General Discussion, Thursday, February 4, 2021

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  1. Lucille says:


    “Iron-rich water leaking from Antarctica’s Taylor Glacier produces the deep red color of Blood Falls.” —Credit: Peter Rejcek, U.S. Antarctic Program, National Science Foundation

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    • Thank you Lucille. Not only are your posted images beautiful, but food for our soul. I saved that one with the cardinal (with attribution to you).

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      • Lucille says:

        You’re welcome, G&C! The “cardinal” saying is a good reminder that in easy times it’s also easy to praise God. But the hard times? Those challenge us to keep on keeping on toward greater faith in Him and His provision.

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  2. Lucille says:

    The entire world will pay dearly for the theft of our 2020 election. The lefties aim to destroy every vestige of American exceptionalism (exceptional not because of superior people but because of America being a nation of laws under one of the greatest documents ever conceived by man).

    Africans Slam Joe Biden for Funding Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Agenda in Their Countries (VIDEO)
    RIGHT TO LIFE UK February 1, 2021 | 12:13PM WASHINGTON, DC

    Filmmaker, author, and social activist Obianuju Ekeocha has called out the United States for repealing the Mexico City Policy which ensured that federal funding was not spent on abortions outside the United States.

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  3. Menagerie says:

    Good morning everyone. I’m back from a little trip to St. Louis. It was a bit of culture shock to see so many things closed. We had a really hard time finding places to eat if you didn’t want take out or drive thru. Even in the hotel you had to take breakfast up to your room to eat.Finally I found a wonderful real Italian restaurant in a neighborhood called The Hill, settled by Italian families.

    The area is full of Italian restaurants still. Apparently fried ravioli is a thing, and it originated in St. Louis. Yes, it is indeed delicious, and if you ever get to St. Louis I highly recommend Zia’s. I don’t know how people get to it when times are booming because The Hill is a residential neighborhood of old houses and the restaurants are mostly in those old houses or buildings and you park street side wherever you can.

    Anyhow, the trip was worth it just for that meal! I had wanted to go on a riverboat cruise, but they were closed until March. Wanted to go to a museum where there is a da Vinci display through April. It was closed the two days we were there. Everything that we wanted to do was closed for the winter or because of the virus.

    Just this morning someone next door on the Tree who lives in the area said independent restaurants have decided to open back up in defiance of the “orders.” I am glad to hear that and wish them well.

    BTW, I haven’t seen so many masks outside the operating rooms in hospitals. I wonder if St. Louis actually has less spread and is safer than our area? Something to check on. I’ve visited St. Louis before, so many years ago. It was almost like a ghost town this time in comparison.

    I know that here in Tennesse and Georgia things are a lot more normal and open than other areas of the country, but it was still somewhat of a culture shock to experience it.

    One further observation. All my life I’ve heard of the legendary Southern hospitality, and i hope we mostly do live up to the legend. But, having had family in Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska, I have found people in those states to be very friendly, perhaps to my mind even more kind and friendly that lots of Southerners. I did not find it quite as friendly a place this time, but I think the masks put me off.

    I don’t think any of us are at our best after this past year. As Wee likes to say, I hate everybody but us. 😀

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    • stella says:

      Mornin’ Menage! Sounds like you had a good time. I haven’t been anywhere for so long, I forget what it’s like.

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    • Morning Menagerie 🙂

      Thanks for your travel story. It sounds like a nice area. Yes, I’ve had fried ravioli’s, and when well done they’re really good, but when done wrong they’re like square hockey pucks, so that must have been a good restaurant!

      Ii reminds me of Providence RI which haven’t been to in years. It used to be a beautiful little city filled with many great restaurants (many Italian – yum!) due to the culinary school, art from RI School of Design, and architecture and furniture from the museum and historical buildings. If anyone goes to that area, try to go Providence – and let us know how it is 😉

      I hate the evil that seems to be running rampant, but maybe try to turn this crappy year around to gratitude for things we have that are still good and normal? Hate is exhausting and sucks the fun out of life! Been there, done that, still fighting that purely human reaction. 😉

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  4. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ Everyone. It must have gotten down to 32* here last night, My heat ran off and on several times when I was awake and ran a lot early this morning. Annnnd there was frost on the ground. But, the sun is out bright and hot, so it will warm up fast. Loki doesn’t seem to care. Hope you all have a great day.

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  5. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ all!

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  6. What a beautiful and thought provoking photo today Stella! Good Morning!

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  7. OK, time for some silliness here today! 😉
    Here are some fun Idaho travel posters in our travel poster series:

    and in this image I wonder if that is a huge heated swimming pool, or is there a hot spring there?

    Have a great day everyone! See you later 🙂

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    • Lucille says:

      Yes, Idaho is BIG on potatoes. Potato farms are located mostly on the southeast side of Idaho where the soil is excellent for them. Planted in April, they are usually harvested in mid-late September. Here’s a pretty field with a backdrop of the Grand Tetons in Wyoming…

      …and a nice sunset…

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  8. just stevie says:

    Good morning guys! Well, looks like Liz Cheney remains as the GOP conference chair…via S.E.C.R.E.T. ballot! Of course, the eGOPs don’t want their names public so that we’d know who voted for her. I mean, why should we be allowed to know these secret doings of our GOP? 🙄 [snark] We should trust them, right?

    C. Edmund Wright (American Thinker) spelled out how these politicians plan out their political destinies, which was a huge eye-opener for me. Me thinks the system is completely broken. 😭

    Sorry for being an Eeyore ! I shouldn’t have read news this morning…🥴

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    • No need to apologize. You “took a hit for the team”, and this is an important article for those who do not understand how the system works. It always amazes me, really amazes me, when I stop by next door and sometimes read the comments that so many people said they never knew how bad the swamp was and how deceitful politicians are. So this article and you spreading the news is important.

      In the end in varying degrees some part of what has happened is our own fault. We must each individually band together locally with others we know and trust politically, or as the opposition says “organize” (they do it very well), to ensure only people put forth for office are known entities that are well vetted. Then months and years of leg-work and education must be done with the voting populace to counter the media and big money coming in to our states. Even though we work & have families, and even if we have to give up vacations and weekends, and TV to do it, we MUST DO IT or we are guaranteed failure. Why don’t people realize how important politics is in their everyday lives??? I am glad they are now opening their eyes to reality.

      The other thing is, I have asked if anyone knows the laws that makes it OK for the uber-rich from NY & Calif to dump millions and millions buying elections in small states? So far i have not found these laws. Those little states congresscritters are supposed to represent Wyoming & New Hampshire, not NY & Calif. Nobody seems to know those laws.

      Now, may I offer you some hot coco, and a baby elephant to make you smile 😉

      🙂 You done good 🙂

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    • The Tundra PA says:

      I know how you feel, stevie. I’ve cut down a lot on news consumption because it is all so bleak and depressing I can’t stand it. But am still scanning headlines at Citizen Free Press, American Thinker, Townhall, a few others. Some things are important to know, if not in gritty detail at least in broad strokes.

      This morning I found this amazing analysis of the real American elite/CCP relationship:
      It is a long read, but well worth the time.

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      • just stevie says:

        Thank you! I read the whole thing! And now I know that I am not crazy for believing that the whole system is broken…broken beyond repair! And how 80 million Trump voters won’t make a difference…unless, a power rises up so powerful that can beat even China! What Trump did was to expose the corruption, which we would have never understood the depths of that corruption without him. I’ll be passing this article on…..very, very informative! Again, thanks!

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  9. stella says:

    My daughter and I were just texting about snowstorms, and I brought up that her birth due date was Jan 25, 1968, just one year after the huge Chicago snowstorm of 1967 (23 to 26 inches of heavy snow, depending on where you lived). We lived southwest of Chicago O’Hare airport at the time.

    Then I just read this from a blog post by a Chicago weatherman about the winter of 1967:

    The snows kept coming in the wake of the city’s record snowstorm, greatly hindering the city’s dig out. A 3-inch snow fell Jan. 29, followed by 4 inches Feb. 1, and a major 7.6 inch snowfall Feb. 5-6, that increased the city’s snow depth to 27 inches. Adding insult to injury, just a few weeks later, a short-duration blizzard struck the evening of Feb. 23. It was a true blizzard accompanied by thunder and lightning and whiteout conditions, walloping the city with 4 inches of snow in just two hours and 15 minutes. Winds gusted to 47 mph in Chicago, but gusts peaked 82 mph at Ogden Dunes in northwest Indiana.

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    • stella says:

      That Time Chicago Sent a Trainload of Snow to Florida

      “Some of the snow from 1967, there was so much of it, they didn’t know what to do with it,” said Peter Alter, resident historian at the Chicago History Museum. “They put it on train cars, and they shipped it to Florida for kids who had never seen snow.”

      I’ll tell you right now: It happened, all right, and the story’s details are worth revisiting. Because when you retrace the making of this Chicago mini-legend, you can see click-bait journalism being written across the front pages of mainstream newspapers — 40 years before its time…

      Some Chicago rail yards came up with their own solution for snow that built up in their depots. It’s kind of bizarre in its simplicity: Shove it on freight trains already heading south. The warmer weather would do the job, melting the stuff in transit.

      “They sent it because they wanted to get rid of it,” A.W. Pirtle, supervisor of the Illinois Central Railroad’s Memphis depot told the Associated Press (probably rolling his eyes). And in Chicago, the ordeal made front-page news.

      Dozens of train lines followed suit, and this solution — extolled in headlines such as this — grew into a national story. It was picked up by the Associated Press, and photographs of trains carrying heaps of sooty, Chicago snow from the blizzard appeared in papers around the country as the rail cars made their way to Tennessee, Alabama and Texas…

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      • stella says:

        …The story was even picked up by national television, and eventually reached the ears and eyes of a 13-year-old girl in the town of Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

        We found that girl through the White Pages. Her name is Terri Bell (last name Hodson at the time), and, at age 61, she still lives in Fort Myers Beach.

        She says after hearing the broadcast about trainloads of Chicago snow heading south, she wrote a letter to William Quinn, the president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, asking him to send her some snow because, as a Floridian, she had never seen any.

        And he did.

        It’s just that 13-year-old Terri Hodson hadn’t realized that all of the other southbound snow was shipped in uninsulated cars — the whole point being to melt. But Quinn, possibly sensing a brilliant PR stunt but possibly out of the goodness of his heart, had the snow shipped to Florida in refrigerator cars.

        Hear Terri tell her own story of getting Chicago shipped 1,300 miles to Florida

        And if the media went bananas over Chicago railroads sending snow south in uninsulated cars, they went banana sundaes when they heard about the special, frozen shipment to school kids in Florida…

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    • texan59 says:

      We lived in Northern IN when that blizzard hit in ’67. My Dad was an Indiana State Police officer and got snowed out for three days. I had to take our sled up to the IGA and get milk for us and some other families with little ones. And a few packs of smokes for some of the Mom’s too. I was just a little over 7, but I can remember that like it was yesterday.

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