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I like to use my BLOGS to keep my friends informed of the daily Mess(es) that are going on with us and adding items of interest others might find enjoyable. Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment. Bret

You're Joking Me!
Posted:Mar 25, 2017 9:16 pm
Last Updated:Mar 25, 2017 11:37 pm

Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain the Joker and reportedly carrying a sword.
Winchester Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Hall said in a news release that the department got several 911 calls Friday afternoon reporting a man made up as Batman's nemesis. He was wearing a cape and carrying a sword.
Thirty-one-year-old Jeremy Putman has been charged with wearing a mask in public, a felony that can result in a year in jail.
It wasn't immediately clear whether Putman has a lawyer.
Smooth Move Canada.....
Posted:Mar 25, 2017 7:16 pm
Last Updated:Mar 25, 2017 9:46 pm

The Canadian provincial government has withdrawn a man's eponymous personalized vehicle license plate, saying Lorne Grabher's surname is offensive to women when viewed on his car bumper.

Grabher said Friday that he put his last name on the license plate decades ago as a gift for his late father's birthday, and says the province's refusal to renew the plate late last year is unfair.

Grabher says the Nova Scotia government is discriminating against his name.
Transport Department spokesman Brian Taylor says while the department understands Grabher is a surname with German roots, this context isn't available to the general public who view it.

The personalized plate program introduced in 1989 allows the province to refuse names when they're deemed offensive, socially unacceptable and not in good taste.

Stanger Banger 00002
Posted:Mar 24, 2017 7:16 pm
Last Updated:Mar 25, 2017 9:50 pm

A historic Ford - the first Mustang hardtop to get a VIN, 5F07U100002 - is headed for auction at Mecum's Indianapolis sale in May.

"Firsts" are somewhat hard to pin down with early Mustangs because the record-keeping was shoddy during the first few months of pre-production, and Ford didn't assign VINs in order. There were plenty of preproduction cars, so we can't know that 00002 was or wasn't the first Mustang hardtop, full stop. But it was the first hardtop given a VIN.

Car 00001, a convertible, meanwhile, is in the Ford museum. As for the first Mustang sold to a paying customer, that one still belongs to a lucky lady in Illinois. As Gail Brown told Forbes: "I was the coolest teacher in the school that year."

Car 00002 is not the Mustang configuration any of us today might have chosen - it has a 105-horsepower, 170-cubic-inch six-cylinder and a three-speed, has 13-inch wheels and is Caspian Blue with a blue interior. But its owner, Bob Fria, has unearthed a lot of interesting history about it and ultimately became an authority on early Mustangs and wrote a book, Mustang Genius: The Creation of the Pony Car.

Fria, in restoring the car, found prototype stampings and welds that were not typical of line cars. Ford assigned it a VIN and put it on a train for a dealer in Vancouver, B.C., for the Mustang launch on April 17, 1964 - but it wound up in Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, by mistake, missed the launch day and was a demonstrator until it was sold to the first of 13 owners before Fria bought it in 1997.

Tennessee Tizzy
Posted:Mar 24, 2017 6:37 pm
Last Updated:Mar 25, 2017 7:06 pm

President James K. Polk did big things for America, dramatically expanding its borders by annexing Texas and seizing California and the Southwest in a war with Mexico. Achieving undisturbed eternal rest has proved more difficult.

In a proposal that has riled some folks in Tennessee, including a very distant relative of the nation's 11th president, some state lawmakers want to move Polk's body to what would be its fourth resting place in the nearly 170 years since he died of cholera.

The plan is to exhume Polk's remains and those of his wife, Sarah, from their white-columned tomb on the grounds of the state Capitol in Nashville and take them about 50 miles to his father's home, now known as the James K. Polk Home and Museum, in Columbia. A vote on the resolution could come as early as Monday.

Teresa Elam, who says she is a seventh-generation great-niece of the childless Polk, called the whole idea "mortifying."
"I got so upset about it because they're going to take these bodies of these fine, wonderful people and bring them down to Columbia and put them on display to make money," she said.

Backers of the resolution, including Sen. Joey Hensley, a Republican whose district includes the museum, have argued that Polk's tomb is in an out-of-the-way spot on the Capitol grounds and that he deserves better.
"I think I have been here 14 years and really didn't know, had never visited James K. Polk's tomb," Hensley said.

The curator of the Polk museum, Thomas Price, who also backs the idea, argues that Polk spent a lot of time in Columbia and that museum visitors constantly ask why the former president isn't buried there.
"We've been open since 1929," Price said of the museum. "If this were merely a matter of money we probably would have done it 50 years ago."

Polk died in 1849, just three months after leaving the White House, and was originally laid to rest in what is now the Nashville City Cemetery because of an ordinance that said people who died of infectious diseases had to be buried on the outskirts of town within 24 hours. Less than a year later, he was moved to a tomb in the yard of his Nashville mansion, just as he had specified in his will. Then, after his widow's death in the 1890s, the two of them were buried on the Capitol grounds. (The mansion itself was sold to someone outside the family and was then demolished in 1901.

Busting a nut
Posted:Mar 23, 2017 8:44 pm
Last Updated:Mar 24, 2017 10:58 pm

Every now and then I get to snicker & laugh a little bit at some of the emails I get... NOT mentioning any names or profiles.... HOWEVER, I started this morning at about 7 AM and just now getting to call it a day and kick back. My day was NOT spent laying around the house doing nothing... point of fact I don't think I had but a moment at lunch time to stop in and see what was up. I've also not had the time to develop a decent blog topic of the day so you're stuck with this one. Running my business interests, caring for three mutts, maintaining the household for that farmboi jerkwad has managed to eat up about 14 hours of my day.

So if you're looking for a hot telephone chatter I might consult my legal team for their thoughts on a new business venture...

but until then,,, there is NO 1-900-HOT-BRET hotline to bust a nut on.
A Slip UP!
Posted:Mar 22, 2017 6:12 pm
Last Updated:Mar 24, 2017 9:57 am

DAKAR, Senegal — An Islamic television station in Senegal says it has filed a formal complaint against unknown saboteur "X'' for taking over the network and airing pornography instead of its regularly scheduled religious programming.

Viewers tuning into Touba TV on Monday afternoon got a shock when hardcore pornography was aired from 1:10 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Touba TV on Wednesday called the broadcasting blunder a "criminal act" and said the formal complaint will make it possible to identify the "authors who have an unknown agenda."

The broadcaster said its viewers were offended, and it condemned the attempt as a "satanic move" to sabotage the values it advocates.

The privately run station usually broadcasts religious programs advocating Islamic values, including sermons and prayers advocating peace and tolerance.

Posted:Mar 21, 2017 9:59 pm
Last Updated:Mar 23, 2017 7:52 pm

Ok.... I guess I am done sulking. I had expected a bit better response initially on the Randy Rhoads post since he was from so many of my readers generation. I'd told my close friend "sweet" I was putting my picture in as Randy's to see if anyone noticed.... BUT Nobody did... but nobody was commenting which hurt even more since the blog, along with all the pictures gathering had been over several weeks. Good blogs don't just happen they take thought, consideration, and some decent effort... It was also a test on my part to see if anyone would know me from Randy. Kinda like all the Elvis's running around Vegas you might say. Oh well ... it's over.

Yesterday JD was hanging on my ass the whole fucking day for some G** D*** reason and he stood right there watching me sign for his/our 10th anniversary present an old, considerably rare French silver Ecu of Louis XIV. (so he FUCKED UP the surprise aspect) It is now framed residing in with the other French Ecus of the era collection. This one is of particular significance due to is rich history.

This is what a clean, clear cut original of the era ecu looks like. Our has strong indications of it being a "récriées", that is to say "not for use in the market" coin. Under the reign of Louis XIV, according to a law, at the time, the silver Ecus were struck over older coins of the same size. People would have to bring their coins to the royal mint and have to pay a tax for this "réformation". New coins often showed traces of the previous legends. A coin may have been re-struck 2 (or even 3) times...same size, but with a new type, that was called "réformation". Ours shows distinct traces of a prior coin along the edge of the reverse side.

We don't know if it detracts or enhances the value of the coin on the market, however, Ecus of Louis XIV are not found every day around here and we are excited about it's varied past. For all we can tell it might have been a restrike of a Spanish piece of eight!

As a refresher history course Louis XIV (5 September 1638 – 1 September 1715), known as Louis the Great or the Sun King , was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France and Navarre from 1643 until his death in 1715. His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest of any monarch of a major country in European history.
35 Years Ago
Posted:Mar 18, 2017 7:17 pm
Last Updated:Mar 24, 2017 5:41 pm

One of classic rock’s enduring legends passed from us on March 19, 1982, when 25-year-old Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads — despite having a reported fear of flying — perished in a fiery crash at Leesburg, Fla., after a joy ride in a Beechcraft Bonanza.

Rhoads’ shooting-star of a career had lasted less than 10 years, first as a co-founder of Quiet Riot (at just 16) and then as a spark for Osbourne’s initial foray in solo work after leaving Black Sabbath — a brief but important period that included both 1980’s Blizzard of Ozz and 1981’s Diary of a Madman.

( Tommy Aldridge, Randy Rhoads, Ozzy Osbourne, Rudy Sarzo )

Fans have had an uncommon struggle coming to terms with Rhoads’ sudden end, despite the fact that similarly sized Beechcraft planes have been involved over the years with the deaths of several famous musicians — including country music star Jim Reeves and, in what’s become known as the Day the Music Died, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

(this one is very similar)

Aycock had, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board, commandeered the 1955 single-engine aircraft from the nearby Flying Baron Estates after deciding to stay the night at plane owner Jerry Calhoun’s home — a Georgian-style mansion adjacent to the airstrip. Aycock, who lived nearby, was reportedly friends with Calhoun, a country singer.

Osbourne, his manager and future wife Sharon, bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Tommy Aldridge and keyboardist Don Airey were asleep in an adjacent tour bus. Aycock made as many as three passes over the home, apparently in a joy-riding attempt to buzz over the other band members. On the final pass, the plane clipped the tour bus, spun out of control, hit a nearby pine tree and then nose dived into the house. The ensuing fireball killed all three passengers, who were left unrecognizable by the flames. Rhoads had to be identified by his jewelry. Remarkably, no one was injured in Calhoun’s home.

The report issued from the NTSB, which investigates plane crashes like Rhoads’, said this tragedy was the result of of poor judgment: “The pilot, who was a rock group driver, took an aircraft from the hangar without permission to joy ride members of the group,” the report states. The FAA conducted toxicology tests on the plane’s occupants, concluding that Rhoads had only nicotine in his system. Aycock reportedly tested positive for trace amounts of cocaine.

Raised by a single mother, Rhoads’ training in classical music gave him a cliche-free sound unique to rock. He was buried in San Bernardino, California, where a yearly vigil has followed on the guitarist’s Dec. 6 birthday.

May 31, 2011 marked the 30-year anniversary and re-master/release of Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Both albums were remastered and restored to their original state with Bob Daisley's bass and Lee Kerslake's drums intact. Blizzard has three bonus tracks – "You, Looking at Me, Looking at You", "Goodbye to Romance" (2010 Vocal & Guitar Mix), and "RR" (Randy Rhoads in-studio guitar solo). Originally, Diary was to include long fade out versions of "You Can't Kill Rock and Roll", "Tonight", and "Diary of a Madman" (2010 Re-mix version), but were not included in the re-issue.

The Legacy version of Diary of a Madman includes a second CD called Ozzy Live, a live album pulled together from multiple performances on the 1981 Blizzard of Ozz tour. This performance features the same line up as the Tribute album. Also included exclusively in the special box set are the 180 gram vinyl versions of the original albums, an expansive 100-page coffee table book and the DVD – Thirty Years After the Blizzard, which includes unreleased Rhoads video footage.

Posted:Mar 18, 2017 1:15 pm
Last Updated:Mar 21, 2017 8:22 pm

They're coming to take me away ha! ha!

They're coming to take me away ho! ho! hee! hee! ha! Hah!

I bought a ham shank and made us ham & bean soup that I served with freshly baked ciabatta rolls from the bakery. But it is still too cold outside to sleep with the windows OPEN ALL NIGHT!

Superman Diamond
Posted:Mar 17, 2017 8:08 pm
Last Updated:Mar 21, 2017 8:24 pm

Most of you know how I am about MONEY and getting RICH FAST!

A teenager made the discovery of a lifetime when he stumbled across a 7.44 carat diamond at an Arkansas state park. Officials at Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro say the rock found Saturday by 14-year-old Kalel Langford is the seventh largest found since the park was established in 1972. The park hasn't provided an estimate of the diamond's value.

“It was just a few inches from a stream of water, with a bunch of other rocks that were about the same size,” Langford told Fox 16.
He has named it "Superman's Diamond" and plans to keep it as a souvenir of his visit.

Park interpreter Waymon Cox describes the diamond as pinto-bean sized and similar in color to coffee.

“This diamond is a truly extraordinary find,” Cox told Fox 16. “It was Kalel’s dream to visit the Crater of Diamonds State Park, and now he will always be part of this park’s remarkable history.”

The largest diamond ever discovered in the United States, the 40.23 carat "Uncle Sam," which was unearthed on the land in 1924. John Wesley Huddleston first discovered diamonds in the Prairie Creek land


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