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   Gram77  Any of you folks that check out photographs here know how I love trains. Boy, I could live in any of these rail cars/houses in a minute!!
April 9 at 10:56 EST .

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   Gram77  Oops, should be on Coffee Klatch!!
April 9 at 10:58 EST .

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But the real crowd pleaser may have been 18 year old Marlana VanHoose, whose rendition of The Star Spangled Banner set the crowd on fire.

Born with cerebral palsy, without a fully formed optic nerve, VanHoose has never been able to see, so she was unable to witness the crowd erupt in applause after she took the stage at the Kentucky Galt House Hotel.

Doctor’s had predicted that she would not make it past her first birthday,

According to her website, “Marlana was humming “Jesus loves me” before she talked and by the time she was 2 years old she taught herself to play the piano.” She has also sung the national anthem at sporting events and has been featured on ESPN.

Thankfully, the gifted teen who defied all odds could hear the cheers and chants of USA! USA! USA! after her awe-inspiring performance.

How amazing is this girl’s voice? She certainly is amazing, and I hope to see more of her in years to come!
April 9 at 08:30 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Attention VETs
Important Legislation Regarding SBP/DIC Offset on Veteran wall
April 7 at 19:25 EST .

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   Bettijo  Here is a very striking analogy to two crashes, one took place on a French mountain and the other is taking place day to day in the US and it seems that those who will be damaged most and were killed couldn't seem to do anything about it.

Striking Analogy

From a former Navy fighter pilot and a retired UAL Captain ........

We are all flying on the Germanwings plane, with a twisted pilot at the controls. Will we just wait, and assume the "Crash Position"?

The 'real' pilot was locked out of the cockpit.

That set of circumstances finally revealed the full horror of the crash of Germanwings flight 9525. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz waited for the pilot to leave the cockpit, then locked the door to prevent his re-entry. Then Lubitz, for reasons unknown and perhaps unknowable, deliberately steered the jet into a harrowing 8-minute plunge ending in an explosive 434 mph impact with a rocky mountainside. 150 men, women and children met an immediate, unthinkably violent death.

Lubitz, in his single-minded madness, couldn't be stopped because anyone who could change the jet's disastrous course was locked out.

It's hard to imagine the growing feelings of fear and helplessness that the passengers felt as the unforgiving landscape rushed up to meet them.

Hard ... but not impossible.

Because America is in trouble. We feel the descent in the pits of our stomachs. We hear the shake and rattle of structures stressed beyond their limits. We don't know where we're going anymore, but do know it isn't good. And above all, we feel helpless because Barack Obama has locked us out.

He locked the American people out of his decision to seize the national healthcare system. Locked us out when we wanted to know why the IRS was attacking conservatives. He locked us out of having a say in his decision to tear up our immigration laws, and to give over a trillion dollars in benefits to those who broke those laws.

Obama locked out those who advised against premature troop withdrawals. Locked out the intelligence agencies who issued warnings about the growing threat of ISIS. He locked out anyone who could have interfered with his release of five Taliban terror chiefs in return for one U.S. military deserter.

And, of course, Barack Obama has now locked out Congress, the American people, and our allies as he strikes a secret deal with Iran to determine the timeline
(not prevention ) of their acquisition of nuclear weapons.

Was Andreas Lubitz depressed, insane, or abysmally evil when he decided to lock that cockpit door and listen to no voices other than those in his head? Did he somehow believe himself to be doing the right thing?

The voice recordings from the doomed aircraft reveal that as the jet began its rapid descent, the passengers were quiet. There was probably some nervous laughter, confusion, a bit of comforting chatter with seatmates, followed by a brief period in which anxiety had not yet metastasized into terror.

It was only near the end of the 8-minute plunge that everyone finally understood
April 7 at 09:08 EST .

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   WAN2  Alas, we will be in God's warm embrace a little sooner than expected...
April 7 at 09:17 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Thanks for posting and the email, will be forwarding.
April 7 at 19:33 EST .

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   JoniTx  A step back in time: President Reagan's Radio Address to the Nation on the Observance of Easter and Passover - 4/2/83
April 5 at 14:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  What a contrast then and now. Reagan understood Easter & Passover - we need another like him.
April 6 at 20:17 EST .

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   Balogreene  Surf. Contact me at or Either my sister or I will get back to you
April 4 at 22:41 EST .

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   Bettijo  What a waste! I have a friend who was on wait list for a kidney for YEARS, she finally got one; another friend's daughter is currently waiting for a kidney. She is on dialysis 12 hours a day! Human organs are so priceless! Remember the young girl that Katheryn Sibelius refused to put on wait list for heart?

A troubled teenager who received a controversial heart transplant less than two years ago died Tuesday after he lost control of his car during a high-speed chase with Roswell police.
Anthony Stokes, 17, of Decatur, was also a suspect in a failed burglary and a carjacking, which police believe were linked to the fatal crash of the black Honda Accord on Ga 9, Officer Lisa Holland said.
Stokes made international news in August 2013 after the media reported that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston had not put him on a transplant list. The hospital ruled he was a bad candidate for the organ because of his background that suggested he would be “uncompliant” in treatment and had brushes with the law.
Teen suspect who died after Roswell police chase was heart recipient photo
Authorities were investigating after a burglary, a pedestrian hit and a car crash in Roswell on Tuesday afternoon. (Channel 2 Action News )
His mother, Melencia Hamilton, then told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that hospital officials stereotyped her son, who wore a court-ordered monitoring device, as a troubled teen.
“It just seemed they decided he’s a troublemaker, and that’s not true,” she said in August 2013.
Attempts to reach Hamilton for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.
Anthony Stokes gets a new heart photo
Channel 2 Action News
Anthony Stokes, 15, has an enlarged heart and needs a transplant, his family said in 2013.
Stokes suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy, in which the heart’s main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, fails to pump enough blood.
People who receive transplants must adhere to strict medication regimens to keep their bodies from rejecting the organs. A person can be disqualified if hospital officials think the patient won’t stick to that regimen, has no support system or an inability to pay for expensive anti-rejection medicines.
At the time Stokes was diagnosed, doctors said he would die within six to nine months without a transplant, Hamilton said. The hospital reversed course and Stokes received a heart after his mother and critics from civil rights organizations contended he was denied the heart because he was poor, black and had trouble with the law, which his mother said was for fighting.
Channel 2 Action News reported Tuesday night that it had confirmed that Stokes was the same Anthony Stokes who died after fleeing police following a carjacking and a burglary. An elderly Roswell woman told the news station Stokes shot at her — pointing to bullet holes in her walls — after he kicked in her door and found her inside watching television.
His Facebook page had pictures of him showing off a pistol, the news station reported.
The Honda was reported carjacked in Dunwoody, Holland said. Police responding to a burglary call on Alpine

   April 1 at 08:51 EST .

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   Bettijo  Oops! Sorry, the 10-year-old girl needed a lung transplant. I think she finally got it; anyone know how she is doing?

Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that she would not intervene in a decision that bars a 10-year-old girl – given just weeks to live – from getting a lung transplant.
April 1 at 09:00 EST .

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   MeiDei  Dialysis 12 hours a day is serious - prayers for your friend's family for strength, courage, hope & joy.
April 1 at 11:39 EST .

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   Uno  The GLØbamboozler sez: "April Fools!!"
   March 31 at 21:30 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Can't seem to get it to post, so use the long way, for Easter Season
   March 30 at 12:44 EST .

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   AGGW  Someone posted on facebook that tonight is earth hour, reminding people to turn lights off.

Note to self: Turn ON every light in my house I can find.
   March 29 at 12:07 EST .

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   Safetydude  Don't forget those outside lights.
March 29 at 18:54 EST .

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   MeiDei  Amazing video of Ultrasound - YouTuber Jen Cardinal posted this mind-boggling video today, writing: “at our 14 week ultrasound our baby was clapping, so I sang a song with our doctor, while my husband filmed.”
Published on Mar 26, 2015
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March 27 at 17:12 EST .

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   Surfhut  I had a similar experience with ultrasound in 1989. Blew my and my dearly departed husband's minds. I was 12 weeks pregnant.
March 27 at 20:32 EST .

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   Surfhut  This video has been "produced" but does not negate the fact that a 14 week-old unborn baby is a BABY. The experience I referred to above was watching my 12 week unborn son falling asleep and rubbing his ear. He's 25 and still rubs that ear when he gets tired.
March 29 at 09:52 EST .

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   MeiDei  I understand there's concern that this was looped. I don't know, I did see my great nephew's ultrasound when he was about 14-16 weeks & watched as he sucked his thumb, and had a case of the hiccups. Another one showed him clasping his hands, unclasping & what appeared to be playing with his fingers. I'll check with my niece about her last two boys & their ultrasounds. No ultrasound when I had my son. I know the unborn have fingers & toes at 12 weeks, there's a website that has the weekly progression of the unborn
March 29 at 18:48 EST .

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   MeiDei This is one in 3-D & in sepia tones that shows motion over time lapse - if you put it on full screen it's easier to see the particular week of gestation. Dr. Israel Shapiro is the doctor who filmed this.
March 29 at 19:32 EST .

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