Thursday February 20th – 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 Thursday February 20th – Open Thread

  1. DanDeplorable says:

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  2. citizen817 says:

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  5. Mary Van Deusen says:

    Astronomical Images of Nebulae and Galaxies to Jeremiah Clark’s ‘Prince of Denmark’s March,’ a Trumpet Voluntary.

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  6. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The Secret Of Spiritual Victory

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    Believers in Christ have been made “free from sin” by grace (Rom.6:14,18) in the sense that they need not, indeed, should not, yield to sin when temptation arises (Rom.6:12,13). Believers have also been made “free from the law of sin and death” (Rom.8:2) for Christ, in grace, bore the death penalty for them.

    But no believer is free from what Paul calls “the law of sin which is in my members” (Rom.7:23), that is, the old Adamic nature, with its inherent tendency to do wrong. Nor is he free from the conflict with the new nature which this involves. If the Christian would be truly spiritual and deal in a scriptural way with the sin that indwells him, he must clearly recognize its presence; he must face the fact that while, thank God, he is no longer “in sin”, sin is still in him.

    But this conflict should not discourage us, for it is one of the true signs of salvation. It is unknown to the unbeliever, for only the additional presence of the new nature, along with the old, causes this conflict, for the Bible says about these two natures: “these are contrary the one to the other” (Gal.5:17).

    But not only is this conflict within the believer a sure sign of salvation; it also creates within him a deep and necessary sense of our inward imperfection and of the infinite grace of a holy God in saving us and ministering to us daily in helping us to overcome sin. And this in turn gives us a more understanding approach as we proclaim to the lost “the gospel of the grace of God”.

    Paul’s epistles show clearly that there is nothing that will so help us to overcome sin and live pleasing to God as an understanding and an appreciation of what He has done for us in Christ. As we are occupied with these “things of the Spirit” we find ourselves “walking in the Spirit”, and Galatians 5:16 says: “WALK IN THE SPIRIT, AND YE SHALL NOT FULFIL THE LUST OF THE FLESH”. How much better to have our lives transformed by occupation with Christ (IICor. 3:18) and our position and blessings in the heavenlies with Him (Col.3:1-3), than to assume the hopeless task of trying to improve the “old nature”; always engaged in introspection; always occupied with the flesh!

    Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace…. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

    Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
    13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

    Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

    Romans 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

    Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

    Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

    2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

    Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
    2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
    3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

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  7. Lucille says:


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  8. Lucille says:

    Dogs of 2020 Westminster

    The twisted hair of Puli dogs backstage before the show on February 9, 2020…

    She’s such a proud beauty…Siba….

    Westminster Dog Show 2020: Siba The Standard Poodle Wins Best In Show
    By Kristin Tablang, Lifestyle Assistant Editor – Feb 11, 2020

    This sweet dog is so incredible…an angel….
    P!nk the agility dog…WKC Dog Show: P!nk Wins 16″ class.

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  9. citizen817 says:

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  10. Garrison Hall says:

    This song is for Menagerie and her puppies. It’s really also for the rest of us, too. But then, I have to say it’s also about our puppies both past and present. They were all good dogs. 🙂

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    • wondering999 says:

      Not just his mom…someplace i read his grandparents are very involved as well?

      Let’s hear it for grandparents. Mine are long gone… but I treasure memories of early days with them. I remember watching my grandmother gardening in her sunhat… I could.roam around her yard next door, but had to stay where she could see me at all times. Loved her so much! I wish Barron many happy days with older (and younger) relatives


  11. citizen817 says:

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    • jbt says:

      His Dad’s a chess master as well! 😉


    • czarowniczy says:

      And doesn’t attend a public school where so many of the students don’t speak standard English, or English at all. Doesn’t have to navigate the halls where he’s subject to getting jumped, beaten and his lunch money stolen by thugs-in-training who look at public schools as vo-tech centers for their future crime careers. And he also has parents who are smarter than the usual bear.

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  12. Lucille says:

    Inside the murky world of Jeffrey Epstein – and his links with Barclays boss Jes Staley
    By Michael O’Dwyer – 13 February 2020 •

    It was a pilgrimage to see a long-standing ally who had helped make him a very wealthy man. But as Jes Staley’s yacht, the 90ft two-master Bequia, slipped into the harbour at the Caribbean Island of Little St James, the banker was about to embark on a whole new fateful voyage.

    Within eight months, Staley would be chief executive of Barclays, and the acquaintance who called Little St James home – billionaire convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein –would become a millstone around his neck.

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  13. TreeClimber says:

    My husband’s coworker has a little ten-month-old boy and a three-year-old girl. The baby just got diagnosed with stomach cancer, and the family is asking for prayers. He’s starting chemo this week, and any prayers would be appreciated.

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  14. Lucille says:

    Ocasio-Cortez May LOSE! Gets Challenged By 12 Democrats in Primary!!!
    Dr. Steve Turley – Published on Feb 19, 2020

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  15. Dora says:

    I’m afraid America has lost it’s soul.

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  16. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
    John 5:24 (KJV)

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  17. just stevie says:


    “Arise, let us go hence.” John xiv. 31

    Dreaming about a thing in order to do it properly is right; but dreaming about it when we should be doing it is wrong. After our Lord had said those wonderful things to His disciples, we might have expected that He would tell them to go away and meditate over them all; but our Lord never allowed “mooning.” When we are getting into contact with God in order to find out what He wants, dreaming is right; but when we are inclined to spend our time in dreaming over what we have been told to do, it is a bad thing and God’s blessing is never on it. God’s initiative is always in the nature of a stab against this kind of dreaming, the stab that bids us “neither sit nor stand but go.”

    If we are quietly waiting before God and He has said – “Come ye yourselves apart,” then that is meditation before God in order to get at the line He wants; but always beware of giving over to mere dreaming when once God has spoken. Leave Him to be the source of all your dreams and joys and delights, and go out and obey what He has said. If you are in love, you do not sit down and dream about the one you love all the time, you go and do something for him; and that is what Jesus Christ expects us to do. Dreaming after God has spoken is an indication that we do not trust Him.

    Oswald Chambers
    February 20th Devotional

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    • Pale rider says:

      Hmmm I’ve got to think about that one Stevie!
      Gods word is his “spoken word”. “More than we can ask or think” “think on these things,( what is good)”.
      ‘Action’ or ‘forward movement’ would be the result and ‘fear’ the obstacle?
      He knows our thoughts, directs our steps!
      So acting on our dreams be it small or great, at least writing them down? That would be a step of faith.

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      • just stevie says:

        I think what OC is saying is…don’t just do nothing with what God gave us. Act like we are truly ‘in love’ with Him. 😁

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        • Pale rider says:

          The encounter with God is the part we ‘dream’ about instead of walking in that provision. Pro-vision! It was given for others and not ego, to share and uplift, deliver.
          The religious leaders and Israelites were given a mandate to share God’s word as we are. Instead they used it for self exaltation, exhibitionism, “mooning”.
          Dreaming as in dreaming of greatness of self.
          Very good one! Another road sign to point the way to supernatural faith and lives.

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          • Pale rider says:

            “For there is no condemnation in Christ” so I should add this.
            Because we receive and live in provision is not “mooning”. Christ lived a life of miracles BUT it was always pointing people towards his father. The “dream” was for others to live with provision as well as self.
            There are great men of faith, I have known some, they are provided for and show us the way. It is not wrong to live a life of provision, it is what God intended for every believer. Be it health, family, wealth. Praise God!

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  18. Dora says:

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  19. Dora says:

    One of my favorites. 🙂

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  20. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  21. aProvider says:

    So we have a possible inflection point? What does that mean? What does the CTH staff know about Ric Grennell that 99.44% of the U.S. population doesn’t know? I guess the first thing would be his name.

    I understand that we all want something to happen regarding this coup. We all want to know why there is optimism in this appointment. Who is Ric Grennell besides some “loyalist”? And does the office of the ODNI become the end-all and be-all in draining the swamp?


  22. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  23. MR52 says:

    Ha, Kristol busted! Never liked the dude and always thought he was a fraud. It is now proven.

    Based On Tax Filings, Bill Kristol’s Been A Democrat For Years


  24. De Oppresso Liber says:

    Re: U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen

    It is looking very likely that the “outside attorney” who has been assigned to work alongside DOJ thug van Grack in reviewing the case against LTG. Flynn, U.S. Attorney from St. Louis Jeff Jensen, has a very questionable past.

    Margot Cleveland wrote a piece for The Federalist (March 2019) in which she reported that Jeff Jensen was an FBI agent until 1999, and then became an assistant U.S. Attorney working directly under no other than Andrew Weissmann during the infamous Enron travesty in 2005. Weissmann has a history of prosecutorial misconduct.

    Cleveland reported that according to two defense attorneys involved in the trial, that they were threatened/intimidated by no other than Jeff Jensen working for Weissmann. I have found Cleveland to be a steady, honest journalist whose reporting has been both truthful and accurate.

    I am curious as to whether AG Barr knew about Jensen’s background, or if he came recommended to AG Barr through someone else?


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  26. P says:

    Really interesting videos for anyone liking abandoned places.


  27. wtd says:

    New bombshell report. Mike Adams is covering the latest finding that #COVID19 has a novel mechanism to invade the cell. And it’s never been seen before in nature. This is more evidence for the bioweapon assertion for #COVID19.

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  28. wtd says:

    Larry Elder on Black History Month: Why Don’t They Teach About the Arab-Muslim Slave Trade in Africa?

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  29. Lucille says:


    “A woman in Suwannee County, located about 150 miles south of the Georgia border, called 9-1-1 Tuesday and told dispatchers her 3-year-old son was playing outside with his siblings and wandered away, the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post. The family’s dog, Buddy, was also missing, she told the dispatcher.”

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    • TreeClimber says:

      Last time we were at my in-laws, the four of us and my husband’s Jack Russell, Buddy, went walking. We got charged by a dog 3-5 times Buddy’s size; he positioned himself between the dog and our two-year-old until my husband managed to wrangle the dog away.


  30. czarowniczy says:

    The Air Force, after a long period of R&D, is taking delivery of its new aircrew survival rifle – it’s basically the same mid-60s CAR-15 survival rifle the AF used back then with a few civilian AR-15 aftermarket add-ons.

    The AF has played around with aircrew survival rifles for years, most have been .22LR or other small game cartridges though in Vietnam I was issued a survival vest with a S&W .38 revolver and about 18 rounds. The AF has been skirting the issue of a downed aircrew effectively mounting a realistic defense for years so I really shouldn’t complain too much that they slapped lipstick on a 50+ year old rifle they discarded as ineffectual.

    Everything old is new again – with just more money poured into the proof.


  31. Lucille says:

    WA State Mag Ban Defeated, Bad Bills Remain
    Posted at 9:00 am on February 20, 2020 by Cam Edwards

    Washington State gun owners got some good news Wednesday evening, as a legislative deadline came and went with several pieces of gun control legislation failing to cross out of their house of origin.


  32. mandy says:

    Just read that State overruled the CDC regarding bringing people sick with that virus into the US.

    Once this shit makes it into the nursing homes…DAMN. This thing has the potential to empty those facilities in short order.

    Oh, wait…


  33. mandy says:

    Tonight we’re watching the movie, “The Cassandra Crossing” from 1976. All star cast including Sophia Loren, Burt Lancaster, Richard Harris, Martin Sheen…and the renowned murderer OJ Simpson.

    “Passengers on a European train have been exposed to a deadly disease. Nobody will let them off the train. So what happens next?”

    Fun little plague disaster movie…

    (I admit, I was pleased that hubby kept noting where the characters did stupid stuff which exposed them to the bug.)

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  34. Lucille says:

    CAIR foiled: Raymond Ibrahim to speak at US Army War College next week
    By Raymond Ibrahim – February 20, 2020

    As American Thinker readers may remember, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) fought hard against exposing the future leadership of the U.S. Army to the real history of Islam’s war on infidels since its founding by Mohammed…


  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the Lord Jesus as the sower:

    1. As the sower whose seed grows slowly but surely.
    2. As the sower of new knowledge, new strength and a new order.
    3. As the sower of new spiritual food, by which the human race will be fed until the end of time.

    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 7th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  38. Lucille says:

    Alabamans certainly need to send this guy packing on November 3rd…

    Alabama Sen. Doug Jones Laughs at Babies Dying in Late-Term Abortions: “What a Stupid Question”
    By Micaiah Bilger – February 19, 2020

    “Senator Doug Jones has proven once again that he is no moderate when it comes to abortion on demand through the moment of birth. Alabama’s Democratic senator may think it is ‘stupid’ to question his abortion extremism, but rest assured, his constituents take respect for human life very seriously,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.


  39. Troublemaker10 says:

    Roger Stone may be the catalyst behind much needed DOJ prosecution and prison sentence reform .

    Interestingly enough, in Kim Clement’s “impeach, impeach” prophecy he also said, “who will take on this Giant? God will use a simple Stone. Remember that name”.


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