April 29, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of April 29, 2016. Last Saturday afternoon, Susan’s suger went low.  Coming back into the house, she passed out and hit the floor.  When I found her   …  she was flat on her back, staring at the ceiling.  I thought she was dead!!!  Scared me to death!  I lifted her up into a chair, and fed her juice   …   after 2 cans of juice  …  her sugar had come up to 49  …  and she started complaining about how much her shoulder hurt.  After her sugar came up to an acceptable level, I took her to the ER.  She has a broken left clavicle.  On Tuesday, I took her to an orthopedic surgeon who opined   … “It was a clean break.  It should heal without the necessity of implanting a pin.  Come back in a week and we will make sure the bones are still in place.  If not, she will need a pin.”  She was in a lot of pain, so he scripted her hydrocodone.   A break like this takes the average person 4 – 6 weeks to heal.  Being a Type I, insulin injecting diabetic   …  realistically, it will take Susan 8 – 10 weeks to heal  …  probably longer because she is a smoker.  Prayers   …  appreciated.

In religious news: (BBC NEWS)  —  Poland to stage Pope John Paul II musical. A new musical about the life of Pope John Paul II will open in Poland early next year, the first to be produced in the late pontiff’s home country.  Hundreds of tickets have already been sold for the show, entitled Karol, which will make its premiere in Krakow in February, Radio Poland reports. Born Karol Wojtyla, he was archbishop of the city for more than a decade prior to being elected Pope in 1978.”  I wonder if Tom Lehrer’s “Vatican Rag” will be one of the songs in the musical?  Tom Lehrer is an interesting guy!! His Bio.

And talking about a Vatican Rag: (CNN)  —  At the Vatican, Catholic Biden cops to small vice. “At the Vatican on Friday, a smiling Joe Biden gave new meaning to the title “vice” president.  Biden, a lifelong Catholic, copped to making a small wager with a reporter covering his trip — in front of the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.  “I had to pay this man $10,” Biden told Parolin, pointing to a reporter from The New York Times. The two had bet over which car is faster, the Tesla or the Cadillac. Biden choose the Cadillac, which is slightly slower, he told the cardinal. “Oh, yes?” Parolin answered politely.”  Don’t you wonder if that is really the worst ”sin” Biden has committed?

Sometimes Judges just get it wrong. (CNN)  — Oklahoma legislature will fix sodomy law, lawmaker says. “An Oklahoma lawmaker is promising to close what he called a “court-created loophole” in state law that blocked the prosecution of a teenager accused of sexually assaulting a drunken girl two years ago and set off cries of protest around the nation. “I am horrified by the idea that we would allow these depraved rapists to face a lower charge simply because the victim is unconscious,” Rep. Scott Biggs said earlier this week in announcing plans to rush a fix through the legislature. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruled March 24 that a lower court judge was right to dismiss a forcible oral sodomy charge against the teenaged suspect because state law doesn’t mention intoxication or unconsciousness among the five criteria describing the crime.”  How can an unconscious person consent to having sex?  Isn’t the basis of rape, sex without the consent of the other person? It is rape even if the other person consents, but lacks the capacity to do so,  like a minor for example!

Image technology has come a long way!! As the article notes, some has not yet been released to the public.  Being a Photoshop editor   …   I would buy it!!  (CNN)   —   How child predator was caught by tiny clue in photo he posted online.  “In a bathroom, the predator has placed a child on the counter to photograph his evil acts. In the background of the photo, which was posted online, are products including prescription medication.  But zooming in on that pill bottle makes the details unreadable. In a small, dark lab Jim Cole, special agent and supervisor of Victim Identification at the Homeland Security Investigations Cyber Crimes Center gets to work using the latest technology available.”  Glad they caught this waste of skin. There has to be a special place in Hell for kiddy diddlers.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings. Susan is resting comfortably in her easy chair   …  after taking a couple of pain pills.  She is in for a tough couple of months.  On the evening news,  a Trump protest in California   …  I haven’t seen so many Mexican flags since the last Cinco-De Mayo celebration in 2015.  In California …  Cinco-De-Mayo is the equivalent of St Patrick’s Day in the rest of the country.  Susan is working tomorrow and we have plans to work in the garden on Sunday.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Leftovers.  The movie?  “High Strung [2016]”

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free.  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.  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 22, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of April 22, 2016. Seems like 2016 will be the year the music died.  It is only April and Bowie, Huttlinger, Griffen, Frey, Kantner, White, Mathews, Feek, Sinatra Jr., Sledge, Dawg, Haggard and Prince are gone.  Reminds me of Don McLean’s song, “American Pie”.   I finally got a copy of my Naturalization Certificate, which I ordered last August.  I now have a Mississippi drivers license, (with motorcycle endorsement).  With that, I registered to vote and got a saltwater fishing license   …  $7.29   …  good for life after you turn 65.  A freshwater and small game license is $8.00 and renewable each year.

Given “white privilege”, why is there an increase in whites snuffing themselves? (BBC NEWS)  — US suicide rate surges, particularly among white people.  “The suicide rate in the US has surged to its highest level in almost three decades, according to a new report.  The increase is particularly pronounced among middle-age white people who now account for a third of all US suicides. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report did not offer an explanation for the steep rise. However, other experts have pointed to increased abuse of prescription opiates and the financial downturn that began in 2008 as likely factors.”  It’s all Bush’s fault!

In Germany, beer is considered food.  (BBC NEWS)  —  German beer: 500 years of ‘Reinheitsgebot’ rules.  “This weekend marks 500 years since the Duke of Bavaria introduced the “Reinheitsgebot” or purity law – strict rules controlling what can go into beer.  And beer lovers across Germany will be celebrating at events (read: subsidized drinking opportunities) to mark the anniversary of the famous food law.”  Under German law, only malted grains, hops, water and yeast may be used – nothing else. Germany has the oldest standing consumer protection law.

The FBI is supposed to be our best investigating law enforcement organization we have. Yet: (BBC NEWS)  — San Bernardino phone hack ‘cost FBI more than $1m’. “The FBI paid at least $1.3m to hack into the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers, it has been estimated. The figure was calculated based on comments by FBI director James Comey, who said that the agency had paid more to get into the phone than he “will make in the remaining seven years” in his post. That would make it the largest publicized fee for a hacking job.”  They paid over a million dollars to have a 3rd party hack the iPhone?  They could have saved the money by watching a 14 year old kid on Youtube explaining/showing how to hack an iPhone.  Same thing I did to learn the features of my new Samsung Galaxy S6 Smartphone.

In the paleontology news:   (BBC NEWS)  —  Seed clue to how birds survived mass extinction. Modern birds owe their survival to ancestors who were able to peck on seeds after the meteor that wiped out most dinosaurs, say scientists. Bird-like dinosaurs with toothless beaks survived the “nuclear winter” that followed the meteor strike, because of their diet, a study says. The impact altered the climate of the Earth and blotted out sunlight. The loss of vegetation would have deprived plant-eating dinosaurs of food. In turn, meat-eaters suffered.  But seeds still in the ground may have sustained small toothless bird ancestors until the planet began to recover.” 

No doubt, Chameleons and Birds have a common ancestor. (BBC NEWS)  —  Chameleon’s tongue gives up secrets. “Scientists have built a mathematical model to explain the secrets of the chameleon’s extraordinary tongue. It took more than 20 equations to capture mathematically how the reptile’s tongue unravels at very high speed to snare insects. The model explains the mechanics of the animal’s tongue and the inherent energy build-up and rapid release   …  Chameleon’s feet have two toes facing forward and two facing backwards, like a bird; it can grasp objects with its tail; it can change color and its tongue is among the fastest on Earth. The chameleon’s tongue is able to extend to twice the length of the body while unraveling telescopically. Past research has shown if the tongue were a car, it could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in one hundredth of a second.”  Chameleons range in size from ½ inch to 27 inches.   A Chameleon’s tongue is twice the size of it’s body.  Can you picture a 27 inch Chameleon with a 54 inch tongue?  No wonder some folks consider them great pets.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings and waiting for Susan to come home from work. On the evening news,  a tribute to Prince   …  Obama in Great Briton and talking heads analyzing the presidential campaign.  And we haven’t even hit the nasty television commercials    …  yet!!  Susan is not working tomorrow and we have plans to work in the garden.  Last Sunday, we planted tomatoes, cucumbers, blue berries and raspberries.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Leftovers and strawberry shortcake for dessert.  The movie?  “The Boss [2016]”

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free.  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.  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 15, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of April 15, 2016. Income tax filings are due today.  Susan and I sent in a check for our estimated tax liability and an extension.  When I was growing up, my father used to say:  “The skinniest horse has the most flies.”  So true.  “An estimated 45.3% of American households — roughly 77.5 million — will pay no federal individual income tax, according to data for the 2015 tax year from the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan Washington-based research group. (Note that this does not necessarily mean they won’t owe their states income tax.)”  Susan and I will be paying Federal Income Tax and State income tax, (Missouri and Mississippi).  I remain of the opinion that ALL Americans should pay some income tax,  so that ALL Americans have a dog in the hunt.  ALL Americans benefit from the services provided by Government:  police and fire protection, a military, infrastructure and social welfare programs.  The most effective tax paradigm/mechanism?  A flat 10% tax on ANY income earned by real or corporate persons, above the minimum wage of the filing person’s State.  NO exemptions.  NO exceptions, (especially NOT for our elected representatives.)  A simple form.  “How much did you earn above the minimum wage of the State in which you reside? Your tax liability is 10% of $ ______ or $­­­­­­­­­­_____.  Forward a check made payable to “The Treasury of the United States.”  Dissolve the IRS and merge the IRS enforcement division into the Justice Department   …  to prosecute tax cheats.

That raises another interesting issue. Bernie Sanders claims American companies are not paying their fair share, (like Verizon).  Bailing:  moving out of our America to countries with a lower income tax rate.  Not supported by the facts.  That said, share with me why ANY company should pay an income tax?  A company is an artificial person, that generates revenue.  The revenue generated pays operating expenses, and what is left over   …  paid to the company’s shareholders as a dividend   …  AND IS TAXED TWICE!!!  The company is taxed, and the person receiving the dividend is taxed.  So the company is taxed, and the shareholders are taxed. Why?  As for shareholders? Aren’t they folks who laid their money down and assumed the risk of losing that money   …   in the hope they would receive a return on their investment. Why would any person do so   …   if they don’t/can’t get a reasonable return on their investment.

Mississippi has adopted a “Religious Freedom” law allowing persons and businesses to refuse services on religious grounds: refuse to serve gays, lesbians and transgender persons.   In 1998, President Clinton declared “Sexual Orientation“, (by Executive Order), a protected class for Federal Employment. Read that to mean, if you or your company discriminate on a sexual orientation basis … there is probably some hungry young lawyer and his/her client who will bring a civil rights violation action against you and your business. Federal law trumps State law, (we fought a Civil War to make that point) … remember the Federal Marshals in Little Rock … integrating public schools in 1957? Point being? The 14th Amendment applies the 5th to States and trumps the 10th. These “protecting religious freedom” laws are an exercise in legislative pandering … and incredible stupidity. The bad news? Legal challenges will cost a bunch of money. Further bad news? You and I will be picking up the tab for our legislator’s stupidity.

Proof of evolution. (CNN) —  Thick-skinned bed bugs are beating bug spray. “Remember when you were tucked into bed as a kid and told not to let the bed bugs bite? That just got a lot harder to do. A new study reveals that bed bugs have developed a thicker skin that enables them to survive exposure to commonly used bug sprays, according to University of Sydney research published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.”   Overuse of insecticides, (just like antibiotics), has allowed insects in general, (and some bacteria), to mutate into resistant forms. From what I have read, bed bugs like head lice, once you are infested/infected are very difficult to get rid of.  A very good reason, if you stay in a hotel, to plastic bag clothing and wash them in hot water once you get home.

In the “no accounting for taste” news: (CNN MONEY)  —  Ford Mustang – Germany’s favorite sports car. “In Germany, the land of the Autobahn, where speed is regarded as a national right, the best-selling sports car last month wasn’t the locally-built Porsche 911. It was the Ford Mustang. The Mustang, built in Flat Rock, Mich., is still a novelty in Europe, where it went on sale for the first time last summer.  During the Mustang’s most recent redesign for the 2015 model year, Ford executives decided they wanted to make it a global product  …  Prices for the powerful, V8 Ford GT start at the equivalent of almost $50,000, while the car costs about $32,000 in the U.S. (Car prices in Germany are quoted with taxes and fees included, which is not the case in the U.S.)”   The Mustang may cost less than a 911   …   but operating costs are higher when you factor in per mile costs.  A Mustang GT is rated 16 mpg City and 24mpg Highway.  A Porsche 911 is rated 21mpg City and 28mpg Highway.  Gas in Germany is $5.57/gallon. The vast majority of car traffic in Germany is City based   …  the autobahn links cities.

Speaking of German news   …  (BBC NEWS)  — Germany trafficking: Mass police raid on Berlin mega-brothel. “Nine hundred police officers have taken part in a raid on one of Germany’s biggest brothels in Berlin, making six arrests over alleged human trafficking and tax fraud. The operation follows months of investigation into the Artemis brothel. Brothel managers are accused of evading some $19.7m in social security payments since 2006. Prosecutors allege that staff at Artemis were forced to pretend to be self-employed to avoid the payments. Police say the raid was conducted in cooperation with customs officials and tax fraud investigators.”  Can you picture how big a cathouse would have to be   …  to require “900 police officers” to raid it? Either that or this cathouse  …  employed some very, very overweight sex workers!!

A reason monogamy evolved: (BBC NEWS)  —  Why we do not sleep around that much any more. On first glance, sticking with one partner for life seems like quite a bad idea, at least from an evolutionary point of view. Sperm is plentiful and does not take long to make, so it would not benefit a male to invest in only one female, who will take a long time to reproduce. A female can also benefit from having a variety of partners. If her children have different fathers, some might be better protected if a disease comes along.  For these reasons, monogamy is extremely rare among mammals and many other animal groups, as BBC Earth recently explained  …  A new analysis provides a possible reason. A team of researchers, writing in Nature Communications, says that sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) could have been a powerful driving factor in forcing expanding societies to practice monogamy.”  Not having your genitalia rot off seems like a damn good reason to stick with one partner.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings and waiting for Susan to come home from work. I have bacon frying for her to munch on when she gets home  …  and for a BLT for her lunch tomorrow.  On the evening news   …  talking heads analyzing the last Clinton/Sanders debate.  For heavens sake   …  put this dog to bed already!! And we haven’t even hit the nasty television commercials    …  yet!!  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Rouladen Goulash, Mashed Potatoes and Peas.  The movie?  “The Wrath [2016]”

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free.  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.  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 8, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of April 8, 2016.  March 29, 2016 was Susan’s XXrd birthday.  She had the day off, so we spent it together.  This April, we will have been together 21 years.  On the one hand, it feels like we have always been together  …  and on the other   …  it seems like we got together yesterday.  I learn something new about her every day.

I started writing a novel in 1989. Finished the first 3 chapters introducing the characters. Got involved in my divorce  and put it down.  I burned a copy to CD and put it away.  I lost it.  I thought it was gone   …  but unpacking the last of the stuff we moved from Missouri …  I found the CD.  I re-read what I wrote   …  and it is a good story and would make a damn good movie.  I need to finish it.

In the political news. (BBC NEWS)  — US election: Bernie Sanders invited to Vatican by Pope. “Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has accepted an invitation from the Pope to the Vatican.  Mr. Sanders, who is Jewish, accepted an invitation to Rome for a conference at the end of next week.”  Perhaps the Pope would like to compare “Democratic Socialism”   …  with “Roman Catholic Christian Socialism”.

Family friendly? (BBC NEWS)  — New York cracks down on costumed performers in Times Square. “New York has passed a bill that creates rules for Times Square’s costumed performers, after tourists and business interests complained that the characters were becoming a nuisance. Under the bill, the performers – often dressed as popular characters like Elmo – must work for tips in special areas.  Some performers have been criticized for being overly aggressive and one was arrested for punching a police officer.  They threatened to tarnish the area’s newly acquired family-friendly image.  In recent months, topless women called desnudas joined the superheroes and cartoon characters jostling for tips. “   Yeah   …   I can see how topless Elmo’s would not be family friendly.

Medical/legal news:   (BBC NEWS)  —  Can you stop a pedophile before they’ve abused a child? “That’s the aim of a unique clinical trial in Sweden that aims to intervene in the lives of potential abusers. And it’s a trial that raises ethical and legal questions about whether societies can come up with therapies for the most dangerous offenders before they have broken the law. The trial at the Karolinska Institute, one of the world’s leading medical universities, will recruit up to 60 potential sex offenders before they have broken the law. The team, led by Dr Christoffer Rahm, will then investigate whether they can use a medicine to reduce the risk of the individual committing child abuse.”   How can they be an offender, when they have not broken any laws? How do you determine who would be a potential abuser?  They don’t exactly have a “P” for “pervert” tattooed on their foreheads!  What kind of drug would alter a sexual preference?

We have come a long way ensuring equal pay for equal work   …   but we have much, much further to go.  (BBC NEWS)  —  Gender equality in workplace could add trillions to US economy. “Gender equality in the workplace could add $4.3 trillion (£3 trillion) to the US economy by 2025, a study has found.  The McKinsey Global Institute conducted the research showing more female employment would boost the economy.  It found $2.1 trillion could be added if the country raised its female employment ratio from 64% to 74%   …   To get the full economic benefit women would also have to occupy more high paid and full-time jobs. Women make up 46% of the US workforce, but currently contribute just one fifth of the country’s annual gross domestic product (GDP).  Promoting more women to leadership and management roles and training them for higher skilled positions would boost their contribution to the economy, the study said.”  There is a problem when women comprise 46% of the workforce but contribute only 20% to the GDP!

Sitting here editing these Ramblings. Susan just made it home and she has Saturday and Sunday off.  We plan on working in the yard:  Susan has a bunch of flowers she wants to plant   … and tomatoes and cucumbers.  The weather has been wonderful   …  sunny, 68 – 75.  The dogs are loving the back yard  …  and the screened in porch is wonderful!!  Sunday lunch?  Chicken and dumplings!

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free.  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.  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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March 35, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of March 25, 2016.  Today we celebrate “Good Friday”.   Interesting facts in the Catholic tradition:   “1. Good Friday became a national holiday in Cuba due to the efforts of Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Benedict requested that President Raul Castro make the religious date a public holiday. In quick fashion, Castro obliged allowing many to celebrate the holiday in a more appropriate and dedicated fashion.   2. Good Friday is not an official holiday in the United States. Despite this fact many businesses, public schools, universities and various financial markets close for the honoring of this date.  3. Fasting and abstinence is followed by Christians across the globe on Good Friday. Those over 14 cannot ingest meat while followers of the religious holiday should only consume one full meal and two smaller ones throughout the day.” 

The Passion of Christ,  recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the Holy Bible, ended with just seven phrases:

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Gospel of Luke 23:34

“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Gospel of Luke 23:43

Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son.” Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.”  Gospel of John 19:26-27

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34

“I thirst.”  Gospel of John 19:28

“They put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished;” and he bowed his head and handed over the spirit.”  Gospel of John 19:29-30

And finally:

“Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Gospel of Luke 23:46

As a Christian, on Sunday, I will celebrate the defeat of death.  I will celebrate the love my GOD has for me.  Love so great, HE gave me “free will”   …  and knowing, how pitifully imperfect I am   …  knowing I will make wrong/bad choices   …   HE sent HIS SON to pay for my redemption.  I know, I have been redeemed by a sacrifice made over 2,000 years ago.

And talking about the need for redemption:   (BBC NEWS)  — Microsoft chatbot is taught to swear on Twitter. “A chatbot developed by Microsoft has gone rogue on Twitter, swearing and making racist remarks and inflammatory political statements.  The experimental AI, which learns from conversations, was designed to interact with 18-24-year-olds.  Just 24 hours after artificial intelligence Tay was unleashed, Microsoft appeared to be editing some of its more inflammatory comments.  The software firm said it was “making some adjustments”. “The AI chatbot Tay is a machine learning project, designed for human engagement. As it learns, some of its responses are inappropriate and indicative of the types of interactions some people are having with it. We’re making some adjustments to Tay,” the firm said in a statement.”   Who in their right mind would allow a chatbot to learn from conversations with 18-24 year olds!!  Isn’t this the same age bracket we used to draft  …  because they are hormonally challenged?

I guess we evolved from a long line of rascals! (CNN)  —  DNA results are in: Early humans and Neanderthals made babies together.  “Neanderthals may not have been as lucky as our human ancestors in the long run, but that doesn’t mean the two subspecies didn’t get lucky. Scientists have discovered that Homo sapiens — that’s us — made more babies with archaic humanlike species than initially thought. That sexual history has left a mark on the human genome, possibly influencing our immune systems and metabolism, according to a new study published in the journal of Science. Scientists analyzed the genetic information of more than 1,500 people from all around the world and determined that ancestors of modern humans interbred with Neanderthals and Denisovans. They learned that some Asians, Europeans and even the Melanesians of Papua New Guinea had Neanderthal and Denisovan ancestry.”   I guess Adam and Eve took God’s commandment in Genesis 1:1 – 31 literally: God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”  Guess after dark, sitting around a campfire  …  it only matters that the parts match.

In the health news: (BBC NEWS)  —  Is fermented food a recipe for good gut health?  “Fermentation as a way of preserving food dates back thousands of years, but it is now being held up as a potentially important source of friendly, health-giving bacteria. So should we all be eating sauerkraut and kimchi? Allowing bacteria to form in a sealed jar of vegetables over a few months might not seem like the most appealing way to create an appetizing dish, but fermentation has a lot going for it. Just ask the Koreans and Japanese, who have been fermenting vegetables, fish and beans for generations. When the Korean cabbage dish Kimshi is made using traditional methods, cabbage is soaked in salt water to kill off any harmful bacteria.  In the next stage, the remaining bacteria, called Lactobacillus, convert sugars and carbohydrate into lactic acid, which preserves the vegetables and gives them a tangy flavor that many people love.   This type of bacteria is not the enemy – it is actually good for our digestion and for our health. We need it in our guts to fight off the harmful bacteria, restore the balance of our immune system and help the body to work at its best.”  Sauerkraut is normally cooked, which would kill off the “good” bacteria.  Kimshi is also cooked   …  but normally is eaten raw.  Kimshi is an acquired taste   …  frankly, not one I have cultivated.  I wouldn’t eat it using your mouth!

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, looking forward to spending the weekend with Susan.  She doesn’t have to work tomorrow.  We will work around the house and yard.  Easter Sunday will be the first Easter we will be around family.  For the last 21 years, it was just Susan and I.  Sunday lunch?  Spiral cut ham, baked potato, sweet potato casserole and creamed corn.  On the evening news    …  the Cruz/Trump fiasco   …  and the Brussels terror attack. ISIS nut jobs crawling out of the woodwork.  Only a question of time before they make it here.

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free.  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.  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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