Monday July 10th – 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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142 Responses to Monday July 10th – Open Thread

  1. Bull Durham says:

    Comey leaked memos had secret and confidential level Intel within them.
    He’s in deep mud.

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  2. Donna in Oregon says:

    Hallmark Channel had Christmas in July this weekend, so in honor of the holiday spirit here’s a Christmas Irish blessing. We focus on good luck, health, prosperity and harmony inside the family…and a few of us drink a wee bit lol:

    The light of the Christmas star to you
    The warmth of home and hearth to you
    The cheer and good will of friends to you
    The hope of a childlike heart to you
    The joy of a thousand angels to you
    Love and God’s peace to you

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

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  4. Lucille says:

    New report: At least 61 refugees who came to US since 2002 engaged in terror activities
    July 9, 2017 By Robert Spencer

    Liked by 7 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      This needs to get out. The libs keep saying NO refugees were involved, EVER. Of course, there are obvious examples that this isn’t true, but at that point they change the subject.

      Liked by 2 people

  5. For anyone interested in drawing, here’s my latest attempt (cough cough) at an Edmund Leighton piece.It’s in carbon and charcoal. A bit winded so you can skip the reading material if you want 🙂

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  6. Lucille says:

    Quote for a new day….

    “Know that you have been created for greater things.”
    – Mother Teresa

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  7. dogsmaw says:

    David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: How Congress’ Schedule Works via @RollCall

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  8. Donna in Oregon says:

    Read here a few times that posters were stressed so if you’ve been interested in Yoga for beginners just wanted to leave this for you 🙂 Have a great week!

    Liked by 2 people

    • smiley says:

      hi Donna….yoga, imo, is very good for alleviating stress b/c it teaches a person how to BREATHE properly….long DEEP breathing, slowly in & out, while keeping the body balanced.

      we tend to take short shallow breaths, sometimes even holding our breath, w/o realizing it…and that tightens & stiffens the muscles, adding to stress, and sometimes resulting in pulled muscles.

      it helps to keep us limber and stretches the muscles, and gets the blood flowing & moving…much like swimming does.

      it helps a person feel & move better.

      stretching & deep breathing = healthful

      and you don’t have to be advanced with it, doing all those intense impossible positions, either, to benefit from it.

      🙂 my 2 cents

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    • Bendix says:

      Thanks for the info. I am interested in yoga for beginners.
      I’m looking for a true beginner class in my area, and one with no men in it.
      A surprising number of beginner fitness classes have people in them who aren’t beginners, so they don’t actually start at the beginning.
      They should call those classes something else, because what they really are are classes for people who can’t or don’t want to move above a certain level.
      I’m one of those people who needs all the help she can get in starting something that involves a good deal of whole body coordination.

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  9. Dora says:

    Albert Bierstadt – Rocky Mountains, Lander Peak (1863)

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  10. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

    Liked by 13 people

  11. smiley says:

    Bat and Mutley


    conte crayon on paper

    Ginny Grayson (b. 1967) ~ Australian ~ Contemporary ~ Drawing ~ Figurative


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  12. Do you think Daniel Craig makes a good James Bond/ do you like his style of Bond? Thoughts on Craig’s films?

    Personal favorite James Bond actor & their movie?

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    • smiley says:

      YES….best one yet, imo.

      not particularly a big fan of the Bond movies but I’ll watch anything w/ Daniel Craig in it.

      sexy-intelligent-amusing-suave performances 😀

      he’s more believable than the other guys.

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    • booger71 says:

      He was OK in Cowboys and Aliens, but I have never been a fan of Bond

      Liked by 1 person

    • CiscoKid says:

      I like the Bond flicks, but my spy guy is John le Carré’s George Smiley, best portrayed by Alec Guinness.
      But what do I know.

      Liked by 1 person

      • smiley says:

        x a zillion me too 😀

        BEST spy ever, Guinness as Smiley…


        • piper567 says:

          smiley, I am in complete agreement.
          I remember I really first saw Sir Alec in Lawrence of Arabia. While all the girls were going gaga over Peter O’Toole (who was a piece of work!), I became enchanted w/Sir Alec.
          Initially, I only watched the Smiley trilogy due to him playing the lead character. But I was so impressed with the series that I actually bought it when it became available.
          Imo, the attention to craftsmanship and mastery of detail he brought to this role have not since been matched.

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      • smiley says:

        one of several charming interviews with John le Carre about casting Alec Guinness as George Smiley for the original BBC series, Smiley’s People…



        • smiley says:

          ok well…that says Tinker, Tailor on the video…but the interview seems to be discussing Smiley’s People…

          or maybe both.


      • quintrillion says:

        I like “Danger Man” series on u tube.


    • Raven says:

      Daniel Craig is the best James Bond ever. Ever.

      And like Smiley says, he is more believable than all the other actors.

      Hubby and I have all the old James Bond movies on VHS tapes and new movies on DVDs. When we watch the old movies, many of which we saw in the theaters when they first came out, we are amazed at how terrible they look now compared to how we saw them then. Technology? Maybe. But I am watching actors act, and some of them do so very poorly.

      Favorite James Bond, definitely Daniel Craig. Favorite James Bond movie, Casino Royale. I think Daniel is a very serious and talented actor.

      Why do you ask? Do you have a favorite Bond actor and film?


      • Was reading an article on the spiderman reboot and it gave it high praise. The Bond series will need a reboot if Craig doesn’t come back.

        IMHO James Bond is a preference in style. Craig has done the most realistic acting & movie plots for the spy genera. Casino Royal & Skyfall were the best to date spy movies. Can’t take anything away from him.

        After watching 30 years of Bond films I have come to expect cheesy, witt, and seduction underlying a good plot & great villan. IMHO Connery and his films never failed. Moore was a little over the top in the cheesy, witt, and seduction aspects which took away from his films.

        I have to say too the women were just more charming back then which goes a long way for me.


  13. Dora says:

    I hate to think of what our society will be like in another 20 years.


    Oregon Poised To Decriminalize Meth, Cocaine And Heroin

    The Oregon legislature passed two bills Thursday decriminalizing small amounts of six hard drugs, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy.

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  14. Dora says:

    This makes me want to cry. I love Europe and have always enjoyed my visits there. But the changes taking place over the last several years have become obvious. I last visited Paris in 2015 and it has become a dump.

    Hubby and I were seriously considering purchasing a retirement home in Ireland where he still has relatives. But that country is being taken over too. So sad.


    Europe is dying­ but don’t be alarmed

    The case of Robert Spencer is typical. He is one of the world’s leading experts on jihad and other aspects of Islam. Yet the powers-that-be have gone to extreme lengths to shut him up. Catholic bishops have rescinded speaking invitations, the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled him a “hater,” the UK has denied him entry, Facebook has suspended his account, and, most recently, Google has made it very difficult to find his popular site online. If you google “jihad,” you’ll have to wade through numerous Islamic apologist sites before you finally come to Spencer’s JihadWatch. If a lot of people in the West don’t realize how serious the Islamization problem has become, it’s because the establishment elites don’t want them to know.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I just put in “jihad” on and Jihad Watch came up first thing. No problem there yet.

      Liked by 6 people

    • smiley says:

      read this, weep…probably already aware of it…

      Victor Orban : European Union Is Following ‘Soros Migrant Plan’

      10 Jul 2017

      to undermine national sovereignty.

      Liked by 4 people

      • Dora says:

        Intellectually I suppose I can understand the desire for power of a man like Soros. After all, as far back as Alexander the Great, tyrants have wanted to conquer the world. Including Hitler.

        What I simply can not comprehend, is the willingness of so many people to go along. Even as the Europeans watch the immigrants cross into their countries, destroying everything in their path, they still insist on allowing more to enter.

        What has happened to peoples’ minds? Can they no longer think? That’s what bothers me. It frightens me too because we have our share of brain dead here too.

        I can’t wait until that wall is built. It won’t be the perfect solution, but it will help.

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        • smiley says:

          “…can they no longer think?”

          BRAINWASHING is a terrible thing.

          that’s the power of the “political correctness” tool/scam.

          people have fallen for it…literally.

          the world is being deceived…by The Deceiver.

          at some point, people become victims of their own reprobate minds.

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          • smiley says:

            and another thing I’ve noticed, probably you have, too…people, generally, are being silenced into a submissive, “go-along-to- get-along” mindset…afraid to SPEAK UP or to offer any reasonable, logical dissent…and not always b/c they’re afraid of offending anyone but b/c they’re afraid of being BULLIED in return…loudly & rudely…

            that’s the purpose of the organized thugs and rioters in the streets.

            intimidation…the weak & cowardly who function only in a herd, will comply…and then they will morph into informers.

            students are often afraid of being kicked out of the classroom or expelled from the school entirely..while others risk being pelted with rocks…or yelled at for being a TROLL…or imprisoned…or murdered…or threatened….etc etc.

            education anymore isn’t training people to think…it’s indoctrinating people to CONFORM, or else.

            those students who comply & conform then enter the world and function accordingly.

            Fear & loathing are effective.

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          • Bendix says:

            Think how many years of PC brainwashing it took, before they could put this plan into place.
            People are so afraid of being racists, or various phobes, they won’t dare speak up, even if it’s little girls being murdered this time.
            What do you call someone afraid of being labeled un-PC? A phobe phobe?


        • Dora says:

          Ah, it’s so good to know that others understand what I’m talking about and can discuss it logically.

          BTW, I understand logic is no longer taught in our schools. Yikes!

          And to think that ‘political correctness’ began so simply. We wouldn’t want to hurt another person’s feeling, would we? Of course not.

          And that’s how it started. Who knows how it will end.

          Thanks Smiley and Piper.

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        • Look up what happened to the brave men that started our little experiment (America) …..Most people are NOT courages, are not willing to sacrifice for change or rock the boat.


  15. duchess01 says:


    Psalms 16:11
    “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

    King James Version (KJV)

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  16. duchess01 says:

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  17. duchess01 says:

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

    Liked by 9 people

    • quintrillion says:

      This is a mantra I running daily in my mind: Yahovah, Ruach ha’ Kodesh, Yeshua ha’ Mashiach. It’s my song of praise, connection, healing & focus. The Father, The Holy Spirit and The Savior – by name.

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  18. AFVet says:

    Drudge has denied access to their site for those running an add blocker.
    For those of you running Firefox’s add blocker, click on the arrow next to the add blocker icon on the toolbar and it will allow you to disable the add blocker for Drudge Report only.
    All other sites will have their adds blocked.

    Many other sites are doing this also, there’s the work around.

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  19. aredtailblog says:

    This post:

    This quote: “Under the prime minister’s offer, Europeans who live in the UK for five years would have the same rights to health, education, pensions, and other benefits. But Verhofstadt claimed the deal would create “second class citizens”, complaining Mrs. May’s plans would stop EU nationals from voting in local elections”

    What is wrong with these people. Do they have any concept of voting rights of a nation belonging to the citizens?

    Keep in mind Verhofstadt is complaining about voting rights of non-citizens *in a post-Brexit EU* down the road.

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  20. nole2016 says:

    RSBN hasn’t updated their site in three days…anything Up? I hope all is ok.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. duchess01 says:

    WHEN A HOAX IS THE GREATEST IDEA EVER: How This Canadian City Dealt With Muslim Immigrants
    By 100% FED Up – Feb 11, 2016

    Liked by 5 people

  22. Bendix says:

    This is really upsetting me.
    Yesterday I posted about Charlie Gard’s new hearing, and my hope that he would be freed from the clutches of World Government. I was a bit perplexed, however, that the articles kept stating that “government” would not play a role in deciding Charlie’s medical care.
    If “government” is not involved, then why did Charlie’s parents have to show up in a room with judges, instead of simply picking up their baby and going wherever they want with him? Isn’t that “government” stopping them, still?
    Reading this new article, I see what is happening now, and it sickens me:
    This is a sham hearing, intended to give cover to the EU and its death panel ruling against Charlie and his parents.
    That’s what the media is getting at, when they keep claiming “government” is not involved.
    People of the world saw through this travesty, right down to its core. This isn’t about a sick little boy, it’s about globalist negation of parents’ rights.
    These people are being tortured by a fraudulent hearing, right in full view, with the British government and their media complicit in the scam.
    The EU ruling is being allowed to stand, only this time, they are pretending that it is impartial judges making the decision. Just to sanitize the record.
    Britain isn’t just pulling the plug on Charlie Gard, they are pulling it on themselves.
    Too bad, they almost made it out.

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  23. Lucille says:

    New Hampshire: Domestic violence charges against immigrant dropped due to his “cultural incompetence”
    July 10, 2017 9:23 AM By Robert Spencer

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  24. Sentient says:

    The globalists are really pushing for Ukraine to join NATO. Because that’s such a great idea.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Sloth1963 says:

    I can confirm the last entry 😺

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  26. Bendix says:

    Not to belabor Rush today, but he’s getting sharper in his analysis when it comes to President Trump, and here is what he has to say about the latest Russians wrinkle:
    Rush is important, because so many will turn to him for his interpretation rather than bother with the rest of the media.
    So it’s good to see that he’s stepped it up.

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    • Bendix says:

      Rush does have some interpretations of the Russia thing that differ from mine, but the Donald Jr. defense is the important part.
      Also the reminder that McCain went ang got that “dossier” to use against his own party’s candidate.
      That was two years ago? How time flies.

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  27. Dora says:

    While we’re on the subject of immigration, I just received this article from my sister-in-law. She has friends in Hawaii who are becoming distraught about what’s happening to their beautiful land. Same story; different location. (Sigh)


    Growing homeless encampments prompt proposal for armed park rangers

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    • Monroe says:

      How many are illegal immigrants versus native Hawaiians or unemployed middle class? When the US stole Hawaii we enacted welfare for the native population and destroyed them, Whenever welfare is given to an indigenous population it essentially places them on the government plantation of failure. Hawaii also has a very high cost of living due to many factors which also contributes to homelessness. I hazard to make an uneducated guess but I wonder how the elite super rich influence property values and make living there very unaffordable for the non elites?


  28. quintrillion says:

    Ruach ha’Kodesh – the name of Yeshua’s “Set Apart Spirit” The Holy Spirit



  29. Lucille says:

    Nearly 8,000 Flee Wildfires in California; 200 Blazes Spread Across Canada
    By The Associated Press – Jul 10 2017 01:00 PM EDT


    • Lucille says:

      Here’s Sunday’s report by Juan Browne (who has reported on the Oroville Dam situation for many months) on the fire. Well done as is most anything by Juan…

      Oroville Special Update-The ‘Wall’ Fire 9 July
      blancolirio channel

      Liked by 1 person

    • auscitizenmom says:

      My sister lives up there and there was fire near her. She had things packed and ready to go, but her husband had to fly to Vancouver to take care of something for his mother. My sister had a stroke and sometimes can’t drive. I was really worried. But, I just got an email from her telling me he did go, but that they had gotten the fire out and there is no evacuation in her area now.

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  30. dogsmaw says:

    What a crock…putem in a pot, they are sooo done

    FEC Could Allow Campaign Funds for Security
    Proposal would grant allowance for residential security systems

    Posted Jul 7, 2017 7:51 PM
    Katherine Tully-McManus
    @Katherine Tully-McManus

    Security Boost in House Legislative Branch Bill Approved
    House Republicans Bolster Member Security Funding
    House Could Allow More Spending on Member Protection

    Lawmakers could soon use campaign contributions to for security, according to a draft advisory opinion released by the Federal Elections Commission.

    The proposal would grant a blanket allowance for members of congress to use campaign funds to install or upgrade residential security systems, as long as the primary purpose is not to increase the value of the members’ homes.

    “The Commission concluded that the use of campaign funds to pay for the security upgrades recommended by the Capitol Police and not primarily intended to increase the value of the members’ homes would not constitute a prohibited use of campaign contributions,” says the FEC opinion.

    Currently, there are strict guidelines on using campaign funds to pay for security at residences and permission from the FEC was needed on a case by case, threat specific basis. The FEC has previously granted requests to use campaign money for security upgrades in specific circumstances. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was allowed to upgrade security at her home after she was was shot and severely wounded at a 2011 event for constituents in Arizona.

    House Sergeant at Arms Paul D. Irving requested the guidance following the shooting of Majority Whip Steve Scalise at a congressional baseball practice in June. Irving outlined a “new daily threat environment” facing lawmakers, citing that United States Capitol Police investigated 902 threatening communications received by lawmakers in 2016 and 950 threats investigated in just the first six months of 2017.

    The Capitol Police and Sergeant-at-Arms also hope to step up security measures both at the Capitol complex and in lawmakers’ districts. Both would see a boost in funding under the fiscal 2018 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill that cleared full committee in late June.

    “The scariest part for us is, there used to be this impression by the public that we all had security everywhere we went. Now everyone knows that isn’t the case,” said Rep. Tim Ryan, the top Democrat on the Legislative Branch panel.


  31. Lucille says:

    Oh, the devastation…horrible what being a faithful jihadist can cause….

    Mosul is liberated but ISIS terror destruction is lasting

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  32. bessie2003 says:

    A High School student took advantage upon discovering the telephone number for Sec. of Defense Mattis and called, leaving a message, asking if he would be willing to be interviewed for his high school newspaper. Secretary Mattis returned the call and here is the transcript of the High School newspaper’s interview.

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    • bessie2003 says:

      p.s. The caliber of the questions this High School student asked outweigh anything the professional journalists, especially white house press reporters, have ever asked. In my opinion.


    • Lburg says:

      Wow. Great interview! Thoughtful, insightful questions and thoughtful insightful answers.

      Seriously – this kid should be allowed on T-Rex’s next flight for an exclusive interview.

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  33. nimrodman says:

    Report: Active duty US soldier arrested on terrorism charges

    “Authorities say Ikaika Kang was with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks in Honolulu and had connections with the ISIS terror group”


  34. Kathy says:

    Good evening, Treepers … Please watch for a “Healthy Recipes” thread which Menagerie {thank you} will be setting up next Monday July 17th. I would also like to ask for everyone’s tolerance, because I intend to post this same reminder in the next 6 daily Open Threads, and maybe also in a few Presidential Threads (hoping to boost participation).

    The idea for this was sparked in June by one Treeper’s medical event, a person whose entire family now plans to modify their food choices and cooking methods. My initial thought was to share FLAVORFUL main dish recipes which people have actually made themselves – not just ones which sound or look good – and to offer tips and shortcuts for easier food preparation.

    But then this idea was also well received by readers interested in sharing weight-loss recipes. So, because transitioning to either lower-fat or lower-carb cooking can often be frustrating or expensive, a “Healthy Recipes” thread could benefit not only current Treehouse readers, but also serve as a resource for future Treepers (by typing “recipes” in TCTH’s search field).

    The mid-July timing of this thread syncs nicely with the bounty of summer vegetables available from home gardens and local farm markets. So, I think it would be very okay to also post side dish recipes made with summer vegetables as well as garden “surplus” tips.

    Between now and next Monday, I plan to find and type up several good-for-you recipes my own family enjoys – holding them until July 17th to post, of course — and invite all Treepers with a little free time to do the same.

    My thanks in advance,

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  35. 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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  36. dogsmaw says:


    Bezos, Slim, and Buffett,
    Publicly Pleading Poverty,
    Ask Congress for Help
    With Their Newspapers
    By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun | July 10, 2017

    It’s the sort of brazen move that might ordinarily trigger a front-page news story or an outraged editorial — a bunch of rich individuals asking Congress to write them a law that would give them better negotiating power against other rich individuals.

    Yet in this case, the rich individuals wanting special treatment are the newspaper owners themselves. Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos (worth $83.9 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index), New York Times owner Carlos Slim (worth $61.1 billion), and Buffalo News owner Warren Buffett ($76.9 billion), publicly pleading poverty, are asking Congress for a helping hand in their negotiations with Google, controlled by Sergey Brin ($45.6 billion) and Larry Page ($46.8 billion).
    read more at link



  37. Lucille says:

    Judicial Watch Sues Veterans Affairs Police, Other VA Officials for Violating Protester’s Constitutional Rights

    “…violations of the constitutional rights of Robert L. Rosebrock, a 75-year old Vietnam era veteran, who for nearly a decade has protested misuse of a 388-acre parcel of prime West Los Angeles real estate set aside to serve veterans.”

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