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   BirdsNest  ‘We all learned that when you tell a lie three times and there is no response, then the lie becomes the truth.’

From the article

Auschwitz 70 years later

Picture heavy. Moving.
6 hours ago .

   BirdsNest  From another article.... The Prince finished his short speech by reading out a three-line anonymous poem scratched on to a wall by a victim of the Holocaust.

"I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining.

"I believe in love, even though I don't feel it.

"I believe in God, even when he is silent."
6 hours ago .

   Iacta alea est  What a big load of.....not much. I live in central Westchester County, NY (predicted 18"-24" ) I stayed up until after 2 AM to see some of this "blizzard". When I woke up this AM this was a whopping 6-8 inches on the ground. I'm mad at myself for letting the dang blasted media take me for a ride.
Yesterday at 10:59 EST .

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   Bettijo  I just think the National Weather Service is trying to CYA. Many times they have underestimated the storm or the time it would begin. I think it was just last year or year before that Atlanta came to a complete standstill, people got stranded on I-285 and had to spend the night in their cars and children were stuck at school all night. As a result the next time they overcompensated for a few flurries. Also, governments are fearful of being criticized for not warning their citizens.
Yesterday at 11:20 EST .

   MeiDei  I was up til 4am today getting fresh batteries in place, candles w/matches nearby, cooking & all laundry done - now to just relax without stress even though there's no way I can get out of my driveway! (smile ). I still rather be prepared to be safe rather than sorry and am never disappointed when a bad storm is predicted & it turns out otherwise - with the power staying on is a big plus.

The storm isn't over for us here in NE, the temperatures are frigid, what snow we have isn't going anywhere soon, gradual warming is best so the moisture doesn't saturate the soil & make spring flooding a possibility. Surely, all those dependent upon electrical [with or without battery back up] medical devices are happy - I'm sure we're all happy for them.
Yesterday at 12:27 EST .

   MeiDei  BTW Iacta, I just heard from my niece in Putnam County and she has over 2' of snow. She's sort of happy that their new snow blower is getting it's first use.
Yesterday at 14:37 EST .

   Iacta alea est  Every point you make is a good one Mei. I too had positioned the generator for a quick deployment if necessary, put my MAG lite flashlight on my belt, etc. I was glad both Mom & Dad were safe and sound in their respective hospitals. I just don't like being prepared for something that turns out to be a lot less than what was expected. Don't get me wrong, I hope everyone who got hammered by the snow comes away unscathed, except for some sore muscles probably. Surprised to hear that Putnam County got hit so hard. Sometimes (when it comes to snow fall ) I'm like those crazy folks who don't evacuate when the hurricanes come.
23 hours ago .

   Gerty  Check with your niece in Putnam County again, Mei. It was predicted for us to get 2'--we actually got about 5-8" (hard to be accurate because of the wind factor ).
19 hours ago .

   MeiDei  She sent pictures of the neighborhood, the front of her house, the side driveway, & the back deck - no doubts here - the upper 1/3 of a yardstick barely visible. The drifts were more than waist high.

My backyard has maybe 3-4" so I thought I was home free til I opened my front door & saw the exact opposite - only the door handle on my car was visible via approx. a 12" x 6" space in the snow - not all of it drift. I have a neighbor who came over an hour ago with his new snowblower & did most of the drive & front walk - my angel! : )There is a God & He knew my concerns before I uttered the words.
19 hours ago .

   MeiDei  My bad, they used to live in Putnam Country, they're in their new home in Duchess County.
19 hours ago .

   Surfhut  I'm here in OKC, so glad to hear our dear Ldotters got prepared and are safe. It was 75 today! Weird weather for us.
18 hours ago .

   BirdsNest  On the ESVA, we got cold temps, high winds, and a blessed dusting of snow.
6 hours ago .

   Bettijo  Rick Perry’s Texas responsible for US job creation

   Yesterday at 10:16 EST .

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   Bettijo  After thought: In addition to more jobs, he is taking credit for drop in gas price, Tahmooressi freed from Mexican jail, death of Bin Laden, ending Iraq war, upturn in economy, and other things that actually happened in spite of him and his policies. But then he does not take credit for things he is responsible for: Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS Scandal, war again in Iraq, etc.

What a loser!
Yesterday at 10:42 EST .

   Jerseytomato  Greetings from the New Jersey Shore!

It's still snowing like heck here - and the wind's picking up. Gonna stay in and bake, that is, if the electricity stays on!

Hope everyone here on the eastern seaboard stays safe, warm and dry!
Yesterday at 07:54 EST .

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   Hagar  Great to see you posting again, we lucked out and only got a dusting.
Yesterday at 09:14 EST .

   Jerseytomato  Good to see you, too, Hagar! Here at the shore, we got about eight inches. Maybe a little more. It's mostly turned to ice now. Baked some cranberry, tangerine and toasted almond biscotti. Might dip some in chocolate and chopped almonds.

I came to the connection for a mental health break; I often visit the main page to try and be current. I'm going to wind up on blood pressure medication before we get through the next two years. Anyhow, I spent time on Blessings, Pets and Critters, Music, Household Hints, and my favorite, Gardening and Landscaping. Where's Rake King?
23 hours ago .

   Surfhut  Love to see you again, too, Jerseytomato. Any chance you would post that biscotti recipe on the Recipe Wall? Pretty please? With some chocolate and almonds on top?
18 hours ago .

   Jerseytomato  Hey Surfhut! Love seeing you! Yes, I would be delighted to post the biscotti recipe - going to do it right now.
4 hours ago .

   Clipped wings  Here's an item for discussion. Wise? Maybe not. Sarah Palin is once again in the news with her admission that she might be seriously interested in running for The office. Like her or not, if she wants to be taken seriously I would suggest she change her image again. You should not judge a book by the cover, but you often look at it and decide whether to buy it or not.
Sunday at 11:44 EST .

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   MeiDei  She's been so badly damaged in the press & in the blogs I don't think she can recover from our first introduction to her & her accomplishments. I read the comments after articles & she & her family are vilified, unfairly usually. Like many of us there's room for improvement but she's against voice modulation - something Mrs. Thatcher took seriously & went on to win. Sadly, I think any republican conservative female will be damned in the press.
Sunday at 13:48 EST .

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   Clipped wings  Yes, the voice has a lot to do with how we perceive a person. Also the visual appearance and IMHO she needs to take a look at the wardrobe and hair styles. Any female candidate has more to overcome more than the males, especially those of the GOP.
Sunday at 15:08 EST .

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   Hollyhock  One of the things I like best about Sarah Palin is that she keeps stirring the pot. She has the nerve to say what others are thinking with the added plus of ticking off the media.
Sunday at 16:16 EST .

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   MeiDei  Frankly, I'd prefer to see her in a cabinet post i.e., Secretary of Energy.
Sunday at 16:41 EST .

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   M2  I really like Sarah Palin. I like everything about her. Were she my neighbor, friend, relative, I would have nothing negative to say about her. But if she plans to run for president of the United States, the most powerful position in the world, she has got to do something about her voice. Just as people can't stand listening to Hillary Clinton speak, a lot of people including myself can't stand listening to Sarah's voice. It's not her message. Her message is just fine. She is a true patriot. It's her voice. Were this a trivial matter in this age of aesthetics, she would win handily. But her voice and dropping her g's makes everything else about her slightly annoying to many people Who vote. Steve Forbes would have made a notable and extremely competent president but he is not physically attractive and he sounds boring. In this age, superficiality is everything. It's a shame, but that's how it is. It would also be very nice if those who disagree about Sarah's electability would stop bashing those with whom they disagree One of the reasons Lucianne's website is so compelling, is because of the civility of posters toward each other. On this website, there is no excuse for bad manners. And there's far too much of it lately. Anonymity does not give anyone the right to badmouth other posters.
Sunday at 16:51 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Mei, there are a lot of good conservatives that would better serve in a cabinet position rather than wasting their time and money trying to be president.
Sunday at 21:02 EST .

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   Clipped wings  First of all, I must admit that I do not frequent the Connection all that often anymore. I used to make it a near daily habit to check in. In some of my absences, there appears to have been some shifts. I check some of the walls and there is so little conversation, no comments for lengthy periods. What happened? This was a good place to exchange ideas and experiences without rancor. There are just too many questions to begin to ask them all.
Sunday at 11:37 EST .

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   Bettijo  We have lost some of our best posters. I am with you. I miss what used to be.
Sunday at 15:24 EST .

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   Safetydude  Raise your hand if you watched the Barack Hussein Obama wide awake dream last nite?
January 21 at 18:52 EST .

   5 people like this.

   Hollyhock  I watched till my head hurt and my stomach was a half a raised hand.
January 24 at 13:17 EST .

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   Lonestar Jack  Main Stream Media didn't mention the fact that Gov Quinn from Illinois will be relinquishing his office soon when the new Republican Guv gets sworn in. What is really newsworthy is the fact that he won't be going to jail to accompany the past Democratic Ill Guvs.
January 20 at 12:48 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  God Bless America - The Story

Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing "God Bless America" on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.
Here are the facts... The link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of "GOD BLESS AMERICA". But before you watch it, you should also know the story behind the first public showing of the song.
The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression.Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we'd have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their
favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.
Kate was also large; plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings".Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV, but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her time.
Kate was also patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring . She had hope for America , and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also wrote "White Christmas" ) and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country. When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her.
He went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before - way back in 1917. He gave it to her and she worked on it with her studio orchestra. She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from God Bless America . Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song.
This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, "You're In The Army Now." At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it's Ronald Reagan.
January 18 at 13:49 EST .

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   Escaped commieny
January 18 at 13:50 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  for Jolly
January 18 at 13:52 EST .

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   Bettijo  Thanks! I had chills go up and down my spin as I watched this. It was all I could do to keep from crying. It breaks my heart; the patricians we had back them and the hatred of our country exhibited today. I sent it on to everybody I know.
January 18 at 15:15 EST .

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   Papasparky  A good friend and fellow patriot needs our prayers -- details on the Faith Wall.
January 18 at 09:54 EST .

   9 people like this.

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