Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of March 27, 2015. Not a whole lot to chat about this week. Sunday will be Susan’s birthday … I offered to take her out for lunch to celebrate. She declined. She would rather stay home … just the two of us, with me fixing sauerkraut, boiled potatoes and corned beef. Doubt, she will even change out of her PJ’s. Just spend the day scrapbooking and making cards. Interesting … how we can spend the whole day together … her in her “craft room” and me working on images on my “workstation” … and not say anything to each other for hours. It’s as if our two hearts are linked and chat. We don’t really need to say anything out loud. Knowing our hearts are beating in the next room … is enough. She really is my only need.
As a male lesbian … I have to admit … I love the female form: (BBC NEWS) — Breastfeeding ‘linked to higher IQ’. “A long-term study has pointed to a link between breastfeeding and intelligence. The research in Brazil traced nearly 3,500 babies, from all walks of life, and found those who had been breastfed for longer went on to score higher on IQ tests as adults. Experts say the results, while not conclusive, appear to back current advice that babies should be exclusively breastfed for six months.“ Well … I guess this proves that you need to munch on a boob for the first months of life … to avoid BEING a boob later on.
Frankly … not a job I care to sign up for: (BBC NEWS) — Gold in feces ‘worth millions’. “US researchers are investigating ways to extract the gold and precious metals from human feces. The group identified gold in waste from American sewage treatment plants at levels which if found in rock could be worth mining. Details were outlined at the 249th national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Denver. Extracting metals from the waste could also help curb the release of toxic substances into the environment. “The gold we found was at the level of a minimal mineral deposit,” said co-author Dr Kathleen Smith, from the US Geological Survey (USGS). In addition to gold and silver, human waste also contains amounts of rare earth metals such as palladium and vanadium.” Obviously … you wouldn’t be standing there with a sifting pan. Makes me wonder … how did gold and silver or rare earth metals wind up in our feces?
Service is service. We also have 4 legged veterans … and when they pass … they also deserve our respect. (TOLEDO NEWS) — Bomb-sniffing dog honored for service to country. “There was a unique military memorial service Sunday at the Dunberger American Legion Post in Oregon. The soldier being honored was Bernie, a thirteen-year-old bomb sniffing Belgian Malinois. Her rank was sergeant. Prayers were said and there was a 21-gun-salute, a hero’s sendoff for Sgt. Bernie of the Marines. There was hardly a dry eye in the crowd. “She’s a Marine. Unless you are a Marine, you just don’t understand camaraderie,” said Corky Walters of the post. Sgt. Bernie served three combat tours of duty in Iraq. Along the way, she saved countless lives by sniffing out roadside bombs.” Bernie passed away … in her time, loved by her “handler” and his family. She became family. ALL of our service dogs deserve the same. ‘Nuff said.
As a German, I have Zero tolerance for this kind of ignorant crap. Period. (BBC NEWS) — Six arrested after Stamford Hill synagogue attack. “Six people have been arrested after a group forced its way into a synagogue in what police have described as an “anti-Semitic” incident. Police said the drunk men had just left a nearby party and tried to get into the synagogue in Stamford Hill, north London, in the early hours of Sunday. One man was punched in the face as he tried to stop them. The six were held for public order offences and assault. Police said one man had made an anti-Semitic comment.” Desecrating a house of worship, ANY house of worship, is a hate crime. “In the UK, all the statistics for religiously motivated hate crime have been moving in the wrong direction. Last week’s figures from the Community Security Trust, an expert body monitoring anti-Semitism in the UK, make grim and record-breaking reading. Anti-Semitic incidents more than doubled to 1,168 in 2014, the highest figure since the trust began monitoring in 1984. The previous year had been the lowest on record. There were 314 incidents in July alone – the highest recorded in a single month.” These wastes of skin need to be introduced to a blind Mohel who believes in doing his job using a used razor blade … preferably one, used by his wife to shave her legs.
Our President has a history of REALLY good foreign policy analysis and decisions … like ISIS is the “Junior Varsity”. (BBC NEWS) — Obama says prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace are ‘dim’. “US President Barack Obama says prospects for a two-state solution in the Middle East are “dim” after the Israeli prime minister vowed to oppose a Palestinian state. Mr Netanyahu’s statements angered the White House, even though he has since tried to soften his remark. Tensions between the US and Israel have been growing as the leaders have wrangled over a number of issues. But Mr Obama described his relationship with Mr Netanyahu as “businesslike.” Prospects are dim because the Palestinians are under no pressure to reach a settlement … and they believe they are winning the world opinion war. They are.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gowdy: Clinton wiped email server clean, deleted all emails. “Hillary Rodham Clinton wiped her email server “clean,” permanently deleting all emails from it, the chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, said Friday. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said the former secretary of state has failed to produce a single new document in recent weeks and has refused to relinquish her server to a third party for an independent review, as Gowdy has requested. Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, said Gowdy was looking in the wrong place. Instead of asking Clinton for the emails, Gowdy should look to the State Department, which is “uniquely positioned to make available any documents responsive to your requests,” Kendall said.” Except Clinton didn’t use the State Department server. She had her own private one. She only turned over Emails SHE deemed relevant. Obviously, the law doesn’t apply to the Clintons.
As is often the case, reasonable, honorable people can having differing opinions. (BBC NEWS) — Indiana boycott urged after ‘religious freedom’ law passes. “Activists have encouraged a boycott of Indiana after the US state enacted a “religious freedom” law, which they say discriminates against gay people. Supporters say the law prevents the state from forcing people to provide services contrary to their religion. Similar bills are being considered across the US as court rulings have made gay marriage legal in more states. Several groups plan to do less business with the state, and celebrities criticized the law on Twitter.” So in Indiana, a staunch Roman Catholic Pharmacist can now refuse to dispense birth control polls? And the converse? Absent the law, you can force a Kosher Butcher to dress out pigs? I suppose that begs the question: “Why is the law necessary? What is the State interest in prohibiting folks from refusing to provide services to folks they don’t like?”
Sitting here editing these Ramblings … waiting for Susan to make it home. She has to work until 7. The weather heads are calling for “snow showers” in the morning. On the evening news? The Co-Pilot, Andreas Lubitz, in the Germanwings crash was “unfit for work. He apparently suffered from severe depression. Just what you need in an airline pilot. Vietnam opens up revolutionary tunnel for tourism. Really have no desire to go back and check them out. The Secret Service tightens rules on drinking and driving. The new rule? Don’t hire prostitutes … but if you do … don’t drink and drive.
Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) 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. I continue to remain nicotine free. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri and the Editorial Staff)