Monday December 10th – 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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132 Responses to Monday December 10th – Open Thread

  1. DanDeplorable says:

    DAILY DEVOTIONAL, December 10, 2018

    “Not Of The World”

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  2. citizen817 says:


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  3. citizen817 says:


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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I just love this. It is such a sweet thing to see. The little girl has such a sweet expression on her face.

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    • wondering999 says:

      I’m not deaf but I wish I could sign like Santa!

      Interesting book about Martha’s Vineyard in earlier times:
      “Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary Deafness on Martha’s Vineyard”
      by Nora Ellen Groce

      “From the seventeenth century to the early years of the twentieth, the population of Martha’s Vineyard manifested an extremely high rate of profound hereditary deafness. In stark contrast to the experience of most Deaf people in our own society, the Vineyarders who were born Deaf were so thoroughly integrated into the daily life of the community that they were not seen―and did not see themselves―as handicapped or as a group apart. Deaf people were included in all aspects of life, such as town politics, jobs, church affairs, and social life. How was this possible?

      “On the Vineyard, hearing and Deaf islanders alike grew up speaking sign language. This unique sociolinguistic adaptation meant that the usual barriers to communication between the hearing and the Deaf, which so isolate many Deaf people today, did not exist.”

      Signing is fun, but it’s hard like a foreign language, if you didn’t learn it early on


  4. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The Resurrection Mourning

    “But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping” (John 20:11).

    Why did she weep? Because the tomb was empty! What needless sorrows follow in the wake of unbelief! Those tear-dimmed eyes did not see the evidence of the Lord’s resurrection. And when the angels asked: “Why weepest thou?” she said: “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him.” Poor woman! She would rather have found His body there!

    But here are two on their way to Emmaus, no less sorrowful. They are talking together about all that has happened during the past few days and “[as] they communed together and reasoned, Jesus Himself drew near and went with them, but their eyes were holden that they should not know Him. And He said unto them: What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?” (Luke 24:15-17).

    The word “walk” here does not mean to walk on but to walk about — to wander aimlessly. They were on their way to Emmaus, but they were so brokenhearted that they did not care whether or not they got there. What had caused them to give up hope? Listen to their own explanations:

    “We trusted that it had been He which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done” (Luke 24:21).

    They had given up hope because this was the third day since the Lord’s crucifixion, yet this was the very day He was to rise from the dead, according to His own oft-repeated promise.

    Mary weeps because the tomb is empty! The two disciples are brokenhearted because this is now the third day since His death! We smile at the irony of unbelief. But what about ourselves? The risen, glorified Christ exercises far greater power and offers far greater blessings to believers now than His followers of old knew anything about.

    “Oh, what peace we often forfeit! Oh, what needless pain we bear!” All because we do not take God at His Word.

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    John 20:11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

    Luke 24:15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
    16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
    17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?

    Luke 24:21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “The risen, glorified Christ exercises far greater power and offers far greater blessings to believers now than His followers of old knew anything about.”

      A study of the first three chapters of the book of Ephesians will reveal at least 30 things that are true of the believer today, as well as our relationship with God.

      Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

      Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

      Eph 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

      However, since our blessings are invisible (to us now) in heaven (as opposed to the nation Israel’s – which were and will be visible here on earth), we can only know of them by faith in God and the truth revealed in his Word.

      Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

      1Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

      Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
      2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
      3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
      4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

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  5. citizen817 says:

    An American Tribute To Our Beautiful First Lady Melania Trump

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  6. Lucille says:

    HAPPY BENCH MONDAY…pull up a bench and relax awhile…

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  7. Garrison Hall says:

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  8. millwright says:

    NYC Mayor DeBlasio just stuck a knife into the hopes and dreams of thousands of NYC residents by declaring the city’s famed speciality schools for the performing arts, hard sciences, engineering and academic achievement can no longer base admission on meritocracy. Instead to create ” diversity ” he’s decreed 15th District schools must ” prioritize admission ” of 52% of low-income, English language learners and temporary housing students ! We can safely bet those now enrolled will be finding other schools to attend even if their parents have to move . [ HT 12/9 AT ] But ‘socialism is a success ” don’t you know ?

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    • Rynn69 says:

      Big Birds have bird brains.

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    • Great. The truly gifted will go elsewhere where they will be with the other truly gifted. I am thinking places like Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, etc.

      NYC is getting dirtier, less safe, more expensive, and tougher for the middle/working class. These days I prefer to travel to other great cities for food, culture, and urban tourism. Washington, Montreal, and Boston are great choices on the East Coast. Anywhere in Canada is a bargain for US travelers.

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  9. dogsmaw says:

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  10. Lucille says:

    26 Rare and Amazing Vintage Photographs Captured Street Scenes of New York City in the 1890s

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    • millwright says:

      I you think NYC smells today, think what it must have been like with all those horses ! Each dropping from 15-25 lbs of manure daily, plus urine; all of which ended up in the rivers I suspect . Small wonder those that could afford it sent their families to summer at the NJ shore, the Poconos, or the Catskills just to avoid the diseases .


  11. Janie M. says:

    My favorite for this Holy season.



  12. smiley says:

    Constellation Mana


    portrait of the artist’s niece ~made from a single black thread …artist winds the thread around galvanized brads on a white surface(board)…the dark areas are created by densely winding & overlapping the same piece of thread.

    shadow sculpture


    artist : Kumi Yamashita ~ Japanese-American (b. 1968) ~ Contemporary ~ shadow sculptures constructed from ordinary, everyday objects.

    she recently completed the Constellation series…portraits, like the one above, constructed from one single black thread.

    …for something completely different. 🙂

    and amazing .

    ❤ creativity !

    more, here…

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  13. Since a few benches have been posted tonight, here is one of my favorite benches @ about 10,500′ Wolf Creek pass rec area.

    Bench has a view of the Rock Garden at the top of Wolf Creek Pass

    As well as Wolf Creek Ski Area

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  14. Marc says:

    Beck ruins everything he touches but CRTV has been gasping for air the last couple of years as well. If Malkin is gone too, they only have Eric Bolling as a big national voice on their platform. The others are much lesser known pundits.


  15. Dora says:

    My post from earlier disappeared. I’ll try again.


    Henri Edmond Cross – Trees by the Sea (1907)

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  16. Dora says:

    I wasn’t around, but this is how it must have felt in 1939. Back then they had no place to go. Now they have Israel


    ‘Israel Must Prepare for Immigration of 200,000 French Jews,’ Declares Israeli Minister

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  17. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
    Psalms 51:10 (KJV)

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  18. smiley says:

    “…the weather is cr@#p and so is the government…”

    Paris …updates…

    All Eyes On Macron After Fresh Yellow Vest Protests Hit Paris

    Dec 9, 2018

    updates & LIVE stream news included in the article….

    some hi-lites…

    waiting for Macron (still) to give some sort of “speech” later today (Monday)…

    (like waitng for Godot, jmo)

    and this….

    “According to the UK’s TIMES newspaper, hundreds of online accounts linked to Russia were used to stoke the demonstrations. Citing analysis by New Knowledge, a cypbersecurity company, the TIMES says the accounts spread disinformation, and used pictures of injured protesters from other events to enhance a narrative of brutality by French authorities.”

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  19. Linda K. says:

    “A time to mourn, a time to dance”. Here is a happy routine to start the week

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  20. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  21. Donna in Oregon says:

    Watched the news. They are all manic. Must be the holidays and the voices in their heads. Be prepared…..the losers are sad and depressed this week.

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  22. Dora says:

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  23. smiley says:

    Iceland …..

    Vatnajokuli National Park, Iceland….

    Iceland Lava Fields…

    Sunset, Iceland…

    Iceland ~ arguably, the only peaceful place left on the face of the earth.


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  24. smiley says:

    UN in Morocco …and that “Migrant Pact” agenda…the 2-day conference thing on adopting that Pact for the Safe, Orderly and REGULAR migration masses..

    yep.. it’s been signed and adopted today…over 150 idiot nations signed the thing…

    the USA did not….

    12 other nations also did not…or have “expressed reservations”…

    and they are are listed in the article.

    Merkel’s all for it…calling it “a milestone”.

    (more like a millstone).

    lots of in-depth info + videos at that link.

    included is also a video of what the Pact is about…I did not watch it…don’t know if it’s slewed left or not..

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  25. 17CatsInTN says:

    Cleo is shocked, SHOCKED I tell you that the sun still exists. Too wet and cold for her pampered tootsies lately. 🙂

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  26. Risa says:

    New updated version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”.

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  27. Dora says:

    I see no reason to gloat, as some on the internet are. After all, the more stores that close, the happier the democrats will be. I do not support anything that makes the democrats smile.


    Dick’s Sporting Goods May Begin Closing Stores Due To New Anti-Gun Policy

    The decision of Dick’s Sporting Goods to restrict some types of guns and gun sales following the Parkland shooting in Florida has seriously harmed their sales numbers. Now there is talk of closing stores. And to think, this was all self-inflicted.

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  28. Sepp says:

    The Paris Statement

    A Europe We Can Believe In

    In May 2017, a group of conservative scholars and intellectuals met in Paris.

    The AFFIRMATION they wrote is now in 25 languages.


  29. Conrad Black’s piece “Mueller’s Got Nothing” in NR is worth reading:

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  30. Dora says:

    Columbia Student Targeted Over Drunken Rant Saying White People ‘Invented The Modern World’

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  31. Zippy says:

    China’s “Old Friend” George HW Bush


  32. duchess01 says:

    Say Goodbye To Mankind (2018)

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  33. lurker2 says:

    I like to keep up with the various goings on after the San Bernardino massacre because there is still so much unfinished business. I’ve always felt Syed Farook’s mother Rafia knew what he was going to do and that’s why she had her daughter (Syed’s sister) come and pick her up and take her and Syed’s baby away. Rafia had a car but left it there, I’m sure because Syed and Tashfeen were going to use it as their getaway car, that’s why they were returning to the apartment. Anyway, a San Bernardino has a nice summary of updates on all of the players.

    Rafia Farook: Mother of Syed Rizwan and Syed Raheel Farook. She lived at the Redlands home where Rizwan Farook assembled explosives for the Dec. 2 attack but was not charged with any crime and denied knowing about the plot. She was the primary beneficiary of Rizwan’s $280,000 in life insurance policies, which are being held by a court after being paid by Minnesota Life Insurance. The Justice Department has attempted to seize the money as “assets derived from a federal crime of terrorism.” A judge said he will rule on the seizure after the cases of Marquez, Chernykh and Raheel and Tatiana Farook are concluded.

    Can you imagine if Rafia walks away with $280k for her participation in the massacre??? How did the life insurance company end up paying that out anyway?

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  34. kea says:

    So MSM is is now pushing this: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reveals Jewish ancestry at Hanukkah celebration


  35. BigMamaTEA says:

    Senate tee-vee just adjourned @6:49pmEST, until 10:00amEST tomorrow.

    They did approve the CLOTURE vote for Justin Muzinick, for Deputy-Sec’ty of the Treasury.\
    Y- 55 – N–43.

    The Muzinick NOMINATION Vote (Cloture time expires) at approx. 11:30amEST. The senate shall vote at that time.

    The House is still in session, battling about some procedures on how to vote, whether or not to suspend normal house rules and vote on some resolutions, (nothing significant yet)

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      This is what the house is squabbling about right now:

      “6:55:15 PM.-H.R. 3008 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3008 — “To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the George W. Bush Childhood Home, located at 1412 West Ohio Avenue, Midland, Texas, and for other purposes.”

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  36. andyocoregon says:

    Don’t steal that package off the porch. It just may have a GPS tracking device hidden inside.

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  37. 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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  38. auscitizenmom says:

    Prayer for Justice Kavanaugh:

    Prayer to St. Michael
    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

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  39. patrickhenrycensored says:
  40. Doris Day’s “Here Comes Santa Claus” for Futurama, Due South and Remington Steel


  41. iswhatitis says:

    We wants it!

    Theresa May / Gollum and BREXIT (spoof starring Andy Serkis):

    LEAKED: Footage From Inside No. 10 Downing Street! (2 min 47 sec):


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