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I like to use my BLOGS to keep my friends informed of the daily Mess(es) that are going on with us and adding items of interest others might find enjoyable. Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment. Bret

Happy 225th Birthday
Posted:Feb 20, 2019 4:41 pm
Last Updated:Feb 20, 2019 10:47 pm

A Happy 225th Birthday to Antonio López de Santa Anna, ( Antonio de Padua María Severino López de Santa Anna y Pérez de Lebrón ) President of Mexico who dominated Mexican history in the first half of the 19th century, born in Xalapa, Veracruz. He greatly influenced early Mexican politics and government, and was an adept soldier and cunning politician, who dominated Mexican history in the first half of the nineteenth century to such an extent that historians often refer to it as the "Age of Santa Anna".

You might ask just why in Hades I'd want to celebrate this guys birthday. Well.. from my point of view about every time things were going to shit down in Mexico this guy stood up and took charge, no matter the situation or even when the odds were stacked against him.

Santa Anna young officer
In June 1810, the 16-year-old Santa Anna joined the Fijo de Veracruz infantry regiment, as a cadet against the wishes of his parents, who wanted him to pursue a career in commerce. In 1811, Santa Anna was wounded in the left hand by an arrow, during the campaign under Col. Arredondo in the town of Amoladeras, in the state of San Luis Potosí. In 1813, Santa Anna served in Texas against the Gutiérrez–Magee Expedition, and at the Battle of Medina, in which he was cited for bravery. He was promoted quickly; he became a second lieutenant in February 1812 and first lieutenant before the end of that year. In the aftermath of the rebellion, the young officer witnessed Arredondo's fierce counter-insurgency policy of mass executions. During the next few years, in which the war for independence reached a stalemate, Santa Anna erected villages for displaced citizens near the city of Veracruz.

Agustín de Iturbide

When royalist officer Agustín de Iturbide changed sides in 1821 and allied with insurgent Vicente Guerrero, fighting for independence under the Plan of Iguala, Santa Anna also joined the fight for independence. . Santa Anna rose to prominence fighting for independence by quickly driving Spanish forces out of the vital port city of Veracruz and Iturbide rewarded him with the rank of general and command of the vital port of Veracruz, the gateway from the Gulf of Mexico to the rest of the nation the site of the customs house. However, when Iturbide proclaimed himself Emperor of Mexico Santa Anna stepped up to the plate to put him down.

In 1829, Santa Anna made his mark in the early republic by leading forces that defeated a Spanish invasion to reconquer Mexico. Spain made a final attempt to retake Mexico, invading Tampico with a force of 2,600 soldiers. Santa Anna marched against the Barradas Expedition with a much smaller force and defeated the Spaniards. Santa Anna was declared a hero. From then on, he styled himself "The Victor of Tampico" and "The Savior of the Motherland". His main act of self-promotion was to call himself "The Napoleon of the West".

Gómez Farías

Santa Anna was elected president on 1 April 1833, but while he desired the title, he was not interested in governing. "It annoyed him and bored him, and perhaps frightened him." Santa Anna's vice president, liberal Dr. Valentín Gómez Farías took over the responsibility of the governing of the nation. Santa Anna retired to his Veracruz hacienda, Manga de Clavo. Gómez Farías began to implement radical liberal reforms, chiefly directed at the power of the army and the Roman Catholic Church.

In 1835, Santa Anna repealed the Mexican Constitution, which ultimately led to the beginning of the Texas Revolution. Santa Anna's reasoning for the repeal was that American settlers in Texas were not paying taxes or tariffs, claiming they were not recipients of any services provided by the Mexican Government. As a result, new settlers were not allowed there. The new policy was a response to the U.S. attempts to purchase Texas from Mexico.

Santa Anna marched north to bring Texas back under Mexican control by a show of brute merciless force. His expedition posed challenges of manpower, logistics, supply, and strategy far beyond what he was prepared for, and it ended in disaster. On 6 March 1836, at the Battle of the Alamo, Santa Anna's forces killed 189 Texan defenders and later executed more than 342 Texan prisoners, including James Fannin at the Goliad Massacre 27 March 1836 .Despite Sam Houston's lack of ability to maintain strict control of the Texian Army, they defeated Santa Anna's much larger army at the Battle of San Jacinto on 21 April 1836. The Texans shouted, "Remember Goliad, Remember the Alamo!" The day after the battle, a small Texan force led by James Austin Sylvester captured Santa Anna. They found the general dressed in a dragoon private's uniform and hiding in a marsh.

Acting Texas president David G. Burnet and López de Santa Anna signed the Treaties of Velasco, stating that "in his official character as chief of the Mexican nation, he acknowledged the full, entire, and perfect Independence of the Republic of Texas." In exchange, Burnet and the Texas government guaranteed Santa Anna's safety and transport to Veracruz. During this weeks-long journey, Santa Anna passed through Washington D.C. where he met briefly with the president Andrew Jackson. Meanwhile, in Mexico City a new government declared that Santa Anna was no longer president and that the treaty he had made with Texas was null and void.

The Mexican people did not dwell on Santa Anna's past of military shortcomings and betrayals, because they still recognized him as a savior or hero who could make everything better. He came back from exile to fight and loose his leg in the Mexican war 1845-1848. He bounced around in exile from Cuba, the United States, Colombia, and the then Danish island of Saint Thomas. Santa Anna died at his home in Mexico City on 21 June 1876 at age 82. Though penniless he was buried with full military honors in a glass coffin in Panteón del Tepeyac Cemetery.
Just for FUN
Posted:Feb 19, 2019 9:37 pm
Last Updated:Feb 20, 2019 2:30 pm

I have to deal with a picky eater who is not fond of leafy "green" stuff while I will eat about anything... except Liver.... which isn't on the list Just for fun see how you rank in here.
Hoodie Hoo Day
Posted:Feb 19, 2019 9:20 pm
Last Updated:Feb 20, 2019 2:15 pm

March 20 is Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day!

Founded by renowned holiday creators Thomas and Ruth Roy of Wellcat Holidays, this holiday was made to help chase away winter and usher in spring.

In the Northern Hemisphere, spring usually begins on March 20, but can start on March 19 or March 21. Thus, the holiday is celebrated about month before the end of winter. A Southern Hemisphere counterpart is celebrated on August 22, about a month before the start of spring in that hemisphere.

The day is celebrated by going outside at noon and yelling "hoodie-hoo". This is done to chase away winter and make way for spring. Although this holiday is specifically for those in the Northern Hemisphere, it can't hurt to go outside and yell "hoodie-hoo" if you live in the Southern Hemisphere as well. Although, if you help speed up the arrival of spring up north, you are only speeding up the arrival of cold weather in your own hemisphere!

As for most of us,we're sick of Winter. We have yet ANOTHER Major winter storm bearing down on us bringing 5-8" more snow
Iwo Jima Day
Posted:Feb 18, 2019 7:59 pm
Last Updated:Feb 19, 2019 10:59 pm

February 19...Iwo Jima Day marks the anniversary of the date in February 1945 when the Battle of Iwo Jima began, with the invasion of Iwo Jima island by the United States Armed Forces. The day is officially observed in Massachusetts and unofficially marked across the United States. Some of the bloodiest fighting of the Pacific Theater of World War II took place at Iwo Jima.

The Battle of Iwo Jima lasted five weeks, with the United States capturing the island at its conclusion. Although it was believed from the start that the United States would win, it was thought that the battle would last days, or maybe a week, but not five weeks. The United States had larger numbers of people and arms, as well as air supremacy, and Japan couldn't retreat or be reinforced. About 70,000 Marines fought in the battle, compared to 21,000 Japanese forces. What was not known by the United States at first was the extent that Japan had built up their defenses, consisting of fortifications in the mountains, camouflaged artillery, and underground tunnels.

The United States decided to wage a battle at Iwo Jima because they thought that if it was captured it could be used as a staging area in order to invade mainland Japan, which was just 750 miles away. In particular, the island had three airfields that would be of great use. Prior to the battle, Iwo Jima had been important to Japan for a few reasons. It had been an air base for fighter planes and had been used as a staging area to attack the Mariana Islands in late 1944 and early 1945. Naval units had also been stationed at the island. Japanese General Tadamichi Kuribayashi's goal during the battle was to inflict massive casualties in order to convince the United States not to invade the mainland.

The United States began dropping bombs on the island and firing at it from Navy vessels in June 1944. The subsequent invasion, codenamed Operation Detachment, was launched on the southeastern coast of the island, on February 19, 1945, by the 133rd Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees), the Fifth Marine Amphibious Corps, and the Fourth Marine Division. The Americans found the beach hard to maneuver because it was full of volcanic ash and slopes. As the Americans landed, the Japanese waited to attack, giving them the impression that the bombardment that had preceded the invasion had been effective. But after an hour of waiting, the Japanese showered the Americans with artillery from their mountain fortifications. By nightfall, the Americans had secured part of one of the airfields, but the battle would rage on.

Hidden artillery and underground tunnels, bunkers, command centers, and barracks was something much different than the beach defenses that the United States had encountered from the Japanese in past battles. After the initial invasion, it was thought that there would be banzai charges, as had been the norm in other battles, but that was not the case.

On February 23, the Marines captured Mount Suribachi, a mountain on the south side of the island. A flag was raised and photos were taken by Louis R. Lowery; these photos weren't published until 1947. Six Marines raised a second flag, and AP photographer Joe Rosenthal took a picture of them. Known as "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima," the photo won the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in 1945.

After the capture of Mount Suribachi, the battle continued on the northern part of the island, with the Americans working to secure the other airfields and the rest of Iwo Jima. The Japanese began running low on water, food, and other supplies, and as they became more desperate, they launched some banzai charges. The final banzai attack took place on March 25. The United States declared Iwo Jima captured the following day, although Japanese "holdouts" continued to be found in the coming weeks. During that time, about 1,600 Japanese soldiers were killed, and some American casualties took place. Remarkably, two holdouts remained on the island until 1949. Of the 21,000 Japanese forces, all but about 200 died. Of the 70,000 Marines involved, about 7,000 died. Over 25,000 Marines were casualties, meaning they were either killed or wounded.

In the aftermath, the wisdom of sacrificing so much for Iwo Jima was called into question. The Army never use the island as a staging area, nor did the Navy use the island as a base for their fleet. However, the Navy Seabees did rebuild the airfields, and it was used as an emergency landing space for the Air Force, although it was not utilized much.

On the 40th anniversary of the invasion, February 19, 1985, a "Reunion of Honor" took place on the beach where the Americans had invaded. Both sides attended, with the Japanese gathering on the mountain side and Americans gathering on the beach side. A memorial was placed in the center of the meeting place. Another gathering took place on the 50th anniversary in 1995, and a gathering has been held annually since 2002. In 1954, the Marine Corps War Memorial, which honors all Marines, was dedicated near Arlington National Cemetery. It is also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial and is based on Rosenthal's Mount Suribachi photograph. As those who fought at Iwo Jima recede into the sunset of memory, just as their comrades who died on its beach and mountains did decades ago, we remember their sacrifice on this hallowed day.

Posted:Feb 17, 2019 8:15 pm
Last Updated:Feb 19, 2019 1:29 pm

A man's nap in the back of his car in Delaware turned into a nightmare after the car he was sleeping in was stolen and crashed. Musician Justin Koerner told the News Journal he had spent a night playing music with friends, went to sleep in his vehicle and had a dream involving someone jumping in his front seat.

A Newark police statement says someone drove off in the car Sunday morning and bailed after seeing the man sleeping in the back. Police say the car crashed.

Koerner says he awoke and saw car treads on a lawn and a destroyed bush, then realized he hadn't been dreaming. He says police appeared ready to take him away before another officer said a neighbor had security camera footage of the incident.
Drink Wine Day !!!!!!!!!!!
Posted:Feb 17, 2019 7:40 pm
Last Updated:Feb 19, 2019 11:01 pm

February 18th is National Drink Wine Day which got started "to spread the love and health benefits of wine." It is a day to drink wine and think about how it enhances food and life in general. If drank in moderation, wine not only fights heart disease, but has other health benefits. It can also help fight type II diabetes, stroke, some cancers, high cholesterol, and even liver disease.

One of the healthiest wines in Pinot Noir; it contains a high amount of resveratrol. In general, red wines are healthier than white wines.

Wine is drank on its own or with a meal, and can be used as a flavoring in many recipes. It is usually made from fermented grapes; common grape varieties—which may give the wine its name—include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Gamay. Hybrid grapes such as Concord may also be used.

To create wine, the sugar in the grapes is eaten by yeast, and turns into ethanol and carbon dioxide. Red wine is made from dark colored grapes. The juice is actually greenish-white; the but violet or red color comes from the skin of the grapes. White wine is created from the fermentation of light-colored grape pulp. Yellow or green skinned grapes are usually used. Dark-skinned grapes can be used to make white wine, as long as the skin itself is not used. For example, Pinot Noir grapes can be used to make champagne. Rosé wine has some color from grape skins, but not enough to make a red wine.

Sweet wines are made when the fermentation process is stopped before complete, and some sugars haven't turned into alcohol. Dry wine has been completely fermented. Sparkling wines are created when not all the carbon dioxide created during fermentation is allowed to escape. Besides being made from grapes, wine can also be made from rice and fruit. The top four wine producers are Italy, Spain, France, and the United States. Most wines are 12.5% to 14.5% in alcohol content.

Wine has been produced since at least 6,000 BCE, where evidence has been found of it in the country of Georgia. Wine likely spread from Mesopotamia to Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and then to France and Spain, before coming to the Americas. It has long been part of religious traditions: Ancient Egyptians used it in ceremonies, where it was associated with blood. The Greek god of wine was Dionysus, and his Roman counterpart was Bacchus. Wine was important to Jews during biblical times, and became important to Christians, being used by the Eucharist.

Just enjoy the day with a refreshing glass of wine!
A Little Late Tonight
Posted:Feb 16, 2019 9:45 pm
Last Updated:Feb 17, 2019 4:36 pm

I'd come in to respond to comments when JD came by the office to let me know he was going to bed early so I went to "tuck" him in. One thing lead to another and he hurt my back in the process and had to take me into the ER for a "happy shot" The snow is really coming down here ... I glanced over and we were only doing about 30-35 MPH and that is totally out of form for leadfooted Jimmy Boi so it is getting bad here.

Thus tonight's blog is not quite up to standards. National Cabbage Day is observed on February 17th. With St. Patrick’s Day exactly one month away, National Cabbage Day is a great day to test out some recipes with cabbage, a staple ingredient for Celtic holidays. JD likes my Cabbage fried in butter with some carrot and onions seasoned with Lawry's Seasoned salt.

From the French caboche, meaning head, cabbage comes in a variety of forms. The cabbage family is quite varied and includes Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, kohlrabi and kale. Cabbage is an ancient food with origins in Asia Minor (Turkey today) and the eastern Mediterranean. The French explorer Jacques Cartier was the first to bring cabbage to the Americas.

When selecting a cabbage, the head should be firm and dense. The fibrous leaves of a healthy cabbage should be shiny and crisp with no browning or bruising.

Cabbage is versatile and can be eaten raw, steamed or sautéd. A popular ingredient in Asian, German, Irish and Latin recipes, it’s a culturally diverse food. Having low calories (6 per leaf) makes cabbage a popular diet food as well. It has no fat or cholesterol, is low in sodium and carbs, and is a good source of Vitamin C

Southern "Fried" Cabbage With Bacon & Onions!
Posted:Feb 15, 2019 8:01 pm
Last Updated:Feb 18, 2019 7:38 pm

Ok pardners we're agonna take the bull by the horns and getta answer outta yaa one way or tuther !

We're afixing to hog ties ya !

and dig out da branding irons!

It's time for the WEEKEND SEX QUIZ!!!!

I ask you to pick,

would you be a dominatrix?

or a submissive?
Old Brew
Posted:Feb 15, 2019 7:11 pm
Last Updated:Feb 16, 2019 7:15 pm

Ahoy, beer lovers: A bottle from a 133-year-old shipwreck may yield yeast for a new brew in upstate New York.

Biotechnology students at the State University of New York at Cobleskill uncorked a bottle from the shipwrecked SS Oregon on Thursday. Serious Brewing Company of Howes Cave plans to develop a new brew if the students successfully extract yeast.

Bill Felter, of Serious Brewing, acquired the beer from a customer who owns an assortment of artifacts recovered from the Oregon.

The ship was en route from Liverpool, England, to New York City with 852 people aboard on March 14, 1886, when it collided with a schooner near Fire Island, New York, and sank. All but one person survived.

Last year, an Australian brewer produced beer from yeast recovered from a 220-year-old shipwreck. In Tasmania they’ve taken things a step further, with one museum taking the original samples of a 220 year old beer found inside a shipwreck in the 1990’s, and turning it into a drinkable brew. I'll chase this down further for a future blog!

Valentine's Day
Posted:Feb 13, 2019 8:39 pm
Last Updated:Feb 16, 2019 7:16 pm

Valentine's Day originated as a Western Christian feast day honoring an early Saint named Valentine. It is still an official feast in some denominations, although the day was removed from the Catholic General Roman Calendar because not much information was known about the Saint. The day is now also a cultural and commercial holiday centered around romance and love. It is celebrated in many places around the globe, although it is not a public holiday. Symbols associated with the day are the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of a winged Cupid.

There was actually not just one Saint Valentine, but three. The first and most noteworthy was Saint Valentine of Rome. He was a priest in Rome, was martyred in 269 AD, and was added to the calendar of saints in 496, by Pope Galesius. Legend has it that Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to get married, and for ministering to and assisting Christians who had been persecuted under the Roman Empire. It also is said that he cut hearts from parchment and gave them to persecuted Christians and soldiers, to remind them of their vows and God's love. Another legend says that during his imprisonment he healed the blind daughter of his jailer, and sent her a letter before his execution, signing it as "Your Valentine." Saint Valentine is buried on the Via Flaminia.

A second Saint Valentine was Valentine of Terni; he was a bishop of Terni, which was called Interamna at the time. He is believed to have been martyred in 273 CE, under the persecutions of Emperor Aurelian. He also was buried on the Via Flaminia, but in a different area than the Valentine of Rome. A third Valentine is mentioned in the Catholic Encyclopedia. He was martyred in Africa along with others, but that is all that is known of him.

The day first became associated with romantic love because of the fourteenth century poet Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote Parlement of Foules in 1382, to commemorate the anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England and Anne of Bohemia. When the words of the poem are modernized, they can be read as, "For this was on St. Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate." The first time Valentine's Day is mentioned as an annual day for love is in the Charter of the Court of Love from 1400. Believed to be written by Charles VI of France, it notes festivities on Valentine's Day attended by members of the royal court, including a feast, love related song and poetry competitions, jousting, and dancing.

The giving of "valentines" began shortly thereafter. The earliest written valentine dates to 1415, and the earliest surviving English valentines date to 1477, and are part of the Paston Letters. By the eighteenth century, lovers were giving each other flowers, confectioneries, and valentines in the form of greeting cards. Valentines were so popular by the early nineteenth century that they were made in factories. Fancier valentines were made of lace and ribbons. Sixty thousand valentines were sent by the post of Britain in 1835. In 1840, postal rates were lowered and postage stamps were created, and in 1841, there were 400,000 valentines mailed. More began being sent by mail, but they became less personal. At this time cards began being exchanged anonymously as well. In 1868, the British chocolate company Cadbury created boxes of chocolates in the shape of hearts for Valentines Day—called Fancy Boxes—leading to the association of boxes of chocolates with the day.

Valentine's Day cards were first mass produced in the United States in 1847. By the second half of the twentieth century, various other types of gifts were given, such as jewelry. In the United States, 190 million valentines are sent each year. Besides being exchanged between lovers, about half are given to others, usually to children. If school-made valentines are counted, a billion valentines are exchanged each year, and more are given to teachers than anyone else. In the age of the internet, more and more e-cards are being sent.


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