Wednesday June 26th – 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 †

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

125 Responses to Wednesday June 26th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

    Liked by 2 people

  2. citizen817 says:

    Liked by 12 people

  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Why Christ Came
    by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
    Have you ever asked yourself why the Lord Jesus Christ came into the world? Have you ever “searched the Scriptures” to find out why? The majority of religious leaders and their followers seem to think that Christ lived on earth to teach us by His words and His example how we should live. But let’s think this through.

    Our Lord did indeed show men how they should live with each other and before God. But what were the results? Did the people say: “How wonderful! Now we know how to live together and enjoy life! Let’s follow His teachings and the world will be a happier place to live in!” Is this what they said? Far from it! As the record indicates, they hated Him, they ridiculed Him, they heckled Him and finally nailed Him to a cross.

    As to His example: Have you ever seen how a jeweler will put a diamond on a piece of black felt to show it to a prospective customer? The diamond is seen most clearly in all its brilliance against a dark, black background — and vice versa. In the same way, man has never really followed Christ’s example — he couldn’t. Rather, the pure white light of Christ’s holiness only shows up the dark, black character of the human heart, and man by contrast stands rebuked and condemned.

    But why, then, did Christ come into the world? The whole volume of Scripture bears witness to St. Paul’s answer in I Tim. 1:15: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”

    Consider the Old Testament types and prophecies. Consider its Psalms and poems. Consider the words of Christ Himself and you will see that He came, not to live, primarily, but to die — to die “for our sins” (I Cor. 15:3), to pay our penalty that we might be justified — cleared of all the charges which the Law held against us.

    These same Scriptures also declare that He, the Prince of Peace, arose from the dead and will come again as King of kings and Lord of lords. But meantime we may trust in the rejected Savior and enjoy “peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1).

    Liked by 5 people

  4. Garrison Hall says:

    Liked by 6 people

  5. citizen817 says:

    Liked by 6 people

  6. citizen817 says:

    Liked by 7 people

    • czarowniczy says:

      Maybe if they explore deep enough they can also find a patriotic Democrat.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Pale rider says:

      Yes, first let’s give the researchers a condo in the region. Then of course a road to the region, lighting, sewer. And we need funds so, open it to tourists with a long nature trail and snack machines throughout.

      Like

  7. citizen817 says:

    Liked by 5 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      Aw, poor guy. He thought he could write his own script, hire the actors, and direct himself in this pitiful farce. He was wrong.

      Like

  8. usnveteran says:

    June 24, 2019
    United Nations Poised To Launch Global Ban On Speech That Insults Muslims –
    By Christine Douglass-Williams:
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/06/un-poised-to-launch-global-ban-on-speech-that-insults-muslims

    The UN and their cohorts should go home and deal with their own crap. America does not want anymore of their cultural exchanges.

    Which Country Has The Most Open Defecation In The World?
    By Aashish Gupta:
    https://riceinstitute.org/blog/new-maps-which-country-has-the-most-open-defecation-in-the-world/

    Open Defecation:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_defecation

    Liked by 2 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      My son’s ship pulled into port in Somolia, I believe it was. He saw a man on the dock take a dump in the water, take off his shirt, wipe his butt with it, rinse it out in the water he just took a dump in, wring it out and put it back on. Third world country.

      Liked by 2 people

    • czarowniczy says:

      Seems that the UN is picking up the pace, just about a day ago it sent the Turkish rep to the UN a letter questioning the Armenian genocide. After a 34 year hiatus on the genocide the UN sends…a letter.

      Out of convenience the apologists include the hundreds of thousands of Greeks and Assyrians massacred during this same period under the same Ottoman cleansing but these were all Christians massacred by Moslems so WTF, why not just lump it all together for convenience? It was a hundred years ago (OK, it continued in to the 20s/30s but that convenience thing again) under (mostly – convenience) the Ottomans and not the Turks…what’s all the fuss about?

      Granted these Christian groups had lived side-by-side with the Moslem Turks for hundreds of years (as did the Christians in the Levant massacred by the ISIS) and they were Christians murdered by Moslems because they were Christians so it was their fault, had they not insisted on staying Christian they wouldn’t have been…inconvenienced. Anyway, that was then, this is now and we’re too progressive for that to happen now; and, if ir did, the UN would send a letter!

      Liked by 1 person

      • usnveteran says:

        I often wonder if the UN is the ‘shadow government’.

        Like

        • czarowniczy says:

          Their hands are in it. The elitists back to old Woodrow wanted a world government of some form or to some degree.

          Why they believe that nations whose populations are still poking around under rocks with pointy sticks to find food on a level to determine what nations with indoor plumbing, running water and clean underwear is beyond me.

          Liked by 1 person

  9. czarowniczy says:

    After screwing around with the idea since 1970, Turkey has finally started construction on its first nuke power plant. After playing footsie with nearly every nuke plant construction company in a dozen countries over the last nearly 50 years it settled on a Russian plant – geez, what could go wrong.

    Despite the irony of Turkey buying a Russian after Gazprom arbitrarily jacked up the price of natural gas to a point where Turkey couldn’t afford it , the foundation was poured in April 2018. Shortly thereafter there was a problem – the Russian made foundation cracked. Undeterred Turkey cleaned out the cracks and poured some new concrete into them – geez what could go wrong? Howabout the foundation cracked again? They’re patching it again – what could possibly go wrong?

    The foundation cracked without and seismic activity occurring – oh, did I mention it’s built in an area known to be earthquake active? But hey, the Russians have learned and what could…oh, we already visited that. We’re assured the plant and the containment facility are structurally sound enough to withstand an earthquake, special concretes and vertical construction materials are being used to ensure state-of-the-art security. We’re assured.

    Two more plants are planned for the near future (don’t hold your breath), one to be built by Japanese concerns on the shore of the Black Sea (getting deja vu) while China will use US nuke plant design/technology to build a 3rd plant also on the Black Sea close to its border with Bulgaria.

    Meanwhile energy-short Turkey is ratcheting up eastern Med tensions by sending a Turkish exploration ship into Cypress’s territorial waters to sink a deep borehole into a potential natural gas field. Cypress is understandably pissed and went to the EU for help’ The EU recognized Cypress’s claim and told Turkey to back off and Turkey told the EU FU.

    Don’t know how many of you remember the Turkish invasion of Cypress in 1974 when Turkey annexed the northern 1/3rd of Cypress – they’re still there – and while most of the world only recognizes the Cypriot government as the sole legal entity in ruling the island the Turks are still there. Looks like the drilling ship will be there too and NATO and the EU may well find itself trying again to mitigate and mediate between two vital members.

    Liked by 8 people

  10. Garrison Hall says:

    I used to dream of moving to California. Now I can’t abide the thought of California coming to me . . .

    Liked by 4 people

  11. Troublemaker10 says:

    .

    Liked by 4 people

  12. JC says:

    Ordered a large Coke Monday from McDonald’s in Boulder, CO, for $1.00. Total was $1.55; 55 cents sugar tax. Cancelled the order. Have to save the money to pay the “bag charge” at the grocery store.

    Liked by 3 people

    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      Have you looked at your mobile phone bill recently?

      50% taxes……Last time I lived in Calif was 2010…..San Jose is still charging me a “line” tax.

      AT&T says they can do nothing about it…

      Just saying..

      Liked by 2 people

      • czarowniczy says:

        I particularly like the tax on my cell that’s collected to pay for welfare recipients to get free cell phones and almost-free internet. So all youse e-legals common down, get free food, abortions, housing, internet and cell phones. Andele, andele!

        Like

  13. nwtex says:

    🤓

    Liked by 4 people

  14. Dora says:

    Francesca Simpson‏ – ‘Resting Rabbit’

    graphite and coloured pencil drawing on toned paper

    Liked by 10 people

  15. Dora says:

    You meet the strangest creatures in the ocean.

    Liked by 5 people

  16. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
    Proverbs 16:18 (KJV)

    Liked by 9 people

  17. duchess01 says:

    Jesus Loves Babies…Pray for the Unborn

    Jesus Loves the Little Children…Pray for the Little Children

    Jesus Loves You…Run to Him

    Liked by 7 people

  18. Dora says:

    Liked by 11 people

    • amwick says:

      Great news….TY

      Liked by 1 person

    • He should of came back too Wilmington, NC to film..
      Did you know?…
      My City was once called “BollywoodEast” ..
      We have many Massive Film Studios here in town..

      Hollywood Et. al. moved from ILM to Georgia because of two things..
      They “moved” because of two things..

      1. N.C. took away their “free monies” or in other words “Tax incentives”..
      2.. We did the “Bathroom Bill” thing..
      THIS this “Why” we a nearly pink County..
      The influx of Liberal Idiots from “out-West”, plus those Damned Yankess escaping from the Nawth from High Taxes & Liberal/Democrat Polices..

      Like

    • i'm just sayin'.. says:

      he made my day….

      Liked by 4 people

  19. nikkichico7 says:

    Unshakeable Foundation
    JUNE 26, 2019

    2 Peter 3:10-13
    10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. 11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! 13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

    With each passing year, the instability in the world seems more and more apparent. Natural and man-made catastrophes claim lives; political balance shifts; wealth and status come and go. It all causes us to ask, Is anything unshakeable?

    As overwhelming as these things seem, let me give you an even bigger example. In today’s passage, we read that the heavens and earth will be shaken. It will all be destroyed—burned, to be exact. Thankfully, we have the promise that God will create new heavens and a new earth, but in the meantime our world will undergo great turmoil.

    Instability can create feelings of insecurity and fear unless we latch onto the truths God has given us. The Bible refers to Jesus as a rock and firm foundation (1 Corinthians 3:10-11; Eph. 2:20). And we know that God is unchangeable and sovereign; nothing can undermine or move Him. His Word is truth, and it will last forever.

    As Christians, we know that our eternal relationship with God is secure. We’ve been adopted as His children, and nothing can rob us of this position. What’s more, believers are assured of an eternal home with Him. Though we may at times feel unsettled by our circumstances, we can rejoice when trials bring us humbly to the cross of Jesus, where we will find peace and safety.

    What assurance we have as God’s children! We can rest in peace and full confidence, knowing that our hearts are secure in Jesus Christ. As King David said in Psalm 16:8, “I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
    intouch.org
    Dr. Charles Stanley

    Liked by 4 people

  20. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels! From the “some things never change” dept.

    Liked by 4 people

  21. bessie2003 says:

    Was just thinking about this the other day given the huge amount of energy the press and social media is using to push the narrative of “what about the children?” at our southern border, remembering how this was the same narrative manipulation used to coerce the nations in Europe to let in the hoards of border crossers.

    It’s nice to see some in the press are picking up on this ploy; it’s very sad and upsetting that these children’s abuse, by those who are using them to pull heartstrings in order to push their agenda, is happening, but following Europe’s lead by just opening the borders isn’t the solution. Here’s the article that draws the parallel of how the narrative is being used:

    https://humanevents.com/2019/06/25/the-new-aylan-kurdi/?utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FSDGWrLETmU

    Liked by 2 people

  22. Dora says:

    Liked by 3 people

  23. wtd says:

    Merkel: We stand by the ‘Spitzenkandidat’ system, but it’s complicated https://reut.rs/2YcQhJL

    Spitzenkandi…in other words…the fix is in.
    The German term spitzenkandidat – plural spitzenkandidaten – traditionally refers to the lead candidate of a party. Before the European Election campaign starts, each party on the European level can publicly announce who their transnational spitzenkandidat will be, informally making them the face of their election bid.

    Like

  24. wtd says:

    French prosecutors open investigation into possible negligence over devastating Notre Dame Cathedral fire

    Liked by 2 people

  25. wtd says:

    Alabama Ford dealership celebrates July 4 by offering a free Bible, shotgun and American flag to everyone who buys a vehicle

    Liked by 6 people

  26. just stevie says:

    ALWAYS NOW

    “We…beseech you that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.” 2 Cor. vi. 1

    The grace you had yesterday will not do for to-day. Grace is the overflowing favour of God; you can always reckon it is there to draw upon. “In much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses” – that is where the test for patience comes. Are you failing the grace of God there? Are you saying – Oh well, I won’t count this time? It is not a question of praying and asking God to help you; it is taking the grace of God now. We make prayer the preparation for work, it is never that in the Bible. Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God. Don’t say – I will endure this until I can get away and pray. Pray now; draw on the grace of God in the moment of need. Prayer is the most practical thing, it is not the reflex action of devotion. Prayer is the last thing in which we learn to draw on God’s grace.

    “In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours” – in all these things manifest a drawing upon the grace of God that will make you a marvel to yourself and to others. Draw now, not presently. The one word in the spiritual vocabulary in Now. Let circumstances bring you where they will, keep drawing on the grace of God in every conceivable condition you may be in. One of the greatest proofs that you are drawing on the grace of God is that you can be humiliated without manifesting the slightest trace of anything but His grace.

    “Have nothing…” Never reserve anything. Pour out the best you have, and always be poor. Never be diplomatic and careful about the treasure God gives. This is poverty triumphant.

    Oswald Chambers
    June 26th Devotional

    Liked by 4 people

  27. wtd says:

    Revealed: Neville Chamberlain was gifted £500,000 gîte by the French to thank him for appeasing Hitler

    Liked by 3 people

    • Pale rider says:

      Judas! Same ole same ole, we see it everyday.
      When the light of righteousness shines on us after we leave these dirt bags we live in now, there will be no excuses. You WILL be accountable. The terror would be great to face your maker in his case. Laid bare.

      Liked by 1 person

  28. Esther says:

    SAD THAT FATHER AND BABY DAUGHTER ILLEGALS DROWNED BUT ITS THE DEMS AND THE MAN’S OWN FAULT.
    There is nothing MSM will not lay at President Trump’s feet as his fault, nothing!!. Dems encouraged a lot of low I.Q. South Americans to invade our country via illegal border crossings. This is just one example of what is meant by low I.Q. A father crosses a river with a 13 month old child; leaves her on the riverbank alone on one side, and goes back for the mother. imagine the terrified toddler’s feeling of fear and abandonment in those moments. So, she decided instead of waiting alone not knowing why her parents were abandoning her, to get into the water and follow the father. They both drowned. THE FATHER SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER. No amount of empathy can take the place of simple commonsense.

    The Dimms need to stop encouraging this madness.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Pale rider says:

      I close my door and lock it. If that doesn’t work I put up a fence with signs “do not trespass” a big dog in the yard. (Actually 5 mastiffs but who’s counting). Those are all legal. I don’t offer free anything if they make it in my yard. Matter of fact if they are caught, the police come get them. They are fined or go to jail. If by some chance they touch my family or me, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t be set free.
      I represent my family and friends who visit or live at my property. They are my responsibility. I have no responsibility to anyone who decides to enter on my property uninvited. The law recognizes this.
      just trying to “reverse engineer” the issue. They must be invited guest

      Liked by 2 people

    • The Demon Slick says:

      Every time a democrat whispers “amnesty” another pregnant woman dies in the desert.

      Liked by 2 people

  29. litenmaus says:

    Beth Chapman (Mrs. Dog Bounty hunter) passed away early this morning.

    RIP Beth……

    Like

  30. czarowniczy says:

    Sails on the horizon here, State’s ‘leaking’ information about increased Iranian>IRGC>Hezbollah activity in South and Central America. Seems that officials in La Paz, Bolivia found caches of weapons and explosives directly connected to Hezbollah jihadis – THEIR words, not mine.

    For State to start putting this info out there has to be concern there that not enough is being done to deal with this and let the information out to the general public, the government has the information hose pointed elsewhere. This isn’t unusual, it’s been going on for DECADES as far as Moslem (now particularly Iranian) corrosive presence in South abd Central America.

    Those who’ve been here for a while may remember that every now and then I bring up the Tri-Border Area (TBA) in South America. It’s a decades old Moslem terrorist/drug/criminal enclave where the borders of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina meet down on the Piranha River. It’s described as the largest illicit economy in South America and the militaries of the three countries that border it are afraid to go in and deal with it.

    The area’s been a single-source project for generations of DEA and DoD intel analysts, a lot retired just studying it. Every Islamic group from the old PLO days forward have had soldiers and staff there – still do. Illegal drugs, guns, explosives – you name it – have flown into, thru and out of there for decades and still do. There are phonebook-size studies on it, some detailing the area’s Moslem terrorist/criminal influences deep into Central America, Mexico (big and old Moslem community there) and – ALLEGEDLY – the US.

    So now we have ADMITTED Iranian terrorist presence in South America, on an active footing, what’s left to say? Every few years this info is squirted out again, usually buried in some release about how successful the USAID program about goat breeding in the Andes is. The government’s met it’s requirement to inform the public while not creating any real situation it might have to deal with. So there not having been anything done is YOUR fault, if you’d had any interest in Moslem terrorists banding in South America to topple governments the Feds published the info, you just weren’t interested enough to pick it out, read it and respond.

    BTW, here’s a DHS report from 2011 (didn’t you hear about this?): https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CHRG-112hhrg72255/html/CHRG-112hhrg72255.htm

    Here’s a blurb on the latest release: https://clarionproject.org/hezbollah-is-ramp-up-south-of-the-us/

    There’ll be more in the future to ignore.

    Liked by 4 people

  31. maggie0987 says:

    ICYMI –
    AG Bill Barr playing Scotland The Brave on bagpipes!!

    Liked by 3 people

  32. SwampRatTerrier says:

    Mainstream Media Already Has Headlines Written: Elizabeth Warren is Big Winner in First Debates

    “Her ferocious command of details on a debate stage once earned her a college scholarship.”

    The first Democratic debates are tonight and tomorrow, and the media is already dropping not-so-subtle hints about who will win the debates. Get ready for multiple reports about Elizabeth Warren’s impressive performance.

    They began laying the groundwork for this on Monday.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/06/mainstream-media-already-has-headlines-written-elizabeth-warren-is-big-winner-in-first-debates/comment-page-1/#comment-952449

    Like

    • Cisco says:

      There’s no “debate” to be had.
      It will be a matter of who promises the most free stuff.
      Free abortion on demand.
      Free college and cancellation of student loans.
      Reparations for blacks and LGBT
      Gouge the rich
      All free free free.
      See, taxpayers foot the bill…it’s only our money

      Like

    • Esther says:

      Told Y’all that Fauxcahantas will be the Dem’s nominee. For some unknown reason she has more of the Black vote than any other candidate. Guess the Dems feel they need to run another HRC

      Like

  33. The Demon Slick says:

    Ok so I guess everyone here is seeing different ads because targeting. I see a lot of ads for buy gold, so I assume some portion of you are seeing these as well. I know you guys are smart but just a quick refresher on buying gold online. This is not about tax sheltered IRA gold purchases, not enough room or time for that. This is for the average person who is thinking of buying a small amount of gold to save up. I personally get a 1/10 oz coin a month because I found that space in my budget. You can get a gram for around 50, some places have half grams, but be aware the premium is higher as a percentage of the purchase price for buying smaller pieces.
    First look up the price of gold. It changes every day. That’s what’s called the “melt price”. It’s the value of the gold you’re purchasing. Very few people can get metals for melt price. Expect to pay a little more. That’s the premium, and that’s what you need to shop. Find a reputable site with the lowest price over melt price, or the smallest premium (same thing).
    *Don’t pay sales tax! The only way you have to pay sales tax is if you order from someplace with a physical location in your own state. Plus if you live in Minnesota or a few other states you have to pay taxes because state law. So a place that’s only 10 dollars over melt but charges sales tax is worse than another place that’s 20 dollars over melt but charges no sales tax.
    *Get free shipping! A place that’s 10 dollars over melt but charges 10 dollars shipping is worse than another place that’s 15 dollars over melt but ships for free.
    *Expect to pay a slightly higher price for using a credit card, debit card, or PayPal. These payment processors charge fees. Expect the seller to pass these fees on to you.
    *Check gold purity! I know you’re patriots and want to buy American gold coins, but I suggest you look at others instead. US coins are only .91 pure, whereas Canadian maple leafs are .9999 pure. So are Australian kangaroos and Austrian Philharmonics. Also .91 pure, kruggerands, some others. It’s important because they are the same price for less gold. Unless you are buying coins with collectors value, it’s only worth the gold that’s in it.
    *A Troy ounce (31.1g) is not a liquid ounce (28.5g). It’s important if you buy by the gram, an affordable way to start.
    And that’s the basics. I obviously didn’t cover everything, just a quick outline.
    *I will not recommend a seller because I am not an ad, and I’m not schilling for anyone. I do recommend gold as an investment. It’s like a Jedi mind trick. You think you’re buying stuff. You get packages in the mail fun and exciting! But for all that, you’re really putting money in the bank.
    I hope someone will find this helpful. I would have liked to find out about the sales tax especially, bugs me I paid government all that loot for no reason. Anyway all the best, and good luck investing.

    Liked by 3 people

    • czarowniczy says:

      The thing that bothers me about using gold as an investment is Executive Order 6102. FDR signed that and basically made ownership of more than a pittance of gold illegal. The Order survived numerous court challenges and was even expanded and lasted until 1974.

      The precedent is there and each time some pissy quasi-Socialist in Congress whine about how folks are too rich, too privileged and in general have too much with the government needing more money to equalize the ‘have nots’ with the ‘haves’. Somewhere in those tiny, dark Democratic reptile minds has to be the idea that those folks who’ve hoarded gold have a confiscatable resource that they can glom onto.

      Like

      • wondering999 says:

        I’ve heard that. Stories I’ve heard of refugees fleeing Eastern Europe after WWII sometimes involve jewelry (gold and silver, and gemstones) which was easily smuggled. Is gold jewelry allowed? How many wedding rings and how much “bling” can one couple have? Honest question

        Like

        • czarowniczy says:

          FDR’s ban/confiscation was sort of squishy, exact amounts weren’t specified, especially in jewelry and coin ‘collections’ but then it appeared to be so, allowing the Feds to sort of move the borders of ‘permissible’ around as they needed.

          I’m not sure how closely post-WWII refugees were shaken down but there were other ports that were less strict than others, like Ellis Island versus the one in New Hampshire one of my grandfather’s brothers used.

          I’m presuming that immigrants, such as my Mom, hid their jewelry as the possibilities of being robbed on the ship were as high as being relieved of it at Customs. I’m relatively sure that that ‘reasonable amount’ was allowed but then, like TSA, we have no reliable figures on how many travelers were robbed by the Federal officials.

          Liked by 1 person

      • The Demon Slick says:

        In terms of the relative safety from seizure, where would you rank gold as compared to any other asset?

        Like

        • czarowniczy says:

          In my view ANYTHING can be seized, government at all levels has taken eminent domain to heart and put the ability to expand it to anything right into their tool kit. You don’t really ‘own’ anything in the US, you just have use of it until someone at some level of government decides you don’t.

          My major investment is land. I have a farm with a large lake, I can eat and drink right up until the government decides the water in the lake is a public asset and takes ownership and the land’s needed to be Federalized for the war on climate change.

          At that point I load up my bugout bag with my small supply of investment gold, I presume by then they’ve frozen most citizens’ savings ala FDR to gather ‘excess’ money to fund the rampant welfare system so I can leave my checkbook behind.

          Any asset is only an asset as long as the government allows you to have it – I remember the Russians begging us, in the 60s, to exchange out dollars for rubles at 10 times the official exchange rate as the Russian government regularly destroyed their savings and the dollar was what they relied on though possession was illegal. There was an illegal street market in scarce items for dollars but again the value of that dollar depended upon whom you’re trading with.

          In the end, ro me, nothing is guaranteed as an asset. I diversified from land to stocks to some gold, I figure they can’t take it all at one time and when they start I can adjust accordingly.

          Like

  34. czarowniczy says:

    New Orleans, the never-ending reality show.
    This morning downtown residents along one street awakened to find nearly two dozen of their cars vandalized. Video showed a young woman, armed with a steel rod, smashing car windows, tail/headlights, rearview mirrors and door handles. Residents called the police and had to leave their cars in place as police wrote reports the owners needed to make insurance claims. Many of the cars were so damaged that they couldn’t legally be driven and owners were awaiting tow trucks to haul them to shops.

    Not to be outdone the NOPD meter maids went down the street and TICKETED the disabled cars as NOPD wrote parking tickets to the disabled vehicles. An unofficial spokesdrone said that the city would look into cancelling the tickets but I’m not holding out hope, I was getting nastygrams from the city when our department refused to pay parking tickets the city parkingjerks gave marked patrol units on duty.

    Liked by 1 person

  35. bessie2003 says:

    This article goes into how the social credit system is being put into place in China. This makes the Cultural Revolution look likes child’s play.

    What exactly can our law enforcement, whether through legislation or courts of law, do to ensure freedom of speech is incorporated as a standard for those using the internet social media sites?

    Here’s the article:

    https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/02/27/social-credit-scoring-chinas-communist-party-incentivising-repression/

    Like

  36. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the Lord’s wonderful walking on the water as if on dry land (Saint Matthew 14: 25):

    1. How the ship containing the disciples was in difficulties at night upon the waves of the sea, and how the Lord saw this and hastened to their aid.

    2. How I am myself very frequently in distress from the darkness and waves of the passions, and how the merciful Lord hastens to my aid, walking over the passions as over a solid road.

    From “The Prologue from Ohrid” by Saint Nikolai (Serbian-born Bishop who reposed in the USA and was a former prisoner at Dachau) for today, June 13th, on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

    Liked by 1 person

  37. 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.

    Liked by 4 people

  38. 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.

    Liked by 3 people

  39. jx says:

    J.P. Morgan’s analysis is that we can transition to renewable energy or a mix of nuclear and renewable energy to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions—as long as we are willing to pay 20–90 percent more for electric energy

    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/deep-de-carbonization-would-increase-electricity-costs-20-90-percent-says-j-p-morgan/

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s