Tuesday December 11th – 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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150 Responses to Tuesday December 11th – Open Thread

  1. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Life-Savers

    “The world passeth away” (1 John 2:17).

    “The whole world lieth in wickedness (1 John 5:19).

    Christians who spend their time and energy in social service, civic reform, programs for the uplift of the community, etc., forget that this world is like a sinking ship. They are wasting their time and energy trying to save the wreck instead of saving individuals from the wreck.

    Paul lived in a day when politics were corrupt, when power trampled righteousness under foot, when society was degraded, when purety was laughed at, and immorality was exalted. He saw what was called “art and culture” dragging thousands down as it tempted them from statues that almost lived, and from writings and pictures so vile that they were only surpassed by the actual immorality from Nero’s court down.

    Yet you never find him taking part in political campaigns, nor urging social reform. His great aim was to present the Lord Jesus Christ as the One to whom individuals must fly for salvation.

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/life-savers/

    1John 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

    1John 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

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    • Lucille says:

      Why not do both? Working in your communities gives many opportunities to speak of your faith.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “Why not do both?”

        I do personally. These short articles were originally published in a brief newspaper column. This (I believe) was written to counter the notion that the church had to work to reform society (instead of placing the emphasis on redeeming the individuals in that society). Especially errors such as “if we worked hard enough, we will get the Kingdom, etc.”

        The fault for the decay in society today can be laid at the professing local churches that abandoned our inner cities for the suburbs, a trend that started in the 1950’s. Our small local church held out until two years ago, when rent at the local community center on a major bus line in the city of Buffalo became prohibitive.

        For the 10 years prior to this at this location, we NEVER had a single individual walk in from the street, despite having a large sign placed outside when we met on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. We may have had one or two when we were at a location down the street for nearly 10 years before that,

        http://gracefamilybiblechurch.org/

        I am not in the picture, because I took it.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “They are wasting their time and energy trying to save the wreck instead of saving individuals from the wreck.

      Paul lived in a day when politics were corrupt, when power trampled righteousness under foot, when society was degraded, when purety was laughed at, and immorality was exalted”

      Ephesians 2:1 ¶ And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
      2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
      3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

      2Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
      4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

      1Timothy 2:1 ¶ I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
      2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
      3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

      4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
      5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

      Titus 3:1 ¶ Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
      2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
      3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

      4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
      5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
      6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

      7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
      8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

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    • G. Alistar says:

      Love it. Thanks. I believe that the purpose of life after salvation by faith alone in Christ alone, is to “grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ.” The means of growing in grace is found in the study and teaching of God’s Word. Our Christian “works” are the result of spiritual growth not the “means”. Those works such as effective prayer, worship, social good, giving, etc. come “naturally” to the spiritually, mature Christian. God revealed his will, plan and purpose to the world through His Word, the mind of Christ! Works of the natural man (unbeliever), simply wood, hay and stubble 1Cor 3:12, to be burned and the judgment seat of Christ. This message: foolishness to the natural man for only those with the filling of the Holy Spirit can understand it. Those without a relationship through faith are without hope, without eternal life and without Jesus. A tragedy worse than any corruption or criminality we read about here at CTH.

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  2. theresanne says:

    Thought I’d share a laugh today…”Baby It’s Cold Outside” gets a MeToo update

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  3. Lucille says:

    Have a fun day at your local rinks…

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  4. “The Recently Discovered Journal of Alexander the Great” by Henry Livingston, published in the New-York Magazine of February, 1793. Read by Byron Nilsson and illustrated with a wide variety of art and illustration. These stories were in the library of 13 year old Clement Moore, as his father subscribed to the magazine in which Henry published.

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  5. A humorous piece that describes the astronomical observations of a Russian astronomer looking through a gigantic telescope whose lens was carved from ice of the River Volga. In describing the female dominated society observed on Venus, Henry observes: “Love, and all its delectable concomitants was utterly unknown there; as that passion exists but where equality is found or understood. ”

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  6. O Christmas Tree – Tom Hall – Harry Potter, Bones, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, NCIS LA, Smallville, JAG, NCIS

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  7. Garrison Hall says:

    We used to have real Rock N Roll, the bands had real musicians who could really play their instruments. Nowadays he musicians in a lot of bands seem to be playing **at** their instruments as opposed to actually playing **with** their instruments. They couldn’t stay on the same stage with these guys. From 1970 . . .

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  8. nimrodman says:

    Kind of a burly-lookin’ gal, I reckon
    – hey, I’m just sayin’

    Sorry, ladies, that Title IX stuff got pushed so hard it kinda inverted and came out the other side, didn’t it? Or something.

    Biological Man Dominating Women’s Handball Championships
    https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2018/12/08/biological-man-dominating-womens-handball-championships/

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    • smiley says:

      can’t help but wonder : what’s next…after transgender ?

      all kinds of perversions to choose from, right ?

      …because that’s the road they’re on.

      and if we’ve got to the point where transgender is accepted, we’re on that same road, too.

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      • nimrodman says:

        Similar remarks are in the article in my next comment below:

        “When the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, there were no great protests from social conservatives. What is curious, however, is how social liberals turned on a dime to take up transgender rights.

        “After their victory, they immediately took up the cause of a vanishingly tiny number of Americans, the better to blame their opponents. In the permanent cultural wars against conservatives, there’s always one more river to cross.”

        That small number, I think I just saw in print yesterday, is about 0.6 percent of Americans. Or maybe it was 0.06 percent, I forget.

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        • smiley says:

          creating yet another realm of oppressed victims.

          the Left thrives on oppressed victims.

          especially those who are manufactured by the Left.

          the Left owns them.

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        • Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

          The left had the tranny issue all queued up and ready to go. It got brief mention for years before the gay marriage decision, but I remember fairly well, even during the victory party on the SCOTUS steps, Lefties being interviewed talking about trans rights and “we have a long way to go, blah blah blah”.

          Moral outrage is key ingredient in their Alinskyite playbook. Always have an issue, a crisis, anything to keep people angry, enraged, and engaged. It’s been very effective, but I doubt they’ve thought things through to an ultimate conclusion, or perhaps they have but are utterly delusional about the potential consequences of their actions.

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            Problems that would be caused by accepting transgenders in society was discussed more than 30 years ago. The questions of what would happen when a transgender’s male body was put into women’s sports was discussed back then. Nothing has changed to fix the problem. Women’s rights are being trampled on as we speak. The left’s agendas are colliding all over the place.

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        • Deplorable_Infidel says:

          ” they immediately took up the cause of a vanishingly tiny number of Americans, the better to blame their opponents. In the permanent cultural wars against conservatives,”

          Here we go this morning with another installment:

          Virginia School Board Fires Teacher For Not Using Transgender Pronouns

          “…Vlaming, 47, who taught French at West Point High School for about seven years after spending ten in France, agreed to use the student’s new male name, but refused to use male pronouns to refer to the student, and tried to avoid using any pronouns. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported this made the student feel “uncomfortable” and “singled out,” so she complained to administrators.

          Vlaming “told his superiors his Christian faith prevented him from using male pronouns” for a female student. This led to a four-hour hearing….”

          http://thefederalist.com/2018/12/11/virginia-school-board-fires-teacher-not-using-transgender-pronouns/

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    • TigerBear says:

      LOL Feminist bringing on the extinction of all things feminine. Gotta love the irony!
      Won’t need any biological women in any sports, fashion or ? soon. Extinction for biological women, and the rise of faux he/shes…think about that…we’re headed that way on this slippery slope! 😳😄

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “Feminist bringing on the extinction of all things feminine”

        And creating all sorts of misery in the process.

        The Feminist Life Script Has Made Many Women Miserable. Don’t Let It Sucker You

        “Our culture is so saturated with feminism that even conservatives and devoutly religious people like me think inside its wheel ruts. This wouldn’t be a problem, except that feminism is antithetical to human flourishing, both individually and corporately, because it has a false view of human nature….”

        http://thefederalist.com/2018/12/11/the-feminist-life-script-has-made-many-women-miserable-dont-let-it-sucker-you/

        Women need and deserve their own life script, one that suits us. In order to develop one, we need to know and be told the truth about what makes women happy.

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  9. nimrodman says:

    Why ‘No Hate Here’ signs are actually pretty hateful
    https://nypost.com/2018/12/09/why-no-hate-here-signs-are-actually-pretty-hateful/

    “There was a moment, shortly after the 2016 election, when liberals realized that ordinary Americans had turned against them, and that they had reason to do so.

    “Allied to the teachers unions, the liberals had permitted our schools to descend to Third World standards. They supported an immigration system that imported economic immobility. They welcomed a regulatory morass that gave elites jobs but that placed a stumbling block in the path of those who sought to get ahead.

    “Liberals saw all that — and then they forgot it.

    “Rather than blame themselves, it was much easier to transfer the guilt to conservatives.”

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  10. nimrodman says:

    Martini-swilling spy James Bond is a ‘severe’ alcoholic, study says
    https://nypost.com/2018/12/10/martini-swilling-spy-james-bond-is-a-severe-alcoholic-study-says/

    He’s blowing well over a 0.07.

    Martini-loving spy James Bond has a severe drinking problem and should seek help, researchers argue in a new paper titled “License to Swill.”

    “There is strong and consistent evidence that James Bond has a chronic alcohol consumption problem at the ‘severe’ end of the spectrum,” wrote the researchers

    When he drinks, Bond engages in risky behavior like having sex with enemies — “sometimes with guns or knives in the bed,” researchers wrote in the study.

    He’s also prone to brawls, car chases, high-stakes gambling and operating complex machinery — like the nuclear technology in 1962’s “Dr. No,” they found.

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    • smiley says:

      wait…there’s actually an actual study by actual researchers on the drinking habits of a purely fictional character ??

      is it satire then ?

      I didn’t actually read the article there.

      hopefully it’s actually satire.

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      • Dutchman says:

        Publish, or perish is the rule, even if you publish swill, or in this case, about swilling.
        There is a whole College coarse, on the T.V. show “The Prisoner”, from the,..70’s?

        Loved the show, especially relevant, but a college coarse?

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      • amwick says:

        THis! I would say he has a reality issue.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “an actual study by actual researchers on the drinking habits of a purely fictional character?”

        Which is why researchers seeking government grants to fund their “work” are referred to as “Welfare Queens in White Lab Coats”.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “When he drinks, Bond engages in risky behavior like having sex with enemies — “sometimes with guns or knives in the bed,” ”

      I am glad it is all right to have a gun in the bed, as long as your not not drinking and/or engaging in illicit sex in the bed.

      Hebrews 13:4  Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. 

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  11. smiley says:

    Macron’s new “crisis measures” (yesterday’s pathetic speech) will cost between 8-10 billion EUROS …or roughly $9-11 billion.

    https://nation.com.pk/11-Dec-2018/minister-says-macrons-anti-crisis-measures-to-cost-8-10-bn-euros-for-france?show=preview

    kinda begs the question : who is going to pay for all that ??

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  12. Lucille says:

    Christine Ford a Finalist for ‘Time’ Magazine Person of the Year
    By Curtis Houck – December 10, 2018 | 6:09PM WASHINGTON, DC

    On Monday morning, Time Magazine released its top ten “shortlist” ahead of the Tuesday reveal for its annual “Person of the Year” issue and many of the nominees came as no surprise. Whether it was the March for Our Lives students or Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, it was a liberal list made in heaven.

    https://www.lifenews.com/2018/12/10/christine-ford-a-finalist-for-time-magazine-person-of-the-year/

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  13. smiley says:

    calling it what it is (finally)….

    Parisian Riots : A Symptom Of Western Problems, Not A Cause

    https://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/commentary/parisian-riots-western-problems-110190/

    Dec 10, 2018

    on the surface, the Yellow Vest protests have pinned the blame on increased gas/ fuel taxes…

    …but is that too simplistic ?

    article does an excellent job of explaining the root cause as being : the “lack of assimilation by waves of often hostile immigrants…”

    combined with decreasing birth rates in the host nation(s)….(which, incidentally can ultimately impact the work force demographic)…

    and…

    “As French ghettos of unassimilated immigrants grow larger, so, too, does the drag on the culture and the economy of the nation…They collect absurdly generous taxpayer benefits” that undermine the host country….

    “The rural and middle class French workers perceive their country to be falling victim to the predations of violent “asylum seekers”

    as their paychecks dwindle & standard of living dwindles due to shrinking wages/higher taxes to
    support hostile immigrants .

    more, in the article.

    no one’s talking much about this aspect of the Paris protests-turned-riots…and all thru Europe…as it relates to these expanding protests.

    but it’s the reality.

    and Paris is like the canary in the coal mine.

    the article correctly warns…

    BEWARE virtue signaling.

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    • smiley says:

      To Wit…

      Trump Foes Scrambling To Derail “Cruel” Rule Requiring Immigrants To Show They Aren’t Public Burden

      https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/dec/10/immigrants-must-prove-they-arent-public-burden-und/

      Dec 10, 2018

      because it’s “misguided and racist”….

      …when, in fact, “63% of noncitizen households” are on “at least one welfare program” compared to “35%” of American households on welfare.

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      • paper doll says:

        They keep saying we are a nation of immigrants…..well when my people came over, they had to have a sponsor who took responsibility for you and made sure you were not a burden on the state….let’s go back to that shall we…or we will soon be told , sorry we need your social security, which you paid into, for the folks who just got here. Actually, the whole point of the modern set up is, they work for cheap and we the tax payer makes up the difference in welfare… so the elite can pay them so little. We are paying for our replacements.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          They still expect legal immigrants to have a sponsor. My cousin had to sign for her son’s wife to come here from Norway. She had to agree to pay all expenses, like medical, etc. So, I consider it racist to allow the people from third world countries that are brown and black to just swarm in and take welfare benefits.

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          • paper doll says:

            Wow, well that further explains the popularity of illegal immigration! I don’t think many people realize the hoops those who do it right have to go through….and indeed, the unfairness those who come legally face.

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      • JTR says:

        My British DH had to have a sponsor (my step-dad) to guarantee he wouldn’t be a burden on the country, AND had to have a job offer before they let him in. All of these illegals really chap his behind!

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        • pacnwbel says:

          I was beginning to wonder if the immigration folks had dropped all those requirements for legal immigres , but your letter JTR, reassures me that going the legal route still has standards. The sad thing is that so many think they can just walk in, swim in, or drop in willy nilly and expect us to pay for their every need. Such people will never love this country for what it is, the last bastion of freedom

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    • Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

      I’d like to see them slash benefits to migrants to bare subsistence level. Perhaps some would be encouraged to leave.

      MSSA: Make skinnies skinny again!

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  14. Lucille says:

    Researchers Develop a 10-Minute Test to Detect All Types of Cancer
    By Ron Brackett – weather.com
    https://weather.com/news/news/2018-12-10-10-minute-cancer-test

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  15. F.D.R. in Hell says:

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  16. Oh My it’s chilly, cannot afford to turn on the heat, Me & the Misses are on the Jimmy Carter plan..
    Low 20’s,, We have our thermostat set at 50.. (Lotsa cuddling with the (kids) Dogs & cats.. )
    Merry Christmas..
    Lotsa Chili & Soups.. 😉

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  17. smiley says:

    Farm Pond

    watercolor/paper

    1957

    that was a study for another painting Brown Swiss

    Brown Swiss

    1957

    tempera on panel

    Andrew Wyeth ~ American ~ Realism

    🙂

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  18. Dora says:

    John Singer Sargent – Pine Forest 1908

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  19. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”
    Psalms 55:17 (KJV)

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  20. Dora says:

    What a nice dream.

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  21. Donna in Oregon says:

    https://www.presidentialprayerteam.org/daily

    Irish Blessing

    Be the eye of God dwelling with you
    The foot of Christ in guidance with you
    The shower of the Spirit pouring on you
    Richly and generously.

    For Patriots:

    Psalm 30:5 King James Version (KJV)
    5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

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  22. Dora says:

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  23. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  24. amwick says:

    hmmmmmmmm Delta is starting strict rules on emotional support animals….
    Things have gotten out of hand, totally. There are very legitimate support animals, the best example is a guide dog… and then the dogs that assist paraplegics open doors and such, but I have a hard time with an emotional support hamster or chicken. When it comes down to it, all pets are for emotional support. annnnnnnnnnd some people make this claim so that they can take their pets on trips and not have to pay for it… grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
    Busy day today, stay safe!!

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  25. duchess01 says:

    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2018
    The Last Great Global Earthquake of the Day of the Lord!

    https://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2011/03/last-great-earthquake-of-day-of-lord.html

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  26. Dora says:

    I love this song and I love her voice. They are both beautiful.

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  27. Monticello says:

    HOPE
    It is like any other agriculture: if you hoe it and harrow it and water it enough, you can make three blades of it grow where none grew before. If you’ve got nothing to plant, the process is slow and difficult, but if you’ve got a seed of some kind or other–any kind will answer–you get along a good deal faster.
    – “Three Thousand Years Among the Microbes”
    Mark Twain

    Still praying for justice and that the scales be removed from the eyes of the useful idiots.

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  28. 17CatsInTN says:

    So, I found the perfect necklace:

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  29. Mandy says:

    Interesting little test.

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  30. Smurfette says:

    I thought this was interesting. The young kids these days are starting to understand how Hollywood got subverted by the likes of Aleister Crowley.

    These cool popular kids give an explanation of the history of Satanic worship and how it started with Stalin’s famous quote, “If I can control the medium of the American Motion Picture, I would need nothing else to convert the entire world to communism”.

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  31. BigMamaTEA says:

    We have a CONFIRMATION VOTE on senate tee-vee.

    CONFIRMATION, Justin George Muzinich, of New York, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
    Y – 55 – N-44 – NV -1 (Tillis, NC)

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    • bessie2003 says:

      It’s stunning that there are still unconfirmed Cabinet positions. There’s just no way to justify this slow walk by McConnell.

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      • Mandy says:

        McConnell is a uniparty boss. Pure evil right down to his TOES.

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Yep. We knew that was going to be the case when TurtleHead won his last re-election.
          His term is up in 2020. I think from now forward, I’ll end every fax/email I have with him I’ll encourage him to retire. {grin}

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        • bessie2003 says:

          Agree. It’s just unconscionable to without a President’s Cabinet picks, even if they are under-Secretaries, for 2 years into an Administration. I don’t think its ever been done, to hold up these seats for so long!

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  32. LafnH20 says:

    In May, Mecklenburg County Sheriff Irwin Carmichael, a supporter of the 287 (g) program, was defeated in a primary by Garry McFadden, who pledged to end the county’s participation in the agreement.

    https://abc11.com/4855495/?ex_cid=TA_WTVD_FB&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5c0afef64b7385000174876b&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook

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  33. Dora says:

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  34. 🍺Gunny66 says:

    test

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  35. Mandy says:

    Amazing stuff! THE SUN IS NOT GASEOUS!!

    Especially like the doppler image of RIPPLES on the sun’s surface when a flare escaped. (that starts at about 9:33 into the vid).

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  36. Probably my favorite Dr Who music video. Enya’s “White is in the Winter’s Night.”

    And, even though not a Christmas carol, in a still Dr Who mood, “Crossroads” by Don McLean, for the doctor and his companions.

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    • Mandy says:

      funny! We just watched Rudolph last night – it’s one of our “Christmas movies” that we watch every Christmas. (Die Hard, Trading Places, and Desk Set are also in the rotation!)

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  37. Jimmy Jack says:

    Back when the Australian woman was shot by the Somalian cop – selected intentionally bc he’s a Somali – some here thought he may have killed her intentionally. I was one of them.

    Now prosecutors are saying they have evidence to that fact. Not sure if they mean simply by shooting her he intended to kill her or if it’s anither motive. Anyway, I still think there’s more to the story and apparently so do the prosecutors. https://www.twincities.com/2018/12/09/judge-allows-additional-murder-charge-in-damond-shooting/

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  38. citizen817 says:

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  39. BigMamaTEA says:

    CONFIRMATION VOTE tie broken by VP Pence

    Confirmation of Jonathan Kobes of South Dakota, to be US. Circuit Judge for 8th District

    Y – 50 – N – 50 VP Pence – Y

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  40. wtd says:

    “Iran Says French protests are an Islamic awakening”

    Perhaps, rather, the French protests (which are spreading to other EU nations) are an awakening to the dangers posed by Islamic migration….

    Consider the following “coincidence”, if you will (via VladTepesBlog):

    Global Migration Compact = OIC, UN Hijra to West
    Tatjana Festerling, formerly of PEGIDA when it was a massive organization, sent me some interesting graphics today:

    Notice how the ‘End of Chapter’ mark in the Koran is basically identical to the logo for the global migration (to the West) pact.

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  41. Sentient says:

    A pearl of wisdom from the Dems’ likely 2020 presidential nominee, Kamala Harris:

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  42. WES says:

    Qoute of the day? “She came, she saw, she lost!” – Raul Ilargi Meijer

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  43. Janie M. says:

    I’m hoping one of your treepers has an identical set of headphones and can give me suggestions. My headphones, Senneheiser, HD 280 pro, were purchased more than 15+ years ago from Amazon (doesn’t even show up in my “purchases” list. Anyway, my son wanted to buy me a new set ($100+) for Christmas, I told him, “no”, I just wanted the ear pad replacements for $25+ (mine are really ragged). Problem is getting them to stretch to fit in the crevasse surrounding the ear phones – not been successful. Any ideas?

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    • Janie M. says:

      s/b – “…one of you treepers…”

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      • Janie M. says:

        and s/b “Sennheiser” Batting 100 here! 🙁

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Janie..I have the Senneheiser 120’s. On your’s can you twist off where the foam part goes? Mine is a plastic piece with foam then you can replace the outer foam (that actually touches your ears. (On one of the ears, is where the rechargeable batteries go- behind this twist off piece.)

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Use you hand…laying flat against the ear foam and see if it will twist off.

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        • Janie M. says:

          No, BigMama, can’t twist it off. BUT… I watched a Sennheiser tech on YT earlier (after D_I’s suggestion) replace the ear pads on the same model as mine. Of course, he did it in 5 mins. WELL… I just finished putting on the new ear pads! YAY!! There is a “skirt” on the pad which you have to tuck into the crevice on the headset with your finger nail which anchors the pad. I just cut my nails short a few days ago, so it was a bit of a problem – my right thumb nail is sore now. 😄 Anyway, I’d get the top part in, pull the pad to insert the bottom skirt and the top would pull out. This better last me another 15 years. I’m not doing this again!

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        • Janie M. says:

          This is what my headphones look like, except I don’t have those 2 cushions on the top head piece.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “Any ideas?”

      I have plastic Sennheisers from the mid-1970’s, so I cannot help you there. They look like flimsy junk, but are fabulous. Mine are due for new foam. I read about your predicament many years ago, but do not remember what the solution was.

      1) Check out websites for “Stereophile” and “The Absolute Sound” to see if there are any readers forums.

      2) Do a YouTube search. They have millions of how-to videos. Except for the safe reloading of ammunition, which they recently banned.

      3) Find the owner’s manual on-line.

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      • Janie M. says:

        Thank you, D_I! They’re old but I love my headphones (can wear them for hours w/no discomfort) and there has only been a minor external change in design – now has 2 foam cushions on the inside of the head frame.

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      • Janie M. says:

        D_I, took your suggestion and went to YT. A Sennheiser tech showed how to install the ear pad. He did it lickety-split… took me much longer but it it done!!! Thank you for your suggestion, I was losing my mind and having major regrets about not taking the new headset.

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  44. bessie2003 says:

    today’s State Dept briefing by Brett McKirk on the current status of defeating ISIS

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  45. Sepp says:

    There is a three-part interview on YT with an Orthodox Christian iconographer.

    The part that I will try to upload is titled Iconography | Iconoclasm.

    This part has an excellent historical, theological, and artistic summary about the Church’s use of Holy Icons since the earthly days of the Lord and His Twelve Apostles and the victory of the Church over the heresy of iconoclasm.

    The Holy Martyr Stephen the New is mentioned in the video and today (November 28th on the Church Calendar) he is commemorated.

    The link is below and the YT user is California Pilgrim.

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    • Mandy says:

      Sepp, THANK YOU! We’ll be watching these tonight!

      Here’s an amazing bit about the Nativity Icon:

      “There is no ass or ox in the Biblical narratives of the birth of Christ. Yet, besides the Christ Child himself, the ass and the ox are the most ancient and stable elements in the iconography of the nativity. In fact the earliest example of a nativity known to us contains only the swaddled Christ in the manger flanked by the ox at his head and the ass at his feet.”

      …”the inclusion of this detail is a reference to the prophecy of Isaiah:

      “The ox knows his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel has not known me, and my people have not understood.”

      and also: “Habakkuk the prophet, saying, “Between two animals you are made manifest.”

      There is stuff at the link that goes much much deeper (as we Orthodox are wont to do, lol!) I hope you enjoy the article:

      https://www.orthodoxartsjournal.org/why-an-ass-and-an-ox-in-the-nativity-icon/

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  46. BigMamaTEA says:

    senate tee-vee just wound up for the night. Ugh! They’ll be back tomorrow morning at 9:30amEST.

    The senate scheduled a vote for SJRes 64 for tomorrow at 12:15pmEst – SJRes 64 , sponsored by Jon Tester….who wants to………

    ” This joint resolution nullifies a Department of the Treasury rule (Rev. Proc. 2018-38) that modifies the requirements for information returns filed by certain tax-exempt organizations…….

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/64?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22SJRes64%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=1

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  47. czarowniczy says:

    Just watched a piece on the news about how a station in San Francisco that was playing Christmas carols removed the classic ‘Bay It’s Cold Outside’ from its playlist due to listener complaints that it promoted rape culture. That’s right folks, the male singer was denying the female co-singer (who was trying to escape his testosterone driven unwelcome advances) the ability to freely leave.
    Are sae outta our $%#@& minds?

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  48. BigMamaTEA says:

    Senate-tee-vee also passed the Farm bill today. The vote was for the Conference Report that goes along with HR 2, which is the Farm bill (which is for a 5 year bill !)
    Y- 87 – N – 13.

    Here are the no’s: Barrasso (R-WY) Cotton (R-AR) Enzi (R-WY) Flake (R-AZ) Grassley (R-IA)
    Johnson (R-WI) Kennedy (R-LA) Kyl (R-AZ) Lee (R-UT) Murkowski (R-AK) Paul (R-KY)
    Rubio (R-FL) Toomey (R-PA)

    This afternoon, some time after the vote….Grassley took to the floor, and was flat-out mad regarding the Farm bill. He stated that it gives handouts to BIG FARMS, and no longer serves it’s original mission, which was a safety net for small farms, and young farmers getting started, but that some in the senate followed lobbyists for handouts, and never took into consideration the Taxpayer………and that’s why he (Grassley) voted no.

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