Wednesday April 24th – 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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249 Responses to Wednesday April 24th – Open Thread

  1. smurfette says:

    Why is it that American film producers can’t find ways to give USS Liberty vets a proper voice and channel? Let’s sweep them under the carpet. I tried to search Sargeant Bryce Lockwood and can only find small investigative outfits. God Bless them for giving heroes a voice. Benghazi, anyone? It’s been going on for decades.

    This documentary is incredible because now that it’s been 50 years nothing can be done, and vets can speak. Imagine if we could have learned this back when it would have made a difference. Please do those who were on the USS Liberty the honor of letting them speak so that we can say we heard them. It might not be too late…please share that’s what they want.

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    • Mandy says:

      It is a real shame more don’t know their story. We’re familiar with it, have been for a few years now. I have not seen this documentary, we’ll give it a watch and share it around. Thanks for the link, Smurfette!


      • smurfette says:

        You’re welcome, Mandy! I heard vaguely about it only a couple months ago but info was scarce to find. The first-hand accounts in the video are cathartic for them to share. Imagine not even being allowed afterwards to tell your wife what happened. Sg. Lockwood reminds me of my dad.

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  2. Dora says:

    Actress Nicole Kidman said she is often teased by friends for her Christian faith and for going to church with her family, in a new cover story with Vanity Fair.

    “A lot of my friends tease me,” said Kidman, who came back to her Catholic faith prior to marrying country singer Keith Urban in 2006. The couple settled in Nashville, Tennessee, where they have lived ever since.

    Kidman said that regular Mass attendance is an important part of their family life.


  3. czarowniczy says:

    Here you are folks, Rep Omar not only gives up Jesus’s true ethnicity but gives us a possible explanation as to where He was during those missing yeas. I’m waiting for her to tell us He was a member of the PLO (Philistine Liberation Organization) fighting Jewish hegemony in the Gaza.

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  4. czarowniczy says:

    Here ya go, found the clip of the armed men helping the illegals across the border. This is playing while LEA in New Mexico are arresting ‘vigilantes’ doing what Federal, state, county and city LEA can’t seem to. Still think we don’t need a fence? Still think we heed our rights to protect ourselves and our families restricted even more?

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    • czarowniczy says:

      My apologies, it’s thermal imaging and not night vision as I said in earlier post. The minimal play the station gave the clip was not long enough for my aged eyes to distinguish the medium used.

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  6. andyocoregon says:

    Some of the latest transportation inventions.


  7. Mandy says:

    This is a fairly long article, I listened to it with that reader doohickey while I washed up the lunch dishes. It’s pretty good, lots of detail that y’all may be unaware of (don’t know how much reporting the Arctic Summit got in the US mainstream). Couple of snips….

    “While the period of 2014-present has been tense at the best of times, and close to world war at the worst of times, the potential of the Arctic as a platform for international dialogue has continued un-abated and has served as the theme of this year’s fifth International Arctic Forum in St. Petersburg from April 9-10, 2019. The theme of the conference which saw the involvement of 3600 representatives of Russian, and international sectors both private and public was “Arctic: Territory of Dialogue”.”

    The keynote speech at the forum’s plenary session was given by Vladimir Putin whereby the Russian leader discussed the plans for Russia’s Arctic development for the coming decades stating: “This year we are going to draft and adopt a new strategy for the development of the Russian Arctic up to 2035. It is to combine measures stipulated in our national projects and state programmes, the investment plans of infrastructure companies and programmes for developing Arctic regions and cities. All Arctic regions should be brought to the level of at least the national average in key socioeconomic indicators and living standards.”

    In attendance were the heads of every Arctic Council nation (except Canada and the USA) who listened to Putin describe the upgrading of a global transportation corridor involving the Northern Sea Route, the Northern Latitudinal Railway connecting western Siberia to ports on the Arctic Ocean, a boost of freight traffic to 80 million tons by 2025 (from its 20 million tons today), and the creation of new nuclear powered ice breakers. Vast programs for resource development of LNG, oil and other minerals were announced throughout the conference and a new federal law to offer a special system of preferences for Arctic zone investments was publicized. Over 100 oil and gas extraction, infrastructure and tourism projects were finalized totalling over $164 billion.” …

    “In its press release announcing the creation of the China-Russia Arctic Research Center (CRARC) on April 10, 2019, the Russian government announced: “Joint efforts will be made in Arctic marine science research, which will promote the construction of ‘Silk Road on Ice’. In future, QNLM looks forward to more fruitful and efficient partnerships worldwide to contribute to the sustainable development of the world oceans and a shared future for mankind.”

    more at the link:


  8. jx says:

    Gillum agreed Wednesday to pay a $5,000 fine to settle an ethics complaint that he violated civil law by accepting a gift from a lobbyist, and the state Ethics Commission agreed to drop four additional counts of violations

    The settlement, announced in Tallahassee just as Gillum was to go before an administrative hearing

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  9. andyocoregon says:

    Today is the public funeral for Cowlitz County Washington Deputy Justin DeRosier who was just 29 years old when he was shot and killed by an illegal alien. There have been too many of these murders by illegal aliens who should not be in our country.

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  10. Lucille says:

    Apparently the woman in the video, Lek, flicks the cloth over the elephant to remind it of being with its mother as she caressed her to sleep as a baby.

    Elephant Falls Asleep After Lullaby
    Published on May 23, 2016
    Even though Faamai is a big elephant, every time she hears the lullaby from Lek she still falls asleep at Elephant Nature Park.

    Learn More :

    From commenter CA Catr: To new viewers, ENP, Elephant Nature Park, is a sanctuary for disabled and abused elephants. Rescued from horrific situations, they find a whole new life at ENP. There are never chains or bullhooks there. They roam as THEY choose, swim in the river, apply mud in the mudpit, play with toys or forage in the jungle acres as they choose, or socialize. They choose to make their own new substitute families: they adopt each other, eating, sleeping and roaming as a family unit. There is never any abuse or unkindness at ENP. It is a place of dear respect and loving-kindness. Much healing, both physical and emotional goes on there, because trust is honored and respect is shown.

    This big baby of now 7 years old, is a new generation born there, born into freedom. Her mom was rescued from harm, and brought to ENP. Faa Mai, not long ago, was a little baby: you can watch her baby videos on this channel. She is one of very few Asian elephants in the world that have not known abuse. That is why she wears a smile. There is nothing but contentment and peace, joy and happiness at this loving place. And the little woman in this video is the loving, dedicated founder of this ele heaven on earth.

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  11. nwtex says:

    Report: Joe Biden’s Advisers Scrap Campaign Launch Video at Last Minute
    24 Apr 2019

    Tensions among former Vice President Joe Biden’s advisers are rising ahead of the Thursday launch of his 2020 presidential bid, according to a new report, with a last-minute replacement of his announcement video and major worries about his fundraising needs.


  12. Mandy says:

    “Hate-crime attack on café staged, Winnipeg police say, after owners charged with mischief”

    “An anti-Semitic attack originally called “the most brazen” the city had seen was staged by the owners of the restaurant that reported it, Winnipeg police say.” …

    “Alexander Berent, 56, Oxana Berent, 48, and Maxim Berent, 29, have all been charged with public mischief and were released after being arrested, police say. They are slated to appear in court in May.”

    “[Police Chief] Smyth said he is disappointed by the allegedly staged crime and fears it will promote cynicism.”

    more at link:


  13. nwtex says:

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  15. nwtex says:

    Fine, just fine. I see he attracts the cream of the crop in entertainment. Who the heck are these ppl anyway……street hoods I guess….”homies”?

    Renaming ceremony for Obama Boulevard to be unveiled with all-day festival in Los Angeles
    Apr 24 2019 03:03PM PDT

    …street festival featuring musical guests Doug E. Fresh, Yo-Yo, BJ the Chicago Kid, Battlecat and Kurrupt, city officials announced Tuesday….


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  17. dogsmaw says:

    Look who is under attack big time from the blue bird tweets:

    But…the funniest part is where they are attacking him using scripture!!!


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  18. mopar2016 says:

    They live in a make believe world.

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  19. dogsmaw says:

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  20. auscitizenmom is visiting family so I am honored to post these prayers nightly.

    Please join me in prayer.

    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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  21. A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Col. Flynn:

    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.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  22. dogsmaw says:


  23. dogsmaw says:

    Jesus Paid It All

    Jesus Paid It All – What does this mean?
    Believing Jesus paid it all is at the foundation of Christianity. It is based on the faith that God sent Jesus Christ as His Son to earth and that Jesus was crucified on a cross and rose to life again to pay the debt for sin. This was His purpose. We have all sinned against God and He provided the only way for atonement.

    Jesus was sent as our Savior to pay this debt. God offers this gift for each of us and all we must do is accept His grace and forgiveness. In doing this, we acknowledge that Jesus is Lord, has taken on our debt and paid it all for us. This realization inspired one of the longest-standing hymns of all time.

    Jesus Paid it All – The Lyrics
    The words to the song “Jesus Paid It All” was written by Elvina Hall in 1865. Being prompted by his wife, John T. Grape wrote the score. However it was Grape’s Pastor, Rev. George W. Schrek who believed the score and Hall’s words should be paired together. The song appeared in a hymnal for the first time in 1868.

    Excerpts from Jesus Paid It All

    I hear the Savior say
    Thy strength indeed is small
    Child of weakness….watch and pray
    Find in me….thine all in all

    Jesus paid it all
    All to Him I owe
    Sin hath left a crimson stain
    He washed it white as snow

    Lord, now indeed I find
    Thy power and Thine alone
    Can change the leper’s spots
    And melt the heart of stone

    For nothing good have I
    Whereby Thy grace to claim
    I’ll wash my garments white
    In the blood of Calvary’s Lamb

    And when before thy throne
    I stand in Him complete
    Jesus died my soul to save
    My lips shall still repeat

    Jesus Paid It All – Scriptures that may have inspired this hymn

    “‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the LORD. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool’” (Isaiah 1:18).

    “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30).

    “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:16-17).


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