General Discussion, Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Perseid Meteor Shower

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215 Responses to General Discussion, Tuesday, August 15, 2017

  1. Menagerie says:

    I went out to watch this about every night for a week year before last. It took hardcore determination, but I finally saw some. I parked in a church lot about a mile away.

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    • I waited outside my house long enough to see one shooting star each of the peak nights…but it took like 15 minutes each time, between the Detroit light pollution & general haze in the sky. God’s made the heavenlies glorious!!!

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    • stella says:

      When I was about 16, our church youth group went camping particularly to watch the meteor shower. At night we would lie on our backs in the grass to watch. You have to be in a really dark place to see well.

      This past weekend was the best viewing time, but we are still in the meteor shower field for another 10 days or so. Viewing time is after midnight in the northeastern sky.

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      • lovely says:

        We slept out on a beach on Lake Superior when I was about 14, I remember the amazing stars and seeing a few shooting stars. A very good memory.

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        • My brother discovered a “Dark Park” near Mackinac City & apparently the night sky is even more amazing than our typical Northern MI views at the Gaylord Cottage.

          Sleeping Under the Stars ranks among my favorite memories!

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          • lovely says:

            Afternoon Valerie 🙂 .

            Some of my very favorite memories are being at our cottage as a child and watching the night sky, we could always find the big and little dipper.

            Once I was in high school and would bring friends up from Chicago they couldn’t believe the amount of stars in the sky. Happy happy memories.

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            • Maybe that’s why lefties get so skewed in the big cities where they’ve been herded for generations–the man-made light pollution obscures so much of God’s glorious night sky & their souls miss out on the nightly gift of perspective & refreshment those of us receive who turn our eyes & hearts heavenward!

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              • lovely says:

                I am always amazed by how many people never leave the city in which they are born. Until I was an adult I ignorantly didn’t know such people existed. I can’t imagine.

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                • My dad had a much older cousin who he thought had never been outside of his rural Michigan county in his lifetime (which extended into the mid 1900s)–he was of good farming stock & may have been among the relations that left full gas cans in the ditch by a particular mile marker allowing my grandpa to head Up North to hunt during WWII…

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                  • lovely says:

                    I don’t find that so surprising because it was a different time, people were more likely to stay local, now people can travel from city to city or state to state with ease if they desire to do so.

                    I think it is very sad for people in the inner city who never get out of it to experience any other reality.

                    I think I have told this story here before, I was meeting a woman to bring her something, (I think a gift card for a grocery store and some groceries) she was couch surfing so essentially homeless and didn’t have a home to meet me in. She said that she had lived in Waukesha her entire life and was in her 30’s. I told her we could meet at the public library, it has a huge foyer with tables and chairs.

                    She said that would be great. Then she told me that she didn’t know where the library was located. I should know by now not to be surprised by things but once again I was surprised.

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                  • Yes it’s amazing how different our lives can be. I remember encountering a man in Tulsa when I worked in the hospital who was illiterate…it was the first time I ever knew that about an adult & it floored me.

                    A few years back my husband invited a dear friend of his (who happened to be black) Up North for a weekend at my parents’ Cottage. His friend went along & had a wonderful time but said “black people don’t go Up North” (I believe he’d grown up in Detroit).

                    Josiah has had a number of different Respite Care Workers over the years & several have been black & often were from (or spent significant time in) Detroit. Several of them have made statements like “black people don’t swim” or “blacks don’t shop in black stores because they know they’ll get better service in” white run businesses. Some of these concepts/perspectives blow my mind!

                    One RCW & I had an extremely frank discussion on racial issues (she was black & had lived in Detroit previously). She shared at great length the inherent prejudice within blacks (in Detroit) based on the darkness of their skin tone, with lighter skinned people usually having higher perceived status. Or black businesses Expecting other blacks to patronize them just because they were black owned/run. These conversations were pretty eye-opening to me!

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  2. MaryfromMarin says:

    I have no words…may God have mercy upon us.

    Sick New “Abortion Simulator” App Lets You Kill Babies in Abortions

    http://www.lifenews.com/2017/08/14/sick-new-abortion-simulator-app-lets-you-kill-babies-in-abortions/

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  3. Lucille says:

    Looking at your meteor shower photo, Stella, made me think of this hymn:

    “This Is My Father’s World” is a beautiful hymn composed at the turn of the 20th century. The words were written by Maltbie D. Babcock (1858-1901), and the poem was set to music by Franklin L. Sheppard (1852-1930)
    This version is performed by British vocalist James Loynes.

    This is my Father’s world
    And to my listening ears
    All nature sings, and around me rings the music of the spheres.
    This is my Father’s world
    I rest me in the thought
    Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas His mighty hand has wrought

    (Chorus)
    This is my Father’s world
    Should my heart be ever sad?
    The Lord is king
    Let the heavens ring
    Let all the earth be glad

    This is my Father’s world
    The birds their carols raise
    The morning light, the lilies white declare their Maker’s praise
    (Repeat chorus)

    This is my Father’s world
    From shining courts above
    He sent His Son, the Beloved One, a pledge of deathless love
    This is my Father’s world
    Oh let me not forget
    That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet

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    • stella says:

      I remember this hymn from my earliest years.

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      • joshua says:

        me too

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      • Lucille says:

        Yes, as with many things, hymns learned in childhood are seldom forgotten.

        It surprises me sometimes how much of the words come quickly to me when singing in a church service, so much so that I don’t need to consult the hymnal even though I haven’t sung a particular song for maybe 50 years.

        The importance of those days of learning and reciting cannot be measured. Connected to that are memories of family and friends which pop up to bring happiness, sorrow, satisfaction or regret. Our God-given minds are such wonderful blessings.

        May today only your beautiful memories remain.

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        • stella says:

          May today only your beautiful memories remain.

          Thank you!

          Just an observation, but it seems that some people always find the negative about a story, even one meant to be helpful or informative, like the one here about the eclipse.

          Reminds me of a story about my daughter. When she was quite small, she was riding in the car with her grandparents, and was angry about something. Her grandmother tried to distract her by saying, “Look at the beautiful trees!” My daughter responded, “I’m looking at the stumps.”

          And so are some folks. Always looking at the stumps.

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            I was raised as a stump child. 😦

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            • stella says:

              You don’t seem that way to me!

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              • auscitizenmom says:

                I have to work at it. One of my mother’s favorite sayings was, “The only thing I don’t like about this is……..” I had a hard time erasing that from my vocabulary.

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            • Menagerie says:

              I was too and I have worked hard to try to change my attitude, and I continue to work at it every day. My parents bitched and moaned about everything every day. I barely remember them having any happy days.

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              • auscitizenmom says:

                My mother was so negative. But, my father was very positive. She came from a family that was just that way. Nice people, but they tended to bitch a lot about everything and everybody. They would do anything to help you, but they would tell you a hundred times what you did wrong to make you need help.

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            • Me too. Losing my voice for three months cured me.

              Now I (mostly) look for, and proclaim, the beauty, the good in everything.

              Sometimes I slip. But mostly I ignore the rain.

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              • Wooly Covfefe says:

                If these people did it, in that instance, then I can do it.

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                • Wooly Covfefe says:

                  The surviving Jews at Bergen-Belsen, they praised God in song, surrounded by piles of dead kin. Thousands of them, in parking-lot-sized pits, ten corpses deep, with soldiers walking over them like it’s grass in the park, arms and heads and limbs everywhere, underfoot.

                  Singing praises to God. Loudly. If they can do it, so can I, and so must I.

                  We must praise God. No matter what happens. No matter what Leftists do to us. And they always will do this to us, when they get the chance, and the power. A leopard can’t change it’s spots. A Godless Prog will always tend toward making mass graves happen.

                  Those of us who survive their inevitable pogroms will praise God, loudly.

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          • Menagerie says:

            I don’t know what happened on the eclipse thread, but I do know that is has been rare in the past that I have been able to do a post, even a religious or holiday post, and not get negative political commentary. I quit writing for some time because of it.

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            • Lucille says:

              There was a lovely person at CTH whose name I can’t remember, who posted often on the daily thread about her faith and got such lousy feedback from some. I don’t think she posts there anymore. Sad.

              The helpful thing to keep at the forefront of our minds is that this enmity against us is part and parcel of Jesus’s suffering for us…in this world you will have tribulation, but don’t be afraid…I have overcome the world. He says He will never leave us or forsake us. We occasionally “leave” Him, but He woos us back and accepts our confessions and repentances with the love and grace that is His character. THANK YOU, LORD!

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            • stella says:

              Nothing serious, just the usual stump watchers.

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    • I’ve always loved that hymn. Beautiful lyrics.

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    • czarina33 says:

      Number 101 in the hymnal. It was my favorite when I was growing up. I asked Reverend Rose to put it on the list so often he finally just included it every 4 Sundays at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Miami.

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  4. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Not quite the same without Czar.

    Hope he did not step on a rake;
    while working on the pond dam.

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  5. ZurichMike says:

    For those who know me over the years, I am very devoted to the Blessed Mother, the “most highly favored daughter” who “all generations shall called blessed” and the mother of Jesus. Today is August 15th, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother for Catholics (Dormition of the Theotokos for Orthodox). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assumption_of_Mary

    I am not here to argue doctrinal beliefs, and for those who have issues with this, please either pass by without comment or just listen to these musical selections for your listening pleasure and contemplation.

    First, among the Marian (of Mary) hymns, there is “Hail Holy Queen” (re)popularized in the movie Sister Act. Here is a standard version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEbGEpq_hmw

    Next, there is the Salve Regina (antiphon below in Latin and Engish), which is classic many of us “older” Catholics will recognize: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLMeHBkLQJo

    Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae;
    vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve.
    Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae.
    Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes
    in hac lacrimarum valle.
    Eia ergo, advocata nostra,
    illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte.
    Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
    nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
    O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria.

    Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy,
    our life, our sweetness and our hope.
    To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
    To thee to we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping
    in this valley of tears.
    Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
    thine eyes of mercy toward us,
    and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
    O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
    (Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
    That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.)

    Lastly, here is a standard version of “Immaculate Mary” (the Lourdes hymn), which is recognizable hymn set to the melody of a Pyreneean folksong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsoVBQvaLDM

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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! 🙂 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! 🙂 |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! 🙂 |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! 🙂 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) 🙂 |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) 🙂 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! 🙂 |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! 🙂 |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) 🙂 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! 🙂 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! 🙂 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! 🙂 |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! 😀 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) 🙂 |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) 🙂 |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! 🙂 |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! 🙂 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! 🙂 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) 🙂 |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! 🙂 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! 🙂 |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! 🙂 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! 🙂 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! 🙂 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! 🙂 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! 🙂 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! 🙂 (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! 🙂 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! 🙂 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll 🙂 |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! 🙂 |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! 🙂 |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! 🙂 |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! 🙂 |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! 🙂 |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! 🙂 |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) 🙂 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (“Stellars”) 🙂 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson 🙂 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! 🙂 |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) 🙂 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! 🙂 🍸 (1961 Château Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! 🙂 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! 🙂 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! 🙂 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) 🙂 |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! 🙂 |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! 🙂 |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! 🙂 |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! 🙂 |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! 🙂 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! 🙂 |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! 🙂 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ Senatssekretär FREISTAAT DANZIG! 🙂 |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! 🙂 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! 🙂 |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! 🙂 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! 🙂 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! 🙂 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! 😛 (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! 😕

    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!

    Pastries for coffee!

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    • Morning Nyet! Thank you for breakfast! The biscuit and gravy folks will be very happy!

      Morning everyone! 👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻

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    • Lburg says:

      Nyet, You rascal! Sausage Gravy and Biscuits!! Thank You! Nothing better. Wait….are those BACON biscuits? Woo Hoo!

      “….there are more different sausages in Germany than there are breakfast foods in America, and if there is a bad one among them then I have never heard of it. The run in size from little fellows so small and pale and fragile that it seems a crime to eat them to vast and formidable pieces that look like shells for heavy artillery. And they run in flavor from the most delicate to the most raucous, and in texture from that of feathers caught in a cobweb to that of linoleum, and in shape from straight cylinders to lovely kinks and curlycues. “
      H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)

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      • joshua says:

        at age 19, I had an internship in Lenzburg Switzerland at HeRo Conserven AG which among a ton of other food products, made sausages and other pork products in part of their huge operation.

        so one day I was sent to the slaughter operation and the continuous processing of the pork from live pig, killed and hung on hooks, moved through butchery and separated into many product trails, and much left over went into sausage pot which went into stuffing sausages into the intestine casing for the product….and there was an over riding pungent not pleasant odor, which was totally unnoticed by anyone else there….and a group of dignitaries were brought into the center floor, where a buffet table was set up with sausages, cheese, apple cider and whatever, and spicy mustard for samples….and they all chowed down while I toyed with the concept of finding a hiding place to puke.

        different strokes, for different folks….first time I noticed women that did not shave their armpits or legs…but that is another story……

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        • ImpeachEmall says:

          So, blissful, hairy Mary extended
          your educational experiences, as
          a naïve, nineteen year old intern. 😉

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        • John Denney says:

          In 7th grade, my class toured the John Morrell meat packing plant in Ottumwa, Iowa. It started with the hogs coming out of the polisher whole, and went from there.
          There was a strong raw meat scent that was not quite objectionable, and when the tour completed, we were each given a plain, cold, raw frankfurter. No bun, no mustard, just the meat.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Yum. Biscuits and gravy. Mornin’ Nyet, everyone. 🙂

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    • Lucille says:

      Are those cranberry or bacon biscuits, Nyet? Not that I’m picky…I’ll take them both. Thanks!

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    • lovely says:

      Good evening Nyet 🙂 . Breakfast for dinner sounds really good!

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  8. lovely says:

    I’m running late and have a long day, have a beautiful one, hope to stop in later 🙂 .

    A follow up from yesterday.

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    • Have a great day, lovely!

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    • joshua says:

      Somerled apparently invented the movable rudder for boats.

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    • joshua says:

      Steve McDonald – All You Can Know lyrics

      Will a man sell his soul
      When a man wants to know
      ..Memories are forever
      Will a man change his mind
      Hoping to find
      ..Lost reality
      All that you’ve been
      And all you’ve become
      Can a man hope to last
      Not knowing his past
      If he chooses to stay
      Will the world fade away
      All that I know, is all that I know
      And all that I know, is all I can show
      And it hurts but it’s true
      When you pray to the blue
      And so you reveal, that nothing is real
      Nothing but you
      I hear the past calling me

      Calling forever we’ll be… one family
      Will a man lose his mind
      Hoping to find
      Will a man lose his way
      Will he break down and pray
      Look for the questions
      and the reasons why
      Look to the people look to the sky
      Look to the books look for the names
      Look for the pride
      that flows in your veins
      Look to the loved ones,
      where have they gone
      They live on in memory
      they live on in song
      Look with amazement
      soon you will find
      That the past is still real,
      and it’s all in your mind

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      • Wooly Covfefe says:

        Awesome, Joshua.

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      • lovely says:

        I was in a little shop with all kinds of natural things, it was neat in that it had lots of cool stuff like fossils, shark teeth, “tornado in a bottle,” and so on, my girls were little, we were home schooling and it had a lot of great stuff for hands on education. The girls were looking at something when suddenly I heard McDonald’s music, I asked the sales clerk if they sold it and he said “Yeah, sure”.

        This is the song I heard in the store and I have been hooked ever since.

        Beautiful music all.

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    • Lburg says:

      Just beautiful. Thank you lovely.

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  9. I told my Mom if she decides to jump in and start commenting here (she reads here), that I don’t mind if she uses “Wooly’s Mom” as a nic. Not at all.

    Great article today at AT:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/08/google_wars_youre_next.html

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  10. Lburg says:

    Stella, I have to thank you for the big laugh this morning. “County Road ends at water” is a keeper!

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  11. stella says:

    Sorry for the long comment, but since WSJ is behind a pay wall for most, it seemed necessary.

    North Korea Backs Off Threat to Hit Guam

    Hours after China took steps to support U.N. sanctions, North Korean state media says Kim Jong Un decided not to fire on Guam

    North Korea pulled back its threat to attack a U.S. territory, after days of trading increasingly bellicose rhetoric with U.S. President Donald Trump, and hours after China took its toughest steps against Pyongyang to support U.N. sanctions.

    North Korean state media said Tuesday that Kim Jong Un had made his decision not to fire on Guam after visiting a military command post and examining a military plan presented to him by his senior officers. But it warned that he could change his mind “if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions.”

    The turnabout came as the U.S. and China were engaged in a delicate contest on two fronts, with each trying to push the other to handle the North Korea situation in the way it preferred, even while both sparred over trade issues that they insisted were unrelated.

    Beijing said it would ban imports of North Korean coal, iron and seafood, starting Tuesday, measures that hew to sanctions passed by the U.N. Security Council this month targeting Pyongyang’s nuclear-arms program. The timing of the announcement was a response to Mr. Trump’s plans to kick off a probe into China’s alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property, according to people with knowledge of the Chinese leadership’s thinking. That probe was officially announced later on Monday.

    “This action on North Korea should help ease the renewed trade tensions,” a government adviser involved in making policy said. China had been expected to disclose such steps and said in an official statement that its move was made to enforce the latest U.N. sanctions.

    Beijing’s move on North Korean imports followed a weekend phone call between Mr. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on how to deal with North Korea’s advances in developing nuclear weapons and missiles.

    Mr. Trump on Friday warned that U.S. military resources were in place, “locked and loaded,” should North Korea “act unwisely.”

    North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile program has advanced rapidly, and a missile test in late July put the continental U.S. firmly in range of a strike. Pyongyang this month threatened to lob missiles toward the Pacific island of Guam.

    The advances have prompted questions about whether Mr. Kim’s regime obtained Soviet-designed rocket engines. The liquid-propellant rocket engines North Korea has been using in recent tests were probably acquired through illicit channels originating in Ukraine or Russia, a report from the International Institute for Strategic Studies said Monday.

    Stephen Noerper, a professor of political science at Columbia University and senior director at the Korea Society, warned tensions on the Korean peninsula were liable to quickly ramp up again, given upcoming joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea slated to begin next week in South Korea.

    “I don’t think we should overassume,” he said. “The escalatory nature of things on the peninsula are that you can go from zero to 10 very quickly…This could get very hot again.”

    The North Korea Crisis

    A timeline of the escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang

    July 4, 2017
    North Korea test-launches its first intercontinental ballistic missile, a weapon capable of hitting the mainland U.S.

    July 28, 2017
    A North Korean missile flies even higher in a new test, establishing that if launched at a standard trajectory it could hit the contiguous U.S. states and possibly go as far as Denver and Chicago.

    Aug. 5, 2017
    In a show of unanimity, the United Nations Security Council approves new sanctions against North Korea.

    Aug. 6, 2017
    North Korea calls the sanctions “a frontal attack on our republic and violent infringement on our sovereignty.”

    Aug. 8, 2017
    President Donald Trump says North Korea will be met with “fire and fury” if it continues threatening the U.S.Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

    Aug. 9, 2017
    North Korea says it is considering plan to launch four missiles to surround Guam with “enveloping fire.”

    Aug. 10, 2017
    Mr. Trump ratchets up his rhetoric, saying maybe his threat of fire and fury “wasn’t tough enough.”

    Aug. 11, 2017
    Mr. Trump tweets that military solutions to the crisis are “in place, locked and loaded.” Separately, Mr. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping discuss North Korea by phone. China says it urged restraint. The U.S. says the leaders affirmed the importance of the new sanctions.

    Aug. 12, 2017
    The Trump administration announces plan to investigate alleged Chinese intellectual-property theft.

    Aug. 14, 2017
    China announces ban on imports of coal, iron and seafood from North Korea.

    Aug. 15, 2017
    North Korea says it has decided not to carry out missile attack on Guam.

    Source: Staff and news reports

    Earlier on Monday in Seoul, before news of Mr. Kim’s decision, Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. must take threats from North Korea seriously, despite fresh skepticism from South Korea that Pyongyang has the ability to reliably deliver an intercontinental ballistic missile to the U.S.

    “I honestly think it’s an academic issue whether it can happen today or happen tomorrow,” Gen. Dunford told reporters after wrapping up meetings with South Korea’s president and other defense officials.

    Gen. Dunford noted that North Korea had conducted missile and nuclear tests “at a historic rate”—at least 15 tests in the past year.

    But uncertainty remains about the North’s ability to endanger the American homeland or even Guam.

    Those doubts were underscored Sunday by a senior South Korean defense official, who said that both Seoul and Washington had concluded Pyongyang lacks the missile re-entry technology to successfully launch an intercontinental ballistic missile at the continental U.S.

    John Delury, a China historian and North Korea expert at Yonsei University in Seoul, said Mr. Kim’s decision was likely a response to more tempered language from the Trump administration over the weekend, including from Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and Secretaries of State and Defense Rex Tillerson and Jim Mattis.

    “The signaling from the Trump administration dialed it down a notch—we have to give them credit,” Mr. Delury said. Referring to an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal on Sunday, Mr. Delury added, “When’s the last time the secretary of state and the secretary of defense wrote an op-ed together?”

    Mr. Trump’s move on Monday was part of an effort to juggle Washington’s competing policy goals with China, balancing the desire for more cooperation in controlling North Korea against a desire to curb the $347 billion bilateral trade deficit.

    Mr. Trump made no mention of China’s import ban while at the White House signing ceremony on Monday in which he directed aides to explore the prospect of sanctioning Beijing for the “unfair” acquisition of American technology. He also offered no indication that tensions with China had eased: He said as he signed the directive that “this is just the beginning.”

    The directive was the first formal China trade action taken by a president who has long blasted the country for improperly aggressive commercial practices.

    “We will stand up to any country that unlawfully forces American companies to transfer their valuable technology as a condition of market access,” Mr. Trump said, echoing a complaint made frequently by U.S. firms seeking entry to the world’s second largest economy. “The theft of intellectual property by foreign countries costs our nation millions of jobs and billions and billions of dollars each and every year,” he added.

    While Mr. Trump’s tone was tough, the process he launched was measured.

    He specifically ordered his trade representative to begin a study into whether to launch a formal investigation about complaints that Beijing forces multinationals to license valuable technology to Chinese companies as the price of entry into China’s markets. Aides said if the investigation does proceed, it could take a year before any decisions are made on imposing trade sanctions.

    Mr. Trump has said he would cut Beijing slack over trade disputes if he felt the Chinese were being helpful in reining in Pyongyang. But there is a difference of opinion within the administration on whether to keep economic and security issues on separate tracks, said a person who was briefed on the process of formulating Monday’s China order.

    The White House had originally planned to unveil the China probe in early August, but put the announcement off until after China voted on Aug. 5 in support of the Security Council resolution on North Korea, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

    Asked whether the White House was linking its handling of China trade pressure with the North Korea issue, a senior administration official said “these are totally unrelated events.”

    China, too, separated the issues. “The North Korean nuclear issue and the China-U.S. trade issue are totally different and it is not appropriate to use one as a tool to keep pressure on the other issue,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Monday before the move to curb North Korean imports.

    She said China has been improving its regulations on intellectual property rights, while boosting social awareness of the issue.

    North Korean state media didn’t immediately comment on China’s announcement.

    China is by far North Korea’s biggest trading partner, accounting for more than 80% of North Korea’s external trade for the past five years.

    China has long shied away from severe punitive steps, such as cutting off fuel and food supplies, that could trigger the collapse of the North Korean regime.

    Mr. Trump has repeatedly questioned China’s willingness to ratchet up pressure on North Korea.

    In recent months, his administration moved toward unilaterally tightening sanctions, targeting Chinese companies and banks the U.S. says are funneling cash into Pyongyang’s weapons program.

    Beijing has resisted Washington’s suggestions that it isn’t doing enough to pressure Pyongyang, saying the U.S. must directly engage North Korea to curb its nuclear ambitions.

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  12. Wooly Covfefe says:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/08/from_goolag_to_charlottesville.html

    Above all else we must remember this truth: no matter our color, creed, religion, or political party, we are all Americans first. We love our country, we love our God, we love our flag, we’re proud of our country, we’re proud of who we are. — President Donald J. Trump

    …our modern ruling class sneers at the “nation.” They are higher and more evolved than that. They imagine themselves a global ruling class, possessed of almost divine virtue, knowledge, and competence.

    They are of course fools and knaves.

    The only way we here in America are going to survive the present gathering storm is if some damn politician manages to get us to think of ourselves as one: “no matter our color, creed, religion, or political party, we are all Americans first.”

    And President Trump said it first.

    Liked by 4 people

  13. Lucille says:

    Well, of course, they do…

    MSNBC falsely claims “right-wing extremists” responsible for “three times more deaths” than jihadis
    August 14, 2017 by Robert Spencer
    “This is an oft-debunked claim that nevertheless is frequently repeated, because it fits the establishment media’s narrative.”
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/08/msnbc-falsely-claims-right-wing-extremists-responsible-for-three-times-more-deaths-than-jihadis

    And Hamas-colluding CAIR is siding with the BLM and Antifa calling for more statue destruction. As we know, Islam loves to destroy historical monuments and memorials besides killing people who won’t submit to their false god.

    Liked by 4 people

  14. stella says:

    Our friend Mike –

    Liked by 7 people

  15. stella says:

    I wondered how many there were all together:

    Liked by 5 people

    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      Awesome, indeed. Get on it, Libs.

      Democrat Byrd wasn’t just a member, he was a recruiter for the Klan.

      He hated blacks and wanted to make everyone else hate them, too.

      Typical Democrat, historically. Then and now. “Don’t educate those people! They can’t be educated!” “Don’t punish those people for crimes! They can’t help it! They’re BLACK!”

      Byrd is the eternal face of the Democratic Party. Then, now, and forever.

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  16. stella says:

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  17. stella says:

    I figured this would happen.

    Abrams calls for removal of Confederate faces off Stone Mountain

    http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2017/08/15/abrams-calls-for-removal-of-confederate-faces-off-stone-mountain/

    Sounds like a real idiot.

    Liked by 4 people

  18. Lucille says:

    Maybe Antifa and the BLM will do the reconnaisance for them…

    Al-Qaeda threatens jihad attacks on “vulnerable” US rail system: “It’s time we instill fear.”
    August 15, 2017 10:15 AM By Christine Douglass-Williams
    “Al-Qaeda is renewing calls for jihad violence against America.”
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/08/al-qaeda-threatens-jihad-attacks-on-vulnerable-us-rail-system-its-time-we-instill-fear

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  19. Wooly Covfefe says:

    I just walked around town for an hour, with a little Bluetooth speaker in my hand, connected to my phone, playing this on repeat. So many smiles.

    Liked by 3 people

  20. Wooly Covfefe says:

    Dangit!

    This one!

    Liked by 2 people

  21. stella says:

    Random Man at Protests Interviewed By MSNBC, NY Times Is Deep State Shill Linked to George Soros

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/08/random-man-protests-interviewed-msnbc-ny-times-deep-state-shill-linked-george-soros/

    Via Reddit The Donald:

    Brennan Gilmore tweeted out a video of the horrific car attack on Saturday by white supremacist James Alex Fields.

    Gilmore’s tweet went viral and he was interviewed by MSNBC and other liberal outlets.

    The New York Times included Gilmore’s comments in their report on the attack.

    The New York Times later removed the quote.

    The State Department is very familiar with Brennan Gilmore. He was involved in the Kony 2012 operation.

    The State Department later removed any reference of Brennan. Why would the State Department react in such a way?
    Why would the State Department scrub that?

    Brennan Gilmore was also Chief of Staff for liberal Rep. Tom Perrielo.

    Tom Perrielo was given $385,000 from far left donor George Soros.

    This weekend Brennan Gilmore happened to be in Charlottesville with the rioters. The media knows exactly who he is yet played it off like a casual observer.
    This is how the Deep State is working with the liberal media to shape narrative and fool the American people.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      …he is also an accomplished Bluegrass musician…

      You know what Bluegrass is? It’s Country music that NPR likes.

      It’s Country music with Priuses and Subarus and Social Justice activism.

      I mean, I love the musicianship, but you have to call a spade a spade here.

      Bluegrass is COEXIST bumper stickers and banjos, and NPR bumper music.

      It’s probably organic and gluten-free, too.

      Great players, though. Incredible, even. Too bad they’re morons, by and large.

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  22. stella says:

    President is doing MAJOR PUSHBACK on the Charlotteville meme in his press conference going on NOW. See link about infrastructure.

    Liked by 2 people

  23. stella says:

    Do you think this will ever get so ridiculous that everybody will just laugh?

    Leftist Activists Demand New York Museum Take Down Statue of ‘Racist’ Theodore Roosevelt

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/19741/leftist-activists-demand-new-york-museum-take-down-michael-qazvini

    President Trump asked members of the media earlier this afternoon if/when there would be calls to remove Washington and Jefferson from public view. After all, they were slave holders.

    Liked by 3 people

    • ImpeachEmAll says:

      Goodie, Goodie, Goodie… 😉

      Hope they pressure the
      state of Washington to
      change its name and DC,
      too; while doing it. Would
      only seem fair. Remember
      the big stink about the
      Washington Redskins?! 😉

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      • stella says:

        Have you listened to the press conference yet? Trump hit it out of the park.

        Liked by 1 person

        • ImpeachEmAll says:

          No, not yet.

          Like

          • ImpeachEmAll says:

            Just watched some of it.

            Oddly, Trump repeatedly stated he wanted the facts before making a statement.

            Trump seriously needs to view the long recording of events. He needs to see
            the illegal attendees (no permits) terrorize drivers attempting to leave the area
            and the resulting obvious display of panic by the drivers. Two pedestrians were
            injured. This happened before the fatal accident. The illegal crowd there did the
            same thing, regarding terrorizing the driver. The video clearly shows someone
            running in front the vehicle and almost being struck by the left front corner of
            the vehicle. Had the driver not applied the brakes (brake light was on in the
            picture); the person would have been struck. This is just seconds before the fatal
            accident. If the driver’s intent were to kill, why use the brakes? Then his vehicle
            was attacked. A water bottle made impact (the sound is obvious in the recording)
            and undoubtedly caused the driver’s mind to panic and go into survival mode. The
            driver is 20 years old and in fear of his life. A few seconds later, a fatal accident
            and more panic. Cannot go forward, in the middle of an illegal, unruly crowd and
            LEA is nowhere in sight. Only exit was reverse, in panic mode, without any logic;
            except to stay alive and not be killed by an angry, illegal, unruly mob. Trump did
            not have all the facts before he spoke about the incident. My opinion, with facts,
            backed by the various videos of the Va situation and terrorizing of the drivers.

            Yes, Trump received my vote and will, again. Is Trump perfect? No. Never met a
            perfect person. However, Trump needs to view the available video to gather more
            facts of the unruly, illegal mob terrorizing drivers by attacking their vehicles. Who
            removed LEA and allowed the unruly, illegal mob to terrorize the drivers? Why
            were they not arrested for not having a permit? Had they been, a person would
            still be alive and several would not need to have their wounds attended. The
            person who terrorized the driver by throwing the bottle that impacted the vehicle
            should be held accountable for the pedestrian’s death; as well as, the many
            people injured before, during, and after the fatal accident. Again, just my opinion.

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    • lovely says:

      Did you see the nutcase on Tucker Carlson who was insisting that promoting breastfeeding as natural was sexist? Each nutcase seems to be trying to out nutcase the last nutcase.

      Liked by 2 people

  24. stella says:

    Seen on Facebook:

    From a friend – “Folks keep talkin’ about another Civil War. One side has 8 trillion bullets. The other doesn’t know which bathroom to use. Y’all do the math.”

    Liked by 6 people

  25. stella says:

    Seen on Facebook:

    Comcast tech was here and delivered a remote that takes voice commands.. I said, “Fox News”…bingo!

    I asked him, what if I said “Fake News?” He promptly programmed it to CNN! HAHA!!!

    Liked by 3 people

  26. auscitizenmom says:

    I just watched a show on A&E, Leah remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. I just had it on and got interested in what she was saying. It was riviting. I think it is a series.

    My first husband had a really nice friend who was very shy. He started going to the Scientology Church back in the early 70’s and it seemed to help him overcome his shyness. He invited us to go with him one night. I became VERY uncomfortable and almost had an argument with one of the scientologists who was supposed to be counseling us. I started shaking and by the time we got to our car I was crying hysterically and shaking like a leaf. I felt that place was totally evil. Luckily, I convinced my husband before we got home.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

      I think the latest season of her show starts tonight It’s on A&E, but I may be wrong. I know it’s soon. Very creepy people!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

        Yep, starts tonight at 9:00 pm.
        I watched the last season, and it was a very interesting program.

        Like

        • auscitizenmom says:

          Everything they are saying is what I have believed about scientology for years. I just didn’t realize that it was so very big.

          Like

    • Lucille says:

      I have no doubt, Auscitizenmom, that God was protecting you that day. Your spirit was rejecting the brainwashing at His prompting. This is a daily necessity for all of us…asking that we be protected…by praying the perfect prayer that Our Lord gave to us…”deliver us from evil.”

      Scientology is a religion made up by L. Ron Hubbard pretty much on a bet with a fellow writer that he could invent a religion and people would flock to it. The writer, Harlan Ellison, later wrote about his conversation with Hubbard, and a friend of Harlan’s also related the story to me. Scientologists know all about Ellison and would love to see him dead.

      BTW, one of Harlan’s science fiction stories was made into this strange film starring Don Johnson looking younger than the 26 he was at the time….

      Liked by 5 people

      • auscitizenmom says:

        Yes, I am sure he was. I am not what you would call an aware type of person. But, I just knew I needed to stay far away from that bunch.

        Liked by 3 people

      • Wooly Covfefe says:

        Liked by 1 person

        • Lucille says:

          At one time I had every single episode on VHS tapes. So many of the stories were excellent. And the music by major stars of the day…wow! With that great Miami backdrop, and the beautiful cars, it couldn’t miss.

          Liked by 2 people

      • Wooly Covfefe says:

        I read a lot of Sci-Fi/Fantasy as a kid. When I was 12 I read Hubbard’s Mission Earth decology. Sick, twisted stuff. Pulp fiction, and insanity, in ten novels.

        The whole SF/F community, besides Lewis and Tolkein, is beset with sickness, evil, and depravity.

        Castalia House exists for this reason. Tor and Baen are about to be destroyed, by the weight of their own corruption.

        Say what you will about Vox Day, but his publishing company is going to dominate SF/F.

        Who was the chick in SF/F who was molesting her daughter with the help of her SF-author husband, and is still celebrated by that crowd today? Gah, can’t remember.

        Oh, I remember. Marion Zimmer Bradley. Celebrated even now. The dude was Walter Breen.

        https://askthebigot.com/2015/07/23/the-story-of-moira-greyland-guest-post/

        I wish I could shake this girl’s hand, because Heard.

        Liked by 2 people

      • Lucille says:

        BTW, Johnson was really handsome in person; probably still is. He has the loveliest color of smooth skin. My employer and he were long time friends. Luckily I got invited to parties where the young newcomers were in attendance. Crazy days!

        Liked by 2 people

    • lovely says:

      If you would like to pray that Tom Cruise leave the billion dollar scam it would be great. the more prayers the better. It is such nonsense and evil. If you are within the orb of rightness of Scientology, nothing bad is supposed to happen to you, Tom Cruise just hurt himself during a stunt so he will have to atone (funny you can atone with $$$$$).

      It was believed by many that John Travolta’s son was taken off his anti seizure medicine to prove that the Scientology was working and he was now a pure Scientologist. I don’t know if John took his son off of his meds or not but it would be in keeping with Scientology doctrine.

      Evil. Evil. Evil.

      If Cruise left he could bring the whole system down.

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  27. stella says:

    Lincoln Memorial Vandalized With Red Spray Paint

    http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Lincoln-Memorial-Vandalized-With-Red-Spray-Paint-440565873.html

    Someone has vandalized the Lincoln Memorial, the National Park Service says.

    The words “F— law” were found written in red spray paint early Tuesday on a pillar at the monument that overlooks the Capitol building and National Mall, NPS said Tuesday afternoon. The graffiti was found about 4:30 a.m.

    “It’s frustrating, not only for the Park Service but certainly for the visitors that come here, that anyone would vandalize any of our iconic memorials. Especially the Lincoln Memorial. Especially with everything that’s going on now — the calls for unity and people to come together,” NPS spokesman Mike Litterst said.

    “To go to the site of the memorial to Abraham Lincoln and do that, that’s disappointing,” he continued.

    Someone also scratched the stone.

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  28. 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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  29. Lucille says:

    Recommended reading from the White House’s “West Wing Reads”….

    “The Anti-Trump Bourbons: Learning and Forgetting Nothing in Time for 2020”
    By Victor Davis Hanson| August 14, 2017
    https://amgreatness.com/2017/08/14/anti-trump-bourbons-learning-forgetting-nothing-time-2020/

    And a lovely reminder….

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  30. Wooly Covfefe says:

    Liked by 1 person

  31. Lucille says:

    This NPR affiliate is trying its best to get Hoffman to say otherwise, and the story is written to still hope for maximum damage. I’m surprised they went with the story. Only imbecilic lefties still believe anything about Trump/Russia/Putin collusion, anyway. But it’s nice to get something in print even if the left will ignore it.

    Cover Lifted, A CIA Spy Offers His Take On Trump And Russia
    Aug 8, 2017 · by Mary Louise Kelly

    “Overall I haven’t seen any evidence of anyone actually colluding with the Russians,” Hoffman says, “of Russian intelligence colluding with a campaign to cause harm to another.”

    Instead, Hoffman believes the Trump Tower meeting is significant mostly for what it reveals about Russia’s motives and tactics.

    The Steele dossier
    And what of the unverified set of allegations about Trump-Russia contacts, compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele? Hoffman suggests the intelligence apparatus may have been at work there, too.

    “One possible explanation for the content was that Russian intelligence was aware that the dossier was being written,” says Hoffman. “And that they fed not only true information — but untrue information as well. Which is their regular modus operandi for covert influence operations.”
    In other words, Hoffman believes Russia may have seeded the Steele dossier.

    http://www.wnyc.org/story/cover-lifted-a-cia-spy-offers-his-take-on-trump-and-russia/

    Here’s where I got the lead to the above article. Morris is worth watching for a few minutes:
    CIA Moscow Chief says: NO TRUMP-RUSSIA COLLUSION!!!
    Dick Morris

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  32. lovely says:

    Someone new I discovered a few days ago, love him.

    Liked by 2 people

  33. michellc says:

    Sorry I haven’t updated in awhile, but been doing a lot of running and life has a way of keeping on going. He really hasn’t changed, not any worse and not any better. Still on a lot of machines and still being kept sedated.

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  34. . Afternoon Valerie 🙂 .

    Like

  35. leroyjhunt says:

    . Afternoon Valerie 🙂 .

    Like

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