General Discussion, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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  1. Lucille says:

    An American Redstart wants all Stellars to have a terrific Tuesday…and so do I….


    “Happy Trails: Wild Treasures in the Lone Star State”

    Wild treasures in Texas go far beyond cattle, cactus and coyotes. Texas is also a resting place for over 600 bird species, more than any other state.

    https://www.insidethegate.com/2013/04/happy-trails-wild-treasures-in-the-lone-star-state/

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  2. Lucille says:

    But then…there’s this guy…

    …and he couldn’t care less what kind of day anyone has…he’s a Cassowary, an enormous flightless creature deemed the…”World’s most dangerous bird”…

    Native to Australia and New Guinea, a cassowary β€˜can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick’, according to animal experts. Here’s what happened to this poor Florida man…https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3006074/worlds-most-dangerous-bird-cassowary-attacks-and

    So beware, Stellars of those who wish a Cassowary on you!

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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)
    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’ bjosz! πŸ™‚ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Some of Menagerie’s Jack Daniels – Shhhhhh)
    Mornin’ Angelle Staria Literary Works! πŸ™‚ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Some more of Menagerie’s Jack Daniels – Shhhhhh)
    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 Lemon Cheesecake Tarts

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ all!

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  5. czarina33 says:

    Just in case you’re planning to travel to England with your dog, I saw this on CBS this morning:

    https://cbsloc.al/2HmuUOW

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    • JTR says:

      You can’t take your dog to England. If you did, it would be quarantined for 6 months in a kennel before you could go to the pup-pampering places. England has no rabies, so they are very strict about animals coming and going.
      When we immigrated back here, we brought our kitty, Ruby. We had to get a special vet’s certificate to bring her with us. She had to have a rabies shot which we had to get from Germany! We also had to buy her a plane ticket. All together it cost us about $700 to bring the kitty and this was 22 years ago. She was worth it though. Sweet Ruby lived to be 17 years old.

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  6. stella says:

    Good morning all! Excitement in the neighborhood this morning. Was wakened by the sound of heavy equipment, so went outside to look. The street is blocked off and they are removing at least 3 large trees in a yard. At least one of them is in the backyard where the lot is narrow and the house is 2-story. They are using a cherry picker and a huge crane to accomplish the task. I hope they don’t drop anything. The first one in the front yard was very large – the trunk is about 2 feet thick. Another in the front yard yet to go. It’s quite a feat with houses, power lines etc.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      I know the feeling. We have a huge live oak in the backyard of the NOLA house, a magnolia tree that refuses ti die and a huge pine tree. It’s not a big lot, standard mid-to-late 50s size, but they fill the yard and make hot summers a bit cooler.

      Front yard has an old crepe myrtle on one side and a Japanese magnolia we planted over 30 years ago on the other side. It’s an old neighborhood with a lot of old trees so it doesn’t look like the new ‘green desert’ developments with grass with a few bushes.

      Here we have a huge number of trees, we lost between 11 and 14 thousand in Katrina and we’re back to forest between the ones we planted and the volunteers. I can’t envision a life without trees, living in some development where the neighborhood committee decides what type and how many trees you can have and where the can/can’t be placed. We have oaks over thirty feet high we grew from acorns in NOLA that we placed where we want them, we have about forty volunteer oaks we’ve babied growing on the west and north and about 50 long leaf we personally planted where we wanted, as sprouts, between the house and the lake. They’ve become members of the family, a life without trees is unimaginable.

      Biggest problem in planting mature trees is the tap root. If the tree was cut from the ground by one of those huge ice cream cone scoops the tap root’s usually lost. There’s a chance one might grow back but it won’t be the same as the one it originally had. The tree’s then stuck with the lateral roots for support and they weren’t designed for that, wet ground and a windstorm and you’ll be picking up a tree off of your house.

      Ahhhh…trees…

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      • stella says:

        I breathed a sigh of relief when my neighbor cut down his huge 3-branch maple that was held together by chains 30 feet up. If that sucker came down in a storm it could have wiped out his house – or mine.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Yeah, I love maples, even grew a few dozen from seed in NOLA and brought them here but none are planted within 100 feet of the house.

          During Katrina our neighbor’s maple, parent to many of ours, split and fell, took out the corner of his house.

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      • bjosz says:

        Czar:
        That sounds beautiful! Lots of work, though, when little limbs break off ? And leaf raking!

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Limbs don’t break on the oak, matter of fact I had to trim some of the low-hanging limbs so Czarina can mow under. The oak left untrimmed goes from ground to top, increasing the availability of food for the tree by shading out competition.

          The pines’ boughs that fall just get run over by the big mowers and ground in though the pine tree in NOLA is so large that limbs don’t fall much any more.

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          • bjosz says:

            Good Thanks for the information!

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            I am going to have to have a talk with our oaks. Every time we have a little wind, twigs and limbs end up on the ground. I am always praying I won’t get hit by one of the larger ones.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              What kind of oaks do you have? Do you have those Florida sand oaks?

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              • auscitizenmom says:

                I think they are Live Oaks. I looked up oaks, and Live Oaks are the only ones that I noticed lose their leaves when the new ones come in. I have always wondered what was going on because the ground would be covered with brown leaves and the tree would still be covered with green leaves.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  There’s a sand oak down there too, just bought one for here, it’s in the live oak family. If the 22-horse mower can’t chew it up then there’s always the brush hog or tractor-mounted chipper, we just let the detritus rot in.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      It’s a little harrowing to watch, but if these guys know what they are doing, it is amazing.

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    • czarina33 says:

      Lots of that happened after Katrina in New Orleans. Most houses are barely 3 feet apart and have small backyards, so no machines could go back there. My friend’s backyard tree was badly damaged but mostly still standing 40′ tall, so to have it removed she had to pay for a large crane to lean over her house to stabilize the top when it was cut off, then transfer the top and each subsequent piece to the truck in the street in front of her house. Cost a fortune, and the insurance only picked up a fraction.

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      • My parents once hired a local man near their Northern Michigan cottage to remove a very old tree, probably more than 50′ tall. He was a Christian & would pray about each cut before making it. He climbed the trunk with spiked boots & a very basic harness & would tie off each section before cutting it strategically & lowering it to the ground. Once started he’d taken down the whole tree in less than half an hour. Those that watched said it was truly an amazing (& economical) thing to see…

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        • stella says:

          I’ve seen that done too. Back in the 1960’s, a friend’s mother had a beautiful house on a wooded lot; unfortunately with several big elms – one huge one within two feet of the corner of the house.

          The brother in law of the guy I was dating at the time worked for a tree surgeon, and that’s exactly how he and some friends took down those big trees. It’s not exactly safe for the guy climbing the tree, though.

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  7. stella says:

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    • czarowniczy says:

      How about a public school teacher from New Orleans? It’s a miserably performing system in a state that scores perpetually in the lowest three states, a city that’s had untold millions thrown at its school system since Katrina and the schools still suck and are rife with corruption. There’s yet another investigation going on to find out why after millions were thrown into the charter school system the students are still failing.

      Come ‘n git one…or two, we won’t miss ’em and they’re mostly Democrats so failure is an option to them.

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  8. stella says:

    President Donald J. Trump’s schedule for Tuesday, May 14th:
    -Participate in a walking tour of Cameron LNG Export Facility in Hackberry, LA
    -Deliver remarks on promoting energy infrastructure and economic growth

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  11. Menagerie says:

    A good short video here.

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  12. stella says:

    Dang it. Another good guy is gone.

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  13. Lucille says:

    Good points included in “Trump’s Tax Returns” by Frank Ryan – May 14, 2019

    Liberals did not hear what they wanted to hear in the Mueller report, so now they are waging a different type of battle. The new battle centers on Donald Trump’s tax returns.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/05/trumps_tax_returns.html

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  14. stella says:

    Tariffs bad? What about sales taxes?

    The New York Times editorial board is aghast. It editorialized, “Trump’s Tariffs Are a New Tax on Americans.”

    What? Has the board finally meet a tax it did not like?

    Of course, tariffs are not new. Tariffs were the nation’s first tax. George Washington signed the first one into law on July 4, 1789, on the 66th day of his presidency.

    Tariffs provided most of the national government’s revenue until the income tax came along. American industry flourished under tariffs, which Democrats opposed. The opposition to tariffs was almost as strong as Democrat support of slavery.

    Republicans were the party of abolition and tariffs — until the Bushes came along.

    President Donald Trump wants to end unfair trade agreements. The American-in-name-only companies that benefit from cheap unAmerican labor oppose him. They finance think tanks that churn out studies that show America benefits from consuming without producing…

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    • czarina33 says:

      The other thing about tariffs is to encourage us to buy American made. I always consider this when shopping, and pick American made if available, even if it is more expensive.

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  15. czarowniczy says:

    Chinese scientists at the Academy of Sciences in Quingdao have found radioactive carbon carbon traces left over from nuclear testing in the bodies of spineless, cold blooded creatures at the deepest part of the Pacific. Proof positive that Democrats are EVERYWHERE!

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  16. Lucille says:

    A lovely listen for eventide…

    “Valse Triste” by Jean Sibelius
    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan

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  17. czarowniczy says:

    Woo Hoo…Trump asrriving in New Orleans right now. Gonna be shutting down Interstate and main roads in the busiest part of the day in NOLA’s busiest suburb. Gonna be some folks late to dinner tonite. He has a fundraiser in Metairie tonite, $2800 a plate (originally posted as $28,000 a plate by local press) so he has to land at the international airport instead of the air station in Belle Chasse.

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  18. jeans2nd says:

    A favor, if one may be so bold.
    DIL is having her pinning ceremony – nursing students receive their nurse’s pin after graduating college – tomorrow night, and I’ve absolutely no idea what to get her, and cash is too impersonal.
    Any suggestions?

    Was thinking of a good wine or cooler (what is a cooler???), but, not being a drinker, have no idea where to even start. My memory has only Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Creme, and Dos Equis, from L’il Bro (of course).
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

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  19. stella says:

    So cute! Jess and Miah help their boys plant their own garden.

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. Lucille says:

    Two Bostons viewing the sun sinking low…

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