Thursday July 18th – 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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114 Responses to Thursday July 18th – Open Thread

  1. DanDeplorable says:

    Part 3 of 6

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    • Pale rider says:

      “ALL good and perfect gifts come from above” only thing that we have is our free will. God does all the rest, all of it. That’s why your “deeds” are “as filthy rags” only God is righteous.

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  2. DanDeplorable says:

    Tomorrow, God willing: People can change their lives…

    Liked by 3 people

  3. DanDeplorable says:

    “Where To Go For Help”

    previous

    You can reject . . .

    Liked by 6 people

  4. I’m going to find the right spots to post this on each traitor #FraudSqaud’s twatter thread… timing is everything, right? 😀

    Liked by 4 people

  5. Lucille says:

    HAPPY CURSDAY!

    Liked by 12 people

    • livefreeordieguy says:

      On that day in the beginning when Mankind did something particularly wonderful and deserving of the greatest of blessings, God gave us Dogs…

      Liked by 5 people

    • czarowniczy says:

      Try working public housing projects on the graveyard shift with your dog and not trusting him with your life.

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      • Susan Williams says:

        True story: my son was a cop in the projects in a very large American city. One night a suspect was chased into a wooded area, but no canine officers in the group. My son started an imaginary conversation with an imaginary dog, occasionally woofing the dog’s answers. Then he yelled to Set him loose! Suspect surrendered, crying. He didn’t wanna be eaten by no dog!

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  6. Lucille says:

    Urge University of Texas to Clean Up Center for Middle Eastern Studies
    Middle East Forum Action Alert – July 17, 2019

    A new Campus Watch report exposes the radicalism and intellectual conformity of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at the University of Texas, Austin.

    https://www.meforum.org/58960/urge-university-of-texas-to-clean-up-mideast-studies

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  7. Garrison Hall says:

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  8. Troublemaker10 says:

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    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      I have watched these polls over the years.
      When it is broken out, you can see that a great portion of people are pro-life, but will accept our national law as approving abortion; IOW they are being “tolerant” while being pro-life.

      This compromise position gives the pro-abortion crowd the ability to declare that the majority are pro-choice, while the truth is that the majority are pro-life, but are willing to compromise on this issue.

      There re a lot of issues where I ave a view but can tolerate a different view being the law. I am against legalized mary jane, but in a poll I would say that if a majority of voters approve of legal mary jane, I can go along with that. It would be wrong, though, to count me as pro-legal mary jane.

      The goal of these polls is to figure out what someone’s view is, regardless of their position regarding tolerance on the issue.

      We have always been overwhelmingly pro-life.At least for the recent 20 years or so.

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      • I think your position is sensible. Some don’t realize that situations can have varying (or multiple) causes. Overwhelmingly it is poor women who seek abortions, so if you want to eliminate that demand, you must address solutions to poverty. There is also such a thing as medical necessity, to save the lives of pregnant women. Pregnancies can involve life-threatening complications. Some of the new state laws ignore that fact, banning the procedure even when needed to save one life out of two.

        It’s the same with marijuana laws. To me there’s a moral difference between medical and recreational use. I can’t justify denying a child epileptic a substance to reduce their seizures, nor denying help for cancer patients to be able to tolerate chemotherapy. Yet some states don’t permit medical use for any condition.

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  9. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    A Free Gift For You

    It seems that everything is going up in cost these days. Nothing comes down; everything goes up — up — up. Wages too are going up, but not as fast as the cost of living, for our dollars are decreasing in value all the time. This is why former President Eisenhower suggested we begin calling them dollarettes!

    We should thank God, though, that there is one thing that has never gone up in price — the salvation of precious souls. No price was ever put on this and none ever will be, for several good reasons:

    1. Because God is not impoverished; He does not need our money.
    2. Because if salvation could be bought, the rich would have an advantage over the poor.
    3. Salvation was fully paid for by God the Son on Calvary’s cross, and to charge one penny for it now would be to cast reflections on His finished work.

    Even in Old Testament times God made it clear that sacrifices and good works could not buy His favor. In Isa. 55:1-3, the prophet cried:

    “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

    “Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto Me, and eat that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

    “Incline your ear, and come unto Me: Hear, and your soul shall live…”

    Centuries later, after “the gospel of the grace of God” had been committed to Paul, he offered even better things to those who were willing to accept them. He declared that believers in Christ are…

    “Justified freely by [God’s] grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 3:24).

    “For the wages of sin is death, but the [free] gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).

    “In whom we have redemption, through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7).

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/a-free-gift-for-you/

    1Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
    2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
    3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
    4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

    Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
    9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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  10. Garrison Hall says:

    It’s Cursday! Give you puppies a pat for me!

    Liked by 6 people

  11. ICYMI… Gary’s got the faces of the Hate Quartet down pat…

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

    h/t: MOONBATTERY

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  13. Lucille says:

    AMERICA HAS NUKES IN BELGIUM – EYE ON RUSSIA !
    Defense Updates

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  14. getfitnow says:

    FTA – The Republican National Committee is sending a not-so-subtle message to dozens of Democratic officials — including presidential candidates and congressional leaders — in a stated attempt to remind them of how blessed they are to live in the United States.

    Seventy-three top-ranking officials are being sent an American flag alongside a copy of the United States Flag Code and a letter from the Republican Party, Fox News has learned.

    “In recent weeks it has become increasingly clear that the proper respect and handling for the United States flag is an issue for the Democrat Party,” RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel wrote in the letter, obtained by Fox News, which is being sent this week.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/gop-sends-74-american-flags-to-dem-officials-noting-deafening-silence-in-response-to-attacks

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  15. curator55 says:

    Below is a video for other odd ducks like me that have watched (with some FF) all the major TV networks’ coverage of the historic 2016 election occasionally over the last 2 ½ years. The change in the mood and temperament of the various anti Trump hosts when the realization of candidate Donald Trump’s victory becomes possible, then probable, then certain was always entertaining.
    This video is from the RT TV Network or Russian financed network’s coverage.

    Cursor to 10:01:30 for a surprising but understandable reaction by the late Ed Schultz after John Podesta’s “thank you-now go home” speech to Hillary’s loyal fans at the Javits Center.

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  16. Dora says:

    Good luck with that! Loons.

    Liked by 1 person

    • highdezertgator says:

      Electric only — 3 time$$$$ as much for energy
      Units to obtain one million BTU Cost per Million BTU
      Natural Gas 10 Therms x $0.86 $8.60
      Kerosene 7.4 Gallons x $3.75 $27.75
      Propane Gas 11 Gallons x $3.00 $33.00
      Electricity 293 KWH x $0.085 $24.91

      Costs shown reflect local energy prices as of April 2014
      http://www.erpud.com/comparison.htm

      “Free” PV Solar panels for everyone to go along with their “Free College Edumacation”

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  17. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  18. Dora says:

    Liberals are seriously sick people!

    ====

    Liberal’s Tweet Goes Viral: ‘White People Love Dogs Because They Miss Owning Slaves’

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/liberals-tweet-goes-viral-white-people-love-dogs-because-they-miss-owning-slaves/?fbclid=IwAR0qpAHtYov_JMSDoipa-va_xUAmqQFGkGST7PoazYK5g70A9Dy1hWQUap8

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  19. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.”
    Psalms 25:9 (KJV)

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  20. 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

    Liked by 7 people

  21. Dora says:

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  22. amwick says:

    THis cartoon is thee minutes old.. Woot woot…

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  23. Dora says:

    wassily kandinsky – the singer(1903)

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  24. Posting again.

    Trump’s ‘lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship’

    By Evan Sayet

    My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office”

    Here’s my answer:

    We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

    We tried statesmanship.

    Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?
    We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?
    And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.
    I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.
    I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.
    I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.
    Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

    The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale.. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.
    The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.

    With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

    During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.
    Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.
    Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”
    General George Patton was a vulgar-talking.. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.
    Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”
    That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.
    It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.
    Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after “the fake media” — and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri — Trump isolated CNN.. He made it personal.
    Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.”… Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. … They need to respond.
    This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery.
    The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve.

    It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.
    Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.

    Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.

    So, to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do.
    These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.

    So, say anything you want about this president – I get it – he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!

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  25. nimrodman says:

    Dynamic Underwater Photos Look Like Dramatic Baroque Paintings

    https://mymodernmet.com/muses-christy-lee-rogers/

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  26. Adam says:

    His political opponents are trying to oust the democratically elected governor of Puerto Rico via demonstration/riot. The guy is an imbecile, that’s for sure, but he hasn’t been accused of criminal behavior.

    These Antifa-style tactics can’t be allowed to succeed in the US. Either they wait for the next election, or they employ constructional means to remove him. If these tactics are successful, that sets a terrible precedent.

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  27. Lamont Cranston says:

    Meanwhile, as we speak, unprecedented numbers of great white sharks are schooling on the coast of California. Do they know something? Is the s—-ole state sliding into the drink, serving up a giant buffet for the hungry sharks? 😎

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  28. Adam says:

    One other thing about Puerto Rico. Corruption, riots, bad government: there’s no way these are going to qualify you for statehood.

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  29. @ChicagoBri says:

    Lefty against Lefty in #Chiraq. The Mayor is right, and it’s why Preckwinkle lost – allowing criminals to roam freely is her policy.

    Preckwinkle complains to Lightfoot about her top cop’s ‘false narrative’ on crime: ‘It’s infuriating’

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2019/7/17/20697860/preckwinkle-complains-lightfoot-eddie-johnson-police-false-narrative-crime-violence

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  30. Janie M. says:

    Style with a flair 😉 Happy Cursday ❤️

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  31. just stevie says:

    THE MYSTERY OF BELIEVING

    “And he said, Who art Thou, Lord?” Acts ix. 6

    By the miracle of Redemption Saul of Tarsus was turned in one second from a strong-willed, intense Pharisee into a humble, devoted slave of the Lord Jesus.

    There is nothing miraculous about the things we can explain. We command what we are able to explain, consequently it is natural to seek to explain. It is not natural to obey; nor is it necessarily sinful to disobey. There is no moral virtue in obedience unless there is a recognition of a higher authority in the one who dictates. It is possibly an emancipation to the other person if he does not obey. If one man says to another – ‘You must,’ and ‘You shall,’ he breaks the human spirit and unfits it for God. A man is a slave for obeying unless behind his obedience there is a recognition of a holy God. Many a soul begins to come to God when he flings off being religious, because there is only one Master of the human heart, and that is not religion but Jesus Christ. But woe be to me if when I see Him I say – I will not. He will never insist that I do, but I have begun to sign the death warrant of the Son of God in my soul. When I stand face to face with Jesus Christ and say – I will not, He will never insist; but I am backing away from the recreating power of His Redemption. It is a matter of indifference to God’s grace how abominable I am if I come to the light; but woe be to me if I refuse the light (see John iii. 19-21).

    Oswald Chambers
    July 18th Devotional

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  32. Pale rider says:

    Why read Gods word? The Bible. ( I guess I should be specific in today’s twisted times)
    Gods word is literal, but it is also spiritual, and heavenly. Pregnant, you might say, with all of Gods truth. Truth is Gods light, light dispelled darkness. Isn’t all sin or evil darkness? It cannot reside in the light, it is opposite. All Gods attributes are in his word, you are consuming Gods essence.
    Gods word is where the power of God meets our world. All of his spiritual, heavenly, and his angels meet with us. Where heaven touches earth.
    Regardless of your knowledge of the spiritual or heavenly aspect, each word of Gods reaches your innermost parts. Feeding, strengthens, and quickens us on the inside. Putting Gods power in us.

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  33. decisiontime16 says:

    Awesome prayer by House chaplain…

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  34. Dora says:

    Sad anniversary.

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  35. decisiontime16 says:

    What a dear lady and inspiration at 106 years old..

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    • P says:

      America will never be the same once our Greatest Generation is gone. What a kind and caring neighbor to give Mrs. Farrell a home so she did not have to be relegated to a nursing home or assisted living. God bless both of these wonderful women! Thank you for sharing this video with us today. God bless you, too, decisiontime16. : )

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  36. wtd says:

    FWIW….
    Toys R Us plans to open two stores later this year. @adinnocenzio reports

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  37. dogsmaw says:

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    • SwampRatTerrier says:

      Thanks.

      Wonder what happened to that “Obama” series they were sinking Million$ into?

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      • SwampRatTerrier says:

        Love some of the comments there.

        Shocking. Fewer shows and crappier movies for more money seemed like such a winning strategy.

        Stop cancelling every show after 2 seasons.

        Competition is increasing while there are a limited number of potential subscribers. Subscriber growth can’t go on forever.

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  38. David says:

    My American friend, I find a good video about the Progressive Democrats that are being in the spotlight. Shalom!

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    • JC says:

      Thank you, David. Shalom. 🇮🇱

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    • P says:

      Genesis 12:1-3 (1599 Geneva Bible)
      1 For the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house unto the land that I will show thee.

      2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and will bless thee, and make thy name great, and thou shalt be a blessing.

      3 I will also bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee, and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

      Thank You, Father, for the nation of Israel has indeed been a blessing to all families of the earth through Your Only Begotten Son, Yahshua! To You be all glory, praise, and honor forever!

      Promises Made; Promises Kept

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  39. SwampRatTerrier says:

    Diamond and Silk – Liberty University Convocation

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    • P says:

      Speak the truth in love. The truth will set you free! Love these 2 ladies! People all around the world pray for our President at 11:21 every day! God bless our President and God bless America!

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  40. SwampRatTerrier says:

    FYI

    Why Chrystia Freeland “should be careful with the phrase
    ‘white supremacy’”

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  41. SwampRatTerrier says:

    Sen. Marsha Blackburn did not beat around the bush. She said what she meant and meant what she said…… ABOUT BIG TECH (via Diamond and Silk)

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  42. getfitnow says:

    FTA – Recently Joe Biden promised to challenge President Trump to a push-up contest if the president mocks his age. It appears we aren’t the only ones who want to see this happen. America needs to know the answer to this question and so Bovada, one of the world’s leading online sportsbooks, has released live betting props on a “Presidential Combine,” pitting Biden vs. Trump in a push-up contest, bench press contest, and 40-yard dash.

    They are currently taking bets on a few different matchups for the senior contenders in several feats of strength with Trump in the lead in every category except push-ups.
    https://pjmedia.com/trending/can-we-just-do-this-instead-of-the-debates-betting-website-pits-joe-biden-v-trump-in-feats-of-strength/

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  43. 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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  44. 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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