passed 9 of 12 bills so far. The military bill has already been passed.
    McConnell acknowledged there were probs w/reconciling w/the House.

    Chad Pergram asked about shutting down gubmint re: The Wall.
    McConnell said they were funding a part of The Wall, and wanted to avoid year-end drama and continuing resolutions.

    McConnell is facing the fight of his life. imo
    Have a Great Afternoon

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  12. The Tundra PA says:

    It’s still morning in Alaska, so good morning Stellars! Just read an outstanding article by Victor Davis Hanson and had to share the link with you:

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    • I saw this posted as a comment & would like to add this beautiful prayer for our president to our prayers, especially each time he goes to one of these rallies:

      “Shelley Keith Childs says:

      Praying this once a day keeps me from nibbling my fingernails down to nothing:

      Heavenly Father, we thank you and praise you for our country. Please thwart the evil plans of men, and expose the evil deeds of men so that they will not escape justice, and rescue from destruction the innocent, the helpless, the unwary, and the unsaved. Protect those facing persecution, blessing and shielding them, and touch the hearts of their persecutors, lifting the veil, so that they will recognize their sin, repent, and trust Jesus Christ as savior.

      Father we pray that you would give us politicians who have clarity, integrity, and passion for what is right. Give them great intelligence to solve problems, but please give them great strength of character, to stay away from anything corrupt or sinful as well.

      Bless all who love us and all whom we love. Bless and protect Donald Trump, Mike Pence, all incoming Cabinet Members and Aides to the President, all lawmakers who uphold Biblical principles, law-keepers in all branches of the military and in all law enforcement agencies and ALL of their families, and work your good and perfect will in their lives this day, so that they will lead spiritually fruitful, spiritually productive lives, and as happy, healthy, and long as you have appointed with your good and perfect will, free from malevolent interferences.

      Protect us from a slow agonizing destruction we pray.

      In Jesus’ name, Amen.”


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  13. stella says:

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  14. Gil says:

    The dnc is a bunch of petty lying snowflakes.
    Is it any more obvious that everything they claim to stand for, supposedly, is worthless rhetoric?


  15. Lucille says:

    This One Illegal Alien Inmate Has Cost Taxpayers $1 MILLION In Medical Bills


  16. Lucille says:

    This just popped up in my feed from Townsends….

    Untouched American Wilderness

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  17. stella says:

    Seen on Facebook. Something sad. Have you ever seen the Bangor Maine Police Department Facebook page? This is from that page.

    “19 Days”

    She called a couple of weeks ago- I didn’t call her back. The latest message indicated she understood that I was a busy guy and that she wanted to try me again. She asked that I please return her call.

    Her name was not familiar to me, but I jotted it down and listened to her phone number- twice- before deleting her pleasant sounding voicemail. She went to the bottom of a list of five names. I would call her back after the morning meeting.

    It irked me that I had not written it down the first time she called. I didn’t recall the name, and there was the chance that I haphazardly smacked the button I refer to as β€œOld number 7” which is a magical device that deletes voicemails- sometimes unintentionally- before I listen to them.

    I searched around in the crevices of my mind to determine if I was supposed to know her name. I came up blank, like a black slab of slate with nary a stick of chalk in sight; I could only picture the faded lines of other messages left and erased before. I had never heard of her- maybe she was selling something or maybe she had been given my name from someone else- my suspicion was validated when she picked up.

    It was remarkable that she was upbeat when she answered- she told me that she had intermittently followed the Facebook page, mentioned a few specific posts I had written, and told me that folks all over the country followed the page. She was complimentary and told me that several folks in a supportive chat-room had urged her to call β€œTC, the Facebook guy at the Bangor Police Department.”

    I was flattered, but that was just before I was floored. It is rare that I am lost for words- ask around.

    Much time had passed since she initially called; today was day #19 since her son had despondently called a friend, secured his belt tightly around his own neck, and intentionally slumped to the floor and hanged himself until he was dead.

    My mouth waited for my voice to catch up. I only said, β€œI’m so sorry.”

    I can recall and deliver hundreds of jokes, I can share a story for about any specific lesson I want to relay, but the words I delivered felt like a trickle from a kinked green garden hose while trying to single-handedly extinguish the inferno of Hell itself.

    She continued an upbeat delivery, but I could hear the tears of a mother being held back by a woman who wanted answers from the guy she was told might be able to help in some small way.

    No pressure. None at all.

    I believe we are placed in specific places, at specific times, for specific purposes. I also believe that no matter how big of a failure we think we are, it matters not, it has no bearing on our ability to be used for one of those specific purposes. It’s cool if you don’t believe in things like that- but you’ll never prove me wrong.

    Her son, a successful individual, was addicted to opiates, extremely depressed, and she told me she had no idea about any of it. None.

    She lives five hours away from where he made his home, she shared that the person who was on the phone line with her son when he died failed to call help for him, even after hearing the belt snap and stop his descent to the floor. The person later went to another individual’s home, picked them up, and then they drove together to discover her son’s body. Only then did they notify emergency services.

    This, rightfully, was perplexing to a law-abiding mother of several. I gave her my opinion, shared my experiences with suicidal individuals, and schooled her slightly on my personal opinion about the self-centeredness of many in our society. I gave her several plausible reasons why someone might not make the call at the time when it was needed the most.

    She intently listened, questioned, commented, and sounded more and more relieved as our conversation dragged on.

    I explained toxicology tests and the length of time it takes to get the results back. I told her what I expected her son’s toxicology test to look like when she got the paperwork in about nine months- and incidentally- that it would seem like years for the next 9 months to pass.

    I cautioned for her to expect the results to look like a cocktail of drugs which made no sense to anyone but the person who might have been taking those drugs. I was confident that she would never feel like she knew enough. I commended her on trying to be as informed as possible.

    In other words, I did nothing to fix it, but it was possible that I could mitigate a few of the unanswered questions she had. These would be, incidentally, questions she would have forever.

    We determined, together, that we would meet in the future, put our heads together, and try to do something for someone who is just like her son. I know she feels the need to do something else, I should help if I can.

    She said while she had spoken to the officer who investigated her son’s death, he had been far too busy to explain the things we had talked about. I shared with her that there have been times when I was, more than likely, exactly like that officer. I refused pass judgement, but I could determine to do better today. She understood exactly what I was saying.

    She said she was a little sad that she had to be told to reach out to me by people who followed our Facebook page in other states and countries when she lived less than ten miles from Bangor at that very moment.

    I think that is possibly the most positive thing I learned; people from far away had told a woman, so very close, just to reach out and ask some questions. I almost completely screwed that up. But, referring back to what I wholeheartedly believe, the time came pass for me to be at a specific place for a specific purpose.

    I told you so.

    About an hour after our chat, I called her back to tell her that we should speak in early September, she agreed. I asked if I could write about our conversation, maybe just to make someone else who might be in her son’s position aware that there are other options, she was so happy for me to share her story.

    She had just picked fresh blueberries, made a pie, and was delivering it to a homeless shelter. She said she did it because she could. She related to me that the conversation had made her feel so much better.

    I told her I was going to call the article-β€œ19 Days.” I apologized for taking so long to call her back, but that I was glad it was today.

    She stopped and fell silent for a moment and remarked that in 19 more days another son would be getting married, so we were able to speak exactly in the middle of a very tough time. She said that her oldest was to have been the best man in that wedding.

    I fell silent.

    She said after she hung up from our talk, she had a long cry and set to work on her pie, now she was driving to deliver it.

    I confided that she was not alone in her post phone call activities. Well, except I don’t bake, I just tell stories.

    It took 19 days to be in a specific place, at a specific time, because no matter how big a failure a person might think they are- it has no bearing on their ability to be used for a specific purpose. I appreciated her help.

    Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another.


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  18. John Denney says:

    For a thrill, take a drive to the top of Colorado’s Mt. Evans. The two lane blacktop road is the highest paved road in North America, and takes you to a parking lot near the peak, which is just a short hike further.
    My wife, son, and I drove up there four years ago, and saw lightning in clouds BELOW us. The last many miles up are on the edge of the mountain, and there are no guard rails.
    It was especially exciting for us driving back down, because a thunderstorm caught us and dropped half inch diameter hailstones an inch or two deep on the road ahead of us.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Yup, lightening BELOW you. Years ago I was hunting with two of my sons in the Wasatch mountains on the east side of the Salt Lake Valley. We’d climbed up through a snowstorm and could hear the thunder around us. We broke through the top of the clouds and climbed a bit farther and when we looked down the slope we could see the snow flying and the lightening flashing…and a distant voice saying: “HEY, Bubba! Watch this!”.

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  19. auscitizenmom says:

    There has been an arrest in the murder of the former doctor of Pres. Bush. His mother died 20 years ago as a patient of this doctor. SMH

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  20. auscitizenmom says:

    Grady Judd was on FOX and FRIENDS this morning discussing the plans to have armed guards in the schools in Polk County, FL at the start of the school year. He said, “they are to run to them (the shooter) and shoot them graveyard dead, period.”

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  21. Gil says:

    A suspect named in shooting of hw bush’s former cardiologist. Not caught yet.

    A man whose mother died during surgery 20 years ago is the suspect in the fatal shooting of a prominent Houston cardiologist who performed the operation, police said Wednesday.

    Chief Art Acevedo said the mother of Joseph James Pappas, 62, was a patient ofΒ Dr. Mark Hausknecht, who wasΒ fatally shotΒ as he rode his bicycle to work at Houston Methodist Hospital on July 20. Police earlier said Pappas was born in 1953.

    β€œIt appears a 20-year-old grudge and sadly someone died,” Acevedo told reporters.

    Acevedo said a tip came in Tuesday after surveillance video released a day before showed the suspect, whom someone said they recognized. Police got a search warrant and went to Pappas’ home, but he was not there.

    Acevedo said Pappas had made phone calls indicating he was considering suicide. The suspect has not been seen in almost two days.

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  22. 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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  23. Lucille says:

    Sunset, Pikes Peak

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  24. Lucille says:

    Moon Halo over Twin Lakes (12/06/2014 – Lars Leber Photography)

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  25. stella says:

    Pennsylvania peeps:

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