Wednesday February 19th – 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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112 Responses to Wednesday February 19th – Open Thread

  1. DanDeplorable says:

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  2. Mary Van Deusen says:

    Wolves to New Age music

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The Fruit Of The Spirit

    “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law” (Gal. 5:22,23).

    The “fruit of the Spirit” is that combination of graces evidenced in the lives of believers who “walk in the Spirit.” Let us never make the mistake of supposing that “the Spirit,” in Gal. 5:22,23, refers to “the spirit of man which is in him” (I Cor. 2:11). It refers rather to the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, who indwells believers. The spiritual virtues listed above do not spring from any goodness in us, but from the Spirit of God dwelling within.

    Next, we should observe that these graces are not the product of human effort. The passage above declares that they are fruit, and fruit is the natural product of life and growth. Indeed, “the fruit of the Spirit” is here contrasted with “the works of the flesh” (Vers. 19-21), and these are all bad!

    Finally, it is a remarkable fact that the graces which the Holy Spirit produces in yielded believers are certainly not those which the world admires. The world admires self-confidence, self-respect, self-made men, intellectual prowess, personal magnetism, authority, etc., while the Spirit produces “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” But consider the difference. A man may have self-confidence, intellectual acumen, political or other power — and he may still be very difficult to live with, but not so with the virtues which the Spirit produces. Of those who possess these graces the Apostle says: “Against such there is no law.”

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/the-fruit-of-the-spirit/

    Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
    23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

    1Corinthians 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

    Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

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  4. redress. says:

    Same MO in Ukraine…………..now we know why Democrats and Uni party members are fighting so hard to stop any investigation into US aid and where it ends up!

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2020/02/marvellous-rwandan-press-report-explains-world-banks-report-on-aid-flowing-to-private-offshore-bank-.html

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  5. citizen817 says:

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  6. citizen817 says:

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  7. Garrison Hall says:

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  8. citizen817 says:

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  9. Paul Cohen says:

    Some great stuff here:

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1229848820319768582.html

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  10. Janie M. says:

    Okay… I am NOW officially 69. Where DID the time go? Regardless, what a journey it has been!

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  11. Janie M. says:

    Why Are Certain PE Classes So Popular at MIT?

    [snip]
    “MIT awards “Pirate Certificates” to students who complete PE classes in
    archery, fencing, shooting, and sailing.

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of America’s top
    institutions of higher learning, with 58 National Medal of Science
    recipients, 96 Nobel laureates, 48 Rhodes Scholars, and 50 MacArthur
    Fellows among its faculty and alumni ranks. But all those science and
    engineering brainiacs like to have fun, too. For about 20 years, MIT
    students have pursued unofficial “Pirate Certificates” by taking classes in
    archery, fencing, pistol or rifle shooting, and sailing.”

    More at:
    https://www.wisegeek.com/why-are-certain-pe-classes-so-popular-at-mit.htm

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  12. Dora says:

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  14. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
    John 16:33 (KJV)

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  15. Dora says:

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  17. just stevie says:

    THE INITIATIVE AGAINST DRUDGERY

    “Arise, shine.” Isaiah lx. 1

    We have to take the first step as though there were no God. It is no use to wait for God to help us, He will not; but immediately we arise we find He is there. Whenever God inspires, the initiative is a moral one. We must do the thing and not lie like a log. If we will arise and shine, drudgery becomes divinely transfigured.

    Drudgery is one of the finest touchstones of character there is. Drudgery is work that is very far removed from anything to do with the ideal – the utterly mean grubby things; and when we come in contact with them we know instantly whether or not we are spiritually real. Read John xiii. We see there the Incarnate God doing the most desperate piece of drudgery, washing fishermen’s feet, and He says – “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.” It requires the inspiration of God to go through drudgery with the light of God upon it. Some people do a certain thing and the way in which they do it hallows that thing for ever afterwards. It may be the most commonplace thing, but after we have seen them do it, it becomes different. When the Lord does a thing through us, He always transfigures it. Our Lord took on Him our human flesh and transfigured it, and it has become for every saint the temple of the Holy Ghost.

    Oswald Chambers
    February 19th Devotional

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  18. ILOT says:

    Dershowitz says he will be filing a lawsuit soon, based on a client that was targeted by President Obama at the request of G.S. Presumably the target was an “ally”. Is any one hearing that the target was Rod Blago?

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  19. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  20. Genie says:

    Senators Grassley and Johnson set today as the deadline for the Secret Service to produce Hunter Biden’s travel records.

    “…please provide the following information no later than February 19, 2020:

    1. Please describe the protective detail that Hunter Biden received while his father was Vice President.
    2. Please provide a list of all dates and locations of travel, international and domestic, for Hunter Biden while he received a protective detail. In your response, please note whether his travel was on Air Force One or Two, or other government aircraft, as applicable and whether additional family members were present for each trip.”

    https://www.grassley.senate.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2020-02-05%20CEG%20RHJ%20to%20Secret%20Service%20%28Biden%20Travel%29.pdf

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  21. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    MAGNETIC CRACK SPARKS RARE BLUE AURORAS:

    Yes, there really are cracks in Earth’s magnetic field. One of them opened on Feb. 18th, sparking some of the strangest auroras in years. First, the night sky turned blue over the Lofoten Islands of Norway:

    “After snow, sleet, and heavy wind all day, the clouds parted for a 2 hour display of spectacular pale green, blue, and purple auroras over the mountains of Reine,” says photographer Matthew Steinberg.

    Blue auroras are rare. Auroras are usually green, and sometimes red. Those are the colors produced by oxygen when it is excited by electrons raining down from space. Blue is a sign of nitrogen. Energetic particles striking ionized molecular nitrogen (N2+) at very high altitudes (> 400 km) produces a cold azure glow of the type captured in Steinberg’s photo. Usually the blue is faint, but on Feb. 18th it was strangely intense.

    Next, the auroras turned green again. But they were strangely shaped. This was the view from Tromsø, Norway:

    “I couldn’t believe my eyes,” says photographer Markus Varik, a longtime aurora tour guide who previously thought he had seen it all. “This strange rippling band formation unfolded overhead. It was so different than the usual aurora arcs. Truly magic! Let’s hope for some more strange shapes tomorrow!”

    Indeed, it could happen. A G1-class geomagnetic storm is underway, and more Arctic auroras are in the offing. Stay tuned. Aurora alerts: SMS Text.

    https://spaceweather.com/

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  22. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  23. Jorizabeth says:

    Hard evidence, please!

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  24. Dora says:

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  25. Jim in TN says:

    have you watched Pence pump up the crowd at a Trump rally?

    During shampeachment, there were a lot of people who thought Pence was lining up Nikki Haley to be his V.P.

    I have mixed thoughts. I don’t think he is that good of an actor. None of the treasonous, so far, have been. They all avoid open support of Trump.

    Pence has had a few of those episodes of failing to defend, but not now.

    On the other hand, now Pence has an open shot to replace Trump 2024. Failure in 2020 will destroy Pence. His best interests now lay in earning the support of Trump supporters and helping Trump win 2020.

    How do you think Pence would rule in 2024? A betrayer of Trump, the way Bush was a betrayer of Reagan? Carry on Trump’s progress? Or something else altogether?

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  26. Mary Ann Bittner says:

    Amen

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  27. William Murphy says:

    The Pills & Needles Club. I need to update my will.
    As the FDA, the CDC and Big Pharma clear the throats and exchange deep thoughts about who gets what money, meanwhile at the FEBA (Forward Edge of the Battle Area):

    Today, Feb. 19, 2020

    “..to treat critically-ill patients with COVID-19 (fka Wuhan or 2019-nCoV) coronavirus infection.

    “..initial CytoSorb(USA) devices and provide product, training, and support to CMS to introduce CytoSorb initially into four hospitals in the Wuhan, China area.

    “CytoSorbents and CMS (China Medical System) will partner together to earn regulatory clearance to import CytoSorb into China under the “fast-track”…

    “Dr. Huaizheng Peng, General Manager of Global Investment and Operations of CMS stated,”..We believe that CytoSorb may provide physicians a powerful new approach to help patients who are suffering from severe coronavirus infection.”

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  28. MakersMark says:

    Good morning Doug. In the late 70’s I was on wheel-watch one (very dark night) out on the high-seas on my dads commercial fishing boat. Seemingly out of nowhere, the most beautiful bright orange crescent moon appeared on the horizon. That image has stayed with me for all these years. The following are the lyrics to a song I completed a few months ago:

    From: Mark Boyce
    Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2018 8:50 AM
    To: Mark Boyce
    Subject: Portrait Island

    Late one night the moon cried out, while sailing on the sea

    I’ve come to lay my crescent down, and join this human-being

    The ocean waits for a change in the tide, as I move towards the sun

    The southern skies are synchronized, and the night is long

    I hear a steel-drum sound, and a mission bell….the rhythm of a waterfall

    The old man sits on the island shore, awaiting my port-of-call

    As I draw near to the outer-banks, it’ll raise my point of view

    The tropic sea becomes his wishing-well by the light of my crescent moon

    It’s been said before, below these southern skies

    (that I) once chased an equinox, then stayed here for a night

    Even as the world stood still, and the trade-winds settled down

    It was here on Portrait Island I laid my crescent down

    It’s dark as night the moon cried out, to the small house on a hill

    I’ve come to make my presence known, outside his window sill

    The ocean waits for the break of dawn, there’s a ship out on the sea

    Here in the heart of an old sailor-man, he’s reaching out for me

    My oh my! oh my my

    Everybody knows cows don’t fly

    But you can feel it in the air tonight, way beyond the coconut trees

    I’ve come to lay my crescent down and sail this autumn breeze

    We’ve been here before, below these southern skies

    The old man and the moon, at the water’s edge tonight

    Guided by the midnight stars, we’ve sailed the rolling tide

    And I’ll come back to Portrait Island when the trade-winds come alive

    Virus-free. http://www.avg.com

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  29. TreeClimber says:

    So my husband’s coworker has a ten-month-old baby boy and a three-year-old girl. The little boy was just diagnosed with a stomach cancer tumor and is starting chemo today. Any prayers for him and his family are appreciated. They were having a rough time even before this diagnoses and it’s really hurting them.

    (If it’s okay, I’m going to post this on tomorrow’s thread after midnight tonight to spread views.)

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    • Lucille says:

      You might also put this request into the Prayer Request section at the top of the right hand listings.

      Prayers for the little one and his family in their time of need most assuredly will be said. Thanks for letting us know.

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  30. TwoLaine says:

    George Zimmerman sues two presidential candidates for their comments on Trayvon Martin’s death

    Howdy Doody and Fauxcahontas.

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    • I saw that, too. It won’t take long for Obama judges to shut this suit down, just like happened with his suits against the networks. But I’ll give him an “A” for effort.

      https://mobile.twitter.com/fox35orlando/status/1230127568252211209

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    • bessie2003 says:

      Here’s the text of the lawsuit filing:

      http://www.larryklayman.com/pdf/200218-Complaint.pdf

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      • TwoLaine says:

        Howdy has 1,600,000 Twitter followers and Fauxcahontas has 3,600,00.

        Candidate TRUMP, at this time in the 2016 race was at 6.27 MILLION, and he started his candidacy around 2.3.

        FauxC has had many years to build up hers. Howdy is just getting started, like a turtle.

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      • Thanks. I’m pleased to see that Larry Klayman is representing George in this matter. These wild accusations and/or insinuations by public figures need to stop. During his saga it became obvious that George was NOT racist, white supremecist, OR guilty of murder.

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    • bessie2003 says:

      Glad to see this;

      these lawsuits plus the one he just filed against the prosecutors and State of Florida et.al, along with remarks from the former Gov. of Illinois (can’t spell his name) about the manipulative abuse of power that put him behind bars,

      these seem to be a part of a growing movement to stop the incessant lies and abuse of power by politicians and their use of law enforcement against those who don’t fit the preferred narrative.

      It’s a nice start; perhaps a ricochet effect from the ground up that can bring the rule of law back into alignment after watching and learning from the masterful way President Trump stayed focused on his job and prevailed over the series of hoaxes, accusations and impeachment moves.

      Make ’em pay. Bigly!

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    • Lucille says:

      Buttigieg is only interested in tearing down culture and morals, just as his communist father taught him. See “Mayor Pete: Red Diaper Baby”
      As “moderate” Democrats rush to disqualify Bernie Sanders, they might want to notice how much their hero Pete Buttigieg has in common with his one-time hero… Bernie Sanders.
      by PAUL KENGOR – February 15, 2020
      https://spectator.org/mayor-pete-red-diaper-baby/

      It’s a long read but very worth the time to find out about who this guy is and what he’s been brainwashed into believing and now propagating.

      As for Liz Warren, she’s got nothing right or honest for years. That she’s still on the debate stage is pathetic and shows how low the Dems can go…so far, ’cause you know they will go further into dispensing the hell they want for all of us but not themselves if they get the tiniest of chances.

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  31. Laurie Walker says:

    Comments from all over the world …. 279 million likes.

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  32. Lucille says:

    Florida: 17-year-old boy converts to Islam, slits throat of 13-year-old, killing him for mocking his new religion
    February 19, 2020 4:00 PM y Robert Spencer

    The family of the victim is suing Publix for selling Corey Johnson the knife, violating a Florida law that prohibits the sale of knives to anyone under age 18. That’s all well and good, but how many people even know that this incident happened at all? The murder of Jovanni Alexander Sierra should have been the occasion for a national discussion about the phenomenon of converts to Islam becoming violent, which keeps happening, and what should be done about it. Instead, the whole thing was swept under the rug, as always.

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2020/02/florida-17-year-old-boy-converts-to-islam-slits-throat-of-13-year-old-killing-him-for-mocking-his-new-religion

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  33. mandy says:

    So I checked ZH and I see this headline…

    “Japanese Epidemiologist Blasts “Chaotic” Conditions Onboard The ‘Diamond Princess'”

    With this quote from the guy: “It was even worse than what I’ve seen in Africa.”

    Brutal honesty will be deemed racism in 3…..2….1….

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    • wondering999 says:

      What surprises me is that the cruise lines have experienced trouble with disease epidemics before, and it is costly for them whether *norovirus* or anything else contagious.

      How bizarre that the cruise line management would not have developed protocols, years ago, to counter disease outbreaks like this one?

      By the way, check and see if your school board and administrators have any contingency plans in place for what they will do if schools have to close for this epidemic. Also ask the hpspitals, pharmacy staff and medical offices if they are prepared.

      In San Francisco, you can notice bus drivers and cable car conductors wearing face masks. They are aware of the possibilities. Facebook has cancelled a large conference that was scheduled for early March, because they know they have a lot of employees who have gone back and forth to China while this was developing.

      Your community might not be ready to deal.with this if, or when it hits us. Bring it up, not.to scare anybody, but to brainstorm and prepare for the potential.problems.

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  34. hawkins6 says:

    I was hoping someone would tweet a link to Menagerie’s article “Life of Riley” because James often posts the best animal links. Here’s one for example today.

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  35. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the Lord Jesus as a worker:

    1. As a manual worker for many years.
    2. As a spiritual worker, ceaselessly teaching, consoling and healing men and giving a new commandment to the world.
    3. As a tireless worker who left the counsel: “work while it is yet light.”

    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 – February 6th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  36. 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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  37. 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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