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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Raisin Bran

I had Raisin Bran for breakfast the other day. On the box it read that there were hundreds of raisins in every box. I'm not trying to doubt Kellogg, but hundreds of raisins? I wonder how they figure that out, drop 200 raisins in the bottom of the box? Well, I'm not going to empty the box and count them. I'll just have to take their word for it. Can you take the word of a Cooperation?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Horatio Hornblower

Watched an old movie the other day. Horatio Hornblower. When I was young, I thought this was an actual sailor. Never read any of those books. Must rectify that.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Van Recall

     Had to take my van in on Thursday for a recall. Actually the recall was for last July, it took this long to get the part. There was a switch for a back window that could catch fire. It happened to a van in the parking lot next to the Supermarket. Burnt the whole van out. I was thinking that it would be a disaster if it caught on fire while my daughter was in her wheelchair, strapped in the back. I couldn't get it unbuckled that fast.
     It only took about five minutes to change. It was in the armrest on the driver's side. The girl just pulled it out, unplugged it, plugged in another one, and stuck it back in. And that was that.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Germany’s Refugee Crisis is Starting to Explode



Cologne Rapes 1-1-2016
The Arab sexual assault in Cologne, Germany, occurred on New Year’s Eve when hundreds of male refugees robbed and carried out sexual assaults against over 100 girls. This illustrates one of the huge problems with allowing such a mass migration of a starkly different culture.

Koln-mob
In many parts of the world, Western women are pictured as sex-crazed creatures. Since Arab women are supposed to be modest, seeing a Western woman dressed provocatively can be seen as an invitation based upon their culture. Many were dressed up for the New Year’s Eve party.
In some Arab countries, Western women can be jailed for wearing a two-piece bathing suit or for simply walking down the street without an escort. In some cities in India, women staying alone in hotels are placed on a women’s floor where guards are stationed at night. You cannot easily mix cultures with such diverse social views without creating new risks.
What has become the BIG NEWS is the cover-up by ZDF, a major news agency in Germany, who did not publish the story for three days. On January 6, Denmark began “temporary” passport checks on the German-Danish border. The attempt to cover-up the Cologne sexual attacks (one-third of the attacks were sexual) has sent a shockwave through Europe behind the headlines. Denmark’s temporary passport checks are a clear response to Germany’s unprecedented acceptance of refugees, a portion of whom are not quite ready for Western living. The men involved were said to be Syrian.
merkel-time-person-of-year- TIMEThe German government and the press have tried to hide the issue because they are not prepared to admit this has been a tremendous mistake. Welcoming in huge numbers of boys from a culture that denigrates women created a clash between cultures that will not be resolved. The European Commission now estimates that another 3 million will enter Europe, many of whom are unemployable and uneducated even in their own language. This is a huge disaster that will tear Europe apart and will only get worse.
Since Merkel made TIME Magazine’s person of the year for this very issue of allowing the Muslims to enter, she cannot admit she made a mistake. This policy was to soften her hardline approach to the debt crisis in Greece created by the EU’s failed design of the euro and Goldman Sach’s manipulation of their debt. There is NO POSSIBLE WAY Merkel can reverse this policy for politicians will never admit such mistakes. She has doomed Europe and nobody will stand up and tell the truth.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Earth is Round.

     When I was at the ruins of Ephesus a few years ago, I saw what was left of a Roman statue. It was an emperor's foot on a globe. The ancient Romans obviously knew the world was round.

     (From Armstrong Economics: Knowledge itself moves in cycles. The reverse side of the coin of the Roman Emperor Theodosius II (402-450 AD) dpicts the emperor standing holding the world as a round globe. To the left is the scepter of the only Roman emperor to have been discovered. Here too, we see from Maxentius (306-312 AD) that the world is represented as a globe and not a flat piece of land. The Chinese and Romans knew about each other; both claimed that the world was round and they were the rulers of the world. Yet knowledge is lost in the Dark Age and we returned to the primitive idea that the world was flat. What our computer is accomplishing is an awakening of knowledge that has been lost. This is a journey to rediscover reality.
     The fall of Rome destroyed a lot more than people realize. It was more than just gold coins vanishing until the 13th century. Knowledge itself also vanished and we are still clawing our way back to understanding. Personal opinion is meaningless for it does not even scratch the surface. Open your mind and you just may begin to see what we have forgotten.)

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Pineapple

For breakfast the other day, I had a slice of pineapple. Not from a can, but an actual pineapple where I cut off a slice. It just so happened that day I read 'Ripley's' and one of the items was about pineapples. Back in the 16th and 17th centuries, pineapples were so rare, that one would cost between $5,000. and $10,000. I don't imagine there was much waste.
Next month, my toaster will be 48 years old. That means I will be married 48 years. Funny how it is easier to remember how old my toaster is, than my wedding anniversary.
The CBC certainly hates Trump. (Can you imagine the back tracking if he becomes President.) Back tracking everywhere, especially at CNN.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Old Boats

On one of my trips to the Caribbean, a WW 2 landing craft was used to ferry passengers from the ship to an island. It would bump on the sand, the ramp in the front would drop down, and we would all walk off. It was a weird experience. I kept thinking of Normandy.

It's Customary

They have a custom in Spain on New Year's Eve to eat 12 grapes in the last 12 seconds before midnight. It's called the 12 grapes of luck.. I was at a ball in Madrid one New Year's Eve and tried that. 12 seconds is not long enough.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

This is how it all began….

 

 
 
Once upon a time there was a king who wanted to go fishing.
He called the royal weather forecaster and inquired as to the weather forecast for the next few hours. The weatherman assured him that there was no chance of rain in the coming days. So the king went fishing with his wife, the queen.
 
On the way he met a farmer on his donkey. Upon seeing the king the farmer said, “Your Majesty, you should return to the palace at once because in just a short time I expect a huge amount of rain to fall in this area”.  
 
The king was polite and considerate, he replied: “I hold the palace meteorologist in high regard. He is an extensively educated and experienced professional. And besides, I pay him very high wages. He gave me a very different forecast. I trust him and I will continue on my way.” So he continued on his way.  
 
However, a short time later a torrential rain fell from the sky. The King and Queen were totally soaked and their entourage chuckled upon seeing them in such a shameful condition.  
 
Furious, the king returned to the palace and gave the order to fire the professional. Then he summoned the farmer and offered him the prestigious and high paying role of royal forecaster.
 
The farmer said, “Your Majesty, I do not know anything about forecasting. I obtain my information from my donkey. If I see my donkey’s ears drooping, it means with certainty that it will rain.”  
 
So the king hired the donkey.
 
And thus began the practice of hiring dumb asses to work in the government and occupy its highest and most influential positions.  
 
And the practice is unbroken to this date...        
 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Read this on Twitter.


Women standing on the shoulders of giants changing the world:
Si I clicked on it to see what the giants looked like. I thought they might be the N.Y. Giants. I was also wondering if the women were wearing slacks or dresses.
As it turned out, I didn't see any women standing on any shoulders.

Donald trump was in Michigan the other day.....

  
 Watched his speech on CNN. I should say, I watched part of his speech. CNN kept interrupting with talking heads. They are so down on Trump. It seems like they only want a Clinton/Bush thing. I think they wet their pants when they talk about it. They don't seem to realize that once you elect one of those bozos, you're no better of than you were the day before. They keep putting the same people in as the country deteriorates. It's really sad - the Bush's and all his minions doing those wars - getting all those soldiers killed.
      Trump seems to be the only change on the horizon. I don't know how he will do if he gets in, but another way to look at it is perhaps he is the last chance to get the country back. If the party can get rid of him, they will never let something like that happen again. Think of all the money they will lose if Trump gets in.

Obituary column was the usual. Only nice people died.

In the winter, my mother used to hang clothes on the line. They became frozen solid. Easy to dance with, as long as you stayed outside.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

You Can’t Write What You Wouldn’t Read for Pleasure

The most important thing is you can’t write what you wouldn’t read for pleasure. It’s a mistake to analyze the market thinking you can write whatever is hot. You can’t say you’re going to write romance when you don’t even like it. You need to write what you would read if you expect anybody else to read it.
 And you have to be driven. You have to have the three D’s: drive, discipline and desire. If you’re missing any one of those three, you can have all the talent in the world, but it’s going to be really hard to get anything done.

NORA ROBERTS