Saturday June 15th – 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. citizen817 says:

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Standing, Walking And Running For God

    In a way the Christian life is a stand; in another it is a walk, and in still another a race.

    In I Cor. 15:1 the Apostle Paul writes of “the gospel… wherein ye stand” and in Rom. 5:2 of “this grace wherein we stand,” while in Gal. 5:1 he bids us: “Stand fast… in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.” Perhaps all this is well summed up in his appeal to his beloved Philippians:

    “Therefore, my brethren, dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown… stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved” (Phil. 4:1).

    But the Christian life is more than a stand — it is a walk (which in Scripture refers to conduct). Once, says Paul, we walked “in trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1,2) but having been saved by grace, through faith in Christ, we are now to “walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6:4). Thus the Apostle bids us to “walk worthy of the Lord” (Col. 1:10), to “walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15-16).

    But the Christian life is even more than a walk; it is a race. Sad to say, many Christians whose “walk” is consistent and commendable, have never come to look upon the Christian life as a race. These never put enough into it so that it might be said of them that they are running. Yet the same great Apostle wrote, by divine inspiration:

    “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1).

    The word “patience” in this passage points up the fact that the Christian life is not a short “hundred-yard dash”; it requires much endurance. Thus we should put into it all that we have. “They which run in a race,” says the Apostle, “run all,” but they do not all receive the prize. Hence the admonition: “So run that ye may obtain” (I Cor. 9:24).

    Those who have not trusted Christ as Savior have not even begun to stand, or walk, much less to run a race for Him. These might as well forget rewards until they first accept “the gift of God… eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/standing-walking-and-running-for-god/

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

      Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

      Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

      Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

      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:

      Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

      Colossians 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

      Ephesians 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
      16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

      Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before

      1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

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

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      • Esther says:

        DAILY PRAYERS FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

        Most high God, creator of all things visible and invisible we acknowledge that you are all powerful and all knowing. We come before you acknowledging that Christ is our mediator, and your Son.
        We give thanks that you are our Father, and that our prayers help us to receive your blessings, love and guidance more easily.
        We also know that thanksgiving and praise joins our hearts closer to you.
        We praise and Bless your Holy name.
        Today we thank you for June 15, 2016 and the blessing you gave us when Donald Trump answered the call on behalf of this country and your children who dwell here and around this planet.
        Thank you that he answered your call and had endured.
        Thank you that he stays the course despite all the slings and arrows, deceit, plotting and disloyalty that has surrounded him.
        Father, we invoke your blessings of protection over his life and that of his loved ones.
        We pray divine wisdom empowers him to escape the snares of his enemies, and to continue to work on behalf of your people.
        We lift him up and surround him with our thoughts and love for protection of his physical person. Let his enemies fall in the pits they have dug for him.
        Just as Haman was hanged on the gallows that he had built for Mordecai, Let the enemies of our President and of this country themselves be hung by the gallows they built for Donald Trump and your people.
        Father, keep our hearts always turned towards you and your commandments.
        Keep President Donald John Trump’s heart always turned towards you and your commandments.
        Father we ask that you keep his mind clear and focused, and bless him with the spirit of discernment and the courage to continue daily.
        Dear God, let it only be with our eyes, and President Trump’s eyes that we see the reward of the wicked.
        We pray for the unborn children that you keep them safe in the palm of your hand.
        We pray for mothers who are thinking of abortions that you send laborers into the field to meet them in their path to guide them into truth with love to turn their hearts.
        We pray our Father, that the old and infirm be rewarded with length of days and ease of pain to live to see the triumph of President Trump.
        Bring your people together, help them to recognize that we are together children of the most High God.
        Help citizens of this country to break the shackles of division that feeds the power of the enemy.
        Help our citizens to find their way back to you.
        Bless our land, bless our people, bless this country, bless all who stand before you humbling themselves in prayer.

        We thank you that you have heard us, and in the name of the Christ who brought your Holy Spirit to redeem us, we count we know that before we called you have heard us. Therefore we count it done. Reign over us forever.

        Amen, Amen and Amen.

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    HAPPY CATURDAY !!!

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  4. citizen817 says:

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

    The first Blues Brothers movie is one of my all time favorites. Here’s why . . .

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    • Thank you Garrison. The best version of this in real life , if still retrievable on line…..Wilson Pickett’s performance in concert ‘Land of a Thousand Dances’ recorded live in Accra, Ghana in the early 70’s. Not made up, but real human emotional explosion.

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    • Moe Grimm says:

      Great stuff man. Never saw any of the Belushi/Akriod(?) stuff. I was locked up when they had their time. If it’s all like this I’m going back for more. Love that hard core Gospel music, but find good recording very hard to find. James Brown lights this one up too.

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      • boogywstew says:

        Check out the James Brown set from the T.A.M.I. Show. It’s a concert DVD from Nov.,64. James Brown; Rolling Stones; Beach Boys; Marvin Gaye; The Supremes; Chuck Berry etc.

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    • andeclain says:

      The trouble with watching a Blues Brother clip is that it makes me want to watch another, and another, and another .. until I’ve watched the whole thing yet again! Many thanks Garrison, a great bit of fun for a Caturday.

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  6. My 23 year old son has autism but he still boldly proclaims Jesus!

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  7. citizen817 says:

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    • olderwiser21 says:

      Wow! I think that is some of the most incredible footage I have ever seen. I cannot believe that eagle held on for as long as it did! Amazing!

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  8. Gary Lacey says:

    China has tipped their hand on trade talks, rather than except a fair trade pact, they’re willing to wait out the 2020 election. However, time isn’t on there side.
    Look for the Chinese to try to buy the election, through the DNC and Chamber of Commerce.

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  9. dbethd says:

    Reminded by the Dominican Republic heart attach issue.

    Last week a fellow church goer was working with his son and started having stroke symptoms. They brought him to the nearest small town hospital who brought him to a large city hospital an hour and a half driving distance away.

    At the large city hospital he was pushed to the end of the ER patients. They had 70(?) other people also having stroke symptoms. His symptoms weren’t as severe as others so that’s the reason he was pushed to the end of the list.

    Color me suspicious but isn’t that odd that there were so many people with stroke symptoms on the same day?!

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  10. cthulhu says:

    A happy ending (so far) — https://www.foxnews.com/us/machete-wielding-11-year-old-foils-north-carolina-home-invasion

    An intrepid very young man (I’m thinking that driving off multiple attackers with a bladed weapon earns you a man card, even at 11), single-handedly defeated a two-pronged home invasion. I’d really like to drive there and trade his handshake for the gift of a better machete.

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  11. dbethd says:


    https://www.popsugar.com/family/Hot-Firemen-Posing-Baby-Animals-45374249/amp
    There are times in life when we’re blessed with truly great things. And thanks to the 2019 Australian Firefighters Calendar, now is one of those times. Every year, the organization calls on some seriously hot firemen to pose for their annual calendar, but this time around, there are precious baby animals involved.

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  12. Texian says:

    [Disclaimer: I am not, and do not claim to be, on the same level as these men. Although, I was inevitably greatly influenced by them. These and other chapters are merely my version of moments I experienced and saw through my own eyes during the final years of the greatest diving company in the World..

    I could be full of sht.. And then again.. It all could be true. So there.. Plausible deniability for all of us who were there..]

    I only dare to offer a few generic pieces that comprise this area of intrigue, much of which is still hidden unto this day and probably will be forever.

    Houston.. New Orleans..

    One Gulf.. One Team..

    Battlefield Supervisors

    [I’ve got to be very careful here.. Treading on hallowed ground..]

    Supervisors.. We all have them at one time or another.. But in the offshore oilfields – in this industry – the Gulf was a totally different world..

    As far as The Company supervisors and senior divers, on one hand they were dealing with the immutable unforgiving forces of Nature, and on the other hand they were dealing with a group of men who think they are savers of the world with a Superlite and worthy of a Playgirl magazine poster spread. It took Military Men to keep all these egos in line. Putting on that Superlite was like Superman going into the phone booth..

    Nature is unforgiving and will exploit every weakness, every time. No room for error. Lives were on the line. Everybody’s. One mistake could compromise the whole operation. There is no book on what we do. The Experience in this Company Industry is all cerebral. Lived, breathed, learned and crafted in the field by our supervisors and senior divers. They were invaluable..

    The Company simply could not exist without these men. They were ‘The Company.’ They were divers when the Industry took off and had pioneered breakthrough advancements in deep sea commercial oilfield diving, related equipment and innovative techniques. They expanded the frontier in this Industry. One generation of The Company held all the cards..

    Whenever they go.. The Company goes.. And now these supervisors and senior ranked divers were getting older. They had to train a bunch of fresh new younger guys to do it..

    In our early days they gave all of us younger guys hell. They wore us down mentally and physically, then built us back up. You had to have mental and physical endurance, strength and self-discipline. Working non-stop.. Two shifts, three shifts, four shifts etc. – back to back.. And not just once.. It seemed to be standard operating procedure.. Challenging us mentally and physically when we were down, when any weakness started to show. Whatever reason made you come out here, it had better be genuine, pretenders will never make it. They will make sure of it.. Because training never ends..

    And there’s your buddies, down in the sht with you. Bonds are being forged.. Teamwork.. It’s the only way we will get through this. They were rearranging our psyche.. To get our minds right. There’s no other way out – except for quitting..

    If you couldn’t handle it – they understood. They would call a crewboat to take you home – just say so. Nobody would ridicule you. This is not for everybody. They were building [company] divers.. They changed me forever. And I’m a better man for it..

    We primarily had two supervisors, one for each shift. One was more of a “Mother Hen” type, knowledgeable, calm, cool, collected, protective, but could brutally and ruthlessly cut you down to size if warranted. Kind of like a knife that has both a refined sharp edge and a rough serrated edge. He was the one who gave me my chance in the very beginning.

    The other was a Badass, rough inside outside through and through. No bullshit, no pussies. H’ed cut you and twist the knife just for the fun of it, but was a believer in on the job training. Early on he would rotate us younger guys into the main mix more often. And on occasion he would send us right to the front of the line to find out what we were made of..

    Platform removal. Night shift. The upper deck structure is already off. The jacket structure is still in the water. Getting ready for explosives. The supervisor calls me over, and in his low gravelly voice.. “Go suit up..” “Yes Sir..” I was not in regular dive rotation, I was a rank below. But I’ll be going down inside the jacket leg. Sweet. This is a good one. “Penetration” pay. And there was something else down in there with me. “Danger” pay.. No problem. I’ve assisted in these many times.

    I go down.. I come up.. My other diver/tender buddies help strip off my gear, I’ve got about a minute left to get into the chamber, a standard SurDO2 dive. I walked across the gangway onto the barge, the deck lights were in my eyes – I saw a shadowy figure standing aside from the group, he had his arms crossed.. ‘Oh sht..’ It’s Mother Hen..

    He was on day shift, how did he know. Somebody must have woke him up and told him. He gets in my face up close and personal – so close my lips could reach out and kiss him.. His cold steel blue eyes are cutting through me like lasers. He’s not playing around. Whatever it is, it’s very important to him.

    “Who put you in..” Sht, I’m fcked either way now. Stuck between supervisors. But he was the “commanding officer”.. He knew, he probably just wanted to see what I would say. Never ever lie.. Team trust was paramount. I straightly said (“Badass”).. He stepped aside.. I needed to get into the chamber..

    I understood his concern though. He explained it to me (Mother Hen took the time to do this for us younger guys). Multiple variables were in play. It was about what was in there with me. And it’s not what you think. It was potentially more dangerous. And some variables were not manned by members of our dive team. I guess he felt he needed to be there for this one.. Protective..

    They considered penetration dives serious operations, because they are. There’s only one way in, one way out, and in tight quarters.. You can’t “get away” from anything in case all hell breaks loose.. And if it does, you probably would go down with it, or up with it.. Just depends on the variables.. But the end result is usually the same..

    Supervisor Badass.. He did this more than once.. Picking me to do these edgy dives. Maybe he just didn’t want to burn out one of his more experienced divers for another twelve hours.. Or maybe he actually had confidence in me, knowing that I had the balls and mind to do it. Probably a little of both.. I think he might have gotten a slap on the wrist for this one though..

    Mother Hen didn’t think I was ready..

    Man he kept holding me back.. Mother Hen..

    I can’t offer any further depth on these men. Just what I experienced when they were older.. And wiser..

    They knew.. They were daring young men once, offspring of the Greatest Generation. The ones who chose to carry the Torch. Keepers of the Flame of American Greatness. Passed onto them by their Forefathers.

    Those who trained us went through Vietnam, they were the tip of the spear. And they were not your average soldier.. Far from it. They were ghosts. Professionals. Men With Painted Faces.. Navy Divers, Seals, Marine Recons, LRRPs, Air Force PJs, Army Tunnel Rats, etc. They helped build the best diving company in the world. Their reputation during that era was without question, even among their peers..

    The Company had covered all the bases in hiring these men. All gathered in one place and all at the same time. They were a clan. Legendary Men. Pioneers. They accomplished Great Things. They were a Team. And they took care of us.. I will never forget them..

    Living and working in close quarters with them, you start to realize things.. They are the greatest and bravest men I have ever known. Nothing was impossible to them. And throughout those final years they managed to keep each and every one of us in the whole company alive..

    Even if it took holding some of us younger guys back from time to time..

    What better record can you have than that..

    ‘..You can’t trust a [company] diver with your wallet, your car, or your wife.. But you can trust him with your life..’

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    • Texian:

      This is very, very, very good!

      You basically laid out the disciplines that the best ops units in the world are made of.

      Marine Force Recon, Seals, SAS…the stuff of disciplines and challenges near to the death at times that never really gets out except for those who went in.

      This kind of stuff is a lifesaver, in military applications, but also in other risky civilian applications like yours. I’d rather be beaten to my last bone in training than die because of some stupid mistake, miscalculation, complacency or because someone didn’t have the resolve to break me down into a thousand pieces well knowing it would pay off and maybe even save my life in the crucible hour of the mission. A good bad-ass instructor builds fortitude in his charges.

      Not everybody is in your field and familiar with the harshness of it as you present, but your story here is still an excellent read and lesson for anybody going anywhere in anything risky and physically challenging.

      I salute you for that, for being an example in your reflections here…and yes, for surviving and not “ringing the bell.” As any good training instructor in the Seals would say, never, ever ring the bell! Pass out, break down a little here or there, vomit if you have to, but bite the damn bullet and don’t ring the bell!

      You, sir, would have done good in Sops!

      Like I said in my last comment to you in our last exchange, I surely hope you are enjoying a great retirement!

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    • Texian:

      “I only dare to offer a few generic pieces that comprise this area of intrigue, much of which is still hidden unto this day and probably will be forever.”

      The best of the best, toughest, roughest, etc, is best kept between you and where you were and who you were with. Generally, a good rule in certain occupations. Good call on your part as to how you presented here. There are some things in my own life’s occupation I would never ever want anybody to know except those I was with. No books. No public kudos. Nada. Some things are indeed sacred, and as you say, hallowed ground. People with big attention-seeking egos don’t belong in certain occupations.

      I know in our last exchange I said something about liking to see you write a book. Maybe not. Maybe some of the things that would make for a great book to be read, are things that need to be kept guarded and filed away in your own private life. JMOO.

      I have never been involved in your field of commercial diving, but have perused diving terms enough to know that from AA6061 to z-knife, the diving glossary alone could make a whole dictionary itself. A helluva lot of things to learn about and remember, any number of which gone wrong could…..well, like you said about nature being unforgiving and exploiting every weakness every time …..I believe you said that in your last comment to me last time when we were discussing the DH/BP explosion and spill.

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    • greenswampgirl says:

      Thank you for giving us the gift of your self. 💝

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    • just stevie says:

      I couldn’t help but wonder as I read your piece…where would the original Church be today had these same disciplines been instilled into the followers through out the years! Would we have great spiritual leaders that could/would pass on the torch of God to newer generations? To preserve His Truth and Power? Same goes for our political leaders…would we have politicians today that stand for Truth and Justice? You benefited from intense training that prepared you for and instilled a quality of moral integrity you will never forget! How blessed you are for that! The church and the world lost something way back when and so we have what we have today…corruption, lies, injustices…! Be blessed Texian…God will not let you ride off into the sunset without using the rare talent you have been given, If anything…He will begin a new chapter for you!

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  13. nwtex says:

    Where’s Janie?

    Aww poor little guy 😦

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    • Janie M. says:

      Yup, it’s a juvenile Red tail…. it’s eyes are golden. According to our Cornell birders on the ground, our 3 chicks have light blue eyes. Adult Red tails eyes turn a dark reddish-brown when they mature. This young one probably fledged and still learning to control it’s flights and sustain longer flying time (needs to build up its wing strength). BTW, I-2 fledged from the nest a day ago… and returned almost 24 hours later. She is a strong flyer, gets good height. She had difficulty returning to home because of flying into the wind- very windy during her return.

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  14. nwtex says:

    OMGoodness! Scary!!

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  15. nwtex says:

    Nice video. I know they will end up in a very happy and loving forever home.

    “Happy Ending For Dogs Caught Up In Wild Motor Home Chase Last Month”

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  16. citizen817 says:

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  17. Janie M. says:

    Happy Caturday.

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  18. Dora says:

    Good Morning, Happy Caturday.

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    • nwtex says:

      What a cutie ❤ Wonder if his fur was matted or if he had allergies…. or maybe just a creative grooming session. Doesn't matter he's still sweet.

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  19. Dora says:

    Shameful!

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  20. Dora says:

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  21. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  22. Dora says:

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  23. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”
    Jude 1:25 (KJV)

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  24. duchess01 says:

    Jesus Loves Babies…Pray for the Unborn

    Jesus Loves the Little Children…Pray for the Little Children

    Jesus Loves You…Run to Him

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  25. getfitnow says:

    From in insider.

    FTA – No President in history has taken a bigger financial hit by occupying the Oval Office than Donald J. Trump.

    The cost to him personally, and to his company in general, is astonishing and amounts to hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars in lost opportunities both at home and abroad; all of which is down to self-imposed regulation.

    And remember, he doesn’t even take a salary.
    https://www.newsweek.com/trump-sorial-bates-real-deal-four-more-years-1443862

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  26. Dora says:

    We lost a genius in the field of opera design.

    R.I.P. Mr. Zeffirelli,

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  27. just stevie says:

    GET A MOVE ON

    In the Matter of Drudgery. “And beside this…add…” Peter i. 5

    You have inherited the Divine nature, says Peter (v.4), now screw your attention down and form habits, give diligence, concentrate. “Add” means all that character means. No man is born either naturally or supernaturally with character, he has to make character. Nor are we born with habits; we have to form habits on the basis of the new life God has put into us. We are not meant to be illuminated versions, but the common stuff of ordinary life exhibiting the marvel of the grace of God. Drudgery is the touchstone of character. The great hindrance in spiritual life is that we will look for big things to do. “Jesus took a towel…and began to wash the disciples’ feet.”

    There are times when there is no illumination and no thrill, but just the daily round, the common task. Routine is God’s way of saving us between our times of inspiration. Do not expect God always to give you His thrilling minutes, but learn to live in the domain of drudgery by the power of God.

    It is the “adding” that is difficult. We say we do not expect God to carry us to heaven on flowery beds of ease, and yet we act as if we did! The tiniest detail in which I obey has all the omnipotent power of the grace of God behind it. If I do my duty, not for duty’s sake, but because I believe God is engineering my circumstances, then at the very point of my obedience the whole superb grace of God is mine through the Atonement.

    Oswald Chambers
    June 15th Devotional

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  28. Mandy says:

    “Salvini receives go-ahead to begin restricting migrant transport NGOs in Italy”

    “Another portion of the new legislation enacts tougher penalties for individuals who assault police officers during political demonstrations. When asked about this section, Salvini explained: “I do not think that freedom of thought passes through instruments such as firecrackers, bats, and sticks.”

    read the whole article here:

    https://voiceofeurope.com/2019/06/salvini-receives-go-ahead-to-begin-restricting-migrant-transport-ngos-in-italy/

    🙂

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  29. Bendix says:

    I still consider this bird a mythological creature:


    Hope no one has posted this before.

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  30. Janie M. says:

    I-2 has refledged from the nest and was across the street on one of Cornell’s campus buildings. It’s another windy day! I’m so grateful for our 2 birders on the ground who livestream/record/ archive her adventures.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      We have youngster red tails gliding thru our woods in search of mice and field rats. It’s been a good year for them.

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      • Janie M. says:

        cz, it is my understand the juvies have longer tails to make it easier to navigate quickly through forests (minutia I learn from our birders on the ground). Believe it’s like a rudder.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          I don’t know but I do know it’s a surprise to have one zoom out of the trees on one side of the road and into the other in front of you. I have about 6 miles of narrow forested road I use from the house to get to the regular size 2 lane road and now I regularly see one or two while I’m on the way. Come fall and all I’ll see is adults soaring over the pastures.

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  31. Lucille says:

    June 15, 2019
    The 630 Year-Old Reason Eastern Europeans Dislike Islam
    By Raymond Ibrahim

    Why Eastern Europeans are much more reluctant to accept Muslim migrants than their Western counterparts can be traced back to circumstances surrounding a pivotal battle, that of Kosovo, which took place today, June 15, exactly 630 years ago today in 1389. It pitted Muslim invaders against Eastern European defenders, or the ancestors of those many Eastern Europeans today who are resistant to Islam.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/06/the_630_yearold_reason_eastern_europeans_dislike_islam.html

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  32. Dora says:

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  33. Without touching news or internet for three days I drove NORDO with only my thoughts east from Cincinnasty via Appalachian Highway and Rt 35 to West Virginia. Then south via I-64 E and I-77 S through Virginia and I-40 to Hickory, North Carolina. From there west through Tennessee to Knoxville and the north up I-75 back to Cincinnasty. Undoubtedly some of the most beautiful country on God’s Green Earth and some of the nicest people you would ever be lucky to meet.

    Then I reconnected to the world. Wish I could just tune out permanently and live a peaceful life.

    I therefore dedicate this music to my trip and hope you enjoy it as much as I.

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  34. czarowniczy says:

    Germany has joined the WaPo in denying Iran’s involvement in the Gulf tanker attacks. Of course Germany’s being Iran’s biggest post-Revolution trading partner and its willingly providing banned WMD equipment and supplies to any Moslem country yearning to destroy Israel didn’t play into its decision at all. Holocaust denial in Germany is illegal but…

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    • Janie M. says:

      Excellent piece from The Gatestone Institute regarding it’s desire to eradicate Israel… and then the U.S.

      The Mullahs Promise “Demise of Israel” and American Civilization
      by Majid Rafizadeh
      June 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

      [snip]
      Iran recently produced a program on its state television channel demonstrating that the government is currently practicing missile attacks, with the purpose of carrying out actual attacks on Israel…. The video excerpt included in the television broadcast showed how the operations the Iranians are striving to put into action will bombard Tel Aviv.

      [snip]
      The Iranian government continues to defy international standards, as it refuses to act as a rational and constructive state, even apart from its repeated malign behavior in the Gulf of Oman this week. Iran’s Supreme Guide Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who enjoys the final say in all of Iran’s domestic and foreign policies, recently proclaimed to the youth in Iran that they will soon witness the demise of Israel and all of American civilization. This announcement was confirmed on the Supreme Leader’s official website.

      Khamenei made Iran’s intentions clear while meeting with students. “You young people,” he declared, “should be assured that you will witness the demise of the enemies of humanity, meaning the degenerate American civilization, and the demise of Israel”.

      https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14328/iran-threats-israel-us

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Yes, and the West sort of believes that all it has to do is pat them on the turban, enable their ranting and eventually the small patches of pro-Western Islamics will persevere.

        Something’s changed in our wishy-washy society that believes in the equality of and right to exist of both good and evil.

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  35. sarasotosfan says:

    It appears that Russia may have snookered their good Iranian friends:
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-14/how-iran-was-swindled-out-32-trillion

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  36. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  37. auscitizenmom says:

    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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  38. Gary Lacey says:

    Its really to bad that there aren’t more liberals reading your take/insight, sundance

    Liked by 1 person

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