Monday November 11th – 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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71 Responses to Monday November 11th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

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  2. DanDeplorable says:

    DAILY DEVOTIONAL, November 11, 2019

    Why Are We Here?

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Are All Believers Ambassadors?

    by Pastor Ricky Kurth

    “Someone suggested that only Paul and the other apostles were ambassadors, not all believers (II Cor. 5:20). True?”

    In Verse 18, Paul says, “God… hath reconciled us to Himself… and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” Here we see that the people who have been given the ministry of reconciliation are the same people who have been reconciled to God. This cannot be limited to Paul and other leaders; it must include all believers, for we have all been reconciled.

    Paul then defines the ministry of reconciliation as that which takes place when “ambassadors” say to the lost, “be ye reconciled to God” (v. 20). This means that the ambassadors proclaiming reconciliation in Verse 20 must consist of all the reconciled people who were given the ministry of reconciliation in Verse 18.

    This also points out that, while “the world” has been reconciled to God (v. 19), the unsaved have not been reconciled in the same sense as believers, or else they would also be Christ’s ambassadors. The reconciling of the world is that which God gave Jews and Gentiles corporately, once the Jews had been cast away (Rom. 11:15), just as the Gentiles had been at the Tower of Babel.

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  4. Lucille says:


    Asheville, NC…

    VA, West Los Angeles, CA…

    Northfield VA Clinic, Atlantic City, NJ…

    Iowa Veterans Home, Marshalltown, IA…

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    • Ray Runge says:

      Thank you for the post each Monday. You are in my thoughts as the week goes by and bench examples are presented.

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      • Lucille says:

        Thanks, Ray. Benches are comforting…not only those with a great view where we can see God’s beautiful creation spread out before us, but the benches in cities where we gather to see friends and newcomers and share a word or two, plus those benches which provide a rest for the weary in body and spirit.

        I think of the homeless veterans today, lost and alone on benches with all their worldly goods, and pray for those who see them…that they be inspired to offer a helping hand or a cup of coffee or a word of kindness. God bless them all.


    • amwick says:

      Beautiful… TY


  5. Garrison Hall says:

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  6. Lucille says:

    Boss Pays Off His Employee’s Mortgage So the Vietnam Vet Can Finally Retire
    By McKinley Corbley – Nov 7, 2019

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  7. citizen817 says:

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  8. Lucille says:

    The Most Beautiful Places in France (25 Photos)
    by CAITLIN MORTON – November 5, 2019
    Have you started packing your bags yet?

    Canal du Midi is a tree-lined, 150-mile-long waterway running from the city of Toulouse down to the Mediterranean…

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  9. Lucille says:

    Here’s how a new plan could help shore up finances of troubled enlisted retirement home
    By: Karen Jowers

    In a major step to address continuing funding shortfalls, officials at the Armed Forces Retirement Home have selected a team of Washington, D.C.-based real estate firms to develop nearly a third of the Washington-based property, to start generating millions of dollars in extra income.

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  10. old deplorable owl says:



  11. Dora says:

    Isaac Levitan – Sunny Autumn Day, 1897

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  12. LizzieinTexas says:

    Texas Advanced Directives Act. I had no idea thus existed. Apparently a “gift” from GWB (1999).

    Need to support Texas Right to Life and get this changed.

    “According to sources close to the case, the hospital panel did not cite a medical reason for denying treatment, but decided that, in their opinion, Lewis’ quality of life did not meet their threshold to continue treatment”

    I tried to find out if they removed her from life support yesterday but didn’t find anything.

    Please pray for this little blessing and her family.

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  13. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
    John 3:17 (KJV)

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  14. just stevie says:


    “Take now thy son…” Genesis xxii. 2

    God’s command is – Take NOW, not presently. It is extraordinary how we debate! We know a thing is right, but we try to find excuses for not doing it at once. To climb to the height God shows can never be done presently, it must be done now. The sacrifice is gone through in will before it is performed actually.

    “And Abraham rose up early in the morning…and went unto the place of which God had told him” (v.3). The wonderful simplicity of Abraham! When God spoke, he did not confer with flesh and blood. Beware when you want to confer with flesh and blood, i.e.., your own sympathies, your own insight, anything that is not based on your personal relationship to God. These are the things that compete with and hinder obedience to God.

    Abraham did not choose the sacrifice. Always guard against self-chosen service for God; self-sacrifice may be a disease. If God has made your cup sweet, drink it with grace; if He has made it bitter, drink it in communion with Him. If the providential order of God for you is a hard time of difficulty, go through with it, but never choose the scene of your martyrdom. God chose the crucible for Abraham, and Abraham made no demur; he went steadily through. If you are not living in touch with Him, it is easy to pass a crude verdict on God. You must go through the crucible before you have any right to pronounce a verdict, because in the crucible you learn to know God better. God is working for His highest ends until His purpose and man’s purpose become one.

    Oswald Chambers
    November 11th Devotional

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  15. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  16. @ChicagoBri says:

    #Chiraq: Kids, some only 10-years-old, join weekend shoplifting mobs

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  17. ZurichMike says:

    Happy St. Martin’s Day!

    Weird custom in Sursee (Canton Lucerne) where you are blindfolded, done a cape and sun mask, and are turned around a few times to lose your orientation, and then you try to cut down a dead goose with one swipe of a dull blade. Kind of like a macabre Mexican piñata, I guess.

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    • Janie M. says:

      Awww, ZM, poor goose. 😢


    • czarowniczy says:

      Don’t let that celebration get too well known, New Orleans may decide it’s yet another opportunity to stage a fest to draw tourists. Might have to change it up a bit though, we could get a blindfolded hopped-up local thug to pop a cap into a golden goose and tax dollars would fall out. In truth that’s not a rare happening but since we can’t seem to stop it at least we could make a few bucks off of it.

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  18. TMonroe says:

    “If you’re walking through the woods and you hear a series of snorts, wheezes and grunts, it’s time to get out of dodge. In all likelihood, you’re about to cross paths with a full-grown buck sporting a head full of antlers and a chip on his shoulder for any other animal in his territory.”

    “A guide published by Whitetails Unlimited explains what the noise means. “This call is a grunt-snort coupled with a drawn-out wheezing expulsion or air through pinched nostrils. A grunt-snort-wheeze is the most threatening call of bucks and is often followed by antler rush,” the guide reads.”

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  19. Jimmy Jack says:

    Levinson was most likely involved in running weapons ratlines on Kish Island. That’s the need for secrecy. George Webb has spoken about this firs few years now and said he was alive long before this report came out. There are probably YouTube videos of it for anyone interested.

    The fact he was not handed over when Obama gave pallets of billions in cash to the Iranians speaks to what interests in the US gov want FBI’s silenced.


  20. czarowniczy says:

    The Lakeview area of New Orleans is a particularly bucks-down area of the city, newer and very expensive housing. For the last year or so the residents have dealt with marauding bands of thugs who’ve broken windows on the residents’ cars and stolen things left inside. The thugs have been caught on surveillance video numerous times, they are frequently visibly armed and seem to go from house to house targeting vehicles parked on the street or in driveways. The targeted vehicles are expensive and local glaziers are doing a gangbuster business.

    Local police are offering such helpful advice as ‘don’t leave anything inside of your vehicle’ and ‘don’t try to stop the thugs, just cal 911’. As response time for these types of attacks is measured in hours, a lotta hours, residents are understandably…upset. Now, after the latest uptick in smashed windows, they have new advice for the residents: ‘ leave your car doors unlocked so there’s a lesser chance of the thugs breaking your windows in the need to get in’. Wonder if they also told the residents that were they to leave their car doors unlocked they should check their backseat area to make sure the thugs aren’t in there hiding and waiting for them.

    Even if the thugs are caught – and NOPD’s forbidden to chase them unless they’ve committed a violent felony – the judges tend to give them a slap on the wrist as the courts can’t deal with the flood of violent juvenile thugs shooting up/robbing the city. I’m waiting for a Lakeview resident to confront and blow away one of these thugs and get his/herself in a world of hurts. You’ll see some court action then.

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    • Wow, you would only get liberal city people to meekly follow this kind of advice.

      Try telling owners of vehicles in rural areas in any state to leave them in a situation where criminals can take what they want and you must stand by and watch.

      Just try it.

      You would see a lot more than just court action.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Yup, the crops would be comin’ up jes a wee bit more greener in some spot.

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        • Ok, that made me laugh!

          Lots of places to bury the troublemakers out here and no cameras and no one always watching like in the city.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            I have have two kids, three grandkids and two great grandkids who live in the Front Range and are constantly complaining about the ‘goings on’. I tell ’em that we don’t have the custom coffee here and we’re really short on craft breweries but folks are polite and you sure as hell don’t dare try and steal anything inside the fence if you value your health.

            A few years back some thugs followed a woman home some 22+ miles. As she pulled into her driveway the thugs pulled in only to find she already had her gun out and the SO was on the way. They were lucky she was feeling Christian that day.

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            • Front Range can be trouble with a capital T these days.

              We have two kids and eight grand kids who live near there.

              They work in Denver and Fort Collins but live outside the cities so are spared the crap.

              But still.

              We do not even lock our doors here if we are only going to be gone a few hours.

              None of the outbuildings are locked.

              As your story points out having a reputation as many rural folk do of blowing people away just saves every one a lot of trouble in the long run.

              They do not even think about trying to steal from us and we do not have to think about shooting or not shooting them.

              Good luck to your kids, grand kids and great grand kids.

              (And we even have a farmer who has stared a very nice little custom craft brewery just down the road.)

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              • czarowniczy says:

                We’re about 60 miles north of NOLA and there are many NOLA ex-psats here. NOLA did the pooch in Katrina when the city here opened its parking areas (OK, it allowed them to ‘park’ for a few hours until the storm blew over) and they camped out rather than move north. The mess left behind was huge. Now when there’s an evac due to a storm the SO and PD block the off ramps, allowing only people with local addresses on their DLs to enter.

                Our SO knows that with a large land area and a smallish SO response times can be great – when my wife broke her knee it took 20 minutes for the volunteer FD to get here
                (they’re about 7 miles away) and the ambulance couldn’t make it for at least another 40 minutes. We did a ‘load-and-run’ but you can see that this far out we have to look out for ourselves. It takes city folk a while to get used to it but once they do they’re comfortable with it – or they move.

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                • We also look out for ourselves.

                  When I have more time I will tell you how we got my nephew down off the mountain when he broke his leg snowmobiling.

                  The road in front of our place is paved and the country does a pretty good job of caring for it.

                  Plowing it in winter, cutting weeds and grass on the edge in summer etc.

                  One thing that the county does get a wee bit behind on is filling pot holes.

                  But instead of complaining and calling and writing letters to the county the farmers along the road just fill the pot holes in themselves.

                  It is easier to to it ourselves than to try and get the government to fix it we all say.

                  You probably know what I mean.

                  As you say it takes city folk a while to get use to it and they either pitch in, or leave.

                  Most rural areas, no matter what state, are a lot alike.

                  Best place in the world to live in.

                  ( Hope your wife is Ok now!)

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              • czarowniczy says:

                BTW, one of my sons was a brewer at the Sandlot when it first opened and at H. C. Berger before it closed. The only thing I miss about Denver is the selection of beers. Oh yeah…Phantom Canyon in the Springs…(Homer Simpson gurgling noise).

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                • Lots of beautiful mountain country here.

                  I have only been through your beautiful state once a long time ago.

                  Went right through New Orleans and thought the area was just beautiful and amazing.

                  I was born and raised in the southern Arizona desert and when we went through your lovely state when I was a girl I was amazed at how much water there was every where.

                  I also liked New Orleans, so different than the Mexican feel (which I also like) of southern Arizona where I was raised.

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    • Pale rider says:

      Sounds like our immigration system.

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  21. Diverting to politics
    NYT and MSN throw OBAMA under the bus to defend Biden?

    What Joe Biden Actually Did in Ukraine
    Glenn Thrush and Kenneth P. Vogel

    When Russia invaded Ukraine in early 2014, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. pressed President Barack Obama to take decisive action, and fast, to make Moscow “pay in blood and money” for its aggression. The president, a Biden aide recalled, was having none of it.

    Mr. Biden worked Mr. Obama during their weekly private lunches, imploring him to increase lethal aid, backing a push to ship FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles to Kiev. The president flatly rejected the idea and dispatched him to the region as an emissary, cautioning him “about not overpromising to the Ukrainian government,” Mr. Biden would later write in a memoir.


  22. Dawn says:

    You probably know but just in case.
    Thought you all should ck Sunday with Charles Ortell. Says Charles McCullough III (IG Intel) who triggered investigation into HRC, is now with the law firm with Mark Ziad defending the 2 fake whistleblowers. Starts about 43:33 id you don’t want to watch the beginning.
    Thanks for all you do!


  23. Dora says:

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  24. Janie M. says:

    This does NOT bode well. I’m sure it pleases China. They are creating willing present and future drug addicts. Hasn’t it been discovered that it is shipping massive amounts of these drugs into the U.S.?

    High numbers of youth report using prescription opioids in the past year
    Results from national survey on drug use and health for 2015-2016

    Date: November 8, 2019

    Source: Boston Children’s Hospital

    Summary: A new analysis of US data finds an unexpectedly high prevalence of prescription opioid use among youth. As recently as 2015-2016, 21% of adolescents and 32% of young adults said they had used these drugs in the past year. Nearly 4 percent and 8 percent, respectively, reported misusing opioids.

    Of youth who reported misusing prescription opioids, 57 percent were obtaining them from friends or relatives (often for free, sometimes bought or stolen) versus only 25 percent from healthcare providers.

    “In previous studies in adults, opioids were more commonly obtained from a physician,” Hudgins says. “Our findings show that the focus of prevention and treatment should include close friends and family members of adolescents and young adults, not simply prescribers.”

    Respondents who misused opioids, particularly the young adults, often reported having used other substances (cocaine, 36 percent; hallucinogens, 49 percent; heroin, 9 percent; inhalants, 30 percent). At least half had used tobacco, alcohol, or cannabis in the past month.

    More at:


  25. Dora says:


  26. Jaap Titulaer says:

    Important tweet & related thread.

    Note that Ciaramella actually chaired the meeting where the UA was demanded, for the first time, to drop prosecutor Shokin, as a condition for the IMF $1 billion loan. You know the very same thing that Biden forced the UA to do in order to get the Burisma investigation dropped!

    Related thread


  27. Jason Ross says:

    The video is already making the rounds on social media… well except this part….

    “Foster admits he began cursing at the officer and uttered homophobic slurs, some too explicit to put on the air.”


  28. 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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  29. 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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