Saturday, October 31, 2009

Some More Scary Movie Trailers....

The Mole People:
This Island Earth:
The Man From Planet X:
Horror Hotel:

Idiots Out Wandering Around: Guilt Was Written All Over Their Faces

Mugshots of Matthew Allan McNelly, 23, and Joey Lee Miller, 20

This just in from CNN:
Police received a call Friday night that two men with hooded sweatshirts and painted faces had tried to break into a man's home in Carroll, Iowa.

When police stopped a vehicle matching the caller's description blocks away, they were stunned by the men's disguises.

There were no ski masks or stockings pulled over their heads; instead, Matthew Allan McNelly, 23, and Joey Lee Miller, 20, streaked their faces with permanent black marker.

Carroll Police Chief Cayler told CNN the strange disguises made it easier for his officers.

"We're very skilled investigators and the black faces gave them right away," Cayler said jokingly. "I have to assume the officers were kind of laughing at the time. I've never heard of coloring your face with a permanent marker."

Cayler said police believe one of the alleged burglars targeted the home because he suspected his girlfriend had a relationship with the man who lived there.

I've seen a lot of things that make me laugh and weird things but this was probably the best combination of the two.

"They probably were just not thinking straight and figured we'll go out and scare the guy or whatever," Cayler said. "[They were] being dumb and combine that with alcohol and it was the perfect storm."

Both men were charged with attempted burglary, and McNelly was charged additionally with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Lawyers for the two men could not be reached for comment.

Cayler said he's been fielding calls about the case from news media outlets from all over the country -- mostly because of their funny-looking mug shots.

"I've been chief here almost 25 years, been with the department 28½ years and I've seen a lot of things that make me laugh and weird things but this was probably the best combination of the two -- strangely weird and hilariously funny all at the same time."

Scary Movie Trailer! Can You Endure The Terror????

Friday, October 30, 2009

Heavy Harvest Hauls Hokay

For more information, contact DeAnne Rickabaugh, MoDOT Motor Carrier Services, (573) 526-8992.

October 30, 2009

Heavy Harvest Hauls Allowed
MoDOT Eases Truck Regulations for Row Crop Transportation

JEFFERSON CITY - Throughout a soggy Missouri, farmers are rushing to harvest row crops and get them to storage before unseasonably heavy rainfall ruins this year's production. The Missouri departments of Transportation and Agriculture are working to help Missouri's farmers cope with the situation.

At the request of MDA, MoDOT issued an emergency declaration that eases certain state transportation regulations through Nov. 30. While the declaration is in effect, farmers are allowed to load their trucks up to 10 percent heavier than the legal licensed weight when transporting row crop commodities from the farm to a local storage facility. Farmers may also operate their vehicles beyond the normal hours-of-service limits when hauling to storage facilities and returning the empty truck to the farm.

These heavier loads are not allowed on Missouri interstates, nor are they allowed on any bridge with a weight restriction lower than the gross weight of the loaded vehicle. When traveling over bridges, the drivers must limit their speed to 45 mph and drive down the center of two lanes.

A copy of Emergency Declaration 09-11 must be carried in each commercial motor vehicle that operates in response to the relief effort. It is posted on MoDOT Motor Carrier Services' Web site,

Because many highways are under repair and might have narrow lanes, drivers are expected to review their respective routes for work zone restrictions before beginning each trip. Consult the Traveler Information Map at or call MoDOT customer service at 1-888 ASK MoDOT (275-6636).

Thursday, October 29, 2009

This Gives A Whole New Meaning To The Term "Big Box Store"

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I Support My Country And God Too, But If The Boss Says "Don't Wear It", Then It Is Probably A Good Idea Not To Wear It.

By BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press Writer Brian Skoloff, Associated Press Writer – Wed Oct 28, 8:35 am ET
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A former cashier for The Home Depot who has been wearing a "One nation under God" button on his work apron for more than a year has been fired, he says because of the religious reference. The company claims that expressing such personal beliefs is simply not allowed.

"I've worn it for well over a year and I support my country and God," Trevor Keezor said Tuesday. "I was just doing what I think every American should do, just love my country."

The American flag button Keezer wore in the Florida store since March 2008 says "One nation under God, indivisible."

Earlier this month, he began bringing a Bible to read during his lunch break at the store in the rural town of Okeechobee, about 140 miles north of Miami. That's when he says The Home Depot management told him he would have to remove the button.

Keezer refused, and he was fired on Oct. 23, he said.

"It feels kind of like a punishment, like I was punished for just loving my country," Keezer said.

A Home Depot spokesman said Keezer was fired because he violated the company's dress code.

"This associate chose to wear a button that expressed his religious beliefs. The issue is not whether or not we agree with the message on the button," Craig Fishel said. "That's not our place to say, which is exactly why we have a blanket policy, which is long-standing and well-communicated to our associates, that only company-provided pins and badges can be worn on our aprons."

Fishel said Keezer was offered a company-approved pin that said, "United We Stand," but he declined.

Keezer's lawyer, Kara Skorupa, said she planned to sue the Atlanta-based company.

"There are federal and state laws that protect against religious discrimination," Skorupa said. "It's not like he was out in the aisles preaching to people."

Keezer said he was working at the store to earn money for college, and wore the button to support his country and his 27-year-old brother, who is in the National Guard and is set to report in December for a second tour of duty in Iraq.

Skorupa noted the slogan on Keezer's pin is straight from the Pledge of Allegiance.

"These mottos and sayings that involve God, that's part of our country and historical fabric," Skorupa said. "In God we trust is on our money."

Michael Masinter, a civil rights and employment law professor at NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, said any lawsuit over religious discrimination might be a tough one to win.

"Because it's a private business, not one that's owned and operated by the government, it doesn't have to operate under the free speech provisions of the First Amendment," Masinter said.

"But we're not talking about religious displays here," he said. "This sounds more like a political message ... Wearing a button of that sort would not easily be described as a traditional form of religious expression like wearing a cross or wearing a yarmulke."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Crown Molding

Yesterday, while surfing Craigslist, The PvtRN saw that Habitat for Humanity had received a huge shipment of crown molding and sent me out there to scope it out.

I came home with 256 feet of HDF 5 1/2 inch crown molding, pre-primed. I went up to Westlake and got a gallon of high gloss white enamel and started painting the molding in the garage last night.
I shoulda learned a lesson from staining the bathroom cabinets in the garage at night, there is not enough light and it is too easy to miss spots or not get an even coat. So this morning I am second coating the molding.

We will soon have crown molding in the house. I have been watching youtube videos on how to cut it, there is a method.
ps--I used to know a guy whose name was Charlie Farley--there's a certain rhythm to that name. His given name was Charles Ulmer Farley--I think maybe his father had a funny sense of humor. Chuck, as his friends called him, was in the real estate business and a really nice guy who never had an unkind word to say about anyone. When ever I read something that someone posts about me that is a little bit unkind, or I feel that I have been treated poorly, I always think of Chuck and how he would have handled the mean spirited criticism.

Yet Another Reason Not To Vote Republican...

Read it here.

Do you maybe think that this study may have been done by the same group that did this study?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Obama's College Thesis....

Some thought this was for real.

Tractor For Sale - Sold To The First Looker!

Breaking News: Vandals Steal Yard Art!

The PvtRN and I live simple lives: we enjoy our family, our friends, the lake cabin, whirlygigs and concrete yard art.

So it was distressing this evening as the PvtRN was walking granddaughter Sophie around the yard while Sophie would touch each concrete piece and say what it was, bird, man, Jack (we got a hillbilly statue smoking a pipe, Sophie thinks it is a statue of the neighbor).

As they reached the corner of the house, it quickly became apparent that one of the frogs sitting on the courting bench was missing. Turning the corner, another figurine was missing. The frog was small and concrete. The figurine was resin and light weight.

We suffered through the forced removal of the flying lady hood ornament on the bus, that only affected me. But this stuff has sentimental value: The resin figurine belonged to the PvtRN's mother. And all of us like the frogs.

Monday, I will go up to the police station on Battlefield and file a police report.

I just don't understand why someone would want to destroy or take another's belongings.

I just don't get it.

Film at 11. Click on the picture below. Enlarged, you can see, by the corner of the house, the courting chair topped with an umbrella and one frog missing.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Bedtime Story....

Ice-skating Bear Kills Circus Head

From the October 23, 2009 edition of the Times Online comes this tale:

A circus bear killed one person and injured another during rehearsals for an ice-skating show.

The bear, which was part of the Russian State Circus, killed Dmitri Potapov, 25, a circus director who was visiting the show in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. An animal handler who tried to stop the attack suffered bruising to the brain and lacerations to his scalp.

It is unclear why the bear, which was wearing ice skates at the time, attacked Mr Potapov. The bear was later shot by police.

Deadly attacks are rare in the country's circuses, which often train bears to wear skates and play ice hockey.
Back in the 1970s, when we were on a Midwest tour, one of the attractions on the same bill was bear wrestling.

In the parlance of the day, it was called an "At Show", meaning it involved athletic endeavors --- in this case a broad back and a weak mind. The bear was kept in a stock trailer and brought out, muzzled, to wrestle townies who paid or the privilege. The owner and his son had one $100.00 bill that they displayed before each show, trying to build a tip of interested enough Iowa farmers who wanted to see one of their neighbors attempt to wrestle a bear.

You could win the money by staying in the ring with the bear for three minutes or something. They never spent that $100, it was part of the act and to spend it would be akin to the acrobats who balanced on chairs burning their chairs for heat during a cold snap.

(Speaking of coldsnaps,I can remember taking a hair dryer and lying on the ground under our motorhome thawing out sewer pipes.)

Ice skating bears killing people, Stephen Colbert sensed this day would arrive,sooner than later.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Speaking Of Car Chases......

Which led me to this:

And I webbed over here:

Which brought me here:

Remembering when I was kid, my parents were big fans of Calypso music. Yeah, Calypso music and broadway musicals. Yeah, playing it on the HiFi...Shut your mouth!
Oh, you're from Big D! And how about this one:
My grandparents, Granny and Man, liked these two:They liked this guy, too.

And I still know these lyrics. The first cars I remember my parents owning were a 1929 Model A Ford and a 1946 Jeep Station Wagon, like this one:
In 1959, my parents bought, from Charles Schultz Motors in St. Louis, one of these:One of my grandfather's sisters was a nun, Sister Placida. I can remember going out to the motherhouse to visit her. Later, she changed her name to Sister Agnes. Here are some pictures. My folks let the nuns borrow our VW bus occasionally to drive out the motherhouse, I think it was in Pevely, MO. I found this old bus commercial which reminded me of those days.

And we all remember this one:

And who can forget bell choirs?

Car Chases!! (Love's Been Good To Me)

I've been busy, moving refrigerators, dealing with the insurance company and police reports, picking grandsons up from school, getting body work done, buying hubcaps and getting tractors fixed and mowing the grass.

So much to blog about --- sales tax, WOW, Bond issues, DNR, got a call tonight from an opinion poll, almost a push poll against cap and trade, asked me if I had a very favorable, somewhat favorable, neutral, somewhat unfavorable, very unfavorable opinion of Kit, Claire, Jay, Barack....funny they didn't ask about the double RR's (that would be Roy and Robin)..well almost, we gots to factor in Chuck in the Roy equation.

I keep on wanting to do a piece about the auctioneer and Leroy Van Dyke. Jeez--- to think that OK Armstrong and Charlie Brown's seat was filled by Roy and hindsight, Gene Taylor was a pretty dang good guy.'re looking better every day...

Didja ever notice that anytime any critical of the school district appears in the paper a rapid response team floods the story with ad hominem remarks? And how about the SN-L's opinion piece on WOW.....

And you wonder why I am posting Car Chases.....since brother Ed posted this one and he got a fat wheeled jeep, I feel almost obligated to post the following movie trailers for great car chases in movies I might have liked at one or more points in my life:

Smokey and The Bandit:

Vanishing Point:

Dirty Mary and Crazy Larry:

Thunder Road:

Two-Lane Blacktop:

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World

Gumball Rally:

Cannonball Run:

Rod McKuen? Was Farah talking about Rod McKuen? Remember him? Yeah, Rod McKuen.

A Pleasant Interlude...Thanks Ed... "Paw, Take Him 'Round Back To The Well"

Monday, October 19, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sneak Peak: Sara Palin Reads From Her New Book, "Going Rogue"...

Some Good Advice For Firewood Buyers: Good Firewood Heats You Twice

Well, it's that time of year--people are starting to get ready for the winter wood-burning season. Craigslist is a great place to find reputable wood sellers, but unfortunately it's also a haven for the not-so-honest wood sellers too, as everyone has found out at one time or another. The following information should help you get the most bang for your buck when buying your firewood supply.

Basically, firewood buying boils down to two main criteria: Quality and Quantity.


Always remember "A cord of wood shall measure 4'x4'x8' [[TIGHTLY STACKED]].

"A word about pick-up trucks. One pickup truck load is NEVER a cord, unless it's a 1-ton with a dump bed or a full size truck with extensions on the bed rails. A seasoned cord of Oak weighs over 2 tons, and you can’t carry that in a regular old pick-up truck. (An unseasoned cord of Oak weighs even more, and has greater volume too.) A mid-size truck (like a Dodge Dakota) stacked tight and high is about 1/3 of a cord. A full-size truck with an 8’ bed (½, ¾, or 1-ton with a regular bed and no extensions on the rails to allow for higher stacking) if stacked tight and high is about ½ of a cord. Of course, you can fit less in the truck if it’s randomly tossed in as a pile rather than tightly stacked in the truck. Again, you can’t know how much is there for sure until you see it stacked 4’x8’ and measure the average length of a log to determine how many stacks you should get."

The single best way to ensure that you get what you're paying for when buying firewood is to have the wood seller stack the wood for you so that you can accurately measure it. Some will do this for free (especially if you help!) others may charge a small fee. I'll usually tell them that I'll pay them to stack it, but if it's not a full cord I won't pay them for stacking and I expect them to make up the short wood or discount the short load that they're delivering. Honest wood sellers have no problem with this--dishonest wood sellers don't like it. Remember that it's important to measure the length of the splits. Three rows of 16" long firewood stacked 4'x8' = 128 cu ft or one true cord. Three rows of 13" long splits stacked 4'x8'= 104 cu ft, NOT a full cord! Whenever possible, don't pay for the wood until you've had a chance to stack it and measure it to ensure you're getting what you pay for. Also, ask the wood seller give you a receipt for your purchase stating clearly how much wood was delivered and of what species. If after stacking you realize you've been shorted, contact the seller and ask him to make it right. If he won't, you can file a complaint here.


Generally speaking, hardwoods like Oak, Walnut, Ash, Elm, Maple, etc are the most desirable. They are heavier and denser than softwood species, and so piece for piece, hardwood puts out more BTU's than softwood--it also burns longer. Many people will buy their firewood in a 2-1 ratio of hardwood to softwood as they use the softwood to start the fire and generate heat quickly, and then, once a sufficient coal-bed is established in their stove, they'll throw on some hardwood and "damp down" the stove (reduce the air flow into the stove) to get some nice long burn times.

As important as the species of wood that you choose to burn is, perhaps even more important is that the wood be seasoned properly. Generally speaking, wood that has a moisture content of 20% or below is considered to be good for burning. Softwood species like cottonwood can be seasoned in as little as 6 months (after it's cut and split!!), hardwoods like Oak, and Walnut will take at least two years to season properly (AFTER CUT AND SPLIT). Now it's time to make an important distinction--firewood that will burn and firewood that will burn well.

Wood with a moisture content of 25-30% will usually burn, it just doesn't burn well. The problem with burning unseasoned wood is that a lot of the heat will just go up your chimney in the form of steam and smoke as all that excess moisture is burned-off. There's an old saying that "hissing wood is like pissing away money." Hissing wood in your wood stove=wet wood, and burning wet wood is bad for the environment, your stove, and your wallet!!! To get the most bang for your buck, it's very important that the firewood you buy is properly seasoned. As a general rule, softwoods require 6-12 months (after being cut, bucked, and split) to properly season, and hardwoods require at least 1-2 years min. Burning wood that's not properly seasoned will cost you money as you'll need to burn a lot more. For example, if you're burning Oak that has only been seasoned 1 year, you'll almost certainly use 50%-100% more wood to generate the same amount of heat that you'd get by using properly seasoned wood. In effect, unseasoned wood costs double what seasoned wood costs!!!

In my opinion, the best, easiest, and most accurate way to determine if the firewood you are buying is properly seasoned is to buy a tool called a moisture meter. A moisture meter will measure the moisture content of virtually any species of wood. In order to get an accurate reading, you must split open the piece of wood you are testing, and take your reading from the freshly-split face of the wood. Moisture meters can be bought for as little as $12, Harbor Freight sells them as do sellers on eBay. Honest wood sellers take pride in their properly seasoned firewood because they know how much time and effort it takes to produce well-seasoned wood, and they'll have no problem with you testing their wood prior to purchase. Dishonest wood sellers prey upon uniformed buyers and they are usually more concerned with making a quick buck than they are with developing repeat business. If a wood seller refuses to let you check the moisture content of their wood, you'd be better off finding another seller. Also, there are some wood sellers who aren't dishonest--they just don't know what truly seasoned firewood really is!!! The surest way to know that you're really burning seasoned wood is to either cut and season it yourself, or, buy your firewood one year in advance so that you know it will burn really well. Lastly, it's very important with today's modern EPA certified stoves to only burn well-seasoned wood in order to let your stove live up to it's full potential.

So why is it so hard to find wood sellers with properly seasoned wood for sale? Imagine the time, effort, and space that it takes to cut down the trees, transport the logs, cut the logs to stove length, and then split and stack the wood to dry--and then wait 1-2 years to get paid for all your hard work!! Extrapolate that over 25-50 cords and now you understand why so few wood sellers offer properly seasoned wood for sale!! There are however many hard-working and reputable wood sellers in our area who pride themselves on delivering the same quality and quantity of wood that they would want to burn in their home.

Bottom line: Don't get scammed--get informed!!! As with anything else, buyer beware--so try to be as informed a buyer as you can be.

Good luck, and happy and safe burning!!!

If you thought this was helpfull please mark as best of craigslist so scammers dont flagg it off and others can get informed, Thank you

This was posted on the Omaha Nebraska Craigslist. See the actual post here.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Anyone Who Thinks, As Congressman Akin Apparently Thinks, That It Is Ok To Beat Someone Up Because They Are

Gay Probably Deserves To Have Someone Stick It Up His Ass.This is almost as bad as soliciting sex in an airport men's room.

Meanwhile, I thought this posting was a feeble attempt at humor when I first came across it. I think the guy's serious.

Cable's out.....again

Watching TV is like watching it through a snow storm. Trying to call Mediacom. The number listed in the phone book has been changed, it is no longer a local number but an 888 number, I call it. They ask for my phone number, I punch it in and the computer says there is no record of that phone number. So I start all over again with my cell number, same result. So I start all over again with the PvtRN's cell number, same result.

Finally I punch #2 and go through the options, which have changed, and am now on hold......

Just got off the phone with the operator, she's in Iowa. The next available opening for a technician is next Saturday, a week.


She said they are doing service upgrades in our area and it should be back on shortly.

Yesterday the cable was bad but I was feeling so poorly I didn't care, didn't feel like watching tv anyhow. Today, I want my MTV!

Oh yeah, did anyone else notice the rates went up again?

Back In The Saddle Again....

As I write this post I am sitting in the PvtRn's recliner with my feet up using her laptop, feeling poorly -- both figuratively and literally.

Yesterday I threw some paper into the trash can and missed. As I reached over to pick up the paper I heard a "pop" in my back and went to my knees. I couldn't get up.

After several attempts I was able to put one hand on the kitchen table and one hand on the kitchen counter and pull myself up. There was a spot, when I was about halfway up, where the pain in my lower back was so intense that I didn't think I could make it up all the way, so I went back down, caught my breath, and tried it again.

One of the advantages of having a PvtRn is she knows what to do. I received a crash course in how to sit (straight up, feet flat on the floor, no crossed legs), how to pick stuff up (don't bend over, squat with knees bent and keep back straight), use the hot tub, and how to get in and out of bed. She impressed upon me the need to not put my body in compromising positions.

I am glad we put grab bars in the bathroom.

I spent yesterday sitting in her recliner doing absolutely nothing except taking tylenol and focusing on relaxing. When I went to bed, lying on my back was uncomfortable so I slept on my side with my knees drawn up. I slept until almost 11 today.

When I woke up this morning I felt pretty good until I started moving. Putting on my pants liked to kill me. I walked into the kitchen and opened the dishwasher to get out a coffee cup. As I bent over I immediately knew that was a bad idea.

The PvtRN counseled me to do nothing today --no lifting, no working in the shop, no working on the jeep and to take it easy.

I am comfortable sitting in her recliner right now but I have pain in my back at my waist level. It is a dull, aching pain that is constant, tolerable but a nuisance.

About 10 years ago I had a really nice 1955 Ford F-600 grain truck with a dump bed, low mileage, good seats, good tires and a well running truck. If I can find a picture, I'll post it. The truck had a ladder on the side for climbing up and checking the load. For some reason I was on the ladder and jumped off. I must have landed wrong because my back started hurting major.
I mean to tell you the pain was so bad that if a doctor would have said we can fix the pain but we will have to cut off the leg I would have said cut the leg off. It was my sciatic nerve. I couldn't sit, couldn't lie down without pain. Walking hurt, standing was tolerable. I kept trying to push through the pain. The PvtRN told me I was crazy,quit trying to be superman and go to the doctor. I did as she said. I went to a neurologist, Dr. Mace.

X-rays, MRIs, dye testing, all that stuff. Surgery was suggested. I didn't want to do that. (There was a woman who lived in a town who had back surgery once, I didn't know her but I lived in the next town over so I could imagine how her back felt.) Are there any other options I asked. I could go on bed rest for a month and do nothing, I might get better. I chose the later. I went to the lake cabin and lived down there on the couch and watched TV and read.

I kept a pain diary and it hurts just to read it. The only way I could get comfort was to lie on two boat cushions. I got an Rx for pain pills and I would cut them in half and quarter them so I wouldn't get all foggy minded.

I did nothing but lie on the couch. The PvtRN stocked the fridge and would come down and check on me. My Dad was still alive and he would come down to his cabin next door and get me meals and help me get up to the bathroom. I was in misery but I didn't want to go under the knife.

Then one day, about three weeks into this regime, I woke up pain free. I remember being afraid to move for fear the pain would come back. Slowly I wiggled my toes and then moved my legs, drawing them up and moving from side to side. No pain. My three weeks of bed rest had relieved the symptoms.

I had a doctor's appointment. I went and my previous test results had gotten misplaced. He wanted to do them all again. I said no need, Doctor, I am feeling so much better!

And so, other than the normal aches and pains of a 60 year old man, I have spent the last ten years relatively pain free and healthy. Until yesterday.

So I am going to be taking it easy until I get back in the saddle again.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

It May Be Called the State Police, State

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The Internet In 1969

A Lovely Little Rant About Life....

Years ago, when we lived on the Southeast corner of National and Sunshine, where the St. John's Parking Garage is now, my parents would have these incredible dinners and conversations with their friends from across Southern Missouri. My brothers and sisters and I were welcome to participate in the discussions and festivities. While I can't speak for some of my younger siblings, I know that partaking in those gatherings and experiences shaped who I am and what I value to this day.

Last Tuesday Fat Jack posted this lovely little rant about life.

His posting reminded me of the dinners and conversations of my parents and their friends. Music, conversation, discussions, sometimes heated, laughter and camaraderie -- it was all there. It was from this background that "Celebrate Life" evolved.

One activity seemed always to be a part of the festivities, usually towards the end of the evening. It would start simply, usually just one person moving with the earth and then another would join in and the next thing the whole group was dancing.

Thanks, Jack, for rekindling in my heart these wonderful memories of long gone people and events. Dorogoi Dlinnoyu!

Life's been good to me too, but I had to work at it for awhile.

As my Father used to say, as my brothers say, and now, I too, say
Celebrate Life!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

I've Been Busy.....

Christianist Hathos Alert I

Check out this interactive picture. representing everyone who makes up the USA. Jesus, of course, created the United States and is the author of the Constitution. Source: The Daily Dish.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

You Can Git Anything You Want At Alice's Restaurant, Excepting Alice,

This craigslist search engine kin git you Alice!
bonus track:

Catholic Folk Masses

Corpus Christi

Bus riders who might have, as the driver did, spent time in a Benedictine Monestary in the late 1960s and early 1970s and were a part of the revolution in the way Catholics celebrated the liturgy of the Eucharist, might find this site interesting.

Peace be with you.
And with you too.

Chapter 4--- Fr. Clarence Rivers, who is the priest in the photo above, several of us went to hear him speak and present a workshop in Sikeston, MO. I have only been able to find his music on this website, from podcasts. There is none like him. That mass in St. Louis, my Mom and I went to it.