Good morning family. Hope you are well today and life is treating you well. It’s another cold, gray and wet day here in North Texas but I’m not complaining. When the weather is like this, it forces me to be creative and do things I don’t normally do….to rest. We finished Season 3 of Vikings last night and “some shit might go DOWN!” (Vladislav, What We Do In the Shadows ref). I’m pretty sure there is no might about some shit going down in Season 4 from the few spoilers I’ve seen! What an amazing show.
I hope that wherever and whenever you are as you read this you know you are AWESOME SAUCE! Even if it seems like not another soul in the Universe cares….you would be mistaken. There are billions, to include me, keeping you in mind each day when we pray for the well-being of this planet!
I had many dreams last night/this morning but the one I held on to fragments of was this one. I dreamt I was looking at a town and I said, “That’s Mosel, I used to live there.” At first I circled it and saw an overview. Then I was at a building site. There was a very small house and I can remember fumbling with the cell phone I have right now to try and take a picture of it from the outside. Then I was inside and it was a tiny house that you could see all the rooms/parts of it by just standing at one end or the other.
The only place that I’ve lived that relates to this is Fliessem Germany which is in the Rheinland Pfalz region along the Mosel river. I have visited Germany many times in my dreams since I lived there. Living in Germany, being in Europe, was one of the best highlights of my entire life. I hope one day to tangibly go back there with Kyle so I can show him some of the places I visited when I was there. One of my ancestors (thank you Beth for finding them) even had a last name that means to make wine lol.
“When Barbara Weinman was born on November 17, 1688, in Schwäbisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, her father, Johannes, was 37, and her mother, Catharina, was 30. She married Thomas Waldner on January 13, 1713, in Unteramlach, Carinthia, Austria. They had one child during their marriage. She died as a young mother in 1716 at the age of 28.”
Last name: Weinmann
This unusual name is of German origin and is a metonymic occupational name for someone who produced and or sold wine. The derivation is from the medieval German “win”, in modern German “wein”, meaning “wine” or “vine”, with “mann”, man. The name does not appear to be recorded in England before the mid 17th Century (see below) and thereafter is recorded in a variety of anglicized forms, such as John Winman (1681, London), George Weinman (1757, ibid.) and Jeremiah Wineman (1765, ibid.). Catherine, daughter of Johann and Elizabeth Weinmann, was christened on the 17th July 1809 in London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Sarah Weineman, married Miles Jenkinson, which was dated 3rd June 1639, St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, London, during the reign of King Charles I, The Martyr, 1625 – 1649. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
Mosel is one of 13 German wine regions (Weinbaugebiete) for quality wines (Qualitätswein, formerly QbA and Prädikatswein), and takes its name from the Mosel River (French: Moselle. Luxembourgish: Musel.). Before 1 August 2007 the region was called Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, but changed to a name that was considered more consumer-friendly. The wine region is Germany‘s third largest in terms of production but some consider it the leading region in terms of international prestige. The region covers the valleys of the rivers Mosel, Saar, and Ruwer from near the mouth of the Mosel at Koblenz and upstream to the vicinity of Trier in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The area is known for the steep slopes of the region’s vineyards overlooking the river. At 65° degrees incline, the steepest recorded vineyard in the world is the Calmont vineyard located on the Mosel and belonging to the village of Bremm, and therefore referred to as Bremmer Calmont. The Mosel is mainly famous for its wines made from the Riesling grape, but Elbling and Müller-Thurgau also contribute to the production, among others. In the past two decades red wine production, especially from the Spätburgunder (Pinot noir), has increased in the Mosel and throughout the German vignoble and has become of increasing interest to the international wine community. Because of the northerly location of the Mosel, the Riesling wines are often light, tending to lower alcohol, crisp and high in acidity, and often exhibit “flowery” rather than or in addition to “fruity” aromas. Its most common vineyard soil is derived in the main from various kinds of slate deposits, which tend to give the wines a transparent, mineralic aspect, that often exhibit great depth of flavor. In the current era of climate change much work has been done to improve and gain acceptance for completely dry (“Trocken”) Rieslings in this region, so that most of the more famous makers have found acceptance for such wines, particularly in Europe.
To put the world right in order,
we must first put the nation in order;
To put the nation in order,
we must first put the family in order;
To put the family in order,
we must first cultivate our personal life;
We must first set our hearts right.
Yesterday I mentioned that I hoped they were going to investigate what’s going on with the possibility that our Presidential election was hacked by Russia, and apparently they are going to. It’s the right thing to do. I feel certain if Vladimir was usurped in such an election in his own country, he would want the same thing! Hacking a political process is never a good idea no matter what country. It undermines everything that elections are supposed to represent. When elections are compromised it makes people feel even more powerless than they already do and this can be dangerous. Just take a look at the world map and you can see what happens when people find out their government is a sham. Kyle and I are wondering if this is exactly what Vladimir wanted? To show the world our weaknesses? If this was his intention perhaps he is to be thanked? Remember we are shown in the media what the “they’s” want us to see and I’ve come to understand that not all villains are villains. We shall all see.
I was proud of our people in Washington to see this article this morning. I hope they will be thorough, transparent and honest in this process. What I feel is at stake here is finding out if our Government and our countries “Democracy” has been completely compromised. It begs the question what’s the point of even having elections? What kind of country is the United States of America if another country can come in and completely undermine a Presidential election?
I pray for the greatest, most positive and loving good to come of the days to come.
Senate Intel Committee to probe Russian interference in election
House bill would sanction individuals involved in election tampering© Provided by The Hill
The Senate Intelligence Committee announced Friday that it will be launching a bipartisan inquiry into Russian intelligence activities.
The scope of the probe will include “Counterintelligence concerns related to Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, including any intelligence regarding links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns” – a goal that points to recently surfaced allegations that Donald Trump’s campaign had been in contact with Moscow.
Burr said just one day before that no such topic would be included in his committee’s investigation.
“As part of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s oversight responsibilities we believe that it is critical to have a full understanding of the scope of Russian intelligence activities impacting the United States,” committee chair Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said in a joint statement with ranking member Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)
Burr said that both the October statement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which said the agencies believed Russians were behind the hack on the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and the more recent full declassified report from the Intelligence Community (IC) on Russian interference in the election “raise profound concerns.”
Burr said the committee will “conduct a bipartisan inquiry of the intelligence reporting.”
The committee plans to hold hearings, interview officials from the Obama and Trump administrations, “including the issuance of subpoenas if necessary to compel testimony,” but said most of the investigation will be done behind closed doors.
The IC report concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered a hacking and influence campaign intended to help Donald Trump win the presidency.
It was later reported that in the classified version of the report, the IC also included as an addendum a synopsis of an unverified outside dossier, which began as opposition research and was compiled by a former British intel operative. The dossier claimed that the Kremlin has compromising personal and professional information on Trump and that his campaign aides and Russian intermediaries have been in contact throughout the campaign.
The news of the dossier, and word that Trump and President Obama were briefed on it, exploded this week, leading some to call for further investigation into its claims.
Trump has cast doubt on the intelligence agencies’ findings, and slammed the dossier as “fake news.”
“The Committee will follow the intelligence wherever it leads. We will conduct this inquiry expeditiously, and we will get it right,” the statement read.
Kremlin has consistently denied all U.S. allegations, calling them false and unsubstantiated.