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"Humans are the superior beings, but sometimes lesser animals win the race."
  
Forrest Caricofe

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THE ROAD TO MY GRANDPARENTS CLINE....

CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY....

"when after we completed the digging and facing each other, and then

guess what?...." no groundhog!! The groundhog had out-foxed us. No other 

holes or burrows did we see. I don't know if anyone was watching, but I'm 

sure we were embarrassed just the same. 

On up the road about a one quarter mile there is today a horse farm where 

the main house, horse buildings and pasture are on the left and also some 

horse buildings and pasture on the right. Naked Creek meanders along 

just north of this pasture to the right as Burketown Road follows the creek. 

Back to Father driving again as he goes around in about a half circle to the

left of a hill about 50 feet tall, round like the top half of a top and with no 

vegetation. I remember seeing no cows grazing to keep the vegetation 

down, but perhaps they where only on the other side of hill at the time.

Today there is a full growth of plant life on this hill and I'm sure that this 

former pasture is not used for anything else.

Father rounds the hill on this dirt-graveled road and curves again to the 

right and over a one-lane bridge, crossing Naked Creek again and then

straight up the road and almost to our destination....

TO BE CONTINUED....


WEATHER

BBC News

Record flooding in North Carolina after Hurricane Matthew

"Heavy flooding has occurred in North Carolina after Hurricane Matthew 

dumped more than a foot (30cm) of rain into parts of the state.

The hurricane and its aftermath have been blamed for at least 35 deaths in 

the the US so far, at least 17 in the state.

Governor Pat McCrory warns there will still be "extremely dangerous" 

flooding conditions in the next 72 hours in parts of the state as rivers reach 

major flood stages, some near record level.

Emergency officials have already made 2,000 rescues and almost 4,000 

people are in shelters.

Parts of Interstate 95, a major highway that cuts across North Carolina, are 

still closed along with other main roads in the eastern part of the state.

The governor urged residents to heed evacuation orders in areas newly 

threatened by flooding and to avoid driving through areas where water is 

rising.

"Too many people have died," he told reporters on Tuesday. "And we don't 

want any more to die."

Among those evacuating on Tuesday were residents along Cane Creek, 

because the dam holding back the nearby lake was near its breaking point, 

Moore County officials told the News Observer.

One person staying in a shelter, Wendy Key, told Reuters she had fled with 

her children from her newly-redecorated home to escape flooding from a river 

about a mile away. Her brother told her the water was now waist-deep in the 

house."The water started coming pretty quickly and we had to get up and get 

ready in no time," Key said. "It was very alarming and disturbing."

More than 532,000 homes and businesses are without power in the state as of 

midday on Tuesday, down from two million on Sunday.

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in 31 counties in 

North Carolina, making federal recovery funding available to those areas."


WORLD

As offensive nears, Islamic State rigs Mosul with bombs

WORLD NEWS | Wed Oct 12, 2016 | 6:45am EDT

As offensive nears, Islamic State rigs Mosul with bombs

By Michael Georgy, Babak Dehghanpisheh and Ahmed Rasheed | 

ERBIL/BAGHDAD

"Islamic State militants have placed booby traps across the city of Mosul, 

dug tunnels and recruited children as spies in anticipation of an offensive 

to dislodge the jihadists from their Iraqi stronghold, Iraqis and U.S. officials 

said.

Mosul, home to up to 1.5 million people, has been the headquarters of Islamic 

State's self-declared caliphate in northern Iraq since 2014 and the militants are 

making complex preparations to prevent Iraqi security forces, backed by a 

U.S.-led coalition, taking it back.

The battle for the city, expected later this month, will help shape the future 

of Iraq and the legacy of U.S. President Barack Obama. Even if Islamic State 

is driven out, there is a real danger of sectarian strife, especially if civilian 

casualties are high in a mainly Sunni city wary of the Shi-ite led Iraqi 

government and the Shi'ite militias it depends on.

The jihadists, who swept into Mosul almost unopposed two years ago as 

Iraqi forces fled, have rigged its five bridges with explosives, prepared 

car bombs and suicide attackers and stepped up surveillance, according 

to four residents who spoke via telephone or social media.

"They are digging in to fight for Mosul. They are more cautious, shaving 

their beards to blend in with the population and constantly moving their 

headquarters around," said former finance and foreign minister Hoshiyar 

Zebari,

   Zebari, a senior member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party with access to 

intelligence on Islamic State movements in Mosul, and Col. John Dorrian, a 

spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, both said the group was moving men 

and equipment through underground tunnels.

"You see a fighter go in one place and pop up in another," said Dorrian. "The 

entrances are always exposed and those are a priority target."

Islamic State fighters have put up concrete embankments and are using 

concrete T-walls to block points of entry for the attacking force, he said. 

Mosul residents said the militants have also dug a two meter by two meter 

trench around the perimeter of the city to be filled with burning oil to make 

air strikes more difficult.

Aid groups have expressed concern over the prospect that many civilians 

could be killed in the fighting. About 200,000 people are expected to flee 

within the first two weeks of fighting, said Lise Grande, the U.N. humanitarian 

coordinator for Iraq.

"FUTURE TERRORISTS"

Reuters was unable to directly verify the reports of Islamic State’s battle 

preparations. This story is based on interviews with U.S. and Iraqi officials 

such as Zebari and Dorrian and phone interviews with civilians in Mosul.

The planned coalition attack is part of a concerted assault that has reclaimed 

territory from IS in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

The militants have recently lost control of the Iraqi cities of Falluja and Ramadi 

and are threatening to execute anyone discussing "liberation" in Mosul, 

according to residents and Sunni militia forces who spoke to relatives there.

One resident said children as young as eight, sometimes armed with pistols 

and knives, have been deployed across the city to monitor and inform on the 

population. The children recruit other children for the same task.

"It’s a really heartbreaking scene to see Mosul’s kids becoming future terrorists. 

I taught my seven-year-old son all about autism to pretend he’s mentally ill to 

avoid being recruited by Daesh," the resident said by WhatsApp, using an Arab 

acronym for Islamic State.

"They are desperate and they could force even children to fight once government 

troops are at the doors of Mosul."

Other residents say they have begun using older mobile phones which cannot 

carry applications like Viber, WhatsApp or Facebook messenger, because 

Islamic State fighters are highly sensitive to the use of smart phones which 

make it easier to pass information about their operations to security forces.

Jihadists sit on the rooftops of tall buildings on the edge of Mosul with 

night-vision binoculars to watch for anyone trying to escape and fighters 

are making holes in the streets with jackhammers to place improvised 

explosive devices.

"It would make it like hell if they placed bombs in each hole," one of the 

residents said.

SECTARIAN FEARS

The campaign could either increase the chances of a unified Iraq or break it 

up if sectarian clashes follow as various groups compete for influence in the 

country's second largest city, Iraqi officials say.

Iraq descended into civil war, mainly between Shi'ites and Sunnis, after a 

U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, and some Sunni Arab 

tribal leaders and former members of Saddam's Baath Party support Islamic 

State.

Before a single shot has been fired, Iraqi security forces have been working 

in Mosul to sway community leaders away from the group, a Western diplomat 

said.

Zebari said there were signs of a nascent resistance movement in the city, 

where some residents have spray painted "wanted" signs on the houses of 

Islamic State fighters and commanders, risking death.

The jihadists have started bringing women along for surprise house searches 

so they can check that female residents, who are not allowed to mix with men 

outside the family, are not hiding anything from the group.

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“They are desperate, they look afraid , this is the first time they use their 

women in searching houses," a Mosul resident, who asked not to be named 

for safety reasons, told Reuters over social media.

"Two days ago, I rushed to my house door after hearing repeated knocks 

and when I opened the door I saw three women in Islamic hijab showing only 

their eyes with three Daesh fighters behind them," the resident said.

All the residents said the group was using cranes to lower fighters beneath 

bridges in the city to place explosives there.

"They carry out the booby trapping of the bridges during the night to 

avoid air strikes," said one.

Some Islamic State leaders and fighters have been leaving for the town of Tal 

Afar, also under Islamic State control, or further on across the Syrian border, 

U.S. officials said.

The security forces have been buoyed by victories against the group in Falluja 

and Ramadi, but face an additional challenge as Iraqi officials squabble over 

the composition of the fighting force for Mosul, Iraqi officials said.

The primary goal is to keep Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias out of Mosul to 

avoid sectarian clashes in a Sunni-majority city.

Shi'ite militias will be allowed to take the lead in operations to retake Hawija, 

a nearby town controlled by Islamic State, officials said.

They hope that driving Islamic State from Mosul will debilitate the group, 

although it could still threaten Iraq.

"They could go underground and carry out terrorist acts," Zebari said. "But 

not as an organized movement."

(Additional reporting by John Walcott in Washington; editing by Philippa 

Fletcher)

Turkey determined to prevent Mosul operation unleashing 'blood and fire': 

Erdogan ANKARA Turkey is determined to prevent a planned operation to 

push out Islamic State from the Iraqi city of Mosul from causing "blood and 

fire" in the region due to sectarian conflict, President Tayyip Erdogan said 

on Wednesday.


HEALTH

I went to the Wooster Eye Center yesterday to pick an prescription for new

eyeglasses that I had miss placed knowing before hand, after visiting the

vision center at Walmart, that I could buy a pair just like I have for 

about $69 plus tax. Well, you know how that goes. I ended up paying about

$107 with all the attractive additions that they suggested.


LATER....

After I went back to the car, I noticed an Amish buggy pulling into where 

Walmart provides hitching posts. Everything is black. Black horse, black 

buggy to include the wheels, two women dressed in their winter black 

bonnets and one with a black dress and the other with a dark brown and black 

shoes. There were also two children, not of school age, dressed in small black 

hats, shirts and black shoes. I believe it was the Mother who left the buggy for

some reason as the grandmother continued to care for the children. I could 

slightly hear them speak the Dutch of the Amish and wondered, "could I live 

this life?" A pioneer-like life with no conveniences we English have today. The 

Amish learn English and pay taxes, and other things to bend to our laws, 

but besides that they are mostly an isolated community. Western civilization

has changed a lot in the last 100 years or so, but the Amish have not.

In the end, no, I could not live that life, because I would not be free.


US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

therealnews.com

A Putrid Election: the Horserace as Farce by Andrew Levine

FRIDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2016 11:03 This article was first published on 

Counterpunch.

"Presidential elections are a spectator sport.   A well-known cliché likens them to 

horseraces.

Horseraces are more interesting, however.

This is why the people who pay the most attention are inveterate obsessives – 

“political junkies,” according to another cliché.

But in much the way that interest in horse racing picks up on Kentucky Derby 

Day, interest in presidential elections picks up when the candidates “debate.” 

The scare-quotes are appropriate because their debates aren’t much like the 

genuine article; they are more like joint campaign appearances.

There have been a lot of them this electoral season.

Republican aspirants for their party’s nomination debated over and over again.   

Towards the beginning, more than a dozen or so of those dunces would be on 

display at the same time – with yet more of them, those who didn’t make the 

cut, waiting, as it were, in the wings.

Were the contenders not so well groomed, it would be apt to call the result a 

series of freak shows; or, were their debates better executed, to refer now to 

The Goon Show or the Three Stooges.   The sensibility was much the same.

Trump “won” the debates by stealing the show each time.   But his hectoring 

got old fast. Before long, all but diehard Trump diehards therefore lost 

interest. There wasn’t even a Sarah Palin around to lighten the mood; there 

was only Trump.

The Democrats’ debates were different because, on the Bernie Sanders 

side, there was some genuine political organizing and consciousness-raising 

going on; and the debates were part of the process. It would have been more 

satisfying had Sanders gone, Trump-style, for Hillary’s jugular, but at least 

he did oppose her for some of the right reasons.

For an audience accustomed to hearing only the hard right’s case against the 

Clintons, this was eye opening.

But the fix was in. The Democratic Party tolerated Sandernismo for a while, 

thinking, rightly, that it would keep younger voters and progressives of all 

ages, genders, and hues on board long enough for the Party to coopt them 

back into its fold, should any of them take a notion to try thinking or acting 

outside the duopoly party system box.

But when the spirit of rebellion threatened to slip out of their control, the 

grandees, with Sanders’ cooperation, pulled the plug. Perhaps he was with 

them all along; perhaps he turned cowardly in the end. Either way, he who 

made millions of people “feel the Bern” forfeited an opportunity to make history.

While the Sanders insurgency was on, debates in which he participated were 

enlightening, and also effectual enough to force Hillary and her co-thinkers 

off their rightward trajectory. But it was a flash in the pan. The Party stood its 

ground and prevailed.

From that moment on, Democrats again had nothing more positive to offer than 

sound and fury, and no candidate less noxious than Bill Clinton’s official wife.

In her race against Trump, the fix is in too.

Barring an act of God, Hillary will win – the only question is by how much. The 

smart money says – by a lot...."

TO BE CONTINUED....


BBC News

"The BBC poll of polls looks at the five most recent national polls and takes the 

median value, ie, the value between the two figures that are higher and two 

figures that are lower."

US election poll tracker: Who is ahead - Clinton or Trump?

Election day 8 November 2016

"updated 12 October 2016                  Hillary Clinton 49%      Donald Trump 43%    

updated 11 October 2016                    Hillary Clinton 50%      Donald Trump 44% 

updated 10 October 2016                    Hillary Clinton 48%      Donald Trump 44% 

updated 9 October 2016                      Hillary Clinton 48%      Donald Trump 44%

                   30 September 2016           Hillary Clinton 48%      Donald Trump 46%" 


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"Past US Presidents would surely be ashamed of the unruly politics of today."

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US PAST PRESIDENTS

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Zachary Taylor

12th U.S. President

"Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the United States, serving from

March 1849 until his death in July 1850. Before his presidency, Taylor was 

a career officer in the United States Army, rising to the rank of major 

general. 

Born: November 24, 1784, Barboursville, VA

Died: July 9, 1850, Washington, D.C.

Nickname: Old Rough and Ready

Political party: Whig Party

Buried: Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, KY

Spouse: Margaret Taylor (m. 1810–1850)."


IN THE FLOWER GARDEN WITH FORREST CARICOFE

I did get to water the flowers yesterday. I really does not seem as important 

now because of the season, I suppose. I know that every living must sleep for 

a while or die, but the summer's work seems to have been in vain, but I know,

at least, that some of the perennials will make it thru the harsh cold winter and

I will enjoy again the beauty of spring and summer.


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