Monday September 17th – 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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242 Responses to Monday September 17th – Open Thread

  1. andyocoregon says:

    I watched a football game last night on NBC and I think it was the New England Patriots vs the Jacksonville Jaguars. At the very beginning of the telecast, you could see the fans in the background standing in the bleachers many with their hands over their hearts. I could barely hear The National Anthem playing while a loud female sports announcer dominated the camera view and her motor-mouth description of both teams totally obscured the playing of the Anthem. And just as soon as the Anthem was over and the fans did the traditional cheer and clapping, she finished and the cameras cut away to the football field.
    It was obvious, NBC did not want to show the players and the Anthem on their network. It was despicable, IMO.

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  2. phattcat says:

    No Blue Without Yellow

    The film opens luring closer and closer to discover the possibility of stepping inside a fantastical sphere. The observer is slowly drifting into Van Gogh’s world, carried by the rhythm of a waltz. Van Gogh’s memories are sculpted within his paint strokes. His memories are alive within the film, but just for a fleeting moment. The fantasy lasts simply two minutes, but within that short time the observer is immersed in a painters lifetime.

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  3. andyocoregon says:

    Today, Monday, September 17th is U.S. Constitution Day. A good day to celebrate our freedoms.

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  4. Mandy says:


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  5. czarowniczy says:

    On the side: It’s amazing how quickly a recalcitrant innercity school system responds to your situation when you toss a lawyer at them,.

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  6. Mr. Grabby says:

    Battle of Antietam/ Sharpsburg anniversary today
    Bloodiest one-day in the history of the United States.
    Army of Northern Virginia fights Army of the Potomac to a bloody stalemate outside the Maryland Village of Sharpsburg, near the banks of the Potomac River.
    26,000 casualties reported.

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  7. smiley says:

    video with shots of NC inland communities….Florence…

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  8. SwampRatTerrier says:

    Why are there Anita Hill, DiFi and Janet Napolitano HAIRS all OVER Christine????????


  9. SwampRatTerrier says:

    Why are there Anita Hill, DiFi and Janet Napolitano HAIRS all OVER Christine????????

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  10. Dora says:


    • thinkthinkthink says:

      So true.

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  11. duchess01 says:

    Received this in an e-mail – there was no link attached – sorry – but, hope you enjoy anyway…
    And GOD Created…


    1. In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

    2. Then using God’s great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Krispy CremeDonuts. And Satan said, “You want chocolate with that?” And Man said, “Yes!” and Woman said, “and as long as you’re at it, add some sprinkles.” And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.

    3. And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.

    4. So God said, “Try my fresh green salad.” And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side . And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.

    5. God then said, “I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them.” And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof. God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it “Angel Food Cake” and said, “It is good.” Satan then created chocolate cake and named it “Devil’s Food.”

    6. God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds. And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.

    7. Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy centre into chips and deep-fried them . And Man gained pounds .

    8. God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald’s and its 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said, “You want fries with that?” And Man replied, “Yes! And super-size them!” And Satan said, “It is good.” And Man went into cardiac arrest.

    9. God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.

    10. Then Satan created Cuts to the Health Care System. Amen

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    • BigMamaTEA says:



    • BigMamaTEA says:

      oldaidguy….did you get my message yesterday? I apologize; but between my old laptop, and the need for the Marriott Airport there that needs a WiFi-booster…..It was very difficult to reach out to you. I did manage to connect with Ms. Wee, and posted for help getting you notified!

      I’ll be back over there again probably in a few months or so, maybe earlier if Josh Howley’s campaign needs help booting Air-Claire out of office, and I still want to meet.

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    • Dora says:

      An accident?

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      • wondering999 says:

        Dora I just heard about this from an Israeli relative… Lord please help the families of the 14 souls just taken from this world in Syria… spare us please from even worse horrors of war

        It is an accident, but — there are people even in our own government who would hope for war to cover their crimes — pray, please pray for peace

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      • oldiadguy says:

        First consider the source, CNN. According to the reports I’ve seen the Jihadist sent drones at the Russian air base, the Israelis launched an attack with 4 F16’s at targets near the Russian air base and naval base, then Russian radar picked up missile launches by a nearby French frigate.

        Three possibilities.

        One – the Syrians shot down the Russian aircraft while aiming at the Israelis missiles. Possible, but not probable. The Syrians are tied into the Russian air defense network, one of the sensors would have the been the aircraft that was shot down. Also, it is unlikely that the Russian aircraft would have turned off it’s IFF transmitter during the engagement, a Russian made AA missile targeting and destroying a friendly target is possible, but probably not likely.

        Two – the Israelis shot the Russian aircraft down. Again, not a high probability, but possible as the Israelis have done type of thing before. Remember the USS Liberty? If the Russian aircraft picked up something the Israelis wished to remain a secret, they may have thought the risk was worth it and with “friends” pointing to the Syrians, believed they could have get away with it. Again possible, but unlikely.

        Three – The French skipper almost certainly put his ship on alert when the shooting started. After the dismal failure of the French navy on the previous joint strike, I would suspect that everyone on that ship was tensed up with their fingers on the trigger. People under stress make mistakes. We did the same thing when we shot down an Iranian airliner. Still another possibility.

        The Russians haven’t said anything about the aircraft making distress call before going down, so if it was shot down, it had to have taken a devastating fatal hit. It appears that the jihadist and Israelis launched coordinated attacks. If this is the case, then I would expect the Russians to take a different stance toward the Israelis.

        We will have to wait and see how this plays out. In the meantime, PRAY FOR PEACE

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  12. 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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  13. Dora says:

    Not Good.

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    • wondering999 says:

      A coal ash spill on a TVA impoundment near Clinton, Tennessee has likely been the cause of many worker deaths among the people who did the cleanup. They were not provided with adequate protective gear or taught about the hazards of the materials they were handling. I hope North Carolina will do better

      The pig waste situation is also a mess. Someone on the Treehouse has been posting under the name “Clivus Multrum” which is a composting toilet design from Scandinavia.

      I wish we could have better infrastructure for cleaner living… is “cheaper” really better if it results in illness and death from poisoning of the waterways? We’ve gotten to the point where people don’t poop in the streets or empty chamberpots out the window into the gutter… but, we could do so much better still


  14. BigMamaTEA says:

    I was out-of-the-loop when the storms hit…..Did we hear from Crossthread and are they okay?

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  15. BigMamaTEA says:

    Now; this is more like it….


    • BigMamaTEA says:

      The ad shows a one-handed Griffin — who got a mention in the Kaeperprick- ad that lasted barely three seconds — growing up and trying to keep pace with his older brother Shaquill (who also plays for the Seahawks.)

      “Your best never comes easy,” the ad reads. The ad shows Shaquem never making an excuses or whining about the disadvantage of playing without a hand. Gillette also released a follow-up video showcasing the family affair that Shaquem’s career turned out to be………..


  16. treehouseron says:

    Betty White, 96 years young, looking Beautiful and Healthy, appearing at the Emmy’s tonight.


  17. Troublemaker10 says:

    Emmys sink even lower.

    Liked by 1 person

    • wondering999 says:

      Divisive, hateful and disrespectful. They need to look at themselves and see what they are doing

      Liked by 1 person

    • New Nonna to Be, Again!!! 🤗 says:

      First the Dum Dems through God out of their party at their national convention, now we hear only white republicans and ex-crackheads thank Jesus.

      Well, I AM one of those 2 choices, but I think they’re wrong. I’d bet on it. 🤪


  18. nwtex says:


  19. nwtex says:

    Oy vey. I had to slide way down here fast. I saw some filthy, nasty bugs or worse. Dunno because I had to close my eyes and hold on top my stomach.


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