Saturday August 12th – 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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165 Responses to Saturday August 12th – Open Thread

  1. Sloth1963 says:

    It’s Caturday.

    Or kitterday

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  2. Sentient says:

    This recent 20 minute clip from a Dennis Prager speech is quite good.

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    • millwright says:

      Proof of Mr. Prager’s assertion vis a vis declining respect/participation in religious faith perhaps is best-proven by the increasing frequency of christian cathedrals and churches ( many being unique examples of period architecture ) across Europe being razed for secular structures . We can also find ( increasingly I suspect ) examples of the same phenomena in the U.S.

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      • With the tragic arrogance of youth modern peoples tear down &/or desecrate the magnificent creations of their ancestors/betters & attempt to erase all evidence of the spiritual foundations of the great civilizations of the past. They want to claim the fruits of the greatness passed down through the generations while denying the very foundational truths upon which these legacies have been built. Talk about societal schizophrenia!

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy **caterday**, Treepers.

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  4. Garrison Hall says:

    Caterday update. A few months ago I mentioned that our grizzled old street-fighter Tom brought home a cold and hungry little kitten. She was a tiny little black fluff of a kitten, just barely weaned.
    The fact that our tough old Tom found a kitten and brought her to us was more than a little amazing. I didn’t think male cats did that sort of thing, taking care of lost kittens. “Tinkerbell” who I call “Tink”, soon settled in and became a part of our now three cat household. Little Tink has had an amazing affect on our other two cats. Although I was a bit worried about how she’d fit in with two older male kitties, I really should have worried. The first thing she did was walk up to our very shy, neurotic Boots and lick him on his nose and then demand that he play with her. He was completely nonplussed by this—I don’t think he’d ever had another cat want to play with him but in no time at all, little Tink had him romping and running through the house and having something he’d never really had before: fun. Our little foundling kitten has found a home of her own. She loves us and we love her.

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      That is so sweet! Give your kitties a rub under the chin for me.

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    • Sloth1963 says:

      The expanding cat family 🙂 One they start to notice the invisible sign in front of your house your pretty well doomed. I’m not sure how but the furry vagrants know 🙂 Glad the wee fluff is being welcomed.

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    • Roozter says:

      Kisses for Kitties 😙🐱

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    • smiley says:

      🐱

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    • Raven says:

      It is a wonderful thing to bring a young animal in among the “oldies” and watch them all turn the same age. We did that years ago with an old boy cat we had. At first he hissed at his baby brother and then he did what your boys are doing now, and turned into a kitten again.

      Sounds like you have sweet cats, Garrison.

      Was just coming here to do what you did and update everyone on the status of our 2 adopted invisible cats.

      After the first week our big girl started coming out of hiding for short intervals. At this moment, 2 1/2 weeks down the road, she is lying on the floor next to me, purring loudly, waiting for “us” to do something together.

      And it wasn’t until this past Thursday, 2 weeks into being together, that our big boy made his first daytime appearance. He is still cautious of our every move and prefers to spend most of his time hiding in our cold, dark basement behind cardboard boxes. But we saw a glimmer of light two days ago, and this morning he let me brush him for a few minutes.

      Our big girl (no name yet — bad mom, bad mom!), weighs 16 pounds and has a lot of very long fur on top of her already very big body. Her “little” brother is still in his growing phase, and at 16 pounds I think he is going to be YUGE.

      Here is a photo I took a few minutes ago of our sweet big girl.

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      • Raven says:


        Here she is again. . .

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      • Garrison Hall says:

        Reminds me of our “Casper” who was with us for a good long time . . . Our Tom kitty was a ghost for quite awhile. Living in our backyard and hiding under a side porch, I didn’t know he was there until I put two-dnd-two together and realized the reason our transient rat problem (nearby restaurants) had disappeared. We started putting food out for him and slowly he became accustomed to us and started showing up at dinner time. It was obvious that he wasn’t feral but he’d been on the street so long he was extremely wary of people. It took awhile, but finally he decided it was safe to stay with us. I knew this was so because I came out one hot afternoon and found Tom and our late border collie, Sweetie, laying down together on the cool sidewalk. A few days later it started to rain and suddenly there was old Tom sitting on the porch rail politely asking to be let in . . .

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        • Raven says:

          Sounds like Casper was a wonderful cat. Great name for your invisible rat catcher!

          Did Casper ever end up being an indoor cat? Or did he prefer a life of choice and freedom?

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          • Garrison Hall says:

            “Casper” come to live with us in the 90’s and was almost identical to your kitty, Raven. My wife named him after the friendly ghost . . . “Tom” kitty (I’m not so inventive with cat names) came to live with us about four years ago. To have lived on the street for so long, he’s a real sweetheart. All of our kitties have been foundlings and all of them over many years have proved to be great companions.

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            • Garrison Hall says:

              Oh, yeah. Casper was a pure lap kitty. Tom is an effective ratter and yard guardian so he likes to spend time outside. He’s about 10 years old now and likes to spend most of his time inside.

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            • Raven says:

              Animals are such sweet gifts of love to us from God, and hearing about some of your lovely little hearts spreads those blessings out far and wide. Tom sounds like a wonderful boy for sure!

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    • piper567 says:

      Hello friends, Monday morning I go see the Surgeon again. The procedure last wk resulted in the intent to do a bypass of my right subclavian over to the carotid.
      I have become pretty weak, but am blessed with many neighbors and friends from church, all of whom are of tremendous help, help w/laundry, food, escorting, etc.
      Please pray that the Surgeon will adequately assess my condition and perhaps be persuaded I am a candidate for those spots in the OR they set aside for folks needing pretty-soon care, ha! Although I accept the Lord’s timing in all of this, I sure would be pleased to have my condition attended to sooner rather than later.
      thanks

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      • millwright says:

        Best wishes and prayers piper ! If you”re older ( like me ) I suspect your chances in the “actuarial lottery” dictating the terms of our health care aren’t good under Medicare ! I’m discovering my 50+ years of “contributions” to SSI and its ancillary programs aren’t worth “doodley squat” and I would have been far better off purchasing private means for retirement and medical support !

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      • Sloth1963 says:

        Prayers for you and your surgeon. No matter what they tell you, there is no such thing as minor surgery. I’m going in for a “booty” change Monday. Just the thought air getting to my leg is stressful. You gotta stay positive and do what you can to improve you own result.

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      • RyderLee says:

        piper567 , praying for you . Keep your Spirit Up and Godspeed . Best wishes for You !

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      • Been praying for you daily, piper567 since you mentioned the bypass on another post sometime in the past weeks. Please keep us posted.

        God bless you. Will keep prayi g for a good outcome.

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      • Dora says:

        My prayers are with you Piper. Be well.

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      • duchess01 says:

        piper, you have been in my thoughts and prayers daily since you asked last week – did not quite understand what it is you needed, but I do know – without God’s assistance – nothing is possible – He has the power to coordinate the most efficacious solution – He created us – and definitely knows how all of our parts worth together to benefit the whole body – I trust Him – not man – to work out the details – so I am praying for his intercession in the process – in the timing – in the actual reconstruction – what is broken, He can fix – He guides the physician’s hands and the caretakers’ followup – the coordination is His – His alone!

        Please be patient with yourself and others – strengthen your body, mind, and spirit – and trust in God with all of your heart – lean not on your own understanding – acknowledge Him in all of your ways – and He will make your path straight!

        God Bless You mightily in the coming days – and may His peace be with you!

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        • duchess01 says:

          For those, like me, who may not understand the ‘process’ – hopefully, this is what piper needs…and all goes well!

          “When performed properly, a transposition is the most efficient and most durable procedure for reconstructing the subclavian artery for proximal occlusive disease or to extend the landing zone in the aortic arch prior to endovascular therapy for thoracic aortic pathology. The proximal subclavian artery, on the right or on the left, is approached quite differently than it is for a bypass procedure. The technique is described in detail here. There are very few contraindications to transposition, the advantages over the alternate options are many, and it can be the approach of choice in the vast majority of patients.”

          http://www.jvascsurg.org/article/S0741-5214(08)01804-1/abstract?cc=y=

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          • piper567 says:

            Thank you all for the many prayers…there are some days when I think I am being sustained by prayer, a testament to its power.
            One of the benefits of being increasingly dependent upon others, is knowing that God uses such temporal dependence to enhance our awareness of our dependence upon Him.
            One of the nicer aspects of finding so many here willing to pray for me is the bringing into focus the fact of The Invisible Church…those of us across many denominations, across much time, across much space, that are united in our belief in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as the Son of God, our one great hope.
            Almost daily I am grateful for the technology of our age allowing us to connect with one another, support each other, and share our joys and concerns.
            Thank you ever so much for your prayers.

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            • duchess01 says:

              Most welcome, piper – well-said – we are with you in prayer – and God promised He would never abandon us – such a blessing!

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            • Thank you so much for sharing this insight–& I heartily concur with all that you’ve said as we (my son Josiah & I), though relative newcomers around here, have already experienced the loving prayer ministry of the Treehouse! God bless you in your (presumed) recovery (I’m catching up on reading so haven’t yet found out if you posted anything about your surgery yesterday or today). In Christ, Valerie

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          • piper567 says:

            duchess…thank you for the link

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          • I’m always interested in procedures related to the aortic arch/root as this is something that Josiah will likely have replaced some years down the road (if God doesn’t heal it enough to make replacement unnecessary)…Thanks for the info!

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            • duchess01 says:

              Most welcome, val! Hope and Pray Josiah is doing well – in the name of Jesus – I pray for him daily – God Bless You!

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              • Thank you so much for still praying for him. He’s had a new complication/issue that has come to light today & we need some wisdom & creativity as to how to proceed. In trying to assist him with it earlier today I actually ended up causing one of the surgery sites to bleed a bit–sigh…

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        • piper567 says:

          yes, thank you duchess…indeed, whether it be physical or spiritual, what is broken He can fix.
          What marvelous knowledge this is…what is crooked He can straighten.
          Thank you

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      • Ddanna says:

        May God bless you with strength and healing dear Piper567!

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      • Serena says:

        Praying for you Piper. God bless.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Prayers for you.

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      • Garrison Hall says:

        Our Lord will be with you, Piper.

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      • Too Real says:

        God Bless Piper!

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      • Raven says:

        Dear Piper,

        I hope and pray that your meeting with the doctor on Monday results in a hospital date opening up next week!

        Like so many others here the Holy Spirit has kept you in my thoughts and prayers, for which I am grateful. And it is a blessing to hear how the Lord has already answered many prayers through the hands and feet of His servants here on earth. Sweet, sweet blessings to all of us through this trial God has you on.

        Dearest Heavenly Father, Lord God of all creation, Jesus Christ, God who took on mortal flesh and showed us Who The Father is, Holy Spirit, God who lives and moves among the redeemed of The One True God and upholds us in our trials,

        Hear our cries, oh Sovereign Lord. Hear us as we beg to You in humble adoration. Hear us, sweet Jesus, as we, the children You alone redeemed fall before Your sinless Throne.

        Thank You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit for allowing Your children to come to You, knowing You do hear us, knowing You do love us, knowing You, and You alone, call us to call on You. Hear our requests, Abba, Daddy, as You carry us through these dark trials and valleys, for Your glory and for our blessings.

        Please Father, make Your peace fall upon Piper in ways that cause joy to reign throughout this process. Piper knows and accepts all of Your ways our Father, I ask that You would push back every doubt, every fear, every unknown, unclaimed, unspoken lie the evil one spews her way and give Piper the freedom to know there is room next to You, in the boat, on the raging sea, during the torrential storm for her to sleep.

        Go before Piper this day, tomorrow, and on Monday. Bless Piper with unexpected joys and goodness.

        Thank You, Almighty God above all else, in Jesus precious Name.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Next door, Stella ran a thread……

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  5. Troublemaker10 says:

    “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.” -Noam Chompsky-

    Why I Was Fired by Google – by James Damore
    https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/why-i-was-fired-by-google-1502481290

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  6. Donna in Oregon says:

    Irish Blessing

    May your life be filled with laughter
    May your heart be filled with song.
    May your eyes be filled with beauty.
    May your soul always know to whom you belong.

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  7. nimrodman says:

    Eclipse donuts by Krispy Kreme. Yum.

    Krispy Kreme Goes Dark For The Eclipse With New Original Glazed Chocolate Doughnuts
    https://www.foodbeast.com/news/krispy-kreme-original-glazed-chocolate/

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  8. Dora says:

    Paul Gauguin – Flowers and Cats (1899)

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  9. bluegirl says:

    Piper567 I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and heal you!!!!

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  10. nimrodman says:

    Chilling.
    And these are the guys who will set themselves up as the “fact checkers” and “arbiters of troofiness”.

    Google AI Deems Hate, Criticism Against Muslims More ‘Toxic’ Than Against Christians
    http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/08/10/googles-perspective-ai-deems-hate-criticism-against-muslims-more-toxic-than-against-christians/

    “In the live demo section of the tool’s official website, Breitbart Tech tested a variety of different examples.

    “I hate Muslims” was a comment deemed 96 percent “toxic” by Google’s A.I. tool, while
    “I hate Christians” was deemed just 91 percent toxic.

    “Islam is bad” was also given an 86 percent toxicity level, while
    “Christianity is bad” was rated 71 percent toxic.

    etc

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  11. smiley says:

    🐱

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  12. smiley says:

    Land of Cats

    🐱

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  13. The Grandfather of Press Leaks…and staunch New Deal loyalist.

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    • smiley says:

      and gossip columnist..

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      • F.D.R. in Hell says:

        ♫ “I go to Coney-the beach is divine.
        I go to ball games-the bleachers are fine.
        I follow Winchell and read ev’ry line.
        That’s why the lady is a tramp.” ♫

        You must be older than you look, smiley.

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        • smiley says:

          know what, Frank ?

          that Winchell line isn’t in that rendition I posted, for some reason.

          just listened all the way thru and didn’t hear it.

          the original song did include that line so I thought all the recordings did.

          but at least you picked up on it.

          and no comment on that “older than you look” remark…not THIS morning.

          ain’t we got fun. 🙂

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  14. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”
    Ephesians 1:3 (KJV)

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  15. duchess01 says:

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

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  16. smiley says:

    Lily Pond

    oil/canvas

    (no date ~ recent)

    Kent R. Wallis ~ American (b.1945) ~ Contemporary ~ Impressionism

    🙂

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  17. Dora says:

    It’s not only sick. It’s dangerous. The family ought to hide that precious little boy from these predators.

    =====

    Article Calling Four-Year-Old Prince George a ‘Gay Icon’ Branded ‘Sick’ – Breitbart
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/08/11/pinknews-four-year-old-prince-george-gay-icon-sick/amp/

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  18. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  19. Dora says:

    I hope he’s alright.

    ==

    CBN Founder Pat Robertson Suffers Minor Injuries in Horseback Riding Accident

    Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson is hospitalized after sustaining injuries from a fall while horseback riding Friday. Doctors say he is expected to make a full recovery. Horseback riding is one of Robertson’s greatest passions and at the age of 87 still enjoys riding on a regular basis.

    http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/2017/august/founder-pat-robertson-suffers-minor-injuries-in-horseback-riding-accident

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  20. duchess01 says:

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2017
    The Coming Global Nuclear Holocaust

    http://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2013/04/the-coming-global-nuclear-holocaust.html

    “Again, it is only due to the merciful hand of Almighty God that our fallen world has been preserved from total annihilation thus far and all the madmen bent on its destruction held in check. Lucifer’s mad designs and man’s violent tendencies will be kept at bay until the given time and then all hell will brake lose (Isaiah 14:16-17; Eph. 2:1; Rev. 20:3a).”

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  21. Eileen Wright says:

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  22. Dora says:

    I guess it’s true what they say about fruitcake.

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  23. oldiadguy says:

    I hate to be the spoiler on this beautiful Saturday, but this should be of interest to a more than a few of us.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-11/social-security-requires-bailout-thats-60x-greater-2008-emergency-bank-handout

    Here is the underlying report.

    https://www.ssa.gov/OACT/TRSUM/

    The sad thing is the trust funds they speak of are nothing more than IOU’s fro the Federal government who has already spent the the monies collected and replaced them with bonds.

    Plan and act accordingly.

    Take Care

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  24. 1stgoblyn says:

    Wow…just wow! We’ve been subjected to years of riots, burned buildings, etc. from the likes of BLM, Black Panthers, OWS and others. How they were treated b/c they were “just exercising their right to free speech” no matter how ugly, violent and disgusting they were is a far cry from what the mayor of Charlottesville, VA declared about the ‘Unite the Right’ rally scheduled for today. Seems whites are not supposed to stand up for their rights/history.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      And, all of the TV stations are treating the Right as the aggressors and ones who are violent. There are only about 40 of them and many more of the counter-protesters, as they are calling them. Who, by the way came with masks, helmets, and sticks. Oh, and may I point out that these people with real fire torches didn’t set anything on fire. The leftists started the fights. They were calling these people alt-right, Ku Klux Klaners, white supremacists and talking about how aggressive they are.

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      • wondering999 says:

        Whenever I read about some incident or outrage involving the KKK, I immediately think “Deep State” because I’ve read that the KKK was infiltrated heavily by governments agents, decades ago, and is now mostly paid actors/informants….

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  25. Ozzie says:

    In our world today, truth is hate speech, lies are the fabric that dresses the demons who walk among us.

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  26. silverlakela says:

    Manipulating the Alabama Senate race….

    The Case Against Mitch McConnell
    Mark Levin free episode
    https://www.crtv.com/levintv

    Pass this on…

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  27. Dora says:

    The good old days.

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  28. smiley says:

    GOD Bless, piper. ❤

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    • smiley says:

      that’s out of sync…

      it was meant to be under piper’s prayer post, above.

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      • piper567 says:

        Smiley,
        the KJV wording of David’s reflection, You brought me up out of the miry pit,
        has always been a favorite of mine.
        I believe it is when we realize this that we begin to be truly grateful to our Lord for the work He did on our behalf.
        thanks, God bless you, too…

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  29. Some of my grown children have been…well liberal, if you will, and it has made life, for lack of a word that gives you the notion of hair-pulling and cross-eyed tongue-biting visuals – difficult. That said, let me share my glimmer of hope for this particular generation that has been so… (sighs) yeah. Well, one of my sons sent me a link, that while profanity-laced (HEADS UP, I mean super-duper so don’t go if you get offended), but it is showing movement of the needle. HUGE movement of the needle towards conservative values.
    Here’s the quote w/o the bad words that really perked me up: “That’s the real American legacy here – we are mother** Back-to-Back World War Champs (three-peat if you want to count the Cold War), and now you’re actually going to expect me to sit around like a dipsh**and have some degree of sympathy for a bunch of genocidal crybaby anti-Democracy whackjobs who, by the sheer definition of their ideology, want to redact basically every single line of the f** Bill of Rights and rub their b** on the Constitution?”
    It’s happening people. The pendulum swung too far and it now seeks its middle once more.
    The link that gave me hope: http://www.badassoftheweek.com/index.cgi?id=98898687205

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  30. My favorite bible verse:

    He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge,
    his faithfulness will be your shield and protection.
    Psalm 91:4

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  31. amwick says:

    We spent a lovely hour or so at a nearby vineyard, sipping local wine and listening to a really nice blues duet.

    Not a big wine drinker myself, but it was lovely on their open deck, what with the music, the wine, several friendly dogs ambling about, and a gentle breeze. For an hour there was no politics, no nuclear threats, just simple pleasure. Summer is short. Happy Caturday.

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  32. 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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  33. Ddanna says:

    Amen

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  34. Donna in Oregon says:

    I subscribe to Tech newsletters, I told Smiley I’d post occasional alerts for Treepers:

    Thousands of spyware apps targeting Android users
    Researchers with Lookout have discovered over a thousand spyware apps that are infecting Android gadgets. They have been showing up in app stores, including a few in the Google Play Store, over the last six months.

    The malicious apps belong to the “SonicSpy” family. The most recent example found in the Google Play Store was titled “Soniac.” It was listed as a messaging app and has since been removed from Google Play.

    After downloading one of these malicious apps, an icon that looks like the app logo appears on the victim’s gadget. When this icon is clicked, the logo disappears, making it seem like the app was removed from the device.

    What’s actually happening is, a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) is installed. RAT malware allows a hacker to take over your gadget completely.

    The scammer can copy files from your gadget and send them to its Command and Control (C&C) center, view a list of your contacts and steal all of your text messages.

    Even creepier is the fact that they could activate the gadget’s microphone and listen in on your conversations. They could also take pictures or screen captures without you knowing about it.

    https://www.komando.com/happening-now/413334/more-than-1000-apps-found-hiding-spyware?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=notd&utm_content=2017-08-12-article-title

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