Sunday August 12th – 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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181 Responses to Sunday August 12th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Demon Possession

    The modern revival of E.S.P., fortune telling, astrology, magic, the Ouija board, the spirit seance and a score of other occult practices have caused many to wonder whether human beings may be possessed or controlled by evil spirits.

    Many Christian people recall the cases of demon possession recorded in the Bible in connection with our Lord’s earthly ministry.

    There is indeed much evidence that there was a great outbreak of demon activity when Christ was on earth. This outbreak seems to have abated soon after the Lord’s ascension to heaven, but many are asking: Has another such epidemic broken out?

    Whatever the answer to this question, the Scriptures clearly indicate that the best defense against the activity of Satan and his hosts is sincere faith in Christ, of whom we read that, “having vanquished” the powers of evil at Calvary, “He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Col. 2:15). It is on the basis of Christ’s finished work of redemption that St. Paul joins believers in…

    “Giving thanks unto the Father, who hath made us meet [fit] to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son” (Col. 1:12,13).

    Not only is the true believer in Christ “delivered… from the power of darkness,” but upon believing he becomes “the temple of the Holy Spirit,” a living shrine where Christ is worshipped. Thus St. Paul says again: “What! Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit” (I Cor. 6:19). How then could the Christian’s body also be the dwelling place of an evil spirit?

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/demon-possession/

    Colossians 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

    Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

    1Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

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  3. Will says:

    12And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. 17Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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  4. Lucille says:

    God bless your day…

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

    Have a blessed Sunday, Treepers. 🙂

    Cante jondo or “deep song” is regarded as the oldest, most pure form of flamenco performance. In 1995,the Spanish director, Carlos Saura, made a beautiful documentary about flamenco using a mix of professionals and local performers to capture (and I don’t use this descriptor lightly) the essence of traditional and modern flamenco as performed in modern day southern Spain. “Flamenco”, his film is well worth watching if you get the chance.

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    • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

      I saw this movie a few years ago. It is wonderful! It truly captures what Flamenco is really about. Such a rich heritage, and talent! Beautiful!

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    I didn’t realize this video splits into two parts. Be sure to link to part 2.

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  7. Peoria Jones says:

    Please pray for me, that I might find the strength and wisdom (and perhaps legal advisement) to overcome bad circumstances. For some time now, I have been trapped in a situation which I cannot navigate my way out of.

    It is unusual for me to post here – normally, I’m on the Presidential or Topic threads. Thank you in advance for any prayers sent my way. ❤

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      I’m Praying the Lord will give you what you asked for, the strength and wisdom, to guide you out of your circumstances. May the Lord be with you to comfort and reassure you…He is with you always.

      God is our refuge and strength,
      an ever-present help in trouble.
      Ps 46;1

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    • Lucille says:

      Peoria, please know that your request has gone on my prayer list and I’m sure the same will be true for many others. May the Lord give you supernatural strength and wisdom to make the right decisions and see you through whatever concerns you. May His blessings fall abundantly upon you and give you peace. Amen.

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    • Cheri Lawrence says:

      Hi Peoria, I am praying that you find the answers from within perhaps in discourse with your higher self or that you experience some divine intervention to find a way to extricate yourself from this situation. I am sending lots of love and joy your way. Warm Regards!

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      🙂

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    • floridawoman4trump says:

      Saying a prayer for you that you find peace and a good resolution quickly.

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    • New Nonna Again!!! says:

      PJ, May our dear Lord, Jesus Christ, be with you in your time of tribulation and May His Most Holy Spirit sustain you in your time of trouble.

      May His Most Blessed Mother wrap you in her mantle of love and protect you from all harm and evil.

      May you stand strong against the enemy of your peace and be restored to the incredible knowledge and powerful identity of being a child of God, the Creator and Mighty Lord.

      God bless you, today and always…🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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    • JC says:

      Praying, Peoria.

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    • Ddanna says:

      Praying that you get strength, wisdom and whatever else is needed in your life that is troubling you — may God show you the way out of your troubles.

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    • LKA in LA says:

      God bless you PJ for knowing when to call in the prayer warriors. May God lift you up out of the muck and guide you on a fresh path of love and understanding.

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    • WSB says:

      Peoria, prayers for you.

      If you are near or belong to a church, maybe one of the members is an attorney who could assist. Also, you might look for pro bono attorneys in your area. Sometimes it might just take a phone call to a law firm that specializes in what you need, and they might refer you to the right pro bono contact.

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    • Bendix says:

      I will pray for you.
      I know what that’s like, that trapped feeling, and I hope that your situation isn’t one of actual danger.

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    • Peoria Jones says:

      Thank you, to ALL of you for the kind and inspirational words. I cannot tell you how grateful I am that good people I’ve never even met would include me in their most precious words with God.

      I give thanks to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for blessings such as this, and will ask that he keep all of you in his arms.

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        Hey Peoria! Consider yourself on my prayer list. Many Treepers come to this thread because the news is overwhelming. Problems can get overwhelming.

        I use other people’s brain’s when I can’t solve problems that come my way. So I found this for you, maybe you already have the answers and just need some help, right? Help from God, Treepers, and from any other sources.

        July 25, 2018 — 9:40 AM
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        At their root, most spiritual practices are meant to help you keep your heart open and your mind calm—no matter what life brings. But Western culture oftentimes takes this one step further and equates the use of spiritual practice with feeling “good.” Meditating will make you happier. You’re only anxious because you’re not trusting a source larger than yourself. Visualizing a positive outcome will ensure your success. You’ll just feel better if you lean into your true nature.

        Those ideas have their merits in some situations, but in times of real human emergency, leaning on spiritual ideals or beliefs in this way can have the opposite effect: You meditate as much as you can, and you still feel overwhelmed by the pain of the world. That sense of suffering can result in action-paralysis: You have the desire to do something, but you can’t actually take any action. You’re looking for peace inside yourself, but all your usual tools just aren’t working.

        We can’t use spiritual tools to help us feel “good” when the reality around us is anything but good. A better way to think about spiritual practice is as a way to discern where you can be of most use, and to help you manage your feelings of helplessness, fear, and rage. It’s a slight shift but one that can make all the difference.

        Here are four things to remember as you respond to pain in yourself and in the world, and some actionable tools to help you through it:

        1. You cannot help everyone.
        Given that it’s not an option to simply check out of the world, which practices will actually help you be of service and not lose your mind? To start, remember that you cannot help everyone. This isn’t a failure. It’s a physical reality. The idea here is to use your spiritual and personal development practices to help you discern which areas call to you most strongly, and focus your attention there.

        Here’s your action plan:
        Use whichever practice you prefer (breath work, chanting, prayer, meditation) to center and quiet your mind. From that space, review the many issues calling for attention and action. Look at each one of them briefly, and in turn. Notice the intensity of your response. Those that create the strongest response (whether that’s an increase in feelings or a change in your physical body such as increased respiration or heart rate) give you clues.

        This practice of getting quiet and following your own clues will help you choose your top two or three issues. This kind of spiritual and personal discernment is important: Narrowing your choices gives you a much better chance of taking sustained, effective action.

        2. Taking it moment by moment is the way to go.
        The level of pain and suffering in the world is reaching epic proportions. Of course, for many communities and cultures, this suffering has been going on for a long time. Knowing how to respond to each horrific news cycle can feel overwhelming. These are big, complex, convoluted issues. Where do you even start?

        Here’s your action plan:
        One big benefit of honing a spiritual practice is finding an inner quiet, an inner stillness. That stillness allows you to ask yourself useful questions and to listen for a response. As you meditate or practice, call up the issue that is claiming your attention. Ask yourself: What do I want to do in response to this situation in front of me? Then ask, what’s the most effective way I might help that happen?

        Remember that action is always the solution to feeling overwhelmed. What do I want to do in response to this situation? Your response won’t likely be reasonable, orderly, or even achievable. In fact, it’s likely to be emotional.

        That’s when our second question is most helpful: What’s the most effective way I can help that happen? Relying on your practice to keep you centered and clear-minded, you might find that there are tangible actions that will get you closer to your goal.

        3. Being overwhelmed doesn’t help anyone.
        Meditative stillness can give you a sense of your own limits. Knowing when you’re getting close to being overwhelmed is helpful. Stepping away in order to tend to your heart, body, and mind is necessary—since you can’t respond to the world from a state of utter collapse. Your spiritual practice can help you listen to your own body and mind within the context of creating an organism (mind, heart, physical form) that is able to respond effectively to the cries of the world.

        Here’s your action plan:
        Look back at those moments when you’ve been overwhelmed to the point of inaction. What else was going on? What were some early warning signs that you were getting burned out? Use your practice to check in with yourself as you research and educate yourself on the issues. When you feel those early warning signs crop up, that’s your cue to take a break and lean on your chosen practices that help you tune in to your heart. Give yourself the care and feeding you need in order to return to the fight when it’s time.

        4. Emotional flooding leads to inaction.
        Even with a great practice of checking in on yourself for signs of stress, it can be hard to look away from the news. It’s all so important, and you want to be informed. But there’s a difference between “being informed” and being flooded. Emotional flooding leads to inaction, and that state won’t help anyone.

        Here’s your action plan:
        Next time you’re feeling emotionally flooded, sit, stand, or lie down. Imagine sending your breath down into your belly, then on through the bottom of your feet, and down through the floor. Imagine your breath and your heart connecting with whatever feels like an anchor to you, deep in the center of the earth. This might be an image or a feeling.

        Imagine that you are part of a larger whole, branching out from that center. There are thousands of beings, seen and unseen, responding to the cries of the world. As many spiritual traditions teach, there is a force that bears witness to it all: Love exists even here, inside the mess of humanity. Use your practice to help you lean into that force. Let it create an anchor, a calm port in the middle of this giant storm we’re all in. It won’t make you stop feeling so much pain and sadness, but it will give your feelings a container—one big and wide enough to contain you, your heart, and the rest of the world.

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      • Tired American says:

        He is already in tomorrow, Peoria. Lean in, trust Him. He will lead the way. “His eye is on the sparrow and I know He’s watching me.” I’m sorry but I don’t know who wrote that.

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      • trumpismine says:

        PJ, have faith in the prayers of all the brethren. I join in prayer for you, God bless you

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    • Dear Peoria,

      I may sound simplistic, but my experience supports this idea. The best path forward always starts by inviting God into the place you are now.

      If a child can get into the Kingdom of Heaven, then perhaps simple is best. Invite God. It takes your eyes of how small you are feeling and puts your eyes on the only one big enough, wise enough, and kind enough to bring out the best in your life.

      If you feel the need to add another practice, let it be giving thanks in everything.*

      *drawn from the wisdom of the letter to the Romans, chapter 1.

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  8. Lucille says:

    In this day of dwelling upon anxieties about our nation, our world, ourselves, our families, our situations, may we do our best to lay these things aside and concentrate instead on this…

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Amen….Amen…..Amen!!!

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    • New Nonna Again!!! says:

      Amen, Lucille, beautiful! Thank you so much. 🙏🏼

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      • Lucille says:

        New Nonna, that Bible passage seems so right because the advice IS so right as it comes straight from God. If you look at a timeline of what was happening in 62 AD when it’s thought St. Paul was inspired to write his letter to the Philippians, you will see harrowing things happening. Yet, God tells the Philippians (and all of us) to think on what is excellent and praiseworthy. That advice will change our lives.

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  9. Dora says:

    Fog int he Elbe Valley – Caspar David Friedrich, 1819

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    • Dora says:

      Fog in the Elbe Valley

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    • Lucille says:

      Couldn’t find a photo that looked similar to this painting, but here’s what part of the modern Elbe Valley looks like…

      The picture shows the Elbe River valley, one of the major rivers of Central Europe. It was taken from the Bastei Bridge close to Rathen, which towers 194 meters above the Elbe River in the state of Saxony in the south-eastern Germany. This region belongs to the national park known as Saxon Switzerland. Together with the Bohemian Switzerland in the Czech Republic, the Saxon Switzerland National Park forms the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, which represents the greatest cretaceous sandstone erosion complex in Europe and is popular with tourists and climbers.

      The Elbe basin covers the largest area in Germany (65.5 %) and the Czech Republic (33.7 %). The smaller parts of the basin lie in the Austria (0.6 %) and Poland (0.2 %). It starts in the northern Czech Republic at an elevation of about about 1400 meters above sea level and flows via Bohemian, Germany, and into the North Sea at Cuxhaven. Therefore, the Elbe river system connects four countries as well as large German cities such as Dresden, Wittenberg, Magdeburg and Hamburg. (https://blogs.egu.eu/geolog/tag/elbe-river/)

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      • Bendix says:

        A co-worker of mine took one of those river cruises in Germany you see advertised on PBS all the time.
        She went in the off-season, and had some colder weather, but it did not matter, she had a great time and it made me want to do one of those someday.

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      • Bud Klatsch says:

        My wife and spent a week with a German couple long long time friends and a former ‘East’ German couple that grew up and lived in Dresden. We drove up and down the Elbe, a beautiful scenic travel way. Thanks for reminding us.

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        • Lucille says:

          Must have been wonderful, Bud. I’d love to see that area, but, alas, my traveling days are over…I still have the Internet, though! LOL!

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  10. smiley says:

    communism in Chicago ?? who knew ?

    Chicago Is Moving Ahead With Their Communist UBI Task Force

    August 11, 2018

    http://www.independentsentinel.com/chicago-is-moving-ahead-with-their-communist-ubi-task-force/

    Universal Basic Income (UBI)

    “…yes, it is communism.”

    “…city council members are telling Mayor Rahm Emanuel to form a task force to look into UBI programs, which is essentially a periodic check from the government with no strings attached.”

    “…a program that would send at least $500. a month to 1,000 families…same families also would get Earned Income Tax Credit money on a monthly basis rather than once a year.”

    but…Chicago’s bankrupt, right ?

    “…$40 billion in bills.”

    this UBI idea was (surprise!) recently “endorsed” by Obama just last month when he made a speech at the annual Mandela event in Johannesburg…

    “…have to be more imaginative…have to consider new ways of thinking…like a universal income…and how we train our young people.”…he said.

    according to the article…

    “the left keeps calling it a Libertarian idea, and crediting Milton Friedman, but this is communism, not Libertarianism.”

    UBI “undermines the labor part of the free market…another welfare package…more government dependents…”

    and…incidentally…the article points out that Chicago is a sanctuary city, so….

    illegal aliens are also expected “to be eligible” for this.

    another excellent, in-depth article on UBI, from 2016, here…

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/06/universal-basic-income-ubi-terrible-idea/

    a “terrible idea”.

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    • amwick says:

      UBI is not the answer to anything unless it is a scheme to buy votes.. SMH
      No surprises here.

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    • Bendix says:

      That Earned Income Credit gets wasted on stuff like $3,000 handbags. I’m not kidding.

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      Johannesburg, South Africa and Obama? Oh like this kind of Universal Basic Income…..
      Lest you forget, Conservatives this is what it really means. Don’t think Obama and his ilk are done with Americans yet. It ain’t over….

      White farmers in the firing line over land grab – The Australian
      https://www.theaustralian.com.au › news › inquirer
      Mar 15, 2018 – The mellifluous tones of South Africas multi-millionaire new … from control of cities such as Johannesburg and opposes land expropriation. … Meanwhile, the horror of the attacks on white farmers in South Africa escalates.

      This is part of the article:

      Persuading that all will be well, however, is not easy. Memories of Robert Mugabe’s mind-numbingly stupid expulsion of white farmers from their land in neighbouring Zimbabwe, something that impoverished a country that was “the breadbasket of Africa”, are still fresh.

      The images of white Zimbabwean farmers and their terrified families fleeing the violence of Mugabe-inspired black mobs, their homesteads ablaze and vital food crops destroyed, still linger. So does the heart-wrenching reality that, having expelled the white farmers, the political cronies to whom Mugabe handed over the once highly efficient farms have mostly shown themselves ­incap­able of maintaining them as productive entities, instead allowing the jungle to reclaim the land while Zimbabweans starved.

      Whole article here:
      White farmers in the firing line over land grab
      https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/white-farmers-in-the-firing-line-over-land-grab/news-story/d37cf9b57b9adc22518977917a7d3e14

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  11. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
    John 14:6 (KJV)

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  12. smiley says:

    Yellowstone~ Waterfall Near Sylvan Pass

    oil/canvas panel

    ca 2015

    Julie Ford Oliver ~ British born, resides in New Mexico ~ Contemporary~ Impressionism

    🙂

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  13. youme says:

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  14. amwick says:

    Last night I went out to look in the night sky for satellites,,, and I saw two meteors… This is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, so if you are interested, here:
    https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/perseid.html

    When I see a meteor, or falling star, I immediately make a wish… Hey it can’t hurt, and one time it worked!!!!! But, I think there is a caveat about that wish thing, that it only works if the wish is not a selfish one… hmmmmmmm

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  15. Dora says:

    Lift off to the Sun! Wow!

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  16. HHC - 2nd 16th says:

    The left has successfully compromised the main stream media.
    If the left successfully compromises the social media, PDJT will have his hands full.
    Its Sunday – pray for the President. He’ll need it.
    MAGA

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  17. amwick says:

    Received this in an email… it was a pic of a comment..

    You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear freind, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

    Dr. Adrian Rogers,,,, c 1931

    Epic…

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    • Bendix says:

      I’d add to that, how many times can you keep taking from the same “haves”?
      They pay for expensive insurance because others have a right to “health care” at their expense; they pay for schools whether they have kids or not, because Americans are entitled to an education; they pay for people who work low-wage jobs to afford $3,000 handbags; now they should also pay for those others just so they others have money?
      You can’t keep taking a person’s money, because soon they have nothing left, even if they had a lot to start with.

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  18. getfitnow says:

    That the political dialogue in America has become toxic is not a new insight, unfortunately, much if not most of it coming from the so-called “progressive elite.” However, for the most part, it has not centered on artistic work, which we would hope would be judged on its own terms. However, the recent release of Dinesh D’Souza’s current film Death of a Nation has released a torrent of hate and attempts to poison people’s minds against it.

    On the face of it, the attempt is ridiculous. D’Souza, while quite intelligent, is controversial. So what? we may ask. People are free to see controversial material and judge for themselves without the creators being shunned and even defamed. D’Souza is a polemicist, and a quite intelligent one. He is an intelligent Republican who argues that the Democratic Party has falsified history in ways we will outline below. If his ideas do not stand the test of scrutiny, they will fall by themselves, but if not, they will slowly enter the main stream of opinion. Is this not the way debate should work in a free society?

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/08/apoplectic_critics_cant_answer_dinesh_dsouzas_ideas.html

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      My friend and I saw this last week. She is not political, but she really enjoyed the movie and said she learned so much from it. So did I. I lived during the 60’s and I was very confused by Dems and Reps.

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    • Bendix says:

      I wonder if she has a favorite color, and I wonder if he has a favorite one to see her in?
      IMO, she has never looked lovelier and better dressed than on Inauguration Day.

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  19. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  20. amwick says:

    found this in twtitterverse

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  21. smiley says:

    phenomenal analysis

    The Mechanics of Deception

    first posted on March 17, 2018

    by Yaacov Apelbaum

    https://apelbaum.wordpress.com/2018/03/17/the-mechanics-of-deception/

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  22. amwick says:

    Just file this under not surprised.

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  23. amwick says:

    So here is a question, perhaps someone who is Catholic…
    Chelsea Clinton publicly wears a necklace with an inverted cross. I won’t put a pic here…
    Of course there is a bunch of hype,,, satanism etc.. but I read that it is known as St. Peters Cross.
    I don’t have any respect for Chelsea, but I have to think that she would not publicly flaunt something as awful as devil worship. Do Catholics wear the St. Peters as a sign of piety? It is pretty confusing. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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    • VinceWhirlwind says:

      The upside down cross is not a satanic symbol. We are called to imitate Christ by taking up our own cross and following him. Tradition holds that St. Peter insisted on being crucified upside down. However, Christ’s body is never on this type of cross. A crucifix with the corpus attached hung upside down would be highly offensive. Does Chelsea’s cross depict Christ hanging upside down?

      The Pope being the successor of Peter, employs the symbol of the inverted cross to symbolize Peter’s humility and heroic martyrdom during the reign of Nero. Hope this helps.

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    • smiley says:

      she has “flaunted” Happy New Year to the satanists, however, while wearing that necklace…

      https://www.theepochtimes.com/chelsea-clinton-wishes-happy-new-year-to-the-church-of-satan_2403022.html

      and…is she Catholic ?

      if she’s not catholic, why would she wear that thing ?

      and…what about all that spirit-cooking ??

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      • VinceWhirlwind says:

        I’m no expert on all things Chelsea….but….

        Does it matter if she’s Catholic or not? If she claims to be a Christian, what would be so wrong with adorning oneself with a symbol of a heroic martyr, to remember the importance of humility in one’s life? Especially when the founder of Christianity stressed its’ importance as well?

        I have no comment on spirit cooking. I have no knowledge of that subject nor do I want any.

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        • Bendix says:

          She was raised Methodist, and her husband is a Jew.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Her religion is politics and, like most of ’em, she’ll claim to be whatever religious jewelry she has to to create a persona. I’d say her husband is more jewish than Jewish unless he’s from a really loose branch. He’s married a non-Jew so their children won’t be Jewish, unless she converst before the children are born, they’ll have to be converted. Then again we have a lot of jews in Congress.

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        • amwick says:

          As I said, I didn’t think she would publicly display satanic jewelry.. I do not know about her religious affiliation. People on twitter were claiming all kinds of things, and I just wanted to hear the truth about the necklace.

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      Whenever Hillary Clinton’s name comes up the chant is “Lock her up”.

      Whenever Chelsea Clinton comes up the chant should be “Take her house”.

      She got paid by the Clinton Foundations, that money belongs to taxpayers. Her parents sold off American assets and secrets for money. Chelsea got paid with that money.

      Take her house.

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      • amwick says:

        About Chelsea, she walked out of college to a $600,000 a year make believe job at NBC.
        Now, you cannot pick your parents, her family is wealthy (grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr) but pretending to work? That ticked me off, from the get go. THen there was buzz about her going to Congress…. SMH

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  24. duchess01 says:

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2018
    The Wondrous LOVE of Almighty God for You!

    https://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2017/02/the-wondrous-love-of-almighty-god.html

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  25. Dora says:

    I can’t get over this! It has gone from one of the world’s most beautiful cities to a filthy slum, in such a short period of time.

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    • smiley says:

      certainly speaks VOLUMES about the migrant mess.

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    • 17CatsInTN says:

      Oh, ok. NOW I see why we needed the Paris Accord. /s

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    • czarowniczy says:

      It’s a blueprint for most US major cities under the Rat immigration plan.

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    • Rudy says:

      I imagine that in the near future, Paris will look like Damascus does now. A real shame about all that art and architecture.

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    • trumpismine says:

      sad. Future pic of San Francisco?

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        San Fran Nan’s town uses cheap plastic tents and card board…..no smoke stakes (environmentally unacceptable/poor air quality) no plastic bags to poop in (bad for the environment also).

        Soon no plastic straws for their juice boxes either.

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    • BakoCarl says:

      I Loved Paris

      I loved Paris in the spring time,
      I loved Paris in the fall.
      I saw Paris at Eiffel’s tower,
      Glad it was before they built the wall.

      Scenic streets filled with tents and trash,
      Groups of “refugees” jeer and leer,
      Gangs of Arab men are everywhere,
      Filling the streets with dread and fear.

      I loved Paris in the spring time,
      I loved Paris in the fall.
      Now that Muslims have taken over,
      I don’t think I like Paris at all.

      Beautiful walks along the Seine,
      For women, a gauntlet of grope.
      Young Arab males lounge everywhere,
      Smoking weed, selling booze and dope.

      I loved Paris in the spring time,
      I loved Paris in the fall.
      With ‘Allahu Akbar’ and burning cars,
      I will never return at all.

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  26. Dora says:

    What a nice picture. 🙂

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  27. 17CatsInTN says:

    Sunday musings….

    I woke up again this morning too tired to go to church after experiencing the aftermath of heart issues last weekend which resulted in a week of fatigue. But, determined to not let it stop me, I got up to take a shower and gut it out. As I stood up, I distinctly heard the Lord say to my spirit, “Don’t go. Spend time with Me instead.” Now, that actually shocked me and stopped me in my tracks because we all know we aren’t supposed to abandon the fellowship of believers. How many of us had it drummed into as children you go to church every week unless you’re on your death bed? Well, He was serious, so I turned away from my trek to the bathroom and went to my sanctuary room (books, books and MORE books and my favorite DVDs!) instead where I keep my journal and do my quiet time.

    I started by listing a litany of my woes, depression, fatigue, oppression, fear, anger, emotional stress, financial burdens, health issues, besetting sin, anxieties…you now, the usual suspects. Pretty much a pity party. Then, something changed and this is what flowed:

    Wash me with Your Presence, Your hope, Your joy. I need Your Spirit uppermost in my being. Cleanse my heart, my mind, my spirit, my soul, my emotions. Fill me with Your Spirit.

    Forgive me as I seek You and all of Your Being. I’m spent and weary.

    Rightly divide Your ways in me. Set my feet on Your path. Set my heart on You.

    Heal me head to toe with Your Blood and Righteousness.

    Lead me in the everlasting way.

    Shelter me ‘neath Your wings.

    Set Your compassion—which is new every morning, because GREAT is Your faithfulness—on me.

    Arise within me, Lord, like an overwhelming flood. Sing your songs of triumph and joy over me, oh Lord, because You are good. And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou ART with me. I sing praises to Your Name, oh Lord, because YOU have lifted me up. Though my enemies laugh, sneer and mock at me, YOU are my strength and strong tower. Do they not see that You are for me? NOTHING can withstand Your Presence and Glory.

    Radiant am I in Your sight because I trust in You.

    You are my God, my Rock, my Fortress, my Strong Tower. I will not be afraid.

    I love you my Lord and my God, my Prince of Peace. My righteousness. My hope. My strength. My everything. You fortify me and I lean on you. Amen. And amen. You have shown me the way.

    Sometimes we just have to remind ourselves Who He is and What He has done. I’m much better now. Thanks, Lord!

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  28. wondering999 says:

    MEDICAL ETHICS DISCUSSION
    A favorite young relative is expecting her first child at age 31, after completing her education and pursuing a successful professional career, one that fortunately allows her to work from home. Her excellent new husband recently got a raise and there’s a good chance she’ll be able to be a stay-at-home mom, which I have encouraged her to look forward to — not many people want to hand off their beloved baby to strangers, especially during the early years.

    This bright young woman has been stunned by the disabilities associated with her pregnancy.

    During one phone conversation a couple of weeks ago, she had to sign off twice within an hour to go heave her guts out.

    Fortunately she is able to work mostly from home, but I would be afraid for her if she had to be out traveling in the heat and crowded places. She would be very vulnerable to having her purse snatched. She would also be humiliated by having to heave uncontrollably in public spaces. People who have hyperemesis during pregnancy (and I was another one, I can sympathize with her) are liable to become very dehydrated, tired, and simply uncomfortable with a situation that is like being seasick 24/7 for weeks on end. Nobody would undertake this willingly, without fully intending to become a parent. It is a miserable experience, even though in the end it is worth it!!

    It was so bad last month that she had to have an IV against dehydration, and had some bleeding in her esophagus.

    I don’t understand how people with this type of pregnancy can be expected to work efficiently at the same time, although I know from many experience that many carry through. I’m also grateful for my relative, that she will be somewhat isolated from the viruses and bacteria of the public spaces — even though German measles/rubella has been vaccinated against, there are so many things you don’t want to be exposed to during pregnancy.

    In the old days, there were people who said that “morning sickness” was psychosomatic. I know from experience that isn’t true. It is honest-to-God 24/7 seasickness unceasing for weeks, with hypersensitivity to smells that normally would not be repulsive but take on a sickening effect for a pregnant person.

    In old days there were women who were pregnancy for most of their childbearing years, and euphemisms were used for the difficult period of vomiting, malaise, and other physical limitations (“confinement”). Just wish that there were more realistic education about this time of a person’s life. I’m happy for my young relative and looking forward to meeting baby in February!! It also makes me thoughtful about so many people who have to soldier on through this time. Can’t imagine being a teacher, or a nurse, or a saleswoman, etc. and having to bear up under these conditions of the first trimester, especially

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  29. czarowniczy says:

    Seems the Democrats have cancelled their yearly softball game with the Republicans: https://hotair.com/archives/2018/08/02/democrats-bow-annual-ball-game/
    Wonder if the had a hard time finding a designated shooter?

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  30. phoenixRising says:

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  31. czarowniczy says:

    NBC nightly news is crowing about how so many more counter protesters were at the Unite the Right than rightwingers. Well duh, the Unite the Right group was is a niche white nationalist group, not the mainline posterchild of the Republican Party and Trump supporters in specific, as the MSM is portraying it.
    Of course their tiny group was outnumbered, it’s Sunday and the Alt-Left and local Rats could round up large crowds easily, never mind streets full of tourists just following along. NBC once again shows that its tweaking the nightly propaganda to fit its anti-Trump, anti-Republican, anti-Conservative Maoist-lite agenda. Can’t wait to see NBC honestly cover the vitriol-spewing La Raza and Black Nationalist wings of the DemocRatic Party…waiting…waiting…waiting…

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      I saw where this weekend BS was going. So I just bypass the propaganda of the left. I read Breitbart quotes instead, they are timeless 🙂

      There is no clear distiction between white supremacy and the multicultual mindset.
      Andrew Breitbart

      The left understands the media. The left wields it, and the right sits on the sidelines and complains.
      Andrew Breitbart

      It’s a democracy, and the reason why the conservative movement loses is because it believes that it is elite, that the smartest in its midst who have gone to the right schools and who have worked at the right think tanks and have the right opinions and the right friends can run it for the rest of America. That’s why I’m a Tea Party adherent over a Republican or conservative establishment adherent.
      Andrew Breitbart

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I’ve always shaken my head over how the MSM takes a few waaaaaay off the the far right racist nuts vand uses them to paint everyone who’s not a Democrat as a violent racist. It sure as hell ignores the violent black and Latino racists, treating them as wild outliers totally unconnected to the Rat pack. Do they think that if the far Left takes over the press will be treated as brothers in arms?

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  32. Patriot1783 says:

    I posted this story this morning which disappeared but thought it was so touching and just proves no matter what species,
    A mother’s love and grief for a child has no bounds

    https://www.wxii12.com/article/17-days-and-1000-miles-later-grieving-orca-lets-go-of-her-dead-calf/22708094

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  33. bessie2003 says:

    New song, an anti-NFL one titled “Take a knew, my A**”

    http://www.break.com/video/anti-nfl-song-called-take-a-knee-my-ass-3137583

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  34. czarowniczy says:

    Looking for the face of Obamac Democrats of the future? LaRaza, BGI/BLM and this writ large:

    Thank you Ms Loomer.

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  35. covfefe999 says:

    I’m glad that Paul Joseph Watson is still you YouTube. I didn’t even hear about this story about Elin Errson.

    Liked by 1 person

    • covfefe999 says:

      In another of his videos he notes that racist Sarah Jeong’s racist tweets were removed from her wikipedia entry! Her past was all cleaned up by the social media facists. Someone put at least some of the info back, but probably fascist-approved speech now.

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    • covfefe999 says:

      Watson is brilliant.

      Liked by 1 person

    • wondering999 says:

      Notable details I hadn’t heard before, certainly not on Facebook… (b) the Afghani guy who was being deported wanted to go back to Afghanistan, he wasn’t being deported against his will and (b) this man had a history of serious domestic violence against his children and his wife who had tried to intervene… slammed her head into hard surfaces

      ugh

      This belongs on the Keith Ellison thread by the way…

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  36. 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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  37. bessie2003 says:

    Sundance, I don’t twitter but do read twitter posts. Is this what you are looking for, a way to track changes to online news stories?

    http://www.newsdiffs.org/

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