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  1. Now I see that country legend Don Williams also passed today. When it rains it pours. RIP Don, you will be missed. RV ME Don Williams, Country Music Hall of Famer, dead at 78 Country music singer Don Williams has passed away at 78 from a short illness, Fox News confirmed Friday. Williams had 17 No. 1 hits before retiring in 2016. His mellow sound influenced a later generation of singers including Joe Nichols and Josh Turner. Keith Urban has said Williams drew him to country music. Williams was celebrated for his rich voice, gentle delivery and storytelling style. Still, he toured sparingly, did few media interviews and spent much of his time on his farm west of Nashville. His hits included "I Believe in You," ''Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good," ''You're My Best Friend," ''Some Broken Hearts Never Mend," ''Till the Rivers All Run Dry" and "Back in My Younger Days." At least one duet with Emmylou Harris made the charts, "If I Needed You" in 1981. "Don Williams offered calm, beauty, and a sense of wistful peace that is in short supply these days," said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, in a statement Friday. "His music will forever be a balm in troublesome times. Everyone who makes country music with grace, intelligence, and ageless intent will do so while standing on the shoulders of this gentle giant." He won the Country Music Association's awards for best male vocalist and best single for "Tulsa Time" in 1978. During his performances, he often walked onstage carrying a cup of coffee, sat on a barstool, sang and chatted amiably with the audience. Williams also appeared in the movies "W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings" and "Smokey and the Bandit II." He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, but missed the ceremony because he had bronchitis. His last studio album came out in 2014 and he was the subject of a tribute album this year that included performances of his hits by Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks and Chris Stapleton. Williams was born in Floydada, Texas, and spent the early part of his career in rock, country and folk groups. He was a founding member of the Pozo Seco Singers, then started a solo career in 1971. His first No. 1 hit was "I Wouldn't Want to Live If You Didn't Love Me" and 42 of his 46 singles landed on the top 10 from 1974 to 1991. According to People, Williams said during his final performance in 2016, "it was time to hang up his hat and enjoy some quiet time at home. I’m so thankful for my fans, my friends and my family for their everlasting love and support."
  2. Always enjoyed Montgomery Gentry’s music. RIP Troy, I am sure God knows who you are and I’m sure it was a glorious meeting. RV ME Troy Gentry, 50, dies in New Jersey helicopter crash Troy Gentry, best known as part of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry, was killed in a helicopter crash in New Jersey Friday, Fox News has confirmed. The singer was 50. A rep for the group made the announcement on Facebook: The Federal Aviation Administration said the helicopter crashed into a wooded area near the Flying W Airport in Medford hours before Montgomery Gentry was due to perform at a resort that is also housed at the airport. The airport announced the cancellation of the gig Friday afternoon. Medford Township Police Chief Richard Meder told that police got a call about a helicopter "that was distressed" around 1 p.m. He said crews were able to remove the passenger from the wreckage, but he died on the way to a hospital. The pilot died at the scene and crews were working to remove his body, Meder said. It wasn't immediately clear whether Gentry was the pilot or the passenger. Gentry was born on April 5, 1967, in Lexington, Kentucky, where he met bandmate Eddie Montgomery and formed a group based off their last names. The duo had success on the country charts, scoring five No. 1 hits. The band was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009.
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    Been away for a while. I see that the pluses have changed to show both plus and negs (I hope the next step is to show who plused or neg’ed), but I have a question, what’s with the hearts?
  4. So Iceland eliminated Downs Syndrome the same way ISIS cures gayness. I don’t recall CBS happily doing a story on that “cure” though.
  5. Reminds me of the Taliban and other PITs that destroy all historic religious artifacts that are not Islamic in a futile attempt to remove them from history. Just another example of the similarities of the American left and totalitarian societies.
  6. No, I am pretty sure he means that the Country will be paying the cost for many more years because of the most racist President in history. That is Obummers real lasting legacy.
  7. Remember, anything less than 100% totality will not suffice. If you are looking at a map and are on the edge of totality you might want to move more towards the center line. The “experts” are now saying the maps could be off by a mile or more around the edges. I think it’s funny they are saying that, but this article talks about how the KC City Hall will see a partial eclipse while the Federal Courthouse (only a few blocks away) will be in totality. Also, a good video and link to interactive map on page, but I could not get them to post here. RV ME Those maps of eclipse’s path? ‘Wrong,’ experts say — off by up to a half-mile at edge By Eric Adler August 10, 2017 7:00 AM Anyone who has been using online maps to decide where they intend to view the historic Aug. 21 total eclipse of the sun may want to take another look. Those maps, provided by NASA and others, show a crisply defined, 70-mile-wide path of totality where the moon will block 100 percent of the sun. But they are not as precise as they appear, at least on their edges. The southern edge of the path as shown on the maps could be off by as little as the length of a football field or as much as a half-mile, eclipse mapping experts say. Likewise for the northern edge, meaning the path of totality might be just 69 miles wide. “This is an issue. This is really an issue, but it’s not advertised. … Yeah, all the maps are wrong,” Mike Kentrianakis, who is the solar eclipse project manager for the American Astronomical Society and who routinely consults with NASA, told The Star. It effectively means that people who assumed, based on the Google maps, that their location was just within the path of totality — thus expecting to witness a few seconds of total eclipse — will instead see a partial eclipse. That could turn out to be a total disappointment, according to eclipse experts, who say that observing even a 99.9 percent partial eclipse is not at all the same as viewing a total eclipse. It’s been nearly 40 years since a total solar eclipse crossed part of the contiguous United States. Ninty-nine years have passed since one spanned the breadth of the continent, as will happen Aug. 21. Knowing precisely where the path of totality begins and ends is crucial. Current maps show the eclipse’s southern edge cutting through downtown Kansas City south of Interstate 70, slicing across buildings, including The Kansas City Star’s brick edifice at 1729 Grand Blvd. The maps place the north part of The Star’s block inside the path of totality and the south part outside the path. And they do it with great precision. Click on a point in the parking lot south of The Star building: no totality. Click on a point in the north parking lot and the map says, to a tenth of a second, that the total eclipse will start at 1:08:49.2 p.m. and end at 1:08:57.9. But Kentrianakis, who discusses the issue as part of a new documentary, “Totality: The American Eclipse,” said a more accurate line runs about a half-mile north, cutting through Ilus W. Davis Park, which separates Kansas City’s City Hall (partial eclipse) and the federal courthouse (total eclipse). Documentary on eclipse explains importance of location for downtown KC, on the edge of totality From the documentary "Totality: The American Eclipse," Mike Kentrianakis, solar eclipse project manager for the American Astronomical Society, explains how important location is to see the Aug. 21 eclipse in totality when in areas on the edge of totality, like downtown Kansas City. The full documentary can be found on Amazon. Current maps also show the path cutting a sharp line through parts of St. Louis. “St. Louis also is wrong,” Kentrianakis said. Indeed, the map’s edges are off along the entire path from Oregon through South Carolina. Xavier Jubier, a French engineer whose calculations have been used to create the interactive Google maps of the eclipse, confirmed to The Star by email that the actual path of the totality is slightly narrower than the 70 miles shown on current maps. Ernest Wright, who created maps and other multimedia presentations on the eclipse for NASA, said he thought the map might be narrower by about 100 meters, slightly longer than a football field. He also said it’s possible that Kentrianakis is correct in his estimation that the path is narrower by a half-mile or more. “He could be,” Wright said. The reason the maps are slightly off has nothing to do with mistakes, all agree. Wright explained that eclipse maps are made based on what is known about the relative sizes and positions of the moon and the sun. “We have really good information about the orbit of the moon, the positions of the sun, the positions of the Earth. All of that is really well nailed down,” Wright said. “In order to get more accuracy, we need to take into account the mountains and valleys on the moon, and the elevations on the Earth. And we’re starting to do that, as well.” The size of the moon, in fact, has been measured to within a meter, and its position in the heavens has been measured to within a centimeter. “But the last sort of uncertainty might surprise you,” Wright said. “It’s the size of the sun.” It’s a roiling ball of gas. “It doesn’t have a solid surface,” he said, making its size hard to pin down. Scientists have calculated the sun’s radius at roughly 696,000 kilometers (432,500 miles) from edge to center, but they do not know its size with precision. A bigger sun would make the moon’s shadow, and thus the path of totality, narrower. “You would think you could send a satellite up there, take a picture of the sun and put a ruler on the picture and decide how big the sun is,” Wright said. But it doesn’t work that way. Scientists have space-based and Earth-based telescopes constantly trained on the sun. Earth-based telescopes must contend with atmospheric interference. Space-based telescopes also have limitations. “Most of the telescopes pointed at the sun use very narrow-band filters,” Wright said. “So instead of looking at the sun in white light, it is kind of splitting the light into a prism and picking only one color to look at. And the different colors are going to give you slightly different sizes.” Jubier said that the current maps are accurate using the the 696,000-kilometer radius and other standards agreed upon in 1976 at a meeting of the International Astronomical Union. “This is perfectly accurate but we know it does use a solar diameter that is not large enough. Why don’t we change the value(?)” Jubier wrote. “Well simply because the IAU (International Astronomical Union) has not yet approved a new value. This is part of the research we’re doing and for which we’re looking for funding.” He continued, “So technically speaking if the Sun is larger than the adopted IAU value, and we know it is, the eclipse path is necessarily narrower and our tools can simulate this, yet the standard maps for the public will still retain the currently adopted solar radius until a new value has been accepted. Such a process will take years as everything needs to be peer-reviewed and then validated during a General Assembly.” Jubier also does not think the small difference will change much for the average eclipse viewer, “as usually people don’t go near the edges of the eclipse path.” But for untold thousands of people, including in Kansas City and St. Louis, who live near the edge, Wright with NASA and Kentrianakis with the American Astronomical Society offer this advice: Do your best to move closer toward the middle of the path of totality. The closer one gets to the middle of the path, the longer the totality will last, up to a maximum of about 2 minutes and 40 seconds. At the edge, totality lasts less than 10 seconds. “There are cool things to see at the edge, too,” Wright said. Some astronomers argue that viewing a solar eclipse from the edge of the path of totality offers wonderful views, including a protracted view of the sun’s rosy-red chromosphere, a layer of atmosphere just above its surface. “But the big show,” Wright said, “is going to be the closer you are to the center. And you don’t have to drive 35 miles. You can go 10 miles and get up to a minute of totality. If you stay at the edge, you’re only going to get a couple of seconds.”
  8. RIP Sgt Smith, and thank you for all that you did, and sacrificed, for this Country.
  9. Very progressive of you there BA, I guess you are living up to your stereotypical Republican thoughts about revenge / rehabilitation regarding the criminal process. I wonder though, do criminals have to be convicted for you have these thoughts towards them? Based on some of the things you’ve said in the past I’m just not sure. After all, you have claimed Hildabeast is a crook but she hasn’t been convicted of anything. But you support Obummer who’s (UN)Justice Department illegally ran guns to drug cartels in Mexico. The same (UN)Justice Dept that illegally tapped reporters phones and computers if they actually reported what Obummer did npot want reported. Whose IRS illegally targeted American citizens for political purposes. He’s as crooked, if not more so, than Hildabeast yet stil gets a pass. You can cast your holier than thou dispersions on D’Souza all you want while ignoring much more serious crimes from those you support as long as the swamp lets the serious crimes go uncharged, but I can’t let it go unnoticed.
  10. I’ve said before that politics makes for strange bedfellows, but in this case it doesn’t seem all that strange. To realize that Shabs and Soros are rooting for the same team really is not a stretch. Sad part is to think he’s just another puppet being pulled on Soros strings. The not for profit Media Matters, led by Clinton confidant David Brock has been trying to take down anything remotely conservative in the media since its founding in 2004. As a 501(c)(3) donations are tax deductible. So Soros gets maximum bang for his buck when donating to MM, saturating the news cycle with slanted and outright false stories and a big tax write off. Just another swamp creature taking full advantage of the slime his money has purchased through the Democrat party. And when it comes to Nazi salutes, Soros knows a thing or two about that. Media Matters Falsely Claims It Only Got One Soros Gift. Try 5! CNN fired commentator Jeffrey Lord after his big Twitter battle with Media Matters president Angelo Carusone. Lord had criticized the lefty outlet for being Soros-funded. Carusone repeatedly claimed on Twitter that Media Matters had only received “one donation one 2010” from billionaire George Soros. Turns out, that’s not at all true. Soros’ Foundation to Promote Open Society (OSF) tax forms show five separate donations between 2010 and 2014 totalling $1,575,000. Soros gave the organization money every other year during that time. And, since the organization’s 990 tax forms aren’t yet available for 2016, it’s impossible to tell if that trend continued. Of course, some media outlets reported Carusone’s falsehood from CNN to Heavy. Carusone might be referring to the billionaire’s statement that he gave Media Matters $1 million back in 2010. Even if he is, that only accounts for part of the money, leaving another $575,000 unaccounted for and making the connection much more recent. Politico reported on that gift in 2010. “George Soros announced that he has given $1 million to Media Matters ‘to hold Fox News accountable for the false and misleading information they so often broadcast.’” OSF’s 2010 tax return reveals two separate donations to Media Matters for America -- one for $75,000 and one for $600,000. Both donations were “to provide general support.” That would leave $325,000 left to the 2010 gift. In 2012, OSF gave Media Matters two more donations -- $400,000 for “general support” and $200,000 “to train and equip progressive spokespeople with the media skills and messaging they need to effectively communicate progressive values and ideals on economic and fiscal policy in the media.” And a $300,000 donation from OSF went “to provide project support for the Spanish-language media monitoring project” in 2014.
  11. No, I have just adopted you response style. I figure that after all the fruitless attempts to get you to respond substantively, I might just as well fight fire with fire (or should I say snark with snark). It’s actually a little fun, it does not take a lot of time or thought, which might explain why it’s been your style for so long
  12. Maybe you should believe the one Obummer tells you to believe. Because after all, it’s not like your 10th best ever lied.
  13. Alice Cooper's thoughts on the passing of his friend.
  14. I do not view it as playing chicken, but for sake of brevity so be it. But tell me how did that appeasement policy of Clintons, through his emissary Jimmy Carter, work out? Were you in favor of that? Then there was Obummer red line saying he would never accept a nuclear North Korea but did nothing. Is that the kind of effective policy you support? Two Nobel Peace Prize winners who did nothing while the little madman used the reactors and money we supplied to build nuclear weapons. So when Obummer said nuclear NK is unacceptable that was not a problem because you knew he would do nothing, but Trump scares you because he will do something? Well, something needs to be done. I know it is a waste of time to ask, but what would you do? Better yet, what policies would be effective and acceptable to you? You can thank Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton for North Korea’s nukes North Korea’s boast that it just detonated its first hydrogen bomb met instant doubts from the White House and arms experts. If they’re right, Pyongyang “only” has plain-old atomic bombs. What a . . . relief? But, as one Chinese expert told The Wall Street Journal, the H-bomb claim still shows that tyrant Kim Jong-un is “marching in that direction.” For all this, thank Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. North Korea couldn’t have done it without their gullibility. Back in 1994, President Clinton prepared to confront North Korea over CIA reports it had built nuclear warheads and its subsequent threats to engulf Japan and South Korea in “a sea of fire.” Enter self-appointed peacemaker Carter: The ex-prez scurried off to Pyongyang and negotiated a sellout deal that gave North Korea two new reactors and $5 billion in aid in return for a promise to quit seeking nukes. Clinton embraced this appeasement as achieving “an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula” — with compliance verified by international inspectors. Carter wound up winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his dubious efforts. But in 2002, the North Koreans ’fessed up: They’d begun violating the accord on Day One. Four years later, Pyongyang detonated its first nuke. Now, the Obama administration (long content to kick the North Korea can down the road) says it will never “accept” a nuclear North Korea. Funny: The president said the same thing about Iran, then cut a deal that guarantees the ayatollahs go atomic. Yet North Korea is more of a wild card, a concentration camp of a nation run by a tiny, ruthless elite. If it ever lives up to its boasts and unleashes that “sea of fire,” will Carter, Clinton and Obama shed public tears for Pyongyang’s victims?
  15. I sure do not see the west “gripped” by the latest socialist experiment disaster known as Venezuela. To acknowledge the government created crisis would mean the left would have to acknowledge that socialism has failed yet again. That being said, why would the left want to double down and admit the socialistic failure in Brazil too? I think the old saying needs to be amended to; “In life, nothing is certain except death, taxes, and the failure of socialism”.
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