Monday July 13th – 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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88 Responses to Monday July 13th – Open Thread

  1. Lucille says:

    HAPPY BENCH MONDAY….

    London, UK…

    Cavour, Wisconsin…

    The Amalfi Coast, Italy…

    Our beautiful Statue of Liberty Monument…

    King’s Park, Perth, Western Australia…

    Have a blessed day!

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  2. Garrison Hall says:

    About 40 years or so ago Jerry Reed and BB King got together for a little pickin’. There was no head cuttin’ here, just two of America’s greatest guitar players enjoying some laid-back blues.

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    God Hath Spoken

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    In his farewell address to the nation Israel, Moses said:

    “Ask now of the days that are past… since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it? Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?” (Deut. 4:32,33).

    Moses referred, of course, to the giving of the Law, when God spoke to Israel by word of mouth amid the lightnings and thunders of Sinai. In Israel’s case alone “God spake all these words” audibly. Never before had He undertaken to address a nation personally.

    This was indeed a great honor for Israel, but God has since spoken to all mankind in an even more striking manner, for in Heb. 1:1,2 we read:

    “God… hath in these last days spoken unto us by [in] His Son… who… when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

    At Sinai God spoke the words of the Law, but now, in Christ, He speaks of mercy and grace. There He spoke of the righteousness which He demands, but here He tells of the righteousness which He provides in Christ.

    Some suppose that the absence of miraculous demonstrations, the want of divine intervention in the affairs of men, etc., indicate indifference on God’s part, but actually this apparent indifference speaks to us of His love and grace.

    Remember, the Psalms and all prophecy had predicted God’s judgment upon men for their rejection of Christ, yet today the Son still remains a voluntary Exile from His own world, while neither He nor the Father do anything to avenge His cruel crucifixion. Meanwhile, still lingering in mercy, He sends His ambassadors to offer reconciliation to His enemies by grace through faith. Thus His silence actually cries: “The door of grace is still open. Be reconciled while you may. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/god-hath-spoken/

    Deuteronomy 4:32 For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?
    33 Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?

    Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
    2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

    Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

    2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

    2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

    Colossians 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

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    • Pale rider says:

      Amen, and that is exactly what Jesus taught. Do unto others………
      Faith is easy to proclaim, but impossible to enact without belief, and that is what dinesh just pointed out. Very good!

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  4. rah says:

    Out again. Depart the terminal at 04:00 for Shelbyville, IN, There I drop the empty I brought and hook to a trailer bound for the Nissan warehouse in Smyrna, TN. There I drop the loaded trailer in a door then bobtail to Murfreesboro, TN to get a load of empty racks to bring back.

    Going out 40 hours after I go back in at 11:00 Saturday. They had to leave me alone for at least 34 hours to allow my 70 hour clock to reset since I was nearly out of hours Saturday when I got in. I got to mow my yard, grill some great steaks when I was home, and buy a few things to restock the truck and rest a little. And now it’s off for what I am sure will be another full week.

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    • Lucille says:

      Thanks for posting this, rah! It’s fun to read about someone who is out and about seeing the good ole U.S.A. while getting a necessary job done no matter the weather….

      …or if it’s at sunrise…

      …perhaps going toward a sunset…

      Take care! Be safe!

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    • Joyce M says:

      God Bless you, rah. Thank you for the work you do! Truckers move America!

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  5. Rhi says:

    Don’t take the mark of the beast as believers know; did you know there is now a medical billing code for decapitation via guillotine that was just updated in October 2019, just after the Gates conference on the COVID plandemic earlier that same month?

    JDs latest prophecy update discusses this around the 25 minute mark. Worth the watch for believers:

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    • Lucille says:

      “…medical billing code for decapitation via guillotine….” At first glance, it seems rather ridiculous to think something so outmoded would be used against a modern human. However, beheading has been on the medical billing books since at least 1980. And only 90 years ago Adolf Hitler ordered a couple dozen guillotines to use on political prisoners and resistance fighters.

      Originally, the device itself was invented as a quick and merciful way of death for criminals. Prior to that, the manner of death for peasants convicted of capital crimes was pretty grisly and was definitely not fast.

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      • Rhi says:

        Interesting info Lucille, probably very few knew that decapitation would even be a billable descriptor in medical books since at least 1980 an just updated it into effect on Oct 18th 2019, a few weeks before the Gates pandemic conference. Things that make you go hmmm.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Well, with the implementation of the ‘Medicare for All’ program there has to be a way to deal with trimming the numbers of elderly users so…

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    • Rhi says:

      Slight correction, the medical code at http://www.icd10data.com/ICD10CM/ was updated / went into effect Oct 1st 2019 and Gates simulation of COVID plandemic was on Oct 18th. Some good info in this video imho.

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  6. Gary Lacey says:

    Just about everywhere on the internet, you can surf to, are ADS, ADS, ADS.
    I speculate within 5 years the Internet won’t be free….and….its going to get worse!

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    • mandy says:

      U Block Origin. Make sure you install the one that has ORIGIN in the name (there is a rip off calling itself just U Block which is not nearly as effective). I almost NEVER see an ad, including on youtube videos. I’m always surprised when people mention that they see ADS – because with U Block Origin, I don’t see any. Your browser should have an option for extensions/add ons and you should be able find it there. Hope this helps…

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  7. citizen817 says:

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  10. Dora says:

    More sad news. Rest in Peace Benjamin.

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  11. A2 says:

    This is marvellous!

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  12. bruzedorange says:

    Prayed this morning specifically for Sundance’s protection while traveling, that God would make him invisible.

    Last night I suddenly remembered a guy I was in a band with in the early ’70s. Before he came to my college, he had been in a ministry that smuggled Bibles through the Iron Curtain. He told me of several instances where the Communist border guards took everything out of their “hollowed out” VW bus, and even lifted the false floor panels. There they were: hundreds of Bibles in plain sight!

    Each time, the guards replaced the panels, told them to reload their baggage, and passed them through. The first time it happened, Rick thought the guard must’ve been a secret Believer. But when it happened with different guards, and sometimes in sight of several guards, he understood that God was somehow blocking the vision of the guards, keeping the Bibles invisible.

    I have no doubt the enemies of truth in our country are spiritually aligned with darkness. We all operate behind enemy lines. So in the name of Jesus, we pray protection today and invisibility over Sundance as he travels.

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    • Spryte says:

      Bruzed, wonderful post, heartwarming. Thank you for sharing. I am praying for Sundance also. I know God is watching over him and he will be successful in his endeavor.

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  13. Dora says:

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  14. Dora says:

    For map lovers. 🙂

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  16. @ChicagoBri says:

    Of what good is a free press, if they choose not to report facts?

    https://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2020/07/covering-half-story.html

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  17. CITIZEN ALERT !
    Be Vigilant, watchful Comrades ! Have you seen this man ?
    See something, Say something.

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  18. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Monday, July 13, 2020

    “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”
    Psalms 34:19 (KJV)

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  19. Dora says:

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  20. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  21. just stevie says:

    THE PRICE OF VISION

    “In the year that king Uzziah died, I saw also the Lord.” Isaiah vi. 1

    Our soul’s history with God is frequently the history of the “passing of the hero.” Over and over again God has to remove our friends in order to bring Himself in their place, and that is where we faint and fail and get discouraged. Take it personally: In the year that the one who stood to me for all that God was, died – I gave up everything? I became ill? I got disheartened? or – I saw the Lord?

    My vision of God depends upon the state of my character. Character determines revelation. Before I can say “I saw also the Lord,” there must be something corresponding to God in my character. Until I am born again and begin to see the Kingdom of God, I see along the line of my prejudices only; I need the surgical operation of external events and an internal purification.

    It must be God first, God second, and God third, until the life is faced steadily with God and no one else is of any account whatever. “In all the world there is none but thee, my God, there is none but thee.”

    Keep paying the price. Let God see that you are willing to live up to the vision.

    Oswald Chambers
    July 13th Devotional

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  23. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the wondrous repentance of the robber on the cross (Luke 23: 40):

    1. How the good thief felt the divine presence in his torment, and repented and prayed for salvation, while the unrepentant thief blasphemed God.
    2. How I, a robber by my sinfulness, must be like the good thief, who was not separated from God by his torment but rather drawn closer to Him; to God and to salvation.

    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 June 30th on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church and July 13th on the civil or commercial calendar.

    Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles

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  24. RePete says:

    God, Nature, and Jerry Reed! Stick a fork in me!

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  25. DEplorable_Vespucciland says:

    Now that the Washington NFL football franchise has officially terminated their old name & mascotRedskins; would like to propose they now be called the Gators.

    Drain the Swamp!

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    • bruzedorange says:

      Washington Nutria would also work on several levels.

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    • Debra says:

      So bizarre that black lives matter but red skins must be terminated . . .

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    • Patrick Healy says:

      I know nothing about American throw ball (no one uses their feet) but surely the New name has to be The Washington Foreskins.

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      • Lucille says:

        No one uses their feet…except for the punters, and field goal kickers who often score the winning goal (Oct 28, 2018 – Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri kicked a 25-yard field goal with 26 seconds left in the first half, which gave him 2,547 points in his career and the record by himself). And what can I say…you can’t win the game without your feet…LOL!

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  26. Sepp says:

    Synaxis of the Holy, Glorious, and All-Laudable Twelve Holy Apostles

    Although each of the Twelve Apostles has his own Feast Day during the year, the Orthodox Church has set aside this day [June 30th Church Calendar / July 13th civil calendar] for a general Feast of all of them together, including Saint Paul. The names and Feast Days of the Twelve are:

    Peter – June 29th and January 16th.
    Andrew – November 30th.
    James the Son of Zebedee – April 30th.
    John the Theologian – September 26th and May 8th.
    Philip – November 14th.
    Bartholomew – June 11th and August 25th.
    Thomas – October 6th.
    Matthew the Evangelist – November 16th.
    James the Son of Alphæus – October 9th.
    Thaddeus (or Jude the brother of James) – June 9th.
    Simon the Zealot – May 10th.
    Matthias – August 9th.
    Paul – June 29th.

    Let us also remember here how these most holy and selfless men in the history of the world died and finished their earthly course:

    Peter was crucified upside down.
    Andrew was crucified.
    James was beheaded.
    John the Theologian died in a wondrous way.
    Philip was crucified.
    Bartholomew was crucified, then flayed and beheaded.
    Thomas was pierced with five spears.
    Matthew was burned by fire.
    James the Son of Alphæus was crucified.
    Thaddeus was crucified.
    Simon the Zealot was crucified.
    Matthias was stoned, then beheaded with an axe when dead.
    Paul was beheaded.

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

    Holy Apostles pray for us.

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  27. mandy says:

    “BLM Supporters Ambush, Murder Young White Mother For Saying ‘All Lives Matter’

    The mother of a 3-year-old boy was shot dead in an ambush over the 4th of July weekend after telling a group of Black Lives Matter supporters that ‘all lives matter.'”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/blm-supporters-ambush-murder-young-white-mother-saying-all-lives-matter

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  28. mandy says:

    Interesting…

    “Iran-China pact turbocharges the New Silk Roads”

    snips

    “The core of the Iran-China strategic partnership – no secret whatsoever since at least last year – revolves around a $400 billion Chinese investment in Iran’s energy and infrastructure for the next 25 years. It’s all about securing a matter of supreme Chinese national interest: a steady supply of oil and gas, bypassing the dangerous bottleneck of the Strait of Malacca, secured with a median 18% discount, and paid in yuan or in a basket of currencies bypassing the US dollar.

    Beijing will also invest roughly $228 billion in Iranian infrastructure – that’s where the AIIB comes in – over 25 years, but especially up to 2025. That ranges from building factories to badly needed energy industry renovation, all the way to the already in progress construction of the 900 km-long electric rail from Tehran to Mashhad.”

    “Iranian, Chinese and Russian negotiators will meet next month to discuss terms of the military cooperation among the top three nodes of Eurasia integration. Closer collaboration is scheduled to start by November.”

    http://thesaker.is/iran-china-pact-turbocharges-the-new-silk-roads/

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  29. 335blues says:

    George soros is on a mission to destroy America.
    After pouring tens of millions of dollars into district attorney races all across America
    in his quest to fill as many DA’s with marxist/leftist agitators he has literally bought hundreds
    of DA’s across America.
    Now, today Soros has announced he is giving $220 million to “racial justice”
    groups across America to fund their continuing assault on our country.
    The obvious question is
    Why is this monster allowed to continue his attack on America,
    and its citizens?

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    • Lucille says:

      The evil and corrupt Soros is on a mission to destroy the world! Thank God so many are pushing back! This November we have the chance to make all that money he spent be for nothing.

      Poland’s Nationalist President TRIUMPHS Over Soros-Linked Liberal Challenger!!!
      Dr. Steve Turley – July 13, 2020

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  30. Lucille says:

    We hear this meme all the time. Should you be confronted with the leftie propaganda, it’s good to have the facts to refute such a falsehood….


    No, the Parties Didn’t ‘Switch’
    It’s time to debunk a popular myth about the Republican and Democrat Parties.
    Robin Smith · Jul. 13, 2020
    https://patriotpost.us/articles/72109

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  31. Lucille says:

    Sowell At 90. Isn’t It High Time More of Us Listened to This Man?
    By Mark DeVine – July 13, 2020

    Fifty-five-plus books on the table and more on the way. “Charter Schools and Their Enemies”, another bestseller, is hot off the press. The Thomas Sowell corpus stands as one of the rare and most impressive monuments of massive and meticulous research ever erected on this earth by one person. He came up from 1930s poverty-stricken Jim Crow North Carolina, a high school dropout, a stint with the United States Marine Corps, scraping and clawing his way through the streets of post-Renaissance Harlem and then the halls of Harvard, Columbia, and the University of Chicago (Ph.D.), and now he has four decades behind him at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/07/sowell_at_90_isnt_it_high_time_more_of_us_listened_to_this_man_.html

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  32. Lucille says:

    This is a pretty little thing…would just fit in my purse so nicely…apparently they have sold like hotcakes….


    Taurus Judge Public Defender, Revolver, .45 Colt/.410 Bore, 2″ Barrel, Stainless Steel, 5 Rounds

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    • rrick says:

      Find someone who loan you one before you buy that hand cannon.

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    • rrick says:

      Lucille, here you go. Released just today.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      It’s a POS, really. One of our deputies was shot in the thigh by one that fired a .410 slug. He got a ragged thru-and-thru, the barrels doesn’t have the length to adequately burn the powder enough to develop the needed velocity, they did more damage to him with the partially burned and unburned powder scorching his leg.

      If it’s a revolver you want get a Taurus 445 in .44 Special or, if recoil’s an issue, Taurus makes some good and small 9mm semiautos that I’ve used as a backup. I’d put over 2000 rounds through one of mine with only 2 jams and that was with the crappy range reloads the department gave us toquialify with.

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      • F.D.R. in Hell says:

        In total darkness, like a bedroom at night, the muzzle flash will temporarily blind you to a successful second shot, or even a successful escape from the room.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          And probably burn the frosting right off of your Ding Dong.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          BTW, 2nd only to the Bond Arms double barrel .410 derringer. We busted a punk with one and the business end of the .410 shell was so close to the muzzle that all the barrels did was keep the shell from blowing up in your face. Znd people buy this ****.

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  33. mandy says:

    This morning’s Psalm reading included Psalm 67 (68 in Masoretic based translations)…this part, specifically verse 7, caught our attention this morning:

    6 He who is the father of orphans and the judge of widows; God is in His holy place;
    7 God settles the solitary in a house; With courage He leads out those in bondage, Likewise those who rebel, who dwell in tombs.

    Now think of …

    Mark 5, 1 – 20:

    5 Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, 4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones. …

    We read this on the 13th of every month and have been doing so for … probably 3 years now. For whatever reason, today it kinda leapt off the page at us.

    🙂

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  35. czarowniczy says:

    YAY! After 9 months the city of New Orleans FINALLY is getting around to pulling down the Hard Rock Hotel construction that collapsed last October.

    Part of the process is recovering the ‘remains’ of a couple of workmen whose bodies have been squashed between two stories for the whole time – one has his legs dangling right out the front of the building. The city’s just left them there while the whole clown train’s been chugging through the courts.

    Agreement was suddenly reached when two historic buildings flanking the Hard Rock were allowed to be torn down to give the destruction crews access to the collapsed building. They’d previously been denied permits to destroy them due to their historical significance, especially the civil rights struggle, but suddenly the objections disappeared and, strangely as there were folks going to file suit, both were knocked down in just a few days. It looks like the footprint of the hotel that will replace it will expand to include the vacant spots where the ‘historic’ buildings stood.

    The city can use the new and larger hotel, the COVID has played hell with what previously barely passed as an educational system and there’ll be plenty more minimum skill/minimum wage jobs for the locals once the thing’s built. Another Democrat-run city where the government only works for itself.

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  36. wondering999 says:

    Gotta get up early tomorrow, so I’ll go ahead and post the 9p thread… it may be duplicated elsewhere. Good night Treepers
    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. Also, we pray for Angels to protect and support our Sundance as he works for justice and peace.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  37. wondering999 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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  38. Patrick Healy says:

    I know nothing about American throw ball (no one uses their feet) but surely the New name has to be The Washington Foreskins.

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  39. Jackson says:

    If you use Jun 1 and Aug 30 as the normal person’s view of “the summer” then we are at the 1/2 way point.

    And still: no indictments, no arrests, no search warrants served that we know of, little commentary, no leaks from any Grand Jury hearings that may or may not be going on. Right now we still got nothin’ on the whole Deep State Coup.

    I fear the time for bringing charges is rapidly coming to an end. Campaign season is well underway, DOJ guidelines suggest not bringing charges in the 60 days before the election, meaning Sept. and Oct. are particularly constrained.

    Where is Durham? Another dud like Sessions and Huber? It sure is starting to look that way.

    Without major arrests I think Trump has little chance of winning in November. There is nothing to stir the narrative that the MSM is promoting, of Trumpian incompetence in the face of the plague, and vague shadows of corruption, which they continue to promote.

    Arresting someone, several someones, a handful of someones at the Rice / Clapper / Brennan level of the conspiracy really is incredibly important, but our heroes seem unable to fulfill their historic duty.

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