Monday June 1st – 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. Whistling_Past says:

    source: icr.org

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  2. citizen817 says:

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  3. citizen817 says:

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    • piper567 says:

      citizen, friend of mine grew up in Vermont, and says “ball lightening” happens there.
      I’ve never seen photos…nice.
      thanks.

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    • GB Bari says:

      There are a few credible videos on the internet of lightning balls seen in the sky. Comments under this video on YouTube say this was debunked / exposed as a fake because, despite the light being “reflected” by the tracks and ground, there was zero light being reflected on the electric poles on either side of the tracks or by the trees. It does appear to have been a synthesized video.
      Another reason this appears unlikely is that the steel rails are a nearly perfect grounding object and the static electricity in the ball rolled over them with no effect. I don’t believe that’s physically possible. The concentrated electrical charge would have instantly dissipated when it came in contact with the rails.

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  4. citizen817 says:

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    • czarowniczy says:

      We used to have, many moons ago, a huge satellite ‘light map’ of the world on the wall of an agency I worked at. Some wag noticing a big dark hole just to the north of South Korea put a sign underneath that said: “can you find North Korea?”.

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  5. citizen817 says:

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  6. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Faith Amnesia
    by Pastor Kevin Sadler

    “Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread…And when Jesus knew it, He saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread?…When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto Him, Twelve. And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. And He said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?” (Mark 8:14a,17a,19-21).

    John W. Moore is credited with saying, “Age hasn’t affected my memory a bit. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I forgot something.” [John W. Moore, from the website of Kent Crockett, accessed December 4, 2016, www. kentcrockett.com/cgi-bin/illustrations/index.cgi?topic=Forgetting] When reading the four Gospels, sometimes one has to wonder if the disciples suffered from memory loss. They definitely experienced faith amnesia.

    Mark 6:31-44 is the account of the Lord feeding the five thousand by multiplying five loaves and two fishes. In Mark 8:1-9, they were again in the wilderness with a great multitude of four thousand men present. In Mark 8:2, the Lord said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with Me three days, and have nothing to eat.” In response to this, you’d think the disciples would’ve said, “Lord, simple, just do that miracle again and multiply and create some loaves and fishes like You did the last time!”

    Instead they say, “From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?” (Mark 8:4). In other words, “Where could anyone find enough bread in this wilderness? Where could we possibly go in this desolate place to find food to satisfy all these people?” They’re immediately frustrated and dismayed at the impossible task of feeding such a crowd. They’re telling the Lord what He knew, that this was a barren area. Cities were far away. There weren’t even villages nearby. Finding food for this many people just wasn’t feasible nor realistic.

    The disciples had already seen Christ feed an even greater crowd, but they were still at a loss when a similar problem arose. We can’t be too hard on them though, because we do the exact same thing. We forget what the Lord has done for us in the past, and we doubt, and our faith gives way when difficult circumstances come into our lives. The disciples had to be taught and learn the same lesson again, that of recognizing their own insufficiency in an impossible situation, and their need to depend on the Lord. We often get faith amnesia and are thick-skulled like this. We too have to learn the same lesson over and over again before it gets through to us in our Christian lives.

    After the Lord multiplied the loaves and fishes and fed the four thousand, it gets even more amazing and somewhat humorous as you read on in Mark 8. While leaving to cross the Sea of Galilee again, the Lord began telling them to beware of the leaven (or corrupting doctrine) of the Pharisees and of Herod, causing the disciples to be reminded that they had forgotten to bring bread except for the one loaf they had with them. These same disciples, who had barely gotten done handing out the multiplied bread to the four thousand, started worrying and whispering among themselves, saying that the Lord spoke of leaven because they hadn’t brought enough bread (Mark 8:13-16). Perceiving their discussion and thoughts, in Matthew’s account, the Lord incredulously asks, “O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?” (16:8).

    He then asked them, “Don’t you remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They sheepishly replied, “Twelve.” “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of leftovers did you pick up?” They awkwardly admitted, “Seven.” So He said to them, “How is it that ye do not understand?” (Mark 8:21). Or, “How is it that you don’t get it yet? You don’t have to worry about bread. Just trust Me.”

    God had intervened miraculously and worked in their lives, but when the next difficult issue arose, their current situation and problem overwhelmed them, and the past goodness and working of God in their lives were then forgotten. They struggled with the idea that Christ could supply their needs and provide for them. They struggled with remembering what God had done for them in the past and that He is willing and able. They simply struggled with just trusting Him. And truthfully, we too all struggle with these things at one time or another in our Christian lives. Admitting that our faith always has room for growth is important for God, by His Word and the circumstances of our lives, to “perfect that which is lacking in your faith” (1 Thes. 3:10). May we have the same honesty of the man who pleaded for the deliverance of his demon-possessed son: “Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief” (Mark 9:24).

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/faith-amnesia/

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  7. Magabear says:

    Have to give a thumbs up to the Erie auto insurance company. I was looking thru my stack of mail today and here Erie sent me a check for $42.00 due to people driving less due to the scamdemic lockdowns (I’ve been driving plenty, but we won’t tell them that). Now that’s a decent company! 👍🙂

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  8. czarowniczy says:

    The US has been easing Russia out of its space contracting for some time, the Japanese have been using their HTV-9 cargo ship to deliver beans and TP to the ISS. Last week it made its last visit, remotely docking with the ISS and coming home. It will be replaced by the HTV-X which will be launched by a totally new Mitsubishi launch vehicle. Where the HTV-9 flies up to the vehicle and is captured by the ISS’s robotic arm the HTV-X will be totally automatic, self-docking with the ISS sans ISS occupant assistance.

    I’m trying to keep thoughts of the Mitsubishi Ki-15 – better known as the WW2 kamikazi – out of my mind the thought of the Japanese building- and using for the last 11ish years – a autonomous supply vehicle launched on a totally Japanese-built ICBM…opps, I mean space launch vehicle …is of interest. The HTV-9’s launch mass is 16.5 tons and it’s launched on a H-IIB rocket
    (Mitsubishi again) that has a 21-ton payload. The missile can push the payload to 16,000+ MPH to an orbit and the load can be maneuvered to intercept the ISS that’s also traveling at 16,000mph+. Now I know that capability’s not too well known here, the whole ISS thing is rather ho-hum domestic stuff, but with those capabilities you can bet the Chinese have a real interest in the Japanese ‘space program’.

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    • Janie M. says:

      And I would hope, cz, that we NEVER partner or share any information regarding our space program with CCP as I do NOT trust them.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        As I’ve always believed, the Russians – irrespective of what form of government they have, are still Russians. For centuries they’ve striven to be a world power and under the Communists they came close…they were a nuclear power but not even close to being a world power. ..they couldn’t even project power on their own borders, never mind around the world.

        Much of what they had they stole, they were stupid enough to ‘steal’ the space shuttle plans only to discover much too late they’d been fed a phony, doctored set of plans by the CIA.

        We got the better German scientists at the end of the war and if you look at the early Russian ‘space victories’ you see they were for propaganda, the Sputnik was just a radio transmitter shoved into orbit by a huge rocket and their early ‘first astronauts’ went into space in capsules that made our astronauts shudder. Their stuff was crude and never reached the levels of sophistication ours had.

        They’re where hey belong now, on the ground playing with their Soviet-era toys and looking up at the US and China on the high ground.

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        • Patrick Healy says:

          And yet – over on the right hand side of the pond – we are so starved of unbiased news that (Breitbart london apart) I cannot find ANY news outlet over here which give the U.S. and your great President Trump any truthful coverage except RT which is Moscow news.
          You may find that unbelievable but check it out for yourself.
          If I did not have our marvellous Sundance I would be lost.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            As I’m reading this I’m eating a scone…

            I can remember my Nana listening to Auntie Beeb on ther shortwave in the 50s. She wasn’t starved for news as much as she needed to hear someone speak with an accent that wasn’t South Florida.

            I used to listen to the Brit pirate radio ships when we lived in Germany, one of the few ways we could get R&R as AFN only played it for a few hours a week, we weren’t its prime demographic.

            I get the BNP and National Front news for balance, I note they have a somewhat more in-depth coverage of the violent personal assaults than the authorized news services do, plus my Nana was a English nationalist of Disraeli proportions. She did become a US citizen though, she said it was acceptable as the US was a Commonwealth nation and did sort of speak English.

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          • P says:

            https://protrumpnews.com/

            This site also has links to other Pro Trump sites. Scroll down to the bottom and look at the left side. : )

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          • Deplorable Ukie says:

            Patrick Healy says: ‘cannot find ANY news outlet over here which give the U.S. and your great President Trump any truthful coverage except RT which is Moscow news.
            You may find that unbelievable but check it out for yourself.’

            I did check. Here are the recent headlines from RT.com, the Russian version of Chinese propaganda.

            Australia is US’ most loyal military ally, but when it trades with China, Trump BULLIES it like anyone else.

            Dangerous narcissism: REAL reason Trump ditched Open Skies is dislike for any treaties that don’t bear HIS signature.

            Slavoj Zizek: In American protests, victims of Trump’s policies help the criminal erase the crime.

            Pompeo gaslights Germans with Huawei privacy concerns… casually forgets NSA spied on Merkel.

            Cosmos as the final (legal) frontier: How America is bending SPACE LAW as we enter new age of exploration.

            US ‘not relying on Russia anymore’ & keeping China on the outside: Trump campaign manager turns SpaceX launch into politics.

            US is stuck in Cold War thinking; Plan to spend Russia & China ‘into oblivion’ in arms race will bankrupt only America.

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        • Janie M. says:

          If I am remembering correctly, wasn’t a poor dog sent into space by the Russians? I cannot recall if it returned safely to earth; I suspect it didn’t. Okay, just researched it and it turns out “Laika” – a stray, died from the capsule overheating.

          During my search, I found an article over at The Atlantic, from 2019, regarding the use of animals (dogs and primates) for our respective space programs. I didn’t bother reading any of their other articles… they clearly have an anti-Trump leaning.

          “Why Soviets Sent Dogs to Space While Americans Used Primates”
          https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/08/space-race-dogs-chimpanzees-monkeys/597166/

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Laika, or Muttnik. She was a Russian street dog sent into space on a oneway trip. My grandfathers would say the Russiabs sent dogs into space as they were closer to the Russian’s true nature than chimps.

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  9. Garrison Hall says:

    I can use a little solace. How about you? 🙂

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    • GB Bari says:

      Cortès’ Paris cityscapes are a perfect blend of impressionist art with a realist/ near-photographic quality. Édouard Cortès Is one of my more favorite artists. One can easily imagine themselves inserted into those scenes from a century ago.

      Although Thomas Kinkade was dubbed the “Painter of Light”, Édouard Cortès captured the glow of lighting far more effectively IMHO in his Parisian street scenes long before Kinkade was born.

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  10. Patrick Healy says:

    ‘Tis I again.
    Lacking in any artistic talent as I am, I can still visualise things which I find amusing.
    In my minds eye I can see a shop (store) front with a big sign saying :
    G SOROS & SONS
    suppliers of top quality Chinese bricks
    Free delivery
    Purveyors of latest window glass

    I am sure some of our very talented contributors could make up a good cartoon of that.

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  11. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  12. Gronimo says:

    It’s been long coming, and as the frog in a pot of water on a slow warming stove, we are sleepily snoozing our way into a nightmare. And it’s going to take more than a “woke” president, to awaken those hypnotized by the wiles of the Evil One.

    I just finished watching twelve lectures of about twenty-four minutes each by Peter Jones, who has his finger on the pulse of the present day culture as he shows how the last sixty years has placed the West on the threshold of destruction. Recorded in 2014, it’s easy to see how we got here, and where we are headed, if major changes are not made, soon.

    I encourage you all to check it out at https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/only-two-religions/where-is-society-headed/?

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  15. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  16. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Monday, June 1, 2020

    “For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.”
    Psalms 36:9 (KJV)

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  18. Why Did It Take So Long to Arrest Derek Chauvin?
    By ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    May 29, 2020 4:34 PM

    “I believe Chauvin should have been arrested days ago, if not immediately.”

    “It should go without saying that there is never any excuse for rioting and violence. Peaceful protest, however, is the American way. To the extent peaceful protesters are disturbed that Chauvin was not arrested, they are right to be.”

    “Nevertheless, I don’t look at this as a racial issue, or a “cops against black men” issue. It is a matter of equal protection under the law. Any civilian, regardless of race, who did what Chauvin did would have been placed under arrest. The police officer was not — even after he and his three colleagues were fired because their actions were so indefensible.”

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/05/why-did-it-take-so-long-to-arrest-derek-chauvin/

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    Today on The McCarthy Report, Andy and Rich discuss the death of George Floyd, the scuffle surrounding Judge Sullivan, and look at the insider trading case against Senator Burr.
    https://play.google.com/music/m/Dlgvxohocvxp47yrmh3gtd6izfe?t=Episode_83_Minneapolis_Burning-The_McCarthy_Report

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  19. TradeBait says:

    Could it be any more clear that we are in a war between good and evil in America today? One side preserves life, the other side destroys life. One side preserves faith, the other side is godless. Once side builds, the other side destroys. One side seeks to provide opportunities, the other side seeks to enslave.

    Wake up, people. Choose this day whom you will serve.

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  20. Whistling_Past says:

    On this day ~
    June 1, 1661
    ✝️ James Guthrie went to the scaffold. His enemies were determined to execute him. The Scottish Presbyterian minister was to be executed for publishing a work which declared God’s wrath was coming upon Scotland for, among other things, setting up the King of England as head of the church. Only the Lord Jesus Christ could fill that role.
    It was there minutes before his death he preached his last sermon. “… I do believe that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners of whom I am the chief, through faith in His righteousness and blood, have I obtained mercy, and in Him and through Him alone, have I the hope of a blessed conquest and victory over sin and Satan, and hell and death, and that I shall attain unto the Resurrection of the Just and be made a partaker of eternal life; I know whom I have believed, and He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him against that day.” He urged his listeners to seek Christ’s free grace.

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  21. Whistling_Past says:

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  22. Theckman says:

    All these distractions with multiple secret service agents hurt and riots right outside the White House.
    I believe all the deep state needs is a few or just one operative to get in and go after President Trump.
    Trump needs to be isolated from any new staff. There’s no way they don’t have a plan hatched. Trump has the same files the Obama administration was using to go after people.
    Trump knows too much.
    They know Trump would get re-elected, yet are still feeding the public polls that say Biden is 10 percent ahead. Any sane person would not believe any polls these liars cite as the gospel.
    We do not live in a democracy and have not for a very long time. 😔😢

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    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      Keep your powder dry and keep waiting for Irene.

      If the democrat socialist “resistance” wants a war it won’t end well for them.

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  23. I drove past a line of cars parked around our baseball field Sat. on my way to work.
    Players everywhere. First baseball in two months. I laid on my horn, and started yelling and waving my MAGA hat.
    When I turned the corner, they they had all stopped, and were standing, watching me, with their ballcaoa waving, and a finger pointing to God.

    America is alive.
    America is aware.

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  24. just stevie says:

    THE STAGGERING QUESTION

    “Son of man, can these bones live? Ezekiel xxxvii. 3

    Can that sinner be turned into a saint? Can that twisted life be put right? There is only one answer: “O Lord, Thou knowest, I don’t.” Never trample in with religious common sense and say – “Oh, yes, with a little more Bible reading and devotion and prayer, I see how it can be done.”

    It is much easier to DO something than to trust in God; we mistake panic for inspiration. That is why there are so few fellow workers with God and so many workers for Him. We would far rather work for God than believe in Him. Am I quite sure that God will do what I cannot do? I despair of men in the degree in which I have never realized that God has done anything for me. Is my experience such a wonderful realization of God’s power and might that I can never despair of anyone I see? Have I had any spiritual work done in me at all? The degree of panic is the degree of the lack of personal spiritual experience.

    “Behold, O my people, I will open your graves.” When God wants to show you what human nature is like apart from Himself, He has to show it you in yourself. If the Spirit of God has given you a vision of what you are apart from the grace of God (and He only does it when His Spirit is at work), you know there is no criminal who is half so bad in actuality as you know yourself to be in possibility. My “grave” has been opened by God and “I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing.” God’s Spirit continually reveals what human nature is like apart from His grace.

    Oswald Chambers
    June 1st Devotional

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  25. Lucille says:

    Video: Man chants “There is no god but Allah” during violent Leftist Antifa riots in US
    June 1, 2020 9:00 AM By Robert Spencer

    Here we see the Leftist-Islamic alliance in a single person. Both entities hate the West and want to destroy it, so they’re natural allies.

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2020/06/video-man-chants-there-is-no-god-but-allah-during-violent-leftist-antifa-riots-in-us

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  26. mandy says:

    I’m seeing sooooo many posts encouraging everyone to snuggle up to the rioters, from single incident short vid clips to longer videos of police chiefs and lines of officers ‘taking the knee’ before throngs of rioters. (Which, to me, looks an awful lot like submission and worship – YIKES!)

    As we go through the coming days and are told that we HAVE to come together with the rioters and snuggle up to them, remember:

    21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. (Corinthians, Chapter 10.)

    Choose wisely.

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  27. When the walk to the mailbox yields fliers from aarp and a funeral parlor.

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  28. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on God the Holy Spirit as the inspirer with wisdom and truth:

    1. Of the Prophets, Evangelists, and Apostles, who wrote the Holy Scriptures by His inspiration and guidance.
    2. Of the Holy Fathers*, who interpreted the Holy Scriptures by His inspiration and guidance.

    [Note: here the term Holy Fathers refers to the Church Fathers rather than popes in the Vatican.]

    From “The Prologue from Ohrid” by Saint Nikolai (Serbian-born Bishop who reposed in the USA and was a former prisoner at Dachau).

    Today is May 19th on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church and June 1st on the civil calendar.

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  29. Sepp says:

    May 19th Church Calendar / June 1st civil calendar

    Saint Dunstan, archbishop of Canterbury (+988), is among the Saints commemorated today.

    Hieromartyr Patrikios or Patrick of Brussa in Asia is honored today. He and several with him were beheaded in the year 100.

    Saint Nina, Equal-to-the-Apostles, entered the country of Georgia to share the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ in the year 323 and is remembered today.

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    • Sepp says:

      This video is from the country of Georgia and is the peaceful singing of Kyrie Eleison. The names of those in the video are not at hand right now.

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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. andeclain says:

    Amen.

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  33. pacnwbel says:

    Does anybody think that the continued unemotional stare on Chauvin’s face a bit strange? Also the lack of interaction from the other officers. Usually one hears shouting and there is interaction of some sort, officers with subject and crowd? Why did they ground him after cuffs were put on instead of putting him in the car? Questions abound, especially the predictable violence and vandalism in the wake of sad death, coming as it does after the fears generated from covid outbreak.

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