Wednesday October 11th – 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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195 Responses to Wednesday October 11th – Open Thread

  1. Garrison Hall says:

    Listening to young Molly Tuttle causes me to think that there might be hope for the world.

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  2. BakoCarl says:

    Quiet Place

    I’m looking for a quiet place
    To read and think, maybe pray;
    A place to leave my cares behind,
    A place where happiness stays.

    My place can be very small;
    I know I won’t feel confined.
    I just need a special place
    Where I can find peace of mind.

    I’ve looked almost everywhere,
    Inside and out, high and low.
    My quiet place eludes me;
    I don’t know where I can go.

    Now there’s a small voice now telling me
    To seek and then I’ll find,
    To knock and the door will open
    To reveal the One most kind.

    All I need to do is ask
    And I will be shown the way
    To my special quiet place
    For my solitude each day.

    Now I have my quiet place;
    It may seem strange, I know.
    But it was with me all the time
    While I dashed to and fro.

    God’s Spirit dwelling within me
    Gives comfort, joy and peace,
    Brings to mind all God has done,
    Giving my life a new lease.

    Now with me, inside and out,
    In valleys or on top of the hill,
    I can go to my quiet place
    And hear God’s Spirit “Peace. Be still.”

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  3. Grandma Covfefe says:

    Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
    Psalm 31:24

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  4. Lucille says:

    Venezuelan classical guitarist Alirio Diaz – No notation when this was filmed, but he lived to age 92, passing away in 2016.

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    • Janie M. says:

      Franky, when my son was in grade school, I could count on receiving an annual “Dear Parent” note (grades 1-6) discussing the infestation of head lice. I felt like one of those monkeys from Nat. Geo. checking out his scalp… so disgusting.

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      • sedge2z says:

        When we moved to Bradenton, FL, our oldest daughter started public school. There were a lot of migrant Mexican children there. My daughter came home with head lice, strep throat, worms, etc, and was hospitalized with pneumonia. None of my stay-at-home children had such diseases. I wouldn’t mind those children if they were legal and cared for, but the other children stayed far away from them. It must have been hard on those illegal migrant workers’ children. I was so grateful when we transferred.

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  5. millwright says:

    For those with either mathematical bent or an interest in long-range shooting here’s an analysis of the LV shooting bringing some real science to the problems. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxmEFeKy8aI Takes about 30 min.

    I like Mike’s call for everyone outside of government to get involved ! ( Isn’t that what Treepers do so successfully ? ) While watching this video it occurred to me there ought to be ample evidence of bullet impacts enabling investigators to determine not only the ” grazing angle ” of the impact but establishing lines of bearing as well . ( A LOB will establish a line pointing to either the source or 180′ away from it .) Such forensic examination will readily determine if there were other shooters and recovered spent bullets will aid in determining what calibers and ammo were used. There certainly appears to be multiple sites overlooking the concert venue presenting a shooter with a good field of view significantly closer to the venue than the Mandalay.

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    • nimrodman says:

      I’m no shooter but …

      I used vertical and horizontal distances in an LA Times article and computed a 13.2 degree angle, a very shallow oblique angle that’s less than a third of even 45 degrees. So the angle is much closer to horizontal than what many might get in their heads to be a more “downward” shot.

      Vertical: 320 ft above street level
      Horizontal: 1360 ft to center of crowd
      Hypotenuse: 1397 ft inclined shooting distance (sqrt 1,952,000 sum of squares)
      Angle: 13.2 degrees

      There’s a nice diagram at the article …

      The trigonometry of terror: Why the Las Vegas shooting was so deadly
      http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-las-vegas-shooting-live-updates-the-trigonometry-of-terror-why-the-las-1507085772-htmlstory.html

      … used this to calculate the angle
      http://www.mathwarehouse.com/trigonometry-calculators/inverse-tangent-calculator-online.php

      Also, speed of sound is around 1,100 feet per second, so that inclined shot distance of 1,397 ft takes roughly 1.3 seconds for sound to reach the destination.

      Speed of bullet about 3,500 ft/sec (shooters can chime in) covering that distance in about 0.4 sec.

      So 0.9 seconds, say roughly 1 second difference from bullet striking at destination to sound arriving later.

      YMMV

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      • nimrodman says:

        … to be explicit, I used that inverse tangent calculator by selecting the opposite vs adjacent option, there’s a button.

        inverse tangent(320/1360) = 13.2°

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I had a longer ballistics post but the %&$#@ iPad I’m using doesn’t like long posts and burps, dropping the post.
        The barrel’s bore possibly changing dimension during sustained fire is less likely, to me, than the manufacturing stresses imparted in making the barrel causing the barrel to warp as it heats up, changing the rifle’s zero.
        Ammunition from different makers, even with the same weight bullet, will shoot to a different zero even from the same gun as there are changes in velocity due to different priming solutions, different powder burn rates, different factors in the bullet’s manufacture…most shooters don’t notice as they don’t shoot at long ranges and mosdt ammo shoots better than the folks shooting it.
        The LV shooter was shooting at a downward angle at a slant range of about 400 yards. At that range a .223 55-grain commercial load would drop ‘about’ 26 inches at 400 yards if the gun were zeroed at 200 yards. A 62-grain bullet would drop 30 inches at 400 yards if the gun were zeroed at 200 yards. That’s from a cold test barrel, usually somewhere around 24 to 26 inches long in a solid, nonmovable mount. Now add factors like the air density, additional gravity pull, wind, temperature of the gun’s chamber, aforementioned barrel length and quality, little things to be sure, but they add up.
        The guy was also allegedly using a bump-stock that aids in the firer in achieving close to fullauto rates while still functioning in a semiauto mode. That stock requires a special holding method that makes it less than steady, more than one gun range has banned them due to their user’s lack of ability to hold them steady, rounds go all over the place. Even if he did have converted weapons, I can tell you from long experience that even trained shooters have problems accurately firing on fullauto, hence the move to the 3-shot burst system. Over three rounds on fullauto and most shooters are waaaaay off target’, I’m betting they’ll make a consensus of the majority of strike marks that point back to the most obvious place, the two broken windows where the stash was found.
        Yeah, in a designed definition he was firing into a beaten zone, you could even say he was doing ‘plunging’ fire but I’d say he was just sprayin’ and prayin’, he weren’t no pro. I had to qualify yearly with the M-16 or M-4 from the second week of November, 1965 thru my retirement in June of ’07, carried that piece in 3 wars and in a lotta different lesser games and I still wouldn’t use fullauto, timed and aimed semiauto is the deadliest and most effective form of fire.
        In my opinion the crowd was lucky he was a turd with a credit card as a pro would have caused a hell of a lot more casualties. His handful of dead out of some 22,000 panicking and closely packed targets is a gift, had he been trained it would have been much higher. If there were a second shooter s/he must be even more of a dolt than the turd was, be thankful for small and disguised favors.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Thanks millwright…..I captured that yesterday. Vids are starting to disappear. So, those that can, capture.

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  6. that young lady did good on that song.

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  7. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    A nostalgic premonition…

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  8. Janie M. says:

    I became aware of this video via pinterest and found it troubling. I am rethinking my chicken purchases because this was difficult to watch in the beginning. Lucky was indeed fortunate when she was saved.

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    • Raven says:

      God gives us great gifts in animals — both in food to eat and pets to cherish.

      I have had many gold fish that grew to be very large and lived many years. All of them died long before they should have, because as they got larger it became more difficult for me to make sure their water did not harm them. At one point I would drive to the old Hamm’s Brewery miles away from where I lived just to fill up gallon jugs of artesian water so there would be no chemicals in the tank.

      Weird though it may sound my fish recognized my voice. They would swim against my hand and arm when I “pet” them. One fish got very sick once and I took the day off work to give him artificial resuscitation — he was so sick he kept going belly-up. From 6am until 11pm that night I cradled my fish in my hand while swimming him through the water = artificial resuscitation for fish. I stopped only 3 times that day and only for a few minutes each time.

      When 11pm rolled around my husband said “enough,” and reminded me that Hammer’s life or death was up to the Lord. Before letting him go I thanked God for the life of my dear pet, and thanked Him for being in charge of whether Hammer lived or died. I knew God was in control of my fish — a fish other people laughed at because he was a “pet.”

      When I let Hammer go he immediately floated to the surface and rolled onto his side.

      6am the next morning I hopped out of bed to see what God’s decision was for Hammer’s life. Tears of joy rolled down my face as I saw him swim — normally — around his temporary “emergency” aquarium. God had spared Hammer and me and my husband, and three weeks later he sent us to a garage sale where the people were selling a 30 gallon aquarium with all the bells, whistles, lights, filters and pumps for $2.00. $2.00! I was SHOCKED at the price and asked why they were asking nothing for such a fabulous setup.

      Looking back I know exactly why. It ended up being Hammer’s “mansion” for the next five years.

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      • Janie M. says:

        I’m happy Hammer had a long life and you are to be credited for that, Raven. And some fish do have personalities, recognizing who you are. I don’t know if you were keeping him in one most consider a gold fish bowl but I believe it is best at a minimum to keep fish in a 29 gallons tank with all the equipment necessary – under-gravel filter, air pumps, heater, etc. Extra work but worth it. I’m sure he was much happier in his new home (good/better aeration), a serendipitous event for you. It gave you the extra years you had with him. That you were able to get a full set-up for $2 is a bargain.- meant to be. My ex and I once had a 55 gallon tank, stocked it with saltwater fish – anemones, sea horses etc., LOTS of work.

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        • Raven says:

          When I first got Hammer he was an itty bitty plain black “gold” fish that I did keep in a one gallon octagonal tank with nothing more than a bubbler. As he grew he developed big pop eyes and long, exquisite fins — he was my beautiful 29 cent pet.

          His housing was upgraded to a 10 gallon tank with filters and all, but I believe it was the horrendous city water in St. Paul at the time that made him so ill — thus hauling water from Hamm’s to home. And after his “hospitalization” in a secondary 10 gallon emergency tank, getting well again and being in bigger digs he did seem to swim happily around for many years.

          A few years before I got Hammer my husband had a saltwater tank. We are like Jack Sprat and his wife in many ways. I spent 29 cents on my fish, and he spent so much money on every bit of everything associated with his saltwater setup that to this day whenever he reminiscences about saltwater fish I cringe. The cash part was one thing, but the work. . .like you said, was another.

          Your 55 gallon setup must have been beautiful. Saltwater colors can be spectacular. Maybe that is what my husband thinks of when he remembers his old tank, and I shouldn’t be old Mrs. Fussbudget!

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          • Janie M. says:

            Ahh, I have seen the pop-eyed goldfish before but never owned one. When I had the 29 gallon tank, I had wide variety of fish, including albino catfish. If one of them goes belly-up, they’re far cheaper to replace, unlike the saltwater fish. We became good friends with the owners of the pet store where we purchased all our fish. They gave us good deals on the $altwater fish. The most striking/gorgeous was the Lion Fish.
            I can understand your husband reminiscing about his salt tank- they are quite striking in coloration. On occasion, I miss mine but it’s too costly an undertaking now and not a good idea if you are only renting your home.

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      • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

        I once had a Siamese fighting fish named Red. he would rub himself all over my finger when I put it in his water. I loved that beautiful fish!

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  9. nimrodman says:

    California To Have Harsher Penalty For Pronoun Violations Than For Knowingly Spreading HIV
    http://truepundit.com/california-to-have-harsher-penalty-for-pronoun-violations-than-for-knowingly-spreading-hiv/

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  10. rashamon says:

    Cat people query: Indoor clawed cats: why the scratching post/pads? If necessary, could you recommend the most beneficial. TY!

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    • rashamon says:

      Stupidly-worded question. I have had lots of pets with claws. Why do cats benefit from carpet? Why not another material?

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      • Lucille says:

        Kitties’ claw outer sheaths have to be removed on occasion and they need something thick to scratch on to pull them off. My female cat was declawed by her previous owner (NOT recommended as the vet removes not just the claws but down to the first knuckle). My fully clawed male ignores the scratching posts but discovered the coco mat I keep inside by the front door. He loves it and doesn’t touch anything else….except the carpet by the door!! So, he does what he wants and I vacuum often.

        If you allow your cats time outdoors, trust me, your neighbors will not appreciate your Princess or Hercules roaming onto their properties, making deposits in their flower beds and sleeping on their patios or the warm hoods of their cars. Cats love being indoors with their human family.

        Once the little darlings have been spayed or neutered they could care less about being outdoors. They aren’t being deprived in the least. They don’t catch fleas or get the subsequent worms, don’t lose eyes or get bitten by feral or neglected felines causing you to spend hundreds of dollars getting their infections taken care of, certainly don’t get run over, run into cruel humans, or experience any of the hazards small creatures experience outdoors.

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        • rashamon says:

          Thank you, Lucille. You all are making this so much more enjoyable. The story on these two is more involved than worthy of TCTH, but an NGO gone astray with their feral cat program. I could write a novel off this experience.

          It really opened my eyes, especially when it went on top of the huge transfer of lost pets from the hurricanes, flooding and fires that some of the shelters have used for massive fundraising. At this point, you all are such a safe haven and add so much experience.

          Bless you for taking the time to help me.

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        • sedge2z says:

          Our housecats are 1 of 2 animals that will kill only for sport. Heard that on a major radio talk show. I would also add a third creature: humans.
          So when our cats are outside, they are not only exposed to danger, but are indiscriminate killers of baby birds still in the nest, lizards that eat insects, and so many other beneficial / necessary critters. Along our seashores, outside cats are eradicating the little “Dune Mice” that bury grains of sea oats into the dunes which spreads the all-important sea oats in the federally protected sand dunes.
          All the while, our regal kitty cats would prefer to be inside, warm and dry and well-fed, and sleeping in your favorite chair.

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          • Raven says:

            My “new” indoor cats like to eat bugs that make their way into the house. Grasshoppers indoors are not nice. Hearing your cat eat one? Eeewww, but I’m glad I didn’t have to catch and release!

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Cats have scent glands in a number of places including the pads of their feet. Scratching does a number of things for the cat including putting its scent on the thing being scratched making it property of the cat…guess what happens when you have more than one cat.
        You buy a scratching post. Then you pick up the cat and carry it to every piece of furniture in the house, giving it permission to freely scratch each and every piece and finally carry it over to the scratching post while sternly warning the cat not to scratch it under any circumstances! Alternatives are to: (a) buy no furniture not made from concrete or high-tensile metals or (b) live with it.
        Only benefit to cats having carpeting I’ve found is they are entertained watching us trying to remove their little surprises they leave for us. We have three inside cats now and floors covered with commercial grade porcelain tile yet they have no problem finding things to scratch on.

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    • tails6 says:

      The scratch post is completely unneccessary. But, if you insist, get a big one. A great big heavy thing that requires 2 professional wrestlers to unload and leave in your driveway. Build an addition to house it, cover it with cat nip and look forward to blue skies.
      Your cat will ignore it.
      Go out and buy another one with more bells and whistles, put artificial leaves and stuffed squirrels on it. Cat don’t care, can’t be bothered with it.
      Your cat will scratch and claw anywhere it damn well pleases. Curtains, rugs, couch, recliner, priceless antique chair, clothes hanging in the coset, whatever.
      But you put anti-claw spray on those things, right? Doesn’t matter, cat will prevail.

      Now, if you want peace and tranquility in the home you should reconsider this “indoor” cat thing and let the cat roam the out of doors like they were meant to do. Then the cat will come indoors when it is hungry and wants to scratch on something.

      I have more ideas, but it is almost 2am and I have to get out of my ragged recliner and go let my cat inside and fix his dinner.

      G’luck.

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      They sometimes work, but often don’t. Tinker Bell, our newest, bypasses a scratching post and makes beeline for an old stack of magazines in the bottom of a bookshelf. I guess I could spray the post with catnip to encourage her to use it, but it’s obvious she think the tightly packed magazine are just perfect . . . I’m not particularly attached to to ’em so the arrangement will work out. Whatever you do, DO NOT have your cat declawed, I wasn’t a cat person until I got married, although at one point we had 7 seven kitties living with us. Cats are mostly great house companions and are only occasionally, and then mildly, destructive. My attitude with cats is basically, “what’s a piece or two of furniture every now and again among friends”? Besides, houses that don’t have that “lived in” look are kinda sterile, don’t you think?

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      • rashamon says:

        See below. You all need stage. Love ya! 😉

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      • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

        In France, some antique furniture is advertised as “manoir de chat”. This literally means “manner of the cat”. It means it’s been used as a cat’s scratching spot, but if the upholstery is original, it’s OK! Still expensive, but lived in by a cat lover.

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    • 4beagles says:

      I use a section of a tree trunk with a wide base. Bark does wind up on the floor, but only takes a minute to sweep up and my furniture is saved. My experience has been that different cats will have different preferences for what they like to scratch, what they like play with, and so on….
      I cut my firewood and a log is a freebee , other than my invested time. Green wood works best as the bark adheres to the wood much better. Current Kittie prefers cherry, ash, and hickory logs.

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  11. nwtex says:

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Anyone surprised? Anyone???

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Just the ACLU, they’re surprised you thought anyone would be surprised.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        No, I’m not surprised, but I’m more than a tad disappointed. It’s just not right.

        Now, I truly believe any owner should be able to decide if the want to bake a cake or not, right along with serving coffee. Forcing a business owner to serve someone that their religious beliefs are against is just wrong on every level. To me at least.

        I would think anyone with a hint of maturity would agree with this after seeing the video and knowing about the bakery, the flourist and photographer among others. It should be completely legal for all sides to serve who they want.

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  12. maiingankwe says:

    Earlier this morning I had asked for help in what could be the problem with my 12 year old daughter’s tail bone. She hadn’t fallen on it, it was just painful to sit or lay on. She does gymnastics three times a week for three hours at a time and is very active. Plus, she eats a lot of food. (Dang it, I forgot her ice cream at the store.) She loves vegetables and fruit and eats a great deal of it with some junk food mixed in, but not a lot.

    So I took her to a pediatrician who works with kids in sports. After a great deal of questioning, and checking it out, he said her problem is she doesn’t have any fat protecting her tail bone and should use a cushion for sitting. Of course she freaked on that and absolutely refused to do anything which would cause her peers to mock her. Oh my Gosh, seriously. We even advised her in using her sweatshirt to sit on or coat.

    I was surprised he didn’t have any x-rays taken. I had asked all of the questions provided to me from the good Treepers here and he said not likely when I also mentioned a possible tumor privately. My daughter would’ve freaked and dwelled on that if she would’ve heard.

    So I’m going to ask some of the older coaches and also ask about exercises to build up the muscles there. I have two possible ones already.

    Anyways, I just want to thank all of the Treepers who helped me with solutions and probable causes. All of your input was greatly appreciated. I will keep a very close eye on her and if it seems to get worse I will return to ask for x-rays.

    The girl is solid muscle with no fat whatsoever. She stands proudly at 5’1 and 3/4″. She loves gymnastics and says it is the one thing that brings her joy. She is in level 3, so is now competing throughout our yuuge state. I have to drive more than six hours to a meet. Oh yay. At least we get to see our beautiful state.
    Thank you Treepers, be well,
    Ma’iingankwe

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    • rashamon says:

      Ask SD or his team for my e-mail. Had the same incident when I was 12. Three children and many sports later suggests one does survive. Just don’t get into the pain killers. Please.

      Meanwhile, ice. Diminish the swelling.

      I cant believe I came to this post to discuss a cat question and found you asking about your daughter’s injury. Strange life we lead.

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    • amwick says:

      Ty Ma’. Maybe we will see her on the Olympic team? 🙂

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    • duchess01 says:

      Some information for you Ma’ii! My experience (as a gymnast) – ice first 24 hours – then heating pad – and prayer – over time, the pain diminishes and relief comes – I don’t take drugs – natural healing works for me – and – of course – the Healing Hand of God! I will pray for both of you – that the Creator – who made us all – will help you find a solution –

      http://tailbone.com/html/tailbone_injury.html

      http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-injuries/low-back-pain/coccyx-injury

      https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/lower-back-pain/coccydynia-tailbone-pain

      “An estimated 90% of coccydynia cases resolve with non-surgical treatments, and coccyx pain will often get better with no treatment at all.”

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      My opinion is that she should have an x-ray and if that doesn’t show anything she needs to see a chiropractor. I know some people don’t believe in them and there are some that aren’t good, but find a good one.

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    • Mai, if her pain persists, please take your daughter to a pediatrician and have her checked for a pilonidal cyst. It is more common in boys, however girls are susceptible too. It is a benign abscess near the lower end of the tailbone. It can start due to an injury or thru sweat and hair accumulation and more likely to occur with athletes and military. Check to see if there is a specific sore spot that may feel soft or mushy and off color like a bruise. It may not be a large surface area, however these cysts tunnel. We spent time money on dumb local doctors, MRI’s, blood work, etc who could find nothing. A friend thru experience referred us to a pediatrician at Emory, who immediately diagnosed it. Again, it is benign. If the pain persists, it’s certainly something to bring up with your doctor.

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    • Sounds like a careful, competent pediatrician. I somehow missed reading her age before, and it’s a crucial piece of information. She’s only 12. The 3-5 separate bones of her coccyx aren’t fused together yet, so fracture is unlikely even if she fell directly on the tailbone. That fusing process doesn’t begin until 16-18 years of age. No imaging is needed if no injury is suspected. With her body dimensions, the doctor could just put a gloved finger up you-know-where (eek!) and palpate the bone directly. Why radiate what you can touch?

      This problem will most likely fix itself naturally as her body matures. Increasing hormones will add the necessary fat pad, and an increase in height will alter the lordotic curve of the lower spine.

      There are additional ways to address coccydynia, though cushions are a good idea. Here’s some general information from a qualified physical therapist (both parts are worth the read): https://jessicarealept.com/2015/03/31/a-pain-in-the-tail-bone-part-2-treatment/

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      • Jim in TN says:

        A silly aside.

        When I was young I used to think it would be nice to have a ‘fat pad’ to make sitting more comfortable. Now that I have one, I realize how foolish I was.

        Bones seem to knife right through fat pad and muscle, making even lightly padded seats very uncomfortable to sit on.

        True, the ‘fat pad’ mentioned above is probably a healthy layer, without all the extra weight pressing down.

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    • sedge2z says:

      My daughter in college went to a chiropractor who simply popped out (as she described it) that end of her tailbone which somehow had bent inward. Chiropractor said he sees it all the time. Your daughter does not need to add more fat. Most likely – through her gymnastics and exercise – she has healthy muscles protecting her young skeleton. Sounds like you and your daughter are on the right path to finding the answer. I hope so. Let us know how she progresses.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Thank you. I will let you know how it goes. Right now I’ve been gathering a lot of really good information, especially from the top coach.
        Have a fabulous weekend!
        Ma’iingankwe

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    • Steele81 says:

      we use a red and blue light pad that I bought to rehab a horse with a broken elbow. It is not FDA approved for people (the one I use) yet but the company is working on it. It is the most amazing piece of equipment we have found. I would be glad to give the name if it is ok with the keepers of the tree house. I learned my lesson the last time I posted a link to a product 😬

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    • georgiafl says:

      It is likely Balance Beam work could create and aggravate tail bone pain.

      I never had it until after delivery of my first child, a breach birth, delivered vaginally with epidural. A treacherous delivery. Afterward, I could not sit down comfortably. It flares up occasionally if I sit on my tailbone for too long – even now, 45 years later!

      For all my long visits to CTH sitting at my desk, I use a cushion in my desk chair that has a center triangle cut out of the back.

      Donut cushions DO NOT work for tail bone irritation.

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    • Raven says:

      Hello Ma’iingankwe!

      I read you mentioned a couple weeks ago (what my old brain remembers) that you have been putting a lot of miles on lately taking your daughter to all her gymnastics meets. Which means your daughter is putting a lot of miles on lately too — on her booty. Even though car seats have padding it may not be enough for her, especially having to sit a lot more than she may be used to.

      Three years ago my husband and I put thousands of miles on us and our vehicle within 6 months time. To this day neither of us can stand being in the car for more than 3 hours at a time. I think we were near having Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), and two months ago I had to buy one of those blow-up air cushions people use in wheelchairs just to be able to sit anywhere for more than an hour at a time.

      Maybe the two are totally unrelated, but I thought I’d throw the thought out there for your good mom-sense to ponder.

      Hope she heals soon, no matter the reason for her pain.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Raven,
        Thank you!

        We are doing a 6.5 hour drive tomorrow too. I will make sure she has a nice cushion for her bum. I hadn’t thought of doing that, and that’s not good. So please know how greatfull I am.
        Be well,
        Ma’iingankwe

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        • georgiafl says:

          The best cushion would be a cushion that has individual fingers/air pockets that offsets pressure – like those wheelchair patient cushions use or one specially designed for tail bone irritation.

          Balance Beam may need to be discontinued for a while or completely. Do other gymnasts ever get this?

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          • maiingankwe says:

            Georgiafl,
            I had a long talk with the top coach and she only knows of two girls who have ever had this. After the informative conversation we both think she is growing fast right now. She just jumped an inch and quarter in less than three months. Plus, she doesn’t have any fat, but neither so most gymnasts.

            She gave me the name to an excellent doctor in sports medicine and a physical therapist.

            This Saturday we drove 6.5 hours in the car for her competition and the same on Sunday directly afterwards. I had her sitting on a pillow since that’s all I have for now. I will be ordering the one with the whole or space in the back for her to use at home and in the car.

            Thankfully, she’s been quiet since we’ve been home. I will ask in the morning though.

            The beam is her toughest one, so there is no way I could get her off without a doctor excuse. Plus, the head coach had a talk with her coach to keep an eagle eye on her. I know her coach will do so, she is darn good when it comes to taking care of her girls.

            Thank you for your help. Have an awesome day!
            Ma’iingankwe

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  13. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    Lead singer of The Temptations… David Ruffin.
    His life and career were cut short by drugs in Philadelphia in 1991 at 50.
    Once you hear his 1975 solo song, you’ll never forget it…

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  14. rashamon says:

    tails6 and Garrison, you two are a hoot and the most helpful of the dozen vets and cat owners I have questioned. I have kept them inside because we have an active rat maintenance program going on and have seen too of many tiny pups die horribly thanks to the disregard. Thank heaven it wasn’t a toddler picking up the warfarin pellets.

    I guess they will adjust to me; I will adjust to their night games as they are most engaging (and more so every day). They now have been neutered and vaccinated plus gained some weight, so they may become welcome participants in society,

    I do have those little scissors used on teeny puppies. So far, no harm scratching-wise, but…I’m always open to anticipation. I just didn’t “get” the scratching post thingy as they haven’t done any harm outside of denting a few pairs of jersey pants when they want attention (food). Your advice was most welcoe and amusing.

    They will NOT go outside without a harness and a walker. No way, Jose (he’s the son of a friend).

    Another ?: cat hair. This is new to me. So?

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    • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

      I’ve found those cheap sponges with the scratchy side to be really good at removing cat hair from furniture. I get them at CVS pharmacy . 10 for a dollar! We have a Persian, so cat hair can be a problem. Also, never buy or wear black!

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  15. Dora says:

    Gustave Loeslau “THE RIVER IN AUTUMN” (1912)

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    • amwick says:

      We will be heading back to our cabin in Georgia. Last fall we had fire and smoke, this fall I am looking forward to enjoying the colors… This beautiful painting, IDK, something very special… ty

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  16. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  17. Dora says:

    This is so interesting. I love stuff like this, though I’m sorry it took a hurricane to bring it about.

    ==

    Buoy drifts to South Florida after hurricane, shrouded in Soviet-Cuban mystery
    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/buoy-drifts-to-south-florida-after-hurricane-shrouded-in-soviet-cuban-mystery/ar-AAtf8fa?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=LENOVOSIGDHP17

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Would be nice to get a peek inside the buoy, intel agencies are infamous for hiding monitoring devices inside of seemingly innocuous things.
      Russians had a huge intel facility at Lourdes, Cuba, their biggest outside of Russia. Quite possible that the buoy was connected with them. Russia knew that the only two Gulf of Mexico ingress/egress routes were blocked by Cuba so they had a great interest in monitoring ship traffic, especially submarines, that used either route. Then again it could just be sa buoyski.

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  18. JohnP says:

    Justice for Jessica

    Sounds like Tellis is definitely the one. It’s a shame that Champion isn’t going for the death penalty.

    “Her car keys were later found nearby, and they had Tellis’s DNA on them, Champion said.”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4967430/Trial-Mississippi-womans-burning-death-set-begin.html#ixzz4vC98cAgT

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    • smiley says:

      I watched his opening yesterday….his delivery isn’t all that great but he has very compelling evidence against Tellis.

      the DNA…and also the cell phone “pings” that put Jessica & Tellis together at that crucial time, that night.

      and the seat laid back…the incriminating series of text messages of him practically begging her for sex that night…then his running to sister’s house, driving back to his shed (gasoline inside)…etc

      and, the clincher, his habitual pathological LIES to FBI & LE…and the completely FALSE ALIBIS, incl that set-up call to girlfriend.

      he also made it clear about “intent”…not necessary to prove “intent” here b/c Jessica’s death (murder) occurred during the commission of another crime : 3rd Degree Arson (the car).

      if he can prove all that and meet the burden of proof…and if the jury is smart enough…Tellis is done.

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  19. Jim says:

    Have seen this before but with all the winning our President is doing right now, I just can’t get this out of my mind…

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  20. getfitnow says:

    Showing the NFL how to do it.

    FTA — Football players from two opposing college teams led the stadium in singing the national anthem on Saturday when the stadium’s public address reportedly failed, which led to an announcement that the anthem would not be played.

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/22134/watch-college-football-players-sing-national-ryan-saavedra

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    • That was wonderful and like I said last night, there are plenty of young men such as these who WON’T make the PROs. Many if not all would love the chance. I say replace the current NFL players and give these guys a chance – for the love of the game. It will never happen.

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  21. getfitnow says:

    http://donsurber.blogspot.com/2017/10/welcome-to-hell-nfl.html

    Too bad the below commentary Can’t be posted in every NFL locker room as required reading. H/T to and standing ovation for whoever penned it.

    TAKE A KNEE.
    Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. If you don´t know where that is, just Google it from the sidelines. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won´t be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience. Then take a knee.

    Then, take one at the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces…the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.

    Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. from Khe San to Saigon… Anywhere will do. REAL Americans died in all those jungles. There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well..and spit on for reasons only cowards know.

    Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat.. Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress… Your number won´t be printed on it unless your number is up! You´ll need to stay hydrated but there won´t be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You´re on your own.

    There´s a lot of places to take a knee. Real Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That´s what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty.

    While you´re on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken….but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains…every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.

    No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans…just American men and women…delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us…

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    • Jim says:

      Great post. Fortunately for us, more and more members of Generation Z believe in this unlike their Millennial Generation counterparts. They may be our greatest hope. God works in mysterious ways and there will “always be a remnant.”

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  22. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”
    Matthew 7:6 (KJV)

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  23. duchess01 says:

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

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Interesting, we were discussing this last night. First thing that came to mind was the al Queda instructions to lone wolves issued over a decade ago that fires could be set to destroy vast tracts of land and/or buildings with minimal effort, support or supplies. Immediately behind that were the criminal environmental groups that were actively burning down new houses, lodges and businesses they thought were destroying untouched nature.
      Neat how the CA gov is test flying the idea that perennial PGE straw dog had some responsibility here, hmmmmmmm, 1% culpable 100% liable. Then again some 17 almost simultaneous fires in places that seem to be chosen for greatest damage at the most propitious time to spread could be pure chance.
      Also like how lightening was ruled out (duh) but the fires being purposely set wasn’t…but without further comment.
      Ah well, I’m sure Governor Moonbeam will soon assemble a crystal healing session complete with drum circle to help Gaia heal her wounds. Life is good when you’re oblivious.

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      • anthohmy says:

        Oregon has gone up this year, too. The Eagle Point fire was started by a “teenager” literally seen tossing firebombs off a cliffside. The news had some shots of the vehicle he was traveling in and it seemed as though an adult was driving. Because it was “teens”, their names are being withheld.

        Gaitlinburg was unnamed “teens”, too, wasn’t it?

        It’s curious that a bunch of poles would go over in such close succession. Have we ever seen or heard of this before? Can it be a cascading chain of poles in different locations? Seems very very fishy to me.

        The country has been so occupied with hating Trump and hurricanes few realize the West is literally on fire.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Let’s see who CA pins this on this, it’s gonna be expensive so a designated perp with deep pockets would be handy.
          BTW, was tht a poleish joke?

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          • BigMamaTEA says:

            czar….stretchin’ that a bit, but it was still funny! HA!

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          • anthohmy says:

            A cursory rundown of the overwhelming 911 calls over 45 minutes identify some wires and transformers, others just identify vegetation seeming to spontaneously combust. Perhaps wires were down and it wasn’t known.

            If it is PG&E I can’t imagine their pockets are this deep.

            If the hurricanes and firers aren’t poster children for burying wires, I don’t know what is.

            It feels more like a war.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              The exploding transformers may be more effect than cause but to have so many fires starting in such a short time seems unlikely to have been caused by power lines.
              The state’s on and off been in PG&E’s face for a long time.
              All an adroit lawyer has to do is convince a jury that it’s PG&E’s fault, PG&E has deep pockets and raking them over the coals will make everything all better. It’s a civil, not criminal, trial with an entirely different script – think the trial scene from Chicago. It ain’t about facts or law, it’s more presentation and emotion.
              I’m waiting for the CA legislature to try and make the all utilities a branch of the State instead of private companies…that’ll be more fun to watch than cable TV.

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              • anthohmy says:

                Now that more than just my head has popped out of the sand, I wonder about that gas explosion that took that neighborhood out in San Bruno.

                This isn’t just a neighborhood, it is blocks and blocks, will be miles – $65B to rebuild was early estimate.

                PG & E civil liability is the same as a tax increase. During the drought they made us all cut our water consumption by 30% then jacked up our water bills to make up for it.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  Yup, y’all Great Unwashed had to cut water consumption but the Glitterati with the estates could keep on refilling their evaporating olympic-size swimming pools, their huge green lawns and spurting fountains. I’m also betting that as most Hollyork types have incorporated themselves that those water costs, including increases, became tax deductions…we paid for their crap too.
                  Let’s see how interested the government is in finding the culprit(s), in NOLA when there’s a ‘suspicious’ property fire that flares up conveniently the ‘transients/dopers starting a fire to cook/stay warm/use the ‘lost wax’ process to make sculpture’ excuse is popped out.

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          • anthohmy says:

            Not intentionally though I have known more than a fair share of ski’s and eviche’s and inskis.

            Once was a prep cook for a chef who played polkas throughout my entire shift.

            It was 30 years ago and heard them in my head while cooking just this week.

            “Everybody do the la de da la la la la de da..”

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  24. duchess01 says:

    GO TO THE QUIET

    When the turmoil around us becomes too great;
    When the burden within us is all deadweight;
    When we tarry and trod with no end in sight;
    We must ‘Go to the Quiet’ – and set it aright!

    Our Father – who reigns in Heaven above;
    Send forth Your Spirit – send us Your Love;
    Bring us to the place – where Peace can renew;
    Forgive us – correct us – refresh us anew!

    No prayer – no petition – no noise – just peace;
    The chattering – thinking – complaining must cease;
    For God knows the heart – to the heart He speaks;
    When we ‘Go to the Quiet’ – it is God who critiques!

    Without God – we are nothing – and thus – remain;
    So from doing it ourselves – we must refrain;
    We simply cannot know the mind of our God;
    How He touches hearts with a poke and a prod!

    Do you feel frustrated – weighed down – and lost?
    Have you calculated – or even – noted the cost?
    Have you cried in the night – petitioned the Lord?
    Have you strayed – and paid what you cannot afford?

    Have you made deals with God for blessings received?
    Do you know how greatly you have been deceived?
    Can you even imagine what God thinks of you?
    Racking your brain – as you think what to do?

    Please STOP – and ‘Go to the Quiet’ today;
    STOP writhing and wrangling this wrongful way;
    Jesus is waiting to connect with you;
    So STOP what you’re doing – right now – please do!

    In the Quiet – peace and comfort – you’ll find;
    Free of turmoil and strife – rest for the mind;
    LISTEN – to what God wants to tell you – please;
    HEED – to His Spirit – and feel the release!

    Give up your control – let Go and Let God;
    Quit trying to be what you’re not or defraud;
    Just LISTEN and HEED to His QUIET advice;
    God minces no words – He is very precise!

    XXX: 6/22/2013

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    • BakoCarl says:

      Thanks, D. I tried to find “Go To The Quiet” yesterday, but couldn’t. Do you have a reference?

      “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

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      • duchess01 says:

        No, Carl – I do not have a reference – this is a poem – as you can see – I wrote (4) years ago under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – so ‘Go to the Quiet’ came from the Spirit of God working through me!

        At the time, many people were frustrated and angry about what was happening in our country and the world – feeling helpless and hopeless for many reasons – and yet – they were not going to God for solace from the storms brewing in their lives – I believe that is when the Spirit of God inspired me to write this poems and others like it – to bring comfort and peace – much the same as the Spirit of God is now inspiring YOU to write your poems – in a different time – a different place – but, still reaching out to others to help them see who is really in control of daily events – and more importantly – our lives –

        It is God who has the power to change world events – it is He who is in charge – it is He who offers comfort in the storm – you know this – you teach – you comfort – you educate – through your poems – through His Word – the Book of Truth!

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        • BakoCarl says:

          D – “I wrote it” is the best ascription of all. Peace – quiet – rest.. Thanks.

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          • duchess01 says:

            Came from the Bible – your heart – and the Spirit of God – who inspires you to write, Carl!

            God Bless You for all you do for all of us!

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            • JustCC says:

              I am humbled in the people in this TREE… All my love to you all ,thanks you for helping me along my path, all glory to God our Father …but thanks to you all (His angels) here ,
              Duchess, Carl and so many more than I can’t name , Just ..Thank You…

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              • duchess01 says:

                Most Welcome, CC! Agree wholeheartedly – so many wonderful people here – a testament to the ‘Builder of the Treehouse’ – Sundance – who attracts intelligent and Godly people – Blessings upon blessings for all of us – for sure! 🙂

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      • duchess01 says:

        Jesus Teaches To Go To A Quiet Place, Alone And Rest.
        Contributed by Gordon Mcculloch on Feb 5, 2014

        https://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/jesus-teaches-to-go-to-a-quiet-place-alone-and-rest-gordon-mcculloch-sermon-on-rest-182823

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    • litenmaus says:

      “When the turmoil around us becomes too great;
      When the burden within us is all deadweight;
      When we tarry and trod with no end in sight;
      We must ‘Go to the Quiet’ – and set it aright!”

      Yesterday, just as I finished cleaning up the final storm debris left by last week’s freak storm, I was given the opportunity to step outside the white noise of my life and take a drive into the mountains. Your poetry speaks to my afternoon duchess.

      I drove out to the foothills and stopped to wander through the snow banks that lined a crystal clear creek that came bubbling down from higher in the mountains. I marveled at the number of animal tracks and watched as about sixty wild turkeys crossed the road 50 feet from where I stood.

      I drove higher into the mountains and watched numerous mama and fawn whitetails, lazy in the summer sun, nibbling on the underlying foliage.

      I drove higher into the mountains and encountered one of the outside fringes of the East Fork fires and spent a couple hours meandering through the coulees and canyons analyzing the damage and marveling at the regeneration that has taken place in a months time.

      Coming home I encountered about 25 different sets of does and fawns, I stopped to watch a small waterfall, I walked through a pre-reservation settlers cabin and marveled at the strength that our fore bearers required to live in existence with the environment of this country and I sat at the edges of a lake and let God cover me with his special peace that passes all understanding.

      Glorious day, glorious poem. Thank you duchess01.

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      • duchess01 says:

        Oh, my! What a wonderful testimony, lite! Gave me goosebumples all over! God is Great in His Gifts!

        Thanks so much for sharing! What a marvelous tribute to His Creation; His Love!

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  25. Dora says:

    Cute stuff.

    ====

    Are these the worst attempts at playing hide-and-seek EVER? Hilarious gallery reveals how toddlers – and pets – get it very wrong when trying to stay concealed out of sight

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4960314/Hilarious-gallery-reveals-toddlers-hide-seek-FAILS.html#ixzz4uy0tA9Fl

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  26. Nikki/Chico says:

    Good morning and may the Lord bless you today and always.

    Galatians 6:6-10New King James Version (NKJV)
    Be Generous and Do Good
    6 Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.
    7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

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    • PgtSndThinker says:

      That scene could have been photographed from my city’s “Mountain View’ cemetery. I sung this song in choir (where I met my husband) in the 80’s and 90’s–beautiful and sadly rare nowadays in the era of shallow pop praise songs.

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  27. NYGuy54 says:

    This is how I feel some days

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  28. guiltyhangem says:

    Hey, anyone want a dedicated Jessica Chambers thread? It would be nice to hear opinions on the B,S, being used in the defense of the perp.

    Man, 29, ‘mistakenly thought he had accidentally suffocated cheerleader, 19, during sex in car so torched it but actually burnt her alive’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4967430/Trial-Mississippi-womans-burning-death-set-begin.html

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    • mopar2016 says:

      Tellis needs the death penalty as soon as possible, this should also be a lesson for others.
      Gangbangers are dangerous people. How sad.

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    • smiley says:

      i posted a link to the trial, above..in progress now, Day 2.

      defense is going after the “Eric did it” utterance…supposedly…by Jessica at the scene, for all it’s worth…and so far the witnesses have pretty much corroborated that in VERY inarticulate bumbling lack-luster testimonies…one officer with is mouth full of chewing gum, while he mumbled his testimony.

      yesterday’s opening by defense atty Palmer made Jessica out to be “alert and talking” while she “walked down the road” when firemen and paramedics arrived.

      so far (imo), Champion isn’t getting the testimony he needs from witnesses who certainly could be a LOT more descriptive & forthcoming about what they saw.

      very DULL witnesses, so far.

      hope that improves.

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      • smiley says:

        …and prosecution isn’t asking the right questions (imo).

        eg/ in your medical opinion based on your experience and what you observed, was Jessica Chambers “alert ” and speaking clearly, coherently when you attended her ?

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        It did improve today smiley, although, I did not watch yesterday’s opening. Just judging by your comment. There are including Champion, 4 prosecutors. (The others are better)

        Jessica only walked to help by sheer determination and adrenaline! She was 3rd degree burnt almost head to toe, and only wearing panties. It was 40 degrees outside that night. They found bits of her burnt clothes at the scene. Lab said, gasoline saturated.

        You have to remember that these folks are deep south, small town, southern accented. And I’d bet that most had never seen a body this damaged, still alive and moving. (They described her “walking with her arms out like a zombie” but with pieces of burnt skin falling off. A few of those big old guys, almost broke down in tears.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        that’s good enough for those who wish to discuss. I just can’t do it for this case!

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        • Kathy says:

          Same here, BigMama … This topic is heart-wrenching. Neither words spoken in the courtroom, nor any Treeper opinions, will bring Jessica back. Sundance is apt to publish a new thread when the verdict is reached. Until then, those with compassion can offer prayers for Jessica’s family, while the curious crowd can appease itself on the Monday thread.

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          • BigMamaTEA says:

            I think so, Kathy. Maybe it just became too personal for me, as I raised 4 blond-haired girls to adulthood. By the Grace of God………..

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      guiltyhangem, you may have to go back to the thread Sd posted last week about the upcoming trial.

      This one is really hard for some of us.

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  29. aliashubbatch says:

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  30. dbethd says:

    Hopefully these pics works.

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  31. dbethd says:


    President Donald J. Trump welcomes the 2017 Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins to the White House | October 10, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

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  32. dbethd says:

    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/las-vegas-shooter-warned-apos-041230223.html
    Interview with Maintenance man who says Campos told him to take cover in the Mandalay Bay.

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    • dbethd says:

      He was called to the 32nd floor to check on the fire exit door that wouldn’t open. Many articles are saying Paddock warned him but according to the man’s own words in the live interview, Campos warned him NOT Paddock.

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  33. Venting about this Winestein foolishness.

    The first thing that bugs me about this is the “Oh so virtuous” and “righteously indignant” feminist uproar. It’s FAKE. These women who seek superstar status are by-and-large willing to do ANYTHING for the prize of immense wealth and fame. Tens of millions of dollars. A little sex (which they presumably enjoy as you can’t rape the willing) is a mighty cheap admission price into that club (in their view). As an affluent and semi-influential businessman I can tell you that I have been propositioned many a time by eager, career-minded young females. I have also heard women tell me that “It’s no big deal” to use feminine wiles and promiscuous behavior to get what they want “If it’s worth it”. And I’m just an ordinary business man- not a Hollywood multimillionaire star maker with Obama on my speed dial.

    Does anybody who seeks stardom actually believe there is no such thing as a casting couch?

    Furthermore; these women are ALL LIBERALS! Liberals have no moral absolutes, and are largely very promiscuous, and open about it. Save me the crocodile tears. This is about advancing the feminist and leftist agenda- while piling on on old, fat, obnoxious stereotype.

    Take Rose McGowan for instance. She won’t shut up about this- calling out everybody she can think of. A cursory google search shows her in a bare butt dress dating satanist Marilyn Manson, several hard core porno videos that she made herself, and bare boobs galore. And she’s Sooooo Offended!! Give me a break.

    There, I said it. I feel better now. Back to work for me.

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    • Jim says:

      You know, these actors and actresses are just that….phony. Everyone sees them in a wonderful character portrayal and then is convinced that the person is the same character in real life. Nothing could be further from the truth. These people are expert at appearing to be what they are not. Their trade is to fool people and they are much better at that than at being honorable, decent people. Look how they always seem to wind up. They believe only in themselves and money. That is a recipe for disaster. As for me, I would rather just be an ordinary deplorable and continue to support the only man I have see who is exposing the swamp dwellers in Hollywood, Washington, the NFL, and all over the globe. Go Trump go!

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  34. smiley says:

    IRMA aftermath here in Collier Co…as if the lingering debris and ruined lives & neighborhoods aren’t enough…

    NAACP Files Complaint After School Announces Makeup Classes For Hurricane On MLK Day

    Oct 9, 2017

    https://lawnewz.com/high-profile/naacp-files-complaint-after-school-announces-makeup-classes-for-hurricane-on-mlk-day/

    this is ridiculous…

    Collier Co Public Schools has decided to try to make-up some of the classes/class days lost during IRMA by holding classes on January 15, 2018 (MLK Day) rather than at beginning/end of seasonal winter breaks, and which parents agree with..

    this is only for ONE MLK DAY (next year)…not forever and ever and ever and ever.

    but the local NAACP doesn’t like that one bit ( ” extremely disappointed” )…so extremely disappointed that NAACP has now filed a COMPLAINT against the School Board (!)

    can’t wait for the peaceful protests s/

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    • czarowniczy says:

      School board’s saying they’re also holding make-up classes on other traditional holidays and even a teacher planning day so the question is does the NAACP see MLK Day as a true holiday or a weapon to hit the country over the head with. Perhaps the NAACP would be happier were the Collier County official to instead decree that at a certain hour on that Monday the entire county would be required to take a knee?

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      • smiley says:

        I’d say “a weapon to hit…over the head with”.

        EVERYTHING is such an ISSUE with these perpetually embittered griping hypocrites.

        just hope the local school board doesn’t cave to this RACIST intimidation b/c that’s what it is.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Board will first poll the voters opinions, bureaucrats rarely break their own rice bowls over principles.

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          • smiley says:

            long drawn out blahdey blah…like we don’t have MORE IMPORTANT things to concern ourselves with….but you’re probably right.

            actually, I’m kinda surprised they still go by the “Colored People” part (NAACP).

            I’m thinking they could change that to NAAABPAATBT…

            NA for the Advancement of Black People Against Anything That Bothers Them.

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            • smiley says:

              …or maybe NAACHO

              you can figure that one out 🙂

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            • czarowniczy says:

              As their overall relevance decreases they have to burn tires in the park if for no other reason than to let folks know they still are alive. Main problem is they add to the already excessive cultural background noise.
              I always thought the ‘CP’ stood for ‘Colored Polaks ‘…old joke but as I’m Polish the reference is only half non-PC.

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  35. BigMamaTEA says:

    Watching the trial today. I did not watch yesterday, too much preliminary junk.

    I did not expect this trial to be so hard for me. The last 2 firefighters just finished. They showed first pics of Jessica on the scene.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I’m opting out. Just reading what you posted made me start crying.

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    • Thank you BigMamaTEA, I work during the day so while i can visit CTH sometimes during lunch, etc. I’m not able to watch the trial.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        I’ll be keeping an eye on it, and will post a brief synopsis of each day, on the Daily Open thread.

        The perp already admitted to the FBI that he was with Jessica that nigh. and had sex
        with her. So, that just confirms to me what a monster he really is.

        I will be posting it more from Jessica’s side. I think I even referred to it as Jessica’s Murder trial, as I prefer not to mention the perp’s name.

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  36. dbethd says:

    http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/detroit-firefighter-fired-for-bringing-watermelon-to-station
    Earlier this month, 41-year-old Robert Pattison went to introduce himself to his fellow firefighters at Engine 55 at Joy and Southfield in Detroit. Second Battalion Chief Shawn McCarty calls it a tradition for firefighters.

    “It’s not mandatory, it’s voluntary,” he says. “You come in bearing gifts. The usual gift is doughnuts, but you are allowed to bring whatever you want to bring in.”

    And Pattison, a probationary firefighter, decided to bring a watermelon wrapped in a pink ribbon. We’re told some African-American firefighters were instantly offended, since 90 percent of the people who work at Engine 55 are black.

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  37. Donna Turpen says:

    I have been coming to CTH for about three years now and it seems as though some long time commenters have become very aggressive to others. I rarely comment, just like to read others input. I know if you say someone said something you are supposed to provide a link but lately people have been attacked for giving their opinion. I am not leaving but site has become less welcoming over the last 5-6 months.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Oh Donna. Well..sorry about that, if it was me. I know, that I’ve been more “scolding” of some newer commenters who come in demanding whatever. (Sometimes there are good reasons for that, some just need a reminding of the manners their mama should’ve taught them)

      One thing I’ve notice is people are not using a {sarc} tag, or a IMO – in my opinion, or a “I need to rant” notice, or some of the few other ways to express your comments. And yes, if you’re reporting on a story…..it is nice to post a link that you just got that from, so someone else can go check it out easier.

      It’s hard to express emotion, or tone in the typed word. Just those few I listed above would help tremendously.

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      • amwick says:

        Personally I get my feathers ruffled about non Trump political posts in the President thread, and vice versa. I know there is an overlap, but it seems like a third are misplaced… Every time I get to feeling judgemental, I just whisper, not my business.. not at all. And I do know it is easy to inadvertently post to the wrong place.. mini rant over.

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      • Jim says:

        Great advice especially for those of us new to this. We learn as we go and it helps to get pointers along the way. Thanks.

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    • Raven says:

      Dear Donna,

      I hope you stay and continue to post your thoughts and comments here. Some of us (me) just aren’t as intuitive about correct protocols on discussion boards as others, but it is still nice to be here and share “stuff” with one another.

      I have a sister who lost her hearing when she was 10 years old. I was 11 at the time and over the last 50+ years have learned a lot about not assuming what others might be saying when it comes to the typed word. During all the years my sister and I have lived apart we communicated via words on a screen only. First via a funky old phone connected to a home TTY/TDY, to today where she has a smart phone, is on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and everything else Internet related. Words on a screen were and are all we have to communicate with one another (other than traveling to be together), and emotions/feelings/causes/etc., are impossible to “read” unless the writer “speaks” the right words — and the listener asks questions if things seem out of step with who you are talking to.

      In this world where there are such horrendous things going on around us, I pray we all remember to give one another grace in the simple acts of patience and unassuming kindness. I pray that for you Donna, as you come back and share your thoughts with us.

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  38. Lucille says:

    Isao Tomita- Clair de Lune (Debussy)

    “Isao Tomita (冨田 勲 Tomita Isao, 22 April 1932 – 5 May 2016), often known simply as Tomita, was a Japanese music composer, regarded as one of the pioneers of electronic music and space music, and as one of the most famous producers of analog synthesizer arrangements.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isao_Tomita

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  39. Jessica Chanbers’ killer now on trial

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  40. BigMamaTEA says:

    Court ended for the day. Tomorrow, they will be taking a tour of the crime scene, key scene, accused Sister’s housing, accused housing with a particular grassy area which they would not elaborate today, and M&M’s convenience store, who happened to have one of their outdoor cameras over to the area of where the accused sister & accused lived.

    Court resumes 9amEST tomorrow.

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  41. Raven says:

    I know this is not the prayer request thread, but have a couple requests for you, my brothers and sisters in the Lord, as this night comes to an end.

    My dear friend’s mother is breathing her last breaths at this moment. My dear friend has been by her mother’s side since late Monday night, early Tuesday morning, after driving many miles to be there. We are all grateful she is with her mom. Grateful. She called a little while ago, asking for prayers. You who call upon the name of Jesus know the Holy Spirit will lead and guide you. We prayed together as she held her phone up to her mom’s ear with the speaker on. Lord, please comfort Corky as You cause these, her last breaths, to flow in praise to You. And please Lord Jesus, comfort your daughter as she watches Your will unfold in her mother’s life and death.

    And, I learned a short while ago that one of our nephews has colon cancer that has spread beyond his colon. Definitely into his liver, and we won’t know how much further for a few days.

    My grandma died of colon cancer. My dad died of colon cancer, and his only sister went through many trials with colon cancer 30 years ago, and at 92 is still singing praises to the Lord today. Our nephew is married, has two pre-teen boys, and just turned 40 years old. Prayers, prayers, worshipful, sorrowful, wondrous prayers to the Lord of all creation for healing, comfort and peace for everyone involved.

    Thank you, dear prayer warriors who stand in the gap.

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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 all the people who have been affected by the earthquakes and hurricanes.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  43. Bull Durham says:

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  44. Harry Lime says:

    Testing testing testing

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  45. SouthCentralPA says:

    Anyone else watching the ball game? All trash-talking aside, what is in the Chicago manager’s bottle? Is Madden drinking his own urine???

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