Wednesday April 4th – 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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161 Responses to Wednesday April 4th – Open Thread

  1. Two of the Academic painters who were at the center of European Academy Art, against which the Pre-Raphaelites and Impressionists were rebelling – Charles Carolus-Duran (1837-1917) and Fritz Zuber-Buhler (1822-1896). The Carolus-Duran are roughly chronological, but Zuber-Buhler seems not to have kept good enough records or dated his paintings, so those are random. Done to Andre Segovia’s Bach – 3 Pieces from Violin Partita No-1, Bourree.

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  2. citizen817 says:

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  4. 4beagles says:

    Thank You Lord !
    For helping me live through a cold turkey, nicotine free day three while retaining my sanity.

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

    Like many virtuosos, Kevin Lo showed great promise as a child. He has matured into one of the great modern classical guitarists.

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  6. citizen817 says:

    Roseanne Barr had a YUGE audience show up to watch the reboot of her successful “Roseanne” show from 20 years ago.

    The ratings for the premiere of the show was a staggering 18 million viewers. By the time the DVRs and an encore airing on Easter Sunday were added into the count, Roseanne achieved a grand total of 25 million viewers. Almost unheard of in today’s Netflix, Hulu streaming world.

    What made the collective Hollywood Left’s jaw drop, is Roseanne is an unabashed Trump supporter and so is her character. That is not supposed to happen on TV unless it is to mock our President. It is almost like there is a 50% part of America that is starved for programming that they can relate too and that shares their viewpoint, who’d a thunk, huh?

    President Donald Trump called Roseanne himself and wished her continued success and congratulations on her show.

    Congratulations Roseanne and may you keep rocking the ratings!


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  7. Troublemaker10 says:

    I think we know who has psychological problems, Eicheneald, and it isn’t Kyle Kashuv.


    Former MSNBC contributor Kurt Eichenwald is on a mission to prove that Kyle Kashuv, a Parkland student activist who is pro-Second Amendment, is attempting to conduct a media takedown of him and others by unfairly accusing media personalities like himself of attacking Parkland survivors.


    In a bizarre email sent to Shapiro Tuesday morning, Eichenwald laid out a conspiracy theory about Kashuv, whom he described as having psychological problems and whom he accused of attempting to conduct a smear campaign with the help of conservative media. Eichenwald said he talked to a psychologist friend about his "disturbing" exchanges with Kashuv; his friend, said the journalist, suggested that Kashuv had psychological issues.

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  8. Dora says:

    William Glackens – ‘Two In A Garden’ (1911)


  9. Troublemaker10 says:

    Parents Stage Walkout Over Planned Parenthood’s Graphic, Violent Sex Ed in Public Schools


    Planned Parenthood has already been caught on video by Live Action advising a girl they think is 15 years old to allow her boyfriend to beat, whip, and gag her. These are the same people that taxpayers want educating their kids in schools? I can’t imagine why anyone would want this, and neither can a group of fed up parents who have organized a walkout later this month.

    “On April 23rd, parents around the nation will be pulling their children out of school for the day in protest of dangerous and graphic sex education and uniting at various locations to hold press events and field media questions,” say organizers….

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  10. smiley says:

    Breuer Chair

    oil on wood

    ca 2009

    Two Chairs


    ca 2009


    oil on canvas


    artist : Carlos San Millan ~ Spanish (b. 1965, Spain…lives in Ecuador) ~ Contemporary ~ Impressionism/Abstract ~ Interiors (also Landscapes)

    more here…

    (click on “Translate” box, if necessary)

    something about the aesthetically pleasing personality of chairs.

    I went through that phase, too.


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  11. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”
    Prov 18:10 (KJV)

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  12. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  13. Dora says:

    When I was young I loved his stories. 🙂

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  15. Bob Thoms says:

    Love Old Dogs……………

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  16. Bob Thoms says:

    Print making in Cape Dorset………….
    The West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in Cape Dorset has earned a worldwide reputation for the quality and originality of limited edition prints made by its member artists. Every year since 1959 the print making studios (now known as Kinngait Studios) have released an annual catalogued collection of between 30 and 60 images as well as numerous commissions and special releases. Kinngait Studios is the longest continuous running print studio in Canada.

    Although the graphic abilities of many Inuit were recognized early on from incised ornaments and tools as well as appliqued garments and bags, very little works on paper were done prior to the inception of the print making program in the late 1950’s.

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  17. nikkichico7 says:

    Ephesians 1:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    7 In [a]Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

    1 CORINTHIANS 10:12-13
    12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.
    13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.


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  18. Donna in Oregon says:

    Law of Mechanical Repair
    After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you’ll have to go to the bathroom.

    Law of Gravity
    Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

    Law of Probability
    The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

    Law of Random Numbers
    If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.

    Law of the Alibi
    If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.

    Variation Law
    If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).

    Law of the Bath
    When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

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  19. 17CatsInTN says:

    Box day.

    Winkin and Blinkin.

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  20. amwick says:

    I received this in an email. I thought it made some great points.. If I can find out who actually wrote it.. I will add that.. Here:

    This explains why Socialism won’t work, and always fails.

    An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

    The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on this plan.” All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all.)

    After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

    The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

    As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

    To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

    These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

    1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

    2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

    3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

    4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

    5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

    Food for thought.

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  21. stella says:

    Just found out that no longer allows posters to share articles from The Conservative Treehouse. They told one of their member that “Sundance does not stick to the content rules of the site and we have received many complaints about it.”

    I wonder what that’s about.

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    • 17CatsInTN says:

      Censoring truth. As always, no matter what label they put on it.

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    • Bob Thoms says:

      Did anyone comment on the rule change aimed at TCTH?


    • piper567 says:

      Well, it does seem that light and truth violate the content rules set forth by a growing number of sites, blogs and s. media.
      The Bible, when speaking of false teaching in the latter days, says people will seek out teachers who say what listeners wish to hear, and many will not receive strong doctrine.
      I believe this aversion/exclusion of reality from our communication tools is simply the temporal version of that truth.
      It has been observed that the liberal mind is not subject to logic; why would such a mind seek light and reality/truth?
      The camps continue to become more identifiable and visible.

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    • Tegan says:

      That floors me…heck, on the weekends there were often 2-3 articles. Shoot, and I just donated to Lucianne. Well, Treepers “complaints” can go both ways. I think perhaps we should write OUR displeasure for the decision!


  22. Ausonius says:

    Allow me to push a Russian American artist named Maria Bablyak, who lives in Boston:



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

    ICYMI… This could be a valuable warning.

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    • smiley says:

      that’s awful…but a VERY GOOD post.

      and most idiots couldn’t care less, unfortunately.

      I feel sorry for pets who are always confined w/ all that electronic noise & lights, as the article points out.

      I’m a human who has NOISE sensitivities, and can totally relate.

      it also produces aggression , neurotic barking (I’m trying not to bark before 6 am and after 10 pm) and neurotic hissing….neurotic biting…neurotic blinking…snarling…


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    • 17CatsInTN says:

      Good thing my cats live in a technology free household. Other than my 2 computers and 2 phones (one each for personal and work), I have no other technology other than an old box TV to watch vids/DVDs. The TV isn’t even hooked up to the converter. That’s it. I know, I’m a cave woman. I have a microwave, stove and dishwasher. Does that count? 😉


  24. Lucille says:

    The UK continues its slide into dystopia….

    UK denies visa to Iraqi nun displaced by the Islamic State
    April 3, 2018 by Robert Spencer


  25. Dora says:

    It looks like this right now.

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  26. Dora says:

    Wonderful moment delighted baby elephant can be heard GIGGLING with joy as she plays with her keepers

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  28. Lucille says:

    This Majestic Land – Michael Hoppé

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    • Lucille says:

      Read of the fateful decision to leave the safety of London…heartbreaking!

      “After the annexation of Austria with Germany in 1938 Alma and her father Arnold, also a famous violin virtuoso, managed to escape to London. She went on her own to the Netherlands where she believed she could resume her musical career.[3]

      “When the Germans occupied the Netherlands, she was trapped. A fictitious marriage to a Dutch engineer named August van Leeuwen Boomkamp did not protect her; nor did her nominal status as a Christian convert. She fled to France, but in late 1942 when she tried to escape to neutral Switzerland, she was arrested by the Gestapo.”

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  30. Janie M. says:

    I realize I am OT by posting this comment regarding the firing of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin but in my defense, I couldn’t post a response to SD’s post on 4/28, regarding this matter because during an emergency appt. I had to schedule at Hines VA Hospital on the 27th due to a 21 lb. weight loss (in less than 6 weeks – I now weigh 108 lbs, I’m 5’5″ tall), they decided to admitted me an in-pt. (was discharged around 1 p.m. today). I learned of Shulkin’s firing while watching the news from my hospital bed….and SMILED from ear to ear. I had attempted to use the “Choice” program in November, 2014 to take care of my chronic problem w/Crohn’s but was given the run-around. It was nothing more than an empty gesture concocted by Shulkin and never intended to work as it had been proposed. Good riddance.

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    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      Janie M.
      High risk of hyperthyroidism attached to Crohn’s.

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      • Janie M. says:

        patrickhenry, with all the GI docs I saw on a daily basis, not one of them mentioned that possibility (had an MRI and LOTS of blood work). I will bring it up during my follow-up with my primary care in a few days. I will say, my weight loss can mainly be attributed to my inability to eat…it caused a lot of abdominal pain, I was literally starving to death. Saltines and water or ramen noodles (small portions of soft foods were all I could eat) aren’t all that nutritious.

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        • patrickhenrycensored says:

          I have Crohn’s, and it caused my hyperthyroidism (which gets hidden by Crohn’s)
          Do you remember getting a TSH test in your blood work?

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          • Janie M. says:

            I don’t know, patrickhenry. If I am remembering correctly, they drew 4-5 separate vials of blood from me and this occurred at least 5+x a day. As I mentioned previously, I will discuss the hyperthyroid issue with my primary care physician this upcoming Friday afternoon where I am scheduled for a follow-up. I believe she and I are supposed to discuss the planned Remicade IV infusions I am supposed to eventually get. Not happy about that but I’m on my last leg and cannot continue with the status quo (I’m 67 and no spring chicken). I was informed by all the GI docs. that I was past the Asacol oral med. stage.

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            • patrickhenrycensored says:

              Remicade, interestingly enough, is a TNF blocker.
              Too much TNF-alpha causes your immune system to mistakenly attack healthy cells in the GI tract.
              Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which your immune system (Thyroid glands) misread threats and overproduce corrections.
              Similar symptoms in each malady, though hyperthyroidism will affect more organs.

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              • Janie M. says:

                You are very well-versed in this issue but since you also have Crohn’s, I am not surprised. Thank you for the information. TBH, I believe in modern medicine but am reluctant to put too much faith in all that Pharma produces and have managed to keep my Rx ‘s to a minimum for the majority of my life and for the most part was healthy. Fortunately, I didn’t inherit my father’s hypertension and CAD (he had a quadruple bypass at age 53 but lived to the age of 83). Don’t know where the Crohn’s came from.

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                • patrickhenrycensored says:

                  I came by the knowledge the hard way.
                  These things have been trying to kill me for years!
                  I inherited atherosclerosis, and am the first male on my father’s side of the family to ever live past sixty. First heart attack at 50.
                  Took 6 years to kick hyperthyroidism without losing my thyroid (refuse to be cut on).
                  Crohn’s has been gnawing on me for over two years.
                  Ileitis causes anorectal abscesses.
                  My good days, pain wise; are those days when I can sit for more than 5 minutes at a time.
                  I dislike modern medicine intensely, and VA more so.
                  Other than that, I’m good.

                  Ps: PillCam is an imaging alternative to colonoscopy.

                  You’re in my prayers, Janie M

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                • Janie M. says:

                  patrickhenry, I admire your spirit, knowledge and kindness in sharing. Can’t escape genetics, can we? Sorry, your med. hx has been rocky and continues to plague you. Since my pain centered around my umbilicus (had 3 hernia repairs, approx. 3 yrs apart, over 20 years ago), I began researching and discovered peritoneal adhesions, a common malady (83 or 85%) which can occur when midline laparoscopic procedures are performed. All my repairs used this method. I offered this explanation to my primary GI doc and he did initially agree to a degree with my assessment but during a later discussion referred back to the results of my cat scan and MRI (had both procedures done during my recent confinement). He also referenced back to an earlier cat scan or MRI (can’t remember which). If I could avoid what I consider a major irreversible gamble (Remicade or Humira), I would in a hearbeat. Thank you, again for your kindness. PillCam looked interesting – found a John Hopkins clinic PDF. Expensive, so I doubt VA would use it.

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          • Janie M. says:

            P.S. All the imaging they have performed on my small colon reveals thickening in different sections and they don’t want to risk a colonoscopy in part due to this issue.

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  31. Sepp says:

    On Wednesday of Great Week, the Orthodox Church commemorates the harlot who anointed the Lord’s head with oil (at the home of Simon the leper) because it is so close to His saving Passion.

    The Church holds on this evening a service of the Mysterion of Holy Anointing or Unction for the healing of soul and body and for the forgiveness of sins prior to Thursday’s Divine Liturgy and the reception of the Lord’s Precious Body and Blood.

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  32. 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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