General Discussion, Thursday, December 6, 2018

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  1. Lucille says:


    AMEN!

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  2. Lucille says:

    “Watch Teen With Rare Skin Disease React to His Family Being Surprised With Handicap-Accessible Home”
    By McKinley Corbley – Dec 3, 2018
    https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/teen-with-eb-surprised-with-new-handicap-accessible-staten-island-home/

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  3. ZurichMike says:

    Today is the feast day of Saint Nicholas of Myra, the one and only who is the historical basis for Saint Nick, Santa Claus, Sinterklaas (Dutch), Samichlaus (Swiss), etc.

    Read more about this remarkable saint:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas

    Here are traditions on December 6th:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas_Day

    Some photos of the Swiss tradition (except β€œKnecht Rupert” is NOT the Swiss name for the guy in black. His name is β€œSchmutzli” (the β€œdirty one”).
    https://www.newlyswissed.com/how-the-swiss-st-nicholas-tradition-works/

    In our valley, there are β€œpacks” of young people, mostly young men, who walk through the streets in an elaborate drama: Saint Nicholas (dressed as a bishop, with miter hat and bishop’s staff), his sidekick β€œSchmutzli” (coal-dust covered guy who traditionally punished the bad kids with stern warnings and/or a smack on the backside), and β€œEsel” (β€œdonkey” – a guy with funny donkey ears who assists Saint Nicholas. Following them are three groups of people: GeislΓ€klopfer (whip-crackers), IffΓ€lΓ€ (bearers of giant, candle-powered lanterns), and TrichlΓ€ (men – definitely not women! – who carry two ENORMOUS, heavy cowbells on a yoke) – when they clang the noise can be heard for miles.

    Here’s a link to the custom in the valley where I live (opened to the glossary page with good photos): http://www.chlauseslae.ch/glossary.html#Triichlae

    We are so happy to see this tradition coming back – with lots of young people involved. The β€œpacks” can be heard coming long before you see them. It brings everyone to the windows and doors, and the β€œpack” will stop and Saint Nicholas, Schmutzli, and Esel will gladly greet your child (and adults like me who instantly become a child again when I see this fearful trio approach) and admonish you to be good!

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      ZM Thank you for a great story……… hope you are well.

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    • Menagerie says:

      You left out the part about Nicholas punching the heretic! Okay, legend, but I like it. Oh, to have bishops like that. Last week I taught young Conner (okay, tried) about Saint Nicholas.

      Thank you for always sharing the beauty of the season with us, and enjoy your feast day ZM.

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    • lovely says:

      Before we became Catholic my boyfriend(who was soon to be my husband) and I eloped and got married on the Feast of St. Nicholas day. We picked the date because of St. Nicholas and his kind heart. Our secular marriage was performed by a Jewish lawyer, I believe to this day he still prays for us πŸ™‚ .

      Good to see you Mike πŸ™‚ ! Did you celebrate Thanksgiving way across the pond with a feast?

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    • czarowniczy says:

      So kids in the US leave Santa a glass of milk and cookies…in Switzerland they leave a…samich? If so I presume they’d accompany it with a mas of Samichlaus Bier? Best stuff going, supposedly the strongest bier brewed only on December 6th and aged for about 10 months. Too bad, can’t find it here, seems to be all consumed over there. If you like beer try and round one up.

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      • ZurichMike says:

        Do not know that tradition about the beer — will have to ask around. Interesting.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          It’s a very limited brew, made at the Schloss Eggenberg Braueri in Austria. You should be able to find it if you have (I have no doubt you have) a beer shop that specializes in quality beers.
          Closest possible purchase point to me is about 350 miles away – and I’m considering making the drive.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          BTW, Eggenberg does the brewing but the beer belongs to the Swiss Feldschlossen brewery – iof that helps you find it.

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          • ZurichMike says:

            That brewery is near Basel, so I am guessing I can find this beer in larger Coop or Migros supermarkets. Stay tuned!

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Just fill a mas (handled vessel preferred so no heat’s transferred to the glass) and sit back and sip it. It’s one of those beers I prefer to drink without food as it’s sweetness and aroma are, to me, enjoyed unaccompanied.

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          • ZurichMike says:

            Just checked. No longer brewed at the Feldschlossen brewery — exclusively brewed in Austria, but the they kept the Swiss name for Saint Nicholas (Samichlaus). I am also going to check the Landi (agricultural stores — mostly tools and garden/farm stuff, but also locally produced foods and lots of beer).

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Thought that’s what I said, maybe I wasn’t clear. Hurlimann (say that with a Schwarzenegger accent) used to brew it until they were bought out by Feldschlossen. Feldschlossen killed it as a niche beer until the world complained so they farmed the brewing out to Schloss Eggenberg who continues the tradition.
              If you’ve ever had Sam Adams Triple Bock the Samichlaus makes it taste like tap water.

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    • czarina33 says:

      Thank you. Enjoyed seeing the wooden donkeys in action!

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Ahhh…a nice chance to practice translating. So if I get it correctly the schmutzli are basically representations of Obama and family…nicht wahr?

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  4. Lucille says:

    IT SIFTS FROM LEADEN SIEVES
    by Emily Dickinson

    It sifts from leaden sieves,
    It powders all the wood,
    It fills with alabaster wool
    The wrinkles of the road.

    It makes an even face
    Of mountain and of plain, β€”
    Unbroken forehead from the east
    Unto the east again.

    It reaches to the fence,
    It wraps it, rail by rail,
    Till it is lost in fleeces;
    It flings a crystal veil

    On stump and stack and stem, β€”
    The summer’s empty room,
    Acres of seams where harvests were,
    Recordless, but for them.

    It ruffles wrists of posts,
    As ankles of a queen, β€”
    Then stills its artisans like ghosts,
    Denying they have been.

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  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:

    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Doughnuts for coffee!

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  6. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  7. An offensive cartoon. And it’s all true.

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    • Not even Branco could have the huevos to do this.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Actually the father should have been written as saying: “HEY! That’s my daughter/son!” Another small cultural tidbit from the Mideast the MSM tends to ignore.

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      • Nigel is the bad guy here. So is the dad. Everything about this cartoon is true.

        It’s so sad to watch the UK die. I watched my dad’s brother die in the hospital, with four other people, after we pulled the plug. This is like that. My uncle breathing his last breath, England doing the same. I had to be there, though. He was my best friend. Same for the other four people in the room. The nurse was his daughter. His death was cancer, all over the place.

        Sorry, England. Sorry to see you die. It’s like watching my uncle die.

        I really liked Monty Python. And Benny Hill. And Shakespeare. And Douglas Adams.

        Now England is in a hospital bed, like my uncle was. And is dying like that kid in E.T…

        What did you do, England? Why did you do it?

        Imagine twisting a faucet, and releasing Niagara Falls. That’s what the West just did.

        Whoops! Wrong knob.

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  8. joshua says:

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/12/time_for_an_ellis_island_approach_to_immigration.html

    December 6, 2018
    Time for an Ellis Island Approach to Immigration
    By Brian C. Joondeph

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  9. lovely says:

    Just when I think President Trump cannot outdo himself with trolling the Left he moves the bar yet again.

    Standing ovation President Trump, standing O!

    It’s called Presidential Harassment!

    πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚

    I want the t-shirt!

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  10. lovely says:

    Stella, your photo reminded me of this photo πŸ™‚ !

    I hope that your computer situation gets sorted out soon.

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  11. Lucille says:

    Vintage Photos of Children Celebrating Christmas during the Early 1900’s

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    • czarina33 says:

      Hard to remember when we were so satisfied with a couple of new books, a sweater, slippers and a box of candy under the tree….

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      • lovely says:

        I’m going really small this Christmas. My middle daughter won’t be there for the first time so I already gave her and her boyfriend their gifts. Two sets of very nice chopsticks and a plant in a little bowl from Japan. Everyone in my family has enough “stuff”.

        Evening Czarina πŸ™‚ !

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  12. lovely says:

    The best still I can find of the demonic Hillary Clinton and her hateful look at Melania. Then there is Jimmy (enabler of all of every ghoulish dictator) Carter who must still have pretty good eyesight given the way he is smiling at our beautiful First Lady.

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  13. Lucille says:

    Chris Farrell on “Bill Martinez Live”: Mueller Probe ‘Frantically’ Trying to Link Trump to Russia
    Judicial Watch

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  14. 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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  15. auscitizenmom says:

    Prayer for Justice Kavanaugh:

    https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/kavanaugh-v.-ford
    “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:”

    “BE PLEASED, O LORD, TO DELIVER ME, LOOK DOWN, O LORD TO HELP ME. LET THEM BE CONFOUNDED AND ASHAMED TOGETHER, THAT SEEK AFTER MY SOUL TO TAKE IT AWAY. LET THEM BE TURNED BACKWARD AND BE ASHAMED THAT DESIRE EVILS TO ME.”

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

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  16. Lucille says:

    Stella, over at CTH In the post “President Trump Delivers Remarks During White House Hanukkah Reception” there is a total ethnic slur by “Major Styles” which was not caught.

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