General Discussion, Thursday, July 1, 2021

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  1. Lucille says:

    Stellars….

    Happy first day of July 2021! Spend some time in a relaxing garden.

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  2. Lucille says:

    Haven’t a clue how she did this….

    Golden Buzzer: Léa Kyle Performs Stunning Quick-Change Act
    America’s Got Talent 2021 – Posted June 29, 2021

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  3. Menagerie says:

    Good morning everyone. Hope you are enjoying the approach of a long holiday weekend for many. I’m looking forward to special time with family, and especially a grandson we get extra time with this weekend. He just turned eight, and he is a fascinating young man.

    Have any of you watched The Chosen? I’d heard quite a bit about it, but just decided to watch it, partly because one of the creators behind it described the portrayal of Matthew in the series as being of someone on the autism spectrum, as two of my grandsons are. They certainly manage to remind me of so many things I’m familiar with in my grandsons.

    It is a compelling series, not in the usual fashion of Jesus shows. Gritty, real, poignant, stark, and funny. I can’t stop watching it, I have enjoyed watching the episodes alone, then again at night with my husband.

    If you remember some stories from the Bible you are going to catch beautiful references, fleeting but rich. For example, in one scene a man named Absolom with long hair is teased that he should be cautious around low hanging branches. When Matthew is called from his tax booth, for some reason he snatches his tablet. Jesus tells him he might have need of it someday.

    The series does a great job of giving you a sense of the Jews’ awareness of their history and calling, and boy, does it portray the mighty power and oppression of Rome.

    Season one is free on YouTube, for anyone interested. I honestly believe I’d find this show compelling even without my strong religious interests. It’s good drama, and the characters are just compelling. Deeply flawed and magnificently simple, human, us.

    The very commonality, the poverty and work of the people contrasted against the power, formality, wealth, and status of the Pharisees builds the drama and makes you see and understand in a new way the inevitability of the coming struggle and conflict. Just the character portrayals paint pictures that make the gospels sink in. Nicodemus is given a necessarily more prominent role in order to get us “inside” the Pharisees side of the conflict, rather than the very small part he actually plays in the gospels.

    Anyhow, that’s my film report for the day. If any of you have family or friends with autistic children, I’d encourage you to let them know about this. It will touch their hearts to see their own child in Matthew.

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    • stella says:

      Good morning, Menagerie! I will look up the first season on YouTube, and watch it.

      I hope you have a lovely weekend with your grandson and family.

      This Saturday is my older grandson’s 21st birthday. It seems like just a couple of years ago when he was born. He has turned out to be a fine young man who will be graduating college next year and beginning his adult life. I can’t wait to see where he will go next.

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    • Lucille says:

      Good morning, Menagerie! THE CHOSEN sounds fascinating. Understanding the time in which Jesus lived on earth is vital for grasping the significance of just about every aspect of the Bible stories. As we know, the Romans–though we admire them for their intelligence, the beautiful Latin language, lawmaking (the Senate), roads (they invented concrete), buildings, aqueducts, residence plumbing even–were extremely brutal when it came to enemies (but then who wasn’t in those days). Crucifixion, though the Romans weren’t the inventor, was an extremely savage and bloodthirsty death.

      As long as as subjects of the Empire were no trouble, getting along was not much more harsh than living under one’s own culture in those very tough times. But stepping out of line pretty much meant incarceration or death. Lives of the conquered was held very cheap.

      You recall that when he was imprisoned St. Paul demanded his rights as a citizen of Rome and not just a subject member of a conquered people. If a person did not have ethnic Roman parents, such citizenship was conferred on those who did special service for the Empire. In the Book of Acts, Paul relates that he was born a citizen of Rome and we know he was ethnic Jewish. So that must mean his father or grandfather had rendered that special service. Some speculate the family profession was tent making and such work was very valuable to the military.

      Anyway, thank you so much for the well-done review and perspective. Have a lovely day!

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ sportsfans!

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    • stella says:

      Mornin’ WeeWeed!

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    • Lucille says:

      Good day to you, WeeWeed! I don’t get it. What is the background story that the Bee is parodying?

      As for gays in the NFL, there likely has never been a time there weren’t gay players. I remember in the 60s when the L. A. Rams were the city’s team the first time around that there were rumors of locker room goings-on. I won’t say publicly what a player friend of mine called such happenings. But all the players knew who was and who wasn’t gay.

      Frankly, what players do as long as it’s legal isn’t an issue. I do, however, care that the U. S. Navy is forcing their men and women to go on “pride” parades carrying the American flag done up with the pride colors. THAT makes me angry since it has NOTHING to do with military readiness and teaching our men and women how to defeat the enemy. China loves such happenings because they know our military leaders aren’t serious contenders in the defense of our nation. Time is getting short for China to make its moves in their world takeover and our military is acting like idiots.

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    • texan59 says:

      Speaking of sports, hope everyone enjoyed Bobby Bonilla Day today! 😀 😀 😀

      https://wgntv.com/news/trending/its-bobby-bonilla-day-mets-pay-retired-outfielder-1-19m-again/

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  5. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ All. Same ole’ weather. It rained again last night. That was good. I keep hearing rumors of storms coming in. Don’t know what that will bring. My housekeeper is coming today and I have some things to straighten up and put away. Hope everyone has a good day.

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    • stella says:

      Mornin’ mom. Maybe I should get a housekeeper, but then I would have to clean house first!

      We have had rain every day this past week, and our freeways were flooded. Interstate 94 has been closed due to severe flooding since Friday night. A state of emergency was declared in Wayne County and they are asking for FEMA assistance.

      Fortunately I have been spared flooding this time around. Thanks to God!

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    • Lucille says:

      Good morning, aus! We’re at 90 degrees heading to 96. It feels almost cool in comparison to yesterday.

      I’ve had on order some Deer Park sparkling water and it’s been bouncing around in FedEx trucks for a week now. I expect that the bottles might have exploded from the excessive heat we’ve had but which BLESSEDLY will only be in the 90s through next Thursday. I’m hoping the box won’t be delivered soaking wet. LOL!

      I truly need a new housekeeper. Mine went out of business some time back.

      Take care!

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        I finally found one I really like and I like the way she cleans. Unfortunately, she got pregnant not long after she started. So, now she is struggling, but still working. She has a 12 year old daughtler who comes with her and helps her. I notice each time they are here the daughter is being a bigger and bigger help. She is due in a few months and so we will be without her over Christmas.

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  6. stella says:

    This is good news!

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  7. Lucille says:

    Some more good news in addition to the Arizona restriction on ballot harvesting….

    North Dakota power plant will keep burning clean, beautiful coal
    Written by Isaac Orr – July 1, 2021

    Yesterday, news broke that the Coal Creek Station, a 1,150-megawatt power plant that is the largest electricity generator in the state of North Dakota, has found a new buyer, which means the plant will continue to burn beautiful clean coal far beyond 2022.

    https://www.americanexperiment.org/north-dakota-power-plant-will-keep-burning-clean-beautiful-coal/

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  8. stella says:

    Info to tuck away.

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  9. Lucille says:

    MORE good news!

    Thomas More Law Center Wins Landmark First Amendment Case for Every American in the U.S. Supreme Court
    NEWS PROVIDED BY Thomas More Law Center – July 1, 2021

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 1, 2021 /Standard Newswire/ — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued a landmark First Amendment decision holding that Americans are free to support nonprofit organization without fear of harassment. In 2015, a federal lawsuit was filed against then-California Attorney General (AG) Kamala Harris, who had threatened severe sanctions against the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) if names and contact information of its major donors were not disclosed to her office.

    In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with TMLC, a leading national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in its case Thomas More Law Center v. Bonta. In doing so, SCOTUS held that California’s law requiring donor disclosure was facially unconstitutional.

    http://www.standardnewswire.com/news/6275117602.html

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  10. stella says:

    My rant for the day:

    I have not received mail or been visited by a USPS carrier since last week. I know this because I have a card to be mailed at my mailbox – it’s been there since Monday morning.

    I know I have mail because I have the Informed Delivery Service, and receive an email each day telling me what is in my mail.

    I sent an official email complaint to USPS this morning. I give them full credit for a speedy response. My mail will be delivered TOMORROW!

    The excuse? COVID-19 (of course) and my mail carrier is “on vacation”.

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    • texan59 says:

      Where I rent in the HOU area, it is a subdivision with strategically placed group boxes throughout. I see a couple different mailmen several times every day, M-Sat. Only time they no-show is on Sunday and holidays. Even through all of this mess.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Be glad you don’t live where my sister did in Canada. If the mailperson got pregnant. You got no mail while she was on leave. LOL

      Liked by 1 person

  11. stella says:

    They are talking about taking down the rest of that condo in Surfside because of unsafe conditions and further deterioration. I wonder if their decision will be influenced by the approach of tropical storm Elsa.

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