May 19, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of May 19, 2017. Short Ramblings this week. Really not much to share other than we got news today that Susan’s claim for Medicaid and SSI was denied because the Social Security amount I receive puts her over the income limit. So, if we get divorced, Susan would qualify for Medicaid and SSI. Doesn’t that penalize people to choose to marry? Share with me, how that makes sense? That said, her disability claim is still pending. We are looking for a Disability Lawyer here in Pascagoula.

Some folk’s stupidity is epic!! (BBC NEWS) — Florida man tries to kiss rattlesnake; gets bitten. “A Florida man who tried to kiss a rattlesnake, only for it to snub his advances and bite him, is recovering in hospital. The snake was found by Charles Goff, a resident of Putnam County, in the north-east of the state, on Monday. A day later, a neighbor, named by a local CBS channel as Ron Reinold, started playing with the snake and made his ill-judged move. Mr Reinold was airlifted to hospital and is now recovering. “One boy said, ‘I’m going to kiss it in the mouth,’ and the snake bit him in the face,” Mr Goff told Action News Jax. “Ron was just acting silly, you know? I guess he said he could kiss the devil and get away with it, but evidently he didn’t.” First Coast News said the victim was conscious but had initially been in a critical condition. The snake is believed to have escaped after its ordeal.” Tongue in cheek? The lesson learned? Don’t slip a snake the tongue!!

And the answer to a question we have all asked: (CNN) — Is pizza healthy? “Pizza is healthy. And it isn’t healthy. Depending on the type of crust, the amount of cheese and the toppings used, pizza can rank anywhere from nutritionally decent to a diet disaster. Even healthy pizzas deliver a good amount of sodium from tomato sauce and cheese, so if you are watching your salt intake, you should eat with caution. Of course, the size of the slice and the number of slices you eat count, too. Pizza pros include the fact that it offers calcium from cheese and disease-fighting lycopene from tomatoes. And pizza crust made with whole-wheat flour (including whole white wheat flour) is healthier than regular white crust, as it offers whole grains and fiber and is digested more slowly than refined grains.” The good news? “Pizza offers calcium from cheese and disease-fighting lycopene from tomatoes.” The bad news? “Pepperoni, sausage and extra cheese can boost a pizza’s saturated fat, sodium and calories.”  

The medical research news: (BBC NEWS) — ‘Fat but fit is a big fat myth’. “The idea that people can be fat but medically fit is a myth, say experts speaking in Portugal. Their early work, as yet unpublished, involved looking at the GP records of 3.5 million people in the UK. They say people who were obese but who had no initial signs of heart disease, diabetes or high cholesterol were not protected from ill health in later life, contradicting previous research … The term “fat but fit” refers to the alluring theory that if people are obese but all their other metabolic factors such as blood pressure and blood sugar are within recommended limits then the extra weight will not be harmful. In this study, researchers at the University of Birmingham analyzed data of millions of British patients between 1995 and 2015 to see if this claim held true. They tracked people who were obese at the start of the study (defined as people with a body mass index of 30 or more) who had no evidence of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes at this point. They found these people who were obese but “metabolically healthy” were at higher risk of developing heart disease, strokes and heart failure than people of normal weight.” In 2004, I lost close to 100 pounds after developing “My Diet”, (the link to My Diet). Over the period of a year, I went from size 48 pants to size 38 pants   …   and have kept the weight off. “My Diet” isn’t a “diet”   … it is a way to look at food differently. If Mrs. Timmerman’s little boy can loose 100 pounds, so can you.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings. Went with Susan to see here surgeon today: a follow up after having to have her abdominal dialysis catheter removed due to intestinal inflammation. We scheduled a colonoscopy in June to have her plumbing checked out in the hope that she has healed enough to have another dialysis catheter. Going through dialysis at night while sleeping is logarithmically less intrusive than hemo-dialysis for 4 ½ hours 3 days each week.   Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Leaning toward a pasta dish   … Spaghetti and Meat Balls with a garden salad. The movie? “The Boss Baby [2017]’.

Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) I remain nicotine free. Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

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May 12, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of May 12, 2017. Another week has passed. Time seems to be flying by!! We are moving into the “monsoon season”   … thunderstorms just about every other day. Susan is now on short term disability pending the processing of her Social Security Disability claim. Dialysis leaves her drained, (no pun intended). Next Wednesday we have an appointment at the Ochsner Multi Organ Transplant Center in New Orleans at 7:00am for a day of testing Susan’s ability to undergo a transplant. If eligible, she could potentially get a kidney and a pancreas. No more dialysis and no more blood sugar testing several times a day!

Exciting medical news: (BBC NEWS) — Smartphone ‘orders’ body to treat diabetes. “Scientists have used a smartphone to control the activity of the living cells inside an animal. The fusion of biology and technology was used to control blood sugar levels in mice with diabetes. The idea, described in Science Translational Medicine, could be applied to a wide range of diseases and drug treatments. And the Chinese researchers say the approach could pave the way for a “new era” in medicine. The first step was to turn normal cells into living factories. They were genetically engineered to manufacture drugs that control blood sugar levels such as insulin – but only in response to light. The technology is called optogenetics and these cells would kick into gear when exposed to specific wavelengths of red light. Then comes the tech – a set of wirelessly powered LEDs and a smartphone app to control them. Researchers at East China Normal University in Shanghai implanted the system into mice and were able to control diabetes with the tap of a touchscreen.“ The advances in medical technology, just in the last 15 years, have been breathtaking. 

Transgender news? (BBC NEWS) — Caitlyn Jenner: ‘I’m upset with Trump and could enter politics’. “Reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner says she is considering entering US politics in a bid to promote transgender issues. She told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire program she had been “really upset” by some of President Donald Trump’s policies on the LGBT community. The ex-Olympic athlete, who changed her name and transitioned to living as a woman aged 65, said Mr Trump was being “influenced by people around him”. Jenner said her life was “much simpler” now she was living openly as a woman. Over the past two years, Jenner has become the most famous transgender person in the world. A Republican supporter who supported Mr Trump in last year’s US election, Jenner said she was disappointed the new president had overturned guidance allowing transgender students to use school toilets matching their gender identity.” Perhaps now, she is “transitioning” into a Democrat?

Fascinating read: (BBC NEWS) — The Many Reasons People Are Having Less Sex. “We live in one of the most sexually liberated times of human history. Access to new technologies over the past 40 years, whether it is the contraceptive pill, or dating apps such as Grindr and Tinder, have opened a new world of possibilities. As the sexual revolution of the 1970s matured, societal norms shifted with it, with increasing acceptance of homosexuality, divorce, pre-marital sex, and alternative relationships such as polyamory and swinging. Despite this, research suggests that we’re actually having less sex now than we have for decades. In March, American researchers Jean Twenge, Ryne Sherman and Brooke Wells published an article in the Archives of Sexual Behavior showing that Americans were having sex on average nine fewer times per year in the early 2010s compared to the late 1990s – a 15% drop from 62 times a year to just 53. The declines were similar across gender, race, region, educational level and work status, with married people reporting the most significant drops.”  So   …   that’s an average of once a week. Doesn’t it make you wonder what triggered the one twice a week episode?

And in related medical news: (BBC NEWS) — Price of ‘exciting’ self-injectable contraceptive cut. “The price of an innovative device which allows women to give themselves a contraceptive jab has been cut. Sayana Press has mostly been used by women in developing countries, as part of a global push to expand access to modern contraception. Working in collaboration with donor organizations has enabled the drug company Pfizer to drop the price from $1 a unit to $0.85 per dose. The move comes ahead of a big summit on family planning in London this summer. The summit, which will track progress from a similar event five years ago, will be watched closely because of recent cuts to global aid for family planning by the Trump administration. Sayana Press dispenses with the need for a conventional needle and syringe – so it has been seen as a significant development for women living in rural parts of Africa. The long-acting progesterone-based contraceptive, which provides contraceptive cover for three months at a time, is licensed for use by the NHS in the UK – but Pfizer admits that uptake here has been “modest”.” $3.40 for a years supply of birth control seems reasonable … but in some parts of the world … it is a fortune.

Best “app” of the week! (BBC NEWS) — There Are Lemurs that Eat Poison. “Watch the moment when Sir David Attenborough and BBC filmmakers recorded lemurs eating poisonous leaves. Even better, you can watch a further 1,000 more memorable moments, for free, anytime, on your smartphone or tablet, via Attenborough’s Story of Life app, which is now available to download via Google Play, or Apple’s app store.” 

Sitting here editing these Ramblings while Susan and her fur babies are in her “office” watching TV. She is resting up for her dialysis session tomorrow. My perception of time seems to be accelerating. To me, Christmas was the day before yesterday, Easter was yesterday and Labor Day is tomorrow. Looking forward to a quiet evening at home with my best friend. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Grilled Brats, French Fries and a Garden Salad. The movie? “Sleepless [2017]”

Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) I remain nicotine free. Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

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May 5, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of May 5, 2017. Hemodialysis has been very hard on Susan. Yesterday, the Dialysis Center weighed Susan before and after dialysis. 4 ½ hours of dialysis removed 4 pounds of impurities from her blood. It also reduced/removed insulin resulting in her blood sugar jumping. She tests an hour after dialysis and has her insulin pump inject the requisite amount of insulin to bring her blood sugar down. On the 24th, we have an appointment at the transplant center in New Orleans. Starting today, her short term disability insurance kicks in. It will pay her 60% of her regular paycheck for up to 6 months. Medicaid and Social Security Disability will take 4 – 6 months to kick in and from what I understand, will be retroactive to the date of filing. Reinforces our belief that the God we worship is on watch! The good news? Susan decided to quit smoking BECAUSE there will not be a transplant unless she does.

In the education news: (BBC NEWS) — Air duct-crawling Kentucky students caught trying to steal exam. “A University of Kentucky student in the US has been charged with burglary after crawling through air ducts to steal an exam paper from the tutor’s office. Henry Lynch II’s luck ran out when his tutor, who had been working extremely late, surprised him – and an accomplice – when he came back to his office. It happened at about 02:00 on Wednesday, a university spokesman said. Fellow student Troy Kiphuth has also been charged. The duo will go before a judge next month.” Obviously, they were political science majors!

What does “humane” mean? BBC NEWS) — Woman who helps thirsty pigs evades jail. “A Canadian activist who faced time behind bars for giving water to pigs has been found not guilty. An Ontario judge dismissed mischief charges against Anita Krajnc, ending a legal battle that captured the global attention of animal rights activists.   Judge David Harris said he was not convinced that Ms Krajnc obstructed the use of property when she gave water to pigs headed to slaughter. Ms Krajnc said it confirms “compassion is not a crime”. Mischief to property is a criminal offence in Canada related to the willful destruction or damage of property. Justice Harris wrote in his decision that he is satisfied that Ms Krajnc “did not obstruct, interrupt or interfere with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of any property” when in July 2015, she gave water to a few animals being carried in a tractor trailer filled with 190 pigs going to a slaughterhouse outside Toronto. “ I love a good pork roast. That said, it makes me heart sick to hear how some animals are treated/dispatched at slaughter houses. Even as a life long hunter, I would not have the stomach to do it.

Bioengineering? (BBC NEWS) — Secrets of tea plant revealed by science. “Botanists have unlocked the genetic secrets of the plant prized for producing tea. A team in China has decoded the genetic building blocks of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, whose leaves are used for all types of tea, including black, green and oolong. The research gives an insight into the chemicals that give tea its flavor. Until now, little has been known about the genetics of the plant, despite its huge economic and cultural importance … The Camellia grouping, or genus, contains over 100 species, including ornamental garden plants. But only Camellia Sinensis is grown commercially for making tea. The researchers found that the leaves of the tea plant contain high levels of chemicals that give tea its distinctive flavor. They include flavonoids and caffeine.” Knowing the genetic code will allow researchers to develop tea plants with higher levels of caffeine. “Caffeine is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant of the methylxanthine class. It is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. Unlike many other psychoactive substances, it is legal and unregulated in nearly all parts of the world. There are several known mechanisms of action to explain the effects of caffeine. The most prominent is that it reversibly blocks the action of adenosine on its receptor and consequently prevents the onset of drowsiness induced by adenosine. Caffeine also stimulates certain portions of the autonomic nervous system.” 

Scary stuff! (BBC NEWS) — Long-dormant bacteria and viruses, trapped in ice and permafrost for centuries, are reviving as Earth’s climate warms. “Throughout history, humans have existed side-by-side with bacteria and viruses. From the bubonic plague to smallpox, we have evolved to resist them, and in response they have developed new ways of infecting us. We have had antibiotics for almost a century, ever since Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. In response, bacteria have responded by evolving antibiotic resistance. The battle is endless: because we spend so much time with pathogens, we sometimes develop a kind of natural stalemate. However, what would happen if we were suddenly exposed to deadly bacteria and viruses that have been absent for thousands of years, or that we have never met before? We may be about to find out. Climate change is melting permafrost soils that have been frozen for thousands of years, and as the soils melt they are releasing ancient viruses and bacteria that, having lain dormant, are springing back to life.” As mobile as we have become, the risk of a pandemic have significantly increased. Remember the Ebola outbreak a couple of years ago?

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, listening to the evening news, (Good Lord, the weather on the East Coast is horrendous!!) … and reading a fascinating article about Scottish Wildcats.  “Scottish wildcats are formally known as Felis silvestris grampia. They are a subspecies of the larger wildcat group that prowl through much of the Old World. To Scottish people, they are Highland tigers. Although they are about the same size as domestic cats, they can be twice as heavy. Wildcats came to Britain via Doggerland, a huge expanse of marshes and tundra that connected Britain to the European mainland during the height of the last ice age around 12,000 years ago.” This article is well worth the read!!!

Susan spent today resting up for dialysis tomorrow, (11:00am to 3:30pm.) Sunday? Just a quiet day at Ft Timmerman, working in the yard and garden. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? … (smiling) … a Pork Roast, Mashed Potato with Corn on the Cob. The movie? “Ghost in the Shell [2017]”.

Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) I remain nicotine free. Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

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April 28, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of April 28, 2017. Been thinking about the statement I hear all too often. “Freedom Isn’t Free”. Usually when referring to the respect we should all offer, to a fallen service member. NO DOUBT we should. But share with me   … since World War II, did they fall protecting our freedoms? Or did they fall as part of some Administration’s “Foreign Policy”?

It is amazing how DNA science has evolved. (BBC NEWS) — DNA of extinct humans found in caves. “The DNA of extinct humans can be retrieved from sediments in caves – even in the absence of skeletal remains. Researchers found the genetic material in sediment samples collected from seven archaeological sites. The remains of ancient humans are often scarce, so the new findings could help scientists learn the identity of inhabitants at sites where only artifacts have been found   … Antonio Rosas, a scientist at Spain’s Natural Science Museum in Madrid, said: “We can now tell which species of hominid occupied a cave and on which particular stratigraphic level, even when no bone or skeletal remains are present.” … “We know that several components of sediments can bind DNA,” If not bone or skeletal remains   …   doesn’t it make you wonder what the “sediments [that] can bind DNA, are? <Whispering> … poop?

Interesting article: (BBC NEWS) — Family tree of dogs reveals secret history of canines. “The largest family tree of dogs ever assembled shows how canines evolved into more than 150 modern breeds. Dogs were first selected and bred for their ability to perform tasks such as herding goats or cattle, say scientists. Later, they were selected for physical features such as their size or color. The study also unearths evidence that some dogs are descended from an ancient breed that traveled with the ancestors of Native Americans into the Americas. Archaeological evidence points to the so-called “New World dog”, which apparently crossed with human settlers over a land bridge from Asia … Modern hairless breeds such as the Peruvian hairless dog, [The Peruvian Inca Orchid/ Peruvian Hairless Dog is a sight hound. Going by his general conformation, it is an elegant and slim dog, whose aspect expresses speed, strength and harmony without ever appearing coarse.] and the Mexican hairless dog, [the Xolo is an ancient, natural breed, molded by evolution rather than selective breeding], are likely descended from this ancient dog.” 

Environmental news: (BBC NEWS) — Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste, scientists say. “A caterpillar that munches on plastic bags could hold the key to tackling plastic pollution, scientists say. Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered that the larvae of the moth, which eats wax in bee hives, can also degrade plastic. Experiments show the insect can break down the chemical bonds of plastic in a similar way to digesting beeswax. Each year, about 80 million ton of the plastic polyethylene are produced around the world. The plastic is used to make shopping bags and food packaging, among other things, but it can take hundreds of years to decompose completely. However, caterpillars of the moth (Galleria mellonella) can make holes in a plastic bag in under an hour. ” … “The caterpillar of G. mellonella has attracted interest for its ability to eat and digest polyethylene plastic. In laboratory experiments with G. mellonella caterpillars, about 100 caterpillars consumed 92 milligrams of a polyethylene-plastic shopping bag over the course of 12 hours.[5] While it is clear that the caterpillars are consuming the plastic, more research needs to be done to determine if this chemistry is the result of G. mellonella or its gut flora. The moth’s larvae break down polyethylene to ethylene glycol and a mass loss of 13% polyethylene over 14 hours has been documented in polyethylene films. Another closely related species of waxworm, Plodia interpunctella, has been the subject of research which isolated two strains of bacteria from its gut, Enterobacter asburiae and Bacillus species which have been demonstrated as capable of growing on and decomposing polyethylene plastic in a laboratory setting.” Interesting. These caterpillars eat and convert plastic into ethylene glycol   … antifreeze!!

Entertainment news: (BBC NEWS) — American woman gives birth during family trip to a zoo in Omaha, “Nebraska A woman in the US has given birth in a zoo after she went into early labor while on a family day out. Kymica Hubbard, 24, was riding on a train attraction when she suddenly went into labor. Her husband Justin Hubbard, 27, helped her deliver their daughter Drea in front of visitors at Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska.” No doubt an interesting zoological experience for the visitors and their children.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings. Susan just made it home … her furry children are happy. She has dialysis tomorrow, 11:00 am. to 3:30pm. We have some work to do in the yard … and weed the garden. It is amazing how much the vegetables have grown in 3 weeks. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Beef pot roast with a mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes and corn. The movie? “King Arthur: Excalibur Rising [2017]”

Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) I remain nicotine free. Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

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April 21, 2017

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of April 21, 2017. Watched a movie last night: “A Dogs Purpose [2017]”. “A devoted dog (Josh Gad) discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar).” Without a doubt, the best movie I have seen since “Dr. Zhivago [1965]”.   There are scenes that make your heart bleed, for a couple, I sat here blubbering like a blithering idiot!!. As a dog lover, this movie played my heart like a cheap piano. That said, it does have a “happy ending”. Get a box of Kleenex, rent the movie and get ready to use them. This is a movie well worth watching!!

Interesting article! (CNN) — Apple cider vinegar: What the experts say. “Apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular natural health products around, with claims for everything from sanitizing toothbrushes to whittling waistlines. But how much of its popularity is based on hype? Could you be wasting your time or — even worse — harming your health? Here are 10 of the top ways people are using apple cider vinegar and what the science says.” Apple cider vinegar impacts Type II Diabetes, weight loss, teeth cleaning and whitening, skin, hair and nails, all purpose cleaner, food preservatives, cough and sore throat, heart disease and cancer.

In other medical news: (CNN) — Researchers use frog mucus to fight the flu. “Finding ways to fight the flu just got a tad more ribbeting — that is, if you ask some researchers who have turned their attention to frogs. A new study suggests that mucus from the skin of certain frogs can be harnessed to obliterate flu viruses. Some frog mucus contains antimicrobial peptides, which are immune system molecules that can neutralize bacteria, viruses, and fungi.” Perhaps a new future profession: frog mucus milkers plying their trade on frog ranches.

I was not aware prescription drugs constitute only 11% of US health expenditures. US drug spending ranks in the bottom one-third of comparison lists with other developed nations, equivalent to the United Kingdom and significantly less than over 20 of 31 developed nations reporting. (CNN) — How to cut the price of prescription drugs. “Reducing the cost of medical care, rather than health insurance, is so often underemphasized or even absent from discussions of reforming the health care system. And yet lowering costs of medical care is essential for broadening access to care, reducing insurance premiums and ultimately ensuring better health. Lowering the cost of care, though, is fraught with peril. It must be achieved without jeopardizing quality, restricting access or inhibiting essential innovation. In other words, without harming American medical care, which has become the standard of excellence around the world. Nowhere is this process of reform more perilous than in the world of prescription drugs, which has recently come under fire for highly publicized instances of price gouging, as well as inflammatory comments by CEOs like Martin Shkreli.” Fascinating article explaining/sharing the facts about prescription drug consumption.

I guess we really are going crazy! (CNN) — Are Gen Xers, boomers suffering serious psychological distress? “Serious psychological distress” refers to a mental health problem that is severe enough to require treatment. People in serious psychological distress are three times more likely to be too poor to afford general health care, and 10 times more likely to be too poor to pay for medications, compared with people who are not mentally ill, according to research published Monday in the journal Psychiatric Services. Judith Weissman, lead author of the study and a research manager at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, found that 3.4% of adult Americans, or more than 8.3 million people, suffered serious psychological distress in 2014. Nearly a decade earlier, only 3% or less were reported to have suffered in the same way. “What’s been most surprising isn’t necessarily that the overall numbers have increased but that the cohort that is most impacted has changed,” Weissman said. “There’s a newfound high-risk group: middle-aged adults; that’s adults from about the age of 45 to 59 in the US, who previously had not been thought to be at high risk for mental illness or suicide, and now we’re finding that they are.”  Certainly explains why Americans consume 80% of the global opioid supply.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, watching the evening news while waiting for Susan to come home. On the news? Apparently a massive power outage in San Francisco and artificially sweetened drinks, such as diet sodas, were tied to a higher risk of stroke and dementia in a study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke yesterday. Trump announced that he will propose a massive tax cut next Wednesday and there is the possibility of a governmental shut down next Wednesday as well. Proof, I suppose, governmental quagmire is party independent. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Beef stew with a garden salad. The movie? “The Great Wall [2016]”.

Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) I remain nicotine free. Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   …   and the Editorial Staff)

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