Monday April 24th – Open Thread

Our 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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74 Responses to Monday April 24th – Open Thread

  1. Garrison Hall says:

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    • I do love that piece. John Dowland’s music was a big part of the Early Music revival in the 1960s and 70s. I can appreciate why this performer would slow it down and use a guitar (6 strings, instead of 15-string lute as Dowland wrote it). It allows for more expression in the chordal arpeggios. The original version performed at dance tempo on a lute is quite challenging to play, but Dowland was a virtuoso.

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  2. Millwright says:

    Jest wonderin how progressives would react if we changed the border “wall” to ” filter ” ? Filter implies prevention and purification. In the digital world its a tunable device that can be set to pass or block by established criteria. What’s “not to like” ?

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    • Sloth1963 says:

      I like the filter idea. Unfortunately, our immigration problem is more than the lack of a filter. In some ways you could consider it more like an autoimmune disorder. Self inflicted, even. Many of our cities and even states are working toward the detriment of the whole. Infections are merely a byproduct not the cause of one failed organ. You don’t cure AIDS with a kidney transplant. We may need that transplant but there are other issues that require attention before we’re cured.

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  3. Janie M. says:

    Among my favorites. Loved this band ❤

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  4. Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

    Night, Treepers. Time to head behind that big, beautiful wall of sleep. 😉

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  5. smiley says:

    Victorian Winter



    Richard Schmid ~ American (b. 1934) ~ Contemporary

    considered one of America’s greatest living realist painters of representational art…landscape & figurative work.


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  6. Dora says:

    Thomas Hicks (American artist, 1823-1890) “Calculating” (1844)

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  7. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”
    1 John 5:12 (KJV)

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    • BakoCarl says:

      Big Tent Club

      Christianity isn’t a “Big Tent” club
      Where you buy a ticket and welcome one and all.
      In fact, the price of admission has been paid,
      Paid in full to atone for man’s sin and downfall.

      The invitation to believe and enter
      Is cast far and wide, to all who will hear.
      But admission is granted by your own faith,
      A faith that is personal, true and sincere.

      It is Christ, Christ alone, who died for our sins,
      And was buried and rose again in three days.
      And salvation is found in no one else;
      There is no other name by which we are saved.

      But once you believe and have entered the tent,
      Inside you will find people from everywhere;
      Men and women, Jews and Gentiles, slaves and kings.
      In Christ we are one, and all are God’s heirs.

      There is set before us, each and every day,
      What God offers, and what the world will give:
      Either life and blessings or curses and death.
      Choose now, today. Choose God’s offer and live!

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  8. duchess01 says:

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

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  9. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  10. JRD says:

    Remember Matteo Salvini of Italy’s Lega Nord . He attended a Trump rally in Pennsylvania.
    Check out what he is up to:

    The leader of the Northern League, Lega Nord political party, Matteo Salvini, announced that he would bring a case against government leaders for promotion of illegal immigration into the country.

    “It is now clear that illegal immigration is organized and financed and for this reason we have decided to bring a case against the government, the President of the Council, the ministers and the commanders of the Navy and the Coast Guard,” Salvini said.

    A new ferry service runs from Libya to Italy direct, which has as much to do with rescue as I have with diplomacy

    Investigations by Italian authorities and others have found that NGOs funded by among others George Soros, are actively financing private ships to smuggle tens of thousands of illegal refugees from Libya into the EU via Southern Italy. The human trafficking is reportedly linked to ISIS smuggling networks. If confirmed by authorities, it could potentially open the NGOs to criminal charges .

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  11. Ziiggii says:

    So seems something interesting is going to drop in 30 minutes

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    • Ziiggii says:

      that post was a reply to this tweet

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    • Ziiggii says:

      An investigation has revealed that terror groups operating out of Syria have taken to Reddit, utilizing the online messageboard as a forum for individuals who support Islamic terror groups operating inside Syria. Disobedient Media has determined that the subreddit r/SyrianRebels lists at least one moderator who appears to support extremist-aligned groups in Syria and has recently announced that they will host an “Ask Me Anything” session with a senior Al-Qaeda militant in charge of media outreach for the terror group. Reddit has refused to remove the subreddit, claiming that it does not violate their site’s rules.


      On April 18th, 2017, the moderating team made an announcement that they planned to host an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session on April 29th with Shaykh Abu Sulayman, the former media relations manager for Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham, who U.S. intelligence officials say is merely another proxy for Al-Qaeda fighting in Syria. Shaykh Abu Sulayman, real name Mostafa Muhammed, has been described as the most senior Australian member of Al-Qaeda by the press and is labeled a terrorist by the United States Department of the Treasury. The moderators claimed that their reason for giving an Al-Qaeda propagandist a forum to spread his message was their desire to feature an “English speaker in rebel-held Syria who has first-hand knowledge of events there.” There was no explanation for why they chose an English speaking member of Al-Qaeda, or how they had been able to coordinate and schedule a question and answer session with him.

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      • Ziiggii says:

        An interesting article that was included in the above Disobedient Media article above:

        It is a New York Post article that talks about a new book that was being released March 2015 – “Gideon’s Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad” by Gordon Thomas. In the article they highlight that the Mossad had found ways in which AQ was communicating through Ebay and Reddit. But what is really interesting is the last section of the article titled “Unlikely allies”. In that section it talks of how the Mossad chief started working with Arab intelligence chiefs (Suadi, Jordanian and others). Reading this portion of the article put’s SD’s articles on the new ME alliance into much clearer light.

        The arrangements would come into operation in the event of the Geneva talks failing to satisfy both sides.

        At one of the meetings in the Jordanian port of Aqaba, the spy chiefs had each brought their cyberspecialists to discuss the production of a malware more devastating than Stuxnet to spy on and destroy the latest software structure of Iran’s nuclear program.

        The Saudi delegation had indicated it was ready to finance further research. Crown Prince Bandar had told Pardo there would be “no limit to cost.”

        The United States appears to be pushing for a deal with Iran, but Netanyahu does not trust their leaders. He has ordered Mossad to gather all evidence of Iran violating the deal.
        He told Pardo: “Israel may well have to look for delivery of those bunker-busting bombs from America for what will have been a historic mistake in believing another Iranian president.”

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  12. smiley says:


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  13. smiley says:

    fave director, Clint Eastwood, has a new film in the making…

    “Clint Eastwood Finds Next Film In Terrorist Train Drama ‘The 15:17 To Paris’ ”

    based on the book by Anthony Sadler et al about the 3 American soldiers who foiled a terrorist plot on the train heading for Paris.

    😀 ❤

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  14. BigMamaTEA says:

    Mornin Treeps.

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    • I remember they had bad blood before. She previously (2010?) had tried to smear him over supporting a vets charity which she said was a scam. Maybe she was seeking money to go away. He’s worth about 90 million.

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  15. Dora says:


    Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the death of Kate O’Beirne:

    The Catholic community lost a champion with the passing of Kate O’Beirne. She was a smart, courageous conservative who never ducked an opponent.

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  16. dcrowes says:

    I have been a strong supporter of Fox for years as they are the only major cable that does not bash Trump every minute of the day but am getting really pissed as the sons try to take it in a different direction . Why would they mess with such a successful format.
    Also they all seem to forget the most accurate poster last year and never quote Rasmussen daily tracking poll. today at 51% approval. Its like they only know of Gallup or ABC/Washington Post nowadays. What a shame. Shame on Fox for abandoning there long supporters. Im not upset that they have Trump bashers on there. Just start calling them out for what they are.

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  17. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    Starting the week


  18. BigMamaTEA says:

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  19. BigMamaTEA says:

    Ugh! This happened faster than I expected. Green Party going Islam……….

    “A Briefing Paper for Green Party Activists”

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    • smiley says:

      criminy again !

      did you try reading thru that barrage of convoluted gobbledegook ??

      just string a bunch of psychobabble big words& inflammatory buzz words words together in hopelessly run-on sentences so people trying to make sense of it give up, like WHATEVER, dudes.

      my !

      how erudite ! s/

      did you notice, in that opening green box intro at the start , the author’s self-righteous indignation over “the necessity to deploy violence as a tool” as something the so-called racist, fascist Islamophobes “rationalize” to achieve “civilization rehab”.

      that’s rich.

      pot meet kettle.
      kettle meet pot?

      garbage in, garbage out.

      pure & utter in your face shameless propaganda.

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  20. BigMamaTEA says:

    WVA people, your Senator is lying to you

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  21. Ziiggii says:


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  22. 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.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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