Tuesday April 24th – 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 religious art of the Venetian Renaissance, to the music of Thomas Tallis.

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  2. For where there is love there is hope, there is community.  We are one, We are Patriots🇺🇸💖🇺🇸
    Where We Go One We Go All🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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  3. Minnie says:

    All powerful and ever-living God, grant us your peace.
    Your Mercy endures forever.

    Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
    That saved a wretch like me.
    I once was lost, but now I’m found.
    Was blind, but now I see.

    ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to feel
    And grace my fears relieved.
    How precious did that grace appear
    The hour I first believed.

    Through many dangers toils and snares
    We have already come
    ‘Twas grace that brought us safe that far
    And grace will lead us home

    When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
    Bright shining as the sun,
    We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
    Than when we’d first begun.

    Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
    That saved a wretch like me.
    I once was lost, but now I’m found

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  4. nimrodman says:

    DHS boss threatens ‘caravan’ border-crossers with prosecution, detention, deportation
    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Monday warned the “caravan” of Central American migrants arriving at the southern U.S. border that they could face prosecution, detention and deportation, as President Trump called on the agency to block the group.


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  5. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Small Change and a Free Gift

    Has the cashier at the restaurant or the check-out girl at the supermart been asking you: “Do you have the two cents?” or “You don’t have the change, do you?” If so, it’s because there is a coin shortage all over the U.S. and will be for some time.

    All kinds of coin-using machines have created a shortage of coins for other purposes. Isn’t it strange: a penny is hardly worth picking up these days, and President Eisenhower called our dollars “dollarettes,” yet people seem to be spending more money in small amounts.

    You can make more and more purchases with coins these days. Some people say that you can buy anything with money, but they’re wrong — very wrong.

    The things we need most cannot be bought with any amount of money. The air we breathe, the water we drink (we pay only for the service), love of family and friends. These things can’t be bought. And the most precious treasure of all: salvation, eternal life, can’t be bought at any price.

    God doesn’t want our money. He calls it “filthy lucre.” He’s not going into business, selling houses and lots in heaven, much less will He pervert justice and pronounce us innocent for a consideration. But He does pity and love us and He can and will give us eternal life if we trust in the merits of the One who died to pay the penalty for our sins.

    “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).

    “For by grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8).
    Our Lord said to the Samaritan woman:

    “If thou knewest the gift of God… thou wouldest have asked…” (John 4:10).

    Have you asked?

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    1Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

    Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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  6. MaryfromMarin says:

    “Soft” persecution of Christians–it will get worse:

    Christian Publisher Says Google Banned It Over ‘Faith We Express’


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  8. Lucille says:

    Francis Goya – Rann na mona
    The origin is a Chinese song named 情人的關懷 (Lover’s Care), performed by 鄧麗君 (Teresa Teng – Đặng Lệ Quân) then transcribed for guitar by Francis Goya.

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  9. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Big Mistake

    Several times in the last few weeks commentators over radio, TV and in the newspapers have made a big mistake. This was in connection with the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra, Jr.

    Frank Sr., as we know, had to pay the kidnappers $240,000.00 for the ransom of his son. One after another the news commentators declared that this amount was by no means the highest amount ever paid for a ransom. In the Bobby Greenlease case, they said, the Kansas City auto dealer had to pay $600,000.00 to ransom his son — the highest price ever paid for the ransom of a human being.

    Here they are wrong. $600,000.00 is by no means the highest price ever paid for the ransom of a human being.

    St. Paul, by divine inspiration, wrote in I Tim. 2:4-6:

    “God will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

    “For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.

    “Who gave HIMSELF a ransom for all…”

    Did you get that? Christ gave Himself a ransom for all. All mankind had been taken captive by Satan and sin, but Christ paid the price of our ransom. That price was Himself — His own life, which He gave on Calvary’s cross to pay for our redemption.

    All that was accomplished at Calvary was not revealed, however, until God raised up the Apostle Paul, who goes on to say in Verses 6 and 7 of the above passage that this mes- sage was “testified in due time,” by him.

    When sin had risen to its height in the world’s rejection of Christ, God reached down from heaven to save Saul, the chief of sinners, and sent him forth as the Apostle Paul to proclaim salvation by grace through faith in the Christ who had died for sin. This is why the Apostle declares in I Tim. 1:15,16:

    “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering…”

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      To the Reader:

      Some of our Two Minutes articles were written many years ago by Pastor C. R. Stam for publication in newspapers. When many of these articles were later compiled in book form, Pastor Stam wrote this word of explanation in the Preface:

      “It should be borne in mind that the newspaper column, Two Minutes With the Bible, has now been published for many years, so that local, national and international events are discussed as if they occurred only recently. Rather than rewrite or date such articles, we have left them just as they were when first published. This, we felt, would add to the interest, especially since our readers understand that they first appeared as newspaper articles.”

      To this we would add that the same is true for the articles written by others that we continue to add, on a regular basis, to the Two Minutes library. We hope that you’ll agree that while some of the references in these articles are dated, the spiritual truths taught therein are timeless.


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  10. nwtex says:

    Sharing with jeans2nd.

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  11. Deplorable_Infidel says:


    This covers a myriad of topics besides just the CIA’s subversive activities. I am amazed he is still alive.

    Could the CIA be sabotaging the Trump cabinet? – Episode #692 with Kevin Shipp

    In this edition we speak to former CIA Counterintelligence officer Kevin Shipp about CIA policy, and how some intelligence officers could be sabotaging President Trump’s cabinet.

    Read more about Kevin Ship here: https://caravantomidnight.com/kevin-s

    Your Host: John B Wells https://caravantomidnight.com/your-host/


  12. The Devilbat says:


    As an electronic engineer I am constantly having to search patents. This post will obviously benefit the technically minded but I believe that non technical people will get ​a good​ idea​ as to what these inventions are designed to do. these are only two of many such patents that have been issued.

    I came across these patents a while back. The technology they used loosely bordered on the very much, non mind control project that I was working on.​

    Click on each of the links to find a US patent on mind control. (Yes, they even proudly patent the methods that they use).

    Click on “Download PDF” for a full PDF copy of the patent. Print them out and amaze your friends.

    How many times have we heard a mass murderer claim that they heard voices, all day and all night that told him to kill. Take a look at this patent:


    ​Watch out for that new desk fan. ​It might just be blowing some new ideas into your head. The method describes its use to alter ones feelings. It can​ however​ also be used very effectively for mind control.​ ​


    Are we all getting the idea yet ?????????

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    • amwick says:

      I was reading that then, all the sudden, my eyelids started drooping, and I just nodded off. I think it was the sound of the ocean. Hmmmmmm interesting.

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      • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

        LOL! amwick, that cracked me up! Are you having fun?
        Wish I was there….


        • amwick says:

          Yes, we are having a great time. Meeting nice people, playing trivia, singing at a pub. The ocean is amazing. We saw a sailboat, way out here. It’s all good. Well, the time changes every day. Here they do it at noon. So at high noon you set your watch to 1pm. A bit odd, but I think Europe is six hours different from the East coast of the USA.


  13. Matrony says:

    True Believers, Phil Keaggy

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  14. flame says:

    When your friends invite you to dinner but don’t tell you the restaurant is vegan

    Oh, my God! What a sadness in the eyes!

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  15. jackphatz says:

    One of my favorites.

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  16. Troublemaker10 says:

    Excerpt from article:

    In an interview with CBN News Johnston said, “We are done. You’re going to get this LGBT propaganda and graphic sex-ed out of our schools or we’re pulling the children out permanently.”


    Meanwhile, Johnston said the Sex-Ed Sit Out is just the beginning.

    "We're going to start suing these schools for pandering obscenities to minors," said Johnston.

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    • ladypenquin says:

      I was thinking of the word to what the LGBT etc. etc. is trying to push in our schools – California the most radical right now – they’re passing a law to make it illegal for parents to opt their kids OUT of the sex ed class.

      I came up with “Depravity” – they’re teaching decadence, perversion – trying to make the abnormal – normal. One gets nauseated reading the excerpts from their teaching material. Bananas? Cucumbers? I know, sorry for the picture painted but that’s what those parents are dealing with.

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  17. citizen817 says:

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  18. citizen817 says:

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  19. Newt Love says:

    Here is my latest post to AG Sessions, via the US Department of Justice, and their “Contact Us” form.
    I chose the subject of “Messages to The AG”

    AG Sessions,

    I am shocked at your lack of legal action against the people inside the FBI and DoJ that are actively seeking to overturn the 2016 Presidential Election, and are running “The Insurance Policy” against President Donald J Trump.

    The current ring-leader is your own Deputy AG, Rod Rosenstein. Your aiding and abetting him in his continued (since October 2016) effort to undermine Donald J Trump, and now, to reverse the election result of the 2016 Presidential Election, makes you a co-conspirator in the sedition and treason plot to overthrow of the US Government.

    You should resign in embarrassment, but in your early stage senility, have lost the ability to remember who you once were.

    You used to be a US Senator from Alabama.
    Now you are aiding and abetting Rod Rosenstein in his conspiracy to remove the duly elected POTUS 45 from office.

    You have completely lost your bearings… or does Rod Rosenstein have something on you? Are you afraid of exposure?

    The Jeff Sessions I used to believe in would NEVER let ANYTHING compromise the USA.

    And now, you are aiding and abetting the Rod Rosenstein led conspiracy to overthrow the US Government.

    You are a traitor to the American people, but I suspect that you are now complacent in that fact.

    Your DoJ and FBI are working to kill American Independence and the Rule of Law.

    Since I said that. I suppose that I can now expect Jack-Booted thugs from the FBI to raid my house? If so, you will prove that no US Person has a 1st Amendment Right to Free Speech.

    Thank you for betraying all US Persons.


  20. nwtex says:

    Monkey See, Monkey Sue: Monkeys Can Bring Lawsuits, 9th Circuit Says

    A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday found an ape satisfies the criteria for standing to bring a lawsuit under Article III of the Constitution.

    Judge Carlos Bea, a George W. Bush appointee, wrote Monday’s decision for a three-judge panel. Bea cited a 2004 9th Circuit decision called Cetacean Community v. Bush, in which the court suggested whales, porpoises, and dolphins could sue the U.S. Navy for damage inflicted by sonar technology. The suit was not allowed to proceed, however, as the relevant environmental laws did not extend standing to animals.

    Monday’s decision followed a similar trajectory. The court agreed that apes satisfied the requirements of standing under the Constitution

    PETA argued the Act may well grant standing to animals, because it extends standing to other non-human entities like corporations and associations


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    • DanO64 says:

      Great example of Case law, citing previous unconstitutional rulings by a court, instead of Constitutional law that is the foundation of the justice system.

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      • piper567 says:

        Dan, if you didn’t know better, you would think this method is a planned approach to permanently change our Constitution.


    • Sharpshorts says:

      Earth day morning I spotted an endangered herbivore eating endangered plant species and didn’t know what to do…just horrible…for Peta’s sake!

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    • piper567 says:

      PETA is following the exact same path that St.Paul mentions in Romans 1.
      They worship the creature rather than the Creator.
      And they wish everyone else to do the same.
      This is an abomination.

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  21. nimrodman says:

    And – irony of ironies – the Syrian “refugees” prefer it back in Syria and Lebanon and “don’t like” the Canadian housing they’ve been given free of charge (both father and mother are “unemployed”).

    So total free ride (housing, food, cash, schooling) at Canadian taxpayers’ expense and in return they throw bricks.

    The West is afflicted with suicidal levels of empathy and charity.
    Simply suicidal.

    EXCLUSIVE: Refugees Fight Canadians with Rocks, Bricks

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    • Tegan says:

      I recently read that the fully-paid immigrants in one European country are incensed they have to clean their own toilets now ( in their free Housing!) The quote I read…”the prisons in Syria are better than this.”

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      • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

        It’s because they think they are too good to clean toilets, and where they come from, they have slaves to do it for them. Or, lots of wives.

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  22. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.”
    Romans 7:6 (KJV)

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  23. If you all don’t mind, I have a prayer request.

    My mother is going in for long-overdue hip replacement surgery today. For at least a year now, she’s barely been able to walk, and even then, it was slow hobbling in lots of pain.

    She’s going to be in the hospital for three or four days, followed by a six-week recovery period back at home. My (SJW) brother and I have already given a pint of blood in case the worst-case scenario happens during surgery and she needs it.

    I would seriously appreciate any and all prayers that her surgery is successful. I’ve already given mine. Thank you in advance.

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  24. smiley says:

    eat a lot of salads ?



    April 23, 2018

    according to CDC & FDA, an E.Coli outbreak, linked to ROMAINE LETTUCE from the Yuma, Arizona growing region, has now expanded to 16 states, 53 people “sickened”.

    that’s ALL Romaine Lettuce…packaged, bagged and heads of lettuce.

    article does not mention the names of the “16 states”, however.

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    • smiley says:

      here are the affected states…

      Pennsylvania ~ the worst, 12 people
      Idaho ~ 10 people

      then…. Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Washington.

      from this article…

      (maybe this will post, maybe it won’t…who knows)

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      • But how will you know ? It’s the nyt…..???


      • Janie M. says:

        smiley, I get Consumer Reports email alerts and this is its most recent recommendation regarding Romaine (one of 3 articles). And in my younger days, I loved Caesar salads. 🙁

        Washing Your Greens Won’t Protect Against E. coli
        A food poisoning outbreak has been linked to romaine lettuce, and the best advice is to avoid it altogether
        By Jesse Hirsch
        Last updated: April 16, 2018

        According to James Rogers, Ph.D., director of Food Safety and Research at Consumer Reports, if E. coli (or any other type of bacteria that can cause food poisoning) is present in your produce, washing it won’t remove all of those organisms. And it doesn’t take much bacteria to make you sick.

        “It is very difficult to remove bacteria from leafy greens,” he says. “Bacteria have the ability to adhere to the surface of the leaves, and to get stuck in microscopic crevices.” E. coli bacteria can even find their way into the interior of your produce.



      • nikkichico7 says:

        Aw shucks Michigan is on the list ☹️
        Thank you smiley … I heard the news but didn’t know what States


      • greenmakescents says:

        Our area of Texas is included. All salad products with Romaine lettuce from the Yuma AZ area were pulled from United Super Market the shelves maybe last Thursday,

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    • Good thing I’ve always preferred iceberg anyway.


    • Sloth1963 says:

      Had a Chicen Caesar the day before the news dropped. So far, no issues. Be a while before I have another that doesn’t come from the garden.

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  25. Dora says:

    Childe Hassam – ‘“Rainy Late Afternoon, Union Square” (1890)

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  26. smiley says:

    By The Church

    mixed media on board

    (no date)

    Winter Scene

    gouache (opaque watercolor) on board

    (no date)

    Returning Home From Church (Russian Orthodox)

    gouache on paper

    (no date)

    artist : Stepan Kolesnikov ~ Russian, Ukraine (Russian Empire) ~ (1879-1955)~ painter, graphic designer, scene designer ~ Realism

    more, here…



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  27. Dora says:

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    • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

      Italy actually gave this little guy citizenship so he could be treated there, but the EU said “No” And they took him off of life support. Let’s all pray for this little guy and his family.

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    • nikkichico7 says:

      Matthew 19:14 King James Version (KJV)
      14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.



      • nikkichico7 says:

        Loving Lord Jesus, You are the good Shepherd of the sheep and You are the One Who carries the little lambs in Your arms – and gently cares for those that are weak and afraid. Lord it is so hard to watch a child in distress and feel helpless to aid them – but I pray Lord that You would safely carry this little child and tend for him/her as only You can.

        I lift up this precious child to You and ask for Your healing power to permeate through his/her frail body and return him/her to radiant health and strength. Relieve all the symptoms of this unpleasant illness that has invaded this little body – guard him/her from danger and may he/she respond to Your healing touch on his/her life.

        Thank You that You are a God Who cares and loves little children and that You hear and answer prayers. Keep this precious lamb enfolded in Your arms and resting on Your bosom and raise him/ her back to full health I pray – and we will give You all the thanks and praise for You alone are worthy.

        In Jesus Amen

        Matthew 18:18-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
        18 Truly I say to you, whatever you [a]bind on earth [b]shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you [c]loose on earth [d]shall have been loosed in heaven.
        19 “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them [e]by My Father who is in heaven. 20 For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

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  28. Bob Thoms says:

    New Liturgical Artist Gloria Thomas. A large installation at the St. Bernard Abbey, Cullman, Alabama. St. Bernard is a Benedictine Abbey. The installation measures 12’x8′. Ms. Thomas is a long-practicing Lexington, Kentucky-based painter whose work has graced, among other things, Duncan Stroik’s All Saints’ Church in Walton, Kentucky, several monasteries and Catholic parishes, and even a number of Protestant churches and organizations.

    Front Side: http://gloria-thomas.com/images/portfolio/zoom_in/gt001.jpg
    Back Side: http://gloria-thomas.com/images/portfolio/zoom_in/gt014.jpg


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  29. Dora says:

    I bet he still loves this photograph.

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  30. nimrodman says:

    Odd case of a Canadian man poking around where he shouldn’t have, or in a way he shouldn’t have. Seeking apprenticeship with an indigenous ayahuasca (hallucinogenic plant) expert.

    “He is a little bit of a, I’ll call it a s— disturber. One of these people who likes to poke, and likes to test the boundaries of people’s beliefs, but is very much a gentle person underneath all that,” …

    Some friends, however, said Woodroffe became distant after trying ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic cocktail also known as yage, that some tourists take for mind-altering experiences. The cocktail has been used by indigenous tribes in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia as a cure for ailments.

    Willard said Woodroffe came back from South America “not broken, but troubled.”

    In 2015, a Canadian fatally stabbed a fellow tourist from England after the two drank ayahuasca together in a spiritual ceremony a few hours’ drive from where Woodroffe was killed.

    Left behind a 9-yr-old son, unfortunate.

    Canadian man dragged by the neck and lynched by Peruvian mob after being accused of shaman’s death

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  31. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  32. duchess01 says:

    Holy Rollin’

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  33. Sloth1963 says:

    New book out that may be interesting to those concerned with BLM abuse, Cliven Bundy and the raid on the Little Big Horn museum. Heard a brief interview with the author, Christopher Kortlander. He sounded solid. I’ll be adding it to my reading list.


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  34. duchess01 says:

    TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2018
    Heaven’s Immigration Policy


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  35. steph_gray says:

    A little story today about Things I Learn From CTH. I had a seemingly heavy-duty quality hose on my back outdoor faucet last year. Somewhere along the line it got completely stuck on the sillcock (I’m told that’s what it’s called) and also on the nozzle which was a good multi-function one that I like. (Unfortunately I did not keep any record of where I got the hose but undoubtedly at either Home Depot or Lowes.)

    Eventually it became clear that I would need to replace the entire faucet to get it off – not a terrible thing since the faucet was original, difficult for arthritic hands, and leaky. I will miss the nice nozzle.

    Today when the plumber arrived to replace it, he told me the problem was the metal at the ends of the hose was “cheap” – he said it had become fused to the sillcock and the nozzle. I immediately said “from China?” His eyes widened, he waited a beat, and said, “Yep.” I think he was very surprised I knew it.

    Love the stuff I learn here!!

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “it had become fused to the sillcock and the nozzle.”

      That is just great. Now I guess we will have to put copper or nickle based anti-seize compound on absolutely EVERYTHING now! Thanks for sharing the experience so others can learn.

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      • steph_gray says:

        You’re welcome! As he was leaving the plumber explained that what to watch out for are connectors made of “white metal” – he says it looks like aluminum but it isn’t.


      • piper567 says:

        Deplorable, another tip which might be of interest, when making these kinds of hose connections.
        I always use Teflon tape on the male part. The trick here is not use too much, just insure all of the thread surface is covered with a layer of tape.
        Great for arthritic hand: No matter how crappy the material, a nozzle or faucet will be released easily when necessary.
        And it does not degrade.

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        • steph_gray says:



        • Deplorable_Infidel says:

          Thanks. I have plenty of Teflon tape on hand around here for my water pumps because I live in ice-jam prone floodplain. My rheumatologist told me about 8 years ago arthritis was setting in my hands, too. It has only been the last 3 or so I started noticing, unless I spent a day shoveling a lot in the garden or something.

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      • MIKE says:

        Two products I would recommend for treating the threads are Teflon paste or di-electric silicone gel.
        Since the advent of cheap chinee crap fasteners, hardware, etc. , I have had to keep stocked up with the best penetrating fluid I’ve ever found. It is called Kroil aerosol and it ain’t cheap, but it works.
        Just trying to be helpful.

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  36. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Human Organ Manufacturing Has Its Leader & Funding


    “…The main goal of ARMI will be to support those in the medical field by creating an infrastructure for manufacturing organs on-demand and in real time.

    ARMI has promised the DoD that it will have something to show in less than five years. While it might not be an entire organ, Kamen is confident that processes should be in place for the production of skin, bone, or cartilage for treating wounded soldiers or emergency room patients….”

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  37. 4beagles says:

    Daffodils finally bloomed !
    This is the latest first flowers I can recall. Think a woods walk, some leek/ramp gathering and turkey scouting will make for a good afternoon.

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    • 4beagles says:

      Spent a few hours afield, watched the ducks, geese, and the great blue heron nesting on the swamp. Gathered a couple pound of leeks, made stock.

      So many ways this stock can be used. I like adding ham bones, bacon, and beans. And/Or any above, maple and zinger pepperts can add a heat score. In a bowl under a broiler a classic French soup can be made, or a HillyBilly concoction that’ll peel pine pine pitch off a saw blade.

      Extended evening time version…..
      …Evening Time for My Soup…


  38. Redhotsnowman says:

    spastic_colon Tue, 04/24/2018 – 11:18 Permalink

    Krauthammer on Trump


    A different take on Donald Trump: (a non-political agenda)

    Trump Is Not A Liberal or Conservative,
    he’s a “Pragmatist.”
    (Definition: A pragmatist is someone
    who is practical and
    focused on reaching a goal.
    A pragmatist usually has
    a straightforward, matter-of-fact approach
    and doesn’t let emotion distract him or her.)

    “We recently enjoyed a belated holiday dinner
    with friends at the home of other friends.
    The dinner conversation varied
    from discussions about antique glass and china
    to theology and politics.

    At one point,
    reference was made to Donald Trump
    being a conservative,
    to which I responded that
    Trump is not a conservative.

    I said that I neither view nor do I believe
    that Trump views himself as a conservative.
    I stated it was my opinion that Trump is a pragmatist.

    He sees a problem
    and understands it must be fixed.
    He doesn’t see the problem as liberal or conservative,
    he sees it only as a problem.

    That is a quality that should be admired and applauded,
    not condemned.
    But I get ahead of myself.

    Viewing problems from a Liberal perspective
    has resulted in the creation of more problems,
    more entitlement programs,
    more victims,
    more government,
    more political correctness,
    more attacks on the working class
    in all economic strata.

    Viewing things according
    to the so-called Republican conservative perspective
    has brought continued spending and globalism
    to the detriment of American interests and well being,
    denial of what the real problems are,
    weak, ineffective, milquetoast, leadership
    that amounts to Barney Fife Deputy Sheriff,
    appeasement oriented
    and afraid of its own shadow.

    In brief, it has brought liberal ideology
    with a pachyderm as a mascot
    juxtaposed to the ass of the Democrat Party.

    Immigration isn’t a Republican problem,
    it isn’t a Liberal problem,
    it is a problem that threatens
    the very fabric and infrastructure of America.

    It demands a pragmatic approach
    not an approach that is
    intended to appease one group or another.

    The impending collapse of the economy
    wasn’t a Liberal or Conservative problem,
    it is an American problem.

    That said,
    until it is viewed as a problem
    that demands a common sense approach
    to resolution,
    it will never be fixed because
    the Democrats and Republicans know only one way to fix things
    and the longevity of their impracticality
    has proven to have no lasting effect.

    Successful businessmen like Donald Trump
    find ways to make things work,
    they do not promise to accommodate.

    Trump uniquely understands that
    China’s manipulation of currency
    is not a Republican problem or a Democrat problem.
    It is a problem that threatens our financial stability
    and he understands the proper balance needed to fix it.

    Here again, successful businessmen, like Trump,
    who have weathered the changing tides of economic reality
    understand what is necessary to make business work,
    and they, unlike both sides of the political aisle,
    know that if something doesn’t work,
    you don’t continue trying to make it work
    hoping that at some point it will.

    As a pragmatist,
    Donald Trump hasn’t made wild pie-in-the-sky promises
    of a cell phone in every pocket,
    free college tuition,
    and a $15 hour minimum wage
    for working the drive-through at Carl’s Hamburgers.

    I argue that America needs pragmatists
    because pragmatists see a problem and find ways to fix them.
    They do not see a problem
    and compound it by creating more problems.

    You may not like Donald Trump,
    but I suspect that the reason some people do not like him
    is because:

    (1) he is antithetical to the “good old boy” method
    of brokering backroom deals
    that fatten the coffers of politicians;

    (2) they are unaccustomed
    to hearing a president speak
    who is unencumbered by the financial shackles
    of those who he owes vis-a-vis donations;

    (3) he is someone
    who is free of idiomatic political ideology;

    (4) he says what he is thinking,
    is unapologetic for his outspoken thoughts,
    speaks very straightforward
    using everyday language
    that can be understood by all
    (and is offensive to some who dislike him anyway)
    making him a great communicator,
    for the most part,
    does what he says he will do

    (5) he is someone
    who understands that
    it takes more than hollow promises
    and political correctness
    to make America great again.

    Listening to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
    talk about fixing America
    is like listening to two lunatics
    trying to “out crazy” one another.

    Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Marco Rubio
    are owned lock, stock, and barrel
    by the bankers, corporations, and big dollar donors
    funding their campaigns.

    Bush can deny it, but common sense
    tells anyone willing to face facts
    is that people don’t give tens of millions
    without expecting something in return.

    We have had Democrats and Republican ideologues
    and what has it brought us?
    Are we better off today or worse off?
    Has it happened overnight or
    has it been a steady decline
    brought on by both parties?

    I submit that a pragmatist is just what America needs right now.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence
    as arrogance,
    but that is common among those who have never accomplished anything in their lives
    (or politicians who never really solved a problem,
    because it’s better to still have an “issue(s) to be solved,”
    so re-elect me to solve it,
    (which never happens)
    and those who have always played it safe
    (again, all politicians)
    not willing to risk failure,
    to try and achieve success).

    Donald Trump put his total financial empire at risk
    in running for president
    and certainly did not need
    or possibly even want the job;
    that says it all.
    He wants success for the U.S.
    and her citizens
    because he loves his country.

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  39. Dora says:

    28 years already? Wow!

    Liked by 3 people

  40. BigMamaTEA says:

    On Senate tee-vee:

    CONFIRMED: Kyle Duncan for 5th Circuit Judge (Louisiana area)

    Y- 50 – N- 47

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  41. BigMamaTEA says:

    Also on senate tee-vee…….TurtleHead has brought to the Floor the nomination for Pompeo to be Secretary of State, and Richard Grinell to be Ambassador to Germany. This is the first step for these two.

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  42. Dora says:


  43. Sweet Old Bob says:

    BIG shakeup coming in global warming debate …
    Check out Lord CM post at WUWT !!


  44. nwtex says:

    Beautiful. Truckers brotherhood!! Love it. Blessings ❤

    Liked by 3 people

  45. BigMamaTEA says:

    FakeBook has come out with a 27 page User’s Guide:



  46. BigMamaTEA says:

    Senate tee-vee adjourned @ 6:17pmEST to return NoonEST tomorrow.

    Liked by 1 person

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