Friday August 16th – 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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101 Responses to Friday August 16th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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  2. nwtex says:

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    How God Empowers His Witnesses

    As we know, Paul wrought mighty miracles, as Peter and the Pentecostal believers had done. Indeed, a comparison of Paul’s miracles with those of Peter shows Paul’s to have been the mightier. This was mainly in divine confirmation of his apostleship, since Paul was not one of the twelve (II Cor. 12:11,12).

    But it is clear from a study of Paul’s ministry and his epistles that these miraculous demonstrations were to vanish away as the dispensation of grace was fully ushered in (See I Cor. 13:8; Rom. 8:22,23; II Cor. 4:16-5:4; 12:10; Phil. 3:20,21; I Tim. 5:23; II Tim. 4:20). In fact, in the last seven of Paul’s epistles nothing whatever is said about signs, miracles, healings, tongues, visions or the casting out of demons.

    How, then, does God now empower His servants in their conflict with Satan and his demons? The answer is: by the Holy Spirit through His Word, as it is preached with conviction. There is a great volume of evidence as to this in Paul’s epistles, including his early epistles. Two examples:

    I Cor. 2:4: “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing [persuasive] words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.”

    Mark well, this was power in his preaching, not in performing miracles. Indeed at the very same time when he proclaimed his God-given message with such power, he himself was very weak, for in the preceding verse he says:

    “And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.”

    The other example is I Thes. 1:5:

    “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance…”

    In Thessalonica too, Paul had suffered much opposition and persecution, until the whole city was in an uproar (Acts 17:1-5), and this may well have been the result of his powerful preaching. Out of the “uproar,” however, sprang the beloved Thessalonian church, an example and inspiration to those won to Christ under more benign circumstances.

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    2 Corinthians 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
    12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

    1 Corinthians 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

    Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
    23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

    2 Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
    17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
    18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

    2 Corinthians chapter 5

    1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
    2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
    3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
    4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

    2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

    Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
    21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

    1 Timothy 5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.

    2 Timothy 4:20 Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.

    1 Corinthians 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

    1 Corinthians 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

    1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

    Acts 17:1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:
    2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
    3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
    4 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.
    5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.

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  4. nwtex says:

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

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  6. nwtex says:

    Well, alrightie.

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  7. I give thanks to almighty God for everything He has done for me, a sinner who does not deserve anything. I give thanks that we Americans have an American President. I have never in my lifetime had a President that I can be proud of, and who is working for our country’s best interests: mine, yours, ours. I give thanks for this in Jesus name, AMEN.

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  8. nwtex says:

    No, no.

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  9. Lucille says:

    US Navy SEALs / “My World” / Military Tribute

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  10. millwright says:

    Treepers and our little tree have hit the big time . We’re ” blacklisted ” by Google according to two articles publshed in AT 8/15 along with dozens of other conservative sites .This is a deliberate ploy on the part of the social media giants. They want ” government regulation ” ! With their vast fiscal, legal, and informational resources, they’ll ” write the legislation ” ( not only are our congresscritters lazy, they’re greedy as well ) and we can be certain it will contain provisions preventing any new start-up competitors ! IOW the ilk of Google, Facebook, Twitter et al seek to have a government-protected monopoly and tollbooths on the ” information highway ” ! Far better ( IMNSHO) to ‘ let the clicks dictate the traffic ‘ .

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  11. nwtex says:


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  12. spoogels says:

    Child abuse victims will get payout of millions after more than 120 were stripped, given truth serum and raped at psychiatric hospital in shocking case set to dwarf Jimmy Savile scandal

    Aston Hall was Derbyshire police’s biggest investigation into child abuse in terms of the number of victims.

    It has been described as one of the biggest abuse scandals in a mental health institution.

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  13. nwtex says:

    So ppl are shopping at the open air FarmersMarket and eating at tables a couple of feet from the filth?
    Look at those pictures.

    Ron Bassilian (R)@Ron4California
    Replying to @studerm

    Actually… no they don’t. City just hides them behind the booths.

    Then there’s this—

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    • Lucille says:

      Note in the bottom photo a large trash container and a toilet behind the white cement wall…likely placed there to accommodate the homeless. The mentally ill, the derelict, the defiant probably won’t use either.

      As for bus benches, they are the “homes” of those participating in street living. Not only do regular folk NOT use the benches because they are filthy, but also because the person “living” there will get very upset and could become confrontational. So bus riders will walk a couple of blocks further to look for a bench that’s not occupied or perhaps stand in the vicinity of their regular bus stop trying to flag down the bus driver and hoping he will realize they are waiting to use the system.

      Bus management has probably been told by government officials not to remove the junk and filth because…you know…one man’s junk/filth is another man’s treasure type of non-thinking. What management should do is simply remove the bus benches and maybe the occupiers will move, too.

      It’s a sin that no one is standing up for the working class taxpayer who needs to utilize city transportation and that don’t get to sit down while waiting after a weary 9-hour+ day.

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      • amwick says:

        Hubby and I have a trip planned for the fall. It starts in LA and we had planned a one day visit prior to departure. Part of this involved a bus trip from our hotel to the Santa Monica pier…. 🤔😮😣😣😣😣 We have one entire day to discover the paradise that is LA..


        • Deplorable_Infidel says:

          If you ever want to visit San Diego, you should plan to spend at least a week. Gosh, it would take about that long just to thoroughly examine the zoo!

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        • Lucille says:

          Amwick, you probably already have planned out what areas to avoid. Much of downtown is a homeless encampment. Even when I lived in Los Angeles (moved away in 2008) downtown was bad. It shows the heartlessness of Dems who give lip service to caring about the down-and-out but whose “solutions” enable the people to remain lost, malnourished, ill and literally unwashed.

          The Santa Monica Pier is at the south end of Palisades Park, which is filthy. I doubt the Pier entrepreneurs allow homeless out there and it will probably be fine. The last time I was there in April 2008 one of the many social services facilities was on Ocean Boulevard just slightly further south of the pier. Thus they constantly have folks loitering around there. A once-beautiful (and Republican-influenced) city, it has joined the Dem Ruination of Civilization Project which is California’s prime reason for existing nowadays.


          • amwick says:

            We are only there for one day… before moving on… I’ll have to see how things look later in the fall… DH wants to see the homeless people,, he just cannot believe it could be that bad…


        • nwtex says:

          One thousand street ppl died in 2018 and 1000 already in 2019 per Dr Drew.

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  14. Lucille says:

    Jennifer Lopez boycotted in Cairo after refusing to cancel performance in Israel
    August 15, 2019 by Christine Douglass-Williams

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  15. Lucille says:

    Posted by Scott Johnson, Powerlineblog, on August 14, 2019

    One of the most interesting threads left dangling in the curious case of Ilhan Omar is the one hanging from Wilecia Harris. Harris signed the 2009 marriage certificate for Omar’s marriage to Ahmed Elmi.

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  16. spoogels says:

    UK: Boris Johnson Accuses Members of Parliament of ‘Collaborating’ with EU to Block Brexit


  17. spoogels says:

    Lunatic Amazon Employee and Trans Activist Paige Thompson Hacked into Capitol One’s Network – Stole Sensitive Data on 106 Million People

    Lunatic Amazon Employee and Trans Activist Paige Thompson Hacked into Capitol One’s Network – Stole Sensitive Data on 106 Million People
    Jim Hoft by Jim Hoft August 15, 2019 272 Comments

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    Paige Adele Thompson

    A lunatic systems engineer was arrested on charges that she hacked into Capital One’s network and stole sensitive data on 106 million people.
    Paige A. Thompson was an employee of Amazon web services.

    Paige is a trans activist.

    Trans woman Paige Thompson, 33, was arrested for breaking into the bank’s systems to steal the addresses, phone numbers and names of 100 million people in the United States.

    — Tania (@talesfromtania) August 2, 2019

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  18. spoogels says:

    Liz Wheeler
    ‏Verified account @Liz_Wheeler

    Your daily reminder that @Ilhan Omar:

    – Accused US Jews of duel loyalty
    – Tweeted that Israel hypnotized the world
    – Said politicos who support Israel are paid off by Jews
    – Supports BDS
    – Doesn’t think Israel has right to exist
    – Compared Israel to Iran

    Omar. Is. Anti-Semitic.

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  19. Les Standard says:

    Have a couple of hard to buy for commie’s on your Christmas shopping list?

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  20. Dora says:

    James Tissot – An Interesting Story, 1872

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  21. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  22. Dora says:

    Watch out for those Russian bears.

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  23. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the ingratitude of the Jews to God the Deliverer and on God’s punishment (Book of Judges 13):

    1. How the sons of Israel again did that which is evil in the sight of the Lord.

    2. How the Lord gave them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years.

    3. How the ingratitude of a freed people towards God the Deliverer is also today punished by a renewed slavery to strangers.

    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 – August 3rd – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  24. @ChicagoBri says:

    #Chiraq: From six felonies to one misdemeanor

    A man who was charged with six felony gun counts in connection with an incident outside a River North nightclub last autumn has reached a sweet plea deal. Police said in a press release last year that Sam Jimenez Jr approached a group of people outside a nightclub on the 300 block of West Huron and struck a man in the face with a handgun on Halloween night. During a struggle for control of the gun, Jimenez “discharged the weapon several times,” the CPD statement said. He allegedly fled the scene after a bystander gained control of the weapon, but police arrested him nearby a short time later. A grand jury returned a true bill charging Jimenez with six felony counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. But prosecutors this month reached a plea agreement with the 22-year-old in which he pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of reckless conduct. Prosecutors dropped all of the weapons charges, and Judge Earl Hoffenberg sentenced Jimenez to a year of court supervision.

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  25. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
    2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV)

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  26. duchess01 says:

    Jesus Loves Babies…Pray for the Unborn

    Jesus Loves the Little Children…Pray for the Little Children

    Jesus Loves You…Come to Him

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  27. Dora says:

    I love it!

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  28. Skidroe says:

    Oh! How soon we forget! I remember back in EARLY 2015 there was a report about Epstein’s Lolita Express and exploiting young kids. How the Clinton’s had been on that plane and visited his island. The Main Stream Media called it a conspiracy theory. Did not want to hurt Hillary’s chances against Donald Trump. Now everyone is reporting on Epstein/Lolita/Express as it has been common knowledge all along. It is amazing to me how the MSM want things both ways. Talk out the side of their mouth, lie, connive, and just make shit up and get away with it. Let us not forget. Especially those who broke the law and tried to take down/out our President.

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  29. just stevie says:


    “He calleth…by name.” John x. 3

    When I have sadly misunderstood Him? (John xx. 17)
    It is possible to know all about doctrine and yet not know Jesus. The soul is in danger when knowledge of doctrine outsteps intimate touch with Jesus. Why was Mary weeping? Doctrine was not more to Mary than the grass under her feet. Any Pharisee could have made a fool of Mary doctrinally, but one thing they could not ridicule out of her was the fact that Jesus had cast seven demons out of her; yet His blessings were nothing in comparison to Himself. Mary “saw Jesus standing and knew not that it was Jesus…;” immediately she heard the voice, she knew she had a past history with the One who spoke. “Master!”

    When I have stubbornly doubted? (John xx. 27)
    Have I been doubting something about Jesus – an experience to which others testify but which I have not had? The other disciples told Thomas that they had seen Jesus, but Thomas doubted – “Except I shall see…, I will not believe.” Thomas needed the personal touch of Jesus. When His touches come, or how they come, we do not know; but when they do come they are indescribably precious. “My Lord and my God!”

    When I have selfishly denied Him? (John xxi. 15-17)
    Peter had denied Jesus Christ with oaths and curses, and yet after the Resurrection Jesus appeared to Peter alone. He restored him in private, then He restored him before the others. “Lord, Thou knowest that I love Thee.”

    Have I a personal history with Jesus Christ? The one sign of discipleship is intimate connection with Him, a knowledge of Jesus Christ which nothing can shake.

    Oswald Chambers
    August 16th Devotional

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  30. Larry says:

    Here is a 2008 article for your reading pleasure. Going on 11 years, it is interesting to see how the world is unfolding.

    Also, try using Google and Bing to search for “Gay Rage”.


  31. Shepdog says:

    Cause a liberal’s head to spontaneously combust…..this is fabulous:

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  32. TreeClimber says:

    Saw this last night as an ad on YouTube, of all places.

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  33. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    Missionary Mercenary Merkel has fired-up the boats again for Mediterranean migrant rescues of Obama Refugees. Wait, wait, wait. She’s telling others to fuel the boats and bring them in. Nevermind. Take the poll.

    But Greece gets a cool blimp!


  34. HUGE development regarding the Clinton email investigation-

    1) China did NOT hack Clinton’s emails via blind-cc’d copies to “”
    2) The FBI/Strock were not interested in these forwarded emails because PAUL COMBETTA had already told the FBI that “” was an email HE used to copy ALL of Clinton’s emails between servers, and the FBI had ALREADY granted him IMMUNITY.

    3) The missing Clinton emails are likely still on Google’s servers, AND therefore in NSA’s possession. This is because they were all copied to

    4) The BIG plot twist- all of Clinton’s emails were copied to a 3rd party gmail “Carter Heavy Industries” account- BUT we now find out that this was NOT a Chinese front company (that woudl be “Shandong Carter Heavy Industries”). INSTEAD, the account belongs to Clinton’s Platt River Networks IT contractor, Paul Combetta, the-IT-guy-who-had-to-ask-Reddit-for-help, who use the kludge of forwarding ALL of Clinton’s emails through that oddly named account to move Clinton’s emails to a new server.

    5) Oh, and he apparently researched how to “copy-and-replace” for senders email addresses- (presumably an attempt to take Clinton’s private emails and replace the private address with the

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  35. tozerbgood8315 says:

    WTH ???? (LOL – next thing you know, they’ll say he was working for the Russians)

    “Clinton IT Aide Who Defied Subpoena Says He Created A Cryptic Gmail Account And Sent It Nearly All Of Hillary’s Emails”

    “All but four of Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 emails were copied, likely secretly, to a Gmail address called, according to a new Senate report.”

    The FBI says that the account was linked to Paul Combetta, an IT aide Clinton hired who used BleachBit to destroy emails after they were subpoenaed and misled FBI agents.

    Combetta said he sent all of her emails to the Gmail account as part of trying to copy them to a new server. Combetta was copying Clinton’s emails off of an old laptop that he was supposed send back in the mail, but there’s no evidence he returned it, according to the Department of Justice Inspector General.

    When an intel agent discovered the copying to a third-party account, he said Peter Strzok seemed disinterested. The intel agency feared the email account could be a link to a foreign power, but the FBI refused to explain it to them.”

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  36. Dora says:


    The transgender phenomenon is destroying children and teens, and there will be much suffering in the years ahead as boys and girls grow up to grapple with the permanent decisions that adults are facilitating and enabling.

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  37. MaineCoon says:

    Specifically, CTH Catholic readership will want to see the .17 min video clip via the link. This should be truly disturbing to all people of faith.

    FTA:. In France, the Catholic Assumption Day, or Assomption in France, is the day in Roman Catholic tradition when Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, was taken bodily up into heaven. It is celebrated on August 15th each year and is a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics in France. It is also a public holiday with banks and most businesses closed.

    From France, a reader has sent this in. The Marian Procession, as it is known, was surrounded by the army, not police. Many emails have come in about this and it is not being reported in mainstream media. Many are being left with the feeling that a once Catholic country has been reduced to the point that Catholics now require military protection to worship.

    This is indeed becoming very disturbing and the sentiment is rising in France where we may indeed see a revolution in the making.

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  38. P says:

    This is how it always is with WV, at least IMO.

    Regarding “These Are The Largest Companies in Each U.S. State,” I’ve looked pretty close and West Virginia doesn’t have anything listed and I’m not surprised. Our state is always either at the bottom of the list for ‘good’ things or at the top of the list for ‘bad’ things when “surveys” like this are done.–/YXBwaWQ9eW15O3c9NjQwO3E9NzU7c209MQ–/


    • P says:

      I apologize to everyone; I did find WV’s largest company listed! It is Monongahela Power and is listed in the square set up above to the right; however, WV’s revenue is < 5 billion at only 1.7. It is good news that we are at least included on that chart. I need to quit being so pessimistic. : (


  39. mandy says:

    “How AMAZON Will PAY YOU $15 For FREE In Under 5 Minutes Just For Buying A Gift Card!”



  40. Lucille says:

    It Slices, It Dices, It Binds, And Stops Bugs: Dental Floss Is Your Secret Multitool
    August 15, 20192:16 PM ET – BY SUZETTE LOHMEYER

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  41. Sepp says:

    Holy Myrrh-bearer Salome

    The mother of the Holy Apostles James and John, she was the wife of Zebedee and the daughter of the elderly Saint Joseph the Betrothed (who was a widower when he was betrothed to the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God). She served the Lord Jesus Christ during His earthly life and was made worthy to be among the first bearers of the tidings of His Resurrection.

    Saint Salome is commemorated today – August 3rd – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  42. SwampRatTerrier says:

    Rut Roh!!!!!!!!!!

    Grassley to Probe Biden-Linked Sale of Uranium One


  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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  45. No big Friday night document dump? Well, I guess Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Clapper, Brennan, et al will enjoy another weekend.


  46. eric says:

    August 16,1977
    the day the music died….so that it would live forever.

    We Love You,Elvis……Always Will.


  47. Herbert Kroll says:

    Hannity: Senate report finds Clinton emails sent to cryptic Gmail


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