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  • Weekend Must-Read: Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist

    07/21/2014 4:04:10 PM PDT · 35 of 49
    twyn1 to betty boop

    great post!

    & Bookmark for later

  • Weekend Must-Read: Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist

    07/21/2014 6:19:29 AM PDT · 8 of 49
    twyn1 to servo1969

    This is a very good article. Unfortunately, those who most need to read it either won’t or they would never see themselves in the words. I have liberal friends who are exactly the same as the “Julie” in this article ... their self-righteous virtue lies in “trying” to be nice to everyone (they don’t actually have to succeed in this) and they do not see their own hypocrisy and hate or the shallowness of the latest bumper-sticker philosophy.

  • Tour de France *** 2014 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/20/2014 5:07:38 PM PDT · 227 of 266
    twyn1 to PeteB570

    Yeah looked to be about 15 yards — and NINE guys passed him! Unbelievable! Heartbreaking for Jack, but it makes him memorable (well, what happened today, plus his ‘24’ name :) ).

    I don’t know how/if it would work, but I’d almost like to see points awarded for leading the group, like they do in NASCAR — maybe give 1 point for every 10 KM led or something like that? Might encourage more people joining the breakaways and less sitting around in the big clump waiting to reel them in at the last minute so the sprinters can pass by.

  • Watch this Video, Feed Cats in Shelters

    07/20/2014 2:53:36 PM PDT · 17 of 22
    twyn1 to Slings and Arrows

    watched :)

  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 29 July 18, 2014

    07/18/2014 4:58:27 PM PDT · 43 of 114
    twyn1 to greeneyes

    Would a dehydrator work to make something like Knorr’s soup mix (that you can make delicious chip-dips with)? I would LOVE that!

  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 29 July 18, 2014

    07/18/2014 4:56:01 PM PDT · 42 of 114
    twyn1 to greeneyes

    We’re doing great here near Philly. So much better than last year.

    Tomatoes are loaded with fruit, starting to turn red — I may be canning a bit early this year if everything goes at once! (not complaining) — 2nd round of radishes are sprouting, lettuce is regrowing strong after being cut, peppers doing better. — Already harvested 10 zucchinis (also had to toss a few that had blossom end rot) & there are many more on the way .. will be baking zucchini bread for all! — Plenty of cukes, herbs are strong and we have a watermelon about the size of a coconut — Fun!

  • Tour de France *** 2014 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/18/2014 3:38:47 PM PDT · 217 of 266
    twyn1 to Baynative

    I like seeing “new” names in most every sport and almost always root for “underdogs” — I think what’s not exactly working for me this year is the lack of any personality from Nibali ... I know nothing about him, he seems like a robot on a bike and I just am not interested in him. D9oes he do interviews? I do like Sagan, but he had the green jersey pretty much locked up a couple of days ago, so that’s pretty much a yawner too ...

    I’m at the point now where I am just rooting for the other 2 podium spots ... hoping for Tejay for sure

    I also totally understand the “skepticism” when seeing Nibali turning it up and sitting so cool in the saddle while most everyone else is at their breaking point

  • Tour de France *** 2014 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/17/2014 10:03:38 AM PDT · 203 of 266
    twyn1 to PeteB570

    Sad but not surprised that Talansky did not start. What a stirring performance yesterday. I honestly had tears in my eyes as he crossed the line.

    That’s one reason I find the tour fascinating ... it sometimes teaches a lesson that no one really wants to learn ... and Andy will hopefully come back stronger, more hungry and ready for the podium.

    Kind of quiet day today.

  • Tour de France *** 2014 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/14/2014 3:38:14 PM PDT · 182 of 266
    twyn1 to Baynative

    Not a Contador fan at all, but I wasn’t happy to see him out completely. I confess to finding Nibali rather dull.

    It will be interesting to see what the teams do. I bet there are a lot of people blown away by how things are changed up so early on. Who takes over for who? Who steps up and makes a name for themselves now?

    Did you see Horner’s reaction on being told Contadore was out for good? He was talking about how he might be 10 minutes back or more when the interviewer said “he’s dropped out” and Horner’s expression was like “whaaaaa...t?

  • Tour de France *** 2014 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/12/2014 5:46:17 AM PDT · 159 of 266
    twyn1 to Baynative
    Well said, Baynative, well said!
  • Adult Illegal Immigrants Posing as Children To Enroll in High School (MA)

    07/11/2014 7:14:46 PM PDT · 24 of 34
    twyn1 to Tennessee Nana

    What the heck is with the guy in the pink crop top and rolled down yoga pants in the back right hand corner? Yikes!

  • Tour de France *** 2014 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/11/2014 6:51:10 PM PDT · 155 of 266
    twyn1 to Baynative

    I think there was a race 4 - 5 years (maybe longer?) ago that was full of crashes. The polka-dot jersey holder even crashed a couple of times in the individual time trial, no one anywhere near him ... it was bizarre. And when the guy did the flip into the barbed wire, that year was bad too.

    Of course, Contadore never seems to get caught up in a mess ... grrrr! Not that I ever want to see someone hurt, but he just bugs me.

    Really hoping that Tejay & Talansky are okay for tomorrow.

    I found the path through Douaumond & Verdun very moving, such a lot of sad and brave history there. My DH has written books on the fortifications & battles in these areas, so I know them well.

    I am really liking the little videos with Alex Howes (??) — what an engaging personality!

  • How Hobby Lobby Undermines All Americans' Freedoms (They're flipping their lids)

    07/06/2014 7:35:16 PM PDT · 64 of 96
    twyn1 to scrabblehack
    The left wants “zero tolerance” for sexual harassment too.

    Unless, of course, the boss happens to be the fabulous Bill Clinton, eh? *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*?

  • Lovebird crafts new paper tail feathers for herself...

    07/06/2014 4:10:00 PM PDT · 4 of 15
    twyn1 to Twotone

    How cute!

  • Tour de France *** 2014 *** [LIVE THREAD]

    07/05/2014 7:48:57 AM PDT · 66 of 266
    twyn1 to deport

    We missed the first couple of hours, so will definitely watch the re-plays. The scenery is beautiful today, but the roads look a little scary, esp. where there are such huge crowds.

    Still haven’t caught up on all the drama and who’s in and out this year, was hoping a friend’s son-in-law would be picked up by a team, but I don’t see him on the teams list.


    07/04/2014 7:37:57 PM PDT · 95 of 186
    twyn1 to greeneyes

    Some great looking gardens out there!

    Very hot & muggy early this week (Philly suburbs), then we had some needed rain and it’s cooled down a lot.

    Pulled all the radishes — decided to quick-pickle about half of them ... opened a jar today and phew! it was quite pungent, almost kimchi-like. I thought something went wrong, but did a quick internet check and evidently they just do that, and were actually quite tasty. Going to reseed the empty section with more radish seeds tomorrow, and then space in more in 2 weeks, so we aren’t overwhelmed with so many, all at once.

    The first tomato is starting to turn over to orange & there are a ton more on all 5 plants ... we picked a couple of nice green ones to fry up and they were good, but the corn-meal crust was too crunchy/dry/bland (recipes would be appreciated).

    Lettuce & herbs are doing great, anything we’ve cut is coming back fast & more abundant — the 1st zucchini’s are almost ready, cucumbers are going well, peppers have picked up a bit & the watermelon vine has several flowers. Grapes and berries are doing their thing too. Fun!


    06/28/2014 7:28:26 PM PDT · 151 of 243
    twyn1 to tubebender

    Best wishes to Lady Bender from me as well.

    I only tried strawberries once, when we lived in NJ, but they were so disappointing. Low yield, and those we did collect were small & tasteless.

    We are now in PA, near Philly, so Seascape may not be the best for this area (cold long Winter, short Spring, quickly hot Summer the past few years) ...but those truly are beautiful!


    06/28/2014 6:28:58 PM PDT · 145 of 243
    twyn1 to Ellendra

    Didn’t do much in the garden today, got sidetracked at a furniture store and picked out some new things for the den & living room ... by the time we were back home, it was too hot to do much at all. I have to pick most of the radishes tomorrow, as they are really crowding each other out (didn’t thin them, the seeds are so small they just clumped up — I am going to try the do-it-yourself seed tape for the 2nd planting of radishes and lettuce). Checked my quince today and noticed that some of the fruit has a weird, bright orange fuzz on them — looks like it’s ‘rust’ so I will be dealing with that tomorrow too, if I want to make quince jam again.

    Marcella — your descriptions of the backyard sound great, I would love to see some pics. when you have a chance to post them.

    mom3boys — your canned tomatoes look beautiful, I can almost taste the freshness!

    Ellendra — what you’ve written is very scary, I think you should get out any way possible, prayers up.

    tubebender — wow! those strawberries are amazing!I am thinking about adding some for next year, variety recommendations and planting tips would be most welcome.


    06/27/2014 4:28:29 PM PDT · 77 of 243
    twyn1 to greeneyes
    Our garden is really taking off. Warm days and scattered rain here near Philly the past couple of weeks. We re-did our raised beds so we got a bit of a late start and kept it small this season. Radishes and lettuce ready, many green tomatoes (5 kinds) and cucumbers starting, herbs look great. Raspberries (technically these are the neighbors, but they've happily encroached) are covered with beginning fruit. Planted 5 zucchini seeds, 4 took and the plants are HUGE! Watermelon vine is going strong. The only things not looking good are the peppers, and they usually do great with no attention at all, so I'm not sure what is going on there.

    We had our first salad from the garden tonight -

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  • Obama air kiss to Carney

    05/31/2014 4:16:21 PM PDT · 100 of 125
    twyn1 to wintertime

    Looks to me like Carney is trying not to cry. But I think the evil, steely look Obama gives him, before the “kiss/not kiss” is extremely creepy.

  • Top 10 Disappointing TV Show Finales

    05/21/2014 5:27:48 PM PDT · 83 of 129
    twyn1 to EveningStar

    Definitely agree on St. Elsewhere, I think I sat there for about 10 minutes in confused irritation after the ending scene — I loved Quantum Leap and thought that ending was very sad, but I agree with the up thread comment, it was the noble thing to do, and that was Dr. Sam Beckett to a T — “LOST” was one big ball of confusion the entire time, but I thought Hurley was a hoot (and yeah ... I shallowly enjoyed the plethora of hot guys!)

  • Photo: Rare Twins Hold Hands Moments After Birth

    05/11/2014 5:49:58 PM PDT · 36 of 45
    twyn1 to cornfedcowboy

    My mom kept telling the doctor she was carrying an octopus. But back in those days, all they did was listen for heartbeats, and there was only 1 detected. Sure enough, mom went into very early labor and after I was born, they saw my sister’s feet! We were really tiny, 4.2 & 3.8 and my sister had some lung issues, but we survived and thrived. The Dr. claimed there was one sac and a shared placenta,but that’s doubtful because we are clearly not identical, I look native American and she is all Irish!


    05/02/2014 5:31:03 PM PDT · 78 of 270
    twyn1 to greeneyes

    Thanks for the link to the composting article, much appreciated.

    We got a LOT of rain this past week, over 4 inches on Wednesday, but it was needed! This weekend we are planning to rebuild the raised beds and put out some seeds — the only “food” things growing right now are in the herb garden — thyme, chamomile, lavender that is perking up and a gorgeous clump of chives. And the berries are starting along the fences, yum!


    04/28/2014 5:36:17 AM PDT · 171 of 232
    twyn1 to Tilted Irish Kilt

    Thoughts and Prayers out to anyone affected by the nasty storms & tornadoes. Very scary!

    Apologies for not directly answering all of the replies to my composting question. We had a busy weekend with a birthday party for grandson #3 here at the house.

    Really appreciate all of the answers and advice. I do think it might be a little too cold for good composting action. I don’t have a way to take the temperature, but noticed it was just slightly warm when opening the cover.. We have had a few very sunny, warm days but then it’s down to the 40’s at night. Also could use some good soaking rain.

    I have thought about doing some sort of cold frame or coverings for the raised beds. We are going to have to rebuild them and I would really like to add hoops for at least one. As it is, I think we’ll have to “cheat” a bit this year and buy some established plants, rather than starting from seeds, at least for tomatoes and peppers. I am getting ready to put out the first round of lettuce seeds and probably carrots and radishes too. Have to see what other seeds I have floating about here, we renovated & combined 2 households and lots of things were shuffled in the ensuing chaos.

    Thanks again!


    04/25/2014 6:31:47 PM PDT · 57 of 232
    twyn1 to greeneyes

    I’m new to this list — wanted to say hi and ask a quick question.

    We’re just outside Philly, PA, so it’s a little early to be planting just yet. We have 3 raised beds (~ 4’ x 8’) and some side areas where we can plant but we haven’t graduated much past the herbs/tomatoes/peppers/cucumbers/beans/lettuce/zucchini stage yet, so I am hoping to get some tips and confidence as I read here.

    My question is about composting. We recently purchased a barrel-type composter where you throw the stuff in and tumble it every day or so. It’s about half-full right now, with close to the recommended proportions of “green” & “brown” stuff along with some garden dirt and a starter. The instructions say it takes 4 to 6 weeks to become compost, but it doesn’t look like it is doing anything at all. Should I just keep adding stuff in the right proportions, keep it moist and hope magic happens?

  • Ikea Plans 'Green' Meatballs to Help Tackle Climate Change

    04/18/2014 5:52:42 PM PDT · 15 of 36
    twyn1 to rey

    excellent points!

  • The White House Celebrates Passover By Hosting A Seder

    04/18/2014 5:51:10 AM PDT · 25 of 28
    twyn1 to lbryce

    Our very conservative church held a Seder dinner one year, and I felt it was respectful and educational. The pastor explained all of the traditions/foods and what they signified and talked of links between the Jewish faith and Christianity.

  • Congressman Blake Farenthold: "I Don't Think Mr. Holder Should Be Here"

    04/09/2014 12:37:20 PM PDT · 23 of 66
    twyn1 to FR_addict
    When I read this story, all I can think of is the song "Show Me" from "My Fair Lady"

    Words, words, words!
    I'm so sick of words
    I get words all day through
    First from him, now from you
    Is that all you blighters can do?

  • DUMP FIREFOX... or at Least Hit 'em Where it Hurts!

    04/09/2014 9:38:08 AM PDT · 27 of 48
    twyn1 to twyn1

    Pale Moon is a Firefox-based web browser, it uses the same code but is not affiliated with Mozilla. It looks exactly the same on my computer. I think it only works for Windows, and some features (parental control is one) aren’t available. You can read more here —

  • DUMP FIREFOX... or at Least Hit 'em Where it Hurts!

    04/09/2014 9:19:13 AM PDT · 24 of 48
    twyn1 to Reaganite Republican

    Will do. So far, so good.

  • DUMP FIREFOX... or at Least Hit 'em Where it Hurts!

    04/09/2014 9:00:59 AM PDT · 20 of 48
    twyn1 to Reaganite Republican

    I just changed my main home computer to Pale Moon and uninstalled Firefox (which I loved!) — it took literally 5 minutes and transferred over all of my bookmarks, my history, passwords and even my “persona” (the special graphic I had for the top and bottom bars of my browser. New default search is DuckDuckGo, that’s the only difference I can see so far. Will change over my tablet later if this works out well after a day or two of testing.

  • Bogus reading instruction is the 800-pound quack in many classrooms

    04/07/2014 5:51:33 PM PDT · 15 of 35
    twyn1 to BruceDeitrickPrice

    Only using sight words makes no sense. As soon as you come across an unknown and ‘teacher’ isn’t there to help, how do you figure it out? Phonetics gives you the tool to sounding out new words.

  • Angry students snap photos of lunches, tell Michelle Obama: ‘You call this a [expletive] lunch?’

    04/07/2014 5:45:15 PM PDT · 63 of 100
    twyn1 to Focault's Pendulum

    *lol* I swear! it’s a BAD Shepherd’s Pie (really, really bad)

  • Angry students snap photos of lunches, tell Michelle Obama: ‘You call this a [expletive] lunch?’

    04/07/2014 5:21:12 PM PDT · 51 of 100
    twyn1 to Focault's Pendulum

    It’s Shepherd’s Pie — it *can* be very good, when done properly! What is pictured is clearly not done properly.

  • REBEL AGAINST MICHELLE: Students Fed Up With Michelle O’s School Lunch Overhaul

    04/07/2014 4:58:38 PM PDT · 19 of 44
    twyn1 to rdcbn

    I *think* it’s supposed to be a “French bread pizza” but on a whole wheat hot dog bun instead??? and WOW! THREE whole cherry tomatoes! Shazam!!

  • Students Fed Up With Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Overhaul — Menu-Item Snapshots Spell Out Why

    04/06/2014 4:39:24 PM PDT · 107 of 148
    twyn1 to Texan5

    The “goulash” stuff looks like Shepard’s Pie to me, which can actually be very good IF made properly (lots of rich gravy seasoned w/ Worch. sauce, real mashed potatoes browned on the top, and more veggies than just a handful of corn). But the portion shown there? it’s WAY too small if that’s for a high school student (esp. a guy)

    From Jr. High on, I often remember getting 2 pizza slabs (Ellios?) or 2 Philly cheese steaks (with Cheez Whiz!!), plus 2 milks and 2 bags of Cheetos for lunch pretty much every day (and a roll of wild cherry Lifesavers from the vending machine) and I never gained an ounce! I didn’t top 100 pounds until my senior year. But yeah, as said up-thread, we were constantly active; jump-rope, swimming, playing kickball or tag or “Army” and as we got older we would make up dance routines or cheers.

  • 25 Year Old Phoebe Could Be World’s Oldest Living Cat

    04/04/2014 4:33:22 PM PDT · 14 of 34
    twyn1 to lardog

    We have a Rocky too, he just turned 16 in February — he was a 24-pounder at one time but he’s thinned out a lot the past couple of years — he’s still a mix of feisty and sweet & loves food, esp. his treats (pretends to use the litter box whenever I am in the laundry room just to get a few). He gets around okay still, even tho’ he’s got a bit of arthritis.

  • Please say a prayer for my son (vanity)

    04/02/2014 5:54:54 AM PDT · 31 of 110
    twyn1 to

    Prayers up for Joshua and the whole family

  • Georgia Solider Moves Daughter's Messy Bedroom to Driveway on Monday

    04/01/2014 6:51:55 PM PDT · 15 of 52
    twyn1 to nickcarraway

    When I was in 5th grade, my teacher dumped my desk (and those of a couple of other kids) out in the hallway, while were at recess, because they were so messy. I admit it, it was bad! I was totally embarrassed, but I sure learned my lesson and kept my desk very tidy after that.
    I took all the toys, stuffed animals, games and books out of my son’s room because he was refusing to clean up. He slowly earned things back by doing chores and helping out or showing responsibility in other ways. He rarely had to be asked more than once to clean up after that experience.

  • Cops: 5 in custody for Temple attacks (Hate crimes near campus)

    03/25/2014 5:14:18 PM PDT · 44 of 65
    twyn1 to Pearls Before Swine

    Yep, you go one street too far and you are in big trouble.

    But it’s not just in Philly, I’ve seen the exact same sort of situation in Buffalo, NY, Alexandria, VA and even in Lancaster, PA.

    In the latter case, what used to be very quiet & safe areas of the city proper are now overrun and quite scary — mostly due to a large shelter set up for the homeless (i.e.: alcoholics, drug addicts and/or those released from institutions who do not take their medications)

  • Monster Snowstorm Rolling In-New England and NYC

    03/24/2014 6:00:09 PM PDT · 52 of 68
    twyn1 to Mears
    Yep!!! Remember the April Fools Day storm in 1997.

    We were stationed at Hanscom AFB (*near Boston) that year -- I remember waking up and realizing that the room was much darker than usual -- turned out the white pines around our house were so coated with heavy, wet snow they were plastered against all the windows. We took a walk up into the woods with the kids later that day and it was like a make-believe world, really beautiful!

  • Obama Criminalizes Antique Dealers and Endangers Wild Elephants

    03/20/2014 1:06:35 PM PDT · 25 of 25
    twyn1 to warsaw44

    The auction house simply told him that it was now illegal to sell ivory and returned the pieces to him. Sounds like they could have been confiscated if sold. I know he does have paperwork for most of the pieces (he used to own a small Asian/bonsai shop) but I guess they were either not old enough or the auction house didn’t understand the rules or didn’t want to deal with the hassle.

    The pieces are absolutely beautiful, and I guess they’ll stay in the family for now ... or maybe they’ll be “lost” in a tragic boat accident.

  • Obama Criminalizes Antique Dealers and Endangers Wild Elephants

    03/19/2014 4:01:34 PM PDT · 20 of 25
    twyn1 to Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    Interesting. My Father-in-Law has a large collection of Netsuke that he recently sent to auction. The dealer quietly returned all of the ivory pieces to him and stated they were not allowed to be put up for sale, even though they have paperwork and were totally legal when purchased. He pretty much has to just sit on these pieces or risk big trouble. The money they could have brought in would have been a huge help.

    I should have known Obama was involved in some way.

  • Clay Aiken dazzles at Di'lishi

    03/17/2014 8:03:55 AM PDT · 18 of 22
    twyn1 to madprof98

    I think he absolutely could win. His very loyal remaining fans have money and they are more than willing to to spend it on his campaign and also are & will network relentlessly for him.

    Next to Crisco (his main D opponent) he comes across bright, young and enthusiastic and has an “Aw shucks, Opie” quality that many find endearing. Plus, Renee Ellmers (R) has been making some very stupid gaffes, including ignorant statements about him. She needs to do her homework.

    He’s not your typical Hollywood idiot, I would not dismiss him as lightly as many here seem to be doing.

  • Israel Prepares for Possible Attack by Hijacked Malaysian Plane

    03/16/2014 6:19:33 PM PDT · 29 of 78
    twyn1 to Jonty30

    Our military seems to be too busy mustering out prospective troops who dare post Bible verses on their dorm whiteboards and holding sold-out ‘drag queen’ nights at the O-club to bother worrying about some missing plane somewhere.

    But — as long as our C-i-C is wearing “well-fitting” jeans — heck! we’re okay!!

  • Interpol probes more suspect passports from missing flight

    03/09/2014 3:24:02 PM PDT · 27 of 28
    twyn1 to SamAdams76

    Just anecdotal, but my daughter (pretty, well-endowed teenager) has been pulled out for “special attention” twice in four flights. Once by a guy, once by a woman. Complete co-incidence I am sure /S

    My husband was also pulled and ended up in “the room” one time, but that was due to some foil-wrapped hand sanitizer he had forgotten about, zipped in an inside jacket pocket. Oops.

  • Missing Malaysia Airlines flight: ... one of 227 passengers 'was using STOLEN passport'

    03/08/2014 11:10:10 AM PST · 82 of 88
    twyn1 to RebelTXRose

    I think the reports of the Americans on board mentioned one was an infant — not sure if that is where the 4 vs. 3 discrepancy comes up?

    I honestly can’t see how a stolen passport is not ‘flagged’ in some way.

    My Son-in-Law was (extremely rudely) removed from an Amtrak train at the Canadian border due to an over 7 year-old felony on his record (long story, basically he was a stupid teenager, but served his time and straightened himself out) — all they did was scan his passport with one of those little check-out gun type things. Within a couple of minutes, he was pulled out of the train, questioned and literally “dumped” back at the American side (along with my daughter, husband and I, but only after we insisted on being taken off as well).

  • Saudi Civil Defence in Cat Rescue

    02/24/2014 2:18:22 PM PST · 6 of 18
    twyn1 to Gene Eric

    Yeah, that big ol’ stone sitting there is a little worrisome!

    Glad kitty was saved!

  • Celebrating all things kitteh!

    02/21/2014 5:06:03 PM PST · 8 of 58
    twyn1 to workerbee

    So sorry — we have a 16 year-old tabby (Rocky) hanging on, but I know it will be soon. I don’t have anything to share but send you a {{{{HUG}}}} and a prayer.

  • [Vanity] My older Brother has invoked his DNR - 41 years a Quad is enough! [Vanity]

    02/20/2014 6:43:48 PM PST · 39 of 60
    twyn1 to SES1066

    {{{{ Prayers up for you and yours. }}}}