Saturday January 13th – 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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272 Responses to Saturday January 13th – Open Thread

  1. BigMamaTEA says:

    Back later gang…….

    Liked by 5 people

  2. nwtex says:

    What kind of individuals do this sort of thing. Shameful. Utterly revolting!


  3. Dora says:

    Since several bishops have spoken out against the president’s comment, the opinion on this Catholic blog came as a surprise. I love it. 🙂


    “Shithole” Pride!

    Liked by 4 people

  4. Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

    Happy Caturday!

    Liked by 6 people

  5. TreeperInTraining says:

    Not sue if this has been posted. If so, apologies:

    The gunman who opened fire on a Las Vegas music festival from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino was an arms dealer, and his girlfriend handled his ammo and helped him load magazines, according to search warrants unsealed by a judge on Friday.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. oldiadguy says:

    Exactly who have we been supporting in Syria?

    And why are we, without an invitation or permission, building bases in a sovereign country and a fellow member of the United Nations?

    We need to keep an eye on this area, especially since the drone attack on the Russians. This area could provide a spark to a wider war and the end to MAGA.

    Pray for peace

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Paintingjan says:

    Hawaii officials on Saturday announced that an alert saying a missile was headed for the state was a false alarm after people received a mobile alert detailing an imminent threat.

    Sen. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) issued a tweet, saying she had confirmed with officials the alert was false.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. ladynada says:

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  9. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Note to Ad rem
    Changed my email
    Comments not appearing


  10. oldiadguy says:

    Russia shipping NG to the US? Could market forces play a role?

    The underlying source for the above article is in Russian but makes interesting reading when translated.

    Take Care and Stay Safe


  11. oldiadguy says:

    An interesting read and one I agree with to a large extent.

    “The poll brings home just how divorced the Beltway—and its think tanks, media outlets, and political class—is from the expressed desire of a large majority of Americans for a responsible and reasonable foreign policy, a policy that, arguably, has been absent since the end of the Cold War.”

    Or in other words, what the Deep State wants, the Deep State gets. The hell with the folks who are actually paying the price.

    Pray for peace

    Liked by 4 people

    • duchess01 says:

      As designed and planned for the destruction of America – and the redistribution of wealth

      Liked by 1 person

      • oldiadguy says:

        And a reason to cancel the unsustainable debt. In short a giant reset without that pesty constitution and bill of rights stuff.

        I fear we are in for some very exciting times. It is time to prepare both physically and spiritually for what appears to be heading our way.

        Liked by 3 people

        • duchess01 says:

          Could not agree with you more, old! The ride on the Trump Train is nothing like the rollercoaster ride we have been experiencing for so long – exciting times – for sure! 🙂


  12. Lucille says:

    And Justin just gets more and more offensive….

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Trashes Pro-Life People: You’re “Not in Line With Society”
    By Michiah Bilger – January 12, 2018 – OTTAWA, CANADA

    Liked by 2 people

  13. duchess01 says:


    This is really interesting… Enjoy…

    When GOD solves our problems,
    we have faith in HIS abilities.
    When GOD doesn’t solve our problems,
    HE has faith in our abilities.

    One may observe God’s accuracy in the hatching of eggs…
    those of the Canary in 14 days;
    those of the Barnyard Hen in 21 days;
    Eggs of Ducks and Geese in 28 days;
    those of the Mallard in 35 days;
    Eggs of the Parrot and the Ostrich hatch in 42 days.

    (Notice, they are all divisible by seven,
    the number of days in a week!)

    See God’s Wisdom in the making of an Elephant…
    The four legs of this great beast
    all bend forward in the same direction.
    No other quadruped is so made.
    God planned that this animal would have a huge body…
    too large to live on two legs.
    For this reason He gave it four fulcrums
    so that it can rise from the ground easily.
    The Horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first.
    A Cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first.

    How wise the Lord is in all His works of Creation!

    Each Watermelon has an even number of stripes on the Rind.

    Each Orange has an even number of segments.
    Each ear of Corn has an even number of rows.
    Each stalk of Wheat has an even number of grains.

    Every bunch of Bananas has on its lowest row
    an even number of Bananas,
    and each row decreases by one,
    so that one row has an even number
    and the next row an odd number.

    There’s more…

    The Waves of the Sea roll in on shore
    Twenty-six to the Minute in all kinds of weather.

    All Grains are found in even numbers on the stalks..

    God has caused the Flowers to Blossom
    at certain specified times during the day.
    the Great Botanist,
    once said that if he had a Conservatory
    containing the right kind of Soil,
    and Temperature,
    he could tell the Time of Day or Night
    by the Flowers that were Open
    and those that were Closed.

    The Lives of each of us
    may be ordered by the Lord
    in a Beautiful Way for His Glory,
    if we will only Entrust Him with our Lives.
    If we try to Regulate our own Lives,
    we will have only Mess and Failure.

    Only God,
    who made our Brains and Hearts,
    can Successfully Guide them to a Profitable End.

    When you carry the Bible,
    Satan has a Headache;
    when you Open it,
    he Collapses.

    When he sees you Reading it,
    he loses his Strength,
    and when you Stand on the Word of God,
    Satan can’t Hurt you!
    And did you also know…

    that when you are about to Forward this Email to others,
    the Devil will probably try to Discourage you,
    but do it anyway.

    Life without God is like an Unsharpened pencil – it has no Point.

    I pray God bless you in ways you never even Dreamed.
    I didn’t think twice about forwarding this one.

    Liked by 4 people

  14. Lucille says:

    “San Diego: Muslim gets 10 years for illegal firearms cache, planned to join the Islamic State”
    January 13, 2018 1:29 PM By Robert Spencer

    “His brother was killed waging jihad for the Islamic State. “Prosecutors said McCain not only helped his brother to get to Syria, he agreed to travel there and join him in violent jihadist activities.”
    Do prosecutors have any interest in discovering where these brothers learned their understanding of Islam? What mosque did they attend? Has it been investigated? Why not?”


  15. average Joe says:

    I read that rooster head gowdy has resigned from the ethics committee, wonder why?!

    Liked by 1 person

    • amwick says:

      Ethics complaints or something like that..


    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Too many committee assignments. Actually, I encourage this! They all have too many “committee assignments” Congress even invented sub-committess either to make sure everyone got multiple committee seats, or to help the main committees investigate.

      Problem is…..Congress-criminals never do any REAL oversight of anything. Too busy in the maybe 3 days a week they’re in DC!!!!!! (Let alone, READ and of the bills they’re voting on!)

      There are some congress-critters with like 4 different committee seats!


  16. amwick says:

    My day started with so much excitement… I opened a new box of cereal… Now, that in itself, is amazing, but I think this takes the cake, so to speak.


  17. Katherine McCoun says:

    Generator or battery pack? company recommendations? Need advice. We have been looking into some back up as we are now on spring water and don’t have water when the electricity is out.

    We can deal with no electricity and have been prepared in that area for years but were surprised to realize that no electric/no water pump. Water is hundreds of feet away and inaccessible (down a deep ravine, etc.) so can not just go get a few buckets of water to tide us over or hand pump until electricity is restored.

    Ideally we would set up solar to use on an ongoing basis to supplement what we buy, occasionally feed back into the local grid system further saving us $, and be there for emergencies. But that cost is not what we want to spend/can spend right now. All of the starter batter pack systems are just a base system for someone buying solar and are expensive for us. 5K was the least expensive and that was just a base and we would need to add batteries plus installation from that price. Our fixer upper in the country has too many other needs to make this practical for us even if that is our long term goal.

    Another reason we would like to do a battery pack is that if my husband is not home I will not be able to haul out the generator to hook up or be able to start it as I am not very strong. It would be very nice to have one that I could switch over to or that switched automatically for when he is not home or thinking long term as he will get older eventually.

    Due to costs we think we will just watch for a basic generator to go on sale at Costco which happens 1x a yr. It will run around $650 and the electrician and other costs ought to put it at shortly over $1K total.

    My husband has been learning about buying the parts to set up a battery system and it looks like the parts and 6 batteries as a start up set up would run at least 2.5K if he bought the parts and batteries himself, with the cost of the electrician included. Plus, my husband is not an electrician by trade and will not to keep learning to make sure he buys the right parts because to get the price that low he is piecing it together himself. We are concerned that our 2.5K estimate will only grow as he learns more.

    So many smart people here – what do you all do that is low cost, reliable and, ideally, can be connected when needed easily?


    • wondering999 says:

      I know zip nada about this, but would be interested in learning from someone knowledgeable.

      The following link is a Knoxville, TN solar backup provider and I have no idea what their reputation is. I have a cousin near Munich, Germany who has solar panels on his roof to supplement the energy requirements of his house. Also while recently in Ramat-Gan, Israel, I noticed all the solar panels on the rooftops. It works in other places, not as the ONLY power source but as one of many. Advice, Treepers? I’d like to have solar panels on the rooftop back of my house, but I don’t know much about it.


    • DCBids says:

      do you run propane or natural gas?


      • Katherine McCoun says:

        We have (2) 500 gallon propane tanks for heat and water heater and everything else, including our spring pump from literally .3 of a mile down hill in a steep ravine (so can not do manually as a back up like people on a well close to their house). The propane tanks do have an outlet to access the propane.

        We own the tanks (v. rent from a specific propane company) but they don’t have an outlet at this time so that would be another expense.


    • Mel Frost says:

      K. Coun: There are many “deep” excellent sources online for doing what you are talking about. The “poor man’s way” for emergency power is to “back feed” Your system using 220/240 VAC 1-ph from a generator – into a common welder plug, or an electric Dryer plug, or even an electric stove plug. Those ALL have both power legs AND the ground in a 3-prong NEMA standard plug of 30 to 50 amp rating. Since you are feeding with 220, you don’t need that common leg from the 4-prong on the generator panel – your house wiring provides it since you are entering your service box on a “both legs” breaker…
      NOTE: to do this SAFELY, you MUST pull your meter from it’s socket…notify your electric company you have done this so they can come advise you power is restored and to shut down the generator…they will re-attach the meter… This provides the DISCONNECT from the grid for safety. they, the electric co, may beef some…but, it’s their safety you are looking out for doing this meter pull… A “disconnect switch” for your mains, at 150 amp rating could cost you $300 or more…a double-switch in this position is what is used for “installed generator systems”…it throw first to “disconnect” from the grid, and then continues over to another position to CONNECT your generator feed to your house service box.. these can cost nearly 800 to a $1,000 by themselves…

      How does your water pump get it’s power now?…if it comes from your house, what voltage is it?…How hard would it be to provide a “tap” in that line where you could “plug in your small generator”…or, feed that specific breaker in your panel???… OR, just switch over your water pump to pure PV solar…put the panel up on top of that gully, wire down to the battery/controller/inverter near the pump… now, it pumps whenever demanded. As long as the sun shines…
      For some Online help…check oout BACKWOODS SOLAR company in Idaho.

      KD7DCR … Montana.


    • millwright says:

      KMc : Consider a “ram pump” to address your water needs Easily fabricated form readily-available parts at any hardware outlet. Since its self-powered you can just capture what you need in tanks or a cistern and let the excess overflow . Note anything involving batteries means dealing with sulfuric acid, its fumes and by-products plus hydrogen gases regardless of how you create the D.C. It also means dealing with inverters to rectify dc stored in the batteries into 60 hz ac for anything requiring an electric motor.


    • BigMamaTEA says:

      generator. Katherine……Also, check with your local electric service. Mine, has this quick-connect system that they installed on our meter years ago. I could power almost my house in one fail sweep if I wanted to. Obviously, in a power outage, we’re going to be selective in what and when we power at any given time. (We control that with breaker box.)

      (The goal here is to cut down on the extension cords and time to get temp power operating. So easy, even I can connect it.)


  18. Mel Frost says:

    I just tripped up on the following…it’s about 7 hr old according to “age of comments”:

    Judicial Watch: Federal Court Orders FBI to Release Comey Memo on Trump
    By Michael W. Chapman | January 12, 2018 | 2:39 PM EST
    Ex-FBI Director James Comey
    and President Donald
    Trump. (YouTube)

    ( — Although the Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions was fighting against it, the D.C. Federal Court ordered the FBI to turn over the Feb. 17, 2017 memo written by then-FBI Director James Comey, which Comey leaked to the press to trigger a special counsel investigation of President Donald Trump.

    The court ruled on Jan. 11, 2018 that the FBI must release the memo to the court for in-camera, non-public review of the memo(s) “allegedly detailing conversations” Comey “had with President Trump,” reported Judicial Watch, which had filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain the memo.

    “The court, in seeking to review the documents, shows it doesn’t trust the FBI or Justice Department’s representations about the infamous Comey memos,” said Judicial Watch in a statement.

    “We hope now that Americans are one step closer to knowing the facts about these memos, which were written and leaked for pernicious purposes to target a sitting president with a criminal investigation,” said the government watchdog group. “It’s high time they begin to see the light of day. We’re glad the court followed up on our specific suggestion that it review the documents directly.”

    The court ordered the FBI to turn over the Comey memos by January 18. “In doing so, the court rejects arguments by the Sessions Justice Department to dismiss the lawsuits seeking the Comey information,” said Judicial Watch.

    Comey reportedly wrote the memo after he met with President Trump early in 2017. The president allegedly asked the FBI Director if he would see his way to drop the investigation of presidential adviser Michael Flynn, “to letting this go.” (Flynn was subsequently indicted in December 2017 for lying to the FBI on one occasion.)

    Regarding that memo, Comey told Congress, “I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter [for The New York Times] … I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”

    Judicial Watch reported, “The New York Times published a report about the memo on May 16, 2017. Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed the following day.”


  19. DCBids says:

    I’d look into a “Generac” or similar type system. We’re still saving for one, but “something” (usually the car) always comes up to slow us down. Auto turn on when power loss is sensed, auto off when it’s back. Various wattages for different households as well. (of course, the more watts you want, the more $$$)


    • Katherine McCoun says:

      We looked into this one. One big surprise was that after the 4-5K to buy the product for the whole house back up system, electricians charge another 4-5K (at least around here) to then install it!! So, installation doubled the cost of the product. We were told the high cost of installation is because it sits hooked up to the grid and if done incorrectly and send charge (I know I am not using the proper terminology) back down the lines into the grid and can kill lineman working on lines. And other issues. So, check out the cost of installation in your area to factor that into your savings plans.

      Looks like we are going the basic generator from Costco route for now and then thinking of a back up, preferably wind as we live on a windy hill, down the road. The generator will ensure water when electric is out and my husband is home to hook it up. Water is really the most important thing anyway.


      • DCBids says:

        I run a hundred foot extension cord from our generator to the well pump to get us water when we have power loss, which is often out here in the boonies.


        • DCBids says:

          Installation wouldn’t be much for me because I can do it all myself, from the concrete pad to the propane hookup to the transfer switch to the inspection, so I’d not be paying quite so much. The only thing we don’t have with the portable now is HOT water, (not enough watts to power the heater) But it stays hot for days even without power. But it IS a hassle to drag it out, especially is yukky weather.


  20. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Woman Denied Swiss Citizenship Because She’s Too Annoying…


  21. andeclain 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.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

    Liked by 2 people

  22. dogsmaw says:

    Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Ed Sheeran Are Being Sued For “Blatantly Copying” Their Recent Single

    Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have found themselves in a court battle for alleged copyright infringement for their song “The Rest of Our Lives.” The suit states that the duo and their writers copied a 2014 Australian hit called “When I Found You” by Jasmine Rae. The similarities are striking.

    Songwriters Sean Carey and Beau Golden filed the suit in the New York Federal Court yesterday (Jan. 10) stating that McGraw, Hill, and songwriters Ed Sheeran, Amy Wadge, Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac “blatantly copied” the Australian song and that Sony employees were fully aware of the infringement. The plantiffs are seeking an injunction of $5 million in damages, attorney fees, and a royalties. The suit also names Sony / ATV, Universal Polygram, and WB Music.

    Take a listen for yourself:


    • dogsmaw says:

      And since the suit claimed that an ordinary observer could pick up on this we layered the tracks for you to decide yourself.

      Yeppers, I don’t see how they get outta this one…just sayin


    • Lucille says:

      Music is very similar though, of course, the words are vastly different. And the suit language is likely overstated and unless there is a smoking text, difficult to prove. It probably won’t be a quick fix and by the end the richest people in the room on the plaintiffs’ side will be the attorneys.

      Don’t care at all for the McGraw/Hill vid story plot–good grief, spoiled females running around in the rain wearing ugly $10,000 dresses are just so unappealing. The Jasmine Rae vid is lovely, IMO, except for the clothing the back-up singers are wearing.

      So, I guess it’s a minus for the wardrobe and a plus for the singing all around. LOL!


  23. Lucille says:

    “Black Congresswoman Calls White Congressman Racist Because He’s Upset Black Babies Are Aborted”
    By Micaiah Bilger – January 11, 2016 WASHINGTON, DC


  24. dogsmaw says:


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