Sunday February 18th – 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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107 Responses to Sunday February 18th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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    • millwright says:

      Citizen: Thanks for the photo ! It brings back some happy memories of driving thru and flying over Zion . Its a wild and beautiful place like so many in our West !

      Liked by 7 people

      • czarowniczy says:

        With me it’s memories of all of the Utah parks in the 60s before the world discovered them and flooded in. Then again there was also the peace and tranquility of the area in and around Sundance before Redford turned the area into a tourist hub.


  2. Beautiful, I have added this to my list of places I hope to see someday

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  3. thinkthinkthink says:

    When we arrive at a crossroads, we can move on, or we can pause … in the garden.

    Liked by 13 people

  4. millwright says:

    Just a random thought but since ( from recent LSM reports ) so many of our elect4ed elites seem to have no trouble constraining the rights of 99+% of gun owners as a ( crime prevention tool” I think a little reciprocity is in order. Since an even greater percentage of Congress members have been convicted of crimes, or are currently indicted, I humbly suggest the public immediately suspend the pay and emoluments, pensions and medical coverage for all members of Congress past, present and future thus securing the treasury and the public from the threat of fraud and fiscal abuse posed by these persons . After all we can’t be too careful because we’re doing it “for the children ” of our future !

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

    Even though I don’t speak the language I’ve always loved Brazilian music. Starting with the Bossa Nova “craze” in the mid 60’s I was captivated by Brazil’s musicians blended American jazz idioms with the Samba, thereby creating something at once lyrical, pure, and yet quite different from jazz.
    A few years ago, surfing the ‘net I happened on some videos by Roberta Sa who, only in her mid-20’s, was so good she knocked my socks off. As I listened to her, it occurred to me how like Linda Ronstadt’s early performances her’s were. I think she was paying attention because, like Ronstadt, she was good enough to absolutely own a stage, but she also knew enough to surround herself with the absolute best musicians Brazil had to offer. Now, of course, she’s internationally famous. This performance from a few years back, is with a killer close harmony group, called Boca Livre.

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    • wondering999 says:

      Thank you Garrison. I always look forward to your musical gifts of the day. I was telling a pianist friend how much I had enjoyed the slow Ragtime yesterday, and he was emphatic that I had to listen to some Kevin Cole playing Gershwin — and brought out a CD (“Cole Plays Gershwin”) and played it for me. Very nice!

      You probably know about him already… but just a suggestion if you find a particularly good video version and get into the mood for Kevin Cole Gershwinizing…


  6. Lucille says:

    Woman’s Ingenious Invention Generates Electricity Using Wind From Trains, Subways

    Check out her company website:


  7. citizen817 says:

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    • skeinster says:

      So, militarized cops are not a new thing? For the Red scares, I guess.


      • lokiscout says:

        That machine gun would have been legal for anyone to own in 1918 without any special tax, stamps or infringements. Most guns in that day were purchased at the local Western Auto Store or Sears Roebuck mail order catalogue. Amazing how well all the gun control laws have added to our safety over the years!

        Yes, folks, the last comment is /s/!


        • Rudy Bowen says:

          I once saw a reprint of a newspaper advertisement for a Thompson sub machine gun that featured a drawing of a cowboy holding off banditos with one on the front porch of his ranch house. That was in the early twenties, I think. A different age, for sure.
          Maybe true Americans (us, pretty much) are dying off.

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  8. 🍺Gunny says:

    Speak with Integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or go gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

    Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a protection, a protection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others; you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

    Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. “With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life”.

    Your best is going to change from moment to moment: it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick: Under any circumstances simply do your best; and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

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    • georgiafl says:

      Very Good One, Gunny. Well worth saving.

      Re: #2- What others say can be a protection – a defense and also a Projection – putting their own inside conflicts, motives, actions onto others.

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  9. Sepp says:

    This Sunday, today, is the Sunday of Cheesefare or Forgiveness Sunday in the Orthodox Church.

    Since Great Lent begins tomorrow, today is the last day for eating foods with cheese/dairy before Great Lent. Last Sunday was the last day for eating meat. Fish is allowed on the Feast of the Annunciation and on Palm Sunday. Wine and olive oil are permitted on weekends.

    After Divine Liturgy in each church, the service of Forgiveness Vespers is held with the tradition of the faithful making prostrations in mutual forgiveness of one another before starting the strict Fast and increasing prayers and almsgiving.

    It is also the commemoration of the banishment of Adam, the first-formed man, from the Paradise of delight. He was commanded by God to fast from the fruit of the Tree, but broke God’s commandment.

    The Synaxaria for this day, and for the whole period of this part of the year gives an explanation of greater depth and clarity than what I can do.

    Great Lent might sound daunting, but one turns it into joy in the Resurrection of the Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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  10. duchess01 says:



    • millwright says:

      duchess: This gent seem like he’s selling wha too many others’ ( on bpth sides of the evolutionary coin ) are selling ! To me, personally, the “miracle of creation” isn’t unique to the planet we call Earth. Nor, ( do I believe ) its unique in our universe – or even the cosmos we can now perceive – but I suspect its an overarching cosmic impulse ( sorry I haven’t’ the right word(s) , if they even exist ) as a creative force that we’re just one aspect of .

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      • duchess01 says:

        I do not think he was ‘selling’ anything, mill – I think he was presenting what we are told by those who do not believe in the Creator of the Universe – they use the ‘Big Bang’ Theory and ‘Evolution’ to justify their ‘idea’ of how the universe came to be –

        In my mind, there is only one way the universe came to be – “Nothing comes from nothing, Nothing ever could” –

        “The words from the song in “Sound of Music,” sung by Julie Andrews, point up the clear and logical fact that the world and Universe around us — the Earth, and all life on it — would be non-existent if there were no Creator, no Maker, no Original First Cause. Nothing comes from nothing. Something — Creation — therefore must come from “Something” or “Someone” — and that Someone is “God.”

        ATHEISM: “the belief that there was nothing, and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason what so ever into self-replicating bits which then turned into dinosaurs.”

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    • Rudy Bowen says:

      Oh, bs.
      If only it were that simple, but it is not.
      A little agnosticism might be advised, guys like this just try too hard. Most proponents of evolutionary theory I have read or talked to don’t deny God at all…they just study processes. Everything did at some point spontaneously generate, whether it be God or just life.
      Exoplanets…they have now found thousands… 22% in the ‘goldilocks’ zone. Most stars have planets and most planets are earth sized.
      Earth is not unique, it would increasingly appear.
      And nobody gets all the answers from reading a bible that was written by ignorant desert rats. Even if God inspired, they would hardly be able to express the concepts clearly, thus Genesis, one way or the other.
      Clowns like the narrator of the above obfuscations will only drive people away, like me.
      Evolution isn’t the ‘dark side’, nor is it ‘propaganda’. It’s a theory. No one serious claims it to be the only or last possibility of our origins, no one knows the entire and 100% factual truth of that. If creationists are so very correct, why do they get so upset and loud about it? Because deep down they have doubts like everyone else. Yeah, evolution might be science fiction, but the Bible is pretty much fantasy…with nuggets of truth, as has science fiction.
      Talk about close minded.

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      • duchess01 says:

        ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Evolution Theory’ are just that – theories – to which I cannot espouse – I believe in God who has more intellect than any man with a concocted scientific theory –

        Science can never explain to me what God can – and God is not just a ‘theory’ – He is – without Him, there would be no science – and no man!

        What is BS is what man thinks he can do without God! Sorry Rudy, I don’t buy into any ‘scientific theories’ – and when the aliens invade – I will know who and what they are, too, without science.


  11. Texian says:

    I’m crawlin’ back into my foxhole to recharge my batteries.. those days were so good.. Listening to my transistor radio, ridin’ my Schwinn Stingray bike, and watchin’ the older chicks dance like this.. oh my..

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  12. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.”
    Micah 7:7 (KJV)

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  13. duchess01 says:

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

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  14. smiley says:

    here she is with one of her paintings…

    she is also a child prodigy…

    more about her, here…

    (hope this doesn’t post out of sync…it’s a reply to 3think’s post with Akiane’s video.)


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  15. smiley says:

    don’t let this world make you compromise who GOD created you to be,


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  16. Dora says:

    John White Alexander – ‘Repose’ (1895)


  17. smiley says:

    The Mill

    ca 1964

    watercolor, gouache & pencil on paper

    The Grist Mill


    watercolor on paper

    Andrew Wyeth ~ American ~ Realism

    these are two of many paintings AW did of the old and historic Brinton’s Mill in Chester County, PA which he purchased in 1958 and later restored.


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    • 😍😍😍


    • itswoot says:

      I don’t think I’ve seen that first image. The second one I have.

      I’ve really gotten into his work since starting research of his connections with poetry. He was very prolific in his lifelong output. I’m guessing that what can be seen of his paintings online, and in books, is a small part of it all. I’ve read that his paintings and sketches done only at the Kuerner farm near Chads Ford, PA number about 3,000.


  18. Dora says:

    Winter Through Our Ancestors Eyes

    ….how did our ancestors in the northern latitudes deal with winter? Is there any way we can find to relate their experience with ours? The answer is yes, at least for Western Europe. We can actually see what they did through the calendar pages of medieval prayer books.

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  19. duchess01 says:

    February 18, 2018

    ‘The international aid industry needs to be aware of the scale of sexual abuse happening on their watch’: Former UN chief says ‘paedophilia’ is a word charities dare not say

    by Andrew Mcleod, The Daily Mail:

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  20. Shark24 says:

    Believe a “Good News” post is in order this Sunday. Youtube made by one of the teens from the Confirmation Retreat I just helped with (security) a couple of weeks ago here in SoCal. 300 teens and young adults with no cell phones for 3 days focusing on God and Faith. Only about 4 minutes long. God bless and happy 1st Sunday of Lent!

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  21. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

    Liked by 4 people

  22. duchess01 says:

    February 18, 2018

    Islamic State Fighter On Trial Admits Terror Group Sent Him Disguised As Refugee

    by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart:

    Liked by 1 person

  23. oldiadguy says:

    Another indicator about the sad state of our armed forces.


    Pray for peace

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  24. 🎶🎵And Your presence is a promise….🎵🎶
    🎶🎵and in my weakness You are the strength that rises from within,
    Good Shepherd of my soul, take my hand and lead me on🎵🎶
    🎶🎵You have not foresaken me🎶🎵
    🎶🎵You never leave me, no🎵🎶

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  25. Lucille says:

    Happy Equus Caballus Day
    “Waiting” by Frances Marino, Boulder, Colorado artist

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  26. Lucille says:

    Mongolian Horse

    Translated from Chinese…Meng Jin’s blog ( “In 1878, the Russians Nikolai Przhevalsky led the expedition 3 times into the Junggar Basin and nearby areas, including Kobdo, in the western part of Mongolia, where they captured and collected wild mustangs. In 1881 LS Poliakov, a Russian scholar, formally named “Platts” in the name of Prywański : Equus przewalskii (Przhevalsky’s name comes from Poland and the Polish spelling is Przewalski). Whether Przeworski’s horse is an independent species, whether it is a wild species or a subspecies of the Equus caballus has always been controversial. The latest research sets it as a Mustang equus ( Equus ferus przewalskii ). After the wild horse in Europe and other places extinct, the Platts Broncos are the only surviving representatives of the remaining Mustangs.”

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  27. Sauce says:

    Anyone know what happened to the Imperator_Rex3 twitter account? Thomas Wictor made a vague reference to it being down last night on his twitter feed…..

    Account Share
    Unrolled thread from @ThomasWictor
    38 tweets
    18 hours ago

    “(14) I get angry at LIES, not at IDEAS.

    So, many of you know that Imperator Rex is not here right now.

    Now, I know his real identity, but he said nothing to me.
    (15) Social media is dangerous in the sense that it makes you think you KNOW somebody.

    You actually DON’T.”

    Anyone have any details?


  28. oldiadguy says:

    196 Neat Free Survival Downloads

    I haven’t opened and check all of them, but ones I did opened and there is a lot good info to be found.

    Take care and stay safe

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  29. Dora says:

    This is shocking, horrifying and amazing all at the same time.

    Woman Shocked Seeing Her Aborted Baby After Taking RU 486 Abortion Pill

    The following was posted on my site in response to a comment that was made that 10-week-old babies do not look human and are not developed. The woman below had an abortion by pill at 10 weeks, and held her baby in her hand:


    • Lucille says:

      If abortion providers care about women, as they say they do, then they should be willing to give all the details of what an RU 486 abortion pill will do and what the aftermath entails. That they don’t give out this illustrated information freely, shows their hard hearts, and need to deceive in order to keep the money flowing their way.


  30. Dora says:

    But he didn’t see Obama’s.


    The Presidential Portrait That Was the “Ugliest Thing” LBJ Ever Saw

    Lyndon Johnson’s cantankerous nature carried over to even the more engaging parts of being Commander in Chief

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  31. Lucille says:


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  32. 17CatsInTN says:

    Since my fans have clamored for more….. 😉

    Lucy, queen of the rock pile and…..

    Winkin modeling his matching shades of gray in the rock grotto. 🙂

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  33. PgtSndThinker says:

    Where did the Q posts move to?


  34. nikkichico7 says:

    I too would like to contribute to Happy Equus Caballus Day …

    I can’t help but like this horse, triple crown winner 🙂🌹

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  35. nikkichico7 says:

    Romans 8:38-39 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


  36. Donna in Oregon says:

    Today’s Goals:

    Start with God.
    Stay with God.
    End with God.

    Liked by 3 people

  37. Lucille says:

    Baltimore Sun’s Jonathan Pitts pushes Hamas-linked CAIR effort to force Naval Academy to drop counterterror speaker
    February 18, 2018 by Robert Spencer

    Here is yet another example of how Leftist “journalists” present news articles designed to manipulate the public into holding the views they want them to hold.


  38. Lucille says:

    From Stefan Molyneux….
    “Google’s Firing of James Damore Was Legal, Science Is Now Discrimination”

    Video background: “The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has determined that Google did not violate federal labor law when it fired engineer James Damore in August 2017. Damore had already dropped the NLRB complaint to focus on his class action lawsuit against Google for “allegedly” discriminating against white, male, and conservative employees. Stefan Molyneux breaks down the National Labor Relations Board’s absurdly anti-science response and the dangerous precedent that it sets moving forward.”


  39. 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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  40. georgiafl says:

    Daytona 500 winner is a Trump supporter:


  41. nikkichico7 says:

    Good night, 🌙 😴
    God bless you treepers all 🌹

    Liked by 1 person

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