Sunday July 8th – 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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241 Responses to Sunday July 8th – Open Thread

  1. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Encouragement to A Weary Soldier

    During his ministry at Corinth, the strain of battle began telling on the Apostle Paul. He found himself haunted by fear and depression. Later he wrote of it.

    “I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling” (ICor. 2:3).

    It must not be supposed that fearlessness was characteristic of a nature so sensitive as Paul’s. On the contrary, he was often afraid. His, by the grace of God, was rather the courage that went on braving dangers in spite of his fears.

    After having left the synagogue at Corinth, the strain of meeting, week after week, right next door, with all the embarrassing situations inevitably involved, may well have caused some of his followers, and possible himself, to question the wisdom and propriety of the step he had taken, adding to his mental depression (though this step, moving into the home of Justus, next door, was most appropriate under the circumstances). But the Lord was to endorse the act again in an unmistakable way.

    It would appear from several passages in the Second Epistle to the Thessalonians (especially II Thessalonians 3:1,2), that this letter was written while Paul was becoming apprehensive about the work at Corinth and that it was after this that the Lord appeared to him in a vision to encourage him.

    Let the reader try to place himself in Paul’s position while reading Verses 9,10 of Acts 18 so as to appreciate its force more fully:


    Ah, tomorrow he could begin the work anew, assured in advance of the outcome! Whether he “continued” in Corinth (Verse 11) a year and six months longer or all together is perhaps impossible to ascertain, but we know that his ministry there was exceedingly fruitful.

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      1Corinthians 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

      2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

      Acts 18:9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: 10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.
      11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
      2Timothy 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
      2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
      3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
      4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
      5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

      1Corinthians 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
      11 ¶ For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
      12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
      13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
      14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
      15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

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    • ChrisSy says:

      Thank you for this encouraging words from His Word. In Chist

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  2. citizen817 says:

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    • amwick says:

      We visited Amsterdam for one day, this past May. I wish we had seen that. We did a very nice canal tour, and then my husband wanted to see the famous red light district. He has issues walking long distances, but somwhow he managed. 🙂

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

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  4. Grandma Covfefe says:

    Re: Thai Boys trapped in cave–latest update:

    At 10 AM ( Saturday 11 PM ET) Sunday, 18 divers (13 International and 5 Thai divers) have entered the cave to retrieve 12 boys and their coach. The soonest any boy will be freed is 9 pm (10 AM ET) Sunday. They will be removed one-by-one and the operation could continue until at least tomorrow. The operation may stop and go, depending on the weather and water level and could go for 3-4 days.

    The boys and their families had been informed. The boys have been checked by a doctor and their health and their minds are ready and they all have knowledge of the operation.

    From the entrance to the third chamber is not completely dry but mostly walkable. Saturday’s water levels were the lowest they had been. Today rain was less than predicted.

    For the divers, it is an 11 hour round trip operation, providing all goes good. 6 hours from the entrance to the boys’ location and 5 hours coming back. They will not say if the boys have to dive.

    I’ll post updates here on this little thread for any new info.
    May the Lord Bless you all today and praying for this Thai operation to be 100% successful.

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    • Thank you so much for the update. Joining you in prayer for the 100% success of the operation.

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    • bessie2003 says:

      Thank you for posting this update. Joining in prayer for the successful mission.

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    • Minnie says:

      ~Psalms 23:1-6~

      The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
      He makes me lie down in green pastures,
      He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.
      He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
      Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
      I will fear no evil, for You are with me;
      Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
      You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
      You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
      Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
      And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

      Praying for the safety and deliverance of all.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Two experienced divers will take charge of one boy and bring him out, and they may come out gradually. That’s the latest plan

      Each boy will have his own medical team, who have been practicing for 3-4 days, preparing for the arrival of the boys. Ambulances and helicopters are there, ready to do their part, as needed.

      Interesting fact– Australian doctor who gave the boys the final approval for the operation is a civilian who has extensive cave-diving experience, and he was recommended by some of the divers. He is now involved in the rescue operation.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Remove ‘#’ to read the article if you feel so inclined. it is a general story of what happened and the predicament they are in. The only thing that is different now, is the water level is now lower..


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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Four boys have emerged, and two more coming thru
      First two boys have been airlifted to hospital.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Reporters getting confused about news flying around their camp–(lololo Sounds familiar)

      So far 6 confirmed have been rescued. Two just arrived at hospital, 4 being examined at cave entrance.

      6 down, 7 to go… all the divers, rescues, etc.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      News conference at 9 PM (10 AM ET)

      50 foreign divers and 40 Thai divers are currently involved in the rescue operation.

      unconfirmed report: next operation will have to be next 10-20 hours as the rescue team has to prepared the equipment. ( I got up at 6AM California Time and trying to catch up on 13 different sources. I proudly say none of them are the Fake News network in USA)

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Looks like the media is at it again, assuming info or copying other reporters info.
      At press conference they said only 4 boys have been rescued.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      *Rescue halted because they used up all the oxygen.
      *The 4 boys had to dive a full one km (0.6 miles)
      *Gov’t won’t say who (names) came out, but did say the strongest came our first.
      * During rehearsal it took 10 mins from cave entrance to helicopter. In Real Time it took 2 minutes!! (PTL!)

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      How they did it:
      Equipment: full face dive masks &O2 tanks
      1. diving to 3rd Chamber (planned route), 2 cave diver experts per kid
      2. Walking- 3rd Chamber to entrance

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Confirmed: FOUR of the boys have safely left the caves and are now in hospital. The remaining NINE will be evacuated on Monday, as they will have to replace all the oxygen tanks in the caves with fresh ones.

      (Rumor–boy #5 and 6 in Chamber 3, If true I hope they are the weakest boys, then they can take their time to bring them out. I would assume the coach will insist on being the last guy rescued, like the captain on a ship going down. the coach used to be a Monk and when they brought the food, he gave all his share to the boys. The boys keeps reassuring him it is NOT his fault–much love and respect in this group.)

      It 10 PM in Thailand now. I’ll post on the hour if there’s anything new. Don’t forget Thailand it also dealing with the sunken boat incident. Last update I saw was 12 hours ago…. 41 dead has been recovered and 15 missing and people are angry…ugh.

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      • Minnie says:

        Thank you, grandma, for the timly updates.

        I avoid media as a rule and your shares and links are helping me to process all of it.

        God bless each and everyone involved in this Herculean rescue.

        As a mother, my heart goes out to the parents of the boys and also to the Coach, I pray he doesn’t fall victim to guilt.

        Prayers continue🙏

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      The operation is slated to resume at around 8am local time with officials and volunteers buoyed by the success of their chosen method insofar. It was said it will resumed in 10 hr to 20 hr, depending on weather and water level, but no later than 20 hours. Rain fell hard during that 9 PM presser.

      Remaining 8 boys and their coach remain at the original location underground.

      The divers turned and hugged the boys, who wore full-face scuba masks, after completing the 3.2km journey through the muddy, jagged cave. The boys were brought out of the cave on stretchers. ( I was hoping they would do that)

      Rain on Saturday evening and throughout Sunday was thought to be the catalyst for the rescue operation but appears not to have significantly slowed its progress. The operation proceeded much faster than expected due to the walkable water level in the cave.

      About Saman Gunan the diver who died: his job was to put the air tanks around the cave’s route. Appreciation and Honor to Saman for being a part of this mission to save lives.

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      • Grandma Covfefe says:

        Good news…Sundance just put up an article about the rescue. Go over there if you haven’t seen it.
        Love you all.

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      • Grandma Covfefe says:

        I’m going to stay here–it’s a little chaotic over at other site —-and give only the update report of 2nd rescue for those who, like me, wants simple basic info.
        It’s 3 AM (4 PM ET)

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      A ten hour window of time for the 2nd phase rescue, started 2 hours ago. It is not rainy now but has been overnight. No news press yet.


    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Reporters have been told that the divers will be diving time frame yet.
      Supposed to have another press at 10 AM ( 11 PM ET)…not sure if the press is on.


  5. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Criminals Can Steal Your Phone Number. Here’s How to Stop Them

    “Criminals can steal your phone number by pretending to be you, and then moving your number to another phone. They’ll then receive security codes sent via SMS on their phone, helping them gain access to your bank account and other secure services…..

    …This scam has a lot in common with identity theft. Someone with your personal information pretends to be you, asking your cellular carrier to move your phone number to a new phone. The cellular carrier will ask them to provide some personal information to identify themselves, but often providing your social security number is good enough. In a perfect world, your social security number would be private—but, as we’ve seen, many Americans’ social security numbers have leaked in breaches of many big businesses…..”

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  6. Deplorable_Infidel says:
  7. Plain Jane says:

    I don’t know if it’s ok to post same in two threads, but here goes. I posted this on today’s presidential thread.

    One of the readings for today is Psalm 12. It seems most appropriate for our trying times and for what we see being done to our VSGPDJT and Jim Jordan and others fighting against evil.

    1 A psalm of David.
    2Help, LORD, for no one loyal remains;
    the faithful have vanished from the children of men.
    3They tell lies to one another,
    speak with deceiving lips and a double heart.
    4May the LORD cut off all deceiving lips,
    and every boastful tongue,
    5Those who say, “By our tongues we prevail;
    when our lips speak, who can lord it over us?”
    6“Because they rob the weak, and the needy groan,
    I will now arise,” says the LORD;
    “I will grant safety to whoever longs for it.”
    7The promises of the LORD are sure,
    silver refined in a crucible,*
    silver purified seven times.
    8You, O LORD, protect us always;
    preserve us from this generation.
    9On every side the wicked roam;
    the shameless are extolled by the children of men.
    * [Psalm 12] A lament. The psalmist, thrown into a world where lying and violent people persecute the just (Ps 12:2–3), prays that the wicked be punished (Ps 12:4–5). The prayer is not simply for vengeance but arises from a desire to see God’s justice appear on earth. Ps 12:6 preserves the word of assurance spoken by the priest to the lamenter; it is not usually transmitted in such Psalms. In Ps 12:7–8 the psalmist affirms the intention to live by the word of assurance.

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  8. nimrodman says:

    At least they’re thinking about the planet …

    Eco Terrorists: Al-Shabaab Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

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  9. Lucille says:

    Happy Equus Caballus Day…
    Salt River Wild Horse Management, Arizona

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  10. I finally dropped Amazon Prime. I feel so clean. 😁😁😇😇

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  11. Lucille says:

    51 Amazing Vintage Photos of Cowgirls from the first half of the 20th Century

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      That was really interesting. I have always loved the West, but you don’t see that many cowgirls.

      There is a rodeo in Poway, CA. Back in the late 70’s or early 80’s, there were no female bronc riders. They finally allowed one young woman to ride and it was a big deal. Unfortunately, she was bucked off, the horse stepped on her, and she ended up in the hospital and had her spleen out (I think it was). Anyway, all talk of another female rider died down after that.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Oh, wow. It happened again. As I was scrolling down, I noticed that the video that is showing here now is “Democrats: Do Not Surrender the Judiciary” not the one on cowgirls that I know I watched and commented on.


  12. Lucille says:

    When you don’t watch TV anymore, you certainly do miss a lot of what’s going on locally or regionally. Just a few minutes ago did I see an Internet article re these horrible fires at the USMC facility in southern California…

    3 fires scorch more than 1.5K acres at Camp Pendleton, force evacuations
    UPDATED AT 07:12PM, JULY 7, 2018

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    • smiley says:

      ditto : Colorado…statewide fires…altho, finally, some are beginning to be contained and under control.


    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Yikes..we live an 1 hour from there and we didn’t know about it. It is a downside to boycotting MSM.

      I may have to go back to channel 5–they are not as bad. I met them at Trump’s Costa Mesa rally and they tried to get us to go on TV for an interview and we refused-too camera shy at the time as we didn’t know if there were other California Trump supporters there. We were very scared at the time as none of our family were Trump supporters.

      We were the first ones to arrive at that rally, and after the rally, our world was righted again and smiles back on our faces, even tho we had to drive thru those crazy protesters on the verge of a riot. All the way home we two old biddies were pumping our arms and yelling out “USA”, “Build that Wall”. LOL Happy memories of Renewed Hope.

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  13. smiley says:

    What Could “Collapse” Look Like ? Let’s Look At A Country Currently In Free-Fall

    July 6, 2018

    “…look no further than Mexico…a few things we’ve observed over the past year…”

    article discusses them.


    “The word ‘ungovernable’ comes to mind which, incidentally, is the rallying cry for the anti-Trump resistance.”

    what say you, California ??

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Well…. it is those clever voter’s frauds that got us into this funk. Also, for one, years and years ago, we voted on ‘no aid to illegals’, and passed, but the liberal court in Sac ruled against it. We have fought back on many other issues to save California, but lost every one of them.

      I did basic research on all the Sac politicians two years ago. Most won’t even declare their place of birth, or say their parent were born in USA or came here legally. So most likely, that would make them either anchor babies or illegal aliens, who have special interest in their homeland–like Mexico or an Asian country (mostly China-grrr). And they are running our state into garbage, deliberately.

      Anti-Trumps don’t care about the warnings as they are hell-bent on destroying our country.
      It can still happen to the rest of the country, unless we pay attention and fight back. Get involved in all election process and pay attention to your representatives’ actions in DC and at home. Complain, complain, complain to them if they fight against our President’s MAGA agenda.

      We California Trump Supporters are still Fighting back….we haven’t given up or moved out of state.

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  14. smiley says:

    Going to the mattresses ??

    what…exactly…do they mean ?

    TIMES Editorial Board : Let’s Have A Gang War !

    July 7, 2018

    this is regarding Friday’s NYTimes editorial on the judiciary.

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  15. Dora says:

    Jackson Pollock – On Arches (oil on canvas, 1950)


    • smiley says:

      yay love it 😀

      big fan.

      great use of color there.


    • smiley says:

      (except Arches is watercolor paper) ?


      • smiley says:

        oops sorry !

        “On Arches” (duh) is the title of the painting….ok…now I get it.

        “arches” in that sense refers to “curves” or curving patterns.

        my bad !

        thought you were saying it was painted “on Arches” paper.

        (einstein was here) 🙂

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    • amwick says:

      I don’t get it… looks like a pile of leaves to me.. very random… I suppose the colors are nice. :/


      • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

        I’ve seen one of his once. It was rally big and actually pretty interesting.

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      • smiley says:

        it’s called Abstract art…not meant to “be” or to “look like” anything…totally non-representational.

        it’s all about the PAINT…and the process.

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        • Jim in TN says:

          To me, that was just another step taken in the destruction of ‘art’. Still had some qualities. Most of which have been removed in subsequent steps.


          • Lucille says:

            Is there a right and wrong in art? Perhaps it’s the way a person perceives what is a proper form of artistic expression and where the object should be shown. If this painting or any of Pollock’s other works were designs for a shirt and worn rather than hung on a wall, or the same colors and look used for a tablecloth or shower curtain or a quilt, likely nothing would be thought amiss.

            Art doesn’t have to be anything but what the artist wants it to be. Van Gogh sold one painting in his entire life, but yet his work is phenomenal to my mind. The people of his time didn’t like it and that’s their right. It’s popular now to put them down for their opinions. Why, though? They didn’t see his work as genius. That’s life.

            The kind of art I never view or purchase is what I call “Saints At the Stake” religious subjects, or “Dead Animal and Bird” genre hunting scenes. Doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with it. I just don’t like it.

            The worth of representational or modern or post modern…all in the eye of the beholder. It’s what pleases a person when he views it that’s the most important. But if anyone disagrees with that statement, that’s OK, too.

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            • tessa50 says:

              “But if anyone disagrees with that statement, that’s OK, too.”

              Ah, very nicely done grasshopper! I hope you get what I mean. I’d put a smiley here, but I forgot how to do it.


            • Jim in TN says:

              Pouring chocolate on your naked body, putting a crucifix in a jar of piss, etc, have been called art and performed live or put on display. What is worse is the feds have paid for much of this garbage.

              Our society contains those who are plunging deeper and deeper into depravity searching for shock value and controversy and calling it art.

              I am glad that these pages do not go for this garbage. Coming here is uplifting, not degrading. And I am happy that you can find and share not just old art, but modern art that is uplifting. It proves modern art is not just scatological.

              But it is an unfortunate truth that art has followed a degression, and many cherished artists have blazed that path.


              • Deplorable_Infidel says:

                “Our society contains those who are plunging deeper and deeper into depravity searching for shock value and controversy and calling it art.”

                They are hiding their perversions under the guise of it being art. The subject of the link is for reference, it is not uplifting or edifying – just documents the perversity of many of the “elites”.
                BTW- Newt Gingrich has said on FNC that DJT “has not received the initiation”, so he is not a part of this circle of people. although he most certainly knows about them and their “activities”.


                Modern Art Scandal Uncovered: Are Children shipped in boxes as “LIVE ART” under the “ART FOR EMBASSIES PROGRAM” to feed Pedophiles and Cannibals?


        • amwick says:

          Yes, I can understand it.. the idea.. just not my cup of tea so to speak..

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  16. nwtex says:

    I guess this rescue attempt should be underway real soon if not already. The last I heard on the radio a couple of hrs ago they were planning to start at 7am.

    May God’s loving arms carry them all to safety and return to their families. Praying for the boys, their families and all involved in the rescue.

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  17. smiley says:

    Tennessee Dreaming


    Sunlit Sidewalk ~ USA


    artist : Colley Whisson ~ Australian (b. 1966) ~ Contemporary ~ Impressionism

    more here…

    nice, loose painting technique…and a master at painting “light”.


    I love an artist who can take an ordinary, mundane setting, and make a masterpiece from it.

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  22. nwtex says:

    ‘MAGA’ hat returned to teen
    Friday, July 6th 2018

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  23. smiley says:

    the world is a mess category..

    HAITI in crisis…police open fire on anti-government protesters..

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  25. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Be still, and know that I am God…”
    Psalms 46:10 (KJV)

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  27. Kim Nickey says:

    In Maine seeing commercial about abortion & Roe vs Wade. Wondering if President Trump actually responded “yes” that a women should be punished if they had an abortion. I know things are often inaccurately displayed to promote views!

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  29. nwtex says:

    The eyes 😉

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  31. nwtex says:

    OMGoodness. Poor darlin’.

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  32. getfitnow says:

    Interesting commentary re: her husband.

    #walkaway picking up speed. One of the comments with over 100 thumbs-up:

    “I support Trump because he is not a Republican nor a Democrat. He is for the people! That is why the Republicans do not want him in office as well as the Democrats! Thank God, more and more people are waking up the that fact. I pray that soon you will too. Nevertheless, I advocate putting all faith in the Highest Power.”

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  33. nikkichico7 says:

    God’s Omnipotent Voice
    JULY 08, 2018
    Psalm 29:1-11

    From God’s first statement in Genesis 1:3—“Let there be light”—to Jesus’ last words in Revelation 22:20—“Yes, I am coming quickly”—divine omnipotence is demonstrated. The voice that brought all things into existence sovereignly controls time, circumstances, and nature.

    The Lord sat as King, bringing judgment over the whole earth with the flood in Noah’s day, and He continues to reign over the earth’s tumultuous upheavals today. Although we may be tempted to craft for ourselves a gentler version of God, we know who He truly is when we accept all that Scripture says about Him.

    David likens God’s voice to a violent storm sweeping in from the sea with fury as it covers the land (Psalm 29:3-9), yet he also mentions that the Lord strengthens His people and blesses them with peace (Psalm 29:11). All God’s attributes blend together perfectly. He’s powerful yet loving, just and merciful, and both righteous and forgiving. This is why we can respond with submission, reverence, and trust in our majestic King.

    Whether in Noah’s day or our own, the message is the same: “The Lord sits as King forever” (Psalm 29:10). Are God’s power and control a comfort to you or a matter for concern? Your answer probably depends on how much you know and trust Him. As in any relationship, trust and intimacy grow with familiarity and experience. As you learn to know God through His Word and experience His faithfulness, your trust will grow, and you’ll long for the day when His splendor, majesty, and power are known throughout the earth.


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  34. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  35. Chris Four says:
    Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn says rescue workers now need “about 10 hours” to prepare for the next operation at the site.

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  36. Ausonius says:

    Rasmussen has nearly 75% of Americans (i.e. likely voters) in favor free-market capitalism, with only 13% saying socialism is okay, another 13% undecided.

    On the other hand, their polls show that a “majority of Democrats” view Socialism favorably. :hammer:

    Does that mean the “majority of Democrats” likely to vote is 13% of the electorate?! No, probably not, but that would be a nice reality! 🙂

    One can interpret the results as people wanting “free stuff,” but refusing to call it socialism, and at the same time being in favor of successful capitalism…[b][i] successful for other people, who will be providing them with “free stuff.” [/i][/b] 😉


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  37. smiley says:

    this is odd…coming out of DC area involving a crash on I-66…driver has fled on foot and is still at large…Secret Service involved…. Secret Service investigating…

    Vehicle In Northern Virginia I-66 Crash Had Fled Secret Service in D.C.; Suspect At Large

    July 8, 2018

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  38. Dora says:

    BREAKING: Prof fired by Catholic university for defending marriage has huge court win

    MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, July 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The professor forced out by a Jesuit-run Catholic university for blogging about an undergrad student being assailed by his teacher for his having voiced defense of marriage has won in court.

    In a landmark decision Friday the Wisconsin Supreme Court said Marquette University violated John McAdams’ right to free speech when it suspended him for writing the blog post, and it ordered the University to restore McAdams immediately with his full rank, tenure, compensation and benefits.

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  39. Sepp says:

    Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
    (on traditional Orthodox Church Calendar)

    “Thy Sins Be Forgiven Thee”

    Reading from the Holy Gospel of Saint Matthew – 9:1-8

    Saint Theophylact, Archbishop of Ohrid and of Bulgaria, lived ten centuries ago and wrote an Explanation of the Holy Gospel (and the rest of the New Testament). The writings are being translated into English and the publisher has today’s Gospel commentary on its website.

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    • Lucille says:

      Yes, McDowell’s books are excellent. I checked and didn’t see copies available in Spanish, though.

      Let’s put President Duterte on our prayer lists. What prompted his strange offer to resign? He’s a rough man and likely tough to communicate with. But his merely mentioning God in such a manner could mean he was challenged. Could someone have spoken to him about the Lord and it upset him? If so, let’s pray that loving and knowledgeable Christians continue to come into his orbit and present God and His Good News in a way that will intrigue and encourage Duterte to do some real investigation on his own.


  40. Lucille says:

    They walked away from God and I walked away from them…today I’m thankful I left the Presbyterian Church USA….

    The Presbyterian Leftists refused to condemn Hamas, and then a Muslim at the gathering threatened to kill the anti-Hamas activist. That about sums up the state of the Left today.

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  41. Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

    Natural News guy Mike Adams has announced that he has a platform up and running for all the people who had their videos banned from U-tube.

    (Natural News) This week we rolled out a “soft launch” of the beta, which you can see live at

    There, you’ll see many videos posted by users. (To see a more complete list of all the new videos, visit this link.) The site still suffers from lots of glitches, and we’ve strictly limited the invites to just a few dozen users, but next week we’re expanding it toward a full public rollout. Also note that the view counts for videos is only updated every six hours, not in real time.

    We’re now calling for all videos which have been banned by YouTube for political reasons, including videos which dare to discuss the healing properties of cannabis, videos about health freedom, videos from Trump supporters and other videos that are systematically banned by YouTube.

    You now have a platform where you won’t be banned.

    Request a channel invitation right now at this link.

    Next week, we’ll be ramping up the invites and new channels. Most importantly, we will begin writing and publishing articles about “banned” videos, highlighting the absurdity of YouTube’s war against human knowledge. is about to become the internet’s hub for “endangered knowledge.” Request your free channel now and starting uploading banned videos. (Have patience with the invite process, and video moderation process, as we’re just getting off the ground. Thank you in advance.)

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  42. 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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  43. Katherine McCoun says:

    We have a MAGA candidate, a Strong conservative who is honest and transparent. He is running against Senator Thom Tillis’ brother to be the state rep for TN district 92. Like his brother, Rick Tillis has proven to campaign to the right and vote middle of the road when elected.

    One example of why Tillis needs to be defeated: Rick Tillis promised, Repeatedly and publicly to all who would listen that he would vote against the TN gas tax if elected. Voting against the gas tax was a key stone of his campaign! Within several months of arriving in Nashville he voted for the gas tax. When he promised to vote against it, he did not do so with any caveats, with no conditions of voting for it if he could get a little better deal, etc. He asked voters what they wanted, listened and then promised to vote No. He broke that promise.

    Why did he break his well known promise on a key campaign issue, completely reversing his stance, his commitments, going back on his word and betraying the voters? Either he was lying or he didn’t understand the issues and therefore changed when he learned more (which says a lot about his lack of qualifications if he was running and didn’t understand the issues!) or he was easily pressured by the Nashville swamp, the RINO, Never Trump governor and the GOPe of TN. Most think he was not lying at the time he promised but was planning to vote No and then got to Nashville and was easily lead, influenced and quickly gave into pressure by the GOPe and the Nashville swamp.

    When I talked with Mr. Tillis about this vote, expressed how disappointed and how surprised we were about his complete 180 on his promises, he replied that yes, he had learned his lesson. I thought Good! But then he continued…he had learned his lesson to not make exact promises any more, to be more vague and less specific about how he would vote…??!!! I replied that I was very disappointed not only with his vote but with the “lesson” that he thought he had learned! I told him that what I would have thought he would have learned would be either to keep his promises in the first place or to have come back to the district (and via social media) and let us know the changes, that he was thinking of changing his vote and gotten feed back, etc., Not to have learned that going forward he need to just be a vague, ambiguous politician who could waffle and flip flop!

    We can’t trust him and don’t want him representing us!

    Bill Spivey is running against him the primary. Mr. Spivey held the seat for 2 terms, did not run in ’16 (opening the way for Tillis to run and win) but is now running to serve again. Mr. Spivey is employed full time in a local factory but his employers are supportive and give him the flexibility to serve in Nashville.

    official campaign web sites
    Facebook page

    Who is donating to Rick Tillis? About 96% of his donations listed in the 2nd Quarter report for 2018 that was just filed are from out of the district. (I think the % is correct – a friend did the math and I have not yet double checked) He received a number of donations from standard GOPe PACs. Donations are from out of district and mostly PACs. Why is able to raise so much money from PACs and out of district for a Primary? pay back for supporting Gov Haslam, Beth Harwell and the Gas Tax, I presume.

    If you have a few, or many :-), dollars to spare please consider supporting Billy Spivey for Rep of district 92 in TN. He is used to mainly local donations so no online donation portal. Here is the address:
    Bill Spivey for TN
    LEWISBURG TN, 37091

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    • wondering999 says:

      Katherine, you pay very close attention to Tennessee politics and I wanted to solicit your opinion about the governor’s race. There are devastating campaign ads running against Diane Black, clips that have Ms. Black dismissing Trump as a presidential candidate (pre-election) and dismissing the need for a border wall with Mexico. Some say that Boyd will raise taxes, which I disapprove of. I do know Boyd has done some excellent things in his community already, before deciding to run, initiatives for schools and for animals.

      When my mom passed on I handled her estate and had to talk with an accountant who told me that the gas tax was a tradeoff in Tennessee for getting rid of the inheritance tax. What I’d like is for the leaders (and all the various agencies) to spend money more carefully, instead of raising taxes. I do see a lot of situations where there is waste


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