Sunday September 15th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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  1. citizen817 says:

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  3. Lucille says:

    Treepers…

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  4. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Dinosaurs

    Many years ago, I worked at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. When I entered the building, I had to pass by the dinosaur exhibit, which never ceased to amaze me. One of the largest ones on display at the time was a brontosaurus. This particular dinosaur made the Tyrannosaurus rex beside it look small and insignificant. After the lights were dimmed in the evening, the exhibit was unnerving to consider crossing paths with one of these monsters, back when they roamed the earth. If you have ever wondered if men and dinosaurs coexisted, the answer is a definite yes!

    “Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron” (Job 40:15-24).

    The behemoth in these passages is the Hebrew word for “great beast.” Notice that this beast has all the same characteristics of a brontosaurus, which we know to have been a vegetarian. Its strength is said to be in its loins—large and powerful! The tail was like the mighty cedars of Lebanon. Huge! And the bones of the behemoth were like bars of iron, crushing everything in its path. It also had an insatiable thirst and it could not be snared. He was the chief of God’s ways!

    By Pastor Paul M. Sadler

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/dinosaurs/

    Job 40:15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
    16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.

    17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
    18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.

    19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.
    20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.

    21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
    22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.

    23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
    24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

    Have a blessed Sunday, Treepers. Now, turn it up . . . 🙂

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  6. Lucille says:

    Old Venice, Italy in 1938

    Today on Live Cam in Venice at Rialto Bridge – Live Streaming from Palazzo Bembo…

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  7. nwtex says:

    Sound is a must for the “crunch-crunch”

    burrrrp

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  8. Troublemaker10 says:

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  9. Troublemaker10 says:

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  10. Troublemaker10 says:

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    • Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

      That was… words almost fail me. Illuminating. Horrifying. Chilling. Infuriating.

      It’s one thing to intellectually understand that TDS is real, that some people are totally ruled by emotion and incapable of reasoning or developing critical thinking skills. It’s another to actually see the torrential flood of illogic and irrationality shamelessly loosed in public like that.

      Thank Heaven there are people smarter than me, brilliant people like President Trump who may be able to find a path forward to save the country without having to take unfortunate action against the most toxic and unsalvageable elements poisoning American culture.

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      • Pale rider says:

        Words don’t fail me! This is a belief and prospective without reason. When you add reason the belief will disappear. The prospective of him and the left is an ego built lie and it is ancient and originated from Lucifer.
        You see how the left embrace Satan and resist Jesus, it is becoming more and more transparent who these people are. You can’t shun God and expect to be a sane person, it is the benchmark of insanity. You created yourself??
        If you have a doubt about a thought or belief add ‘reason’ to the equation and if it withstands that test it is valid. The others there just applied reason. A gun does not kill, people kill.
        And it is compassion to protect a world, a people, a family, from evil. Be it rape, murder, slavery, committed by people.

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        • Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

          Thank you. I get what you’re saying. it’s… just a bit hard to process, I fear what’s to come. That doesn’t mean I won’t rise to the occasion, but it’s not an easy thing to decide.

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      • Hoofhearted says:

        These folks are whackos. They should be given the chance to practise what they preach. Send them to China, Cuba, Venezuela, the Ukraine or one of the Arab Countries where they can fill their hats on their own nickels. Only then will they have a creditable perspective and their globalism/socialism falls on deaf ears.

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    • JTR says:

      I hope nobody gives him a gun!

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    • mopar2016 says:

      The left go out of their way to spout their profanities.
      They need to make sure that everyone hears how vulgar they are.
      Beto and the gun grabbers are causing a rise in gun sales, and they can’t figure out why.
      https://bigleaguepolitics.com/boom-arizona-gun-store-sells-out-of-ar-15s-after-offering-beto-special/

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  11. nwtex says:

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  12. David says:

    My American friends. Israel is going to elections on Tuesday. If you want to understand what’s going on I posted here the best and short video. As a note the chances for Netanyahu to win at this moment are 50/50. It’s unknown. Also the comment at the end of the video that “Most Israelis prefer a large coalition but without Bibi” is false. otherwise it’s a very good video.

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  13. G S says:

    I don’t know if someone posted this already, but inly today I watched the new Intellectual Froglegs.
    It’s great, but I.cried starting at 22:50…
    https://intellectualfroglegs.com/the-last-straw/

    https://intellectualfroglegs.com/

    The embedded video is here: https://dai.ly/x7kran3

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  14. David says:

    American friends. I posted here IDF (Israel Defense force soldiers) singing in a three hours break from battle against terrorists in Gaza. Notice the song is a praise to God and then main words that repeat are “He who believes is not afraid…” (“Mi shemamin lo mephahed”…)
    In every place, all the time
    Everyone, old and young alike, has
    Nice days and bad days
    And in between them is the answer to all questions

    There is one great G-d
    In this world, he gives us everything
    From darkness to light
    The path that we just have to choose
    And it is know that life is a gift
    Everything is foreseen and given
    He who believes is never afraid
    Of losing hope
    And we have the King of the Universe
    And he protects us from everyone
    This nation is a family
    Time and time again that is the secret to success
    The nation of Israel will not give up
    We will always remain on the map
    And it is know that life is a gift
    Everything is foreseen and given
    He who believes is never afraid…
    It is a great deed to be happy
    To always be happy
    He who believes is never afraid…

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    • GrandpaM says:

      Mi shemamin lo mephahed , my friend.

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    • P says:

      Amir Tsarfati: Why Should Christians Support Israel

      In Romans 3:3, the apostle Paul wrote the following about Israel: For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect?

      The early church understood the importance of caring for God’s covenant people. Today, the majority of Christians in the world are passive regarding God’s everlasting covenant with Israel, or worse, willfully rejecting it. Join Amir as he makes the case biblically as to why Christians should support Israel.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I’d say we support them as if the Moslem hordes destroy Israel it’s destroyed the seat of Judaism and that will embolden them to attack the more decentralized seats of Christianity…as they’ve been telling us all along they’re doing.

        We’ve seen ISIS massacre thousands of non-Moslems in their purge of non-
        Moslems as they advanced. This is second to them the Turkish-Moslem massacre of well over a million Christians over the last 100+ years – a persecution that’s still going on. The American progressives are even less interested today than they were over the last 100 years when it comes to defending religious groups, if it comes to Israel being crushed we’ll face not only the spawn of desert barbarity but those US prog elitists who waited until decades after the holocaust to decry the destruction of not only European Jewry but Eastern European Christianity.

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    • P says:

      Operation Exodus USA is a global community of Christians who pray, work and sow into the Father’s eternal plan to bring His children to Israel, the Land He promised them. OEUSA exists to assist Jewish people make Aliyah (immigrate to Israel) and encourages The Church (Christians) to help.

      https://operationexodususa.org

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    • Ploni says:

      Everything from God.
      Everything for God.
      Forever.

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  15. Dora says:

    Vincent van Gogh – Field with Poppies, 1890

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  16. just stevie says:

    WHAT TO RENOUNCE

    “But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty.” 2 Cor. iv. 2

    Have you “renounced the hidden things of dishonesty” – the things that your sense of honour will not allow to come to the light? You can easily hide them. Is there a thought in your heart about anyone which you would not like to be dragged into the light? Renounce it as soon as it springs up; renounce the whole thing until there is no hidden thing of dishonesty or craftiness about you. Envy, jealousy, strife – these things arise not necessarily from the disposition of sin, but from the make-up of your body which was used for this kind of thing in days gone by (see Romans vi. 19 and 1 Peter iv. 1-2). Maintain a continual watchfulness so that nothing of which you would be ashamed arises in your life.

    “Not walking in craftiness,” that is, resorting to what will carry your point. This is a great snare. You know that God will only let you work in one way, then be careful never to catch people the other way; God’s blight will be upon you if you do. Others are doing things which to you would be walking in craftiness, but it may not be so with them: God has given you another standpoint. Never blunt the sense of your Utmost for His Highest. For you to do a certain thing would mean the incoming of craftiness for an end other than the highest, and the blunting of the motive God has given you. Many have gone back because they are afraid of looking at things from God’s standpoint. The great crisis comes spiritually when a man has to emerge a bit farther on than the creed he has accepted.

    Oswald Chambers
    September 15th Devotional

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  17. Dora says:

    It’s only a Catholic Church, so nothing to see here.

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  18. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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    • Joe2pt.0 says:

      That the democrat party can still exist after being on the wrong side of history so many times is mystifying …and frightening. Who are these people?

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  19. Dora says:

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  20. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
    Philippians 1:6 (KJV)

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  21. Les Standard says:

    The party plan on the left is to encourage violence against Trump supporters directly. You will definitely see this by election day 2020. Families and friendships are now dead because of politics

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    • Pa Hermit says:

      Unbelievable, but a lot of truth here. Trump has finally driven a wedge in what’s left of the family. And here, all along, I thought it was just me. The Left has become unhinged and come a long long way towards the hate(?) of PDJT and us deplorables! It used to be just “don’t discuss politics at family gatherings,” and that has morphed into separation or isolation from the family that remains. Kind of sad in many ways!

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  22. thesavvyinvester says:

    A little off the topic if politics, but we need to have fun . Live Stream of the Reno Air Races. Today is the final rounds for the championships of the various categories.

    https://airrace.org/live-stream/

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  23. G S says:

    «Simon & Garfunkel – The Sounds of Silence»

    “Hello darkness, my old friend
    I’ve come to talk with you again
    Because a vision softly creeping
    Left its seeds while I was sleeping
    And the vision that was planted in my brain
    Still remains
    Within the sound of silence

    In restless dreams I walked alone
    Narrow streets of cobblestone
    ‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
    I turned my collar to the cold and damp
    When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
    That split the night
    And touched the sound of silence

    And in the naked light I saw
    Ten thousand people, maybe more
    People talking without speaking
    People hearing without listening
    People writing songs that voices never share
    No one dared
    Disturb the sound of silence

    ‘Fools’ said I, ‘You do not know
    Silence like a cancer grows
    Hear my words that I might teach you
    Take my arms that I might reach you’
    But my words like silent raindrops fell
    And echoed in the wells of silence

    And the people bowed and prayed
    To the neon god they made
    And the sign flashed out its warning
    In the words that it was forming

    And the sign said, ‘The words of the prophets
    Are written on the subway walls
    And tenement halls’
    And whispered in the sound of silence..”

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  24. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on God’s punishment of David for his adultery and murder (II Samuel 12):

    1. How God told David through the prophet Nathan that, as he had taken other men’s wives, his wives would be taken by other men.

    2. How his son would die.

    3. How the sword would not depart from his house. And this all came to pass.

    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 – September 2nd – on the traditional Orthodox Christian Church.

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  25. margarite1 says:

    A friend has left today for a 3 week trip to Europe starting with Germany. On his blog he posted this from René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke, a German poet – and I think it’s enchanting.

    God speaks to each of us before we are,
    Before he’s formed us — then, in cloudy speech,
    But only then, he speaks these words to each
    And silently walks with us from the dark:

    Driven by your senses, dare
    To the edge of longing. Grow
    Like a fire’s shadowcasting glare
    Behind assembled things, so you can spread
    Their shapes on me as clothes.
    Don’t leave me bare.

    Let it all happen to you: beauty and dread.
    Simply go — no feeling is too much —
    And only this way can we stay in touch.

    Near here is the land
    That they call Life.
    You’ll know when you arrive
    By how real it is.

    Give me your hand.

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  26. swampfox999 says:

    The following is a never Trumper business colleague’s view of the effect of the President’s tariff policy. What is he not seeing or how are problems he sees to be addressed?

    Bolsonaro has given the green light to burn down the Amazon. Slash and burn, which is what they’re doing, produces immensely fertile farm land & will allow them to produce at artificially low initial cost. Brazilian farmers will work for a fraction of a fraction of what American farmers can accept as minimum payment. Trump’s misguided tariffs have thrown Bolsonaro & Xi into bed together. If you think that America’s farmers are taking it on the chin look to the next 2 to 3 harvests. John Deere was upset over lost sales in USA they’ve made them up in Brazil.
    Look up Smithfield Foods, the largest pork processor in the world, once an American company now wholly owned by WH Group, i.e.: CCP, bought lock, stock & barrel in 2013. As of 2015 foreign owners owned 30 million acres of America’s farmland there are no Federal regulations whatsoever on foreign land acquisitions.
    Tell me, what happens to Chinese tariffs on Smithfield products when those products get to China or for that matter soybeans from ‘American farmlands’.

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  27. Dora says:

    They destroy everything they touch!

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  28. Sepp says:

    Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
    Orthodox Church Calendar

    The Gospel reading for the Divine Liturgy for today is from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew (21: 33-42) “The Stone Which the Builders Rejected” and the explanation of this Holy Scripture from Saint Theophylact Is shared at the following site.

    http://www.chrysostompress.org/c_13th_pentecost

    The Epistle reading for this day is from the First Epistle of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 16: 13-24. An excellent contemporary sermon on this Epistle is shared at the link below – “Quit You Like Men.” It is well worth the read.

    http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/frjames_quityou.aspx

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  29. David says:

    Something to laugh about:

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  30. Lucille says:

    “Border Patrol Agents Respond When Previously Deported Sex Offender Gets Lost In Desert And Dials 911”
    Posted September 14, 2019 by Alex Nitzberg
    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/alexnitzberg/2019/09/14/border-patrol-agents-respond-when-previously-deported-sex-offender-gets-lost-in-d-n2553102?utm

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  31. David says:

    Jerusalem, Western Wall in Yom Kipper (Day of atonement). The words are from the Bible and are beginning with praising God and continue with “We have sinned before you, have mercy on us God.

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  32. Ma McGriz says:

    Reality bites again.
    Gotta love it. Let the howling and screeching commence. Give the democrats another bunch of their herd in a melt-down- mode-stampede to ride herd on and try to corral.
    Even the craziest among them has to have water.
    Those old red-legged frog/save-the-smelt tricks won’t play anymore in california. Looks like the environmental left just made the endangered species list.

    Thank. you. Donald. Trump……you smart-thinking big ‘ol smarty-pants, you.

    https://news.yahoo.com/california-governor-plans-veto-environmental-024812737.html

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  33. P says:

    Welcome to the Western Wall! Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, the famous landmark welcomes millions of visitors each year. Take a tour of the Western Wall Plaza with EarthCam’s live view, thanks to Aish HaTorah.

    https://www.earthcam.com/world/israel/jerusalem/?cam=jerusalem

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  34. ganesh says:

    Next time President Trump has a chance to interact with Abilio James Acosta, he should ask him, “Jimmy, you are always going on about race this, racist that, downtrodden the other thing – so, tell me, other than the color of their skin (physical attribute), what is the difference between White people, Black people, and Yellow people?”

    Now that would be an interesting response!

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  35. The Third Man says:

    ‘WE CAN FIGHT AMERICANS FOR 100 YEARS,’ TALIBAN SAYS AFTER SCRAPPED PEACE TALKS
    And they can too…unless…ENOLA GAY.
    Many beautiful photos on the internet…better than new after 300,000 hours of restoration.
    “On July 26 the Allied leaders called for Japan to unconditionally surrender or face “prompt and utter destruction.”
    After Japan ignored the demand, the decision was made (by HST) to bomb Hiroshima.”
    A few days later Nagasaki met a similar fate.
    Japan, a great industrial power, surrendered unconditionally.
    So what’s up with the Taliban?

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    • “what’s up with the Taliban?” I don’t know, but we know that crazy group of people have been aided by Pakistan. Pakistan, I believe, is a nuclear power. It is just a matter of time before the nutcases in/near Pakistan try to empower the Taliban with a Bomb. My opinion.

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  36. Diane says:

    This is the first time I have posted anything. I just learned, that there is a real possibility that Trump might not be on the California ballot. Can this possibly ever happen? I cannot believe that some of the states are going against the Federal Government like this. Can they? Then I read, that they might make Trump show his tax returns. Why can’t Trump do an executive order. I heard he would sue. That could take forever.

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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. G S says:

    Hopefully RSBN will be back live for the President rally in NM!

    *tweet with a video:

    “After 300 million + views of President
    @realDonaldTrump
    rallies and 4 years following the rules on YouTube, our live streaming ability was taken away with no explanation. We have ZERO copyright or community violations on our account. We are shocked. Why,
    @YouTube?”
    #FreeRSBN

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  40. islandpalmtrees says:

    In search of the Memo sent to Flynn?

    Sir Mark Lyall Grant resigning from his role as national security adviser.

    The word in Whitehall is that the real reason for Sir Mark’s departure is his fondness for “mansplaining” to the ladies around him — which doesn’t go down too well when the Prime Minister is, you know, a woman.

    Former National Security Adviser Sir Mark Lyall Grant said today that he believed Mr Williamson would have been on the circulation list for the material from Sir Kim.

    ‘It didn’t go to such a wide circle of people so I hope it would be possible to identify (the leak source),’ he told Sky News.

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