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Name: Steve
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Hometown: Florida
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I miss my father

My dad passed away in 2009. He lived a long time (92 years) and had a very good life overall.

This morning, I was updating a credit card online and something my dad said came back to me. He said "It makes no horse sense to be carrying a high balance", some words to that effect. He was right. He could be a bit gruff at times but he had a heart of solid gold.

I wish I had gotten to know him better. There were so many things we didn't talk about. He was in WW2, and like most veterans of that war, he did not want to talk about it. I just wish he could have talked to me more about it. He might have cried, but damn it, I loved my dad and would not have cared one iota if he had cried about it. Of course, any human being with a heart who witnessed such death and suffering would cry.

He was a lawyer. Yes, I know lawyer-client stuff is all confidential, and I would never ask him for any confidential information. It would have been nice if he could have told me some interesting NON-confidential stuff.

Anyway, I miss him. Do you miss your father too, at times ? If your father was absent or not a good father, you have my sincerest sympathies, truly.

1833 SCOTUS: Barron v. Baltimore 32 U.S. (7 Pet.) 243, Bill of Rights does not apply to state govts

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barron_v._Baltimore

Barron v. Baltimore, 32 U.S. (7 Pet.) 243 (1833), is a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court established a precedent that the United States Bill of Rights could not be applied to state governments. Thus, any state could pass a law, unless pre-empted by the Supremacy Clause (to which the Bill of Rights did not apply) permitting any violation of the Bill of Rights.


eta:
Later Supreme Court rulings would return to Barron to reaffirm its central holding, most notably United States v. Cruikshank, 92 U.S. 542 (1876). However, beginning in the early 20th century, the Supreme Court has used the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment (interpreted, however, to have the same meaning as the 5th amendment) to apply most of the Bill of Rights to the states through the process and doctrine of selective incorporation. Therefore, as to most, but not all, provisions of the Bill of Rights, Barron and its progeny have been circumvented, if not actually overruled.


The horrendous decision here: https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/32/243/case.html

Ted Cruz's father: "Don't you realize they are using you ?"

I know heaven05 saw this, I want to make sure everyone does.

Significant Tornadoes Possible on Wed; Widespread Severe Weather Expected on Thursday

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2954

A batch of scattered but potent supercell thunderstorms should erupt late Wednesday afternoon and evening across parts of the central and southern Great Plains into the lower Missouri Valley. At 11:30 am CDT, NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) placed a swath from roughly Wichita, KS, to Columbia, MO, under a moderate risk of severe weather for Wednesday, with lesser risk categories extending from northern Oklahoma to West Virginia. Significant tornadoes (EF2 - EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita Tornado Damage Scale) and very large hail (greater than 2” in diameter) are a possibility (see Figure 1).

Be careful out there!

White Cop Justin Craven Charged With Felony in Ernest Satterwhite Case

Source: NBC News

A white police officer who shot a 68-year-old black man to death last year in his South Carolina driveway was charged Tuesday with a felony: discharging a gun into an occupied vehicle.

The development came on the same day a white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, was charged with murder after a cellphone video was released of him fatally shooting a black father of four in the back following a traffic stop.

In the earlier case, a prosecutor previously tried to indict North Augusta officer Justin Craven on a manslaughter charge in the February 2014 death of Ernest Satterwhite. But a grand jury instead chose misconduct in office, which is a far lesser charge.

Craven chased Satterwhite for 9 miles beyond city limits to the man's driveway in Edgefield County. After Satterwhite parked, the officer repeatedly fired through the driver-side door, prosecutors said. The 25-year-old officer faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the gun charge.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/walter-scott-shooting/white-cop-justin-craven-charged-felony-ernest-satterwhite-case-n337681

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: General Keith Alexander Extended Interview (HBO)

Azeroth Armory – Gorehowl (cool blacksmithing video about forging a big battle axe)



Even though this is about World of Warcraft, I think those of you who like blacksmithing will enjoy it. I know nothing about blacksmithing and found this very interesting.

question about electrical power transformers

My condo building and 3 others were notified that today the local power company was going to replace an aging power transformer. We were told to expect an outage from 9 AM to 3 PM, and to make arrangements. To honor the occasion, I made sure my laptop was 100% charged up for Starbucks

The power never went out. I was at home during that entire 6 hours. The power company trucks just left. Is that the norm ? I was expecting the power to go out and for me to have to evacuate Thanks in advance.

DU'ers in Midwest, Plains and South, beware of possible rough weather this week...

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2952

Rough weather = severe thunderstorms and maybe a tornado

Major Severe Weather Outbreak Possible This Week

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2952

The atmospheric ingredients are aligning for what could be intense severe weather this week, especially on Wednesday and Thursday. A powerful upper-level low is expected to bring the storminess to the Plains, Midwest, and South as it slowly makes its way eastward. The low is now pushing into California, where its power is being put to good use: providing much-needed snow in the Sierras and rain at lower elevations. From 4” to 8” of snow was observed above 3500 feet in the Sierra over the weekend, and winter storm warnings are in effect for 8-16” of higher-elevation snow late Monday into Tuesday, with local two-foot amounts possible on the highest peaks. The San Francisco Bay area could get anywhere from 0.5” to 2” of rain. While this won’t come close to breaking the severe multi-year drought across California, it’ll at least add a few drops to the bucket and give residents a psychological boost. The cold upper-level air may even lead to severe thunderstorms over central California on Tuesday, with a tornado or two possible.



Figure 1. Dew points as of 9:00 am CDT Monday, April 6, had already risen above 55°F across Texas and Oklahoma, with 65°F values moving north from the Gulf of Mexico. Higher dew points indicate richer moisture near the surface; most severe weather occurs with dew points of at least 55°F. Image credit: NCAR/RAL Real-Time Weather Data.



Ahead of the upper low, high-level southwesterly winds will overspread much of the country over the next several days. This flow over the Rockies will help maintain surface low pressure over the high plains of Colorado and Kansas, and the circulation will pull in plenty of moisture. As shown in Figure 1 above, dew point temperatures (the temperature to which the air needs to be cooled in order for the relative humidity to reach 100%) are already near 70°F along the Texas coast--not too far from typical summertime values. This rich moisture will surge north through the week, with mild, humid air possibly making it as far north as Chicago and Cleveland by Thursday. The juxtaposition of muggy low-level air and the cold upper-level storm will produce strong instability over a wide area. However, a very warm, dry layer sandwiched between the two—an atmospheric “cap”—should keep storms from becoming widespread on Monday and Tuesday. Any storms that do manage to break through the cap could quickly become severe, especially along a dry line from Texas to Missouri. Late Monday and again late Tuesday, overnight storms could produce severe wind or hail across parts of northeast Kansas and Missouri.
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