God’s Wrath Directed Toward Republican Convention

 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Republican National Convention is about to start and there’s a storm a’brewin’.   Yes friends, God is pissed and she ain’t gonna take it anymore.

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“Whites Only”- It’s Historical!

 
 
 
 
 
 
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A Cincinnati landlord named Jamie Hein posted a sign on her apartment complex's swimming pool entrance which read, "PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL: WHITE ONLY."

A Cincinnati landlord named Jamie Hein posted a sign on her apartment complex's swimming pool entrance which read, "PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL: WHITE ONLY." Photo.Credit:gawker.com via Southern Beale

Today’s kids find it hard to believe that when their parents or grandparents were younger there was such a thing as “whites only” drinking fountains, food counters, or even swimming pools. I really thought we weren’t living in the 1940’s or even the 50’s anymore. But I guess landlord Jamie Hein of Cincinnati has proven me wrong.  Continue reading

2011 was a bad year for the bad guys.

2011- So Glad It’s Over: Year in Review

 
 
 
 
 
 
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I really wanted to come up with a humorous and positive list of the top news stories of 2011 but even I’m not that good.

2011 was a bad year for the bad guys.

2011 was a bad year for the bad guys.

It’s sad when one of the most positive stories is killing a guy in a pathetic desert compound. That being said let’s see if I’ve got the chops to spin 2011 into something positive or at least not completely depressing. (Don’t hold your breath.) Continue reading

Holiday Leftovers: They Really DO have a shelf life.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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I'm all for traditions, but this takes the cake. (PhtotCredit:Lee Svitak Dean of the Star Tribune)

The holidays bring us all an excess of baking and sharing. Leftovers abound and everyone goes home with tupperwares full of goodies. If you’re like us, you may sometimes hang on to these treasures a little too long. Along about March you discover a plastic container in the back of the fridge that’s starting to spontaneously come to life. If your leftovers start to mumble it’s time toss them.

What’s the longest you’ve ever held on to a Christmas goodie?  A month? Three months? Served it for a Labor Day snack? How about a century?

Leave it to the folks in Minnesota, the birthplace of ‘covered dish’ and the Jello Olympics to go for the record.

According to an article by Lee Svitak Dean of the Star Tribune one Pierre Girard, of Golden Valley, MN is the proud owner of a cake baked in 1911. It was found by folks going through a house for an estate sale and has the details written on the box it was carefully preserved in.

Is this the world's oldest wedding cake? Creation made in 1898 even survived World War II bomb blast By DAILY MAIL REPORTER Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1356557/Worlds-oldest-wedding-cake-1898-survived-WW2-bomb-blast.Surprisingly this isn’t the oldest cake around.  According to the Mail Online, the Guinness World Record  goes to, hold your breath now, an 1898 wedding cake baked in England in 1898.

That should surprise no one. Have you eaten English food? I’m sure there are plenty of English puddings that have been around far longer than that. Everybody is just afraid to open the cupboard and look. (Apologies to my readers in the British Empire, but really, you know I’m right.)

So my advice for the holidays? Eat your goodies so they don’t end up as blog fodder a century from now!

A Truly Black Friday

 
 
 
 
 
 
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In war there is the phrase, “acceptable losses”. In the economic war of our current recession it seems that for Walmart the injuries and death at their Black Friday Chaos Race falls under the guise of “acceptable losses” in the name of remaining #1. Continue reading

Too Many Inventions

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Thomas Edison is spinning in his grave.

The hallmark of mankind is his (or her) ability to shape his environment to suit his needs. Earliest humans began by shaping sticks and stones into tools. Over the millennium we have advanced from the simple technology of a hollowed-out gourd to space travel. Somewhere during this journey we seemed to have gotten off track. We now invent for the sake of invention. It’s not pretty.   Continue reading

Pole Dancing for Jesus

 
 
 
 
 
 
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I’m writing this week’s post In The Name Of Jesus! Why? Well why not. It appears that everything Christians want to do they just stick, “In The Name Of Jesus!” after it and for some reason it becomes relevant and acceptable. Some of these causes are quite positive: Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Naked, Home the Homeless, etc. Some are quite negative: Blow Up the Clinic of the Non-Exploded, Shoot the Doctor you Don’t Agree With, Picket the Dead Soldier Who Died for Your Right to Picket, etc.

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America’s Got Talent! (NOT)

 
 
 
 
 
 
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America's Got Talent

America's Got Talent (or does it?)

 If America’s Got Talent! proves anything, it’s that America is sadly lacking in talent on a monumental scale. Roughly 3 billion people tried out for America’s Got Talent! and roughly eleven of them had a marketable talent. While our country falls behind in math and science by a few percentile points on the world stage, in entertainment skills we’re obviously ranked #6,432: right behind Krackleakastan.  Continue reading

Twisted Branches of Our Family Tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
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George Neupert is my 2nd great grandfather.

George Neupert is my 2nd great grandfather. You'll notice the family resemblance with the fluffy white beard and love of reading. If you find old photos like this that you share with relatives, here's a helpful hint. When you scan the picture, make sure to save the file with a full descriptive name. Instead of calling it “Grandpa George.jpg” or worse yet “scan0076.jpg”, give it a full name with dates or something to help describe it. This photo file name is “Neupert, George abt 1840 to 1925.jpg”.

About twenty years ago I started working on our family tree. I used some hand written genealogy papers that an uncle had put together in 1973. I bought the latest and greatest software of the time which, by todays standards, wasn’t very sophisticated. However, it organized the information and allowed for editing. That was far better than paper and pencil. As genealogy software improved I would buy the new versions every five years or so, and luckily the powers that be came up with a universal data program that transferred easily from program to program.

Most of the best genealogy information comes thanks to the Mormons.

These folks may not have invented genealogy, but they sure have perfected it. They are also happy to share. In the early, pre internet days I would go to the local Mormon temple and go through the microfiche record files. This was mind numbing work. Hours would go by and I would be lucky to find one tidbit and then print it out. I went to libraries and wrote off to different states to order copies of records, hoping they would be relevant. I got information from relatives that was primarily based on memory. Written records were few and far between.

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