Saturday September 16th – 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 โ€ 

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196 Responses to Saturday September 16th – Open Thread

  1. Garrison Hall says:

    The kitties smile because IT’S CATERDAY!!!

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  2. citizen817 says:

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  3. citizen817 says:

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  4. I think this was the last painting smiley posted for us as she was making her determinations on evacuating…i remember a Treeper commenting how appropriate it was as the painting is named Wind From the Sea by Wyeth…although this is a beautiful gentle wind not the onslaught that was approaching.

    I post this here tonight to begin the backward countdown to smiley regaining her rightful place here and knowledge of art. I am merely a place holder until her glorioius return to us. We love you smiley if you see us and we cannot wait for the day that you respond and are back with us. Stay in faith and stay strong. We’ve got your six ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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    • duchess01 says:

      Lovely, Adorable Amazing Grace! God Bless You for posting! Keeping smiley in our prayers brings her closer to us – we miss her dearly – but, she is in God’s Hands now – and we trust He is taking good care of her – asking God to send comforting angels to her – from all of us – who will give her ‘huggles and smooches’ – keep her all warm and fuzzy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • martha s.s. says:

      That’s a painting? Wowie. It looks very real.


  5. citizen817 says:

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  6. Lucille says:

    Happy Caturday!

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  7. Passin’ time twiddling paws til smiley returns

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  8. Lori Lee says:

    Beautiful! God bless you, Sundance!

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  9. citizen817 says:

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  10. Lucille says:

    Robert Spencer on Breitbart Radio: Left Using Charlottesville as โ€˜Reichstag Fire Moment to Crush All Dissentโ€™
    September 14, 2017 by Robert Spencer

    Open season on the freedom of speech.

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    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      Drudge linked to a UK story about yesterday’s London bomb –
      Here is PM May’s solution to Islamic terrorists:
      Control free speech and the problem will go away!

      “Web giants with blood on their hands: PM to order internet bosses to clamp down on extremism as โ€˜it takes minutes on Google to find how to build the bomb which brought terror to the Tubeโ€™ ”

      “Terror manuals detailing how to build a โ€˜fairy lightโ€™ bomb were easily available via Google last night. The vile โ€˜how toโ€™ guides were readily accessible despite repeated calls for the internet giant to remove links to the sites.”

      “Last night, Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg called for Google to be held criminally liable.”

      Read the story and consider:

      1. Apparently, the instructions were not so great after all – the bomb did not work well.
      2. This crude bomb requires what you might learn in high school chemistry, and the electricity course I took in 7th grade.
      3. I first saw the Anarchist’s Cookbook in printed form in my high school freshman year – the cat is out of the bag.
      3. An Islamic terrorist, known and allowed to carry on ad libitum setst off a bomb, and who gets threatened with penalties: Google. <–That is called "perverse." But, then again, these are the people who tell us there are well over 500 million firearms privately owned in the U.S., with a staggering rate of none of them harming anyone, yet the manufacturer should be liable for the item killing someone. Again, misguided and perverse.

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  11. Beverly says:

    Judge’s ruling in its entirety in the Stockley case:

    Folks, he did the right thing. God bless and protect Judge Wilson — he is a man of honor. No higher praise.

    Key points from his ruling: State hasn’t met its burden of proof that Stockley wasn’t in fear for his life. Self-defense it is.
    –The absence of DNA from Smith on the gun DOES NOT PROVE that it hadn’t been touched by Smith (who was a heroin dealer, BTW). And the prosecution’s own DNA experts said so!
    –Furthermore, the gun could NOT have been “planted” by the cop after the fact because there was VIDEO that PROVED that it was impossible for him to do this without being seen: a .38-cal. revolver is too big to hide, and he wasn’t wearing a jacket. Wasn’t in his pants pockets or tucked in his waistband nor hidden in his hand (too big).
    –In addition, the “kill shot” claim by the prosecutor was hogwash: NONE of the witnesses heard a separate last shot. All were fired in rapid succession. Also, the trajectory of the last bullet was consistent with Stockley’s testimony that Smith was twisted away from him and groping for that gun in the passenger’s side.
    –Furthermore! Stockley did NOT draw down on the suspect until FIFTEEN SECONDS had elapsed from when he went to the car window and Smith kept refusing his commands. An eternity in these situations….
    –Also, on the video, you hear Stockley repeatedly command Smith to show his hands, but Smith kept patting around on the passenger’s side, then HIS DEMEANOR CHANGED as he stuck his hand between the seats — since Officer Bianchi and Smith had BOTH seen a GUN at the beginning of the chase, Stockley fired to save his life.
    –And at the beginning of the chase, Smith rammed the cops’ cruiser TWICE with his own car before peeling rubber out of the parking lot — STRIKING Stockley’s hand with his car door as he did so.

    Did you hear any of this on the “news”? Of course not. So please copy the link and pass it around to everyone — they can read the Judge’s decision for themselves. I was impressed with his seriousness and his utter fealty to the Truth and the Law.

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    • anthohmy says:

      This Judge was awarded an extra measure of Common Sense by his Creator.

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    • amwick says:

      HT Mr. Iadguy….

      That Taurus revolver is hammerless small frame revolver and is designed to be carried in the pocket. As far as to the size of the police uniform pantโ€™s pocket, unless Stockley had custom made pants, his claim doesnโ€™t make sense.

      Personally I am relieved that the officer was acquitted, but the whole tragedy, and the response on all levels of our judicial system was convoluted…

      Clearly he made the right move requesting a bench trial.

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    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      A very sad case, overall. But the Law and Order people are happy.

      But, perversely, so are the Communists!

      They pick these cases and go to the mat with htem because they KNOW they will lose, and then they can emphasize to Black people: “see?! This is not your country. They hate you, and everything is stacked against you. Institutional racism. The legal system is deeply flawed.”

      Then, the next step is to promote solutions that creep toward their fantasy, Communism.

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    • oldiadguy says:


      I assume you read the article’s Cliff Notes version of Judge Wilson’s Findings and not the actual document itself. The StlToday article ignores the factual errors and open bias displayed in the document. I addressed some of these issues relative to Wilson’s Findings yesterday in the daily thread. According to this experienced and well respected judge, the SLMPD carries one of these as a service “revolvers”

      instead of the service pistol like the following, that the officers actually carry and was used in this shooting.

      This is just a sample of the errors Wilson made in preparing, signing and filing of a document that is supposed to be clear, well reasoned and based on true and accurate facts. Yesterday, I also addressed the evident bias that Judge Wilson inserted into his document and how it effects those who read it. Newsweek also ran an article about the bias issue.

      After reading your comment today I sat down and wrote out rebuttals to each of the points you listed from the attached article. However, I decided not to post it as it would appear to be unkind to you and that is not my intention. You are going on what you read and not necessarily the actual facts on the ground.

      You see, I have followed the case from the day it occurred, have had inside information relative to the individuals, have background in these types of cases and have read the judge’s findings. Coming from the perspective of a retired police sergeant, 38 year veteran of the SLMPD, an experienced IAD investigator (13 years) and having worked police corruption cases with the local FBI Public Corruption Unit (4 1/2 years), I find the judge’s finding an embarrassment to the court in general and to Judge Wilson specifically.

      I, like most of the community, had hoped for a clear, concise finding of fact to bring this long sad case to a fitting closure. Instead Judge Wilson produced this:

      Also, for reference, here are the three videos of the incident linked together in a timeline.

      I have spoken to a number of folks locally, black and white who believe Stockley is guilty, but that he wasn’t going to be convicted because the fix was in. Sadly that Finding does not put that suspicion to rest. Instead, it has lead to this:

      โ€œFor the rest of his life, including his obit, this is the one case heโ€™s going to be remembered for,โ€ said Mike Wolff, a former Missouri Supreme Court chief justice and former dean of St. Louis Universityโ€™s law school.”

      If you are interested in my rebuttals to the points from the article, let me know and I will try to post them later this evening. If not…….

      Take Care and Stay Safe

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  12. millwright says:

    Watched Bill Whittle’s “Right Angle” video presenting an interesting premise, to whit ; how accurate and comprehensive is current reporting of major events, ( in this case hurricane Irma ) ?
    Then there”s this from Mr. Terry Gene Bollea ( you might know him as Hulk Hogan ) and resident of Clearwater, FL .

    Nothing in both posts I can disagree with ! Too much of or media “news” isn’t from a clear and dispassionate analysis of the facts and evidence, ( aka the “‘big picture” perspective ) but instead media has made the conscious decision to actively solicit a “worms’s eye ” view point it can readily – cheaply – suck up with emphasis upon emotion and almost none upon factual details ! I was reminded of this in a response yesterday to my noting Kermit Weeks’ “Fantasy of Flight Museum” had largely escaped serious damage even to aircraft tied down outside, ( Andrew devastated it, BTW ) . So I got to looking at at pictures of Irma’s damage across FL. In most pictures i see trees still have leaves, palms still have fronds, very few roofs have more than minor damage. Yards and streets are largely free of storm surge debris . IOW nothing at all like hurricane Andrew where the landscape was scoured clean of cultural artifacts from street signs to entire homes across wide areas !
    But the “worm’s eye view” of the media and others ( along with the media- government cabal hype ) made Irma seem far worse than Harvey ! I’ll side Hulk Hogan on this one ! Most of the more vocal are whiners and sissies unable or unwilling to do for themselves when confronting minor troubles at a time when some of their fellow FL residents have lost it all !

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    • glmwriter says:

      My two sisters were in Homestead for Andrew (one went there from South Beach to escape storm), and I spent some time down there in weeks following. Incredible scenes. A death toll suppressed. However, this Irma thing sure affected the entire state. I’m between Vero Beach and Fort Pierce-East Coast(!), and this area is a mess. People still without power, which is not life-threatening. I think we were all lucky, though. *It could have been worse.
      *(Story of my life)

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  13. Harry Lime says:

    Ten minutes worth of your time. Please watch to see what is going on in Hollywood…

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  14. Dora says:

    At the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, a bold painting by Austrian artist Carl Kahler made a splash among critics. Entitled “My Wife’s Lovers”, the work drew tremendous attention for its lavish depictions of a wealthy socialite’s paramours. It wasn’t infidelity, though: The “lovers” were her cats.

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  15. Dora says:

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  16. PDQ says:

    This is fascinating…start with THE REVELATION 12 SIGN COMPENDIUM


  17. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day
    โ€œO my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.โ€
    Psalms 25:2 (KJV)

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  18. duchess01 says:

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

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  19. Dora says:

    This is persistence.

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  20. amwick says:

    Rant warning… take cover

    Someone posted this on another thread:

    …snip…That is why I am very โ€œHARDโ€ on the ones who come on this site and produce NOTHINGโ€ฆ

    Well I was one of the people commenting that he was hard on. More than hard, this person was nasty.. I know there are great moderators here, working overtime, so why does he take it upon himself to do this to people??? What bothered me also was that he got likes on his comments. I try to have a thick skin, but there is just so much I can take. I am not the sharpest tool in the shed, I am neither a troll or a pearl clutcher. SMH. I don’t believe in insulting people, I suggested gentle disagreement. Civility at all times. This is how I feel now.

    Sorry, Rant over, happy Caturday. Time for breakfast.

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  21. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  22. duchess01 says:

    Agencies distribute food and water in Irmaโ€™s aftermath

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  23. duchess01 says:



  24. ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’– smiley come out come out wherever you are ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’–
    We will wait for you for as long as it takes ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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  25. Melanie says:

    I have been looking so forward to Caturday! Just got my electricity back on and the drivel and mindless TV station coming out of my battery operated TV for the last 6 days was not entertainment but instead total PC indoctrination.
    Thank Goodness for this Tree House Site. It is very aptly named as a “Last Refuge” !
    Thank You All for your most needed uplifting posts.

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  26. duchess01 says:

    Warning God’s People – You Are Distracted and Your Prophetic Guard is Down!

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  27. John says:

    Ben Shapiro speech at Berkeley.

    At great expense to the town and to him personally, Shapiro speaks at Berkeley and proves Antifa can be confronted and beaten. Enough of these and the so-called power of the radical starts eroding faster and faster. Free speech week at Berkeley at the end of the month may mark the high water mark for Antifa in CA.

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  28. Dora says:

    Don’t you admire them. You know you’ll be called a racist.

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  29. SF says:

    Saint John’s cat man has fostered hundreds of felines
    Bob Gould has been trying to drive down the stray cat population for more than a decade

    “My wife and I have been feeding them here for 10 or 11 years, finding homes for kittens and adult cats,” he said. “We’ve taken the population down a lot, trying to keep it under control.”

    With the help of some staff, Gould manages to cage two kittens in a barn loft on Friday โ€” each a matter of weeks old โ€” which he will bring back to his house to foster until adoption.

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  30. NYGuy54 says:

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  31. Lucille says:

    “Seated Woman with Big Cat in Her Lap” by Harrison Fisher

    “Girl and Three Cats” by Sarah Stilwell-Weber

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  32. Dogstar_K9 says:

    Just a note for future reference:
    I signed up with Word Press and it wouldn’t accept Dogstar_K9 for name.
    It wouldn’t let me do the searching the way I wanted.
    It was holding my comment in review.
    For that reason, I’m going to stick with Dogstar_K9. I’ll live without an avatar.

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  33. Lucille says:

    BEWARE! There will be those who try this, perhaps. It’s what they do. Their hate is demonic and their political religion is the causative factor.

    Islamic State calls on Muslims to commit jihad mass murder at hurricane relief centers
    September 16, 2017 2:49 PM By Robert Spencer

    โ€œTo all the (lone mujahids) in the U.S. (warrior), pop down to Houston and drop in at any of the relief centers housing displaced people from the Houston floods, make sure to bring lots of supplies/gadgets/toys to see if you can help put any (unbeliever) out of their misery.โ€

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  34. duchess01 says:

    The 28 Principles of Liberty

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  35. Lucille says:

    Canoe unearthed by Hurricane Irma could be hundreds of years old
    By Eliza Murphy – “Good Morning America” 20–abc-news-topstories.html

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  36. auscitizenmom says:

    ilbirdee12โ€™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. And, now we add everyone in the path of Irma to our prayer for safety.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  37. Miles Rost says:

    “At this point, I donโ€™t even care if his opponent, somewhere down the road, will have to deny being a witch. In fact, his primary opponent could get up at the first debate in a sweatshirt reading โ€œPROUD HOGWARTS GRAD,โ€ wave a wand, announce without irony that โ€œThe sorting hat assigned me to Hufflepuff!โ€ and Iโ€™d still send her money. Because even if she was crazy (and sheโ€™s not โ€“ she seems like a very nice lady who actually believes in conservative stuff ), she would still be a million times better than that back-stabbing, braying doofus sheโ€™s running against.”

    I am laughing my arse off right now, because I am seriously thinking about trying this if I ever run for office against a complete loser.

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  38. oldiadguy says:

    One of the interesting things about the latest drama in St. Louis is that many of the individuals involved in the Darren Wilson/Michael Brown case are involved in the Jason Stockley/Anthony Lamar Smith case. Anthony Shahid, Neil Bruntrager, (att.) James Towey, (att.), the black clergy, BLM, Central West End social justice warriors and now Umar Lee. Those of us that followed the Michael Brown case will remember Lee as the guy who was waving the sword around and playing the part of being a Muslim warrior.

    I stumbled across a couple videos that Lee made prior to the verdict coming out, explaiining why Judge Wilson was not going to convict Jason Stockley. Surprisingly, Lee is thoughtful, though uses some profanity (You are so warned) and makes some clear and factual statements concerning how St. Louis political/class system works. As I have stated previously in prior comments, most of the folks I have talked with about the case believe Stockley murdered Smith but that the court system will not convict him. A good example that this belief is not confined to the black community is the number of white folks marching in the protests, often times outnumbering the black marchers.

    Here are the two links. Remove the quotation marks from the front and rear of the links to go to the videos. Again Lee uses profanity to make his point with his audience. If profanity offends you, please don’t go to the links.



    I know that some of you may disagree with Lee’s appraisal of the situation in St. Louis and the power of shunning those who do not follow the elite’s orthodoxy, but I find his description very compelling. As a former IAD investigator who spent over 13 years investigating my fellow officers, sustaining allegations and sometimes arresting and testifying against them, find myself shunned to this day by a large percentage of active and retired officers. I retired over eight years ago and still carry the Mark of Cain and occasionally read threatening remarks by a few when my name is mentioned on the local cop site. I don’t go to police or retiree events and have stopped going to police related funerals due to an incident at the funeral for the son of a former co-worker. So yes, if you go against the orthodoxy here in St. Louis, some will hold it against you for life.

    Whether Judge Wilson decision was effected by this pressure is unknown, but in the real world here in St. Louis it most certainly exists. Lee’s point is something to think about considering how sloppy Judge Wilson’s Finding was written.

    Take Care and Stay Safe

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  39. Dora says:

    I’ll be going in to bed soon, but I first wanted to stop here and see if there was anything from Smiley. I don’t see her.

    Maybe tomorrow. I hope so.

    I’ll say an extra prayer for her tonight.

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    • amwick says:

      No power? We only had a one night wind event. We lost power for ohhhh, about 27 hours. I am thinking about a power source for my modem/router. Then, at the very least, I would have wifi.
      I hope Smiley comes back, with good news.

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