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I like to use my BLOGS to keep my friends informed of the daily Mess(es) that are going on with us and adding items of interest others might find enjoyable. Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment. Bret

Conspiracy Theory
Posted:Feb 21, 2018 8:30 pm
Last Updated:Feb 22, 2018 10:39 am

I have always had a great deal of respect for our judiciary system handed down to us from Great Britain and the Romans. You are allowed to avail yourself of the law and present your evidence as it pertains to your case. A cardinal Rule is NEVER EVER tamper with the evidence. Tamporing with the evidence can get you serious jail time.

This morning I became aware of a gross irregularity concerning our lamestream media's coverage of the chaos of the deadly hool shooting at Marjory Stman Douglas High hool in Parkland, Florida where culinary arts teacher Ashley Kurth sheltered dozens of students in her classroom, including "senior" David Hogg.

Hogg, supposedly a student journalist, interviewed his fellow classmates during the shooting. Kurth and Hogg later joined "CBS This Morning" from Parkland to diuss what they witnessed and what message they have for lawmakers. Yaaa as you guessed it.. Gun Control

That's when things started falling apart. Some recognized Hogg from a CBS Channel 2 news out in Los Angeles California. Seems Mr Hogg loves the TV limelight. The video itself was real ― a reuploaded version of a 2017 news clip in which of Hogg’s friends gets into a verbal altercation with a lifeguard, which Hogg recorded and uploaded at the time. The reuploaded video also used the same title as the CBS affiliate: “Confrontation Between Lifeguard, Bodysurfer Caught On Camera In Redondo Beach Goes Viral.”
The video reached No. 1 on YouTube’s trending page Wednesday morning before the company ultimately removed it. >>> The difference came in the new video’s deription, where the uploader, who identified himself as “mike m” wrote, “DAVID HOGG THE ACTOR....” <<<

ALL The videos and photographic evidence is disappearing ALL over the net. CNN posted this page supposedly from the Marjory Stman Douglas High hool in Parkland, Florida yearbook. Only trouble is... The 1/2 guy is wearing a Redondo Shores, California "Eagle" high hool t shirt. This picture has been withdrawn by CNN and does NOT exist either!

The theory goes Hogg already graduated from a California high hool, and went to Parkland High hool just in time for the shooting. Amazingly his dad was in the FBI and recently fired due to the botched Russia Investigation. The very same FBI that "missed" all the indications that Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student intended to go on a shooting rampage.

.Is David Hogg a crisis actor planted by FBI and TV news stations?

170 Years Ago
Posted:Feb 20, 2018 5:33 pm
Last Updated:Feb 22, 2018 2:27 pm

On February 21, 1848, the Communist Manifesto was anonymously published by the Workers' Educational Association (Communistischer Arbeiterbildungsverein) at Bishopsgate in the City of London. Written in German, the 23-page pamphlet was titled Manifest der kommunistischen Partei and had a dark-green cover. It was reprinted three times and serialised in the Deutsche Londoner Zeitung, a newspaper for German émigrés. On 4 March, one day after the serialisation in the Zeitung began. Two weeks later, around 20 March, a thousand copies of the Manifesto reached Paris, and from there to Germany in early April.

In April–May the text was corrected for printing and punctuation mistakes; Marx and Engels would use this 30-page version as the basis for future editions of the Manifesto. Although the Manifesto's prelude announced that it was "to be published in the English, French, German, Italian, Flemish and Danish languages", the initial printings were only in German. Polish and Danish translations soon followed the German original in London, and by the end of 1848, a Swedish translation was published with a new title—The Voice of Communism: Declaration of the Communist Party. In June–November 1850 the Manifesto of the Communist Party was published in English for the first time when George Julian Harney serialised Helen Macfarlane's translation in his Chartist magazine The Red Republican.

Following the October Revolution of 1917 that swept the Vladimir Lenin-led Bolsheviks to power in Russia, the world's first socialist state was founded explicitly along Marxist lines. The Soviet Union, which Bolshevik Russia would become a part of, was a one-party state under the rule of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU). Unlike their mass-based counterparts of the Second International, the CPSU and other Leninist parties like it in the Third International expected their members to know the classic works of Marx, Engels and Lenin. Further, party leaders were expected to base their policy decisions on Marxist-Leninist ideology. Therefore works such as the Manifesto were required reading for the party rank-and-file.

From an obscure 23-page pamphlet whose authors wanted to initially stay anonymous, the world plunged into a political quagmire with realms and influences felt around the world from mighty empires, short lived despotes, to jungle insurgencies. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' theories about the nature of society and politics, that in their own words, "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles". It also features their ideas for how the capitalist society of the time would eventually be replaced by socialism.

A Grain of Salt
Posted:Feb 20, 2018 12:11 pm
Last Updated:Feb 21, 2018 7:20 pm

A second round of freezing rain hit the state overnight and early Tuesday morning. This overnight round of icing impacted much more of Central Iowa, including US!

After 2:00 a.m. freezing rain filled in through Central Iowa and even brought thunderstorms which had Rosie all discombobulated but Ruby stayed calm and collected while Thor just tried to get some sleep.

The freezing rain and drizzle accumulated anywhere from a light glazing to 0.25″ by 8 a.m.

Most areas received around 0.1″ of ice, though even a light glazing is enough to make travel nearly impossible. A central swath received 0.25″ seeing at least minor tree damage or power interruptions as winds picked up into Tuesday morning and midday.

A Winter Weather Advisory remained in place for freezing rain until noon on Tuesday for most of Iowa where even the gravel roads were thoroughly ice coated.

Soooo today is just a great day to stay inside where it's nice and warm doing some baking and keeping the babies from getting into mischief.

Just Winging It.
Posted:Feb 19, 2018 6:35 pm
Last Updated:Feb 20, 2018 8:44 am

Fast-food fans were in a flutter Monday after most of the 900 KFC outlets in the U.K. and Ireland were forced to close because of a shortage of chicken.

The company apologized to customers, blaming "teething problems" with its new delivery partner, DHL.

KFC first apologized for the problems on Saturday. In an update Monday, it listed almost 300 stores as open, but did not say when the rest might join them.

It said those branches that remained open were operating a limited menu or shortened hours.

"We know that this might have inconvenienced some of you over the last few days, and disappointed you when you wanted your fried chicken fix — we're really sorry about that," the company said in a statement.

DHL, which recently took over the KFC contract from Bidvest Logistics, said that "due to operational issues a number of deliveries in recent days have been incomplete or delayed."

The GMB union said it had tried to warn KFC that switching from Bidvest to DHL was a mistake. The change led to 255 job losses and the closure of a Bidvest depot, said Mick Rix, GMB national officer.

He said: "Bidvest are specialists - a food distribution firm with years of experience. DHL are scratching around for any work they can get, and undercut them.

"KFC are left with hundreds of restaurants closed while DHL try and run the whole operation out of one distribution centre. Three weeks ago KFC knew they had made a terrible mistake, but by then it was too late.

When DHL announced in October that it had won the KFC contract alongside logistics firm QSL, it promised to "re-write the rule book and set a new benchmark for delivering fresh products to KFC in a sustainable way."
Prez Day USA!!!
Posted:Feb 18, 2018 6:20 pm
Last Updated:Feb 20, 2018 12:31 am

George Washington was officially born on February 11, 1731 (Old Style) in Connecticut. At the time, the entire British Empire, including its North American possessions, was on the Julian calendar; the Empire, not being bound to the Catholic Church, had not yet adopted the modern Gregorian calendar that Catholic countries had adopted in 1582. Consequently, by the 1730s, the Julian calendar used by Britain and the Colonies was eleven days behind the Gregorian, due to leap year differences. Furthermore, the British civil year began on March 25 rather than January 1, so that dates in February (such as this one) 'belonged' to the preceding year. In 1752, The British Empire switched to the Gregorian calendar; since then, Americans born prior to 1752, including Washington, have typically had their birthdays recognized under what their birthday would have been under the Gregorian calendar (“New Style” dates). Since, during the 1700s, February 11 under the Julian calendar would fall as February 22 on the Gregorian, Washington's birthday has been generally recognized as February 22.

The federal holiday honoring Washington was originally implemented by an Act of Congress in 1879 for government offices in Washington (20 Stat. 277) and expanded in 1885 to include all federal offices (23 Stat. 516). As the first federal holiday to honor an American president, the holiday was celebrated on Washington's birthday under the Gregorian calendar, February 22.] On January 1, 1971, the federal holiday was shifted to the third Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This places it between February 15 and 21, which makes "Washington's Birthday" something of a misnomer, since it never occurs on Washington's actual birthday, February 22. (A rough analog of this phenomenon can be seen in Commonwealth realms, where the reigning monarch's official birthday is celebrated without regard to their actual date of birth.)

The first attempt to create a Presidents Day occurred in 1951 when the "President's Day National Committee" was formed by Harold Stonebridge Fischer of Compton, California, who became its National Executive Director for the next two decades. The purpose was not to honor any particular president but to honor the office of the presidency. It was first thought that March 4, the original inauguration day, should be deemed Presidents Day, but the bill recognizing March 4 stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee (which had authority over federal holidays). The committee felt that, given its proximity to Lincoln's and Washington's Birthdays, three holidays so close together would be unduly burdensome. But meanwhile the governors of a majority of the states issued proclamations declaring March 4 Presidents' Day in their respective jurisdictions.

An early draft of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act would have renamed the holiday "Presidents' Day" to honor the birthdays of both Washington and Lincoln, which would explain why the chosen date falls between the two, but this proposal failed in committee, and the bill was voted on and signed into law on June 28, 1968, keeping the name "Washington's Birthday".
President's Day Special.
Posted:Feb 18, 2018 5:55 pm
Last Updated:Feb 19, 2018 1:04 am

Tucked in the pages of a grimy, leather-bound almanac in the archives at New York's Union College was a tiny envelope with the hand-scrawled words "Washington's hair."

A librarian who had been cataloging old books gingerly opened the yellowed envelope to find a lock of silvery hair tied with a thread.

"It was one of those mind-blowing moments that happen every once in a while in a librarian's life," said John Myers, a catalog and metadata librarian at the college. "I thought, that doesn't mean George Washington, does it?"

It apparently does.

While college officials can't say for sure it's the real deal, the historical evidence is there. The hair was discovered in a pocket-sized almanac for the year 1793 that belonged to Philip J. Schuyler, son of General Philip Schuyler, who served under Washington during the Revolutionary War and founded Union College in 1795.

Susan Holloway Scott, an independent scholar and author, said locks of hair were frequently given as gifts during Washington's day and it's likely Martha Washington gave the snip of her husband's hair to Eliza Schuyler, daughter of the general and wife of Alexander Hamilton.

Eliza passed it on to her son, James A. Hamilton, as noted by the handwriting on the envelope: "from James A. Hamilton given him by his mother, Aug. 10, 1871."

A prominent collector of celebrity hair believes it's truly a relic of the nation's first president.

"There's no doubt in my mind it's genuine," said John Reznikoff, founder of University Archives in Westport, Connecticut. And Reznikoff knows hair. His personal collection of 150 locks includes a brain-speckled strand plucked from Abraham Lincoln's fatal wound, a voodoo charm made from Jimi Hendrix's hair and sartorial samples from Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Napoleon, Marilyn Monroe and, of course, George Washington.

India Spartz, head of special collections and archives at Union, called the hair "a very significant treasure" that will eventually be displayed at the liberal arts college.

Union has no plans to put the hair through DNA testing, in part because it could destroy part of the lock.

Reznikoff said hair locks are typically authenticated through examination of associated artifacts and historical connections rather than by DNA testing because genetic tests aren't always reliable without the hair's root attached and the possible contamination of DNA from multiple people who likely handled the hair.

"Most hair locks stand or fail on the basis of written provenance," Reznikoff said. "So one needs really to consult with document experts rather than scientists."

For librarian Myers, he's still coming to grips with what he found during an otherwise mundane December day.

"It's not nearly as significant as finding some obscure medieval manuscript from some important author," he said. "But in the context of a small upstate college, this is, like wow! Kind of exciting!"
Posted:Feb 17, 2018 7:47 pm
Last Updated:Feb 18, 2018 8:47 am

Last night after that great meal and dessert we watched an old movie "All the King';s Men" taken from the novel by Robert Penn Warren first published in 1946. It was adapted for a film in 1949 and 2006; the 1949 version won the Academy Award for Best Picture. We've watched them both. As usual I have run afoul of thinking way too much, with the strong possibility of infusing my own twisted ideas and rationals to fit the movie's narrative.

I JUST DELETED a 15 volume blog intro to the movie.....

SIMPLE QUESTION .. anyone else seen the movies or read the book????

Was Jack Burden and Adam Stanton gay childhood lovers???? Jack Burden did refuse to hop into bed with Anne Stanton when given the chance. Neither characters were married in their early thirties in an era when many if not most were hitched by age 21. I HATE how 1930/40's books cover up and dance around the topic of "gayness" even though in many Southern states it was illegal to be gay at the time.

Am I just nuts or have any of you gone down my twisted path with this book and movies?
Cheaters Prosper ! (sometimes)
Posted:Feb 16, 2018 5:54 pm
Last Updated:Feb 17, 2018 3:02 pm

I had quite a day, getting home about 4 ish from appointments, errands, and shopping. I didn't really feel like going back into town for dinner and I'd spotted an item shopping I thought you might enjoy trying at home yourself.

Every knows all good meals are made Great Meals by just how you end it with the right dessert. Our plain old paparikaed butter fried chicken, boiled potatoes, and Ranched out broccoli ored high marks with my follow up pinch hitting creation.

I took about a 1/2 cup of apple juice then added 1/3 cup Splenda ( you may use ) and a tablespoon of cornstarch blended it together then cooked over medium heat stirring regularly until thickened. I added about 1 cup of frozen blueberries returning the pan to the store to warm up the mixture. Don't fully reheat the sauce just get the berries thawed and any liquid absorbed into the mix. Set aside to cool to room temp.

In our Fareway store they carry a bulk cheese cake dessert. I purchased a pint. Other stores also carry this product, I've seen it in Hy vee as well.

In a good solid microwaveable dish add 3 tablespoons of butter.

Nuke the butter till melted then add a dash of Allspice.

I then crushed 5 graham crackers sprinkling them over the melted butter forming a "crust".

Here's where you add that store bought cheese cake dessert to your crust giving the first stage to your special treat.

Here's the point of ingenuity where you ladle that blueberry sauce on the top covering all evidence that you cheated making this grand finale. Make certain you hide that plastic container from the store deep in the trash so he never sees or learns of it's existence.

When the main course is g and he asks "where's dessert?" You set this on the table surprising him leaving him to think you slaved your ass off in the kitchen putting together this new found delicacy.
Audience Participation Blog
Posted:Feb 15, 2018 6:42 pm
Last Updated:Feb 19, 2018 10:48 pm

I thought it might be fun to have a readership participation blog. See how many answers we can get from this gaming supposition. No wrong answers only fun ones BOTH to post and for others to read. Some of you guys who lurk in the shadows this is where you have the chance to make your light shine.

You just bought a nice new house...........

open the fridge and find this!

85 Years Ago
Posted:Feb 15, 2018 2:06 pm
Last Updated:Feb 15, 2018 11:06 pm

Last night I just ran out of time to post this blog. I can't seem to slam dunk blogs every 13-15 minutes but this one is an important historical point most may not know. On February 15, 1933, a deranged, unemployed brick layer named Giuseppe Zangara shouts "Too many people are starving!" and fires a gun at America’s president-elect, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Giuseppe Zangara

Roosevelt had just delivered a speech in Miami’s Bayfront Park from the back seat of his open touring car when Zangara opened fire with six rounds. Five people were hit. The president escaped injury but the mayor of Chicago, Anton Cermak, who was also in attendance, received a mortal stomach wound in the attack.

Anton Cermak

Several men tackled the assailant and might have beaten him to death if Roosevelt had not intervened, telling the crowd to leave justice to the authorities. Zangara later claimed I don’t hate Mr. Roosevelt personally I hate all officials and anyone who is rich. He also told the FBI that chronic stomach pain led to his action: Since my stomach hurt I want to make even with the capitalists by kill the president. My stomach hurt long time [sic].

Zangara’s extreme action reflected the anger and frustration felt among many working Americans during the Great Depression. At the time of the shooting, Roosevelt was still only the president-elect and had yet to be sworn in. His policies remained untested, but reports of Roosevelt’s composure during the assassination attempt filled the following day’s newspapers and did much to enforce Roosevelt’s public image as a strong leader.

Unsubstantiated reports later claimed that Zangara’s real target had been Cermak and hinted at Zangara’s connection to organized crime in Chicago. Zangara was initially tried for attempted murder and sentenced to 80 years in prison, but when Mayor Cermak later died of his wounds, Zangara was retried and sentenced to death. Zangara died on the electric chair on March 5, 1933.


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