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Trump calls CNN fake news because the topic is pure miction. nt

I'm convinced Kellyanne is a Sufi Mystic

Her pivots are masterful.

Hypnotic even.

Music for the Presidential Inaugural Ball

Post songs about your favorite city (Anywhere in the world) nt

I'll Start: My City (Mexico City)

I've come to realize that monogamy was invented by men

When they realized that they can barely stand their ground against a lone woman...

In the best of circumstances...

Rogue One. Went to see it today. Walked out half way through the movie

The best part was the two beers I had during the sneak previews.

This is what Mexicans call a Churro.

Warmed up bits and pieces of something you've already seen.

If there's something I hate more than wasting money, it is wasting time.

If you're a climate change denier, and you're up to your neck in coastal flooding,

What you should do first of all,

is double down.

Literally, and figuratively.

And please, don't come up for air; the rest of us can put it to better use.

The Poinsettia - How a flower from Mexico became a world-wide symbol of Christmas

The poinsettia (/pɔɪnˈsɛtiə/ or /pɔɪnˈsɛtə/) (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family. The species is indigenous to Mexico. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas floral displays. It derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant to the US in 1825.

The poinsettia is native to Mexico. It is found in the wild in deciduous tropical forests at moderate elevations from southern Sinaloa down the entire Pacific coast of Mexico to Chiapas and Guatemala. It is also found in the interior in the hot, seasonally dry forests of Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Chiapas. Reports of E. pulcherrima growing in the wild in Nicaragua and Costa Rica have yet to be confirmed by botanists.

The Aztecs used the plant to produce red dye and as an antipyretic medication. In Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, the plant is called Cuitlaxochitl, meaning "flower that grows in residues or soil" Today it is known in Mexico and Guatemala as Flor de Noche Buena, meaning Christmas Eve Flower. In Spain it is known as Flor de Pascua or Pascua, meaning Easter flower. In Chile and Peru, the plant became known as Crown of the Andes. In Turkey, it is called Atatürk's flower because Atatürk, the founder of the Republic, liked this flower and made a significant contribution to its cultivation in Turkey. In Hungarian, it is called Santa Claus' Flower, and it's widely used as a Christmas decoration.

The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th-century Mexico, where legend tells of a girl, commonly called Pepita or Maria, who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday and was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson blossoms sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations. The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem, and the red color represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus.


On Lawrence O'Donell - Michael Moore wants Democrats to save Trump voters from Trump



Fidel Castro survived 11 US Presidents


But he did not survive 15 days of Trump.

He died of a fulminating Trumpbosis.

(Lifted w/o attribution from FB)
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