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   Uno  The GLØbamboozler's Grand Strategy to defeat ISIS:
   February 19 at 23:23 EST .

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   Straitpath  Will you Catholics guide us through the Lent, Easter season again this year? I understand Tuesday was shrove day, or repentance, confession day? Ash Wednesday, today, is where one uses ash to make a cross on the forehead? What is the symbolism of the day? Why forty days before Easter? We learned some of this last year on this site and I, as a Mormon, thoroughly enjoyed it.
   February 19 at 00:40 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  The 40 days is symbolic of Jesus' 40 days fasting in the wilderness while being tempted by Satan. The ashes are supposed to be made from the burning of the previous year's leftover palm fronds. as the ashes are applied to the forehead, the priest says "Remember man that you are dust, and into dust you shall return." - at least in my parish. I am a Catholic, tho' not very knowledgeable.
February 19 at 14:15 EST .

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   Balogreene  I am and was raised Protestant. Sometimes the symbolic or Catholicism adds to the mysticism, making belief magical.
February 19 at 21:12 EST .

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   Timber Queen  As Lacta already shared, the forty days is in imitation of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert just before starting His public ministry. The 40 days begin on Ash Wednesday by observing a day of fasting and abstaining from meat, as well as receiving the ashes to remind us of our mortality. Sundays during Lent are excluded from the 40 days, as the Lord’s Day is a day for glory, worship and joy, not fasting and penance. Lent is a time to turn our weaknesses into strengths and our vices into virtues. Catholics are called to focus on three main spiritual exercises during Lent; prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (charity ). Fasting often takes the form of “giving up” something you either enjoy or is a bad habit. Besides something temporal it’s also good to fast from interior things like anger, frustration, or holding grudges. There are many devotional aids available with a daily Scriptural meditation, prayer, and a penance for the day to offer for personal sins or the sins of the whole world. A sample penance would be, “Do something kind for someone who does not like you.” As part of our fasting, on Fridays during Lent we abstain from meat. On Fridays most Catholic churches offer a devotion known as The Stations of the Cross where we follow Jesus through His persecution, passion, and death. Beginning with His condemnation to the cross by Pilot, we follow fourteen stations (episodes ) along the road to Calvary, His death and burial. We become intimate with the price He paid for our redemption. Lent ends on Holy Thursday night at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which begins the Sacred Triduum (three days ) including Good Friday, Holy Saturday evening/Easter morning. I am a certified catechist. My email is available for more information. God bless and a happy Lent!
February 19 at 22:57 EST .

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   Straitpath  That is very beautiful, Timber Queen. Thank you.
February 20 at 23:27 EST .

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   Gerty  And there you have it Miss Timber! Simple, to the point and factual--one doesn't have to be Catholic.
February 21 at 18:34 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Now I understand why "climate change" is such a threat!
   February 18 at 13:57 EST .

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   MeiDei  Maybe you're sick of hearing about all the snow here in the Boston area. Parking is a problem, according to a report: if you spent 10 hours shoveling out a parking spot it's yours for 24 hours after it stops snowing. Well one fellow did that and a NY visitor to the area pulled in and took his space. From the article:
Like in the case of one resident, who had the parking spot he dug out stolen by a neighbor. “So I put all the snow back,” he wrote in a Craigslist post. He left the passenger side door open in case they left meds in by mistake. A poll was taken and over 23,000 agreed with his actions, while 1000 or so thought he was a jerk.

   February 16 at 23:01 EST .

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   MeiDei  Correction: 48 hours after it stops snowing. That rule is a new one to me. Also, the fellow works the 3pm to 11 pm shift & got home at midnight with no place to park.
February 16 at 23:07 EST .

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   Richdet  Let me interpret that poll. The 23,000 are the ones who clean out and maintain their own parking spots. The 1,000 are the sneaky "free riders" who sit on their derrieres, and then grab the parking spots others have cleaned out. Mei, the "48 hour rule" got instituted in Boston neighborhoods just in the past few years. It alone causes the so-called "snow rage" incidents. Typical Dem government thinking: punish the people who shovel out their cars, in fact create disincentives for people to shovel out their cars, and make it easy for the "takers" to benefit off the labors of the snow shovelers. (By the way -- full disclosure -- I am an example of one of the "jerks" who, a few years ago now, once buried a car in snow after the person moved my wife's orange cone and took the spot for herself. Do it to me, I probably grin [sort of] and bear it. Do it to my wife, different story. )

I read about an incident prior to this past weekend's blizzard where some 50-something woman who had been shoveling out her spot storm after storm was confronted by a man who lived a couple of streets over and he brazenly took her spot from her, calling her various names in the process. The woman tearfully called her son, and he came over and, together with a few outraged neighbors, shoveled out a new spot for her, using the displaced snow to bury the brazen neighbor's car.

A block from here a woman has placed a sign on her space holder -- goes something like "I am pregnant. Please don't take this spot. I have had to shovel it out 3 times." That's what the 48-hour rule translates into in practical terms. It emboldens some at the expense of many others.
February 17 at 08:23 EST .

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   MeiDei  Ah the stories we'll be talking about for weeks to come. I wouldn't have the strength to shovel snow back on some rude person's car but my sign would read: "I'm menopausal & I have a weapon, park at your own risk"
February 17 at 13:06 EST .

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   MeiDei  OK full disclosure: I was 13 walking to church in a brand new all white dress when some boys in a car came by and sprayed me with black soot. Crestfallen, I walked on & spotted their parked car in front of the local movie theater [remember them?] where they had gone in ... their laughter at their dirty deed was still fresh in mind - amazingly I tripped & what do you know, they came out to find 2 flat tires. Then I was scared that someone might have seen my fall [from grace]. No communion that day for me.
February 17 at 13:19 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I am proud of you MD, what goes around comes around, but at times, needs a little help.
February 17 at 14:05 EST .

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   Alice  MeiDei, I laughed when I read about your Fall. I recently re-read Kipling's novel ''Kim'' and so my comment is
Just is the Wheel!
Wednesday at 15:01 EST .




   Susannah  Lesley Gore has died.
February 16 at 17:49 EST .

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   Balogreene  And Louis Jordan, two people who entertained me well.
February 16 at 19:28 EST .

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   Safetydude  I wonder who will be number three?
February 16 at 23:07 EST .

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   Safetydude  The above comment was rejected twice, for some reason, before it posted. Go figure?
February 16 at 23:09 EST .

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   Gerty  Some interesting facts for a slow-news Sunday here in the Mid-Hudson Valley of NYS.

Current weather: Temp. 2 degrees F.; Wind: 23 mph; Wind chill factor: -11 degrees F. There is no good weather news.
February 15 at 19:58 EST .

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   BirdsNest  No good weather news indeed....17F with wind chill of 1F. Tonight heavy snow and high winds. Charming.
February 16 at 08:30 EST .

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   Surfhut  Thundersleet all night. Thunderstorms with sleet coming down instead of rain. 1" of ice on the roads. I can't even get up the incline to get out of my apartment parking lot.
February 16 at 08:50 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Ice. The worst winter precipitation of all.
February 16 at 09:01 EST .

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   Balogreene  We expect 3 to 10 inches of snow, depending on where we live in the area. Already have a couple of inches here. My friends in Fayetteville NC are expecting 2 inches of ice, and power outages. I'm pleased, I get so much more done at home, glad I don't have to go in tomorrow. My deadline is Thursday, hope I get a day or two break.
February 16 at 19:31 EST .

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   MeiDei  Be safe, keep warm, hibernation is recommended : ) A good book or movie and a warm body - 2 or 4 legged to keep you company.
February 16 at 21:51 EST .

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   MeiDei  Surf, I came back from a long trip only to find the hill ahead of me too slick to drive on - I did only thing I could to get up that hill, and that was to drive, passenger side wheels only, on the grass bordering the road ... no sidewalk in that area thankfully. The ground was frozen so the lawns weren't ruined. My prayers are with all who have weather challenges this winter - and for those that have to deal with springtime flooding [this will be a real problem this year, hopefully the engineers will be planning on reducing the water in the lakes & streams via draining the dams early] & of course, tornadoes. God bless all.
February 16 at 22:45 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  put a link on the Politic wall, hope you have time to read it.
February 15 at 07:54 EST .

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   Gerty  Very interesting, Miss EC. Thanks for posting.

PS I must admit it brought back some dark days of plodding through World Lit and World History! (OK--'plodding' might be a bit strong. )
February 15 at 19:41 EST .

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   Balogreene  Where did my post go? I said it was a slog, but, I loved it.
February 16 at 19:32 EST .

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   Uno  A day late and a dollar short.
What else would we expect from Slo Joe?

   February 15 at 05:16 EST .

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   MeiDei  He spells is LUV - just read about Quayle's potato spelling - he was reading it off from the teacher's flash card. How many years did we have to wait to learn that? Was he being kind for the teacher's sake by not mentioning it & if so, you'd think the reporter would have followed suit.
February 16 at 21:57 EST .

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   Susannah  Hold some good thoughts for LCom. folks in eastern Maine, New Hampshire, and eastern Mass. They are having heavy snow now, which will escalate into a blizzard by 7 p.m. tonight. Now this would not ordinarily be a big deal, but this is the third blizzard in slightly over two weeks, and when this current storm passes, they will have nearly nine feet of snow on the ground. And there is another snowstorm due mid-week. I'm lucky; I have only about six feet of snow. No one is complaining, however; as far as I can tell everyone is prepared to the extent that one can be prepared: generators, food and water supplies, battery-operated lanterns, etc. This is an extraordinary amount of snow to have fallen in so short a space, and it's doubly problematic with hurricane-force winds tonight for the coastal areas. I'm one of the lucky ones with only about six feet of snow. Gotta love that man-made global warming!
February 14 at 17:56 EST .

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   Gram77  Can't believe the weather. I lived in the Cleveland area until 1989 and I don't remember such a severe winter. Wish I could squeeze all you guys into my little old mobile home. Wouldn't we have fun? Every one stay warm as possible and keep safe!
February 14 at 18:11 EST .

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   Susannah  Thanks for the good wishes, though, as I say, I need them less than do the folks to the east and north of me. It's not the amount of snow per se; it's the fact that so much of it has fallen in so little time. And it's not melting, because the temperatures go down to well below zero at night, and don't get much above 10 degrees in the daytime, even with sporadic bursts of sunlight. When I can get out of the house, I'm amazed by the fact that the plow crews are able to scrape the roads down to asphalt. They're really good.
February 14 at 18:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  What is really troubling me, is our back walk isn't shoveled & I think we're supposed to get rain Tues. or Wed. and that means water pouring in through the back door. No kids in the neighborhood anymore & snow blower can't get to it. Please God, no rain!
February 14 at 18:21 EST .

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   Susannah  Mei, I'm guessing at your location, but I think that forecast has been changed to all snow. Which is not good, but better than rain. Rain would be--and I am not kidding--a disaster of epic proportions, because it would mean living in in eight or nine feet of solid ice, once it freezes. Pray for more snow instead of rain.
February 14 at 18:31 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Coastal VA here, a wee bit of snow last evening, but the worst of it is the high winds. I sat up all night because of them...gusts to 45mph. And cold. Fells like -5F now. I feel sorry for my animals, chickens and ducks. And our friend that has 2 goats due to have babies any minute, you know they will pick now to birth-the worst possible time.
Try to stay warm and pray the electricity stays on.
February 15 at 07:39 EST .

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   Surfhut  I can only imagine the daily challenges in areas hit so hard this winter. You are in my prayers.
February 15 at 09:06 EST .

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   Richdet  My main concern for today is, as Bird says, that the electricity stay on. As this winter goes on, the human element factors in to all the snow challenges in my city neighborhood. The roads, already narrow, grow narrower. Some footpaths are maybe six inches wide. So it takes forever to get anywhere or do anything. There is no such thing as a "quick" errand. Drivers get into what I call stand-offs -- who will back up (not always easy when you can't see around the mounds ) so the other can go forward? Other drivers get impatient and blow horns at people forced to walk in the roads. The local vendors comment on how short-tempered everyone is getting.

The day before last week's storm I went to the supermarket and thought I had walked into an episode of The Hunger Games, every pun intended. There were no shortages that I could spot, but some people were behaving as though the last pork chop or the last dozen eggs were up for grabs to the pushiest contender. I had heard similar stories in the past, that was the first time I witnessed it upclose.

I would say that most are keeping their heads, but the exceptions are ... exceptions, bigtime. My conservative brain sees some of this as "blue state" types indignant that Mother Nature is having her way with them, and Daddy Government can't shield them from the reality of 80 or (by now maybe ) 90 inches of accumulated snow. There is nothing real-er than six-foot mounds of snow packed everywhere you look. You can't dream them away.
February 15 at 09:43 EST .

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   Uno  Something to think about ...
   February 14 at 11:23 EST .

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   Uno  The cards the democRats have to play...
   February 14 at 08:41 EST .

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   WAN2  A nation with pudding for brains cares not a jot and will reject anyone preaching individual responsibility. The Old Maid will please the Takers no end.
February 14 at 09:30 EST .

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   Uno  Like the last 5 minutes in a football game, there's still a lot left that the GLObamboozler can do. So much so that I think even some of the takers will have had enough by the time 2016 comes around!
February 14 at 11:21 EST .

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