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“One Thousand? Why Not Two Or Three?”

Mike Rowe nails this.




Boo! Humbug!

Mike O’Neil of North Fulton County, Georgia has had a unique Halloween display seen above off and on for the last ten years or so.

Unfortunately, the “Grinches” that are out in force for Christmas came visiting his display.

But over the weekend, O’Neill decided to cover a certain part of that display with this sign, after the HOA asked him to take the display down.

“So we said we’ll make it less offensive. And that’s when we put the sign up saying it’s been censored,” O’Neill said.

O’Neill said he’s put up the same display outside his home in the Grogan’s Bluff neighborhood off and on for the past decade.

“Great feedback. People laughed. Lots of picture taking. People stopped their cars,” O’Neill said.

But this weekend, an HOA board member told O’Neill in an email, “We have had more new neighbors with small children move in… and they are finding it offensive.”

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“This Is CNN” A Second Video.

Another video drop from Project Veritas.

One of our staffers here continually points out that media outlets all have biases. They remind us that it used to be that you knew the “slant” of the organization by the name of the newspaper itself. You might have the “Des Moines Democrat” or the “Parker Republic,” which allowed people to see out in the clear the bias of the publication.

For us, the issue is not necessarily that CNN has a bias in their opinion shows. That’s going to happen on every network. We aren’t sure we are bothered by the bias in news reporting.

What bothers us about this is the depth of bias and CNN’s attitude of trying to “get” Donald Trump. It is one thing to be an observer and comment on a story.

It is another when so called journalists become the story.



Correcting History.

You have probably seen the photo before – six Marines struggling to raise the US flag atop Mount Suribachi during the bloody fight for Iwo Jima in World War II.

The picture, shot by photographer Joe Rosenthal is iconic but there is a bit of a story behind it.

The flag being raised there is actually the second flag that was raised on Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945.

Mount Suribachi was the dominant feature of the island of volcanic ash island of Iwo Jima. It was heavily defended and being used to spot artillery for the Japanese. The Marines had slogged and fought their way up Suribachi and when they reached the summit, a flag was planted at approximately 10:30 AM. When the flag was raised, it was seen by Marines on the island and on the offshore ships. A huge cry of celebration went up from the Americans. However, the flag was not easily seen at the northern end of the island which meant a bigger flag was needed.

A second, larger flag was brought ashore. Rosenthal and other photographers followed the flag up the slope and recorded the larger flag being raised and the first flag being lowered.
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A “Senior” Moment.

Things change.

Even rules in sports change.

Sometimes those rules can reach up and bite a person.

Lee Ann Walker was participating in the Senior LPGA Championship. The event is the first LPGA sanctioned event she had played in since 2016.

Walker shot rounds of 85 and 74, which is respectable.

That was before a rule change kicked in. At the start of this year, the LPGA changed its rules on putting, specifically on caddies helping players line up their putts.

Walker says she wasn’t aware that caddies no longer can stand behind players as they putt unless a player starts the stance over. She didn’t realize it until midway through her second round Tuesday, and then she had to add a two-shot penalty for every time it happened.

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“This Is CNN.”

Project Veritas is at it again, this time exposing the bias and hatred rampant at CNN.

(Washington, D.C.) A brave CNN insider came to Project Veritas to expose anti-Trump bias at the cable giant. Cary Poarch, who works at CNN’s Washington D.C. Bureau, tells Project Veritas “I decided to wear a hidden camera…to expose the bias running rampant” at the network. Poarch documented CNN’s bias for months; recording undercover footage of numerous long-term employees, some of which talk about Jeff Zucker’s anti-Trump agenda. In the video are Nick Neville, Christian Sierra, Hiram Gonzalez, David Chalian, and Mike Brevna. These employee’s positions range from media coordinator to high-ranking executives. I decided to secretly record the 9:00am rundown call meetings with senior management and executives, says Poarch. In the recordings, Zucker details his expectations for CNN’s coverage and very matter-of-factly states “impeachment is the story.”

Jeff Zucker has served as president of CNN Worldwide since 2013.

Nothing much we can add to this.



Another Case Of Government Worker Accountability.

(image courtesy Google Maps)

New York’s Office for People With Developmental Disabilities oversaw a 24 unit housing facility for developmentally disabled adults in the Bronx known as the Union Avenue IPA.

Approximately five years ago, allegations of abuse of the residents by the staff began to surface.

These allegations included rape and physical abuse as family members saw their loved ones with un-explainable cuts and bruising.

One worker regularly hit a resident while he ate, making him cower in fear at mealtimes. Another worker would repeatedly “smack, punch and push” a female resident, sometimes when she tried to watch staff members cook. A female worker sat in the lap of a male resident who used a wheelchair, placing his hands on her breasts and moving provocatively while other employees laughed and cheered, according to records and depositions.

Getting no response from the agency, three families of women in the facility sued the State of New York.

Recently, the State settled the lawsuit:

Now New York State has agreed to pay $6 million to settle that lawsuit, which had been brought on behalf of three residents, all profoundly disabled women, ages 39 to 52, who had been abused at the facility, according to settlement papers filed on Monday in Federal District Court in Manhattan.
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“Looks Like I picked The Wrong Week To Quit Drinking.”

For the most part, you’d think that with all of the stuff that we cover here that would “drive a person to drink,” we’d be raving alcoholics. Such is not the case and for the most part, we are teetotalers. We aren’t judgemental about it and our opinion is that as long as you aren’t putting others at risk, go ahead and drink.

We are therefore somewhat treading into unfamiliar waters with this post which concerns the Barcardi product “Bombay Sapphire Gin.”

Bombay Sapphire Gin is Barcardi’s best selling gin. The gin contains 10 botanicals in the distillation process including a West African spice called “grains of paradise” or Aframomum melegueta. The spice is widely available in the US through spice distributors and places such as WalMart, Amazon, etc.

If you’ve never heard of the spice, this is how it is described:

Used as a spice, the seeds have a hot and pungent flavor and the tastes of ginger, coriander, nutmeg and cardamom, but without the camphor component. There is also a citrusy quality.

The taste is most often described as a combination of black pepper and ginger.

However, here in Florida, the use of grains of paradise is illegal when making liquor.

562.455 Adulterating liquor; penalty.—

Whoever adulterates, for the purpose of sale, any liquor, used or intended for drink, with cocculus indicus, vitriol, grains of paradise, opium, alum, capsicum, copperas, laurel water, logwood, brazil wood, cochineal, sugar of lead, or any other substance which is poisonous or injurious to health, and whoever knowingly sells any liquor so adulterated, shall be guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

According to the Miami Herald, the law banning grains of paradise goes back to the end of the Civil War and involves taxes.
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