Tuesday December 3rd – Open Thread

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

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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  1. citizen817 says:

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Rightly Dividing The Word

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    It is not enough to use the Bible as a grand book of wonderful sayings from which we may choose what we wish for our inspiration, nor will one who truly realizes that “God hath spoken” ever hold so shallow an opinion of the sacred Scriptures.

    “The Word of truth” must be “rightly divided”; for while it is all given for our spiritual profit, it was not all addressed to us, or written about us. Thus one who truly desires to understand and obey God’s Word will seek first to determine what Scriptures are particularly related to him and will study all the rest in the light of these.

    Sad to say, however, there are many who fail to give the Book of God the respect and reverence it deserves. They flip it open at random, let a finger light upon the open page and then read the verse indicated to see if perchance they may find leading from the Lord in that way. And if it doesn’t “work” the first time they try it again and again until it does “work.” They use “promise boxes” in the same way, on the basis that “every promise in the Book is mine.” They take passages out of their contexts, “spiritualize” them, and give them “private interpretations.” Finding “precious passages” anywhere at all, no matter to whom addressed or when or why, they place their own constructions upon them and claim them as promises of God to them! To take isolated statements from the writings of men and use them in such a manner would be considered dishonest, but even Bible teachers do it with the Word of God!

    The Word, rightly divided, is of supreme importance to the Church at large as well as to the individual believer, and it is because this fact has not yet been sufficiently recognized that we have not experienced the true, heaven-sent revival that the Church so sorely needs.

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/rightly-dividing-the-word/

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

    Not only was Toots Thielemans a great jazz harmonica player, he was also he was also an all-around nice guy. I could listen to Toots all night . . . and sometimes did!

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    • the5thranchhand says:

      Great! The love of my life played the harmonica, and was a great drummer, also. Couldn’t read a note of music………..strictly by ear! Thank you, this brings back so many delightful memories.

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  4. citizen817 says:

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    • allhail2 says:

      I’ve driven dune buggies in the desert bending the gas pedal and running the edges while spraying sand, but never thought about launching myself like that on a motorcycle.
      Awesome…..to watch. I’m a stay on the ground/water kind of guy.

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    • JTR says:

      I used to have an old 1969 VW bug that a friend bought from me to turn into a dune buggy. He unfortunately died in an accident driving the thing. It broke my heart! I loved him AND the car! Stuff happens.

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  5. F.D.R. in Hell says:

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  6. arze says:

    “Deep State-proud loyalists giving broad reassurance about continuity.”

    A note on 1] Horowitz, viz. the Flynn case and why DOJ 2] figured out they “mixed” up Stzrock and the other agent on the “302s”; and 3] why Brandon Van Grack filed motion to wait until after Horowitz report is issued involving Brady Material.

    These have been much reported here, with much thanks to Sundance.

    Tonight I was reading Larry Johnson’s post [@Col. Lang’s blog] on upcoming Horowitz Report’s release, and he included the Grassley/Graham letter to the IG, they demanding Horowitz answer numerous specific questions, and so that was a wonderful refresher. Many of the senators’ question stuck out of course, in particular this:

    Question 31, from the Grassley/Graham Feb. 2018 letter [my own asterisks added for more emphasis] . . .

    a] [[On January 24, 2017, before Lt. Gen. Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor, he was interviewed by FBI agents about phone calls he had with former Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. On December 1, 2017, Lt. Gen. Flynn plead guilty to lying to them. Recent news reports, however, state that former FBI Director Corney previously told congressional investigators that those agents neither believed that Lt. Gen. Flynn had lied, nor that “any inaccuracies in his answers were intentional.”]]

    >>>Was the interview conducted by the FBI agents on January 24, 2017 part of a criminal investigation or a counterintelligence investigation?
    >>>Did the FBI agents who interviewed Lt. Gen. Flynn believe that he lied to them or intentionally misled them?
    >>>Did the FBI agents document their interview with Lt. Gen. Flynn in one or more FD-302s? >>>What were the FBI agents’ conclusions about Lt. Gen. Flynn’s truthfulness, as reflected in the FD-302s?
    >>>Were the FD-302s ever edited?
    >>>If so, by whom? ***
    >>>At who’s direction? ***
    >>> How many drafts were there? ***
    >>>Are there material differences between the final draft and the initial draft(s) or the agent’s testimony about the interview?
    >>>What information did the FBI present to the DOJ regarding this interview, or any other investigative steps involving Lt. Gen. Flynn, and when? ***
    >>>What, if anything, did the DOJ do with this information?

    Perhaps it was Horowitz’ office that found the “discrepancy” in the Strzrock 302s
    Perhaps Van Grack’s motion to wait until after IG report is related to numerous other “discrepancies” IG found involving Flynn prosecution

    Question 30 will also prove more than interesting, as follows:
    >>>Who leaked to the press the presumably classified contents of the publicly reported call between the Russian ambassador and Michael Flynn?
    >>>Has anyone been held accountable, and if not, why not?

    Question 27
    >>>Was anyone involved in the decision to use Steele’s dossier information in the FISA application aware that Steele’s client, Fusion GPS, was accused of being an unregistered foreign agent for Russian interests at the time?
    >>>Should that information have been shared with those working in the FISA application and disclosed to the FISC at the time?
    >>>If so, then why wasn’t it?

    And my favorite, from Question 3
    . . .>>>Has Mr. Steele ever been paid directly or indirectly by the Russian government, Russian intelligence community, or other Russian sources? ***

    The key words: EVER been paid; and OTHER Russian sources.

    This may finally answer whether, definitely, Steele at one time was employed by Oleg Deripaska. This would be sweet.

    https://dailycaller.com/2018/03/08/the-ever-changing-russia-narrative-in-american-politics-is-cynically-false-public-manipulation/

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/07/02/oleg-deripaska-confirms-he-was-employing-chris-steele-in-2016-while-dossier-was-being-assembled-sk/

    This would be a real hoot to see DOJ confirm this.

    And, we may also come to find out — directly related to this — whether Steele was merely a “cut out” for his dossier. And, thus, find out who actually did ALL the research and wrote it…and where that “intelligence” came from . . . not to mention any names, Nellie Ohr, Mary Jacoby, Sid Blumenthal, G. Simpson, etc etc….

    This is the intersection between the Dossier, FISA, and the “predicate” for Obama ordering DIA/CIA to open a counter intelligence/anti terrorism investigation on candidate Trump.

    -30-

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  7. Dora says:

    Winslow Homer, The Milk Maid, 1878

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  8. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
    Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)

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  9. Good Morning Patriots!
    My Night Shift is almost over
    For those unawares, My FIL, from here on out is DAD

    We thought He was almost getting ready to pass on into the hands of the Lord.
    He did Manage too say a few words to His Oldest Daughter, Whom resides in Denver, Co..
    She told Him,,,, She was trying to geta flight out here today..
    Thus; has givin Him the strength to go-on Alil longer..
    His Daughter is Supposed to to catch a flight out here today It has to be ONE-WAY, as His Oldest Daughter is Blind also, & She is, “pardon the pun here”,, Blind as a Bat in the Literal sense..

    (It’s a Genetic anomaly with-in that side of Angies Family)
    Not only Night watch I got Day Watch also..

    Because Angie CANNOT see the amounts of Medicines, needed to keep Dad Comphy..
    So, I fill a couple Syringes, after MY Night Watch is over, then get up around 12 noon to Help Angie give medicine(s),
    Give Dad a Sponge Bath, or what-ever needs to be done.
    Or Meet with Hospice ..
    Then off into town for Dinner, or Supplies.. Or what-ever else “errands” that are needed to be done….
    To say, I’m just alil tired is a understatement.
    Everyone here deserves a “update”..

    Hospice” kinda let a Freudian Slip out yesterday.. Seems THEY are pressed for Room at the local Hospice, Which is “partly” the reason “WHY” they are letting Angie & I do the Home Health care, here at home.
    (Besides the point, that’s What Dad wanted anyway).
    Plus, the fact they are Short-Staffed in the “Tri-County” area(s).

    The Nurse, Whom is the “Head-Honcho”, was here yesterday giving Angie & I Rave Reviews on how WE, as a team were doing..
    As usually, by now they had to “remove” the Patient outta the home at this,,, Can I say “Stage”? In Palliative Care.
    I’m going too say this as a *Side Bar*..

    A lot of this, the Nurse said; Is due too the Opioid Crises that has “swept” the Country..
    Nurse was pleasantly surprised that are keeping Detailed record(s) on What We are giving Dad & the amounts, down to the Milligram.. Times & Date.. Which is a GOOD Thing, It covers Hospices arse.. Yet also gives them a “Good Idea” on HOW MUCH to dispense to Dad..

    She did go on to relay a few short Horror Stories (with-out naming anyone)..
    Un-scrupulous “Family members” that, I need not go any further..
    As We are handling & administering some “Heavy Duty Pain & sedative’s” Drugs to Dad..
    We are doing a terrific Job She said, (Making Her Job easier & CYA)..
    Hey, what would you expect???
    It’s OUR DAD!
    So let Me slip off, got Angie up/cup O’ joe for Her..
    I’ll leave you with this pic,, Again, We though He was going Home, into Lords arms..
    WE Could use a few PRAYERS..
    Love David & Angie

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  10. just stevie says:

    NOT BY MIGHT NOR BY POWER

    “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” 1 Cor. ii. 4

    If in preaching the Gospel you substitute your clear knowledge of the way of salvation for confidence in the power of the Gospel, you hinder people really getting to Reality. You have to see that while you proclaim your knowledge of the way of salvation, you yourself are rooted and grounded in faith in God. Never rely on the clearness of your exposition, but as you give your exposition see that YOU are relying on the Holy Spirit. Rely on the certainty of God’s redemptive power, and He will create His own life in souls.

    When once you are rooted in Reality, nothing can shake you. If your faith is in experiences, anything that happens is likely to upset that faith; but nothing can ever upset God or the almighty Reality of Redemption; base your faith on that, and you are as eternally secure as God. When once you get into personal contact with Jesus Christ, you will never be moved again. That is the meaning of sanctification. God puts His disapproval on human experience when we begin to adhere to the conception that sanctification is merely an experience, and forget that sanctification itself has to be sanctified (see John xvii. 19). I have deliberately to give my sanctified life to God for His service, so that He can use me as His hands and His feet.

    Oswald Chambers
    December 3rd Devotional

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  11. LizzieinTexas says:

    Not sure where to post. This is my local guys. Love them. They are stretched too thin with the explosion in new population. Stay safe.

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  12. Dora says:

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  13. Dora says:

    He introduced us to Scrooge.

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  14. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  15. Les Standard says:

    Can’t believe what I am seeing in America…..see you on the dark side of the moon…

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  16. WY Farmer's Wife says:

    Have I missed Sundance “take” on Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp possibly selecting Kelly Loeffler (possible closet democrat) for soon-to-be open Senate seat instead of Doug Collins, as President Trump has suggested? Would like to hear from Sundance about the possible effect this could have on our slight Senate majority. Also, isn’t there anything that Georgia republicans can do to stop/influence Kemp and what is Kemp’s reason or excuse? Is this the beginning of a new sneaky plan for the dems to “take” the Senate?

    According to: https://www.ajc.com/blog/politics/kelly-loeffler-have-powerful-ally-after-she-tapped-senate/hvykBGnYvXwAzEKdMEn4WI/#:
    “Among the latest is Mark Levin, the radio host and ally of Trump who called Kemp “another Romney” on Twitter. “He’s about to appoint a RINO to the Senate. His surrogates are trashing conservative critics like Gaetz,” Levin wrote”.

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  17. spoogels says:

    For the “Oldies”!

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  18. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

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

    1. How God the Holy Trinity consulted together about the creation of man.
    2. How God made man in his own image.

    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 20th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  19. Dora says:

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  20. Bendix says:

    Great Britain’s spy culture doesn’t keep anyone safer, you are less safe on the streets of London today than you ever were in modern times.
    The SJW/PC religion of sensitivity evidently does not extend to the loosely defined group who would visit prisoners.
    I cringed when I read the description of being physically squeezed into a tight space, and the effect on claustrophobics, in this article:
    https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/12/02/visiting-assange-britains-political-prisoner/

    It’s an article about visiting Julian Assange, and the dehumanizing, human rights violating maltreatment Assange and his visitors, and all visitors to the prison where he is being held, are forced to undergo.
    I always thought that in Westernized societies, the punishment was being incarerated in itself, and that it was supposed to come after a trial and conviction.

    There’s a part about spying under the guise of “suicide watch”.
    It sound more like checking to see whether he’s dead yet.

    Doesn’t it seem like the Australian government should be screaming about the way one of its citizen is being abused?

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    • Johnny Boost says:

      London has always been a humanitarian disaster. Charles Dickens made a career writing about it.

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    • JTR says:

      Poor Julian. The prisons there are medieval.
      Mostly very old, and a lot of them don’t even have toilets! You have to “muck out” every morning, which means emptying your bucket of waste from the last day before breakfast. I’m not sure how bad Belmarsh is, but none of them are very nice. I reckon that’s why they have cut back a lot of long sentences over the years.

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    • Troublemaker10 says:

      “In 1785, in a letter to James Madison, George Washington stresses the importance of a united people when he states “We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all matters of general concern act as a nation, which have national objects to promote, and a national character to support. If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending to it.” I fear that the identity politics that many students are being taught in schools could tear apart what our Founders established in making many, one.”

      https://alphanewsmn.com/student-what-white-privilege-lessons-did-to-my-high-school/?amp_markup=1

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  21. dogsmaw says:

    Have Thine Own Way Lord

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  22. dogsmaw says:

    My Thought 4 the Day 😛

    How impotent is the weather when the newscast only reports NY & California?

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  23. dogsmaw says:

    The O’Jays – Back Stabbers

    Comment at site:

    The worst thing about betrayal is that it doesn’t come from your enemies.

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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. dogsmaw says:

    Now this is too funny…dont miss reading a single reply to this twitter

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  27. dogsmaw says:


    Lyrics:

    Just like the white winged dove…
    Sings a song…
    Sounds like she’s singing…
    Whoo… whoo… whoo…
    Just like the white winged dove…
    Sings a song…
    Sounds like she’s singing…
    Ooo baby… ooo… said ooo

    And the days go by…
    Like a strand in the wind…
    In the web that is my own…
    I begin again
    Said to my friend, baby…
    Nothin’ else mattered

    He was no more… than a baby then
    Well he… seemed broken hearted…
    Something within him
    But the moment… that I first laid…
    Eyes… on… him… all alone…
    On the edge of… seventeen

    Just like the white winged dove…
    Sings a song…
    Sounds like she’s singing…
    ooo baby… ooo… said ooo…
    Just like the white winged dove…
    Sings a song…
    Sounds like she’s singing…
    Ooo baby… ooo… said ooo

    I went today… maybe I will go again…
    Tomorrow
    And the music there it was hauntingly…
    Familiar
    And I see you doing…
    What I try to do for me
    With the words from a poet…
    And the voice from a choir
    And a melody… nothing else mattered

    Just like the white winged dove…
    Sings a song…
    Sounds like she’s singing…
    ooo baby… ooo… said ooo
    Just like the white winged dove…
    Sings a song…
    Sounds like she’s singing…
    Ooo baby… ooo… said ooo

    The clouds… never expect it…
    When it rains
    But the sea changes colours…
    But the sea…
    Does not change
    And so… with the slow… graceful flow…
    Of age
    I went forth… with an age old…
    Desire… to please
    On the edge of… seventeen

    Just like the white winged dove…
    Sings a song…
    Sounds like she’s singing…
    Ooo baby… ooo… said ooo
    Just like the white winged dove…
    Sings a song…
    Sounds like she’s singing…
    Ooo baby… ooo… said ooo

    Well then suddenly…
    There was no one… left standing
    In the hall… yeah yeah…
    In a flood of tears
    That no one really ever heard fall at all
    Oh I went searchin’ for an answer…
    Up the stairs… and down the hall
    Not to find an answer…
    Just to hear the call
    Of a nightbird… singing…
    Come away… come away…

    Just like the white winged dove…
    Sings a song
    Sounds like she’s singing…
    Ooo… baby ooo… said ooo
    Just like the white winged dove…
    Sings a song…
    Sounds like she’s singing…
    Ooo… baby ooo… said ooo

    Well I hear you in the morning…
    And I hear you…
    At nightfall…
    Sometime to be near you…
    Is to be unable… to hear you…
    My love…
    I’m a few years older than you…

    Just like the white winged dove…
    Sings a song…
    Sounds like she’s singing…
    Ooo baby… ooo… said ooo

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  28. dogsmaw says:

    Martina McBride – A Broken Wing

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  29. dogsmaw says:

    Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson – Pancho and Lefty

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