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Subdeacon Joe

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  1. Some of the best craftsmen in the country. Know of several houses with basement walls that were shifting / collapsing that they expertly repaired.



    After Hurricane Katrina many Amish and Mennonites spent years helping to rebuild, donating their labor.

  2. Robin Williams at the Black Point Ren Faire.


    Rod Serling, Tenzig Norgay, Richard Leaky, Thor Heyerdahl - all as guest lecturers in a series by Palomar and Mira Costa junior colleges in the '60s and '70s.


    Alexi II, Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus - at Ft, Ross, CA. Well...got his blessing along with a piece of cake. A week later we saw him on TV trying to negotiate a peace between the factions as the Soviet Union fell apart.

  3. http://www.kcra.com/article/how-the-amish-build-a-buggy/8592222



    "Back in the '60s, a local Amish man started going through junkyards and getting the old seven-inch VW brakes," our builder says, "salvaging them, repairing them, and cleaning them up, and retrofitting them to buggies. After a while he started getting good castings made. Now all the buggy brakes are manufactured by buggy shops."

    Builders cast the drums in steel and the backer plates and shoes in aluminum-tin alloy. "We'll buy the castings, and we'll machine, we'll drill the holes, we'll process them, and install the components," he says. "We actually bond our own shoes. We buy brake lining from a brake company in Ohio."

    The few disc brakes used on buggies are off-the-shelf parts bought from outside Amish communities and usually were manufactured for dune buggies. For both drums and discs, the brake master cylinder, which moves the hydraulic fluid that actuates the brakes, is mounted underneath the body near an Amish-made pedal assembly whose foot pedal pokes up through the floor into the interior. The master cylinders are made of anodized aluminum at an Amish shop, also in Ohio.


  4. I want to know what happened to the air-brake lines to begin with. :unsure:

    Did they break because they weren't drain'n water out and froze or what?

    I too want to know why the brakes weren't caged. It's something every driver has to know.

    I held a class 1 CDL for almost 30yrs. There're lots of questions unanswered here.

    Like-not see'n any tire chains.......




    From the CHP " the driver had jackknifed at the top of the grade. When the driver had lost it at the top of the hill, he had broke the air lines to his rear trailer. "


    From the control of the tractor, I would say he had it chained. If he had managed to straighten up and get going again after jackknifing, and locking up the brakes on the trailer, he might not have had any chance to cage the brakes.

  5. Joe needs to get out of that temperate climate more often. :)



    I grew up was raised in N. San Diego County, been up in Sonoma Co. since about '85 (with 3 years in Lake Co.). Down south I've seen hail, rain, snow (didn't stick), in the morning, then sunny and in the low 90s mid-afternoon. That was out in the Anza-Borrego area.


    Up here I've seen about the same.

  6. Horse head profile looks more like a griffin


    I was thinking "dragon." Could be either given artistic license.


    Years ago someone had turned the horse to sinister and put armour on it:







    Still ugly. Also makes 'em look like a subset of the Bruins.

  7. If I had given 3 months notice (heck of a long notice if you want my opinion, which you likely don't) and got hauled in and given three weeks, I would have told 'em, "OK, if you are going to play games, I'm out of here. Send my check within 3 days." Then packed up and walked out.

  8. He is close, but not quite right. The Bill of Rights IS part of the Constitution, the amendments are things added to it.

    The Preamble to the Bill of Rights:



    The First 10 Amendments to the
    Constitution as Ratified by the States

    December 15, 1791


    Congress OF THE United States
    begun and held at the City of New York, on Wednesday
    the Fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

    THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution

    RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.:

    ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

    Then we have, in 1943, the US Supreme Court restating the purpose:


    "The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One's right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections."

    : Robert H. Jackson, US Supreme Court Justice West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)

    It takes our basic civil rights off of the political bargaining table.

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