Monday August 14th – 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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153 Responses to Monday August 14th – Open Thread

  1. Garrison Hall says:

    Have a great Monday, Treepers!

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  2. Garrison Hall says:

    My father used to enthrall his grandnieces with stories of how he had secret conversation of a pet rock that would only talk to him when nobody else was around. There’s a gentleness to good southern humor. Even if it has a funnin’ edge to it, the job is best played if there’s no real harm done. Wayne Henderson is a renowned guitar maker in Virginia. He also has a wicked sense of humor . . .

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  3. MaryfromMarin says:

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  4. Johnny Bravo says:

    Oh please, do not stop SD educating us.

    When I read the complete mush served up by other outlets (inc the so-called conservative online media) I re-visit the old me. You know, the frustrated, irritated Me who could never make sense of all the nonsense written. Parseltongue I believe you call it.

    But when I get back to the TH, serenity settles back upon me. You provide, analysis that clarifies the confusing garbage other sites spew, clarity that other sites lack, intelligence that other sites only purport to hold.

    In another dimension you’d be called a Seer.

    Thank you SD you make reading the other press worthwhile!

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Ya know Johnny Bravo….that serenity that you feel… called home.

      It’s good to look at the contrast from time to time.

      Even if there are subjects that you’re not 100% in total agreement on… IS nice to have a place where there can be honest, intelligent discussion of issues without fear of reprisal. (hmm, kind of like a “safe space”?!!!!!! ha!)

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  5. Janie M. says:

    Chuckie, the chocolate Lab, loves the mailman and I think the mailman feels the same.

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  6. nwtex says:

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    • smiley says:

      hey nwtex…posted a reply but it showed up by itself down yonder.


      • nwtex says:

        Got it little-one. thx!! BTW not a bad looking man! Nice shoes.
        I left the “story” (not Tammy’s tweet), specifically with you in mind, the other day but it got waylaid while in transit and never landed. Thought I’d try sending it via Tammy…..and voila it worked. 🙂


  7. MissingAndrew says:

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  8. nwtex says:

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  9. Janie M. says:

    In order to bring some clarity to the youtube video with Dr. Swain and Judge Jeanine discussing the basis for the VA “Unite the Right” rally, I am initially posting a link to an article explaining why Dr. Swain left Vanderbilt earlier this year. I applaud her for the closing comment she made regarding the state of U.S. universities.

    “Controversial professor Carol Swain to retire from Vanderbilt”
    Adam Tamburin, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Published 4:29 p.m. CT Jan. 23, 2017

    Students protested in 2015 after Swain said in a Tennessean column that Islam “poses an absolute danger to us and our children.” And after a 2016 CNN appearance when Swain called the Black Lives Matter movement “a very destructive force in America,” Provost Susan Wente said in a statement that Swain’s views “in no way represent those of the university.”

    Students led a petition calling for Swain’s suspension in 2015. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos responded by defending Swain’s right to make provocative arguments, but he took steps to distance the university from her comments.

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  10. nimrodman says:

    Hate it when that happens …

    Florida couple carrying a switched on propane grill in their car BLOW UP the SUV when wife lit up a cigarette

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

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  12. nwtex says:

    Snowflakes need nor apply!!!!!
    U.S. Secret Service‏Verified account @SecretService
    2:07 PM – 8 Aug 2017

    Members of the @SecretService Counter Sniper Team train countless hours to be ready to confront any danger at any distance. #TacticalTuesday

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  13. citizen817 says:

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  14. citizen817 says:

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  15. nwtex says:

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  17. smiley says:

    Silver Light


    (no date ~ recent)

    Jan Groenhart ~ Dutch, The Netherlands (b.1952) ~ Contemporary~ Abstract ~ Landscapes


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  18. smiley says:


    Willem de Kooning…the foremost painter of The New York School of American Abstract Expressionism (action painting).


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  19. smiley says:

    that was supposed to be a reply to the post above by nwtex about the de Kooning painting found in an estate sale/Tammy Bruce.

    de Kooning is to Art what fusion jazz is to Music..


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  20. smiley says:

    solar eclipse seen through light projected through shadows of leaves/foliage onto a wall.

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  21. Dora says:

    RenéMagritte The Art of Conversation (1963)

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  22. Sylvia Avery says:

    “Alone in the dark with nothing but your thoughts, time can draw out like a blade… ”
    Shawshank Redemption

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  23. smiley says:

    “damn the electric fence
    damn the electric fence.”


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  24. ThingsWeTakeForGranted says:

    MSM needs to be held accountable.

    I read that if you don’t interview with the press, they spin up a story and run with it guaranteed to not be in your favor. We are living through this. I know the President proved you don’t need the media to reach American voters and saved a billion, but the MSM are out of control with spinning their own stories and they are all in on it.

    How do you stop this without hurting freedom of speech? The continuous spin against our President is out there and it is from all of them. It is hurting our country. Can he go after an individual or corporation or all of them because there are many examples of what they are doing in print and on video. It is a joint effort to hurt our top office.

    In a corporation, you would be fired. In public office, what can you do? We have freedom of press, but are they free to continue to speak or spin untruths. Can their licenses be pulled? What a mess.


  25. NYGuy54 says:

    I hate when stuff falls out of the sky

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  26. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
    Matthew 4:4 (KJV)

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  27. duchess01 says:

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

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  28. duchess01 says:


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  29. Dora says:

    See the End of the Civil War in D.C.

    This stunning old photo shows the city of Washington in May of 1865.

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  30. Raven says:

    Good morning Treepers!

    Here is a song for all of us, but especially on this good day for Piper.

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    • Raven says:

      Something very weird happening on this thread today. I posted the song, ‘This Good Day’ by Fernando Ortega earlier today and clicked on the link once I saw it — here on this thread. Now I come here and it automatically switched over and copied another link up-thread.

      So here are the words to a beautiful song, sung by an amazing brother from Albuquerque, New Mexico — Fernando Ortega.

      This Good Day —

      Morning sun and morning glories
      Pouring down the hill,
      Through my window
      I can feel the ocean breeze.

      Noisy sparrows fill the oak trees
      Swallows can’t stay still,
      And in the glad commotion
      Lord, you speak to me

      If rain clouds come
      Or the cold winds blow,
      You’re the one who goes before me
      And in my heart I know

      This good day
      It is a gift from you.
      The world is turning in its place
      Because you made it to.
      I lift my voice
      To sing a song of praise
      On this good day.

      I will walk to Woodman’s Cove,
      The fishing boats are leaving,
      Seagulls follow just above the water.

      I will wait until the sunset
      Brings them home again,
      Rigging lines and anchors in the harbor.

      If the rain clouds come
      Or the cold winds blow,
      You’re the one who goes before me
      And in my heart I know

      This good day
      It is a gift from you.
      The world is turning in its place
      Because you made it to.
      I lift my voice
      To sing a song of praise
      On this good day.

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      • Raven says:

        Yikes! OK, so just weird things happening here (somethin’ happenin’ here…).

        I post the words and when the screen comes back up Fernando’s song is there again.

        Guess it’s time to get back to work!

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    • piper567 says:

      oh, thank you so much for the thought, Raven.
      This music is so uniquely encouraging…

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  31. dbethd says:

    In honor of all who have been celebrating birthdays lately:

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  32. oldiadguy says:

    Don’t cook in the car.

    There is a reason you should always turn the gas off at the tank.

    Take Care

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  33. oldiadguy says:

    Well this should be interesting. The folks contributing the Clinton Foundation are the top suspects in contributing to the North Korean’s quest for an ICBM.

    Take Care

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  34. So good to see people telling the truth about transgenderism: Bravo to the Truth: What’s Wrong with Transgender Ideology

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  35. adombom says:

    Just heard PTrump’s remarks about what happened in Charlottesville, VA. Here’s a comment from Wonder what some of you think:

    Couldn’t spare a single word to denounce Antifa and all the left wing violence against your supporters?

    How about all the cement filled bottles being thrown at the peaceful protesters in Charlottesville? Are we going to open an investigation into that?

    What about all the antifa who were armed with aluminum baseball bats?

    What about the antifa using bear mace?

    Nothing to say on the police protection being withdrawn?

    Nothing to say on the police dispersing the protesters into the antifa thugs?


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  36. I’m begining to see why suicide is such a attractive option now-a-days. that’s all..


    • Janie M. says:

      crossthread, are you okay?


    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Crossthread…….you guys having a “bad day” today obviously. WHAT have you done for yourself in the last few days? Do you have someone who could relieve you for even an hour or two?

      You must take care of yourself if you are going to care for the Mrs.

      Yes, there are days when “checking out” would seem to be a preferable option;BUT, as a survivor of such things…….that’s the chicken’s way. You’re tougher than that. YOU need at least a few hours “off duty.” Generally, where are you located, I seem to remember lots of water………

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    • smiley says:

      it’s not really an option, at all…it’s a dead end….and you’d probably botch it anyway b/c deep in your heart you know it’s NOT YOU and YOU DO NOT want to do it.

      pray, get some sleep or do something to get your mind relaxed…there’s always a silver lining.

      whatever it is, nothing is impossible with GOD…lean on HIM.

      GOD Bless you ❤

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    • amwick says:

      You could vent here, if so inclined… I have ranted now and then.. ????

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    • Raven says:

      Dearest Crossthread,

      Suicide is an option, there is no doubt of that. But I can tell you as someone left behind when my sweet little momma took her life at age 59 that suicide leaves a hollow space in others lives. A big hollow space. A sad hollow space. A sorrowful hollow space.

      Even as I clung to Jesus after losing both of my parents within 40 days of one another, and even as my loving husband gave me ultimate support in all things related to their deaths, the thought of committing suicide myself — just to be free of the pain of this earth and in the arms of my Savior seemed tempting. And tempting is exactly the right word for the thoughts that rolled by, because we know who the tempter is — Satan.

      So I am hoping and praying that your words to us here today are cries of wanting the pain to stop. I can pretty much guarantee that everyone reading our words knows the feeling of pain, deeply and personally. And as Christians we are all guaranteed that “in this world we will have trouble.” Trouble, pain, distress, heartbreak, sorrow, loneliness, grief and all the other soul gripping emotions are part of the curse upon mankind for our sinful ways. But God promises us “weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”

      Words at times are nothing but noise — empty noise. I pray you think not on the pain of right now which seems insurmountable, but on God’s promise that He will not allow you to go through more than you can handle. If you believe this trial is more than you can handle. . . turn and listen to The One Who knit you together in your mother’s womb, to The One Who knows the numbers of hairs on your head, The One Who sees a sparrow when it falls (and you are of far greater worth) and hear Him say to you, “Come unto Me Crossthread, and I will give you rest.”

      Dearest Heavenly Father, God of mercy and grace, Father of Glory and Redemption,

      We, Your children come before you this night and ask that in Your goodness Your Holy Spirit would engulf Crossthread with Your power and Your love. We ask that You would send Your Holy warriors to surround and protect Crossthread and his family from the whispers and screams of the evil ones whose desire it is to devour Your children. We pray that through this dark valley You have allowed Crossthread and his family to journey on You would make Your presence known. We know You are real, we know You are sovereign, we know You are perfect in all Your ways, and we cry out for Your help this night.

      We do not know what is happening with Crossthread, but You know everything Lord. So we hand our burdens for Crossthread to You, rejoicing in the fact that Your ways are beyond our comprehension, and Your love for Crossthread is far above all we could ever begin to imagine.

      Hold Crossthread and his family close this night and always, sweet Savior.

      In Jesus precious Name we remain.

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    • Ddanna says:

      Dear Crossthread, please look to the Lord for strength and guidance. He is always there for you even in the darkest of times. Be well and know that you are loved!

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  37. Dora says:

    I never thought I’d be reading stuff like this. Ye Gads! (As my Dad used to say)


    Medical waste disposal company stops doing business with ‘many Planned Parenthood’ clinics

    COLUMBUS, Ohio, – The country’s largest waste hauler confirmed that it has ceased doing business with hundreds of customers, “including many Planned Parenthood locations,” in the wake of a pro-life group’s campaign to stop the disposal of aborted children.

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  38. BigMamaTEA says:

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  39. BigMamaTEA says:

    If this is changes everything….h/t Ben Garrison

    Everybody go read this entire thread. Just click on the “date”. You do not need to be a tweeter to do this……..

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  40. alligatriot says:

    ALABAMA !!
    Good luck tomorrow, y’all!
    Resist the urge to vote more than once. That’s for those other folks (and it still doesn’t do ’em any good).


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  41. 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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