General Discussion, Thursday, November 15, 2018

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  1. Lucille says:

    May your Thursday be a fine one from sun-up to sundown!

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  2. Lucille says:

    Celebrity Chefs Are Serving Up Thousands of Meals to California Firefighters and Evacuees
    By McKinley Corbley – Nov 13, 2018

    Liked by 6 people

  3. michellc says:

    I was just reading Flake is up to his old tricks, promising to hold up all judges if they don’t vote on Mueller protection. He’s gone, why can’t the leader kick his butt off the committee?
    I hope that man is never elected to any office again in his lifetime.

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  4. lovely says:

    Happy trails beautiful people πŸ™‚ . See you later !

    Liked by 6 people

  5. 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’ NC Nana! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Beautiful)
    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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  6. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  7. michellc says:

    This is what Oklahoma Republicans have become. It’s funny to me the people now who say they knew this, the same people who would tell me to shut my mouth when I criticized the crop of them way back when or when I criticized Governor candidate Fallin and then Governor Fallin.

    The Oklahoman was bought out recently and hopefully this editorial is a sign local media is going to change from being cheerleaders for liberal policies and print the truth.

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  8. TOG&C says:

    Morning Everyone! πŸ™‚

    Today I’ll be starting the Thanksgiving series along with, for 4 days, a Clyde Aspevig river series. I really, really like his paintngs.

    This first painting is “The Evening Show” & It is one of my favorites. I love that color of the sky when you can also see the moon. I run outside & photoraph it as much as possible when I see it.

    To start the Thanksgiving series, we have a couple of young pilgrims trying to get a turkey that show 2 different artistic styles πŸ˜‰


    Notice The Farmer’s Wife magazine in 1929 had over 900,00 copies sold – that’s a lot! I’ll post a pic later from the early 30’s that had over 1 million. Wonder when that readership declined?

    And here for the Little Guy is a photo of beagles similar to the painting yesterday. Are beagles his favorite Gil? My DH’s favorites are beagles & Bernese Mountain Dogs.

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  9. TOG&C says:

    Here are some more tall ships resembling pirate ships. I’ll be posting a few each day for the Little Guy. Some of these may be repeats, but I tried to post new ones. This is the Kalmar Nyckel

    and detail photos
    On the 1st one the fabric looks too lightweight to be a sail – don’t know what that is – part of a large flag maybe?

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    • TOG&C says:

      Lastly I just wanted to post this photo of Sail Boston to give an idea of the scale of different ships and boats you don’t get when they are only shown on the water:

      Have a great day everyone πŸ™‚ – have to run & get work done.

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      • The Tundra PA says:

        The US Coast Guard’s Eagle is a beautiful tall ship. DH has sailed her, as do all Coast Guard Academy cadets.

        That 4-mast ship with full sail up is sure gorgeous! I’ll bet she’s fast with a bonny wind!

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        • TOG&C says:

          Sailing on the Eagle must be the experience of a lifetime!

          I think if it were not for my ear problems causing vertigo & sea sickness, I’d be out on the water as much as I could – and I can’t swim no matter how many times I try. The air is so clean, and clear! The relative solitude and silence is wonderful too.

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    Two from AT today that are phenomenal essays.

    Do you lock the doors of your house at night? Do the elites have walls around their castles?

    Why? Is it because you and they hate everyone outside that door or wall? Or is it because you love and wish to protect everyone inside?

    I don’t understand why people can’t take the microcosm and apply it to the macrocosm. If they’re seriously true to their stated belief that nationalism is a very bad thing, then they should live like it, and keep the doors to their house unlocked, and put up a sign outside that says, “Everyone! Come on inside! If you get beyond the threshold, you’re an automatic member of our family! Make yourselves at home, pick a room to sleep in, even with our little girl!”

    But none of these people do that. They have walls and locked doors around their castles. I question their integrity and honesty.

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    • If you don’t live what you say you believe, then you don’t believe it, then you’re just trying to manipulate us. Do it, anti-nationalists. Keep your doors unlocked at night.

      I liken it to Al Gore’s admonitions vs. his carbon output. You know how many lights he has lit, continuously, at his many mansions, and how many miles he travels by private jet?

      He doesn’t believe what he says. Neither do anti-nationalists. They still lock their doors at night, and decide who to invite inside or not. God Bless Poland and Japan, and Hungary and Austria. They understand.

      I wish there was still an England, and a France, and a Germany, and a Norway.

      They’re gone, now. You go there, and you will experience cultures other than those ones, and even to the exclusion of those ones. Thank you, Macron and your ilk.

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    • lovely says:

      I don’t understand why people can’t take the microcosm and apply it to the macrocosm.

      Quite simply, many, many people are delusional.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. stella says:

    This Day in History: The 12-year-old who served in World War II

    On this day in 1942, a 12-year-old distinguishes himself in combat. Yes, you read that correctly: A 12-year-old fought in World War II. Calvin Leon Graham was the youngest person to serve.

    Calvin had long been accustomed to taking care of himself. He lost his father at a young age. When his mother remarried, her new husband was abusive. β€œSeemed like every time our stepdad came home, he’d get on Calvin,” his sister later said. β€œMy brother pretty much had to raise himself.”

    Calvin moved out, selling newspapers and shining shoes to make money. Yet even as an 11-year-old, he knew that he wanted to help the war effort. He practiced speaking in a deep voice. He began shaving, hoping it would make his face look older. After he turned 12, he hatched a plan with another boy: They stole a notary public’s seal, forged parental signatures, and enlisted.

    Calvin’s biggest worry? The dentist. The Navy had one checking new recruits.

    β€œ[H]e’d know how young I was by my teeth,” Calvin later said. β€œWhen the dentist kept saying I was 12, I said I was 17.” The dentist finally let him go when Calvin noted that several underage boys had already gotten through. β€œ[H]e said he didn’t have time to mess with me, and he let me go.”

    Calvin was assigned to USS South Dakota. That battleship left Pearl Harbor during October 1942. A few weeks later, it was at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands (pictured). By November 14 and 15, it was engaged in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. South Dakota took 42 hits that day.

    Seaman Calvin Graham was injured. But he also became a hero.

    Calvin was manning his anti-aircraft gun when shrapnel tore through his mouth and jaw. At another point, an explosion blew him three stories down into the ship. Nevertheless, the wounded 12-year-old began pulling others to safety. β€œI took belts off the dead and made tourniquets for the living and gave them cigarettes and encouraged them all night,” Calvin later described. β€œIt was a long night. It aged me.”

    Calvin received the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart, but his story would not get to end on that happy note. South Dakota soon returned to the United States for repairs. Calvin left, without the Navy’s permission, to attend his grandmother’s funeral. At about the same time, his mother reportedly saw Calvin in news footage from the war. She notified the Navy that Calvin was underage. Calvin was thrown into the brig.

    His sister’s loud complaints about the β€œBaby Vet” in a military prison got him released after three months, but Calvin was kicked out of the Navy without an honorable discharge. He was stripped of his medals…

    Read the rest at

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    • I eagerly await the demise of Government schools, who say, “We own your ‘kids’ until the point when they reach the age of 18, so we can complete their programming.”

      I trained a 14-year-old young man to be a kitchen worker over the last few days. He’s going to be a rockstar in any kitchen, and he has a very analytical mind and a work ethic.

      14-year-old latinos and Muslims have kids in America, and nobody bats an eye.

      White people are kids until 18. By fiat, and by design.

      That guy was an acting adult by 12. Like America used to be.


      • I was playing with sticks in the woods pretending I was Luke Skywalker at 12.


      • Menagerie says:

        My sons were working at the shipyard where their dad works full time in the summer by age 14, as my husband did from when he was 13. I hated it, and was not sure at all about doing it, but it turned out to be one of the best things ever for them.

        Sometimes the best things you can do for your kids are really hard things.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      That’s sad.

      Liked by 2 people

    • “The story is phenomenal and not an anomaly.”

      That’s the first line to a great rap. If you ever heard Aesop Rock or Sage Francis you’d understand. That just rolls off the tongue, in 4/4. Eminem would sing that line but he would YELL all the “o” sounds like he’s yelling at you. I don’t like being yelled at by the artists that I listen to. So I don’t listen to Eminem. Unless forced to because work. Be calm, Eminem. Stop it.


  12. Lucille says:

    Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar admits she supports BDS, after saying it was β€œnot helpful” before election
    November 15, 2018 11:00 AM By Robert Spencer

    The BDS movement is frankly neo-Nazi in its goals, as the Nazis staged nationwide boycotts of Jewish-owned businesses early in the life of the Third Reich. So Ilhan Omar had every reason to distance herself from this movement before the election. But now Representative Omar has nothing to lose.

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  13. Gil says:

    Talk about a twist on this story. They’re all liars!

    AΒ feel-good tale of a homeless man using his last $20 to help a stranded New Jersey woman buy gas was actually a complete lie, manufactured to get strangers to donate more than $400,000 to help the down-and-out good Samaritan, a prosecutor said Thursday.

    Burlington County prosecutor Scott Coffina announced criminal charges against the couple who told the story to newspapers and television stations along with the homeless man who conspired with them to tell the story.

    He said the money, donated to the homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt, will be refunded to people who saw the story and contributed to him through a GoFundMe page set up by the couple, Mark D’Amico and Katelyn McClure.

    β€œThe entire campaign was predicated on a lie,” Coffina said. β€œIt was fictitious and illegal and there are consequences.”

    Bobbitt was arrested Wednesday night by U.S. marshals in Philadelphia and remained in custody Thursday on probation detainers and a $50,000 bond. A message was left with a previous attorney of Bobbitt’s.

    D’Amico and McClure surrendered to authorities Wednesday night and were released. Their attorney said they have no comment. All were charged with theft by deception.

    Investigators searched the Florence, New Jersey, home of D’Amico and McClure in September after questions arose about what happened to the money they raised for Bobbitt. The couple claimed he helped McClure get gas after she became stranded on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia last year.

    McClure said that in an attempt to thank Bobbitt for his help, she set up the fundraising page, which brought in more than $400,000 and landed them in the national news.

    Coffina said almost no part of the tale was true. McClure didn’t run out of gas. Bobbitt didn’t spot her in trouble and give her money.

    Less than an hour after the couple set up the page to solicit donations, McClure sent a text message to a friend acknowledging the story was β€œcompletely made up.”

    Prosecutors began investigating after Bobbitt claimed he wasn’t getting the money that had been raised on his behalf. He later sued the couple.

    It’s not exactly clear what happened with the money, though Bobbitt’s attorney has said it’s all gone.


  14. lovely says:

    Stella, how goes the new computer? It looks like you’re up and running! Bravo!


    • stella says:

      Yes, the basics are all in place. I was able to restore most of my data, but I need to reinstall some programs.

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      • lovely says:

        Happy to hear it. I am not computer savvy and always get overwhelmed when it comes time for a new one.

        Liked by 1 person

        • stella says:

          Like every big task, break it down into parts, then prioritize the tasks. My most important was getting antivirus protection in place, then restoring files.

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          • lovely says:

            Sounds like a good plan, I can do most of the basics, nothing fancy. Switching over from a PC to an Apple took some getting used to but I’m happy with my Mac πŸ™‚ .

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          • lovely says:

            PS From what you have talked posted about computers while talking with other posters on here it is obvious that you have really good computer skills and understand some of the nuts and bolts of what is going on.

            I truly have no clue. I follow commands and prompts and eventually get where I’m going in the cyber world, that is all πŸ™ƒ.

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            • stella says:

              I’m not really familiar with Windows 10, and I’m far behind on the new PC hardware, although until 2015 I had been working in IT for 20 years. Personal computers were not my primary responsibility, however. Mostly data, databases, and IBM midrange systems.

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            • stella says:

              In a small IT department you have to be willing to tackle problems sometimes that make you uncomfortable because your skills may not be solid in a particular area. Usually things turn out okay. The internet helps a lot – something that we didn’t have when I first worked in IT. Truthfully, I amazed myself sometimes, to be honest. I don’t think I ever made a problem worse – at least not hopeless!

              There were only a few of us managing pc’s, networks, internet, telephone systems, heating and cooling and building security systems, and we had to cover for each other. Usually we worked things out, or at least knew where to go for help if we needed it.

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  15. Lucille says:


    The Naples News reports on a systematic effort by Florida’s Democratic Party to harvest thousands of illegal votes, using altered state government forms:

    A day after Florida’s election left top state races too close to call, a Democratic party leader directed staffers and volunteers to share altered election forms with voters to fix signature problems on absentee ballots after the state’s deadline.

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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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  17. auscitizenmom says:

    Prayer for Justice Kavanaugh:
    “After watching her husband rip into pro-death senators who used Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in attempts to derail the appointment of her husband to the U.S. Supreme Court, Ashley is asking all people of faith to unite in praying Psalm 40, which reads:”


    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

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