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A conversation with God about Trump.

John (while writing Revelations): "So Lord, the end will be signalled by trumpets?"

God: "No... I said Trump/Pence."

John: Yeah, trumpets.

God: "Never mind. They'll know."

Trump: The less immigrants that come in, the better

Pence: The fewer

Trump: I told you not to call me that yet

A Mexican kid meets Donald Trump and says to him, “I want to be President one day.” Trump says, “Are you stupid? Are you an idiot? Out of your mind?”

The kid replies, “You know what, I’ve changed my mind. Those are too many requirements.”

Bush, Obama and Trump go to a job interview with God...

God asks Bush: "What do you believe in?" Bush answers: "I believe in the free market, and the strong American nation!" "Very well", says God. "Come sit to my right."

Next, God asks Obama: "What do you believe in?" Obama answers: "I believe in the power of democracy, and equal rights for all." "Good", says God. "You shall sit to my left."

Finally, God asks Trump: "What do you believe in?" Trump answers: "I believe you're sitting in my chair."

Corpse Flower in bloom NOW at US Botanical Garden - Live Stream

Started streaming on Aug 20, 2017

Three corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) plants, also known as the stinky plant or titan arum, are on display at the United States Botanic Garden Conservatory in Washington, DC. Once fully open, each corpse flower bloom may remain in bloom for 24 to 48 hours, and then collapse quickly. Learn more at www.USBG.gov/CorpseFlower

Monumentally bad timing

One of my family's long term brick walls is John Tucker. He was born in South Carolina in 1798 - which we know because of his responses to US census questions and an inscription on his tombstone. He appears in Bibb County, Alabama in 1830 when he purchased land there and by 1834 he was in Perry County, Alabama, where he stayed for the rest of his life.

We've never been able to find out exactly where in South Carolina he was from. On various census he listed that his father was born in Maryland and his mother in Virginia - this has not helped locate him at all.

With the advent of DNA and an active project on Tucker Family DNA, I'd been hoping that one of my male Tucker cousins would allow themselves to test for Y-DNA to see if that would provide some clues. Two of my cousins visited my Mom last month and my sister talked the older one into being tested. She was notified last week that the results were in.

Yesterday she gave me access to the account that held the tests and we looked at the results as to where it showed our ancestors to have lived. Then I tried to upload a GED file so that the family tree could be compared along with the DNA to other people on the FamilyTreeDNA.com site. It has failed numerous times.

This morning I called their customer support - no one there. The center is in Houston. I just hope all their people are safe - and that their servers are not also located in Houston.

I guess our brick wall that has been waiting for over two hundred years will have to wait a while longer.

Confounds the Science - the Parody Project

Cable guy problems


"Waterside" listed as occupation in England during the 1820s

When I look up that term now it seems to be a stevedore - but the man in question would have been 60-70 years old and it seems unlikely that he would have been one.

The location is an agricultural area of Lincolnshire, specifically Billinghay or Sleaford. The only things I could see being shipped would be grains or meat. In the city directory where I found this occupation listing it seems to be under the heading of "Maltster" and a later listing shows someone with the same name as proprietor of an inn or tavern named the Barter's Arms.

A letter written by his son in 1832 indicates that the father and most of the family are ailing from typhus. It was in response to a letter from my great great grandmother (his daughter who had married unsuitably and who moved to New York state in 1828) after her husband and one child had died, his mill burned down and she was left with six young children and no resources. The letter does discuss plowing and the price of oats which fits with the farming referred to in the following:

Family lore is that "Greatgrandfather Key had six sons and four daughters. He and each of his sons stood at least 6 feet in their stockings. At meals they drank home brewed ale and each one had a sterling silver tankard (a cup with two handles). Grandmother said her father wore knee breeches, black silk stockings and had shoes with silver buckles; and she never knew him to do a day’s work in her life. He was a farmer on a large scale with many tenants. His sons worked." (From a letter written by my grandmother's cousin.)

This is why Florida Democrats are losers

Scott Maxwell
August 4, 2017

Right now, there’s a flurry of political activity in western Orange County.

With a special legislative election afoot, four Republicans are running vigorous campaigns, debating conservative ideas and collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash in House District 44, which envelops Disney, Winter Garden, Dr. Phillips and west Orlando.

So, the Republicans are all in.

One the other side of the aisle is a single Democratic candidate without much name ID, support or money. As of his last report, he had raised $3,131 … with most of that coming from the candidate’s own pocket.

All this in a district that strongly supported Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump just nine months ago — about 28,000 votes to 22,000.

More: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-florida-democrats-losers-scott-maxwell-20170803-story.html

This, my friends, is why Democrats are chronic losers in this state … because they don’t compete.

Chanterelle mushrooms!!!!

A woman is is friends with a former client saw me at the library a few months back and asked if she could come out and hunt for chanterelle mushrooms. I said, "Sure! If you show what they look like."

She hasn't been able to make it out to the farm until today. Since it is late in the season for this area and a little drier than it was earlier this year we didn't find many, but we found a few.

She gave me four large ones to try out. I have a sockeye salmon fillet for dinner so I'm going to saute the salmon and the chanterelles with some thyme and garlic in butter and olive oil with a little white wine to deglaze the pan. (the recipe I found calls for sliced shallots but I didn't know I would need those when I was at the store buying the salmon. I'll serve that with some Konriko Pecan Rice and some mixed vegetables.

Hopefully now that I know what the chanterelles look like and where to find them I can have them more in the future. The nice lady who showed me where to look and what to look for suggested freezing them (after boiling them) until there are enough for a meal. The four she gave me today are plenty for a sauce for the salmon!

My husband told me there was a remake of The Creature from the Black Lagoon

I did NOT expect THIS:

I am not sure this is the movie he was talking about, but

One of the biggest regrets in my life

I know I will probably live longer than Dolt45 and one of my biggest regrets is that Hunter S. Thompson will not be around to write his obituary. He would probably out do the one he wrote for Richard Nixon.

He Was a Crook
A scathing obituary of Richard Nixon, originally published in Rolling Stone on June 16, 1994
Hunter S. Thompson July 1994 Issue


DATE: MAY 1, 1994

Richard Nixon is gone now, and I am poorer for it. He was the real thing -- a political monster straight out of Grendel and a very dangerous enemy. He could shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time. He lied to his friends and betrayed the trust of his family. Not even Gerald Ford, the unhappy ex-president who pardoned Nixon and kept him out of prison, was immune to the evil fallout. Ford, who believes strongly in Heaven and Hell, has told more than one of his celebrity golf partners that "I know I will go to hell, because I pardoned Richard Nixon."

I have had my own bloody relationship with Nixon for many years, but I am not worried about it landing me in hell with him. I have already been there with that bastard, and I am a better person for it. Nixon had the unique ability to make his enemies seem honorable, and we developed a keen sense of fraternity. Some of my best friends have hated Nixon all their lives. My mother hates Nixon, my son hates Nixon, I hate Nixon, and this hatred has brought us together.


It was Richard Nixon who got me into politics, and now that he's gone, I feel lonely. He was a giant in his way. As long as Nixon was politically alive -- and he was, all the way to the end -- we could always be sure of finding the enemy on the Low Road. There was no need to look anywhere else for the evil bastard. He had the fighting instincts of a badger trapped by hounds. The badger will roll over on its back and emit a smell of death, which confuses the dogs and lures them in for the traditional ripping and tearing action. But it is usually the badger who does the ripping and tearing. It is a beast that fights best on its back: rolling under the throat of the enemy and seizing it by the head with all four claws.

That was Nixon's style -- and if you forgot, he would kill you as a lesson to the others. Badgers don't fight fair, bubba. That's why God made dachshunds.

More, much more: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1994/07/he-was-a-crook/308699/

Maybe The Ferret will do the honors for those of us here on DU.
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