Thursday July 16th – 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. citizen817 says:

    Cursday…

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    • GB Bari says:

      Woof. I don’t think so.

      Unless the woman is a dwarf, that’s one huge mutt.
      Can you imagine how many pounds of dog food he requires daily?
      And to make matters worse, they don’t make pooper scoopers that big.

      One playful nip and you might lose an arm. 😳

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Beautiful animal BUT I’ve seen three wolfdog maulings in my career and they were far worse than the many pitbull (including Florida pit ‘hogdog’) maulings I’ve seen. It takes an exceptional owner to deal with a wolf hybrid, my God especially one with Husky and GSD mixed in, and it’s a 24/7 job to deal with them. To me they are almost on par with having an adult chimpanzee in the house as far as potential for a disaster is concerned.

      A lot of states outlaw their ownership and for good reason, a wolf is a wolf and is separated from it’s dog cousin by thousands of years and genetic differences. A number of cities in about 10 states ban ownership of certain breeds including huskies/malamutes and German Shepherds and some homeowner insurance companies won’t cover a home, or charge higher premiums, for homes with GSDs, huskies, malamutes and especially wolf hybrids. They realize the potential for tortious damages if the owner has a slip-up.

      Even out here in our rural area my insurance agent didn’t ask if I had a pitbull (yes) or a German Shepherd (yes, see gravatar) as even though the latter was a trained police dog, the company doesn’t like them. He didn’t ask, I didn’t tell and so far no trespasser’s been bitten. I’d love to have a wolf hybrid but…

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    • Jim in TN says:

      I get confused about DNA test results.

      1/8 is 12.5% so it is 7/8 wolf and 1/8 mongrel. That makes perfect sense. One great grandparent mongrel and 7 great grandparents wolf.

      But the mongrel breakdown is wierd.
      1/16 is 6.25%
      1/32 is 3.125%

      How does one get 8.6% and 3.9%?

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    What’s the Difference?

    By Pastor Ricky Kurth

    “How would you differentiate between God’s instruction to Israel to purge Canaan of the various people groups located there and radical Islam’s jihad to purge the world of infidels?”

    Many a Christian has wondered about God’s instructions to Israel to exterminate whole peoples in Canaan (Deut. 20:16,17), but there were reasons for this genocide, reasons that do not exist today.

    When fallen angels took wives from among the daughters of men, they produced a race of giants in the early earth (Gen. 6:1-4). The purpose of the Flood was to exterminate that demonic race, Noah’s family being spared because he was “perfect in his generations” (6:9), i.e., not infected with this cursed seed.

    Genesis 6:4 then describes another outbreak of giants that appeared “after” the days of the Flood, as Satan tried again to pollute the seed of the woman, frustrate the promise of Genesis 3:15, and prevent the birth of the Messiah. But since God had promised He would never again destroy the world with a flood (Gen. 9:11), it was left to the sword of Israel to wipe out this second eruption of giants, including Goliath, Og (Deut. 3:11) and many others (Num. 13:32,33; 2 Sam. 21:16-22).

    This explains the seemingly heartless instruction to Joshua to exterminate the squatter nations that were sent there by Satan to contest the claim of Abraham’s seed to the land including, “all that breathed” (Josh. 10:40), “young and old” (Josh. 6:21), even their “little ones” (Deut. 2:34). But no such conditions exist on earth today, so any program that calls for the deaths of “unbelievers” is foreign to the Word of God rightly divided.

    The story is told of a king who vowed to destroy his enemies, then proceeded to invite them all to a lavish feast. After the banquet, the king’s aides asked him what had become of his oath. “I did destroy my enemies,” he replied. “I destroyed my enemies by making them my friends!” Likewise, God’s only authorized method of destroying unbelievers today is by making them believers!

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/whats-the-difference-2/

    Deuteronomy 20:16 But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth:
    17 But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee:

    Genesis 6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
    2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
    3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
    4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

    Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

    Genesis 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

    Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

    Genesis 9:11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

    Deuteronomy 3:11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.

    Numbers 13:32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
    33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

    2 Samuel 21:16 And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.
    17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.
    18 And it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, which was of the sons of the giant.

    19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.
    20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant.
    21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea the brother of David slew him.
    22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

    Joshua 10:40 So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded.

    Joshua 6:21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.

    Deuteronomy 2:34 And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain:

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    • TMonroe says:

      “Many a Christian has wondered about God’s instructions to Israel to exterminate whole peoples in Canaan (Deut. 20:16,17), but there were reasons for this genocide, reasons that do not exist today.”

      Rather than focus on the giant extermination rationale that followed which appears to contain problematic elements, it is worthwhile to examine the central issue of national judgment in the times of the Israelites. An example concerns the Amalekites, the first to attack the Israelites after Egypt.

      Exodus 17:14
      “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as a reminder and recite it to Joshua, because I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.””

      Not long before the Israelites crossed into Canaan, this was reiterated in Deut. 25:17-19:
      ““Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you were coming out of Egypt, how he met you on the way and attacked your rear ranks, all the stragglers at your rear, when you were tired and weary; and he did not fear God. Therefore it shall be, when the LORD your God has given you rest from your enemies all around, in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance, that you will blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. You shall not forget.””

      The commandment to act came in the time of Saul, per 1 Samuel 15:1-3:
      “Samuel also said to Saul, “The LORD sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. Now therefore, heed the voice of the words of the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”

      Saul did not do that, which was a significant reason why he was rejected as king over Israel (cf. 1 Samuel 15:26). Before finishing a key part of the commandment and executing the Amalekite king, “Samuel declared: “As your sword has made women childless, so your mother will be childless among women”” 1 Samuel 15:33. Thus, the entire matter points to judgment for actions on a national scale.

      Remember that at the time, Israelites also experienced judgments for sin, which resulted in scores of deaths by plagues and other means. This often corresponded with showing the result of continual sin and rebellion by people who had been offered God’s deliverance, protection and blessing. In 1st Corinthians 10:1-10, Paul listed one incident after another, pointing to physical judgments as warning of spiritual consequences if not heeded:

      “Now these things happened to them as types and were written for our admonition, to whom the ends of the ages are arrived. Therefore the one thinking to stand, let him take heed, lest he fall. No temptation has seized you, except what is common to man. And God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but will also provide with the temptation the escape, to be able to endure it” (1 Cor. 10:11-13).

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    • GB Bari says:

      Corporate CEOs are in on the fraud.

      If they really are concerned about black lives, why didn’t they tell BLM to go pound sand until BLM addresses blacks REAL horror – black on black violence and death in Chicago, New York, and every other major American city?

      Corporate CEOs aren’t being shaken down, they’re willfully participating in the scam.

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  4. Lucille says:

    HAPPY CURSDAY!


    The Amazing Story Behind Mexico’s Ancient Dog Breed
    By Elisabeth Geier – FOR DOG PEOPLE

    One of the most rare and unique dog breeds in the world, the Xoloitzcuintli, or Xolo (“sho-lo”) for short, has been around for a very long time. Also known as the “Mexican hairless dog,” these (usually) bald, ancient beauties are revered for their calm and loyal disposition.

    https://www.rover.com/blog/xoloitzcuintli-mexican-hairless-dog/

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    • KMD says:

      That linked article omits the fact that Aztecs, and other ancient Central American cultures, raised and kept dogs as a food source…not for companionship. Plenty of sources corroborate that, but reckon it does help in marketing an obscure breed to would-be high paying dog buyers…

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

    Linda Ronstadt sings a Karla Bonoff song that could have been written about her life in 60’s and 70’s LA. On one level she was an enormously successful performer, earning millions in a very short time. But if you read some of the books written about LA music in that period what comes across is what an emotionally sterile place it actually. Relationships were as much about accommodation and real affecting and it was easy to feel, even if you were successful, worth millions, and famous, that nobody really cared. It was a perfect place to experience the kind of angst that showed up in so many of the songs Linda made popular. I think it’s sad that she was never able to create a relationship with someone that lasted. If you read her autobiography, you get the feeling that in spite or because of her wealth and fame, she was lonely. She paid a big price.

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      Pardon my poor editing. “Relationships were as much about accommodation and real.affecting . . .” Should read, “Relationships were as much about accommodation as real affection . . .”.

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    • GB Bari says:

      I think Ronstadt was too young (25) and full of rock music culture when she hooked up with Jerry Brown, 8 years her senior. His was a high profile professional political life and hers was taking off shortly towards super music stardom. I was surprised they lasted as long as they did.
      But Linda is now a hard Lefty Trump hater and always had a radical left political perspective. Which was a little strange because she was always quoted as not being interested in politics when she started dating Brown. California in the 70s was still fairly Republican dominated, but San Francisco and Berkeley were the hotbeds of Leftwing radicalism.
      Too much fame, demands on her time, and she and Brown parted ways in the latter 80s if I recall. Then she got really wacky. Lonely maybe, but #he chose it. Different Drum was her defining song, IMHO.

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      • Garrison Hall says:

        Like a lot of musicians then and now, she isn’t particularly well educated. When people have such enormous talent and success, it’s an easy hubris to think simplistic prattle is more than it actually is. In all those years, she never really grew intellectually. I don’t think she ever had the kind of conversations that would have allowed that to take place. I’ll at least respect a leftest who knows their stuff. Listening to some rich rock-star talk about socialism is comical. I can overlook her dumb politics and still like her music.

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  9. citizen817 says:

    Frank is rolling over..

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  10. nimrodman says:

    You can’t let hippies or new-agers run food establishments.

    In their zeal to avoid preservatives, this restaurant makes jam that gets 1/4 inch of mold on top and they tell employees to just scrape the mold off and serve the jam and put it in jars for sale at $14

    Los Angeles’ elite are up in arms after photos emerge of the city’s trendiest brunch spot storing buckets of MOLDY JAM which workers are told to simply ‘scrape off’ before serving to customers and selling in $14 jars
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8525587/Los-Angeles-elite-arms-photos-emerge-trendy-brunch-spot-serving-MOLDY-JAM.html

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    • Lucille says:

      The first dog I adopted on my own was named Happy. We all called this procedure “the Happy pre-wash.” Such a character!

      He looked Beagleish but was black and white with a thick longhaired tail. Died when he was 13 and I’d tear up for months afterward whenever I thought of him. My little buddy.

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  12. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy Cursday, Treepers!

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  13. mandy says:

    We went out tonight to observe the Neowise Comet. It’s visible with the naked eye, but if you have some binoculars – spectacular!

    https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-see-comet-neowise-when-where-to-look-2020-7

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  14. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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    • budklatsch says:

      We were driving south on I 89 in NH a couple weeks ago, when two cars far in front of us swerved and returned to their lanes. I slowed down from 65 and I approached at about 50 there were two adult mallards and several babies attempting to cross the two-lane. As we sped by, they again retreated to the shoulder. Egad! No idea if they made the crossing, but they seemed determined.

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  20. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Thursday, July 16, 2020

    “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,”
    1 Thessalonians 5:9 (KJV)

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  21. rah says:

    The left dominates the big tech giants in social media and internet access. Google and most other search engines and internet service providers, Face Book, Twitter, YouTube, and just about all the rest are dominated by leftists that are not afraid to use their power with their platforms to silence voices with political/social opinions that differ from their own.

    Many of those white boys and girls in INTIFA and Black Lives Matter riots and protests are students or former students from well to do families that failed to make the grade to get good paying jobs in the tech sector.

    So the reach of these people both politically and socially is far and wide.

    WUWT (Watts Up With That) is by far the world most viewed site on global warming and climate change issues. No site the alarmists have put up even comes close to having 1/2 the views that WUWT gets. I have been visiting Anthony Watts site nearly daily for over a decade and learned a tremendous amount of stuff in doing so.

    Real scientists and researchers in various fields post articles there. Though the primary focus of the site is on climate change and environmental issues there are plenty of other articles posted concerning natural science subjects having little or nothing to do with those subjects. Real scientists and experts actually working in fields as diverse as Astronomy to energy and oil and gas exploration and drilling, biology, etc post articles there. Those from the left are welcome to post articles and comment and do so.

    Now the left is trying to silence WUWT. https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/07/15/wuwt-is-being-deplatformed-service-interuptions-the-next-few-days/

    The fact this is happening during an election year is just coincidence of course.

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  22. P says:

    https://www.presidentialprayerteam.org/pray-the-vote/

    FTW: “Pray with us…Heavenly Father, thank You for Your continued grace and mercy and for blessing the United States of America. As many across the country head to the polls, we ask for Your wisdom and guidance as the nation votes. We pray that Your will is accomplished through our actions and for the results of the election to be according to Your plan.”

    Jeremiah 29:7
    Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf,
    for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

    1 Peter 2:11-17
    11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you, as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which fight against the soul,

    12 And have your conversation honest among the Gentiles, that they which speak evil of you as of evil doers, may by your good works which they shall see, glorify God in the day of visitation.

    13 Therefore submit yourselves unto all manner ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether it be unto the King, as unto the superior,

    14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent of him, for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of them that do well.

    15 For so is the will of God, that by well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of the foolish men.

    16 As free, and not as having the liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

    17 Honor all men: love brotherly fellowship: fear God: honor the King.

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  23. Interesting.

    Today I stumbled across THIS article:

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-deepfake-activist-idUSKCN24G15E

    … and wondered… does it REALLY matter if the author of those articles is not who he says he is, and uses a “Deep Fake” (AI created photo) to protect his anonymity? Isn’t his identity irrelevent IF the facts of his articles ARE true and correct? Could the truth be as simple as “Masri and his wife ARE fronts for terrorists, and that author had VERY GOOD REASONS to conceal his identity while OUTING them to the world?

    The Cancel Culture is being used to silence MANY voices, and not always for good reasons.

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  24. just stevie says:

    THE NOTION OF DIVINE CONTROL

    “How much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” Matthew vii. 11

    Jesus is laying down rules of conduct for those who have His Spirit. By the simple argument of these verses He urges us to keep our minds filled with the notion of God’s control behind everything, which means that the disciple must maintain an attitude of perfect trust and an eagerness to ask and to seek.

    Notion your mind with the idea that God is there. If once the mind is notioned along that line, then when you are in difficulties it is as easy as breathing to remember – Why, my Father knows all about it! It is not an effort, it comes naturally when perplexities press. Before, you used to go to this person and that, but now the notion of the Divine control is forming so powerfully in you that you go to God about it. Jesus is laying down the rules of conduct for those who have His Spirit, and it works on this principle – God is my Father, He loves me, I shall never think of anything He will forget, why should I worry?

    There are times, says Jesus, when God cannot lift the darkness from you, but trust Him. God will appear like an unkind friend, but He is not; He will appear like an unnatural Father, but He is not; He will appear like an unjust judge, but He is not. Keep the notion of the mind of God behind all things strong and growing. Nothing happens in any particular unless God’s will is behind it, therefore you can rest in perfect confidence in Him. Prayer is not only asking, but an attitude of mind which produces the atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural. “Ask, and it shall be given you.”

    Oswald Chambers
    July 16th Devotional

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  25. just stevie says:

    Beautiful!

    Eternal Eclipse – Autumn Moon (Epic Neoclassical Emotional Strings) 2:52 min

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  26. American Greatness – 7/16/2020

    “Trump is an enigma in his own right, but in circumstances such as these, his singular character is essential … He has uncommon courage, a brutal frankness, and sharp instincts—all qualities that make him a natural enemy of sophisticated liars and traitors who seek to undermine our country in the pursuit of power and status.”

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  27. mandy says:

    Saw a mention of “the Davos crowd” in a Luongo piece this morning and all of a sudden I remembered that last time they met, Soros said it would probably be his LAST Davos appearance.

    I’ve seen some claims that the super powerful like Soros knew about the virus hoax plans, and today that kind of clicked – maybe THAT is why Soros said he wouldn’t be back at Davos? Maybe NONE of them will be back at Davos because that annual meeting will be no more? hmmm…

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  28. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the miraculous changing of the rod into a serpent and the serpent back into a rod (Exodus 4):

    1. How the Lord, who created both the serpent and the rod from dust, can, by His power and for His purposes, give dead things life and make live things dead.
    2. How the Lord can bring my soul, dried up and deadened by sin, back to life by my faith and prayers.

    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 July 3rd on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church and July 16th on the civil or commercial calendar.

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  29. Janie M. says:

    Informative email I received from FDA regarding the use of hand sanitizers, some contain toxic methanol and must be avoided.
    .
    “List of hand sanitizers with potential methanol contamination, and continue checking this list often as it is being updated daily.”

    https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol?utm

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  30. Neo says:

    Philly sports radio WIP is saying right now that The Washington Post is readying a blockbuster expose in Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, not directly related to the changing of the team’s name.

    They wouldn’t hint at what the rumors are, because the story is being ‘vetted by the lawyers’ for the usual Post accuracy, but Twitter tweets are saying Snyder is being investigated on sex trafficking allegations.

    ‘He was on Epstein’s list,’ says a Hip Magazine tweet, which says Jay Gruden, Jaguars’ offensive coordinator, was on the same list.

    Which makes you wonder if Snyder ultimately was blackmailed into changing the team name (which of course is about to be changed).

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    • John Denney says:

      The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. – The Apostle Paul to the Galatians

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  31. Char Char Binks says:

    Ronald Gasser will get a new trial. He’ll still have a jury prejudiced against him because he’s white and killed a black celebrity, and hometown favorite at that. The prosecution will still lie, claiming that Gasser chased down McKnight, when the only video and physical evidence clearly shows the reverse.

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  32. John Denney says:

    A good read about “systemic racism”, and thoughtful comments.

    https://newdiscourses.com/2020/07/nobody-systemically-racist/

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  33. P says:

    https://blogs.bible.org/the-language-of-the-unheard/ — Note: Bolding added by P

    The Language of the Unheard by Amy Leigh Bamberg

    FTA: “In 1965 over half the population of Dallas County, Alabama, was African American, yet accounted for a meager 2% of registered voters. After attempts to register these residents failed, Martin Luther King, Jr. came. Peaceful protests formed. Bloody Sunday ensued. King was shot. And violence erupted across the nation. “A riot is the language of the unheard.” ”

    FTA: “We live in a culture of collide: Red with Blue, Life with Choice, Ecumenical with Evangelical, Black with White, Male with Female, Impoverished with Wealthy. Many are apprehensive to speak at all. Innocently misspoken words get savagely misconstrued and people get canceled. But, even when we don’t know what to say, our presence – our willingness to stay in the room when unflattering and unhealed and unpopular things get shared – speaks volumes. I pray that listening becomes the language of the unheard.”

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    • Jim in TN says:

      Does that jealousy extend to other items of apparel?

      But it does sort of make sense. Most of her is clothed on a daily basis. But clothing her lips and her smile would be a rare treat.

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  35. Donna in Oregon says:

    PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. is “certainly looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including Tik Tok, suggesting it shared information with the Chinese Communist government, which Tik Tok has denied.

    Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft warned the UN Security Council that if it fails to extend a vital Syrian cross-border aid program, “mass graves” could result. The program is due to expire this week and there is wide Russian opposition to extending the aid.

    Pray for the continued good health of President Trump and his family, and for those who attend him including the Secret Service.

    PRAY FOR OUR CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS

    Senator Rick Scott of Florida said the coronavirus pandemic can be defeated if the government stops issuing mandates and starts “giving people good information.” He added, “People are smart. … Tell them where there is the spread of the virus, the places they are at risk.” Trust the people to act wisely, he said.

    Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona is calling for the White House coronavirus task force to be disbanded to prevent health officials from causing President Trump’s message about the economy to be “distorted,” while the pandemic compromises America’s economic recovery.

    Pray for members of Congress and the particular perspective they have from inside reports on the truth of the coronavirus pandemic.

    PRAY FOR OUR JUDICIARY

    The Supreme Court will decide whether American corporations can be sued for alleged human rights abuses after two companies were accused of knowingly helping perpetuate slavery at Ivory Coast cocoa farms.

    A U.S. District Court ordered the largest pipeline from the North Dakota Shale Oil fields to be shut down and emptied within 30 days, ruling in favor of Native American tribes who have fought the line’s route across a crucial water supply.

    Pray that the judges in America would rely on law and precedent in making their rulings.

    CURRENT EVENTS
    WARS AND TERRORISM

    Terror groups such as Islamic State, al Qaeda, and their regional affiliates must not be allowed to exploit the increasing “fissures and fragilities” due to the psycho-social, economic and political stresses laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Secretary General declared.

    Terror group ISIS appears to be in the drug producing business, the Italian police say, after they seized 14 tons of amphetamines with a street value of approximately $1.5 billion U.S., which they claim came from ISIS drug producers in Syria.

    Pray for international governments as they endeavor to stop the production of illicit drugs that benefit terror groups and do harm to people who are addicted worldwide.

    FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

    A new policy confirmed by United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson is offering many residents of Hong Kong a pathway to UK citizenship in response to China’s new “national security” law which severely restricts the freedoms of the people there.

    China’s military and economic ambitions are expanding in Europe and the Arctic where they are trying to gain control over important shipping lanes and seaports, according to a top U.S. admiral and Western analysts.

    Pray for those in Hong Kong and neighboring regions who are adversely impacted by the decisions and actions of the Chinese government.

    ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

    A Middle Eastern intelligence official said Israel was behind an explosion and fire at a nuclear complex in Iran that was caused by a “powerful bomb” that resulted “substantial damage,” but Defense Minister Gantz said “not every incident that transpires in Iran necessarily has something to do with us.”

    Israel’s cabinet will convene to decide on new plans and restrictions as it is in a state of emergency due to a resurgent coronavirus outbreak, and additional steps are needed to stem the spread and meet the economic challenges.

    Pray for the leaders of Israel as they deal with the coronavirus in their nation.

    THE ECONOMY

    The economy gained 4.8 million jobs in June, lowering the unemployment rate to 11.1 percent, easily beating expectations set by forecasters, yet clouded by the uneven reports of coronavirus surges in some areas.

    U.S. manufacturing activity rebounded in June, hitting its highest level in more than a year as the broader economy reopened, but a rise in COVID-19 infections threatens that recovery, a new report says.

    Pray for a steady and sustainable increase in the U.S. economy and that the impact of the coronavirus would soon be reduced.

    ACROSS THE STATES

    City officials in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, are warning that several students are throwing coronavirus parties where people who have the virus are invited to intentionally infect others and the parties have been happening “for several weeks.”

    As record-setting numbers of people of Colorado flood public lands, ignoring rules about fires, walking off trails, and other posted signs, state officials are citing growth of the “knucklehead factor,” and are looking for back-up plans to deal with those recreational visitors.

    Pray for state governments as they seek reasonable solutions to address some who choose to disregard local policy.

    https://www.presidentialprayerteam.org/weekly-prayer-focus

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  36. P says:

    Watching ‘Guns of Navarone’ — have never seen this movie before. I pray America makes it out of our current chaos. If you all haven’t read ‘Fear is the Key’ by Alistair MacLean, I recommend it. God bless and keep our military victorious always.

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  37. Troublemaker10 says:

    Seeing rumblings like this out there. Maybe because of recent Epstein stuff?

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  38. The Bureau of Indian Affairs have recommended changing the name of that football team to the Washington Foreskins.

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  39. 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. 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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  40. andeclain 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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