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Hometown: Seattle, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
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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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Tanker explodes near Warrior, interstate 65 blocked

Pic at link

WARRIOR, Alabama -- Interstate 65 is blocked in both directions near mile marker 279 after a burning tanker exploded.

3:57 p.m.: One lane has been reopened through the area.

The right southbound lane now is open to traffic, according to Alabama State Troopers.

All other lanes, including all northbound lanes, remain closed.

3:32 p.m.: Firefighters and a hazmat crew are at the scene.

All lanes are blocked in both directions, Alabama Department of Public Safety Sgt. Steve Jarrett said.


Ferguson PD arrested wrong man, beat him, then charged him for bleeding on their uniforms.

An incident from a long history of racial injustice in Ferguson:

The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie

The officers got the wrong man, but charged him anyway—with getting his blood on their uniforms. How the Ferguson PD ran the town where Michael Brown was gunned down.

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, once charged a man with destruction of property for bleeding on their uniforms while four of them allegedly beat him.

“On and/or about the 20th day of Sept. 20, 2009 at or near 222 S. Florissant within the corporate limits of Ferguson, Missouri, the above named defendant did then and there unlawfully commit the offense of ‘property damage’ to wit did transfer blood to the uniform,” reads the charge sheet.

The address is the headquarters of the Ferguson Police Department, where a 52-year-old welder named Henry Davis was taken in the predawn hours on that date. He had been arrested for an outstanding warrant that proved to actually be for another man of the same surname, but a different middle name and Social Security number.

Article has details of sloppy or non-existent record keeping at the Ferguson PD.

Proposed Ten Commandments display has nothing to do with religion: Alabama county official

A Republican county commissioner in Scottsboro, Alabama wants to erect a monument to the Ten Commandments that would be featured alongside similar ones to the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
Tim Guffey told AL.com that “I’m trying to…erect a monument of historical documents. It’s the Constitution, the Ten Commandments and the Declaration of Independence. I feel like that’s what this country was founded on. These documents helped America become the greatest country in history.”

Get this:

Guffey claimed that the monument is necessary because of the way in which the Bible has been systematically removed from education curricula. “They don’t teach this at school anymore and a person would have to go back and research and study each one of those men’s writings to find out that that’s what established them. That’s what gave them the inspiration to read the greatest Constitution this world has ever seen,” he said.

He also told AL.com that he began studying the Constitution after the election of President Barack Obama.


the name "Scottsboro" may ring a bell with some folks.

"Feel free to contact the #Ferguson PD and ask them anything you might be curious about"

(314) 522-3100.....

says Anonymous.


Palestinian citizens are tweeting to the resistors in #Ferguson with support & tips on dealing with tear gas! #gaza

Study: ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy.

File this under "NSS"

The analysts found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes in the United States.

The analysts found that when controlling for the power of economic elites and organized interest groups, the influence of ordinary Americans registers at a "non-significant, near-zero level."
The analysts further discovered that rich individuals and business-dominated interest groups dominate the policymaking process. The mass-based interest groups had minimal influence compared to the business-based interest groups.

The study also debunks the notion that the policy preferences of business and the rich reflect the views of common citizens. They found to the contrary that such preferences often sharply diverge and when they do, the economic elites and business interests almost always win and the ordinary Americans lose.

The authors also say that given limitations to tapping into the full power elite in America and their policy preferences, "the real world impact of elites upon public policy may be still greater" than their findings indicate.

Anonymous posts tapes of Ferguson police calls....Youtube

Anonymous claims it has obtained and published audio of St. Louis County, Mo., police dispatch tapes from Aug. 9, which was the date Michael Brown was fatally shot by an officer.
These tapes will be key to any investigation.

..."evidence of the world’s oldest known battle....some 13,000 and 14,000 years ago,"

From Gwynne Dyer's column, titled:

The Origins of War

The 59 skeletons were found in 1964, lying together in a gravesite beside the Nile near what is now the Egyptian-Sudanese border. They died between 13,000 and 14,000 years ago, and some of them seemed to have died in battle. That was big news half a century ago, when most people still believed that organised killing was an invention of civilisation. Now they are back in the news, billed as evidence of the world’s oldest known battle.

The skeletons were first dug up in haste, as part of a “salvage dig” to rescue archaeological artefacts that would soon be covered by the 500-km lake rising upstream from the new Aswan High Dam. They got little further attention until two years ago.
Scientists at Bordeaux University recently re-examined them, and discovered dozens of previously undetected arrow impact marks on the bones. MOST of the victims had died in a hail of arrows, killed by an organised force of enemy archers, and the deaths had occurred over a period of months or even years. So there had been a prolonged low-level war long before the rise of civilisation or even of agriculture.

The people in the graves were ethnically Africans, probably driven down into the Nile valley by the drying out of what is now the Sahara Desert. We can surmise that their enemies were probably whites of the Levantine/European/North African stock that lived around the Mediterranean and had already spread up the Nile.

The war was almost certainly about resources, for it was a time of rapid climate change and food resources were under great pressure. The two groups were hunters who had efficient weapons, so technically they could fight a war. But the weapons were not new, and neither were resource crises.
So why didn’t this happen far earlier?


My bank wants to "protect" me by canceling my debit card

if I do not answer my home phone when they call
while I am running errands using my debit card.

Just got the letter today.

"In order to protect you from the inconvenience of debit card fraud, if your card is being used *outside your normal usage pattern*
we will contact you by phone to verify the use.
If we cannot reach you by phone, the card will be temporarily canceled.

In order to avoid the "inconvenience" of your card not working when needed, please let us know when you will be traveling or using the card out of your normal usage area.

Please fill out the information below and mail it back to us:

Your name
Your checking account number(s).
Your home and cell and work phone numbers ( I do not have a cell or work phone)
your email address

PS: we are not open after 5 pm or on the weekends.

Note that they use the term "usage pattern" and then change it to "usage area".

Background: This is a local bank. We live in a small town about 90 miles from any city. We usually shop in this town.

Looks like the weekend trip to New Orleans is off, eh?

Edited to add:
Mr. Dixie got same letter yesterday, we called bank, is NOT a scam.

Netanyahu to US: Don't "ever second guess me again"

He scolded Pres. Obama like a parent to a kid.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel.

Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration "not to ever second guess me again" on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be "trusted" on the issue and about the unwillingness of Hamas to enter into and follow through on cease-fire talks.

The Obama administration on Friday condemned "outrageous" violations of an internationally brokered Gaza cease-fire by Palestinian militants and called the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier a "barbaric" action.

Speaking of current headlines--A brief history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant

This is a rather different way of looking at things:

3 minutes.

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