Friday October 26th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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160 Responses to Friday October 26th – Open Thread

    • Lucille says:

      Ran across this Scriptural mention of capitalism, possibly? LOL! Anyway, I love this verse…

      People curse the one who hoards grain,
      but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell.

      Proverbs 11:26 (New International Version)

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        That works! BTW – The “all things in common” here was when Israel was waiting for their prophesied Kingdom.

        Ac 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
        32 ¶ And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
        33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

        The nation committed by “unpardonable sin” by blaspheming the Holy Ghost and stoning Stephan in Acts 7, so the Kingdom was postponed. Instead, God saved Saul, the leader of the rebellion and he became Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles. Israel no longer has their exalted position above the other nations during this dispensation of grace. When it is over, God will go back to dealing with the nation of Israel.

        Acts 13:45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
        46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

        Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

        In Paul’s epistles (Romans -Philemon) he reminds the saints to remember “the poor saints in Jerusalem” that sold everything in anticipation of the Kingdom that was postponed.

        Romans 15:26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.


  1. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Looking For the Loophole

    To many people, it just doesn’t seem right that God would punish someone in hell for all eternity, and so they look for loopholes in the Bible’s clear teaching about eternal damnation (Rev. 14:11, etc.). They mean well, but they remind us of what the Lord said about the rich man in hell, who pleaded that Lazarus be sent to warn his five brothers, “lest they also come into this place of torment” (Luke 16:28). It is often argued from this that this man had repented, and only a God who was a monster would refuse to release him. As we compare Scripture with Scripture, however, we believe otherwise, especially when we compare the torments of hell to the torments of the Tribulation.

    There are many ways to show that the Tribulation will be a time of hell on earth, but perhaps the simplest is found when we read that “in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it” (Rev. 9:6). What a picture of hell! You would think that everyone on the receiving end of the unfathomable torments of that day would repent in the hope that God would relent and spare them further torment. Yet despite the fact that men will be “scorched with great heat” (Rev. 16:9), in John’s vision, they “blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not… of their deeds” (vv. 9,11).

    In light of all this, we feel the rich man’s request to warn his five brothers was not an indication of any repentance on his part—far from it. Like many incarcerated men, he was looking for a loophole in the prosecution’s case against him. You see, if Lazarus was sent from the dead to warn his brothers, he could argue that he never benefited from such a supernatural warning, making his conviction unjust.

    Add it all up, and a more accurate picture of hell appears. Hell is not filled with cries of repentance to which God turns an unfeeling deaf ear. Like the description of the Tribulation we just read, the air is rather filled with the sound of blasphemy, voiced by men who are eternally convinced that God is wrong and they do not belong there.

    Fortunately, dear reader, you do not have to go there. Just admit that God is right, that you are sinner (Rom. 3:23) who deserves to die an eternal death for your sins (Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20:14), but that Christ died for your sins so that you don’t have to (I Cor. 15:1-4). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).

    By Pastor Ricky Kurth

    Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

    Luke 16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

    Revelation 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

    Revelation 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

    Rev 16:11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

    Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

    Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

    1Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
    2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

    3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
    4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

    Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      I don’t believe in a vengeful God. At least my quite humble experience of Him has not shown that to me. Lord knows I’d have given Him plenty of reasons . . . I think the message I have from a lifetime of belief is that we’re supposed to do the best we can. We are, after all, sinners and despite everything we’ll fail again and again. But if we resolve to try our best to do the best we can then all will be well. Our Lord loves us and knows us well. Be well, friends.

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      • massivedeplorable says:

        How good or bad we are is not Gods condition for letting us into heaven.

        In His own words: “I am The Way, The Truth and The Life. NO man comes to the Father but through Me” John 14:6

        Therefore our best or worst deeds, our “intentions”, our pedigree and our understanding are irrelevant to God as a ticket into Glory. Only by giving ones life to Jesus in faith that He died for our sins, rose from the grave and loves us immeasurably can save us from the well deserved penalty of eternal damnation. Jesus Is the only way in. No exceptions. Why? Because He said so.


    • rrick says:

      One who pleads for God’s mercy after damnation has shown no repentance at all. God is merciful, charitable, and gracious. He has delighted to love His children yet also as a loving Father who admonishes His children. A lifetime of warning and tender calling yet no obedience yields the eternal fire to they who steadfastly pursue their own lusts.

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  2. citizen817 says:


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    • rrick says:

      Such landscape causes my heart to leap! I wish to be in it, to be enclosed by it, compassed all about.

      It was on a lake much like that one, looking ahead and slightly to the right a grand coulior at the head of the icy waters. It was autumn after a heavy snow. I wandered onto the iced in lake to capture ‘The Money Shot’. A sound like a rifle shot, then another! From where, from who, I wondered. Then looking mid-distance in front of me I spy a crack in the ice zipping towards me.

      Like in a cartoon that crack splintered and rumbled as it rushed towards me. It passed between my feet. With a nervous laugh I thought it was just like a Wiley E. Coyote cartoon. I hesitated only slightly as I considered heading directly back to shore may not be the best route to get off the ice. It was on my very last step that my boot broke through and I did get wet up to me knee which sent my gear flung onto the creased granite yet unscathed.

      Once safely on solid rock I hollered out a laugh which echoed in the crags. Thank you God for your saving Grace and for letting me become a part of this grandeur creation. I shall always remember that grand cathedral.

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  3. citizen817 says:


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    • nikkichico7 says:

      That is so beautiful it doesn’t look real … what a treat to look at ❤️

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      • piper567 says:

        nikki, I’m never too sure how I feel about photographic manipulations of natural color…yes, this indeed a beautiful picture, but I agree w/you: it doesn’t look real.
        I think the brain processes the somewhat artificial nature of this color a bit differently than it does actual color values.
        It odd, really, bc with paintings, one is frequently confronted with imaginary colors of object or scenes, and one doesn’t have the same response, imo, as with photographs.

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  4. citizen817 says:

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    • olderwiser21 says:

      So wonderful! I wanted to cry right along with them…..thank you for this!

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    • Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

      Made me tear up just seeing how sweet those two were with her! God’s blessings on those two young men.

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    • rrick says:

      God bless such men.

      My eyes have gotten misty watching this show of love.

      I have been on both sides of that. A time that when I found a single dime on the sidewalk I felt the richest man in the world. And most recently not only was I able to fill a man’s gas tank but talk him into turning himself in for only the day before he had gone AWOL from the Army.

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    • nikkichico7 says:


      John 13:34-35
      34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

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    • New Nonna to Be, Again!!! 🤗 says:

      Tears of pride in the beauty of human kind acting in its finest way. 💖💕

      God bless those young men. I love being with such good people and wish everyone, regardless of color, faith, ethnicity, nationality or sex could be this way, every moment of every day.


    • BigMamaTEA says:

      THIS is America…………saw this last night…needed a tissue. {dusty eyes or something.

      Mornin’ treeps.

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

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  6. citizen817 says:

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  7. Lucille says:

    CHRIS BOTTI IN BOSTON | “Emmanuel” – Lucia Micarelli, violinist

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  8. Never saw this kinda unit, not sure if this is a prototype or it made it to production.

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    • rrick says:

      That looks like an M548 general purpose carrier. VN era.

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    • itswoot says:

      Is that a Weasel, or some variation thereof? A photo Web search turns up quite a variety of them, including an unusual one made by Studebaker.

      My father was stationed at Cape Atholl, Greenland (Coast Guard – Loran) in 1962 where Weasels were used. I remember seeing photos he took of one that partially broke through the ice, and another that was wrecked after two servicemen went on a joyride while drunk. I think they went over an embankment.

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  9. Garrison Hall says:

    October 25th, St. Crispin’s Day, was when the Battle of Agincourt was fought between the English and French armies. Although outnumbered, thanks to their archers’ fearsome skill with the longbow, the English won the battle. In Henry V Shakespear immortalized the victory by writing his famous “St. Crispin’s Day” speech.

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  10. Lucille says:

    Europe is getting crazier and crazier…one example….

    Austrian criminally charged for remark at conference

    Read at

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  11. citizen817 says:

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  13. millwright says:

    Florida Treeps beware ” Ammendment 13 ” appearing on your ballot . It threatens everyone far more than it protects racing greyhounds . Hidden from view in its published ballot language is a codicil extending state controls to pet owners, lare animal owners, ranchers, working dog owners, and hunters ( and probably fishermen ) if the A-R types get their way . On the upside, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a suit by WildEarth Guardians seeking to criminalize even accidental or inadvertant actions by anyone affecting any animal listed on the ESA . Another plus is lately there’s been this big bright ball hanging in the sky over New Jersey the past few days . Don’t know what it is, but its warm and cheery !

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      All it said on the ballot for 13 was “Ends dog racing. Phases out commercial dog racing in conection with wagering by 2020. Other gaming activities are not affected.” Of course I voted “yes” because I never found out any more about this.


  14. Donna in Oregon says:

    Irish Blessing

    May embers from the hearth warm your hands,
    May sunshine from an Irish sky warm your face,
    May a child’s bright smile warm your heart,
    And may everlasting love warm your soul.

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  15. smiley says:

    Street Theater

    The News Cycle From Now Through The November Election Will Be Mostly Street Theater

    Oct 25, 2018

    the “truth-optional” FAKE NEWS Media & their traveling circus seizing the narrative & shaping public opinion…

    “..the Democrats are abandoning the Caravan story because of its unintended consequences of rallying..the Conservative base.”

    …and now the “new darling” of the FAKE NEWS Left is bomb threats against Trump’s detractors.

    and…as an aside…not mentioned in this article…isn’t it coincidental how all the Post Offices are now on HIGH ALERT exactly when so many voters (including Conservative right-wing voters) will be mailing in our ballots…even though it’s now clear that none of those “suspicious” and fake “bombs” actually was even sent thru the postal mail service !

    such farce.

    such manipulation.

    whose Playbook ?

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        I know Smiley, the Dims all looked so pleased with their Fake Bomb October surprise trick. It’s annoying as hell.

        Might seem frustrating right now because it’s never-ending, like one step forward/two steps back…. but we have grown since Andrew Breitbart wrote this:

        “I think that sometimes conservatives are way too naive to understand the zeal that liberals have in trying to destroy using Alinsky tactics the very humanity of their conservative opponents.”

        Andrew Breitbart

        We fight now. Good luck finding anyone on CTH that’s naive anymore….

        Keep on fighting!!! Never give up!!!!

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        • smiley says:

          well…I don’t know who is or isn’t “naive”…I know I’m not.

          imo, conservatives are the ones being civil , almost to a fault.

          and it’s particularly galling to have to put up with the likes of the Left’s propaganda arm CNN constantly & relentlessly goading us conservatives with their phoney accusations of our being uncivil …or trying to depict us as the cause of all the HATE….and particularly PDJT.

          we don’t bully

          we don’t waste time arguing with idiots

          but we do need to nip this incessant Leftist bullshit in the bud and start telling it like it is…LOUDER.

          get in their faces with it…give it right back to them…but with FACTS & EXAMPLES.

          we have to regain the narrative…that’s all there is to it.

          we need more leaders who will DO that.

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          • smiley says:

            need to start convicting & throwing some of them in jail…that might resonate .

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            • Deplorable_Infidel says:

              “start convicting & throwing some of them in jail…”

              That is God’s way to maintain order, after all, human government was instituted by him for the orderly maintenance of society. This isn’t the first time in human history that leftists sought to wreak havoc.

              Genesis 6:11 ¶ The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

              Gen 6:13 ¶ And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

              God’s solution instituted after the flood was human government and he divided the earths tectonic plates during the life of Peleg, who lived 239 years.

              Genesis 11:18 And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu:

              Gen 11:19 And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.

              1Chronicles 1:19 And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg; because in his days the earth was divided: and his brother’s name was Joktan. .


          • New Nonna to Be, Again!!! 🤗 says:

            I have written to President Trump at the WH more than once recently about my concern for what is happening in America regarding Americans being verbally, and much worse, accosted by anti-MAGA, anti-American, anti-Trump and his Deplorable supporters.

            Why not drop him a line, Treepers, letting him know how you feel.

            I mentioned I was calling on him to protect Americans from terrorists both foreign AND domestic.

            I’m watching and waiting for the nonsense to be handled and ended.


    • smiley says:

      correction on my comment about the non-bombs…apparently, some have been sent/delivered by courier…while others have been sent thru the mail.


  16. Dora says:

    “Idaho Woodland” – Palette knife oil painting by Peggy Ann Thompson

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  17. Donna in Oregon says:

    Have a good day Treepers 🙂

    Psalm 25:4-5 – “Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”

    James 1:5 – “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

    Psalm 16:7-8 – “I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

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  18. Dora says:

    Remember Sinead O’Connor? She once shaved her head to protest the pope, or something. She’s taken her antics a bit further now. She’s got a new name!


    Irish Post: Musician Sinead O’Connor Converts to Islam, Becomes Shuhada’ Davitt

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    • Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

      She’s been a very troubled person for a very long time.
      Shaved her head the day before the photo shoot for her first album cover. (late 80’s)
      Tore up photo of the pope on stage during a “comeback” concert 10ish years ago & ruined that.
      Been battling mental illness & drug addiction for decades, getting worse as time goes by.
      Now claims to be a moose limb, even though she’s gay.
      A total mess. Sad.


  19. Dora says:

    Oh my!

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  20. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:”
    Jeremiah 32:17 (KJV)

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  21. Dora says:

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    • The Tundra PA says:

      Our church (Catholic) sponsored a lecture on Tuesday night by visiting Chesterton scholar Dale Ahlquist. He was an outstanding speaker. He is the president of the American Chesterton Society and the author of numerous books on G.K. Chesterton. And he has been the host of two television series on Chesterton. I had heard of Chesterton but never read him, despite a very good liberal arts education; now I am inspired to do so. I bought two of Ahlquist’s books, The Apostle of Common Sense and The Complete Thinker. When I finish these two I’ll be ready to tackle the great man himself (figuratively, of course; he was 6’4″ and weighed 300 lbs.).

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      • piper567 says:

        Tundra, if you wish to read his best, try on Everlasting Man.
        It kept me occupied all of one Winter.
        Its an epic work, every page yielding up much to think on.
        People often talk of books they would take to an isolated Island.
        I would take the Bible from God, and this book of Chesterton’s from man.
        It is an astonishing work.


  22. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  23. getfitnow says:

    Interesting comments.

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  24. nikkichico7 says:

    Lamentations 3:22-24 New King James Version (NKJV)
    22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
    Because His compassions fail not.
    23 They are new every morning;
    Great is Your faithfulness.
    24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “Therefore I hope in Him!”

    Where Will You Spend Eternity?
    OCTOBER 26, 2018

    1 Corinthians 15:1-4

    In our homes, we use smoke detectors to warn us of fire. Our car’s dashboard has lights to indicate a malfunction. We’d be foolish to ignore these warnings. In the same way, Scripture passages warn us about the terrible consequences for rejecting God’s provision of a Savior.

    The Bible tells us how to be reconciled to God so we can spend eternity with Him. We need to understand and accept the following truths:

    Sin separates us from God (Rom. 3:23; Col. 1:19-22). Because of Adam and Eve’s rebellion, we are all born with a nature bent away from the Lord. His justice requires that we pay for our transgressions.

    God sent His Son Jesus to make that payment for us (1 Corinthians 15:3). Only the death of one who was perfect would satisfy the Father’s righteous judgment. Jesus lived a life without sin, which qualified Him to become our substitute. He willingly took our place and died on the cross in order to pay our penalty. God accepted His death in place of ours and declared us righteous in His sight (Rom. 3:22).

    Salvation is a free gift, received through faith in Jesus (Eph. 2:8-9). Our good works will neither satisfy divine justice nor pay for our transgressions. They are not what God requires for forgiveness or adoption into His family. Faith in Jesus is the only way to God (John 14:6). When we accept Christ as our Savior and Lord, heaven becomes our eternal destination.

    God wants you to live forever with Him. If you haven’t yet made your eternal destination certain, do so now.

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  25. nikkichico7 says:

    This was my dog yesterday … for Cursday ….

    … I missed Cursday .. again .. 😩 …

    Some day though .. 😉

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  26. duchess01 says:

    Heaven’s Immigration Policy

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  27. Pointman says:

    On a lighter note, some Mahler.


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  28. dogsmaw says:

    Now you know you wanna dance…do just do it!!!

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  29. smiley says:

    FOX cable News : per DOJ : they now have ONE PERSON IN CUSTODY (fake bomb thing)..

    arrest was made in FLORIDA.


  30. Dora says:

    They look like they are waiting for their pie.

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  31. Dora says:

    President Trump will comment on the suspect.


  32. JTR says:

    I voted for Kemp last week. Vice-President Pence will do 3 rallies with him Nov.1.

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  33. Dora says:

    This is from August, but it’s still true.

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  34. dogsmaw says:

    Help, cleanup on aisle 3, and this is just one of many posts on Presidental thread:

    Trumpgirls says:
    October 26, 2018 at 2:46 pm
    Rush was sniffing his own arse, and playing 400 adds an hour.

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  35. Moishe Pipik says:

    Florida has laws that limit the ability for convicted felons to vote.

    How is that that the alleged “pipe bomber” suspect is being reported as a “registered Republican” while at the same time it’s reported that he has multiple prior felonies?

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    • John Galt says:

      He pleaded guilty to felonies on at least two occasions. But Miami-Dade County’s judicial system is a complete joke and adjudication was withheld (meaning no conviction) both times!

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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. auscitizenmom says:

    Prayer for Justice Kavanaugh:
    “After watching her husband rip into pro-death senators who used Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in attempts to derail the appointment of her husband to the U.S. Supreme Court, Ashley is asking all people of faith to unite in praying Psalm 40, which reads:”


    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

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