Monday November 20th – 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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239 Responses to Monday November 20th – Open Thread

  1. DanDeplorable says:

    DAILY DEVOTIONAL, November 20, 2017

    Thankful Hearts

    “…and be ye thankful!” Colossians 3:15

    Thanks-giving should always follow answered prayer. Giving thanks ought to come as naturally to us as exhale follows inhale. Isn’t our next breath of life by the permission and grace of God? Have we ever thought of using that breath just to thank Him for it? Do we ever even consider God’s continuous mercies to us with such attentiveness? As the mist of earth’s gratitude naturally rises when the sun of Heaven’s love warms the ground, so should the praises of our hearts ever rise to God in thanksgiving.

    Has the Lord been gracious to you and inclined His ear to the voice of your prayer? Then thank Him as long as you live! Let the ripe fruit fall upon the fertile soil from which it drew its life. Do not fail to sing in praise of Him who has answered your prayer and has given you the desire of your heart. To be silent about God’s mercies is to incur the guilt of ingratitude; it is to act as poorly as the nine lepers who after they had been cured of their leprosy did not return to give thanks to the healing Lord. To forget to praise God, moreover, is to refuse to benefit ourselves; for praise, like prayer, is one great means of nourishing the growth of our spiritual lives. It helps to remove our burdens, to excite our hope, and to increase our faith. It is a healthy and invigorating exercise that quickens the pulse of the believer and prepares him for new enterprises in his Master’s service.

    The Apostle Paul knew this continuing thankfulness, writing to the Roman believers how he thanks his God through Jesus Christ for them all (1); to Ephesian believers that they should be thanking their God and Father for everything in our Lord Jesus Christ’s Name (2); to believers at Philippi that he always thanks God for his every remembrance of them (3); to Colossae believers that they should be overflowing in thanksgiving for their faith; and that whatever they say or do should be all in the Lord Jesus’ Name, thanking God the Father through Him (4); and to the church of the Thessalonians that they should “in everything give thanks, for this is God’s will in Christ Jesus for you”(5).

    The Apostle John knew too, having received Jesus Christ’s revelation which God gave Him to show to John and us that in very Heaven of heavens the four living beings “give glory, and honor, and thanks to Him…”(6); that all the angels fall on their faces before the throne of God, crying “Amen! The blessing, and the glory, and the wisdom, and the thanksgiving. . . to our God unto the ages of the ages. Amen!” (7); and that “the twenty-four elders, who sit before God on their thrones, fell upon their faces and worshipped God, saying, We THANK Thee, Lord, God, the Almighty…”(8).

    If all these give thanks, then what of God’s very own dear children, blood-bought brethren, body of His Son and wife of the Lamb — shouldn’t we?

    (1) Romans 1:8
    (2) Ephesians 5:20
    (3) Philippians 1:3
    (4) Colossians 2:7; 3:17
    (5) 1 Thessalonians 5:18
    (6) Revelation 4:9
    (7) Revelation 7:11-12
    (8) Revelation 11:16-17

    –Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-1892

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    • Carrie2 says:

      Dan, as a Catholic at every meal we thank God for not only the food, but for family and friends. We even say our prayer when having others not of our faith or any faith belief and they are not unhappy about it. Thanksgiving is special, but for me and mine, Christmas is the best!

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    • volintn says:

      Thank you Dan……I enjoyed reading that. We cannot thank Him enough. Amen

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    • Shark24 says:

      Dan, very nice post, thanks. Mrs. Shark24 has been a religious education director for over 25 years. One of the things she teaches constantly from the youngest to the high school kids is to give thanks to God each and everyday. She tells them the first thing they should do when their feet hit the floor getting out of bed is say “Thank you God!”. Easy lesson for them to pick up on.

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    • Giving Thanks … protects us from Brain Rot.

      Romans 1:21 “… for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened.”

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  2. citizen817 says:

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

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  4. Grandma Covfefe says:

    Sing to him, sing praise to him;
    tell of all his wonderful acts.
    Ps 105:2

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  5. citizen817 says:

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      I tried to play of those. Once. 🙂

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      • This is the composer/performer who brought harp guitars back into some notoriety, which lead to the manufacture of new electric models he also used. I had not seen an original acoustic one played until attending one of his concerts back in the ’80s. Hedges died 20 years ago, and I still love listening to his recordings.

        I suppose one can take the idea of multi-neck instruments too far, but if you can think in simultaneous multiple directions (like Pat Metheny) you can get away with it:

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  6. Grandma Covfefe says:

    Thanksgiving Blessings to you all–
    Make this week a week of Thanksgiving as well as Thanksgiving Day.
    Praise God for President Trump!

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  7. citizen817 says:

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  10. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    Charles Manson has died at 83.

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  11. ZurichMike says:

    Each year at Christmas the supermarket chain Migros makes a commercial to generate interest in having customers buy little chocolates from the cashiers while checking out, the proceeds of which are given to several charities. This year’s theme is “Let’s be sure no one is left out [all alone]”. The ad is so sweet. It is so touching especially when the little guy “cries”. But it ends well, as you will see.

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  12. millwright says:

    Anyone have a good link to a search engine in English to help me find someone in Norway ?

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  13. maiingankwe says:

    Hello my fellow Treepers, I hope this post finds you all healthy, happy and well. I would just like to take a moment and give thanks to all who had sent prayers our way. They worked. We’ve all made it home safely.

    I started to write a story on one of our experiences, but I can barely keep my eyes open to finish it. I’m sorry. So I just want to give a yuuge thank you to one all and may you all have a wonderful night. Beautiful dreams my Treeper friends.
    Be well,
    Ma’iingankwe

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  14. citizen817 says:

    FBI releases 1971 letter that D.B. Cooper sleuth says could be from notorious hijacker

    I knew from the start that I wouldn’t be caught,” says the undated, typewritten letter from a person claiming to be the man who said he had a bomb and commandeered a Northwest Airlines flight from Portland to Seattle on Nov. 24, 1971.

    “My life has been one of hate, turmoil, hunger and more hate; this seemed to be the fastest and most profitable way to gain a few fast grains of peace of mind,” the letter said. “I don’t blame people for hating me for what I’ve done nor do I blame anybody for wanting me to be caught and punished, though this can never happen.”

    The person wrote that he wouldn’t get caught because he wasn’t a “boasting” man, left no fingerprints, wore a toupee and “wore putty make-up.”

    “They could add or subtract from the composite a hundred times and not come up with an accurate description,” the letter said, adding, “and we both know it.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/19/fbi-releases-1971-letter-that-d-b-cooper-sleuth-says-could-be-from-notorious-hijacker.amp.html

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  15. citizen817 says:

    Diversity is the human experience … I get a little bit frustrated when diversity or the term diversity is tagged to the people of color, or the women, or the LGBT,”

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  16. citizen817 says:

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  17. ray76 says:

    An element of truth that “they” tell you about, wrapped inside fear porn. Or???

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/UC-Berkeley-killer-robots-artificial-intelligence-12368152.php

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  18. citizen817 says:

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  19. nwtex says:

    (sheesh! hypersensitive much?-nwtex)
    Angelo Carusone‏Verified account @GoAngelo
    15h
    Replying to @GeraldoRivera @seanhannity

    “fast talking.” Subtle. Why don’t you just go ahead and call me a greasy eye-talian while you’re at it. Gross that you spend this much energy defending Hannity’s destructive bullshit. You bring shame to yourself.

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  20. nwtex says:

    Like

    • BoroCast says:

      Brine dat boyd, will ya!!!

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    • fuzzi says:

      I’ve got another way, if desperate: put the turkey in a sturdy colander in the kitchen sink, and let a trickle of cold water run over it for a while. With this method we’ve had frozen turkeys thaw well enough to allow stuffing. A slightly frozen bird will cook just fine, just takes a little longer.

      Best investment for roasting a turkey: an electric cooker. We bought one years ago, use it twice a year, well worth the $30 I seem to recall paying for it. It frees up the oven and saves a lot of energy!

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  21. nwtex says:

    Beautiful!
    ~~~

    Tammy Bruce‏Verified account @HeyTammyBruce
    11h

    Home 😍

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  22. Troublemaker10 says:

    Israel welcomes more members of Bnei Menashe “lost tribe” from India
    https://legalinsurrection.com/2017/11/israel-welcomes-more-members-of-bnei-menashe-lost-tribe-from-india/

    excerpt:

    The new immigrants from the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram will be joining 1700 members of their community already living in the Jewish State. The Bnei Menashe, as this Jewish community from India is called, traces its ancestry to Menasseh, the son of the biblical Prophet Joseph.

    In 2005, one of Israel’s chief rabbis formally recognized the Bnei Menashe as the lost descendants of israelites following years of examining their claims and other research. The rabbinical ruling paved the way for emigration of the Bnei Menashe to Israel.

    The initiative is being supported by Shavei Israel, a nonprofit that aims to bring lost Jews to the Jewish state.

    >snip<

    Members of two “lost tribes” — 162 people from India’s Bnei Menashe and 69 from Ethiopia — arrived in Israel Thursday to reunite with family members and make new lives in the country.

    Some 1,700 Bnei Menashe have settled in Israel over the past 15 years, with a further 7,000 waiting to immigrate.

    The Bnei Menashe are Indians who claim descent from one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.

    They say their ancestors were sent into exile by the Assyrian Empire more than 27 centuries ago, after which they wandered through Central Asia and the Far East for centuries before settling in what is now northeastern India, along the border with Burma and Bangladesh.

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  23. nwtex says:

    Love this photo!

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    • nwtex says:

      Comment on the tweet. Funny 🙂

      Ralph Jinks‏ @Xpress39
      14h
      Replying to @SecretsBedard @HeyTammyBruce @dcexaminer

      Get this news to the Five on Fox. Juan will need to take oxygen.

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  24. nwtex says:

    THE sweetest…………. e.v.e.r. XOXO ❤

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  25. The memories I have associated with this song.. still haunt my heart.

    And then this comment I read :

    “Back when you were still allowed to burn leaves in autumn ;rake them into the street, set them on fire. So damn aromatic this tune was on the car radio.”

    That’s the most awesome comment I’ve ever read about a song..

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  26. Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

    One of my favorites

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  27. Nikki’s/Chico says:

    Philippians 4:4-9New King James Version (NKJV)
    4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
    5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
    6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

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  28. Nikki’s/Chico says:

    Colossians 3:15New King
    15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      I LOVE Earl of Taint! Thanks citizen for posting. (I can’t post some of his stuff here, Earl can get pretty raunchy. Love it!)

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  29. Dora says:

    Elliott Daingerfield – Blowing Rock, Sunset (1918)

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  30. hippielouie says:

    i thoroughly enjoy this board in the morning before i head to the latest news. for me this is a gentle way to wake up w coffee (‘cept when someone posts Rock around the Clock LOLLL). thx to all of u treepers for contributing to a happy start to my day :))

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  31. Lucifer has a new assistant and the temperature down here just went up to “hard boil.” 👿

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  32. Roger Duroid says:

    Country Music legend Mel Tills died Sunday. “Pick Me Up On Your Way Down”

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  33. Nikki’s/Chico says:

    John 16:33New King James Version (NKJV)
    33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[a] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

    1 John 4:4New King James Version (NKJV)
    4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

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  34. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    Hebrews 4:12
    “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

    King James Version (KJV)

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  35. duchess01 says:

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

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  36. smiley says:

    This Place Is Mine

    oil/canvas

    2017

    Casey Baugh ~ American (b.1984 ~ Georgia) ~ Contemporary ~ major painter in the “Bridge Art” movement, a fusion of traditional representational techniques and a contemporary, more edgy approach ~ Figurative, Portraiture and Landscape.

    extremely talented & dynamic artist.

    🙂

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  37. Dora says:

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  38. duchess01 says:

    Take a Knee… my Ass!!

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  39. Minnie says:

    Cell network issues?

    AT&T, T-Mobil, anyone else?

    Strange, it is barely reported but very real. “They” cannot cite a cause of the disruption.

    Unable to post links from cell but apparently it’s an ongoing issue?

    Sucks for those without land lines

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      I am becoming a Luddite. I will always have a land line, and NO smart phone! I have enough gadgets; but I will not be using them often!

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      • piper567 says:

        BigMama…I still have an old flip-phone, and think occasionally ab getting a smartphone, but after watching duchess’ post yesterday, YouTube: Most People Don’t Even Realize What’s Coming, I’m good with this old thing…it meets all of my needs.
        btw, everyone should consider watching this clip: ~30 minutes, but the level of detail is most informative.
        Oh, also read yest., don’t know if its true, Elon Musk registered The Church of AI with the IRS.
        money laundering, anyone?

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    • Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

      Consumer advocate Clark Howard had something about that outage. Thankfully I have a landline. I live in a cell dead zone. I am lucky to get a text sent. Can send from one corner of my house.
      I made it a point when I upgraded my refrigerator, that I bought American and bought a “stupid” appliance that could not take down the Internet.

      Sci-fi writers have warned us about “smart” devices, including “smart” houses. See the story by Ray Bradbury called “The Veldt.”

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  40. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels! For your Monday wake-up call……

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  41. georgiafl says:

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  42. Joke of the Day:

    An elderly couple was on a cruise and it was really stormy. They were standing on the back of the boat watching the moon, when a wave came up and washed the old woman overboard. They searched for days and couldn’t find her, so the captain sent the old man back to shore with the promise that he would notify him as soon as they found something. Three weeks went by and finally, the old man got a fax from the boat. It read: “Sir, sorry to inform you, we found your wife dead at the bottom of the ocean. We hauled her up to the deck and attached to her butt was an oyster; in it was a pearl worth $50,000. Please advise.” The old man faxed back: “Send me the pearl and re-bait the trap.”

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    • smiley says:

      typical old geezer

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      LOL!

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    • Nikki/Chico says:

      🤣

      er, … aw poor old lady 😔😏

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    • piper567 says:

      thanks for the laugh, NebraskaFilly…really nice neck on that horse. Is it your horse?

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      • My Egyptian Arabian stallion who died about 10 years ago. He was 94% Blue List Egyptian and had that “live in the tent attitude.” I still miss him.

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        • piper567 says:

          I should wonder. My Sister has an Arabian gelding with more personality than is imaginable. Had to look up Egyptians…such royalty!

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          • If you are interested, a great book to read is “The Classic Arabian Horse” by Judith Forbis. You will find my boy’s bloodlines throughout: Rabdan, IBN Rabdan, Feyda, Jamil, Bint Gamila, etc., etc. These were the foundation horses of the Royal Agricultural Society and the Inshass Stud. Cass Ole, the horse in the Black Stallion movies, was from the same bloodlines. These are “classic” old-school bloodlines that have been terribly degraded through inter-breeding and the push for bigger and flashier horses who have also lost the incredible versatility of the classic Arab. My boy had a natural park action that would flat take your breath away and would have made an awesome reining horse as well. BTW, I think the Arab world is the only place you will find where children are allowed to show stallions, which speaks to their phenomenal temperaments. Pretty much every light breed in the world today started with the Arab. Any time you want to improve a breed, add an Arab to the mix. All thoroughbreds today came originally from two Arab stallions and one Turk: the Byerley Turk (1680s), the Darley Arabian (1704), and the Godolphin Arabian (1729). Sorry to go on so long – as I’m sure you can tell, this is a favorite subject for me.

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