Tuesday August 20th – 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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126 Responses to Tuesday August 20th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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  2. citizen817 says:

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The Truth Of The Gospel

    Twice in Galatians 2 Paul speaks of “the truth of the gospel.” In both cases the Apostle had been forced to speak out to defend the purity of “the gospel of the grace of God.”

    In Verses 4,5 he refers to his contest with those at Jerusalem who would have brought the Gentile believers under the law of Moses. Among them were “false brethren,” he says, “unawares brought in… to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: to whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.”

    In the second case he refers to a controversy with Peter who, having enjoyed blessed fellowship with Gentile Christians, had been intimidated by some of his Jewish brethren into separating himself from the Gentiles. Concerning this, Paul writes: “But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed” (Ver. 11). Why was Peter to be blamed? Verse 14 answers: Because he “walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel,” i.e., “the gospel of the grace of God,” in which believing Jews and Gentiles are “one body in Christ.”

    How we should all thank God for Paul’s vigorous defense of the gospel of grace, under which all who trust in Christ as Savior are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the one true Bible Church (I Cor. 12:13).

    Doubtless Paul’s stand for “the gospel of the grace of God” stemmed from the fact that he himself had experienced the truth of this blessed message. As the chief of sinners he had been gloriously saved. All his power and prestige as a Pharisee, all his intellectual achievement, all his rigid Law observance meant nothing now, as in the presence of the glorified Lord he saw himself a sinner, the chief of sinners, and was saved by the matchless grace of God.

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


    Galatians 2:4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
    5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

    Galatians 2:11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
    12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.
    13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.
    14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

    1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

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  4. Garrison Hall says:

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  5. nimrodman says:

    Well, we can stop worrying that rich people flying around the world in their private jets will end the world in 12 years

    Elton John will buy them all carbon offsets
    (yeah – as if those are real)

    Elton John Defends Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s Private Jet Use


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  6. czarowniczy says:

    As we ease towards the British model of unarmed police wading through a sea of violent thugs the California gov signs a bill that’s another step towards that goal, boiling the LEA frog: https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-california-police-use-of-force-law-signed-20190711-story.html

    My GGS wants to follow me into law enforcement and I’m gonna do everything I can to steer him away.

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  7. nwtex says:

    Life is always better with a sound track. Works for me anyway.

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    • Shelley Childs says:

      “You should be more mattresslike. We live quiet retired lives in the swamp, where we are content to flollop and vollue and regard the wetness in a fairly floopy manner”
      – Douglas Adams, ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’

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  8. nwtex says:

    The world has gone mad!

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  9. nimrodman says:

    Damn! Almost lost his dog in the fire

    New Jersey Woman Accused of Torching Man’s House for Ignoring Booty Call


  10. oldscout says:

    For a few years now I’ve been following sundance’s lucid explanations of spygate and the attempted soft coup. I have a question about the investigative techniques he uses, and especially the software and organizational methods to keep track of the massive collection of disassembled press stories, FOIA releases, Sunday talk show comments, committee hearings, court filings and God knows what else he uses to find non-obvious connections, often long before other investigators have caught a glimpse. I don’t know how he could possibly organize such a vast ensemble of fact bits.

    There’s a scene in the movie “A Beautiful Mind” where the paranoid mathematician protagonist covers every inch of his garage walls with newspaper clippings connected by a spider web of yarn strands. Keeping track of the various collaborations of Brennan Comey McCabe Strock Page Halper Mifsud Steele Yates Warner Weissman etc by that method would require a waaay bigger garage.

    So sundance, could you describe what kind of databases or software or other organizational techniques you use? I would love to be a tenth as effective as you are.

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  11. Dora says:

    Jamie Wyeth (born July 6, 1946) is a contemporary American realist painter, son of Andrew Wyeth, and grandson of N.C. Wyeth.

    Black Spruce,1994

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  12. getfitnow says:

    FTA – Google dominates web searches. If you want to know something, you “Google it.” That is especially true for health information in general and drug side effect information in particular.

    We wonder whether Google is now suppressing websites like ours that provide independent and objective drug side effect information.


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  13. nwtex says:

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  14. just stevie says:


    “And I will give you rest.” Matthew xi. 28

    Whenever anything begins to disintegrate your life with Jesus Christ, turn to Him at once and ask Him to establish rest. Never allow anything to remain which is making the dis-peace. Take every element of disintegration as something to wrestle against, and not to suffer. Say – Lord, prove Thy consciousness in me, and self-consciousness will go and He will be all in all. Beware of allowing self-consciousness to continue because by slow degrees it will awaken self-pity, and self-pity is Satanic. Well, I am not understood; this is a thing they ought to apologize for; that is a point I really must have cleared up. Leave others alone and ask the Lord to give you Christ-consciousness, and He will poise you until the completeness is absolute.

    The complete life is the life of a child. When I am consciously conscious, there is something wrong. It is the sick man who knows what health is. The child of God is not conscious of the will of God because he IS the will of God. When there has been the slightest deviation from the will of God, we begin to ask – What is Thy will? A child of God never prays to be conscious that God answers prayer, he is so restfully certain that God always does answer prayer.

    If we try to overcome self-consciousness by any common-sense method, we will develop it tremendously. Jesus says, “Come unto Me and I will give you rest,” i.e., Christ-consciousness will take the place of self-consciousness. Wherever Jesus comes He establishes rest, the rest of the perfection of activity that is never conscious of itself.

    Oswald Chambers
    August 20th Devotional

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    • Psalm1391316 says:

      Beware of allowing self-consciousness to continue because by slow degrees it will awaken self-pity, and self-pity is Satanic. Well, I am not understood; this is a thing they ought to apologize for; that is a point I really must have cleared up. Leave others alone and ask the Lord to give you Christ-consciousness, and He will poise you until the completeness is absolute.” Read this a little while ago. Bullseye. Thank you.

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      • Pale rider says:

        And what is ‘self’ conscious? Ego! a lie constructed from fear. That would equate to the person who says “I did allllll these things God” and he says “I never knew you”. We think ‘our’ work is up when it is actually down.
        It can only come from goodness and only God is good.
        I suspect when we die and leave these vestibules of dirt, it will be odd to say the least. Im betting just to unlearn our own lies will take work. I’d say time but that does not exist in heaven. Even the fear of eternity is removed. I find that comforting.

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  15. Elle says:

    It is funny, I’ve been reading this site since before Trump was elected and I have long been aware of the the part that sex trafficking has in the global corruption. In fact I was arguing against an open border for that reason back in the 90’s When Acorn was caught smuggling underage children in for sex trafficking, I was not just disgusted, but I was truly surprised at how quickly and easily good people excused it and looked away so as not to lose their seat at the liberal cool kids table.

    That said, I just woke up and realized the breath and extent of what we are talking about here. That is no small thing as I’ would say that I have long been more aware than most that there are global networks of pedophilia and sex trafficking for power and profit. I first noted it back when Polly Klass’s aunt named it way back when. However until I just now, I did not fully comprehend the depth of this. I remember reading Trump’s prior EO and thinking how much of an uproar it would cause if he suddenly started to arrest and freeze the assets all of the Clinton, Podesta, Weiner and the global others whom I imagined it was referring to,

    So that i just woke up and realized just how much deeper and darker and pervasive is this rot that infects our entire society is no small statement. This is about to blow wide open.

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    • Psalm1391316 says:

      Your post reminded me of that little girl Maddie from England who disappeared while on vacation with her family. Not a trace. I don’t know any words to describe the horrific nature of all of this.

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      • Elle says:

        or this one:

        Web posted June 12, 1998 at 3:44 PM ET (ENN) — Vice President Gore, participating Thursday in the National Ocean Conference in Monterey, Calif., announced four new efforts to chart a sustainable …

        Christina Marie Williams (May 1, 1985 – June 12, 1998) was a 13-year-old American girl who was kidnapped in Seaside, California, on June 12, 1998, while walking her dog Greg in an area of Fort Ord.

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    • Pale rider says:

      There is no punishment for this crime, Or not enough.
      I’m close to the human wreckage from child abuse, it is generational. And you know what’s even sicker, the perpetrators know it and advance this behavior in the process.

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  16. getfitnow says:

    FTA – Joe Biden claimed twice recently that he met with Parkland, Florida, shooting survivors when he was vice president, despite the fact that he was already out of office when the attack took place. His campaign said Biden misspoke and was referring to a different meeting he had after the Sandy Hook shooting. But the flub was reminiscent of Biden’s past misstatements and his tendency to embellish biographical details.

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  17. nwtex says:

    Their sons face …….too cute.

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  18. Dora says:

    I am at a point where I don’t trust these findings, but I’ll leave this here for anyone who is interested.

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  19. Dora says:

    Cordoba is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. Unfortunately, after more than 500 years of relative peace, the Muslims are coming back.

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  20. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
    Romans 12:2 (KJV)

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  21. 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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  22. Dora says:

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  23. rebel53blog says:

    Happy Birthday to singer Robert Plant(age 71)

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  24. Herbert Kroll says:

    Whistleblower files complaint at FEC, says (SJW-) Disney Co. cooked their books by the billions per year:

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  25. JRD says:

    Oh look, Beta Boy Paul Ryan is moving his family to the DC swamp so his former Democrat lobbyist wife can be near her sisters. Give me an effin’ break.

    Appears that taking over the US Chamber of Corrupt Crony Capitalism while ineffectual dinosaur Tom Donohue born in 1938 is forced to retire is on the horizon.


    Cashing out on steroids.

    It won’t work. Alpha Trump will kick the Beta Boy Ryan’s butt.

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  26. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  27. czarowniczy says:

    The DoD is awarding the Armed Forces Service Medal to all military personnel ordered to support Customs and Border Patrol since 7 April 2019, end date to be determined.

    Meanwhile Reps Denny Heck (D-WA), Deb Haaland (D-NM) and Paul Cook (R-CA) have introduced a bill in Congress that would rescind the medals awarded to soldiers from the Battle of Wounded Knee. Probably best if those military who receive medals related to border security place them on their racks with , never can tell when some aggrieved Congressjerk will decide your medal was awarded for a socially inappropriate action. I can see Reps Tlaib and Omar setting their sights on the GWOT medals as we type.

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    • underwhelmingposter says:

      Who is Paul C(r)ook? Oh, from CA. That explains it. Obviously they have nothing better to do.

      All of the medals were given posthumously, right? No (or very few if any) survivors. What is the issue. Perhaps they consulted with Lizzie Warren about reparations to the Native Americans. She must have said that the medals have to go first!

      This after her “honesty” apology. She first claimed to be honest, then apologized for her lying.


      • czarowniczy says:

        I think we’re seeing ground being prepared for ‘Native American Reparations’. Somewhere in the not-too-distant future I’m sure we’ll see a move towards Latino American Reparations too. These attempts to establish culpability almost always precede a request for opening the working class’s wallet.

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  28. Greg says:

    Piers Morgan on Liberals

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  29. ImpeachEmAll says:

    An Oldie; but a goodie…

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  30. Dora says:

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    • budklatsch says:

      We visited Dresden almost 10 years ago. Visited with our friends from former West Germany and met friends from Dresden, former East Germany. The restoration was incredible all from 1989. We particularly visited the Protestant churches that the Soviet Union left in total rubble for decades to remind the Germans of the failure of their ways and that Chriatanity was not condoned. The interior frescoes and detail were taken from pictures and paintings’ that survived their Halocost.. What a comparison between communism and free capitailsm.

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    • 94corvette says:

      My father’s family was from the Dresden area, migrated to Michigan and were dairy farmers. When the wall fell, I cried with joy as now I could hope to visit our family’s home. Don’t know if I’ll ever make it but I can hope.


      • budklatsch says:

        Make the visit, the city and people will welcome you very much, especially since your ancestors were from there. Our Dresden friend said he was on a wait list for years to buy a Russian car (piece of junk) and now he drives a new BMW. Ha!


  31. David says:

    Hi again my American friends!
    Yesterday I posted the following comment on Breitbart: “Talib and Omar, the two terrorists that infiltrated Congress. One represent Hamas and the other Al-Qaeda.”
    This rapidly got hundreds of views and comments. Now, this is a strong statement and originally I wrote it based on listening to them.
    I just noticed they sympathize with those terror organizations. Once I was challenged I got a bit deeper and I just started and already have some incredible discoveries about Talib.
    I am posting two videos on Talib.

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    • David says:

      The second video is a bit below. Do t miss the second one.

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      • ann says:

        This does not surprise. After all, Huma Abedin has complete copy of Hillary Clinton ‘s emails.
        Or that our nat sec community is open to Muslim Brotherhood. I don’t understand the rationale for inclusion of an ideological organization whose tenants are antithetical to religious liberty and sectarian worldview hostile to our ME allies .

        In early 2017 , I recall a news blip about an alarming number of foreign nations recruited, given clearance &.advanced training who went AWOL? And others whose status & posts are unknown?

        I’m sorry for not providing links, can’t locate it on the internet. .


  32. bessie2003 says:

    Interesting, and informative, 13 minute video by Oscar El Blue of a wall jumper incident:

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  33. NoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiCom says:

    Can’t beat a good ‘lost in translation’ moment. Pro-ChiCom shouters don’t realize what their saying in Canada: “Free China!” Canadian police enjoy it. video.

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  34. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on God’s mercy towards the barren Hannah, the mother of Samuel (I Sam. 1):

    1. How Hannah was childless, and in her sorrow prayed to God to give her a son, promising to consecrate him to God.

    2. How God hearkened to Hannah’s prayer, and she gave birth to a son and called him Samuel (‘begged of God’).

    3. How Hannah took Samuel to the Temple and consecrated him to God.

    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 7th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  35. wtd says:

    Just watched this amusing film about the 1939 NY World’s Fair….entertaining anti-communism drama from days gone by….recommend


  36. Troublemaker10 says:

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  37. SwampRatTerrier says:

    Study Finds Increasing Number of Republicans and Independents Say Colleges are Bad for America


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  38. dogsmaw says:

    Lovely shade of blue 😛


  39. SwampRatTerrier says:

    Judicial Watch Files Complaint Against RI Sen. Whitehouse Alleging Unauthorized Practice of Law


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  40. Janie M. says:

    Excellent interview of a retired police officer. We need more like him. From the NY Post.

    Retired cop explains what his job taught him about police brutality
    August 20, 2019

    In this week’s episode of “Professional Confessional,” retired police officer and author of “Police Brutality Matters” Joseph Ested shares some secrets behind one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. Hear about his split-second decision that saved a life and why he believes patience is the key behind every successful pursuit. The former officer also shares his ideas on how he thinks the nation can lessen the strong divide that currently exists between the public and police, including the importance of taking accountability for “bad policing.”



  41. redline says:

    I’ll just leave this here…


  42. 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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  43. 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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