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Gender: Female
Hometown: Seattle, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 01:09 PM
Number of posts: 41,952

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Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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HRH Charlotte Elizabeth Diana,Princess of Cambridge

Well named.
they have my approval and may carry on.

Honest to God campaign sign in Blanco, texas:

Credit to http://juanitajean.com/the-quotation-marks-make-it-classy/

There is now a mural of Freddie Grey at the Gilmor Homes in Baltimore

says the NY Times, who have a pic of it.

I can't make a copy here, maybe someone else can.

Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police 'GoFundMe account has been suspended with no explanation.

'We are working to find a new site for donations'

Source: Twitter via Breaking News headline

Blues guitarist B.B. King is in home hospice care in Las Vegas,

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Blues legend B.B. King is telling fans he's in hospice care at home in Las Vegas.

The 89-year-old musician posted thanks to fans on his official website Friday for well-wishes and prayers.

Las Vegas police Officer Jesse Roybal says an ambulance was summoned Thursday to King's address and a person was hospitalized following what was characterized as a dispute over medical care.
The hospitalization was the second in a month for King, who was diagnosed with diabetes decades ago.

In October, he canceled the final shows of his 2014 tour after falling ill in Chicago.

Tex. Gov. Abbott has his own kinda private Guard to prevent Jade Helm from taking over Texas.

So there are 2 stories here.

One is that the extensive military exercise Jade Helm is gonna happen this summer, and some people in the affected states are,
at best, suspicious, and at worst, downright foaming at the mouth paranoid.
Well, Gov. Abbott of Texas has come out to help his nervous citizens:
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor federal military exercises in the state, responding to citizen fears, stoked by online conspiracy theories, that the maneuvers are a ruse to impose martial law.

Now here is real interesting part.....Abbott is talking about the Texas Guard...NOT the National Guard.

dear Jaunita Jean , who channels Molly Ivins like nobody's business, explains...
It’s like the Boy Scouts except with no adult supervision.
The Texas Guard is for people too old or too chicken to join the real military. They are for civil help only, like cleaning up after a hurricane. They do not get to carry guns, even if they have one.

Link for more and esp. reader comments from someone who was IN the Texas Guard:

Our Great Fat Greek....shaving

Mr. Dixie brought the mail in a few minutes ago.
There is a bulky white letter size envelope, from Greece, for him.

and inside are 2 new looking packages of Bic razors, with metal edges or something like that.

Naturally I am curious as hell.

Turns out, he cannot find this type of his favorite razor where we live out here in the sticks.
So he went to e-bay.
and found a seller in Greece.
Total cost is 7.00 for both packages and mailing.
For razors that will last him a year or more.
and no 9.5% tax that we have to pay here.

I am left with the feeling that there is something very wrong in this country.

Mystery of Freddie Gray's spinal cord injury may be linked to infamous "nickel ride".

For decades, cops abused criminal suspects by throwing them - handcuffed but unsecured - into the open back of a police van, then careening around sharp curves or slamming the brakes during a rough ride to central booking.

Two weeks ago, when Gray was arrested on a Baltimore street, for reasons that remain murky, he was handcuffed and - as captured on a cellphone video - dragged and tossed into the back of the van. Inside, it was later reported, he was shackled after officers reported that Gray became "irate." However, he was not buckled in for the ride - a serious breach of regulations.

Incredibly, this has happened multiple times in Baltimore - including a "rough ride" 10 years ago that injured the spine and killed an arrestee named Dondi Johnson - as well as several multi-million-dollar civil judgments and settlements.

Ditto in Philadelphia. In 2001, the Inquirer documented 20 cases of arrestees who were injured during apparent "nickel rides" that critics said provided cops a "hands-free" method to dole out street justice - including three who suffered spinal cord injuries, two of them permanently paralyzed.

I hope the family has a sharp lawyer who can find out about this history.

Greece backed out of Russian gas deal....seems to be a suicidal move.

From nakedcapitalism.com links page:

An offer from Gazprom was “ready for signatures”, and Greece walked away.

he Greek government in the end balked at the Gazprom offer (which was ready for signature on 23rd April 2015) following warnings from the EU Commission that its terms were contrary to European law – i.e., to the Third Energy Package.

I was told by my source that the Greek government could not in the end bring itself to defy the EU Commission on this issue because of its fears that this would jeopardise its negotiations with the EU finance ministers at the Eurogroup meeting on the following day.

Alexander Mercouris’s “source in Athens” may be a Russian diplomat or official at their embassy in Athens, who is aggravated by Greece’s incomprehensible negotiating strategy.

There was no point in making overtures to Moscow if Greece was not prepared to follow them through. It was totally predictable that the EU authorities would object to whatever deal Greece made with Russia or with Gazprom. If Greece was not prepared to defy the EU authorities on this question, it should not have proceeded at all. As it is the Russians must be annoyed at being led up the garden path, while the European leaders have been antagonised and persuaded that Greece’s anti-austerity posture is ultimately a bluff.

US successfully tests self-steering bullets that can follow moving targets


The United States Department of Defense has carried out what it says is its most successful test yet of a bullet that can steer itself towards moving targets.
Experienced testers have used the technology to hit targets that were actively evading the shot, and even novices that were using the system for the first time were able to hit moving targets.
The project, which is known as Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance weapon, or Exacto, is being made for the American government’s military research agency, Darpa.
Technology in the bullet allows it to compensate for weather and wind, as well as the movement of people it is being fired at, and curve itself in the air as it heads towards its target. That should allow snipers to become much more accurate — even those that are not experienced at using the system, as was found in the tests in February.
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