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   Jj1319  Mornin', all,

While finishing up your shopping today, see if you notice the spirit expressed in this segment from NPR. Don't worry, it's funny.

Merry Christmas,

http://www.npr.org/2016/12/23/506475364/a-holiday-tradition-
david-sedaris-reads-santaland-diaries
December 24 at 09:37 EST .

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   StormCnter  This photo was posted on Facebook and was supposedly taken just a few days ago. The Vietnam Wall is on the left.
   December 24 at 07:52 EST .

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   Kono  Beautiful. Thanks for the post.
December 26 at 14:50 EST .

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   MeiDei  The next time our lib/progressive "intellectualls" bemoan our Founding Fathers were old white men - enlighten them:
The surprising ages of the Founding Fathers on July 4, 1776

For the Journal of the American Revolution, Todd Andrlik compiled a list of the ages of the key participants in the Revolutionary War as of July 4, 1776. Many of them were surprisingly young:

Marquis de Lafayette, 18
James Monroe, 18
Gilbert Stuart, 20
Aaron Burr, 20
Alexander Hamilton, 21
Betsy Ross, 24
James Madison, 25

This is kind of blowing my mind…because of the compression of history, I’d always assumed all these people were around the same age. But in thinking about it, all startups need young people…Hamilton, Lafayette, and Burr were perhaps the Gates, Jobs, and Zuckerberg of the War. Some more ages, just for reference:

Thomas Jefferson, 33
John Adams, 40
Paul Revere, 41
George Washington, 44
Samuel Adams, 53

The oldest prominent participant in the Revolution, by a wide margin, was Benjamin Franklin, who was 70 years old on July 4, 1776. Franklin was a full two generations removed from the likes of Madison and Hamilton. But the oldest participant in the war was Samuel Whittemore, who fought in an early skirmish at the age of 80.
Interesting, yes?
December 23 at 15:34 EST .

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   GO3  This makes sense because average life span was low by today's standards. I remember a statistic which had average life span even in 1901 at 47. In 1776 no one could afford an extended adolescence lest you croak before having a family and/or a profession. I.e., you better get on with life because it didn't last that long.
December 23 at 15:50 EST .

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   WAN2  "Lifespan" is largely determined by how many die young making it seem like only the tiny few made it to Franklin's age. IF you made it through childhood--now as then--you often lived to a ripe old age. Which is why, if you make it to 70, the true odds are you will live to be 90. Unless your wife shoots you.
December 23 at 16:35 EST .

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   MeiDei  Age at death: Adams 91, Franklin 84, John Jay 84, Jefferson 83, Madison 83, Revere 82, Monroe 73, Washington 67, Hancock 56, Hamilon 47 (duel ). My guess is, as nursed babies, they received natural immunities from their mothers or wet nurse.

With only medicinal herbs vs. leeches - amazing survival rate. Also amazing - what each accomplished at an early age; old white men indeed! Let's put the lie of old white men to rest. Who do we have among us, (at our Founding Fathers age in 1776 ), that has equaled their foresight, courage and accomplishments?

WAN2- I thank you for the parting chuckle, but today you need a broader brush i.e., spouse, companion, significant other, etc. ; )
December 23 at 20:49 EST .

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   Gram77  HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL AT THE CONNECTION FROM GRAM!
December 22 at 16:23 EST .

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   3XALADY  And a MERRY CHRISTMAS to you, Gram. It's kind of different with DH's death but I tell myself I am not the only widow and millions have gone before me and made it. And a Merry Christmas to all others who enter here. We have many reasons to be merry. Just think of the alternative.
December 23 at 15:21 EST .

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   Fireball27  I just finished reading a book everyone should check out. All these "snowflakes" should be reading it. The title says it all, as far as "snowflakes" go. "The Girl Who Escaped ISIS. This is about six of the girls captured by ISIS and sold into slavery. Remember when the Yadizi's were stuck up on the mountain and were begging for help? About 2 years ago. Well the U.S. and others were able to get them down from the mountain and to safety. This story is about a girl and her family that didn't try to leave when in hindsight they should have. ISIS surrounded their village and took over. These people weren't Christian or Muslim and couldn't understand why ISIS would want to harm them. Please read this and explain it to all your liberal "snowflake" friends. This poor girl suffers from headaches, but unlike the pro football players, she didn't earn millions of dollars getting this condition. I hope someone gets through to the actors and athletes and lets them know what the world is really like.
December 20 at 23:40 EST .

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   Tulsa  Found this 3X. http://www.toptenreviews.com/services/internet/best-satellit
e-internet-providers/


Also, does everyone with Win. 7 know there are no more KB downloads. There are some kind of roll ups. And that extended service 'could have' been purchased in 2015, but not after a certain date and we had zero notification of this, so we don't have it. MSSE is still working, kinda. If a def. update is within 24 hrs. the download hangs up. We like windows.
December 19 at 11:05 EST .

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   3XALADY  It just took me 3 minutes after getting the log in page. I have my cookies emptied every time I leave a site so have to keep signing in. We have Windows 10 and DirecTV and the saucer is waaaay up on top of the house. I guess I was just used to 'in town' speed and have to cool my heels. I live 7 miles out of town and had been seeing work crews supposedly laying fiber optic lines to upgrade Century Link but I actually think it is worse than when I got here. Another subject: I am glad to be back yard birding again after not being able to in Florida. Put up the feeders on Thursday and it took until today for the little critters to stop in and eat. They are mostly eating what I threw on the ground and occasionally a couple of woodpeckers will land on the suet holder. Is there a way to post pictures? I've forgotten.
December 19 at 14:54 EST .

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   StormCnter  Why couldn't you have a back-yard feeder in Florida?
December 19 at 16:03 EST .

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   StormCnter  You can post a picture from your computer by clicking the Browse button, locating your picture, then clicking Open and then the Comment button. If you don't have a picture already in your file, do you know how to put one there? If you will email me, I can give you the steps. Also for posting videos. StormCnter@aol.com
December 19 at 16:06 EST .

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   3XALADY  We lived on a lake and Hurricane Charlie 8/04 took all the trees down around us so there was nothing to hang feeders in/on. Tried the shepherd's hook and even after tying them on, wind kept them blown off. Also, more squirrels than birds so it was just a losing battle. One time I found a feeder that fit on a big window with suction cups so I bought it, thinking those )(*&*% squirrels wouldn't bother that. Bet me! They hung on the glass in the middle of the window and ate it clean. I finally gave up. Re posting picture - guess I was looking for the little camera picture like is on faceook. I can do the other. Thanks.
December 19 at 17:18 EST .

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   Namma  I have seen people hanging a metal slinky on the pole holding the bird feeder. It's so funny to watch the squirrels trying to get up the pole. You might try this to keep the squirrels from the bird seed.
December 20 at 11:20 EST .

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   3XALADY  I saw a video on facebook and thought it was a slinky. It was hard to tell. So far no squirrels are bothering the feeders. It might be because they are used to two labs being in the yard except when it is extremely hot or cold.
December 23 at 15:23 EST .

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   MeiDei  Our squirrels figured out how to empty the suet cages. A metal kidney-shaped self locking shower hook solved that.
December 23 at 21:21 EST .

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   3XALADY  Good morning everyone. My subject today is the internet. I've moved to the country and consequently my Century Link internet is kind of slow and sux when it does work. But my question is - I think I read that Obola signed our internet over to the UN and I'm just wondering if that is the problem because I don't remember it being so bad - or nonexistent - when I first got here the first of October. I posted on my facebook page about how bad it was and several people concurred with me. Are any of you having the problem - when I am on lucianne and click on a page, I can go do something and come back and it's still not loaded. Ice storm on Friday, then snow on Saturday. My first winter weather in 16 years, but I will live.
December 19 at 09:21 EST .

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   Tulsa  Morning. That means you have a dish yes? Ice or snow 'in' the dish will interfere with a signal. And so will sheeting rain, fyi. The solution for snow is to buy a can of de-icer and spray your dish...hopefully you can reach it with a ladder. Ours is on the edge of roof in back of the home. The Suit used to just brush it out. The de-icer is easier.

We built in the city in 2002. We were the last phase of this subd. There were no cable (Comcast ) lines run, tho I called them for months and told them 30+ houses were being built. Comcast here is a terrible franchise. ...bad service. We we are fortunate they ignored me. We have DirecTV.
December 19 at 10:13 EST .

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   Tulsa  And. Even without bad weather Sat. Internet is almost as bad as dial up, I'm told. Hughes advertises as being the best. You could search the web to see if there are ratings should you ever consider a change and if there is anything to boost speed.

Stay warm and well. It's freezing in the South too.
December 19 at 10:18 EST .

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   MeiDei  A Christmas poem




December 18 at 20:35 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thanks for this one, Mei.
December 19 at 05:05 EST .

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   Lonestar Jack  Football is a serious sport in Texas, and yet has a sympathetic side.

Cherokee has a big sign in town (? ) proclaiming 6 man football championships in '73 '75 '78.

Iraan is a city in Pecos County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,229 at the 2010 census. It was named for Ira and Ann Yates, owners of the ranch land upon which the town was built.

The site http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/15/sports/iraan-high-school-t
exas-state-football-championship.html?_r=2
is about one of this years championship games.
December 17 at 14:09 EST .

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   StormCnter  Iraan is home country for my family. My mother graduated from Iraan high school, my uncle established the town's first bank, my dad had a gas station in 1933. It's a place full of good people and stout hearts. And a very good football team, too. Anyone pronouncing the town's name correctly (eye-ra-ann ) gets a smile. Natives say (eye-ry-ann ).
Thanks for posting this, Jack.
December 18 at 06:17 EST .

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   Phooey  Happy Birthday, Birdnest. Sorry, it's four days late.
December 16 at 18:43 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thank you Phooey. I had a lovely day helping my dear friend bake all sorts of goodies to take with her when she leaves to spend Christmas with her family.
December 16 at 21:22 EST .

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   MeiDei  Since early this year I didn't think there was any interest in birthdays - thank you Phooey (do you want the job )
Bird, I'm so sorry to have missed it! Went back to the events wall & it seems several people liked the horoscope postings - here's yours:
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS DECEMBER 12, you could be someone who likes to compete not only in sports but also in general. Bold, optimistic and jovial could accurately describe the Sagittarius born on December 12. It’s not unusual that the 12th December birthday personality is a perfectionist when it comes to certain things. You have compassion for others as you are open minded.
Belated Happy Birthday!
December 16 at 21:38 EST .

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   Tulsa  Hello all...posting here as The Lobby gets the most coverage. I read all the time people having problems hearing dialog either bc some actors have accents or they whisper. I could cite several programs. I often read reviews and look for spoilers and found threads that viewers are turning on closed captioning, tho they have no hearing problem.

Here's what I do. http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/view_episode_scripts
.php?tv-show=elementary&episode=s05e02


Go to the link above and read the script. ...just scroll down to approx. where the line was in the show and read it. This has kept me from going completely insane and reading a sentence I missed. I have it set for Elementary, but you may search for most shows ...top line I believe.
December 16 at 10:41 EST .

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