Monday August 20th – 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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  1. DanDeplorable says:

    DAILY DEVOTIONAL, August 20, 2018

    Why Are We Here?

    “We live to the Lord.” Romans 14:8

    If God had willed it, each of us might have entered Heaven at the moment of conversion. It was not absolutely necessary for our preparation for immortality that we should linger here. It is possible for a man to be taken to Heaven and to be found fit to partake in the inheritance of the saints in light, even though he has only just believed in Jesus. It is true that our sanctification is a long and continued process, and we shall not be perfected until we lay aside our bodies and enter within the veil; but nevertheless, if the Lord had wanted to, He could have changed us from imperfection to perfection and have taken us to Heaven at once.

    Why then are we here? Would God keep His children out of the Paradise of God (1) a single moment longer than was necessary? Why is the army of the living God still on the battlefield when one charge might give them the victory? Why are His children still wandering here and there through a maze when a single word from His lips would bring them into the center of their blessed hope in Heaven?

    The answer is: they are here that they may “live to the Lord” and may bring others to know His sacrifice on the cross and His love. We remain on earth as sowers to scatter good seed, as plowmen to break up the fallow ground, as heralds publishing salvation that is in Christ alone. We who know Him are here as “the salt of the earth” (2) and “the light of the world” (3) to be a blessing to this world. We are here to glorify Christ in our daily life. We are here as workers for Him, and as workers together with Him. Let us therefore see that our life fulfills this purpose. Let us live zealous, useful, holy lives making Him known “unto praise of the glory of His grace” (4).

    (1) Revelation 2:7
(2) Matthew 5:13
    (3) Matthew 5:14
(4) Ephesians 1:6

    –Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-1892

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    • Romatoireland says:

      Stay with me, Lord
      Prayer of St. Pio of Pietrelcina after Holy Communion

      Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have
      You present so that I do not forget You.
      You know how easily I abandon You.

      Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak
      and I need Your strength,
      that I may not fall so often.

      Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life,
      and without You, I am without fervor.

      Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light,
      and without You, I am in darkness.

      Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.

      Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice
      and follow You.

      Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You
      very much, and always be in Your company.

      Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.

      Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is,
      I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of love.

      Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close, and life passes;
      death, judgment, eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength,
      so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You.
      It is getting late and death approaches,
      I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows.
      O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile!

      Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers. I need You.

      Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread,
      so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness,
      the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.

      Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You,
      if not by communion, at least by grace and love.

      Stay with me, Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation, because I do not merit it,
      but the gift of Your Presence, oh yes, I ask this of You!

      Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart,
      Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.

      With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth
      and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen.


  2. citizen817 says:


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    • olderwiser21 says:

      Citizen – I floated down the Colorado thru the Grand Canyon for six days on a river trip many years ago. It was a life changing event that I will never forget. Highly recommend if you get the chance. Just Do It! The place is magical!

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      • bluesky says:

        Already have my ticket for 2019 trip. 8 days/280 miles.

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        • olderwiser21 says:

          Bluesky – fabulous! Take ear plugs cause some of your fellow tent dwellers are going to snore up a storm. BTW, also take dramamine cause the helicopter ride out of the canyon followed by the airplane ride are pretty wild. I had a bottle of the stuff and I was everyone’s best friend! I am so excited for you!!!

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  3. Les Standard says:

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  4. Garrison Hall says:

    As long as we’re talking about great country music anthems, Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman wrote one of the best . . .

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  5. nimrodman says:


    Kevin Spacey Film ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ Earns $126 on Opening Day
    “That is not one hundred twenty-six thousand. It’s one hundred twenty-six dollars for the entire day.”

    Liked by 5 people

  6. FL_GUY says:

    This is a test run for the campaign event report pics. This is a picture of the next Speaker of the House, Jim Jordan in Pensacola, Aug 18th.

    Liked by 1 person

    • FL_GUY says:

      Hummmm, still not self displaying. Thought I had it figured out. I guess I can put in the links and that way, people can look at the pics if they want. I’m confused though why it isn’t working with a correct link.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        ( This is the link I used to post the pic. Fl_GUY. There are a couple of lines (_) missing from your link . ( I hovered over the pick….then went to “View image source” to get my link.

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        • FL_GUY says:

          Thanks for helping me here. I’m still not seeing it. What specifically am I leaving out? Is it like the html a href stuff? If you could give me an example of what the link is suppose to look like, I’d really appreciate it. Thanks again.

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          • BigMamaTEA says:

            You may have already read my posts further down, but I’m just getting back here after senate tee- adjourned.

            For some reason (computer luddite here) even when I see my example link that I was trying to show you how I posted…….the full .jpg is underlined. Now….when I posted the pic for you originally the only underscore characters were after the fist grp. of numbers, and then again as one underscore then the last two numbers.

            For some reason…….when you post that image UncleWP is receiving it as an entirely unlined link, instead of just 2 underscores in different places.

            That’s all I know. Maybe other more computer literates, even yourself, can figure it out past what I see.


        • BigMamaTEA says:

          I see now that the entire link is underlined. Dunno why, when I posted it, there was an underscore line ONLY after “180818” and then again after “08”


      • nimrodman says:

        FL-Guy, I’ve seen you struggling with this yesterday and today.

        The link you post looks correct and when I copy/paste it into a new browser tab the photo appears. So far, so good.

        So I’ll conduct a further little experiment below to test whether it pastes correctly here in the comment box.

        I’m, wondering what hardware you’re working from. I don’t have a smart phone but realize many others do, and from what little I know of them, I suspect many operations are touch-and-drag or swipe or whatever. So if that’s how you’re delivering the link into the comment box then perhaps that has something to do with it failing. I dunno, you’d know more than I. But that thought occurs to me.

        I’m on a desktop computer with an old-fashioned mouse and in internet explorer browser. What I’m going to do is highlight your link text then do a simple copy-paste operation.

        If you see a picture below instead of a text link then what I’m doing works as intended and what you’re doing doesn’t. Hopefully that’ll provide some clue.

        Here it is, pasting immediately below:

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        • nimrodman says:

          ok – mine worked, as did MamaTea’s below

          So what’s your hardware, browser, and method of pasting the link into the comment box?


          • nimrodman says:

            … if you drag or paste your link into a simple plain text file or browser tab address bar, does it have any extra characters like brackets or <> characters, that sort of thing?

            Or does it appear exactly as the text link you started this thread with?


            • FL_GUY says:

              Very weird. The link I typed in is what is shown and is correct. It does go to the actual pic if you follow the link. For some reason, mine is not self displaying although yours and BigMamaTEA is displaying. I tried using the html version and had the same lack of display with the html code removed. I cannot see the difference between what I’m putting in and what you guys are putting in, yet you are getting the display from what looks like the exact same link. If you can solve the mystery, I’d appreciate it. I’m using Firefox under Ubuntu v14 Linux but I can’t imagine that would affect it. Thanks for the help.


              • nimrodman says:

                well, I wouldn’t think you’re hand-typing a link each time

                it’d be more likely that you’re doing a copy/paste or drag-and-drop operation of some sort

                if that’s so, then try my suggestion of delivering it to a plain text file or a browser tab address bar where you can see it

                describe what it looks like. if it looks exactly like the text link in your first comment of this thread, then it’s inexplicable why it’s not self-displaying.

                because I copy/pasted that exact text string from your first comment and it displays fine.

                if you see other characters like hypertext brackets or whatever in the plain text file, that would be what’s keeping it from self-displaying – they might cause WordPress to not recognize it as an image link.

                the reason for the text file is to get a look at it without any hypertext being “interpreted” by a receiving application like a browser, even.

                you mentioned your browser and operating system, what’s your hardware?
                desktop? laptop? tablet? smartphone?


                • nimrodman says:

                  ah, sorry, I see you said desktop in the comment below, I set out to answer the comment above without looking

                  lo siento


        • FL_GUY says:

          Hi: I’m using a regular desktop. Don’t have a smart phone, too small to see.
          I see that your link is working but I can’t tell a difference between it and what I originally typed in. I’m going to try the html code below this and see if that works. Thanks for helping out, much appreciated:


          • FL_GUY says:

            I was using a copy/paste from Libra Office to create the link. Your suggestion that there may be hidden code characters might be the issue. However, I tried to test but WP is not letting it post. I guess I exceeded some sort of limit. Anyway, thanks for the help, everyone. Hopefully, I will get it solved before I post the report from Saturday.


            • nimrodman says:

              yeah, I’d really try to copy/paste from your original source into a plain text file that you open up fresh. that at least lets you see exactly what you’ve got without wordpress “interpreting” it who-knows-how

              if it doesn’t look exactly like the link in your 1st comment, there’s your problem
              if it DOES look exactly like it, then it’s inexplicable to me


              • nimrodman says:

                I just copy/pasted your link from directly above into a new browser tab and it shows the photo fine.

                if it looks exactly like that when you paste it into a text file, then there’s some other peculiarity happening, perhaps to do with your particular browser or operating system.

                you could try repeating the operating with another browser if you have more than one.


          • BigMamaTEA says:

            Why is your link completely underlined FL_Guy. That’s what I’m seeing here. That doesn’t mean that you are specifically posting as such. All I know….which ain’t much….is when I posted, before I hit comment………that link was not underlined completely, however; it had an underscore 2 different times, after the first group of numbers and then after the o8.

            Yet, from what I see from your 4:09am post above, it looks like the whole thing is underlined.


            • nimrodman says:

              It’s underlined in both of FL_GUY’s comments, the only difference is it wraps to a 2nd line the 2nd time due to indentation.

              When you highlight, copy, paste – and you look at it – it’ll appear as non-underlined text. Because your copy/paste operation is on text.

              When you hit Post Comment, it goes to WordPress’s brain, where it interprets it to be html because of the https:// prefix and .jpg suffix and WordPress therefore converts it to an interpreted link, an active clickable link, indicated by the underlining and colored text.

              That’s my interpretation. I just tried it. Highlight, copy, paste into new browser tab address bar and what I see is non-underlined text.


    • BigMamaTEA says:


    • dbethd says:

      Did you hit return/enter after “jpg” so it’s on its own line?

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      • nimrodman says:

        That’s a great question, dbethd.

        I always hit return after all of my comments, link or not, before hitting “post comment” button – but I don’t know what others do or don’t.

        Failure to do so might give the behavior FL_GUY is having, he should test it out based on your question.


  7. nimrodman says:

    Not sure why this business owner would be leaving the bank with $75,000 in cash in a purse, but they oughta be looking for a bank teller or other insider who tipped the robbers. Texas.

    The usual suspects. There’s even a Travonn.

    Woman is left in a critical condition after fighting off robbers who RUN HER OVER as they try to snatch her bag containing $75,000 when she left the bank

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  8. citizen817 says:

    Must Watch:

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  9. I’m migrating from Firefox to Brave and a few things are different. Not sure which switches to flip to get the wordpress login to work. Also, autofill by a 3rd party credentials keeper isn’t working. This is slowing me down, but Brave seems like a good alternative to more uncertain browsers for now.


  10. nimrodman says:

    Church has a big, big problem

    Faithful Priests Claim ‘Blackmailed,’ ‘Bullied’

    More Catholic priests and leaders are confirming the existence of an activist homosexual culture in seminaries and among the Church’s hierarchy – one, they say, that is at the root of the lies and cover-up of the sexual abuse scandal, recently addressed by a Pennsylvania grand jury.

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    • Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

      The dam has begun to crack, and I doubt it can be held back anymore. Good to see people speaking out and standing up.

      Come out, it will.

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    • Plain Jane says:

      I’m a lifer in the RC church. There are more good priests than pervs. No excuse, but I believe statistically by percentage, there are fewer pervs in the church than in the general population.

      Here is the little book that tells the story. I’ve read it several times since the ‘70s.
      This man was disappointed that 1024 men were chosen before him to destroy the Church.

      If you want more info, go here.


    • oldiadguy says:

      “More Catholic priests and leaders are confirming the existence of an activist homosexual culture in seminaries and among the Church’s hierarchy”

      It’s been called the Lavender Mafia and has been around for decades. I first head the term in the mid-70’s, when I heard about it from a former seminarian who went on to become a police officer. It was not just localized to the United States. Here is an article that discusses it and notes that the individual involved was ordained a priest in 1971.

      From both my study of history and my personal experiences with the Catholic Church as an individual who was raised Catholic and later as a police officer, I learned many unpleasant things about the Church as an institution. The acts of corruption, deceit and depravity by members of the “institution” still leaves me SMH. However, I’ve also witnessed outposts of piety, charity and true Christian behavior within the greater community of Catholics. I pray that this group can take control of the Church and reform it.

      Take Care and Stay Safe

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Hey….oldiadguy. I’m gonna be in St. Louis area the middle next month. Going to be at one of the airport hotels at the Schlaffley-GatewayPundit weekend. Wanna meet for a cup of covfefe while I’m in town?

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        • oldiadguy says:

          Sure, if possible. My Mom passed away a couple of months ago and we have been going through her house and sorting things. My brother from Michigan is coming down sometime in September to help. If it doesn’t interfere with family plans, I’m good. Let me know more specifics when the time gets closer.

          Take care and stay safe

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    • Bendix says:
      The Catholic Church has long had some housecleaning to do.
      It seems to me that by appointing the new pope, they changed the subject.


  11. Donna in Oregon says:

    A Blessing by John O’Donohue (1956-2008)

    May the light of your soul guide you
    May the light of your soul bless the work you do
    with the secret love and warmth of your heart.

    May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
    May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light
    and renewal to those who work with you
    and to those who see and receive your work.

    May your work never weary you.
    May it release within you wellsprings of
    refreshment, inspiration and excitement.

    May you be present in what you do.
    May you never become lost in the bland absences.
    May the day never burden.

    May dawn find you awake and alert,
    approaching your new day
    with dreams, possibilities and promises.

    May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
    May you go into the night blessed,
    sheltered and protected

    May your soul calm, console and renew you.

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  12. May we war with intensity, be care free in our recreation, refreshed in our rest.

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  13. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The Christian’s Prospect

    Those of us who trust in Christ for salvation have a glorious prospect. For the present, while waiting to go to be with Him, “we have redemption, through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7). In infinite love God has made us to be “accepted in the Beloved” (Eph. 1:6) and has pronounced us “complete in Him” (Col. 2:10).

    Our position is now a blessed and exalted one, for God has made us to “sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6) and has “blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3).

    But this is only the beginning, for, referring to the Christian’s death, Phil. 1:23 tells us that “to depart, and to be with Christ… is far better”; far better, not only than earth’s sorrows and troubles, but far better even than earth’s dearest treasures and joys.

    But even this is not all, for the time will come when, the Church, “the Body of Christ,” having been completed, the Lord will come to receive all of its members, living and dead, to Himself. Referring to the resurrection of the deceased believer’s body, I Cor. 15 declares that “it is raised in incorruptibility” (Ver. 42), “it is raised in glory” (Ver. 43), “it is raised in power” (Ver. 43), “it is raised a spiritual body” (Ver. 44), for “as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly” (Ver. 49). And as to those believers who will be alive at His coming, he says: “We shall all be changed” (Ver. 51).

    “For… we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself” (Phil. 3:20,21).

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

      Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

      Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

      Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

      Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

      Philippians 1:23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

      1Corinthians 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
      43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
      44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

      49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

      51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

      Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

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  14. getfitnow says:

    I missed this one.

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  15. smiley says:

    for anyone who might be curious about (Muslim/Somali) Ilhan Omar’s stand regarding Keith Ellison’s recent abuse allegations and his concurrent political run…

    here’s a recent video of an interview with her, the “overwhelming favorite” hoping to get to Congress for Minnesota’s 5th District…

    she thinks Ellison should “continue to run”.

    plus her predictable comments about “clarity and courage to go to Washington to fight the politics of fear.”

    …as well as immigration issues that are “so close to” her heart.

    so it sounds like “fear” is her buzz word regarding “immigration reform”.

    treacly, cloying emotional drek.

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  16. Dora says:

    ‘The Red Cow’. – Paul Gauguin, 1889.

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  17. smiley says:

    Florida’s water crisis…water pollution causes…

    Money, Power, Politics….and…


    if you are trying to live in Florida, not as a “snow bird” but as a year-round resident, and have to tolerate the horrendous water crisis/pollution here…including red tide, worst year ever…you know what he’s saying is the truth.

    both sides of “the aisle”.

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    • smiley says:

      smiley’s in a bad mood this morning b/c I now have to wear these…

      …every single time I go outside, due to the horrendous NOISE coming from the nightmare BIG development going on in 2 places nearby…one less than 1/4 mile from here.

      and they’ve already started.. and the sun isn’t even up yet.

      it’s a mess.

      an ongoing nightmare of a mess.

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      • smiley says:

        imagine having to listen to this…

        …ALL DAY LONG…right now, it’s going on.

        and not just one truck….FLEETS of them, all beeping.

        plus…the bulldozers, the rusty creaky cranes picking up & then dumping tons of dirt, sand, gravel, men yelling, heavy equipment as far as the eye can see, all hefting & wheezing & beeping & pounding.

        and that’s just to start clearing the “land” there.

        the construction part of this hasn’t even started yet.

        LORD help me.

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      • smiley says:

        mantra…minute by minute…

        bolstered me thru many hardships…challenges..obstacles.

        please don’t fail me now !

        but..know what ?

        I am so RAPTURE READY, it’s not funny.

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      • amwick says:

        our neighborhood in Myrtle Beach just exploded,,, they plowed over acres and acres of woodlands… eventually a beaver started living in our fake lake, it attacked the landscaped willow trees, mature but small.
        It was sad, eventually it had to be killed…..

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        • amwick says:

          We used to enjoy quiet bike rides through those areas… In GA the mountains make it really hard to build homes willy nilly, so it is still quiet.

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        • smiley says:

          yeah..that is sad.

          next time..if there is a next time…instead of killing the beaver, try calling your local Fish & Wildlife people who will come out and safely remove the animal to a better habitat.

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          • amwick says:

            My neighbor is on the HOA. I can ask her about that.


          • Bud Klatsch says:

            BE CAREFUL. Where I live, if you call the Game and Wildlife folks about beavers, they tell you, you MUST leave them be. Any attempt to remove them from their natural habitat will result in charges against the homeowner. And serious consequences.


            • VinceWhirlwind says:

              Beaver can cause a tremendous amount of economic damage. They’re a very beneficial animal in a natural setting, but in developed areas, they’re definitely a pest. They disrupt manmade drainage patterns and create floods.

              In my neck of the woods, they’re definitely not rare, so controlling them is crucial. Most folks simply practice the 3 S’s. Shoot…Shovel…Shutup.

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    • Melanie says:

      Not ONE Mention Of BIG SUGAR?


    • smiley, unfortunately it’s happening everywhere. Water is key and developers could care less because of the almighty $$$, get in, make money, get out. Water is key and once it’s gone it’s gone, most people have no clue how serious it will be down the road. Our community put development off for awhile, thanks to some people who were woke and aware. There may be some helpful information if you have the time to go through the site. save franktown dot com.


      • smiley says:

        “most people have no clue”

        that’s what the developers, their lawyers and other minions on the dole are all banking on.

        if we do have a clue, our voices are ignored, scoffed at and ridiculed.

        no sacred ground here.


    • Donna in Oregon says:

      Smiley, I have empathy and sympathy. These are very important issues you are facing. For some Floridians may be deadly issues:

      SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. – A Brevard County cancer survivor believes she’s proof that unexplained cancer cases now being discussed in her area started decades ago.

      City leaders said they now plan to test groundwater for a dangerous chemical.

      If I was a Floridian, I’d look for support in existing efforts…

      Judge rules in favor of environmental groups
      Chad Gillis, Fort Myers News-Press Published 4:03 p.m. ET June 18, 2018 | Updated 4:16 p.m. ET June 18, 2018

      Water issues in Florida:

      There are some groups, but they don’t seem organized. IMO consolidation is in order and political affiliation erased to be effective.

      There are efforts out there, law firms that work on these issues and citizens that address these concerns. You might feel all alone but it looks like other Floridians are concerned too.

      Supreme Court ruling in the Tri-State fight over water:

      Then the water pipes issue:
      Florida home or business owners who have suffered water damage may be entitled to have their insurance company re-pipe their entire house.

      This pipe lawsuit may seem like it isn’t part of the issue you’re experiencing but an aging infrastructure and a new subdivision can cause more problems in the community. Did they do a study? Results?

      Is there a study to show how a new subdivision will tax the existing infrastructure? This law firm would know where the pipes are and if this applies. It’s not just the house plumbing that’s old….


      • smiley says:

        thanks, Donna (again) 🙂

        and you’re right…there is concern regarding these issues but there isn’t much solid organization…at least not here in my county, Collier….esp among the local residents.

        up north around FT Myers areas, they seem more active…and, in some cases, actually effective in stopping some of the rampant irresponsible development.

        it is so political !

        …and corrupted by greed.

        as for infrastructure, that’s one of my big gripes, too.

        as it is, it cannot withstand the stress of more building, more people, more traffic, cars, exhaust, sewage issues…that gets into, opens up a whole new can of worms and even more controversy.

        that’s what I mean when I say it’s a mess.

        I really appreciate your links & taking the time to reply to my comments on this.

        hope you see this. 🙂


        • Donna in Oregon says:

          YW. If I come across anything significant I’ll pass it on. Sometimes help comes when you least expect it, that’s why I put the old pipes issues and also the cancer contamination in well water.

          Don’t give up. Erin Brockovich had many obstacles too, you never know how many people you can help just by not giving up.

          I support you.


  18. Dora says:

    A language they all understand.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      HEY KIDS…….I hear their music…’s time for senate tee-vee!!!!!!


    • Let me see if I understand this.
      Just from reading posts in this thread I see:

      1. Communists infiltrated the church to destroy it
      2. Lavender revolution infiltrated the church to pervert/destroy it
      3. Good people still outnumber the infiltrators and are serving God in the church
      4. Now some refuse to economically support in order to destroy the church

      This doesn’t make sense.


      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Church hierarchy is where the problems are. They have violated God, and the Worshipers who actually make up the Church. The Worshipers need to push to replace the hierarchy. Otherwise, nothing changes.

        It’s kind of like congress cannot police itself.


        • And the words spoken over and over and over at the Eucharist … “the body of Christ” … “the body of Christ” … “the body of Christ” …

          One’s conscience must be burnt to a crisp before bringing harm to the Church, the Body of Christ.

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  19. youme says:

    50 years of progressivism has brought us here….

    Man with cell phone berates, threatens to sexually assault cops in NYPD precinct, not arrested, walks out

    Group of teens with cell phone curse at cops and chase them out of the building


  20. amwick says:

    This morning I am in Harrisonburg VA. We had a disastrous trip on I 81, but we made it. My husband has back issues and has a hard time sitting long periods, so the delays were painful for him. We did see lovely parts of VA on the back roads, just stunning, so it wasn’t all bad. The amazing thing is my phone kept telling me things about the road ahead. I don’t really use a smart phone, so I didn’t know even how to set a destination, but somehow stumbled through it. Don’t you know that phone told me all about the accidents and suggested alternates… It was much better than my garmin gps…
    The issue I had with the smart phone was that I thought it was just too expensive… Way too expensive considering I make maybe 12 calls a month. But yesterday it really helped us out.
    I switched last week, I dropped Verizon monthly plan and picked up one from Walmart. The amazing thing is, I still have the 4g Verizon network, and everything is exactly the same.
    The other nice thing is the hotel has FOX on in the breakfast area, not CNN. 🙂
    Be safe everyone.

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  21. smiley says:

    Once Upon A Time In Paris ❤ (easy viewing pleasure)….

    yet another existential crisis.

    but…art helps 😀

    Liked by 3 people

  22. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
    Matthew 6:24 (KJV)

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  23. Dora says:

    Can you imagine if something like this happened to President Trump? The media would be running it for the next few years.

    That said, I hope the man didn’t get hurt. He took a pretty bad spill.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Dora says:

    ‘Gosnell’ trailer shows cover-up that let serial killer abortionist continue crimes

    The first trailer for the movie detailing the crimes of abortionist Kermit Gosnell has dropped, and it seems that filmmakers refused to pull any punches. “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” tells the story of how the FBI raided his abortion facility, and the house of horrors they found within.

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    I Can tell you why MDs are bailing- LIBERALISM !!!

    RACIAL PROFILING: First off if you are a white male you can forget about getting into med school on your qualifications. Perfect SAT? Sorry. Perfect MCATs? Sorry. Black female with marginal intellect? 3rd worlder who plans to stay in the USA and displace the Patriarchy? Welcome to Med School!

    NO MONEY: MDs were once well paid. Even many Pediatricians (the lowest paid medical specialty) became millionaires in the 70s. General Surgeons made 400K/yr in 1976- that’s about 1.6mm/yr in today’s crappy dollars. Now Peds make an average of 68K/yr- less than your local Postmaster. General Surgery pays about 300k/yr. Would you go to grueling, all-consuming college until you’re 34 years old and spend $285,000 in tuition for that job? Really?

    CORRUPT ECONOMICS. There is no direct financial relationship between the MD and the patient. A 3rd party- a Giverment licensed and approved 3rd party no less- stands between you and your doctor. “Your” insurance provider. Big Ins. and Big Gvt. have a cozy little thing going on- in most cases Federal Law mandates you carry insurance. Insurance companies pay lobbyists who write laws that help insurance companies. Swamppers make certain their control over you AND your doctor is also part of the law. See the problem there?

    GOVERNMENT BILLING CODES Doctors fees are BOTH SET AND PAID by the Government and the insurance companies on a scale established by guess who? MEDICARE!!! It’s called The Billing Code. Yep, the Giverment sets the fee schedule and NOT the doctor. Do you see any problems with this? Here are a few:

    The Billing Codes are established by 2 parties that do NOT want the MD making “too much” money- too much being defined by a bureaucrat- you know the type.

    The Billing Codes are enforced by Federal Law. It is ILLEGAL and a FELONY to “up code” AND “down code”. Got a broken arm? The Code for that is xxx-xx-xxxx and pays let’s say $300 (I don’t feel like looking up that code this AM) Is the patient a missionary on furlough an you want to do him a favor by cutting your fee to $50? FELONY!!!! Prison, medial licence revocation etc etc.

    OLIGARCHY: Insurance companies require the Doctor to be “Credentialed” meaning allowed to be reimbursed by them. Part of this lovely process is that the insurance company negotiates the percentage of the Billing Code that the doctor will actually receive. Most private practitioners receive 65% of the MEDICARE set fees. So in our example above the doctor gets $195 of the allowed $300- AND that gets paid as many as 3 months after the medical service (and costs thereof incurred by the MD) are provided!

    No sympathy for the “rich doctor” you say? OK- here’s how YOU are ripped off by the cozy little arrangement between the Giverment and the insurance company: YOU are billed the full $300! See what they did there?

    LAWYERS Add to this the corruption by the lawyers and courts- suing for fun and profit. And of course the required MEDMAL insurance scam (more gvt/ins ripoff scams there) and you get the mess we have today.

    THE FIX is easy: Eliminate MEDICARE. Make insurance optional and not required. Let insurers compete nationally. Let doctors and patients establish their own financial arrangements privately. Make the looser in a court battle pay both side’s legal bills. In very little time the costs of medicine would drop like a rock, and the quality of your care would bloom.

    (I hope this is worth sharing- most people don’t know how rotten this system really is)

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  26. itswoot says:

    Valerie Curren,

    You asked here a month or two ago if there were any Contemporary Christian music stations like “The Light/ Smile FM” that you used to listen to in Northern Michigan. Here’s one that might come close to what you are looking for. The station is located in Traverse City.


    • KSBJ Humble TX Thanksgiving to Christmas non stop Christmas music.


      • piper567 says:

        The Bible Broadcasting Network ( also plays non-stop Christmas music
        during December.
        I call BBN ” old fart’s radio”, as they play all of the music I grew up with.
        50% this music, ab 50% preaching/teaching, with a bunch of kidstuff on Saturdays, things like Adventures in Odyssey, which some I know grew up with.
        Really good people.
        They stream, and even have a good bunch of Bible study and Christian living courses free online.


  27. nikkichico7 says:

    Hope Amidst Suffering

    AUGUST 20, 2018

    2 Corinthians 12:7-10

    We all go through distressing times in life. These seasons of suffering may be brought about by relational difficulties, financial hardships, or other trials. But as God’s children, we can take heart in knowing that our pain is not wasted.

    Sometimes our pain is for the eternal benefit of others—God uses it to reveal the genuineness of our faith so that others might see it and be drawn to His Son (1 Peter 1:7). By the way we respond to adversity, our belief in Jesus becomes visible to those around us. Believers will be encouraged, and seekers will ask us questions about our faith.

    At other times, God uses trials to teach us to obey—Hebrews 5:8 tells us that even our Savior learned obedience from the things He suffered. Another purpose of hardship is to broaden our ministry. The apostle Paul’s imprisonment let him minister among the guards, resulting in the salvation of many.

    Difficulties can also be the Lord’s tool in preventing a problem from happening—such as the unidentified ailment that kept Paul from becoming prideful. When disobedience threatens our walk with God, He will take whatever steps are needed to draw us back to Him. He may allow a need to remain unmet or something cherished to be removed. His purpose is that we confess our sin and return to Him.

    We may not know the reasons for our heartaches, but the wisest choice we can make is to trust the heavenly Father. After all, He who saved us through the sacrifice of His Son has promised to use our suffering to bring about good (Rom. 8:28).
    Dr. Charles Stanley

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  28. Dora says:

    Happy Radio Day!

    Yes, it’s still here. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  29. Les Standard says:

    It’s a big job just getting by with nine kids and a wife
    I been a working man dang near all my life
    I’ll be working long as my two hands are fit to use
    I’ll drink my beer in a tavern
    Sing a little bit of these working man blues
    I keep my nose on the grindstone, I work hard every day
    Might get a little tired on the weekend, after I draw my pay
    But I’ll go back working, come Monday morning I’m right back with the crew
    I’ll drink a little beer that evening
    Sing a little bit of these working man blues


  30. Joe says:

    1) How many square feet of property will remain in possession of The Catholic Church in the United States by 2030 after payments to those filing suit over sexual abuse? Will St. Patrick’s be converted to lofts or a trendy night club?

    2) Is #MeToo now officially dead considering Keith Ellison appears headed to Attorney General in Minnesota and Asia Argento is discredited.

    3) Security Clearance entitlement encourages the greedy and ‘ambitious’ to seek out and establish government credentials and clearances to be used for personal gain after early retirement. Having such credential is akin to being awarded a franchise to traffic in confidential government information. The Swamp Creatures are in turmoil at the prospect of their vast income streams being disrupted by wholesale cancellation of thousands of such Tickets to Ride. Time for Trump to consider very aggressive measures?

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  31. 17CatsInTN says:

    My ever changing line up of weary travelers looking for a spot of rest while their mama works… 😉

    From L to R, Lucy, Sage, Carolyn Appleby, Ebby and Cicero.

    Liked by 5 people

  32. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

    Liked by 2 people

  33. Dora says:

    He was wrong! 🙂

    Liked by 4 people

  34. andyocoregon says:

    Are other American cities having this problem? And if they are, how are their police dealing with it? I should think motorcycle police would be the answer since police cars get blocked by all the backed up traffic on a bridge.

    Liked by 2 people

  35. Anonymous says:

    Attention Democrats, especially all “democratic socialist” types lately:

    Liked by 5 people

  36. Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

    I know this isn’t his real tweeter, but these 2 videos of Jeff Sessions are very telling.

    Liked by 1 person

    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Correct, it’s not the real Sessions (notice the 3 ‘f’s in @AGJefff ?) but that doesn’t mean that the data is not real documents.


  37. Dora says:

    This is not going to end well!


    South Africa begins seizing white-owned farms

    SOUTH Africa has targeted the first two farms for unilateral seizure after the owners refused an offer of one-tenth of the land’s value.

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  38. lurker2 says:

    Another hot and humid weekend in Chicago, another 58 people shot, 6 killed.

    Officers also shut down 68 gatherings over the weekend for illegal activity, seized 83 guns, and arrested 29 people on gun charges.

    I think all of it occurred in the usual handful of neighborhoods. The Austin neighborhood alone is responsible for 42 homicides so far this year. Year-to-date number of homicides in Chicago is 373. 2017 total for the entire year was 625. 2016 was particularly deadly with a total of 808. Austin neighborhood was #1 both of those years. I wonder why does anyone even live there? How stupid do you need to be to live in a neighborhood where there are 80+ homicides per year?

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Hey there usnveteran…..long time no see ! (waving Hi!}

      Liked by 1 person

      • BigMamaTEA says:

        There’s another guy that was killed doing the same thing, but a Dad. I’m still looking for a GoFundMe for that Dad.


      • usnveteran says:

        HeyHeyHeyHey 🙂 I really miss yous guys. I tried posting a few items, The last two of my family members and JunkYard, my service K9, passed away (he was 16 years old) –and my life had been a mess ever since then. I couldn’t remember to eat (lost nearly 20 lbs) and I couldn’t sleep well unless I was exhausted. I wasn’t going to get another service K9 since being a senior citizen, I couldn’t make/leave provision for a K9 if I died.

        God has turned my mourning into dancing for me and put off my sacks cloth … He blessed me with a Rottweiler puppy (I named Joshua) … Oh Lord my God, I will give thanks to Jesus forever. It also means for me to stop feeling sorry for myself and get off my butt and do His will. 😉

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        • Minnie says:

          God bless you, usnveteran.

          Thank you for your service to our Beloved, Sovereign America 🇺🇸

          Liked by 1 person

        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Awe….I love Rottweilers. Used to bread them.

          Liked by 1 person

          • BigMamaTEA says:

            TYPO! Used to breed them. (Geez….still thinking about Obie eating dog. Blek! They’re doing it in Venezuela too, cause they’re starving.)


          • usnveteran says:

            I’ve had a few Rotties over the years and they all became spoiled rotten Rotties. I may find another Rottie to breed them just once to share the puppy love with others.

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            • BigMamaTEA says:

              Mine were all just big teddy bears with my family and me, even the baby at the time. But let a stranger step foot on the property……..they’d run up to me, one at a time. One on one side, then another on the other side, then same again. The one time that happened, all 4 stood by me silent, just daring that guy trying to sell me something out the back of that van to come any closer! Needless to say….he left rather quickly. Vet later told me, “in that situation, it’s not the barking dog, anyone should fear; but the silent one.

              Those doggies had pancakes and syrup (their fav) for supper that night!!


            • BigMamaTEA says:

              I could have my adults lay down for me and those 100+ lb Rotties would let me scale their teeth. All of mine lived to be 13-14 years old, which is apparently a long time for the bigger breeds. Of course, I have acres for them to run and play. And the puppies! I wanted to keep every litter!!!!
              Put a red bow around their neck when someone was coming to see them. Precious. I had the original Mom & Dad, then we kept two of the 40 pups she gifted us with. Good times. (Of course, even though it was a family agreement to help with cleaning pens, etc….guess who ended up doing all the work.) Last one passed about time baby-daughter was going off to college……..
              (finally no kids, or dogs to be responsible for…..FREEDOM!) ha!

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          My 13 year old little doggie has developed cancer and I don’t know how much longer she will be with me. I am trying not to grieve before she is gone. I am sorry it has been so difficult for you, but I am so glad that this puppy has brought happiness back to you.

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          • usnveteran says:

            auscitizenmom ~ I am so very sorry to hear about your little doggie – I am praying for you both. I believe that JunkYard will be in Heaven waiting for your doggie and they will pray for us both and anxiously wait to join them in Heaven one day. Pray as you hold your doggie and tell them you love them.

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