Thursday November 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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  1. Stormyeyes says:



  2. TwoLaine says:


    Man charged in 3 killings wanted by immigration authorities
    8 Nov 2018

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  3. Hebo Sabe says:

    MSM and the Deep State are trying to wear us out with these constant new cycles. This is not how humanity should be treated.

    It is really war.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Yes it is HeboSabe. I call it a “paper civil war” Personally, I’d like to keep it that way; but, at some point, they will have pushed far enough…….I’m ready for that too. In the meantime…….

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  4. Dora says:

    The man who introduced us to Dracula. I didn’t realize he was Irish.

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  5. vikingmom says:

    A brilliant piece from a man who lived through history and tried to warn us – thirty five years later, his words are achingly prophetic!

    “Men Have Forgotten God” – The Templeton Address
    by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    May 1983

    More than half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.

    Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our Revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.

    What is more, the events of the Russian Revolution can only be understood now, at the end of the century, against the background of what has since occurred in the rest of the world. What emerges here is a process of universal significance. And if I were called upon to identify briefly the principal trait of the entire twentieth century, here too, I would be unable to find anything more precise and pithy than to repeat once again: Men have forgotten God.

    The failings of human consciousness, deprived of its divine dimension, have been a determining factor in all the major crimes of this century.

    The failings of human consciousness, deprived of its divine dimension, have been a determining factor in all the major crimes of this century. The first of these was World War I, and much of our present predicament can be traced back to it. It was a war (the memory of which seems to be fading) when Europe, bursting with health and abundance, fell into a rage of self-mutilation which could not but sap its strength for a century or more, and perhaps forever. The only possible explanation for this war is a mental eclipse among the leaders of Europe due to their lost awareness of a Supreme Power above them. Only a godless embitterment could have moved ostensibly Christian states to employ poison gas, a weapon so obviously beyond the limits of humanity.

    The same kind of defect, the flaw of a consciousness lacking all divine dimension, was manifested after World War II when the West yielded to the satanic temptation of the “nuclear umbrella.” It was equivalent to saying: Let’s cast off worries, let’s free the younger generation from their duties and obligations, let’s make no effort to defend ourselves, to say nothing of defending others-let’s stop our ears to the groans emanating from the East, and let us live instead in the pursuit of happiness. If danger should threaten us, we shall be protected by the nuclear bomb; if not, then let the world burn in Hell for all we care. The pitifully helpless state to which the contemporary West has sunk is in large measure due to this fatal error: the belief that the defense of peace depends not on stout hearts and steadfast men, but solely on the nuclear bomb…

    Today’ s world has reached a stage which, if it had been described to preceding centuries, would have called forth the cry: “This is the Apocalypse!”

    Yet we have grown used to this kind of world; we even feel at home in it.

    Dostoevsky warned that “great events could come upon us and catch us intellectually unprepared.” This is precisely what has happened. And he predicted that “the world will be saved only after it has been possessed by the demon of evil.” Whether it really will be saved we shall have to wait and see: this will depend on our conscience, on our spiritual lucidity, on our individual and combined efforts in the face of catastrophic circumstances. But it has already come to pass that the demon of evil, like a whirlwind, triumphantly circles all five continents of the earth…

    By the time of the Revolution, faith had virtually disappeared in Russian educated circles; and amongst the uneducated, its health was threatened.

    In its past, Russia did know a time when the social ideal was not fame, or riches, or material success, but a pious way of life. Russia was then steeped in an Orthodox Christianity which remained true to the Church of the first centuries. The Orthodoxy of that time knew how to safeguard its people under the yoke of a foreign occupation that lasted more than two centuries, while at the same time fending off iniquitous blows from the swords of Western crusaders. During those centuries the Orthodox faith in our country became part of the very pattern of thought and the personality of our people, the forms of daily life, the work calendar, the priorities in every undertaking, the organization of the week and of the year. Faith was the shaping and unifying force of the nation.

    But in the 17th century Russian Orthodoxy was gravely weakened by an internal schism. In the 18th, the country was shaken by Peter’s forcibly imposed transformations, which favored the economy, the state, and the military at the expense of the religious spirit and national life. And along with this lopsided Petrine enlightenment, Russia felt the first whiff of secularism; its subtle poisons permeated the educated classes in the course of the 19th century and opened the path to Marxism. By the time of the Revolution, faith had virtually disappeared in Russian educated circles; and amongst the uneducated, its health was threatened.

    It was Dostoevsky, once again, who drew from the French Revolution and its seeming hatred of the Church the lesson that “revolution must necessarily begin with atheism.” That is absolutely true. But the world had never before known a godlessness as organized, militarized, and tenaciously malevolent as that practiced by Marxism. Within the philosophical system of Marx and Lenin, and at the heart of their psychology, hatred of God is the principal driving force, more fundamental than all their political and economic pretensions. Militant atheism is not merely incidental or marginal to Communist policy; it is not a side effect, but the central pivot.

    The 1920’s in the USSR witnessed an uninterrupted procession of victims and martyrs amongst the Orthodox clergy. Two metropolitans were shot, one of whom, Veniamin of Petrograd, had been elected by the popular vote of his diocese. Patriarch Tikhon himself passed through the hands of the Cheka-GPU and then died under suspicious circumstances. Scores of archbishops and bishops perished. Tens of thousands of priests, monks, and nuns, pressured by the Chekists to renounce the Word of God, were tortured, shot in cellars, sent to camps, exiled to the desolate tundra of the far North, or turned out into the streets in their old age without food or shelter. All these Christian martyrs went unswervingly to their deaths for the faith; instances of apostasy were few and far between. For tens of millions of laymen access to the Church was blocked, and they were forbidden to bring up their children in the Faith: religious parents were wrenched from their children and thrown into prison, while the children were turned from the faith by threats and lies…

    For a short period of time, when he needed to gather strength for the struggle against Hitler, Stalin cynically adopted a friendly posture toward the Church. This deceptive game, continued in later years by Brezhnev with the help of showcase publications and other window dressing, has unfortunately tended to be taken at its face value in the West. Yet the tenacity with which hatred of religion is rooted in Communism may be judged by the example of their most liberal leader, Krushchev: for though he undertook a number of significant steps to extend freedom, Krushchev simultaneously rekindled the frenzied Leninist obsession with destroying religion.

    But there is something they did not expect: that in a land where churches have been leveled, where a triumphant atheism has rampaged uncontrolled for two-thirds of a century, where the clergy is utterly humiliated and deprived of all independence, where what remains of the Church as an institution is tolerated only for the sake of propaganda directed at the West, where even today people are sent to the labor camps for their faith, and where, within the camps themselves, those who gather to pray at Easter are clapped in punishment cells–they could not suppose that beneath this Communist steamroller the Christian tradition would survive in Russia. It is true that millions of our countrymen have been corrupted and spiritually devastated by an officially imposed atheism, yet there remain many millions of believers: it is only external pressures that keep them from speaking out, but, as is always the case in times of persecution and suffering, the awareness of God in my country has attained great acuteness and profundity.

    It is here that we see the dawn of hope: for no matter how formidably Communism bristles with tanks and rockets, no matter what successes it attains in seizing the planet, it is doomed never to vanquish Christianity.

    The West has yet to experience a Communist invasion; religion here remains free. But the West’s own historical evolution has been such that today it too is experiencing a drying up of religious consciousness. It too has witnessed racking schisms, bloody religious wars, and rancor, to say nothing of the tide of secularism that, from the late Middle Ages onward, has progressively inundated the West. This gradual sapping of strength from within is a threat to faith that is perhaps even more dangerous than any attempt to assault religion violently from without.

    Imperceptibly, through decades of gradual erosion, the meaning of life in the West has ceased to be seen as anything more lofty than the “pursuit of happiness, “a goal that has even been solemnly guaranteed by constitutions. The concepts of good and evil have been ridiculed for several centuries; banished from common use, they have been replaced by political or class considerations of short lived value. It has become embarrassing to state that evil makes its home in the individual human heart before it enters a political system. Yet it is not considered shameful to make dally concessions to an integral evil. Judging by the continuing landslide of concessions made before the eyes of our very own generation, the West is ineluctably slipping toward the abyss. Western societies are losing more and more of their religious essence as they thoughtlessly yield up their younger generation to atheism. If a blasphemous film about Jesus is shown throughout the United States, reputedly one of the most religious countries in the world, or a major newspaper publishes a shameless caricature of the Virgin Mary, what further evidence of godlessness does one need? When external rights are completely unrestricted, why should one make an inner effort to restrain oneself from ignoble acts?

    Or why should one refrain from burning hatred, whatever its basis–race, class, or ideology? Such hatred is in fact corroding many hearts today. Atheist teachers in the West are bringing up a younger generation in a spirit of hatred of their own society. Amid all the vituperation we forget that the defects of capitalism represent the basic flaws of human nature, allowed unlimited freedom together with the various human rights; we forget that under Communism (and Communism is breathing down the neck of all moderate forms of socialism, which are unstable) the identical flaws run riot in any person with the least degree of authority; while everyone else under that system does indeed attain “equality”–the equality of destitute slaves. This eager fanning of the flames of hatred is becoming the mark of today’s free world. Indeed, the broader the personal freedoms are, the higher the level of prosperity or even of abundance–the more vehement, paradoxically, does this blind hatred become. The contemporary developed West thus demonstrates by its own example that human salvation can be found neither in the profusion of material goods nor in merely making money.

    This deliberately nurtured hatred then spreads to all that is alive, to life itself, to the world with its colors, sounds, and shapes, to the human body. The embittered art of the twentieth century is perishing as a result of this ugly hate, for art is fruitless without love. In the East art has collapsed because it has been knocked down and trampled upon, but in the West the fall has been voluntary, a decline into a contrived and pretentious quest where the artist, instead of attempting to reveal the divine plan, tries to put himself in the place of God.

    Here again we witness the single outcome of a worldwide process, with East and West yielding the same results, and once again for the same reason: Men have forgotten God.

    With such global events looming over us like mountains, nay, like entire mountain ranges, it may seem incongruous and inappropriate to recall that the primary key to our being or non-being resides in each individual human heart, in the heart’s preference for specific good or evil. Yet this remains true even today, and it is, in fact, the most reliable key we have. The social theories that promised so much have demonstrated their bankruptcy, leaving us at a dead end. The free people of the West could reasonably have been expected to realize that they are beset · by numerous freely nurtured falsehoods, and not to allow lies to be foisted upon them so easily. All attempts to find a way out of the plight of today’s world are fruitless unless we redirect our consciousness, in repentance, to the Creator of all: without this, no exit will be illumined, and we shall seek it in vain. The resources we have set aside for ourselves are too impoverished for the task. We must first recognize the horror perpetrated not by some outside force, not by class or national enemies, but within each of us individually, and within every society. This is especially true of a free and highly developed society, for here in particular we have surely brought everything upon ourselves, of our own free will. We ourselves, in our daily unthinking selfishness, are pulling tight that noose…

    Our life consists not in the pursuit of material success but in the quest for worthy spiritual growth. Our entire earthly existence is but a transitional stage in the movement toward something higher, and we must not stumble and fall, nor must we linger fruitlessly on one rung of the ladder. Material laws alone do not explain our life or give it direction. The laws of physics and physiology will never reveal the indisputable manner in which the Creator constantly, day in and day out, participates in the life of each of us, unfailingly granting us the energy of existence; when this assistance leaves us, we die. And in the life of our entire planet, the Divine Spirit surely moves with no less force: this we must grasp in our dark and terrible hour.

    To the ill-considered hopes of the last two centuries, which have reduced us to insignificance and brought us to the brink of nuclear and non-nuclear death, we can propose only a determined quest for the warm hand of God, which we have so rashly and self-confidently spurned. Only in this way can our eyes be opened to the errors of this unfortunate twentieth century and our bands be directed to setting them right. There is nothing else to cling to in the landslide: the combined vision of all the thinkers of the Enlightenment amounts to nothing.

    Our five continents are caught in a whirlwind. But it is during trials such as these that the highest gifts of the human spirit are manifested. If we perish and lose this world, the fault will be ours alone.

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    • Rhododendron says:

      Marxism is a method of destroying societies, Globalists / Marxists are determined to destroy all factions of society that stand on a way of messianic redemption. Marxism is a secular religion,

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      • 100% accurate and the 1 billion united Catholics are ALWAYS a target – which is why scandal in the Catholic church is ALWAYS pounced upon with such fervor, even when the same scandal, to a much greater degree, is pervasive throughout the secular world.

        Anything that unifies us UNDER GOD threatens these factions that want to bind human beings to the world, subject to authoritarian, elitist humans; rather than rightfully look to God as the arbiter of justice and truth and freedom.

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    • It is a sign of the times that as brilliant as I consider this, I”m going to have to find inspiring images to intersperse amidst the words to get anyone to read it.

      Christ taught through parables to people who could not understand profound ideas.

      We have used fables and wonderfully satirical cartoons through the years to teach.

      Now, when educated, with degrees, just means successfully indoctrinated and incapable of critical thinking or extended attention spans, we need to ‘entertain’ and allure to get people to stick around long enough to have their brains assimilate deep and relevant ideas that directly affect them.

      The idea that people are not political these days stems from this indoctrination. They are primarily frightened both of conflict and of having to take an independent stance.

      Our founders, on all sides resisted by the fraidy cats of the times, would be entirely familiar with our snowflakes and our demon spawn on the left.

      This Solzhenitsyn piece is among those written works that ought to be offered as an alternative whenever a socialist/atheist mouthpiece spouts his/her propaganda.

      But of course….cancellations abound because the truth once heard sticks far better into brains wired for it.

      Thank you.

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      • vikingmom says:

        “It is a sign of the times that as brilliant as I consider this, I”m going to have to find inspiring images to intersperse amidst the words to get anyone to read it.”

        Oh, I hear ya!! I posted this on my personal Facebook and exactly two people have read it but if I post a funny cat meme, it will get dozens of “likes”.

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    • Nancy Steger says:

      Thank you for posting this. It is brilliant! Communism has been subversively infiltrating our institutions for decades, and we are barely able to mention its name, much less do anything to stop it. They have so successfully hidden their sinister motives that most people are blissfully ignorant of how close we are to becoming the next Venezuela. If it weren’t for PDJT, we would already be living the early stages of that horror. Yet here we are with half of the country so enthralled by “progressivism” that they are self-righteously voting us all into totalitarian slavery. God help us.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      vikingmom…..I think the actual title of this speech is “Godlessness: the First Step to the Gulag”

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      • vikingmom says:

        You are correct – he gave this speech when he received the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion so I guess it is also referred to as the “Templeton Speech” which is how it was listed on the website where I found it. Thank you for the clarification! (And every high school and college student in America should be required to read “Gulag Archipelago” and “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich”! )

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Totally agree. I read all , early in my research years. There are multiple historic writings by many throughout the centuries (long before the US was discovered)

          Our Founders READ all of these old documents, writings, and books. I’ve often said that they were far-smarter than anyone with today’s technology. They READ, and studied previous rise and falls of societies, which led up to them forming for us a Constitutional Republic.

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    • BebeTarget says:

      Solzhenitsyn was the darling of the Left UNTIL he wrote this. When he spoke of God the Left had no use for him and dropped him like a hot potato. They want nothing to do with believers and only suffer their presence in their lives because of the votes they can get to keep them in power. Solzhenitsyn was no longer useful to them.


  6. Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

    Two things have been stuck in my head since hearing this.
    First, how fantastic it is that we increased our margin in the Senate.

    The second, not so nice, but I just can’t help myself. This keeps playing over and over in my head;

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  7. Janie M. says:

    Awww… what a sweetheart. Dog has more compassion than the humans. ❤️❤️

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Oh, no. Glad I have kleenex handy. 😥

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    • Nancy Steger says:

      I’m skeptical of animal photos such as this one, which look as if they were taken in a third world country where animals are not well treated. I suspect that some internet opportunist produces the touching pictures for clickbait without concern for the critters. I avoid them so as not to reward anyone who might take advantage of an abused or neglected animal. Note: I love dogs.


      • Janie M. says:

        Nancy, here is a link to a 2017 Daily Mail article from which the picture was extracted. This occurred in Brazil.

        An adopted rescue puppy has melted its owners’ hearts after being spotted sharing a blanket with a stray dog on a chilly morning.

        Lana, who is eight months old, was taken in by Suelen Schaumloeffel and her fiancé after being found on the streets in Brazil last year.

        But the lucky pooch, who is now a much-loved pet enjoying regular meals and a warm doghouse, hasn’t forgotten her humble origins.

        Lana – who had been tucked into her cozy bed the night before – was spotted by Suelen’s fiancé doing something quite unusual on Tuesday morning as he went to work.


  8. Dora says:

    I remember the day very well. 🙂

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  9. Farmkid says:

    Texas: 69 Dem judges voted in, replacing Repub. judges.
    Election Day 2018: 19 African American women elected judges in Texas
    Good for the women, just wondering if there is a backstory to the turnover to the left?
    I’ve read that Soros invested heavily into elections selecting Secretary of State, since they control elections I am asking if anyone knows more than the heresay ive ingested?
    Thank you.

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  10. Sepp says:

    The Holy Great Martyr Demétrios the Myrrh-gusher is commemorated today on the traditional Orthodox Christian Church Calendar, October 26th, which is November 8th on the civil calendar.

    Saint Demétrios (also commonly spelled as Dimitrios) was a native of Salonika (Thessaloniki) served as a military commander. The details of his life and martyrdom have been preserved through the centuries, but, in short, for confessing the Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ in front of the pagan emperor, he was thrown into prison and speared to death. Myrrh gushed forth from his holy relics. One of his fellow soldiers, Nestor, came to him while in prison and endured a martyr’s death in defiance of the emperor.

    Saint Demétrios is beloved throughout the Orthodox Christian world. Just as we ask our family and friends to pray for us, it is fitting to ask Saint Demétrios, who stands before the Throne of God, to pray for us, too.

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  11. lily22 says:

    Thank you for taking the time to write and post this……
    “Men have forgotten God; That’s why all this has happened.”
    Subversion of the media/entertainment complex–check. Subversion of Education- Check.
    Lastly: subversion of Faith and the Family-… be determined….
    Now, more than ever—we must have Faith and Pray to our one, true God to deliver us from this evil……

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    • duchess01 says:

      Be comforted, lily – there are many prayer groups throughout the nation and the world who are praying unceasingly daily for parents, children, families, education, and an increase in Faith, Hope, and Love throughout the world – you are not alone in your concern –

      God Bless You for reminding people to pray.

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  12. Lucille says:

    Pakistan: Asia Bibi, Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy, flown out of the country
    November 7, 2018 7:17 PM By Robert Spencer

    The Muslim mobs who have been baying for her blood will be newly enraged, and may try to vent their wrath against the Pakistani government.

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  13. Donna in Oregon says:

    Yesterday I tried to post on CTH and my security said that malware had been detected on the CTH website.

    I thought it was hacked.

    Then I read that Sundance post that he was going fishing for a few days.

    Did anyone else have problems with the CTH website yesterday? I read thru the posts and didn’t see anything. Was it just me?

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  14. Tucker Carlson and the others targeted by Antifa mob are ALL due to Soros funding these lunatics.
    It’s time that Soros stops getting away with funding nameless groups and not being directly prosecuted for their violence.

    I learned from my mother, an attorney, that this is why we have not got warrants out for him because of the technicality under the law that he gives money to the group and they do with it as they wish

    We have Russia, Hungary and one other country who have warrants for the arrest of Soros (and these should include all of his demon spawn progeny) .  It’s time we cooperate in this and issue warrants and sue the billions off of that killer.

    He is an American traitor and only in an emasculated, PC world can he get away with it and not be prosecuted to the most severe extent of the law.

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  15. Dora says:

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  16. Republican judge swept off the bench by Democat sweep of Texas courts, produced through Soros funding MILLIONS into campaigns.
    His brilliant response to his abrupt firing:

    59 Texas courts were swept by Democrats due to Soros pouring MILLIONS into their campaign.

    One judge, a Republican, hard liner who, along with another like minded judge, was attributed with 20% of the criminals locked up (you break the law you pay the time was his style while on the bench), responded to his abrupt firing by asking 5 or 6 young hoodlums in front of him if they planned to kill anyone if they were set free. When they answered no he released them, citing that this was fair warning of what would be happening with the activist liberal judges being installed in his place, he was just giving a preview..

    The Texas blue wave is just gang/murderer/treason/death cult mob rule.


    • As Brian Sussman correctly explained: AFter KAtrina thousands were moved from New Orleans to Houston and set in motion a huge displacement of dependent leftists and thugs into TExas. The left has been doing massive things to energize and ‘bluify’ Texas.

      Be warned .

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  17. Bendix says:

    Things you learn while looking up something else:
    Who knew that “pavement ants” were a thing?
    I can remember, when I was very small. how “red ants” (as that is what we children called them) were very important in my life.
    Maybe because sidewalk was so important to me then. I was so much closer to it.
    Remember the smell of sidewalk in the summer, when it was just starting to rain?
    Isn’t that one of the best smells ever?

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  18. hard masada says:

    A Secret after presser Skype call the President continues to be bombarded.

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  19. phattcat says:

    Bad fire near us here in Nor Cal. Started at 6:30 this morning. Red Flag warnings 60mph gusts. Sky is black at noon. Evacuees everywhere. Please say a prayer for Paradise.

    Above photo is from !0:00 this morning, it’s dark because of the smoke.

    12:30 p.m. update: Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate a fast-moving wildfire that exploded in size Thursday, threatening several Northern California communities and forcing panicked residents to race to help neighbors who had to drive through walls of flames to escape.
    It was not immediately known if there were injuries or fatalities.
    Butte County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Miranda Bowersox said that all of Paradise, a town of about 27,000 people 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, was ordered to evacuate.
    “It’s bad,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told the Enterprise-Record. “We’re trying to get as many people out as quickly as possible and save as many lives as we can.”
    Rick Carhart, a Cal Fire spokesman, said the wildfire was reported at 6:30 a.m., affecting about 30,000 people in the towns of Paradise, Concow and other small communities.
    “The blaze is being driven by fairly strong winds,” Carhart said. “It’s really dry and we have low humidity and unfortunately those are great conditions for a fire to spread.”
    Thick grey smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away.
    The Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in Paradise evacuated all its patients and staff, given its close proximity to the fire, and transported them safely to hospitals in neighboring towns, said Jill Kinney, an Adventist Health spokeswoman. She said she did not know the exact number of people evacuated.
    Four of the hospital’s employees were briefly trapped in the basement and rescued by California Highway Patrol officers, Kinney said.
    Enloe Medical Center in nearby Chico received 24 patients, spokeswoman Jolene Francis said. Other patients were taken to Oroville Hospital in the city of Oroville.
    Shary Bernacett said she and her husband tried to get people to leave the mobile home park they manage in Paradise and had minutes to evacuate as flames reached the east side of the town.
    Bernacett said she and her husband “knocked on doors, yelled and screamed” to alert as many of the residents of 53 mobile homes and recreational vehicles as possible to leave.
    “My husband tried his best to get everybody out. The whole hill’s on fire. God help us!”” Bernacett said before breaking down crying.
    She and her husband grabbed their dog, jumped in their pickup truck and drove through flames before getting to safety on Highway 99, she said.
    Carhart said officials were sending as many crews as they could gather.
    “Every engine that we could put on the fire, is on the fire right now and more are coming,” he said. “There are dozens of strike teams that we’re bringing in from all parts of the state.”
    In Chico, west of the fire, resident Tina Greer said the care home where her disabled son lives with five other patients was evacuating. She said it takes time to pack the patient’s medical equipment and medicine. Her 25-year-old son has cerebral palsy, needs a wheelchair to get around and is fed through a tube.
    “They need time to prepare,” she said. “There’s a lot to move.”
    Greer said heavy ash was falling in Chico.
    The California Highway Patrol closed a nearby highway and urged motorists to avoid the area.
    The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings for fire dangers in many areas of the state, saying low humidity and strong winds were expected to continue through Friday evening.


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      • phattcat says:

        “The whole lower side of Paradise is totally engulfed in flames,” evacuee Kevin Winstead told Action News Now reporter Laura Eng. “The Pacifica, Princeton area, Neal Road and the Feather River Hospital all engulfed in flames right now.”
        “Not one home will be left standing. I am devastated. We just bought a home in Upper Magalia right now, and we’re hoping that our brand-new home that we just get to move into tomorrow is not going to be burned to the ground. We’re kind of all shaking right now. So we grabbed our animals and some food and clothes and we’re getting the heck out of here.”

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    • phattcat says:

      5:30 p.m. update: 18,000 acres burned in 11 hours, 0% containment, steady 20 mph winds, 30-50 mph gusts, 100’s possibly 1,000’s? of structures destroyed, Feather River Hospital confirmed destroyed, 80 people trapped inside a Walgreen’s within the town of paradise, 27,000 people evacuated, 2 firemen injured, no confirmed dead.


      • BigMamaTEA says:


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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        phattcat……good grief….are you in the path?

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        • amwick says:

          SMH…oh please dear Lord, watch over those people!

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        • phattcat says:

          6:30 a.m update: Paradise has been destroyed. No deaths reported…yet, some injuries. Fire still burning, more red flag warnings (high wind, low humidity) today. Many people on the news talking about driving through fire both sides of the road.
          Paradise was a retirement community on a ridge, only two ways out of town, up or down the ridge. I live in Chico, 20 miles from Paradise, in the down direction (west). The outskirts of Chico (east side) up to the city limits are under mandatory evacuation orders. I’m OK for now, I’m on the river side of town, Paradise was on the mountainous side.
          Paradise was burning at the rate of 80 football fields per minute for a while yesterday. The town is full of conifer trees and it is very dry. People are saying they would be standing there, a big burning ember would land and a fire would start.
          We have 20,000 or more evacuees living in Chico right now, they have filled the motels, fairground, shopping center parking lots and most have lost their homes. I hope the sun come up today, the sky was black most of the day yesterday, raining ash, eerie.
          I will try to move this forward to todays open thread later in the day, Thanks for your prayers.


          • nwtex says:

            phaatcat……………are you guys doing okay???? If you see this pls just drop in and let us know. It is just horrible what is going on. Unbelievable.


  20. Cooper45 says:

    I hope Sundance will cover the Anti-Fa mob attack on Tucker Carlson’s home that a few other posters have mentioned here. Where were the police when the mob surrounded the home and went up to his house. Why hasn’t the FBI or other law enforcement agencies sent entrapment agents or spies into the group like they did to several Trump officials?

    Where’s the DOJ’s investigation and charges? These free wheeling gangsters have been roaming almost unopposed and getting bolder every day.

    They are thugs not protesters. Why hasn’t the Trump admin addressed these attacks and leaks of all of their addresses etc. It is an outrage and yet it goes on and on and the billionaires that are funding all of these mob attacks are sipping cocktails and laughing at the Trump admin’s and local police’s reluctance to intervene and stop this madness.

    What happened to Trump’s promise to keep America safe? Does it not apply to Conservative TV hosts and authors at their home etc? Find out what Deep State Dem leaked the info. Did the lefty D.C. gov’t worker that was shown on Project Veritas admitting she leaked home address info get fired or was she promoted?

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  21. duchess01 says:

    The Tyranny of Lucifer’s Narcissistic Darkness

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  22. Dora says:


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  23. Lucille says:

    Why is the press trying to erase GOP congressional winner Young Kim from all the ‘Year of the Woman’ hoopla?
    By Monica Showalter – November 8, 2018

    NBC News last night went all in for the identity politics advocacy, highlighting the numbers of women elected to the new incoming House, which was won by the Democrats. The idea, of course, was to paint Republicans by implication as racist and sexist, and promote Democrats as the only party of ‘inclusion.’

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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. covfefe999 says:

    I see Tryvon’s parents are still trying to cash in on their son. They sued Weinstein earlier this year. If I understand this correctly, Weinstein’s company went belly up and in the official documents about what they were going to pay who, Trayvon’s parents got $0 for a project that was in the works. They say they are owed $150k. lol Remember the good old days when they used to leech money from other people by passing around trash cans?

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    • covfefe999 says:

      I’m laughing out loud at the results of my google search for “sybrina fulton trash can tour”. First 3 hits are Sundance CTH articles with these awesome titles:

      Trash Can Refills – Sybrina Fulton Back On Tour
      TrayMom Brings The Trash Can Tour to Baltimore.
      Have Trash Cans Will Travel – The ‘God Wants Us To Have Yo Money …

      HAHAHAHA! Oh man. I will not forget finding this site back then. It was an oasis of sanity.

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  27. BebeTarget says:

    Solzhenitsyn was the darling of the Left UNTIL he wrote this. When he spoke of God the Left had no use for him and dropped him like a hot potato. They want nothing to do with believers and only suffer their presence in their lives because of the votes they can get to keep them in power. Solzhenitsyn was no longer useful to them.

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  28. Donna in Oregon says:

    Irish Blessing

    Deep peace of the running waves to you.
    Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
    Deep peace of the smiling stars to you.
    Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
    Deep peace of the watching shepherds to you.
    Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.


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