Saturday November 30th – 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 AUTUMN CATURDAY…

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  3. citizen817 says:

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  4. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Our Only Boast

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Gal. 6:14).

    St. Paul was once a proud Pharisee, smug in his self-righteousness. In Philippians 3:5,6, he lists some of the things in which he took great pride:

    “Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.”

    But everything was changed since that day when the Lord appeared to him on the road to Damascus. Suddenly he had seen himself a lost, condemned sinner in the sight of a holy God and had tasted the matchless grace that could reach down from heaven and save even him. He knew now that he could not stand before God in himself, or “on his own two feet,” as we say. His only safety before the bar of God was to take refuge in Christ, as he says in Verse 9:

    “And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.”

    Now he knew, as we all should know, that he really had nothing to boast of as far as his own standing before God was concerned. For the rest of his life, however, he did constantly boast of one thing: the cross, where the Christ he had so bitterly persecuted had died for his sins that he (Paul) might be justified before God. All else of which Paul boasted was embraced in the cross of Christ. This too is really the only thing we have to boast of and the most godly saint will enthusiastically join Paul in saying:

    “BUT GOD FORBID THAT I SHOULD GLORY, SAVE IN THE CROSS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, BY WHOM THE WORLD IS CRUCIFIED UNTO ME, AND I UNTO THE WORLD.”

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/our-only-boast/

    Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

    Philippians 3:5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
    6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

    Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

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  5. Sentient says:

    Have no anxiety in anything at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

    Philippians 4:6-7

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy Caterday! Anxious puppy gets some kitty therapy . . . 🙂

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  7. Lucille says:

    Herb Ellis & Remo Palmier – “Windflower” (1978)

    This video includes the entire album. Great fun to listen to it all.
    Guitar – Herb Ellis, Remo Palmier
    Bass – George Duvivier
    Drums – Ron Traxler

    A1 Windflower (composer: Sara Casey) 0:00
    A2 The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (Composers: Buddy Bernier/Jerome Brainin) 3:54
    A3 My Foolish Heart (Composers: Ned Washington/Victor Young) 10:07
    A4 Close Your Eyes (Composer: Bernice Petkere) 13:28
    A5 Danny Boy (Composer: Frederick Weatherly) 17:32
    B1 Walkin’ (Composer: Richard Carpenter) 20:20
    B2 Stardust (Composer: Hoagy Carmichael) 25:44
    B3 Triste (Composer: Antonio Carlos Jobim) 31:14
    B4 Groove Merchant (Composer: Jerome Richardson) 35:17

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  8. Janie M. says:

    I’m not affiliated with this photographer or anyone associated with his site which I discovered approximately 3 or so years ago. Hope someday to own of his amazing photographs. I find that looking at a star-filled night sky always brings me a sense of tranquility. A number of his additional photos can be found at the bottom of his page under “Categories.”

    https://astropics.com/

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  9. Texian says:

    Houston.. Home Base..

    This story has never been told.. it’s not in print anywhere.. you can only get it here.. as a whole this all was a really big deal.. books have already been written about it.. a look from the outside..

    this is a look from the inside..

    I told them they could count on me.. no matter what..

    The fabled Houston diving base.. it was.. or wasn’t.. it just depended on who you talked to..

    My first year with a major contractor was over.. I was on my way.. but it wasn’t quite what I was looking for.. I kept hearing stories about this other company..

    Like most, I had only known of their New Orleans team.. It was their primary diving base.. diving research and development that made them the best in the world happened there..

    Their Houston dive base was not advertised.. I stumbled upon it by accident.. At the end of the season when I left the first company, I was winter season freelancing for a former Vietnam Vet Army Ranger who ran a small diving company.. He knew the Houston base supervisor and arranged for an interview..

    Words can hardly express the profound change that occurred in my life..

    The Houston dive base was located within the large parent company corporate base.. we had a small unassuming utilitarian metal shop building tucked away down near the docks..

    For certain reasons, this diving base had always been a small silent enterprise.. a satellite base.. not too many people knew this diving base even existed..

    but it most certainly did.. I was there.. they trained me.. they made me.. and I’m a better man for it..

    A certain share of the team were from Texas.. even the topside barge construction team.. most of them were all from the same small Texas town.. We all were a Team.. with a capital “T”..

    We were badass constructors and destructors.. both teams worked well together.. job after job.. the same crews on every mission.. the Houston experiment was working..

    We had become a force to be reckoned with.. we got the job done.. every time.. no excuses.. and we were on a roll.. the parent company strategically scheduled things for maximum efficiency.. their margins were getting tight..

    We were lean and mean.. in action and on paper.. we stormed in.. did the job.. then left as fast as we had come.. we had platform installations down to an art.. twenty-four to seventy-two hours straight.. in and out.. done.. platform after platform..

    The platform jacket structure would be waiting for us onsite when we arrived and we immediately went to work.. right off the crewboat.. no sleep.. sometimes we would cover for each other and took turns taking naps in one of the conex equipment boxes..

    I think the supervisors knew.. but we had it all under control.. teamwork.. they were watching their experiment in real time.. they had trained us well..

    Later on I had found out there was a reason for our efficiency.. we were having to trim our budget in order for this base to stay afloat.. those who sat in higher offices needed reasons to keep it going.. the bottom line..

    We were down to just one dive supervisor with an assistant secretary. They were in one of the corporate office complexes.. It was just the four of us there daily.. everybody else was on call..

    Me and another diver/tender handled all the shop base duties.. We ran it all ourselves.. equipment maintenance, chambers, compressors, mobilization, demobilization, etc.. everything.. we kept it all in absolutely top notch condition.. no excuses.. our chambers and diesel/compressor skids were clean, well maintained and neatly parked in rows alongside the shop building.. high and tight..

    It was a big little professional operation.. we represented not only our diving company.. we represented our parent company.. this was their international corporate headquarters.. and within their home base we were representative of their diving division..

    I loved Houston.. I loved this Company.. I loved this base.. I loved what I was doing.. It was my life.. I was set.. I had gone on every single job assigned to this diving base.. every single one.. I lived it.. I breathed it.. I owned it..

    On most assignments we would all meet at the shop base before leaving to go offshore.. a head count, equipment manifest inspection, briefings, etc.. we all left for port together.. as a team..

    Eventually.. it came down to just me and the assistant running things.. we were now on a shoestring budget.. our supervisor was transferred back to New Orleans.. the other diver/tender transferred to being on call..

    We wanted our base to remain on active duty within the parent corporate structure.. and we fought hard for it.. we loved this place.. and we loved what we did.. it had become a part of us.. and us a part of it..

    The assistant secretary sure qualified for the assistant part.. She would work with me mobilizing chambers, compressors and other gear on and off transport.. I ran the crane.. she handled the load.. we both wore many hats.. she would go from executive, to dispatch, to rigger.. some nights she would be there just to see us off.. I really liked her.. a loyal team member.. we worked well together.. I will never forget her..

    We were the last ones there.. just us two.. and later on.. without any fanfare.. it all ended..

    A formal letter was sent out by The Company to every Houston team member.. I still have mine..

    We went out to the yard and loaded the chambers and compressors for the last time..

    ————————–

    The fabled Houston dive team base.. Buffalo Bayou..

    A big little silent footnote in the history of a Pioneering World Titan..

    It existed.. I was there.. till the end..

    The last one hired there.. The last one to leave there..

    They said I could stay in Houston.. but now had to work on call out from the New Orleans base..

    I had come into all of this alone.. they were my only friend..

    I stayed with The Company till the end.. they were the best in the world..

    Besides.. I gave them my word..

    I told them they could count on me.. no matter what..

    ————————–

    I’ve kept my mouth shut for thirty years.. I’ve kept my end of the deal..

    The final years of the greatest diving company in the world..

    Memoirs of an Oilfield Diver
    The Epic Archive
    1984-1992

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    • greenswampgirl says:

      Please put your chapters together and get your book published. I hope I haven’t missed any. Your writing sucks the reader into your story. Your “character” is an American icon.

      We had some like you who lived in the Green Swamp. I’m thinking there are a few young ones of your caliber from our locale. They would like your book.

      Thank you, again, for sharing.

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  10. spoogels says:

    Is the Bible right? Newly discovered fossils show snakes had legs
    A new study published in Science Advances on Thursday has shed light on the life of ancient legged snakes.

    “As described in Genesis, the snake also received divine punishment. “You will crawl on your belly and eat dirt all the days of your life,” God tells the serpent, implying that before the event, the animal had legs, similar to many others.
    Now, a new study published in Science Advances on Thursday has shed light on the life of snakes’ legged ancestors.
    Several fossils of an extinct snake group named “Najash” dating back to 100 million years ago were recently uncovered in Patagonia, Argentina.
    The group is named after the word nachash that both in biblical and modern Hebrew indicate the snake.”

    https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Is-the-Bible-right-Newly-discovered-fossils-show-snakes-had-legs-608858

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    • ifthenelse says:

      “The notion that snakes started off as four-legged animals has been accepted by scientists for several years, although, according to the Times, no fossils have been found to corroborate the theory.”
      If the Bible is “right” in that the snake at that time in Eden lost its legs but “science” says it happened 100M yrs ago, that is no win for the Bible!
      Theistic Evolution is groundless, baseless and simply an attempt to gain favor with “consensus science”.

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  11. David Mitchell says:

    I was gonna wait until “Cursday” to post these but why wait? This is the newest member of my pack, a Miniature Australian Sheppard. The GF and I have given due consideration to a name, and the consensus is Sundance…still considering a middle name, Sydney is the favorite now; Gronk got vetoed.

    https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/Xgea6v7FQ7e9q9B9a8c2_A.sXIK2AnwBHxWyAvUO-SNAF

    He joins Zermatt and Phoenix in the pack, they are adjusting slowly…

    https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/EiAsKVsXS32aeRnsC2w0Ag.v-0mCzHGsvC9xRBj3zqh0D

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    • JTR says:

      What a cute puppy! He sure looks big for a miniature. They are also very smart dogs, almost on par with Border Collies. I’m sure they will all be best pals in no time!

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  12. spoogels says:

    hehe

    Former U.S. Secretary of State and far-leftist John Kerry is fighting to keep migrants and hikers off of his exclusive beachfront property in France. Although the law requires public access, he and the other elitists living there don’t want the smelly, dangerous migrants touching their land.

    https://conservativedailypost.com/john-kerry-fighting-to-keep-migrants-off-beachfront-property/

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    • boogywstew says:

      Kerry’s property probably starts at the mean high tide level on the beach. At absolute high tide you would have to walk in the water to be off his property and any time except then you could walk the beach without being on his property by staying below the high tide mark. Snobs typically try to make the uninformed believe that their property extends all the way to the water, no matter the status of the tides.

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  13. spoogels says:

    London Bridge stabber belonged to jihadist group that admired Hitler, plotted to bomb US embassy

    https://nypost.com/2019/11/30/london-bridge-stabber-belonged-to-jihadist-group-that-admired-hitler-plotted-to-bomb-us-embassy/

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  14. trapper says:

    Before they went insane

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    • GB Bari says:

      i believe one had to be alive and aware of the American pop music scene in 1962 to ***really*** appreciate the size of the impact that the Beatles and the rest of the British Invasion made on American culture.

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  15. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.”
    Psalms 13:5 (KJV)

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  16. Dora says:

    Mother and Daughter

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  17. spoogels says:

    Despite Screaming Headlines from Fake News Media – Black Friday Shopping Frenzy BREAKS ALL RECORDS – Tops $4 Billion for First Time!

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/11/despite-screaming-headlines-from-fake-news-media-black-friday-shopping-frenzy-breaks-all-records-tops-4-billion-for-first-time/

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    • GB Bari says:

      To be fair, the “screaming headlines” deliberately targeted the bricks-and-mortar retail sector, and the underlying data suggests that e-commerce accounted for at least 40% of the business. That’s huge.

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  18. getfitnow says:

    FTA – As one can readily see, Hillary Clinton has been unable to recover from having lost the 2016 presidential election — a self-inflicted wound that she will never cop to. Or, possibly, an act of divine intervention. She has come up with well over a dozen reasons for her defeat — every one but the real one, i.e. she is a loser — not just a sore loser, but a total loser. She is incredibly incompetent, fundamentally dishonest, and criminally corrupt, and these are her good qualities. In addition, she is bereft of a trace of integrity or character, has absolutely no judgment, and is devoid of people skills.
    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/11/hillary_clinton_is_not_just_a_sore_loser_she_is_a_total_loser.html

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  20. just stevie says:

    BY THE GRACE OF GOD I AM WHAT I AM

    “His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain.” 1 Cor. xv. 10

    The way we continually talk about our own inability is an insult to the Creator. The deploring of our own incompetence is a slander against God for having overlooked us. Get into the habit of examining in the sight of God the things that sound humble before men, and you will be amazed at how staggeringly impertinent they are. “Oh, I shouldn’t like to say I am sanctified; I’m not a saint.” Say that before God; and it means – “No, Lord, it is impossible for You to save and sanctify me; there are chances I have not had; so many imperfections in my brain and body; no, Lord, it isn’t possible.” That may sound wonderfully humble before men, but before God it is an attitude of defiance.

    Again, the things that sound humble before God may sound the opposite before men. To say Thank God, I know I am saved and sanctified is in the sight of God the acme of humility, it means you have so completely abandoned yourself to God that you know He is true. Never bother your head as to whether what you say sounds humble before men or not, but always be humble before God, and let Him be all in all.

    There is only one relationship that matters, and that is your personal relationship to a personal Redeemer and Lord. Let everything else go, but maintain that at all costs, and God will fulfill His purpose through your life. One individual life may be of priceless value to God’s purpose, and yours may be that life.

    Oswald Chambers
    November 30th Devotional

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  21. Dora says:

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  22. alonzo1956 says:

    A driver is stuck on a Delaware highway, and nothing is moving,
    He rolls down the window and asks “What’s going on?” A man says
    “Ukranian terrorists have kidnapped Joe Biden, and they want
    $100 Million or they will douse him with gas and set him on fire. We are
    going car to car collecting donations. “” How much is everyone giving?”
    the driver asks. The man replies, “Roughly a gallon.”

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  23. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  24. Dora says:

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  27. Pale rider says:

    James 2:18 but some will say “you have faith, I have deeds” show me your faith without deeds and I will show you my faith by my deeds”.
    Mark 16:17 and these signs will accompany those who believe. In my name they will drive out demons they will speak with new tongues. 18………they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover. Remember one of the first miracles Jesus preformed was to overload the boats with fish. Did that get attention?

    Religion says we should never attempt these kingdom benefits. We should never even ask God to walk on the water, yeah peter sank but he also did walk on water.
    I don’t see a single word in the Bible promoting the abuse of these gifts by tempting our Lord but I do see we are promised a kingship and these are the spoils Jesus paraded around after his death on the cross. “It is finished.” What is? The battle is, the walls are down and the riches are restored Gods word is Jesus, Jesus is Gods word! To take on the flesh and blood of Christ we must study Gods word and just as a mustard seed it becomes great, that’s our faith given us by God.
    Sometimes it’s better we forget our names. But Who are we in Christ? That is what are name is, not what the world has given us. “I liken the kingdom of God to a……………..”! Over 7000 promises!
    Christians are the head not the tail, above and not beneath. Salt, light! It glorifies God not us. It’s a choice, always a choice.

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  28. Bit Coyne says:

    Interesting polling from Civic Science polling yesterday. This is a voluntary Internet poll open to the general public. I notice slight Dem bias in the political questions. Yesterday a 2020 election poll Trump 57% Buttigieg 29% Undecided 14% with 3000 responses.

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  29. MaineCoon says:

    Retiring, again. Expect it to stick this time.

    Chinese Vice Premier Liu He to announce early retirement./— MONEY CHINA (@money_china) November 28, 2019

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

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  30. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the wondrous creation o the world (Genesis 1):
    1. How, on the fourth day, God created the greater and lesser lights.
    2. How He created the sun to give light to the day, and the moon and stars to light the night.

    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 17th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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