Saturday August 5th – 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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194 Responses to Saturday August 5th – Open Thread

  1. nimrodman says:

    Globalists’ Big Idea: Grow GDP with 2 Immigrants for Every American Turning 18
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/04/business-urges-population-bomb-expand-economy/

    Point 1 –
    Welfare State, Open Borders – pick one.
    Actually, let’s secure the border AND curtail the welfare state, as one Treeper replied last time I posted that phrase.
    But at least curtail welfare and then maybe we’ll talk about “immigrants”

    Point 2 –
    Nah – let’s not talk after all.
    This is clearly a “Replace-American-Citizens” population-replacement ploy.
    No sale.
    Not interested.

    Sell it somewhere else.

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  2. dogsmaw says:

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  3. nimrodman says:

    But then again, it IS caturday!

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    • dogsmaw says:

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      • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

        It’s happening. Twitter AND Goggle-Utube have commenced their covert censorship of “wrong thinking people” that is, those of us on the Right. The GOPe who control Congress say … “Get used to it.”

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      • smiley says:

        🐱

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        • Sayit2016 says:

          but this WAS us ; )

          PROMISES MADE AND KEPT SO FAR: Accomplishments in the last 6 months. ; )

          Campaign Promise 1: To replace Antonin Scalia with a like-minded justice from a list of 20. Trump replaced Antonin Scalia with Neil Gorsuch, an incredibly qualified and Constitution-abiding justice.

          Campaign Promise 2: To suspend immigration from terror-prone countries
          Trump has successfully enacted a Travel Ban that is 100% CONSTITUTIONAL AND is made from the seven (six, now) “countries of concern” outlined by the Obama Administration. This ban is part of President Trump’s promise to keep every citizen of the United States safe from radical Islamic terrorism.

          Campaign Promise 3: To defund and crack down on sanctuary cities
          Trump has implemented a YUGE crackdown on sanctuary cities, threatening to defund them.
          – Attorney General Sessions has stated that he is not messing around when it comes to sanctuary cities, and continues in the fight against cities that harbor criminal illegal aliens

          Campaign Promise 4: To revive the Keystone Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline
          The revival of the Dakota and Keystone XL Pipelines creating American jobs.

          Campaign Promise 5: To pull the US out of the TPP, an Obama-era trade deal detrimental to the US. Trump pulled us out of the TPP which would have been absolutely disastrous for the US.

          Campaign Promise 6: DONALD TRUMP LOVES WOMEN AND WANTS TO HELP WOMEN! Trump has signed an Executive Order promoting women in STEM jobs (careers real feminists strive for, not “dance therapy” feminists)
          Trump has Launched a Council empowering female leaders and female entrepreneurs

          Campaign Promise 7: To renegotiate, or pull out of Bill Clinton’s terrible trade deal, NAFTA. Trump met with Justin Trudeau (what a joke) to discuss the tweaking of NAFTA to benefit the US more, after he threatens to leave it
          *- The Trump Administration has laid out what he wishes to see in regards to NAFTA reform

          Campaign Promise 8: To undo ridiculous Obama-era federal agency regulations
          Trump ordered a two-for-one repeal for all new regulations enacted by federal agencies

          Campaign Promise 9: To rollback Obama-era regulations on small businesses
          Trump has rolled back ridiculous Obama-era regulations that have made it nearly impossible for small businesses to hire employees.
          Trump has already saved taxpayers $86 Billion by cutting regulations
          *- Trump has undone hundreds of Obama-era job killing regulations which has helped cause a significant increase of jobs.

          Campaign Promise 10: To help America’s inner-cities deeply in need of rebuilding
          Trump has signed an Executive Order to give major funding to “Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” helping out inner-cities immensely.

          Campaign Promise 11: To protect our policemen, the true everyday heroes
          Trump signed an Executive Order protecting our police.

          Campaign Promise 12: To crackdown on illegal immigration and to BUILD A WALL
          Trump has implemented a YUGE crackdown on illegal immigration and he has started the WALL initiative.

          Campaign Promise 13: To bolster our depleted military
          Trump has increased our military budget because we don’t want to use our military, but want to be prepared to use it.

          Campaign Promise 14: To enact a five year lobbying ban on government Officials after they leave office. Trump has placed a five year and lifetime lobbying ban on government officials for when they leave office.

          Campaign Promise 15: To crackdown on drug cartels and illegal drugs crossing the border. Trump signed an Executive Order cracking down on drug cartels.

          Campaign Promise 16: To revitalize the dying coal industry in the US
          Trump has enacted Joint Resolution 38 putting thousands of coal miners back to work

          Campaign Promise 17: To create American JOBS and bring companies back to America. Trump negotiated a deal with Carrier promising to bring manufacturing and jobs back to the US. Trump has met with CEOs from huge companies to work on bringing jobs back to America.
          -There was an increase of 298,000 jobs in February alone (liberals will say that counts in Obama’s fiscal year, but we know the truth).
          -Trump met with Intel CEO who promised $7 Billion investment and over 3,000 high paying (not “shovel ready” BS jobs) in America.
          -Trump met with the CEO of Softbank who has promised 50,000 more American jobs and has already fulfilled 3,000 of those jobs.
          -Kroger has promised over 10,000 new jobs in the era of Trump.
          -The month of March yielded 263,000 new jobs, which passes the month’s estimated 185,000 Big League.

          Campaign Promise 18: Pushing NATO allies to pay their fair share or face the reality of the US possibly leaving. Trump has put major pressure on the members of NATO to pay their fair and equal share because there are only a handful of countries in NATO who currently pay as much as agreed upon.

          Campaign Promise 19: To make America energy independent, relieving us from our dependence on foreign entities, such as OPEC. Trump has taken major steps towards America’s energy independence.

          Campaign Promise 20: To enact a hiring freeze on government employees to help stop corruption. Trump enacted a hiring freeze to all federal employees, cutting down on the over-bloated bureaucracy.

          Campaign Promise 21: Trump could be the president that takes us to Mars!
          Trump signed a Bill allowing NASA funding, including an exploration to Mars

          Campaign Promise 22: To undo many of Obama’s unconstitutional Executive Orders
          Rescinding (one of) Obama’s incredibly unconstitutional actions regarding transgender bathrooms in schools.

          Campaign Promise 23: The repeal and replacement of Obamacare. The recent GOP fallout of AHCA Plan was no fault of Trump’s. The blame solely belongs to Speaker Ryan. He created a crap bill and couldn’t even capitalize to get enough votes. Obamacare will crash in 2017 when individual mandates kick in and kick in and Democrats will be to blame. That is when Trump will truly work to Repeal and Replace it with a plan he promised us.
          Trump got rid of the idiotic penalty in Obamacare that fines you if you choose not to participate in the program

          Campaign Promise 24: To “Bomb the sheet out of ISIS”
          A few days ago, Trump dropped the YUGE MOAB on a group of ISIS militants, killing 90+ terrorists and causing damage to underground tunnels and technology
          He called for a drone strike in Afghanistan killing Qari Yasin, a Pakistani Al-Qaeda leader

          Campaign Promise 25: To not take a salary as President
          He donated his first quarterly salary to the National Park Service

          Campaign Promise 26: To reform the VA and make it easier for Vets to get more healthcare opportunities
          He signed A Bill allowing veterans to seek healthcare outside of the broken VA system
          Trump has created the Accountability Office at the VA, making it incredibly easy to oust incompetent VA employees

          Campaign Promise 27: To create a much needed tax reform
          Trump has laid out an extremely concise, yet effective Tax Reform Plan to lower taxes for Americans and end things like inheritance tax, and to cut corporate tax rates down to 15%

          Campaign Promise 28 (Scroll down to see “School Choice and Education Act”): To fix our country’s incredibly broken education system
          Trump has signed an Executive Order giving the power of our country’s education back to state and local authorities

          Campaign Promise 29 Trump executive order pulls out of TPP trade deal

          ACTIONS NOT PROMISED ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, BUT HAVE BEEN PUT IN EFFECT:
          (Even though it was Mike Pence) The defunding of clinics that perform abortions. Because no matter whether you are pro-choice/pro-life, the government should not be funding abortions. (Also, if people bring up the Hyde Amendment which is supposed to not let any federal funding go towards abortions, LET THEM KNOW that US taxpayers pay for about 24% of abortions despite of that “amendment”)
          Huge spikes in the NASDAQ average index and the DOW average index starting November 8th. (This will count for Obama unfortunately, but we know where the real credit belongs.)
          He has placed sanctions on Iran after they tested ballistic missiles
          He has met with/talked to over 68 foreign leaders
          He negotiated down the Price of the new Air Force One, One billion dollars in a meeting that lasted just one hour
          He issued major cuts to the costs of the F-35 saving billions
          He has opened the eyes of the American public to just how unbelievably corrupt (pretty believable to most) the Obama Administration was.
          After spending 3 years in a prison in Egypt, and absolutely no help from President Obama, humanitarian and US citizen Aya Hijazi has safely returned home and has given all credit to President Trump

          All edits will be: More examples of MAGAing

          *** Edits of MAGAing as promised***
          U.S. Debt:
          As of July 20th, the US Debt has decreased under President Trump since his inauguration by (-$103) Billion. (President Obama increased the US debt in his first 6 months more than $974 Billion or nearly $1 Trillion.) The difference between Presidents Trump and Obama is more than $1 Trillion.

          Jobs:
          According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics President Trump added a projected 1,027,000 jobs in his first six months (January through June 2017.) President Obama on the other hand lost more than 3,826,000 million jobs in his first six months.

          Unemployment:
          Also according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate since President Trump’s inauguration decreased from 4.8% to 4.4% (January through June 2017). The unemployment rate in January 2017 was 4.8% and by June it was down to 4.4%. Unemployment under President Obama on the other hand moved in the opposite direction. In his first six months as President the US unemployment rate increased each month from 7.8% in January 2009 to 9.5% by June of 2009.

          Inflation:
          As noted earlier this week, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the US inflation rate decreased to an eight month low in June to 1.6%. This is in part due to President Trump’s energy policies that are helping average Americans with cheaper gas and electricity.

          Housing Sales:
          Housing sales are red-hot in the US right now. In 2011, houses for sale were on the market an average 84 days. This year, it’s just 45 days.
          According to the US Census Bureau, there were nearly twice as many US housing sales in the past couple of months as there were under President Obama in 2009 during the same time period. (The annualized housing sales rate for May 2017 is reported at 610,000 where in 2009 this amount was only 376,000.)

          The US Manufacturing Index soared to a 33 year high in President Trump’s first six months which was the best number since 1983 under President Reagan.
          The Federal Reserve has increased interest rates three times since President Trump was elected into office in November. The Fed increased interest rates only once in Obama’s 8 Years prior to the increase after President Trumps winning the election in November.
          Illegal immigration is down almost 70% under President Trump.
          NATO announced Allied spending is up $10 Billion because of President Trump.

          President Trump is doing all he can for the American people and as a result the economy is on fire with the stock market reaching new all time highs once every four days! In nearly every economic category the US economy is improving under President Trump. In addition, President Trump has implemented numerous executive actions that he promised he would do when running for office. The US is in much better shape in only six months. Americans have hope again due to the real changes this President instituted from the economy to immigration.

          Hat tip-Dtom

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      • smiley says:

        on a serious note, I applaud Eric Trump and his loyalty for faithfully trying to point out PDJT’s successes and positive accomplishments, whenever he has the opportunity to do do.

        social media is (imo) an anti-social belligerent mess of self-indulgent nonsense that dominates whatever good there might be to be gleaned from it.

        I’d really like PDJT to start another trend by boycotting all of it which is impossible and makes me sound like a dinosaur…

        …and I don’t care.

        so there.

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  4. Gil says:

    Love you guys….
    Cove freakin fefe!!!!

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  5. Janie M. says:

    Smart kitty, evil grin…. 😆

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  6. Not exactly related to today’s political topics, but since this is an “open thread”, I thought I might post this: https://marksstudio.wordpress.com/2017/08/04/eil-wallach-part-ii-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-drawing/

    Just completed it earlier this evening. Will be doing Part III with Clint Eastwood next.

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    • bessie2003 says:

      Really like this, the detail is astounding!

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    • JC says:

      Holy cow, Mark! Breathtaking. My eyes wouldn’t be able to take it if I saw it in person; impossible to imagine it any better. Thanks so much for sharing your work with us.

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    • smiley says:

      🐱

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    • Ddanna says:

      Wow, love this! The detail in the artwork and the written description is wonderful! I’m going to send this to my granddaughters that love art for inspiration!

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    • Just STUNNING work and detail Mark, WOW!! … p.s. after seeing smiley’s video addition of “twitchy cat” maybe a Part IV is needed😉 LOL!!

      All kidding aside, ALL your pieces are gorgeous!!

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    • Rebcalintx says:

      Mark, such beautiful work. You have inspired me to get my sketch book out today. I am a beginner but love, love, drawings, art work. I have always loved pencils, pens, paper. Like to have it in my hand & close to me at all times. Looking forward to more. I am usually on political thread. Will come here often to read & look for your work.

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      • Rebcalintx,
        I am not a professional by any means. I have ABSOLUTELY NO art training from an accredited university, atelier, seminar, or classes. This is just a hobby and I’ve only started getting serious about showing my work because family has encouraged me…as has a few friends. Thank you for the kind words

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    • Sayit2016 says:

      Ok… I have to hate you a little bit….as you may be aware, I am in litigation with The National Stick Figure Association……they have unfairly judged that I suck at drawing stick figures and demand I stop drawing them……….

      You are one serious artist— this is absolutely stunning…..my envy is a deep deep green !!!!!

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      • Well, thank you but don’t envy me. You probably can do things or know about things I don’t and would like to. I appreciate your compliments!

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        • Sayit2016 says:

          seriously seriously good…. sigh……God likes you ; )

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          • God loves everyone…whether they believe it or not. That means that YOU TOO can draw like me with just a little bit of guidance to turn your stick figures into 3D.

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            • Sayit2016 says:

              My sister is an amazing artist… she painted a Vincent van Gogh replica of Irisis” and put it in a beautiful frame for her husband’s birthday and he wanted to hang it in his office. So we went over to his office for lunch and hug it– he boss came in a little while later and was talking with us and he saw it on the wall and hummmmmm ” How much am I paying you ?????” lol my BIL went on to buy the business from him 20 years ago.

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              • lol! That’s funny. One of my customers recently purchased an original of mine and two limited edition prints. They hung one of the l.e.s in their office, right as you walk in so everyone can see it.
                I was really pleased about that because it gives me exposure. Can’t believe the number of artists i’ve heard who have sold art all because they saw it displayed somewhere.
                What kind of business does your BIL have?

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                • Sayit2016 says:

                  He has a Financial Service Company– taxes, investments, estate planning, etc etc etc..also the head of Search and Rescue in 4 counties.

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                • He sounds like a busy guy. I had a series 65 and series 7 license back in 2008 and 2009. I never did much with them.

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                • Sayit2016 says:

                  Super busy.. the have a wonderful life always busy, hiking, involved with their church, he is either making beer, welding, building something, fixing something– Whatever his garage does not have you will never need….he has a massive garage with every took you can imagine and it is the center for all of the guys to talk and plan stuff. Man Cave Central if you will…; ) I am in finance as well International Project finance–

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                • International Project Finance – interesting. Is there a license or accreditation for that? Or is that a special field of study for a finance degree?

                  I’m all too familiar with “man caves”. My Dad was a “jack of all trades” with an education no higher than the 8th grade. He too had a shop with lots of tools and it was common for us kids to be working with those tools. I know how to do a lot of things. Funny thing though… I went to college and ended up hating the field in which I got my degree LOL!

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                • Sayit2016 says:

                  Yes-I have a double masters in International Finance and Project Financing. I held a series 7- but grew tired of the nonsense associated with the SEC and found I had far more freedom to craft the deals I wanted to on a private basis…Yeah… My Dad’s garage was amazing, with metal lathes, tools, solvents — spent a lot of time there growing up…

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                • Ahahaha…you too saw the idiocy and nonsense of the SEC and FINRA regs. You have a good conscience my friend, not wanting to put your clients through such controlling regulations.

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                • Sayit2016 says:

                  Honestly– it was one of the best decisions I ever made….I can put a deal together that someone regulated can only dream of….it is rewarding to see a piece of land and with creative financing see a building, production plant, water reclamation plant, etc etc on it that creates jobs. It’s kinda funny one of my clients calls me “Dagney” ( from Atlas Shrugged) She is kinda of my hero ; ) We were taking about cooking one day ( I love to cook ) and lo and behold for Christmas he got me a subscription to “Cooks” — when I looked at the mailing label…it was address to”Dagney” and then my real last name– cracked me up !

                  My Dad told me the days of the “gold watches” are over ( where you stay at a company until you retire), create you own company, set your own salary, NEVER allow someone else to dictate your worth..” He was an entrepreneur involved in everything — construction, travel, international projects etc…we learned from that mindset… that is why both my sister and I kinda laughed at Hillary’s broken glass -nonsense- that type of thinking was foreign to us…

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                • Well then, it looks like the table has turned. You said earlier about having envy towards my artwork, but now I envy you because I chose a career that I ended up hating only to discover the many avenues that the world of finance had to over about 16 years into my old career!

                  See? I told ya that you could do somethings that I wish I could do but you simply scoffed it off…tisk tisk. But seriously, I really do wish I had gone into finance and knew more about it before entering college.

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                • Sayit2016 says:

                  Never to late to take a second look on what you want your life to look like ; )

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            • Sayit2016 says:

              I mean in the sense God gives certain talents to people and I for one have always admired people that can paint….My Nana paints and she has sold over 3000 pieces…she just turned 90 and is still painting.

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              • That’s totally awesome! Someone that age still doing what they love and able to support themselves financially like that.
                I would LOVE to learn to paint. I’ve been told that if you know how to draw, then painting become easier to learn. I don’t know if that is true but I sure would love to learn to paint.
                REALLY tempted to try it by simply buying the oil, brushes and canvas and just see what happens 🙂

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                • Sayit2016 says:

                  Granddaddy left her in very good financial shape—she swims 5 times a week, she is sharp as a tack still drives and everyone LOVES her – She is such a bright spirit. I have to tell you this as every time I think about it makes me laugh–I was up in LA recently, and my sister , niece, Nana and I went to this country -western bar, we were all having fun line dancing and this guy came up to me ( about 35 or so ) and started talking to me — he asked who Nana was and I said that’s my Nana ! He said, ” is she drinking Whiskey “? I said.” no she is drinking fireballs” …he said,” how old is she, I said 90 and he said ” can I meet her “? I said sure – so I introduce them and he said. ” I hope when I am ninety I am drinking fire balls having fun like you” .. I said .. Justin ( his name) She is Irish…. and of course another round of laughter. So he walks away and Nana says, ” Baby are you trying to set me up” ? I said…”Nana you interested ? OMG she started laughing so hard it was just funny !

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                • Irish….I had a feeling it was going to be Irish…I JUST KNEW IT!

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                • Sayit2016 says:

                  That we are.. a very large Irish clan as well… ; )

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                • Love big families. I’m German almost all the way through from both sides of the family. Have great, great grandparents and relatives that settled and established three little towns in my state.
                  Mom and Dad come from large families but now almost all the kids are either single with no kids, or have a few children.

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                • Sayit2016 says:

                  “Mom and Dad come from large families but now almost all the kids are either single with no kids, or have a few children.” Same on my Dad’s family…he comes from a family of 12, the first 4 eldest also all had 12 kids…. Dad had the smallest 4 kids, My Brother has 3, both sisters one child….; ) With Irish, Italian and French blood, it is a petty passionate clan.. never a dull moment. ; )

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                • Makes for awesome family get-togethers, I’m sure! Sounds awesome!

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                • Sayit2016 says:

                  I bought a bunch of paint and brushes and canvas’s it is fun to just play around with it and see where it takes you ….abstract wise— I can drink a glass of wine, paint and pretend to be an artist ; ) then it gets painted over lol a girl can dream can’t she ???

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                • Well, believe it or not, I used to dream too. I still do but not about being a famous artist. I appreciate art because it can “take me away” from reality for just long enough to help ease stress. There is some incredible work out there by so many artists it’s just impossible to not find something you like.
                  I have no particular preference but if I see something I like, then to me – it’s art. But some stuff…eehhhh…I don’t know how it passes for art.
                  If I were you, I’d dip my toes into the water a little further with your painting. Go to some art fairs and display your work. Or do like me and just post a blog and see what happens. It’s that encouragement from others that keeps me going. If it wasn’t for my oldest sister Yvonne, I wouldn’t be even showing this stuff. It would just sit in a box or get throw away after a couple of weeks like it used to.

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        • Sayit2016 says:

          Yes, you have a point there….. I can draw sucky sticks figures….you can’t. Yay me…. ; )

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          • No no no no no…
            If you can draw a stick figure, then you can do what I do…BELIEVE ME.

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            • Sayit2016 says:

              I actually write music/lyrics and like you my family has been encouraging ( for quite a few years ) me to start doing something with it….that is a big leap of faith but your artwork encouraged me to make the jump and just do it… ; ) I have done done abstract art people seems to like it…but it feels like cheating to me as there is no real form to it like what you do.

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      • Sayit2016 you are an absolute freakin’ hoot!!!! 🤣 You made me laugh again remebering when you posted something similar in the meme competition thread when daughnworks24/7’s hubbs….or as WSB made us laugh saying her 62 yr old Boston Terrier😂🤣😂🤣😂 … drew his now infamous copyrighted drawing.

        That was one of the most hysterical threads and your comments about petitioning The Ntl Stick Figure Assoc cracked me up!!😂🤣😂🤣 …i think Amwick threw down she was artless and we all cried with laughter….however she has proved very artful😎

        I am still awaiting notification from you of your stick figure ‘Yay Me’ T-shirts being available for purchase😉😎 Keep the laughs coming…brings us all back to who we are. God bless💖🇺🇸💖

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        • Sayit2016 says:

          That was a super fun thread lol….sometimes we need a little bit of levity….For the record… I think that ” Abstract” Artists can’t do what Mark does….and deep down they know it….; )

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    • NYGuy54 says:

      Great stuff Mark. Good work.

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  7. Garrison Hall says:

    It’s CATERDAY!! Treepers . . .

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  8. Laura Wesselmann says:

    Trump supporters don’t expect big changes over-night. We respect our president and the nuances of the long game.

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  9. dogsmaw says:

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  10. citizen817 says:

    Well of course he does!

    Absent Father Of Philando Castile, Convicted To Life, Wants Payday From Shooting

    https://bluelivesmatter.blue/philando-castiles-father-settlement/

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  11. suejeanne1 says:

    Here is the – IMHO – magnificent poem by Rudyard Kipling –
    “IF”
    If you can keep your head when all about you;
     Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
     But make allowance for their doubting too.
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
     Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
     And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
     If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster,
     And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
     Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
     And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make a heap of all your winnings
     And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
     And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
     To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
     Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
     Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
     If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
     With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
     And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

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  12. smiley says:

    latest imagery on Inv 90L and (more importantly to USA) Inv 99L…

    http://www.myfoxhurricane.com/

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  13. nwtex says:

    Good grief.

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  14. citizen817 says:

    Do you remember this? It was truly an amazing moment on late-night television. Jimmy Stewart wrote this wonderful poem about his dog named Beau and recited it on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1981. It is such a humorous, genuine, and tearful look at the beautiful relationship that develops between dog and human throughout the years. We certainly know how he’s feeling since our pets have changed us for the better in ways we couldn’t have imagined and they opened our hearts forever. And, it’s so hard to let them go sometimes. It’s clear from the way he reads this poem that Beau would always be with Stewart. Hear Stewart’s heartwarming poem about the unconditional love between man and his dog.

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  15. Bakokitty says:

    Happy Caturday Treepers, take some time to read a good book.

    [![IMG_0606.jpg](https://s2.postimg.org/47t8j3w6h/IMG_06

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  16. Dora says:

    Kees von Dongen – Woman With Cat (1908).

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  17. We have a nice little Blues Festival going on in my town this week. This man’s performance blew me away, and I had not heard of him before. The host introduced him as an icon of New Orleans music. He lost a 1925 vintage Mason & Hamlin piano in hurricane Katrina, but he didn’t drown. Now I get to enjoy exploring his back catalog! He played this one in his set last night:

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  18. Dora says:

    Oh how sweet. The obamas are going to Martha’s Vineyard where the media will be fawning all over them. I hope they all have a great time. Don’t you?

    ===

    Martha’s Vineyard ready to welcome Obama family

    Family can’t resist the Island, and is headed back to Chilmark for vacation.

    Former President Barack Obama and his family are coming back to Martha’s Vineyard and, specifically, Chilmark, to vacation.

    http://www.mvtimes.com/2017/08/01/former-president-obama-makes-marthas-vineyard-comeback/

    Liked by 4 people

  19. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”
    Exodus 20:12 (KJV)

    Liked by 5 people

  20. duchess01 says:

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

    Liked by 8 people

  21. getfitnow says:

    President Trump will probably get more actual work done in this seventeen days than Obama did in a year.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4762290/Donald-Trump-steps-Air-Force-One-granddaughter.html#ixzz4opjd6ZmB

    Liked by 9 people

  22. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

    Liked by 8 people

  23. Donna in Oregon says:

    Irish Blessing

    May your joys be as deep as the oceans
    Your troubles as light as its foam
    And may you find sweet peace of mind
    Wherever you may roam

    Liked by 8 people

  24. Donna in Oregon says:

    A blessing is a circle of light drawn around
    a person to protect, heal and strengthen.

    John O’Donahue

    Liked by 4 people

  25. Dora says:

    Don’t scold me for being politically incorrect, but I have to wonder how many of these students made it on merit.

    ====

    Harvard’s incoming class is majority minority

    Minorities make up the majority of Harvard’s Class of 2021 ­ for the first time in the school’s 380-year history, according to reports.

    http://nypost.com/2017/08/04/minorities-make-up-majority-of-harvards-incoming-class/?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPTwitter&utm_medium=SocialFlow&sr_share=twitter

    Liked by 6 people

    • Jim in TN says:

      So, instead of getting in because they are a legacy ,or because of who they know, they got in on some other arbitrary criteria. What’s the diff?

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  26. Dora says:

    Like Charlie Gard, A Hospital Gave Up on Baby Dezmen and Said He Was Not Worth Saving

    Don’t let them put my baby to sleep forever.. I know there is someone out there in this world that can help him.The more we share the bigger chance of someone hearing me…” his father wrote in a desperate plea on Facebook.

    http://www.lifenews.com/2017/08/04/like-charlie-gard-a-hospital-gave-up-on-baby-dezmen-and-said-he-was-not-worth-saving/

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    • smiley says:

      remember Agenda 21 /the UN ?

      now known as SUSTAINABILITY…it has oozed its way into modern medicine, too.

      sustainable medicine…

      scroll down to Issue #6 Healthcare…

      http://americanpolicy.org/2016/05/10/six-issues-agenda-21/

      also sometimes referred to as Palliative care….red flag there…let ’em die…keep ’em comfy…but let them…or even MAKE them die.

      here in paradise, it’s the cutting edge of cutting edge concierge medicine.

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  27. rainy973 says:

    Pretty bird……

    Liked by 7 people

  28. BAM says:

    The joys of a 4 month old kitten…. including the need to play (more than once!) during the night!

    Liked by 2 people

  29. hugofitch1 says:

    Young Treepers, forty years before Adele, Britain gave us another cherubic-faced singer with but one name. And all she gave us was the number one song of 1967. And it’s never gotten old.

    Maurice Gibb, R.I.P., you were a lucky sonofagun.

    Liked by 2 people

    • smiley says:

      hit movie, too.

      remember it well…made Sydney Poitier into a new Leading Man

      Liked by 2 people

      • Bendix says:

        About 50 years later, a man who was a little brat being raised by communists when Mr. Poitier was making his trail-blazing films, decides to tell us all what a racist country we are, and how we need to change.
        As if the sixties never even happened.

        Liked by 4 people

      • PDQ says:

        A Patch of Blue is my favorite Sydney movie…good book, too.

        Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is a close second.

        Great actor.

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    • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

      She’s a Scottish singer who is very popular in the U.K. She started singing professionally when she was only 12! She had a long career in the U.K. and still shows up on tv a lot! I love her voice, and her sense of humour shows a lot in things I saw on tv . This song is from 1993, I think. she’s now 68, and she doesn’t look it!

      Liked by 2 people

  30. hugofitch1 says:

    Oh, and, Cupboard Kitty Caturday greetings!

    Liked by 5 people

  31. Bendix says:

    The MSM is not covering the Debbie Wasserman-Schultz/Awan family scandal any more than they have to, and when they do it is usually to convey some sort of bogus excuse for Debbie.
    Here is an analysis I found from a Florida source, who raises very important questions about Debbie’s actions, and who also could not be considered in any way biased toward the Right, pro-Trump, or a member of “conservative” media, in any way, shape, or form:
    http://www.miaminewtimes.com/content/printView/9532774

    I’m not endorsing the writer, he sounds like a real jerk, but the five questions he lists are valid ones, which need answers.

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  32. marblenecltr says:

    Bring back Flynn.
    Caution! To attain flag officer rank (one star), one must undergo training/coursework giving the officer instruction that his mission will be to lead his country towards globalism. His promotion will be given only when approved these days by elected Globalists working for unelected Globalists.

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  33. Dora says:

    Boss tells state workers: Kick ICE out of California labor offices
    By Adam Ashton

    California’s top labor law enforcer wants federal immigration agents to stay away from offices where state investigators weigh claims about underpaid employees and workplace retaliation.

    Labor Commissioner Julie Su last month directed her staff to turn away Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unless the federal officers have warrants.

    Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article165111922.html#storylink=cpy

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  34. dogsmaw says:

    Liked by 3 people

  35. PDQ says:

    This is devastating but important – the exposure needs to happen – 100 % exposure at every level of society:

    Justin Bieber told hundreds of people at a Bible study class in Los Angeles that he has “woken up” to the “evils of the music industry” and he needs to take a break from the industry because it is “controlled by the absolute worst kind of people – pedophiles.”
    http://yournewswire.com/justin-bieber-pedophiles/

    I wonder what the current administration knows…

    Liked by 2 people

  36. duchess01 says:

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017
    Protecting Your Poison

    http://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2013/03/protecting-your-poison.html

    Like

  37. 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 4 people

  38. This is a cute series: Simon’s Cat

    Like

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