Monday, May 30, 2016
WEIRTON - Milton Fabianich presided over the last meeting of the Weirton Last Man Club Sunday during an emotional dinner at the American Legion Post 10. The 88-year-old Fabianich officially closed the club charter after a final reading of the names of the 95 deceased members of the club that was organized 60 years ago by World War II veterans. We knew and our father worked with many of these men. RIP
Sunday, May 29, 2016
jpr: Lessons learned....It must be said or stated from of old,, by Alexander the Great;
"There is nothing impossible to him who will try."
"I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion."
USS Texas (BB-35), the second ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the U.S. state of Texas, is a New York-class battleship. The ship was launched on 18 May 1912 and commissioned on 12 March 1914.
Soon after her commissioning, Texas saw action in Mexican waters following the "Tampico Incident" and made numerous sorties into the North Sea during World War I. When the United States formally enteredWorld War II in 1941, Texas escorted war convoys across the Atlantic, and later shelled Axis-held beaches for the North African campaign and the Normandy Landings before being transferred to the Pacific Theaterlate in 1944 to provide naval gunfire support during the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Texas wasdecommissioned in 1948, having earned a total of five battle stars for service in World War II, and is now amuseum ship near Houston, Texas.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Born May 11, 1906, Richard Overton at 110, is believed to be the oldest-living veteran. He served in the South Pacific during the second world war. He drinks whiskey and smokes everyday. And has a large collection of firearms. He is 1 of the 16,112,566 members of the United States Armed Forces during World War II. There were 291,557 battle deaths, 113,842 other deaths in service (non-theater), and 670,846 non-mortal woundings. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 697,806 American veterans from the war are still alive and 492 die on the average day. May they rest in peace and may we all remember thier sacrifice.
He invented it. It has saved 100,000's of lives, but he's never used it. That is until yesterday when a dinner companion at his retirement home started choking. Heimlich, 93 years old, to the rescue. Other's saved include former President Ronald Reagan, pop star Cher, former New York mayor Edward Koch and Hollywood actors Elizabeth Taylor, Goldie Hawn, Walter Matthau, Carrie Fisher, Jack Lemmon and Marlene Dietrich. In 2014 actor Clint Eastwood saved a golf tournament director. Celebrity promoter Simon Cowell was reportedly saved by comedian David Walliams after a mint became stuck in his throat.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
Marine scientists have undertaken the difficult task of replacing the beloved starfish’s common name with sea star because, well, the starfish is not a fish. It’s an echinoderm, closely related to sea urchins and sand dollars.
There are some 2,000 species of sea star living in all the world’s oceans, from tropical habitats to the cold seafloor. The five-arm varieties are the most common, hence their name, but species with 10, 20, and even 40 arms exist.
jpr: who cares...they will always be called a star fish
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016
jpr: me dog searched out a critter in the grass among some trees. We both looked about. I was weary of a snake. Our eyes fell upon a blob of a piece of tree bark, Turn out to be a baby robin lying low with head hidden
Audubon society: Many species of birds such as robins, scrub jays, crows and owls leave the nest and spend as many as 2-5 days on the ground before they can fly. This is a normal and vital part of the young birds' development. While they are on the ground, the birds are cared for and protected by their parents and are taught vital life skills (finding food, identifying predators, flying).
Friday, May 20, 2016
Jpr: wrapped several vulnerable bushes (3 wraps each ) with deer netting. Couldn't get a finger through the layers of netting...expect cicadas to be blocked. They lay eggs in end of branch which dies, falls to the ground where the larvae digs back into the earth. Btw usual netting sold out!
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Walking football is a variant of soccer for people over 50 not able to play the traditional game because of age or physical limitations. The sport can be played both indoors and outdoors. Devised in 2011 by the Chesterfield F.C. Community Trust. It has become extremely popular with more than 600 clubs and some TV coverage. Rules make running, side tackles, and most physical contact illegal. Originally designed to improve health in the elderly through exercise, it has proven a viable tool for dealing with depression, loneliness and similar psychological troubles of the elderly.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The English invaded Ireland in 1171 and ruled her for 800 years. The ‘normans’ justified it, they were Roman Catholics at the time, as the will of the Pope and the Roman Church. In 1155 Pope Adrian 4th, the only English Pope, was petitioned for permission to invade Ireland by English King Henry II. Adrian issued a ‘Papal Bull’ instructing the ‘normans’ to seize Ireland for ‘the advancement of the Christian religion.’ So began 800 years of misery for the Irish people. The Pope, with no other accomplishments noted in history, wanted greater control over the independent Celtic Church and the gratitude of his fellow countrymen. The Irish have suffered every since at the hands of both the English and the Church.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016
I consider myself a tolerant person. My house, my work, my social circle have always embraced gays, straights, a-sexuals, blacks, whites, greens, Catholics, Jews, atheists, short people, fat ones. Arabs. midgets, and the physically and mentally (lots of these) disabled. Your opinions are yours as long as your respect house rules. Hell, I even have a Transgender colleague who considers me her/his friend. But I have finally reached my limit. O'Bama's (I voted for him twice) Justice Department 'guidelines' that require high schools to allow transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender with whom they identify or risk losing federal funds is sooooo f--king absurd as to defy rational thought. I shall voted for Trump --- crazy, narcissistic, arrogant, and fairly ignorant Trump, purely as a protest vote. Its time for us to take control of our government.
A 72 year old woman in India and her 79 year old husband have delivered their first child after 2 years of fertility treatment. Raises serious ethical questions for science, the doctors and society in general.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
some new ideas for public transport
jpr: this idea maybe difficult to sell.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Monday, May 9, 2016
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Florence Foster Jenkins was a 20th-Century US socialite who styled herself as an operatic soprano and became a sensation. One of the most famous singers of her day, she was incredibly rich, a generous philanthropist, and garnered legions of fans including celebrities such as Noël Coward. Florence’s fame, however, rested not on her musical talent, but rather its opposite. Her astonishingly bad voice and abject inability – seemingly unbeknownst to her – to pitch correctly became the stuff of legend as she worked hard to lovingly massacre her way through gems by Mozart, Strauss and other leading composers. Her concerts at Carnegie Hall regularly sold out.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Nature-lovers are shedding their clothes and heading outside to mark World Naked Gardening Day. The event is celebrated on the first Saturday of May each year and encourages free-spirited gardeners to embrace nature in the nude. Excuse me, got to get changed and plant some grass.
They look cute and cuddly and are sometimes kept as pets - but raccoon dogs are a menace, threatening wildlife across Europe. Their faces are raccoon like but the animals are actually dogs. They occupy most of Scandinavia and roam as far as Poland and Ireland.
Friday, May 6, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Monday, May 2, 2016
Goldfinch, Cardinal pair, Oriole, Eastern Bluebird
Jpr: saw my first goldfinch this a.m. Cardinals been in view for week or more. Summer is close!
Sunday, May 1, 2016
The Color Run™ is “The happiest 5k on the planet.” A 5K race that celebrates individuality, happiness, health, and giving back to the community, it is an un-timed race in which participants become splattered with “paint” (colored cornstarch) throughout the course of the race. The Color Run™ has two rules: 1. Wear white at the starting line and 2. Finish plastered in color. The Color Run™ takes place on Saturday, September 21, at the Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington.