Saturday, June 6, 2015


***The beginning of the end.

During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning. Prior to D-Day, the Allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign designed to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target. By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe.

Lots of good information at the link.

***On June 5, 2004, Ronald Reagan died. He was a great man and a great president. 

JUNE 5, 2004: Former President Ronald Reagan dies at his California home at age 93 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Born in 1911 in Illinois, Reagan first worked as a radio sports announcer in 1932, a job that would later take him to Hollywood and a career in the cinema, where he earned the nickname “The Gipper” from his role in Knute Rockne: All American. Turning to the world of politics, he campaigned for Barry Goldwater in 1964 and then won election to two terms as governor of California. Reagan ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nominations in 1968 and 1976, but by 1980 the country was ready for his optimistic outlook and promise of a return to core American values. From rebuilding the economy and the military to confronting Communism, Reagan’s two terms as president would prove among the most pivotal of the post-war era.

 ***Hawaii abandons Obamacare exchange. Wouldn't you think this would be big news? Wouldn't you think that legislation which allowed the government to take over 1/6 of our nation's economy would be important to cover, especially its colossal failures? Well, had this happened under a Republican's watch, it would have been all you heard about. As it is, our sorry excuse for news media is again covering for Barack Obama's failure. 

Hawaii is taking its troubled ObamaCare insurance exchange off life support, the governor’s office announced Friday, the latest addition to a growing number of state exchanges forced to close after operations became unsustainable.
The once-highly praised Hawaii Health Connector has been “unable to generate sufficient revenues to sustain operations,” Gov. David Ige’s office said in a statement. The federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) informed the exchange last week that federal funds were no longer available to support long-term operations.

That there are still people who think Obamacare is a good idea just goes to show how many low information voters there are.

***This is what pearls look like inside a clam.

nice clam

Kinda neat.

***6 things your looks say about your health. This is interesting.

If you have: A brittle nail
It might mean: Fungus. It's disgusting but true—your nail bed is a perfect home for fungi.
"They like having a warm, moist layer of skin to feed off," Markus explained.
When a parasite moves in, your nail may start to split or crumble at the edges. A derm might prescribe medication. It may also help to limit exposure to moisture by wearing gloves to do the dishes or changing socks after a workout.
If the nails on both hands are brittle, you can probably blame overzealous hand washing; a supplement could do the trick. Vitamins containing keratin, in particular, improve nail strength, according to a 2014 study.

If you have: A scaly red patch
It might mean: Psoriasis. This rash isn't just a skin problem. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that can crop up at any age and is linked to inflammation throughout the body (experts are unsure if psoriasis causes inflammation or vice versa).
Lesions—typically on the scalp, elbows and knees—are a common symptom, but moderate to severe psoriasis is also connected to cardiovascular disease, according to a longitudinal study published last fall. Fortunately, "your risk of heart attack goes down when you treat a more severe case of psoriasis," said Dr. Jennifer Chen, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford School of Medicine.
See your derm: A variety of oral and topical meds, as well as phototherapy, can reduce outbreaks.

More at the link.

***I've had a lot of company this week! My mother-in-law stayed with us a couple of nights, and my mom the night in between. True love is suffering through Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! three nights in a row. 

Funny Pictures of animals


The Soldier

by Confucius

I climbed the barren mountain,
And my gaze swept far and wide
For the red-lit eaves of my father's home,
And I fancied that he sighed:
My son has gone for a soldier,
For a soldier night and day;
But my son is wise, and may yet return,
When the drums have died away.

I climbed the grass-clad mountain,
And my gaze swept far and wide
For the rosy lights of a little room,
Where I thought my mother sighed:
My boy has gone for a soldier,
He sleeps not day and night;
But my boy is wise, and may yet return,
Though the dead lie far from sight.

I climbed the topmost summit,
And my gaze swept far and wide
For the garden roof where my brother stood,
And I fancied that he sighed:
My brother serves as a soldier
With his comrades night and day;
But my brother is wise, and may yet return,
Though the dead lie far away.
***Have a great day!

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