General Discussion, Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Songkran Festival, which is tied to the Thai New Year, occurs each year in mid-April for three days. It’s a time to clean, reflect, and pay respect to your neighbors, family, and the elderly.
During the festival, people bring food to local monks and bathe Buddha statues in water, while younger Thais pour scented water over the hands of their elders for luck and prosperity. Over the years, this tradition has evolved to include a massive water fight with water balloons and super soakers.

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70 Responses to General Discussion, Thursday, March 28, 2019

  1. Lucille says:

    Today’s old movie…”Successful Failure” (1934) … these type of films were low budget and usually shown on a double bill (remember those?)…along with a major studio big budget movie. I enjoyed it.

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  2. Lucille says:


    “Visit Gorgeous Tulip Fields Without Flying to Holland”
    Washington’s Skagit Valley is the next best thing.
    https://www.travelchannel.com/roam-blog/food-culture/visit-skagit-valley-tulip-festival

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Just planted what may be the last of the bulb flowers for this year. We’re planting patches of various daffodils, iris and lilies in the in the wooded area to our west, hoping that over time they’ll spread out. We’re putting Louisiana Irises in the drainage slough as they grow tall, have an interesting variety of colors, slow down the water flow and love soggy ground. Now let’s see if the beavers and nutria leave them alone.

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      • Lucille says:

        Beavers and nutria…”Oh, look what Czar and Czarina planted for us! How kind of them…especially the irises!”

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      • stella says:

        Daffodils are poison, so the animals will probably leave them alone. The squirrels here chomp on tulip bulbs as if they were salads. I think iris will be safe, but who knows?

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        • Lucille says:

          When my older sister was in junior high (7-8th grades) she made fountain pen ink out of purple irises. She was so creative.

          One year for my birthday (probably my 10th) she made a Kachina doll lapel pin carved out of wood and painted.

          For a school project when her class was studying ancient Egypt, she made a 5-6 inch pottery mummy and a sarcophagus with Egyptian design. With only the library in which to do research, she learned how to glaze and fire them without using a kiln.

          At Christmastime two years ago as gifts to each of her four children I purchased frames for drawings and paintings she’d made from grammar school through college which I found in my mother’s possessions.

          Some time back one of my nieces was reminiscing and said when they were children, their mother would tell them bedtime stories. It wasn’t until years later did they come to know the stories were all originals which she’d written but never published. Only as adults after she died did they come to appreciate how unusual their mother had been.

          To all the Stellars…I pray that your children and grandchildren know how unusual you are in time for them to tell you in person.

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      • bjosz says:

        Oh your plans/planting sound so beautiful!!

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        • czarowniczy says:

          When we’re done with the pains of Spring planting, fertilizing an d whatever we’ll be able to give a less opinionated reply.

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    • The Tundra PA says:

      Thanks Lucille. My dad lives in Skagit Valley, it is beautiful there. Especially when the daffs and tulips are in bloom. There is a lovely 50-mile bike ride there every spring called the Tulip Pedal which passes all the major tulip fields. Lots of fun, I’ve done it several times.

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  3. 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)
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    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
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    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
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    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)
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    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
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    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
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    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
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    Mornin’ John Denney! πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
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    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Old Lady)
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    Mornin’ Lburg! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
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    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!

    Blueberry Scones

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

    Liked by 8 people

  5. In case anyone didn’t get to see this last night:

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  6. czarowniczy says:

    They have to clean their elders?

    Liked by 1 person

  7. czarowniczy says:

    Local news posted Trump’s tweet about the witch-hunt investigation being treason. About time he said what we’ve been saying for two years.

    Liked by 4 people

  8. jeans2nd says:

    ‘Afternoon, ladies and gentlymen.
    Devin Nunes has finally gone on the warpath. Certainly you all have heard by now of the Nunes-initiated Schiff takedown at HPSCI this a.m.

    Before this morning’s capers, Rep Nunes visited Maria B at Fox Biz. A short taste – “This is Mueller’s dossier…” 5:06
    They always underestimate the quiet ones. Always.
    Wise people know the quiet ones are the most dangerous. Always.
    maria b is wise. imo

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  9. stella says:

    Good article by Jack Cashill. Do you remember this incident? I do, but it never got much press at the time.

    Obama’s Brennan problem about to explode?

    … Yet despite the strategic edge his personal Pakistan experience might have given him, Obama failed to mention his Pakistan adventure in that August 2007 speech or for the next eight months.

    In fact, Obama spent at least three weeks in Pakistan, maybe as long as a semester. Had the media been a little bit curious they might have blown open one of the great, under-reported stories of the 2008 campaign, a story that broke quietly just two weeks prior to Obama’s Pakistani epiphany.

    This story involved the breach of the presidential candidates’ passport records a few weeks earlier. On March 22, 2008, the Washington Post reported in the 13th paragraph of a minor article that one of the three contract employees caught breaching the files worked for the Analysis Corporation, the CEO of which was a certain John Brennan.

    Analysis Corp. had fewer than 100 employees, and its one culpable employee escaped discipline. The Post article reported only that this unnamed person’s employment status was β€œunder review.” Nor was Brennan a β€œcasual donor” to the Obama campaign as reported.

    In her book, β€œRed Thread,” Diana West asks, β€œWere these hackers, as we were told, simply indulging their curiosity, or were they changing anything in the passport records?”

    As West observes, β€œNo answers are to be seen, literally, in the ensuing IG report, which is so heavily redacted, including 29 pages blacked-out without interruption.” …

    Read more at https://www.wnd.com/2019/03/obamas-brennan-problem-about-to-explode/#IOYP0KHQPALJUxuC.99

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  10. I don’t care who you are… that’s just funny right there β˜οΈβ˜οΈβ˜οΈβ˜οΈπŸ˜…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚

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  11. stella says:

    ‘They could have worn white face’: Jussie Smollett lawyer offers bizarre explanation as to why the Empire actor told police his Nigerian assailants were white – and points to old video of one of them wearing make-up to play the Joker as potential proof

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6860095/Jussie-Smolletts-lawyer-says-thought-brothers-white-wearing-make-up.html?fbclid=IwAR3O2KyZxcgVvnm6-l5a9wv-12aNRs2xazt5AZ7JLjYJTuLrlppcz9bsdTE

    Quote from Facebook: “He got beat up by mimes”

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  12. 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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  13. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Col. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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