Friday August 18th – Open Discussion 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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218 Responses to Friday August 18th – Open Discussion Thread

  1. dbethd says:

    I have been reading a biography of Stephen Foster book (young adult version) to my two kids on car rides. I don’t know that they get much out of it(3.5 yrs and 2.5 yrs), but I’m enjoying it.

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  2. dbethd says:

    I didn’t realize he wrote so many familiar songs.

    1.(0:13) Open Thy Lattice, Love
    2.(1:17) Uncle Ned
    3.(2:26) The Village Maiden
    4.(3:30) Beautiful Dreamer
    5.(5:00) Ring de Banjo
    6.(5:47) O Lemmuel
    7.(6:28) Nelly Bly
    8.(7:12) O Boys, Carry Me ‘Long
    9.(7:30) Louisiana Bell
    10.(8:12) Campdown Races
    11.(9:19) Nelly Was a Lady
    12.(10:00) Jennie With the Light Brown Hair
    13.(11:19) Oh! Susanna!
    14.(12:00) Come Where my Love Lies Dreaming
    15.(14:01) Hard Times
    16.(15:00) Angelina Baker
    17.(15:30) Gentle Annie
    18.(16:26) Old Dog Tray
    19.(17:30) Some Folks
    20.(18:37) Old Black Joe
    21.(23:20) Old Kentucky Home
    22.(27:32) Massa’s in de Cold, Cold Ground
    23.(31:30) Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)

    “Here is Stephen Foster as you most likely have never heard him, from a period closer to Foster’s time than to our own.”

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  3. nimrodman says:

    Museum of Nothing: Everything offensive has been removed

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    • nimrodman says:


      Speaking of restoring Historical Justice™ by tearing down history, the very name of our most progressive city, New York, must also be changed because it was named after the greatest villain responsible for bringing African slaves to the New World.

      New Amsterdam was renamed New York on September 8, 1664 in honor of the Duke of York (later James II of England), in whose name the English had captured it.

      And who exactly was this James, the Duke of York?

      James also headed the Royal African Company, a slave trading company.

      I suggest we rename the city and the state back into New Amsterdam, in honor of the most liberal city of the world.

      If not, another good option is the City of Next Tuesday.

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    • BAMAFan says:

      Well, that didn’t work.

      Its a cool video celebrating Jimi Hendrix’s playing of the Star-Spangled Banner at Woodstock. Lots of musicians featured. M A G A

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      • nimrodman says:

        Facebook stuff don’t post right. Just go to youtube and look it up there and post that link.

        I think the facebook link was just a pointer to youtube anyway, wasn’t it?

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  4. nccosmiccurmudgeon says:

    In light of recent events concerning the “right to peaceably assemble”, perhaps a discussion on why these events have been anything but “peaceful assemblies” may be in order.
    Whether it was at Berkeley, or Seattle, or Portland, or most recently Charlottesville; a small group of individuals holding an extreme militant philosophy and surrounded with a large group of fringe sympathizers and supporters has been able to disrupt and at in some cases cause events to be cancelled.
    Charlottesville took this troubling trend one step farther. In this case, the “core groups” were on both sides of the issue. One group promoted itself as a defender of history, heritage and American Nationalism. The “opposing” core group promoted itself as the defender of the oppressed.
    Just as leaving a leaky can of gasoline next to a small fire eventually creates a large explosion, the two groups decided to engage in physical violence to gain additional attention to themselves.
    Both sides have claimed that the current President of the United States is responsible for the events.
    The AltRight groups, being called “White Nationalists” by the corporate news agencies, are actually Racial Supremacists and proponents of a Socialist State where the only individuals that meet their requirements of “acceptability” would be allowed to thrive.
    The AltLeft groups, being called “Antifa” by the corporate news agencies, are actually Racial Supremacists and proponents of a Socialist State where only individuals that meet their requirements of “acceptability” would be allowed to thrive.

    Wait a minute, did I just repeat myself? Well yes, yes I did. Allow me a moment to contrast and compare and I will let you decide if the similar statements are accurate.
    The New Black Panther Party and the Ku Klux Klan
    The Nation of Islam and the Neo-Nazi Party
    Antifa and Occupy
    The Muslim Brotherhood and Aryan Brotherhood
    Black Lives Matter/La Raza/John Birch Society
    The goals of each of these groups are quite similar. The difference being the racial makeup of the groups. And in each case, the groups are manipulated by a larger and more “acceptable” group. In this case, this larger and respected group is comprised of Career Politicians doing the bidding of their extremely well-funded donor groups. Their goal, to remain part of the political class which will remain immune to the mandates placed upon the “average citizen” under the guise of fairness, compassion and equality.
    Has this been seen before? In short, yes. It was approximately 114 years ago in Russia.
    The Russian Revolution was comprised of 2 main groups, the Bolshevik’s and the Menshevik’s. The Bolsheviks, led by Lenin, were the more aggressive group. Lenin believed the goals of establishing Communism would be served by a small party of professional revolutionaries with a large fringe of non-party sympathizers and supporters.
    The Mensheviks, led by Julius Martov, believed the goals of establishing Communism would best be served by a large party of activists with broad representation.
    Both groups agreed with the concepts of Karl Marx that said to institute Communism, a “proletariat revolution” would need to occur.
    Both of these factions worked in concert with each other, a “good cop, bad cop” arrangement, to gain the support of the average Russian to eventually overthrow the Tsar in 1917.
    So how does this review of past world history apply to the events of the current day?
    Beginning with the “Great Society” plan of Lyndon Johnson, the American Government began implementing policies that would create a powerful centralized government that would dictate to the citizens rather than serve the citizen and render the influence of the States void. As well, the programs instituted as part of the “Great Society” were advertised as a means to ensure all Americans were provided with an equal chance to achieve the American Dream. That those who had been discriminated against would be provided with a level field upon which to compete.
    This would have been a great moral cause and should have led to the greatest period of peace and prosperity the world has ever seen. Had the programs of the Great Society actually been designed to empower the American Citizen, there would be no want for anything today.
    But instead of empowerment, the Great Society began a new phase in American History. It began the development of a class of people completely dependent upon the “government” for their daily needs.
    In time, the average American began to realize that a growing number of people were being provided with “special privilege” while the promises of politicians became harder and harder to believe.
    As those career politicians needed to “expand their base”, more and more fringe groups were added to the Great Society programs. More agencies were added to the Federal Government. The Department of Education, the EPA, the EEOC, OSHA, Consumer Protection Agency and numerous others. All these new agencies were created in order “to protect the citizen”. But protect the citizen from what and/or who?
    Lifestyles that were once hidden in shadow, were legitimized using the same Constitutional Amendments instituted to abolish slavery and provide full citizenship for the former slaves. Laws written to end segregation and discrimination were used to force acceptance of activities that are offensive to most.
    Our justice system began to interpret “feelings and motivation” rather than the intent and letter of law.
    Groups that were opposed to certain types of development began to use the legal system to stop projects that would benefit many due to “environmental concerns”. While at the same time, the Federal Government was adding greater and greater areas of land to its control and supervision.
    The final push to replace our Constitutional Republic began with what sounded like a most humane idea. Ensure everyone had access to health care. But as we have discovered, the “devil was in the detail”. And instead of a plan to empower, the final product was a plan to control the citizenry. As well, the final product provided the Federal Government with a means to determine who would receive care and who would not.
    With this background, “We The People” decided in the 2016 presidential election that we no longer desired to maintain the status quo.
    We demanded that our elected representatives be responsive to our collective voice and end the progression to a Socialist type society. We elected a person who we believed could not be influenced by the vast sums of money available to the average politician. We elected a person that we felt actually believed in maintaining our Borders, Our Language and Our Culture.
    Unfortunately, these “colloquial” desires, these rantings of “bitter, bible clutching, gun toting” “irredeemable, and deplorable” people were in direct opposition to the plans of those “career politicians” who are so much more able to determine what is best for me.
    Enter the Bolsheviks’ once again.
    That small group of “professional agitators” that are more than willing to do “whatever it takes” to ensure that this independent minded person we elected President is removed. That small group of people who are willing to do “whatever it takes” to ensure our voice is silenced and we are taught a lesson for daring to think we actually know what is best for ourselves.
    So while the Mensheviks’ procrastinate and in most cases outright defy our desires for legislation, they allow the Bolshevik to gather the means necessary to complete the overthrow.
    The desperation of those who desire to see an end to our Constitutional Republic was demonstrated this past weekend in Virginia. Home to the men most influential in the founding of our Nation and its Constitution.
    Not that unlike a gladiatorial clash of ancient Rome, the most vile, divisive, and anti-American groups were placed in the town square and upon cue, began to battle one another all in the name of “freedom”.
    All of us that are able to see what happened are now being condemned for daring to say that the “emperor has no clothes”. This includes the person we elected President.
    This event will surely be used as pretense to brand the President with an arbitrary crime of Inciting Violence and be brought before the Senate to face impeachment. If not that, then the invoking of the 25th Amendment may be used since he is “obviously” a “White Supremacist” and not mentally nor morally fit to be President.
    Either way, the obstacle is removed; those that supported him will be shamed and silenced; and the sheep will be led to their previously planned destinies.
    The time may be soon approaching where those of us who are somewhere between the AltLeft and AltRight will have to make a hard choice.
    Do we want to remain a Constitutional Republic or will we submit to becoming a Socialist Confederation? Do we want to govern ourselves or allow other entities to determine the laws that will dictate our daily lives?
    And most importantly, what am I/you willing to do to preserve the Nation we were born to and been blessed by?
    These are questions best discussed and answered in private and in consultation with loved ones and family. But be prepared to stand and be counted should the unthinkable happen here in this great land.

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    • Lois says:

      Al Gore said today, Trump should resign! Well, Mr. Gore, you need another massage. You are uptight about your movie that nobody wants to see. Did it make you feel good that you went to the fake news media with your own fake news message for Trump? I bet it did, glad you were never President, with comments like that for our President, you and McCain, thank God, you two morons never became President. Gore and McCain couldn’t shine Trump’s shoes for intelligence, success and love of country. C’mon, enough of this race stuff? Isn’t it enough already? Obama caused this big race stuff, like it was 1950 again? against the police and Americans. We never had this much hate before Obama was President. He wanted this to happen. Obama should never have been President either with so much bias toward the police and the American people.

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    • Lois says:

      All I can say, Curmudgeon (can’t remember to spell the whole name) is that your post is the greatest post I have ever read. IF YOU CAN, I WISH THAT EVERYONE WOULD READ IT, AND THAT YOU CAN SEND IT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP! AND OTHER SITES. Words can’t describe how I feel after reading your post. I am now like in a fog of wonder at your brilliant words. Oh please, everybody, read ….curmudgeon’s post! I don’t know how we all will get out of this situation that the U.S. is in now, and I am feeling that I don’t know how we can stop this terrible democratic/communist/rhino republican/fake media/ fake news 24/7 every day and night. But, again, your post is so fantastic, so true, It is so impossible for Trump to govern and pass legislation because of the anti-Americans who are nothing but bums, dumb, hostile, low-life bums. thanks again and please I HOPE EVERYONE READS CURMUDGEON’S POST!! AMEN.

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  5. nwtex says:

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  6. 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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