Sunday June 7th – 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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110 Responses to Sunday June 7th – Open Thread

  1. Mary Van Deusen says:

    Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood – Rachmaninov – Vespers

    In 1881, Tsar Alexander II was fatally wounded in St Petersburg by political nihilists. In 1883, his son, Alexander III, began construction of this privately funded Russian Orthodox cathedral over the place where his father was assassinated. “On Spilled Blood” refers to that murder. The cathedral was completed in 1907, under Tsar Nicholas II. Today it’s a museum.

    The music is parts 6 and 15 from Rachmaninov’s Vespers.

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    • Mary Van Deusen says:

      Sorry, thought I’d fixed that. Church, not cathedral.

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    • Mary Van Deusen says:

      Alayne Gelfand’s Art – Hertel

      If you enjoy seeing the work of non-famous painters, I did this video around 1990 of Alayne Gelfand’s art. I deeply enjoy her experimentation and the various styles she tries. There’s a feel of German Expressionism to a few, but it’s her stained glass look that fascinates me. Her art has sold for some good prices.

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    • mandy says:

      🙂 Enjoyed this, thank you


    • Ray Runge says:

      Thank you. My favorite choral to prepare for a big day.

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    • amwick says:

      TY Mary.. Lovely..
      I had been planning a trip to St. Petersburg, next summer.. It is hard to explain, but after seeing this video, I am determined to make that happen. I am not a history buff, not really, but there is something about the Tzars, and what they built..


      • Mary Van Deusen says:

        I’m starting to think of it as a gigantic Faberge Easter egg that you can stand in the middle of instead of holding in your hand. I made a lovely friend through the Good Omens fandom and he mentioned his travels, so I begged him – as a stay-at-home – for a travelogue, and he began with his trip to Russia and exulted over this church. So I looked it up and, voila, I had my next project. Asked about music, and he enthused over this one, which he had sung in chorus. I love putting friends, and the memory of friends, into videos. It makes opening them that much nicer.


  2. Whistling_Past says:


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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The Purpose Of The Law

    “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight…”
    (Rom. 3:20).

    It is strange that so many sincere people can so misunderstand God’s written Word as to suppose that He gave the Law “to help us to be good” or “as a rule of life.” The Law was not given to help us to be good, but rather to show us that we are sinners and need a Savior. Rom. 3:22,23 says that “there is no difference, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” How foolish, then, to look to the Law for help. Though the Law provides for just trial it does not help the criminal; it condemns him. Thus the Bible teaches that the Law was given:

    “That every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may be brought in guilty before God” (Rom. 3:19).

    “For by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Rom. 3:20).

    “The law entered that the offense might abound” (Rom. 5:20).

    “That sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful” (Rom. 7:13).

    “It was added because of transgressions” (Gal. 3:19).

    This leads us to St. Paul’s great conclusion:

    “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight” (Rom. 3:20).

    This makes sense, for doing a few “good” things cannot right the wrongs we have done. Good is what we should do, hence we should not expect to be rewarded for it.

    But, thank God, “Christ died for our sins” (I Cor. 15:3) and “by Him all who believe are justified” (Acts 13:39).

    “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law” (Rom. 3:28).

    “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

    Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
    23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

    Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

    Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

    Romans 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

    Galatians 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

    1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
    4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

    Acts 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

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

    Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

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  4. Garrison Hall says:

    Have a blessed Sunday, Everyone. Always know that Our Lord is always watching over us. Always.

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  5. mac says:

    According to Subotai Bahadur, the Denver Broncos just marched through Denver wearing shirts saying, “If you’re not with us, you’re against us.” Ok. I’m against you. In order to hurt you to the best of my ability, I will be masquerading as an empty seat in every NFL stadium in America this year. There will be lots and lots of others doing the same thing.

    Die, NFL, die!

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    During this time of raw emotions you may find yourself in a discussion about the protests and/or about racism I’m finding that all manner of people from friends, people in the neighborhood, on the street, even relatives—really anyone who might know or suspect that you are conservative—will try to engage you in a “meaningful dialogue about race, the protests, etc., etc.). These discussions usually take a predictable form with the speaker taking a superior moral position and accusing you of being “racist” because you don’t agree with everything they claim to represent. I find them neither meaningful or in any way useful.

    This is virtue signalling taken to the extreme. If you’ve already experienced one of these one-way conversations you may have already found that, once begun, they are difficult to get out of. With this in mind I’d like to offer a quick and easy way to end the discussion.

    This is a strategy that I’ve used for years and found that it almost always stops the virtue signalling lecture cold. All you have to do to stop the moral lecture is to deny the speaker their claim of moral superiority. And how do you do this? It’s simple, really. All you have to do is simply say the following: “I’m sorry but I don’t grant you the moral imperative here. I’m sorry but we simply don’t agree and so there’s really nothing more productive that can be said about this”. You may have to repeat this several times but eventually you’ll get their attention and they’ll shut up and leave you alone. Honest, this works.

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    • amwick says:

      Oh.. that is perfect..

      Down South, they have this saying.. and, it pretty much means the same thing..
      Put on a smile,, and just say..

      “Bless your heart!”

      Of course it helps if you have an authentic southern drawl, which I do not…

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    • TwoLaine says:

      Or, you can be like me and say, “You’re talking pure crap. Take your b.s somewhere else please. I’m not buying it here.” Then walk away. 🙂

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    • P says:

      Garrison Hall: “These discussions usually take a predictable form with the speaker taking a superior moral position and accusing you of being “racist” because you don’t agree with everything they claim to represent.”

      Just read the article below which ties in with what you’re saying. Highly recommend the “Stand to Reason” website for lots of excellent articles, videos, etc.

      Ask for Tolerance

      “If you’re placed in a situation where you suspect your convictions will be labeled intolerant, bigoted, narrow-minded, and judgmental, turn the tables. When someone asks for your personal views about a moral issue—homosexuality, for example—preface your remarks with a question.

      You say: “You know, this is actually a very personal question you’re asking, and I’d be glad to answer. But before I do, I want to know if you consider yourself a tolerant person or an intolerant person. Is it safe to give my opinion, or are you going to judge me for my point of view? Do you respect diverse ideas, or do you condemn others for convictions that differ from yours?” Let them answer. If they say they’re tolerant (which they probably will), then when you give your point of view it’s going to be very difficult for them to call you intolerant or judgmental without looking guilty, too.

      This response capitalizes on the fact that there’s no morally neutral ground. Everybody has a point of view they think is right, and everybody judges at some point or another. The Christian gets pigeon-holed as the judgmental one, but everyone else is judging, too. It’s an inescapable consequence of believing in any kind of morality.”


  7. dogsmaw says:

    The Church Sisters: Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For


  8. Gryunt Blauhart, 7th Level Bard says:

    For those who believe the military is on “our side”:

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    • TrumpPatriot says:

      That was me at 10yo when my sister took me on the Silver Bullet at the State Fair. I was very small in stature, and the ride was a horror for me. I was clinging to the bar with every muscle in my little body absolutely terrified the next loop was going to throw me out the front. Jeeze, “I can’t breathe” just from the memory. Since that day no one has ever been able to lure me on a carnival ride that is high off the ground.

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  9. nimrodman says:

    I’m watching Eyes Wide Shut, the Kubrick film

    Tom Cruise plays a doctor
    His secretary is Susan Rice, I kid you not

    Pretty far in, after he returns his costume

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    • GB Bari says:

      Interestingly, I searched for about 15 minutes yet could find no posts or articles anywhere on the internet where someone else also made that association.

      Can you provide a link?

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    • TwoLaine says:

      I actually used to have that on DVD. Don’t know why…

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    • nimrodman says:

      No, it’s nothing from the internet, you’ve got to watch the film

      It’s kinda late maybe 3/4 thru the film, after he’s returned his costume and he’s tracking down the naked girl from night before that saved him, he’s doing detective work.

      He wants to get out of the office and calls his secretary in to recite his schedule and then tells her to cancel the 2 appointments remaining

      And no, it’s not actually Susan Rice but a dead ringer for her, same bob haircut with the little flip at the bottom, same blunt nose, same homeliness or bordering on homely

      Sorry if I misled

      I’m kind of a joker sometimes, tho it’s only a joke to be “gotten” by people with the DVD who can call it up and have a look


      • nimrodman says:

        It’s been repeating on my cable service this month, Showtime or HBO, I’ve half-watched it couple times in the background while browsing Treehouse


  10. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  11. Sepp says:

    The Dread and Final Judgement is more important than anyone or anything.

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  12. Whistling_Past says:

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  13. Whistling_Past says:

    ✝️ On this day ~
    June 7, 1891
    Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the ”Prince of Preachers,” preached his last sermon at The Tabernacle in London. Spurgeon had preached to 6,000 every Sunday for thirty years. That was no mean feat in the days before microphones, and was possible only because the Lord endowed him with a commanding voice. From his pulpit Spurgeon expounded the truths of the Bible in a clear and distinct style. Each week one of his sermons was published and was widely distributed and read. He quoted frequently from the world’s great literature. More importantly, he faithfully preached Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, the only Mediator between God and man. In one of the first sermons he preached he declared, “If I am asked what is my creed, I must reply: it is Jesus Christ.”

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  15. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Sunday, June 7, 2020

    “God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.”
    2 Samuel 22:33 (KJV)

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  16. trumpthepress says:

    Hey everyone. Long time poster in the presidential type threads thread but never here on this one.

    Really struggling with all that’s going on. I work for a west coast hospital but live in a conservative county in PA. They did all the white coats for black lives and promoted BLM. Then they sent an email out to the entire department. Some responses were fine but one mentioned riots are needed and white privilege. I didn’t respond but I was ready to resign because there are people there that are racist against whites. I guess typical liberal garbage. It’s been tough.

    Then the NFL stuff happened with Brees and the pro BLM and Antifa type stance. I decided I am not watching any NFL period.

    I told my 25 year old who still lives with me and just finished his degree. He went off on things being influenced by liberal friends about how bad cops were etc… he mentioned the Buffalo incident and I had to prove the guy was a fake from the thread on TCTH here. Of course it went down hill after that with him showing the Meuller Russia Reuters lying article etc..Thank God I have this website and Sundance and company to help prove what they was really all about. At one point son even said guns should be taken away from cops. I responded with cops can use licorice to fight off criminals with illegal guns. He then said please don’t ever talk politics with me again.

    I write this with a heavy and pained heart that I have failed him and my one other son too. They have been brainwashed by our schools and stupid friends.

    I do have a 16 year old who gets it at least.

    I am trying to give this to God but I am still awake at 6 am with no sleep. I texted my oldest so. One more time telling him that i hope he will understand someday that this is way bigger than one issue and hope he can trust me in this like everything else where I have guided him to secure his future.

    Prayers would be appreciated because I feel our country could be lost if President trump doesn’t come out victorious and put the dark side in prison.

    God bless everyone here. Advice is always welcome as this might be a common struggle. I love my kids and my country and my God.

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    • Whistling_Past says:

      trumpthepress, I read your post with a heavy heart, knowing how painful this must be for you.
      Fundamentally the battle is not political; it is spiritual.
      Perhaps you can share this. Leave the results with Him. Blessings.

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      Hi Trumpthepress. I read what you are experiencing. IDK, sounds like grief maybe. No wonder you can’t sleep….coming from all directions: home, work, our country’s issues pandemic/riots/crazy people. The NFL is nuts, so no relaxation in the Fall. Probably is too much right now.

      Hang in there. Read this it might help. I will keep you in my prayers.

      Click to access 6_20_Wolfelt_Director.pdf

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    • Mariposa323 says:

      Praying for you . This is happening in so many families. We have a few in ours . They attack relentlessly even when you don’t engage them . It’s dangerous and a type of spiritual oppression . Do deliverance prayers for him . As a mother you have spiritual authority over him , you can pray to break those soul ties with the blood of Jesus. Here is a letter from a brave archbishop to our president which speaks to this battle . You are not mistaken, this is a bigger battle than any of us can imagine .

      Click to access Open_Letter_President_Donald_Trump.pdf

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      • trumpthepress says:

        Thank you. I am actually his father. The letter is great. I managed 2 hours of sleep so that’s better than 0. I need to use the Lord over my own strength because I am definitely not strong enough with this. I do have a brother and sister who share my point of view on all of this.

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        • psalm1391216 says:

          But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7


      • Patrick Healy says:

        Thank you for linking to that outstanding letter to President Trump.
        It articulates what all real Catholics feel about this Flu d’etat and the satanic plan to destroy America.
        We are now in chapter 5 I believe, we had Russia, Ukraine, Impeachment, Chinese Wuhan Flu and now the black versus white thing.
        I ask myself what, apart from civil war, can the Satanist try to bring down the legal President.
        I firmly believe he is the last defence against the evil one.

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    • GB Bari says:

      I have had similar experience and a first cousin of my wife’s has also had this same painful experience. I believe in the use of “tough love” tactics on adult children who reject and completely disrespect their parents values, citizenship, and rules of basic civility.

      I would ask an adult child who exhibits such woeful ignorance to leave my home and go support themselves entirely so that they might better learn the important life lessons by so doing.

      We often indulge and spoil our children, present them to the Leftwing public education sector for 12 of the most formative years of their lives, allow the popular culture to intimidate us from teaching our children the wisdom of God by good Bible study and instruction…… but then we are upset and confused why these chronologically adult but emotionally and intellectually immature adolescents have become this way.

      It’s called tough love because it is emotionally very tough on the parent who’s natural instincts are to protect their children. But Even in the Bible, God instructs us that adult children must leave their parents and go forth to support themselves. God doesn’t give bad advice.

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      • maxxheadroom777 says:

        As long as I lived at home my dad’s rules were: “If you sleep under my roof and put your feet under my table, you will do as I say with no back-talk.” I left for good at 21, returning only for holidays, regular visits, weddings and funerals. My old daddy was a tough hombre but he took good care of us and taught us how to get along in this old world.

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      • TwoLaine says:

        GB, I am 100% with you!

        And trumpthepress, there are Tough Love groups in every area of the country. Training and Support to get you through the tough times and to help others going through it too. INCLUDING Interventions, if necessary.

        Here is one of my favorites, from one of my favorites.

        Paul Harvey writes:

        We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse.

        For my grandchildren, I’d like better. I’d really like for them to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches. I really would.

        I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated. I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car. And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.

        It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep. I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in, I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother. And it’s all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he’s scared, I hope you let him.

        When you want to see a movie and your little brother wants to tag along, I hope you’ll let him. I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.

        On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don’t ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won’t be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom.

        If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one. I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books.

        When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head. I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what Ivory soap tastes like.

        May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole. I don’t care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don’t like it. And if a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend.

        I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle. May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays. I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor’s window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.

        These things I wish for you tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it’s the only way to appreciate life.

        Send this to all of your friends who mean the most to you. We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.

        Paul Harvey…GOOD DAY!

        P.S. One more thing. Are you a Rush listener? I ask because one day this week he spent quite a bit of time with a caller identifying as female 🙂 who asked the same questions and was feeling the same way. I’d like to find and post it for you here if you haven’t heard it yet.

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    • wondering999 says:

      trumpthepress, there is someone in my life with whom I did not speak since last October due to political rudeness and intolerable incivility.

      It has been painful as you describe — I would go to sleep seeing this person’s face in front of me, heart aching. But it was no longer appropriate for me to indulge behavior that I know, with certainty, is going to create pain and destruction for all of us, and long term regret. Sort of like finding out someone close to you has an addiction, or a mental illness, and having to pull back to a distance, to protect my integrity, and protect their soul from doing even more harm to people who love them.

      This person finally called, having seen, closer up, the consequences of our recent Kristallnacht. We are reconciled.

      I will keep you and your sons also in my prayers. Stand firm for what is right. In the long run it will be better for everyone.

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    • jbt says:

      1. Give your 25-yr-old son the keys to his life: give him one week to find a place to live and a job to support himself (car, phone, rent, food…the whole enchalada). Then change all the door locks.
      2. Don’t send your 16-yr-old to college; let her earn self-esteem by working her way through life (out of the house and independent at 18).
      Tough love – tough to do, but this is your duty to them (and to the rest of us, by the way).

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    • TwoLaine says:

      One of the best Bill Whittle’s I have ever heard “Messaging for Millenials”:

      You can find Bill here:

      Bill seems to have parted with PJMedia, but they are great as well:


    • TwoLaine says:

      Another suggestion I would add is to tell your son to look up the requirements for an SBA loan and participation in SBA government contracting programs (who is eligible to apply for gubt contracts).

      If he’s a white boy, he will find that all the rules are stacked in favor of non-white men and persons.

      Just like affirmative action, it is time these rules are all dropped and everyone is treated exactly the same.

      Next time you hear a talking head on the newz say immigrants start more businesses blah, blah, blah… maybe you will see why. They get all the bennies denied to white men.

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  17. rah says:

    I’m going to post this unfinished essay on what it took to get to D-day Normandy here now. I started on it yesterday morning intending to post it in the afternoon but one thing after another came up. I will finish it later and post the whole thing next year. . Many facts stated have been written from memory from my reading over the decades from a plethora of sources. (unfinished draft D-Day)

    D-day Normandy.

    Much has and can still be written about the men on both sides and what they experienced during the invasion. But the story of how it was made possible and all that had to be done before a successful invasion of “Fortress Europe” was possible is a long torturous one.

    Though FDR is rightfully condemned for many of his socialist policies and the failure of those policies to get the US out of the great depression, for his efforts during the years from 1938 until Japan attacked Pear Harbor he deserves high marks as he battled to prepare the nation for self defense and the possibility of war even as the overwhelming opinion in the US was highly isolationist.

    Understand that the US military in 1938 was over all ranked 5th in the world. Only the US Navy, at #3 in the world after Great Britain and Japan, had any semblance of parity with the other military powers at the time. In the late 20’s and early 30’s the USMC was smaller than the NYPD and it’s highest level of unit organization was a Brigade.

    Saving Great Britain.

    The very first thing that made the invasion of Normandy possible was having the British isles from which to stage and launch the invasion and as an unsinkable base for gaining air superiority and providing air support for the invasion and the subsequent campaigns.

    After the miracle of the extraction of the bulk of the British Army and a considerable number of French forces from Dunkirk the problem was arms. There were less than a dozen battleworthy tanks left in all the British isles. The troops evacuated from Dunkirk left all their equipment and arms, even their small arms, behind.

    Though facing tremendous opposition, FDR found a way to empty the US armory of the surplus arms left from WW I and send them to Britain. Six ship loads of rifles, artillery, and the ammunition for them were sent to rearm the British forces. The rifles and machine guns were of limited us since they were chambered for the US .306 round and not the British .303 and used primarily to arm the home guard but that freed up the British industry to concentrate on rearming their first line forces with their own small arms. However the artillery, primarily the famous French designed 75 mm, and mortars and the ammunition sent were vital.

    The Arsenal of Democracy.

    The beginning of the mobilization of the American industry to produce Arms.
    During the period prior to the invasion of Poland by Hitler Britain started giving massive orders for every kind of military arm and equipment to US firms. There was no way their own industrial base could match that of Germany without France even before Chamberlain and Daladier gave away the massive heavy industry and arms works of the Czech’s to Hitler at Munich in 1938.

    After the surrender of France, Britain could only turn the US to supply it’s needs and the orders from Britain and their urgency far outstripped what the long depressed US industries were prepared to produce. To add to the problem was the need to expand and rearm US forces at the same time.

    FDR, recognized his inability to mobilize US industry and motivate the captains that commanded it. His New Deal policies had always favored labor and their Unions over the very industries the country needed to climb out of the depression and now that the country’s very survival could depend on the ability of the industrialists and their financers to take chances and invest huge amounts of capital for wartime expansion, FDR and his administration lacked the trust of the very men he must rely upon to make it happen.

    So he called a man that was an Icon of the Automotive industry. A Danish Immigrant that was instrumental in setting up the efficient and precise mass production and logistic chains for Henry Ford. A man that left Ford when Henry refused to adapt and meet customer wants and needs when the Model T was only available in all black was becoming outmoded and Henry refused to change. A man that quit Ford and went to General Motors which was at the time in serious financial condition and when Chevrolet was the conglomerates biggest money loser. A man that turned things around at GM so that within 3 years after he arrived in 1937 Chevrolet was very profitable and selling 1/2 as many vehicles as all of Ford and set to take even more of the market away from them. Henry Ford eventually admitted why Knudsen left and said that Bill Knudsen was too big of man and that there simply not enough room for he and Knudsen at Ford.

    Knudsen, known as “The Great Dane”, and nearly universally respected by the great industrialists and financers in the American economy, had the reputation, stature, and knowledge to do what FDR nor any other government official or body could do. Get the US industry to get serious about mobilizing for the production of Arms and start on the path do doing so and to make it clear to the government that the rules and laws for military procurement had to change in order for the government to get done what had to be done. It was Knudsen that coined the phrase “Arsenal of Democracy” which FDR appropriated without attribution to describe the role the US must play. He was the first of many “dollar a year men” that came when called as patriots to pay back the great debt they felt they owed to a country that was the only one on earth that had enabled them to fulfil their dreams.

    Though FDR could not revitalize US industry or move it towards a war footing he was the only one that had the political stature to get around the Neutrality Act so that the orders being made by France and Britain, and then Britain alone, could be filled. To give you an idea of what that meant, the US aviation companies in 1939 were totally swamped by orders from France, Britain, and other nations. With orders for 13,000 aircraft even as the US military upped their own orders to 5,000. This just before FDR started demanding that the US military aviation services be re-equipped and expanded to 36,000 aircraft by April of 1942! Such sudden expansion of demand went across the board for US manufacturing and all of the raw material manufactures that supplied them.

    In 1940 US Army Chief of staff, George Marshall estimated the defense budget must be about $11 billion for the massive expansion to be paid for and that was 11 times more than the defense budge of 1939! Yet congress, still dominated by isolationists, only appropriated $7.3 billion.

    In the meantime the New Dealers, led by Harry Truman in Congress among others, always suspicious of industry, were fighting to stop the implementation of cost plus payment on war materials that was vital to get the industrialists and their financers to put up the capital for such expansion. And they also fought to prevent government grants to help with such expansion. This would not change until America went to war.

    But despite it all Bill Knudsen and the team he had put together were laying the foundation for the miracle of industrial expansion that would come. Setting up for mass production and logistic coordination among suppliers and subcontractors takes time, but once set, the expansion can grow quickly to a volume levels of magnitude over what was thought possible. Knudsen as much as any of the captains of industry knew this.

    The legacy and momentum of what Knudsen and his committee started made it impossible for the New Dealers to obtain their dream of labor having an equal say with management in the administration of the companies with central control by the government even after they were eventually successful in getting Knudsen fired. Quite simply what Knudsen and his team of industrialists had set up was working and achieving production figures far beyond what was thought possible and so the New Dealers had no leg to stand on to demand the fundamental Capitalist system be changed to suit the mold they desired. Even FDR dared not fool with it.

    By the end of 1942 US industry had already surpassed Germany’s total industrial war output. Before June of 1943 US production surpassed that of all the Axis powers combined. By 1944 the US was putting out more of nearly every type of weapon, aircraft, vehicle, and ship than all of the other economies, Allied, Axis, and Neutrals, of the world combined.

    The Battle of the Atlantic

    It was the first battle the US and Britain had to win before it was possible to invade Fortress Europe.
    No matter how much the Arsenal of Democracy could produce it would not matter one bit if it could not reach the theaters of war.

    In 1940, 41, and 42 German U-boats sank more shipping tonnage than the allies could produce. With the US fighting a two ocean war the requirements for increased shipping tonnage were going to be tremendous while at the same time existing established ship building yards were already being overwhelmed by orders for new warships. That problem had to be dealt with in two fundamental ways
    1. Find a way to make Karl Donitz’s U-boat campaign too costly thus turning the U-boat hunters into the hunted more concerned with their own survival than sinking ships.
    The answers to this first part of the problem:
    The convoy system.
    Improvements in sonar
    Improvements in anti submarine weapons.
    The ever increasing capability of radar and the development of it’s use in aircraft.
    The sheer numbers of escorts being produced and changes in the way they were used including the advent of “Hunter killer groups”.
    The advent of escort carriers
    The production of the Very Long Range B-24 Maritime patrol bomber and various other long range flying boats that had the range to patrol the central Atlantic.

    May, 1943 is generally recognized as the month that the Allies won the battle of the Atlantic. That month U-boat losses had become so high that Donitz had to withdraw them for a time. Though U-boats would always remain a threat, they

    2. Build more ships! More ship tonnage produced more quickly than anyone, even the most optimistic experts, ever thought possible.

    That effort began with the first British orders in 1939. That is when the American construction dynamo, Henry Kaiser, got into the business of building ship yards where before there were only mud flats and then building Liberty Ships. Even Bill Knudsen, who didn’t particularly like Kaiser, had to give the dynamo his chance, simply because no one else wanted to even try to do what they believed to be the impossible! No one else thought they could possibly build the number of ships the government was demanding in the time they were demanding when there weren’t even yards in existence to build them in as yet.

    The mass production of Liberty ships and tankers and several types of warships such as escort carriers built in huge prefabricated sections complete with the wiring and plumbing already installed was crucial to ending the war in 1945.

    Then Kaiser set up his two best honcho’s in competition, his son Edgar and a man that had been with him from nearly the beginning, Clay Bedford. Those men worked flat out for seven days a week to get their own yards built and then to build the ships in those yards. Both expanded their yards once the original planned size was reached. Then both competed to see who could produce the liberty ships the fastest. And both drove the employees in the yards by making them desire to beat that other yard.

    Henry Kaiser set up special train runs to transport prospective workers, men, women, even some disabled, and later blacks, to meet the huge numbers of workers required. They brought them in, they saw an entire small city built by Kaiser to take care of their needs for housing, complete with theaters, eateries, grocery stores, and everything else one would need. If they decided to hire on, they immediately went into training for one of the many specialty skills required.

    (The greatest mass migration in American history occurred during the years of WW II as people moved to where the work was and women became a major factor in the work force. No other migration in US history even comes close. The west may have been won in the 19th century but it was built in the 20th and most of that expansion of industry came during WW II)

    After Pearl Harbor the government once again upped it’s demands beyond the numbers already thought impossible. They wanted a ship completed in 105 days. (60 days on the ways and 45 days after launching to complete the fitting out.) And the demands kept going up! When one goal was reached the FDR demanded even more! And time and again, new methods to speed up production were found to meet or exceed the goals. In fact the greatest threat were shortages of steel and engines, but those problems were eventually solved.

    Eventually average construction time was down to three weeks for a Liberty ship and Clay Bedford set the record. The Liberty Ship, Robert E. Perry, was launched four days, 15 hours, and 26 minutes after it’s keel was laid. Edgar nor anyone else would even try to beat that record and Clay wouldn’t either because the process was too expensive. Besides, the subcontractors and suppliers couldn’t keep up with such a pace. They had a hard enough time keeping up with a liberty ship coming off the ways every other day at both Kaiser yards. (The Robert E. Perry had a long productive life, being sold and scrapped out in 1963)

    “A school teacher in S. Carolina asked her class if they knew which face launched a thousand ships. (referring to Helen of Troy in Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus). One boy’s hand shot up. “Henry Kaiser” he said proudly.”

    The Other Ships and vessels.

    The invasion of Normandy was like no other because it was a landing on the shore of a highly developed mainland with modern high speed avenues of approach and a highly developed rail system with heavy concentrations of enemy reinforcements within three days travel of the landing beaches. Very much unlike taking an island or even taking other mainland locations such as N. Africa and Italy.

    One absolute key to being successful was the speed at which follow on forces could be landed after the assault waves and of course all of the Arms, fuel, ammunition, supplies of all types, and various impedimentia the military forces needed to keep expanding the bridge head to allow for more troops and the supplies they needed to come ashore. In simple terms “get their firstest with the moistest”. In reality it was in fact an amphibious blitzkrieg.

    To achieve the required a level of logistical sophistication there had to be a vast array of specialized amphibious ships and smaller vessels to deliver the mass quantities of men and material from sea to shore that would be required for the invasion to be a success. And there had to be enough of them to continue the cycle for weeks and as it turned out months on end.

    For the landing craft the man was

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  18. Dora says:

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  20. Emergent Phenomena says:

    “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” – Matthew 5:44

    “Except the liberals. You can hate them.” – Not sure where it says this but I think it’s in there somewhere.

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    • mandy says:

      “the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.”

      1 Corinthians 10: 20 – 21

      “love your enemies” does not mean ‘take the knee’ before satan (which is what this crapola is), nor does it mean coddle them, nor does it mean pander to them.


  21. amwick says:

    Slidin on down to leave this. This meme is a more modernized version of one that has been widely circulated,, using a Knight, in full battle gear. This beautiful pic was done by someone else,, I wish I knew, but ht to them,, I just added some text..

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  22. maxxheadroom777 says:



  23. maxxheadroom777 says:

    Even though highly advanced, extremely powerful systems of thought and influence were displayed by Jesus of Nazareth, the presence of God’s absolutely Sovereign power in His Christ was (and is) widely misunderstood. During His tour of duty through this world, the Christ-man could have dispelled every doubt about Himself with dramatic displays of terrifying power. God did not come down and walk among His people to enslave them. God came to Earth as a man to set people free.
    Holy Father, LORD of light
    Lead us thru this gathering night
    Help us pray, help us stand
    In this good and evil land

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  24. TwoLaine says:

    What happened to WordPress Reader in the last week?

    All the words, sentences and links are smashed together into one paragraph. No longer user-friendly/reader-friendly at all.

    Is this just on truthful sites who do not meet their standards of propaganda or what?


  25. Val says:

    Philippians 4:6-7
    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
    And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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  26. Sepp says:

    Sunday of Holy Pentecost

    On this day, the eighth Sunday of Pascha, we celebrate Holy Pentecost.


    Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them didst draw the world into Thy net. O Befriender of man, glory be to Thee.


    Once, when He descended and confounded the tongues, the Most High divided the nations; and when He divided the tongues of fire, He called all men into unity; and with one accord we glorify the All-holy Spirit.

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    • mandy says:

      I find myself humming “Oh Heavenly King” today. 🙂

      Looked for the tune (tone?) that is always in my head, found this rendition of it…


    • Sepp says:

      Sunday of Holy Pentecost

      The link below is to an excellent article that explains the typical Orthodox Icon for the Feast of Holy Pentecost.

      It includes a description of the Icons and how they have been painted in the Church over the centuries. It also explains the theology of Pentecost, of course, and the genuine meaning of “speaking in tongues” in the Church.

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      • mandy says:

        Sepp, we started our study of Revelation last night, using the translation of Archbishop Averky’s commentary by St. Seraphim. Completed Chapter One. Already had a few “AHA!” moments. 🙂

        Can’t thank you enough – we can tell this is going to be a MASSIVELY edifying read!


        • Sepp says:

          Many Years!
          You are welcome.
          If memory serves, the Book of Revelations is the only one from the New Testament that is not assigned for Liturgical use in the Church.


    • Sepp says:

      Sunday of Holy Pentecost

      Sofia, Bulgaria

      This video is from today at the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Cathedral is of the Old Calendar Church (not affiliated with the State church and in resistance to ecumenism).

      The services in this video are about four hours long. These include the Orthros/Matins and Divine Liturgy and the Vespers of Pentecost (Kneeling service).

      The Cathedral does not have pews or rows of chairs.


  27. just stevie says:


    “Whatever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do.” John xiv. 13

    Am I fulfilling this ministry of the interior? There is no snare or any danger of infatuation or pride in intercession, it is a hidden ministry that brings forth fruit whereby the Father is glorified. Am I allowing my spiritual life to be frittered away, or am I bringing it all to one centre – the Atonement of my Lord? Is Jesus Christ more and more dominating every interest in my life? If the one central point, the great exerting influence in my life is the Atonement of the Lord, then every phase of my life will bear fruit for Him.

    I must take time to realize what is the central point of power. Do I give one minute out of sixty to concentrate upon it? “If ye abide in Me” – continue to act and think and work from that centre – “ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” Am I abiding? Am I taking time to abide? What is the greatest factor of power in my life? Is it work, service, sacrifice for others, or trying to work for God? The thing that ought to exert the greatest power in my life is the Atonement of the Lord. It is not the thing we spend the most time on that moulds us most; the greatest element is the thing that exerts most power. We must determine to be limited and concentrate our affinities.

    “Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do.” The disciple who abides in Jesus IS the will of God, and his apparently free choices are God’s fore-ordained decrees. Mysterious? Logically contradictory and absurd? Yes, but a glorious truth to a saint.

    Oswald Chambers
    June 7th Devotional


  28. Gen Y Ballistics says:




  29. VandalizeDuhMastuhsAlgorithms says:

    In honor of Trinity Sunday, here is a great Trinitarian Psalm.

    Also timely, I believe, as it is best known as a prayer of cleansing and healing for any and all circumstances.

    Psalm 51
    Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
    2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
    3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

    4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.

    5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
    6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

    7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
    8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
    9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

    10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
    11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
    12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

    13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
    14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.

    15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
    16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.

    17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

    18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem;
    19 then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar


    In the Cross of Christ I Glory

    1 In the cross of Christ I glory,
    towering o’er the wrecks of time;
    all the light of sacred story
    gathers round its head sublime.

    2 When the woes of life o’ertake me,
    hopes deceive, and fears annoy,
    never shall the cross forsake me.
    Lo! it glows with peace and joy.

    3 When the sun of bliss is beaming
    light and love upon my way,
    from the cross the radiance streaming
    adds more luster to the day.

    4 Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
    by the cross are sanctified;
    peace is there that knows no measure,
    joys that through all time abide.

    5 In the cross of Christ I glory,
    towering o’er the wrecks of time;
    all the light of sacred story
    gathers round its head sublime.


  30. John Denney says:

    Ernie Pyle was a great American war correspondent who spent most of his time with the troops in WWII. He died with them in the Pacific theater near the end of the war from a sniper’s bullet.
    His dispatches from Normandy:


  31. Sepp says:

    Vice President Mike Pence celebrates his 61st birthday today.


  32. Lucille says:

    What Is To Be Done About the Left’s Anti-Americanism?
    By Robert Spencer – June 3, 2020

    The murder of George Floyd, as everyone knows, was only a pretext for the riots that have now taken several lives and caused billions of dollars in property damage. Their seeds were planted decades ago. And now the question before us, if we wish to preserve the United States as a free society, is what must be done to address the deeply rooted problems that got us into this fix in the first place.


  33. mandy says:

    I’ve not read it yet, but this looks as if it might be interesting…

    “Islamic and Talmudic Jurisprudence: The Four Roots of Islamic Law and Their Talmudic Counterparts”

    Click to access jewish-and-islamic-law.pdf

    (research into Margaret Brennan’s husband revealed his work on the ‘islamic roots of democracy’ so I was looking around on the net and came across this piece. It is from 1982…)


  34. I just want you all to know I care more than you about BLM.
    I’m more concerned, I have more empathy and I’m more tuned in to my White privileged life. Nobody is more sad and ready to kiss black peoples feet than I am. If you care you need to understand I care more!


  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. bessie2003 says:

    Pretty good video (around 10 minutes) on the brainwashing that has been used regarding the virus:


  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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