Tuesday March 6th – 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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218 Responses to Tuesday March 6th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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    • famouswolf says:

      Bet 12 hours later there was blizzard that day. When I was in the Navy that sky in the morning would have terrified me.

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      • Janie M. says:

        famouswolf…”Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. Red sky at night, sailors delight.”

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        • famouswolf says:

          There is a lot of truth in that saying. The worst seas I experienced was in 1971 in the North Sea in September, after a morning that looked just like that photograph. My ship came near capsizing. It was particularly memorable because it was my first time on a full length deployment and my first week at sea.

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          • Janie M. says:

            Have to confess, famous, I spent my entire enlistment (USMC, ’70-’72) stateside, but there were times I envied you guys being able to travel the seas and visit foreign ports. BTW, how long did it take for you to get your sea legs?

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            • famouswolf says:

              That first cruise did it. My enlistment was ’70-’73 (we have outed our ages). I had an unfortunate incident in Submariner School earlier that year (ear squeeze in a pressure chamber test) and after I recovered they gave me a choice between the fleet and a discharge. I took the surface fleet, so they ‘rewarded’ me with a couple years ‘before the mast’ on a LST. Now, I’m sure you have heard of those. Flat bottomed ocean going troop and vehicle transports. We hit a storm somewhere northwest of Ireland and some of the waves were twenty to thirty feet, the ship constantly bouncing off or sliding into the troughs and doing rolls of 5 to 50+ degrees. We were having to strap ourselves into our bunks…I had sea legs after that OK, never even thought about it again. I was proud that I didn’t get sea sick once during that two week passage (Norfolk to Greece with a load of Marines and their gear).
              By the way, if you are curious about the ship, there is a Google site with memoirs and such. She was the USS York County, LST 1175. It’s interesting, and links to a lot of lore and sea stories.

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              • Janie M. says:

                Even being a female, mentioning my age is not problematic for me at this juncture… I’ve earned these gray hairs! 😉 While I was in boot camp at P.I., we had military history, etc., classes. It is where I learned the Marine Corps is under the Dept. of the Navy – surprised me. The utilities we were eventually provided were probably also worn by the Waves. I still have my navy blue wool sweater.
                I duckducked (don’t use google) “images” for the LST 1175. Great photos and some of them included a few crew members. I could see where the 20-30 ft. waves you spoke of would be problematic for a smaller, low profile ship. I suppose reflecting back on your service makes you nostalgic at times (does me). Many happy memories. Unfortunately, we didn’t have cell phones back then so we weren’t able to take many pictures, so our memories will simply have to suffice.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  I was AF but got a ‘treat’ and was berthed on one of the old bobtail destroyers – yumm. We went to firing exercises in Puerto Rico and out bunks were right by the forwatd shell elevator. Double yumm.
                  I spent my final years attached to a Navy intel unit – all land-based and the mess hall was great. Few of the sailors there wanted to be in any water deeper than the base pool and, the memory of my one short naval trip still fresh in my mind years later, I don’t fault them.

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                • Janie M. says:

                  I really hope, cz, they provided you with protective hearing accessories during those exercises (don’t think fingers in your ears count 😆). Every newbie (like me) to Camp Pendleton’s WM barracks (resembled a college dorm) had to spend 30 days on mess hall duty, so I ate my meals there. Food was okay (I remember SOS for breakfast). One of the bakers took a shining to me and he provided me with some great baked goods. After my “duty” expired there, I was getting a number of my dinners from the “roach coaches” (food trucks). We had 2 which would drive up at different hours during the evening – one for pizza, the other for sandwiches, etc.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  Nope, in those days we didn’t get hearing protection for range or duty fire of small arms or crew served weapons so hearing loss was an occupational hazard. It’s so common that short of deaf-as-a-post the VA barely gives you a cup of coffee and a hand shake for hearing loss. TGhdey did give me a great set of hearing aids though.

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                • Janie M. says:

                  Sorry to hear that. Loss of some hearing is expected with age but, surely, continually assaulting them with LARGER than normal noise decibels, hastens and exceeds the normal parameters. Ahh, the VA… I rely on them for my medical care now and am not a happy camper. Hopefully, that will be remedied soon.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  Sorry to hear of bthat…nice turn!
                  I’ve been fighting the VA since the very early 70s when they were busily killing off WW II and Korean War vets. Still working with local Senator’s office as they now have vets from VM thru GWOT they can kill without kindness.
                  VA IG put out a report, Sep 2015 I believe, stating that VA was complicit in over 360,000 vet deaths. I have Tricare and Medicare so I use private care as VA around here is…scary.
                  Czarina’s dual certified audiologist-speech pathologist so when I use the VA for my hearing she comes along to keep things honest.

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                • Janie M. says:

                  That so called “Choice” card they rolled out in 2014 was a joke. I spoke to “Rudy” at the VA about using it to get local care for an issue (120 miles round-trip +$9/tolls) to get to Hines VA Hosp. in Chicago). He gave me some BS answer. After reading comments at vet. site articles later, I came upon the answer for Rudy’s behavior… protectionism. Less vets using their facilities means less of those workers needed. I also understand it is also the reason why the VA workers slow-paid civilian medical providers (via the Choice program) so they wouldn’t treat vets any longer. My son thinks Hines is dirty, not well-kept. (it’s a really old facility).
                  Glad Ms. Cz goes with you to the VA. Shame it had to come to that.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  Yup, that was one of my Semator complaints – thery wanted me to go to NOLA or Baton Rouge, 75 miles and 130ish miles, one way, respectively. It would mean an overnight or my getting up at 0-dark-30 to make an appoionbtment – and that was if it were on a day that we could get a sitter for my Mom. Choice Program would mean I could use a audiologist just 40 miles away at a more convenient time. Sen agrees with me that VA bis trying to limit the program’s use as they can then show it’s not being used and ask it be dumped. Gotta remember, they keep their jobs by using the numbers of vets using and bnacked-up requires their bloated infrastructure, so by limiting use of Choice and backing up vets treatment thy can ask for more $$$$.
                  VA exploits a loophole in that in order to qualify for Choice you have to live more than 40 miles from a VAv treatment facility…not the facility that offers the specialized treatment but ANY VA treatment center period, whether they offer the treatment or not. I live twenty miles from my VA ‘treatment’ center, a mobile home without wheels (really!) and they offer nothing but it’s 20 miles, within the loophole range, and they can then deny me Choice.
                  I use a major civilian medical-industrial complex but I at least know their docs speak English, are licenced in the US, are not sanctioned by their specialty and can be sued if they screw up.

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                • famouswolf says:

                  Oddly, a nightmare at the time, but many happy memories, yes. Mostly so, now that time has eroded the rest.
                  Nice to meet you, jarhead.

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              • Disgusted says:

                What? You didn’t get seasick? I just DID only reading your accounts of your experiences! I have renewed love of our militaria right now! You guys are incredible! Thank You!

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          • LEET says:

            It is Biblical
            Matthew 6:2-3.

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  2. Lucille says:

    Winter In Death Valley
    Tips on where to shoot on your first visit to Death Valley National Park
    Text & Photography By Adam Woodworth | January 23, 2018
    https://www.outdoorphotographer.com/winter-in-death-valley/

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I loved Death Valley. I had read all of Zane Gray’s and Louis Lamour’s books and so many were about stories in desert like that.

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      • Lucille says:

        Louis Lamour’s novels are known for their historical detail. My Mom and Dad read everything of his. They used to sit and read passages to each other.

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

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  4. Lucille says:

    In case you were wondering….

    Why Isn’t Russia Part of Europe?
    https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/why-isnt-russia-part-of-europe-op-ed-47864

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    • Mariposa323 says:

      Russia will save Christianity in the end . It will be the last defense . America has Trump for now , but unless people truly come to their senses , it won’t last long . We have flirted too much with the moneyed classes that want the destruction of the West . They want no religion , therefore no morals and no impediment to their total control over us . I’ve asked myself many times , what is it they are so afraid about with Russia … Russia was tested and found worthy , will we survive the test ?

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      • Lucille says:

        Not being sure of what you mean by “Russia was tested and found worthy , will we survive the test ?”, could you explain? Surely you do not include the USSR in your “Russia” statement.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Russia didn’t incluse the USSR, the USSR was a political phase just as was the Czardom. Russia, like the US, is its people and the peoplevheld tight to Christianity even through the USSR’s attempt to destroy it.
          The Communists attempted to physically stamp out Christianity through force, while in the US they are trying to do it by inposing a doctrine of ‘there is no sin except denying the State’. The morals we once had are being replaced from all sides by permissiveness and licentiousness, the velvet glove instead of the the hammer and sickle. Same proctor, different test questions.

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      • Tess says:

        I believe ‘worship’ within secular institutions has supplanted the worship of God. Perhaps human beings have an inborn need to adore something greater than themselves. ‘Modern’ worship takes place within the context of political ideologies (abortion rights activism for example), sporting events, entertainment spectacles (embarrassing award shows), etc. Karl Marx wanted the destruction of formal religion because an all powerful State demanded that worship for itself. Of course, Mr. Putin has put aside some Marxist persecution of religion. Some. Your observations are very interesting, made me think. Thank you.

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  5. millwright says:

    Something to ponder upon considering the increasing stridence of the NWPs for seminal changes in American society.
    ‘ Government is an organization that claims the right to do whatever it desires and punish disobedient or resistant individuals with the loss of property, liberty , or even life. That its actions may be occasionally beneficent doesn’t alter the fact. ‘ ( Paraphrased from “Satan’s World ” Poul Anderson )

    Perhaps the above is all the more applicable insight of the emerging evidence of the breakdown of our government at executive, policy and oversight levels .

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    • Lucille says:

      Offhand I can’t figure out what “NWPs” means. Is that a common acronym?

      The Poul Anderson paraphrase caused me to re-read Romans 13:1-7 (see: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+13%3A1-10&version=NRSVCE), to my mind a very troublesome Scripture passage that most of us Christians simply ignore because it seems so extraordinarily outside our concept of freedom. But it IS God’s written Word; so what does it mean?

      IF ANYONE KNOWS OF A GOOD EXPOSITORY ON THIS PASSAGE from any of the Church fathers and doctors, I’d appreciate knowing about it. The modern interpretations all seem very pacifist.

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      • Orygun says:

        I read the passage and it seems like it lost something in the translation. It seems almost contradictory or confused. Just my thoughts from someone with no real biblical knowledge but sometimes it is helpful not to have preconceived ideas in your analysis.

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        • Lucille says:

          Thanks, Orygun. I’ll check out some other translations. Searching for an interlinear with English, Greek and Latin might be good, too. It’s always interesting to compare which Greek word is used in a certain passage and how the same word used in another passage might be translated differently into English or Latin.

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      • piper567 says:

        Lucille…don’t forget to check out Matthew Henry.
        Reliable.

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  6. Sentient says:

    Tonight in Minneapolis we’ve gotten 5” of snow. I walked out by the lake, and as it glistened under the streetlight glow I thought it couldn’t be more beautiful – but it looked even better after I carved a couple of giant MAGA’s in the snowbank to trigger any libtard bastards driving by.

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  7. ForGodandCountry says:

    The Most Dangerous Work Place On Earth

    Yesterday, I posted a series of videos showing why flying from and landing on board an aircraft carrier is one of the most demanding and dangerous tasks in all of aviation. Carrier pilots truly run far greater risks that most other pilots in all the armed services.

    Over the next few days, I’m going to show you why working on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier is the most hazardous place to work on earth on a daily basis. You see, it’s not just the pilots who run all the risks, it’s also all the various ship’s crew who work, maintain, and perform all of the flight deck operations on “the roof”, as the flight deck is known.

    As you may imagine, a carrier flight deck is a HIGHLY controlled environment. NO ONE who is not trained and authorized to work on the flight deck is allowed on the roof while flight operations are underway. And, for those who are, everyone is required to wear very specific, color coded jersey that identifies what job they do. This helps everyone differentiate between who is who, where they should be, and what they are or will be expected to be doing at any given time. Here is a chart showing the colors and the various job descriptions they represent:

    Prior to the start of flight operations, the entire flight deck is visually, manually checked for “FOD”. This stands for “Foreign Object Damage”…which is any odd piece of metal, wire, or anything at all that can be sucked into a jet’s air intake and into it’s engine. A metallic button from a shirt or a single loose nut from a screw can and has destroyed a million dollar jet engine. FOD can also be blown by a jet engine at the speed of a bullet into a crew member, another plane, a fuel line, or ordinance on or being loaded onto a plane. FOD is highly dangerous and is a constant, daily hazard. FOD “build up”, and the subsequent need for it’s removal, is always happening. Here are a few pics of a FOD walkdown.

    Remember, carriers work day AND night, in all weather…so the “FOD walk” ALWAYS happens no matter what. Night, day, rain, wind, hot, cold, or any combination thereof, it doesn’t matter. Every nook and cranny of the flight deck is checked, like one of the aircraft/equipment tie down points in this following pic. You can see the crew member bending over in blue has already found a few pieces of FOD. And everyone participates, even the pilots themselves….

    FOD is collected and examined to see what is found. Here is a good example of FOD found during a FOD walk at an airbase in Japan…but it is much the as that found on the flight deck…

    And it’s not just FOD. Fuel, oil, and other contaminants foul the flight deck, too. So this is done regularly as well…from the bow of the ship all the way aft to the stern…

    As you can imagine, it is a big job…

    And it’s not just the flight deck itself that gets cleaned. Everything topside gets regular cleaning, not only because of FOD, but also to help with quick and easy visual inspections.

    Now, remember how I told you FOD can be blown by a jet engine at the speed of a bullet? I’m not kidding. Watch what happens to this crew member in the wake of a jet engine. Note, too, how loose gear gets blown off of him, and becomes FOD…

    Tomorrow, I will get into some of the specific jobs on the flight deck, and more of the dangers and risks these people run on a daily basis.

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    • nimrodman says:

      Thx, ForGodandCountry, very much appreciate this post. Fascinating stuff.

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    • sobriquet4u says:

      Such a great post! Thanks so much and look forward to others.

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    • amwick says:

      First TY… I had heard about the colors, but I never had any details… Now
      WHAT is going on in the Flight Deck Fails video??? There must be a good explanation as to why crew are crouching behind the jet with one arm in the air… but,, I don’t get it…

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    • mostlyogauge says:

      Wow. My admiration and respect for these people just went up another 10 feet. Wow.

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    • dbethd says:

      This is so interesting! Thank you for sharing all this. I’ve been sharing with my sister too who is also enjoying it.

      Were you part of the crew aboard the carrier? Maybe you’ve mentioned that before, I just couldn’t recall.

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    • 17CatsInTN says:

      Really enjoying your series. Thanks for posting!

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I got to go on a Dependents Cruise once on a carrier. It was the thrill of a lifetime.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      And let’s not forget:

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        dangerous as hellz!!!!!!YIKES!

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        • czarowniczy says:

          And let’s also not forget the dorks who walk into spinning propellors of get blown overboard.

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          • ForGodandCountry says:

            Dorks, eh?!?

            Have YOU ever worked on a flight deck when you are bone tired and exhausted…

            ….when you’ve had less than a solid 8 hours because of things like duty rotations and unexpected emergency drills lasting 1-2 hours cutting into your rack time….

            ….when you couldn’t sleep because of any of a 1,000 different reasons…

            …and THEN you had to go back to work in an extremely hazardous environment…

            …..one in which it’s very easy for even the sharpest of people to make a small mistake with catastrophic outcomes, even when they aren’t dead tired???

            These people are serving our country….each one of us….in HIGHLY dangerous job capacities, with literally hundreds of lurking dangers that are ALWAYS present…

            …and you have the unmitigated gall to call someone who suffers a terrible mishap in the line of duty…in such a work environment…a “dork”?!?!?!?

            Needless to say, I would be asking you all the above while as I stood over you while you spat a few teeth out, after I cold-cocked your sorry butt for making such a stupid and ignorant comment!!!

            GOD how I wish you could repeat that to my face, you moronic dork! You are truly a sorry SoS.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              No, sorry, I just worked engineer equipment for 24 ot 48 hours at a time while taking fire. Geez, if I’d have realized you’d put such as personalized ‘don’t dare saty anything that might bev taken as tarnishing my speil’ I wouldn’t have posted, but then maybe my take post was tarnished by having been on the ground face-to-face with whomsoever we were fighting at the time. Sorry that you took such offense but bthen soldiers and sailors ne ver did spoeak the same language.

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              • ForGodandCountry says:

                FYI, I’d take the exact same offense to someone who said something so casually about a soldier making a fatal mistake clearing mines or laying bridge, to cite just a few examples. It’s got nothing to do with who speaks what language, and your branch of service doesn’t exclude you from respecting others who’ve worn a uniform. You know that.

                That said, your apology accepted.

                I feel VERY strongly about all service members…including you…and react just as strongly to such comments from anyone, anytime. If someone said that about you or one of the people you served with, I’d react no differently. Thanks for understanding.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  GOOD FOR YOU! I guess I didn’t get the NOTAM making you the sole spokersman for the hjonor and integrity of all servicemembers. When the appoinment orders come out feel free to check and if you find me on them, remove my name.
                  So I presume the only umbrage taken was to the use of dork – well in my Army servicemembers reserved the right to speak of each other in less than glowing terms. We frequently used black humor (Oh crap, here comes the BLM flaming) and if it eases the huge and unforgivable faux pass I’ll post videos of Air Force and comnmercial ramp tramps being sucked into jet engines – they’re out there. That way we can see how many of them go ballistic over a word mis-taken.

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                • ForGodandCountry says:

                  You keep making up false arguments to CYA and excuse yourself. And it shows. You wanna call your fellow vets “dorks” and “tramps” I can’t stop you. I’ve said what I had to say.

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            • I stand with you on this FG&C! We veterans need to stand together and treat each other with mutual respect!

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    • joshua says:

      Then there was Navy Pilot John McCain on the flight deck creating FOD by his stupid antics, resulting in many deaths and a lot of destruction…

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  8. Thinking about taking time to listen for God in the silence of my life.

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    • nikkichico7 says:

      1 Kings 19:11-13 King James Version (KJV)
      11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
      12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

      13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

      God bless you with your quiet time in the Lord. 🌸

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    • duchess01 says:

      Good Idea, think –

      “GO to the QUIET” and LISTEN to the message God has for you!

      God Bless You!

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  9. citizen817 says:

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  10. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
    Psalms 23:4 (KJV)

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  11. duchess01 says:

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  12. duchess01 says:

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

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  13. smiley says:

    huia

    ca 2000

    encaustic

    nalu

    ca 2015 (?)

    encaustic

    calypso

    ca 2015 (?)

    artist : Anne Stahl (b. 1968, Germany ~ resides in California and Berlin) ~ Contemporary~ Abstract Landscapes, Seascapes

    these are encaustic paintings, over photographs taken and manipulated by the artist which have been “merged” onto solid panels prior to the encaustic applications.

    more here…

    http://annestahl.com/about/

    (click on Artworks to view the art.)

    can see a definite Rothko influence.

    🙂

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  14. Dora says:

    Spartak Gorinov – ‘High Water’ (1997)

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  15. smiley says:

    Italy’s general election (Sunday, March 4, 2018) and a “nightmare scenario” for the EU…

    http://www.france24.com/en/20180305-italy-election-hung-parliament-five-star-lega-dimaio-salvini-eurosceptics

    Mar 6, 2018

    Italy’s general election resulted in a hung Parliament and a triumph for the 2 parties EU has feared the most …

    the Five-Star Movement and the (anti-immigrant ) Eurosceptic Lega Party.

    “…Five-Star and the Lega accounted for half of all votes cast, an astonishing result that raises the possibility of an ‘anti-system’ post-election pact between the two. That is a scenario EU leaders were desperate to avoid~ and one Steve Bannon…has described as ‘the ultimate dream’ “.

    much more info and vids at the link.

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  16. Dora says:

    Great find!

    ====

    Wreckage found of WWII aircraft carrier USS Lexington

    Washington (AFP) – Wreckage from the USS Lexington, a US aircraft carrier which sank during World War II, has been found in the Coral Sea, a search team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced Monday.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/wreckage-found-wwii-aircraft-carrier-uss-lexington-005616775.html

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  17. nikkichico7 says:

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

    7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

    9 “Pray, then, in this way:

    ‘Our Father who is in heaven,
    Hallowed be Your name.
    10 ‘Your kingdom come.
    Your will be done,
    On earth as it is in heaven.
    11 ‘Give us this day [a]our daily bread.
    12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
    13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from [b]evil. [c][For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]
    14 For if you forgive [d]others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

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  18. nikkichico7 says:

    Matthew 6:6-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    Posted above

    🙂🌸🌹

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  19. Dora says:

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    • smiley says:

      2003 BBC documentary…full version…when you have time.

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    • Bob Thoms says:

      On October 23, 1956, around two hundred thousand Hungarians gathered in Budapest to demonstrate in sympathy for the Poles who had just gained political reform during the Polish October. The Hungarians broadcast sixteen demands over the radio, one of them being the dismantling of Stalin’s statue. A hundred thousand Hungarian revolutionaries demolished the Stalin statue, leaving only his boots, in which they planted a Hungarian flag. The bronze inscribed name of the Hungarians’ leader, teacher and “best friend” was ripped off from the pedestal. Before the toppling of the statue, someone had placed a sign over Stalin’s mouth that read “RUSSIANS, WHEN YOU RUN AWAY DON’T LEAVE ME BEHIND!”[2] The revolutionaries chanted “Russia go home!” while pulling down the statue. “W.C.” and other insulting remarks were scrawled over the fragmented parts of the statue.

      Eastern Europe will be the only hope for the other EU countries. They remember.

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  21. Bob Thoms says:

    Love Old Dogs……….

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  22. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ censored infidels!

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  23. food for thought from PJMedia…

    “This is my experience of the left and right as well. On the left: self-serious, self-righteous, angry-faced harridans who want to destroy you for disagreeing with them. They call you names, they shout you down, they riot if you try to speak, they try to get you fired or run you out of business. On the right, we laugh a lot and argue constantly.

    Brooks says progressives are winning because they have managed to silence dissenting opinion. In his speech at CPAC, Shapiro declared the right is winning precisely because: “The era of political correctness is over.”

    Suppression of opinion, or free discussion? Which way forward do you think Americans will ultimately choose?”

    https://pjmedia.com/andrewklavan/two-op-eds-draw-stark-portrait-left-vs-right/

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  24. dbethd says:


    The Forgotten Thalidomide Children
    While the Canadian government compensated most victims of an approved drug in the 60’s called Thalidomide, those who cannot prove their mothers took it are being left out. The deformities the drug caused are now making life even more difficult as the victim’s age.

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  25. WeeWeed says:

    Remember the Alamo, Texas – go vote!

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    • czarowniczy says:

      And given the influx of illegals promised by the Rats, soon to be a taqueria! Remember the Alamo y no te olvides de nuestros crispitos miercoles! My diversity instructor will be impressed!

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  26. bessie2003 says:

    Being of the generation of the Vietnam war, found this article to be interesting.

    At first I thought it was just going to be a puff piece about the USS Carl Vinson visiting Vietnam and it turned out to be a nice in-depth article on developing relationships between Vietnam, China and USA.

    Here is a link to the article:

    http://www.atimes.com/article/vietnam-welcomes-americas-return/

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  27. WonkoTheSane says:

    Good morning Treepers! I wonder if you can help me. My MAGA neighbors are expecting their first child, a boy, in April. I have been invited to a “welcoming party” (I think they used to be called baby showers and men weren’t invited, but alas the world has changed). Anyway, I need gift ideas. They are great neighbors and friends, and I’m just no good at these things. I just know the great people here will have some ideas for me, and thank you!

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      There are really nice gift baskets. You can go on Amazon and look at those. Don’t concentrate on a baby’s first few weeks or months. Babies grow out of everything very quickly at that age. Something I noticed about my son and DIL. They don’t use cutsie diaper bags and things. They use a big backpack that goes everywhere with them.There are a lot of things like that that are different from what I used.

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    • Pat Frederick says:

      we got our grand daughter a recordable “Twas the Night Before Christmas” book and her Grandpa recorded his voice reciting the story. it’s her favorite book—and she’s 9 now and loves to read on her own.
      But they make many wonderful books—maybe inscribe a personal message on the inside…

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Great suggestion. My father recorded my aunt’s tape (yes, a tape) on her answer machine. I love to call her and hear his voice. He has been gone now for 10 years. I can only imagine how a child would feel to hear the voice of a grandfather.

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        • Pat Frederick says:

          For our anniversary last year, my daughter bought us a recordable book and our grand daughter read to us! so we can always hear her young voice. We will eventually pass it on to her so she can share it with her children.

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      • My son-in-law’s parents did the same thing – my sweet Piper (8) loves that book! Another of her favorites is a book I bought her when she was 5, called “God Made Just One” by Bonnie Rickner Jensen.

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    • smiley says:

      a lot of cute…and practical…ideas here…

      https://www.thebump.com/a/baby-shower-gift-ideas

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      • smiley says:

        and this guy’s always a hit…

        took mine, a little battered but much-loved, to college with me 🙂

        mom must’ve sewn his Bear legs and paws on a million times and washed him even more, after so much LOVE all those young years.

        🙂

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    • dbethd says:

      How much are you willing to spend?

      My favorite gifts to me have been:
      Necessities: Diapers & wipes! I would get size 1 or 2, since they grow out of newborn so quickly.
      Muslin Swaddles – Aden & Anais is the popular brand.
      Books – who doesn’t love reading to their children?!
      Hooded towel when baby gets older (I personally love the homemade ones made from big towels)
      For fun: a MAGA tee! I’m expecting my third and don’t need clothes, but honestly I would LOVE a MAGA tee……(and my husband thinks we should name our baby Donald J…haha)

      You could wrap a package of diapers & a tee with a hooded towel and a big bow. No packaging necessary. Or just stuff it all in a big bag 🙂

      I like to make diaper cakes for my friends and put things on it like baby thermometer, outlet plugs, pacifier clip, muslin swaddle blankets, and usually a little teddy on top. This requires a bit more work/time though, so I reserve this gifts for friends only.

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    • WonkoTheSane says:

      Thanks all. Treepers are the best! So many great suggestions and this gives me a place to start. I think I’ll see if I can find a “Winners Aren’t Losers” book too. HA! 🙂

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      • PatriotGalNC says:

        Maybe purchase a set of all the Rush Revere children’s books! This way, they can read them and then when it comes time to introduce their child to American History, they will be ready!!!

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    • amwick says:

      Do they have a yard? A small tree to plant, they might like that. A different kind of gift.

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      • Pat Frederick says:

        I like that idea. We did something similar but not for births–we planted trees on our property in honor of loved ones that passed—we planted 3 trees in a short time and need to plant more come spring. But they are reminders of lives well lived.

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        • pacnwbel says:

          The poignancy of a memorial garden – 1994 was a year full of losses and the rose garden saw nine additions. Caring for them afforded time to remember and appreciate those who we had loved and who had been important in our lives.

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  28. nikkichico7 says:

    Okay, who here has never stepped on a lego? ‼️❗️⁉️ 🤨😩😢

    LEGO at 4:50

    When I stepped on them my big bad vacumn sent them to never, never land 🤨

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  29. duchess01 says:

    March 5, 2018
    Italy gives Europe’s elites the boot
    By Monica Showalter

    http://bit.ly/2G1jEpO

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  30. nikkichico7 says:

    For donnainoregon …..

    May those that love us, love us.
    And those that don’t love us,
    May God turn their hearts.
    And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
    May He turn their ankles
    So we will know them by their limping.
    ~Irish Blessing

    I always liked this one, especially when I worked in an office setting …. 👍😉🌸🌷🌸🌷🌹🌸🌷🌹

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  31. duchess01 says:

    March 06, 2018
    INVESTIGATION: “Trans” ideology pushed by Big Pharma and surgery companies backed by $400 million P.R. campaign

    by Ethan Huff, Natural News:

    https://www.sgtreport.com/articles/2018/3/6/investigation-trans-ideology-pushed-by-big-pharma-and-surgery-companies-backed-by-400-million-pr-campaign

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  32. dbethd says:

    https://contentsharing.net/actions/email_web_version.cfm?ep=sc-ILptDfH1OvxvYlTCRahZBVVb3qP7wMQ8xeCX5EonLE3krV0BLCWT1mq8bnTMA4nYcBgOPKALDwZri45zDMJM5O93r40m4wY_wUtVf6Ksl_EZmhmAzWE5tbCQ4EKIb

    HSLDA has been working with the Home School Association for Military Families (HSAMF), and we are pleased to announce a new expansion of HSLDA’s efforts that focus on serving military homeschoolers.

    Please share this news with other military families you may know who homeschool or are considering homeschooling their children! And if you are a donor who wishes to help the Homeschool Foundation support military homeschoolers in financial need, you can partner with us here.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I think homeschooling is great for military children. I went to 6 different schools in different states in elementary school. My handwriting is terrible because they taught it at different grades in different school systems, and I was still trying to learn my times tables in Jr. high.

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  33. joshua says:

    jello shots

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  34. TwoLaine says:

    12 years, and it is still hard to believe that she is gone. Christopher Reeve was one lucky man. RIP Dana & Christopher. You are both missed.

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/13553481/dana-reeve

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  35. Cisco says:

    Mark your calendars.
    🚂🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
    Saturday, March 10, 2018: RSBN’s Steve Lookner, Margaret Howell and Liz Willis will be on hand as President Donald J. Trump holds a rally at Atlantic Aviation in Moon Township, PA. Watch our all day live stream coverage beginning at 3:00 PM Eastern time.

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  36. Dora says:

    This is creepy! So many science fiction stories actually come true. Remember Soylent Green”

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  37. kinthenorthwest says:

    So much weird crap happening in America–Is our country going bat$hit crazy.

    United Express first-class passenger declares ‘I am God,’ tries opening plane door mid-flight
    http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/03/06/united-express-first-class-passenger-declares-am-god-tries-opening-plane-door-mid-flight.html

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    • smiley says:

      well…

      …WAY too much of that going on.

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      • kinthenorthwest says:

        Makes One Want To Fly NOT

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        • smiley says:

          or….maybe it was one too many First Class Manhattans..

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          • kinthenorthwest says:

            LOL–

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            • amwick says:

              My husband only recently decided he would fly. We do not travel much, but he insists on paying 4 x a coach ticket for business class. For that price, yes, a couple extra drinks. BTW, I really like Manhattans.

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              • kinthenorthwest says:

                I am thinking of flying overseas…Around 8 hours or more for part of hope…

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                • amwick says:

                  You can fly to Europe, or take a cruise, or both. Just sayin’.

                  Oh, this reminds me, Congressman Nunes’ family came from tha Azores. I am really excited about visiting there. It looks beatiful.

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                • kinthenorthwest says:

                  Norway is my end destination

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                • amwick says:

                  2 of my grandparents came from Norway….. *sighs someday!

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                • kinthenorthwest says:

                  that is why I am going…Find your relatives if you can…
                  I never thought I could go, but have distant cousins fighting over whom I will stay with & who will show me Norway..LOL All are Christians, but I have enough in reserve just in case.

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              • nikkichico7 says:

                At a combined company Christmas party (the holding company and the law firm that owned it) a co-worker and I decided to try the southern comfort perfect manhattans, we had two each … wow 😮 … not bad, not bad at all 😜 of course our husbands drove home thank God for that.

                That was long ago, on the 26th floor of the buhl building in downtown Detroit. The law firm employees didn’t care too much for the holding employees, … after of those it didn’t matter 😛 and we had to go to work the next day ☹️

                Cheers 🥃🎉🎊

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                • nikkichico7 says:

                  …. holding company employees ….

                  The Law firm/Christmas party host had Christmas hams on tables for all the employees to take home. The gentleman I worked managed the computer room, …. late 1970’s —- early 1980’s …. he picked up a ham from a table and was told that table was for the law firm employees … he bowled the ham back down the table … he was taken off a bit by that. It was odd to watch a ham traveling across the table like that …. 😮😐🤭

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              • BigMamaTEA says:

                I think I’ll stay on the ground and drink Manhattans!!! {unless, there should be a family emergency. Flying is still one of the fastest ways to get from point A to point B, if it’s more than a day’s drive.}

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      • nikkichico7 says:

        Every day …… 🤫

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  38. amwick says:

    Is there anyone with a good legal head on their shoulders?. One of our CTH friends posted about something really awful on the Presidential thread… An incident involving police charges that are ridiculous… Crossthread42 is having a really, really rough spot.. Just thought I would mention it here… in hopes….

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/03/06/march-6th-2018-presidential-politics-trump-administration-day-411/comment-page-5/#comment-5089700

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  39. czarowniczy says:

    Looks like Chris McDaniel’s going to stick with going after Wicker, been hearing McDaniel’s ‘down with Wicker’ commercials all afternoon. Trump endorses Wicker and McDaniel is definately not a Trump supporter or fan so let’s see how this plays out.

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  40. 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.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  41. patrickhenrycensored says:

    This dog’s beloved toy was discontinued, but a caring stranger saved the day

    https://www.today.com/pets/dog-whose-favorite-toy-discontinued-gets-special-delivery-t124297

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  42. BigMamaTEA says:

    Texas had their 2018 Primary today. Following the results still. Statewide races, still large percentage precincts are still out.

    https://enrpages.sos.state.tx.us/

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  43. BigMamaTEA says:

    Tommorrow – on Senate tee-vee….

    A plan to scale back post-$$crisis banking rules cleared a big hurdle today. More than 1/3 or the Demonrats joined the Rupublirats for Cloture vote – Y-67 – N – 32

    Next couple of days should be fun…..Fauxcohohantis is promising speeches against, of course. She doesn’t want to lose her “baby” The Dodd-Frank bill or any of it’s over-reach.

    S.2155 -” Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act”

    you can read a summary here, or click text on this page the full bill.

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2155?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22S2155%22%5D%7D&r=1

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  44. BigMamaTEA says:

    Utah State Bar Apologizes After Emailing Boobs to Every Lawyer in Utah…..

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  45. BigMamaTEA says:

    WHUT?!!!

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