Sunday March 5th – 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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115 Responses to Sunday March 5th – Open Thread

  1. Disgusted says:

    Has any explanation been provided as yet for why Rubio traveled on Air Force One with the Trump family Friday?

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

    A little history on Presidential wire-tapping orders from May 21, 1940…

    and ICYMI

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

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  4. solomonpal says:

    Done with Drudge. They got to him. Bye bye Ap.

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  5. Could any former Marines who read this give prayer support for former Marine Martin Nogues (82 years old) in prison?

    Commenter Pierre Matthews says:
    March 3, 2017 at 6:44 PM
    Semper Fidelis – Faithful Forever
    To Martin Nogues,
    your life is a chain of Semper Fi commitments:
    your marriage: 56 years Semper Fi;
    your service to the Country: Marine Corps soldier and now veteran: Semper FI;
    your allegiance to Jesus: when invited to join Him: Semper Fi.

    More about this here (about half way through the post):

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    • Lucille says:

      Thank you for your post linking to such a wonderful story of heartfelt compassion and admiration for a retired Marine. Very touching.

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    • Serena says:

      Thank you for this touching story. Typing this with tears in my eyes. A beautiful soul this man is and the man that befriended him.Oh my what faith Martin has. God bless him.

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  6. MaryfromMarin says:

    An image for Lent…
    (Wael Mories, 2015)

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  7. Lucille says:

    C. S. Lewis

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  8. smiley says:

    Lo-Retta Lynch is ramping up the hate & violence rhetoric…

    Loretta Lynch : Need More Marching, Blood, Death On Streets


    “I know this is a time of great fear and uncertainty for so many people…”

    and.. “This is hard. Every good thing is. We have done this before. We can do this again.”

    fear of INDICTMENTS maybe ?

    new sheriff in town, Lo-retta.

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  9. DoggyDaddy says:

    I find it interesting that the City of San Francisco has pulled out of the JTTF. The JTTF isn’t about enforcing immigration, it’s about collecting/analyzing/sharing intelligence to identify terrorists and prevent acts of terrorism. Up to now, I think Portland OR was the only UASI city to pull out of the JTTF (that was back in 2005, although I think a couple of years ago they may have approved putting police officers back into the JTTF). I would certainly recommend to SF authorities and other jurisdictions in California, including State offices, contemplating doing the same to immediately reconsider. While there are many legal arguments about “sanctuary cities” and “enforcing federal immigration” that could adversely impact the ability of the Feds to exercise leverage, there is one area which is completely at the discretion of the Feds: allocation of Homeland Security grants.

    Since the implementation of the homeland security grant program and other associated grants in 2003 as a fallout of the September 11th attacks, DHS has allocated billions of grant dollars to states and designated urban areas for homeland security projects. In 2016 alone, the State of California received more than $60million in homeland security grants. The Bay Area UASI received over $15million in homeland security grants and the Bay Area ports received $3.5million in homeland security grants. If the state and city don’t want to collaborate with the Feds in fighting terrorism, reallocating these grant awards (which support first responders and emergency preparation, planning, response, etc.) to those jurisdictions who do want to collaborate may be a good place to start defunding the traitors among us.

    Authorities in those jurisdictions should be reminded that ALL disasters (natural or man-made) are LOCAL disasters…meaning that long after the Feds have left the scene, local authorities are still dealing with the aftermath to infrastructure, livelihoods, economy, etc., (e.g., ). I seriously doubt that SF has the wherewithal to make up the millions that could be lost if the Feds decided to reallocate the homeland security monies to other localities instead.

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    • georgiafl says:

      JTTF is Joint Terrorism Task Force:

      “A Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is a partnership between various local, state, and federal agencies, and private organizations that are charged with taking action against terrorism, which includes the investigation of crimes such as wire fraud and identity theft. The agencies that a JTTF comprises generally include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other federal agencies (the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its notable components such as the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), the U.S. Armed Forces, and the Department of State (DOS)’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS)), state and local law enforcement agencies, and specialized agencies, such as railroad police.[2]”

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  10. smiley says:

    serious flashbacks to the 70s this week

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  11. nwtex says:

    Why the liberal establishment is collapsing–
    Calamity at the Academy Awards illustrates the folly of making smug assumptions
    By Tammy Bruce – – Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    I didn’t watch the Academy Awards, but I sure enjoyed them — via Twitter. The collection of world-famous and super-rich liberals and leftists had one job, and they failed. The spectacular screwup of announcing the wrong winner for Best Picture wasn’t even the issue, or about one person making a mistake. Mistakes are made all the time.

    In reality, this vignette of fools is a perfect illustration of why the liberal establishment is in collapse: hate-obsessing on something that contradicts their own self-reverential worldview, condemning them to perpetual distraction. The result is the inevitable crashing and burning

    In other words, Democrats and liberals have been driving drunk while texting for eight years
    Swerving into the wrong lane, they crashed into oncoming traffic and sit, dazed and confused, wondering what happened. The few survivors crawl out of the clown car screaming at the innocent people they’ve harmed. After all, it’s never their fault, you see, it’s everyone else’s for daring to get in their way.

    The target may have been President Trump, but the derision was meant for the people who elected him. Nothing says “oops” like ridiculing your audience.

    I apparently was one of the millions who didn’t tune in, causing the ABC network program to be the least-watched in nine years. The Los Angeles Times spent thousands…

    The ultimate example of distracted Democrats’ fixation on completely the wrong thing leading to disaster is the debacle of the Hillary Clinton race for the presidency.

    Perhaps they were relying on the stupidity of the American voter, but that was the wrong equation. In the various autopsies of that miserable campaign, her failure comes down to fixation on herself and entitlement. The presumption was the election was hers.

    Overconfident and smug, her strategy required taking her base for granted and waltzing to the inauguration. For the entire campaign season, she was told there was only one name on the card in the winner’s envelope, and it was hers. Until it wasn’t.

    Sound familiar?

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  12. smiley says:

    Pride of The Prairie


    ca 2013

    Marlin Rotach

    American ~ PhotoRealism ~ Transparent Watercolors/Floral

    awarded Best In Show, Skyledge Award by The Watercolor Society of America for transparent watercolors.

    if you love flowers, more of this artist’s beauties here…


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    • georgiafl says:

      Stunning control of the medium and contrast between lights and darks. Really amazing.

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      • smiley says:

        unfortunately (but typically), a lot of the subtle beauty of the original watercolor has been lost in the over-exposed, high-contrast look of the digital internet image.

        love the composition…great design….and meticulously rendered detail ~ difficult to do in w/c and still maintain spontaneity.

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    • nwtex says:

      Good grief! It’s 3D! SO beautiful! You’ve been postin’ some amazin’ works Ms Smiley!
      THANK YOU! ❤

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    • nwtex says:

      From your link ^. I am just in awe.

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      • smiley says:

        and THAT’S photorealism…perfected, no ??

        the florals are really impressive but these “other subjects” (at the link site) are truly amazing.

        excruciating patience and perfect vision to render that kind of detail…esp in watercolor.

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    • JC says:

      Oh wow, Smiley. Unbelievable.


    • Lucille says:

      What an incredibly gifted artist! Here’s another sample of his photorealism:

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    • muffyroberts says:

      Did you know that cactus flowers don’t bloom every year, but when they do, they are so beautiful, and full of pollen and nectar, that all the birds, bees, beetles, butterflies, etc. rush in and absorbe it, then spread it around.


      • Lucille says:

        We have this wonderful natural beauty around us as reminders that all is not lost, that the Creator God set the natural world in place and sustains it, and He can do the same for our spirits and souls.

        Luke 12:27-28: Look how the wild flowers grow: they don’t work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers. 28 It is God who clothes the wild grass—grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, burned up in the oven. Won’t he be all the more sure to clothe you? What little faith you have!

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        • muffyroberts says:

          Yes, I watched this video on YouTube, I forget the name, but it showed how creation rules over much of evolution.

          And I am a biologist, so I believe in evolution, to a certain extent.

          The bees were one example, as to how when a drone flies off, and finds a gigantic field of flowers, then flies back to the hive and does a dance as to exactly where the field is, and all the other ther bees fly off and devour it.

          That behavior did not evolve, because they would have died, waiting for it to evolve.

          So they were created that way in the beginning.


  13. dogsmaw says:

    Good Morning!!!


  14. nwtex says:

    Daily Mail US‏Verified account @DailyMail 4h

    Up to 20,000 members across 46 states: Inside MS-13’s legacy of murder


  15. nwtex says:

    Daily Mail US‏Verified account @DailyMail 7h

    EXCLUSIVE: Beau Biden’s widow spotted still wearing wedding ring after relationship with his brother is revealed


  16. nwtex says:

    Daily Mail US‏Verified account @DailyMail 9h

    Interactive map reveals where Americans are the most boozy, lazy, diseased and obese


  17. Pepperjelly says:

    Former First Daughter Barbara Bush pushes abortion worldwide.


  18. Dora says:

    John James Audubon – Franklinia Alatamaha (1833)

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  19. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

     photo a.m.20trophy.jpg

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  20. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”
    Matthew 22:37 (KJV)

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  21. duchess01 says:

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  22. duchess01 says:

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

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    • Minnie says:

      Thank you, Jesus, God bless and Amen ❤
      Thank you Duchess for sharing your daily inspiration, I feel all the more strongly for the need for it today. We are bound together in faith and all will be well. Amen

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      • duchess01 says:

        Amen, Minnie! With all of us praying unceasingly together – we will protect President Trump and his family, too! We prayed him into office and now, we pray to sustain him! God Bless You, Minnie!


  23. smiley says:


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    • muffyroberts says:

      Oh the funny paper. My sister would fight over it on Sunday morning; and when the telephone rang, we would fight each other to answer it. “It’s for me;” ” no it’s for me.”


  24. duchess01 says:

    How America Was Being SYSTEMATICALLY Overthrown In 12 Steps…Until Trump
    By the Anonymous Patriot
    The Millennium Report Exclusive

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    • smiley says:

      good read… SPOOKY.

      most of it I’m aware of…some of it, not, however (!!)

      and a lot of it I’d forgotten…or just wasn’t sure about (eg the Mossad ??)

      Orwellian and troubling.

      it’s a wicked wicked world., in deed and in fact.

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      • duchess01 says:

        I hear you loud and clear, smiley! Oh, what a web we weave when we practice to deceive! This is why ‘someone’ was so confident she would win – Thank God every day for President Trump!

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        • smiley says:

          if we knew the full scope of history’s treacheries carrying over to the present day, we’d probably lose our minds.

          stranger than fiction.

          Liked by 2 people

          • duchess01 says:

            It all makes sense when one considers the globalist agenda – and the REAL reason the UN was formed – doesn’t it?

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          • muffyroberts says:

            My mother, back in the 80’s, used to tell me that if you dwell on what the government is pulling, you will lose your mind. And, this was back in the 80’s, when I was having too much fun to care.


  25. Dora says:

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  26. decisiontime16 says:

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  27. Southpaw says:

    Stories for Noah

    In the early 1990s Georgia Governor Zell Miller started a lottery in Georgia to fund HOPE scholarships and pre-k education. Pre powerball and mega millions there was no magic ball to win the jackpot. My work schedule had me working alternating days. One week I worked Friday next week I would be off. When we worked my quality control lady would pick her numbers. I had numbers based on birth dates. She would fill out the sheets, she knew my numbers in advance. She then went across the street and get our tickets from the convenience store. On days I was off I would pick my ticket up on the way back from the golf course.

    Golf for me is a way to relax and gamble a little bit. Our little game with a group of regulars was each player putting $10 into the pot, picking teams, go play, have fun and figure it out after it was over. This Friday I played great, we had a lot of players and my two team swept the team. Highly unusual. I was so excited and puffed out that I took the family out to dinner with the winnings. Bragging on myself the whole time.

    Later that evening I got an excited call from my quality woman. She had checked that evenings numbers and I won, we were millionaires. Oops I forgot to stop and get my ticket on the way back from the course. The steak was great though.

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  28. Dora says:

    A book I am reading mentions that in 1909 Mark Twain and his daughters were photographed by Thomas Edison in a silent film which can now be found on you tube. So of course I searched for it.

    It’s very blurry and hard to see, but it is over 100 years old, after all.

    If anyone is interested.

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    • smiley says:

      that is really something to see !

      love the tea drinking, in dainty little teacups and MT’s trademark white summer suit.

      young guy bounding in to hand daughter her bonnet looked like Bobby Kennedy for a second there.

      GREAT, thanks 🙂


  29. Janie M. says:

    Just received my Mark Steyn’s Week in Review email which discusses his firing from the screecher Levin’s CRTV show and CTH is mentioned, linking back to SD’s March 1st. article discussing the same.

    A Se’nnight of Steyn, February 27-March 5
    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:06 am

    In case you missed it, here’s how the last seven days looked to Mark:

    ~The week began with Steyn in Ottawa, where he surveyed the global scene in an interview by The Rebel’s Brian Lilley .

    ~On Monday Mark was fired and his TV show canceled by CRTV, who issued one of those bland statements no sentient creature believes a word of. For contrasting takes on what really happened, here’s a view from the left (at Salon) and a view from the right (at Conservative Treehouse). For the views of CRTV’s customers, see here. As for Steyn, desperate times call for desperate measures.

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    • Janie M. says:

      P.S., the 5 links embedded in the above excerpt relating to the CRTV debacle didn’t carry over and I don’t know how to embed them so it would be best for you to go to Mark’s site to get the full benefit of his post.


  30. Lumina says:

    Anyone remember sweet angelic Diamond? Poor grieving lady has gotten into a little trouble with a hammer…

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  31. coltlending says:

    The whole set-up of witholding important information and intentionally witholding it by whomever requested the wire taps from the FISA court is sort of akin to this Southern CA landowner, Donald Scott.

    In in this case the object of the harrassment was killed by a Sheriff’s Deputy.

    Nobody lost their job & nobody went to jail.

    What Obama is alledged to have done is this same thing on steroids as far as holding back info showing there is more of a chance that there is no there there than there be anything there. It’s harrassment of all of us.

    In this California landowner’s story it appears people also with too much power abused it, as told in the Bradbury Report which is a real eye-opener.

    I think this kind of thing may be too common across all levels of government.

    This article states that after decades, the County settled with the family for $5 milllion.

    If my memory serves me right, I think I read in another article that $5 mil. didn’t cover the taxes the IRS levied on the Estate.


  32. jackphatz says:

    I found this to be amusing. Remember when Obama said he would hire a gazillion new agents to go after the evil Obamacare deniers??? Well…yeah I know if from the AP but still….

    Income tax audits plummet as IRS loses agents to budget cuts


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  33. quintrillion says:

    This morning I watched this documentary on Frank Sinatra, Dark Star. It goes into his success because of his mob connections, naming names, very detailed. It also covers Sinatra’s influence on the JFK election with Sinatra’s mob connections and the mafia’s hopes to get back into Cuba with a JFK in WH and how angry the mob was at Sinatra and JFK when RFK was made AG.
    Very interesting watch.


  34. frogstamper says:

    We lived in a very small community for some years. The small, rural church we attended was wonderful.

    And, as I know now, rare nowadays.

    The preacher opened the Bible and while we stood, he read (from the King James Version) the verses which were the basis of his sermon.

    The choir was heavenly – church members who sang their hearts out to praise the Lord. The harmony of those voices was beautiful. I can still “hear” those hymns and songs sung with such conviction and assurance.

    And, at one point during the service, “all who will” would kneel at the altar and prayed out loud for the concerns of themselves and others. Lots of voices speaking all at once and yet, it wasn’t noise. It was another kind of harmony of voice.

    We worshipped the Lord God Almighty every Sunday morning and evening -and every Wednesday night, too.

    We worshipped and prayed and sang praises in that church. And we listened as a man spoke the Word of God to our hearts and minds.

    He spoke the Word – nothing more and nothing less. He didn’t try to make the Word more modern or palatable or entertaining. He knew the Truth is the Truth. And he often stepped on toes…but as he said, he loved all of us, but he had to preach God’s Word.

    Because God said it – the preacher just spoke it.

    I will always have a lump in my throat upon the remembrance of that church and the members that I so love.

    A place were I heard the Truth spoken…what God says and not what man thinks.

    We live in a different place now and have visited many churches as I search for that one where God’s Word alone will be preached. I still have not found it.

    I do believe we live in a time of delusion…a time God tells us of in His Word.

    Movies and books like the “The Shack” are a delusion of Satan.

    And many, many Christians don’t even know the difference between the Truth of God and man’s wishful thinking. Because they don’t read His Word and don’t hear it preached.

    “14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
    15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:14-15

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    • piper567 says:

      frogstamper ^^^, keep looking…I found such a church, which has grown visibly in the last two years.
      New folks say, We, or I, realized I was not being grown, spiritually; The Gospel was not being preached. How was this determined? These folks read their Bibles
      Many had made a list of possible churches, and when they arrived at my church, they tossed their lists.
      You can find an actual church. May God be with you my brother.


    • andeclain says:

      frogstamper, I presume that this is the post you refer to above that went into moderation. If so, at least it got posted and I can see no reason why it was seen as suspect. I’ve had problems as well, but most of them seem to be WP being a bit PC. Anyway, the mods do a great job here and we owe them much thanks.


  35. usnveteran says:

    March 4, 2017
    Loretta Lynch Makes Disturbing Video Encouraging Dems To Fight Back Like Those Before Us –
    “They’ve marched … They’ve bled … And yes, some have died … We did this before … We can do this again!”:

    {Guess that BHO’s ‘Hope & Change Thingy’ didn’t work out as planned for the marxists/communists/socialists}


  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 and their families 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. SteveInCO says:

    Wow that was an ordeal.

    First my car overheated on the way into town. An hour and a half later, I go to my backup car, which had a flat tire (just needed air) and go into town.

    Turns out it’s a three ring circus, me having to call Verizon three times AND walk over to their customer center a block away…to get the phone switched over. But I now have my old phone and a NEW mobile hotspot (which I am using as I write).

    I have to call Verizon again tomorrow to actually cancel the data plan and their mobile hotspot.



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