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  1. 11 hours ago, Cat Brules said:

    At the very least, the search warrant and seizure of the rifle was a violation of the couples’ rights under the First, Second and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.  This nonsense by the local prosecutor/ District Attorney(?) and municipality should be negated quickly to avoid a $50 Million lawsuit, in my opinion.


    Cat Brules


    I am given to understand that the McCloskeys(sp?) are quite prone to sue.  Including suits against their own family members and the home owners associations of their various properties.  I'm sure if there is any chance for a lawsuit they will jump on it.


    The St. Louis City attorney is quite the piece of work herself.  I'm sure she's disappointed that there isn't a Police Officer, or two, involved in the incident that she could charge with something.



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  2. Not surprisingly you guys have passed way above my knowledge of electrical wiring.


    A couple of your new questions that I understand and can answer:


    I went around and checked all outlets outside and in the garage unplugging everything.


    I didn't know anything about "in" and "out" or "line" and "load" sides on GFI circuits.  I used the old GFI as a reference when changing wires onto the new GFI.  I suppose I could have gotten them mixed up.  Also the new GIF is slightly different than the one it replaced.  It has a small light in it.


    I do have an attic fan.  I haven't checked that.  Haven't used it for at least a couple months.


    Haven't hung any pictures.  :D


    I don't know what "PT" or "CT" means.


    Several heavy rains in the past few weeks.  Not likely rain got into outside outlets, but not impossible.


    19 hours ago, Krazy Kajun said:

    Just a thought.....check the white (neutral) wires coming from the bathrooms into the breaker box.  It may be that the white wire from Bathroom A is wired to Bathroom B's GFCI's breaker and the white from Bathroom B is wired to Bathroom A's GFCI breaker.




    I don't know how I would even do this.  The wires run thru the walls, so how would I know which white wire went where?


    Not affecting anything in the kitchen.  The only outlets affected are the GFI in bathroom B, the garage outlets and the outside outlets.


    All the above is why I'll be paying a licensed electrician the big bucks to fix the problem.


    BTW, this is interesting.  Maybe I should have been an electrician.


    Angus who knows the difference between to, two and too, they're, there and their, then and than, but still has problems with affect and effect.

    (sensing a tangent coming on)



  3. 14 hours ago, The Original Lumpy Gritz said:


    Who did the wiring?




    No idea.  I can only assume it was the electrician contracted for the job when the house was built  ~1984


    12 hours ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:

    Is it a new problem?


    Yep, started a couple days ago.  We've lived here 20 years.




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  4. First, the guy that built this house did a lot of weird stuff.  Electrical wiring included.  We started having a problem with the GFI's in our two bathrooms.


    The GFI in bathroom A works fine, but the GFI in bathroom B doesn't work.  If the GFI's don't work then the outside outlets, front and back, along with the garage outlets don't work.  I thought GFI B was broken so I replaced it.  Same problem.  Reset GFI B and GFI A cuts out.  Reset GFI A and GFI B cuts out.  And if GFI A is out there is no power to GFI B.  No effect on the breaker in the basement.


    Nothing plugged in in any of the associated outlets.  My guess is there is some type of short between GFI B and one of the other outlets.  IF that is the case how does one check the circuit between GFI B and the various outlets without power?


    We should have a licensed Electrician out to check on this sometime next week, but I thought it would be nice (and save some time) if I could give him some idea where to start checking.  Plus, I'd really like to know for myself.


    So, can you tell what the problem is from my description?  If so, what's the solution?





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  5. I've only been knocked out once.  I was hit square in the chest by a golf ball.  I was somewhere around 13 years old.  I remember turning around when my friend yelled at me and saw a golf ball approaching.....  Next thing I remember was a bunch of my friends and one of the neighbors standing over me as I lay on the ground.


    They said I dropped like a rock.  The neighbor had been looking out his window when it happened and he thought I was dead.  The poor guy was white as a sheet.  I don't even remember being sore.  I went right back to whacking golf balls with my friends.


    The neighbor bought us a big bag of plastic golf balls.



  6. 2 hours ago, Alpo said:

    I was following that all the way up to when he said that social security would get the money back.


    Let's say they sent a check to my house for Mama. Mama's been dead for 12 years. Somehow I cash the check.


    How is social security going to get that money back?


    I'm confused.


    I would guess that as part of your sentencing the judge will order you to repay the money.  :D



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  7. 3 hours ago, Subdeacon Joe said:


    Sort of like MST3K? Or maybe Svengoolie?


    From the commercials I've seen it's just misc. celebrities sitting on a couch, or in bed, or where ever making comments on some tv show.  I don't know if they ever actually show the program they are watching or if it's just people making comments about the show.  I think the show watchers are different every week.  I also don't know what show is being shown to the show watchers or if it's the same show or different one every week.  I've never watched the "Watch Party" or whatever it's called, and I don't think I'm likely to do so.



  8. 41 minutes ago, Dantankerous said:



    Just how hard up for entertainment is this country?




    Absolutely desperate!  At least the "entertainment" industry thinks so.  There is actually a tv show that is celebrities(?) watching other tv shows.  :wacko:  Do people actually need other people to tell them what they think while watching tv?  Wow!  Just, wow.



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  9. It took 12 1/2 minutes to answer my big question.  Knowing it was primer fired, and seeing the location of the primer, I was wanting to know how they could be sure the primer was properly aligned with the firing pin.  Turns out it is a simple, obvious, answer I was just missing.



  10. 15 hours ago, Warden Callaway said:


    Sawamill Mary looked at the recipe and said,  "That's essentially quick bread with cinnamon.".   She mixed one up this morning and we has some wirh coffee this afternoon.   It was great. 


    Yep, good stuff.  If I have the ingredients for the old coffee cake recipe I'm going to try that one today.



  11. 2 minutes ago, Subdeacon Joe said:


    That's about right for a quick bread.


    I'm not real experienced as a baker.  I'm not too good at improvising baked goods.  If I don't have proper directions I'm lost.



  12. 8 hours ago, Warden Callaway said:



    Sawmill Mary said she'd like to see the recipe for Amish Cinnamon Bread.  


    OK, I can do that.  Not sure where the recipe came from, but it was written in my grandmother's hand writing.


    Amish Cinnamon Bread - Makes 2 Loaves


    No kneading.  Just mix it up and bake



    1 Cup butter - softened

    2 Cups sugar

    2 Eggs

    2 Cups Buttermilk  (2 Cups milk + 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice)

    4 Cups Flour

    2 teaspoons Baking Soda


    Cinnamon/Sugar Mix:

    2/3 Cup Sugar

    2 teaspoons Cinnamon

    Mix in separate bowl



    Cream together Butter, 2 Cups Sugar and Eggs

    Add Buttermilk, Flour and Baking Soda


    Put half of the batter, or less, into greased loaf pans (1/4 in each)

    Sprinkle 3/4 of the Cinnamon mix on top of the batter in the two pans.  Add remaining batter to pans.

    Sprinkle remaining Cinnamon mix on top and swirl with a knife.


    Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes (Mine took a lot longer for some reason)  Test with toothpick.

    Cool 20 minutes before removing from pan.


    FWIW, on one loaf I swirled/mixed the Cinnamon mix in the bottom half of the batter before adding the second half.

    On the other loaf I just spread the mix on top of the bottom half of the batter.


    When done you couldn't really see the Cinnamon mix in the first loaf, but on the second (where I actually followed the directions) you could see where the mix had kind of mixed itself up in the bread while it baked.

    Both tasted great, but I think I'll stick with the original instructions in the future.


    It's not bread dough like I expected.  This pours out of the mixing bowl.  Maybe I should have added more flour?





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  13. 1 hour ago, Subdeacon Joe said:


    I've run across them from both WWI and WWII.  I've also seen them called "Depression Cake or War Cake, which suggests even the WWII recipes have their roots in the WWI rationing. 

    Here is one from WWII:




    Another: https://www.rockrecipes.com/war-cake-a-k-a-poor-mans-cake/


    That one is pretty similar to the one I have.  The main difference is mine calls for "White Sugar" instead of Brown Sugar.  Plus a couple of other minor differences.




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  14. I've been trying to work my way thru some old boxes of recipes I inherited, to see which ones I like and which to get rid of/give away.  Last night was "Amish Cinnamon Bread".  Pretty good.  Several of the recipes only list ingredients without any baking directions.   One is "War Cake".   I'm really curious about which war.   I haven't tried that one, yet.  Obviously from back in the day when people actually knew how to cook and didn't need directions.


    Next week is "Cherry Delight" and "Coffee Cake".


    The plan is to take the ones I've tried and like and put them all in one box.  Shouldn't take me more than six or seven years.  :lol:





  15. 2 hours ago, Injun Ryder, SASS #36201L said:

    Someone suggested to me that the police on patrol should not be armed. That way, they would not be able to shoot anyone. I tried to point out that the police are often in life threatening situations that require them to be armed in order to defend themselves. Their response was "they should call 911 to get a SWAT team to assist them if they are attacked".:huh:



    Peoples is stupid.  I've had more than one person tell me that the police should not be allowed to shoot at anyone until after they had been shot at.  I'm not giving anyone a free shot at me.  Another person was bitching that I had no reason to pull my pistol just because her son had pointed a gun at me.  "It's just a gun!  Are you afraid of a little gun?  What kind of cop are you?"  :wacko:  And then there's all the "Why don't you just shoot it out of his hand?" folks.  The  stupid  is incredibly strong in some people.



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  16. 2 hours ago, Bart Slade said:

    I was with you 100% up until the last sentence.


    By definition, avoiding offensive language is political correctness.  


    From Wikipedia (and I agree with this definition);  

    Political correctness (adjectivally: politically correct; commonly abbreviated PC) is a term used to describe language, policies, or measures that are intended to avoid offense or disadvantage to members of particular groups in society.[1][2][3][4][5]


    Of course you could argue that the people offended by vulgar language are not "members of a particular group in society", although I'd say they are indeed a group that is defined by being offended by vulgar language. 


    The term PC has been hijacked for racial / sexually-oriented language primarily, but I'd say it's a broader term that covers offensive language as well.


    Of course I'm just splitting hairs at this point,  just bantering about definitions now.


    OK.  I can work with that.   By that definition my Grandparents and Parents were all "Politically Correct" although only one of them lived long enough to possibly ever hear the term in its current usage.  I'd have never thought to apply that term to any of them.   I guess that makes me "Politically Correct", too.    Come to think of it, most of my friends are "Politically Correct".  But if I ever tell THEM that they'll likely bust my lip.


    Thanks.  Now that I've said that I feel the need to go wash my mouth out with soap.




    p.s.  I think I'll still just call myself polite, or considerate.  I don't think I could stand calling myself politically correct.  I don't give a rat's behind about offending "members of particular groups" beyond avoiding the use of foul words.


    p.p.s.  I don't mind banter or splitting hairs, but I'm done here.  Some of these hairs would take more time and bandwidth than I care to take to keep splitting them.

  17. 1 hour ago, Alpo said:

    Truthfully, aside from Bob's fat fingering and hitting the I instead of the O the other day, I don't believe I have seen someone type it.


    But it seems to show up frequently in the meme thread and in the cartoon thread, and I think I've even seen it in the allie's cats thread.


    I have a foul mouth. I have had ever since I learned how to cuss. But when Mama was alive I did not use some words in front of her. I try not to use some words in front of my grandchildren.


    I'm sure my mother had heard the words before. I'm positive my grandchildren had heard the words. I still would not use them in front of them, and if someone was to use them in front of my mother or my grandchildren I would be very tempted to punch them in the mouth.


    Whether they should be considered bad words or not (which was the whole point of the seven words you can't say on television Carlin skit) is irrelevant. They are considered bad, vulgar, not for use in polite company.



    That pretty much sums up my opinion.  I wouldn't use it in front of my mom.  I don't consider it polite conversation.  I think it shows a lack of respect to use such language in front of people you don't know well.  It is definitely rude if you already know the other party does not like such language.   Although, I must admit, I have my bad moments with strangers and a pretty foul mouth around close friends.  (I am not proud of that)  It costs nothing to be polite and avoid language known to be offensive to people.  I am not talking about being PC.


    I have been known to suffer from lalokezia (Emotional discharge by uttering indecent or filthy words) but I try to avoid it around women, children or other polite company.



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  18. 14 hours ago, Dustin Checotah said:

    I was not in the same occupation that you are or were in but when we had training we usually got to do course critiques. For me I would have said that was a waste of time for the reasons you gave. Most of our training was done by contracted people and I think their pay was dependent on good evaluations.


    Actually, we used to fill out two evaluations.  The first was for the presenting organization.  Usually the Police Academy.  The second was for our PD.  Neither, from me, was positive.  I think most of the people in the class blasted it.  At least the guys I knew that were there.  I believe the evaluation I turned in to my PD included the phrase "worst training I have ever been forced to attend".


    My chief showed my Lt. the evaluation and asked him "What's up with Angus?"  My Lt. told him if he didn't want to know my opinion he shouldn't have asked for it.



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  19. Many years ago, during some required "diversity" training, the activist instructor started out with "If you are a Police Officer you are a racist.  If you are a white Police Officer you are a dangerous racist."  I don't recall what else he said, I'd stopped listening.  I was used to being insulted regularly on the job.  I saw no need to listen while being insulted under the guise of "training".  What an incredible waste of time.




  20. 21 hours ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:

    What can the thieves do with them all? Chop shops?  Container export?


    Drive them thru the doors and windows of any stores they want to loot.  Quicker and easier than a baseball bat or brick.



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