(History/Poem) Tangled And Twisted: The Belvidere Illinois F-4 Tornado

Tangled And Twisted

 

April 21st, 1967 a day that I remember well

In my mind, this day will always in infamy live

This day an F-4 tornado tore into our hometown

Killing and hurting so many the day darkness kissed

 

 

About four on Friday afternoon it showed its wrath

Down the business twenty corridor this killer swept

Hitting the Chrysler Assembly Plant about change of shift

Pacemaker grocery store and Highland Hospital it hit

 

 

Houses in the neighborhoods swept clean to cement

To the high school with children filled buses it went

Buses thrown like bowling pens, its wrath did vent

Many a white crosses are for so many of the children

Now lay in rest with white stones at their heads

The living hearts broken from the day of the twist

 

 

It’s not just cars and houses that are missed

It’s survivors lives such storms tangle and twist

Empty desks within the classrooms never filled

Forever a reminder of friends that we still miss

An F-4 tornado our lives it did tangle and twist

(Philosophy/Poem) Multiple Selves

Multiple Selves

 

How many people are we how many lies have we lived

How many people have we been in the eyes of others

Question asked, not speaking of Spiritual reincarnation

Do we question ourselves who it is that we have become

Is it still possible to be the person we had wanted to be

 

 

Do we ever question the paths we have chosen to walk

Do we question ourselves on places we shall soon tread

Go look, search the eyes we see in our vanity mirror

Who is this person looking back, what have we become

Child know thy self, has this truth become impossible to us

 

 

Just who in the hell are we, do we expect our lying eyes to tell

In this one life, with enough years we all live touch many lives

In the stages of our years who is this shape shifter we all become

Babies, belching, burping and farting, as we leave the cocoon

Toddlers to teens through Sainthood and on to all our adult sins

 

 

All different stages of conscience, memories yet to be lived

Some of our pain we ingest, most we lay upon others feet

These eyes in our mirror, good, bad, and sickening do they see

These lights to our Soul, who today do they say that we now be

This soul looking straight at us created all of our yesterdays

Our yesterdays and our today’s, who is it that tomorrow we’ll be

Chirk Castle

Darwin on the rocks and around the world

We decided to spend a weekend in North Wales a few months ago now, in order to climb on top of Snowdonia ! We left Leeds and drove down there, climbed on top of snowdonia, hiked in the Devil’s Kitchen and also visited a wonderful garden under the rain. The last day, the sun was out and we decided to stop at Chirk Castle on the way back to Leeds.

Chirk Castle Chirk Castle was built in the late 13th century and is currently owned by the National Trust and is only open to the public between March and October. It’s more of a fortress than a lavishly decorated castle, but it was quite interesting to visit something a bit different !

Chirk Castle

The dungeon was quite interesting to visit as the walls are 5 meters thick ! That was very impressive. Some of them contain “murder holes” which allowed the pouring of…

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Is It Past Time To Arrest AG Jeff Sessions For Obstruction Of Justice And For Lying To Congress?

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE WASHINGTON POST)

 

Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show

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The accounts from Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to his superiors, intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, contradict public assertions by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Post’s Greg Miller explains. (Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post)
 July 21 at 6:51 PM
Russia’s ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general, according to current and former U.S. officials.Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s accounts of two conversations with Sessions — then a top foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Donald Trump — were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, which monitor the communications of senior Russian officials both in the United States and in Russia. Sessions initially failed to disclose his contacts with Kislyak and then said that the meetings were not about the Trump campaign.

One U.S. official said that Sessions — who testified that he has no recollection of an April encounter — has provided “misleading” statements that are “contradicted by other evidence.” A former official said that the intelligence indicates that Sessions and Kislyak had “substantive” discussions on matters including Trump’s positions on Russia-related issues and prospects for U.S.-Russia relations in a Trump administration.

Sessions has said repeatedly that he never discussed campaign-related issues with Russian officials and that it was only in his capacity as a U.S. senator that he met with Kislyak.

“I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign,” Sessions said in March when he announced that he would recuse himself from matters relating to the FBI probe of Russian interference in the election and any connections to the Trump campaign.

Current and former U.S. officials said that assertion is at odds with Kislyak’s accounts of conversations during two encounters over the course of the campaign, one in April ahead of Trump’s first major foreign policy speech and another in July on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention.

The apparent discrepancy could pose new problems for Sessions at a time when his position in the administration appears increasingly tenuous.

Trump, in an interview this week, expressed frustration with Sessions’s recusing himself from the Russia probe and indicated that he regretted his decision to make the lawmaker from Alabama the nation’s top law enforcement officer. Trump also faulted Sessions as giving “bad answers” during his confirmation hearing about his Russian contacts during the campaign.

Officials emphasized that the information contradicting Sessions comes from U.S. intelligence on Kislyak’s communications with the Kremlin, and acknowledged that the Russian ambassador could have mischaracterized or exaggerated the nature of his interactions.

“Obviously I cannot comment on the reliability of what anonymous sources describe in a wholly uncorroborated intelligence intercept that the Washington Post has not seen and that has not been provided to me,” said Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokeswoman in a statement. She reiterated that Sessions did not discuss interference in the election.

Russian and other foreign diplomats in Washington and elsewhere have been known, at times, to report false or misleading information to bolster their standing with their superiors or to confuse U.S. intelligence agencies.

But U.S. officials with regular access to Russian intelligence reports say Kislyak — whose tenure as ambassador to the United States ended recently — has a reputation for accurately relaying details about his interactions with officials in Washington.

Sessions removed himself from direct involvement in the Russia investigation after it was revealed in The Washington Post that he had met with Kislyak at least twice in 2016, contacts he failed to disclose during his confirmation hearing in January.

“I did not have communications with the Russians,” Sessions said when asked whether anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign had communicated with representatives of the Russian government.

He has since maintained that he misunderstood the scope of the question and that his meetings with Kislyak were strictly in his capacity as a U.S. senator. In a March appearance on Fox television, Sessions said, “I don’t recall any discussion of the campaign in any significant way.”

Sessions appeared to narrow that assertion further in extensive testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June, saying that he “never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States.”

But when pressed for details, Sessions qualified many of his answers during that hearing by saying that he could “not recall” or did not have “any recollection.”

A former U.S. official who read the Kislyak reports said that the Russian ambassador reported speaking with Sessions about issues that were central to the campaign, including Trump’s positions on key policy matters of significance to Moscow.

Sessions had a third meeting with Kislyak in his Senate office in September. Officials declined to say whether U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted any Russian communications describing the third encounter.

As a result, the discrepancies center on two earlier Sessions-Kislyak conversations, including one that Sessions has acknowledged took place in July 2016 on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention.

By that point, Russian President Vladimir Putin had decided to embark on a secret campaign to help Trump win the White House by leaking damaging emails about his rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to U.S. intelligence agencies.

Although it remains unclear how involved Kislyak was in the covert Russian campaign to aid Trump, his superiors in Moscow were eager for updates about the candidate’s positions, particularly regarding U.S. sanctions on Russia and long-standing disputes with the Obama administration over conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

Kislyak also reported having a conversation with Sessions in April at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, where then-candidate Trump delivered his first major foreign policy address, according to the officials familiar with intelligence on Kislyak.

Sessions has said he does not remember any encounter with Kislyak at that event. In his June testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sessions said, “I do not recall any conversations with any Russian official at the Mayflower Hotel.”

Later in that hearing, Sessions said that “it’s conceivable that that occurred. I just don’t remember it.”

Kislyak was also a key figure in the departure of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was forced to leave that job after The Post revealed that he had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with Kislyak even while telling others in the Trump administration that he had not done so.

In that case, however, Flynn’s phone conversations with Kislyak were intercepted by U.S. intelligence, providing irrefutable evidence. The intelligence on Sessions, by contrast, is based on Kislyak’s accounts and not corroborated by other sources.

Former FBI director James B. Comey fueled speculation about the possibility of a Sessions-Kislyak meeting at the Mayflower when he told the same Senate committee on June 8 that the bureau had information about Sessions that would have made it “problematic” for him to be involved in the Russia probe.

Comey would not provide details of what information the FBI had, except to say that he could only discuss it privately with the senators. Current and former officials said he appeared to be alluding to intelligence on Kislyak’s account of an encounter with Sessions at the Mayflower.

Senate Democrats later called on the FBI to investigate the event in April at the Mayflower hotel.

Sessions’s role in removing Comey as FBI director angered many at the bureau and set in motion events that led to the appointment of former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III as a special counsel overseeing the Russia probe.

Trump’s harsh words toward the attorney general fueled speculation this week that Sessions would be fired or would resign. So far, he has resisted resigning, saying that he intends to stay in the job “as long as that is appropriate.”

Matt Zapotosky and Julie Tate contributed to this report.

(Philosophy/Poem) Passions And Spirits

 

Passions And Spirits

 

What are our passions with which our life we have filled

Deep within the depths of our mind where do our lusts live

What resides there, what really means the most to each of us

Are our heart chambers filled with dark secrets and lies

Secrets that we can never share nor let see the light

 

 

Are our passions dark like the blood of a single black rose

Are we ashamed of our self for these secrets we do hide

Or, are our passions of envy of the riches we cannot have

Children, a life without passion is a life you haven’t lived

The inner dwellings of our heart is the living room of our Soul

 

 

Friends who or what have we let set in our heart’s Captain’s chair

What has their hand on the throttle and the keys of our heart

Are our passions of the flesh like politicians who sell their birthright

On whose shoulder do we choose to lean as we walk through this life

How many footprints will we see in the sand as we look back at life’s end

 

 

If we wish to turn our focus away from the toys of this life

If we wish to be a Prophet a Holy Man or one of God’s Saints

We must follow the quieter path led by of the Spirit of Light

This path is always determined by how we choose to life our life

Child understand the passion of God’s Spirit is not of this world

 

 

The Judgement Seat of Christ awaits us all at the end of our life

Believers or not, we will all stand there trembling before The Christ

All of our passions whether good or evil will manifest before all eyes

To all the Hosts of Heaven and Hell there will be no place to hide

We have no passion, or secret, or deed that won’t be put into the light

We all will answer for our passions as we look in the eyes Jesus Christ

The Battle Of Asculum In 279 BC

 

(THIS ARTICLE IS FROM GOOGLE PLUS AND ANCIENT HISTORY)

THE BATTLE OF ASCULUM 279 BC
For the upcoming battle both armies were practically equal in forces with the Romans numbering 38,000 Republican infantry and 2,000 cavalry under the command of Consol Publius Decius. King Pyrrhus and his Macedonian – Greek army numbered 37,000 infantry, 3000 cavalry and 25 War Elephants.Both armies deployed their cavalry on the wings and infantry in the center. King Pyrrhus held his personal guard cavalry in reserve behind the center along with the War Elephants.

On the first day, the Macedonians broke the Roman 1st legion and there allies on the left wing but Decius quickly ordered the Roman 3rd legion to counter attack which re – stabilized the Roman flank

Pyrrhus then deployed the war elephants against the third legion which proceeded to take refuge in and around the heavily wooded areas on the high ground. Pyrrhus then sent Samnite infantry to drive the Romans out of the woods but they were intercepted by Roman cavalry and cut to pieces.

Both sides now withdrew to their respective camps as dusk approached with neither having gained a significant advantage.

At dawn Pyrrhus sent his infantry forward to occupy the high ground. A massive Phalanx vs Legion engagement occurred, the fighting was fierce and became deadlocked. It wasn’t until the Greek war elephants supported by light infantry arrived which finally broke through the Roman shield wall.

The elephants then charged through the breach scattering the Roman infantry, which quickley broke ranks. Pyrrhus then ordered his cavalry wings to charge, turning the Roman withdrawal into a complete rout.

Pyrrhus had achieved victory but at a high cost. Although the Roman casualties totaled 8,000 compared to the Greek – Macedonian losses of 3,500. Pyrrhus had lost nearly 65% of his irreplaceable veteran officer corps. Pyrrhus later commented on his victory stating, “One more such victory, and we shall be undone.

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    A Pyrrhic victory is a victory which is only achieved with heavy losses on one’s own side. This alludes to the Battle of Ausculum (Ascoli Satriano, in Apulia). in 279 BC.

    After the battle, Pyrrhus is recorded to have commented: “If we win another such battle against the Romans, we will be completely lost” (Plutarch, Pyrrhus 21,14).

    The best example of a pyrrhic victory is in the anglo-zulu war, in which Ntshingwayo Khoza set 22,000 zulu warriors, about 55% of the male population of zululands to attack 1,400 British soldiers in a surprise attack at the Battle of Isandlwana.

(Philosophy/Poem) Donald Trumps Version Of Freedom Of Speech?

Donald Trumps Version Of Free Speech?  

 

 

This poem is just jive talk so don’t take it seriously folks

 

Freedom of speech, of course you all have it

That is, as long as you always totally agree with me

If you dare not agree with every word that I speak

My toy dog Jeffro will lock you in one of his prisons for profit

So don’t dare open your mouth and disagree with your King

 

 

You say I am a leftist dictator, yet I know I know always right

Christian people you say you love the Republican right

Just learn to keep your mouths shut and do what I say

Then we can starve the poor and take their health coverage away

This is still the land of the free as long as I hold all the keys

 

 

Is America still really the home of the profitable wars

I say it is, as long as you keep all the profits flowing to me

George and Dickies friends made billions from illegal unholy wars

I’ll stay here on My Throne being worshiped by Congressional whores

 

Freedom or speech, I can say what so ever that I please

I grant it to you little people but don’t you dare displease me

Just be sure to be on your knees as you’re kissing feet and my ring

Disagree, then my brother XI or Vladdy’s Mongolia or Siberia you’ll see

Alabama Man Shoots 820-Pound Wild Hog in His Front Yard

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Alabama Man Shoots 820-Pound Wild Hog in His Front Yard

July 20, 2017

An Alabama taxidermist will preserve an animal he shot and killed himself: a massive, 820-pound wild hog.

Wade Seago told al.com he saw the hog in the front yard of his home in Samson, Ala. last week after his schnauzer, Cruiser, began barking at it. Seago said that he had never seen a hog that large, and was worried it could harm his family pet. So he fatally shot the hog three times with his .38 caliber revolver.

“By the time I got in a position to shoot, the hog was about 12 yards away,” Wade said. “Cruiser was out of my line to the hog so I fired.”

According to the Associate Press, Seago plans to mount the head and shoulders of the hog. He weighed the hog on large scales at a nearby peanut company.

In Alabama, feral hogs are a game animal that are known to create hundreds of millions of dollars of agricultural damage in the U.S. per year, al.com reports. People in the state can legally hunt wild hogs on private land.

“I didn’t think twice about taking down this hog,” Wade told al.com. “I’d do it again tomorrow.”

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Gallup: More Protestants Now Do Not Identify With Specific Denomination

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE CHRISTIAN POST)

 

Gallup: More Protestants Now Do Not Identify With Specific Denomination

Jul 20, 2017 | 10:17 AM

(PHOTO: STAN LEWIS) Warrington Baptist Church, a small congregation that held its last service in April 2017. The church was acquired by the Pensacola, Florida-based Olive Baptist Church, which plans to reopen it in October 2017 as a satellite campus.

There are now more Protestants in America who do not identify with a particular denomination or tradition than those who do, according to a new survey.

Gallup research released Tuesday reveals that the number of Christians who said they belonged to specific denomination has dropped from 50 percent in the year 2000 to 30 percent in 2016. The poll was done by telephone in the months of May and December of last year, polling a combined total of 2,053 American adults living in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Many surveys in recent years have shown a rising demographic of Americans called “nones” — those who claim no religious identification at all — and their numbers have doubled in 16 years. In 2000, 10 percent claimed no religious affiliation; by 2016 the “nones” were 20 percent of the population.

Because the percentages of Mormons, Roman Catholics, and adherents of non-Christian faiths have remained steady over that same time, the rising number of “nones” has occurred as Protestants have decreased, their numbers shrinking from 57 percent to 47 percent from 2000 to 2016.

“Therefore, there are fewer Protestants of any kind in the American population today, and the pool of those who identify with a specific Protestant denomination is smaller,” the Gallup report explains.

Other than Catholics or Mormons, American Christians “increasingly put themselves into a non-denominational category rather than identifying with a specific denomination such as Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopalian.” Yet others call themselves “Christian” with no qualifications.

The percentage of Christians who do not name a specific denomination has nearly doubled, from 9 percent to 17 percent in the past 16 years.

For those who do claim a specific denomination, Baptists continue to be the largest Protestant group, with 10 percent of Americans identifying as “Baptists” and an additional 3 percent identifying as “Southern Baptists.”

The Gallup researchers noted that measuring the religious identification among Protestants poses some challenges, especially given that hundreds of Protestant denominations exist today.

“This allows Protestants to easily switch between denominations, with the result that many Protestants are not as fixed in their religious identity as would be the case for Catholics, Jews or those from other religious traditions,” the report reads.

Even so, Gallup’s consistent research process has allowed a general comparison of trends in religious identity to occur across time.

“These trends indicate that, while many Americans remain religious in a broad sense and may continue to seek spiritual guidance and community experience, a formal structure in which to do so has become less important.”

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