Weekend Symposium

“People think the world is in chaos. People think that the world is on fire right now for all the wrong reasons,” says author and Cato Institute senior fellow Johan Norberg. “There is a segment of politicians who try to scare us to death, because then we clamber for safety we need the strong man in a way.”

But despite the political situation in Europe and America, Norberg remains optimistic. His new book, Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future, shows what humans are capable of when given freedom and the ability to exchange new ideas. “In the 25 years that have been considered neo-liberalism and capitalism run amok what has happened? Well, we’ve reduced chronic undernourishment around the world by 40 percent, child mortality and illiteracy by half, and extreme poverty from 37 to 10 percent,” explains Norberg.

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135 thoughts on “Weekend Symposium

  1. Mornin!

    Granddaughter lost her first tooth, dang time flys. She wants to save it and not give it up to the Tooth Fairy (can I say that?). Daughter-in-Law is upset their Tooth Fairy debut has been ruined. A compromise was reached leaving a note instead. Inflation has hit the tooth market, payment expected in paper rather than coin these days. At least it’s not a debit card swiper yet. 😀

  2. Told you so.

    David W. Virtue, DD
    http://www.virtueonline.org
    April 13, 2017

    The Bishop of Atlanta, Robert C. Wright invited Soumaya Khalifa, the founder and executive director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, to preach at the Holy Week service at St David’s Episcopal Church, Roswell, this week.

    The Atlanta Daily World reports that Bishop Wright said he chose Khalifa because of her ongoing efforts to bridge the gaps between religions.

    “Soumaya provides a wonderful example for how to share the love of God; the same God worshiped by all the world’s Christians, Jews and Muslims,” Wright said. “It is an example that has never been more needed.”

  3. Headed out to be with family later today. Think they have a big Easter egg hunt planned for all the kids. Guess I’ll have to try to put on my good behavior for a while – hope that I can remember how to do that. The IPB’s are still getting thicker by the road and the vacant area next door to me. I’ve never seen them this thick and this wide spread before. They were always secondary to the bluebonnets in the past it seems. Hope that none of those Easter eggs hatch into ducks, or cats; whichever they are.

  4. #3 Shannon

    One could easily conclude that his Excellency, Bishop of Atlanta, has several screws and a bolt or two loose. The guest speaker, a woman, would never be accepted in that role in deepest Islamic countries and likely some not so deep. He ought to know that she is not at all representative of Islam. And to invite her during the most holy week in Christendom boggles the mind. He must have skipped the history of the Crusades.

  5. Those look like the kind of push toys that make a lot of mechanical noise as you push them along. In these cases, likely they go “Quack! Quack! Quack”.

  6. I’ve got a great product idea, but I’m a little short of investment capital right now. Here’s the deal:
    Take a little duck shaped marshmallow, make it indestructible, paint it yellow (with an orange bill), and sell them worldwide at Easter time. We could call them “Quacks.” Any takers? Call me at BR549 if you want to invest.

  7. #11
    Most cats don’t like to wear clothing or costumes, but they sure are cute when they do, eh?

  8. Found this from facebook friend Neal Rappleye.

    Paul O’Neil, PhD of History and founder of the Trans Siberian Orchestra passed away from severe health conditions.

    Paul founded TSO to be not just an “idea” but an “ideal.” Taking inspiration from the great novelists, history and world heroes, he combined that with his own flair for storytelling to put together one of the most successful touring bands of a generation. While the production was a huge spectacular feat of engineering by itself, the show was always intended for everyone. He was a big proponent for keeping TSO’s shows affordable and always giving back to the community.

    (snip)

    Paul was also a dedicated philanthropist, with TSO having donated $14 million to charity, a writer (he penned a 50-page novella, Merry Christmas, Rabbi), and an avid student of history and collector of rare artifacts – including signed editions of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Books, Winston Churchill’s two-volume biography of his father, as well as letters from numerous dignitaries and Presidents, including one from Thomas Edison to his engineer detailing every stage of the invention of the phonograph, among many other significant antiquities. He loved to spend time with his fans; Paul would explain to everyone the love for his family, showing fans pictures from his home life, sometimes until the venue staff started to flick the lights and the arena was closing down. His charitable side knew no bounds. On more than one occasion, he literally would give the jacket off his back to a random homeless person who caught his eye, often with several hundred-dollar bills stuffed in the pocket.

    RIP, O’Neil.

    http://www.trans-siberian.com

  9. There is an absolutely devastating cartoon in the Chron editorial page today depicting a caricature of a United 747 with a dialog bubble reading thus:

    “This is you CEO speaking…We’ll be cruising today at an altitude of 30,000 feet as we enjoy our near monopoly on air travel. So sit back, relax and be glad we don’t stuff you all into dog crates.”

    And there’s an article in the business section in which Delta says how high their agents can go to pay somebody who is bumped. Apparently Delta has considerable traveler satisfaction because of this and treats passengers well despite bumping some. Also apparently their bumping numbers are fewer than other major airlines’.

    United will not live this down any time soon nor will the airline industry in general escape traveler anger.

  10. Adee, will your one remaining horse be lonesome, and if so, will you acquire another animal? I read once that solitary horses did well with a donkey as a companion. I’m not sure what I would do with only one cat. Of course, that hasn’t happened since about 1970.

  11. I’m finally getting around to doing some housework. One of the things “to do” is to make some more dry laundry soap. It’s 2 cups of soap (I chop up bars of Fels Naptha or Zote), 1 cup of borax, and 1 cup of washing soda. This morning, I also added some lavender essential oil. It’s been quite a while since I’ve made some, and the washing soda has caked up. I tore the box off and dumped the chunks into a bowl. I broke up enough to go into the recipe and I’ve made my batch. Remarkably, a full load of laundry only needs 2 tablespoons. This large jar (I actually made 2 batches) will last me quite a while. Compared to store bought, this is loads cheaper.

    Now, I’m sitting here watching Gunsmoke and using my meat tenderizer mallet to break down these chunks of washing soad.

    Yeah, my life is full. /sarc off

  12. Adee actually acquiring a donkey companion for her Arabian might just be the last straw that pushes me over the edge to making a trip down there to meet her and “the spouse”.

    You can pick them up very cheap around here, Adee.

    Shall I bring one with me?

  13. Being raised as part of a large family, frugality runs in my veins. What can I say? I hate to waste anything

    I picked up a wonderful piece of old furniture a few weeks ago – just set outside on the curb. It’s a vintage piece, complete with the glass cover for it. Also, a really cute metal plant stand. It’s somewhat rusty, but the patina is part of the charm.

    Yep, they’re both in my house right now. Trying to decide where to put the vintage wood piece, but my rosemary graces the plant stand as we speak.

  14. In cow country, the donkey population exploded over the last thirty years. They are quite low maintenance and, more importantly, hate coyotes. And the feeling is mutual.
    Donkeys will go out of their way to make coyotes’ lives miserable.
    There are few ranches around here that don’t have at least one donkey. As I understand it, most didn’t realize how prolific these donkeys are and now we are overrun with donkeys.
    I can take you to several people who would be glad to let you load up a donkey and haul it off.

    For some reason, the rare Paint variety is the most desirable.

  15. My brother had a guard donkey, Julio, at his place. Julio would stand in the middle of the road just inside the cattle guard to block the entrance, and after he was satisfied that the driver was a friendly, he would take off for the house braying all the way. And he was a coyote and snake hater.

  16. My Uncle once put his donkey up for sale for $0.50 on FB. He lowered the price to $0.25 when there were no takers.

    It was actually a joke because he likes the fact that donkeys so not like coyotes.

  17. Just got through hanging a load of laundry.

    ‘cuz I don’t want to pay for the gas bill, I actually enjoy it, and I think it’s easier on the clothes.

  18. #26 Shannon

    Our Miss Tedtam is a truly unique individual.

    Yep, we never know when she will go all Pioneer on us. Watching Gunsmoke while she makes her own laundry soad. Er, soap.
    😀

  19. I need to concentrate on getting Fay ready for church. I am not convinced this is a good idea. This has been a terrible allergy season for her. Particularly the last ten days. Her sister just dropped off a nebulizer for some breathing treatment.

    But she’s gonna go, dammit., she says.

    If she doesn’t get Communion soon, I fear I’m going to discover a level of grouchiness I haven’t experienced in the last thirty years.

    A blessed Easter to all.

    He is risen, my friends.

  20. But I will never make fun of anyone who picks up discards at the curb. I’ve done my share of that. I don’t now, because the house is full of stuff as it is. Gazillions of collectibles, and storage shelves and lockers to hold them all. We have a pact now: no collectibles as gifts, ever again.

  21. I have two matching Queen Anne walnut, leather armchairs in almost immaculate condition I picked up in front of the dumpster at the mini-warehouse facility where I am a tenant. They are easily $850-900 each retail. I sold similar chairs years ago so I know. Unfortunately, according to the manager, whoever threw them out tossed two more into the dumpster the week before and I never saw them.

    A few years ago, the widow down the street passed away and her daughter in Virginia had someone stack everything in the house into the garage. She called the Salvation Army and they came and only took the small items like lamps, etc. The neighbor who was a family friend told me they were going to throw away all the furniture so I loaded it up and took it to an empty house I was renovating. It was all antique goods. I sold everything on Craigslist in about a week for about $4,500.

  22. 42
    Anything that gets the Euros brushing is a good thing.

    Any chance I could get the Brit franchise?

  23. I’m trying to figure out if my piece is worth anything. I’m sure it’s worth something, but I can’t find a match on Ebay and the search on “vintage furniture american” is leading me down a bunch of rabbit holes.

    It’s a solid, pretty piece, showing only moderate signs of wear. It has carvings on the two front corners. One drawer with a hanging type of handle, decorative. Underneath the drawer is an open storage area, one shelf in the middle. There is a protective glass on top, with only minor scratches from normal wear and tear, no chips. I don’t see any manufacturer’s marks, so I have no idea who made it. It reminds me of piece of furniture I inherited that my grandpa had, so I’m guessing it might have been made in the 30’s or 40’s. I could be waaaaay off on that.

    It’s 28 inches high, 15 inches deep, and 22 inches wide. The wood is a dark to medium brown stain, with red tones.

    I tried using Google images, but I either don’t know how to use it properly or it couldn’t find anything to match. I tried going to some antique/vintage furniture sites, but nada.

    If y’all have any idea where I can go to find info, I’d appreciate it. I could wait until Monday and see if the library has a book on collectible furniture….

  24. But despite the political situation in Europe and America, Norberg remains optimistic.

    I remain optimistic too, but not for the same reason(s) Norberg does.

    His new book, Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future, shows what humans are capable of when given freedom and the ability to exchange new ideas.

    Ain’t learned a thing from the Tower of Babel and why God scattered the people after confounding their language.. God wants us to be free and not shackled to governments and despots but the heart of man is extremely dark and given the opportunity and that opportunity is swiftly upon us, man will do the same as those from eons past. They will push God out and build their towers to the heavens, those are the troubles we are seeing today.

    Genesis 11:15-7
    5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

    6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

    7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

    It is Passover week and a reminder that my hope rests in the risen Messiah.
    Happy Easter y’all.

  25. We are looking for an older Arabian as a companion for Contessa and have contacted the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society headquartered in College Station that we’ve supported for quite a few years. They have a large network of volunteers all over Texas and into some neighboring states who foster rescues and horses seized by law enforcement, rehabilitate them, and find homes for them.

    Tessa and I had some long overdue quality time this morning before she went out to graze. With Cameo’s condition so time consuming, Tessa did not get as much time as she deserved. She is not alone in the neighborhood fortunately. There are two donkeys (mom and son) in a pasture across our fence on one side and three horses across our pasture fence on the other side of the house. She went over to the donkey side for a while yesterday.

    An older horse is what we need, and older horses are harder to place. The job description is easy: companionship for an older mare, retirement conditions, no work other than being company, a good disposition, and reasonably good health.

  26. #24 Shannon

    I can just see you in your truck driving down the road with a donkey in the passenger seat as if this were absolutely normal. 🙂

  27. Reminds of that video where a man drives his pet bull around in his convertible.

    Topless, of course.

    I mean the car, but I guess the bull could also be described as such.

  28. Tedtam, regarding your curbside find… You must have been tightening up the permissions on your page Over Yonder. I can’t even see your cover photo. If any. Most recent visible post is Apr 4.

  29. MsAdee – I say go for a Donkey!

    Sounds like you could have one darn near instantly!……………I’d certainly need to accompany / navigate Seenyore Sha-Na-Na to your locale (with His feeble old noggin ‘n’ all 🙂 – a good excuse to say ‘Howdy!’ IMHO…………jus sayin

  30. #61 Katfish

    We’ve got two donkeys next door adopted from a donkey rescue organization in North Texas. We had no idea there was a donkey overpopulation in need of rescue in Texas. Cameo liked to visit with them over the fence, Contessa not so much. But she did go visit with them yesterday.

  31. Trump needs to make a statement to the effect of “Here we went and brought in a large naval task force to monitor Best Korea’s missile launch, and it didn’t even leave their airspace. At least we didn’t have to use one of our expensive missiles (that work) to shoot it down.”

  32. Her Highness wants Shannon to know she wants him to bring her a donkey.

    I told her she can’t have one until she learns to pronounce it properly. She says, “dunkey”. One of her 12 year old students asked her, in the middle of her story reading, “What in the world is a ‘dunkey’ ?”. That was weeks ago and I’m still laughing about it.

  33. Mharper… I haven’t done anything but with all the promptings about fake news lately, my account had probably been tagged and postings blocked from public view.

  34. I knew a doofus in Austin who had removed all the seats from an old car, except for a bucket seat at the steering wheel. There were some wooden apple crates scattered around the rest of the floor, in case he ever had a passenger. Normally he probably never had any passengers. He called it a “lake car”.

  35. It’s Easter weekend once again.

    Life conquers death and paradise is eternal.–I hope.

    Here’s me hoping it also applies to our four-legged and feathered family members.–Hey I can wish can’t I?

    I’ve found them much more lovable and loyal in my lifetime than most of the the upright walking, two-legged species.

    The Homo sapien has devolved at a rapid rate.–I have very little faith in humanity these days.

    I lost a Corgi close to 10 years ago and I still think of him often.–He was the happiest, most loving dog I’ve ever owned. A perpetual smile on his carefree, K-9 face.–The things he taught me.

    Heck, we even listened to Tom Jones and Kiss on trips in the car to the vet and other places.

    This was his favorite song.

    Is there an app for salvation? Just wonderin’ since everyone’s face is buried in their not so smart phones.

    Well anyway, have a hopeful Easter weekend one and all.

    Peace and out.

  36. Cops came and were very nice. I was happy to see that they began the tour of the outside of the house with a hand on their holsters. They found nothing, and waited while I backed into the driveway and then walked me inside to check things out.

    Hubby texted after they left. He said he saw the footprints a day or so ago. I didn’t see them the five times I walked in and out of the door.

    All over, and I feel better.

  37. Yikes, Tedtam. Glad there is a happy ending to this and an explanation from Hubby that he’d seen the footprints a day or so ago. Yea for the officers who came and carefully checked things out. They were likewise happy that nothing was amiss I’ll bet.

  38. Of all the Sundays to skip church it’s going to be Easter Sunday. Breelahn had a fever all day Saturday and I came down with one late Saturday night. She and I will stay home from church today. 🙁 Before they made it to the door after the bell, I even told my Thursday and Friday students (we have A/B schedule days) to make sure they go to church this Sunday since it’ll be Easter.

    So, a short Easter message to you all from this Mormon. Here’s a short video just under 8 minutes detailing the likely way Jesus Christ was crucified: What We May Have Been Getting All Wrong About the Savior’s Cross and the Beautiful Symbolism Behind It. This was posted on facebook by my man Dan and here is his original Patheos post on it: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeterson/2017/04/may-getting-wrong-saviors-cross-beautiful-symbolism-behind.html, and in this link he includes a great quote from St. Athanasius of Alexandria.

    But, this is Easter, the message for today is that Jesus Christ lives. Joseph Smith Jr. and Sidney Ridgon had a modern-day throne theophany of Jesus Christ and they are noted to have said the following of Him (bold mine):

    20 And we beheld the glory of the Son, on the right hand of the Father, and received of his fulness;

    21 And saw the holy angels, and them who are sanctified before his throne, worshiping God, and the Lamb, who worship him forever and ever.

    22 And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!

    23 For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—

    24 That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.

    https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/76.22?lang=eng#p21

    Happy Easter to all for God is a living God.

    Take care and God bless.

  39. The Bunny Trail is befogged out here on the moors of the Brazos. Dampish and 67 at 6, the dampish part continues at 7:30.

  40. Morning gang. Happiest of Easter to all of you this glorious day.

    Had some new neighbors move in to the brush piles on the west side of my house. This morning Bob White and his 4 female associates came strutting across the yard picking up seeds as they went. Fire ants have done a number on ground dwelling animals like quail, bunny rabbits, and really anything else that is born or hatched on the ground. Bob and his harem should make nice neighbors, especially when they start whistling.

  41. Breathless NYT headline above the fold, front page in the Chron this morning:

    “Ethics conflict risks abound
    Trump is filling federal positions with consultants, lawyers, lobbyists”

    Ummm, as opposed to gypsies, tramps, and thieves?

  42. #85 EG: Glad to hear about Bob and his harem. Are you going to help out the new family by an ongoing search and destroy mission against the fire ants?

  43. Internationally renowned defense expert Martha Radditz is on the front line in Korea.

    All is well. Go back to bed.

  44. #87 – Part of my daily morning ritual is to tromp around with my trusty ant bait shaker (it actually looks like a giant salt shaker, about 1 foot tall) and spread it liberally on any mounds that I might find. That has been my routine since I moved in here on day one. As you probably know, fire ants have no natural enemies, so it’s up to me to try to control them. As the commercial used to say (paraphrased), killing fire ants kicks azz. Now if I could get my other neighbors to be so vigilant, but most of them have to wait on their lawn man to take care of it – I’m the lawn man at my house.

  45. Darren

    So, a short Easter message to you all from this Mormon. Here’s a short video just under 8 minutes detailing the likely way Jesus Christ was crucified: What We May Have Been Getting All Wrong About the Savior’s Cross and the Beautiful Symbolism Behind It. This was posted on facebook by my man Dan and here is his original Patheos post on it:

    Thnkyou……………….. That was a great video. I have seen bits and pieces of that evidence but this is my first time in one presentation.

    Hope your son gets well most ricky tick…………… that means really quick.

  46. Squawk;

    It’s my daughter and I who are sick. We’re at home chillin’ right now. Thank you for the ricky tick well wish. 🙂

    You’re welcome on that video. I think it’s very insightful. What struck me most is how the crucified likely hung alongside a public road. That way no doubt many, not just an enclosed group of people, saw Jesus there. This, I think, made His resurrection that much more awe-inspiring. Well, that plus the tumultuous upheavled in nature the folks in ancient Israel must have experienced after Jesus gave up the ghost. 🙂

    50 ¶ Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

    51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

    52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

    53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

    54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

    Mathew 27

  47. Hamous #91;

    Well at least they praise Jesus once a year. Could be worse.

    Heh!

    (Yes, a sad reality bit you gotta laugh at it)

  48. Happy Easter to all! It feels weird to be alone on Easter. Don’t know if I want to go find something to do or stay at home and be all domestic. I have some crochet projects I want to get started on, some sewing stuff as well. There’s always housecleaning to do. I have to spend some time on my treadmill today – I didn’t get any exercise yesterday.

    While I was babysitting the Darling Duo, they had a little squabble over a blanket. LD2 was winning that altercation, so I told Sunshine I’d make her a special blanket. Her big blue eyes got even bigger as she asked me in wonderment “Wif fowers?” Yes, dear, I can do flowers. “And puppy doggies? And kitty cats? And buttehfwies? And…”

    I actually have a book that has those patterns. So, yes, my dear, I can. It may take a while, but I can try. I am, after all, the Best. Noona. Ever!

    Or so I’ve been told. /happiness

  49. Darren

    It’s my daughter and I who are sick. We’re at home chillin’ right now. Thank you for the ricky tick well wish.

    Well darn my dyslexia kicked in. I hope she gets well soon. You? Meh.

    /I kid.

  50. One thing I’ll be doing today is stocking a bigger first aid kit for my car. I realized that if that young woman had anything more serious than a big cut on her elbow I probably couldn’t have taken proper care of her. I stocked up on more/bigger gauze pads, medical tape, sports wrap (to hold on bandages), sports tape (to immobilize joints and hold bandages on), some spray-on antibiotics for cuts, rolled gauze, and large adhesive bandages. I need to add a pair of scissors, and I’ve already bagged up some latex gloves. I’ll add some other items, and I’m planning on looking through my fabric stash and making some fabric items suitable for arm slings, etc.

    Because I’d feel pretty sick if I ran into a situation and couldn’t help out because I simply failed to plan ahead with something as simple as a first aid kit.

  51. Sun is finally coming out here and a nice breeze showed up. Hope all the eggs are found by sundown that are outside or the woodsy critters will enjoy them tonight. Inside is a different matter regarding longevity until a breakdown starts in those concealed in unexpected hiding places or moved around by household pets.

  52. 101!! Hi Gang, glad to say that the reports of my demise were highly exaggerated.
    Ms Adee, so sorry about your girl, the idea of a companion sounds good.
    That, said; “l’d have to have a donkey.

  53. I went into Worthley’s Appliance in Tomball Friday to get a bearing for my dryer and they had a 6 burner with double oven similar to that, set up with all the matching components. Nice.

  54. Report from a nosy neighbor.

    Lady across the street 91 years young lost her husband a few months ago so she lives alone now, she still does all her own yard work on probably 3/4’s acre. Spunky as can be, she’s every bit of 4′ 5″ tall, ninety pounds soaking wet 😀 . One of her son’s pulled up with their travel trailer earlier, they are headed to Port Aransas for a week. She has a mess of kids and from the number of cars pulling in looks like they are all going. I hope they have other places to sleep!

    Very happy she is still enjoying life, jealous too!

  55. #104
    My heart just melts when I hear a man talk about buying parts and repairing something.

    I had a co-worker who was telling us about replacing a wall oven for his wife. The new one was a fraction of an inch longer than the old one, but this Handy Dan engineer sawed or sanded a protrusion at the back of the cavity, until the new oven fit perfectly into the space.

    Causing me to blurt out that if his wife ever got tired of him, I’d swap.

    Oh well, my guy is good with anything electronic.

  56. #106

    I’m just too cheap to buy a new one. And I despise having to pay someone to do repairs. Unless it’s AC, flooring, roofing or painting. 😀

    Actually I don’t mind painting but neither of us is very good at it and my analness sees the flaws every time I walk by.

  57. One thing I’ll be doing today is stocking a bigger first aid kit for my car. I realized that if that young woman had anything more serious than a big cut on her elbow I probably couldn’t have taken proper care of her. I stocked up on more/bigger gauze pads, medical tape, sports wrap (to hold on bandages), sports tape (to immobilize joints and hold bandages on), some spray-on antibiotics for cuts, rolled gauze, and large adhesive bandages. I need to add a pair of scissors, and I’ve already bagged up some latex gloves. I’ll add some other items, and I’m planning on looking through my fabric stash and making some fabric items suitable for arm slings, etc.

    Because I’d feel pretty sick if I ran into a situation and couldn’t help out because I simply failed to plan ahead with something as simple as a first aid kit.

    Let me recommend this course from the National Outdoor Leadership School. I might take it this year as I’m up for re-certification. While its focus is on Wilderness First Aid, the skills taught there will cover a number of contingencies found anywhere “outside”. You also get some “free stuff”, a discount on supplies through the NOLS store, recommendations on first aid gear, and advice and information on the legalities involved.

  58. So, I’m sitting here doing research on more stuff I can make to sell to reenactors at a confiscatory mark up. I have decided not to include any reproductions of vintage products by Abercrombie and Fitch. Does anybody know why an image search for “vintage abercrombie and fitch catalog” would return a lot of “gay interest” photos?

  59. Tedtam #95;

    While I was babysitting the Darling Duo, they had a little squabble over a blanket. LD2 was winning that altercation, so I told Sunshine I’d make her a special blanket. Her big blue eyes got even bigger as she asked me in wonderment “Wif fowers?” Yes, dear, I can do flowers. “And puppy doggies? And kitty cats? And buttehfwies? And…”

    Gramma’s got her hands full. 🙂

  60. Thanks, Sarge. I was looking into first aid classes to refresh my skills.

    I suggested to Hubby that his car club sponsor a class. Since they take cruises and are on the road, it would probably be a good idea for them to be prepared. Hubby thought that was a great idea.

  61. Squawk #97;

    You’re too kind, sir. 🙂

    I actually am feeling better already and at least this is a sickness where I at least I can hold down food. The ones where I can’t make me feel a whole lot more miserable. I still don’t know if I’ll make it to my day job in the morning though. We’ll see.

  62. Hamous says:
    APRIL 16, 2017 AT 3:14 PM

    Back in the day it was pretty manly.

    Musta been before my time. So was it like L.L. Bean?

    More like REI, but with real woodsmen and not a bunch of hipsters.

    squawkbox says:
    APRIL 16, 2017 AT 4:24 PM
    Sarge
    #113

    Here you can thank me later.

    I was having enough trouble looking for Aleene’s Fabric stiffener guides. I knew enough to stay away from “Stiffy”.

    Found that out when I went into the fabric store and asked where I could get Stiffy in there.

  63. … asked where I could get Stiffy in there.

    Pretty sure you gotta go up towards Lawton, OK to get that. I hear it costs ~20 bux.

  64. #97 – My old boss used to define feeling “fair” as feeling good enough to eat but not good enough to work. So, sounds to me like you are feeling “fair.”

  65. History channel is starting a program about the Shroud of Turin.

    The Shroud has always intrigued me. How in heck do you get a 3D image burned into a cloth 2000 years ago? Just for starters…

  66. Abercrombie & Fitch was in business as an upscale, snooty hunting, fishing, camping outfitter for those to the manor born (or wishing to be) in Manhattan for nearly 100 years before they went bankrupt.

    Houston’s Oshman’s Sporting Goods bought the name and customer list dirt cheap and revived it as a mail order business. They sold it for big money to the Wexner family who expanded it with high profile, soft-porn, ubiquitous ads of androgynous, semi-nude teenagers and became the favorite of perverts and predatory homosexuals worldwide.

    That is why the internet connection. Leave it to the hedonistic, morally corrupt Left to poison every damned thing on earth.

    But, don’t worry, The Limited is bankrupt; A&F and all the other subsidiaries are collapsing just as I have been predicting for years. Look for a mini-bust in the upscale retail real estate biz soon and hope the people managing your retirement or pension funds aren’t deep sixed into that market.

  67. Not that anyone here would be surprised but I think that the midget Korean man is completely delusional. That probably happens when you have your picture raised across an entire nation in order to praise and adore you as if you’re God.


    Biggest concern is that Kim Jong Un will ‘miscalculate,’ US military official says

    If a conflict breaks forth, like East Germany, North Korea will be completely taken over by its Democratic-based counterpart and then South Korea will have an enormous challenge on their hands to teach the Midget’s starving masses that hard work and capitalism (yes, I know that term is less and less a virtue these days) leads to great prosperity. This I say not really knowing what the Chinese will do. I really do not think they want their puppet gone for good.

  68. Gallo says those who go to church is primarily for the semon.

    While Catholics and Protestants attach roughly the same level of importance to the social and ancillary aspects of church membership, they differ when it comes to what’s most important. Sermons on scripture and connections to daily life (and the quality of music) are far more important to Protestants (83% and 80%, respectively) than they are to Catholics (62% and 67%).

    As for the 35% who are lapsed churchgoers (those who used to attend at least once a month but no longer do), there is no overwhelming one reason why they don’t now.

    Reasons given ranged from preferring to worship on their own (44%) and a dislike of organized religion (36%) to the all-purpose lack of time (19%), dislike of being solicited for money so often (16%) and poor health (10%). Nine percent said they just don’t feel welcome when they do attend a service.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2017/04/15/easter-passover-gallup-poll-church-attendance/

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