Monday February 24th – 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. DanDeplorable says:

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  2. Mary Van Deusen says:

    The Paintings of Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) – Brahms Variations on Theme by Haydn

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Enemies Of The Cross

    By Pastor Paul M. Sadler

    Scripture Reading:

    “For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the Cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.”
    — Philippians 3:18, 19

    During the Apostle Paul’s visits to Europe he had frequently warned the Philippians about those who were nothing more than deceivers. It is apparent that the problem in the assembly had greatly intensified for Paul writes, “I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping.” These men are labeled by the apostle as “the enemies of the Cross of Christ.” They may have appeared outwardly religious but in reality they were ungodly, self-seeking, arrogant, sensual men who were destitute of faith.

    There are three indictments that are handed down against these workers of iniquity: First, in the order of enumeration is the statement, “whose end is destruction.” Surely this cannot be said of the saved. On the other hand the unsaved will experience everlasting destruction as foretold in II Thessalonians 1:7-9. Secondly, notice the object of their worship. Were they worshipping the true and living God? No! their god was their belly — sensuality, which produced the insatiable desire to satisfy the appetites of the flesh. Thirdly, we are told they set their affections solely on worldly things such as: philosophy, intellectualism, power, popularity, fortune, etc.

    Little wonder Paul calls them enemies of the Cross, “they had a form of godliness, but denied the power thereof.” These emissaries of Satan had no desire to understand the preaching of the Cross, whereby they could be justified from all things. Things haven’t changed very much, today these imposters brazenly substitute the gospel message with the doctrine of positive thinking, which has led many to a false sense of security in thinking that they are right with God. Sad to say, that even some believers have fallen under the spell of this insidious teaching. Sir Walter Scott said of those who are given to deception:

    “Oh, what a tangled web we weave,
    when first we practice to deceive.”

    Thankfully, even though the gospel is sometimes hindered, it continues to be the “power of God unto salvation.” Beware of the enemies of the Cross, they are among us even at this hour.

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/enemies-of-the-cross/

    Philippians 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
    19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

    2 Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
    8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
    9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

    Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

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  4. Lucille says:

    HAPPY BENCH MONDAY IN INDIA (In honor of our President and First Lady’s trip to Ahmedabad, Agra, and New Delhi, the entire nation will be celebrating)….

    Sabarmati Riverfront Walkway, Ahmedabad…

    Taj Mahal, Agra…

    New Delhi…

    Joggers Park, Mumbai…

    Phawngpui Blue Mountain National Park, Mizoram…

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Which brings to mind the problems India has that are about to become world problems and they’re all about water.

      India consumes some 158 trillion gallons of water a year for industrial, personal and agricultural uses. Of that it pulls some 40% of it, roughly the same amount of water Lake Erie holds, from its underground aquifer. On top of that it’s estimated that some 70% of its surface water is heavily polluted and at least 21 major Indian cities (population ~100-million) are scheduled to go dry, their total water supply going effectively to zero, in the next very few years. New Delhi is scheduled to run out of ground water this year or the next and its aquifer has dropped from 40 to 80 meters in just 20 years – and that was while there was still enough ground water to harvest.

      Our good friend China is also well into (no pun intended) a plan to build some 80 hydroelectric dams on the rivers on the Tibetan Plateau which will block water from entering many of India’s already water-short areas. India’s already start to raise hell about the huge dam China built that will block the Brahmaputra river, it has ‘expressed its concerns’ tio China and you can bet those dams will be a topic of conversation with Trump. Not only will those dams have the potential to dry up India but they could also dry up the entire Mekong River flow. We’re looking at a potential cause for a nuclear war.

      I don’t envy Trump this trip.

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      • Lucille says:

        More desalination plants?

        India: The largest desalination plant in South Asia is the Minjur Desalination Plant near Chennai in India, which produces 36.5 million cubic meters of water per year.[28][29]

        A second plant at Nemmeli, Chennai has a full capacity of 100 million litres of sea-water per day since 2013.[30][31]

        Desalination by country
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desalination_by_country

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        • czarowniczy says:

          They don’t have a choice, even at peak capacity they can’t meet demand and that’s not even factoring in how they’re going to distribute it around the country. Agricultural distribution will be particularly difficult.

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    • Blue Wildflower says:

      Amazing, but I don’t want to sit on the blue bench above.

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  5. citizen817 says:

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    This recording of the Giuliani Grand Overture Op. 61 for guitar and orchestra gets my vote for being quite possibly the finest version yet recorded. It was made by Pepe’ Romero and the Academy Of St. Martins In The Field chamber orchestra with Sir Neville Marriner, conducting. Given the date—1978—I strongly suspect that this recording’s master was recorded on analogue tape instead of digital media. Regardless of the medium the recording quality is suburb. Pepe’ is playing an especially wonderful guitar on this recording. In the mid 70’s Cordoba luthier Miguel Rodriguez, who at the time made all of the Romero’s concert guitars, made a remarkably good guitar that Pepe’ promptly named “La Wonderful”. Listening to this now long ago recording shows why this instrument, with it’s luminous tone and deep dynamic range is now regarded, along with guitars like Segovia’s Herman Hauser, as one of the greatest concert guitars ever made. If you like Pepe’s playing, this is him at his very best.

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  7. Lucille says:

    US soldiers fighting to keep virus from base at ground zero of South Korean crisis
    By KIM GAMEL | STARS AND STRIPES | Published: February 23, 2020

    CAMP WALKER, South Korea — U.S. soldiers wearing face masks and gloves wielded thermometers instead of guns as the military fought to keep a deadly virus from spreading to this base in the middle of South Korea’s hardest-hit area.

    https://www.stripes.com/news/us-soldiers-fighting-to-keep-virus-from-base-at-ground-zero-of-south-korean-crisis-1.619953#.XlKpcZAyuEE.twitter

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    • czarowniczy says:

      If they’re doing this at K-37 they’ve got to be jumping through knotholes in the military facilities in Seoul. Israel just sent a South Korean plane full of tourists, many Korean, back, to Seoul after fears the COV-19 outbreak in S. Korea would contaminate Israel. Israel expressed regret about the incident after the Korean government pitched a fit but they kept the Koreans out.

      This is going to give the ‘global pandemic planning’ Cassandras a whole new paradigm top play with.

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    • mandy says:

      Just heard…1st case at Dageu, a dependent (so a wife or child, I suppose?)

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  8. citizen817 says:

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  9. Lucille says:

    More India photos….

    Law Garden, Ahmedabad…

    Kuzhupilly Beach, Kochi…

    No explanation re the tent – LOL!…

    Dogs of Ahmedabad…

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  10. citizen817 says:

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  12. Bone Fish says:

    Close America’s boarders to the CCP-COVID-19 virus now.

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    • Too late I think. The virus is in the US because flights from mainland China to the US were not halted until well after the Chinese New Year on Jan 25 when many returned to their homes and jobs here. We’re about 6-7wks behind Wuhan. Someone here another thread recommended 3 Seconds Until Midnight.
      Excerpted
      “Today in the United States, most large cities contain no more than a 72-hour supply of consumables for their population. The meat, fruit, milk, vegetables, bread, pasta, and rice do not just “magically” appear in the supermarkets and at the corner grocery stores. The availavailability of these items is dependent on a highly complex system of agricultural production, food manufacturing and processing, central wholesalers, regional distributors, and individual supermarkets. These in turn, are linked by a complicated system of timetables for cargo trains, ships, and trucks. Consequently, the food delivery system of our cities depends on an even more complex fuel transportation network involving individual gasoline stations and truck stops. This in turn, is dependent upon fuel manufacturing by the refineries which are supplied with crude oil by another complex system involving some 187,000 miles of pipelines, ships at sea, and tanker trucks that themselves are dependent upon the fuel that is being refined. All these systems are irrevocably interlinked and the “just in time” inventories of the necessary metropolitan commodities depend upon a reliable and functioning infrastructure and work force. What has emerged from the studies of complex systems is the premise that there is a critical point where a sudden percentage loss of a region’s work force from either war or disease, could initiate a series of catastrophic infrastructure failures that would destroy a large metropolitan region’s functionality. This would be followed by a sudden, rapid collapse to a lower degree of societal complexity.

      Analogous events of this type were witnessed in 2005 during the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina and in 2017 after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. While these involved only a localized infrastructure collapse that affected only a specific region, it helped to emphasize the dangers inherent with living inside a complex urban infrastructure. Most particularly, what could happen if such a collapse occurs over multiple large geographical areas as a result of a rapidly spreading lethal infectious disease. In this case, the surrounding states or regions may be unable to provide mutual assistance during and after such an event. Primarily because their own infrastructures may have collapsed as well.”

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  13. Lucille says:

    The Jihad Murder in Florida You Heard Nothing About
    February 23, 2020 by Robert Spenceer

    A 17-year-old, Corey Johnson, murdered a 13-year-old, Jovanni Alexander Sierra, and stabbed two others in Florida in 2018, and this week it was reported that the victim’s family is suing the Publix grocery store chain for selling Johnson the knife, as the sale violated a Florida law that prohibits the sale of knives to anyone under age 18. That’s all well and good, but there is a good deal more to this story: this was a jihad massacre committed in the name of Islam and in accord with its teachings, but it has been swept under the rug. Apparently it doesn’t fit the establishment media narrative.

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2020/02/the-jihad-murder-in-florida-you-heard-nothing-about

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  14. Dora says:

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    • Lucille says:

      So beautiful! I don’t recall seeing this painting before. Such a short lifespan (March 30, 1853 – July 29, 1890) to have completed 900 paintings…and he didn’t start until age 27…can you imagine! Thanks for posting, Dora!

      Here’s a photo of Van Gogh at 19 years old….solemn but sweet looking, IMO…

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  15. Dora says:

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    • Debra says:

      Children as sex partners is a decades long campaign that is being ramped up in this country by importing cultures in which this is prevalent, exploiting vulnerable populations with money, and normalizing such actions via the internet.

      Looks like Pete is well-versed in the ‘movement’ . . .

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  17. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:”
    Hebrews 12:28 (KJV)

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  18. just stevie says:

    THE DELIGHT OF SACRIFICE

    “I will very gladly spend and be spent for you;” 2 Cor. xii. 15

    When the Spirit of God has shed abroad the love of God in our hearts, we begin deliberately to identify ourselves with Jesus Christ’s interests in other people, and Jesus Christ is interested in every kind of man there is. We have no right in Christian work to be guided by our affinities; this is one of the biggest tests of our relationship to Jesus Christ. The delight of sacrifice is that I lay down my life for my Friend, not fling it away, but deliberately lay my life out for Him and His interests in other people, not for a cause. Paul spent himself for one purpose only – that he might win men to Jesus Christ. Paul attracted to Jesus all the time, never to himself. “I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”

    When a man says he must develop a holy life alone with God, he is of no more use to his fellow men: he puts himself on a pedestal, away from the common run of men. Paul became a sacramental personality; wherever he went, Jesus Christ helped Himself to his life. Many of us are after our own ends, and Jesus Christ cannot help Himself to our lives. If we are abandoned to Jesus, we have no ends of our own to serve. Paul said he knew how to be a “door-mat” without resenting it, because the mainspring of his life was devotion to Jesus. We are apt to be devoted, not to Jesus Christ, but to the things which emancipate us spiritually. That was not Paul’s motive. “I could wish myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren” – wild, extravagant – is it? When a man is in love it is not an exaggeration to talk in that way, and Paul is in love with Jesus Christ.

    Oswald Chambers
    February 24th Devotional

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    • Pale rider says:

      “Not fling it away” I did that when I first started this journey. It would have helped if there were some guidance and teaching in that area from the church. IMO, it frustrates people and creates doubt when you “fling it away” not understanding the kingdom of Gods laws. Most true believers have good intentions but poor teaching. That would be the “wheat and tires” sowed together in the church. To remove one you may damage the others.
      Anyway, blessings to you Stevie for your faithfulness.

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  19. duchess01 says:

    An Impressive Indian Man (India) determined to make a difference

    Defeating Deep Rooted Evil Requires Revolutionary Thought — Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai

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    • Boots says:

      If you ignore the white dome, you’ll notice the horizontal profile of White House looks like the right side of AR15. Subliminal indeed.

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  20. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  21. Troublemaker10 says:

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  22. P says:

    Christian Video on Demand provides: Talk, News, Teaching, Church, Movies, Documentaries featuring a lot of excellent material and speakers. (Dr. David R. Reagan, Amir Tsarfati, Jack Hibbs, Jan Markell, Jay Sekulow, etc. to name just a few!)

    https://hischannel.com/

    Have a blessed day everyone!

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  23. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  24. Sloth1963 says:

    As if Ukraine didn’t have enough problems. Got this from a friend who is living There

    It seems I managed to get back to Ukraine before the big panic for corona virus put Italy in turmoil.
    But…
    2 hours from here, near Poltava, they let in four buses of people who came from the infected area in China. now people are protesting in the streets. Police from my town are going there to help contain the protest. 5700 hospital beds were prepared for the crisis.

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  25. Now, for an interesting science article, unfortunately anonymous:

    “Scientists to hunt for tornadoes using microphones used to listen for NUKES.”

    https://www.rt.com/usa/481551-scientists-hunt-tornadoes-nuke-microphones/

    Back in the days when the USA was obsessed with the idea that “The Russians™” were poised to “nuke us into kingdom come,” they deployed a system of acoustic sensors (and a “National Center of Physical Acoustics”) to listen for evidence of nuclear explosions.

    Now, scientists think that they’ve actually found a useful 🤡 application for this taxpayer-money waste: listening for tornadoes. Apparently these events produce an extremely low-pitched hum (1-10 Hz), which would be a tangible sign that a cyclone has in fact formed and has hit the ground.

    (I continue to enjoy the Russia-backed web site, rt.com, both for articles like these and for its broad range of video programming.)

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  26. Ackman419 says:

    My 7 yr old is really into Ash Wednesday.
    My wife is meh, but she likes leaving work mid day.
    My 5 year old is like, “What! I have to leave preschool early? Screw that.
    Not sure how many Catholics we have in this tree, but I am looking forward to Lent, and the rituals/celebrations coming up.
    I will be repenting alcohol for 40 days.
    God bless all us Treepers
    And SD, Menagerie, AdRem

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  27. Ackman419 says:

    I pray, as many as we have can face Christ and repent and ask forgiveness from our savior this Lenten season.
    Bless us and forgive us.
    Amen

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  28. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the Lord Jesus as a good merchant, who came into this world as into a market place, to give and to receive:

    1. To give His labour, and to receive much joyful fruit of this labour.
    2. To give Himself to be humiliated, spat upon, buffeted, lacerated, pierced and crucified, that He might lead an army of His faithful people into His eternal glory.
    3. To give His body to save innumerable souls.

    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 11th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  29. Sepp says:

    The Holy Martyr George of Kratov

    Serbian by birth, from the town of Kratov, the young George was by trade a goldsmith and in his heart and soul a faithful and devout Christian. As soon as he reached the age of 18, the Turks tried to convert him to islam. But George remained as firm as diamond in the Faith. The Turks then tortured him with many harsh tortures and finally burned him alive at the stake. He suffered for the Christian faith on February 11, 1515 (505 years ago today on tbe Church Calendar) in Sofia in the time of Sultan Selim, and was glorified with unfading glory in heaven.

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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. Sepp says:

    Great Lent approaches in the Orthodox Church.

    Yesterday was the Sunday of the Dread Judgment (or Meat-fare). The Sunday before was the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. And the Sunday before was the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee.

    Kontakion
    “When Thou, O God, wilt come to earth with glory, and all things tremble, and the river of fire floweth before the Judgment Seat, and the books are opened and the hidden things made public, then deliver me from the unquenchable fire, and deem me worthy to stand at Thy right hand, O most righteous Judge.”

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  33. arsumbris says:

    Saw a guy promoting a book on Laura Ingraham tonight. He said that criticism of Israel is racism against Jews, ie, anti-semitism: “how can you be against the Jewish state, and not be against Jewish people?” This argument seems like it backfires, like it’s premises are contradictory. Being a logical thinker, some questions came to mind:

    1. Is Israel a racial state for Jews, or is it a Democracy open to anyone regardless of race?
    2. Would it be racist if America were still a Nation State that only allowed Western Europeans to become citizens (pre-1968 Immigration Act laws)?
    3. If you answered “yes” to #2, can you answer “no” to #1?

    Thoughts?

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    • Ackman419 says:

      The state and the religion are separate.
      That’s how I look at it.
      I support Jews, and I have a soft spot for Israel. But I dislike the wag the dog geopolitical influence the state has on the West, especially the US.
      We are essentially Israel’s muscle.

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      • arsumbris says:

        Problem is that the state of Israel doesn’t view Jews as just a religion, they view them as a race. They test you for Jewish DNA when you apply for citizenship, and there are anti-miscegenation laws (against mixed marriages) there.

        https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5034383/

        Some “modern” sects of Judaism accept converts by profession of faith, but traditional judaism still does not. So, it’s still debated there.

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