Tuesday August 29th – 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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119 Responses to Tuesday August 29th – Open Thread

  1. nimrodman says:

    Great photo in this article, 2nd one down

    PICTURED: Heart-stopping moment gang of youths perch on crumbling 300ft cliff
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/591038/Pictured-teenagers-cliff-East-Sussex

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  2. Garrison Hall says:

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  3. Not quite related to politics but perhaps a little change would be good.

    Just finished this earlier today: Part III final charcoal and carbon portraiture of Clint Eastwood. This completes the trilogy of characters in “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”. Hope you enjoy. Thanks

    https://marksstudio.wordpress.com/2017/08/28/clint-eastwood-blondie-part-iii-of-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-tribute/

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  4. Lucille says:

    Today is a sacred day in the Left’s history….

    NUCLEAR NOSTALGIA
    Why the Left loved Stalin’s atomic bomb.
    August 29, 2017 – by Lloyd Billingsley
    http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/267709/nuclear-nostalgia-lloyd-billingsley

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  5. Grandma Covfefe says:

    The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
    Therefore my heart exults,
    And with my song I shall thank Him.
    Ps 28:7

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  6. Donna in Oregon says:

    I saw this article and hesitate to put it forward because it is very uncomfortable.

    I agree with Samaritan’s Purse. I don’t know about the facility, is it really safe? IDK
    I don’t think we are supposed to judge.

    But the pictures and the impression of this Houston guy is so very different from Pastor Billy Graham and his lifestyle.

    My personal experiencem our Preacher was not wealthy and we were a large congregation. But we are not supposed to judge…..this is very uncomfortable.

    Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church Closes Doors to Displaced Harvey Victims
    http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/28/joel-osteens-lakewood-church-closes-doors-displaced-harvey-victims/

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    • free73735 says:

      Re: Brietbart/ Osteen church. IMO, at this point, without more information, this seems like a “hit piece.” Their decision to help by donating $$$ as well as church volunteers through Samaratins Purse, more than likely will do the most good. Re-inventing a wheel that’s already moving, is redundant & a waste of resources. Also, imo, the big “to do” about his personal home is a cheap shot, bordering on the SJW attitude. Breibart, continues to be a poor information reference!

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      • nwtex says:

        free73735—I agree about seeming like a “hit piece”. Breitbart’s title says it all…”closes” doors.
        “Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church Closes Doors to Displaced Harvey Victims”
        Well, the doors were never opened and imo for a good reason.

        They most likely didn’t want the church to be trashed rendering it useless for services for who knows how long. I also agree with you re the way the church is going about aiding the flood victims….. is a very wise decision.

        btw….Osteen has authored over 200 books iirc. And that is what they live on, not donations to the church….again, iirc.

        It would take forever to put the building back together.

        Effect of Hurricane Katrina on the Louisiana Superdome-

        There were also unconfirmed reports of rape, vandalism, violent assaults, crack dealing/drug abuse, and gang activity inside the Superdome. On September 11, New Orleans Police Superintendent Eddie Compass reported there were “no confirmed reports of any type of sexual assault.”
        […]

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effect_of_Hurricane_Katrina_on_the_Louisiana_Superdome

        __________________

        September 1, 2005
        -snipped-
        NEW ORLEANS — A 2-year-old girl slept in a pool of urine. Crack vials littered the restroom. Blood stains the walls next to vending machines smashed by teenagers.

        The Louisiana Superdome, once a mighty testament to architecture and ingenuity, became the biggest storm shelter in New Orleans the day before Katrina’s arrival Monday. About 16,000 people eventually settled in. Within two days, it had degenerated into unspeakable horror. A few hundred were evacuated from the arena yesterday, and buses will take away the remaining people today.

        At least two people, including a child, have been raped as the arena darkened at night. At least three people have died, including one man who jumped 50 feet to his death, saying he had nothing left to live for.

        There is no sanitation. The stench is overwhelming. The city’s water supply, which had held up since Sunday, gave out early yesterday, and toilets in the Dome became inoperable and began to overflow.

        “There is feces on the walls,” said Bryan Hebert, 43, who arrived at the dome Monday. “There is feces all over the place.”

        http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/trapped-in-the-superdome-refuge-becomes-a-hellhole/

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        I agree with all your points. Cheap shot is what I thought too. Thanks for your point of view.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Not a fan. As far as I am concerned, he and his whole set up are out for money. Like so many others you see on TV. The only one I trust is Billy Graham and is family.

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    • Sharon says:

      There are at least two different issues being laid over one another here – 1) Joel Osteen is a theological catchall that I leave in God’s hands. Not my business. 2) Their decision to open or not open is theirs to make – it’s a business decision, a personal decision, a theological decision in some ways, and probably a situational decision. I’m guessing their insurance companies wouldn’t smile on them voluntarily exposing the facility to open-ended damage of all kinds.

      Joel Osteen is a goofball to this old church lady who has seen it all. Any preacher who grins ALL the time……..

      Won’t surprise me one bit to learn that he’s my brother in Christ, in eternity. In the meantime, there’s no reason to get all up in arms about the decision it is theirs to make.

      We just aren’t in a position to know what individually wealthy families or business in Houston are doing (or not doing) with their own purses, their own decision.

      Osteen is just an easy target at this point. The pile on attacks say more about the attackers than they do about Mr. Osteen. I’m not learning anything new about him in this.

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        Thank you Sharon. I was raised the same, and that was a very pre-judging article. Don’t really know much about this ministry. I was surprised BB went after this guy, didn’t even wait for the storm to pass….

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    • dbethd says:

      They are open to people now. Looks like they were closed to due safety reasons for flooding in the lower levels.

      “A church spokesperson told ABC News today the facility did not initially shelter people because it would be too dangerous to have people on a lower level, which could flood. Now that the floodwaters have receded, the church decided to bring in evacuees, the spokesperson said.

      Osteen insisted in a statement Monday evening that he and his church were “prepared to house people once shelters reach capacity.””

      https://www.yahoo.com/gma/joel-osteens-church-says-receiving-houston-residents-shelter-163003228–abc-news-topstories.html

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      • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

        There you go. Open arms after all. Ignore the negative media hype.

        Looks like HUD Sec. Ben Carson made the trip to Texas along with the President and First Lady.

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      • nwtex says:

        Thanks for that dbethd.

        I read the comments on the twitter feed and it is SO discouraging to see this side of human nature. Once again faceless people behind a computer screen all puffed up with their criticism and passing judgment on a situation they, in truth, know nothing about other than a few words the media spews.
        I can say one thing….. the Osteens have done more to help people in need that these finger pointers could ever imagine. I would venture to say that these faceless, cowardly types probably don’t even tithe and more than likely pass by people in need, on the streets, daily and don’t blink an eye. But are chomping at the bit for any opportunity to slam someone for, in their opinion, not doing the “right” thing.They most likely are very unhappy people in their own lives.

        Kinda scary that people believe what they are fed if it fits into their view. They don’t realize how easily they can be controlled and manipulated.

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        • Donna in Oregon says:

          I totally agree. This was such an uncomfortable article, filled with anger and something dark and lurky….

          I think Treepers are right to place much of this in God’s hands. I remember when Breitbart website was the shiny, bright spot in the media. Now Breitbart is publishing this stuff. Yes, some TV preachers have had issues. But why this article? Now? When people need faith to get them thru hard times.

          It is just disheartening to see this kind of stuff during Harvey.

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          • nwtex says:

            ” But why this article? Now? When people need faith to get them thru hard times.”

            Great comment Donna…..very insightful. Blessings ❤

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  7. The Devilbat says:

    Subject: Andy Rooney Once Said

    I think this says it all – and addresses many issues that we see arising daily. Andy Rooney should be remembered for his insight on many things. His observations are right on target.

    Andy Rooney was one in a million. At the end of ’60 Minutes’ he usually had his own 10-minute segment that, unbelievably, was never censored by CBS. He’s probably the only one who could have gotten away with this. May he rest in peace.

    Andy Rooney once said . . .

    “I don’t think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except numbers. The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment Television, and Miss Black America.

    Try to have things like the United Caucasian College Fund, Cloud Magazine, White Entertainment Television, or Miss White America; and see what happens…Jesse Jackson will be knocking down your door.

    Guns do not make you a killer. I think killing makes you a killer. You can kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you from driving to the ball game.

    I believe they are called the Boy Scouts for a reason, which is why there are no girls allowed. Girls belong in the Girl Scouts! ARE YOU LISTENING MARTHA BURKE?

    I think that if you feel homosexuality is wrong, it is not a phobia, it is an opinion.

    I have the right ‘NOT’ to be tolerant of others because they are different, weird, or tick me off.

    When 70% of the people who get arrested are black, in cities where 70% of the population is black, that is not racial profiling; it is the Law of Probability.

    I believe that if you are selling me a milkshake, a pack of cigarettes, a newspaper or a hotel room, you must do it in English! As a matter of fact, if you want to be an American citizen, you should have to speak English!

    My father and grandfather didn’t die in vain so you can leave the countries you were born in to come over and disrespect ours.

    I think the police should have every right to shoot you if you threaten them after they tell you to stop. If you can’t understand the word ‘freeze’ or ‘stop’ in English, see the above lines.

    I don’t think just because you were not born in this country, you are qualified for any special loan programs, government sponsored bank loans or tax breaks, etc., so you can open a hotel, coffee shop, trinket store, or any other business.

    We did not go to the aid of certain foreign countries and risk our lives in wars to defend their freedoms, so that decades later they could come over here and tell us our constitution is a living document; and open to their interpretations.

    I don’t hate the rich; I don’t pity the poor. I know pro wrestling is fake, but so are movies and television. That doesn’t stop you from watching them.

    I think Bill Gates has every right to keep every penny he made and continue to make more. If it ticks you off, go and invent the next operating system that’s better, and put your name on the building.

    It doesn’t take a whole village to raise a child right, but it does take a parent to stand up to the kid; and smack their little behinds when necessary, and say ‘NO!’

    I think tattoos and piercing are fine if you want them, but please don’t pretend they are a political statement. And, please, stay home until that new lip ring heals. I don’t want to look at your ugly infected mouth as you serve me French fries!I am sick of ‘Political Correctness.’ I know a lot of black people, and not a single one of them was born in Africa; so how can they be ‘African-Americans’? Besides, Africa is a continent. I don’t go around saying I am a European-American because my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was from Europe. I am proud to be from America and nowhere else, and if you don’t like my point of view, tough…”

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    • free73735 says:

      Re: Andy Rooney……excellent spokesman for myself & would suggest, many others!

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    • Janie M. says:

      Db, I loved Andy. I always looked forward to his segment (to me, a slightly different version of Paul Harvey but the same wonderful life’s lessons articulated). Their passing left such a void in media. I have often wondered over the years, where are their proteges?

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Thank you for the memories–Miss Andy Rooney….and his to-the-point witty humor.

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    • Lois says:

      I love what Andy Rooney said. Thank you for printing it. And its so today what is going on. If Andy Rooney would hear the lies CNN, NBC, MSNBC, he would embarrass them everyday. He would be fuming and foaming. In this day it was unheard of to talk trash about the President like they do, making up stories, lieing about him, the democrats hate the U.S. now and if anyone votes for them, they have to be crazy. They are not for America and/or Americans. They are for the terrorists. The democrats now have a low I.Q. and fancy themselves socialists, they are as dumb as dirt and low class with their filthy thoughts and words, all lies. That includes the Republicans, Ryan, McCain, The Bushes, McConnell, and the other insignificant wones that no one knows, who spread dirt and filth about our Prsident every day, all in the name of hatered of Trump. Dumb as dirt, and you can’t make this stuff up, the way these savages have turned against their own country.

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  8. Hot Froglegs, get ’em while you can… wait… they’ll be around from now on, so get ’em when ya want if ya want! lol

    Mob-ocracy

    https://intellectualfroglegs.com/mob-ocracy/

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  9. Janie M. says:

    I truly hope he gets the WORST case of road rash (and it’s frontal) known to man! 😈 😝 From the NY Post:

    Would-be carjacker gets dragged, loses his pants
    By Amanda Woods
    August 28, 2017 | 11:36am | Updated

    He got caught with his pants down.

    A would-be carjacker got dragged down the street by a defiant SUV driver, who refused to give up his ride — leaving the crook lying injured in the street in just his underwear, dramatic video shows.

    The footage, taken Friday in Kent, Washington, shows the thug holding onto the handle of the driver’s door. After a few seconds, his shorts start slipping down.

    At one point, the driver stops — prompting the thief to stand up and pull on the handle. The driver then takes off again, with the desperate suspect still holding on.

    He eventually was arrested and taken to a hospital for treatment, police told station KIRO 7.

    The suspect had punched other cars and pulled on door handles in earlier failed carjacking attempts, cops told the station.

    http://nypost.com/2017/08/28/would-be-carjacker-gets-dragged-and-loses-his-pants/

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  10. nimrodman says:

    Starblocks is running a TV advert exploiting American military veterans, looks like a pretty transparent admission that they’ve alienated much of their consumer base with their Shariabucks campaign and other shenanigans. I saw it on TV today so found the link to it.

    I don’t want it to load here so we keep bandwidth down – and I wouldn’t want to run a risk of it autoplaying for someone who would gag at it – so I’ve inserted a couple characters in front of the link. If you want to view it, copy paste it into a new browser tab and delete the star-space.

    You’ve been warned

    * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7noWnLKdZQ

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  11. nimrodman says:

    I apologize, I’ve been selling Macron short. From quickly browsing an article I mistakenly maligned him a couple days ago for spending $30,000 on makeup.

    Turns out the $30,000 included the cost of his makeup artist. Imagine how silly I feel.

    “It was enchanting news that the handsome, youthful-looking French president Emmanuel Macron during his first three months in office as president had employed a makeup artist named Natacha for his appearances in a TV studio and in the presidential Élysée Palace at a cost of 26,000 euros ($30,695). Sacré bleu – but these are cutting times in France.”

    Make-Up for Him and Mission for Her in Paris
    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/08/makeup_for_him_and_mission_for_her_in_paris.html

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  12. Donna in Oregon says:

    Some Treepers may remember this town some years ago. I read this in an article in Food 52. A bit pricey for me, but hand blown glass is a nice comeback.

    The Shelter Collection
     Charleston, SC
    The Shelter Collection is a partnership with STARworks, a nonprofit that works to revive local economies in rural areas through art and design. Each ceramic and glass piece is handmade in Star, North Carolina, where the local economy was decimated with the 2001 closing of a hosiery factory that employed a large portion of the city’s population. STARworks helped turn the factory into a destination for artisans, drawing craftspeople from all over the world, and in turn providing the community of Star the opportunity to start small businesses to support the influx. The Shelter Collection’s stunning pieces are a testament to the power of art in rebuilding communities.

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  13. Donna in Oregon says:

    I really like the Farmers Almanac for weather. It’s been around a long, long time. There is a hurricane forecast for those interested in 2017 forecast.

    https://www.almanac.com/blogs/weather-update

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  14. millwright says:

    Donna, The only connection I have to your post is one of the “mikes” that used to hang around my house is now “into” glass blowing and we have a few of his efforts around. Personally, I want him to make me a few “prince ruppert’s drops” as compensation for all the food I fed him ! Mike #2 is a good kid and we like him ! Put a guitar in his hands and magic emerges !

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  15. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.”
    Psalms 98:4 (KJV)

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  16. duchess01 says:

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

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  17. duchess01 says:

    Salvation Army Today – 8.29.2017 – Hurricane Harvey Response

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  18. smiley says:

    Wind For Deliverance

    oil/canvas

    (no date)

    David Mensing ~ American, Iowa ~ Contemporary ~ Abstract/Impressionism ~ Landscapes

    more here, as featured Artist in 2014 article, Southwest Art magazine..

    http://www.southwestart.com/featured/mensing-d-feb2014

    and here..

    http://davidmensingfineart.com/Biography.htm

    🙂

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  19. Dora says:

    Ivan Aivazovsky – Rainbow (1873)

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  20. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  21. Sundance if you are wondering why so few comments in open today there is a video that resets to top of page like every 2 seconds.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      stopislam….Do you have Ad Block on whatever device you’re using?

      I don’t see that vid. I figured….the count was lower, because blabber-mouth me was just coming on! (ha!

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  22. Dora says:

    A Good Samaritan Story.

    ====

    Good Samaritans help woman rescue 21 dogs from floodwaters

    A group of rescuers managed to save a woman and over 20 dogs during Hurricane Harvey.

    http://abc7ny.com/weather/rescuers-help-save-21-dogs-during-hurricane-harvey/2352498/

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  23. magagirl says:

    I posted this on the political thread, but I thought here was a good place for it too.
    If you think things are not going well or loosing your faith, this incredible texan will lift your spirit. So grateful for all my blessings!

    https://mobile.twitter.com/jswishdaman/status/902003390967898112/video/1

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  24. oldiadguy says:

    Those in or planning to come to the St. Louis area may want to keep their head on a swivel. Things may be heating up.

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/activists-clergy-warn-of-mass-disruption-if-ex-st-louis/article_7a87901d-e54c-5516-beff-d6b64e2aeba6.html

    Take care and pray for those in need

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  25. dbethd says:

    My husband and I watched Taking Chance this weekend starring Kevin Bacon. Very nice (older) movie. I had no idea the care that went into bringing a soldier home for burial. Very lovely & moving to watch.

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  26. Dora says:

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  27. dbethd says:

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/08/joy-villa-given-48-hours-delete-incredible-maga-song-youtube/

    On Independence Day, Joy Villa released a song titled ‘Make America Great Again’. She posted her new song with a video to YouTube and a few weeks later they deleted it.

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  28. Katherine McCoun says:

    I found this video encouraging. Happy to know the left has gone so far that people are waking up, including young people! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHv8B6piTxo

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  29. smiley says:

    DISASTER !

    Harvey Floodwaters Overflow Houston’s Addick’s Reservoir, Begin Spilling Into Neighborhoods

    today

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/29/harvey-floodwaters-put-houston-reservoirs-in-uncharted-territory.html

    in Brazonia County where the Columbia Lakes levee has been breached…reservoirs overflowing…residents and nearby residents “urged” to evacuate.

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  30. silverlakela says:

    “The Inconvenient Truth About the Democratic Party”

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    • Raven says:

      Oh my. What a great time to check out comments from fellow Treepers!

      Go from hearing Joy Villa singing about making America great again, to watching a video from Carol Swain, a Christian sister, speak the truth about which political party embraces racial inequality.

      Thank you for the uplifting gifts fellow Treepers. Thank you!

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  31. Howie says:

    My Granny used to tell me when I waz a child if you could see enough Blue Sky to make a pair of Sailors Pants the weather would clear. Hoping for Houston to see enough.

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  32. dbethd says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/29/gop-governor-hopeful-refuses-to-apologize-for-saying-george-soros-has-hatred-for-america.html

    “A Republican state senator [Scott Wagner] from Pennsylvania refused to apologize for calling billionaire Democratic megadonor George Soros “a Hungarian Jew” with “a hatred for America” following the accusations of anti-Semitism….

    “Everybody’s getting their knickers around their ankles over this and there’s no reason for that,” he said.”

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    • Ploni says:

      Does Wagner believe that that is the cause/motivation/inevitability that he has “a hatred for America”?

      Seems that his inclusion of that fact says “Yes!”

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  33. dbethd says:

    http://thelittleduckwife.com/2017/08/life-with-lyme-disease/

    ‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Mary Kate Robertson reveals family’s decade-long struggle with Lyme disease

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    • Sharon says:

      I’m so glad you linked this. I have two young friends in Minnesota, in their 30s, who were both diagnoses with Lyme disease 3 1/2 years ago. Absolutely devastating, life-changing, and open-ended.

      They process it as Mary Kate Robertson does – as daughters of the King – so are not further injured in their spirits; but the day to day realities are exhausting and so very deep. One had to give up a piano music career and the other had to give up a thriving bakery business. May God bless them, and Mary Kate, this very day.

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  34. Lucille says:

    Some great news….

    8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules against Planned Parenthood
    By Alex Swoyer – The Washington Times – Sunday, August 27, 2017
    “…federal appeals court ruled that Arkansas can kick Planned Parenthood out of its network of Medicaid-approved health providers.”
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/27/8th-us-circuit-court-of-appeals-rules-against-plan/

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  35. Dora says:

    They shouldn’t be allowed to put Christian children in the care of Muslims. No way!

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  36. Lucille says:

    Author who infringed Pepe the Frog copyright has to give proceeds to Hamas-linked CAIR
    August 29, 2017 12:59 PM by Robert Spencer
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/08/author-who-infringed-pepe-the-frog-copyright-has-to-give-proceeds-to-hamas-linked-cair

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  37. nwtex says:

    ?

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  38. MIKE says:

    In honor of T for
    Texans, everywhere… from one of your native sons no less …Beaumont, Texas gave the world John Dawson Winter III, RIP my friend.

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  39. Dear Treepers,

    I’m dropping in to share a bit of what’s currently happening with Josiah & I (without playing catch-up in my reading)…

    We have been blessed to get out of town for a bit to my parents’ Cottage in Northern Michigan in advance of the holiday weekend when other family members should also be joining us…

    Internet access is spotty & dependent on the kindness of neighbors allowing access to their Wi-Fi for J’s I-Pad, or using computers at the local library (from which I’m currently contacting you).

    Here are some of the things keeping us occupied during our break from “regular” life & Josiah’s continued convalescence post-operatively: reading, puzzles, movies & popcorn, video games, worship music, conversations (including continuing to somewhat intensely “process” fallout from Josiah’s school situations & special ed battles), cooking, walks, basketball, hand-washing dishes, WWII documentaries, word searches, coloring/drawing, devotionals, scripture reading & a mini-sermonette by J, star gazing (briefly on arrival, night sky’s been obscured ever since), animal/bird watching, genealogy, library excursions, shopping, cleaning, & in general enjoying the slower pace Up North…

    Here’s what we still hope to do: swimming (tomorrow it’s supposed to be 75 which may be the best day for taking the plunge in the frigid spring-fed waters of Otsego Lake), walks along the train tracks gathering rocks & shells, blackberry picking, playing some vintage games, enjoying some spectacular sunsets (hopefully), & visiting with various relatives when they begin arriving starting Thursday for the Holiday Weekend.

    I’ll be heading back to Metro Detroit late Friday/early Saturday to join my husband for his band’s concert at The Ritz in Roseville, MI on Saturday. This gig came up rather suddenly & is cutting into our usual Holiday plans at the Cottage but it should be a blessing to participate in this Christian Night at what is usually a secular venue. In addition to The Lively Pelts (Michael’s current band) there are two other bands slated. Harken (Michael’s former band) is scheduled to open. It should be nice to see the guys & their wives (hopefully) again since they are finally back on stage with their new bass player. The headline band is Sweet Crystal, & this band is often hovering around #1 on Reverb Nation’s Detroit charts for Christian Rock Music. Michael got to meet the drummer from Sweet Crystal recently when the Pelts were playing “Jesus Jam” alongside (surprisingly to me) Kelly Willard (from way back in the day)…

    Please keep this Christian concert in your prayers for the Lord to be glorified and for the participants, equipment, families, & vehicles to be protected. Pray for salvation for all in attendance, including those who work at the venue & should be hearing things “incidentally” to their jobs. There seem to be A Lot of spiritual attacks that arise whenever The Lively Pelts are getting ready to play, more so than other bands Michael’s been in. Given that people have gotten saved in 4 of the last 5 concerts (that I know of) it would appear that there is some degree of positive impact for the Kingdom of God beyond just having fun “Rocking for Jesus”!

    Hope each of you are doing well & will have opportunities for rest & refreshment over the upcoming holiday before the school year begins in earnest.

    Thanks for so many of you keeping Josiah (& I) in your prayers! God Bless You All!!!

    Hopefully here will be a link to Michael’s band’s Reverb Nation page (containing songs recorded before he joined the band, but most of which he also now plays)…Blessings!

    …sorry for any formatting issues with this comment for I wrote it up first in email before copying/pasting here…

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  40. MaFreeman says:

    HELP PLEASE … not sure how it happened, but my main laptop somehow had it’s windows password changed. I’m not sure how to proceed. Can y’all please give me some advice. (looking for freebie since funds severely low). Thank you in advance.

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  41. reenahovermale says:

    If anyone ever doubts that our voting rolls aren’t royally screwed up – just you wait.

    Background: I just moved from one state to another. (Tennessee to Kentucky.) Now to even further explain, I had moved from Kentucky to Tennessee a few years prior, and here I am back again, following the hubby’s happy career.

    Well trying to keep my voting rolls straight I looked up what to do in TN to get off their rolls. Gotta do it by letter and, btw, they have NO idea if you’d even left. Also they’re not going to let you know if and when it even happens.

    Meanwhile, back in Kentucky, I say I want to register to vote. Well heya and whaddayaknow, I’ve never been off the record and was on there all along so no worries, and no, we’re not going to let anyone know that there’s been this misconception about where you’ve been or if you voted.

    And they say, there’s nothing to worry about.

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  42. I love it when POTUS and FLOTUS travel. It’s always a welcome break from the DC cess pool. Real people, real love and real support wherever they go.

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  43. 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 help for the people of Texas who are caught in the flooding.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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  44. duchess01 says:

    THE SALVATION ARMY IN TEXAS RESPONDS TO ‘CATASTROPHIC’ HURRICANE HARVEY
    26 August 2017
    FORTY-TWO mobile kitchens and two field kitchens have been deployed by The Salvation Army in Texas following the landfall of Hurricane Harvey. The Category 4 storm is the most damaging weather system to hit the mainland United States in more than 13 years. Meteorologists estimate that up to a metre of rainfall can be expected in some areas as the weather front slows and meanders close to the Texas coast. Catastrophic flooding is expected, along with structural damage to buildings and infrastructure such as power lines and water supplies.
    The Salvation Army’s well-prepared disaster response is a close partnership with local and state emergency officials as well as non-profit partners such as Americares and Midwest Food Bank. Emergency supplies such as clean-up kits, bottled water and food have been staged at The Salvation Army’s disaster centre in Arlington, Texas, with some already distributed to strategic points nearer the coast. Each of The Salvation Army’s mobile kitchens can serve an average of 1,500 meals per day.
    Additionally, Salvation Army staff have been deployed to work alongside colleagues in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Response Coordination Center in Washington DC and at the Texas State Operations Center in Austin. Disaster leadership teams have been positioned in San Antonio, Galveston/Texas City, Houston and Corpus Christi – close to Rockport, where Hurricane Harvey made landfall late on Friday night with winds of 130 miles per hour (210 kilometres per hour).

    http://www.salvationarmy.org/ihq/news/inr260817

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  45. kinthenorthwest says:

    To Give you all a smile
    Especially teachers and Mothers

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