General Discussion, Friday, December 15, 2017

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  1. Lucille says:

    Recapping the week’s happenings at the White House…from West Wing Reads….

    β€˜Trump touts deregulation work’ – CBS News
    CBS News reports that the Administration of President Donald J. Trump has far surpassed its own goal for eliminating needless regulations in 2017.

    β€œEarlier in the year, the president ordered that for every new regulation introduced, two must be eliminated,” CBS wrote. β€œBut Mr. Trump said that goal has been exceeded. For every new regulation introduced, agencies have eliminated 22.” The President added that in his first 11 months, more than 1,500 planned regulations have been withdrawn or delayed, representing some $8.1 billion in lifetime regulatory cost savingsβ€”$570 million per year.
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-talks-about-deregulation-efforts/

    ——————
    The Washington Free Beacon reports that the Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to β€œrepeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules that imposed greater regulation over the internet.” The decision followed a detailed legal and economic analysis and an extensive review of public comments.
    ————
    David Moore in Fox News writes that β€œGOP tax cuts will strengthen our economy and drive Democrats crazy.” The left’s reaction is more about politics than substance, he says. β€œTax cuts will be good for the stock market,” Moore writes, and allow everyone β€œto keep more of their hard-earned cash.”
    ————
    Bernie Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot, has another message for Democrats in The Hill: The β€œβ€™reverse Robin Hood’ tax reform narrative is bunk.” This is a tax bill for the middle class, he explains. β€œThe Senate bill has numerous β€” and underreported β€” provisions that offer real relief to working Americans.”
    ————
    In Reuters, Lucia Mutikani reports that β€œU.S. retail sales increased more than expected in November as the holiday shopping season got off to a brisk start.” Economic prospects got another boost Thursday, with data showing β€œthe number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropping to near a 44-1/2-year low last week.”

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    • Menagerie says:

      I am a former Home Depot employee, and consequently a big Bernie Marcus fan.

      Not only did I make pretty good money while there, I got excellent benefits, had a great discounted stock purchase plan (until the government got involved), but I got business and management training that was just excellent, and helped me go up the management ladder at HD, but also taught me skills I used to open my own business.

      Home Depot was one of the most important, rewarding, crucial parts of my life.

      You do not found a company like that by accident. It’s because you have real values, as well as business acumen. When Bernie talks, I listen.

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      • ImpeachEmAll says:

        Bought a snowblower at home depot.

        Asked for military discount.
        Was asked for military ID.
        Showed VA ID card.
        Did not list “service connected” on it.
        Military discount denied.

        Thank you, bernie.

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        • ImpeachEmAll says:

          … πŸ˜‰

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        • Menagerie says:

          Did you ask for a manager? If you were denied by a manager, then your ID did not meet their criteria for a discount. If you left it with the employee, then perhaps they made a mistake.

          When I worked there, no one, including employees, got discounts. Prices were the same for all. Lots of items in retail stores do not have more than ten percent profit, the standard discount for military and vets. And some items are sold at a loss.

          Frankly, having been in management at several companies, and seeing how many people repeatedly abuse discount programs, I am opposed to them. People who are given discounts frequently buy items, especially big ticket items, for friends, family, coworkers. Some buy with discounts and return without receipts and make a profit by theft.

          And invariably those who do not get to violate company,policy or get by with their theft by discount, are real jerks to employees.

          Discounts are a privilege, not an entitlement. Just my two cents, and not exactly relevant to your encounter.

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          • ImpeachEmAll says:

            Perhaps Bernie’s
            military experiences
            were different than mine.

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            • Menagerie says:

              I’m not understanding the relevance of your reply at all.

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              • ImpeachEmAll says:

                Real simple.
                Understanding a
                veteran’s thoughts
                requires one to be
                a veteran. I’m a
                combat veteran.
                Is Bernie? πŸ˜‰

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                • stella says:

                  Somehow you missed the point. The discount isn’t a right; it’s a privilege. If you didn’t follow the steps that Menagerie outlined, then say so.

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                  • ImpeachEmAll says:

                    Much ado on the Internet regarding Home Depot and their veteran’s discount.
                    It’s not personal against Menagerie, though she and you may think so. I have great respect for the both of you. Just stating a personal experience. Situation with discount was resolved. Old VA ID updated with new that states, “service connected”, discount now allowed, end of story. Then, again, what about all the veterans who are yet to be classified as “service connected”? Some food for thought: 1960’s plane crash while B52 refueling over Europe and service members sent to clean area of known radioactivity. Yale project recently filed suit against VA in support of veterans. Long time for a wrong to be corrected.

                    http://wshu.org/post/veteran-sickened-plutonium-after-h-bomb-accident-brings-class-action-suit#stream/0

                    Regarding discount:
                    Home Depot and Lowes 10% Military Discount Available Every Day

                    Home Depot and Lowe’s have long been known to offer a 10% military discount to military members, veterans, and retirees on the main military holidays such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veterans Day. Well, good news – both companies now offer these military discounts every day of the week!

                    Be sure to read the comments.
                    https://themilitarywallet.com/home-depot-lowes-10-military-discount/

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                • Menagerie says:

                  Call me dumb. I doubt Bernie has combat experience. Why don’t you limit your shopping experience to places of business owned only by veterans since that seems to be your one overriding criteria.

                  As I said, I think discounts are abused, and in my opinion you are providing an excellent example of that fact. You had your ID updated, you get a discount which they do not have to give you, and here you are using my totally unrelated comment about Bernie Marcus to take the opportunity to bitch about a discount you are in fact getting now.

                  Yes, that is a fine example of why I hate discount programs. The very people who get them are the most dissatisfied customers.

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      • joshua says:

        Bernie and his partner are legends and buillt the Home Depot you experienced. The stores were filled with knowledgeable associates and their product and practical experience made the store a go to place for home do it yourselfers, as well as for handy man contractors. The Customer was the primary focus for satisfaction, and the goods were legitimate and fine.

        But he was replaced with Robert Nardelli….who destroyed the company during his stupid reign.

        Wiki summaries it better than I can.

        Nardelli became CEO of Home Depot in December 2000 despite having no retail experience. Using the Six Sigma management strategy used at GE, he dramatically overhauled the company and replaced its entrepreneurial culture of innovative product design with one focused on relentless cost-cutting. He changed the decentralized management structure by eliminating and consolidating division executives. He also installed processes and streamlined operations, most notably implementing a computerized automated inventory system and centralizing supply orders at the Atlanta headquarters.

        Nardelli was credited with doubling the sales of the chain and improving its competitive position. Revenue increased from $45.74 billion in 2000 to $81.51 billion in 2005, while net earnings after tax rose from $2.58 billion to $5.84 billion. During Nardelli’s tenure, Home Depot stock was essentially steady while competitor Lowe’s stock doubled, which along with his $240 million compensation eventually earned the ire of investors. His blunt, critical and autocratic management style turned off employees and the public. Nardelli was notably criticized for cutting back on knowledgeable full-time employees with experience in the trades and replacing them with part-time help with little relevant experience. This move reduced costs, but hurt customer service at a time when Lowe’s was making inroads nationwide.
        By 2007 he had a bunch of poorly trained poorly paid folks in orange aprons running around trying to run the stores with substandard IT systems and a bunch of contracted service providers for installs and delivery.

        I know about Home Depot…Blake came in and saved it and HD runs ahead of Lowes but frankly, Lowes treats customers and employees better and pays better. None are great.

        Have had to college graduate sons work there, and learned retail and became supervisors at store level after graduation…since there were no jobs available…and they learned a great deal. But no longer is the Bernie influence to be found.

        And both Lowes and HD do not do a good job in dealing with the promises that appear to make for veterans….they should not offer it if the cannot manage it well, IMO

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        • Menagerie says:

          I left the company during Nardelli’s tenure. Had it been less than the giant success it was, he would have destroyed it. All you say about the knowledgeable sales people is true.

          When I was a department head, my first promotion, I ordered all my stock, and would occasionally get in a special buy made by the buyers in Atlanta. When I left, most stock was coming from Atlanta orders, bypassing the people who knew their customers best, and essentially being huge orders the buyers got special pricing on.

          Special pricing means nothing if there is no demand for the items. Profit is tied essentially to turns. How fast can you turn your inventory in relation to its overall cost, and especially can you turn it before the bill from the wholesaler comes due? Some departments (garden and lumber especially) have really fast turns, and on book sell through their inventory before the bills are even paid. Others like hardware and electrical, have slower turns, higher profit.

          The trick is for a good department head and manager to assemble those pieces and, with good sales people, make magic. Bob Nardelli saw none of that. All he saw was hourly wages he wanted to cut by half. When he did all the numbers tanked, including customer sat numbers, and employees and even managers left in droves.

          I had some of the finest people I have ever known work for me. With Nardelli there, I had to fight tooth, claw and nail to get them maybe even a quarter raise at the end of a long and brutal year of work.

          In reply to your final comment about discounts, as I said before, I’ve had to deal with them for several companies. If a company has a veteran’s discount they will honor it, and want to, have no reason not to. Almost every time a discount wasn’t given it was for lack of adequate identification, and most cashiers consider a danged hat identification enough. I fought to train them better on that point.

          Discounts are abused so incredibly much that it raises the cost of doing business, and.is frequently the cause of real and harsh abuse to employees. I am opposed to it on those grounds.

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  2. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Hey, hey, take it away.

    Could be the dems did
    just that with the Session’s
    replacement election in
    Alabama. How so??? πŸ˜‰

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  3. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Temps in the low teens.

    It is definitely time for
    another log or two. πŸ˜‰

    Give them a few seconds
    to catch afire real nice and
    the homestead will be nice
    and toasty warm, again! πŸ˜‰

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  4. Lucille says:

    David Archuleta – “My Little Prayer”

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  5. Menagerie says:

    In my aged insanity, I have turned painting my granddaughter’s dollhouse into a crazy project. So far plans are to paint a brick exterior, faux hardwood and tile floors, and maybe some stripes and faux finishes. I also have to paint in some windows inside and out.

    We might not have a clean house or Christmas dinner, but the house her mama had built for her will look good!

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    • Lburg says:

      Well Menagerie. When it comes to granddaughters, ‘aged insanity’ is loosely translated to “love”.

      I got sick for two days before Thanksgiving – barely got to the store to get groceries, did a quick ‘sister clean’ (where you only pick up the big pieces) and with everyone chipping in, still got dinner on the table. Taught me a big lesson. It’s mostly about the people gathered, the food is always good if the people are gathered, and good times and love always triumph over dust bunnies!

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    • lovely says:

      Sounds wonderful and it will be a treasure for years to come. One of my best memories of my childhood is playing with my best friend at our summerhouse. Her dad built her a dollhouse. It was very simple 8 rooms all the same size except the two attic rooms which had the sloped roof. Real shingles on the roof! We played for hours with that house when the weather was bad.

      It was huge to us then probably 4 feet tall and more often than not instead of using her little doll family we used licorice gummi bears who were dwarfed by the scale of the house.

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      • Menagerie says:

        What to do with the roof is a dilemma. It has a flat roof, and I don’t want to just leave it plain. I think we are going to get some moolding to put around the top to make it look like a classic manor house, and enclose a rooftop garden type look. I am toying with the idea of trying to paint a pool.

        However, I am a faux painter, not an accomplished fine artist. If all that fails, then my fall back position is a spray on asphalt look paint.

        If it had a slope roof, I’d put real little cedar shingles on it, and a chimney.

        If someone doesn’t knock sense into me I may be working on this thing until we leave for Midnight Mass.

        It’s very strange. I don’t, and never have, liked dolls much. I always thought they were boring. It was so much more fun getting the GI Joe stuff, and He man and Transformers when my boys were kids. But my Sadie is a girly girl.

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        • lovely says:

          My friends dad put real house shingles on the roof so they were definitely not to scale but we loved it! Just from childhood memories I would have loved short astroturf on a flat roof. A garden top roof would have been very cool and a neat play space. You could still paint a pool from a small wooden box that could be put on the roof when the occupants want to go swimming, just an idea πŸ™‚ .

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        • stella says:

          My dollhouse has cedar shingles. What about making a rooftop garden, with a hot tub? That would be easier to do than a pool.

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        • Menagerie says:

          Excellent ideas stella and lovely. Thanks, I was hoping those with more taste and experience would offer suggestions!

          I actually had a dollhouse as a little girl. It was a two story metal one and every thing was painted on it in an enamel finish. And I never remember touching it. πŸ˜€

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        • czarina33 says:

          I DID NOT like dolls. I have a picture of me at maybe 2 years old, in a white ruffly dress & baby hat with the big brim, squinting at the sun/camera. My mother had given me a baby doll dressed like me. I had thrown it on the ground & refused to touch it! Apparently funny enough to take a picture of! Mama said when I was four she gave me a big girl doll which I also refused to have anything to do with. She gave it to the children’s hospital. I had, and still have a small golden bear I named Robert Johnson. I apparently played with him like he was a doll.

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        • Lburg says:

          I was baking ginger pennies this afternoon and it occurred to me that if you hot glued pennies in a scalloped pattern with a slight overlap for each row, it might be a cool roof.

          (Warning. These cookies most definitely fall into the category of either aged insanity or love. My adult daughter’s favorite cookie Ev.Ar., so one must do what one must do….
          http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/ginger-pennies-rose-levy-beranbaum-100304)

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      • Lucille says:

        My sister and I each had dollhouses…heavy duty apple crates double stacked so the doll family could have a second story. They were very sturdy and people kept them for storing things away in their garages but Dad gave them to us. I still have the miniature plastic dining room table I purchased with the money my Dad’s relatives gave us at Christmas or birthdays. The tiny item sits on my kitchen counter. Not sure why that one piece got saved and not the refrigerator or stove or beds we found at the local 5 and 10 cent store.

        I remember that we kept the doll houses right outside our bedroom door…it was a one bedroom house and my parents gave that room to us girls while they slept in the living room behind a curtain. The house was unfinished when Dad bought it, no bathroom (we used potties and an outhouse). And there wasn’t any glass in the living room windows…no back door…the opening being covered by an old Army blanket my father used when he was in the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1932-34. No one worried about break-ins. Even if you had doors, seldom anyone kept them locked during the day.

        Our front door was made out of wood house sidings (the day my father could afford a real door was celebrated like it was Christmas…but did us kids know we were poor? Not in the least). I do remember the year my father became sick (1950) and we traded Dad’s beloved 1938 Lincoln Zephyr for a number of house payments. He’d bought the house privately and the seller lived next door to us. The deal was struck and we came home from school to see the ancient Studebaker Mom’s father had bought for us parked in the unpaved driveway and OUR Lincoln parked in the neighbor’s paved one. Oh how we hated that ugly Studebaker, but it would be great to own today all restored.

        It’s amazing but through those years of economic hardship from paying off doctor bills, my parents always kept a roof over our heads and never had to go on welfare. Both sides of my family looked after each other and assisted with bills and food when they were able. Clothes were passed down when older cousins outgrew them. Shoes were worn until outgrown and repaired when necessary.

        Christmas was celebrated at the homes of relatives, too, and the toys we received were from them, our parents buying us necessities instead. Somehow it was a joy to open gifts of new socks, underclothes and ribbons for our hair. I don’t recall ever being disappointed either or jealous when friends showed their new possessions.

        The gift of memory makes each Christmas of my childhood shine and glow. For this I thank my parents and the Lord they served.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          {{hugs}} That brought tears to my eyes. Not out of pity, but how sweet a memory.

          My dad was in the Navy until I was 12. Mama always said we were poor, but of course a child wouldn’t know unless somebody told him. After I was six, we weren’t living on bases any more and my parents were able to afford a small house. After that, we moved and they always owned their own home, small, though it was. The best part in my mind was that Dad was careful with the money, and their later years were very comfortable for them.

          I had cousins who lived in the mountains of TN who told me after we were grown, that they thought we were very rich. They lived in a cabin with a potbellied stove to cook on and no indoor facilities. You could see through cracks between the boards of the wood floor to the dirt.They had one bedroom and everybody slept in it. They were a very happy family and all did very well when they were grown.

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          • Lucille says:

            I don’t remember the book title or who wrote it, but about 40 some years ago an author went about the country recording every-day folk’s stories…an immensely touching compilation of people’s tales of perseverance and prevailing. We all could probably write a chapter.

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        • Menagerie says:

          It sure sounds like you had a wonderful family Lucille.

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          • Lucille says:

            One of the lovely things about my parents is that when times got better economically, they were first in line to aid friends and family members when they were down, even if it was just a ride to church for the elderly or disabled.

            My parents were sweethearts. If I were to relate their faults, they would be absolutely negligible. They disciplined us but never with harshness. Many a time my friends would say they envied me my parents. It hadn’t occurred to me that all parents weren’t the same. Later, when I heard the stories of harsh treatment and abuse some of my friends endured, I came to believe that our family was blessed with gentleness, with that ability to overcome and to look to the future with hope, and always with thanks for what Our Lord had provided.

            In these things I’m sure many can relate and also thank God for His goodness.

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        • Lburg says:

          Lucille, this is a poignant story – thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience.

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          • Lucille says:

            Your empathy and that of others here at Stella’s Place is most appreciated, Lburg.

            I’ve been doing some reading about Adam Smith. One of Smith’s observations had to do with the real value to human society of empathy and how it plays into wanting the best for others via the free enterprise system.

            See: https://www.adamsmith.org/about-adam-smith/ … in the first paragraph you may click on the word “here” and get a copy of the modernized version of Smith’s treatise “The Theory of Moral Sentiments.” Fascinating reading.

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        • lovely says:

          What beautiful memories Lucille πŸ™‚ .

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        • Lucille says:

          I got to thinking about the Civilian Conservation Corps and Dad’s participation in it. The Corps was formed in early 1933 during FDR’s first Presidency. So Dad would have been in it 1933-34, NOT 1932-34. Mom and Dad met in 1933 and he was in the Corps at that time.

          Mom had gone to a church young people’s meeting one Sunday evening with a girlfriend of hers. She saw this tanned guy in the choir and asked her friend who the handsome Spaniard was, thinking he might be a Californio. He had the requisite black hair, but the tan was from all those hours outside building fire roads on southern California mountain sides. (I adore stories of how spouses met. LOL!)

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  6. Menagerie says:

    H/t to Mary for this beautiful video. It’s so lovely.

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  7. nyetneetot says:

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    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Nutella Hot Chocolate With Wild Turkey Spiced Bourbon

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    • lovely says:

      Wow. I haven’t read it yet, jut the url is enough to give me chills. As the civilized world winds down. Sobering indeed.

      Liked by 2 people

    • John Denney says:

      Peace on earth
      Good will towards men

      Oops! Did I just commit a hate crime?

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    • Lucille says:

      Such willful ignorance, if allowed to continue, will be the end of Britain as a free nation. Not everyone needs to be a believer to benefit from the goodness God provides to society. But not allowing the free expression of belief will have an outcome that will benefit no one in the long run, certainly not the destroyers.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

    Liked by 6 people

    • stella says:

      Mornin’ WeeWeed!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Menagerie says:

      Hiya Weed.

      Liked by 1 person

    • lovely says:

      Recipe for the oligarchs continued reign.

      5 cups of collusion

      4 cups of corruption

      3 generous heaps of blackmail

      5 dollops of DNC

      4 dollops of RNC

      6 bushels of hubris

      3 million illegal votes

      1 corrupt tanked media

      Millions of stupefied American minions

      12 + suicides

      1 FBI compromised by “Putin hates Clinton” Comey

      101 Leaks

      Countless murders

      1 tarmac meeting

      1 Bush Dynasty

      1 NRO

      6 False allegations

      1 P*ssygate

      33,000 deleted emails

      1 missing server

      1 Strzok

      Several dozen Strzok shadows

      15 ounces of overt racism

      1 ounce of high horse

      1 reworked letter of acquittal (or suggestion thereof)

      5 smashed iPhones

      3 hammered hard drives

      1 gallon of bleach

      1 fainting, spasming, shrill, pathological, hateful, grating, cackling, arrogant, self entitled, psychopathic, elitist, wobbly, people hating, evil, nervous Nellie, doctor shadowed, ambulance driven, Kim Un ll fashion stealing, shrew AKA Hillary Clinton.

      Mix it all together, shake and bake, try like hell to shame and or scare the American public into keeping it all in power.

      Do not expose to sunlight or logical thought and above all do not let Donald J. Trump peek in the oven.

      Whoops!

      All burnt to hell on November 8th 2016. Bravo President Trump, bravo American patriots πŸ‘πŸ½ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ .

      “I know these people” ___President Donald J Trump

      And now the real fight for liberty commences! President Trump is counting on us to be warriors!

      Good morning WeedWeed πŸ™‚ .

      Liked by 6 people

    • Lburg says:

      Hi WeeWeed! (hoping for another big Friday FOIA document reveal!)

      Liked by 1 person

    • Lucille says:

      Things have come to a pretty pass, Ms. WeeWeed.

      Hope your day has gone along swimmingly, however.

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  9. lovely says:

    Stella my friend has those antlers on her car. I think it is so cute. I tried putting a flag on my car but the noise it made drove me crazy so off it went.

    Have beautiful day folks πŸ™‚ .

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  10. derk says:

    Morning Stella, Stellars,
    Love the horned car pic. Here’s one of how the Others see our President:

    Have a great day y’all!

    Liked by 3 people

  11. The Tundra PA says:

    Morning all! It’s been a busy week, and I haven’t been here as much as usual, so I’ve missed y’all! In the counting-down till The Last Day of Work, today will be Day 7.

    Here is an amusing piece for your Friday edification:

    https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/12/14/10-things-every-real-conservative-should-ask-on-a-first-date-n2421420

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    • stella says:

      What a great Christmas present for you!

      Liked by 2 people

      • The Tundra PA says:

        Yes, Stella, it is absolutely the best ever! I have practiced medicine for over 25 years now, and I did not start until I was 40. It is sooo time for me to stop, despite many attempts from various quarters to convince me to keep going for a few more years. I may be able to do some teaching without maintaining active licensure to practice, and may look into that option in the future, after a break for a while. We’ll see how bored I get.

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        • czarina33 says:

          I retired in 2007 because I hated my full-time job working for the state & was able to go on retirement. After a few months I returned to a part-time job in the private sector, which I love. I got bored without the stimulation of a workplace. Friends have substituted volunteering for work. I absolutely could not just sit on the couch in my living room!

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  12. Lucille says:

    From “1600 Daily”….

    β€˜I don’t know if we’ll have any left to cut’
    President Donald J. Trump pulled out the ceremonial gold scissors yesterday to show Americans exactly what his Administration is doing to Washington’s vast regulatory state.
    A few highlights from his speech:
    β€’ In 1960, there were 20,000 pages of federal regulations; today, there are 185,000β€”a stack about as tall as one of the reporters covering yesterday’s speech. (He’s 6’3”.)
    β€’ β€œWe canceled or delayed over 1,500 planned regulatory actions, more than any previous president by far.”
    β€’ The President’s simple message for agency heads: Slash even more red tape in 2018. β€œAnd that should just about do it. I don’t know if we’ll have any left to cut.”
    β€’ One stat to remember: The Administration promised to cut 2 regulations for each new one added. Agencies blew that 2:1 goal out of the water, instead eliminating rules at a 22:1 clip.
    β€’ Why it matters: β€œReductions in regulation are happening now,” financial expert Peter Wallison wrote earlier this fall. β€œThat’s why the markets are exuberant.”
    —————

    It’s a good day to celebrate
    Just as the Administration unveils its plan to continue pruning the administrative state next year, it’s time to commemorate 10 of our Nation’s most important Founding principles.

    President Trump signed a proclamation last week that honors today as Bill of Rights Day, part of the larger Human Rights Week that began Monday. β€œWe recognize the importance of the first 10 Amendments to our Constitution to protecting our liberty and freedom against the inevitable encroachment of government,” the President wrote. Our Founders β€œunderstood the fundamental truth that liberty is best secured when the state’s power is carefully limited.”
    —————–

    The next generation of law enforcement leaders
    This morning, President Trump addressed the 222 newest graduates of the FBI National Academy at a ceremony in Quantico, Virginia. He congratulated students for completing the 270th Session of the academy, a challenging 11-week professional course of study covering intelligence theory, terrorism, management, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science.

    Included in this latest class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 20 international countries, three military organizations, and four federal civilian organizations.
    —————-

    PHOTO OF THE DAY

    President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s official 2017 Christmas portrait | December 5, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

    COMING UP
    Next week, the Vice President travels to Egypt and Israel. The President will hold a meeting of his Cabinet on Wednesday.

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  13. Lucille says:

    Denmark: School cancels Christmas to avoid β€œpreaching” to Muslim students
    December 15, 2017 9:58 AM By Robert Spencer

    β€œSome accused Gribskolen of double standards, considering that last year it staged a β€˜Syria Week’ in which Danish children immersed themselves in Middle Eastern culture, and were given lessons by immigrants….’We have a critical lack of self-esteem. We are a Christian country with our own traditions. We should not sacrifice this in the name of multiculturalism.’”

    “Yes, and if you do, or when you do, there will not be a vacuum. The gap will be filled by something else. Either maintain and preserve your own culture, or see it replaced by another. And that is already happening.”

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/12/denmark-school-cancels-christmas-to-avoid-preaching-to-muslim-students

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  14. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Yes, chuckie is preparing for the near future;
    when the truth reveals itself through real, not
    fake charges, and his faux world collapses… πŸ˜‰

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  15. 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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  16. joshua says:

    well….sunny today in Dallas….had grass mowed probably for last time this year, but no real cold weather, not a trace of ice or snow anywhere….so Christmas will be like we do in Texas…wait for the snow in February…..lol

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  17. joshua says:

    God is grateful that Planned Parenthood did not have an office in Bethlehem 2017 years ago.

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  18. auscitizenmom says:

    Islam is a religion of peace. LOL

    Miss Iraq Faces Death Threats for Instagram Pic With Miss Israel
    “If she didn’t return home and take down the photos, they would remove her title, they would kill her.” β€œShe did it to so that people can understand that it’s possible to live together,” said Miss Israel.”

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/miss-iraq-faces-death-threats-instagram-pic-miss-israel

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  19. auscitizenmom says:

    I recommend this story to everybody. πŸ™‚

    “WWII Marine Fights Off Burglar, 51-Year-Old Daughter Gives Chase, Captures for Police”
    “Take a break from the idiots, the snowflakes, and the crybaby leftists for a minute and enjoy this ass-kicking story of a 95-year-old Marine and his daughter who proved a burglar is no match for them.”

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/wwii-marine-fights-burglar-51-year-old-daughter-gives-chase-captures-police

    Liked by 2 people

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