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  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 51 DEC. 19, 2014

    12/20/2014 4:08:41 PM PST · 54 of 60
    Aliska to Tilted Irish Kilt
    Thanks for the suggestions and reminder. I have tried boiling water which takes a lot for my weeds; I have to walk a ways with it and don't want to burn myself. The vinegar I've done, too, and it works. I've done black plastic to the point it breaks and weeds poke thru. Never clear though. That you might be able to tell something good and cut a hole to let it grow. Cardboard and wet thick newspaper work really well but they kill everything until they decompose. I have tons of both.

    But if you want some of the volunteer flower seeds since I don't know what the seedlings look like, I would sometimes kill good plants. I sprayed a spot a few years ago, I think that was vinegar, last year I didn't bother but thought I should yank them out. Turned out they were brown-eyed susans which had drifted here from somewhere. I never thought I liked them but they are cute, glad I didn't yank them and maybe can transplant a couple. I got a new spade I hope will be easier on my back but still won't be able to work too long at a time.

  • 5 dead in 10-state listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples

    12/19/2014 7:17:36 PM PST · 12 of 27
    Aliska to miserare

    I should have waited and posted these to the gardening thread.

  • 5 dead in 10-state listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples

    12/19/2014 7:04:43 PM PST · 11 of 27
    Aliska to miserare
    These were once in my small backyard, Moorpark Apricots (somebody stole these as I was waiting for them to perfectly ripen), Northstar Cherry, Jonadel Apples. Actually I planted every one of these trees myself and a few others.

    It's tedious to upload and get the code for all that stuff, don't bother with it very often.

    Apricots

    P6150023

    Apple2

    Apple1

  • 5 dead in 10-state listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples

    12/19/2014 6:35:18 PM PST · 10 of 27
    Aliska to the OlLine Rebel; miserare
    miserare, I miss my tree. It was a Jonadel. I didn't think the apples that tasty for eating but they were wonderful for cooking. Some years they didn't get wormy and not all did. People would stop and pick them up, guys in company vehicles lol. Others would ask for bags of them. They were especially desirable because I didn't spray them. The tree ended up with a big Y. Lost the north half in a storm. The other half succumbed to being knocked down when my huge tree dropped a large limb. I finally had the big soft maple cut down but my back yard will never be as nice again. Still it's a relief when it storms. I would pick a plain Jonathan or something you suggested if I knew what they tasted like. I've got a couple Braeburns in the fridge, haven't cut into them yet. I just hate peeling apples and I can't chew them very well these days.

    OlLine Rebel, your screen name is hard to read. I don't know too much about apples other than I don't generally like the store apples. My parents used to go to an orchard that still is in business. I grabbed a couple bags of Jonathans from them at the store; they didn't last long. My mother liked Northern Spy. They only produce every other year and are green. But they are big and wonderful for baking.

    I should eat an apple every day. I usually get Granny Smith if I want to cook something but they aren't the best. Some are saying to use a combination of different apples in pies, etc. No wonder.

    I used to like Yellow Deliicious but they're usually green in the store. The one I just hate are what everybody buys. Red Delicious. Guess it ships well. I won't knowingly eat the things.

    What I really miss is my Moorpark apricot tree. I got a chance to get it cut down free by the utility company so I let it go. Many years it would succumb to late frosts. So I was thinking about getting a Sungold and a Moongold; you have to have two, but I don't have a good place for them except in front on the grassy part by the street. If I weren't getting so old, I would do it. Maybe I will do it anyway. Dogs will pi$$ on them though. Like anything else I plant close to the sidewalk in front. Like some nice daylilies, not those orange ones that pop up everywhere around here. Dogs or not dragging water out there has pretty much ruined them.

    I miss gardening but my back is totally shot and I don't have any family that will help; one daughter but can't count on it. So I gave it up and propagated a beautiful geranium my daughter gave me. I can still do that.

    They were talking about growing tomatoes inside. I'll talk about tomatoes some other time.

  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 51 DEC. 19, 2014

    12/19/2014 6:17:44 PM PST · 33 of 60
    Aliska to Tilted Irish Kilt
    It's not a good thing to attract deer, that's for sure.

    But you plow it under before it flowers. It does not produce seed that way and the soil gets the benefit of the under ground composting of the cover crop.

    I suppose you'd have to be extra diligent to get all the plants. Plus in planting, some seed doesn't germinate but will in a following year.

    Clover is good but I got some nasty stuff in compost, never saw white clover like that. Sprouted all over where I'd applied the compost. Had to use a weed killer to get rid of it.

    I liked the idea that the buckwheat smothers weeds. I read a little more on that site. A combination of other plants, about 3, can't remember which ones except I think buckwheat was one, are allotropic. They work like Neem and inhibit germination of seed so you have to wait about 3 weeks to plant over what you had.

  • 5 dead in 10-state listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples

    12/19/2014 5:19:46 PM PST · 3 of 27
    Aliska to miserare
    I like that caramel dip and a sweet tart apple like Jonathan, my fav.

    If you buy them at the store, how can you be sure they don't have listeria or some other problem? Five dead are rather shocking. I grew my own apples for years but most years I had to cut and cut because I didn't spray them.

  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 51 DEC. 19, 2014

    12/19/2014 4:51:03 PM PST · 27 of 60
    Aliska to greeneyes
    Buckwheat as a cover crop then plow it under before it flowers. A few years back I read 3 times. It recharges the soil.

    It's from an organic gardening site; I didn't garden that way but borrowed ideas from them.

    Recharge your soil by using buckwheat as a cover crop

    The author of Pleasant Valley (somewhere in Ohio) experimented in rebuilding depleted soil on farms. I think he used grass and let horses or animals graze but I don't remember exactly what all he did; it probably was clay soil which is harder to deal with.

    Sorry about your dad. It sounds tough on everyone.

  • Obama gives the Castro regime in Cuba an undeserved bailout

    12/18/2014 6:11:05 PM PST · 15 of 34
    Aliska to Brad from Tennessee
    My daughter asked me what I thought about it. At first I was mad but then decided maybe it was a good thing. But what do we get out of it? We don't need sugar cane; about all they have we might want are cigars. Does Rush still smoke Cuban cigars? Anyway, they will compete with our cigar manufacturers now. And you can't hardly smoke them anywhere now. And they smell worse than cigarettes to me.

    Then I gave her a rundown about Batista, the Cuban Missile Crisis, didn't mention the Mariel Boat people. I wanted to emphasize what it was to be a political prisoner there and all the people he imprisoned and murdered.

    Told her how they were driving 1950's cars around kept going with rubber bands, figure of speech.

    I said we should have taken him out a long time ago because of all the people who fled in boats, also people who managed to save their wealth and come here. I don't have an expert view on the whole thing but I wanted to emphasize above all how terrible communism is.

    When I first heard, it was on morning radio, local younger guys on the mike saying embargo and sanctions don't or didn't work. So why are we doing it to the Russians? A fine Christmas some of them will have.

    I told her finally that we would probably give them foreign aid. They don't have dollars to buy anything. I see I was right about that. Wish I weren't. And I guess Obama will get credit for it.

    We did the same damn thing with China. What did we get out of it? Stuff we have to pay for. No improvement in human rights, nothing. And give them a bunch of our secrets.

  • Who will Obama be courting next?

    12/17/2014 7:40:55 PM PST · 13 of 29
    Aliska to The Ghost of FReepers Past; WesternCulture
    He's (she's) been here off and on for a long time.

    Nice to see you around again, WesternCulture.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ What Is The Origin Of Your FReeper Name? ~ Thursday, December 18, 2014

    12/17/2014 6:31:14 PM PST · 70 of 362
    Aliska to PROCON
    Aliska is a true children's book about a family who bought a little Russian fox at a stall in a big city, took it home and proceeded to tame it. They were partially successful.

    When they went to spend the summer at their dacha, the mom would go for a walk with the fox in her arms because it was small and subject to predators.

    When that summer was over, the family returned to the city and left the little fox behind, entrusting its care to a neighbor. The little fox disappeared and was never seen again.

    They had named the fox Aliska.

    Here are some adorable pictures of small Russian foxes:

    15 Lovely Photos of Russian Foxes by ivan Kislov are Simply Amazing

    There are a couple cuter and much different ones on there but I think Aliska was much like this.

  • Story of the $72 million teen trader unravels

    12/15/2014 7:31:22 PM PST · 16 of 64
    Aliska to expat_panama

    Unwow ping. All a fabrication. Kid does have lots of money, wonder how he got it.

  • High school student scores $72M playing the stock market

    12/14/2014 1:23:27 PM PST · 4 of 44
    Aliska to expat_panama

    Wow ping.

  • House Resolution 758 (Condemnation of Russia) This bill is frightening

    12/11/2014 6:27:36 PM PST · 66 of 92
    Aliska to castlegreyskull
    The whole thing is a bad move and makes us look like a paper something, always blustering. There should be blowback about the CIA business in torture. Why that now?

    BTW I am also against the sanctions, and they seem pretty impulsive to me, not considering unintended consequences.

  • This Week --December 11 Budget Decision; Investment & Finance Thread

    12/11/2014 5:27:51 PM PST · 53 of 82
    Aliska to abb
    I never bought on margin. Scottrade gave me quite a large one in ratio to the amount I kept in the account. I knew not to play the market with borrowed money. But there it was in front of me every day. Then when I became inactive, they took most of my margin away.

    I'm 73 years old so long-term has no appeal; somebody else or nobody will get the benefit of it. I don't want to think about why that matters right now but it does.

    I wish I had a mind for some of the more complicated plays. But you have the right idea and have a sensible approach to investing.

    Get rich quick. The real thing that appealed to me about playing around day and swing trading was that I pretended that my life depended on it and I was doing real work. I never was worth anything when I worked. When I would make a modest gain sometimes in an hour or less most traders wouldn't bother with, it made me feel like I had accomplished something after all.

    I lost money, too, but my first and only year of it I had a very modest net gain. Now I am afraid to jump in again as I struggled to get where I am which could have been a whole lot better like those couples who call Bob Brinker but my life fell apart financially actually before and when I was divorced. I never had a 401K or anything like what those people do. A few are single and give him the credit for teaching them how to invest their money. But I think they were part of a generation that had more external forces in their favor than now, could be wrong about that.

  • This Week --December 11 Budget Decision; Investment & Finance Thread

    12/11/2014 12:29:59 PM PST · 47 of 82
    Aliska to abb
    Thank you for the affirmation on XOM. I'll check the dividends and look at some charts. I think Scottrade had it as one of the top stocks to invest in.

    I'm in kick myself mode. AA was at low 7-8-9 for a long time last year; now it's up to 17. The dividends were too low. Very short sighted.

    That's going to be the story of my short life in the stock market, the ones that got away. And there are a lot now. WAG is another one I saw at high 40's and thought wait. Waited too long. Several more like that but not all. Some haven't done too well and those I fear may go belly up or just.

    F pushed up to 17; now it's back at 15 where it's been for ages. Last year Forbes listed it as a good buy because there wasn't sufficient interest in its potential. So it goes.

  • This Week --December 11 Budget Decision; Investment & Finance Thread

    12/10/2014 8:17:11 PM PST · 35 of 82
    Aliska to expat_panama
    Still sitting on the sidelines. Late in the night I heard on the news the price of crude, high 60's I believe. The thought came to me maybe I ought to buy some Exxon. Around noon when everything seemed to be hitting the lows for the day, I couldn't remember that stock.

    After closing, it came to me so I googled it; some think it might be good. I will have to do more research on it. It's at high 80's and I don't like buying stocks over $50 because it seems riskier and uses up too much of my capital for "playing" in the market. Just haven't felt like "playing" in it.

    Also I have 10,000 bu of corn I don't know what to do with. I contacted someone in an ag hedge fund but then I thought I'm tired but would have to learn how to do it myself plus they would probably charge an arm and a leg to invest my money for me.

    I realized when corn was $2.99 that I should have gotten someone to get some options for me only I got puts mixed up with calls. I should have bought a bunch of calls. My grain rep told me puts go down and calls go up. Is that right?

    I don't like paying for storage for too long but it occurred to me that I have a commodity that has intrinsic value which would possibly be a hedge against inflation but I can't wrap my mind around that and food prices. It's terrible the prices of groceries and they are way out of sync with other sectors of the economy except possibly for meat because so many sold off their cattle during the drought 2 years back.

    Corn and soybeans are forecast to stay fluctuating but around where they are now into 2020. Then I read to watch oats but forgot what the connection would be with that.

  • This Is Why You Should NEVER Trust a Bank(shortened)

    12/10/2014 7:49:15 PM PST · 28 of 28
    Aliska to Undecided 2012; Dr. Sivana
    Undecided, sorry it took so long to respond. I never "expected" anything either and never ever asked about estate plans like my children have done to me. Once I knew I was in a will, I came to "expect" something, yes. But it brings with it extra sorrows and responsibility. I was always happy with my family; in later years sometimes you come to see things as they really were, not as you chose to remember them.

    Dr. Sivana, thank you so much for your compassion and prayers. Except for my son, which has taken a toll on my faith and physical health, not having confidence in his eternal fate. A couple people even said he was in hell. I believe everything is for a reason, too, but I may not know for a long time or it may become more clear to others.

    It's a terrible irony, I know money is only money, but as things played out in latter years, I came to need some money because I ended up divorced and dependent on family for many years. Anyway, I am tired of thinking about it.

    I looked up a summary of Bleak House; I don't think I ever read a whole book by Dickens but got so burned out on novels, I don't read much any more except the internet, and that I seem to skim in screens. Once in awhile something will attract my interest and I will read a whole article or go looking for more information.

    I hope my legal troubles are behind me. The one about my son didn't involve anything coming to me. I just had an emotional stake in it to see that his wishes as far as we could discern were honored and his sons would be taken care of as he had asked. I felt a sense of relief about it but life goes on and I don't like some of the things my oldest daughter does and says. She grew up rebellious and doesn't have any class, was gloating about winning on Facebook where the other parties could take more offense, a couple call his widow bad names, makes me furious. I don't have Facebook but my younger daughter logs in at my house so I can see what's on there.

    My younger daughter just turned 49 and has her issues, too but she doesn't like to tear people down unless it becomes painfully obvious what has happened. Her son's father died suddenly in May and it came up that she took a picture of his body in the casket. I didn't look at it but asked her why on earth she would do something so tasteless. But I guess everything is relative. I know other people do it but I always found it hugely offensive even though I know it was common a few generations back.

    Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers and hope the holidays will be nice for you and yours.

  • Cybersecurity Threats 2015: More Espionage, More Apple Malware

    12/08/2014 5:58:50 PM PST · 6 of 7
    Aliska to Swordmaker
    Trying to get an understanding of the golden ratio. Apple's logo is an example:

    Golden Ratio in logo designs

    There is a beautiful embedded video demonstrating the golden ratio in nature. Scroll down further on the linked page.

  • U.S. Teacher Ibolya Ryan Fatally Stabbed in Abu Dhabi Shopping Mall

    12/03/2014 4:25:33 PM PST · 10 of 26
    Aliska to BigEdLB

    She’s originally Hungarian, read an article about it on ABC. Ex husband is on his way to claim the children, twin boys.

  • First Boyfriend for Singing Star Susan Boyle at 53

    12/01/2014 5:51:42 PM PST · 28 of 35
    Aliska to SeekAndFind
    I was thrilled when I heard her voice, loved her duet with Elaine Paige, the singer she so admired. Then Paul Potts, and his fantastic voice. Now Jackie Evancho thrills crowds all over the world, has turned into a stunningly beautiful teenager.

    But I have rediscovered the Carpenters, Karen's fantastic voice. I watch and listen to those old songs over and over that I missed because I was so frantically busy in those years. She could sing the D below middle C and span 3 octaves. She has some new fans from the younger generation and over and over I'm seeing they believe she had the best female voice ever.

  • This Is Why You Should NEVER Trust a Bank(shortened)

    11/25/2014 10:17:28 PM PST · 16 of 28
    Aliska to yarddog
    Ask her what she did with it.

    I trusted her totally. I'm afraid if I ask her she will not remember, she would say I got it in the settlement of my father's estate, she could have taken half of it which may have been her right (I forgot my father was on it as co-something but I got the 1099's).

    I'd rather not know because it's painful what happened with the next estate. I never got over $70K, my share of the cash from my aunt's estate. I asked her what happened to it and she said it probably went in a business account. It should have been put in an account in my name in a separate account.

    I think they thought I would blow the money like I did and I also think they wanted to buy me out of my share of property so they left everything in the estate (another relative) since 1989.

    I got into a financial difficulty and wanted my property in my name so we had a long legal battle. I accidentally found where I had signed the papers where I had received the cash and the property. I didn't even get a copy of the will (this was another relative) which is some kind of executor malfeasance.

    She was using my power of attorney and acting in my name for all sorts of things concerning my affairs and just gave me money when I needed it which I didn't need too much. I think she was afraid I would screw it all up.

    I never thought this could happen. What really set me off is they threatened me. If I didn't sign papers and a release over to them now, they were going to file a suit against me. That made me furious. And it happened again, and I got mad again and got my own lawyer.

    That is how I found out what all had been going on. Because I didn't cave and found various proofs I ended up with my property in my name and what I consider an equitable cash settlement, especially since I didn't forget they won a car worth $10K and offered it to me; I didn't want it because I liked my car, so they gave me FMV which was a nice thing to do.

    It still hurts; I finally got threatened a third time with a law suit and caved because by then I knew what a partition suit was. I realized they had the money and the clout in a state with corrupt judges and if I lost I'd have and it was the way she said, "We'd win!" on the phone.

    I'm still hurting about it. My father would have been upset. Never ever no matter how much you trust someone, make an unlimited power of attorney with no expiration date on it.

    Now I see things about our relationship going all the way back and I see how we didn't really have much of a relationship at all ever. She was younger than me, prettier than me, smarter than me, went to the Ivy league school, married a wealthy banker and my life through MY OWN CHOICES brought me so low.

    Now I am managing all my own affairs myself including a farm and selling my half of crops and am being very responsible.

    Family relationships are so delicate. We were a family who didn't fight over property, wills, etc. All my life I just gave in to her; it wasn't worth fighting over. Finally I had to fight. It still hurts so bad and I don't feel the trust I felt for them before and I do appreciate what they have done that was nice and for my children, made their Christmas every year, sent them nice presents.

    So they aren't bad people. It's just something that I have to face up to. I have been cursed with this mental illness for so many years, I am able to function mentally very well but I can't travel. I can't go to visit them or anyone.

    I'm afraid to ask her what she did with it. I don't write to her very often. She was coming down to see me for my 1 hour per year. Then she got sick. I wrote and hoped she was ok. Then I remembered she won't come in my house because it is messy. It's not that bad but cluttered and I can't wash the windows. It's not packed with trash, not like that.

    We had to sit in the car the last time she came. She wouldn't come in.

    I don't know what to do. I want to repair the damage but if I can't totally forgive her or still feel the hurt (now it's a lifetime of it which some things are certainly not her fault and I know it), I don't want a relationship like that any more.

    A lot of things I had forgotten since my childhood. When I was about 50, the memories started flooding back. I have to look at things that are very painful that I blew off at the time. I have a therapist but I don't get anywhere with anything but at least she listens and I get an hour and by the time I leave I am so upset and hyperventilating and unsteady on my feet I can hardly stand at the desk to get my next appointment.

    II think I'm not being fair to her. Or myself. I don't ever want to face my brother-in-law again and I used to respect him and brag about how proud i was of them and all the neat things they had and did.

    While all this was going on with my sister, my son killed himself at age 42 two years ago come Dec 5. He changed his life ins beneficiaries to his two sisters, my daughters. They ended up in my son's widow contesting the beneficiary change.

    I have encouraged my daughters, helped her lawyers, insisted on always the truth; it was going to go to jury trial, $1.5 million. Finally today my daughter came over and showed me the papers and her check $400K. Her sister got $400K. And we got his two boys $200K each in a trust managed by a third party so his wives can't manage it. And the stepson got the interest when they finally got it in an interest bearing account will get about $32K now because he's 18. I asked the lawyers if they could make the boys age 25 to have the proceeds and that's how they did it. It's all so complicated.

    The lawyers ended up with I think about $300K. It's such a relief that all the ugliness you cannot imagine what people can do to others on account of money. She had people lined up to lie for her; my daughters had to prove they didn't do it. Dirt after dirt after dirt. They had my children's father and stepmother lined up to testiffy AGAINST his own daughters.

    My son's wife had been having an affair with his friend and business partner, had a child by him well after my son died. Now she hates my daughters so they won't be able to have a relationship with the boys and neither will I; in my case it hurts too much.

    I still feel for people I don't know. Yesterday there was a bad accident, and I could tell from the photo that somebody didn't make it. I prayed for them all with tears streaming down my eyes. Somebody got up yesterday morning and didn't know they would be dead that day, right before Thanksgiving. Today you know how these things work, they identified the victim. An 18-year-old girl died at the scene, her boyfriend was injured but not life threatening, and the UPS semi driver was not injured.

    It helps to think about others; that's how I deal with it. Other people have been through worse. It never really made me feel better but it puts things in perspective.

    In the world you will have tribulation. It looks like some people have charmed lives but most don't.

    I never will ask my sister what she did with it because i don't want to know and I don't want it to matter any more. I'm sure I've been a trial to her. They are ashamed of me and my family to meet the family of her daughter's husband. I don't have to be told. We weren't invited to her wedding. I didn't expect to but my daughters were hurt. I gave her an expensive present but all the best stuff was taken from her briday registry. My sister and husband raised two very nice children.

    Please forgive me for going on and on. Sometimes I need to sort things out. I'll save it for myself to maybe talk to someone. Don't fret about my son; other FReepers on a couple of threads were very supportive when I mentioned it. I wish I'd asked for prayers for him while he was on a downward spiral. He planned it all out and told me what he was going to do and I didn't know how to stop him. I did call the police once and he said he was through with me and never spoke to or of me again. I'm still grieving over him and no matter what happened or what he did, wished I'd been more physically loving of him, like more hugs and more kisses when he was little. Heaven knows I adored him, just have a hard time showing my feelings. He was the light of my life; he was like a consolation for my broken spirit by his usual cheerfulness.

    My son was a survivalist like this thread. He had lots of cases of MRE's, Jack Daniels in case he needed something to barter, guns and ammo, a huge safe, but he wanted to build a bunker under his basement. I used to worry like that but I gu He knew bad things were going to happen more frequently in this country. He thought the economy would collapse. He may have called that wrong. He started a precious metals business. His wife and lover pushed him out of that unscrupulously. He started a new business, drop shipping colored diamonds imported from Israel. His wife evidently never notified those Orthodox Jews running the business of his death; she got the business. I decided not to meddle in it and tell them what happened; all they wanted to do was to sell diamonds. It was starting to take off and he was so tired he couldn't eat and the anxiety was eating him alive. He texted his sister that what he was suffering was a fate worse than death.

  • This Is Why You Should NEVER Trust a Bank(shortened)

    11/25/2014 8:46:38 PM PST · 8 of 28
    Aliska to Kartographer
    I had a CD back in the early 1980's, and I know it was mine because I got 1099's on the interest every year and declared them on my income tax returns and still had copies of those. The interest would have put the accumulated value back then probably between $10K and $15K.

    My father had purchased it for me as something to fall back on in an emergency and put it in his safety deposit box. He died in 1982.

    I didn't know what happened to the CD, don't ever remember seeing it or cashing it. It's something I would remember because it's the only one I ever had.

    I do remember going with my sister and aunt when they opened the safety deposit box. My aunt got all her CD's, $80K worth my father was keeping for her out of some property of hers. My sister scooped everything else up, put it in a bag and took it home to a different state.

    She might have said there was a CD in there; I don't remember. She and i were named as joint executors in the will but I gave her a power of attorney to handle it all and put no expiration date on it. I don't have any records of getting any more 1099's and assumed my sister cashed it.

    Now years later I found those old returns and wondered what happened to that CD because the estate was half and half but this was in my name only. I called Wells Fargo who had bought out the bank that issued the CD. They acted like they tried to reseearch it for me but came up with nothing.

    Naturally I wouldn't expect their records to go back that far. So I don't know if I ever got any of it or not or what happened to it. This isn't a case like the one in the article but it just shows how you can have an asset and forget about it.

  • New York Times Publishes Darren Wilson’s Address Info As Ferguson Simmers

    11/24/2014 1:39:06 PM PST · 26 of 120
    Aliska to lonevoice
    Wilson married a fellow police officer last month. She was 38 I thought I read but don't see anything about it now..

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/ferguson-officer-shot-michael-brown-married-month/story?id=27136492

  • America Loves Catholicism: As Seen in Place Names Everywhere

    11/22/2014 5:48:53 PM PST · 38 of 159
    Aliska to Salvation

    Too hard to read the map even enlarged. We have a few. St. Donatus is one. Near Dubuque, there were tons of Catholic settlers and, of course, other parts of the state. We have St. Ambrose University and all the Catholic churches and schools have either a saint or something associated with Catholicism.

  • DHS: Visitors from three Ebola-stricken West African countries can stay in US for 18 months

    11/21/2014 5:48:22 PM PST · 9 of 22
    Aliska to doc1019
    Just what I just told my daughter. Everybody will forget about it and they will never leave.

    "What's wrong with black Africans?" (my daughter).

  • Abortion Activist Terrance Bean Arrested for Allegedly Raping 15-Year-Old Boy (Friend of Obama)

    11/20/2014 11:05:29 AM PST · 23 of 34
    Aliska to DesertRenegade

    Yeah, there’s a picture in his photostream with Nancy Pelosi cuddling up to him. The one with Obama is also there. The other people I don’t know who they are and didn’t look at them all.

  • Abortion Activist Terrance Bean Arrested for Allegedly Raping 15-Year-Old Boy (Friend of Obama)

    11/20/2014 10:57:54 AM PST · 19 of 34
    Aliska to wagglebee
    "Another person alleged to have been involved in that encounter is also expected to face arrest as part of the indictment."

    Sick. Guy looks demented.

  • Democrats Ready for Post-Holiday Clinton Announcement

    11/18/2014 7:52:17 PM PST · 19 of 30
    Aliska to Rembrandt
    The MSM have already anointed Jeb Bush to run against Hillary. I think they are setting it up. I think they set up McCain to run against Obama.

    Americans are not going to want another Bush and I don't think there are enough people who are not conservatives who just plain don't like Hillary to keep her from winning if she gets that far.

    It's either Brinker or Kudlow who say we have the best government money can buy.

  • Prayer Request

    11/18/2014 1:48:05 PM PST · 36 of 80
    Aliska to alphadoggie

    I prayed a little prayer and hope that you heed the advice given by others. I may have something like this going on; it’s not pretty to talk about the symptoms. In any case, I would be filled with anxiety, too, because I am just that way. You will probably be fine, too bad it’s right before the holidays, but hope you’ll be well on the road to recovery by Christmas. Love and blessings to you and yours.

  • Here’s why Somali Muslim Refugees are moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming, Prepare to be shocked

    11/18/2014 1:38:35 PM PST · 129 of 160
    Aliska to jsanders2001
    Don't worry about depressing me. I have a choice to read this stuff or not. I would rather be depressed and know what we are facing than like I used to be, ever the optimist because my world and my dreams seemed attainable.

    Then things change like most of our lives do and we have to adapt but not give up on our ideals.

    No, I never realized their methods were that involved and deliberate. This is about immigration and influx of foreigners. Who am I to complain about it? My ancestors came here uninvited. Most of them were fairly honestly, struggling people with many sorrows, not much joy in clearing land and surviving.

    The only thing i would like to see done about it which isn't is to seal and guard the borders even if they can find other ways in and stop the influx of people whose culture is not compatible with our way of life. They weren't welcomed here. They were brought in by stealth and have religious people (social worker types usually Catholic but there again it's not transparent) in various cities teach them how to shop, etc.

    I don't know what to believe any more and try very hard to be sensible when it comes to separating truth from conspiracy. Last night Peter Schiff was on C2C, he talked a lot about his father because George had interviewed him in the past, then he went into a full blown rant about Ferguson. It was awesome. I will have to check if it got on youtube.

    He talked just a little about his business but didn't come across as a walking advertisement for it.

    This doesn't read too well and for that I apologize. My mind feels scrambled; maybe I read too much negative news. I think my problem is I don't have answers. I would send lots of people back from where they came. That's not the American spirit, is mean spirited, and won't happen.

  • Here’s why Somali Muslim Refugees are moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming, Prepare to be shocked

    11/17/2014 8:51:34 PM PST · 90 of 160
    Aliska to kearnyirish2
    A higher birthrate in normal times is a good thing. I think of that Duggar family. If they can remain insulated, maybe they'll be ok. But the rest of the formerly lower and middle class Americans aren't going to know how to deal with it.

    Not a pretty picture. We are being made to be subserviant to minorities who hate our guts. I think we have already surpassed critical mass where higher birthrate would do any good. It would be too hostile socially to raise healthy children. We do have networks of sorts but it's not the same as sharing the same ethnicity and customs.

    The Hispanics could end up being just as much trouble as the jihadis. A lot of them are already full of hate, and it's not like they appreciate being here. Ours are going to be squeezed like the pit and the pendulum and no way out.

  • Here’s why Somali Muslim Refugees are moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming, Prepare to be shocked

    11/17/2014 8:26:55 PM PST · 83 of 160
    Aliska to jsanders2001
    Thanks for that first hand information. Pretty depressing. I wouldn't think they would like cold weather.

    I see pictures of where they came from and I couldn't stand to live in the desert. I know that isn't true for all. Africa in parts is verdant, green, and mean, very tribal, much fighting.

  • Here’s why Somali Muslim Refugees are moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming, Prepare to be shocked

    11/17/2014 8:16:52 PM PST · 74 of 160
    Aliska to kearnyirish2; UCANSEE2
    kearny, I thought about the welfare scam the second I hit post. Relocating immigrants is not something we can know much about. Some are educated and have good jobs.

    The Boston mess I will be brutally frank. Our earliest settlers, a few my ancestors built all that up (and a lot of Irish that followed). It got so it was unaffordable to live in a nice house/neighborhood out east unless you commuted from far out. Now foreigners have taken a lot of it over. Some of those houses were really nice.

    Oh, I thought it was crazy the show of force they brought in there. It is making me fearful to see things like that. People dragged out of their own homes searching for one person. No warrants, they meant business.

    UCANSEE2, obviously they are throwing money all over the place. I used to be well disposed toward the Minneapolis settlers, that was back in the 70's, there was plenty of "diversity" along with home growns, now it is all being done on purpose by people who will never have to rub elbows with them except in a photo op. I think Ted Kennedy had a lot to do with it, part of his legacy.

    I should talk. I'm probably a bigot I don't know any of them these days. I don't know if it's once you get to know them you like them or something is in the air causing resentment.

  • Here’s why Somali Muslim Refugees are moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming, Prepare to be shocked

    11/17/2014 7:26:25 PM PST · 33 of 160
    Aliska to jsanders2001
    Land would be cheap there but where are they getting the money for all the building? Unless they are educated, they can't get good enough paying jobs for all the kids they have.

    They don't practice usury which means cash purchases for big ticket items.

    There are no jobs in the wilderness unless they make their own but they need money from outside for sustainability.

  • Lawyer Wearing Only Diaper When Arrested in Home Invasion, Stabbing

    11/14/2014 12:46:57 PM PST · 20 of 36
    Aliska to smokingfrog

    Before now. How they used to look, months ago, years ago, I don’t know. I saw it first on ABC and went looking for the photo. There’s a couple more photos like that on linked in actually not too many more.

  • Lawyer Wearing Only Diaper When Arrested in Home Invasion, Stabbing

    11/14/2014 12:37:41 PM PST · 16 of 36
    Aliska to smokingfrog

    Before.

    Hard to believe.

  • This Democrat Is Giving Up on ObamaCare

    11/13/2014 6:55:01 PM PST · 14 of 62
    Aliska to Ronin

    google the title

  • Liberals Try to Cover Up for Obamacare Architect

    11/11/2014 1:33:33 PM PST · 22 of 29
    Aliska to Kaslin
    He's a hyper, busy hands, sloppy diction talker. I can hardly tell one word from the next. It's like that whole video was one long word lol.

    Yeah, I got it but I wouldn't want to be sitting there listening to and dealing with him, all cranked up. Maybe it's his meds. Just sayin'.

  • ‘Run Them Over,’ Urges Palestinian Song

    11/10/2014 12:59:31 PM PST · 12 of 36
    Aliska to Olog-hai

    Things are getting worse. Today there are reports of about 4 stabbings of Israelis.

  • Woman who had no pulse for 45 minutes makes full recovery; doctors call miraculous

    11/10/2014 12:56:59 PM PST · 55 of 60
    Aliska to Nea Wood
    Somewhere else I alluded to one about a priest in an accident. His great sin? Hm he was in it more for the money and popularity, being one of the guys. So he was bound for hell.

    I don't know if going in he had a preconceived notion that he would meet the Virgin Mary (a lot of Catholics take that as a given they will be with her in Heaven) but he didn't seem to expect what came during the NDE.

    He saw her and it was through her intercession that he was spared and sent back to be more of what a priest should be, teaching morals and dogma, not particularly popular subjects but what priests are ordained for. He had despaired because he WAS going to hell until the Virgin Mary appeared and interceded for him.

    Still and all, I can't fit all these into neat categories with no exceptions or overlapping.

    One particular thing does bother me. I have a general preconceived notion of the splendor of Heaven but St. Paul says the earthly mind cannot imagine what God has prepared for those who loved them. Also some of the subjects claim to have been caught up into the third heaven, and St. Paul said it was not lawful to tell what he saw and experienced other than that it happened and was obviously a transforming or validating experience.

  • Woman who had no pulse for 45 minutes makes full recovery; doctors call miraculous

    11/10/2014 11:32:28 AM PST · 49 of 60
    Aliska to Salvation
    Yes, color me skeptical. I did some research of my own on how Christians should view these stories. There does seem to be a commonality among many of them. Also most I have watched, the subjects seemed like ordinarily worldly people; i.e., people I wouldn't consider evil (the drug stories and other serious sins possibly excepted) Also, who am I to say God cannot do to whom he will?

    I will look at your links and maybe pick up some more clues. Thank you. It could all be a huge deception as many with better minds than mine have noted. Also it could be a prelude to a new world religion which I want no part of no matter how popular or compulsive it may become, if it becomes.

    I was thinking what if it happened to me and I saw that bright light, with the Person in it, and was enveloped in love. Is the Devil so powerful that he can produce those feelings in disembodied souls?

    I will continue to remain skeptical and proceed with caution. I always try to stick to my own narrow way as I perceive it, but also try to keep an open mind and not condemn others that don't see things exactly the same as I do.

    All the above notwithstanding, I do believe most of these people are telling thr truth as they believe they experienced it. Also looking at alternative explanations.

    Overall, what is your take on all the links you provided? I can't deal with too much of this at once but appreciate them and will go through them a few at a time.

  • Woman who had no pulse for 45 minutes makes full recovery; doctors call miraculous

    11/10/2014 10:52:25 AM PST · 47 of 60
    Aliska to daniel1212
    I went to your second link and read several of the accounts of NDE and about a few conversions. Thank you.

    IIRC, I watched at least two of those accounts on youtube, one about the Pastor who was killed on the bridge (also your first link, amazing BTW, by the semi and the one about the lady who was killed in a similar manner.

  • Woman who had no pulse for 45 minutes makes full recovery; doctors call miraculous

    11/10/2014 10:48:55 AM PST · 46 of 60
    Aliska to Pajamajan; Ann Archy; GeronL; Sarah Barracuda; Mr Ramsbotham; Beowulf9; 17th Miss Regt; The Duke; ..
    Tried to get each responder in the To: Section, will see if I got it all right lol. It's kind of gone viral. At least ABC has put it as a lead story this morning. They took almost all the details from the FL TV station story and scrambled it around a bit.

    They left out the part about the prayers unless I missed it but did include the part about her grandmothers.

    Worldlings are not pooh poohing it as much as usual; I think people are wowed. And to think it's an old story, happened on Septemer 23 if I got that right.

    I posted it on my daughter's facebook timeline. Well anyway . . .

    Her first name is Ruby. That's kind of important with that hyphenated last name.

    Thanks for all the responses.

    ABC updated story - Miracle Woman Survived 45 Minutes Without Pulse

    Didn't check the other MSM outlets.

  • Woman who had no pulse for 45 minutes makes full recovery; doctors call miraculous

    11/09/2014 5:51:41 PM PST · 26 of 60
    Aliska to cripplecreek

    No, that was a totally different story; I’m glad I read the link. Sure makes you think. I think I need to keep my opinions out of some of this and just listen to what people are saying.

  • Woman who had no pulse for 45 minutes makes full recovery; doctors call miraculous

    11/09/2014 5:40:18 PM PST · 22 of 60
    Aliska to cripplecreek
    I'm sure I saw that story. Sometimes it is time to go but it is a great grace that God gave to bring peace to the family and show that He is in charge in life and in death. It is also a striking case of God revealing Himself imo. God does not usually manifest Himself in ways like this because if He did everything we asked, there would be no need for faith. In your case the reason is clear but there may be other facets to it.

    I still see the hand of God in the beauty of creation and little graces that lift my heart that come at a time and manner that seems a bit much for coincidence. I often see how he has worked in the lives of others with what I posted and your story which help me to keep my faith going.

  • Woman who had no pulse for 45 minutes makes full recovery; doctors call miraculous

    11/09/2014 5:15:14 PM PST · 15 of 60
    Aliska to mrobisr

    ping. Thought you would find it heartwarming.

  • Woman who had no pulse for 45 minutes makes full recovery; doctors call miraculous

    11/09/2014 5:03:46 PM PST · 12 of 60
    Aliska to Beowulf9; Mr Ramsbotham
    I will have to go back and look for that detail. Thank you! Now I know that most tragic stories of death do not end this way and there no doubt had been ardent prayers, but I do believe the prayers were a big part in this one, the nurse Ewing was down on her knees and someone came from the operating room and said to keep praying they had a heartbeat.

    Mr. R: Point well taken and I'm sure the CPR probably helped avoid brain damage but it seems like they had given up. It says somewhere that it was spontaneous when the monitor started to blip.

  • Woman who had no pulse for 45 minutes makes full recovery; doctors call miraculous

    11/09/2014 4:56:40 PM PST · 4 of 60
    Aliska to GeronL
    Here's the link to the first story I read linked from the left sidebar on ABC news:

    Florida Woman Survives 45 minutes with no Pulse

    Here's the exact quote about contacting her: "Graupera-Cassimiro did not return a phone message left by The Associated Press on Sunday."

    Poor woman probably had to quit taking calls from the press.

    I made a couple boo boo's in my original comment; I'm sure I will be forgiven lol.

  • Woman who had no pulse for 45 minutes makes full recovery; doctors call miraculous

    11/09/2014 4:43:23 PM PST · 1 of 60
    Aliska
    I seldom post because it's too hard. Searched a few times for duplicate.

    I read a shorter article from a sidebar link on ABC news this afternoon to an AP story. The story was short and to the point and sparse details. At the end they wrote that the woman was not accepting phone calls.

    I KNEW God was in this story somewhere so googled her name to see if I could find the same story with more details. And find it I did! Praise God! Made my day. Off the top of my head I remember reading from credible sources about two others seemingly spontaneously brought back to life and heartfelt prayer was the common feature in each.; I know there are more, and I know there are lots of NDE stories on youtube, but as heartwarming as some art, they are less credible because there is no corroberation. IOW you have to take the person's word for it.

  • Mormon bishop: Harry Reid unworthy to enter temples

    11/08/2014 4:00:31 PM PST · 22 of 92
    Aliska to GladesGuru
    As a certain carpenter was reputed to have said, “Those who will not work shall not eat.”

    That was a certain tentmaker, St. Paul. "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat." 2 Thessalonians 3. KJV