Wednesday November 15th – 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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  1. DanDeplorable says:

    DAILY DEVOTIONAL, November 13, 2017

    Guard Your Heart!

    “The Lord is a jealous and avenging God.”
Nahum 1:2

    Believer, your Lord is very jealous of your love. Did He choose you? He cannot bear that you should choose another. Did He buy you with His blood (1)? He cannot endure that you should think you are your own, or, that you belong to this world. He loved you with such a love that He could not remain in Heaven without you; He would sooner die than have you perish; He cannot endure that anything or anyone should stand between your heart’s love and Himself!

    He is very jealous of your trust. The Lord Jesus will not permit you to trust in yourself or another. He is the Lion Who overcame for you and deserves your devotion (2). He cannot stand the thought of you hewing water out of broken cisterns while neglecting the overflowing fountain that is always free to you (3). When we lean upon Him, He is glad; but when we transfer our dependence to another, when we rely upon our own wisdom or the wisdom of a friend — worst of all, when we trust in any works of our own (4) — He is displeased and will chasten, that He may bring us to Himself.

    He is also very jealous of our company. There should be no one with whom we converse so much as with the Lord Jesus. To dwell in Him alone, this is true love; but to commune with the world, to find sufficient contentment in our earthly satisfactions, even to prefer the company of other Christians to intimate, sweet fellowship with Him, this grieves our Lord. He longs to have us abide in Him and enjoy the constant fellowship in His love; and many of the trials that come our way are for the purpose of weaning our hearts from created things and fixing them more closely on Him in Whom were all things created (5).

    Let the godliness that would keep us near to Christ also be comfort to us. For if He loves us so much as to care about our love, we may be sure that He will protect us from every spiritual foe the world is powerless against (6) and allow nothing to ultimately harm us (7). May we have grace today to keep our heart in holy purity for Christ alone, with sacred loyalty turning our eyes away from all the vanities of the world. Believer, guard your heart! (8)

    (1) Ephesians 1:7
    (2) Revelation 5:5
    (3) Zechariah 13:1
    (4) Nahum 1:7
    (5) Colossians 1:16
    (6) 1 John 5:19
    (7) Jude 24-25
    (8) Ephesians 6:14

    –Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-1892

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    • Nikki/Chico says:

      Amen
      Wonderful
      Thank you DanDeplorable

      🌹

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    • smiley says:

      this reminds me of the notion of “abundance”.

      why does GOD withhold abundance from us, sometimes ?

      sometimes for what seems like a very long period.

      maybe He knows when we can handle abundance…and when we can’t, according to His Will for us…when we still can be lured…seduced…into the world, by greed and lust and ego…when we have an abundance of whatever it is we think we need, materialistically… even without realizing it !

      sometimes He takes us thru a wilderness of non-abundance so that we turn to Him and get rooted in Him…so that nothing can draw us away…not even an abundance of something….in fact, when we get to that point of maturity in Christ, we will gladly give all that abundance away.

      🙂

      just my 2 cents

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      • piper567 says:

        Thanks, Dan, for you periodic posting of Spurgeon’s reflections.
        Several times, Moses reminds the Israelites that when they arrive in “the Land of Plenty”, and have homes, livestock and wealth, they must not become smug, thinking they are
        responsible for their comfort…But that it is the Lord who has enabled them to “get gain”…the phrase used in the KJV.
        We here in the US have nearly succumbed to this very truth…We attribute our comfort to ourselves, often neglecting to acknowledge that it is God who provides us with the wherewithal to improve our lot.
        Our smugness has resulted in a lack of gratitude to God, and allowed us to see ourselves as self-sufficient, not needing God to provide. We daily witness the consequences of this divorce from God…Many conclude they have no need of a Provider.
        Spurgeon’s offering is a detailed reflection on our tendency to wander from our Creator.
        I agree, smiley, sometimes this comfort needs to be withdrawn so that we recall The Source of our good fortune.
        This topic is yet another way to reiterate the human problem with pride, for we are to remain humble before our God, and acknowledge our dependence on Him.

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      TYVM! I have my browser homepage set up to open the Spurgeon daily devotional and my main email account in tabs. The link I use for Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening” devotionals is: https://www.ccel.org/ccel/spurgeon/morneve.today.html
      http://www.ccel.org is a great resource for reading Christian classics–audio also available for some titles.

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  2. citizen817 says:

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  3. prenanny says:

    Has anyone else heard of this gal from NZ? “Discovered her from chasing down this song that I heard on Brokenwood mystery show. What a great voice!:

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  4. citizen817 says:

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  5. the photo of that TIGER he is a MAJESTIC CREATURE OF GOD.

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  7. Garrison Hall says:

    In honor of Sutherland Springs . . .

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    • skeinster says:

      Love it!
      Mr. S and I are looking to move out of the Metroplex. In one of our look-around trips, we talked to three people who all said they’d left for the big city and then come back to their hometown as older adults.

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  8. nimrodman says:

    Karl’s not pleased with all the muzzies.
    Good to see someone from the “arts” / fashion world that’s swimming with Leftys speaking up.

    Fashion Mogul Karl Lagerfeld Slams Merkel for Inviting ‘Worst Enemies’ of Jews to Germany
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/11/14/fashion-mogul-karl-lagerfeld-slams-merkel-inviting-worst-enemies-jews-germany/

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  10. citizen817 says:

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  11. nimrodman says:

    Another felon with a gun who shouldn’t have had a gun. They should pass a law against that … or something.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/11/14/rancho-tehama-california-mass-killing/863246001/

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  12. citizen817 says:

    After seeing the photo, I had to look this up. Nothing short of unreal.

    In The Early 20th Century When Children Can Be Mailed Legally Through The U.S Postal Service

    http://themindcircle.com/mailing-babies-legal-early-20th-century/

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  13. citizen817 says:

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    • Frugaldowneaster says:

      I graduated from high school in 1964. Gasoline was 19.9 cents per gallon. You can still buy gasoline for 20 cents per gallon if you have 2 dimes minted in 1964. The cost has not increased, the value of our currency has dropped. Most nations do not survive much beyond 50 years when they convert to fiat currency. Look to recent history of Germany, Argentina, and now Venezuela to understand what is happening to currencies around the world. When governments turn to unregulated central banks to “print” money out of thin air,
      we ‘ll continue to have crashes.

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      • piper567 says:

        Frugal…your example of the two pre-1964 dimes, is very good: an easy way to illustrate the truths you have stated.
        I find it hard to believe this system of robbery will come to an end, other than collapse of course, but it would be nice to see such evil eradicated.
        I hope I live long enough to witness the extent to which Trump will reveal the labyrinthine nature of such control by an evil elite…and perhaps have an impact on it.
        He certainly is the only one in my lifetime who actually understands the complexity and intent of the Controllers. And of course the balls to do something ab it.
        Living in such historical times is such good fortune.
        I am grateful to God for being alive in this age.

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  14. Garrison Hall says:

    Some thoughts on Judge Moore. Back in the ’90’s a “moral panic” developed around a collective belief that there were satanic cults running America’s day-care centers. To an observer, it was remarkably effective because it caused otherwise thoughtful people to set aside logic and believe the most outlandish claims. Local prosecutors all around the country had a great time putting innocent people in jail and ruining lives. A key element of their “evidence” were interviews—usually performed by poorly-trained social-workers, counselors, and cops, who manipulated little kids into telling outlandish stories of child abuse—which only happened in the minds of the people controlling the interviews. One canard, reported over and over, was that little kids “couldn’t lie”.

    In fact, as any parent or teacher knows, little kids can lie and often lie quite well. And so, based on the children’s statements, people were convicted, sent to jail, their lives and businesses ruined. Subsequent investigations by legitimate, professional psychologists showed that the social worker’s, counselors, and cop’s interviewing techniques were actually teaching innocent little kids what to say. What fueled this shameful episode in our history was the fact that, gripped in a moral panic that made these outlandish stories seem real, millions of American came to believe that a satanic cult had infiltrated our day-care centers and abusing thousands if not millions of children when, in fact, the whole thing was an invention from whole cloth.

    I suspect that something similar is happening with the stories of Judge Moore’s 40 year old sexual encounters with minors. There is a similar moral panic going on about sexual harassment. We are told that, like the little kids, women accusers never lie—and that the men who they accuse are always guilty. Of course we can’t know what actually happened so long ago with Judge Moore, but the willingness of usually well-informed people to set their natural skepticism aside and believe anything they’re told is very familiar.

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    • nimrodman says:

      Astute, Garrison. Thx.

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    • Me says:

      Odd comparison. Quite a stretch.

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    • skeinster says:

      The most publicized “benchmark” case- that of the McMaster’s family- was started by the accusations of a mom who was drug-addicted and mentally ill. But no one in authority caught that until later.
      The scariest thing about this was the mass hysteria. Now that seems to pervade all walks of modern life.
      See: Trump, Donald J., election of.

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    • piper567 says:

      Garrison, Don’t you think that its as much of a political panic as a moral one?
      I tend to think that today the moral aspects of these activities have morphed into a tool of politics. Yet I very much appreciate your perspective, and do believe you are correct in identifying the continuity here…we are fallen, and have a wide variety of ways to illustrate our fallen-ness.
      Thanks for pointing this out.

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      • Garrison Hall says:

        Moral panics are overarching and, at least while they last, can deform any otherwise normal social relationship. This certainly includes politics. The demands for allegiance and the creation of scapegoats are so strong that innocence and guilt are obscured. Fortunately, moral panics don’t last very long and, when they pass and rationality returns, people wonder how they could have possibly believed such things. In the middle-ages cats were put on “trial” for satanism.

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      Meanwhile, Satan, his own dayum self, fully infiltrated fedgov. Literally.

      It is no longer a matter of suspension of common sense and normal credulity–da wimmins/blacks/muzzies MUST be believed, no matter how bizarre, improbable, or self-serving their statements, as long as they’re targeting a conservative, that is. If they’re speaking in favor of a conservative, they’re traitors or just plain cra-cra!

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  18. Sepp says:

    During the upcoming weeks there will be many times when we will see and hear the words “Santa Claus” and will learn nothing about the real one: Saint Nicholas, whose life was dedicated to Christ.

    Here is a link to the Saint Nicholas Center, both an actual place and an extensive website. There are sections with images of him, accounts of his life, hymns, prayers, sermons, photos of churches and chapels around the world named in his honor, and so much more. The real Saint Nicholas points the way to Christ.

    http://www.stnicholascenter.org

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  20. Dora says:

    Joseph Mallord William Turner – A Beech Wood with Gypsies Round a Camp Fire (1824)

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  21. Nikki/Chico says:

    Ephesians 3:14-21
    14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,[c] 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

    20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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  22. nwtex says:

    As the Lord Leads, please pray:

    Giving thanks for Vice President Pence and others with him who showed both honor and humility at the Vietnam Memorial.
    The expression face!

    For all who participated in and were honored by Veterans Day events…that they not be forgotten.

    For America’s Commander in Chief, President Donald Trump, and his goal of improving the lives of America’s veterans.

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  23. Dora says:

    I have no words.

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  24. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.”
    Psalms 118:28 (KJV)

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  25. duchess01 says:

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

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  26. smiley says:

    Florida crime…

    looks like that Tampa serial killer may have struck again, for the 4th time..

    Police Scour Tampa Neighborhood After Fatal Shooting

    Nov 15, 2017

    http://www.wftv.com/news/local/police-mans-body-found-in-tampa-neighborhood-near-recent-string-of-murders/647237407

    gunshot wound.

    early Tuesday, a man’s body was found in the Seminole Heights neighborhood, just blocks away from where the other 3 victims were recently killed.

    they think it’s the same killer…police are looking for a “black man with a light complexion”…around 6′ tall.

    if so, he’s still hanging around there and that’s scary.

    somebody’s got to know something.

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    • Nikki/Chico says:

      I pray this person is taken into custody very soon.

      Matthew 18:18New King James Version (NKJV)
      18 “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

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    • wondering999 says:

      Smiley, I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer but I need to post another piece of disturbing news, this one about a demented killer who was helped to escape from an institution in Hawaii. He apparently landed around San Jose and could be anywhere now. This bugs me because I have people I love in California. Be safe out there everybody…
      OK just came across the news this character was arrested. Thank you Lord. But the other mystery is who helped him out, and why?
      http://abcnews.go.com/US/escaped-psychiatric-patient-hawaii-captured-california/story?id=51162406

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  27. smiley says:

    The Trumpet Player

    oil/canvas

    (no date)

    Richard Schmid ~ American ~ Contemporary ~ Impressionist

    a virtuoso 🙂

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    • piper567 says:

      smiley…the amazing array of textures in this painting, and the talent displayed in painting them with such exactitude, is remarkable. At first I was enamored of the leaves under the benches, and then saw the trash in the bin, the stone, the glass, the brass, metal, fur, flesh, fabric and living trees, and so it went. This work contains so much to be admired…
      This is a masterful painting, and I am so thankful you posted it.
      With so much questionable art being produced today, this paining is a gentle reminder of how it is an artist can look at things with enough attention so as to accurately convey a simple scene, in all it glorious detail.

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      • smiley says:

        thank you, piper, for your observations.

        after I posted it and continued to look at the man with the trumpet, I began to wonder if maybe he’s a blind man playing the trumpet, alone on a park bench…

        …and that’s his seeing-eye-dog, at his feet ?

        not able to see or notice all the litter around him…just content, playing his trumpet in the park.

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  28. duchess01 says:

    Veteran Bursts into Tears When Dentist Sees His Teeth and Gives $15K of Work For Free
    UpliftInspiring
    by Good News Network – Nov 14, 2017

    https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/veteran-bursts-tears-dentist-looks-teeth-gives-15k-work-free/

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  29. georgiafl says:

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  30. duchess01 says:

    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017
    Possessing Divine REALITY!

    http://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2013/08/possessing-divine-reality.html

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  31. duchess01 says:

    Check Out the 10 Most Amazing Acts of Kindness on GNN For World Kindness Day
    UpliftInspiring
    by Good News Network – Nov 13, 2017

    https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/check-10-amazing-acts-kindness-gnn-world-kindness-day/

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  32. Dora says:

    Imagine seeing this at the window? Yikes!

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  33. Dora says:

    Tonight TCM

    Vertigo(1958)

    Wednesday, November 15 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

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  34. duchess01 says:

    BOMBSHELL: Big Pharma Sued For Opioid Epidemic

    The Opioid Files: More Than 100 States and Cities Are Suing Drug Companies

    “Pharmaceutical industry like they did the tobacco industry in the 1990s?

    BY MATTIE QUINN | Governing.com

    http://themillenniumreport.com/2017/11/bombshell-big-pharma-sued-for-opioid-epidemic/

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  35. duchess01 says:

    George Soros Lambasted in the European Parliament, Influence Peddling Exposed

    Nigel Farage Lashes out over George Soros collusion with the EU

    http://themillenniumreport.com/2017/11/george-soros-lambasted-in-the-european-parliament/

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  36. duchess01 says:

    Social Engineering Calamity: Even the Aussies have now succumbed to same-sex marriage

    Australians decisively support same-sex marriage

    BBC

    http://themillenniumreport.com/2017/11/social-engineering-calamity-even-the-aussies-have-now-succumbed-to-same-sex-marriage/

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    • georgiafl says:

      Kids who grow up in these homes generally have identity issues and often the women couples out of the hatred of men, force little boys to become transgender ‘girls’.

      Same sex attraction is a symptom, not another form of normal and definitely not a statistically healthy lifestyle. Higher rates of violence, STDs and other health issues such as addictions, cancers, depression, personality disorder, suicide. When GOD says ‘no’ it’s always to prevent us harm.

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      • duchess01 says:

        Whew, georgiafl – that was a mouthful –

        I think this started in the ‘liberal’ school system – they are always looking for problems where there are none!

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      • Abster says:

        This is such sick sheet. Who on earth thought this up. I see these sick people are actually aloud to adopt…kids and pets. Wrong, wrong on every level.

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  40. ray76 says:

    Zimbabwe’s army said Wednesday it has President Robert Mugabe and his wife in custody and was securing government offices and patrolling the capital’s streets following a night of unrest that included a military takeover of the state broadcaster.

    The night’s action triggered speculation of a coup, but the military’s supporters praised it as a “bloodless correction.”

    https://www.apnews.com/364d8aaefe1c49c8b2a6dcdc35a45efd/Zimbabwe-army-has-Mugabe,-wife-in-custody,-controls-capital

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    • Lucille says:

      ~On becoming Zimbabwe’s first Prime Minister in 1980, Robert Mugabe told Ian Smith, the defiant leader of white Rhodesa, “you have given me the jewel of Africa”. Mugabe took the jewel and shattered it, leaving a few splinters and shards strewn across a wasteland. Today, history came calling for the nonagenarian thug. He is apparently under house arrest as the army takes over and his wife flees.
      Mugabe had an advantage over the first generation of post-colonial leaders from twenty years earlier: The mistakes were well known and he didn’t have to repeat them.
      But he did anyway. And he managed to hang on longer than Nkrumah and Nyerere, Kenyatta and Kaunda and the other Afro-Marxist kleptocrats.

      Butcher Bob Out of His Job?

      by Mark Steyn
      Wednesday Notebook
      November 15, 2017
      https://www.steynonline.com/8254/butcher-bob-out-of-his-job

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  41. wtd says:

    OT:
    An interview of a personal favorite – a plain spoken, street savvy counter-jihadist, via GatesofVienna blog: Tommy Robinson: The Polish Interview

    “…It’s an excellent interview, covering a wide range of topics from the founding of the English Defence League through Tommy’s imprisonment all the way to current events in the UK and Europe.
    What comes through most strongly is Tommy’s struggle to accept the likelihood that he will be killed for doing what he does. He reminds us that if we aren’t willing to die for what we consider important — especially our children’s future — then our lives are all but pointless.

    (((((Tommy Robinson)))) Any parent would be proud to call him ‘son’ and ‘patriot/warrior’.

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  42. ray76 says:

    Biden gropes montage

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  43. My joke for the day:

    Subject: Top Ten Reasons Computers Must Be Male

    10. They have a lot of data but are still clueless.
    9. A better model is always just around the corner.
    8. They look nice and shiny until you bring them home.
    7. It is always necessary to have a backup.
    6. They’ll do whatever you say if you push the right buttons.
    5. The best part of having one is the games you can play.
    4. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.
    3. The lights are on but nobody’s home.
    2. Big power surges knock them out for the night.
    1. Size does matter

    -Melissa Crocker

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  44. bessie2003 says:

    Here is a recap of the opening of the Bundy Trial in Las Vegas.

    https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/bundy-blm/trial-begins-in-las-vegas-for-cliven-bundy-sons/

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  45. duchess01 says:

    What are the health benefits of pumpkins?

    Last updated Mon 25 September 2017 By Megan Ware RDN LD Reviewed by Karen Gill, MD

    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/279610.php

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