2020 November

Tuesday, November 24

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[Bullets] Where can I buy bullets for less than a dollar each? Add to the price of bullets the cost of the gun range, and target shooting is no longer on my recreation list. It’ll cost me over a hundred dollars for a half hour of shooting.

[2020 Finger Graphic] I love this. Probably someone will put it on a t-shirt soon.

[“Civil War”] Some people expressed the opinion that the Civil War was fought over slavery. Before the Civil War there were 15 states that allowed slavery.  Four states (Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky and Missouri) were slave states and fought with the North. The other 11 states fought with the South.  That means: 1 out of every 4 states that allowed slavery fought with the North.  If the Civil War was about slavery, why did 25% of the slave states fight with the North? These facts prove the Civil War was not fought over slavery but over State’s rights vs the Federal government’s rights The South thought the Federal government was taking rights they did not have.

[Bacon Beer] Waffle House teams up with Georgia’s Oconee Brewing Company to produce a bacon-flavored beer.

[Pricy Chicken] Winn Dixie had chicken at all price ranges, but the one that stands out is the $21 chicken. Imagine $21 for a chicken!

[Movies] The newest trend is having the frightened or tortured person pee their pants.

[For Rent] 2 bedrooms. One bath. Unfurnished Duplex on clean boating canal w/seawall going to Pine Channel and coral reef. Tiled floors throughout. Stainless steel appliances. Ceiling fans in living room, kitchen and bath. Laundry room. Small screened porch. Very clean. A/C., large brick patio. Parking for 2 vehicles. Ground level. Port Pine heights subdivision. Quiet neighborhood. 750 square feet. No smokers or dogs. $1800 a month. First, last and $1000 security ($4600 total to move in) Utilities not included. 3970 No Name Road. Port Pine Heights sub-division. For more info. 305-872-1428. More pictures on Craigslist. Link
[Benefits Of Covid Mask #5] What’s wrong with them is that you can’t lick your fingers to moisten them in order to open the thin plastic bags at Winn Dixie.

[Fact] No computer in the world can generate a random number. If they could, they would be able to think and no computer can do that–yet.

[Who’s Lost] Friday’s low-bridge disasters video reminded me of my Aunt Mae. She was a stern Yankee from the old school. You couldn’t tell her anything, she was never wrong. One time when all the aunts and children were visiting her we all piled into her giant Buick to visit another aunt who lived an hour away. After an hour and a half we were completely lost and when my mother said to her, “You’re lost, admit it.”
Aunt Mae looked up at the bridge ahead and said, “We are not. We’re in Clarence.”
We all looked up and saw the sign painted on the overpass that read “Clearence 11’6”.

[Tastes Like Chicken] Happy Thanksgiving. ‘Chicken of the Glades’ Florida officials propose culling invasive python population by eating them. Eating invasive Burmese pythons has been discouraged because of mercury levels, but a new study is underway. Link
[Marathon] Captains 3 is open! 19 Coco Plum Drive.

[Dumping] Did somebody lose their engine near Fern and Aster?

[Name That Bird] For the past week or so there has been a large hawk flying around. The hawk has broad wings and a wide white band on its lower back. I’d never seen one before.
[Frank Zappa] 11 things we learned from the documentary From his love of film editing and “ugly music” to his brief Czechoslovakian ambassadorship, here are some takeaways from director Alex Winter’s vault-opening documentary. “…she was buns-up, kneeling…” Link
[Talented Actors] I’m always surprised how many actors in English speaking movies I recognize in foreign films. I’m always impress when someone speaks two languages.

[“Van for sale”] Here’s some more of the van for sale that was listed on Friday and only showed the middle of the van. Here’s some more of it. This time it’s the front.

Shooters is a great restaurant. Link
[Confederate General] I don’t like the idea of toppling statues. I think they should have a plaque attached explaining that they were slave holders, etc. These statues are art and destroying art is always awful. But I do think that Fort Bragg should be renamed. General Bragg was a Confederate general and a traitor to the nation. It would be hard to make a plaque explain honor given to a traitor who killed thousands of Americans so he could own black people.

[Ménage à trois] Having satisfied their curiosity, the three friends went their separate ways, and never discussed making a “turducken” again.

[New format] (Ed: Hello Deer readers, Today I am trying a new look that I hope will be easier to read on all devices. I hope it does. GoDaddy told me the theme I’d been using for 18 years looked outdated. They were right.)
[Slavery and Sports] Please clarify your very odd, non sequitur comment about slavery and professional sports. (Ed: I think it had something to do with slavery, thou the post didn’t make sense.)
[Scam] My Beloved In God. Greetings in the name of our lord Jesus Christ. I am Mrs Elizabeth Schroder  from Germany, a widow to late Dr. A. Schroda  l am 51 years old and a converted born again Christian, suffering from long time cancer of the breast, from all indication my condition is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that I might not live more than two (2) months, according to my doctor because the cancer has gotten to a very worst / dangerous stage … Please send your social security and bank username and password in the name of God.

[“Windiest month”] I think the windiest month means the most windy days not the fastest measured wind speed.

An evil enemy will burn his own nation to the ground… to rule over the ashes. ~Sun Tzu
[Fishing in Florida 1857] The same crew pulled us up through a channel in the middle of Mangrove Islands, the roosting place of thousands of pelicans and birds that rose in clouds and circled above our heads. The water below was alive with fish, whose course through it could be seen by the phosphoric wake; and Ashlock told me many a tale of the Indian war then in progress, and of his adventures in hunting and fishing, which he described as the best in the world.
The season was hardly yet come for active operations against the Indians, so that the officers were naturally attracted to Ashlock, who was the best fisherman I ever saw. He soon initiated us into the mysteries of shark-spearing, trolling for red-fish, and taking the sheepshead and mullet. These abounded so that we could at any time catch an unlimited quantity at pleasure. The companies also owned nets for catching green turtles. These nets had meshes about a foot square, were set across channels in the lagoon, the ends secured to stakes driven into the mad, the low- er line sunk with lead or stone weights and the upper line floated with cork. We usually visited these nets twice a day and found from one to six green turtles entangled in the meshes. Disengaging them, they were carried to pens, made with stakes stuck in the mud, where they were fed with man- grove-leaves, and our cooks had at all times an ample supply of the best of green turtles. They were so cheap and common that the soldiers regarded it as an imposition when compelled to eat green turtle steaks, instead of poor Florida beef, or the usual barrelled mess pork. I do not recall in my whole experience a spot on earth where fish, oysters, and green turtles so abound as at Fort Pierce, Florida.We found magnificent fishing with the seine on the outer beach, and sometimes in a single haul we would take ten or fifteen barrels of the best kind of fish, em- bracing pompanos, red-fish, snappers, etc. ~Gen William T. Sherman