Tuesday July 18th – 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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152 Responses to Tuesday July 18th – Open Thread

  1. Garrison Hall says:

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    • Lumina says:

      Thank you for posting this tonight, it is a special song…

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    • Had this song in our wedding!

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    • Ddanna says:

      Love this!

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    • WSB says:

      Wow! That was stunning! Love the pace they take this at. The effect is the melody ‘skipping’ in a sense.

      Garrison, this below is for you.

      Wanted to share the nicest response from Steinway’s Senior Marketing Director, who was at the Washington DC Made in America event yesterday!

      “I just received the nicest email from the Senior Marketing Director! And scored a unique gift from his trip to the event!”

      Anthony Gilroy, Senior Marketing Director sent the following:

      Treasures of the White House: Steinway Grand Piano


      At a ceremony on December 10, 1938, this grand piano was presented to President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the White House by Mr. Theodore Steinway, on behalf of the Steinway family. The 300,000th Steinway piano, it was built to replace another Steinway at the White House – #100,000, a gilded and painted grand piano which had been given in 1903 (now on exhibit in the Smithsonian Institution).

      Seeking to create a unique and distinguished “State Piano”, Eric Gugler – a New York architect, friend of the Roosevelts, and White House consultant in the 1930s – chose a square form with simpler lines than the routine double-curve form. The case was made of fine Honduran mahogany. Although it measures seven inches longer than the standard nine-foot Steinway grand, it has identical musical works.

      At Mr. Steinway’s suggestion Dunbar Beck, a muralist, executed the gold leaf decoration representing “five musical forms indigenous of America” – a New England barn dance; a lone cowboy playing his guitar; the Virginia reel; two black field hands, one clapping and one dancing; and an Indian ceremonial dance. Albert Stewart, a sculptor, executed the three gilded mahogany legs carved as American eagles.

      Since the musical works had deteriorated somewhat, the piano was returned to the manufacturer in 1979 for a major rebuilding of the instrument within its historic case. Although used in the East Room from its presentation to 1989, since then it has stood principally in the Entrance Hall, where it is often played by members of the Marine Band during social functions.

      Office of the Curator, The White House

      And Mr. Gilroy sent a peek of the activity at the Steinway Setup with a few good men and women!


      Thank you, Anthony!

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  2. nwtex says:

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  3. Lucille says:

    Liz Wheeler: It’s called bank fraud, not sexism, Mrs. Sanders.
    Tipping Point With Liz Wheeler on OAN

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  4. usnveteran says:

    July 17, 2017
    What Could Possibly Go Wrong When Google Releases Millions Of “Lab-Made” Mosquitos In Fresno?

    Liked by 3 people

    • Jimmy Jack says:

      Isn’t that how we ended up with the Zika outbreak?

      Liked by 2 people

      • Bendix says:

        Aarggh. One of my triggers.
        I think of how a foreign woman infected with Zika was able to jump on a plane and show up at a NY hospital, and get potentially free medical care, plus the invaluable benefit of automatic bestowment of citizenship on her child.
        Meanwhile, Charlie Gard’s mother and father aren’t allowed to bring him here legally, for medical treatment they intend to pay for.

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        I think it is how we got killer bees. When I lived in Arizona they attacked dogs, elderly people, firemen. Terrible idea. When are these people going to realize they aren’t God?


    • UMMMMMM if males don’t bite how do they eat / survive?

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  5. nimrodman says:

    Nice story here:

    Zac Brown Band flies in to surprise teenage fan, 17, in hospital after he was paralyzed in a tragic diving accident

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  6. Janie M. says:

    Love bagpipe music, “Scotland the Brave” being among my favorites. This, “The Gael” runs a close 2nd, depending on my mood.

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  7. Lucille says:

    Another Democrat party consultant/donor/supporter shows his colors…

    James Zogby demonizes as “Islamophobic” group helping persecuted Christians
    July 17, 2017 By Raymond Ibrahim

    With “friends” like James Zogby — co-founder of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee — the Mideast’s persecuted Christians apparently don’t need any more enemies.


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  8. nimrodman says:

    This story has Presidential elements but it’s such a nice story I thought I’d post it here rather than among all the gnashing of teeth over on the Presidential Politics thread. It’s not really about politics, anyway, more about foreign appreciation for our President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.


    “Dessert served at the charity event was ‘Melania cake,’ a cheesecake with a nutty crust.”

    “Melania cake” served at Slovenian charity even celebrating Trump Presidency.

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

    Great news! If it’s cloudy at your location on August 21 and you miss the Solar Eclipse, you’ll get another chance on April 8 in 2024. 👿

    There’s something a little spooky about the tracks on that map.

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  10. smiley says:

    Midnight Blue

    ca 2010

    Mixed Media/digital photography + oil on wood panel

    Stev’nn Hall ~ Canadian ~ Contemporary ~ Hybrid Art / Impressionism ~ Landscapes

    very interesting and striking use of his own photography fused with his painting skills.

    more here…



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  11. Donna in Oregon says:

    If there is someone you know that is having a hard time, this is an uplifting article with a little science. It might help someone. I hope so 🙂

    My formula for Joy.

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    • smiley says:

      good article…it’s all in the MIND…as a person thinks, so is s/he…we are what we think.

      be grateful in all things and walk humbly with GOD.

      🙂 ❤

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      • smiley says:

        she doesn’t mention GOD in the article but she does mention gratitude…I added GOD in my comment b/c it’s His Grace that is sufficient when we look at it that way.

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        • Donna in Oregon says:

          Well, to be honest the mindfulness is PC. But the nice thing is God is in everything. I believe the spirit is the intellect of the soul so coming from a Christian perspective project should be helpful.

          I wanted to make sure if anyone was worried or having a hard time that there was something to focus on to make a change. Change is good when your at the bottom looking up….

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          • byo says:

            Thank you, Donna.
            I read this link earlier, and now I’ve come back to re-read it.
            Then, I ordered “The Joy Plan” for my Kindle. 🙂


            • Donna in Oregon says:

              YW. I read MindBodyGreen, and get the newsletter. I like positive stuff, there is plenty of negative in the world so I look for ideas that make life better. Spiritual stuff is so important. That is why I love the scriptures, poetry, artwork and jokes on this thread.

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  12. citizen817 says:

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  13. Dora says:

    Winslow Homer – ‘East Hampton Beach Long Island’ (1874)

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  14. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  15. Dora says:

    I have to wonder if there is going to be any room left in this world for normal people.


    The Latest Absurd Manifestations of Transgenderism

    At Cromwell High School in Connecticut, a 15-year-old boy with a mustache recently crushed female competitors in track and field, to the great dismay of the girls who have spent many intense days training so hard.

    This doesn’t seem fair, does it?

    It does in the left’s brave new world of fundamental transformation.


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  16. BakoCarl says:

    Milking Time

    On the farm in the morning, cold and still,
    Single file up the path, before dawn,
    Twelve heavy Holsteins amble to the barn.
    The farmer is waiting – just another morn.

    Cows standing quietly, all in a line,
    A tail arches high, then a resounding “plop”.
    Stink fills the air like a pea soup fog;
    Just a bit later, another goes “flop”.

    At the south ends of two north-facing cows
    Is a big smelly pile, a steaming cow pie.
    A minute later and a shovel scrapes,
    To rid the offense to both nose and eye.

    Such is a small slice of a farmer’s life,
    A slice that most of us don’t get to see.
    But, I guess, I was lucky enough,
    Because the guy with the shovel was me.

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  17. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.”
    Psalms 18:28 (KJV)

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  18. duchess01 says:

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  19. duchess01 says:

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

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  20. Dora says:

    Catholics lead resistance to Satanic monument

    A black cube with Satanic symbols and an offering bowl has been proposed for Belle Plaine’s Veterans Memorial Park.

    And the town’s Catholics don’t want it there.


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    • bessie2003 says:

      I’m pretty sure if they simply make the observation that the black cube is already taken as a religious symbol, i.e. the square in Mecca,

      that the powers that be will scrap those plans; because can’t have folks thinking bad of the religion of peace.

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  21. smiley says:

    Questions Over Why Minnesota Cops Had Body Cameras Off During Shooting Of Australian Woman

    July 18, 2017


    “…in violation of policy…”

    the ACLU (!) now wants to know why.

    no new details released

    no known other witnesses

    still no public explanation from police

    no additional info provided yet to family of the deceased

    this bad cop Noor had been sued (back in May) and has 3 other complaints on file, 2 of which are still pending.

    personally, I can not understand why all cameras were off esp when they were responding to a possible assault taking place in an alley.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      LEA doesn’t like body cameras. Go to any city under consent decree where body cameras are part of the agreement and see how hard a time the rank hasvtrying to get full compliance.
      It’s been an ongoing saga in New Orleans trying to get 100% compliance and, when you go and think about it, how many folks feel comfortable with giving their every action and word recorded on a full duty tour? Not just LEA but any job?
      LEA are uneasy talking to their partners as every utterance could be parsed and twisted by an attorney trying to create a scenario. It makes for a quiet car. If we go to just enabling the cameras when there’s an encounter we risk the officer getting caught up in the immediacy of the contact and forgetting. I can remember being told that we had to wear our duty hats on any public contact and we wore those big Smokey hats. Oh look! A shooting going down….don’t forget your hat, make sure your camera’s on, check that deodorant…

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      • smiley says:

        hi there, Czar…always great to hear from you & long thyme no sea 😀

        I understand where you’re coming from, in your comment and I respect all your experiences…but…wait a minute…this cop Noor has multiple complaints already stacking up against him plus a lawsuit.

        I’d think he and his partner there in the squad car would be real CAREFUL to dot all I’s and cross all T’s, considering his bad marks.

        no cameras were turned on…they weren’t just cruising the streets looking for a cup of coffee or cats stuck in trees.

        the situation they were responding to seems to me to have been exactly the type of potential risk where cameras are good idea re LIABILITY going down.

        that plus the alleged “multiple shots”, one of which hit her in the gut and killed her, is either criminal negligence…or something much worse.

        either way…unacceptable…and too much time now has elapsed without any further details released.


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        • joshua says:

          uh…it was a 911 response…not cruizin da streets

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Maybe not clear enough, wasn’t commenting on Noor (from what I’ve seen he reminds me of any number of offices I’ve worked with who scared the **** out of me) but on officers not turning their body cameras on.
          The responsibility for policing the police belongs to the department and the city pols. NOLA had an officer who flunked every entrance test including the loose psychological one but she was connected to a city pol who pressured the department to hire her. Within a couple of years she’d been convicted of murdering her partner and two civilians during a robbery and, in a second case, murdering her father and burying him under the house she was living in. We’ve had a number of other police and deputies arrested and convicted and they showed troubling pre-oops signs too…city and department ignored them.
          For example, you and your partner are on patrol and he sees a shooting going down in front of you. Natural response includes a fricative or two with with at least one choice epithet. It’s acrespobse to the adrenaline dump and the need to communicate as quickly and effectively as possible. The shooter’s defense attorney takes the sobriquets and other utterances and instead of pointing out his client’s criminal bent goes on to try and spin the fairy take that your natural enmity towards the POS as demonstrated by your language predisposed you to violate his civil rights.
          Noor needs to be brought up on charges so the community that hired him can judge him, he needs to clear up the shooting. Body cameras are another issue.

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          • smiley says:

            the cameras are another issue….unless one considers the likelihood of a shooting, like this, taking place if the cameras had been ON.

            the reason the cameras were (intentionally ?) turned off might have some bearing on the shooting itself….intent.

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      • AZ_Giggles says:

        It goes back to them RESPONDING to a call, they actually HAD time to turn ON the cameras BEFORE they arrived on scene. This is the part that bothers me. Yes, I understand the “not having themselves constantly under surveillance” but guess what? there are areas where I work that have security cameras 24/7. It’s the world we live in. Not sure how that should be any different for cops.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Sometimes you just get caught up in the reality of the moment and that immediacy takes over…sometimes you flat out forget…sometimes you jes don wanna have what’s going down recorded….


    • dbethd says:

      The police Department released the audio after the shooting.


  22. dbethd says:

    Hope you all don’t mind me posting this here. It was posted on the Presidential Thread, but I think it’s important to share.

    Michaele Clarke
    27m ago

    Massive undertaking /platform. This encompasses all Races in all states. This includes local Town level elections. We plan on having this out through at least 2024
    Over a dozen professional software developers on this team so far.
    It contains a candidate rating system based upon their support or opposition for varying Trump policies.
    We are providing all the facts with government and empirical sources linked so that the Pedes out there can make the best inform decisions.
    Help Needed In:
    Local candidate research and data compilation
    Data Entry
    Graphic Arts / Infographic /Meme Creation Wizards – badly needed
    Software Engineers (we have about 10 already but could always use more help)
    Online marketing experts
    Anybody with a social media accounts * Large reach a plus
    People to help lead teams for the state level and organize the data gathering process.
    Any suggestions or ideas.
    The website is http://Votemaga.com We will be launching our first race information this afternoon for the upcoming races in New Hampshire. This platform will contain user accounts and other full web app features that will be rolled out in the coming months. We hope to create a large community that can centralize around this objective.

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  23. Dora says:

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  24. Dora says:

    My heart is breaking for Italy.


    FURIOUS Italian Mayor fights the sadistic dumping of African Muslim invaders posing as refugees into their town

    Residents are using their cars to blockade the road leading to their complex to prevent officials from dumping even more dangerous Muslim freeloaders, rapists, and potential jihadists on them.



    • Donna in Oregon says:

      It seems the countries with the most debt are being hit the hardest. Greece & Italy. They are not being protected from the invasion and both are accessible from the ocean. How much money is the EU giving them for taking this abuse? Is this how they work off their debt? IDK…..

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    • WSB says:

      We have not heard from Monique lately. I wonder how she is doing?

      Liked by 1 person

  25. waltherppk says:

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  26. 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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  27. Lucille says:

    This magnificent church will soon remove crucifixes, statues of the Blessed Mother, and have its interior shamed with the sound of Islamic prayers which show contempt for the Son of God…if this leftist government has its plans fulfilled….

    Qatar, Saudi Arabia to Islamize One of Europe’s Greatest Cathedrals
    by Giulio Meotti – July 18, 2017

    “The Spanish left, governing the region, would like to convert the church into “a place for the meeting of faiths”. Nice ecumenical words, but a death trap for the Islamic domination over other faiths. If these Islamists, supported by the militant secularists, will be able to bring Allah back inside the Cathedral of Córdoba, a tsunami of Islamic supremacism will submerge Europe’s decaying Christianity. There are thousands of empty churches just waiting to be filled by the voices of muezzins.”



  28. Charles says:

    More on Obama/Clinton/CIA ops in Syria

    Murder Of Green Berets In Jordan Exposed Secretive CIA Syria Program Details
    “Perhaps more significant is that the whole episode threatened to expose never before known details of the ground level nuts and bolts of how the CIA’s program to destabilize and topple the Syrian government worked. ”


  29. Good night sweet Treeps 💖 With God and Trump, this is What Freedom Feels Like 💖


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