Lincoln’s House Divided Speech 1858


On this day in 1858, Abraham Lincoln, then a Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat, delivered his famous House Divided speech in Springfield, Illinois. Calling attention to the problems that slavery would cause in the future, the speech included these famous words:

“A house divided against itself, cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South.”
~ Abraham Lincoln, 1858

Henry Ossian Flipper Graduates from West Point


Today in History —> In 1877, Henry Ossian Flipper became the first African American cadet to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. A former slave, he served with distinction but then was dismissed on trumped-up charges of embezzlement.

Lavender Ice Cream


More and more lavender farms are popping up all over the South. So with that in mind I share this easy lavender ice cream:

½ cup heavy cream
1½ cups buttermilk
¾ cup sugar
2 teaspoons dried lavender buds

equipment: Ice Cream Maker

In a large bowl, whisk together the cream, buttermilk, and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the lavender. Cover and refrigerate for 12 hours or longer if you want a stronger lavender flavor.

Strain out the lavender and discard it. Freeze the cream mixture according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.”


Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure


Today at Universal Studios Florida —> Ten hours. That’s the reported wait time for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, Universal’s Islands of Adventure newest attraction. The ride, which officially opened to the public today, combines innovative technology and storytelling, with guests hopping on magical, flying “motorbikes” as they’re taken up, down, forwards and backwards, reaching speeds of 50 miles per hour. Who would wait for 10 hours to catch a glimpse of Fluffy the three headed dog?

Auto Polo


Auto Polo:

Horseback polo, or “the game of kings” dates back to sixth-century BC Persia and remained unchanged for thousands of years…until Americans got hold of it. Swapping out the horses for cars in 1902, drivers steered automobiles with one hand while swinging a mallet at balls with the other. The sport even made its way to the 1913 Texas State Fair and to the tip of Florida. A fan told the Miami News in 1924, “If you don’t die of fright, you’ll laugh yourself to death.”

Misplaced priorities: Trump administration cuts back on medical research using fetal tissue to please anti-abortionists

The decision is clear either the fetal tissue can be used for scientific research to save lives from such diseases as Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Parkinson’s or be incinerated…

Why Evolution Is True

So much for Republicans and conservatives valuing the sanctity of life! They’d would prefer to have fetal tissue—derived from abortions—destroyed than to be used for medical research that could save lives. Use of tissue: possible saving of lives. Destruction of tissue: no saving of lives. Trump administration decision: Destroy the tissue. Such is the cockeyed logic of religiously-influenced zealots.

According to several sources, including the New York Times and Science articles below (click on screenshots), the Trump administration announced two days ago that they were going to sharply cut back on federal spending on medical research using fetal tissue, i.e. tissue from aborted fetuses that would otherwise be discarded.

The new plan, adopted after a nine-month federal review, includes the following:

  • No scientists working directly for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be able to conduct studies using fetal tissue. There are now only three such projects out of…

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Cold Cucumber-Buttermilk Soup


4 large cucumbers
4 green onions
2½ cups buttermilk
¾ teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill

Optional: cherry tomatoes cut in half, edible flowers or even lump crab meat.

Equipment: Food Processor preferred or Blender

Peel the cucumbers, remove and discard the seeds, and cut them into chunks. Cut the green onions into chunks, using the green and white portions. Put the cucumbers and green onions into a food processor and process the vegetables to a coarse purée.

Add the buttermilk, salt, and dill. Process until the soup is smooth. Taste and add more salt, if needed.

Chill the soup for 3–4 hours. Serve cold in chilled bowls with optional ingredients if desired.