Posts by SWTarget

    So some of you mostly derive contentment from what you do productively.

    Does anyone find contentment in the handiwork of other's creation?

    Isaiah 40:26: “Lift up your eyes to heaven and see. Who has created these things?

    It is the One who brings out their army by number; He calls them all by name.
    Because of his vast dynamic energy and his awe-inspiring power, Not one of them is missing."

    1 Tim 6:6-8: "To be sure, there is great gain in godly devotion along with contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, and neither can we carry anything out. So, having food and clothing, we will be content with these things."

    Matthew 6:25-33: “On this account I say to you: Stop being anxious about your lives as to what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your bodies as to what you will wear. Does not life mean more than food and the body than clothing? Observe intently the birds of heaven; they do not sow seed or reap or gather into storehouses, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth more than they are? Who of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his life span?

    "Also, why are you anxious about clothing? Take a lesson from the lilies of the field, how they grow; they do not toil, nor do they spin; but I tell you that not even Solʹo·mon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these. Now if this is how God clothes the vegetation of the field that is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much rather clothe you, you with little faith?

    "So never be anxious and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or, ‘What are we to drink?’ or, ‘What are we to wear?’ For all these are the things the nations are eagerly pursuing. Your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

    “Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you. So never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have its own anxieties. Each day has enough of its own troubles."

    Are you looking for companionship? Do you have a tractor? If so please post a photo of the tractor.

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    Pardon me for being ignorant of such things, but don't you need the pop-out part to be able to pop-in at some point should you decide your mobile home needs to indeed be mobile again?

    Don't get me wrong, I think the flooring you are putting down looks great (we had a similar linoleum floor in the kitchen when we moved into the house, always hated it, understand the desire for change), just wondering if leveling the floor per se is a good idea long-term.

    It was more crowded today but the people themselves seemed a bit quieter. It took a while to be able to get the first pic below since I'm invisible and so no one could see I was trying to take a picture of the pebble beach and bridge in the back. But, a space finally opened where no one was walking in front of me.

    Also managed to sit in the same bench as the last time for a good 15 minutes, enjoying the sound of the breeze . . . and the helicopters, and choppers on the interstate . . . but it was a nice 15 minutes overall. But then people started crowding around enthralled with four turtles in the lake and a goose that was milling about. So, I moved to a path on the other side and snapped the pic below of the still lingering but by that point thinning crowd. It's difficult to see, but the bench is against the bushes just "over" the guy who is squatting to get a picture of either the geese or the turtles.

    Not having run into Mrs. LOUD or Mable, it was a pretty nice day overall.

    Back at MOBOT today . . . Both pics below are labeled as Persian (NOT PA-REES-EE-AN) Buttercups. I really think it's an interesting flower with a lot of variations. Bottom one was a bit past it's prime, but had the one very pretty bloom still there.

    Bring gas prices down when corn is already very high? OK.

    Black circle is spike due in large part by floods in China, causing them to begin heavily importing corn from US.

    Red circle is where we are now with Ukraine crisis exacerbating already rising prices due to increasing energy costs and generalized inflation.

    Corn does much more than act as feedstock to make ethanol . . . all kinds of food products are tied to it, directly or indirectly.

    Ah, my favorite flower!

    Persian Buttercup! Very interesting flower to me, not that I really know anything about flowers. Bud looks almost rose-like. Opens beautifully. Some end up looking almost like Peonies, some more a carnation look, and others almost perfect balls of petals everywhere. Snap the above picture, start to move slightly to my right to get another group . . .

    "OH, LOOK, MABLE! THESE ARE SOOOO PRETTY!" I'm not exactly physically touched, but am pushed out of the way of the flowerbed as Mrs. LOUD is now in front of me, fondling the flowers I was intending to take a picture of.

    Now Mable is on the other side of me -- nay, now in front of me -- well, I could see the flowers just seconds ago . . . and Mrs. LOUD continues "HEY, IT SAYS THEY ARE PA-REES-EE-AN BUTTERCUPS! THEY MUST BE FROM YOORUUUP!" Mable says they look like double buttercups . . . Someone else from their party comes over "Did you say they are Pa-rees-ee-ann?"

    I say "Persian." But apparently I am as mute as I am invisible.


    Mable says "Why shore enough it does. They sure look lovely!"

    Well, I wouldn't know anymore as there are now about 8 people in between me and the flowerbed by now.

    Maybe I'll just go look at the Magnolias . . .

    So, sitting at MOBOT earlier, taking in the peace and quiet of nature . . .

    Ahh . . . Peace and quiet.

    Hold up, what's that noise? The usual ringing in my ears? Maybe just the wind?

    Nope, that's traffic on the nearby interstate.

    And now the cackling of some overly large group being overly loud walking around an otherwise semi-quiet (except for traffic noise) space not only talking loud enough for all to hear, but having no problem about throwing f-bombs every third word.

    And then the 6-8 year old "Mommy Mommy! There's a bench over here!" while she runs over to -- well -- right in front of me, jumping up and down, and pointing at the bench I am sitting on. Followed by the parents pointing and yelling to their daughter (am I allowed to assume such things these days) who is only 8 feet from them at this point that there is a turtle in the lake (don't ask me, I don't see it). Overly loud for so close a child, they are within three feet of me now. Still loudly talking. Man, it sucks to be invisible some days.

    Thankfully, they start moving off . . . OK, maybe I can pretend the traffic noise is just wind . . . Nope, now intermingling with sirens . . . police? Ambulance? Sounds like it's getting closer . . .

    Dangit, better just get up and start moving, mood wrecked . . .

    All I got out of Simp's posts is that he believes being born in Mississippi is a fate worse than death.

    Which is very interesting since it implies he thinks he can decide certain people are such untermenschen that they need not be born at all. Very Himmler-esque.

    just like the stupid law in texas to stop giving children puberty blockers, some children as young as 5 can go thru puberty and the drugs were meant to stop that.

    Also for the uninformed, the law is that puberty blockers / hormone blockers cannot be given to children for the purpose of gender - reassignment. The kids who need the puberty blockers for the reason you state is not illegal.

    Sounds like he has the honesty to understand that "winning by any means necessary" is not really winning.

    The first two minutes of the first video (about all that I watched), they are basically pointing out you can't possibly win with these people because no matter what side you take, they can claim something against you. It's dishonest spin to get the desired result, which is to label their opponent as evil.

    Well, that kills any conversation then, doesn't it? You may silence the opponent for a time, even bully him into agreement on occasion, but you'll never win him over.

    The second video outlines a problem, but I'm guessing I would have a very different view than Mr. Yang about the cause of and solution to it. But at least it starts out with an honest assessment of a problem. Agree with you that it is at least a start. Will be interesting to see if he gains any traction by trying to be reasoned rather than emotional.

    That said, it seems to me the Russians pulling back is indicative of things not going well or as planned. An ass kicking in other words.

    Playing the other side here for a second:

    Russia's claimed goals of their "special operation" were to "liberate" the two breakaway Donbas areas and "demilitarize" the Ukraine as a threat.

    If we were to take this at face value, then a possible strategy to accomplish this is to mount a large scale, multi-prong invasion designed not to take the populated cities, but to draw out the Ukrainian military and defeat it in the field. This leaves Ukraine without the resources to challenge Russia's annexation of the two Donbas territories. There is a certain logic to doing it this way vs. sending your troops into Donbas only, where Ukraine could concentrate it's inferior-in-numbers military and inflict more damage via a more protracted conflict. If this was the strategy, then they could be pulling back for the reasons they state -- they've accomplished what they've set out to do. I've seen very little on the losses Ukraine has sustained, and not sure I would believe any of it in any event, so it's entirely possible Ukraine has suffered equal or larger military losses.

    I think key is to look at the Donbas. If at the end of this Russia still holds on to the two separatist areas, then I'm not sure we could say with confidence that Russia did not accomplish it's original goals.

    All that said, my gut still tells me that Ukraine not folding in 72 hours with Zalenskyy fleeing the country was a shock to everyone. Even so, I still think annexation of the Donbas, and international recognition of that annexation (and the Crimea) is a likely outcome and one in which Putin can claim total victory.