Wednesday December 21st – Open Thread

Tomb of the Unknown ChristmasOur Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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138 Responses to Wednesday December 21st – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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  2. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    Greetings all you Winter Solstice revelers…
    We could use a little Winter down here, if you have any to spare.
    👿

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

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  4. Dommy says:

    Jesus Christ is Lord.

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  5. rorecruit says:

    Wonder how many pardons and commutations Obama will order while vacationing in Hawaii? Gitmo will probably be closed before Jan. 20……

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  6. Harry Lime says:

    For you Third Man fans I recommend watching the other gem that Carol Reed directed starring James Mason, Odd Man Out. There are a couple of decent quality prints up on youtube at the moment.

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  7. Sandra says:

    When I was done getting checked out at Target tonight my cashier said “Merry Christmas!” to me and I realized I’m so accustomed now to people NOT saying that I barely knew what to say in return. Hahaha.

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  8. aredtailblog says:

    Anyone else wanting a fiscal thread with regard to what could be over the horizon.

    It really feels like a good time for me to brush off the cobwebs from my “Richest Man in Babylon” reading from when I was younger.

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  9. Sunshine says:

    This is an oldie but is an excellent reminder for the world we now live in.
    He explains the mindset of every Muslim. The 8-minute mark, I can attest it is the absolute truth.

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      This is a very brave man who speaks the truth. The litmus test I have for “moderate Muslims” is to simply ask them about Jews. A fundamentalist movement has transformed Islam into something that is ugly and very, very dangerous. Globalists and most western intellectuals completely misunderstand it. People are dying because of that misunderstanding. And now the idiot Euro-globalists have invited the wolves into their homelands. Unless they take action soon, they’re doomed.

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  10. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    Who are these people? 👿

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  11. Lucille says:

    Came across this YouTube today when searching for short Christmas story YT’s or good Christmas music that’s not performed by all the usual suspects. I’ve not heard this man’s work before. He’s a remarkably fine pianist who may or may not be well known outside his region, either by design or circumstance. If he’s not well-known, it’s a reminder of all the wonderful artists who are everywhere in America, loving their work and loving to have others enjoy it.

    Carol of the Bells – piano solo arranged by Charles Szczepanek

    Quote from YT: “Thanks for checking out my version of Carol of the Bells! I hope it gives you some fresh inspiration for the day. When I set out to arrange this, the last thing I wanted to do was add another 3/4 arrangement to the library of published Christmas music: there are plenty of nice ones out there to choose from already. But instead, I immediately set my mind on arranging it in 5/8, a meter that is not usually associated with flowing textures. Please be sure to comment below, I’d love to hear what you think. And if you like this video, please share it with your friends! Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas” – Charles Szczepanek, October 2016

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    • skeinster says:

      Wow! This arrangement will be a new favorite. Thanks for posting this!

      I put this on the Advent thread- same song, different take. We absolutely love their music.
      Three more days to listen to the Advent one, then we’re breaking our the two Christmas
      CD’s.

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      • Lucille says:

        Skeinster, it’d be a satisfyingly fun Christmas gift for Mr. Szczepanek to get thousands of views. Hope it will happen.

        And thanks for your “Caroling at Ephesus.” Lovely!

        Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (NIV)

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  12. MaryfromMarin says:

    Excellent quote:

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    • TheLast Democrat says:

      Not trying to be argumentative, or to minimize this point – it is valid. We have to pay attention to what is going on around us, and get involved, each in our own way. Nuff said.

      But-
      I have been pondering our SJW movement, and how it works.
      On my drive in to work one day, a thought popped into my head about how the SJW emotional “injustice” movement succeeds. Here is my speculation.

      First, junior SJWs in college have a great deal of time devoted to “discussing” issues, especially discussing how you “feel,” or arguing your opinion.

      When the criterion of a good argument is tragedy-based (“think of the children!”), or emotion-based (“surely you don’t want to force a woman to be a breeding machine when she does not want to, right?!”), in a room full of naive people, the emotional argument will “win,” while the reality-based argument, (i.e., the invisible hand of the marketplace, individual initiative, people raise your own kids please, etc.) will “lose,” seemingly insensitive to the tragic, or even wishing for the tragic.

      Further, we get taught to have an “opinion” on “everything.” We get taught to grab our position and spout off on any of many topics. “Racism,” gender issues, etc.

      Next: our Marxist controllers provide the issues to which we attend. This is done by controlling the classroom and the media.

      So, we are always taking emotion-based positions, always believing we are correct, and always spewing out or “virtuous” views across a range of topics.

      The end result: divisiveness, and the demonizing of anyone who has a different view on ANY topic in the prevailing civic discussion. If you are against trans-gender restrooms (in theory), you are painted as evil on all topics – since you obviously have insensitivity in your heart. -This, I fear, is one way that politics has been made so divisive by the progressives in the recent 8 years.

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      • rsanchez1990 says:

        Our Marxist controllers have a vision of division for the US. This is why President Trump has been pushing a message of inclusivity since the election. We cannot remain divided if we are to defeat the enemies of freedom in our midst.

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    • herbork says:

      “The best lack all conviction, while the worst
      Are full of passionate intensity.” William Butler Yeats: “The Second Coming”

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    • Vixey says:

      So true. That lack of choice, or taking sides, is called lukewarmness which the Lord detests. Love Archbishop Sheen! His words were always filled with the Holy Spirit. Thanks for sharing this! 🙂

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  13. Chris in Australia says:

    From Watts Up With That. https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/12/20/obama-enacts-permanent-ban-on-arctic-oil-drilling/comment-page-1/#comment-2378902

    President Obama has stepped up efforts to sabotage Trump’s mandate from the American people, this time by attempting to mess up Trump’s commitment to open public land to oil and gas exploration.

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  14. smiley says:

    Evening Light at Salthouse Marsh, Pensthorpe

    ca 2015

    oil/canvas

    Brian Ryder

    UK—Contemporary—Abstract Realism

    🙂

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  15. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”
    Ephesians 2:8 (KJV)

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  16. smiley says:

    nostalgic office Christmas parties…

    🙂

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  17. Dora says:

    William Merritt Chase – Landscape Shinnecock Long Island (1888)

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    • amwick says:

      My DIL goes to Shinnecock county park with their camper. The funny thing is that it is in the most unbelievably wealthy neighborhood, East Hampton on Long Island. If you look at the homes, you see: mansion, mansion, mansion, castle, mansion, mansion, trailer park. It is lovely, and the painting is beautiful.

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  18. Dora says:

    I know it’s not nice to laugh at people, but this is so darn funny! Apparently muslims have a problem with escalators. The first video is the best.🙂

    ====

    MUSLIMS AND ESCALATORS
    http://www.barenakedislam.com/2016/12/20/muslims-and-escalators/#comments

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  19. Dora says:

    If you like art and you enjoy history, this find is a double winner!

    ===

    Stunning medieval murals painted over by Shakespeare’s father on the orders of Henry VIII are revealed for the first time in 450 years

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3964086/Stunning-medieval-murals-painted-Shakespeare-s-father-orders-Henry-VIII-revealed-time-450-years.html

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  20. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

     photo christmas20rudolph.jpg

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  21. kenmar1965 says:

    I saw this on reddit, who can relate?
    “My ability to proofread increases by 1000% after I hit “Submit”

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  22. PatriotGalNC says:

    Different Christmas Poem”

    The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
    I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
    My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
    My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

    Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
    Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
    The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
    Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

    My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
    Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
    In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
    So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

    The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
    But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
    Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know,
    Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

    My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
    And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
    Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
    A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

    A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
    Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
    Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
    Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

    “What are you doing?” I asked without fear,
    “Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here!
    Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
    You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!”

    For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
    Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts…
    To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light
    Then he sighed and he said “It’s really all right.

    I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night. ”
    “It’s my duty to stand at the front of the line,
    That separates you from the darkest of times.
    No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
    I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

    My Gramps died at ‘ Pearl on a day in December,”
    Then he sighed, “That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembers. ”
    My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘ Nam ‘,
    And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

    I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while,
    But my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got her smile.
    Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
    The red, white, and blue… an American flag.

    I can live through the cold and the being alone,
    Away from my family, my house and my home.
    I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
    I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.

    I can carry the weight of killing another,
    Or lay down my life with my sister and brother.
    Who stand at the front against any and all,
    To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.”

    ” So go back inside,” he said, “harbor no fright,
    Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right. ”
    “But isn’t there something I can do, at the least,
    “Give you money,” I asked, “or prepare you a feast?
    It seems all too little for all that you’ve done,
    For being away from your wife and your son. ”

    Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
    “Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
    To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone,
    To stand your own watch, no matter how long.

    For when we come home, either standing or dead,
    To know you remember we fought and we bled.
    Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
    That we mattered to you as you mattered to us. ”

    PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many
    people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our
    U. S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
    festivities. Let’s try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
    stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.

    LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
    30th Naval Construction Regiment
    OIC, Logistics Cell One
    Al Taqqadum, Iraq

    “Real Integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that no body’s going to know whether you did it or not. “

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  23. oldiadguy says:

    With all the nonsense coming from the SJW types and other assorted special snowflakes, I thought I would post this article about a very special young lady who is both special and a warrior.

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/heroic-female-idf-fighter-fights-23-terrorists-after-being-wounded-ambush

    Take Care

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  24. aliashubbatch says:

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  25. Im glad you used the picture of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier! Good stuff.

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  26. georgiafl says:

    Christmas – SGA/NFL – 78 degrees and sunny!

    We had our ‘cold weather’ (48 degrees) earlier this week.

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  27. jackphatz says:

    In case anyone lurking around here forgot.

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  28. Snow White says:

    Where’s Paul Manafort? It seems as he has vanished.

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  29. jackphatz says:

    Some fun.
    This Celebrity Electoral College Video Was Edited to Support Donald Trump!!

    https://pjmedia.com/video/haha-the-celebrity-electoral-college-video-was-edited-to-support-donald-trump/

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  30. shallbe4 says:

    Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night.

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  31. andi lee says:

    This needs no introduction. God is exposing it all. Please read, pray for sonlight.

    As an aside, I read a criptic letter, if really from Mayor Rudy Guliani, asking for prayer. I believe he needs God’s protection, if it was real. The letter disappeared when I tried to save it, as not available. Guliani’s twitter account may have been suspended.

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    • andi lee says:

      Correction: no connection to Podesta but a connection to Virginia’s AG office. Strange story. (Oops! Had link copyied but same link as above, to a Az news12 story, more coverage from Az Mayor stating child trafficking case, with Virginia AG denying child trafficking case. Really odd.)

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  32. andi lee says:

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  33. Sentient says:

    Saw this on Paul Joseph Watson’s twitter

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    • andi lee says:

      The photo doesn’t look like a photo of a 23 year old man but much older, maybe mid to late 30s. (I’ve never seen a 23 y.o. with set-in wrinkles on forehead at that age). I did read an article yesterday the Danes rejected refugees based on tests performed verifying age, teeth, for one.

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    • Concerned says:

      Why does facebook allow terrorists and terror groups to have facebook accounts?

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      • Concerned says:

        Wow! Despite an unfolding international manhunt the first pictures of Amri released in Germany have his eyes deliberately covered, thought to be because of strict privacy laws there. MailOnline has uncovered unblurred images.

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  34. Concerned says:

    Daily Mail graphic. “Horror 2016: These are all the terror attacks carried out on German soil in the past year, claiming the lives of 22 people.”

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    • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

      That doesn’t even include all the mass rapings of thousands of women in Germany on 2015-16 New Years……..

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  35. BakoCarl says:

    The WordPress (I think) ad at the top of this string keeps renewing itself and rerunning about every 30 seconds. My page is forced up to view that ad, then it keeps flipping me back to it for 10-15 seconds. Then it starts the cycle all over again. And again. And again. Etc.

    This makes the thread unreadable.

    Anyone know how to stop this? It’s been going on for days.

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  36. 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 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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  37. notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

    If you love PBS……sorry.

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