December 2, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of December 2, 2016. Earlier in the week, saw a post on Facebook, by a Lady I like and respect, seeking advice about what to do about her dog … old, blind, convulsing at times, whining in pain, (the dog, not the Lady). What to do? Over the years, being affiliated with a rescue specializing in old and disabled dogs, Susan and I have had to confront the issue many times. “If you love them enough to help them fight for life   … then … as painful as it is … you have to love them enough to help them pass to “The Rainbow Bridge”. I am particularly fond of this anonymous version of “The Rainbow Bridge: Rescuers”: 

“Unlike most days at RainBow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All the recent arrivals were confused and concerned. They had no idea what to think for they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had spent some time waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was happening and began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge to watch. They knew this was something special. 

It wasn’t too long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung heavy and low with tail dragging along the ground. The other animals on the pathway…the ones who had been at RainBow Bridge for a while…knew the story of this sad creature immediately. They had seen it happen far too many times. 

Although it was obvious the animal’s heart was leaden and he was totally overcome with emotional pain and hurt, there was no sign of injury or any illness. Unlike the pets waiting at the Bridge, this dog had not been restored to his prime. He was full of neither health nor vigor. He approached slowly and painfully, watching all the pets who were by now watching him. He knew he was out of place here. This was no resting place for him. He felt instinctively that the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But alas, as he came closer to the Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who spoke softly to the old dog and apologized sorrowfully, telling him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their special people could pass over the RainBow Bridge. And he had no special beloved people…not here at the Bridge nor on Earth below. 

With no place else to turn, the poor elderly dog looked toward the fields before the Bridge. There, in a separate area nearby, he spotted a group of other sad-eyed animals like himself…elderly and infirm. Unlike the pets waiting for their special people, these animals weren’t playing, but simply lying on the green grass, forlornly and miserably staring out at the pathway leading to the Bridge. The recent arrival knew he had no choice but to join them. And so, he took his place among them, just watching the pathway and waiting. 

One of the newest arrivals at the Bridge, who was waiting for his special people, could not understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the pets who had been there for some time to explain it to him. 

“That poor dog was a rescue, sent to the pound when his owner grew tired of him. The way you see him now, with graying fur and sad, cloudy eyes, was exactly the way he was when he was put into the kennels. He never, ever made it out and passed on only with the love and comfort that the kennel workers could give him as he left his miserable and unloved existence on Earth for good. Because he had no family or special person to give his love, he has nobody to escort him across the Bridge.” 

The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, “So what will happen now?” 

As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the all-invasive gloom lifted. Coming toward the Bridge could be seen a single figure…a person who, on Earth, had seemed quite ordinary…a person who, just like the elderly dog, had just left Earth forever. This figure turned toward a group of the sad animals and extended outstretched palms. The sweetest sounds they had ever heard echoed gently above them and all were bathed in a pure and golden light. Instantly, each was young and healthy again, just as they had been in the prime of life. 

From within the gathering of pets waiting for their special people, a group of animals emerged and moved toward the pathway. As they came close to the passing figure, each bowed low and each received a tender pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. Their eyes grew even brighter as the figure softly murmured each name. Then, the newly-restored pets fell into line behind the figure and quietly followed this person to the Bridge, where they all crossed together. 

The recent arrival who had been watching, was amazed. “What happened?” 

“That was a rescuer,” came the answer. “That person spent a lifetime trying to help pets of all kinds. The ones you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of such unselfish work. They will cross when their families arrive. Those you saw restored were ones who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are permitted to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor pets that couldn’t place on Earth across the Rainbow Bridge. You see, all animals are special to them … just as they are special to all animals.” 

“I think I like rescuers,” said the recent arrival. 

“So does God,” was the reply.”

Wipe your eyes. I had to. On a different note, an interesting development of a tool that allows authorities to target Child Porn; (BBC NEWS) — Toddler hand inspired AI child sex abuse tool. “The fight to rid the web of images of child abuse has gained a new tool – in the form of artificial intelligence. The AI toolkit, inspired by photos of a toddler’s hand, can automatically detect new child sexual abuse photos and videos in online networks. Spotting newly produced media can give law enforcement agencies the evidence they need to find and prosecute offenders, researchers said. The system is freely available to law enforcement agencies. The research was carried out as part of the international research project iCOP (identifying and catching originators in peer-to-peer networks), which was founded by the European Commission Safer Internet Program   … It works using a combination of file name analysis – picking up typical filenames used by pedophiles such as ch1ld … The software can also identify specialized vocabulary commonly used by pedophiles and associated with images, such as Lolita, inspired by a Vladamir Nabokov novel about a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed with a young girl … The second element of the toolkit is image analysis. The AI software can spot images of children via things such as subtle differences in skin color compared to adults or by spotting movements associated with sexual abuse.”  Kiddie Porn is a problem on the DarkNet. DarkNet … “is an overlay network that can only be accessed with specific software, configurations, or authorization, often using non-standard communications protocols and ports. Two typical darknet types are friend-to-friend networks (usually used for file sharing with a peer-to-peer connection) and privacy networks such as Tor. The reciprocal term for an encrypted darknet is clearnet or surface web when referring to search engine indexable content.” “TOR” is an encrypted software protocol that allows TOTALLY anonymous and untraceable web browsing and communication. It was developed to circumvent governmental censorship and allow dissidents to organize. You can download it HERE, if you are curious about what it looks like.   And HERE for a list of TOR Websites.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, watching the evening news. 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?) 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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November 25, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of November 25, 2016. Yesterday we spent a day Giving Thanks   … and over eating! We never made it out of our PJ’s. Susan is now in her health insurance open enrollment period. While reviewing her options, we discovered that her share of the premium deducted from her paycheck, for 2016 included a $70.00/per paycheck add-on because she smokes. She is paid bi-weekly, so she paid, over and above the cost of cigarettes, ($4.50/ pack), $1,820.00. I have been repeatedly suggesting, (some may call it “nagging”), that she quit. The health concerns, failing kidneys, upcoming dialysis, family history of heart attacks, etc. didn’t sway her … there is a strong probability that paying $70.00 per paycheck will. I hope so!

And just when I thought the election nonsense is over … this. (BBC NEWS) — Trump election: Request for Wisconsin vote recount sent. “The election commission in Wisconsin has received a request for a recount of the votes in the state narrowly won by Donald Trump more than two weeks ago. The request was filed by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. Ms Stein has also pledged to file vote recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania. A Hillary Clinton win in Wisconsin alone would not overturn Mr Trump’s lead – it provides only 10 votes in the crucial electoral college that gave him victory in the 8 November election.” Jill Stein has an interesting history;

** President/Co-Founder, Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities, 2003-2010

** Associate, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 1992-2006

** Staff Internist, Harvard Community Health Plan, 1982-2006

** Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 1982-2006

** Staff Internist, Simmons College Health Center, 1991-2006

Political experience?

** Candidate, United States President, 2012

** Co-Chair/Member, Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts, 2005-2011

** Candidate, Governor of Massachusetts, 2002, 2010

** Elected Member, Lexington Town Meeting, Precinct 2, 2005-2009

** Candidate, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2006

** Candidate, Massachusetts House of Representatives, Middlesex, District 9, 2004

As for the “Green Party”? “The Green Party of the United States (Green Party) is a U.S. political party that ranked as the nation’s fourth largest political party in 2014 with 248,189 registered voters. The party shares in the mission of many of the worldwide Green Parties and generally supports a left-leaning, liberal platform on the American political spectrum with an emphasis on the core tenets of environmental protection, social justice, grassroots democracy and pacifism.” Wow! Think about it. You can be the 4th largest political party in the US   … by having 248,189 registered voters?

I didn’t read “Fifty Shades of Grey”, and have no desire to do so. (CNN) — Beyond ‘Fifty Shades’: Sex experts share their favorite books. “With the blockbuster success of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” many people are curious about dipping their toes (not to mention other body parts) into more sexually adventurous waters. I’m always careful to make clear that while the adventures of Ana and Christian may make for a compelling erotic yarn, their story is by no means an accurate depiction of BDSM relationships (bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism, masochism), nor is “Fifty Shades” any sort of guide book. For instruction on that topic, you’ll need to turn to the works of true sex-positive educators such as Clarisse Thorn or Tristan Taormino and their books “The S&M Feminist” and “The Ultimate Guide to Kink,” respectively.” I have no desire to read “kinky sex for dummies” type books   …   but some of the “suggested” books are a hoot!! Do people actually read this “stuff”??

In the medical research news: (BBC NEWS) — Predatory bacteria can wipe out superbugs, says study. “Predatory bacteria – that eat others of their kind – could be a new weapon in the fight against superbugs, say UK researchers. Experiments showed a dose of “Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus” acted like a “living antibiotic” to help clear an otherwise lethal infection. The animal studies, published in Current Biology, suggested there would be no side effects.” And in related news? (BBC NEWS) — Bumper load of new viruses identified. “An international research team led from Australia and China has discovered nearly 1,500 new viruses. The scientists looked for evidence of virus infection in a group of animals called invertebrates, which includes insects and spiders. Not only does the study expand the catalogue of known viruses, it also indicates they have existed for billions of years. The findings were published in the journal Nature.” 1,500 new viruses? I wonder how many can mutate and infect human beings?

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, watching the evening news. Susan came home early and is playing on her computer. She will be off tomorrow so we will stay home and enjoy each others company and perhaps take a walk on the beach. Sunny, 74 degrees today in Pascagoula. Saw on Facebook today: 

Twas the night before Christmas

And all though the house

The air conditioner was running

Because we live in the South. 

It is running.

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?) 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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November 18, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of November 18, 2016. On Wednesday afternoon I went with Susan for insulin pump training by a Medtronic trainer, (free of charge). The pump is amazing!!! It comes in two parts, a blood sugar tester that is “Blue Tooth’ enabled, loading blood sugar levels directly to the pump. The pump releases small amounts of insulin throughout the day, then adds or subtracts insulin as needed to keep her blood sugar levels around 100. No need to carry insulin or needles. The pump is free standing. It is without a doubt a medical marvel.

I quit ingesting nicotine “cold turkey” 3 ½ years ago, after smoking three packs a day for 53 years. (CNN) —– Cold turkey is best way to quit smoking, study says. “Just the thought of quitting cold turkey is probably enough to make any smoker uneasy. But a new study adds support to the notion that people who give up cigarettes all at once are more likely to be successful than those who wean themselves off gradually. Researchers looked at nearly 700 long-term heavy smokers in England who wanted to kick the habit. They instructed half of the participants to quit abruptly — that is, pick a quit day when they would give up smoking entirely. The other half was told to scale back their cigarettes gradually for two weeks leading up to their quit day. The researchers found that 49% of the participants in the abrupt-quit group were not smoking by one month after their quit day, compared with 39.2% in the gradual-quit group. By six months, success rates had dropped, but the difference between the groups was still there: 22% of the abrupt quit group was not smoking, compared with 15.5% of the gradual-quit group.” If Mrs. Timmerman’s little boy can quit, anybody can. I remain nicotine free, but every once in awhile, even after 3 ½ years   … I have stupid thoughts like: “I should go and buy a cigar to smoke. After all, smoking a cigar isn’t really smoking!!”

Learn something new every day. Did not know that baby Echidnas were called “puggles”. Frankly, never heard of Echidnas! (BBC NEWS) — Australia echidnas: Sydney zoo celebrates first puggle births in decades. “Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is celebrating its first baby echidnas, or puggles as they are better known, in almost 30 years. The three babies hatched from their eggs in August but keepers wanted to see them grow before going public. “Echidnas are notoriously difficult to breed in human care, but keepers are pleased with the progress of the tiny trio,” the zoo said. The puggles have opened their eyes and are developing the spines characteristic of their species.)” Apparently Echidnas are a form of Australian spiny anteaters:  “Echidnas, sometimes known as spiny anteaters, belong to the family Tachyglossidae in the monotreme order of egg-laying mammals. The four extant species, together with the platypus, are the only surviving members of the order Monotremata and are the only living mammals that lay eggs. The diet of some species consists of ants and termites, but they are not closely related to the true anteaters of the Americas. Echidnas live in Australia and New Guinea. Echidnas evidently evolved between 20 and 50 million years ago, descending from a platypus-like monotreme. This ancestor was aquatic, but echidnas adapted to life on land.”

You have to wonder how this kind of research is funded, and by whom. (BBC NEWS) — Danes identify Aalborg bishop’s 300-year-old poo. “A lump of feces stored in the back of a Danish museum has been traced back to a bishop who lived in the city of Aalborg at the end of the 17th Century. Researchers discovered the lump in a broken bottle. Analysis revealed remnants of an exotic diet of fig, grapes, pepper and buckwheat. The feces were found when the old bishop’s manor was excavated in 1937. The team then decided it had belonged to Bishop Jens Bircherod, from an island whose residents ate buckwheat. “It all fits nicely with the bishop who lived in that house from 1694 to 1708,” says Jette Linaa, from Moesgaard Museum in the Danish city of Aarhus. The general diet for the people of Aalborg at that time was gruel, cabbage, pork and beef but buckwheat was particular to the island of Funen, some 200km (125 miles) away. “He had a typical upper-class diet, he was part of the upper class,” she told the BBC.” You also have to wonder why somebody decided to save it.

Turkey is a member of NATO, with a very large Islamic population. (BBC NEWS) — Turkish bill clears men of statutory rape if they marry. “A bill which would allow men accused of raping underage girls to be cleared if they marry the girl has been preliminarily backed by Turkish MPs. The bill would pardon men only if they had sex without “force or threat” and if they married the victim. Critics say it legitimizes rape and child marriage, and lets off men who are aware of their crime. Violence against women in Turkey has increased in the past decade – 40% of women report sexual or physical abuse. Statistics also show the murder rate of women increased by 1,400% between 2003 and 2010.” Turkey, until the last election, had a secular government … but has become increasingly religious under Tayyip Erdogan, who became president of Turkey on 28 August 2014. Unbelievable that the murder rate of women increased by1,400% over 7 years. 

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, watching the evening news while waiting for Susan to come home. She has to work tomorrow. Trump will pay $25 million dollars to settle the Trump University law suits. Apparently a massive snow storm will hit the upper mid western states over Thanksgiving. Here? We are looking at a cold front moving through   … will get down to the lower 60’s on Wednesday. Hard to believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away! On Thursday, I will be cooking a traditional Thanksgiving meal: Turkey, Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Potato and Pecan Pie … and visiting Susan’s family.

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?) 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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November 11, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of November 11, 2016. I have lived through many presidential elections. This past one was the most divisive and nasty, that I can remember   … and I’m not talking about the candidates. Granted, the candidates had their “words”   … but they were mild compared to what their supporters posted on Facebook and Twitter. The nastiness hasn’t abated as of today. And as has become the norm   … folks who didn’t like the results, took to the streets to protest, some peacefully and others, using the “protest’ to riot and trash their neighborhoods. Rioting and trashing peoples property is not a constitutionally protected form of 1st Amendment speech. I don’t remember people protesting after Obama was elected. Further   …   share with me how protesting the outcome of a national election would have any impact on the outcome?

Last night on CNN, one of the protesters in Portland was interviewed. “Just because me and my family are undocumented, [“undocumented” is now the politically correct way to say “illegal alien”], deporting us would be unfair.” I suppose so, if you were the person being deported. But if you come here illegally, don’t you assume the risk of being deported if you are caught? That said, if history teaches anything   … there is a profound difference between campaign promises made by a presidential candidate and his/her ability to follow through.

A lady friend of mine with a pre-existing condition was terrified that a repeal of Obama Care would leave her uninsured.   (BBC NEWS) — Donald Trump likes Obamacare clauses ‘very much’. “US President-elect Donald Trump has said in an interview he is open to leaving intact key parts of President Barack Obama’s healthcare bill. Mr Trump, who has pledged repeatedly to repeal the 2010 law, signaled he was receptive to a compromise after visiting the White House on Thursday. He told the Wall Street Journal he favors keeping two main parts of the bill because “I like those very much”. One is a ban on insurers denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. The other provision that the president-elect told the newspaper he favors allows young adults to be insured on their parents’ policies.”  ALL of the Republican proposals to replace Obamacare, have historically contained both provisions. Bottom line? Trump is our duly elected President. Time to step back, join together as Americans, and help in any way we can … to keep America … “As Ronald Reagan said in his farewell address to the nation, ‘I’ve spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.’” I also remember folks going nuts about an older Hollywood actor being elected president and how he was going to destroy America!! Didn’t happen … and won’t happen with Trump at the helm.

Sad day: (BBC NEWS) — Obituary: Leonard Cohen. “Leonard Cohen was called “the high priest of pathos” and the “godfather of gloom”. But the influence and appeal of this poet, novelist, songwriter and legendary ladies’ man has endured throughout his career. Often prone to depression, his witty, charming and self-deprecating manner – not to mention his black humor – was reflected in his lyrics. And after a period of retreat in the 1990s he remerged with his creativity undimmed …   Cohen’s music fell out of favor in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but interest revived in 1985 with the release of the album Various Positions. This featured the track Hallelujah, which had taken the musician five years to write. A mournful ballad, it touches on themes of love, sex, religion, longing and regret. Cohen said it explained “that many kinds of hallelujahs do exist, and all the perfect and broken hallelujahs have equal value”.”Hallelujah” became Cohen’s best known song, performed by many, many artists!

A really fascinating read!! (BBC NEWS) — The Secret of How Life Began. “How did life begin? There can hardly be a bigger question. For much of human history, almost everyone believed some version of “the gods did it”. Any other explanation was inconceivable. That is no longer true. Over the last century, a few scientists have tried to figure out how the first life might have sprung up. They have even tried to recreate this Genesis moment in their labs: to create brand-new life from scratch.”

Sitting here watching the evening news and editing these Ramblings while waiting for Susan to come home from work. She is off tomorrow, so we will be working around the house. Just watched 3 different attorney TV Ads, (from 3 different attorneys)   … there must be some problem down here about attorney’s returning calls! All three commercials ended with the statement, “And I will personally return your call.” Sunday lunch and a movie? Grilled brats with French fries. The movie? “War Dogs [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?) 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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November 4, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of November 4, 2016. 4 days more and this election cycle is over. Since 1968, I have voted in every Presidential Election. starting in 1968. The campaign? Nixon – R, Humphrey – D and Wallace – American Independent Party.  “The American Independent Party (AIP) is a far right political party of the United States that was established in 1967 by Bill Shearer and his wife, Eileen Knowland Shearer, a cousin of the late Republican U. S. Senator William F. Knowland of California. The AIP is best known for its nomination of former Governor George Wallace of Alabama, who carried five states in the 1968 presidential election running on a segregationist platform against Richard M. Nixon and Hubert H. Humphrey. The party split in 1976 into the modern American Independent Party and the American Party. From 1992 until 2008, the party was the California affiliate of the national Constitution Party. Its exit from the Constitution Party led to a leadership dispute during the 2008 election.” It was a ugly campaign   … but not even close to being as nasty as this one. I remember Nixon running on a platform that highlighted a secret plan to end the Vietnam War. Nixon won   …   but I remember being very surprised when Wallace carried 5 states.

Remember the outrage a couple of years ago, the frenzy about campus rapes?  (BBC NEWS) — Rolling Stone and journalist found guilty over false Virginia rape story. “Rolling Stone magazine and a journalist have been found guilty of defamation over a false article about a gang rape at the University of Virginia. The $7.5m (£6m) lawsuit was brought by Nicole Eramo, an associate dean from the university, who said the article had cast her as the “chief villain”. The 2014 article, written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, included the rape claim of an unidentified female student. The magazine retracted the article in April 2015, citing inconsistencies. The 9,000-word article, entitled A Rape on Campus, centered on the testimony of a student, referred to as “Jackie”, who claimed to have been gang raped at a party held at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity’s house in 2012.” The story triggered a good discussion and review of campus rape policies across the United States. It also trashed a lot of lives. 

The froggy news: (BBC NEWS) — ‘Flasher’ frog found hidden in Australian swamp. “A rare species of frog which startles predators by flashing its bright orange groin has been discovered in swampland on Australia’s east coast. Not much bigger than a human fingertip, Mahony’s Toadlet has a distinctive marbled underbelly. The species was discovered by accident not far from the airport at Newcastle, 160km (100 miles) north of Sydney. The tiny amphibian has been named after Professor Michael Mahony, a renowned frog expert and conservationist.” Isn’t it amazing, that even now, we are discovering new species. Oh! And no. Male frogs do not have a penis   …   so they couldn’t do a Anthony Weiner Flash.

Proof that Australia also has morons!! (BBC NEWS) — Two men ‘surfing’ on a turtle may face fine. “Two men who posted a photograph of themselves “surfing” on the back of a turtle on an Australian beach have sparked outrage and calls for them to be fined. Thousands of people have condemned the photograph, which was originally posted by Ricky Rogers on his Instagram site. It shows two men pretending to surf on the turtle on the beach in Fraser Island, Queensland. The caption on the post read: “Surfed a tortoise on zee weekend.. gnarly duddddeeeee.” More than 10,000 people shared the picture when it was re-posted by wildlife photographer Matt Wright, who commented: “When your brain is the size of a peanut, your thought process is ridiculous. Share this around and let’s see if we can get this fool a nice hefty fine.”  

Samsung is one of largest companies in Korea. (BBC NEWS) — Samsung recalls 2.8m washing machines in the US. “Samsung has been forced to recall 2.8 million washing machines in the US after the doors detached mid-wash, leaving one person with a broken jaw. The company said 34 models of top-loading machines made between March 2011 and November 2016 may be faulty. Nine people have reported washing machine-related injuries and there have been 733 complaints of excessive vibration or detaching doors.’ A broken jaw? Perhaps you shouldn’t french kiss your washing machine while it is running?

Sitting here editing these Ramblings. Susan is home, safe, in bed and covered by her furry babies. She has to work tomorrow. I’m thinking about going to the WWII Airpower Exposition 2016 in New Orleans. Would be a GREAT photo opportunity   … but don’t want to go by myself. Maybe, on Sunday, Susan and I could take a day trip!! If we do? I won’t be cooking on Sunday!!

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?) 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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