Thursday August 15th – 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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153 Responses to Thursday August 15th – Open Thread

  1. DanDeplorable says:

    “I press on…”


    If you love yours you *must* home school them. No excuses!!

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      After 40 plus years my retirement from teaching felt more like an escape. We fought long and hard against a progressive invasion destroyed our high standards and reduced teaching to an onerous chore that, increasingly, was overseen by Education majors who knew little about our disciplines and were so poorly educated that they had trouble working with simple theories. We held our own against the ignorant hoard of pretend administrators for as long as we would but when it came time for us to retire, there was nobody following behind who could take our place. I haven’t looked back—no once—since I left.

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    • TreeClimber says:

      I’m already starting to plan curriculums for my two (and probably more.) The one-year-old is already showing interest in ABCs, I’m planning on buying a piece of posterboard and stencils and making a homemade ABCs chart. Or just doing blockprint myself, I’m pretty good at it. Addition/subtraction and multiplication tables come next.

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      • wondering999 says:

        Treeclimber, if you get a chance, take a look at some Montessori Method teaching toys. There are some brilliant toys for teaching math concepts in a concrete way.


        • TreeClimber says:

          I see a lot of Melissa & Doug on there, we had several of those as kids. I’d love to get some of these for my one-year-old – from what I can gather he’s actually got some of the equivalent skills of a three-year-old – but I’m terrified to even look at the prices. xD

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          • wondering999 says:

            Hold your nose and buy! You can probably re-sell them later if you decide to, for half-price… and there is no price that can match the fun you all will have. (I suspect that my maternal grandparents paid for our goodies way back when, but those toys are my earliest memories, very good ones too)


  2. citizen817 says:

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    • doubledark1981 says:

      When it comes to food dogs have vays….very funny Labs/Retrievers are smart and funny dogs.

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      • Your Tour Guide says:

        When we lived in the hood we had a
        Lab/ german shephard mix. Best watch
        dog. Ever. If that dog growled a certain
        way, something was going down. Big time.

        Only heard that growl a few times. One
        night she was insistent about it. Found
        out from a local cop that we had an
        armed robbery occur in the apartments
        behind us that night.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      LOL Very cute.


  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    That Blessed Hope

    For believers in Christ it would be the most blessed of all if this year turns out to be the year of our Lord’s coming for His own. How long the present dispensation of grace will be prolonged we do not, and cannot, know. Even St. Paul, who was commissioned to make known the glorious truth of the rapture of the Church, did not know. He never dreamed that God would linger in mercy for more than 1900 years, for in I Thes. 4:16-18 he says:

    “We who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall be caught up…”

    Thus instructed Bible-believers in every generation since his day have rightly been on the alert for their Lord to come for them, for they know that “the days are evil” and every hour is an hour of grace.

    To the Philippians the Apostle wrote: “We look for the Savior,” to the Thessalonians: “[Ye]… wait for His [God’s] Son from heaven,” and to Titus he says that we should be “looking for that blessed hope, and the appearing in glory of …our Savior, Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:20; I Thes. 1:9,10; Tit. 2:11-13).

    With the Lord’s coming and the close of “the dispensation of the grace of God” so much nearer than it was in Paul’s day, we say to the unsaved: “Receive not the grace of God in vain…. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold nowis the day of salvation” (II Cor. 6: 1,2).

    And to the saved we say: “Buy up the time,” take advantage of every opportunity to win the lost to Christ, for “the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16) and the day of grace may soon be brought to a close.

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
    17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
    18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

    Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

    1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
    10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

    Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
    12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
    13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

    2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
    2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

    Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

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  4. Garrison Hall says:

    Manuel Barrueco performing one of Paul Simon’s iconic ballads. A couple of decades or so ago Barrueco recorded a splendid CD entitled “Sometime Ago”. While we expect excellence when virtuosos make recordings, sometimes the finished work so so exceptional that it carries it’s special status well beyond it’s years in the market. “Sometime Ago” is one of those recordings. In case you’re interested in such things, Barrueco is playing a guitar made by the late Robert Ruck, distinguishable by it’s timeless classical guitar sound.

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  5. doubledark1981 says:

    Topic the same, presentation is different and still the best Sit-Com on air…

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy Cursday!!!

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  7. Lucille says:


    How my dog reacts to the vacuum cleaner
    Loulou & Friends

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  8. citizen817 says:

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  10. ZurichMike says:

    For Catholics and many others, today is a very special day: the Feast Day of the Assumption of Mary

    If your view of the Blessed Mother is different, and you do not celebrate this day or agree with Catholics and others on this issue, just move on, or enjoy this musical offering from the Cathedral Choir of Einsiedeln, a soaring edifice and monastery (a key church on the mid-Europe Way of of St. James) just 10 minutes from my home:

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  11. nwtex says:


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  12. bessie2003 says:

    For any interested, because its 1 hr 43 minutes in length, another Oscar El Blue video of the workers building the wall, filmed from his vantage point of the Mexican side looking toward the U.S. side.

    It’s a big wall!

    Liked by 9 people

    • Linda K. says:

      I am just glad wall is being built or rebuilt. It looks substantial. The press and dems and some rinos will tell us the wall is not being built, but “Rome was not built in one day” as the old saw goes.
      The opposition is going to wake up one morning and find we have the wall built, while they were complaining about climate change and transgender bathroom rights. Thank you President Trump.

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    • P says:

      Wow! This video and this man deserve 1,000 thumb ups!! If you don’t want to watch this amazing video from start to finish, then at least start at 1:28:29 and listen to what this gentleman says about what he wants to see happen in his country of Mexico! IMO, he is an exemplary citizen of his country and a really great person to make this video for the good of our citizens to show us all of this and what our President is doing and what Americans are capable of building! Then at around 1:37:18, Mr. Le Blue shows where there is a gap in the 1st wall and how it needs to be closed. I hope those of you who know how to share on social media platforms will help this go viral!! Every one of our citizens here in America need to see this IMO. Thank you Bessie2003 for posting this and thank you Mr. Le Blue for filming this video. Much respect to you for sure! PS: At 1:22:52, you can see our flag flying high thanks to this amazing man!

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  13. Troublemaker10 says:

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  14. nwtex says:

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  15. Janie M. says:

    From wiseGEEK:
    How Did Beethoven Write Music after He Went Deaf?

    After going deaf, composer Ludwig van Beethoven would press a stick in his mouth against a piano to discern sounds.

    Great artists don’t let adversity get in their way. Take Ludwig van Beethoven, the iconic German composer who started going deaf in his mid-20s and had lost virtually all hearing by his mid-40s. While one would think that anyone who wants to write music — especially at Beethoven’s level —
    would need to hear what he is playing, that didn’t stop Beethoven. According to his housekeepers, the composer would hold a pencil in his mouth while he sat at the piano to compose and touch the end of it to the soundboard, letting him feel the vibrations and keep notating. The method
    apparently worked, as Beethoven continued composing at a fervid rate, penning “Moonlight Sonata,” Fidelio –his only opera — and several symphonies without being able to hear. Of course, this later period wasn’t all success, as Beethoven also tried banging as loudly as possible on his
    piano to hear his music, destroying the instrument in the process.

    More at:


    • Linda K. says:

      After the first performance of Beethoven’s ninth Symphony, which ends with the amazing “Ode to Joy”, the lead soprano went and turned Beethoven to the audience so he could see the cheering ovation he was receiving. Amazing, he was totally deaf.
      This 4th movement clip is 23 minutes or so..

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  16. Dutchman says:

    NOT “Calling ALL Treepers”, but only a special SUBSET;
    ARE you a ‘lifelong, registered Democrat’, who now supports PDJT?
    Are you a, ‘stealth’ DJT supporter, who NEVER wears a MAGA hat, and never posts anything about your support, on Sicial media?

    Are you concerned about ballot fraud, in the 2020 election? Would youblike to DO something about it?

    Call it “Operation Veritas, 2.0”

    Step# 1; go to spy headquarters, or inline, and purchase a ‘bodycam’ a small digital video recorder, disguise as pen in shirt pocket, or jewelry.

    Then go to local Dem party headquarters, tell them you are,really concerned about DJT winning in 2020, and want to do everything you can to defeat him. Perhaps go on lefty sights for a few days, read comments in order to get the ‘orangeman bad’ lingo down pat.

    You get the idea. Be patient, but keep agitating you wish you could do MORE.
    See if you can work your way into any illicit ballot fraud operations, and video tape it.

    If we had 100 such people, across the country, we could expose what we, what EVERYONE knows has been going on for a long time. And, that it is,SYSTEMIC, and not a ‘few bad actors’.

    Going into nursing homes, and getting mentally ‘feeble’ registered to vote. Ballot stuffing, ballot harvesting, there are many different aspects to the operation.

    My thought for the evening. Posting here, as hoping any libs monitoring this site are heathen satan spawn, and so will not lurk here.
    Fingers crossed, as I don’t qualify,…

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    • Dutchman says:

      Forgot to mention, important to know.
      I BELIEVE every State except Cal and NY are,”one party” States.
      So long as at least,ONE party to a conversation knows its being recorded, its legal and admissable in court.

      In Cal and NY, ALL parties must know.
      If you get anything, I would suggest contacting Project Veritas.

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      • Joe2pt.0 says:

        Election fraud is real and I’ve witnessed it firsthand while volunteering for Poll Watcher duty in Sheila Jackson Lee’s district in Houston for the 2010 midterms. She’s the Democrat congressman that has been known to show up to her own district polling stations on election day glad handing potential voters. The day my wife and I were poll watchers more voters were turned away for not being at the right precinct or not registered than actually voted that day. Voters were prevented from voting at the wrong precinct or for not being registered because we were watching. Thanks to
        Did you know that the incumbent owns the polling stations and the pays the staff? No conflict of interest there. The fraud is worse today and is in full force now. The organization is doing a good job to expose and hopefully stop some of the fraud and they could use our help.
        Catherine Engelbrecht is the lady who started True The Vote and ended up a target of Obama’s IRS. She sued and won though the damage (2012) was already done.
        Election fraud is very real and the reality is that it cannot be stopped unless we expose it ourselves and even then it may not be enough to stop the communist conquest of the USA.

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        • Dutchman says:

          Agree its real, there are numerous different ways it can be done. And yes, one is ‘messing’ with registrations. I was a volonteer poll worker one year, at the polling station nearest a university. All the students of one party, were not registered, although they insisted they had registered; it was part of the packet of papers they got, when they signed up at their dorm.
          Students from the,OTHER party, all were registered.
          I got in an argument, and left before I did something I wouldn’t regret, but my wallet would.
          Anyway, it definetly occurs, we all KNOW it occurs, and we know when.

          Its like a gang that comes back every two years, and robs the same bank, at the same time and on the same day.
          WHY is it,so hard to CATCH them?
          Because we have relied on the,cops (Republicans) to catch them, and the ‘cops’are IN on it.
          I say get it on video. I don’t trust elected officials or career buerocrats to do anything about exposing its widespread nature.

          I think they buy into the notion that exposing it would erode confidence in our elections, when they want to instill confidence.
          They don’t realise they are living a fantasy, Hillary and company already destroyed confidence in the,system, only exposure will restore it.
          Its DOJ/FBI, all over again.


      • Bendix says:

        NY you can record your own conversations.
        I believe you can record conversations you aren’t part of, with permission of one of the parties as well, but that I’m not sure of.


        • Dutchman says:

          I thought that was what got Veritas in trouble, originally, in Cal. I think.
          Cohen in NY. I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure two states where you can’t.
          Its why you here “this conversation may be monitored or recorded, for quality and training purposes”.
          Cause they MAY be calling into those two states, especially with cell phones, and legally need to CYA.


  17. Dora says:

    Bjarne Eriksen = , August Day, 1910

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  18. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on God’s miraculous help to the repentant Israelites (Judges 11):

    1. How, in repentance, they said to God: ‘Do unto us as whatsoever seemeth good to Thee; deliver us only . . .’ (Judges 10).

    2. How the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jepthah, and he smote the Ammonites and delivered Israel.

    3. How today the repentance of men leads to peace with God and brings forth God’s help to the fallen.

    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 – August 2nd – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  19. Les Standard says:

    violent violent democrats……its just reality


  20. citizen817 says:

    Personally, I ❤️ it when their heads explode…

    Liked by 6 people

  21. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?”
    Job 12:9 (KJV)

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  22. duchess01 says:

    Jesus Loves Babies…Pray for the Unborn

    Jesus Loves the Little Children…Pray for the Little Children

    Jesus Loves You…Come to Him

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  23. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  24. nwtex says:

    Hope all is good with Tucker. As you know he’s quite out spoken.

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  25. nwtex says:

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  26. spoogels says:

    Report: Israel to bar US Congress members Omar, Tlaib from visiting

    I am pleased. They are stirrers and trouble makers.
    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if their plan was to foment a violent uprising

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  27. spoogels says:

    BREAKING: Epstein Autopsy Shows Broken Neck Bones – Common in Homicide by Strangulation!


  28. spoogels says:

    EXCLUSIVE: Jeffrey Epstein had a painting of Bill Clinton wearing a blue DRESS and red heels and lounging in the Oval Office inside his Manhattan mansion – visitor reveals bizarre image inside pedophile’s $56m lair


  29. just stevie says:


    “Ye must be born again.” John iii. 7

    The answer to the question “How can a man be born when he is old?” is – When he is old enough to die – to die right out to his “rag rights,” to his virtues, to his religion, to everything, and to receive into himself the life which never was there before. The new life manifests itself in conscious repentance and unconscious holiness.

    “As many as received Him.” (John i. 12) Is my knowledge of Jesus born of internal spiritual perception, or is it only what I have learned by listening to others? Have I something in my life that connects me with the Lord Jesus as my personal Saviour? All spiritual history must have a personal knowledge for its bedrock. To be born again means that I see Jesus.

    “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John iii. 3) Do I seek for signs of the Kingdom, or do I perceive God’s rule? The new birth gives a new power of vision whereby I begin to discern God’s rule. His rule was there all the time, but true to His nature; now that I have received His nature I can see His rule.

    “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin.” (1 John iii. 9) Do I seek to stop sinning or have I stopped sinning? To be born of God means that I have the supernatural power of God to stop sinning. In the Bible it is never – Should a Christian sin? The Bible puts it emphatically – A Christian should not sin. The effective working of the new birth life in us is that we do not commit sin, not merely that we have the power not to sin, but that we have stopped sinning. 1 John iii. 9 does not mean that we cannot sin; it means that if we obey the life of God in us, we need not sin.

    Oswald Chambers
    August 15th Devotional

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  30. P says:

    Peace and how to make it
    — By learning, not by feeling —


  31. nwtex says:

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  32. nwtex says:

    Yashar Ali@yashar
    Aug 13
    More than 70,000 people have signed onto a petition that seeks to rename the portion of Fifth Avenue in front of the Trump Tower in Manhattan after former President Obama.

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  33. Bendix says:

    This is how the global economy treats the 99%-
    Report: Levi’s, Wrangler, Lee seamstresses harassed, abused
    The story quotes Levi Strauss and Company vice president of sustainability Michael Kobori.
    That’s how these global corporations operate. Have a few hires with some PC-friendly labels, and there you are, social accountability, you can do no wrong, now you can go ahead and treat the women working for you like prostitutes.


  34. tozerbgood8315 says:

    You just can’t make this stuff up. Honestly… It’s starting to make me believe in the Pizzagate theories.

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  35. tozerbgood8315 says:

    London has gone completely mad

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  36. Dora says:

    I miss Mother Angelica.

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  37. Dora says:

    The book “The Path Between the Seas : The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914”
    by David McCullough is terrific IMO.

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  38. tozerbgood8315 says:

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  39. David says:

    Israeli female warriors. Respect.

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  40. just stevie says:

    For those readers that understand the current spiritual warfare going on, I’m submitting this article (Demonic Warfare is Breaking Out!) by Jamie Walden. Other articles by him on his blog are just as imformative…

    Liked by 1 person

    • mandy says:

      Freaked me out too much, couldn’t read it….

      I’m convinced re: spiritual warfare, it’s ongoing…and worsening, or at least that’s how it seems to me.

      Liked by 1 person

    • nwtex says:

      100 “likes”. Man that is heavy. I don’t know what to say.

      Thank you precious Lord for giving this incredible man your love, patience, endurance, steadfastness. I ask that you continue to shelter him from the arrows that are flung at him and, very importantly provide him with the rest and strength needed.
      I ask that You continue to speak to his heart and guide him on the path you choose for him.
      I pray that you will whisper in his ear from time to time so that he will be reminded that he is not alone on this road and that You are the Lord of Lords. amen

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  41. tozerbgood8315 says:

    So… when 2 employees for the Inspector General notified Peter Strzok of indications that China may have been the ones that did the hacking… he dismissed it without even looking.

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  42. jx says:

    Virgin Islands Senator: ‘Evidence’ from Epstein’s Estate ‘May Have Been Lost’

    U.S. Virgin Islands Sen. Oakland Benta – “As a result of all that has transpired, the federal government decided [to investigate] now, whether it’s too late or not — because there have been so many people on the island since Mr. Epstein has been incarcerated and, at the same time, there’s valuable information, evidence-wise, that we may have lost.”

    Electronics Were Removed From Epstein’s ‘Pedo Island’ Before FBI Raid

    Drone footage of “suicided” sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Pedo Island’ home shows that potentially crucial electronics equipment was removed from the home before an FBI raid which took place on Monday.


  43. jx says:

    Deinstitutionalization is the Cause of Mass Shootings
    by Thomas Wictor

    Three forces drove the movement of people with severe mental illness from hospitals into the community: the belief that mental hospitals were cruel and inhumane; the hope that new anti-psychotic medications offered a cure; and the desire to save money.

    It has not worked out as well as expected on any of the three fronts.

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