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No snow in lower 48 (except for high elevations)!

Could this be the end of it until September/October ?

Grey Poupon versus Heinz Dijon Mustard versus.....

I admit, I have no clue what Dijon mustard brands are good.

(inspired by GD thread)

I don't think I've ever had Grey Poupon, I am sooo deprived!

Indiana pizzeria that backed 'religious freedom' law reopens (xpost from LBN)


WALKERTON, Ind. — A northern Indiana pizzeria that closed after its owner supported Indiana's religious objections law has reopened.

Memories Pizza owner Kevin O'Connor says he reopened about 4 p.m. Thursday. He says that within an hour, all eight tables were filled and six people were waiting for carryout orders. There were no protests as of 7 p.m.

O'Connor faced criticism after he and his daughter, Crystal, said they would never deny service to a gay customer but would decline to cater a same-sex wedding because it would conflict with their Christian beliefs. Protests led them to close the Walkerton pizzeria about 20 miles southwest of South Bend.

O'Connor says he'll use some of his share of more than $842,000 raised online to make improvements. He also plans to donate to charity.

Jobless Claims in U.S. Over Past Month Lowest in 15 Years


Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits over the past four weeks than at any time in almost 15 years, signaling underlying strength in the labor market even as hiring cooled last month.

From mid-March through the seven days ended April 4, jobless claims averaged 282,250 a week, the lowest since June 2000, a Labor Department report showed Thursday in Washington. Applications over the latest week climbed by 14,000 to 281,000. The median forecast of 45 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 283,000.

The level of dismissals is consistent with an improving labor market and indicates companies are optimistic demand will strengthen after a weaker first quarter. Figures earlier this week showing job openings at a 14-year high point to a pickup in the pace of hiring after a March slowdown.

Applications stabilizing at this level are “evidence of a healthy labor market,” said Russell Price, a senior economist at Ameriprise Financial Inc. in Detroit, whose projection for 280,000 claims for the latest week was among the closest in the Bloomberg survey. “I don’t really see us going much lower than where we are now.”

Surgeon General of the US Vivek Murthy: I'm taking your questions (from White House email)

Hi, everyone --

I'm the Surgeon General of the United States -- which means it's my job to keep America healthy by providing you with the best scientific information available about your health.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet with President Obama, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and health care professionals to discuss climate change. We talked about the impact of climate change on public health and the importance of prevention.

Clearly, we all have a stake in our national and global health. Every single one of us stands to benefit from a public health system that is focused on wellness and prevention -- not one that simply focuses on treating sickness and disease.

So as part of National Public Health Week, I'm taking your questions. If you're on Twitter, and you've got a question about the impact of climate change on health -- or any other public health topic -- shoot it my way using the hashtag #AskTheSurgeonGeneral.

I'll be answering your questions via video throughout the afternoon tomorrow from my Twitter account, @Surgeon_General.

Every one of us wants to do what we can to protect the health of our families, including the health of our grandchildren and future generations. That starts with being informed about how we can keep ourselves, and one another, healthy -- particularly in the face of a changing climate.

I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say.

Stay healthy, America.


U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

*end of WH email*

I thought this was really cool, so I thought I'd share this with my fellow BOGers and DU'ers.

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.

if he's already bristling like this, he will never make it

At some point, he'll go full melt-down Galt racist and go off on some poor journalist. He will then be officially toast.

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


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.

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


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!
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