Monday July 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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128 Responses to Monday July 3rd – Open Thread

  1. Garrison Hall says:

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  2. Time too OPEN it back up.. **TREE-HOUSE BAR & Grill**
    Drink Special..
    Trump Double X-Maga drinks FREE on the house

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    • “You’re Fired!”

      Never get tired of it! Haven’t heard that lately. Thanks for the laugh 😉

      Every Jan 20 for the next 7 years we ought to have a recap thread of all of the epic POTUS tweets, one liners. They are really piling up!

      Also a celebratory thread for RIP establishment, media, personality or other institutions/scam organizations who’ve disintegrated under the Trump wrecking ball! CNN will be the latest victim!😂

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    • dogsmaw says:

      “Love Is in the Air” is a 1977 disco song sung by John Paul Young. The song was written by George Young and Harry Vanda and it became a worldwide hit in 1978, peaking at No. 3 on the Australian charts and No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart. In the United States, the song peaked at No. 7 on the pop chart and spent two weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart, his only US top 40 hit.

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  3. Lucille says:

    4th Of July Cats!
    Happy 4th Of July From The Lucky Ferals

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  4. dogsmaw says:

    Celebration” is a song released in 1980 by Kool & the Gang from their album Celebrate!. The song encourages the listener to celebrate good times. “Celebration” is in the key A♭ major and was written by Kool & the Gang.

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    • 94corvette says:

      In 1980 I was on the USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD-29) when we participated in a UNITAS cruise around South America. We had a Navy Band with us as this was a diplomatic mission as well as a military training exercise. When they would play at our ‘official’ receptions at the host country’s embassies they would play ‘formal’ music to start but when they played ‘Celebrate’, the real party began.

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  5. Janie M. says:

    From wiseGEEK:

    Has the White House Ever Needed Serious Renovations?

    When Harry S. Truman assumed the presidency of the United States in 1945, the White House was falling apart. The main body of the mansion was found to be structurally unsound and in danger of collapse. Some said that the building should be demolished and rebuilt. But Truman persuaded Congress to fund a total rebuild of the White House from the inside out, leaving only the brick outer walls. The interior was dismantled and certain features were saved, such as fireplace mantels. In the end, it was entirely rebuilt using the same general plan used during James Madison’s presidency in 1814.

    Extreme makeover on Pennsylvania Avenue:

    ◆ A leg of Margaret Truman’s piano broke through the floor in what is today the private dining room. Engineers found plaster in the corner of the East Room to be sagging as much as 18 inches (46 cm).

    ◆ The structure’s wooden beams had been weakened by cutting and drilling for the installation of plumbing and wiring. The addition of a third floor and a steel roof in 1927 added weight that the building couldn’t handle.

    ◆ While the White House was being rebuilt, Harry and Bess Truman moved to Blair House across Pennsylvania Avenue.

    http://www.wisegeek.com/has-the-white-house-ever-needed-serious-renovations.htm

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  6. Dora says:

    Childe Hassam – Summer Evening (1886) Oil on canvas

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  7. smiley says:

    Boone County, Late Fall

    (no date)

    oil/panel

    Marc Bohne ~ American ~ Contemporary ~ Realism

    more here…

    http://marcbohne.com/artist.html

    🙂

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  8. Dora says:

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  9. What happened to those guys ?
    THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

    THE SIGNERS

    Gary Hildrith

    Have you ever wondered what happened to the fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence? This is the price they paid:

    Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the revolutionary army, another had two sons captured. Nine of the fifty-six fought and died from wounds or hardships resulting from the Revolutionary War.

    These men signed, and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor!

    What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants. Nine were farmers and large plantation owners. All were men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty could be death if they were captured.

    Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

    Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

    Vandals or soldiers or both, looted the properties of Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

    Perhaps one of the most inspiring examples of “undaunted resolution” was at the Battle of Yorktown. Thomas Nelson, Jr. was returning from Philadelphia to become Governor of Virginia and joined General Washington just outside of Yorktown. He then noted that British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headqurt, but that the patriot’s were directing their artillery fire all over the town except for the vicinity of his own beautiful home. Nelson asked why they were not firing in that direction, and the soldiers replied, “Out of respect to you, Sir.” Nelson quietly urged General Washington to open fire, and stepping forward to the nearest cannon, aimed at his own house and fired. The other guns joined in, and the Nelson home was destroyed. Nelson died bankrupt.

    Francis Lewis’s Long Island home was looted and gutted, his home and properties destroyed. His wife was thrown into a damp dark prison cell without a bed. Health ruined, Mrs. Lewis soon died from the effects of the confinement. The Lewis’s son would later die in British captivity, also.

    “Honest John” Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she lay dying, when British and Hessian troops invaded New Jersey just months after he signed the Declaration. Their thirteen children fled for their lives. His fields and his grist mill were laid to waste. All winter, and for more than a year, Hart lived in forests and caves, finally returning home to find his wife dead, his chidrvanished and his farm destroyed. Rebuilding proved too be too great a task. A few weeks later, by the spring of 1779, John Hart was dead from exhaustion and a broken heart.

    Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

    New Jersey’s Richard Stockton, after rescuing his wife and children from advancing British troops, was betrayed by a loyalist, imprisoned, beaten and nearly starved. He returned an invalid to find his home gutted, and his library and papers burned. He, too, never recovered, dying in 1781 a broken man.

    William Ellery of Rhode Island, who marveled that he had seen only “undaunted resolution” in the faces of his co-signers, also had his home burned.

    Only days after Lewis Morris of New York signed the Declaration, British troops ravaged his 2,000-acre estate, butchered his cattle and drove his family off the land. Three of Morris’ sons fought the British.

    When the British seized the New York houses of the wealthy Philip Livingston, he sold off everything else, and gave the money to the Revolution. He died in 1778.

    Arthur Middleton, Edward Rutledge and Thomas Heyward Jr. went home to South Carolin tight. In the British invasion of the South, Heyward was wounded and all three were captured. As he rotted on a prison ship in St. Augustine, Heyward’s plantation was raided, buildings burned, and his wife, who witnessed it all, died. Other Southern signers suffered the same general fate.

    Among the first to sign had been John Hancock, who wrote in big, bold script so George III “could read my name without spectacles and could now double his reward for 500 pounds for my head.” If the cause of the revolution commands it, roared Hancock, “Burn Boston and make John Hancock a beggar!”

    Here were men who believed in a cause far beyond themselves.

    Such were the stories and sacrifices of the America revolution. These were not wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: “For the support of this Declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

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    • And to think they sacrificed all of that so we could have free health care! LOL

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      • Joe2pt.0 says:

        Very funny. And I sincerely mean that. The signers stood up for freedom and self reliance.
        Who in DC today would measure up to the character and courage of the signers of the Declaration of Independence? PDJT, Ted Cruz, and Tillerson immediately come to mind. Are there others iyo?

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        • dilonsfo says:

          Cruz? The same man who sold out on the immigration matter. PDJT and Tillerson I definitely agree with. Possibly Jeff Sessions. Right now, I think the list is very small.

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    • Serena says:

      Thanks Coveyouthband. I didn’t know that. These men very very brave and some gave their lives for this country. I doubt we would ever see this kind of patriotism today. That’s why it makes me so angry when the leftists accuse our founding fathers of being old racist white men. The very men that dared to stand up to tyranny and put their lives on the line to establish this great nation.

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  10. nimrodman says:

    From the video footage it appears to be a black-on-white attack, or at least black on lighter-skinned. But I’m sure it’s not a “hate” crime. Probably just one o’ them “friendly” crimes …

    Oh, yeah – somethin’ about restrooms being involved …

    Woman viciously beaten with baseball bat, slashed in the face
    http://nypost.com/2017/07/01/woman-beaten-with-baseball-bat-slashed-in-harlem/

    “Three men viciously beat a woman with a baseball bat before pummeling her and slashing her across the face in Manhattan, police said Saturday.

    “The 53-year-old victim was on Seventh Avenue near West 132nd Street in Harlem around 11:15 p.m. on June 24 when the men approached and exchanged words with her.

    “Cops say the women knew her attackers from the neighborhood.”

    Police: Woman Beaten with a Baseball Bat, Slashed Across the Face
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/02/police-woman-beaten-baseball-bat-slashed-across-face/

    “Three men were caught on camera striking a woman with a baseball bat before slashing her across her face on a Harlem sidewalk in New York City, police said.

    “She added that she spotted one of her alleged attackers in the women’s restroom of Lorraine’s Bar earlier in the evening.

    “He said I’ll use any (expletive) restroom I wanna use. I said whatever man,” she said.

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    • nimrodman says:

      … forgot to bold in the women’s restroom

      That’s “man in the women’s restroom”, you understand.

      I believe a few of us with common sense in this nation have thought that could lead to certain – ummm – difficulties, no?

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      • Joe2pt.0 says:

        Yes and no surprise it was a Black low life pos that would bastardized the intent behind the bathroom law.
        Or maybe he was a SJW trying to prove a point? Nah.

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    • Serena says:

      Love the part where the soldiers stand up and cheer when Toby gets to that special line: “W’ell Put A Boot In Your Ass! It’s The American Way” Hell Yeah!! Merica!!

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  11. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  12. Pass the AMMO, We are ay #WAR against the LEFT

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  13. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”
    John 11:26 (KJV)

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    • Amen, I believeth! God bless you sweet Amazing duchess01 💖💕💖 Happy 4th of July weekend!!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸💖💕💖🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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      • duchess01 says:

        Me, tooeth, Adorable Amazing Grace! God Bless You, tooeth! Hugs!

        Happy Independence Day! (Imagine Flags Here) Happy Birthday, America! (more flags)

        This year we will be celebrating like never before – because we have a President who loves America – and US – Isn’t it grand, glorious, and ginormous, AAG?

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        • It is so beyond grand, glorious and ginormous it brings me to tears and to my knees! We are mightily mightily blessed Amazing duchess01!! in honor of you *flags here*
          Biggest Hugs Evah 😘😘

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          • duchess01 says:

            ‘Tears of Joy in the Treehouse’ – where being American is celebrated – and President Trump is beloved!

            We have much for which to thank God! We are truly blessed – and loved by God!

            MAGA IS the Second Revolution – not as others have touted it – without firing a shot – we are united under our President – Oh, Thank You, Jesus!

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  14. duchess01 says:

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  15. duchess01 says:

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

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    • 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸💖💕💖🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
      Amen, Amen and Amen!! Thank you God for giving us our Freedom thru the persistent, unwavering, gruelling fortitude shown by our Fore Fathers in You to give America and us her Independance. Thank you Father for Donald J. Trump to lead us in this battle to save our Republic, thank You for giving us this second chance.
      In the name of The Father The Son and The Holy Spirit, Amen
      🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸💖💕💖🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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  16. American Made Man says:

    God bless our beloved country
    God bless our beloved President
    God bless our beloved CTH

    MAGA!!!!

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  17. yy4u says:

    Thought some of you may enjoy my take off on Hamlet’s soliloquy. If I step out of line posting it, ad min, please remove. Thanks.

    To Tweet, or not to Tweet, that is the question:
    Whether ‘tis nobler for a Republican president to suffer
    The slings and arrows of left wing journalists
    Or to take up Tweets against them,
    And by so doing, send them completely off their rockers.
    (Or should a Republican president)
    Take without response as did all his predecessors, the thousand hourly media hits
    Republican politicians are heir to? ‘Tis a consummation
    leftist journalists, Democrats and Republican politicians are used to?
    To do what Republican presidents always have done,
    To bear with dignity Democrat journalists’ lies and deceits as they go about undoing a president they voted against and destroying his presidency?
    Aye, there’s the rub,
    For in following these honorable Republican presidents,
    As they shuffled off into a history written and taught by those who destroyed them in the first place gives me pause.
    For to bear the Whips and Scorns of a biased media and their Democrat political comrades
    And do nothing
    Makes cowards of us all.
    If a coup or the destruction of a legacy can be achieved by the pale cast of lies, misinformation and deceit,
    Then those who are most affected may never realize that they have lost their say in who governs them.
    So soft you now, fair weather supporters.
    If I, Trump, survives, it will be by all my Tweets remember’d.

    And, anyway, they’re a helluva lot of fun.

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  18. duchess01 says:

    SUNDAY, JULY 2, 2017
    Remembering Our Founding Fathers on the Forth of July

    http://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2009/09/today-many-in-united-states-are-crying.html
    ________________________________

    http://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2016/08/socialism-makes-people-selfish.html
    _________________________________

    http://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2017/07/the-28-principles-of-liberty.html
    __________________________________

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  19. Bob Thoms says:

    Very sad story in Dallas these past few days…..it breaks my heart.
    Please pray for the family.

    http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article159308699.html

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      What in the world was going on?

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      • patrickhenrycensored says:

        “According to a criminal complaint obtained by the local NBC station, the girl’s cousin said she received a phone call around 10:30 that night from a private number. The caller claimed to have the girl and told the cousin that “if she called police they would kill the victim.”

        The cousin said the caller told her, “Give us our s— back or we’re going to kill her.”

        The cousin told authorities her boyfriend had stolen a large amount of narcotics from a group of men at a hotel, and police said in the affidavit they were able to corroborate her account of the robbery at a Lancaster Motel 6 June 26. The FBI was called in to assist with the kidnapping investigation, and an agent made contact with an informant who said a man she knew as “Trey” told her that a man stole his narcotics and he was planning on kidnapping a child to get the drugs back.”
        http://www.cbsnews.com/news/shavon-randle-case-girl-found-dead-after-ransom-call-possible-motive-detailed/

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  20. Lucille says:

    Minnesota jihadi’s “descent into extremism” began “after he began attending mosque”
    July 3, 2017 10:27 AM BY ROBERT SPENCER
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/07/minnesota-jihadis-descent-into-extremism-began-after-he-began-attending-mosque

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  21. Dora says:

    Good reading for the summer.

    ===

    Dr. Tim Ball Crushes Climate Change: The Biggest Deception in History

    With a 50-year academic career focusing on Historical Climatology, Dr. Tim Ball is uniquely qualified to address man-made climate change, and he demonstrates that it is a flat-out hoax. Thinking people everywhere should get multiple copies of this book and hand them out to everyone they know. TN Editor

    https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2017/06/15/dr-tim-ball-crushes-climate-change-the-biggest-deception-in-history/

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  22. Donna in Oregon says:

    Irish Blessing

    May you treasure wisely this jeweled, gilded time
    And cherish each day as an extra grace
    Whose heedless loss would be a tragic crime
    In today’s tasks may you find God’s tender face.
    May you know that to miss love’s smallest chance
    Is a lost opportunity, a senseless waste.
    May you see need in every anxious glance,
    May you sort out of the dull and commonplace
    An invitation to God’s merry, manic dance
    And may the Lord of the dance bless you
    As he invites you to the dance of the
    hallowed present
    Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

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  23. M. Mueller says:

    Big Mamma Tea, I found this.

    Members of President Donald Trump’s administration have spoken with the family of a terminally ill British infant whose parents are seeking medical care in the U.S.

    White House spokeswoman Helen Ferre said later Monday that “although the President himself has not spoken to the family, he does not want to pressure them in any way, members of the administration have spoken to the family in calls facilitated by the British government.”

    “The President is just trying to be helpful if at all possible,” Ferre said.
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/07/trump-staffers-speaking-family-terminally-ill-british-baby/

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  24. kp3ace says:

    Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey closed down state beaches because of a government shutdown and then went to the beach.
    Christie said “his family doesn’t use any state services”.
    Hilarious!

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  25. 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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  26. dogsmaw says:

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  27. kp3ace says:

    I found this on Twitter! “Republicans say data operation helped Trump win Wisconsin , will be strong in 2018 races.
    Posted by Reince Priebus 10 hours ago.
    host dot madison dot com

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