Tuesday December 18th – 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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223 Responses to Tuesday December 18th – Open Thread

  1. smiley says:

    left-click on that image…to enlarge it…

    …and…look in to Desmond’s eyes there…

    what do you see ?

    then…look at that mother’s sneer.

    evil lurking there.

    poor kid.

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  2. Paintingjan says:

    The New York Democrat revealed that she decided to spend “a few days in the middle of nowhere” in upstate New York. She’s probably hoping to run into the Beast, to discuss yoga poses….

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  3. spoogels says:

    Here Are The Six Most Corrupt Congressmen of 2018, According To A Watchdog Group


    Liked by 1 person

  4. spoogels says:

    Sidney Powell
    FORMER PROSECUTOR: My Colleagues Coerce Innocent People — Like Flynn — To Plead Guilty Every Day



  5. spoogels says:

    Michael Isikoff, Who Met With Christopher Steele Now Doubts The Infamous Dossier



  6. Sentient says:

    I’m dreaming of a Supreme Court opening.
    Just like the ones we used to know…

    Liked by 4 people

  7. amwick says:

    Years ago my mother lived in NJ, not too far from Pomona. Every time I drove down to visit, almost once a month, we would take a trip to the Lenox factory/outlet there.. One of her favorite places to pick up gifts…Over the years I collected some nativity figures, because they were a real bargain at this place…*sighs..

    This year I managed to unbox them all, set them up, and finally it dawned on me…. I ONLY HAD TWO WISE MEN. Two kings of the orient… and the other king, was actually an innkeeper. As it happens there is an outlet shopping center near here, and they had a lenox store,,, the store was having a 50% off, of the discount price.. Sooooooooooo I found the last king, he was their display item,,, but I grabbed him anyway.. Gaspar is now in his rightful place, the inn keeper has been demoted from king to innkeeper,, as it should be.

    I also have a nativity rescue, a donkey figure that broke his leg… I took and fixed it, and I still have him near baby Jesus because he is still beautiful.

    The porcelain nativity is lovely, it is a beautiful reminder of the reason for this season, and it is a sad/sweet reminder of those precious trips with my mother… Christmas is like that.. you enjoy the holiday and you remember your loved ones.

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    • Great memory, I enjoyed reading it.

      Liked by 1 person

    • auscitizenmom says:

      How kind of you to rescue a poor injured animal and set his leg. 🙂

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    • 17CatsInTN says:

      I bought my first nativity scene from Price Club (in SoCal) in the mid-80’s. Since then, my collection has expanded to about 120 items of various genres, style and medium. Don’t ask me how–someone used my debit card unbeknownst to me… 😉 Anyway, I’ve glued many a donkey, sheep, wise man, Joseph, etc., over the years. Most you can’t tell, a couple you can. But I don’t care. I love ALL of them and each tells it’s own story of how their artist created them based on love–or a mass produced profit.

      My first one… (there are actually 3 in this pic, though one is really difficult to spot unless you enlarge it).

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      • amwick says:

        Years ago, decades now, my oldest sister gave Mom some Goebel angel figures.. So lovely,,, some were small, and they had musical instruments.. My job every Christmas was to set them up, on the mantle place… They were plain white, but I added bright red candles and some evergreen clippings. It was my favorite thing to do… When I got older, and ebay was invented, I was able to track down some for myself… Now I have mine, and my mother’s so I have a host of figurines… I love them all… One ebay person sent a message and asked if I would like an angel with a broken wing.. No charge,,, I told him the angel would always have a special place.. because I think, for the most part, we all have a broken wing, somewhere…


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  8. It’s been several days since the demise of the Weekly Standard; days upon days of sad memorializing by fake “conservatives”…………anyone here miss it?

    Kind of reminds me of John McCain….after days of eulogizing the Never Trumper, no one misses the guy in the end (except his family).


    • Sentient says:

      David Brooks lamented it in the NYT today. But then, he’s not “anyone here”, is he? He thought it was mean that they closed it so close to Christmas – which is weird.


  9. Dora says:


  10. Morning Treepers..
    Wishing everyone, Awesome Tuesday..

    Not looking forward to being evicted and Forced to move soon..
    I’ll post what is happening in alil While..

    Anyway My “Neighbor”, a Female & Her boyfriend next door, (In the same boat as Me & the Misses)..
    I’m doing My “one of Many” good deeds for the Season..
    Her & BF, doesn’t have the “slightest” Idea, how to do anything, (Mechanically) on a vehicle..
    They were “attempting” to replace a starter on their Ford “Exploder”..
    After watching many youtube video’s they were confident, they could do this themselves..
    Except there was a “slight” problem..
    They have a 4 X 4, (Four-Wheel drive).. Ending up coming & “asking” for My help..
    First was too borrow the tools..
    Then came back with the *WTF* & confused look on their faces..
    I looked and the “Hours” time, it called for a couple hours.. (In Mechanic terms)..
    Not counting the tow fee to get it to a shop to get it done..
    Something like alil over 500.00+ in total..
    Yeah, I’m doing it for’em, saving them a lot of dough.. I’m not asking for “nothing” in return..
    Neighbor helping neighbor..
    Merry Christmas..

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “I looked and the “Hours” time, it called for a couple hours.. (In Mechanic terms)..”

      The automakers do not make anything easy now, do they? I suppose that is the price we pay for technological advances. A couple of hours for a starter, how much “stuff” has to be moved out of the way just to get to it?

      My next door neighbor has a minivan that has the battery located under the windshield washer reservoir tank. That particular model is flagged by some Auto Parts places as not available for their free battery installation service.

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      • Exactly, in this case the “transfer” that is the Transfer case for 4 X 4 is to be remover Per the “official” manual, in order to get the starter out.. (Tricks of the trade) I didn’t have to do this.. 😉


    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “Neighbor helping neighbor..
      Merry Christmas..”

      Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
      10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

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    • Phokencougie says:

      A couple years ago, I was blowing leaves at my friends house to help do my share while I used their garage. I noticed a older Ford pickup truck pulling a trailer had broken down right in front of their house. An older black fellow (I’m white, not that it even matters) came out of the truck (a Bobcat was on the trailer) and asked if it was ok that he broke down on their front lawn and that he would get it all towed away ASAP, I said they were cool and it shouldn’t be an issue. He said it just died… I build cars (Hot Rods) and did some troubleshooting and found the in-tank fuel pump had failed. His wife shows up in another vehicle and I told him to go get a new fuel pump and I’ll drop the tank (while laying in a ditch) and replace it. All I asked was that he do some Bobcat work for my buddy when he got a chance. I replaced the pump and they were on their way and came back at a later date to fire up that Bobcat and do whatever my buddy needed (Backyard tree clearings). I never expected him to come back and do the work but I had a strong feeling he would (Faith). I will always put myself out there for others no matter if there is a payoff or not. I’ve been burned many times in the past but it only takes one positive outcome to make it all worth it.

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      • Pale rider says:

        I Iived in Long Island New York til 2nd grade. Not a bad place then. Moved to the Bible Belt, okliehomie. First thing we noticed was everyone waved at you when driving ( who’s that?). We all lived very far apart so help was never real close. But, anytime, which was often, you needed help neighbors were there. To give a ride somewhere or help fix or whatever needed to b done.
        As I grew to be able to help others it was natural for me as all my classmates to help everyone and anyone in need. Not money usually but sometimes even money.
        Now, my greatest joy is helping those I can. Those are the riches of life. The treasure that few see but are abundant.
        My kids are like me now, help or call dad to help. I love it.
        To me it’s at least a workable way of life that we all give and receive and are more than not less than for doing for others. The socialism pushed today has no God in it, just me, self, ego. The one person who needs to die.

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      • nimrodman says:

        Phokencougie – nice story, but how do you work safely while installing an in-tank fuel pump? Was that gasoline or diesel? I’m thinking of fire/explosion hazard.



      • yes it does, I HOPE this is one of these times..


    • amwick says:

      Bless and keep you ct42… this is amazing, I know you only have one arm, right? You have to work extra hard to take care of things automotive… Generous to a fault…
      Merry Christmas.

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      • Yes I’m amputee, Worked 30 years, as such, (as a commercial Shell fisherman AND automotive mechanic). I just have to work “smarter” in the physical department. Don’t get me wrong here, I’m hurting tremendously after I did this, Arthritis and all.. (ON COLD Concrete), Though My “feeling” I get helping My much younger neighbor,, is.. (smiles) knowing I can still do this..


  11. smiley says:

    what the…?

    White House SHIFTS Border Wall Funding Demands…


    Dec 18, 2018

    wants to avoid a shutdown…etc etc etc.


  12. xctrekker says:

    Caravan woman maria meza, who was pictured dragging 2 kids at tear gassing clash with cbp, was aided by representative barragan and jimmy gomez at oatey mesa port of entry into getting processed for asylum with her 5 children.

    many bad words and comments how the U.S. now has to support all 6 of them, and the efforts of the dems to destroy this country.


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  13. mashall says:

    Pathological Altruistic Treason

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Dora says:

    I remember his name, but I wasn’t paying much attention back then.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. andyocoregon says:

    Instant Justice for package thieves from an engineer.

    Liked by 3 people

    • amwick says:

      I finally heard it on the radio… Surely there must be several versions, but the one I heard was wonderful… How those libs could say that this was a song about a guy forcing himself on a woman??? You can hear emotion in song, you can easily discern joy, sorrow, and fear. The people singing the song were happy… very happy… IT WAS A HAPPY SONG DADGUMMIT!!!

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        It is flirtation.

        Liked by 2 people

        • amwick says:

          Exactly,, there was nothing sinister.. not at all.. *sighs

          Liked by 1 person

          • vladdy says:

            It is seduction…guess kids don’t know about that. Oh, and was thinking — what about “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”? That bridge…”a pair of hop-a-long boots and a pistol that shoots” — not only pro-gun, BUT the boy wants boy toys and the girls wants girl toys (something like “a doll that can talk and will go for a walk…”). Guess they haven’t found out about that yet.

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      • nwtex says:

        This “me too” type rubbish has toooooo dang much power thanks to the media et al.

        imo it is scary times we have going here in the USA…on a few levels actually.
        I sense an air of oppression.

        I believe it was the composers daughter who I saw being interviewed and when asked what her father would say about the commotion surround his song she said he’s be horrified and furious, and asked what he would say she said “you wouldn’t be able to air it.”
        Also said her father wrote it for he and his wife to sing at parties.

        And now this. Good grief—>

        Take a look at this (proposed) list.

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  16. bessie2003 says:

    A short, under 4 minutes, video. A camera was placed in an area in Florida where Big Cat Rescue released a rehabbed bobcat named Tueci. Condensed for the period of Feb 15 to Nov 29 of this year shows an abundance of wildlife that is found in Florida.

    Liked by 4 people

    • smiley says:

      hope that abundance of endangered wildlife…and every other living thing.. lasts…

      because there is a massive Big Development project twice the size of Miami which will include oil drilling and shale mining…plus thousands of new homes, streets, businesses, malls, gas stations etc etc…for 50 years…trying to push its way into what’s left of south Florida’s wildlife preserves.

      yes…shale mining…oil drilling…24/7…for 50 years…and beyond.

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      • bessie2003 says:

        The requirements for releasing these bobcats is that it must be in the area they were originally found and not less than 40 acres of natural habitat, plus permission from the owners of the land, whether private or state owned lands.

        What was fun was seeing a few cows browsing through the area.

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    • nimrodman says:

      they was all smelling each others’ scents

      “reading the newspapers”, as my Dad used to say

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  17. Janie M. says:

    I am now looking for a decent (not overpriced) thermometer for deep-frying (make fried chx. approx. once a month) and candy making. Have a good recipe for penuche which I love but need a decent thermometer. I have a really old glass tube Pyrex one but the pot clip on it is useless, doesn’t hold it in place very well. Looked over at Amazon but no really high ratings there (Polder, Wilton, Taylor, etc.). Any recommendations?

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “a decent (not overpriced) thermometer for deep-frying (make fried chx. approx. once a month) and candy making”

      I recommend something by ThermoWorks. Their products top the tests at Cooks Illustrated magazine. I bought a remote probe oven thermometer for my mother’s birthday this month. They have a wide range of models and prices, check the specs on each model as not all are suitable for a deep fryer.

      http://www.thermoworks.com 800-393-6434

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      • Janie M. says:

        D_I, Serious Eats (SE) recommended the ChefAlarm from ThermoWorks, $64 + $3.99 S&H. In their critique SE said, among other things: “What we liked: The ChefAlarm finished at the top, or near it, in all of our precision and accuracy testing, and the readout responds in just over a second. This general purpose thermometer works in the oven, on the cooktop, in pots, or while grilling. The ChefAlarm is a calibratable model with a solid reputation for reliability, and it didn’t disappoint in our tests. The screen is large and while it displays a lot of information at once, it’s all well organized.”

        The downside is the hefty price. 🙁 Moreover, it isn’t something I would use often – perhaps, monthly – and that’s a big maybe.

        That you bought it for your Mom’s birthday is great! You’re a good son. 🙂


  18. Janie M. says:

    From the FDA. BTW, I highly recommend subscribing to its recall email alert service:

    “Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. of Santa Maria, California is recalling red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce and cauliflower harvested on November 27 through 30, 2018 out of an abundance of caution, because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. Coli O157:H7).”



  19. Janie M. says:

    Received this from FDA today – about time!

    Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. on the FDA’s 2017 report on declining sales/distribution of antimicrobial drugs for food animals, a reflection of improved antimicrobial stewardship

    Every year, at least two million Americans are sickened by serious infections caused by antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) pathogens, such as MRSA. And, at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. AMR is the ability of a microorganism (bacteria, virus, fungi, parasite) to resist the effects of a drug. It’s a serious, complex and costly public health problem.


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  20. Comrade Mope says:

    I had no idea LaVerne even knew about the ‘White Power’ sign. Huh.

    Liked by 2 people

  21. andyocoregon says:

    Is your daughter safe from rogue campus security officers? Kaylee wasn’t.


    Liked by 1 person

  22. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Trump Hotel Gingerbread Elevator

    Liked by 3 people

  23. 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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  24. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Col. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  25. JTR says:

    There is now a “GO FUND ME” for the wall.


    Liked by 1 person

  26. Lucille says:

    Oklahoma: Muslim who attended flight school also attended al-Qaeda training camp
    December 18, 2018 10:49 AM By Robert Spencer

    What could possibly have gone wrong? Only greasy Islamophobes would look askance at a Muslim who went to an al-Qaeda training camp also attending a flight school, right?



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