General Discussion, Tuesday, August 22, 2017

On August 22, 1851, the U.S.-built schooner America bests a fleet of Britain’s finest ships in a race around England’s Isle of Wight. The ornate silver trophy won by the America was later donated to the New York Yacht Club on condition that it be forever placed in international competition.

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319 Responses to General Discussion, Tuesday, August 22, 2017

  1. ImpeachEmAll says:

    USA kept its word. It’s still an international event.

    This years meeting of the sails was a bummer for USA.

    There has, however, been a slight change in design over the years. πŸ˜‰

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  2. Lucille says:

    Beautiful photo of the America, Stella. Look at those sails…sheer art and practicality.

    Sea Fever
    BY JOHN MASEFIELD
    I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
    And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
    And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
    And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

    I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
    Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
    And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
    And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

    I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
    To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
    And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
    And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

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  3. Lucille says:

    Victory: PayPal removes ban on Jihad Watch
    August 21, 2017 9:23 PM By Robert Spencer
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/08/victory-paypal-removes-ban-on-jihad-watch

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  4. Lucille says:

    The Navy Hymn has been going through my mind ever since the USS John S. McCain accident:

    Navy Hymn: “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”

    Verse 1: Eternal Father, strong to save,
    Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
    Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
    Its own appointed limits keep;
    Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
    For those in peril on the sea!

    Eternal Father, grant, we pray,
    To all Marines, both night and day,
    The courage, honor, strength, and skill
    Their land to serve, thy law fulfill;
    Be thou the shield forevermore
    From every peril to the Corps.

    The “Navy Hymn” is “Eternal Father, Strong to Save.” The original words were written as a poem in 1860 by William Whiting of Winchester, England, for a student who was about to sail for the United States. The melody, published in 1861, was composed by fellow Englishman, Rev. John Bacchus Dykes, an Episcopalian clergyman. The Marine stanza composed by J. E. Seim (1966).

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  5. Beautiful image from the eclipse yesterday.

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  6. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
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    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
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    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!

    Doughnuts for coffee!

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  7. joshua says:

    President Trump totally eclipsed the liberals and the globalists last night….they are STILL wandering around in the dark bumping into things….the MSM have not been neutered and microchipped and put into pet crates…..

    MAGA

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  8. Jonathan Gruber out-grubered himself!!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

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  9. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  10. Lburg says:

    Today I am helping out a farmer friend at his roadside veggie/fruit stand while his wife gets her hair done and takes a break from her usual ten hour shift as chief cashier. Last year I helped him dig sweet potatoes; back breaking sweat inducing work. It’s amazing that sweet potatoes don’t cost fifty dollars a pound. It’s been a tough year – the weather hasn’t exactly cooperated. He had to plant beans three times before they actually grew!

    Helping this lovely couple has made me much more thankful for the food on table. Remember to keep farmers in your prayers.

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    • Selfless work they do for us. Bless you for helping them.

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    • stella says:

      Harvesting vegetables is hard work. Bless you. I will never forget bean picking, the bane of my childhood.

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      • ImpeachEmAll says:

        Peas aren’t a snap, either. πŸ˜‰

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      • czarowniczy says:

        For thise of you without ground space but like fresh sweet potatoes you can grow them on a patio using one of those plastic barrels everyone seems to be selling. You cut the barrel down, drill some drainage holes and away you go. They have fairly decorative vines too so if ya wanna try there are plans all over the intenet.

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        • G-d&Country says:

          Growing up in a very polluted town, I have been trying to look for something safe and fluffy to add to my rich, but dense topsoil to use as potting soil. I researched and bought a couple of brands of potting soil, but they were no good, one even had metal in it! I added Perlite, but I need so much! Does anyone know of anything? Thanks.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Get those big bags of peat (sphagnum) moss at the home improvement stores. Get the dry stuff, with wet soil you’re paying for water. We use peat to backfill in holes we put trees into and it dies wonders for root growth and is its own fertilizer.
            Also, we have a ‘slop’ box by the kitchen sink. All of our organic kitchen waste gies into it and is tossed into the garden. If you don’t want to toss it directly out into the yard there are small barrels (my fav is the one you can kick around to turn the compost) you can use to make relatively stinkless compost. If you’re really adventurous you can talk with a local grocery to see what they do with produce that’s gone stale, they msy give it to you for composting.
            The peat moss is great though, and sometimes it’s on sale late in the season. Spread it on windless days as it’s very dusty and be prepared to mist it down after aplication. I’d also suggest buying, on and off, containers of bait worms and putting them into your garden, they work wonders for improving the soil. They are sure but slow and self-replicate.

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    • stella says:

      PS: For big potato crops they use machines. Otherwise, they WOULD cost fifty dollars!

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      • Menagerie says:

        My grandson Mason, who loves machinery, trucks, and trains, has gotten our family hooked on a tv show called Mighty Machines. It’s not a cartoon, it is a kid’s show, but it is extremely educational. My husband recently watched one where they were harvesting an apple orchard, and he was quite impressed with how they do that with machines.

        They have everything from ships and tug boats to planes and farm machinery. Saw one on the airboats in the marshes and swamps recently. Another on the world’s biggest cranes. I like seeing how things work.

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        • stella says:

          I would like that show too! I know that they use machines to shake the trees when harvesting nuts, and apples too.

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          • joshua says:

            they need to invent a machine to shake Congress and bring down the nuts too.

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          • Wooly Covfefe says:

            The blueberry-picking machines are works of genius minds.

            It’s like a moving car wash, driving over the trees, whipping them gently from both sides with what can only be described as those foam noodles you see kids with at swimming pools.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              One of our friends brought the first blueberry picking machine into the area. Prior to that a flock of migrant Mexican workers came to hand pick but they were getting too expensive. The machine not only picked their berries but he’d rent it out to other farmers along with his Mex crew, he’d make extra cash, his crew would make extra cash and those he rented it out to saved cash.
              Interesting thing was that many of the migrants lived in the US, some even had farms of their own, they just earned cash by working as migrants. Many had other crop specialties too, a couple of them spent a few months in the Caribbean on yam/sweet potato farms.

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      • Wooly Covfefe says:

        People have to ride on those machines, too. They spade up, on a conveyor belt, rocks, potatoes, dirt clods, and rotten jelly-like potatoes — and people on the top have to sort them all, as it drives through the field.

        Been there.

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        • stella says:

          The machines also remove the potato tops. Here’s a modern one:

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        • stella says:

          They have optical grading machines too.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          When our friend was shorthanded we’d ride the blueberry machine packing the berries into crates to be sorted. We’d also work the sorting belt, picking and tossing bad or unripe berries so that their finished product could get a better price at the co-op. I still eat few blueberries to this day.

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          • Wooly Covfefe says:

            I eat them all the time. I never rode a blueberry machine. I picked them by hand and was paid a dime per peck. I think it was a dime and a peck. It’s been a while.

            When I lived in NH, on the farm at His Mansion, I remember mowing a giant lawn, on a riding mower, in August. The lawn had three or four peach trees on it. The peaches fell off if your head even so much as bumped them. Those were the best peaches I’ve ever eaten.

            πŸ™‚

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            • czarowniczy says:

              We have six or so big bushes in the yard, usually they produce enough for us to use and eat off the bush as we wander around them. This year too much rain coupled with overactive rodents and birds made the crop a bust…however the Japanese persimmons are going gangbusters – just have to fight the coons and possims for ’em.
              My peach trees popped out their first crop this year, not really all that much as they’re young and the bugs got them right off…wasn’t planning to harvest anyway. Had some peaches from a neighbor’s tree though, they tree-ripened ones always taste better than the artificially ripened ones in the stores.

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            • stella says:

              On this side of Michigan, we grow apples, peaches and blueberries in the area around Romeo. Nothing better than a ripe peach straight from the tree (they grow redhavens here too.)

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          • joshua says:

            This discussion of all the wonderful food harvesting and processing machines that actually do a better job than humans and do it in much less time without so much energy required.

            So thinking about that situation, I wonder if the new Japanese AI Sex Robots will reduce the time and effort required for the job they are made to do….and is that a good thing or a bad thing.

            Frankly, I would rather have the blueberrys (on my cereals….not making an off color comment here)….I can eat a LOT of blueberrys and be ready for more pretty quickly also.

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    • Menagerie says:

      Amen. I have a special place in my heart for farm families and the work they do.

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    • G-d&Country says:

      As S&S said May God bless you for you helping them.
      Here is a video of a priest who comes from a family of farmers, saying a prayer for farmers.

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    • joshua says:

      when I was a HS kid, I did that for a Peach Orchard farmer and sorted, graded, packaged and sold them at the roadside shed….never itched so much in my life….or sweated that much since…

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  11. Wooly Covfefe says:

    Seen on Twitter:

    Think of your age. Add 8 to that number. That’s how old you’re going to be the next time Trump isn’t President of the United States.

    Because the Left will keep doubling down, and doing all the things that got him elected in the first place. Rule #2. SJWs always double down.

    http://muchow.dk/ttrttc/?p=1786

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    • They keep shooting themselves in the foot over and over. It’s gotta hurt! But… insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome! πŸ˜‰

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      I actually said that to four different people this morning.

      Two laughed. Two were quite pi$$ed off.

      I’m going to be 54 years old the next time Donald Trump isn’t our President.

      One said he will be assassinated. I said to him (a kid, running a kitchen somehow), “Assassinated by whom? A Leftist? Because that’s who always murders presidents.”

      Then I rode away. Laughing.

      Remember, we’re the violent people. Our speech is violence. Their every violent action is merely speech.

      Pooping on cop cars? Speech.

      Bricks thrown through businesses’ windows? Speech.

      Bike locks to the head by Leftists professors? Speech.

      Call a tranny “Sir”? Violence.

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  12. Lburg says:

    My son just called me from Missouri. Apparently, the international space station photo bombed one of NASA’s eclipse photos!

    https://www.cnet.com/news/nasa-iss-solar-eclipse-space-station-transit-photo-image/

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  14. G-d&Country says:

    Good morning all πŸ™‚
    In honor of the ship theme today I substituted my original painting with this:

    Captain Isaac Hull’s frigate β€œUSS Constitution’ engaged β€œHMS Guerriere” in mid-Atlantic on August 19, 1812. The battle raged for half an hour, as β€œOld Ironsides” vanquished her foe. From:
    http://backbaypress.com/bostonfreedomtrail/?p=122
    Yesterday I was listening to, and thinking about those patriots on Boston Common this past weekend standing up for freedom of speech such as Sue, the older lady holding the flag that was assaulted. I was thinking how the Freedom Trail and other historic areas were probably closed down by the counter-protesters – that is rioters. I believe that was a big plus for them in picking Boston. I have also wondered why such a beautiful city as Philadelphia has, from what I have read, turned into an awful place you would not want to visit. The rioters pick cities led by democrats that are historic to our freedoms and the revolution, and make it so people do not want to go there.
    Here are 2 links (I hope that is OK Stella) One is to Jeff Kuhner, a Boston radio host on wrko from noon until 3. Yesterday he interviewed Sue, the older lady assaulted because she held the flag. His shows are often quite good, and I listen to him as often as I can. Be aware the show on before him are rino’s that contradict themselves into pretzels so I do not listen to them.
    http://www.wrko.com/shows/kuhner-report
    The other link is
    http://www.dcclothesline.com/2017/08/22/congressman-louie-gohmert-calls-for-investigation-into-possible-charlottesville-false-flag-2/
    which is about Rep Gohmert calling for an investigation of the Dems involvement in the Charlottesville riots.

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  15. stella says:

    Col. Ken’s pics for the (rained out) eclipse event in SC:




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  16. G-d&Country says:

    I just want to comment about all the beauty, joy, and kindness on this site from all those posting. With all the forces trying to bring us down, thank you Stella for setting up a place that is informative, supportive, beautiful, and joyful.

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  17. Wooly Covfefe says:

    So, the kid running my old restaurant just told me, “Say, did you know there was another eclipse last night?”

    I was like “Wut?”

    He said, “Yeah, half the earth’s population experienced complete darkness for about 7 hours last night, because the earth was blocking the sun from them! And you know what? It’s going to happen again tonight! And tomorrow night!!”

    I LOLed.

    Very intelligent kid. Except he’s going to school for culinary arts and business management.

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  18. G-d&Country says:

    While we are on the sailing theme, here is a famous item in our area: The Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial It is an eight-foot tall, bronze statue of a fisherman dressed in oilskins standing braced at the wheel on the sloping deck of his ship. It is positioned so that the fisherman is looking out over Gloucester Harbor. Every year at the Feast of Saint Peter the fishing fleet is blessed.

    THEY THAT GO DOWN TO THE SEA IN SHIPS
    1623 – 1923
    In remembrance of those who who have gone before, and those we have lost to the sea.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        On the same subject, the Navy’s saying that divers sent into sealed compartments in the McCain have located an undisclosed number of the sailers drown after the collision. What the Navy’s tiptoeing around is that in both the McCain and Fitzgerald collisions the sailers may well have dtown after they were sealed into their spaces as watertight doors were shut to keep the ship from sinking. One of those unspoken realizations if you go to sea in iron ships.

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        • Wooly Covfefe says:

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          • Wooly Covfefe says:

            I don’t post this for humor, either.

            You have a large ship full of crew, you have watertight doors.

            Better that few, or even one, die, than the whole ship goes down.

            Spock was correct.

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            • Sharon says:

              I so remember that screen, Wooly, and I really “didn’t like it” – and I full well understand the logic of doors being sealed to save the ship. Yes, Painful reality.

              I told my sons and have told my three Army grandsons – do not sign up unless you have decided beforehand that you are literally willing to die, because after you sign up, it’s no longer your call. Literally.

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        • G-d&Country says:

          True… :-{
          God bless those who sacrifice for our country. May those men who died in the darkness of the sea live eternally in the light of our Father.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            And it’s just part of the job regardless of what setvice you are in.

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            • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

              DH says the same thing happens if there is a fire on a big ship. They seal off doors to snuff out the fire. You just pray that you are on the right side of the door!

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              • czarowniczy says:

                I always remember the sailers from our hometown on submarines that went down, the crews on the B-17s that had to fly a straight and steady course on a bombing run that put them dead in German AA sights, those soldiers who rode into the beaches on D-Day as they were pounded with artillery and small arms fire…it’s commitment.

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  19. Wooly Covfefe says:

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  20. Very cool photo!!!

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    • czarowniczy says:

      My boys…

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      • Wooly Covfefe says:

        Thanks, Czar.

        Someday, I’ll jump out of a perfectly good plane, I hope.

        My buddy at work has 80+ jumps (non-military), and another 42 or so base jumps. He jumped off the Space Needle in Seattle. He was the only one of his friends that didn’t get caught. Cut the cords on his ‘chute as he landed, because he heard the police sirens, and immediately hailed a cab, and got away. His story, anyway.

        He said one of the worst things they did was: they got on a hot air balloon, and it was this girl’s first-ever solo with passengers. They got to ten thousand feet, her and four dudes with trench-coats on. They looked at her and said “Sorry, ma’am.” Her eyes got wide, and she said “NO!” They all bailed, my good friend was the last, and he looked up and smiled and waved. You need oxygen not much further up than that. When the four of them bailed, you can imagine how fast the balloon climbed in altitude, because of the ballast reduction. She lived, but ended up climbing to 17k ft. He feels bad about that little stunt to this day.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Back in the old days a lot of guys went airborne as you got an extra $60 a month. Back then the pay sucked and you did whatever, especially if you were married, to make ends meet. Guys who could get crewmember status too could additionally draw flight pay – you could almost afford to live if you were married.

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  21. Lucille says:

    Another song I’ve been thinking of today…”Something’s Coming.” I was in college when WEST SIDE STORY was released in 1961 and went on my first date with a fellow student who would become a good friend. He had a terrific old Morgan convertible and we drove from the San Bernardino County countryside into the big, bad city of Los Angeles to see the film. It was the first time being in a big theater (I have in my mind that it was Graumann’s Chinese Theatre) where after the film was over and that great score played under the ending credits, almost everyone stayed in their seats in sort of a stunned appreciative silence, it was that great a film and film ending. Afterwards we walked up Hollywood Boulevard and purchased the 33-1/3 rpm album.

    WEST SIDE STORY – “Something’s Coming” (1961)

    Until I looked up this info just now, I didn’t know the name of the singer you will hear, though I did know Beymer didn’t do his own singing.

    Notes from the IMBd website showing the unfairness of some filmmakers and composers: “Jimmy Bryant was selected over every singer in the world to be the “ghost voice” for Richard Beymer. The producers flew people from all over the world to audition, putting them up at the Beverly Hills Hotel. When the producers decided to hire Jimmy, he was offered a contract at scale, which he took because he needed the money, desperately, at the time. Jimmy Bryant received residuals only for television replays. Inquiring about a Record Album residual, Saul Chaplin told Jimmy he had to deal directly with Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim since they kept those rights. Marni Nixon, a friend of Bernstein, flew her agent to New York to negotiate her deal. Marni Nixon made $18,000 in her first check. Jimmy Bryant, so new in the business, had no such luck negotiating sound track record album residuals.”

    “Jimmy Bryant was born on June 2, 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA as James Howard Bryant. He is known for his work on Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), The Paper Brigade(1996) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967).”

    Perhaps Jimmy Bryant is gone now. But if I were to ever meet him, I’d tell him how sorry I am for never knowing his name and give him a very belated congratulations on a job beautifully done.

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  22. czarowniczy says:

    Medium sized storm brewing over a group of Cleveland Brown players kneeling and praying yesterday during the national anthem at a preseason game. Let’s presume for a moment that they were beseeching heaven to redress social and economic woes that infect the country…ignoring the fact that, as a group, they make more money in a year than a whole average housing area receives in a yea. No, I believe they were praying that no one realizes how much money they make playing a few hours a year versus what people who actually work for a living and produce a product earn.
    The disconnect between what ‘professional’ athletes make and what working folks make is unsettling, so let’s pray that the tax laws are adjusted accordingly. The Left whines and moans about how much more a CEO makes as compared to what the lowest worker under him makes, let them whine about how much more a pro football player makes than that same blue collar worker.

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  23. 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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  24. Lucille says:

    Mmmm, Ryan is feeling the heat re his re-election campaign next year is my guess why he’s supporting the President on this…or am I being too cynical?

    WHAT? RIGHT AFTER TRUMP’S AFGHANISTAN SPEECH, PAUL RYAN DID SOMETHING TO SAVE TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY
    The Next News Network

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  25. michellc says:

    Sorry I haven’t been on in awhile, been running like crazy. Really for several days there wasn’t anything to update on, he had been the same, not getting better and not getting worse. He is finally getting some better, lungs are clearing up and kidneys are working better. They’re now talking like he may not need to be on the machines as long as they thought.

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