General Discussion, Sunday, February 18, 2018

There is a road where once we walked,
Quiet and still on a summer day.
Oh, the magic of being alone with you,
Close as the wild rose by the way.

Silent, for we never needed words,
Clasping hands, we walked content.
God gave us the gift of that golden hour.
Time flew on wings and it soon was spent.

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126 Responses to General Discussion, Sunday, February 18, 2018

  1. Lucille says:

    Just finished watching this fun Antiques Roadshow–U.S. version with lovely items…perhaps you’ll enjoy it, too….

    Antiques Roadshow – Austin, Texas

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  2. Of course they don’t, and never do, want to solve the problem they created.

    Booker T. Washington has a quote about this very phenomenon.

    Their livelihood depends on them being able to all point out how bad things are, and Vote For Us and we’ll make things better. If they actually did make things better, they wouldn’t have a livelihood any more. So they make things worse, so they can point out how bad things are even more, and get even more votes for caring about how bad things are. I mean really caring. Wearing color-du jour-ribbons caring.

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    • If these are all really Mr. Trump’s actual Tweets, we’re blessed with a genius for a President. I hope he has a ring of 40′-tall angels around him.

      Liked by 4 people

      • czarowniczy says:

        Well let’s hope so as there never seems to be a shortage of disaffected lone-wolf loners when the Deep State needs them. But don’t sweat it though, the Bureau seems to catch them rather quickly after the act, must have good intel to catch ’em so quickly.

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      • Col.(R) Ken says:

        Morning Wooly, Czar. You have raised an interesting point, concerning the Feds and this punk………Let’s adopt the Israeli model for protection of our schools. And Let’s be serious, don’t need the Audi Murphy’s just pro active soldiers

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        • czarowniczy says:

          For some reason the State and ‘state’ actors don’t really want to protect schools. Remember the 2004 Beslan school siege in Russia? I know ranking local cops who were hot to implement precautions but Fed and local school actors were markedly disinterested – almost roadblocks.
          NOLA school board was so slow in dealing with thugs shooting up the schools some of us thought they were getting paid by the thugs. Of course part of it may have been that the violence was almost totally black on whomever so there was a lack of desire to point a finger. Sent all of my kids back out west…at least I knew they’d be alive at the end of any given school day.

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  3. Lucille says:

    Another romantic pathway for your poem, Stella…

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    • Beautiful, Lucille.

      I’m torn between wondering what’s past that last rise on the road in front, and going that way to find out, or tearing off to the left toward the sun, and the end of the field, to see what I can see from that apparent cliff-edge.

      It’s cool how one photo can be a Choose Your Own Adventure book.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I can’t get past the part about who gets to clean up the blowdown and prunes the trees? Speaking of which, we gotta do that to our drive. We’ll post a pick of our still-a-project tree tunnel this summer.

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        • Menagerie says:

          Czar, I would really like to see that.

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          • “tree tunnel” Indeed. Same here.

            I’ve seen some nice old ones in FL. Live oaks with moss hanging down for a mile.

            That’s what it is. A tree tunnel. Never really thought about it that way.

            If I had a tree tunnel, there would be some peach trees in there.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              We have a few here, one on the back farm road I take west. I’m using sawtooth oaks on the east-west part of the drive as they’re quicker growers. Problem is that the oaks line the roads, power companies put their poles near the road and butcher the **** out of the trees so that they look lopsided and otherwise misshapen on the side of the road the poles are on. Matter of fact the butchers are out here now scalping trees around the spread.
              Tried to get the power company to bury the lines but they have too much invested in the maintenance process and, while they are burying them in the cities, we ain’t on the radar out here.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Well we gotta get a few loads of gravel on the drive first, looks like the Oregone Trail.

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      • Menagerie says:

        I am going straight for the end, but slowly. I’ll explore the field on the way home. Unless the grandkids are with me, in which case I am chasing them and they never go straight. But they cover a lot more ground.

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  4. Lucille says:

    Another beautiful place to walk, hop, skip, jump…

    Migliarino San Rossore Park Path In Pisa, Italy

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  5. itswoot says:

    I haven’t stopped in here for a long while. After reading the poetry and song lyrics posted here by Stella in recent days, I feel inspired to join in with couple of related posts.

    HOME AND LOVE

    Just Home and Love! the words are small
    Four little letters unto each;
    And yet you will not find in all
    The wide and gracious range of speech
    Two more so tenderly complete:
    When angels talk in Heaven above,
    I’m sure they have no words more sweet
    Than Home and Love.

    Just Home and Love! it’s hard to guess
    Which of the two were best to gain;
    Home without Love is bitterness;
    Love without Home is often pain.
    No! each alone will seldom do;
    Somehow they travel hand and glove:
    If you win one you must have two,
    Both Home and Love.

    And if you’ve both, well then I’m sure
    You ought to sing the whole day long;
    It doesn’t matter if you’re poor
    With these to make divine your song.
    And so I praisefully repeat,
    When angels talk in Heaven above,
    There are no words more simply sweet
    Than Home and Love.
    ~ Robert Service

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  6. Menagerie says:

    Happy Sunday to all. Thought for the day fro Victim One of 9/11

    “Lord, take me
    where you want me
    to go;
    Let me meet
    who you want me
    to meet;
    Tell me
    what you want me
    to say, and
    Keep me out
    of your way.”

    Mychal Judge, O.F.M., Chaplain
    New York Fire Department

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  7. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! 🙂 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! 🙂 |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! 🙂 |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! 🙂 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) 🙂 |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) 🙂 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! 🙂 |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! 🙂 |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) 🙂 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! 🙂 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! 🙂 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! 🙂 |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! 😀 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) 🙂 |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) 🙂 |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! 🙂 |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! 🙂 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! 🙂 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) 🙂 |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! 🙂 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! 🙂 |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! 🙂 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! 🙂 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! 🙂 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! 🙂 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! 🙂 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! 🙂 (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! 🙂 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! 🙂 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll 🙂 |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! 🙂 |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! 🙂 |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! 🙂 |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! 🙂 |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! 🙂 |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! 🙂 |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) 🙂 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (“Stellars”) 🙂 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson 🙂 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! 🙂 |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) 🙂 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! 🙂 🍸 (1961 Château Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! 🙂 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! 🙂 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! 🙂 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) 🙂 |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ rheavolans! (aka “Rhea Salacia Volans”) 🙂 |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! 🙂 |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! 🙂 |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! 🙂 |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! 🙂 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! 🙂 |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! 🙂 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ Senatssekretär FREISTAAT DANZIG! 🙂 |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! 🙂 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! 🙂 |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! 🙂 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! 🙂 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! 🙂 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ davidhuntpe! 🙂 |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! 🙂 |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! 🙂 |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! 😛 (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! 😕

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:

    Breakfast!

    Doughnuts and coffee!

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    • Lburg says:

      Good Morning and thank you Nyet! Good Morning Stellars!

      In the spirit of this week’s wonderful poems…..from: https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/the_breakfast_brawl_995131

      The Breakfast Brawl
      by Richard Thomas
      A most unlikely, mismatched pair
      For forty years did breakfast share.
      Their names were Stretch, at eight feet tall,
      And Squat, built like a bowling ball.

      Because of their unique physiques,
      By people they were labeled freaks.
      Though of each other less than fond,
      They formed a necessary bond.

      Rejected by society,
      Their morning meal soon came to be
      A welcome rite for lonely lives
      Bereft of children, friends, and wives.

      As company they filled a need,
      But often griped and disagreed.
      For common interests had they few
      And discontentment slowly grew.

      Unknown is how it came about,
      But then one day a fight broke out.
      Their broken dishes on the floor,
      The aging duo went to war.

      “I’ll squash you like a bug,” roared Stretch.
      “I’m sick of you, you little lech!”
      “I’ll cut you down to size,” screeched Squat.
      “You’re dumb and dull, you snotty sot!”

      Then Squat did run and taunt and bite
      And throw at Stretch with all his might.
      And Stretch did kick and curse and swat,
      Determined to demolish Squat.

      Avoiding Squat’s erratic throws,
      Stretch swung but missed the midget’s nose.
      Attempting to stomp Squat in vain,
      He felt severe arthritic pain.

      While dodging Stretch’s errant blows,
      Squat tried to crush the giant’s toes.
      And speeding to bite Stretch’s knees,
      His asthma made him gasp and wheeze.

      It was a most unseemly sight,
      A feckless geriatric fight.
      Before one minute had elapsed,
      The spent combatants both collapsed.

      When he arose and left, said Stretch,
      “Tomorrow doughnuts I will fetch.”
      Departing, too, responded Squat,
      “And I’ll prepare the coffee pot.”

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    • czarina33 says:

      Can’t decide, biscuits & gravy savory or baked sweets…..

      Liked by 2 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      Oooh, biscuits and gravy. Mornin’ Nyet, everyone. 🙂

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      • New breakfast restaurant in town, opened last week.

        2 eggs with your B&G, cooked however you want them.

        $8.50 omelettes.

        My former employer is feeling the bite, as that’s what they are, too. Breakfast.

        Our omelettes were $10 and $12. No free eggs with the B&G. Unheard of.

        I hope former bossman figures out how to get his business back.

        Hey. he’s still family, and my friend. And he’s Catholic.

        But this new place just stole all his customers, except the die-hard regulars.

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        • czarina33 says:

          New will wear off, people will return. Hope he can hold on till then. At a nearby intersection on Hwy 11 there were 2 quick stop places with gas, snacks & some bare necessities (tractor hydraulic fluid, deer corn, Draino, bar b que). One closed, the other prospered. The one which closed opened under new mgt last week & has been incredibly busy ever since. We haven’t been in yet, still patronizing the old one since they have our favorite milk products, and the new one doesn’t have no-ethanol gas for our machines.

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    • michellc says:

      Mornin’, thanks for the biscuits and gravy.

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    • Lucille says:

      Good morning, Nyet! The breakfast plate will be just the thing to get some energy into these old bones. I need to get out there and shovel several inches of white stuff off my walkway.

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    • lovely says:

      Good evening Nyet 🙂 !

      Like

  8. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ All!

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  9. stella says:

    I belong to this group. It was started by a couple of my Facebook friends, Tom Lipscomb and Dan Schwartz. The article is from last summer, but I hadn’t seen it before.

    Facebook Destroys Massive Pro-Trump Group; Deplorables Under Attack

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/facebook-destroys-massive-pro-trump-group-deplorables-attack/

    Early Saturday morning, group administrator Dan Schwartz pinned an announcement on the Deplorables page that reads: “DO NOT POST, AS YOUR POST WILL NEVER BE SEEN.”

    Schwartz explained: “The Deplorables group was essentially broken by Facebook now, for a variety of reasons. Essentially, we enabled post moderation because of the number of racist posts from trolls, who, even when we deleted the post and “member,” we could no longer block them, including several who we now know are Facebook Employees &/or Contractors. When we enabled post moderation, Facebook’s database crashed, and we cannot view your posts requiring Moderator approval; and worse, the Admin panel crashed, so we cannot even turn back off Moderation.

    Essentially, FACEBOOK BROKE OUR GROUP.

    We have had numerous technical “problems” since we topped a half-million Deplorables around Election Day; and they have grown only worse in the last 36 hours. We have REPEATEDLY made Facebook staff aware of the problems; but it appears since we “Deplorables” do not comport with Silicon Valley’s vision of America.”

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    • Lburg says:

      I have a feeling that Facebook is going to be one of those groups that, in the ultimate hypocrisy, complains “He Broke Me” while filing freedom of speech lawsuits.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Gil says:

      All those “smart” tech people but not a spoonful of commonsense among them. Take away the monopolies, split the platforms.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      And those huge prog/snowflake groups don’t have these Facebook problems? Just goes to show the hypocrisy of the Left, they say they’re for peace, love and brotherhood but as they gain power and position they’re as vicious and depraved as those they say they want to replace. Leads me to believe that the ogres they are really fighting are what they see in the mirror each morning.
      Interesting too how they invoke ‘Nazi’ at every turn, going on and on about how many people they were responsible for killing yet do not expend the same amount of energy on Lenin, Mao, Stalin or the latest successful Leftist social engineer, Pol Pot.

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      • rheavolans says:

        Don’t forget Planned Parenthood! They make Hitler look like a chump.

        I am beginning to earnestly wonder if the Left cannot condemn any communist mass murderers simply because of the fact that the ideology is a kissing cousin of socialism. They can’t condemn Stalin because they wish they had the same stranglehold on the country that he had on Russia. But they can condemn Nazis because, well, that’s different (or so I guess I’m supposed to believe.)

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        • czarowniczy says:

          The Russians and their stooges managed to get killings due to political beliefs moved out from under genocide to various made up words like democide, politicide and other more recognizable words ‘Orwellizing’ them to death and basically so confusing the issue that it disappears into the background.
          Let’s not forget that both Nazis and Communists found abortion, infanticide, euthanasia for the infirm, elderly or sick not only acceptable but

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          • czarowniczy says:

            (*&^%$ Chromebook)…the involvement of the Rockefeller Institute in the American eugenics program AND American eugenics leaders in Germany’s ‘final solution’ shows that progs really think murder in the name of political/racial purification is morally acceptable.

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  10. Yesterday I said, Public Schools has been a gigantic evil social experiment since just before I was in kindergarten.

    It’s true. It was 1972, I believe, when the Federal Department of Education was formed.

    Public Schools is the Deep State. In a hundred years, the formation of the DOE will be known as the beginning of the Dark Ages. Remember, every agency’s Name does the opposite.

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    • nyetneetot says:

      I’ve read the public school system had been a social experiment from the beginning.

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    • rheavolans says:

      I don’t know that I agree. Once upon a time, you could have good public schools. (I don’t doubt you’re right, though, that it was before the DOE.) But public schools were an American institution before the DOE came along. Look at the early prairie schools. But what you had back then was a focus on the basics a student would need: reading, writing, arithmetic (history lumped in as reading), and heavy-duty local involvement. You had parents, that, for the most part, expected that their children would go to school and would do well and learn these basic three R’s.

      Today we spend more per student then most countries and yet for what we get, we’re not doing much better than some third world systems. Actually, that’s probably not fair to the Third World; I think most people in Third World nations have a better view of school, if they can afford to send their children to one, then most Americans do.

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      • stella says:

        Added to everything else you said about the prairie schools, the land belonged to the citizens, they paid the teacher, and even provided her/his room and board. They were very much attuned to what went on in their children’s school.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Hm. I wonder if children in third world countries feel grateful to get an education, whereas, because it is given to American children (so to speak), they don’t appreciate it at much.

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      • michellc says:

        I think even after DOE there were some good public schools, but you still had teachers that cared and taught because it’s what they loved doing. Maybe if there was social media they would have been whiners, but you never heard them whining about not making enough money or how much they hated their students.

        If parents just spent a little time reading many teachers’ social media accounts they would think twice about sending their kids to public school. Not only do many of them not know how to spell or write properly, they say how stupid their students are and whine constantly. I once would say they’re the minority, but I think they’re becoming the majority.

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  11. Lucille says:

    “First Snow” by Steven Lee Adams, Boulder, Colorado

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  12. stella says:

    I have temporarily subscribed to Showtime (first 7 days free!) in order to watch The Trade – a documentary about heroin trafficking from Mexico to the USA. I watched the first three episodes, and it is pretty well done, I think. However, I can’t believe some of the other crap they have on there. One is an animated series by Colbert that mocks the Trump presidency. Bastards.

    Here’s the trailer for The Trade. I see that episode 1 is available on YouTube.

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  13. stella says:

    Just used bad language on Twitter. Told a foul mouthed idiot to go f*** himself, because nobody else would.

    Liked by 2 people

  14. czarina33 says:

    Czar put up the purple Martin bird houses today. We expect to see the “scouts” any time now.

    Liked by 3 people

  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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