Saturday July 22nd – 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 โ€ 

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196 Responses to Saturday July 22nd – Open Thread

  1. Sloth1963 says:

    Saw a bumper sticker earlier today that said FREE THINKER. I thought to myself for a second and blurted out “At least I get paid for thinking. What do you get paid for?” I suppose I completely missed the point, huh?

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  2. Bakokitty says:

    Happy Caturday Treepers

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  3. 4sure says:

    Here’s a song to get us all working for what is important.
    Jesus Use Me.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Garrison Hall says:

    I think this piece by Thomas Newman is about the bitter-sweetness of a love that wasn’t meant to be. We’re probably better off not having sent that letter . . . but we’re always left with the question of what might have happened had we sent it. It’s better that way, I think.

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  5. Bakokitty says:

    This wee child who knows it’s Caturday

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  6. Eternal God, Heavenly Father, whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ inspired Mary Magdalene to turn from sin to righteousness, we pray for Thy presence with all penitent sinners; support and encourage us as we reform, forgive us when we founder, and guide us towards the path of justice and mercy; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

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  7. Harry Lime says:

    Oh my dog! It’s Caturday! All the live long day!

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  8. Grandma Covfefe says:

    Oil Painting-Time Lapse- of a Cat

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  9. millwright says:

    Our household had a quiet and refreshing Friday thanks to a MVA on the other end of town killing our electric power for seven hours ( a most unusual event both in happening and duration ) . Aside from some refrigeration concerns, it was a peaceful day topped off by take-out dining “al fresco” on the patio . Seems everything is running OK now and wife is scheduled to pick up youngest sister and visit oldest to get a better appreciation of her medical situation in the a.m.

    Holly, bless her heart , doesn’t deal well with technology or factual information. She’s told the son living on the West Coast one tale of her condition, another to the one living nearby, and an admixture to her sisters and cousins. Adding to the confusion is the sudden death of an uncle at a hotel in MS . Things are going to get interesting shortly !

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  10. hugofitch1 says:

    One of the songs that separates those who have taste in music from those who do not.

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    • I LOVE Jimmy Webb’s songwriting, and Glen’s such a great interpreter of his work. He also made Top Ten hits of Webb’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, and this little number:

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      • hugofitch1 says:

        Here’s a Webb song I was obsessed with as a nine-and-a-half year old in 1969. I had the 45, and just about wore out the grooves on it. It still gives me chills to this day. Of course, Johnny Maestro had something to do with that…

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    • nimrodman says:

      Yeah, hugo, Lineman’s the one. Beautiful chord progression, melody, orchestration.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Dora says:

      I heard the other day that Glen Campbell is in the final stages now. He can no longer remember words or faces. Please pray for him.

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    • Lucille says:

      Played the wonderful Jimmy Webb/Richard Harris album, “A Tramp Shining”, hundreds of times. When the album was released in 1968 I was living just blocks from MacArthur Park which is located on Wilshire Boulevard–one of the few streets which goes the 16 miles from downtown L.A. to the Pacific–and spent many a weekend day there picnicking or reading a book or just being with pals…can’t tell you what emotions this song brings up…what memories…what hopes for the future…I sit here typing this and weeping….

      Richard Harris – “MacArthur Park”

      Jimmy Webb discusses famous lyrics in ‘MacArthur Park’
      By ALAN H. FALLICK – October 8, 2014 11:13 AM

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      • hugofitch1 says:

        I found myself at a Blackjack table at the Atlantis in The Bahamas in the early nineties. Charming man, he was dressed in an orange jumpsuit, and putting them away pretty good, as I recall. I don’t think most of the people at the table knew who he was.


  11. Harry Lime says:


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  12. nwtex says:

    Oh, boy!

    Renee Baioโ€ @MrsScottBaio 4h
    Many thanks 4 well wishes & prayers.I’ve been living with brain tumors 4 a few years.Wait/Watch list 4 me 4 now.Far more aren’t so lucky.

    Infidel Daveโ€ @dave_infidel 3h
    I’d give up a leg if it would cure you. God bless
    Renee Baioโ€ @MrsScottBaio
    Replying to @dave_infidel
    ,@dave_infidel Let’s not get carried away. Give it up for a child with cancer. I’m a tough beech. Don’t worry! Xo

    Scott Baioโ€Verified account @ScottBaio 3h
    Another reason why I married @MrsScottBaio . Selfless, kind soul.

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  13. dogsmaw says:

    LONDON (AP) โ€” Traffic on a major highway in England has been disrupted for hours after a truck laden with chocolate bars burst into flames.

    Drivers faced long delays after parts of the highway in Kent, southern England, were closed Thursday as fire crews put out the blaze and road workers tried to clear the debris.

    A Highways England spokeswoman said the fire occurred in early Thursday, saying: โ€œSome of the chocolate had melted onto the road. There were lots of chocolate bars everywhere.โ€

    No injuries were reported and all lanes on the highway reopened Thursday afternoon.

    Kent Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of the blaze was not known.

    The chocolate bars were reported to be Lion candy bars made by Nestle.

    Cuppa Nestle Hot Chocolate anyone? ๐Ÿ˜›

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  14. nimrodman says:

    Europeans imported the Third World to work and pay for Euro elders’ socialist pension pyramid scheme …

    … only to find the Third World will instead sit comfortably on their a$$es on welfare benefits, actually costing Europe more in the long run and putting Europeans in an even worse predicament.

    Life comes at you fast … especially when you’re a liberal / Socialist / progressive / whatever it is that you call yourself …

    Efforts to Educate Migrants Stall as Just Three Per Cent Want to Try Learning

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  15. smiley says:





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  16. nimrodman says:

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Well, sad as it may be, he can’t sing his way out of this mess in his life. Unless he retires early and somebody takes the twitter away, expect more and more moody outbursts from Sen. McCain.

      Personally, and professionally, it would be my recommendation to him that he quietly retires (in all his former glory that he thinks he has) before his symptoms begin to be obvious.

      This aggressive form of cancer he has has a really low chance of survival even with chemo and radiation, and they can’t start radiation until the surgery site is completely healed all the way through.

      God speed, John McCain.


    • georgiafl says:

      Islam creates inner conflict in the minds and brains of its followers because the relatively peaceful benign writings of the Mecca period are completely contradicted by the hateful, supremacist directives that command merciless conquest, coercion, rape, slavery and murder in the later Medina writings. This has led to the turmoil, continual conflict and destruction within individuals, families, tribes, nations engaging in this ideology.

      No peace agreement has ever lasted with Islamists or among Islamists.

      There is no peace with Islam or within Islam. They kill their own even more than they do infidels.

      This has been true since Islamโ€™s first days. โ€œIslamโ€™s borders are bloody and so are its innards.โ€ Samuel P. Huntington p. 258, The Clash of Civilizations.

      Full quote:
      โ€œIslamโ€™s borders are bloody and so are its innards. The fundamental problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam, a different civilisation whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power.โ€
      โ€• Samuel P. Huntington

      31,221 deadly Islamic jihad terrorist attacks since 9/11/01 – constant bloodshed all over the world, especially among Islamists.

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      • Harry Lime says:

        It’s one of the things that liberals pretend not to know.

        Liked by 2 people

        • pcockroft says:

          You mean traitors. Nobody can be that ignorant of who these Islamic people truly are and their ultimate desire to rule and control, rape and pillage. And guess who the victims are the caucasians.


      • piper567 says:

        the contradictions evident in the writings from different stages in Mohammed’s career are further confused by the fact that Koran writings are arranged by the length of the Suras, which seems like a particularly unhelpful arrangement.
        Thus, contradictions are often juxtaposed, pretty much guaranteeing angst for those who may wish to figure out exactly which doctrine to follow or ignore.
        What a mess this ideology is…

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        • georgiafl says:

          Thank you for pointing this out. It’s an ideology that is more destructive to the intellectual/cognitive thought processes than illogical Common Core curriculum and math. Kids have committed suicide under the precursors of CC curriculum.


          • BigMamaTEA says:

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            • georgiafl says:

              Science has shown that the brain is affected and changes chemically, structurally, functionally by diet, events, actions, beliefs, interpersonal interactions – and – beliefs or mis-beliefs.

              Being assaulted, told and believing lies has an effect on the cognitive, behavioral and emotional functions as well as the function, etc. of the brain itself.

              Centuries of Islamic beliefs as well as the cultural stressors have affected the behaviors and brains of Islamists, and probably the same has occurred in North Korea because of the mis-beliefs in the divinity of their rabid malevolent leader.

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      • Jim in TN says:

        “whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power”

        Sounds like the exact opposite of the left. Obsessed with the inferiority of their culture and convinced of the superiority of their power.

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      • Thank you, I appreciate how you framed that Mecca/Medina insight…that was new to me. I used to think (in my ignorance) that Muslims worshiped the same God as do Christians & Jews, but not any longer. How can one have any security in your “faith” when your “god” is capricious, lies, encourages you to lie, & commands others to join in or die? How would anyone “converted” at the end of a sword ever really internalize & venerate that which they were forced to “choose” to stave off (but to actually bring on) their own destruction?

        There is a passage in C S Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, in The Last Battle, where two characters in Paradise confront each other & they’d each followed a different “god”, Aslan/Jesus vs Tash/Tashlan/Satan. The follower of Tash had encountered Aslan in paradise & He had explained that anything evil done in the “name” of Aslan was Really done in/to/because of Tash & anything good done in the “name” of Tash was really done in/to/because of Aslan. This represents a pretty profound concept to me…as in “in the name of Jesus” is much more than just words & a layer of such words apart from the true Spirit of the Lord doesn’t magically sanctify what is said or done.

        There also was a book by Ted Dekker that I read years ago (“Blink” possibly) that loosely dealt with this topic. There was a prominent Muslim visionary character that kept having visions of his god covered in the blood of his enemies, a vengeful & bloodthirsty deity. At the end of the tale this visionary Muslim is confronted with the truth, his visions were actually of Jesus Christ, covered in His own blood, as He gave Himself as the Sacrifice, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world….

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    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      Thank you for an intriguing article. As a neo-Scholastic, I eat this stuff up.

      Liked by 1 person

      • BigMamaTEA says:


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      • American Thinker often posts things of a loosely scholastic nature & I really appreciate the education I get there, from a conservative perspective! Coming from both a faith based & a scientific background myself I really appreciate a thorough yet concise presentation of facts with historical insights to inform the understanding.

        When my special needs son was quite young I used to go to the medical journals available at the various hospitals to read up on aspects of his condition & treatments & case studies that might be helpful. I always hoped to find the “key” to unlock what was going on with him (he’s presumed to have a Genetic Syndrome but all such testing has been negative) to better understand & treat him…Ever since 9/11 such “scholarly” interests have also moved into national/international political & cultural waters, whenever I can muster the time, energy, & mental focus to process the info…


  17. nimrodman says:

    Wobbly Cat
    “Despite his disability, Trooper is an incredibly happy cat – and he always hops right back up after falling over, which he does regularly throughout the day”

    What a little Trooper! Meet the fluffy feline with ‘Wobbly Cat Syndrome’ who topples over 30 TIMES a day (but is still the ‘happiest’ kitten his owners have ever met)

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Okay nimrod, that is totally weird. I’ve never heard of Wobbly Cat Syndome. {I was thinking it was more like my out of shape thighs “wobbley” until I saw the film clip at the link.}


    • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

      I have a neighbor with a Chihuahua that is like that. Poor thing, the first time I ever saw it in the yard, I thought it had been hit by a car. I stopped and knocked on their door, and found out it had been born that way and they loved him to bits!


  18. nimrodman says:

    Free the minks !!!
    Oh $hit, they died.
    My bad.

    Thousands of ‘domesticated’ minks die after activists break into a Minnesota farm and release them into the wild

    Liked by 6 people

  19. smiley says:


    nightmare in paradise ??

    someone please tell me this is fake news…

    OJ Simpson could move to NAPLES, FL…

    like we need this.

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  20. Dora says:

    White Cat With Blue Eye

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  21. hugofitch1 says:

    Buddy inspects the groceries.

    No cat food.

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  22. amwick says:

    I may have not taste in music,I always liked this song…

    Neil McCoy was in our little town yesterday, at a small country fair. We went to see the show and he was very entertaining, a bit of a clown, with this amazing voice.
    Today Crystal Gayle is performing. It surprised me that some sorta well known country music people give concerts up here. I thought about it and decided that they are doing a bit of a homage to the roots of country music, and that is why they include such humble venues… It works for me..

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  23. amwick says:

    I forgot, it is Caturday so, here is country music cat and the song he wrote:

    I gave you my catnip,
    You gave me your fleas.
    I couldnโ€™t stand being apart.
    I bathed you for hours,
    Then saw you with Gus,
    You pooped in the litter box of my heart.

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  24. Dora says:

    Any Jeopardy fans?

    He won’t give his age. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  25. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  26. Dora says:

    This is a horrifying story! How could they have laughed? They must be sick!


    Florida teenagers who filmed drowning death will not be charged over failure to help
    Disabled man Jamel Dunn died in June in a pond, an event police discovered was filmed by five teenagers who taunted him


  27. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day
    โ€œFrom the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.โ€
    Psalms 61:2 (KJV)

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  28. duchess01 says:

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  29. duchess01 says:

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

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  30. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    Nice to have friends.

    Happy Caturday.!

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  31. youme says:

    Someone described this song ” for those lonely dark nights, a gun in one hand, a bottle of whiskey in the other ”

    Legs like that have gotten many a man in trouble.

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  32. I need help. I sure enjoy all of the fun and informative images and videos here. I’d love to add some too, but I can’t figure out how to make the links appear with an image. When I’ve tried in the past I’ve ended up just posting the url. Any suggestions?


    • smiley says:

      has to end ONLY in either jpg, jpeg or gif…either CUT or “copy image address”

      with NOTHING after that and nothing else on same line as that when you paste it…or as you post it here (by clicking “post comment” after you’ve inserted the image into Reply box.

      but that’s a very simplified suggestion…also depends on where your image is coming from…

      others will add more to this to help you out, I’m sure.


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  33. Thanks everybody, it worked! Now, is there any way to edit the size of the image? ๐Ÿ™‚


  34. Donna in Oregon says:

    Happy Caturday!

    Just wanted to share our brave Patriots at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta today. It is great to see everyone out and defending President Trump today ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy:

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  35. Moishe Pipik says:

    I just started reading about the Australian woman who was shot by a police officer in Minneapolis. It gets a little fishy when you hear that the police officer was Somalian.

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    • smiley says:

      well excuse me for being maybe a little too cynical but “…shocked…saddened…and grappling with…” also sound a little fishy, on the part of the local somalians there.

      nasty reputations, they have, even amongst their own, from what I’ve been reading.

      but..hey…it’s the NYTimes…give ’em all a hug.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Yeah, no kidding! Hey Moshe, long time no see!

      Sd, has at least two threads on this. Go up top, on the right, under the candle a bit, to the “choose a topic” or under the top banner……scroll left, since they were in the last few days.

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  36. nwtex says:

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    • nimrodman says:

      They should seek a permit to have the sand at the toe of that dune trucked off for concrete batching and such. A local sand-pit quarry operator would have a front-end loader and could be contracted to do it.

      I know, I know – “but ENVIROS !”

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  37. BigMamaTEA says:

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  38. Lucille says:

    Yes, they live among us…

    Illinois: Muslima migrant who worked at Oโ€™Hare Airport charged with aiding ISIS, wanted to โ€œbury unbelievers aliveโ€
    July 22, 2017 1:24 PM By Robert Spencer

    Liked by 3 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      Okay. She says this is war, so that makes her a spy and she should be put up against a wall and shot.

      Liked by 3 people

      • Lucille says:

        I’m all for a person getting his day in court. However, I’m in no mood anymore to give any of these jihadis any quarter whatsoever. After conviction for treasonous acts, it’s perfectly OK with me if they are strung up and then buried in pig fat.

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  39. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12โ€™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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  40. Lucille says:

    Brexit: The Betrayal | United Kingdom’s EU Referendum
    Stefan Molyneux

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