Sunday August 26th – 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. citizen817 says:

    BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK AT SUNRISE

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    • Plain Jane says:

      Absolutely loved Bryce, more so than Zion or the Grand Canyon. Exquisite masterpiece of our Master of the Universe.

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      • Turranos says:

        Here is one thing to keep in mind while visiting these two (of the five) National Parks in Utah. Zion sits at a lower elevation than Bryce Canyon, most people visit in the summer, but it is hotter than heck. The best time to visit Zion is in the Spring or Fall.

        That being said, Bryce Canyon sits at 9000 foot elevation and it is lovely in the summer and pretty cold in the Spring and Fall. Hope that helps you out with your travels.

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        • Plain Jane says:

          You are correct about the temperatures.
          We visited Bryce and Zion in late September and were real comfortable in shorts.

          We were at the Grand Canyon in early May the first time and puddles were frozen early in the morning. The second time we visited was in late May and jeans and windbreakers were perfect.

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          • pacnwbel says:

            A memorable visit…We set out to visit these national parks on 9/10/2001. The weather was perfect. Day 2,we woke up to the awfulness of 9/11 playing out on the motel TV. I mention this because the skies went silent. We were literally alone with nature. We visited Bryce, Zion, the Grand Canyon, Arches, and Cedar Breaks, each magnificent in its own way. Apart from the sounds of the birds which were the only echoes from the skies, there was a hush among the people we encountered during those days as we absorbed the spectacular results of watr, wind and weather over the millennia.

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            • Plain Jane says:

              Wow, pacnwbel, that period of time after9/11 was extremely contempletive for most Americans by itself. Add being in the beauty of God’s masterpieces during that time must have been life changing for all.

              As I read of your account, I believe I felt, for a while, and still now, what you must have experienced. Thanks for your account.

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      • Marian says:

        I spent only a couple of hours at Bryce more than thirty years ago, and vowed to return with enough time to see this canyon through all the day, and especially at night because there is next to zero ambient light to interfere with star-gazing. That return trip was two years ago and I will never forget it. The colors are spectacular as they change with the sunlight, then at night the sky can’t seem to hold another star. Next time I’ll bring a mat, so I can lie down and stare up at the stars until I can’t take any more. Zion is my sentimental favorite since my grandfather was the original surveyor who recommended it become a national park. His equipment is in the history museum. Flying down the canyon, wings level to the walls, is a treat!

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    • Stillwater says:

      New screensaver.

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    • amwick says:

      ohhhhhh yes. TY

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    • czarowniczy says:

      We went there during the late 60s/early 70s when it was still a bit feral. A great place to be alone, away from it all and see the stars without cityglow messing up the sky.

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Good News From Calvary

    All through the Old Testament the cross is but dimly seen. Though a hundred historical characters and a hundred more Levitical sacrifices and rituals were typical of Christ and His finished work, not once does the Old Testament state this. The silence is profound. The clearest Old Testament prophecy of Christ’s death, Isaiah 53, does not even specify who the Sufferer would be.

    It was the same during our Lord’s stay on earth, for only toward the close of His ministry do we read: “From that time forth began Jesus to show unto His disciples how that He must go unto Jerusalem and suffer… and be killed…” (Matt. 16:21). And what was their response? “Then Peter took Him and began to rebuke Him” (Ver. 22). Luke 18:34 states three times that they did not have the slightest idea that He would even die, much less did they understand all that His death would accomplish. Even at Pentecost Peter blamed his hearers for the death of Christ and said to them: “repent and be baptized every one of you… for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). The twelve were preaching “the gospel of the kingdom” and knew little about the cross and its purpose.

    Not until the Apostle Paul, that other apostle, do we have what is properly called “the preaching of the cross,” i.e., as good news. And in Paul’s great message our Lord is no longer seen as the Victim, but as the Victor, not merely after death, or over death, but in death. His death itself is seen as His greatest triumph. In Heb. 10:12,14 we read:

    “…after He had offered one sacrifice for sins [He] sat down… for by one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.”

    And in Col. 2:14,15 Paul describes Christ at Calvary nailing the Law to the cross and utterly defeating Satan and his hosts, “triumphing over them in it (i.e., in the cross).” Little wonder the Apostle exclaimed:

    “God forbid that I should boast, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Gal. 6:14).

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/good-news-from-calvary/

    Matthew 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

    Matt 16:22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.

    Luke 18:34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
    14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

    Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

    Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

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    • Jim in TN says:

      Sometimes, dancing on the edge of a cliff can be more clearly seen by contrasting with those who have leapt off that cliff.

      Marcion was the son of a bishop. After being excommunicated by his father, he traveled to Rome and began to preach that “Jesus was the savior sent by God, and Paul the Apostle was his chief apostle, but he rejected the Hebrew Bible and the God of Israel.” (Quotes are from wiki.)

      “Marcion’s canon consisted of eleven books: a gospel consisting of ten sections drawn from the Gospel of Luke; and ten Pauline epistles. Marcion’s canon rejected the entire Old Testament, along with all other epistles and gospels of the 27 book New Testament canon. Paul’s epistles enjoy a prominent position in the Marcionite canon, since Paul is credited with correctly transmitting the gracious universality of Jesus’ message in opposition to the harsh dictates of the ‘just god’.”

      It is good that the pastor sees Christ in the old testament. A little funny that he doesn’t see ‘good news’ being preached until Paul. That is what Gospel means. Time wise it seems Paul’s letters were written first. (Before the gospels.) But by definition, Paul comes after the original preaching of the ‘good news’ which he persecuted as Saul.

      And while Paul argued with early apostles in his letters, he did maintain a subordinate posture, as well as fidelity to his Hebrew upbringing. Things he demonstrated on his trip bringing donations to Jerusalem.

      You should see how some modern day heretics in University type Biblical Scholarship twist this concept. To them Paul invented Christianity. Christ and his apostles were just some Jewish sect. A sect that eventually died out. But Paul’s Christ caught on big with the gentiles.

      To make matters worse, they have some disagreement over the authorship of those letters. Deciding what Paul thinks and says is different if only seven letters are believed to have been written by him. (Even Marcion had ten, and he was only 80 odd years after Paul died.)

      Definitely take care with our modern heretic biblical scholars. They love to play games that elevate gnosticism. One of those games is to push back the date everything is written, except some gnostic gospel that they push forward. I am surprised that they admit anything was written by Paul. As early as 50 A.D. Two decades or less after Christ’s death. But maybe that is necessary if you want to write up all of Christianity as some Pauline heresy from Judaism.

      Anyways, Marcion and the modern day biblical scholars are the heretics who jumped off the cliff of heresy when they elevated Paul above other apostles, and claim Paul’s message to be never heard before Paul spoke it.

      Gratefully the pastor hasn’t jumped off of this cliff. But he does like dancing on the edge.

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

    Haved a blessed Sunday, Treepers. 🙂

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  4. citizen817 says:

    SUNSET ON SLUMGULLION PASS IN THE SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS OF COLORADO

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    • Minnie says:

      God’s majesty on full display for our pleasure.

      All Glory & Praise to Our God.

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    • Turranos says:

      Slumgullion means “meat stew.” This picture does not look like Slumgullion to me. The name of that pass always makes me chuckle. I am a Colorado Native but got out there when the leftards started taking over most everything.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Yup, at one time we were considering a move there but the California Flood hit and we decided that we needed redder pastures. We left Utah, made a RIGHT turn at Texas and settled in New Orleans – sorta leftish but with 24/7 booze and great food we could turn a blinded eye.
        Two of my sons still live in Denver, under the thumb of progressive politicians, but they’ve adapted. When we retired after Katrina we moved to rural Mississippi, as the waters retreated in NOLA the out-of-towners ready to remake NOLA in a prog image filled the void. We’ll be long gone by the time revisionist elements infect our county but we’re still close enough to NOLA to hold our noses and rush in for food, drinks and entertainment.
        Would have liked to retire to the west slope area in Colorado but California beat us to it.

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  5. PaulM says:

    I think a good idea is for PDT, they day after midterms, no matter who gains or loses, to show up at the podium wearing camo BDU’s and a sidearm. Acosta and Ryan will set their shoes on fire running across the white house lawn, the remainder of the MSM would be apoplectic, Schummer and Warren would for the first time in their lives be speachless and Sarah would be ROFL.

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    • Minnie says:

      I think you found Justine’s wayward eyebrows 🙂

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      • nimrodman says:

        I think her plastic surgeon needs to scrape her forehead up and staple it even higher.
        What do the rest of you think?

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        • Donna in Oregon says:

          I think if you Google “Stage 6 Alzheimer” Nancy Pelosi’s picture comes up.

          It must be because of that $1000 month liquor bill she had on the Air Force jet she rode around in when she was Speaker.

          https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/09/flashback-pelosis-air-force-travel-expenses-cost-taxpayers-2-1-million-including-101429-flight-booze-food/

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        • 🍺Gunny says:

          I heard of a procedure, actually quit a lurid joke, that doctors have created a procedure where they place a screw on the top of your head and when the wrinkles appear you just tighten the screw pulling your skin up and the wrinkles diappesr.

          The punch line is hilarious……but I am a caveman…..I humor easily…😎

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          • czarowniczy says:

            I’m just wondering if she’s stopped using Bondo because they’d have to staple a Proposition 65 label to her butt.

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          • Dave says:

            That was a great joke, Gunny, and you can tell it cleaned up and everyone will still get it! She went to the surgeon a week after the procedure complaining that she appeared to have a dimple on her chin that wasn’t there a week ago. Well, the doc examined her and asked if she had been over-tightening the adjustment screw. She admitted she had. He told her that dimple was, in fact, her navel! She thought about that for a moment, and then said to him, “Well, I guess that also answers my next question about the goatee growing below it!” Now Gunny, if you really want a joke that’s even funnier and harder to clean up, think about the one when the man goes to his doctor and complains about a pimple on his forehead that won’t go away, and seems to be growing larger by the day! I’ll quit while I’m ahead! LOL!!!

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        • Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

          Like I said a year or so ago, she’s just a facelift or two away from having a goatee.

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        • amwick says:

          Generally I feel sad for people that need to live a complete lie. Nothing is wrong with looking nice, I get it, but so many people are just way over the top when it come to looking fake. There should be a happy medium. I guess everyone is different, esp. people in the public eye.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            I guess when she’s competing with Hollyork glitterati like Streisand, Cher and Vanessa Redgrave that $99.95 Earl Schieb special jes ain’t gonna cut it.

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  6. jmclever says:

    Very frustrated today with systems. I served jury duty last week and the system is set up not that a person is innocent until proven guilty but that the system is set up in such a way that a not gulty verdict is almost guaranteed unless jurors stand up and fight for obvious guilt of defendant. At least it was that way for this case of assault on a police officer.

    Divorced, bought a used clunker, cash but its on its last legs. Now debt free, pay bills on time, but with no credit history for the past five years. I had a barely decent credit score, and got dinged 32 points just because I tried to get a car loan.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      I loved juries, used to watch 12 people who couldn’t even come up with the flimsiest of excuses, or who were unemployed and delighted in the free coffee, donuts and 55″ flatscreen decide someone’s future.
      Granted most of my experience was in civil court but watching twelve people with maybe a high school education (city has a 38ish% functional illiteracy rate) decide a person’s financial future. We’d regularly get cases of business disputes where lawyers with years of experience in Federal and state business law would try to explain obscure legal points to a jury that largely have problems programming their coffee pots. Divorces…forget it, it was which lawyer could spin the best saga painting the other lawyer’s client as the biggest SOB.
      It’s less about justice than it is stage craft…and then there are the judges…don’t start me.
      I’m more inclined to the method of locking the two litigants in a room with a Luger loaded with one bullet. They either reach an equitable agreement or the survivor wins. Faster, cheaper and no less fair than our current system.

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      • jmclever says:

        LOL. I was so irritated with the defense attorney by the time it came for closing arguments, it took great effort to remain silent. I was afraid if i looked at him my feelings of disgust would lead to a mistrial. All he had was appeal to emotion and to get us to doubt the officer’s perception and our own. My BS meter is pretty sensitive and that guy was FULL OF IT

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  7. citizen817 says:

    Border Collie enthusiastically watches herself win agility competition on TV

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    • nimrodman says:

      fantastic – what a riot!

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Daughter has a border collie. They are very smart. We dog-sit her and her “brother” every now and then for up to 1-2 weeks at a time. Whenever I go from one room to another, she jumps up, gets ahead of me, and “herds” me thru the house, pausing, looking back to make sure I didn’t get “lost”, whether we are at their home or our home…. 99% of the times she is correct in where I want to go. Uncanny….all without saying one word from me.

      Then at bedtime…oh, my…around 9pm, she’ll get up and go to the bedroom and lay down in her usual spot, but I don’t follow her, as I am an “owl”. After exactly 15 mins, she trots back out to the den and stands at the den’s step, staring at me, as if she’s saying, “Hey, you, aren’t you supposed to get to bed, too? You’re supposed to follow me, now! and I mean NOW!” At this point, I choose to ignore her, watching her out of the corner of my eye. She trots back to the bedroom, then in 15 mins, she’s back at the step, looking at me for a loooong time, then gives up and heads back to the bedroom to sleep.

      Now…when I do head to bed, she is sound asleep and doesn’t even wake up when I settle in. Too funny. What makes it funnier is I sometimes pull pranks on her and mess up her routine with me, like half way thru the house I quietly make a u-turn and go into hiding–it drive her crazy. She has a ‘brother”, also a herding dog, but not a border collie, who rather sleep than herd, but they both go nuts when I play hide-o-seek with them. Lol.

      They both do other tricks as well. They were our first two “grandkids” before we got our real life two-legged grandkids.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      So cute. 🙂

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    • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

      Kirk is a little smaller than our Isla, but they look a lot alike. She has that energy when chasing a ball or a Frisbee. It’s amazing how smart they can be, and the instinct they have for “knowing” about routines. Isla knows the name of all of her toys, and she NEVER gets stepped on, she just anticipated your every move.
      BC’s are special.

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      • piper567 says:

        Years ago I saw a clip made by a DVM who was interested in canine intelligence.
        He bought himself a random BC, and the clip I saw was such like this:
        The Vet put a bunch of the dog’s toys in another room, and then from a different room, showed the dog photographs of the toys, saying, Fetch!.
        The dog immediately brought back all 25 different toys which defined the “test”, perfectly matched to the photos; the Vet said there were 92 toys in the pile in the other room.
        It was pretty impressive.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      We have a border collie mix – gave her the keys to the house and her own checking account years ago.

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      • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

        How many Border Collies does it take to screw in a light bulb?

        Only one. And he will rewire your whole house at the same time!

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      • singingsoul says:

        Peri is an Australian Blue Heeler and she herds tries to nudge me in the back of my legs.
        She always has to down the steps first at my command because I do not want her to nudge me down the steps. Herding dogs are fun and can walk off leash they have an invisible leash to their owner.
        Woodford a Staff – Coonhound mix can let me go down the steps first because he loves when I cal him from the bottom of the steps and give him hugs. I never let him off the leash he will be gone if he sees another critter.
        My daughter has a rescue collie mix wonderful dog.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          daisy, our BC mix, is at the age where we speak to her in full sentences and she understands – she picks the operant words out before she makes a decision but hey, so do my kids.
          She moved in after Zauber, the GSD in my gravatar, was already 5 years old and immediately put him in his place. My 130#, police trained, wussy GSD.

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  8. Minnie says:

    Wishing all a blessed, restful, safe and peaceful Sunday

    This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad 🙏🏼

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      Soros Pledges Renewed Fight Against ‘Dominant Ideology’ of Nationalism, Says EU ‘on Verge of Breakdown’
      By Breitbart News

      “The progressive billionaire speculator George Soros has said he will ‘fight back’ against the “dominant ideology” of nationalism, whilst admitting that favoured globalist project the European Union is “on the verge of a breakdown”.
      Wistfully writing that Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF) once ‘epitomised the optimism about the spread of Western-style democracy’ after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Financial Times described the scrutiny the global progressive body is experiencing amidst a wave of patriotism and populism and the ‘wilting’ attraction of the leftist agenda.
      Soros, alluding to the collapse of the USSR, told the left-liberal newspaper: “It’s déjà vu all over again with one big change — the dominant ideology in the world now is nationalism… It’s the EU that’s the institution that’s on the verge of a breakdown.
      “And Russia is now the resurgent power, based on nationalism,” Soros said….”

      https://ellacruz.org/2018/01/17/soros-pledges-renewed-fight-against-dominant-ideology-of-nationalism-says-eu-on-verge-of-breakdown/

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      • czarowniczy says:

        When is someone going to stomp on that roach? If it weren’t for his wealth and connections any number of countries’ wet operations centers would have put him and us out of his misery a long time ago. Where are the lone wolves when you really need them?

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      George Soros is a scourge to the world. I really hope someone decide to take him out He is unredeemable–pure evil heart and soulless….evil

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  9. nimrodman says:

    pretty entertaining

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  10. noswamp says:

    Wow, I never had a dog, but that dog show collier was awesome! What energy!

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    • smiley says:

      Isaiah 17

      The Prophesy against Damascus

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    • smiley says:

      and, significantly (altho not necessarily related to Isaiah 17)….

      Trump Cuts $200 Million In Aid To Palestinians

      “The aid cut is the result of a review of US assistance to the Palestinian Authority “to ensure these funds are spent in accordance with US national interests and provide value to the US taxpayers.”

      https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Trump-cuts-200-million-in-aid-to-Palestinians-565733

      Aug 24, 2018

      this is mainly due to “continued Hamas control over the coastal Gaza Strip”…and “the terrorist organization’s grip on power there…”

      more about it, at the link.

      and it’s about time, too.

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      • mztore says:

        Will never understand why the United States keeps giving money or so called aid to all those countries that hate us.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        As I’ve posted before, Obama knew damned good and well that the Palestinian Authority was using our taxpayer-paid ‘aid’ monies not only to buy weapons to use against Israel but also to pay a stipend to the families of Palestinians killed while trying to kill Israelis. That aid money was heavily used to subsidize the ‘martyrs’ families and the loss of it will cause the Palestinian government to make some hard decisions.

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    • smiley says:

      and there’s this, regarding Syria…

      Russia Warns Of “Chemical Provocation” In Syria By US

      Aug 26, 2018

      https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/08/russia_warns_of_chemical_provocation_in_syria_by_us.html

      “The Russian Ministry of Defense is warning that the UK and US are planning a ‘false flag’ chemical attack…” as an “excuse to bomb the Syrian military.”

      realm of possibility ? article : yes

      likely ? article : no

      unlikely ? article : yes

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      • smiley says:

        here’s a more detailed report on this so-called “provocation” and by whom…

        https://www.rt.com/news/436812-syria-chemical-weapons-provocation/

        Aug 25-26, 2018

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        • Donna in Oregon says:

          IDK which one of these folks/countries/military are lying.

          Since I first saw that picture of Senator McCain with the ISIS gang, calling them the Syrian Rebels…..I don’t trust a word out of that area. Not a word from any side. The only ones that seem sincere and don’t create BS are the Kurds.

          What a mess…..

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Typical Russian maskirovka. They’ve been blaming the chemical attacks on everybody else but themselves even though we have the chemical signatures of all of their boilerplate stuff. Next they’ll blame us for using their old formulas to make chemical weapons used in the attacks.

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  11. Stillwater says:

    Anneleen Lenaerts – Harp, Debussy

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  12. smiley says:

    Adrift

    oil/canvas

    ca 2017

    Anne Packard ~ American (b.1933, NY/Cape Cod, MA) ~ Contemporary ~ Seascapes ~ Impressionism

    🙂

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  13. Dora says:

    Édouard Manet (1832–1883) was a French painter.

    He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the
    transition from Realism to Impressionism.

    White Lilac, circa 1882

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  14. Dora says:

    It looks like the ‘ you know what’ is going to hit the ‘you know what’.

    ===

    Pope Francis covered up McCarrick abuse, former US nuncio testifies (OFFICIAL TEXT)

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/former-us-nuncio-pope-francis-knew-of-mccarricks-misdeeds-repealed-sanction

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    • duchess01 says:

      SMH

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    • SJM says:

      NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER

      | AUG. 25, 2018
      Ex-Nuncio Accuses Pope Francis of Failing to Act on McCarrick’s Abuse
      In a written testimony, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò claims Pope Francis withdrew sanctions against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.
      Edward Pentin

      FTA:
      In an extraordinary 11-page written testament, a former apostolic nuncio to the United States has accused several senior prelates of complicity in covering up Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s allegations of sexual abuse, and has claimed that Pope Francis knew about sanctions imposed on then-Cardinal McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI but chose to repeal them.

      Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, who served as apostolic nuncio in Washington D.C. from 2011 to 2016, said that in the late 2000s, Benedict had “imposed on Cardinal McCarrick sanctions similar to those now imposed on him by Pope Francis” and that Viganò personally told Pope Francis about those sanctions in 2013.

      Archbishop Viganò said in his written statement, simultaneously released to the Register and other media, (see full text below) that Pope Francis “continued to cover” for McCarrick and not only did he “not take into account the sanctions that Pope Benedict had imposed on him” but also made McCarrick “his trusted counselor.” Viganò said that the former archbishop of Washington advised the Pope to appoint a number of bishops in the United States, including Cardinals Blase Cupich of Chicago and Joseph Tobin of Newark.

      Archbishop Viganò, who said his “conscience dictates” THAT THE TRUTH BE KNOWN AS “THE CORRUPTION HAS REACHED THE VERY TOP OF THE CHURCH’S HIERARCHY”, ended his testimony by CALLING ON POPE FRANCIS and all of those implicated in the cover up of Archbishop McCormick’s abuse TO RESIGN .
      MORE:
      http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/ex-nuncio-accuses-pope-francis-of-failing-to-act-on-mccarricks-abuse

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      • Dora says:

        I fear that Archbishop Viganò has put himself in danger.

        May God protect him.

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        Yes, this must happen. I am so angry that Pope Francis is visiting Ireland right now.

        The Church has devastated it’s followers. Dublin, Ireland has the highest suicide rate in part because of the void left by the corruption of the Catholic church. After the 2008 financial crisis many parishioners have been devastated by the destruction of their finances and their church. The Catholic church has destroyed itself, hanging on tooth-and-nail to make a buck off settling Islamic ‘refugees’ from the Middle East instead of feeding their flock and following the example of Christ. Shame on them, pox on all the defilers of children….apparently now, that includes the Pope and the Vatican. Evil!

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        • VinceWhirlwind says:

          The Catholic Church canNOT be destroyed. I believe in Jesus, and He promised the gates of hell would never prevail against her.

          Believe it or not, this is not the worst of it…The Catholic Church has been in much more turmoil than this in the past. We live in rather peaceful times by comparison.

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          • Donna in Oregon says:

            https://www.catholic.com/magazine/print-edition/the-church-and-torture

            The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes torture as “physical or moral violence”.

            Just because they don’t torture to death anymore doesn’t mean that they aren’t still torturing. Children raped by their priest is torture.

            Yes, the Catholic Church can be destroyed if they serve the wrong master.

            Jesus explains it better:

            John 8:44-45 King James Version (KJV)
            44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

            45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

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            • VinceWhirlwind says:

              The fullness of Truth is found in The Catholic Church.

              Light shines, even through a dirty window. Jesus’ Church needs a whole lot of window cleaning.

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  15. Dora says:

    Oh no! What a place to leave his poo!

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  16. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”
    Ephesians 3:20 (KJV)

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  17. amwick says:

    There is some kind of giant little league baseball even going on near here (Christiansburg VA). There are tons of kids and families all ready to go play, so cute. They look really happy and eager!!! We have about a five hour drive, but most of it is through the mountains, so it will be nice.
    I looked forward to this trip for a long time, I saw my old hauts, but time moves on, and it just was different. Be safe everyone!

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  18. Dora says:

    Do Whales Laugh?

    Let’s ask these tourists…

    https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/do-whales-laugh

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  19. JRD says:

    Soros’ paid goons are at it again. When one is elected by the people and does his job and performs it well, he is investigated.
    Now, the corrupt Left will investigate Salvini just like they are investigating Trump.
    There is a place in the farthest recesses of hell for Soros who wants to obliterate western civilization

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-italy/italy-disembarks-stranded-migrants-salvini-under-investigation-idUSKCN1LA0IF?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FtopNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Top+News%29

    Salvini, who has led a popular crackdown against immigration since the government took office in June, also announced that he had been placed under investigation by a Sicilian prosecutor for abuse of office, kidnapping and illegal arrest.

    “Being investigated for defending the rights of Italians is a disgrace,” he said.

    Salvini launched a war on twitter last evening. He has over 100,000 tweets in support. #nessunotocchiSalvini (nobody touches Salvini) is the hashtag.

    Thanks to the tweeting #nessunotocchiSalvini! Rest assured, I am not afraid of anything: questioning me, arrest me. I am proud to fight to defend the borders, to protect the security of the Italians and to protect the future of our children. I love you.

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  20. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels! Happy National Dog Day….

    Liked by 6 people

  21. duchess01 says:

    Rich Mullins – Here In America

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  22. covfefe999 says:

    Just hearing a “news” story about a guy who works for a company that offers paid time off for people who have new pets. Called “furternity leave”. (barf) The guy was as soft as you would imagine. People get softer and softer with each generation. They’d better hope that we never experience another world war, terrorist attack, or any other thing that causes a nationwide hardship or they’re not going to know how to survive.

    The comfort animals concept has been so abused, airlines are now restricting the animals. How is a comfort animal any different than a stuffed animal, blanket, or pacifier?

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Comfort animals bite and poop. I see that as the main diff. LOL

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    • JRD says:

      Sorry, I bring my dogs with me everywhere.
      I have had my own business for years and my Maltese dogs have greatly added to my success. I work about 15 hours a day, everyday, 7 days a week.

      Speaking of terrorist attacks, my husband was caught on the 72 floor of the World Trade Center bombing in ’93. He carried a man in a wheel chair down 72 flights of smoke filled stairs. The dogs prevent me from having anxiety attacks. AND, everywhere I travel worldwide NO.ONE. EVER. COMPLAINS. ABOUT. MY. DOGS. BUT. AMERICANS.
      When I deplane people are always amazed that I had 2 dogs with me. They tell me they never heard a peep out of them.

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        That’s okay, no need to apologize. But after watching how the world leaders like Justin Trudeau act, it seems foreign countries prefer to speak their real thoughts behind your back. So I would surmise that they do say things, just say them behind your back.

        Americans will say it to your face. Those are people of better character, they won’t say behind your back what they will say to your face. It’s a matter of taste. IMHO.

        Also, you should be aware that some people have severe allergies to dogs, cats, rabbits, whatever give them asthma. In a confined space like a plane. Which can be fatal. So maybe thinking about the health of others might be a consideration of pet lovers.

        I do love pets, I just don’t think people have good manners like they used to. Not with their pets or their children……

        Just my 2 cents.

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  23. 4sure says:

    Greatest movie ever made and music that will never be repeated. Grace Kelly, most beautiful actress ever and that Coop was pretty handsome, according to wife.

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  24. Zippy says:

    ‘Clinton Cash’ author Peter Schweizer to premiere movie about big tech

    The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook, and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful — manner in which they do it. Our worst suspicions are confirmed that the meddling and intervening done by Google and Facebook on their supposedly “neutral platforms’ are not merely a money-making enterprise but that these actions, through the subtle digital magic of what is known as SEME (Search Engine Manipulation Effect), are being performed to mold, massage, and manipulate the public consciousness, influence opinion on a vast scale (including political opinion, leading to the tilting of election outcomes), with the goal of transforming society to fit their worldview.

    The documentary was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May and will be re-released on Sept. 17 in New York City with a one-night-only screening.

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  25. Dora says:

    Utter audacity is right!

    Liked by 1 person

    • VinceWhirlwind says:

      The recent testimony by Archbishop Viganò is devastating. I love our Catholic Church, but I believe Holy Father Pope Francis’ days are now numbered.

      I’m sick to my stomach.

      Liked by 4 people

      • Sentient says:

        He’s not even the real pope. BXVI still in. Bergoglio (“Francis”) is the darling of the Left. Hopefully he’ll be forced out ASAP. Then he can go hang out with his gay friends. “Who am I to judge?”

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Despite what they say the priests are not The Church…the people are.

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        • VinceWhirlwind says:

          Right on. It’s the people, the laity who must come to the rescue in the short term. Long term, it’s obvious we need a Pope Trump.

          Make the Catholic Church Great Again.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            There’s been a streak of corrosion in the Church (I’m not saying others don’t have problems too) for a long time but this one was outed just as (if not purposely as part of) the international war on Christianity. There is one pope and ~215 cardinals riding herd on 1.2 billion Catholics and it’s about time that one pope takes every member of the supervisory clergy and fires every one who covered for any priest who abused any child – an excommunication or two for priests who molested children for years might go over well too.
            The people are the Church and if they get riled up over the Church’s mollycoddling of molesters I think we’ll not only see some needed changes but remove ammunition from those who are at war with Christianity.

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          • New Nonna Again!!! says:

            Sort of reminds me how We The People do not answer to the elected class, but the other way around. Only, We don’t. 😢

            Always praying our President turns the tables and drains the stinkin swamp. 🙏🏼

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  26. oldiadguy says:

    It might be a good time to pray for peace folks.

    “The statements were in response to Bolton’s prior press conference on Wednesday from Jerusalem, where he was meeting with Israeli officials. “We now see plans for the Syrian regime to resume offensive military activities in Idlib province,” Bolton said. “We are obviously concerned about the possibility that Assad may use chemical weapons again.”

    Bolton warned, “Just so there’s no confusion here, if the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons we will respond very strongly and they really ought to think about this a long time.”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-25/us-says-assad-will-use-chemical-weapons-idlib-russia-warns-staged-provocation

    The Russians have been posting their intelligence about this threat for well over a week.

    https://www.rt.com/news/436876-idlib-fake-chemical-attack/

    Someone on the Russian side has come out and said the unthinkable.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-25/russian-official-suggests-deploying-nuclear-weapons-syria-respond-us-sanctions

    The Russians appear to be surging assets into the Med.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-25/russia-sends-largest-naval-armada-syrian-war-amidst-new-chemical-provocation

    Source for previous link. Scroll down the link, it is very interesting.

    There are a lot of warnings out on the Web folks. Things could get dicey in the Med in the very near future.

    Take care and pray for peace

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    • smiley says:

      hi, oldiadguy.. posted 2 other links on this, above…under the Israel/Damascus video, FYI.

      Liked by 1 person

      • oldiadguy says:

        Thanks, I’ve read both articles. The Moran article I found interesting for two reasons. First he is following the “approve version,” indicating to me he is a “Company guy,” not necessarily CIA, but he wishes to remain in good standing with a certain party.

        Second, he didn’t bother to post some unpleasant facts concerning the prior alleged chemical weapon attacks and the fact that our response to the last two alleged attacks appeared to be without foundation. I suspect he knows that the two previous attacks were staged by the White Helmets by him stating the following.

        “If there is a chemical attack on rebels, Trump should demand proof before committing US forces to another strike on Syria.”

        Also note that the comments are closed for the article. Hmmm

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    • Minnie says:

      Praying 🙏🏼

      Liked by 1 person

    • smiley says:

      and…don’t forget Iran ….

      Iranian Defense Minister Arrives In Damascus, Showing Off Threat To Israel

      Aug 26, 2018

      https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iranian-defense-minister-arrives-in-Damascus-showing-off-threat-to-Israel-565803

      “…meant to show that Tehran is a key ally of Damascus, and any thoughts that Iran can be removed from Syria are mistaken.”

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      • oldiadguy says:

        There are two statements in the article that jump out at me. The first is……

        “In a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Hatami stressed Iran’s support of “preserving Syria’s unity and independence away from external influence,” according to SANA, Syria’s state media. In a jab clearly intended for the US and Israel he said that Iran would act “regardless of threats and pressures.”

        Iranian forces, like the Russian and Hezbollah, forces are in Syria at the request of the Syrian government. Evidence indicates that Israel is part of the group who has been trying to overthrow the Syrian government.

        “Iran’s message is that if the US is staying in eastern Syria, Iran is going to up its support for Damascus and will remain in Syria. Russia’s foreign ministry even seems to agree with this balanced equation, the Russian embassy in UK tweeted on August 24 “before demanding withdrawal of Iran troops from Syria, Ambassador Bolton should explain legal grounds for US military presence.”

        So what is the legal basis in international law for us to invade and occupy a sovereign state and fellow UN member. Also, the United States is now stationing troops and equipment in Israel, even though we do not have a defense treaty with Israel.

        https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-19/top-us-general-says-american-troops-should-be-ready-die-israel

        https://www.stripes.com/news/us-troops-deployed-to-israel-get-a-new-barracks-1.488440

        So now have troops deployed to Israel as a tripwire. When was that decided and by whom.

        As far as Iran, who has up to 200 nuclear weapons and who has none?

        Take care and pray for peace

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    • czarowniczy says:

      What’s old is new again – remember when we were discussing this a few years back when the Syrian mess started and a few of us stated early on that Russia would not abandon Syria and Assad, they’d go to the wall first.
      Russia has and has planned way too much in Syria to let it go free, Russia would sterilize it first and make it into a beach resort. Assad knows his ONLY hope is to keep applying lip balm and stay close to Putin’s butt, it’s his only chance at survival.
      Russia’s no stranger to NBC warfare, they are supposed to have used biowar products to effect the battle at Kursk and again in Vietnam to attack and destroy the Montagnards and Hoa. And Russia doesn’t treat tactical nuclear weapons with the same awe and dread we do – they are basically treated as another round of ammunition and field commanders are given the responsibility of using them. Had the US have invaded Cuba during the Missile Crisis the Russian commander there was authorized to use tactical nukes at his discretion were he to fear being overrun – luckily clearer heads on both sides prevailed.
      Don’t be surprised at what Russia does, Russia treats Syria as we do our overseas territories and what would we do to protect our Pacific possessions from outside enforced regime change?

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      • oldiadguy says:

        “Don’t be surprised at what Russia does, Russia treats Syria as we do our overseas territories and what would we do to protect our Pacific possessions from outside enforced regime change?”

        ^^^^^^^^^This ^^^^^^^^^

        Folks forget that the U.S. and others are responsible for Russia, Iran and Hezbollah entering Syria due to our attempt at a regime change. When one picks a fight, make sure the target doesn’t have friends that can nuke you back to the stone age.

        Then we have to consider this…..

        “The State Department’s announcement on August 8 that the US government was going to impose sweeping new economic sanctions on Russia over the still mysterious and unresolved Skripal Affair was a truly fateful one. The famous Doomsday Clock of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists should have immediately been moved forward to one minute to midnight on receipt of the news. (It already is set at only two minutes to the midnight that signifies catastrophic global thermonuclear war.)

        For the lesson of history is a clear one: Such sanctions do far worse than prevent constructive dialogue and efforts to settle major differences of policy and interest between great nations. When they are seen as an existential threat to the very existence of that nation, they drive the targeted country’s government to consider all-out war.”

        https://austrian.economicblogs.org/zerohedge/2018/durden-midnight-sanctions-propel-nations-risk-war/

        Let’s pray that calmer heads prevail.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Russia moved into Syria in 1971 when it inked a deal with Bashar’s daddy for porting rights in Tartus, it’s only stable base for its Black Sea fleet in the Med (yeah, I can here some folks out there already saying: “There he goes with the Black Sea fleet again!”).
          NATO thru its Greek and Turkish partners controlled Russian access to the Med and NATO, thru Turkey, basically controlled the southern shore of the Black Sea, so Russia needed basing fort its Black Sea fleet in the Med.
          Russia had a cozy but not locked-in relationship with Egypt and, after the disastrous Russian-backed/aided Yom Kippur War, Egypt tossed them out/. Syria, however, never faltered in its support of Russia as al-Assad father and son got to be Russian-backed minority dictators over the other sects and non-Moslems.
          It’s unlikely (read as ‘damn near impossible’) Bashar would find a place with any other Moslem nation were he deposed, leaving Russia as his sole hole in the wall, and Putin probably told him that if he didn’t do everything he could to stay in power Russia just might be closed too.
          Syria’s Russia’s Iran backup and a linchpin in its future as a petroleum broker. Russia won’t give up its Syrian protectorate any more than we will any of ours and I do believe they see a national weakness in us to confront them and risk war.

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  27. PotP says:

    London residents build WALLS around their houses before British-African-Caribbean festival begins

    https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/725636/notting-hill-carnival-london-acid-attack-barricades-homes-shops

    Buy plywood futures.

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  28. Dora says:

    RIP Mr. Simon.

    Liked by 2 people

  29. Donna in Oregon says:

    Finally a Bucket List where all the fun stuff is in AMERICA!!!

    https://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/us/photos/50-states-of-bucket-list-adventures

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  30. jessbarnesphd says:

    Started to watch the Waco miniseries on Paramount TV… I was just out of HS when it happened- too young to have any idea what happened and jeez if it went down anything like the TV show depicts, seems to me the govt has had pretty major issues for a lot longer than Obama was in office… Yikes.

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  31. Janie M. says:

    Neil Simon dead at 91
    By Bruce Golding
    August 26, 2018 | 11:50am

    [snip]

    Acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon, the famed creator of “The Odd Couple,” has died. He was 91.

    The prolific writer died of complications from pneumonia at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, according to a statement from his longtime friend and publicist, Bill Evans.

    Simon’s family was at his bedside, added Evans, who donated a kidney to Simon in 2004.
    Simon, who was born in The Bronx and grew up in Washington Heights, won a Pulitzer Prize, four Tony Awards, a Kennedy Center honor and a Golden Globe Award.

    https://pagesix.com/2018/08/26/neil-simon-dead-at-91/

    RIP, Mr. Simon, you brought joy to so many of us with your talent. I saw “The Goodbye Girl” years ago – wonderful movie.

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  32. amwick says:

    Home after a bit of a road trip,,,, I had a thought…. I am not much of a smart phone user, but one thing became obvious to me.. that smart phone knew so much about road stuff…. roads, hotels, restaurants… well, it was actually really handy. So, WHO LOOKS AT BILLBOARDS?, really they need to go away. They serve no purpose any more… just sayin’

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  33. I got this today! I think our POTUS is trying to get a better forum than Twitter. Let’s help him out and join https://gab.ai Maybe it will catch on an Twitter will go down the drain.
    GAB
    Hey @Texas_Sherry,
    Donald J. Trump followed you.

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  34. JMC says:

    It’s probably been mentioned, but I haven’t been able to reach the Lucianne site all day. Anybody know anything?

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  35. andyocoregon says:

    Pretty cool drone video of the bridges across the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon.
    They connect the east side of the city to the west side.

    Liked by 2 people

  36. Dora says:

    Be careful where you go to eat.

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    • Patriot1783 says:

      Want an eye opener, watch the movie “The Founder” about how McDonald’s got its start and how Ray Kroc stole the concept & business out from under the two brothers who really founded the restaurant.

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  37. Janie M. says:

    andyocoregon, the first article the NY Post emailed to me about songbird, had a line in it which it claims he was actively involved with the issue of returning the VN War POWs who never made it home. The Post updated the article and that information has been eliminated. A few years ago, I read an excellent and lengthy article by Sydney Schanberg, God rest his soul, (journalist and author of “The Killing Fields” (Cambodia) which strongly contradicts this premise. Good ole songbird (I spit in his direction) w/Nixon’s and subsequent Administrations buried their existence.

    McCain and the POW Cover-Up
    The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.
    By SYDNEY SCHANBERG • July 1, 2010

    [snip]

    John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/mccain-and-the-pow-cover-up/

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    • andyocoregon says:

      @Janie M.
      That’s an interesting, detailed article. I’m glad you posted it. The more I find out about Sen. McCain, the more I dislike what he did.

      In any case, it now seems as though Kelly Sadler, one of President Trump’s White House Assistants was very prophetic when she stated last May in an internal staff meeting that Sen. McCain’s opinion of Gina Haspel as CIA Director was “irrelevant since he’s dying anyway”. A week later she was confirmed as the new CIA Director.

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      • Janie M. says:

        andy, I served under Nixon during the VN War era (USMC, ’70-’72). Unlike the present, they weren’t sending females into combat areas so I served my entire enlistment stateside. That we left POWs behind, kills me to this day. It is my understanding (don’t know if it is true) this also happened during the Korean War.

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  38. Sepp says:

    Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
    on the traditional Orthodox Christian Church Calendar

    Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew 21: 33-42

    “The Stone Which the Builders Rejected”

    Commentary from Saint Theophylact of Ohrid and Bulgaria

    http://www.chrysostompress.org/c_13th_pentecost.html

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  39. 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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  40. Bendix says:

    During the request for prayers in church tonight, a woman said we should pray for President Trump, whether we liked him or not, voted for him or not, because “things are going on in Washington that aren’t right”.
    So many people get it now, people who are mostly apolitical too.

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