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In general it has been said that the end of the Great War was the start of the emptying of Europe's churches. Before it is all over with, Europe will have need of those churches.

Have to say I always thought history was boring till I read this:


They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & Sold to the tannery.......if you had to do this to survive you were "P### Poor"

But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot......they "didn't have a pot to pee in" & were the lowest of the low

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.. However, since they were starting to smell . ...... . Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting Married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof... Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would Sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive... So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.

And that's the truth....Now, whoever said History was boring?

David - "given the utter uselessness of most of our political and military (non)leadership" the great thing about war is that it shows up with absolute clarity the extent that that is true for all nations, all the time.

Unfortunately it is mainly the working classes and especially their sons who pay the price of this stupidity, as is true of their ongoing stupidity even now.

And as we will see in the war on wuhan flu.

'Wiggers', truly, you are an education!

https://encyclopediaofarkansas.net/entries/act-343-of-1983-6212/

There now y'all, I've looked it up and it's official.

And doubly so because it was signed into law by a Clinton!

Really now fellows, no fooling:

Arkansas Statute A.C.A. § 16-93-604


16-93-604. Felonies committed between April 1, 1977, and April 1, 1983 — Parole eligibility.

(a) A person who committed felonies prior to April 1, 1977, and who was convicted and incarcerated therefor, is eligible for release on parole in accordance with the parole eligibility law in effect at the time the crime was committed.
(b) A person who committed felonies on and after April 1, 1977, and prior to April 1, 1983, and who has been convicted and incarcerated therefor, is eligible for release on parole as follows:
(1) An inmate under sentence of death or life imprisonment without parole is not eligible for release on parole but may be pardoned or have his or her sentence commuted by the Governor, as provided by law. An inmate sentenced to life imprisonment is not eligible for release on parole unless the sentence is commuted to a term of years by executive clemency. Upon commutation, the inmate is eligible for release on parole as provided in this section;
(2) An inmate classified as a first offender under § 16-93-603, except one under twenty-one (21) years of age as described in subsection (c) of this section and except one who pleads guilty to or has been convicted of a Class Y felony, upon entering a correctional institution in this state under sentence from a circuit court is not eligible for release on parole until a minimum of one-third (⅓) of his or her sentence has been served, with credit for good-time allowances, or one-third (⅓) of the time to which the sentence is commuted by executive clemency is served, with credit for good-time allowances. However, if the trier of fact determines that a deadly weapon was used in the commission of the crime, a first offender twenty-one (21) years of age or older shall not be eligible for release on parole until a minimum of one-half (½) of the sentence is served, with credit for good-time allowances;
(3) An inmate classified as a second offender under § 16-93-603 and one who pleads guilty to or is convicted of a Class Y felony, upon entering a correctional institution in this state under sentence from a circuit court, is not eligible for release on parole until a minimum of one-half (½) of his or her sentence is served, with credit for good-time allowances, or one-half (½) of the time to which sentence is commuted by executive clemency, with credit for good-time allowances;
(4) An inmate classified as a third offender under § 16-93-603, upon entering a correctional institution in this state under sentence from a circuit court, is not eligible for release on parole until a minimum of three-fourths (¾) of his or her sentence is served, with credit for good-time allowances, or three-fourths (¾) of the time to which sentence is commuted by executive clemency, with credit for good-time allowances; and
(5) An inmate classified as a fourth offender under § 16-93-603, upon entering a correctional institution in this state under sentence from a circuit court, is not eligible for parole, but is entitled to good-time allowances as provided by law.
(c) Any person under twenty-one (21) years of age who is first convicted of a felony and committed to the first offender penal institution or to the Department of Correction for a term of years is eligible for parole at any time, unless a minimum time to be served is imposed consisting of not more than one-third (⅓) of the total time sentenced. In the event the individual is sentenced to a minimum time to be served, he or she is eligible for release on parole after serving the minimum time prescribed, with credit for good-time allowances, and for commutation by the exercise of executive clemency.
(d)
(1) When any convicted felon, while on parole, is convicted of another felony, the felon is to be committed to the Department of Correction to serve the remainder of his or her original sentence, including any portion suspended, with credit for good-time allowances. Upon conviction for the subsequent felony, the court is to require the sentence for the subsequent felony to be served consecutively with the sentence for the previous felony.
(2) Any person found guilty of a felony and placed on probation or suspended sentence therefor who is subsequently found guilty of another felony committed while on probation or suspended sentence is to be committed to the Department of Correction to serve the remainder of his or her suspended sentence plus the sentence imposed for the subsequent felony. The sentence imposed for the subsequent felony is to be served consecutively with the remainder of the suspended sentence.
(e) For parole eligibility purposes, consecutive sentences by one (1) or more courts or for one (1) or more counts is considered as a single commitment reflecting the cumulative sentence to be served.
(f) Nothing in this section shall be construed to reduce, lessen, or in any manner take away or affect the good-time allowances earned by any individual prior to April 1, 1977.

https://advance.lexis.com/documentpage/?pdmfid=1000516&crid=a61edde1-3c8c-44f6-b3d8-0a30f7b559bd&config=00JAA2ZjZiM2VhNS0wNTVlLTQ3NzUtYjQzYy0yYWZmODJiODRmMDYKAFBvZENhdGFsb2fXiYCnsel0plIgqpYkw9PK&pddocfullpath=%2Fshared%2Fdocument%2Fstatutes-legislation%2Furn%3AcontentItem%3A4WVF-K540-R03K-P25V-00008-00&pdcontentcomponentid=234170&pdteaserkey=sr0&pditab=allpods&ecomp=tgw_kkk&earg=sr0&prid=0cd2ec45-24c6-4975-9962-cf3e8bc64d11

And y'all was here thinkin' I was just here funnin' y'all.

Bill Clinton actually was Arkansas governor and quite importantly Arkansas' Attorney General during an interim he'd lost the governorship and facing non-government employment (regular job) the used his power as lame duck governor to create the office of Attorney General and appoint himself to it until "such time as the citizens of Arkansas are no longer in rebellion"

Thankfully Arkansas' Walton family finally suggested to Bill they'd "pay good money to see you elected to the US Presidency" and he finally left the state - taking Hillary with him - Praise God!

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