Friday January 6th – 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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105 Responses to Friday January 6th – Open Thread

  1. Dommy says:

    Jesus Christ is Lord.

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  2. Prettyplease says:

    I have a question. Tonight I saw an ad on television for Armed Forces recruitment and along with the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy, they included DOD. Isn’t that a little strange?

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  3. Bull Durham says:

    We all know every major nation-state is into cyber aggression. Call it hacking, call it phishing, they are searching for information to check against other Humint, Sigint, and analytical work by experts. And some are looking for weak points in our infrastructure and defenses.

    So, let’s look at the known players who penetrate the US corporate and government Internet networks, data centers and unprotected servers in bathrooms and basements in Chapaqua, or smartphones protected by dumb passwords.

    China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, UK, France, and Israel.

    Now, regarding the election and who wanted to stop Hillary and Obama’s third term?
    And the corollary, who wanted Trump to win?

    Of all the nations, none had more grievance with Obama-Clinton than Israel.
    Of all the nations, none had a closer relationship with Trump than Israel.

    Who has 1 million highly educated, hi tech Russian speaking citizens? Israel.

    Bibi is the brains behind the hack. Israel saved the world from Hillary Clinton starting a world war.
    Trump and Bibi are elated.
    Obama got his teeth kicked in as payback for trying to defeat Bibi in his election.

    I just think it is logical. And setting up Russia and Putin was the smartest move. The Liberals hate Russia and Putin. They ran with it. No one even thinks it could be Israel.

    As for the handoff to Wikileaks, a Russian speaker is not hard to find. Millions of Russians live outside Russia. 22 million of them in Eastern Europe and Central Asia alone. I million in Israel.
    Thousands in South Korea (hi tech engineers are the brains of Samsung and LG tech R&D).

    And 90 percent of Ukrainians and Belarussians speak Russian. That’s 50 million more to choose from.

    So, you don’t have to look very far to get a “Russian” for a handoff.

    Of course, how do they (Intel Agency) know about the handoff?
    It was the wording of Assange when he said it was not a nation-state that gave WikiLeaks the data.
    The very next day all the talking heads were discussing the “hand off”. Then today, viola, we have Russians to be named by the CIA.

    I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.

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    • decisiontime16 says:

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      • nwtex says:

        Hey, there’s McAfee! He’s a trip. Gotta see what he has to say. Haven’t heard anything about him since his “get away” from Belize.

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        • anthohmy says:

          I laughed my ass off during that one.

          One of the best yarns ever! When is the U.S. going to allow extradition back to Belize to face the ‘Murder Under The Influence of Bath Salts’ charges? That quieted down so quickly it was remarkable.

          Maybe he can teach them how to remove malware as a part of his parole.

          I wish I had saved the blog.

          He’s kicking around on Twitter, started a new security related company. Got in some flap with Kimdotcom and people were planting false new to affect stock prices, but a girl can only keep up with so much and get any work done!

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      • nwtex says:

        Sure sounds like simpletons running a game on us. McAffe broke it down in a flash.

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        • anthohmy says:

          I went to that fact checking site at, I think U Penn when I was trying to explain Illustrator layers to somebody when looking at a birth certificate. He quickly checked a “fact checking site” that was University housed, must be reliable.

          When I tried to leave (3 seconds later ), a warning popped up that my flash installation was out of date and they offered to install a new version from their CDN, so cool!

          I’m still pissed ever since those hackers stole Adobe’s entire code base and my email and password and I had to change all my passwords. It sucked.

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    • Deplorable Ukie says:

      And 90 percent of Ukrainians and Belarussians speak Russian. That’s 50 million more to choose from.

      Please, provide links.

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      • Bull Durham says:

        USSR official language was Russian, for 72 years.
        If you do a quick check with a search engine, you’ll have copious info.
        Belarus’s official language is Russian.
        Ukraine only recently turned inside out. The cause of the Donbass rebellion was Ukies forcing the abandonment of Russian language(part of the State Department’s 23 years of brainwashing the Ukies to hate their brothers in Russia.) Everyone in government in Kiev speaks Russian.

        Caution: most of the Internet info on Ukraine is manicured by algorithms and editors (Wikipedia) and now is often propagandized. The Ukies are a project of disinformation and weaponized in every facet to be painted as a normal nation of peaceful people. Disinformation!

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        • Deplorable Ukie says:

          “If you do a quick check with a search engine, you’ll have copious info…
          Caution: most of the Internet info on Ukraine is manicured by algorithms and editors (Wikipedia) and now is often propagandized.”

          ??? So, that is why I asked you for links. Share with us – because you present yourself as a trusted source of info on everything related to Ukraine. Are your imagination + TASS, Sputnik, RT, your sources in Sevastopol the gatekeepers of info?

          Do your contacts in Sevastopol work at Russian Naval Command? Because it could explain this:”The Ukies are a project of disinformation and weaponized in every facet to be painted as a normal nation of peaceful people. Disinformation!”
          I hope you didn’t have fever these last days or watched too many youtube videos of Zhirinovsky.

          “USSR official language was Russian, for 72 years.”
          1. USSR existed for 69 years: 1922-1991.
          2.Russian wasn’t the official language of USSR. Russian was merely defined as the language of interethnic communication (Russian: язык межнационального общения).
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_the_Soviet_Union

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          • Deplorable Ukie says:

            “Ukraine only recently turned inside out.”
            What does it mean?
            If you are talking about launguage see the above link. Ukrainian was the official language of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.

            “Everyone in government in Kiev speaks Russian.”
            So? They speak Ukrainian too. It is called bilingual. Is it a problem?
            In locations where both languages are spoken, Ukrainian tends to be heard more often at government institutions and is the language of most official events. http://www.tryukraine.com/info/languages.shtml

            “The cause of the Donbass rebellion was Ukies forcing the abandonment of Russian language(part of the State Department’s 23 years of brainwashing the Ukies to hate their brothers in Russia.)”
            According to whom? If you believe in it I have a bridge to sell you.
            Sad!

            “And 90 percent of Ukrainians and Belarussians speak Russian.”
            Yes, they speak Russian as well. Interesting combination you created, however. Why only these two? What about Lithuanians, Estonians, Latvians, Kazakhs, other former USSR republics?
            http://www.tryukraine.com/info/languages.shtml
            https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/28/-sp-russian-belarus-reclaims-language-belarusian

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    • amwick says:

      Now, regarding the election and who wanted to stop Hillary and Obama’s third term?
      As usual Mr. Durham, you hit the nail with a 5lb hammer. This is such a basic question, even I get the implications. Any country that wanted the USA in the proverbial shttr would have been doing everything they could to support the Clinton Posse. Occam’s Razor and all that… Ty, but I already bought a bridge. 🙂

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  4. boojum says:

    Hope you’re out there KitKat. I think you’ll like this one.

    The Craven (with sincere apologies to Edgar Allan Poe)

    Once upon an election season, while I fought with faith and reason
    Over a candidate most curious by the standards that had gone before.
    And while my hopes were daily growing, suddenly there came a lowing,
    As some evil wind a-blowing, blowing from some cursed shore.
    “‘Tis just some errant breeze,” I muttered, “blowing from some ragged shore —
    Only this, and nothing more.

    And distinctly, I remember thinking forward to November,
    As each challenging pretender proved a fool upon the floor.
    Eagerly I watched each meeting, debate nights won despite the cheating,
    Media pundits joined in bleating, bleating from that cursed shore,
    From that place of evils meeting.
    Cursed here for evermore.

    Then as my resolve grew stronger, hesitating then no longer,
    “Sirs,” thought I, “and Madam, truly, understanding, I implore.
    But the fact is I’ve been napping, and so softly you came trapping,
    In the Flag your deceit wrapping, mapping out the Road before,
    That I scarce was sure I knew you – til Sundance opened wide the door –
    Darkness there, and nothing more.

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I looked there, wondering, fearing,
    Doubting, dreaming dreams of Andrew B. and infowar,
    Seeing what I’d long suspected, how the Party was infected.
    Easily I now detected, connected all the dots so far,
    How candidates had been selected, expected to advance the Bore.
    ‘Twas always Jeb, and no one more.

    Now the chance to change direction, join the Donald’s insurrection,
    Thrilled me – filled me with a hope I’d never felt before.
    So that now Republic saving ‘twas something more than empty raving –
    ‘Twas last the chance we’d all been craving, a craving from long days of yore,
    From the days of Country’s founding, nearly lost but held in store –
    For Freedom ‘twas, and so much more.

    But now I heard a rising chorus, voices who would lay before us,
    With a wailing and a flailing, all the lies that they could dump.
    That ill wind was still a-blowing to out sweep our new-found knowing,
    Ever now bad seeds a-sowing, every rumor they could lump – Every pundit, every RINO, who would mark us for a chump.
    Spoke the craven, “Nevertrump.”

    Yet one by one opponents falling, though the pollsters still low-balling,
    Whilst ignoring Donald’s drawing by the thousands on the stump.
    And with MAGA that he’s preaching, and his Twitter people-reaching,
    Donald wins the nomination, proof that all the polls were bunk.
    And now ‘tis clear who is the champ, and who the chump.
    And still the craven chorus, “ Nevertrump.”

    An so it’s down to Crooked Hillary, “Lock her up! Revive the pillory!”
    But the press downplays Beghazi – email scandal, just a bump.
    ‘Tis the Don still drawing malice from the press and pundits callous,
    And the RINO’s sabotaging – Ly’n Ryan and Mc Grump.
    Yet the Trump Train still is rolling, and it’s clearing every bump,
    Despite the craven chorus, “Nevertrump.”

    Election night my heart beats faster, states defying each forecaster,
    Pundits all are stumbling, crumbling – Donald’s leaving in the lumps!
    In mind’s eye I see him grinning, as he said we’d tire of winning.
    Yet I know I’ll never tire of watching Donald drain the swamp.
    Happy times now looking forward to Inauguration pomp!
    And the craven chorus dwindling, “Nevertrump.”

    And the Donald, every inning, still is winning, still is winning,
    As he promised from beginning till last rally on the stump.
    And with heart’s joy overpouring, our Republic we’re restoring,
    For two terms of constant winning just might get us past the hump.
    Pray sweet Freedom is returning, now that Donald’s primed the pump.
    May we sing an eight year chorus, “Evertrump!”

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  5. MaryfromMarin says:

    Trojan Horse. Minus the horse.

    European Immigration: Mainly Muslim, Mainly Male, Mainly Young

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9692/european-immigration#.WG8hvm6bEQ4.twitter

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    A nice piece by a contemporary Argentine composer, Maximo Diego Pujol

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  7. aredtailblog says:

    14 days until Inauguration. Two more days until I’m officially working in Bothell and not Seattle.

    Still hoping we’re keeping track of companies willing to work with Trump and those who aren’t for futureinvestment purposes (also wish I could buy stock in Milo Yiannopolous someday. That book deal of his!).

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  8. MaryfromMarin says:

    January 6th–Epiphany:

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Thank you, Mary! I was about to post something about Three Kings Day and say this lovely artwork you posted.

      For those who follow along, the Feast of the Three Kings is actually Christmas under the Julian Calendar for the Orthodox Christians, or the 12th day of Christmas for other Christians on the Gregorian calendar celebrating when the magi arrived with gifts for the newborn Jesus. It is a public holiday in Spain and other countries, and is when, traditionally, gifts are exchanged during the Christmas season.

      Here is Switzerland there is a tradition of buying a ring of small, sweet breads. In one of the pieces of bread there ittle plastic statue of a king. If you are the lucky person who gets the piece with the statue, you are “king” on Three Kings Day and get to wear a little paper crown that comes with the purchase of the kings’ bread.

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      • Deb says:

        Such a nice tradition! Poland recently made Three Kings Day a national holiday again for the first time since the Communists abolished it. Many of the towns have started having public nativity plays followed by street processions where families dress up as kings, Knights, squires, etc. It’s always nice to hear stories about a resurgence of Christian culture, since so much of it is on the decline.

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  9. kltk1 says:

    It’s pieces like this that make it very easy to see her go. She tried hard but Mr. Woolsey wasn’t having any of it.

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  10. Dora says:

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  11. smiley says:

    The Meeting of the Thirty-Five Heads of Expression

    1800s

    oil/panel

    Honore Daumier (1808-1879) ~ French ~ Realism

    Daumier was a prolific and multi-talented artist known for his vivid depictions of 19th century French society and political life.
    Due to the censored and propagandized nature of French art at that time, he articulated his keen observations through the use of satirical humor and caricature, to try to soften the sting.

    🙂

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  12. Dora says:

    I wonder if they think it’s offensive to bury adult bodies. Maybe that’s coming next.

    =======

    Texas Abortion Clinics Say It’s “Offensive” to Bury Aborted Babies Instead of Selling Them for Parts

    http://www.lifenews.com/2017/01/04/texas-abortion-clinics-say-its-offensive-to-bury-aborted-babies-instead-of-selling-them-for-parts/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lifenews%2Fnewsfeed+%28LifeNews.com%29

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  13. Dora says:

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  14. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  15. I hate to start a Friday on a sour note. But I just wanted to point out what’s going on behind the scene’s in the Chi-town hate crime. Praying for the emotional peace of this young man to be restored.

    I saw this mentioned by someone else and after looking into it am regretful to see it appears to be true. The only reason there is a hate crime charge being sought is because Illinois law allows for hate crime charges to be filed if a person is targeted because of their mental health. Side note it is exceedingly rare for this to be used in IL which means they have little experience in prosecuting it. From what I can see federal charges at this point are unlikely. I.E. State Pen not Federal Pen. And…In a state not typically known for its ethics (thanks to one large infamous metropolitan city where this happened to take place). I think there is a ruse here and everyone was given a false sense of security in seeing what the charges were. In other words assuming this is a traditional hate crime which it’s not as it stands now. I hope I am wrong and that this case is transferred to a Federal court where all elements of any subtle as well as not so subtle victim intimidation are eliminated.

    I didn’t have the intimidation or victim aspect in my case thankfully. But as someone who has been a witness that involved someone getting sent to prison I can tell you it’s not at all a pleasant thing to experience. Pray for this man and his family.

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  16. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
    Psalms 84:10 (KJV)

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  17. Patriot1783 says:

    Good grief, Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO) thought this was art appropriate for the US Capitol?
    http://www.westernjournalism.com/art-portraying-police-as-pigs-hangs-in-us-capitol/

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  18. just CC says:

    All Glory to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ…

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  19. anthohmy says:

    For unto me a child was given this day 22 years ago, 7 years to the day after I sat with my pastor’s wife who wasn’t supposed to be able to have kids, after she gave birth to her first.

    I was a young college student, watching her joy, thinking quietly to myself “this will never happen for me…”

    Aka God isn’t going to show up.

    Exactly 7 years to the day so this seventh daughter couldn’t miss it, a child was born, a daughter was given.

    A reminder that I am deeply clueless arrived.

    The Magi appeared.

    Blessings to all this day and in the days to follow. May peace dwell richly and bigly in our hearts and minds and in the hearts and minds of even our enemies. If this deplorable can be even minutely transformed, anybody can…

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  20. 2016 marks the milestone of having a 100% CGI ‘actor’ in the movies (Star Wars Rouge 1) and, in fact, there is talk now that Carrie Fisher will be 100% CGI in the next movie so the princess can continue with her career.

    How much longer now before we have CGI news actors, er anchors, that do not require the pampering like the ‘royal stars’ of Hollywood like MeGoon Kelly seems to crave?

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  21. Dora says:

    The Three Kings Procession: A Worldwide Catholic Phenomenon

    From modest beginnings in Poland, the Catholic, pro-family event has grown exponentially

    http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/polands-three-kings-procession

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  22. duchess01 says:

    THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2017
    The Delusion of Self Righteousness

    http://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2011/07/i-knew-you-not.html

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  23. duchess01 says:

    After AirBnB Ban, New Yorkers Show The Country How to Stand Up to Government
    January 5, 2017 | Alice Salles

    http://theantimedia.org/airbnb-ban-new-yorkers-stand-government/

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

    As Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1913 to 1920, I must condemn this sort of talk…

    http://mashable.com/2017/01/06/yahoo-finance-racial-slur-twitter/

    🙂 👿 🙂

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  25. Lucille says:

    “UN Security Council Res. 2334: A Victory of Jihadism”
    by Bat Ye’or – January 6, 2017
    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9725/security-council-resolution-israel

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  26. WSB says:

    Shooting reported at the Fort Lauderdale Airport. Conflicting details.

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  27. StormyeyesC says:

    3 dead

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  28. auscitizenmom says:

    We thank the Lord for getting Trump through this attempt to subvert his election. Amen

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  29. zephyrbreeze says:

    5 Dead. Official saying how much they’ve improved security. Not at baggage claim.

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  30. kimosaabe says:

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  31. auscitizenmom says:

    Well, well, now we know how to really get the goat of the BLM jerks. Just attach the BLM name to every crime that is perpetrated.

    “RACISM: Shaun King Says He ‘Won’t Fight For Justice’ For Disabled White Teen Tortured In Chicago”

    “Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King decided he was more upset that the brutal kidnapping and torture of a mentally disabled white man by four young black men and women was labeled on Twitter as #BLMKidnapping than the crime itself:”

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/12166/racism-shaun-king-says-he-wont-fight-justice-hank-berrien?utm_source=shapironewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=070516-news-title&utm_campaign=lead

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  32. Texasranger says:

    GOP Congressman Takes Down Offensive Painting

    A Republican congressman took matters into his own hands Friday and personally removed a painting depicting police officers as pigs that a colleague had allowed to be displayed at the U.S. Capitol complex.

    Fox News Video Jan-6-2017:

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  33. Lucille says:

    More delusion and specious “reasoning” from the left….

    Reza Aslan: A Muslim “Will & Grace” will cure “Islamophobia”
    January 6, 2017 by Robert Spencer
    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/01/reza-aslan-a-muslim-will-grace-will-cure-islamophobia

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    • essential liberties says:

      Huh, I do not see an Islam-based “Will & Grace” story lasting for very long, though… I mean, the male lead was gay, so they’ll just throw him off of a building to his death in the very first episode, because that is what Islamists do. Then the straight, Jewish, man-lover, foodie (according to Wikipedia) female lead will end up enslaved in chains to a jihadist to be breedstock to pop out a bunch of children to be used for welfare checks and later as suicide bombers, then she’ll be stoned to death for adultery after she gets raped by another jihadi. Then the two jihadists fail to catch bullets in their mouths shot by a couple of SEAL snipers… the story will end with just the pilot episode!

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  34. 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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