Tuesday, March 10, 2020

A Beautiful Vietnamese Áo dài


The Myth of the Lost Cause


A review of The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won (Regnery History, 2015 ) by Edward Bonekemper

The late Edward H. Bonekemper III had a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College and a master’s degree in American history from Old Dominion University. He also had a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. He retired as a federal government attorney after 34 years and retired as a Coast Guard Reserve Commander (Homeland Security). Now that you know this about him, this book may not surprise you. He presents it from the view of a prosecuting attorney for the Union and has the view of a field grade naval officer rather than a flag infantry officer. He is right in some places (South could have won) and wrong in others (Longstreet caused the Gettysburg loss). The problem is his opinions are based on the opinions of others, whom he quotes at some length to reinforce his views.

Mind jog by Christine: Brock's Mill House and Pond Trenton, NC

I have never heard 132 acres called a pond. :) 

Questions For Brock Townsend From England


Picturesque mill house located on a 132 acres of pond which winds back into areas with abundant wildlife and indigenous plants. The mill was built in the 1700s and was used to generate electricity for the town of Trenton and was later used to grind corn. The grounds are open at all times to those who want to stop by and take a walk or get a picture of the cypress trees hanging full of moss and the geese swimming on the pond. Did you know that the Brock Mill dates back to the 1700’s when the first dam was constructed by hand? The millpond itself is fed by underground springs and by Crooked Run Creek with its headwaters in the Hofmann Forest. Only a small portion of the 133 acres is actually seen from Highway 58. The total area of the pond is 122 acres of water and 11 acres of land including small islands. The outlet for the pond drains the water into the Trent River southeast of the town of Trenton. The depth of the pond is 30 feet in several spots but the average depth is 12 feet.

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No-cost virus testing for Americans + Telemedicine Services

Insurers also agreed to cover telemedicine services, which will allow all patients—particularly among the vulnerable senior population—to be treated without feeling the need to go to a hospital or doctor’s office. (Had not heard of this but welcome for sure.)

The Trump Administration is leading an “all-of-America” approach, as Vice President Mike Pence calls it, to protect Americans during the global Coronavirus outbreak.

“Last week, at this table, the President met with pharmaceutical leaders, we met with nursing home leaders, leaders of commercial labs, airline industries,” Vice President Pence said. “We’re bringing all of the businesses of the country to bear to protect the health of the American people.”

Earlier today, President Trump and the Vice President met with executives from America’s largest health insurance companies, where they announced a major deal.

 Vice President Pence: We are defending all patients against surprise billing

“I’m pleased to report, as you requested, Mr. President, that all the insurance companies here—either today or before today—have agreed to waive all copays on coronavirus testing and extend coverage for coronavirus treatment in all of their benefit plans,” the Vice President said.

Medicare and Medicaid announced recently that beneficiaries will have Coronavirus testing and treatment covered. Now, private insurers have made that commitment, as well.

Insurers also agreed to cover telemedicine services, which will allow all patients—particularly among the vulnerable senior population—to be treated without feeling the need to go to a hospital or doctor’s office.

After sitting down with insurance leaders at the White House, the President traveled to Capitol Hill this afternoon, where he and Vice President Pence met with lawmakers. “We just had a meeting on stimulus, and you’ll be hearing about it soon. But it was a great meeting,” President Trump said. 

He also had one important message for Americans during this time: We’re prepared.

“Everybody has to be vigilant and has to be careful. But be calm,” the President said. Thanks to early preventative measures by the Administration, as well as the strong fundamentals in our economy and job market, America is in great shape to weather any storm.

Dick’s Sporting Goods will stop selling guns at 440 additional stores this year

Dick's Sporting Goods store in Arlington Heights, Ill., on Feb. 28, 2018. (Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo)
I wish them the worst of luck.

Dick’s Sporting Goods will stop selling guns at 440 additional stores this year, escalating the company’s methodical elimination of firearms from its stores.

The move follows a series of decisions at Dick’s to scale back gun sales. A few days after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in February 2018, the company announced it would stop selling semi-automatic weapons like the one used in the event.

A few months later, Dick’s pulled firearms and hunting accessories from 10 stores as a test. The company then pulled guns and ammunition from 125 additional stores in March 2019.

CDC Recommends Anyone Over 60 Or Who Has Chronic Illnesses Stay Home

Via Billy

Travelers wearing protective masks and suits walk through Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, on Monday, March 9, 2020.
“It’s fair to say that, as the trajectory of the outbreak continues, many people in the United States will at some point in time, either this year or next, be exposed to this virus and there’s a good chance many will become sick,”
So we stay home for the rest of this year and maybe the next?


The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its guidance for people who need to be especially careful due to the coronavirus.

Anyone over the age of 60 or who has chronic illnesses – including diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and other chronic conditions – should essentially self-quarantine. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during a conference call that those who are at serious risk should stock up on supplies such as medications, groceries, and anything else they may need and stay home for the foreseeable future.

Soccer: Down Home Style!

Via Jennie Parks Horne