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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

1667 Years Ago
Posted:Jan 17, 2017 5:47 pm
Last Updated:Jan 18, 2017 8:48 am

Constans was the third and youngest son of Constantine the Great and Fausta, his father's second wife.He was educated at the court of his father at Constantinople under the tutelage of the poet Aemilius Magnus Arborius.

With Constantine’s death in 337, Constans and his two brothers, Constantine II and Constantius II, divided the Roman world between themselves and disposed of virtually all relatives who could possibly have a claim to the throne.

Constans was initially under the guardianship of Constantine II. The original settlement assigned Constans the praetorian prefectures of Italy and Africa

Annoyed that Constans had received Thrace and Macedonia after the death of Dalmatius, ConstantineII demanded that Constans hand over the African provinces, which he agreed to do in order to maintain a fragile peace. Soon, however, they began quarreling over which parts of the African provinces belonged to Carthage,and thus Constantine II's , and which belonged to Italy, and therefore Constans'. This led to growing tensions between the two brothers, which were only heightened by Constans finally coming of age and Constantine II refusing to give up his guardianship.

In 340 Constantine II invaded Italy. Constans, at that time in Dacia, detached and sent a select and disciplined body of his Illyrian troops, stating that he would follow them in person with the remainder of his forces. Constantine II was eventually trapped at Aquileia, where he died, leaving Constans to inherit all of his brother’s former territories – Hispania, Britannia and Gaul

Constans began his reign in an energetic fashion. In 341-42, he led a successful campaign against the Franks, and in the early months of 343 he visited Britain. The source for this visit, Julius Firmicus Maternus, does not provide a reason, but the quick movement and the danger involved in crossing the channel in the dangerous winter months suggests it was in response to a military emergency, possibly to repel the Picts and Scots.

The Roman historian Eutropius says Constans "indulged in great vices," in reference to his homosexuality, and Aurelius Victor stated that Constans had a reputation for scandalous behaviour with "handsome barbarian hostages."

In the final years of his reign, Constans developed a reputation for cruelty and misrule. Dominated by favorites and openly preferring his select bodyguard.

In 350, the general Magnentius declared himself emperor at Augustodunum with the support of the troops on the Rhine frontier and, later, the western provinces of the Empire. Constans was enjoying himself nearby when he was notified of the elevation of Magnentius. Lacking any support beyond his immediate household, he was forced to flee for his life. As he was trying to reach Hispania, supporters of Magnentius cornered him in a fortification in Helena (now Elne) in the eastern Pyrenees of southwestern Gaul, where he was killed om January 18, 350 AD after seeking sanctuary in a temple.

A prophecy at his birth had said Constans would die in the arms of his grandmother. His place of death happens to have been named after Helena, mother of Constantine and his own grandmother, thus realizing the prophecy.

Good Day!
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Posted:Jan 17, 2017 2:42 pm
Last Updated:Jan 18, 2017 9:04 am

Our lamestream media has once again created a tempest in a teacup when President Elect Trump responded to Congressman John Lewis's public attack that he would not be attending the inauguration calling his presidency "illegitimate." Thus the firestorm began. Lewis a "civil rights icon" is a 76 year old career politician with a puncheon for hyperbolae. He questioned George Bush's legitimacy and compared John McCain to George Wallace. Questioning the right of a president to hold office is a bit pernicious, ,if not slamming on the brakes to a cordial degree of civility and cooperation. So I took it upon myself to look up Congressman Lewis' records.

WAY, Way, way back Mr. Lewis walked across abridge in Selma Alabama with Martin Luther King. He ate at some segregated lunch counters, then spent some time in Mississippi's Parchment Penitentiary . Great start for a name and sheet to get elected by the Democrats to a Congressional seat from Georgia's 5th 1987. In that time he has missed 609 out of 6,899 votes or about 10%. One of his counterparts Rep. Rick W. Allen R-Ga., 12th District a member since 2015 has only missed 2 out of 581 votes, (.3% ) while Rep. Rob Woodall R-Ga., 7th District in since 2011 has only missed 45 out of 3,379 roll call votes 1.3%. These Congressmen are paid $175,000 a year to be there and VOTE doing what their constituents want and need from them. Even the great Nancy Pelosi has only missed 264 out of 6,906 votes for a 3.8%.

In my humble estimation Congressman Lewis is more a part of the problem than the solution shooting off his mouth, not showing up for an inauguration or to vote in The House of Representatives. . Since his public service record has started to show up it amazes me just how fast the lamestream media has dropped and buried the story connected to Trumps tweet "talk talk talk -- no action or results" when the TRUTH comes out on their leftist civil rights hero.

DOES ANYONE ELSE WANT TO MENTION A CONGRESSMAN WHO IS NOT ATTENDING TRUMPS INAUGURATION? I am more than happy to look up their voting records and post them in here for you.
Happy 95th
Posted:Jan 16, 2017 8:55 pm
Last Updated:Jan 17, 2017 10:12 pm

A BIG Happy 95 Birthday to Betty Marion White Ludden born on January 17, 1922, known professionally as Betty White, an American actress, animal rights activist, author, comedian, radio host, singer, and television personality.

Regarded as a pioneer of television, White was one of the first women to have control both in front of and behind the camera; and is recognized as the first woman to produce a sitcom, which contributed to her receiving the honorary title as the Mayor of Hollywood in 1955. Best wishes from us all!

Betty unabashedly attributes her longevity to her love of hot dogs!

Just FAWKT !!!
Posted:Jan 16, 2017 7:59 pm
Last Updated:Jan 17, 2017 10:17 pm

We'd planned on leaving tomorrow for the Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC, however, this fucking ice storm has just changed our plans. Thursday was the "Deplorables Ball" Our road is a glair of ice. The east way is blocked by an ice fallen Maple, the west we are not sure of we have not even wanted to try that way. The only traffic in the area are emergency vehicles. Some major thoroughfares have been kept open with tons of salt. Our road crews are stretched to the max. The icy crap extends to Chicago and beyond and we are just NOT going to fight it. It is currently still sprinkling and misty here coating every surface with a thick, smooth glaze. Only a NUT would attempt to enter the hills of the Mississippi Vally with weather like this and Northern Illinois road crews are sucked into preserving precious Chicago.
Melting Snowflakes
Posted:Jan 15, 2017 10:32 am
Last Updated:Jan 17, 2017 10:15 pm

Just five more days until TRUMP is sworn in and we can start shutting down some of these ludicrous PC assertions. A California shoe company is recalling a series of work boots that purportedly leave swastika imprints on the ground after a customer complained.

Conal International Trading, the Los Angeles-area footwear company, apologized for the troubling image left by the tread of its Polar Fox boots. The company assured the public that the symbol was not intentionally incorporated into its design and blamed the misstep on its manufacturers overseas.

“We were informed recently the company imported boots that has an offensive symbol designed on them. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and the public. The boots have been recalled, and we have stopped selling the item,” the company said in a statement. “We would like to issue our sincerest apologies to our customers and to anyone who was offended by the Swastika imprint that the boots left behind.”

Conal International Trading said in its statement that it does not promote hate or discrimination of any sort and its employees deeply regret the mistake. The company is investigating the issue.

“The design was not intentional and was a mistake made by our manufacturers in China. ---( I am surprised they didn't blame the Russians!)----There was never any intention to include any offensive designs on the products we import,” the statement read. If I'd bought a pair I'd have given them a shining review “Very comfortable. Nein out of ten.” “I love them too, they really put me in mein kampfort zone.” “Heily recommended! It is time our society grows a pair and moves on leaving the IDIOTS who see swastikas in the dirt and Jesus in their burnt toast to muddle through their lackluster lives picking lint and dustbunnies from under their beds in silent miserable solitude.

January 15th
Posted:Jan 14, 2017 9:14 pm
Last Updated:Jan 17, 2017 6:20 pm

January 15th is a treasure trove of historical events for those "History Nutz"

In 69 AD Otho seized power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor, who rules for three months before having his army defeated in a battle on the Via Postumia by the army of Vitellius. Otho then committed suicide. His coins are pretty dang tough to come by and we only have one denarius from his short il-fated reign.

On January 15, 1535 Henry VIII declared himself head of the Church in England

On this day in 1559 Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey.

January 15, 1777 Found the People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declaring their independence from England.

Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" premieres, St Petersburg in 1895
Best of the Best
Posted:Jan 13, 2017 8:42 pm
Last Updated:Jan 14, 2017 8:07 pm

This is the Best of my very BEST recipes for Hunter's Breakfast. Plan on having 4 hungry guys for it too! It travels easily for a family get together, as well.

1- 16oz. Jumbo tube of biscuits
2 12 oz. packages Hormel Little Sizzlers or 1 1/2 lbs. pork sausage
6 eggs
2 1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup flour
a good solid dash of black pepper and Lowry's Seasoned Salt
2 cups your favorite shredded cheese

Grease a 9' X 13" oven proof baking dish

Cut the biscuits into small pieces a then place in the baking dish.

In a medium mixing bowl crack your 6 eggs and add 1/2 cup of milk and beat it vigorously.

Pour the egg/milk mix over the diced biscuits.

In a non-stick skillet place the sausage. Add about 1/4 cup of water then with a potato masher break down the sausage over medium heat cooking it thoroughly.

Using a slotted spoon remove about 2/3's of the cooked sausage (about a pound) from the pan and spread evenly over the egg/biscuit mix retaining the meat and grease in the skillet.

Add your 1/4 cup flour to the remaining meat coating each piece absorbing the grease then add the remaining 2 cups of milk. Bring up the heat stirring until it is thick and bubbly.

add your ground black pepper and Seasoning salt to taste... then stir it in.

Pour this gravy across the top of the previous layers.
Friday the 13th
Posted:Jan 13, 2017 8:05 pm
Last Updated:Jan 15, 2017 12:35 pm

Today may have been Friday the 13, an unlucky day for us... However, for our Rosie it was the luckiest day of the week! She got her favoritest TREAT! Peeneebudder! Rosie got to lick out the peanut butter jar! Her long nose and tongue can get every last smidgen from the bottom of the jar.

Posted:Jan 12, 2017 10:22 pm
Last Updated:Jan 14, 2017 8:41 am

Today I've had a few too many irons in the fire to get a blog posted in here. My allotment of "free time" syphoned off by business, finances, commitments, critters and relationship. The last chapter being what should have been the beginning of my relaxing time in here on the net at the end of the day... Thor walks into the office and GARFS on the fucking floor right beside me. Maybe better luck tomorrow night.
Joys of Teaching
Posted:Jan 11, 2017 9:08 pm
Last Updated:Jan 12, 2017 9:14 pm

The teacher's 5 year old students are just beginning to learn how to read.

One of them pointed to the picture in a zoo book and said " LOOK! A frickin elephant!"

The teacher took a deep breath and asked... "What did you call it?"

"It's a frikin' elephant! It says so on the picture." the student replied.

and so it does......

Hooked on Phonics ... aint it wonderful!

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