Friday August 3rd – 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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135 Responses to Friday August 3rd – Open Thread

  1. disgustedwithjulison says:

    Great ad running in MN:

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Fulness Of Joy

    About 3,000 years ago David wrote in Psalm 16:11: “…In Thy presence is fulness of joy….” He was right, for there is no greater joy than personal fellowship with God. Yet David could not know the fulness of joy now spoken of in Paul’s epistles, for he did not know Christ, who later came into the world as God, manifested in the flesh, to die for our sins. He did not know that Christ would make full satisfaction for sin and be raised from the dead to confirm our justification. Nor did David know that believers would be given Christ’s resurrection life, and a position, and “all spiritual blessings IN THE HEAVENLIES in Christ” (Eph.2:4-6; 1:3).

    When Paul wrote that God has called believers “unto the fellowship of His Son”, he referred to a spiritual, heavenly fellowship, far more intimate and precious than any previously enjoyed by mortal man. This fellowship is to be enjoyed by faith, but it is faith based on fact, the fact that Christ indeed died our death and rose again from the dead that we might partake of His life and enjoy a position at God’s right hand in Christ. This is why the Apostle Paul urges believers of this dispensation of grace to “seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God”(Col.3:1).

    Peter and John both came to know much of this fellowship through Paul, who was sent to Jerusalem “by revelation” to make known to the leaders there “THAT GOSPEL WHICH I PREACH AMONG THE GENTILES” (See Galatians 2:2-9; II Peter 3:15-18). This is why John writes in I John 1:3,4: “Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son, Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE FULL”.

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

      Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

      Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

      Galatians 2:2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. 3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: 4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: 5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

      6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me: 7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; 8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) 9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

      2Peter 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

      1John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

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  4. apfelcobbler says:

    The whole concept of “our democracy” has been warped (by the Progressive movement). It was originally served a Deliberative process. The point was to come to a well-considered choice. (By well-qualified citizens).

    The Progressives have turned it into a mere Counting process. That’s why they harp on voting, voter’s rights, and pretend that there’s some victimization going on with voters somehow being interfered with. It’s about getting as many votes counted as possible, and the less life-experience the voter has, the better! In fact, they intend to lower the bar so far that they frankly want to include non-citizens. Next they’ll want to lower the age to 16. This is why EVERY body they came get over the border is valuable to them.

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  5. Julia Adams says:

    Tonight, I am mindful of how fortunate we are that Donald Trump is our President of the United States.
    Almighty Father, watch over President Trump, give him the strength and power he needs and protect him from his enemies.

    “The wise man in the storm prays to God not for safety from danger but for deliverance from fear.
    It is the storm within which endangers him, not the storm without.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    • BigMamaTEA says:


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      • anthonydog says:

        Saddam’s Revenge: Ash Carter, NLOS-LS, Russia’s Club-K, Iran, KGL, and Gulftainer and How They Converge to Put America in Mortal Danger – Center for Security Policy

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          hey anthonydog!!!! Long time no see. {waving hi!}


        • Marie says:



        • Deplorable_Infidel says:

          “Saddam’s Revenge”

          A long article, well worth the read. Anyone with hypertension might have to take an extra dose of medication to keep from blowing a gasket. I had a hard time selecting a snippet to post:

          “…..Yet, it gets worse.

          Russia’s Club-K became exponentially more dangerous and deadly to America when United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based ports and container management company Gulftainer received a 35-year cargo container terminal lease at Florida’s Port Canaveral, a mere 1000 feet from U.S. Navy Trident nuclear missile submarines. The Obama administration awarded Gulftainer the lease without conducting the required Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) National Security Threat Analysis…”


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          • anthonydog says:

            Agree Deplorable_Infidel…Should have taken BP meds first.

            Gulftainer/KGL are in the midst of taking Port of Wilmington too. Dr. Jafar and his brother were not only Saddam Hussein loyalists and members of his cabinet but the onetime Shiite ruling family of IRAN as the Qajr dynasty (1785-1925).

            That Saddam loyalists, the JAFAR brothers, who funded and built Saddam Hussein’s biological, chemical and nuclear WMD programs have been given two critical US Ports –AND the U.S. military logistics contracts to deliver food and transportation to our troops in the Middle East is beyond an outrage through contracts to KGL. KGL was found to be working with IRISL (Iran state owned shipping company) and laundering monies to Russia, Iran and Syria…though Senators, Reps and Generals objected Ash Carter awarded KGL logistics contracts worth billions.

            That Jafar was in charge of procurement for biological and chemical weapons and now delivers food to our troops via KGL is breathtaking.

            Ash Carter knew that KGL and GULFTAINER were one and the same entity. KGL’s principles were found guilty and now reside in a Kuwaiti prison with 10 and 15 year sentences as proven in U.S. court documents. They were laundering money to Russia, Iran and Syria and in partnership with IRISL Iran Shipping which the Jafars KGL hid.

            …The technology for the Russia Trojan Horse Missile launcher came from the USA and was known as NLOS-LS that was developed over 13 years and BILLIONS of dollars until Ask Carter and Obama cancelled it the same week Russia announced their “Pandora’s Box, the CLUB-K…over the objections of many.


            “To think that a declared enemy of the U.S., partnered with the Russian company that exports the Trojan Horse weapons system Club K that can take out all or even just part of the entire nation, has been handed two strategic U.S. critical infrastructure ports is beyond deranged. It is enemy action.

            Consider the absurdity of hiring a logistics company in a consortium partnership with a company co-owned by an Iraqi whose brother and business partner, according to CIA documents, oversaw procurement for Saddam’s biological and chemical weapons programs, to deliver food to U.S. troops.

            However, that is exactly what the Obama administration and Ash Carter did.

            United States Navy Admiral James “Ace” Lyons (Ret.), former Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, upon hearing these facts in an exclusive interview by Mary Fanning in July 2018, stated “This is treason. This is an act of sedition. Ash Carter and those who worked with him must be held accountable. He clearly violated his oath of office.”

            Offshore banking law firm Appleby refused Hamid Jafar further access to Appleby’s services precisely because of Hamid Jafar’s connections to Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi WMD programs with his brother and business partner Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar. Yet, Ash Carter and the Obama administration brought the same Iraqi Jafar brothers into America’s ports beside U.S. Navy submarines carrying nuclear missiles and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and into the U.S. military’s sensitive Middle East logistics and food supply chains.

            “Anybody with a lick of sense, let alone with serious national security responsibilities in the U.S Government, would see that that this kind of deal, with this kind of company, with its kind of partners, is something that rises to the first order of national security concerns”

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          • Donna in Oregon says:

            This is very concerning.

            Is it true? Can anyone verify that this really happened?


            • anthonydog says:

              Center for Security Policy | Center Occasional Paper Exposes a Perfect Storm of Threat
              By: Mary Fanning and Alan Jones

              The next time you watch a freight train pass by a railroad crossing, or hear the evocative sounds of the mournful horns of trains passing in the night or railroad crossing warning bells as flatbed rail cars double-stacked with cargo containers roll by, or see a flatbed semi-truck hauling a cargo container down the highway, keep in mind that President Barack Hussein Obama and his administration awarded Saddam Hussein’s rogue nuclear mastermind access to Florida’s Port Canaveral cargo container terminal, a U.S. port of entry that gives Russia and states of its choice unfettered access to the entire United States.

              This paper will explore how several seemingly disparate factors have joined together in a confluence of acute danger, creating a perfect storm that directly threatens United States (U.S.) national security.

              These factors include: (i) the placement of Dr. Jafar and Gulftainer inside the wire at Port Canaveral with a 35-year container terminal lease through a secret operation known as ‘Project Pelican’; (ii) the development, production, and expansion of sales of Russia’s Club-K container missile launch system; (iii) the Jafars’ and Gulftainer’s joint venture with Russia’s state-owned Rostec, which owns 100% of the shares of Rosoboronexport, the exporter of the Club-K system; (iv) Dr. Jafar’s miniaturized nuclear weapon, known as the ‘Arab bomb’ or ‘Beach Ball’; (v) the Jafar family’s long-term relationship with Russia and the KGB/SVR and GRU intelligence services revolving around nuclear, chemical, and biological WMD; (vi) Dr. Jafar’s collaboration with North Korea on weapons delivery systems; and (vii) the similarities between Dr. Jafar’s ‘Beach Ball’ and the miniaturized nuclear weapon model seen with Kim Jung-un.

              In December 2016, we wrote “What Could Possibly Go Wrong, which was published as an Occasional Paper by the Center for Security Policy (CSP).” Subsequently, we learned that several things have already gone wrong and could likely get worse. The advent of a new advanced weapon system designed and built by Russia, and the involvement of hostile foreign governments closely tied to the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMD) experts who leased Port Canaveral’s container terminal, have now made the already dire national security situation at Port Canaveral exponentially more dangerous. The situation has reached critical mass.

              All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we
              must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. – Sun Tzu

              Continue at link:
              Center for Security Policy | Center Occasional Paper Exposes a Perfect Storm of Threat


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        • trumpismine says:

          looks like a science fiction animated trailer. but…. no wonder Trump had to allocate Billions to rebuilding our military.scary stuff

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    • Minnie says:

      In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen 🙏

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    • Ddanna says:



  6. rrick says:

    I just returned from viewing Death Of A Nation. I am still processing it. D’Souza’s description of the US Civil War was lacking but I realize he had a point to make and not take all night to do so. All in all I appreciate his methodical style of countering each point of an opposing narrative. While not his best effort I would not hesitate to recommend the movie. There are some very enjoyable moments. I will not spoil the fun to tell what they are.

    Before I came on CTH just now I thought I would read some of the online reviews of this movie. Not surprising, they are dismissive. The leftists are going nuts. That is as good a recommendation as any.

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    • Rudy says:

      LOL I looked at a reviewer site known as Rotten Tomatoes the other night…just out of curiosity… and ALL the reviewers there were giving it a rating of 0 out of 100, very rotten indeed to their leftist peanut brains!
      I don’t usually go to documentary type films but I’m tempted to for this one.

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      • Joe2pt.0 says:

        Our Saturday is planned; Chic filet for lunch then Dinesh’s new movie. Taking the kids to see it too and I hope it rocks the box office receipts for this opening weekend. It’ll give the leftists loons another reason to scream at the sky come Monday morning.

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          I bought tickets (via Fandango) but won’t get a chance to see it….yet. I’m driving over to south of Nashville tonight. BUT, I’m a firm believer in “voting with your pocketbook” (does anybody say “pocketbook” anymore? ha!) and the price of 2 movie tickets is worth the cause…..even if I don’t get to see it yet.


      • auscitizenmom says:

        I am definitely going. I am bribing a friend who is not political to go with me by buying her lunch. LOL

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Okay….so are we saying the Left hates it? Dinesh made the movie, but did not write the book.


      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “ALL the reviewers there were giving it a rating of 0 out of 100,”

        I wonder how many of those have actually seen it? It would not surprise me if one or two of them actually watched it and everyone else “looked at their notes” so that it would appear that they actually saw it. Or if Media Matters helped distribute something like a “diss list” to those “children of disobedience”.

        Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
        Eph 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

        Colossians3:6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

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  7. Lucille says:


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  8. Lucille says:

    “Double Red Rainbow on July 21, 2015” – Photographer: Steve Lacy

    What causes a double red rainbow?

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  9. Janie M. says:

    In addition to collecting photos of angel statuary, I found this wonderful picture depicting archangel, Uriel, whose name means the Light of God.

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  10. smiley says:

    Jeong makes an apology…



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  11. smiley says:

    Aspen Forest ~ Rocky Mountain National Park


    ca 2016

    White Pine


    ca 2018

    artist : Richard Schmid ~ American (b.1934, Chicago) ~ Contemporary~ Impressionist ~ Landscape & Figurative

    more of his gorgeous work & bio, here…

    a modern master of the Grand Manner


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  12. Dora says:

    Alfred Thompson Bricher – ‘Blue Point, Long Island’ (1888)


  13. Dora says:

    There were rumors at the time that his wife Florence poisoned him. 🙂

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  14. getfitnow says:

    FTA – If we’re going to spend President Trump’s entire term in office hearing from the left-wing media that he’s inciting violence against journalists, we should at least see some evidence that this has ever happened. It hasn’t. Instead, the one sole instance of any political violence worth national attention came from a Bernie Bro when he shot up a bunch of Republicans at their baseball practice. Let us hear from CNN’s Jim Acosta again, though, about how scared he is of Trump supporters while signing autographs for — Trump supporters!

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  15. smiley says:

    Coddington Bear…How They Rule Ya…

    ….for Tommy Robinson.

    and…we are always only one generation away from losing our freedoms if we don’t defend them.

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  16. Dora says:

    Wow! Nice picture!

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  17. amwick says:

    Still raining cats and dogs here in NW GA… but this last bunch of storms should be pulling out today. Over 4″ here… *sighs

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    • Minnie says:

      Wait for the rainbow 🌈

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      • amwick says:

        Maybe later Minnie… Here is a little story…

        I was walking around with my nephew, he was a little boy back then, 7,8 (?) after a big rain storm.. It was lunch time, and the sun came out blazing. He looked up at me and said “lets look for rainbows Auntie”… and smiled…
        See I knew a bit about rainbows, it has to do with the sun, and its azimuth, and they really can only occur when the sun is not up too high in the sky,,, morning, or afternoons.. something like that…
        But why tell this sweet little boy? So I just smiled back and said, “yes, let’s look for rainbows”
        true story.

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  18. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”
    2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV)

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  19. Dora says:

    I could never have picked up this dog. I’m out of breath just watching. 🙂

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  20. JRD says:

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    • Dora says:

      I think I like that man. Go Salvini!

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Bravo! Another “Trump” for Europe. (They only need a few to bust up the EU) which was implemented slowly, without the vote or voice of each country’s citizens.

      Is this guy from Italy? I think so. Nigel Farage needs some other strong leader Trump-types to help him turn the tide in Europe. Otherwise Europe will be lost

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  21. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  22. Alleycats says:

    Mornin’ WeeWeed!

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  23. amwick says:

    Today I learned that is really is unwise to wash a home made pillow in the machine, with a whole load of laundry. I also learned what lumpy pillow filling looks like… 😦

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Have a blow-out amwick?! {snicker. Been there…done that} When you get past the grief, it was putting it in with the full load, that was the problem. Yes. I too have done this.
      I considered it another of life’s teaching moments for myself. I hope it wasn’t an irreplaceable heirloom.

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      • amwick says:

        We bought a nice sofa and love seat, but only two pillows… We ordered one, but it is taking a long time. So, I saw this very decent, clean pillow at a thrift shop.. They were moving so everything was fifty cents… Well, fifty cents for a pillow, I snapped it up… My husband wanted it washed… and it fell apart. Cheap price for a lesson….

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  24. smiley says:

    United Airlines Announces DC~Tel Aviv Flight

    August 2, 2018

    beginning May 22, 2019 (next year), United Airlines will fly out of Dulles International non-stop to Tel Aviv, three times per week.

    “first-time ever” an American airlines will have flown to Israel from the DC area.

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  25. David says:

    My American brothers and sisters,
    The Midterm elections are going to be as important as the 2016 elections. I think you understand why. There is an attempt to impeach Trump and Trump needs your support now!
    I am predicting positive results in the Midterm and a stronger Trump. Due to your votes and support. I know he can count on you. I also knew he could count on you in 2016.
    I also predict Muller will do something to spoil his chances but you all know better.
    Good luck and God bless.

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  26. 17CatsInTN says:

    So, anyone besides me and BigMamaTEA going to Joe Dan’s gig tomorrow in Franklin, TN? I’ll try and glue as much cat hair as possible to my clothes so y’all will recognize me…. 😉

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  27. Robert Commings says:

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  28. Lucille says:

    Near Taos – lake/mountain scene (photographer, Michael DeYoung)

    Click photo to enlarge..beautiful!

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  29. covfefe999 says:

    I realize it’s not Caturday yet but I’m afraid with so much going on I might forget to post this tomorrow.

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  30. getfitnow says:

    Scrolling through the comments – very instructive.

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  31. bleep21k says:

    3:50 pm CNN – “Living While Black” segment, Newsroom interviewing two black women who have had the police called on them for being black.

    THIS is news (I guess). IMHO it only adds to the “divisions” going on our country. NOT news – What purpose other than to show how disappointed black people are in the American culture, our Justice system, President Trumps administration, blah blah blah – whatever man.

    I have been pulled over, arrested, spent nights in jail, my BAD and I know it lol – funny how there were white people in those same cells. Oh well…

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  32. phattcat says:

    The Star Spangled Banner

    Madison Rising


  33. Lucille says:

    NH: Muslims enraged by 9/11 first-responders badge in hotel lobby, are evicted, innkeeper charged with “hate crime”
    August 3, 2018 11:56 AM By Robert Spencer

    “Protasowicki said Tuesday the couple identified as Mohamed Ghallami and Chahrazade Mounaji arrived and got upset when they saw a 911 first-responders badge in the lobby. They demanded a refund. But under the inn’s policy, refunds weren’t possible.”

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      We are going to have to come up with a plan to handle this sort of situation. Like, being really really sweet to them and start recording ourselves, and if, or rather when, they get abusive, then calling 911 immediately. The only problem with this plan is that they won’t have a problem killing us. 🙄

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  34. Trump created 157,000 jobs in July
    Obama would need 115 months to match it.
    He created 26,000 jobs in his final 19 months!


  35. Lucille says:

    Wow, how horrible….

    Dead fish, birds, manatees, even a whale shark
    Published: 1 day ago
    (Miami Herald) Florida’s southwest coast, a ribbon of inlets and barrier islands normally brimming with wildlife, has become a red tide slaughterhouse this summer.


  36. 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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  37. Bendix says:

    I tell you, Treepers, I started reading about the Les Moonves case, just a little, and I find it more horrifying than the Harvey Weinstein stuff.
    I think because we already knew that Hollyweirdos didn’t live the way we do.
    A head of a network, though, it just seems like that was position much more out in plain sight, where one came into contact with many more normal business types.
    It’s also shocking that even as the Weinstein stuff came out, people still stayed quiet about this guy.


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