Wednesday May 3rd – 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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140 Responses to Wednesday May 3rd – Open Thread

  1. justfactsplz says:

    Good morning Wolverines, the lights are on.

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    • Sloth1963 says:

      Thanks! That fumbling around in the dark can be dangerous. 😃

      Liked by 7 people

      • maiingankwe says:

        Our darkness is creeping away every day from from 4-8min where we live. Sunset will be at 10:36pm tonight and the sunrise was a few minutes past five am this morning. It won’t be long when we will be able to see our fishing bobber at two am.

        A few days ago I took a picture at 11pm. It was daylight on one side and turning to darkness on the other. I love it when we get full sunlight again. Our children no longer have to traverse to the bus stop in the dark or get off when it is starting to get dark. It saves on electricity too, even though I swear they make up for it with their outrageous rates.

        Come visit your northern brothers and sisters in the summer, it’s beautiful here in your Last Frontier state.

        Have an amazing day good Treepers,
        Ma’iingankwe

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    • Sloth1963 says:

      Thanks! That fumbling around in the dark can be dangerous. 😃

      Liked by 4 people

  2. Chip Bennett says:

    Michael Slager pleaded guilty:

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/02/us/michael-slager-federal-plea/

    (Not sure if this was discussed on yesterday’s open thread.)

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    • nimrodman says:

      Police everywhere better start realizing: If they run, just let ’em go, it’s not worth it, you can’t win and won’t, downstream damage not your fault, it’s now a Mad Max world.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Chip, go look on yesterday’s Daily thread. I posted the Plea Deal, and links to the charges and reference statute links.

      Also, I posted the Original Grand Jury Indictment, and the Dash Cam vid.

      I’d like your opinion on the Plea.

      **Long time – no see. Welcome Back!

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    • Janie M. says:

      Hi, Chip, haven’t seen you here in quite some time – glad to see you’re back. I received an email yesterday morning from the NY Post which discussed Mr. Slager’s plea agreement. I’m inclined to agree with nimrodman.

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      • amwick says:

        I was running around and missed yesterday’s thread, but I went back and looked at it.. I was disappointed at this… very disappointed, bad lawyers etc. Other websites have comments that (generally) fall into two groups: one where people only saw the cell phone video and believed it exclusively, the other that knew more about what happened, the fight etc. So the first group feels as though Slager had it coming, the other feels like he was railroaded.
        One thing I just wanted to mention, since I live a couple hours from Charleston, and in SC, was that they are having a hard time getting additional LEO locally. They wanted to increase the force, and they are barely managing to fill vacancies. Now, I am not saying this is tied directly to Slager’s prosecution, but I do wonder.

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        • Janie M. says:

          amwick, I would think it would have a chilling effect on recruiting new LEOs. I am also concerned for his safety once he begins his prison sentence. You know how that goes.

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    • It was part of a plea deal to reduce his jail time. Not a big story.

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      • amwick says:

        Well, it depends if you personally believe that the shooting was justified. Right here at CTH I have read comments from people I totally respect that lean both ways. Part of the story was the time that it happened… the DOJ that intervened, it was not a simple story at all.

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        • I don’t often read stories about shootings unless they are local. Reading about this one after the fact, Slager’s on video shooting an unarmed man in the back who is leaving, after he had told police the man was approaching to attack, and he was in fear for his life. Slater lied about the justification, and the victim turned out to be unarmed.

          Pleading not guilty was not a position likely to be defensible once the video was accepted into evidence contradicting his story. If he had plead not guilty and lost, he could have gotten life in prison on state murder charges. Slater plead guilty to the federal charge of deprivation of rights under color of law, and got murder and other charges dismissed in return. The taxpayers are saved from paying for a trial and appeals, and both sides have accepted the deal.

          It’s a tragedy for both men’s lives and for their families, but it also looks to me like all parties acted humanely and honorably in making the deal.

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

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  4. citizen817 says:

    Family of 6 Boys Donates Combined 17 Feet Of Hair After Friend’s Death

    This gorgeous family had some pretty glorious locks – but they were only growing them out so they could donate them to charity.

    The resulting mop tops were all sheared off at a barber shop earlier this week and donated to Locks of Love.

    It had been two years since the boys had visited a barber – and they say they plan on growing out their hair for another donation again sometime in the future.

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  5. Lucille says:

    THE WONDER OF YOU ~ Elvis
    “Elvis has left the building, but the lights are still on.”

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  6. citizen817 says:

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  7. BigMamaTEA says:

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  8. BigMamaTEA says:

    Well, well, here’s something you won’t hear out of the Swamp Media……

    Texas had passed Campus Carry btw.

    It looks like just maybe a UT student may have just used a CC to run the stabber out of the building the other day……

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  9. labrat says:

    Good one.

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  10. smiley says:

    Nasturtiums

    oil/linen

    ca 2007

    Jeremy Lipking ~ American ~ Contemporary ~ Realism

    he’s known for his beautiful figurative work and southwest American landscapes which can be viewed here…

    https://lipking.com/works

    🙂

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  11. Dora says:

    Georges Seurat – “THE CIRCUS” (1891)

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  12. Zinni says:

    We used to recite this prayer in the morning at school. So mesmerising and peaceful. 😊

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  13. SF says:

    “This is one of Bouguereau’s more romantic pieces. With Psyche finally in the arms of her love, Cupid, the two ascend to heaven.
    Psyche, who appeared to be a crazy cat lady, took her fat ginger cat at her most important date. One can see the bliss on her face: both her most beloved beings are now hugging her.
    Cupid seems not to share her emotions. “OMG, he thinks, would I manage to carry on with both of them?”
    But the brave guy tries not to show his doubts. He understands his fate and who would become a chosen one if he shows the slightest trace of disrespect to the cat!”

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  14. smiley says:

    morale boost ?

    🙂

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  15. Lburg says:

    Have no idea how I found the biker gnome…..but it seemed oddly familiar……

    https://s5.postimg.org/pmpuspion/mash1t.png .

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  16. Lburg says:

    huh. That didn’t go as intended.

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  17. Dora says:

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  18. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”
    Psalms 100:4 (KJV)

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    • BakoCarl says:

      A few rhymes in English surely can’t improve on this:

      Psalm 100
      Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
      Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
      Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
      Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
      For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

      Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
      Praise Him, all creatures here below;
      Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
      Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

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  19. duchess01 says:

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  20. duchess01 says:

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

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  21. Janie M. says:

    I subscribe to Jon Rappoport’s blog and received this yesterday. Disturbing on many levels. I was aware of the Cocolicious dog food recall. Call me naive, as I wasn’t aware of the practice of euthanized dogs and cat being rendered for pet food. I wonder if this includes cat food. 😥

    Euthanasia drug found in dog food
    by Jon Rappoport
    May 2, 2017

    From WebMD (4/28/17): “Party Animal is recalling dog food that tested positive for a pet euthanasia drug…The voluntary recall affects the company’s Cocolicious dog food brand…The affected products include 13-ounce cans of Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food (Lot #0136E15204 04, best by July 2019) and 13-ounce cans of Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13, best by August 2019)… Party Animal is working with distributors and retailers to find out if any other beef-flavored foods are still being sold, and if so, to recall them immediately, the company said.”

    KDVR (FOX) reports: “Party Animal is recalling two lots of its Cocolicious dog food because it might contain pentobarbital.”

    CNN: “Party Animals, a California-based pet food maker, is recalling two lots from its line of Cocolicious dog foods after some cans in Texas tested positive for pentobarbital — a chemical that’s used to euthanize animals. In a statement on its website, Party Animal said a customer in Texas had given Cocolicious samples to a lab and the dog food tested positive for pentobarbital. Party Animal is asking for those test results, and ‘out of an abundance of caution’ is recalling the two lots of dog food sold nationwide. The company is also sending cans of its dog foods to an independent lab for testing.”

    How would this drug, used to euthanize animals, find its way into pet food? The suggestion is: the pet food contains meat from previously euthanized animals (not cows).

    https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/euthanasia-drug-found-in-dog-food/

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    • amwick says:

      This is wrong.. I never imagined! SMH

      Liked by 1 person

      • Janie M. says:

        Like I said, amwick – I never knew. So much for the “organic” label, eh? In my ideal world, all dogs and cats in shelters are adopted. I know that’s unrealistic but…

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        • piper567 says:

          Be encouraged, Jamie, ^^^, there are many no-kill rescues ongoing…mostly private, but even here in Tacoma, WA, near me, they are almost to the point of no-kill in the County Shelter.
          My sister worked for a private rescue in CA, and their sanctuary routinely houses 40 dogs, managed by a woman who Really Screens potential adopters…only wishes permanent homes.
          Things are changing.
          Stupid will always be stupid, but the good guys are active.

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        • amwick says:

          I recently had to have my own sweet dog euthanized. We paid to have her cremated, but how do I really know that happened? Oh,,, it is terrible to consider.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Janie M. says:

            I’m sorry for your loss, amwick. They are our family. We had our Sami (cat) cremated when he finally had to be put down due to cancer and have his ashes in a little tin the crematorium gave us. I had wondered on occasion if it truly was him but couldn’t demand proof – not possible unless we witnessed the procedure.

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            • amwick says:

              TY, we had no choice.

              Liked by 1 person

            • piper567 says:

              for future use:
              most operations providing pet cremation have a two tiered charge for service.
              It is rather expensive to have your animal alone cremated, but it can be done by most reputable businesses.
              Otherwise, you have a group cremation (I know, a gruesome subject) – AND you should be told this – and you may get ashes of your pet mixed with others.
              BTW, if you are settled, such ashes, or a part of them, are a lovely addition to the soil when planting a new tree…very high in Phosphorous w/ a bit of Potassium…I love the idea of my once-friend Heidi nurturing the favorite fruit tree.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        One of the steps to Soylent Green?

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    • McGuffin says:

      DISTURBING

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    • That news should discourage folks from eating pet food to save money. 👿

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      phenobarbital is horse tranquilizer!

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  22. getfitnow says:

    Betsy has had a good grip on the ACA since its beginning. She spells it out in plain language that puts the onus where it needs
    to be.
    http://www.investors.com/politics/columnists/betsy-mccaughey-the-democrats-pre-existing-condition-scam/

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  23. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

     photo a.m.20help.jpg

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  24. Janie M. says:

    Received an email from a friend with this picture of a HUGE cake.

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  25. aliashubbatch says:

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  26. BakoCarl says:

    Test

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  27. mariner says:

    How can I register as a commenter here?

    I’ve been posting by giving an email address, but I can’t log in which means I can’t “like” comments.

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    • I think you need to create a gravatar account, or maybe just through WordPress.. not totally sure, it’s been years since I’ve done it myself.. Good Luck!

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    • Alleycats says:

      Create a Word Press account. Once you log in, you can link to CTH and “like” others’ posts.
      If you’ve never used Word Press, it takes a little getting used to, but it’s pretty easy to figure out.
      Also, once you are a Word Press user, you can come directly to CTH and if you click a “like” button, the Word Press login box appears. Refresh the page after logging in that way, and you can “like” to your heart’s content.

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      • mariner says:

        I don’t see a way to create a WordPress account without creating a WordPress blog (or other type of site, such as an online store.

        WordPress support suggested emailing the blog administrator and I did that. No reply, let alone instructions.

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        • Alleycats says:

          Creating an account is creating a blog, of sorts. You have the option of posting blogs at WordPress or simply using the access to “like” comments on any WordPress site.

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        • piper567 says:

          mariner, ^^^, I too have been given the run-around and after establishing myself, I get rejected when I try and sign in. sigh

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          You don’t have to have a blog to register. Bypass that and continue on to register. Then if you want a specific image or pic or whatever to appear with your “mariner” moniker, you can then go to gravitar.com, and upload an image from your computer. Then go back to wordpress of which you now have an account, and wordpress has a button somewhere that will go talk to gravatar.com and connect the two.

          Then , lets say that you comment on another wordpress blog that is not CTH (Heaven forbid!!!HA!) As long as you log-in to WP, that moniker and pic will appear with your comment. Think about it first, plan which name and image you want to now allow to be connected together – that will then become essentially your on-line identity. (But, yes, you can change it, there’s just a lot more steps.)

          I don’t want to overwhelm you, but, if you can also “read” any WP blog several different ways too.

          Take me for example…….CTH is really my home. Next door is my second home.
          But I am subscribed to I think 89 WP sites. I can go to one place specifically, and read articles, and even comment of potentially 89 blogs during the day. Which of course, is crazy, if you tried to do that. But, always, BigMamaTEA and Andrew image, show up to the internet public as the post. So, I really have that identity all across the web.

          Don’t hesitate to hit me up with questions. I sometimes don’t post on the POTUS thread or whatever (after a while, when there are lots of comments, they become circular.)
          But, at some time of the day/night I check in on the Daily Open thread of each day.

          Because, I now “read” differently on my end, by logging into CTH, I will get your question, but I might not respond immediately, if I’m off doing other things, but I will get back to you.

          So, your first job is to set up an account with WordPress. Just ignore the “blog set up” part, unless of course you want to have a blog yourself.

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  28. Ziiggii says:

    This is a developing story, but with Obama back in country and (assuming) back at his new ‘command center’ house in DC – I have a hard time believing this is not some type of setup event. The BGI need a new tactic to continue in the progress they made under the protection of the last President.
    F.B.I. Helping American University Investigate Bananas Found Hanging From Nooses

    The F.B.I. is helping American University in Washington. D.C., investigate an episode in which bananas were found hanging from nooses on campus this week, a spokeswoman for the agency said on Wednesday. .

    The bananas were found at the university on Monday, the same day a black woman took office as the student government president for the first time in the institution’s history.

    The bananas had short messages scrawled on them, including “AKA FREE,” an apparent reference to Alpha Kappa Alpha, a predominantly black sorority of which Taylor Dumpson, the new student body president, is a member; and “HARAMBE BAIT,” referencing the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo who was killed last May after a child fell into its enclosure.

    video of apparent racist… looks female from gate and hips

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    • Ziiggii says:

      This is a bio piece about the new Student Body President, Taylor Dumpson. The ‘title’ for the webpage is – “Pushing Boundaries: Taylor Dumpson Forges a New Path at AU”

      Dumpson spread her wings and got involved in quite a few campus activities. She’s the inaugural president of the AU Intercultural Greek Collective, and she’s been a program coordinator for the Explore DC through Social Justice program. She was also an Alternative Break leader in Baltimore, as part of a trip to examine racism in the city.

      She’s currently a junior law and society major and a minor in sociology. Among her favorite classes, Dumpson mentions “Great Trials” taught by School of Public Affairs Assistant Professor Chana Barron.

      “She is bright. She is passionate. She is a joy to have in the classroom,” says Barron. “I find her delightful, for the hours that we have spent sitting in my office and talking about the world.”

      http://www.american.edu/ucm/news/20170427-Newman-Taylor.cfm

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    • Ziiggii says:

      she also wrote an op-ed in the school paper
      In #SolidarityWithOurSisters and Other People of Color at AU

      I have watched the university I love protect authors of racists Yik-Yak posts like, “If you bring the ropes, I’ll bring the fire” in the midst of sheer terror for Black students. I, as well as my fellow students of color, have been mentally and emotionally attacked from students and professors harboring racial tension from the day we stepped on to campus. Micro-aggressions in the residence halls and in classrooms has forced us to take the lead and become student-teachers of Oppression 101.

      http://www.theeagleonline.com/article/2016/09/sharing-solidarity-with-those-affected-by-racist-acts

      I’m not gonna say it, but I have an idea as to the identity of the person that hung up those bananas.

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    • mariner says:

      One would think Trump and Sessions would have something to say about DOJ investigative priorities.

      I guess one would be wrong.

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      • Howie says:

        Sessions haz ‘recused’

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      • Howie says:

        Sessions has not exerted control over DOJ. . They are still running wild

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Yes, this Howie. But I’m not giving up on Sessions yet. If it gets through his staffers, I sent him a nasty-o-gram yesterday after he commented on the Officer Slager case. He knows who I am, from my many years of “communicating” with him while he was a Senator.

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    • Howie says:

      Comey is the democrats consigliere.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Speaking of Comey……did anyone watch the Sen. Hearing yesterday? I have heard the whole thing yet, will have to pop some corn and watch a lot of video this weekend.

        But, I heard snippets………Comey sure what tap-dancing!! (Of course saying nothing of substance, and more likely trying CYA) because of course, WE know that no one at any other hearing has asked the most obvious question…….

        Director Comey……..were YOU the one who leaked/covered up/hid/ etc. on any one of these umpteen potential crimes committed against this Nation.

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    • Howie says:

      Globalist FBI Flag

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  29. kimosaabe says:

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  30. bessie2003 says:

    Here is a link to today’s Sect. Rex Tillerson meeting with his State Department people. It’s a bit over 30 minutes long.
    https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/05/270620.htm

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  31. Lucille says:

    BIBLE-READING STUDENT HAS SHOCK ENCOUNTER WITH LIB PROF, IMMEDIATELY TURNS THE TABLES…

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      And this is good.

      redtail……Of all of the history I’ve studied over my 11 years of the fall of nations, or, the coup of whatever country, both successful and not…..THIS is a good sign for us.

      Commie revolutionaries of all stripes (some variation of marxist,fascist, fabian socialist, whatever, they all end up as communism, so I just call them all commies for short)

      The coup attempts by the left vs. We the People that we are all witness to/fighting right now……..

      In all that I’ve studied, when you look at them in retrospect, they obviously either succeed or fail. But the ones that fail……(in kind of a where did they go wrong scenario)
      I telling point of time, the “left” got in too big of a hurry to shove it down the throat, and then started to eat their own instead.

      Now, just for history sake…..should the evil ones win, they’re going to immediately dispose of all of their helpers, and that is where the phrase “useless idiots/fools/sheep”
      comes in. Sad. There are some young people right now, that while they are out there “being rebels/antifa/blackblock/BGI etc” for the cause, if it wasn’t for us, We the People and our “orange God” that they attempt to slay us with, those misguided are actually signing their own death warrants.

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  32. Tucker has some puke telling him FGM is OK….

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  33. 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 pray for France, and for the safety of Marine Le Pen.

    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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  34. MASHALL says:

    Texas SB4 heading to Governors desk!

    Yesssssssssss! Said the Gadsen (Don’t Tread on Me) Serpent.

    https://www.texasobserver.org/controversial-sanctuary-cities-ban-headed-texas-governors-desk-will-likely-become-law/

    Just in time for Cinco de Mayo! Ole!! Ha Ha!

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      YEA! Mashall. Thanks for posting that. I don’t know about anybody else, but, I have met and followed Greg Abbott since when he first became Texas A.G. (I’m in OK, we’re kind of the little sister to TX, unless it’s OU V.Texas game day)

      Governor Greg Abbott stands taller than most men, and he’s in a chair. I want him to run for POTUS one day. Hmm, maybe Pence/Abbott, or Abbott/Pence *still don’t completely trust Pence.* And THEN, and this will sound crass, but this is how the consultants all talk….Then if we don’t have a female, or a black, we’ll have a Disabled!!!!

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  35. BAMAFan says:

    Trayvon Martin earns his aeronautical degree. Well, maybe not “earns.”
    http://www.hbcudigest.com/florida-memorial-to-award-posthumous-degree-to-trayvon-martin/

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      FTA BAMA posted: “Florida Memorial University will posthumously award a bachelor’s of aeronautical science to Martin, to be received ……”

      Well Tray-trays mama can/will drop the word “posthumously” and proclaim his Aeronautical Degree, that she, er, he always dreamed of!!!!!!!!!

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