Dear MAGA: 20190509 Open Topic

Guess who stopped by yesterday!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Repeated as TEXT for our visually impaired friends….

bakocarl
May 8, 2019 at 14:36
As I walked down todayโ€™s path in the wood,
Planning to perch on my branch in the tree,
I spied a new, smaller path as I stood
And, looking onward as far as I could,
Tried to see if this new path suited me.


Where I was going, Iโ€™d perched there for years;
A tree, grown large, both well rooted and true,
Full of birds singing songs, but now, less clear,
And the sun, once bright, dimmed by clouds and drear.
I knew at this moment what I must do.


I turned to the right and took this new way,
The light seemed brighter and the way was clear.
Ahead, a clearing, bathed in the sunโ€™s rays
And a small, green tree, some birds in array,
Singing songs of freedom, hope and good cheer.


As I approached, I saw more birds perched there,
And a small, sharp shovel leaning nearby.
Just then, I knew, this tree, tended with care,
Might have a little perch for me, somewhere,
To settle myself in and occupy.


All to my surprise, as I looked around,
I saw that I knew many birds perched here.
Old friends from before, but now seldom found;
Old friends with whom I share common ground,
Old friends who I know are good and sincere.


Amwick, GA/FL, and LadyP,
Pat, PRising, Sylvia, Covfefe,
Daughn, Gil, Gail, Marica and Mousey,
Curry, NEFilly and, of course, PHC,
And wolfmoon, yes, wolfie, tending the tree.


Iโ€™ll try to be nice and I wonโ€™t throw food,
โ€˜Cause Wheatieโ€™s made rules, so that we play fair.
Iโ€™ll be sure that Iโ€™m not crude, rude or lewd,
But will write poems, when Iโ€™m in the mood,
And bask in the light and breathe the fresh air.

bakocarl, The Q Tree, May 8, 2019

https://wqth.wordpress.com/2019/05/08/dear-maga-20190508-open-topic/comment-page-2/#comment-144009

I clearly wasn’t the only person who was missing bakocarl and his poems! There was a rousing welcome, as you can see at the link above.

Others are finding us now, too. Teagan and Gunny in the last day or two, and many others in the last few weeks.

I want to take a moment to thank ALL the people who come here, and even those who just lurk.

<3 THANK YOU! <3

And now back to our regularly scheduled program – before my closing words at the end.


This <3ย THANK YOU THURSDAYย <3 open threadย is VERY OPEN โ€“ a place for everybody to post whatever they feel they would like to tell the White Hats, and the rest of the MAGA world.

You can say what you want, comment on what other people said, and so on.

Free Speech is practiced here. ENJOY IT. Use it or lose it.

Keep it SOMEWHAT civil. They tried to FORCE fake Orwellian civility on us. In response, we CHOOSE true civility to defend our precious FREEDOM from THEM.

Our rules began with the civility of the Old Treehouse, later to become the Wolverinian Empire, and one might say that we have RESTORED THE OLD REPUBLIC โ€“ the early high-interaction model of the Treehouse โ€“ except of course that Q discussion is not only allowed but encouraged, and speech is considerably freer in other ways. Please feel free to argue and disagree with the board owner, as nicely as possible.

Please also consider the Important Guidelines, outlined here in the January 1st open thread. Letโ€™s not give the odious Internet Censors a reason to shut down this precious haven.


AND THESE FIVE WORDS FOR OUR LOYAL VSGPOTUS…..

I AM PRAYING FOR YOU!


Always keep our movementโ€™s larger purpose in mind โ€“ RESTORATION!!!

That is why there MUST BE the DRAINING of the SWAMP!!!

Our movement

Is about replacing

A failed

And CORRUPT

Political establishment

With a new government controlled

By you, the American People.

Candidate Donald J. Trump

Also remember Wheatieโ€™s Rules:

  1. No food fights.
  2. No running with scissors.
  3. If you bring snacks, bring enough for everyone.

It’s very nice to have the gang back together here. I had hoped that bakocarl would eventually find his way here, because I knew at that point, there would be the closing of one chapter, and the opening of another.

Time for the NEXT CHAPTER!

Have a great THURSDAY, and letโ€™s keep LOTS of people in prayer!

W

JUSTICE IS NOT JUST A DREAM!
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michaelh

For Thank you Thursday I want to thank Mike Rogers. There are not enough thanks in the world for a man who understands his duty under the Constitution, and has the character and courage to act no matter the real risk to his career, his reputation, his family, and yes even more beyond that. It would’ve been easy to go along to get along, but Mike Rogers was not a man who could simply turn a blind eye to what he was seeing.

Kalbo

Yes, we are hugely indebted to Mike Rogers.
Over the past couple years, and heightened by posts the past couple days I have wondered, what part Retired Admiral Rogers and Retired General Flynn are playing. Professionally they seem to be “close”. Careers touched or followed each other. Different Services, but Joint Staffs are just that…all Services. Apparently, very like minded to their Oath!!!
We may never know. That is OK. Their services may be needed in the future. Discretion, including secrecy has its rightful place.

Rodney Short

I read that they grew up together,cant remember where I read it I sufer from CRS

Kalbo

Yes. Saw they grew up together.
Initially I took that literally, through part of their childhood, teens… But nothing came of that.
The “growing up together” could be their years in the Military. The Intelligence field in each Service is quite small and specialized.
Probably their growing up together was through the ranks, like duty stations. Dunno.
Botgh speculating and the slow kidddd.

Deplorable Patriot

They both went to Naval War College. That might be it.

wheatietoo

Perhaps it was from this: ๐Ÿ‘‡
๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜ƒ
https://twitter.com/WellHellsBells_/status/1125642485781487616

fleporeblog

The GREATEST WHITE HAT of them all!
https://twitter.com/Baba9773/status/992826250816311296

Rodney Short

A true hero

trumpismine

And a true blue American Patriot

Sylvia Avery

Oh yes, most definitely! Good thought, michaelh. We all owe Admiral Rogers so much. Good call, and thank you Admiral!

Sylvia Avery

I’m also profoundly grateful to PDJT, General Flynn, and now AG Barr.

ozzytrumpster

Extra thanks to AG Barr because heโ€™s just so damn entertaining

Sylvia Avery

Yes, he is!

SingularZoe

Michaelh, want to also add my thanks to Adm. Rogers. Also, Wolfie, thank you for your wonderful and kind intro with also the text for vision impaired. We all love you, Wolfie. The verses lots of fun. Not certain if or how I will continue to comment here as tried it with new computer and it sent me into a black hole. I am using old keyboard at the moment, but will not be able to continue on old computer. I may be just a lurker eventually, not that I comment a lot. Love to all. I’ll do my best. We shall see.

nikkichico7

Love you SingularZoe โค๏ธ and God bless you ..comment image
Numbers 6:24-26 New King James Version (NKJV)
24 โ€œThe Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.โ€

SingularZoe

Thank you, dear Nikki. Blessings.

nikkichico7

๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคšโค๏ธโ€ผ๏ธ

Marica

Good morning ZOE!!!! So good to see you!! Just wanted to let you know I have been thinking of you !! And love you so much!!! HUGS!

singingsoul

SingularZoe
Many prayers to you.
New computers can be a problem . I hope sooner than later that your computer works for you?
I am getting a new one next month lets see how I do ๐Ÿ™
God Bless you Zoe I be thinking of you.

Kalbo

Nice article Wolf. It is warming, to see friends reacquaint after being apart.

grandmaintexas

I’m so happy to see that Gunny has found us! I can’t tell ya how many times I wanted to like or reply to his comments OT. ๐Ÿ˜„

wheatietoo

*Waves*…to all the Lurkers and others who are finding their way here to the Q-Tree.
๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹
Welcome!
And don’t be shy!
We look forward to hearing from all of you.
Thank you, Wolfie…for highlighting and posting Bakocarl’s most excellent Poem.
My heart leapt when I saw that he had posted.
๐Ÿ˜
And I got a little lump in my throat when I read his wonderful Poem for us.
*cough*
What a great Rally we had!
Our President was stoked and chomping at the bit to run against whoever the Dirty Dems decide on, to run against him.
Hah!

SingularZoe

Welcome to all the new-old friends at this tree. Hi, Wheatie.

wheatietoo

Hi Zoe!
*waves*
Good to see you again.
Hope you can get your new computer to let you keep commenting here!
We would miss your comments.

SingularZoe

Thanks, dear Wheatie. Maybe it will work out eventually. Whatever happens, I’ll be reading all your posts and comments and will still want to know how each of you is doing.

Rodney Short

I wish you all well and will keep you in my prayers.I need to take a break for a bit,today I took a spill and got banged up pretty good my vision was affected because of an old head injury,I will be back God willing but for now I need to focus on saving the only eye I have left.
Thank you for your hospitality and kindness God bless you all.
This Swamp Jumper is one tough ol bird but for now my head and eyesight is most important.

wheatietoo

Oh goodness, Rodney…I’m so sorry to hear you took a spill and were hurt!
๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ข
Yes, by all means, take time to heal.
And prayers for your quick recovery!
๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™‚
Come back to us when you can.

Rodney Short

Thanks Wheatie it’s gonna take alot more than a spill for the devil to get me down.It was my own fault,I tripped over a handbag I meant to throw out for a while,came down on my bad shoulder and it couldn’t support 215 pounds coming down.I busted my head pretty good on a rock and that is what got me.Everything so far looks good,I will know more after my Dr appt this week.

wheatietoo

I’m so glad to hear it’s looking good so far, Rodney.
*Hugs*
๐Ÿ™‚

Alison

Oh, Rodney, I am so sorry to hear about your tumble. Take time to heal and know that we are thinking of you every day here in Wolfie’s Den.
Somehow I missed Bakocarl’s beautiful poem yesterday so THANK YOU, Wolfie, for highlighting it. Bako’s poetry resonates with so many of us, and I am thrilled to hope he might grace us with his talent.
Riches abound when we look at how far we’ve come in a few years ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Rodney Short

Thank you

Sylvia Avery

Rodney, so sorry to hear this. Please look after yourself and come back when you can. I enjoy your posts. God bless you and keep you.

Rodney Short

Thank you Sylvia,I am back as much as possible

Sylvia Avery

<3

Cuppa Covfefe

Take care of yourself and get better soon. May GOD Bless you and heal you soon!

Rodney Short

Thank you

Plain Jane

Prayers for you Love.

Jan Phillips

Oh, Rodney! Iโ€™m so sorry!! Will miss you so much!! Get well soon and come back! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

Rodney Short

Thank you

Jan Phillips

So glad to see you!!!!!!

ladypenquin

Rodney, take care. Rest, put your feet up. Let visions of POTUS and his #MAGA dance in your head. โค
Oh, and don’t forget to count all the constitutionalist judges filling the Courts.! ๐Ÿ™‚

Rodney Short

Thank you,MOAR Judges

Pat Frederick

and you will be in my prayers!! take care of yourself!

Rodney Short

Thank you

daughnworks247

Rodney!
Hope you are feeling better.
Take care, mi’ love!

singingsoul

Rodney my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rodney Short

Thank you

SingularZoe

Rodney, so sorry. In my prayers. Take care of that eye and that head, friend. By the way, my brother is not drinking, so relieved–I pray it lasts–so far, it has never lasted, but the Lord answers prayers. Rodney, eventually I hope you can let us know how you are doing. You and NYGuy.

Rodney Short

Thank you,I will keep your brother in my prayers.
I have a Dr appt this week so I will know more

SingularZoe

Rodney, thank you. Any news on your situation? Prayers.

Rodney Short

See my Dr Thursday, my eyesight is getting better but headache wont go away.I been wearing sunglasses when online it helps.Thanks for asking.

GA/FL

Prayers and blessings for you, Rodney! Take good care of yourself and know you will be missed and thought of often. Vaya con Dios! Much love to you!

Rodney Short

Freddy Fender popped into my mind,thank you GA/FL.

Deplorable Patriot

Lots of rest and a tincture of time I hear is the way to heal from just about everything. Take care.

Rodney Short

Thank you

bflyjesusgrl

Dear Rodney, the Lord Bless you and Keep You. God heals all your sicknesses and diseases and causes every part of your body to function in the perfection which He created it to function, from the top of your head to the souls of your feet. By His stripes, you are healed and whole, in Jesusโ€™ Name, Amen. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

nikkichico7

Amen

Gail Combs

AMEN!
Take care and rest.

nikkichico7

Aww thank you Gail … God bless your sweetheart ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿคšโค๏ธโ€ผ๏ธ

Rodney Short

Thank you

bflyjesusgrl

Youโ€™re so Welcome. I pray you are doing better. We miss you around this tree!!

Rodney Short

Doing better and will know more this week,thank you for your prayers.

nikkichico7

So sorry to hear you took a tumble, please take care of yourself … heal up, lurk and come back when you can I enjoy your posts … God bless you with healing and safety in your physical movement throughout the days Rodney …. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿคšโค๏ธโ€ผ๏ธ
http://animalsmagnets.ergoiamtoo.com/image/cache/data/magnets/charlie-brown-hugging-snoopy-700×700.jpg
Numbers 6:24-26 New King James Version (NKJV)
24 โ€œThe Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.โ€
Iโ€™ve taken a few tumbles, I tend to rush/panic doing something and lose my balance and the floor hurls up and smacks me … itโ€™s disappointing and a nuisance ๐Ÿคจโ€ผ๏ธ … and it can hurt. My eyes ๐Ÿ‘€ are getting out and donโ€™t want to see as good as they used to, nuts. I bought some $ store reading glasses and they help, Iโ€™ve noticed they work ok watching tv … that weirds me out .. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿคš

nikkichico7

… โ˜น๏ธ … eyes getting OLD .. not out .. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿคš โค๏ธ

Marica

Oh Rodney!! So very sorry to hear about your fall!! Please take care of yourself and hurry back!! We will miss your spot on comments! HUGS!!

Rodney Short

Thank you Marica

Marica

Rodney!! Good to see you’re back!! How is your eyesight? Are you doing better?

Rodney Short

Hard to keep this ol mule down,devil already lost the battle now it’s up to us to save our country.
We got this and it scares them to death.
I will know more this weekafter my Dr appt.

Marica

Keep fighting Dear Rodney!!! We are SO DAGGONE CLOSE!!! and we need YOU in the fight!!! Stay with us darlin!!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜Š

Rodney Short

I am in it to win it, went to a local tribal meeting and was totally surprised in how WOKE people are getting.There are a few of us here who spread the word, we will not be silenced.

Marica

In it to win it!!! Wait– are you actually Dan Crenshaw? Sylvia’s and mine favorite hot pirate congressman with an eye patch? Say YES!! LOL!!!

Rodney Short

Dan in a kilt?that would be cool

Marica

Eyepatch and a kilt!! Be still my heart!!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’–

SteveInCO ยท Thermonuclear MAGA

Yeah, eyesight is a good thing to not lose!
Take care of yourself, and when you’re ready we’ll have your branch saved.

Rodney Short

Lost my right eye 3 weeks before my 21st birthday,I was running a 200 ton punch press and a punch blew apart in my face that was my 3rd life.I cant deal with the screen light much now,have dr appt this week and will know more so for now I see kaleidoscope for vision lol it’s hard to focus.

Rodney Short

I will be in and out,I have brightness down all the way and have sunglasses on.There is no place I would rather be than right here chillaxin on my branch I love this place.

Rodney Short

Love y’all.

SteveInCO ยท Thermonuclear MAGA

Ick.
I have a vaguely similar issue, which is (fortunately) correctable with contacts. Glasses cannot correct it.

Rodney Short

In my last years of running masonry crews I gave one warning for being on my job site without safety glasses that were OSHA approved, second time I caught a person without safety glasses they were fired.I was a prick and needed to be, eye safety comes first.

SteveInCO ยท Thermonuclear MAGA

No kidding!

Rodney Short

when i was in John Hopkins the fellow next to me lost his eye reading the Sunday paper,he turned the page and the paper sliced his eye as he turned it.Diabetes got his good eye and he was in to have it removed.
Eyes and feet,thats what will make for a happy soul

Prairie123

Wow! What an exciting time, lots going on at the tree! And more friends are finding us! I’m so happy! I’ve been kind of busy this week so I have lots of great reading to catch up on! Thank you all for being such a wonderful group to hang out with! Thank you Wolfmoon for the Qtree!

michaelh

Dallas County could walk away from TechShare program, lose millions
By FOX4News.com Staff
Posted May 07 2019 05:29PM CDT
Video Posted May 07 2019 06:13PM CDT
Updated May 07 2019 06:21PM CDT
http://www.fox4news.com/news/dallas-county-could-walk-away-from-techshare-program-lose-millions

For years, a failed plan has kept Dallas County courts in the dark ages when it comes to keeping track of court cases by computer.
Now, FOX 4 has learned that after investing millions, Dallas County may soon decide to walk away from the TechShare program. The county is now looking to possibly move to a different system.
Dallas County commissioners recently received a confidential report by consultants hired to assess TechShare’s viability. Consultants told the county it will never get the court computer system it’s already paid tens of millions of dollars for.
โ€œWhat many of you may not know is we have recently been run over, absolutely bullied by the new TechShare body,โ€ said Dallas County Commissioner J.J. Koch.comment image
The idea originally sounded like a good one. Instead of paying a company for court software, the county could create its own and then sell it to other counties. The plan was called TechShare. But $30 million later, Dallas County has no courts software to show for it.
โ€œIt is a crime that we are trusting our future to people who have no business experience in the business we are asking them to be expert at,โ€ Koch said.
And now to make matters worse, Koch explained at commissioner’s court that the county has no voting control over TechShare through a new partnership.
โ€œIn the new body, essentially Tarrant County has decided that our $30 million does not count,โ€ he said.
While Dallas County has invested nearly twice as much as Tarrant County, the new governing board gives Tarrant County nearly two-thirds of the voting strength on TechShare decisions while Dallas County only has 25 percent.
โ€œHow are you going to tell me that $30 million just evaporates?โ€ asked Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.
โ€œWe face a ruthless manipulator in Judge Glen Whitley,โ€ Koch said.
Judge Glen Whitley said that Dallas County lost its voting strength by refusing to pay $600,000 in maintenance and operation fees. The county decided to not pay for operation of software that does not exist.
Koch contends that the voting weight should still be based on the county’s capital investment.
โ€œNo way you can allow county tax dollars to pay for something that you don’t have,โ€ he said. โ€œWe have been robbed and run over. Whatโ€™s worse? We are now going forward extremely vulnerable.โ€
Dallas County is planning to stick with the TechShare programs developed previously with the juvenile, prosecutor, and indigent systems. The county is keeping its legal options open to try to recover the $30 million lost on the courts system.
In the meantime, the commissioners will consider looking at other private software vendors at their next meeting.

michaelh

I have a friend at Tyler Technology and was always suspicious why they didn’t get the contract.
DALLAS, TARRANT COUNTIES CONTINUE TO BANKROLL LOBBYIST GROUP
https://empowertexans.com/features/dallas-tarrant-counties-continue-bankroll-lobbyist-group/
A public sector lobbying group may be staying afloat thanks to several urban counties funneling millions to them through TechShare.
December 11, 2017 by Ross Kecseg
CATEGORY: AROUND TEXAS, FEATURED ARTICLES, METROPLEXcomment image

Two of Texasโ€™ largest urban counties continue to funnel untold millions to a public sector lobbying group through a controversial software contract.
Dallas, Tarrant, and Travis Counties had previously wasted millions in taxpayer money on AmCad, a private software firm that was hired to develop jail management and other critical software.
AmCad was selected despite offering a high bid of $11.8 million, because counties wanted to own the software, not license it. A competitor, Tyler Technologies, was willing to license software to the same counties for far less, at only $6.4 million.
Tyler was passed up because they refused to hand over the source code to the counties, which is proprietary and of value. By turning over the source code, Tyler would not be able to license the product it developed to other customers.
AmCad was chosen. But the plan flopped, as AmCad went bankrupt. The counties were left with an expensive, useless product riddled with glitches.
Instead of finding a credible firm to contract with, the same counties again chose to develop their own software โ€“ known as TechShare โ€“ through a partnership with the Texas Conference of Urban Counties (CUC). The CUC also handled the failed AmCad deal, but was again selected to manage the dubious venture.
The archaic software systems used by both counties need to be replaced. But the price tag of counties developing their own software, instead of licensing it, is simply staggering. Documents obtained by Direct Action Texas via an open records request show Tarrant County has spent millions on TechShare in recent years.
The Texas Scorecard has submitted its own request to the Tarrant County Auditor, Renee Tidwell, who has yet to respond with TechShareโ€™s total price tag.
TechShare is so costly that Travis County has already pulled out. Despite the mounting costs, the projectโ€™s two biggest proponents remain outgoing Dallas County Commissioner, Mike Cantrell, and Tarrant County Judge, Glen Whitley. Whitley serves on the CUCโ€™s Board of Directors as the TechShareโ€™s Vice Chairman.
One motivation to push TechShare forward is the misplaced desire for counties to develop and own software. The other is the fact itโ€™s bankrolling the CUC, one of the most powerful and influential government lobbies in Texas. In fact, a news report ranked the CUC as the second most powerful โ€œpublic sector lobbyโ€ group.
During the 85th legislature in 2017, the CUC primarily focused on stopping two property tax reform bills โ€“ Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 2 โ€“ that would have given local taxpayers a public vote on excessive county tax hikes.
Itโ€™s unclear how much counties have spent on TechShare overall. But the CUC is using millions in taxpayer money ยญยญโ€“ not only to develop overpriced software they will own โ€“ but as a cash cow to support their own anti-taxpayer lobbying efforts.
The lobby group is funded by its thirty-seven member counties, which pay membership dues. An entity the size of Tarrant County likely pays between $40,000 to $50,000 per year. So while the CUC generates roughly $1 million in dues annually, TechShare rakes in tens of millions.
Since the CUC is a โ€œprivateโ€ association, even though itโ€™s wholly taxpayer supported, it remains unclear who profits from it directly.
Tarrant and Dallas Counties are forcing taxpayers to fund a costly, government venture into the software licensing industry. And theyโ€™ve hired an anti-taxpayer lobbying group โ€“ with a failing track record โ€“ to do it.
Despite the fact that private companies could provide the needed software for a fraction of TechShareโ€™s cost, Tarrant County officials are planning to waste millions more on the next phase at Tuesdayโ€™s commissionerโ€™s meeting.
Unless taxpayers demand for the charade to end, Whitley and Cantrell will continue with business as usual, fleecing the taxpayer.

ZooNTexas

Ha I posted the same article.

Deplorable Patriot

Why would the counties want access to own the code?
I mean, this makes no sense from a number of perspectives. You’d have a number of counties with different systems that may or may not talk to each other.
And why would the state not step in and….
I don’t get it.

michaelh

There you go, trying to apply LOGIC to a governance problem! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Deplorable Patriot

It’s just that a member of my family works for a system that is technically under the government with a number of branches. This person is a software administer for the state on a couple of things. The infighting…and there is no reason for it other than institutional hubris.

michaelh

Yep… they want to be king of their own fiefdom…

ZooNTexas

“I have a friend at Tyler Technology and was always suspicious why they didnโ€™t get the contract.”
Travis county one of the counties involved in this scam has finally turned to Tyler Technology for the solution. But I think they tried another company (Odyssey) that also went out of business.

Sylvia Avery

Heavy on the crap. Very sad.

ZooNTexas

Dallas, Tarrant Counties Continue to Bankroll Lobbyist Group
A public sector lobbying group may be staying afloat thanks to several urban counties funneling millions to them through TechShare.
https://texasscorecard.com/local/dallas-tarrant-counties-continue-bankroll-lobbyist-group/

ozzytrumpster

Someone saw them coming. Just because you are smart ,even genius in one area means nothing in another. Isaac Newton lost his money in the south sea islands scam

NebraskaFilly

Re-inventing the wheel – what a waste of time and resources! Reminds me of the Software Productivity Consortium where I worked as the Business Administrator back in the ’80’s.
It was a consortium of 12 aerospace companies who sent their own assignees to help take off-the-shelf software/hardware from different companies (and yes, we got source code, as well as authority to modify that source code) to facilitate interoperability across the entire spectrum. I was a part of the negotiating team with my boss, one of the VP’s, and the General Manager (boy, do I have some stories about HIM – would blow your mind – he was a genius but, at the same time, deeply disturbed. He was eventually escorted off of the premises, thanks to me.)
So instead of – again – reinventing the wheel – we took the wheels (both hard and soft) already out there and made them work together. We had the first ever intranet that combined a myriad of different hardware and software on the same network, all working together smoothly, from simple Apollo work stations to a Gould super mini-computer.
Truly exciting – and educational – times for me!

Gail Combs

NebraskaFilly,
Was that the Open Software Foundation??? Hubby wrote computer manuals for them just before we moved south.

NebraskaFilly

No – different group. Below is a brief abstract on the Consortium.
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/0471028959.sof326

michaelh

That sounds like it would’ve been an adventure ๐Ÿ™‚ But the people headaches are always the worst part! You can fix technical problems but people don’t behave like machines lol

wheatietoo

Louis Gohmert said things that Needed to be Said. ๐Ÿ‘‡
If you haven’t seen this…it is well worth your time, IMO:
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Cuppa Covfefe

He needs those ultra-cool sunglasses…

nikkichico7

๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘โ€ผ๏ธโค๏ธ
I agree ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ

wheatietoo

Well if the concept of Karma does apply to a country as a whole…then there are a lot of countries out there that are on borrowed time.
My husband clicked on and watched a video today on twitter that destroyed him…and he will probably be haunted by it forever.
It was a video of organ-harvesting on live children.
Live…children.
He is the silent type but I could tell something was up with him.
So I pressed him until I got him to talk about it…and I think it helped him.
He told me that he’s praying to God that He will forgive us for what is going on out there…and hopes that God is not about to do some Big Do-Over, like He has done before.
My sweet hubby has a point.
๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜’
We have allowed the depravity and the rot get so bad…that we simply Have To do everything that we can, to restore honor and goodness to our country, and to our planet.
The Left has embraced evil and infected the country with it.
They have made honor a thing to be ridiculed and mocked.
They have made evil into something to aspire to…because of the way it triumphs over the foolish.
The Left revels in it’s own Hypocrisy and have taken it to a new level, so much so, that the word ‘hypocrisy’ is now inadequate to describe it.
We are in the fight of our lives, Wolf.
The Dark Left’s plan was to make things so bad, that chaos would break out and they could take over…offering up their ‘socialist utopia’ as a solution.
They were sooo close.
And still are!
They are like a crew of fake doctors and nurses who are still trying to kill the ailing patient, that is fighting for her life.
Our President is trying to save the patient.
He is faced with cutting out the diseased parts…without hurting the patient too much, while trying to make her stronger at the same time.
He needs our help, in any way that we can.

daughnworks247

Oh, Dear God, no.

ladypenquin

Wheatie, how terrible, but I understand. The abortion stories produce the same horror. Something that the people could never have fathomed doing just a few decades ago, now has become so commonplace to where “execution” of babies is being talked about openly. when WWll ended, the U.S. Army told what they found – they were shocked beyond words. We had the Nuremberg trials. Then #Never Again. Yet, here we are today – the “people” doing the work of the Nazis.
Roe v Wade opened the Gates to Hell.
That’s what happens when a society loses it’s moral compass – which the Lefties have deftly eliminated from being taught. No belief in the Creator, and then you can live as you please – without consequence.
At least they think that… but why are they all so unhappy?

Aubergine

Oh, the poor man. How awful.
I, too, have stumbled into things which can never be forgotten, depravity which defies imagination.
I am very sorry for your husband.

Gudthots

There’s a book, “Nazi Doctors.” I’ve been told NOT to read it if I don’t need to but the main point was the regular military would not run the death camps. The doctors, especially psychiatrists, had the “right” training to act perfectly nice while efficiently running those camps in all their horror.
Operation Paperclip is where we took those psychopathic leaders from Nazi Germany and purposely placed them into every part of America’s science/medicine/military/chemicals/agriculture. First head of FDA was a Nazi. Don’t think the poison from that one infusion of morally defective leaders did not destroy millions of Americans one way or another.

Jan Phillips

Thank you, Wheatie! That was great!

wheatietoo

Louis was eloquent, wasn’t he.
He was a JAG in the Army and a District Judge, then even filled a vacancy as Chief Justice on Texas’s 12th Court of Appeals for a while, before being elected to Congress.
So Louis Gohmert knows the Law…and how it is *supposed to be* upheld.

Jan Phillips

Yes. Very eloquent. My daughter and SIL are fortunate to live in his district.

wheatietoo

Wow…yes, they are!

daughnworks247

Gohmert gave an eloquent smackdown.

GA/FL

It was great UNTIL Congressman Gohmert said, “…join forces in trying to push the idea of an attempted coup….”
There actually WAS an attempted coup – it wasn’t just an IDEA.
The Democrats still want to impeach or remove President Trump BAMN.
The Democrats don’t want power – they don’t just feel entitled to hold power….they DEMAND to hold power or else!!!!

GA/FL

Correction – he said join forces “and quit trying push this idea of a coup.”
The coup attempt was REAL as all get out!!!
Democrats are in utter denial of reality, that their policies and ideology have been rejected.
They demand to win no matter what!

nikkichico7

The demoncrats as a whole have reprobate minds and souls … evil to the core … ๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿคšโ˜น๏ธ
Reprobate | Define Reprobate at Dictionary.com
Dictionary.com โ€บ browse โ€บ reprobate
noun. a depraved, unprincipled, or wicked person: a drunken reprobate. a person rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation
They better wise up … or eternity will literally be hell for them … ๐Ÿคจ

GA/FL

You mean, Deplorable and Irredeemableโ„ข?

SingularZoe

Unless they repent and receive Jesus Christ as their savior and redeemer. We’re all sinners saved by grace.

GA/FL

Truth. Eternal Truth.

SingularZoe

Amen, sis.

nikkichico7

Yup … hell fire too ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘
auto correct is a sneaky little bugger .. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ .. almost posted heโ€™ll … but I caught it .. this time ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

Deplorable Patriot

And the 2004 White House press to the DoJ while the AG, Ashcroft, was in the hospital comes up again.
I’m still thinking that incident has something major to do with the players.

nikkichico7

๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ BOOOOOOOOM ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅโ€ผ๏ธ
๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ‘โ€ผ๏ธโ€ผ๏ธโ€ผ๏ธโ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโ€ผ๏ธโ€ผ๏ธโ€ผ๏ธโ€ผ๏ธโ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโ€ผ๏ธ
God bless this awesome patriot โ€ผ๏ธโ€ผ๏ธโ€ผ๏ธ

Sadie Slays

A quick anecdote about our ROARING economy:
I went car shopping yesterday. The large dealership I visited was completely PACKED! There were so many buyers that there was a queue to meet with the finance managers who handle monetary transactions. Even the sales people seemed stunned by the amount of business they were getting.

Katie

Tax refunds?

Gil

We have our wolf mascot, now we have a theme poem now, nay our poet laureate. We have multiple thread posters and daily regulars. We are rockin!
But we need a signature drink of the house….. hmmm….. depends on the day. Always a morning cupcomment image
But in the evening what should it be?
Mr Gil and POTUS both obsess over diet coke. But im thinking for good dayscomment image
The firecracker cocktail
And panna cotta shooters(for non jello eaters like myself)comment image
And on a really hot good day pina coladas…comment image

nikkichico7

……… ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ …….

Sylvia Avery

Very cute!

Sylvia Avery

Those drinks look perfect. Just what I’d like to be drinking on that treehouse deck that Wheatie has posted, or the lounge area inside the treehouse. Just perfect!

Cuppa Covfefe

Wow! Looks great. But it’s only breakfast time here… (OK, Bloody Marys or Tequila Sunrises…).
The best part of waking up is Covfefe in your cup ๐Ÿ™‚
(and maybe some Japapeno/cheddar cornbread)…

ozzytrumpster

It may be breakfast time But the suns over the yard arm somewhere.

daughnworks247

Ohhh, heck yeah. We can make some pretty cocktails!

bflyjesusgrl

YUMMY Miss Gil, now Iโ€™m very very thirsty and longing for the beach!!!๐Ÿน๐Ÿน๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ– ๐ŸŒž ๐Ÿ‘™ ๐ŸŒŠ ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

grandmaintexas

Add a freshly made margarita…only freshly squeezed lime juice and a simple syrup, with a good orange liquor and a silver tequila. A strong pour of course. ๐Ÿ˜„

nikkichico7

WHOO-HOOโ€ผ๏ธโ€ผ๏ธ … party at Gilโ€™s house …. Letโ€™s all saddle up and move out … (sumo … used by US Marines … courtesy of my two Marine Vietnam veterans … who both survived … thank God ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโค๏ธโ€ผ๏ธ)

Marica

Mouth watering Gil!! LOVE!!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Kalbo

Looking forward to this one!

nikkichico7

Oh yeah ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘โ€ผ๏ธโ€ผ๏ธโ€ผ๏ธโ€ผ๏ธ .. me too ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Harry Lime

Most of us know what Joan Rivers said about Barry and Michael Obama…shortly before she mysteriously died during routine surgery…
Here is what she had to say about Donald Trump. I’m surprised that the youtube powers that be haven’t completely erased it from history.

Sadie Slays

“Who exposed the pedo network within H wood?
You canโ€™t answer the above but will laugh once disclose details.”

Sylvia Avery

Thanks, that was fun! She’d be delighted, I think, with how well PDJT is doing!

nikkichico7

๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘ … ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ‘โ€ผ๏ธโค๏ธ

Sylvia Avery

Thanks Wolfie for reposting Bakocarl’s poem. Welcome to all the lurkers who may not post or seldom post but like to read. I love seeing old friends again!

Jan Phillips

Thank you, Sylvia, for telling me where yโ€™all were!!! I felt just like Bakocarl, although I had only been OT for about a year. And thank you, Wolfie, and all the great contributors!!

Sylvia Avery

Jan, I’m so glad you are here with us!

daughnworks247

Glad Sylvia snagged you, Jan.

nikkichico7

Me tooโ€ผ๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘โ€ผ๏ธโ€ผ๏ธโ€ผ๏ธโค๏ธ

pgroup

Upthread are several comments referring to Mike Rogers status as a national hero. It just struck me that thanks to his devotion, we’ll all be living in a real Mister Rogers Neighborhood called Great Again America.

Sylvia Avery

Yippee! Marie Barf is leaving FOX to go work for one of the gazillion Democrats running for President. Seth Moulton? Never heard of him. Don’t let the door hit ya….
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/marie-harf-leaving-fox-new-to-join-2020-democratic-campaign

pgroup

Be still, my heart!

Deplorable Patriot

And good luck to her.

bflyjesusgrl

NOT! HA! ๐Ÿคช

nikkichico7

… ๐Ÿง … ๐Ÿ˜ž … awwwwwww

Kalbo

Empty head Marie Barf is nauseating when she speaks. Fits in well with the D-Rats thinking they are presidential material. Cesspool quality.

nikkichico7

Ohhhhhh … personally Iโ€™d kind of like for a real special big heavy door to hit her on the way out … ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘
May those who love us, love us.
And those that don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we’ll know them by their limping.
I donโ€™t know … ๐Ÿ˜ …. Iโ€™m thing foot dragging would be real nice …. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘

Sylvia Avery

“The Democratic National Committee may be banning Fox News from hosting a presidential primary, but congressional Democrats are setting their sights on the network.
Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives are reportedly advocating for members to make appearances on Fox News and have even planned a training to help them prepare, CNN reported.
The Democratic Policy and Communications Committee will reportedly be holding the session, titled โ€œWinning on Fox News: Best practices,โ€ on Friday, according to an invitation sent to lawmakers and obtained by CNN. The training is set to show attendees โ€œhow to effectively engage anchors, answer tough questions, and develop your own formula for success….”
https://www.bizpacreview.com/2019/05/08/house-leaders-encourage-democrats-to-train-for-more-air-time-on-fox-news-752911

Cuppa Covfefe

Wonder if Donna Brazile will be there, giving them “pointers”…

Sylvia Avery

It wouldn’t surprise me in the least!

nikkichico7

Iโ€™d like to be there with a rolled up newspaper ๐Ÿ—ž …. BAM ๐Ÿ’ฅ … no that response is crap and it sucksโ€ผ๏ธ .. bad demonrat .. try again or ๐Ÿ—ž๐Ÿ—ž๐Ÿ—žโ€ผ๏ธ

nikkichico7

Yeah .. well the miserable pud can do whatever he wants after the newspaper ๐Ÿ—ž whupping … and the paper is in shreds ….๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘โ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿคจโ€ผ๏ธ

Sylvia Avery

That would be so great!!!

nikkichico7

Bwahahahahaha … bring in the festivus pole, air our grievances and let the beatings begin ๐Ÿ—ž๐Ÿ—ž๐Ÿ—ž … ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘โ€ผ๏ธ

Kalbo

Another nauseating hack…Donna Brazile.

nikkichico7

We could pray for God to strike Brazile … mute ๐Ÿค …. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘โ€ผ๏ธ

nikkichico7

And the mouthy tank from Georgia who thinks she won … what a lippy maroon … ๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿคš

Sue Mcdonald

Donna the Debate fixer will be handing out cheat errr I mean cliff notes to the unhinged attendees.

Harry Lime

I made a few tweaks to that last sentence in order to make it more accurate…
The training is set to show attendees โ€œhow to effectively lie to anchors, dodge tough questions, and develop your own formula for gaslightingโ€ฆ.โ€

Deplorable Patriot

They are fully aware of audience share. Not that appearing on Fox is going to help them, but they know where the viewers are now that they’ve defected.

pgroup

Sara Carter is reporting that Pompeo told May that if she allowed that Chinese 5G crap in her country, she can kiss goodbye her connection to our intel networks.
Five Eyes is being dismantled right before our eyes (no pun). Thank God DJT has The Orb Network.
[exit laughing, stage right, all the way to fadeout]

churchmouse

Correct.
I read a British journalist’s tweet to that effect this morning. I didn’t bookmark it, though.

churchmouse

I found the tweets. Pompeo had a go at Jeremy Corbyn (Labour leader), too, over Venezuela. ๐Ÿ™‚ Journo is from the Labour-supporting Daily Mirror:
https://twitter.com/PippaCrerar/status/1126127767748251652
https://twitter.com/PippaCrerar/status/1126129519470030848

ladypenquin

It occurred to me that AG Barr should wear that silly “Contempt of Congress” citation, from the most Contemptible Congress of all time, as a badge of Honor.
Aside from the Dems’ Mueller Report demands, I believe they were just itching for an opportunity to issue a “contempt” citation against a GOP AG – in retaliation of Holder’s. Of course, Holder really was in Contempt for real malfeasance. Barr is obeying the Law, and the Constitution.

GA/FL

AG Barr should frame it and put it on his wall along with his other awards, citations, diplomas, etc.!

Kalbo

Put it on the wall as a dart board.

Deplorable Patriot

I actually think Barr was singled out. There’s something else in the background. There’s always something else in the background. Hang out around theater and live performance backstages and people long enough, there’s always something going on that the audience (in this case, the American people) don’t know.

ladypenquin

A new puzzle? Hmmm. I hope they all get exposed. My local Commie rag has headlines, including, “President Trump invokes Executive Privilege to block access to Mueller Report” – which isn’t true, but now they get to continue the narrative – Mueller Report is being kept from the people because there’s “orange man bad” stuff in there. Insidious snakes.

Sylvia Avery

Vanity Fair did a piece about FOX news. I posted it because there were some interesting bits and pieces in it. Unknown if they are true or not.
They discuss Judge Jeanine’s suspension. Bret Baier’s hijab wearing producer was all “snitty” about Judge Jeanine taking it to that reprehensible Ilan Omar and made a complaint. It was believed Jeanine was fired or going to be fired. PDJT called his buddy, Rupert Murdoch to intervene on her behalf.
The “news” people and the “opinion” people are supposedly hating on each other, divided by PDJT.
One of Rupert’s boys, the most left leaning of the two with the die hard Climate Change activist wife aren’t involved in FOX News any longer, it is only Lachlan who is described as Libertarian Republican, which I interpret to mean he’s all cozy with the Koch Bros.
Anyway, there’s some interesting gossip in the piece. Bottom line, speculation is FOX News will be sold.
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/04/fox-and-friends-will-be-next-lachlan-murdoch-is-in-a-trump-trap?verso=true

wheatietoo

Rupert Murdoch has already sold off all of their TV-show production…to Disney.
Arrrgh.
๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜ฉ
If he does decided to sell off the NewsCorp holdings…then I pray that some conservative billionaire out there will buy it!
Such as it is, Fox is all that we have right now, for getting some semblance of the truth out there to the people who aren’t on the internet.

NebraskaFilly

OANN

Sylvia Avery

Social Media’s Endgame
“Ultimately what started out as open platforms for ideas, collaboration, and dissent have devolved into curated echo chambers where independent thought is wholly unimportant. The only true purpose of these platforms now are for some entities to push narratives, and other entities to induce consumption through clandestine means, meanwhile, users stay happily entwined as imaginary points (shares, likes, etc) create a dopamine feedback loop. And itโ€™s going to get worse (much much worse)…”
https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/social-medias-endgame/

wheatietoo

I think the whole reason why it was called “social media” was to lure people into it as something ‘fun’.
Calling it ‘Cyber Media’…or ‘Internet Media’…would’ve been accurate.
Because that’s what it is!
Instead, they came up with the term ‘Social Media’.
When it is corporations that have been pushing it from the beginning!
I remember back in 2007-2008 when Twitter was still getting started…and seeing businesses say “Follow us on Twitter and Facebook”.
Then politicians jumped into it bigtime.
“Follow me on Twitter and Facebook”…and establishing their own Youtube channels.
That’s not ‘social’ — it’s business.
Thing is, their widespread use has turned these Internet Media Platforms into ‘Common Carriers’.
Which means they can be classified as Utilities now!

Cuppa Covfefe

A few days ago I posted about the BigBoy 4014 being restored and back under live steam. It made its first run on the 4th (the 4th was definitely with it), and is making an excursion run from Cheyenne Wyoming to Ogden Utah and back as part of the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. There are some videos on YouTube, but this one was really striking, as it has a spectacular night scene that looks almost like a diorama, followed by a roaring hill climb.
(4th video of 4, but most spectacular.) Comments noted that the 4014 is gradually being pushed harder, as it’s breaking in. It also seems to burn more cleanly than the other steam loc, which I think has also been converted to oil. The smoke being white shows it’s cleaner.
What a sight! Back in action after 60 years. They said it couldn’t be done, but American know-how and the spirit of getting it done prevailed.
If anyone’s nearby, a trip would be a chance to experience history being made (especially if you’re a railfan!)…
First a few links:
Long vid, great view of hill climb *

auf Deutsch *

Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 and UP 844 – First Double Header *

Union Pacific Steam Shop Tour and Big Boy 4014 Restoration *

Union Pacific HD 60fps: Pacing UP Big Boy 4014 & FEF-3 844 North of Laramie & Into Rawlins (5/4/19)
(Someone tracked it on the first run with an iPhone! ) *

And now the video, [be still, my steaming covfefe ๐Ÿ™‚ ]

Kalbo

Cuppa Covfefe, Wow! Cool stuff. Steam locomotives make my day! Will look into Big Boy 4014 schedule. Will be on the road a good bit this summer. If I can cross paths with Big Boy 4014, I will.
Related, not as cool as steam engines, Tehachapi Loop. When I lived in Ridgecrest, CA (Mojave Desert), we’d take an hour drive to Tehachapi, CA, to watch trains. (Wife thinks I’m a nut.) Grandsons loved it, as did I.
Restored train station in town with freight trains roaring by, seemingly constantly. Then a ten minute drive to the loop, Tehachapi Loop. Trains literally make a 360 turn, loop before our eyes. So cool.
If I used Imgur correctly, freight train making the entire loop below…

View post on imgur.com

Kalbo

comment image
Try again…

Katie

Wow! I lost my Dad a couple years ago…he was a train fanatic. I sure wish he’d lived to see the Big Boy brought back to life. He’d have LOVED this!!

Cuppa Covfefe

Here’s the schedule for the next few days:
https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm
Thursday, May 9
Ogden’s Heritage Festival
Celebration 10:30 a.m. MT Ogden, Utah
Ogden Union Station 2501 Wall Ave.
Open to the Public No Ticket Required
More Information: https://www.visitogden.com/goldenspike2019/ogdens-heritage-festival
On Display: Noon โ€“ 3:00 p.m. MT Ogden, Utah
Ogden’s Union Station 2501 Wall Ave.
Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car https://www.up.com/heritage/experience-up/index.htm
The Great Race from Ogden โ€“ No. 844 and No. 4014
Following the 150th anniversary celebrations, No. 4014 and No. 844 will double-head on their return trip to the Union Pacific Steam Shop in Cheyenne, stopping in communities along the way including Rock Springs and Laramie, Wyoming.
Great Race to Ogden Route Mapcomment image
Friday, May 10 โ€“ Saturday, May 11
On Display: 10:00 a.m. โ€“ 3:00 p.m. MT Ogden, Utah
Ogden Union Station 2501 Wall Ave.
Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car
https://www.up.com/heritage/experience-up/index.htm
Sunday, May 12 Spike 150 Train Excursion
Depart 8:00 a.m. MT Ogden, Utah
Ogden Union Station 2501 Wall Ave.
Spike 150 Train Excursion Tickets: https://spike150.org/train-excursion
Arrival 9:15 a.m. MT Morgan, Utah
Depart 9:25 a.m. MT 98 Commercial Street
Arrival 9:55 a.m. MT Echo, Utah
Depart10:05 a.m. MT Echo Road Crossing
Arrival 11:05 a.m. MT Evanston, Wyo Evanston Depot 10th St.
Monday, May 13
Depart 8:00 a.m. MT Evanston, Wyo.
Arrival 10:00 a.m. MT Granger, Wyo.
Depart 10:45 a.m. MT Main Street crossing
Arrival 11:50 a.m. MT Green River, Wyo.
Depart 12:05 p.m. MT 200 E. Railroad Ave
Arrival 12:45 p.m. MT Rock Springs, Wyo. 501 N. Front St
Tuesday, May 14 โ€“ Wednesday, May 15
On Display: 9:00 a.m. โ€“ 3:00 p.m. MT Rock Springs, Wyo.
501 N. Front St
Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car: https://www.up.com/heritage/experience-up/index.htm
Thursday, May 16
Depart 8:00 a.m. MT Rock Springs, Wyo. 501 N. Front St
Arrival 9:00 a.m. MT Point of Rocks, Wyo.
Depart 9:15 a.m. MT Black Buttes Road
Arrival 10:30 a.m. MT Wamsutter, Wyo.
Depart 11:30 a.m. MT Near Water Tower Broadway Street
Arrival 12:45 p.m. MT Rawlins, Wyo.
East Railroad St & Higley Blvd.
Friday, May 17
Depart 8:00 a.m. MT Rawlins, Wyo.
East Railroad St & Higley Blvd.
Arrival 9:00 a.m. MT Hanna, Wyo.
Depart 9:15 a.m. MT Main St. & Front St.
Arrival 9:45 a.m. MT Medicine Bow, Wyo.
Depart 10:45 a.m. MT Hwy. 30 at Medicine Bow-McFadden Rd.
Arrival 12:45 p.m. MT Laramie, Wyo. Laramie Historic Railroad Depot
E. Kearney and S. 1st St. No Public Access
Saturday, May 18
No Public Access Laramie, Wyo.
Laramie Historic Railroad Depot E. Kearney and S. 1st St.
Sunday, May 19
Depart 8:00 a.m. MT Laramie, Wyo.
Laramie Historic Railroad Depot
E. Kearney and S. 1st St.
Arrival 9:15 a.m. MT Sherman Hill, Wyo.
Depart 9:25 a.m. MT
Arrival 11:05 a.m. MT Cheyenne, Wyo. UP Steam Shop
(that’s all they have up for now – be sure to check their link for more/revisions)
https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm

Cuppa Covfefe

And here’s some spectacular footage (from a drone, no less – old tech meets new tech!) complete with sound. The Consist is really “carrying the mail” as my former C&O Dad used to say:

Cuppa Covfefe

And here’s one where someone paced (tracked) the BigBoy. Check out around the 3-minute mark where he’s effectively right besides the loco, probably doing 60mph or so. Almost looks like an O-Scale engine or so, except for the 1:1 scale people ๐Ÿ™‚ (Reminds me of my Mรคrklin/Trix BigBoy H0 engine – weighs about 5 pounds or so! ):

trumpismine

Wow!
I remember my Ol’ Man exclaiming ” he’s ball and jack! ”
Thanks for sharing Cuppa Covfefe

ladypenquin

I LOVE trains!

singingsoul

ladypenquin
“I LOVE trains!”
________________________________________
My husband loves trains and converted half of our basement into his train playing ๐Ÿ™‚
We took 4 times trip to Hinton WV with the “New River Train.”
Nw they use diesel engine and we no longer go.
I grew up with steam engine trains and trains in general and riding almost on daly bases. I see trains different. I would have loved to take the Orient Express but not now. I am not sure it still runs.

ladypenquin

It’s my bucket list item – only two items on list. Ride a train across the country, and stay at the Trump International Hotel in DC. ๐Ÿ™‚
I went to college in Durango, Colorado. They still have the narrow-gauge train – Durango to Silverton. Have to get tickets a year in advance. Some of the most beautiful scenery around that part of the state – goes through the mountains.

Cuppa Covfefe

There are still others in West Virginia that use steam locos, for instance the Cass Mountain Railway. They use Shay logging locomotives, and a few Heislers and maybe some others. The pistons work vertically, and are fascinating to watch. Because of this orientation, they can negotiate very tight curves, and they can also climb steep hills without cogs (important for a logging railroad)โ€ฆ Little-known fact: the steam whistle at the quarry on โ€œThe Flintstonesโ€ is a retired Shay locomotive whistleโ€ฆ
Here’s some info about Cass Mountain Railway (and park):
http://mountainrailwv.com/tour/cass-scenic-railroad-bald-knob-trip
https://wvstateparks.com/park/cass-scenic-railroad-state-park
Interesting comment from the video below:

Paul West3 years ago Folks, this is an awesome “bucket list” trip for anyone. It does get rather cold and blustery on Bald Knob, or you can take the shorter trip to Whitaker and back down if that suits you better. You can even rent a local house from the original era of the mill town for a weekend for a group. As I said, it is a great unique vacation idea.

Finally, here’s a vid of Fall Foliage (almost Heaven, West Virginia!):

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I guess I must have been fortunate, in re: the Durango and Silverton.
I got a ticket for the glass-topped car by walking in.

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You might want to look at the Cass Mountain Railway in WV. They use Shay logging locomotives, and a few Heislers and maybe some others. The pistons work vertically, and are fascinating to watch. Because of this orientation, they can negotiate very tight curves, and they can also climb steep hills without cogs (important for a logging railroad)… Little-known fact: the steam whistle at the quarry on “The Flintstones” is a retired Shay locomotive whistle…
Here’s some info about Cass Mountain Railway (and park):
http://mountainrailwv.com/tour/cass-scenic-railroad-bald-knob-trip
https://wvstateparks.com/park/cass-scenic-railroad-state-park
Interesting comment from the video below:

Paul West3 years ago Folks, this is an awesome “bucket list” trip for anyone. It does get rather cold and blustery on Bald Knob, or you can take the shorter trip to Whitaker and back down if that suits you better. You can even rent a local house from the original era of the mill town for a weekend for a group. As I said, it is a great unique vacation idea.

Finally, here’s a vid of Fall Foliage (almost Heaven, West Virginia!):

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Wurst Press swallowed my comment, which is now under LadyP’s response to you. I figured if you’re going to WV, Cass isn’t far away.
Here’s a “treehouse” in WV, (albeit at ground level, but still breathtaking and breathtakiingly expensive ๐Ÿ™‚ ):

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Yes, the Orient Express still runs (and it hasn’t gotten any cheaper ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Here is a site that has some good descriptions (although their example trip, Berlin to Paris, is of two cities I’d rather avoid, but it’s not their fault). https://www.bahndampf.de/reisen/orient-express
Ameropa also has more information; I think they have an English-language site (bahndampf doesn’t).
https://www.ameropa.de/bahn/erlebnisreisen/in-europa/venice-simplon-orient-express
The carriages are spectacular, as is the cuisine and the service. There are also trains that run clear to Russia, through Russia (oh! the collusion! ๐Ÿ™‚ ), and others to China, or a combination thereof. For well-heeled train fans, there still are a TON of options and nice trains over here…
Sad to say, the only Orient Express I’ll ever be able to afford is made by Trix (and I gave that to my nephew years ago – drat. He’s not even interested in it…). OTOH, I did manage to get an H0 BigBoy from Trix as a closeout for half price… 399 Euros… some deal, eh? ๐Ÿ™‚ But it IS SO COOOOOOLLLL!!!
Anyway, trains over here are not a lost art, even if they’re crowded from time to time…

GA/FL

I would definitely enjoy it – but would insist on a full US Marine platoon escort package.

GA/FL

…preferably special ops trained….level one, of course.

wheatietoo

It is so great that some of these steam-powered locomotives are being restored and preserved!
And not just for Historical reasons…
If we ever did suffer a big EMP event across the country, at least we could power up these beauties and put them to use…until we got the rest of our transportation system operational again.
๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

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We used to drive from California to West Virginia almost every year in the 1960s and early 1970s. In 1960 or 1961 we were driving through Wyoming when my Dad yelled out BIG BOY!!!, almost running off the road (or so it seemed). He hit the brakes, and turned around to speed up and follow the loco. My Mom and Sis weren’t too thrilled (probably wound up, but not thrilled ๐Ÿ™‚ ).
As 4014 was taken out of service in December 1961, it could well have been that loco. Now I know why loco means crazy – I’m crazy about trains, and so was my Dad (and his Dad, and his Dad – a C&O family).
Also great to see the flags in front. All Øbozo could say (OK, lisp) was “Yes we can”. VSGPDJT, on the other hand, can say “YES, WE DID!!!”…

daughnworks247

We have a big track in our town. Part of the reason the town was burned during the Civil War. We own the building which was used for the town’s cold storage, 18″ thick brick walls. Glorious warehouse.
Well, as other modes of transportation became more popular, and with Obama’s stagnant economy, the Illinois Central considered tearing up the tracks in our town. I was saddened by the prospect.
Well, guess what?
With Trump, we’re up to 6-8 long trains a day. Love those whistles. Sound of progress, transportation, goods shipping, production.
We’re busy again!

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That’s great! For long hauls of heavy loads, and even LCL (less-than-carload-lots) the railroads can’t be beat (that should even make the greens happy, [as if I care ๐Ÿ™‚ ]). I guess I’m not the only one who actually likes sitting at a grade crossing watching (and counting)(heyyy Steve) all the cars go by…
Somehow the scene in “Went With The Wind” comes to mind, where the Union Soldier knocks on the door and asks for a match ๐Ÿ™‚

SingularZoe

I’ve only ridden on two or three in England, but I just adore steam trains.

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I’d love to have ridden the Flying Scotsman…sigh. And the other thing I remember about England’s trains (other than the tube, which sometimes I’d like to forget, ha! ) is the unique rhythm of the wheels going over the track joints… pa-da pa-da….pa-da pa-da….pa-da pa-da… Never heard that rhythm anywhere else…
Arlo Guthrie, in his song “City of New Orleans” (a fallen-flag train which was discontinued during the USA’s railroad purge years) speaks, OK sings of the rhythm of the rails. ”
“Good Morning, America, how are you? (Say) don’t you know me, I’m your Native Son? I’m the train they call the City of New Orleans; I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done…”
Here’s a photo/video music montage of a trip on the City of New Orleans… now where did all that dust come from?

SingularZoe

Cuppa, City of New Orleans still runs right through my town in Illinois. Of course all the trains are so altered now, except for not being on time. Lol. I did take the lovely night train from London to Edinburgh and back in 1979–it was rather posh, at least in first class, and we booked compartments, and it was so much fun riding through the countryside with the window open and the lady bringing tea and biscuits in the evening and morning–getting off the train in the morning and walking down Princes Street looking for a breakfast place. And the trains there still make that sound you describe. How you evoked so many memories. I have taken two little narrow-gauge steam trains over there

daughnworks247

City of New Orleans passes 500′ from my door.
Singular – next time I see it, I will wave to you!

SingularZoe

Daughn, please do. Think it passes near me, too, as I also live near the train tracks. We’ve taken that train on short trips many times in the past. It was more fun when those trains had the really fancy dining cars.

ozzytrumpster

The climate crazies would lose it. They run on….gasp…..coal.( the Black Death!!!)

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