Tuesday December 26th – 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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98 Responses to Tuesday December 26th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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  2. citizen817 says:

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    • oldtoenail says:

      Where are the modern day equivalent to this group? The answer may predict the future of people on the blue ball.


      • Jim in TN says:

        Science has massively multiplied and fragmented since then. Today the equivalent experts are spread across hundreds of conferences that have hundreds or even thousands of attendees and are much more narrowly focused.


      • WhistlingPast says:

        These days, with scientists so busy competing for government grants to produce more ‘Man-Made Climate Change’ studies, who has time to sit for group pictures?


  3. Garrison Hall says:

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  4. Mia C says:

    Al Franken did his “final” Senate speech. I was going to feel a little bad for him since the MeToo witch hunt is out of control, in my opinion, but then I saw he trashed Trump a lot. He’s just so detestable.

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  5. Jane in Florida says:

    Speaking of Tweets….have you seen

    Is this Julian’s real account? If so, five hours ago, he just downloaded the #DeepStateVault @HillaryClinton emails which the @FBI has refused to release. More to come- Hillary R. Clinton Part 01 of 16

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  6. Jane in Florida says:

    Dear Moderators,

    What did I do wrong? I didn’t mean to post ALL of the Tweets!

    I’m terribly sorry for the inconvenience.

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  7. nwtex says:

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  8. millwright says:

    Just sharing a personal note: Our sons just gave their mother a hit on her “bucket list ” ; a trip to the Grand Canyon ! A remarkable gift, TBS ! Did she tear up ? TBS ! But the best news of all is it – God Willing – appears we’re going to be grandparents – again ! I can’t think of a nicer Christmas present !

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  9. smiley says:

    Fresh Horizons

    acrylic/panel ~ 2017

    Fields of Solace

    acrylic/panel ~ 2017

    artist : Joan Fullerton ~ American (Colorado) ~ Contemporary ~ Abstract ~ Landscape


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  10. nwtex says:

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  11. smiley says:

    best day evah for kittehs

    🐱 ❤

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  12. nwtex says:

    We mustn’t forget them.

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  13. ZurichMike says:

    Today is the Feast of St. Stephen. Here the appropriate carol:

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  14. nwtex says:

    awww good boy. Brave!!!!! 😉

    Watch This German Shepherd Take On A Talking Mini Santa Claus
    15 hours ago


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  15. nwtex says:

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  16. waltherppk says:

    All aboard

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  17. rashamon says:

    I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to another Trump Year.

    This holiday is my first with the adopted kitties, and I was awakened by their exploration of the boxes of LEGO — spread everywhere! FInally, I got out the shop vac, put a knee-hi stocking over the end and sucked up most of them, but I sure we’ll be stepping on the littlest bricks for weeks. Crazy littie creatures didn’t even build something.

    Dogs, white rats, birds and bunnies haven’t pulled that one before.

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  18. Dora says:

    George William Joy – The Bayswater Omnibus (1895)

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  19. smiley says:

    movie & Churchill fans…

    Trump Takes A Lesson From Winston Churchill

    Why POTUS 44 would not have screened Darkest Hour at The White House

    Dec 26, 2017


    a week ago, on Dec 18, PDJT invited various lawmakers to the WH for a private screening of Darkest Hour (Gary Oldman shines brilliantly as Winston Churchill).

    …unlike the previous occupant, for whom Sir Winston Churchill was anathema.

    here’s the official trailer for the film ( a must-see, imo)..

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  20. Dora says:

    Happy Boxing Day.

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  21. Dora says:

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  22. Dora says:

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  23. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
    Psalms 119:103 (KJV)

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  24. duchess01 says:

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

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  25. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  26. duchess01 says:

    Blanca – Real Love – (with lyrics) (2017)

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  27. duchess01 says:

    People Can’t See How Enslaving NAFTA Really Is

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  28. Ghostrider says:

    We saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi last night. Loved it and it is awesome! Strongly recommend.

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  29. Menagerie says:

    Bishop Barron gives serious food for thought in today’s commentary on the scripture reading.


    MATTHEW 10:17-22
    Friends, today we celebrate the martyrdom of St. Stephen. The Gospel tells us to expect persecution. Martyrs like Stephen are witnesses who have given their lives for the faith, participating in the bloody death of Jesus himself. They are part of the great chorus that gives praise to Christ in heaven. The Lamb has become their shepherd, leading them to springs of life-giving water.

    “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” This is an eschatological hope, one held out for us in God’s definitive future. But a terrible price was paid, and a terrible war was waged. Their robes are washed clean, but in the blood of the Lamb. Please notice the presence of martyrdom up and down the ages, to the present day. The twentieth was the Christian century with the most martyrs ever, in fact more than all the other centuries combined. The most persecuted religion on planet earth today is Christianity. St. Stephen, pray for us!

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    • Howie says:

      After Christmas….
      Lord God, our Father, we praise you for the birth of your child Jesus and the joy that attends his coming into the world. He is indeed the fulfillment of our deepest longings. In him, we find new life and like Simeon of old we see a glimpse of the salvation you intend for the world.

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  30. pacnwbel says:

    Boxing Day as far as I remember got its name for a couple of similar reasons The poor of the parish went calling on the big houses with boxes to be filled with Christmas leftovers, and the servants at the big houses were given boxes of food gifts, known as a Christmas box in the sense of a tip


  31. Dora says:

    Isn’t this ridiculous?

    Topless Femen activist tries to snatch Jesus statue from Vatican crib

    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A topless activist from the feminist group Femen tried to snatch the statue of the baby Jesus from the Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square on Monday but was stopped by police as she grabbed it.


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  32. Last night I was dreaming that POTUS and I were having a conversation. The details are to many to get into but basically we were talking about eating to much and laughing about it. Then he became serious about the future.He was really concerned about the country. When I woke up I was overjoyed!! it was so real and I felt so much love for him.

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  33. Memories of a Catholic girls’ school Christmas as 2017 transitions to our new 2018. Our high school’s 50th anniversary was in 2012. Helen Reddy’s “Christmas Auld Lang Syne.”


  34. Dora says:

    Oh No! What a decision Melania had to make! I suppose she had no other choice, but this is going to be so sad.


    Exclusive: Iconic White House tree to be cut down

    The decision to remove the tree was ultimately made by first lady Melania Trump after she assessed all of the professional information and accompanying historical documents.


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  35. Donna in Oregon says:

    “The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn’t for any religious reasons. They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin.”
    – Jay Leno

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  36. Donna in Oregon says:

    “I left Santa gluten-free cookies and organic soy milk and he put a solar panel in my stocking.”
    – Author Unknown

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  37. Donna in Oregon says:

    “Every year, Christmas gets longer and longer, and you don’t care, do you? Every year, you just take more of the calendar for yourself. How long does it take you people to shop? It’s beyond belief! It’s insane! When I was a kid, Halloween was Halloween, and Santa wasn’t poking his ass into it!”
    – Lewis Black

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  38. 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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  39. Eks Mann says:


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