Sunday Open Thread – April 26th

Tomb of the UnknownOur Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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123 Responses to Sunday Open Thread – April 26th

  1. Dixie says:

    At motel 6 we leave the lights on for you.

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  2. ZurichMike says:

    An Australian friend sent this to me yesterday:
    Reminder: As we get closer to the 2016 election year, US citizens must remember that they cannot trust Hillary Clinton to create American jobs. The last time she had a meaningful job, she outsourced it to Monica Lewinsky, who blew it.

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  3. labrat says:

    The libs just love this story. I predict this experiment will ultimately fail.I, for one, would be pissed if a few of my co-workers made the same money as I do, and I certainly wouldn’t put up with the bullshit my bosses do if I could make the same money without the additional headaches. There’s a sound foundation in human nature for hierarchies.

    http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/ceo-who-set-minimum-wage-at-70k-is-swamped-with-business/

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    • wondering999 says:

      Interesting. Study from Woodrow Wilson School
      http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2019628,00.html
      “The study, by economist Angus Deaton and psychologist Daniel Kahneman, who has won a Nobel Prize for Economics, analyzed the responses of 450,000 Americans polled by Gallup and Healthways in 2008 and 2009. Participants were asked how they had felt the previous day and whether they were living the best possible life for them. They were also asked about their income.

      “The authors found that most Americans — 85% — regardless of their annual income, felt happy each day. Almost 40% of respondents also reported feeling stressed (which is not mutually exclusive with happiness) and 24% had feelings of sadness. Most people were also satisfied with the way their life was going. “

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      • Dixie says:

        Was that because they avoided world news? Because I have found that is the way to stay happy….don’t watch the news…don’t read the papers…avoid the internet….delete all political emails without reading them….just go about your daily business in ignorance. What you don’t know won’t hurt you. At least until the world ends.

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    • rashomon says:

      Meh. After a certain point, the amount of bucks you bank becomes less meaningful. He chose his move to benefit his employees, which I commend, but this should not be a set up for how a business plan works. He isn’t doing anyone a favor by suggesting that he, taking on risk and reputation, should let his people earn the same without putting the same cards on the table. With only 11 years in the fray, he probably doesn’t have the maturity to anticipate the competitors and market fluctuations that may make him go more protectionist for his company’s survival. I don’t know that venture capitalists would be very excited about this pay structure.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        If I remember correctly, about a week ago, Eric Bolling on The Five, said that these employees would be out of a job in about a year or so because the business would go under. The profit margin isn’t great enough to sustain this.

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        • John Denney says:

          A million bucks will pay 14 people 70 thousand bucks. He’s one of the 14, leaving enough for 13 more, yet he doubled the pay of 30. That means he gave 35k more to each of the 30, which is over a million bucks in itself. And he also gave lesser raises to 40 more people.
          Hope he has enough gross to stay in business.
          Bottom line: his money to do with as he pleases.

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  4. Father Paul Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

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  5. MaryfromMarin says:

    Do you suppose they’ll all vote third party?

    Homeland Security Working Overtime to Add ‘New Americans’ by 2016 Election

    http://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/2015/04/23/homeland-security-working-overtime-to-add-new-americans-by-2016-election/#ixzz3YNSaz2YU

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  6. sundance says:

    Reporter gets mugged on camera.

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  7. carterzest says:

    In discussing the Turner, Oregon police incident with “The Ripper” that I outlined on yesterdays open thread, I could not help but notice how the original news story I linked, conveniently scrubbed a good portion(the money shots)of the “ripper” carnage….

    Here is what I posted yesterday(seems like 3 days ago with the event du jour…..)

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/04/25/saturday-open-thread-april-25th/comment-page-1/#comment-1395000

    “Merica, Heck Yeah!

    I recall posting pics of my trip home from Moab to PDX last year where we witnessed a steady stream of these “Ripper” style vehicles being shipped from West to East. I recall some pushback on my “tinfoil” at the time of posting. This sh!t is scary folks.

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  8. labrat says:

    That was the most painful Whitehouse Correspondence Dinner I have ever seen. Horrible speeches.

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    • moogey says:

      In regard to comedy, other than Andrew Dice Clay in the 1970’s, I’ve never been offended by language, topic or rant. However, I was highly offended listening to the US President attack others under the guise of comedy, and wondered how the “humor” honored the White House Correspondents.

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    • doodahdaze says:

      Entertaining his media Correspuppets. Disgusting.

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      • Dixie says:

        He is repugnant.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          Agreed. {spit}

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          • rsmith1776 says:

            I’ve seen the entire bloody thing. (I must have a martyrdom fetish.)

            Horrible doesn’t start to cover it. Trust me, I can appreciate good humor authored by liberals, what can you do, most comedians are liberal. (By the way, it is smart liberal comedians who assess through humor liberal pathologies better than conservative ones – think Larry David and/or the truly brilliant Tracey Ullman.)

            This wasn’t it. As opposed to other years, which were unlikeable enough too, I feel this timeHu🐍🐍ein wrote his own lines and it showed. There was an unintended insight in Hu🐍🐍ein’s contorted, petty, dark, frustrated, perverted (and I don’t necessarily mean sexually) mind.

            A disturbing spectacle, really. I mean, if this weren’t the PO(tu)S, somebody in the audience, even one of the few smarter liberals, would have yelled: call a doctor! now!

            In the whole history of the United States there wasn’t a sicker, smaller, pettier man to be elected as President. The fact that he’s of mixed race or whatever the moniker is nowadays is purely coincidental. This is not about race.

            This is about pathology.

            A man sinking a country. The smallest man in the world sinking the greatest country in the world.

            So sad.

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    • Dixie says:

      I believe he mentioned a third term……..supposedly in jest? And that was suppose to be funny, in fact one of the top 5 funny remarks he made according to the msm. And the fools actually laughed.

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  9. Lucille says:

    Men and women military vets are taking it to Congress re veterans’ health care and other topics of over all interest to the military. Pete Hegseth is CEO of Concerned Veterans for America. Be great if other groups, especially conservative, did the same thing; though we might have a difficult time keeping our tempers under control when visiting some of the bozos who are bipartisan sellouts to BHO.

    CONCERNED VETERANS FOR AMERICA ANNOUNCES 2015 “VETS ON THE HILL” INITIATIVE
    http://cv4a.org/concerned-veterans-for-america-announces-2015-vets-on-the-hill-initiative/

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    • Monroe says:

      If they need info about the Dallas VA, myself and several other former/current long time employees are willing to make arrangements to share our documentation of abuses/wrong doing.

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  10. georgiafl says:

    On the racial turmoil in Valdosta – warrant for arrest in the Kendrick Johnson case – Dalton Ray Chauncey – student who lied about hearing conspiracy to murder Johnson.
    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/04/valdosta_georgia__a_racial_powder_keg.html

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  11. texan59 says:

    Coffee up y’all. 🙂

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  12. texan59 says:

    Our dear friend Clarice takes a look at the Clinton’s week. Suffice it to say, they’ve had better. 😆

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/04/the_clintons_little_tin_box.html

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    • Dixie says:

      She’s just trying to make sure they are secure in their retirement years and can live in the manner to which they have become accustomed/s. Just because she is a traitor doesn’t mean she should be expected to serve time.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I heard a blurb on FOX and Friends this morning that the Russian hacker security breach of the WH was worse than first thought. They actually got into the Faux-Pres’s emails. My first thought is, ” I wonder if those emails are from/to Hitlery and will be exposed by the “hackers?” You know, some “real” evidence to hang her.

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  13. rashomon says:

    Did you know that a “working family” is “those that have at least one family member who works 27 or more weeks per year and 10 or more hours per week”? That’s working? That’s really working? And they wonder why they can’t make ends meet? And they’re blaming stagnating wages for the $152.8 BILLION annually spent to provide safety nets for these people?

    How about getting up a little earlier in the morning and working a 40-hour week PER ADULT PERSON!!! Heck, the kids in my family worked from age eight or nine doing something…shoveling snow, raking leaves, mowing lawns, dog washing, cleaning garages, sorting mail, filing papers, something. These are not jobs for college grads (who foolishly majored in gender or women’s or black studies and have zilch experience to bring to the table). And, then again, it would be nice if a family consisted of two adults vs. a single mother with two or four or six children.

    Maybe if they spent less time rioting and preaching and stomping on flags, they could earn a bit more money. Some of those men of God have an awful lots of kids by an awful lot of mothers. They could do a little less time at that as well.

    Click to access the-high-public-cost-of-low-wages.pdf

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    • Josh says:

      This definition of a “working family” helps to show that unemployment is low.

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    • georgiafl says:

      Drugs, procreation and fighting take most of the time away from work.

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    • Millwright says:

      The White House – and its tame press – keeps complaining about a lack of “shovel-ready jobs” for the black community when what they really mean is there’s no one that knows how to use a shovel ! There are hundreds of thousands of jobs going wanting for lack of qualified applicants. Ask Mike Rowe.

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  14. Josh says:

    Found this website and just wanted to post it … somewhere …

    989th Engineer Treadway Bridge Company
    APO 513, U. S. Army

    The History of the 989 compiles a record of a group of men who worked and fought together as a unit from basic training to the finish of the fight. The forty-odd months that took us from the West coast of California to the West banks of the Elbe are rich with memories.

    Though the unit never made headlines, very few rivers on the Western European Continent do not have at least one spot on which you provided the means for the assault during the “War of river Lines.”

    As you glance through the pages of this brief History may you realize that whatever your contribution and sacrifice might have been toward its making, it is very meager compared with the sacrifice of those who were killed in its making. May we never waver from the ideals for which they so nobly died.

    http://989thengineertreadway.com/

    When men were men {sigh}

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  15. Justice_099 says:

    A message of perseverance:

    When navigating the maze of life, it is easy to take the wrong path and become lost for years. But when you arrive at happiness, who is to say that you took the wrong path?

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    • nyetneetot says:

      Depends upon the burning wreckage left in ones wake I suppose…..

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    • Josh says:

      Exactly! I often thought this. One’s trials and tribulations are what help to shape them into the person they are today.

      Look at Ronald Reagan’s life, for example. He had a tough younger years. It helped shape him to be a compassionate, caring man.

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    • Josh says:

      Justice_099, I sent this on to someone. I received the response, “I like this a lot! Is it quote or an original observation?” How shall I respond, my friend?

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      • Justice_099 says:

        I think it is my own original observation. It came out during a conversation with my niece in which I was giving her advice.

        But I have read so much, I cannot guarantee it wasn’t planted in there from somewhere.

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      • Justice_099 says:

        The message (probably obvious) is that, where you are now came about because of the decisions you made, good or bad and actions done upon you, good or bad.

        For example, losing a job at a critical point in your life may have forced you to lose everything and move and in this new place you met your future wife and had children. You wouldn’t be there without that bad event happening. Everything happens for a reason or God challenges you to make you better. The concept itself is not original, of course.

        It’s an observation that I made as a little kid, actually. And later in life, it is one of the things that brought me to Christianity (I wasn’t raised religious.)

        Lest I sound like a Buddhist again. lol

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        • Josh says:

          “two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” ~ Robert Frost

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        • Les says:

          Sounding Buddhist wasn’t meant as an insult, sorry if I presented it that way. There is a lot of Buddhism in Christianity and a lot of Christianity in Buddhism.

          I can’t bring myself to bag on Buddhism. Those folks mean no harm and really try to extend understanding to every living thing. I can’t fault that. In fact, I wish I were better at that myself.

          Islam sucks, though. haha (See what I mean about trying to be better?)

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  16. Stormy says:

    Obama’s America:

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  17. Josh says:

    “We are losing control of our city because of the overly indulgent behaviors tolerated at the City-County Building,” the memo says. “Because of those behaviors, the situation is spreading to a wider area. While I have little influence on those who manage and control the City-County Building I will not abdicate my responsibility and will use the resources available to the city of Madison to bring safety and sanity back to our Downtown.”

    [Mayor] Paul Soglin takes actions on drifters and the homeless engaged in dangerous behaviors

    http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/paul-soglin-takes-actions-on-drifters-and-the-homeless-engaged/article_ef24e891-abb8-5b14-bff2-e837da58f779.html

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  18. stella says:

    Gay Marriage: A Trojan Horse Movement

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/04/gay_marriage_a_trojan_horse_movement.html#.VTuU6jfc0Fc.facebook

    The Left doesn’t care about gay rights, any more than they care about civil rights, welfare rights, minority rights, animal rights or any other “rights.” According to the Left, “the issue is never the issue; the issue is always the revolution.” The various “rights” the Left has aggressively promoted over the years are merely vehicles to advance the Left’s power.

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    • Josh says:

      And the sooner the idiots understand this ^, the better. The sooner they realize that they are nothing more than useful tools, the better.

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    • nyetneetot says:

      PROPOSALS to transform the relations between the sexes have long gone hand in hand with plans for the socialization of the means of production. Marriage is to disappear along with private property, giving place to an arrangement more in harmony with the fundamental facts of sex. When man is liberated from the yoke of economic labour, love is to be liberated from all the economic trammels which have profaned it. Socialism promises not only welfare — wealth for all — but universal happiness in love as well. This part of its programme has been the source of much of its popularity. It is significant that no other German socialist book was more widely read or more effective as propaganda than Bebel’s Woman and Socialism, which is dedicated above all to the message of free love.

      Ludwig von Mises (1922) Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis

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  19. auscitizenmom says:

    This is from the Tea Party about fighting Obamacare.

    “Senator David Vitter is fighting to force members of Congress and their staffs to enroll in ObamaCare. However, the Democrats and some Republicans are fighting him hard. So, Senator Vitter helped us film a TV ad to air in key states. Now we must raise the funds to get this ad on the air. Please make an urgent contribution of $25, $30, $50, $100, $200, or whatever you can afford right away……….. The American people need to understand that Congress is exempting itself from ObamaCare. They need to realize that the politicians are once again breaking the rules.

    Senator Vitter needs our help. And Tea Party Patriots simply doesn’t have the money on hand right now to buy the airtime we need. A bipartisan cabal of Democrats and Republicans just voted against Senator Vitter in committee. They are trying to cover up the fact that many Senate offices are probably breaking the law by not enrolling in ObamaCare. This is a huge scandal. And David Vitter is risking his career by picking this fight. Most politicians and their staffs want no part of ObamaCare. They understand it is expensive and a terrible nuisance. They love their gold-plated, taxpayer-funded insurance plans, and they will do anything to keep them.

    So Republicans and Democrats have locked arms and are fighting Senator Vitter like crazy. They are blocking his investigation into ObamaCare. They are trying to kill his bill that would force Congress members and staffers to enroll in this horrible program.

    We must rally the American people like never before. We MUST get this ad on the air immediately. Then, please make the very best gift you can today. I’ve personally told Senator Vitter that we’ll get these ads up on the air. I’ve promised that Tea Party supporters across America would fund the airtime we need in key states. This man is truly fighting for us. He is standing up to the cronies in both political parties! And he needs our help now.

    PLEASE do whatever you can today. This is urgent! Thank you in advance for all your help.
    Sincerely,
    Jenny Beth Martin
    National Coordinator and Co-Founder

    An article on this:
    http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/11/sen_vitter_stars_in_new_citize.html

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    • nyetneetot says:

      “… buy the airtime we need…”

      Serious query; Is this realistic anymore (if ever)? I mean, people aren’t really watching broadcast TV/Radio to pay attention to commercials. When they do, they tune them out after realizing it’s an apposing political stance from their own.
      Has this method of spreading a political message via advertisements ever been effective? The media outlets would like everyone to believe so obviously. I think where it has had the most impact has been when the message is inserted into the programing itself. We don’t have access to that, no matter how much money is raised. That is controlled by Hollywood liberals and big Government. I suspect we’ve been steered in a direction for decades so we waste money that could have actually been used to better effect.

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    • Josh says:

      How many elected Tea Party candidates have turned out not to be conservatives?

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  20. Josh says:

    “You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot encourage the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred.

    “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”

    ~ Abraham Lincoln

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    • MaryfromMarin says:

      Evil of any form is catching. Which is why we need the salvation which came only through the Cross. Without that, we cannot hope to escape.

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  21. Lou says:

    http://www.cbs46.com/story/28895286/cyclist-records-road-rage-attack-with-helmet-camera

    as a biker, this is why I wear a camera myself. I drove an 18 wheeler OTR as well many years ago, and guess I was the big dog, but was always courteous. drivers need to be more courteous towards bikes and motorbikes. disrespectful attitudes towards a smaller bike by a car driver is just out of line. as a bicyclist though, I might have beat the crap out of the driver though after his lazy arse assaulted me.

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  22. Josh says:

    This in contrast to today’s post (other than the daily thread):
    This is about 2 hours long.

    Watch Star Parker and Allen West: Conservative Black Forum
    http://www.urbancure.org/mbarticle.asp?id=136&t=Watch-Star-Parker-and-Allen-West-Conservative-Black-Forum

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  23. Margaret-Ann says:

    NASCAR all day.
    That’s all I got. 🙂

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  24. lilbirdee'12 says:

    Gingrich at his best ! Tell ’em, Newt ! It may take a little while, but I don’t think cHillary will survive this, imo !

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/04/26/stephanopoulos-floored-as-gingrich-bloomberg-editors-detail-seriousness-of-clinton-cash/

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Wow.

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    • canadacan says:

      That’s my gut feeling I just don’t think she’s going to survive it .I think the Clintons are in for a bitter disappointment.

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    • moogey says:

      Thanks for sharing this. I think it’s important that we continue to remember, if this had been Sen. Robert Menendez, or even Governor McDonnell the Dept of Justice would have been investigating this. As for the argument that Hillary put the donation info on the website and that is proof that they did nothing wrong, I argue Enron put all their financial documentation out there for its investors. Should that have stopped any investigation because it was just a witch hunt to see if there was any “there, there”?

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    • Dixie says:

      I have preordered that Clinton Cash book from Amazon.

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  25. lilbirdee'12 says:

    Just got this link from a FR post. Another horrible murder, this time father and son killed. Yea, you know the suspects are just sweet innocent chillun who bought all that good stuff and took it to Mamas’ house. So very sad. Be safe everyone.

    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/04/metairie_double_murder_pence_a.html#incart_most-comments

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  26. Sharon says:

    I had wondered about this – the climbers on Mt. Everest are above the Khumbu ice fall due to passage ways destroyed as a result of the earthquake.

    I realize that the numbers of those in trouble on the mountain are “minor” compared to the hundreds of thousands, who survived and continue to be in danger in the cities, but these guys are pretty helpless and, I’m thinking, are in the death zone. I don’t remember the elvation of the ice fall….

    Climber at Mt. Everest Camp 2 says team running low on supplies, can’t get down past Khumbu icefall without helicopter after avalanche.

    http://twitchy.com/2015/04/26/check-out-these-dramatic-photos-of-mt-everest-after-nepal-earthquake-struck/?utm_source=autotweet&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=twitter

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  27. hoosiergranny says:

    Beautiful day here in southern IN. No rain and not a cloud in the sky. It was supposed to be in the mid 50’s but was nearly 70! Great day to be outside.

    Did a little mowing and some weeding. Found & harvested a pound of wild onions. Will freeze the bulbs and dry the tops to use like chives. Planted 1/2 the cabbage plants and cooked the other 1/2 of the seedlings for dinner with a little onion, garlic & bacon. Heavenly.

    Have a feeling I won’t be able to move tomorrow but it sure felt good today.

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    • lilbirdee'12 says:

      I know what you mean, granny. Monday will have to be rest day for me. Today I planted shasta daisies, zinnias, and sunflowers. Have to plant the cabbages soon as they are outgrowing the starter pots. Will be thinking of you tomorrow as I moan and groan (lol).

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      • hoosiergranny says:

        lilbirdee’12, I’ll take a couple extra Advil for you tomorrow. It’s a work-work day for me, otherwise, I’d be thinking about planting some of the other hearty seedlings. It’s just been so unseasonably cold here and I hate having to cover multiple rows in the garden. It’s so much easier to just cover everything on the patio. But beginning tomorrow, there are no nights below 40 degrees. I’ve got to get what’s on the patio planted so I’ll have room to begin hardening the tomatoes, peppers, etc. Praying we all have a good year in the gardens.

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    • michellc says:

      It’s been two beautiful days here. In the mid 80’s yesterday and near 80 today and no rain.
      The only downside is the snakes are coming out. We saw the cat eating something today and when we went to look it had a copperhead about a foot long. Cats do amaze me with how they know how to crush their head without getting bit before they eat them. Well those that do eat them, one of the barn cats kills them and then leaves them on our step as a gift.lol

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      • hoosiergranny says:

        michellc, I love cats. Seems we always had cats while growing up even though I was a city girl. Papa is horribly allergic to them. So it’s been over 40 years since I’ve had a cat and I really miss them. Papa’s allergic to some dogs, too. It took us many years to find a breed that I liked and he could live with. Really can’t imagine a world without pets.

        Snakes! My great grandmother, who was from this area in southern IN, made me phobic about snakes. She had many stories about them including the one where the snake was suspended from a rafter right over the baby’s crib. I’m counting on the Guinea’s taking care of everything – moles, snakes, mice, tics…but especially the snakes.

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        • michellc says:

          I hate snakes, the one thing that will make me scream like a girl.
          Our guineas will kill some snakes and between them and the cat have dropped our snake population, but I’ve never saw them killing a mouse or mole. I have saw chickens killing and eating mice though. I really wouldn’t depend on them for the ticks though, we have about 20 of them and you know the battle we’ve had with ticks.
          If it wasn’t for the fact they are helping with snakes and scorpions I wouldn’t have the annoying birds. They’re always making a racket and they’re always wandering off.

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  28. lilbirdee'12 says:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your love and salvation to all. Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

    Blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

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