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  •  Cookie Jar - N/T (8+ / 0-)

    "Upward, not Northward" - Flatland, by EA Abbott

    by linkage on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 08:19:03 PM PST

  •  Monday = History (3+ / 0-)
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    History 101 is a series that wanders around in the past looking for interesting and sometimes obscure stuff. It usually emerges here on Mondays with some results from this journey through the past. Today's history:

    History 101: The Auburn Automobile

    The automobile first emerged in Europe in the nineteenth century and quickly spread to the United States. By the first part of the twentieth century, there were hundreds of small companies manufacturing automobiles. One of these companies was the Auburn Automobile Company located in Auburn, Indiana.
  •  For many, it's a surprise to learn... (5+ / 0-)

    ...that the temperance movement is still something of a going concern.

    The Women's Christian Temperance Union is still out there:

    Today the WCTU is the oldest voluntary, non-sectarian woman's organization in continuous existence in the world. The WCTU is a founding member (1888) of the National Council for Women (Frances Willard was its first president) and the International Council of Women in 1893. It is also a charter member (1945) of the United Nations Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO). For more than 135 years the WCTU has trained women to think on their feet, speak in public, and run an organization.

    The WCTU's long history of activism and advocacy for women continues.

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 02:06:51 PM PST

  •  I grew up in a Methodist Church (4+ / 0-)

    in the Fifties & Sixties, & there still was among the older people a disapproval of alcoholic beverages, gambling. No Methodist pastor could be seen drinking a beer at the race track, that's for sure. But one minister, on his annual visit to our house to promote tithing,  accepted a small glass of beer from my father, sipped it like top shelf scotch, but probably recalling his undergrad college years before he had to take the pledge.

    "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

    by DJ Rix on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 02:20:31 PM PST

  •  Ah, prohibition... (3+ / 0-)
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    what a boon for organized crime. Of course what (most) Americans learn from history is that American's don't learn from history. Take marijuana and the war on drugs for example. The outcome should not have been a surprise to anyone who took an American history course.. or watched any documentary or film about Al Capone.

    Unfortunately I don't have any alcohol in the house at the moment, other than Caedy's wine, which I despise. Plus I'm on muscle relaxants for my back injury so can't really imbibe right now anyway (sigh). So I guess for me, personally, right now, Temperance wins.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 02:42:00 PM PST

  •  Linkage (3+ / 0-)
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    Great photo! Those lips look puckered up in disapproval.

    Let's see. for tonight's dinner, we are having leftovers but I'm serving it with asparagus. Always try to do a little something when I do repeats.

    Raining all day here for which I am thankful. Should look at our new figures for our water year. We were down to 20% of what we normally expect.

    Daffies blooming!

    We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

    by occupystephanie on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 03:13:20 PM PST

  •  A Brief Musical Interlude (1+ / 0-)
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    "A famous person once said, 'You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.' But as I once said, "If you don't teach them to read, you can fool them whenever you like." – Max Headroom

    by midnight lurker on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 07:21:58 PM PST

  •  The Photo Above (1+ / 0-)
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    Sorry, but it made me laugh.

    "Lips that touch liquor shall not touch ours" says the sign held by a pack of lumpen miserable old harridans with faces like bulldogs sucking wasps.

    If that is your pledge my dear, pass me that bottle of fine sippin' whiskey this instant.

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