Sunday September 3rd – 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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196 Responses to Sunday September 3rd – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 1h1 hour ago
      Remember, Sunday is National Prayer Day (by Presidential Proclamation)!

      Liked by 3 people

      • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

        Fear no evil !

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        • LafnH2O says:

          These are POWERFUL!!!

          One Nation…
          UNDER GOD!!!!

          Danged Skippy!
          I am so PROUD!!!
          These OUTSTANDING Individuals are role models for us all!

          THANK YOU!!!
          And, Thank You, DV 🇺🇸
          Keep em coming!

          To those who are able, PLEASE, BLAST these to every contact you have. Friend or foe!

          May the Glory, be to God!!


  2. citizen817 says:

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  3. Xroads says:

    OMG. Did you see the Nazi swastikas on the shoulders of the Florida State University football players jerseys? The supremacists overtones 😉


  4. Garrison Hall says:

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  5. citizen817 says:

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  6. Janie M. says:

    Having great convos over at Breitbart regarding movies. Article, 9/2/17, by John Nolte (who just returned to BB). Headline: Worst Box Office In 25 Years: Hollywood’s Problems Are Permanent & Deep

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  7. citizen817 says:

    Unforgettable Scenes of the Golden Age of Hollywood…compilation

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  8. Harry Lime says:

    If you ever get the chance to see this it is magnificent…Portrait of Jennie (1948)

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  9. Donna in Oregon says:

    An Irish Blessing

    I wish you not a path devoid of clouds,
    Nor a life on a bed or roses.
    Nor, that you might never need regret,
    Nor that you should never feel pain.

    No, this is not my wish for you. My wish for you is:
    That you might be brave in times of trial
    When other’s lay crosses upon your shoulders.
    When mountains must be climbed and chasms crossed,
    When hope scarce shines through.
    When every gift God gave you might grow along with you,
    And let you give the gift of joy to all who care for you.

    That you might always have a friend who is worth that name.
    Whom you can trust.
    And hope will be, in times of sadness,
    Who will defy the storms of life by your side.

    One more wish for you:
    That in every hour of joy and pain, you may be close to God.
    This is my wish for you and those who are close to you.
    This is my hope for you, now and forever.

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  10. Dora says:

    Edward Henry Potthast – “Coney Island” (1914]

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  11. smiley says:

    woke up to news about NKorea…heckuva way to start the day…immediately thought of…

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    • Raven says:

      Hubby and I were driving home from the state fair in St. Paul thinking about all the liberal left, hate-filled artwork found in the Fine Arts competition building. The fair was a blast, but the many political hate filled statements found in the artwork were so blatant and Democrat leaning it was sickening to see. We both plan on making counter-culture pieces for next years fair, showing Moochel as the cow she is — or something similar.

      Someone did a drawing series of President Trump showing him screaming with words of hate around him. Another person took a photo of three young black men together, all smiling, and titled the work, “Courage.” Courage? Courage?! Give me a break! My, my, what courage you have to take a photograph together. How can anyone ever live up to your courage? How about heading down to Houston and doing what the volunteers are doing by staying up all night, going into dangerous situations, rescuing others, and then we’ll see how courageous you are. Sheesh.

      Many more works of flagrant biased hate-filled “art” were there, and it was disgusting.

      That is what we were thinking about as we headed home, when I started singing, “No one likes us, I don’t know why…” and my husband joined in, “…we may not be perfect, but Heaven knows we try…” and from there we sang the entire song with gusto (not on key, but with gusto!).

      Thanks for dropping the link in here!

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      • Sentient says:

        I suggest a picture of giant, beautiful Wall – made out of corn, soybeans and sunflowers. If it’s not accepted in the Art building, you could make it into the 4-H building. I was going to go today, but it’s supposed to be 90F and I might melt. Tomorrow.


        • Raven says:

          Are you from Minnesota,Sentient? And if so do you normally view the artwork in the Fine Arts Competition? I’d love to hear your take on this year’s creative offerings if you go.

          Hope you have fun while there, and I hope you don’t melt!


      • the phoenix says:

        Being an artist myself, my goal has always been to increase beauty in the world. Many of my fine art photos are representational realism, landscapes and nature scenes as inspired by God’s creation.

        Some of my photos and all of my paintings are … * wait for it * … abstract. Because God created circles, squares, rectangles. God created color. So why give up abstract art to the liberals? I believe shapes, colors, and the harmonious composition thereof, in many forms, can give glory to God.

        I like J.R.R. Tolkien’s views on sub-creation. His literature is filled with elves, dwarves, hobbits, … As Tolkien stated in one of his letters, “The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision.” Tolkien used his imagination to glorify God in an uplifting way.

        That’s my goal with my art.

        P.S. The “Scouring of the Shire” in Lord of the Rings = “Making America Great Again 🙂

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  12. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,”
    1 Thessalonians 5:9 (KJV)

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  13. duchess01 says:

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

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  14. smiley says:


    (no date)


    Casey Baugh ~ American ~ Contemporary ~ narrative impressionist realism ~ figurative/portraits

    this guy’s got it…more here..

    dynamic 🙂

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  15. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  16. duchess01 says:

    From Wrath to ETERNAL Victory!


  17. Dora says:

    Irma is no friend. Be ready.

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  18. Crimsonfisted says:

    Amen. May God protect and help the people in Texas and Louisiana, victims and responders all. In Jesus name I pray.

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  19. LafnH2O says:

    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
    He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
    Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


    Heavenly Father,

    Thank you, for this day which you have given me. Guide my thoughts and actions so they may be in accordance with your will. Thank You, for the very breath, to Praise your Holy name. Thank You, for my family, for my community, for my President and for my Country. Thank You, for this blessed sanctuary, this Treehouse, for Sundance and ALL who come here in fellowship. Thank You, for all the blessings you have given me. Thank You, for your Spirit, which lives within me. Thank You, for this beautiful sunrise which I see before me. Thank You, for the sound of my children’s laughter. If there be any grace, which might be given me, I humbly ask, it be passed to them.

    Heavenly Father, I pray for those suffering in Texas and Louisiana and around the world. I pray you comfort them and softly speak to them and bring them comfort.

    Heavenly Father, I pray for my President and his family and all those who stand with him. I pray you will strengthen him, guide him and protect him. I pray for my country.

    Heavenly Father, I pray you will continue to fill me with your Spirit and quiet my mind, that I might be able to hear your voice, even in the most turbulent of times.

    Heavenly Father, I pray for the strength to do and to be that which you command. That I play the part for which I am best suited, by your Devine wisdom.

    Heavenly Father, Thank you, for all that I am.
    For all that I can become, and all I can do, by your grace.

    Heavenly Father, In light of all that is taking place in the world, and all the blessings I have recieved, Thank you, seems petty.
    Help me to do better, to be better and to follow the path you wish me to take. Help me to be worthy of your sacrifice.

    I ask these things, in Jesus precious name, Amen.

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  20. duchess01 says:

    My Prayer for You – Dion DiMucci.flv

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  21. Dora says:

    For Hitchcock fans. Get your mind off politics, North Korea and hurricanes for a while and enjoy a good movie. 🙂

    Rope Sunday, September 3 @ 06:15 PM (ET) on TCM

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      😯 Thanks for the tip. I checked on it and it looks pretty grim………..but it is Hitchcock, so should be good.


    • smiley says:

      looks good..Stewart /Farley combo especially..

      here’s an 80s review by ebert for The Rope (1948)…reveals that this film was an “experiment”..

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    • Dora says:

      An experiment. Well, what do you know? Thanks.

      I usually find something worth watching when I check out TCM. Last night I sat up watching ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, but I didn’t understand it any better than I did 50 years ago when I saw it in the movies. I enjoyed it though. Great music and special effects and all that. 🙂

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        I never really understood it, either. But, I was a great fan of Bruce Dern. And, I thought the music was beautiful.

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      • andeclain says:

        I saw it in the cinema when it came out, and have watched it on TV and monitor umpteen times since. I wonder if seeing it on a big screen gives a different take to those who’ve only seen it on a small screen. Brilliant film, although like you and Mom I haven’t a clue what it means. Could it be that we saw it when the Apollo program was in full swing has had an effect on our view of it?


        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Or, could it be you need to be on drugs when you see it, or that those producing that film were on drugs at the time?


          • I realize you are joking, BMTea, but the “druggie” influence on American movies didn’t really start until the following year, when Easy Rider made a ton of money on a minuscule budget.

            2001 was co-written by a very cerebral, established sci-fi novelist, and directed by the most obsessive-compulsive director who ever lived. Stylistically, it’s two different kinds of movies pasted together (I think) a bit awkwardly. Up until the astronaut enters the realm of the unknown during the approach to Jupiter’s moon, the film tries to be super-hyper-realistically detailed and logical. For those first two parts we get a cautionary tale with a prehistoric prologue.

            Humans (in the film’s point of view) think they drive the engine of history, but from the dawn of time there have been unseen visitors influencing our development. The monolith inspires our original drive toward tool-making, culminating in space travel. Then, in our near-future, when NASA digs up an ancient monolith buried on our moon, it gives off an alarm, and the people follow that signal toward Jupiter.

            After the prologue and the discovery of the buried monolith, we get a pretty standard sub-plot, a human-built intelligence (HAL 9000) with a survival instinct that tries to kill its human masters. This theme is as old as Frankenstein. Kubrick had done lots of previous films featuring double-crosses and unanticipated betrayal (The Killing, Paths of Glory, Lolita, Spartacus and Dr. Strangelove). The “HAL vs the humans” plot is granted so much attention mid-movie it kind of derails the main story, the quest for a man to find his “maker”.

            Once Dave gets close enough to the power (whatever it is) given off by the mysterious monoliths, reality bends and normal rules no longer apply. We think we can just follow a message and start a normal conversation with beings as far advanced from us as we are from insects? It won’t work out according to our expectations.

            The unseen advanced beings recreate an environment constructed from images and data in Dave’s mind, a gilded cage in which he lives out his remaining years. When he dies, they recreate Dave as a “star child”. It’s a visual metaphor for whatever will be the next step in our evolution.

            Clarke had written much and Kubrick even filmed some scenes explaining the “star child”, the monoliths and the cosmic beings directing our destiny more fully, but Kubrick decided to cut all that out. The movie therefore becomes more powerful, and stimulates our curiosity (much the way the monolith did to the apes) by remaining defiantly unexplained. The audience is forced to supply the rest of the meaning.

            And yes, it’s better in a big screen environment, which you could not get at home in 1968. I saw it as a teenager in a Cinerama theater, one of the few kinds of movie houses with the earlier version of “surround sound” (Left-Center-Right and a mono rear). Very few pictures had even been released in stereo (2-channel) by 1968, let alone 4 channels. I remember being more impressed by that sound mix than what I saw on the screen. I came to appreciate the visuals more later.


    • Dora says:

      Well, I watched ‘Rope’ and I really enjoyed it. Good story, good acting, good everything. I’m glad I put it on.

      I can’t believe the movie is almost 70 years old. I suppose that means all the cast members are gone now. Yikes!

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  22. joshua says:

    Lord, help us to do our job you gave to us as our dominion over the animals. Let us all support or join the rescue of animals in this flood and disaster. May those lost and loved special pets find food, water, warmth, and caring human protection and love as they are helped to rejoin their worried human family. Bless and protect those that go into unsafe areas and put themselves at risk to do this sacred duty you gave us all when you gave us the gift of your holy spirit to live in our souls for the greater Glory of Your Kingdom on Earth.
    In Jesus name we pray this prayer.

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  23. Southpaw says:

    Stories for Noah

    Back in Oklahoma after your uncle’s wedding in Georgia. You looked good but I’m afraid you may end up with your dad’s dance moves. A nice ceremony in a familiar venue.

    When we drove up I recognized it immediately. The old textile mills on the Chattahoochee River. The facade and the clock of the old Bibb Mill. My personal connection to the site was the owner of the company I worked for bought the mill in the early 2000s and was going to convert it to apartments and retail. He was using it for warehouse space for our product and leasing. The place was absolutely huge. Brick on the outside, old timber everywhere else. The wood floors were oiled and there was no heat or air conditioning.

    Some homeless were using it for shelter and lit a fire to keep warm. The place burned to the ground in a spectacular, uncontrollable fire. The side building that was spared still holds the same character and the majesty of the main mill. It makes for a memorable site for weddings but man was it was as hot as I remembered for an August afternoon. At least they have retrofit some cooling in there but it’s a hard fight.

    Your mom and dad’s speeches as matron of honor and best man were done appropriately and respectfully. Now we have a memory in common, we will see who tells the story better in the future.

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  24. georgiafl says:

    With the plight of Texans and Glenn Campbell’s passing, the great songs Galveston and Wichita Lineman have been on my mind.

    Here is a testimony about Glenn Campbell’s life from Franklin Graham:

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  25. CiscoKid says:

    Cisco off line today.
    National Day of Prayer.
    Don’t believe, well, I don’t expect anyone to “pray”.

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    • LafnH2O says:

      From my perch, Today isn’t a good day to Buy a lotto ticket, ciscokid. Just sayin.

      No worries 😊

      Matt 6/5
      And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

      Matt 6/6
      But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

      God Bless.

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  26. Raven says:

    Dearest Heavenly Father,

    God of mercy, goodness, grace; Sovereign over every piece of grass, breath we take, movement of the clouds, and leaders — all of them — put in their place of leadership by You alone, we bow before You this day and everyday.

    But this day, our Father, the man You put in leadership over our country — that You established — has called us to pray, has called on us to seek Your goodness, mercy and grace upon not only those in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, but upon everyone everywhere. We know You cause the rain to fall on the just and the unjust, and that is Your mercy shown upon all men. Thank you, Abba, Father, for Your mercy upon all men, just and unjust, because You know we are all unjust next to You, The Holy and Righteous One.

    There is so much to pray for our Father that on this day I ask Your Holy Spirit to pray in groanings too deep to understand for the things You know we need. Thank You, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty for each time You prompt us to pray — that You prompt us to come before Your Throne of grace and speak to You, the King of all Kings and Lord of all Lords.

    Fill us this day with the desire to remain steadfast in Your presence — eternally.

    Through Jesus’ finished work we pray.

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  27. oldiadguy says:

    Some serious adult stuff for a Sunday.

    A warning and a reminder that just because we are older, doesn’t mean can’t be dangerous.

    No on the lighter side. I don’t watch television, so I haven’t seen this before.

    Unfortunately, I back trailers up like the first guy. 😦

    Take Care and have a Blessed Day

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  28. Dora says:

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  29. smiley says:

    11 am track on IRMA…NOAA

    this thing keeps tracking south.

    trying not to PANIC.

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  30. dogsmaw says:

    Im on the front cover of this album…can you guess which one 😛

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  31. Dora says:

    BREAKING: Business shuts down donations to pro-family group for ‘promoting hate’

    The Ruth Institute was notified Thursday that an online donation processor discontinued providing services to the pro-family, pro-children’s rights organization for promoting “hate, violence, harassment or abuse.”

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      grrrrrrr! I’m going to bookmark that for tomorrow Dora.

      I’m not going to “adult” today.

      Liked by 1 person

    • LafnH2O says:

      I’ll tell all I can, Dora!
      Thank You!!

      I believe I read in an earlier post, George Clooney donated $1,000,000.00 to SPLC.
      And he has a new “movie” coming out!
      I’m going to spread this far and wide.
      I will not support this trash!
      And I know many others, once they find out, will boycott the movie, too!

      God Bless!


  32. Lucille says:

    Was thinking this morning about all the physical devastation from Hurricane Harvey, and realizing that what the Left wants for us is not only physical destruction (be fine with them if we all perished in similar natural catastrophes), but destruction of every kind–spiritual, moral, economic. They especially love the destruction of freedom, free speech and the ability to worship or not worship as we please. They are looters of the mind with their desire to force conformity via lies and intimidation.

    So the hurricane and the Left are brothers, leaving a horrific aftermath of broken lives.

    Southern Poverty Law Center: “Our aim in life is to destroy these groups, completely”
    September 3, 2017 8:31 AM By Robert Spencer


  33. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Found ‘GAB’ to be infinitely more interesting than twitter.
    Definitely not for snowflakes.
    That it is based in the liberal bastion of Austin Texas is refreshing.


    • BigMamaTEA says:

      psssp….patrickhenry……..(and the dot ai is an island in the Caribbean.) which one can hope, could possibly slow down the evil ones a bit, if you get my drift.

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  34. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Eric Thomas · @EricThomas
    😂 Humor · 4 hours
    “Nothing is impossible”

    I disagree. I’m doing nothing right now—it’s totally possible.

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  35. Lucille says:

    Published on Sep 3, 2017 by Paul Joseph Watson
    “Just when you thought the left couldn’t get any more insane…”
    George Orwell Would Have Supported Antifa’


  36. Dora says:

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  37. Lucille says:

    More asinine university happenings….

    Indiana: Taxpayer-funded Ball State University gives academic credit to students for meeting Muslims
    September 3, 10:10 AM by Robert Spencer
    This is based on the oft-repeated claim of the establishment media and Islamic apologists that “Islamophobia” stems from people simply not knowing any Muslims personally, and if these racist, redneck yahoos would simply meet some of these charming, wise, noble people, they would no longer be greasy Islamophobes, but would morph immediately into metrosexual, horn-rimmed-glasses-wearing donors to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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  38. Sylvia Avery says:

    RIP Walter Becker. One by one the musicians of my youth are leaving us.

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  39. 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 and Louisiana who are caught in the flooding.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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  40. Folks I’m asking for help from Treepers. Montana is on fire. It is not being given any airtime nationally. Our air quality is horrible and devastating to children and elderly.

    This is Seely Lake at 7:30 am!

    Please tweet the following message to President Trump so we can get Federal resources to help us.

    ‪@realDonaldTrump Help Montana! There are currently 44 active fires consuming our state, we can’t breathe! #helpmontana #whereiswashingtondc‬

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  41. Howie says:

    If Irma comes round here I am getting the heck out for a couple weeks.


  42. free73735 says:

    Post for 9/03/17 Open Thread…The last form I filled out from RNC & other like connectors, I made it clear I was not giving money to them ever again, because of sabotaging President Trumps agenda (which is our agenda), etc. Not sure where to go from there, a couple Treepers suggested giving to Trump through the Trump Tower. I also put that info on their form (giving through Trump Tower, not about Treepers). Yesterday I received an e-mail from Corey Landowski letting me know as one of Trumps early supporters, I could donate through a site (PAC) called America First. I googled it to see if I could figure out if it was real or another RNC hoax. Here is the info from google if anyone else is interested in checking this out. HEAR what I am NOT saying….can’t yet say this a safe place to give, but a place to start….Lewandowski To Join America First Action Super PAC As Senior Adviser
    Aug 17, 2017 – WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s first campaign manager is joining a growing outside political effort dedicated to helping him.


  43. free73735 says:

    Spelling Correction: Lewandowski


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