Thursday August 31st – 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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134 Responses to Thursday August 31st – Open Thread

  1. kinthenorthwest says:

    United States of America united together.

    Liked by 8 people

  2. BakoCarl says:

    amwick says: August 30, 2017 at 5:48 pm
    I noticed a theme to the pics at the top. No black or white, just wet.

    Minnie says: August 30, 2017 at 5:50 pm America – land of diversity and faith.

    A Sign For A Man

    I’m a Harvey volunteer,
    Come to serve though danger’s near.
    Come to give myself to others,
    Come to help my distraught brothers.

    Pets and kids with moms and dads,
    Families lost all they had.
    All are waiting, all are soaked,
    Hoping to see my rescue boat.

    Up the street and through the trees,
    Water’s filled with deadly debris.
    Houses are dark, rain’s pelting down,
    Praying to God that no one drowns.

    Some movement there, by a small shed;
    In the water, a few bobbing heads.
    Steering over, careful and slow,
    Angling against the current’s flow.

    Closer now, I’m almost there;
    A stinging spray fills the air.
    Two women, a boy, a small brown hound,
    Relief and tears, so glad to be found.

    All safe now, up over the side,
    Into my boat for a short ride
    To solid ground and a place to stay.
    The women bow their heads to pray.

    Off again, for another trip;
    Rain’s worse, wind’s starting to whip.
    Peering ahead, hoping to find
    More to save, leave none behind.

    Desperate people needing aid,
    Huddled in groups, cold, afraid.
    Red or yellow, black or white,
    They’re all just wet in my sight.

    I’m so grateful for this time,
    To be a help, it’s like a sign
    Telling me what I should do,
    “Love your neighbor, no matter who.”

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

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  4. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Twitter just locked me out.
    One too many conservatives?

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Lucille says:

    Rocky Kanaka

    Consider donating to these groups (see more in the comments below):
    Tall Tails Rescue Group:
    Houston Humane Society:
    Houston SPCA:
    Austin Pets Alive:

    Rocky Kanaka is an Emmy nominated host and creator of The CW’s SAVE our SHELTER in addition to pet dad to multiple rescue dogs. Rocky also has a passion cooking and baking for dogs and is the founder of

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  6. Donna in Oregon says:


    Dear Lord,
    Give me a few friends
    who will love me for what I am,
    and keep ever burning
    before my vagrant steps
    the kindly light of hope…
    And though I come not within sight
    of the castle of my dreams,
    teach me to be thankful for life,
    and for time’s olden memories
    that are good and sweet.
    And may the evening’s twilight
    find me gentle still.

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  7. anybody up to tell me how to post a photo?


  8. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”
    Psalms 34:19 (KJV)

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  9. duchess01 says:

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

    Liked by 7 people

  10. Dora says:

    Nancy Davidson – ‘After the Rain’ (2011)

    Liked by 6 people

  11. duchess01 says:

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  12. duchess01 says:

    As Harvey moves east, a ‘Cajun Navy’ of volunteers descends on Port Arthur to rescue people

    Liked by 4 people

  13. duchess01 says:

    U.S. Navy recovers remaining USS John S. McCain Sailors aboard ship
    By U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs | | August 27, 2017

    Liked by 1 person

  14. duchess01 says:

    The Response To Houston Has Destroyed The Media’s Narrative About Division In America

    DAVID HOOKSTEAD – Reporter
    10:27 AM 08/28/2017

    Liked by 5 people

  15. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

    Liked by 9 people

    • georgiafl says:

      Mornin’ Deplorable Infidel Team Leader!


      That’s what folks did after 9/11/01.

      and that’s what Americans will do every time.

      I spoke with an Apple rep. this week who told me about their grown children who lost everything in New Orleans when Katrina hit.

      They drove away and landed in Tallahassee without any money. They called their parents, who called Western Union which found a little grocery store that would take wired in money. They had dinner, spent the night, drove on to South Georgia and eating at a restaurant. Some Christian folks heart them talking about evacuating from NOLA and their surrounded them with love and help. The church found them a house to live in while they got their lives back together and found a job.

      Long may our land be bright with freedom’s holy light,
      Protect her by Thy Light, Great God our King!!!


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      • WeeWeed says:

        Mornin’ infidel Georgia!

        Liked by 2 people

      • georgiafl says:

        Not enough coffee yet – so I messed up the lyrics of My Country Tis of Thee – been a long time since Elementary School weekly Chapel! They need to bring that custom back to our schools.

        My country, ’tis of thee,
        Sweet land of liberty,
        Of thee I sing;
        Land where my fathers died,
        Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
        From ev’ry mountainside
        Let freedom ring!
        My native country, thee,
        Land of the noble free,
        Thy name I love;
        I love thy rocks and rills,
        Thy woods and templed hills;
        My heart with rapture thrills,
        Like that above.
        Let music swell the breeze,
        And ring from all the trees
        Sweet freedom’s song;
        Let mortal tongues awake;
        Let all that breathe partake;
        Let rocks their silence break,
        The sound prolong.
        Our fathers’ God to Thee,
        Author of liberty,
        To Thee we sing.
        Long may our land be bright,
        With freedom’s holy light,
        Protect us by Thy might,
        Great God our King.

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      • piper567 says:

        what a wonderful little story.
        Thanks for posting this…a little window into the love of people for one another, their willingness to help others in distress.

        Liked by 2 people

        • Piper, I feel confident that stories like that happen all the time, all over the USA. You’ll never see them on the ‘news’ though; what media (tv and radio) peddles is how many were killed, random acts of violence and/or child/animal abuse, the latest “thing” that’ll kill you (per “in a recent study”), etc., in any big city, then throw in some feel good sports and weather for ‘balance’. Makes me sick.

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    • smiley says:

      GOD does work in strange ways.

      maybe He allows certain things to happen, to make a point…

      sometimes He has to pack a wallop for that point to really sink in.

      just a thought.


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    • nyetneetot says:

      Mornin’ WeeWeed!

      Liked by 2 people

    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Mornin’ Ms. Wee.

      Mornin’ Treeps…..

      Liked by 1 person

  16. I am very impressed with your site! Very well written and very professional!

    Liked by 2 people

  17. duchess01 says:

    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017
    The ETERNAL EXPONENTIAL Love And Grace Of Almighty God In Light Of Our EXPONENTIAL Lawless Day!

    Liked by 2 people

  18. Dora says:

    How low can they go?


    ‘God drowned all the neo-Nazis of Texas’: French magazine Charlie Hebdo prints controversial cover depicting Harvey victims as white supremacists


    • dbethd says:

      My sister researched this news group when we first started hearing of them, and what they printed and her research led her to believe, they are and promote communism.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. duchess01 says:


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  20. duchess01 says:

    Aug 30 2017
    Evergreen State College Follows University of Missouri Into Ruin

    Liked by 2 people

  21. amwick says:

    So I was going to post another Anthony Branco cartoon, but I started watching the amazing people video and I forgot… here goes..

    Liked by 8 people

  22. smiley says:


    early ensembles for IRMA…

    the EURO and the GFS, here…

    a lot of weather bloggers are going w/ the EURO ensemble but it’s way too early to know.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Dora says:

    I had to go to work that day, but I still got up at 3:00 AM to watch the wedding. Hubby thought I was nuts. 🙂

    Liked by 8 people

  24. dbethd says:

    This isn’t a permanent victory; they will continue to do things to take away our free speech.

    Liked by 6 people

    • BigMamaTEA says:

      The evil ones will attempt all kinds of crap, until they get pushback. Nine out of 10 times, if there is pushback…..they back off.

      WE have got to push back more and earlier.

      Liked by 6 people

  25. dbethd says:

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  26. BigMamaTEA says:

    Politico reporting……. Charlottesville…….Apparently 3 days advance notice…..

    “Virginia received DHS warning before Charlottesville rally”


    • litenmaus says:

      Hey Mama Tea, hope your having a lovely day
      For some reason the phrase “a day late and a dollar short” comes to mind…..

      “The Department of Homeland Security issued a confidential warning to law enforcement authorities three days[August 9] before the deadly Aug. 12 Charlottesville protest rally”

      5 days before, on August 7, 2017, Charlottesville City Manager, Maurice Jones, revoked the permit for the Unite the Right rally because of anticipated hordes of protestors who are set to come together in their little university town. In a video conference, Jones states “based on information provided to me, by Law Enforcement officials,…..”,

      5 days before, on August 7, 2017, Charlottesville Mayor, Mike Signer in the same video invokes the trite little phrase – “sheer numbers that are expected.”

      :0) Might just be my bias against Politico, but really? A “confidential warning,”?

      Liked by 2 people

      • BigMamaTEA says:

        litenmaus, sometimes you have to “read between the lines” or even just the fact that Politico (lefty) is reporting…sometimes tells you things.

        I’ve tried not to posts too much political crap these last two weeks (while Congress is out, I take the opportunity for a recharge time) but that’s also when I do a lot of dumpster diving! Politico is on THAT list!

        Over the holiday, I’ll probably be a thread hog one day, I’ve got a folder about to burst at the seams! HA! (Some everyone might of heard about; but some not. All of the little pieces are coming together! snicker!}

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  27. Lucille says:

    From FEMA….

    Hurricane Harvey Rumor Control

    “There is a lot of misinformation circulating online and because rumors spread fast please tell a friend,share this page, and help us provide accurate information. Check here often for an on-going list of rumors and their true or false status.”

    PASS IT ON….

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  28. Dora says:

    David Sues Goliath: Christian Group Stands Up to SPLC

    IT’S ON: Christian Group Sues SPLC and Amazon Over ‘Hate Group’ Designation.

    On Tuesday, D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM) filed a lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the charity navigation organization GuideStar, and Amazon for defamation, religious discrimination, and trafficking in falsehood. The SPLC listed DJKM as a “hate group,” while GuideStar also categorized it in those terms, and Amazon kept the ministry off of its charity donation program, Amazon Smile.

    Liked by 4 people

  29. Lucille says:

    Hungary expands state of emergency to keep out migrants
    August 31, 2017 8:21 AM by Christine Douglass-Williams

    Liked by 2 people

  30. czarowniczy says:

    The more things change….
    Local news is reporting that the volunteer Cajun Navy has been shot st by looters:

    Watch this disapoear down the history-cleansing rabbit hole like many of those reports of cell tower repairmen, helicopters, police, homeowners, etc being shot at in New Orleans were disappeared. No, there wasn’t a sandbagged National Guard machingun position at the road leading into Holy Cross College where they were bivouacked. No the Guard and police didn’t set up guard/gun nests at the two entrances to a large Section 8 complex where folks were shooting at 1st responder housing at the Little Sisters across the street. You all were too close to the situation to have the clear and unbiased view of the situation that apologists who were never even there had. Watch the Houston get bleached as time goes by.


  31. golsono says:

    Busy day. We had no time to read posts or threads. Did not forget to send a prayer to those affected by Harvey. G*d Bless Treepers!

    Liked by 2 people

  32. duchess01 says:



  33. Keep trying to avoid the deserted Houston pet stories. Pet rescues are where we send our hurricane donations. This is a feel-good dog and puppies video if you need to think good thoughts, too. A gift for a gentleman I was thinking of buying a puppy from. Raw video from his site, turned into a music video.


  34. BigMamaTEA says:

    Well, it looks like Comey made his decision not to prosecute the Hilldabeast before the investigation was over…….surprise, {NOT}

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  35. Lucille says:

    Yet Fake News critics pounce on his every step — as if each one is an impeachable offense.
    August 31, 2017 – Matthew Vadum


  36. Dora says:

    View this post on Instagram

    I went back to our street today because as you guys have probably seen the water has come back with a vengeance. I hope this was its high point. I grabbed the kids' favorite stuffed animals that we had left behind and a couple of games to keep the kids occupied. I think it's all finally sinking in a little. What we used to have going as a city is gone. I really think God is going to do something completely new here. I am excited to see the new beauty in the suffering. Our pastor @bruce_wesley reminded us of that truth from Romans 8 this morning on his Facebook Live broadcast. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:18-28‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    A post shared by Aric Harding (@aricharding) on

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  37. Dora says:

    I’m feeling old today. I remember when they danced at the White House. She looked so lovely that folks were talking about it for days.

    Liked by 3 people

  38. Dora says:

    Hurricane Irma is now a Cat 3.

    Liked by 1 person

  39. Bostonian says:

    Any thoughts on why Sheriff David Clarke resigned???


  40. free73735 says:

    ‘Who Is the Real Hate Group Here?’: Franklin Graham Unloads on Southern Poverty Law Center


  41. oldiadguy says:

    Looks like we maybe entering the countdown to the verdict relative to the Jason Stockley case here in St. Louis.

    I would urge everyone read both the article and the closing arguments for the state and the defense. This is a rare opportunity for those who have never attended a trial to see how the evidence is summed up at the conclusion of a trial and have an opportunity to weigh the evidence from afar.

    I would be interested to see what others thought of the case, what were some pertinent facts brought out, and who didn’t testify and why.

    Here is the StlToday search page relative to this case.

    To add some fuel to the mix, the SLMPD killed a Transgender suspect August 22nd.

    And we shot another suspect today.

    We may be in for an interesting weekend.

    Take Care

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  42. 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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  43. Lucille says:

    J.J. Watt’s hurricane relief fundraiser hits $12 million mark in less than four days
    by Shalise Manza Young, Shutdown Corner


  44. Lucille says:

    Paul Nehlen interview/discussion with a potential constituent….

    The real story behind Paul Ryan’s fake town hall…


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