General Discussion, Monday, March 20, 2017

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  1. Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

    Good Morning!

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  2. MaryfromMarin says:

    Without looking, this reminds me of the massive fields of wildflowers near Lompoc, close to the Mission La Purisima Concepcion.

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  3. texan59 says:

    Love the picture up top, Miss Stella. Looks like my neck of the woods. The wildflowers are in full bloom as we speak. Nowhere near their peak though. Got the coffee brewin’ for the rough-n-tumble night crew here. Coffee up y’all. I doubt this week will be any less adventuresome than the last few. Let’s see what else they’re gonna throw at us.

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  4. patternpuzzler says:

    …and then there was more family stuff to be tended to… sheesh… (it’s good to be done for now, lol!)

    Stella has suggested Tara Ross’ website for more detailed American History. Ms. Ross is an author and a constitutionalist who publishes, on her website, “This day in American History”. She writes quite well and I’ve also become a fan. While, because of time issues, I cannot incorporate Ms. Ross’ writings here, I do suggest subscribing to her web newsletter for historical information in depth in your morning email. The signup for her newsletter is at and I will be including this information at the end of my general history posts.

    On to this day in (Mostly) American History, March 20:
    1760: Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings One of many serious conflagrations in Boston’s History, this fire destroyed 349 buildings in the area between the modern Washington Street and Fort Hill as well as several ships in port, and left over a thousand people homeless.

    1816: US Supreme Court affirms its right to review state court decisions. Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee, 14 U.S. 304 (1816) was a landmark United States Supreme Court decision. It was the first case to assert ultimate Supreme Court authority over state courts in civil matters of federal law.

    1852: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” published (Boston)
    1854: Republican Party founded
    1865: Michigan authorizes workers’ cooperatives
    1868: Jesse James Gang robs bank in Russelville, Kentucky, of $14,000
    1886: First AC power plant in US begins commercial operation, Mass
    1897: First known intercollegiate basketball game, Yale beats Penn 32-10

    1917: After the sinking of 3 more American merchant ships, US President Woodrow Wilson meets with cabinet, who agree that war is inevitable

    1922: USS Langley is commissioned, US Navy’s first aircraft carrier
    1934: Rudolf Kuhnold demonstrates radar in Kiel Germany
    1933: Dachau, First Nazi concentration camp, completed
    1948: 20th Academy Awards: “Gentleman’s Agreement”, Loretta Young, Ronald Colman win
    1952: 24th Academy Awards: “An American in Paris”, Humphrey Bogart & Vivian Leigh win

    1952: Final ratification of peace treaty restoring sovereignty to Japan by US Senate

    1954: “King & I” closes at St James Theater NYC after 1246 performances

    1954: First newspaper vending machine used (Columbia Pennsylvania)
    1956: 156-day strike against Westinghouse ends
    1958: 50″ snow across the Mason-Dixon line
    1963: First “Pop Art” exhibition, New York City

    1965: LBJ sends federal troops to Alabama – President Lyndon B. Johnson notifies Alabama’s Governor George Wallace that he will use federal authority to call up the Alabama National Guard in order to supervise a planned civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.

    1967: The Supremes release “The Happening”
    1968: [Vietnam] Retired Marine Commandant comments on conduct of war. Retired U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Shoup estimates that up to 800,000 men would be required just to defend South Vietnamese population centers.

    1968: LBJ signs a bill removing gold backing from US paper money
    1969: US president Nixon proclaims he will end Vietnam war in 1970
    1973: Roberto Clemente elected to Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death
    1976: Patricia Hearst convicted of armed robbery
    1979: Columbia flies on Shuttle carrier aircraft to Kennedy Space Center
    1982: Joan Jett & Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” goes #1 for 7 wks
    1984: Senate rejects amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools This amendment would have corrected the misreading of the First Amendment to the Constitution regarding the freedom to worship as one chooses made by the Supreme Court in 1962. Please see President Regan’s address of February, 1984 for detailed information of the defeated amendment and what was at stake at the American Presidency Project:

    1985: Libby Riddles is first woman to win Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race
    1987: FDA approves sale of AZT (AIDS treatment)
    1988: David Henry Hwang’s “M. Butterfly,” premieres in NYC
    1988: Mike Tyson KOs Tony Tubbs in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
    1989: Baseball announces Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation
    1990: LA Lakers retires Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s #33
    1991: Michael Jackson signs $65M 6 album deal with Sony records

    1991: Supreme Court rules unanimously employers can’t exclude women from jobs where exposure to toxic chemicals could potentially damage fetus

    1991: US forgives $2 billion in loans to Poland

    1995: Tokyo subways are attacked with sarin gas. During rush hour in Tokyo, 5-2man terrorist teams from religious cult of Aum Shinrikyo released deadly sarin gas into the air at Kasumigaseki station resulting in 12 deaths and 5,500 needing medical care (some suffered permanent damage.) A US Senate subcommittee later estimated that if the gas attack had been more effective tens of thousands could have been killed.

    1995: Dow-Jones hits record 4083.68

    1995: Beatles song, “Baby It’s You”, with late John Lennon as lead singer, is released, first Fab Four single in more than 30 years

    2001: Petrobras 36 Oil Platform, the world’s largest oil rig, sinks with 400,000 US gallons of fuel and crude oil aboard, after suffering three explosions on March 15

    2012: Disney movie “John Carter” records one of the largest losses in cinema history with a $200 million dollar write down

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  5. MaryfromMarin says:

    2012: Disney movie β€œJohn Carter” records one of the largest losses in cinema history with a $200 million dollar write down

    Moral of the story: just read the BOOK. There’s a reason Burroughs’ “Mars” stories have never been successfully translated into film.

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  6. amwick says:

    Good morning all…
    Very quiet here at the cottage,,, I need to shake a leg and get back to that hospital….Dh needs coffee, he really really needs coffee. sighs I think I will stop and get some flowers too…
    Beautiful pic at the top, made me want to kick off my slippers and just run through through those flowers… do a couple of somersaults and a cartwheel…. πŸ™‚

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  7. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ sportsfans!

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  8. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ Czarina! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Phlox! (aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
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    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest πŸ™‚ 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine πŸ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ SenatssekretΓ€r FREISTAAT DANZIG πŸ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:


    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze!

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  9. lovely says:

    Beautiful flowers Stella. We are still barren with remnants of snow here.

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  10. Texas bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush are this Texan’s favorite flowers. They are in full bloom right now around North Texas. Thanks, Stella! ❀

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  11. lovely says:

    Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.
    __Jim Bishop

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  12. Wooly Phlox says:


    This may exceed the bounds of fair use, but…
    It’s really terrible how some teachers in Australia are failing to respect the cultural imperatives of their New Australian students.

    Teachers at a primary school in Sydney, Australia have been threatened with beheading and other violence from young Islamic students, prompting one of them to quit her job. Students as young as those in Year 5, according to the Daily Telegraph, are making the violent threats and pressuring others to read the Koran at Punchbowl Public School in Sydney.

    Documents given to the newspaper allege that three staff members have taken a leave of absence owing to stress, received counselling and been awarded compensation after bullying from Islamic students.

    One female teacher reportedly quit her job after it got too much for her. She claims she quit after receiving death threats to her family from her year 5 and 6 students, with some saying they would behead her. The teacher also said she made numerous complaints back in 2014 about the extraordinary behavior in the class. For example, she said, she was abused by students after she stopped them from hanging a Syrian flag in the classroom.

    In another example, she claimed she was pushed into a corner by students who began marching around her chanting the Koran.

    Frankly, if the woman hadn’t quit, she should have been fired. What right does she have to tell these New Australians, who are every bit as Australian as those descended from British convicts and shipped off to colonial Australia, that they should not be hanging Syrian flags, threatening her family, and promising to behead her.

    After all, those are just New Australian customs, every bit as Australian as kangaroos, koalas, and gay pride parades, and they should be respected accordingly.

    They are standing on Australian dirt, therefore they are magically Australian people. Not.

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  13. WeeWeed says:

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  14. This school is very close to me. 😦
    Our AG Paxton will be discussing it on Fox & Friends this morning.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      I wonder if Fox & Friends will be discussing the prayers by an Imam at the Vatican.

      Part and parcel.

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      • I could see Hannity talking about it, especially since he is Catholic. The Liberty High School story is on today because AG Paxton is questioning the school’s superintendent as to why non-Muslim students are claiming to be excluded from praying in the classroom. If it’s a dedicated Muslim prayer only room, it’s a discrimination issue.

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        I mean, of all the elephants in the living room, this one is a baby.

        Sure, it’s still an unwelcome infestation, but it’s hardly the big Mama Elephant in the room. But Fox will talk about the baby instead, and ignore the giant mastadon with it’s giant stinking rectum in our faces. Sorry for the simile, but it’s accurate.

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    • joshua says:

      yet students in Texas schools cannot PRAY at football games, or in the morning during the Pledge of Allegiance call….they only get “a moment of silence”……These “educators” need to be kicked out of our schools, the school board members impeached, and the teachers need to stand up and stop this crap.

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  15. Love this!
    Also… rally tonight!

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  16. lovely says:

    Hmmm… So Obama had lunch with Judge Watson hours before the judge spit on the constitution.

    About that Hawaii judgment against President Trump’s executive order . . .

    According to The Astute Bloggers, US District Court judge Derrick K. Watson had lunch on March 15th, in Hawaii, with former President Obama. Their rendezvous was documented in a photograph on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

    How long before Noi takes down the picture?

    Nothing to see hear folks, I believe Obama talked about how happy he was not to be punished with grandchildren and his crappy golf game.


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  17. amwick says:

    Dh has a roommate. A southern Baptist Minister (retired), some body will have to mind his language. πŸ™‚

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    • amwick says:

      So, is the proper way to address a retired minister as Pastor, Preacher? He seems very nice.

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      • stella says:

        I would ask him how he prefers to be addressed.

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        • amwick says:

          Yes, when he wakes up. Dh and I just split a hot dog, it was from the grill, really good.

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          I’d just call him “brother”. I call co-workers, friends, cops, random people I encounter walking and talking, and even the mayor that. Just like I call women “ma’am”.

          In all my life, nobody’s been offended by “brother”.

          If he was currently a pastor, I would call him “pastor”. I call the local preacher from the Presbyterian church by his first name, and “brother” and he doesn’t mind at all. Nearly everyone else in town calls him “Father Mike”. But he’s my friend. And I’m not, nor will I ever be, Presbyterian.


  18. lovely says:

    I’m watching the Comey hearing. It is an amazing horse and pony show the democrats are simply lying and saying I know you can’t respond but I want to get it into the record. Really a kangaroo court.

    Comey has been a smug stoned faced rat, mostly answering I can’t comment on that to republicans and letting democrats ramble and then asking them to rephrase their question so that he can answer them on a β€œgeneral” level.

    Then we finally got Rep. King and he asked Comey about the small circle of people who knew that Comey gave Trump the fake Russia dossier and within hours that fake dossier was published in almost it’s entirety in the press. Rep King said that it was a very small circle that was present for that meeting it was Comey, Rogers, Brennan, Clapper andTrump. King then went on to say that if Comey is serious about finding the leaker that such a small circle would be a good place to start.

    Comey refused to answer if there was anyone else present for the meeting.

    King sai d and I quote I’m not saying it was you.

    Comey the stoned face rat was the most animated that I have ever seen him his eyes got big and animated his hands were flailing and he was rustling around in his seat.

    Comey was really upset you could see it. He was so flustered and spouted some nonsense before he said about the meeting in question;

    ”I’m not going to confirm something that was classified.”

    But Comey then went on to say;

    I’m not going to help people that did something that was unauthorized. thereby confirming that information that was classified was leaked from that meeting in particular.

    And a quote from Snake Comey that every FBI director would make who gave a rat’s butt about felonious dissemination of classified information;

    ”Even Washington and Lincoln complained about leaks.”

    Good grief. Comey now saying that the Russians were very loud in their intrusion so they were easy to detect. Sure James.

    Go to hell Comey you traitor.

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    • lovely says:

      And by the way Comey is going way out of his scope as FBI director and commenting on Russia’s motives and behavior in general.

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    • lovely says:

      Great summation.

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Folks next door are labeling Adm Rogers a traitor as well as Comey. Am thinking they are incorrect. The Uniparty inquisitors are asking the incorrect questions again, imo.

      Trump/Trump Tower was not “wiretapped.” The server outside Trump Tower (used for advertising?), for which the FISA was issued, was hacked and metadata changed to implicate Russia, probably by Brennan/CIA/McMullin/Clinton.

      The Flynn phone call was probably intercepted by GCHQ, who monitors the Dominican Republic. Flynn was in the Dominican Republic at the time. The contents of Flynn’s phone call was probably given to Brennan/CIA/Obama. Adm Rogers probably had no knowledge of this one, imo. Flynn phone call was on 29 Dec, iirc, which is after the Nov Rogers trip to Trump Tower, and Adm Rogers was likely out of this loop.

      The ones who will pay for all this corruption are the American people. Half give up in disgust, the other half collectively enter psychosis.
      We know nothing.

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      • lovely says:

        The Uniparty inquisitors are asking the incorrect questions again, imo.Comey and Rogers are speaking lawyerese.

        Rep Eric Swalwell said to Comey “You said that Trump’s claims of wire tapping were untrue.”

        Comey butted in before Swalwell could progress to his question and said β€œI say that we have no evidence to support them.”

        We are watching the oligarchs in motion.

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      • lovely says:

        Why Oh Why does not one republican ask that rat Comey why Putin hates Clinton and how can Comey be testifying, giving evidence about an emotion!

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  19. lovely says:

    Wait what?

    Tsk tsk Adam Schiff 😜

    Listed here with his other money grubbing events.

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  20. amwick says:

    Good to be home… DH is getting his goblins,,, so all is well… I can sit here at home and watch whatever I feel like on TV.
    Anyway, I found a picture, just to clarify his special medicine.

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  21. The Tundra PA 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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  22. lovely says:

    Hmmm… How worried is President Trump about what the FBI, CIA, NSA and all Soros’ horses and Soros’ men have on Team Trump colluding with Russia? Apparently not very.

    President Trump warned them that he has a wicked counterpunch.

    Exclusive: Tillerson plans to skip NATO meeting, visit Russia in April – sources

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip an April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers for a U.S. visit by the Chinese president and will travel to Russia later in the month, U.S. officials said on Monday, a step allies may see as putting Moscow’s concerns ahead of theirs.


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