General Discussion, Sunday, April 9, 2017

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  1. Beautiful flowers, Stella! Have a blessed Sunday everyone! Goodnight. 😌

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  2. Wooly Phlox says:

    Rerun:

    It’s interesting that the in last war we ever definitively won, we never invaded the nation.

    Japan surrendered, and a hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides were saved.

    Nearly every war with boots on the ground we lost. Czar? Are we trying to not win, and just fight forever?

    We learned how to WIN. We haven’t won since. And this is not at all meant to disparage our soldiers, sailors, and airmen. We haven’t won since we had a guy at the chessboard who actually wanted us to win, or could even define the term.

    I hope that’s changed, finally.

    I think there is absolutely no chance that both Putin and Xi haven’t read The Art of the Deal, and that they both know Trump is quite smart, and quite a strategist.

    China will help with the problem of NK. Russia will help with the problem of the ME.

    Europe will be the same as ever, warring and bickering and being overtaken until they realize it’s existential, if they ever do, and then having to go too far, not having nipped it in the bud.

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    • joshua says:

      the game plan in WWII was to PREVENT domestic invasions…and the war was taken to the remote battlefield….everything was done domestically to ISOLATE anyone suspected of being part of the ENEMY or a TRAITOR to the USA.

      Hence VETTING and PREVENTION OF IMMIGRATION.

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  3. czarowniczy says:

    And here’s Hillary mooooing about how she’d have bombed Syrian airfields just hours before Trump did. Just for good measure and to show shevthrew in a few pounds of good old Hillary hypocrisy just to show that bat’s back in the pol belfry.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-people-hillary-clinton-idUSKBN179058

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  4. Wooly Phlox says:

    During an interview with the Financial Times published Sunday, Trump warned that if China was unwilling to collaborate on North Korea, the United States would be willing to go it alone.

    “China will either decide to help us with North Korea or they won’t,” he said. “If they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don’t, it won’t be good for anyone.”

    I think he knows what he’s doing.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Yes, ’cause every time that little punk starts with his BS, we run over there and buy him off. All South Korea has to do is place food trucks, etc,etc, on their side of the border, and the North Korean Army would desert in mass, looking for the good life. Just when the Greman border wall came down, the East Germans move west, very fast……..

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      • czarowniczy says:

        That’s what SK used to do to turn NK agents they caught. They’d keep ’em in closed custody until they’d calmed down then take them for a drive thru the downtown shopping district. They’d let him/her wander (heavily escorted, of course) through malls andcresturants, stop for gnoshes and do some shopping…few refused to turn.

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  5. MaryfromMarin says:

    A blessed Palm Sunday to all:

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Thought you racked out??

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    • G-d&Country says:

      Lovely picture Mary. I was looking for one. Jesus was accepted with celebration on Sunday, betrayed on Thursday, and killed on Friday. This brings me back to your post from yesterday.
      MaryfromMarin says:
      April 8, 2017 at 1:09 am
      β€œThe object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”
      –Marcus Aurelius–
      From the palms to the cross in less than a week.

      May everyone have a peaceful, joyful, Palm Sunday.

      P.S. Have to run – On top of everything else we had plumbing leak yesterday & are still cleaning up, but wanted to post for Palm Sunday. πŸ™‚ Never buy a 30 YO house. It’s right at the age things falls apart!

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  6. czarowniczy says:

    News is reporting thst Syria has again bombed the rebel-held village it used the chem weapobs on to start this whole mess. Undoubtedly the Russians and Assad giving the US the finger as the US has no moral high ground now as, I’m sure, chem weapons weren’t used.
    Russia has also said it will provide Syria with upgraded air defense systems. That will be interesting as if Russia does provide top-tier weapons, even if they have Syrian decals, there will probably be Russian crews operating them. This will not only effect cruise misdile strikes but manned aircraft strikes; you know, like the ones we toss at Assad forces?
    That frigate tne Reds are sending there can also be tied into the air defense system. Let’s say the frigate ‘shadows’ the US ships that would launch the cruise missiles. The frigate’s radar systems can reach out and pick up missiles at about 30 miles and fighter aircraft at about 140 miles and its surface radar system works out to about 180 miles. They may have upgraded their systems but these are about minimums. If the US did an ‘over the horizon’ launch the Rusdian frigate could report the launch to the Syrian TOC before the land-based AA systems could see them…handy.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Then, I as an ops planner would use my approach from the south, somewhere outside of Arabian Gulf, Then call Ms.WeeWeed, tell her to warm up the bull pen, use the Med approach, Gult approach, and Ms.WeeWeed at AGL, 45000. Give those Russians a multiple picture. Before that happened, pin point radar sites, put the Wild Weasels to work for a day or so on various jamming bands…. Miight work, I’m still stuck in Gen 2 mode, don’t know the latest updates………or what Hildabeast sold beside uranium to the Russians. And Ms.WeeWeed, drop a pallet of Stolies’……..

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      • Col.(R) Ken says:

        On second thought, just call Nye, and give their main gram a “cold”!!!!!!!!

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Yet another post that disappeared. Anywho, we hot to cruise missile choices, the air launched or the Navy Tonahawk. If you look at the nations around Syria within ALCM range you don’t have much we can air launch from. We might be able to get permission from Turkey but they might be loath to PO Russia even more and Israel’s out for obvious reasons.
        We’re pretty much stuck with the Navy models but for the time being the surface launch from monitorable positions seems to suffice for diplomatic purposes. Don’t forget that we can also launch from virtually undetectable submarine positions if we wanna play hardball.

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  7. amwick says:

    If memory serves, today is puppy day?… a monotonous event! Hope the little guy is full of wiggles and kisses…. πŸ™‚

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  8. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  9. stella says:

    Dreadful news from Egypt today.

    Egypt’s Coptic churches hit by deadly blasts on Palm Sunday

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39544451?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_breaking&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=news_central

    Two blasts targeting Coptic Christians on Palm Sunday in Egypt have killed at least 36 people, officials say.

    In Alexandria, an explosion outside St Mark’s Coptic church killed 11 people. Pope Tawadros II, head of the Coptic Church, had been attending Mass inside and was unhurt, state media reported.

    An earlier blast at St George’s Coptic church in Tanta killed 25 people.

    So-called Islamic State (IS) says it is behind the explosions. The group has targeted Coptic Christians in Egypt.

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  10. 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)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    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’ G-d&Country! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blind 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:

    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Lemon Scones with Vanilla Lemon Glaze – HAPPY NOW????

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  11. auscitizenmom says:

    Kassem Eid was on FOX and FRIENDS this morning. It was a great interview. He learned English by reading Reader’s Digest. He learned English because he loves America. But, he wants to live in his own country, Syria. In the last few years, he testified before a lot of groups in Congress with no success. No one seemed to listen to him and he finally left and went to Germany. He is very pleased with what Pres. Trump has done.

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  12. auscitizenmom says:

    They are having the air show here. I am posting this link because I thought some might be interested. There are beautiful pictures of the planes and some videos. This morning I saw a group go over that were prop planes. I am not sure where they came from, but they fly pretty slowly compared to the jets, of course. It has been very noisy here for days. πŸ™„

    http://airshowstuff.com/v4/category/schedules/page/3/

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  13. litenmaus says:

    Sometimes the world aligns and one gets a glimpse into the aftermath of an act of “paying it forward”. This morning my world aligned and I thought I’d share.

    A couple of months ago, I met an 8 year old boy who loved to read, but his circumstances were such that he’d never had a book to call his own. That made him sad. He told me there were some books in his classroom that his teacher let him read and that made him happy. He really liked the history books, but he’d read all of the ones the teacher had and now he was reading a book about a mouse that lived underneath some stairs. The mouse book was okay, but not as good as history books, “cause history is really cool”.

    Last week, the young boy received three packages that had no return address. Those three packages were all addressed to him and him alone and in each of those packages he found a history book.

    A couple hours ago an acquaintance of mine who knows I support reading programs, emailed me to relate her story about visiting a woman whose little boy plays with her son. It seems the little boy received three mysterious packages that contained books and my acquaintance said she’d never seen the little guy so happy. Unwitting BONUS, a photo was attached to the email, and there he was, a small 8 year old boy, fast asleep on the couch, with his arm wrapped around HIS books.

    Last week the world shone brightly for one little boy and on this Palm Sunday, I have been wrapped in the warmth of the light.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      This brought tears to my eyes. A little boy who loves books, and not only books, but history books. My son loved books from the very beginning. And, his daughter is going to love to read, too. Whenever her mama sits down and opens a book, she gets one, too. And, they read her 4 or 5 books before she goes to bed. She is only about 18 months old. They are all voracious readers. What a wonderful story.

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      • litenmaus says:

        Thank you ausmom, there is nothing that warms my heart more than hearing about parents & grandparents that read to their children.

        :0) I’ll bet you can’t wait for that little girl to bring you her books and say “here grandma, read to me” – melts my heart just thinking about it.

        I do have to confess, I loved reading to my son and my grandkids, but I was mighty glad when my grandson got over his dinosaur phase – thems some hard words to read, even for this grandma.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          LOL My son loved the dinasaurs when he was 2 and 3. I learned to say the names correctly, but one time my husband read to him and came back shaking his head saying, “A 3 year old was correcting me all through the book.”

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          Litenmaus, I didn’t understand if you were the one who sent the books. If you were, I have a stack of books that I still haven’t gotten rid of from when I homeschooled my son. They look brand new. Could we get them to him?

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          • litenmaus says:

            ausmom, you are amazing. Yes, I sent the packages and if you would like to send the books to me, I’d be thrilled to see that this little guy and a couple others who could use a little magic receive them….

            However, if you’d like to pay it forward in your own community, might I suggest that you contact a homeless or womens shelter. The children in these programs & facilities are often forgotten and most shelters are more than happy to help you connect your books with the kids who love to read but have no books of their own.

            Bless you aus.

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            • auscitizenmom says:

              Wow, you just solved my problem. I have hung on to these books even though I have a lack of space to keep them. I just didn’t want to take them to Goodwill and have them tossed in a bin. The ones I was thinking of sending you are history books. Really good ones. And, the others I could check with the shelter, which I hadn’t thought of.

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    • stella says:

      Sweet story, litenmaus. God Bless you!

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    • lovely says:

      Beautiful ! Thank you Litenmaus for making that little boys life brighter.

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  14. amwick says:

    Afternoon peeps. Dh and I are on a mini vacation, visiting Gatlinburg. What a lovely Spring day. Hope the puppy meet is wonderful. Naptime!

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  15. 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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  16. stella says:

    Seen on Facebook:

    “People attack Christians and Jews and not Muslims for the same reason that animal rights activists attack women in fur coats and not bikers in leather.”
    –Michael Baron

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