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  • Intel Report: Murder Rate in Central America Declined as Illegals Entering US Increased

    07/20/2014 1:45:33 PM PDT · 12 of 20
    Aliska to Eagles6

    That’s what I was thinking but didn’t want to say (see post following yours). 12 or 11. They start young. Well if your number is off it will be correct soon.

  • Intel Report: Murder Rate in Central America Declined as Illegals Entering US Increased

    07/20/2014 1:39:52 PM PDT · 11 of 20
    Aliska to Kennard
    Hadn't thought of that. I'd better not say what I'm thinking.

    This has been going on for some time. I wonder why the news appeared in one day. Maybe because facilities were overloaded and they had to be moved and an extra large number of fresh arrivals.

    Some are being put in cities with probably as much violence and drugs as they left behind.

  • Intel Report: Murder Rate in Central America Declined as Illegals Entering US Increased

    07/20/2014 1:11:48 PM PDT · 6 of 20
    Aliska to blueyon
    I wish they'd quit calling them children. Most of them are teenagers and will be reproducing an anchor baby soon if not already.

    One account I read had the border guard having to get the horny teens to put their clothes back on and separate them, I forget the source which I usually try to cite.

    There are some very young children to be sure but most are older and 14-17, teens.

  • Cameron Warns Putin Over Crash

    07/20/2014 10:41:09 AM PDT · 41 of 41
    Aliska to Greetings_Puny_Humans
    It's hard to keep up with it all. This morning it all seems like a nightmarish jumble. Alex is not a mistake and my attention span for him is very short; he goes into these maniacal rants, I suspected he worked for our intel or our intel uses him to gather data about people who interact with him in one way or another.

    I'm too tired now to deal with this.

  • Cameron Warns Putin Over Crash

    07/19/2014 9:04:28 PM PDT · 33 of 41
    Aliska to The_Media_never_lie
    McCain(, and his twin Lindsey), is just plain scary.

    Yes it is especially since the media purposely picks on McCain (don't know as much about Lindsey) because he sounds like such an idiot and makes Republicans look really stupid which is exactly what they want to do.

    I can't really ignore him but he is incapable of rational thought if he ever was and I'm sick of it because I see what they are doing.

  • Cameron Warns Putin Over Crash

    07/19/2014 8:33:48 PM PDT · 27 of 41
    Aliska to Greetings_Puny_Humans
    So claims the Boston Globe, broadly the Guardian, Kucinich in newsmax, none of which are our favorites. forbes, I like them. The other sources were Russian and ones I wouldn't trust.

    It came up way back in June when my sister visited; she is well versed in foreign policy, I said what I suspected and she agreed. Many talking about a proxy war, main characters would be us and Russia.

    Did we make Yankovitch or whatever his name is do it, no, wasn't sure who was a thug. Seems like they all are.

    What are we doing that ticks me off? Egypt, Lybia, I think maybe the public stopped them just in time not to go into Syria on the rebels' side, 90% against.

    So it's hard to keep track of, admit to looking at Alex but I can tell ahead of time the position he will take on any given matter.

    So maybe you are better versed in the sequence of events in Ukraine, but it's not wrong of me to wish that our relations with Russia hadn't turned so sour. First it was Obama will have more flexibility on nukes, open mike, shocking, he's wanting to emasculate our services and fired a whole lot of nuke experts for something that didn't sound too egregious especially compared with just a tiny fraction of what he has done.

    Then he got into a pissin' contest with Putin because Putin showed him up on Syria I think it was. Yes, I remembered, and it was the chemical weapons Putin brokered the deal on. I'm mad that our relations had to deteriorate to this point.

    And Putin has watched us blunder all over the Middle East and most importantly has not forgotten our role in nearly bankrupting them before.

    It's not going away now. Putin may feel like the Ukraine was given away not that long ago which was once the very heart and soul of Russia. He grabbed for the Crimea, and now we don't know how far he will go or how much he is doing because we have major antagonized him, childishly I might add.

  • Cameron Warns Putin Over Crash

    07/19/2014 5:50:01 PM PDT · 14 of 41
    Aliska to Uncle Chip
    All I personally remember were some female bodies floating in fairly clear water. It seemed like they had been pretty lavender or pink burqas, saris, what they wear is called. It was heart rending. Later now I have read that we admitted, apologized, didn't know about the reparations but seems fitting.

    No I expect Putin to deny deny unless he gets backed into a corner and it comes down to the lessser of a bunch of evils for him. We have to find out just what kind of missile shot down that plane though, seems obvious but things aren't always what they seem and we wouldn't necessarily be told.

    I don't know what he'll do. He's not somebody that is easy to read. I see him trying to look pious lighting a candle in a Russian church, then divorcing his wife for a younger chick and the excuse it wasn't a church wedding. The wife "didn't like to fly." OTOH he handled a ccouple crises about as well as I could hope under the circumstances, the theater with the black widows wearing bombs and the Beslan school tragedy.

    I guess I will register my disappointment that maybe we had a chance to get along better and blew it. He did try to tip us off about those bombers and I don't know exactly what words were exchanged, but my impression was we arrogantly ignored him and were unappreciative.

    I don't like him in photos with no shirt doing things you'd ordinarily keep your shirt on unlike swimming or water sports. He's vain, proud of his physique, doesn't look attractive to me.

    Seems silly, but I miss the gentle manners of the last czar even though they say he was a bad leader. Such beauty and grace, there is no modern comparison in any royal court today imo.

  • Cameron Warns Putin Over Crash

    07/19/2014 5:11:10 PM PDT · 7 of 41
    Aliska to Uncle Chip
    We shot down an Iranian plane. Did anybody put sanctions on us?

    My sense is that we covertly agitated in the western Ukraine to get the legitimately elected president removed and who knows what else?

    There is plenty of blame to go around and why can't we mind our own business? Normally it doesn't seem very smart to provoke nations that can really hurt us with nukes and advanced weaponry. I wish I felt there were cooler heads prevailing in Washington.

  • How Can You Heal Your Family Tree?

    07/19/2014 4:56:15 PM PDT · 11 of 28
    Aliska to NYer
    I have that book. There were several accounts of disturbed children who had lost an older sibling through miscarriage or abortion. There was deliverance of an insane girl by saying the Our Father.

    They had a mass on a riverbank where there had been a ghost (Anglican mass).

    There was a disturbed woman who had had a lesbian affair.

    There was a family who had a valuable stolen artifact that belonged to someone else hidden under the floorboards, were told to return it.

    One of McAll's key questions was, "Who was the most unloved?"

    Various other healings. I tried a lot of ideas in the book but evidently not enough. Then I started reading that the practices might be heretical. I didn't particular see that but McAll had some kind of special gift where he claimed to know things others didn't know. I don't quite equate it to spiritualism.

    The part about lost babies touched me the most and gave me hope. They would be seen or described as the age they would have been had they been born. The same is described in a lot of NDE experiences.

    This goes quite a ways back. Catholics have had workshops based on this book, their own subsequent books, and praying the mass. Most seemed pretty benign but one lady acted out, thrashing and laboring to deliver a baby she had lost (that wasn't in McAll's book).

    When I was having many masses said, I felt like I was trying to "buy" them out of wherever unpleasant they might be, even though I prayed. I didn't attend any of the masses (some far away) but attended many many daily masses offered for others like they do.

  • A question for women...

    07/18/2014 11:12:53 AM PDT · 23 of 116
    Aliska to MNDude

    That’s the first thing I thought of. Not somebody I would trust about anything.

  • Daytona Beach father beats man he found raping child, police say

    07/18/2014 11:09:18 AM PDT · 30 of 108
    Aliska to magellan

    I read the whole article, and it isn’t clear how that creep had access to the child. He had been abusing the boy for some time. How could someone not have known?

  • Outrage in Parker County after man deported four times attacks child

    07/15/2014 12:26:21 PM PDT · 4 of 21
    Aliska to moonshinner_09

    I hope somebody puts a bullet in his head before that.

  • Sarah Palin backs Barry Loudermilk, Bob Johnson in House runoffs (Georgia)

    07/15/2014 12:23:09 PM PDT · 2 of 17
    Aliska to 2ndDivisionVet
    She's getting a black retriever puppy from a kennel in Delmar, IA. It's name is Jill. It will first be trained to be a companion and pet for her son, Trig. He's 6 now. I think Trig is the Downs Syndrome child.

    Couple snarky remarks in the paper just over that. Libs have such class.

  • Why Holder remark made white people mad

    07/15/2014 10:48:26 AM PDT · 27 of 58
    Aliska to VRWC For Truth

    Obama and Holder are biracial.

  • Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to Feds: Don't Dump Illegals in My State

    07/14/2014 9:59:06 PM PDT · 10 of 18
    Aliska to 2ndDivisionVet
    Branstad. Could fly them in.

    I'm going to bet we are going to lose this one.

  • Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to Feds: Don't Dump Illegals in My State

    07/14/2014 9:56:02 PM PDT · 9 of 18
    Aliska to 2ndDivisionVet
    Well they are gonna dump some in Davenport. Go look at the Quad City Times, been in the works for over a week.

    There was a little talk about activism and protest but they aren't going to tell which hwy the bus(ses) will be coming in on.

    Call Branstead tomorrow.

  • Next takes baby grow off shelves after shocked customers noticed it was covered in penis drawings

    07/14/2014 6:08:41 PM PDT · 9 of 53
    Aliska to Opinionated Blowhard
    I look and don't see anything even in the red circle. Well there it is. It's a stretch. It could be a candle with a flame in a log holder. Or . . . .

    Concensus in the comments was the dad had some kind of problem.

  • Branstad does not want to host immigrant children

    07/14/2014 2:31:53 PM PDT · 7 of 8
    Aliska to Oldeconomybuyer
    Well big plans are being made by Davenport's Mayor who contacted the feds. It's being driven by the Catholic bishop and 15 local agencies.

    If you don't want them here, you hate brown people.

  • Mike Maloney: The Dollar As We Know It Will Be Gone Within 6 Years

    07/06/2014 8:42:05 PM PDT · 10 of 59
    Aliska to blam

    bookmarked

  • In pictures: Climate change could make red hair a thing of the past if Scotland gets sunnier

    07/06/2014 8:41:00 PM PDT · 34 of 44
    Aliska to JRandomFreeper
    Only once for me. When I was divorced I was in my prime and had my by then naturally wavy auburn hair, slim, attracted lots of guys.

    I had enough of it. It isn't something i would have imagined for my life but one learns to adapt. I don't even get too lonely any more because my life has been so crazy, nobody could relate to it. And I keep busy learning new things.

    You don't want to be on the market now. Didn't know if you found your someone or adapted like I did. For these times and with my age and health problems, I wouldn't wish myself on anybody plus I would not even know how to act any more.

    My grandchildren are a sore subject.

    It's past time to knock it off for the night.

  • In pictures: Climate change could make red hair a thing of the past if Scotland gets sunnier

    07/06/2014 7:33:08 PM PDT · 26 of 44
    Aliska to JRandomFreeper
    Well that is encouraging.

    I wasn't attracted to redhead guys. Maybe I should have taken a second look at some. Actually I can only remember a couple true redheads in school.

    Prince Harry is sexy but he seems like a gigolo, an aberration.

  • In pictures: Climate change could make red hair a thing of the past if Scotland gets sunnier

    07/06/2014 7:08:15 PM PDT · 20 of 44
    Aliska to JRandomFreeper
    I don't know. That would be true for the lady down the block. She had 3 or 4 redheads fast. They moved.

    Now in my case, I'm the only one known for generations. None of my three children had red hair. Mine was carrot top red as a child, then darkened to auburn, by my 40's was turning white.

    Not too many guys wanted to date me in hs. I did meet my husband but that was one humongous mistake.

  • ‘Border is NOT open to illegal migration,’ Obama’s Homeland Security chief says

    07/06/2014 6:27:27 PM PDT · 20 of 71
    Aliska to jimbo123
    Some judge ruled a fence on part of the border is racist.

    In other news, I could swear I heard Hillary say she would send the mothers with children, presumably the recent ones, back. She didn't specify where.

  • In pictures: Climate change could make red hair a thing of the past if Scotland gets sunnier

    07/06/2014 6:18:21 PM PDT · 3 of 44
    Aliska to BBell
    It's the recessive gene. Two people must mate who carry the recessive gene to get a readhead, and still the genes that do combine are more likely to produce darker hair.

    Red hair dye looks fake; I don't know why people use it.

    Blondes require two recessive genes, too.

    The ancient Scythians had red hair, a long ways from Scotland. Scotland and Ireland do produce a lot of redheads. Maybe they will save the genes for it.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD VOLUME 27 JULY 4TH 2014

    07/05/2014 6:40:34 PM PDT · 136 of 186
    Aliska to greeneyes
    Too bad she didn't somehow manage to hang onto the farm but I can understand her needing to get into town.

    My grandparents moved in from the farm in about 1920 but they kept the farms and my sister and I each have one now. The home farm had an outhouse which I have used, gone now, but also indoor plumbing at some point.

    My grandmother used a huge woodburning stove in town until my dad went and found her a nice electric stove. She used corn cobs for fuel.

    If my tenants move out, I think I will move down to the farmhouse. I never liked it too well but I'm fed up with this place, was really nice once. I will just pay someone to plow in winter, have to pay a lot more here.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD VOLUME 27 JULY 4TH 2014

    07/05/2014 6:19:09 PM PDT · 132 of 186
    Aliska to Ellendra
    A couple people have posted elsewhere about your crust and were very positive about it; I don't know where to get coconut oil, just went to the health food store and got some of that large flaked coconut.

    That guy from the NYT uses vodka and an egg I think. I'm trying to keep my crusts as streamlined as possible. Oh, some use a little apple cider; it relaxes the gluten making it easier to roll.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD VOLUME 27 JULY 4TH 2014

    07/04/2014 6:53:56 PM PDT · 93 of 186
    Aliska to greeneyes
    Just saw 2 posts of yours, glad I went back to where I left off and started reading agin.

    I liked to explore the roadsides. I found just a few stalks of wild asparagus and my Grandma cooked it for me. My grandfather died when I was almost 5 and in their barn, there was still corn in a small bin, a sheller, and a coffee grinder. I loved shelling that corn and making corn meal. My grandma would make corn meal mush and we'd put syrup on it. The only thing I did to really help my grandmother was dry the dishes and put them away. In later years I do not know how she kept that house so clean, big Victorian, when my aunt would come in the summer from teaching, she would help.

    Grandma had an acreage on the edge of town and 2 farms. In later years, she almost never went anywhere. When she died, my dad sold the house for $10,000 and this guy was converting it to apartments, a fire started, and there was too much damage. He sold off 2 lots in the back where there are houses. And built himself a fine new house where Grandma's had stood, never the same to me. My dad was so good about things. He'd do all the chores like changing storms to screens and back, get the dog under the porch for winter, whatever needed fixing, and the worst job he had a trailer and he'd shovel all the clinkers into the trailer and we'd take them out to a ditch adjoining one of the farms and dump them.

    My mother didn't like me in the kitchen particularly but would let me cook and she'd tell me what to do. But she wouldn't do it for me. She was a control freak about her cooking. I don't think she wanted anybody messing with it. I'm kind of like that, too.

    It would probably take some years to bear fruit but it would be fun and wouldn't require too much work. I saw somebody on yt or the web who had a bunch of seedlings to transplant.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD VOLUME 27 JULY 4TH 2014

    07/04/2014 6:21:39 PM PDT · 91 of 186
    Aliska to trisham
    I don't think I'll ever LIKE making pie but everybody likes eating it. There are so many different ways of making it. I recommend the Cuisinart ones on yt, the Mrs. Winter's oil crust on yt, and somebody on FR suggested I put my shortening in the freezer and grate it. That worked so well, just gently cut up the last blob and tossed w/ice water, then made a disk wrapped in cling wrap and chill for 1/2 hour. The dough was so pliable, I could fold it to transfer to pan with no tears or tears lol.

    I made an oil crust years ago and it all went into the trash because I didn't know how to manage the wax paper. Mrs. Winter shows how. But there is a recipe that calls for a little more flour (I like plenty on the edge to trim and crimp).

    I'm tired, hadn't eaten all day, made some American style chop suey, loaded it up with stuff I needed to use up, boy is it good; Now I'm too full for anything else. I've learned so many ways to cook things better from blogs and yt.

  • Hillary Clinton ‘Bewildered and Confused’ By Supreme Court’s Contraceptive Rulings

    07/04/2014 6:13:10 PM PDT · 42 of 47
    Aliska to Yaelle

    In the other article on ABC about Hillary donating stipends to foundations, they swapped out an ugly old hag photo with the Photoshop one that makes her look in her 30’s.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD VOLUME 27 JULY 4TH 2014

    07/04/2014 3:26:33 PM PDT · 75 of 186
    Aliska to trisham
    I made a key lime, just one, many years ago. It had Angostura bitters in it. I found a recipe like that but looks like I am going to have to cobble together several to get what I think I want, and go easy on the bitters. Wish I'd saved that recipe. The most common is in a graham cracker crust with condensed milk and lime juice, whipped cream or meringue. I don't mind the richness but I'm weary of condensed milk.

    I love apple pie too. I just hate peeling and slicing the apples. And I don't do it like some on youtube. They waste a lot. I'm getting back to learning how to roll crusts and making great progress. For years, I used to take a 9X13 or 11X15? glass pan, had my own Jonadel apple tree which I finally lost do to a bigger tree branch in a storm.

    How do you do your key lime? I won't buy any more Pillsbury refrigerated crust, don't like it, but they took the trans fats out of Crisco so I've lost the traditional flavor of that but never used butter for pie crust like so many do. I really miss the old bad-for-you Crisco. My sister brought me some farmer's lard. It is not satisfactory so I think I will deep fat fry with it.

    The lard rolled out like a dream, no pre-refrigerating, made a perfect circle just like my mother-in-law's used to be. But the bottom was too thick, didn't cook, was a custard pie, and was yuck.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD VOLUME 27 JULY 4TH 2014

    07/04/2014 3:10:20 PM PDT · 68 of 186
    Aliska to greeneyes

    Yes, I used to pick them for my grandmother, not realizing that with her arthritis that might have been too much for her where as she could do some potatoes, onions and ground cherries which self seeded. So many nice memories of things like that.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD VOLUME 27 JULY 4TH 2014

    07/04/2014 3:02:29 PM PDT · 64 of 186
    Aliska to trisham
    I'm glad, too. It's more upbeat and something I have always loved, doesn't drag you down like constant disturbing news which can drag you down.

    I meant to comment on the person who grows Fuji apples. They are one kind among many recommended for pies. My very favorite are and have always been Jonathan.

    Anyway I bought some beautiful Fujis at the store, then didn't feel with messing with a 2 crust pie. My daughter left most of a box of red hots on the dr table for days so I make some cinnamon apples. I love them, never had them before, have bought more red hots and made some more. They cook down and I eat them pretty fast. But I noticed the Fujis don't get mushy after maybe 30 min cooking. The recipe said to cook uncovered which I do and stir occasionally.

    I had a choice between some Braeburn and MI Jonagold. I chose the Jonagold and will do a pie with those.

    Now I have this thing I want to make a key lime pie. They actually have bags of them at the store (we have a pretty good store overall). I will wait for my birthday and have it all planned out how I want to do it. Squeeze out the juice in a deodorized garlic press lol.

    Have to zest quite a bit first. Then save some seeds and see if I can grow a few trees, might be happy in my sunroom in the winter.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD VOLUME 27 JULY 4TH 2014

    07/04/2014 2:43:57 PM PDT · 53 of 186
    Aliska to trisham
    Thank you. The rain helped plus I didn't notice where critters had stolen any which is odd.

    I whacked a bunch of weeds that had tassles and leaves like the corn in the planter. I don't think it is pokeweed; I should have taken a picture, couple more out there need whacked. Maybe maize, sorghum, who knows? I ordered some wildflower seeds from a place in MN and got a bunch of bad stuff with them. So beware.

    I am so impressed by all the neat things you people are doing and growing. Everything looks so tidy.

    If I could only grow a couple things, it would be tomatoes and peppers. Sorry the herb person got theirs bolted.

    Hungry for peaches, wish I'd had room for more fruit trees and miss my Moorpark apricot tree. I'm crazy about apricots.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD VOLUME 27 JULY 4TH 2014

    07/04/2014 2:24:09 PM PDT · 38 of 186
    Aliska to greeneyes
    Rooting a pink/white fluoro geranium on my windowsill (ready to plant) and picked some raspberries.

    Have had to pay for help, can do a little, still hacking through the mess from letting everything go from last year.

    Here are my Bristol black raspberries I grew from wintersowing some seed. It is a real briar patch, very thick so weeds can't get thru (yet), need to prune out some old canes. Fruit on second year canes.

    I sorted, washed and put a little sugar and got two small bags to freeze, about a quart total. Am planning to make a black raspberry meringue pie I found a recipe for on the net (you cook, strain out the seeds, make a curd like lemon meringue pie). The recipe calls for more lemon juice than I want in it so I'll just use a little and dilute with water. The raspberries should be robust enough in flavor, always got tasty pies if I had quality ones to work with.

    I so wish I had the strength to grow more but with no help except paid, just can't do it.

    Black Raspberries

  • ‘We are hiding out with no water’: Detroit privatizers deny poor people their right to water

    07/01/2014 8:09:30 PM PDT · 164 of 164
    Aliska to Rannug

    You pay your bills? I pay mine too. It’s by the grace of God that I am able to pay my bills.

  • Las Vegas Running Out Of Water

    06/30/2014 7:01:10 PM PDT · 16 of 64
    Aliska to Vince Ferrer
    The Mississippi River is flooding right now. It's been raining like crazy. The ground is saturated so the water runs off on the streets and low lying areas. They are warning people about flash floods.

    4th of July events and locations are being changed.

    Lots of trees down. Power outages here and there, usually get it back on fairly quickly. Now lightning must have struck the radio towers so I can't listen to my programs. Hope my power stays on. If it does, I'll go to bed and listen to the thunder. Last night the cat got so scared he came and jumped up on my bed, like it's safer. It's antique iron.

    It's supposed to be over by tomorrow and following days, cooler.

  • ISIS Has Declared An Islamist Caliphate So Expect Mass Crucifixions

    06/29/2014 8:36:06 PM PDT · 22 of 33
    Aliska to Leaning Right
    I don't think Putin will put up with it in Russia. St. Seraphim of Sarov prophesied that Russia would be spared the anti-Christ because so many Russian Christians perished in the Revolution and aftermath. Doesn't necessarily mean it will happen like that as Putin has masses of Muslims in Moscow to deal with, let alone others scattered around.

    The radical Muslims are useful to form a different order but may usher in a different anti-Christ. I don't know and my conjectures are based on my intellect, no special pipeline to anywhere.

    I don't know what Putin will do about Iraq. The planes have been delivered dismantled, will take 2 or 3 days to assemble, don't know after that.

    Our government isn't going to like it but people are clamoring they don't want to get involved in Iraq again, Bush, Bush, Bush. We had a window where we could have made air strikes and wiped a lot of them out.

    Some of this could be an end run around formerly massive objectors to send aid to rebels in Syria. See, they are more moderate. They will fight these radical Islamists. Remember 90% of Americans were against any aid to any rebel troops in Syria. I'm not hearing anything like that now.

    Something will probably get screwed up, a big distraction, multiple distractions; Americans have short attention spans (not all). Most of the people I know, which include many young, are totally clueless about what has been going on and what it could mean for their and their childrens' future.

  • Closed Church gets New Life as Islamic Center (Yes, that's the headline)

    06/29/2014 6:48:45 PM PDT · 14 of 38
    Aliska to rabidralph

    Lots of Middle Easterners since the 1970’s. Had my first gyros there, and it wasn’t Greek, was called something different, same thing; it was some kind of Arabs and really good. Also Palestinians. The Somalis are more recent.

  • Hillary Clinton’s ‘Dead Broke’ Comment Won’t Make a Big Difference, Says President Obama

    06/29/2014 5:32:41 PM PDT · 15 of 39
    Aliska to Steelfish
    That photo of her on the 3 story changing choice, don't know what those front and center are called, makes her look too good, like she's in her 30's, lighting or Photoshop makes her look vibrant. What they won't do to promote Hillary.

    I can't embed the photo and it will be gone from the front page by tomorrow.

    Another thing, the comments were moving right along, then hours ago they stopped all new comments. There is a person on there who says they will all go to jail and Boehner as speaker will be President.

    When pigs fly. Never happen.

  • WATCH: Atlanta Father, Son Catch 884-Pound Fish in Canada

    06/29/2014 5:04:11 PM PDT · 8 of 18
    Aliska to nickcarraway

    Oh, they released it. I just love smoked sturgeon. Carp, too, but have to watch for the tiny bones.

  • ‘We are hiding out with no water’: Detroit privatizers deny poor people their right to water

    06/29/2014 12:30:50 PM PDT · 154 of 164
    Aliska to SgtBob
    Thank you for the thoughtful response to my post. When I back off and look at the bigger picture, I agree with you entirely. And that is how it used to be. The government was not in the business of micromanaging any kind of welfare unless it would be pensions for the wars.

    And yes they have destroyed families; news and Hollywood, the music industry had a hand in it too with declining morals.

    Let's hope those people in Detroit had their DPT shots. I will tell how it used to be before we had those, lost several ancestors. One was in KC, MO, Mother died of typhus, looked and looked for one son and found him in the same register 10 days later dying of the same thing. Unsanitary conditions cause it and it doesn't necessarily mean people were dirty but kids, outdoor toilets, flies, doesn't take much.

    So I rail against so many immunizations now but haven't lost a family member from that for maybe 2 generations now.

    I can talk both sides of the welfare/disability situation. And absolutely you do not want to reward bad behavior.

    The only thing that has contributed to it you didn't mention is that so many jobs have been outsourced that a lot of these people could have done for better wages. But it looks to me like they have just written off blacks in favor of Hispanics.

    Destruction of the family is the key. Until we get some of our morals back which isn't going to happen, it is just going to get worse until Christ Himself comes back.

    I understood the passage from Isaiah was for individuals. There was no government welfare ever until the Anglo nations went for it. In my mind I see a picture of people able and willing to work marching on ahead, living more or less by Judeo Christian values, ongoing inflation that never gets rolled back, and the people who choose to have multiple children out of wedlock what is left for them? It's just spiralled out of control, left behind to be repeated by future generations only there is going to be a breaking point where it can't go on the way it has.

    Churches used to help, didn't say anything about that; it gets too complicated; I don't know if they could collectively sacrifice and carry the whole load or not. I don't expect churches to help drug users and alcoholics but then something has to be done for their dependents if they have any.

    So that woman at the well Jesus talked to. That water was free but she had to go fetch it. The building of the well had been long since "amortized" and any periodic maintenance was probably borne by the community for the good of all. Just a guess, not idealizing that society but they did have a number of things going for it. Jubilee. Now it's some church ritual, I don't know the purpose of it.

  • ‘We are hiding out with no water’: Detroit privatizers deny poor people their right to water

    06/29/2014 11:54:59 AM PDT · 153 of 164
    Aliska to JoeFromSidney
    The little boy in the Russian video was carrying it in a bucket. All sorts of thoughts of appreciation and taking for granted ran through my mind. Maybe his mother or grandmother needed to do some dishes or cook or clean or all three, how much do they need to haul to take a bath? Don't even think about the toilet, may be out back. Then if there is sickness. Imagine trudging for it in their horrible winters.

    I have found wheelbarrows in my advanced age a little tricky to balance and with a heavy load, easy to tip over. I was hauling 50# or so bags of compost, topsoil. The river rock. Forget it. I worked out of the trunk of my car until it was used up lol.

  • ‘We are hiding out with no water’: Detroit privatizers deny poor people their right to water

    06/28/2014 9:10:42 PM PDT · 108 of 164
    Aliska to Nifster
    That does sound like a lot. Mine for 3 months paid on May 28th was $112.81 which includes $10 for linebacker outside (sewer line to the main) and $10 for sewer lines inside.

    That computes to about $31/mo if you are a renter or don't carry the extra $20 ins. Last winter we had continuous sewer line breaks all over town in our old system. I may have computed the ins wrong as I thought that was per month, too late to think straight.

    So why would Detroit be so much more expensive I wonder? Maybe like another poster said, just charging people more to make up for other shortfalls.

    I'd better see if they changed the bill frequency, been meaning to ask about fluoride anyway. I've always drunk the city water except when it tasted really bad from algae one summer.

  • ‘We are hiding out with no water’: Detroit privatizers deny poor people their right to water

    06/28/2014 7:30:29 PM PDT · 89 of 164
    Aliska to Rannug
    I'd have to know why they didn't or couldn't pay their bills. Are those people with signs people we aren't supposed to like? Possibly, I get as mad as the rest of you. You don't know what I deal with and just how mad I get at constantly being asked for money and feeling sorry for my own grandkids, 3 great grandkids now, not wanting them to live in squalor. The parents of two of my great grandkids haven't asked me for any money yet and my son never asked me for any money after he left home until near the end of his life.

    I sent the one who never asked some money because I helped the others. She sent me a nice thank you note and said she had bought the boys new car seats they needed. She's having a hard time, her husband (one of my grandsons) is on the George W. H. Bush carrier. She was going to get to have a little vacation in Dubai but that got cancelled.

    I've had my water turned off twice through carelessness of letting the due date slip by and then ran out the grace period if there was one. We get billed every three months.

    Well, I scrambled to get the money, pay the bill then the extra charge for coming out to the house. I learned to pay the bill on time but if I got sick or something, I don't know if there is anybody who would look out for me for things like that or not and hope I don't have to find out.

  • ‘We are hiding out with no water’: Detroit privatizers deny poor people their right to water

    06/28/2014 7:13:24 PM PDT · 80 of 164
    Aliska to SgtBob
    Not quite getting what you mean by “Water should be a right like the air we breathe.”. Use of air is involuntary...it’s a condition of being an aerobic organism.

    It's not quite the same as air, and people should pay for it if they can, to have it piped into their dwelling to run from the sink taps, flush and fill the toilet, bathtub/shower, washer if you are lucky enough to have one in your home. The only reason they should pay for it is because of maintenance costs in modern living. Renters can't dig a well in their back yard. There are no public pumps but there are hydrants but they can't open them all at once.

    The possibly could catch rainwater but the PTB would squelch that in a hurry

    All of those things you mentioned should be rights, just that you should work for them and pay for them yourself if you can. The plight of the poor has been made much worse these past several years. If people on welfare work for it by maybe babysitting, doing something they can do, then welfare takes it away from them so there is little incentive to work unless you can land a really good paying job, much better than minimum wage.

    Well, I know what Jesus said, "I was thirsty and you gave me to drink." Whatsoever you do to the least of my people that you do unto me. Does that mean if the poor aren't baptized and don't go to church or some other religion we shouldn't help them with water?

    I saw this article on Detroit and the poor the other day, didn't have a knee jerk reaction one way or the other, need to think about it more, know specific reasons why they didn't pay the bills, etc. All I can think of is Jesse Ventura snooping around a swamp in Michigan near the great lakes, a Nestle plant pumping our water into huge floating bladders and shipping it to China.

    I found this: "Isaiah 58:7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-- when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?".

    I had geared up for a rant about that but no point in it. The only thing is I will not feel guilty for not taking strangers into my home and I never visited anyone in jail yet, not even my own kids who were in several times. I bailed them all out once and was done with it. Tough love.

  • ‘We are hiding out with no water’: Detroit privatizers deny poor people their right to water

    06/28/2014 6:08:34 PM PDT · 33 of 164
    Aliska to 2ndDivisionVet
    Water should be a right like the air we breathe. Problem is it costs to create the infrastructure to pipe clean water into every household, pay for the employees who are in charge of the water treatment, broken sewer lines, etc.

    Somebody has to pay for all that. If they are jacking up the price, then that's just plain wrong. So the only solution is to have pumps every couple blocks and people carry their water in buckets to and from.

    Wouldn't that be awful, especially in winter? I saw a small town in Russia where most have water to the house but some still had to carry from the pump.

    There should be something they could do. Water is one thing I never heard they had assistance for. Maybe below a certain income level they should have it paid for by grants or something.

    The alternatives are too draconian. Have your kids snatched and living in unsanitary conditions, a public health hazard.

  • How to control the IRS and America's untouchable caste of bureaucrats

    06/28/2014 5:37:59 PM PDT · 17 of 26
    Aliska to 2ndDivisionVet
    I worked for one of the major agencies for several years. Many of the people I worked with were very nice and would go out of their way to help.

    Mostly the problem as I saw it was deadwood and people assigned to jobs they barely qualified for. The workflow and amount should have been streamlined for efficienty and fewer employees.

    They would get the funds so fill slots to keep getting funds, make work kind of thing. Then there were some who did very critical serious work and I do not want to paint them all with the same brush.

  • Obama Mocks Boehner Lawsuit: It's a 'Stunt'

    06/27/2014 7:11:09 PM PDT · 14 of 32
    Aliska to kingattax
    That SC decision that came down the same day as the pro-life protestors buffer zone, I looked all over ABC and didn't see where they reported it. That was a blow to Obama and his recess appointments.

    Didn't see it here either come to think of it.

    9 to 0, who woulda thunk it?

  • Crews Find Missing Firefighter Dead Near Fillmore [California]

    06/27/2014 7:07:55 PM PDT · 14 of 19
    Aliska to PLMerite; informavoracious; Mr. Jeeves
    PL, I guess I don't feel led to buy his books but am interested every time he's on the show. When I was younger, I probably would have gotten all his books and read them. They sound depressing to spend too much time on now. I found myself being very thankful that in family tragedies, at least we didn't have any like that, some where you don't know for a very long time or ever in this world what happened to your loved one..

    info, good one, but he's a relatively new internet sensation I doubt would ever have appealed to me. But it's scary how kids can't separate an invented character and storyline from reality. What's the word now? Meme? The new jargon eludes me.

    Mr. J, Bigfoot. I used to get so annoyed when that was the topic. But lately at least I've listened. I suppose there's a remote possibility it's some type of gorilla. I don't get excited about it but if I chanced to encounter one, I'd be frightened.

  • 13-year-old girl brings Simon Cowell and everyone to their feet. (Unbelievable video)

    06/27/2014 6:49:04 PM PDT · 25 of 58
    Aliska to Recovering Ex-hippie
    I'm happy for you that you enjoy it and maybe just shouldn't have said anything. Different people have different tastes in music. All my music and CD's I ripped are on my broken computer. I like all Jon Barry's music, Vangelis, the sound tracks to period films, Ryan's Daughter, etc.

    Others would find it all very unexciting. The little girl obviously had talent and she got her moves and gestures just right.