Monday April 9th – 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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  1. The Surrealistic art of Yves Tanguy, Kay Sage (Tanguy), Salvador Dali, Paul Delvaux, Giogio de Chirico, and Rene Magritte. To Bachianas Brasileiras, by Villa Lobos, sung by Joan Baez

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    • nikkichico7 says:

      Oh my this is awsome … loved it Mary. 🌸

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      • You made my day, nikki! Thank you.

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      • nikkichico7 says:

        My husband and I were in Florida last year and when we are there we make it a point to go to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersberg, Fla. that year we did the virtual tour of one of his paintings, it was outstanding …

        The first time was when our first son was two years old … the one time we went with both boys, the younger one was two and for whatever reason The Hallucinogenic Toreador painting freaked him out, he started to get out of hand (which upset my husband) so I took him to a gallery of Dali’s photographs so he wouldn’t disturb people. There was a series of pictures of Dali, cats, a chair, and a bucket of water …. once my lil’ toddler started looking at this he settled right down, he enjoyed the photos, Dad got to view Dali and our trip to the museum was enjoyed by all 🙂

        🙂👍🌸

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  2. citizen817 says:

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    • Plain Jane says:

      I wonder what goes through the mind of our VSG PDJT when he sees the Sequoias? LOL

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      • 🍺Gunny66 says:

        I guess he would wonder what they have seen all these years…

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      • Kenji says:

        You seem to be confusing PDJT with Ronald Reagan who reportedly quipped … “you’ve seen one Redwood, you’ve seen them all”

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        • 🍺Gunny66 says:

          I know you jest, I’m referring to him actually asking the question to the trees.

          Since some have been here for a thousand or so years.

          But, thank you and Good Morning to you.

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        • 🍺Gunny66 says:

          Kenji,

          Thanks and Good Morning..Actually, I was referring to the spirits of the trees speaking to him about all they have seen in the thousand or so years of existence.

          If only trees could talk…and some say they do..

          Thanks again for your post..😎

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    • millwright says:

      What has always amazed me about Sequoias ( and other very tall trees like the American Chestnut ) is ‘ how do they exist’ ? Consider how much energy it takes to pump sap ( which is heavier than water ) up two hundred plus vertical feet !

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    • Minnie says:

      God bless you, Lucille, and thank you ❤️

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      • Lucille says:

        Thanks so much, Minnie. What a friend we have in Jesus!

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        • piper567 says:

          just came back for a short visit to sanity.
          wow. the Presidential thread has been hijacked by illiterati who must think reading sundance is beneath them.
          I barely survived. My R hand is numb for the scrolling…trying to find someone I recognized…Thank God I survived.
          Finally gave up, so here I am, amidst nice pics, thanksgivings, interesting digressions, and folk I recognize.
          Oh, thank you so much for being here.

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  3. Lucille says:

    “Song to the Moon” – Antonín Dvořák
    Beautiful soprano Renee Fleming sings this aria
    London Symphony Orchestra.

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

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  6. Mary Ann says:

    I love Spurgeon, and he too had a short life, on earth that is 🙂

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  7. smiley says:

    “Massive Explosions” Heard Above Syria Amid Reports Of Fighter Jets Airstrikes; Pentagon Denies

    4-8-2018

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-08/massive-explosions-heard-above-syria-amid-reports-us-fighter-jets-cruise-missiles

    a lot of confusion and “unconfirmed reports” about a Sunday night air raid over eastern Homs targeting “Syrian military facilities”…something called the T-4 Airbase “near Tadmor”.

    USA is denying involvement…speculation : Israel ?

    more at the link.

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    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      I have a question and when I asked over on the Presidential was somewhat savaged.

      Does anyone believe in this Q phenomena.

      Many, many individuals are now trying imply that Q can predict the future and such.

      I for one do not take to such beliefs…..seems like some side show…something that has been fooling people since the beginning of time.

      Seems anyone can throw a whole lot predictions out there, and if only one comes true, many just fall in line.

      Am I wrong on this? Or is this Q something to take seriously?

      Thank you and Good Morning to everyone.

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      • Wend says:

        I read Tarot cards and you probably would be better served relying on me (and Thomas Wictor).

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        • 🍺Gunny66 says:

          Thanks Wend…I was thinking some of the same thoughts…it seems more spiritual than what Q portrays..

          But, seems like a fad…going on…dunno

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          • Wend says:

            Welcome.

            It’s fun to try and match people to Tarot cards with people. DJT is of course the Emperor and also has qualities of all the Kings. He would be interesting to read for.

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          • SW Richmond says:

            Q is most definitely an op. What the purpose of the op is remains to be seen. Clearly it is propaganda. If the propaganda turns out to be of a preparatory nature to mitigate shock as some propose that is one thing. If instead the purpose of the propaganda is to cool our ardor for real change by making us believe in the system changing itself well that is something else again isn’t it?

            The latter is what I believe.

            Clearly there is a great consolidation of power taking place behind the scenes. Clearly the only way to root out a significant portion of the high-level and completely corrupt deep state is first to engage in a great consolidation of power, as the Deep state has had decades to insinuate itself.

            It remains to be seen how this consolidated power will be used. Since it is in the hands of a power-seeker it probably will not turn out well. But the American people know that this is the only way left to us short of a very very cataclysmically destructive Civil War (“Plan B”)..

            This is the important point: I blame the Democrat-communists for everything that happens after this because, by their plainly evident “all-in” posture they left us no choice. Anyone, ANYONE who has ready the founding documents knows neither side was ever meant to have this much power. The chances of it turning out well are slim. The people are only safe from their own government when that government has very little domestic authority. Political power is never relinquished voluntarily. We are creating a monster to kill a monster. One of the new monsters is going to win.

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            • 🍺Gunny66 says:

              SW,

              This^^^^ is what I was wondering and looking for. I mentioned below, but if you view the first page of the Presidential Thread, 75% of the posters are claiming Q said this, Q said that…even to the point that they are now giving Q credit for Sundances Benghazi brief.

              It is unbelievable to me that supposedly intelligent individuals can fall for such a scam.
              If questioned, I am savaged…is unbelievable to me..

              But, your post above has laid this out perfectly and I respectfully request to use and credit your post.

              SW…thanks again..and Good Morning to you..

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      • Bob Thoms says:

        Gunny; I have wondered the same. When Q followers are asked, they go all defensive and I never get a clear picture. And it is always “after the fact” that someone is claiming Q prediction was right.

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        • 🍺Gunny66 says:

          Bob,
          Thank you. I follow your train of thought, and true, when asked you have to hold on. Sometimes they get more than defensive.

          But what kinda throws me is, if you question Sessions or Pence in an objective manner, wow, I’m am ravaged.

          But then the defense of Q, somewhat who may be called a fortune teller.

          I just don’t get it yet.

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      • Tegan says:

        Short answer…yes.

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        • 🍺Gunny66 says:

          Tegan,

          Thank you. Could you possibly provide me with a somewhat more detailed explanation?

          This seems like ….how can I say….some sort of fad, or flim flam, so to speak. If you viewed the beginning of the Presidential Thread last night, 75% was just talking about Q.

          This just seems very suspicious to me. If you or anyone could enlighten me on this, I would sincerely appreciate it.

          And, I apologize for what I feel is polluting this great thread, but this topic belongs here I believe.

          Thank you and Good Morning.

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          • Tegan says:

            Gunny, like most things that take a “leap of faith” I think you have to do more than an occasional “look see” before making your decision on how much credit you are willing to give. I follow the Q messages but also the research that is done from the direction suggested. I do not read “interpretations” just like I avoid “Bible study” groups like the plague.
            Regarding Q , for example, there has been much follow up, tons of links and research (including history, photos, connections, etc) on pedophiles…Epstein’s orgy island…and a lot more that could turn your stomach….but is very real. It’s definitely not a topic you’ll see covered by MSM.
            Q mentions activity on Gitmo and before you know it, there’s a list of planes going in and out, flight patterns and how large the planes are. Just a couple examples, off the top of my head.
            Look…there are “ops” or “cons” or suggested group think in literally every aspect of our lives, as we have discovered to our dismay in the last few years. We can no longer believe nor trust the news, many of our elected Congress, the very institutes we’ve always thought to be working for our benefit…and even the WH, in the recent past. We have to even question some of the major religious institutions and leaders…and I believe a lot more will soon come out that will test the very foundation of many’s beliefs.
            So, where does Q fit in…in my mind merely a source and one that believes in MAGA. There is much that POTUS or the WH cannot say or bring to the attention of the public but something like Q can at least hint about and encourage people to research. For that reason alone, I do believe in the power and worth of the enity called Q. To automatically disparage something because one doesn’t understand the type of messaging, is insensitive, IMO.

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            • Countrywatch says:

              It is in the interests of the Deep State and the Left to mock Q followers as conspiracy theorists.

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            • 🍺Gunny66 says:

              Thanks Tegan. This is why I asked the question. To learn from yours and others experience. Based on, I will not make judgements based upon superficial data.

              Your post is also eye opening, detailed, and well thought out.
              Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

              Much, if not all you stated is very true and if Q fills in the missing pieces that surely fills the void.

              Appreciate your time and post.
              Take care

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            • piper567 says:

              Tegan, thank you for a well presented little intro to this entity.
              I began reading 4Chan one night when I was babysitting and kids were in bed. This was when the white flag incidents were at their peak.
              I followed a long trail of absolutely fascinating documentation of how the flag in some far off field was eventually found, via GPS analysis of breeze currents (!), and a MAGA hat raised on its staff, Ha!. It was wicked good fun!
              I came away being amazed, and very encouraged that the tech knowledge of these young men was being harnessed and furthered by an activity such as this. Even greater was a new-found appreciation for the depth of their knowledge/communication as well as their sophistication.
              Since then, I am not so skeptical ab info being obtained by sources never before considered, regardless of how it may be presented.
              The Bible says, By their fruits you shall know them. Q’s actual followers are the ones to determine his legitimacy, and/or their standards of accuracy.

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      • coolmamie says:

        I think it is interesting to follow, but I am skeptical. Hopeful, but skeptical.

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        • 🍺Gunny66 says:

          Coolmamie,

          Thank you and Good Morning. If you read some of my responses above you can get the gist of my thoughts, but can I ask;

          Why are you hopeful?

          Thanks again.

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          • CM in TN says:

            I’m kinda with Coolmamie on this. I find it interesting in that it leads people to do their own research on things and not relay on being force fed information by the MSM. Do I think Q is going to magically answer all these questions about what is going on? No. I do like that it is red pilling people by getting them to dig deeper into what is being presented to them. Waking people up to doing more critical thinking is all good with me.

            I am hopeful all of it pans out, but realize Q is not going to do it for us. We will have to do the work ourselves through research, similar to what Sundance does here.

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            • CM in TN says:

              If anything, it is a good exercise in critical thinking. Like us discussing it here and now.

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              • 🍺Gunny66 says:

                CM,

                Thank you for your time and feedback. This is such a great site in that we can discuss something that was at first annoying, then curious, but then many people I respected were talking about it.

                So I decided to not lean one way or the other until I researched the issue.

                Thanks again for your time and consideration.

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            • piper567 says:

              CM, good comment.
              Q is educating people who otherwise might not learn the skills necessary to make sense of his posts. it is my hope and prayer that the younger ones will seek a future in Broadcasting. They are learning skills long forgotten.
              I agree this is a good thing.

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      • Countrywatch says:

        Gunny, a personal view about Q: I have been reading excerpts from posts by Q (via Qanon on twitter) and am convinced this is someone close to Trump giving out info, albeit abbreviated/coded, and giving explanations and encouragement to Trump supporters for what is happening. Over the last few months, I have become firmer in my belief on this. What is well worth looking at is the 16 year plan that Deep State apparently had for Obama and Clinton to effect in/on the USA. It is truly of huge concern, and you can identify that many of these things have already happened under Obama. To state the obvious, Trump being elected has been a major blow to the Deep State.

        The gist of it can be found on these links:
        https://www.scribd.com/document/369668690/Qanon-Decode-Four-Posts-Sunday-Jan-21-2018-Will-Sessions-Drop-the-Hammer-Vers-17-0-Jan-21-2018
        https://www.infowars.com/treason-qanon-exposes-obama-hillary-16-year-coup-detat-plan/

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        • 🍺Gunny says:

          Country watch,
          This is an astounding revelation to me and the first I was aware of this.
          I sincerely appreciate your feedback.

          Question. Is the link you provided a link to Q? If not can you provide it?

          Sincerely appreciate you time and sage feedback.

          It certainly has been an education and I thank all of you, really, Thanks.

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  8. Lucille says:

    Love how the photographer (unknown) set up this shot…

    Copenhagen

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  9. It is with a great deal mixed emotions that I announce that another saint has joined the heavenly choir. My 85 year Dad ran the race, finished strong and received his crown at 8:13 pm PDT Sunday evening. He passed peacefully in his sleep. I thank the Lord that I had his example to show what it means to be a man of God, and I look forward to the day when I can join him in singing praises to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in Heaven.

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    • Lucille says:

      Sincere condolences, treeper! Knowing that a loved one is right now in the presence of the Lord brings comfort. May you and your family feel His loving arms around you all.

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    • millwright says:

      My condolences ( I seem top be expressing a lot of them ) these days . Life is a journey toward whatever end awaits us . Hopefully, ( and as I grow ever closer too that destination ) its a good one.! Life well-lived and family and friends we’ve made along the way is all we can leave behind . Tombstones and relics are merely emblems of our passing for the living, not emblems of our past .

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    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      Condolences to you treeper. I pray you keep his memories in your heart and know he is now in a better place and at peace.

      Be well and have peace in your heart.

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    • Janie M. says:

      My condolences, treeper. Your father is gone is body but his spirit is with you still. He will let you know and I hope this will bring you comfort. Bless you.

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    • Kenji says:

      Safe in the arms of his Lord. Peace upon your entire family

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    • nikkichico7 says:

      I am sorry for your loss treepers …. your father went home and you will see him again.

      John 11:23-26 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

      🌹

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    • amwick says:

      Dear Trappedinoregon,
      I am so sorry for your loss, but I can see that your Dad was very special, for you to have such profound admiration for him…Such love speaks volumes… RIP Oregon’s Dad.

      Bless you and your family.

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    • JustCC says:

      Oh to see the golden roads one day…

      May God receive your Dad with open arms , and make a place for us all when we come..
      Bless him with Godspeed and to the family as well.
      Much Comfort and Pease .

      Amen..

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    • DanO64 says:

      So very sad for you. It is going to be difficult. God bless you and your family.

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    • benzy says:

      Remember, Treeper, that he lives on through you. His ideas, his outlook are all reflected in your own life as he taught you how that life should be lived. Others have said it better than can I, just know that he loves you still and honor him in all that you do.

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    • Celebrating! says:

      May God comfort you, treeper.

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    • AmericaFirst says:

      treeper,

      I understand your mixed emotions. My parents are in their 90s, and life becomes ever more difficult. Trying to matriculate through each new physical and mental setback, while aware that just beyond is a new life without the corporeal vehicle, is a daily challenge.

      In my father’s house there are many rooms; I pray that your room will someday be near to that of your earthly father.

      Condolences on your earthly loss. What a comfort to know that he will someday greet you.

      Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

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    • Minnie says:

      God rest your beloved Dad’s soul, treepertrappedinoregon.

      I know the pain of losing a parent, but I also know those who gave gone home before us are safe in His presence, in the arms of the angels.

      God bless you and your loved ones, may your sweet memories bring much comfort.

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    • imprimipotest says:

      “Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall all indeed rise again: but we shall not all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall rise again incorruptible: and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption; and this mortal must put on immortality. And when this mortal hath put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?” [1 Corinthians, 15, 51]

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Godspeed treepertrapped.

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    • Chris says:

      treepertrappedinoregon.
      My sincere sympathies condolences and prayer ill be offered to you and your family
      May you all meet again to rejoice in His comfort

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    • New Nonna to be Again!!! says:

      Dear trappedtreeper,
      May our Lord’s Promise, which we especially remember at the Easter season, bring you His comfort and peace.

      May your remembrance of your dad in the days, months, years to come change from bringing you sadness to joy for having been blessed with such a special man for your father. Not everyone is so blessed. (With gratitude in my heart, I was, and I lost him 16 months ago. Still heavy hearted when thinking of him, only yesterday I realized, yet again, that God allows or ordains ALL in each person’s life. Including my dad’s. This made me understand that any sadness I have about my dad’s circumstances at the end of his life were God’s Will. And between Him and his child, my dad. And just who am I to mourn His Will. This realization gives me strength and the ability to release much sadness and pain. Thank You, God! Thank You, Jesus! I hope this may help you, too.)

      God bless you during this difficult time. You’re never alone.

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    • oldiadguy says:

      My condolences for the loss of your father. I lost my dad in 2008 and know that he still guides me to this day. I am sure your father will as well.

      May the Lord grant you pace and comfort.

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    • JC says:

      My heart goes out to you, treeper. God bless you as you navigate this transition in your life. How sad it is to say good-bye here, but what joy to realize your dad beholds the Face of God. Astonishing, really.

      Love the words to the chorus of this older song:
      Finally Home

      But just think of stepping on shore-
      And finding it Heaven!
      Of touching a hand-
      And finding it God’s!
      Of breathing new air-
      And finding it celestial!
      Of waking up in glory-
      And finding it home!

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  10. smiley says:

    Hungarian elections…

    landslide WIN for PM Viktor Orban…

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hungary-election-jobbik/hungary-jobbik-leader-vona-tenders-resignation-after-election-defeat-idUSKBN1HF0Z4

    take that soros 🙂

    in case you’re not familiar with Victor Orban…

    …this might be helpful…

    Viktor Orban : Only Fidesz Can Protect Hungary From Brussels, the UN and George Soros

    April 7, 2018

    https://budapestbeacon.com/viktor-orban-only-fidesz-can-protect-hungary-from-brussels-the-un-and-george-soros/

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    • piper567 says:

      smiley…Thanks for the latest.
      This is indeed good news.
      Someone earlier linked to a source that said his victory was not as big as it once was…ha!
      soros and his cheating minions? Foiled again.
      I remain so grateful for Trump’s speech in Warsaw…setting the tone, delivered by someone with Authority.
      Trump truly is an ambassador of Hope for many.
      May God richly bless all those on the side of Freedom.

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  11. smiley says:

    Morning ~ Shenandoah Valley Farm

    oil/canvas

    (no date)

    Spring Thaw ~ North End

    oil/canvas

    (no date)

    Hilltop

    oil/canvas

    (no date)

    artist : Douglas Fryer ~ American (Utah) ~ Contemporary ~ Impressionist ~ Representational ~ Landscapes

    quote : “Art happens in the heart and in the mind and in the soul, not just in the hand.” ~ D.F.

    a lot more of his work, here…

    http://douglasfryer.blogspot.com

    🙂

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    • Wend says:

      Exquisite.

      Reminiscent of Andrew Wyeth.

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    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      Virginia is one of the most beautiful states in the Country.

      Deep in history and fine people.

      Visited historic Williamsburg a few times…very nice.

      Thanks Smiley and Good Morning.

      Changed my name a little due to Word Press..

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      • smiley says:

        hi Gunny…yes…I love The Shenandoah Valley and The Blue Ridge Mts…so beautiful.

        actually, I love the word…or name… Shenandoah…love the sound of it.

        nobody really knows its meaning.

        it’s like the mist.

        🙂

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        • 🍺Gunny66 says:

          I also….just kind of vibrates from your soul when spoken……loved that movie Shenandoah with James Stewart and “the boy”…the end is very moving…

          In life, you will realize there is a role for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you, some will love you and some will teach you. But the ones who are truly important are the ones who bring out the best in you. They are the rare and amazing people who remind you why it’s worth it.

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          • smiley says:

            nice rendition of an old favorite 🙂

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          • New Nonna to be Again!!! says:

            Gunny!! Thank you!! I will remember and use your words in my life to remind me of my dad in a happy way.

            ‘Some will test you, some will use you, some will love you, and some will teach you. But the ones who are truly important are the ones who bring out the best in you.’

            You put your finger RIGHT on what I’ve long felt but have never been able to put into words about my dad. Out of all the good things I could say about my dear dad, he WAS truly important because he always taught by example and ‘brought out the best in me’.

            O, thank you, Gunny.

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            • 🍺Gunny66 says:

              New Nonna to be Again,

              Your very welcome and I am very humbled by your thoughts and kind words.

              I find that authors, poets, musicians, and artists, touch our lives with words and expressions close to our spirit,, closer than most mere mortals can even fathom.

              My condolences about your dad. A loss like that sometimes just cannot be expressed in words and I am thankful that I could help in my small way..

              I also lost my father a while back and …..well…many things in my life I have recovered from with the help of poets..artists…musicians…and authors..

              I know your dad is proud of you and I hope I am not being pretentious, but this is something found that eased my pain a little….maybe it will also help you……

              “I cannot say, and I will not say
              That he is dead. He is just away.

              With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
              He has wandered into an unknown land And left us dreaming how very fair
              It needs must be, since he lingers there.

              And you—oh you, who the wildest yearn
              For an old-time step, and the glad return,

              Think of him faring on, as dear
              In the love of There as the love of Here.

              Think of him still as the same. I say,
              He is not dead—he is just away.”

              God Bless..

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          • Countrywatch says:

            I like that, Gunny. Thank you.

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          • JC says:

            Beautiful, Gunny. Thank you.

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        • MIKE says:

          I went to summer camp run by massenutten military academy on the Shenandoah river as a kid. One loose translation was, “beautiful daughter of the stars”.

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        • JC says:

          Feels wonderful under the fingers on piano keys, too, smiley. ☺️

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      • Bob Thoms says:

        I recently followed the Shenandoah Civil War trail; beautiful and historic.

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    • CM in TN says:

      Used to go camping there when I lived in MD…short trip to that part of VA. Now I’m a bit farther away to the south in TN, but enjoy camping here as well.

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    • piper567 says:

      smiley, mighty fine work.
      Thanks.

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  12. citizen817 says:

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  13. Bald eagle lands on James Paxton (pitcher) during national anthem at Seattle Mariners.

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  14. Janie M. says:

    Yeah, I need one of these. Sometimes, when I do any extensive searing of meat, the detector in my hallway goes off and I have open one of the kitchen windows and stand under that friggin’ detector fanning it with a magazine. 😒

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    • nikkichico7 says:

      I hope you patent that and reap the benefits! That’s an AWSOME idea! Love it 💕 !

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    • amwick says:

      *whispers
      I have toast issues.. 😦

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Amwick,
        You and my Mom both. I don’t think she ever made a slice of toast that was lightly browned. There was many a morning I remember her in the kitchen yelling at me, “It’s not burnt! It’s just more brown than how you like it!” I remember replying, “Well then why are you scraping all the black stuff off? Is that charcoal you just made?” She would get so mad at me. Sometimes I think she wanted to scrape me off with the butter knife.

        It’s just she would never admit to ever burning anything ever. She was a fabulous cook mind you, but we all make mistakes here and there.

        It reminds me of her Mother, my Grandmother, claiming she had never been tipsy (drunk) in all of her life. Of course I would then ask her what the heck she was on New Years Eve when she had made and drank her famous wapatoli. She had been seen sitting on where the car window was whopping and a hollering “Happy New Year!” to everyone she saw walking by. I was just happy she said, I wasn’t tipsy at all. Sure Grandma, sure.

        Now if one was to ask my hubby if there are any stories that would link me to the same behavior you’d have to ask him because I certainly can’t imagine any. 🙃. Nope, not a one. 😌

        Stay smiling!
        Ma’iingankwe

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        • amwick says:

          I didn’t really know my Grandmothers… They lived so far away… *sighs They were both gone before I turned 7. Anyway, my problem with toast is that it requires flipping and a second go round. That second go round is where I always notice a dish or two that should be scrubbed, or clean dishes that are crying to return to their shelves.. All these things conspire, yes, they conspire to distract me while the toast get blackened.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      LOL My dad used to unhook their smoke detector in the kitchen when my mother cooked.

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    • 17CatsInTN says:

      Lol! I need one of those! I set mine off all the time. Cats freak. I’m scrambling to find my hand towel to fan it.

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    • Chris says:

      …Ohh.. LOL.. I thought that was a built-in “well done” detector….

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    • MAJA says:

      This is how my family knows dinner is ready 😉

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    • In some families that sound is a modern replacement for the dinner bell. 😉

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  15. Janie M. says:

    It’s a stunning work of art. The courtesans of Edo Japan had some of the most splendid and ornate kimonos. This reproduction has 12 layers of kimono.

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  16. millwrigbht says:

    The NJSP has a long history ( dating back to its founder ) of an institutionalized bias for ‘targeted individuals ‘ .Here’s another example ; http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/strip-search-state-trooper-marijuana-traffic-stop-joseph-drew-new-jersey-20180407.html

    NJSP is just ( IMNSO ) a prime example of ‘ LEOs run amok ‘ far too often. Not to say a lot of those patrolling aren’t good troopers, but they have to overcome Sea Girt indoctrination . Troopers, you aren’t “omniscient jack booted conquerors ” ( despite your ” Class A ” graduation uniforms ) or even endowed with some super-human powers or rights. You. by virtue of your training and certification, are CEDED BY THE PUBLIC the powers of apprehension and arrest of individuals you have reasonable cause to pose a threat to society. Does the above cited documentation meet that criteria ?

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  17. Dora says:

    John Ennerking – ‘Apple Blossoms’ (1914)

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  18. nikkichico7 says:

    Colossians 1:9-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the [a]knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, [b]to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and [c]increasing in the [d]knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all power, according to [e]His glorious might, [f]for the attaining of all steadfastness and [g]patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us [h]to share in the inheritance of the [i]saints in Light.
    The Incomparable Christ
    13 [j]For He rescued us from the [k]domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of [l]His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

    1 John 5:14-15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    14 This is the confidence which we have [a]before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

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    • nikkichico7 says:

      Mornin WeeWeed 🖐😉

      We’re getting snow in Michigan today ☹️😩 …. l ❤️Spring …. seriously 😐

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Morning WeeWeed! In the Interior of Alaska it is +26F at 6:42am right now and we are looking at a high of 43F! Yay!

      Wednesday we have an expected high of 49F! We are so loving it. Only one problem, okay, two really. We have had so much snow this winter, far more than most and there is a high probability that I will get stuck in my driveway. Almost a 100% guarantee.

      If one was to park a truck right outside our garage doors, it would reach almost higher than the doors. Seriously. There is that much packed snow. One may ask, well, why didn’t you plow after every snow fall? Easy answer, husband working all the time and out of the house for 15 hour days when he does. He’s not going to be out there plowing before or after he work.

      Two, we are going to have a heck of a muddy mess and with two pups, it’s so not fun. I have to get a small plastic bin, fill it with warm water from upstairs, bring it in the garage and wash all eight paws. They love the warm water, but sometimes they like to play around and not behave as I’d like.

      Every spring we get these yuuge ponds everywhere from melting snow, and I’m talking yuuge! Last spring with our breakup, my friend Ponytail Kim and I could literally fish off of his back deck. The river had overflowed and the fishies went with it. We only caught real small ones, but still it was a blast with lots of laughs.

      Unfortunately, my pup Ella loves to lay in every pond and puddle she can find. She will wade right in and plop! Oh my, the mud that clings to her long fur is enough to drive me what I call, spring batty. And once I get them all nice and clean they want to go back out! Oh heck no. I think they love the attention they get with their paws and such. Spoiled is what they are.

      Sorry WeeWeed! I had only planned to tell you what our temps were. Oops. I will try better next time.
      Stay smiling and have a fabulous spring day! 💐
      Ma’iingankwe

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      • WeeWeed says:

        Mornin’ Ma’!

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      • PatriotGalNC says:

        We have had a very cool Spring in NC, so far! In fact, this weekend, my husband and I did some scurrying around in the cold rain (40 degrees), putting a large tarp over my newly uncovered HOSTAS! We dragged off the tons of leaves a couple of weekends ago, (leaves that we cover them with for the winter). They had been peeking out of their pots from under the leaves and it was time to uncover and inspect them for re-potting. I am a “Hosta-holic” in that I am a collector, and have over 55 different varieties of them! Anyway, it threatened to go down below freezing Saturday night, (with rain), so he and I set up a tarp system to cover them without crushing! Big job, and we both were soaked when we finished. Yesterday, it got up to about 53. But, it has been sooooo cold for this time of year for everyone, it seems. Keep warm and keep the faith. Spring will indeed show up!

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        • maiingankwe says:

          We would so love to see pictures of all of your Hostas. I’m serious, they sound so beautiful! I don’t have a hostas emoji, but I can send you these…💐 especially after all of your hard work in saving them.
          Happy Spring!
          Ma’iingankwe

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      • amwick says:

        My sweet old dog did not even like to walk on wet grass. She would pick up her paws and give me the look. I love to hear about your pups… enchanting bunch… 🙂

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        • maiingankwe says:

          I know that look. I get it when I hit a bump on the road. She will look over at me and say, really? You just had to hit that one when I was all comfy right? She’s spoiled, I have this nice, soft towel I put around my gear stick, so she can lay down when she’s done looking at everything. Or better yet, when enough people have oohed and aah’d over her when she has her ball or toy in her mouth. She loves it when people smile at her. I swear she smiles right back with the dang ball/toy in her mouth. She refuses to get in the car unless she has one of the two mentioned. So spoiled. Yes, I will go back in the house to grab one. Most of the time. Now I just make sure there is one in the car.

          Our Cheetah just stretches all out in the backseat and sleeps. Bumps don’t bother her a bit. She does use the back headrest to watch everything fly by her as she look out the back window. Yes, I try and keep the back window clean for her too. Spoiled they are. Right now they are playing in the melting snow having a grand ole time. They’re fun to watch.

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      • nikkichico7 says:

        Great story maiingankwe
        I really enjoyed it …. I was picturing your puppies as you wrote about their antics, so cool. Except for the mud part …. you have my best wishes with that.

        In the Upper peninsula of Michigan my MIL said the snow piled up to the rooftops, she had pictures from her sister, …. 😳 wow, I’ll pass on that one.

        Here’s hoping the temperatures stay in the ascending range rather than the descending ones …. here’s to SPRING! Whoo-Hoo 😃👍 🌸🌸🌸🌸

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        • maiingankwe says:

          Oh my goodness, roof tops? Oh heck no. Now that is a great deal of snow and lots and lots of water and mud afterwards.

          The UP sure is beautiful though. I used to love spending weekends there. We would take road trips across state lines and think we were so darn cool and grown up.
          Have an amazing week!
          Be well,
          Ma’iingankwe

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      • sobriquet4u says:

        Ma’ I loved this! It brings back memories of my 10years living in Anchorage. What a wonderful experience and we so miss it. Still have great friends there and nothing like “snow paw” tracks across the carpet.

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        • maiingankwe says:

          You just had to remind me of the carpets didn’t you? Every year after all of our mud disappears I get out the rug/carpet cleaner and clean every single carpet and rug in the house, even the rugs by the doors. All of them, big and small. I also do it before our winter hits. I actually look forward to doing it though. I love how clean it looks when you’re done.

          Anchorage is too big for me and far too many people, but it is ever so beautiful isn’t it? Everywhere you turn your head there are snow-capped mountains. Well, except for the ocean of course. I love the drive down and the ride back from the Interior as well. I can never seem to take enough pictures.

          I hope you can come back and visit your friends up here, I’m sure they’d love to see you and your family and play catch up.
          Be well and I’m happy for all of your good memories!
          Ma’iingankwe

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Mornin’ Ms. Wee…….

      Mornin’ treeps.

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  19. Dora says:

    Years ago I used to be so fascinated with the subject of life in space. I watched all the shows they had on about Roswell. I lost my enthusiasm for the subject after a while, but this is interesting. Buzz Aldrin passed a lie detector test.

    ===

    ‘There was something out there’: Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin ‘passes lie detector test after recalling his encounter with alien life’ during historic 1969 mission to the moon
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5591395/Apollo-11-astronaut-Buzz-Aldrin-passes-lie-detector-test-encounter-alien-life.html

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  20. greenmakescents says:

    Can someone advise me what to do. My Firefox browser is stuck and has been for several days with Amazon junk, make that almost a week. Yesterday it was some kind of Amazon Walmart ice cream deal and today it’s Walmart google krewcardplus phone gift cards. I can not remove it from Firefox so am forced to use another browser to get around it, I am not very happy that outside sources can mess with my electronics. If someone can walk me through what I can do to get rid of it, much appreciate, if no I think I would like to borrow Sylvia’s shovel and hunt some global snipe. She may have to send instructions along for best results. This is ridiculous and I’m tired of it !! I’ve also had a hard time signing into sites, some asking for my full name and others asking if I’m a bot. WTH is goin on? PO to max.

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    • Bob Thoms says:

      Update your browser? Clear cookies? I use Mozilla/Firefox and have 0 issues.

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    • sobriquet4u says:

      I was having problems with my Firefox and had to completely remove then reinstall. That worked put it is still not up to par. (congratulations Patrick Reed:)

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      • Chris says:

        greenmakescents
        what device are you using ?
        Treeper Jan, on yesterdays daily thread offered a step by step fix that may work for you if using a hand-held device..worth a look .

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  21. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
    Philippians 1:6 (KJV)

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  22. Bob Thoms says:

    Happy Old Doggie……………..

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  23. nikkichico7 says:

    In Jesus name amen

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  24. coolmamie says:

    Just saw an excerpt of Loretta Lynch interview. No doubt she is concerned about info she knows is coming out soon.

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  25. 17CatsInTN says:

    Finally! Some sun for Cleo to bask in. 🙂

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  26. duchess01 says:

    MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018
    Satan’s Demonic Complex and Swamp

    http://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2017/06/satans-demonic-complex-and-swamp.html

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  27. Dear Treepers,

    I hesitated to put this on the prayer request page as it is about an animal, so please bear with me…

    Would you please consider praying for my son Nathaniel & his wife Tara. Their beloved cat, Max, was hit & killed by a car the other day & our family clan is having a hard time adjusting to this loss. It is nearly time for their first anniversary & this is a difficult experience to bear up under. With so many pet lovers here I’m guessing some here might understand this kind of grief.

    Max lived in our house before N moved out into a house he bought across the street about a half year before marrying. Max used to come over to our place to visit on occasion after they moved. A few days back I had the pleasure of observing Max in our front yard chasing a young squirrel. They frolicked near our tree & then crossed the street to duel in the neighbor’s yard. I remarked to my family that (both creatures being relatively young) that Max didn’t really seem to know he was a predator & the squirrel didn’t really seem to know it was prey. I’m thankful for this playful memory so near Max’s loss & we are glad that his life was full of joy though cut painfully short. We are thankful that he didn’t really suffer but died nearly instantaneously, as my next door neighbor witnessed the event.

    If you are willing please also pray for the young lady driving the car–she was in gushing tears over the accident & though I tried to reassure her that it wasn’t her fault, Max had darted out from under a parked car right into her path (per our neighbor), this young woman seemed burdened with sorrow & perhaps guilt.

    Thanks for letting me share about this loss to a community who seems to understand & treasure so many beloved pets.

    Blessings to all…

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    • New Nonna to be Again!!! says:

      Dear Valerie,

      So sad for you all. Our beloved pets bring us such undeserved love, loyalty and joy. I’m so sorry for your loss.

      May Max be frolicking with young squirrels and see you as you approach the Rainbow Bridge at the right time. No pain or sadness can hurt him as he waits patiently for his human family.

      God bless you, Nathaniel and Tara, as well as all those touched by Max’s life and death. 🙏💕

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I, personally, think prayers for, or about, our animals are perfectly okay. And, I am so sorry. I know how it hurts to lose a pet.

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      • This is our first “violent” & unexpected loss so maybe a little harder than when they get so old & infirm that they get “put to sleep”.

        Shanna our first dog, as a married couple, died in our car on our way home from an Up North holiday weekend. She hadn’t been doing well & was panting a lot & spending time with each of us (all 6) individually as we rode home. She especially focused on Josiah, our special needs son who’d already had numerous surgeries & walks that line between this life & the next more than anyone I’ve known. Anyway, she finally laid down in the van to sleep & slipped away from us sometime on the trip. It was the most peaceful passing & after visiting one of the places she loved best, my parents’ Cottage. That set the bar very high for future pet losses & is still a precious memory for us all.

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    • MAJA says:

      Oh, to love and lose our beloved! God’s evidence of how profound his love is for us, that we have been given the gift to love so deeply. Prayers for your loss, your children and the young lady who hit poor Max.

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    • oldiadguy says:

      Valerie,

      I’ve lost my four legged kids in similar ways. Louie was struck by a car when my former in-laws let him out the front door instead of letting him out the back door into a large fenced in yard. Boo, Yogi, Sammie and Miss Cutie I had to have put down after long illnesses and I believe you may remember my memorial to our beloved Pixie that I posted this past January. The loss of each of them has left a hole in our hearts, especially Pixie who I firmly believe was Heaven sent, our special Angel.

      I pray that your family find comfort and peace in the loss of Max and that the pain will turn to loving memories of the precious moments you had with him until you see him again at the Rainbow Bridge.

      God Bless and take care

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      • Thank you so much for sharing this (& I’m sorry for your many losses). I was speaking with Nathaniel today & he thought that Max never went more than like 3 houses away in either direction from his home but on both sides of the street. I wondered if he only crossed the street to come back to what had been his original home with us.

        Nathaniel & Tara are already thinking of getting another cat/kitten or two & inquiring with shelters as their home feels so empty with Max’s loss. He said they probably won’t allow any other cats outside & they’d never really liked Max going out but he loved it so much & would dart past your legs at times so you couldn’t really stop him. Unfortunately his demise reinforces that phrase “curiosity killed the cat”.

        Have you gotten any other pets since Pixie’s loss? Blessings

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        • oldiadguy says:

          I am glad to hear that Nathaniel and Tara are looking at getting a rescue cat to fill their home with the love that Max brought. There are so many dogs and cats that need forever homes.

          No, we haven’t gotten another pet since we lost our beloved Pixie. We have talked about it, but it is way too soon for my Dear Wife. She cries everyday over the loss of her little girl. Pixie filled our home with love and she is sorely missed.

          We still have our senior, Gracie, who is doing well despite her heart condition. There is also, the cat we nicknamed Shadow, who has started hanging around since we lost Pixie. When the time comes, we will again bring a rescue into our home. Whether it will be a dog or cat, who knows? Time will tell.

          However, I’ve been thinking about creating a WordPress site in memorial to Pixie and allow others here to commemorate their beloved pets they have lost there. I just have to find the time to put it together. When I do, I will notify the pet lovers here, though I may announce it under a different name, as I’m not sure how much longer I will be allowed to continue posting under my present identity.

          God Bless and take care

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          • Your memorial site is a wonderful idea! Whenever you get around to it I would expect that a number of readers at Stella’s Place &/or The Conservative TreeHouse would love to post pet memorials there–a welcome addition to the “blogosphere”.

            I recently got an idea for a new blog & just went for it because it’s a challenge to move from thought to action in my universe. So I would encourage you to at least begin the creation of your memorial page, work on it as you are able/inspired, & then share it when you are ready for others to jump in.

            Gracie & Shadow sound like such comforts for you & your wife. I’m also glad that my kids are considering a rescue cat. They have their eye on one who is orange & reminds them in appearance of a cat we had, Sahara, that my husband rescued from a dumpster at work years back.

            Is word press sanctioning you under your current identity? Is WP following in the Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc “shadow banning” or outright discrimination against conservatives too? It’s amazing how those aligned interests are so afraid of alternate views…

            Blessings, Comfort, & Peace to you & your wife

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    • Ddanna says:

      I will definitely pray for you son and his wife and the rest of your family for the tragic loss of Max. May God comfort you all and I’m so glad you have a wonderful recent memory of him!

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      • Thanks so much. Having spoken with Nathaniel today he said he & Tara are both still having a hard time with this loss. Those special memories are so precious…especially once the loved one is gone. Blessings

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  28. Mickturn says:

    Since there are Liberal Trolls everywhere, I post this lengthy essay to let them know WE KNOW what they are UP TO!

    The New Fascists
    My dear brothers, never forget, when you hear the progress of enlightenment vaunted, that the devil’s best trick is to persuade you that he doesn’t exist!”
    Charles Baudelaire, Le Joueur généreux, February 7, 1864
    Forget everything you think you know about politics. It’s probably wrong.
    There is no left or right. Communist, Socialist, Liberal, Conservative, Progressive, Democrat, Republican, those are all meaningless terms. They are used to confuse people so they miss the point. The most important point about politics there is. That there are only two schools of political thought and they have predictable results. All the names and labels for them are just smoke and mirrors.
    Political ideology is designed by elites to trick the masses into doing what they want. Each side tells you something designed to get your emotions going so they can play you. They get you to agree to give them more power, money and control over your lives by telling you some kind of story.
    We need to put that vicious cycle to an end. It’s time to understand what their real goals are. But to free your mind, you need to be educated first. Only by seeing the road ahead can you avoid tripping on stones or falling off cliffs.
    There are only two real political choices to make. And it has nothing to do with parties. It has to do with core beliefs. You are for one side or another. These sides are diametrically opposed. The best way I can describe the two choices is, freedom or slavery. That is what it boils down to. And the slave in question is you.
    Do you want to be a slave or a free person? It’s your choice.
    I’m sure some of you reading this have your guard up now. So take a deep breath and walk with me for a second. I am going to open your eyes.
    There are only two forms of government. Every kind of government is a branch or variation of one of the two forms. All the side issues, are just window dressing because the root form of government determines a lot of crucial matters that affect everything else.
    The first form has many branches and is called by many names. It is common. It is the oldest form. It is, in fact, ancient. It has many names because so many of those names have fallen into disrepute. So they keep re-branding it and try to sell it in a different package. But no matter what name it takes, it still leads to the same end result.
    The second form has very few branches and is rarer than any precious stone. It is something many people want but few have had. The believers in the first form are always trying to destroy this second form. They lie about it. Try to corrupt and subvert it. Because they know it will always be more popular with the people if they knew they had a choice. So the second form must always be defended from the predators of the first, because it is precious. I like to refer to each system as the minus and plus system. But we’ll call them BG or LG here. Big Government or Limited Government.
    Those who believe in BG go by many names, and many of these believers don’t even know that they’re supporting the same goals as people they think are bad. But they have been tricked into selling out their own freedoms to enrich someone else’s. All BG systems lead to the same result. I classify this as a minus system because it’s negative. The end result of a BG system is bad for most involved.
    The BG system is designed to feed all resources to a few at the top. All else are diminished in power and wealth. But the citizens are told that they must support the government and its rules in order to receive some kind of “benefits.” In order to get the treats the government doles out, you have to give up your freedoms and your property. It sells the idea of some glorious future that is never attained and only gets worse over time. But it always maintains that it will lead to some kind of paradise.
    It never does. It usually leads to some kind of hell. But it always finds people to subscribe to its ideas who become fanatical in defense of it, no matter how much the system abuses them. And it deludes many others into wanting it because it preys on their human nature, the very thing that destroys it in the end.
    The LG or Limited Government system is the best system for human freedom. As a result it has been very rare in human history. Where it has been allowed to flourish, human beings have flourished. But those who believe in BG are always trying to corrupt and destroy LG societies. This is because LG denies ultimate power to those who seek it. An LG system is more fair because you get what you put in. You have the ability to advance to any level as long as you don’t abuse the success that you have made or use it against others.
    Before we explore how each system works, we need to understand the mindset of the people who believe in either system. I once did a cartoon illustrating the philosophies in the form of two Greek Philosophers, Aristotle and Plato. Each philosopher created the groundwork for understanding these schools of thought.
    LG (Plus) believers are Aristotlian. They are like engineers. If something is proven to work, then they believe in it. They are not opposed to experimentation, but only if it involves proven principles. Ideas that are demonstrated to fail are rejected. They understand that human beings are flawed creatures. Humans are born hungry and spend their lives seeking to fulfill those hungers. In scientific terms, humans are driven by genetic hard wiring. It is part of their nature. In religious terms, humans are born with “original sin”. We can’t radically change who we are and remain human. We can only seek to improve ourselves through discipline, education, reason and morality.
    LG believers understand that humans are often given to a lust for power because we all want some kind of control. LG societies are designed to limit governance so the state can never become tyrannical. It realizes that human nature is a constant so you have to develop a system that works within its framework, and keeps its basic problems in check. That way a politician’s greed is limited by what they are allowed to do by laws. The less interference a government has in human affairs, the more free the people are to progress on their own and flourish. LG believers are for individual rights. They believe a perfect society may not be possible, but it can be best achieved by respect for others rights and liberties. They believe in a social contract and the rule of law. They want people to be free in order to live their life without interference, as long as they respect others rights. The LG is there to enable the society to function and keep the peace, but it is not there to dominate or dictate how one should live.
    BG (Minus) believers are Platonic. They posit that there’s an ideal form of society somewhere in the future, a utopia populated by an idealized form of humanity. This can only be achieved by forcing people to change through rules, laws and governance. It wraps itself in good intentions, but it ignores human nature, believing people can be changed by rules. Making the public follow orders will correct their bad behavior as the state sees it. It does not believe it can be tyrannical because BG systems are always sure they’re correct, not matter what happens. Dissenters are ridiculed or punished. No matter how many mistakes a BG society makes or disasters it causes, it does not admit its fault. BG believers preach dependence on the state. It denies individual empowerment or freedom and instead promotes group think. It pushes the group over the individual to keep people in check. It does not want leaders so much as followers. Its leaders are usually the hungriest for power that make their way to the top by gaming the system.
    BG societies are constantly creating diversions to keep the public focused on policies it wants to sell. So it often creates “crises” of some kind that the people are supposed to rally around. In order to get them to give up more freedom or personal wealth, it often uses scare tactics, such as threats of invasion, threats of nature, etc. The elites in a BG system always live vastly better than those at the bottom, but it always promises some kind of “equality” that never exists in reality. And because the BG system is large and complex it relies on bureaucracies to manage them. But because bureaucracies are made of humans, human nature always corrupts these systems. A bureaucracy becomes inefficient and corrupt in direct proportion to its size. The larger, the less effective, the more corrupt.
    BG systems usually lead to economic collapse and stagnation. Usually with dire consequences for millions of people. That is why citizens in BG societies often yearn to go to LG societies. Many of them risk their lives to escape from BG societies that hold them captive. Because in worst case scenarios, BG systems imprison their citizens.
    They are all, to some extent, anti-freedom. It’s a matter of degree.
    ________________________________________
    “The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” Samuel Johnson
    The earliest form of government is the tribe. The tribe had a chief of some kind who made all the big decisions. The tribe went out and gathered resources and the chief got the pick of the spoils. This system was expanded as civilization grew into villages, towns and cities. There was one person at the top, a ruler. Below them was his support group, a court. And they were the major beneficiaries of whatever wealth the society created. Everyone below them got diminishing returns. This system is still in use today in varying forms. It’s called a top down system. BG systems are all top down no matter how they try to spin it.
    In order to motivate the people to agree to this arrangement, the rulers used soldiers to impose their will. But even an army isn’t enough to keep people in line. These rulers needed them to perform well, to be focused on producing goods to benefit the state. So they used the earliest form of ideology: religion.
    The first cities were ruled by priest-kings who claimed to have a direct line of communication with the gods. Using religion as a tool, rulers were able to get their citizens in line and get them to do whatever they wanted. The system worked fairly well for thousands of years. Religion worked because it served a dual purpose. It created the first set of laws which governed behavior. And it gave people people a reason to follow orders besides the threat of the sword. Most people wanted to go along with the program because they believed in their faith.
    But the problem with this system is the same reason Big Government systems always fail over time. Human nature. Human beings are flawed. Many of them are corrupt. In most top-down societies, you are stuck with whatever position you were born into. But religion offered a single path to power an ordinary citizen could aspire to. Those who craved power entered the temple for that purpose and corrupted it from within. The temple became a force unto itself and the rulers eventually had struggles with it.
    Another problem with early religion is they had a god for every thing under the sun. This is because these religions were invented to explain things that people needed an answer for. Why where there storms? What caused illness? Why were there crop failures? If people didn’t like the explanation their religion gave them, they would move to another faith or invent their own. This made it harder for the temple and the state to keep people in line.
    Then Christianity came along. It had one god, one unifying powerful message. It had a strong moral code. Roman Emperor Constantine saw the value in it. At that time Rome had an untold number of gods and religions. New ones were being created almost every day. It was out of control. So Constantine converted the Romans over to Christianity by law. The Eastern Roman Empire lasted for nearly 1000 years until the Muslims invaded it.
    During the Dark Ages Viking King Harald converted the Vikings to Christianity to unify them more effectively. Christianity became the dominant religion in Europe and helped lead to a stabilization that brought about the Renaissance and the Age of Reason. But the power clashes between the church and rulers continued. Christianity started splitting off into different sects. Clashes between faiths caused divisions and wars.
    When the industrial age came around, the old Agrarian model began to crumble. Since the dawn of civilization most people worked on farms with the rest living in cities. Now, people started moving to cities for factory jobs and the dynamic changed. Factory jobs gave people marginally more freedom than farm life. A more secure income.
    Society was changing and two men named Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, perhaps thinking of the Platonic Utopia, saw a way for humanity to get out of the trap they’ve been in for thousands of years. Up till then, humans all worked for the benefit of a few elite. Marx and Engels developed Communism and refined Socialism (as a step toward communism) so that everyone could “benefit” from the wealth a society produced. It envisioned some kind of perfect society where kings and popes no longer ruled the masses. The people did. And everyone would get a “fair share” when the “wealth was spread around.”
    To this end, Communist governments rejected religion and tried to replace it with their political ideology. But the problem with Marxism is it fails to understand that human nature would undermine any such society. It sounds good on paper, which is why it seduces so many academics and alleged intellectuals. But it lacks the moral core that religion provides. It tries to supplant them with laws. As a result, where Socialism and Communism have been attempted, more people died due to the vagrancies of its leaders and their policies than all the wars of the 20th century combined. The end result for the Soviet Union was economic collapse. For China, it had to move toward Capitalism to survive.
    Despite the failings of these systems and the others, Marxism was seductive to many elites. Socialism provided a way for the state to control all the resources and production while appearing benign. By providing “benefits” to the people, they were tricked into thinking they were “sharing the wealth.” In truth, the leaders lived in wealth and excess while the rest were forced into a narrow kind of poverty of which there was no escape unless you “joined the party” and became part of the corrupt political class.
    While communism has been largely discredited, the lovers of socialism keep trying to sell it under different guises, claiming it’s never worked because “it hasn’t been done right yet.” But they refuse to deal with the reality that it can’t work because it depends on bureaucracy which is ruled by an elite group, which creates a top down society. And bureaucracies are always corrupted by human nature.
    Almost 100 years before Marx, another political revolution happened in America resulting in the formation of the Constitution and the United States. The people who formed this country wanted to escape the tyranny and oppression of the British monarchy. They also wanted free speech, religious freedom and the right to bear arms. This is why these three issues form the first two amendments to the Constitution’s “bill of rights”. Other rights were given as an answer to legal abuses the British had used against the people.
    America based its government in part on the Roman Republic. But it was unique in the history of the world. The founders understood the problems of previous governments throughout human history. They knew that human nature, being what it is, leads people to try to corrupt the state to suit their own personal gain. The Roman Republic suffered that fate. So they created one of the greatest documents in human history: The U.S. Constitution. It creates the government and assigns power equally to three branches, Administration, Legislative and Judicial. It created the federal government and only have it a ten square mile plot of swamp land in Maryland to rule over. The rest was given to the states to rule themselves, as long as they guaranteed the rights and laws the U.S Constitution provides. Their own constitutions are subservient in that respect, but the states were semi-autonomous. This was an LG, bottom up form of government. So named because the people decided who their leaders would be and those leaders only had a limited run in office to prevent them from establishing a dynasty.
    The United States operated under this LG model for 100 years, with no income tax and a limited Federal government. But when Marxism came along many elites found some appeal in the ideas. They did not want to make the mistakes the Soviets made by forcing it on the people through civil war and severe hardship. So they decided to apply some of the principles slowly through a “progressive” system that the people would gradually succumb to. One of the first Progressive presidents was Woodrow Wilson who gave us income tax, the Federal Reserve and the early form of the United Nations.
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    “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
    – Alexis de Tocqueville
    We’ve all heard the sordid history of Communism and hard socialist countries, which are all totalitarian dictatorships. Nations like North Korea and Zimbabwe are economic basket cases which have famines and moribund economies; police states in which human rights are non-existent. Cuba keeps its citizens prisoner and rations food. These are just a few examples of what happens when BG systems are taken to their extremes.
    Human beings operate mostly out of self interest. BG systems allow an elite class to have complete control over every aspect of the public’s lives. Those who love power love to abuse it.
    By contrast America has the longest running, continuous Democratic-style government in the world. As writer Mark Steyn put it: “After 215 years, the U.S. Constitution is not only older than the French, German, Italian, Belgian, Spanish and Greek constitutions, it’s older than all of them put together.” The U.S. is also wealthiest nation in the history of the human race. It has the freest economy (or did). We have liberated many millions of people around the world from tyranny and we’ve engaged in more charity and aid work outside our borders than any nation on earth.
    But all of that is under the threat of ending. Ending due to a systematic erosion of the very principles that have made us great.
    Our LG (Limited Government) system has been beset on several fronts. We know that in the past the BG Communists and Hard Socialists have been trying to undermine our society for almost 100 years. We now know that radical Islamists want to tear us down and have been at it for awhile. But the BG statists have failed in many of their goals. The worst threat to our country has come from within — from some of our own elite and political class.
    Many American elites were enamored of the control that a Marxist government promised. It meant mastery over every aspect of society. In the minds of these elites, it could be used to create a utopia of their own devising. These people called themselves Progressives. They started in the 1880s before the Soviet revolution. They did not agree with Marx entirely, but they liked his theories overall. They wanted to break up the power structures in America in order to redirect industry toward their goals. They moved to prevent blacks, illiterates and immigrants from voting so they had more control over the results. They pushed political and moral reforms including prohibition, to try to control behavior and the direction of the country.
    They saw the Constitution as a hindrance to their efforts because it limited the powers of the leaders. It promised rights that people would not want to lose without a fight. In order to convert the United States to the system they wanted, people would have to lose those rights. So they began to change the system from within.
    The first progressive president was Theodore Roosevelt. He increased regulation of businesses, which was a progressive mandate. Many of these moves were good at the time, like the Meat Inspection Act of 1906 and the Pure Food and Drug Act which tried to shut down snake oil remedies. He also finished the Panama Canal and earned a Nobel Peace prize for helping to end the Russo-Japanese War. “Teddy” Roosevelt left office as a popular president and even has his face on Mt. Rushmore, But when he tried to run again for president later, against Republican William Taft, he split the vote and Democrat Woodrow Wilson was elected in 1912. That is where the problems really started.
    Wilson gave us the Federal Reserve, which was designed to prevent depressions and bank problems. He gave us the “progressive” income tax which was designed to pay for the expansion of the federal government. He gave us the League of Nations, an the early form of the United Nations. It was designed to prevent wars. Only the income tax “worked,” but not as promised. It was originally supposed to be a marginal 7% tax on the rich. They promised that was as high as it would get. But they raised it to 75% on almost everyone in short order. The Federal Reserve was given unprecedented powers over the economy but it has not prevented depressions. The greatest one was to follow shortly after it was created. The income tax has been used to bribe citizens with their own money, and to pit Americans against each other in the name of “class.”
    At the end of World War I there was the Treaty of Versailles that Wilson had a hand in crafting. The terms of the treaty made things very hard on Germany and Italy. In both countries it lead to economic depression which inspired the rise of the Fascist political movement. The term comes from an Ancient Roman symbol of authority called a Fasces, which was a bundle of rods, tied around an axe. Many historians want to put Fascism on the far right of the political spectrum, but the truth is, it is an extreme form of BG (statism) not far removed from Communism and Socialism. The difference is, fascism purported to be capitalist, but the government gave orders to the companies. They rejected individualism and stressed group-think like all BG systems. They targeted any cultural or ethnic groups that refused to assimilate or were out of favor with the state. Italy started it and Germany soon followed.
    Many elites in America and other parts of Europe were impressed by the Fascists at first. The Fascists seemed to be getting their economies back on track. The racist polices of the National Socialists (Nazis) in Germany appealed to such luminaries as Henry Ford, Charles Lindberg and George Bernard Shaw. In fact, many leftists at the time praised the Fascists. They were allies with the Soviet Union and the left approved of the Nazi’s plans to eliminate the “undesirables” in society. We had our own version of that here.
    One of the later mainstays of the Democrat’s platform is abortion and they heavily promote and defend Planned Parenthood, an organization founded by Margret Sanger. Sanger aimed to eliminate the “negro race.” She believed in forced sterilization of the poor and handicapped.
    As Fascists rose to power, the world was suffering through the Great Depression. President Franklin D. Roosevelt is credited with ending the depression, but economists have found that he actually extended it by seven years. FDR in fact expended the federal government more than any president in history, up to that time. He created Social Security which was an ill conceived Ponzi scheme that promised money to people on retirement, but is not saved or invested. He created the Federal Communications Commission in order to have control of the state’s message. He wanted to institute a second bill of rights guaranteeing everyone a job and a house, etc. The government was already rationing food at this point. It put thousands of American citizens of Japanese descent in concentration camps. Whatever FDR would have done to make these “rights” happen would have likely been like something like Stalinist Russia. Many of FDR’s policies were draconian. But he died in office, having just been elected to an unprecedented fourth term, before he could fully implement them. His vice president, Harry Truman, abandoned many of FDR’s policies.
    After the defeat of the Fascists in Europe, America became a world super-power. And in that time, the wealth of this country was turned against the people in a slow process of wearing us down through endless guilt and propaganda. The statists funded their excessive government expansion using the people’s money. The American statists, who had dropped the progressive name and erroneously referred to themselves as “liberals,” pushed for more statism. This lead to even greater expansion of the Federal bureaucracy and the erosion of the freedoms Americans once took for granted.
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    “If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, not your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
    Samuel Adams, 1776
    You would think that everyone wants to be free. You would think no one wants to be ruled by tyrants of any kind. Yet so many people in the so called free world are not only selling themselves out, they are selling out the rest of us, and our descendants. And so many of them don’t even know they’re doing it. They’ve been lied to. Tricked, fooled, played. And the agents of statism intend to keep it that way.
    For 100 years the Big Government (BG) loving statists have been trying to convert the bottom up United States into top down society. They have managed to bring it very far along this course. There are still some matters they have to resolve, but they are closer than they ever have been. They never sought to win through insurrection because war is too costly and the results of any conflict are unpredictable. They used an approach the Nazis did to great effect in Germany. They gamed the system.
    Like our progressive statists, the Nazis came to power legally. They got elected and then, once in positions of authority, corrupted the system and turned it into what they wanted. The old fascists did this in a short amount of time because Germany did not have a LG constitution like the US. Our system makes it very hard to turn the state into an autocratic dictatorship. Those progressives of the 30s, who were at first enamored of the Fascists in Europe, wanted to take over the US in the same fashion. They had been doing it since Teddy Roosevelt was elected. Roosevelt began a war on corporations, including a bizarre crusade against Coca-Cola. It would echo later crusades by politicians against American industries, demonizing them and making them out to be evil incarnate.
    The statists had an immense problem in turning the U.S. into a top down society. They needed the consent of the people, to give up their rights and freedoms. For a BG state to be powerful, it needed endless supplies of capital. The income tax was created to fund the expansion of government and to pit the classes against each other. In every election for the last 100 years you’ve heard about the rich “not paying their fair share” even though the top ten percent pays most of the taxes . But because America is so prosperous, people were too content with the status quo to want to change. So the statists turned to two schools of thought that were designed to subvert the west and turn it toward Marxism. The first was the writings of Antonio Gramsci, an Italian Communist of the early 20th century who was later imprisoned by the Fascists in Italy.
    Gramsci saw that Marx was wrong. Capitalism wasn’t folding as he predicated and people weren’t flocking to Marxism. He theorized that there was something he called a “cultural hegemony” preventing this. People who lived in a common culture were unified and comfortable with the status quo, especially if there was a large middle class. So Gramsci suggested that their values had to be portrayed as wrong. That their culture was neither “natural” nor “inevitable”. He suggested that their culture be undermined and subverted. He saw that middle class cultural values were tied to religion, so religion had to be discredited and undermined. That is largely why you see a relentless attack on Christianity in Western Culture now. It is seen as a “glue” holding our culture together. And thus, it must be broken. Gramsci’s theories are also the reason you see so much effort to trash conventional American values. Middle America is portrayed as stupid, racist, etc. in an effort to de-legitimize it. “Progressive” values are portrayed as “right thinking.” Even though those values are constantly changing depending on what they consider good or bad at the time.
    The second major influence on the modern statists is the Frankfurt School. Like Gramsci, they developed an approach to overthrowing Western Civilization so it could be replaced by Marxist thought. Their system is called “critical theory.” Critical Theory sought to destroy western culture by attacking every aspect of it and dividing everyone, setting them on each other so there is no unity. Multiculturalism is designed to destroy the dominant culture by suggesting that other cultures must be given a superior status than your own. It seeks to make everyone feel they’re part of an oppressed minority (except whites, the dominate ethnic group) which is why whites, especially white males, are made to be the villains. You are made to feel ashamed of your race if you’re white because “you killed the indians, you enslaved the blacks, etc.” even though you did no such thing. When those things happened, it was a minority of whites who did them and most Americans are descended from immigrants who came after those events occurred.
    The statists push non-white immigration because they think it gives them more power, thus in the early 1960s immigration laws were changed to favor non Europeans. And in Britain, similar tactics were employed by the Labour party to flood the nation with immigrants from other cultures. Weaken the majority and you can more easily push your agenda. Or so the theory goes.
    Political correctness is another invention of the Frankfurt School. It was designed to classify people into smaller groups and make it politically dangerous to criticize anyone in a “protected class”. This was done so that that could further undermine the power structure. Even though it was white people coming up with these schemes, race is only seen as a political tool. They didn’t think they would be disenfranchised in the end. The statists assumed they would end up the ruling class. The truth is, they really don’t care about other races or minority groups. They are only a means to an end. Nothing more. When the statists win, they will treat those classes they used as badly as everyone else.
    Of course, in their minds they are the heroes of the people. Even though everywhere statists gain power, they make life hell for those below them on their new class structure. While they seek to destroy traditional classes, the truth is, they merely replace them with themselves at the top. The “political class” and those below, the “governed”. BG systems are always bad for human freedom. The only winners are the small group of elites at the top.
    BG statists achieve consent by propaganda designed to anger their followers. They encourage everyone to be upset about whatever the successful are doing. They have to demonize whoever doesn’t follow their script. This is why you see so many corporations and rich people taking the progressive line. They don’t want to be turned into an enemy. The statists set groups against each other. They invent crises like “global warming” to scare people into giving up their freedoms in the name of “saving the planet.” Nothing they do is honest. They base everything on one lie stacked upon another. Many of them don’t even know what the truth us. They are not trained to think. They train others to follow them. To be mindless minions marching to the beat of their drums.
    That is why you hear the same words come out of their mouths. Their talking points are created by a committee and passed down the line for everyone to recite like a catechism. Their followers are all so angry because they’re constantly being told to hate the opposition. To fear them. To see them as evil and stupid, so you will never seek to understand them. There is nothing “liberal” about progressives. They are illiberal. They are in fact, regressive because they all follow 19th century ideologies.
    They have infiltrated every institution to ensure their ideology is the only accepted one. Any variance from that is attacked. Politicians like Sarah Palin are viewed as a return to classic American values and this is not to be tolerated. They want to destroy American values utterly. And, like the Fascists of old, who initially teamed up with the Communists so that one could play the right and the other could play the left. Now they’ve infiltrated both parties so they can control the debate. Each party plays to their respective side, but the progressives design the thesis and the antithesis in order to produce the synthesis. The Republicans took the thesis, in other words. The Democrats seem to be the opposition by taking the antithesis. But no matter which side wins to still see the country moving in the direction progressives want.
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    “We use the power of persuasion first. If it doesn’t work, we try the persuasion of power.” Andy Stern, SEIU
    There are only two kinds of government. Limited Government (LG) which limits the powers of the people at the top, which limits their ability to corrupt the system and Big Government (BG) which is designed so a small elite group at the top reap all the benefits of a society and there is no limit on what they can do with their power.
    All the names for forms of government like socialism, communism, fascism, etc. are merely definitions of style. BG systems all eventually drift toward some form of tyranny until they collapse from their own corruption or revolution. The most successful and stable form of government in modern times is the LG federalist model of the United States. But that has been corrupted and is changing into a BG system where it is doomed to fail unless things change it back.
    I’ve tried to cover the history as much as I could in the limited space I had, but today I want to explore what it all means. First I highly recommend two documentaries that will help put a lot of things in perspective if you haven’t seen them. They were both made by Adam Curitis, a British film maker. The first is The Century of Self which talks about how elites have used psychology to help manufacture consent. The other is The Trap which talks about how liberal thinking helped create the nightmare bureaucratic world we live in today. Curtis has a leftward tilt, but he’s even handed. The information he relates is well worth your time.
    To understand the world we live in, you have to understand the root nature of human behavior. Just as there are only two basic forms of government, human beings are motivated by only two basic drives: the desire to have something and the fear of losing something. We all are born with the desire to be loved, to eat, to own, to love someone else. We desire and desire drives us. But we also fear losing what we gain. We fear losing our loves, our money, our health, our life. Elites know this and they constantly seek to manipulate us through our feelings. They’ve made a science out of it. And the battle is between two opposing forces for control. Both think they are the good guys, because few people believe they’re evil. But all are really motivated by self interest on some level. As with anything, it’s the degrees that make things good or bad.
    The proponents of big government think that human nature can be contained and controlled by laws administered by a wise elite. They believe a utopia can be achieved by “educating” people to think differently and behave as the elite wants them too. The fallacies of this argument are many. It assumes that the elite are wise. They rarely are, if ever. And because they’re human, they’re as flawed as the people below them. Since BG systems rely on bureaucracy, there are more people to delegate the authority which means there are more flawed humans to screw things up. This is why all bureaucracies turn corrupt and inefficient. Furthermore, if you change people so they are longer motivated by their natures, they aren’t human anymore. And since a non-human society is the stuff of fantasy, this entire premise is based on dreams not reality.
    Humans need a comfortable reality to operate in, so they find an ideology to use as the basis for the way they look at the world. The BG philosophy sells the idea that we can reach paradise as long as we can get people to behave according to “the correct way” to think. But if you look at the people making these claims they’re often perfect examples of why human beings are flawed. They cling to their philosophy because it gives them hope that they can get to heaven by playing a game rather than paying their dues.
    True limited government thinkers have an opposing view that comes down to this: “We accept that human beings are flawed. So how do we deal with it and create a society that works?” This is a philosophy that accepts reality rather than promotes fantasy. The US Constitution, the LG framework of our times, is the greatest legal document in history because it the founders figured out a way to checkmate every tendency of people who govern. It is not perfect, but it has worked for well over 200 years. It has the feature to evolve with society, but it wisely makes it incredibly hard to change, which prevents radical, quick fix alterations.
    The reason I named this series “The New Fascists” isn’t to insult the progressives by calling them names. It’s to show that while everyone may operate under the assumption they’re the good guys, many people don’t understand the ideology they live by will lead them and others toward a dark and bitter end. The only way to make the world a better place is to deal with reality. And the only way to deal with reality is to stop following other people’s lead until you figure out what’s really going on. Too many people follow without really asking themselves why. You should always ask yourself why.
    BG is the system is for followers, not individuals. It promotes group think. It punishes individual thought. That is why they attack and vilify anyone at variance with their beliefs. They want to keep people in line so they’ll do what the elites want. The elites have gamed the system by infiltrating the right and the left to produce the synthesis. Each side tells their followers what they want to hear (the thesis and the anti-thesis) but they keep marching them in the same general direction. The synthesis.
    The old Fascists used group think to make their citizens march in the direction they wanted. Anyone who dissented was shot or sent to a camp. The new Fascists use a more subtle approach by demonizing those who don’t follow their agenda. Anyone who believes in individual rights over group rights, anyone for national sovereignty or who talks about things like liberty and freedom are painted as crazy or evil. Anyone who disagrees with the BG elites, are painted as stupid or villains. Anyone who believes in Christianity, which is a competing ideology, is made to be a fool or a sex criminal. There’s a reason for all this. They’re operating out of self interest and they want to win at all costs. They want to crush the opposition and make people embarrassed or afraid to talk back.
    The character of a person is revealed under pressure. We can see what our leaders are made of in these hard times. What’s revealed is repugnant to anyone who understands that they are supposed to be our servants not our masters. There is a blatant contempt for the public’s will. And they are trying to force us to accept more control and bureaucracy whether we like it or not. They are the new fascists and rest assured more power only makes them uglier.
    The new Fascists don’t shoot people yet. They aren’t powerful enough to get away with it. Only when they have complete control can they do that. But look at their words, look at their actions and you can see that they have no problem with doing away with those they can’t use. They freely talk about the need to reduce the population. They freely talk about how people need to be controlled and their behavior modified. They use rationales they invented, based largely on manufactured crises that they conceived.
    Understand that their followers are not the enemy. They’ve been fooled. Some of them may dream of joining the elites and doing bad things to others. But many of them are just people who think they’re on the right side of history. They think they’re trying to make the world a better place and that conservatives, libertarians are trying to stop human progress. They haven’t figured out that they’re actually helping the side that’s against human progress and freedom. A side that wants to take the world back to the era of rulers and edicts.
    I started this series with the quote that the greatest trick the devil ever played was to make people think he didn’t exist. The new fascists want you to sell them your souls by convincing you it’s really for your benefit.
    Even if the elites themselves think they’re working for the public good, unless they’re willing to surrender their egos and understand that the rule of law starts with a limit on authority, things will always creep back to the big government system and true human progress will be stalled.
    Some of the greatest advancements in thousands of years of human history happened in the last 200 years. Coincidental or not, those were the years America left its imprint on the world. American exceptionalism is a reality. And those who would deny it are dooming us to failure.
    It is up to you to stop them.

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  29. Mickturn says:

    The New Fascists above was written by Paul Wilkinson

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  30. Lucille says:

    Humboldt Broncos bus crash: What we know so far….
    Friday’s deadly collision has sent shock and grief through a Saskatchewan community, the hockey world and the country. Here’s a primer on how it happened and what’s happened since
    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-humboldt-broncos-hockey-bus-crash-saskatchewan-explainer/

    Donald J. Trump
    ✔@realDonaldTrump
    Just spoke to @JustinTrudeau to pay my highest respect and condolences to the families of the terrible Humboldt Team tragedy. May God be with them all!
    10:35 AM – Apr 7, 2018
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  31. New Nonna to be Again!!! says:

    Thank you, Mick. If only everyone would open their minds and really HEAR what this article has to say. Especially young people being duped by society, culture, education centers (starting as young as in kindergarten thru schools of higher education), but sadly I think most will not.

    Perhaps if all would look at it in a family setting with a parent as the BG and another as a LG. Perhaps young people would be able to digest this truth better. Just as the story of a college prof suggesting all grades be averaged in order to ‘be fair’ tends to enlighten them, just maybe this put into a family setting would lead to understanding.

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  32. Sepp says:

    Bright Monday – Joy

    Christ is Risen!
    Truly He is Risen!

    From the Great Sunday of Pascha, the Lord’s Resurrection, through the Feast of the Savior’s Ascension, the typical daily greeting and response of Orthodox Christians with one another is “Christ is Risen!” and “Truly He is Risen!”

    Perhaps, one day, such a custom will be more commonly practiced in the USA, thereby spreading the joy of Jesus Christ’s Holy Resurrection.

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    • piper567 says:

      Sepp, my church announces, He is Risen!, to which the Congregation responds, He is risen indeed!
      This is fairly common in Protestant churches, and unique to Easter Sunday.

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  33. Lucille says:

    Misleading Islamic dawah exhibit gulling unsuspecting non-Muslims in rural Minnesota
    April 9, 2018 10:02 AM By Robert Spencer
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/04/misleading-islamic-dawah-exhibit-gulling-unsuspecting-non-muslims-in-rural-minnesota

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    • piper567 says:

      Lucille, whatever the muslims may say, their listeners must not be unsuspecting.
      A perfect application of Trust but Verify is in order.
      Anyone wishing to understand islam has only to read the Koran.
      Muslims may not be happy ab it, but the Koran is easily found in English translation, close enough to get the drift.
      We are without excuse.

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  34. Katherine McCoun says:

    This is in reply to vaccinations comment on the Presidential thread as I do not want to hijack that thread so moved to the Open Thread.

    We are not “religious” about our stance on vaccination. It is well thought out, thoroughly researched, based on facts, stats and scientific studies. Husband studied at Duke U, medicine and pharmacology. Worked in big pharma in RTP (NC, Research Triangle Park). We have a long list of scientific reasons backed up by studies as found in medical journals and peer reviewed publications. Not a “religion” for us. We have a long list of scientific issues, problematic study results and scientific inconsistencies with vaccinations.

    Re immunocompromised individuals: vaccines or not, its ridiculous to take infants in public places. I did not take my child in public until he was 6 weeks old and then only to church where I was the only one who held him and certainly did not drop him off in the babysitting/nursery. We lived Very Small so I was the one to care for our child. Ridiculous to drop off your vulnerable child to strangers that come and go, with little to no knowledge of their health status when your precious baby is only months old. When my mother was going through chemo, she stayed home. Everyone who entered washed up immediately and did not come if even a hint of illness.

    There is NO perfect safety for the immunocompromised and to assume that if all were vaccinated they would be is deceptively dangerous. The flu is deadly to the immunocompromised and the flu vaccine is only mildly effective at best. Just that is a reason to stay home or be extremely cautious in public.

    Why demand that everyone else change to suit the immunocompromised? It is not up to the world to become a safe place for the immunocompromised. If they need to protect themselves then do so. We can not wrap the world in bubble wrap and make it one big safe space.

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    • AmericaFirst says:

      Katherine,

      I can see both sides of this issue, but mostly I hate the idea of government, any government, telling us what we HAVE to do with our children.

      For instance, I read articles about the “Heather has Two Mommies” and other inherently inappropriate and deviant type books presenting sexual issues disgustingly early in life in CA, and then I remember that even home schooling is illegal in the UK.

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    • I met a researcher that was studying drugs to use after a seizure. The apes used in their work were given an injection to induce seizures. Then the various drugs were tested on these poor creatures to see which ones helped with the seizure condition.

      The injection used to produced the seizure condition was 100% effective. It was the MMR vaccine. Sobering.

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    • piper567 says:

      Katherine, thank you for your post.
      It occurred to me while reading it that it sounds like every other assault on common sense that liberal mind foists upon the indiscriminate: there is a problem here with a small % of the population, so all will pay:
      .02% of the population is transgender, so we all have to adjust and accommodate to their needs; criminals use guns, so you must not do so; we say the earth is warming, so you must all pay a carbon tax. It is endless.
      The powers that be act upon their evil and perverted instincts to deny our individual liberty…for the sole reason that it upsets their plans for us.
      I know I sound as if I wear a tinfoil hat, but its a fairly consistent behavior on the part of those who would control us.
      The issue of vaccines has a smallish informal but significant experiment going on up here: there is an Island where folks refuse to vaccine their children, and have done so for ab 9 yrs now. Newcomers are told ab the informal restriction, and yes the kids get chickenpox and measles, just as I did. But here have never been epidemics that clear out the schools, as parents pay attention to their kids.
      Ask your neighborhood snowflake how they feel ab bubble-wrapped safe spaces.
      That’s where you nailed it.
      One side says this, one side says that.
      Individual responsibility is the dividing issue, and it, too, as been politicized.

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  35. BigMamaTEA says:

    “F.B.I. Raids Office of Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen”

    Mueller referral!!!!

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  36. treehouseron says:

    If you’re missing it, you’ve got to go search for the Simpsons on Twitter.

    Liberals are having a meltdown, because they’ve been complaining that Apu is offensive (the Indian gas station owner) on the show. (everybody on the show is a stereotype, Homer, the reverend, the cop, etc.)….

    So liberals have been complaining about Apu, and last night on the Simpsons, the writers basically told everybody to go get screwed, and it’s a joke. Liberals are melting down.

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  37. BigMamaTEA says:

    Senate tee-vee is alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    House officially back tomorrow at Noon EST.

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  38. Donna in Oregon says:

    Don’t care much for British PM Theresa May. This just adds fuel to the fire (pun intended)…

    Reports say this mostly includes the elderly. So this is eldercide!

    Delingpole: 48,000 Britons Died of Cold This Winter; UK Government Praises Climate Policy Which Helped Kill Them
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/09/delingpole-48000-britons-died-of-cold-this-winter-uk-government-praises-climate-policy-which-helped-kill-them/

    Fuel poverty crisis: 3,000 Britons dying each year because they can’t heat their homes, study shows
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/cold-weather-uk-winter-deaths-europe-polar-vortex-a8224276.html

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    • piper567 says:

      F.D.R., “Breed Specific Legislation” has been on the books, travelling across the Country for decades now.
      I have no love lost on the AKC, but they have been legally advising folks for years ab this issue, sometimes w/success, sometimes not so successfully.
      I had Rotties for many years, and during that time, Insurance Companies had a bonanza, in league with realtors, bc in certain jurisdictions, liability policies were necessary for a list of Breeds v similar to the one in the article you cited.
      Friggin’ police necessary solely due to irresponsible owners.
      Katherine posted ^^^ ab vaccines…same BS thing: 2% of dangerous breed owners are irresponsible owners, everyone else pays.

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  39. BigMamaTEA says:

    Senate tee-vee adjourned until 10:00amEST tomorrow.

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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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