Saturday February 22nd – 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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  1. DanDeplorable says:

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  2. Mary Van Deusen says:

    “Spadille, a Dog” – A poem by Henry Livingston (the actual author of Night Before Christmas), 1786. The music underneath is from his late 1700’s Music Manuscript, “How Much Superior Beauty Awes”

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    • Mary Van Deusen says:

      Jim Luippold’s Coton de Tulear Dogs and Puppies, done to Asparagus. This was Jim’s footage. I made the video as a gift when I was considering getting one of his puppies.

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      • amwick says:

        OH… so sweet… TY Mary..
        I am sure you told me about this a while back.. but what do you use for making videos?? The music is perfect!!!

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        • Mary Van Deusen says:

          I started out in 1985 with one Beta HB machine for editing,.being fed source by an old VHS machine. Each edit took 20 tries to get precise and you could lose everything you’d done if the machine was off by 1/24 of a second. Then got a second Beta HB and remade all the Star Treks. Then got ED-Betas and remade all the Star Treks.

          Then talked my boss in letting me make videos for him instead of doing computer language design and husband built a 1″ broadcast studio around me. Took early retirement and got 2 SVHS machines controlled by the editing system my husband wrote, and remade all the Star Treks. Then went non-linear with Avid and NOW am non-linear with Adobe Premier. And remade many of the Star Treks when DVDs came out.

          I’ve made almost 1000 of these little things, with maybe 2/3 of them allowed up on YouTube. Have taught workshops on how to do these and by now am a grandmother of video makers. But the fan community is pretty liberal and I actually read a profile of me online that describes the horror of subscribing to my channel and being sent announcements of Trump videos! It asked fans to react to how that made them feel. If you couldn’t see it, that was me shaking my head in amazement.

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          • amwick says:

            Oh….. I keep thinking about something much more basic… I don’t even know what you mean by non-linear…
            Definitely I could check out Adobe Premier… Thanks…

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            • Mary Van Deusen says:

              Non-linear. Instead of having to build a video from start to finish, with each cut being locked into place and not being able to get shorter or longer, you build a DESCRIPTION of a video, which the system plays as if it really already existed. This makes the video expandable and contractable and, for the first time, we were able to twiddle a video the way we twiddle our word processing systems.

              For the young growing up now, that’s the only world they ever knew, but I used to attend National Association of Broadcasters conventions when the booths were filled with competitors selling the new non-linear idea. Premier is pricey. Most videomakers today go for much cheaper software. Search on “video editing software.”

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            • LizzieinTexas says:

              Take a look at these and see if one will fit your needs. I use and older version called Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Deluxe, but looks like it is now called Filmora.
              Pricing is $50-100

              https://www.wondershare.com/

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              • amwick says:

                I really like it… $59 seems more than reasonable.. I played with a free simple thing called open shot.. had a lot of issues..
                Thank you sooo much… PRobably I will do the free trial..

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                • LizzieinTexas says:

                  Yeah, try the free and really stress test it. My version was pretty easy to learn but still took time to get the videos like I wanted. YouTube has restricted viewing because I used music that wasn’t unrestricted. But I was able to download them to mp4 format and share from onedrive with friends and family.

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                • amwick says:

                  I did one video and I posted it to u tube.. I just want to do it, really for myself, and maybe a couple friends… It’s like putting together jigsaw puzzles… or something…

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                • LizzieinTexas says:

                  It’s time consuming but it is the small things like matching the music and transitions that make it seem more than a novice, thrown together slide show.

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                • amwick says:

                  Oh… that is so true.. but,, I have to start somewhere.. and that is the key… having the guts to take that first step!!

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              • Mary Van Deusen says:

                The trick in the music is to test it out before you commit all the work of videomaking. There are musicians who simply refuse to have any of their music used on YouTube. Billy Joel comes to mind. But the vast majority give you PERMISSION to use their video as long as you give them the right to advertise over your video. I make NO MONEY on any video I’ve ever created. Anywhere. At any time. But I am so grateful to the musicians that I love letting them advertise in exchange for using their music.

                Build a test video with one image over the music. Post it on YouTube but DON’T make it public. Wait and see what the copyright notice says. If they give permission, make your video. If they don’t, just find another one and repeat.

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                • LizzieinTexas says:

                  Thanks. Took YT more than 6 months to restrict it. Lol. I didn’t care about it being taken down, it was personal (vacation) videos. I can still access it through my account. Putting them on onedrive in mp4 format works just as well for my purposes.

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                • amwick says:

                  I am getting ready to make my own music.. I like the idea of one image, and then the music.. That is how I approach a new skill… simple steps.. Like putting text on a photo..I am not even thinking Youtube..

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            • Mary Van Deusen says:

              I have up a lot of history videos. Including a set describing the NEW concept of non-linear editing. This one is from an NAB TV package I recorded off the hotel TV during the convention.
              Computer – NAB TV Packages – Non-Linear Editors – Apr 1992

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          • amwick says:

            BTW, a class sounds like so much fun… They have some adult programs around here…

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            • Mary Van Deusen says:

              I used to run workshops at fan conventions, and people would show up at my home for overnight to one week intense classes. They’d work, wake me up, I’d critique and go back to sleep, they’d keep editing. And probably swearing. I required total perfection in their edits. Not off by 1/24 of a second. It was frustrating for them, but they went on to train another generation.

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              • amwick says:

                Oh,,, I can only imagine.. I know how hard it is… I just started,,, something so simple..a gif,, with no audio.. It took a long time… try not to hate me.. it was the first one I attmpted..

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              • amwick says:

                I tried to show a gif I made,,, the very first one.. but I use Giphy to host it.. I guess wp doesn’t like that.. anyway,, just the goofing around I have done, I know how much effort goes into this… even animation… wow…. I feel at a disadvantage being old, and behind the times, tech wise.. But,, I do have time to work on it.. the benefit of being retired..

                Thanks Mary…

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                • Mary Van Deusen says:

                  I’m 75. Age isn’t an issue. Commitment to perfection is.

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                • amwick says:

                  woot woot… but, I have to take small steps.. It is all new to me.. One thing I have in my favor is tenacity. If the kids can do this stuff, I will figure it out…

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                • Ad rem says:

                  Sorry amwick! I had to alter the Treehouse settings so GIFS wouldn’t show sometime last year. Had to do it ’cause (mostly the guys) people were constantly posting lengthly movie GIFS that really slowed down the threads….and made loading the pages a nightmare. Some of thesemovie GIFS were long….many had 2-300 pics involved!

                  I’ll go find yours and post it…. 😉

                  ETA….Just checked your GIF, and it has 112 pics in it.

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                • amwick says:

                  So,, because I am stupid,, are gifs bad to post?… I really would like to know….I hate to screw things up for the blog,,

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              • amwick says:

                This is one pic overlaid on a video… You see them all the time on twitter and I wanted soooo much to try it myself… The pic is adjustable,, so you can move it around, and scale it, to kinda match the video.. There is so much to learn…

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          • Jeff says:

            As a Star Trek fan, I’m curious to know what you mean when you say you “remade all the Star Treks?”

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      • P says:

        If anyone wants to archive their creative material or other things of interest, this site https://archive.org was recommended by Tarl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73Y_BPx88zs.

        Have a blessed day everyone. : )

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    • Mary Van Deusen says:

      Star Trek – Gambler – Kenny Rogers

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  3. Lucille says:

    HAPPY CATURDAY SNOW CATS…

    Have a blessed day!

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  4. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    House Rules

    By Pastor Kevin Sadler

    “If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward” (Eph. 3:2).

    God’s Word must be understood in the way God revealed His will to mankind. Therefore, it needs to be understood dispensationally. There is the broad division in Scripture between God’s two programs, Prophecy and Mystery, but then there are dispensations which must be broken down within it as well.

    The term “dispensation” is the Greek word, oikonomia, which means “house law” or “house management.” At different times and stages in God’s Word, God dispensed to mankind a different and distinct rule of life.

    Within each of our homes we have a certain set of rules that we expect our children to abide by. These are the house rules, the law of the household. Our house law may be different than your house law. For example, one time one of my kids came to me and said, “My friend’s family does it this way in their home, can’t we do this?” My response was “That’s their rules. We don’t do it that way in our house.” That’s the case in the dispensations of God. They each have their own set of house rules. We shouldn’t try to live by the house law belonging to another time and dispensation.

    Within each dispensation of God, God dispensed a new set of “house laws or rules” that needed to be followed, and was the responsibility of those who lived under them to carry out and obey. God has given different commands to different people at different times throughout the Scripture.

    It is also similar to presidential administrations. With the administration of our newly-elected president, there will be changes in how they govern and operate from the previous administration. It’s the same with the dispensations of God. God, according to His will, at different points of time in history, revealed a new administration in which there were changes in how man was to live and what was required to be saved.

    Today we are under “the dispensation of the grace of God.” This current administration is an administration of grace. The house is managed by grace. Grace dominates everything about this dispensation under which we live. Our salvation is by grace, our walk is a grace walk, we are blessed by grace, our speech is with grace, and we sing with grace in our hearts, etc. There are countless principles to be applied throughout God’s Word, but the letters of Paul provide us with our “house rules” that we are to directly live by in this dispensation of Grace.

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/house-rules/

    Ephesians 3:2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “There is the broad division in Scripture between God’s two programs, Prophecy and Mystery”

      Prophecy concerns God’s plan of redemption for the earth through the instrumentality of his chosen nation Israel and it’s people , the Jews. All the prophetic writings promise the nation a Kingdom here on earth, with their Messiah reigning. The Gentile nations will be blessed through the nation of Israel – they have to come to the Jews.

      Luke 1:70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:

      Acts 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

      Zechariah 8:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.

      After the nation of Israel rejected the Father, Son and Holy Ghost (Acts 7 –thus committing the unpardonable sin), the risen and ascended Lord Jesus Christ saved Saul of Tarsus and revealed a entirely new body of information to him and what was really accomplished at the cross and how a new message of salvation would go forth apart from the nation of Israel

      Ephesians 3:2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

      Colossians 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

      Israel’s program (the Kingdom) was revealed, Paul’s program (the “mystery”) was kept secret until he was saved – they CANNOT be the same.

      Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
      26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

      Ephesians 3:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

      At the conclusion of the dispensation of the grace of God, God will go back and resume his dealings with the nation of Israel. In their prophetic program, they still have to go thru a time of judgment before they can enter the their Kingdom. We are NOT “spiritual Israel”.

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    • TMonroe says:

      “God, according to His will, at different points of time in history, revealed a new administration in which there were changes in how man was to live and what was required to be saved.”

      Changes in how man or groups of people were to live is quite different than “what was required to be saved”. Paul has a few things to say about this, amongst them is a change for believers that is not related to dispensationalism but one’s relation to the law:

      Romans 6:14 “For sin will not rule over you, for you are not under law, but under grace.”
      Romans 7:4 “Likewise, my brothers, you also have been put to death to the Law through the body of Christ, for you to belong to another, to the One having been raised out from the dead, so that we should bear fruit to God.”

      Was this a new dispensational thing, or was it always necessary for God’s people to be saved by grace through faith (cf. Eph. 2:8-10, Acts 15:7-11)?

      Galatians 3:5-9 “Therefore, the One supplying to you the Spirit and working miracles among you, is it out of works of the Law, or out of hearing of faith? So also, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” Know then that those of faith, these are sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, having foreseen that God justifies the Gentiles by faith, foretold the gospel to Abraham: “All the nations will be blessed in you.” So then, those of faith are blessed along with the believing Abraham.”

      Was it only in Paul’s time that “those of faith” started being sons of “the believing Abraham” — noting the emphasis on faith rather than ways of living given to him and his household by God at the time like physical circumcision? The example was used of Abram / Abraham to emphasize the faith element being present in his justification prior to the sign and seal of circumcision being given (cf. Romans 4:8-12). This was used by Paul to help put the reality of salvation by grace through faith — in Abraham’s time and his — into the proper perspective, including as that reality related to works of the law:

      “For the promise was to Abraham or his descendants that he should be heir of the world, not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if those of the Law are heirs, faith has been made void and the promise made of no effect. For Law brings wrath; and where there is no Law, neither is transgression. Therefore it is of faith, that it may be according to grace, for the promise to be sure to all the seed, not only to that of the Law, but also to that of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us of all”

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  5. nimrodman says:

    “At age eight or nine, we had microscopes … you could look at bugs and rotifers and such horrors as right into a hornet’s face. Dukesy and I occasionally slit our wrists slightly to get blood to look at.

    “Hey, we were little boys.

    “In those far-off days, a lot of kids were smart, which was OK, or even encouraged, since there was no affirmative action.

    “Now, put all of this together and you can see the genesis of the Heroic Age of American technology. This lasted into the Sixties. Then it all went to hell as if a switch had been pulled and the polarity of everything reversed.

    “Microscopes. Chemistry, Reading. English grammar. Encouragement of intelligence. Spaceships. Robots, however misspelled …

    “See? This is why America briefly did all sorts of astonishing things. It was not because of capital flows or compound interest or free enterprise or the rest of the world being in wreckage because of the war No. It was Edmund Scientific, Gilbert, schools that taught things, … and a society that knew when to leave kids the hell alone.”

    Gilbert, Edmund Scientific, and the Post-War Flowering of American Techno-Industrial Virtuosity
    – A Pre-Enstupidation View

    https://www.unz.com/freed/gilbert-edmund-scientific-and-the-post-war-flowering-of-american-techno-industrial-virtuosity/

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    • Mary Van Deusen says:

      Gilbert for me. Those were catalogs that made you dream.

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      • nimrodman says:

        Thanks to all for your great comments. It’s edifying to get such a voluminous response to a post. Placing this thank you near the top of the thread so it’s more easily seen.

        Gosh, we lived in a great time, huh?

        Perhaps one of the most golden of eras for America ever, at least for being a child or young man or woman.

        Thanks again to all, I enjoyed your tales
        – Nimrodman

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    • Texian says:

      I remember.. second grade.. Santa Claus gave me a microscope.. and a biography of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek..

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      • I remember my father helping me build a tiny radio on a 6” x6” piece of plywood. It was a ‘crystal radio’ and I sat for an eternity of hours exploring the AM waves. Discovering a station a thousand miles away called WLAC that played R&B music. Hours and hours.

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    • The Devilbat says:

      I remember being a twelve year old boy in England. Myself and my friend would mix up a batch of thermite and would melt steel with it just for fun. That was when we were not making large rockets from scratch and firing them off. Heaven only knows where the damned things landed. I cannot imagine todays little snowflakes having the fun we had. They are probably all on social media being victims and learning about Karl Marx.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “I cannot imagine todays little snowflakes having the fun we had”

        Thanks to the Patriot Act, etc. you cannot even possess the separate ingredients for such things now, lest ye be declared a “terrorist”.

        Same thing could happen to a plumber that also happens to reload his own ammunition. (pipe bomb components)

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        • GB Bari says:

          Good grief.
          I and a friend made small rockets out of spent CO2 cartridges, filling them with a mixture of chemicals in specific proportions. He got the “recipe” from a book the library at the time, in the very early 1960s.

          We experimented with changing the proportion by adding more oxidizer (sugar) would turn the rocket fuel into a small bomb (the oxidization was too rapid, which we did NOT want.) But reducing the oxidizer would slow down the burn so that the cartridge could be aimed and propelled through a 2 or 3 ft. piece of 1-1/2″ pipe (elevated to 45 degrees) out anywhere from 50 to 200 yards.

          We made our own fuse by putting a certain mixture of three chemicals in hot water and soaking string in it then letting the string dry. The dried string made a fairly even-burning fuse.

          We finally decided that this solid rocket fuel mixture was a bit too unstable for our liking, and very sensitive to minute changes in chemical proportions, so we abandoned the goal of making a rocket that would reach 1,000 ft. or more in altitude. The chemicals in those days were relatively cheap.

          This project caused us to bicycle up to the library and sit there for hours reading about chemical reactions in different solid rocket propellents, and how to design stable rockets that would fly in a predictable path. It was fascinating.

          We never harmed anyone or anything doing this. If was educational fun. Today it’s not hard to imagine that some people would use this information for evil purposes.

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    • Estes. Don’t forget Estes.

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    • amwick says:

      I was a young child in the 60s… My older sister got a chemistry set.. I still remember the white metal box, and the glass tubes. I was so jealous.
      Yesterday I was thinking about the huge difference in my childhood, vs hubby’s two grandsons. We were left alone, we explored the neighborhood, we kinda ran wild, in the woods behind our homes… Hundreds of acres, streams and even cliffs, it was grand. His grandsons rarely even go outside. I am afraid to think about them as adults. SMH.

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      • mandy says:

        I just saw this the other day – might have been linked here at the Tree, might have been elsewhere….regardless….

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        • amwick says:

          Makes you want to cry.. Part of me wants to blame the parents.. how can they not see this? It is just easier, I suppose, to give the kid what every other kid has. The younger boy just got a fancy smart phone for his 12th birthday. SMH… He is the same child that refused to learn how to ride a bicycle.!!!! sorry, mini rant over.

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          • boogywstew says:

            Most kids I’m familiar with flat out refuse to ride a bicycle. Most don’t want a bicycle. I believe it starts when they’re toddlers. Instead of riding a bigwheel or tricycle they all have battery powered conveyances that look like cars or motorcycles.

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        • corimari2013 says:

          Thank you very much for posting the video, Mandy. I had not seen it before.
          It brought tears to my eyes–for more than one reason.
          I used to build forts, too.
          Most all of my play time was spent outdoors, all four seasons of the year.
          I grew up in the late 50s through the 60s.
          When it was raining outside, I had great toys like this:

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          • boogywstew says:

            I tried to use your link and up comes “403 Forbidden”. You must have had awesome toys for them to be forbidden! I grew up on Long Island and when we were pounded with snow the parking lots were the natural places to build snow forts. Snow plows would build up 20 foot snow and ice mountains which we would hollow out near the top as forts. Maybe my Scottish heritage played a part but I could form and throw snow balls without gloves when no one else could.

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            • Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

              Based on part of the image URL corimari posted, you can use Google image search to work by entering “vintage-marx-fort-apache-playset” and come up with a good representative sample of images for the toy in question. 👍

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        • jus wundrin says:

          The tools that despots will use to turn the children against their parents, and ake them fall in line. Very sad.

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        • VandalizeDuhMastuhsAlgorithms says:

          Hang on a second…
          I’d like to give a virtual hat tip to all the honest hardware stores out there, all over the country…

          Places where you can buy – um well let’s just say leave your credit cards at home.

          Equal opportunity and all; imagine Ikea meets ToolTime.

          Some have marginally legal fireworks in and out of season…

          Some have welding supplies, all sorts of battery and electric tools…

          Things with gasoline motors and all sorts of dangerous chemicals.

          Wheels and gears and sprockets and belts and springs…

          Fishing and camping gear, real firearms and ammunition next to the pet supplies and live fish.

          Beehives, maple syrup tapping supplies, canning supplies.

          Baby chicks and ducks in the spring and garden supplies, seeds and live plants.

          Easter baskets and candy and cards.

          To name a few categories.

          And grandmothers and toddlers and newlyweds and tired moms and dads.

          Out and about you see pumpkin-chunking contests.

          Old tractors on parade.

          Wave to the guy driving his homemade ATV on a back road.

          Heavily lifted and modded pickups and rice rockets and motorcycles.

          Wooden truck beds cuz the original rusted out.

          Ice shanties fit for a king with satellite internet and a wood burning stove and a six pack under the ice on a rope.

          China? What’s a China? Oh right, is that like fancy dishes?

          And they are still making money and expanding…

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      • Garrison Hall says:

        Sadly, we’re seeing the now. They all think socialism is about sharing and being equal.

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    • An American says:

      nimrod, also recall the Gilbert Erector set that didn’t just snap together, we had to use screws and nuts to put it together. What a great thing that was! Least I forget, being yelled at by mom when she would be vacuuming the carpet and discover the screws and nuts.

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      • boogywstew says:

        Must be that Gilbert’s wife was a hottie?

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      • GB Bari says:

        The A.C. Gilbert Co. Erector Sets were better than anything ever made since then. Although my son would probably argue that his Construx sets were the best in the 1980s

        Also who remembers Kenner Bridge and Turnpike Building sets? I had one in 1958 that was excellent. It’s design was scaled such that Matchbox cars worked perfectly on the roadways.

        It is no surprise that I went into an engineering career as a young adult…and stayed with it.

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        • boogywstew says:

          I had the Kenner Girder and Panel building set, Lincoln Log building set, Gilbert Erector Set and Tonka toy trucks .I bought a Revell model of a Ford 4 cylinder OHC engine 20 years ago. I thought it might be useful to explain to my exes what I was doing out in the garage. I think they make great office or study decorations. They’re clear plastic in places and you can see everything moving. The camshaft cams, the crankshaft cranks and the pistons, they work too. The “starter motor” is actually a battery driven motor that powers the model. It still in an unopened box, but I might have to wait until retirement to build it.

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    • trapper says:

      Chemistry set, microscope, telescope, crystal radio, homemade slingshot, homemade everything, forts in the woods, I had a baseball, another kid had a bat, we all had a glove, and Red Ball Jets purchased new in June that we wore holes in by the end of summer. Life was good. Still is.

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    • Pale rider says:

      We had several erector sets and made all kinds of cars and such. chemistry sets that people had thrown away and we rescued. All the good chemicals were gone.
      Army men were my passion, Remember GI joe.
      Made myself m16’s, ray guns, pistols with ether pvc or pieces of pipe. Some you could put a firecracker in the back and shoot a projectile.
      I can’t imagine a homemade gun today’s times.
      My father was an aircraft mechanic and pilot, he would work on something and if he didn’t have a puller or a certain tool, he made one. That was common in the 30’s and 40’s. Hard times? Who knew huh!
      Remember the ‘Big Wheel’?
      I’m quitting here, my heart is breaking.

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      • An American says:

        Pale rider, I’m quitting too but before we go how bout those roller skates made out of American steel with steel wheels- wore em out in 2 months on concrete sidewalks and the skate key also ball and jacks and the Duncan yo-yo….walking the dog, around the world, baby in the cradle. Man those were the days,

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    Andrea Motis is entirely too young to be this good . . . 🙂

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  7. nimrodman says:

    Happy Caturday, all y’all

    if you’re feeling inundated, just stay cool, the week’s over

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  8. Lucille says:

    Why Irish eyes were not blue before the Bronze Age
    By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor – 28 Dec 2015

    Early Irish farmers would have looked like people from the Middle East, geneticists claim.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/12071772/Why-Irish-eyes-were-not-blue-before-the-Bronze-Age.html

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    • nimrodman says:

      thx, Lucille, population migrations and genetics is an interest of mine, I spend a fair amount of time reading about it on the internets

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      • Lucille says:

        It is fascinating, isn’t it! People tracing their ancestry often get some real surprises.

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      • Debra says:

        My interest is in Rhesus negative blood, since I am one of the 15% of people worldwide with same.

        Years ago I read a fascinating medical perspective on same on the ‘internet’s’ which conveyed the same theory I have long held as the reason there is such a divergent fork in the road wrt human blood types, but which I have never been able to find again after reading it.

        Unfortunately, this area of study is becoming moot with Rhogam shots being so prevalent . . . should I be? One reads that black women dying while child birthing is of high concern, yet I see no correlation of incompatible blood type of the baby being a culprit.

        Remember when BLOOD TESTS were required for marriage . . .?

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        • muskea says:

          ME TOO, RH NEGATIVE AND MY SISTER AS WELL…..TELL ME ALL YOU KNOW….I’VE RESEARCH IT FOR YEARS……………

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          • Debra says:

            I just know I am a child of God, a unique individual, created equal to every other ‘humanoid’ . . .

            Unfortunately, what I have seen prevalent on the internet (other than the medical professional’s piece I referenced above) has given me the impression that people are not looking for the ‘reason’ Rh- blood exists, but rather trying to figure out why it is they feel so ‘different’.

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    • Rj says:

      And one of the top geneticist studying our DNA in Sweden claims there is proof no matter the skin color or where in this world we all come from the same parents. Adam and Eve implications ?

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      • Jim in TN says:

        Maybe if Adam and Eve lived 100’s of thousands of years ago and 100’s of thousands of years apart. But then those dates are always changing.

        Basically, everything outside the nucleus all comes from dear old mom. And the Y chromosome only comes from dear old dad. These things pass on through the generations, only developing small mutations. So looking at the spread of mutations and guestimating the rate of mutations, allows one to figure out how long ago the original started mutating. That is our common mother, and the common father of all males.

        These are two different concepts. Supposedly one out of 10 males can trace their ancestry back to Genghis Khan. (Randy old dude) It could be that the rest of us all die out over the next ten thousand years and every remaining male then would have Khan as their ur-father. But Khan’s children had lots of different mothers. Who knows how far back before Khan you would have to go to find the ur-mother of that lot.

        If we go back all those 100’s of thousands of years, the population gets much smaller and it becomes much easier to find some such survival of the fittest choke point. (or the most prolific) Unlike Adam and Eve, they aren’t really finding the first humans, just the most recent common ancestor. But they do like poking their fingers in our eyes and calling them Adam and Eve.

        As an example: Biblically, it would be very easy to find such a common ancestor not too far from the time of Noah. Noah took his sons on the ark, so he would be the common father of all living males. But he took his and his son’s wives, so you would have to go back more generations to find a common mother. Yet that could still be long after eve passed.

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        • JTR says:

          I ran into this Mongolian Metal Band called The Hu. They sing a lot of songs about their Genghis Kahn heritage. I really like a few of their songs. They also play traditional instruments.

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  9. citizen817 says:

    Happy Caturday…
    😂😂😅😂😂

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  10. citizen817 says:

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  11. citizen817 says:

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    • Jim in TN says:

      Seemed the other side kept taking all the extra space the videographer was giving. They were closer after all the backing up than they were before. If you are going to stop for a moose, STOP for the moose.

      Always wise to stop for a moose. If you don’t, your car will be in as bad a shape as the moose. No telling what shape you will be in.

      But this was about not scaring the little moose. Would have crossed faster if the other side weren’t such jerks.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I love it. 🙂

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  12. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy Caterday, Treepers. Finding these videos is always fun, but when I watch them I’m reminded of just how pure animal spirits can be. Even when they’ve led a rough life, when given a decent chance, their essential goodness can often shine through. This is one lucky old cat.

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    • nimrodman says:

      aw

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    • P says:

      “Even when they’ve led a rough life, when given a decent chance, their essential goodness can often shine through.”

      I think this can be said about humans, too. We must try harder to be kind and to love one another and offer a helping hand to those around us. “A new commandment give I unto you, that ye love one another: as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” John 13:34

      Numbers 6:24-26

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  13. citizen817 says:

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    • Mark says:

      ISIS money had to come from somewhere!!

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    • Debra says:

      As I pointed out in the PresThread:

      The person responsible for making sure there were no investigations into that missing money is now penning an autobiography with a seven-figure advance.

      How else was Masha supposed to get her cut . . .?

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  14. mandy says:

    “A federal judge Friday night granted the city of Costa Mesa’s request for a temporary restraining order to stop a possible plan by state and federal agencies to use the Fairview Developmental Center to house and quarantine people with the coronavirus.”

    “Representatives of the California Office of Emergency Services, the Orange County Emergency Management Division and the county Health Care Agency called Dempsey at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, according to Dempsey’s statement. They told him the buildings at Fairview would be cleaned up by Sunday in order to place 30 to 50 infected people, according to the declaration.”

    https://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/story/2020-02-21/costa-mesa-seeks-order-to-keep-fairview-developmental-center-from-being-used-as-coronavirus-quarantine-site

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  15. Dora says:

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  16. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
    1 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV)

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  17. jx says:

    Astounding mental illness…

    We Can’t Have a Feminist Future Without Abolishing the Family
    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qjdzwb/sophie-lewis-feminist-abolishing-the-family-full-surrogacy-now

    Abortion and the abolition of the family can be used to destroy capitalism

    Sophie Lewis teaches at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/feminist-author-abortion-is-a-form-of-killing-that-we-need-to-be-able-to-defend which takes its name from the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research
    https://thinkinginpublic.org/the-brooklyn-institute-for-social-research/

    https://thenewinquiry.com/author/sophie-lewis/

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    • CC says:

      I have pondered the survival of family values, for quite a while.

      Being a resident of a Chicago outer collar county, the whole Blago thing never did ‘sit well’ with me. Thinking back on the lawsuits, one of the predominant themes Blago spoke of…was his family…politics aside as both are well connected, there was always his emphasis on his family—his wife and daughters. His children have grown. His wife, noble and dedicated, stood by and waited for him to come home, worked to try and get him home. The emotional press conference got me to thinking….

      He has declared himself as a “Trumpocrat”. He, as a Democrat (former Democrat?), kind of sounded to me:

      “I was blind but now could see”….

      The emotion that poured forth from this man, was overwhelming.

      I have wondered if perhaps, this situation might be an opening for Blago, to have value in the return and advancement of family values? 45 now has a dedicated man (and family no doubt) who can speak about despair and uncertainty…the loss of a family unit.

      Who better, than one who faced loss and given a second chance?

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    • CNN_sucks says:

      The feminists loonies should study china’s one child policy. The crime to humanity and women is heartbreaking.

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  18. Dora says:

    I can’t wait to see what Melania will be wearing! 🙂

    ====

    India set to dazzle Trump with pomp and circumstance as trade rows fester

    NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will be accorded the biggest public reception given to any foreign leader in years during his visit to India beginning on Monday, officials say, one that could help paper over the two countries’ growing friction over trade.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-usa-trump/india-set-to-dazzle-trump-with-pomp-and-circumstance-as-trade-rows-fester-idUSKBN20F12A

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  19. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  20. Dora says:

    She turned out to be a defiant little thing.

    ===

    EXCLUSIVE: Defiant Meghan tells friends there’s nothing ‘legally stopping’ her and Prince Harry from using their Sussex Royal name, despite Queen banning them from using it
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8021867/Defiant-Meghan-says-theres-legally-stopping-using-Sussex-Royal-name.html

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    • Blue Wildflower says:

      I worry how all this will turn out for Harry and their son.

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    • She grabbed the brass ring and wants to turn it into a gold one. You would have thought that British royalty would have learned their lesson about marrying American commoners. (And you can’t get any MORE COMMON than Megan Markle)

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      • CC says:

        Some tid bits from the past…about 35+ years ago, I remember reading somewhere that Prince Charles had a ‘discriminatory’ streak in him. I don’t recall who wrote the article or if it was ‘fake news’. Has he changed?

        More recently, Prince Philip said that “one steps out with an actress…not marry them”. The culture clash is too great…even if one knows what hat to wear or what fork to use…or can give a regal wave from a horse drawn carriage.

        “The Firm” is bigger and more protected than any global corporation, rest assured, legal protections are in place to preserve the Monarchy, their goals and their wealth. There will be no upstart yanks destroying it. Lots of fertilizer for click bait, though. I have trouble with the idea of Harry thinking he can go his own way, without consequences. I wonder who is encouraging them?

        Another thought that I have pondered in the squirrel nest…Diana was seemingly, seriously involved with a wealthy man from the Middle East. A wealthy Muslim man. I often wondered if the ‘accident’ had something to do with a fear of if Diana married Dodi, his religious beliefs regarding children in a marriage, might have had an impact on global politics..and the Monarchy and their wealth along with salic law. A possibly serious international incident of sorts..Sharia law would have allowed Dodi to take those young boys to his own home (in Egypt?), if I am not mistaken (am not anywhere nearly as knowledgeable about Sharia Law, as I would like to be)….but what a mess that would have been.

        Ah…the random ponderings of an old lady in the people’s republic of IL….

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  21. Dora says:

    Coronavirus Update

    I received this letter in a forwarded email. It appears to be from a foreigner living in China and describing the conditions there. I cannot personally verify its provenance, but thought it was worth passing on for your thoughtful consideration. I think the biggest take away for me is the need to pray.

    https://polination.wordpress.com/2020/02/22/coronavirus-update/

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    • amwick says:

      Very frightening, but TY

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    • mandy says:

      We’re in for one HELL of an interesting ride…

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    • LizzieinTexas says:

      Less severe than meds and med goods, but electronics are going to be the first “visual” that the US will see. Apple products especially. Samsung will follow now that South Korea is seeing more outbreak of the virus.

      Computers of all kinds. This will impact corporations more than individuals. On top is Microsoft ending support and security updates for Win7, so everyone still running win7 and planning on purchasing new hardware, I would do it sooner rather than later.

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    • P says:

      Amir Tsarfati
      @BeholdIsrael
      ·
      31m
      As a precautionary act, following a case where 7 #Korean tourists returned from Israel and were tested with #coronavirus, #Israel is forbidding entrance of all tourists coming directly from #Korea as of this evening.

      https://beholdisrael.org/

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  22. Dora says:

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  23. amwick says:

    Want some fun?… send your own message to Mike Bloomberg.. here, have at it..

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  24. FOX News (Trish Regan, Tucker Carlson et al) have picked up the Daily Mail story regarding Ilhan Omar’s alleged Immigration Scam/Sham marriage to her own brother!

    LOL

    This ain’t going away, folks!

    https://video.foxnews.com/v/6134816628001#sp=show-clips

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  25. Dora says:

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  26. just stevie says:

    THE DISCIPLINE OF SPIRITUAL TENACITY

    “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm xlvi. 10

    Tenacity is more than endurance, it is endurance combined with the absolute certainty that what we are looking for is going to transpire. Tenacity is more than hanging on, which may be but the weakness of being too afraid to fall off. Tenacity is the supreme effort of a man refusing to believe that his hero is going to be conquered. The greatest fear a man has is not that he will be damned, but that Jesus Christ will be worsted, that the things He stood for – love and justice and forgiveness and kindness among men – will not win out in the end; the things He stands for look like will-o’-the-wisps. Then comes the call to spiritual tenacity, not to hang on and do nothing, but to work deliberately on the certainty that God is not going to be worsted.

    If our hopes are being disappointed just now, it means that they are being purified. There is nothing noble the human mind has ever hoped for or dreamed of that will not be fulfilled. One of the greatest strains in life is the strain of waiting for God. “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience.”

    Remain spiritually tenacious.

    Oswald Chambers
    February 22nd Devotional

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    • Pale rider says:

      Yes, I comment on that often! It is a reflection of me, us.

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    • P says:

      “The greatest fear a man has is not that he will be damned, but that Jesus Christ will be worsted, that the things He stood for – love and justice and forgiveness and kindness among men – will not win out in the end; the things He stands for look like will-o’-the-wisps.”

      1599 Geneva Bible
      I John 4:4 Little children, ye are of God, and have overcome them: for greater is He that is in you, than he that is in this world.

      From the footnotes section: 1 John 4:4 He comforteth the elect with a most sure hope of victory: but yet so, that he teacheth them that they fight not with their own virtue, but with the virtue and power of God.

      https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=I+John+4&version=GNV;AKJV

      Our Lord will NEVER be ‘worsted’!! BELIEVE HIM, that’s what He asks of us!!

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  27. decisiontime16 says:

    * Billions of desert locusts in East Africa are swarming at “unprecedented numbers” and pose a huge threat to the region’s food insecurity, the UN warns.
    *
    * The swarms are so bad that Somalia declared a national emergency. Ethiopia and Kenya are struggling to maintain the outbreak, and scientists fear that the insects could eventually spread across Southwest Asia and the Middle East.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/desert-locust-plague-devastates-africa-photos-history-2020-2#during-plagues-desert-locusts-can-spread-over-millions-of-miles-and-travel-into-parts-of-60-countries-this-affects-over-20-of-the-earths-land-surface-and-according-to-the-un-plagues-can-damage-the-livelihoods-for-one-tenth-of-the-worlds-population-9

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    • mandy says:

      “pose a huge threat to the region’s food insecurity

      Seriously, WHO WRITES THIS STUFF?

      lol….reminds me of that infamous song by Ten Years After….

      “Tax the rich….Feed the poor…’til there are no rich no more.”

      uh….shouldn’t that be ’til there are no poor no more,’ guys?

      Had that realization, cannot STAND that song anymore….

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  28. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  29. trapper says:

    Happy Palindrome Day
    022220

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  30. jeffsn4 says:

    What’s the low-down on Ric Grenell? Is he truly MAGA?

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  31. Troublemaker10 says:

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  33. TwoLaine says:

    Movie Recommendation: The Best of Enemies, currently available on Showtime.

    EXCELLENT Movie!

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  34. Magabear says:

    Was just listening to the final minute call of the 1980 Miracle on Ice game on NHL SiriusXM against the USSR. Amazing how all the emotions of that game come back to me everytime I see or watch it. Great that most of them are MAGA too. 😊

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  35. Every time I hear people refer to the Democrat Party as the DemocraTIC Party, it drives me nuts! Someone please explain this to me.

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  36. Hans says:

    Heads up IRAN… Middle East …Corona virus.
    For anyone following the Corona virus..it has now made its way into Iran… I fully expect the worst considering the third world nature of the regime, the difficulty diagnosing the virus and lack of treatment facilities in Iran. This followed by the open borders with Iraq and Syria. The virus has now made its way from Qom to Teheran ……

    Looking at the great increase in cases in south South Korea (as an example) from a dozen to over 400 in 4 days as an example I would venture a guess that the odds of the mullahs regime surviving this outbreak is small. They might try to blame this on the United States and we should be prepared….

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  37. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the Lord Jesus as the source of joy:
    1. In the troubles of life, which only He can relieve with joy.
    2. In bondage to the passions, which only He can relieve with joy in freedom.
    3. In death, from which only He can raise us.

    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 – February 9th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  38. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  39. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Gen. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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