Wednesday July 5th – 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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93 Responses to Wednesday July 5th – Open Thread

  1. Garrison Hall says:

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  2. Donna in Oregon says:

    Watching the Beach Boys celebrating 4th of July! Help Me Rhonda playing now. Everyone knows the words. Brings back memories 🙂

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    • Janie M. says:

      Donna, I loved the surf bands of the 60’s. Besides the Beach Boys, we had Jan and Dean, Dick Dale and the Deltones, the Surfaris. As a young teenager, those tunes made me wish I lived in California (I was landlocked in NM). Eventually made it there, at the age of 19, and fell in love with its beaches and weather.

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  3. Donna in Oregon says:

    Makes me miss hula hoops and slinkys and 7/11 slurpes.

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  4. usnveteran says:

    July 4, 2017
    By Michael Snyder
    “This Is Our Second American Revolution”:
    ” .. Many had believed that it would be impossible for us to ever take our government back, but the election of Donald Trump showed us that anything is possible if we will just work together.

    Today, our Republic is hanging only by a thread. If our founders had not stood up and fought for their way of life, the United States of America would not exist today, and if we do not stand up and fight for our way of life now, there will be nothing to pass on to our children and our grandchildren.

    There are many that believe that America is too far gone, and so they are content to sit back and wait for everything to fall apart.

    But that is not my choice.

    I choose to fight for America.

    So today, on the 241st anniversary of our Independence Day, I am publicly announcing that I am running for Congress in Idaho’s first Congressional district.

    Every generation of Americans has had to fight for liberty and freedom, and now it is our turn. …

    … My hope is that what I am doing will inspire many others to do the same thing.” …

    [I wish that Michael Snyder were running for the Maryland Governorship office …]

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  5. Lucille says:

    Our patriotic neighbors to the north are in big trouble…

    Ontario “Human Rights Commission” fines man $12,000 for not removing his shoes in room where Muslims prayed
    July 4, 2017 by Robert Spencer

    Canada gallops forward into multicultural harmony and peace, which will apparently be characterized by strict adherence to Sharia.

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      Been around thousands of Canadian tourists. Lordy, they can really put the booze away. Must have mega kidneys & livers. I always wondered about that… I understand. Drinking to forget.

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    • usnveteran says:

      Lucille ~
      I really can’t figure out what the heck is going on in Canada … we must not let this absurdity to happen here in America. Perhaps Canada should be included with the travel ban restrictions, or a State Department warning to NOT travel there.

      July 4, 2017
      By Tim Brown
      ‘Muslim Murders U.S. Soldier – Canada To Apologize To Him And Give Him $10,500,000.00.’

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      • Lucille says:

        Beyond outrageous political action moves into mass psychosis. Unbelievable! But that’s Trudeau’s crazed, lost mind. The fact he’s supporting this via a settlement is criminal.

        Canadian Treepers, finding a conservative leader you can support is a total necessity if you wish to save your nation.

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        • @ Lucille: I had phoned the Conservative Party of Canada to find out what their response to this is.
          They told me it was not official yet, but was a leak to the media on July 4, 2017. There has been no official announcement that this will happen by the Trudeau Goverment. It makes me wonder if Trudeau will do this quietly.

          Nonetheless, the Conservative opposition is against it, and will be replying once this is made official. That’s what I was told.

          In the meantime, I’ve posted the link to the petition by the Canadian taxpayers federation for Canadian treepers to sign, and to pass it to their family and friends.

          And please pray for Canada, that we get Trudeau out of office – in the next election,.

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    • Coldeadhands says:

      We’re going to need a northern wall, perhaps in the second term.

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  6. b4im2old says:

    Totally unrelated to the glorious celebrations of Independence Day or “politics”… But thought some here might appreciate how even city living here can still be the “wild West”! Be sure to ck out the embedded links in the article as well. Fortunately no one was hurt. Funny it even made Drudge via the Denver Post…

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    • Janie M. says:

      Awwww, 😢 but I understand why they did it. Wished they would have tranquilized it and set it free many miles away in some forest up north.

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      • b4im2old says:

        There’s always a few incidents here every year. Often they are successful in relocating. This was unique in that this was the same bear that went into a neighbors garage immediately after she pulled in a few days earlier. And also the same one my friend’s kids took video of raiding the trash cans on the street also a few days ago. One year a different friend had a bear break through the svc door to her garage, and tip over and open her large chest freezer and feast, then clean out her garden as well while she was at work. Huge mess. This one from 2013 was quite funny…
        The bear took the restaurant dumpster at least twice! They are very smart and strong, but it becomes dangerous when the get too acclimated to humans.

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        • b4im2old says:

          Notable is the one where the bear was in the house for 5 hr while the owner slept is a neighborhood established for many years, maybe 25+ (we’ve been here over 30). The restaurant one is just south of downtown. The occurrences increase during years of drought when there is insufficient food supply for the critters at higher elevations. Occasionally we even get them on the east side of town – the bears follow the open drainage channels out of the large natural parks in town and the higher elevations on the west side. We have foxes, coyotes, bobcats, racoons, deer, coopers hawks, horned owls, occasional eagles, etc throughout town. In areas with high mule deer populations we even get occasional mountain lions.

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        • Janie M. says:

          OK, b4, re, vid. – that was a man in a bear suit!! 😝 I’ve read a number of articles over the years and they always say once the bears get too familiar in human territories (i.e. their homes), it becomes a habitual behavior and therefore is dangerous.

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      • Wend says:

        Yes, me too. Poor baby! But glad no one was hurt.

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      • millwright says:

        A process that “feels good” to humans but often isn’t the answer for the bear. Most bears getting into human areas are younger ( mostly male) bears looking to establish their own territory. Displacing them into another bear’s territory results in a fight and another “displacement” , injury or death. As bear populations grow and humans move further into wilder areas the problem increases. Ultimately it comes down to a matter of bear economics. Depending upon the climate, topography, ecology, and the size/species of the bear it can take anywhere between 5 and 50 square miles to support it.

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        • Janie M. says:

          Appears to be a delicate balancing act, millwright. It would seem those who want to live further out in the wilderness to “be in tune with nature” are detrimental to the wildlife. Bit of a contradiction to me. Would this issue not come under the purview of Sec. Zinke? Surely there are existing studies addressing encroachment of wildlife territories by humans which could be updated.


          • millwright says:

            Janie M : Part and parcel of “being in tune with nature” is learning to live with the predators and scavengers whose ranges you’ve encroached upon. All wild critters eat when there’s food and pursue it diligently. More food that’s easier to get means more critters to eat it ; which may include your domestic animals, pets and children . I personally believe beyond a published radius from an established municipality you don’t get to call “animal control” to deal with the recalcitrant critters you moved next to.

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    • Lumina says:

      Just saw this on Seattle TV station…I was unsure just what outcome of this bear the way the male newsy ended the clip by gently saying “the bear was put to sleep.” I assumed he was euthanized, but maybe they tranquilized him & he’s sleeping it off.

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      • b4im2old says:

        Uh, yes, your original assumption is correct.

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        • Lumina says:

          Yea I know, it was the gentle soft way he said it, rather than using the more threatening word like euthanized. That might upset someone. Maybe that’s the problem with Chicago’s gun deaths, their news people reported 6 people were put to sleep this weekend & 60 others got owies…

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Oh my gosh, we are driving to Colorado Springs as I’m writing this. I’m with Janie M. I wish they could’ve just put him far away within his habit.

      We are going to see the Petrified Forest today and somewhere else I’ve already forgotten 🙃 and visit Colorado Springs Zoo tomorrow. My husband is from the state and this is the first time visiting as a family. Its such a beautiful and spectacular state.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Safe travels maiingankwe, and HAVE SOME FUN !!!

        Afternoon treeps.

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        • maiingankwe says:

          Thank you. We are all having the time of our life. I know, cause I asked them before we went to get a bite to eat, smiles all around. It’s amazing how much fun a small family of three can have.

          We ended up going to Royal Gorge instead, and it was simply spectacular! I can’t wait to go to bed, so we can have another day of making great memories. I feel like a little kid on Christmas. 😊

          Stay smiling Big Mama TEA, and have a fantastic day.

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      • Ddanna says:

        Have a great time Ma’iingankwe & Janie M!

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      • b4im2old says:

        Maiiingankwe and Janie M., welcome to our glorious area! And enjoy our beautiful little zoo tomorrow! I’d love to meet up with you, but “Grammy’s taxi” is already booked all day! We came here in mid ’80’s from the Midwest and love it… but it has changed/grown dramatically and not all of the change has been good. However, still love it (esp. the climate!) enough to stay! 🙂 ENJOY!

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        • maiingankwe says:

          Your state is beautiful, the views are breathtaking, and we’re enjoying every moment.

          We went to Royal Gorge instead, and I got to go on the zip line going across the gorge. It was so much fun I wanted to do it again right away. It was one of my best experiences ever on vacation in all my life, it was that awesome!

          Tomorrow we are going to the dinosaur museum in Canyon (where we are staying the night). We will do the Petrified Forest tomorrow along with the caves, but I forgot it’s name. Wind Caves? The next day after we will go to the zoo. My daughter and I can’t wait to feed the giraffes. Yay!

          PLEASE READ THE NEXT TWO PARAGRAPHS LAST. I SERIOUSLY GOOFED UP. 🙃 I can’t copy and paste on my phone either, I’ve tried and tried. So sorry! 😊

          Your state of Colorado has put me in the greatest of moods. It’s really brought my spirits up. I still get the twinge and sad moments of losing my best friend on July 20th, but I’m doing okay and I know Colorado was the best medicine for me. We are all very lucky.

          Be well, and enjoy being Grandma and the car rides. It sounds like a lot of fun too. I love kids and talking with all ages. They always have such interesting stories to share. May there be lots of giggles and smiles coming your way,

          I have no idea what we are doing after that. Probably going to stay in Johnstown and visit his brother in Greely, and somewhere after that go back down to Pueblo before we go and fly out of Denver on the 11th.

          We have a list of places we would like to see, we just have to sit down with a calendar and figure it out. I would love to see Mesa Verde, its on my bucket list, but my husband doesn’t want anything to do with it for some reason. He’s not into history and past civilizations like I am, and that’s alright. We will see what happens, and I know if we don’t go this time, we will do it the next. He’s a great guy.

          Again, I apologize for the yuuge mix up in typing.


  7. Donna in Oregon says:

    Irish Blessing

    May your joys be as deep as the oceans
    Your troubles as light as its foam
    And may you find sweet peace of mind
    Wherever you may roam

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  8. Lucille says:

    Well worth keeping as a reference…

    Hugh Fitzgerald: “Learn Islam From Its Source”

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  9. Dora says:

    Albert Bierstadt (German-born American painter, 1830-1902) Indian camp in California (1866)

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  10. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”
    Psalms 55:17 (KJV)

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    • BakoCarl says:

      Take Time To Pray

      The very best way to start your day
      Is on your knees when you pray
      For guidance in the day ahead,
      Just after you leave your comfy bed.

      And, you know, it’s not too soon
      To pray again before it’s noon.
      To thank Him for the day, so far,
      And for His blessings where you are.

      In a few hours, before taking your cup,
      Pause again, take time to look up,
      Toward the One who gives all that’s good,
      And thank Him, too, as you should.

      And now it’s time for your last meal,
      Reflect on your day, stand or kneel,
      And praise the One, with you all day,
      Who watches you and guides your way.

      It’s so late and past time to sleep,
      And you pray to God, your soul to keep,
      And ask for peace in the night ahead,
      As you slide into your comfy bed.

      1 Thess 5:16-18 Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

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  11. duchess01 says:

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  12. duchess01 says:

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

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  13. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  14. Dora says:

    There certainly are some weird people living in the State of Nevada. But then again, it is on the left coast. Ha. Ha.


    Meet the First Family of Molossia, a nation within Nevada: 40-year ‘dictator,’ President Kevin

    Baugh, rules over 33 citizens (including dogs) of the micronation he established, complete with its own rules, border control, traditions and currency


  15. duchess01 says:

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
    God Save Americans!


  16. Dora says:

    In case anyone is still unaware of it, the Church has been invaded. It’s been undermined. It is no more.


    Vatican police ‘break up gay orgy at home of secretary of one of Pope Francis’s key advisers’

    Raid at flat belonging to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

    Occupant of flat was allegedly secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio

    Coccopalmerio heads Pontifical Council for Legislative texts and is a key adviser to the Pope

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  17. Sloth1963 says:

    How a major news outlet reacts to a meme.


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  18. If there are any Canadian Treepers reading this open post, have you heard?

    In case you have not heard, the Trudeau government is planning to pay $10,000,000 of our tax-payer money to Omar Khdar along with an apology.

    1. Omar Khdar is the one who fought in Afghanistan and killed an American Medic
    2.Khdar’s family supports terrorism, and continues to live in Canada
    3. Khdar was jailed in Gitmo and brought back to Canada where he was released.
    4. His father and he freely went to Afghanistan to fight against the Americans and against western civilization
    5. Canadian soldiers, who fight FOR Canada and who are wounded, don’t get compensation like this.

    BUT A self- confessed terrorist gets this kind of compensation?

    The taxpayer federation has created this petition to request that our hard earned money not be used in this way.

    If you agree with it, please sign. And pass it on to your friends and family.

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  19. duchess01 says:

    Italy clashes with other EU members over handling of migrant crisis

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  20. Dora says:

    If the History Channel says so, it must be true.


    Amelia Earhart Survived Plane Crash, History Channel Documentary Claims


    • millwright says:

      Its long been acknowledged one or both survived the crash landing as ham operators reported hearing messages with her call sign for several days following news of them not making their rendezvous. A real possibility if one or both were able to run even one engine to power up their HF set. Those same transmissions would have served as a beacon to the Japanese as well.

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  21. BigMamaTEA says:

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  25. Lucille says:

    Judicial Watch has a lot going on right now, see:

    And this article of importance, giving more background than is reported in media: “Sen. Sanders’ Wife Tried Evicting Disabled Group Home Residents after Closing Shady College Deal Under FBI Probe”

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  26. Troublemaker10 says:

    This is the second state to pass a law supporting religious expression in school. Kentucky also passed a law allowing teaching the Bible in school (elective course) because of it’s connection to our founding principles historically as a nation.

    New Religious Expression Law Takes Effect In Florida, Public Schools Worried

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  27. Lucille says:

    Was America Founded to Be Secular?


  28. Bendix says:

    In Ann Coulter’s column today, she reveals some facts I did not know about the shooter at the Bronx hospital:
    I did not know these facts because the MSM did not bother to report basic facts.

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  30. 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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  31. MTeresa says:

    This makes me so sad. In one generation, we’ve absolutely been turned reality upside down. I loved the gentle way Fred Rogers spoke with children and this message is as true today as it was in 1967:

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