Friday September 27th – 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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91 Responses to Friday September 27th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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  2. Julia Adams says:

    God, almighty Father, we pray and ask you to please Bless and protect President Donald Trump.

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    What’s Behind Our Moral Decline?

    One does not have to be a prude to conclude that our country is suffering a serious moral decline. Our rulers and law enforcement agencies seem powerless to cope with it. Campaigns to check it seem vain. J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI warned us again and again that the alarming rate of this downward trend would spell ruin for America if not checked soon. But what most people fail to realize is that behind this moral decline there is a spiritual decline. America has departed from God and His Word.

    Paul’s letter to the Romans tells us how the heathen got that way. Rom. 1:21,22 says: “When they knew God they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise they became fools,” and the verses that follow tell how God finally had to “give them up” to “uncleanness” and “vile affections”–all because “they did not like [wish] to retain God in their knowledge” (Ver. 28).

    St. Paul further describes them in Eph. 4:17-19, as walking “in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who being past feeling [conscience] have given themselves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” This, sad to say, is an accurate description of increasing numbers in America today. They are throwing off restraint and going after uncleanness “with greediness.”

    But this is not liberty, it is enslavement. It is not a sign of strength, but of weakness. It does not indicate superior intelligence, but grossest ignorance, and is the result of alienation from God.

    How much better off are those who have come to know God through Christ! Of these the Apostle says:

    “And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled, in the body of His flesh, through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreprovable in His sight” (Col. 1:21,22).

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/whats-behind-our-moral-decline/

    Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
    22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

    28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

    Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
    18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
    19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

    Colossians 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
    22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

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  4. Garrison Hall says:

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  5. citizen817 says:

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  6. Motzilla says:

    I’m just gonna drop this here. kthxbye!

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  7. 2Alpha says:

    I like words. I think everybody likes words. I speak the English language so I use a lot of English words. Sometimes I incorporate a foreign language word here and there, especially if it’s in the common lexicon. There’s a great word –Lexicon!
    Anyway, I want to talk about a specific word and how it’s pronounced. That word is MEME.

    It seems the word meme was coined back in 1976 and defined as “a unit of cultural transmission.“ OK then.

    Wikipedia says – “A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices, that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme.”

    But let’s not get carried away here. How is it pronounced?

    The dictionary says it’s pronounced like ‘MEEM’, with a long ‘e’, so Meeeem.
    But that can’t be right, can it?

    A 3 letter word with one E, like HEM is pronounced with a short E- like ‘eh’… And 4 letter word with a vowel then a consonant then another vowel is a carryover from another language. Those kinds of words are often used with diacritical marks, such as the acute (‘) to describe inflection of some sort. Like MEME’ would be pronounced, Mem-eh. But this is a 4 letter word with 2 vowels separated by a consonant. So is it even English?

    I don’t speak a foreign language and I can’t find where any (acute) is used, so, I think it should be pronounced like HEM. So it’s a MEM(short E). There.

    Besides, I like making MEMs. They’re full of information and data and they can be a feast for the eyes. MEMs can say with pictures what words often can’t say.

    So, I’m calling them MEMs from now on.
    To hell with social convention, political correctness or whatever it’s called.

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    • EV22 says:

      Hi A2, Wikipedia may not be the best source. But to each his own. 😉
      P.S. Thanks again for all your posts on China/Hong Kong.
      https://www.etymonline.com/word/meme

      meme (n.)

      “an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture,” 1976, introduced by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in “The Selfish Gene,” coined by him from Greek sources, such as mimeisthai “to imitate” (see mime (n.)), and intended to echo gene.

      “We need a name for the new replicator, a noun that conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation. ‘Mimeme’ comes from a suitable Greek root, but I want a monosyllable that sounds a bit like ‘gene’. I hope my classicist friends will forgive me if I abbreviate mimeme to meme. If it is any consolation, it could alternatively be thought of as being related to ‘memory’, or to the French word même. It should be pronounced to rhyme with ‘cream’.” [Richard Dawkins, “The Selfish Gene,” 1976]

      Digital Age sense of “an image or snippet of video or text considered witty or incisive that is spread widely and rapidly by internet users” is by 1997.

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    • bessie2003 says:

      You say tomato, I say tomahto 🙂

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    • jbt says:

      I always thought it was from the French word for ‘same’ (pronounced like HEM, by the way),

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  8. citizen817 says:

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  9. nwtex says:

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  10. flame says:

    Former Mitt Romney Adviser Sits on Burisma Board of Directors (Ukraine)
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/09/26/former-mitt-romney-adviser-sits-on-burisma-board-of-directors/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR1KTYkYlbaGTcLMN9fvKCYcuG4C-_5f3l5Y3TRB4n3bQS74byqlisSkox8
    No wonder Mitt is so sympathetic toward Biden and his son! Just follow the money and you won’t have to wonder!

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  11. A2 says:

    Prayers.

    In other news from UNGA. President Trump led the meeting on religious freedom. It’s all connected

    “China is harvesting thousands of human organs from its Uighur Muslim minority, UN human-rights body hears

    The UN Human Rights Council heard on Tuesday that China is engaged in widespread harvesting of human organs from persecuted religious and ethnic minorities.

    The China Tribunal made the accusation at the council’s meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. It said Uighur Muslims and the Falun Gong religious group were affected.

    The China Tribunal is a group backed by an Australian human rights charity that’s investigating the issue.

    A lawyer for the group said China was “cutting out the hearts and other organs from living, blameless, harmless, peaceable people,” describing the situation as an atrocity.

    China has denied large-scale harvesting of organs. It has acknowledged using executed prisoners’ organs in the past but says it stopped in 2015, according to Reuters.”

    https://amp.insider.com/china-harvesting-organs-of-uighur-muslims-china-tribunal-tells-un-2019-9?__twitter_impression=true

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  12. A2 says:

    👇👇👇
    “Democracy Activist Who Called For Chinese President’s Resignation Dies in Police Custody

    Wang Meiyu had repeatedly called for democratic elections and the resignation of China’s president and premier.

    A rights activist who called publicly for the resignation of Chinese president Xi Jinping has died in a police-run detention center in the central province of Hunan, rights groups said.

    “When I saw his body, it was like another person; he was totally unrecognizable,” Cao said. “They wouldn’t let me take my cell phone in with me, and there were a lot of police officers there with us, and they stopped me from getting too close”
    https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/activist-death-09242019134327.html/ampRFA?__twitter_impression=true

    US response

    China Commission
    @CECCgov
    #WangMeiyu died in detention in #Hunan province after being charged for demanding universal suffrage. Wang reportedly shackled to a metal chair and beaten during detention. Chairs seek a full & transparent investigation into his death.

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  13. nwtex says:

    Well, that’s a “no-thinker”.

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  14. Dora says:

    Briton Riviere – Sympathy, ca. 1878

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  15. Dora says:

    Briton Riviere, Sympathy, ca. 1878

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  16. Jase says:

    My superannuation fund wrote to me recently to update me on of the things it is doing to help fight climate change; things like not investing funds in coal companies.
    I wrote back and suggested that as were all going to die in 11.5 years, it should give me access to my superannuation now, so I could enjoy my last few years on a doomed planet.
    For some reason they said ‘no’.

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  17. nwtex says:

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  18. getfitnow says:

    FTA – Dear Democrats, I’m mad at you. I was raised a die-hard, bleeding-heart liberal. My grandmother was an Irish Catholic New Englander who worshipped JFK almost as much as Jesus. My dad and his nine siblings sang for the Kennedys at Hammersmith Farm.

    For decades, I was a loyal regular at your bar until suddenly you started ignoring me. You took my support for granted and dismissed my concerns, focusing instead on courting the young city hipsters with their scooters and their designer weed and their craft beers. You began overlooking pragmatic moderates and catering to loud extremists who favor rewriting the Constitution and accelerating our lurch towards socialism.
    https://spectator.us/open-letter-democratic-party/

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  19. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”
    Matthew 6:20 (KJV)

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  20. just stevie says:

    THE “GO” OF RENUNCIATION

    “Lord, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest.” Luke ix. 57

    Our Lord’s attitude to this man is one of severe discouragement because He knew what was in man. We would have said – “Fancy losing the opportunity of winning that man!” Fancy bringing about him a north wind that froze him and “turned him away discouraged!” Never apologize for your Lord. The words of the Lord hurt and offend until there is nothing left to hurt or offend. Jesus Christ has no tenderness whatever toward anything that is ultimately going to ruin a man in the service of God. Our Lord’s answers are based not on caprice, but on a knowledge of what is in man. If the Spirit of God brings to your mind a word of the Lord that hurts you, you may be sure that there is something He wants to hurt to death.

    v. 58. These words knock the heart out of serving Jesus Christ because it is pleasing to me. The rigor of rejection leaves nothing but my Lord, and myself, and a forlorn hope. “Let the hundredfold come or go, your lodestar must be your relationship to Me, and I have nowhere to lay My head.”

    v. 59. This man did not want to disappoint Jesus, nor to hurt his father. We put sensitive loyalty to relatives in place of loyalty to Jesus Christ and Jesus has to take the last place. In a conflict of loyalty, obey Jesus Christ at all cost.

    v. 61. The one who says – “Yes, Lord, but…” is the one who is fiercely ready, but never goes. This man had one or two reservations. The exacting call of Jesus Christ has no margin of good-byes, because good-bye, as it is often used, is pagan, not Christian. When once the call of God comes, begin to go and never stop going.

    Oswald Chambers
    September 27th Devotional

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  21. Dora says:

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  22. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  23. Dora says:

    Pretty Amazing!

    ====

    The History Behind the Secret Celtic Tree Cross Hidden in an Irish Forest

    “Liam created that and gave the gift of that to the rest of us, and we’re going to appreciate that for the next 60 or 70 years.”

    https://www.ucatholic.com/blog/secret-celtic-tree-cross-hidden-in-an-irish-forest/

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  24. Gary Lacey says:

    With Crowdstrike back in the news, why didn’t the FBI take control of that server…..was it because the Democrats pulled a Ukrainian threat on the FBI?
    Did the FBI murder Seth Rich? Or did the FBI call in the CIA to do the hit?

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    • SwampRatTerrier says:

      FBI was already evil and corrupted.

      So that’s like asking why didn’t Hilary Clinton self-report to jail upon her first crime as governor’s wife in Arkansas.

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  25. Miles says:

    Immediately after the President mentioned Crowdstrike, he said, “i guess you have one of your weathy people…” then mentions the missing DNC server. Any thought who this wealthy Ukranian might be?

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  26. SwampRatTerrier says:

    September 27, 2019
    As Biden falters, Hillary attacks Trump and positions herself to enter presidential race
    By Thomas Lifson

    Hillary Clinton remains shackled to her lust for power and revenge, and now is signaling that she may enter the Democrats’ presidential contest when ex-Vice President Joe Biden withdraws and serves as the fall-guy for Ukraine’s collusion with her 2016 presidential campaign. She realizes that her party’s frenzy to unseat President Trump will consume the ambition of the hapless halfwit to gain the Oval Office that rightfully belongs to her, as his familial dirty laundry is aired in an effort to find Trump impeachment fodder in Ukraine.

    Hillary is not committing to the race, but keeping that option very open. It is evident from her latest video statement that a lot of work has gone into her appearance recently, with her face losing the bloat that had recently developed from her chardonnay guzzling, and her hair style and outfit looking business-like

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  27. G S says:

    Joe Biden lied … from 1987:
    «Biden Admits Enhancing School Record
    SEP. 22, 1987
    12 AM»

    “WASHINGTON — Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), his presidential campaign already stumbling because of admissions of plagiarism, acknowledged Monday that he embellished his academic record in impromptu remarks during an appearance in New Hampshire last April.
    However, Biden denied that his remarks–captured on a videotape at a coffee klatch in Claremont, N. H., April 7–represented a wholesale fudging of his college and law school record.

    But once again, as he has twice before in the last 10 days, Biden had to acknowledge that a news report raising an embarrassing matter from the past was essentially correct. Previously, he admitted having plagiarized a paper while a law school student and, in recent campaign appearances, used quotations from other politicians to spice up his speeches, sometimes without giving credit to the authors.“

    https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1987-09-22-mn-9640-story.html

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  28. dogsmaw says:

    Whatcha think…

    This

    or this

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  29. dogsmaw says:

    https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/32385/best-lemonade-ever/

    Is this how to make lemonade outta lemons?
    Lemon Slayer
    @LemonSlayerUS

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  30. dogsmaw says:

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  32. SwampRatTerrier says:

    Live: Trump delivers remarks at a Hispanic Heritage Month Reception

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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. Sepp says:

    The Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

    This Feast is celebrated today – September 14th on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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    • Sepp says:

      Feast of the Elevation if the Precious and Life-giving Cross

      Dismissal Hymn

      Save, O Lord, Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victory over adversaries. And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.

      Kontakion
      O Thou Who wast lifted up willingly on the Cross, bestow Thy mercies upon the new Nation called after Thee, Christ God; gladden with Thy power our faithful hierarchs, granting them victory over all heresy. May they have as Thy help in war the Weapon of peace, the invincible Trophy.

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