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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

$51K for Online Psychic ???
Posted:Sep 21, 2017 7:28 pm
Last Updated:Sep 22, 2017 1:37 am

I have tried to shy away from the political sphere since things have quieted down in here, HOWEVER... this item out of Texas has me laughing !!! A Texas lawmaker apparently spent more than $51,000 of her own money on an online psychic, showed up for work at the Capitol impaired by medication and hid a cellphone from investigators, ( Tried to pull a Hillary Clinton) prosecutors allege in a court filing this week.

Rep. Dawnna Dukes is due to face misdemeanor corruption charges at an Oct. 16 trial. She is accused of giving a taxpayer-funded raise to a legislative aide to cover gas money for shuttling her daughter back and forth from school.

The Travis County district attorney's office alleges in the filing that Dukes paid for the psychic from December 2014 to January 2016, totaling nearly $1,000 a week. She apparently used her own money for the payments; the court document doesn't indicate public funds were used. (She could use $1000 for a psychic but couldn't pay a few bucks for someone to drive her child to school?)

Prosecutors are still pursuing a felony case against the lawmaker, the American-Statesman reported. The DA's office last week placed 13 felony charges against Dukes on hold after a legislative official gave conflicting information about reimbursement vouchers that Dukes is alleged to have falsified in 2013 and 2014 for days she did not travel to the Capitol. In addition, the filing says Dukes was absent for roll call 65 percent of the time during the 2017 legislative regular session, and 36 percent of the time in the special session.

Authorities contend she was noticeably impaired on one occasion while performing legislative duties at the Capitol. She showed up late to a House appropriations committee hearing on March 29 and at one point said, "I know I'm talking a lot. I'm full of morphine and will be headed out of here soon." Dukes previously had announced plans to resign, citing years long medical concerns. But she reneged in January and was sworn in for her 12th term.

I am NOT mentioning which party she belongs to..... I'll leave it up to you to guess.....
Posted:Sep 20, 2017 7:55 pm
Last Updated:Sep 21, 2017 6:29 pm

Firefighters in a German city said it took about three hours to free a man who had "a very sensitive part of the body" stuck in the center hole of a dumbbell weight. The Feuerwehr Worms Fire Department said in a Facebook post that firefighters responded Friday to a hospital in the appropriately named city of Worms after a man at a local gym ended up with a dumbbell disc stuck around his penis. The firefighters said it took them about three hours to break through the 5.5-pound weight using tools including a grinder and a hydraulic saw.

The post included a photo of the dumbbell weight broken into five pieces.
"Please do not imitate such actions!" the Facebook post said.

220 years Ago Today......
Posted:Sep 19, 2017 9:05 pm
Last Updated:Sep 21, 2017 10:05 am

USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy, named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America. She is the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat. Constitution was launched on September 20, 1797, as one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794 and the third constructed. Joshua Humphreys designed the frigates to be the young Navy's capital ships, and so Constitution and her sisters were larger and more heavily armed and built than standard frigates of the period. She was built in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts at Edmund Hartt's shipyard at a cost of $302,718 . Her first duties with the newly formed U.S. Navy were to provide protection for American merchant shipping during the Quasi-War with France and to defeat the Barbary pirates in the First Barbary War.

Constitution is most noted for her actions during the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships: HMS Guerriere, Java, Pictou, Cyane, and Levant. The battle with Guerriere earned her the nickname of "Old Ironsides" and public adoration that has repeatedly saved her from scrapping. She continued to serve as flagship in the Mediterranean and African squadrons, and she circled the world in the 1840s. During the American Civil War, she served as a training ship for the United States Naval Academy. She carried American artwork and industrial displays to the Paris Exposition of 1878.

Constitution was retired from active service in 1881 and served as a receiving ship, until being designated a museum ship in 1907. In 1934, she completed a three-year, 90-port tour of the nation. She sailed under her own power for her 200th birthday in 1997, and again in August 2012 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of her victory over Guerriere

Bret Harvey
Posted:Sep 18, 2017 6:43 pm
Last Updated:Sep 21, 2017 10:03 am

Prior to the introduction of "electric suction cleaners", most housewives used brooms and dust pans. Many of the mid-Victorian homes had large "Axminster" or "Turkish" carpets on the floors of principal rooms. In order to remove dirt, dust and animal dander from the nap of these floor coverings, the carpets were removed from the home and beaten with a device similar to an oversized fly swatter called a rug beater. Beginning in 1811 and again in 1858 many mechanical sweepers were invented. None of the machines worked very well and in some cases actually stirred up more dust then they picked up.

That was about to change thanks to an American couple living in Michigan. They owned a small crockery shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While cleaning up after the day's work, Anna often became frustrated with the sawdust that was embedded in the carpet. The tiny, stubborn particles clung to the carpet, and trying to sweep them up was becoming a time-consuming nuisance. She presented the problem to her mechanically inclined husband. He designed and constructed a carpet sweeper machine that he hoped would solve the problem once and for all.

His ingenious design was a success, and word of the carpet sweeper spread quickly. People soon began asking where they could purchase a sweeper for themselves. Although other companies made sweepers, those didn’t work very well. His sweeper was lighter, worked on uneven floors and picked up dirt without creating a cloud of dust. When people saw this, they wanted one, too.

The brushes were made by local women in their homes, then assembled in a room above the store.

As word of their innovative sweeper got around, The couple loaded their buggy with carpet sweepers and sold them door-to-door, each taking opposite sides of the street.

Following her husbands untimely death in 1889, Anna stepped in and confidently took control of the company, becoming America's first female corporate CEO. Under Anna's aggressive and innovative management, The company soon began to look in new directions in product development and to expand their business to include all the continents of the world. Anna ran the company until her death in 1934, at age 87.

In fact many of you probably have one of these modern sweepers tucked in your closet and use them frequently. Thanks to Anna & Melville Bissell

US Patent:182,346 was issued 141 years ago on September 19,1876 to Melville Bissell for a carpet sweeper made at the insistence of his wife.

and now you know the rest of the story.............. Good Day!
Sweet Deal !
Posted:Sep 17, 2017 6:08 pm
Last Updated:Sep 20, 2017 11:38 pm

When we think of a car being wrecked so badly that it’s effectively totaled, we tend to imagine pretty gruesome, mangled wrecks. What we don’t usually picture is an incident that left damage so small you could hide it with your thumb, but that’s exactly what happened to one deeply unlucky Corvette.

The incident—it’s too minor to really be called a wreck—happened late last month, as a 2017 Corvette Grand Sport owner who goes by cdm85-251 on CorvetteForum. I reached out to the ‘Vette’s owner, and here’s how he described what happened:
"On July 19, my wife and I were in the middle of northbound late in heavy traffic heading back from Des Moines on I-35 by Ankeny, IA. The vehicle in front of us had cleared an object that was lying in the middle of my lane. I couldn’t avoid it or stop without causing what would probably be serious accidents for multiple vehicles. I had no choice other than to go over it, hoping it was small enough to go under the car.
"We aren’t sure what it was, maybe a rock, maybe a chunk of steel, but whatever it was, it was HARD. It barely nicked one of the alignment adjustment cams, then went on to dent the aluminum stiffening panel that also protects the exhaust and torque tube, bending three bolts on the panel and broke the head off one. Further back it dented a shield for the driver’s side gas tank and then hit a part of the frame. At least it missed the oil cooler.

"I had it inspected at Karl Chevrolet the next day and from a quick look, there didn’t seem to be any serious damage. We took it in to Karl’s for repair a few weeks later and we were told the frame strike caused a small crack, less than an inch and a half long and they were having difficulty finding a replacement part.
"A few days later, the shop told us the part is not available from Chevrolet and the car would be totaled.
"That led to a week and a half of calls with the insurance company who disputed what we were told as they thought that a part may be available or that the crack could be welded. We couldn’t get them to answer our question about who would warranty the car when welding apart that was labeled as unavailable from Chevrolet. Chevrolet indicated replacing it would compromise the structural integrity of the car.
The insurance company finally came to the same conclusion on the frame part being unavailable, and declared it a total loss. We were surprised that after all of this, they gave us a fair offer and had a check to us for the car the very next day."
So, to sum up, guy’s driving his Corvette on the highway, runs over some debris in the road, and thanks to the fate and her miserable, cruel sense of humor, that hard lump of whatever in the road managed to hit, with almost surgical precision, one of the points of the car’s underbelly that, if damaged, effectively compromises the car’s entire frame and is essentially impossible to fix, at least while keeping the car’s warranty.
The actual damage consisted of a crack, a bit over an inch long, on the part of the frame known as the rear transmission tunnel.
Here’s what the car-totaling crack looks like:

...and here’s the approximate location under the car:

It seems insane that one little crack like that could compromise an entire car, but car frames are under a great deal of stress, and assessing damage like this isn’t always intuitive. 
Then again, this all seems sort of insane if you think about how many cars on the road in the Northeast and Midwest have frames made of the finest, flakiest rust that water and road salt can provide.
While it certainly seems like the frame could be welded and repaired by a skilled aluminum welder, even if the repair is perfect, Chevrolet will refuse to warranty the car, according to the owner, who investigated repair solutions.
I also can’t help but wonder what would have happened if the tiny crack wasn’t found at all? It’s not clear if this little crack would have caused any sort of catastrophic failure or not; I’m not sure anyone can say for sure.
The good news is the insurance company provided a fair settlement, and the owner was able to replace the car with a 2018 Corvette Grand Sport that looks pretty damn close to the ‘totaled’ car:

For those of you convinced you can repair the car and put it back on the road, here’s your chance. The car is up for auction, and the auction site lists the repair costs at about $7600. 

So, if you’re not a stickler for warranties, have the ability to weld aluminum or have the ability to forget about potential problems, this ‘Vette could be a sweet deal for you!
What's in a Name for You???
Posted:Sep 16, 2017 7:47 pm
Last Updated:Sep 18, 2017 3:09 pm

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" is a popular reference to William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet seems to argue that it does not matter that Romeo is from her rival's house of Montague, that is, that he is named "Montague." The reference is often used to imply that the names of things do not affect what they really are.

Since the vast majority of us had absolutely NO INPUT as to what our names (etched in stone for the rest of our days) would be

If given the opportunity to change your name... What would it be?

I am partial to Vladimir........

and not because that world renown Vladimir is so sweet, innocent and desirable. I just like the way it rolls off my tongue.... Vvvllladimir.....
Astounding Odds.....
Posted:Sep 15, 2017 6:50 pm
Last Updated:Sep 20, 2017 8:14 pm

I'd dropped by my ever so friendly banker today to see if I could make a withdrawal from my account.

and he grudgingly handed over a few coins.....

When I got home I thought I'd pay a few more bills.

One bill, a nationally held credit card, I thought i'd pay over the phone......


Enter the last 4 digits of your Social Security number ****

Enter the last 4 digits of your card number ****

Would you like to pay by your debit card on file?


Enter the 3 digit security number from the back of your debit card ***

Your current balance is $766.86 would you like to make the minimum payment of $21.89???

CLICK!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DON"T OWE NO $766 !!!!!!!!!!!!

So I spent the next 45 minutes on hold waiting for the next available operator .. only to be put on HOLD and shifted to another operator who put me on HOLD and sent me to another fucking operator! who could not believe that the system had not caught it or that I'd made it that far without "red flags" She seen that I only owed $21.36 and took my online check payment for the balance due.

I am seriously considering CHOPPING up the card!

To top that off our G** D** printer is NOT working !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have 2 letters that must be done and into the mail tomorrow.

I went up into the 140 degree attic and found an old typewriter. MANY years ago I played on my dad's typewriter... but I have never USED one!. I figured out how to get the paper in...... NO SPELL CHECK !!!!! Where is the number "1"???? What's that *DING*??? I am considering digging out a kerosene lamp to get the full taste of the 19th century!

Posted:Sep 15, 2017 5:36 pm
Last Updated:Sep 18, 2017 3:12 pm

Tiffany Hatfield was evacuating Florida with her family ahead of Hurricane Irma when she bought a $5 Diamond Dazzler scratch-off ticket at a Circle K in Rocky Mount, N.C., while en route to Virginia. Hatfield, who hails from Ocoee, scratched off her ticket and started screaming when she saw that she had won $10,000, the Charlotte News and Observer reported.
"Chainsaw-Wielding Nun"
Posted:Sep 14, 2017 7:58 pm
Last Updated:Sep 20, 2017 1:16 am

The cleanup after Hurricane Irma is a massive undertaking, after the destructive storm hit Florida and neighboring states over the weekend. In Miami, a nun chipped in to clear trees in her neighborhood — and no one, it seems, can resist a story about a chainsaw-wielding nun. Sister Margaret Ann was spotted at work by an off-duty officer of the Miami-Dade Police Department, who posted video and images from the scene Tuesday. The department calls the sister's work another sign that Miami's community will work together to repair what Irma broke, writing on its Facebook page, " Thank you Sister and all of our neighbors that are working together to get through this!"

Sister Margaret Ann is the principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School, southwest of downtown Miami, which wrote on its Facebook page early Wednesday, "We are so blessed to have her and the Carmelite Sisters at our school. We are proud of the example they show for our students and other members of the community every day."

Vet Visit
Posted:Sep 13, 2017 8:31 pm
Last Updated:Sep 16, 2017 6:53 pm

Ruby had her first visit to her Veterinary this afternoon. There were two acky baaacky medicines in her mouth! and two shots in her rump but she was so busy wagging her tail talking to the Vet assistant she didn't even notice!

I've had a bad day here. It is not pleasant for me to have to fire an employee. We run a business not a charity organization and it just makes me feel like shit. I don't know if I will be in later to chat or not.

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