Thursday December 21st – 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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277 Responses to Thursday December 21st – Open Thread

  1. Lucille says:

    Alastair Sim’s “A Christmas Carol” – my favorite out of all the versions available.

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  2. Lucille says:


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  3. Lburg says:

    Not in the spirit of Christmas at ALL, but using Sundance’s clue about looking through the OIG reports to see what’s being investigated, I came across report OIC-18-032 “Terrorist Financing/Money Laundering” dated December 19th of this year. The investigation was ostensibly to see if Financial Institutions were using a government issued guidance that allowed them not to report the same information to two oversight organizations, however, it’s a little more onerous than that. Not the least of report concerns is that the guidance did not include any sanctions that were put into place after 2004.

    It looks very much like there was an absolute cluster going on regarding illegal and/or suspicious financial transactions.
    From the report:
    Because periodic reconciliations were not performed by FinCEN, FinCEN was unaware that it did not upload to the BSA data base information related to approximately 3,220 (88 percent) of the 3,653 blocked transaction reports received from OFAC between January 2010 and December 2012 because of information technology related problems. FinCen was unaware of this gap until our fieldwork in April 2013.

    I couldn’t find how much money these cases represent but I’m guessing that these transactions were not multiiple $20 withdrawals from an ATM.

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  4. Lucille says:

    From The White House….
    Cabinet Meeting Marks Tremendous Year of Progress
    Issued on: December 20, 2017

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  5. duchess01 says:

    So This Is Christmas – John Lennon – A Biblical Perspective


  6. bessie2003 says:

    Not sure if I post this here, or on the Presidential daily thread. This is a video from the Sect. of State, is of the Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk providing an update on the D-ISIS campaign. It’s about 40 minutes long. Here’s the link:

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  7. Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

    Christmas Songs on Steel by The Black Rifle Coffee Company

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  8. Lucille says:

    Defense Updates YouTube Channel


  9. nimrodman says:

    Latest reason to strengthen our northern border:

    “Hug-a-Jihadi” utopianism from twinkle-socks up there in the Great White North:

    Justin Trudeau: Returning Islamic State Jihadists Can Be ‘Extraordinarily Powerful Voice’ in Canada


  10. JohnP says:

    I wish to thank everyone who has prayed for my daughter. We just got the confirmation that she is cancer free! What a wonderful Christmas present!

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  11. **Based Stickman** needs our help!
    Kyle has been taken into custody.
    His bail is set at $400k.
    We are trying to work a deal but it is going to take some donations and possible property collateral.
    Please donate and message me if you can help.
    I’ll keep you updated.


  12. Lucille says:

    Wend…this is for you….


    Her studio….

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  13. Rex says:

    Since this is “the darkest evening of the year” for a few more hours, I will post this in memory of one of my fellow countrymen:

    Whose woods these are I think I know.
    His house is in the village though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow.

    My little horse must think it queer
    To stop without a farmhouse near
    Between the woods and frozen lake
    The darkest evening of the year.

    He gives his harness bells a shake
    To ask if there is some mistake.
    The only other sound’s the sweep
    Of easy wind and downy flake.

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

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  14. 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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  16. tazz2293 says:

    My cheesecake.
    New recipe

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  17. L’Ensemble Choral du bout du Monde – Joyful Myste…:


  18. BigMamaTEA says:

    I’m not real sure what’s going on, (been out for a couple of hours) Senate tee-vee is still on.
    TurtleHead is going through a batch of bills and nominations, and passing them.

    The clerks are all at the desk. Kennedy from LA is in the Chair. They are going through a stack, and it doesn’t appear that anyone else is in the room. (?) When they ask for Ayes, TurtleHead says “Aye” then the Chair asks for nays, and no one speaks. Also, no one is joining with TurtleHead for his “ayes” and the bill/nomination is passed without objection.

    (I know TurtleHead has probably done most of the work behind closed doors in what he calls Executive session0 BUT, this is a little weird.


  19. BigMamaTEA says:

    Senate adjourned until 11:00amEST SATURDAY! (These guys haven’t worked this long into their Christmas vacay since ObieCare was passed!! ha!


  20. BigMamaTEA says:

    The House resumes 2:00pmEST tomorrow (Friday)


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