News; Some New, Some Old:
“There are a couple "Timeline-removing" spam scams making the rounds on Facebook. They are targeting users who dislike the recently introduced feature and are looking for a way to go back to the old look. Users who take the bait are encouraged to install a browser plug-in that supposedly removes Facebook Timeline. Security experts are still unsure what the plug-in does, but advise against installing it.
Another application is called "Facebook Timeline Remover." This one does not install anything, Users are invited to complete a collection of surveys for suspicious marketing affiliates. Phishing. I always check Snopes.com for info on potential scams. They say it’s not as dangerous as the fear mongers might have you think, but it is still ill-advised to click on any link promising to get rid of Timeline. http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/timeline.asp.”
On May 20, 1899 - Jacob German of New York City became the first driver to be arrested for speeding. The posted speed limit was 12 miles per hour.
First 2 Legs of the Triple Crown - I'll Have Another - 2012
“The first two legs of the Triple Crown. This video includes the end of the the Kentucky Derby & the Preakness Stakes from the final turn to the finish line.”
“The Belmont Stakes will be on June 9th where hopefully I'll Have Another will be the winner of the Triple Crown!”
“Can you drink this Wine? This gal is definitely an expert at getting a drink”
How Are Baseballs Made?
“Ever wonder how major-league baseballs are manufactured? Find out by checking out this episode of the Discovery Channel's "How It's Made" television series.”
The NUDE MEN CLOCK is clever & Not X-rated.
“Watch the way the guys on the minute hand tap their foot as they wait for the minute to pass. Be sure to click on the clock to make it read digital. It's always the correct time even counting the seconds. Click the clock to see both Digital & Analog. It actually reads YOUR correct time – Fantastic” http://lovedbdb.com/nudemenClock/index2.html
Harry Potter films blamed for abandoned owls increase at north Wales sanctuary
“An owl sanctuary says it is still feeling the unwanted effect of the Harry Potter films, with high numbers of owls being abandoned.
It is claimed owls' popularity as pets increased in the last decade with many keen to copy JK Rowling's schoolboy hero with his companion Hedwig.
Ian Toothill, of the North Wales Owl Sanctuary, says about 90% of the birds are abandoned. Owls bred as pets would not survive in the wild, he says.” Continue reading the main story
From me: I didn’t even know there was an owl in Potter’s stories. My grandson, my daughter and I have never seen any Harry Potter books or films, as it says in the Bible not to have anything to do with sorcerers, warlocks, witchcraft, spells, etc.
Do not practice divination or sorcery (Leviticus 19:26).
When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so (Deuteronomy 18:9-14).
“Ask, "Would Christ approve of this?" He certainly would not! So we should avoid all contact with mediums, fortune-tellers, witches and their devices—and not be fooled by whatever means they might use to try to entice us.”
On This Day:
American Civil War ends, Jun 2, 1865:
“In an event that is generally regarded as marking the end of the Civil War, Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi, signs the surrender terms offered by Union negotiators. With Smith's surrender, the last Confederate army ceased to exist, bringing a formal end to the bloodiest four years in U.S. history.
The American Civil War began on April 12, 1861, when Confederate shore batteries under General Pierre G.T. Beauregard opened fire on Union-held Fort Sumter in South Carolina's Charleston Bay. During 34 hours, 50 Confederate guns and mortars launched more than 4,000 rounds at the poorly supplied fort, and on April 13 U.S. Major Robert Anderson, commander of the Union garrison, surrendered. Two days later, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for 75,000 volunteer soldiers to help quell the Southern "insurrection." Four long years later, the Confederacy was defeated at the total cost of 620,000 Union and Confederate dead.”
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Jun 2, 1953:
“On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II is formally crowned monarch of the United Kingdom in a lavish ceremony steeped in traditions that date back a millennium. A thousand dignitaries and guests attended the coronation at London's Westminster Abbey, and hundreds of millions listened on radio and for the first time watched the proceedings on live television. After the ceremony, millions of rain-drenched spectators cheered the 27-year-old queen and her husband, the 30-year-old duke of Edinburgh, as they passed along a five-mile procession route in a gilded horse-drawn carriage.
Elizabeth, born in 1926, was the first-born daughter of Prince George, the second son of King George V. Her grandfather died in 1936, and her uncle was proclaimed King Edward VIII. Later that year, however, Edward abdicated over the controversy surrounding his decision to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American divorcee, and Elizabeth's father was proclaimed King George VI in his place.
During the Battle of Britain, Princess Elizabeth and her only sibling, Princess Margaret, lived away from London in the safety of the countryside, but their parents endeared themselves to their subjects by remaining in bomb-damaged Buckingham Palace throughout the German air offensive. Later in the war, Elizabeth trained as a second lieutenant in the women's services and drove and repaired military trucks.
In 1947, she married her distant cousin, Philip Mountbatten, a former prince of Greece and Denmark who renounced his titles in order to marry Elizabeth. He was made duke of Edinburgh on the eve of the wedding. The celebrations surrounding the wedding of the popular princess lifted the spirits of the people of Britain, who were enduring economic difficulties in the aftermath of World War II. Their first child, Prince Charles, was born in 1948 at Buckingham Palace. A second, Princess Anne, was born in 1950. On February 6, 1952, the royal couple were in Kenya in the midst of a goodwill tour when they learned the king had died.
Elizabeth was immediately proclaimed Britain's new monarch but remained in seclusion for the first three months of her reign as she mourned her father. During the summer of 1952, she began to perform routine duties of the sovereign, and in November she carried out her first state opening of the Parliament. On June 2, 1953, her coronation was held at Westminster Abbey.
The ceremony at Westminster was one of pomp and pageantry, and the characteristically poised Elizabeth delivered in a solemn and clear voice the coronation oath that bound her to the service of the people of Great Britain and the British Commonwealth. In the procession through the streets of London that followed, Elizabeth and her husband were joined by representatives from the more than 40 member states of the Commonwealth, including heads of state, sultans, and prime ministers. British troops like the Yeomen of the Guard were joined by a great variety of Commonwealth troops, including police from the Solomon Islands, Malaysians in white uniforms and green sarongs, Pakistanis in puggaree headdresses, Canadian Mounties, and New Zealanders and Australians in wide-brimmed hats. After the parade, Elizabeth stood with her family on the Buckingham Palace balcony and waved to the crowd as jet planes of the Royal Air Force flew across the Mall in tight formation.
In five decades of rule, Queen Elizabeth II's popularity has hardly subsided. She has traveled more extensively than any other British monarch and was the first reigning British monarch to visit South America and the Persian Gulf countries. In addition to Charles and Anne, she and Philip have had two other children, Prince Andrew in 1960 and Prince Edward in 1964. In 1992, Elizabeth, the wealthiest woman in England, agreed to pay income tax for the first time.
On April 21, 2006, Queen Elizabeth turned 80, making her the third oldest person to hold the British crown. Although she has begun to hand off some official duties to her children, notably Charles, the heir to the throne, she has given no indication that she intends to abdicate.”
Jay didn’t call to say that he was ready to be picked up, so I was busy on the computer doing some email catch-up. Then my daughter called, and she is still so upset about having to put her little friend of 16 years to sleep. We had to cut our conversation short as a man came to buy that fridge we cleaned and fixed. I was hoping that Jay would be here to help load it, but the man and I managed OK. He didn’t want to lay it down on it’s side in his truck. Our appliance man told me that it doesn’t hurt compressor fridges, as long as you let it stand upright for half a day before turning it on. He was a having a terrible time trying to understand the ratchet straps that he had just bought. I didn’t interfere, but Misty and I watched him from afar as I walked her around here.
Several times I tried to call Jay, but the call wouldn’t go through. Some of his things here, and I wanted to make sure that Claudia was alright. So I took Misty down there for another walk, as she hadn’t done everything she was supposed to do. Jay was cleaning his mother’s house to pay her back the money he owes her. Their cleaning lady has been out of town for a month or so, and is not due back yet. He didn’t know how to clean the removable metal pan at the bottom of their convection/toaster oven, so I showed him how to get the baked-on stuff removed. Even an SOS pad wouldn’t remove some of it, so he had to carefully scrape it off with a single-edged razor blade. Maybe now he will be more careful to wipe up spills as they happen.
Jay had trapped a pregnant, very vicious, feral cat, so I brought the trap up here to the front of the subdivision for Animal Control to pick it up. This was a new officer, and he said, “We’re not taking the trap, it costs gas to bring it back.” I explained to him that Animal Control is in this subdivision nearly every day picking up stray dogs, and they just bring the trap back next time they are here. The trap is clearly marked with my name, address and phone number. No, he wasn’t having any of that. Of course, as usual, when he tried to transfer the feral cat, it got loose, scratching him in the process. I was so peeved, I couldn’t see straight. Now that sickly-looking vicious cat is somewhere around here. They don’t work on Saturdays, well, nor do I, so I cannot even try to trap her again until Sunday night.
It has been warmer and more humid, so Prime and Bobbiecat couldn’t spend too much of the morning out on the screen porch yesterday.