Friday March 23rd – Open Thread

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

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

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247 Responses to Friday March 23rd – Open Thread

  1. 17CatsInTN says:

    Today, an action shot, more or less… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Vole hunting! The left group is Sage, Sammy and Winkin. On the right is Theophilus and Ebby. They gather around the holes and wait for the voles to come up, then snag them, bring them into the house and bat them around all the while growling off potential body snatchers. So, who needs exterminators when you have a dedicated cadre of professional stalkers?

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  2. czarowniczy says:

    I’m going to contact both of my Senators and my Rep today. I’m asking that they fight for a rider for ANY bill containing gun control language, a rider that will forbid ANY video game containing ANY graphic gun violence be rated ‘X’ and forbid its being purchased, possessed or played by anyone under 21. Ditto with movies or TV programs, ANY gun violence including cartoob violence, gets the movie/program an ‘X’ rating…nor ‘R’, a big fast ‘X’, automatically.
    MY GGS and I go to a PG-13 movie and it’s graphic violence, blood squirting and splashing from bullet hits, guts and gore. He can’t own a firearm yet at his age he can see all of the graphic gun violence he wants in the movies and on TV. Don’t even start me on video games – have you seen them? And the can plsy them online where juvies around the world can shoot each other in cyberspace in realtime without ever meeting each other.
    Calling in about 5 minutes…

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  3. holly100 says:

    testing testing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • amwick says:

      Fine! But as I have said to other tests, no math allowed… other than that, carry on. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • holly100 says:

        Had to buy a new computer. It works just fine but all my settings are scrambled. WordPress especially is not cooperating. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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        • amwick says:

          oh…. that’s bad. my laptop is cracked, and the case is missing bits, so I get shocks… but I don’t want a new one… that is exactly why….

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        • piper567 says:

          holly…I am writing on one I just bought…Favorites not transferred properly, and stuff not saved the same way. sigh. not too tough of a learning curve though.
          Best wishes. It won’t take too long, just a bunch of patience…WP definitely difficult: allowed me to sign in but won’t let me “like”. sigh.

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          • holly100 says:

            Seems to be a problem with Chrome. Switching over to Edge. This morning I had over 70 emails. Most of them from comments on this thread though my notifications were not enabled. Endless clicking around to fix this and that. Technology is supposed to make life easier right? gah

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  4. phattcat says:

    Death by Robot โ€” Uber self-driving car crash in Tempe, Arizona

    Tempe, Arizona police have released a video showing the fatal collision that occurred on March 19, 2018. The video shows the exterior view of the Uber vehicle leading up to the collision, however it does not include the collision itself due to the graphic nature of the impact. It also shows the interior view of the vehicle operator leading up to the collision.

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    • Linnรฉa says:

      My guess, the โ€˜driverโ€™ is legally and criminally responsible for any injuries or deaths regardless of whether the car is โ€˜self driving.โ€™ Also, because he is an employee, the company that hired him is also legally responsible. In this case, Uber hired him.

      This would mean, if Ford makes a driverless semi-truck with bad logic and the truck consistently runs down pedestrians, anyone sitting in the drivers seat is legally and criminally responsible and the company that owned the the trunk (e.g., Acme Long Haul & Delivery) would also be legally responsible. Ford would only be held accountable for the bad logic through bad press or a class-action lawsuit.

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    • Esperanza says:

      Is this the first manslaughter by robot?

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  5. Lucille says:

    HOW JAPAN PLANS TO WRECK CHINESE NAVY WITH XASM-3 SUPERSONIC MISSILE
    Defense Updates

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  6. nwtex says:

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    • Lucille says:

      Must be having some guilt over knowing they once employed a shooter like Aaron Hernandez.

      Good thing I don’t watch football anymore. I missed my Patriots and my Packers games at first, now not at all. My Dad bought our first family TV 67 years ago so he could watch football and I joined in his devotion. He’d have been more than glad to demand the Patriots change their name to the Un-Americans after this PC anti-2nd Amendment bilge.

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  7. amwick says:

    What a day… !! I needed a break… so now there is bread in the oven…. well, it is in the bread machine rising… but….. nothing is more soothing than the smell of fresh bread… ๐Ÿ™‚
    I bought this bread machine at a thrift store… $6…it is wonderful.

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  8. nwtex says:

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  9. Donna in Oregon says:

    An Irish Blessing for my President and all American Patriots (you):

    Irish Blessing

    May the Good Shepherd protect you in
    Ups and downs,
    Ins and outs,
    Bounds and rebounds,
    Highs and lows,
    Comings and goings,
    Heat and cold,
    Darkness and light,
    Joy and sorrow,
    Good times and bad times,
    Daytimes and nighttimes,
    Short times and long times,
    Old times and new times;
    May He be with you
    At home and abroad,
    On the road and at rest,
    In storm and flood,
    In drought and desert,
    In peace and conflict,
    In doubt and assurance,
    In sickness and health,
    In pain and triumph.
    May the Good Shepherd walk
    with you always
    Until it is time to return home,
    And may God bless you,
    Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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  10. Esperanza says:

    Please may we have your prayers for our Gendarme? He exchanged himself for a hostage in the terrorist attack today and is now between life and death.

    Liked by 5 people

    • Donna in Oregon says:

      I was reading about him. Very special man, extremely brave. He has an extraordinary spirit and humanity.

      “A gendarme hailed as a national hero after he volunteered to take the place of a female hostage being held by a terrorist gunman has been named as Lt Col Arnaud Beltrame.

      The 44-year-old officer is fighting for his life in hospital after he was shot several times by the suspected Islamist extremist who killed three people and injured 16 others before being killed by French special forces.”

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/23/heroic-gendarme-swapped-places-with-hostage-in-french-attack

      Irish Blessing

      May your faith be strong as a mountain wall,
      And subtle as the early morning mists.
      May you believe that Godโ€™s power conquers all,
      And his love through trouble and pain persists.
      May your faith soar like a multi-colored bird,
      And shine brighter than the blinding desert sun.
      Because you know your prayers are ever heard
      And Jesus waits when the final day is done.
      And may God bless you,
      The Father who rules the starry skies,
      The Son who rose from the dead,
      And the Spirit who comes in hope.

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  11. jackphatz says:

    I got this off of Big Fur’s Twitter feed. It’s so spot on, have a watch.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      BOOM! Matt Bevin Gov. of Kentucky. (He should be ready to take the seat currently squatted on by TurtleHead!)

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      • jackphatz says:

        Yeah, I hope he runs for the Senate. Have you read his Wiki, it’s awesome!

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Don’t have to, I remember. Bevins attempted to unseat TurtleHead in 2014. Then ran and won the Kentucky Guv. Nov. 2015! Still get updates from him.

          TurtleHead is likely to lose his leadership position when the next congress is seated. His re-election is 2020. (btw, TurtleHead is in his 6th term = 36 YEARS in the Senate!) Enough is enough Kentucky! Also….even though TurtleHead won in 2014, he garnered the lowest percentage of any Senator Kentucky has seated! ( I like that. A lot of these retreads have really had to work hard to win their last elections. Since 2010 elections – TP -, a lot have retired. First time in a long time they didn’t just cruise into the next term!!!)

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          • jackphatz says:

            It helps that KY and now WV have turn Red, at least fro the foreseeable future.

            The individual states are going to have to come up with a way of forcing term limits. Ballot initiatives…something mandated by the people. Even half of the states with term limits would make a huge difference.

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  12. duchess01 says:

    FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018
    Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is? Does Anyone Really Care?

    http://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2017/10/does-anyone-really-know-what-time-it-is.html

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      I know duchess01, there is despair about how the Congress and Senate mishandles our money and our National Security.

      I found something really cute. I believe Jesus has a sense of humor and would approve of keeping our spirits up with laughter.

      If anyone is feeling bad today, I found a great Tigger And Eeyore story to help with our guidelines:

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      • duchess01 says:

        Hahahaha! “For the first time anyone could remember, Tigger was speechless!”

        A+ for lifting spirits, Donna! God Bless You!

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        • Donna in Oregon says:

          God bless you right back duchess01. I wanted to post on some of the Eeyore comments today on other threads but I was too chicken after we just read the rules of engagement for posters yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚

          Nothing long. Nothing off topic. Name your topic. My topic is laughing today. In the end everything will be alright. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end.

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          • duchess01 says:

            Agree – however, isn’t the Open Thread for those ‘happier’ things – food for thought – and all of that? rules of engagement? – on the Open Thread – there is no topic – however, I can see where that might happen on the other threads – agree – everything will be just right – some of us are just impatient to get there – to the all right part – I mean.

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      • Lumina says:

        “Buddy, if you’re gonna pounce you gotta have some bounce…” I need that spring attached to my hinny today….
        Thanks for the smile….

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        LOL! And wasn’t that Sebastian Cabot narrating? wonderful.

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  13. Sepp says:

    Sometimes people ask family and friends to pray for them. It is fitting, also, to ask those who have reposed and are recognized for their sanctity to pray for us.

    It is reasonable to honor, but not to worship, the Mother of the Lord Jesus Christ by asking her for her prayers of protection, which Christians have done for centuries.

    This is the Fifth Friday in the Great Fast and the Orthodox Church prays the full Salutations to the Theotokos, the Ever-Virgin Mary. (On each of the previous Friday evenings, only a portion of the full service is prayed.) The original Akathistos Hymn was composed centuries ago in a time of severe trials.

    “Rejoice . . . .” and “To thee the Champion Leader . . . .”

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  14. tazz2293 says:

    Just gonna drop this here

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  15. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Former Bay Area resident killed in fiery crash at Travis AFB’s main gate identified
    A man who was killed in a fiery crash at Travis AFB’s main gate has been identified as 51-year-old Hafiz Kazi ( Possibly Amish)
    http://abc7news.com/man-whose-vehicle-exploded-at-travis-afb-identified/3251954/

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  16. patrickhenrycensored says:

    lilbirdee12โ€™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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  17. Lucille says:

    San Francisco Bans Fur Sales to Protect Animals, But Killing Unborn Babies is Perfectly Fine
    By Indya Rennie – March 23, 2018
    http://www.lifenews.com/2018/03/23/san-francisco-bans-fur-sales-to-protect-animals-but-killing-unborn-babies-is-perfectly-fine/

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  18. BigMamaTEA says:

    ******** “Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate”

    Statements & Releases
    Budget & Spending
    Issued on: March 23, 2018

    Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

    In accordance with section 7058(d) of division K of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (H.R. 1625; the โ€œActโ€), I hereby designate as an emergency requirement all funding so designated by the Congress in the Act pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, for the accounts referenced in section 7058(d).

    The details of this action are set forth in the enclosed memorandum from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

    Sincerely,

    DONALD J. TRUMP

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/text-letter-president-speaker-house-representatives-president-senate-21/

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