Friday July 28th – 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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154 Responses to Friday July 28th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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  2. MaryfromMarin says:

    VERY good article:

    DUNKIRK: “People Should Be Hung From Lampposts, They Should Be Burned Alive, For What They’ve Done To Britain”

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    • Jimmy Jack says:

      I am very thankful and excited to see a movie made about Dunkirk. The average American knows nothing about it which is a tragedy.

      We need to start showing people what the Anglosphere is really about.

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      • From what I heard it’s a good movie but PC with not mentioning the word, Nazis.

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        • Here’s the trailer, they call the Nazis the “enemy.” The UK, and the rest of Europe were brainwashed to never say the word, Nazis. Merkel, a German, and the leader of the EU, probably wouldn’t have allowed the film played in Europe otherwise.

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          • smiley says:

            I could watch Tom Hardy, all day long 🙂

            and Christopher Nolan is a top-notch director…one of his best was the thriller Memento (2000).

            he handles INTENSITY very well w/ perfect casting.

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      • Bob says:

        Try and find an American group that knows the name of the First President of the USA, of the meaning of most of our National Holidays…..yes Dunkirk, was a tactual disaster, so was Singapore, Bataan and so many others….WHY, because of the terrible complacent leaders that know from nothing, until the USA took aim and used overwhelming odds to subdue Hitler and Japan…..

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    • Greyledge Gal says:

      I remember I learned about Dunkirk from my Mama after I had seen “Mrs. Miniver”. I asked her where Mr. Miniver went in his boat and found out he had gone with the citizen flotilla to help evacuate Dunkirk.

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    • millwright says:

      Fewer people every year appreciate Dunkirk, ( and the events leading up to it ) ! IMNSHO, even looking back from the perspective of newly a hundred years, the wholely British – military and civilian – response to relieve an impending disaster was heroic ! Hundreds of British watermen, sailor and boat owners volunteered risk their lives and property to succor troops of various European nations facing annilation . Many of these volunteers lost their lives and property n the effort . But enough succeeded in rescuing a significant number of trained troops along with their small arms to provide England’s stop-gap defense.

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      • A good story, fiction, but no doubt with much that really happened, is “The Snow Goose,” by Paul Gallico. Dunkirk has stayed with me since I was a little girl because of that story.


        • Garrison Hall says:

          I just got back from seeing Dunkirk. It’s a good film, worth seeing, but was a bit disappointing in that the military mistakes and epic fighting retreat, that lead to the beach scenes were not shown. As a result, the film has an unconnected feeling about it that, absent a knowledge of the military history of the event, will leave some audiences a bit perplexed.

          Honestly, I think this version is 15-20 min of the much better film that didn’t get made . I was expecting something on the level of “Pvt. Ryan, Braveheart”, or “The Longest Day”. As I left the theater I couldn’t help thinking that George Lucas or Clint Eastwood would have done a better job of telling this story. Still, pickiness aside, this is still an enjoyable film and well worth my afternoon’s viewing time.

          The “Snow Goose” on the other hand a a superb film that is set in the time of Dunkirk but, while not specifically about the battle, nonetheless does a great job of connecting us to the huge emotional impact that the epic rescue by hundreds of private owned and crewed small-craft which braved bombs and machine-gun bullets to rescue trapped British and French soldiers. Both films, however, aptly underscore the hard fact that 1940 Britain was an intractable foe that would not yield to the German onslaught.

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    • ditzee58 says:

      I’m anxious to see Dunkirik. Pretty much all I know about it is what I learned from another movie, Mrs. Miniver- so not much.


  3. usnveteran says:

    The Poison Papers
    ‘Documenting The Hidden History Of Chemical And Pesticide Hazards In The United States’:

    “The ‘Poison Papers’ represent a vast trove of rediscovered chemical industry and regulatory agency documents and correspondence stretching back to the 1920’s. Taken as a whole, the papers show that both industry and regulators understood the extraordinary toxicity of many chemical products and worked together to conceal this information from the public and the press. These papers will transform our understanding of the hazards posed by certain chemicals on the market and the fraudulence of some of the regulatory processes relied upon to protect human health and the environment.” …

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  4. Garrison Hall says:

    I hope I won’t bore you with another piece by Astor Piazzolla. I found this video only after I posted last night’s Piazzolla performance. I include it now because of the stunning virtuosity of these two guitarists. Guitar playing just doesn’t get any better than this. Sigh.

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    • You’ll never bore me with Piazzolla! Guitar’s not really his instrument (bandoneon is), but he’s a giant in the tradition of tango music, as important as Haydn and Beethoven are to symphonies.

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      • dbethd says:

        That is cool. Usually I just see that with polka-type music. My mom has one (brain-fog this morning, can’t think of what it’s called), and we often ask her to pull it out when we come for a visit to entertain us and her Grandbabies.

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        • Yeah, bandoneon is a special type of accordion. Regular piano accordions sustain the same note when the buttons or keys are pushed whether the bellows are opening or closing.

          Bandoneon works bisonically, like a concertina, one note when the bellows opens, another when it’s closing. They are also louder, constructed to project over other instruments.

          Piazzolla combined a style of composition derived from classical music with traditional instrumental tango, and created “Nuevo Tango”, his new interpretation of the genre.

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    • piper567 says: word Garrison…perfect.
      I do not believe I’ve ever heard such crispness…
      just fantastic. Thanks so much.

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

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  6. ZurichMike says:

    Not sure this made the thread the other day:

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  7. citizen817 says:

    Funny that HRC has a new book coming out titled “What Happened”…nothing but bs.
    This would make an appropriate cover!

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  8. MaryfromMarin says:

    A beautiful and wholly truthful quote:

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    • millwright says:

      Raising your kids to be dependent “SJWs” is likely to achieve the same result as shoveling them into a crematory . Seems far better to rear them to be fiercely independent willing to die with their teeth in the throat of an oppressor !

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  9. Jimmy Jack says:

    Hm, another high ranking not official who got away w pedophilia for years is now busted. Interesting. G. Gordon Liddy’s son no less, a star attorney and a USMC reservist colonel.

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  10. dogsmaw says:

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    • millwright says:

      Seems kinda late in the day for these “orders” to me ! Apparently some more of the USDOS bureaucratic staff posturing trying not to empathize Venezuela has become a revolutionary zone .

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  11. Good Morning Treepers, no I’ve barely slept in 2-3 days, yes Josiah is doing quite well since surgery…thanks for asking & for your prayers. I posted a more detailed accounting of some events on p9 of the Prayer Request page. God Bless You All! In Christ, Valerie

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  12. smiley says:

    revolting friday funnies



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  13. Donna in Oregon says:

    Irish Blessing

    May your joys be as bright
    As the morning,
    And your sorrows
    Merely be shadows
    That fade in the sunlight of love.

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  14. Dora says:

    Edward Hopper – “ROOM IN NEW YORK” (1932)

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  15. Dora says:

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  16. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  17. dogsmaw says:

    So what does everyone think bout McCain’s new look?

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      Ah, you got me! Oh that is too funny…..crying. AH…….it hurts to laugh this hard. Thank you. So funny….bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 🙂


  18. Dora says:

    I thought I’d add a Bellows painting this morning too. It seems apropos.

    George Bellows Stag at Sharkey’s (1909)

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  19. smiley says:



    (no date ~ recent)

    Elizabeth Pollie ~ American ~ Contemporary ~ “poetic” Realism

    more of her work here…


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  20. dogsmaw says:

    Russia retaliates against new U.S. sanctions

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday announced countermeasures in response to new U.S. sanctions, setting a deadline for Washington to reduce its in-country diplomatic staff and ordering the closure of some American facilities in Russia.

    In a statement, the foreign ministry said it would require the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia to be reduced by September 1. The statement also said that if the United States further reduced the number of Russian diplomatic staff currently allowed in the U.S., Russia would mirror that action.

    The U.S. Embassy in Moscow issued a response, saying, “we have received the Russian government notification. Ambassador Tefft expressed his strong disappointment and protest. We have passed the notification back to Washington for review.”

    Russia’s retaliatory move came one day after the U.S. senate voted to approve a new package of sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea and sent it to U.S. President Donald Trump to sign. The legislation bars Mr. Trump from easing or waiving the penalties on Russia unless Congress agrees. The White House has not said definitively whether Mr. Trump will sign the bill.

    Russia had been threatening a response to any new U.S. sanctions, with Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova telling reporters earlier this month that Moscow would “have to take reciprocal measures” if issues between the two countries were not resolved.

    On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke out against what he called “anti-Russian hysteria” in Washington, saying Russia wouldn’t “endlessly tolerate this kind of insolence.”

    © 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.


  21. Donna in Oregon says:

    We are being held hostage by John McCain…….

    Fly the flag upside down. SOS.

    God did not create evil. Just as
    darkness is the absence of light.
    Evil is the absence of God.

    Albert Einstein

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    • georgiafl says:

      Darkness is the rejection and denial of light.

      God’s Light cannot be extinguished or even diminished, just refused.

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      • piper567 says:

        I wish I could claim credit for this wonderful “alternate Title” to hrc’s book.
        I found an obscure link to a woman who is collecting these…found link on The_Donald…and then thoughtlessly did not write down the site.
        Another one I liked is:
        7 Habits of Highly Defective People.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      After I drink my coffee, I’ll post at the bottom of the thread, some legislation the Senate passed that concerns me for several reasons.


  22. Dora says:

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  23. dbethd says:

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  24. whuptdue says:

    Regarding the Awan Brothers IT scandal in Congress….
    George Webb points out the fact that as long as members of Congress continue to use the doped blackberries/electronic equipment serviced by the Awan brothers, they remain vulnerable to have those devices sync with other doped devices. No mention has been made of the off site server(s) the Awans allegedly had either.

    Interesting development on the individuals behind the complaint filed against Imran Awan. At first it was rumored that Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s brother was involved in the case.
    Confusion over this likely comes from this…The legal complaint filed against Imran Awan was filed in US District Court for the District of Columbia.

    Sure, Steven Wasserman, DWS’s brother, is an Assistant US Attorney at US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. However, Wasserman is but one of 350 Assistant U.S. Attorneys in that office. Steven Wasserman’s name is no-where on that criminal complaint. It was signed by one Michael J. Marando, another one of the 350.
    Now, this is where it gets interesting. (via NYT 4/25/2015): Michael J. Marando is married to JoAnna Wasserman.
    Another disturbing fact about the legal complaint against Imran Awan surfaced.
    This complaint incorrectly states the loan was insured by the FDIC. Deposits are insured by the FDIC…loans?

    However, Congressional Credit Union loans are insured by the National Credit Union Association (NCUA). This error sets up a potential material flaw in the complaint to get the whole thing thrown out on a technicality .
    So, here we have the biggest international spy case – ever – handed over to a new FBI agent fresh out of Quantico (1 year) (Brandon C. Merriman) – a bone head move (says George Webb/CrowdsourcetheTruth)

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  25. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
    Psalms 23:3 (KJV)

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  26. duchess01 says:

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

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  27. BigMamaTEA says:

    Senate vote #175 (98-2) (Rand Paul & Bernie Sanders were the 2 no)
    Commonly called: “Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017″

    BUT, this 186 page bill, looks to codify some of Obie Executive Orders with respect to Russia.
    and IMO attempts to throttle peaceful talks with Russia.

    ……….”The President must submit for congressional review certain proposed actions to terminate or waive sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation.”

    …………”Specified executive order sanctions against Russia shall remain in effect.”

    ………….”The President may waive specified cyber- and Ukraine-related sanctions.”

    ………….”The bill provides sanctions for activities concerning: (1) cyber security, (2) crude oil projects, (3) financial institutions, (4) corruption, (5) human rights abuses, (6) evasion of sanctions, (7) transactions with Russian defense or intelligence sectors, (8) export pipelines, (9) privatization of state-owned assets by government officials, and (10) arms transfers to Syria.”

    ………….”The Department of State shall work with the government of Ukraine to increase Ukraine’s energy security”.

    ………….”The bill: (1) directs the Department of the Treasury to develop a national strategy for combating the financing of terrorism, and (2) includes the Secretary of the Treasury on the National Security Council.”

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    • bessie2003 says:

      So glad this was posted, I saw this too, very worried that with all the distractions that President Trump might sign it.

      This seems to be an open power grab by the Legislative branch to take away the Executive branch’s constitutional rights regarding international relations, in a way, if this thing passes it is limiting the Executive’s authority to make, enter into treaties now giving Congress the power to dictate to the Executive what he/she can or cannot do with regards to foreign relations.

      This should be vetoed, then when the veto is over-thrown by vote, it should go to the Supreme Court.

      Another open shot in the war between the Legislative and Executive branches.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I really don’t like this bill and I hope he vetoes it even though they have enough votes to override it.

      Liked by 1 person

    • piper567 says:

      Big Mama…Dr. Gorka stated that WH had reviewed this Bill, and had made some changes. He seemed to think it was workable…or at least as workable as possible. ??


      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Hadn’t heard that yet. But, I did hear just now on Hannity radio, that Trump is tweeting out that he has a Gen.____Kelly now as Chief of Staff? Is Rinse down the drain? Not on twitter at the moment.


  28. Ber Knar says:


    He’s sick.
    My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s
    brother’s girlfriend heard from this
    guy who knows this kid who’s going
    with a girl who saw Ferris pass-out
    at 31 Flavors last night. I guess
    it’s pretty serious.

    The classroom scene from Ferris Bueller – the state of journalism and their “sources” explained comedicly. The u tube clip is priceless.

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  29. McGuffin says:

    German market attack by muslim… “A machete-wielding man shouting Allahu Akbar has killed one and injured several others after going on the rampage through a German supermarket this afternoon.”


  30. Sentient says:

    To the fullest extent possible, Tom Price should immediately reverse any/all Obamacare waivers granted to corporations and unions by Kathleen Sebellius.

    Liked by 4 people

  31. dbethd says:

    This picture I had saved has been begging me to use it. Trying a different way to share a photo, so hope this works.

    Liked by 6 people

  32. Dora says:

    Another attack.

    Liked by 2 people

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

    In case there are major bugs, tonight’s first 30 model 3’s will be delivered to Tesla employees (who will keep their mouths shut)… 👿

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  34. ditzee58 says:

    Yesterday, I sent a letter to Bret Baier because is was annoyed at the faux outrage:

    Your panties are in a wad because Scaramucci used foul language? Why do you not show the same outrage over the leaks? We the people prefer straight talkers even of they use foul language over a bunch of politically correct ne’er – do – well GOP establishment politicians who have zero interest in what’s best for our country and its citizens. Next time you all walk on water, please snap a photo.

    His response:

    Watch something else.

    We are covering news.

    Thanks for watching while you have.

    Good luck with your viewing.


    This made my day, lol. “We are covering news”. Poor Howdy, he doesn’t even know what news is.

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  35. Ziiggii says:

    not sure what’s going on with this fishing expedition, but it looks like ‘ol Chuck may have stepped into a pile of poo!

    The Senate Intel Committee has recently requested GotNews founder Chuck C. Johnson to interview about the false “Russia Hacking” narrative, Trump, and Clinton’s email scandal.

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  36. kimosaabe says:


  37. Bendix says:

    I’m wondering if the reason for the article falsely claiming that a couple jumped to their deaths because they couldn’t afford health care (since revised) had anything to do with salvaging the reputation of Britain’s National Health.
    Or to make McCain look more noble?
    It was a UK paper which made the original false claim. It doesn’t seem to have been based on anything.
    How many people will have heard about the couple who couldn’t afford health care, and never hear the real story?

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  38. Ziiggii says:

    While we all have been in an uproar of McStain – this happened

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  39. Dora says:


  40. NYGuy54 says:

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  41. Ziiggii says:

    Rinse My Prius is still MIA ****crickets**** but,

    ‘Problem’ – Reince Priebus is the Leaker

    Ms. Guilfoyle told the president that Mr. Priebus was a problem and a leaker, someone who was not serving his agenda, according to a person briefed on the conversation. (A Fox spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.)


  42. Ziiggii says:

    WTH is this….

    Liked by 1 person

  43. nimrodman says:

    Macron now establishing branch offices to feed the gravy train of Africans into Europe:

    France Announces Plan to Vet Asylum-Seekers in Libya

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  44. bessie2003 says:

    A little light-hearted video. The man, who a few years ago had put together a music video of people dancing from all different parts of the world, has done a new one. Here’s the link to it:

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  45. MIKE says:

    The radio has informed me of quite a few new events today. Rinse-Repeatus is out, John “Sugar Daddy” Delaney from md’s 6th district has announced his run for the presidency(anyone from MD truly suffers from liberalism, a mental disorder), but worst of all, the beautiful baby Charlie Gard has passed away. I prayed so hard for him, i really tried. When I’m done tearing up, i should be home by then, I am going to clean and oil my prized FN FAL, so it will not misfire when the statists try to invade my freedom. God bless Mr. and Mrs. Gard, and may he hold young Charlie close to his heart. so sad, so so sad.

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  46. Dear Treepers,
    I’ve posted what should be the last hospital based update on Josiah’s situation on the prayer requests page here:

    Overall he’s doing pretty well, & we should be going home soon. We’re both tired & adjusting to the catheter & its implications here & soon in our home environment. He recognizes that he needs to keep his relationship with the Lord on track to better handle his emotions, especially when they become overwhelming.

    We appreciate the prayers of so many of you! Thanks for lifting us up to The Throne of Grace & for sharing the occasional encouraging (or commiserating!) word…Blessings to ALL!!!

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  47. 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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