Thursday, February 26, 2015

Golf joke

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pledge of Allegiance history

Official versions of the Pledge of Allegiance
(changes in bold red italics )
"I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all."
1892 to 1923
"I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all."
1923 to 1924
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States  and to the republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all."
1924 to 1954
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands; one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all."

The Knights of Columbus submitted to congress that the words "Under God" should be added to our pledge of allegiance.  Both Houses of Congress passed the law and it was signed by President Eisenhower in 1954. 

1954 to Present
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America , and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Monday, February 16, 2015

Pictures: Undersea cable

A cross-section of an undersea cable.

Pictures: geyser

A geyser just barely before it erupted. 

Pictures: Australia dust storm

A huge dust storm just before it hit Australia in 2013.

Pictures: human tongue

A zoomed in view of the human tongue. 

Pictures: rainbow

A 360 rainbow, which was captured from an airplane. 

Pictures: Akito Kawagoe watch

A watch belonging to Akito Kawagoe which stopped at 8:15, the exact time of the Hiroshima bombing in 1945.

Pictures: tire dump

An aerial view of a tire dump.

Pictures: Bagger 288

Bagger 288, the largest land vehicle in the world.

Pictures: Cancer cells

Cancer cells under  microscope.

Pictures: Mount Everest climbers

Climbers going up Mount Everest in 2013. 

Pictures: Daytona Beach in 1957

This is Daytona Beach in 1957.

Pictures: Albert Einstein's desk

This is the desk of Albert Einstein just a few hours after his death. 

Pictures: fat vs. muscle

A comparison showing fat vs muscle. 

Pictures: Genghis Khan statue

A ginormous statue of Genghis Khan in Mongolia.

Pictures: George Washington's teeth

These are the teeth of George Washington. 

Pictures: Hitler's office

A look at Hitler's office.

Picture: Google's data center

Inside one of Google's data centers. 

Pictures: a view from Mars

This is a view from Mars.

Pictures: Michelangelo grocer list

This is an illustrated grocery list Michelangelo would create for his illiterate servants. 

Pictures: Bavarian town of Nordlingen

Bavarian town of Nordlingen built in a 14 million year old meteor impact crater

Pictures: Northern Lights

What the Northern Lights look like from space. 

Pictures: Octopus eggs

These things are octopus eggs.

Pictures: El Salvador prison

When a prison is overcrowded in El Salvador, this is what it looks like. 

Pictures: Planet Mercury

This is the clearest photograph of Mercury that has ever been taken. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Pictures: Erta Ale, Ethiopia volcano

The lava lake of the continuously active volcano Erta Ale, Ethiopia.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Pictures: Pug 1880 - Now

This is what a pug looked like before selective breeding, quite the difference. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Pictures: Scoliosis X-ray

X-rays showing before and after treatment of scoliosis. 



On the riverbank...

In the Arctic ...

In Africa ....  

In India ... 

within the ocean... 

In Africa ... 

At a park near you ... 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Saul Alinsky - eight levels of control

Saul Alinsky died about 43 years ago, but his writings influenced those in political control of our nation today.......

Recall that Hillary did her college thesis on his writings, and Obama writes about him in his books.

Died: June 12, 1972, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Education: University of Chicago
Spouse: Irene Alinsky
Rules for RadicalsReveille for Radicals

Anyone out there think that this stuff isn't happening today in the U.S. ?
How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky:
There are 
eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important:
Healthcare   Control healthcare and you control the people
2) Poverty    Increase the poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
3) Debt    Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.
4) Gun Control   Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.
5) Welfare    Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)
6) Education   Take control of what people read and listen to and take control of what children learn in school.
7) Religion   Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools
8) Class Warfare   Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor.  This will cause more discontent, and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.
Does any of this sound like what is happening to the United States?
Alinsky merely simplified Vladimir Lenin's original scheme for world conquest by communism, under Russian rule. Stalin described his converts as "Useful Idiots."  The Useful Idiots have destroyed every nation in which they have seized power and control. It is presently happening at an alarming rate in the U.S.

Friday, February 6, 2015

In God we trust - a penny on the sidewalk

Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house.

The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband's employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.

As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband.

He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment.

Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny.

He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure. How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?

Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She casually mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value.

A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this?

'Look at it.' He said. 'Read what it says.' She read the words ' United States of America '
'No, not that; read further.'
'One cent?' 'No, keep reading.'
'In God we Trust?' 'Yes!' 'And?'
'And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!

When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words, 'In God We Trust,' and had to laugh. Yes, God, I get the message.

It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful! And, God is patient..
The best mathematical equation I have ever seen:
1 cross
+ 3 nails
4 given

Click here for the history of "In God We Trust"

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Who is calling me?

These are calls that I have received:

Planet Home Lenders
So, this guy says they sent me a package about loan information. I told him that I received no package. He was like "Hey, you can talk to a loan officer right now"...I passed.

Bradenton, FL
They are selling a new low cost life insurance plan that will cover you for 100% of your charges.

Loveland, OH
I answered this but could barely hear the is something about credit services or whatever. I called back and got "The Google subscriber you are calling is not available...please leave a message". Blocked!

They want you to loan you some money.

Richmond, VA
The guy said that he is from "Window" and that I have an infected computer. Realizing, that this is a scam...I told him that I have several computers and asked which one. It seems like they would have the name of the infected computer. He got all confused and wanted to pass me off to a supervisor.

This is a sales call...they want you to switch to AT&T.

Cell Phone, MD
This is a robo-call asking you if you are interested in senior benefits or something...block!

Akron, OH
Yeah, they want you to press 1 to talk to a representative or press 2 to be removed from the do not call list.

Middle River, MD
Car insurance deal if your car has less than 150,000 miles

He asked if I was a Time Warner customer. I said I did not know and he hung up.

first media services
oxford, oh
This is yet another survey.

Bridgeport, CT
They want to loan you some cash...hit 2 to opt out forever.

Barre, VT
This company offers drug counseling in a beautiful facility. Sounds like a potential vacation. Hit 3 to have them never call you again.

Allen, TX
This company wants you to refinance your mortgage. You can opt out by hitting 2 so they are considerate at least.

Hamilton, OH
This recorded voice says "Hello...this is Billy. I am an advisor..."...then hung up on me. Block these fools!

Little Rock, AR
These folks are selling drug and alcohol counseling services. You can hit #3 and have them not call you again.

Burlington, IA
If you want to buy dental insurance, this is your company...or hang on to press 2 and opt out of future calls.

Farmer's Insurance wants to give you a free quote or something.

The caller said he is calling from "Harris Connect". They collect data for publishing Alumni Directories.
They say they are calling about updating alumni data and the alumni they are calling about. It is likely a scam to get information from you so I would suggest bailing on these folks.

Hastings, MN
They want to sell you a health plan to rake in some of that Obamacare money.

Ironton, OH
The number is currently on switch number CLMBOH11X6Z (switch is a technical specification for phone hobbyists) .

CJ Banks

Living Word Day

I think someone is impersonating CVS here for a big scam.

They are selling Windows security...don't do it.

Calling about a business matter...scam.


Virginia, MN
They want you to know about a credit card offer.

Dayton, OH
Impersonating a legit business...don't answer.

Select A TKT, IN
Some sort of promotion or something.

These fine folks are selling some auto repair insurance or whatever.

Algonquin, IL
OnStar home protection package promotion.

Another obvious scam...they say you owe them money or something.

Allied Interstate LLC
This is a collection agency that is attempting to collect a debt. 

Rutherford, NJ
They want to lend you money or something. Good luck with that.

Something about promotions

Firstsource ADV
This is a collection agency as far as I can tell.

Gloucester, VA
Spam call from American Petroleum Institute. They want you to contact my state senator to tell him to vote against a proposed oil severance tax increase or something. Yeah, I'll get right on that.

The recorded voice was like "We are returning your call about our fancy back brace..." Then they hung up.

Seattle, WA
These hackers want to "fix" your computer. Do not answer this call.

US Online
They want donations for multiple sclerosis...or so they say. Could be legit, I suppose.

Gardena, CA
This is an offer for your business to receive a 250,000 loan that can be used for whatever you want. Just answer and press 1 or press 2 to be removed from the list. Could be legit for all I know.

Cleveland, OH
This is an offer for your business to receive a 250,000 loan that can be used for whatever you want. Just answer and press 1 or press 2 to be removed from the list. Could be legit for all I know.

SkyTech Roofing Services
They called right after a storm trying to sell some roofing services. I told him we were good to go. Could be a good company for all I know.

Seattle, WA
Another computer generated call...they want to put a sign in your yard in exchange for a free a home security system. If you listen long enough, you can hit 9 to never be called again.

University of Cincinnati calling for cashola.

I answered and this guy was just mumbling some crap. I think he just woke up and was cold calling people all over. I was like "Dude, I can barely understand you. Please remove my number from your list."

Canal Winche, OH
Spam call from American Petroleum Institute. They want you to contact my state senator to tell him to vote against a proposed oil severance tax increase in Ohio. Yeah, I'll get right on that.

These people called about a car insurance deal or something.

Google Plus for business
Dayton, OH
So, apparently, Google Plus is for businesses and they cold call people. If you listen to the recorded message long enough, you will get the option to opt out of these calls by hitting a 2.

Marietta, GA
Scam...if you listen to the recording it will let you hit 1 to listen to the scam or hit 2 to opt out of future calls.

Metamorphic Research
This is a survey call. Feel free to ignore this one.

Fremont, NY
They left a message trying to sell something...don't remember what it was.



Quinnipiac university
this is a poll...ignore it unless you are bored.


Product Dev Cor
I answered but nobody was on the other end. It is probably a call that determines when people are home so they can call and sell some scam later.

San Antonio,  tx
These people are trying to sell retirement services. I hung up in the middle. 

These numbers called claiming to be a daily jackpot. They want you to answer some questions and be entered to win!

MRS Associates
This is a collections agency. They will keep calling until you until you respond. If you call them back, you can tell them they have the wrong number without speaking to anyone.

This is a promotions call. If you call it back, they say you can opt out of future calls by hitting 1

Hilton Grand Vacation Club - You could win a trip!!

Kirkland, WA
This is a promotions call. If you call it back, they say you can opt out of future calls by hitting 1

Royal Oak, MI
These folks are selling life insurance.

Marysville, OH

It is a regional office of Scotts Lawn Service. Ignore unless you have a weed problem.