Saturday July 28th – 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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159 Responses to Saturday July 28th – Open Thread

    • SwampRatTerrier says:

      New asylum rules approved by the GOP majority and Democrat minority House Appropriations Committee would give the right to migrate to the United States to a foreign population at least half the size of the American Midwest.


    • Too Real says:

      Christ insisted that “no one knows the day or hour” when the Son of Man shall return to call history to a close. Easy for Him to say; He could have never foreseen the nomination of an Originalist to the Supreme Court.
      Much has been written about the cataclysmic fantasies of the American Left, and Mitch McConnell spoke of such fatalism on the floor of the Senate last Monday, noting how “the apocalypse” Democrats inevitably warn about “never comes.” Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court by a duly elected President was automatically branded a threat to thousands of lives and even the republic itself; Yale law students and alumni proclaimed in an open letter that “Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination presents an emergency — for democratic life, for our safety and freedom, for the future of our country.”
      It is the apocalypse, forerun by the possible reversal of an erroneous Supreme Court decision — a First World cataclysm if there ever was one. And if Armageddon’s harbinger is the removal of a judicially constructed “right” to kill an unborn child, count me among the horsemen.
      To a political movement that asserts that free speech is violence, the reversal of Progress™ is an act of war. Mere opposition to the Left’s promised utopia is, in its eyes, indistinguishable from actual, physical violence. Jimmy Kimmel Live writer Bess Kalb made this quite clear when she stated that the “Federalist Society is currently a bigger threat to the basic safety of Americans than MS-13.”
      MS-13 is, of course, a criminal gang of mostly illegal aliens whose numerous homicides throughout the country routinely involve unspeakable acts of sadism and torture. But in Kalb’s calculation, a non-profit group committed to upholding the Constitution as written is a bigger threat to the lives of Americans than an organized gang of criminal aliens willing rip a man’s heart from his decapitated body and toss it into his open grave.
      The presumed “threat” posed by a judicial Originalist is, among other things, to the fate of a hypothetical woman seeking to kill her unborn child in a red state following the reversal of the legally indefensible decision made in Roe. Will it be difficult or dangerous for such a woman to kill her child in this hypothetically post-apocalyptic North Dakota? Perhaps. But I’m hardly willing to proclaim the imminence of Judgment Day on that basis, and indeed suggest we bring ourselves closer to it should we continue to allow the state-sanctioned slaughter of unborn children.
      This iteration of doomsday-mongering from progressive prophets is no different than the last “apocalypse” when taxes on working families were reduced, or decades ago when the now-beloved Anthony Kennedy was nominated. “No one knows the day or the hour, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself,” or even Chuck Schumer.
      “Only the Father knows.”

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  1. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy CATERDAY!! Treepers!!!

    Brazil’s Roberta Sa introduces her band . . .

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  2. Lucille says:

    Happy Caturday…

    Liked by 8 people

  3. Payday says:

    I posted this elsewhere. But it’s worth repeating. This is outrageous and PDT needs to veto this and expose them all. They’re all in the pockets of the COC and the Chinese.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. TexasRanger says:

    What Do You Think – Did We Go To The Moon.?

    NNN Video 02:51 Minutes Jul-27-2018;


    • olderwiser21 says:

      Well, that is astonishing but I do think Buzz looks like he is suffering from some sort of dementia or comprehensive/communication disability. I don’t think the guy is all there.


    • Jeff says:

      It’s so easily provable it’s not even worth debating. When the astronauts were there they left reflectors on the Moon. Anyone with a laser and the proper receiving equipment can see it for themselves from their own backyards. It’s a “drop the mic” thing.
      This is also how they calculate the Moon’s distance to the nearest inch.
      I actually pity the people who carry on with this delusion that we never went.

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    • wildsailor2018 says:

      He did not say they did not go to the moon…sheesh. Watch the clip again; he is talking about why it just stopped and we didn’t go (back).

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  5. 1popefrancis says:

    God is in charge and we are little itty bitty creatures waiting for grace – His Grace…and they we are One. Restored. Taken. Purchased and so, so, so, so LOVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    He is All. He is Everything. We are NOTHING and yet in him we are EVERYTHING.!

    Rejoice* in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!c

    Your kindness* should be known to all. The Lord is near

    Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.

    Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

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  6. 1popefrancis says:

    Typos for sure….
    but let me leave it here: Jesus loves you and there ain’t a damn thing you can do about any of it!!!!!!

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  7. 1popefrancis says:

    Final comment – Jubilation – prayers are working for Trump!

    Liked by 6 people

  8. smiley says:

    unnerving incident at Trump Tower yesterday…

    Four Unattended Portable Phone Chargers Found In Trump Tower Following Bomb Scare

    July 27, 2018 ca 7 pm

    Police responded to a call about 3 suspicious packages which had been left outside Trump Tower (Manhattan, NYC) on Friday evening (yesterday).

    but then… “…four unattended portable phone chargers” had also been found “throughout the building…”


    “Police have not shared if the devices were left behind on purpose or {by} accident.”

    …and, as of that article, “Secret Service has not issued a statement confirming the incident.”

    more (but not much) about this, at the link.

    very suspicious.

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  9. smiley says:

    Driving isn’t for everyone 😀

    don’t know how that will post…might have to click on it to watch…it’s funny.

    worth a chuckle.

    Liked by 9 people

  10. smiley says:

    Cat Nap

    watercolor on paper


    Andrew Wyeth ~ American


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    • nimrodman says:

      Thx, smiley, always enjoy the Wyeths.

      I grew up 8 miles from Chadds Ford and saw many of the vistas he painted first-hand.

      If not the specific ones, at least lookalikes – as the entire countryside around me looked like what he painted. Revolutionary-War-era mills, old farm houses, pastures, rolling hills.


  11. smiley says:

    Carr Fire…Redding, California… horrific

    (updated around midnight.)

    fire tornadoes

    2 dead, one a firefighter.

    37,000 evacuated.

    500 structures destroyed…5,000 others threatened by this…can’t contain it.

    more + videos at the link.

    this thing is creating its own wind…fire wind.

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  12. smiley says:

    excellent & informative analysis …

    Fire As A Weapon In Terrorist Attacks

    from July 2013, Volume 6, Issue 7

    (from The Combating Terror Center at West Point)

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  13. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Faith, Hope And Love

    “And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love” (I Cor. 13:13).

    St. Paul had been discussing, in I Cor. 13, some of the miraculous signs that were to vanish away as God’s revelation became complete. But faith, hope and love, he declared, would abide as a triune evidence of true Christianity.

    These three are all we need in the present “dispensation of the grace of God.” Any church where faith, hope and love are found in abundant measure is a “full” church. It may have but a few members, but what greater blessing could it wish for than faith, hope and love in its fellowship?

    Faith, hope and love are a trinity often referred to in St. Paul’s epistles. Each is of basic importance in its way, and none can exist without the other two.

    Faith is of primary importance. “Without faith it is impossible to please [God]” (Heb 11:6), and how can there be hope and love without faith?

    Hope holds the central place among the three. Hope in the Bible is more than a wish; it is the opposite of despair, an eager anticipation of blessings to come. Hope is the Christian’s experience, his living with eternity’s glory in view.

    Love is the crowning virtue of the three; it is the fruit of faith and hope, and is greatest in the sense that it is “the bond of perfectness.” Moreover, love is eternal. Some day, for every true believer, “faith will vanish into sight; hope be emptied in delight” and love will reign supreme.

    May God help us, in our fellowship with each other, to evidence a full measure of faith, hope and love.

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    1Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

    1Corinthians 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
    9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
    10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

    Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

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  14. Dora says:

    Elisabeth Sinding was a Norwegian painter.

    Tre katter i en hat/Three cats in a hat, 1888

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  15. amwick says:

    Yesterday we rebuilt a railing section. It involves rough cut 2x4s and 2x6s. To assemble it we used a nail gun… A great big bruiser of a nail gun. Turns out I had some issues,,,, to make a long story short, here is my contribution for Caturday…


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  16. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
    Prov 17:22 (KJV)

    Liked by 5 people

  17. Dora says:

    Meet Narnia, a rare, “double-faced” cat taking over the internet thanks to these gorgeous shots by French photographer Jean Michel Labat.

    Liked by 4 people

  18. Sharpshorts says:

    Get your cat hat here…

    Liked by 9 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      A cat-hat?


    • nikkichico7 says:

      Be still my heart … 😍😍😍 …. a dog wearing a cat …… JACKPOT‼️‼️‼️‼️

      I’ll have those two … to go please … seriously … gimmie … ‼️‼️‼️‼️


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  19. Dora says:


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  20. 1stgoblyn says:

    The problem with the left:

    No sense of humor.

    Liked by 3 people

  21. getfitnow says:

    I thought Obama was clueless. This woman makes him look like Milton Friedman.

    FTA – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, appearing on Trevor Noah’s show Thursday night, advocated for a “moral and ethical economy” that provides free health care, free college education, and “bold action on climate change” for the American people.

    “How do you pay for these?” Noah asked the 28-year-old who defeated Rep. Joe Crowley,…

    Liked by 1 person

    • smiley says:

      like, how many times can a person say Like, like, in,like, one sentence ?

      she’s, like, the best thing that could happen, like, to the conservatives…or, like, for the conservatives…like ever .

      she and Maxine are, like, awesome. s/

      Liked by 7 people

    • Lucille says:

      And her people are going to need a college education for what exactly…oh my, silly me…so they can be college professors and pathetic politicians…all at the expense of you-know-who!


  22. theresanne says:

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  23. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

    Liked by 7 people

  24. Jim in TN says:

    Using AMAZON face matching software, ACLU finds 28 matches between pictures of 535 known criminals who have never been arrested and 25,000 pictures of criminals who have been arrested. The ACLU then uses these matches as blackmail in attempt to ban use of this Amazon software.

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  25. smiley says:


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  26. Jeff says:

    Nothing says America more than Glenn Miller and big band music. What if he had access to today’s recording technology and advanced instruments?
    Have a listen to Michael Maxwell and his Orchestra as they get “In The Mood:”

    Liked by 1 person

    • 17CatsInTN says:

      Ya know….he didn’t need it. He and his orchestra were simply fabulous on their own. Him and all the others: Duke, Benny, Count, Les, Tommy, Jimmy, Artie, Louis, Harry, Buddy, Woody, Stan, Dizzy, Cab, Lionel, etc. I don’t need modern technology–or instruments–to know that. Sorry. We just disagree…… 😉

      Liked by 4 people

      • Jeff says:

        That kind of hurt. I think you may have misunderstood my intent. I wasn’t trying in any way to diminish the music of Glenn Miller. Rather, I was attempting to highlight the sharpness and clarity of the presentation, as opposed to the originals which, due to the recording technology of the day, comes to us as somewhat muddy and blurred. Imagine how it would have leapt out at us. Listening to it live, if we could somehow transport back in time and be there, would be even more magnificent that could be expressed.

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        • Jeff says:

          *Than* could be expressed.


          • Bakokitty says:

            Hi Jeff, I understand what you are saying, but I have to side with 17Cats, I have some near pristine LP recordings of Glenn Miller and particularly Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall. The sonic presence on these albums is quite astonishing considering the age and recording techniques of that time.
            I think we often forget that when we digitalize music( making it a smaller footprint so to speak) we lose some of the actual music.
            It is interesting and informational to compare the same piece of music, one ears will hear the difference.
            That said I have embraced the modern digital music formats but however I have kept all my analog equipment and music media as they really will never go out of style with die hard music fans.


        • 17CatsInTN says:

          I’m sorry, I didn’t mean for it to hurt. I knew what you were saying. I just think that the original music, was just as good. The RECORDINGS may somewhat diminish because, you’re right, recording has improved. But, I don’t care. Scratches, wheezes and all, I still think the originals are just as good. That’s just my opinion, maybe because I prefer the nostalgia rather than a perfect recording. Truly, I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings. I was just expressing that, to me, clean, crisp recordings don’t matter. That’s all.

          Liked by 2 people

          • lisabrqwc says:

            I love hearing the old recordings with their cracklings and hissings — it’s all part of the mood of that music imo.

            Liked by 1 person

            • 17CatsInTN says:

              I agree! Used to have boxes and boxes of LPs, most of which I let go. Now, I only have two left, and they are primarily all the old classical records my dad had. One of these days I’m going to invest in another record player just to listen to these old, fabulous recordings.

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              • Bakokitty says:

                I’m sad you let your phono equipment go, I hope you can get another. eBay is a good place to look but be sure to read the descriptions carefully. I have replaced dying piece of equipment that way with good results.

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              • Deplorable_Infidel says:

                “invest in another record player just to listen to these old, fabulous recordings.”

                You will also need a suitable amplifier. Most modern solid state amplifiers no longer have a suitable phono input. Older models are available on ebay, as well as new analog and digital equipment is available that has built in or standalone pre-amp sections suitable for phonograph cartridges.

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                • 17CatsInTN says:

                  Uh oh, this is beyond my pay grade all this stuff… 😉 When I get to the point of doing this, I’ll seek advice. I thought you just bought a record player!


        • ThingsWeTakeForGranted says:

          TY Jeff. I love this song.

          Liked by 1 person

  27. visage13 says:

    So this is airing next week But, what I find that is going to be interesting is the Orlando Sentinel does a weekly podcast that you can find on I-Tunes and they are going to do six podcasts after the each part airs. And their first guest on the podcast is Benjamin Crump. I do not have cable so I am not going to watch but I am going to listen to the podcasts.

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  28. frank field says:

    I’m having to confirm to Google that I’m not a robot every time I access the Treehouse.

    Google Chrome is SICKENING

    Liked by 1 person

  29. Lucille says:

    Maine Coon and Money…

    Liked by 6 people

  30. Pat Frederick says:

    just got back from unloading and stacking a couple of pick up trucks full of firewood and wanted to share a fabulous sign i saw outside a small country church we passed…

    Our lifeguard walks on water…
    How about yours?

    Liked by 6 people

  31. Janie M. says:

    Happy Caturday. One comment to this pic said she thought he was reselling the papers, extra money for catnip.

    Liked by 5 people

  32. American says:

    A working man decides to open a pawn shop in Democrat dominated Detroit so it’s no surprise the devil comes to see him:

    Liked by 1 person

  33. Dora says:

    It couldn’t be seen from North America, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t there.

    Liked by 3 people

  34. Dora says:

    Pictures show what looks like a wasteland.


    Eerie aftermath of wildfire that has torn through California: Shocking pictures show destruction caused by blaze that has left two firefighters dead and thousands homeless

    Liked by 1 person

  35. czarowniczy says:

    For those of you with an independent kind, BET will be offering an indepth and totally neutral/unbiased documentary this coming Monday. Titled: ‘Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story’ it will be an open-minded, impartial an dispassionate look at Florida’s ‘Stand Your Groud’ law and how it’s allowing murderous, racist whites to wholesale kill innocent young black males. OK, maybe I may have overstepped my own impartiality there but it will paint those racist ‘stand your ground’ laws everywhere with the stain of rascism.
    It’s about time that America just sucks it up and accepts those random, feral thug beatings, after all we’re responsible for that black rage which fuels their beating people for the slightest perceived ‘dis’. After 400+ years of socioeconomic and cultural repression it’s going to take a few more years of allowing the injured parties to vent their frustration and anger on randon targets for the rage to come down to a managable level.
    So tune in, check your local TV guide for the BET white-guilt special this coming Monday.

    Liked by 2 people

    • nimrodman says:

      Yet “Stand Your Ground” was not claimed as a legal defense by Zimmerman’s legal team, as far as I remember.

      Plus, Zimmerman couldn’t “Stand His Ground” anyway … he was flat on his back.

      Just sayin’


      • czarowniczy says:

        Don’t matter, the latest Florida shooting shows the aggressor walking up to the man who was chastising the aggrressor’s girlfriend and just roughly shoving the aggressee down on the ground. The aggressor appeared to be advancing as the shooter drew but…
        In the Zimmerman case the MSM and BGI picked up on the ‘stand your ground’ law as everyone was looking for something to twist into an excuse for their crusade to crucify George. There was that one gent who said that ‘you should jes stan’ dere an take yo’ beatin”. Sorry if I got the eye dialect wrong but it’s the idea that counts.

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    • nimrodman says:

      … if they defeat Stand Your Ground laws, just take a few steps backward as you’re firing.
      “Hey – I was retreating!”


  36. nikkichico7 says:

    I mean it 🤨 …. Happy Caturday ….


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    • nikkichico7 says:

      …… 😬 ….. 🤫 …… 😝

      …. and. … that’s all she wrote …. ❤️

      Liked by 6 people

      • nikkichico7 says:

        American interesting toy, 5 boys in my family … I wound up with trucks, cars, toy weapons … coffe cans I don’t do stuff but if that’s your bliss, enjoy 😉❤️
        I have two cats .. both rescues that were in the shelter at least two months before I brought them home. I wanted a cute kitten but could not pass by the two everyone else did. I’ve had cats and dogs, they are/were wonderful company, some were magnificently courageous and loving .. they are/were gifts from God, blessings and make no mistake these animals are created by God they are His first .. and all humans (the crown of Gods creation) are accountable to God on how man treats his animals. ❤️🤨❤️😉❤️


      • nikkichico7 says:

        Actually the girl looks like a zombie …. gi joes looked better … and of course Barbie ( which I never had)


  37. Lucille says:

    Another ROP adherent who simply misunderstands all those admonitions of Muhammad…you know, the ones which tell followers to smite the necks of unbelievers lopping their heads off or some such thing….

    “Muslim from Dearborn captured on an Islamic State battlefield”
    July 28, 2018 2:01 PM by Robert Spencer

    His family is claiming that he was misled. That is their only possible recourse, as otherwise they would have to admit that the Islamic State ideology is spreading in Dearborn. And that could lead to an investigation.

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  38. Dora says:

    Fire now in Nevada too. My sister-in-law in Las Vegas said that the Valley is filled with smoke. They can’t even see the mountains.

    Liked by 2 people

  39. Sepp says:

    New Flash to the American Media!

    July 28th is July 15th on the traditional Orthodox Church Calendar. Today, among the Saints commemorated, is Saint Vladimir, Holy Equal to the Apostles, the Enlightener of Russia.

    An inspiring article by Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco is titled “Wherein Lies the Moral Power of Holy Prince Vladimir?”

    The link is here:


  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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