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Happy Easter
Posted:Apr 20, 2019 7:46 pm
Last Updated:Apr 20, 2019 11:31 pm
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We wish all our friends in here a Happy Easter.
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God Bless Texas
Posted:Apr 20, 2019 7:31 pm
Last Updated:Apr 20, 2019 11:32 pm
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Citizens of the new Republic of Texas responded to the destruction of the Alamo and massacre of the unarmed Texans captured Goliad with outrage. Volunteer companies rushed to join General Samuel Houston’s growing Texas army. Meanwhile, Mexican General Santa Anna marched his army to crush the Texan rebels.


General Samuel Houston

Houston avoided contact with the pursuing Mexican army until his Texas army gained strength and training. Santa Anna, on the other hand, split his force, sending some units to secure his long supply line while others sought to capture the provisional Texan government. Santa Anna personally led the remaining 600 men after Houston.


General Antonio de Padua María Severino López de Santa Anna y Pérez de Lebrón

On 20 April, the two armies met in a low area of marshland and bayous near the San Jacinto River. Santa Anna attempted unsuccessfully to probe the Texan position, and there was an exchange of artillery fire. About 500 Mexican reinforcements arrived. Santa Anna decided to rest his new and tired troops before attacking, but he failed to post sentries. When no attack followed in the morning, the Mexican troops relaxed even further. A Texan council of war, in the meantime, voted to attack, and Houston launched his 900 Texans in a risky assault that afternoon.



His mounted troops rode around the Mexican flanks while the Texan battle line moved quickly and quietly directly across the open prairie. They were within 200 yards (183 m) of the Mexican camp when discovered. At that moment, Houston’s artillery opened fire, and the Texan infantry charged. After days of retreat, Houston’s men relished the attack, taking the resting Mexican force by surprise (during the Mexicans’ siesta), shouting, "Remember the Alamo, remember Goliad!" (Legend holds that Santa Anna was slow to respond to the assault because he was romantically involved with a woman when the attack unfolded, but that is probably apocryphal.)



The Texans fired close range and rolled over the hasty Mexican breastworks. Santa Anna’s defense collapsed as panicked Mexicans tried to flee the cavalry across the marshes. After an eighteen-minute fight, the remaining Mexicans surrendered, but Santa Anna slipped away in a ’s uniform. Within 24 hours, some 600 Mexicans had been killed and more than 700 captured, including eventually Santa Anna himself, who was then freed after he came to terms with Houston to end the war. of Houston’s men had been killed or mortally wounded, and about 30 wounded less seriously, in this heavily lopsided victory.



Losses: Mexican, 630 dead, 208 wounded, 730 captured; Texan, 9 dead, 30 wounded.



God Blessed Texas April 21, 1836


Republic of Texas $ signed by Sam Houston.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Posted:Apr 20, 2019 6:57 am
Last Updated:Apr 20, 2019 8:05 pm
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I bet you think I am wishing Adolph Hitler Happy Birthday since he was born on April 20th but



NO!



According to the papers



My sweet Ruby is 6 years old today!



Hard to believe she was ever this small!
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Hero of Notre-Dame Fire
Posted:Apr 18, 2019 5:21 pm
Last Updated:Apr 20, 2019 6:40 am
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The Guardian reports that the Parisian fire brigade's chaplain, Jean-Marc Fournier, refused to remain outside the burning building, and insisted on joining in a human chain to rescue the religious relic. (The faithful believe that the artifact contains actual pieces of the crown worn by Jesus Christ ahead of his crucifixion.) Devout Catholics and art historians alike breathed a sigh of relief last night, when it was announced that the Crown of Thorns had survived the fire that consumed Notre-Dame Cathedral. This morning, the touching story of how it was saved came to light.



"Father Fournier is an absolute hero," an emergency worker said, Newsweek. "He showed no fear all as he made straight for the relics inside the cathedral, and made sure they were saved. He deals with life and death every day, and shows no fear."



And this isn't even the first time Fournier has shown his courage. Following the attack on the Bataclan in 20, Fournier prayed for those lost and tended to the injured. He also previously served in the French armed forces for years, which included time in Afghanistan.



The safety of Crown of Thorns, as the cathedral's "most precious and most venerated relic," in the words of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, was of chief concern. However, several other important relics have reportedly survived, as well. According to the Guardian, the tunic of Saint Louis and the True Cross and Holy Nails have all survived the blaze. Sadly, not everything made it - and authorities will likely be tallying the losses in the days in weeks to come.

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Good Friday
Posted:Apr 18, 2019 5:02 pm
Last Updated:Apr 18, 2019 9:43 pm
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Good Friday is a solemn day commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Bible. It takes place the day after Maundy Thursday and two days before Easter Sunday. It is believed to have been observed since around 0 AD

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There are a few theories as to why this Friday is called "Good." Some think the name comes from "God's Friday". Others think the "Good" stands for "holy." Still, others think the "Good" is referring to the belief that Jesus the ultimate sacrifice for humankind's sins.



Prayer and fasting may be important parts of the day. Fasting was particularly important for the day early on in its observation. Many Catholics still fast, or partially fast by not eating any meat. Church services are often held in the afternoon, from around noon to 3 pm, as this is the time when Jesus is believed to have hung on the cross before dying. Many churches reenact the procession of the cross to Calvary, where Jesus was crucified; other Stations of the Cross are also reenacted. Candles are often extinguished in churches, and some churches drape black over paintings, statues, and crucifixes—the days' most important symbol—to show mourning. This is also done in some homes. Some also keep their homes somewhat quiet on the day, with little music, television, or computer use.



It is a public holiday in some countries, but not in the United States, although in some states it is a state holiday. Some employees get the day off. markets and many public schools and universities are also closed for the day.

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M I A
Posted:Apr 17, 2019 7:42 pm
Last Updated:Apr 18, 2019 4:41 pm
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Most of you know my OLD friend BiBBzzzie!



She was recently involved in a car accident is why she has not been chatting late nights in the Lobby.



She is now well enough so that she plans to join us again tonight.



She also told that she is having problems locating parts to fix her car.
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Go All Out for National Pizza Day
Posted:Apr 17, 2019 6:05 pm
Last Updated:Apr 18, 2019 9:44 pm
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According to legend, the first pizza cake—a cake that looks like a pizza—was created by Chef François Gundermeaux, for the wedding of France's Duke of Angoulême and Italy's Lady Mauriello. This wedding was said to have happened in France during the time of the Italian Wars, during the French Renaissance, in part to form an alliance. As the story goes, Lady Mauriello's father, Geomar, requested to Chef Gundermeaux that a traditional Italian pizza be included with the wedding meal. As it was the day before the wedding, and Chef Gundermeaux was not familiar with pizzas besides seeing them in paintings but was an expert at making pastries, he created a cake that looked like a pizza. Upon tasting the creation, Geomar exclaimed, "This is not pizza, this is pizza cake!"



That story appeared on the International Pizza Cake Day Facebook page but could not be substantiated. There were multiple Dukes of Angoulême during the time of the Italian Wars, but it is unknown if any of them married a Lady Mauriello, or had a chef named Gundermeaux bake them a pizza cake. Regardless if the story is true, today is a day to eat cakes that are shaped like pizzas.



In 2014, after this holiday already existed, recipes for a different type of pizza cake began appearing online. This pizza cake used ingredients regularly used for a pizza, but was baked by layering multiple pizzas on top of each other. Although this was not the original intention of this holiday, people may celebrate the day by eating this type of pizza cake as well.



Here I make a Pizzadilla (Pizza Quesadilla ) by layering pizza ingredients between tortillas then baking to make a layered pizzacake.
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Happy 82nd Birthday!
Posted:Apr 16, 2019 7:23 pm
Last Updated:Apr 17, 2019 5:34 pm
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Birthday.... kinda... sorta for director Tex Avery’s and animator Bob Clampett’s off the wall character Daffy Duck who first appeared in the short Porky’s Duck Hunt released April 17, 1937.



The gangly, black-feathered duck whose explosive temperament and insatiable ego lead him into an endless series of comic misadventures. He is a cornerstone of the Warner Bros. stable of animated characters. In his early days Daffy was a hyperactive, at times silly, character whose madcap capers were fueled by an unpredictable personality. His frequent sidekick was the bashful and stammering Porky Pig. Daffy’s own manner of expression included a prominent lisp often accompanied by the expelling of saliva.



By the 1950s Daffy was struggling to reclaim the spotlight from Bugs Bunny, who had become the leading Warner Brothers character. Led by Chuck Jones, the directors of this era brought out a darker side of Daffy’s personality, showing him as desperately self-glorifying and consumed by jealousy—though also more introspective. Perhaps the defining moment for this interpretation was Jones’s Duck Amuck (1953), in which an omnipotent animator torments Daffy by shuffling him between quickly changing backgrounds, dropping props in and out of the scene, and even briefly erasing him. The culprit turns out to be none other than Bugs Bunny himself.



Daffy remains a staple of the Warner Bros. franchise, including the 1980s television series The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show and the 1996 feature film Space Jam. From his first appearance through 1989, Daffy Duck was performed by famed voice actor Mel Blanc. In later years he was voiced by a number of actors, notably Joe Alaskey and Jeff Bennett.

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Court Case
Posted:Apr 15, 2019 8:02 pm
Last Updated:Apr 16, 2019 11:19 pm
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An Indiana man is suing his parents for getting rid of his vast pornography collection, which he estimates is worth $29,000. The man is seeking triple financial damages of roughly $87,000.



The 40-- man last week filed a lawsuit in federal court in Michigan, where he moved in with his parents in 2016 following a divorce.



He says when he moved out 10 months later, they delivered his things to his new home in Muncie, Indiana, but his 12 boxes of pornographic films and magazines were missing. His parents admit they dumped the porn, which included titles such as "Frisky Business" and "Big Bad Grannys."



The man filed a complaint with police, but the Ottawa County prosecutor declined to press charges. The lawsuit includes an excerpt from the man's father, who told his son, "I did you a big favor by getting rid of all this stuff."

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Oh Dear!
Posted:Apr 15, 2019 6:29 pm
Last Updated:Apr 16, 2019 6:59 pm
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I hope you all have remembered to file your Federal Income Tax forms by today!



If NOT... this card might come in handy!
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