Monday September 3rd – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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168 Responses to Monday September 3rd – Open Thread

  1. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Thou Shalt Not Smoke!

    Have you read about the clear law against smoking cigarettes in the state laws of Illinois? It’s been on the books since 1907 and here is what it says:

    Every person who shall manufacture, sell or give away any cigarette containing any substance deletrious to health, including tobacco, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $100.00 or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed 30 days.

    This law has been on the Illinois state law books for 96 years, but in late years, certainly, it hasn’t been enforced and most Illinoisans don’t even know it’s there. The reason is that so many people smoke cigarettes that the authorities don’t even try to enforce it.

    The prohibition era demonstrated the fact that human behavior cannot be legislated. This is so even with the law of God. Some people think that the Ten Commandments were given to help us to be good, but this is not so, for the Scriptures themselves state clearly that they were given to show us that we are bad and need a Savior.

    Rom. 3:19 declares that the Law was given “that every mouth may be stopped, and that all the world may be brought in guilty before God.” Rom. 3:20 says: “By the law is the knowledge of sin.”

    This is why we read in Rom. 8:3 that “what the law could not do, in that it was weak [on account of] the flesh,” God sent His Son to accomplish. Also in Heb. 7:19 we read that “the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did.” This is the “better hope” that we proclaim: that through Christ we may have “the forgiveness of sins” and that “by Him all who believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:38,39).

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    To the Reader:

    Some of our Two Minutes articles were written many years ago by Pastor C. R. Stam for publication in newspapers. When many of these articles were later compiled in book form, Pastor Stam wrote this word of explanation in the Preface:

    “It should be borne in mind that the newspaper column, Two Minutes With the Bible, has now been published for many years, so that local, national and international events are discussed as if they occurred only recently. Rather than rewrite or date such articles, we have left them just as they were when first published. This, we felt, would add to the interest, especially since our readers understand that they first appeared as newspaper articles.”

    To this we would add that the same is true for the articles written by others that we continue to add, on a regular basis, to the Two Minutes library. We hope that you’ll agree that while some of the references in these articles are dated, the spiritual truths taught therein are timeless

    Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
    20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

    Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

    Hebrews 7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

    Acts 13:38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
    39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
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    1Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

    Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
    2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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  2. citizen817 says:


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  4. Garrison Hall says:

    Classic Emmylou with the Nash Ramblers . . .

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  5. citizen817 says:


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  6. wendy forward says:

    I was lucky enough to go there on a sunny day-amazing. Galway and this were my favorite places in Ireland (1995).

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  7. Plain Jane says:

    I received this link in an email today. Military burial of Loyce Edward Deen at sea during the war. Get a tissue.
    2 minutes.

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  8. Deplorable_Infidel says:


    Picture this: A billion-ton coronal mass ejection (CME) slams into Earth’s magnetic field. Campers in the Rocky Mountains wake up in the middle of the night, thinking that the glow they see is sunrise. No, it’s the Northern Lights. People in Cuba read their morning paper by the red illumination of aurora borealis. Earth is peppered by particles so energetic, they alter the chemistry of polar ice.

    Hard to believe? It really happened–exactly 159 years ago. This map shows where auroras were sighted in the early hours of Sept. 2, 1859:

    As the day unfolded, the gathering storm electrified telegraph lines, shocking technicians and setting their telegraph papers on fire. The “Victorian Internet” was knocked offline. Magnetometers around the world recorded strong disturbances in the planetary magnetic field for more than a week.

    The cause of all this was an extraordinary solar flare witnessed the day before by British astronomer Richard Carrington. His sighting on Sept. 1, 1859, marked the discovery of solar flares and foreshadowed a new field of study: space weather. According to a NASA-funded study by the National Academy of Sciences,

    if a similar “Carrington Event” occurred today, it could cause substantial damage to society’s high-tech infrastructure and require years for complete recovery.

    Could it happen again? Almost certainly. In a paper published just a few months ago, researchers from the University of Birmingham used Extreme Value Theory to estimate the average time between “Carrington-like flares.” Their best answer: ~100 years. In other words, we may be overdue for a really big storm. Read their original research here.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      And let’s hope we don’t get it as not only would it play hob with many, if not most, of the satellites we have floating about but over the last few years NASA scientists have been recording a general weakening of the earth’s magnetic field, at the rate of about 5% per decade.

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    • amwick says:

      I was going to say I saw a meteor last night,,, seems kinda puny now…. :/

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    • John Denney says:

      Working as a software engineer for a computer company, I checked our customer incident log against the date of a strong solar storm several years previous.

      Yeah, we had a couple of strange calls that day, very unusual symptoms for which we had no explanation, closing the calls with, “Well, if it happens again, let us know.”

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  9. czarowniczy says:

    WOOF! Busy day today – there’s the threat of a 3 or 4 day rain event coming, dropping up to 6 (present guesstimate) inches of rain. Had to go out and service the septic system as ground seepage will overfill the tanks and if the pump screens aren’t clear the system backs up and I’ll have to clear it thru a gas powered trash pump.
    Had to open the access hatch and pull the pump out, remove/clean/replace the screen then reattach the pump to the lines. Biggest paranoid fear in the entire process is falling into the tank and downing in a huge in a huge mass of my own ****. Same fear some folks must have about becoming a Democrat.

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    • Were any children from his first marriage there? I’m sure his first wife said her goodbye a long time ago.


    • Bendix says:

      Bill Clinton authorized the Coast Guard (I think?) to keep looking for JFK Jr. until they found him. Even though the wealthy Kennedy family reimbursed the government for the costs, it was still a nice gesture, respectful of the legacy of JFK Sr.
      Then the Kennedys turned around and endorsed BO over Hillary in the Democratic primary.
      She won Massachusetts, and I laughed my you-know-what off.
      Not that I was going to vote for Hillary, but I disliked the way the Democrats treated the first woman with a clear shot at the presidency.

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  10. DanDeplorable says:

    DAILY DEVOTIONAL, September 3, 2018

    Thankful Hearts

    “…and be ye thankful!” Colossians 3:15

    Thanks-giving should always follow answered prayer. Giving thanks ought to come as naturally to us as exhale follows inhale. Isn’t our next breath of life by the permission and grace of God? Have we ever thought of using that breath just to thank Him for it? Do we ever even consider God’s continuous mercies to us with such attentiveness? As the mist of earth’s gratitude naturally rises when the sun of Heaven’s love warms the ground, so should the praises of our hearts ever rise to God in thanksgiving.

    Has the Lord been gracious to you and inclined His ear to the voice of your prayer? Then thank Him as long as you live! Let the ripe fruit fall upon the fertile soil from which it drew its life. Do not fail to sing in praise of Him who has answered your prayer and has given you the desire of your heart. To be silent about God’s mercies is to incur the guilt of ingratitude; it is to act as poorly as the nine lepers who after they had been cured of their leprosy did not return to give thanks to the healing Lord. To forget to praise God, moreover, is to refuse to benefit ourselves; for praise, like prayer, is one great means of nourishing the growth of our spiritual lives. It helps to remove our burdens, to excite our hope, and to increase our faith. It is a healthy and invigorating exercise that quickens the pulse of the believer and prepares him for new enterprises in his Master’s service.

    The Apostle Paul knew this continuing thankfulness, writing to the Roman believers how he thanks his God through Jesus Christ for them all (1); to Ephesian believers that they should be thanking their God and Father for everything in our Lord Jesus Christ’s Name (2); to believers at Philippi that he always thanks God for his every remembrance of them (3); to Colossae believers that they should be overflowing in thanksgiving for their faith; and that whatever they say or do should be all in the Lord Jesus’ Name, thanking God the Father through Him (4); and to the church of the Thessalonians that they should “in everything give thanks, for this is God’s will in Christ Jesus for you”(5).

    The Apostle John knew too, having received Jesus Christ’s revelation which God gave Him to show to John and us that in very Heaven of heavens the four living beings “give glory, and honor, and thanks to Him…”(6); that all the angels fall on their faces before the throne of God, crying “Amen! The blessing, and the glory, and the wisdom, and the thanksgiving. . . to our God unto the ages of the ages. Amen!” (7); and that “the twenty-four elders, who sit before God on their thrones, fell upon their faces and worshipped God, saying, We THANK Thee, Lord, God, the Almighty…”(8).

    If all these give thanks, then what of God’s very own dear children, blood-bought brethren, body of His Son and wife of the Lamb — Shouldn’t we?

    (1) Romans 1:8
    (2) Ephesians 5:20
    (3) Philippians 1:3
    (4) Colossians 2:7; 3:17
    (5) 1 Thessalonians 5:18
    (6) Revelation 4:9
    (7) Revelation 7:11-12
    (8) Revelation 11:16-17

    –Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-1892

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    • Jim in TN says:

      Well, when you use a pastor to publicly repent of your misdeeds, showing up at his funeral will remind everybody of that. For the rest, it just shows that they were using him for votes.

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  11. Sepp says:

    but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  12. nimrodman says:

    California Democrats Boycott Of In-N-Out Backfires Spectacularly

    “We have all of our children eating In-N-Out burgers.
    Even my son’s German shepherd eats In-N-Out.”

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  13. Dora says:

    Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky was a Russian Romantic painter who is considered one of the greatest masters of marine art.

    Stormy Sea at Night, 1853

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    • Bendix says:

      Nice. I’ve always loved all things nautical, art-wise, though I’ve never been out to sea on a ship in my life.
      I don’t care for the whole “coastal” design theme, it reminds me too much of snotty liberals, but nautical, I’m in.

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    • thinkthinkthink says:

      Looks like someone was washed ashore.
      Travel by sea gone wrong is quite dramatic.


  14. New survey of Democrats and RINOS shows that 25% now support Pres. Trump yet we know they lie about that too!

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  15. Dora says:

    This is so horrible!!!

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  16. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
    James 4:7 (KJV)

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  17. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  18. TomR,Worc,MA,USA says:

    Is the treehouse on GAB yet?


  19. Zippy says:

    “Not to know what happened before you were born is to remain forever a child.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

    Progressives: The Real World vs. Neverland
    2 Sep 2018


    Many of these children in adult bodies were told, and actually believed, that better health care for everyone, including an unlimited number of illegal immigrants, would be attainable at a low cost, if only the government were to run it.

    Many children in adult bodies also seem not to know that Socialism failed in the Soviet Union, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Romania, Albania, Bulgaria, China, North Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Cuba, and is now failing in Venezuela. The irrational wish is evidently stronger than rational arithmetic.

    These victims of arrested emotional development seem to confuse good motives with good results. They want better health care for a greater number of people at a lesser cost; so they fantasize that they can achieve it without denying care to those who are too old, too sick or too expensive to receive it. They kind-heartedly want a “more equal distribution of wealth”; so they fantasize that they can maneuver it without penalizing and discouraging the productive members of society, while rewarding and encouraging the unproductive ones.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “Many children in adult bodies also seem not to know that Socialism failed…”

      Because they were not taught history at all, or taught some false “revisionist history”. It was by design that edukayshun has been “dumbed down” and standards gradually lowered, accompanied by the assault on biblical values.

      Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. .

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    • pacnwbel says:

      Those same children in adult bodies probably have no idea where those failed socialism countries are located, let alone understand the real meaning of the word Nazi.

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    • Rudy says:

      They are truly pitiful, because we also have seen the end result in many countries of pushing this fairy tale. They are willing participants in their own destruction. I only pity those who are unwillingly being dragged into the dystopian future these fools advocate.


    • John Denney says:

      They give Greed a lot of press, but ignore the other six Deadly Sins, one of which is Envy.

      Wealth can be created, but they never speak of that, only wanting to spend the wealth of others, often destroying the wealth creators, plunging the people into desperate poverty.

      Without production, there can be no consumption. What is produced and consumed? Fundamentally, wealth.


  20. Dora says:

    Watch out for Gordon.

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  21. F.D.R. in Hell says:

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  22. pacnwbel says:

    Article on Whatfinger asserts that billionaire Paul Allen of Microsoft and Seattle Seahawks has donated $100,000 to the Republican cause, an unexpected surprise.

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    • PotP says:

      Seattle & Portland are being destroyed by the left. Sanctuary status and rampant homeless enclaves are driving customers away from the cities.

      Paul Allen owns the Portland Trail Blazers. Over the past year or three, thanks in large part to Antifa riots and Democratic government refusal to do anything, Portland is becoming a no-go zone. Who wants to go see a game and fight the beggars, drug addicts and general filth surrounding the stadium?

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      • Bendix says:

        I saw part of an episode of a television show called Portlandia, which started in 2011, and already some of the situations presented as comedy and satire on the show are not to be mocked today.
        Something that absolutely disgusts me? “Liberal”, tolerant Portland has probably the worst policy for dealing with the seriously mentally ill than any American “progressive” city I can think of.
        I know this for a fact. I tried to get help for a young woman who had so-called “cadillac” insurance with a major corporation.
        How can Patrick Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi pat themselves on their backs for passing “equity” laws for medical care for the mentally ill, when any fool can see with their own eyes that the mentally ill are not only NOT being treated, they are being left in grave danger to themselves and others.

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      • dallasdan says:

        Those cities and selected others on the left coast are dead to me. The majority of their citizens are completely to blame for the politically induced hell that is consuming them, and they willfully and eagerly continue to gravitate farther into the realm of leftist absurdity.

        The good people who are stuck there are doomed to suffer increasing misery. For them, life is terribly unfair.


  23. Minnie says:

    Superb location for shooting GOT 👍

    I believe they do film in Ireland.


  24. andyocoregon says:

    A long video, but quite interesting.

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  25. trapper says:

    Hey! How about just having some fun?!

    Read the review below. I fully agree. If there was a dig at Trump or those of us who voted for him anywhere in the movie it was so obscure I completely missed it, and I have radar for that stuff. Just two hours of great fun. Real people doing real stunts, and knowing that it was not just a bunch of computer wizardry, but people doing stuff that was actually dangerous, knowing that while you watch it makes the suspense real.

    Step away from the computer, and go see Mission Impossible – Fallout, You will not be disappointed. Have some fun. I loved it.

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  26. PotP says:

    Another backdoor deal with Goggle, this time it’s Mastercard

    Big brother never stops

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  27. Dora says:

    In other words – ‘Everyone Shut Up’!

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    • Bendix says:

      They took the extraordinary step of bringing in a new Pope, to avoid dealing with this problem.
      Not Catholic, don’t want to offend anyone, but I think the church, in this day and age, is going to have to return to having priests be able to marry.


      • mimbler says:

        My opinion only, but I don’t think this pope was brought in, I believe it to be a silent coup.

        The deep state there has a far longer history than ours in the US government does.

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      I don’t see Jesus staying quiet about Priests raping children.

      I keep remembering the tables he turned over….yeah, sorry Pope, don’t see you’re point.

      Hello? The scandal was created by the Church Pontiff….

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    • dallasdan says:

      He is delusional or foolish if he thinks he can whistle past the graveyard of a timeless accumulation of sins by priests and their enablers against innocent and largely helpless victims.

      He will feel the “silence” land with crushing force upon his head and shoulders. The evil genie has long been out of the bottle, and the last of the church’s second chances expired decades ago.

      Full disclosure: I am a practicing Catholic, and the anger in my parish is palpable..

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    • thinkthinkthink says:

      I do not see this as a failure to control sexual impulses. I see this as a failure to make disciples. The shepherds of the church are to protect the flock from wolves. Wolves are those that do not serve God, only themselves. When the wolves are allowed into leadership at any level you can be sure that the ones doing this are not true shepherds. Do you remember the words or our Lord?

      John 10
      The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

      1 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.

      7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

      11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

      14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

      New International Version (NIV)

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  28. Zippy says:

    Neo-Marxist Postmodernism O-B-L-I-T-E-R-A-T-E-D:

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    • John Denney says:

      Heh. An acquaintance told me his friend with a degree in Philosophy had told him that you can’t really know the truth.

      I asked, “Is that true?”

      Then I saw the light turn on; he gave a little grin, and walked away.

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  29. getfitnow says:

    So many of us have talked about not wanting to become Venezuela thanks to the latest crop of Socialist/Marxist candidates for various public offices. Here is a firsthand report.

    FTA – “Life in Caracas” is a series of short stories that seeks to capture the surreal quality of living in a land in total disarray.

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    • Bendix says:

      I’m wondering why people are going hungry in full view of liberals in America?

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    • Teagan says:

      Lived for a time outside of Caracas…it was the fashion shopping Mecca for all of South America, the elegant hotels and restaurants, and the magnificent window displays in the shops where hundreds promenaded every night. Young women wore ropes of pearls with their casual clothes, it wasn’t unusual to employ several household workers and women spent their days at the country clubs. I cannot envision what it must look like now! And the unfathomable part…it has a coastline for fishing, a llanos (plains) to grow crops and raise cattle, and a variable climate for a good growing season…there is no reason why the people cannot be self-sustained…this is not the barren desert. But I guess it’s a perfect example of how socialism robs people of knowing how to survive.

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  30. 17CatsInTN says:

    Cicero and Lucy wish you a day of rest, napping and relaxation!

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  31. Bendix says:

    I’m in a grumpy mood. My own fault, it’s hot and muggy, and I could have and should have tried a little harder to find myself something better to do today than stick close to home and ruminate.
    Here’s something I’ve been chewing on- that globalized version of the life of a very American hero.
    That snotty corporate Disney star had his pat answer all ready to go.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Link Bendix?????


      • Bendix says:

        Sorry, I was referring to Ryan Gosling and his excuse for no flag scene in the Neil Armstrong movie.
        See, I was so grumpy I was all up in my own head and forgot that others couldn’t read my mind.
        He didn’t have to stop and think about the question of why no flag scene. That means he must have anticipated it, or rather someone anticipated it, which means they gave it some thought ahead of time.

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  33. BigMamaTEA says:

    Ready to do some reading??????

    I have some OIG Audit Reports to post links to……

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin – Department of the Treasury

    Sec. Sonny Perdue – Department of Agriculture

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  34. BigMamaTEA says:


    Sec. Scott Pruitt – EPA (Even though Scott Pruitt is no longer the head of the EPA he ordered this)

    USPS with regard to ELECTIONS & Mail Ballots

    After I get done loading these to my scribd acct…I’ll go look for the prosecutions from justice.

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  35. Donna in Oregon says:

    Donna Brazile was odd about Seth Rich, when she put out her book she talked about him and I thought she was behaving oddly at the time.

    Did she do it? I have no idea. But it is interesting if she lied. This article claims she said she wasn’t in Washington DC when Seth Rich was murdered and they have proof that she was.

    Does Brazile know more than she’s saying?

    Police: Donna Brazile Was In DC Day Of Seth Rich Murder

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  36. Donna in Oregon says:

    This was interesting. I don’t think it’s going to fly but I loved the jokes in the comments. Funny stuff.

    Report: Witness Prepared to Identify Two Killers of Seth Rich

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  37. Zippy says:

    Is Robert Reich a Commie?
    1 May 2012


    Reich denies the charge despite having much in common with Marx when it comes to economic ignorance. Reich has admitted to not seeing the housing bubble coming and even bought a house in Berkley in April 2006- which is often regarded as the height of the boom. He hasn’t a clue on how central banking causes the business cycle and his Keynesian affinity prevents him from recognizing how important capital accumulation is for building the productive base of an economy. His constant harping on allowing the thugs in the IRS to pilfer up to 70% of the 1%’s income shows his complete lack of understanding on the importance of economic calculation and why thieving public servants are incapable of utilizing scarce resources effectively. He has even argued that Obamacare doesn’t go far enough and enthusiastically supports Washington clenching the entire health care industry through outright nationalization.

    Most importantly is Reich’s tireless devotion to mandatory unionization in the private sector. For years, the public policy prof. has played the class warfare card and lamented over laborers being exploited by monocle toting, cigar smoking capitalists. His solution is having unions coerce employers, who force no one to actually work for them, to pay higher wages out of their marginal profits. The result is institutionalized unemployment as Mises explains:

    “The more capital, other things being equal, is invested, the higher wages climb on the free labor market, i.e., on the labor market not manipulated by the government and the unions. At these market wage rates all those eager to employ workers can hire as many as they want. At these market wage rates all those who want to be employed can get a job. There prevails on a free labor market a tendency toward full employment. In fact, the policy of letting the free market determine the height of wage rates is the only reasonable and successful full-employment policy. If wage rates, either by union pressure and compulsion or by government decree, are raised above this height, lasting unemployment of a part of the potential labor force develops.”

    Reich’s class-based rhetoric is really just Marxism wrapped in a modern veil. Marx’s theory was based on class conscious and the idea that people are motivated solely by the interests related to their respective class. When Reich advocates for higher rates of unionization, he uses the same Marxist logic in assuming the low and middle class should automatically buy into his thinking. Populist class struggle against capitalism is a concept brought up in virtually every piece of his writing. Just take a look at the phrasing from a Baltimore Sun editorial written back in December:

    “The (Wall) Street makes bundles from these bets, but they have raised costs for consumers. In other words, a small portion of what you and I pay for food and energy has been going into the pockets of Wall Street. Just another redistribution from the middle class and poor to the top.”

    Besides his devotion to the menace of government-backed collective bargaining, Reich is also a proponent of public investments such as “education, infrastructure, and basic R&D.” The logic follows that without evil corporations willing to spend on such goods and services, it’s up to crooked politicians to do so. But, as Murray Rothbard showed, the public sector “necessarily lives parasitically upon the private economy” and that the resources squandered by the state always end up being directed at politically favored causes. Rather than fulfill consumer demand, productive resources “are now directed, by compulsion, away from these wants and needs.” The state lives and grows by siphoning increasing amounts of resources from civil society. This is the truth Friedrich Hayek referred to when he wrote his classic “The Road to Serfdom.”

    However you slice it, Reich’s positions on economics, redistributive schemes, and class-styled politics wreak of the Marxism of old.

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    • F.D.R. in Hell says:

      I guess he couldn’t find a decent job after THE WIZARD OF OZ.

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      • Dave says:

        Mr. Reich tried his hand at golf, which didn’t work out. It seems the clubs were taller than he was, so he was forced to use clubs from “miniature golf”. That was embarrassing enough, but the final indignation was after hitting an errant shot into the crowd, his caddie bellowed out, “Two!”

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  38. Timmy- the-Ute says:

    Anyone think SD will have something to say on a thread about the recent scandal with the Pope. The cover-up over the Bishop of Washington D.C.(Donald Wuerl) seems serious. We just had a Priest in Utah put on administrative leave for sexual abuse.

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  39. cheewaawaa says:

    How coe NO mention of devastating flooding in SW Wisconsin? 14″ of rain fell Wed/Thur. Towns waist deep in water, 5 tornadoes, more rain this weekend. Look up Reedaburg, Mauston, LaValle, Elroy, union Center and others. 6 counties declared disaster. Historic Not not a mention – so mych for fly-over country. Videos are heart-breaking.

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  40. Donna in Oregon says:

    Irish Blessing

    Today I read that my extended Irish family are going to rise up and leave the EU! YEAH!

    Political party seeking Irish EU exit to be launched

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  41. Donna in Oregon says:

    Prayer for Safety In Hurricane Season

    The Bishops of Louisiana have asked the faithful to pray the following prayer, daily if possible, during the hurricane season which extends from June 1 to November 30.

    Prayer for Safety In Hurricane Season

    O God, Master of this passing world,
    hear the humble voices of your children.
    The Sea of Galilee obeyed Your order
    and returned to its former quietude.

    You are still the Master of land and sea.
    We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control:
    the Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant,
    can awake from its seeming lethargy,
    overstep its conventional boundaries,
    invade our land, and spread chaos and disaster.

    During this hurricane season we turn to You, O loving Father.
    Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid
    and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with passing of time.

    O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our beloved Mother, we ask you
    to plead with your Son on our behalf,
    so that spared from the calamities common to this area
    and animated with a true spirit of gratitude,
    we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son
    to reach the heavenly Jerusalem,
    where a storm-less eternity awaits us. Amen.

    [Composed by Most Rev. Maurice Schexnayder (1895-1981),
    Second Bishop of Lafayette (1956-1973), following Hurricane Audrey in 1957]

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  42. 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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  43. BigMamaTEA says:

    *****Big day tomorrow*****

    Hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be Supreme Court Justice

    9;30amEST – Senate Judiciary Committee –

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