General Discussion, Thursday, August 3, 2017

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  1. stella says:

    For the information of Facebook users:

    There is a Facebook group called Conservative Treehouse, and they don’t outright claim to be affiliated with CTH, but they don’t correct anyone who makes that assumption, and until an hour or so ago, they were linking to the CTH website, as if they are affiliated.

    My guess is that they are monetizing the site, or will. I contacted them by messenger, and they are real smart asses.

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  2. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  3. czarowniczy says:

    Lemme guess…..Arrakis?

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  4. Lucille says:

    Great development for patients with the autoimmune disease MS….

    Multiple sclerosis infusion gives hope to patients
    Fox News

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      This is why I am glad God gave us the ability to make Science.

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      • Wooly Covfefe says:

        Would it really surprise anyone if Israel produced the scientists that cured cancer?

        Vaxil is set to have this quasi-vaccine approved for use in humans by 2018, and it cures 90% of cancers, in all ethnicities of people.

        In Sid Meier’s Civilization, a computer strategy game, “Cure For Cancer” is considered a Great Wonder of the World. Leave it to Israel. They’ve got this.

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        • ImpeachEmAll says:

          Have you ever tried Sid Meier’s Railroads! ?

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          • Wooly Covfefe says:

            Nope, but I remember seeing it. I should have, because I was into model railroads (HO-scale… shut up, Joshua) when I was a teen.

            Sid Meier was a genius. Civ started out as a table/card game, akin to Riskβ„’ and Axis and Alliesβ„’, and became absolutely amazing when made into a PC game series. You couldn’t save your game with those. No, you had to leave them set up, trusting that nobody would mess with the board, for days. Also trusting that you had no cats or small children.

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            • We played Risk a lot as kids. If my brother ever had one army on a country & it withstood a major assault he would bite down on 2 of the 3 “arms” to make it look sort of like the Eiffel Tower & had a special name for this standing tall army, that I’ve (of course) forgotten…

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        • Lucille says:

          Israel continues to bless the world. Thank you, Israelis.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Science in the US is motivated by profit, science in Israel is motivated by survival.

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  5. https://onlinejuriedshows.com/ViewClosedShow.aspx

    Once again.

    It’s so many voted-on competitions, which one can get lost in, for static visual arts.

    Every medium except digital, it seems. Lots of beauty on that site.

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  6. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  7. 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’ czarina33! (aka 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 Covfefe! (aka “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’ Gary! πŸ™‚ |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    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!

    Blueberry Scones

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    • Looks sooooo good! Just started a diet today, though. 😦 Coffee and fruit for me. Thank you Nyet and good morning!

      Morning all!

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    • Lburg says:

      Thanks, Nyet….do I spy salami? Hmmmmm. Salami.

      β€œWhen the girl returned, some hours later, she carried a tray, with a cup of fragrant tea steaming on it; and a plate piled up with very hot buttered toast, cut thick, very brown on both sides, with the butter running through the holes in great golden drops, like honey from the honeycomb. The smell of that buttered toast simply talked to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cosy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one’s ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender, of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries.”
      ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Ooh, another breakfast with everything. Mornin’ Nyet, everyone. πŸ™‚

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    • Menagerie says:

      Protein and caffeine, the breakfast of champions!

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    • Lucille says:

      Would it be OK, Nyet, if I only had a half grapefruit today? Thanks!

      No insult to your chef’s abilities, but gotta lose some weight…oh, well, maybe a couple pieces of bacon, some scrambled eggs, a blueberry scone, and a plate of the cheese and meats for munching on later…you know, to help with the cravings until lunch.

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    • lovely says:

      Evening Nyet πŸ™‚ .

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Nye!!!!!!!!

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  8. stella says:

    Under pressure from President Donald Trump to cut the cost of the next Air Force Ones, the U.S. Air Force is finalizing a deal with Boeing to purchase two undelivered 747s in storage in the Mojave desert.

    As Defense One first reported yesterday:

    The 747s that will be transformed for Presidential transport were originally ordered in 2013 by Transaero, which was Russia’s second-largest airline until it went bankrupt in 2015. Boeing built two of the four jets in the order, but the airline never took ownership of them.

    Typically, an airline makes a 1 percent down payment when it orders a plane, then pays the balance in installments. Transaero did not fulfill its scheduled payments, according to an industry source.

    β€œAeroflot absorbed most of Transaero’s existing fleet, but declined to pick up Transaero’s 747-8I orders worth $1.5 billion at list prices,” FlightGlobal reported last month.

    http://www.defenseone.com/business/2017/08/here-are-new-jets-will-become-air-force-one/139943/?oref=d-river

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  9. stella says:

    Environmental rules waived to expedite Border Wall construction

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/08/environmental-rules-waived-to-expedite-border-wall-construction/

    The Department of Homeland Security trumped the Environmental Protection Agency, waiving numerous rules that could have delayed the construction of the border wall between the United States and Mexico with lawsuits or studies.

    Laws intended to protect endangered species and habitat at the border by requiring environmental impact reports can be circumvented by a wavier issued by the department, it said. The announcement was only tied to the San Diego area.

    β€œThis waiver is pursuant to authority granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security by Congress and covers a variety of environmental, natural resource, and land management laws,” the department said in a press release.

    Border wall prototypes and a physical wall in San Diego could begin in November at the earliest. The waiver opens the door for drilling work by the Army Corps of Engineers and road construction to begin sooner, although a timeline has yet to be provided by the Trump administration.

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  10. auscitizenmom says:

    Just when you thought the rhetoric couldn’t get more ridiculous. πŸ™„

    “Boston Globe: Coming Solar Eclipse Unfair, It’s Only Visible in β€˜Trump Country’”
    In case you were needing another example of why everyone distrusts the media and why Donald Trump became president, we give you The Boston Globe and writer Matt Rocheleau who wants to know, β€œIs the eclipse throwing shade at Clinton supporters?” Yes, The Globe actually politicized the upcoming solar eclipse.
    Later this month, August 21st, there will be a rare total solar eclipse that will be visible in the United States from coast to coast. However, if you don’t happen to live in the middle of the transit β€” a thin path of totality β€” you will only see a partial eclipse. And that’s where Rocheleau believes Hillary supporters are being discriminated against:

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/boston-globe-coming-solar-eclipse-unfair-its-only-visible-trump-country

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  11. stella says:

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  12. Wooly Covfefe says:

    Jack has new music.

    I don’t know what “season” he’s up to by now, but I like all his albums bigly.

    Does he contradict himself with his criticism in this song of shows with “seasons”? I ask even though I don’t watch TV shows. Musicians are my “seasons”. I can’t wait for Adele’s next album. Or Walk Off The Earth’s. Especially Bobby McFerrin’s. Are those my distractions from reality?

    He talks about cognitive dissonance, too, in this song. Holding two opposing views at the same time. It leads to insanity, except in the Left. Jack has a lot of wisdom and love in his music. I’m kinda sure he’s far-Prog, but I could be wrong, and he could be changing, like everyone does.

    There isn’t actually a Jack Johnson song I dislike, except for maybe the ones that got overplayed.

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  13. czarowniczy says:

    Emailed Tesla as there’s an appeal to that new model 3 they’re putting out and it’s right in that new car price range.
    Seems that price is for the base model – operant word is ‘base’. Certain things that make it really concenient, such as a color other than black (shades of Henry Ford) and a charging system that recharges the battery in less time than it takes to raise a goat…are extra.
    Three issues that caught me were: (1) the closest electrician they recommend who could install the the specisl charging outlet I’d need for the bigger battery is 80 miles away (think of that bill), (2) what would one do in a hurricane-rich area with that car stuck in evacuation gridlock and no widespread charging stations available, (3) what about liability for the autopilot equipped version were one in an accident?
    Those hi-mileage cars that use gas are still looking to be the best bet…looking into seeing which small farm engines could be converted to burn alcohol.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      Tesla has “Ludicrous Mode”.

      That sells me. Take my money, when I get some.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      If you YouTube, you’ll see that Tesla is soon going to be the King of Drag Racing.

      I bet they come up with electric, insanely-well-performing, wave-and-current-reading watercraft, next. And then aircraft.

      Some continents have never yet invented boats.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        What!? They have a RuPaul model?!

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      • Wooly Covfefe says:

        Even the southern third of our continent never invented boats. No… boats came to them, courtesy of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. So they hate us and want to take us over and erroneously call it a re-conquest, as if we (English and Scots) did it and not Spain.

        They are just starting to realize that working in restaurant kitchens is better than working in the fields, in Michigan. Now all the farmers are suffering from a lack of employees, because all the people from the southern part of our continent are now working in kitchens.

        Are they going to leave the landscaping industry next?

        Looks like an opportunity to me.

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  14. czarowniczy says:

    Local news is showing noticeably Latino activists assembling to pressure politicians to stop using public funds to enforce illegal immigrant laws and instead use it to improve public transportation and infrastructure. Sure, why not make it easier for them to reach the welfare offices and associated taxpayer funded services?
    As far as public transport goes they could use some money to put metal detectors on busses that serve heavily thug-infested areas and free hazmat suits for riders who sit on the seats would be
    appreciated.

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  15. czarowniczy says:

    Thought I’d get your attention. Do I have a post in the Trump/VA thread in spam or did it just go poof?

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  16. czarowniczy says:

    My GGS, steeped in the lore of Hollyork BS, came to me to tell me that revolvers sucked and semiautos ruled. In defense of my ‘it ain’t the gun it’s the shooter’ credo I too kind a minute and showed him a segment of my favorite gunner proving ‘it’s the shooter’ .

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      I saw a video a few years ago, for the Kennedy consipracy folks, a shooter with Lee Harvey’s model, repeating his shots, just to prove it actually can be done. He did it, and accurately.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        He also fired five shots from a S&W .500 magnum in one second and fired a .50 Browning mag out of a Barret so fast my shoulder hurt from just watching.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      That video needs to be made into a looping GIF.

      That is absolutely bad-a**.

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  17. stella says:

    Now this is interesting.

    West Virginia Governor to Switch from Democrat to Republican

    Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia, a Democrat who was elected last year even as President Trump carried the state by 42 points, is expected to announce Thursday night at a rally with Mr. Trump that he is changing parties, according to three sources familiar with the plans.

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  18. auscitizenmom says:

    I just heard on Neil Cavuto that that a$$ Mueller is going to impanel a grand jury. 😦 And, in other news, I just burned a pan when I walked off and let the water cook down in it. 😦

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  19. Howie says:

    Some Grey Fox haz located in the back in the woods. they are so cute. Wonder if I should feed them some treats.

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  20. joshua says:

    home for the fleas…..la la la…..

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  21. Wooly Covfefe says:

    Apropos of good guitar mastery.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      Early on, when he says into the mic, “Turn the bass down, a**hole!”, he was right.

      This is a guitar artist, and this is a guitar show. Someone on the mixing board did what he asked, no matter how politely he asked.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      @4:31

      By 4:36, the bass is turned down.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      Watch loud. This guy owns the guitar.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      How can anyone know a guitar this intiimately?

      Such fun to watch someone who does!

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      One more comment on this amazing concert:

      Who here has heard the name Popa Chubby, or heard his Jimi covers, let alone his entire other collection? Nobody?

      Me, neither. He’s a black belt than never participated in competitions.

      Like Joe Bonamassa. Only the git-fiddlers ever hear of these guys.

      Everyone knows Steve Vai’s name. And Stevie Ray’s. And Satriani’s. And Eddie Van Halen’s. And so many others’ names. These two are better than all the well-known, and are revered by the well-known for their superior skill. Chubby and Bonamassa are more respected by the the guitarists and performers we respect. That’s how good they are.

      Billy Gibbons wants to shine Chubby’s shoes.

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  22. 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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  23. stella says:

    Excellent essay by VDH, both about the new movie, and the historical events themselves.

    Miracle At Dunkirk

    http://www.hoover.org/research/miracle-dunkirk

    … Finally, the miracle at Dunkirk reminds us of the underappreciated but pivotal British role in World War II. We often reduce the Allied victory to the blood of Russian manpower and the treasure of American supply. And there is much truth to both those generalizations. But spiritually, we should remind ourselves that Britain was the only major power on either side to both begin the global war on its first day and continue to fight it until its last, six years later. It was also the only major power to fight the Third Reich alone, which it did courageously between June 25, 1940 and June 22, 1941. It was the only Allied nation to declare war on the Axis for the principled promise to an ally, Poland, rather than because it was either surprise-attacked or had war declared on it first. British genius gave the Allies everything from sonar to Firefly Sherman tanks to the Ultra intercepts to the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine in the superb American P-51 Mustang.

    In sum, Dunkirk is an impressive postmodern glimpse of a premodern nightmare, but a view nonetheless that is without a strategic or politicalβ€”or much of anyβ€”context. Such a landmark event is diminished to a story about any war, rather than the singular British existential struggle to stop Nazi Germany.

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  24. facebkwallflower says:

    Read Justin Beiber was going to church and cancelled all his concerts and now…….any connections to pizzagate, I wonder????? http://yournewswire.com/justin-bieber-pedophiles/

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      There’s one woman at work I hug almost every time I see her.

      Can’t help it. Her older, military son committed suicide a few years ago. I can empathize, because my brother, and also she hugs me back just as tight.

      Her younger son is Miles. I remember when he was bussing tables at my last restaurant, when he was 10. No, that was not allowed by state law. Now he’s nearly 15 and bussing tables at my current place.

      I hadn’t seen or heard from this wonderful lady for a few years, but when I saw her being interviewed, while I was working, dirty apron and all, she saw me and got up and hugged me. I need to let this woman know how much that means to me. How good that feels. How rare that is. Like I said, I hug her on sight. And she hugs me back, bigly.

      Miles is a good kid, too. He loves to work, and to learn.

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  25. Wooly Covfefe says:

    One more from this album that can’t be bought now, for some reason.

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