Monday August 28th – 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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    • greenvalleygal says:

      How can this happen in the modern world of logistics, we ask?

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    • 94corvette says:

      This is such a tragedy, I hurt for all their families and for their crewmates who must be devastated.

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    • georgiafl says:

      Navy dismissed 3 star Admiral Commander of 7th Fleet.

      Article about poor training of Surface Warfare Officers:

      “TRAINING IN A BOX

      For nearly 30 years, all new surface warfare officers spent their first six months in uniform at the Surface Warfare Officer’s School in Newport, Rhode Island, learning the theory behind driving ships and leading sailors as division officers.

      But that changed in 2003. The Navy decided to eliminate the “SWOS Basic” school and simply send surface fleet officers out to sea to learn on the job. The Navy did that mainly to save money, and the fleet has suffered severely for it, said retired Cmdr. Kurt Lippold.

      “The Navy has cut training as a budgetary device and they have done it at the expense of our ability to operate safely at sea,” said Lippold, who commanded the destroyer Cole in 2000 when it was attacked by terrorists in Yemen.

      After 2003, each young officer was issued a set of 21 CD-ROMs for computer-based training — jokingly called “SWOS in a Box” — to take with them to sea and learn. Young officers were required to complete this instructor-less course in between earning their shipboard qualifications, management of their divisions and collateral duties.

      “The elimination of SWOS Basic was the death knell of professional SWO culture in the United States Navy,” Hoffman said. “I’m not suggesting that … the entire surface warfare community is completely barren of professionalism. I’m telling you that there are systemic problems, particularly at the department head level, where they are timid, where they lack resolve and they don’t have the sea time we expect.”
      http://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2017/08/27/navy-swos-a-culture-in-crisis/

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      • Nan says:

        Training has been cut across the board in the military. It’s not just the SWO career field that it’s killing.

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        • georgiafl says:

          Training and discipline are the foundation of a good fighting force. Looks like those have been on the decline since 2003.

          Then add PC and politics, and it’s got to affect our readiness and add to loss of life.

          I bet Trump is very mad about all this.

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          • Raven says:

            I can tell you that our niece, who graduated from Annapolis spring 2016 (and was hoping Donald Trump would be our next President), has been given excellent training all along the way. Maybe there is a difference in what their final job will be and how much training is given for that particular position.

            Our niece decided early on to become a pilot. Since graduating she has been given training in flying fighter jets and helicopters, and she has her small plane license, but what she really wants to fly is one of those huge supply birds (of course I don’t remember plane types/names).

            Hearing her talk about the training she has received and how truly stringent that training has been, it makes me wonder if it was her own intense work ethic I was hearing when she talked, and maybe not so much what was being required of her along the way.

            Although she is exceptional to us, I hope her training and service are the norm, and not the exception.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Operant words: saving money. Every time the government devides to save money, thst is to reallocate funds to pet projects, DoD gets it in the shorts.
        During the Carter administration we were hit so hard that ammo was pulled from war stocks for regular firing and we were reduced to using plastic laundry-line rope and painted chunks of 2×4 in demolition training. Instead of training money we received a new series of Dodge vehicles that had a casualty rate greater than any other military vehicle.
        During Clinton it wasn’t unusual for us to buy commercial ammunition for yearly qualification as military money was so scarce that non-combat personnel were generally not shooting. One of the ways Bill finded the growth during his tenure was to gut the military, he gutted many units and transferred thousands of vehicles, weapons and other military equipment to police from state to local level, creating the ‘militarized’ poleeces that Obama whined and moaned about years later.
        Come 2001 Bush had a gutted military that was supposed to fight two wars thousands of miles away, creating the need to spend money to not only fight the war but replace the vital equipment and supplies Clinton riped off.
        Then there’s training…under Clinton we couldn’t be sure we’d ger continuing ed training in our fields though we could be reasonably certain that EEO, diversity, inclusiveness andbother ‘eat s@@@ and smile’ training was lurking behind every tree. Some of us used personal leave and out-of-pocket funds to attend training and semibars.
        Clinton again…he did a bang up job of enduring that genetics beat qualifications in the prerequisites for placement and promotion. I was wondering why with my years of service and educational levels I was getting passed over. I called a friend who was a career manager at my HQ who said the Administration was upset that the intelligence career field was so…caucasian…and wanted more of a minority representation. When told that entry into the field required a squeaky clean criminal record and very high ASVAB scores the Administration told the Intelligence gurus that they were to find a way to excuse more criminal arests and convictions and lower ASVAB score requirements. As of the last time I checked the ST score requirement for intel was still at least 105 and the criminal requirements were still in place so something worked. Now carry that PCness forward to current crops of officers put into place by Clinton, not to mention Obama, and we have the potential for serious problems.

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        • mztore says:

          I remember reading/hearing about spouses/parents raising $$ to supply ‘good’ vests and helmets for their family members and others. Made me sick that the families had to get the proper equipment for our military.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            We bought a lot of our own stuff for Desert Storm, particularly individual GPS units and telescopic sights.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Whoops, fat fingered the ‘post’ … come the Afghanistan invasion we did it again, including (embarrassingly) basic supplies for canine handlers that the Army should have had on hand.

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        • millwright says:

          czar: The same sort of thinking is resulting in decreased levels of “operationally capable ” aircraft and mission readiness . Our military is having to scrounge parts from display aircraft, mothballed aircraft, and they still have to keep a “hangar queen ” or two just to cannabllize for parts.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Go back to the Obama administration where there was enough mobey to feed, house, nedicate and butt kiss millions of illegals while a good chunk of our nuke aircraft carriers sat in port as the monies to refit their reactors wasn’t available. Now monies the military heeds to replace battle weary equipment’s being earmarked to feed, medicate and bulk up thousands upon thousands of ‘Mideast’ refugees, Allah knows how msny are getting fit and fed to help the Sorosians destroy the US.
            Trump provides a conservative respite, the Left was hoping that Hillary would win, they’d have control of the military and police which could be used to chain down a disarmed and dispirited populace. Wait a minute, I’m getting off track here…

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      • georgiafl says:

        A former Submarine commander, and Vice Admiral, Phil Sawyer is the new head of the 7th Fleet:

        http://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2017/08/28/new-7th-fleet-head-arrives-in-japan/

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Wa few admiral and captain heads rolling across the deck will work wonders for mission readiness and individual competence too.

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    • Lucille says:

      Prayers for each victim’s family…and an insistence that this type of negligent tragedy never happens again. May those responsible in the Navy, the Department of Defense, and everyone involved in “enabling” (we’re looking at YOU, OBAMA!) be brought to justice.

      The names of the dead….
      • Charles Nathan Findley, 31, Electronics Technician 1st Class, from Amazonia, Mo.
      • Abraham Lopez, 39, Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class, from El Paso, Texas
      • Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, Electronics Technician 2nd Class, from Gaithersburg, Md.
      • Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, Electronics Technician 2nd Class, from Cable, Ohio
      • Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class, from Manchester, Md.
      • Corey George Ingram, 28, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class, from Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
      • Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, Electronics Technician 3rd Class, from Suffield, Conn.
      • John Henry Hoagland III, 20,Electronics Technician 3rd Class, from Killeen, Texas
      • Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class, from Decatur, Ill.
      • Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, Electronics Technician 3rd Class, from Cherry Hill, N.J.

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        I have friends that their children are in the military. I checked and there is no one that I know in this list.

        Then I realized that because of this 2nd ‘freak accident’ I will never get a chance to know any of them……

        From my family…..Our thoughts and prayers are with the brave souls listed here and their battle buddies that are left behind. Especially our tears will be for the families and loved ones of these young warriors that have left us too soon. These are people that deserve time and attention, the loss must be unbearable.

        God bless them all.

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  1. Garrison Hall says:

    Classic Joni . . .

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  2. shannynae says:

    I don’t know if this is true or not and frankly I don’t care. This should be read before every game and before the National Anthem

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  3. 94corvette says:

    Things are really somber in South Texas/Houston tonight. We live in Katy (about 20 miles east of Houston proper) we’ve been hammered today by continual rain. By rain gauge, we’ve gotten 20+ inches in the past 48 hours including 15″ since about 8 AM. The devastation throughout the area is unbelievable and vast areas are flooded with no prospect of relief for the next few days. Many here are trapped in their houses as the streets and roads around them are blocked by high water. One of the good things is that the shelters are letting those staying there bring their pets.

    We’re still above water for now and will be watching it closely tonight as the storms do pick up after dark. Over the past months that I’ve been hanging in the treehouse, I have really come to appreciate the sense of family we share here. I appreciate your concern, your thoughts and especially your prayers.

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  4. nwtex says:

    Philippians 4:8 (TLB)

    8 And now, brothers, as I close this letter, let me say this one more thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.

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  5. A2 says:

    For those of you are interested in China (and will undergird the President’s policies), this documentary series by a Dutch photographer made for Dutch TV, should be a must see. It is in six parts as he travels along the banks of the Yangzi river, talking to the ‘little people’. His putonghua is excellent and I am sure that is why he was able to get such candid observations.

    If you do not understand Chinese, or Dutch, just click on the settings for English subtitles. It is well worth your time. I highly recommend it. The episode on Mao is a classic in cognitive dissonance.

    Enjoy.

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    • reenahovermale says:

      Oh darn. It’s in Dutch. Of course it is, lol. I do have a question for you though, I’ve been trying to study Chinese and have lately been a little discouraged as Rosetta’s idea of comprehension by using, isn’t really translating into my very Romantic language-geared head. I’m guessing you’re fluent in Chinese, no? Do you recommend any courses that serve better for the beginner?

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      This is a very well done documentary. Having worked in production, there are so many behind-the-scenes variables (if the guy was nervous climbing that ladder to the crane, think about what the crew carrying camera and lights must have felt!) that can make or break a good film. Thanks for posting this.

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  6. Harry Lime says:

    Shelby Foote on the Confederate battle flag…

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      Shelby Foote’s 3 volume history of the Civil War is a wonderful, lyrical, discussion of that most complex time. If you know the history of the conflict—and Antifa, BLM, and most media “commentators” certainly don’t—then hearing what’s now being said just underscores the professional historian’s warning that imposing contemporary values on historical events destroys their essential contexts and teaches nothing.

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      • Harry Lime says:

        Agree Garrison. Shelby Foote was my favorite contributor Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary. I’ve been tempted to pick up his books many times. As of now I only own one of his Civil War novels…

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  7. smiley says:

    Blaze-Yellow

    oil/canvas

    2009

    Lisa Grossman ~ American ~ Contemporary ~ Realism ~ Landscapes

    this is one of several prairie paintings she did of the tallgrass prairies in east-central Kansas, en plein air (on location ).

    more of her stunning work, here…

    https://lisagrossmanart.com/

    🙂

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  8. Dora says:

    Sergei Vinogradov – Marina. Arkhangelsk (1903)

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  9. citizen817 says:

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  10. The Popcorn Tape says:

    My entire front and back yards are a lake.
    The flooding is the worst I’ve ever seen in person.
    The water level was just HALF AN INCH from getting to my front door.
    Please pray for me and my family.
    As I type this, the rain has stopped, but it WILL pick up again–Harvey is still over us, it’s just taken a break. Local news says we may not get to the end of this until Wednesday.

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    • Rebcalintx says:

      The popcorn tape, i want to reach out to you but don’t even know what to say. A hard place to be in. Move to higher ground if you can & sending love & God’s peace to you. Have a plan for rescue if you need to get out. Many have boats that may be able to respond. Keep us notified of your situation.

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    • Ddanna says:

      May God bless you and your family and keep you all safe!

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    • 94corvette says:

      Praying for you Popcorn. Water went down overnight at our house as well so we’re breathing a sigh of relief this morning. Today is going to be crucial and hopefully Harvey will continue to lose strength.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      My God place a hedge of protection around your home and family.

      Psalm 91

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    • dbethd says:

      The Popcorn Tape, how are you faring? Have you evacuated? Praying for you! I’ll look for you on Today’s open thread also.

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  11. citizen817 says:

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  12. Dora says:

    For history lovers. Especially Russian history.

    ==

    End Of the Russian Empire: Photos Of The Romanovs’ Last Days (45 photos)
    http://kengarex.com/end-of-the-russian-empire-photos-of-the-romanovs-last-days-45-photos/3/

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    • smiley says:

      very timely, too, since October 2017 will mark the 100 yr anniversary of The October Revolution when The Bolsheviks started calling themselves Communists.

      here’s a GOOD article, relevant to the Communists in our own streets, schools, politricks, vandalizing statues, banning movies, etc, as October rolls around….

      Bolshevik-Style Cultural Purge

      “…when the “equality” utopia will reign supreme except for the elites who will continue to live their debauched and obscene lives.”

      August 28, 2017

      http://canadafreepress.com/article/bolshevik-style-cultural-purge

      excerpt from the article…

      “Identity Politics is the new front to fight and change the face of America forever into the Bolshevik state that the socialist Democrats demand, a state based on bogus ‘social justice’.”

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      • smiley says:

        and, in case you might have been wondering just how long it would be before THIS happened…well…

        Memphis Theatre Cancels Plans To Show Gone With The Wind Because Of “Racial Concerns”

        August 28, 2017

        http://canadafreepress.com/article/memphis-theater-cancels-plans-to-show-gone-with-the-wind-because-of-racial

        this will be for next year’s 2018 Summer Season.

        (I have a question for places in America like, say, Minneapolis…areas of Detroit…areas of Tennessee…and many others : HOW, exactly, is Sharia Law not “racial” or, worse, “racist”?)

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        • Sharon says:

          It’s not that they think Sharia law is not racial/racist. It’s that they are very afraid of those who demand Sharia law. They are not afraid of Americans.

          Sharia law has been embedded in our financial structure for close to twenty years now. The early islamist imports demanded it and they got it.

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          • smiley says:

            not sure who you mean by “they”, in your first 2 sentences.

            be that as it may, the danger lies in Islam/Muslims becoming a MAJORITY in the community…or the state…etc.

            once that happens, ethnic cleansing against Christians starts, as well as something called “structural discrimination” ~ policies/practices that “restrict” Christians with that Muslim majority.

            and it goes downhill, from there.

            feel like reading ?…

            https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/minority-report-christian-persecution-muslim-majority-countries/

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            • smiley says:

              should be…”within that Muslim majority.”

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            • Sharon says:

              by “they” I mean (as you reference) – – –

              “places in America like, say, Minneapolis…areas of Detroit…areas of Tennessee…and many others”

              Islam invaded policies and procedures of both public and private entities in this country a long time ago. We are downstream from that influence being embedded. Now they are into the implementation phase – just demanding that what has been given away be played out in their favor.

              The horses are long out of the barn – that bus has left – that ship has sailed.

              Comprehension (on the part of the public) is so far behind in terms of reality. Makes me sick.

              In the mid-1990s, in Minnesota, I read the articles in the newspapers announcing the new regulations regarding lending and usury (interest) that were being implemented in the regional Fed banks as accommodation to the moslems.

              I contend that they don’t have to be an actual majority before they take over and begin ethnic cleansing. They are utilizing positions of power and influence without being a majority because enough Americans are willing to uninformed and vote their empathy instead of reality.

              I SAW THAT PLAY OUT in a variety of small communities (and some much larger) in Minnesota and North Dakota. It’s amazing how willing people are to be taken hostage when they’re afraid of what their neighbors will think of them.

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              • smiley says:

                interesting comment, Sharon, as always.

                and you’ve seen it, firsthand, in your communities there…which is, no doubt, absolutely sickening…and INFURIATING.

                my parenthetical “question” up there was rhetorical…

                a reference to the blatant hypocrisy of the left and the antifa ilk who pretend to be so awfully offended by things “racial”, “racist” and “fascist” that they can no longer see the forest for the weeds…Islam/Sharia as just one prime example.

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      • piper567 says:

        In the many reminders we have of attempts by an extreme minority to “change the face of America forever”, I was reminded this morning of the Israelites sending spies into Canaan, and the spies returning with their report:
        “We cannot attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”
        But Joshua and Caleb said,
        “We should go up and take possession of the land, for certainly we may do it.”
        As you remember, the pantywaist spies convinced the Israelites to not enter the land, while Joshua and Caleb tore their garments, and preached to the assembly thus:
        “The land we passed through and explored is exceeding good. If the LORD is pleased with us, He will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the LORD. and do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” (Numbers 14: 1 – 9)
        As you also most surely remember, because the people would not trust God, they wandered for 40 yrs in The Wilderness.
        As we have been given a temporal Leader, let us follow him into our Land, and pray God to bless us and keep both our Leader and we the people, for the protection of our enemies is gone.
        Let us repent of our timidity, view our enemies from God’s perspective, trust in God, be pleasing to the LORD, move according to His direction, and seek mercy, walking humbly before our God.

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    • Orygun says:

      I have always been fascinated by that time in history. It was like the beginning of the end of decency. I just always get a feeling of great loss.

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  13. smiley says:

    so fascinating, that family and the tragic history…

    during happier times, the sisters…

    article…

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/HxprRdWRhF6G7zg54kFLnp/beyond-the-portraits

    (reply to Dora, in case this is out of sync)

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  14. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.”
    Ephesians 6:1 (KJV)

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  15. duchess01 says:

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

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  16. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  17. NYGuy54 says:

    Relax your mind and think happy thoughts

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  18. Jlwary says:

    Treepers, God works in mysterious ways…
    A mother from my birth board on a pregnancy app has had a significant amount of heartache 😦
    Her first son passed after a short time after birth due to heart problems. Right after he passed, she discovered, unexpectedly that she was pregnant. Her second child, a daughter, had a 25% chance of having the same illness as her son but all her prenatal testing came back with good results and all looked well. Unfortunately, those results did not last. Soon after birth their daughter was found to have significant heart problems and is currently waiting for a heart transplant. 3 heart surgeries in her first year, her poor mother posted an update for us on the board. The photo she posted is of a happy little girl, but with somber news of their hardship. They have a GoFundMe and I wanted to share it in this thoughtful and giving community. If not by monetary means, please help by sharing the link with your networks, and of course, please say a prayer for this family. To add even more heartache, the mother was diagnosed with MS. My heart and prayers go out to this family.

    https://www.gofundme.com/have-a-heart-for-rhae-of-sunshine

    Thanks for your time, reading this and sharing it.

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  19. WhichWayWesternMan says:

    https://www.bitchute.com/

    With youtube censoring right wing political content, a new free speech alternative has arisen which uses torrenting technology to integrate into a browser for a conventional tubing experience but enabled by a distributed network as opposed to centralized servers.

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  20. Dora says:

    She’s lovely.

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  21. oldiadguy says:

    When folks step up and take care of business of helping their neighbors.

    Drone videos of flooding.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-28/shocking-drone-footage-shows-harveys-unprecedented-devastation-no-parallel-any-rains

    Take care and pray for those in need

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  22. Garrison Hall says:

    The “Cajun Navy” is coming to Houston from Louisiana, bringing their own boats and trucks to help.

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  23. Lucille says:

    Yeah, right…it “appears” to be legal…you know, free speech, freedom of religion, and all that….

    Dearborn Muslims in uproar over Christian proselytizing, police chief admits it “appears to be legal”
    August 27, 2017 by Robert Spencer
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/08/dearborn-muslims-in-uproar-over-christian-proselytizing-police-chief-admits-it-appears-to-be-legal

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  24. Bendix says:

    I was looking for a picture of Melania’s beautiful green dress that actually showed the color well. This is the best I could do:https://media1.popsugar-assets.com/files/thumbor/02KxnUguyJz_5vimzB8wpIVxJiQ/fit-in/1024×1024/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-/2017/08/26/644/n/1922564/d23dc1238e5e0e78_GettyImages-839039798/i/Melania-Trump-Wearing-Green-Missoni-Knit-Dress.jpg
    https://www.popsugar.com/fashion/photo-gallery/43938863/image/43938866/Melania-Trump-Wearing-Green-Missoni-Knit-Dress
    The little boy is Ivanka’s 3 year old. He’s fixing to be another giant, it looks like.

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  25. Budman says:

    Arpaio: Lot of Arizonans Asking Me to Run Against Sen. Flake

    Please Please Please do Sheriff Arpaio! Kelli Ward is not the candidate to take on Flake

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  26. Lucille says:

    Long but interesting…people can and do come to their senses. As difficult as it is (and I find it VERY difficult because of questions of whether I’m really sincere), praying for these lost individuals is what Christians are commanded by Our Lord to do….

    Former ‘Antifa’ Speaks Out
    Stefan Molyneux

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  27. MaineCoon says:

    Re-posting as I posted on the Prez thread by mistake..
    ——————————————–

    Yesterday my church had its Centennial Celebration. It was glorious to go down memory lane and to see many choir members return from all parts of the country for a 400+ mass choir singing. Every song was a favorite, but I love to sing Midnight Cry and Warren’s singing it will really bless you.
    A choir friend posted this video. I hope the link works or can be copy/pasted.

    Be blessed!

    Midnight Cry

    I hear the sound of a mighty rushing wind
    And it’s closer now than its ever been
    I can almost hear the trumpet
    As Gabriel sounds the call
    At the midnight cry we’ll be going home
    When Jesus steps out
    On a cloud and calls God’s children the dead in
    Christ shall rise to meet him
    In the air
    And then those that remain
    Will be quickly changed
    At the midnight cry (at the midnight cry)
    When Jesus comes again
    I look around me and the prophecies fulfilling
    And signs of the times their appearing everywhere
    I can almost hear the Father
    As He says son go get my children
    At the midnight cry
    The bride of Christ shall rise
    When Jesus steps out
    On a cloud and calls God’s children the dead in
    Christ shall rise to meet him
    In the air……

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  28. Orygun says:

    I read an interesting comment on the People’s cube about the relationship of the government in crisis and wars. It explains why the Big Government people want us in perpetual crisis mode.
    http://thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/hurricane-harvey-the-government-vs-the-free-markets-t19679.html

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  29. I see the irony of posting something highly critical of our modern electronic media on the Internet, but…:)

    An excellent book review of a book with research on what the cell-phone-i-Pad-ChatFace technology is doing to the brains of the latest generation:

    (A salient excerpt)

    “…“With the advent of social media and smartphones, teens’ social lives shifted decisively away from in-person interaction. They spend much less time with their friends in person than teens in previous decades did.”

    Thus they don’t date as much or hang out with their friends as often. Yet they don’t spend their time reading in any serious or systematic way either. Indeed, they are “much less likely to read books than their Millennial, GenX, and Boomer predecessors,” Ms. Twenge writes. Their academic skills lag behind those of millennials “by significant margins,” and they are “less informed” about current events.

    Worse, living their lives online hasn’t made the members of iGen happy. On the contrary, the more time they spend online, the worse they feel. This generation, Ms. Twenge says, is “at the forefront of the worst mental health crisis in decades, with rates of teen depression and suicide skyrocketing since 2011.”

    Ms. Twenge strains to find some benefits in iGen’s enthrallment to their smartphones. It’s not easy, however. Confronted with the dismal data about reading and study habits, she weakly suggests creating textbooks that “include interactive activities such as video sharing” and “books that are shorter in length and more conversational in their writing style.”

    After offering example after example showing the harmful effects of smartphones on young people, Ms. Twenge is still careful not to moralize. And yet, reading these stories, one can’t help asking: Why don’t parents take these kids’ phones away from them? It is hard to read the evidence that Ms. Twenge has scrupulously compiled about iGen’s technology use without experiencing the sickening feeling that we’re engaged in a massive behavioral and psychological experiment—with young people as the unwitting guinea pigs….”

    See:

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/an-aversion-to-adulting-1503528583

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      I think kids hear TV in the womb. Just a thought….

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    • dbethd says:

      A friend at my church has a daughter with 5 children. She started letting the children play video games. My friend would go visit her grandchildren, and the oldest, who was so open and friendly, stopped saying hi to her and giving her a hug. She told her daughter, so now the daughter limits screen time to 20min a day. Now my friend sees the same open, friendly manner back in her oldest grandson.

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  30. 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.

    And, Lord, we pray for the people of Texas.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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  31. Ddanna says:

    Amen

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  32. wondering999 says:

    Amen

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  33. duchess01 says:

    MONDAY, AUGUST 28, 2017
    Satan’s Demonic Complex and Swamp

    http://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2017/06/satans-demonic-complex-and-swamp.html

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