Thursday September 12th – 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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  3. DanDeplorable says:

    There is nothing more…

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    Be patient

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  6. Lucille says:

    Happy Cursday…

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  7. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Two Walls

    We were all doubtless surprised when the East German authorities began opening the Berlin Wall to West Berlin visitors at Christmas time. We can never be sure just what might be up the Communists’ sleeves, but for the time being it sounds encouraging. What they ought to do, of course, is to tear the wall down. It is a crime against humanity and a sin against God to confine half a city in a cage, to treat human beings as if they were animals.

    The Bible speaks of a wall that separated all mankind into two parts. In Ephesians 2 the Law, the Ten Commandments, is called “the middle wall of partition.”

    The Law was given to God’s covenant people. The Gentiles had been given up long before at the Tower of Babel and God had called out Abraham and his seed and had given them the Law. They broke the Law, however, so that Rom. 3:19 says:

    “Whatsoever the law saith it saith to them that are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped and all the world may be brought in guilty before God.”

    Because of the broken Law all men have been placed on the same level, but this was also God’s purpose of grace: “For God hath concluded them all in unbelief: that He might have mercy upon all” (Rom. 11:32). And thus God offers salvation to all through Christ, who died for our sins at Calvary. This is why Eph. 2:13-16 says:

    “But now, in Christ Jesus, ye who once were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us… that He might reconcile both unto God in one Body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.”

    Thank God there is no “Berlin Wall” between God and those who trust His Son, nor between believers who have been made “one Body in Christ.”

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/two-walls/

    Ephesians 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
    12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
    13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

    14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
    15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
    16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
    17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
    18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

    19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
    20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
    21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
    22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

    Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

    Romans 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

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  8. Lucille says:

    Loulou & Milky| Dachshund & Albino Hedgehog

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  9. Janie M. says:

    Happy Cursday! This Belgian Malinois pup is adorable ❤️

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Hoping he’ll grow up to be a German Shepherd…

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      • Janie M. says:

        Now, now, cz… be nice.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          What can I say, I have preferences…see my gravitar.

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          • Janie M. says:

            Gorgeous. Majestic. I have to 2 boards at Pinterest dedicated solely to pins of Mals and Shepherds. Love both breeds.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Zauber was an oversized and coated GSD, 135# or better when he pigged out. He’d work with me in the projects and he’d mark every vertical thing he could, letting the pitbulls know he wasn’t amused. Never had a minute’s worry and he never bit anyone, he worked thru sheer stature.

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              • Janie M. says:

                He has an imposing appearance. Big boy @135lbs!

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  His daddy was 150. The GSDs were a large dog but in the US they were bred down to make them more acceptable to apartment and suburban tract dwellers.

                  When Czarina accompanied my Mom back to the Eastern Zone after the unification she saw one of the original German GSDs that had been maintained in the original line and fell in love. We found a breeder here and the rest is history.

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                • Janie M. says:

                  Wow! Daddy was HUGE! Definitely not a lap dog 😆 If he stood on his hind legs and put his paws on your chest, he had to be as tall as you were. In retrospect, I would imagine altering the genetic lines doesn’t always have a good/expected outcome. Look at the primary issue with Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pugs and Pekingnese … breathing problems from the shortening of their noses. You know what they say about the road to Hell being paved with good intentions.

                  The one thing that bothers me about the present GSDs is how the hindquarters now have more of a downward slope. Allegedly, it made it easier/faster for them to do their herding duties. But that has to put a lot of strain on their lower spine.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  That’s breeders going for a specific look versus the dog’s well being. %$#@& AKC and US breeders even penalize coated shepherds and, to me, they are the best looking.

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                • Janie M. says:

                  Or…. the breeder had a dog with a defect and is trying pass it off as an “enhancement.” BTW, here is the first GSD I pinned onto my GSD board. Fell in love with its long coat.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  Nah, US breeders love that roach back. I’m a traditionalist, I .like the original type of GSD, especially the coated variety.

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      • Janie M. says:

        Since you are L.E., I think you will appreciate this training event. They are fearless and fast.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          The Europeans do some great police dog work but I don’t think a lot of local departments would go for it due to the potential response from the Usual Aggrieved.

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          • Janie M. says:

            I believe I had read in the past that some Mals which are imported from Europe to P.D.s receive their initial training in Europe.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Yeah, most work using Belgian commands. The Europeans will use them to track an item back to who held it, a good way to track a stolen/abandoned item back to the crook. US courts are hesitant to accept them as reliable though.

              Most interesting is their use to detect cancers in a medical setting. European tests have shown the dogs to be far more reliable in detecting prostate cancer than the latest machines with fewer false readings and far cheaper. US medical-industrial complex is heavily fighting that here.

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              • Janie M. says:

                I have seen a few articles in the past where it was said dogs (don’t know if restricted to certain breeds) are good at sniffing out different cancers. Re: sniffing out prostrate cancer gives a whole other meaning to dogs sniffing your butt. 😉 Yeah, I could see where the m-i complex would fight it, they can’t order expen$ive testing (especially if it is a lab to which they have a financial interest).

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  They have been using the dogs in a number of European countries as screening and they’ve been more effective than traditional methods.

                  The tests are being run by the same facilities that test regular medical equipment and the US still refuses to accept the idea of a dog as an initial screening method. One of the problems with the traditional (squeamish avert you eyes) prostate exam is only one side of the prostate can be examined, the other side is unreachable. If questions of why a PSA is so high remain the options are a very uncomfortable biopsy or 40 minutes in a Pringles tube MRI where you have to remain motionless. Neither is comfortable and both are expensive. The European method is as accurate as the mechanical methods and less expensive.

                  I do know that before I had my diabetes diagnosed two of my dogs were spending a lot of time licking my arms, elbows and feet. My diabetes doc said that the excess sugar leached out with my sweat and the dogs were just picking upon it.

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  10. Garrison Hall says:

    11 String guitars are built to approximate the lower bass notes of a lute. They make wonderful sounds but are demanding to play . . .

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  11. Janie M. says:

    Awwww….what a great idea!

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  12. Garrison Hall says:

    It’s Cursday Treepers! Let’s sit back and just imagine a bygone time when hunters used to gather around a warm fire in the mid Fall and pass around a jar of ‘shine made fresh by a neighbor who lived down in the next ‘holler. As night deepened and the chill settled in, they relaxed in the warmth of a good fire, a little homemade whisky, and the pleasure of good friends. Off in the distance, they could hear the excited baying of their dogs as they chased ‘coons in the night. Raccoons are smart and wilely creatures who hunt at night and know every inch of the woods they live in. They are a lot harder to catch than hunting folklore might lead us to believe. The hunters know this well and so, for them, as is often the case, the music of the hounds running in the woods is reason enough to be there.

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    • Lucille says:

      Good friends gathered around the fire pit…maybe telling tall tales about the number of points on a buck who got away, or factual anecdotes about a goal at age 15 bringing the hockey championship to their school, or how a broken, mashed nose ended a not-so-promising boxing career ’cause Mom put her foot down….


      Black Bear Island, Saskatchewan, Canada

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  13. citizen817 says:

    Cursday Attack…

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  15. wendy forward says:

    Thanks to all for pictures of precious beautiful babies.

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  18. TreeClimber says:

    (Repost from yesterday.)

    Yesterday, eighteen years ago, was a horrible tragedy. But for my family, it was a beautiful blessing. 8 lbs 4 ozs, 21 inches, born yelling lustily and with an APGAR score of 9.9. Sent me to the OR for stitches but we’re all good now. Thank you so much to all the Treepers who have followed my little drama and prayed for us all!

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  19. David says:

    A bit of history of Jerusalem in a nice video. It’s the fall of the second temple. The first one was destroyed by the Babylonians (now Iraq area). The temple is the holiest place where the arch of covenant was stored. That Arch of Covenant was the thing the Hebrews carried form Egypt to Israel. It was said to have been a Golden chest that contained the rocks with the Ten Commandments etc…

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  20. An says:

    The new article about Treyvon Martin makes me think of the MAGA bomber. I wonder how much can be proven, but it should be obvious to anyone that when you’re doing a sting, you don’t actually need to let them mail the hoax devices. The guy’s own lawyer talked about how he wasn’t able to plan something like that.

    Sure, the sting operation itself was plausibly legitimate–we don’t want any idiot like that mailing anything, hoax or not, to anyone. But the fact that CNN knew it was a hoax and was proud to take pictures of the hoax device shows how they were in on it the whole time.

    It really looked to me like the whole thing was corrupt law enforcement and they found some drug-addled loser as the patsy for it. But I’ve never seen anyone investigate this and I wonder how much could be investigated at this point.

    But they got away with it, so who wants to bet that they have more like this scheduled for the next election? I have to wonder, though, how would anyone even stop this sort of dirty trick?

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  21. Lucille says:

    Brittany Spaniel…

    Mad Max and His Dog…

    Young Pitti…

    A Bassett of Flowers…

    English Bull Terrier…

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    wah-wah ❤

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  35. Dora says:

    Franz Marc – Blue Fox, 1911

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  38. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  40. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
    Psalms 23:1 (KJV)

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  41. just stevie says:

    BY SPIRITUAL CONFUSION

    “Ye know not what ye ask.” Matthew xx. 22

    There are times in spiritual life when there is confusion, and it is no way out to say that there ought not to be confusion. It is not a question of right and wrong, but a question of God taking you by a way which in the meantime you do not understand, and it is only by going through the confusion that you will get at what God wants.

    THE SHROUDING OF HIS FRIENDSHIP Luke xi. 5-8
    Jesus gave the illustration of the man who looked as if he did not care for his friend, and He said that that is how the Heavenly Father will appear to you at times. You will think He is an unkind friend, but remember He is not; the time will come when everything will be explained. There is a cloud on the friendship of the heart, and often even love itself has to wait in pain and tears for the blessing of fuller communion. When God looks completely shrouded, will you hang on in confidence in Him?

    THE SHADOW ON HIS FATHERHOOD Luke xi. 11-13
    Jesus says there are times when your Father will appear as if He were an unnatural father, as if He were callous and indifferent, but remember He is not; I have told you – “Everyone that asketh receiveth.” If there is a shadow on the face of the Father just now, hang onto it that He will ultimately give His clear revealing and justify Himself in all that He permitted.

    THE STRANGENESS OF HIS FAITHFULNESS Luke xviii. 1-8
    “When the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” Will He find the faith which banks on Him in spite of the confusion? Stand off in faith believing that what Jesus said is true, though in the meantime you do not understand what God is doing. He has bigger issues at stake than the particular things you ask.

    Oswald Chambers
    September 12th Devotional

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  42. Dora says:

    Sounds like a good idea.

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  43. Linda K. says:

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/marianne-williamson-vents-that-conservatives-are-nicer-to-her-than-those-on-the-left

    Dem Presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson says conservatives are nicer to her than leftists. Time to think about it a little more, Marianne.

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  44. P says:

    Teen who was put on life-support for vaping says ‘I didn’t think of myself as a smoker’

    https://www.yahoo.com/gma/teen-put-life-support-vaping-says-didn-t-143700085–abc-news-topstories.html

    It’s the young people that we need to think about IMO.

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    • George 1 says:

      Try being a conservative Ms. Williamson and see how mean you lefties can be.

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    • P says:

      So I’ve been doing various name and word studies and this site has been very helpful to me, so posting it as I think others may enjoy using it for their own studies, too.

      This particular study is on the name “Immanuel”.

      http://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Immanuel.html#.XXp9XS5KjDd

      What I really found interesting just now is what the last 2 paragraphs state and so I decided I’d post this website here under my earlier post since it’s comments deal with consumers and smoking.

      PS: I think George1’s post is meant for Linda K.’s comment posted right above my original one. : )

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  45. P says:

    “Carson cleared as HUD inspector general finds no evidence of misconduct in furniture controversy”

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/carson-hud-furniture-controversy

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  46. czarowniczy says:

    US military is in to process of transitioning to anew battle rifle/squad machinegun to replace the M-16 family and the SAW. It will be in a new proprietary 6.8mm caliber and use a composite case instead of a brass one. It’s supposed to have a greater range and lethality than the 5.56mm.

    I’m wondering how long it will take for the various Federal LEA (all 105,000+ of them) to make the switch too as they will feel the bureaucratic need have greater lethality at increased ranges?

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  47. citizen817 says:

    It’s Cursday!

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  48. dogsmaw says:

    All of Me Frank Sinatra

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