General Discussion, Friday, August 27, 2021

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  1. Lucille says:


    Tower of London Courtyard…

    Isle of Capri, Italy…

    Fort Augustus, Scottish Highlands…

    Aswan Botanical Garden, Egypt…

    Truly, the bench is a boon to idlers. Whoever first came up with the idea is a genius: free public resting places where you can take time out from the bustle and brouhaha of the city, and simply sit and watch and reflect. – Tom Hodgkinson, British Author

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    • Menagerie says:

      Good morning Lucille. I have a new perspective on benches. I used to enjoy finding them in a scenic spot, to enjoy the view like everyone else. Now that I can’t walk very far at a time, I consider them a blessing. I try to find out if places I’m going to be walking much have benches because now I need them.

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      • Lucille says:

        Good morning, Menagerie! Benches are a blessing. Checking online for the locations you need to be in might bring up images of where the benches are.

        Most places I go to now, such as various doctors’ offices, don’t have benches in their check-in lines but only chairs in their waiting rooms. So I always take one of two things, a cane with an attached seat, or my DBest small shopping cart with a lid so I can sit on it. People are always asking me where I got my cane (Walmart).

        Have a lovely day!

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  2. Lucille says:

    Kabul: Warn a Friend, Save Lives
    Michael Yon @MichaelYon
    Aug 26, 2021 at 10:33pm

    Yesterday, a new Afghan friend messaged asking for advice. He said his family are going to Kabul Airport. I said GO AWAY. DANGER. They went away and the bombs came. He kindly just sent this message: “I really want to thank you when you aware me yesterday i told all of my families not to go to the airport. And Oh My God they were trying to go to the airport. I hope to see you one day and serve you to the best of my heart.” === Makes all this work feel very useful. Thank you for the note! It really does matter.

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  3. Lucille says:

    2CELLOS – CRYIN’ by Aerosmith

    Thank goodness in this version we don’t have to listen to the stupid lyrics.

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    • Pa Hermit says:

      Tried to like this, but it doesn’t work! Thnx Lucille. a good start to my Friday!

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      • Lucille says:

        You’re welcome, Pa. This song is on their new album coming out next month. They hope to be back touring next year and are booked at large venues here in the States and around the world. Their planned hiatus got extended because of the Wuhan.

        All the time off meant Luka got to spend quality and quantity time with his wife and three children. He did a number of videos plus concerts in smaller venues with a pianist friend he went to the London Academy of Music with. Stjepan made dozens of videos which were big hits with his fan base. He’s the crazier of the two and has a much bigger following than Luka on their personal ventures, though I think Luka is the better musician.

        Anyway, it’s great to see the boys performing together again.


  4. Menagerie says:

    I’m ready to wake up from this surreal bad dream I’m in. Some things you have to read twice, they just seem so outlandish.

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  5. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ All. Yep, I woke up and everything is the same or worse. I remember when Obama was our faux pres and I thought it couldn’t get worse. Now I know it can. We are being led by traitors. And, yet, somehow the sun is shining and the sky is blue. I know God is in control, but I am having to work on that “be not afraid” and “love thy neighbor.”

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    • Reflection says:

      Good morning, everyone.

      Lucille, thank you for the photos. The Tower of London seems most appropriate.

      Aus, you are correct, “fear not” is one of the strongest urgings in the scriptures.
      We do have to look at the things which God controls, for a sense of the true order of things.
      But remember, man has free will and God never oversteps that. When the wicked rule, people mourn.

      But those of us who volunteer to stand up when free will is taken away, when danger lurks, and we know it,
      then we are to speak out using wisdom, whenever and wherever we can. Our place, our times may be different,
      but God has given us that ability especially through Christ.

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      • Lucille says:

        You’re most welcome on the photos, Reflection! And thank you for your heartfelt words in response to aus’s lovely comment.


    • Lucille says:

      Good morning, aus! Yes, the onslaught is constant nowadays. We knew it would be bad because we knew what Biden was like. We more-than-suspected that he was in serious mental decline. But it was hard to tell for sure because at no time in his 48 years of elected office did he seem to have any brilliance or superiority of mind.

      As with you, I take comfort in knowing God is in charge. He gave humans free will. As Christians we make every effort to use that free will in productive ways, relying on Him to give us guidance through prayer and meditation on his written word.

      We are also guided by Jesus’ example. Our duty and privilege is to remain open to opportunities to be like Jesus was when he was here on earth. When we study His life we gain an understanding of how Jesus is the example God wishes us to follow–His love and compassion, His kindness, His living by Scripture’s admonitions, His virtue and goodness, His forgiveness, His prayer life.

      It’s wonderfully amazing to think that we shall live forever because of our belief in Him. And that belief is watered each day by our commitment to be like Him as much as is earthly possible, and performing those good works which that belief inspires.

      Challenges? Sure! Years ago I read of a woman who said when faith-challenges and troubles came her way, she did her best to throw them all at the feet of Jesus, asking Him to see her through. Remembering that right now is a reminder to me to do the same.

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  6. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ all. Observe – the new state name! Hunker down Ms. Czarina!

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  7. Lucille says:

    China Cancels Christmas for Americans
    by Gordon G. Chang • August 27, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Quick, someone call Santa. Christmas in America has been called off this year. Supply-chain disruptions in Asia mean no toys for the tots in December.

    At least that’s what Vice President Kamala Harris suggested on her trip to Southeast Asia, and she is right. Shelves across America were bare earlier this year, and they will, in all probability, be bare again due to extraordinary supply-chain disruptions in China and throughout East Asia.

    There is one solution that eliminates these disruptions and saves the planet. Harris did not mention it, and global elites just hate it.

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  8. stella says:

    Evil. She needs to be kicked out of the military NOW!

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  9. stella says:

    What a pile of you-know-what.

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    • stella says:

      THIS is the essay by Salatin that the author considers “appallingly racist remarks and bigotry toward people of color”.

      The fact is that the person who wrote about Salatin’s farm, by name, is described here:

      But look at Newman’s initial article to which Salatin was responding, Small Family Farms Aren’t the Answer . The propositions there leveled are that the Agrarian movement is fatally flawed because:

      1- It isn’t as lucrative as corporate farming, and needs therefore to be communized.

      2- It’s based on the sovereign family structure of White Christian colonists rather than the communistic-herd model of BIPOC hunter-gatherers.

      3- It’s too straight, patriarchal, and White.

      So we see ‘twas Newman, not Salatin, who fired the opening salvo on matters racial. Yes, this Commie breezes into Agrarian circles condemning all the morals and objectives thereof on the grounds that it’s all too, well, … traditionally Agrarian. The sheer audacity.

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      • Lucille says:

        Wow, the comment section at Salatin’s essay is full of likely white people talking about his white privilege. Hey, I don’t notice any of them selling their businesses and farms for no-profit or better yet, giving their businesses and farms to blacks or any other ethnic minority to own. Plus someone always brings up that whites are living on stolen land, but never acknowledge that they, too, are beneficiaries of governmental policies of the 1800s. Hollow virtue talk.

        I’d love to hear what farmer Devin Nunes has to say about such drivel.

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      • Menagerie says:

        I’m so incredibly tired of everything wrong in their world being someone who actually works for a living’s fault. If you low life, bottom feeding, parasite piece of crap people would change your mantra from woke to work your problems would be solved.

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      • Menagerie says:

        It is insufficient for communities to enclose themselves and create structures of justice that are disconnected from the broader human community. Efforts for equity and healing must look beyond the immediate. Failure to do so reveals a stunted spiritual anthropology that limits collective identity to the next door or the backyard. Yes, we are commanded to care for our neighbor. But the Gospel parable reminds us that the stranger and the foreigner are our neighbors as well. We need to be mindful of our vast network of interconnections—and of the way our actions affect not only our neighbors but also those outside our immediate circles. Human societies and the ecosystems in which they are rooted are intimately, intricately connected, no matter how desperately some may want to believe that isolation is possible.

        I take this to mean they feel it is our job to stay i the inner city hellholes and be a tax base supporting “diversity”, another fancy name for the thug criminal class in most cases. And they can take that idea straight to hell with them, as far as I’m concerned.

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    • Lucille says:

      Is the earth, the land, the soil holy? Is all creation holy? Is that premise correct? Where does it say that in the Bible? What Church Father wrote that the earth is holy? God is holy, but does it follow that his creation is holy? God says the Sabbath Day is holy. Jesus says we should be holy as God is holy (that is a doctoral dissertation-type of subject in itself).

      The following is a quote from Rebecca Bratten Weiss’s article at Personally, I think it’s typical superior-type, self-righteous leftist writing.

      “To live as Christians in relation to the earth and our communities means to recognize holiness in the local, holiness in the earth we touch and the air we breathe and the water we drink. This may be the only way to stave off environmental di­saster. And yet the sacredness of one place is inextricably linked to all other places, mirroring the holiness of all creation. The embrace of the local is Christian obligation. But when that embrace leads to suspicion of the other—or denial of our broader connections—we are on dangerous ground.”

      She earlier attributes to all of us who invest in the America-first movement, a mindset of racism and white supremacy, a belief that Western civilization is the only civilization of any value. That’s a figment of her fevered imagination. She obviously despises Donald Trump and thus believes those of us who support him are white supremacist and xenophobic.

      America-first does not mean we think we are superior. It means that putting our country and countrymen first is virtuous but it does not mean that we wish to exclude others. Obey our laws, be a good person, and you are welcome to visit, to apply for citizenship, to live in our communities, to date and/or marry our children. We hope that everyone does well, that everyone prospers, that everyone has opportunities. I don’t know anyone who mistrusts any person from a different culture simply because he is from a different culture. We might distrust those individuals who prove themselves untrustworthy or hateful or those who despise our way of life. But as a general rule, we wish them to see the light, to see their errors in judgment.

      To refute her imaginings would take at least five pages, and I’ve got other things to do. So I’ll leave it at what I’ve already written.

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  10. Lucille says:

    Minnesota National Guard troops in midst of chaos at Kabul airport
    Written by Tom Steward | August 27, 2021

    Little did the 1,100 Minnesota National Guard troops deployed to the Middle East in March realize they would end up at the Kabul airport assigned to Operation Allies Rescue to salvage the botched evacuation of Americans and others from Afghanistan. The 1st Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment of the Minnesota National Guard headquartered in Brainerd includes troops from across the state, including Sauk Center, St. Cloud and Camp Ripley.

    Department of Defense photos show members of Task Force 1-194 on the ground assisting evacuees at Hamid Karzai International Airport several days ago, but there’s been no update on the status of the Minnesotans since terrorist bombings killed 12 Marines and a Navy sailor, according to WCCO-TV.


  11. stella says:

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