Saturday February 16th – 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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219 Responses to Saturday February 16th – Open Thread

  1. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    A Successful Church

    In our day, it’s easy to be wrongly programmed to equate numbers with a church being successful. Certainly, we want to grow. However, the Lord has a far different standard for success that we need to embrace as our standard. Paul said, “… it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (I Cor. 4:2). Faithfulness to the truth of the Word, rightly divided, is paramount, as is faithfulness in service and worship. The church at Thessalonica was extolled for two things. They had a genuine love for one another which the Lord wanted to see “increase and abound” still more (I Thes. 3:12). They also had a regular, consistent, aggressive outreach to the lost with the gospel (I Thes. 1:8). Before the Lord, may we strive to have this kind of successful church.

    By Pastor John Fredericksen

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/a-successful-church/

    1Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

    1Thessalonians 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

    1Thessalonians 1:8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.

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  2. Mandy says:

    “Houston’s police chief says a lead investigator lied in an affidavit justifying a drug raid on a home which ended with two residents killed and four officers wounded in a gun battle. The officer is expected to face charges.”

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/houston-police-chief-says-investigator-lied-in-affidavit-leading-to-deadly-drug-raid/

    Remember the “drug raid” a week or so ago? Yeah. The THIRTY YEAR VETERAN investigator LIED. So that NO KNOCK WARRANT was basically legalized HOME INVASION and two residents are DEAD. Along with their dog, which the cops shot as soon as they broke through the front door.

    All because that veteran cop is a frikken lying sack of steaming manure. Deserves murder charges and the death penalty. LAW ENFORCEMENT IS SUPPOSED TO BE HELD TO A HIGHER STANDARD THAN STREET THUGS.

    NO KNOCK WARRANTS MUST BE OUTLAWED.

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    • andyocoregon says:

      As I recall, they didn’t find many drugs in the house, did they? And one has to wonder if those were planted.

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      • Mandy says:

        yup….

        When local ‘law enforcement’ is as dirty as the DOJ and FBI, it’s gonna be a real problem. If you read the Second City Cop blog, you’ll see the recent post about promotions – read the comments from LEOs there! Eye opening (unless you’ve been following SSC for a while, then it’s pretty much expected at this point).

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      • rrick says:

        These are not rare events. These happen regularly. There are literally thousands of accounts of such misguided actions from any given year. And so often it happens that the Blue Team gets away with it. Either there are big payouts to the victims in which case the municipality (taxpayers) pay but not the individual officers even when their actions are outside of qualified immunity, or the officers are promoted or reassigned but no charges brought against them.

        To read of these many accounts and their regularity will soon make your blood boil with anger.

        To add, when there are ‘good cops’ who allow even one ‘bad cop’ to do as he does, there are no good cops, they are equally as bad. When the rights of citizens are violated no one cares if you go home after your shift. LEO must police themselves far better than they have. I say this as one who had grown up to hold much respect for all law enforcement.
        Sorry for the rant.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      I’ve been following that some Mandy….They got the wrong address! I’m too tired right now, been up all night going down some rabbit holes. There was a reporter, either Independent, or working for small station there, who filmed himself showing the 2 similar addresses, but obviously different houses. The bust was supposed to be on the house nearby….that looked like a delapadated run down mess….yet had expensive fencing, complete with surrounding security cameras!!!!!

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      • Mandy says:

        If it were a case of “oops, we raided the WRONG HOUSE,” would the thirty year veteran investigator be facing charges? Would the Chief be openly saying that the investigator LIED on the affidavit to get the warrant?

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Hey Mandy…..Oh I’m not defending any of that. I want to outlaw no-knock warrants completely. I understand that they were someone’s “bright idea” as to keep bad guys from getting tipped off, BUT not all good ideas work in practice, and I think by now, we all have seen enough, to realize that no-knocks don’t work….there are too many errors, and innocent lives are at risk.

          I’m sure there’s even been a few cops doing the raids that have lost their lives too.
          And it’s always something totally crazy-stupid….like hitting the wrong address, or it was really the house next door they should’ve been at……

          I want no-knocks to become ILLEGAL, never to be done anywhere again.

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          • BigMamaTEA says:

            Cops are just humans. Humans can make mistakes. Now lying about it later not what an honorable human does.

            To me, no-knock raids violate the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Yes, maybe, if he was in CYA mode for getting something wrong.

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    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      i knew this was dirty from the beginning, and said so.
      NOTHING fit.

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    HAPPY CATURDAY!

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  4. roccoboy1 says:

    Not sure if this has been shared. Infuriating if true. Just unbelievable. I feel just terrible for Trump. He is trying so hard to do what is right for the people and he faces arrogance, insubordination, sedition and baseless name calling from every angle.

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  5. freepetta says:

    God Bless President Trump and all Americans. In Jesus’s Name. Amen 🙏

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  6. Robert Smith says:

    I prefer to look at events in a positive light because where would we be without Trump right now?

    To commemorate Trump declaring a National Emergency to turbocharge the Wall build:

    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E‑flat Major “Emperor”, Rosalía Gómez Lasheras

    Look at her face during the last movement, she’s having a blast. I like this performance of Emperor so much I looked up the performance date here:

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    • olderwiser21 says:

      Now that right there was magical! Thank you!

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    • olderwiser21 says:

      P.S. – Robert – did you know that Sebastian Gorka has a new radio show – “America First”.? I have been listening to different outtakes on Youtube. He had some really positive things to say about the the new budget deal just signed by President Trump and a rather scathing but accurate rebuttal to Ann Coulter’s negativity. I really enjoy listening to him – such a positive, intelligent and knowledgeable guy. FYI:) Each segment is about 10 minutes long – lots of really good guests.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      I agree on your statement too. Trump’s all we got right now. And the only thing wrong with him at all, is some of his advisors!!!!!

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  7. Piggy says:

    Citizens,

    A book of essays explaining what we and POTUS are up against. Worth every minute of reading.

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  8. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy Caterday, Treepers!

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  9. Troublemaker10 says:

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  10. millwright says:

    Random Thoughts : First, my prayers for all the victims in Aurora IL . Somet times there’s no explaining these events when the perp is deceased . But do you recall when ” going postal ” was a media buzzword ? And what was discovered as a ‘ root cause ‘ ?

    From ‘ sea to shining sea ‘ we’re seeing more and more stringent , firearm restrictions being proposed (CT being the latest ) . But ask yourself why are they all targeting law-abiding citizens access to firearms ? Where are the enhanced penalities and sentences for ” Felons in Possession ‘ ? Where is the investigation and prosecution of straw purchasers ? Or bail denials in violent crimes involving firearms by known violent criminals and/or gang members ? IOW, ask yourself “why” are our political masters legislating against the lawful 99+% of Americans while carefully protecting the “rights” of the criminal ( and often homocidal ) < one percent ?

    The ultimate irony is NJ Sen . Mendeze's calling a credentialed reporter " trash " from his podium atop a reeking pile of ilicit ' sex, drugs and rock and roll ' furnished by his DDS buddy . But sex slavery is a growing NJ industry !

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    • Mandy says:

      “ask yourself “why” are our political masters legislating against the lawful 99+% of Americans while carefully protecting the “rights” of the criminal ( and often homocidal ) < one percent ?"

      I think it's part of the American version of the Kalergi Plan, myself. Many who don't know anything about it won't research what that even is. (And TPTB know many won't take the time to research it – they count on that level of apathy.) Some will research it. Of those, a good many will dismiss it as a 'crazy conspiracy theory' (because it's way easier to deny something than to face scary stuff.) A few who research it will have a 'light bulb moment' because they suddenly see with clarity the REASON for all the crazy crap the global elite filth have been doing – of late, OPENLY. Doesn't mean there is any way to stop it, but at least they'll be able to understand what is going on….and if they can be honest, they may even come to understand WHY.

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      • smiley2 says:

        it’s been mentioned here before…some of us are aware of it..

        but, if not, here’s some related “conspiracy theory” to chew on….

        The Kalergi Plan ~ The Ultimate Secret of The UN’s Agenda 21

        https://rense.com/general96/kalergiplan.html?fbclid=IwAR1ERqhbVF3Qwrt9GtXwXWB7bUrD-dOCbnqUOCo4RCxQVjoRdAHBUkod4uw

        from 2016-2017

        by Patrick O’Carroll

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      • andyocoregon says:

        If our country continues to allow Latinos to swarm here, they will soon surpass Caucasions in numbers. Their culture is far different than ours and they don’t like to have to obey our laws.
        The U.S. is supposed to be a melting pot of many cultures and races. I don’t want to see any one culture dominate all of us.

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        • smiley2 says:

          “If” ?

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          • Joe2pt.0 says:

            Illegal immigration has skyrocketed over the past decade and the effects have not even begun to show. Idk what those effects will be but I am convinced it is too late to do anything about the vast majority of illegals already living in this country.
            Build the wall, sure. It will help stop the flow of more entering illegally, but won’t change what has already taken place. It’s what the government(s) wanted. Now we’ll see what happens. Me and mine have moved from the big city to a small, very conservative small southern town in an attempt to distance ourselves from the ‘challenges’ these new people will create.

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        • Mandy says:

          Respectfully, the ‘melting pot’ concept was actually foisted upon Americans to ensure that we would NOT object to being eliminated when the time was right. The rootless cosmopolitans are a NATIONLESS bunch – they’re GLOBALISTS. They care not one WHIT for America. And they’ve been planning for this point in history for at least a century if not longer. Look around at what is happening to America – it’s obvious that they believe the time to make their move to destroy America is NOW.

          Because we’ve all been trained from elementary school on to believe the LIE that we are a ‘melting pot,’ we have difficulty realizing that we are not any such thing.

          As evidence of the fact that we are not now, nor have we ever been a ‘melting pot’ of many cultures and races – Little Havana, Chinatowns, Koreatowns….and now, multiple Little Somalias.

          See, ‘melting pot’ implies a blending INTO our culture. It does not happen. Instead, we’re like a big boiling cauldron of some sort of chunky demonic stew. Why demonic?

          BABEL. That’s why. Multiculturalism is our death. Until Americans understand this, we’re doomed.

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          • smiley2 says:

            actually, we’re more like this metaphor…

            frogs boiling slowly in a pot as we adjust and “tolerate” the Intolerables to our own demise.

            that “melting pot” metaphor started way back in the early 1900s based on a play called The Melting Pot about a fictional Russian Jew trying to escape violent anti-Semitism in Europe/Russia by fleeing to the beacon of freedom : The USA.

            which is what America represented back then…but the Immigration laws in effect were so riddled with flaws that undocumented illegals and riff-raff started to dominate the masses and settle in here…IIRC, it was the Irish immigrants who started to protest that , early on ?

            and it’s gone downhill since.

            BTW…there’s yet another migrating group of migrating migrants seeking asylum in America as we speak crossing thru Panama…something like 600 Cubans and another 100+ of Haitians and Africans .

            oh…and that “other” National Emergency…those OTMs coming across and also aided & abetted by the Mex cartels: Other Than Mexicans.

            Hezbollah, et al.

            so much for the quaint old “melting pot” concept of assimilation .

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        • duchess01 says:

          SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

          How the U.S. Hispanic population is changing

          BY ANTONIO FLORES

          http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/09/18/how-the-u-s-hispanic-population-is-changing/

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      • WSB says:

        Many of us have been posting about this.

        “In 2010 German Chancellor Angela Dorothea “Merkel“ (Kasner/Kazmierczak) was awarded with the European Award by the European Society Coudenhove-Kalergi.
        https://www.bundeskanzlerin.de/ContentArchiv/DE/Archiv17/Artikel/2011/01/2011-01-13-merkel-europapreis.html
        Additionally she is a counselor of this foundation, just as former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl (Cohn) was and Jean-Claude Juncker (EU Commission President) as well as Herman Van Rompuy (President of the European Council).”

        http://www.thetruthtimes.net/2016/10/24/angela-merkel-and-the-kalergi-plan-the-destruction-of-the-white-race/

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    • rrick says:

      Is is quite simple to answer; legislators write bills and pass bills into law. As criminals, aka ‘outlaws’, by definition do not adhere to laws, it looks like the ‘law abiding’ are the targets. If the law abiding turn to not-law abiding then the law has little influence upon them. Just don’t get caught.

      The above could be filed under ‘unintended consequence’. However, there is also that the law abiding are intended as the target. A recent example is how CA DOJ under the AG implemented a law to register certain firearms. The DOJ was not prepared when the law was implemented which resulted in some persons seeking to register their lawfully possessed firearms but either their attempt to register was mangled by the electronic register system, their registration was not properly recorded. or they sought to register after the deadline.

      In each case, the law abiding citizen was arrested, charged with felony, and ALL firearms (not just those certain firearms which the law applied to) and associated items (like magazines, etc) confiscated. The citizen no became a ‘prohibited person’ which disallowed possession of any firearm, and in some cases, any ammunition regardless of type or caliber.

      None of this is surprising when the legislator is composed of ignorant or utterly uncaring persons. There are many examples of a legislator writing a bill to ban a feature or device of a firearm even though they have no knowledge of the intent or function of that feature or device. Or, intentionally lying to the public of how, one example, a semi-automatic has a rate of fire surpassing that of a military grade fully automatic firearm.

      Of course, many police and sheriff departments play along. An example of this is how they display the firearms confiscated from a privately owned ‘arsenal’ and it seems there is always a hollow tube labeled ‘mortar’ displayed front and center for the cameras.

      So, the law abiding citizen is made a target either by unintended consequences or by intention. I haven’t even gotten into the constitutionality of such laws.

      I think there should be a ban on ‘high capacity’ dialog. No more than 10 words.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      So true millwright. AND…..”going postal” was not just a media buzzword. There was a brutal shooting inside the back of a Post Office in a Northern suburb of Oklahoma City, where I grew up, town called Edmond, Oklahoma. It was a disgruntled Postal Worker who killed his managers and co-workers…..THAT’s where that name started.

      Everyone around here still uses “going postal” to quickly describe even shootings like the one in Illinois.

      Oh, and btw…..We here in OK, a getting close to getting Constitutional Carry passed in our state legislature!

      AND, also…….Sen. Menendez (Criminal-NJ) has been coming to the Floor the last couple of weeks “moralizing” to the tee-vee audience , when he is so Guilty of things worse than 99% of the population would never…..he belongs in Gitmo, but his buddies keep helping him…..makes me want to hurl!

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  11. citizen817 says:

    Happy 🐈 Caturday!

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  13. cthulhu says:

    I’m just going to throw this out there.

    I wanted to send a message to a bunch of the couples I knew to wish them a romantic and happy Valentines Day. So, I started going through my address book……and realized that I knew a bunch of people who were going to go through Valentine’s Day alone, and who would suffer a stab through the heart if reminded of the occasion.

    These are people dear to me, or ones I’m fond of. But we seldom contact, because couples and singles often do different things.

    We can play around with bouquets and dinners and chocolates on the 14th…..but let’s try to touch base with those others we care about in the waning days of this month.

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    • amwick says:

      Very good point…very sweet.

      My friends’ community center has a Valentine’s dinner dance.. They keep the cost low, because many of the people that live there are older and retired. Our table had four couples and three women who were widows. Everyone is included, it is more social than romantic.. There were also older widowers there too, one of them a guy named George spends the whole evening dancing, he asks ladies whether they are part of a couple or single. This is not a retirement community, it is more of a beach community, but the thing is, there is a lot of support and interaction for older single people.. It is really nice to see. How and where you spend those golden years is something to think about.

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      • kurt72 says:

        I just finished reading “The Winter House” by Joan MacCracken about 4 older widows living together in one of their houses through the Maine winter. Great book! Good story and a wonderful new idea about elderly life. Highly recommended.

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        • amwick says:

          OH… Thanks… sounds excellent!

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        • rrick says:

          Three ‘seasoned’ sisters living together.

          One upstairs drawing a bath. She steps into the tub then cannot remember if she’s getting in or getting out. She calls downstairs, Was I getting in or getting out?

          The 2nd sister says she’ll be right up. Half way up the stairs she calls out, Oh dear, was I going up or coming down?

          The 3rd sister says to herself at least I still have my memory, knock on wood. She answers back, I’ll be right up to help but first there is someone at the door.

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  14. smiley2 says:

    might be a good time to revisit The Reconquista Movement still underway…and underfoot…and under the radar…

    …by Hispanic radicals/activists and their commie pals in the USA like Ocasio to “take back” California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas through “immigration” and activism…

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/02/alexandria_ocasiocortez__reconquistador.html

    Feb 12, 2019

    and here’s a some history on that…

    The Reconquista Movement ~ Mexico’s Plan For The American Southwest

    http://humanevents.com/2006/07/27/the-emreconquistaem-movement-mexicos-plan-for-the-american-southwest/

    from 2006

    remember The Minute Men ?

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    • rrick says:

      That’s news to the tribes of the Puma, Chumash, Pima, Pomo, Navajo, Hopi, Apache, and many others.

      Let’s see, Mx got their independence from Spain in 1821. The Treaty of Hildago was signed and effected in 1848. That is a 27 year period. Are there any examples of Mexican settlement, occupation, trading from that time period north of the current border? At best, there may be a few signs of transitory, infrequent use of the lands north of the present border.

      There are more ‘cans in the lands now which is the USA than any time before statehood of those several states.

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    • piper567 says:

      smiley,
      I was glad to read the AT author connect the Reconquista movement to La Raza…a piece of the root of this now burgeoning movement.
      I am an old lady, grew up in SoCal…WAY back when I was in HS, this mentality was already beginning to be seen in public, and Cesar Chavez’s little grape-picker thingy was a one incubator for this overall movement.
      I do not think he was oblivious to this fact. tinder, it was.

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  15. smiley2 says:

    🐱

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  16. hippielouie says:

    DHS official: Border security bill does NOT contain ‘amnesty’ poison pills
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/dhs-official-border-security-bill-does-not-contain-amnesty-poison-pills.amp?
    𝘽𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙛𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙬.

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  17. andyocoregon says:

    Oregon State’s Capital, Salem, now rivals San Francisco for trash, human waste, needles, etc in their city parks. When liberals run the cities, this is the result.

    https://katu.com/news/local/man-comes-across-several-salem-homeless-camps-filled-with-trash

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  18. smiley2 says:

    Miss Olson

    tempera on panel

    1952

    Andrew Wyeth ~ Realism

    🐱

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  19. Dora says:

    Franz Marc – ‘Three Cats’ 1913

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  20. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.”
    Psalms 118:1 (KJV)

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  21. amwick says:

    Happy Caturday!

    I am going to a fashion show…. it is a fundraiser for the St. Michaels Catholic Daughters. Every year they organize the fashion show and a sit down luncheon, the ladies in the club are models. So the clothes are meant for actual ladies, short, medium, with average builds, not the skinny types you see in a real fashion show. (not that I have ever been to one)
    Last year I won a beautiful scarf as a door prize.

    annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd there is a cash bar, which is usually three deep with Catholic Ladies.. 😄😀

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  22. Dora says:

    So Cute. 🙂

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  23. Dora says:

    The Silent Scream and the Lies of Roe v Wade

    On my first bus trip to the Right to Life March in DC, the driver put in the tape of the infamous film, The Silent Scream, narrated by Dr. Bernard Nathanson. Nathanson was one of the original co-founders of NARAL, (the first abortion advocate group), whose mind was changed about the issue after watching an ultrasound showing the struggle of a fetus fighting for its life. What I found incredible about the film was a display of the many deadly instruments depicted that would be inserted into the woman’s body.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/02/the_silent_scream_and_the_lies_of_roe_v_wade.html

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  24. duchess01 says:

    Christian Ministry to Blast Live Ultrasounds in Times Square

    February 16, 2019

    from Breitbart

    https://www.sgtreport.com/2019/02/christian-ministry-to-blast-live-ultrasounds-in-times-square/

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  25. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  26. nikkichico7 says:

    Profiting From Pain
    FEBRUARY 16, 2019
    Romans 5:1-5
    1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
    2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.
    3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
    4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;
    5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

    We have so many blessings for which to be grateful. And greatest of all is our salvation, because it’s the “hope of the glory of God” (Rom. 5:2). Someday we’ll step out of this life into the marvelous glories of heaven, which we can’t even imagine at present. But we can joyfully thank God for such an amazing prospect. It’s the hope that helps us endure all the hardships we face on earth.

    However, Paul mentions another cause for exultation: our tribulations (Rom. 5:3). People rarely think of suffering as profitable and see no reason to rejoice, but God promises to use it for good. Oftentimes adversity results in spiritual growth. In times of pain, the façade we typically display is withdrawn to expose who we truly are. As our security or comfort is shaken, our true priorities, spiritual crutches, pride, and self-reliant ways are revealed. God may use the opportunity to strip away everything we depend on until nothing competes with Jesus’ reign in our life.

    The Lord prioritizes spiritual growth over ease and comfort, and He knows how to develop perseverance and proven character within us. We may be tempted to fight or cry for a way out of hardship, but that gains us nothing in the end. Yet we can profit from pain by accepting the Father’s work in times of difficulty, knowing that He is shaping us into the image of His Son.

    Instead of focusing on the pain or loss, turn your trials into a cause for hope. According to 2 Corinthians 4:17, “Momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.” That’s why we can exult in our tribulations.
    intouch.org
    Dr. Charles Stanley

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  27. nikkichico7 says:

    Happy caturday 🤨❤️

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  28. Sepp says:

    Thank you Duchess!

    By the title it looks like there would be specific recommended steps included.

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  30. covfefe999 says:

    I love the news host’s reaction. I laughed so hard when I saw this I had tears in my eyes, she was probably trying to pull herself together quickly to continue the segment. 🙂

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  31. duchess01 says:

    Young Woman’s Incredible Tiny Forever Home

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    • rick says:

      I have been noticing more young adults are entering into the cruising life whether on land (RVs) or on the water (sailing). Given this craze for tiny houses I was thinking there is the answer. I went onto You Tube to see if that indeed was the answer. I went to You Tube because it seems everyone and their brother is making videos of even the most mundane subject.

      Sure enough, I saw young adults talking of how to buy a cheap boat, sailing to the Bahamas, etc. Several actually called their sailboat a ‘tiny house’.

      Why am I shaking my head at what appears to be an idiotic craze? Because this is a craze yet unlike swallowing live goldfish or seeing how many bodies can be stacked inside a car. This craze is in line with eating Tide pods. Why would I think that? Why don’t I just leave it as ‘live and let live’?

      Because – while everyone has to live somewhere, at least they are getting out and not staying at their parent’s home – this craze is quite simply about virtue signaling. A component of that is that it fosters competition; to see who can live with the smallest ‘footprint’, who can live the ‘tiniest’. In other words, it is a restatement of keeping up with the Jones’.

      This virtue is disingenuous for on the outside it appears to promote good stewardship. Who can be opposed to that? Yet, the inside is that it promotes an ‘acquiring’ which although not of material things but of a seeming advanced holistic venture. It really is about the presentation of an image. It is a staging nothing less than that of a marketing campaign.

      Too, there is an arrogance about it. It is to say, this is what I am doing and I am doing it better than you. Although, you should do it too. If you disagree you are an antiquated relic of consumerism which does not belong to this brave new world.

      There is more to it, I could continue. Suffice to say that there is a fraudulent appearance and it involves the swelling of the chest arrogance, both which are very undesirable attributes.

      Lastly, it is those who do not toot their own horn which, while not altruistic, are doing so for the right reasons. They are the ones you will not hear much about although they can be found. Here you will find a true live and let live virtuous person.

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      • covfefe999 says:

        The tiny house proponents rarely if ever discuss the complications of this style of living. I’ve read about people with their tiny “houses” (trailers really) having a difficult time finding a place to park them because many communities don’t allow them. They are certainly more dangerous than conventional mobile homes during storms. And then there’s the utter lack of storage space. I have lived small for nearly two decades in a condo in Chicago but even I needed the full use of what storage I have in my condo PLUS my storage cage in the basement of the building. Just a couple of carry-on travel bags, a suitcase and a tote bag, take up space when stored. Even one pair of winter boots and a coat (I have more than one of each!). Mixing bowls and baking pans and pots/pans for cooking. Spare paper products like t.p. and paper towels and kleenex. Never discussed. You don’t need to be an uber consumer to have a closet-full of stuff to store.

        I think the ideal for small house fans would be a real small house with a basement or attic.

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        • andyocoregon says:

          I wouldn’t be interested in living in someone’s back yard as so many do. But I suspect the move to tiny homes for mostly young single people is due to them being all they can afford and a revulsion to paying rent.

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          • Mandy says:

            That’s part of it. It certainly can be a cheaper way to go. For some of those who have opted for ‘van life’ or ‘RVlife,’ there is another element: control of who they’re around.

            Multiculturalism/diversity has brought with it unacceptable levels of criminality, and this criminality is often centered in the more affordable areas of various communities across the nation. MANY areas used to be decent, working class neighborhoods, but are now a mish mash of diverse races and cultures, all of which clash with each other. Thus, the kids aren’t safe trick or treating, unsafe walking to school, etc etc etc. Why would ANYONE choose to live in a sticks and bricks house in a working class neighborhood where they risk being slowly surrounded by new neighbors, muslims or mexicans, who HATE them? For those who want to control who they’re around, van life may just be the way to go. If they develop a good skill set, they’re able to make decent money through online work, live on the cheap, AND assess the nation to find the best location for themselves to eventually buy some ground…

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        • amwick says:

          I would like a tiny house. I would park it right next to my tennis court, but away from the stables, near enough to the pool for a midnight swim. I would not want it too close to the gardeners cottage, I have standards. 😆😆😆

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        • nimrodman says:

          … storage space for … Mixing bowls and baking pans and pots/pans for cooking.

          What makes you think this generation “cooks”?

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    • P says:

      Woman’s Dream Tiny House Even Has A Walk-In Wardrobe

      I really love this one which is also in Auckland, New Zealand.

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  32. Vicki Bryant says:

    Please send prayers for my son Thomas, who has faced dreadful circumstances this week, and currently is doing so with a degree of grace; please ask for greater grace, compassion and overcoming for him in the coming weeks and months of strife. Thank you Treepers, from my heart of hearts. God bless you all, you are great sources of comfort for me in these dangerous and disappointing times.

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  33. rrick says:

    Red Lobster says Tucker Carlson’s show ‘no longer in line’ with company values, pulls ads.

    Why would they do that? And what are their ‘company values? The answer is here; Mr. Tucker sparked outrage last month after he claimed illegal immigration made the U.S. “poorer and dirtier.”

    Read the link to see if that is true. (you know it is but read it anyway)

    http://bloviatingzeppelin.net/a-message-to-red-lobster/

    Also, connect the dots of who Red Lobster is aligned with. You will be surprised. Maybe not surprised given their allegiance to social justice.

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    • covfefe999 says:

      I’ll bet more Red Lobster customers are conservatives than liberals. Well, conservatives should just stop eating there then. I haven’t eaten at a Red Lobster in ages but not for any particular reason. Now I will purposefully avoid the restaurant.

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  34. UH-Oh….what to do…….oh no, don’t you dare…………………..

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  35. Joemama says:

    Automattic Inc. is a web development corporation founded in August 2005. It is most notable for WordPress.com (a free blogging service), as well as its contributions to WordPress (open source blogging software).

    Does anyone know what Automattic’s politics are? I perused their employment website and it seemed fairly apolitical, other that some stuff about inclusion and diversity, which isn’t always far left political, but in many companies is social justice warrior cultural marxism on steroids.

    The reason I ask, is:

    1. Is there reason to believe that CTH content will be censored in the future?
    2. Is there reason to believe that Automattic is creating a database that could be used by Big Brother to track down posters to be sent to communist retraining camps, if the cultural marxists end up winning the war?

    The recent time delays on posts make me wonder if Automattic is testing an automated post censoring algorithm, to be deployed once it is tuned up.

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    • smurfette says:

      I don’t know if this helps but one automatic system is Cambridge Analytica. It listens to the general sentiment of the population in everyday online sources and then rolls up a summary of intelligence. It available for purchase by elitists. As with any technology, it can be used for good or bad. So if President Trump’s admin is gathering intel and listening to our voices, I’d say it is good. The more we speak of things that truly concern us, the more voices on the topic, the more it is highlighted. By the same token, the deep state will be monitoring which kind of goes without saying. Deep state is some Greek or Egyptian Gnostic God Prometheus, the God of Trickery which the Foreign Deep State enjoys playing since they fancy themselves to be Hollywood Directors of the Globe. The change element hopefully is Trump. That’s why I say we need to express our disappointment too at times in constructive ways. If we automatically support him no matter what like Q, then President Trump has no huge motivation to overcome if he hears he has our vote no matter what.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Tell HIM!!!! Easiest way…..https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ Just be tactically polite, even if you’re unhappy about something…..His Communications staff is very responsive to this…..he gets messages, he also gets “counts” i.e. “You Sir got twice the number of comments in favor of whatever you did, to # against.” Which if you think about it….if Voters contact him on issues regularly…….he’s got his own personal poll numbers on any given issue.

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    • P says:

      By ‘recent time delays’, do you mean where you submit your post and then it doesn’t show up and you have to wait a few moments or so and hit refresh and then it will show up?

      If so, what I’ve found is when I hit submit and this happens, it seems to be because someone else was trying to post at the exact same time or maybe seconds apart from me so it creates a delayed posting.

      I noticed this about a week ago when looking at the timestamps; I think in that instance they were maybe 1 min apart.

      I don’t believe it’s any type of censoring or tracking of posters’ comments.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Thank you P. Also, sometimes you need to clear your cache…(history of where you’ve been on your device) That messes things up sometimes.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      I guess anything is possible these days Joemama….but…..probably not.

      IMO, it’s just another update on their system….Every piece of software ever written must be updated from time to time as competition from new platforms, new browsers,new equipment, etc are developed by others; otherwise, WP could not keep up with the latest-greatest being developed and would fail to work in coordination with new technology.

      If you’re concerned really about what was in your #2 question, for sure….where ya been?
      We must be prepared for the worst, and then be pleasantly surprised if that doesn’t happen…..

      Most don’t realize how close we came to having the web cut-off completely from the US when Obie was in charge!!

      Now, any of that NWO-globullist crap….which I guess is still possible, will be met by…as now…any and all legal means are being exhausted….but if necessary, THIS is our Republic…..and We the People…..will do whatever is necessary to stop the evil ones.

      So far, UncleWP has shown no inclination to censor anything but maybe porn sites, etc.

      Periodically, we all have experienced different issues posting/commenting. Some controls from time to time are placed just on this site by Sd. (WP allows Administrators to have some control of their own sites!!)

      AND , if you haven’t been in spam-hellz at least once around here, (for some stupid reason) then you haven’t been here very long. Admins can see all that, and they can fish you out of spam-bins to some extent if you mention your comment isn’t showing up, if that’s the problem.

      But also, some people may be running old software, or old equipment that may be causing some glitch somewhere.

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  36. stepping back to find some happiness and normalcy this weekend.
    And that lead me to Mikaela Shiffrin and the alpine world ski championships today in Sweden.

    If you want a link to lift your weekend here is a link to her final race video and truly emotional interview after that.
    https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2019/02/16/mikaela-shiffrin-makes-history-with-fourth-straight-slalom-world-championship-win/
    Enjoy – there are really good Americans left. She is a gem.

    For those that do not know, Mikaela Shiffrin is currently the dominant female athlete in the world across all sports right now. As declared by many foreign news companies from all over. She is 23 and a proud traditional USA woman (girl as she calls all her competitors.).

    Today was the slalom race her favorite. But she was very sick all day and could hardly breath at all when pushing hard. Third after first run turned into a miracle literally breathless second run. And she literally was not breathing the last part of the run at all. Really bad respiratory infection had her going to the ground after finish to try to breath again.

    Winning her greatest victory ever and completed 4 wins in a row in a single discipline in the world championships. Never done before by anybody – man or woman.

    Then stood proudly on the medal stand if she could breath. And then placed her hand over her heart and sang the National Anthem when it was played.

    She is loved by all the fellow competitors from other countries. They are all good friends and respect each other greatly and never say bad words ever. She has elevated the entire female alpine skiing competitions. They all ski harder, train harder and compete as pure sports and then offer their blessings for good fortunes to whomever gets it. Then go train harder and study Mikaela videos.

    Pure sport, pure respect, The “girls” all hug each other, talk and congratulate each other. This is all sincere real emotion and respect. So rare today. Mikaela Shiffrin as the leader in her sport has created a beautiful environment for women’s alpine skiing.

    Mikaela is totally different than Lindsey Vonn. Mikaela a down home, grounded traditionalist versus Vonn the wild thrill seeking progressive. Personally glad Vonn is retired and gone.

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  37. cyn3wulf says:

    1995 doesn’t seem like it was that long ago. So much has changed, though, that it’s hard to imagine something like this happening these days, even before Trump took office: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8BEzPc1awg

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  38. covfefe999 says:

    Just saw this on TMZ. Super scary crash on snowy I-70 in Missouri yesterday apparently near the Missouri-Kansas border. Clearly people were driving too fast. Someone died in the pileup. I don’t understand why people drive so fast when the road is covered with snow. That’s crazy..

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  39. Landslide says:

    Help! How do I get back to the “mobile view” of the Treehouse? I’m on an iPhone & it switched to desktop view and I can’t figure out how to get back!

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  40. Dora says:

    The whole world is going mad. Help!

    ========

    Men Can Be Mothers in UK, While French Schools Erase Terms ‘Father,’ ‘Mother’

    A UK government lawyer has said that “mother” is no longer a gender specific term preserved only for women.

    The comments were made during a High Court hearing where a ‘transgender’ man born a woman gave birth to a child and is seeking to be named the father, rendering the baby legally motherless, reports The Telegraph.

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/02/15/france-mother-father-parent-uk-govt-lawyer-mother-not-gender-specific/

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  41. warrprin1 says:

    ENOUGH! of this “trans” BS

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  42. Sandra-VA says:

    Hubby and I just spent SEVERAL annoying hours trying to sync the remotes to our new Sleep Number bed…. CAN I JUST SAY…. WRITE A MANUAL to go with these things that actually explains the setup process? grrrrrrrrr

    It is now done… and OMG! This bed is the very best bed EVAH! We replaced another sleep number with this one. An adjustable base and super comfy topper. The difference is unreal!

    I tried it out after we set it up and my back has never ever felt so happy. 9 yrs of trying to get comfortable and not in pain… the search is over 😀

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  43. Dora says:

    I think the jacket is hideous.

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  44. Mandy says:

    “Far-right to get seats in Spanish parliament: opinion polls

    MADRID (Reuters) – Far-right lawmakers are set to be elected to Spain’s parliament for the first time in nearly four decades, two opinion polls showed on Saturday, forecasting that no single party would get a majority in a snap election on April 28. ”

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics-election/far-right-to-get-seats-in-spanish-parliament-opinion-polls-idUSKCN1Q50LJ

    *giggles*

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