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CNN's Chris Cuomo is having a verbal dust up with Judge Moore from Alabama

On same sex marriage. It's been going on for a good ten minutes or more and Cuomo is showing by his questions how ignorant and prejudiced Judge Moore is. No video - the interview just ended. I have to leave the TV & computer now, but will look for video links later.

It wasn't as much fun as David Schuster and Tamron Hall versus the birther nut woman, but it was good.

My favorite commercial EVER - it is so cute! And the music isn't bad, either

I think Android has won me for life.

Deleting History (and Land) in South Florida: Adam Putnam and the Great Destroyers

Weekend Edition February 6-8, 2015
Adam Putnam and the Great Destroyers
Deleting History (and Land) in South Florida


Fox News Florida branch, Sunshine State News, printed recently, “Putnam on Water Policy: Get Priorities Right From First, Then Spend Accordingly” (January 23, 2015). Some interpretation is needed for readers inclined to take the faux news source literally.

Adam Putnam is the telegenic, multimillionaire farmer and two-term Secretary of Agriculture for Florida. We last observed Secretary Putnam paving the way for the Cabinet to green light Florida Power & Light’s two new nuclear plants at Turkey Point.

So, it bears paying attention when Sunshine/ Fox surrogate reports what Putnam said to the Florida Legislature about water policy.

“Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam on Thursday urged members of the House State Affairs Committee – the lawmakers charged with increasing spending on water sources and sensitive lands – to first create ‘an overarching, already prioritized (water) policy’ that will keep the state on the right course for land purchase in good times and bad.”

More: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/06/deleting-history-and-land-in-south-florida/

Interesting article on how Adam Putnam is trying to erase the history of planning water usage and public land acquisition to set up new criteria that favors big business - especially big sugar.

One of the intriguing points raised is that Putnam may be positioning himself for a run for governor in the future. We need to stay aware of what he is doing.

Watching "Night Will Fall" - how can people do these things?

This is the "lost" documentary made by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Berstein about German concentration camps. It includes actual footage from British, American and Soviet cameramen who were with the troops when the camps were taken from the Nazis.

Words cannot express the emotion.

DU bread makers - I need advice on my bread

I've made bread off and on for decades. With one thing or another until a few weeks ago it's been a few years since I made bread. The problem I am having is that my bread is very crumbly. I'm using the same recipe I developed on my own ages ago but my husband swears my bread used to hold together better.

I'm wondering if I should knead the bread longer - maybe the gluten is not getting well enough developed? I suspect I am not being as patient with it as I used to be and just not letting it get far enough along even if the dough feels right. Sometimes I have mixed the grain, whole grain flour and gluten with the water and let it soak for an hour in the pre-warmed oven - maybe I should try that and see if that helps the gluten develop more?

My basic recipe:

Generic Multigrain Bread

Preheat oven to about 120-140 degrees. Turn on oven light to keep warm.

1/2 - 1 cup of cereal (Bob's Red Mill 7 or 10 grain cereal or oatmeal)
1 cup boiling water
Mix and let soak for 10 minutes.

1/2 cup warm water
1/4 cup oil
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons gluten
2-3 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Mix with KitchenAid hook until well blended and dough strings from sides of bowl.

Gradually add:
1 1/2 cups bread flour (or substitute some 1/2 cup oat flour for some of bread flour) or enough that the dough comes together.
Mix until dough comes together. Let mixer continue for 3-4 minutes. Drizzle a little oil down sides of bowl as the mixer is going. Remove hook from dough and turn over to coal with oil. Cover and put in warmed oven to rise until doubled - about 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes.

Turn out dough on lightly floured surface. Shape into loaf and put in greased pan. Cover with cloth and return to warmed oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes. Remove cloth; leaving loaf in oven turn oven to 340 F and bake for 40 minutes. (My oven is a convection oven - your temperature and time may vary.)

Makes on 12" x 4" x 4" loaf.

National Geographic Wild is bringing back FISH BOWL! It's Fish Bowl II!




Fish Bowl even has a feline side:

Here is their thank you for last year:

Has anyone heard of the "21st Century Dems"?

I got a call from them the other night. They claim to be a progressive movement:
About Us
Our Mission

Since 1985, the mission of 21st Century Democrats has revolved around training progressives and building a network of populist Democrats who stand up for America’s working families.

We focus particular attention on Democratic leaders who can move up to higher office at every level and who represent the tradition of Democrats like Jim Hightower, Tom Harkin, Barbara Boxer, Raul Grijalva, John Lewis, Al Gore and Paul Wellstone. We support progressive Democratic leaders who will shape the direction of the Democratic Party and enact public policy that transforms this country to a just, fair and equal society for all.

Our Vision and Values

We are committed to leading the way toward a bold and progressive agenda that will improve the quality of life for all Americans. Our goal is to elect genuinely progressive Democrats who believe government has a positive role to play in our country and will fight to enact public policy that reflects the core values of equality, opportunity, compassion, justice and fairness that 21st Century Democrats believes in, stands up for, and works toward on a daily basis.

Our Strategies
Cultivating Leadership at Every Level

We educate young people who have shown a strong interest in politics and idealism about the future in grassroots organizing and field work. We have trained thousands of high school and college students, college graduates, and party activists, placing hundreds of them in their first political jobs in support of the progressive leaders we endorse. These results speak for themselves as many alumni have gone on to manage higher profile campaigns, become leaders in the progressive community, or even get elected as officials themselves.

Their front page features Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Bill de Blasio, Al Franken, Jeff Markey, and more people I read favorable things about here.

According to Wikipedia, they were started by "Senator Tom Harkin, commentator Jim Hightower and Congressman Lane Evans to help elect "progressive" or "populist" candidates." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21st_Century_Democrats

21st Century Democrats started out relatively small but has quietly grown in size and significance in the last few election cycles." In 2004 election cycle, according to the Political Money Line, it was the 13th largest Political Action Committee (PAC) in the United States raising nearly $7 Million. Among progressive ideological PACs, it ranked fourth behind America Coming Together, EMILY's List, and MoveOn.org.

Unlike traditional PACs, 21st Century Democrats focuses on recruiting, training, and hiring field organizers to organize grassroots campaigns on behalf of candidates for local offices, statewide office, and even targeted presidential swing states. The group has ties to Democracy for America, which grew out of Howard Dean's presidential campaign.

I'm curious because I like the sound of the organization but I had not heard of it until they called me asking for donations. I'd love to know more about them, especially first person experiences!

Just heard a great horned owl calling

Loud enough to hear over the TV, computer and other noises in the house with the windows closed! When I stuck my head outside, it was probably down in the woods, nearly a quarter of a mile from the house, but the sound carries.

This is exciting since it's been at least 20 years since I have heard (or seen) a great horned owl here on the farm!

It was very low pitched, very much like in the middle clip on this page:

Went to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge for New Year's Day - PICTURES!

And we got to see some birds! Unfortunately, it was a very gray day so the lighting wasn't good, but we did add one species to our life list - picture later.

The first few were taken by Mr. csziggy with our now ancient Nikon D70 DSLR with the zoom lens.

This shot shows what much of St. Mark looks like - with an American Egret in the foreground:

Another American egret, slightly different swamp location:

American coots:

This Great Blue Heron was way out in the middle of a large pond and caught this huge frog while we were watching - this is just about the limit of the 300mm zoom on the Nikon:

Compare to this shot I got with my little Fujifilm FinePix S4500 with a 30x zoom which has VR:

The coots above and this coot were just below the viewing stand at the big pond:

All over the pond were large flocks of coots grazing on the dickweed - and there were some ducks hanging out with them. In the middle of this shot are a couple of male green wing teals. This is the first time we've seen them and verified the species!

In the same group of coots as the green wing teal ducks there were some American Wigeons - another first for us!

On the far side of the pond, there was a large group of some kind of herons. Unfortunately, it was really past the ability of our cameras to get any good shots. I think, after looking at the high resolution version of this shot the birds may be immature little blue herons - they are white and then gradually change. In this group, there are a few bird with darker heads and gray on their backs. There is also an alligator.

And of course, here is the lighthouse at St. Marks. In the foreground is a tricolor heron. The solitary bird is a pied billed grebe and the flock of ducks on the spit to the left are black scooters.

Close to the boat ramp we spotted this snowy egret working the bank:

We were all startled when this pied billed grebe popped up right in front of the snowy:

And then he popped right back down - these shots are 6 seconds apart:

The snowy seemed to have been following the progress of the underwater grebe - I bet the grebe was scaring fish towards the shore:

Final shot of the day - a little blue heron:

It's been a long time since we've been birding or taking pictures. Obviously we need practice at both but we had a fun day.

Civil War tragedy

Most of my Civil War participant ancestors are on my Mom's side and they were all Confederates. On my Dad's side in his direct line the men of the right age were burdened with families or were too young or too old to serve. I've been research axillary lines, trying to find out where a patriarch lived since he doesn't show up on the census where I know he lived.

I found a distant cousin, George Clayton Hoagland, born in March 1847 in Union Springs, Cayuga County, New York. He enlisted in the 111th New York Regiment in 1861 - at the age of 14 - and died in Wilderness, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1864 at seventeen. Along the way, his regiment fought at Gettysburg. Far too young to see such horrors and then die.

The following is taken from The Union army: a history of military affairs in the loyal states, 1861-65 -- records of the regiments in the Union army -- cyclopedia of battles -- memoirs of commanders and soldiers. Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. volume II.
One Hundred and Eleventh Infantry.—Cols., Jesse Segoine, C. Dugald McDougall, Lewis W. Husk; Lieut-Cols., Clinton D. Mc-Dougall, Seneca B. Smith, Isaac M. Lusk, Aaron P. Seeley, Lewis W. Husk, Sidney Mead; Majs., Seneca B. Smith, Isaac M. Lusk, James H. Hinman, Lewis W. Husk, Joseph W. Corning, Sidney Mead, Reuben J. Meyers. No regiment sent out by the state saw harder service than the gallant 111th. It was organized at Auburn from companies recruited in the counties of Cayuga and Wayne,— the Twenty-fifth senatorial district-and was mustered into the U. S. service, Aug. 20, 1862. It left the city the following day for Harper's Ferry, where it had the misfortune to be surrendered with that ill-fated garrison the following month. The men were paroled at Camp Douglas, Chicago, and in Dec., 1862, were declared exchanged and went into winter quarters at Centerville, Va. Later the regiment was assigned to the 3d (Alex. Hays') brigade, Casey's division, 22nd corps, where it remained until June, 1863. Col. Fox, in his account of the three hundred fighting regiments, speaking of the 111th, says: "On June 25, 1863, the brigade joined the 2nd corps which was then marching by on its way to Gettysburg. The regiment left two companies on guard at Accotink bridge; with the remaining eight companies, numbering 390 men, it was engaged at Gettysburg on the second day of the battle, in the brilliant and successful charge of Willard's brigade, losing 58 killed, 177 wounded, and 14 missing; total, 249. The regiment did some more good fighting at the Wilderness, where. it lost 42 killed, 119 wounded, and 17 missing; total, 178—over half of its effective strength. Its casualties in the fighting around Spottsylvania amounted to 22 killed, 37 wounded, and 13 missing. From Gettysburg until the end, the regiment fought under Hancock in the 2nd corps, participating in every battle of that command. While on the Gettysburg campaign, and subsequently at Bristoe Station, Mine Run and Morton's ford, the regiment was attached to the 3d brigade, 3d division (Alex. Hayes'). Just before the Wilderness campaign it was placed in Frank's (3d) brigade, Barlow's (1st) division. This brigade was composed entirely of New York troops, the 39th, 111th, 125th, and 126th, to which were added in April, 1864, the 52nd and 57th, and later on, the 7th N. Y.; all crack fighting regiments." The regiment lost 81 killed and wounded during the final Appomattox campaign. It was mustered out near Alexandria, Va., June 3, 1865. The regiment bore an honorable part in 22 great battles. Its total enrollment during service was 1,780, of whom 10 officers and 210 men were killed and mortally wounded; its total of 220 killed and died of wounds is only exceeded by four other N. Y. regiments—the 69th, 40th, 48th and 121st—and is only exceeded by 24 other regiments in the Union armies. It lost 2 officers and 177 men by disease and other causes—total deaths, 404— of whom 2 officers and 74 men died in Confederate prisons.
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