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Hand dyer mainly to the quilters market, doll maker, oil painter and teacher, anti-fas, cat owner, anti nuke, ex navy, reasonably good cook, father of three happy successful kids and three happy grand kids. Life is good.

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Roy Moore 'Seriously Considering' 2020 Senate Run, Claims 2017 'Was Stolen'

Roy Moore ‘Seriously Considering’ 2020 Senate Run, Claims 2017 ‘Was Stolen’

The Alabama Republican accused of sexual misconduct and assault argued he unfairly lost in 2017.

By Amy Russo



“I’m seriously considering it,” Moore said of another campaign, claiming he faced an unfair playing field against Democrat Doug Jones when the two faced off for the empty seat left by Jeff Sessions when he became President Donald Trump’s attorney general. Moore continued:

I think that [the 2017 race] was stolen. I think that’s been pronounced in the national newspapers ― The New York Times, The Washington Post even has recognized that there was a disinformation campaign going on in September of 2017 by forces outside of Alabama that spent a lot of money not regulated by the [Federal Election Commission] in trying to dissuade Republicans from voting and encourage and enrage Democrats.

Last December, The New York Times reported that a band of Democratic techies carried out a small-scale Russian-style deception campaign targeting Facebook and Twitter in an effort to help Jones. However, the experiment was said to have not made any meaningful impact. A similar story appeared in The Washington Post the following month.

In a separate case in January, the Times revealed a group of progressive Democrats had waged a disinformation campaign, like the one previously reported, on Facebook and Twitter. While the Times noted “it is hard to say for sure” that the attempted trickery had zero impact, the Twitter accounts involved had a limited reach.

Undeniably detrimental to Moore’s 2017 run were the handful of stories that emerged shortly before Election Day from women who claimed to have been pursued by him as teenagers when he was in his 30s.


Photos for the Day -

In honor of International Women's Day.

Thaier Al-Sudani / Reuters
Students walk past a U.S. soldier in Baghdad’s Ameen district on October 14, 2008.

Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times/Getty Images
Kashmiri school girls playing during recess in Kulhama district, Bandipora on August 11, 2015 in Srinagar, India.

SIMON MAINA via Getty Images
Pupils walk on September 10, 2013 inside the Gambool high school in the Garowe region, Somaliland. The school is a project funded by the European Commission and has the capacity for 1,750 pupils both boys and girls. As key partners, Somalia and the European Union (EU) will be co-hosting a High Level Conference on A New Deal for Somalia in Brussels on September 16, 2013.

School girls, wearing surgical masks, cross a street at lunch time in Kyoto, western Japan November 19, 2014.

Lorgina Minguito / Reuters
A woman accompanies some students as they wade in the shallow part of a rocky beach to their school to attend the first day of classes in Sitio Kinabuksan, Kawag village, Subic, Zambales Province, north of Manila June 1, 2015.

Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket/Getty Images
Children sit on the ground with a temporary roof to protect them against the strong sun in a small village called Bilwadi in the state of Rajasthan. The children who come from nomadic families are 6-14 years olds who are taught mathematics as well as reading and writing in Hindi. This photo was taken on October 29, 2014.

Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images
Iranian school girls observe Members of Parliament discussing a draft to limit photographer’s and cameramen’s access to cover parliament’s open sessions in Tehran on February 27, 2013.

Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters
School girls walk past riot police standing guard outside Hillbrow magistrate court during an appearance of students who were arrested during a protest demanding free education at the Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, October 12, 2016.

Brian Snyder / Reuters
Precious Perez listens during a class on United States history at a high school in Chelsea, Massachusetts January 24, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 24, 2014.

ANTHONY WALLACE via Getty Images
School students walk down a street in Hong Kong on July 4, 2016.

HAIDAR HAMDANI via Getty Images
An Iraqi school girl walks up the bank of a river after crossing the waterway on a small wooden boat in the district of Al-Mishikhab, some 25 kilometers south of the holy city of Najaf, as they head to school on April 1, 2015. According to Iraqi women in this area boat is one of the only ways for them to travel.

FADEL SENNA via Getty Images
A Moroccan girl walks to the school in Taghzirt, an isolated village in the el-Haouz province in the High Atlas Mountains south of Marrakesh on March 4, 2016.

See the rest (60 total) https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/60-stunning-photos-of-girls-going-to-school-around-the-globe_us_58b70fc8e4b019d36d0ffc42

I for one welcome all the classrooms of our future leaders.

Posted by marble falls | Fri Mar 8, 2019, 11:39 AM (3 replies)

March 7, 1965 - Bloody Sunday in Selma, AL

March 7
March 7, 1965 – Bloody Sunday

On Sunday, March 7th, 1965 hundreds of civil rights protesters were attacked and beaten by state and local police at the beginning of a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

Bloody Sunday-Alabama police attack

Police Attack A Protester On Bloody Sunday

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) had been organizing protests in the Selma, Alabama area in support of African American voting rights. In response to the death of protester and deacon Jimmy Lee Jackson, who was shot dead by an Alabama state trooper on February 17, 1965, a march was organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and others from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on Sunday, March 7th.

Bloody Sunday-officers await demonstrators

On Bloody Sunday Alabama officers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge

As the marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge they found their route blocked by Alabama State Troopers. When the marchers did not turn around, the world watched on television as the nonviolent protesters were beaten with billy clubs and immobilized with teargas. The video of the brutal beatings by the Alabama Troopers which left over 50 people hospitalized sent shock waves around the world as people witnessed the violent horror of racism in Alabama towards African Americans.This march led to two other marches with the final one on March 21 receiving federal troop protection for the marchers, The publicity from the marches aiding in the federal Voting Rights Act being passed on August 6, 1965.

Abernathy Children on front line leading the SELMA TO MONTGOMERY MARCH for the RIGHT TO VOTE

Civil Rights Movement Co-Founder Dr. Ralph David Abernathy and his wife Mrs. Juanita Abernathy follow with Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King as the Abernathy children march on the front line, leading the SELMA TO MONTGOMERY MARCH in 1965. The Children are Donzaleigh Abernathy in striped sweater, Ralph David Abernathy, 3rd and Juandalynn R. Abernathy in glasses. Name of the white Minister in the photo is unknown.

Below is a Historical (Silent) Video of one of the Selma to Montgomery Marches

I wish someone could put sound to this.
Posted by marble falls | Thu Mar 7, 2019, 11:37 AM (3 replies)

Roger Stone on tenterhooks


He finds out Monday how long he can get for being a butthead.
Posted by marble falls | Thu Mar 7, 2019, 11:24 AM (3 replies)

The Real Bridge over the River Kwai




Souvenir post card.

The Bridge on the River Kwai, seen from the Kanchanaburi end. All trains call at River Kwae Bridge station, located about 200 yards before the bridge, a few minutes after leaving Kanchanaburi. The Bridge is now surrounded by cafes, restaurants, souvenir stalls etc. You can walk over the bridge, even though it's still used by 3 trains each way every day.

The Bridge On the River Kwai, in the afternoon sun from the Kanchanaburi side. The curved spans are 1943 originals, the 2 straight spans replaced ones damaged by US bombs in 1945.

Bangkok to the Bridge on the River Kwai by train for 100 baht ($2): Two daily trains link Bangkok's Thonburi station with Kanchanaburi & the Bridge on the River Kwai.

The third class seats on these trains are not crowded. Vendors sell drinks, fruit, food & beer, it's a very pleasant way to travel.

Hellfire Pass (Konyu Cutting)...

Another must-see is Hellfire Pass, or to give it its proper name, Konyu Cutting. This is located about 80 km (50 miles) north of Kanchanaburi, on the disused section of line beyond Nam Tok. Here, the Australian government has cleared about 7km of the old track-bed as a memorial to the 13,000 allied prisoners and 80,000 Asian labourers who died building the railway - though only 4 km is currently open to the public. The site includes the Hellfire Pass itself (Konyu Cutting, dubbed 'Hellfire Pass' by the PoWs for the way the worksite looked at night by torchlight, and pictured right). A taxi and driver for half-day from Kanchanaburi will cost about £35, and you can ask the driver to drop you at Nam Tok on the way back, to return to Kanchanaburi or Bangkok by the 12:55 or 15:15 train. There are one-day organised tours from Kanchanaburi, but these typically get only 30 minutes at Hellfire Pass, only enough to see the pass itself. If you go independently, you can walk past the locations of 'Three Tier Bridge' & the 'Pack of Cards' bridge several km northwest of the visitor centre. The peaceful walk through the warm shady jungle along the disused track-bed, past small cuttings and dips where the wooden viaducts used to be, is a very moving experience.


Posted by marble falls | Thu Mar 7, 2019, 09:15 AM (2 replies)

In a City With Halal Grocers and a 'Bangladesh Avenue,' a Polish Pastry Endures

In a City With Halal Grocers and a ‘Bangladesh Avenue,’ a Polish Pastry Endures


Customers waited in line for Paczki outside of New Palace Bakery, a Polish bakery in Hamtramck, Mich., on Tuesday.CreditBrittany Greeson for The New York Times

By Mitch Smith

March 6, 2019

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — It was 5:45 a.m. and 10 degrees — before the sunrise, before the first call to prayer sounded from the city’s mosques — and already the Fat Tuesday line had spilled out the bakery’s doors, onto the street, past the pizzeria, around the corner.

The reward at the end of the frigid wait: a box of paczki (pronounced “PAWN-chkee”), the doughy Polish pastries filled with custard or fruit or, for the less tradition-bound, stuffed with Cocoa Puffs cereal.


Hamtramck’s transformation in recent decades is well documented and obvious. Storefronts now display signs in Arabic or Bengali. A main road was given an honorary name, “Bangladesh Avenue.” And after the 2015 election, Hamtramck’s City Council became the country’s first with a Muslim majority, a milestone that drew unwanted media attention and critical social media posts from ex-residents who left decades ago.

Through all the change, Paczki Day has only grown in visibility, becoming an all-day event (one famous bakery opens at 3 a.m.) during which local businesses serve paczki burgers and liquor-infused “paczki bombs.” Even a Yemeni-owned halal grocery store, which was formerly a Polish market, sells the pastries.

Customers cheered for Paczki at the New Martha Washington Bakery. Paczki Day has been a pre-Lent event in Hamtramck for generations.CreditBrittany Greeson for The New York Times


We are better than we think sometimes.
Posted by marble falls | Wed Mar 6, 2019, 09:48 AM (6 replies)

Trump preparing new White House official portrait ...

He's thinking along these lines.

Glimpses of Lost Railway Journeys of the Past A new book collects 33 routes that went off the rails


The Walhalla railway in Australia. Public Domain/William Harrison Lee


This file photo displayed in an exhibition to commemorate 100th year of Hejaz Railway shows engineers and workers during the construction phase of the railway.


Jordan-Hedjaz Railway Jung-built 2-8-2 No. 53 on the ‘Ten Arches’ viaduct, southern Amman, with BLS/LCGB Jordan Railtour, May 11. DR IAIN SCOTCHMAN

A car from the Listowel & Ballybunion Railways. Michael Whitehouse Collection

The Listowel & Ballybunion Railways in Ireland, for instance, were always impractical. The cars were partially bisected by the A-frame monorail track they ran on, which created problems of balance, especially when shipping large items, such as a piano or livestock. The line only made money during the summer, when passengers used it to travel the last 10 miles to the seashore. But it was such an incredible, unusual piece of infrastructure that it became, Lambert writes, “one of the most visited and photographed of Irish railways.”


The royal party on the Big Hill line. Library and Archives Canada/Topley Studio fonds/a011848


The line chugging up and down Canada’s Big Hill lasted for 23 years, from 1886 to 1909. Traveling it became a popular adventure in its own right, and when a party of British royals, including the future George V and Queen Mary, took the line in 1909, they rode on the buffer bar at the front of the train while it worked up the hill. Eventually, the CPR finished the tunnel that allowed the railway to carry passengers on a less teeth-clenching ride, and the four miles of what was now called the “old line” were left to history, as so many others have been.

They called it “The Big Hill”—4.1 miles of railroad so steep that every mile of track had an inclined spur installed to catch runaway trains. They were staffed 24 hours a day. When a train approached, the conductor would have to go through a series of whistles so complicated that they would assure the spur operator the train was under control. Only then would he flip the switch that allowed the train to continue.

The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) had promised a route through the Rockies, at least 100 miles north of the border, but the mountains at Kicking Horse Pass were so steep that it was impossible to build a track there that met government standards for railway grade. But as CPR began work on a tunnel through one of the mountains, the Big Hill line was used a temporary fix, designed to “break the government prescribed limit in spectacular fashion,” as Anthony Lambert writes in his new book Lost Railway Journeys from Around the World.

The Asunción-Encarnación line connected Paraguay and Argentina. Donald H. Wilson

A train passing through Zhob Valley, India. Anthony J Lambert

The Loup Viaduct towered over a village in the Alpes-Maritimes, France. Public domain

The Canfranc station on the border of France and Spain has long been abandoned. Maria Galan / Alamy Stock Photo

A Skytop Lounge car in Illinois. Wikimedia/Public Domain/ Roger Puta

Harlem scenes from Meropolis 1939. Restored outtakes.

From National Archives Youtube Channel. Restored outtakes from METROPOLIS 1939. This rare footage shows Harlem street scenes, residents of the Harlem River Houses, and construction of the Queensbridge Houses, circa 1939. Assumed to be in the public domain.

This is the whole documentry, only 18 minutes and well worth the viewing.


A View of Historic Harlem That's Not on the Walking Tour

A View of Historic Harlem That’s Not on the Walking Tour


Soldiers march in the Marcus Garvey Parade, 1924CreditCreditJames Van Der Zee/Donna Mussenden Van Der Zee, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

By Rebecca Carroll

Feb. 28, 2019

It’s easy to think that you know Harlem — a place with an iconic history, where movements were born, parades were protested, and that black Americans called mecca. Even if there weren’t countless movies, poems, art, spoken lore and books about Harlem, you could visit it today and still feel a lingering sense of that history, despite the gentrification tsunami that has washed over all of New York City.

The Lincoln Grill, 1926.CreditJames Van Der Zee/Donna Mussenden Van Der Zee, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

Travelers Restaurant, circa 1935.CreditJames Van Der Zee/Donna Mussenden Van Der Zee, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

James Van Der Zee was deft at capturing a kind of marriage between the place and the person.CreditJames Van Der Zee/Donna Mussenden Van Der Zee, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

Seventh Avenue, now known as Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, circa 1941.CreditJames Van Der Zee/Donna Mussenden Van Der Zee, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

Members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks participate in a parade in 1931.CreditJames Van Der Zee/Donna Mussenden Van Der Zee, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

I get the impression that white hatred for A/A wasn't about A/A not becoming a part of American culture but that A/A had embraced the culture too well. A/A were not living down to racist stereotyplification.
Posted by marble falls | Sun Mar 3, 2019, 09:54 AM (6 replies)
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