Saturday March 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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267 Responses to Saturday March 16th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

    Happy Caturday!

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  2. citizen817 says:

    Another Caturday…

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  3. citizen817 says:

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  4. citizen817 says:

    Last Refuge Retweet

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    • Janie M. says:

      citizen817, I love brilliant Stefan. ❤️

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    • Well, let’s grant credit where it is due, since this is “borrowed” usage of ancient philosophy that is old enough to be in the public domain (so no copyright issues). The “Allegory of the Cave” is from Plato’s Republic (book VII). https://web.stanford.edu/class/ihum40/cave.pdf

      The symbolism and deeper meaning of this Platonic dialog has been vigorously debated since he wrote it. It is ordinarily taught in any Philosophy 101 course, but also often presented in advanced English composition classes, and sometimes Psychology.
      https://faculty.washington.edu/smcohen/320/cave.htm

      The allegory is referred to in Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”, and in many films in various disguised forms. For example, in the James Dean movie “Rebel Without a Cause”, Sal Mineo’s character (called Plato) portrays aspects and behaviors of the prisoners in the cave.

      (When we discussed it in class in the early 1970s, IIRC the debate at that time centered around opposing interpretations by Martin Heidegger and Hannah Arendt.)

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      • lotbusyexec says:

        Thank you, IM – am going to go back and read The Allegory of the Cave and take in a wee bit of Plato today. Seems like there is never enough time to read BUT today I will find it! I also appreciated the mini-lesson 🙂

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

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    • GB Bari says:

      Wow! She’s great! Made it look almost easy…but I know better!

      Thanks!

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    • Rynn69 says:

      She is a person that inspires the world. And her last name is not Kardashian. THANK GOD.

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    • Jim in TN says:

      So, who was the genius that decided four keyboards for two hands wasn’t enough, let’s make one for your feet too, and put it where you can’t see it?

      That is amazing. I can remember when I first realized drummers kept four different things going at once, one for each limb. Does this count as 12 things going on at once?

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    • Concerned Virginian says:

      Been there, done that, to this day I cannot forget the hours of intense concentration at the organ—a fabulous 4 manual dozens of ranks Casavant.
      Not only did I have to be able to play each hand alone perfectly, then hands together perfectly—I had to play each hand alone WITH the pedals before putting the whole piece together.
      But actually I think the hardest part of playing the organ is that you are constantly working with the reverb of the space plus the fact that there is a completely different sense of the takt (beat) of the music since there’s no ‘hammerklavier” feeling in the organ keyboards.

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  6. Janie M. says:

    Hope this video embeds. It’s from the NY Post. Smart kitty! 😘 😄

    https://nypost.com/video/genius-cat-rescues-owner-after-she-gets-locked-out-of-house/

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  7. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Euthanasia

    Scripture Reading:

    “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
    — Hebrews 9:27

    It is our firm conviction that every believer in Christ should strongly oppose euthanasia on the grounds that it runs contrary to the revealed will of God. Euthanasia is the deliberate act of prematurely terminating the life of someone who is hopelessly ill. This is normally achieved through the controlled inhalation of carbon monoxide, by a lethal injection of drugs or withholding nourishment. Those who are advocates of this unwholesome rationale believe that it is morally acceptable to end the pain and suffering of a loved one whose life would otherwise be meaningless. In the name of compassion Michigan’s infamous “Dr. Death” has assisted in many such suicides, proclaiming himself to be an angel of mercy.

    Thankfully most physicians still hold to the Hippocratic oath, which states that every effort should be made to preserve life. But even more importantly, man has no moral right to terminate a life that has been given by God. It has been appropriately said: “Suicide doesn’t end the pain, it only lays it on the broken shoulders of the survivors.” Many seem to have forgotten that it is God “in whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12:10). We sympathize, of course, with any family who has a loved one who is terminally ill. Nevertheless, to cut that life short may send them to a Christless eternity when they might have otherwise believed before their natural death. Also, we may never know how many souls in the medical profession have been saved because they were in the presence of a dying saint or family member who was faithful in sharing Christ. The Lord’s consolation at such times is “MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR THEE!”

    By Pastor Paul M. Sadler

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/euthanasia/

    Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

    Job 12:10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.

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    • GB Bari says:

      S M H. Seems that entire family is living a fake / cheating life. She reveals that her father falsified his college attendance to his father. I wonder if Hallmark will sue her for damage to their brand. There are few channels left from which one can get decent programming these days.

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      • Rynn69 says:

        GB – I am extremely disappointed in Lori Loughlin. At least vapid cads like the Kardashians do not to pretend to be what they are not. You can choose whether to engage in their programming, products, whatever. But to be on a stellar network with people who watch that care about wholesome American values and do this is hard to understand. I hope Lori will look inward and spend time to think about it all.

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      • lotbusyexec says:

        Can’t even begin to imagine the shame they all must feel. I am praying for them because they need guidance. Maybe Hallmark will make a series out of this real-life tragedy. They have exposed so much of what is wrong with the college application process and just how unfair life can be at times to those who genuinely have done all that is right to succeed and yet were left out because of others misdeeds and institutional corruption. My daughter is a senior and will be going off to college in the fall. She has been a rower since the summer of 8th grade and it has been a real roller coaster ride for her (Seat racing, 2Ks, practices 6 days a week from 5:15 – 7:15 AM and then again from 3:30 – 6:30 pm daily, balancing school work, a job (lifeguards every Sunday at a local YMCA)…) and my family (financially, me taking her to regattas on weekends and being away from my other children… ). The recruiting process was just that a “process”. Thankfully, ALL her hard work has paid off and she will be going to one of the top 20 schools in the country for both her rowing and her academic success because SHE wanted it and worked for it (she still is). Her dad and I helped her with devoting our time, encouragement and our limited resources (having 4 kids, 2 dogs, living in NY and sending your kids to Catholic school makes for limited resources) but it was mostly her and her never ever give up mental attitude. May we all have that Jimmy Valvano attitude today and always — “Don’t give up… Don’t ever give up”

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        • jbt says:

          My older sister had that drive and got into UCLA (1963); she worked, but my father spent BIG $$ to keep her there for 4 years. She came out a confirmed, lifetime liberal.
          I hope your daughter goes off with an ironclad understanding of the Constitution and history of our magnificent country. Good show !!

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    • duchess01 says:

      U.S. college admissions scandal sparks $500 billion lawsuit

      by Reuters
      Thursday, 14 March 2019 14:08 GMT

      http://news.trust.org/item/20190314135743-dob9p

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      • duchess01 says:

        Lori Loughlin’s daughters drop out of USC after admissions scandal

        By Tamar Lapin March 14, 2019 | 6:32pm

        https://pagesix.com/2019/03/14/lori-loughlins-daughters-drop-out-of-usc-after-admissions-scandal/

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        • nikkichico7 says:

          …… Olivia Jade — who said last year she didn’t “really care about school” but wanted the “experience” of “partying” … ☺️👍 .. 😖🤚 … 👇🏻😃 … numb-nuts ..

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          • duchess01 says:

            I am thankful this is all coming out – too many were refused entry because these people bought their way in – money cannot buy you an education – you must work for it – right, nikki?

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            • nikkichico7 says:

              I agree with you on that, and the people doing this don’t want an education they want the “label” like their house, cars, clothes, jewelry … and education it a acquisition/purchase for the lifestyle … like Paris leading up to the revolutio …
              shudder … rather they just adjust their attitudes

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              • duchess01 says:

                This just diminishes the importance of a college education – our Education System needs a serious overhaul – remove all liberal teachers and/or professors – it has developed into indoctrination rather than education – makes me cranky, nikki!

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                • nikkichico7 says:

                  Me too, these bad guys think the own it all and they’re bullies. The indoctrination started in the drug-cultured ‘60s when those kids when to college they became the teachers/professors on deck now and for the past 20 years or more, it’s intentional communist indoctrination .. 🤮

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                • duchess01 says:

                  Sad, but true, nikki – we have been aware of this all along – we just did not know the extent to which the left would push their agenda – and the D Party as well – we have a lot of work to do – imho – to change that –

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              • BigMamaTEA says:

                That shows the true value of having the “mark” if you will. The certificate, framed on the wall….means NOTHING. Someone wants their kid to have Harvard, etc on their CV.

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                • nikkichico7 says:

                  Yes, sadly. It’s something to realize the numb-nuts you knew from elementary school all the way through schoolers the same s adults (snicker) and are totally fixated on how they “appear” and must be tippy-top of the dog pile … it’s the men kids shit show … nuts 🤨

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      • dutzie60 says:

        Has anyone discussed or asked how these kids are making the grades to stay in these prestigious schools? Is there another underlying scandal of professors, grades, etc?

        This guy isn’t a celebrity but seems he’s losing a lot in this scandal. He lives in Marin County California north of Golden Gate Bridge which is one the richest in state. (I just moved from there. No, I’m not rich.😏)

        http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/central-figure-in-varsity-blues-college-scandal-is-prolific-political-donor/

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        • duchess01 says:

          Just as they paid their way in – they pay for professors to provide the grades – as long as they don’t go rogue ridiculous and push them to the head of the class – who does it hurt – the ones who belong there and can benefit.

          dutzie – it is all about the money – no integrity necessary – money talks; BS walks – a friend once told me – it is not what you know – it is who you know that counts.

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Not yet dutzie…..that will become the “rest of the story” to come in the future as this thing is investigated and prosecuted.

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    • bessie2003 says:

      This is very sad, to drag this young woman, still a teenager at 19 then when this happened, into the international news. She will be forever known as a cheater as the young Nicholas Sandmann will forever be known as the smurking kid. This is the downside of social media, stuff like this lives forever and these young people will forever be identified with these incidents no matter what they may go on and do in life.

      I’m very glad to not have grown up in the age of the internet where their teenage years will forever be pointing its finger at them.

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  8. citizen817 says:

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  10. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy Caterday!!!

    Kitty welcomes her person home!

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  11. Blue Ridge Mts. Va says:

    611 steam locomotive heading to Pennsylvania for events this fall

    ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) The Spirit of Roanoke is heading to Strasburg, Pennsylvania this fall.

    The 611 steam engine that was built in the Norfolk and Western Shops will make a temporary move to the Strasburg Rail Road.

    Special events are scheduled there on four weekends in September and October.

    Peg McGuire is the Director of Communications for the iconic locomotive.

    “It is a huge deal,” McGuire told WDBJ7. “First of all, we are taking the locomotive out of Virginia and North Carolina for the first time since she’s been restored in 2015. It opens up an entire new market for us to create new 611 fans, which is important for our future.”
    Close to $100,000 worth of tickets for the Pennsylvania events were sold on Friday alone.

    https://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/611-heading-to-Pennsylvania-for-events-this-fall-507228781.html

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  12. Mandy says:

    Drag Queen Storytime Reader has history of child sexual assault. Houston, TX.

    https://abc13.com/drag-queen-storytime-reader-once-charged-with-assault/5197176/

    “Houston Public Library is apologizing after a man charged for sexually assaulting a child was allowed to entertain children at Drag Queen storytime.

    The library said Friday that a review revealed the volunteer never completed a background check before he was allowed to participate in the program.

    Albert Alfonso Garza, 32, was last seen reading to children at the Montrose Library in September 2018.”

    I wonder if he’s illegal, too…..

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    • amwick says:

      My best friend has been a librarian her entire adult life, in the Boston Public Library system. I asked her about this whole thing… They have an actual cash grant for drag queen story time.. it is just awful. The group that was supposed to come to her particular branch were drag queens dressed as Catholic Nuns. You cannot make this up. Her branch has many immigrants who are religious people. It is insane, and she explained to upper management why the community would be insulted by the use of nuns habits…. 🤔😮😮😮😮😡😡🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬

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      • lotbusyexec says:

        Absolutely disgusting! Where are the protests? The world is upside down. Thank God PDJT is shaking things up and waking people up – God help us!

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      • andyocoregon says:

        I say Fire the administrators who allow this kind of disrespectful garbage into their school.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Ask her if that is a State grant or Federal next time you speak with her. I’m curious.

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        • amwick says:

          Good question… I absolutely will. My friend is a liberal person, but not very political, if that makes sense. She is very, very good at her job, great with people… a decent person altogether. She is extremely distressed at some of this stuff, but it is her career, and she has to be diplomatic with upper management.

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      • Bendix says:

        Librarians were at one time the first line of defense for our Constitution and way of life.
        Remember how they pushed back against the government’s Patriot Act?
        Now libraries tend to be cutting back on things like the hours they are open, while spending time and resources on becoming a conduit for delivering liberal programs.

        How many places, libraries included, will not allow adult males without children to even sit in an area reserved for children, while anything connected to alternative sexuality gets a pass?

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      • dutzie60 says:

        Who takes their kids to this perverted crap? What’s that saying, Stay away and they will stop.

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  13. smiley2 says:

    🐱

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  14. smiley2 says:

    in his younger daze…. Beto O’Rourke…the Hacker and The Cult of the Dead Cow…

    some images…

    weird enough ??

    here’s more…an article about it…

    Beto O’Rourke : I Belonged To Oldest Group Of Computer Hackers In US History ~ Cult Of The Dead Cow

    https://freedomoutpost.com/beto-orourke-i-belonged-to-oldest-group-of-computer-hackers-in-us-history-cult-of-the-dead-cow/

    March 15, 2018

    so…he’s not only a self-professed criminal…and proud of it…butt he’s also…a poet

    that “poem” is referenced in-full in the article and a small part of it is posted above, ca 1988-ish.

    BTW…this cult of the “Dead Cow” takes its name from an abandoned Texas slaughterhouse.

    that’s just so poetic.

    hold the heat
    praise the dough boy at the pizza hut
    love the Oxen dung !

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  15. dogsmaw says:

    So I was reading at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-national-security-humanitarian-crisis-southern-border-2/

    excerpt ->

    So we’re building a lot of wall and we’re taking good care of our people. And we’re doing, at point of entry, a tremendous amount of work. We’re already in contract to buy — they make pretty incredible new equipment for drug detection where you can find out what’s in the wheel of a car, where it is, where it’s in the engine, where it’s in the hubcaps. I mean, we have some incredible stuff.

    Plus, we have — also, we’re getting dogs. More dogs, believe it or not. I still say — is that still true? There’s nothing that replaces a good dog. Is that right?

    PARTICIPANT: Absolutely.

    THE PRESIDENT: Buying this equipment for very expensive. But we haven’t been able — it’s true. We haven’t been able to match the dog.

    I’ve seen out at Secret Service, where they showed me the dogs, certain types of German Shepherd — very specific types of dog. But what they do is they’ll run by 15 boxes, all empty except one. And they’ll be very, very strongly sealed boxes. And they’ll coming running full speed and stop like on a dime. They know the drugs are in that box. It’s the most incredible thing.

    So, we’re spending hundreds of millions of dollars on equipment, but I will say this: It’s not as good as the dogs. (Laughter.) But, as you know, we’re getting you — so you’re going to have the best equipment, but we’re getting a lot of dogs for the various entry points also.

    I know, I know…its Caturday so Ill just throw this in for them 😛

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    • smiley2 says:

      I do wish PDJT would find another, better descriptive word to use instead of the word “incredible”…

      he uses it a LOT…it means “not believable”.

      strikes a wrong chord sometimes, jmo.

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      • dogsmaw says:

        Ill take you back to his younger years, im sure there is an influence in his past for the words he selects…

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        • smiley2 says:

          I’m not getting the connection there…??

          we all do it…words like awesome, incredible…and other twitter-speak…but saying “incredible” just doesn’t sound right (to me) no matter who says it…just say “fantastic”…or “phenomenal”…

          it’s not a criticism, necessarily…just an observation.

          someone pointed that out to me, years ago…something I appreciated.

          words matter to some people.

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          • lotbusyexec says:

            Smiley, Maybe to PDJT “incredible” means exactly that “not believable” and that’s why it is SO incredible because it is NOW believable to him. Just trying to put myself in his amazingly, fantastic and phenomenal mind 😉 – LOVE PDJT and you

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          • Dave says:

            I know, right? The President likes to use the word “tremendous” in place of “great”. But we all understand what he means. It’s a NY word, in that if you tell a NY gal “she looks tremendous”, it’s taken as a compliment. Anywhere else in the country, you get your faced slapped! Comedians, and especially impressionists make use of these gems in their acts all the time.

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        • andyocoregon says:

          Quite coincidentally, two nights ago I watched a classic movie on the Turner Classic Movie channel called The Blue Gardenia. It featured a very young Nat King Cole singing the title song both live and on a record played later. It also starred Raymond Burr and Anne Baxter, two very talented actors. It had a great story line and even though it was filmed in B&W, it was very good, IMO.

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          • Bendix says:

            I think I remember watching that movie when I was maybe ten years old.
            I got such a kick out of seeing Perry Mason playing someone else.

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          What a tribute to her daddy! Still gives me chills, from when she first did this.

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    • andyocoregon says:

      Fox & Friends this morning pointed out how both MSNBC and CNN talked over Atty Gen Barr while he was speaking yesterday at the Veto event. They deliberately blocked what he was saying and only showed him in a split screen with no audio for him.

      And they wonder why they’re called Fake News.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      I have some of what your cat’s smokin’ smiley!!!HA!

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  16. Dora says:

    I want a drink!

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  17. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  18. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.”
    Psalms 27:11 (KJV)

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  19. Dora says:

    Every day is a happy day in Dingle.

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  20. nimrodman says:

    Big brother taking his little brother home

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  21. Dora says:

    God Bless and Protect Our President.

    Liked by 19 people

    • andyocoregon says:

      We’re lucky he’s our President.

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    • warrprin1 says:

      LIKE! LIKE! LIKE! ^^^ The LIKE function isn’t working for my log-in today.

      Thank you, Dora. This is a heart rending photo that reminds us of our President Trump’s determination to continue advancing, step by step, alone if necessary, in the name of the United States of America and the American people who rely on our Founding Documents to protect our Rights as a Citizenry.

      God bless President Trump. Lord, please, please keep our beloved, trusted, true Patriot, President Trump safe from harm. God bless President Trump’s family, and every one of those in our government who recognize the unique importance of our POTUSDJT’s work, and who loyally support what our President is doing to lead us in the restoration of all that has been productive, wholesome, and protective of the Rights spelled out in our Founding Documents.

      God bless each and every one of our Treeper Patriots, and Thank You, Lord, for the Treehouse Founder, Sundance, and his extraordinary team: Ad Rem and Menagerie.

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  22. getfitnow says:

    This is how you fight back. Way to stand up to the Left, Tucker!!!

    FTA – Because the Left knows that it loses the argument anytime the merits of its policies are discussed, it has weaponized selective outrage in order to silence the most effective voices against it. Sunday night, timed to make headlines and generate Twitter storms as the new week began, Media Matters, the Soros-funded nonprofit whose donors receive tax deductions, launched an attack intended to drive advertisers away from Tucker Carlson’s prime time show on Fox News Channel.

    Last night, Tucker responded in the opening segment of his show, well-worth almost 7 minutes of your time, refusing to play the outrage game, and calling out the effort to silence voices that the Left cannot defeat with fact and reason:

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/03/media_matters_trying_to_silence_tucker_carlson_but_he_fights_back_with_epic_response.html

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    • andyocoregon says:

      Anyone who refuses to watch Fox News misses an awful lot of good done by Tucker and other, IMO.

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      • warrprin1 says:

        Yes, andyocoregon – It is a matter of picking and choosing on FOXNews during this challenging time. Tucker, WOW! I will follow him into battle, real battle, at a moment’s notice. And Judge Jeanine! – Judge Jeanine the Warrior for Genuine Justice! There are others: we, in our household, regret that we have missed the outstanding reportage of Catherine Herridge since we cut FOXNews’ Brett Baier out of our daily viewing. Catherine showed up on either Lou Dobbs or Tucker, or one of the other later evening programs last evening. She is still digging for the truth, the whole, truth, and nothing but the truth. Thank you, Catherine Herridge! ….. There are others on FOXNews and FOX Business. But SHEP gets a 1st Amendment Award? Are you kidding me?

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  23. duchess01 says:

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mocks God: “What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe”

    March 16, 2019
    by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog

    https://www.sgtreport.com/2019/03/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-mocks-god-what-good-are-your-thoughts-prayers-when-they-dont-even-keep-the-pews-safe/

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  24. nikkichico7 says:

    Enslaved by Debt
    MARCH 16, 2019
    Proverbs 22:7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.

    Personal debt has skyrocketed in Western culture. Easy credit, a desire for material goods, and an unwillingness to save and wait have led many people down the path of financial bondage. The Bible doesn’t forbid borrowing, but it clearly warns us of its negative consequences. Our verse today describes the borrower as the lender’s slave.

    Every dollar borrowed costs you a measure of freedom. It means your paycheck is no longer entirely yours, since a part of it must be set aside to repay your creditor. As the interest adds up, the financial burden may necessitate working longer hours. The obligation to repay debt oftentimes hinders the ability to give to the Lord’s work or help people in need. Instead of getting the firstfruits, God gets leftovers or nothing at all.

    The consequences of accumulating debt reach beyond monetary issues. The burden of mounting bills creates emotional and relational stress. In fact, financial problems are one of the leading causes of divorce. Even our relationship with the Lord is affected when we let our appetite for the world’s goods override our obedience to His voice. Although God promises to supply our needs, how often do we jump ahead of Him and provide for ourselves with easy payment plans?

    The next time you are tempted to charge a purchase that you really can’t afford, stop! Go home and ask the Lord if He wants you to have it. If He does, ask Him to provide it. Then wait. True freedom comes to those who rely on the Lord’s provision instead of their credit cards.
    intouch.org
    Dr. Charles Stanley

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  25. getfitnow says:

    FTA – Predictable hypocrite.

    FTA – Check out Reiner’s wall that protects his Los Angeles home in the video above, and see how Hollywood elites protect their homes.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/15/walls-across-america-rob-reiner/

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  26. Betty made the following comment on the Presidential Politics thread this morning. It should be sent to every SOB in Congress, especially the Dims. (btw – THANKS Betty!)

    “If Mueller does not charge anyone he investigated with a crime, then everyone he investigated is innocent and has Constitutionally protected rights, the public’s “right to know” is second to their right to privacy. We do not get salivate over every pair of undies Mueller sniffed over the last 2.5 years.”

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  27. Mandy says:

    I wonder….is “the Great Falling Away” referenced by Paul in 2 Thessalonians happening through the rise of Islam? Woke up thinking about this….probably because I rewatched that vid from a decade ago documenting the rise of Islam before sharing it here.

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  28. Sepp says:

    A word of wisdom from Saint Dorotheos of Gaza (+ 565)

    “You may well know about the sin, but you do not know about the repentance.”

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    • Mandy says:

      “A man can know nothing about the judgments of God. He alone is the one who takes account of all and is able to judge the hearts of each one of us, as He alone is our Master. Truly it happens that a man may do a certain thing which seems to be wrong out of simplicity, and there may be something about it which makes more amends to God than your whole life; how are you going to sit in judgment and constrict your own soul? And should it happen that he has fallen away, how do you know how much and how well he fought; how much blood he sweated before he did it? Perhaps so little fault can be found in him that God can look on his action as if it were just, for God looks on his labor and all the struggle he had before he did it, and has pity on him. And do you know this, and what God has spared him for? Are you going to condemn him for this and ruin your own soul? And how do you know what tears he has shed about it before God? You may well know about the sin but do you not know about the repentance?”

      — St. Dorotheos of Gaza, Discourses and Sayings

      http://www.orthodoxchurchquotes.com/category/sayings-from-saints-elders-and-fathers/st-dorotheos-of-gaza/

      Reminded me of the wisdom of the blessed St. Paisios of Mt. Athos:

      “The Drunk Monk and Elder Paisios

      Once on Mount Athos there was a monk who lived in Karyes. He drank and got drunk every day and was the cause of scandal to the pilgrims. Eventually he died and this relieved some of the faithful who went on to tell Elder Paisios that they were delighted that this huge problem was finally solved.

      Father Paisios answered them that he knew about the death of the monk, after seeing the entire battalion of angels who came to collect his soul. The pilgrims were amazed and some protested and tried to explain to the Elder of whom they were talking about, thinking that the Elder did not understand.

      Elder Paisios explained to them: “This particular monk was born in Asia Minor, shortly before the destruction by the Turks when they gathered all the boys. So as not to take him from their parents, they would take him with them to the reaping, and so he wouldn’t cry, they just put raki into his milk in order for him to sleep. Therefore he grew up as an alcoholic. There he found an elder and said to him that he was an alcoholic. The elder told him to do prostrations and prayers every night and beg the Panagia to help him to reduce by one the glasses he drank.

      After a year he managed with struggle and repentance to make the 20 glasses he drank into 19 glasses. The struggle continued over the years and he reached 2-3 glasses, with which he would still get drunk.”

      The world for years saw an alcoholic monk who scandalized the pilgrims, but God saw a fighter who fought a long struggle to reduce his passion.

      Without knowing what each one is trying to do what he wants to do, what right do we have to judge his effort?

      Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos”

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  29. Mandy says:

    “Boeing Loses Air Force’s Confidence

    The KC-46 aerial refueling tanker is more than two years behind schedule and has cost Boeing $3.5 billion in charges for cost overruns. The company finally delivered the first KC-46 earlier this year and said it was on track to resolve lingering technical deficiencies with the refueling boom.

    But Air Force acquisition chief William Roper said this week the service is “not happy” with trash and tools left in tankers that it received.

    “I think it’s going to take more than a year of measuring and tracking Boeing’s performance until we’re confident that they follow their procedures, and maybe longer than that before we believe the culture of quality has come back,” Roper told reporters Thursday, according to the Wall Street Journal. “This is a lapse in culture, and they simply have to be able to build it back.”

    Boeing expects to build 179 of the tankers in a deal worth more than $40 billion.”

    More at link:

    https://www.investors.com/news/boeing-stock-737-sls-kc-46-shanahan-777x-f15x/

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  30. warrprin1 says:

    @ patrickhenrycensored, crossthread, and other friends who have indicated their appreciation for the Patrick Henry daily quotes. The Colonial American Patriot’s words of wisdom for today have been posted on the Presidential Thread, as well as here on the Open Thread.

    “When the American Spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different; Liberty, sir, was then the primary object….. Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings — give us that precious jewel and you may take everything else!” Patrick Henry

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    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      Whatever is said, will never go over your head
      When you look up to the Lord for guidance.
      phc

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      • patrickhenrycensored says:

        Thankful for His gift of life
        Grateful for His patient guidance
        Joyous upon receipt of that call to come home

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        • Chris says:

          Amen.

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        • Patrickhenrycensored, I want you to now how grateful I am for all of you posts through out the past few years.

          I have had to jump through a lot of hoops to get my comments back up here on the treehouse, it is a long story that I will not bore you with.

          Our family has been caring for our four year old grandson who is fighting childhood leukemia and is right now losing.

          I have had the time nor the energy to work through the process of proving to wordpress that I am who I say I am.

          But I decided to give it a try today so I could tell you how much I have enjoyed and looked for your comments in the threads here on the treehouse.

          Good luck on your journey Home and much love and prayers from our family to yours.

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      • Concerned Virginian says:

        phc
        I want you to know that since you shared with the CTH family about your illness, I ask the Almighty God to give you strength every day.
        I also thank you every day for jolting me into seeing life through your perspective. The example of your courage will always be woven into the fabric of my existence.

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    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      Your posts are much appreciated, warrprin1

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  31. patrickhenrycensored says:

    The difference between fearless and foolish
    Is where one places his faith
    phc

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  32. Lucille says:

    Nigeria: Muslims murder 85 people, torch 100 homes, villagers “living in palpable fear”
    March 16, 2019 11:00 AM By Robert Spencer
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/03/nigeria-muslims-murder-85-people-torch-100-homes-villagers-living-in-palpable-fear

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    • andyocoregon says:

      Don’t look for this story on the evening MSM news.

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    • Rudy says:

      One more, or rather 85 more, reasons I feel utterly no empathy for the muzzies that were offed in New Zealand the other day.
      NONE.
      It won’t be many weeks, or days, until they have killed and raped a hundred times (innocents and Christians, and Buddhists, and YOUNG WOMEN AND GIRLS) as many as were eradicated in Christchurch.
      It’s past time to make them pay, and rid ourselves of their pestilential, miserable existence. No more crocodile tears and cries of ‘islamophobia’ while they kill, rape, blackmail, and always lie about their murderous intent. They just need to be, HAVE TO BE, stopped cold. Stone cold is just fine with me.
      I’m out of patience with moslems and their crap. Even more with their suicidal apologists.

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