Sunday August 20th – Open Discussion

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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145 Responses to Sunday August 20th – Open Discussion

  1. Garrison Hall says:

    Sunday’s commin’ . . . Have a wonderful day with the Lord, Treepers.

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  2. Grandma Covfefe says:

    I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
    Psalm 16:8 NIV

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  3. Kristin says:

    Our Father who art in Heaven, bless our President in this these difficult times. Guide and Protect him and his family, his cabinet and all Americans. For this country needs your Divine protection. Amen.

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  4. May we ALWAYS keep this prayer. Thanks, Sundance, for everything you do!

    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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  5. mj_inOC says:

    Our prayer, an example, a promise…
    El Elyon ~ THE Most High God
    Psalm 9:10

    Isaiah 44:24-45:13English Standard Version (ESV)

    24 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
    who formed you from the womb:
    “I am the Lord, who made all things,
    who alone stretched out the heavens,
    who spread out the earth by myself,
    25 who frustrates the signs of liars
    and makes fools of diviners,
    who turns wise men back
    and makes their knowledge foolish,
    26 who confirms the word of his servant
    and fulfills the counsel of his messengers,
    who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited,’
    and of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built,
    and I will raise up their ruins’;
    27 who says to the deep, ‘Be dry;
    I will dry up your rivers’;
    28 who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd,
    and he shall fulfill all my purpose’;
    saying of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be built,’
    and of the temple, ‘Your foundation shall be laid.’”
    Cyrus, God’s Instrument
    45 Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus,
    whose right hand I have grasped,
    to subdue nations before him
    and to loose the belts of kings,
    to open doors before him
    that gates may not be closed:
    2 “I will go before you
    and level the exalted places,[a]
    I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
    and cut through the bars of iron,
    3 I will give you the treasures of darkness
    and the hoards in secret places,
    that you may know that it is I, the Lord,
    the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
    4 For the sake of my servant Jacob,
    and Israel my chosen,
    I call you by your name,
    I name you, though you do not know me.
    5 I am the Lord, and there is no other,
    besides me there is no God;
    I equip you, though you do not know me,
    6 that people may know, from the rising of the sun
    and from the west, that there is none besides me;
    I am the Lord, and there is no other.
    7 I form light and create darkness;
    I make well-being and create calamity;
    I am the Lord, who does all these things.
    8 “Shower, O heavens, from above,
    and let the clouds rain down righteousness;
    let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit;
    let the earth cause them both to sprout;
    I the Lord have created it.
    9 “Woe to him who strives with him who formed him,
    a pot among earthen pots!
    Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’
    or ‘Your work has no handles’?
    10 Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you begetting?’
    or to a woman, ‘With what are you in labor?’”
    11 Thus says the Lord,
    the Holy One of Israel, and the one who formed him:
    “Ask me of things to come;
    will you command me concerning my children and the work of my hands?[b]
    12 I made the earth
    and created man on it;
    it was my hands that stretched out the heavens,
    and I commanded all their host.
    13 I have stirred him up in righteousness,
    and I will make all his ways level;
    he shall build my city
    and set my exiles free,
    not for price or reward,”
    says the Lord of hosts.

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  6. smiley says:

    Captain Smollett

    oil/canvas (original painting)

    ca 1911

    N.C. Wyeth ~ American ~ Realism/Illustration

    Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island was first published as a book in 1883, titled as “Treasure Island, or the Mutiny of The Hispaniola”..

    later, the 1911 edition, published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, NY., was fully illustrated by N.C.Wyeth, of which “Captain Smollett” is an example.

    Captain Smollett was the captain of the Hispaniola, and he insisted on flying the British flag, under any and all conditions, much to the consternation of his crew.


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    • filia.aurea says:

      This is a beautiful prayer for our President, now being offered on a worldwide basis.

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    • georgiafl says:

      Prayer for President Trump and for America:

      Heavenly Father,

      Your servant, our President Donald J. Trump, is under attack like we’ve never seen before.

      Lord, today I come before you to ask that the armies of Heaven are dispatched to do battle against the demons who are trying to destroy your servant, our President Donald J. Trump.

      Lord, it says in Your word that where two or three are gathered in Your name and pray according to Your will, it will be done. And today I am joined by thousands who are praying this prayer. We ask that You pour out Your Spirit upon this nation and heal this land so that our president can do the work that we asked him to do.

      Lord, he is under attack at every single turn — the Russian investigation, accusations of racism . . . . But we know that You called him forward for such a time as this. He not a perfect man, none of us are. We’re all sinners. I’m a sinner. But it is through Your grace and mercy and work on the cross that gives us salvation from our carnal nature.

      Lord, I’m calling down the blood of Jesus to cover our president and all who are fighting with him. No weapon formed against him shall prosper. The fiery darts of the enemy will crumble at his feet.

      Lord, you know this, that those who would work to destroy this nation — the globalists, the socialists, the communists, and the liberals — they have mounted a force to take him down, so that Satan’s agenda for this country and the world would be complete.

      Lord, America is the last beacon of hope in the world. The Devil wants to destroy it and bring it under his reign, subject to the global order, so that his son, the AntiChrist, may rise up and reveal himself and enslave the world.

      Lord, I know that it is written that these days will arrive and there’s nothing we can do to prevent the written word of Your prophecies. But Lord, we ask that You extend the grace period so that more souls may be won — won for Heaven before the day of judgment arrives.

      Lord, our hearts cry out in Your name. Please hear our prayer and strike down our foes, so that love will prevail again in this land. Strike down the agents of Satan who have corrupted the hearts of our enemy. Soften them, Lord. Soften their hearts and open their eyes to Your plan for this nation, that our president, Donald J. Trump, is working to fulfill.

      Lord, I pray this in Your name. I pray this in the name of Yeshua the Messiah who reigns forever and ever.


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

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  8. A2 says:

    This is a very interesting historical discovery about US airmen who had to eject from their planes going across the ‘hump’ to deliver materials to the nationalists fighting not just the Japanese but the Communists. Some escaped but some were kept as ‘slaves’ by the Yi people for years. Riveting read.

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  9. citizen817 says:

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  10. filia.aurea says:

    This ANTIFA manual was found at Evergreen College. All funding for these unhinged groups should be frozen.

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  11. smiley says:

    true colors !

    the anti-first-amendment (antifa) thugs are now protesting SOROS to PAY THEM !

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  12. smiley says:

    be Thankful.

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  13. Just a reminder that angry rallies are nothing new:

    For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen, whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, “Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth. Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.”
    And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul’s companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.
    And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not. And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.
    Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together. And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people. But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” – Acts 19:24-34

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  14. Dora says:

    The Nightlife of Paris Society by Jean-Georges Beraud (1849-1935)

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  15. amwick says:

    Dh and I went on a rare after dinner shopping trip and bought supplies for painting… We will take advantage of sheltering in place and start painting two smallish bathrooms. The funny thing is the name of the color we picked,,, Country Baked Beans.. 🙂 Anyway, Jesse Watters interviewed astronomer Michio Kaku last night.. This expert said we should see start tomorrow!

    Thanks Mr. Kaku… you made my day! (into night)


  16. Bob Thoms says:

    Something good out of NBC.

    Saturday they partnered with local shelters across the country. “Clear The Shelters” was a success in dallas. 5 local shelters adopted out all their dogs and cats.

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  17. BakoCarl says:

    The Conclusion Of The Matter

    Solomon was king, the wisest of all,
    Who found life meaningless and so banal.
    Nothing was new, nothing under the sun;
    All happened before, all that had been done.

    “Everything is meaningless,” said Solomon,
    “What do we gain from toil under the sun?”
    Anything we’ve done, another can rescind,
    All meaningless, chasing after the wind.

    Though it seems strange, wisdom means nothing, too.
    Yet better than folly, the things that we do.
    The fools and the wise suffer the same fate,
    And the world will forget all we create.

    Deny ourselves nothing our eyes desire –
    All of man’s lusts; all that we may acquire.
    Though we may gain pleasure for a turn,
    Nothing will ever satisfy our yearns.

    Better a wise youth than an old, foolish king
    Who no longer thinks, or heeds the warnings.
    For it may be soon, the king will be gone,
    With all left to another to carry on.

    But there is a time for everything done,
    A season for everything under the sun.
    And God will discern on Judgment Day,
    Our deeds, right or wrong, our walk straight, or astray.

    God gives us a choice to be enslaved or freed,
    So what are our thoughts and our words and deeds?
    Do we hunger for power, and wealth and fame?
    Do we hope the future remembers our name?

    Remember our God in days while we’re young,
    Before old age and our troubles come,
    And the years approach when we will say,
    I find no pleasure in all of my days.

    All has been heard, we have a conclusion:
    Fear God, keep His Word; there’s no confusion,
    For this is the duty of all mankind,
    This is God’s will, the plan He designed.

    For God will judge our deeds, right or wrong,
    And whether or not to Him we belong.
    All will be revealed, every hidden thing,
    Whether evil or good, we may weep or sing.

    And for those of us who call on His Name,
    No weeping or wailing, crying or shame.
    Our joy, unspeakable, full to the brim,
    Living forever in heaven with Him.

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  18. whizzbang says:

    Hey Treepers 🙂
    I read in another thread, actually there have been a few comments about this recently, where people seem irritated about Attorney General Sessions being asleep at the wheel.

    He’s not. He’s not a hard charger for sure, but he’s quietly accomplishing a lot.

    Check this out for example:

    Now that is an awesome achievement right there,

    Have a Blessed Sunday everyone, and God Bless you all!


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    • amwick says:

      Are you familiar with the term silent running?… It became a novel/movie “Run Silent Run Deep… That is how I see AG Session… he is a silent runner… which is awesome, and btw how his job is supposed to be conducted, like it or not….. $.02

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      • Those are two unrelated stories with similar titles. “Run Silent, Run Deep” was a 1955 book/1958 movie about submarine warfare in WW2. (The phrase silent running is a submarine operation term.) Great book. Okay movie. Not a faithful adaptation.

        On the other hand, the 1972 post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie “Silent Running” was an original screenplay about a spaceship-greenhouse illegally avoiding an ordered self-destruction. Good special effects and direction by Doug Trumbull, who did effects for 2001, but it’s mostly hippie environmentalist mush with cute robots.

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        • amwick says:

          I heard about the submarine,,, that’s how I picture Jeff Sessions, but not the “newer” movie… I will have to check it out.. since I am a fan of post apocalyptic stuff in general. Ty very much….

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    • Steele81 says:

      A lot of industries were choke pointed not just a few imo.

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  19. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
    James 1:6 (KJV)

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  20. duchess01 says:

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

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  21. duchess01 says:

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017
    America’s Most Important Question

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  22. 17CatsInTN says:

    FYI, Sammy, one of my 17 cats in a picture perfect pose I managed to capture last night. The other 5 were blurry just so you know… 😉

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  23. Dora says:

    I won’t be anywhere near Great Britain this autumn, so I hope the exhibit comes to NYC next spring. The article is interesting.


    Cézanne unmasked: the shattering portraits that blew Picasso and the Paris avant garde away

    He painted his wife without lips. He painted his friend with a spinal deformity. And he painted himself as a ghost in a top hat. Paul Cézanne’s unflinching portraits, coming to Britain this autumn, didn’t just astonish Picasso and his disciples. They changed art for ever

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    • piper567 says:

      Think it was Cezanne who gave Picasso a painting Picasso really liked, during Picasso’s stay in a beach cottage in Spain.
      Picasso hung the painting over his fireplace, but he hung it crooked.
      One day when another artist entered the cottage, he walked over to the painting and straightened it.
      Picasso walked over and made it hang crooked again, and told his friend to leave it that way.
      When asked , Why?, Picasso said,
      I really like that painting, and bc its crooked, I always notice it, stop to study it…If I had hung it straight, I might learn to ignore it.
      This story has stuck with me for decades, reminding me to notice things which are not quite as they should be.
      A valuable lesson.
      Thanks for reminding me of this anecdote, and allowing me to share it…its an easy event to remember.

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    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      The “media contortions” piece at AmricanThinker is accurate.

      Statue art toppling … first they came for the Confederates, then they came for the Founding Fathers, then they came for Christians, and then they came for Old Glory itself. Beware the slippery slope.

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  24. andeclain says:

    It’s been posted recently, but this tune is my head a lot, although this version is sung by Canadians (I think):

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    • andeclain says:

      I’ve just seen that Deplorable_Vespucciland posted a few seconds before me, with similar thoughts. There is something in the air. We are reading the signs of the time.

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    • The lead singer is from Arkansas, the late great Levon Helm. Though the song was written by Canadian born Robbie Robertson, playing lead guitar here. The rest of the Band were also Canadian born.

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  25. Dora says:

    I didn’t even like him that much so I don’t know why I’m feeling so sad. Nostalgia I suppose. Another piece of the past is gone. 😦

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    • F.D.R. in Hell says:

      Lewis’ 10-year showbiz partnership with Dean Martin made his career. Had they not been a team, Lewis’ popularity would not have reached such heights. He would likely have stayed a Borscht Belt comic.

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      • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

        C.mon now. His 1966 hippie-dippie sci-fi spoof, WAY… WAY OUT, was a box office bonanza. Well not exactly, but a favorite nonetheless. Co-starred Dennis Weaver, Brian Keith, and fellow women astronauts Connie Stevens & Anita Ekberg. His son’s band, Garry Lewis & the Playboys, performed the movie’s theme song. Rest in peace Jerry.

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      • Ploni says:

        No. Jerry Lewis was a big, big talent and much loved worldwide . . . and for decades.

        Your speculation is unfounded and smells of some hidden, personal agenda.


        • Ploni says:

          Moreover, it was Jerry Lewis who kept that team together . . . and kept silent about his former partner’s irresponsibilities and “indiscretions” throughout his solo career.

          Class act always.


      • Dino was great, unheralded comedic skills. Jerry Lewis RIP.


  26. Ploni says:

    Jerry Lewis was a patriot and a true giver who raised more than $2.6 billion (that’s with a “b”) for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

    Seems to me that through his efforts he was a pioneer in the field of philanthropy.

    As kids we put on several street carnivals for MDA through his promotional efforts on television.

    What a blast.

    Rest well, Jerry, and thanks.

    ברוך דין האמת

    Blessed is the True Judge.

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    • WeThePeople2016 says:

      My two favorite movies were “Cinderfella” and “The Absent Minded Professor.” He was brilliant in both. I also watched his telethons for decades. He dedicated his life to serve others. He will be sorely missed.

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      • WeThePeople2016 says:

        Correction – I meant to say “The Nutty Professor.” Both movies are hilarious and Lewis’ was brilliant in his comedy in both.


  27. bessie2003 says:

    In today’s Clarice article at American Thinker she provides a link to a CTH article (the reference where people still support the President):

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      bessie, that kind of stuff happens a lot. I also see lots of reference in comments of other blogs (that I didn’t post myself(snicker)

      To me, that is ginormous compliment not only to the Tree; but specifically to Sd.

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  28. What bugs me the most about these people who want to tear down all the Confederate Memorials is we have a group with a D- understanding of history, probably couldn’t tell you when the Civil War was fought, or who were the belligerents, or what the causes were, Tearing down something they don’t even understand because they imagine a completely fanciful mythology of white supremacy onto Memorial erected by the children of the veterans.

    It’s true: most of these memorials where erected in the teens and 1920s by the children of those then elderly Civil War veterans. To put it into perspective, at the time the Civil War memorials we’re going up the Civil War was about as long ago to them as the Vietnam war is to us now.

    In 100 years, I suppose people will be tearing down Vietnam war memorial’s because of racism.

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    • It’s despicable. They morph 20th century racial ideology and project it back to the 19th century. The entire 19th world held racial beliefs unacceptable today. But it was not the “scientific” racism promoted by Nazis and the progressive eugenics crowd in America. Some of the most despicable haters of blacks were Union northerners who wanted slavery abolished and blacks driven from the US, because they were a threat to the northern wage economy.

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  29. Gil says:

    I always loved the pair.
    My soft spot has been for deano, but loved good old comedy.

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  30. Bendix says:

    Remember this lady, going up against James Comey?

    Happy news.

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  31. 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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  32. duchess01 says:

    MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017
    The Black Man’s ONLY TRUE Friend – The Lord Jesus Christ!


  33. dogsmaw says:

    A Black Moon Eclipse?
    by Farmers’ Almanac Staff | Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 | From: Astronomy

    A Black Moon Eclipse?

    Everyone is buzzing about the total solar eclipse happening on August 21st. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is positioned between the Sun and Earth, blotting out the Sun’s rays. When we have solar eclipses, the Moon is always in its “New” phase (in fact, if you check your Farmers’ Almanac, you’ll see in the August 2017 calendar pages that the New Moon falls on August 21st, the same day as the eclipse).

    But we’ve also heard this total solar eclipse referred to as a “Black Moon Eclipse.” What does that mean, and is it anything to be alarmed about?

    The short answer is no. What’s happening is a completely natural — albeit somewhat rare — celestial occurrence. Here’s everything you need to know about this lunar phenomenon:

    A New Moon Each Month

    Every lunar month, which is about 29.5 days long, the Moon goes through phases, such as “full,” “first quarter,” etc.; one of these phases is the New Moon phase, called this because it marks the beginning of the lunar cycle. When we have a New Moon, the side of the Moon receiving sunlight is not facing us, so it’s “black” to us because we can’t see it. Usually we experience one new Moon in a calendar month, but because the calendar month and the lunar month aren’t completely in synch, we can have two new Moons falling within a given month, like we did last September 30th. This second New Moon occurrence is referred to as a “Black Moon.”

    But to complicate matters, if there are four New Moons within a single season, the third of these is also called a Black Moon (you may remember we experienced something similar with the occurrence of “Blue Moons” in 2016). This is the Black Moon we’ll be experiencing.

    Check your Almanacs — between the Summer Solstice (June 21st) and the Autumnal Equinox (September 22), the following four New Moons fall within the single summer season:

    June 23, 2017
    July 23, 2017
    August 21, 2017
    September 20, 2017

    This means the August 21 New Moon is also considered a “Black Moon.” And the fact that it’s falling on the day of the total solar eclipse, it’s earned the ominous moniker of “Black Moon Eclipse.”

    But while it sounds scary, there’s really no need to be worried, or change your plans for the Great American Solar Eclipse — despite doomsayer predictions, the world is not coming to an end because of a solar eclipse, or because of a “Black Moon,” or a combination of the two. It’s simply a celestial event that’s all about timing.

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  34. Steele81 says:

    A favorite scripture of mine
    Habbakkuk 3:19
    19 The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]

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  35. Michael Johnson says:

    With regard to the USS McCain collision: I am surprised that no one has brought up the recent report of GPS problems in the Black Sea in June. The Daily Mail reported speculation that the Russians may have some cyber weapon that caused this.

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