Friday August 25th – 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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143 Responses to Friday August 25th – Open Thread

  1. Garrison Hall says:

    Solace in a time of crisis, however brief it may be, can still be restorative. Be well, Treepers.

    Liked by 16 people

  2. citizen817 says:

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  3. I hope they don’t decide to yank this down. 👿

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  4. Harry Lime says:

    Have Faith Treepers!

    Liked by 10 people

  5. smiley says:

    HARVEY just upgraded to CAT 2, heading towards TEXAS.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/harvey-expected-make-landfall-major-hurricane/story?id=49397270

    prayers for all in the path !

    be safe.

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  6. citizen817 says:

    Liked by 13 people

    • bessie2003 says:

      I was just reading this over at Watts Up With That, that Dr. Roy Spencer had advertisements that appear on his WordPress blog taken down by Google after his book critical of Al Gore came out. Mr. Gore is on the board of Google. Below is a link to the article.

      Google, You Tube, FB are all becoming more open in taking down sites that are counter to their ideology. I even had a friend make a comment on FB about seeing some women in her neighborhood wearing the headgear associated with women of a particular faith – and she simply wanted to start a discussion among her friends on how others react when they see women with that headwear on – (am choosing my words carefully here) and her entire post was taken down within 15 minutes and she received a notice to be careful what she says!

      So when reading articles like the one linked here, and posts where Sundance does on twitter and seeing other prominent people have their You Tube and Twitter accounts canceled or restricted – my question is, What is our best approach in order to preserve our freedoms of speech and association without drawing online or real-world trolls? I keep on looking to President Trump to lead the way on this, which is a great danger when corporations (google, etc) try to silence those they disagree with.

      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/08/24/after-publishing-new-book-critical-of-al-gore-climate-scientist-has-website-shut-down-by-attacks/

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  7. smiley says:

    Snow Dusted

    oil/canvas

    2012

    Joseph Alleman ~ American, Utah ~ Contemporary ~ Realism ~ Landscapes

    more beautiful work here…

    http://josephalleman.com/

    🙂

    (the posted image link has this as a “watercolor” but, according to his artist link, it is an oil)

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    • Lburg says:

      How in the world does paint on paper capture the vastness of the landscape? Love this one, Smiley. Thanks!

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      • smiley says:

        glad you like his work.

        it is on canvas, however, and it’s 30″ x 40″…so that’s a decent surface & size to capture the vastness.

        especially with this artist’s meticulously accurate drawing skills, and sense of composition.

        I know what you mean, tho.

        but that’s what is so impressive about good art…and the skill involved. 🙂

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    • piper567 says:

      smiley,
      Much gratitude for your gold-digging.
      You provide us the opportunity to enjoy wonderful works of art we no doubt would miss if not for your generous sharing.
      These paintings are so evocative, the technical skill is momentarily suspended as I find myself standing where the artist stood.
      So quiet, so thoughtful.
      thanks.

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  8. nimrodman says:

    Interesting speculation, I wouldn’t rule it out

    Does the Left Know Something’s Coming Involving Guns?
    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/08/does_the_left_know_somethings_coming_involving_guns.html

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  9. Dora says:

    Gustave Courbet – “THE CALM SEA” (1869)

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  10. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”
    Psalms 150:6 (KJV)

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  11. duchess01 says:

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

    Liked by 7 people

  12. smiley says:

    man ! this is a Bob Dylan kinda day, so far

    Liked by 4 people

  13. nimrodman says:

    Only on the Left can a small, innocent child be anathema …

    ACLU Apologizes for ‘White Supremacy’ after Tweeting Pic of Toddler Holding U.S. Flag
    http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/23/aclu-apologizes-white-supremacy-tweeting-pic-toddler-holding-u-s-flag/

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  14. smiley says:

    TEXAS, LOUISIANA …. FLORIDA (flooding)…

    Liked by 11 people

  15. citizen817 says:

    Happy 87th Birthday to Sean Connery–Watch Video of His Top 10 Roles

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  16. nimrodman says:

    German Supermarket Empties Shelves of Foreign Products to ‘Fight Racism’

    “No, you see, maybe I wasn’t clear … you can BUY the foods from other countries. You know – that “free trade” stuff?
    Without having to invite all their countrymen to come and live in YOUR country. Verstehen zie?”

    Local shoppers were shocked Thursday to find that a large portion of the shop’s shelves were completely bare. The shop replaced the missing goods with signs in German saying: “This shelf is pretty boring without diversity,”

    “But only together with products from other countries it is possible to create the unique variety, that our consumers value. We are pleased that our campaign caused so many positive reactions”

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/08/25/german-supermarket-empties-shelves-foreign-products-fight-racism/

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    • nimrodman says:

      … and these Deutschlanders are renown for considering themselves to have great intellect and for looking down on Yanks?

      Perfect example of a wholly unearned and unwarranted sense of self-superiority.

      Liked by 9 people

      • Cuppa Covfefe says:

        Edeka (the supermarket conglomerate behind this, who own Marktkauf, Netto, and a few others) are far left and politically active. They are pushing meatless days, Veganism, Demeter farming practices (Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophic “bio-dynamic” principles, which, among other things, promotes burying crystals and animal parts in farmland to promote “balanced” and earth-positive growth – deep new-age/green philosophy). They also have really edgy advertisements which irritate folks as well.

        But, this time they’ve gone too far, and folks are really pushing back. The media are covering for them (supporting them by saying people agree, when in point of fact, most Germans are overwhelmingly against Edeka’s latest idiocy, and quite rankled to be called racist by a supermarket chain which is practicing (reverse) racism themselves.

        Oddly enough (ha), most of the items pulled from the shelves were from Europe or other western nations; the percentage of goods from third-world nations, in particular those home to the “fluchtlinge” (refugees) is very small. Confirming this, another Edeka in south Germany pulled goods from the “seven deadly nations” (Syria, et. al.) and no-one noticed.

        Commenters on the various news sites here in Germany weren’t fooled by Edeka’s latest folly. It seems that their thinly-veiled “diversity through Hijrah” mindset is not shared by most Germans. There is still hope, as the AfD is gaining popularity, at the CDU, SPD, Linke, and Greens’ expense. Should be fun in next month’s general elections. I suspect the backroom deals to select the Kanzler/in will be reminiscent
        of Chicago (no wonder Merkel likes Obozo so much)…

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        • nimrodman says:

          thanks for the on-the-ground report, Cuppa
          I was fortunate to visit Dresden last year, enjoyed the city and outlying countryside very much

          best of luck to all you sensible Germans, you’ve got quite an uphill battle on your hands.
          God bless and God speed

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  17. Dora says:

    “The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.”
    George Orwell, 1984

    ===

    How We Know The So-Called “Civil War” Was Not Over Slavery

    Blaming the war on slavery was the way the northern court historians used morality to cover up Lincoln’s naked aggression and the war crimes of his generals. Demonizing the enemy with moral language works for the victor. And it is still ongoing. We see in the destruction of statues the determination to shove remaining symbols of the Confederacy down the Memory Hole.

    https://www.sgtreport.com/articles/2017/8/24/how-we-know-the-so-called-civil-war-was-not-over-slavery

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  18. Dora says:

    Beautiful Italy I Cry For You.

    Liked by 4 people

    • MTeresa says:

      This is an invasion.

      Liked by 3 people

    • maiingankwe says:

      I shed tears for them too. I blame their governments who willingly did this and knew the consequences beforehand. The EU is deliberately destroying their people.

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      • Cuppa Covfefe says:

        Knife attacks tonight in London (near Buckingham Palace) and in Brussels. Now the latest talk is the threat of a massive influx of ref-fake-gees from Morocco, which is only 14km (around 9 miles) away from Europe (Gibraltar). Seems that they are becoming the new Libya in terms of being a gateway to the west (shades of Al Stewart’s “On The Border”)…

        All of this leading up to the elections next month. Geesh. We need a LOT of prayer….
        MGGA (looking back more than 100 years, of course).

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  19. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  20. Sunshine says:

    GERMANY: Government took down ANTIFA’s website today.

    According to Der Spiegel information, the Interior Ministry has banned the internet website “linksunten.indymedia.org”. The website is the most influential platform of the extreme left in Germany.

    https://vladtepesblog.com/2017/08/25/breaking-germany-finally-bans-largest-european-antifa-website-linksunten-indymedia/

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  21. maiingankwe says:

    One of our elementary schools has just been put on lockdown due to a large activity of police officers close by. Please say a prayer for the safety of our children, our police officers, and neighbors.

    I just received a text saying essentially what I just did. They explained more details will be forthcoming when they learn more. So this is all I know. Prayers really do work, please pray for those I listed and the teachers.
    Chii Miigwetch,
    (Thank you very much)
    Ma’iingankwe

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    • chicagodeplorable says:

      Prayers go out from our house to yours! I know what you are going through and it is definitely not easy. Keep us posted, OK?

      Liked by 2 people

      • maiingankwe says:

        Thank you. All
        Is well and quiet now and the school has reopened their locked doors. No explanation like they said they would, so we will just have to watch the local news.

        This happened last year too, except all of the schools in town were closed. There was a young man seen walking the perimeter of the HS football field with a rifle and then seen getting in a car and being driven away by someone else. The person who had called it in were the ones who had followed them until the police could catch up and pull them over. So a yuuge kudos to our good citizen.

        Now that one really rattled me. We wanted to go down armed and sit the perimeter in our cars to our children’s school and come to find out, we were not the only parents. Every school had armed parents I believe just sitting and waiting. Police weren’t happy, but they didn’t push anyone away. I can see both viewpoints. We all want our precious children to be safe.

        Our children were rattled as well because they were not being told at first what was going on. My daughter was okay when she came home though and almost knew as much as I did when it was all over. Hers had more stretched truths and speculations coming from kids, which is natural.

        I hope nothing serious happened in your town, but I so appreciate your prayers and kindness from one town to another.

        Tonight is bonfire night in our sweet autumn weather. I love bonfires or any kind of controlled wood fire. I love the smell of it. It won’t be long until I start feeding the dragon, which is our own wood stove. Where did summer go? Poof! All gone. So wish I could have another one, but have to wait like everyone else for next year.
        Have a beautiful and blessed weekend, thank you so much for your prayers.

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        • chicagodeplorable says:

          Hi; sorry but I just saw this. My lockdowns were just unannounced intruder alerts. I was really terrified the first time. Usually they tip off staff. MY daughter teaches and twice they have had actual gunmen in the school. Both times the police were already stationed inside the school and got the gunmen quickly, with no injuries to staff or students. (Chicago).

          Stay well and I hope you enjoy the campfire!

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Woodriver elementary has been released! No explanation though. I guess we will have to watch the local news or read the nasty paper.

      Thank you to everyone for your prayers. Everyone is safe and that is by far the most important thing.
      Be well, and have a fabulous weekend,
      Ma’iingankwe

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  22. czarowniczy says:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/08/24/a-black-man-went-undercover-as-a-digital-white-supremacist-this-is-what-he-learned/?undefined=&utm_term=.d7527eb5f45e&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

    Woo hoo! Wash Post has article about a black writer who went online undercover as a white supremacist and about the horrible, evil Republicans…..errrrr, reactionary white evildoers (probably Trump supporters…he ran into.
    Waiting for the Post to do an article on a white catfisher who goes on line as a black nationalist/black Moslem or La Raza/Reconquista and see what the reporter gets….waiting….waiting….

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  23. Beverly says:

    Hi, friends!
    Here’s another great resource: Whatfinger News. News aggregator like the Drudge Report, but without the Lefty links.
    Check them out, and if you find them worthy, please spread the word to all your good friends. Have a blessed day.
    http://www.whatfinger.com/

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  24. Jimmy Jack says:

    Good luck to all those in Harvey’s path. I have no concern Governor Abbott and President Trump will be able to deal with whatever comes our way in Texas.

    If you’re in the SE but out of the hurricane zone go ahead and gas up. If Houston gets nailed it will effect the supply chain. When Katrina hit gas sold out as far away as Atlanta incredibly quickly and prices surged.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Yep, good idea, Jimmy Jack. Lot’s of AirForce planes in the air today. South Texas is flying a whole bunch of planes up here (Oklahoma) to one of our big bases.

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  25. chpet says:

    Hello everyone – I don’t post a lot but I read everything on TCH! Are there any fellow Virginians here? I need help with the upcoming governor’s election. I voted for Corey Stewart in the primary and still feel he would have been the better candidate. Ralph Northam is the Democrat – and I just can not bring myself to vote for a Democrat. Ed Gilliespie is the Republican – and the most lily-livered, mealy-mouthed, cowardly do-nothing candidate I have seen in a long time!!! There is also a Libertarian candidate, Cliff Hyra, who seems like a good guy but doesn’t stand a chance. I can’t stand the idea of not voting – that’s just not right and not being a good citizen. I am so tempted to write in Stewart – but I don’t want to do anything to throw the election to the Democrats – and I know that here in northern Virginia, the Republicans need every vote possible!! I am trying to read up on Gillespie but I am just not at all thrilled. Voting for him will be worse than voting for Romney!!! I would love to hear from anyone else wrestling with a similar situation. Sundance, if you have any enlightenment as we get closer to November, please help!!!

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    • nimrodman says:

      I’ll offer a comment, seeing as no one else appears to have done so.

      This is simply the barest of personal logic that occurs to me:

      If no America-First candidate emerges in any primary race to unseat a more conventional GOP candidate that appears less than optimal …

      … I’d hold my nose and vote for whatever Republican has the greatest chance of defeating the Democrat in the general election.

      … barring other disqualifiers (beats wife, kicks dog, child p0rn, etc)

      I wouldn’t let my distaste for GOPe let me waste my vote as a protest vote if it increases the likelihood that a Dem will get in.

      It’s all about the primary and getting competitive America-First candidates in the battle and prevailing at that stage. Increasing chances for the Dems ain’t the way.

      YMMV

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      chpet, when are Virginia’s election for Governor? Is it Nov 2017, or Nov. 2018 (some are already getting a head start for different elections for different states)

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      • chpet says:

        It is this year – November 2017. Virginia governor terms are for 6 years and they can not serve another consecutive term. Our governor elections always seem to be in an off-year, not part of anything else. After 6 years of Terry McAuliffe, Virginia surely needs a change – but our choices are not the best!!!

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  26. PC says:

    I cut the cable cord yesterday.
    I was going back and forth with my decision until this week.
    I think the way it happened is humorous.
    My five month old German Shepherd puppy actually made the decision easy for me.
    She chewed up a 2 foot section of cable as it leads up to the house and interupted service.
    I called the cable company and a service tech. came over yesterday.
    His only solution was to run a new line from the cable box in back to my box. The problem with that is that the cable is left exposed until another crew comes back to bury it. I told the tech the solution would not work as my dog would tear it up as it lay exposed above ground.
    I said my only alternative was to cancel the service.
    We did that on the spot .
    I found out this week that my dog has great political instincts that line up with my own,LOL.

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    • Chgonana539 says:

      Great idea. Wanting to drop cable but hubby hates change. Saving all that wasted money hasn’t worked. Will keep trying. Anyone know where Lou Dobbs is? What happened to Charles Payne?

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  27. Dora says:

    It looks a bit different today.

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  28. M. Mueller says:

    Oh, Lord, the world is nuts! I’ve posted a few stories of a 13 year old girl I know – her 8th grade teaching on the American revolution and such. This is Wauwatosa, WI – a suburb of Milwaukee.

    Now she is ready to start high school, and the only thing she wanted to join is track. Each new track student is assigned a “track sister” to help her along. She is supposed to get her “track sister” a little packet of girlie stuff as a thank you.

    Today, three days into it, her father found out that her “track sister” is a boy who feels like a girl!

    Dad wants to pull her from track, and he damn well wants to make sure this kid isn’t changing in the same place his 14 year old daughter is. Mom doesn’t want her to loose the girlfriends she is just starting to make on the team and is afraid to have her marked as a transphobe?? Before she even starts the school. They are going to have some discussions tonight.

    They can’t afford a private school (which, quite frankly, would not be any better) and cannot homeschool a high school student and still keep their children sheltered and fed.

    It is just getting bizarre trying to raise children today. Something has to change – fast!

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  29. I lost a niece to heroin overdose last night and it breaks my heart. She was smart, gorgeous and a sweet soul. Masters degree and a bright future until the drug got a hold of her… she served cake at my wedding and was a delight on visits… Truly special. I did not know she was battling this horror because she was my niece with my ex-husband. America cannot continue to let this go on.

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    • M. Mueller says:

      I am so very sorry to hear that, Wright. Way, way too many families have had to deal with this drug culture. What a waste of humanity. I will pray for her.

      There IS a hell, and those responsible for this will end there.

      Liked by 1 person

    • amwick says:

      You have my deepest condolences. What a terrible shock to lose such a promising young person. Hold on to those lovely memories, cherish them. You may be able to make a difference in another persons life…

      Liked by 1 person

    • Ddanna says:

      I’m so sorry to hear about your niece — yes, truly America cannot continue to let this go on! Prayers for you and her family!

      Liked by 1 person

  30. amwick says:

    So, poking around I read the the Olympic Committee will allow transgender athletes. I am sure we will be hearing more about that…This brings to mind several stories about high school boys, who identified as girls who competed and won at state championships… something like that. Imagine the Olympics where men compete as woman. What is the point then??? I think the games will lose any significance. Sorry, rant over.

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    • nimrodman says:

      Yeah, I remember all the controversy in the late 60s and early 70s about East German brute chicks all hopped up on testosterone or androgen and the blood testing and controversy surrounding that.

      Now – no problem. All that concern just goes right out the window. Because leftys.

      Yep, becoming irrelevant, already is for many of us.
      I haven’t watched Olympics coverage for about 20 years.
      Yawn.

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      • amwick says:

        I guess I like the pomp… the celebration, the people who really do work so hard to be top competitors.. but if men are women,, well, that closes it for me.

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  31. 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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