General Discussion, Friday, January 29, 2021

Trump Inauguration riots, 2017

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59 Responses to General Discussion, Friday, January 29, 2021

  1. Lucille says:

    Happy Winter Fence Friday…

    “Snowy Fence and Pasture” – Painting by Elaine Plesser…

    Bob Timberlake painting “Gilley’s Cows”…

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  2. Lucille says:

    In answer to claims of those like the folks in the photo-of-the-day…

    Understanding “All Men Are Created Equal”—Dr. Matthew Spalding on Rejecting Revisionist History
    January 28, 2021 – American Thought Leaders – The Epoch Times Host Jan Jekielek

    “In the founding of America, some suggest the idea that “all men are created equal” was a lie, written by hypocrites in a time of slavery. When the New York Times’ controversial 1619 Project was first published, it’s introduction stated that it “aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding.”

    “How should we understand America’s founding and its promise that “all men are created equal”?

    “Today, we sit down with Dr. Matthew Spalding, a professor of constitutional government and Dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Government at Hillsdale College. He was the executive director of the 1776 Commission, created by executive order by former President Trump, which published a report defending America’s founding aspirations.”

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  3. Menagerie says:

    Good morning everyone. It’s 27 degrees here, big, beautiful moon in the sky. Another good reflection from Bishop Barron today. Lent is coming soon. I wonder if there are any festivities going on in New Orleans.

    I remember the barrenness of Lent last year, culminating with watching priests offer Mass in an empty church on Easter. Boy howdy, did the Church in general and the bishops specifically fail that test. And the mass attendance numbers that were diving already plunged. They will never recover. In a few years even more old churches will be closed all over the country. It makes me sad.

    Poor Catholic immigrants all over this country sacrificed to build these wonderful, beautiful churches. In many cases they were discriminated against and persecuted for being Catholic, a faith they refused to leave behind in this new world, even to start anew and pursue a better life. We their descendants sell it cheaply these days, and most people see no need to tithe, to support a parish. It took considerable sacrifice for those parishioners who built the churches. For many of them today if everyone who attends services gave five dollars the church would be okay. But that average five dollars is way out of reach.

    I’m guessing this may be a problem in many denominations, but I have only seen statistics and numbers from Catholic sources.

    This year at least it looks like we will still be able to attend mass.


    MARK 4:26-34

    Friends, our Gospel for today features the parable of the mustard seed.

    How does God tend to work? From the very small to the very great—and by a slow, gradual process. God tends to operate under the radar, on the edges of things, quietly, clandestinely, not drawing attention to himself.

    C.S. Lewis speaks to this principle. How, he asks, did God enter history? Quietly, in a forgotten corner of the Roman Empire, sneaking behind enemy lines. How was European Christianity established? Through the handful of people that listened to St. Paul in Philippi and Athens. How did the mighty Franciscan movement come to be? One odd, mystical kid who heard a voice coming from a crucifix: “Francis, rebuild my Church, which is falling into ruin.” A handful of followers joined him in his quixotic project, then dozens, then hundreds, then thousands.

    So don’t be afraid to do small things at the prompting of God! Plant the seed, make the move, take the risk—take even the smallest step, and don’t worry about who notices or how much attention you’re getting. Sow the seed and leave the rest to the mercy and providence of God.

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  5. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ all. Cold this mornin, about 50*. But, the sun is out, so the temp is climbing fast. Loki and I went for our morning walk, she had her breakfast, and now she is sound asleep. My big job today is to go to the library and renew my library card. So, I will be off soon. Have a nice day wherever you are.

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    • stella says:

      Mornin’ mom! It’s 25 degrees and sunny here. Brrrrrr! We still have a couple of inches of snow on the ground. Tucker doesn’t seem to mind it. He’s napping now too.

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    • Lucille says:

      Good afternoon, aus! We’re at 35 degrees with rain off ‘n on. Have fun at the library.

      And speaking of libraries, remember his scene from “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”?


      • auscitizenmom says:

        Actually no. I think I have only seen it once and I don’t remember much about it.


      • auscitizenmom says:

        I ended up not having to go to the library. I called the branch I wanted to go to because it is closest to me. When I told them I wanted to renew my library card, she said we could do it over the phone. It was actually just updating my personal information.


        • Lucille says:

          That’s great being able to renew over the phone. I wish I could renew my ID card without having to visit the state office in person. In Idaho they are only good for three years, unlike California and Washington which is ten years.

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  6. stella says:

    Wish I had this on doggityday! Hilarious!

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    • hoosiertruthfan says:

      Dogs I’ve had are far less self aware than cats, IMO. It’s a rare find to see one that interactive in a mirror. Too darned cute.
      Reminds me of a time I was visiting with a good friend and her British husband was doing something similar. We laughed our butts off at him. Such a good guy and funny as all get out.

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  7. stella says:

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    • JTR says:

      A few weeks ago, DH came home and said he was sickly. He works with the public, so I came to the rescue with a dose of the horse paste. I always catch whatever he drags home, so sure enough, 3 days later I started feeling poorly. He was already feeling better, so I took 2 doses 2 days in a row. I was a bit ill for 3 days. Congested sinuses, sore throat, but no fever or cough. However, I totally lost my smell and taste for weeks! It was so weird. I couldn’t smell a thing. Not even husband poop! The only thing I could taste was sweet or hot. I’m slowly starting to pick up on smells and taste. Yesterday I smelled my perfume for the first time.

      I went to the Dr. office today for my bi-annual check-up, and the nurse said she was the exact same way as me. I asked her if she was going to take the vaccine, and she lowered her voice and said not anyone that worked in that office will take the vaccine including the Dr., but not to tell anyone she said anything. The Dr. never mentioned the word “Vaccine”. All of my bloodwork and BP was perfect!

      That horse paste is gross! But it worked for us!


  8. stella says:

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  9. stella says:

    This is legit hilarious. Remember how nobody on the left cared when Maxine Waters said this about Trump officials? Well, they care when someone used the same words to apply to Cuomo staffers!

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  10. Lucille says:

    Biden administration trying to fix Obama’s Syria blunders with the same team that created them
    January 28, 2021 2:00 PM By SAMIR A. ZEDAN

    Turkish soldiers fraternizing with ISIS fighters near Kobane

    With Antony Blinken confirmed by the US Senate as the new Secretary of State, some analysts hope US policy in Syria will not revert to what it was when Obama was in office. This came in the wake of reports that US tanks had rolled back into Syria a few days ago, reversing Trump’s policy of ending military involvement in that conflict.

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  11. stella says:

    In case you were wondering …

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  12. The Tundra PA says:

    Good afternoon friends. Another beautiful day here in paradise with blue skies, mountains and sunshine, and not terribly cold, about 15 degrees. I love the blog banner photo today, Stella, it is very like the view from my living windows. The large mountain on the right in your photo is, for me, Mt. Spurr, an active volcano. The water body between me and Spurr is a bit larger than the one in the photo; I’m looking across Cook Inlet, which is a few miles wide on the western side of the Kenai Peninsula. If I ever figure out how to post photos, I’ll put one up (believe me, I’ve tried).

    I have a question for the more technologically proficient among us. Since the Treehouse is no longer on Word Press, I don’t have a black bar across the top with the convenient little bell that tells me when someone has liked or responded to a comment I’ve made. Is there something I need to sign up for to get such notices? It is such a pain to try to remember what post I commented on and look it up again to see if anyone did.

    Hope you are all having a good day, and managing to hang in there despite this crazy world we’re living in. I’m wishing for more Olive and Mabel videos myself. Just can’t follow politics for a while. Reading anything about the imposter in the White House makes me ill.

    Oh, also wondering if there’s been any word from Colonel Ken in a while. I continue to pray for him, and hope he is getting along. I never thought we’d lose Czar before the Colonel. I miss Czar every day; I can’t even imagine the level of bereft that Czarina must feel. I know she is reading here, and hope she feels up to posting a few words on how she is. Much love to you, dear sister!

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    • stella says:

      I heard from Col. Ken last week. He isn’t commenting, but he is reading. He is fighting, but still having health issues.


    • stella says:

      There isn’t a notification bell or other system at the Tree, at least not now.


    • I am not registered or signed up anywhere so i don’t have features others have. I keep a bookmark on my browser and bookmark the pages where I comment. You can separate or sort them as you wish. I can just go back and click on the bookmark & it goes to your comment. I pretty much comment here and then 1 local statewide site just a few times a year.

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    • SRT392 says:

      Hi — I believe this is how it now works at the Tree: for each comment or reply, there is a bell with a slash through it below the text box. Before posting, click on the bell; the slash will disappear. Upon posting, an email will be sent to you; open the email and click on the link to opt in to receive replies to that particular post. Happy weekend!

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    • czarina33 says:

      I’m keeping busy trying to get all the notifications and paperwork done. Some moments of great sadness and out loud crying when I get overwhelmed with missing him. I have plenty to do just keeping up with all the things that need to be done around here; fortunately his son is handy with machines, carpentry, and general maintenance things, and my brother arrived today to help him get our house in NO ready to sell. I have great friends who take my calls day or night, and people who work at my hospitals offer hugs daily. I get comfort from my friends here just continuing their posts about daily matters and observations. Thank you. And remember to let me know when you can stop by for a cold drink on the back porch…

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  13. Lucille says:

    Five Days After Biden Inauguration, Judge Rules Late Changes To VA Election Law That Allowed Late Mail-in-Ballots Without Postmark To Be Counted Is ILLEGAL
    By Patty McMurray – Published January 29, 2021 at 12:36pm

    One of the most common arguments made by Democrats, RINOs, and their allies in the media, to disprove voter fraud in the November election is that every single voter fraud case that’s been tried in the courts has failed. Americans need to keep their eyes on upcoming court cases related to election fraud. SCOTUS Blog lists an astounding 21 election fraud-related cases they’re watching.

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  14. Afternoon all!
    Well, here was our weather when I left at 830am – it was 5 degrees with gusty winds bringing it down to minus 10-15 below 0. Thank goodness the sun was up by then! It’s still pretty darn cold and since the sun is starting to go down the wind is now picking up again. 😦

    So here are 2 warm weather pics

    and the second is a photo of exactly the exact same place!

    Enjoy! 😉

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  15. Here is an interesting article from today:

    Merck stops developing COVID vaccine: Better immunity found through ‘natural infection’
    Merck will now focus instead on two therapeutic drugs, termed MK-7110 and MK-4482.
    Fri Jan 29, 2021 – 2:03 pm EST

    Also talks about HCQ & Ivermectin

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    • stella says:

      Well, if they don’t already have a vaccine, this makes sense, since there are several others already on the market.


      • I like this quote from the article:
        “However, former vice president of Pfizer Dr. Michael Yeadon has flatly rejected the need for any vaccines for COVID-19, saying “there is absolutely no need for vaccines to extinguish the pandemic. I’ve never heard such nonsense talked about vaccines. You do not vaccinate people who aren’t at risk from a disease. You also don’t set about planning to vaccinate millions of fit and healthy people with a vaccine that hasn’t been extensively tested on human subjects.””

        Hmmm…Wonder why he’s the FORMER VP of Pfizer??


  16. Lucille says:

    Pretty snow video plus aerial view of the Oroville Dam Reservoir….
    Snow and Fire!
    January 25, 2021 – Blancolirio – Juan Browne


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