Thursday May 18th – 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 โ€ 

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133 Responses to Thursday May 18th – Open Thread

  1. usnveteran says:

    April 3, 1969
    ‘More Deadly Than War’ – A Lecture By G. Edward Griffin:

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    • smiley says:

      thanks for posting this…very well laid-out…for those who have ears to hear !

      many of us older generation are aware of this but not so for most young Americans today…who have swallowed Marxism hook, line & sinker .

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    • CiscoKid says:

      usnveteren. A terrific find.
      A succinct and brilliant presentation.
      If I may, I’d like to pass this along.
      What was true then is so much truer now.
      Nothing has changed, nothing!

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    • PoCoNoMo says:

      Very interesting yet I have mixed feelings. On one hand, it makes clear in bone chilling detail, what’s gone on with the Democrats and their evil/insane moneyed backers, for a long, long, time.

      On the other hand, scenarios were delivered in a non-think “commie under every bed,” scare-the-shit-right-outta-ya manner, designed to manipulate simple working people (like my now deceased relatives, a generation of knee-jerk reactioneers observed while I was growing up, (who possibly should have been more disturbed by the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderbergers, etc., and their successive lapdog presidents).

      This well of fear of the Russians is what the Dems very well understand, and draw from now, as they try to distract or enjoin the populace while they try to kill off our President Trump and his administration, God Help Us All.

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  2. Garrison Hall says:

    Bon Ton Roulet!!

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  3. BakoCarl says:

    Prayer & Pledge

    The first day in grade school, and for eight years,
    We said The Lordโ€™s Prayer to start every day.
    Then, all of us, hands over our hearts,
    Pledged allegiance to our flag, always on display.

    I knew all the words, and I understood,
    But not for years did the meaning come through.
    For I was still young, not long in this world,
    And the meaning matured, even as I grew.

    Our flagโ€™s not just cloth, waving on a pole,
    It stands for our country, for being free:
    Our republic, one nation under God,
    And for truth, and justice, and liberty.

    Thereโ€™s much more meaning behind our flag
    As it waves in the sun for all to see.
    It reminds us of our military,
    Standing in the gap, so we can be free.

    It reminds of all the men and women,
    Sheriff, police and Border Patrol,
    Who risk their lives for our protection.
    To Serve and Protect, thatโ€™s their common goal.

    Now one last level of meaning comes clear,
    Our basic rights that canโ€™t be taken away,
    That make our land great, are given by God,
    Who, by the Lordโ€™s Prayer, is to whom we pray.

    Our prayer every morning, simple and clear,
    Is to God, our Holy Father above,
    To provide what we need, forgive our sins,
    Keep us from evil, hold us in His love.

    And it is God who protects us in this land,
    Gives us our leaders, and His joy and peace.
    We pray to him with thanksgiving and praise,
    That His love and ours will never cease.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:


      Thanks BakoCarl

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  4. Lucille says:

    To think that the world might have been deprived of this great manโ€ฆ.

    “Pope John Paul IIโ€™s Mother Rejected Doctorโ€™s Abortion Suggestion”
    Maria Gallagher May 17, 2017

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  5. smiley says:

    Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli ~ Minor Swing


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  6. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    “This is war!” ~ Lt. Col. Tony Schaffer, U.S. Army, retired

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  7. NewOrleans says:

    A Democrat mayor – and a Landrieu – an absolute liar? Is water wet?

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  8. Lucille says:

    Happy Cursday…featuring a precious yellow Lab and a new friend….

    Dog Meets a Donkey

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  9. TheLastDemocrat says:

    WSJ should be able to handle a debt story better than this.
    Many weaknesses. One weakness is that they paint the economy as “bad” for all of this debt, when much of it – secured debt – is not such a big problem, since it is secured, and unsecured debt seems pretty steady before, during, and after the recession.

    If an economy is fairly stable, people feel comfortable getting into debt – betting against the future. They also focus less on retirement, savings, and hoarding food. So, with a good economy, you get to profile things as BAD – food insecurity, no savings, no retirement, etc. –Then, when you profile good as bad, you can present an explanation for the bad. Capitalism. And, you can present a solution: Communism.

    Frankly, I just heard good news about contract work to support me for the next 2.5 years, pretty steady. Seeing a rosy future, I jump on Amazon and consider how I can go a bit deeper in debt to indulge myself in the “now,” knowing I most likely can pay it off in the “later.” This is human nature. [BTW: I have net positive worth not including home equity – you gotta live somewhere.]

    But aside from all that, one aspect is interesting – in this article, look at “delinquent debt” figure – student loan debt is an anomaly; Occupy began in 2011, and got full force in 2012 – when student loan delinquent debt takes a huge step up.

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  10. kltk1 says:

    This is very good. Give it about 5-10 minutes. Starts at the 1:18:45 mark.

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  11. Donna in Oregon says:

    Irish Blessing

    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!

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  12. BigMamaTEA says:

    Good news on female police officer shooting in Tulsa, OK. Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby has been acquitted of a first-degree manslaughter charge in the death of Terence Crutcher.

    Jurors deliberated for about nine hours before delivering a verdict about 9:50 p.m. Wednesday.

    Rev. Al was here this week, and so was ambulance-chaser attny Crump!

    Crutcher (perp) was on PCP, and what looked like on film, was reaching into his car, or at least was moving when Officer Shelby fired her gun.

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  13. millwright says:

    New story 5/17 ; Sheriff David Clark of Milwaukee County has accepted a position as an Assistant Secretary with DHS to liaison with with the federal government and local LEOs . here’s his interview with a local radio host :

    Some background; there’ s been some furor over an inmate’s death due to dehydration in Milwaukee County jail , but no published links to the Sheriff. Look for this “nothing burger” to explode into a whopper very soon !

    Pay particular attention to how the Sheriff outlines his duties and responsibilities to both
    Governor Walker and the people of Milwaukee County consequent to his early exit from his post ! IMNSHO the man is First Class !

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  14. LibertyVibe says:

    What did Devin Nunes show President Trump in the S.C.I.F.?

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  15. smiley says:

    Sea Garden 3

    oil/mixed media/canvas

    (no date)

    Claire Wiltsher ~ UK ~ Contemporary Abstract ~ Landscapes

    Sea Garden 4


    Claire Wiltsher

    more lovely work here..

    (those images are amazon links…hope they post.)


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  16. Bakokitty says:

    Good morning everyone, I am a first time commenter but a frequent reader for the last year.
    I have enjoyed the many astute commenters here. I started commenting a few years ago on WZ and HA, and Sparta Report.
    I enjoy politics, well most of the time. Worked in Healthcare most of my working life. I enjoy the Caterdays here, as many felines have ruled my days over the years.
    But I would never sell short a dog, as my first furry love was German Shepherd.

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  17. Dora says:

    Aleksandra Yegorovna Makovskaya – A Girl on a Country Lane (1888)

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  18. Dora says:

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  19. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

     photo a.m.20obstruction20of20justice.jpg

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  20. duchess01 says:

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

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  21. duchess01 says:

    Vive le Roi! Royalists and Catholics March Across Paris as โ€˜Globalist Banksterโ€™ Macron Takes Office.

    Damien Cowley May 17th, 2017 7:11 am


    • keebler AC says:

      That’s quite a visual! Macron in his book called Macron by Macron, hints that the French Revolution for democracy never quite worked out because something was still missing…..and the “something” was a King of France. Brigit must have been telling the boy child that he was meant to be borne into French Royalty, she’s the bourgeois Queen of royal lineage now owning a chocolatier business, and marrying her would make him the Boy King. Those two are delusional.

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  22. duchess01 says:

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    • duchess01 says:

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      • duchess01 says:

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        • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

          This reminds me of a field of lupins I saw in Scotland! They were so pretty, I decided to pick a bunch to take home and put in a vase. I had picked an arm-load, when I felt a strange wet sensation and looked down at my hands in horror! They were covered in aphids! Yuck!


          • duchess01 says:

            Oh, my – sorry, Jacqueline! I used to have a circular garden full of them – they are perennials – and came back every year – eventually, they died out – but, enjoyed them for many years – ๐Ÿ™‚


    • auscitizenmom says:

      Southern California. And, that was a scary event.


    • nyetneetot says:

      37 years ago? Let’s see….. I think that was the year my mother stomped on the gas, thinking the car was in reverse and drove through the garage door. It also was the beginning of the decade where every souvenir shop, drug store, and gas station had knickknacks, ashtrays, paperweights, and bookends made from volcanic ash.

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    • Sloth1963 says:

      In Michigan. My uncle, however, was close enough that ash covered his house. He sent a sample to me and I still have it. Pretty cool uncle, huh?

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  23. BakoCarl says:


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  27. WSB says:

    Car Rams Times Square Pedestrians, Causing Casualties-Witnesses

    By REUTERSMAY 18, 2017, 12:27 P.M. E.D.T.

    NEW YORK โ€” A speeding car crashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York City’s busy Times Square on Thursday, causing multiple injuries, witnesses said.

    Thirteen people were treated for injuries, the New York Fire Department said on Twitter.

    The New York Police Department closed off the area.

    A Reuters witness said at least 10 people were being treated for injuries on the ground after the collision around noon ET (1600 GMT) at the Midtown Manhattan tourist site.

    The vehicle was a red sedan and CBS New York Television said the driver had been removed. Witnesses said the motorist had driven against traffic and onto the sidewalk, striking pedestrians.

    The car crashed into a pole and came to rest at 45th Street and Broadway.

    Seven people were being placed on stretchers, a Reuters witness said. Shoes were scattered at the scene and one person was covered by a bloodstained blanket, the Reuters witness said.

    (Reporting by Daniel Trotta, Daniel Bases and Jonathan Allen; Writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Howard Goller)

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  28. Ziiggii says:


    • Ziiggii says:


      • amwick says:

        This is terrible. Horrible.
        There were several lengthy discussions on the President Trump daily thread, and I wasn’t sure how that pertained to POTUS. Must be me.

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          No amwick, it’s not just you. Sometimes I stay away from that busy thread. If I do go there, as soon and I find the “repeating comments” I bail. Gives me a headache!


  29. Ziiggii says:

    WTH is going on today?


    Around 3:45 p.m., a Black 2008 Dodge Dakota driving northbound on State Route 80, collided with traffic barricades at the State Route 80 Immigration Checkpoint, which was temporarily closed due to adverse weather conditions. The Immigration Checkpoint is located at the intersection of northbound State Route 80 and State Route 82.

    Two agents were at the checkpoint at the time of this incident, both agents were on foot as the vehicle came crashing through the traffic barricades. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle were shooting out the window at the agents. The agents, fearing for their lives, immediately returned fire striking the driver once in the upper left arm stopping the assault.

    …was subsequently flown via helicopter to a Tucson area hospital for advance medical treatment. The driver is in custody and remains at an undisclosed Tucson hospital recovering from a non-life threatening injury.

    The driver has been identified as 76 year old Gary Smith from Tombstone, Arizona.

    First thing – why is a checkpoint closed due to “adverse weather conditions” and it’s completely sunny? High winds?

    secondly – a 76y/o man driving and shooting????

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  30. dreadnok89 says:

    Why Joe Lieberman? How many democrats is this gut gonna appoint?


  31. Janie M. says:

    We will be forever indebted to these pioneers, the Gallaudet Eleven, for the major contributions they made to our space program.

    From wiseGEEK:
    How Did NASA Research the Effects of Different Gravitational Forces?

    In the late 1950s, the U.S. Naval School of Aviation Medicine and NASA recruited deaf individuals to become test subjects for experiments on weightlessness, balance, and motion sickness. Their objective was to better understand the effects of space travel on future astronauts. Between 1958 and 1968, 11 deaf men — who became known as the โ€œGallaudet Elevenโ€ — volunteered for experiments designed to show how the human body and mind function in extreme conditions. All but one of the test subjects had become deaf from spinal meningitis, which impacted their inner ear physiology. This meant that they could endure extreme motion and gravitational forces that would make most people feel nauseated.

    A unique group of test subjects:

    โ—† One of the experiments involved living in a circular room that completed 10 revolutions per minute.

    โ—† The volunteers were all students at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, a university dedicated to educating deaf students.

    โ—† On 11 April 2017, Gallaudet University opened an exhibition called โ€œDeaf Difference + Space Survivalโ€ to share their stories. The exhibition included photographs, original interviews, and historic footage of the Gallaudet Eleven.

    Excellent article on the Gallaudet Eleven and the rigors of the NASA experiments in which they participated:

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  32. Lucille says:

    Mark Steyn: The Poisoning of Robert Spencer

    โ€œThe social-justice crowd are moving toward the same point as the Charlie Hebdo killers, and for the same reason: Theyโ€™re too stupid to argue.โ€

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  33. LibertyVibe says:

    Did Trump just release “tape” on Comey? This is YUUGE Treepers!


  34. duchess01 says:

    THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017
    In Our Day What Do You Have To Offer?


  35. Ziiggii says:

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  36. IanMoone13 says:

    Have you guys seen this it looks like we’re in for our own Red Wedding

    May Massacreโ€Šโ€”โ€ŠJohnny DeStefano to Purge Trump Supporters on May 22nd What can we do about this?

    Tweet this at president Trump? Why would he hire this man? Doesn’t he know what’s going on in his offices?

    View story at

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  37. Lucille says:

    Dog Spends Entire Life Locked Up In Basement, Canโ€™t Hold Her Excitement To See The World

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  38. Tazz2293 says:

    FluffyDogAttack I know you read CTH. I need to say thank you for bringing this tweet my way. I don’t twit but do read your tweets.

    I have been going through a very rough patch in my life and needed to read this.

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  39. georgiafl says:

    โค๏ธ Testing โค๏ธ

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  40. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12โ€™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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  41. BigMamaTEA says:

    Hearing rumors of maybe as early as June 30th.

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