General Discussion, Friday, September 1, 2017

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  1. Menagerie says:

    Is it Friday now? This one is a good read. Entertaining as well as a little thought provoking.

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  2. czarowniczy says:

    In Bew Orleans at our place, gotta be in early for some tests. I snuck in the back way, used the ferry instead of driving thru the city, always great to take the river at night. It started to come back to me, started to miss it a little but I choked it off.
    One of the huge Carnival cruise ships, I presume one that was diverted here when the Texas ports were closed, came down the tiver right past us about two hundred feet from the ferry. They all look like a floating mountain of lights at hight, you can watch them disappearing down the river and around the bend, that mountain of lights that just illuminates the entire river.
    Been here about four hours and no gunshots yet…

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      It wouldn’t even have occurred to me that the river would be dredged deep enough for that much draft.

      I wish you had gotten pictures to post. This ain’t the first time I’ve wished that, Czar.

      Your words do quite a picture, still. As always.

      …a floating mountain of lights…

      There’s my picture. Thanks.

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      • ImpeachEmAll says:

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        • ImpeachEmAll says:

          Passing the Carnival Dream
          in the Mississippi River… πŸ˜‰

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        • czarowniczy says:

          That’s it, but this one was more huger and more closerer. Most amazing single ship we saw on the river was an aircraft carrier the Navy docked in NOLA for some special event. It was so tall that they had to cut the power to a huge set of transmission towers that went over the river, they were afraid that the electricity would arc to the carrier. Regular oil tankers, cargo and cruise ships go under it with no issues.
          Most beautiful was a flotilla of tall ships that came for a celebration. The crews had all mounted the rigging on the ships by where we were standing down river. We got to see the ships as they climbed into the riggings and as they sailed into the city. Can’t beat the river.

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        • Love it, Impeach. I’m late. Been working. Wonderful pic.

          That is, indeed, a mountain of lights.


      • czarowniczy says:

        Missisippi’s wide and deep at NOLA, around 180 to 200 feet deep and just short of a half mile wide where it sweeps across the city east to west. There’s been an oceangoing ship on the bottom right close to the GNO bridge for decades, big cargo ships pass right over it with no danger of hitting it even at really low river levels. I watched the river swallow up a huge barge next to the dhore, it just disappeared in a splash and business goes on right over it. Ferry captain said it was about 90 feet deep at the shore at that spot.
        River’s one of the few things I miss, it’s amazing. We’ve watched it do some amazing things over the years. A few years back when the Midwest had those huge floods the water passed to the river thru New Orleans and the river wentnup, way up, but never flooded us. Our house is about a mile from the river and we’d walk to the river, up the levee and sit on top watching it flow by. At that flood the water was much higher than normal, almost above the concrete armor that shields the levee on the riverside. We knew that we were all living with a swath of fsdt moving water, about twelve feet above our roofline and about a half of a mile wide just down the street but that’s life. Does get a bit weird when you are downtown and you look up to see a huge cargo ship on the river floating above your head.

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        • stella says:

          That’s a wonderful description!

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        • Sharon says:

          So descriptive. These are worlds that I have zero first hand knowledge of – unless you count looking out over the Mississippi in St. Paul, from a fourth floor conference room.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Back in the late 80s I befriended one of the ferry pilots that drove the Canal Street boat. I’d park on thecwest side, he’d let me come up to the wheelhouse and I’d spend hours looking out from three stories above as we went back and forth.
            He showed me whirlpools that formed in the river thst, if the ferry hit one, could knock it around. He said mud mountains would form underwater at times and were the ferry to hit one it could stop it or make it heel over. More than once we saw huge trees, roots and branches with no leaves, on top. They’d floated down the wriggley snake of a river from points north – the ones on top were easy to avoid but more than one ferrys had it rudders and/or props broken by hitting huge ones floating just below the surface. Most neatest was seeing a huge tree just pop up in the river vertical and just sink straight back down.

            We also had anomalous waves, waves that would travel downriver, a hundred or more feet wide, as if from nowhere. That usually causes the captain to change course into it and delays the trip a bit. And let’s not forget the wind. I mostly took the Chalmette ferry that crossed to Algiers were we lived. That part of the river runs northish/southish but catches the west evening wind. Wasn’t unusual to feel the ferry shudder fighting the wind but one day we were on a smaller, older ferry thst had a lot of metal structure. We took off from Chalmette and immediately could feel the wind pushing us downriver instead of our going straignt over. The metal surface acted like a sail to catch the wind andvthe engines weren’t that powerful to fight the wind. The captain concentrated on keeping the nose upstream while slow,y letting the wind push us into the far shore. He then used the main engines and thrusters to tack the mile-plus back to the dock where we supposed to be, offloaded the cars and trucks, reloaded and went back to the other side..just another day. Love dat ribber.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Well, stay safe if you can.

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  3. Lucille says:

    50 Beautiful Color Photos of American Cars on the Streets from between the 1940s and 1960s

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  4. Wooly Covfefe says:

    Another eventful day…

    A task like this is an adventure for men. And we did it.

    System D is incredibly fun, when you work with others who also use it.

    How do you move a semi trailer, with no wheels, using a completely badass anachronism-forklift, driven by the 77-year old dad of the kid (heh.) who built it, and only the things around you. Oak pallets. They make nice furniture sliders for semi trailers. Then leveling it with concrete blocks and 4-by posts. And, at the outset, we all knew the goal, and yet — none of us knew what we were doing. As I said in the slideshow, then I went to work. And the sunset was the biggest red sun I’ve ever seen.

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  5. Wooly Covfefe says:

    Apropos of beauty:

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      Been subjected to idiotic gansta rap for the last three shifts.

      I come home and listen to this and Rachmaninoff.

      I mean, we also mix it up with Bonamassa and Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Willie, and Johnny Cash, every so often. But my music is lacking in our mix.

      I want to see how a kitchen works with Rachmaninoff’s “Pianoconcerto No. 2.”, and not the N-Word every five seconds.

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    • lovely says:

      Love love love Of Monsters and Men !

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      • Wooly Covfefe says:

        You need to see EVERY ONE of the lyric videos from that album.

        All animated, and stylized the same, but different.

        Rhea, (up above here): Listen to Sage Francis, Aesop Rock, and Brother Ali.

        I’ve linked all three here. I don’t hate rap, I love it. I hate what popular rap has become. I don’t want Eminem screaming at me. I don’t. You want to talk and say stuff, lose the anger, and just talk and say stuff.

        Nobody likes to be yelled at — and yet somehow Rage Against the Machine became popular and filthy rich for yelling at their audience about the evils of capitalism.

        There is indeed a lot of good rap out there. It ain’t Dre and Jay Z.

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        • Wooly Covfefe says:

          And I say this as a white boy who had N.W.A. and Eazy-E and Ice-T memorized.

          Us white boys in Boston liked it because it was shocking in its obscenity, for the same reason we liked Sam Kinison and Andrew “Dice” Clay.

          Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, for that matter. That was good stuff.

          Beastie Boys. Phenomenal. Black Sheep, Public Enemy, BDP. Lotta years.

          Lotta years.


        • lovely says:

          I have lots of Of Monsters and Men in my music collection. Sorry Wooly I don’t like any rap unless like I said a while ago you want to call Charlie Daniels Carolina rap because the song is mostly talking.

          I don’t like the rhythm, staccato, repetition of rap I find it jolting not peaceful, energizing or intriguing. But that is just me not my cup of tea.

          Katie Melua in my opinion is overlooked in America, her voice is beautiful.


          • Wooly Covfefe says:

            It’s just what I grew up with as a kid, that’s all. I love rap. It’s a very efficient art. Lotta words, in a little time. I hate the popular stuff. It’s gold-plated, million dollar garbage.

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            • lovely says:

              Everyone has their own musical taste, I think we all like a lot of what we grew up with, it is comfort music. I don’t like heavy metal at all. My one friend when we were kids always wanted me to like Kiss and Black Sabbath. Nope.

              Listen to this little gem I found while listening to Katie 😊.


        • Wooly Covfefe says:

          More than half a million subscribers.

          I’ve bought the album All My Demons Greeting Me as Friends twice.

          Know it by heart.

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          • Wooly Covfefe says:

            Aurora’s drummer would make Neal Peart go “wow.”

            Amazing live performances are on the YouTube. Same with Of Monsters. Wonderful bands. We are in a music renaissance right now.

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  6. Lucille says:

    Mt. Baker, Washington with Daffodil fields

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  7. Watch Anna Fedorova beat up a piano:

    Is that Ed Sheeran at 0:51?

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  8. Lucille says:

    “Obsession” is my middle name. I become curious about some totally unimportant subject and then spend hours looking things up on the Internet.

    Tonight it was heights and net worth of various film stars over the years. It can be difficult to get correct info…one website said Audrey Hepburn was 5’7″ but yet in an interview with her son Sean Ferrer, he said she was 5’10” (and that could be a typo..LOL!). Anyhow, if you look at her films you can see that she is tall in comparison to her male costars that we know were also very tall, such as Gregory Peck (“Roman Holiday”) who was 6’3″.

    BTW, he was the only actor I ever saw who when he walked into a room, everybody stopped to watch him. I was eating at the commissary counters at Universal Studios and he came in the front door and walked into the Executive Dining Room with some producers. I think he was in pre-production for “MacArthur.”

    Working in studios you get used to seeing the biggies and those who want to be; and so, you really don’t pay much attention to their comings and goings. But Peck was impressive, and quite a nice man from what I heard via the grapevine.

    Net worth at time of death also is hard to pinpoint…adjusted for inflation, etc. Hepburn had a worth of $100 million. Peck, $40 million. Elizabeth Taylor, 5’2″ and $600 million. Mickey Rooney, 5’5″ and $20,000. Couldn’t find what Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. was worth, but he was 6’1″. Here’s a lovely photo of him and his father.

    And, my goodness, it’s almost 2:30 AM here in PDT. Time for beddy-bye….butnot before I mention that Marlon Brando was 5’9″ and left an estate worth $100 million.

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  9. 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:


    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Doughnuts for coffee!

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  10. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  11. stella says:

    From Bill Whittle’s Facebook page:

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  12. πŸ™„

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  13. stella says:

    I could have told them that. Glad they verified, though.

    Were 2016 vote counts in Michigan and Wisconsin hacked? We double-checked.

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  14. stella says:

    Seen on Facebook:

    Nazis Built the Autobahns.

    Hitler Fathered the Volkswagen.

    If the Left is listening,

    I think you people know what to do.

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  15. G-d&Country says:

    Hello Everyone! Sorry I’m late to the party, been trying to fix a couple of problems (eyeroll – it never ends!) Here’s the coffee

    Breakfast looks great:-)

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  16. G-d&Country says:

    Stella, Lucille, Impeach, what lovely pictures! Thanks also Stella and Wooly for the music – I love classical music! Thanks for the laugh WeeWeed πŸ™‚
    Here is today’s painting “Desert Light” by Erin Hansen

    The colors, and even the paint are so vibrant! I also like the different perspective.

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  17. G-d&Country says:

    I have a doctor appointment tomorrow AM so will post evil Caturday Picture today.

    They must have sedated this cat to do this, and he does NOT look happy!

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  18. G-d&Country says:

    Usually I post paintings, but instead of a painting for tomorrow, I am posting this picture

    I have no idea what kind of cat this is, but it just enchanted me πŸ™‚ It reminds me of the cat picture Ad Rem has that I have admired. Maybe this is that kitty after a difficult day moderating πŸ˜‰ hahaha!
    Have to actually get some work done now, instead of just “putting out fires”. Thanks for the BF Nyet.I needed that πŸ˜‰ Morning to anyone I missed πŸ™‚

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  19. G-d&Country says:

    Ok – So how did I miss idiots in Dino costumes! Oh my gosh! They are figuring out the violence is backfiring, so now they are trying humor? It’s not working for them either! Thanks for the laugh sandandsea πŸ™‚

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  20. lovely says:

    I’ve heard of the Lumineers but apparently have never listened to them.


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  21. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Cause to pause… πŸ˜‰

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  22. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Just in case you ever wonder
    how your tax dollars are spent;
    here’s where some are spent… πŸ˜‰

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  23. Lucille says:

    “September Song” – Frank Sinatra (1962)

    When I was a young man courting the girls
    I played me a waiting game
    If a maid refused me with tossing curls
    I’d let the old Earth take a couple of whirls
    And as time came around she came my way
    As time came around she came.

    For it’s a long, long time from May to December
    But the days grow short when you reach September
    When the autumn weather turn the leaves to flame
    One hasn’t got time for the waiting game.

    Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few…
    September, November…
    And these few precious days I’ll spend with you
    These precious days I’ll spend with you.

    September, November…
    And these few precious days I’ll spend with you
    These precious days I’ll spend with you.

    Sinatra had such wonderful breath control, style and phrasing. Note in the chorus (second paragraph above) he sings the word “short” in a clipped/cut-off manner. Love that!

    Though this version doesn’t include the full lyrics, the rendition is very effective. Some of the original lyrics are specific to the Broadway libretto and, frankly, are sort of creepy.

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  24. πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ»

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  25. lovely says:

    So the fraudster CNN chap never dropped his mic to help the man who drove straight into the water with CNN’s cameras running but somehow he managed to change from shorts and shoes into pants and what looks like boots during the harrowing sixty second rescue. And the guy is exhausted? He climbed out of his truck, go to the gym buddy.


    May CNN be swallowed up in a sinkhole.

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  26. Wooly Covfefe says:

    We are really in a human music renaissance. It’s true.

    I found this on the sidebar from my favorite album by Aurora.

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  27. 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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  28. Wooly Covfefe says:


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