...the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. Geo. Washington Feb. 22, 1732



Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Earth's Religions - A 5,000 year time lapse map.

Tuesday's Post

I took Molly to Story City to get her toenails trimmed on Monday. She enjoyed getting out.  Unfortunately for her I also had her weighed and so I am going to substitute her regular food for treats.  I also had to get a certificate showing that she had been vaccinated so I could purchase a dog park pass.  I think she will like that and it will be good for both of us.  On the way back I came up behind the DOT painting yellow lines on the pavement. I had to pass on the right and it got me to thinking about the white lines on the side of the  road.  When I first started driving  (55 years  ago) they did not have those lines on the side of the road.  I can  remember when they put them in to help when you had  to drive in fog so that you did not drive off the side of  road.  It was a real improvement and now they also have rough ridges on the sides and in the middle to help keep you from driving off the side or over the middle of the road.   It makes things much safer.
When I got back into town I had to do some banking and went to the bakery and picked up a ham salad sandwich for lunch and a loaf of bread and (yes I was bad) a couple of Dutch letters.  It was a good lunch. On the way home from the bakery I came up behind the car below.
It reminded me of the "Beetles" from my college days and the fun we had with them.  They got painted in all kind of ways and they tried to get as many people in them as they could. They are still trying to do it. Here is a You Tube of a Bug Cram.

When I got home I decided to take some pictures of the remaining daffodils in front of my house.



I used to have plants that ran all across under the bushes.  As you can see there aren't as many now as there used to be but I can see them out the kitchen window and I like seeing them.  The grass in the front is not in too good a shape but the back yard is really almost ready to mow. I also need to hire someone who washes windows.  You know, so I can see my flowers.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Molly on Monday



Molly here,

I rode in the front seat the other day.  I kind of liked it but BG was a little nervous about having me there.  He says I have to ride in back from now on.


We drove past the cemetery.  It looked nice but they have a sign that says "No pets."  BG would like to be able to take me there for walks but he can't  -so I guess I won't be able to go there.



 Sometimes I look out the back at the yard.  Especially when I hear those yappy dogs who live kitty-corner from us.  They get to barking all the time.
 I don't bark much but I do sometimes bark at the little kid who lives next door.  I can't do it outside though because BG makes me come in. Oh well, I let him think he is the boss.
Every time I get up on BG's lap Ms Cassie climbs up also.  Not sure I am fond ot that.
 We had a visitor this week.  David came over.  I like him.  He sold his duplex.

 He lives in Omaha now and was up to clean things up.  He got a new relator and it sold right away.  He is happy.

He had both of us asking for attention and he was fine with that.  He is a nice guy. We all hope he will come back for a visit sometime.



He was supposed to stop back on Friday but he didn't make it.

He used to have a dog but he had to give it away because he was not around enough.  BG is around a lot and I like that.

Cause I luvz him.  This is me resting my head on his knee.  I was almost asleep.  He took a bunch of pictures but most of them had my eyes closed.  BG's lap is a good place to sleep.

Thanks for stopping by to see me.  Hugz and big sloppy kissez..Have a nice week!


P.S.  Jon sent a photo of Miles.  He got his hairs cut.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Memo to John Yoo

From Mother Jones.

Law Professor John Yoo Apparently Unaware of Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure

Yoo stated:
"Apparently the FBI interrogated the younger Tsarnaev for 16 hours," wrote torture memo author John Yoo at National Review. "And then, for reasons that are still unknown, the government read him his rights."

To Professor John Yoo
RE: Your Abysmal Ignorance

Immediately following the ratification of our Constitution it was amended to protect the rights of the citizens.  Several of those amendments seem to address your ignorance (I put some others there just to refresh your memory.) 
A short session with the Google will provide you with the following information:
Fourth Amendment – Protection from unreasonable search and seizure.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
  • Ninth Amendment – Protection of rights not specifically enumerated in the Constitution.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

And the rights must be read to him or information obtained may not be used - 
The concept of "Miranda rights" was enshrined in U.S. law following the 1966 Miranda v. Arizona Supreme Court decision, which found that the Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights ofErnesto Arturo Miranda had been violated during his arrest and trial for domestic violence. (Miranda was subsequently retried and convicted.)
The Supreme Court did not specify the exact wording to use when informing a suspect of his/her rights. However, the Court did create a set of guidelines that must be followed. The ruling states:
...The person in custody must, prior to interrogation, be clearly informed that he/she has the right to remain silent, and that anything the person says will be used against that person in court; the person must be clearly informed that he/she has the right to consult with an attorneyand to have that attorney present during questioning, and that, if he/she is indigent, an attorney will be provided at no cost to represent him/her.

It is not rocket science to understand this nor does it take a law professor to explain it.  Perhaps as an attorney and professor at the prestigious University of California Berkeley School of Law you should apply for and undertake a basic course in Constitutional law.   But then you never did seem to understand things since you said that it was alright to torture prisoners. Perhaps you need to move to a country that accepts that sort of thing.

In America citizens have rights.  I don't plan to give up any of them voluntarily and neither should anyone.

Sunday Salute LVII

Because George Jones passed away this week and for all the many years of music I have enjoyed listening to various Country Music Artists, Today I salute all Country Music Artists.
As usual George sang it best:



Country music has become the music that best represents the reality of American life.
Brad Paisley 

Country fans need to support country music by buying albums and concert tickets for traditional artists or the music will just fade away. And that would be really sad.
George Jones





Bishop Gene Robinson
Jackie Robinson
Bishop Desmond Tutu 
Cecely Tyson            
Betty White       


Sunday



People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child-our own two eyes. All is a miracle.
Thich Nhat Hanh
 Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.  ~Chief Seattle, 1855


Ten thousand flowers in spring,

the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer,
snow in winter.

If your mind isn't clouded

by unnecessary things,

this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu Men, Song period Chán master most famous as the compiler of and commentator on the 48-koan collection The Gateless Gate



In today’s interconnected and globalized world, it is 

now commonplace for people of dissimilar world views, 
faiths and races to live side by side. It is a matter of 
great urgency, therefore, that we find ways to 
cooperate with one another in a spirit of mutual 
acceptance and respect.



Dalai Lama



“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”



Scott Adams creator Dilbert Comic Strip



Saturday, April 27, 2013

I love the fact that we share our world with elephants.   

Something Yummy for Saturday


Two Desserts - From my Aunt Ellen and Jean. 

Apricot Refrigerator Pudding (Submitted by Ellen Cole)
Garnish with orange sections or pineapple segments.
1cup       Apricot puree
1cup       Condensed milk
3T           Lemon juice
1¼cups  Vanilla wafers, crushed
         WHIPPED CREAM TOPPING
1  cup   Whipping  cream
½ cup    Maple syrup
Procedure
1   In a large bowl combine: apricot puree, condensed milk, and lemon juice.
2   Layer apricot mixture with vanilla wafers in a loaf pan.
3   Refrigerate for 24 hours.
4   Serve with whipped cream topping.
5   WHIPPED CREAM TOPPING
6   Whip cream.
7   Blend in Maple syrup.
Yield: Loaf pan


Cherry Dessert (Submitted by Jean Cole Bates)
22                 Graham crackers, crushed
½ cup            Confectioner's sugar
½ cup             Butter
2  8 oz. pkg.  Cream cheese
1 tsp        Vanilla
1 cup        Sugar
4               Eggs
2 cups       Cherry pie filling (Blueberry pie filling is good too.)
Procedure
1   Mix together: crushed graham crackers, confectioner's sugar, and butter.
2   Press into bottom of cake pan.
3   Blend together: cream cheese, eggs, and sugar.
4   Pour on top of crust.
5   Bake: 375°, 25 minutes.
6   Cool.
7   Pour pie filling on top.
8   Chill.
Yield: 9 x 13

Friday, April 26, 2013

Found For Friday


From Colby 


 A Norwegian   and a German entered a chocolate store. As they were busy looking, the German stole 3 chocolate bars. As they left the store, the  German said to the Norwegian,



"Man I'm the best thief, I stole 3 chocolate   bars and no one saw me. You can't beat that."


The Norwegian replied:


 "You want to see something better? Let's go back to the shop and I'll show you  real stealing."

So they went to the counter and the Norwegian said to   the shopkeeper, "Do you want to see magic?"

The shopkeeper   replied, "Yes."

The Norwegian said, "Give me one chocolate bar."

The shopkeeper   gave him one, and he ate it.

The Norwegian asked for a second bar, and he ate that as well.

 He asked for the third, and finished that one too.

The shopkeeper  asked: "But where's the magic?"

The Norwegian replied: "Check in my  friend's pocket, and you'll find all three bars of chocolate."

You just  can't beat a Norwegian!


When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.


 

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One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.

Ole went to the Doctor because he was feeling a little sick. After a few tests the Doctor told Ole, "I'm sorry to tell you that you have a rare disease that is incurable and you are going to die in 6 months. But to help you out I'm going to prescribe that you move in with your mother-in-law."


Ole replied, "Criminy, dat's bad Doc, but vy should I move in vit my old mudder-in-law."

The Doc said, "Because that will be the longest 6 months of your life."



Ole walks into work, and both of his ears are all bandaged up. The boss says, "What happened to your ears?"


Ole says, "Yesterday I vas ironing a shirt ven da phone rang and I accidentally answered da iron."

The boss says, "Well, that explains one ear, but what happened to your other ear?"
Ole says, "I tried ta call da doctor."

Minnesota's worst air disaster occurred earlier today when a Cessna 152, a small two-seater plane, crashed into a Norwegian cemetery here early this morning.

Ole and Sven, working as search and rescue workers, have recovered 826 bodies so far, and expect that number to climb as digging continues into the night.

Ole and Lena went to the hospital so Lena could give birth to their first baby. As Ole waited in the lobby, the doctor came out to inform him that he had some good news and some bad news. "The good news is that you have a normal baby boy. The bad news is that is is a Caesarian."


Ole started crying: "Vell, I'm glad it is a healthy baby...but I vas kinda hoping it vould be a Norvegian."



Ole and Lena had been married seven years. Lena was getting worried that Ole might be getting the seven year itch. She thought he was cheating on her. Lena says to Ole "You never tell me you love me. Is there someone else?"

Ole replies "When ve got married I told you I loved you. If I ever change my mind I'll let ya know."

Lena stepped up to the clerk in the department store and said, "Can I try on dat dress in da window?"

The clerk responded, "We'd really prefer that you try it on in the dressing room."

Ole was getting ready to go to work one day when Lena stopped him and complained, "Ole, the vashing machine is broke down don't ya know, I vant ya to fix it!".


Ole walked out the door yelling, "Lena, vat do I look like, da Maytag repairman?"

That evening when Ole got home Lena was standing in the yard and said to Ole, "Ole, da car it von't start! Please Ole, fix da car".
Ole kept walking into the house yelling, "Lena, Lena, vat do I look like, Mr. Goodwrench?"
The next day when Ole came home from work Lena said, "Look Ole, da car, it is fixed and the vashing machine, it is vorking too! Lars down da road come by and I asked him if he would fix it for me".
"And vat did he charge ya for doin' it?", Ole asked. Lena replied, "Vell Ole, he said he would do it for some romance (Vell ya know) or if I baked him a cake."
"Vell, vut kind of a cake did you make him?", asked Ole
Lena replied, "Vat do I look like, Betty Crocker?"


Ole and Lars worked on a construction crew. One day Lars noticed that the foreman always left the project about an hour early. "Say Ole," suggested Lars, "Vy don't WE take off a little early too... yust like da foreman."


So they agreed to try it. As soon as Ole got home, he looked all over for Lena. Finally he opened the bedroom door...and there she was (Vell ya know) in bed with the foreman. Ole silently closed the door and tiptoed out of the house.

The next day, Ole confronted Lars. "Ve better not try anudder stunt like ve did yesterday. I almost got caught!"


 Every year for the 17th of May parade the Swedes line up on one side of the road for the parade, the Norwegians on the other side. Those crazy Swedes would throw firecrackers at the Norwegians. Of course the Norwegians would get mad and light the firecrackers and throw them back.

Ole goes into a lumber yard to buy some 2x4's."May I help you", asks the salesman. "How long do you want' em?"

Ole replies: "Oh, for long time. I'm building a house."

Sven and Ole go to the beach, and after a couple hours Sven says, "This ain't no fun. How come da girls aren't friendly to me?"


"Well, I tell you, Sven, maybe if you put a big potato in your swim trunks, dat would help."

So Sven does, but he comes back to Ole later, and he says, "I tried vat you told me with da potato, but it doesn't help."
"Um, Sven, you're supposed to put da potato in da FRONT!"



In the middle of the show, Ole stands up and yells at the ventriloquist, "HEY!


You've been making too many jokes about us Norwegians! Knock it off ya bum!"

The ventriloquist replies, "Take it easy. They're only jokes!"
Ole replies, "You idiot, I'm not talking to you. I'm talking to dat little guy sitting on yer knee!"