Sunday June 25th – 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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170 Responses to Sunday June 25th – Open Thread

  1. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy Sunday, Treepers!

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    • smiley says:

      she has a sultry, film noir voice

      🙂

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    • wodiej says:

      Love her voice and music…..

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    • Too Real says:

      “It’s like exterminating cockroaches – you have to try and get all of them or they multiply.”
      The days of fighting ISIS with half-measures are over.
      Obama’s approach was one of attrition. Push them from one place to another, and hit them while they move.
      Obama’s approach has failed.
      Now Trump has put Mattis in charge. His approach is a LOT more direct.
      It’ is clear that ISIS is using Civilian populations as human shields. That is intentional, to protect against air strikes, and hamper our efforts to root them out.
      Because of their deliberate choice of using human shields, and because they are too cowardly to assemble on a field of battle, some civilian casualties are inevitable. But that was true of Obama’s approach, too.
      [Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford]: “He asked me and the military chain-of-command to make a conscious effort not to allow ISIS fighters to just flee from one location to another, but rather to deliberately seek to ‘annihilate’ the enemy,” he continued.
      The Pentagon has yet to reveal a new strategy to defeat ISIS but Mattis has heavily emphasized his focus on “annihilation” in recent months.
      “We have already shifted from attrition tactics where we shove them from one position to another in Iraq and Syria, to annihilation tactics where we surround them. Our intention is that the foreign fighters do not survive the fight to return home to North Africa, to Europe, to America, to Asia, to Africa. We’re not going to allow them to do so. We’re going to stop them there and take apart the caliphate,” Mattis declared in a late May interview with CBS News.
      Dunford also says that we are heavily relying on intelligence sources to accomplish military goals. Mattis has previously stated that the U.S.-led coalition was increasing its pressure on ISIS by encircling fighters in their “strongholds.” Then they move in for the kill. “[Trump] directed a tactical shift from shoving ISIS out of safe locations in an attrition fight to surrounding the enemy in their strongholds so we can annihilate ISIS,” Mattis said. It’s like exterminating cockroaches – you have to try and get all of them or they multiply.
      It’s good to have a Winner in the White House again!
      Let’s stop playing around and show these goat-shaggers why America’s fighting forces are the most feared in the world.
      shame on liberals…………………..

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  2. Lucille says:

    Remember our troops still in harm’s way…the weather being a major “harm” to their well-being….

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    • usnveteran says:

      Lucille ~
      Thanks for the ‘word-up’ with the regional weather report. Reminds me of how much more heat the troops have to endure in addition to all equipment and gear that they have to suit up with.

      Additional FYI:

      Operation-Helmet – Help Protect Our Heroes:
      — “Traumatic Brain Injury is still the number one cause of death or disability in our warriors stationed in Afghanistan …’ The helmets issued by the military (aka: “Brain-Buckets”) are very problematic whereas they do not fit well, wear well, or ‘breathe’ …”
      — We just sent another 20,000 troops to Afghanistan and have boots on the ground in the Philippines …
      — Treepers ~ Lets try and help our warriors out, donate if you can and/or forward the link:
      — Ooorah! and thanks.
      http://operation-helmet.org/2017/06/

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      • kp3ace says:

        I remember some Colonel (not sure of rank) on one of those news shows. They had a website. Donations were accepted! Helped soldiers get combat gear, boots, items needed to continue fighting. The website had been around for years. I kid you not! I was furious when I saw it.

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  3. Minnie says:

    God Bless America 🙏

    🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸

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  4. Xroads says:

    Uh oh..

    If this image displays properly, I recommend a captioning contest!

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

    Megyn who? I just read an interesting article on the Daily Caller site. Scott Greer talks about the difficulties Megyn Kelly is having attracting an audience for her new NBC show. Last week, a rerun of America’s Funniest Home Videos had a bigger audience than her heavily promoted interview with Alex Jones. Greer concludes that Megyn’s problems stem from the fact that, as a former conservative talking head, her former Fox viewers haven’t followed her to NBC and, of course, the NBC liberal audience could care less about her. There’s a lesson to be learned here. Anybody remember the Dixie Chicks? In the late 90’s and early 2000’s they were the hottest country/bluegrass musical act in America. They could easily fill stadiums and in a few short years became genuine superstars earning millions. Then bratty Natalie Maines shot her mouth off about president Bush and the Iraq war at a London concert and then everything changed. Almost overnight the Chick’s found that they had lost their core country music and bluegrass audience—radio stations stopped playing their songs and, where they could once fill stadiums, they had to cancel concerts because nobody was buying their tickets. Despite their enormous collective talent, The Dixie Chicks as a performing act were effectively over. Today the Chicks are big in Calgary and Dubai. Megyn Kelly and NBC made the same mistake that the Chicks made: you don’t piss off your core audience because the next one you look for may not like you all that much.

    Megyn Kelly, once the undisputed star of Fox News, is about to become an embarrassingly expensive non-event on NBC. To bad she and her NBC bosses didn’t pay more attention to the rise and fall of the Dixie Chicks.

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Garrison Hall,
      Thank you for the update. I know I haven’t watched her at NBC and never plan to no matter who she interviews. I just don’t like the woman.

      There was a time I was so proud of her and the work she was doing. I liked how she could kid around with Bill O’Reilley (sp. wrong) on his show and thought she had so much potential.

      I was fooled Bigly. She is not a nice person and will lie to your face to get what she desires.

      I was so happy she left Fox, so happy. I thought if I didn’t like her and believed her to be toxic, I wonder what the people working for her and around her felt. I wouldn’t doubt there were a lot of miserable days for some of those people. I’m sure there was a huge sense of relief and peace when she finally left.

      I feel she is getting what she so richly deserves. I have no empathy for her whatsoever.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Ditto!

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      • Serena says:

        I stopped watching Fox News channel because of Megyn Kelly. After the first Republican Presidential debate when she ambushed Donald Trump was the night I tuned out and have not watched it since. I have never seen such glee on a moderator’s face as was on her’s that night. She was pure evil. She, and to a lesser extent, Mike Wallace and Brett Baier ,set the tone for how the biased media would treat Trump. The die was cast that night for their fake lies and obvious agenda to take him down and has only escalated since then. I have no sympathy for Kelly or any of the media people.

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        • Janie M. says:

          Right on the money, Serena. I developed an intense dislike for her during the debate.

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        • Garrison Hall says:

          ” , , ,when she ambushed Donald Trump was the night I tuned out . . .”

          I understand what you are saying, although when I saw Megyn pull her carefully rehearsed
          gotcha’ questions during the interview—and then saw Trump’s devastating come-back—I had to wonder just who ambushed who? Trump treated Megyn more like a pesky irritant than a legitimate journalist. In those moments he pretty much wrecked her career. She was never the same after that.

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          • Serena says:

            Yes that is true. It was funny when she accused him of slandering women and he said “only Rosie O’Donnell” LOL Yep he broke Megyn!

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    • Only way she will get an audience is to post on pornhub.

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    • volintn says:

      Interesting! I did not realize it was that bad for the Chicks….so glad. Hope it happens for Bezos/Amazon. I have cut off ebook buying there (I spend a lot on reading material) & I give my online business to Walmart instead of Amazon or go to local stores. I detest Bezos and Wapo!!!!!

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  6. Janie M. says:

    Very informative video from Lee Stranahan (formerly w/Breitbart). He connects the dots between Soros, Clinton, Antifa, Ford Foundation, Gates Foundation, etc., explaining the matrix – very deep and intertwined.

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  7. Troublemaker10 says:

    Ashton Kutcher’s Show Stars Character Who Rejects Abortion: ‘I Can’t Do This’

    http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/katie-yoder/2017/06/20/ashton-kutchers-show-stars-character-who-rejects-abortion-i

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  8. nwtex says:

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  9. maiingankwe says:

    I promise to make this as short as I can. It doesn’t hurt that I’m so tired I want to go bed, so hopefully that will push me to keeping it short. We will see. 🙃

    Celebration of Life for Ponytail Kim was a success. There wasn’t a hundred people, but there were people coming in and out throughout the day and night, which ended at 10:30pm.

    There was so much food and drink, and it was all so good (the food). I only had two glasses of wine in about five hours or so. I stayed with water and soda. I was able to drive home safe and legal, which is the only way I’d have it. Too scared of the 👮 police and the fines etc.

    We had great live music with some of the Elders playing. It was so awesome and I videoed some of it.

    Ponytail Kim had a lot of tee-shirts, warm jackets, flannels etc. So, I laid them all out on a tarp and let people choose something they wanted to remind them of Kim. I also laid out ice cleats for winter ice on your shoes. Fishing tackle, lures, spinners, jigs etc, boxing tape, boxes of tissues, and so forth, you get the idea.

    I couldn’t believe some people asked me what they owed me. So I went back around to each group and explained they could take anything they wanted to help remind them of their friend Ponytail Kim. Us ladies stole all of his flannel shirts. 😁

    The clothes and everything that were left went to a good friend of his who lives in a small community called Salcha where the neighbors are good to each other, especially in the winter. There were a lot of good hunting/fishing socks left and she knew everything would find a home and to good use. She wore two of his flannels with a yuuge smile all night. It made me really happy.

    Last but not least, we all sang Happy Birthday to our Ponytail Kim before the night ended. 🎉

    I do have to share one thing that really touched my heart. Some of his good friends came up to me and handed me a sympathy card. They said I was his family. Yeah, almost became a puddle there, but I didn’t, I held strong and honored. A good number also came up and thanked me for all I did for Kim, people I didn’t even know. This is the hardest part for me, and I’m still working out why. He was my best friend, of course I was there for him. So what if I did all of his banking, grocery shopping, paperwork, lots and lots of paperwork and lots and lots of phone calls on his behalf, it’s what friends do. He was my best friend and I know without a doubt whatsoever he would’ve done it for me. He would’ve done it in a heartbeat. I loved being there for him, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It wasn’t work to me like some people think, it wasn’t anything like that. It’s what friends do. So yes, I’m a bit lost.

    On Monday, his one day he was he lucid, I had asked him if he had minded if I had used his deodorant since I had forgotten mine. He asked if I forgot my toothbrush too, I said I hadn’t. He laughed and said cause I could’ve used that too. This was my friend.

    At the party, one older guy gave me an old, traditional ice fishing pole made of wood. It’s real old and well used. He knew or learned of our many ice fishing trips together. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift. So unexpected. So touching. I wanted to ask him a few questions, but he had left shortly after he gave me the gift. He just disappeared into the woods.

    Dang it, going too long again. So I better close for now.

    Thank you ever so much Treepers, you’re all the best of the best. And I mean that. I like my branch and home here.
    Be well and have a Blessed Sunday,
    Ma’iingankwe

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    • floridawoman4trump says:

      My condolences on the loss of your best friend. May your memories together sustain you until you meet again. God Bless.

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    • amwick says:

      Ty Ma’ for sharing your very special birthday celebration of Kim’s life. I know that you are at peace with his passing, but there must be a tiny crack in your heart, so give yourself time and peace. Bless you and your friends.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Amwick,
        I cracked yesterday more than once. Yesterday was so final. It hit me I had lost my bestest friend, and I was feeling so alone and thoughts of what do I do now? How do I fill my time? I spent so many hours with Kim this last year or so. I was at his home at least 4-5 times a week if not more some weeks and every day on the phone except a Saturday or a Sunday. Those were family days depending on my husband’s work schedule.

        My daughter was at a sleepover, and my husband was at work yesterday, so it was real lonely at home except for my two loving pup-pups. It was times like these I would be running over to be with Kim.

        I’ve caught myself thinking, ooh, I gotta tell Kim this, or he sure would like to know that only to realize I can no longer call him on the phone or visit.

        So even though I’ve held steady with friends and my daughter, when I’ve been alone or with my husband it’s been difficult, especially alone and trying to sleep.

        I do know my Ella knows Kim has crossed over, don’t ask me how, she just knows. She’s been sad too. He was a really good friend to her and has known her since she was a puppy and came to our home. Oh how she loved her Mr. Kim. She always knew when we were going to his home. If we turned off a certain road, she would sit right up, push her chest out and smile. I would tell Kim this often after we arrived.

        If it was summer she knew she’d be going swimming in the slough and if not, wondering what treat Mr. Kim would have for her. She absolutely adored that man, and it took awhile before she was kinda okay in bringing Cheetah along with us. She never did care for any other dog getting attention from our Kim, she thought it should only be her.

        Cheetah liked our Kim well enough, but she didn’t know him like we did. I think she just knew him as a very kind man who gave her treats and scratched her ears. However, it was Kim who would stay in our home and watch our pups when we’d go out of state. He would complain how they would always have to sleep with him. Yeah, sure, I believed that. His being upset that is. Our Kim loved dogs more than most people. It’s who he was. He’d always go through his list of why a dog was a better companion than people. I heard it often.

        So Miss. Ella and I had a rough day yesterday with lots of kisses on my chin and sadness in her eyes. She hasn’t left my side unless I’ve pushed her to play and run outside and even then I have to be in view for most of the time.

        Another reason for this behavior is because she doesn’t want me to be gone for the days and nights when I stayed with our Kim in his last days, but she knows, and I know why she’s sad. We both are, but I have faith we will find our way. Our Creator has been real close to us these past few days. I feel His Love and compassion stronger than ever. I’ve let Him know I’m leaning on Him and need a bit of his strength. He shares it freely.

        Thank you for all of your words Amwick, you’ve really helped me. I know our Creator guided me to the CTH.
        Be well,
        Ma’iingankwe

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Have you considered that all those “Thank Yous” were actually coming from Ponytail Kim through those people. Maybe he wanted you to know how much he appreciated you. I know he did. ❤

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Auscitizenmom,
        To be honest, no I didn’t. I never thought of it that way. I was just shocked at how many people knew I had been with Kim all along.

        More than once our Kim would stop me, and tell me I would never know how much he appreciated everything I did no matter how small. He always thanked me even for the smallest things. I told him it meant the world to me that he did appreciate and say those words of thanks.

        He told me he never had the patience for being on the phone and calling this government arm or that one. He would tell me he would’ve never lasted this long, he would’ve given up a long time ago in living.

        Only one time in all of our friendship he told me he loved me. It was during one of our frank conversations of his dying. He only had to say it once, and even then I knew he did without saying so. He showed me and said it in so many other ways. He was so old fashioned. Older men just didn’t do that, well, not all. It certainly wasn’t something he heard from his own Dad.

        So thank you for saying that. You are probably more than right. He was always good at getting people to do things he wanted them to do without them ever knowing. We always got a good chuckle out of that.

        I love our Mr. Kim, and I really, really miss him. As I told Amwick, I’m a bit lost right now. Tears have been flowing at an unprecedent pace these past two days.

        Thank you for sharing this with me. It really is helping.
        Be well,
        Ma’iingankwe

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    • CiscoKid says:

      “Ponytail Kim had a lot of tee-shirts, warm jackets, flannels etc. So, I laid them all out on a tarp and let people choose something they wanted to remind them of Kim. I also laid out ice cleats for winter ice on your shoes. Fishing tackle, lures, spinners, jigs etc, boxing tape, boxes of tissues, and so forth, you get the idea.”
      Kim will not only live in his friends memories but physically too.
      I can only imagine the wonderful stories that will be told.
      “See this lure? Why Ponytail and I were fishing and he caught the biggest muskie I ever saw”
      “I was damn near freezing when Ponytail borrowed me this jacket so I could keep warm”
      Each item will hold fond memories and story’s to be told at the pub and campside.
      He was blessed to have friends like you.
      🙏🛐🙏

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Cisco Kid,
        You’re right, there were some really great stories shared that evening when we were gathered. The one lady from Salcha would put her arms around herself and give a good hug when she would tell us the story of her and Ponytail Kim rafting down the river. She said Kim could see she was cold and gave her his flannel to wear for the rest of the way. So her having the flannel again meant the world to her. Her smile made me so happy.

        Your words made me happy too. I hope you have a magnificent holiday. Be well, and stay smiling,
        Ma’iingankwe

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    • Serena says:

      Beautiful Maiingankwe. A great send off and tribute for your very good friend. I am so happy everything worked out so well. Hugs!!

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    • andeclain says:

      Ma’iingankwe, I’ve been trying to think of how to reply to your posts for the last few days. I cannot match your eloquence, so I’ll just say that Kim was blessed to have a friend like you. May he rest in peace and may the Lord console you in your grief.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Andeclain,
        And yet your eloquence was so clear in your words. At least that’s how I read it. Your words were beautiful and touched my heart.

        I’m not a writer, wish I was, but I have learned something from trying. Write the words down you would normally speak.

        I don’t have big fancy words to describe a flower I like, you know, how we see writers do in their books. All I have is the words in my heart, nothing fancy or big. I write as if I am speaking to someone right in front of me. It’s really all I know how to do. So, it kinda shocked me when you said I wrote with eloquence. I guess it just comes from what is inside us. You sure did make me feel good though. A big happy smile. Oh, and I know you have it too. Bigly.

        I’ve been having a bit of a rough day, so I’m going to carry your words with me. They have really been helping since I read them, so thank you.
        Ma’iingankwe

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        • Ddanna says:

          I love reading your posts, Ma’iingankwe — no matter the topic they are always so interesting and so heartfelt — you are one of the Treehouse treasures!

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          • maiingankwe says:

            Ddanna,
            Your post had me speechless not only for after I had read it, but for days. I just didn’t know how to thank you for such a nice thing you had said.

            Thank you for warming my heart and making me feel so good.

            I hope you have the best holiday surrounded by good people. May there be lots of smiles and laughter surrounding you too.
            Be well,
            Ma’iingankwe

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    • MaineCoon says:

      My condolences for the loss of your dear friend. As God heals you of the pain of the loss you will day by day have joy in the great friendship. This joy and great memories will last forever. May God bless and comfort you at this time.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Maine Coon,
        Thank you. Our Creator has been really good to me these past few days especially.

        I’m having a hard time today knowing our Kim won’t physically be with me for the rest of my years, or at least another ten or twenty of what could’ve been his. I’m really lost without him. The words, best friend just doesn’t encompass what we had. I was his family and he was mine, but we couldn’t figure out which title. He did tell the hospice nurse I was like his niece, but it was more than that, so I threw sister in and bundled into one. I know he liked that.

        I just feel lost. I will start something and not finish it. I have calls I need to make, but I just don’t want to. Going in circles I guess. I’m just going to have lean a bit more on our Creator is all.

        Thank you for everything Maine Coon, thank you.
        Ma’iingankwe

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    • Just beautiful Ma’iingankwe, just beautiful. Thank you for sharing this treasured update. God bless your sweet soul 🇺🇸💖💕🇺🇸

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    • Texian says:

      My condolences Ma’iingankwe.. A beautiful celebration of his life. Somewhere over the rainbow we will all meet again..

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      • maiingankwe says:

        We played over the rainbow with this singer. Thank you for sharing when I had asked. We played all of the music shared at the CTH. I even played my pow-wow music. We played these songs in between the the live singers. I just handed my phone to the tech guy and showed what I wanted and wa la, he did it easy peasy. I would’ve been so lost without him. He kept laughing at me and saying, here let me show you, after those words I was so lost. So when the live music would rest and he saw me walking towards him, he would just put his hand out for my phone, and laugh.

        Thank you for all of his music,
        Ma’iingankwe

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    • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

      Ponytail Kim was so lucky to have you for such a good friend. May he rest in peace.
      Now you go get some rest for yourself. You’ve done far more than a lot of people would, but God only wants us to serve. That is our purpose! Well done.

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    • Raven says:

      Dearest Ma’iingankwe,

      Of all the ‘stuff’ of earth that some people think of as treasures, your gifts of Kim’s possessions are remembrances of his life — lived, loved and shared with many — that are the best treasures of all.

      What a wonderful friend you were, what a wonderful friend you are. Thank you, for sharing your friend and yourself with us.

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  10. smiley says:

    Basket With Blackberries

    oil/panel

    2010

    Jan van der Kooi (b. 1957) ~ Dutch ~ Contemporary ~ Realism

    🙂

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  11. Dora says:

    Jesus Stilling the Tempest by James J. Tissot c.1890 [Brooklyn Museum]

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  12. itswoot says:

    This song from Oden Fong is from his Christian solo album, Come For The Children, released in 1979. Previously he was part the band Mustard Seed Faith, in which he played lead guitar. There is reportedly a photo of Jimi Hendrix seen holding an album cover from the group.

    Also, here is a powerful testimony of his conversion to Christianity. Well worth a listen. (10:34 in length)

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  13. getfitnow says:

    Clarice Feldman -FTA: “I never bother reading spy and mystery novels anymore — real life events are far more intriguing to me.”

    Real life events are certainly easier to figure out. The players and motives, as Sundance as shown us, are absolutely transparent. The interesting part will be determining the punishment.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/06/the_dnc_scams_the_suckers_and_contradicts_the_feds_on_hacking.html

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  14. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

     photo a.m.20repeal.jpg

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  15. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
    Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV)

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  16. duchess01 says:

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  17. duchess01 says:

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

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  18. duchess01 says:

    FAITH

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  19. duchess01 says:

    SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017
    Our Hope and Future is IN the ETERNAL Person of Jesus Christ!

    http://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2017/02/our-future-is-in-person.html

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  20. Southpaw says:

    Stories for Noah

    Today is not a story per se, more of an explainer. Some posters on this site have asked why am I doing this documentation here. My typical response is because I do what I want. With more civility my response is more nuanced. I don’t know how to do a blog, not because I couldn’t figure it out this is more engaging to me. I learned from this political cycle anything in cyberspace never disappears.

    My brother had a job where he did remediation of houses that suffered water and fire damage, all paper records were usually destroyed. Living in Oklahoma we have had situations where after tornadoes people would find pictures and papers hundreds of miles away. Their lives and memories carried away.

    I am no e expert. The only reason I can do this is because I put my brother on my cell phone plan. He wanted an IPhone to do something with his music. When he died I kept the phone since it was paid for. The phone would be smarter in other hands besides mine. I prefer my little flip phone. This thing can be like tending a needy child with its constant beeps and alerts.

    The internet can be a vile place because of anonymous interactions with other users who could be human or not. This site has posters who read as sincere, god fearing, and civil. This thread opens with The Lord’s Prayer. I post on Sunday because scrolling through is a read of prayer, hope, and art. If I posted on Saturday you would get lots of pictures of cats. One poster, smiley, offered to illustrate these stories for you. I can’t even begin to imagine how that could work but it is a kind gesture that I think embodies the environment here.

    I know your dad comes here to gather these so it is a subtle way for me to give him some positive mojo. He saves them to another electronic device, so will be fragments across the servers for a long time.

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    • smiley says:

      well…I, for one, obviously, really enjoy your Stories for Noah…have, right from the start.

      maybe it’s b/c I really like the name Noah.

      I also like the way you humorously span several generations…there’s a little something for everybody..something we can all relate to, in different ways….kinda like the Daily Open thread here.

      you also have some talent, imo, for writing…and, like I said before, your Stories would make a great screenplay for a movie.

      and.. if I were to illustrate this, I know exactly how I’d do it. 🙂

      please carry on…

      “…because I do what I want…” 😀

      you do it well.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I am so glad to hear you only post on Sundays. LOL I thought I had been missing so many of your posts because I only saw them once in a while. Well, that is once a week. And, I look forward to them.

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    • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

      I always enjoy our posts, Southpaw. Noah is a lucky little guy!

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  21. Dora says:

    Guidestar Joins the Targeting of Christian Groups

    You may never have heard of the website Guidestar. It is an invaluable tool for those seeking information on nonprofits, everything from the Ford Foundation to your local pro-life group, provided they have nonprofit status with the federal government.

    (snip)

    Guidestar has never tipped its hand about its politics until now. Starting a few weeks ago, Guidestar has started targeting Christian groups who oppose same-sex “marriage” and has started labeling them as “hate groups.” In fact, if you go to any of these 46 organizations pages on Guidestar, emblazoned across the top is a statement that each group has been “flagged as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center” and Guidestar provides a link back to the SPLC homepage.

    http://www.crisismagazine.com/2017/guidestar-joins-targeting-christian-groups-utter-destruction

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  22. duchess01 says:

    HIS HEALING HANDS

    Lord – on our knees – we humbly adore You;
    Lord – on our knees – we humbly implore You;
    Help us – we pray – to meet needs and demands;
    Touch us tenderly with Your Healing Hands!

    For all who are hurting and families/friends;
    Our hearts are burdened; the need never ends;
    For the lost, lonely, and troubled – we pray;
    That they may be relieved of turmoil today!

    There are so many, Lord – You know their names;
    Who suffer – some who – the devil reclaims;
    Help us, Lord – bring them back – into the fold;
    Release them, Lord, from the evil one’s hold!

    There is anger – there is strife – all around;
    No peace anywhere – no peace can be found;
    Electromagnetic – chemical hacks;
    Through food, water, air – and mental attacks!

    Military – who have returned – come home;
    Are plagued by technology and syndrome;
    Chips in the pills – and chemicals in drugs;
    Wreak havoc on health – and the body slugs!

    Sometimes, we wonder why You allow this;
    Why You let him win – and us you dismiss;
    Sometimes – at every turn – we dismay;
    We can’t understand why he has his way!

    Help us, Lord – to persevere and hold on;
    Help us help others know where they belong;
    Help us minister – leave all up to You;
    Your will not ours – we accept and pursue!

    Though we may suffer along with our friends;
    Though our petition – our prayer never ends;
    We trust in Your Love and Your Healing Hands;
    We trust in Your Promise and Your Commands!

    We pray fervently – In His Name, we pray;
    The Blood of the Lamb protects us each day;
    Through His Mercy and Kindness – we heal;
    Our souls – we are confident – He will seal!

    Touch us, Dear Lord, with your Healing Hands;
    Help us keep up with the prayers and demands;
    Help us – through Faith – be a blessing to all;
    Through divine appointments – answer Your call!

    Heavenly Physician – We implore You;
    Lay Your Healing Hands – on those before You;
    Shine Your Light on us all so that we may see;
    The Glory and Honor that belongs to Thee!

    XXX: 5/28/2013

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  23. Lucille says:

    What Sharia Prescribes: Same as the Ten Commandments?
    by Nonie Darwish – June 25, 2017 at 5:00 am
    “It is hard to read Islamic law books without concluding that Islamic values are essentially ‘a rebellion against the Ten Commandments’.”
    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10570/sharia-ten-commandments

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    • WVPatriot says:

      May we begin our discussion with one of the Commandments — THOUGH SHALT NOT KILL.

      End of discussion!!!

      Liked by 3 people

    • georgiafl says:

      Mohammed rejected both Judaism and Christianity – put himself above Moses, Elijah, Isaiah, and even Jesus Christ. Mohammed demoted Jesus to mere prophet and promoted himself above Jesus as his version of God’s chief prophet and then forced others to follow his religion or be killed.

      Now that’s a colossal, pathological ego.

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      • georgiafl says:

        Mohammed absorbed both Judaism and Christianity into his own religion in order to subsume and subject Jews and Christians beneath himself. He was really angry when they rejected his blasphemy/heresy/apostate version of their divinely authored faiths for his own devised one. He then went so far as to claim the angel Gabriel visited him with special revelations.

        The fruit of Islam is and always has been deception, domination, decadence, destruction and death. Centuries of conflict and bloodshed continue to this day.

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  24. WVPatriot says:

    sundance…l am under the impression that the southern poverty law center was formed as a propaganda arm of the cpUSA. Are you able to substantiate this thought? Thank you.

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    • Lucille says:

      Discover the Networks is a treasure trove of info about the Left. Here’s their take on the Southern Poverty Law Center….
      http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6989

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      • Janie M. says:

        Ironically, Lucille, it is created/run by the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He was once a commie and extreme leftie who founded this treasure trove of information.

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        • Lucille says:

          Like many of us who eventually saw the light, it’s akin to a profound religious conversion. One day someone says something that causes you to check things out for yourself. In many ways, I thank God for the Internet where truth can be found.

          If I had to list all the people who were influential in bringing me to my senses, I simply could not remember them all. Sadly, some of those same people are today NeverTrumpers. They’re the ones who need “interventions” now.

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

    This alleged incident should wake up EVERYONE, and I mean E.V.E.R.Y.O.N.E….

    http://adriennescatholiccorner.blogspot.com/2017/06/outrageous-wild-bill-for-america.html

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  26. SF says:

    Meanwhile

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, will march in Canada’s largest Pride parade on Sunday
    ….
    Uniformed police officers will be absent from the march this year, after parade organizer Pride Toronto barred police floats from participating earlier this year.

    In January, organizers decided to adopt a list of demands issued by the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter, which included a ban on police floats.

    The issue first came to widespread public attention during last year’s parade, when members of the anti-racism group staged a sit-in that halted the march until Pride organizers signed a list of demands.

    Black Lives Matter has argued that allowing uniformed officers at the parade could discourage marginalized communities from attending.

    Parade organizers say that officers are welcome to attend the parade, so long as they don’t bring their uniforms, weapons and cruisers along..

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  27. Mike says:

    A Hideous meme I have made, as I learn how to do it. I am so twisted, there’s no hope lol

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  28. Sloth1963 says:

    ‘Cause it’s not Caturday 🙂

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  29. Harry Lime says:

    Trump could not have been elected soon enough. Our society is in peril and our culture diseased from eight years of the victim and entitlement mentality. What kind of sick monsters are these that attack an innocent woman and her teenage daughter because they feel like they didn’t get enough fries. From what I read earlier they were given full refunds before attacking these folks.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Harry Lime says:

      If the races were reversed in this violent act this story would be 24/7 plastered across every MSM outlet on the planet for months with death threats and rioting and lots of lawyers and hustlers lurking about to cash in.

      Liked by 2 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      This was a hate crime. I don’t think those two black people would have done this if the owners hadn’t been white.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Thank you for this story Harry….you are right it is sickening, and yes reversed it wld be 24/7 coverage with a big $$$$$ payout at the end of the story. Respect breeds respect, act incongruous to that you will never gain respect. It is a simple equation.

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    • We pass thru Baxly on the way to SE GA… I will be sure we make a stop at this location on our trips down or back up or both….it has become my new favorite restaurant and I have yet to eat there!!! God bless and comfort them 💖🇺🇸💖

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      • Harry Lime says:

        Make sure to order the chicken and fries. Sounds delicious! They seem like decent hard-working folk that deserve your business. And bless that child for coming to her mothers aid. Her hands were completely at her sides and non-confrontational when that coward slugged her with full force. I hope he gets a whoopin’ in jail! Same for his nasty wife!

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        • Agreed totally Harry, and you betcha it will be chicken and fries!!
          When i saw ur name i was excited to post to you until i saw the seriousness of your post….

          So i will now tell u received the Tommy Emmanuel CD Saturday and have been enjoying the HECK out of it just WOW!!! Tony McManus’ ships from Canada so hopefully will be along soon. Thx so much for the great post on these two remarkable musicians!!! 🇺🇸💕🇺🇸

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  30. Sepp says:

    On this particular Sunday, traditional Orthodox Christians commemorate the New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke. These Christians died for their faith in Jesus Christ while rejecting the false teachings of the Mohammedans since the Fall of Constantinople.

    By their prayers may we be strengthened.

    See also the website Facing Islam

    http://www.facingislam.blogspot.com

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  31. Janie M. says:

    Excellent post today by Jon Rappoport:

    Life and death in the fake news business

    By Jon Rappoport

    [snip]
    You’re a mainstream reporter striving to stay afloat. The word has drifted down from the top that this is the season for inflicting wounds on Donald Trump, no matter what, no matter what happened or didn’t happen on a rumpled bed in a hotel room in Moscow, no matter what Putin did or didn’t do to influence the election, no matter who leaked the DNC emails to WikiLeaks, no matter what Michael Flynn said or didn’t say to a Russian on the phone, no matter who or what James Comey is fronting for; every real or possible or non-existent detail needs to be blown up into a gigantic scandal of the moment, this president has to go, and your assignment is to keep cutting him, it’s beyond the point where anybody in your business cares who he is and what he’s done and what he’s doing, so pump up the hysteria, shove in the blade wherever you can, THIS is how your success will be measured, you want a light to shine on you, so attack, attack without let-up, don’t think, don’t think about what’s going on here, the important thing is:

    The news business is: careers.

    Having a career is life. Losing it is death.

    Your career is on the line.

    It doesn’t matter what you’ve done over the years, what you’ve written, what you’ve said, this is the big one.

    You can’t lose your career.

    You know what losing it means.

    It means the end.

    https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/life-and-death-in-the-fake-news-business/

    Liked by 2 people

    • Mike says:

      Their identity is too much invested in their “journalism career.” It makes them fragile and too dependent on others. They can be bent into pretzel shapes in order to hang on to their “career.”

      If they lose their job as a journalist, they die. If I lose my job, I go get another. An employer can only push me so far, and then it’s “F*&^ You, I quit.” I have lost a money stream, but my identity is just fine.

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      • Mike says:

        adding: if your identity, or how you see yourself is rooted in something solid like “I am a child of God,” you’ll be good to go. Life can throw a hurricane at you, and although you’ll take some punches and hits, deep down, you’re just fine.

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  32. Dora says:

    This is Disney? The same Disney that created Snow White and Cinderella? Very sad.

    Liked by 1 person

  33. Sharon says:

    This is a test – been having email issues and getting locked out of my blog

    Liked by 1 person

  34. Lucille says:

    Two June 25th articles from Jihad Watch…one U.S. and the other re Sweden, both illustrative of so-called “compassion for the oppressed” run amok. Now the nations which opened their doors to “refugees” are themselves being oppressed and harassed FOR REAL!

    Muslima arrested for setting Iowa mosque on fire
    By Pamela Geller
    “Another Muslim hoax in what is now an epidemic of faked hated crimes. More interesting is the enemedia’s silence on the faux hate crime wave designed to indict, smear and defame the intended victims of jihadi wars.”
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/06/pamela-geller-muslima-arrested-for-setting-iowa-mosque-on-fire

    “Sweden on the Brink of CIVIL WAR, National Police Chief: ‘HELP US, HELP US’!”
    By Nicolai Sennels
    “Sweden is being torn to pieces by Muslim immigrants and refugees. Law enforcement is crying out for help, and it is only a question of time before the country will need military intervention from abroad in order to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe.”
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/06/sweden-on-the-brink-of-civil-war-national-police-chief-help-us-help-us

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  35. usnveteran says:

    It is with great sadness and heartbreak to say that our beloved, Gulf War Veteran, Captain Joyce Riley, RN, BSN, passed away this day.

    Open lines during the Power Hour’s Broadcast tomorrow will be dedicated to Joyce.
    Call in for the live show, @ (855)-995-6923, Central Time, June 26, 2017 from 7am to 10am.

    Joyce lead the way to fight for us Gulf War Veterans and the first to educate us about the Gulf War Illnesses and opened our eyes to the experimental programs and experimental vaccines of the military … it was because of her leadership, in educating the world, and love of the Lord and life — so many are alive and fighting today.

    Our lives are a gift from God, and what we do with our lives, is our gift to Him.

    It is in memorial tribute to her, I will not stop fighting for truth and freedom. Please go to the following website links, there is so much to learn, and continue the mission.

    The Power Hour Broadcast With Joyce Riley:
    http://thepowerhour.org/welcome.htm

    American Gulf War Veterans Association
    http://www.gulfwarvets.com/

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      She can rest now.

      Liked by 3 people

      • usnveteran says:

        Auscitizenmom ~
        Yes, and amen.

        I’ve lost so many friends and my family, (with the exception of a few Veterans, and my K9, JunkYard), it has been difficult to keep the grief ‘in-check’ and plan for the future.

        Thank you so much for the prayers and scriptures that you post here for us.
        Many blessings to you and your family.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          We have to experience our grief. It is what tells us that the person we are grieving for meant something to us. My best friend of 50 years died a couple of years ago. I still get tears in my eyes when I think of her. I pray that you will find peace.

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  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. duchess01 says:

    The Destruction of Russia
    Posted on June 25, 2017 |

    https://andyflorida.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/the-destruction-of-russia/

    Like

  38. Steve Wright says:

    This is a great website. I check it several times a day and refer it to any and all of my conservative friends who don’t know of it. In short, I am a fan.

    That said, could we please not put “continue reading” links at the bottom of articles that are finished with no new material with the link. It wastes time, frustrates readers ( at least me) and sure looks like click bait.

    This site is too good for it. Thank you for listening.

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