Wednesday January 25th – Open Thread

Tomb of the Unknown ChristmasOur 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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149 Responses to Wednesday January 25th – Open Thread

  1. FLOTUS Melania #1 Fan says:

    Does anyone know of any MADE IN USA welding helmets???? I prefer the regular old passive helmets, not the auto-darkening ones. Most of the helmets I’m looking at right now don’t say where they are made….never a good sign. If a product is made in America then that is usually proudly advertised as a selling point. I have sent a couple e-mails to a couple companies asking if their helmets are American made, haven’t yet heard back from them.


    • Lucille says:

      I didn’t go through their list, but this is the Northern Tool website section on helmets. I’ve always received first class product and service from them:

      Liked by 2 people

    • Texasranger says:

      Accu-Strike Welding Helmets – Made In USA America 2 Year Warranty.!

      Hands Free Welding Helmet Made in the USA.!

      Ord, NE 68862
      Contact Company: 800-658-4443

      Liked by 2 people

    • FLOTUS Melania #1 Fan says:

      Thanks for the responses Lucille and Texasranger! I’m checking out that accu-strike right now! I had come across this product earlier but had somehow missed the little “made in USA” label so I dismissed them. They should make that MADE IN USA bigger!

      Liked by 3 people

      • amwick says:

        You gonna work on a wall???? Maybe??? That would be awesome!!!

        Liked by 3 people

        • FLOTUS Melania #1 Fan says:

          Actually, YES, I am VERY seriously considering trying to go down to the border when construction starts and work on The Wall! I have told all the relevant people in my life that if the opportunity arises for me to go down there for a few months I will take it. I have made arrangements to have pets and house looked after, etc. I would like to get my picture in the history books, just like the pictures of the guys building the Hoover dam or the Empire State Building. When kids open a history book in a hundred years I want them to see me in a hard hat setting concrete into place! I have sent a message to Donald telling him I’m ready to work on The Wall! If anyone knows where to formally apply for the job please let me know!

          The welding helmet is just for my own fun though! But it could come in handy!

          Liked by 7 people

          • auscitizenmom says:

            Good luck!

            Liked by 2 people

          • farmhand1927 says:

            I’d like to help with the wall, too, by taking a chuck wagon down there and cooking for the crews.

            Liked by 1 person

          • Wayne Robinson says:

            Well it’s been some time , but I only used Jacksons for this very reason. Many company’s have been forced to move in order to compete, but the quality could not be beat so I’m confident they are still around. I used mine with a hard hat but they have other liners . Good luck . You might look under welding supplies in yellow pages , they often had logos in their adds but a phone call would inform you . They had other models but I can’t recall model number . There was another good one made byFiber-metal model number 906-3c but other than these two I would have no idea


          • Wayne Robinson says:

            Sorry I got put up twice/ your thoughts are wonderful. Please be aware that all contracts using tax dollars come under ” Davis Bacon” this means that they are prevailing wage jobs . Meaning that union scale must be payed according to craft agreements or contracts. While this causes bidding to be fair per man hour, it also means that union signatories have an advantage. When it comes to a hiring hall procedure , union contractors can go anywhere and call on trained hands and this really isn’t quit the same for non union company’s. I don’t know what is right for you but I’m sure you’ll figure it out if your heart is set. You might want to think of apprenticeship agreement if your heart is set to be in opperaters union or Ironworkers


    • Wayne Robinson says:

      Well it’s been some time , but I only used Jacksons for this very reason. Many company’s have been forced to move in order to compete, but the quality could not be beat so I’m confident they are still around. I used mine with a hard hat but they have other liners . Good luck . You might look under welding supplies in yellow pages , they often had logos in their adds but a phone call would inform you . They had other models but I can’t recall model number . There was another good one made byFiber-metal model number 906-3c but other than these two I would have no idea


  2. Garrison Hall says:

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  3. rashamon says:

    In celebration of our companies who go out of their way to help, may I thank Doubletree Hotels/McAllen, TX for stepping up. If you have an option, use their services.

    Liked by 6 people

  4. furtive says:

    This dangerous professor at Brandeis U was on Tavis Smiley 😊 Tuesday night.
    He slanders Trump throughout. He interview. & revises Hil-liar-y’s historical record.

    He’s on antidepressants or some other uptake inhinitor. His brain cells are impaired…& he is not nfluencing an entire school of impressionable naive kids.

    He should be fired!! A Red commie.

    Here is his latest diatribe..SICKENING:

    Liked by 2 people

    • furtive says:

      Typo: he IS influencing the kids

      Liked by 1 person

    • rashamon says:

      Thanks for pointing this out. One more university my grandchildren will NOT attend. This decision is becoming easier every day.

      Liked by 5 people

    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      Hate to say it, but he is probably not the exception. Some are more subtle, though. If your child will be going to college, choose wisely and prepare him/her for the worst, anyway.

      Liked by 2 people

    • farmhand1927 says:

      Get ready, schools and universities. Your swamp’s are prime for draining too. It’ll start with ‘sanctuary’ colleges being defunded. Next up, any teacher or professor that goes beyond reasonable discourse and debate in classrooms and instead, intentionally indoctrinates against the sitting president will be gone.

      Case in point, a public school in Pueblo, Colorado has hung a Trump pinata INSIDE THE SCHOOL so students and teachers can taunt and wack at it. The story is just coming to light so I don’t have a link yet. But, no way should taxpayers put up with sick behavior like that, nor should parents allow their kids to step foot back in the door. The Administration and all teachers involved should be fired before sundown.

      There is a heavy hispanic population in Pueblo, its also a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants. Crime is rampant including increasing drug offenses. Imagine if on Day 6 of Obama’s Administration a predominantly white school would have encouraged students and staff to take swings at an Obama pinata?

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  5. Lucille says:

    Christine Williams Moment: How the Victimology Subterfuge is Killing the West
    JANUARY 24, 2017 11:54 AM BY JAMIE GLAZOV

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  6. citizen817 says:

    Content deleted by admin. Do not post pictures such as this again unless you want to be blocked.


  7. Lucille says:

    Thank you, President Trump, for your concern for the pre-born. In a new video series, Planned Parenthood has been outed for their lies. Defunding for all their facilities in America is vital.

    “Planned Parenthood Caught Denying Women Prenatal Care: 92 of 97 Abortion Clinics Turned Them Away” – by Micaiah Bilger – January 24, 2017

    Liked by 4 people

  8. waltherppk says:

    I may have to volunteer for the Russian Army to help with training these troops

    Liked by 6 people

  9. smiley says:

    in stark, dark contrast to President Trump, there’s this…

    Soros And MasterCard Join Forces To Profit From Immigration

    January 25, 2017

    ” Radical…speculator George Soros is scheming to profit from the illegal immigration crises in the United States and the European Union that he was instrumental in creating.”

    (this is a new partnership with MasterCard…something called Humanity Ventures.)

    and, according to Soros…”Our potential investment in this social enterprise, coupled with MasterCard’s ability to create products that serve vulnerable communities, can show how private capital can play a constructive role in solving social problems.”

    and from the article…”Any profit Soros and his billionaire buddies in the left-wing donors’ consortium, the Democracy Alliance, extract from the operation of Humanity Ventures can be used to fund more projects aimed at destroying Western culture, rule of law, individual rights and limited government. Perhaps the money can be used to finance the future presidential runs of Keith Ellison and Chelsea Clinton.”

    (not to mention…importing masses of yet more illegals into our country.)

    very good article.

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    • smiley says:

      and then read this…

      Soros, Democracy Alliance, Dark Money, And Violence

      29 November 2016

      excellent, in-depth article about who and what is behind the intense left-wing opposition to President Trump.

      Liked by 1 person

      • smiley says:

        eagle vs vulture

        Liked by 5 people

      • WSB says:

        We need to ban Soros from this country. And I am glad I have no Mastercards.

        Liked by 2 people

        • Rebel News (in Canada) has said that Soros has moved to Canada. Can’t find the link, …but I hope it’s not true.

          But we in Canada are in big, big trouble given the Prime Minister we have. Here’s what he’s doing about Islam:

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          • WSB says:

            “Canada is on the verge of passing what amounts to Islamic blasphemy laws.”

            There needs to be a Canadian revolution. Too bad Harper is not around.

            Do you have elections coming up or are they based on no confidence votes after referenda like Britain?

            There must be someone who could unseat Trudeau. Another mistake like Obama. I still think our votes were rigged.

            I see Trudeau is turning refugees into parliament members.

            Here is a tweet:


            • Actually, somewhere I read that Harper has said that Trump has set everything back 30 years. Well, given what has happened in the last 30 years, I don’t that that’s necessarily a bad thing. Perhaps we can go back to being a Christian country. But, unfortunately, I think here in Canada we have the equivalent of what Sundance has called the ‘Uni-party’, with the current conservative and liberal and NDP party. There’s no real difference.

              The very small hope we have is Andrew Scheer, who is throwing his hat into the rink for the Conservative Leadership – to replace Harper. His father is a devout Catholic, and hopefully Andrew follows in his Father’s footsteps. Start with being Christian and pro-life and then the rest can follow. But our country is now post-Christian, and maybe too far gone.

              Those of us who are in angst in regard what is happening in Canada, (and for me also the Vatican, with our current Pope) prayed for the USA during the elections, especially as Trump came out as a pro-life candidate. Please pray for Canada. We really need it.

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  10. smiley says:

    Winter Haven


    ca 2014

    Catherine Hearding ~ American

    she is a self-taught artist with a background in zoology and botany.


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  11. Dora says:

    Edgar Alwin Payne (1883–1947) Navajo Scouting Party oil on canvas

    Liked by 4 people

    • smiley says:

      love his work !

      one of the best SW painters, imo.

      great color, form & composition….illustrative but very painterly.

      nice one 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

    • G-d&Country says:

      Wow, just Wow! I did a duckduck image search – love his paintings. There is a website I found and now can not find that had every painting by various artists. You would input an artists name then all the pics would come up. You could even sort them. The site had a black background. Does anyone know of this site? Thanks to everyone who posts these lovely paintings.


  12. smiley says:

    just for FUN..

    MENSA IQ test…with answers…no cheating 😀


  13. Dora says:

    Is your mattress feeling a little lumpy? Maybe you should check the box spring. 🙂


    $20 million found hidden inside box spring under mattress in Boston


    • smiley says:

      can you imagine ???

      while gardening, digging in the ground, I’m always secretly hoping to find one of those hoards that someone stashed & forgot about, a long time ago.


      Liked by 2 people

    • webgirlpdx says:

      TelexFree had few customers and made the majority of its revenue from people buying into the company with a promise of payouts for posting online ads for it and the recruits were paid with money from new recruits, often friends and family of earlier investors.

      Perhaps we’ll see less of those annoying “My brother’s cousin’s girlfriend’s mother/law was broke but now makes $98-hour” posts in website comments?

      Liked by 1 person

    • Raven says:

      I once opened a new in plastic wrap technical manual from Microsoft and found a crisp $100 bill inside. The book belonged to me to begin with so I kept the money, but I’ve wondered about who put it in there and what they expected the outcome would be. Maybe if I had called and told them I found their money I would be rich today for reporting the find. Husband and I were in a pinch financially at the time so it came as a gift from God at that moment, and we spent it.

      But crazy to find that cash in a newly opened book.

      Liked by 2 people

    • FLOTUS Melania #1 Fan says:

      I never watched ESPN. They don’t show the kinds of sports I’m into. For instance, here’s a real American competitor:

      For those of you fed up with all the garbage in today’s mainstream sports, but still wanting to watch (or participate in) some great competitive action, go to a trap or skeet shoot. You won’t see this on ESPN!

      Liked by 3 people

  14. nimrodman says:

    That’s some consumer protection head. Uses a private device so no messages can be retrieved thru FOIA requests.

    CFPB’s Cordray Used Private Device, Didn’t Create Records

    Liked by 2 people

    • nimrodman says:

      “… so no messages can be retrieved thru FOIA requests”

      You know … like, by consumers

      Liked by 4 people

    • allhail2 says:

      Not necessarily. Often, if a private device is used to conduct official govt business, then that device can be subject to FOIA requests.

      In FL, we were always told to not text, or email anything govt related from our personal devices or they could be subject to inspection under our “Sunshine Laws.” (FL’s term for open govt)

      Liked by 1 person

  15. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For we walk by faith, not by sight”
    2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV)

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  16. duchess01 says:

    Thank You, Jesus, for blessings received and prayers answered!

    Liked by 5 people

  17. QuiteContrary says:

    Here’s Steven Crowder’s video of him and another guy attending the Women’s March dressed as women. It’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in quite some time. My apologies if it’s already been posted.


  18. jakeandcrew says:

    An update on the Bundy trials in Oregon and Nevada…

    “The epic battle between ordinary people under attack by a federal government intent on stealing their land resumes in early February. Cliven Bundy and men who came to Bunkerville to protest the egregious abuse by the federal government, face up to 99 years in prison for standing up to illegal government land theft.

    Motions are flying in both the Nevada Bundy Ranch case and the Oregon Refuge case. After the acquittal on all charges of the first group for their adverse possession and occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge case that resulted in the ambush death of LaVoy Finicum, it’s no wonder the public has been confused by the number of defendants who have been arbitrarily split up into three groups.”

    Read more…

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  19. frogstamper says:

    So….wake up this morning to the “headline” that Peyton Manning is speaking to the Rinos at their “retreat.”
    How much is that costing us?
    Really – they need to listen to a motivational speech from Peyton Manning? Why?
    I can’t even tell you how much this disgusts me.
    I swear that I will never ever vote for an incumbent as long as I live from now.

    Liked by 2 people

    • I understand you’re angst. But I’m going to look at a little differently. Because I strongly feel that Peyton Manning is a good man. And he was a pretty good quarterback. And since our President Trump likes football and football players, he probably feels this is necessary to make them better leaders.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Lucille says:

      Peyton is a good, decent, honorable Christian man who has not only donated large sums to numerous charities over the years but has spent his own time during his off seasons to visit our troops AT NO CHARGE.

      Peyton gives immensely inspiring speeches and has written touchingly about his faith. One of my favorite people in general among those I don’t know personally.


      • frogstamper says:

        I like Peyton too.
        My point is
        1. Why do our Senators need a retreat? They NEED to be in DC doing the jobs for which they have been elected.
        2. Why do they need a motivational speech from anybody? I repeat, they NEED to be in DC doing the jobs for which they have been elected.
        I don’t believe President Trump scheduled this retreat. Apparently this is an annual event?
        These people are not Patriots and I hope President Trump says exactly that to each and every one of them.


  20. Bob Thoms says:

    The American left is now finding religion on debt; there attempt to stop Trump………

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  21. aliashubbatch says:

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  22. Nan says:

    Definitive proof that the media is lying about crowd size. Look at the clock. The time is wrong for the inauguration

    Liked by 5 people

  23. F.D.R. in Hell says:

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  24. Dora says:


    Bill Donohue comments on the resignation of David Clohessy, executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP):

    Just days after SNAP was sued by a former employee for accepting kickbacks from Church-suing attorneys, its leader, David Clohessy, quit.


  25. Dora says:

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  26. Bob Thoms says:

    The Dutch welcome President Trump!

    Funny !!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  27. As I said I would Aur1640 (sorry I reversed #’s in the other thread 😉 ) Please if you can let us know how “Aurson” and his team are doing. Thx! If you can’t say anything, no worries. Totally understand! Please extend our thanks and prayers to all of them! We are thinking of them here Stateside!


  28. nwtex says:

    Mary Tyler Moore has passed away.

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  29. Love me some Laura Petrie!

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  30. OnTrump

    Watching the swamp rats, GOPe, K Street graft redistribution network , unAmerican Democrats , MSM howling dogs all trying to keep pace with Trump!

    Got to thing back to Cassius Clay.

    Lots of fancy speed talking, misdirection finger pointing , fast foot work, changes in tone, changes in look, sudden and unexpected counter punches and total chaos of thins to keep the opponents off guard and backing up to find firm footing!

    We got us a champ!


  31. Concerned says:

    I just read on the NYT web site (after reading an article about skim coating a plaster wall) that NYC Mayor De Blasio has been interviewed by Manhattan prosecutors in December and it just came out today.

    Prosecutors from the Manhattan district attorney’s office have interviewed Mayor Bill de Blasio in connection with an investigation into his fund-raising practices, the mayor said on Wednesday, his first acknowledgment of direct contact between himself and investigators in a set of overlapping inquiries. […] The state investigation is centered on whether Mr. de Blasio or others working on his behalf sought to evade individual contribution limits to Democratic candidates by giving contributions to county party committees but directing them to the candidates, in violation of an obscure provision of state election law. The provision appears to have never been used in a criminal prosecution. There is also a federal inquiry that is said to focus on whether the mayor or city officials provided favorable treatment in exchange for donations to his own campaign or an outside nonprofit tied to his efforts. Grand juries have been convened in both cases.

    Lock him up. Rod Blagojevich is in prison for less.

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  32. ZZZ says:

    Urgent Need for Volunteers After Mississippi and Georgia Tornadoes

    A brutal storm system that spawned dozens of tornadoes caused millions of dollars in damage and left at least 20 dead across the Southeast this past weekend. Volunteers are desperately needed to serve through Samaritan’s Purse as we help Mississippi and Georgia homeowners in Jesus’ Name.

    Volunteers are needed to patch damaged roofs and remove trees and other debris from properties around:

    Hattiesburg, Mississippi:


    Albany, Georgia:

    “These killer tornadoes have ripped up homes and left many families with nothing,” Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham said. “I hope as many people as possible can help us come alongside these homeowners and show them the love of Christ.”

    Please share this need with your church and keep affected homeowners and our teams in your prayers.

    “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” —1 Peter 4:10 (NKJV)




    Please “freep” this petition:

    High School administrators BASHING President Trump and Kellyann Conway in a video that went viral. This is a public school and our tax dollars should not be used in this manner.

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  34. snaggletooths says:

    Wish more places were like this ..

    Texarkana’s Classic Hits station – HITS 105 is taking all Madonna songs off the air in the station’s local programming indefinitely following the singer’s comments over the weekend.
    In addition to ‘F-bombs’ in her speech, Madonna talked about how upset the election results had made her including her now infamous, “Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” comments.
    General Manager of HITS 105, Terry Thomas, says “banning all Madonna songs at HITS 105 is not a matter of politics, it’s a matter of patriotism.

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  35. duchess01 says:

    Not sure where to post this, but here it is…

    Clinton Charity is Massive Global Swamp, Cascading Mountain of New Evidence Coming for Clinton Charity Fraud – Charles Ortel
    BY IWB · JANUARY 25, 2017


  36. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    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. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    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.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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  37. Les says:

    Trump is doing what he promised to do. Now what can you do for your country? We all know we owe a lot of money. I’d like the deficit reduced so my grandkids don’t have the burden. In order to make a real difference, you CAN do a few things to impact future federal expenditures:

    If you smoke, stop. Chantix works. I know this for a fact.

    If you are heading toward obesity, stop eating so much and start walking. You and I both know it’s not glandular, it’s extra calories and sugar and junk food and sitting on your arse. Put the donut down and stand up.

    If you are an alcoholic, dry up. Nobody likes a drunk. Really.

    If you are a drug addict, you are most likely liberal so nevermind about that one…

    You and I can Make America Great Again by being in the best possible health we are able to attain from this point. Bad lifestyle choices cost big money.


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