Thursday March 1st – 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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285 Responses to Thursday March 1st – Open Thread

  1. Lucille says:

    When Old Dog Won’t Play With Anything But Discontinued Toy, PetSmart Folks Don’t Give Up
    By McKinley Corbley – Feb 28, 2018

    Liked by 3 people

  2. duchess01 says:

    THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018
    Noah’s Day… Your Day!


  3. BigMamaTEA says:

    On Thursday, May 27, 1999, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address a Committee Hearing in DC following the Columbine shooting. Scott’s speech is just as true after the Florida school shooting as it was after Columbine.
    Here are Mr. Scott’s words:.
    “Since the dawn of creation there has been both good and evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence.

    The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

    The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.

    In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA.

    I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA ­ because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. Therefore I do not believe they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent.

    I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy ­ it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies!

    Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves.

    I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best. This was written way before I knew I would be speaking here today:

    Your laws ignore our deepest needs
    Your words are empty air
    You’ve stripped away our heritage
    You’ve outlawed simple prayer

    Now gunshots fill our classrooms
    And precious children die
    You seek for answers everywhere
    And ask the question “Why”?

    You regulate restrictive laws
    Through legislative creed
    And yet you fail to understand
    That God is what we need

    Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, soul, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc.

    Spiritual influences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence.

    And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs ­ politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties.

    We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre.

    The real villain lies within our own hearts.
    Political posturing and restrictive legislation are not the answers.

    We do not need more religion. We do not need more gaudy television evangelists spewing out verbal religious garbage. We do not need more million dollar church buildings built while people with basic needs are being ignored.

    We do need a change of heart and a humble acknowledgment that this nation was founded on the principle of simple trust in God!

    As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes ­ He did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right!

    I challenge every young person in America, and around the world, to realize that on April 20,1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain.

    Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him.

    To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA I give to you a sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!

    My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!”
    Darrell Scott, father Rachel, deceased.

    (How dare these commie whack-a-doos claim their “March” in in honor of the upcoming 20th Anniversary DEMANDING anything! I understand most of the “kids” probably weren’t even born yet when Columbine happened; but, the adults using them as their props were mostly adults then. May God help us!

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    • amwick says:

      Ty, I have been wondering why? Why this never happened when I was a child? What is different about these days? The human heart is a good starting point. It is not the NRA, it is not the weapon.

      Liked by 4 people

      • Orygun says:

        Removing the Christian values from our society has allowed evil to move in double fold. The media spews horror and hate on a nonstop basis and has made evil out to be an everyday occurrence. When I was a child we didn’t lock doors and we never had to lock our bikes at school because stealing was just not done. If you took someones bike you would be shunned and get your a$$ thoroughly stomped. There were consequences for bad behavior.
        The media glorifies it and Hollywood enshrines it in their “movies”.

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    • kinthenorthwest says:

      NRA is not the problem. In fact NRA is all about gun safety and teaching of gun safety.
      What does scare me is that Trump has thought through his proposal of being able to take guns without due process. Yes there are occasions like Cruz where past history shows the person is and has been a threat. But what about the times that someone gets ticked off at a gun owner & decides to get pay back in some crazy way. Ex-spouses, ex-significant others, employees, ex-friends and the list goes on of people who have made crazy accusations about others for revenge.


  4. Patriot1783 says:

    Again, this happens!
    All the Clemson fraternities should band together and file suit for damages, deformation, loss of any income (they were immediately shut didn’t by college) and Clemson should file for damages to reputation since likely affected

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  5. Dora says:

    A warning for anyone in the way of this storm.


    Fierce Nor’easter to Bring Flooding Downpours, Wind Gusts Near 70 MPH and Heavy, Wet Snow
    A high wind warning is in effect for all of NYC and Long Island, as well as parts of the Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Connecticut


  6. TreeperInTraining says:

    This is funny in a dark, ascerbic sort of way:

    Merkel admits that there ARE no go zones in Germany.

    Captain Obvious for most, but earth shattering for those who live in the echo chamber.


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  7. kinthenorthwest says:

    OK just got off work about an hour ago & trying to catch up.
    From what I am seeing Trump’s statement of seizing guns without ‘due process did not set well with me..I am still trying to find more information on it, just in case I misunderstood it
    As I said earlier this will not work. If they are able to take guns without any real proof people will abuse it and use it. Unless there is some history of previous violence or threats against another their guns should not be taken just on the say so of another H3ll just think about what will happen when a spouse, significant other, a neighbor, co-worker, employee or ??? gets mad at a gun owner…
    Already it seems that the Rhode Island Governor has started a gun seizing program that could end up with many losing guns that should not.

    Rhode Island executive order encourages taking guns from ‘red flag’ individuals


    • David Cyrr says:

      Well look at all those smiles in the pic above! Gun grabbers have found another way to take our rights away. Talk about a VERY slippery slope. I have to say, we are HUGE Trump supporters. That being said, I have a feeling that something is very wrong here. My insides are screaming RED ALERT, RED ALERT. Watching that video with him and some of the nations biggest gun grabbers was, well, very disturbing on so many levels. I still believe he will do the right thing here and NOT make a huge mistake here. His stand on the 2nd Amendment resulted in many, many votes and the Presidency. If he fails to remember that, we all know he’s out in 2020. Please, PLEASE don’t make that mistake Mr. President…….


      • kinthenorthwest says:

        I am hanging here–but shaking.
        If what he says he wants is done it will be worse than what is going on with all the crazy Sexual Abuse Crap going on out there
        Rhode Island will get screwed.


  8. jeans2nd says:

    Oh boy.

    Liked by 2 people

  9. 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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  10. nimrodman says:

    Laura Ingraham on Fox show today Thur 3/1 is finally focusing on the Promise program of criminal diversion of students.

    Mentions that such programs “turn our schools into social justice petri dishes”.

    About 20 min in on the broadcast version.

    Liked by 2 people

    • nimrodman says:

      … it’s eminently missable. Watch only if you have a very low propensity for frustration.

      Turned into meaningless filibustering by a couple of hard-headed racial apologist bros who derailed discussion.

      If Laura wants to get information across, she needs to choose her guests better.

      She also needs a mute button to deactivate filibusterers.


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