Monday July 30th – 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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309 Responses to Monday July 30th – Open Thread

  1. BigMamaTEA says:

    Well, this should be an interesting upcoming month on Senate tee-vee. The House is out for 5 weeks vacay ; but the Senate will be in for some period of time. Wonder if the Senate will get anything done?!!

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  2. 17CatsInTN says:

    Joshua giving Ebby a bath, which is interesting as Joshua is usually a complete loner. ❤

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  3. Sentient says:

    Found this on Real Clear Politics. Good article: http://thefederalist.com/2018/07/30/facts-behind-trump-tower-meeting-incriminating-not-trump/ good synopsis.

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  4. Sentient says:

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  5. getfitnow says:

    FTA – Bare-knuckle politics from the Club for Growth, a conservative PAC focused primarily on tax cuts. In Missouri, a state that voted for Trump by an 18-point margin, the Club for Growth is attacking Senator Claire McCaskill as unresponsive to female victims of domestic violence as she was to accusations of domestic violence from the ex-wife of her husband. McCaskill is presented as feathering her wealthy husband’s nest with federal dollars. Not that the Club for Growth is against wealth, per se. But Joseph Shepard, McCaskill’s husband, has been on the receiving end of 131 million federal dollars, mostly for subsidized housing (Section 8), and his business has flourished while his wife is in the Senate.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/07/club_for_growth_targets_female_voters_in_savage_ad_against_claire_mccaskill.html

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      I think Treepers in MO need to start working at the RNC precincts and polling stations. I think the Swamp has some type of cheating apparatus. I remember how McCain and his ilk got around voters…..something stinks. Need to keep track of paper votes.

      We need to carefully watch the voting process in MO.

      https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article210791069.html

      Just an idea 🙂

      https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article214283179.html

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      • Joe says:

        The way it works in L.A. on election day the polling place is invaded by maybe eight or ten young ‘volunteer’ types with smart phones (cameras) who exhibit great enthusiasm for the electoral process and learning the system. They insert themselves into the ongoing activities and are generally very friendly while instantly very willing to assert their Rights to take part in the process should any of the geriatric types sitting behind the tables object. They proceed to snap pics of the rolls and take great interest in anyone voting–especially anyone who might be Republican. They are excitable and constantly in motion while often speaking rapid Spanish so as not to give too much away about what the game is. They quickly compile lists of names and addresses for visiting bus riders to claim to be when the fun bus arrives–all sent via smart phone well in advance. They will normally choose a more spacious polling place for this to occur. I could show you the very room where it’s done near me–a church activity center–but there’s no one in California to report it to since all offices are controlled by corrupt Democrats.

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  6. Midnight Rambler says:

    Sipping on a cold beer and listening to the Carpenters 1972 album A Song for You. It’s nice to tune out and let Karen’s voice take center stage.

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    • Jeff says:

      One of the greatest voices in human history.
      AFAIK and IMO and all that.
      And she had a great personality too!
      Here’s a clip from her first TV special in 1976. The video quality is atrocious, but that’s not why we’re here. 🙂

      “Girls don’t play drums!”

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  7. Niagara Frontier says:

    There is so much to clean up in the Senior Executive Service with so many Obama holdovers still in their positions. This is one for the books.

    The top human resources official at FEMA is caught engaging in pervasive harassment, bullying and gross misconduct. Just giving you a heads-up in case you catch someone, somewhere trying to pin any of this misconduct on the current administration.

    https://www.govexec.com/oversight/2018/07/fema-executive-ousted-over-deeply-disturbing-sexual-misconduct-allegations/150144/?oref=channeltopstory

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  8. dalec911 says:

    I was just wondering if anyone had seen that we have another controversial stand your ground shooting down here if the Gunshine state. Markeis McGlockton 28 parked in a handicap space at a local pick quick type store. While he was in the store Michael Drejka, 47 questioned the female in the car and when Markeis McGlockton comes out he slams Michael Drejka to the ground and then gets shot.
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/sound-off-south-florida/fl-reg-stand-your-ground-follow-20180727-story.html
    I’m just wondering what the fellow Treehousers think of it.

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    • amwick says:

      I follow Legal Insurrection.. One of their writers(Andrew Branca) is an expert in the legal aspects of laws surrounding self defense with a gun… https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/07/law-of-self-defense-video-just-because-its-lawful-to-present-the-gun-doesnt-mean-its-lawful-to-press-the-trigger/
      He thought the shooting had issues.. I have to agree.. mostly because Markeis took a step and a half back….

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      • czarowniczy says:

        People forget that even if it is lawful to press the trigger there’s the issue of a civil wrongful death suit. The ‘quality’ of the evidence in a civil suit is lesser than a criminal one. A civil trial requires only a preponderance of evidence while a criminal trial requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
        I’ve seen shooters cleared by a grand jury go up on a wrongful death civil suit and even if their defense attorney spins a better story and they’re cleared the attorney fees will cripple them. Yes, you can even be found ‘not guilty’ in a criminal trial and be ruined by a civil suit…remember OJ?
        I find that even though I’m trained and have a post-retirement CCW it’s easier for me to avoid places where I even think a confrontation might occur. I also carry a tube of pepper gas to help defend against the activist-DA and cash-hungry tort lawyer charge that I shot because I didn’t have anything that would have allowed me to defend against a lesser level of aggression so I overreacted and went right for the gun. I also carry a totally unmodified firearm, right as it came out of the factory and use the same or as close to the same ammunition the cops in the area use so that the lawyers arrayed against me can’t say I specially geared up and went out ahunting with specially modified guns or ‘killer’ ammo. I also know my guns weright, barrel length, number of lands/grooves and if they go right or left and my bullet’s weight. Why? I’ve heard all of these things brought up in civil trials.

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        • amwick says:

          You can purchase insurance in case you need to fire. Not a bad idea.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            I bought it when I was a deputy (you think the PD’s gonna take a hit for you?) and still have it.

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            • amwick says:

              Wow… good for you… I read about it in the Concealed Carry magazine…

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              • czarowniczy says:

                As a deputy if you get into a shoot…or a beat down…you stand the chance of getting hit with a civil suit. The lawyers may go for the county as it hjas deeper pockets but there’s no guarantee you won’t get dinged too. Think shooting Jeff Dalmer in the backyard dining on a neighbor and your bullet passes through him and injures a civilian walking by. You go into a civil suit being tried ion the press, heard by a jury of 12 who couldn’t get out of the duty and only wants to get back to the pool room where the free food, drinks and large screen TV are. Yup, that umbrella insurance for a number with a lotta zeros isa good iea – tax deductable too as it was an employment expense.
                On the flip side if I were injured I could and would sue the perp. Anything I made would probably be chiopped up by the insurance company that paid for my care but I’d get anything left over if they did. Nothing says a cop on duty can’t sue the yutz who injured him.

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  9. nimrodman says:

    Special-Snowflake-ism continues its march unabated:

    Over 20 Percent of Incoming College Freshmen Claim to Be Disabled
    https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/07/30/over-20-percent-of-incoming-college-freshmen-claim-to-be-disabled/

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  10. czarowniczy says:

    Update on the New Orleans shooting: NOPD still has no descriptions of the shooters other than they wore ski masks or hoods, wore latex gloves and are believed to be members of a local gang, the 3NGs, that have haunted the area for the last ten years. The city and Feds (Feds mostly, city jes can’t seem to find these thugs) managed to indict about 18 of them a few years back but that was just trimming the edges of the gang.
    There’s now a $25,000 Crime Stoppers reward for info, we gotta up the money until it tilts the “I ain’t gonna be no free rat” to “That’s enough $$$$$ for me to sell out da dude’ level. The large crowd that was breath-smelling close didn’t see anything (for free), doesn’t have any idea of who may have done the shooting (though the gang’s lived amongst them for the last 10 years) and expects the police to immediately catch the murderers but don’t be rough doing it.

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      That’s my neighborhood, sorta. I’m about 8 blocks away from Chicken & Watermelon, a fine establishment! The owners of the daiquiri bar next door have a long-running beef with the Hankton gang, who’ve been hard hit by law enforcement over the last few years, so are, I think, scrambling for relevance and to stop encroachment from 3NG–last I heard, the vic was a fairly low level 3NG member. There’s a good deal of video around that area so hopefully before too long, noPD will have some leads; though whether they’ll follow the leads or just sweep it under the rug is an open question.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        We used to do a lot of work in the area, especially in the old projos on Louisiana. That area’s been a shooting gallery for decades – the ‘lipstick on a pig’ job they’re doing along Claiborne is just that. It ain’t the killing grounds it was in the 80s/90s (one of our judges had a son shot and killed walking back from school) but it’s not that safe either. I sure wouldn’t be going there for chicken or watermelon or a daiquiri either.
        Just watching the Central City councilmember and the CoP begging the public for info but that’s for the Garden District and newbie snowflake’s denial toolbox, they know damn well no one’s gonna come out until the reward starts hitting the big numbers.
        This wasn’t a chump job, the shooters were wearing masks and latex gloves and I’m betting they’ll find the spent cases in their database too. It’s part of entral City’s culture.

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        • dayallaxeded says:

          True dat! No doubt getaway car waiting just off Lousyana Ave. Very different safety factor between day and night. No shiite, Chicken & Watermelon is good! Even I, who will go almost anywhere at least once, don’t go to the daiquiri bar, though respect the owners for standing up to the Hanktons–one or two of the family even got shot (iirc one murdered, one took many bullets, but lived) for testifying against one of the top gangbangers.

          Back in the 80s, we had a Latin Kings house in our block couple of doors to the south and a Crips house in the next block north. Turned out it made us Switzerland–only “problem” in my AO was occasional processions of Humvees or low riders blairing rap or some such noise. Me and some neighbors would crank up the old school R&B or gospel and actually get some respect.

          Most of that action died down like 20 years ago (probably thanks in part to czarowniczy and other solid LEOs–there were and are more than noPD’s nick and rep would make you think), but Central City and its extension toward the lake up Louisiana Ave., Washington Ave., MLK, Earhardt etc., connecting with Gert Town etc. looks like it’s always gonna be a heart of darkness. Getting rid of the old projects only helped so much. Then new subsidized housing is headed in the same old direction.

          There’s a good many very good people and places around there (e.g., Ms. Hyster’s BBQ-decent, not great, On Faith Donuts-great, Heard Dat Kitchen-great, Casa Borrega-fun, Cafe Reconcile-great idea, mostly well executed, etc. and that’s just barely scratching the surface) but after dark, you’re either inside a protected location or you’re taking risks–or my preference, somewhere else, like home with a scotch or beer–I really don’t care for daiquiries.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            I see Terry Ebbert’s back as head of NOLA Public Safety and Homeland Security. I know COL Ebbert, worked with him just before he became Pub Safety director the first time and was an anchor during Katrina. Let’s see if he can cut thru some of the cultural BS and straighten up some of the city’s crime problems. A new nonpolitical chief of police wouldn’t hurt either.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Just out of curiosity, do you remember Bill Ludwig’s art studio right next to the original Martin’s Wine Cellar on Barrone?

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            • dayallaxeded says:

              Sorry to say, I didn’t know about Bill Ludwig, at least not that I remember. My familiarity with Martin’s Wine Cellar may, however, play a part–still a great liquor store. Agree, Ebberts presents at least the possibility of getting LE back on track after basically following the 0bunghole fedrool SJW model for the last 6 or so years. Mayor Cantrell also remains a potential positive, but yet unproven. She was a significant player/leader in bringing our neighborhood, Broadmoor, together to rebuild after Katrina, so remaining hopeful until shown otherwise.

              Surprised I don’t recall the tags on REL’s base. I was back weekly from 9/15/05 until getting the 2nd floor of the house livable again sometime in November, I think, but then, that and trying to earn a paycheck was about all I was doing for 05-06 and then some. A lot of that time is kind of a gray blur.

              Knew about the Metz gang, Young Melphs, 3NG, Hanktons, others I can’t think of now. Seemed like there was a concerted effort by local black gangs to beat down/murder/disappear anything that looked like a latino gang or significant drug operation (at least until the black gangs made deals with the MX and SA importers). Anecdote about the Latin King house on my block–it was the local “King’s” intended queen’s family’s home. Pretty nice family, presided over by a real traditional working matriarch (no husband/father) who kept the kids clean and in line, but couldn’t be around all the time. Push came to shove when the gang started pushing the “princess'” little brother to join the gang and do initiation crimes. Mamasita was having none of that, so the whole family just suddenly disappeared one night. Heard about the details later through other connections–think they moved to Florida somewhere, but for obvious reasons, didn’t want to let anyone know exactly where.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Jeez you’re bringing back memories.
            Bloods/Crips/Latin Kings tried to set up in NOLA but the city’s so insular that they couldn’t really break up the streetb gangs, city used to be very neighborhood-centric before the Katrina mess.
            Latin Kings tried to come back and get a handhold during the days right after Katrina, before the folks started flooding in. They heavily tagged the base of the Robert E. Lee monoment at Lee Circle as a sign. Pat Taylor made that monument his concern and looked over it but he died in 2004. Story we were told was his wife was so upset at the tagging she brought in a team, before any real cleanup had even started, and had them remove the graffiti/tagging, aying for it out of pocket. I can’t be sure 100% the story’s true but I know the tagging was there because an NOPD got in touch with me to see if I knew who the tags belongfed to and I got him intouch with a gang expery who’d just retired from NOPD. I saw the tagging first hand and saw the clean base later so someone cleaned it and it sure wasn’t Mitch.
            Kings never got a major foothold. The NOLA thugs that moved out to Texas, Georgia and other areas made new contacts and came back drug-stronger than before.

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  11. nimrodman says:

    Ha! A funny outcome of this “your gender is whatever you choose” mindset

    Man Changes Gender to Female to Get Cheaper Car Insurance
    https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/07/30/man-changes-gender-to-female-to-get-cheaper-car-insurance/

    An Alberta man in his early 20s says he will save nearly $1,100 in the cost of auto insurance as a result of his decision to change his gender on his government IDs to “female.”

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  12. phattcat says:

    Fire bad here.

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          What a shame. SMH!

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        • Donna in Oregon says:

          Can’t head out of California toward Southern Oregon, that’s on fire too.

          Head toward the ocean. Go west.

          Oregon and California are almost in the same situation as the Greeks in Athens last week…..heading toward the water to keep from burning.

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        • clive hoskin says:

          So why aren’t they doing a controlled burn off during the winter months?Oh,that’s right,their all”greenies”.

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        • Molly Pitcher says:

          Are you up there Phatcat? Did you have to evacuate?

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          • phattcat says:

            Carr fire (110,154 acres and 27% contained, shown above) is about 70 miles to the north, Mendocino Complex fire (75,000 acres) about 60 miles to the east, Ferguson Fire (Yosemite 57,846 acres & 33% contained) 100 miles to the south and the Whaleback fire (16,100 acres and 32% contained) is about 50 miles east.of me. We had the Stoney fire here about 5 miles away last week that burned half the park and surrounding area (700 acres). I’m in a relatively safe area from fire but its been very smokey for a couple of weeks, cough cough. Its like a 100 degree fog that burns your eyes.
            From CalFire website:
            From January 1, 2018 through July 29, 2018: 3,770 fires 292,455 acres burned

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  13. BigMamaTEA says:

    On senate tee-vee. They just voted for CLOTURE (limit further debate to 30 hours, then vote)
    on Nomination of Britt Cagle Grant of Georgia. Us Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
    Y – 52 – N – 44.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      I wasn’t familiar with the 11th Circuit. the 11th circuit was originally part of the Fifth Circuit, but were split off October 1, 1981.

      The 11th Circuit has jurisdiction over the following District courts:
      Middle District of Alabama
      Northern District of Alabama
      Southern District of Alabama
      Middle District of Florida
      Northern District of Florida
      Southern District of Florida
      Middle District of Georgia
      Northern District of Georgia
      Southern District of Georgia

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  14. Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

    Natural News latest on QAnon, Deep state, Tommy Robinson

    ” In case you haven’t noticed, our world is in a state of serious turmoil – despite reassurances by some that everything is just fine. Truth be told, things are growing weirder and more disturbing by the day, with changes in daily life now occurring so rapidly that it can be difficult for many people to keep up with it all.

    During a recent episode of the Critical Disclosure podcast, available at REAL.video, James White speaks with James Wesley Rawles of SurvivalBlog.com about what’s going on, including the latest news on “QAnon,” the incarceration of Tommy Robinson, the “Deep State,” and so much more.

    While it might seem like things are moving in an upward trajectory economy-wise, with low unemployment, a booming stock market, and the return of some segments of manufacturing back to the United States, there’s also this lingering sense of ongoing degradation and impending doom. Many people feel this way, including White himself, who unpacks this seeming disparity on his podcast….”

    See URL for rest of article: https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-07-30-qanon-deep-state-tommy-robinson-real-video.html

    My comment: Not sure what I think of this latest.

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  15. getfitnow says:

    Cool story and I’m not surprised in the least.

    FTA – Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” fame says there is a simple reason why President Donald Trump was victorious in the 2016 election: “He understands who’s watching and he understands what’s happening.”
    Mr. Rowe said that he jokingly called out the trio when his CNN show at the time, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” was forced to move to TBN due to election coverage.

    “I basically said to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders, ‘Nice going, guys. You just got my show booted off the network. I’ll forgive you if each of you will make a donation to my foundation,” the celebrity said. “‘What I’m looking for from you, Bernie, is your — one of those crumpled, you know, suit coats you always wear. Send that to me and I’ll auction it off. Hillary, send me one of your pant suits, right?’ And I said to Trump, I said ‘send me one of your bathrobes and an autograph. You know, a bathrobe out here.’ So, heard nothing from Bernie Sanders. Heard nothing from Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump sent me an autographed bathrobe.”

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jul/30/mike-rowe-recounts-charity-event-story-to-explain-/

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  16. Donna in Oregon says:

    This is important, follow this tweet investigation because of the Spygate soft coup.

    Nick Weil

    @nick_weil
    Jul 3
    More
    1/ THREAD about a fascinating DOD contractor specifically mentioned by Peter Strzok. Buckle up

    94 replies 1,433 retweets 1,897 likes
    Reply 94 Retweet 1.4K Like 1.9K

    Nick Weil

    @nick_weil
    Follow Follow @nick_weil
    More
    2/ Peter Strzok has this inconspicuous text on September 14, 2016. it says “I cancelled my trip to Mission Ridge today….”

    Nick Weil

    @nick_weil
    Jul 3
    More
    3/ What is Mission Ridge? Well it turns out there is an office park in Chantilly Virginia with buildings called Mission Ridge I & II.

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  17. Joe says:

    Tennessee readers…
    Tell me the polls for the Bredesen/Blackburn senate race are misleading.
    How can Tennessee send a Democrat to DC after giving Trump a 26 point margin in 2016?
    Say it ain’t so. This is troubling. Seriously. Can Blackburn really have been made out to be that bad?

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    • wondering999 says:

      Joe… Bredesen has a Trump-like appeal. He turned down salary when he was governor 2003-2011, saying he already had enough money. Bredesen did a good job and got along with just about everybody. I’ll vote for Blackburn if Trump says to, but if it were not for Trump I would easily vote for Bredesen who was a responsible practical leader

      This one may be close

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      • Joe says:

        I can no longer actually vote for anyone calling themselves a Democrat. It has become more than the party of Wrong and has transitioned to a party of true Evil. Bredesen can’t be both a Democrat and on the side of Good–it’s just not possible anymore.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        VOTE R! CAN’T LOSE THE SENATE!

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        • wondering999 says:

          BigMama, I promise. Not because I love Rs but because I’m solidly pro-Trump and he’s my leader.

          But just for the record, Bredesen *should* be on the Trump Train. Maybe after his party collapses he can exercise his decent leadership skills among decent people

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      Just remember the rule: Some Rs are bad some of the time. All Ds are bad all of the time. There are no exceptions worth mentioning.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        While true dayallaxeded……Marsha Blackburn is better than most R’s, and WE MUST KEEP THE SENATE! Tennessee Treepers……VOTE Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!!!

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  18. 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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  19. Bendix says:

    It wasn’t the exact same pattern, but yes, that thing Hillary was wearing did resemble a tablecloth:
    https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2018/07/30/hillary-was-wearing-a-table-cloth/
    Like Rush, I too wonder how someone who holds herself up as some sort of world leader wanna-be shows up in public wearing excess yardage like that.

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  20. Today is the 5th anniversary of my son Josiah’s Liver Transplant & we are so thankful that he is doing well overall! God Bless You ALL!!!

    https://specialconnections.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/5-years-going-strong-my-sons-liver-transplant/

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