Saturday October 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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284 Responses to Saturday October 20th – Open Thread

  1. Deplorable_Infidel says:


    “We have… the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7).

    The climax of Paul’s first recorded sermon is reached in Verses 38 and 39 of Acts 13, where he declares:

    “Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:

    “And by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.”

    Thus God, through Christ, forgives and justifies those who believe. Nor is this all that was accomplished for us by the death of Christ at Calvary. There is also reconciliation, baptism by the Spirit into Christ and His Body, a position at God’s right hand in the heavenlies and all spiritual blessings there.

    “The forgiveness of sins” must come first, however, and the above passage assures us that in Christ we have this — not barely, but “according to the riches of His grace.” Indeed, the next verse continues: “wherein He hath abounded toward us…”

    Thus Eph. 2:2-7 declares that though we were once “the children of disobedience,” and therefore “by nature the children of wrath,” “God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us” has given us life and raised us from the dead, exalting us to “heavenly places in Christ…” His purpose in all this? “That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Verse 7).

    When God forgives us He no longer sees us in our poor selves, but in Christ, who took our place, dying for our sins on Calvary’s cross. There He hung in our place that we might now stand in His — “complete in Him” {Col. 2:10).

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

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

    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.

    Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
    3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

    4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
    5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

    6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
    7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

    Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
    9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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

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  2. citizen817 says:


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  3. Have no clue what this is supposed to be…radio communications truck?

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  4. citizen817 says:


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    • Jim in TN says:

      It is an eye shaped Rainbow. Note the reflection off of the mud. Except I have no idea why the mud inside should be light and the mud outside dark. Modified?

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    • piper567 says:

      Once on a flight from Seattle to Phoenix, I saw an entire rainbow, far above the clouds!
      I don’t know why it never occurred to me that a rainbow would be an entire circle…but I was mesmerized by this ring of beauty, and watched it, just sitting there in space, until I could no longer see it.
      Got me to thinking about Eternity, no beginning and no end.
      Unforgettable experience.

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  5. Janie M. says:

    Happy Caturday! Kitty visiting “relatives.” Brave little one. ❤️

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  6. nwtex says:

    No idea how flt control handles all this traffic.

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    • covfefe999 says:

      O’Hare is like that too with side-by-side runways handling an endless stream of incoming flights. Even late at night the airport is extremely busy with every gate loading or unloading, lots of international flights taking off … it’s crazy.


  7. Lucille says:

    For those of us who remember what a joy it was to visit San Francisco…we will also never forget who trashed it and apparently took satisfaction in doing so. Come on, California, throw the Dems O.U.T.!

    San Francisco: Now so bad, it’ll make you cry
    By Lee DeCovnick – October 19, 2018

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    • allhail2 says:

      Took a family trip to SF in ‘87. I was 17. I remember the Vaudeville street performers on Fisherman’s Wharf. So much fun back then. Also went to Yosemite and Lake Tahoe on the same trip. Good times, great memories.

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    • benzy says:

      I am also deeply saddened to see what is fast becoming of San Franciso. Not all that long ago, it was a jewel in the “crown” of our nation… a fun, festive, artistic, joyous place to visit. I even lived there for nearly two years.. until a tragic crime caused me to move to the east bay. For the next 30 years I lived within 35 miles of SF and visited there quite frequently.. and since I had business there was in the city regularly during the day as well. I suspect the decloine started with the Mayorship of Gavin Newsome. (Who now wants to perform his same transformation “act” on the State of California as governor.)


    • Garrison Hall says:

      California is now “Califa” and is a doomed place, increasingly it drifts ever further away from America. The rural farming areas are still recognizably America but the cities are not.
      After WWII it took the Soviets a few years to destroy the democratic institutions in Eastern Europe. Something similar is happening in Califa.

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    • Janie M. says:

      db annie. Saw a piece written by Michelle S. (don’t know who she is) embedded in a Joe Bonamassa email and it made me happy.

      “This legendary performer has given us great hits like “Moondance”, “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Crazy Love” and “Domino,” and he is now back with his 40th studio album titled, “The Prophet Speaks” set for release on December 7th. Morrison, decided to go back to his musical roots with this album which features a mix of classics written by John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke and others along with six new originals by Morrison.”

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      • highdezertgator says:

        Belfast Cowboy is my all time favorite…. his last three albums were released all within one year…. I think he composes in his sleep.
        “It’s a hard road even my best friends they don’t know
        And I’m searching for, searching for the philosophers stone”

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      • JTR says:

        “Brown Eyed Girl” always makes me think of my DD. I used to sing that song to her when she was little, and we sang it together as she grew. I sang it to her just a few weeks ago in Florida! My sweet brown eyed girl.

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  8. flame says:

    What a cat. What a man.

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  9. Lucille says:


    Gray on Indigo Blue…

    Making the Big Eyes…

    Kitten Getting Tuned-In

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  10. Garrison Hall says:

    Music can take us back in time, I think. This seems very much like 1963 or so.

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  11. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy ***Caterday*** Treepers!

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  12. Matrony says:

    Verse of the Day
    Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
    Psalm 51:12 NIV

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  13. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Happy Caturday!

    H/T for picture from Miss Kaitlin Bennett’s Twitter acct.

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  14. Citizen 817 says:


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  15. Deplorable_Infidel says:

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  16. Citizen 817 says:

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  17. Citizen 817 says:

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    • allhail2 says:

      I love that the Knight Templar is prominently up front.

      I bought my dad “The Forgotten Man” for Christmas two years ago. He is now 75, still practicing law, and put that painting front and center in his office where every client can see it. He was a history major at FSU, and can identify and speak about e,v.e.r.y single person in that painting. Amazing.

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  18. Citizen 817 says:

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  19. nwtex says:

    toooooo many.

    Laura Ingraham
    ‏Verified account @IngrahamAngle

    Puente Internacional Suchiate, Mexico. Mexico is taking a stand. No mas. #ThankyouMexico

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  20. nwtex says:

    YAY!! The fly boys! ❤

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  21. nwtex says:

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  22. nwtex says:

    Way to go Mississippi. Thank you

    Daily Mail US
    ‏Verified account @DailyMail
    23m23 minutes ago

    Musician found with 3lbs of cannabis he LEGALLY purchased in Oregon is jailed for eight years in Mississippi

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  23. dogsmaw says:

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  24. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
    Psalms 119:105 (KJV)

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  25. Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

    So, if Jeff Flake tripped and fell into a running wood chipper, Would it be appropriate to call him Jeff Flakes?

    Asking for a friend.

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  26. Dora says:

    Caturday is always a good day for a nap. Especially when it’s raining, like it is now. 🙂

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  27. smiley says:



    (no date)

    Michael Workman ~ American (b.1958, Utah) ~ Contemporary ~ Landscapes ~ Contemporary Realism


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    • piper567 says:

      A good friend lived E of Phoenix for many years, and I visited her often. Learned a fascinating fact ab the Saguaro cactus.
      They grow very slowly, and of course begin as a columnar form. At some point, they sprout a “bud”, which grows into an arm. As this arm grows, it begins to cause an imbalance in the column, causing it to lean in the direction of said arm.
      When this happens, the plant produces a “bud” opposite the arm, and this new arm grows until the balance of the column is regained.
      They had 55 saguaros on their property, and I wandered around often, noticing that this phenomenon could be pretty consistently observed, particularly in solitary individuals.
      Pretty impressive, no?

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  28. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  29. smiley says:

    excellent opinion by Newt Gingrich…

    The Caravan Attack On America

    by Newt Gingrich

    Oct 19, 2018

    “…openly stated their intention to break American law and invade our country…”

    “…we must reclaim the narrative from the left…”

    “…the hard lesson of 1986…” amnesty for 3 million illegals…but the Left reneged on border control and guest-worker programs.

    much more excellent points in the article.

    (altho, personally, I do not support the “guest-worker” part of it anymore.)

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  30. Dora says:

    This article is over a month old, but I am always willing to hear what Buchanan has to say.


    Former presidential candidate on Viganò testimony: ‘This is a homosexual scandal’

    n a forcefully-written column titled “A Cancer on the Papacy,” former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan pulls no punches as he contends that the Catholic Church is going through perhaps its “gravest crisis” since the Protestant Reformation, and that homosexuality is to blame.

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    • +Vigano has just published a third testimony. Here’s an excerpt with link below:
      “…this very grave crisis cannot be properly addressed and resolved unless and until we call things by their true names. This is a crisis due to the scourge of homosexuality, in its agents, in its motives, in its resistance to reform. It is no exaggeration to say that homosexuality has become a plague in the clergy, and it can only be eradicated with spiritual weapons. It is an enormous hypocrisy to condemn the abuse, claim to weep for the victims, and yet refuse to denounce the root cause of so much sexual abuse: homosexuality. It is hypocrisy to refuse to acknowledge that this scourge is due to a serious crisis in the spiritual life of the clergy and to fail to take the steps necessary to remedy it.”

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  31. Dora says:

    Time capsule 1934 Buick found after sitting in shipping container for 40 years

    An amazing time capsule find.

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  32. College football fans anyone?

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  33. amwick says:

    kitty sketch ??

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  34. nikkichico7 says:

    Making Big Requests
    OCTOBER 20, 2018

    JOHN 14:12-15
    12 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
    13 Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
    14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
    15 If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

    Jesus Christ issued a bold statement when He said, “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:14). Since it is against the nature of our triune God to break a promise (Titus 1:2)
    2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago,
    we know that the Lord will fulfill that pledge.

    So when we make a big request and nothing happens, the problem isn’t with God. It could be that the timing is wrong or the answer comes in a different form than we expected. But it could also be that our heart isn’t in the right place. When it comes to our petitions, the Lord wants us to …

    Approach him in complete dependence on Christ’s merits. The Savior’s blood paid for our right to enter the Father’s holy presence. Jesus’ sacrifice at Calvary took away our sins and clothed us in righteousness, which allows us to stand unashamed before the throne. We don’t earn favor through works or get prayers answered because we are super spiritual. God responds because His Son sits at His right hand, interceding for us.

    Approach him in holiness—that is, separated from all known sin. We cannot expect the Lord to hear us if we “regard wickedness” in our heart (Psalm 66:18). If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear. Think about it this way: If God were to answer prayer when we are willfully living in sin, then He would be sanctioning our transgression. Therefore, believers must turn away from their wrongdoing before making big requests.

    God is always faithful. He wants to provide you with what you need and then bless you beyond that. But first, He wants His followers’ hearts to be in line with His so that the bold requests have pure motives. Those who live according to God’s will can trust Him for anything they ask in His Son’s name.

    Psalm 147 New King James Version (NKJV)
    Praise to God for His Word and Providence
    147 Praise the Lord!
    For it is good to sing praises to our God;
    For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.

    7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
    Sing praises on the harp to our God,
    8 Who covers the heavens with clouds,
    Who prepares rain for the earth,
    Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
    9 He gives to the beast its food,
    And to the young ravens that cry.

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  35. Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

    I was very impressed with this young man.

    This teen pizzeria employee traveled 3 hours to deliver pizza to a man with terminal cancer
    Sometimes a delicious slice of pizza is the perfect prescription for what a family needs to get through a tough time.

    A teenage pizzeria employee has proved, once again, that a seemingly small act of kindness can have a major impact.

    Dalton Shaffer, the manager of Steve’s Pizza in Battle Creek, Michigan, pulled into the Morgan family’s driveway in Indianapolis, Indiana, at 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 13 with two of the couple’s favorite pies.

    Richard Morgan, who is in hospice care with just days live, and his wife Julie were asleep, but their family accepted the delivery and thanked Shaffer before he drove 230 miles back home.

    Richard and Julie Morgan lived in Battle Creek 25 years ago but, to this day, they still compare every pizza they taste to Steve’s.

    “We were young and money was tight but every pay day, Rich would pick up Steve’s Pizza for dinner,” Julie posted to Facebook Tuesday.

    “I can’t possibly describe how delicious this pizza is — but several moves and all these years later, it is still the gold standard and we’ve never found a better pizza yet. Rich has frequently critiqued other pizza as ‘good but, it’s no Steve’s.'”

    Today, the Morgans live in Indianapolis and their children are grown. The couple was planning a weekend getaway to Michigan for Julie’s birthday to see the changing leaves and, more importantly, grab a slice of their favorite pie.

    But, according to Julie’s post, a devastating turn of events landed Richard in the Intensive Care Unit ahead of their planned vacation. The family learned Richard’s battle with cancer was unexpectedly coming to an end.

    “Rich is home under hospice care and we are enjoying every minute reminiscing and visiting with family and friends,” Julie wrote.

    What the Morgans didn’t know is that Julie’s father, David Dalke, called Steve’s Pizza hoping to deliver a little light with a message from Steve’s during a dark time. But because it was Shaffer who picked up the phone that Saturday night, Steve’s delivered a lot more.

    “I happened to be the pizza-maker that night and happened to answer the phone later in the evening,” Shaffer, 18, told TODAY Food. “On the other end of the line was Dave, Julie’s dad. He was telling me about what was going on with his family. He told me that his son-in-law had been sent home to die.”

    Dalke asked if Shaffer could send his condolences in a card or text to the Morgans on behalf of the pizzeria that’s always held such a special place in their hearts.

    Instead, Shaffer asked what toppings they preferred. Knowing they lived over 3 hours away in Indianapolis, Shaffer promised to make the delivery that night after he closed the store at 10 p.m.

    “I really didn’t think twice about it. It was a spontaneous reaction from me I guess,” Shaffer told TODAY Food. “When I rolled into the driveway at about 2:30, 2:40, the family was waiting up for me. The dad was there, and he came out and he gave me a hug.”

    Shaffer handed over two, slightly cold pies and, after politely declining Dalke’s offer to put him up at a hotel, drove another 230 miles back home to make it in time for a morning shift at the farm where he’s worked for five years. He’s worked at Steve’s Pizza for two years.

    When asked whether he had done anything like this before, Schaffer was too humble to answer. But his mother, Michelle Shaffer, told TODAY Food he’s always had “a heart of gold,” from mowing neighbors’ lawns to helping the elderly and homeless in his hometown.

    “I just would like anybody reading or whatever to just think of the family,” the teenage pizzeria employee told TODAY. “Ya know, pray for them. They’re going to be going through a hard time.”

    “I am beyond overwhelmed and humbled by this act of genuine kindness. Dalton brought our family so much joy — and the best pizza in the world — at a really difficult time,” Julie wrote on Facebook.

    “While ‘thank you’ hardly seems adequate — from the bottom of my heart, thank you, Dalton from Steve’s Pizza in Battle Creek, MI for making your epic middle of the night pizza delivery!”

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  36. bakocarl says:

    Praise God

    Sing praises to God in seasons of storms,
    And when skies are clear and the days are warm.
    Sing praises to Him when the oceans roar,
    And when soothing ripples lap the white shore.

    Sing praises to God in blizzards of snow,
    And when the warm gentle breezes blow.
    Sing praises to God in the worst of times,
    And when you’re pleased and everything’s fine.

    Sing praises to God when you’re crying, sad,
    And when you’re smiling and feeling glad.
    Sing praises to God when you’re sick in bed,
    And when you’re healthy and very well fed.

    God made man to give glory to Him,
    Then gave us His Son to cover our sin.
    He gave us His Spirit to change our ways,
    Shaping us more like Him every day.

    One day in the future, He’ll bring us home,
    To be one with Him, never more to roam,
    To be filled ever with His joy and peace,
    With wonders in Glory that will never cease.

    Now, don’t you think, in our brief time to live
    That we should be grateful, that we should give
    Our thanks and our praise to our God above,
    Who gave us all this, because of His love?

    Our hard times on earth, they go by so fast,
    Seventy years, or so, ‘til life has passed.
    Hard times may come, then hard times will go,
    But an unpayable debt to Him we owe.

    We owe it to God, to honor His Name,
    Give Him our thanks, and His glory proclaim.
    So all through our lives, in good or bad days,
    Give God all the glory – give Him all our praise.

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  37. Dora says:

    I know I would have been stunned. Yikes!

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  38. Blue Ridge Mts Va says:

    Cute cat and boy reunion video . A cat jumped on a boy’s lap asking the boy to adopt him.

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  39. skeinster says:

    Morning, Treepers!
    We just got back from the Great State Fair of Texas, whose theme this year was “Texas innovations”. This theme included the annual featured exhibit in the Hall of State, which is different every year. ( Tejano music, Girl Scout Centennial, Taylor Swift [no, I don’t know why, except Native Texan], Texans in World War I, etc.)

    What struck me was the unabashed pride in the accomplishments of our fellow Texans, which ranged in scope and importance from missles to Mary Kay to the frozen Margarita machine.
    (Really? You’re proud of ballpark nachos?)

    I’m attributing the tone of the exhibit to the enthusiasm and confidence of President Trump in America and its people. I could be wrong- they may choose these themes years in advance- but I like to think it reflects the MAGA spirit of today..

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      The “statistics” don’t lie. Sd did a post last week about “small-business -consumer attitude”

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    • During today’s Michigan game there was a commercial by Ford that seemed quite Trumpian–all about Building the future, not just talking about it. Lots of images of hard working Americans in industry & a feeling of pride rather than apology about where we seem to be headed…

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  40. Jeff says:

    Happy Caturday, Treepers!
    This little girl, earlier in the year, had lost her BFF (Best Furry Friend) Simon. Then one day she came home from school, and….
    If you can stone-face through this, then I don’t think I want to talk to you anymore.

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  41. Jeff says:

    And now on a lighter note, some cat ballet:

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      • Jeff says:

        The little black alpha is named Jupiter. Is that a great name for a black kitty or what!? His black sibling is named Saturn. Jupiter is the one growling at everyone at the end. Such a fierce beast. I adore black cats. I have one myself, named after my favorite female author, C.J. Cherryh.

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        • Deplorable_Infidel says:

          ” Saturn.”

          I had a black cat named Saturn. Found him on the back porch as an adult with a bad respiratory infection. Nursed him back to health, but he still wheezed sometimes because of the damage done inside.
          He used to follow me around the yard like a dog and would go after any dogs that came around. Unique in other ways, one of my very close friends never liked cats until he met Saturn. Tom was about 45 at the time.

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  42. smiley says:

    a child’s right to life…GOOD NEWS !

    BREAKING : Alabama Top Court Judge Urges Supreme Court To Overturn Roe v. Wade

    Oct 19, 2018

    Montgomery, Alabama… “The Alabama Supreme Court unanimously ruled in the case of Jessica Phillips v. State of Alabama that ‘the value of the life of an unborn child is no less than the value of the lives of other persons.’ ”

    😀 ❤

    In his concurring opinion, Justice Parker has called on The U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade .

    excerpt from Justice Parker’s concurring opinion…”…unborn children are given full legal protection and allow the states to recognize and defend the inalienable right to life possessed by every unborn child…”

    ..and he goes on to include : even if that child’s right over-rides a woman’s right to an abortion.

    BRAVO, Alabama !

    maybe this is the beginning for an unborn child’s right to live .

    more at the link plus details of the case referenced above.

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  43. Dora says:

    The Danger of a World Without Walls
    by Msgr. Charles Pope

    God’s commandments can be likened to defensive walls. Every ancient city had such walls to protect its citizens. Even though the walls limited movement, within them people could come and go safely. Outside those walls, all bets were off; things could be dangerous despite the open vistas.

    Scripture says,
    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you prosper. May there be peace within your walls, and prosperity inside your fortresses.” For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you” (Psalm 122:7-8).

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