Help Save Lives Dig Out St Paul Fire Hydrants

We never get tired of this video below.  Okay it is a little bit corny but the message of cleaning off the nearest fire hydrant to your house is an important one.  Time is of the essence when the nearest Ladder Company of the St Paul’s Bravest show up to put out a fire.  Let us say that again, Time is very important to saving lives in a fire.  If a firefighter has to waste time digging a hydrant out of a snow bank, your loved one, or your pets, or your neighbors, and their pets could die.

You can take turns with your neighbor over who gets to do the honor of Digging out the Hydrant.

This article was re-posted by permission of  It was published on December 16, 2017.  I used to shovel sidewalks for extra cash during the winter, and I always used to shovel the hydrants free of snow near the clients I had.  ~~ Publius Jr.


Coffeehouse Poetry Slam at the Hub Featuring Melissa Lozada-Oliva April 13, 2018 7-9pm

 April is National Poetry Month.  There are several opportunities in the area during the month of April to try your hand at being a Bard.  This is one of them another, is the 9th Annual Wordsmiths Toastmasters Poetry Contest on April 23rd at Hamline University’s Giddens Learning Center room 106-W.  We’ll post more about that one in another post.  ~~ admin

Date: April 13, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Blythe Baird Email:
Location: The Hub (basement of HU’s Bush Student Center)
Sponsor: Programming Board (HUPB)

Description: Coffeehouse Poetry Slam description

HUPB presents… The April Coffeehouse POETRY SLAM featuring MELISSA LOZADA-OLIVA!

This event is free and open to the public! This event is also the LAST Coffeehouse Poetry Slam of the year!! Don’t miss it!

Where: The Hub (basement of HU’s Bush Student Center, 1537 Hewitt AveHamline Campus Map & Virtual Tour (the Google Map doesn’t list where this is and the address is missing as well it’s to the west of the Leonidas Hamline Statue on the north side of the street across from Giddens Learning Center)

When: Friday, April 13th, 2018

Sign-up to slam: starts at 6:30 pm
The show: starts at 7 pm

Anyone is welcome to sign up. No experience required!
1st place receives $100, 2nd place receives $50!

Coffee and treats (good ones- like cake pops and chocolate covered strawberries) will be served!

Rules of the slam:

• There will be 8-10 slots for people to sign up at 6:30 pm. If we get more sign-ups than that, we will draw randomly from those who signed up to fill the slots.
• There will be 3 rounds in which each poet will read a poem that they wrote, either from memory or off of some sort of technology(phone or paper). Eliminations will occur each round. Typically we go from 8 to 4 to top 2.
• Randomly chosen audience members will rate each poem on a scale of 0.0 to 10.0.
• Each poem has a time limit of 3 minutes and 10 seconds, and half a point will be deducted for every 10 seconds over the limit.
• Props & musical accompaniments are not allowed and will incur a penalty if used. (Props include using clothing for emphasis, or any other thing on stage that is not a body part or your voice.)

Questions? Email or

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a spoken word poet & educator living in New York by way of Boston. She is the author of chapbooks Plastic Pajaros & Rude Girl is Lonely Girl!(pizza pi press) & peluda (Button Poetry), which explores the intersecting narratives of body image, hair removal & Latina identity. Her works have been featured on Buzzfeed, REMEZCLA, Glamour Magazine, Huffington Post, Upworthy, The Guardian, and her mom’s Facebook statuses. She is currently an MFA candidate at New York University.

Check out one of Melissa’s poems here:

We are posting this article as Hamline University is within the boundaries of House District 66B.  We are not connected to, or associated with Hamline University.  The featured poet is not exactly Conservative and may appeal more to the students at this Liberal Arts University but she has free speech rights like everyone else.  This is a courtesy, we copied this from the Hamline University Website: Hamline News — admin

Grassroots North Carolina & Mark Robinson Stand Up for 2nd Amendment Rights at Greensboro City Council

Public Comments at the Greensboro North Carolina City Council meeting had some concerned law abiding gun owners commenting about the anti-2nd Amendment anti-gun show ordinances of the Mayor and City Council.  Andy Stevens, a Veteran, speaks first from Grassroots North Carolina (GRNC), the local Director of Government Affairs.  Mr Stevens was holding the Mayor and City Council of Greensboro North Carolina up to the law that protects exhibitors such at the Greensboro Gun Show at their civic center.

At 4:38 minutes into the video below Mark Robinson addresses the Mayor & City Council.  Mr Robinson tells it like it is, he is like the majority of law abiding gun owners.  The video is 8:55 minutes long.

Greensboro lifelong citizen Mark Robinson asks why law-abiding citizens are being blamed for criminals’ actions who don’t follow the law.  He gives a passionate speech about how his rights are being infringed on by the city leaders of Greensboro NC.  We applaud both speakers especially Mark Robinson.

We got permission to re-post this article from the who posted this article on April 5, 2018.  — admin

Happy Resurrection Day (Easter)

An ugly torture and execution device of the Romans is the most celebrated Symbol in Christianity.

Easter Sunday or as some people are calling it Resurrection Day never falls on the same week two years in a row.  This is due to when the Jewish Passover holiday happens which depends on the cycles of the moon. It is the first Sunday after the first full moon of the vernal equinox (Spring).

Holy Week starts with Palm Sunday then on the Thursday of the week there is Maundy Thursday, then Good Friday, then Resurrection Day also known as Easter Sunday.

The message of Resurrection Day is more important than Christmas as Jesus the Christ suffered in our place and died for our sins and rose with us from the grave to conquer death once and for all for us.  Jesus died a humiliating death in public at the hands of a conquering empire nation that worshipped multiple gods that ruled in Judea–the Romans.  The Cross was used for torture and for executions for non-Roman Citizens.  Romans would be beheaded much like Paul of Tarsus, an apostle of Jesus Christ was decades later. Often those who were crucified would take days to die.  Gall a mixture would be offered to those on the cross with a sponge as it would put the person into a drunk state so they would not feel as much.  Jesus refused it.  Jesus surprised the Romans that he died so quickly on the Cross.

The Romans as occupiers of Judea (later in 70 AD after getting tired of the Judeans they destroyed Jerusalem and scattered the Jews, then called the area Palestine) did not have a personal beef with Jesus so they scourged him.  Scourging was done with a cat-o-nine-tails (a whip of sorts).  Sometimes people were so severely beaten they died from the shock.  Jesus survived this process and the Romans were fine with this punishment, but from pressure by the High Priests  and in order to prevent an uprising they crucified Jesus.  Against some people’s idea who claim to be Christians this was the reason why Jesus was born–to suffer for us and to die for our sins.

The Good News is that Jesus rose from the tomb on Resurrection Sunday early in the morning on the third day.

While some people Christians, Jews, and Muslims will question if he was really dead.  The example of the Roman soldier thrusting a spear through Jesus’ heart to see if he was dead concludes he was dead as no one could live through that sort of trauma.  Some will also use their finite knowledge to say the disciples and Mary Magdalene saw a ghost of Jesus after he left the tomb, there is a great story after the resurrection in John 21: 1-14. Jesus comes to Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, the sons of Zebedee and a couple of other disciples.  They are out fishing on the Sea of Galilee.  They’ve been out all night and they had nothing to show for it.  Jesus tells them to cast their nets to a side of the boat and they do.  The catch is so great that they call in another boat to help pull in their nets.  When they are nearing the shore, Peter recognizes Jesus on the shore and is so thrilled to see him he dives into the water and swims to the shore.  On shore Jesus eats a breakfast of fish with his friends who had been his disciples.  How could a ghost eat?

The Resurrection Day story is so meaningful to Christians in however you celebrate it.  Though be wary when your traditions begin to cloud the meaning or eventually push the meaning out it.  It will be easy for non-believers to marginalize and eventually shut it down as they currently seem to be doing as a matter of public policy.  It seems it took a long time to be able to sort out how bunnies and eggs how they fit in with the Resurrection story.  They don’t.  The Resurrection story was merged in with a Pagan fertility holiday of the Romans and it was called Easter–it was a compromise to help non-believers to believe in the Resurrection Story of Jesus. This is lesson to people everywhere to not mingle evil in with good, the result is not good but a lot of confusion which is a derivative of evil.

There are many lessons derived from Jesus’ death on the Cross and his Resurrection from the Tomb, we can’t list them all here.  To find out more find a Bible Based Church (avoid the social justice only ones) and join a Bible Study.  The Bible Study group in the White House President Donald Trump belongs to is called Capitol Ministries.

Happy Resurrection Day

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