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Subdeacon Joe

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  1. Found on FB



    San Francisco Masonic Lodge Officers Photo from 1912. Here is the photo with the names that were written on the reverse. Genealogists: Tell us about these men!





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    In fifty-one they tried to ground the noble DC-3
    And some lawyers brought the case before the C.A.B.
    The board examined all the facts behind their great oak portal
    And pronounced these simple words "The Gooney Birds Immortal"

    The Army toast their Sky Train in lousy scotch and soda
    The Tommies raise their glasses high to cheer their old Dakota
    Some claim the C-47's best, or the gallant R4D
    Forget that claim, their all the same, they're the noble DC-3.
    Douglas built the ship to last, but nobody expected
    This crazy heap would fly and fly, no matter how they wrecked it.

    While nations fall and men retire, and jets go obsolete
    The Gooney Bird flies on and on at eleven thousand feet.
    No matter what they do to her the Gooney Bird still flies
    One crippled plane was fitted out with one wing half the size
    She hunched her shoulders then took off (I know this makes you laugh)

    One wing askew, and yet she flew, the DC-3 and a half.
    She had her faults, but after all, who's perfect in every sphere?
    Her heating system was a gem we loved her for her gear
    Of course, the windows leaked a bit when the rain came pouring down

    She'd keep you warm, but in a storm, it's possible you'd drown.
    Well now she flies the feeder lines and carries all the freight
    She's just an airborne office, a flying twelve-ton crate
    They patched her up with masking tape, with paper clips and strings.

    And still, she flies, she never dies, Methuselah with wings.
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  3. As found on FB


    In 1929, Vivian Bales rode her 1929 Harley Davidson for 78 days and 5,000 miles across the country. She told the papers her motorcycle was a “key to the whole United States. She was the first motorcycle cover girl and was known for several long distance motorcycle rides around the US, (before most of the roads were paved) in the 1920s and 1930s.



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  4. "What day shall we ge married?" "How about the first Saturday in May?" "Sounds good." (checks calendar)

    "Hey! That's Beltane Coronation AND  Cinco de Mayo!"  "Cool! We do the wedding (before we were Orthodox,  hired a minister and got married in our front yard,  after all,  a wedding is a public declaration),  have our lunch with the family,  drive down and let all our SCA friends know. "  "AND we'll always be able to find a party if we want one."




    just celebrated our 34th last month. 



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  5. As found on FB:


    Canvas History  · 

    This is one of my new favorite finds.
    Last weekend, I posted about a 1926 Death Valley expedition, in which a party of Chevy motorists traversed the desert to showcase their vehicles for prospective new car buyers seeking adventure. For that, I put up 10 shots from a set of 16, but held onto these two because I had a hunch that this guy was somebody special and wanted to track down his story.
    In digging, I’ve found that these might actually be the earliest photos taken of ‘Indian George,’ a Timbisha Shoshone man who ran a desert ranch located between Ballarat and the Panamint Mountains, and who claimed to be 104 years old. When encountered by the Chevy party, George invited them to photograph the ruins of a broken down stagecoach at his ranch, which Chevy’s ad agency felt provided the perfect visual metaphor for how far transportation had come. But when reports of the expedition hit the papers, it was ancient man in the desert who got the attention. George had become a star.
    Suddenly, people were coming from far and wide to meet the legend himself and be regaled with memories of the Death Valley 49ers, as he claimed to have borne witness the many struggles of the ill-fated Jayhawker and Bennett-Manly parties eighty years prior. He would also tell his own tale and share the history of the Death Valley Shoshones.
    Tracking George through the years, I see that the details of his stories tend to change, and I don’t know whether that’s due to his own embellishments or the hyperbole of journalists retelling his tales. Honestly, I’d love him just as much as a man who saw his fame as an opportunity to cash in on telling people whatever they wanted to hear.
    Desert Magazine interviewed George for a profile in 1940, in which he gives his birth name as Bah-vanda-sava-nu-kee. He says hd took on the name “George” while working as a wood-packer in Panamint City in the 1870s, and that “a government man” came by and gave him the surname “Hansen.” It also estimates his actual birth year to have been 1841.
    George is said to have died in 1945, which means he finally made it to 104, but some reported at the time that he was well beyond 110.
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  6. 17 hours ago, John Kloehr said:

    The Bill of Rights does not apply to Canadians, you need to work this out for yourselves.


    But you ask a good question to get your thinking in the right direction. The Bill of Rights is an assurance of freedoms on this side of the border, it has been working well for quite some time even if not perfectly. 


    You are free to copy ours or come up with your own version. Then go through whatever processes you need to to make it stick. Hopefully, as Canadians, you can do it far less painfully than what the founders here went through.



    From an unattributed source:

    The 2nd Amendment does not apply to semi-auto rifles, nor does it apply to bolt action rifles, pistols, or revolvers.  The 2nd Amendment RESTRICTS THE GOVERNMENT. The technology of the firearm is irrelevant. The restrictions on the government remain the same, regardless of the firearm.  The 2nd Amendment was not written to grant permission for citizens to own and bear firearms.  It forbids government interference in the right to keep and bear arms, period.  The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.


    This also applies to the other rights.  They are not granted, they stipulate inherent rights that the government may not prohibit.


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  7. 1 hour ago, Blackwater 53393 said:

    Starr’s manual explained the revolver’s quixotic operation in the following manner: “When loaded and capped, let the hammer down midway between the nipples, release the firing lever, and the cylinder will be securely locked and effectually guarded against any accidental discharge. 

    “The small slide on the [rear of the] firing lever being pushed up, the arm is ready for rapid firing by simply drawing back the lever to its extent. Then letting it go forward to its place, the operation can be repeated until all the chambers are discharged.


    Which shows that it wasn't a true double action revolver as we know it.  Maybe a "single-and-a-half" action.   The trigger being more or less a cocking lever with a projection to operate the actual trigger. 

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  8. 2 minutes ago, Alpo said:

    The last one before it shut me off - the girl with the heavy Charo accent taking her citizenship test. I thought I was going to laugh myself to death.


    You really need to start copying the link and pasting it here.  Usually when we go to the original link and try to find what you are talking about all the stuff has reshuffled.

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  9. Hoisting History: A massive steam locomotive is carefully loaded onto a cargo ship, showcasing the remarkable engineering and logistical prowess of the mid-20th century.
    May be an image of submarine and text
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  10. Two photos showing the battleship HMS Nelson threading her way through the Panama Canal on February 23, 1931. Canvas awnings have been erected over the deck. 

    Many people ask about the purposes of these awnings. Warships were essentially giant steel ovens. In hotter climates, the sun is relentless heating the hull and raising the temperatures inside the ship to unbearable levels (not to mention the heat being produced by the machinery inside). The awnings provided shade for the hull, helping to cool the interior of the ship. 

    They also helped provide a welcome respite from the heat for the crew on deck, but it was the interior of the ship that most benefited.





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