Sunday August 6th – 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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142 Responses to Sunday August 6th – Open Thread

  1. Garrison Hall says:

    Have a blessed Sunday, Treepers.

    Liked by 5 people

  2. Donna in Oregon says:

    Irish Blessing

    May the blessing of God’s soft rain be on you,
    Falling gently on your head, refreshing your soul
    With the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming.
    May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you,
    Carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean
    Sparkling after in the sunlight.
    May the blessing of God’s earth be on you,
    And as you walk the roads,
    May you always have a kind word
    for those you meet.

    Liked by 11 people

  3. Xroads says:

    Interesting map I “borrowed” from the_donald over at reddit. Hope it posts correctly.

    Liked by 13 people

  4. millwright says:

    Here’s pat Ballard’s tune by original recorders, The Chordettes !

    Liked by 3 people

  5. BakoCarl says:

    Oskar and Ringer

    Iโ€™m sorry, I grieve –

    Oskar and Ringer, you brightened our days,
    From โ€œLay in your lapโ€ to โ€œItโ€™s time to play.โ€
    Day after day youโ€™ve been our good friends.
    Though time, so short, has come to an end.

    Liked by 5 people

  6. dogsmaw says:

    Vince Gill performing Go Rest High On That Mountain

    Liked by 9 people

    • Janie M. says:

      dogsmaw, I first heard Vince Gill sing this beautiful song some months back, a tribute to an older country singer who had passed (can’t remember his name). I am grateful my father exposed me as a young child to country music (he was a poor farmer’s son from IN) and all that it entails; including reverence for God and songs from the heart.

      Liked by 4 people

      • dogsmaw says:

        George Jones ๐Ÿ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

        • Janie M. says:

          dogsma… yup, it was George, thank you (I was having a brain fart, couldn’t remember). Among George’s best songs ever – “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”


      • amwick says:

        This is one of our favorites… TY

        Liked by 1 person

      • piper567 says:

        if you liked this, you most definitely should listen to this, as a tribute to George Jones, at his funeral gathering.
        Gill sings this with Patty Loveless, and as she enters into the duet, the singing becomes so moving, it makes the hairs of your arms stand on end.
        Gill breaks down, and then delivers a wonderful guitar solo , as he recovers.
        Just breathtaking. Especially if you love this type of music
        If you are not a fan, this duet may make you re-consider.

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        • Janie M. says:

          Turns out, piper, I had it (and other songs from that day), including Alan Jackson’s tribute, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” saved in my favorites. I know George had a battle with the bottle and his demons over the years but that will not diminish my memories of his contributions to country music.


  7. Janie M. says:

    I have a pinterest post of a gorgeous white cat (at home alone) dancing on its hind legs (every photo). It looks as if it is dancing in a broadway musical, absolutely amazing poses but it consists of 8 photos and would be too large to post here. (sigh) So I am opting for this adorable baby Cockatoo with its parents:

    Liked by 13 people

  8. Sayit2016 says:

    I have been thinking about this for a while now…..There have been lots of comments on what President is doing not doing etc etc.. there is no way anyone actually knows what is going on except the President and his inner circle….it is only when there is a update, a report or a press conf on what he is actually doing, that we are told what plan has come together. People are impatient—I get that….but sometimes things are not what they appear to be, and if you wait- and give a matter a little time- a component is introduced that you did not know about, things start to fall into place…… because now you have a clear picture.

    This video is a perfect example of what happens when what we see and hear does not make sense to us because the information it is not complete and what happens when you pull the plug too soon….good things come to those who wait…..

    Enjoy this beautiful Sunday all….

    Liked by 14 people

    • A.D. Everard says:

      Sayit – that is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. Truly magnificent. And you are right, I think it will compare very well to what President Trump will shortly show the world. Thank you so much for posting this, I’m going to download it for my Keeps file. Well worth watching again! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Liked by 6 people

    • smiley says:


      what she did there in the video was ASTOUNDING…and she pulled it off, amazingly, while under SO much pressure.

      how did she ever come up with that idea, conceptually, in the first place ??

      mental/visual/creative gymnastics. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Liked by 6 people

    • Notice who buzzed out first and wanted to buzz much sooner (this is important), then the other 2 (both pretty much at the same time) under the pressure from the first one (also important to note), the last one waited awhile (notice the difference than the rest) but soon buzzed out too under pressure but felt bad after the seeing the end product.

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    • Kathy says:

      Dear Sayit2016 … My personal thanks to you for posting this wonderful “Art Imitates Life” video is the longer version (6 minutes) with English subtitles:

      Ultimately, three of the judges do change their votes to “Yes”!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Sayit2016 says:

        Awwwww thanks Kathy….I guess my point was how quick they jumped to a conclusion without knowing what was in store for them….I am sure every human being has done this at some point in their life….it’s just a great lesson in learning how to wait…Hope you are having a great Sunday ; )


        • Kathy says:

          The point about not rushing to judgement is always worth emphasizing (these days especially). The video did an excellent job of that but, for anyone who missed it, the point was brutally driven home in the Comments Section!

          As for why I appreciated your sharing the clip … There are certain people in my life who politely tolerate my support for President Trump while having no desire to discuss him. I consider them to be more Trump-sceptical (based on his pre-Inauguration persona) than anti-Trump, so haven’t yet given up trying to bring them around whenever an opportunity presents itself. This select group will definitely “get” my message in terms of President Trump, but will not have any grounds for rebuttal (because the video was sufficiently entertaining on its own).

          Message sent — and message received — in silence. Yep, I enjoyed a bit of amusement on this already-pleasurable Sunday. Thanks, again!

          Liked by 1 person

      • A.D. Everard says:

        Thanks for this, Kathy. ๐Ÿ˜€ Brilliant, brilliant stuff.

        Liked by 1 person

  9. 17CatsInTN says:

    Welcome to the Intellectual Froglegs party! Had about 85-90 people from a variety of states like Texas, New Mexico, Alabama, Indiana and South Carolina. Food was great! Laughter abounded. We discovered this was Joe Dan’s first time speaking to a roomful of people–he survived! And special guest Paul Nehlen and his wife Gabriella drove down from Wisconsin. All in all it was a great time together with nary a liberal in sight so we didn’t have to create any safe places… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Liked by 13 people

    • Ad rem says:

      Sorry Cats…you were in the bin. (Good thing you have 17 x 9 lives!) ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Liked by 5 people

    • Katherine McCoun says:

      This was a wonderful evening! I loved being surrounded by so many like minded people in person v. the virtual treehouse.

      Joe Dan is a beautiful example of a seemingly ordinary person doing extraordinary things. It’s like he is Clark Kent on the outside but is really the Superman of his field, of his vocation or perhaps even calling of communicating truth through humor that encourages and uplifts so many of us. He connects with viewers in a special and uniques way.

      Last evening, I was in a room of what appeared to be ordinary Americans but I knew differently. These seemingly ordinary men and women, who are all extraordinary in their own way, who all have their own gifts of greatness and their own stories of impacting the world and people around them for good, all came together and elected an Extrodinary President!!

      It’s a privledge to know “ordinary” Americans who are accomplishing great things and leading meaningful lives. Thank you to all who made yesterday happen!

      And thank you, sir, for the entertaining, encouraging and informative videos! Here’s to another great 5 years! MAGA

      Liked by 8 people

    • Shark24 says:

      I really wanted to attend the party but I got held up for a week with my work overseas. I heard JoeDan is going to make it an annual event so hope to see you next year!

      Liked by 2 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      What fun!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Liked by 2 people

    • Just found this post and pics, and to anyone stopping back by you should come next year if only for a sampling of 17CatsInTN’s INCREDIBLE FOOD!!!

      She must have put a couple of days effort into it, and it was delicious. I stayed busy all night, but managed to sneak back for a few more bites… not to mention I started “a little early”… Shhhhhhh… lol

      There were a lot of good folks there, it was a great night for Patriots. The fact that Paul Nehlen and his wife came all the way down really showed great American character on their part, and such pleasant people! I’ll be donating hard for him this year to TAKE OUT LYIN’ RYAN!

      Thanks again 17, you rock!

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  10. millwright says:

    From the Curmudgeon’s Notebook : I can understand the cabin crew injuries, but not passengers’. Were I to undertake to place one of those passengers into a 200 mph race car sans restraint I suspect most would refuse. Why did they voluntarily go unrestrained doing over twice that speed ? And why is their choice somehow going to be the line’s fault ? Other than “obliviots rule ” ?


  11. Donna in Oregon says:

    For Treepers that have been having issues online….

    I posted with Smiley last night that I would look to see if there are any issues going on with the Internet.

    Here is the Windows 10 update problem in Forbes:

    And here is some general information about how to protect your information, and also an interesting segment on how Journalists protect their information (as relates to the current interest in the recent White House leaks, gives an idea how the journos try to elude).

    How the government can spy on you, and what you can do about it

    Liked by 2 people

    • smiley says:

      speaking of spying…

      I hope some of the current “makeovers” going on in the WH right now include de-bugging it….making a CLEAN SWEEP might help plug up some of those “leaks”.

      just saying.

      but thanks for the info re internet…altho I don’t use Windows 10…my slow browsing issue might be due to a recent AdBlockPlus upgrade…sometimes extensions can cause slower loading of some pages/sites, apparently.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Donna in Oregon says:

        Worth noting that spying from foreign governments is also going on. CTH writes to a worldwide audience. I am certain there is much interest in the minds of Trump supporters these days. How to manage us, silence us. I notice the Trolls are always trying to take our temperatures after the Swamp does another dirty-dirty.


  12. smiley says:

    Flint Road


    ca 2011

    Kim Casebeer ~ American/Kansas ~Contemporary ~ Impressionist ~ Landscapes

    she paints a lot of roads, meandering through the prairies.

    something about country roads is so appealing to me, visually and poetically.

    more here…


    Liked by 5 people

  13. Dora says:

    Vincent van Gogh. “Vase with Zinnias and Geraniums” (1886)

    Liked by 7 people

  14. smiley says:

    from Bloomington, Minnesota…

    FBI : Explosive Detonated At Minnesota Mosque

    August 5, 2017

    FBI is searching for suspects after an IED (reportedly) ripped into part of a mosque yesterday around 5 am…in a primarily Somalian area there.

    and…..CAIR is also offering a $10,000 reward for “info leading to an arrest.”

    nobody was hurt.


  15. nimrodman says:

    “… the site of the old Joiners Arms gay pub can only be developed on condition that it โ€œremains a … gay … venue for a minimum of 12 years

    “… the mayorโ€™s office will send an inspector to make sure it is gay enoughโ€.

    Ludicrous-sounding statements from an equally ludicrous article:

    London Developers Told Apartment Complex MUST Include Gay Bar

    Note: The article contains no mention whether local Sharia Councils have yet weighed in on the issue.

    Liked by 3 people

    • amwick says:

      I wonder if this can face a legal challenge. Not that I have an issue with gay bars in particular, but the requirement seems very restrictive. I guess they don’t want a bar self identifying as gay, when it really is not.. or something.


  16. smiley says:

    meanwhile, over in Tehran, Rouhani gets sworn-in for ANOTHER term…and…

    Starting Second Term, Iranian President Rouhani Urges Europe Not To Side With Trump

    “Rouhani takes oath of office before parliament in Tehran in the presence of dignitaries including senior European figures.”

    August 5, 2017

    does this mean…as Rouhani insists it does…that EU is “determined to expand ties with Tehran, despite US pressures” ?


  17. Dora says:

    I thought I’d post this for anyone who is interested. Michael Matt is a Catholic Traditionalist who longs for the days before Vatican 2. In this video he takes a scooter ride through the Italian Alps where life hasn’t yet been effected by the changes.

    Catholics will enjoy seeing the old churches, while others should enjoy the beautiful scenery.

    Liked by 5 people

  18. Katherine McCoun says:

    Obama’s daughter “dancing” in a way I have Ever seen anyone behave in public. Wonder if Rosie O’Donnell will diagnose her with some sort of issue as she did Baron a Trump when he stood quietly on stage at 3 am in the morning at only 10 yrs old? Or does quiet behavior deserve more comment than pot smoking and crazy “dancing”? Don’t really care what she does but hate the pop culture and media bias evident in the treatment of the two children.

    Liked by 3 people

  19. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

    Liked by 6 people

  20. smiley says:

    CAT armed with assault weapon in Newport, Oregon…local police called to respond…

    video of it !

    LOL ๐Ÿ˜€

    Liked by 3 people

  21. Dora says:

    Liked by 4 people

  22. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day
    โ€œBlessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.โ€
    Matthew 5:3 (KJV)

    Liked by 4 people

  23. Dora says:

    It sure looks delicious.

    Liked by 6 people

  24. duchess01 says:

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

    Liked by 6 people

    • mostlyogauge says:

      A lifelong Steelers fan here. Tomlin should go. We need another Chuck Noll. Now, that being said, that does not mean I just want to go back to the past. It means more than that. Chuck Noll would NEVER have tolerated the shenanigans (and worse) that I’ve seen go on the past decade or so. Bradshaw was right; Tomlin is just a cheerleader. What does he really do? Listen to the comments made about Chuck Noll in recent years by players that he coached. Teamwork, know the basics, go to the ball, focus and details, know the playbook, emotion was anathema, and, as said by Joe Greene, he was a special man. The NFL has been losing viewership in recent years because a lot of the players are thugs and show-offs, not football players. Too much individualism, not enough teamwork. Rant ended.

      Liked by 1 person

  25. georgiafl says:

    It’s not Caturday, but…..

    Liked by 2 people

  26. duchess01 says:

    โ€˜California Shiftโ€™: Conservative families offered move to right-leaning Texas

    Liked by 2 people

  27. Dora says:

    Oh please! Don’t do us any favors! The Church is screwed up enough.

    Liked by 1 person

    • piper567 says:

      “O God, do not remain quiet; do not be silent and,
      O God, do not be still.
      For behold Your enemies make a uproar,
      and those who hate You have exalted themselves.
      They make shrewd plans against Your people,
      and conspire together against Your treasured ones.
      They have said, ‘Come, and let us wipe them out as a Nation,
      that the name of Israel be remembered no more.’
      For they have conspired together with one mind;
      against You they make a covenant…
      Fill their faces with dishonor,
      that they may seek Your Name, O Lord.
      Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever, and let them be humiliated and perish.
      that they may know that
      You alone, whose Name is the LORD,
      and are the Most High over all the earth.”

      from Psalm 83 (ESV)

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  28. duchess01 says:

    Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower. ~ Author Unknown

    Liked by 3 people

  29. amwick says:

    I was thinking about the horrible situation with Eric Bolling,,, and I remembered one of my favorite quotes…. and goes iway, way back:

    To persevere in one’s duty and be silent is the best answer to calumny.
    George Washington

    Not sure that is true in the age of the internet. hhhhmmmmmm

    Liked by 2 people

  30. KittyKat says:

    I seldom post in or read this thread, but wow, it is so uplifting ….

    Liked by 1 person

  31. AFVet says:

    Heh Heh,…

    Liked by 10 people

  32. smiley says:

    for anyone along the Florida and eastern coasts..

    latest tracking for Inv 99L…

    NOAA presently has this as still disorganized, with a 50% chance of development within the next 5 days.

    Liked by 3 people

  33. I posted this article in the presidential thread about Eric Bolling being suspended for sexual harassment via sexting.

    What is the reason/source for this behavior? Do people just not stay faithful in marriage anymore? Are people board in marriage and now its easier to cheat with technology?

    Or is this a white-collar/ corporate industry trend where everyone sleeps with everyone, no one is faithful to their spouse, and the only way to advance is either through sex or blackmail? Maybe this type of behavior is typical across all industries, but we see it more because they are in the media?


    • auscitizenmom says:

      Or….maybe this didn’t happen at all and the women are lying.

      Liked by 1 person

      • So is it fair to say in your opinion, women in America are lying more frequently about sexual harassment in the work place.

        The increase in lying women create the false image of men continually trying to make sexual advances on coworkers. This seems to be happening more across all industries then? If so seems to make sense

        I only read about this stuff in white collar jobs, because white collar makes news.


        • Donna in Oregon says:

          No I think it has more to do with the $20 million dollar settlement. That is 20 million reasons to lie for some. To ignore the incentive is a mistake. This viewpoint is not about sex, it is about money. The root of all evil……

          Liked by 2 people

        • auscitizenmom says:

          IMO there are feminazis who want to take down men. You can’t trust anything they say. And, then there are those who hate Trump and conservatives who are out to ruin them. Plus, along with all that, what has been preached in the last 40 years about men has unleashed some women to lie to get what they want even more than before. I am not saying that women don’t get harassed, they are just free to use the excuse now.

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  34. litenmaus says:

    New Hampshire has a heroin problem, Montana struggles with Meth.

    Victims in the Friday meth-fueled shooting in Lodge Grass, MT have been identified. Leslie Frank Nomee Jr., 27, Denise Stewart Nomee, 25, and Nehemiah Broke Rope, 30, died of gunshot wounds,

    Two other injured are still un-identified and no arrests have been made.


  35. kp3ace says:

    I absolutely love what Watters World of Fox news is doing!
    1st segment that I caught was Watters repeating the Jim Acosta and the statue of liberty story. Then, the fake poll’s and PTrumps rally numbers and why he got elected, etc.
    Same thing last night. This is great! Tide is turning.

    Liked by 1 person

  36. 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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