Monday, February 29, 2016

fats domino at the piano c

Another Classic Goes.

Fred Kelly, Irish actor and funny man, died this week at 77.  He will be best remembered as Father Jack, a foul mouthed, drunken priest, exiled to Father Ted land.  The character is one of the funniest and most irreverent characters in British TV history.  Watch it if you dare. RIP

Saturday, February 27, 2016

University in india

Median income is ~$600 usd in India. Annual tuition ~$50 usd there with national literacy rate of ~74%?  New college graduates number 2.5 million a yr from over 250 institutions despite over 400 languages spoken in the country. The population of India is 1.25 billion.

Jpr: can u say shazaam in Hindi......shazaam!

Friday, February 26, 2016

This Explains My Drinking Problem

Scientists estimate that there are about 8.7 million species of animals on Earth – give or take 1.3 million. But in the beginning there could be only one -- the simple sponge.  The results of the study provide strong evidence that sea sponges appeared on Earth 640 million years ago, much earlier than any other life form.

vernal pools in appalachia
Jpr: they be back

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Using google earth

                              A  herd of water buffalo in Tanzania.

Jpr: had no idea! wonder if poachers and security agencies dual with this kind of info?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

yosemite sam

“Great horny toads, I’m up North! … Gotta burn my boots, they touched Yankee soil”

“I’m Yosemite Sam … The meanest, toughest, rip-roarin-est, Edward Everett Horton-est hombre whatever packed a six shooter!”

Jpr: where r cartoon heroes!

Monday, February 22, 2016

February's night sky

Quite the view of the solar system!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

A Hero Passes.

Fernando Cardenal, a Nicaraguan Jesuit priest who defied Vatican orders to leave the revolutionary Sandinista government in the 1980s, has died aged 82.  Father Cardenal was one of several Nicaraguan Catholic priests defrocked for their involvement with Daniel Ortega's administration.  He was the education minister for 10 years and credited with reducing illiteracy to 13%. "I cannot conceive of a God that would ask me to abandon my commitment to the people," he explained in an open letter in 1984, after being expelled from the Jesuit order.  Cardenal was eventually readmitted to the order in 1996.

Free state of jones

Based on true story on newton jones, a southerner living in Mississipi who lead a rebellion against the confederacy.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

End of winter in Appalachia?

Late February


The first warm day,   
and by mid-afternoon   
the snow is no more   
than a washing
strewn over the yards...

Friday, February 19, 2016

Ever Wonder Why I Drink?

Two unnamed individuals who say they are sexually attracted to animals have failed in their attempt to get Germany's constitutional court to consider their claim that laws banning sex with animals are unconstitutional.  The court threw out their claim, ruling that the effect of the ban on the complainants' right to sexual self-determination was justified.  Protecting animal welfare by seeking to prevent them being the victim of sexual assaults was a legitimate aim of the law - which remains unchanged after the court's decision.  God help us.

Now That's A Dog.....

Kurt may be the largest dog in England, standing 36 inches tall at the shoulder, 7 feet when standing on his hind legs, and 140 pounds.  The Anatolian Shepherd dog looks a fright but is described by those who know him as soft, loving and, above all else, lazy.  He's well known for his habit of plopping down and falling asleep during his weekly dog training group.   

apartments in heaven?

kind a like my dream

Jpr:  dreamt last night I visited my dearest friend Thomas McGray. (we spentan  hour together each day for 25 yrs in the work area.) He is dwelling in a sunny open  apartment in a spacious neighborhood filled with his family and friends. Thomas is very happy. The man died  several years past. Heaven? Think so! Btb it was a section of black folks.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Flowers should be sent

They share their dazzling beauty, divine fragrance, and unguarded about u!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Senior water aerobics

Jpr: took ma when she was the age I am today. She looked forward to going with joy. So I began recently and now share her enthusiasm

Monday, February 15, 2016

The other side of valentines day

For those who did not do well....there's hope!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy St. Valentine's Day.

At least three Saint Valentines are mentioned in the early church history under the date of 14 February. One is described as a priest in Rome, another as a Bishop, and the other lived and died in Africa. The one we think of today is probably the Roman priest. The basic story is one of a priest imprisoned for marrying sweethearts in secret in defiance of the emperor, who believed unmarried soldiers fought better, as they were unfettered by worry by what would happen to their wives or families if they died. While in prison, Valentine healed the jailer's blind daughter and they became friends, with her visiting him. On the day of his execution, the saint left a note for the girl signed 'Your Valentine'.

happy st valentine s day

Love's first snow-drop, virgin kiss. ~Robert Burns

Saturday, February 13, 2016

National Play Policy

In 2004, Ireland become one of the first countries to adopt a national play policy for children.

jpr: me ma had a play policy for every day which me children enjoyed and me grankids enjoy this very day!


Madeline Stuart with fiery red hair and her style has proved herself as an unstoppable force in the world of modeling. The 18-year-old model is suffering from Down syndrome. On February 15, she will walk in the FTL Moda show at New York Fashion Week. The jaunt down the runway will mark the second time she will do modeling at fashion week. Stuart belongs to Australia, and is just the second model with Down syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week. She lost 44 pounds with a motive to become healthy and the decided to follow a lifelong dream of modeling.

tim conway and joe flynn

McHales navy is back (on cable). These two birds are truly hilarious together.

Saint Valentine

Saint Valentine, officially Saint Valentine of Rome, is a widely recognized third-century Roman saint commemorated on February 14 and associated since the High Middle Ages with a tradition of courtly love.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Wonder why Spain is no longer a world power?

Joaquin Garcia's has not been to work, his office,  for more than six years.  Despite collection his annual salary of $50,000, his absence was only noticed when he became eligible to collect a long-service award.  The 69-year-old, whose job was to supervise the building of a waste water treatment plant, has since retired.  His employer, a water company run by local authorities in the south-western city of Cadiz, thought he was being supervised by the local authority while the local authority thought he was  being supervised by the water company.  A court fined him one year's salary.  The court heard that the boss of the water company had not seen him for years despite occupying an office opposite his.

Guy Penrod

guy and family...only one daughter!

Jpr: ma loved the man...he s a preacher singer!

it begins

Mother wants to know who is responsible for this!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Imagine, an activist Pope

A specially-recruited group of 1400  priests and monks - with enhanced powers of forgiveness- have begun a year-long mission to absolve the sins of Roman Catholics in some of the furthest-flung corners of the world.  To mark the Vatican's Year of Mercy, the missionaries of mercy have been given licence by Pope Francis to forgive transgressions which normally only the Pope himself can pardon. The priests have been selected from dioceses around the world, and are expected to carry out their special mission in countries including Burundi, Egypt, China and the United Arab Emirates.  One of the priests is expected to travel among Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic, while another one is planning to tour remote parts of Australia in a van.

trading on dividends

The company XOM set its quarterly dividendon  2.9.16 for 0.73 cents a share. Trading pushed  up the stock price just in time for buyers to qualify for dividend. Afterward the price began to fall.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Zero gravity flame

The thermal efficiency of low gravity flame is much higher which interests scientists.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lenni-Lenape tribe

They were driven out by English form new York-Delaware homeland

Shrovetide Football?

Shrovetide Football has been played since the 12th century over two days on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday.  The games resembles a wild form of soccer.  Two teams of unlimited participants, known as the Up'Ards and the Down'Ards signifying where they live in the town. move the ball over a 3 mile course through city streets by kicking, carrying, throwing.   A goal requires the ball, larger than a soccer ball, be hit against a mile stone 3 times.  Shops are  boarded up and cars removed from the main streets to avoid damage.  The rules are simple; murder or manslaughter is prohibited; Unnecessary violence is frowned upon;  the ball may not be carried in a motorised vehicle, hidden in a bag, coat or rucksack, etc;  cemeteries, churchyards and the town memorial gardens are out of bounds.  Looks more like a riot.

Monday, February 8, 2016


these are the first 10 of about 24

  1. Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper, 99 copies.
  2. In the memo field of all your checks, write "for sexual favors."
  3. Specify that your drive-through order is "TO-GO."
  4. If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.
  5. Stomp on little plastic ketchup packets.
  6. Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions "to keep them tuned up."
  7. Reply to everything someone says with "that's what you think."
  8. Practice making fax and modem noises.
  9. Highlight irrelevant information in scientific papers and "cc" them to your boss.
  10. Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.


Jpr:  everyone gets a pup like this sooner or later!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

takes 2

Where there is love there is life.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Aphonopelma Johnnycashi

A new species of black tarantula that lives near Folsom Prison, California, has been named after Johnny Cash.  Aphonopelma johnnycashi is among 14 new tarantula species from the southern US which have been recently described by biologists. The famously black-clad country singer wrote a song about the prison, and also played a historic series of concerts for inmates there in the 1960s.

At's My Pope...

A mobile "confession unit" on board a double-decker bus, 'the ‘Mercy  Bus,’ has begun to tour Greater Manchester and Lancashire (UK) to reach people who do not go to church.  It will visit shopping centers, prisons, homeless centers and housing estates every Saturday until Easter. The bus received a Papal blessing recently when one of its priests, Fr Frankie Mulgrew, met the Pope in Rome. "We were inspired by the Pope who, when he was as cardinal in Argentina, would celebrate open-air Masses in the poorest areas of his diocese," said Fr Mulgrew.

Mysterious stocking fish

This thing recently washed up on a California beach. Scientists are convinced the creature was raised from the depths by global warming!  

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Mysterious Purple Sock.

Sixty years ago scientists discovered an unusual creature living at the very depths of the ocean. The Xenoturbella, commonly called the ‘purple sock’ defied classification.  The ocean oddity has no eyes, no brain, no teeth, and no gut, just a small gaping mouth from which food goes in - and then waste comes out.  Science has no idea how it eats and its DNA changes according to what it has just eaten.  The creature is probably an early life form and sits near the base of the family tree, he added.

Valentine humor

I'd kiss a frog even if there was no promise of a Prince Charming popping out of it. I love frogs.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The future of combat aviation compliments of the Nazi's.

In December, US aircraft maker Northrop Grumman unveiled a revolutionary design for a future fighter aircraft that looks more like a flying saucer than a fighter plane.  Called a ‘flying wing’, it ditches the traditional tail fin at the back. The first such ‘flying wing’ jet fighter design was built and flown in Nazi Germany at the end of World War Two. That aircraft, pictured above, was so far ahead of its time that its aerodynamic secrets are still not completely understood. The prototype flew successfully on 2 February 1945, though it crashed after engine failure a few weeks later.  But the tests proved that the aircraft could take off, cruise and land, and the aircraft’s basic design was sound.

Chris Kyle and wife

Jpr: saw Eastwoods " American sniper" but skipped the ending.  Kyle and wife...a great American story! Ty both.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Need I Say More?

A beautiful thing.

valentine stuff

"Who, being loved, is poor?"  Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sound Like Someone You Know?

Rare Clouds Over Scotland

These eye-catching rainbow colored clouds, nacreous clouds, (sometimes called mother of pearl clouds) are extremely rare.  They form in the Earth's stratosphere at around 70,000ft over polar regions , way above where other clouds are normally found and in much colder air.  The color comes from ice crystals refracting the sun's rays to give the rainbow effect.