Saturday February 2nd – 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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307 Responses to Saturday February 2nd – Open Thread

  1. Good Morning Treepers, Hope everyone has a Happy Caterday!

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  2. Good Morning Treepers from Carolina Beach, N.C.

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    • rrick says:

      When I was a yout I lived on N. Carolina’s coastal plain. Though it was only for three years and it was many decades ago I still hold many vivid memories of the Pamlico and Ablemarle Sounds, the rivers, OBX, the piers. My territory ran from Duck to Cape Fear and all points between.

      The Carolina shores and the backwaters, and the tremendously beautiful GSM will always have a firm hold on my heart.

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    • PocaMAGAjunta says:

      Every day is a blessing. Sunrise over the ocean puts it al in perspective

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  3. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.”
    Psalms 95:2 (KJV)

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  4. Dora says:

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  5. Jacaranda11816 says:

    Every few years, this 1997 Arthur Aron experiment on falling in love gets a write-up and re-enactment in a major publication. This morning it’s the NYTimes. It’s an interesting take on how intimacy develops; though there’s no way the “anyone” claim holds up:

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  6. Dora says:

    Oh no! So, what the he*l are NJ parents supposed to do?


    New Jersey becomes second state to require schools to teach LGBT and disability-inclusive material

    New Jersey boards of education must adopt instruction that accurately portrays “the political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, where appropriate,” according to the text of the law.

    Murphy said he was “honored” to sign a bill that will make teaching “about the rich contributions and accomplishments of our LGBTQ community and those with disabilities” mandatory.


    • rrick says:

      What parents are to do is to take their children out of Gov. Indoctrination Centers to put them into independent charter schools. Then get busy in defeating these elitist statists.

      One of the non-negotiable points of the recent teacher’s strike in the Los Angeles school district, a district which is either the 1st or 2nd largest school district in the nation, was to force any existing charter school to require input and oversight by the LASD. Further, any new charter school – a private enterprise – must have the approval of the district board before it can open. This post by Dora illustrates why that point is so important to the school district.


    • MAGAbear says:

      Will they also be teaching that the largest group contracting and spreading the AIDS virus is gay men? My guess is they won’t.

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  7. Any RBG reports lately?

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  8. getfitnow says:

    FTA – Elizabeth Warren’s apology to the Cherokee Nation isn’t even close to enough, and shows she still doesn’t get it.
    Her presidential campaign is slumping not just because she took a DNA test. It’s slumping because she once claimed to be a minority, and has never explained why.

    But the apology won’t stop the questions about why she claimed minority status in the first place, while she was looking for work as a law professor.

    Twila Barnes, the Cherokee genealogist who has been the most critical of Warren, continued to question why the Massachusetts Democrat hasn’t offered a broader apology.

    “This still isn’t transparent,” Barnes told the New York Times. “She needs to go public and fully take responsibility and that the DNA test was ridiculous. There’s still something about this that feels off.”

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  9. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  10. getfitnow says:


    FTA – The White House wasted no time Friday attacking Cory Booker after he announced for the presidency, with Kellyanne Conway questioning why he’s entering a race with so many female candidates.

    “What’s wrong with the candidates that are already in there?” Conway asked during an interview with Fox News. “What’s your objection to Kamala Harris running, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, these others who have already announced — Tulsi Gabbard, maybe.”

    “If he were a Republican running against them, they would immediately call him a sexist for running against these women in the Democratic field,” she said.

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  11. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    Remember the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple, also known as Candlemas.

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    • nikkichico7 says:

      Luke 2:22-40
      Jesus Presented in the Temple
      22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”, 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.a

      25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

      29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
      you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
      30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
      31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
      32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
      and the glory of your people Israel.”
      33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

      36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

      39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.


  12. rrick says:

    The other day Lucille posted about the topic of abortion and included a link about Spina Bifida. I wish to introduce y’all to an amazing young man. Lee is talented, informative, and an inspiration to thousands of people.

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    • Lucille says:

      Thanks, rrick, for the link. Super guy. I watched several and the most recent one is very touching…highly recommended….

      ★ Good, The Bad & The Ugly side of Youtube (Real Life experience of being successful on Youtube)
      Published on Jan 31, 2019

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  13. nikkichico7 says:

    Good Stewards
    FEBRUARY 02, 2019

    1 Peter 4:7-11

    If you have been in the church for any length of time, you’ve probably heard that it’s wise to be accountable to another Christian. Finding a reliable and spiritually mature believer to take on this role is one means of protecting ourselves from temptations that could easily entrap us. When we know we’re going to have to answer to someone for our choices, we are far less likely to yield to sinful desires.

    But ultimately, there is an even greater motive for righteous living. Unlike a spouse or close friend who may be able to help us make right choices, our all-knowing God sees even more than our actions—He discerns our intentions as well. It may be possible for us to fool people, but we can never hide from the Lord.

    Peter admonishes us to be good stewards of God’s grace (1 Peter 4:10). In the apostle’s day, a steward was a household manager—he himself didn’t own anything but was responsible for his master’s possessions and affairs.

    In essence, that’s what the Christian life is like. Every possession, privilege, and duty we have has been given to us by God. And as stewards, we are accountable to the Lord for the way we serve Him, what we say, and how we treat one another. The goal is God’s glory—not our rights, comforts, or pleasures.

    Relying on one another through accountability will help God’s children to live as His good stewards. Confiding in a trustworthy believer provides the motivation and encouragement to live in a way that honors our Lord and Savior.
    Dr. Charles Stanley

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    • rrick says:

      Easier said than done. I had gone that route, I had looked for, and when I found difficulty in procuring even one, I had begun to ‘groom’ several of my believing friends. None stepped up. In fact, several actively resisted taking up the mantle of accountability partner. I am talking solely of the mature believers.

      Yet would I ask of others that which I was loathe to do? Nay, for I was such the person to others. I was enriched by the experience and my knowledge of faith was enlarged.

      So I have confined myself to where I should be all along; the word of God is my standard as well as my prosecutor towards accountability.

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      • nikkichico7 says:

        I had a hard time in church, I didn’t connect with the ladies. At that point in time I had to work it was not an option and I worked at a 24/7 call center, I worked Sundays and if possible I would come to Sunday service before my shift but had to leave early to go to work. Looking back I could have been better with it .. hind sight is 20/20 … I miss church

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    • nikkichico7 says:

      Revelation 7:12 saying:
      Praise and glory
      and wisdom and thanks and honor
      and power and strength
      be to our God for ever and ever.


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  14. nikkichico7 says:


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  15. goddessoftheclassroom (@goddesofthecl1) says:

    I just received this email (NOTE: NEA is bundled with my local association):

    Here’s a hard truth: As a product of our society, our nation’s education system has a sordid history of racism, one that still permeates today.

    Here’s another hard truth: If we do not actively, consciously create spaces, policies, and practices that combat racism, we will re-enforce racism in our schools, and, in turn, our society.

    One way to engage students and communities with issues of social justice is to participate in the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action, February 4 to 8.

    Racism and systems of oppression are heavy subjects. But, even first graders respond to books and exercises that put an emphasis on understanding why people are different and treating others fairly.

    There are any number of ways to get involved. Display a poster to show your support for change. Engage your classroom in one or several activities. Read a selection from the Read Across America Calendar to your class. Propose your school or district adopt a resolution in support of the Black Lives Matter guiding principles.

    NEA’s Center for Social Justice has worked with our coalition partners to assemble resources for you to participate in the Black Lives Matter At Schools Week of Action.

    While the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action is only five days long, these are lessons and actions we should practice all year round.

    Let’s be the change we seek in the world. If we start with our own families and classrooms, it will have a ripple effect across your school, community, state, and yes, even our nation.

    In solidarity,

    Lily Eskelsen García
    National Education Association

    P.S. Each day next week, we’ll be sharing simple actions you can take as part of the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. Be sure to follow NEA on Twitter and Instagram and #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool.

    I’m emailing my association president now to insist that I be allowed to drop my NEA membership.

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  16. nikkichico7 says:

    spoogels posted this on the presidential thread …. it’s good

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  17. Dora says:

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    • MAGAbear says:

      Sadly, that’s near where I live. What parent would allow their child to sit there listening to a freak like that?


      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Those parents and Taxpayers in that district, need to get to the very next school board meeting!!!!!1 Who the hellz…..ALLOWED that situation to BEGIN with??!!!!

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        • rrick says:

          This is towards normalization of deviancy and is happening a lot in various school districts. One is planned to happen soon in South Carolina. I forget where exactly.

          There was one last year in Orange County, CA. The school admin made it mandatory attendance. The parents after the fact got into an uproar and the admin defended their actions (of course). As a concession to the parents, some school admin were reassigned to other schools but none were fired.

          It has always been necessary for parents to be more involved in the school’s planning and activities yet it is ever more important in today’s world.

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    • nikkichico7 says:

      …. 🧐 …. 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤯🤬🤬‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️

      Isaiah 5:20 New King James Version (NKJV)
      20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
      Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
      Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!


  18. Jeff says:

    “Deplorables’ faults are many
    But Liberals have only two
    Everything they say and everything they do.”

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  19. bessie2003 says:

    Interesting thing happening in the small towns in Nevada. Might be a newer version of the Sage Brush Rebellion, but instead of states vs federal more like rural areas vs big cities.


  20. Pale rider says:

    I found this interesting on several issues.
    One is the pretzels who want rights and don’t know who they even are, or rights they want or even have.
    Another is Iran’s position on gays. It is a world view adopted by muslims to solve a growing problem. Die or get a sex change, but that defeats the purpose of men wanting men.
    One other issue, the instruction book has guidelines for sexual behavior and all else is perversion. God gives us the truth, the way, the light but many prefer hell. Its blatant and the denial of God does not diminish the consequences. psalms 2, God laughs at such behavior.
    Common sense can dictate a clearer path than this.

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  21. Mandy says:

    I’m seeing whispers around the ‘net that Houston cops raided THE WRONG HOUSE a few nights ago. If true, this means the cops just busted down the door, shot the couple’s dog, shot the elderly man who grabbed his gun and tried to fight back, then they killed his wife, too. Will we EVER know what really happened? Or is it like the lead ‘justice’ agency in the US (DOJ) and they will just lie their hind ends off in self protect mode? GRRRRRRR.

    Bottom line for me: No knock warrants are HOME INVASIONS. The practice must be outlawed.

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  24. TwoLaine says:


    A Boy, His Truck & His Dog = Adorable

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  25. David says:

    A cure for Cancer? In a year it goes commercial. Is it real?
    The institution involved is very serious but we will have to wait a year to know, at this point there is hope:

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    • BudKlatsch says:

      Imagine our world without the several thousand years of Jewish influence and discovery and enlightenment.. Substitute their contributions for Muslim efforts these past 1200 years.

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  26. David says:

    Shalom again.
    Something about the Israeli wall/barriers:

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    • wondering999 says:

      David this is good but I’d like to see an additional part… how the Israel Wall has cut down on the horror of Ukrainian (and other Eastern European) girls who hoped to come and get work in Israel as housekeeping maids etc., but instead their passports and identity papers were grabbed, and these women were prostituted as slaves of organized crime.

      I remember reading about a specialized army unit of women who worked to interdict smugglers bringing illegal immigrants into Israel. I can’t search it up anymore, it was in a mainstream U.S. newspaper back between 2001-2008.

      Slavery is disgusting wherever it happens. There are leaders in the U.S. who like to focus on the slavery of the United States prior to end of the Civil War in 1865, but who turn a blind eye to slavery NOW. It’s my understanding that the Israeli wall has reduced human trafficking (wherever there is organized crime this will happen, but it can be substantially reduced with effective border controls and law enforcement)

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  27. David says:

    Something about what Israelis deal with daily. You will not see this on CNN and not even on Fox News. Shalom:

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  28. getfitnow says:

    The Trump Effect

    FTA – J. Kenji López-Alt is a chef and partner at Wursthall in San Mateo, less than 20 miles from downtown San Francisco.

    He is also a bigot. Last week, he tweeted, “It hasn’t happened yet, but if you come to my restaurant wearing a MAGA cap, you aren’t getting served, same as if you come in wearing a swastika, white hood, or any other symbol of intolerance and hate.”

    But instead of hosannas, this renowned chef is receiving flak for refusing to serve people.

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  29. BigBlockMill says:

    Atlanta financial politics for the Superbowl: build a pedestrian bridge over the street for VIP’s to stroll over at a cost of over 20 million.
    Tell the poor folks that they have to walk across the street like always so as to entertain the staffers and media who are strolling overhead.

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  30. III% says:

    I’m thinking things are about to get really bad with the censoring. I was over at “The Hill” yesterday commenting on a story. They literally removed every single post I made. I mean every single one. In fact the ONLY comments left were those that were totally on board with “orange man bad” sentiment. The craziest part of that was the whole piece was an opinion piece outlining some of the lies that have been pushed by the FBI and media. Batten down, it’s gonna get wild.

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  31. So,, I’m back from My lil beach trip this morning… (see my early morning picture upthread)..
    Some of ya’ll know I receive “EBT” (food stamps).. 57.00 & change per month..
    Well used a whole 6.00 worth, bought a pound of Shrimp..
    And ended up this this amount of Fish & Fillets…
    I caught a few.. As the Bible says… Teach a Man How too Fish…… 😉

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  32. dogsmaw says:

    A few reactions to the NYCHA agreement that was reached with HUD (Secretary Ben Carson) and …


  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. covfefe999 says:

    I’m catching up on the Jussie Smollett story, which sems like a total hoax to me.

    So far, Chicago police have not seen evidence of the attack on any surveillance camera, just an unclear image of two people “of interest” walking on a sidewalk around the time Smollett was out. Cameras did show a noose on his neck as he entered his apartment building; however, he walked right “past security guards without stopping to ask them for help or to tell them he had just been subjected to a vicious assault and hate crime.”

    Smollett also has refused to turn over his cell phone to authorities to confirm his claim that he was talking to his manager at the time of the attack. In addition, he had asked the cops to turn off their body cams when they arrived at his apartment to interview him. (from the College Fix)

    Smollett went for a late-night meal sometime after midnight at a Subway restaurant at 511 N. McClurg Court, police said. The actor was walking back to a nearby apartment about 2 a.m. when two people walked up to him in the 300 block of East North Lower Water Street, yelling racist and homophobic slurs, Smollett told police. (Chicago Tribune)

    I have lived in Chicago for nearly 2 decades. I’m pretty familiar with the locations described here. North Water Street has a double-layered section, there is upper and lower. I’m wondering why he was on the lower section, at 2am it would be quite desolate there and I can’t imagine that it’s any faster than using the upper section. Here’s the entrance to that section:,-87.6185318,3a,75y,277.85h,94.51t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sv_x9FdmEOJiMhzbbrvPMgw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192 I’m wondering if he was looking for sex or drugs. I don’t know if that’s a known hang out for drug or sex peddlers, but all sorts of stuff goes on in those lower sections of street at night (there are several like that). Some are permanently occupied by homeless people. The people in the surveillance video were seen between 1:30 and 1:45am, but Smollet didn’t call the police until 2:42am

    You know, when it doesn’t make any sense at all there’s probably a reason for it. If the reality is a big embarrassment to Smollett I wonder if the story will quietly disappear.


  36. nwtex says:

    “I think I’ll take a little nap”


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