Joke of the Day - Eric Holder, Presidential Timber


This cartoon from Ramirez back in February of 2012 says all you need to know about Eric Holder and most Democrats. They cannot tell when they’re lying.

And now, the aforementioned Holder seems to think he’s qualified for the highest office in the land . . .

From Breitbart:

Former Attorney General Eric Holder has said he is eager to become more involved in resisting President Donald Trump and is also considering a presidential run in 2020.

Read the rest.

What an Effin’ Joke!

Heatwave Brings out the Bugs

Bark Scorpion

One of the dogs started to go after a bark scorpion on the patio this afternoon. Luckily, we were able to restrain her while I eliminated the little beastie with a size 10W stomp.

After we finished walking the dogs, I set about to spray the perimeter of the patio and all of the entrances to the house and garage with a commercially available insect spray. We generally call our town exterminator roughly when the monsoons start for the spray service, but the heat is here earlier this season and the bugs are out already. Since I killed one scorpion, The Better Half would feel better if I were to lay down some spray, so I did.

You can see by the patio temperature inset in the image that the heat would be a bit abusive for more than light outdoor activity, so I sprayed the minimum of the essential areas and got back inside where the thermostat keeps us at a “cool” 82°.

A Conflict in Ancestry

correct-flags.gifI recently mentioned in a previous post that I have been casually tracing our ancestry. In so doing, I discovered a couple of days ago that I have two ancestors on my Father’s side, each of which fought on opposite sides in the Civil War.

One of my Great2 Grandfathers* on my Dad’s Mother’s side fought for the Union in the 6th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry whose primary mission was to protect the B&O Railway across the Appalachians. He was a private in Company I and was wounded in the leg during a skirmish in 1865. After he recovered, he was discharged and received a $12 pension per month. Big money in those days.

*The superscript “2” above denotes this is a Great-great Grandfather

My Great Grandfather on My Dad’s Father’s side fought for the Confederacy in the 5th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry that engaged Union forces under Sherman in Georgia and the Carolinas. This ancestor was also listed as a private and was attached to Company H, the “Mounted Rifles,” who eventually surrendered to the Union in 1865. This ancestor was paroled and relocated to Colorado where he eventually married my Great Grandmother who bore my Grandfather, my Dad’s Dad.

Since the number of ancestors doubles with each generation, there is a fairly good probability that some of the ancestors were participating in major historical events as was the case above. I went back a couple more generations and found one of the ancestors buried in a grave denoting his participation in the Revolutionary War. I’m sure I will find more tidbits like that as I progress through my ancestry.

What’s for Dinner?


Deutsches Küche ist zum Abendessen (German cuisine is what’s for dinner).

One of our favorite entrees is breaded pork loin cutlets (Jägerschnitzel) served with sides typical of German cooking. Today’s meal consisted of the cutlets served with braised Brussels sprouts (Rosenkohl, or “rose cabbage” in German) and an excellent hot German potato salad (Heißer Kartoffelsalat) recipe that The Better Half found. She also put some tomato and avocado garnish on the plate for color.

Lately, we have been dipping into our ancestry in hopes of locating some of the graves of our forebearers as we tour parts of the country in coming months and years. Despite our love of German, Italian and some French cooking, my family lines mostly seem to have come from England, whose cooking we can do without (Spotted Dick?? Really??).

The ancestry quest has gone pretty well, having located two cemeteries in Colorado, a couple in Massachusetts and one more in South Carolina which contain the remains of ancestors going from grand parents to a couple of generations back from that.

During our excursion to witness the Great American Solar Eclipse, we are planning to visit my great grandmother on my Mom’s Dad’s side in Montrose, Colorado and to visit numerous relatives’ graves in Pueblo, Colorado, including my paternal grandmother and grandfather as well as that grandfather’s folks, another set of great grandparents.

Traffic Jam

Main Street, Wickenburg, AZ, USA

The Title of this post is, of course, a tongue-in-cheek description of the (clickable) image above with less than a figurative handful of vehicles on the road in downtown today. The Better Half took this photo as we were enroute to an appointment with the kidney specialist*.

When the temperatures rise in the desert to beyond the three-digit level, the winter population (a.k.a. snowbirds) completely disappears (maybe a few hardy stragglers stay a while) and the summer population dwindles to between five and seven thousand while the peak winter population was about 25 k this year. That makes a big difference in traffic, parking, shopping, etc.

TBH and I welcome the summer heat and the ease of our normal lifestyle chores and errands that it brings. Along about Labor Day, the migration invasion will resume. Meanwhile, we’re content with the lull.

*(Regarding the specialist, the prognosis is good with a marked improvement from the initial diagnosis of partial kidney failure.)

D-Day Astronomical Data

Invasion Map

Astronomical Data from the US Naval Observatory for Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, shows that the “OPERATION OVERLORD” invasion took place with a sixteen hour sunrise to sunset time and under a full moon during the night. I do not know if the astronomical timing was a factor in setting the date of the invasion. Nothing is mentioned in the Wikipedia Article as to astronomical information.

It was the greatest military undertaking in history, where the tactics and diversions were carefully planned. Operation Overlord and its sub-operations made for a very complex and ultimately successful invasion to free Europe from the Axis and Nazi stranglehold. Supreme Commander Ike had this to say to the Allied Forces as they prepared for the invasion:

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

— General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Letter to Allied Forces

(Clickable Image)

A Classic Wickenburg Street Hot Rod

Street Rod

As The Better Half and I were parking in the supermarket lot on Thursday last, a “seasoned” gentleman was firing up his modified coupe to depart. TBH captured this (clickable) image of this beautiful classic.

The car was a beauty with what appeared to be meticulous detailing and lots of shiny chrome in the right places. The audible experience was half of the pleasure at seeing this rod with a throaty growl from the manifolds with each rev of the throttle. It was beautiful.

We haven’t posted much nor have we posted frequently here since we are sidetracked with a few “chores” to address our upcoming excursions with the RV. The big guy is currently at the dealer having some warranty squawks worked as well as periodic maintenance.

We also have become involved with our genealogy since we wish to visit some of the gravesites of ancestors buried in Colorado; one great grandmother in western Colorado (Montrose) and uncles, aunts, grandparents and some more great grands in the center of the state (Pueblo). The sister of TBH does this as a hobby and has been very helpful in showing us the ropes as we are getting into the ancestry thing.

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