General Discussion, Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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  1. Lucille says:

    President Trump Thanks First Responders; Waves Texas Flag 8/29/17
    Right Side Broadcasting Network

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  2. Menagerie says:

    Come n y’all. You can make it through hump day, right? Good morning all.

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  3. Menagerie says:

    This isn’t not a new article, but it’s pretty timeless in the point it makes.

    http://www.crisismagazine.com/2014/age-ugly#.VAJQqtjtqrQ.facebook

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Agree, standards for personal appearance have declined.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I remember when we used to have to get dressed to go into a bank.

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    • G-d&Country says:

      Thanks for the articles and link. I also clicked onto link for “The Cult of Ugliness in America” at http://www.tfp.org/the-cult-of-ugliness-in-america/ mentioned in 1st article.Quickly scanned both. I believe the elevation of ugliness over beauty is all part of the grand plan. Have to get back to work -falling behind.

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      • joshua says:

        Did someone call me ugly??

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      • Powerful article, G&C. Best essay I’ve read in a long time.

        If, therefore, we are to understand anything about the β€œCult of Ugliness,” we must first understand what beauty is. Its definition is basic enough. According to the great saint-philosopher of the Middle Ages, Thomas Aquinas, beauty is that which when seen pleases.* No more, no less. If colors and forms and shapes and compositions would please beggars and kings all at the same time, then that would be considered β€œbeautiful.”

        But why does it please? What would make the heart delight in that which the eye saw? Well, Saint Thomas said that if something gives us pleasure then there is always somehow present in the thing which gives pleasure something that is β€œgood,” and the good always attracts us, always pleases us.

        Now the good, which a person sees and senses in some beautiful thing, is its β€œform.” That is, it’s wholeness, its proportions. If such a thing is complete, right, and balanced, it is β€œgood,” and what happens is that we are attracted to that β€œform” because we sense that there is in the object the same kind of form within us. We see and sense in the form of the beautiful object a β€œgood.” And the good in it echoes the good in us β€” or at least the good that should be in us. We are fascinated and attracted by that sameness. It delights us and we want to remain in its presence.

        Did you ever watch babies and see how they are totally taken in by other babies, how they react to those other little creatures that are so like them? How they stare at other babies, recognize the similarities, and even reach out to touch their faces?

        The form of a beautiful object is considered beautiful because it is whole and proportionate, as we would sense ourselves to be whole and proportionate. We delight in the beauty of our own being. There is a resemblance between that which is in us and that which is in the beautiful object. And we are pleased.

        But that is not all there is to the story. There is one more element present without which we cannot achieve all this pleasant recognition. Just as the eyes of the body need actual light to see anything, so too the eyes of the soul need a similar light which Saint Thomas calls claritas β€” clarity β€” a spark of light, so to speak, that glances off the beautiful object and actually comes from the beautiful object. It is the very same spark of being which comes from the Being of God. The very Being of God is present in the being of the object, and God’s beautiful Being is therefore revealed in the form and proportions and clarity of the object. Precisely because a beautiful thing is a reflection of the Beauty of God, we are naturally drawn and attracted to it as we would be drawn and attracted to God in our desire for union with Him.

        The beauty of God is somehow mysteriously reflected in the beauty of being β€” first in nature, then in trees, sunsets, in faces and forms and figures; and then it is reflected in art β€” in drawings and paintings and sculptures and even in architecture (and, somehow, even more mysteriously, in music.)

        The closer those artistic forms conform to nature, the closer they conform to the supernatural, and the more accurately do they reflect the truth, the beauty, and the goodness of God.

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      • Wooly Covfefe says:

        Amazing essay. Shared with friends.

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  4. 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™‚ 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    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’ davidhuntpe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! πŸ™‚ |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    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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  5. michellc says:

    I haven’t been updating because it has kind of been one step forward two steps back one day and no change the next. He’s still in critical condition and the machines are up and down on percentages. He had another battle with his lungs after one of his surgeries.
    All we can do is continue to pray for God’s will.

    I wish I could say people learned from the experience and although at first it seemed they had, not many have followed through with more safety precautions.

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    • Thank you for updating. I’m so sorry to hear he’s still struggling so much. I’ll continue praying for him. He’s blessed to have so much support from your family.

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      • G-d&Country says:

        michellc I apologize, I had been out of the loop for a few months and do not know the cause of the medical problems of your loved one (I tried searching on michellec here and at treehouse, but that does not work). What matters is that all your family’s difficulties arising from this be lifted up to God, and that He sends His Holy Spirit to comfort, strengthen, and guide you all through this difficult time. You are very wise in saying “All we can do is continue to pray for God’s will.” May God Bless You and yours.

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        • Menagerie says:

          It’s not actually a member of her family. Her son in law races, and this man was injured in a terrible crash a few weeks ago. We have all been praying for him and his family, and she keeps us updated with his progress.

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      • michellc says:

        There’s really not much we can do except pray and be their for the family if they need us.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Thank you for the update, and you will have my continued thoughts and prayers……

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    • nyetneetot says:

      Prayers

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    • lovely says:

      Prayers will continue Michelle, not only for the young man but for those who are not putting their safety first.

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      • michellc says:

        It’s the tracks I’m upset with. I’m still seeing them with crews with no firesuits, not even gloves. You’d think after what happened they’d at least start having a few crew members in firesuits.
        It’s always being a monday morning quarterback, but if someone even just had on fire gloves they might have been able to get him out.

        If I owned a track they wouldn’t be allowed on the track without firesuits and I would talk to a local fire department and try to get them to come to the track.

        They always have an ambulance at the tracks, but this showed that is not enough. At least most do, we have went to a few tracks that didn’t have an ambulance but thankfully my son-in-law refuses to race at a track without an ambulance.

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        • lovely says:

          Wow. No fire suits or gloves for the people who are supposed to rescue people from cars that may be burning?

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          • michellc says:

            Exactly!!

            I honestly never thought about it before this happened. I just always looked for an ambulance when we showed up at a track. Believe it or not there has been one in Arkansas and one in Missouri who did not even have an ambulance. The car never left the trailer at either of those tracks.

            There has only been one track who has had crew with firesuits. After this happened all these tracks were saying they were going to have all crew or at least designated crew members with firesuits. So far only one has followed through.

            I have grown to love racing, although when my daughter first married a racer I hated it, but I hate how tracks do not take safety important. So with that said I’ve turned to his car and told him he has two kids so although he unlike many takes his own safety seriously he needs to step it up. He now has the safest gas tank you can buy along with a fire suppression system in his car that will automatically go off in case of fire. He always has the safest seat, safest seat belts, hans device, highest rating suit, gloves, shoes and wears the nomex hood and has always taken other precautions in regards to his battery, etc.

            Now though his car is as safe as possible.

            I know many of these guys have a hard time just affording to put their cars together, racing is expensive. However, he is also a low budget driver, but he first spends his money on safety then the car. He has always had a fire extinguisher in his car, but up until this happened we didn’t know you could get a fire suppression system. He did have an extinguisher that would go off at a certain temp, but this thing will spray the driver, motor and gas tank.

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            • lovely says:

              Now though his car is as safe as possible.

              How blessed to know he puts his safety first , he has family and it is obvious that your daughter chose well.

              It is amazing thats many drive in unsafe conditions, we went to one rodeo when I lived in Texas and I am pretty sure I remember seeing an ambulance there.

              Toward the end of the rodeo, they had a contest 4 people from the audience were to go in the ring(?) with a bull and the last one to leave an area that was marked off by a some hay stacks would win something.

              My husband (a Californian who had never even been on a horse, let alone seen a real bull before that day) smiled at me a kind of question smile, I said go ahead, you’ll walk home no matter what condition you’re in.

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              • michellc says:

                He takes safety seriously but then he also also tells us he’s got a better chance dying on the highway than he does on the race track. There is probably a lot of truth to that in a race car he does have way better belts than you’ll find in any regular car. . Most of the time even if these guys roll numerous times they hop out without a scratch.
                I grew up barrel racing and my brother rode bareback broncs and either of us could have been hurt, but I guess you can’t live your life never taking risks

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                • lovely says:

                  Life is to be enjoyed. I did a lot when I was a kid that probably contributed to my mom’s hair going white early including wrecking a Harley and my knee.

                  I loved to ride horses, haven’t done so in a long time. 😐

                  Swam half of a lake on a dare.

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                  • michellc says:

                    When I was a teen we were at this lake that had a little island out in the middle of it. I could always swim, but wasn’t the strongest swimmer in the world. All the boys kept swimming out there and none of the girls would do it, so the boys of course kept running their mouths. Well, I was one of those(still am to a degree) doesn’t like to be told I can’t do something. My older brother warned me not to do it, which of course made me even more determined. I got about 3/4 of the way and got a cramp in my leg. I thought I was going to drown before my brother realized what had happened and swam over to me so I could grab onto him until the cramp went away. I made it and made it back and for good measure did it again.
                    My mother was terrified of the water, she never learned to swim, so she would have been having a fit if she had been there.

                    I had 4 older brothers so I did lots of things that stressed her out and not only did I put gray hairs in her head, but I still to this day have scars to prove it. lol

                    I got paid back though with my kids and I’m still paying my dues with my grandson. That boy is a big dare devil, I’m not sure my heart is going to hold out the older he gets. He gets mad at us every time we go to the rodeo because we don’t let him be a mutton buster. He doesn’t understand he isn’t old enough yet. He says, “I can ride those stinkin’ sheep.”

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                  • lovely says:

                    β€œI can ride those stinkin’ sheep.”

                    Love it! He is going to be wonderful (if not heart stopping) to watch conquering the world.

                    “I can’t? Watch me ” Some are just born with that gene 😎.

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                  • michellc says:

                    He’s a mess, but a good mess most days.

                    He’s learned how to catch a ball with a glove and how to swing a bat and hit the ball. His mommy has always been athletic, but I think he even has her beat. I was watching him play with his Daddy this afternoon and he kept telling him, “I’m going to hit you with the ball Daddy.” Then he’d hit the ball right back at him, he almost nailed him a few times. lol

                    He told his Papa the other day he was going to ride bulls, race cars, play baseball, basketball and shoot guns when he gets big. His Papa told him that sounded like he was going to have lots of irons in the fire. He said, “Papa what you talking about, I didn’t say nothin’ about fire, can you not hear good? Nanny say you old and can’t hear.” I laughed until I cried.

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                  • lovely says:

                    Nana say you old and can’t hear. πŸ˜‚

                    Too funny.

                    When my youngest was about 2(?) she had a bad habit of hitting when she got mad. She always wanted to be like, and do everything her big sisters did so I thought I’d use some good old psychology.

                    PS the worst thing for her to hear was “Don’t act like a baby.”

                    I sat with her and said “Child of mine, when big girls get angry they use their words to solve problems, when babies get angry they hit because they don’t have words, so next time you’re angry what are you going to do?”

                    She sat pensively for a moment, then looked me dead in the eye and said “Be a baby.”

                    Took every ounce of my self control not to fall out of my chair laughing.

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                  • michellc says:

                    He hates to be called a baby. For the most part he doesn’t have temper tantrums, but he does have his moments when he’s sleepy and doesn’t want to go to sleep or if something he’s trying to do isn’t working. His mom tells him he’s acting like a baby and needs sister’s bottle. It makes him furious. lol

                    People always thinks he’s older than he is, because he talks so clear and has a large vocabulary. That isn’t always a good thing because he tells all your secrets. lol Plus, if he doesn’t like a person he tells them so.
                    He was waiting in line with me at the bathroom one night at the races and this lady kept telling him how cute he was. I could tell he didn’t like her talking to him and she had some strong perfume on the kind that gives you a headache. I kept wishing she would hush before he opened his mouth. He keeps ignoring her and keeps asking me, “Nanny what’s that smell.” I keep telling him I don’t know and try to distract him. But then she gets down on his level and ruffles his hair. Without a beat he says, “Nanny it’s that lady she stinks.” Then proceeds to tell her to leave him alone he don’t like her. I told him to tell her he was sorry and he’s not to say mean things and act like a polite little boy. He says, “I sorry you stink, please leave me alone now.”

                    I really would have liked a hole to crawl into.

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                  • stella says:

                    My daughter was very articulate at a young age. My most embarrassing moment was when she was about 3 years old, in the grocery store. We were waiting in line at checkout, and out of the blue she says, “Remember the time daddy hit you, mommy?

                    Mind you, he slapped me one time more than a year before, and we were since separated. Where do these kids come up with this stuff?

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                  • michellc says:

                    When my daughter was little she told all of our secrets. If we had an argument the second she had someone to tell, she would tell. If I complained about all the dirty clothes people were led to believe I had mountains of dirty clothes. Anything she told was always exaggerated.

                    What I wouldn’t give though to turn back time and have my babies telling all of our secrets. lol

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                  • lovely says:

                    Sorry but his encounter with el Stink hair ruffler in the grocery store cracked me up.

                    I had two children who were very blunt when they were very young, my middle daughter did not like sharing me with anyone. Once when we were visiting my parents a friend of mine drove up from Chicago and we were having a good time, my daughter probably 3 at the time gave eye rolls but watched her mouth. Anyhow we were watching my daughters swim from the deck and my dad was with them in the water. The way the seating was I guess my daughter couldn’t see my friend, she walked up the stairs to the deck and let out a huge sigh, put her arms straight down at her sides, rolled her eyes, bent her head toward the sky and said dramatically “Oh! She is still here.

                    Thankfully she learned to not say such things. Though I think sometimes even as a young adult she still thinks them πŸ™‚ .

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                  • michellc says:

                    My oldest son was about 3 when we were in a doctor’s office and he started loudly pointing out to us a lady had a really big butt. He was just pointing out the obvious and I know it was the biggest butt he had ever seen because I had never seen one quite so big, but thankfully he learned to be discreet and not let everyone know he just saw a big butt, but not before one day at a bank he pointed out to everyone with ears that a woman had huge boobies when he said to his Dad, “Daddy look at that lady she has big gigantic boobies, have you ever saw boobies that big?”

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                  • auscitizenmom says:

                    ROTFLMAO And, I’ve got tears in my eyes. I can imagine how you felt. And, there was no way to stop it from happening.

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                  • michellc says:

                    Kids are blunt and sometimes I can’t blame them. I think I’d hate strangers touching me and getting in my face, especially when they smell like they bathed in perfume.
                    If he was a little older I would say he was being smart butt, but I think in his little mind he thought I was telling him to say he was sorry she stunk. lol

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                  • auscitizenmom says:

                    Yes, we can’t assume that the little ones have our same perspective on the world around them that we do. That was taught to me when my son, at 3 1/2, was so shocked that his preschool teacher was working in the grocery store and could drive a car.

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  6. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Ms.WeEWeed, Czar, time to move out of Harvey’s path…….the local weather guessers are forecasting Saturday as the day Harvey arrives in my AO. Please be safe…..

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  7. G-d&Country says:

    In honor of doggie day here is today’s painting:

    A Flat Coat! I loved our flat Coat. She was the sweetest dog! (along with adorable 1 mutt) I miss her. What’s odd is that she was terrified of water!
    This painting is by Arthur Wardle (1860–1949) was an English painter. Born in London, aged just sixteen Wardle had a piece displayed at the Royal Academy. He had a lifelong interest in painting animals, especially dogs. Our Princess looked just like this picture.

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  8. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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    • G-d&Country says:

      Hahaha. God Bless the Good People of Texas! Mornin WeeWeed. I do notice a lot of these pics coming out of TX have a sense of humor. Humor is something we are losing today in general in this country, but that’s all part of the grand plan (see loss of beauty articles above). Pray everyone is as best as can be, and that we all treat one another as Jesus treated us.

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    • stella says:

      Mornin’ WeeWeed!

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Morning Ms.WeeWeed!!!!!!!!! Best burgers…….. time to go…… start those GE’s……just be safe,

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Can’t help wonder if Melania’s hat she wore yesterday, the one that lib pundits so desperately railed about along with her shoes, was a thematic pun on ‘float us’? Just thinking…

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      • WeeWeed says:

        Mornin’ Z!

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      • Menagerie says:

        I think that Mrs. Trump might not be as in yer face smart azzed as you are czar. But, I could be wrong. Her husband sure is, and it’s one of the qualities I like best about him. Of course, I have a little touch of it myself, not nearly as much as when I was younger.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          I haven’t had a little inappropriate in a long time…..oh, now that I reread that sentence…never mind.
          I worked for Harry and Leona, the original New York hoteliers, and they had no sense of humor.

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          • ImpeachEmAll says:

            Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

            They must have some sense of humor,

            After all, they were married to each other. πŸ˜‰

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Never said they weren’t devoted to each other, just that sense of humor thing.
              Sidebar..think I’ve posted this before but about 11 years after I worked for them I was bavk in the Army and was sent to some pointless conference in Orlando as fate had it the conference was at the Helmsley’s hotel in Orlando. As I was checking in I was chatting with the desk clerk and mentioned I’d worked with the Helmsleys at the Towers.

              Later that evening Czarina and I were having dinner and the hotel manager came yo the table. He mentioned the desk clerk had nentioned to him that I’d worked at the Towers so he called New York (probably to check if I were a ‘mystery shopper’) and they not only confirmed it but said that as lobg as we were there my eife would have daily passes to Disney and the hotel’s limo would deliver her and pick her up. Leona’s badness was totally a creation of the press.

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              • auscitizenmom says:

                😯 How nice. It appears, too, that you must have made a good impression when you worked there.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  She was a businesswoman in the hotel business. Many of her employees robbed her blind, but that’s the hotel business. I caught three higher level ones with their fingers in the till but for whatever reason they were just warned and retained.
                  A bit after I left our night security was ‘compromised’ and both Helmsleys were badly injured in a late night assailt on them in their Towers penthouse. A few years later the lobby strongbox area was robbed resulting in what I was told was the most costly hotel robbery in the US up to that time. It’s strongly suggested that some employee(s) were involved but I don’t think anything was proved. Yeah, she remembered good employees.

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      • joshua says:

        and shoes….”still let us”

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    • lovely says:

      Afternoon WeeWeed πŸ™‚ .

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  9. Lucille says:

    From that national treasure organization, Judicial Watch….

    DHS Blows $5 Mil on Polygraphs for β€œUnsuitable” Job Applicants Who Admit Criminal Acts, Drug Use
    August 29, 2017
    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2017/08/dhs-blows-5-mil-polygraphs-unsuitable-job-applicants-admit-criminal-acts-drug-use/

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Let’s start out asking WHY these otherwise undesirables are being rescreened…PC reasons, perhaps? Remember my postings about how the DoD was being pressured by the WH to lower the squeaky clean criminal, financial, drug background and high military test score requirements for Intel and Counter Intel personnel due to the fields being too white? So many minority applicants had lower test scores, criminal records and single-digit credit ratings as they were victims of systemic discrimination. Hmmmmmm…might these CBP agents have that problem?
      Polygraphs are an iffy thing anyway. CIA ALLEGEDLY blew a lot of South American ops after it poly’d Cubans they were going to use as cutouts only to discover a bunch ofbthem were double agents, beat the machine and compromised the operations. They don’t show ‘truth’ or ‘lies’ but subjectively determined ‘signs of deception’.
      On real heavy-duty poly tests, the old lifestyle ones, you can expect to spend eight or more hours, minus snack and potty breaks, on the box. You can also expect there to be hidden cameras recording your micro expressions and a voice stress analyzer .in the mix. Sound like an exact science?
      You can expect DHS to devolve into just another Federal morass of bureaucrats and stultifying inactivity where tax dollars go to die. The FBI and CIA have housed high level moles who’ve escaped dedicated ‘professional’ detection by internal CI teams…DHS is still a Federal agency so new it still has price tags attached so make your bets. So far it’s been controlled heavily by social engineers and I’m wondering if the polys weren’t an attempt to skirt the candidates’ normslly disqualifying backgrounds.

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      • Menagerie says:

        It appears to me all of government is now controlled by social engineers. As well as much of the business world and all of academia. Have I missed anything? Oh yeah, huge parts of the clergy, up to and including the pope.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          It’s disconforting. Just as during the Cold War the Party had a political officer on each navsl cessel, in each air wing and army units, both open and undercover, to inform on noncompliant military backsliders the Civil Service is infected with the same PC doctrinal lice. You’re afraid to say anything as you can never be sure who’ll report you to the union or HRO pukes.

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  10. Lucille says:

    One of Dr. Lee’s sons, Matt, who is also a vet, is off to Houston with a friend to help out. Lord, may they remain safe and get much done for the people.

    Update #5…. Matt & Jake head to flooded Houston
    Out on the Ranch (with Dr. Lee)

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  11. czarowniczy says:

    Awwwwwwww riiiiiiight…just got an email from my youngest son and he and his wife are pregnant…and it’s a boy. No further details but as they unwind I’ll relay.

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  12. Lucille says:

    Two from Fox News – August 30, 2017….

    “Tevi Troy, former deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and author of ‘Shall We Wake the President,’ says President Trump has assembled a ‘top team’.”

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  13. lovely says:

    Well, well, the weasel has waffled. I wonder who told Ryan he might be in trouble if he keeps spitting on President Trump and endorsing violent thugs violence.

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/30/exclusive-paul-ryan-condemns-antifa-as-a-scourge-on-our-country/?utm_campaign=atdailycaller&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social

    β€œSpeaker Ryan believes, as is obvious, these individuals are left-wing thugs, and those who are committing violence need to be arrested and prosecuted. Antifa is a scourge on our country,”

    Looks like more nights on a cot in DC for Ryan.

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  14. 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.

    And, Lord, we pray for help for the people of Texas who are caught in the flooding.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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  15. Col.(R) Ken says:

    I was unaware of this battle. This is why HR McMasters needs to be fired, and retired from AD. Czar chime in, you and I have served under these type of Commanders.

    https://www.bombthrowers.com/article/bombthrowers-exclusive-national-security-advisor-h-r-mcmaster-a-legend-or-a-lie/

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      RINOs Wrong on _X_.

      Yep. Fill in the blank.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      “The speaker does not agree with this decision,” said Doug Andres, a spokesman for Ryan. β€œLaw enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of everyone in the United States. We should not allow anyone to believe that responsibility is diminished by this pardon.”

      “Law enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of every [citizen of] the United States.”

      Fixed for this lying weasel. The next paragraph lays it out. WE, THE PEOPLE have rights that must not be superseded by the demands of non-citizens, nor their defenders.

      Our Bill of Rights does not extend to the entire world’s peoples, any of whom happen to step foot on our magic dirt.

      Aliens here, who are here illegally, do have rights. Miranda rights.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      The comments, sorted by Best (default), are, as usual for AT comments, great.

      In a just world, so many people would be arrested for their heinous crimes, former presidential administrations, universities, courtrooms, congress, and even newsrooms would be decimated. (Probably way more. That just means every tenth person.)

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  16. Wooly Covfefe says:

    Two beautiful Russian girls petted Tripod tonight. Gave him some lovins.

    Kate and Marina. Marina’s from Moscow. Works for a good friend at his restaurant. Almost no accent whatsoever — I only noticed it when I told her Marina is a great name for someone in this town, and she told me where she comes from — and stunningly pretty. Kate is also from Russia. Thick accent, works for an Israeli from Peru (?!) whom I’ve known (and probably don’t, honestly) for years, and is a local business owner.

    They both came and petted Tripod, who was sitting in the dark, in an alley, with me on the stairs, and talked with me for a while, while rubbing his face. Not at the same time, but like a half hour apart. They work for two different places, and I don’t even know if they know each other.

    It just strikes me as a strange thing. Two different Russian girls, both young 20s, lovin on my cat, within a half hour, walking up to a shady-looking guy in a dark alley at night and chatting about my city and theirs. I should go buy a scratch lottery ticket.

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    • In addition to my job as a dish/prep guy at restaurants, I’m about to have two more jobs.

      One working in bossman’s Italian joint, with a kitchen that is hotter than the 9th circle.

      The other building the joint adjoining my apartment, whose bones are 128 years old. An apartment/condo above, and two separate stores below, usage undetermined. I’ll be guy #3 on that project. The owner knows jack about building, especially using a structure this old, and the builder needs me, because I do actually know jack about building. So here we go. Should be an interesting fall and winter.

      Sure was an interesting day.

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  17. lovely says:

    This is one of the most poignant yet beautiful scenes I have witnessed.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      I’m speechless. Wanna shake his hand.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      I’m glad he’s okay, but I hope they save the piano, too.

      The one in SH I play has been covered in giant snow drifts in years past, and some years, many of the keys don’t do anything at all. Someone’s maintaining it, obviously a master, because this year it’s in tune. Almost as in tune as this dude’s.

      I’m magnetically attracted to pianos. You have to drag me away from one. And I sure do hate seeing one destroyed. Without even playing, the piano (any piano) is a work of civilizational art.

      Lots of wooden pieces in the innards that absorb water and swell. Lots of metal pieces that rust and break. Lots of felt that is destroyed by water and freezing.

      A piano (any piano) is worth way more than it’s price on E-Bay.

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