Thursday July 13th – 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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166 Responses to Thursday July 13th – Open Thread

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

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  2. Garrison Hall says:

    It’s CURSDAY, Treepers!! May all our puppies be safe and get lots of tummy rubs.

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    • millwright says:

      Nothing like the sound from Nazareth, PA !

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    • maiingankwe says:

      My puppies tummies are a bit wet for tummy rubs just yet, but they’re enjoying your music while they clean up the spots I missed with the towels. I’ve played it twice so far. 🐶🎼🐶

      I’ve been away for far too long on a family vacation, and have dearly missed the pup-pups, so I took them and my daughter and her friend to our nearby boat landing for a good, long swim. They all had a blast and it was fun to watch them all laughing and smiling. All four ran around and in and out of the water too many times to count. I even had all of them chasing a stick.

      I took the pups out since they were shedding so much fur and their brushes just went doing the trick. Plus, it’s one of their most favorite things to do. I just wanted to show them how much I love and missed them. It’s our first day back all together again. It’s so good to be home.

      Thank you for the perfect 🎶 music,

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  3. nwtex says:

    Can America’s Department Stores Survive?
    Feb 20, 2017



    • millwright says:

      They came. They went when our urban structure changed. They may come back when it changes again ! We’re already building them in former slum areas here in the East !

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      • Garrison Hall says:

        As shopping malls and large retailers close, I think we may see a return to smaller scale retail stores. Despite the popularity of on-line shopping, there is still a place for a small. local, retail store to meet the needs of customers who want to actually see and handle merchandise before they buy it. As malls close, small downtown style shops may see a revival. That’s something I really like to see. Who knows? Population dense urbanized areas my devolve into friendly neighborhoods. It could happen. 🙂

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        • Wend says:

          Hope so! I love small boutique stores. And with the eventual shift away from Chinese crap, it could well happen.

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        • Sylvia Avery says:

          I saw some business expert on Varney and Company Tuesday morning. The discussion was about Amazon.

          This fellow’s thought was that Amazon keeps increasing sales and boxes are shipping out frantically, requiring lots of trucks to deliver. He thinks there will come a point in 2-5 years when the truck delivery will be a real problem, at least in some areas.

          For example, some big cities have urban density limits where only so many vehicles can be on a stretch of street at a time. This will inhibit the ability to get the packages to the door stop to meet the increasing demand, and so brick and mortar retail will reemerge again although likely in a different way.

          I don’t know. I put nothing past Amazon. I know they’re working with drones. Next it will be space ships driven by robots or something. But I hope there will continue to be a place for bricks and mortar retail.


    • Bailey02 says:

      Walmart – seems doing quite well. Walmart will be all right.

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  4. nwtex says:

    Macy’s just signaled the end of department stores as we know them
    Mar 9th 2017

    Macy’s is morphing into a discount store.

    The department-store chain is testing self-service systems in its shoe departments and at its beauty counters, meaning customers would serve themselves instead of finding a salesperson to retrieve shoes or make eyeliner recommendations.


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  5. nwtex says:


    Four Shows That Rated Better Than Megyn Kelly’s News Failure
    When even ‘Candy Crush’ beats a heavily promoted Sunday night program, something’s very wrong
    Updated 12 Jul 2017 at 1:41 PM

    The only useful thing “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” has done since its debut in June is provide a play-by-play instructional guide for exactly how not to build a respectable news program.

    NBC reportedly paid $17 million or more for the TV journalist’s services when they first hired her as host — and apparently they remain committed to expanding her presence on the network. (Her morning show is debuting in September.)

    But the logic behind that plan and investment has many people perplexed, as the television host has been embroiled in controversy since the show’s debut and has suffered embarrassing ratings. Her poor ratings have somehow managed to slip even further week after week since the program’s soft debut.

    To give a more rounded idea of what a disaster Kelly’s new program has been thus far, take a look at four shows that have somehow managed to beat the program in the ratings on Sunday night — the results may surprise you. (go to page 2 to continue reading)

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  6. nwtex says:

    Look out, Megyn Kelly: Tamron Hall’s comeback is happening
    July 12, 2017

    Tamron Hall has teamed with Weinstein Television to launch her own daytime talk show to rival Megyn Kelly.


    Hall walked away from “Today” in February after NBC axed her third hour to make room for Kelly. Former NBC president of domestic television distribution Barry Wallach will consult on the show. Hall’s daytime chat show could put her head to head with Kelly.

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  7. Ad rem says:

    You’ve invited to join me for a nice cuppa at Stella’s Place. 😀

    BTW…Please excuse the inclusion of teh kitty on Cursday. I forgot. 😦

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  8. Gil says:

    I had to put my beagle buddy down this morning. He was taken too suddenly by cancer and not yet 11. I found out another of my dogs has heart failure and our cat died about 2 months ago now. I had to put down 2 dogs last summer also. Its very difficult to lose this many so quickly. This one was my big baby, and looked similar to the image. Give all your furry friends lots of love. My big boy didnt want
    anything except for me to pet him and take the pain away. Missing him more each minute.

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    • Minnie says:

      I’m so sorry ❤️

      There are no words strong enough to convey sympathy when losing loved ones, and that includes our furbabies.

      The peace and love they show us is unmatchable.

      As you are blessed to have them share your life, they too are blessed to be a part of yours.

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    • SteveC says:

      Dogs are the best thing in life. I’m so sorry for your losses.
      Thank you for giving them the best lives you could,

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    • CiscoKid says:

      It’s been 4 plus years since my little “Scrubs” crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
      To ease, a little of the pain….

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Cisco Kid,
        Oh my gosh, we were on the same track. I must’ve been writing out the poem while you posted the link, because your post wasn’t there when I started typing. It took me awhile with my two thumbs. 🙃

        I think it’s incredible we were thinking of the exact same poem. Pretty 😎 cool! It’s not like it’s a well known one, at least I hadn’t thought so.

        Well done, (both of us 😊)

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    • I’m very sorry. Losing one pet is difficult enough, I couldn’t imagine the heartache of losing more than one pet within such a short time. I had to put my 15 year old cat to sleep last year, she had chronic pancreatitis and it broke my heart for many months. I’m just now thinking about getting another little buddy in my life.

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    • Ad rem says:

      So sorry to hear about your loss Gil. The sorrow will never completely go away, however, in time the pain becomes bearable. They are our loved ones….truly part of our family. ❤

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      I’m very sorry to read of your loss, Gil. I think we love dogs (and cats, too) because they are such wonderful companions they allow us to celebrate their innocence. Because of their long association with humans, dogs seem to be a bit closer emotionally to many of us than other animals. In their innocence and devotion to us, there is a purity in a dog’s love that makes them want to be as much like us as they can. They are more than just companions because of this and we love them all the more because of it. Although this makes their passing hard for us, it’s important that we be near when they die.

      I think dogs know when it is their time to go. They can’t tell us, of course, but there’s just a change in their spirit that we can sense just the same. Even when they’re ill and in pain, their trust in us and love for us never varies and this makes their passing easier on them and, hopefully, easier on us. Be well, my friend.

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      • pacnwbel says:

        Lily,a sweet sheltie must have had that time to go feeling. She left us via the open garage door late one afternoon, something she would never do being timid around traffic. She was ten minutes ahead of me, vanishing without trace. It left such an empty feeling, still does.

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    • Wend says:

      SO precious, RIP. He is in heaven with other doggies. So sorry for your loss…

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    • Guyver1 says:

      My condolences, Gil… I know your pain.
      It has been almost six years since I had to put Nikki down.
      I had promised her and my family years before that when the time came, I would be there for her.
      And I kept my promise- she went peacefully as I cradled her in my arms.
      That horrible drive home after, doing barely 30 miles per hour because I could barely see through the river of tears coming out of my eyes…
      I kept her ashes. That did help a little bit. The pain will eventually become bearable.
      When, in the fullest of time, your turn comes to cross the bridge, all your furry friends will be there, waiting for you. Have no doubt.

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    • usnveteran says:

      Gil ~
      I’m so vey sorry to hear about the loss of your beagle buddy. It is so heart breaking to hear. My prayer are with you.

      I have recently been thinking that I may also have to put my Service K9 to sleep. I feel so very afraid for him and truly heart sick at the mere thought about losing him. It seems that he is trying to tell me to help him feel better … but I can’t. I won’t give up on him though. I’ll be able to get him back to the vet next week. We’ll see what the Lord wants us to do …

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      • Garrison Hall says:

        Our dogs have almost always died at home. I have a tail-wag theory about animals. If their tail-wags when they see you, you keep ’em. Our beloved border collie was so devoted to my ill wife and our home that I thought taking her to be put down would be traumatic for her. She was so loyal she’d go willingly, of course, but I’d know that she really wanted to be home. She died quietly at home. She wasn’t in pain but was obviously slowing down and then, finally declining. I petted her and told her we loved her and then, a little later, she was gone. I miss her dearly.

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Oh Gil, I am ever so sorry for your friend. I consider our pups family members and best friends, there isn’t anything like it in the world or able to compare to the bond of man and dog.

      My heart hurts for you, I know what you are going through and I wish I could take your pain and sadness away. I wish I could come up with words to make you happy even if for a moment. So, let me try this:

      I believe with all of my heart that our Creator brings all of our furry friends to Heaven. I just can’t see it any other way. I’ve done some reading on this as well. I even ran up to one of my bookshelves to find the book with a poem I think you might like. It’s a long one to type with only two thumbs, but you are so worth it, so here it goes. It was written by William N. Britton from the book, The Legend Of Rainbow Bridge, which is the title of the poem as well. Please excuse any misspellings, they’re all mine.

      🌈 The Legend Of Rainbow Bridge🌈

      Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
      When a pet dies who has been especially close to a person here on earth, the pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
      There are beautiful meadows and grassy hills there for all our special friends so they can run and play together.
      There is always plenty of their favorite food to eat, plenty of fresh spring water for them to drink, and every day is filled with sunshine so our little friends are warm and comfortable.

      All the pets that had been ill or old are now restored to health and youth.

      Those that had been hurt or maimed are now whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams gone by.

      The pets we loved are happy and content except for one small thing.

      Each one misses someone very special who was left behind.

      They all run and play together, but the day comes when one of them suddenly stops and looks off into the distant hills. It is as if they heard a loud whistle or were given a signal of some kind.
      Their eyes are bright and intent,
      their body begins to quiver.
      All at once they break away from their group, flying like a deer over the grass, their little legs carrying them faster and faster.

      You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you hug, and cling to them in your joyous reunion, never to be parted again.

      Happy kisses rain upon your face.
      Your hands once again caress the beloved head.
      You look once more into their trusting eyes of your pet so long gone from your life, but never gone from your heart.
      Then with your beloved pet by your side, you will cross the Rainbow Bridge together.
      Your sacred circle is now complete again.

      My beliefs are a little different, but really in the end it all come out the same. We will all be reunited with our loved ones and that especially includes all of our pets. I’ve always believed that when we cross over it’s our pets who are there to greet us first. Hey, puppies and cats and birds and horses and all other pets can run much faster than our loved humans. Okay, maybe not gerbils, but still, you get my point. All of our loved ones will be there to greet us, every single one of them.

      Here are some quotes I found too.

      “Don’t be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.”

      If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come.

      The soul would have no rainbows if the eye had no tears.
      ~Tribe Unknown

      There is no death, only a change in worlds.

      To touch the earth is to have harmony with nature.
      ~Oglala Sioux

      Regard Heaven as your Father, Earth as your Mother, and all things as your Brothers and Sisters.
      ~Tribe Unknown

      My prayers are with you,

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      • Gil says:

        Been crying all morning still, and a headache all night. Like ad rem said its going to be bearable in time.
        Thank you EVERYONE for your kind words and thoughtful sentiment.
        Times like these are when you know how much of a family we have at CTH.
        Thank you.

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        • maiingankwe says:

          We are here for you whenever you need us.

          I know when I lost my best friend I was okay for the first few days, and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. Almost a month later I catch myself walking in circles not knowing what to do because I can no longer just go over and visit. So, if you start hurting all over again no matter how far down the road it’s been, we are here for you. Always.

          It’s so hard to lose a best friend. Our pups give us unconditional love, true loyalty, and are always there for us. They don’t hold grudges, they don’t lie, and they know when our hearts ache. They are God’s gift to us imperfect human beings, and what a beautiful gift they are. They’re soft, trusting and ever so loving. They’re the best of the best. It’s why it’s so hard when we lose them.

          I am ever so sorry for your pain. My prayers are with you,

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      Gil, I am so sorry. I wish I had words to make you feel better. I lost my heart dog a year and a half ago, and another sweet boy a year ago. And my heart still aches for them. So when I read your post my eyes started to sting with tears at your loss.

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    • amwick says:

      Dear Gil,
      That is just a kick in the gut. Plain and simple… I am so sorry for you loss, there is nothing that can make it better right now…
      Bless and keep you, in this really dark time.

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    • 😢{{lots of hugs}} I am so sorry about your losses, Gil. I hope you think about all the good things you did for you pets, and all the times you loved on them when they poked you for some attention. May you be blessed for the kindness you have shown to your animals.

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    • justCC says:

      I’m sorry for your loss
      God speed and RIP…

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    • Ddanna says:

      I’m so sorry to hear about your fur baby, Gil. My sympathies for your loss!

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I’m so sorry, especially since you have lost so many little loves in such a short time.


    • Chris says:

      Very sorry to hear that Gil
      Think of the great memories, wishing you and family the best


    • Raven says:


      I am so sorry not only for the loss of your beagle buddy this morning, but that you had to make the very heart breaking decision that today was the day to say ‘good-bye’ and act on it.

      Years ago I lost the sweetest heart of a cat I raised from a kitten in an horrific death. My dad was dying of cancer at the time, and when Sweetie died it felt as though my heart would stop beating. I started going to Pet Loss Grief Groups put on by the Humane Society, because the rest of the world thought I was crazy grieving the loss of “a cat.”

      Just as we are free to speak here of our loss, the people in the pet loss group felt the sorrow and pain others were going through. Most spoke of their pet as being closer to them than family members, and we all know that to be true in many ways.

      None of our siblings have ever followed us into the bathroom on dark nights and sat there beside us, none of our cousins ever licked our tears when we cried, and other than when we were infants, our parents never saw us naked like the small sweet beings God blessed us with. Our dear little lovelies were physically closer than most people in our lives, and they sensed our deepest feelings in ways even our spouses sometimes miss.

      Please know that through this day and the days to come I will think of you and your buddy, and share in your sorrow and grief, remembering the painful piece of your heart you said good-bye to this morning.

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    • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss, Gil. I lost an elderly Border Collie named Skye about 4 years ago. I sleep with her ashes nearby, and still miss her dearly. It gets better, but I still miss her with all of my heart.


  9. hpushkin says:

    So very sorry. Very painful. Thinking of you.

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  10. millwright says:

    My sympathies ! We lost our Lab last year and I’ve been debating about getting another, but we’re both growing old and rearing, training and providing for another dog may be beyond us now l Sad to contemplate.

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    • Gil says:

      Rescue or foster an older dog. They want the love and usually arent as difficult to manage. Lots of local rescues can find you a match. We still have 2 beagles. Believe it or not, not too long ago I had 6 dogs, a cat, and a baby at the same time!

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      • we rescued a Dobie in 2013. Despite the extra work and hair around the house, I cannot imagine our family without him. He is the biggest lover-dog we have ever cared for…all he wants in life is (1) someone to lay on lol and (2) food (in that order).

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    • SteveC says:

      You can always adopt/rescue an older dog. There are plenty out there that are already trained and are just looking for someone to love them. The democratic economy of the last 8 years has played hell on pets lives.

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  11. Gil, Sorry about you dog… we just put down our dog of fifteen years on Monday.

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  12. Lucille says:

    Dog Is Abandoned At Shelter Twice, Then Wealthy Heiress Puts Her On A Plane To Save Her
    Life Stories Update

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      Dogs may not be able to think like humans but, probably because of their long association with us, they nonetheless try to reflect human emotions and values. Loyalty, even in the face of abandonment, is one.

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  13. Lucille says:

    Muslim soldier pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in 2011, allowed to continue to serve in US Army
    July 12, 2017 by Robert Spencer
    “What’s more, his security clearance was revoked, and then restored.”

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  14. nwtex says:

    ‘Tax the rich!’: Seattle’s new income tax on the wealthy sparks social-media firestorm
    Updated July 12, 2017

    On Monday, Seattle passed an historic tax on some of the city’s richest residents, drawing a firestorm of reaction on both sides of the debate.

    The controversial measure, which was passed unanimously by the Seattle City Council, would levy a 2.25 percent tax on income above $250,000 a year for individuals and above $500,000 for couples — in a city wrestling with staggering economic growth and an increasing divide between the rich and the poor.

    The news was widely shared and drew swift and strong reactions. After the vote, Washington GOP chair Susan Hutchison denounced the measure, warning that it could be a precursor to a statewide income tax.

    During her news conference in which she urged people to forcibly resist the tax, she could hardly be heard as supporters of the tax surrounded her and shouted, “Tax the rich!”


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    • amwick says:

      I heard on Fox that this will backfire (wish I could recall which show)… They said that wealthy people will just move out, and the net result will be an overall loss of income.
      Myopic much?

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  15. smiley says:

    amazing 3D body art ~ human hands painted as animals !

    Handimals 🙂

    images are the graphic design ad for the “Give A hand To Wildlife” campaign.


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  16. Dora says:

    Thomas Eakins – ‘Baseball Players Practicing’ (1875)

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  17. maiingankwe says:

    There was a hotel our family had stayed in for three days in Johnstown, Colorado at the end of June and beginning of this July. As we checked in I couldn’t believe they had MSNBC on in the lobby when we arrived.

    Later in our room I found the station OAN for the first time like ever. I was so elated to finally be able to watch what so many people have been talking about. So, when I had a few moments I went down to the lobby and looked for a remote before I would have to ask, which I really didn’t want to do, but would if I had to. Sure enough and quite surprisingly there was one, so I changed it to OAN. 🤗

    I couldn’t tell you how many times I changed that channel in the three days I was there. It didn’t matter what time of day it was, someone was not happy I kept changing it. I can tell you I either laughed or smiled when I would change it back. One time the person(s) hid it under the end table and another time, get this, hid it under some tourist magazines. Like yeah, that would surely have me stumped, it was so obvious something was being hid under the magazines, but then again, it was an MSNBC viewer I was dealing with, so what can you expect right?

    Oh my gosh, I had so much fun doing it.

    I got to be on friendly terms with both the day and night desk clerks, so I eventually asked both of them if it was alright if I changed it. I was informed by both that’s why the remote was there. I think the day lady must’ve gotten an earful because she laughed and gave a knowing smile when I had asked. Of course I played all innocent. She got my number though. I ended up smiling too.

    On my first day I was sitting out on the bench outside reading when an Elderly couple pulled up and asked me if I knew where the Best Western was. Of course I had no clue as it was my first time in town.

    As I was explaining to them I was clueless I asked if they wanted me to run in and get directions for them. They said yes please! So off I went to get it and the lady, (same one as above) offered to print it out, I told her, “You know, I’m the one going to get credit for this right?” I never would’ve thought of asking her to print it out, I was ready to just write it down. She said it was okay, since I had come in for them and she thought I was just so nice. I’m not, I was bored. I just wanted a bit of an adventure no matter how short.

    So off I went to be the hero, and they were ever so thankful. The Korean War Veteran (I read his hat) asked where I was from, and I said where all the nice people live, Alaska. He laughed. And on they went. I did tell them however it was the nice lady inside who came up with idea. Not me. They didn’t seem to care.

    When I went back inside the lady who had helped asked if all went well and I fessed up to not taking credit, to dang honest and all that. The two of us got along great for the whole time we were there, and she was always helpful and patient with all of my questions. So, when I finally did ask about the remote, not only did I think she didn’t care, but thought it was funny too.

    Hope you all have a fantastic Thursday, be well and stay smiling,

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    • greenmakescents says:

      Hope you had a chance to try the cinnamon rolls at Johnson’s Corner. Lots of good eats in NoCo!

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      • maiingankwe says:

        I had their cinnamon roll as French toast, my daughter had one though and could only eat half, so later that night she and I shared it. It was so good.

        We went to their kitchen knook to grab some forks and we had OAN in the background. It was a good mom and daughter moment.

        My husband has been crying for authentic green chili for as long as we have been together, so my daughter and I quietly suffered through lots and lots of Mexican restaurants just so he could get his fill. One time when she piped up on how tired she was of Mexican food, I took her aside and explained the importance to her and how hard he worked to get us there. After that she was mum. I was really happy for that because I knew how tired I was of it. He was most happy when they had stuffed sopapias smothered with green chili. A happy, smiling camper all day after that.

        It had been twenty years since he’d been back, and I know it was really good for him even seeing Aunt Dot, which I had ribbed him about mercilessly before we met her. She was a pretty cool lady, and a lady she was through and through.

        An absolutely spectacular state with so many stunning views and great history. I know we will be back. You are ever so lucky to live in its splendor.

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  18. Donna in Oregon says:

    History says, Don’t hope
    On this side of the grave,
    But then, once in a lifetime
    The longed for tidal wave
    Of justice can rise up,
    And hope and history rhyme.

    So hope for a great sea-change
    On the far side of revenge.
    Believe that a further shore
    Is reachable from here.
    Believe in miracles
    And cures and healing wells.

    Seamus Heaney
    Nobel prize winner for Literature, 1995
    Irish 🙂

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  19. Dora says:

    Happy Birthday Harrison Ford.

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  20. Donna in Oregon says:

    If muh Russia and the trip to Bastille Day gives you a pain……

    The Best Stretch for Every Tight Spot in Your Body

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  21. Dora says:

    Just when I thought I’d heard it all! Yikes!


    Federal court to rule if a monkey owns the copyright for its selfie photos

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  22. kyasgrandma says:

    My favorite quote – in memory of my best friend ever, Max.

    ‘I talk to him when I’m lonesome like;
    and I’m sure he understands.
    When he looks at me so attentively,
    and gently licks my hands;
    then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes,
    but I never say naught thereat.
    For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that.”
    – W. Dayton Wedgefarth

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  23. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?”
    Luke 12:6 (KJV)

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  24. duchess01 says:

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  25. duchess01 says:

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

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  26. Just finished this drawing yesterday. It’s Part I of a triology in portraiture.

    An artistic tribute in portraiture to Lee Van Cleef as “Angel Eyes” in the great classic western, “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”. Carbon and charcoal on watercolor paper. You can scroll down to see the result versus reading the accompanying write up on the piece. Hope you enjoy.

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  27. Dora says:

    I suppose this can be called fake news. 🙂

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  28. The Media and the political party’s seem unaware that the role of American deplorable has been assumed by millions of Americans who will no longer follow political party lines. When Hillary classified millions of Americans as immoral, deplorable etc. she began the biggest political movement in America since the civil war. President Trump leads that movement.
    Hillary showed millions of Americans just how phony, inept and narcissistic political leadership in America has become. She is the poster girl (all be it a little obese and strained) for all that Americans are tired of tolerating. We all know that the Democratic Party lives at the bottom of the “Immoral American Swamp” but not until we gave the Republicans total control of the Senate and House did we understand that all along they had been working together to bankrupt and control us and that they still are. Our future, our children’s future depends on US, not a bunch of paid for self anointed Lords of the D.C. sewer system.

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    • Raven says:

      Amen to that WVDeplorable, amen to that.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Chris says:

      “We all know that the Democratic Party lives at the bottom of the “Immoral American Swamp” but not until we gave the Republicans total control of the Senate and House did we understand that all along they had been working together to bankrupt and control us and that they still are. Our future, our children’s future depends on US, not a bunch of paid for self anointed Lords of the D.C. sewer system.”

      Well stated WVDeplorable (@RednekWV)
      Proud to stand next to ya, as a deplorable Vulgarian at the gates .

      Liked by 1 person

  29. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

    Liked by 8 people

  30. duchess01 says:

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017

    A Political Party Will Not Save Your Soul!

    Liked by 1 person

  31. touching

    Liked by 6 people

    • smiley says:

      very heartfelt and moving…what a decent fellow that supporter is. 🙂

      interestingly, only one vehicle passing by (dark pickup truck at the end) bothered to even slow down for this tribute.

      maybe others outside of the video frame stopped, hopefully, out of respect.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Lburg says:

      When I was in elementary school, we learned the lyrics and their meaning. It was sung at almost every choir recital.

      “Day is done, Gone the sun,
      From the lake, From the hill,
      From the sky.
      All is well, Safely rest,
      God is nigh.”

      Many years later and this tune and these lyrics move me to tears.

      Liked by 4 people

      • Ploni says:

        G-d’s great Name has been in the mouths of our military forever.

        All honor to the United States Armed Forces.

        (I wish I hadn’t been so negatively influenced by growing up during the Vietnam era.)

        Liked by 1 person

  32. FelineFine says:

    Wish I knew how to correctly post a YouTube video here, but this is the best I can do.

    One of the best Trump vs. CNN parodies I’ve seen!!

    Liked by 3 people

  33. tonyE says:

    I just created a white house petition to bring Charlie Guard and his parents to the US as refugees…

    Please sign….

    Liked by 2 people

    • Ad rem says:


      Tony…why don’t you post this again tomorrow morning. Traffic on the Open is at it’s hightest in the am.

      Liked by 1 person

      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Rep. Steve King already has a House resolution up for vote.

        POTUS Trump has already expressed offer to help. Two US Hospitals are volunteering help and services. Even the Pope’s hospital has opened up an offer to take baby Charlie.

        Short of kidnapping……the Courts over there are still in charge. There is some limited hope now since all of the International attention.

        Liked by 1 person

  34. Lucille says:

    For Cursday, a Vet Ranch offering. WARNING WITH HOPES NO ONE IS OFFENDED: This YT entails surgery; so if you’re squeamish, just fast forward through those parts. It’s fascinating, though, if your stomach will stand it…and it has a lovely ending….

    Liked by 3 people

  35. Lucille says:

    The Islamic View of “Feminism” By Nonie Darwish – July 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Article quote: What the West needs to know is that in the Muslim world, jihad is considered more important than women, family happiness and life itself. If we are told, as Linda Sarsour said, that Islam stands for peace and justice, what we are not told is that “peace” in Islam will come only after the whole world has converted to Islam, and that “justice” means law under Sharia: whatever is inside Sharia is “justice;” whatever is not in Sharia is not”justice.”


  36. Troublemaker10 says:

    Liked by 3 people

  37. Lucille says:

    So Guess How Many People Are Still Uninsured, Post-Obamacare? | Reality Check


  38. dogsmaw says:

    who new…

    Liked by 1 person

  39. 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

    Liked by 5 people

  40. dobbsfan says:

    Add Peter W Smith to the “Clinton” list. He apparently asphyxiated himself. LOL 🙂


  41. fleporeblog says:

    The whirlwind for healthcare continues!

    Good news and bad news on the healthcare front! Dean Heller has attached himself to the other 4 misfits sorry moderates {Portman (OH), Capito (WV), Hoeven (ND) and Murkowski (AK)} as saying that they can’t ask for a procedural vote until the Medicaid funding mechanism is changed back to the growth of inflation. The good news is that Heller is no longer the loan wolf. Once this is resolved for the 5 moderates, they would come onboard together.

    I have been trying to find an article that really articulates their argument. I think I found one.

    From the article linked above:


    Sent from my iPad


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