Wednesday January 11th – 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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98 Responses to Wednesday January 11th – Open Thread

  1. Dommy says:

    “Christ: God’s power and God’s wisdom” (1 Corinthians 1:24).

    “Christ, Who is God’s image” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

    Jesus Christ is Lord.

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  2. Lucille says:

    Several members of my family are going through rather difficult times emotionally and so in searching for articles on depression and its management, I came across this at the Readers’ Digest website. Perhaps it will be of assistance to others when dealing with loved ones in distress.

    12 Ways to Help Someone with Depression, According to Psychologists

    “It can be tough to know what to do or say, so use these ideas straight from mental health professionals to support loved ones with depression on their journey to recovery.”

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    • Raven says:


      I have dealt with many people with mental health problems throughout my life and would like to offer one suggestion — if you don’t mind.

      Although it seems simplistic, please have these people take three vitamins/minerals (maybe buy them as gifts to make the process easier for them). B12, Magnesium and Vitamin D. Just the average daily amount is all they need. Taken together these three things feed our brains with the food they need to make their own serotonin — the chemical our brains produce that help us feel good/normal/healthy.

      I have a friend who said she could never get married or have children due to her very deep depression and poor mental health. I asked if she would take these vitamins and a mineral for me for a few months, and bought the first bottles for her. She went from being an unstable guinea pig living on mood altering drugs to a wife and mother who smiles and is living a happy life. Prescription drugs are usually made to first kill our natural serotonin and then supposedly help it build up again via the drug — one reason why so many mood altering drugs come with a label saying ‘Watch out for suicidal thoughts while taking this drug.’ Heck, if all of our serotonin suddenly went away we might all be basket cases.

      Mental health is a big deal, but it is not one to be ashamed of. It has not been that long since science has learned our brains are the organ in our bodies that produce more chemicals than any other. So if one organ does the most, and if it is off by even a little, of course we need to get it back on track. Vitamin D helps replace the sunshine our bodies miss when fall and winter make the days turn dark. B12 is brain food. Magnesium is fabulous for our brains and bodies on many levels. All three things are good and do not need to be taken in any more than everyday, regular doses.

      When I suggested my friend take these things she stayed on her regular meds and took these on the side (with her doctors OK, which he easily gave). She soon weaned herself off her prescribed drugs and has never gone back.

      Even if someone does not take prescription meds for chemical imbalances in their brain, but they suffer from mental stresses of any kind, taking these three things could help them immensely.

      Lastly I can tell you that most people are never heard. It is my belief that in conversations most people are too busy thinking of what to say in response to what they are hearing to really hear what is being said by another person. And, even if someone listens they often disapprove of what is being said, instead of just listening and letting the other person vent — on any level and on any subject.

      I once sat in a Bible study group and one man was always mad, always saying stuff that seemed inappropriate about the pastor’s wife. No one in the group liked the things this man said, but he said them week after week, always with a great amount of anger. One week after he again ranted about “her” I asked him why he was so angry. As he explained the things she had done and said to him that he did not think were right he called her a b1tch. Everyone in the group except me gasped — how can you call the pastor’s wife a b1tch?! I did not think she was a b1tch, but I know there are times when we can all be b1tchy and I told him just that. The man suddenly seemed relaxed and he never again complained about “her.” Of course I got a bad reputation among the Bible study people in attendance that day, but I’m good with that if it helped someone else who had been struggling.

      Sorry for the long post. I hope some how it helps and more than anything else I will be praying for the Lord of all to hold and heal the tender hearts and heads of those you love.


  3. Garrison Hall says:

    There are some songs that seem perfectly suited to quiet winter nights. This is one.

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  4. Timmy-the-Ute says:

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  5. Janie M. says:

    Stunning Romanian landscape photos from Imgur:

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  6. kltk1 says:


    “In my experience, there is no source of whom you need to be more skeptical, and whose information you need to verify to the letter before you can even begin to think of publishing it, than an “intelligence” source.”

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  7. justlurking14 says:

    The recent FBI dump #5 of the Hillary documents remind me that I want to read the FBI’s file on Michael Brown and Ferguson. The Feds knew from day 1 that Michael Brown left a blood trail on the street as he charged Officer Wilson. And they knew on day 4 that Dorian Johnson’s story made no sense. And before the cigarello robbery tape was released on day 6 they knew Brown had committed strong armed robbery 10 minutes before he jaywalked down Canfield Drive.

    How and why did the FBI let the Ferguson lies grow? I mean, we know how and why DOJ did. I want to read just exactly how much the FBI on the ground in Ferguson was reporting to the DOJ.

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  8. justlurking14 says:

    Do You Feel Like I Do?

    — Peter Frampton on The Midnight Special, 1975

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  9. Lucille says:

    Perhaps this should be sent to everyone you know regardless of ethnicity….

    “Why whites aren’t the most racist people”
    Rebel Media

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  10. usnveteran says:

    Update: “Vaccines Revealed” 9-Part Free Documentary:
    [‘Denial of Service’ attack today. It will re-launch Wednesday – part one will play all day.]

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  11. Lucille says:

    Very interesting. Hope the Trump Administration ferrets out these enablers of lawbreakers and cans them: “AFDI UNDERCOVER US Immigration Office: Fake Syrian Passports OK”
    By Pamela Geller

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  12. FLOTUS Melania #1 Fan says:

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  13. smiley says:

    Winter Sunset


    (no date)

    Peter Wileman ~ UK~ Contemporary Abstract ~ Seascape/Landscape


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  14. Dora says:

    Ralph Hillyer Avery – Charcoal Alley, watercolor and gouache on paper (1928)

    Liked by 4 people

  15. nimrodman says:

    Rep. Duncan Hunter getting some support. Good to see.

    More GOP Representatives Step Up, Remove Democrats’ Anti-Cop Painting from Wall

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  16. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

     photo fairy20tales.jpg

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  17. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
    Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

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  18. amwick says:

    Why is this such a controversy??? I think that the rules(2016) are pretty clear..

    As outlined in these guidelines, the final decision regarding the suitability of all artwork for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition exhibition in the Capitol will be made by a panel of qualified persons chaired by the Architect of the Capitol. While it is not the intent to censor any artwork, we do wish to avoid artwork that is potentially inappropriate for display in this highly travelled area leading to the Capitol.

    Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission. In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.

    So how did this piece of work ever get approved… Those people need to explain… did they even read the rules????

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  19. BakoCarl says:

    Praising God

    Most times it’s easy to praise God, we know,
    When watching flowers or your children grow.
    And it’s right to do because God is the One,
    The Only, from whom all good things come.

    Our God is perfect, and so are His plans;
    He directs our paths, our holy Helmsman.
    He sends us to places where we mature
    Out of our comfort zones, that’s for sure.

    Whenever your day turns into something bad,
    Look for God’s lesson and try to be glad.
    You’ll be much wiser when you look and find
    That lesson is just what He had in mind.

    A secret to life is giving God praise,
    Heartfelt, sincere, even on the bad days.
    Though we may not see it, we can be sure
    God’s giving us something we need to endure.

    God loves us and gives us all things for good.
    We learn not what we can, but what we should.
    What He plans for us, is not on a whim,
    We’re learning lessons to be more like Him.

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  22. BigMamaTEA says:

    Mornin’ Treeps.

    Day 2 of Sessions’ hearing going on now


    • BigMamaTEA says:

      StormyeyesC, hey! long time no see.


      • StormyeyesC says:

        Hi Ya MamaTea!
        I am here every day but seldom comment. Right now I am busy getting ready for my road trip. Driving from Florida to New England, and all around ending on the 18th-20th in Washington DC. Got my tickets for the inauguration, and hotel accommodations at the Watergate Hotel. Getting excited!! See you the last week of the month! Hold down my branch for me, will ya? Thanks, stay well!


  23. BigMamaTEA says:

    Oh my, if this is true…….

    4Chan Users Drop Epic Bombshell: We Fabricated Trump ‘Golden Shower’ Story Then BuzzFeed & The CIA Ran With It
    Posted on January 11, 2017 by Claire Bernish

    Defying all reason and journalistic duty, BuzzFeed may have now topped the Washington Post in the quickly burgeoning Fake News market, publishing accusations President-elect Donald Trump has “deep ties to Russia” — but the astoundingly baseless claim seems to have … Continue reading →

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  24. Dora says:

    I wish I could have been on that plane. 🙂


    Watch: Former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato Escorted Off Plane For Complaining

    BREAKING: Videos show Florida sheriffs escorting D’Amato off the plane while he calls for passengers to join him.


  25. BigMamaTEA says:

    On twitter now….


  26. Peter G. says:

    Nikita Khrushchev assigned the Crimea from the Russian SR to the Ukrainian Soviet Republic in 1956, purely as an administrative and geographic convenience. Can we please get over this Russian aggression in the Crimea BS??? CIA fake news.


  27. kimosaabe says:


  28. kimosaabe says:

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  29. SAFVet says:

    Check out following article in AT about Jared Kushner using Jamey Gorelick as his counsel – bad juju:


    • smiley says:

      this is…or could be.. very troublesome, imo.

      been reading about it…can’t find anything particularly good about this connection, if this is totally accurate (you never know anymore).


  30. Dora says:

    Enjoy what’s left of it.

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  31. Lucille says:

    So, how can Amazon verify that the person using the “card” is actually the correct recipient? Could not grandson steal grandma’s card and order items without her knowing it? Not having to in-person present a welfare entitlement is NOT a good idea.

    “Food-Stamp Recipients Can Order from Amazon, Other Online Retailers”
    JANUARY 06, 2017


  32. kimosaabe says:


  33. BigMamaTEA says:

    Wow! I get Levin on radio, on an hour delay. Levin is opening tonight, calling all People for the Constitution and Country, must come together and get behind Trump.(“Whether you like Trump or not” per Levin)

    Levin just said that last night, upon hearing about #GoldenShowersGate, he suspected it’s fraud, to attempt to impeach, or destroy Trump’s Inauguration, or for some conspiracy to impeach or something later on.

    This is big.


  34. BigMamaTEA says:

    For anybody interested….the Senate is having a vote-a-rama tonight.

    For live coverage ….
    Click on _watch live floor proceeding.


  35. 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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  36. BigMamaTEA says:

    ****Nikki Haley’s confirmation hearing is on the schedule for Wednesday, January 18, 2017 , 10:00AM EST –

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  37. aredtailblog says:

    Just for a bit of experimentation, I went into a European store that was on the mall strip where my work is. Ate stuffed Torun gingerbread for the first time.


  38. facebkwallflower says:

    A veteran with a big heart that is a bit broken right now. (you do not have to be a facebook user to view. Under the ‘sign up’ and ‘log in’ click on “not now”)


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