Happy Thanksgiving —- Open Thread!


Give thanks for all things.  Most of us have so much to be thankful for it’s impossible to list all of the blessings bestowed upon us. 


My best,


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Gems 2015 — November 26 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 25-26

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

November 26 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 25-26

Food for Thought: Ez. 26:2-6

Tyrus did what most people would do at the sight of the downfall of a competitor: rejoice and seek financial gain from it. When Jerusalem fell, Tyrus said, “Aha! she is broken, broken to pieces, that was the gates of the people, to whom there was a great resort and where there was a general rendezvous of all nations, some upon one account and some upon another, and I shall get by it; all the wealth, power, and interest, which Jerusalem had, it is hoped, shall be turned to Tyre, and so now that she is laid waste I shall be replenished.” To the world, there would be nothing wrong with that. It seems natural to see how tragic circumstances could be turned to their benefit and be glad about it. But God doesn’t see things that way, especially when they involve His chosen people.

The attitude of Tyrus was wrong for many reasons. First, though Israel was being disciplined for her horrid behavior, it did not mean that God stopped loving her. So for others to rejoice at her demise was offensive to Him. Second, the motive behind Tyrus’ attitude was covetousness and greed, a characteristic of the world’s system which is diabolically contrary to God’s way Who desires that people trust Him for provision instead of wishing harm to come to others in order to accumulate their wealth (see Eph. 5:33). And third, such an attitude is devoid of love and compassion and also contrary to God’s way of being (see Luke 6:27, 35).

Proverbs 24:17 says, “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him.” In this world, there will be people who pit themselves against the righteous and will fall as consequence of their actions, but we should take no pleasure in that. They are human beings made in God’s image who will suffer severely if they do not repent. They, like us, are in need of a Savior and in need of someone who will extend a hand of mercy and grace, just as we needed it—something of much more importance than our increase in ill-gotten wealth. They are people whom God loves every bit as much as He loves us, and He takes no pleasure in seeing them suffer.

Making plans to raise oneself up on the ruins of others and rejoicing in someone else’s demise completely disregards God’s love for mankind, and that is at the root of the problem. So in our dealings with people today, let us be reminded of the nature of God within us and guard ourselves from the natural reactions, and choose, instead, that of the Holy Spirit who lives within us. Then, He will prosper us, but it will be His way, and not man’s.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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Gems 2015 — November 25 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 23-24

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

November 25 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 23-24

Food for Thought: Ez. 23:40-45

We know from the Word that we should not judge people. It is not our place to judge, and besides, if we were honest, there are plenty of things people could judge us about, too. So it is best to be glad for the mercy and grace that God has bestowed on us and apply the same grace and mercy to others. However, there will be a time when the Lord will put us, His righteous chosen ones, in the position to judge as we are seated with Jesus at the right hand of the Father (Eph. 2:6).

The Lord calls all who have been made clean by the perfect sacrifice of Jesus righteous and saints (II Cor. 5:21; I Cor. 1:2), made one with and in Him (John 17:23, 26), which is what qualifies us to one day judge. Specifically, the righteous will judge the world and the angels. As I Corinthians 6:2-3 says, “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? …”

Until then, the Lord tells us in I Corinthians 4:5, “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.” And Acts 17:30-31 says, “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” Being one with Him, we will be participants—not just spectators—on that day. Until then, our role is one of mercy and grace.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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More BRICS News!!!!


Yep!  The economic juggernaut threatening the US Dollar!

South Africa narrowly avoids entering a recession

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A government data agency says South Africa narrowly avoided recession after the economy grew by less than 1 percent.

On Tuesday, Statistics South Africa released a statement saying South Africa’s economy grew by 0.7 percent, improving from a 1.3 percent contraction in the previous quarter. The government agency said South Africa would have been in recession had the economy shrunk for a second consecutive quarter.

Statistics South Africa attributed the recovery to growth in seven out of ten of South Africa’s main industries, such as manufacturing and the financial sector.

The agency, though, said some of the country’s key industries are in recession. Agriculture, affected by drought, shrank by 12.6 percent. Mining activity fell by 9.8 percent while the electricity, gas and water supply sector decreased by 8 percent.

Some may see this as a poke in the eye/victory dance over the BRICS futility and impotence.  And, in a way, it is.  I’ve called this from the start and continue to call it what it is, a fantasy. 

Each nation, individually, have their own challenges which they will not overcome anytime in the near future.  Socialism and totalitarianism (similar but not the same) will not supplant free enterprise. 

Of the BRICS nations, only India is firmly moving in the right direction.  But, their direction puts them in direct competition, not with the US, but, with China.  China is slowly moving in the right direction, but, only in fits and starts.  Unless something drastically changes, before they get to where they need to be, something very drastic will happen.  The state will not willingly relinquish control in favor of free enterprise.  Unless power is forcefully wrested from the state, the state will quash free enterprise ….. always.  Russia suffers from the Stockholm syndrome.  So long have they been held captive, they don’t know any other way.  They love their tyrants and control freaks because they don’t know, and are afraid of, the exhilarating notion of freedom!  Brazil?  What can one say about her?  Let history judge and prognosticate.  She’s Latin.  There’s nothing more you need to know.  BTW, Portugal has moved, in a most decided manner, to the left.  Expect riots for one reason or another. 

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Shock Of The Day!!!!!! USA Today Get’s It Right!!!!!!!!!


Well, color me flabbergasted!!!!  A soon to be fired writer for USA Today actually knew something and slapped the LSM in defense of Ben Carson!!!! 

So, on CSPAN, the other day, Ben Carson said, Thomas Jefferson “tried to craft our Constitution in a way that it would control people’s natural tendencies.” ……  Because the left is full of first order (non)thinkers, the LSM pounced at the imagined faux pas.  I would go on to explain, but, I can’t do it better than the USA Today writer editor, David Mastio.


Oops! Carson’s not actually wrong about Jefferson: David Mastio

Ha, ha, ha. Boy, that Ben Carson sure made a fool of himself on C-Span the other day. He said Thomas Jefferson “tried to craft our Constitution in a way that it would control people’s natural tendencies.”

Critics pounced. Jefferson didn’t craft our Constitution, they said. He was on the other side of the Atlantic acting as the U.S. minister in France at the time of the Constitutional Convention. As Politico put it: Jefferson crafted the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.

What a dope that Carson guy is. How did he ever get to be a surgeon? I’m laughing so hard, I gotta wipe tears from my eyes.

Except, wait a minute, hmmmm, here’s an interesting historical footnote to the Constitutional Convention. At the time, an early version of email was available. It was the social media of its day, called “letters.” Important people, say, the U.S. minister in France, could give pieces of paper to ship captains who’d take them by boat all the way to Philadelphia. In Philadelphia, other important people would read words scratched onto the paper and respond in kind with a “reply.”

In this fashion, early Americans could discuss important matters like constitutions and other government stuff ministers would care about. This was called “correspondence.”

Guess who was writing these letter thingies? Thomas Jefferson.

And do you know who was replying? George Washington and James Madison, among the most important framers of our Constitution.

So here’s the crazy thing: Jefferson, Madison, Washington and others were discussing how the U.S. Constitution should be written.

After the Constitution Convention was over, Jefferson had this other idea called a “Bill of Rights,” which you might have heard is a part of the Constitution. Jefferson sorta played a key role in all that First Amendment, Second Amendment stuff. If you don’t believe me, go ask the American Civil Liberties Union, which is big on rights like free speech and freedom of religion.

Saith the ACLU: “The American Bill of Rights, inspired by Jefferson and drafted by James Madison, was adopted, and in 1791 the Constitution’s first 10 amendments became the law of the land.”

The ACLU even quotes Jefferson’s argument: “A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse.”

To get the basics of Jefferson’s role in the creation of the Bill of Rights, which are, as I mentioned, a pretty important part of the Constitution, all you have to do is read the Spark Notes version. Or you can get it in easy Q&A format from the U.S. Archives.

All that laughing I did at Carson’s expense? I take it back. I guess he sorta did know what he was talking about, after all.

As Breitbart points out, any imbecile who studied US history would know the huge influence Thomas Jefferson had on the framing of our US Constitution.  Most of the educated left knows this.  This is why we see this, today ….

Students Want Statue of ‘Incestuous Rapist’ And ‘Racist’ Thomas Jefferson Removed

You see, they have to destroy the Bill of Rights.  Regardless if the attacks are incongruent, they are and will continue to be, constant attacks on our liberties and freedoms. 

h/t Breitbart

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Turkey, Russia, And NATO


Well, as we all know by now, Turkey shot down a Russian jet.  Where the Russian jet was at the time is disputed. 

At this moment, I really don’t have much to say about this, but, I realize some would want me to chime in (mostly readers who don’t regularly comment).  Most of the commentators have already formed a thought and are familiar with the reality of the situation.  But, many are not, so, I’ll just try to interject some reality.

First, let’s start by saying Turkey is a part of NATO.  NATO is a cold-war holdover which really serves no purpose today.  It was formed to counter the Soviet Union’s military aggression in Europe.  There is no Soviet Union today, and while many would perceive some of Russia’s initiatives as “aggression”, they have not threaten Europe proper with military or physical aggression (depending on one’s view of the roil in the Ukraine).  To my knowledge, Turkey was never seriously threatened even when there was a Soviet Union.  They joined NATO as a vehicle to gain protection from more nearby neighbors. 

Continuing with some reality, and this is probably most important to note, Turkey isn’t fighting ISIS.  Let me repeat this for emphasis ……. Turkey is not fighting ISIS!  Turkey reluctantly allows the US to fly missions against ISIS from their soil, but, Turkey isn’t fighting ISIS.  Turkey is fighting the Kurds.  The Kurds are fighting ISIS.  The US is fighting ISIS, but, only because of the huge outcry of the people of the US.  Recall the months and months of inaction and silence by president Zero in the face of the atrocities committed by ISIS.  Turkey does want Assad removed from Syria, as does president Zero.  Russia likes Assad.  Zero is upset with Putin because Russia also attacks people Zero deems as “moderate rebels”.  Which is fascinating because it’s a bit of an oxymoron.  There is no such thing as a “moderate rebel”.  I am unaware of any pro-US group fighting Assad other than the groups the US refuses to arm. 

Those are the facts.

Was the Russian jet in Turkey air-space?  Probably.  The Russians have been ignoring air-space for some time now.  Should Turkey have shot down the jet?  No, that was incredibly stupid, and a fool’s bet.  There was nothing to gain and much to lose over this action. 

Turkey is like that little mouthy guy at the bar who came in with a few big friends.  If Turkey wasn’t part of NATO would they have shot down the Russian jet?  Not a chance in hell.  What our “friend” Ergy doesn’t understand is that there is no appetite for a war with Russia.  Not in Europe, not among the people of the US.  We’ve no reason to defend Turkey.  At one time, Turkey was a progressive nation with a Muslim majority.  It is quickly turning to an Islamic state, itself.  It is a primary conduit to the European invasion.  They’ve nothing to offer us in return for their protection.   

What will Putin do?  I’ve no idea.  Probably nothing ….. overtly, right now.  But, Putin will respond in time.   Still, he’s a bit of a hothead, so it could be that he responds forcefully very soon.  I think he’s smarter than that, but, one never knows. 

Did I just write about post admonishing entering in multi-lateral treaties?  Well, yes, yes, I did.  This is another great reason why a nation should not do such things.  If Russia responds, we are obligated, by treaty, to defend Turkey, as are the rest of the members of NATO.  If we do not defend Turkey (in response to imagined Russian aggression) then we demonstrate our treaties and words are worth nothing (which they are). 

For right now, all I have to say is that it is well past time to disband NATO.  If the Europeans wish a military alliance, let them do it through the EU.  The US (and Canada) needs no part of it.  If certain states of Europe wish to ally with Russia, so what?  Let them.  For instance, if Portugal wishes to ally with Russia, it doesn’t harm the interests of the US one whit.  Neither does it strengthen Russia.  Europe, as the EU, is a failing and a flailing entity.  Anyone allowing themselves to be attached to Europe, in its present state, is simply tying an albatross around their neck.  Turkey, is, in many respects, part of Europe and every bit a part of the albatross.     

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Gems 2015 — November 24 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 21-22

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

November 24 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 21-22

Food for Thought: Ez. 22:30, 31

Well, this is very good news! The Lord seeks intercessors and His plans change when He finds one. The Body of Christ is now that intercessor that the Lord would have liked to have found in the days of the prophet Ezekiel. With the Body of Christ praying for the nations, the leaders, and all inhabitants, God’s mercy is still in effect and preventing utter destruction. What an invaluable role the Church plays!

All through history, there have been successful intercessors, most notably was Moses. Exodus 30:9-14 shows just how eager the Lord is to grant the pleas of the intercessor:

“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation.’ Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God, and said: ‘Lord, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, ‘He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’’So the Lord relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people.”

Of course, Jesus is the greatest intercessor, having interceded for us while He suffered on the cross. And He continues to do so on behalf of all mankind even today, as evidenced in Hebrews 7:25: “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

Jesus is our ultimate role model, and we fulfill our purpose as His Body as we pray for all those the Lord brings to our remembrance. He may even place on our hearts people we do not even know. In addition to praying for a particular lost person, He asks us to pray specifically for those who spitefully use us (Mat. 5:44), for those serving the Lord (Col. 4:3), and for those in authority and all men (I Tim. 2:1-3). And one thing we can be assured of: if we take our place as intercessors, the Lord will move in His mercy and grace on their behalf, because He seeks intercessors as He did in Ezekiel’s day and will do as we ask.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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When You Enter Multi-Lateral Trade Agreements You Lose Your Autonomy


This is something for the leftarded globalists to consider, assuming they can think …….

WTO rules in favor of Mexico in dispute over US tuna labels

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The World Trade Organization has ruled in favor of Mexico in a trade dispute with the U.S., saying Washington’s requirement for “dolphin-safe” tuna labels is unfair to Mexican fishermen.

The WTO said U.S. labeling rules set different requirements depending on where a fish is caught. It said Friday that the result is “less favorable treatment to Mexican tuna products.”

A WTO appellate body reviewed the original ruling of a panel set up to settle the dispute first brought by Mexico in 2009. Friday’s ruling said U.S. dolphin-safe labeling for tuna products still does not meet the requirements set by the dispute panel.

Mexico originally argued that U.S. “dolphin-safe” labels were illegal because they restricted trade. Mexico says its tuna production meets international standards preventing accidental capture of dolphins in nets.

You see, Mexico’s tuna production doesn’t meet the US standards for the “dolphin-safe” labeling.  Too bad, apparently.  We signed a treaty promising to adhere to the edicts of the WTO rulings.  By treaty, their rules overrule our rules. 

Anyone saying or believing we don’t give up our autonomy by signing such treaties needs only to look at the EU (an economic alliance) to absolutely know that we do. 

Regardless of one’s views on this specific subject, what is happening is that people and organizations outside the US are dictating to the people of the US.  And, by treaty, we are without redress and recourse. 

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Disabled Students Banned From Yoga Classes In Ottawa!!!!!!!!


New Idiotic Low For PC Police On Campus!!!!  Yoga Offensive!!!!  Class Suspended!!!!!

University suspends yoga class, citing ‘cultural issues’ that may offend students

A yoga instructor who teaches at the University of Ottawa says she is fighting to keep her program alive after the school’s student body suspended it over concerns that “cultural issues” relating to the class could offend students.

Jennifer Scharf, who has been offering free weekly sessions at the university’s Center for Students with Disabilities since 2008, told the Ottawa Sun that she was informed in September that the program would not come back for the fall semester.

In an email exchange between Scharf and a representative of the university’s Student Federation — which was viewed by the newspaper — a student wrote that “while yoga is a really great idea and accessible and great for students… there are cultural issues of implication involved in the practice.

“Yoga has been under a lot of controversy lately due to how it is being practiced,” the email continues, and which cultures those practices “are being taken from.”

The Student Federation, which operates the center, went on to say that many of those cultures “have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and Western supremacy… we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practicing yoga.”

Student Federation Acting President Romeo Ahimakin told the Ottawa Sun that the class has been put on hold until a way can be figured out “to make it better, more accessible and more inclusive to certain groups of people that feel left out in yoga-like spaces.

“We are trying to have those sessions done in a way in which students are aware of where the spiritual and cultural aspects come from, so that these sessions are done in a respectful manner,” he added.

But Scharf, who instructed about 60 students each week in the program, said, “people are just looking for a reason to be offended by anything they can find.”

Scharf says she offered the student body leaders a compromise by suggesting she change the name of the course to “mindful stretching,” but after some debate, they couldn’t reach an agreement.

“I guess it was this cultural appropriation issue because yoga originally comes from India,” she told CBC News. “We’re not going through the finer points of Scripture. We’re talking about basic physical awareness and how to stretch so that you feel good.”

Scharf added that she is “fighting so hard” to keep the class.


Indeed, disabled people should not be able to do yoga!!!!!!  Evuh!!!!!!  It started in India ….. DAMMIT!!!!!!!

Seriously, we need to let the lunatics have the institutions and just start a real education system and leave them to stew in their own juices. 

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US Deporting Iraqi Christian Refugees As It Demands We Accept Syrian Refugees


The title says it all ……

While DC debates religion, refugees, Iraqi Christians feel Uncle Sam’s boot

Amid Washington’s raging debate over refugees and religion, more than two dozen Iraqi Christians who crossed into the U.S. from Mexico in hopes of joining their friends and families are being deported after their bids for religious asylum were rejected.

A total of 27 Chaldean Christians, driven from their homeland by Al Qaeda and ISIS, entered the country in April and May, hoping to join the thriving Iraqi Christian community in and around San Diego. But the door to America is being slammed on the 17 men and 10 women over what their supporters say are technicalities.

“These are families who were split up because of religious persecution, and now the government – which we love – is preventing them from being reunited,” said Fr. Michael Bazzi, of St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral, in El Cajon. “We wonder why, for thousands of Muslims, the door is open to America, yet Christians are not allowed to come.” …..

You can read more at the link. 

I sat on this and pondered the story all weekend.  I still cannot come up with words adequate to describe my thoughts. 

Coming from a land where an equivalent to an actual genocide is occurring, the very people who came here, we’re sending away.  And, yet, it is demanded that we accept, carte blanc, thousands of people of unknown origin or intent ….. the vast and overwhelming majority of them being Muslim.   

“Religious persecution”, indeed.  Coming to a country you live in, soon. 

If the number is 10,000 souls, then the predominant peoples from that war torn area we should be taking is would be Christians, Yazidi, and Kurds.  They are the most persecuted, they are the most hated, they are the ones being randomly slaughtered, enslaved, and raped.  Sadly, this isn’t the case. 

Of course, the problem here being, from the US, there is no place to go.  Christians are being persecuted world wide.  There is, actually, a minority of areas on this globe where Christianity isn’t overtly persecuted.  In the Western world, the persecution is more subtle, but, as the Iraqi Christians can attest, no less real. 

And, so, here it is.  The U.S. of A., rejecting Christians in deference to Muslims whom we cannot vet. 

We cannot say to our fellow citizens, “let us go in peace”.  There is no place left to go.  So, here we must stand.  And, we must stand taller than what we have of late.  We are told “tolerance” is a virtue, and so it is, if applied properly.  But, it is also a vice.  Tolerance, being a virtue or a vice, is entirely dependent upon what is being tolerated. 

Time is short, the precedence has already been set.  We must not allow it to stand, or this nation will be lost, and all of us will be as sheep to a slaughter. 

In this world, it’s easy to believe we are a small minority.  All you have to do is watch the boob-tube, being news or a show, and you can easily see how we are marginalized, ridiculed, and hated.  But, do not be fooled.  A very small minority of useless idiot children can hold campuses hostage and dictate who can and cannot be president of a college.  We are much larger in number than they are.  It is past time to organize and mobilize.  

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