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  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    08/26/2015 7:03:20 PM PDT · 6 of 71
    Aliska to Jamestown1630
    What works the best so far and also for meatballs is soaking French bread crumbs in milk for up to 1/2 hour. I never measure. If I use onion soup mix, I use just one and before emptying the packet, knead it to break up the onions.

    Salt, pepper, egg(s), ketchup, the soaked bread crumbs, the soup, probably would throw in some better than boullion dissolved. For extra special I lay bacon strips over the top and down the sides of the top and rub chili sauce over it.

    Then sometimes, got the idea from a guy I used to know, cut cold slices, lay in skillet, pour Golden Mushroom Soup over all, sprinkle with oregano, maybe add sm amt of water for steam, cover until heated through. I never liked the Golden Mushroom soup for anything but this.

    Also like sandwiches, of course or heat up again.

  • Virginia murdererís manifesto: Angry about Charleston, says he was bullied for being gay and black

    08/26/2015 6:01:14 PM PDT · 25 of 35
    Aliska to jimjohn
    A lot of it was mixed in with other things he contacted ABC about.

    He claimed Jehovah told him to do it. That explains a lot right there. Plus basically it was a grudge over being fired. With some people it festers for years.

  • Inspector general cites Caroline Kennedy for using private email ( Japan )

    08/25/2015 4:33:58 PM PDT · 19 of 32
    Aliska to Alas Babylon!
    I know Politico is slanted toward the left. You are right; there are laws and regulations. They have good comments though, I always like the comments.

    I'll give Caroline the benefit of the doubt; maybe I shouldn't. They are scrambling to follow recommendations that they follow the applicable laws and regs although it really didn't say that.

    I had experience with classified documents and followed what I understood were laws and regs to the last detail.

    I will say this though. Everyone I worked with, high and low, took it all along with OUO very seriously. Anyone who leaked information prior to the public announcement was promptly fired. I only knew of one instance of that.

  • Inspector general cites Caroline Kennedy for using private email ( Japan )

    08/25/2015 4:04:12 PM PDT · 10 of 32
    Aliska to Alas Babylon!
    From Politico. The first report I heard on the radio was a short blurb which implied that Caroline Kennedy did it so it is an acceptable practice.

    Politico has a good writeup about it, you can go there and search to read all of it:

    The mission in Japan is implementing all the recommendations, including the recommendations with respect to email traffic, "as we speak," Kirby said. "They've taken the recommendations very seriously."

  • Pokemon World Championship Alleged Shooting Plot: How It Was Foiled

    08/24/2015 7:57:22 PM PDT · 10 of 15
    Aliska to ScottWalkerForPresident2016

    Norton from Ames; Stumbo, Boone (Iowa).

  • State GOP leaders plot to tie Donald Trumpís hands. [VA and NC]

    08/24/2015 7:16:34 PM PDT · 76 of 123
    Aliska to Fhios
    Maybe ex post facto would apply. The rules would constitute the force of law. Trump declared June 16, 2015. Many others declared before that. A couple declared after that but in time to make the debates.

    They want to change the rules after-the-fact. I don't know if there are any legal precedents but I'm sure they can't keep moving the goalpost.

  • Dept. of Homeland Security: State Dept. never told us about Hillary Clintonís secret server either

    08/24/2015 4:54:27 PM PDT · 22 of 25
    Aliska to kevslisababy
    You can bet there is a lot of scrambling behind the scenes. By this if you mean the Egyptian charges, that will never see the light of day anywhere it could matter.

    But to cut deals with the MB, it could be in English, but one would think an Arabic speaker would be critical. I doubt Hillary speaks Arabic. Which leaves her top aide.

    Today with Mark Steyn, some caller claiming experience in govt classified docs said it would automatically be rejected from a .gov going to a .com, .org, etc. I don't know, if true, when such a policy of auto reject took effect.

    Yes, anybody with half a brain would know by her address that she was out of the .gov network. Plus she didn't expose the headers when printing. You can tell a lot from headers. But that's been pointed out on other threads before.

  • So, Are you ready for a Biden/Warren ticket?

    08/24/2015 2:34:02 PM PDT · 36 of 69
    Aliska to BigEdLB
    That one by itself makes you wonder. He dropped his hands to his side like somebody caught in the cookie jar when her husband turned to acknowledge his "miracle wife Stephanie" or some nice words and looked at her.

    The ones with the girls are worse. One little girl pulls away, and her mother put her hand gently on Biden's chest (maybe pushed a little, can't tell), and pulled the little girl to the other side. All on camera.

    This is a behavior that the person doing it can accuse you of having a dirty mind for objecting to it.

  • So, Are you ready for a Biden/Warren ticket?

    08/24/2015 2:20:41 PM PDT · 26 of 69
    Aliska to SeekAndFind
    Google creepy hands Biden and look at some videos of his putting his hands on the shoulders of the wife of Ashton Carter. There are clips of other women and 2 or 3 female children.

    They might get the videos banned if they can.

    Some of it I saw here on FR awhile back.

  • Dept. of Homeland Security: State Dept. never told us about Hillary Clintonís secret server either

    08/24/2015 2:05:25 PM PDT · 8 of 25
    Aliska to SeekAndFind
    Hillary and Morsi's wife (Muslim Brotherhood) have been charged with conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood by the Egyptian AG.

    Following is best source I can find.

  • Wall Street in free-fall as traders ditch stocks amid global rout (Dow Down 921/6%)

    08/24/2015 7:14:51 AM PDT · 59 of 95
    Aliska to C19fan

    Huge buying frenzy; some up $2+. My ticker is hitting daily high after high. Am watching. May be some short term profit taking. It could go either way now.

  • Unarmed US Marine 'in critical condition' after Kalashnikov-wielding suspected terrorist

    08/21/2015 3:28:40 PM PDT · 86 of 105
    Aliska to Sacajaweau
    Sliman Hamzi, Moroccan terrorist.

    The marine shot is in critical condition. Marine stabbed serious but not life threatening. Actor "lightly wounded."

    All according to linked Mirror article.

  • The GOP Establishment Will Learn the Wrong Lessons from Donald Trump

    08/18/2015 1:09:13 AM PDT · 27 of 54
    Aliska to Reno89519
    He has to be nominated in the primaries which, from my limited experience, are attended by intelligent and serious but tending toward establishment Republicans.

    He is on his third wife. He cheated on Ivanna for over five years, married her (forgot her name already), had a striking blonde daughter, they divorced, and he married the one he is with now, and they have a son, Barron, handsome kid, looks like his dad.

    They may be nice enough women and mothers, but they are all young, sexy women. The second modelled swimsuits, soft porn if you will (only in my humble opinion), would be considered a knockout by some. I looked it up today, and it almost reminded me of Bill Clinton's taste in women, NOT his actions with them; Clinton is far worse imo.

    Trump's present wife would make a stunning first lady (she's not a bleached blonde and seems like a loving wife and good mother); I'm glad they haven't trotted out their wives yet (at least in a big way; I did see Rand Paul's wife when he announced). I like what he says, but can he deliver?

    Someone locally today said everyone should read "The Art of the Deal". It sounds brilliant. So he does have a lot to bring to the table. I will read book reviews about that on amazon tomorrow. Amazing what you can learn by reading book reviews if you can't read so many books.

    I'm not against Trump; but I can't find myself being 100% for him. He is a charismatic, dynamic figure. I can't relate to him or his lifestyle nearly all his life, not just the money, the glitz and all that goes with it. Taking a limo to be screened for jury duty, parking his limo in no parking right in front, and given a pass lol. Maybe his driver should have circled the block or he could have taken a more modest automobile, not his style. The helicopter stunt was so enjoyable but I hope he doesn't do it too often. I was impressed, despite the chaos at that scene, that much care was spent on crowd and passenger safety (and it took some doing). Martha Raddatz seemed to be enjoying (and behaving) herself lol. I guess she's pretty even handed.

    Tomorrow I plan to read more about what Bob Woodward says/writes about Hillary and also try to get to the bottom of whether Zeifman fired Hillary or not (snopes, more Dem shills imo, says no). He is a staunch Democrat and has an extreme distaste for Hillary. I was AWOL during Watergate; now I wonder if THAT was some elaborate conspiracy. I don't want to get into that too deeply but mostly Hillary's role in that (wrote a brief saying that Nixon should be denied counsel then allegedly stole and hid the documents stating a precedent for counsel during an impeachment. It is possible that it was one of the other bosses had the documents and she wasn't fired, but it all disbanded when Nixon resigned. I never liked him until I saw the Carpenters perform for him. What a switch! Hollywood and a Republican!

    It really seems strange to have all these characters unmasked and how Hillary, in her limited role in the Watergate affair had the tables turned on her in the form of having her husband impeached.

    Also neither here nor there, but there are truly Media Monsters out there. They have almost ALL bought and are still promulgating the Benghazi lies (if they are lies).

    I really don't want Jeb but will the establishment Republicans nominate him? I guess they still have to come out on top at the convention.

    Well, too much from me tonight, got on a roll finding interesting things to read.

  • In Iowa, Carson calls for phasing out agriculture subsidies in 10 years

    08/16/2015 7:08:21 PM PDT · 27 of 41
    Aliska to taterjay; NEMDF
    I forgot. In addition to subsidies for paying for crop insurance, there is price protection as part of the crop ins. It's a calculation based on 3 years actual production history and their metrics for spring and harvest grain prices.

    My yields, fortunately, have been high enough since that took effect that I didn't qualify for the price protections.

  • In Iowa, Carson calls for phasing out agriculture subsidies in 10 years

    08/16/2015 6:46:26 PM PDT · 23 of 41
    Aliska to NEMDF; taterjay
    tarerjay - Thanks.

    NEMDF - I found some getting incredible amounts. They use their name. Have another property listed in wife's name, sometimes a trust.

    I'm not sure what Carson is talking about. The only subsidy in effect now is the one to help pay for crop insurance, and I do take advantage of that. Now even with that grain prices are in the crapper compared to a few years ago. A big reason is Syngenta, two of their strains, and selling to China. China will no longer buy our corn (for now).

    There is a class action lawsuit against Syngenta; I looked into joining in but I haven't made a move.

    Maybe Carson doesn't know what small farmers risk. It would be well and good if he would look into the draconian new EPA rules. On any pretext, they can destroy farmers, fine them, or in general make things bad for them regarding their property and waterways.

    I'm all for conservation and keeping glyphosate and other chemicals out of our nation's waterways, but if the water source(s) are contained on your own farm, that shouldn't concern them but it will. Farmers are lobbying against it but I didn't join in that either because I'm not fully informed.

    Well, I'm still learning the ropes and think there is a farm bill pending. I was watching prices and made a bad mistake. They were up near $4 at our elevator (futures prices determine but are higher than what the elevator will pay). Then they not only took a nose dive but gapped down, beans not much better. They expect the supply glut to continue through this year's harvest season in spite of the midwest flooding causing disaster for a few and lowering yields for others.

  • In Iowa, Carson calls for phasing out agriculture subsidies in 10 years

    08/16/2015 6:10:49 PM PDT · 12 of 41
    Aliska to markomalley
    Farm subsidies between 1995 and 2012 are all online.

    It's called EWG Farm Subsidy Database (I don't know what the EWG stands for). I stumbled across it by accident when I was searching for a distant Ewing relative but I doubt that's what it stands for.

    You can search it by zip code, state, name. It gives the amount for each year and the total for the years.

    In a releatively recent year, 2007, 2008 or so, it cut off subsidies for earners of income from all sources to 500K or above.

  • Chuck Schumer to reject Obamaís Iran deal

    08/06/2015 9:48:51 PM PDT · 40 of 41
    Aliska to EinNYC
    Since this is about Obama, I will put it here. Jonathan Brandywine & company were talking about Obama and Michelle and noted that he was not wearing his wedding ring, also that Michelle had spent a lot of time away this summer.

    From a photo from a few days ago that probably was taken a short time back, I noticed Obama was wearing his wedding ring but it had slipped way down to his knuckle (he had his fingers relaxed and pointing down). I was thinking (1) he has lost weight and (2) he could lose his ring as it looked like it could slip right off.

    Time will tall.

  • Amazing math trick reveals your favorite movie of all time!

    08/06/2015 3:16:03 PM PDT · 66 of 70
    Aliska to MMaschin

    Mine neither, and I don’t think I even saw it. My number was 7.

  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    08/05/2015 4:41:33 PM PDT · 11 of 45
    Aliska to Jamestown1630
    I've got a bottle of Angostura Bitters which has a little alcohol in it but years ago I made a key lime pie from a recipe I found and lost (I don't want the baked one with the sweetened condensed milk). Have saved several different ones from the web and wanted to add a tbsp or so of the bitters because the one years ago was sooooooo good (I'm the only one who thought so evidently).

    Anyway I was watching a news video of Elian Gonzalez. His father works for a bar in Cuba. I'm sure I saw my bottle of Angostura Bitters sitting on the bar.

    The drink would probably have lime in it or was garnished with lime, and I wonder what it was (I seldom drink and if I do a half a glass of Mogen David wine) but I could try one once in awhile.

    While I'm at it, I bought some Creme des Violettes online (nobody around here had ever even heard of it). One popular drink they used to make with it, from searching the web, a Blue Moon. The liqueur isn't really a pleasant taste to me; I got it to flavor a cake and frosting I conjured up, and it wasn't very good but kind of pretty, has violets embossed on the bundt pan for molding a cake.

  • Post Your Favorite Saturday Night Youtube Songs

    08/01/2015 9:40:19 PM PDT · 52 of 120
    Aliska to Sawdring
    Petula Clark Kiss Me Goodbye - the Crinale819 version.

    I'm giving the Carpenters a break for awhile but I like almost anything by them. There are 2 medleys and one single I especially like. One she's in a studio and wearing a dark turquoise jacket and pants. The other two are in London where she is wearing white. The studio one there is an improved sound version.

    Carpenters Hits Medley 76 (New Audio)
    Carpenters Hits Medley - the CalangofCorona version
    The Carpenters - I Need To Be In Love - John1948 TwoC2 version

    I never got to attend a live concert so the one at Budoken (near Tokyo) is fun to watch.

    The second two above were hard to find again. The year was 1976, one of her best. She was at her most beautiful. I would say it was their peak year but they overdid it and Richard got addicted to Quaaludes and Karen dieted herself into anorexia. Richard recovered; sadly, Karen did not.

  • Dr Bernard Nathanson ~ Inside the Abortion Cartel

    07/30/2015 9:13:10 PM PDT · 12 of 13
    Aliska to peeps36
    Yes, sad and sick in the soul, all the while trying to rationalize what they do until they become totally hardened. They must be motivated initially with zeal for a woman and her rights, a cause. Then those on the upper end gain money, power, influence and all the trappings of the aforementioned, presumably without the hindrance, encumbrance or burdens of any man.

    I wonder how many of the women who work in the abortion industry are married or have children, if any. The feminist movement is bankrupt, and they once struck a chord with me. Now I see them as pathetic. As to extremism, it's all relative and subjective.

    It's hard not to react with anger. And I didn't see the entire films released so far, but the ones who did the filming seemed mild in their approach when dealing with their subjects and the subsequent publicity. If people are verbally attacked, it causes anger to flare up and them to dig in their heels and defensiveness all the more.

    But I think in public marches, people give vent to some anger and indignition. It isn't necessarily directed at anybody personally but zeal for the cause. If it isn't extreme, then so are gay pride parades. Today 6 people got stabbed in the back at the pride parade in Jerusalem by an Orthodox Jew. If something is legal, we don't have to go, but we do have to tolerate that it exists and is legal.

    I still wonder about a lot of things though.

  • Dr Bernard Nathanson ~ Inside the Abortion Cartel

    07/30/2015 6:16:00 PM PDT · 3 of 13
    Aliska to Morgana
    Dr. Ben Carson's comments are encouraging, can't remember where I heard in his voice but was about black's being targeted.

    Hope he can get some momentum on the issue but it's doubtful.

  • Photos of Donald Trumpís adult sons hunting in Africa resurface,...

    07/30/2015 6:11:26 PM PDT · 48 of 72
    Aliska to Impala64ssa
    Hunting these wonderful animals for sport or trophy is repugnant to me, but it wouldn't affect one way or another their father's campaign. It could do some damage though to others.

    Theodore Roosevelt was an avid sports hunter in Africa. He actually helped in one trip or safari to collect samples for the Smithsonian. It is presumed some samples may be smaller plant or animal species as the total number given is very high.

    Christian missionaries hosted visits by Roosevelt in his last year as president and probably subsequent years in what is now Kenya and whatever the Congo is now. That is dismaying, too, but public perceptions have changed.

    You can google the book I found most of what I have conveyed and read a few pertinent pages, Christian Missionizing and Social Transformation: A History of Conflict and ... By Jack E. Nelson. Of personal interest to me is that the missionaries in Africa who hosted and supportive of Roosevelt are distant cousins on whom I did an extensive research project. Roosevelt even helped get the Belgian King Albert to approve more missionaries from that country at the US missionaries' request.

    It would probably be the grandson of the missionaries who hosted Roosevelt and his son and his wife who were killed in the Oklahoma City bombing.

    Google keywords for searching my sources are roosevelt hunter christian missionaries africa.

  • Clinton campaign reportedly growing edgy over possible Biden run

    07/30/2015 5:43:42 PM PDT · 34 of 52
    Aliska to Biggirl
    Hillary's new hairstyle. It's very attractive. It was on the promo of an ABC video of her commenting that PP's videos were disgusting, and today the photo is back up as a promo at ABC, but the video is the interview with a top PP lady, Cecil Richards.

    Well maybe you see it here first unless they move it.

    I had been wondering what she would look like with some curl, never saw her in a really feminine hairstyle, and now it's feathered. Wonder what they are waiting for to roll it out. Google and I can't pick it up.

    Even George Steph got argumentative with Ms. Richards. Do I have to say I have bad feelings towards Mrs. Clinton; I have since I found out what she was a long time ago. I think this is all an attempt to boost Hillary's sagging ratings/image/brand.

  • Friday Talking Points -- Following the Trump Whirlwind

    07/24/2015 8:30:51 PM PDT · 13 of 15
    Aliska to conservative98
    The Nazi soldiers probably came from a stock photo. And somebody in charge of printing might have been out to get Trump. Maybe he should have vetted it better or maybe not. It's unfortunate, but if anybody did it on purpose, I have at least enough trust in Trump that he would have had it corrected.

    At least he didn't tweet classified information. Maybe he will by mistake before all this is over. It looks like he has a pretty sharp assistant, but one can never be sure.

  • Would you vote for Donald Trump if he wins the Republican nomination? ( Poll )

    07/23/2015 6:42:51 PM PDT · 26 of 218
    Aliska to sushiman
    Maybe. I have to hear more about other issues.

    Regardless, I think at this point we owe Mr. Trump a debt of gratitude for his courage in bringing immigration to the fore and touching on other issues. I don't see how we can go on as we have.

  • Trump in fight with Border Patrol union over Texas visit

    07/23/2015 10:35:59 AM PDT · 19 of 33
    Aliska to Cowboy Bob
    Trump needs to ask why federal employees need a union.

    They usually get a raise every year irrespective of the economy and job performance. Congress usually votes for it; that's why federal employees have gone Democratic.

    They don't need a union; it must be another power grab.

  • Trump in fight with Border Patrol union over Texas visit

    07/23/2015 10:32:45 AM PDT · 15 of 33
    Aliska to Citizen Zed
    "They were totally silenced directly from superiors in Washington who do not want people to know how bad it is on the border --- every bit as bad as Mr. Trump has been saying," the candidate said in a statement.


    Saw a news video today, in conjunction with Mr. Trump's visit to the border, where two illegals brazenly walked across the border in Laredo, TX. The patrol went into action and tackled one, don't know about the other one.

    Probably like fishing catch and release. The cameras were on anyway.

    On another note, could Mr. Trump have a secondary plan to try to throw the election to Hillary even though her polling is down (for now)?

    I haven't heard him snipe Hillary yet, and I just sense that maybe he doesn't want to rock the Clinton establishment. Maybe I missed something.

  • Feds Free Woman Lured to Bay Area, Forced to Live in Closet For Nearly a Year, Richmond Police Say

    07/22/2015 8:22:10 PM PDT · 6 of 15
    Aliska to FreedomPoster
    It doesn't matter. There are no Illegal alien rapists.

    It's not clear how she contacted HS or how the police found out to call on a cell phone.

  • Democrats slam sanctuary city legislation, labeling it 'The Donald Trump Act'

    07/22/2015 2:35:11 PM PDT · 28 of 64
    Aliska to goodwithagun
    I thought they would call it the Kate/Kathryn Steinle Act. Her father testified before Congress, and it had to be painful for him to do so, especially if nothing comes of it.

    Early on I read that the family didn't want her death politicized but it took on a life of its own.

    Always conniving and devious.

  • The mystery of the Trump coalition: Pollsters canít get a read on his supporters.

    07/19/2015 10:36:19 PM PDT · 27 of 36
    Aliska to 2ndDivisionVet

    Thanks for that. At least he hasn’t had any $30K a plate fundraisers yet. I don’t really expect it either.

  • The mystery of the Trump coalition: Pollsters canít get a read on his supporters.

    07/19/2015 10:12:46 PM PDT · 17 of 36
    Aliska to matthew fuller
    Billionaire tycoon and maverick Donald Trump doesn’t need anyone’s help.

    On his website,, it says he accepts contributions. But I haven't heard any sound bite where he's soliciting them.

  • Finding Humanity in Gone With the Wind

    07/18/2015 9:28:31 PM PDT · 49 of 70
    Aliska to Sontagged; BlackElk; mumblypeg
    I'm glad for the good information on this thread about Margaret Mitchell. Writing as she did, I thought she was gifted but sometimes it's a love of the subject and sheer hard work.

    Did anyone mention that she died tragically in a taxicab accident in New York City. I'll have to look up the date. I didn't get that quite right, did I? Peachtree Street has always stuck in my mind somehow.

    "At 8.15 on the mercilessly hot evening of August 11th, 1949, Peggy Mitchell Marsh and her husband John parked their car at the side of Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia. On their way to see the film Canterbury Tales at the Peachtree Arts Theatre, they started across the road. They were half way over when a car was suddenly upon them from their right, driven too fast by an off-duty taximan who had had too much to drink. Peggy Marsh dodged back towards the kerb they had left as the driver desperately steered to his left to try to avoid the couple. She was hit, dragged along under the car and left unconscious with such severe injuries that she died at the Grady Hospital five days later. She was forty-nine." also NYT from googling (tired of coding links . . .

    Age 48 or 49, a genteel looking woman.

    Just saw your post, BlackElk, thank you for that detail. It might be in segments on youtube.

    mumblpeg, I doubt if I'll ever get down south but I wouldn't mind walking it either if I could walk better. It would be nice to put a token or flowers on his grave. I guess I could have it done and pray for his soul. In that part of Illinois, Knox, Fulton, Peoria Counties, I never came across too much about Catholics but Alonzo's surname was Kelly so they may have been from Ireland and Catholic.

    I had a German Catholic great grandmother, the only Catholic ancestor I've found until you get way way back in England. It appears a lot of them quit practicing their religions on the Illinois prairie in those days but I may be doing them an injustice when I say that.

    The Catholics are now more populous all throughout that part of Illinois and the whole country for that matter.

    Almost forgot mumblypeg. Wasn't that a game we used to play with knives? I remember sitting with the boys and my pocket knife, dim memory that maybe we tossed the knives to stick in the ground and the one who got closest to the peg was the winner. Something like that.

  • Finding Humanity in Gone With the Wind

    07/18/2015 8:52:17 PM PDT · 46 of 70
    Aliska to Aria
    I think in her crowd and younger age it’s more socially acceptable to be means you “care”. They are unaware of dange

    And they will vote for Hillary. They don't WANT to know about the corruption in that family and people they associate with. Some "millenials" are starting to see what they are up against financially and postpone marrying, families, etc., so maybe they will listen to some Republican candidates or I think Rand Paul will be popular with them.

    To be fair, at 49, I was up to my eyeballs with my then-turbulent life so I tuned out politics. I wouldn't have voted for them, but it was the Clintons that made me take notice plus I had observed what was happening with job losses and outsourcing.

    I have nothing but time on my hands so I've become somewhat of a news junkie. But I do some fact checking and digging deeper on some issues. FR is a help, too, if you try not to feed into getting jumped on now and then.

    So that is what is scary. My university was liberal way back in the 60's when I think back on it but I took substantive courses where there wasn't a whole lot of room for influence peddling. We didn't have all that women's crap mickey mouse stuff.

    I happen to care a lot about a lot of people, too, will often pray for people who have suffered tragedy and find myself in tears and crying. But to fix this country it is going to take some tough love. I just think we will keep on as we have, the media will have more sway, talk radio may phase out (mostly older people call our local show), keep on keeping on until we go over the cliff.

    Trump isn't going to be able to fix it but not because he doesn't have good intentions. He's probably unelectable anyway plus if I'm around, I like most of what he is saying so far (he remonstrated with conservatives and said single payer health insurance because we need to cover everybody). I don't like government running the healthcare industry and realize how difficult insurance companies are in reality but I will need to look at what they are selling if we can know what's in it if and when it comes up again.

    There I went off the deep end again lol.

  • Finding Humanity in Gone With the Wind

    07/18/2015 5:17:42 PM PDT · 27 of 70
    Aliska to Aria
    I would have to say she is probably one of mine, too, and Vivian Leigh played that part so well.

    Most of my life I've had a distaste for wars and don't read books when they are just about that. There are other books and movies that wouldn't have meaning without the war parts.

    Thanks, glad you found it interesting. I saw about the surrogate in my late mother's genealogy notes and tried to pick up where she left off. So I shared that one little bit of what I'd never known either.

    Well, the revisionists may ultimately suffer a backlash, but I fear our younger ones are too pre-occupied with entertainment and brainwashed to a destructive cultural agenda. I never commented one way or another about the Confederate flag but it's pretty, and it's a part of our nation's heritage. I hate to have it destroyed over minorities. I empathize with the suffering of slavery. I have seen old photos of black families, and even though they were poor, there was a dignity about them. Now I've grown weary of all the hate and troublemaking, only some with a just cause at this late date.

    The other night I happened to mention something about Bill Ayers and went through web pages and tried to explain all that to my 49-year-old daughter. She insisted on wiki, so wiki had a lot of it on there which I tied to other things that are out there and not on wiki. When she saw what Bill Ayers had been, the photo of him standing on the flag, and the fact that he is now a university teacher in Chicago as well as his ties to Obama, she said "I am shocked." It was all out there for anyone who was willing to dig it out.

  • In Wake of Chattanooga Terror Attack, Provocative Gay Hate-Flag Must Come Down

    07/18/2015 4:51:54 PM PDT · 11 of 15
    Aliska to Kaslin
    That may have been one factor out of many, but I think it would have been ISIS and their call to kill military members foremost.

    With his firepower, he could have shot up something bigger.

    I think TPTB don't want to blame ISIS because it is partly their fault that they have become ascendant in the ME mostly because of our ill-advised premature departure from Iraq. Even during that time there were still many flare ups of car and truck bombs mostly in Baghdad.

  • 60,000 March in Memory of Royal Martyrs of Russia

    07/18/2015 4:44:38 PM PDT · 18 of 24
    Aliska to NRx
    Thank you, I found it and can contact them. It does kind of boggle the mind that devout Russians can endure in that cesspool, but a google map that came up in my search for the bookstore shows Little Russia a part of or near the Richmond District. I remember very little of what is now in San Francisco and how to get to the different points of interest.

    There was a Catholic presence in the early days in CA but in the north and to Alaska there was a Russian Orthodox presence. North of where we lived, I remember the name Russian River and some other iconic something Russian which wouldn't have interested me at the time.

    The Russian Orthodox seem to be very devout, and, just guessing, has come about as a result of "latter day" Russian emigres. Of course, my impression of Russians in the US is that many are totally secular.

    I developed this "thing" about Russia about 20 years ago, don't know what precipitated it, must have been Glasnost. As an older teen I and my friends went to see the movie "Nicholas and Alexandra", and I never forgot the horror of the murder, also followed Anna Anderson, never felt in my heart that she was Anastasia which turned out to be right.

    Checkhov and Tolstoy are probably my favorite Russian writers, one other I can't recall, brothers Karamazov.

    Got it. It was the book and movie, Dr. Zhivago which stretches back to the late 60's early 70's. That stirred my passion for nearly all things Russian except the Communists for which I have an enduring well hatred. I've either gone to, rented or bought nearly every Russian film I could find.

  • Finding Humanity in Gone With the Wind

    07/18/2015 4:20:03 PM PDT · 16 of 70
    Aliska to EveningStar
    I read it when I was a teen and could hardly put it down. Then saw the movie at least three times so my perceptions of the book and movie are intertwined.

    I thought at this late date that the O'Hara's would have been Catholic. Apparently they were but there was no religion I remember except one quote by Scarlett, "As God is my witness, as God is my witness, they're not going to lick me. I'm going to get through this, and when it's all over, I'll never be hungry again."

    With no pre-conceptions of the war, I felt a deep empathy for the suffering of the South, not to the point of taking sides as my Yankee heritage includes an ancestor who helped with the underground railroad in Pennsylvania.

    I have a little Southern heritage but only one family member I've found so far served in the Civil War. My great grandfather's father-in-law in Illinois was a man of means and purchased a surrogate to fight in the war in his place. It was family lore but it fits. The Irish man who went in his place I sent for his war records, and he died of disease in the swamps of Louisiana. He is buried in the Baton Rouge National Cemetery.

    That sacrifice left a huge impression on me. I might not be here if my great grandfather had served. They had another boy a few months after the surrogate's death and named him the surrogate's name, Alonzo, which is not a family name.

    That would be my great great uncle; he never married and went to prospect for gold in Alaska. My father met him there during WWII.

    Just some impressions and anecdotal happenings rerlated to the war.

    Ashley was a fictional prisoner in the infamous Rock Island Confederate prison now known as Arsenal Island and which became the place I worked for many years, going back three generations.

  • 60,000 March in Memory of Royal Martyrs of Russia

    07/18/2015 3:40:25 PM PDT · 13 of 24
    Aliska to NRx
    That's my favorite icon of the family. I wanted to purchase a copy of it but couldn't find one anywhere. Thank you for posting it.

    Also appreciate your posting the article. I've tried to keep up with the events concerning the family for years and am grateful that the family are all together again and received a Christian burial at last.

  • Rick Perry Says Donald Trump Should Be Disqualified Over McCain Comments

    07/18/2015 3:09:02 PM PDT · 66 of 111
    Aliska to JoeSeales
    Trump went a little over the top but every single one of those points I *am pretty sure* I have seen right here on FR; if not none of them was new to me.

    I guess I wish he hadn't gone there; I winced when I read it, but I'm no fan of McCain at all.

  • The Mystery of Nova Scotia's Infamous Mary Celeste

    07/18/2015 9:54:35 AM PDT · 26 of 33
    Aliska to KosmicKitty
    I'm glad you liked it. There is a rather nice painting in the New Haven Historical Society commemorating the apparition; some months back I saw a color scan of part of it. It's supposed to be in landscape mode. I have a copy of the painting in black & white in the photos portion of one of my Snow books. Hoping to obtain a colored print to frame, I emailed the society in the hopes of getting a copy; they replied, and I can't remember why I didn't pursue it further.

    There was no known passenger list but the people at the time, of course, would have known which relatives were aboard. And we do know the Captain's name, Lamberton (?)

    Anyway it's a little more special to me because a direct ancestor grandfather to about the 8th generation was believed to have been aboard. His name was John Taylor.

    It looks like a distant cousin of mine has put up this page and told the story. It lends strength to my belief that my ancestor was on the ghost ship.

    There is a colored portion of the commemorative painting on the page.

    A Halloween Ghost Story - The Phantom Ship of New Haven, CT (taylorbakercousins)

  • The Mystery of Nova Scotia's Infamous Mary Celeste

    07/17/2015 11:24:27 PM PDT · 11 of 33
    Aliska to max americana

    I guess that sounds too harsh even for when I was younger. So I guess the Canadians don’t care about people leaving? I’ll bet they care more about illegal border crossers heading north.

  • The Mystery of Nova Scotia's Infamous Mary Celeste

    07/17/2015 10:51:50 PM PDT · 8 of 33
    Aliska to max americana
    I never heard of Mary Celeste until I read Snow's book; being in the midwest and I don't know anybody who is interested in the things I mentioned. The Titanic is fascinating, too, even moreso because it did have survivors and they know what happened to it.

    Never in my lifetime did I imagine they would find and photograph the wreckage. I think they had to use robots to bring up some relics, not sure. It was fascinating about the dna test when they dug up several graves and found no remains but one child. IIRC the child's dna proved who she was not; they thought she was from one mom and a sibling I think.

    Saskatchewan would be a neat place to grow up. Never been there, just Ontario on a short drive.

  • The Mystery of Nova Scotia's Infamous Mary Celeste

    07/17/2015 10:02:15 PM PDT · 4 of 33
    Aliska to nickcarraway
    Edward Rowe Snow wrote about the Mary Celeste and a lot of other ships and shipwrecks, sea monsters, pirates, gold, lighthouses and miscellaneous. There were supernatural elements in a lot of them. I bought about 9 of them and just a few months ago finished all of them and started on my five Orthodox Jew little miracle books.

    I never found the tale again about the 2 priests, each in a different situation. Someone on here years ago wanted me to notify him if I ever came across it again.

    I forget details fast but I had several favorites. One was about a descendant of a man who took all his money out of the bank and I think he left a curious will. A generation or two wondered about the money until it was down to one survivor, a woman who lived in the house, was getting up in years and faced with poverty.

    She either had a dream or apparition, but a man came to her and pointed to a brick in the fireplace. She hired some workers and they removed the bricks, it took several, but down in the hole was all the money.

    One of my most favorites was about the Ghost ship of New Haven since this is about ships. You can google it and I doubt you'll find Edward Rowe Snow's account but there are other pages on the web.

  • VIDEO: Disneyland's first kids: These two were the first boy, girl in the gate in 1955

    07/16/2015 6:41:25 PM PDT · 31 of 53
    Aliska to Rodamala
    Rodamala, that sounds like fun, and some people are used to private planes, but that's a lot of flying. It would be long. Yes, we stopped in Sacramento to visit my mom's father's first cousin. They had us stay there which is sometimes kind of an imposition. I went on with a 3rd cousin and her aunt to San Francisco. They had one of these atrium two-story houses set back quite far from the ocean. She dropped me and my younger cousin off at the zoo the next morning. All I remember about that is my cousin noticed two tigers I think it was doing their thing and asked me what they were doing. I would have given her a dodgy answer. Then my folks and sister came from Sacramento and picked me up, went to Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, drove around, lots of sights there, dodged a drunk walking across the street. I loved the serpentine Lombard Street and made my husband take me down it years later. Thank you for the reminiscence.

    Osage Orange, yeah, visiting relatives gets old, fun for cousins if they are close, lots of extra work for the relatives but everybody except the kids pitched in. CA seemed nicer in those years, but people were gravitating out there for the warmth and didn't have much going for them. It was not nearly as culturally diverse then as now.

    I loved the scenery, Lake Tahoe, Monterey, the scrubby pine, on down to LA and a couple more friends, Farmer's Market where I had my first egg foo yung, Huntington Gallery, and Disneyland. I do remember the smog; it was already bad then.

    We really saw and did a lot more going and coming.

  • VIDEO: Disneyland's first kids: These two were the first boy, girl in the gate in 1955

    07/16/2015 5:18:13 PM PDT · 18 of 53
    Aliska to truth_seeker
    We must have gone the following year when I would have been 14; we drove from Iowa to CA to see lots of sights and visit some friends and relatives.

    I don't remember a whole lot about it, and it wasn't crowded like in the news photo.

    We rode the teacups, I made them turn and got dizzy lol. I remember a cable car type ride up high and a riverboat we didn't go on.

    That's all I remember, don't remember prices, food, etc. I think there might have been a shuttlebus from the huge parking area but am not sure.

    I never really wanted to go back; my kids had Adventureland and 6 Flags. But I'm glad I got to go; it was my dream and I begged my father to take us there.

  • LIVE UPDATES: Four killed, shooter dead in two attacks on military facilities in Chattanooga

    07/16/2015 2:05:55 PM PDT · 83 of 211
    Aliska to knarf

    yeah like maybe - another place said he was a US Citizen. It was a traffic ticket in 2013. Old Joe can’t do much about that but too bad he didn’t put him in pink underwear with bacon fat lube and a bullet in the head. No probable cause for that.

  • LIVE UPDATES: Four killed, shooter dead in two attacks on military facilities in Chattanooga

    07/16/2015 1:43:23 PM PDT · 42 of 211
    Aliska to Oldeconomybuyer

    Our radio host says the only record he had was a traffic ticket? (not sure) in Maricopa County, AZ.

  • Madeleine Albright: The Iran Deal Must Go Through (All hands on deck to sell Zero's deal)

    07/16/2015 1:23:11 PM PDT · 17 of 35
    Aliska to Dave346
    WTF? When the next president is elected, I hope that she will be in a position to make sure the deal is carried out. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was the one who began the process, and she’s very familiar with the issue.

    It's not in quotes to be sure Obama said it, but how presumptious and cocky can they get?

  • We Cannot Ignore the Sickening, Evil Depravity of Planned Parenthood (Long Article)

    07/15/2015 5:03:00 PM PDT · 38 of 39
    Aliska to Kaslin
    I didn't remember the exact derivation of the stem cells. If it is as said, that the embryonic stem cells were the product of in vitro fertilization that had already been destroyed, that's what I probably heard at the time. I reluctantly went along with it, in my mind, because I trusted his Christian morality. Just personally, I was not enthusiastic about using them regardless. But would I approve cells from a miscarriage?

    I'm kind of burned out trying to keep up with this issue (did watch the video) and the Iran deal.

    Thank you for posting that. It's a lot to read but I'll try to get it read in a day or two. I couldn't remember if maybe they had been aborted fetal stem cells that "had already been destroyed, so . . . ."

    I'm on overload trying to take in the Iran deal and this matter.