Saturday July 7th – 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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255 Responses to Saturday July 7th – Open Thread

  1. Pat Frederick says:

    loads of new names on the other threads lately, but the names I’ve come to think of as regulars are posting less frequently…
    And the mood of the site has certainly turned somber…except for Caturday!
    the pictures here brighten my day…thanks for all of them!!

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    • Ddanna says:

      I was telling my hubby that exact same thing earlier today!

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Said the same thing to hubbie recently, too. I missmy regular posters and pray they are OK.

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      • WSB says:

        We are all here, Grandma. Don’t believe any downers.

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      • wondering999 says:

        Grandma — I often feel I’m out of my depth with the political stuff, and probably many others have the same feeling. I try to educate myself by reading Sundance and the comments; oftentimes I’m waiting for more knowledgeable posters to comment on specific issues that I simply don’t have enough information about, to judge or have an opinion one way or another. But for certain I appreciate your prayers and I pray for everyone else here at the Treehouse, and I’m grateful for the free education I get here.

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  2. Bakokitty says:

    Good Day Treepers, the picture of the kitty with the beautiful green eyes made me think of my beautiful Mitty who has gone to the rainbow bridge. I do miss her green eyes and her constant company. She was a special girl, in our home of many kitties rescued over the years.

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    • Bakokitty says:

      Oops sorry the picture is so big,I forgot to resize😳

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      • Minnie says:

        Condolences on your loss, bakokitty.

        Mitty was an integral part of your family and not only was she loved, she knew she was loved.

        That belief brought comfort when we lost Pepper years ago.

        Our furbabies bring and receive unconditional love.

        ❤️

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        • Bakokitty says:

          Yes they do and in turn they love us. Mitty was one of many kitties we rescued, she was 5 weeks old when I found her being treated callously by a neighbor who didn’t want her. Little did I know she would be my next best furry friend. My 18 year old kitty was near her end. So when I brought Mitty home we didn’t let her interfere with our last weeks with our beloved Pippi, but Mitty as all cats picked her human, me. How loyal she became, my constant companion. 12 years, but cancer took her from me, another crack in my heart, but also another place where loving memories remain.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        DWAI
        (Don’t Worry About It – not – “Driving While Ability Impaired”!)

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        • Bakokitty says:

          😊 Thank you

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          • JC says:

            A beautiful cat – how could it ever be too big, bakokitty?

            So sorry for the loss of Mitty. She sounds like a most delightful and beloved companion. May God richly bless you as your full heart heals.

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            • Bakokitty says:

              Oh thank you for your kind words. Yes she was beloved and forever missed. But Imwas blessed to be chosen by such a beautiful cat spirit.
              Life has been hectic for me lately, thus my very late reply. I could sure use another Mitty most days.

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    • amwick says:

      This is an absolutely beautiful pic. I love the sunlight hitting her little face…I’ll bet she was smart,,, her eyes are so intelligent looking… hmmmmm
      RIP dear, sweet Mitty.

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      • Bakokitty says:

        amwick, thank you. Yes she really was a very smart kitty. She talked with little yips, she uncannily knew when I would arrived home after being away for 2-3 days for work, her timing was amazing. As I opened the door to to house, there she was happy to see me.
        She slept on my legs, had breakfast in bed with me( she loved a taste of yogurt, a bit of butter) sat on my lap as we watched tv. And when I showered, there she was on the rug in front of the shower taking her own cat bath. Things I probably took for granted because it was just our daily rhythm.oh but when she was gone those empty places were huge holes in my days. Yes she was smart.
        Now mind you we have had our share of dumb kitties. Lol , but most were pretty smart.
        Mitty was exceptional. I was blessed she chose me. 🙂

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    • WSB says:

      Beautiful!!!!!

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  3. Minnie says:

    We are here, pat, reading our Treehouse multiple times each day.

    We are not alone ❤️

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    • Pat Frederick says:

      very nice to “see” familiar faces!

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      • ChrisSy says:

        I am one of those new names on the CTH. BUT an old conservative. I got lucky finding this site and enjoy the articles and comments, immensely. Thought there was room in the branches for me, too? 🤔🤷

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        • The Tundra PA says:

          Of course there is, and welcome! Lots of us old timers remember the early days when a new post got 30-50 comments, not 1,000+. We’re still reading here every day, but commenting only rarely. So glad that lots of new readers are being educated by Sundance’s amazing analysis, but really hate the rabid troll activity that high reader volume generates. The admins–especially Ad Rem–do an amazing job of maintaining civility. My unending thanks to her, and all of them, for that.

          I encourage all who appreciate and learn from this unique and valuable website to consider supporting the Treehouse with a monetary donation by hitting the Donate button at top right. Every little bit helps.

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        • Yorkie says:

          Hi, ChrisSy – I’m kinda new here, too. I’ve posted a few times, and hopefully, I’ll find room in the branches also.

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          • BigMamaTEA says:

            Yorkie….Welcome to the TreeHouse. I apologize that I have been late to welcoming you. The hardest part is the first comment…we’ve all been there! (wink)

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        • Ddanna says:

          Yes, I love that our treehouse is growing but miss some of the older ones who used to post. Welcome to all and glad so many are finding a refuge with us!

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        • Bakokitty says:

          Absolutely! I too was mostly a reader, lurking, and finally I decided to tentatively climb to a branch to find a spot. And the generosity and welcome made me find a home on a branch of my own. So welcome home chisSy. 😻 bkitty

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        • nikkichico7 says:

          Yup 🤨👍😉👍❤️

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        • Pat Frederick says:

          there is plenty of room in the branches–I’m sorry if i appeared unfriendly!! It was truly unintentional.

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Welcome ChrisSy. Sorry for my lateness in reply. YOU are most WELCOME at the TreeHouse. There are lots of branches in this tree, settle yourself in. Occasionally, we make smores by the campfire. Sometimes we open an e-bar and have e-cocktails too.

          Gotta just jump right in on the comments. You’ve already done the hard part (the first comment) Most of us started as “lurkers” too! Welcome aboard!

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  4. duchess01 says:

    SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2018
    What is TRUTH in a World FULL of DARKNESS?

    https://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2012/07/what-is-truth-in-world-full-of-darkness.html

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  5. tamnbud1 says:

    Did anyone catch the anti-violence protest where they shut down the freeway in Chicago. Didn’t they become a sanctuary city recently? Oh, the irony! Maybe they should protest at the Mayor’s home while they are at it since he’s the one to blame for that.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/07/anti-violence-protesters-plan-to-shut-down-chicago-freeway.html

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  6. AmericaFirst says:

    I hope that everyone posting on this site is also in prayer for a successful rescue of the Thai soccer team, 12 young boys, 11-16 y.o., and their assistant coach, 25 y.o., who are deep in the bowels of a mountain cave at the onset of monsoon season.

    Also, does anyone know what would be a good site for finding the most up-to-the-minute news on this rescue attempt?

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    • Melanie says:

      Breitbart has good links in the comment section.
      Praying for those boys but the situation seems pretty dire. 😦

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  7. waltherppk says:

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  8. Lucille says:

    Taliban: Even “the famous American newspaper ‘The Washington Post’” recognizes our “just Islamic governance”
    July 7, 2018 11:33 AM BY ROBERT SPENCER

    The Washington Post, like the rest of the establishment media, is not in any actual sense a news organization. It is just a propaganda outfit for the far-Left and, as this praise from the Taliban shows, for the Left’s allies among the forces of the global jihad.

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/07/taliban-even-the-famous-american-newspaper-the-washington-post-recognizes-our-just-islamic-governance

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  9. Sweet Old Bob says:

    Treepers : what do you know about :Alexis ….any problems with the echo ? Any security issues ? TIA .

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    • Minnie says:

      IMO -just say no.

      👍

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    • Are you worried about everything in your home being recorded, or was it the addition of another DNA damaging microwave emitting device?

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Well, if you don’t mind strangers listening in to every sound in your house……

      It looks like it’s a cool deal until you look at the downside. It’s like putting a microphone into your home.

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      • Charlotte says:

        Exactly I would steer clear of this. Remember the stuff recorded probably goes to the NSA

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      • wondering999 says:

        Yep. Real example: I was in San Francisco at a dinner table discussing the difficulties of learning a particular skill. “Alexa” suddenly piped up: “That is false blah blah blah”

        Host said “That’s creepy! Alexa, turn off!” They were using “Alexa” for recipes. But she was clearly listening in on the dinner conversation

        No political conversations at that dinner table I promise you!

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Somewhere on youtube is a compilation of users who ask questions that Alexa refuses to answer. Stephen Crowder did a set with one, and the voice answered incorrectly on all the “evil stuff.”

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          • wondering999 says:

            I will look for it. It is odd that Alexa would weigh in on the skill of learning American Sign Language — and believe me regardless of what Alexa says, it’s a skill that is difficult to master (although very useful. I intend to teach my grandbabies basic ASL for babies – babies can sign earlier than they can articulate words, and later on if they master ASL it’s a skill worth thousands of dollars of extra salary in the right jobs)

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          • wondering999 says:

            Also, parents who give birth to (or adopt) children who need sign language skills, find it very difficult to learn in the middle of all the other challenges of parenting, especially if they already have several children. I love ASL — it’s interesting and uses a different part of the brain than spoken language because it is visual and spatial. But I’m terrible at it and probably won’t have enough time in my life now to master it. Kids can have fun with it

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      • Right, like your cell phone isn’t already doing that?

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  10. tempo150101 says:

    Who else thinks the number of “coincidences” is getting to the point of being absurd?

    “Wisconsin Badgers wrestler, nephew of Jim Jordan, killed in Illinois vehicle crash”
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-wisconsin-wrestler-killed-in-illinois-crash-20180707-story.html

    There is some great evil at play.

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  11. Donna in Oregon says:

    Feels like peach season to me 🙂

    Love the crust is made from vanilla wafers, yum! Peaches and Cream tart (yeah!)

    https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/peaches-cream-tart

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    • JC says:

      Oohhh… thank you, Donna. Looks delicious. Saving to my recipe file. Peaches from the Western Slope of Colorado (Palisades – unique climate perfect for amazing peaches) arrive shortly on the Front Range. I’m in Boulder County and can’t wait. I’ll have plenty in my family who will be happy to sample this one.

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  12. getfitnow says:

    Another free thinker, who has done some real soul searching and has walked away from the Democrat party. The comments are interesting too.

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  13. 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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  14. Grandma Covfefe says:

    Re: Thai Soccer Team on Cave:

    They have announced an evacuation for the media, and anyone else not related to the rescue operation, to another location away from the cave site so they start their rescue operation..
    Divers have arrived and medics, too. 10 ambulances are now parked at the site. Four helicopters on stand-by, nearby. Police are there too. Families are not in their sleeping place, so they must be at the cave or at a private meeting. They have hung green tarp all around the cave site to block any public viewing (Good!). They have said no photos taking allowed, and if an inappropriate photo does get out then that person will be responsible. (I’ll believe it when I don’t see it-Ha)

    If it is 10 PM ET, then it is 9 AM in Thailand.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Thank you. This has been on my mind all day. From what I was hearing, it sounded like they have no choice but to try to bring them out. From their preparations, they are just going to do the best they can do. What an awful situation. Praying for them all.

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    • Minnie says:

      Thank you for the update, grandma.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      One diver told a reporter they are now being briefed about the rescue operation. They have NOT started yet but will very soon.
      Press conference will start in 5 minutes.

      Remember it is about 12 hour round trip operation. So we in USA may not find out how it went til early tomorrow morning.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      The rescue operation began at 10 am (11 PM ET). 18 diver (13 Int’l and 5 Thai divers) have been sent into the caves to retrieve the 12 boys and their football coach. The 13 people inside the cave have been informed and are ready and their families have been informed. Medical teams have been rehearsing for three days and are ready to treat the group when they emerge. Earliest the’ll be out is 9 PM (10 AM ET) but not guaranteed to be completed today (Sunday in Thailand). they will come out grradually.

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  15. auscitizenmom says:

    Tony Orlando wrote this but I don’t think it was ever put out. I think the sound isn’t very good, but I loved the words to the song. I hope he will put out a better version.

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