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Thank God - some people study their history, and won't take a load of nonsense lying down.
 
They’re a rare breed of African Americans who argue that the symbol represents defiance in the face of tyranny.
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I realize this is hard when you attach your sense of self worth to being right all the time, but try to get over that.  We all make mistakes.  A lot.  A true friend will tell you when you're wrong, not what you want to hear all the time.
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So, I can confirm an ice cream hangover is a real thing.  Especially I guess after eating fairly healthfully for a few weeks.  I had pasta for dinner and then a Blizzard (icecream with banana, pineapple and chocolate chunks) last night and about 10:30 my brain fell out.  I pretty much became comatose but awake sort of.  Feel like poo this morning. Hoping this passes.  I'll never eat icecream again.
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The speaker of those lines had the slight advantage of being immortal.

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RIP Jack
WWII Veteran, Stepdad to Nancy and Dick, Husband to Aunt Mary, Brother to my Grandfather, inspiration to all of us.  
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Uncle Jack never had kids of his own, but he raised Dick and Nancy as his own.  You never know, +Erik Swiger.  I keep getting at my Dad to write his book, I hope he does.

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Hot coffee and raw broccoli stems for breakfast.

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+JE Carter, II You're a stalker - a broccoli stalker.

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So, the G+ icon in my menu got demoted to the bottom row.  Not a good sign.
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And just like that (snap),  the ghost town instantly became a busting, burgeoning metropolis.  Yay! 

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In honor and recognition of all the people coming out as their "true selves", unashamed of who they are, I felt it was finally time to come out of the closet as who I really am.  I can't hide my identity any longer.

The truth is, through a long struggle with reality, I've become a persistent man.  I have learned that hard work is the only answer to tough problems.  Not only that, I have discovered that I take a certain perverse pleasure in hard work.  It gives my brain and body a workout and produces results I can't obtain sitting on the internet, gazing at a phone, or napping on a couch.  I just can't help myself.

I've also become a perpetual optimist, a vice I admit has its drawbacks.  I'm always looking for the good in people and situations.  Some people call it stoicism, but I believe in a God who has a purpose for everyone and everything, and that that purpose is good, so even though pessimism may seem more intuitive, I choose optimism as a matter of personal mental health maintenance.

I've also learned that I am a closet servant.  You might look at my white skin and assume I carry that evident privilege around like an ace up my sleeve, but I have found that seeking to serve others produces the right attitude in me in almost all circumstances.  I can't help by try to be helpful.  It's not so much the way I was born, I have learned that it is the best way for me to function in a society full of people who are motivated by self interest, and it's also the key to happiness.

My final confession is that I am a student, always and until the end.  The moment I reach a level of conceit where I believe I have settled any science, I have just voided my right to argue any point on the merit of facts.  I will always look to learn new things from the people I serve and in the situations I find myself.  I do my best not to approach life with an abundance of false confidence, preferring instead to think of myself as an opportunistic learner.

It's just who I am.  I hope you can accept me for who I have chosen to be.
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Amen to that! :)
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Mower Maintenance

Pro-tip - your mower engine exceeds 400 F.  I used some copper rigid silicon gasket to temporarily replace a head gasket while we waited on a part.  Well, temporary became semi-permanent as I forgot.  Until last week.  Last week, the gasket completely disintegrated and started burning out of the head.  

Last night I got it stripped down and with the help of a good brass wire brush and some intake manifold cleaner, I was able to remove the carcass of gasket.  And looky here - new parts are waiting to be installed... tomorrow.
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I must have missed the rigid portion of your comment. I was thinking copper silicone, like a permatex. I saw one of my friends brothers try that on a 327 in a Chevelle in 1985.  No gasket, just permatex.

Copper gaskets are actually the way to go provided they are solid copper. There are plenty of companies that make them and they do work. I must admit that I have never heard of a copper rigid silicone one, but the word silicone in the description would have scared me away from it.

Good luck with that project, it sounds like you have it under control.

PS: The 327 never even started with the  silicone and I believe that the fellow has yet to live that down.

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Wow.  Just, wow.  I hope folks realize that any shred of credibility democracy had in this country is pretty much toast.

http://www3.atr.rollcall.com/supreme-court-victory-for-voting-rights-advocates/?dcz=

If you can't prove you are a citizen, you should not vote in local, state or federal elections.  You have no business doing so.  If States can't ensure that people voting in their elections and referendums are in fact citizens, enemy agents from any hostile nation can easily pack the ballot box, or get issues on the ballot, or sway elections in their favor.  

This is infinitely more insane than any ruling in the past week.  Screwy moral values our nation might survive, but opening the door for fraud across the board is one of the final nails in the coffin.  
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I'm sorry folks, I don't have time to moderate this thread this weekend.  

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This point is missed so often because the "righteous rage" of disagreement takes hold so quickly in our attention-span deficient society of self pleasers.

h/t +Becktemba Kazemde 
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I think the collective intelligence of the world, and the US in particular, is plummeting to new lows.  Do people even think anymore?  Have we gotten to the point where it's OK to just be angry about everything?  From where we are today, it's a short walk in some areas to violence in the streets as an expedient alternative to having a thoughtful conversation.  And that's no endorsement of such.
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Never underestimate the bucolic, tranquil life and the tenacity it necessarily produces.
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+JE Carter, II Yep. They have two skills: camoflage and flight, and if they're too young for flight, they hide. 

My dad and I moved the doghouse in our backyard once, and a mama rabbit bolted out from under it. She had decided to have her litter UNDER THE DOGHOUSE. We had three dogs at the time, and two of them chased after the mother, who got away. The third dog ate the entire litter (3 or 4) while we were watching the chase and trying to put the doghouse down.

It was a freaking bunny abatoir.
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