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Phil Donahue on AM Joy NEXT! (posted 11:33 AM Saturday)

Joy just announced that Phil will be on - and they showed him walking onto the set!

MSNBCs Katy Tur Gives Play-by-Play Commentary of Trump-Macron Handshake

‘President Trump, famous for the Art of the Deal and really the art of the handshake’
Jul 14, 2017


TUR: "And before we head to the break, there's something making the rounds today, and we just could not resist it. President Trump, famous for the Art of the Deal and really the art of the handshake, you may have seen some of his best greetings with world leaders, including this famous white knuckle handshake when he and French president Emmanuel macron first met. This is one for the highlight reel. You will see him going in, reechk first for the handshake. They're headaching. It's a Normal handshake. They are not letting go. Donald Trump patting on the top, still shaking. Macron is off balance, he's off his feet. A pat on the back. They are still shaking, folks. They're wrestling, they're holding. Who is going to come hout? Is somebody going to break this shake? Oh, the French first lady is in for it. There is a three way handshake going on right now. The world's first three way handshake. Will it be a four way handshake? Is Melania getting in? They've got an arm. Four way handshake. But macron and trump have let go of each other. Is this the end? There's a pat on the shoulder. Are we done with this? No, we are not done with this. There is one more handshake."

Video at link: https://news.grabien.com/story-msnbcs-katy-tur-gives-play-play-commentary-trump-macron-hand

Lightning hit one of my barns and it burnt to the ground

About 5:30 AM I was awakened by a LOUD thunderclap. The cat, totally soaked came running in and jumped on the bed. I got up to dry him off and while we were trying to settle, I heard a loud BOOM. I thought it was a gunshot - sometimes the property owners are out shooting at coyotes that early in the morning. So I went back to sleep.

At 7 someone rang the doorbell. It was a fireman. They had been at the barn for a while getting the fire under control - the barn is all the way across the farm so I didn't see the fire, smell smoke or notice the firetrucks arriving. The barn is a total loss.

Since it's been rainy the trees around the barn were wet. Some of the leaves are toasted but there is not damage to them. If it had been dry, we would have had a raging forest fire!

Fortunately we have not been keeping horses in it but using it as a n equipment storage shed. The biggest loss is a brand new Kubota tractor that was just purchased by the people who are taking care of the farm and horses for me. They have insurance. My losses are the cypress that the barn was built from and a vintage Coca Cola machine that only held six ounce bottles. The barn was not insured - when we tried to get some they wanted 10% of the value of the barns per year.

The horses in the pastures next to the barn are fine, not even upset.

We are so lucky. Fifteen, twenty years ago there might have been horses in that barn.

Oh, I have no water - the fire department had the electric power cut to the barn - the power company shut it off at the transformer and the line for our other storage building and well come off the same transformer. They will be able to turn the power back on once the fire trucks clear the scene.

Lightning just hit right outside

No wonder the cat came in complaining. Nasty thunderstorms moving in, little or no rain so far here, but LOTS and LOTS of lightning. The strike outside was close enough I heard the CRACK just before I saw the light. I wonder what tree it hit?

I think I will shut stuff off and go and comfort the cat.

Australian TV destroys Trump in comments about G20

President Donald Trump skewered as ‘friendless’ and ‘awkward’ in viral take-down
July 10, 20171:56pm
Bronte Coy and Liz Burkenews.com.au

THE ABC journalist whose savage take-down of Donald Trump’s G20 performance went viral has doubled down on his scathing assessment.

Political editor Chris Uhlmann pulled no punches when he delivered his wrap-up of Trump’s appearance at the conference on Sunday, calling him an “uneasy, lonely, awkward figure” who was left “isolated and friendless” with “no desire and no capacity to lead the world”.

But even after the brutal commentary was shared thousands of times across the world and caught the attention of Washington heavyweights, Uhlmann was not deterred to further critique the President’s performance.

In a cross to ABC radio’s AM program on Monday morning, the reporter again railed against Mr Trump’s leadership style while discussing his lack of commitment to addressing the situation in North Korea at the weekend’s summit.

Full video at link: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/current-affairs/president-donald-trump-skewered-as-friendless-and-awkward-in-viral-takedown/news-story/cd92a7a425e8126e01b9c5bdb9143688

Absolutely brutal take down of Trump and his inability to lead. Well worth watching.

NOTE: I almost never watch Morning Joe but I could not take any more of Kellyann Conway lying to Chris Cuomo on CNN. I turned over to MSNBC and caught this and I am so glad that I did!

Attention North Florida - help needed for rescued animals

Over 80 animals rescued following owners death

By Erin Lisch |
Posted: Fri 10:48 PM, Jul 07, 2017 |
Updated: Fri 11:40 PM, Jul 07, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- Almost 90 dogs and cats now rehabbing after they're rescued in Washington County this week.

68 dogs and 19 cats of all ages infested with fleas and left in declining health after their owner, a former Great Pyrenees breeder, passed away.

Several rescue organizations and shelters saving the animals from a house in Vernon, Florida - less than 100 miles from Tallahassee.


Along with the {Alaqua Animal Refuge, Freeport, FL} refuge, 12 organizations are working with the rescue effort:

• The Humane Society of the United States
• The Lucky Puppy Rescue (Bonifay, FL)
• Florida State Animal Response Coalition
• Big Bend Disaster Animal Response Team (Tallahassee, FL)
• Great Pyrenees Club of America
• Tri-County Animal Rescue (Boca Raton, FL)
• Big Fluffy Dog Rescue (Nashville, TN)
• Tallahassee Big Dog Rescue (FL)
• Leon County Humane Society (Tallahassee, FL)
• Great Pyrenees Club of Western Pennsylvania Rescue (Pittsburgh, PA)
• Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (West Mifflin, PA
• Florida Great Pyrenees Rescue & Club (Lakeland, FL)

More: http://www.wctv.tv/content/news/Over-80-animals-rescued-following-owners-death-433192843.html

If anyone is interested in adopting any of these animals or assisting in any way, contact the organization nearest to you on the list.

Why Teachers Drink

Sent to me by a friend:

Why Teachers Drink

The following questions were set in last year's GED examination.

These are genuine answers (from 18 year old students)

Q. Name the four seasons?
A.. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

Q. How is dew formed?
A.. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q. What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on?
A.. If you are buying a house they will insist that you are well endowed.

Q. In a democratic society, how important are elections?
A.. Very important. Sex can only happen when a male gets an election.

Q. What are steroids?
A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs. (Shoot yourself now, there is little hope)

Q... What happens to your body as you age?
A.. When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.

Q. Name a major disease associated with cigarettes?
A.. Premature death.

Q. What is artificial insemination?
A... When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow.

Q. How can you delay milk turning sour?
A.. Keep it in the cow. (Simple, yet brilliant)

Q. How are the main 20 parts of the body categorized (e.g. the abdomen)?
A.. The body is consisted into 3 parts - the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity.

The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs and the abdominal

cavity contains the five bowels: A,E,I,O,U

Q. What is the fibula?
A.. A small lie.

Q. What does 'varicose' mean?
A.. Nearby.

Q. Give the meaning of the term 'Caesarean section.'
A.. The caesarean section is a district in Rome.

Q. What is a seizure?
A.. A Roman Emperor.
(Ah yes, Julius Seizure: I came, I saw, I had a fit)

Q. What is a terminal illness?
A. When you are sick at the airport. (irrefutable)

Q. What does the word 'benign' mean?
A.. Benign is what you will be after you be eight. (brilliant)

Home Depot, Menards face lawsuits over lumber size description

Home Depot, Menards face lawsuits over lumber size description
USA Today Network Rick Romell , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Published 12:17 p.m. ET June 21, 2017 | Updated 7:46 a.m. ET June 22, 2017

MILWAUKEE — Two home improvements stores are accused of deceiving the buyers of four-by-four boards, the big brother to the ubiquitous two-by-four.

The alleged deception: Menards and Home Depot (HD) market and sell the hefty lumber as four-by-fours without specifying that the boards actually measure 3˝ inches by 3˝ inches.

The lawsuits against the retailers would-be class actions, filed within five days of each other in federal court for the Northern District of Illinois. Attorneys from the same Chicago law firm represent the plaintiffs in both cases. Each suit seeks more than $5 million.

“Defendant has received significant profits from its false marketing and sale of its dimensional lumber products,” the action against Menards contends.

More: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2017/06/21/home-depot-menards-lumber-size-lawsuit/415874001/

I've known since I was ten years old that dimensional lumber was not the stated size - and I knew WHY! The lumber is rough cut to the stated size then planed to make smooth sides. While rough cut lumber can be purchased for some things - like fence boards - you would not want it for most home projects.

At ten I planed and constructed a shelf-desk for a summer project. I had to educate myself about the actual sizes of the boards to make the project fit in the corner of the room where it was to be placed. That meant learning that 1x6" boards were really 3/4" x 5-1/2" so I could make everything the size I needed.

Besides, Home Depot gives the actual dimensions for 4x4s" on their site as actual dimensions: 3.56 in. x 3.56 in.

I wonder what profits Menards makes from the sawdust and shavings left over from planing the lumber to it's final sizes?

BREAKING NEWS -Little Hawk just fledged in Sidney Eagle Nest

Here are some good shots from a couple of days ago:

Is anyone here into vintage computer stuff?

I'm helping my sister clean up my Mom's house. Among the clutter are LOTS of books and manuals for older computer operating systems and programs. I don't have a list, but the subjects covered start with Windows 3.1 and go through Windows 2000, maybe even Windows 8. There is at least one book on Red Hat Linux.

Programs covered are Word, WordPerfect, Corel Draw, and more.

We brought home two computers - not sure if they work, not sure what vintage they are. I will have to remove the harddrives before I can pass them along to any one to protect any information left on them.

If I don't find a home for this stuff it will all go into recycling. If any one is interested, let me know. We hauled some stuff home this trip and will be unloading it today. Another carload is still at my Mom's house and I will have to bring it home next trip - or maybe I can get my sister to ship stuff out from down state.

Any takers?
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