Thursday December 29th – 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 Thursday December 29th – Open Thread

  1. Dommy says:

    Jesus Christ is Lord.

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    • Anton says:

      Do you think if you keep saying it in public, over and over and over and over, you’ll gain Brownie points in heaven? Maybe if you grovel, hit yourself on the head, and wave your hands in the air while you say it, you’ll get a get-out-of-hell pass. In my experience, people who wear their religion on their shirt sleeves and go out of their way to get attention for their piousness are the biggest charlatans of all.

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      • Rudy Bowen says:

        That was unnecessary, and it’s going to make you real unwelcome here, I’d venture to say.

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      • smiley says:

        obviously, you don’t have much experience.

        and you’re very bitter about it and like to spout off as if you enjoy shaming others who do have experience.

        here’s an idea : go away.

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        • smiley says:

          and a hint that might be helpful to you, at some point : by declaring Jesus Christ as Lord over and over again you don’t get “brownie points”….what you get is His protection.

          you might want to consider that the next time you feel like mocking someone for doing it.

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      • Dora says:

        What an absolutely disgusting comment!

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      • MaryLS says:

        Some people are more expressive than others. Also religious belief is part of our heritage. Talking about it keeps that heritage alive. I don’t think it is appropriate for you to judge the level of sincerity for other people’s religious conviction, even if you have met some hypocrites.

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      • Garrison Hall says:

        Anton = internet twit. Go. Away.

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      • Lucille says:

        Anton, Dommy’s words come from one of the most humbling Scriptural passages in the Bible regarding our actions and attitudes towards fellow believers (and by extension to all mankind in our attitude of kindness, whether they be believers or unbelievers): Philippians 2:1-11. As you must know, this is not easy. In our humanness on occasion, we are prone to disparage, prone to unkindness, and, thus, pray to Our Lord to keep us on both a humble and faithful path…to His glory and the betterment of the world.

        Imitating Christ’s Humility:

        “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

        In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant,
        being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!

        Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (NIV)

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      • decisiontime16 says:

        Wondering if “Anton” is a common name in certain circles? Example: Anton LaVey
        Maybe the little Anton on this board is a wannabe.

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    • Jesus IS Lord, glad you put that here. Shall we say a little prayer for Anton? He’s having a Grump.

      Psalms 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD

      Here’s for you Anton so you have some thing in Heaven and a little something here as well, Be Blessed.

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      • smiley says:

        angry anton wears his anti-Christian bias on his sleeve and goes out of his way to get attention by insulting others who piss him off because he thinks he knows-it-all.

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        • Anton says:

          Wrong. I’m not angry, but I find people who make silly religious statements unconnected to anything worthy of note.

          How would you feel if I posted off-the-wall comments like “Praise Goddess Diana!” or “Praise Mohamed, Allah be with him!” Smiley, your pseudonym is obviously false, and your judgement of me is certainly unChristian. You don’t know what I think. And Rudy, given your expressed sadistic fantasy of seeing Obama strung up, you’re not in the best position to judge.

          As I stated, in my experience, people who wear their religion on their shirt sleeves are not trustworthy. Why is it only fundamentalist Christians and fundamentalist Muslims who have to publicly declare their faith every fifteen seconds? Again, do you think you gain points with God for praising? Or is it possible God gets nauseated from such obsequious behavior?

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      • Anton says:

        No, he isn’t. He’s your lord in your imagination.

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    • duchess01 says:

      Luke 9:26
      “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.”

      King James Version (KJV)

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    • amwick says:

      TY Dommy,
      This affirmation is very nice way to start the day.

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  2. Garrison Hall says:

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  3. Janie M. says:

    Lengthy but interesting article about the Marines of Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion serving in Iraq in 2003, whose story was eventually turned into a book “Generation Kill” and then an HBO miniseries. Included in this article is a discussion of Maj. Gen. Mattis.

    13 Years After Iraq, the Marines of ‘Generation Kill’ Regret Nothing

    [excerpt]
    As captured by Rolling Stone reporter Evan Wright in a series of articles that would later spawn a book, “Generation Kill,” and an HBO miniseries of the same name, the Marines of Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, find themselves at the front lines of the invasion, improvising ways to fight in unfamiliar terrain and navigating the moral quandaries of combat, under the leadership of junior officers they don’t always understand or trust and enlisted leaders seemingly fixated on enforcing the ubiquitous Marine Corps “grooming standard.”

    Bubbling below the surface is a fundamental difference of perspective between the elite and irreverent Recon Marines and a larger Marine Corps with an allergy to exceptionalism and a need for all Marines to toe a strict line.

    And at the helm of the entire assault is a familiar figure: Maj. Gen. James Mattis, who called the men of 1st Recon “cocky, obnoxious bastards” and sent them to the front, saying he prized their courage over the armor and gear of better-equipped units. Mattis, now a retired four-star general and the former commander of U.S. Central Command, was nominated this month to become secretary of defense.

    http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/12/22/13-years-iraq-marines-generation-kill-regret-nothing.html

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  4. nwtex says:

    Oy Vey! Why the heck do adults acquiesce to empty headed nonsense. Weenies!

    No wonder the loud mouth lefty cowards feel empowered. Enough.
    ~~
    Steve Martin is shamed into deleting ‘sexist’ Carrie Fisher tribute tweet that called her ‘the most beautiful creature I had ever seen’
    28 December 2016

    ‘When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well,’ the comedian wrote on Twitter.

    Some on Twitter came out to criticize Martin’s post however, saying that his attention first on her physical appearance before her personality wasn’t the right way to remember Hollywood princess.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4071826/Steve-Martin-shamed-deleting-Carrie-Fisher-tribute-tweet-critics-called-sexist.html

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  5. Lucille says:

    From Judicial Watch on December 20th:

    “Austin Mayor, Feds Colluded as Texas Gov. Sued to Keep Syrian Refugees Out”

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2016/12/austin-mayor-feds-colluded-texas-gov-sued-keep-syrian-refugees/

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  6. smiley says:

    New Year Babies (partial montage of illustrations from 1930s- early 40s)

    Joseph Christian Leyendecker

    iconic American Illustrator

    Leyendecker used infants to represent the New Year for the covers of The Saturday Evening Post, starting in December 1906 and continuing without interruption til 1943.

    incidentally…he was also Norman Rockwell’s mentor.

    🙂

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    • smiley says:

      this article sets out all of those illustrations, year-by-year, if you’d like to see all of them…

      http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2014/12/31/art-entertainment/art-and-artists/new-years-babies.html

      🙂

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      • smiley says:

        ps/ same illustrator who did Coca-Cola’s famous Santa.

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      • G-d&Country says:

        I love that style of painting – the brushstrokes and light! It is a shame that so called “art” today shows mostly negativity and chaos. I miss beauty and innocence, but then again what an artist creates is often a reflection of what is in their heart. It also takes more talent to produce this art versus what looks like what a monkey throws against the wall. The decline of art is not only due to the decline of civilization, but years of untalented children being told by parents and teachers whatever they attempt is great and they all get a prize – NO! – everything they attempt is NOT great, and by saying that the parents deny their children the lesson of failure so they can eventually find out what they really are good at.

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        • smiley says:

          Why Art Became Ugly

          2004

          Stephen Hicks

          http://atlassociety.org/students/students-blog/3671-why-art-became-ugly

          you might find this (rather long but readable) article to be of interest , informative and relevant to your comment.

          🙂

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          • G-d&Country says:

            Thank You. This is a very good article. I agree that the decline in culture is what the decline in art is representing. What is left out of this article is the decline in Judeo-Christian religion being a, if not the, main cause of the decline in culture. People and civilization can not exist in a vacuum with no beliefs, something or someone will fill that emptiness. I am not overly familiar with other religions, but the Catholic church used art to teach about the faith to people who could not read. Pope Benedict and now Pope Francis (of whom I am no fan) are actively promoting artists to create beautiful works. People have art/music etc. to feel. People must feel something. I have observed in a downward spiral into depravity as the article recounts, a person must descend further and further to feel anything, whereas in beauty and uplifting extremism is not needed or detrimental.
            It is interesting the things that were happening from the mid 1700’s to the early 1900’s. It is of benefit to those who would wish to go back to perhaps a feudal society and rule over us to depress the population, constantly reminding us by art and music how ‘bad’ things are, even if they actually are not. For example Turner classic Movies ‘Summer of Discontent’ last summer showing depressing movies most of the time. It is stressful and exhausting for a person to have constant negativity, and confusion/guilt because they have a good life. It is also easier to push guilt on them if they really know deep down they are NOT a talented artist, singer etc., and therefore easier to manipulate them. This, along with making people weaker, and not allowing them to find their true calling, is part of the reason for the everyone gets a prize mentality.
            I could continue on, but do not want the comment too long 🙂 I will just end with this: many years ago I worked a temp job at Wellesley College (Hillary’s collage) & on campus was a statue of a male with his head, arms, and if I remember correctly his other appendage cut off – just a torso and legs – that tells you a lot right there. Thanks for the link.

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            • piper567 says:

              I believe art changed when “people of influence” became infatuated with what what going on inside a proclaimed “artist” – a fallen human – rather than art showing God’s Creation to those not inclined to notice such on their own.
              Then, people taught they should “…learn about art…” began to look at art for “art’s sake” rather than seeing art as a conveyance of the truth of God’s world and Creation.
              Once art became the reflection of fallen man, it became just that: the image of fallen man.
              The remnant of this is Realism vs. “Modern Art/Post Modern Art”, with the crusaders for Modern Art looking down upon Realists: a reflection of what is admired in our society…the chaos/confusion/anything goes stuff…this is known as “progress”…sorta like ozero being seen as an example to be emulated. and virtuous. same batch of “critics”.
              Many of the people who voted for TRUMP would look at most 20th Century Art and wonder why the h**l they took time to come look at this…and be dismissed as unsphisticated and dumbcucks.
              Capable only of winning an election.

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    • nwtex says:

      racisssssssss!

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    • nwtex says:

      Go to your naughty chair! hahahahahaha

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  7. Lucille says:

    Though Obama and his lackeys will likely try to hide the names plus the addresses these jihadis will be sent to, hopefully there is a legal mechanism by which they can be deported back to the M.E. ASAP.

    “Obama administration now bringing in 290 Muslim migrants every day”
    December 29, 2016 by Robert Spencer
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2016/12/obama-administration-now-bringing-in-290-muslim-migrants-every-day

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  8. Dora says:

    Boston Harbor by Moonlight – William Edward Norton (US, 1843 – 1916)

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  9. nwtex says:

    Wow!

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizzieintexas says:

      So sad.

      Liked by 1 person

      • nwtex says:

        I felt a tinge of sadness as well but I quickly made myself switch it to peace as I imagined them being together again (singing that song) free of all the pain and decades of difficulties. You know that Debbie had at least one stroke a while ago. It is better this way. No long illness and all that….no never ending grieving for either one of them. One couldn’t have survived very long without the other.

        And now I pray for Billie and for Todd. I hope they are close.

        I’ve always wanted to get a glimpse of Debbie real self and not the “Debbie Reynolds” persona. Maybe something will come out now. IF there is anything recorded. I find her intriguing. Maybe it’s the mystic.

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  10. smiley says:

    PM Netanyahu responds to kerry’s speech (video)…

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/222450

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  11. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
    John 3:17 (KJV)

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  12. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

     photo israel20kerry.jpg

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  13. Dora says:

    Who’s Occupying Who? Let’s Look At God’s Original Land Grant Of Israel To Abraham

    “In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.” Genesis 15:18-21 (KJV)

    http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/whos-occupying-lets-look-gods-original-land-grant-israel-abraham/

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  14. BigMamaTEA says:

    h/t Earl of Taint:

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  15. BigMamaTEA says:

    And for the finish, h/t Earl of Taint

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  16. smiley says:

    the obstacle to peace doesn’t come from Israel but from Israel’s enemies…like Kerry..

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/265299/john-kerry-obstacle-peace-daniel-greenfield

    Daniel Greenfield

    Dec 29, 2016

    as always, DG hits it outa the park.

    terrific writer…terrific article.

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  17. usnveteran says:

    “USEXIT?” “AMEXIT?”:
    “However You Describe it, the U.S. needs to quit the UN, cut off its funding, then kick the UN out of the U.S.”
    http://www.barenakedislam.com/2016/12/28/usexit-amexit-however-you-describe-it-the-u-s-needs-to-quit-the-un-cut-off-its-funding-then-kick-the-un-out-of-the-us/

    Kassam – USEXIT: The Case For Booting The UN Out Of America Grows Stronger:
    (Breitbart Poll Vote [should we stay or should we go?].)
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/12/28/kassem-usexit-case-turfing-un-america-grows-stronger/

    April 29, 1970
    U.S. Senate Recognizes The United Nations Organization As A Sovereign Nation:
    ‘This convention appeared in the Journal of the General Assembly, I, No. 34 (7 March 1946), pages 687-693: and in document A/43, annex I, pages 5-15.’
    http://www.unwatch.com/un_sofa.htm

    United States v. Mike G. New:
    http://www.mikenew.com/index.html

    February 24, 2009
    H.R. 1146 – American Sovereignty Restoration Act Of 2009:
    https://www.congress.gov/bill/111th-congress/house-bill/1146/text

    Ron Paul: “The American Sovereignty Restoration Act Is My Answer To This Problem”:

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  18. andeclain says:

    I’ve read down to here, and am delighted that normal service has been resumed. I’m very impressed with the way the posters who were on here earlier dealt with the abuse that was been offered a few hours ago.

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  19. Iron Lady says:

    Mark Steyn in for Rush today!

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

    Regarding the beginning of today’s Open Thread…

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  21. keebler AC says:

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  22. BigMamaTEA says:

    Joint report from DHS and FBI , supposedly on Russian interference in election.
    Ironic, they only mention emails, not the actual election……..

    https://www.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/publications/JAR_16-20296.pdf

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Oh, and this disclaimer is at the top of that report.

      “DISCLAIMER: This report is provided “as is” for informational purposes only. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding any information contained within. DHS does not endorse any commercial product or service referenced in this advisory or otherwise. This document is
      distributed as TLP:WHITE: Subject to standard copyright rules, TLP:WHITE information may be distributed without restriction. For more information on the Traffic Light Protocol, see https://www.us-cert.gov/tlp

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  23. Lucille says:

    Kerry’s Speech Will Make Peace Harder
    by Alan M. Dershowitz – December 29, 2016 at 2:30 pm
    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9676/kerry-israel-speech

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  24. 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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  25. andeclain says:

    Thanks Mom and Lilbirdee. Since the UN vote and Kerry’s speech, this prayer is even more important.

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  26. dogsmaw says:

    reformation -noun
    the act or an instance of reforming or the state of being reformed

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