Friday June 16th – 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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178 Responses to Friday June 16th – Open Thread

  1. nimrodman says:

    Local officer explains how Barry Larry Terry and his raccoon became a social media sensation |

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  2. Minnie says:

    Missing Weeper xoxoxoxox

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  3. MaryfromMarin says:

    Well stated, IMO:

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    • Lucille says:

      Wonder what was sparked inside the men preventing them from killing the elderly couple whose Jeep they stole. That is amazing. No one would have even known the Jeep was stolen except the couple was able to get free and report it. Hardened criminals, already murderers, yet they spared two innocent humans after being in their home for hours. Was it something the couple said, how they acted toward the men? Incredible!

      This is not to give any credit whatsoever to the murderers or to praise them in any way. I just find it an absolute miracle.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Thanks for posting this.

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  4. Garrison Hall says:

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    • usnveteran says:

      Garrison Hall ~
      I’ve hoped to get a Sicca guitar some day … they are a little pricey though, I may instead invest in a Martin Guitar – closer to home and perhaps a better fit for my skill level …

      Thanks for posting video.

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      • Coldeadhands says:

        Love Martin guitars…sad that owners are lefties.
        After what the Obama administration tried to do to Gibson, I always encourage people to take a second look at them. That said, not sure that the action on Gibsons would give you what you’re looking for out of the box.
        My sister had a Gibson classical guitar 50 years ago that had action like butter. Wonderful tone never seen another like it since.

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        • Garrison Hall says:

          Fortunately, there are a lot of regional American builders who make excellent acoustic, steel-string guitars who don’t have the Martin Company’s political baggage.

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        • usnveteran says:

          I remember the attack on the Gibson Guitar company by the BHO admin. and the ‘police raid’ of their company. I’ve have a Matrix Ovation Guitar (circa 1980) – but really like the Martin Guitars – I didn’t know that it was a Leftist company – what a bummer.

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      • Garrison Hall says:

        Concert quality classicals tend to be expensive—you’d be lucky to get an Andres Marvi for US8k—because there’s a huge step between factory made or assembled classicals and luthier-made concert guitars.

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        • usnveteran says:

          Garrison Hall ~
          I’ve been playing an Matrix Ovation Guitar(circa 1980) and recently shopping around for another type of guitar – I’ve had my eyes on the Martin Guitars for years – but some tell me that I should consider trying out the modern versions of Ovation Guitars first.


  5. mj_inOC says:

    Reading 1 Samuel, reminds us of David’s heart for righteousness, in spite of Saul’s jealously, anger, and finally, repentance… “You are more righteous than I, for you have repaid me good, whereas I have repaid you evil,”
    ~ 1 Samuel 24:17.

    Great analogy for today with Our President who sought our prayers and God’s wisdom…

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  6. Mike Watson says:

    The shooter holding a sign indicating hatred for the rich denotes the misguided left and the most desperate need to combat the “you owe us a living” indoctrination of our tax system. A 10% flat income tax for everyone with a small (maybe 5%) voter approved national sales tax as the sole source of government income would fix it all. We all have equal responsibility for and should all pay the same percentage of our income. The successful should not be taxed more than everyone else and leaving the means of the successful in their control is the fair and intelligent way to lift the general welfare. This does away with the need for lobbyists and the immense consumer tax that is really what corporate and business taxes are. A fair tax system and nationalizing the Federal Reserve Bank to end deficit spending would cure all our economic ills and give everyone opportunity for success by making their work really pay them.

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  7. millwright says:

    Some good news ! The two GA escapees were captured this evening at gun point by a homeowner near Shelbyville, TN when they tried to steal his car. Another “Good guy With A Gun ” story that won’t make the LSM .

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  8. nimrodman says:

    London fire: flammable cladding on Australian buildings ‘is like the asbestos problem’ | The Guardian

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  9. Harry Lime says:

    From Breitbart – 06/16/2017

    7% of American adults think chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

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  10. citizen817 says:

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  11. Lucille says:

    I don’t recall ever hearing of something like this before involving embassy-affiliated Turks starting a riot. My assumption is that they could not be arrested at the scene because some may have had diplomatic immunity. But the hubris shown (AND IN BROAD DAYLIGHT!) has got to be unusual even for Washington D.C.

    Arrest warrants issued for brawl outside Turkish embassy

    “D.C. police have made arrests following clash that occurred during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit in May; Rich Edson reports from the State Department”

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  12. Janie M. says:

    Please bear in mind this young lady was 12 years old at the time of this performance.

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  13. smiley says:

    Cyan And Red


    acrylic on paper

    Paul Bailey ~ UK ~ Contemporary ~ Minimalist Abstract ~ Landscapes

    for more of his exquisite abstracts…

    beautiful, clean, vibrant 🙂

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  14. Dora says:

    Gustave Caillebotte – Paris Street (1877)

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  15. nimrodman says:

    This “eat the rich” mentality has its natural limits, you know.

    Take it too far and “the rich” will pack up and go elsewhere. Monaco. Caymans. Various other havens.

    The homes of rich people in Kensington should be SEIZED for Grenfell Tower residents made homeless by fire, says Corbyn

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  16. smiley says:

    problem solved !

    filed under Live & Learn…

    for several months now, all thru the swampy night(s), I have been hearing what I thought was someone’s CAR ALARM…or something…going off constantly…reported it a few times, to no avail.

    and have discovered that the sound is not a car alarm, at all 😀

    it’s this little guy…


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    • smiley says:

      I looked up How It Got Its Name, thinking maybe it might be named after the late rythm and blues singer Chuck Willis which it’s not…it’s not Chuck-Willis’-Widow…

      apparently, it is named after the sound of its call…

      like…if you repeat chuckwillswidow–chuckwillswidow real fast ,over & over, that’s how it got it’s name.

      that’s the sound it makes…chuckwillswidow-chuckwillswidow-chuckwillswidow.

      FWIW 😀

      (I’ve lost a LOT of sleep over this.)

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      • JC says:

        Hahaha… awesome story, Smiley, though I’m sorry you’ve lost sleep. Do you sleep better now, knowing what/who it is, or does the little chirper still keep you awake?

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        • smiley says:

          doesn’t bother me anymore at all, now that I know it’s a little birdie singing its heart out ALL NIGHT LONG…
          I have intense anger issues only towards CAR NOISES ALL NIGHT LONG.

          so no more anger ALL NIGHT LONG.

          happy cracker 🙂

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            LOL When I moved to Midway Island the albatrosses there had this dance they did constantly. Clack, clack, clack, trillll, flap, flap flap, and repeat (over and over). Not ONE bird, HUNDREDS. I thought I would never sleep at all on the first night. I did get used to it and when they all flew away many months later, I found I couldn’t sleep for a week without the noise.

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            • smiley says:

              thing is…I bet a friend of mine $10,000 (!!!) that this was not a bird…he said “I’ll bet you it’s just a bird…” but I was SO convinced (and po’d at the police who seemed to do nothing about the alarm, LOL) that this was some rogue unattended alarm on some out-building somewhere that I said “yeah? well you’re on…I’ll bet you ten thousand dollars that it’s an alarm.”

              haven’t told him yet.

              maybe he’ll settle for a pizza. 😀

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      • Janie M. says:

        smiley, your post reminded me of a the Lyrebird I discovered last year while wandering over at the National Geographic:


        • smiley says:

          wow…THAT is one amazing bird….!

          chainsaws, police sirens…um…no thank you very much.

          real good thing he’s not around my yard at night.

          truly amazing.

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          • Janie M. says:

            smiley, I was trying to figure out how a bird living in what appears to be a jungle (think it’s Australia) picked up sounds from “civilization.” 😀


    • auscitizenmom says:

      I think I only had about 6 or 8 records and this was one of them.


    • auscitizenmom says:

      When I played this, my little doggie woke up and looked around with a “what the he!!” look on her face. It was hysterical.

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  17. nimrodman says:

    A bit of trouble in facebook-land

    Revealed: Facebook exposed identities of moderators to suspected terrorists

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  18. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
    Jeremiah 1:5 (KJV)

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  19. duchess01 says:

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  20. duchess01 says:

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

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  21. georgiafl says:

    This can’t wait ’til Caturday:

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  22. WeeWeed says:

    TGIF infidels!

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  23. duchess01 says:

    Catholics stage ‘prayer protest’ after Muslim mass prayer at statue of Virgin Mary (Debates)

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    • dbethd says:

      They didn’t want to show that very much did they. 99% of the video is of the two guys.

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      • duchess01 says:

        No, they did not, but you notice the nonsensical argument from Mohammed – when the other guy asked if they would let Catholics in their ‘holy’ place to pray – Mohammed ignored the question –

        He was right – they push their way in to control whatever it is they want to control – brazenly get their way – but, will not reciprocate – this video made me cranky – the interruptions – the anger Mohammed displayed – ‘religion of peace’ – I think not!

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  24. duchess01 says:

    Brazil’s love for Jesus’: Christians take part in annual march in Sao Paolo

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  25. duchess01 says:

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  26. Craig from Scotland says:

    Apologies about the music, no idea what that is about.

    Before judgment is delivered on my comment, I’ve had the great pleasure to work and travel extensively throughout Asia. Mostly due to various drilling commitments.

    However, we all need to call time once and for all on North Korea. The leadership and regime needs to be wiped out as soon as possible. China & South Korea needs to pick up the tab on this monstrosity of a nation.

    Attn: China / South Korea
    Word to the wise: If you folks don’t wipe out this disgusting regime, it will be done completely out of your purview and control.

    Your choice.

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  27. duchess01 says:

    Baby Miraculously Survives London Fire by Being Thrown from 10 Stories and Caught

    Veronica Neffinger | Editor, | Thursday, June 15, 2017

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  28. duchess01 says:

    Depressed Teens: They Need More Than Happiness–They Need Jesus

    Eric Metaxas, Stan Guthrie

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  29. Dora says:

    Sirius-XM Sexualizes and Politicizes Classical Music

    One of the cherished respites in my life is the Symphony Hall channel on Sirius-XM Radio. It’s a getaway, an oasis, a safe-space from the political madness and cultural insanity ruining so much of everyday life. When I need to escape the nattering news cycles, the toxic noise, the gagging cultursmog, the Symphony Hall channel is there for me. No politics. No ideological agenda. No culture war. A place of peace. The channel sticks to the timeless, even the transcendent, outside the silliness and ugliness of the zeitgeist. That is what classical music is.

    Well, not anymore. At least not at Sirius-XM.


    • Bendix says:

      That’s what I like about it. I only became really interested in it a few years ago, I didn’t realize right away that part of the appeal was that it recalls a time before all this happened.
      The purpose of satellite and cable has always been to hear and see things deemed to “dirty” for network tv, unfortunately.


  30. Bendix says:

    Forgive me if it has been noted already, but where are Hillary and Barack’s statements on the shootings?

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  31. MaineCoon says:

    UPDATE MATT MIKA (victim shot) given to me from my choir director who is receiving updates from a choir member with contact in the situation (this is not the msm crap):

    Matt went into surgery to rebuild his chest wall & lung.

    Pray as lead. God’s guiding hand on surgeons and all attending. Matt’s body will respond positiviely and be strong during this.

    Pray for positive post-surgery results. His physical stamina.

    Pray for the family.

    Keep praying please. There will be more surgeries.

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  32. jackphatz says:

    Texting suicide verdict: Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter

    Your thoughts on this verdict. I can not fathom what possessed this mean girl to convince her “boyfriend” to kill himself. Words have meaning. Personally I feel this young mans family has received some justice.


  33. Lucille says:

    Pamela Geller: J’accuse the Left of Treason, Murder and Warmongering
    June 15, 2017


  34. dogsmaw says:

    Amazon buying Whole Foods in bold move into brick and mortar

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a stunning move that gives it hundreds of stores across the U.S. — a brand-new laboratory for radical retail experiments that could revolutionize the way people buy groceries.

    The deal valued at $13.7 billion unites the company that persuaded people to buy books — and then everything else — online with the grocery store chain that fell behind as shoppers found “good enough” alternatives to the organic and natural foods it helped popularize.

    Amazon already offers grocery-delivery services in five markets, but the Whole Foods purchase would let it expand to many more. Amazon also offers grocery shipments elsewhere, but that’s tough with perishable foods.

    The deal could be “transformative,” Moody’s lead retail analyst Charlie O’Shea said, “not just for food retail, but for retail in general.”

    Groceries are already a fiercely competitive business, with low-cost rivals like Aldi putting pressure on traditional supermarket chains and another discounter, Lidl, opening its first U.S. stores just this week. Whole Foods itself had launched an offshoot chain named after its “365” private label brand in a nod to the popularity of no-frills chains.

    The Amazon-Whole Foods combination could put even more pressure on those chains and other big grocery sellers. Walmart, which has the largest share of the U.S. food market, has been working on lowering prices, while Target has been struggling to turn around its grocery business.

    “Dominant players like Walmart, Kroger, Costco, and Target now have to look over their shoulders at the Amazon train coming down the tracks,” O’Shea said.

    Online delivery of groceries so far has been tough for any company to pull off because of customers’ concerns about the quality of meat and produce, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said. But if customers know that what they are getting is the same as what they’d get at the local store, they are more likely to try it out.

    Whole Foods, which will keep operating stores under its name, said in an email to customers, that it will maintain the same standards under Amazon, including bans on artificial flavors and colors and antibiotics in hens producing its eggs.

    Pachter said that even if Amazon gets 20 million members of its Prime loyalty program to pay $15 a month extra for AmazonFresh grocery-delivery service, that’s 20 million not going to traditional supermarkets. He added that these are likely the higher-income households who tend to buy more expensive brands and cuts of meat.

    “The conventional grocery store should feel threatened and incapable of responding,” Pachter said.

    And because customers can buy foods and bulk items like toilet paper from a single retailer, discount retailers such as Costco, Target and Walmart should feel threatened, too.

    Walmart has been trying to address some of those online threats, pushing harder into online to build on its strength in its stores and groceries. It announced Friday that it’s buying online men’s clothing retailer Bonobos for $310 million in cash, following a string of online acquisitions including ModCloth and Moosejaw.

    Just two years ago, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey predicted disaster for Amazon’s foray into grocery delivery, telling Bloomberg BusinessWeek it would be “Amazon’s Waterloo.”

    But Whole Foods has seen its sales slump and in February said it no longer saw the potential for expanding its flagship chain to 1,200 locations, up from about 460 in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. It also had announced a board shake-up and cost-cutting plan amid pressure from activist investor Jana Partners.

    Amazon, meanwhile, has been expanding its reach in goods, services, entertainment — and groceries. It could have built up its groceries business without acquisitions, said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, but that would have been costly and time-consuming.

    With Whole Foods, Amazon gets an established business that it can transform through its technology and supply network expertise. And it should be able to bring cost-cutting technologies, such as robots to move inventory around, while the company gets a better picture of customers by marrying data from Amazon and Whole Foods’ loyalty programs.

    That, in turn, could help Amazon do better with pricing and promotions, branding and the overall store experience, said Robert Hetu, a retail analyst at Gartner.

    Amazon also has been testing automation technology at a Seattle convenience store that’s currently open only to Amazon employees. The store uses sensors to track items as shoppers put them into baskets or return them to the shelf. The shopper’s Amazon account gets automatically charged.

    Hetu said Amazon isn’t likely to bring that to Whole Foods right away but could deploy pieces of it to further cut costs. Both companies said there will be no layoffs, but did not respond to other questions about Amazon’s plans for Whole Foods.

    Whole Foods, founded in 1978, saw its stock peak in 2013 at $65.24. And the key measure that retailers look at to gauge their health, revenue at stores open more than a year, has fallen for seven quarters in a row.

    That’s frustrated investors saddled with a drop of nearly 43 percent from the start of 2014 through Thursday, while the rest of the stock market marched 32 percent higher to record heights. The investment firm Jana Partners said in April that it had built up an ownership stake in Whole Foods because it saw ways to address its “chronic underperformance for shareholders.” Jana had pushed to shake up Whole Foods’ board of directors, among other changes.

    Pressure from activist investors got so high that Mackey told Texas Monthly magazine recently that “they’re greedy bastards, and they’re putting a bunch of propaganda out there, trying to destroy my reputation and the reputation of Whole Foods, because it’s in their self-interest to do so.”

    Mackey will stay as CEO, and the headquarters will stay in Austin, Texas. The deal is expected to close later this year.


    AP Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio and writer Stan Choe contributed to this report.


  35. jackphatz says:

    Funny!! In the video, it sounds like they are saying “wiseup”

    Dolce & Gabbana Trolls Melania Trump Haters With $245 Boycott Shirt

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  36. BAMAFan says:

    Breaking News — Officer Yanez not guilty on all counts.

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  37. BAMAFan says:

    Drudge hasn’t posted it yet. Riots in 1 2 3 . . .


    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Go to the bottom of the page….BamaFan. I just posted a link of what is supposed to be a live stream going of a protest, going on tonight!

      Liked by 1 person

      • BAMAFan says:

        Looks peaceful so far. I didn’t like the outcome of the NCAA National Championship last year, but I figured marching in the streets wouldn’t change the outcome. R O L L T I D E

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  38. duchess01 says:

    This List Of Attacks Against Conservatives Is Mind Blowing
    12:54 AM 06/16/2017


  39. BigMamaTEA says:

    “US Ethics Committee releases Trump’s financial disclosure” with data link

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      I will say…this is the almost the first Financial Disclosure form I have seen with the wealth created BEFORE they got into politics! Issa, and a couple others were wealthy BEFORE they held office; but 99% got wealthy AFTER.

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  40. cheryl says:

    Word is that Paul Nehlen is running against Ryan again.

    Just waiting for info on where to donate to his campaign.

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  41. kp3ace says:

    Martha McCallum of Fox News just released the names of the 6 Republicans on Hodgkinson list. Trent Franks AZ, Scott Dejarlais TN, Jim Jordan OH, Mo Brooks AL, Morgan Griffin VA. She forgot to mention the 6th name. Found Jeff Duncan SC on another website. Members of the Freedom Caucus.

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  42. Lucille says:

    Right side Broadcasting is live right now re the USN ship crash…

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  43. 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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  44. BigMamaTEA says:

    It appears the protest in the Philano Castile verdict is ON…..

    Liked by 1 person

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