Monday January 13th – 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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107 Responses to Monday January 13th – Open Thread

  1. DanDeplorable says:

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  2. citizen817 says:

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  3. citizen817 says:

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  4. Deplorable_Infidel says:


    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    In Hebrews 1:3 we read how the Lord Jesus Christ, “when He had by Himself purged our sins, SAT DOWN on the right hand of the Majesty on High”. The tenth chapter of the same book tells us why He sat down:

    “Every priest standeth, daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man [Christ] after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, SAT DOWN on the right hand of God …FOR BY ONE OFFERING HE HATH PERFECTED FOREVER THEM THAT ARE SANCTIFIED” (Heb.10:11-14).

    There were several articles of furniture in the Old Testament tabernacle, but no chair. The priest could not sit down, for the work of redemption was not yet finished. His daily sacrifices only emphasized the fact that “it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins” (Heb.10:4).

    “But this Man [Christ Jesus] sat down”, because by His death on Calvary — by that one offering — He paid for all our sins and “obtained eternal redemption for us”(Heb.10:12; 9:12).

    This is why Paul, by divine inspiration, now insists that salvation is “by grace”, that “it is the gift of God”, received “by faith” and “not of works, lest any man should boast”.

    God has much for His people to do, but before we can do anything for Him we must learn to trust Him for our salvation, to rest in the finished work of Christ. God is satisfied with Christ’s payment for sin and together the Father and the Son are depicted as seated in heaven because the work is done. And now God would have us simply trust Him, entering into His rest:

    “There remaineth therefore a REST unto the people of God, FOR HE THAT HAS ENTERED INTO HIS [God’s] REST, HE ALSO HATH CEASED FROM HIS OWN WORKS, AS GOD DID FROM HIS” (Heb.4:9,10).

    “Unto him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Rom.4:5).

    Hebews 10:11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
    12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
    13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
    14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

    Hebrews 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

    Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

    Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
    Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

    Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

    Ro 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
    2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

    Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

    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:

    Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    Hebrews 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
    10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

    Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

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  5. Lucille says:


    Dana Point, California
    61 degrees and sunny…

    Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
    74 and rainy to view the Taj Mahal…

    Boca Raton, Florida
    81 and partially cloudy …

    Lima, Peru
    77 and partially cloudy…

    Sucre, Bolivia
    70 degrees and sunny with isolated thunderstorms…

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    “I’ve loved you so much . . . so long.” When I hear this song I always think of smoky barrooms, neon Beer signs, and big electric fans to keep the mosquitoes away. Emmylou was all of 28 when she made this recording (don’t know why I’m obsessing about performer’s ages?). Her producer this time was Brian Ahern who helped her make some of her most iconic recordings. It was about this time that she had the good fortune to connect with Albert Lee. An Englishman with a pure country soul, you’ll hear him contributing some perfectly rendered lead guitar licks behind Emmylou.
    Somehow the later versions of this song just don’t sound the same without him.

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  7. citizen817 says:

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  8. Lucille says:

    Discover Antarctica’s remote wilderness and polar landscapes

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  9. David says:

    The Hebrew language is a few thousand years old. In the last few decades it borrowed many English words. The song I am attaching is about all the added words which you can hear and identify. It’s entertaining. He sings in Hebrew that “Hebrew is a difficult language so please talk to me in English”. He is joking about it.

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  10. 2Alpha says:

    Biden rally? Or Biden funeral?

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  11. Pointman says:

    Women are the prime victims of importing the third world into the first.


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    • nimrodman says:

      These guys will protect them
      – no, wait …

      Welcome to the anti-‘Fight Club’! American men are flocking to weekend retreats to speak about their feelings and let it all out

      – Evryman, a group that helps men shrug off the armor of masculinity to get in touch with their true feelings, has been running retreats

      – Over the course of one weekend last month 55 men opened up about their weaknesses and insecurities at a chalet in Massachusetts

      I reckon these guys could use some tickets to a monster-truck show or should enlist and go thru basic training – but that’s just me, I’m old-fashioned like that

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Sorta reminds me of how we’re now dealing with the problem of feral hogs in the South. A couple of generations ago they thought it was a good idea to let pigs go free and harvest them in the fall…the road to hell is paved with good intentions and crappy implementations.

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  12. Troublemaker10 says:

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  14. nimrodman says:

    No pants, no problem! Thousands of straphangers across US strip down to their UNDERWEAR for No Pants Subway Ride 2020


  15. Dora says:

    GustaveCourbet “The Wave” (1869)

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  16. LizzieinTexas says:

    The principal saw a swastika first. It was inky black, spray-painted on a trash can just beside the entrance to the high school. David Burton switched off the engine of his SUV, unaware, even then, of the magnitude of what he was about to see.

    Eventually they were told: The school’s WiFi system requires students to use individual IDs to get online. After they log in once, their phones automatically connect whenever they are on campus.

    Idiots. SMH


    • Rudy says:

      The administration? Absolutely. The boys? A scolding and a big cleaning job would have done in a world that not’s insane. Self righteousness on steroids.
      Always has been, always will be discrimination. No onw deserves to be railroaded over something like that.
      Bet every black brat out there is doing worse…and the same applies to them. Talk about making mountains out of molehills. It was a PRANK, and not a crime that should ruin reputations and lives.
      I would have told the ‘school’ to kiss it and walked away.


  17. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
    John 1:1 (KJV)

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  18. Dora says:

    This is both heartbreaking and infuriating!


  19. getfitnow says:

    A fool and his money – and apparently, not much else.

    FTA – Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg claims he is ready to spend more than $1 billion in an effort to oust President Trump, but money may not be bringing supporters to his campaign.

    Just 45 people showed up to Bloomberg’s latest rally with TV star Judge Judy Sheindlin in Texas on Saturday, according to the New York Post.

    “Unlike everyone else in this race, I think what’s important is beating Donald Trump,” Bloomberg told the sparse crowd of fewer than 50 people in San Antonio.

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  20. just stevie says:


    “When He was alone the twelve…asked of Him…” Mark iv. 10

    HIS SOLITUDE WITH US: When God gets us alone by affliction, heartbreak, or temptation, by disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted affection, by a broken friendship, or by a new friendship – when He gets us absolutely alone, and we are dumbfounded, and cannot ask one question, then He begins to expound. Watch Jesus Christ’s training of the twelve. It was the disciples, not the crowd outside who were perplexed. They constantly asked Him questions, and He constantly expounded things to them; but they only understood after they had received the Holy Spirit (see John xiv. 26).

    If you are going on with God, the only thing that is clear to you, and the only thing God intends to be clear, is the way He deals with your own soul. Your brother’s sorrows and perplexities are an absolute confusion to you. We imagine we understand where the other person is, until God gives us a dose of the plague of our own hearts. There are whole tracts of stubbornness and ignorance to be revealed by the Holy Spirit in each one of us, and it can only be done when Jesus gets us alone. Are we alone with Him now, or are we taken up with little fussy notions, fussy comradeships in God’s service, fussy ideas about our bodies? Jesus can expound nothing until we get through all the noisy questions of the head and are alone with Him.

    Oswald Chambers
    January 13th Devotional

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  21. Dora says:

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  22. WeeWeed says:

    Game Day, infidels!!

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  23. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  24. woodstuff says:

    President Trump’s Twitter Account Seems to be offline.


    • czarowniczy says:

      He’s probably turned it off as he’s headed to NOLA to watch LSU steamroll Clemson – he might be out tailgating with the LSU crowd, getting fed, boozed and finding out how tailgating should really be done!

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      • JG3 says:

        You’re referring to the LSU crowd getting fed, boozed and finding out…right? After all, POTUS doesn’t booze…


        • czarowniczy says:

          Oh hell yes, Clemson folks are getting fed by the LSU crowd.

          Yeah, I understand he doesn’t drink (couldn’t get a drivers licence here in that case) but perhaps an apéritif or digestif…they’re not technically drinks.


  25. czarowniczy says:

    I’m reading a blurb on how an Israeli company has just released an AI program that IDs strokes in a brain scan before the patient leaves the radiology room, dramatically cutting the diagnostic time and saving brain cells. This is just one of a whole slew of important medical advances to come out of Israel in the last few years. And how many medical advances have we seen come out of those Mideast countries yelling ‘Death to Israel’ 24/7? How many kinds of advances to aid the human condition in ANY form?

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  27. Lucille says:

    Magnificent aircraft…video with no commentary….

    B-52H Bomber • B-2 Bomber • F-35 Strike Fighter
    Gung Ho Vids


  28. Lucille says:

    Sir Roger Scruton, R.I.P. – The Beauty of a Conservative Life
    Dr. Steve Turley

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  29. Lucille says:

    A few quotes from the writings of Sir Roger Scruton…

    “Conservatism starts from a sentiment that all mature people can readily share: the sentiment that good things are easily destroyed, but not easily created.”
    ― How to Be a Conservative

    “A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ‘merely relative,’ is asking you not to believe him. So don’t.”
    ― Modern Philosophy: An Introduction and Survey

    “Intellectuals are naturally attracted by the idea of a planned society, in the belief that they will be in charge of it.”
    ― Fools, Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left

    “It is not the truth of Marxism that explains the willingness of intellectuals to believe it, but the power that it confers on intellectuals, in their attempts to control the world. And since…it is futile to reason someone out of a thing that he was not reasoned into, we can conclude that Marxism owes its remarkable power to survive every criticism to the fact that it is not a truth-directed but a power-directed system of thought.”
    ― A Political Philosophy: Arguments for Conservatism

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  30. nimrodman says:

    “It’s disappointing to see that Iran is as hateful as America,” a downcast Kaepernick said in a press conference. “I expected to be welcomed as a hero over there, but apparently, they too are biased against people with dark skin.”

    Iran has clarified that they agree with Kaepernick ideologically, but they need someone who can throw.

    Iran Declines To Sign Colin Kaepernick After Reviewing Workout Video

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  31. It still feels just like Christmas to me for so long before and after the calendar pages turn ….

    Christmas is still here !

    Thanks To You Our Dear Holy Lord Jesus

    Thank you Lord for this beautiful blessed miracle, in this special place where our love feels the passing time no more, as if all clocks have stopped in this beautiful wonderful place that is forever now.


  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the assembly (choir) of tbe penitents:

    1. How they sinned, wittingly or unwittingly, against the Law of Christ.
    2. How they repented, set their lives aright and fulfilled the Law of Christ.
    3. How they now sing in Christ’s Kingdom, and help us by their prayers.

    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 – December 31st – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

    [To add a note, Saint Mary of Egypt is a notable example of what Saint Nikolai describes.]

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  35. Sepp says:

    Among the Saints commemorated today (December 31st) on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church is Saint Theophylact of Ohrid.

    He wrote commentaries on the Four Gospels and other books of the New Testament.

    A full account of his Life is given at the following link.


  36. David says:

    What does it take to defend Israel in that insane neighborhood? See this:


  37. David says:

    The video above is missing the long range defense. So here it is. It can also be used as an intercontinental missile and can vary nuke heads. There you go:


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