Sunday October 29th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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227 Responses to Sunday October 29th – Open Thread

  1. Lburg says:

    It is highly suspicious to me that the FOIA search page is not functioning this morning.

    Almost as if they don’t want people to research any of the players who might be on the line… Almost as if they have put an information black-out in place.

    I’ve tried two browsers and they are both wanky this morning. If and when I finally get to the search home page and type in search terms, the return is not a list of documents. Instead, I get an error message – “This service is not available”.

    The search function worked fine yesterday. Hmmmm.


  2. golsono says:

    R.I.P Duane Allman

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  3. Kristen says:

    For you history lovers – this is a great local newspaper article about the last Republican speaker before Gingrich, love the picture too.


  4. Sandra-VA says:

    My husband and I are starting to look for our retirement home so I was wondering if any Treepers had found good places.

    We want a quiet location, on water with temperate climate, good soil for veggies, good fishing. Not isolated, but private and no interfering HOAs. Taxes are an important factor as well. Oh, and cheap real estate too 😉

    I have been looking at lakes in NC and SC. Any other fabulous places in other states?


    • pacnwbel says:

      The northwest takes a lot of beating, fabulous accessible scenery, maritime climate, good water and local agriculture, the drawback, stinky politics, it is known as the left coast for good reason.


      • Sandra-VA says:

        Thanks for the reply, pacnwbel! The NW really is stunningly beautiful… unfortunately, the politics of the area means it is a non-starter. Maybe an RV trip one of these days, though! 😀


      • piper567 says:

        yes, we have stinky politics, but there are pockets of sanity…always nice to find. My church has been a goldmine, and there are indeed many reasons to love it here. I am always in sympathy with our CA Treepers, yet I understand their hope. Here? Not so much.
        But even though this is not MAGA Town, doesn’t mean we cannot help.
        I am in WWA, but my sister and hubby have also found great horsefolk and v.conservative location/people in Oregon.
        nice to know you are a neighbor.


      • G. Combs says:

        I really like NC. I lived in SC too but it was too hot and humid. If I were to move back to SC it would be in the mountains.
        NC has higher taxes but good hospitals.

        For agriculture, be aware that the heavy rainfall during thunderstorms wash away the soil very rapidly if you try to use the techniques for grass planting in the north. (Raked smooth, seeded with a covering of straw.) The second time we disced the field and left it very rough so the soil would not wash away. That worked. and the rough texture of the ground disappeared in a year or so.


    • wondering999 says:

      Sandra, check East Tennessee — low taxes, lots of retirees, lakes, fishing, farming,relatively reasonable housing


    • wondering999 says:

      This 2012 article about Rarity Bay deals with a bad situation. However, it also mentions a number of very successful retirement communities across the Southeast
      “…we’ve seen master-planned communities succeed due in large part to a) their developer, b) a well-executed plan and…c) sound fiscal responsibility. Hampton Lake – a coastal South Carolina community developed by John Reed Development, Brunswick Forest – a coastal NC golf community developed by Lord Baltimore and Asheville, NC master planned communities such as Biltmore Park, Biltmore Lake and The Ramble developed by Biltmore Farms LLC all come to mind as communities mindfully developed by prudent developers who have exercised an ethical approach. …quality communities with prudent developers such as Ken Kirkman of Carolina Colours in New Bern, NC; and Headwaters, a Western NC Mountain community have stayed their course, and we are seeing more homes being built in their communities.”

      Good luck!


  5. georgiafl says:

    FUN! – To surprise his dog for Halloween, man dresses up as his dog’s favorite toy:

    Liked by 3 people

  6. PDQ says:

    on reddit…!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. 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.

    Liked by 4 people

  8. Lucille says:

    “Over 120 of the 129 Islamic State jihadis from the US are unaccounted for”
    October 28, 2017 by Robert Spencer


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