Wednesday April 26th – Open Thread

Our 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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120 Responses to Wednesday April 26th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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    • Raven says:

      And today is the birthday of another lady of class — First Lady of the United States of America, Melania Trump.

      Happy Birthday FLOTUS!

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    • maiingankwe says:

      My Dad introduced me to Ella Fitzgerald when I was growing up, and I could never get enough of her after. I think I know pretty much every song she sung. She is by far my favorite singer and always will be. She was a class act and a lady.

      My favorite song was, Lady Is A Tramp. I love the words to the song. I’ve heard others sing this song, but I always believed Ella did it best.

      I had no intention of jumping in on you Citizen817 except to say how much I loved this lady, but I would like to ask a little help from my fellow Treepers. It makes sense to do it here rather than at the bottom where I had fully intended to put this post. You see, my Ella is having surgery today, she might even be in surgery right now. She has cancer in her mouth and they are going to take the rest of it out. They will be taking the tooth in front and behind out and they’ve already taken a tooth or two already. They say she can live a good life, but she also needs hip surgery afterwards since she is in so much pain.

      I named my Ella after Ella Fitzgerald and it’s why I’m jumping in here. I hadn’t even realized it it until after I had started typing the first few sentences.

      Some people may think we’re bloody daft for spending so much money on a dog, and that’s okay, but to me she is my best friend. She’s my navigator on all of our car rides, and she is always by my side.

      We know each other so well, and there have been times when my daughter has been flummoxed in how we know what each other are thinking. She is also the smartest dog I have ever known. It still blows me away. I also think she knew something was up yesterday and was a bit sad. She didn’t really want to eat until I heated up some chicken broth and poured it on her food. It’s good for pups and low in fat, and they love it. Her heart just wasn’t into it, and I think she only ate to make me happy.

      I have a bad feeling about this surgery and don’t know if she will make it. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve lost so many loved ones lately and I’m just paranoid or if it could be true. I’m just a bit of a mess today is all.

      If anyone could please say a few words in prayer for her, I would greatly appreciate it. For some reason it doesn’t feel as if my prayers are enough, and I need all the help I can get. I know she’s just a dog, but really, she’s my bestest friend. Yes, she’s spoiled with lots of love, but she’s a good dog and listens to commands very well. She’s my first pup I ever trained solely on my own, but with lots of phone calls with my Dad. She’s a great bird dog, and hunts well. I don’t need to give verbal commands, we work with hand signals. It’s how my Dad taught me.

      I think it would do wonders if some of the Treepers would just say a few short words. It would mean the world to me. Please help if you can and if you believe.

      Be well good Treepers,
      Ma’iingankwe

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      • The Tundra PA says:

        Dear Ma’iingankwe, prayers being said right now for you and your Ella. May she come through with flying colors! With both cancer and hip problems, I suppose she is an Ancient?

        I know what you are going through. My Old One, Bear, is having surgery today too. Removal of a large and bleeding mass on the back of his thigh and removal of most (if not all) of his teeth. He is 15 and a half years old and I have had him since the day he was born to one of my sled dogs. We’ve had numerous warnings from the vet about the difficulty of anesthesia on Ancients, but he is in a lot of pain from both problems. So I said well, there are plenty of worse ways to die than not coming out of anesthesia. Hopefully he will, and life will be much better for him. May we have more good years with Ella and with Bear.

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        • maiingankwe says:

          Tundra,
          I was just about to go out and lay tobacco down for my Ella and a Treeper here whose husband is trying to recover from heart surgery and now has an infection. I’m including Bear in there too. I love his name.

          Ella is just turned six years old, so she is still a pup in my mind. It doesn’t matter though, our Ancients are just as important as our pup-pups, if not more so with their time with us. My heart hurts for both of ours and I will pray for the success of both.

          We sure do love our furried friends, they bring so much into our lives.

          We also have a full bred yellow lab who was a stray, I know, it’s hard to fathom and she’s so sweet and full of love. She’s going on four years now, and we’ve had her since she was about 2 1/2 – 3 months old. She’s sad today too, so I took her for a good ride. She misses her Ella even though Ella is the Boss around here. Once in awhile she will play for the alpha role and she always gets beat down. It rarely happens, but when it does she backs right down and goes back to being beta/omega. I’d call her omega. She is about 20lbs heavier and bigger too. Our Ella won’t take any business though. Sometimes when I need some intervention Ella will do it for me. Cheetah isn’t as well trained or well behaved, so when she decides not to listen to me, Ella will put her in her place for me, and sure enough she will listen for awhile after. It’s funny really.

          Cheetah sometimes doesn’t want to come in, so I will look at Ella and off she goes to round her up as if Cheetah was a sheep or something. Yeah, that’s my girl, words are rarely needed.

          Fifteen years is a long time to have a great friend around. So many memories so much laughter and smiles. You’re so lucky to have such a good, ole friend.

          Will you have to feed Bear wet dog food and hand fed for awhile? I know we were told we have to for six weeks. Also no toys. Ella will be devastated not being able to sleep with my slipper in her mouth or next to her. She has to have my slipper, her ball or one of her stuffed toys. I don’t know how she will sleep otherwise. She never chews my slippers either, they just get a bit wet sometimes.

          Does Bear have his favorite toys? He might be too old for that even though I could never imagine Ella getting to old for one of her balls in her mouth to sleep with.

          I will go say our prayers now under my favorite tree. Be well, hold strong, and thank you for your kind words.
          Ma’iingankwe

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          • The Tundra PA says:

            Thank you! Bear is back home and survived the anesthesia. He lost all but 2 of his teeth. He is really groggy from the drugs and just lying in a heap whimpering, which pulls hard on my heart strings. I hope this was the right decision for him. Still saying prayers for Ella, let us know how she does.

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            • maiingankwe says:

              Ella just got home about thirty minutes ago. She isn’t whimpering just yet, the medicine should work until eleven pm.

              Okay, it’s been over an hour. She just doesn’t know what to do. She goes by the door to go out and when I put her leash on, she turns around to lay down. Four or five times later she makes it out the door a few feet, stands or sits for a bit n then wants back in. We’ve been doing this for awhile now. Dang, there are a lot of mosquitoes out.

              Whimpering tugs on my heart too. I can’t bear it, especially when there is nothing we can do.

              I got something they call probiotics, so they won’t get diarrhea. The feed store gave me enough for eight meals. I will be able to give her different food than she is used to. I was ever so thankful and they said they sell the stuff too if I need more. If you’ve had to change Bear’s food for after the surgery I would look into this. The last thing we want for our pups is to be hurting from the other end as well. Poor things are miserable enough.

              Hopefully Bear is sleeping now. The more sleep the better. Let him know we love him and are praying for him. He sounds like an awesome friend. I will ask for the Angels to head his way and help him rest.
              Be well,
              Ma’iingankwe

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              • The Tundra PA says:

                Again, thank you, my friend. Bear is so much better this morning! Nearly his old self. He is eating with gusto. The only accommodation foodwise is that we are soaking his kibble for a while in warm beef broth to make it really soft. His mouth is bleeding a little, leaving smudges of blood on the carpet here and there. He slept all night with minimal whining. His interest in food is always our barometer of how he is doing; he has been a chow hound from the beginning, like a good sled dog. Funny thing is, he refused from his first time on the gangline to pull with the team. He just lay on the ground and let them drag him, wouldn’t even get up and run in place. It’s like he said “I’m too pretty to work for a living!” Just like a democrat.

                Hope Ella is continuing to recover well; please keep us posted. You can write to me at thetundrapa at yahoo dot com. I would love to hear from you. Perhaps we could meet for coffee in Anchorage sometime.

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                • maiingankwe says:

                  Will do. She’s not a happy camper today.

                  You had me smiling, I am so happy for Bear. Food is always a great indicator with some of our pups.

                  I will write to to you later when I can relax a bit.

                  So happy, stay smiling,
                  Ma’iingankwe

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                • maiingankwe says:

                  Or we could meet in Hope and eat the best homemade pie ever! So worth the extra miles. Or Anchorage will do. 🙃

                  Be well,
                  Ma’iingankwe

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        • Janie M. says:

          Prayers for Bear and you, Tundra. He’s had a long run but I know he is still that newborn pup to you.

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          • The Tundra PA says:

            Thanks Janie. He is still a puppy at heart. For a big dog (80 lbs), he has had a really long life. He has always been special.

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            • Janie M. says:

              Tundra, when we women see our babies (fur or human) as newborns, it imprints on our hearts and minds. Even when they grow to adults, we will see them in our mind’s eye as a helpless newborn and our hearts swell.

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      • Janie M. says:

        Ma’iingankwe, I had wondered, on occasion, how your dancing partner, Ella, was doing. Sorry she has to undergo further surgery for her mouth cancer. I just said a prayer for her recovery. God bless you both.

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  2. MaryfromMarin says:

    So, if you’re shy, you’re now racist?

    Students who avoid making eye contact could be guilty of racism, Oxford University says

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/04/22/students-avoid-making-eye-contact-could-guiltyof-racism-oxford/#

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    • mysticrose80 says:

      Well, then. I must be a flaming bigot. And all this time, I thought it was because I am somewhat a somewhat awkward individual.

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    • andeclain says:

      I’d suggest that people who suggest that avoidance of eye contact is a sign of racism are themselves guilty of racism or cultural superiority complex as they are ignoring the wide cultural differences over proper forms of eye contact in and within societies and cultures in Africa, Asia etc. Sorry, that’s a bit of a convoluted sentence. Eye contact rules differ between and within societies, often depending on age, status, gender etc. To ascribe avoidance of eye contact to racism is ignorance. Also it is yet another example of confusing race and culture.

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      • Sloth1963 says:

        Or you could be guilty of just about anything else and not want to make eye contact. Autism can cause people to avoid eye contact. People that only see out of one eye can appear to be looking elsewhere even when they are making eye contact. Too many look for racism where there is none.

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    • BigBlockMill says:

      When I was growing up in “the big city”, it was not healthy to look directly at another person’s eyes. I think this lead to the phrase “looking for trouble.” I learned to look directly ahead without focusing. (Autistic by nature.)

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  3. Harry Lime says:

    This is interesting. This is a full 2 part episode of the sitcom Different Strokes which amazingly enough deals with the topic of pedophilia. How many coincidences are too many? Here we have the convergence of Hollywood (which unbelievably let this show be produced), together with Willis (who is rumored to have been abused by Hollywood), together with an actor portraying a pedophile who lures his victims with banana splits served with nuts. And of course the first temptation this pedophile dangles for his victims is pepperoni pizza. Really??? Maybe I’ve been watching too much youtube.

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  4. citizen817 says:

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  5. Janie M. says:

    It seems we had a 2nd British invasion in the 80’s, following the 60’s and 70’s. Another era of amazing tunes.

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    • smiley says:

      😀

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      • vidlbis says:

        So… his Wednesday car was a… Rambler?

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      • Janie M. says:

        Thank you for the Wednesday tune, smiley. Only decent one I could find was Simon and Garfunkel, “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.” but it was about a guy having to leave his g.f. because he had committed an armed robbery (liquor store) for $25… so, I decided not to use it. BTW, back in ’79, bought a new ‘vette. It was in the shop constantly for small but inconvenient and annoying repairs. The shop mechanic told my then husband, it was probably built on a Mon. or Fri. Ironic Johnny addressed that in his song. Who knew?!!

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  6. citizen817 says:

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    • georgiafl says:

      Mohammed demoted Jesus from LORD to mere prophet and made himself the chief prophet over Jesus.

      Sadly, Mohammed modeled his ideology/religion after the church of his time which had become a violent, aggressive, barbaric entity due to Constantine’s influence.

      Constantine shaped the church into a power hierarchy and it became a more and more violent punitive entity, burning torturing heretics and those who would translate the Bible into common language.

      Mohammed became acquainted with Christianity as the eastern and western churches were competing for power and supremacy and hired mercenaries to war against each other.

      The church reformed over the centuries, but Mohammed’s group did not. Shame!

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      • BakoCarl says:

        Galations 1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!

        The archangel Gabriel appeared before Muhammad in the year 600 CE and said, “Read”, upon which he replied, “I am unable to read”. Thereupon the angel caught hold of him and embraced him heavily. This happened two more times after which the angel commanded Muhammad to recite verses (now in the Koran).

        The initial revelation was followed by a pause (3 years?) and a second encounter with Gabriel when Muhammad heard a voice from the sky and saw the same angel “sitting between the sky and the earth” and the revelations resumed with the first verses of chapter 74 (of the Koran).

        Clear enough?

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      • Lepanto says:

        I respectfully point out that blaming the rise of Muhammadanism on Constantine could be considered Fake News. 🙂

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        • georgiafl says:

          The Church learned bad things from Constantine – but the Church is guilty of its evil deeds and responsible for its greed, power-mongering and violence.

          I have followed both the downfall of the liturgical and protestant church over the last 20-30 years both Heresy and Apostasy. Child sex predation is one of the biggest crimes and a symptom of more corruption among the hierarchy.

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        • georgiafl says:

          See Isaiah 10:5.

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        • georgiafl says:

          Constantine ain’t
          no saint.

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        • Lepanto, that’s not fake news that’s trashing by someone who has absolutely no true knowledge of history!

          Georgiafl, just exposed her/himself as a close-minded anti-catholic bigot. I shall not waste time in the future reading her/his comments because with such a warped perspective of history it would be a waste of time. Like trying to find something of value in a trash pile.

          The Inquisition? Yeah bad stuff. But more Catholics were slaughtered during the French Revolution then Heretics ever burned at the stake. Let’s see who was it that was killing the Catholics during the French Revolution? It’ll come to me sooner or later, hmmmm.

          As to the Crusades, I certainly hope that wasn’t being referred to as violence by the Catholic Church. The Crusades were a defense against the violence of the Muslims. I’m sure you in present-day hear about all the trips to Italy and Israel that groups of people take. They are called pilgrimages,the Christians in those days liked to take pilgrimages also,however when they got to the Muslim lands the Muslims beheaded them, took the wives as sex slaves, etc Like the same stuff they’re doing now in 2017. Brave Catholics left home to protect the Christians that were on pilgrimage ,Knights and soldiers. ( kind of like our soldiers in Afghanistan and Syria are doing today)

          Maybe people with such an intense anti-catholic bigotry would do well to study the Battle of Lepanto. It seems at that time that the Muslims especially those coming from Turkey( Gee, isn’t that funny Turkey’s still a problem today, wow, history just goes on and on doesn’t it? ) anyway back in that day they had taken over just about the entire Christian world. They were closing in on Rome. Vatican was the last Bastion. The pope called for all the Christians to get on their knees and pray the rosary suddenly the pope jumped up. He was given knowledge by the Holy Spirit that the Christians had won in a naval battle if not you wouldn’t have a Bible today and you would be wearing a burka or a beard if your a man. So let’s hear a few thank yous for the Catholic Church doing the job before the United States sent soldiers into Afghanistan , Syria,etc. The Catholic church was on the battlefield. ( this battle is so well-known at least by people who actually study history that when we began our attack on Iraq, George Bush named the offensive for this battle. It was such an outcry from the Muslims that he changed it to Operation Desert Storm because our attack began October 11th. Anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto. George Bush was no Catholic but he knew the history of great battles fought against Muslims) Maybe you could go to the library and get a few books instead of getting your information about the Catholic Church from people who hate the Catholic Church.

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          • georgiafl says:

            No I’m not an anti-catholic bigot. I’m just do not approve of the actions of the church through the ages. If you do – there is something wrong with your moral compass.

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          • georgiafl says:

            You remind me of those folks who cry ‘racist’ ‘bigot’ ‘phobe’ all the time whenever someone criticizes their pet entity/agenda/group.

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            • Oh! Looks like I hit a raw nerve. Truth has a way of doing that. Criticism based on facts is not the same as trashing, as any Trump supporter knows so well.
              ( We watch daily as media twist the facts to show our guy in the worst possible light. Portraying him as stupid / incompetent. Defamation, slander, assassination of character are NOT honest criticism!)

              Seriously you could never make me believe that you have ever said anything positive about the Catholic Church in your life. Two thousand years of history and we’ve never done anything good or right ? We’ve never contributed? There wouldn’t be any Western Christian civilization if it weren’t for the Catholic Church but you wouldn’t give us any credit for that, now would you?

              Looks like you couldn’t take the heat of my critique! As my mother used to say if the shoe fits, honey , wear it!

              Again I suggest you go to the library and check out a couple of books on Catholic history unless you’re afraid you might find out something that disagrees with your idea of the truth.

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      • cozette says:

        Please cite your source. The original Church encouraged and has continued to encourage services to be in the language of the people. It was the Roman Church that split away after 1400 of unity that emphasized having everything in Latin that only priests understood and that organized a hierarchical power structure contrary to the democratic structure of the original Church. The original Church is now called the Orthodox Church. The later Westernized version evolved when Roman Church split away and unfortunately Churches in the West have kept splitting away trying to correct the errors that resulted from the original divorce from the Body of Christ. Frankly yet unsurprisingly the original version of Christianity is almost unrecognizable from it’s western versions. I strongly suggest reading the Orthodox Way by Ware to understand the difference.

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  7. Dora says:

    Thomas Sully – Cinderella at the Kitchen Fire (1843)

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  8. smiley says:

    Woman Getting Ready To Meet The Day

    o/c

    1893

    Ramon Casas i Carbo (1866-1932) ~ Catalan Spanish/Barcelona ~ Modernism/Avant-Garde ~ Portraiture

    more work and bio here…

    http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/2014/08/Ramon-Casas-Carbo.html

    🙂

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  9. Dora says:

    In case anyone is wondering what Jeb is up to lately.

    ====

    Jeb Bush-Derek Jeter Group Said to Win Auction for Marlins

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-25/jeb-bush-derek-jeter-group-said-to-win-auction-for-miami-marlins

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  10. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
    1 Peter 1:3 (KJV)

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    • BakoCarl says:

      In you LORD, my God, I put my trust.
      Show me Your ways and keep me from wrong;
      Teach me Your paths, LORD, guide me in truth.
      In You, my Savior, I hope all day long.

      Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love,
      You listen to the humble as they pray.
      And You crown them all with victory,
      And guide them and teach them in Your ways.

      All Your ways are loving and faithful
      Toward those, LORD, who seek after Your will.
      You will not let sin have the triumph;
      You will protect, we need only to be still.

      Rejoice, then, you who respect the LORD,
      He will guide you in the paths you take.
      You will spend your days in peace and joy,
      And your nights in safety, until you awake.

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      • duchess01 says:

        Amen, Carl! Trust in the Lord with all of your heart – Lean not on your own understanding – acknowledge Him in all of your ways – and He will make your path straight!

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  11. duchess01 says:

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

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  12. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  13. aliashubbatch says:

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  14. auscitizenmom says:

    WILD BOARS KILL MILITANTS

    “Wild boars overrun Islamic State position, kill 3 militants”
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/04/25/wild-boars-overrun-islamic-state-position-kill-3-militants/100876844/

    “Iraq: Wild Boars kill 3 ISIS Terrorists”

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  15. dbethd says:

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/04/yaf-pulls-support-coulter-event-due-berkeley-police-stand-order/

    “In the meantime we discovered that the University of California Police Department at Berkeley has an official ‘stand-down’ policy for any situation that develops on campus as long as the situation doesn’t involve the imminent loss of life, allowing the leftist thugs who have terrorized Berkeley’s campus to do so without consequence.”

    Why bother having a police force?

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    • BakoCarl says:

      Why, to protect the snowflakes, of course.

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    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      why have police? DK.
      But I know that Marx and the Marxists firmly believe that they will not overthrow capitalism and institute communism worldwide without a bloody revolution. So, they accept harm and death as an unavoidable necessity on the way to Utopia.

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    • smiley says:

      the end justifies the means

      and WAR/REVOLUTION in the streets is the rationale

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      • Dora says:

        Horrible man!

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      • Mike says:

        “The third rule of the ethics of means and ends is that in war, the end justifies any means.

        I wonder if Alinsky and the current crop of antifa mutants realize that there is no moral boundary to doing the same to them as they do to others. That I am aware of. It is they who declared war, after all, so they should reap the consequences of their actions. Is it wrong to sucker punch a sucker puncher, or con a con artist? Lie to a liar? I don’t think so.

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  16. dbethd says:

    Very good historical post. Well worth a read.

    http://mobile.wnd.com/2015/04/the-armenian-genocide-and-my-grandmothers-secret/#Xw1tRDeUHrc91Rpf.99
    “They [Turkish people] were very hospitable and would invite you in,” she said. “But, if a distant signal was given – it sounded something like a trumpet – then they would instantly change, and would attempt to harm you. Yet if the signal sounded again, they would immediately switch back to normal.”

    ~Toward the end, the post gets into the story of Richard Wurmbrand, the heroic Romanian evangelical pastor, imprisoned in Romania.~

    “Finally, in words reminiscent of some of the early Christian martyrs of the First Century, Richard Wurmbrand shares with the reader the presence of God he experienced in his filthy prison cell:

    God is “the Truth.” The Bible is the “truth about the Truth.” Theology is the “truth about the truth about the Truth.” Christian people live in these many truths about the Truth, and, because of them, have not “the Truth.” Hungry, beaten, and drugged, we had forgotten theology and the Bible. We had forgotten the “truths about the Truth,” therefore we lived in “the Truth.” It is written, “The Son of man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him” (Matthew 24:44). We could not think anymore. In our darkest hours of torture, the Son of Man came to us, making the prison walls shine like diamonds and filling the cells with light. Somewhere, far away, were the torturers below us in the sphere of the body. But the spirit rejoiced in the Lord. We would not have given up this joy for that of kingly palaces.”

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  17. quintrillion says:

    We are going to have to deal with Turkey attacking the Kurds

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  18. Dora says:

    What a size!

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  19. boogywstew says:

    Does Elmer Fudd have an alibi … inquiring minds want to know?

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  20. msmelchizadek says:

    I just sent the WH an email about my feelings on this matter.

    http://www.breitbart.com/video/2017/04/26/ivanka-trump-opening-border-to-syrian-refugees-has-to-be-part-of-the-discussion-wont-be-enough-by-itself/

    I did NOT vote for Ivanka and don’t want her speaking on issues like this… I believe she is doing the President great harm.

    Thoughts anyone?

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    • smiley says:

      is she speaking for herself ? her opinion ?

      or for PRESIDENT Trump ?

      big difference.

      I am skeptical…very skeptical…of her many left-leaning opinions and whatever influence that might have on official WH policy.

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      • singingsoul says:

        Ivanka needs to clarify when she speaks for whom she is speaking since she represents the President .

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      • msmelchizadek says:

        @Smiley. The article on BB was very sparse and alluded to an interview for an NBC segment… she does not clarify if she is speaking as a WH employee or for herself. Either way, I am not happy with the amount of influence she is having over the conversation. To me it is something for the Left to grab onto and beat up Trump with.. IMHO :

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          It appears they are busy beating up on her.

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          • msmelchizadek says:

            Yes. After I posted this yesterday, I read numerous pro-Ivanka posts and have softened somewhat on HER, but not her role, as yet. I am still disturbed because it is not clear, to me anyway, whether she is speaking for the WH in her official capacity or for herself as a private citizen. I did express in my email to the WH that I appreciated the closeness of parents/children, but I still feel because of her patently liberal views, I am not inclined to want her voice heard so closely in relationship to policy that appears to contradict her father’s… since the article did not mention the safe space back IN SYRIA, like Trump said numerous time, I took offense. I am holding my thoughts on this now and will wait to see what comes out in the wash … 🙂

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    • nihonsuki says:

      There is a proxy war going on, and she cares about kids dying. She’s not cut out for geopolitics. Fire her, and her Israel first husband!

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  21. Kathy says:

    Need a chuckle? My DH just came in from mowing the lawn. The grass was still damp from yesterday’s rain, so he collected it in the bag attachment which had to be emptied several times. During one of times DH turned off the mower, someone — strolling past our house and talking on a cellphone — shouted THIS at him:

    “Hey, I can’t talk while you’re making all that noise.”

    I’ll just leave how DH responded to your imagination.

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  22. dbethd says:

    Need a chuckle? 🙂 Thanks for the idea Kathy!

    My 3yr old DD likes to wear her not-so-little 2yr old brother’s clothes, and I try to dissuade her as she has plenty of her own clothes to wear.

    Hence ensued a conversation with her yesterday:
    DD: Why do we wear girl clothes?
    Me: Because girls wear girl clothes, and boys wear boy clothes.
    DD: Why are we girls?
    Me: Because God made us girls.
    DD: Why did he make me a girl?
    Me: Because he wanted you to be a girl, and God doesn’t make mistakes.
    DD: Why did God make me a girl?
    Me: Why don’t you pray and ask God why he made you a girl (after she repeated her question over and over)?

    At supper a little later, she prays, “God please make me a boy, so I can wear boy clothes!”

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    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      Given that Eve was God’s final creation,…….
      Maybe it was divine intention that girls have the last word.

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    • Kathy says:

      Oh, how your “Why?” questions brought back funny memories — Thank you! It’s also heart-warming how comfortable your daughter seems speaking directly to God.

      As for disliking girl clothes, our granddaughter (an only child at the time) went through a similar phase at age 3. Turns out, though, that it wasn’t the clothes themselves. One day, when my daughter-in-law noticed that all the pink and purple crayons still looked brand new, she asked our granddaughter why she never used them. The answer was, “I hate those colors”. So, as her outgrown clothes were gradually replaced with different hues, the what-to-wear arguments faded away.

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    • dbethd says:

      I had a good laugh from all your comments.

      I have tried branching into other colors as a few times she specifically stated blue/green was her favorite. This morning she had a couple of those options and STILL wanted to wear lil bro’s shirts. I told her I bought her favorite colors for her, and she’s not wearing them. Not sure if she felt bad, but she did eventually put a green one on. Also the last few weeks she’s been wanting to re-wear clothes still in the laundry basket. I mean, who cares if they’re dirty, right? I let this one slide sometimes. Ha

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        When my younger sister was 13 she wore the same faded navy blue sweatshirt with the sleeves cut off for a year. My mother would pull it off her and throw it in the wash. She generally put it back on before it was completely dry. 🙄

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  23. BigMamaTEA says:

    If you haven’t already read this, props must go to those who earn them. This is from Josh Meyer, writing for Politico…….

    “Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway – By dropping charges against major arms targets, the administration infuriated Justice Department officials — and undermined its own counter-proliferation task forces.”

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/24/obama-iran-nuclear-deal-prisoner-release-236966

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  24. http://www.tristateupdate.com/story/35255360/pet-food-manufacturer-issues-recall-after-euthanasia-drug-found-in-product?utm_medium=social&utm_source=WOWK_13_NEWS

    I know there are animal lovers here and this stuff is shipped country-wide.
    I read a few days ago of razor blades in dog treats dropped around in the UK. Some ethnicities don’t like dogs and this is penobarb so it is not accidental.

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  25. Has anybody read this?
    The Little Sisters of the Poor refused to knuckle under Obamacare’s contraception mandate, on the grounds that it infringed their religious liberty. … My understanding is that President Trump supports freedom to practice according to their faith….so why this? [see link below].

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-trump-administration-is-defending-obamas-hhs-contraception-mandate

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    • Kathy says:

      I promise you’ll feel MUCH less concerned about this if you check the post by LUKE FROM NJ on the Day #97 thread at 7:17am. He shares a link to a CATHOLICVOTE.ORG article discussing why the Trump Administration might deliberately be holding off on the HHS fight. It could be how many leftover-Obama lawyers are still in place and how — due to the Senate delaying President Trump’s nominees — it hasn’t yet been possible to hire replacement lawyers who actually BELIEVE in religious liberty.

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  26. Dora says:

    This is so cruel! What the h*ll has happened to people?

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  27. Mike says:

    Think I’ll clear my mental space with some wholesome music. The filth of our so called society can get to you.

    Liked by 6 people

  28. 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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  29. Ddanna says:

    Amen

    Liked by 1 person

  30. Lucille says:

    Oroville 26 April DWR Reports Explained
    blancolirio channel

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