Friday February 24th – 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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117 Responses to Friday February 24th – Open Thread

  1. Bannon was so reassuring….

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    • BelleProf says:

      A funny thing is happening in the academy, fellow academics who were in the closet but friendly to me (I was outed long ago) are outing themselves, at least to me, and saying things rather similar to what these guys are saying – Trump is having an effect in many areas of American life but there is something that bothers me….when did America become a place that has to have the permission of a President for people to speak their minds? Just saying…


      • TheLastDemocrat says:

        The “progressive” philosophy is a cover for Marxism.
        To get people to accept it, surrepticiously, the values have to be subtly and slowly forced on us.
        But they are ridiculous and don’t stand up to reasonable scrutiny. So, these values and ideas have to be protected by taboo.
        I get to interact with academia a lot. It is simply taboo to say certain things.

        –The Progs understand taboo as one of their strategies. This pointedly is documented in Garret Hardin’s book, Stalking the Wild Taboo.

        Along with popularizing the concept of “the tragedy of the commons,” Hardin was also a big supporter of abortion. He noted that many people were supportive of abortion, and many had had an abortion or had a role in helping someone else procure an abortion, but nobody evar talked about this – discussion of abortion was taboo.

        So, it was largely accepted but largely unaccepted among the hoi polloi. Hardin realized that, to advance acceptance and practice of abortion, he and others would have to figure out and overcome this taboo. –He did this partly by having a series of lectures across time, in which he developed his arguments for abortion.

        -These arguments, and the advocacy and support for abortion, are part of the movement that brought the practice, and the discussion, and the idea that good people should embrace and support abortion access, out of the shadows of taboo.

        So, the Progressives figured out the mechanics of taboo. So now, they take the ideas they want to be taboo, and make them taboo – this mostly has to do with associating an idea with being un-virtuous or immorial or ignorant, combined with casting aspersions upon anyone who dares to foolishly voice their ignorance or bigotry.


  2. Garrison Hall says:

    Marc Teicholz is a fine guitar player who is also, I’m told, a good attorney. I think he understood that his love of the guitar that he would share the fate of most musicians who, truth be told, never make much money. So, rather than put up with a “cornbread living” he went to law school.

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  3. For fellow dog lovers – a video of a clever dog using bread to catch a fish

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  4. Lucille says:

    Beautiful Lake Tahoe, California

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  5. smiley says:

    Spring Blooms


    Mia Bergeron (b.1980) ~ American ~ Contemporary Realism


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  6. smiley says:

    for DJT and his supporters and family

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  7. Dora says:

    Ralph Albert Blakelock – Rockaway Beach Long Island New York (1870)

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  8. Ip Siscr says:

    Drudge links some articles reporting on witches invoking the evil spirits to assault President Trump and all his followers. May Almighty God through His Divine Son Jesus Christ aid and protect President Trump and all who thirst for justice and truth. Lord as you know and as you will, have mercy upon us !

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    • smiley says:

      very disturbing.

      but remember : it’s been around for a long long time and CHRIST JESUS defeated it on The Cross, and through HIS BLOOD and IN HIS HOLY NAME, we can defeat it, too.

      “…deliver us from evil…”

      do not fear 🙂

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    • cycle1 says:

      Yes. We keep praying for Trump and against evil and everything will be okay. Our prayers are essential, for this is also a spiritual battle. LORD, we ask in the name of Jesus for protection of POTUS and for the defeat of evil in this country. We also pray for you to lead and guide President and that our God shows His power in defeating the evil spiritual powers in this country. Amen.

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      • auscitizenmom says:


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      • paljoey says:

        Psalm 35 New King James Version (NKJV) From
        The Lord the Avenger of His People
        A Psalm of David.

        Plead President Trump’s cause, O Lord, with those who strive with him;
        Fight against those who fight against him.
        Take hold of shield and buckler,
        And stand up for his help.
        Also draw out the spear,
        And stop those who pursue him.
        Say to Donald Trump’s soul,
        “I am your salvation.”

        Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor
        Who seek after Donald Trump’s life;
        Let those be turned back and brought to confusion
        Who plot his hurt.
        Let them be like chaff before the wind,
        And let the angel[a] of the Lord chase them.
        Let their way be dark and slippery,
        And let the angel of the Lord pursue them.
        For without cause they have hidden their net for him in a pit,
        Which they have dug without cause for his life.
        Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly,
        And let his net that he has hidden catch himself;
        Into that very destruction let him fall.

        And Donald Trump’s soul shall be joyful in the Lord;
        It shall rejoice in His salvation.
        All his bones shall say,
        “Lord, who is like You,
        Delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him,
        Yes, the poor and the needy from him who plunders him?”

        Fierce witnesses rise up;
        They ask him things that he does not know.
        They reward President Trump evil for good,
        To the sorrow of his soul.

        But in his adversity they rejoiced
        And gathered together;
        Attackers gathered against him,
        And he did not know it;
        They tore at him and did not cease;
        With ungodly mockers at feasts
        They gnashed at Donald Trump with their teeth.

        Lord, how long will You look on?
        Rescue President Trump from their destructions,
        His precious life from the lions.
        Donald Trump will give You thanks in the great assembly;
        He will praise You among many people.

        Let them not rejoice over President Trump who are wrongfully my enemies;
        Nor let them wink with the eye who hate him without a cause.
        For they do not speak peace,
        But they devise deceitful matters
        Against the quiet ones in the land.
        They also opened their mouth wide against him,
        And said, “Aha, aha!
        Our eyes have seen it.”

        This You have seen, O Lord;
        Do not keep silence.
        O Lord, do not be far from President Trump.
        Stir up Yourself, and awake to his vindication,
        To my cause, my God and my Lord.
        Vindicate Donald Trump, O Lord my God, according to Your righteousness;
        And let them not rejoice over him.
        Let them not say in their hearts, “Ah, so we would have it!”
        Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”

        Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion
        Who rejoice at President Trump’s hurt;
        Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor
        Who exalt themselves against him.

        Let them shout for joy and be glad,
        Who favor my righteous cause;
        And let them say continually,
        “Let the Lord be magnified,
        Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
        And President Trump’s tongue shall speak of Your righteousness
        And of Your praise all the day long.

        “In the same way, My words leave My mouth, & they don’t come back until they make things happen that I want to happen. My WORDS SUCCEED IN DOING THE THINGS I SEND THEM TO DO.” ISAIAH 55:11 (ERV)

        Just read Psalm 35 this morning & prayed it out loud for Donald Trump, personalizing it for him. Praying God’s WORD IS POWERFUL & EFFECTIVE!


  9. Dora says:

    Here is a happy ending story. It is sad though to read about the abuse this animal suffered.


    Update on Elephant Who Cried After Rescue

    NEW DELHI, INDIA 2/18/17–The story of Raju the Elephant who cried real tears of gratitude during his rescue after 50 years of cruel abuse has a happy ending. He has almost completely recovered after several months at the Wild Life SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center in India.

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  10. Please don’t think of me as wishy washy, but I’m starting to have some second thoughts about the plan of selling my house and moving to another house with my mom. It could just be the stress of trying to find a place that’s affordable and that would work for the both of us with good resale value for in the future. Then it could also be from my thoughts of wondering if I was doing this with what I need in mind or if it was more for my mom. All those things have made me take a step back, so I can analyze the situation a little better.

    It’s not that I don’t want to help my mom, but I also need to actually start thinking about myself, since I know I haven’t done that since my husband had gotten very sick. Oh I would have my moments of wanting to do what would have been best for me, but then I would go back to wanting to do as many vacations as we could, before what ultimately happened.

    So that’s why I wonder if I’m more geared to giving and not for ever truly thinking of myself. And I have a novel to finish editing and guess what? It would be easier to do in solitude. That’s my real conundrum. Oh I’m sure my mom would allow me to lock myself in my office to edit my novel. It just would be easier to not worry about anything else while doing it.

    Any and all advice will be considered. Thanks!!!

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    • smiley says:

      maybe it’s way too soon (after your husband’s death) to be making these types of major life-changing decisions?

      maybe you should give yourself ( and your mother) a little time to HEAL, first ?

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    • amwick says:

      It is a great idea to give such a major decision some serious reflection… If you have a giving nature, (and have been told this about myself) doing something helpful for your mother is just following your heart. There will be a time, when your mother is not in the picture, sorry, but then you will be asking yourself if you could have been nicer to her? I don’t know.. I never regretted one second of being nice to my mother. not one second. I think I would have been sitting around saying, yeah, I could have done this, or I could have done that,, but since I did those things, I have some peace in my soul. That and I would give both arms if I could do them again, but she died back in 08.
      It’s a really tough call,,,, good luck…..but I agree definitely with Smiley, give yourself some time. You will make the right decision,,,, you will.

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    • Chgonana539 says:

      Karen you are not wishy washy you are grieving. It has been said that after a profound loss one should not make big life-changing decisions for at least 6 months. Seems you have gone through many tough days/months. Stress can be very unsettling in of itself. Talk with He who can heal you. Put everything in His hands for a bit. One thing though be so thankful for your mother. I would give anything to have one more cup of tea with mine.

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    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      Do not know all about your situation, but it is always a good idea to wait about a year after a loss like yours before making a big decision or change.

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    • goodkathie says:

      I’ve heard it said that one should make no major decisions for one year after losing a loved one. You are right to rethink

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    • bessie2003 says:

      Two things helped me to find my own pace after my husband’s passing and after being inundated with advice and directions to sell our home, “his” car, give away as fast as possible his clothing, etc. by well meaning friends and family all the while learning how to re-balance my life without having my best friend (husband) there to bounce things off of.

      The first is a book called “Widow to Widow” by Genevieve Davis Ginsburg. It is packed full of insight and ideas to help while walking through this period of life, written by someone who has also ‘been there and done that.’

      The second is an online group called ‘’ that is an online group for widows by widows and there are many sub-groups within the main page grouping. I never really posted much on that site but became an avid reader, learning how others navigated questions just like yours, which are very, very normal questions.

      Every widow, and widower, will have their own unique experiences, path, set of circumstances and your allowed to give yourself time, and space, to make your own choices so that you will know that what you decide is based not on simply trying to fill a void or someone else forcing your void to be filled with their idea of what you should do. There is, not sure how to say this, but there is a certain grace, grace period, time that seems to be there for you to find your footing, which is what it sounds like you are going through now.

      Do not shortchange yourself in any activity that is before you and remember to stop and take a deep breath from time to time.

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    • Sandra says:

      Maybe you can buy a duplex so each of you has your own space. Or get a building with 3 units in it and one can be a rental so you have some income coming in.

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  11. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  12. filia.aurea says:

    This is an interesting report from Veterans Today – Iraq accuses US of dropping supplies to ISIS, saving ISIS commanders including suspected Israeli intel and comms teams.

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    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      But we do all know where Tehran is, right? So who knows what is going on, as so many factions are now involved, not a few of them Iranian (since Iraq is majority Shia).

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      • filia.aurea says:

        Yes, it’s a very nasty business. There are many wolves in sheep’s clothing. Our military should never be subjected to this crock of shameful subterfuge. President Trump will end it.


    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Do you read veteran’s today regularly? I’d never heard of it. I scanned through some of the articles/op-eds…….no matter what the name of the site, some of it reads like conspiracy theory and Trump haters.

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      • filia.aurea says:

        I skim through a lot of pubs, and subscribe to many others. I never totally discount what Veterans say. I guess it’s due to an ingrained respect for everyone who’s served their country.


  13. *cough* mccain *cough*

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  14. Dora says:

    Catholics must start praying in earnest for Trump’s protection

    WASHINGTON ( – According to reports circulating on social media, a group of witches are planning a mass witchcraft spell to curse President Trump and get him “removed from office.” The curse will also extend “to all those who abet him.”

    The spell is set to take place February 24 at midnight, and is supposed to continue at “midnight on every waning crescent moon until he is removed from office.” A Facebook page has been created for participants to offer input ­ although Christians are also leaving comments promoting “the power of Jesus” to counteract their efforts.


  15. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
    Philippians 4:13 (KJV)


  16. duchess01 says:

    Thank You, Jesus, for blessings received and prayers answered!


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

    “A Spell to Bind…”
    You don’t need a spell to bind; just eat some Asiago cheese. 👿

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  18. Timmy-the-Ute says:

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  19. Bob Thoms says:

    the uprising continues to gain momentum………………………….

    Marie LePen surges to the lead in France elections.

    In Great Britain, the Labor Party suffered it’s worst electoral defeat in 70 years – losing it’s Copeland seat to the Tories – A major win for the BRExit folks.

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  20. Dora says:

    Iraqi Christians erect large cross in area liberated from ISIS

    Mosul, Iraq, Feb 23, 2017 After years of darkness, hope has returned to Telekuf-Tesqopa. Located just 17 miles from Mosul, the village is rebuilding after being liberated from ISIS.

    As a visible sign of the rebuilding, a giant cross was erected on a hill, marking the victory of the Christian faith against the darkness of the jihadists.

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  21. Gil says:

    Well, cant say this wasnt going to happen. Retail always seems to shutter storess after Christmas.


    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Retail does shutter after Christmas; but I shop almost exclusively now. Hardly ever go into a brick/mortar store. But do spend a LOT annually with them on-line.


  22. Chgonana539 says:

    Grrr John Kasich thinks he should be able to give his opinions. Our Pres is such a good man that he was gracious enough to meet with him. He’s awaking to the fact that he is irrelevant. Wish PDJT could tell him to go fly a kite.

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  23. duchess01 says:

    2017 Supreme Court Case Could Eliminate All Federal Gun Regulations Forever.
    BY IWB · FEBRUARY 24, 2017

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  24. waltherppk says:

    Squirrel for lunch

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  25. duchess01 says:

    MozART Group.

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  26. Noelle says:

    Pray for Trump! There is a mass/social media hyped hex by wiccans and witches planned for this evening. (Btw, I have no problem with pagan religions–I have a problem with this set of evil intentions and negative prayer.)

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  27. 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 and their families 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.

    From Lovely, “May Jesus’ crown of thorns surround President Trump and may all evil that is cast his way be bound and dispensed in accordance with God’s will. Amen.” Especially tonight.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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