Thursday November 28th – 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. Garrison Hall says:

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  2. Lucille says:

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING CURSDAY…

    Dog Cooks Thanksgiving Dinner: Funny Dog Maymo Makes Turkey Recipe

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Leave the Landmarks Alone!

    By Pastor Ricky Kurth

    “Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the Lord thy God giveth thee to possess it” (Deut. 19:14).

    A “landmark” is a mark that designates where your land ends and your neighbor’s land begins. Modern surveyors drive a metal rod into the ground to separate and distinguish property, but ancient landmarks often consisted of a stone that could be removed by someone wishing to encroach upon his neighbor’s land. God pronounced a “curse” upon any man who would dare to so mistreat his fellow-Hebrew (Deut. 27:17). This was because after God divided up the Promised Land amongst the children of Israel in the Book of Joshua, He commanded them that it not be sold (Lev. 25:23; Num. 36:7). This is why Naboth refused to sell his land to Ahab (I Kings 21:1-3). Naboth wasn’t being stubborn or disrespectful to his king, he was being faithful to the Law of his God (cf. Ezek. 46:18).

    Landmarks to this day continue to mark where your land ends and your neighbor’s land begins. However, today we also have certain societal landmarks that God has to help us distinguish between right and wrong. For instance, for thousands of years, mankind clearly understood where to draw the line between right and wrong when it came to the subject of abortion. Then in 1973, our Supreme Court removed the landmark when they legalized abortion, and we have been living with the holocaustic consequences of this “landmark decision” ever since. Now societal surveyors are taking aim at yet another God-given landmark, the definition of marriage that limits it to the bond that can only exist between a man and a woman in the eyes of God.

    Such landmarks also exist in the spiritual realm of Bible doctrine. The historic fundamentals of the faith that define Christianity have for centuries helped God’s people determine where truth ends and error begins. These spiritual landmarks are always under attack, and the day in which we live is no exception. To counter this trend that was present even in his own day, the Apostle Paul challenged young Timothy:

    “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus” (II Tim. 1:13).

    While we should always be open to receiving new understanding from God’s Word “with all readiness of mind” (Acts 17:10,11), we must “prove all things” and “hold fast” only “that which is good” (I Thes. 5:21). We have a rich “inheritance” in Christ (Eph. 1:11,14) that these landmark doctrines serve to protect. Let’s work together to preserve them!

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/leave-the-landmarks-alone/

    Deuteronomy 19:14 Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it.

    Deuteronomy 27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour’s landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen.

    Leviticus 25:23 The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.

    Numbers 36:7 So shall not the inheritance of the children of Israel remove from tribe to tribe: for every one of the children of Israel shall keep himself to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers.

    1 Kings 21:1 And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.
    2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.
    3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.

    Ezekiel 46:18 Moreover the prince shall not take of the people’s inheritance by oppression, to thrust them out of their possession; but he shall give his sons inheritance out of his own possession: that my people be not scattered every man from his possession.

    2 Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

    Acts 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
    11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

    1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

    Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: …
    … 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

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  4. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy Cursday, Treepers. Here’s a story about a remarkable puppy rescue by some truly wonderful people. When you see people doing things like this it’s a good affirmation that there is still hope in the world . . .

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  5. DanDeplorable says:

    “I will praise…”

    previous

    Are You a Good Person?

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  6. citizen817 says:

    A wonderful message from Ben Carson

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    • Super Elite Lt. Col. Covfefe999 says:

      Wow, that’s a fantastic compact speech to introduce the President! Just perfect, packed full of great thought-provoking messages. Blacks have historically been pitted against each other, and probably purposefully so. The video was published on Nov 12, any idea what the event was?

      4:10 If he’s a racist, he’s an awfully bad one. (laughing) He needs to go get a lessson from the real racists, the people who look at somebody like you and me and they say because your skin is a certain color you have to think a certain way, and if you don’t there’s something wrong with you and they start calling you names, those are the real racists.

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  7. citizen817 says:

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  8. Dora says:

    Helen Farr Sloan – “59th Street, New York City,” (1930)

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  9. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.”
    Psalms 5:11 (KJV)

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  10. dogsmaw says:

    There’s a Kind of Hush

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  11. Dora says:

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    • Just CC says:

      GOOD ,GOOD , GOOD for them ,
      To finally stand up and take a stand for righteousness…..
      I’m sick of being kicked while down and weak….
      I just hope y’all can feel my frustrations…

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  12. Dora says:

    A happy day at the zoo. 🙂

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  13. just stevie says:

    THE BOUNTY OF THE DESTITUTE

    “Being justified freely by His grace…” Romans iii. 24

    The Gospel of the grace of God awakens an intense longing in human souls and an equally intense resentment, because the revelation which it brings is not palatable. There is a certain pride in man that will give and give, but to come and accept is another thing. I will give my life to martyrdom, I will give myself in consecration, I will do anything, but do not humiliate me to the level of the most hell-deserving sinner and tell me that all I have to do is to accept the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

    We have to realize that we cannot earn or win anything from God; we must either receive it as a gift or do without it. The greatest blessing spiritually is the knowledge that we are destitute; until we get there Our Lord is powerless. He can do nothing for us if we think we are sufficient of ourselves, we have to enter into His Kingdom through the door of destitution. As long as we are rich, possessed of anything in the way of pride or independence, God cannot do anything for us. It is only when we get hungry spiritually that we receive the Holy Spirit. The gift of the essential nature of God is made effectual in us by the Holy Spirit, He imparts to us the quickening life of Jesus, which puts “the beyond” within, and immediately “the beyond” has come within, it rises up to “the above,” and we are lifted into the domain where Jesus lives. (John iii.5)

    Oswald Chambers
    November 28th Devotional

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    • Pale rider says:

      I used to wonder what the apple was that was in the garden, what it represented. I see it, It’s right there in us, we get up each day and look in our hearts and see it but it is so familiar we can’t see it. Or maybe closer to that truth we deceive ourselves, of course with help. At least we believe it’s not all our own, how can a defeated enemy engage if he is defeated?? Led through all of eternity in a procession by Christ himself to show his triumph over satan?
      I say embrace that moment and look directly into it, our fall, denounce its lie and grasp God with all your heart. It can’t hurt us only if we resist.
      I liken the difference to a horrible storm and standing just outside a door knowing all things good are inside but because your pride must be left outside where it belongs, you WILL not go inside. Curl under God’s warm blanket, eat all you want, and enjoy all heaven has to offer, all provision. That’s our place!
      Matt 18:3 “come to me as little children” a child wouldn’t even hesitate.

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  14. dogsmaw says:

    #CMAawards
    “Women Of Country Performance” | Live from CMA Awards 2019

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  15. WeeWeed says:

    Happy Thanksgiving infidels!

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  16. Super Elite Lt. Col. Covfefe999 says:

    I thought the dress Chicago’s FOX32 traffic girl had on yesterday was bad, today one of the news hosts is wearing something even more scandalous. This is so demeaning to women. The guys wear suits, why can’t the women wear suits too? Roseanne Tellez’s purple dress is OK but still unprofessional. Is FOX making them dress like this??

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  17. Dora says:

    It’s On!

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  18. Ken Maritch says:

    Prayer request please.
    My brother in law moved in with us 2 weeks ago (hospice.)
    Today looks like the day he goes home to our Father.

    4 weeks ago he was working.
    He is only 59.

    F Cancer!

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  19. Totally buried in snow in Logan Utah.🥶

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  20. owtolunch says:

    They don’t even wait for the new year…. Bloomberg funding new gun laws in Virginia… Is this going to be the first battleground?

    Virginia Senate Bill No. 64: Declaring Tactical Training Illegal

    SENATE BILL NO. 64
    Offered January 8, 2020
    Prefiled November 21, 2019
    A BILL to amend and reenact § 18.2-433.2 of the Code of Virginia, relating to paramilitary activities; penalty.

    ———-
    Patron– Lucas
    ———-
    Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
    ———-
    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That § 18.2-433.2 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

    § 18.2-433.2. Paramilitary activity prohibited; penalty.

    A person shall be is guilty of unlawful paramilitary activity, punishable as a Class 5 felony if he:

    1. Teaches or demonstrates to any other person the use, application, or making of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, knowing or having reason to know or intending that such training will be employed for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder; or

    2. Assembles with one or more persons for the purpose of training with, practicing with, or being instructed in the use of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, intending to employ such training for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder; or

    3. Assembles with one or more persons with the intent of intimidating any person or group of persons by drilling, parading, or marching with any firearm, any explosive or incendiary device, or any components or combination thereof.

    2. That the provisions of this act may result in a net increase in periods of imprisonment or commitment. Pursuant to § 30-19.1:4 of the Code of Virginia, the estimated amount of the necessary appropriation cannot be determined for periods of imprisonment in state adult correctional facilities; therefore, Chapter 854 of the Acts of Assembly of 2019 requires the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission to assign a minimum fiscal impact of $50,000. Pursuant to § 30-19.1:4 of the Code of Virginia, the estimated amount of the necessary appropriation cannot be determined for periods of commitment to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Yeah, it’s Bloomberg testing his 2020 platform. He’s already testing it by buying the Virginia gubernatorial, a number of the legislative and judicial elections this fall. He picked Virginia, I’m told, as it was teetering on the blue/red line and he’s looking for ways to draw less conservative and center-to-leftish grey area voters to him. It worked.

      I don’t sweat the militia law, many states have anti-militia laws on the books, they just are buried as they don’t come up that often. Thing is you have to parse the wording; is it a militia group or a reenactor group? Are they teaching offensive actions or defensive use of a firearm to defend self and family? The prosecutors parse one way, defense another. They were made to prevent those private armies that sprang up a century or more ago – and some since – so the drafters didn’t consider the creative uses they’d later be put to. Is the Nation of Islam’s registered private security force, and a number of Moslem one here or in the making, private armies or state-registered security services for hire?

      I see Bloomberg introducing the law in its more defensible form and once the 800-pound gorilla’s in the room the fine tuning and amending can begin in private.

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      • Boots says:

        (1) This law from a pos imposter human that has 24/7 armed guards with legal authority to shoot to kill. If there ever is a civil war I’m guessing lots and lots of people will remember those who introduced and voted for crap like this.

        (2) Federal law allows one to make their own firearm, subject to certain provisions. VA will need some damn good reasons for nullifying federal law (esquires, counselors, attorneys jump in if I’m wrong). FAQ from BATFE website:

        Q: Does the GCA prohibit anyone from making a handgun, shotgun or rifle?

        With certain exceptions a firearm may be made by a non-licensee provided it is not for sale and the maker is not prohibited from possessing firearms. However, a person is prohibited from assembling a non-sporting semi-automatic rifle or non-sporting shotgun from imported parts. In addition, the making of an NFA firearm requires a tax payment and approval by ATF. An application to make a machine gun will not be approved unless documentation is submitted showing that the firearm is being made for a Federal or State agency.

        [18 U.S.C. 922(o) and (r), 26 U.S.C. 5822, 27 CFR 478.39, 479.62 and 479.105]

        (3) In essence, anyone not prohibited from owning a firearm may make any firearm they want except NFA weapons, and except weapons prohibited by the state in which they reside. So FU again bloompunk.

        (4) They want to outlaw firearms training because they’re afraid we’ll do to them what the founders intended us to do to them, using what the founders acknowledges as a God given right to keep, bear, and use arms.

        (5) There’s no prohibition on training and education in how to contain civil unrest, or protect one’s community, one’s family, and one’s self, from harm during the same.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          New Jersey’s already outlawed ghost guns, also won’t allow those devices such as the Ghost Gunner CNC milling machine to be sold in or brought into NJ, that’s going to be the test case. Washington state has outlawed the Polymer 80 lowers and California now demands 80% receivers be serialized and builds comply with California state law.

          As I said, it’s in the parsing of the law. The somewhat innocuous law may well pass with minimal resistance but it’s the later fine tuning through legislation buried in other legislation and judges’ decision on the laws applicability that will make the final shaping

          The state may make any law it wants, it’s up to the judiciary all the way up the chain to determine the law’s final shape. Look at NYC, it has the Sullivan Act, created by a notoriously corrupt politician to restrict gun ownership. 2nd Amendment aside you have to jump thru numerous hoops to buy a gun in NYC and getting a CCW is even more difficult, damn near impossible for most. Yet the law survives – NYC has even refused to follow the Federal law allowing non-NYC active and retired LEA to carry weapons in the city. So far Federal courts are silent on NYC’s gun grabbing and even if they do rule against NYC, how do the courts enforce their rulings were NYC to tell them to pound sand?

          Bloomberg’s going to do an incremental grab, he’s using more popular urban/suburban positions to shoehorn his ultimate plan in. Yes the country’s largely red but those areas are just that, country. Most of the urban/suburban populations are in blue areas and bodies are what counts. Mike’s gonna put so much lipstick on those pig proposals that folks will welcome them in.

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    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      Ok. Let’s go after antifa now.

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  21. just stevie says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Treepers! May God richly Bless each and every one of you!

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  22. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the wondrous creation of the world (Genesis 1):

    1. How God said: “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters.”
    2. How He divided the waters which were under the firmament from those above it.
    3. How He called the firmament heaven.

    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 – November 15th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  23. Janie M. says:

    Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

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  24. czarowniczy says:

    And the idiocy spreads to the nation’s heartland:

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/oklahoma-police-officer-indicted-murder-shooting

    Note that the perp was randomly firing from her truck and, after officers stopped her, fired at them. The officer returned fire to neutralize the threat and killed her. The officer was cleared by an internal investigation but was indicted after a zealous DA decided to press the issue. There’s no mention of the perp’s race but at this point the issue seems to revolve around the number of rounds fired. It isn’t unusual for a DA looking for press to question the numbers of rounds officers fired even though the overwhelming number of DAs have never had to fire in self defense or defense of the public. When confronted by an aggressor they usually turn bright yellow and dive behind the closest cop.

    I hope that when the officer comes to trial the jury comes to its senses and acquits him. If this keeps up it won’t be long before you’re not going to have cops out there covering your 6. In New Orleans the police now cannot pursue fleeing perps except under extremely limited circumstances without supervisory approval. Generally if the officers have 1st-hand knowledge the perp’s been involved in a violent felony they can but most will still wait for supervisory approval. We just had a team of officers suspended after they chased a known stolen car and the young teen thugs who stole it crashed into a building killing an occupant and starting a fire.

    The city already has some of the highest auto and home insurance rates in the nation as response time for burglaries is generally over 18 hours and those for car thefts/burglaries are measured with a calendar. Criminals from the neighboring parishes will run into Orleans hoping that their hot pursuit will be terminated by local authorities, and that move’s coming. Prog forces are doing their best to neuter the police nationwide.

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    • Boots says:

      Know you’re passionate LE supporter. It’s true sometimes the grand jury gets it wrong. This might be one of those times they didn’t. The charge came because the officer allegedly fired 60 rounds during a hot pursuit….while he was driving. The image is of Fallujah, Somalia, or any other war zone.

      IMO, you may disagree, If you have to fire 60 rounds – from your vehicle during a hot pursuit – to put the perp down then you shouldn’t be firing. This ain’t Fallujah, Somalia, or any other war zone. Not until the Senate convicts. 😉

      “Mitchell gets in behind her. He took his AR-15 and he started shooting through the front windshield at her.”
      > If he’s firing a rifle from the shoulder, how’s he steering while barreling down the road?
      > If he’s steering with one hand and firing with the other, his rifle is resting on dash and with each shot the muzzle flip and where the muzzle then comes to rest is completely unrestricted…meaning the next shot could be pointed anywhere within at minimum a 90 degree cone in front of him. That’s endangering others
      > Was there oncoming traffic while he was emptying 2 full magazines? Pedestrians around?
      > Location of bullet impacts may’ve contributed to indictment

      “cleared by an internal investigation
      > Means very little as this is the outcome 99% of the time.

      Grand jurors concluded he acted without justifiable or excusable cause and engaged in “imminently dangerous conduct” toward Godsey.
      > Jury iswrong on this. The officer was trying to prevent Godsey from killing anyone. He was doing what he was paid to do

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      • Boots says:

        PS…the murder rap is bogus. Reckless endangerment is more appropriate.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I remember a NYC case where cops chased a murderer and fired about 60 shots in pursuit. You fire to stop or slow the perp as in a hot pursuit of someone who’s already shown a reckless disregard for human life, you’re not counting rounds. You ask some cops who’ve been in gunfights and they can tell you how when you shoot at a suspect, especially one who’s shooting at you, you don’t count shots – older cops can tell you about officers who were pulling the triggers on their revolvers long after they were dry, it’s the adrenalin and tunnel vision of the moment. You ain’t counting shots, you’re trying to go home that night.

        I can remember in that NYC incident where there were official complaints that the armed perp was shot some 19 times with pistol rounds and two shotgun blasts. The desk-sitters who never come within a miles of the incidents the cops face daily criticize based on what they perceive from the safety of sitting behind a desk. A perp jacked up un adrenaline can take many hits unless s/he gets one that severs a main artery/vein and drops blood pressure to zero (though that doesn’t guarantee an immediate cessation of action) or a hit in a major nerve area that debilitates the perp.

        It’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t. I’m not sure if the department has a policy on the exact maximum of rounds that can be fired in trying to stop an armed perp who’s shot at civilians and officers but I’m sure that had he not stopped the shooter he’d have been damned too. The officer in a crisis situation is alone but there’s an army of REMS, especially pols, ready to raise themselves on the officer’s failure or success. They’ll take credit for the officer’s success or lynch the officer for a perceived failure while having done nothing more productive in the situation other than hide under the table until the danger’s past. I never had to fire during my tenure but if I did I knew that I’d fire until the threat was neutralized and knew that I’d be held responsible for any damages for any rounds that missed the perp regardless of the situation. Come to think of it I carried 75 rounds total – but then I worked in/.around the projects.

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  25. Pale rider says:

    Thirty years ago there were a couple of convicts named Dennis and Lancaster who escaped and were terrorizing Oklahoma. Everybody was scared of being killed by these two. They would go to remote houses and kill the people and take whatever. Anyway, the cops caught them in a little town and riddled them with bullets. Stories went out all over they were finally dead and the details were pretty bad about their demise. Some commented on the brutality but nobody I heard had pity about them.
    You couldn’t pay me enough to be a cop then, now? No way!

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  26. bessie2003 says:

    Not quite sure I understand what he’s talking about, but the video, 11 minutes long, is titled “Democratic Operatives are creating FAKE local news sites to trick voters”, but thought to share so we would be aware of this as it unfolds:

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  27. Evening Folks..
    The Lords work is almost done
    A Happy Though Solemn,,, Thanksgiving from Angie & I..

    FIL, is getting, where it’s Party Time & time too go King Fishing from the Pier
    While talking,, to Folks looong passed away on His cell phone that is,, well outta Minutes…
    Thinks it’s 5am, & time too go..
    I got First Watch this evening.. Doors closed & Locked..
    Ever try too restrain a frail, (BUT STRONG) 6’2″, Old guy on Deaths door-step? With-out hurting Him?
    Yeah that..
    Using ALL the tools that Hospice gave us,, (drugs)..
    Trying to keep FIL comphy & well,, you know..
    He isn’t having NONE of it..
    He is going FISHING..
    AND DANCING…
    While,, I try too keep Him from falling over..
    Will keep ya’ll updated..
    Much LOVE & Prayers..
    David & Angie..

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  28. andeclain 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. andeclain says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Col. 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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  30. mandy says:

    “A Rare Virtue—On Why Many of Us Show No Gratitude – Priest Dimitry Vydumkin

    “Everybody receives abundant blessings from God, but only a few give thanks to Him.”1

    About two centuries ago, St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov) expressed a very deplorable moral constant which was revealed to him by his spiritual experience, “Gratitude is a rare virtue among people.”2 It is enough to look closely at the state of morals in the society we live in to understand that it is a constant and not a variable quantity.

    …a grateful person always receives beyond expectation, for a thankful heart is a receptacle of Divine gifts. This is what the Gospel story of the healing of ten lepers by the Lord is about (cf. Lk. 17:12–19).

    Indeed they were cleansed on their way, but only one of them returned to Christ and, falling at His feet, gave praise to God. This man turned out to be a Samaritan—a member of the “unfaithful” and “alien” ethnic group whom the Jews shunned and weren’t on speaking terms with. The Lord said in reply: Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God… Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole (Lk. 17:17-19).

    There are no coincidences in this episode, every detail is filled with deep meaning. Let us examine at least some of them. …”

    It’s a great article and I encourage you to read the whole piece by going to the link:

    https://orthochristian.com/125887.html

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