General Discussion, Friday, May 25, 2018

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  1. tessa50 says:

    Wooly, this is for you. If you don’t like Kravitz or Prince, just skip it. Otherwise, you’re gonna wanna crank it my friend.

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  2. Gil says:

    Beep boop means neat-o!
    “Despite this Western preoccupation with robots, most of the collectible tin toy robots of the 1950s, also known as “mecha,” come from Japan. In Japanese culture, robots are usually beloved companions that pose no threat, even when given human emotions and free will. This tradition goes back to the Edo period, when a craftsman named Hisashige Tanaka, who lived from 1799 to 1881, made karakuri dolls, which were early automatons that moved through spring action. They could serve tea, shoot arrows, and even write. While “windup” or “clockwork” tin toys were mostly made in Germany starting around the end of the 19th century, Japan took to this malleable metal and eventually developed highly sophisticated tin printing and punching machines. Selling cheaper and simpler versions of German toys, Japan was able to capture an even bigger share of the tin-toy market. German and Japanese production of these toys halted during World War II, as metals and factories were devoted to the war effort. Shortly after the war, though, with Japan under American occupation, its factories began producing tin model cars, trains, and other windup toys again. Under General MacArthur, the U.S. encouraged low-profit, high-labor industries such as toy making in Japan. Lilliput, a square yellow robot made in Japan, is widely considered the first tin toy robot, made in 1938. Following Lilliput, the next toy robot made in Japan was Atomic Robot Man, created in 1949 and given out at sci-fi convention in New York in 1950. The box showed the robot stomping through nuclear-bomb ravaged city, a mushroom cloud in the background.”

    https://www.collectorsweekly.com/toys/robots

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  3. Lucille says:

    STUNNING SIGHT as IMPRESSIVE USS Arlington passes the STATUE OF LIBERTY during Parade of Ships!

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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’ rheavolans! (aka “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’ mightyconservative! πŸ™‚ |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    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!

    Pastries for coffee!

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  5. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  6. stella says:

    President Donald J. Trump’s schedule for Friday, May 25th:
    Β· Travel to Annapolis, MD
    Β· United States Naval Academy Graduation and Commissioning Ceremony
    Β· Travel to Washington, D.C.
    Β· Meeting with Secretary of State

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  7. G-d&Country says:

    Hi everyone! A little late to the party, but wanted to get this done for our dear Sand&Sea & Joshua in the big “D” πŸ™‚ Today’s state flower is….. THE TEXAS BLUEBONNET!

    Above picture Camden Living

    In 1901, the Texas Legislature adopted the bluebonnet, of the annual legume Lupinus subcarnosus, as the state flower. The flower’s popular name derives from its resemblance to a sunbonnet. It has also been called buffalo clover, wolf flower, and, in Spanish, el conejo (β€œthe rabbit”). in 1971, the legislation was amended to include L. texensis & β€œany other variety of bluebonnet not heretofore recorded.” At least four other species of bluebonnet grow in Texas. Contrary to various folk stories & legends claiming that the plant originated outside the state, L. texensis & L. subcarnosus are native to Texas. Although early explorers failed to mention the bluebonnet in their descriptions of Texas, Indian lore called the flower a gift from the Great Spirit. In the 1930s the Highway Department began a landscaping & beautification program & extended the flower’s range. Due largely to that effort, bluebonnets now grow along most major highways throughout the state.

    The flower usually blooms in late March & early April. In North Texas, they peak in mid to late April. Bluebonnets germinate in the fall, & fall rainfall is critical. Winter snow helps insulate the plants. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center explains: β€œAround mid-May, they form a seedpod, & the seeds mature. The seedpods pop open, releasing the small, hard seeds.” Many say the bluebonnets make pop-pop-pop-ing sounds. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension continues: β€œOnly a small percentage of the seed germinates during the first season after planting. This delayed germination ensures species survival during periods of adverse growing conditions. A maroon version of the state flower that’s sprouted at the University of Texas Tower in Austin has some wondering if it’s the work of Aggie pranksters. Flower beds containing brightly colored bluebonnets are now home to a variant known as Alamo Fire, which is a shade of maroon. (The Texas A&M colors are maroon & white.) There’s speculation in the land of the Longhorns that Aggies are responsible for sprinkling Alamo Fire seeds on the UT campus. Texas A&M horticulturists developed the maroon variety in the 1980s in an attempt to plant a floral Texas flag in honor of the state’s sesquicentennial. The recessive maroon hue will recede over time to the bluebonnet’s dominant shade of indigo.

    In 1997, the Texas Legislature named Ennis the Texas Bluebonnet Trail & the official bluebonnet city of Texas. Every April, up to 100,000 people go to the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival. It’s home to 40 miles of roadsides covered with wildflowers. Chappell Hill, which earned the title β€œOfficial State of Texas Bluebonnet Festival.” has it’s 50th annual Bluebonnet Festival. Perri Angela Wickham, a bluebonnet addict, posts regular bluebonnet updates on her website, bluebonnetlove dot com.

    Texas adopted “Bluebonnets” by Julia D. Booth & Lora C. Crockett as the official state flower song in 1933; (Texas designated “Texas, Our Texas” as the official state song in 1929). & here’s another song: ‘Texas Bluebonnets’ by Laurie Lewis

    Sources: tshaonline dot org, http://keranews dot org/post/15-amazing-things-you-should-know-about-texas-bluebonnets, https://statesymbolsusa dot org/symbol-official-item/texas/state-song/bluebonnets

    Texas Bluebonnets & Longhorns by Lilli Pell

    Enjoy!
    Have a great day everyone – have to run πŸ˜‰

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  8. michellc says:

    In Oklahoma yesterday a shooting happened, one killed, more injured and a civilian with a gun took him out before he could keep on shooting.
    Democrats in this state and even a few Republicans immediately started tweeting and making FB posts that we need common sense gun control.
    They’ve had no response to the Oklahomans who have told them all common sense gun laws would do is stop the good guy with a gun who took the shooter out.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Common sense gun control: being able to shoot bad guys until the cops can get there.

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      • michellc says:

        This shooter was a CLEET certified armed security guard. None of their bs gun grabbing would have prevented him from doing what he did. In order to become certified and allowed to carry he also had to pass a psychological evaluation.

        Maybe someday sanity will prevail in this country and the idiots will go stand in a corner and shut their mouths.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Like psychological testing does much -I worked with two LEOs who are on death row for murder.

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          • michellc says:

            They won’t admit it, but it proves background checks are bs, they will never stop someone who decides to murder.
            This person was trained, had all kinds of background checks and was deemed psychologically fit, but it didn’t stop him from taking a gun and shooting innocent people.

            So what’s their next argument, nobody have guns including security guards and LE?

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            • czarowniczy says:

              They tried, back in the 70s, to have LEO leave their forearms in the stationhouse after work.

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              • michellc says:

                I don’t remember that one.

                I expect this shooting to be pushed off the front pages because it doesn’t fit the narrative. For one good guys with a gun stopped him before he could commit a mass shooting and second the shooter was trained and certified. He wasn’t some nut with a gun, but had the government seal of approval.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  NRA used to have a section in their monthly magazine that detailed legally armed citizens stopping crimes. Back in the 90s we had a local newsman who was robbed right in his home’s driveway and said on air that he was going to get a CCW whilec another anchor got into a gunfight with a mugger. You remember the old wag about a Democrat/liberal being Republican/conservative that hasn’t been mugged yet?

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    First thing I noted was Lake Hefner – I used to fish there when we lived in Midwest City in the very early 60s.
                    Yup, and I’m sure that many nutjobs that should be on radar aren’t as the prog apologists make all sorts of excuses why these deranged creatures should be treated like visiting dignitaries. There’s also an industry that’s built up around street nutjobs, outpatient treatment,therapy, housing – too much $$$ involved to rock the boat.
                    Thge other thing is their numbers – if I had a buck for every regular, never mind ‘surprise!’ nutjob we encountered on the street I could have retired much earlier with more money. You just can’t put ’em all on as roster and keep track of ’em realistically.

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                  • michellc says:

                    You’d think something would have been picked up in psych evaluation.

                    Again it’s ignorant to think background checks or training or psych evaluations will stop all the crazies and evil people.

                    If they don’t have a gun they will use a different tool and the one truth that will always be the truth is that a good guy with a gun is the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun.

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    Psych evals aren’t science, they’re social science. You can get pretty close sometimes but it’s not exact which is why every good psychologist keeps a Big Book of Excuses in his backpack.
                    We had psycologiosts doing screening evals in Special Operations but still bad guys slip through. We have many large departments doing psych evals for LEO but look at what happens. I personally like the excuse that the system works but it’s bad psychs that cause the problems….but wait, weren’t they created and certified by the top tier psychologists, the creme de la creme, those at universities who are the gatekeepers of the trade?

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                  • michellc says:

                    I’ve never held much stock in shrinks.

                    Folks who aren’t pure leftist idiots just need to get it through their head, their are bad men in this world and always have been and they will use any tool to kill and maim people. You go back to the days of locking the crazies up and stop teaching people to fear guns along with teaching morality and the majority of the mass shootings will stop. Not all of course because evil will always exist on earth as we know it today.

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                • czarina33 says:

                  Nothing in the NO paper about it at all…..

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  9. litenmaus says:

    Just call me ‘slow’…Over the past month, it seems as if every site that I visited demanded that I check a box to accept their new user terms. I couldn’t figure out why. Well, this morning I received a notice from Imgur and their email finally clued me in.

    “We’re updating our privacy policy in preparation for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) later this month. Although these updates are sparked by European law, on Imgur, they will apply to everyone.”

    It appears that any site that has recently asked for an acceptance of new terms is subjecting you to the regulations of the European Union that go into effect today.

    Ain’t that just special!

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    • litenmaus says:

      FTA….

      “Facebook and Google received multiple complaints of implementing improper data management approvals Thursday, the first day a new broad European Union law took effect.”

      “The GDPR β€œis supposed to give users a free choice, whether they agree to data usage or not,” Schrems wrote in complaint filings. β€œThe opposite feeling spread on the screens of many users: Tons of β€˜consent boxes’ popped up online or in applications, often combined with a threat, that the service cannot longer be used if user do not consent.”

      http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/25/facebook-google-european-law/

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  10. stella says:

    Fleet Week, NYC, 2018, Parade of Ships:

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  11. auscitizenmom says:

    Dog adopts ducklings. So cute.

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    • Menagerie says:

      I have told this story before, apologies if you’ve seen it, but I can never resist. Back when my kids were growing up we had an awesome Golden Retriever named Sam, and a mama cat with kittens just weaned when the cat died. Sam raised the kittens, keeping them all together against his stomach, laying there with them just like their mama.

      Eventually he played with them like pups, carrying them around by their fur, even tossing them and they would run back. Finally the day came that he thought they should learn his favorite thing, swimming. He tossed each of them in the pool and then would jump in after each one, nosing it along and then flipping it up and out. After a few days when he walked out onto the diving board five kittens would follow him and jump in.

      Those kittens acted like pups, and played like them too. We’ve always had some weird critters.

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  12. stella says:

    This is especially for Wooly. Seen on Facebook:

    Still amazed… my best sprite lightning capture to date. A beautiful jellyfish, close range from Highway 33 in Kingfisher county, Oklahoma this morning 5/24/2018. 12.55am local time looking NW towards Alva Ok. You can even see the colour change in the tendrils going into the lower atmosphere. Please like and share. Contact me for usage :smith.paul.michael1@gmail.com.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprite_(lightning)

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  13. stella says:

    More amazing info:

    Did You Know That Opossums Eat Virtually All the Ticks in Your Yard?

    http://www.wideopenspaces.com/know-opossums-eat-virtually-ticks-yard/

    AND …

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      😯

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Get me her address, maybe we can trade possums. We don’t grow cantelope anymore as the possum loves ’em, they eat the ^&$#@* out of our persimmons, if I don’t burn the trash after I put it on the pile the soons and possums draw straws to see who’ll go at it first. Don’r zactly turn their rat noses up at the tomaters either.
      Then there’s that ‘digging a den under any concrete slab they can’ thing…

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    • Lucille says:

      Opossums are super valuable creatures. In the past people believed they carried diseases. My neighborhood in West Los Angeles had lots of them and after research, I discovered ‘possums have low body temperatures and don’t carry transmittable diseases.

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  14. Lucille says:

    And peaking of valuable…NOT!…

    Obama’s Netflix deal was about community organizing all along
    By Monica Showalter – May 25, 2018
    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/05/so_obamas_netflix_deal_was_about_community_organizing_all_along.html

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  15. czarowniczy says:

    Subtropical storm (AKA ‘big rain’) Alberto is up to a level of importance in the local news to where they now play three or four threatening-sounding bass notes before they begin a report on it. Thios is still while only projecting 3-5″ of rain over three days, I can only imagine what they’ll do if the projected path swings more west.
    As for that ‘projected path’ thing, I do wish the stations could agree with where that is.

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  16. Lucille says:

    Yeah, Conservative Feminists Exist, And We Don’t Need the Left’s Permission
    MRCTV

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  17. czarowniczy says:

    Last year, while we were rummaging around the season’s end plant sale at Wally World, we ran across the beaten down Charlie Brown-looking rose bush for $2. What the heck, we thought, for 2 bucks we can’t go wrong, why not try.
    This year it started to bloom I’m going to find out how to get the pix frpom my phone to the site, it’s the most amazing rose. The flowers start out white and peach and move thru color phases until they get to a deep dark red velvet. Don’t think we’ll plant this one, we’ll leave it in a big pot on the patio. Not a bad deal for $2.

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  18. Menagerie says:

    Crap Ireland. Just plain, heartbreaking crap.

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    • Lucille says:

      You can bet it’ll only be the Irish who kill their babies in the womb. The “refugees” certainly aren’t going to do it. Guess who ends up winning in the end.

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  19. 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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