Sunday July 22nd – 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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145 Responses to Sunday July 22nd – Open Thread

  1. Citizen 817 says:

    THE MILKY WAY CORE IN SOUTHERN UTAH, JUST BEFORE SUNRISE.

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  2. nimrodman says:

    well, not to pre-empt the Sunday prayer, but it’s still Saturday night where I am

    Liked by 12 people

  3. Garrison Hall says:

    Have a wonderful Sunday, Treepers!

    In the late ’70’s Pepe’ Romero recorded the Giuliani guitar concertos with the St. Martin’s In The Fields Orchestra. Hie work on these recordings remains, in my opinion, the best ever done. His playing is flawless, as you might expect from someone who is arguably the best in the world, but it is his wonderful guitar that absolutely transforms this performance. Pepe’s instrument is his legendary “La Wonderful” guitar made by Miguel Rodriguez in Cordoba Spain. When you have a great player and an equally great instrument you get magic.

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    • AlinWonderland says:

      Excellent! So glad you shared. This is music indeed, as opposed to the noise that passes for music now in some circles. I will try to find more of this happy music.

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  4. czarowniczy says:

    Interesting, one of the few things mutual antagonists China and India can agree on is Christianity’s increasing too fast in Nepal. Currently it’s estimated nearly 4% of Nepal is Christian with it expected to be close to 8% by 2020.
    India’s Hindu and China’s athiest politicians see the influx of Christianity as a Western corruption and a potential block to their own aspirations in Nepal.
    China’s got its own problems with Christianity though, Global Christianity estimates nearly 11% of Mainland China will be Christian by 2020. Expect Xi to come out with some pronouncement on that sometime soon. When you consider an estimated 0.1% of China was Christian when Nixon opened it up that’s quite a jump.

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    • mj_inOC says:

      Praise God, and
      ´These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace’; (Zechariah 8:16, ESV)

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    • Jeff says:

      Years ago, one of my clients was an outfit called Gospel For Asia. Seems to be working….

      Liked by 5 people

      • czarowniczy says:

        Christianity was a BIG part in destroying Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe so it’s Asia’s turn now.

        Liked by 4 people

      • piper567 says:

        Jeff, Gospel for Asia is a good outfit.
        They exclusively use indigenous folk to spread The Word. Do all the training.
        All such people are supported by other individuals, like us.
        And 100% of the $$$ you send goes to support that missionary.
        All $$$ needed for support comes from people who choose to contribute to That Fund.
        Check them out, they are a wonderful org.

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    • Milo says:

      And now that the Pope betrayed the Roman Catholics in China in favor of the Communist Catholics, expect The Communist Catholic Church to grow tremendously by decree of Central Planning.

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    • Bendix says:

      I heard just the other evening, that the crackdown on China’s Uygur population, who are mostly but not all Muslim, has opened the door to Christianity in the Xinjiang region where they live. They are afraid to publicly practice their customs, so they are looking at new ones.
      It’s illegal to be a missionary openly in China, but they are there, and they are making headway.

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    • A.D. Everard says:

      Beautiful! Love the love. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • piper567 says:

      I love dogs.
      They have no shame.

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      • olderwiser21 says:

        When my daughter went on a quick three day trip, her Golden stayed at doggy day care. When daughter returned, her pup wouldn’t talk to her. Walked by and ignored her completely. Funny stuff. She was pissed. Dogs are the best! You know exactly how they feel.

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      • Joshua says:

        My great uncle used to travel the country. My aunts and uncles always yak’ed about his huge cadillac. He was a salesmen. He worked very tirelessly. His made sense to me that he would have purchased a comfortable means of transport. This was his lively hood.

        He also had a dog; that never left his side. Ever. They said the dog would follow him to bed or toilet it didn’t matter. This dog road on every road trip ever taken.
        Each and every one.
        And always road shotgun.
        There was an accident one day, both drivers in hospital stay.
        But not the dog.
        The dog was impailed.
        The dog was impailed by the steering column.

        Not to belabor the issue but if u think about this chain of events u will convince urself of what occurred for there is no way the dog became betwixt between the danger and his owner but for his own volition.

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        • Joshua says:

          And no my great uncle was an extremely honest man despite owning a car dealership. (This was long ago and things were different then – like 40’s or 50’s) he never road with the dog in his lap there were not seat belts then: he was awakened to the dog licking his face. And he was able to say goodbye.

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    • amwick says:

      I saw that on tv.. I could watch it a gazillion times…That sweet doggie knew his dad was hiding… TY…. but now my eyes are raining a little.

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  5. Tesla Coiled says:

    Cheap Chinese tablet finally died. New high end tablet has been driving me NUTS because embedded tweets were shown in a compact (no pictures) form.

    I finally traced the problem to a switch in FireFox “Settings-Privacy-Tracking_Protection”. I had set it to “Enabled” instead of “Enabled in Private Browsing.”

    Now tweets display properly.

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  6. Janie M. says:

    I love angel statues. They possess a certain ethereal beauty. This one is from the Czech Republic

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    • Jeff says:

      I believe it was Michelangelo who once said, “The form is already there, buried in the granite. All that’s needed is to remove the unnecessary bits.”
      It’s a continual astonishment to me that men can create such exquisite beauty out of a rock.

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      • smiley says:

        an sculptor actually “sees” it in there before he starts the work…same thing for a painter on canvas or a sheet of paper…or whatever surface.

        that’s when the artist is truly in the zone .

        you see it in there.

        you feel it.

        🙂

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      • Janie M. says:

        It seems to me, Jeff, the European artists during the Renaissance were the masters who excelled at this particular art form.

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        • Randy says:

          That is because we cannot make a decent living doing sculpture of this quality these days. Just look at the mindset behind the removal of equestrian statues which each have a unique symbolism. There is no regard for the artist, the technique, the mastery of the sculpture. Just the iconic representation f the historic man. An angel such as this in he modern public square would be broken, graffiti-ed and removed as Christian propaganda by some commie atheist shite disturbers..

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  7. 🍺Gunny66 says:

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  8. Jeff says:

    Rolling around wildly, respiration sharply elevated. Woke up, feet hit the floor, and instantly forgot what the bad dream was about.
    Hate that.
    Decided to come hang out here for a while with you cool cats…

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  9. smiley says:

    Road to Nowhere

    ca 2014

    photography

    Galactic Express

    2014

    photography

    by : Aaron J. Groen ~ American (South Dakota) ~ Contemporary ~ Fine Art Photography

    I think he uses a Canon EOS 6D digital SLR

    more, here…

    https://aaronj-groen.pixels.com

    cool pics 🙂

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  10. smiley says:

    Florida…Gulf Coast…Lee County (Ft.Myers)…

    Ft. Myers Officer In Surgery After Being Shot

    July 21, 2018

    http://www.nbc-2.com/story/38699705/fort-myers-police-officer-shot

    happened Saturday night…near the Marathon gas station on MLK Blvd at Flint Dr .

    suspect also shot and in custody…id not released.

    id of officer “unknown” at this time.

    how this happened “unknown” at this time.

    officer is in surgery and “seriously injured”.

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  11. smiley says:

    Democrats Unveil New Slogan

    July 21, 2018

    …for the 2018 midterms…

    For The People

    (so catchy)

    but…”for which people?”

    Hispanics ?

    LGBTQ ?

    Black Americans ?

    Americans-in-the-Heartland ?

    article discusses each.

    categorized as satire

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  12. Dora says:

    Simeon Marcus Larson was a Swedish landscape painter.

    Fishing Near The Fjord By Moonlight, 1862

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  13. Dora says:

    Good For Them!

    Liked by 5 people

  14. smiley says:

    did you know this ??

    Kiddie “Commie Camp” Creating Antifa Flags ~ Teaching A New Generation Of Terrorists As Radicalism Becomes A New Norm For The Democratic Party

    July 21, 2018

    http://allnewspipeline.com/Kiddie_Commie_Camp_Training_New_Generation_Of_Antifa.php

    this is happening in Tolland, Massachusetts..at a summer camp called Kinderland .

    might look like a normal kids summer camp…

    …except it isn’t.

    it is a “social justice theme camp.”

    promoting and teaching activism .

    with “a commitment to economic, racial and social justice”…like creating Antifa flags..

    ..as well as “indoctrination to Democratic socialist policies…”

    “Bottom Line…The future of the Democratic party lies in the radicalization of a new generation of children indoctrinated…at summer camps like Kinderland…”

    much more about it, at the link.

    (and they call us “fascist nazis” !)

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  15. nikkichico7 says:

    How to Acquire Wisdom
    JULY 22 2018
    Prvbs 2:1-15
    No one wants to be a fool in God’s eyes, but when we ignore what He says and live the way we want, we are playing a fool’s game. Self-reliance will never make us wise. While our intelligence, education, and abilities may be useful to some degree, they are not substitutes for godly judgment. If we want God’s wisdom, we must follow His instructions.

    Ask for wisdom. We are to reach out for discernment and understanding (Prov. 2:3). God provides spiritual insight to those who ask, but that means we must be willing to wait for His answer. In our moment of need, we may want immediate insight, but growing in wisdom is not a fast process.

    Seek it. Wisdom is like a hidden treasure. If we really want to find it, we’ll dig deep into God’s Word because He is the source of knowledge and understanding (Prov. 2:4-6). As we devote our attention to learning to know God, we’ll understand what He desires and what He hates.

    Obey God. He stores up wisdom for the upright (Prov. 2:7). If we know scriptural principles but fail to apply them, we won’t grow in wisdom. But when we diligently obey God’s Word, wisdom will enter our hearts, guard our ways, and protect us from evil and deception.

    We all claim to want wisdom, but are we willing to do what is required to receive it? We must intentionally feed on God’s Word, or the cares of this life and the pursuit of success will distract us. Acquiring wisdom takes commitment, time, diligence, and a single-minded pursuit, but it is worth every sacrifice and effort.

    Prvbs 2:1-15 (NKJV)
    The Value of Wisdom
    2 My son, if you receive my words,
    And treasure my commands within you,
    2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
    And apply your heart to understanding;
    3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
    And lift up your voice for understanding,
    4 If you seek her as silver,
    And search for her as for hidden treasures;
    5 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
    And find the knowledge of God.
    6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
    From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
    7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
    He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
    8 He guards the paths of justice,
    And preserves the way of His saints.
    9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
    Equity and every good path.
    10 When wisdom enters your heart,
    And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
    11 Discretion will preserve you;
    Understanding will keep you,
    12 To deliver you from the way of evil,
    From the man who speaks perverse things,
    13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness
    To walk in the ways of darkness;
    14 Who rejoice in doing evil,
    And delight in the perversity of the wicked;
    15 Whose ways are crooked,
    And who are devious in their paths;

    🌹

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  16. Dora says:

    Someone is going to be stuck with a big clean up job. 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  17. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.”
    2 Timothy 1:13 (KJV)

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  18. jackphatz says:

    Today marks year one of my Granddaughters death. The number of days means nothing, it’s the knowledge, the absence. I could not have known a more kinder, and caring group of people then you all here at CTH. Thank you for being so receptive in these times of need.

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  19. smiley says:

    I hate it when good people just up and disappear around here..

    …like American Georgia Grace…AGG…GiGi

    been weeks since I’ve seen her posting here.

    maybe this Margarita cupcake will get’er back..

    hoping you’re ok, GiGi 😀

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  20. Dora says:

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  21. M. Mueller says:

    I haven’t clicked on this thread lately. Spend most of my time in my own chair, in my own house, trying to know everything necessary to save the world – as if my knowing and worrying will in some way help. Today I looked out at the gray sky and came here, and what did I find?

    Just what my soul needed: stars in Utah, a few chuckles, a Guitar Concerto, Christianity increasing in Asia and bits of Scripture, heroic dogs and hardworking men, angels in stone, A Road to Nowhere (how following politics sometimes feels,) babies making a comeback, love for those we’ve lost, and butterfly fields.

    Thank you all for being here.

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  22. PotP says:

    MSM now thinks they’re worthy of Purple Hearts, just like Strzok

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  23. Dora says:

    I don’t think it’s very safe for humans either.

    ===

    Dozens of raccoons die from viral ‘zombie’ outbreak in Central Park

    https://nypost.com/2018/07/21/dozens-of-raccoons-die-from-viral-zombie-outbreak-in-central-park/

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  24. Lucille says:

    Another ridiculous decision which aids the world of violent jihad….

    Federal judge rules that US can’t strip citizenship from Muslim who aided al-Qaeda in Brooklyn Bridge jihad plot
    July 22, 2018 11:54 AM By Robert Spencer
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/07/federal-judge-rules-that-us-cant-strip-citizenship-from-muslim-who-aided-al-qaeda-in-brooklyn-bridge-jihad-plot

    Liked by 1 person

    • Janie M. says:

      Outrageous Lucille, strip him of his citizenship and then deport his entire family! Wonder if he’s 2nd generation… funny how that happens so frequently.

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  25. sedge2z says:

    Let’s pray for a successful meeting in Washington, DC about Universal Freedom of Religion.
    Persecution and Genocide of Christians is Horrible!

    From July 24-26, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will host the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. The Ministerial will convene government officials, representatives of international organizations, religious leaders, rights advocates, and members of civil society organizations from around the world to discuss challenges to religious freedom, identify concrete means to address persecution of and discrimination against religious groups, and promote greater respect for religious freedom for all.

    On July 24, U.S. government representatives, philanthropies, private sector organizations, and civil society organizations working to promote religious freedom will discuss best practices for accessing donor resources and for enhancing civic initiatives through collaboration with the private sector. Senior U.S. government officials will share U.S. policy priorities and solicit civil society representatives’ views on the religious freedom situation around the world.

    On July 25, members of civil society groups, including religious leaders and survivors of religious persecution, will convene to tell their stories, share their expertise, and build partnerships to enhance religious freedom.

    On July 26, government and international organization representatives will discuss global challenges to religious freedom, develop collaborative solutions to these challenges, and make new commitments regarding the promotion of religious freedom.

    For press inquiries related to the Ministerial, please e-mail IRFMinisterialPress@state.gov and visit http://www.state.gov/religiousfreedom for information related to the Ministerial. On Twitter, follow along with content about the Ministerial @IRF_Ambassador and using the hashtag #IRFMinisterial.

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  26. PotP says:

    Hildabeast in a Housecoat is now the lead on Drudge, lol

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  27. Zippy says:

    BRILLIANT analysis of how and why California came to be the way it is why the same factors are a great danger to the rest of the country:

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  28. czarowniczy says:

    About four years ago the Moslem occupiers of the Temple Mount ‘allowed’ Jews to return to the al Aqsa site providing they refrained from displays of (Jewish) demonstrative religious activity while there. Guess it interferes with the Moslems veneration of the Epileptic.
    Well the Jewish faitful are returning to the Mount in record numbers, especially for fast of Tisha Be’av that commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples. Increasing numbers are being arrested there for daring to express their religious faith on ground that belonged to them long before the lying Religion of Peace desecrated the Holy Land with their profane presence.
    The old prophecies are coming true: the recreation of Israel, Jerusalem becoming its capital, now the Jews returning to the Temple Mount to eventually build the 3rd Temple. Things seem to be moving and perhaps we’ll be rid of this religion of lies, death and destruction once and for all.

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  29. getfitnow says:

    FTA – Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro has a new book, and the title explains all: “Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy,” released last week by Center Street. It currently is the No. 1 overall top-seller at Amazon, as well as topping the political categories.

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jul/21/judge-jeanine-pirros-book-liars-leakers-and-libera/

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  30. Sepp says:

    Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
    (on the traditional calendar of the Orthodox Church)

    The Miracle of the Five Loaves and Two Fishes
    Matthew 14:14-22

    Saint Theophylact of Ohrid and Bulgaria lived ten centuries ago and wrote Patristic commentaries on the New Testament for the Slavic peoples of his region. These classic books, among others, are being translated into English and using the KJV with corrections noted.

    The publisher kindly shares selected commentaries on its website. The “Explanation of the Holy Gospel of Saint Matthew” for today’s reading is available at the link below.

    http://www.chrysostompress.org/c_8th_pentecost.html

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  31. Dora says:

    What the heck is wrong with people? Is this supposed to be funny? Some kind of joke? What it is is downright cruel!

    ======

    Queen ‘is absolutely fuming’ after false rumours of Prince Philip’s death flood Twitter
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5979225/Queen-absolutely-fuming-false-rumours-Prince-Philips-death-flood-Twitter.html

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  32. Dora says:

    Do we really need this? Yikes!

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  33. sobriquet4u says:

    Such a beautiful Christian songstress…I hope it is well with your soul.

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  34. 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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  35. Janie M. says:

    I just discovered this video over at youtube. Dr. Scheuer was in the C.I.A. for 32 years and knows Brennan well. He eviscerates him as well as others in the IC. He also discusses, among other things: Putin, President Trump and the Helsinki Summit.

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    • wondering999 says:

      Wiki:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Scheuer
      I listened to the YouTube. Scheuer brings up the asylum of South African farmers granted by the Russian Federation, and says he would not trust *anything* that the intelligence agencies claim because over the past several administrations, Clinton, Bush and Obama, they are all Democrat apparatchiks?

      He says not to go to war if at all possible, but that the only mercy in war is to end the war as quickly as possible through victory

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      • Janie M. says:

        wondering, I had read a few days ago that Putin would be giving the white So. African farmers and their families asylum due to the genocide. That is exactly what it is. Africa will pay dearly with that loss. I had watched Laura Southern’s video on the horrendous tragedy which is unfolding there. And I had visited a site some years back which had horrifying photos of the heinous murders of the farmers and their families. This has been going on for a while… but it wasn’t discussed.

        I found myself agreeing with his comment about avoiding war but then become victorious should you be faced with such a decision. Remember how long we lingered in Afghanistan and Iraq…years, never-ending wars. So many of our young warriors, male and female, either perished or were severely injured. The MSM quit broadcasting stories about military planes returning home with flag covered caskets, believe that was under the orders of ozero.

        BTW, I liked that Dr. Scheuer called Brennan a clown and I believe, he also referred to him as a moron. I can also understand why he no longer trusts the IC, etc. Do you? I don’t.

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  36. Conservative TreeFrog says:

    ABC Network:
    Fires Roseanne Barr over a tweet made on her own free time
    Rewards Whoopie Goldberg’s use of vulgarity against Judge Jeanine Pirro.

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  37. Conservative TreeFrog says:

    ABC Network:
    Fires Roseanne Barr over a tweet made on her own free time
    Rewards Whoopie Goldberg’s use of vulgarity against Judge Jeanine Pirro.

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  38. Lucille says:

    Texas: Border patrol apprehends four Muslims from Bangladesh illegally crossing into US
    July 22, 2018 12:53 PM By Robert Spencer
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/07/texas-border-patrol-apprehends-four-muslims-from-bangladesh-illegally-crossing-into-us

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  39. Daniel. M. Camac says:

    “Putin” this (yep I’m a bot) on the open thread. Any Treepers going to the 2nd Official Intellectual FrogLegs Cookout hosted by Joe-Dan Gorman, brainworks of the Intellectual Froglegs website?
    I couldn’t make it last year but i’m driving from southeast PA (12 h. hike) to be a part of some real conservative harmony. I believe he and Sundance have some common ground to expand upon and I’ve never been to Nashville. I sold my Arabian (Bless his soul) so I’m driving the V-Dub. 49 MPH on the freeway, even after the Fix. Hope to see some Treepers there. If you need a ride and your on my route, give a holler. I’m taken PA 76 to PA 81 and down thru the mountains and most of TN.

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  40. Lucille says:

    Let’s keep praying for Tommy, his wife and family….

    UK: Muslim threatens to murder Tommy Robinson and attack his wife with acid
    July 22, 2018 2:55 PM By Robert Spencer
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/07/uk-muslim-threatens-to-murder-tommy-robinson-and-attack-his-wife-with-acid

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    • piper567 says:

      religion of peace.

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    • wondering999 says:

      Tommy Robinson “is currently being held in segregation for his own safety in prison, but a radical Islamic extemist has managed to deliver a message to his cell threatening to kill him and attack his wife with acid.

      “The message was reportedly from jailed terror supporter Sayful Islam, from Robinson’s hometown of Luton, and used his spouse’s full name, The Times reports….”

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      • Janie M. says:

        Great Britain is lost… give it about 5-10 more years and you could call it Britainistan. And will the police there give her protection? I wouldn’t count on it… they have to go after bonafide Brits making nasty remarks about the muzzies on social media.

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