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From an article on the local Civil War battlefields closing:
All park programs and special events have been canceled, and the park grounds cannot be used for walking, running, hiking, climbing, bicycling, or for educational purposes.
Note, the bulk of the park is open fields with a few cannon and Yankee monuments separated by small stands of woods.
A few roads had to remain un-barrycaded as they were thru roads but travelers are advised not to look off the road while transiting the area.
I guess technically using the closure of the park grounds to educate people on how our government works would be a violation of the royal edict.
These trees are not for you, they are for my Obama.
Now the feds are chasing people off the saltwater. What petulant little children. My only solace is that they must be feeling incredibly angry and threatened to behave this way, and that they are showing their true colors to some voters who may finally get a clue.
Regarding the Federal Parks - would be interesting to see what happens if a bill was introduced in the House which would divest the government of all Federal Parks. Let the individual states run and maintain them - and collect all the fees from visitors.
She needs the fees so she can pay for her lunch...that's the 2nd photo (at Theo's) that BD, being PC (I guess) didn't print. I believe the photos were meant to be in "team harness".
Perhaps one day we will see an article about the health benefits and ingredients that go into that EYE-talian cheese and processed meat that the Bird Dog likes so much?
My guess is that much of it would not be so yummy if one saw how it was made.
I'm not finding the article on another southern university that did the same -- and actually named the chains they sampled nuggets from. When I enter the search terms I am swamped by dross -- the first 5 pages of google result are 80% reprints of a misinformed article by someone who doesn't know what he is seeing under a high-powered microscope, and 20% about veins being visible in McDonalds meat in Singapore that is sourced from Halal butchers. These articles say that the Halal slaughtering process will inevitably lead to veins being visible, but the headlines in the US press who feel compelled to promote this article are all of the "ooh gross there are veins in McDonalds chicken meat" variety.
Anyway, this other university found that in all of their samples, the meat was 100% chicken white meat, and the other components were breading, including the gluten, spices, and citric preservative one would expect.
Nearly every week in my house there is the remains of a chicken in a pot on the hob for part of a day, and the resulting stock is used in all kinds of meals throughout the rest of the week.
That stock after sieving certainly has cells from fat, blood vessels, nerves, cartilage, and even tiny chips of bone from process of the meat being hacked off the chicken. How could it not?
We make chicken stock just about every week. We buy chickens whole, cut them up for cooking, and save the frames in the freezer until it's time to make stock. No kitchen should be without a good supply of home-made stock! It freezes nicely.
When our neighbors slaughter some of their chickens, they bring us the feet and heads, from which we make excellent stock: combs, eyeballs, brains, and all. It beats the heck out of the canned stuff. I've never been able to understand what they put it there to make it nasty; it should be like falling off a log to produce good stock out of leftover chicken parts.
Republican politicians resent being called Rinos and truely don't understand what a rino is. So from the link: "GOP waking p to a new reality" is a reasonable definition of a rino and an example of their failure to even understand what it is: "New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte confronted Cruz with copies of ads run by an outside conservative groups against her over her vote to allow Sen. Harry Reid to gut the ObamaCare defunding provisions of the House-passed Continuing Resolution." She truely doesn't get it. She must believe she was elected to go along to get along so that she could be elected again. What! Represent her constituency? Bwhahahaha!
Re: Higher Ed Obsessed with Trayvon Martin and Racism
yeah baby, dig it:
At the event, Professor Erica Meiners from Northeastern Illinois University expounded on her theory that the “web of interconnected histories and contexts that made it possible for George Zimmerman to shoot Trayvon Martin and walk away cannot be separated from white supremacy, colonialism, heteromasculinity, and capitalism.”
Which reminds me of a strategy I used for taking the Verbal portion of the GRE. When I encountered a passage for which I didn't know the answer, I chose the answer written in the most incoherent, obfuscating sociology-speak prose.The strategy apparently worked, as my GRE Verbal score was slightly higher than my SAT Verbal score. [Disclaimer: I am a STEM graduate who took only two English courses in college.]
Do the people such as the good professor, who communicate in such gobbletygook actually want to be understood, or are they signalling that they are one of the elect who use such prose?
I was thankful to read about Jim Hoft's recovery, his ordeal sounds harrowing. I love his blog and after we lost Breitbart, I realised we can't take any of our bloggers for granted. I don't know what I did before Maggies Farm and Ace and Gateway Pundit and Instapundit and Jawa Report and.....well, you get the picture.
Things that amaze me about Americans under the age of 30 include this:
"James Roy, 26, has spent the past six years paying off $14,000 in student loans for two years of college . . . [The] Colorado native . . . majored in English before dropping out. "
Yeah, it's amazing that that financial plan didn't work out for him.
Would be nice if posted prices were the norm for health care. However, between regulation and guild pressures, it might not be.
IPCC calling off a planetary emergency? Lets wait for the final report. Gloom, doom and the need to do something right now always reward friends and punish enemies.
And for the important news, Central-Hayneville snapped a 65 game losing streak.
The Obama administration's angry, spiteful response to the stalemate over the budget shows once again how tone deaf Obama is when it comes to working with other people. Instead of trying to inflict as much pain as possible on the average Joe and Jane America, had he taken the OPPOSITE tack and had promised to do his best to keep the parks open with reduced staff, he would have been hailed as a hero of the common people. He would have had the "evil" Republicans facing pitchforks and barrels of tar and feathers. Instead he revealed himself to be the nasty SOB thug some of us knew him to be all along. I'm pretty sure Ronald Reagan would have seen the political upside of keeping the parks open and the obvious downside of using armed guards to keep them closed, but Reagan was not filled with so much hate of others as Obama is.