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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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Pres. Obama signed Farm bill which legalizes hemp growing.

Finally! Henp has not been grown legally since 1957.

on February 7, 2014, President Obama signed the Agriculture Act of 2014, the Farm Bill, into law. Section 7606 of the act, Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research, defines industrial hemp as distinct and authorizes institutions of higher education or state departments of agriculture in states where hemp is legal to grow hemp for research or agricultural pilot programs. Since hemp has not been grown in the United States since 1957, there is a strong need for research to develop new varieties of hemp that grow well in various states and meet the current market demands.


this has all sorts of wonderful implications for growing a multi use, productive, plant that can boost farmer incomes, be used for fuel, for cooking oil, for material ( GM uses hemp in car production) and uses very little water to grow.

Bookmark above site for updated info.

Indian court asked to rule on whether Hindu guru dead or meditating

His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, the founder of the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan religious order with a property estate worth an estimated £100 million, died in January, according to his wife and son.

However, his disciples at his Ashram have refused to let the family take his body for cremation because they claim he is still alive.

According to his followers, based in the Punjab city of Jalandhar, he simply went into a deep Samadhi or meditation and they have frozen his body to preserve it for when he wakes from it.

His body is currently contained in a commercial freezer at their Ashram.


A family word mystery finally solved.

I had actually posted about this a couple years ago.Could not find the source of the word.

my Grandma used the term "red up the dishes" meaning to soak them in the sink for later washing.
Her folks were from Ohio, , came over from England in mid-1700's.
Well, it may be that she had heard the word as..."red"...... when the actual word was "ret", which is a term meaning to soak a plant to soten the outer husk,specifically related to the process of using hemp and flax as a fiber.
You have to "ret" the plant, by a proces known as "retting".
I found it here:

Ret" is familiar to crossword-puzzle workers along with another Middle English word from linen-making, to "ted", which meant to lay out the flax to dry it. I confess I'm not sure about the process -- whether one would ret then ted, or perhaps ted then ret. Maybe they'd ted, then ret, then tread on the fibers. It almost makes an algebraic equation: ted + ret = tread.

From: Mercer Jackson (mercerATjmjackson.com)
Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day--ret

I remember my English grandmother talking about "retting up the dishes". I never quite knew what she meant, but she was apparently going to soak them before washing them.


And many of her expressions are also found on this page of Ottawa Valley Expressions ( Ottawa Canada)
which was also settled by the English

Need help placing a movie/tv character....SOLVED!!!!!!!

Definetly a boomer mystery, I think.

there was a ..movie?...tv?...character/actor who could say the most innocuous statements in a tone that suggested dread or menace, and suggested the opposite of what he was really saying.
I think it became his shtick, and I seem to remember him being interviewed on a tv show ( late 50's/early 60's?) about it.
For instance, he would say to a woman who was going for a walk .." Have a nice walk. I am sure you will be perfectly........safe".
A pause and then the word safe in a somewhat menacing tone, which always made the other actors stare at him , but he would coolly ignore their looks and carry on as if nothing had happened.

I seem to remember he was either British or used that 1930's MGM accent that made him seem upper class.
in my mind's eye, I see him as slender, in a suit, not short...

Any of this ring a bell?

Rurallib got it. see answer 23.
I went and looked up the actor, pulled his pics from Google.
His name is John Brown, british, and he played Digger O'Dell on the Life of Riley radio show, then ws on the same tv show briefly.
The voice was the memory jogger for me.
Gosh, I was only 4-5 years old listening the show on the radio.

Thank you Rural lib!!!!!!

Did you know that 2 private organizations OWN half the mortgages in the country?

And that your taxes go to keep them from any losses in the housing market? ie: they were bailed big time?

extra points if you know the names of the organizations.

answers below...
Federal National Mortgage Association ( Fannie Mae)
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac)

Together, they own about half of the current mortgages in the country.
These include fortclosures.
And now, Massachusets is suing them, because these private corportations have refused to allow
the sale of homes in foreclosure to non-profit organizations if the property will be resold or leased
by the non-profit to the former homeowner.

Great idea to help homeowners, Massachusets!!!
Boooo to the grinch organizations that WE have bailed out.

and extra extra points if you knew the Federal Reserve consists of 12 Federal Reserve Banks around the country,
and they are owned by big private banks.!

Now the Feds are stopping and searching small plane pilots in the US.

This is really important.....

Police are stopping cars on our highways
Border agents are stopping and searching cars many miles from the border they are supposed to be guarding.
Small US boats are being stopped by the Coast guard.
and now, small airplanes flying entirely in the US are being stopped on landing and searched.

The pilots’ association, which represents more than 350,000 pilots and plane owners, says it has collected more than 50 cases in which members _ despite never crossing a U.S. border _ were searched by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents or local law enforcement “without probable cause or reasonable suspicion of illegal activity.”
None of the flights in which planes were searched crossed any borders, Mead said. He said that much like drivers on the nation’s highways, pilots should not have to worry about having gun-toting agents tapping on their plane windows asking to search their plane.

full story here.

Hey guys...I have a musical mystery that needs solving

Stumbled across a Youtube album by a group called The Distant Sons.
Lead vocal much like John denver, music is described on Facebook as:
Distant Sons' take the loose comfort of a Bluegrass foundation. With the long lost ghost of Bill Munroe a hoverin' and the harmonies of Old Crow Medicine Show a ringin' the 'Distant Sons' tip their collective hats to any true craftsman of the song. While there ain't much new here the 'Distant Sons' strike a lovely balance between consonance and dissonance

cannot find a single mention of them on amazon, or on torrents.

Anyone know of a source other than YouTube..?

Here is a sampling, from the Youtube album

this cut is found on Mark Knopfler's Notting Hillbillies album ( which is terrific )

A soldier died today..

I am furiously grabbing the Kleenex....

Belated find, for Memorial day, an excerpt from a well known poem, one which seems all the more apropo in these times.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land,
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

The whole poem deserves to be appreciated, here:

President Obama close to authorizing mission led by the US military to train moderate Syrian rebels

This is important for a couple of reasons.

first of all, this is how we get into shooting wars...by "helping " one side, step by step, starting with sending "advisors"
( Remember Viet Nam???) and/or "trainers".

The other reason is THIS sentence:an open admission that the CIA is already involved with the Syrian war.
A new military training program, if implemented, would supplement a small train-and-equip program led by the Central Intelligence Agency which Mr. Obama authorized a year ago.

( this is called escalation..some of us older folks understand it too well)

It is just recently that the CIA has been openly reported as being involved in other countries' wars. Used toi be a secret, then became an open secret, but of late it is becoming more publicly reported.

Here is the article:what do you think?

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is close to authorizing a mission led by the U.S. military to train moderate Syrian rebels to fight the regime of Bashar al-Assad and al Qaeda-linked groups, a move that would expand Washington's role in the conflict, U.S. officials said.
A new military training program, if implemented, would supplement a small train-and-equip program led by the Central Intelligence Agency which Mr. Obama authorized a year ago.

U.S. officials said the new military program would represent a significant expansion of Washington's public efforts.
U.S. officials don't discuss the CIA's limited training program because it is covert.

( I used tinyurl link because the link to the Wall St. Journal article was incredibly long)

Question about cell phones in airplanes:

In the current movie Non-stop, the plot revolves around a cross Atlantic plane trip, with several people using cell phones to text each other on the plane, for hours, and our hero making/getting calls from TSA on a wall phone on the plane.

Is the technology accurate for this premise?
How are cell calls sent and received over the ocean from a plane going 400 mph.?

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