Thursday September 20th – Open Thread

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

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

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315 Responses to Thursday September 20th – Open Thread

  1. smiley says:

    for those interested in the weather & GLOBS situation..

    most recent (8 am) and detailed discussion…

    includes: tropical waves, monsoon troughs for the Atlantic Basin, Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mex, Caribbean.

    Saharan dust is helping, so far, in the Caribbean and just east of it.


  2. 17CatsInTN says:

    Sooooooo……….today is first day back from vacay…….yippee! 3 women and two weeks of shopping produced a cat paradise as we unwrapped everything to divvy it up. Sammy would literally take a running, flying leap into the paper pile scrambling over and under, which produced this final result. 🙂

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  3. smiley says:

    Christine Blasey Ford…

    isn’t this rich…

    Why Christine Blasey Ford’s High School Yearbooks Were Scrubbed: Faculty-Approved Racism, Binge Drinking and Promiscuity

    Sept 19, 2018

    on Monday Sept 17, all of her high school yearbooks were suddenly scrubbed from the internet.

    and small wonder when you see what went on at her school…and The H-A Party scene..

    drunken binges

    sexual promiscuity

    the sheer joy of passing out…and losing memory…aka black-outs.

    no wonder she’s dodging & stone-walling testifying.

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  4. Katherine McCoun says:

    Here are two links to comments posted with relief/aid info for Wilmington and NC/Hurricane Florence in general in case it is helpful to someone there.

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  5. rebel53blog says:

    Happy ‘National Pizza Day’, Treepers !

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  6. So I was taking the Trash can too the Road, (today is “supposed” to be the First Day of Normal pick-up)..
    I noticed, (studying the Utility pole at the end of My driveway)_..The MAIN TRUNK Line, Fiber Optic Cable runs Out from underground, up the pole & Splits either way for Internet & Cable, for My Whole area..

    About this time…. I noticed a Time Warner/Spectrum Cable Boom truck coming down the road..
    I actually RAN OUT into the road, (More like Limped & hobbled) and STOOD right there in the Middle of the Street.. STOPPING this truck.. I explained to the after I convinced Him I wasn’t “suicidal”,, that the MAIN Fiber optic came outta the ground at this pole..

    I talked Him into checking the “boxes” that split the cable(s) telling Him there was “probably” water inside them causing the “outage” for the Whole entire area(s) in My local..
    (I’m NO Dummy I like to think)..
    Sooo… He decided to take My advice, (with lotsa persuasion from the Misses whom promptly brought out a “Breakfast” plate, Scrambled eggs, ham, a “Grands Biscut” & Grits),, to just check the Pole “Boxes”… Well He did, (Putting the plate aside in His Truck first)..

    Well Low & behold, the “box” was full of water like I suspected, Kinda a Minor deduction, when you see water dripping outta them… 😉

    Inside there are these 2 control boxes, He had to replace both… I asked **WHY** isn’t there Di-electric grease in/on the connectors or did He have WD-40 to “displace” water/moisture inside them.. He said I dunno what these Folks in Wilmington are thinking.. When they installed these lines.
    He said When Spectrum “bought-out” Time Warner Cable, the Latter, really didn’t include the “Plans” on What was located Where etc….

    He was Honestly “grateful” I stopped Him as He was “looking”,,, for My exact pole… And couldn’t locate it on the Map provided to Him.. He thought I was a NUT… 😉 at first..

    So (Me being a former auto mechanic), I gave him My tube of Di-electric grease & My small can of WD-40 to help him out..
    Breakfast & 3 bottles of cool water..
    As He was from outta town..

    Him & others have been either “sleeping” in their trucks, or at a Hotel with-out power.. Sleeping in the trucks for AC..

    He opined even though Chik-fila was providing “free” breakfast to recovery folks, it was getting kinda old after some Days, they had only a “limited” menu.. He hadn’t had breakfast yet..

    The Misses offered to wash His cloths if He needed it, but He declined, saying another Household with power was doing the same.. (He heard Our generator running)..
    He was Honestly grateful..

    Soooo.. He took My gas can down the Road, (about a Mile) and picked Me up 5 gallons of Gas.. Which it’s Still under Armed guard at this point, FUEL is ONLY for “recovery” personnel..
    Public is NOT invited.. 😉

    Came back with 5 gallons of FREE Gas for Our Family..
    Now I’m Grateful..

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    • dbethd says:

      That is wonderful, CT! Our prayers are pouring out, way over here in the Midwest, for you and everyone else affected and in need.

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    • piper567 says:

      oh, crossthread,
      what a wonderful little window into neighborhood doings in The Aftermath!
      How perfect, the convergence of your knowledge and the Worker’s tools and ability to respond.
      So happy ab the timing of you catching this truck. And bless your wife for responding with Breakfast. Also glad to hear ab others helping these beleaguered workers.
      What a wonderful surprise for your help to be answered with 5 gallons of gasoline!
      Going to assume you are doing ok under the circumstances since the makings for Breakfast are available.
      Do continue your narrative, so that we may know more of what’s up with you and your neighborhood.
      May God bless you and keep you.

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    • So I have generator Gas for today/tomorrow, about 20 hours run time… If I conserve..
      I noticed Power crews in our area(s) while I was at the road, so maybe We’ll get power today…
      (meanwhile looking on Social media for possible open Gas stations, etc)..Just in case..

      So did I say up-thread?…
      I was out yesterday, really “struggling” with this YUGE Oak tree, weighing several thousand pounds, trying to cut this dern thing up with a little Skil Saw.. (I cannot operate a chainsaw safely).. I guess a tree crew passing by saw what I was doing..

      I happened to look-up while brushing off these infernal fire ants, here come a couple guys with chain saws, and start cutting up, this tree into “manageable pieces” for me..

      Guess the Lord heard My prayers yesterday.. Yes, I provided “cool bottles” of water also those guys to, thanking them… Now, it’s up too Me getting these “LOGS” to the road, or offer up free OAK Logs for someone’s fireplace… come winter..

      So it looks like I may not “loose” all My frozen meats after all.. If I get power restored today/tomorrow.. I’m “running” Low on meats, lunch meats things like that, got plenty of veggies… (Canned & frozen), and lots of dried beans..
      NOT in danger of going “hungry” just Variety, that’s all…

      As I said before…..

      I **HAD** a Wind “Anemometer” mounted on top of My detached Garage… Wireless that transmitted to My pc inside..
      I haven’t “looked” at “official” wind readings that the NWS has for this Storm… Though MY reading was a gust at 120 MPH before a Oak took it out..
      Me & the Misses, Her extended Family were watching the News broadcast(s) of the “Hype”, of this storm as it approached & came in..
      We were making fun of the broadcast(s), No Wind (barely) about TS storm force and very little rain..
      They went to bed around 1 AM, I stayed up, (being the Weather nerd I am) watching the eye make landfall.. about 2AM~2:30AM it got REAL QUITE.. I mean STILL not even a breeze..

      Radar is “delayed” as We see it.. I figured Landfall was around Figure 8 Island..
      NO, I came south of there around Masonborough Island.. That’s about 7~10 Miles as the crow flies, to My East..
      About 2:45 AM,, All Manners of Hell broke loose.. I initially, though it was a Tornado, as We were getting Tornado warnings..
      No it was in fact, the BACKSIDE of the Eyewall…

      I watched the Wind Anemometer, readings, 60.. 70… 80.. 90.. few few 100’s.. then 120.. I heard a crack crash & BOOOM! As a Yuge Oak limb crashed on the Garage roof, rolling off taking out the Wind Anemometer, with it..
      Power then flickered a few times,, then went out..
      I went out, (MY STUPID self), breaking out the generator, and firing it up..
      Things were FLYING through the Air.. Rain was coming down, NO.. SIDEWAYS in BUCKETS.. Like a water hose/nozzle being sprayed from a fire truck at you.. I slipped and busted My arse, nearly breaking My leg & knee.. (I still can hardly walk)..

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      • Katherine McCoun says:

        Did you see my posts?
        Crossthread43 & others: will deliver food & probably gas to you!!!!! (probably – resources going fast and depends on personal info that I, of course, don’t know but likely to deliver based on what I know that I shared)
        urgent to call as many calls for help coming in and you want to get in line asap
        She said to mention my name to help remind her and get your case going a little faster since she already knows a little about it.
        I left a message about 1:30-45 minutes ago and she returned my call. real sweet lady and long time NC resident (she actually had a child during Fran!). anyway, working out of Port City Com Church with several orgs including Sam. Purse & Convoy of Hope.
        prayers for you, for other treepers in NC and all going through that mess. Hope you go through the resources I found and that some work out for you to get what you need. See other links mentioned above for more details.
        best of luck and take care.
        Also, much info I gathered last night and from phone calls this am so that you would have it in one place and use less cell minutes.
        and here which includes Red Cross etc.

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        • dbethd says:

          If he doesn’t see this on the Open Thread, I think BMTea has his phone number. Not trying to volunteer her:), but maybe she can get this info to him otherwise.

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        • Katherine McCoun says:

          You have to call, Leave a Message — and then they will return your call in the order it was received. They will bring you food and fuel unless the “line” via the messages left is too long now.
          In the posts are people who will bring you food, fuel, numbers to get you immediate and long term aid depending on your case (FEMA & Red Cross), orgs & their numbers to get you help for your yard clean up, & many places distributing food if you go there.
          I Called the Number left a message to get fuel & food delivered — and they Did return my call in a timely manner. Same number is a 2nd org (+ Sam Purse) that will help you with debris, tree, damage clean up.
          I hope I have been easy to understand with these leads on getting help.

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      • Katherine McCoun says:

        Well, your posts today sound like you are doing better and help is getting through and your resources are holding. You might not need the info posted after — good! glad you are doing better and help is arriving. Maybe the info will help someone else.

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      • I’ll post some more..
        But like I said around 2:45 AM,, things got “real: the family woke up wide-eyed.. Winds like Jet-engines, things cracking & crashing, hitting the “side’s of the house..
        I had everyone get into the living room, the “safest” place in case a Live Oak came crashing through the roof..

        Florence came ashore “strengthening”, Cat 1, Or high end Cat 2, as it came ashore on a “un-inhabited” Island, no-one can say for sure.. I suspect a high end Cat 2…

        First couple Days there was NO-FUEL anywhere..
        A couple places where there “WAS” power, Police were keeping folks from obtaining fuel.. As they were using those Stations for “recovery/operations”..

        Though I DID “sneak” down to My Local station, It was closed yet had power..
        Using the Misses debit card, I checked to see if it would work..
        THIS was during “Curfew Hours”… And Viola it did! I promptly filled My gas cans…, Just as I was finishing up, a police car/Officer pulled up…
        I dern nearly Went to Jail.. I talked My way outta it.. Thankfully the Officer understood, (Seeing I was paying for the gas & had generator Gas cans), telling Me NOT to see Me out there at night again, etc etc.. Giving Me a Stiff WARNING…
        (after checking My ID etc etc).. Because they were looking/watching for LOOTERS.. Someone already tried to break into said store..
        YES, there has been, LOOTING, not as much as expected, though yes,, there have been some, and the Perps caught, (well most of them)..
        LOOTING things like Jewelry, GUNS, cigs & spirits, (Liquor) & beer..

        Some areas in town were Hit a lot harder than Mine… For example My FIL’s neighborhood.. It will take WEEKS to get power restored in that area..
        Power poles lines were just WIPED out, Not from falling trees either..
        WIND(s) snapping poles as if they were matchsticks..

        Same for Oleander drive & 16 & 17th streets.. No trees, just winds taking out Utility poles..
        Stop lights flung hundreds of feet everywhere, (any idea how much those things weigh?).
        Transformers ripped from poles, flung & slung hundreds of feet away like empty beer cans!
        Power lines curled up like so many Slinkys, some live, some not, sparkling in the streets..

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    • rrick says:

      This is a wonderful, uplifting story. Thank you for sharing . I have something similar from this week. But it’s not as moving as is your’s. I’ll post it on tonight’s open thread. We are instruments of God’s grace.

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    • Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

      Good common sense Americans helping out other good common sense Americans…

      That’s what this is all about, isn’t it? It’s what we’re trying to achieve for the whole country. Decent and moral people doing the best they can in the face of adversity.

      Good to hear you’re doing about as well as possible under the circumstances, CT.
      Thanks for the updates & stories.

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    • Minnie says:

      So wonderful, crossthread!

      Grateful you and the misses are doing well and that you are able to post.

      Your kindness and generosity will come back to you.

      God bless you ❤️

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Love you guys crossthread!!! THIS treeps is American Patriots!! Neighbor helping neighbor.

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  7. talker2u says:

    It seems that almost every major D.C. controversy has been instigated or fueled by professional women in the workforce, that is, women who abandoned their role as full-time mothers and housewives, the foundation of their families’ homes, and instead scheme, subvert, collude, seduce, and participate to obtain for themselves the centuries-old spoils of the world: fame, power, money, attention, honor, etc.

    Spygate is but one example. The Kavanaugh soiree is another.

    Chava (Eve) was the pinnacle of Creation, the final act of God in the Six Days of Creation. Her sin is termed in Bible sources as “the extinguishing of the light of the world.”

    We are in darkness, indeed.

    Most of these evils that threaten our Republic (and costs us billions of dollars) would be mitigated or even prevented if women would just stay home and build the foundation of our society as is necessary.

    I am sick and tired of these people and this perversion.

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    • Lucille says:

      Adam made the choice to participate in eating the forbidden fruit. He could have rejected Eve’s encouragement to sin, but he did not. Thus, it is Adam’s sin, not Eve’s, which changed the world.

      Choice-Action-Consequences-Choice…after we have chosen to sin, that final “choice” is when we believe in the God Who Saves and are redeemed.

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      • Lucille says:

        “One man’s disobedience placed all men under the threat of condemnation, but one man’s obedience has the power to present all men righteous before God.” – Romans 5:19

        Read the entire 5th chapter and be blessed…

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      • talker2u says:

        Chava originated the sin by rebelling against the Almighty’s directive. Women are bestowed with their unique power to illuminate the world via their homes. In the Holy Tongue, she is called עקרת הבית, “the principal of the house.” That is her realm; she is now found in the workplace through upheaval, tension and heavy-handedness. And the proof is that our society’s home life and thus our society are deficient and pain-filled.

        וַיֹּאֽמְרוּ אֵלָיו אַיֵּה שָׂרָה אִשְׁתֶּךָ וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּה בָאֹֽהֶל׃
        And they said to him, Where is Sarah your wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.

        The angels in human guise well knew where Sarah was, so why did they inquire? To assure and bring joy to Abraham and to teach the world:

        Where are your wives?

        Where they are needed. Where they need to be.

        At home!

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    • thinkthinkthink says:

      You know the Torah?
      You understand that there are ten sections of the law that parallel the 10 commandments.
      The commandment to “honor your father and mother” parallels the section of the law related to government.

      How completely radical for the culture of that time to include both male and female as deserving of honor as leaders of the family unit don’t you think?


      • talker2u says:

        Of course.

        Every human who tries to fulfill the Will of the Creator is a radical . . . against the greed, arrogance, and falsity of the material world, the status quo.

        Exactly as we must be.


  8. smiley says:

    the horrible aftermath of Florence is still unfolding…16 rivers in NC have reached major flood stage but still have not crested (!)…and, as the waters keep rising, unfortunately so does the death toll: 37 in NC,SC and Virginia, combined . 😦 😦

    and many of the evacuees still can not return home due to the severe flooding and continuing water crisis…

    more here + video..

    Sept 20, 2018

    sometimes, this is one of the reasons some folks don’t evacuate.

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  9. Dora says:

    What a photo! It’s beautiful and sad at the same time.

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  10. Mandy says:

    For any who might be traveling to Canada – BE AWARE that they’ve been putting illegal border crossers from the US (if the reviews are correct, also many ‘refugees’ they’ve been hauling into the country themselves) into hotels throughout the nation. At this point, some of the hotels are dang near DANGEROUS for travelers.

    Radisson Toronto East reviews (trip advisor) from yesterday:

    “I did not realize this was a refugee center , terrible experience. the lobby and staff didn’t seem to care.My daughter kept getting harassed by full grown men(refugees) . Wtv you do not bring your kids or wife!!!!!!!!!”

    “I don’t know what was happening the day I visited but everybody kept grabbing my arm and either tried selling me something or kids begging me for money. I will never stay here again. I’m so glad I didn’t bring my 11 year old daughter”

    From 4 days ago:

    “It was full of refugees their children playing in the lobby , unattended.., the lobby…staff did not seem to care….The kids playing on the elevator, pushing all the buttons…the lobby was very dirty..especially in front of the elevators….The drive way was partially broken up , with half gravel..half pavement…I was afraid for the safety of my car , as there was several refugees sitting on the curb watching us arrive…then staring at us… the wife was nervous…The staff should have told us that it was a refugee camp….. the ownership show no interest in upkeep..SAD…”

    Link to review site:

    (Posted the snips because someone noted that tripad. has been removing negative comments.)

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  11. Sepp says:

    September 7th – traditional Orthodox Church Calendar
    September 20th – civil calendar

    Among the Saints commemorated today are the Holy Apostles Evodus and Onesiphoros of the Seventy.

    They are also honored with all of the other Holy Apostles of the Seventy on January 4th.

    A full listing of these Holy Apostles is shared below.

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  12. Lucille says:

    A friend emailed this to me today…I told her the NFL is never turned on at my home anymore….

    NFL History…history not often reported or leaked to the ticket holders. I hope this helps you; it opened my eyes, to better understand when and why the public’s respect for the NFL organization started to crumble….

    * In 2012 the NFL had an issue with Tim Tebow kneeling before each game to pray, they also had an issue with Tebow wearing John 3:16 as part of his eye-black to avoid glare, and made him take it off.

    * In 2013 the NFL fined Brandon Marshall for wearing green cleats to raise awareness for people with mental health disorders.

    * In 2014 Robert Griffin III (RG3) entered a post-game press conference wearing a shirt that said “Know Jesus Know Peace” but was forced to turn it inside out by an NFL uniform inspector before speaking at the podium.

    * In 2015 DeAngelo Williams was fined for wearing “Find the Cure” eye black for breast cancer awareness

    * In 2015 William Gay was fined for wearing purple cleats to raise awareness for domestic violence. (Not that the NFL has a domestic violence problem…).

    *In 2016 the NFL prevented the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a decal on their helmet in honor of 5 Dallas Police officers killed in the line of duty.

    * 2016 the NFL threatened to fine players who wanted to wear cleats to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

    So tell me again how the NFL supports free speech and expression. It seems quite clear based on these facts that the NFL has taken a position against any action by NFL players demonstrating RESPECT for any issue: For God, social causes such as mental health, cancer, domestic violence, for cops killed arbitrarily for being cops, or for the Memory of 9/11…

    BUT they will allow demonstrations of DISRESPECT for our National Flag, our National Anthem, for America , and for the American People, if it will help mollify a particular Group and its supporters. That is who and what the NFL now has shown itself to be.

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  13. PotP says:

    Noname funeral body language vid

    *** also ***

    Hillary / Obama concession speech analysis

    Good vids. Enjoy & circulate. She was banned from YouTube (shocker there) so the only way to disseminate is to send to your friends.

    She’s been all over the prevaricators in DC.

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  14. Sepp says:

    Saint Chrysostomos the New of Phlorina (Greece), the Confessor reposed on this date (Sept 7/20) in 1955.

    Beginning in 1935, this retired Bishop suffered slander, persecution, arrest, and exile, among other things, as an elderly man, when he stepped forward in order to serve the large Orthodox Christian population of Greece that did not accept the uncanonical calendar innovation of 1924.

    Saint Chrysostomos understood the emerging pan-heresy of ecumenism and resisted it with his flock until his last breath on earth in 1955.

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  15. Well….I’m at the emergency room 😩
    Today was not a good day. I decided to go horse back riding to relax. It turned out to be a freakin mistake! I got on the horse and started out slowly, but then we went a little faster; before I knew it, we were going as fast as the horse could go. The horse made a sudden jerk and reared up, and I couldn’t hold on. I fell off, but my foot got caught in the stirrup. The horse kept bucking and running, and was dragging me and wouldn’t stop. Thank goodness the manager of the grocery store came out and unplugged the machine. But then he had the nerve to take the rest of my quarters so I wouldn’t attempt to drive the Batmobile, and told me to stay away from the handicap carts.

    On another note anybody put OS 12 on their Mac and lose adblocker and ghostery ? AARRGGGHHHHH!

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  16. H&HC, 2nd - 16th says:

    Somebody please click on *Like for me. Just testing my settings………………….again. Thanks.

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  17. H&HC, 2nd - 16th says:

    Thanks Minnie


  18. czarowniczy says:

    Today the New Orleans political elite had a staged march by lots of neatly outfitted innercity school kids to protest ‘gun violence’. Signs were neatly and carefully prepared to ensure they were readable, presentable and toed the ‘gun violence’ party line. The mayor, city council and other assorted (can’t have assorted without ‘ass’) pols looking for headshot exposure were there along with the carefully placed media.

    At no point did we see the issue of ‘black violence’ addressed, though the overwhelming attendance were black school children. Interesting as if you look at the NOLA violent crime rate the overwhelming majority of violent crimes (as in personal injury) are black-on-black but it’s political death to bring that up. I can’t remember when we had the last white, Asian or Latino school shooter and the number of assaults period, never mind by ethnic actor, is a closely guarded secret. So I guess to be totally non-discriminatory we have to blame all of the violence on guns – if there were no guns anywhere in legal owners’ hands then these student in what’s still rated as the nation’s worst school system would be well on their way to being rocket scientists.
    That brings up another issue: will those students who skipped at least one day’s classes be required to make up these classes or will the lost time in the nation’s worst school system be credited to something like a social studies field trip?

    I have experience with the NOLA school system going back to the early 80s when I sent all three of my sons, one at a time, out of state as I couldn’t get reasonable assurance that they’d come home alive, never mind undamaged’ from the well known combat zone schools they were assigned to. My grandson moved out when he became school aged as my son saw conditions hadn’t changed and my GGS and his mom decided Mississippi (still rated above La) wasn’t the best choice but at least she could be sure he’d come home alive. That’s over 30 years of school district and city government promises our schools will be safer and better.

    So the city of New Orleans would like to thank you for all of those billions of post-Katrina tax dollars and they’ll honor them by moving out of 50th place…one day…and ensure fewer students receive hazardous duty pay for attending the parish’s babysitting centers.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Emailed the councilwoman in the district I lived in and still have property in, asking why the mayor/city council will not speak the name of the true problem, not whitewash (there’s a double edged term) it with saying the problem’s guns? No beer bets on that answer, too obvious.

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  19. thinkthinkthink says:

    Rejoice, O people of Jerusalem, rejoice in the Lord your God!
    For the rains he sends are tokens of forgiveness.
    Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as those of spring.
    Joel 2:23 TLB

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  20. phattcat says:

    Bean Puzzle Tombstone

    In rural Rushes Cemetery, one headstone stands out from the rest. Rather than the usual RIP, the Bean grave marker is etched with a crossword code. A message below the code urges, “Reader meet us in heaven.”
    Dr. Samuel Bean’s first wife, Henrietta, died just seven months after the two were married. His second wife, Susanna, also met her untimely end after only a few months of marital bliss. Bean buried his two loves side by side, erected the mysterious tombstone above them and didn’t tell a soul what it meant. He took that secret to his watery grave when he was lost overboard from a boat heading to Cuba.
    The epitaph drew curious visitors attempting to break the code to the little town of Wellesley over the following century. So many people came to make rubbings of the headstone that by the 1980s it was entirely illegible and had to be replaced with a replica. The cemetery groundskeeper claimed he had cracked it in the 1940s, but never revealed the answer. In the 1970s a 94-year-old woman solved the code and told what Dr. Bean had written for his two wives (read no farther if you would rather solve the code yourself.)
    Beginning on the seventh character of the seventh row down and reading in a spiral fashion, the inscription reads: “In memoriam Henrietta, Ist wife of S. Bean, M.D. who died 27th Sep. 1865, aged 23 years, 2 months and 17 days and Susanna his 2nd wife who died 27th April, 1867, aged 26 years, 10 months and 15 days, 2 better wives 1 man never had, they were gifts from God but are now in Heaven. May God help me, S.B., to meet them there.”

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  22. duchess01 says:

    The Return of the KING!

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  23. thinkthinkthink says:

    Today in the RC Liturgy Korean martyrs Andrew Kim Taegon and companions are honored. As the two countries, North and South are working towards a restored relationship, perhaps we can take the time to invite our Lord and King to bring healing and a new freedom for seeds of the Gospel to find good soil to grow.

    RESPONSORY 2 Corinthians 4:11; Psalm 44:3
    These are the martyrs who bore witness to Christ.
    Praising the Lord, they feared no evil.
    – The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians.

    They are as unknown, yet well known,
    as dying, yet living still,
    as having nothing, yet possessing all things.
    – The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians.

    O God, who have been pleased to increase
    your adopted children in all the world,
    and who made the blood of the Martyrs
    Saint Andrew Kim Taegon and his companions
    a most fruitful seed of Christians,
    grant that we may be defended by their help
    and profit always from their example.
    Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
    who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    one God, for ever and ever.


    • thinkthinkthink says:

      From the final exhortation of Andrew Kim Taegon, priest and martyr
      Love and perseverance are the crown of faith

      My brothers and sisters, my dearest friends, think again and again on this: God has ruled over all things in heaven and on earth from the beginning of time; then reflect on why and for what purpose he chose each one of us to be created in his own image and likeness. In this world of perils and hardship if we did not recognize the Lord as our Creator, there would be no benefit either in being born or in our continued existence. We have come into the world by God’s grace; by that same grace we have received baptism, entrance into the Church, and the honor of being called Christians. Yet what good will this do us if we are Christians in name alone and not in fact? We would have come into the world for nothing, we would have entered the Church for nothing, and we would have betrayed even God and his grace. It would be better never to have been born than to receive the grace of God and then to sin against him.

      Look at the farmer who cultivates his rice fields. In season he plows, then fertilizes the earth; never counting the cost, he labors under the sun to nurture the seed he has planted. When harvest time comes and the rice crop is abundant, forgetting his labor and sweat, he rejoices with an exultant heart. But if the crop is sparse and there is nothing but straw and husks, the farmer broods over his toil and sweat and turns his back on that field with a disgust that is all the greater the harder he has toiled.

      The Lord is like a farmer and we are the field of rice that he fertilizes with his grace and by the mystery of the incarnation and the redemption irrigates with his blood, in order that we will grow and reach maturity. When harvest time comes, the day of judgment, those who have grown to maturity in the grace of God will find the joy of adopted children in the kingdom of heaven; those who have not grown to maturity will become God’s enemies and, even though they were once his children, they will be punished according to their deeds for all eternity.

      Dearest brothers and sisters: when he was in the world, the Lord Jesus bore countless sorrows and by his own passion and death founded his Church; now he gives it increase through the sufferings of his faithful. No matter how fiercely the powers of this world oppress and oppose the Church, they will never bring it down. Ever since his ascension and from the time of the apostles to the present, the Lord Jesus has made his Church grow even in the midst of tribulations.

      For the last fifty or sixty years, ever since the coming of the Church to our own land of Korea, the faithful have suffered persecution over and over again. Persecution still rages and as a result many who are friends in the household of the faith, myself among them, have been thrown into prison and like you are experiencing severe distress. Because we have become the one Body, should not our hearts be grieved for the members who are suffering? Because of the human ties that bind us, should we not feel deeply the pain of our separation?

      But, as the Scriptures say, God numbers the very hairs of our head and in his all-embracing providence he has care over us all. Persecution, therefore, can only be regarded as the command of the Lord or as a prize he gives or as a punishment he permits.

      Hold fast, then, to the will of God and with all your heart fight the good fight under the leadership of Jesus; conquer again the diabolical power of this world that Christ has already vanquished.

      I beg you not to fail in your love for one another, but to support one another and to stand fast until the Lord mercifully delivers us from our trials.

      There are twenty of us in this place and by God’s grace we are so far all well. If any of us is executed, I ask you not to forget our families. I have many things to say, yet how can pen and paper capture what I feel? I end this letter. As we are all near the final ordeal, I urge you to remain steadfast in faith, so that at last we will all reach heaven and there rejoice together. I embrace you all in love.

      (Pro Corea Documenta, ed. Mission Catholique Séoul, Séoul/Paris, 1938, vol. 1, 74-75)

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  24. H&HC, 2nd - 16th says:

    I hate WordPress, dot coms, computers that talk back to me, icons that look like a bell but don’t ring, Avatarski or whatever the hell its called and so-called SmartPhones without the damn dial that are supposed to be elderly friendly. I can post a comment but still can’t see who replies or likes it. Thanks to everyone who has tried to help. Modern technology is taking a toll on me. The social security check just came in so I’m heading for the saloon. MAGA

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  25. Lucille says:

    Muslim Brotherhood Rep. Ellison’s accuser posts doctor’s report naming him as abuser
    September 20, 2018 10:32 AM By Robert Spencer

    Karen Monahan has actual evidence. Christine Blasey Ford has none. But which gets the establishment media attention? Well, which one is more useful to the Leftist establishment? That’s all that matters, not the truth or falsehood of the accusations.

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  26. Theodore says:

    Are any of you watching this #walkaway movement (liberals having a red pill moment after the 2016 election) on youtube/facebook?


  27. thinkthinkthink says:

    May your joy be multiplied each and every day.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Just struck me – I can dimly remember wild fields of flowers in Connecticut when I was a kid. Then again that was many years and many New York developers ago.

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  28. czarowniczy says:

    Trying to binge watch Treme – couldn’t watch it when it came out as it was too close, too raw. Gor through half of first year and my ability to willingly suspend disbelief and dismiss the smell of overpowering BS is waning.
    Granted it’s based real events with a lot of Hollyork social engineering basting but I do not remember the city being that clean, lively and tourists visiting on Katrina tours in December of 2005. Then again I was here so I’m too close to the event, too subjective in filtering bit thru my personal prism don’t have an unbiased say as I was with the oppressive LEA forces that helped suppress…you know the rest.
    Still working on that beer bet an NOPD officer also here at the time made me that I can’t get thru year one without throwing something at the TV screen or smashing the CD into shards.
    Yeah, I’m duplicating myself but the series reminds me of nothing more than a blatant attempt at social engineering the old NOLA into a prog version of what the I-95 strip would like it to be.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Wife suggested we do a Jack-Black every time we see a mistake but we’d only be half way thru season 1 and our livers would be ruined.


  29. 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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  30. So,,,
    One last entertaining Story for today…

    This is a good one…

    We got Power turned back on While We were gone… **YAAAAAEEESSS!**
    I assume the Power linemen Heard the generator running in the back..
    They helped them selves into the back-yard, Turned the generator OFF, I guess the read the instructions *POSTED** on the Wall, above the generator, turning which breakers on~off, as the instructions, (that came with this residence is posted right there on the wall)..
    Anyhoo, cut the gennie OFF closed My garage door, (I had it open because of Monoxide poisoning concerns, etc),, flipped the CORRECT BREAKERS.. AND RESTORED MY POWER While “securing” My generator from “theft”.. (they shut the garage door(s) on the detached garage..)..
    Re-secured My fence etc, leaving it the same way they entered in..So I now Have POWER! YeeeSSS! 🙂

    While We were “out” Me & the Misses, Went to the food Distribution point While We were “out” got gas with Minimal problems today..
    We went to the Veteran’s Park one.. National Guard Troops were running it..
    Against the Misses wishes, I wore My TRUMP **MAGA** Hat today.. 😉
    I actually got “SALUTES” from the troops, I graciously, replied back, THEY are the Ones deserving “Salutes” and done so in kind..
    This was a NG unit from the Great State of VIRIGINA! “Salute”..
    I talked small talk with the troops, as there wasn’t “hardly” a soul picking up “relief supplies”..
    Upon seeing Me, a Amputee/Vet, wearing a “MAGA” hat… They Promptly loaded my car up with MORE than enough too feed a family of 3 for a month.. OH MY GOSH! I don’t think they could even fit another package of MRE’s into the backseat if they wanted to!
    “Despite” My polite, objections they Kept right on loading Me up… Now,, plus I got enough TARPS to cover TWO HOMES!


    We get home finding our power on..
    The Misses isn’t feeling very well as I’m also “under the Weather” now, We both have chest colds,, Ugghh, (I didn’t wanna say this this morning.. but it is, what it is…)..
    Congestion, the hits keep on coming…

    So I suggest.. instead of cooking We have these AWESOME MRE’s for dinner…
    I LIKE Them as I had them,, While I was in the Army, they are NOT that bad..
    the “Crackers” err… not so much, AND they haven’t changed, they STILL; are like,, Well,, hard cardboard…

    Misses decided to have the “BEEFY Ravioli”… 😉
    She doesn’t care much for MRE’s,, ( NOT NOW ANYWAY) She was very curious What Our troops were fed in Combat conditions)…
    She is like…
    This Stuff SUCKS!
    Har har har! yeah, yeah honey this is what our Soldiers eat in the field..
    Then She’s like..
    Toostie Rolls? WTF do they need these for? Why not chewing gum? Like DENTENE?
    WHERE IS THE COFFEE? (which I was perplexed myself, where is it?) ..WHATS WITH THIS BLOCK OF BROWN SUGAR?!?
    Sure enough, She was right.. No coffee,, yet a Yuge brick of brown Sugar..
    very tiny packets of salt & pepper..
    I explained to Her that “Maybe” it was meant to be traded with the 3rd World “Natives” for things like coffee or Tea…” or Cigs?.. I dunno..
    MRE’S sure changed in the last 30 odd years since I had any..
    No instant coffee, tea, chewing gum or ciggies..
    Added, a Yuge brick of brown Sugar & Tootsie rolls.. (yuck),, maybe the brown sugar was for spicing up “wild-life” killed, or crows, rabbits, something..
    BAD trade off IMOP…
    Though one thing remains the same..
    Those unsalted crackers..
    Hard as “Nipples” & Stale as Hard cardboard..
    grape & apple Jelly has improved..
    BAD,, no cheese.. anymore..
    So We had a Dinner of MRES..
    Step-Daughter thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread, She liked’em..
    Misses Now wants to be on “procurement” for the DOD for MRE’s now….
    Or even be a cook or something for the Military…
    Great times tonight…
    I’ll write more later..
    GOD BLESS our Line-men, First responders, and Cable-internet, AND Tree Crew removal teams!
    God Bless everyone..
    Ct & the Misses..

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