Saturday, February 17, 2018

NRA Payoffs to Lawmakers / Trump Revoked Mental Illness Gun Law

In today's blog, you'll see a LIST of Republicans that got Massive payouts from the National Rifle Association to ensure they never passed restrictions on assault rifles like the ones used in many mass murders in the past couple of years. You'll also see how Trump rescinded Pres. Obama's Exec. order to prevent people with mental illnesses to get guns.

HYPOCRITE ON MENTAL ILLNESS GUN CHECKS - ALSO- President Trump said in his Remarks Yesterday, Feb. 15, 2018, that "Mental Illness is the problem why these people have access to guns."     So, what was one of the first things he did when he got in office? He REVOKED the Pres. Obama Executive Order preventing people with Mental Illness to buy firearms. 
Reporter Bess Kalb has names and dollar amounts for NRA-linked lawmakers. 
Lawmakers sending “thoughts and prayers” in the wake of Wednesday’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, are getting slammed for their financial ties to the gun lobby.
Bess Kalb, a writer for “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” is responding to each lawmaker tweeting condolences over the murders by listing how much they’ve taken from the National Rifle Association, which has consistently fought any move to tighten gun control laws.
Here are some of those tweets and Kalb’s replies:
Trump: He received 21 Million Dollars from the NRA
She also replied to Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel:  
Before she started replying to tweets she also shared a few other choice words about lawmakers collecting cash from the gun lobby: 

God have mercy on your NRA-kept souls: 
Richard Burr $6,986,620 
Roy Blunt $4,551,146 
Thom Tillis $4,418,012 
Cory Gardner $3,879,064 
Marco Rubio $3,303,355 
Joni Ernst $3,124,273 
Rob Portman $3,061,941 
Todd Young $2,896,732 
Bill Cassidy $2,861,047

This is NOT counting the $21 million given to President Trump.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Olympics' Hot Tongan Returns (Where is Tonga? & Recent Hurricane)

Pita Taufatofua
   There's nothing like a hot, handsome, lean, muscular guy with a great personality who inspires people to better themselves... and that perfectly describes one of the men in this winter's Olympics.  The sport he trained for will surprise you. (Note: A Category 4 Hurricane Just hit his homeland this week)
    Everyone’s favorite hunky Tongan is back — and despite the frigid temperatures  Pita Taufatofua was shirtless once again.
   The 34-year-old Polynesian athlete was back in all his oily glory at the opening ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics as the teams entered the massive stadium for the Parade of Nations, once again carrying the flag for Tonga.
   Wearing a traditional outfit from his nation, the athlete was once again greased up and sans top as he proudly hoisted his nation’s flag.

WHERE IS TONGA?    Tonga is an island in the South Pacific Ocean far to the east of Australia. Tonga is a Polynesian kingdom of more than 170 South Pacific islands, many uninhabited, most lined in white beaches and coral reefs and covered with tropical rainforest. The main island, Tongatapu, is protected by lagoons and limestone cliffs. It’s home to the rural capital of Nuku'alofa, as well as beach resorts, plantations and the Ha'amonga  Ľa Maui, a monumental coral gate from the 1200s. There are 107,000 people who live on Tonga. 
NASA satellite image of Trop. cyclone Gita on 2/13/18

***HURRICANE GITA HITS TONGA Feb. 12-13, 2018: Tonga was just hit badly by Tropical Cyclone Gita earlier this week. 
For the storm history, go to the NASA hurricane pageFrom Newsweek Tonga residents woke up to chaotic scenes on Feb. 13 after Cyclone Gita tore through the Pacific island nation in the middle of the night, destroying homes, flooding neighborhoods and even flattening the country’s parliament building. The tropical cyclone, which hit Tonga with the force of a Category 4 hurricane, is believed to be most powerful cyclone ever recorded to hit the small Pacific nation.

Of course it never snows there, but Pita decided to train for Cross-Country skiing and used innovative ways to train!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Mammatus Clouds Are "Udderly" Fascinating

A Mammatus Cloud
One of the most odd-looking clouds you'll see are called Mammatus (or mammatocumulus) clouds. "Mammatus" means "mammary cloud." They look like little pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud, typically cumulonimbus rainclouds, although they may be attached to other types of clouds.  
   As a meteorologist, I find these fascinating, and have only seen them a couple of times. 
  In this blog you'll learn about the name, their cloud classification, where they're found and seen.

NAME ORIGIN -  The name mammatus is derived from the Latin mamma (meaning "udder" or "breast"). 

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THEY ARE PART OF THE CUMULUS FAMILY -    According to the World Meterological Organization (WMO) International Cloud Atlas, mamma is a cloud supplementary feature rather than a species or variety of cloud. 

HOW DO THEY FORM?  They are formed by cold air sinking down to form the pockets contrary to the puffs of clouds rising through the convection of warm air. These formations were first described in 1894 by William Clement Ley.

SEEN IN STRONG THUNDERSTORMS -  Mammatus are most often associated with anvil clouds and also severe thunderstorms. They often extend from the base of a cumulonimbus, but may also be found under altocumulus, altostratus, stratocumulus, and cirrus clouds, as well as volcanic ash clouds! When the occur in cumulonimbus clouds,they often indicate it's a strong storm, even tornadic.

Anti-gay pastor and wife arrested after molesting children

Faces of Evil: Gay and Pastor Gary Evans- child molester
People who entrust their children to pastors need to be vigilant. People in Rushville, Indiana are now trying to deal with a pastor who abused little girls between 3 and 10 years old. Just sickening. 

Last October (2017) 72-year-old Garry Evans., now a former pastor of the Rushville Baptist Temple in Rushville, Indiana was arrested after several girls from his church, all under the age of 10, told their parents he had lured them into his office with candy then touched them inappropriately.
Evans was accused of molesting three girls in ages 3 to 7.

BTW- This "Pastor" was also well know for regularly preaching "about the evils of homosexuality" for nearly three decades. Yet he thought molesting children was acceptable. What a sick, SOB and his wife is no better.

On Jan. 31, 2018, the ex-pastor and his wife were arrested again. This time for trespassing.  Garry and Gay Evans went residence of a woman looking for a family member that they believed to be inside the home.
The woman then told the two that they were not welcome on the property. The couple reportedly refused to leave and demanded to speak to who they were looking for. The woman then went to retreive a firearm after she felt threatened by the couple. She told the couple to leave again, and had Gay attempt to take the gun away from her.

Following the incident this week, the pastor was again booked into jail without bond.   Since then the victim posted on Facebook that she and the suspects own son have gotten numerous threatening phone calls, including from Gay Evans herself.  "I just got out of jail.  I hope you’re a very happy son.  Your daddy is in there and he’s probably going to be staying in there.  What is wrong with you?  You are sick," said Evans on a voicemail. Police says Gay Evans was verbally abusive and physically resisted officers during her arrest and that resulted in an extra charge of resisting law enforcement being filed.

 He later had to be brought to an Indianapolis hospital after attempting to take his own life in November.
 A jury trial in the molestation case is scheduled for March 20, 2018.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Some Valetines for you!

Happy Valentines Day... Here are some clever and favorite valentines of ours just for you!

and... our favorite!

and this one from NASA

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

So Stupid it's Funny: Christian Blogger Says Yoga Was Created To Cause A "Demonic Trance."

   From the category of "This is so stupid, it's funny," here's a story about what a blogger (who claims to be a christian) says about yoga.

Mental illness is rampant in the U.S.  If he wasn't serious it would be really funny...  Twitter Users provided FUNNY responses at the bottom of this blog.. they'll make your day.  
A Christian blogger is warning those who follow his faith that practicing yoga is like playing with a Ouija board.  “You may perform the moves without consciously seeking the demonic trance they were designed to help you attain, but it would seem you are playing, quite literally, with fire,” Matt Walsh wrote for the Daily Wire.
  He repeatedly called yoga a pagan practice.
“I don’t think all yoga practitioners go to Hell,” he wrote. “But neither do I see how a pagan ritual could ever help someone get to Heaven, and maybe that’s reason enough to leave it alone.”  He said “The best comparison for Yoga would be the Ouija board. Yes you can play it "just for fun" without any ill intent, but still you are participating in something that was designed to conjure spirits. Better to just play Monopoly or something. Why mess around with it?”

JC Collingwood -    My cousin grew six extra arms and elephant ears.  True story.

Churlish     -  it's really funny that you're afraid of yoga

Brosnan C. Hoban -   Honestly, it’s opinions like this that give Christians a bad name. How could you not mock somebody based on this way of thinking.

Stable John  - My neighbor started doing yoga and then mysteriously my dog died three years later.

Sleepwalker Darkhawk    - no one tell him about Dungeons and Dragons.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Rob's 5th Book Almost Done!

Cover of Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation
If you wonder what has consumed a lot of our time since last summer, its that I've been working on my next book, and Tom has been editing.  My 5th paranormal book is almost done. All of the edits have been incorporated into "Ghosts of England: On a Medium's Vacation" and this past weekend I (Rob) submitted it for review. Today I got the review back and ordered Proofs for final edits. 
   The book is about the many ghosts that Tom and I met during our two vacations in England... and there were a lot! 

THE BEST EDITORS, EVER: I'm so grateful for my editors who added British history to better frame the experiences, and provided great edits. Tom, being an "amateur historian" on the Tudors was critical to the edits, as was our friend Anne Marie Clarke who owns Across the Pond Vacations (and who arranged both of our amazing trips to England). 
Tom and Rob at Sudeley Castle, England

  NEXT STEP: We'll get a couple of proof copies this coming Friday, review them and input the edits to the book. Once we review it again, I plan to publish March 1 (since I have a big paranormal event in late March). Will keep you posted.- Rob


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Lois Lane is Getting her Own TV Show!

Lois Lane

If you're familiar with the 1950s TV show "The Adventures of Superman" starring George Reeves (as Superman and  Clark Kent) and Noel Neill (as Lois Lane) you''ll remember that Lois used to get herself into a lot of messes doing investigative journalism. In 2018, Lois is a more serious, smart, self-sufficient and self-defensive  investigative reporter (she's also now married to Superman with a superpowered son, Jon).  

   As a result of the 1950s TV show, she got her own comic book for many, many years - and NOW she's finally getting a TV show!

Lois Lane Comic from the 1960s

Superman’s main squeeze Lois Lane is finally about to get her moment in the spotlight.
Henry Cavill and Amy Adams
  An upcoming 2019 DC Comics TV series called “Metropolis” will reveal the lives of Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as they “investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets,” DC said on its website Tuesday. The action takes place before the “emergence of Superman.” The 13-episode series will air exclusively on DC’s new digital service, helmed by “Gotham” executive producers John Stephens and Danny Cannon. DC assured viewers that “Metropolis” will have a “considerably different tone than Gotham.”

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next