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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

Redneck Technology
Posted:Apr 23, 2017 7:25 pm
Last Updated:Apr 24, 2017 11:23 am

Redneck technology sometimes comes in very handy.

We have some very large carpets and rugs in the house. I'd tried washing them on the driveway, however, it took forever for them to dry. JD drove some galvanized nails through a pair of 2 X 4's attached a chain to one of them with lag bolts so as to suspend the carpet up in the air.

He slung a pully from a chain wrapped around a big oak limb by our east patio.

Then attached a cable to a winch lag bolted to the tree.. I can now powerwash all our rugs and carpets outside for spring cleaning. or if one of the mutts has an accident.
Final Solution
Posted:Apr 22, 2017 7:05 pm
Last Updated:Apr 23, 2017 6:52 pm

In the United States, 1 in every 2,000 residents are imprisoned for life. This is similar to the total imprisonment rate in Japan, which is roughly 51 per 100,000 residents. There are many U.S. states where a convict can be released on parole after a decade or more has passed. For example a, sentences of "15 years to life" or "25 years to life" may be given; this is called an "indeterminate life sentence", while a sentence of "life without the possibility of parole" is called a "determinate life sentence". Even when a sentence specifically denies the possibility of parole, government officials may have the power to grant amnesty or reprieves, or commute a sentence to time served.

Although sentences vary for each state, generally the life imprisonment sentences are mandatory sentences for first degree murder, particularly when the first degree murder is done during the commission of another felony (the felony murder rule), or there are other aggravating circumstances present (such as is common for OutPersonals which precede such murders, or the first degree murder of any law enforcement official or other public servant) in states without the death penalty, and as an (or the only) alternative sentence in states that have the death penalty and in federal and military courts.

Over 159,000 people were serving life sentences as of 2012, with just under a third—nearly 50,000—serving life without a chance of parole. In 1993 the Times survey found, about 20 percent of all lifers had no chance of parole. By 2004 the number rose to 28 percent. As a result, the U.S. is now housing a large and permanent population of prisoners who will die of old age behind bars. According to statistics provided by the office of California's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst, the current annual cost for maintaining an inmate in a state prison is $47,102.

With recent developments in the Aaron Hernandez and Arcan Cetin, the Washington Mall Shooting Suspect where they chose suicide over life imprisonment might offer our society a cost cutting measure. What I am suggesting of those 50,000 inmates who are sentenced to life imprisonment WITHOUT the chance of parole be offered once a year the opportunity to commit suicide on their own. These inmates know their guilt all we as a society need to do is provide them with a painless means of departure.

What I am suggesting is for us to provide a voluntary means whereby we reduce our prison population by their own self induced deaths. Once a year provide a "lifer" with the chance to be locked in a private cell for a 24 hour period with a lethal dose of a painless poison to be self induced. Each prisoner is left entirely alone so as not to be influenced in any way. At the end of the 24 hour period should they choose not to go through with it they are returned to their cell until the next year when once again the offer is made available to them again.

If even 10% were to take advantage of this offer we are looking at a savings of $235,000,000 a year, as well as, opening up space for newly convicted offenders. While there might be religious or moral objects when viewed under the light that these convicts just a few generations ago would have been taken out in front of the courthouse and hung rather than fed, clothed provided TV, workout facilities, gym, all under constant security more might support this option.

153 Years Ago Today
Posted:Apr 21, 2017 9:32 pm
Last Updated:Apr 22, 2017 12:53 pm

Until 1857, the cent coin was a large copper piece, containing about its face value in metal.

These coins were unpopular, and in 1857, after receiving congressional approval, the Mint began issuing the Flying Eagle cent, of the diameter of the later Lincoln cent, but somewhat thicker and made of copper-nickel alloy.

These pieces readily circulated, and although the design did not strike well and was replaced by the Indian Head cent in 1859, the coins were commonly used until all federal coinage vanished from circulation in much of the United States in 1861 and 1862, during the economic turmoil of the American Civil War. This happened because many Northerners feared that if the war went poorly, paper money and government bonds might become worthless

. The gap was filled by, among other things, private token issues, sometimes in copper-nickel approximating the size of the cent, but often thinner pieces in bronze.

According to numismatist Neil Carothers, a two-cent piece was most likely proposed in order to get as much dollar value in small change into circulation in as short a time as possible, as the Mint could strike a two-cent piece as easily as a cent. the Coinage Act of 1864 was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on April 22, 1864. The legislation made base metal coins legal tender for the first time: both cents and two-cent pieces were acceptable in quantities of up to ten. The government would not, however, redeem them in bulk. The act also outlawed the private one- and two-cent tokens, and later that year Congress abolished all such issues.

The act which created the two-cent piece authorized the Mint Director, with the Secretary of the Treasury's approval, to prescribe the designs and mottos to be used. Longacre's two-cent piece was the first coin inscribed with "In God We Trust". The motto was popularized by the new coin; on March 3, 1865 Congress passed legislation ordering its use on all coins large enough to permit it. Since 1938, "In God We Trust" has been used on all American coins.

Posted:Apr 20, 2017 8:50 pm
Last Updated:Apr 22, 2017 1:29 am

Cannonballs are not really the type of item most homeowners consider as a decorative device. However, an antiques collector in Massachusetts says he didn't realize he had an explosive 19th-century cannonball sitting in his home until a bomb squad detonated the device.

Bruce Wescott, of Hull, took the cannonball to a gun store Wednesday trying to sell it. He found the explosive, which he believed to be from the Civil War, in a box of antiques he bought a year earlier but never looked through. He said the owner of the gun store told him the cannonball was potentially dangerous and asked him to leave.

Wescott took the cannonball home and called police, who told him not to touch it.
Neighbors were evacuated as a state police bomb squad removed the device, took it to a landfill and blew it up.

Posted:Apr 20, 2017 8:12 pm
Last Updated:Apr 21, 2017 8:32 pm

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual event held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. This festival features, food, music and the arts....

as well as a low down... very stupid thief.

Reinaldo De Jesus Henao was arrested after people who realized their phones were missing turned on “Find My Phone” GPS tracking and followed him across the grounds in real time.  Festival security then detained him until the cops arrived. A few phones were reunited with their owners on the spot. Most were sent to Coachella’s official lost and found. Henao was charged with grand theft and receiving stolen property, but is reportedly out of jail on $10,000 bail, or $100 per phone, which actually seems kind of cheap.

Posted:Apr 19, 2017 6:06 pm
Last Updated:Apr 21, 2017 12:20 am

The simple fact you are reading this proves we have not gone the way of the dinosaurs. An asteroid stretching 650 meters (2,000 feet) across whooshed past Earth on Wednesday at a safe -- but uncomfortably close -- distance, according to astronomers. The asteroid 2014-JO25 should be visible with a small optical telescope for one or two nights before moving out of range.

"Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid this size," NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement.

Dubbed 2014-JO25, the asteroid will come within 1.8 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) of Earth, less than five times the distance to the Moon.
It will pass closest to our planet after having looped around the Sun.
2014-JO25 will then continue on past Jupiter before heading back toward the center of our Solar System.
Smaller asteroids whizz by Earth several times a week. But the last time one at least this size came as close was in 2004, when Toutatis -- five kilometers (3.1 miles) across -- passed within four lunar distances.
The next scheduled close encounter with a big rock will not happen before 2027, when the 800-metre (half-mile) wide asteroid 199-AN10 will fly by at just one lunar distance, about 380,000 km (236,000 miles).

The last time 2014-JO25 was in our immediate neighbourhood was 400 years ago. To give you an idea... Settlers had only been in Jamestown for 10 years.and its next brush with Earth won't happen until sometime after 2600.
A Grateful Nation
Posted:Apr 19, 2017 5:18 pm
Last Updated:Apr 20, 2017 8:55 am

One of the last surviving veterans of the sinking of the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor has been reunited with his fallen shipmates. Raymond Haerry was interred on the ship in a ceremony that his granddaughter says was solemn and beautiful. Haerry was 19 years old when bombs started falling on his battleship on Dec. 7, 1941. When the mighty ship exploded he was tossed into the water. Haerry swam through flaming waters, sweeping his arms in front of him to push the flames away. He shot at Japanese planes from shore. Later, he helped retrieve corpses from the harbor. Haerry served for 25 years in the Navy, retiring as a master chief.

He never returned to Pearl Harbor while he lived because the memories were too painful. As he neared the end of his life, he told his family he’d like to be laid to rest there. Haerry died Sept. 27 in Rhode Island at age 94. Five Arizona survivors remain. Haerry’s granddaughter, Jessica Marino, traveled from New Jersey

She handed his urn to divers, who placed it within the ship’s sunken hull with the hundreds of sailors and Marines are entombed there. He’s the 42nd survivor to rejoin his shipmates, according to the National Park Service.

Only USS Arizona survivors can be interred on the ship.

Rear Adm. John Fuller talked about Haerry’s courage— not the absence of fear, but a deep abiding belief in something greater than oneself.

“I can’t help but think about him being reunited into these simple, hallowed spaces. The calm that comes from being again with your crew, and the lessons we can learn from all he taught us,” said Fuller, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.

Give me a Hand....
Posted:Apr 18, 2017 10:54 pm
Last Updated:Apr 20, 2017 8:59 am

Had to help JD pull the flywheel off the cement mixer after dinner. Got my hands filthy dirty and greasy... that's when it's time to go piss... REALLYY BAD! Never fails.
need HELP from HRH Crown subjects.....
Posted:Apr 17, 2017 9:33 pm
Last Updated:Apr 20, 2017 9:02 am

Ok I dug out a 1977 UK Crown.

To commemorate HRH Queen Elizabeth's 25th anniversary of her coronation.

MY QUESTION... since I wasn't around at the time....

Is that portrait of the queen the one that hung in the government buildings of the time period???? I like the colors and it goes well with the décor where I plan to hang it.
Empty handed.....
Posted:Apr 17, 2017 8:36 pm
Last Updated:Apr 19, 2017 12:12 am

I know many of you drop by for my blogs. I have several in the works but not had a chance to develop them. Today's just been a bitch from the get go and I don't have it in me to post something that lacks refinements.

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