Thursday, December 8, 2016

297th post

*John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, dies at 95

By Washington Post Staff December 8 at 3:28 PM

"One of the original “Magnificent Seven” astronauts in NASA’s Mercury 

program, John Glenn captured the nation’s attention in 1962 when he first 

circumnavigated the globe and returned as a hero who had scaled heights 

no American had reached before.

In his post-NASA career, Glenn served four terms as a U.S. senator from Ohio. 

Following his last term in 1998, at age 77, he took a final flight of glory, 

rocketing back into space as a crew member aboard the space shuttle 


His death was confirmed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich."


"Some Americans are spoiled and not grateful, always complaining for what they 

don't have. Maybe they (Americans) ought to move to Venezuela then they 

certainly be grateful in comparison."
Forrest Caricofe

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No results found for "Some Americans are spoiled and not grateful, always 

complaining for what they don't have. Maybe they (Americans) ought to move 

to Venezuela then they certainly be grateful in comparison."


Sucre is one of Venezuela's poorest states. Those inhabitants of the state no 

longer support the socialist state that the late President Hugo Chavez envisioned 

for his country.

The government has nationalized the largest fishing company, Pescalba.

Once the world's 4th largest tuna fleet that industry has collapsed along with 

almost all industries across Venezuela. Pirates and gangs are stealing fishing 

boats and killing their owners and dozens have been killed this year.

Venezuela Ranks World's Second or Fifth In Homicides depending on what source

you use. People can't make a living anymore and now are smuggling drugs, gas

pirating boats or days catches of fish.

Under socialist President Nicolas Maduro regime cattle are dying because of 

no feed, metal is no longer mined and the world's largest oil reserves of 

Venezuela are not producing oil causing citizens to wait in lines for gasoline.


The Christian God in his Ten Commandments said that in the sixth Commandment

"Thou shalt not kill."

"You're 24 times more likely to be murdered in a Catholic country than a 

non-religious country."

The America's are the most murderous and most Christian.

Region   Rate Count
Americas  16.3     157,000
Africa       12.5 135,000

World        6.2 437,000

Europe     3.0        22,000

Oceania     3.0         1,100

Asia           2.9 122,000

Homicide rate per 1,000,000 inhabitants in 2012.

    1 Honduras                   913.50       2011
    2 El Salvador 688.59 2011
    3 Cote d'Ivoire 591.51 2008
    4 Jamaica                       529.39 2010
    5 Venezuela 450.36 2010
  26 Mexico                         218.49 2010
  99 United States                 42.01 2010
142 Canada                           16.23 2010


"Congress spends our money on medical research and comes up with 

medications that we're suppose to take for our illnesses. In the end we're

paying twice for the drug we may not even need in the first place."
Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 31,400,000 results (2.16 seconds) 

"may" (and any subsequent words) was ignored because we limit queries 

to 32 words. 

No results found for "Congress spends our money on medical research and 

comes up with medications that we're supposed to take for our illnesses. In 

the end we're paying twice for the drug we may not even need in the first 



The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to:

1. To change the way the Food and Drug Administration approves new 

prescription medications.

2. Allocate more money for Alzheimer and cancer research, fight the opiate

epidemic and open the way for more people to receive mental health treatment.

Called the 21st Century Cures Act, both the house and the senate voted by wide 

margins in favor of its passage. Those opposed and who voted against the act said 

that the drug companies would benefit most. Well-known senators, Bernie 

Sanders and Elizabeth Warren were two of a short list of senate members who 

voted against the act for that reason.


*Trump has been named Time Magazine's "Person of the Year."

*Trump has chosen former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment 

(WWF) Linda McMahon, to lead the Small Business Administration.

*Trump has picked Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly as the head of the

Department of Homeland Security. 

*Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been selected to lead the 

Environmental Protection Agency. 

*Trump has selected fast-food CEO Puzder of Hardee's and Carl's Labor 


*Trump said that he will name his Secretary of State next week. 

*Finland's president, Sauli Niinisto, talked by phone with the President -elect 

about Finland relations with United States and Finland's 100th celebration of 

independence from Russia.

*Actor Lenardo DiCaprio Meets With Trump on Green Jobs to Boost Economy.

*Report: Trump's Cabinet Worth $14.5 Billion so Far.


"Snow is for children and Christmas, not for old people like me."
Forrest Caricofe

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No results found for "Snow is for children and Christmas, not for old people 

like me."


Weather for Smithville, Ohio

Today              SHOWERS_SNOW           26° 21°

Fri                   CLOUDY                            32° 18°

Sat                   PARTLY_CLOUDY          29° 22°

Sun                  SNOW                                 31° 26°

The Weather Channel - Weather Underground - AccuWeather

Out to the garage (2:24 AM 12/8/2016 EDT) for my first pot of coffee. Humidity is

69°, which is abnormally low, the temperature is 38° and the wind is blowing in

from the west for a guesstimated wind chill of 34°. Using the dew point calculator 

at, I get a reading of 29%.

I had a (5:55 AM 12/8/2016 EDT) King Oscar sardine sandwich which you know is 

my favorite. I'm still making my special breakfast sandwiches in the house 

because of the increasingly cold weather.

Out to the garage (10:39 AM 12/8/2016 EDT) again for my 2nd pot of coffee.

Oh, no, it can't be! It's snowing. Snow is 1 of those 4 letter words I told you about

yesterday. The snow is the lake affect snow coming down from Lake Erie and I

wish it would turn around and go back to where it came from (Lake Erie). But I

ain't in charge of the weather so I'll have to put up with it for now.

The weather forecasters will have something to talk about now the temperature

being around 40° for about the last 7 days more or less. Snow was forecast for

today as I see from above and it's suppose to snow on the Sabbath. I would 

think God would give us his day of rest from it snowing?

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