Sunday, August 30, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Favorite

Nighthawks is a 1942 painting by American artist Edward Hopper.  Frequently found in various representations of American culture, it has a mystery about it.  Hopper posed for the men at the counter and his wife for the woman.  Hopper's biographer believes the work was inspired by Van Gogh's 'Night Cafe', and/or by a scene from Hemmingway's short story 'the killers.'

Data Sniffing Dog

The Subway spokesman done for child sex crimes was caught, in part, by a dog trained to sniff out electronic data storage devices.  In this case,he found a thumb drive load with illegal images that his human colleagues missed.

Nazi Treasure Legend TRUE

A Polish official says ground-penetrating radar images have left him "99% convinced" that a World War Two German military train filled with gold, gems and art work is buried near the south-western city of Walbrzych. Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski said images appeared to show a train equipped with gun turrets.  Local legend says a Nazi treasure train went missing near the city in 1945 just ahead of Russian troops.  Mr Zuchowski said information about the train had apparently come in a deathbed confession from a person involved in concealing it.

the oak

Amazing...even to old eyes.

Appalachian mountain children

That ole homestead be worth the same today!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Benefits of Garlic and Water

Garlic has medicinal properties for cardiovascular health; lowering cholesterol, reducing hypertension and high blood pressure. It also helps against common colds and has healing properties.

jpr: an old timer friend places a garlic bulb (after skinning and cutting cloves) into a large container of water. he consumes a small glass each day

Basset Hounds

  • Basset Hounds were bred to hunt in packs. Therefore, they are very social and affectionate. They are also calm, mild mannered, and gentle.
  • Most Basset Hounds enjoy the company of other dogs, pets, and family members and may even get lonely if frequently left alone for long periods of time. While they don't mind spending a lot of time sleeping, they also need daily attention and quality time with their owner(s).
  • Basset Hounds can be both sensitive and stubborn. They may get upset when scolded and at times may behave as though they don't hear your commands.
  • Basset Hounds have great endurance and can follow a scent for hours. But, since they also love naps and don't mind spending the day lounging around, they have a tendency to become overweight. Therefore, a Basset Hound needs regular exercise to keep its weight in check.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Is there any innocence left to be lost

vester flanagan

Jpr: if this is not evil  and the work of a demon then we have no right to expect goodness in our society

Morris Birdyellowhead

The best in the film Apocalypto!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Vera Farmiga

No purpose to this post; I just wanted to see her again.

Today's Puzzler - Karma-lade?

Time's running out so I gotta make all the amends I can as quick as I can..  So far this year I've helped a rabbit, a crawdad, a spider, and a stink bug.

In the act of strolling around a field, hitting an occasional golf ball, mostly doing lollygagging reps for exercise, I came across a crawdad, about 4 inches long. tearing ass at crawdad speed of about a half inch for every step.  Puzzled was I because it was in the middle of a field, 300 yards from the nearest stream, and no one else around.  How did it get there; what was it doing?  Were you dropped by a bird not strong enough to carry you?  Were you released by some kid who let you loose in the parking lot - if so it must've taken all night to get where you were. Do birds like crayfish?  Perhaps sucked into a small twister then falling from the clouds?
The field is pretty barren; some weeds and scrub, recently brush hogged.  Can't explain how you got there but you sure was tearing ass like you knew where you were headed.
My first sad thought was good luck bub; you are nowhere close to anything - you're in the middle of nowhere - you're doomed.
I hit a few more golf balls then thought more about the crayfish.  I checked and it was still inching its way across the vast wasteland.  I admired that but it was fruitless I thought.  Karma reared its bald head and I felt compelled to try a rescue.  I put it in my cap and carried it several hundred yards (at great inconvenience) to the nearest small stream or "crick".  I let it go in the tall grass nearby and wished it well.   "Adios amigo".  I'm sure it would reach running water; and probably have to fight for its life to grab some turf from the resident crawdads, but I did my bit.  Now it was up to it.

Still I wonder how it got to be in the middle of an open field nowhere near water..

Heroes, sort of.

I have never been a big fan of Donald Trump.  But he gets kudos from me for putting the arrogant, elitist, 'journalist' population in their correct place.  Kelly and now Jorge Ramos intentionally intimidate everyone they interview because of the power granted them by their TV audience.  'Do what I want or I'll turn them against you' has long distorted the role of journalism and journalists from reporting the news to making news --- truth be damned.  Thanks Trump, refreshing, keep it up. 

lots of time on a rainy day

great blue heron

One of these guys works the creek of my favorite trial. She is extremely shy, always sees me first then immediately flies off.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Vera Farmiga

A Ukrainian born american actress. English was not her first language.

Stars with Andy Garcia in movie Middelton. A most excellent work; no death, murder, mayhem, explosions, bad language, gratuitous bad behavior. Just wonderful acting, marvelous dialogue and soothing scenery.

Apple-Raisin Pandowdy by Martha Stewart

If this is made with Ida Reds...I'll kill for a piece!@!

Monday, August 24, 2015

civil war casualties

In total deaths the American Civil War was the deadliest war in American history (although in combat related deaths, World War II remains the deadliest conflict with 292,000 combat deaths.

Union Casualties : 110,000 killed in action
360,000 total dead
275,200 wounded
Confederate Casualties :93,000 killed in action
260,000 total dead
137,000 wounded


Two (2} out of every three deaths was from disease.

Abou Ben Adhem

Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An angel writing in a book of gold:—
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the Presence in the room he said
"What writest thou?"—The vision raised its head,
And with a look made of all sweet accord,
Answered "The names of those who love the Lord."
"And is mine one?" said Abou. "Nay, not so,"
Replied the angel. Abou spoke more low,
But cheerly still, and said "I pray thee, then,
Write me as one that loves his fellow men."

The angel wrote, and vanished. The next night
It came again with a great wakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,
And lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest.

by James Henry Leigh Hunt

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Monkeys are considered holy because they are believed to be the descendants of the deity Hanuman – the giant ape who helped Rama fight off his first evil – who is worshiped by Indians.
The news spread swiftly among the villagers in the deep forests of Rajhasthan, when the couple’s wedding was announced.
Raju, the “groom,” was famous in Banetha village, about 55 km from Talwas, attracting crowds whenever he went outside.  He was known for eating, sleeping and smoking cigarettes with his owner, Ramesh Saini, who treated him like a son, reports the news.
“I want to enjoy the feelings of a son’s marriage through Raju’s wedding,” said Rajesh, a 38-year-old married but childless auto rickshaw driver who nursed Raju back to health after finding him unconscious three years ago.

strange cloud formation

Jpr: what the....?

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Love poem by a young girl

I love you Josh,
I love you so much,
I love your so soft skin,
I love your tender touch.
I love your baby blue eyes,
I love your winning smile,
I love your personality,
I love to hold you a while.
I love the way you laugh,
I love your very sweet heart,
I love the way you love,
I hope we never, ever part.

anonymous...except to Josh 

jpr: love as seen from the other side!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Hyperloop transportation

The Hyperloop concept is proposed to operate by sending specially designed "capsules" or "pods" through a continuous steel tube maintained at a partial vacuum. It is to be wind, solar powered.

jpr: the concept was first proposed in 1910 by Goddard.

anita sanchez-Gijon

an Italian actress

Thursday, August 20, 2015

How Do You Spell STUPID?

According to court documents, Jared Fogle, who turned his obesity into a million dollar Subway ad gig, paid a 17-year-old girl who he had found online to engage in sex acts while he was staying at the Plaza Hotel in New York in 2012.  He also offered to pay adult prostitutes a finder's fee for putting him in touch with minors for sex acts, including some as young as 14. The documents also allege the ex-Subway spokesman received sexually explicit material produced by Russell Taylor, the executive director of a  charity set up to combat childhood obesity - the Jared Foundation. Some of the images he obtained featured children as young as six. He plead guilty.

Fire Rainbow

It's one of the rarest meteorological phenomenon -a 'fire rainbow' floated in the air over South Carolina on Sunday. The phenomenon is actually a cloud formation, formally referred to as a circumhorizontal arc. 

my own ground hog

In the large field behind my house lives a grand dad of a ground hog. He’s a survivor of local vehicular traffic, stray dogs, and predatory snakes.

Well the ole guy is a reliable predictor of spring perhaps as well as Puxatony Phil.

This time of year the open filds behind my house burn from dryness and heat.
My friend comes into my green yard to feed through the night while leaving signs of his extended presence.


“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear.
Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them.
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”


Maria Grazia Cucinotta

jpr: I actually recommended her earrings.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Tara Stone

The Lia Fáil or Stone of Destiny which stands about one metre in height is considered by some to have been a fertility symbol. The standing stone at ancient Hill of Tara in Ireland was originally sufficiently close to the Mound of the Hostages passage tomb that the two were traditionally considered to be an ensemble.


IN many lands shapeless stones have been adored. Among several ancient nations the idea of Divinity was symbolized by a rough stone. That aërolites should be revered is not surprising, since they, as the idol stone of Ephesus, came down from heaven. A single pillar stone might well, in rude times, typify generative force. Jupiter, Apollo, Venus, Mercury, and Diana Patroa were adored as stone columns. A circle of upright stones has been reverenced from the Pacific, across the Old World, to the Atlantic.

Ireland was no exception to this lithic faith.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

heroin history

In the mid to late 1800’s, opium was a fairly popular drug. Opium dens were scattered throughout what we know today as the Wild West. The opium influx during this period was due in large part to the drug being brought into the country via Chinese immigrants who came here to work on the railroads.
Accurate American history tells us that famous names of the period like Wild Bill Hickock and Kit Carson actually frequented opium dens more often than saloons. The stereotyped picture we have of the cowhand belly up to the bar drinking whiskey straight after a long hard ride on the dusty trail is only part of the story of the old west. Oftentimes times the cowhand was not belly up to a bar at all. He was in a prone position in a dim candle-lit room smoking opium in the company of an oriental prostitute.

At the end of the civil war 400,000 ex-soldiers were addicted to heroin.

Men of Harlech

Men of Harlech, march to glory,
Victory is hov'ring o'er ye,
Bright-eyed freedom stands before ye,
Hear ye not her call?
At your sloth she seems to wonder;
Rend the sluggish bonds asunder,
Let the war-cry's deaf'ning thunder
Every foe appall.
Echoes loudly waking,
Hill and valley shaking;
'Till the sound spreads wide around,
The Saxon's courage breaking;
Your foes on every side assailing,
Forward press with heart unfailing,
'Till invaders learn with quailing,
Cambria ne'er can yield!


song used in movie about welsh regiment in zulu wars

Monday, August 17, 2015

The virgin by joe Stella 1926

An American futuristic painter.

Christianne Paul

Das est eine gutter Dutcher Actress!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

for sale

Owner says it will yet play....after some work

Ben Whishaw

Where the bee sucks, there lurk I;
In a cowslip's bell I lie;
There I couch when owls do cry.
On the bat's back I do fly
After summer merrily.
Merrily, merrily, shall I live now,
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.

  • Ariel (Ben), act II scene i, "The tempest"

jor: A man of extreme talent

Strange' priorities

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Carli Norris

See er in the series as Tilly Trotter from Catherine Cookson's book.

orchard in appalachia

As a child we'd play among the cherry, peach, and apple trees all day. Climbing, eating, making a tree house, and playing various games. Apples that fell upon the ground to be heated by the sun served a delicious apple sauce. I'd go back in a heart beat!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Gee Whiz

I hope this guy doesn't sue me for plagiarism cause he speaks the same things I've been saying and he is a scientist!  I am just a humble peasant.

Its getting warm in here.  I hope that's not a sign of Climate Change!!! - chicken little - Y2K - the slender man - leftover wine - yellow brick road - great american beer - etc. -

 this guy stole my ideas so maybe I'm gonna sue him! (click to read about it)

The Lady of Shalott

painting by John William Waterhouse

A longdrawn carol, mournful, holy,
She chanted loudly, chanted lowly,
Till her eyes were darken'd wholly,
And her smooth face sharpen'd slowly,
Turn'd to tower'd Camelot:
For ere she reach'd upon the tide
The first house by the water-side,
Singing in her song she died,
The Lady of Shalott.

Tennyson, 1832

midnight in paris

Marion Cotillard with Owen Wilson.... Escapism at its best! Well done!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

back to school

1.1 million is the number of students who are home-schooled, or 2 percent of all school-age students ages 5 to 17.

"Do not go gentle into that good night"

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

~~ Dylan Thomas

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

poetry and the physican

There's a growing interest in poetry among physicians.
Today, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Lancet and Annals of Internal Medicine are among the prestigious clinical journals that regularly publish poetry.
Canadian physician who served  in WWI

Published last year was a book of poems containing items that had been published in the Journal of Medical Association.

where is your mustache?

Have you ever been out and forgot your mustache at home??? Haven't we all!
Now thanks to the Sharpie a selection of a mustache is as available as your own fingers.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

earliest known love letter

The oldest known love letter is in the Istanbul Archeological Museum in Turkey. It was found about 2200 B.C in the Niffer Valley, about 150 km from Baghdad, Iraq. It was a tradition for the bride to write a romantic poem for her husband on the night they were to marry. The content of the poem was very meaningful and it was intended only for beloved spouse.

Téa Leoni

jpr: A captivating actress.

I dont use twitter so i have to tweet here. EDITORIAL.

Seems to me that the MEDIA is fanning the flames of civil unrest and disrespect for law enforcement.  I am as anti-authority as anyone and I believe that the POLICE in general are too armed and not enough trained to "police" (vb) as opposed to Police! (noun).  The abuse of power crap has been going on across the country since forever.  I've listened to lawyers and judges and elected officials privately admit that the main difference (and in some cases only difference) between the crime committer and the crime-stopper is a badge and a gun.  I've seen it time and again; had it happen to me more than once but this is not representative of well-trained, dedicated law enforcement.  And keep in mind that their job is to enforce the codified will of the Powers That Be, and are limited to the extent that the will of the Authorities has kept the un-enfranchised (esp. blacks) victims.

I imagine dozens of journalists assigned to pouring over reports and arrests and incidents across the country, any possible instance, that will  feed the flames of their skewed agenda.  The worst part of this is that they are perverting the truth to fit their story and just incidentally screwing with basic structures needed to maintain a mostly free and civil society.  They are making news fit what they (the media) want to promote, regardless of its truth.  The media has turned a blind eye to institutional racism, profiling, and mistreatment of minorities (esp blacks) for so long but now when it's "hot news" they showcase it (incompletely and inaccurately).  One of the things that this selective reporting does is dilute the real true stories of individuals who have been mistreated, mis-classified, profiled, and otherwise had their rights denied them.

I'm Irish and tend to strongly resent and resist any and all types of authority but the media is actively corroding one of the first requirements for a free and healthy society - rule of law and by extension,  respect for law officers.  I have always admired the professionalism of correction officers, deputies, police, and others that accept the sacred duty of respecting the rights of both sides of law.

a wild Appalachian creek

If i were a blue heron I'd dine here!

Monday, August 10, 2015


A man was arrested in Dubai after he fought off lifeguards trying to save his drowning daughter, telling them that he would rather she die than be “dishonoured” by having unknown men touch her. The father, identified only as a “tall and strong” Asian expatriate, wrestled with the lifeguards even as his daughter, 20, screamed for help before slipping beneath the waves for the last time.  Ever wonder why we have such ' difficulty ' dealing with elements of the Islamic world?

Shakespeare's Inspiration?

Researchers examined fragments of 24 clay pipes that were recovered from the garden of Shakespeare's home in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, as well as from surrounding houses. After examining the fragments using a gas chromatography technique, the scientists found that eight of the pipes contained traces of cannabis, one contained nicotine, and two contained traces of cocaine derived from Peruvian coca leaves. Four of the pipes containing cannabis came from Shakespeare's property.