Monday July 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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68 Responses to Monday July 15th – Open Thread

  1. DanDeplorable says:

    DAILY DEVOTIONAL, July 15, 2019

    “All This And A Crown, Too”

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The Blessings Of Crisis

    The Apostle Paul, who had been through one desperate crisis after another, wrote as follows:

    “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose”(Rom. 8:28).

    How many people have found life going along smoothly for years when, all of a sudden, they have found themselves in the middle of some serious crisis!

    Perhaps the sudden death of a loved one changed life completely and presented serious problems wholly unanticipated. Perhaps it was the sudden loss of wealth, so that life had to be completely readjusted. There are hundreds of unexpected incidents that can suddenly bring one face to face with stark and stern realities completely unforeseen.

    For believers in the Lord Jesus Christ such crises can prove great spiritual blessings. They tend to draw us closer to our heavenly Father, to cause us to pray more and to lean harder upon Him. They show us the insecurity of all that is temporal and give us a greater appreciation of our eternal security in Christ. They give deeper meaning to the Scriptures we study and even to the hymns we sing. They sanctify and enrich our fellowships.

    To those — and only those — who truly love God and are “the called according to His purpose,” all things do indeed “work together for good” — caused by God, of course, to “work together for good.”

    This is why God’s Word to the Christian is:

    “Be careful [care full] for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6,7).

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/the-blessings-of-crisis/

    Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

    Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
    7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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  3. czarowniczy says:

    The last C-130U ‘Spooky’ is home from the war and looking at being turned out to pasture. It’s being replaced by the Block 30 upgraded C-130J.

    The ‘J’ model is a beast, it carries the same 105mm cannon as its predecessors had but has an upgraded fire control suite and a new 30mm super accurate gun that can drop a round in a tea cup. The ‘J’ will also carry pods under the wings that can fire Hellfire missiles or a new slim 250-pound smart bomb. It will also have AGM-176 missiles on it, facing backwards. The missiles can be fired and then corrected in flight to attack targets in any relationship to the aircraft. This is a far cry from the old AC-47s with the three manually fired Vulcans on board, I’m gonna see how I can beg a slot at Eglin to see this beast fire.

    BTW, rather un mentioned by the MSM was that some of the AC-130s being flown in support of our Syria operations were jammed by ground ECM stations. Now there was nothing said officially about who was jamming their systems, making the weapons team check and recheck their data to make sure they were actually firing at the targets they wanted to, BUT I think we can safely assume that it wasn’t ISIS, the half-assed Syrians or Hezzbollah…leaving only the Russians. Makes me wonder if the new J-model might have some sort of HARM round on board to target SAMs or jamming units? Hmmmmmm…

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    • Joe2pt.0 says:

      Very cool.
      I was a fire control mechanic on the Spectre Gunship AC130 H models ’75 -‘ 81 at Hurlburt Field when at the time we were in the 1st Special Operations Wing 9th Air Force. It was an exciting job and I knew that weapons delivery system inside and out. Participated in some interesting missions during my time.
      I left the USAF after 6yrs and used my computer electronics training to land a gig in Houston installing, troubleshooting, and maintaining million dollar enterprise class seismic data processing systems in the oil and gas industry. Houston was tough getting used to after living in paradise in Fort Walton Beach FL which is where Hurlburt Field and Eglin air bases are located. Anyway I said “the job is good, money is good, but I’m giving it 5yrs and then moving back to the beach”. Well, a wife, 3 daughters, 3 mortgages, and 35yrs later I finally made it back to Fort Walton Beach FL in ’16. Loving it!

      Hey czarowniczy, I sure would love to see the J fire too. How would one go about getting’ slot to see it fire’?

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      • czarowniczy says:

        The AC-47 helped save our collective butts at Phu Cat (though the ROKs played a BIG BIG part in that) in ’68, then I got to see the AC-119s fire at Bakalar AFB and finally the AC-130s in Just Cause but this new one’s gotta be the best Big Stick yet.

        I’d suggest writing the Public Affairs office at Hurlburt and asking if there’ll be a public shooting. There’ll be fly-bys at events, I’m sure, at military events and possibly some displays but I don’t see getting a chance to go into one on a tour. Those days, I believe, are long gone. I did get to go inside an AC-47 being restored at the Eglin museum, got to remind the restoring crew that there was a tangent sight in the pilot’s left window, and it was deja vu, they weren’t sure if the flare launching setups were to be included. Those were the days.

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  4. citizen817 says:

    Seems like a big waste of 🍻 beer…

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  5. Lucille says:

    HAPPY BENCH MONDAY!

    Brothers on a bench…

    Memorial Bench, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, CA…

    Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden in Burnie, Tasmania…

    Sheringham, England…

    Buttermere Lake, Cumbria, Lake District, England – late summer…

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  6. Lucille says:

    Carol Burnett wearing the curtain rod…timelessly funny….

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  7. Garrison Hall says:

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  8. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the burning bush on Horeb (Exodus 3):

    1. How the bush burned but was not consumed.

    2. How the most pure Virgin, carrying the Lord within herself, bore the divine fire but was not burned by it.

    3. How the fire of divine grace rejuvenates, heals, and illumines my sinful soul.

    From “The Prologue from Ohrid” by Saint Nikolai (Serbian-born Bishop who reposed in the USA and was a former prisoner at Dachau) for today, July 2nd, on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  9. Lucille says:

    An interesting guy to follow on Twitter and threadreader….
    Roscoe B Davis – @RoscoeBDavis1
    34 tweets…

    Hey @SenSchumer what about your former chief counsel @PreetBharara who had all this case evidense for years that Epstein is charged with, and Preet was the US Attorney for the SDNY from August 13, 2009 – March 11, 2017 and did nothing while this predator operated in your backyard…

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1148618041246330880.html

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  10. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”
    Psalms 40:8 (KJV)

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  11. 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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  12. Dora says:

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  13. Dora says:

    2 priests, 2 pro-life activists arrested trying to save babies inside New Jersey abortion center

    MORRISTOWN, New Jersey, July 13, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Two Catholic priests and two lay pro-life activists were arrested this morning for entering and refusing to leave an abortion facility, offering red roses to the women inside and encouraging them to choose life.

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/2-priests-2-pro-life-activists-arrested-trying-to-save-babies-inside-new-jersey-abortion-center

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  14. Dora says:

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  15. amwick says:

    Well, at least it is Monday…
    ‘Morning all…
    stay safe..

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  16. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  17. TreeClimber says:

    I hope this works, I’ve never posted a FB video before. In case it doesn’t, it’s a clip of President Reagan reacting to a popping balloon during a speech.

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  18. just stevie says:

    Good Monday morning! Well, my sickness has gotten the best of me! Home from work again and my Oswald Chambers devotional book (My Utmost for His Highest) is at work. So I’m sorry that I can’t post the devotionals until I get back to work! Have a Blessed Monday!

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  19. bessie2003 says:

    If the government of Mexico doesn’t formally make an announcement condemning the protesters that pulled down the United States flag and then hoisted the flag of Mexico on a facility in the United States, are we to assume the government of Mexico condones this move, and therefore are by their silence acknowledging the government of Mexico is at war with the United States?

    The silence of Mexico’s government in not condemning that act speaks volumes. It would be nice for the U.S. government to immediately shut down the southern border until Mexico explains its silence on this matter.

    It’s what conquering armies do, hoist the flag of the invading nation on territory in a nation they are invading.

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  20. jx says:

    In an effort to register 1 million new voters in Florida ahead of the 2020 presidential election, failed Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has shifted tactics from using a political committee required to report every expenditure to a private nonprofit that can disclose much less financial data, including the sources of donations.

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/07/14/andrew-gillum-using-private-nonprofit-flip-florida-blue-registering-1-million-voters/

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  21. Lucille says:

    “Tom Homan sounds off after being attacked by Dems at border hearing”
    Former ICE Acting Director Tom Homan reacts on ‘Fox & Friends’ to fighting back against attacks by House Democrats on Capitol Hill.

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  22. Dora says:

    Today in History

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  23. dogsmaw says:

    If

    By Rudyard Kipling

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too:
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

    If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim,
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same:.
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
    And never breathe a word about your loss:
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much:
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

    Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/if-by-rudyard-kipling

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  24. I Hear You Now says:

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  25. dogsmaw says:

    Somewhere Only We Know

    [Verse 1]
    I walked across an empty land
    I knew the pathway like the back of my hand
    I felt the earth beneath my feet
    Sat by the river, and it made me complete

    [Pre-Chorus]
    Oh, simple thing, where have you gone?
    I’m getting old and I need something to rely on
    So tell me when you’re gonna let me in
    I’m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

    [Verse 2]
    I came across a fallen tree
    I felt the branches of it looking at me
    Is this the place we used to love?
    Is this the place that I’ve been dreaming of?

    [Pre-Chorus]
    Oh, simple thing, where have you gone?
    I’m getting old and I need something to rely on
    So tell me when you’re gonna let me in
    I’m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

    [Chorus]
    And if you have a minute, why don’t we go
    Talk about it somewhere only we know?
    This could be the end of everything
    So why don’t we go
    Somewhere only we know?

    [Pre-Chorus]
    Oh, simple thing, where have you gone?
    I’m getting old and I need something to rely on
    So tell me when you’re gonna let me in
    I’m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

    [Chorus]
    And if you have a minute, why don’t we go
    Talk about it somewhere only we know?
    This could be the end of everything
    So why don’t we go?
    So why don’t we go?

    [Outro]
    This could be the end of everything
    So why don’t we go
    Somewhere only we know?
    Somewhere only we know
    Somewhere only we know

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  26. Lucille says:

    July 15, 2019
    Travesty in Arizona: Disabled Vet Loses His Home over $236 in Unpaid Taxes
    By William Sullivan

    In 1991, Air Force veteran Jim Boerner suffered “spinal and brain injuries” during a training exercise at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi. Until recently, he had been the proud owner of a mobile home in a Mesa, Arizona mobile home community. He “loves his neighbors” there and “brings flowers to widowed neighbors on Christmas, Easter, and Mother’s Day,” Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic writes.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/07/travesty_in_arizona_disabled_vet_loses_his_home_over_236_in_unpaid_taxes.html

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  27. Lucille says:

    TOMMY ROBINSON AND THE DEATH OF BRITAIN
    Sharia justice in the UK.
    July 15, 2019 – by Robert Spencer
    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/274294/tommy-robinson-and-death-britain-robert-spencer

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  28. 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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  29. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Gen. 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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  30. Cathy M. says:

    WATCH: Worship Group Breaks Out Singing ‘Lean on Me’ at Chick-fil-A
    Nashville

    https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2019/07/15/watch-worship-group-breaks-out-singing-lean-on-me-at-chick-fil-a/

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